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Thursday, March 18, 2010
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A report shows low diversity among administrators D ANNY P ENERA S TA F F W R I T E R
Recent events have put diversity in the spotlight in San Diego, giving universities a chance to show its true colors. During San Diego State’s University Senate meeting on March 2, the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Outreach brought it to the senate’s attention that there are only a few level four administrators from minority groups. According to Anne Donadey, chair of the DEO committee, from 2006 to 2009, the university has had between two and four level four administrative positions filled by people from minority groups. In the history of the university, there has only been one woman of color to fill a level four administration position. There are 32 level four administrative positions at SDSU, which is the highest level in administration. Currently, there are three vacant level four administrative positions at SDSU: vice president for Faculty Affairs, dean of the library and information access and the dean of Imperial Valley Campus. The positions are expected to be filled by the end of the semester. With the deadline quickly approaching, SDSU is faced with the task of making sure applicants are of diverse backgrounds. Director of Diversity Aaron Bruce said a diverse background is not defined by an individual’s ethnicity, but by their values. Bruce said he would like to have candidates for these positions share certain values SDSU has, namely a commitment to diversity and social justice. “Giving preference to an individual is something we cannot do,” Bruce said. “However, you would like to find a diverse pool of candidates in order to find the best fit.” California’s voters previously banned the use of affirmative action by successfully passing Proposition 209 in 1996. According to the proposition, any discrimination or preferential treatment by the state or other public entities is prohibited. Donadey said rewording the application to let applicants know they must be able to demonstrate an ability to work well with different types of people is one way to diversify the applicant pool. Another measure is advertising in journals of higher education, which are read by various minority groups. Donadey said it is important to stress the need for multicultural competency in these ads. Bruce said because of Proposition 209, assuring a spe-
At the last University Senate meeting, the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Outreach presented suggestions for increasing the number of minorities in administrative positions.
cific type of person gets the job is not possible, which is why there is an importance placed on attracting the right people to apply for the job. “Ultimately, you’d like to pull from a pool of the highest quality of people,” Bruce said. Both Bruce and Donadey said they are looking for applicants who can demonstrate cultural competency. They define this as a willingness and an ability to work with people from other cultures. “People cannot lie on this stuff. If they are clueless, it will show in their teaching, research or service.” Donadey said. Because of her position, Donadey oversees some of the candidate selection process. “I have seen some really interesting responses about cultural competency,” Donadey said. “When I ask a question about a candidate’s vision for enhancing diversity during a campus visit, people who are not culturally competent think I am calling them a racist and then they respond in an embarrassing way.” Donadey said having few
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minorities in high-level positions is not uncommon for any American institution. “It’s a general trend of discrimination practiced in the nation,” Donadey said. “(The) higher up you get in the hierarchy, the less diverse the decision makers are.” Donadey said before anyone can come up with a solution to this problem, they must first be made aware of it. Donadey said she hopes having a diverse faculty will encourage more minorities to apply for jobs in the future and reverse the trend of having few minorities involved at the top level. Bruce said recent events did not prompt the university to take these measures. “We’ve been doing quite a bit of diversity work before the events at UCSD happened and will continue to do more in the future,” Bruce said. “When measuring the success of diversity, you can always do more.” The DEO committee created a new Faculty Diversity Award which will be presented at the May 12 Diversity Awards ceremony.
GREEK BEAT Greek council elections Interfraternity and Panhellenic council elections to fill executive positions for the next academic year are being held this week. Three positions for the Panhellenic Executive Board were elected Monday. Kailey Aleto of Pi Beta Phi was elected as vice president. Melissa Huapaya of Gamma Phi Beta was elected secretary and Raquel Elbachri of Delta Gamma was elected treasurer. There are 10 more positions to be filled. Positions are determined after candidates present speeches to council delegates. Caitlyn Zang, assistant coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life, said they are trying to fill the positions before spring break so elected Greeks can get a chance to shadow the current respective executives for a month. Candidates running for IFC
president and judicial director gave their speeches Tuesday night at the fraternity presidents meeting, according to Zang. Results of the election will be announced today during the IFC meeting.
New Member Series The third New Member Series will take place next Monday, in Hepner Hall Room 130. Check-in will start at 7:45 p.m., according to coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Doug Case. The event will be presented by Dr. Jamison Keller, activities coordinator for Fraternities and Sororities at CSU Northridge. Keller will give a presentation about the responsible use of alcohol, Case said.
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Pandora revolutionizing the radio industry M AT T S A LWA S S E R CONTRIBUTOR
Internet radio site www.pandora.com is transforming the way people listen to music. Based on the concept of traditional radio — listening to an externally chosen playlist of songs — Pandora Radio allows users to pick specific genres of music to be played. Based on user feedback, the site then “learns” what songs are most likely preferred, generating a listening experience unique to each user’s customized station. “Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go,” Pandora’s Web site states. “It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music … to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice.” The Music Genome Project is Pandora’s heart and soul — a computerized jukebox of more than 700,000 songs by 80,000 artists, with new tunes added every day. Pandora Listener Advocate, Jonathan Segel, said that each song within the MGP is categorized by hundreds of different attributes. “For example: Does the lead singer have a breathy voice? How distorted is the rhythm guitar? What key is it in? What tempo? Time signature? Are the lyrics about love? Sex? Loneliness?” he said. This massive undertaking of assigning 400 attributes is assigned to 50 Pandora employees: musicologists whose sole purpose of employment is to listen to and analyze music. Song after song, hour after hour, Pandora has added a human touch to a chiefly computerized means of attaining music. “Pandora does not use machine-listening or other forms of automated data extraction,” the Web site states. Each song is analyzed in about 20 to 30 minutes by a musicologist. After being categorized,
the song is placed in a computerized algorithm. From this process, each song can be picked to play based on how well it matches a user’s preferences. The more a listener uses the “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” buttons for the songs played on his or her station, the better Pandora can fine-tune its next selection. Users can create as many as 100 stations, allowing for a nearly infinite list of musical opportunities. Since its founding in 2000, Pandora has hooked 35 million listeners and adds 65,000 more per day. Despite Pandora’s vast selection of music, listeners are not able to choose a specific song to play, only songs sharing similar qualities. A user is first asked to input a specific artist or song; Pandora’s search engine begins churning. The MGP’s careful engineering will then determine what array of songs have similar characteristics as the example given. A playlist will be generated; the listener can only finetune from there. A basic membership to Pandora is free, and allows 40 hours of musical enjoyment per month, assuming the listener can stomach the occasional advertisement. If a user wants more than 40 hours of music, unlimited playing time for the rest of the month can be purchased for 99 cents. Users are also given the option to upgrade even further to a Pandora One account. This can be purchased for $36 a year, and in addition to unlimited playing time, users hear no ads, get a high quality stream, and other customizable options. A refreshingly original fusion of science and art, Pandora Radio allows users to become their own disc jockeys. They submerse themselves in music that they appreciate and enjoy, while simultaneously being exposed to new songs of the same genre. To start building a personalized station, visit www.pandora.com.
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Chatroulette: uncensored and shameless chat
Just a few months old, Chatroulette has attracted countless curious web users to a whole new level of social networking. The Web site often shows provocative images, begging the question why it is unregulated.
hatroulette is the roadside freak show of the Internet. It’s best not to stop there, but the idea of possibly seeing something completely bizarre drags people in. Created by 17-year-old Andrey Ternovski from Moscow, www.chatroulette.com is a new type of Web site taking social network users out of their comfort zone. Chatroulette connects strangers at random. Tapping into a computer’s webcam, the site brings you face-to-face with another user. If you don’t like what you see, you can press the “next” button and another person is connected to you. The possibilities of who and what you might see are limitless. From men dressed in cat suits to mimes trapped in boxes, you never know what is around the next turn. “It’s like controlled suspense,” Kristina
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Jameson, a freshman from the University of Wisconsin, said. “I feel like I’m watching a shock film.” Without the shackles of identities or shame, people are free to do whatever they want in front of their camera. Usually this involves something sexual or pornographic in nature. “Sixty percent of the time it is penis, penis, penis,” Valencia Community College student Stephanie Smith said. This aspect of the site makes it virtually inessential. But for those who can get past the army of online genitals, Chatroulette offers a totally unique experience. It’s a great way to learn about different cultures or just
have a conversation with a total stranger. I went online to Chatroulette to find out what the Web site had to offer. The first person I talked to was a girl from Florida who was very nice and was happy to have a conversation with me. After that things started to go downhill. The next person was a man furiously masturbating in front of his computer. I pressed next, only to have the same thing happen, again and again. When it wasn’t someone pleasuring themselves, it was usually men in their 20s who were looking for girls to talk to. I did my best to greet everyone that came on the screen, but most of the time, they disconnected when they saw I was a man. For every 40 people I clicked through, only one might have stopped to say “hi” and have a chat with me. My favorite part of Chatroulette was the
people who were going out of their way to get laughs. Many people dance or at least try to. Another time, two guys were drinking beers having a Chatroulette scavenger hunt. They asked me for a gray kangaroo, and when I showed them my dog’s chew toy, they burst into celebration. The worst experience I had on Chatroulette was the most disturbing act I had ever seen. A young, naked man was making passionate love to a head of cabbage. I tried telling him that’s not how you make coleslaw, but he didn’t listen. After witnessing human-vegetable love, I decided the Chatroulette experiment had come to an end.
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EDWARD LEWIS, SPORTS EDITOR The San Diego State men’s basketball team won the Mountain West Conference Tournament. There was music. There were hundreds of fans. There was a trophy. There was even a pair of scissors for cutting down the net. Oh, and there was also a huge price tag — the team’s health. SDSU took a beating on its road to becoming MWC Tournament champions. Freshman guard Chase Tapley reaggravated a broken hand injury. Sophomore guard Tyrone Shelley still can’t bend his thumb and his foot is still killing him. Junior forward Billy White retweaked his high ankle sprain against Colorado State. Even rock-solid junior guard D.J. Gay suffered a back injury in the three-day gauntlet. “I was very tired; legs were hurting, playing numerous amounts of minutes every night,” freshman forward Kawhi Leonard said. “Our players are down, but hey, you got to do it for the team, for the coaches, for the fans; so we just came out and did it.” The Aztecs will take on Tennessee at 9:45 p.m. ET tonight in Providence, R.I. in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. By tipoff time, SDSU will have had four and a half days of rest since the MWC Tournament. But that may not be enough to get this Aztec squad to full health. On Sunday, Gay said his back, which locked up on him after he took a charge against New Mexico last Friday, was still causing him pain. Tapley said his hand which has a broken fourth metacarpal bone, was sore, and he had a new wrap on it. Shelley sported a thumb the size of a golf ball and a foot injury that he said will
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SDSU and Texas meet once again The Aztecs will try to repeat last season’s win against Texas D AV I D P O P E A S S I S TA N T S P O R T S E D I T O R
Just seconds after the field of 65 was announced and the 11-seeded San Diego State women’s basketball team found out it would be matched up against nationally ranked, 6-seeded Texas, head coach Beth Burns addressed her team, as well as the rest of the crowd at SDSU’s selection party on Monday. “I believe we had a big win a year ago that helped us get to the tournament,” Burns said. “Who was that against again?” Without hesitation, Aztec players, assistant coaches and fans alike shouted back, “Texas!” In last year’s San Diego Surf ’N Slam title game, SDSU defeated the then-No. 4 Longhorns, giving the program arguably its biggest win in more than a decade. The Aztecs would later lose to Utah in the Mountain West Conference Tournament, making the win against Texas especially important as it helped punch SDSU’s ticket to the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid. The profound effect that game had on the Aztecs as a program was not lost on Burns in the moments following Monday’s announcement. “It’s rare that you have an opportunity to have familiarity of your opponent,” Burns said. “The irony is that Texas probably took our program to another level when we beat them a year ago. Now we get to see (how we match up) as a year’s time has passed and (we play on) their home floor.” In last season’s NCA A
Tournament, SDSU won on its home floor in the first round, upsetting DePaul, before falling to Stanford in the second round. That experience in the Big Dance will likely play to the Aztecs’ advantage. “This year, we have hopes to making it to the Sweet 16,” senior guard Jené Morris said. “While last year, we were happy to be in it. Now we have higher hopes. We just have to keep working hard and stay confident with ourselves. We’re going to be on the road and all that we are going to have is each other. We are going to have to work as a team and hope we get some wins.” SDSU is coming off a dramatic overtime comeback win with a rematch of last year’s MWC Tournament Championship game against the Utes. This time around, the Aztecs came out ahead and took home their firstever MWC Tournament title, winning 70-60. Burns’ team will have the challenge of slowing down the No. 20 Longhorns’ senior guard Brittainey Raven. Raven leads her team in scoring with 14.6 points per game and has 48 steals this year. Her battle against Morris will be the matchup to watch as SDSU’s All-American candidate has 16.4 points per game and an incredible 94 steals this season. “This is the last chance, the last go-around,” Morris said. “Growing up, you always watched March Madness and the NCAA Tournament and this is my final one. So it’s kind of special; I want to go out with a bang. Most, though, for my team, we’ve had a great run and who knows if they’ll have this again next year. You can’t expect this to happen every year, you just have to enjoy it and keep working hard and show the nation how well we can play.”
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Senior guard Jené Morris will have one more chance to make a run in the NCAA Tournament this weekend against Texas in Austin.
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PLAYER TO WATCH:
I’ll admit it; I’m a football guy. I eat, sleep and breathe pigskin. So every year when this week rolls around, I pretend I know NCAA basketball outside of the Mountain West Conference and inevitably look stupid when it’s all said and done. (I really had Wake Forest and Gonzaga in my Final Four last year.) But this year, when I had first crack at picking the region I wanted to write about, talking about the No. 1 overall seed Kansas Jayhawks and the team I’ve been covering for nearly three years, the San Diego State men’s basketball team, seemed like a can’t-miss opportunity. Surely I can’t mess this up this year. Right?
It’s suddenly become the sexiest pick in the nation: No. 11 seed SDSU to beat No. 6 seed Tennessee. The Aztecs are hot right now. They’ve beaten the No. 8 team in the country (New Mexico) and smashed a top 30 team on its own home floor (UNLV) in back-to-back nights. They have the talent to hang with just about anybody. Plus, an 11 seed almost always upsets a 6 seed. So mark it down: SDSU’s winning this game.
There are boatloads of good players in this bracket. Kansas’ Sherron Collins, UNLV’s Tre’Von Willis, Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas, Georgetown’s Greg Monroe and Ohio State’s Evan Turner all call the Midwest region their home this weekend. However, the player to watch has to be Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez. He’s the Stephen Curry-like guy who can put a team on his back and carry them to an Elite Eight appearance.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
It’s hard not to pick the gutty, little Aztecs here. SDSU’s strength is its athleticism. The only teams it gets beat by are really, really well-coached basketball squads that play complete team basketball. Fortunately for the Aztecs, Tennessee and Georgetown (their likely second round opponent) aren’t exactly Duke or BYU. Expect SDSU’s athletes to do something special this season. Perhaps even something Sweet.
Aside from the biggest game in Aztec basketball history, the matchup to watch in this bracket is Michigan State vs. Maryland in round two. Tom Izzo, Raymar Morgan, Lucas and Vasquez make this game must-see TV. It’s a shame the winner will get romped by Kansas in the Sweet 16.
FINAL FOUR PREDICTIONS FINAL FOUR: Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky, Baylor CHAMPION: Kansas QUOTABLE:“Really selection committee? Rhode Island? Seriously?”
EAST Glenn Connelly, Photo Editor Well it looks like I am going to be spending the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament in lovely Providence, R.I. While I am super excited to be covering the San Diego State men’s basketball trip to the NCAA Tournament, I am not excited to be doing it in Peter Griffin’s backyard. Really? New Mexico gets to play in San Jose, but we get sent almost 3,000 miles away? BYU gets to play in Salt Lake City if it makes it to the Western Regionals? Yeah, that seems totally fair. Oh well, now we just have to beat a team that knocked off two No. 1 seeds and if we win that one we get a reprieve by playing one of the top Big East schools … Awesome.
FINAL FOUR PREDICTIONS
The easy pick here is No. 12 Cornell against No. 5 Temple. Cornell got hosed in seeding; in reality Cornell should be a 6 seed but for some reason the committee burned them.
Calipari has been able to get all these amazing point guards, but he is about to have his third one-and-done lottery pick in as many years (Derrick Rose ‘08, Tyreke Evans ‘09). Look for Wall to step it up in crunch time.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
I am going to stick with my early upset. In all reality, the Big Red may have lucked out with its seeding, facing a beatable Temple team and an inconsistent Wisconsin team in the second round. Do not be surprised if Cornell is in the Sweet 16.
This bracket should not have too many upsets in my opinion. I think the best game we are going to see is No. 2 West Virginia vs. No. 3 New Mexico in the Sweet 16. I cannot wait to see Darington Hobson face off against Da’Sean Butler. These teams match up well against each other; the winner will give stiff competition to Kentucky when it plays for a chance at the Final Four.
FINAL FOUR: Kansas, Syracuse,West Virginia, Duke
PLAYER TO WATCH:
This one is pretty obvious: John Wall. The kid can just flat-out play ball. I do not know how Kentucky head coach John
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Thursday, March 18, 2010
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SOUTH David Pope, Assistant Sports Editor
PLAYER TO WATCH:
Nothing makes me happier than watching North Carolina fail. So while seeing the Tar Heels in the NIT while San Diego State is in the Big Dance makes my pants tight, it leaves me feeling a bit empty. Who do I so viciously root against this March? I’ll tell you who: Duke. Duke is basically the same thing as UNC: a slightly different shade of blue with an equal amount of pretentiousness and good ol’ southern racism. But infamous lacrosse teams aside, let’s get on with the picks:
I’m choosing Old Dominion to beat Notre Dame. Gerald Lee and the Colonial Athletic Association champs are going to expose the Fighting Irish for the dirty, non-bid-deserving hacks they are.
OK, back to the Bears. Baylor’s LaceDarius Dunn is the real deal. He averaged 19.4 points per game this year and his name is LaceDarius … LaceDarius! That commands your respect. On top of that, he has a teammate named Tweety, another named Ekpe and the Bears’ sixth man is named Quincy. Hello, Indianapolis.
FINAL FOUR PREDICTIONS FINAL FOUR: Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Baylor CHAMPION: Kansas QUOTABLE: “What seed is USC? What about UCLA? Oh wait ... Haha, it’s funny because they both suck.”
BRACKET BUSTER: Can a third-seed be a bracket buster? Judges? I’m being told “no”. Damn. All right well let’s put Baylor on hold for a second and go with Louisville. The ninth-seeded Cardinals are the most underrated team from the Big East. I know, I know. Seeing the word “Big East” and “underrated” in the same sentence makes me want to vomit too, but don’t count out Rick Pitino’s squad. I have them taking down Duke in the second round.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Be sure to check out Richmond against St. Mary’s in the first round. Neither of these teams is especially great, so they’re both playing to justify their spots in the tournament. Plus, Villanova is quite possibly the worst second-seed ever, and the winner of this game will take on the Wildcats in round two.Can you imagine a Patty Mills-less SMC in the Sweet 16? It looks quite possible.
WEST Matthew McClanahan, Staff Writer Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to set apart the men from the boys. That’s right folks, it’s Mustache March. One of my roommates told me mine is coming in quite “creeperishly,” while another roommate told me the other day I look like Adolf Hitler. While I can’t fill out a full mustache,I can fill out an NCAA bracket.So heed these words.
PLAYER TO WATCH:
For those of you who always pick Gonzaga as your sleeper, the Zags aren’t getting past Syracuse in the second round. Other than 12-seeded UTEP possibly beating Butler, there isn’t much upset potential in the early stages of the West bracket.
All comments regarding race aside, I hate BYU’s Jimmer Fredette. So don’t watch him. Don’t watch Syracuse’s Arinze Onuaku either, because he’ll be picking his nose on the bench while nursing an injury. Watch his teammate – 6-foot-7-inch forward Wesley Johnson. He can do it all.
FINAL FOUR PREDICTIONS FINAL FOUR: Kansas, Syracuse,West Virginia, Duke CHAMPION: Kansas QUOTABLE:“Who names their kid Jimmer?”
With teams like Vanderbilt, Butler, Oakland (Michigan) and BYU in the West, there is one thing very clear — this bracket is extremely Anglo-Saxon. So look for UTEP to resurrect its “Glory Road” days and knock off a few traditionally Caucasian-filled teams. Theoretically, it could play Vanderbilt, Gonzaga and BYU in addition to its opening round game against Butler.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: BYU hasn’t won an NCAA tournament game since 1993. If it breaks that streak against a weaker Florida team, the Cougars will likely face Kansas State in the second round. I don’t know how you’re going to manage seeing this game without watching Fredette, but figure it out. Maybe adjust the contrast on your television set.
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New tricks for old dogs of BRMC dissapoint
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Originally from San Francisco, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has a discogrophy including eight discs that span from 1999 to present. The band performed at HOB last Saturday.
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Named after a motorcycle gang from the 1953 Marlon Brando film “The Wild One,” Black Rebel Motorcycle Club knows about fighting. The band lost its original drummer, Nick Jago, after fists literally started swinging in public and in 2004 found itself without a record deal after a disagreement with its label Virgin Records. Virgin felt the
leather jackets the band wore were best matched with its heavy rock origins — such as debut hit single “Whatever Happened to My Rock ‘n’ Roll (punk song)” — while the band expressed a desire to be more experimental and try different genres. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club felt it had more to offer than being just another rock band with one consistent sound; instead it wanted to mix elements of psychedelia, garage, blues and folk. The suits at Virgin were unimpressed, but the
band refused to budge; Virgin dropped them. Watching the band promoting the new album “Beat The Devil’s Tattoo, complete with new female drummer Leah Shapiro, it’s still hard to know who was right. The band came onstage to rapturous applause and launched straight into a new song called “War Machine,” which featured plenty of heavy reverb and electric guitar but somehow lacked any real punch. It was not until the third song, the
classic “Love Burns,” from its debut album, that the crowd really started to get into it. Later on, “Ain’t No Easy Way,” a bluesy acoustic number, proved to be one of the most popular songs of the night. The song also gave audiences some piano and keyboard solos and plenty of harmonica. Sure, it’s clear that BRMC can transcend genres and write a diverse array of songs, but what’s harder to determine is whether that’s really what the fans want to hear. Throughout the
band’s set, it’s easy to notice people in the crowd talking amongst themselves or heading for the bar during the more recent songs, then quickly heading back to the mosh pit for the old classics. Maybe that’s partly because of the fact that the set was too long with 24 songs and clocking in at around the two-hour mark. Still, it doesn’t help that the band made almost no effort to engage with the audience whatsoever; there was no stage banter, no introductions, no acknowledgements at all. At times it was hard to know whether the band even realized the crowd was watching. The hipsters on the balcony seemed unimpressed with most of the new album, but even they couldn’t contain their excitement when the earlier hits were played. One elderly fan, probably in his 60s, stood up and bashed his head in unison with the rest of the crowd, screaming along to “Whatever Happened to My Rock ‘n’ Roll (punk song)” at the top of his lungs. It’s at these moments — at its most basic heavy rock foundations — that BRMC really seems to be most convincing. The musicians are at their most electric when they’re truly rocking out, fans are jumping along and leather jackets are glistening under the spotlights. Maybe the suits at the record company had a point after all. For more information, visit www.blackrebelmotorcycleclub.com.
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am going to say this one more time: No, I do not want to be your friend. No, I don’t want to RSVP to your Wacky Gal’s Night Out. No, I don’t want to join your group boycotting FOX for cancelling “Arrested Development.” No to your wall posts, no to your zombie applications, no to your Scrabulous substitute and no to you, Facebook. I’m a modern girl. I get it. I understand in this day and age, everyone and their mom has a Facebook or a Twitter account. My grandmother is on Facebook, for crying out loud. Some people still cling to their MySpace pages, the
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newly ostracized ugly stepbrother of Facebook. I recognize my lack of a Facebook has indubitably stunted my social growth. Friends from class will coyly bring up that they “tried to find me on Facebook but must have misspelled my last name.” Let me settle this once and for all: You spelled it right. I wasn’t there. Now I could rattle off a barrage of reasons as to why I don’t have one: It’s not exclusive anymore; I
don’t want people to electronically stalk me; I got sick of constant requests. All of these are genuinely true, but they’re not the primary reason I severed my ties with the social network. I used to have a Facebook back in the day when it was private and available only to college students. I got one, like most of us, straight out of senior year. Also, like most of us, I immediately friended everyone I was acquainted with in my high school. I joined the groups declaring the superiority of my high school class. (Miramonte ‘06 forever!) I joined the “You Know You’re a ‘90s Kid When …” group because I, like
you, am an emotional sucker for nostalgic Nickelodeon references. I was a recreational user for a while and then something happened. Suddenly, I lost control. Most anyone who has ever had a Facebook knows what I’m talking about. I’d sit down to write a paper or find a study guide and then a thought would strike me: I wonder what’s up with Stoner Joe from Latin 2? I bet he’s totally flunking out of college. Did he even go to college? I should probably check just to make sure. Three hours and two bags of microwave popcorn later I’m thoroughly immersed in judging the skanky girls from Comm. 103 for
going to Sig Ep’s Luau Party wearing nothing but coconuts and leis. Where was my high resolve? To be completely honest, I didn’t erase my Facebook because I think it’s evil or because the people who use it are socially inept. That’s not true at all; in fact, Facebook is a fantastic networking tool. Companies use it, bands use it and most importantly for many college students, employers use it. I erased it because it’s like crack. Given a computer and a password, I am without defense against Facebook. I have no restraint. Thinking I can use Facebook casually is like Amy Winehouse thinking she can just shoot heroin socially. It’s just not going to happen. It’s been more than a year since I sat down and deleted my page forever, erasing my messages, my tagged pictures and my ties with most everyone whose number was not in my phone book. And guess what: I’m still here. I’ll be straight up — the first month going cold turkey was hard. I would sit down to write a paper and stare at the screen. No amount of surfing www.collegehumor.com or www.funnyordie.com can substitute for creeping people on Facebook. The good news is that I still have friends. (Gasp!) I call people on that old-time device known as an iPhone when I want to talk to them. (Shock!) I even support causes, attend events and keep current with some pals from high school. (Awe!) I also tend to go outside more, which is nice. If something important happens via Facebook, I find out about it through my everincreasing pool of Facebook-using friends. I learn about people from asking them what movies they like and what music they listen to, not by reading the list of cult classics and hipster bands they catalog on their profile — I’ll believe you like Belle & Sebastian when I see the play count on your iTunes. And you know what? I’ve never been happier.
-Maggie is a communications senior. -This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec.
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“Logorama” is a 17-minute animated action film made entirely from corporate logos. It recently won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Short Film Animated. The film is French, but the dialogue is English, so it does not appear to be foreign at all. The film’s plot features Michelin men cops chasing a crazed Ronald McDonald robber through Los Angeles. The film then takes a dramatic shift during the second act, which really shakes things up, ending with a mini-apocalypse. Everything in the film, including characters, buildings, vehicles and the like, is an animated logo. The 3-D-looking graphic design gives eye candy quality to this film, showing great innovation in animation technology. This, combined with hilarious adult dialogue and dramatic intensity, makes the film stand out both visually and concep-
tually. It’s a fun and interesting movie, definitely worth a look. Because of the strong language and violence, this animated film is recommended for mature audiences. Distributed by Shorts International, “Logorama” is available in fulllength high quality in the iTunes store for $1.99. After the film’s Oscar win, one of “Logorama’s” many producers, Nicolas Schmerkin, said, “(the film) is not about America. It’s about our modern Western world … It’s about the way we live and the way we react to these logos. The brain can register 14 logos in less than one second. Making the logos characters with sets and props is about what we’re living.” For more information, visit www.logorama-themovie.com.
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Indie-rock fans are in for a treat as three of New York City’s hottest new independent bands make their way to San Diego next week. Staten Island quartet Cymbals Eat Guitars will be performing with Brooklyn’s Bear In Heaven, along with Queens’ quintet Freelance Whales at 8:30 p.m. next Tuesday at The Casbah. Headlining the show is Cymbals Eat Guitars, a young band that has already found success through its critically acclaimed debut album “Why There Are Mountains,” released last September on Sister’s Den Records. The band consists of four young musicians: Joseph D’Agostino on vocals and guitars, Brian Hamilton on keyboards, Matthew Miller on drums and percussion and Matthew Whipple on bass. As one of the few bands to come from Staten Island, Cymbals Eat Guitars has made a name for itself with its unique
sound, carried by loud post-punk energy, instrumental dexterity and lyrical precision. Fans in the front row should be warned — D’Agostino is rumored to be one of the sweatiest front men around. The latest single from Cymbals Eat Guitars is called “Tunguska,” available on the band’s Web site. Bear In Heaven is a four-piece Brooklyn-based pysch-rock band formed by front man Jon Philpot. It is currently signed to the indie label Hometapes. The band’s current lineup of members has Philpot on vocals, guitar and keyboards, Adam Wills on guitar and bass, Sadek Bazaraa on bass and keyboards, and Joe Stickney on drums. Its debut album “Red Bloom of the Boom” was released in 2007, consisting mostly of progressive psychedelic rock. Last October it released “Beast Rest Forth Mouth,” a more streamlined, straightforward pop album with 10 exquisite songs about youthful romance. Propelled by crafty percussion and soaring vocals, the album overflows with emotion and decadent originality. This album is so well polished and produced that it will be very interesting to see how it translates live. Both “Why There Are Mountains” and “Beast Rest Forth Mouth” received the honor of Best New Music on Pitchfork last year. Opening act Freelance Whales is an experimental pop-rock group from Queens. Its debut album “Weathervanes” is scheduled to be released on April 13 via Frenchkiss Records. Freelance Whales consists of five members: Judah Dadone, Kevin Read, Doris Cellar, Jacob Hyman and Chuck Criss. These three bands performing together should make for a great show this Tuesday at The Casbah. Tickets cost $8. This show is restricted to ages 21 and older. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.. Visit www.casbahmusic.com to buy tickets and find out more about shows at The Casbah. For more information on the bands, visit their Web sites, www.cymbalseatguitars.com , www.bearinheaven.com and www.freelancewhales.com.
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raised more than $2 million. This year’s Take Action! concentrates on raising money for “Driving for Donors,” the creation of now 14year-old Patrick Padraja who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 10. This program inspires people to sign up for the National Marrow Donor Program, registering people to become a donor match for those in need of bone marrow transplants. The compilation has a variety of artists’ remakes and covers of songs, in pop and acoustic rock styles. Take Action! offers acousitc remakes by We The Kings, Mayday Parade and The Swellers. The second disk has a variety of rock songs in a dance song style, mixed with a smaller set of hard rock songs by August Burns Red and Eatmewhileimhot. The great diversity of the compilation makes this an easy album to pick up for any rock music lover and provides listeners with music for any mood or occasion. Pick up Take Action! Volume 9 for less than $10 to get a great assortment of music and support a great cause. Check out www.takeactiontour.com for more information on the organization.
“Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice” stands in stark contrast. The album’s second song, “Scared To Death,” displays the sort of glossy production one expects from a band signed to a major label, with incredibly poppy melodies and composition. These contrived hooks pop up more frequently as the album progresses. The first single, “Heartkiller,” has an almost glittery delivery and is nearly danceable, with ‘80s keyboards twinkling in the background. Overall, the album is a straightforward rock album with a very Hot Topic-friendly, Gothic edge. If listeners are looking for something revolutionary, it won’t be found here. However, fans of HIM will undoubtedly accept the change, as the band has showcased its pop edge in many of its earlier albums. “Screamworks” pays its necessary homage to The Cure. Nonetheless, most songs are forgettable and blend into each other. It should do very well for the 16-year-old Gothic crowd.
Kaitlin Trataris, Staff Writer The ninth volume of “Take Action!,” presented by SubCity and Hopeless Records, Inc., is a two-disk volume filled with multiple styles of songs that range from acoustic remakes to pop songs commonly heard on the radio. The album’s first disk opens with artist Travis Clark from “We the Kings” introducing the Take Action! organization. Take Action! and SubCity have been creating these volumes since 1999 in an effort to support nonprofit organizations that aim to make the world a better place. Five percent of every album purchase goes toward these groups and to date, Take Action! and SubCity have
Band: Various Artists Album: Take Action! Volume 9 Label: Hopeless Records Grade: A
MUTEMATH WANDERS DOWN NEW MUSICAL PATH
Kaitin Trataris, Staff Writer Mutemath is another band with a style of music difficult to categorize as any one genre. Its most recent album “Armistice,” released August of last year, is a testament to Mutemath’s versatility, because it combines numerous music genres. The album fluctuates from fast-paced music and vocals to much slower tracks, never conforming to a single form or style for more than a few
songs. Mutemath’s “Armistice” is a growing album, almost organic in its inconsistencies and constant wavering from former song styles. This movement keeps listeners interested in each individual song, as the album is not built a narrative, but instead as a collective of tonally and rhythmically similar songs. The album opens and closes with parallel notes, soft lyrics, quick paces and calming harmonies, leaving the listener satisfied with the completeness of the album. Mutemath deviated from its stereotypical sound and transitioned into a much more experimental phase of music making. The change is not drastic, but seems like a natural step for Mutemath, previewing an even more interesting and eclectic future of music for the band beyond “Armistice.” The album will not deter loyal fans and is recommended for those who have enjoyed musical styles paralleling Zero 7’s most recent album “Yeah Ghost.” This album is a great addition to any collection, so pick it up in preparation for Mutemath’s performance this April at Coachella.
Artist: Mutemath Album: Armistice Label: Teleprompt Grade: B
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Katy McCreery, Staff Writer Soulful, classic, melodic and poetic: These terms all come to mind when listening to the greatest hits album of the one and only Seal. Although his name is short and simple, his talents as an artist range greatly, from rock to soul and sometimes a combination of the two. His album “Hits” is a collective debut of the work of the British singer and songwriter from 1991 to 2004. Throughout those 13 years, Seal
managed to create a number of chart-topping singles and covers that are still as respected and listened to as they were when they came out. From his more popular songs such as “Crazy” and “Kiss from a Rose” to the singles that won him initial recognition as an artist such as “Killer,” Seal remains a consistent rock in soothing vocals. His raspy undertones remain soft and make listeners want to sing along to lyrics such as “No we’re never going to survive unless we are a little crazy.” Each song captures elements of human emotion and represents the passion within Seal. After listening to heartwarming songs such as “Love’s Divine,” the CD will give any girl just one more reason to be jealous of his wife, Heidi Klum. Spanning more than a decade of music, “Hits” features the best and most defining work of the soul singer. Fans can also check out Seal’s new album entitled “Soul,” which was released just prior to his greatest hits album.
Artist: Seal Album: Hits Label: Warner Bros. Records Grade: A-
Drew Scoggins, Contributor From the layered vocal opening of “In Venere Veritas,” which translates loosely into “In lover there is truth,” it is incredibly apparent that the Finnish love-metal band HIM has given up its rougher edge in favor of a more commercially viable and straightforward rock album. HIM’s earlier album “Venus Doom” was widely believed to be one of the heaviest hard rock albums out, and its newest album
Artist: HIM Album: Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice
Label: Sire Records & Warner Bros. Records Grade: D-
NAPOLEON COMPLEX MIXES INGREDIENTS IN NEW CD Sandy Chase, Staff Writer Nondescript and riddled with clichés, The Napoleon Complex’s album “How Does Salt Water Mix With Tea?” uses simplistic limericks and Rodrigo Espinosa’s whiny, thin falsetto to channel the Soma crowd that outgrew Soma. Even its album’s introductory song shares the band’s name and album title. If that’s not unoriginal, what is? Mixing equal parts of The Mars Volta, Coheed and Cambria and Panic! At The Disco, this band means well, using Gary Hankins on its opening number and incorporating Latin elements in one of its songs. However, it falls flat in its execution. “My Autobahn” is a great example of this, with
insightful lyrics such as “We used to walk / we used to talk / we used to be so much more.” Although, there is an odd breakdown featuring the brass section from local favorites the B-Side Players. In general, these lads would benefit from a few writing classes. Lines such as “I walk on streets paved with rose petals / In my automobile” on the track “Gold Medals For Everyone” just do not make coherent sense. The band sounds like it has talented musicians, but is lacking in the creativity department.
Artist: The Napoleon Complex Album: How Does Salt Water Mix With Tea? Grade: C+
MAGNETIC FIELDS ATTRACT LISTENERS WITH ODDITIES Maggie Pehanick, Staff Writer The newest album by Magnetic Fields cements its unfortunate position as the most fascinating artist rarely talked about on even the most alternative-happy college campuses. Continuing his grand tradition of alternative sounds and technical beats, one-man-wonder Stephin Merritt provides followers with “Realism,” a 13-track album to bob their heads to on a sunny day. Fans of Magnetic Fields’ previous albums, such as 1999’s cult hit “69 Love Songs,” will rejoice to find that though the songs are indeed catchy and new, Merritt doesn’t stray too far off the beaten path. Songs such as “Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree” combine Merritt’s signature baritone with optimistic pop beats highlighted by wind chimes. But it’s tracks such as “Always
Already Gone” that really bring something new, slow and thoughtful to the table. The beautiful part about Magnetic Fields’ discography — and a theme that is carried into this album — is Merritt’s tendency to lay down the most narcissistic, selfish and flat-out cranky lyrics possible to happy pop-synth music. “You Must Be Out of Your Mind” could, by all accounts, be classified as fun and funky, yet the lyrics read “Why would I want to talk to you? / I want you crawling back to me / down on your knees” and “You want to rekindle that old flame / I don’t remember your real name.” Eccentric and brilliant.
Band: Magnetic Fields Album: Realism Label: Nonesuch Grade: C+
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The DA meets the Daily Lobo
o how about that Mountain West Conference Tournament, eh? For those who missed it, I’m sorry you weren’t there to storm the court in Las Vegas. If only someone had advised you to make plans to be there … oh wait, that’s right, I totally did two weeks ago. That’s what you get, ingrates. Being in Vegas for four nights last week combined with seeing both San Diego State basketball teams cut down the nets made for one of the best times of my life. I’ve been to Vegas on quite a few occasions before, but I still learn new things every trip. For instance, did you know the Hooters Casino Hotel has $3 blackjack? Did you know that from midnight to 6 a.m. it also has 25cent chicken wings? Because I didn’t; but I sure as hell do now. I know what you’re thinking, “Hooters? $3 blackjack? Cheap wings? That sounds like it would attract the absolute dregs of society.” Well you are correct. It’s like a white trash mecca in there. That place had more backward hats and clothes with Monster Energy Drink logos than a motocross competition. These are my least favorite kind of people — mainly because I grew up with them in the Inland Empire. Speaking of meth-addicted, trailer trash, prostitute-soliciting people, New Mexico had quite a few fans in attendance last weekend (see: Snake, Lobo super-fan). And by “quite a few fans” I mean they completely took over the entirety of Southern Nevada. It says a lot about the city of Albuquerque when 75 percent of the population picks up and heads out to another desert city just to have something to do during a weekend in March. As far as MWC allegiances go,
Thursday, March 18, 2010
D AV I D P O P E A S S I S TA N T S P O R T S E D I T O R
Lobo fans make BYU fans seem cool. Ironically though, UNM’s student paper, the Daily Lobo, was made up of some of the cooler student journalists you’ll ever meet. Granted, that’s like being the smartest girl in a sorority, but it’s worth mentioning. We ran into a couple of those dudes one night at the Excalibur, but we were too busy trying to jump off the moving sidewalk’s railing. Another lesson learned: That is hard to do whilst drunk. Anyway, back to the New Mexico fans. They have the stupidest chants you will ever hear. Chief among them is, “Everyone’s a Lobo, woof, woof, woof.” Seriously, grown men shout that. That’s almost as embarrassing as being named “Jimmer.” And before this column gets plastered all across every MWC message board, I’d like to state that I am rooting for every MWC team in the NCAA Tournament. Yes, even you New Mexico, despite the fact that I’ve never seen a whinier player than Darrington Hobson. But I digress. I was feeling high and mighty about how classy SDSU fans were by comparison until, on the way to the arena one day, we found ourselves behind an early ‘90’s Ford Thunderbird with a license plate that said “FRAAANK” and a vanity plate that read “SDSU ALUMNI.” Sweet. That’s who we have representing our university? Fraaank? Well that shut me up — for a while at least. Later that day, after the basketball action had wrapped up, we decided to hang out with people outside of our tax bracket. So we made our way to Encore. In reality, Glenn’s mom was in town and staying there on business, so she
offered us two rounds of drinks to come say “Hi.” Done and done. I had actually been to XS at Encore once before, but it was my birthday weekend and you could have told me we were at Circus Circus for all I can remember. Sitting at one of the bars in the casino while observing the sheer ballin’-ness of the whole place and the ridiculously hot women walking around, I couldn’t help but think that if my dad had brought me here four years ago, there’s no way I would have majored in English. Instead, I’m stuck staying at the Tropicana whenever I go to Vegas for the rest of my life. Still, the proudest moment of the weekend, even more so than the Aztecs sweeping the tournament, came at Encore as I was asking myself what the odds were that anyone in town for the MWC games is actually staying at this hotel. Just then, a guy with an SDSU Alumni sweatshirt and a super hot blonde girl walked by us with suitcases in tow, headed up to their room. If that doesn’t justify this school as a legitimate institution, I don’t know what does. So there is hope, fellow students. We’re not all destined to be Fraaank. Fight on and on, ye Aztec men. Tennessee sucks.
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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (3/18/10) Diversity is the key to your success this year.You learn how to harness your will to achieve financial gain, creative expression and successful dealings in romantic or other relationships. Emotions work on a less conscious level to inspire you. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 6 Today's challenge is to work with, not against, your partner.Yes, your ideas are brilliant. But you need agreement to make them work. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 6 - By taking several different approaches, you and your associate arrive at the same place at the same time. Ignore the man behind the green curtain. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is an 8 Possibilities open up in the work environment.The challenge is to make hay while the sun shines, then play later. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 7 You have lots of ideas today.Your partner can make them become reality. Offer lavish praise when the job's done. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 7 Depend on your own insights now. If coworkers become inflexible, employ skillful leadership techniques to change their minds. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 If practice makes perfect, then you just hit
the big time.The careful application of force prevents breakage. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 7 Recognize diversity by using each person's unique talents, even if they don't seem to apply right now.You'll use them later. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 7 - You feel transformation just around the corner. Are you ready? Check with the powers that be.Then, let it run full steam ahead. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 5 - Each time you ask for creative input, you reframe your practical desires. Group logic provides greater opportunity to get your message out. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 6 - Spend most of your time listening today.You want to press your advantage, but you'll get better results by hanging back. Be patient. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Everything rests on your own need to be creative. Make time every day to stick your fingers into the clay. Process is more important than product. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 Spend time refining your communication skills.You could start a bold new project. Get your ideas down on paper. © 2010,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
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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.
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ACROSS 1 Relatives of odds 5 Presently 9 Attacks verbally 14 Marjorie Morningstar’s creator 15 San __ 16 Fortuneteller’s deck 17 Old Dodge 18 Diva’s moment 19 More than plump 20 Park warning 23 Flier that had a St. Louis hub 24 Compete 25 1971 hit for Ringo 33 Sticking places? 34 Ford Field team 35 Collar 37 Firing chamber 38 First professional musician to become Chairman of the Board of Lincoln Center 39 Galileo’s patron 40 Sumac of song 41 2009 “Survivor” setting 42 Muslim mystics 43 Bone injury in which the skin is intact 46 Like 47 Posed 48 Regular Letterman show segment 57 Biker’s invitation 58 Pale tan 59 Buffalo’s lake 60 Concerned with 61 “__ the heck!” 62 Freelancer’s encl. 63 Word that may
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Solution available online at www.TheDailyAztec.com appear above a silhouette of a man 64 Not all 65 1/2 fl. oz. DOWN 1 Hirsute “Star Wars” creature 2 Seward Peninsula city 3 Shore thing 4 Take a powder 5 See 32-Down 6 Big name in spongy toys 7 Drop 8 Genesis builder 9 Cheroot relatives 10 Literally, Spanish for “the tar” 11 Vicinity
12 Some spores, all grown up 13 Jeanne d’Arc et al.: Abbr. 21 Possesses 22 Alternative to odds 25 Eliciting an “Ewww!” 26 Takes a little off 27 __ Lama 28 Weather, in poems 29 __ Olay 30 Back biter? 31 Glitch 32 With 5-Down, former PLO chairman 36 Low 38 Word with bar or days
39 Most crazy 41 Limb immobilizers 42 Battle reminder 44 Chart 45 Shrewd 48 Go after, as flies 49 Choice for Hamlet 50 “Once __ a midnight dreary ...” 51 Mass seating 52 Repeat 53 Monorail unit 54 Grouch 55 Popular version of a design principle acronym spelled out by the starts of this puzzle’s four longest answers 56 Ooze
Published on Mar 18, 2010