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Vol. 95, Issue 90

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OPINION

Monday, March 15, 2010

FREEDOM HAWK

Protesters do not recognize fiscal reality

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ast week many students, faculty and staff from the 10 campuses in the University of California system walked out of class for a demonstration billed “Day of Action to Defend Education.” The march was in protest of the so-called “tax” — as professors and members of the UC and California State University system have labeled it — according to www.wsj.com. This was quite odd; during most large and unfair tax increases in our state, you generally don’t see an uproar from America’s most progressive public university system. But this tuition increase, which has been presented by the UC system as a $662 tax hike for college students according to www.wsj.com, has gotten their attention. Apparently professors and students can’t understand the difference between a reduction in a state subsidy and an increase in taxes. Our state’s school system is one of the most heavily tax-payer funded systems in America. To put it another way, the tax-paying residents of California pay more for our public education than the residents of any other state. When speaking about the university budget shortfalls, UC president Mark Yudof said, “You can protest. You can put up signs – at Berkeley they like to occupy the trees and run nude – but the answer is ‘I still don’t have the money,’” according to www.wsj.com. This is a fair assessment by Yudof, who has tried to push the protest attention off himself and project it on the state legisla-

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ture. But in reality, Sacramento doesn’t have the money either. Our state is facing a $20 billion budget shortfall. Unlike the federal government, which can keep printing more and more money as the value of the dollar continues to crumble, states must work with the budgets they have, or face cuts. I do think there is something for UC and CSU students to learn from this; it might be what President Barack Obama calls a “teachable moment.” Obviously, with the fee increase, students have received a dose of economic reality, but I don’t think they understand how they got here. Yudof, our professors and students must look at California’s tax code to uncover the source as to why our state, in particular, has been ravaged by the economic downturn. In California, the tax percentage has been increased on a smaller base. The top 1 percent of the wealthiest income earners in California pay almost half of the state’s taxes, according to www.bloomberg.com. Because California ranked as one of the three least business-friendly states in America in 2005 — along with New York and Massachusetts, so arguably the three most liberal states — top-earners are either moving their businesses, or are forced to move themselves. These businesses and top income earners are moving to states like Texas, Nevada and Florida, conservative

states that were the top three businessfriendly states in 2005, according to www.allbusiness.com. So, when those who pay 50 percent of California’s tax revenue are forced out by those very same unfair tax rates, onerous regulations and high welfare entitlements, there are unintended consequences. The money that pays for everything in the state, especially higher education, is lost.

... if the protesters want to keep the progressive California tax system the way it is, they will be forced to rely solely on the wealthy class they love to scapegoat and demonize. In 2004, California had one of its most profitable years. The state had record surpluses. Instead of saving the money, the democratically controlled legislature was compelled to spend. The smart choice would have been to build more schools or fire stations. The unions however, forced the state to hire vast amounts of teachers, firefighters and other state employees.

Now, when the tax revenue is not coming in anymore, the state is forced to pay these people’s salaries with tax money it doesn’t have. When things like higher education are underwritten by tax revenue, the state is forced to make cuts in these areas as well. Students find themselves having to pay higher tuition and faculty find themselves with a pay cut or out of a job. The ironic fact is that if the protesters want to keep the progressive California tax system the way it is, they will be forced to rely solely on the wealthy class they love to scapegoat and demonize. If the tax rate was lessened on the top-earning 1 percent and broadly spread out amongst the tax brackets, we would be far less susceptible to the volatile boom / bust cycles we have faced, while still attracting the wealthy, who pay the most money toward state revenue. My advice to my peers who protested last week is to put your clothes on, put your signs down, pick up the California tax code and educate yourselves about why California is sliding into a welfare state and continues to be the prime example of the nightmare where America is heading.

—Patrick Walsh is a political science junior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec. Send e-mail to opinion@thedailyaztec.com. Anonymous letters will not be printed. Include your full name, major and year in school.

A GUEST’S PERSPECTIVE

Migrant border deaths a humanitarian crisis

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esert regions along the U.S.Mexico border have become the final resting place for thousands of migrant workers and their family members. Crosses, shallow graves and skeletons scattered in the desert region now represent tragedies caused by desperation and the will to search for a better life. Since the implementation of Operation Gatekeeper in 1994, estimates from the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego claim as many as 5,600 people have died in the mountainous desert terrain as a direct result of the security plan. It was designed to prevent illegal immigration into the U.S. by erecting fortified fences and walls for miles along major smuggling routes and urban areas. Physical barriers and an increase in the presence of U.S. Border Patrol agents were meant to deter Mexican migrants from attempting to start a life in our country. The policy proved effective in the fortified areas, but failed to deter migrants from crossing through alternate routes. Despite the efforts of Operation Gatekeeper and other similar border programs, such as Operation Guardian and Operation Hold the Line, the number of undocumented residents increased from an estimated 8.4 million in 2000 to 11.9 million in 2008, according to the Pew Research Center. Diverted routes ran through desolate terrain in every southern border state. Within the first year of Operation Gatekeeper’s enforcement, the primary cause of death among migrants switched from traffic fatalities to deaths from hypothermia, dehydration and drowning. Every year, more migrants have died in these hazardous terrains, regardless of the public relations campaigns on both sides of the border that clearly advertise the dangers. There is no way to know exactly how many migrants have died trying to cross, but the estimates that do exist clearly demonstrate that deterrence has failed. Our border is far from secure — and at this point, our policies have become blatantly inhumane. Abject poverty and a violent drug war are pushing hundreds of thousands of people to risk their own lives and the lives of their family members by traveling through these regions. As many as 5,600 people have died on our soil as a result of this strategy already.

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Border fences such as this one erected via Operation Gatekeeper have caused the deaths of as many as 5,600 people since 1994, according to the ACLU of San Diego.

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That’s more than the total — 5,402, at last count — of U.S. soldiers that have died since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began in 2003 and 2001. This is a humanitarian crisis on our own soil. The U.S. Border Patrol cannot be the only agency responsible for rescuing migrants. The federal government needs to create a separate agency specifically designed to perform search and rescue missions. If this organization is created, the U.S. could effectively utilize assistance from national and international organizations willing to prevent more deaths. The U.S. has punished humanitarian organizations for attempting to provide aid to migrants in the past. Much like the efforts of Operation Gatekeeper, harsh conditions will not prove as an effective deterrent to migrants. Along with an additional search and rescue agency, the U.S. needs to create a central-

ized database so people can locate family members who have disappeared while attempting to cross the border. A report by the ACLU of San Diego noted that “in total disregard of international obligations, the federal government has shifted the responsibility of the treatment of the dead and their families to local authorities encumbered with shrinking resources and jurisdictional differences.” This decentralized approach has left families frantically searching through multiple bureaucratic mazes that sometimes provide contradictory information. These people are trying to find missing or dead relatives. Through the current system, estimates show that a mere 75 percent of the recovered bodies or remains are positively identified. People have a right to know if their family members have died within our borders. Our nation has attempted to stop millions of illegal immigrants from entering our country for decades. So long as the demand to enter the U.S. exists, millions of immigrants will continue to come. Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who

served during former President George W. Bush’s administration, claimed that a 2,000 mile state-of-the-art border fence has been estimated to cost between $4 and $8 billion dollars. Other estimates placed the price for a wall that would run the entire length of the border might cost as little as $851 million for a standard 10-foot prison chain-link fence with razor wire. There is no inexpensive solution to secure our southern border. The sooner our nation produces a comprehensive plan to prevent illegal immigration from Mexico, the sooner it will alleviate its obligation to absolving this humanitarian crisis. The way the wall stands, thousands will continue to die.

—Tom Hammel is a political science junior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec. Send e-mail to opinion@thedailyaztec.com. Anonymous letters will not be printed. Include your full name, major and year in school.


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A couple is going on their third date. They never thought they’d find each other so amazing. After the movies, one of them decides to take it a step further. He decides to confess his feelings and gives hints about wanting to take the relationship to a physical level. The other person is surprised and wants to reciprocate the feelings, but is hesitant. If she gets intimate with him she may have to disclose that she has syphilis. Some people worry about potential partners judging their looks or personality; others worry about how their partners will react when they reveal they have a sexually transmitted disease or infection — that’s if they do disclose it. According to San Diego State peer health educator Ashley Whitehurst, talking about STDs is a very taboo subject. While issues such as jealousy, misunderstanding and trustworthiness are commonly addressed in relationships, STDs and STIs are rarely discussed. It’s uncommon to find someone who can speak freely about a pain in their rectum (a symptom of gonorrhea) or a burning sensation while urinating (a symptom of chlamydia). The hardest part of disclosing an STD or STI to a partner is having the courage to be honest about the condition. “I really think (the stigma of STDs) has to do with the method of transmission, because you get it through sexual contact,” Whitehurst said. “You wouldn’t be ashamed for getting hepatitis A from some food you ate a restaurant. But if you get hepatitis B or C, you don’t want to tell people that you have it.” Gaining the courage to talk about STDs or STIs is half the battle. But handling the partner’s reactions are another story. Many people fear they will be judged in a disapproving way. “Having STDs gives the implication that they did something bad or you had sex,” SDSU public health educator Angela Basham said. In addition, Basham said that a potential partner may assume the person had many sexual partners before them or had sexual intercourse irresponsibly. “There are times where people get STDs because they’re not being as safe as they possibly could,” Whitehurst said. “They’re not using the safest sex method. So they’re embarrassed. They think that they should’ve been smarter.” Preconceived judgments about STDs and STIs may deter a potential partner from continuing the relationship. Losing someone may be the biggest fear about opening up, but if a person really cares about their partner, they find a way to inform them about the disease or infection. Partners who choose not to talk about it may be putting their partner in danger. In 2008, from a sample of 100,000 U.S. citizens, 46,277 STD cases were reported, according to www.avert.org. California is ranked as the ninth highest state in

reported cases of STDs in the U.S. Though these high numbers suggest that STDs and STIs are a common ailment, many people wish to keep their disease or infection a secret. “If people were more open about it, they’d realize that a lot of people have it,” Basham said. Though people may not be open about their disease or infection to everyone, most agree that the least a person with an STD or STI can do is share it with their partner. So the question is: How does someone tell their partner? “One: Be an expert,” Basham said. “Get all the information you can about your STD. Check Web sites, go to health services, anything to learn about your STD.” If people are knowledgeable about their situation, their partner will likely feel reassured. A good way to start learning about STDs and STIs is by visiting Student Health Services at the Calpulli Center on Campanile Drive. In addition, Web sites such as www.cdc.gov and www.ashastd.org provide in-depth details and statistics about specific STDs and STIs. Being knowledgeable about one’s STD or STI is one thing, but if it’s not presented with the right attitude, the partner may have second thoughts. “Two: Disclose your STDs in a calm manner,” Basham said. “Don’t act like it’s the end of the world. Be factual.” Reassurance is a key factor in addressing STDs or STIs. Once a partner listens to everything the person has to explain, many choose to maintain the relationship or embrace the partner’s situation. “In the end, the other (part of the )couple needs time to realize that it’s not the end of the world,” Basham said. “And telling your partner about your STDs is like a test of the other person’s judgment about you. If they can’t accept it, then maybe they aren’t worth having.” If a partner cannot handle the idea of dating someone with STDs or STIs, most would rather know this before the relationship goes any further. If it does end, a person can take this as an opportunity to try another approach next time. “If you go into the next relationship, you have to know how to open up,” Basham said. “It doesn’t have to be the first date, but it should be sometime before the fifth.” For people who are unsure if they have an STD or STI, Basham and Whitehurst agree that they should seek medical help to prevent harm to their body or harm to others. SDSU Health Services offers Family PACT, which provides free STD and STI testing for qualified college students. A full STD and STI panel for males consists of a blood test and a urine test. For females, the panel consists of a vaginal exam and a blood test. “It could be difficult for people to come to a health service place, especially depending on where they come from — family background, culture — it could be something that’s not talked about,” Whitehurst said. “But in the end they’re only harming themselves and any partners that they have.”

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Monday, March 15, 2010

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Aztec women win SDSU takes home MWC Championship tourney crown in OT

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On Saturday, the San Diego State men’s basketball team defeated UNLV to win the championship game of the Mountain West Conference Tournament. The last time SDSU won the tournament was in 2006.

The San Diego State women’s basketball team won its first-ever MWC Tournament championship on Saturday in Las Vegas. SDSU defeated Utah 70-60 after staging a comeback and forcing overtime.

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SDSU senior guard Kelvin Davis and junior center Billy White field questions from the media after their championship victory. Davis made a point to take the MWC trophy with him to the press conference.

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LAS VEGAS —- After the pandemonium died down, after the music stopped blaring, after the hundreds of fans cleared the court, San Diego State men’s basketball sixth-year senior guard Kelvin Davis strolled to the postgame press conference. He took three steps up to the podium, pulled out his chair, plopped his 2010 Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship trophy on the table and flashed the media a big smile. Davis has been at SDSU for three years. He’s seen Aztec greats such as Lorrenzo Wade come and go without hoisting a trophy. So after his SDSU AZTECS 55 squad beat UNLV, 5545, in the MWC TournaREBELS 45 ment Championship game on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, he wanted to show the world the new trophy he had worked so hard to earn. “We played hard and coach told us all season, ‘You play hard and win games, you have an opportunity to play for a championship,’” Davis said. “We did. And we won.” Davis scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting in the championship game and played 32 minutes. His teammate, freshman forward Kawhi Leonard, scored 16 points and piled up a career-high 21 rebounds. Junior guard D.J. Gay, who played 119 minutes of a possible 120 this tournament, racked up 11 points and two rebounds. Even the Aztecs with broken hands (freshman guard Chase Tapley) and broken fingers (sophomore

guard Tyrone Shelley) made their marks on the championship game. “This was a wonderful team victory and we savor and underline ‘team,’” head coach Steve Fisher said. “The individual accolades are nice, but you don’t win unless you have a team.” SDSU beat Colorado State in the quarterfinals last week, 72-71, setting up a huge game against then-No. 8 New Mexico in the semifinals. The Aztecs played their best game of the season, shooting 51.9 percent from the floor, and pulled out the 7269 victory against the nationally ranked Lobos. On Saturday, they finished off their magical tournament run with a controlling 55-45 win against the Rebels on their own home floor. “I felt great pride for our university and particularly for our men’s basketball team and our athletic program,” Fisher said. “I told our team, ‘Enjoy that bus ride home, hug that trophy, and savor this moment, make it an indelible mark you’ll never forget because it doesn’t happen often.’” SDSU will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2005-06, when it also won the MWC Tournament. That year, the Aztecs lost 87-83 in the first round to Indiana. This afternoon, SDSU will find out its seed and its opponent, which can be read at www.thedailyaztec.com’s LIVE Aztec Gameday Blog today. “I can finally take a deep breath,” Gay said. “(The NCAA Tournament) is something I’ve been waiting for the last two years, something growing up as a little kid I always wanted to play in, and now I have the opportunity to do so.”

LAS VEGAS — With four minutes left in regulation of the Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship game, the San Diego State women’s basketball team trailed Utah by eight points. At that moment, senior guard Quenese Davis huddled her team together on the court and put things into perspective. “We got this,” the eventual tournament MVP said to her teammates. “We’ve just got SDSU 70 to stay together, get big stops and UTAH 60 some make some big plays on the other end.” Four minutes of basketball later, SDSU was tied with the Utes. Then, after five minutes of Aztec-dominated overtime, SDSU was the MWC Tournament champion, winning 70-60. “As a group, as a team, as a program,” head coach Beth Burns said. “We couldn’t be more excited to cut down the nets as the Mountain West Conference Tournament champions … We came in with the eye of the tiger and I’m thrilled with the outcome, but I’m not surprised with the outcome.” The game was close throughout, but the well-documented ineptitude the Aztecs have on the offensive glass caught up with them. At one point, Utah had 12 offensive rebounds to SDSU’s three. That,

combined with hot shooting from the Utes, is what gave Utah the commanding lead late in the game. But a few clutch boards from junior forward Allison Duffy and junior center Paris Johnson were all Davis and senior guard Jené Morris needed to stage a comeback. All but six of the Aztecs’ final 22 points came from those two seniors, who both earned all-tournament honors. This was the third consecutive year SDSU has played in the championship game of the MWC Tournament, but the first time it came away with a win. To say that was a fact weighing on Morris’ mind would be a tremendous understatement. “Pure bliss,” Morris said. “I mean, it’s nice for the first time not to be up here crying because we lost. We made it to the championship game two years in a row and lost … We knew they had a great team and could come back at any time. The fact that we stuck together was amazing.” When asked if the win was especially gratifying considering the way the regular season panned out, there was no hesitation in Morris’ response. “Definitely. That was our goal coming into the tournament. We weren’t really happy with the way we played during the regular season. This was our time to show how good we actually can be.” The Aztecs know they will be playing in the NCAA Tournament, but will have to wait until this afternoon to find out who they will be playing.

For information on both the men’s and women’s teams’ seeding and opponents in the NCAA Tournament, check out www.thedailyaztec.com. Also, check out the photo galleries, blog updates and videos of all the sights and sounds from last weekend’s MWC Tournament action in Las Vegas.


Monday, March 15, 2010

CITY

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SDSU applicants receive acceptance letters

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According to the university, the incoming undergraduate class is expected to be the most academically prepared in recent SDSU history. Accepted students have an average GPA of 3.78 and an average SAT score of 1148.

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Throughout the past two weeks, thousands of high school seniors and community college students received acceptance letters from San Diego State. More than 15,000 applicants received acceptance letters out of the approximate 61,800 students who applied. Last November, SDSU’s new admissions policy received criticism from the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education and local families. Now, however, SDSU is admitting its most academically prepared undergraduate class, according to the university. “Because of this reduced enrollment capacity, students had to meet higher academic requirements to be admitted,” Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Sandra Cook, said. In this case, higher academic requirements include an average GPA of 3.78 and an average SAT score of 1148. “Given our limited enrollment funding, we are providing an opportunity to those students who are best prepared to succeed at the university level,” Manager of Media Relations at SDSU, Gina Jacobs, said. The incoming undergraduate class is also expected to be the second most diverse class, racially and ethnically, to be admitted to SDSU since the university has been keeping track. It was thought by some that these students would be excluded by the new admissions policy. Jacobs said that the undergraduate class is so diverse because of SDSU’s community outreach programs. The Educational Opportunity Program helps to support low-income, first generation college students. SDSU spends several millions of dollars on outreach programs for the local communities. Other outreach programs, such as Super Sundays and Compact for Success, also help prepare students to apply to SDSU. Although thousands were accepted, about 1,740 California State University-eligible firsttime freshmen students were denied admission

to SDSU, according to Jacobs. “We want to be a place where our local students can go to a university,” Jacobs said. “Unfortunately, under these really tight enrollment and tight budget system, we cannot provide access to everyone who wants it.” The university has implemented a new Transfer Admission Guarantee for students who were not accepted for Fall 2010. The traditional Transfer Admission Guarantee promised students admission to SDSU after completing half of their transferable coursework at a local community college and meeting the GPA requirements for their major. Now, students must complete all of their transferable units at a local community college in three years. Students only have to meet the requirements for this year instead of the requirements for the year that they apply. After the change to the admissions policy, local transfer students became SDSU’s top priority because there is little for transfer students to do after they have completed their coursework at a community college, Jacobs said. She added that SDSU is sometimes the only option for local transfer students who want to attend a four-year university, because many students are place-bound. “Place-bound” refers to those students that, because of fewer financial resources and other circumstances, cannot leave the local area to attend school. According to Cook, students have three years to complete their coursework at a community college because many will have to take remedial classes before taking college-level courses. To further assist students in completion of the Transfer Admission Guarantee requirements, students at local community colleges can take one class per semester at SDSU for $10 if there is space available. Cook says the university expects to receive the majority of intent to enroll letters from incoming freshmen and transfer students next month, but many students wait until the last minute to respond. SDSU has 6,158 undergraduate slots. The university expects to have 3,534 new freshman and 2,624 transfer students next year.

CAMPUS CRIME Battery March 3 — A San Diego State student was reportedly battered near Los Panchos Taco Shop, according to a SDSU Police media bulletin. SDSU Police Capt. Lamine Secka said officers approached a vehicle with its hazard lights on at the intersection of College Avenue and Lindo Paseo around 2 p.m. Secka said the driver, who was the 19-year-old victim, told officers that an unknown man approached him and started punching him in the face when he walked by the taco shop approximately an hour earlier. According to Secka, the victim was not sure what initiated the incident. Secka said the victim had a bloody nose and lacerations on his head, but refused medical treatment.

Vehicle theft March 3 — A student’s vehicle was reportedly stolen from Parking Structure 1 between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The value of the 1996 black Honda Accord is estimated to be $3,000. The car was entered into the national stolen vehicle computer database. The vehicle has not yet been recovered.

Vehicle burglaries March 3 — A student’s car was burglarized in Parking Structure 1. The 2000 silver Mitsubishi Eclipse was reportedly burglarized between 9 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. The victim reported that a

woman’s bag and a cell phone charger had been taken. The total loss is valued at $265. A professor’s vehicle was burglarized in the same parking structure between noon and 3:40 p.m. One of the 1996 brown Toyota Camry’s windows was reportedly smashed, and a laptop and laptop case were reportedly taken.

Suspicious circumstances March 2 — Police arrested a man who they believe may be responsible for various vehicle burglaries that have occurred on campus. Secka said a number of vehicles were broken into earlier in the week. Steven Marino was arrested at 1:30 p.m. in Parking Structure 3. Secka said the 34-year-old, who is not affiliated with the university, was seen driving through the area and looked suspicious. Marino was arrested and transported to jail for possession of methamphetamine, a billy club, a knife on campus, burglary tools, stolen property, false registration and a suspended license. Marino had a number of tools, including a knife, pocketknives, hammers, screwdrivers, a handsaw, a flashlight and other miscellaneous implements, according to Secka. Secka said Marino has a long criminal history, which includes theft.

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Chuck has lost his magic

I

’m writing this at a kid’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s. I haven’t been to Chuck E. Cheese’s in awhile, and I remember it a lot differently. For one, when I was 7 years old I wasn’t getting hit on by single dads. Actually, I don’t recall any of the miserable adults in general. But now that I am one, I want you to meet them.

The soccer mom She’s large, she’s in charge and she’s yelling “Walk!” at every child, even the ones that don’t belong to her. When she received her kids’ tokens, she double-counted to make sure there were exactly 140. She is writing thank-you cards, tying her son’s shoelaces and lecturing her daughter, all while nursing a newborn. She munches the pizza crusts her kids didn’t eat and drinks the neon punch, even though it’s that iffy “blue raspberry” flavor. She is really turned-on by the fact that she won’t have to clean up the mess her kids are creating with their torn napkin statue.

The softball dad This is the nice dad who gave his wife a day off. He buys exactly $20 in tokens and intends to teach his kids the value of rationing their money. That is, until he discovers some shoot-‘em-up game. Then he spends the rest of the time there trying to beat the high score of some guy named “AAA.” At that point, he gives the kids $40 and tells them to have a ball until daddy wins.

The hot mom You can pick her out by her salonhighlighted hair. She’s standing

Monday, March 15, 2010

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behind her well-coiffed kid, wearing a cashmere sweater and holding a disgustingly expensive purse. She wears a really uneasy smile and says, “Wow sweetheart — you really killed that zombie.” She makes her kids use hand sanitizer before they eat. But Hot Mom doesn’t want pizza; she gets the salad. However, she soon realizes that Chuck E. Cheese’s is to salad like Taco Bell is to authentic Mexican food. So she settles for a tiny slice of pizza with the cheese peeled off.

Uncle bribery The absent uncle has approximately five hours to buy this youngster’s affection. He carries the kid’s jacket awkwardly and gives him all the tokens he can handle. Meanwhile, he does a “ring check” on every hot mom, and manages to strike a conversation with every babysitter in the vicinity. This is the guy who taught his nephew to get a free water cup and fill it with Sprite.

The Gap family This family travels together in a unit. The parents hold hands and may be dressed alike. Dad and Mom both carry cameras; Mom has a little digital number and Dad has a large one with an epic lens. Their kid is usually a little girl who has her ears pierced and can barely walk, but the parents coax her into enjoying Dance Dance Revolution regardless. This is the family that appears to be having the best time, until

the kid starts screaming, “I don’t know why you crazy people brought me here! I’m only two!” Well, that’s what she would say if she could talk.

The employees They all look deeply unhappy. I would too if I had to wear white tube socks and sneakers in 2010. If I had to pick out their cars in the lot, I’d find the ones with the community college parking sticker and a passenger seat full of McDonald’s wrappers.

Chuck E. Cheese himself He was scary then, and he’s still scary now. I learned early in life that a big mouse equals a rat, and my time at the Hardy Avenue Apartments has only solidified that belief. I feel like there is a strong need to ramp up Chuck’s image. I suggest having him throw tokens into the crowds of children. It’s either that or hire Tiger Woods’ public relations manager.

BY LINDA C. BLACK, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (3/15/10) Chaotic events this year challenge you to manage willful behavior and assert your practical side. Love relationships grow as you pursue your desire for increased harmony in relationships. Stress signals the need to back off a bit. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 7 Although harmony is in the ear of the beholder, you choose to power your way to gratification.They put a soft pedal on the piano for a reason. Use it to tone it down. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 6 - Prepare for the drill sergeant to run everyone ragged. Extra effort is needed to please a powerful female. Don't try to get creative today. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 6 Share your weekend experiences with the female who set you on the right path. Notice how much more relaxed you are? CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 7 Your partner puts everything into perspective.The new view includes more harmonious furnishings in a room the two of you will share. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 7 Break out of a dull pattern at work and bring in some new data to shake things up. It won't take long for people to get the picture. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 -

Clear the decks in order to do all your work as quickly as possible. Order in your work environment goes a long way. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is an 8 You may not have a PowerPoint presentation, but you have a powerful message to deliver. Add sugar to make the medicine go down. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 7 - The office despot arrives early and stays late. Create a diversion with a female associate or friend. Chatter abounds. Distract with chocolate. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 6 - Redirecting your mind to the task at hand takes some doing today. Get practical, and get going on necessary changes. It'll be worth it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 5 - Add feminine touches to your home (even if it's a home full of guys). Water the plants and check supplies. Everyone benefits today from a softer touch. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 5 - To love your neighbor, you must take care of yourself first. Work out a win-win agreement, then fulfill your end of the bargain. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 Your associates believe they have the final say, yet an older person has reserved veto power. Focus your persuasion on that person. © 2010,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.

I sound really bitter ... I apologize. Chuck E. Cheese’s is a magical place where your wildest dreams can come true — if your wildest dreams are getting sticky hands and sponge-apply tattoos at the prize counter. I’m just bitter because the kindergartner next to me won’t share his cotton candy. Fifteen years go by and some things never change.

— Kristen Ace Nevarez is a theatre arts junior with the second highest Skee-Ball score.

SUDOKU

BY THE MEPHAM GROUP

Level:

1 2

3 4

Instructions: Complete the grid so

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each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit www.sudoku.org.uk.

LOOKING THROUGH OUR LENS

Solution available online at www.TheDailyAztec.com © 2010 The Mepham Group. Distributed by Tribune Media Services. All rights reserved.

CROSSWORD

VICTORY STAMPEDE Photo Editor Glenn Connelly captured this emotional shot of SDSU fans storming onto the court once the men’s basketball team won the Mountain West Conference Tournament, stealing the team a ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

ACROSS 1 Month with showers 6 Auctioned auto, briefly 10 Journalist Nellie 13 Egypt’s capital 14 Ancient Greek district 15 Corned beef bread 16 Kids’ game with an “it” 18 Nest egg item, for short 19 Bridge supports 20 Curving pitch 22 Garment bottom 23 Suffix with methor prop24 Alley competitor 28 Backyard play apparatus 33 Like some college walls 34 Employed 35 Caesar’s 1,051 36 Author André 37 Fall apple drink 38 Pass’s opposite 39 Single 40 City on the Ruhr 41 Group of lions 42 Nuclear treaty subjects 44 9-Down footballer 45 Corn discard 46 The Atty. General is head of it 47 Low-level clouds 50 Icy formation at either extremity of the Earth’s axis 55 Peeper 56 Today, to Caesar— and a hint to the hidden word appearing in this puzzle 15 times (including the one in this answer)

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Solution available online at www.TheDailyAztec.com 58 Classic Jaguar model 59 Jeans material 60 “What’s in __?”: Juliet 61 Japanese money 62 Has a sandwich 63 Brawn DOWN 1 Eight, in Berlin 2 Twosome 3 Bike outing 4 Enrages 5 Despised 6 Perot of politics 7 Denver-toChicago dir. 8 Crusty desserts 9 San Francisco Bay city 10 Wedding party member

11 Old Greek stringed instrument 12 365 days 14 As above, in footnotes 17 Met, Nat or Card 21 Beethoven’s “Minuet __” 24 Archie Bunker type 25 Like lambs and rams 26 Like most modern TVs, picturewise 27 Reb general 28 Square’s four 29 Birdhouse songbird 30 Suffix with bombard 31 Drop in pronunciation

32 Flooring specialist 34 Yokel’s possessive 37 27-Down’s org. 38 End of most work wks. 40 Oceanic reflux 41 Dr. Denton’s, e.g. 43 Ode title starter 44 Massage deeply 46 Dire fate 47 Like a sheer negligee 48 Small child 49 What’s on your mind 50 Trident-shaped letters 51 Hindu princess 52 Prefix with apple 53 Summit 54 Relieved cry 57 Tolkien tree creature


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