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Vol. 95, Issue 80



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SDSU honors coach, diplomat R O B E R T M ORENO CONTRIBUTOR

GREEN LUNCH BAG Find out how to get a free lunch while helping save the environment. page 2


JIMMER JAMMER For SDSU to win tonight at BYU, it’s going to have to slow down the Cougars’ star. page 4


VAGINA AWARENESS Find out about the latest oncampus movement for women at SDSU. page 5

TODAY @ SDSU SDSU Women’s Basketball v. BYU 7 p.m.,Viejas Arena The Aztecs will take on the Cougars tonight at home while the men are away in Utah.

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San Diego State will honor one-time U.S. ambassador Charles W. Hostler and legendary football coach Don Coryell with an honorary doctorate degree for their excellence and service to society. “An honorary doctorate degree is only conferred to leaders who have made fundamental contributions to society and the world,” Paul Wong, dean of Arts and Letters, said. Wong said the College of Arts and Letters will present Hostler with his honorary doctorate degree for his achievements and contributions in government, philanthropy and education and for his work in promoting world peace. Hostler is a retired U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, which he served from 1989-1993. He also served as deputy assistant secretary for International Commerce and director of the Bureau of International Commerce in the Dept. of Commerce. During World War II, he saw combat duty in the Normandy Landing and worked with the Office of Strategic Services in key missions. Hostler has been decorated a number of times for his military service. “A skilled diplomat, humanitarian and educator, Charles Hostler was at the center of world affairs from WWII to the Iraq War,” SDSU President Stephen L. Weber said in a press release. “He is a true leader who has been incredibly generous with both his time and knowledge to help our students learn how to build a more peaceful future.” In 2004, SDSU renamed its Institute on World Affairs to the Hostler Institute on World Affairs. Hostler has assisted a number of programs at SDSU throughout the years. “Dr. Hostler has supported the establishment of our Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies,” Wong said. “For a number of years, Dr. Charles Hostler and his wife, ChinYeh Hostler, have been key supporters of our international program.” Hostler will receive his honorary degree at a formal commencement ceremony on May 21. The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts will present Coryell with his honorary doctorate degree. According to Joyce Gattas, dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, this will be the ninth honorary doctorate degree given by the college. Coryell, former SDSU football coach, led SDSU to two national championships with a shared third

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Former San Diego State coach Don Coryell and U.S. ambassador Charles W. Hostler will receive honorary doctorates during commencement ceremonies in May for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts and the College of Arts and Letters.

title. After a successful coaching career at SDSU, Coryell went on to coach both the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Diego Chargers in the National Football League. Coryell is an inductee of the College Football Hall of Fame and he is the only coach to have 100 wins in the collegiate level and NFL. Coryell will be the first sports figure bestowed an honorary doctorate degree, according to Gattas. “Don Coryell has made extraordinary contributions to the world of

sports,” Gattas said. “There are so few good role models in sports nowadays. He loved his work. He understands sports in society.” Gattas said Coryell exemplified great leadership, dedication and mentorship for his players during his tenure as a coach. “This honorary doctorate reflects our great admiration, respect and gratitude for his many contributions to the university and the greater community,” Weber said in a press release.

testants on casual wear, swimwear, formal wear, talent and a question and answer component, Katherine Lopez-Ramos, president of Lambda Sigma Gamma, said. “It’ll be a fun event,” LopezRamos said. Last year’s Mr. Greek will be present at the contest to crown Mr. Greek 2010. The event is open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 pre-sale and $7 at

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Gattas said Coryell is known for his innovation in the world of football, and he has mentored great coaches from John Madden to Chuck Noll. Gattas said presenting an honorary doctorate degree to Coryell is of great significance. “(An honorary doctorate degree) is the highest honor you can give a person at a university,” Gattas said. Coryell will be presented with his honorary degree during SDSU’s formal commencement ceremony on May 22 at Viejas Arena.






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Organizations make lunchtime green Students are educated about organics with a free meal at Scripps Cottage S HANNON C L A R K S TA F F W R I T E R

With tuition rates on the rise, San Diego State students understand the phrase “starving college student.” Between rent and school fees, sometimes it can feel as though there’s not much money left for the necessities. However, thanks to environmental groups on campus such as the Associated Students Green Love Committee, Green Campus interns and the SDSU Center for Regional Sustainability, Aztecs can now satisfy both parts: the student and the stomach within them. It may seem difficult, but not with this smart program called the Green Lunch Bag Series hosted once a month at Scripps Cottage. The program consists of bringing experts in the field of sustainability and environmental practices together with SDSU students to promote discussion and activism — all wrapped up with a free organic lunch. “Students should attend because it’s a great networking event,” Grant Mack, AS Green Love commissioner said. “It heightens the environmental awareness of students to realize the environmental problems we are facing as a society and how we can find solutions.” The speakers invited to the event cover a wide range of sustainable issues, from humanitarian work to green building and design. Notable among the speakers of the event is Dr. Joseph Llenado, medical director of the Holy Family Hospital in the Philippines, who spoke earnestly and inspiringly about his work. The talk made an interesting connection between environmental and humanitarian efforts and easily captured the attention of everyone listening.

“We are in the generation that chooses our state in the future,” Kenzie McDonald, Green Campus intern said. “We will all be affected by these (environmental) issues so we must act accordingly.” In addition to being able to listen to the speakers, students are encouraged to ask questions and make comments at the end of the presentation. Also, because the series is held in the small, intimate setting of Scripps Cottage, this event is a great opportunity for networking and holding conversations with these influential people. Also, despite all of the fascinating and accomplished speakers that visit the series, the food is still substantial enough to not go unnoticed. The entire lunch is provided by SDSU’s own Dining Services, which has made great strides in offering fresh, organic dining options for students. Quite a spread is provided for a so-called “light organic lunch,” which includes roasted potatoes, a selection of refreshments, an array of sandwiches and cookies. Students may initially come for the food, many stay for something much more important. They stay to understand about a movement that will prove to be vital in the coming generations. “It’s important to understand and learn about environmental issues because the environment is the very foundation on which our civilization relies on,” Mack said. “It’s important to realize that if our environment collapses, so does our economy and eventually our society.” “The first step is awareness,” McDonald added. “Learn more about the issues in our region and around the world and how we can make this world a more sustainable place for the next generation.” Spending an afternoon catching up with the environment during lunch isn’t a bad way to start. For more information about the Green Lunch Bag Series and for upcoming dates and speakers, visit

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Thrifty grocery shopping for hungry students FR ANCIS R.




Living on a college budget and saving money at the same time is not always easy. Whether the money is going toward college tuition, books or a savings account, one of the few ways to save money or stretch the budget is to stop eating out and spend more time buying groceries to dine in. Listed below are some grocery stores that might save San Diego State students a good amount of money while helping them stay away from the usual Top Ramen or macaroni and cheese dinners.

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market This market is conveniently located in multiple locations across San Diego and wellknown for having prepackaged, cooked meals at affordable prices. Customers can pick from a wide variety of healthy, individually packaged dinners. The store is conveniently open until 10 p.m. Fresh & Easy also carries plenty of fresh, organic vegetable and poultry products. For more information about the nearest location, visit

Windmill Farms This place may not be best for all grocery items, but Windmill Farms does give consumers a great deal on produce and bulk items. Owned by Scott Boney, whose family started Henry’s, the store offers less expensive produce when compared to Vons or Albertsons. In addition, SDSU students can save 20 percent on their grocery bills during the first month of each semester and February. Windmill Farms is located at 6386 Del Cerro Blvd. David J. Olender / Assistant Photo Editor

Every student needs a little wiggle room in their wallet to buy the necessities for college living. Costco and Windmill Farms are cheap grocery shopping alternatives for students to buy affordable and healthy food.

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Costco is the best store to buy groceries in large quantities. This is the ideal place to purchase goods that are frequently consumed in a household. For picky shoppers, there are food samples available for new products. However, shopping at Costco is not for everyone because of its required annual membership fee of $50. But if students are looking to spend less for their party needs, Costco does not require membership for purchasing alcohol. They also don’t require membership for pharmacy services and to see the optometrist. For more membership information visit

Pancho Villa’s Farmer’s Market Instead of spending a tremendous amount of money in the ethnic food section at Vons to cook a Hispanic delicacy, try visiting Pancho Villa’s Farmer’s Market at 3019 46th St. It is also known for affordable produce and ingredients for cooking Hispanic food. Homemade tortillas are always kept warm are available at this market, and it sells homemade salsa and guacamole.

99 Ranch Market Another ethnic grocery store is at 7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. and called 99 Ranch Market. This Asian market offers more competitive prices than Ralphs or Stater Bros. Although some of the labels are in Chinese and some products may be unrecognizable, this place has all the ingredients for many Asian dishes. It also has a huge selection of grocery items ranging from fresh seafood to produce. For those who enjoy drinking sake, this store has a large selection of drinks at a great price. And the deli inside offers tasty, inexpensive Chinese cuisine. Whether looking for inexpensive Asian or Hispanic food or items in large quantities, check out these places for great deals in San Diego.



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Fredette is not your Bradley takes unlikely average superstar road to arrive at SDSU B E AU B E A R D E N S E N I O R S TA F F W R I T E R

It is a decision that Jessika Bradley still considers to this day. After four years at Sacramento High, Bradley chose to attend Baylor to play women’s basketball. But her time for the Lady Bears was short. After two seasons, Bradley transferred to San Diego State. “I think about it a lot; what if I would have just stayed in California from the beginning,” the junior forward said. “But I look at life as every decision you make, you learn from. I think everything happens for a reason, so if I didn’t go (to Baylor) I wouldn’t end up here.” SDSU tried to sign Bradley when she was a Lady Dragon, but it was difficult because head coach Beth Burns was hired the summer before Bradley’s senior year. The Aztecs still made an effort though. Assistant coach Jualeah Woods recruited Bradley while she was in the same position at Oregon State. So when she joined the SDSU coaching staff in May 2005, the Aztecs had Bradley on their list of potential recruits. She made the process easier by playing for the San Diego-based Lady EBO club team with current SDSU junior center Paris Johnson. “I actually lived with Paris,” Bradley said. “(Her Mom) took me in so that I could play out here in San Diego. We were really close and we’re still really close.” The Aztecs invited Bradley to campus during this time, but they didn’t have an opportunity to further pursue her. In November 2005, she signed a National Letter of Intent to play with Baylor.

Bradley wasn’t coming to SDSU as a freshman, but she eventually would. Last April, Burns announced that Bradley would be an Aztec. “Obviously I think what helped her was she didn’t know us well, but we have so many ‘Sac’ kids here or EBO kids here that I think she had a comfort level with the team,” Burns said. “And as she said to me, ‘I have a comfort level with them and they have a comfort level with you.’ So it was a win-win. I’m thrilled with having her here.” Bradley’s success will be key for SDSU as it plays BYU at 7 p.m. tonight at Viejas Arena. She ranks second in the Mountain West Conference in blocked shots with 49, averaging two per game. The Aztecs (15-10, 7-6 in MWC play) will be looking to avenge a 73-63 loss earlier this season to the Cougars (18-6, 9-3) in Provo, Utah. “It’s very important,” Bradley said of today’s game against BYU. “Right now, we’re kind of up and down. So we need this win to keep us on track, really we need all three wins heading into the (MWC) Tournament.”

AT A GLANCE WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight


WHERE: Viejas Arena WHY TO WATCH: SDSU will look to get back in the win column when it faces BYU

Glenn Connelly / Photo Editor


Jimmer Fredette looks like your little brother on the basketball court. He’s 6 feet 2 inches, 195 pounds; he isn’t fast and he’s not super athletic. Yet Fredette, BYU’s junior point guard, leads the Mountain West Conference in points per game (21.5), free throw percentage (.899), 3-point field goal percentage (.488) and is second in the MWC in assists per game (5). So how does he do it? “I have yet to figure that out,” San Diego State men’s basketball junior guard D.J. Gay said. “He’s not the fastest guy out there, he’s not the tallest guy, he’s not the strongest guy; I think maybe it’s just his court awareness. He’s a very smart, intelligent player. Watching his film, some of us look at him and say, ‘How did he get that shot off? How is he scoring? How is he making the plays that he’s making?’ Because, like I said, he’s not the fastest, most athletic or tallest; so we’re still trying to find that answer.” Figuring out why Fredette is effective is one thing. Figuring out how to stop his effectiveness is another. When BYU came to Viejas Arena on Jan. 23, Fredette exploded for 33 points on 11of-19 shooting. He buried five of his eight 3point attempts and added five assists. He scored nearly half of his team’s points in the pivotal 71-69 victory against SDSU.

Fredette has scored 21 or more points in seven of his last eight games this season and has scored 27 or more four times during that stretch. Against Arizona earlier this season, he dropped a Cougar record 49 points on the Wildcats in Tucson, Ariz. “Fredette is very, very good,” head coach Steve Fisher said. “People, when they see him in here, they say, ‘Why can’t you stop him?’ Well, they’re saying that everywhere from Laramie to Tucson. He’s hard to stop. He’s good; very, very good.” At Monday’s press conference, Fisher said he would like to have one man guard Fredette all night long. He said Gay, freshman guard Chase Tapley or freshman forward Kawhi Leonard would be the candidates to guard BYU’s scorer. Then the Aztecs’ head coach gave a pseudo-game plan for stopping Fredette. “We got to guard him tight and hope he’s not making his shots, keep him off the freethrow line, don’t give him layups and don’t give him wide open shots,” Fisher said. “We are going to try and guard him a little better and hopefully we will.” Fisher, Gay and junior forward Billy White all agree that Fredette should be this season’s MWC Player of the Year (although Fisher said New Mexico’s Darington Hobson was definitely in the mix). “He’s putting up all the right numbers, all the right wins,” Gay said. “He’s the leader of this team and whether they’re first or second, he’s made them into what they are today.”

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Rebounds per game for Jessika Bradley this year, a team-high


Team-high blocks for Bradley this season


Losses in five games for SDSU


Games the Aztecs trail first-place BYU and TCU in the loss column


The Aztecs’ seeding for the MWC tournament if the season ended today


Seniors on the Aztecs’ roster this year

WHERE: Provo, Utah


Games remaining for SDSU

WHY TO WATCH: The San Diego State men’s basketball team has a chance to boost its résumé if it can stop Jimmer Fredette and pull out a victory tonight.


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AT A GLANCE WHEN: 6:05 p.m.


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Vaginas to make a statement this weekend

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“The Vagina Monologues” has a message for everyone and will be performed at SDSU this weekend.


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It started with one woman and now it has been transformed into a global movement. In the past 12 years the V-Day movement has grown rapidly among communities all around the world and it continues to inspire many more to be a part of it every year. It is a crusade dedicated to end violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sexual slavery. Eve Ensler is woman who gave life to the V-Day. As a playwright, performer and activist, she devotes her life to encouraging others to free women and girls from violence. Ensler was inspired to form the movement after her experience performing “The Vagina Monologues.” These monologues are based on her interviews with more than 200 women about their lives. The first performance of “The Vagina Monologues” was on Feb. 14, 1998 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York and featured more than 20 actors including Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder. Since then, the award-winning play has been translated into more than 45 languages and performed by various organizations around the globe. “Eve (Ensler) released the rights of the show for free to campus and community organizations in efforts to expand awareness and raise money for the cause,” second-year producer of “The Vagina Monologues” at San Diego State Jenn Bjorklund said. The V-Day College Campaign began in 1999 with 66 schools participating in the event. As of last year, more than 5,200 VDay events were organized in 1,400 communities and college campuses across 50 countries. In just more than 10 years the VDay movement has raised more than $70 million worldwide. “Ten percent of the proceeds go to the global beneficiary and 90 percent to local beneficiaries selected by the hosting organization,” Bjorklund said. The V-Day College Campaign is not only about raising money. “(The play) is about teaching people who may not have known about this before,” Alyson Shepard, director of this year’s “The Vagina Monologues” at SDSU, said. This year will be SDSU’s 10th year participating in the V-Day movement. From yesterday until Sunday V-Day SDSU will be organizing a series of events on campus including performances of “The Vagina Monologues.” In a previous interview with SDSUniverse, Bjorklund said, “Our goal is to raise $20,000 this year and we are very confident that we will do so.” Shepard said that this year 90 percent of the money raised will benefit License to Freedom, a nonprofit organization in San Diego, and the remaining 10 percent will go to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Two free events are hosted by V-Day SDSU this year, the second of which is tonight. Both events are sponsored by Associated Students’ Cultural Arts and Special Events. The first was Read My Lips, an open mic night that gave participants an opportunity to express their thoughts about the issue of violence against women and girls or share their personal experiences. A self-defense workshop with Mike

and Debbie Garner will be tonight at 6 p.m. at the Don Powell Theatre. Also, 4.0 Deli is showing its support for V-Day throughout the entire month of February by organizing the “4.0 Deli Goes The ‘Extra Mile’” fundraiser. When customers say “V-Day” at every purchase, 4.0 Deli will donate 15 percent of the proceeds to V-Day SDSU. “We are attempting to sell a mile’s worth of sandwiches,” Bjorklund said. The most anticipated event, “The Vagina Monologues,” will be performed from Friday to Sunday. Reading the word “vagina” in the title might make some people feel intimidated to watch the play, especially men, but “this show is in no way a ‘malebashing’ performance,” Bjorklund said. “I do believe that this performance will empower both women and men to be comfortable and confident in their own skin and to never let anyone let you feel less than that.” Shepard said, “You can’t go and not have your life changed. Men or women, it doesn’t matter.” In her interview with SDSUniverse, Bjorklund said, “‘The Vagina Monologues’ is not just a play, but an experience.” She also said that “you will laugh hysterically, cry your eyes out and feel mildly uncomfortable, but you will be inspired.” “If anyone needs to hear these stories, it’s the men,” Shepard said. “We want the men to be on our side and to care about women and want to help women. Our main audiences this year are men.” To increase support from men, V-Day SDSU is selling men’s T-shirts that read “This Guy Is A V-Man.” Something new that audiences can look forward to in the play is “the spotlight monologue, which is one monologue that Eve Ensler submits every year and they are different every year,” Shepard said. “It’s usually featuring a woman more recently that she’s interviewed,” she added. “This year it is about sex trafficking.” Every year, a new group of female students are given the opportunity to participate in “The Vagina Monologues.” “I didn’t want it to be about acting,” Shepard said. “It should include all women and every woman should have a chance to be a part of something like this.” This year’s cast includes Beth Abramowitz, Courtney Enea, Emily Davenport, Emily Gordon, Gina Mauro, Gracie Lee Brown, Jill Capela, Keridwyn Ryan, Pauline Lucas, Rachel Hoey, Sophie Ethridge, Stephanie Kigyeni and Tawnya Pataky. “The Vagina Monologues” advocates that violence against women and girls should not be passed down from one generation to another. Joining the fight against violence and being a part of the V-Day movement can help protect and save someone’s mother, sister, daughter and friend. To show support for V-Day SDSU, stop by its table from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Campanile Walkway. T-shirts will be sold and tickets for “The Vagina Monologues” can be purchased as well. “The Vagina Monologues” will be performed at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the Don Powell Theatre and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. For all the people who are interested in watching the show, visit to purchase tickets. Tickets are $13 for pre-sale and $15 at the door.


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The Expendables — a reggae-rock lover’s dream K AT Y M C C R E E RY S TA F F W R I T E R

Five bands, hundreds of screaming fans, countless mosh pits and a plethora of headbanging reggae-rock music comprise the perfect formula for the Ladera Winter Blackout 2010 tour featuring The Expendables last Saturday night. The evening started with the opening band, Pour Habit. A punk band out of Compton, Pour Habit is a high energy, hard rock experience. The group started the tone of the night right because the next few bands to play exuded the same intensity. The next band to play was the rock-reggae group Passafire out of Savannah, Ga., although there was no hint of a southern drawl. Starting off strong, Passafire played some of its more popular songs first, including “Ghost Man” and “Submersible.” The band shows lots of potential in its genre, especially bassist Will Kubley, who absolutely rocked the house with his passion for playing. All members are from the Southeast and the band is slowly but surely creeping its way up to the top of its field. The last band to play before The Expendables was Iration. The band has a new album coming out next month so a good portion of the set was dedicated to playing new material. The crowd responded positively to the new songs but seemed more pleased to be able to chant the lyrics to some of the bands’ more popular songs, such as the romantic “Falling” and metaphoric “Cookie Jar.” The members from Iration all originally hail from Hawaii, which explains its relaxed reggae vibes. After the last song, the crowd knew that it was time for The Expendables and the excitement became tangible. After a long break inbetween bands The Expendables finally took the stage. Lead singer Geoff Weers riled up the crowd by

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The Expendables consists of members Raul Bianchi, Ryan DeMars, Geoff Weers and Adam Patterson.

challenging it to a screaming match centered around the title of the band’s new album “Prove It.” He quickly assured the crowd that the show was just as much a comedic act as it was a concert. Taking lines from the popular, band Tenacious D, the band came out full of energy and ready to play a mindblowing set, which is exactly what it did. It has been said by The Expendables themselves that it sounds much better live and this was proven true. Unlike many bands whose lead singers can’t actually hit those high notes or sound


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recently read about a guy who went to a “Star Wars” convention dressed as Mr. Spock. He was hospitalized after being beaten unconscious. Did you get that? One nerd was given a concussion when a bunch of other nerds hit him with their PVC-pipe lightsabers. That’s just sad. Actually, the saddest part was when I told my boyfriend, he responded by saying, “Well, that proves it, ‘Star Wars’ is better.” I had previously thought that geeks were fairly docile. I thought if you gave them a T-shirt with a gamer joke on it, a computer game and some energy drinks, they would be set for world peace. Now that I’ve discovered this is untrue, I have spent the last week attempting to provoke a similar, epic battle of the nerds.

Level one: Comic books Since the creation of superhero movie adaptations, comic book arguments have become entrylevel nerd fights that can actually be started among most general groups of men. Just say, “Batman is so boring, he doesn’t even have any superpowers; but Michael Keaton was the best one.” Then sit back and enjoy the fight. If that doesn’t work, ask if sex with Superman would kill Lois Lane; then suggest a Kryptonite condom. It’s fun to watch their heads nearly explode as they try to explain how exposure to any Kryptonite would kill him … especially in that region.

Level two: The sagas To start, ask who is hotter: Princess Leia or Queen Amidala. (Answer: Natalie Portman. Done. Don’t even try to e-mail me your complaints because you’re wrong). My friend Joshua was person-

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ally offended when I didn’t understand the point of “The Ewok Adventure” and refused to watch it. I’m sorry, I just don’t care about an oversized mutant teddy bear named Wicket. But when I tried claiming Gandalf the Grey from “The Lord of the Rings” would definitely win a fight against Yoda, merely because he is taller, he said, honestly confused, “I … don’t think they would fight.” Cheat code: If the nerds are being too Zen about my fight attempts, I found that claiming the fourth “Indiana Jones” as the best of the series is always sure to score you a right hook.

Level three: Comic-Con International Once a year, geeks descend on San Diego like a zombie invasion. I actually went one year, though solely to scream at the writers of “Lost” for toying with my emotions the past five years. ComicCon is like a nerdy Christmas. There is only one name that could ruin the event for them: Edward Cullen. As I stood in line for useless swag I trilled, “Aren’t you glad ‘Twilight’ is here? Edward is such a great example of a vampire; so much better than Joss Whedon’s ‘Angel.’” A girl dressed like Buffy started pulling out a wooden stake, so I took the statement back immediately and apologized.

Level four: Technology A computer to a nerd is like PowerPoint to a San Diego State professor. They can’t function without it. The passive-aggressive fight that never ends: My technology is newer, faster, cheaper,

lighter, more expensive, smaller and bigger than yours. It’s the geek’s way of taking off the pants and grabbing the measuring tape. Think of the expensive computer as the “normal” guy’s lifted truck. The bigger the hard drive, the more they’re compensating. Actually, when Apple Inc. released the first iPhone, my friend Kolby had what he calls a “geek-gasm.” Enough said.

The Boss: LARP Have you ever spent the weekend doing Live Action Role Playing? No? Congratulations, you’ve probably had a girlfriend. Depending on who you ask, LARP stands for Live Action Role Playing or Losers Are Running Pointlessly. I could describe it as a game of “Dungeons & Dragons” where the nerds actually dress up like knights or whatever and run around a field hitting each other with plastic foam battleaxes. I’ll stop there. I don’t even know where to begin with that one. At least they’re getting some sun. In closing, however, you probably ought to be nicer to nerds. Bill Gates has made more money than Michael Jordan or LaDainian Tomlinson ever will. As a closet geek myself, I still openly recognize that nerds pretty much run the world (when not distracted by “Diablo II”). Geeks win. It’s one of those “join them now or work for them later” type of deals. After all, nerds aren’t antisocial … they’re just not user friendly.


TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (2/24/10).Your power becomes a force that works behind the scenes to promote love and compassion all year long.Your special power relates to taking practical concepts and giving them creative life. Each time you bring love to the table, you build living connections that bear sweet fruit, like respect and integrity. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 5 If you wake up sad or gloomy, take time to exercise, fix a good breakfast and reach out mentally to explore options. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 6 - Clear space early because you'll need it for cooking, writing or simply showing your love to someone special. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 7 You sense the flow of power at home or at work, and you'll benefit if you can go with it. Later, you see the wisdom of decisions made today. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 - Each challenge shows you a way to reinforce a core commitment. Or not.You could be getting ready to drop an old attitude in favor of something better. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 Blast out of the doldrums! Argue if you have to, but keep one foot firmly on the ground. Wriggle into a more comfortable position. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 7 To get the day rolling, accept a challenge.



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—Kristen Ace Nevarez is an arts theater junior with a crush on Captain America.


Work diligently, and by day's end you'll feel great because you've done your very best.Take in a movie. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is an 8 Each contact made provides valuable information about how team members feel. A long-distance contact confirms your basic premise. Firm up details together. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 6 - Today will go better if you begin with practical assumptions and expand using everyone's imaginative input. It's brainstorm day. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is an 8 - Add sugar liberally to your words. Create an ambiance that reminds you of an iron fist in a velvet glove. Be strong and compassionate. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 6 - Whatever's going on in your head, it may not translate into something coworkers can appreciate. Rework a few details and try your presentation again. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Nurture others by providing healthy food and lots of love.To be effective with a supervisor, own your ideas. Benefits follow. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is 8 Dividing labor gets more done.You may need time alone in your office. Someone solves a storage problem.

ACROSS 1 Mesmerized 5 Medicinal amt. 8 Fenway Park city 14 “East of Eden” director Kazan 15 “__ Do You Love?”: Bo Diddley classic 16 Concert bonus 17 *Stable storage enclosure 19 They save the day 20 Affliction 21 Be scared to 22 Bank acct. entry 23 Symbol on several keys 24 No __: menu notice 27 Company featuring cavemen in its ads 29 Letter-shaped hardware 33 Chinese currency 35 Play thing 36 It’s a wrap 37 Mrs. Peel of “The Avengers” 38 Arias, e.g. 40 Plastic surgeon’s offering, for short 41 “Ghostbusters” co-writer Harold 43 Laugh from a Stooge 44 In unfamiliar territory, maybe 45 Dandruff site 46 Commonly cluttered room 48 Maiden name lead-in 49 Reward for merit 51 Egg carton no. 53 Great Plains terrain 56 Mötley Crüe’s two 60 Attach, perhaps with hardware


Solution available online at that begins the answers to starred clues 61 *Benjamin Button portrayer 62 Fellini’s realm 63 Site of the smallest bone in the body 64 Lowly worker 65 Sleep apnea sufferer, often 66 The Hartford logo 67 Egyptian snakes 1 2 3 4 5

6 Cobbler’s concern 7 Spitz-type dog, for short 8 Joy of “The View” 9 Burdensome 10 *Wacko 11 Ren or Stimpy, e.g. 12 Its creme may be eaten first 13 Hornet’s home 18 Tolled 21 Fail to finish school DOWN 23 Altar boy Former gen.’s sta- 24 Clinton press tus secretary Dee Jai __ Dee Cam’s output 25 “Poison” shrub Sulu portrayer 26 Beta follower on “Star Trek” 28 Early metalworkLively “Texas” ing period dances 30 Belted constella-

tion 31 Forgetful moment 32 Conservative IRA asset 34 *Game that goes down to the wire 39 Sudden-braking result 42 “I don’t want to hear the rest” 47 More than chilly 50 Iraqi money 52 Rock artist Frank 53 Cpls.’ underlings 54 Picnic spoiler 55 “It will come __ surprise” 56 River through southern Russia 57 One-eighties 58 Corvette roof option 59 Train sched. list 61 Blossom visitor

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