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While last weekend’s tremors originated below the border and caused little damage in San Diego, the earthquake and its fear-inducing aftershocks served as jolting reminders that the danger is ever present. From emergency preparedness measures to satellite imaging and aid relief, San Diego State is constantly dealing with its location on shaky terrain. SDSU’s Imperial Valley campus closed Monday because of the earthquake and the damage it caused in Calexico, where the campus is located. According to a press release, there were minimal damages to the satellite campus and no damage caused to the main SDSU campus. Both the Laguna Salada fault, which caused Sunday’s earthquake, and the San Andreas fault line are a significant distance from San Diego. As a result, SDSU’s Rollin and Caroline Eckis Chair in Seismology, Steven Day, said a smaller but closer fault, the Rose Canyon fault, is more likely to pose a risk to San Diego State. “It (the Rose Canyon fault) will have other events in the future,” Day said. “We don’t know exact frequency, nor the exact size, but they could be as large as magnitude seven. Because they’re essentially right in the urban zone of San Diego, that would be important for us.” While many of the university’s structures date back further than 40 years, SDSU structural engineering professor Ziad Bayasi said the buildings should withstand a local earthquake because they were up to the seismic code when they were built. “The code has become very complicated, and every few years they change the code, and it actually becomes typically more complicated than the previous code,” Bayasi said. Seismic coding used to be done using a zoning method, but site-specific coding is done now, so the design of new or remodeled buildings must take into consideration the specific site where the structure stands to determine how to construct the building to prepare it for earthquakes. Bayasi said SDSU’s seismic acceleration is between .12 and .17, meaning a 100-ton building would have approximately 12 tons of side

force during an earthquake. “In Los Angeles it’s higher, and in San Francisco it’s higher, but it’s not small,” he said. Bayasi said it’s irresponsible to say which buildings on campus are safe or unsafe, because it would take weeks or months of analysis to determine a building’s safety in the case of an earthquake. Bayasi added that a more informed assessment is typically made after an earthquake because more is learned about the building’s behavior after an actual event. SDSU’s Physical Plant is responsible for conducting building inspections on campus. John Rodriguez, assistant director for the Physical Plant at SDSU, said the plant conducts frequent inspections accompanied by deputy fire marshals. Diagonal cracks are the number one sign that a building has earthquake damage, according to Bayasi. In an effort to reduce hazards related to earthquakes, the physical plant has also anchored down many filing cabinets, bookshelves and other similar interior elements that pose serious risks on campus. SDSU has specific safety guidelines in the event of an earthquake, including what to expect; what to do if you are outside, in a building or in an elevator; and what to do after the earthquake. The emergency preparedness program booklet also states that the university plans to keep essential operations running on a temporary basis after an earthquake if possible. The university conducted an evacuation drill Tuesday to test the fire alarm system, indoor speakers of Love Library and Manchester Hall and the loudspeaker Mass Notification System. The system was installed late last year to be used by the SDSU Police Department for emergency notifications. The drill was planned before Sunday’s earthquake. Love Library is listed as a top priority for seismic reinforcement in a 2008 California State University report on system-wide earthquake preparedness. However, no such project is in sight. The San Diego campus is not listed in a five-year seismic retrofit program ending in 2014. Rodriguez said it’s been about 15 to 20 years since the school has done any retrofitting — a process used to strengthen older buildings that are not up to current earthquake safety standards.

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The report lists SDSU as a campus with high seismic activity, along with 30 other campuses, including the Chancellor’s office and residence. Sunday’s quake also prompted researchers at SDSU to help with relief efforts in Mexico. The Visualization Lab, part of the university’s graduate program in Homeland Security, is currently working with officials in the state of Baja California Norte to provide imagery and visualization

tools to help with emergency response. “We’re talking about a large, desolate area where you could have infrastructure far from urban areas, so how do you assess that? Being able to have that imagery … so they understand where the damages are so they can send the various people to those locations, that’s the sort of thing this will be used for,” Jeffrey McIllwain, co-director of the Homeland Security Graduate Program, said.

SDSU to open downtown art gallery R O B E R T M ORENO S TA F F W R I T E R

San Diego State has finally put the finishing touches on its new art gallery. The gallery, which has been in the works for about eight years, is located in the heart of downtown San Diego on the corner of Broadway and Kettner Boulevard. It is housed in the ground floor of the historic Electra building, which was once the home to John D. Spreckels’ San Diego Electric Railway Co. nearly a century ago. “It is a wonderful opportunity for San Diego State University to have a physical public presence in downtown San Diego,” Catherine Gleason, associate director of the SDSU art gallery, said. “By opening a gallery in downtown, the university is able to make a connection with a different part of the community.” The 2000-square-foot gallery neighbors

the Museum of Contemporary Art and the New Children’s Museum. Gleason said the space and construction of the new art gallery was donated by Bosa Development Corp. Contemporary art from SDSU students, alumni and other artists from around the world will be featured in the new art gallery, Gleason said. The inaugural exhibition “Divergence” will be on display this Friday, the day the gallery is scheduled to open its doors. “Divergence” will display the artwork of three prominent artists from three different eras: John Baldessari, Deborah Butterfield and Andrea Zittel. All three artists are SDSU alumni. “This exhibition is identifying the strength of the art school here,” Arthur Ollman, director of the School of Art, Design and Art History, said. Ollman said having Baldessari, Butterfield and Zittel as the opening exhibit is a “sweet” way to introduce the new gallery to the pub-

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Interior design senior Sami McClellan said the new art gallery will be beneficial for students. “We have a lot of talented people here in

the art department,” McClellan said. “The new art gallery will give them an opportunity to show off their work and to get known.” Gleason said students in the School of Art, Design, and Art History will have the opportunity to work in the gallery as interns, and learn how to operate and run an art space. Ollman said the art gallery will have other uses, too. He said it will hold poetry readings, music events and symposiums. McClellan said she hopes the new gallery will help people recognize how great the art program is at SDSU. “The art department is not well-known here on campus,” McClellan said. “It would be good to show we are just as good as any other art school.” SDSU is the first major university to open a gallery space downtown. The new art gallery will be free of charge to the general public.

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The San Diego State baseball team is 29 games into its season, but sophomore Ryan O’Sullivan’s year finally started Tuesday night. SDSU’s shortstop / pitcher played his first SDSU 6 full game with a bat UCI 5 and a glove at UC Irvine’s Anteater Ballpark, where he brought in the gamewinning run in the Aztecs’ 6-5 victory against the Anteaters. After senior pinch-hitter Guy Willeford’s RBI double brought in the tying run, O’Sullivan faced a 2-0 count with two outs. “I was just trying to put the ball in play and get a good shot to win the game,” O’Sullivan said. “It got up the middle and we were able to score the run and get ahead.” O’Sullivan had been hitless for the night prior to the final inning, but his single through second base was able to bring in freshman pinch-runner Albert Alvarez and top the game off with the sixth and final run. The No. 18 Anteaters were held scoreless in the bottom of the inning because of sophomore closer John Pecoraro, who earned his fifth save of the year. SDSU’s win against UC Irvine marks the first game this year when the team

picked up a victory despite trailing in the ninth inning. The Aztecs are now 3-8 on the road and 12-17 overall. After a two-game suspension stopped O’Sullivan from seeing the mound or the batters’ box on opening weekend, he threw his arm out in his debut performance after 12 pitches. His injury was deemed serious by head coach Tony Gwynn, who said he didn’t want to “risk it” and place O’Sullivan back on the mound prematurely. “I didn’t really know how to be hurt,” O’Sullivan said about the injury. “I’m always running around and the coaches would tell me to sit down and relax, but that’s not who I am.” O’Sullivan was missing in action because of the injury until he pinch-hit two at bats in SDSU’s loss to New Mexico on March 26. Since then, he has played in six games as the designated hitter, scrapping together five hits and three RBI. Tuesday night in Irvine was O’Sullivan’s first performance in which he was able to take his spot back at shortstop and play defense. “It feels good to get out there, play short and be part of the team,” O’Sullivan said. “I just want to help out any way that I can.” Although O’Sullivan said he is hopeful and more than willing to try at the next opportunity, he sounded hesitant of his return to the mound anytime soon. “For now, I’m an infielder because that’s how I’m able to help my team,” he said. “But when I can get back on the mound, I’ll be a pitcher again.” The Aztecs take on the Air Force in a Mountain West Conference series beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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No thing less than first. That is the mentality the San Diego State softball team has as it heads into Mountain West Conference play this season. SDSU (22-10) won the conference just two years ago and last year it finished second with a regional berth into the NCAA Tournament. “It’s interesting that finishing second can kind of be considered a down year,” head coach Ka thy Van Wyk said. “That shows how far our pro gram has come, how far our standards have risen. We don’t like anything less than first, and we want to keep going farther and farther each season.” Be fo re confe rence play starts, the Aztecs are currently second behind BY U and want to jump out on a good roll to

begin the MWC stre t c h . “We are feeling really good heading into conference and we have a lot of confidence,” Van Wyk said. “We’ve had a pretty successful non-conference schedule and we’ve got our work in that area done. Now it’s time to ride that good feeling into conference.” A big reason for SDSU’s confidence is its o f fense. The team has been a consistent surprise at the plate this season. The Aztecs h a ve a combined .294 batting ave r a ge despite facing six of the top 15 leaders in earned run average. “We’ve had so many players step it up at the plate this season, it’s been amazing,” Van Wyk said. “Britta ny Knudsen has been an outstanding force all season, and if you would have told me Jessica Camello would be batting .400, I would never have guessed it. But I’m pleasantly surprised.” But the largest reason why SDSU is

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expected to do so well in conference is pitcher Samantha Beasley. The junior ace is 17-6 with a 0.79 ERA th rough 133.2 innings, recording 217 strikeouts. Beasley has also th rown nine shutouts and one s a ve, all while limiting her opponents to a .151 batting average. “Sam (Beasley) alone just gives us so much confidence,” Van Wyk said. “And with her leading our pitching and our team, we’re not intimidated by anyone in our conference.” But even with the offense firing on all cylinders and Beasley being as dominant as she is, the Aztecs head into confe rence play where th re e other teams (BY U, UNLV, CSU) all have winning re c o rds above .600. “Our conference is highly competitive and BYU and UNLV always give us a run for our money,” Van Wyk said. “But we know that we can go so far this year. That we can win conference, head into regionals and hopefully move on and on and on until th e College World Series.”

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SDSU starts MWC play with first place dreams D AN P EREZ S E N I O R S TA F F W R I T E R

No thing less than first. That is the mentality the San Diego State softball team has as it heads into Mountain West Conference play this season. SDSU (22-10) won the conference just two years ago and last year it finished second with a regional berth into the NCAA Tournament. “It’s interesting that finishing second can kind of be considered a down year,” head coach Ka thy Van Wyk said. “That shows how far our pro gram has come, how far our standards have risen. We don’t like anything less than first, and we want to keep going farther and farther each season.” Be fo re confe rence play starts, the Aztecs are currently second behind BY U and want to jump out on a good roll to

begin the MWC stre t c h . “We are feeling really good heading into conference and we have a lot of confidence,” Van Wyk said. “We’ve had a pretty successful non-conference schedule and we’ve got our work in that area done. Now it’s time to ride that good feeling into conference.” A big reason for SDSU’s confidence is its o f fense. The team has been a consistent surprise at the plate this season. The Aztecs h a ve a combined .294 batting ave r a ge despite facing six of the top 15 leaders in earned run average. “We’ve had so many players step it up at the plate this season, it’s been amazing,” Van Wyk said. “Britta ny Knudsen has been an outstanding force all season, and if you would have told me Jessica Camello would be batting .400, I would never have guessed it. But I’m pleasantly surprised.” But the largest reason why SDSU is

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expected to do so well in conference is pitcher Samantha Beasley. The junior ace is 17-6 with a 0.79 ERA th rough 133.2 innings, recording 217 strikeouts. Beasley has also th rown nine shutouts and one s a ve, all while limiting her opponents to a .151 batting average. “Sam (Beasley) alone just gives us so much confidence,” Van Wyk said. “And with her leading our pitching and our team, we’re not intimidated by anyone in our conference.” But even with the offense firing on all cylinders and Beasley being as dominant as she is, the Aztecs head into confe rence play where th re e other teams (BY U, UNLV, CSU) all have winning re c o rds above .600. “Our conference is highly competitive and BYU and UNLV always give us a run for our money,” Van Wyk said. “But we know that we can go so far this year. That we can win conference, head into regionals and hopefully move on and on and on until th e College World Series.”

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Unique and cheap, Effin’s serves a double ries from that place as well as times when I didn’t remember a thing.” When a bar has a pool table, darts, televisions, a jukebox, size DD bras parachuting from the ceiling and a wall painting of Mel Gibson from “Braveheart,” it’s no wonder Effin’s won for the guys’ night out category. Couple this with the nightly deals and the fried platters it serves, and the other bars on the ballot (East Village Tavern + Bowl, Hooters and The TapRoom) can “fuh-getuh-bout-it.”

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With such close proximity to campus, Effin’s Pub n’ Grill has become a favorite among students and the community.

MATT MCCLANAHAN S TA F F W R I T E R

San Diego State students made their voices loud and slurred by voting Effin’s Pub n’ Grill the best dive bar (beating Bubs, The Dog and Alibi) as well as the best locale for guys’ night out. Effin’s has long served the College Area as a fountain of ale to be swilled down by those who live near campus —

so walking is always a modish way to arrive at this tavern on El Cajon Boulevard. However, proximity isn’t the only asset Effin’s can boast, according to the bar’s co-owner Kenny Casciato. “We’ve helped create a safe, fun, laid-back atmosphere where you don’t have to get dressed up like you’re going to downtown or to one of the clubs in PB,” Casciato said. “It’s a neighborhood place and people can be themselves.”

BEST COFFEE SHOP

ALLAN ACEVEDO For students needing a cup of coffee and a comfortable, familiar study setting, The Living Room Cafe and Bistro is the place to go. This College Area java joint features specialty coffee drinks such as the Iced Bomb Alaska, mint mocha, Iced Vietnamese and simple teas. Pastries and delicious quiches are also available to order. The Living Room offers a homey atmosphere, with low lighting that is easy on the eyes and perfect for a casual get together or extended study sessions. The extensive seating options include comfortable couches, sturdy chairs and even outdoor seat-

According to Casciato, the buck doesn’t stop there. Next month, Effin’s will flaunt a new menu featuring a mammoth sandwich dubbed “The Aztec.” Along with the highly anticipated sandwich debut, expect Effin’s to host a couple of musical acts each week as it has recently received its entertainment license. Effins Pub n’ Grill is located at 6164 El Cajon Blvd.

BEST RADIO STATION

Study lounge carries coffee worth a taste OPINION EDITOR

The convenience of Effin’s and its laidback atmosphere are two factors SDSU student Jenny Woudenberg doesn’t take for granted. “I like Effin’s because you can walk there wearing yoga pants and it’s always a good time,” Woudenberg said. “Many of my nights begin or end with Effin’s,” SDSU student Tejus Govindjie said. “I have so many memo-

“Effin’s has long served the College Area as a fountain of ale to be swilled down by those who live near campus — so walking is always a modish way to arrive at this tavern ... ”

ing — there’s something for everyone. Best of all, The Living Room is open until 2 a.m. every day and gives students studying for exams the opportunity to hunker down and get to work. Free wireless Internet adds to the appeal of this versatile study space. This is also a great place to enjoy a small group meet up or even a first date. Be warned, this popular venue fills up quickly, so plan to show up early to win a seat, but don’t worry, if there’s an extra seat at a table people usually share their space. The Living Room is not just a coffee shop; it’s a place to calm down and reflect. This coffee house is close to campus, located at 5900 El Cajon Blvd.

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Local station serves up a new kind of playlist Dedicated to the college lifestyle 91X is the go-to on the dial for students AMY EBERSOLE A S S I S TA N T F E AT U R E S E D I T O R

By giving free concert tickets, supporting local music and having Beer for Breakfast on air, 91X FM proves itself to be San Diego State’s favorite radio station. Whether calling the Drunk Dial Line or listening to news about local beers, 91X seems to cater to the college crowds.

“As a station dedicated to giving back to its community, 91X gives listeners the lowdown about the latest concerts and events, offering free tickets to punctual patrons, and it also features half-price deals.” With The 91X Morning Show cast consisting of alumni and former disc jockey for SDSU’s independent radio station, KCR, Sammi is reason enough for this station to be a favorite for students. One of The Morning Show’s many feats is starting a competition between local breweries for the first-

ever San Diego Tournament of Beers. These breweries bring their best beers to The High Dive, 91X’s local bar, every Friday night to be put to the test. But beer isn’t all 91X talks about; if in need of some sound advice about sexual issues, tune into Loveline with Dr. Drew from 10 p.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday. As a station dedicated to giving back to its community, 91X gives listeners the lowdown about the latest concerts and events, offering free tickets to punctual patrons and it also features half-price deals for a multitude of places such as golf courses, restaurants, boot camps and spas. So students on a budget – don’t fret, because there are many contests for free movie passes and tickets to concerts or festivals. 91X also offers updates about annual fundraisers and events such as Jenny’s Walk 2010. With a music lineup packed with the most up-to-date rock favorites and radio DJs placed to please, 91X is bound to bring the type of life and community college-goers crave back into radio. And of course, for music lovers who just want to support a radio station that cares about its music and the local community, tune into the Web site to listen to the live stream, check past playlists or watch music videos at www.91X.com.


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BEST OF STATE

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Thursday, April, 8 2010

BEST GIRL’S NIGHT OUT & NIGHTCLUB

BEST VENUE

A house that plays more than just blues

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HOTTEST DATE SPOT

A sting that actually makes guests feel great Rolls that have couples rolling in the sheets

RENEE VILLASENOR A S S I S TA N T O P I N I O N E D I T O R

Named after the infamous historic red light district and located at the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter is Stingaree. Set inside an old brick warehouse, the three-story, ultra-modern club serves as a watering hole for San Diego’s hippest partygoers and celebrity guests such as Paris Hilton, Beyoncé, Kanye West and the Black Eyed Peas.

ALLIE DAUGHERTY E N T E R TA I N M E N T E D I T O R

The three main slogans displayed prominently within any House of Blues are “Help ever, hurt never,” “Unity in diversity” and “Where the heart meets the soul.” With such feel-good sayings, it’s no surprise the company’s goals are “to celebrate the diversity and brotherhood of world culture” and “to promote racial and spiritual harmony through love, peace, truth, righteousness and non-violence,” as stated on its Web site www.hob.com. However, perhaps the third goal which states that its mission is to create “a profitable, principled global entertainment company,” is most important. This last goal is what has transformed the venue into a nationwide success. The HOB story begins in 1992 when the first venue was built in Massachusetts with the help of founder Isaac Tigrett, who wanted to share the music of the rural South with the world. Now, there are 13 different locations across the United States that are home to thousands of concerts every year from every genre of music. There are many aspects of House of Blues that set it apart from any other venue. First, every interior wall is covered with a plethora of original blues folk art, which gives the place a fun, southern feel. The atmosphere is always comforting and relaxing and will make any concert-goer feel at ease. Plus, the general admission

RUTHIE KELLY MANAGING EDITOR

“At the end of the day we are completely committed to staying on top of who the best DJs are and what is the best entertainment is that we can bring in.” James Brennan, owner

Courtesy of House of Blues

floor is small enough to ensure that the concert is as intimate and exciting for those in the first row as for those in the back. And, most concerts are available to all ages, providing one of the few places in San Diego for the younger than 21 crowd to see its favorite bands perform. HOB also offers a full menu of deltainspired cuisine in its restaurant. Those who choose to eat at HOB before a show also receive a cut-the-line pass in order to gain early admittance.

BEST PROFESSOR

Painting the way for pupils and artists alike

Living up to its namesake, the club serves as a playground for those looking for a sinful night out on the town. Upon entering, guests are greeted by a stylish bar set in front of a floor-toceiling waterfall and a steamy dance floor complete with go-go dancers in cages and world-class disc jockeys setting the mood with intoxicating beats. Guests looking to escape the heat of the dance floor can retreat to the rooftop lounge features private cabanas, a full bar, water fountains and a fire pit. Those looking for extra indulgence can reserve a VIP spot on the second floor’s mezzanine that offers a voyeuristic view of

Courtesy of Stingaree

Located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp district, Stingaree offers the best scenery and sounds for those looking to party.

the dance floor and DJ booth below. Ladies indulging in a girls night out often enjoy perks offered by bouncers and bartenders at the club. A group of girls can often bypass the long line into the club and the

typical scene yields plenty of eyecandy. With Stingaree’s strong emphasis on service, girls can rest assured they can party safely as the club staffs double the security personnel required by its liquor license, according to Stingaree owner James Brennan. The Stingaree team works to ensure that

BEST PIZZA

Scrumptious pies and pints Aztecs can’t resist SARAH GRIECO MANAGING EDITOR

It is no surprise Woodstock’s Pizza is San Diego State students’ pick for their favorite slice. Located close to SDSU, along with a new location at the student-packed Pacific Beach, Woodstock’s is the go-to place for pizza and beer. Its pizza is certainly unique to any other restaurant in San Diego, which keeps people coming back for more. Woodstock’s is famous for its original combinations, such as the Aztec Classic or Monty’s Revenge, but customers can also create their own dish as well. The recipes contain the highest quality ingredients, giving the pizza a zesty taste people are unable to resist.

Glenn Connelly / Photo Editor

GLENN CONNELLY PHOTO EDITOR

In art, the importance of having someone to inspire you and foster creativity is something that cannot be understated. Enter Professor David Hewitt of the San Diego State School of Art, Design and Art History. Hewitt has been voted The Daily Aztec’s Best of State Professor. Known for his relaxed attitude and relentless knowledge of art in all facets, Hewitt got his start here at SDSU, receiving both his bachelors degree and Master’s of Fine Arts. He also is an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University, where he teaches photography, painting and drawing. Here at SDSU he is known for a variety

of different reasons. Hewitt has taken many roles including an academic adviser and is currently a painting instructor and black and white fine art photography instructor. Even as technology transforms each part of the world, his black and white photo class is a favorite of many because it touches on the film aspect of photography . Art is all about passion and self-interest and what Hewitt does best is bring those things out in his students. He gives leeway on assignments and projects in order for the student to find something they are most passionate about, because he knows that will allow them to create their best work. Hewitt helps students find their interest or niche in his classes and run with those ideas to elicit the best work that every student is capable of.

guests’ experiences are top-notch. “At the end of the day we are completely committed to staying on top of who the best DJs are and what is the best entertainment is that we can bring in,” Brennan said. “That kind of level of experience isn’t going anywhere.” For more information go to www.stingsandiego.com. Stingaree is located at 454 6th Ave.

But what is truly great about Woodstock’s are the incredible deals. College students who are strapped for cash can hit up Woodstock’s with only a few dollars and leave feeling overly satisfied. Happy hour deals include $2 pints and on Thursdays refills range from $1 to $2. SDSU students also get a 15 percent discount on a medium or large pizza by showing their RedID. For lunch on weekdays, one can enjoy unlimited slices for about $7. Perhaps the best value is the late-night deal — where extra large pies are buy one get one free after 10 p.m. Whether students are going to Woodstock’s after a game or to kick off their weekend, they are definitely not going to be disappointed. For more information visit www.woodstockssd.com.

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With amazing tastes and deals, Woodstock’s is an Aztec favorite.

Patricia Dwyer / File Photo

Step into RA Sushi in the heart of downtown San Diego and the dark, red-hued mood lighting and blaring music will confirm what San Diego State students already know: RA is the hottest date spot in the city. Whether on your first outing with a new partner, or trying something new in your established relationship, RA is a trendy solution to the question of where to spend a special night. Sushi newbies can be comforted by the array of standard rolls available, as well as an alternative, tasty selections of appetizers: Spicy Sesame Chicken Wings and Pork Gyoza potstickers are a favorite, as well as the more stereotypical edamame and tempura treats. More adventurous sushi enthusiasts can sample RA’s specialty rolls, such as the Scallop Dynamite roll: “kani kama crab and cream cheese rolled in rice and seaweed, lightly tempura battered, topped with scallop dynamite and finished with eel sauce, red beef and spinach tempura bits.” Past favorites have included the Viva Las Vegas Roll, the Gojira Roll and the Yellow Monkey Roll, but RA regularly has chef’s specials and seasonal variations for those who have

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visited before. There are vegetarian options available as well. Whether you opt to have cocktails at the bar watch the rolls being made at the sushi bar, or drink sake at a table or booth to enjoy the atmosphere, RA has something for every palette. Advance reservations are recommended, because the popularity and location of this spot means walkins are usually subject to a wait. RA Sushi is located at 474 Broadway, San Diego 92101.

BEST BREAKFAST

This one is broken, but doesn’t need any fixing FARYAR BORHANI EDITOR IN CHIEF

The sound of a cooking egg might be the most appealing sound the morning after a long night out with friends — but let’s be honest, no one is in the mood to do it themselves. As San Diego State’s selection for best breakfast joint, Broken Yolk Cafe has been a staple of the day’s first meal in San Diego since 1979. With a straightforward menu that offers everything imaginable, Broken Yolk’s four locations offer a safe haven for the hungry and hungover. For those in the mood for an omelet, try the No Name, which features bacon, avocado, tomato, mushrooms and is topped with sour cream. If you like a traditional favorite, try its California Breakfast Burrito, which is a wrap of two scrambled eggs with bacon, cheddar cheese, home fries, beans and avocado. Broken Yolk also offers lunch for those who may have slept through breakfast. Its afternoon menu features burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads. While all four Broken Yolk locations are very unique (Pacific Beach, La Costa, Downtown and Eastlake), they all share one thing in common: a line out the door. So, if planning on eating some of SDSU’s favorite breakfast, it’s necessary to be prepared to wake a little earlier than usual. Broken Yolk is open daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jeff Lewis / Staff Photographer

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BEST OF STATE

The Daily Aztec

Thursday, April 8, 2010

BEST LATE NIGHT MUNCHIES & TACO SHOP

The after-party begins and ends with Trujillo’s ANTHONY ARTALE S TA F F W R I T E R

Everyone who goes to San Diego State is lucky. While the rest of the U.S. is eating imitation Mexican food from Taco Bell, locals here get to eat at Trujillo’s Taco Shop. Located on the corner of College Avenue and Montezuma Road next to the Arco station, Trujillo’s is more upscale than most taco shops, but less expensive than a full-fledged Mexican restaurant.

“With “ authentic Mexican food ... Trujillo’s is perfect for a break from class or a late night snack with friends.”

Miriam Bier / File Photo

Trujillo’s does all the little things right to make it a winner. When customers walk inside, it’s like going to the friend’s house that has the really nice parents, as everyone who works there is friendly and in a good mood. The food is great; it costs a little bit more than most hole in the wall taco shops, but it’s definitely worth it. The most popular menu item is the “Sigma Pi” burrito, a cheese quesadilla with carne or

BEST SUSHI

NICOLE CALLAS For the second time, Tokyo Sushi Loha wins the stomachs and votes of students for “Best of State.” Without wasting gas driving downtown for a mediocre sushi roll or taking chances on an inconspicuous hole-in-the-wall joint, this sushi restaurant is a tried and a true student favorite for lazy nights in sandals or a quick bite before going out. Fraternity boys and musicbumping dormitory residents alike feel right at home with today’s hits and old school throwbacks cranked loud enough to get up everyone

pollo asada, sour cream, guacamole, French fries and salsa wrapped into one giant delicious flour tortilla. It’s the equivalent to wrapping a hot dog into a hamburger, except it tastes much better. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Trujillo’s stays open until 3:30 a.m., so students can cap their night of partying with burritos and tacos.

For people 21 and older, Trujillo’s serves beer by the bottle or pitcher. Pitchers cost $9 for domestic brews, but from 4 to 7 p.m., the restaurant’s happy hour offers pitchers a dollar less. It even carries Carta Blanca, which is a Mexican beer rarely found in restaurants. It’s easy to understand why Trujillo’s won the “best taco shop” and “best late night munchie.” With authentic Mexican food at prices only slightly more expensive than most taco shops, Trujillo’s is perfect for a break from class or a late night snack with friends.

BEST BURGER

Taste of Tokyo on a budget F E AT U R E S E D I T O R

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and dancing. However, an intimate gathering at this restaurant is out of the picture. Most nights, the restaurant is a full house with a line of people waiting to get in. Every night, the ceiling is filled with random heart balloons that customers can take home and walls are lined with college flags and flat screen TVs broadcasting sports games. The peppy servers holler to enthusiastically welcome new customers and join in the “sake bomb, sake bomb” festivities. Classic favorites such as the California Roll and Rainbow Roll are available, but the restaurant is known for its

healthy portions of sashimi and specialty dish of Monkey Brain, only tried by the daring. Some other restaurant favorites are the Lemon Roll, a basic California Roll covered with albacore, salmon and a thin slice of lemon all dressed in a special lemon sauce, and the sashimi salad that towers like a piece of artwork. Special rolls range from $6.50 to $10.95 while the standard rolls start at $3.50. But remember, good sushi takes time, so take a seat, enjoy the music with a Sapporo and take away satisfaction with a light ring and balloon it gives away as a thank you. Tokyo Sushi Loha is located at 6784 El Cajon Blvd.

Fast food always worth a drive-thru

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FARYAR BORHANI EDITOR IN CHIEF

Daniel Meza / File Photo

It’s probably the simplest menu to order from, but the impact In-n-Out has left on students at San Diego State is nothing short of massive. Beating out the company of Hodad’s is a very tall order, but In-n-Out has yet again been able to walk away with the Best of State’s best burger joint title. While many can claim they have had a better burger somewhere at some point, those burgers can’t beat the consistency that this hot spot always serves up time after time. Every day, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays until 1:30 a.m., In-n-Out serves a variety of its famous burgers

topped with a selection of patties and sauces. Perhaps what makes In-n-Out so great is that it almost feels like being part of a secret club with its hidden menu featuring Animal-style burgers and fries, which tops the traditional dishes with grilled onions, cheese and extra slather of In-n-Out’s own spread. Just a simple sighting of the big, yellow arrow makes anyone salivate because they know an amazing burger, shake or order of fries is waiting for them. In-n-Out is also committed to using fresh ingredients, which is much better than the frozen alternatives at other fast food establishments. In-n-Out has several locations near campus including Mission Valley, Lemon Grove and Sports Arena Boulevard.


BEST OF STATE

Thursday, April 8, 2010

BEST HAPPY HOUR & TACO TUESDAY

PB Bar & Grill kills two birds with one tasty stone WHITNEY LAWRENCE CITY EDITOR

The votes are in and the message is clear: When San Diego State students need to unwind and grab a bite to eat, they head west to Pacific Beach Bar & Grill for an extended happy hour and a Taco Tuesday second to none. Every day from 4 to 8 p.m., PB Bar & Grill gets ready for an influx of customers looking to have a good time and shake off the day’s pressures, making it the perfect happy hour atmosphere for a barely legal crowd. Fridays get special treatment with a prolonged happy hour from 3 to 9 p.m. Partying on a student budget can be difficult, but this Garnet Avenue favorite has managed to stretch a dollar about as much as it stretches out its happy hour. About $3.50 buys almost any drink in the house and for every beverage ordered during Friday’s happy hour, appetizers are just 50 cents.

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BEST SURF SPOT

Black’s brings ashore waves and nudists

But more than inexpensive cocktails, PB Bar & Grill transformed the way San Diegans spend their Tuesday nights when it created the original Taco Tuesday. Other restaurants have created their own versions of the Tuesday night phenomenon, but the PB bar still stands as the big kahuna, at least with The Daily Aztec readers. PB Bar & Grill dishes out about 3,000 tacos in 16 variations every Tuesday. Drinks and food can only make a bar so good, though. PB Bar & Grill attracts an eclectic crowd for another reason. Between the outdoor patio and the inhouse Club Tremors, everyone from the sun-loving beach bum to the “Jersey Shore” fist-pumper fits right in. Live bands, DJs and karaoke also make the bar a go-to for entertainment junkies, while pool tables, darts and video games give patrons a chance to show off their competitive edge. PB Bar & Grille is located at 860 Garnet Ave.

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Black’s Beach, located north of La Jolla Shores in Torrey Pines, is well-known among locals as the best surf spot in San Diego; it’s practically mandatory for surfers. Enthusiasts can look forward to beautiful swells and barrels, and enjoy the beach’s reputation for regular Aframe breaks allowing surfers to choose which side of the wave to ride.

“The “ northern area of the beach, managed separately by the state of California, is clothing optional, home to nudists ...”

Jeff Lewis / Staff Photographer

While the southern portion of the beach is a local legend as an ideal surf spot, beginners should be warned: Black’s Beach is not recommended for newbies or intermediate level surfers,

no matter how avid they may be. The beach itself is difficult to access — high bluffs and steep cliffs make a visit an adventure in and of itself. Interested visitors can access the beach via a hike through Torrey Pines State Park or La Jolla Shores, the road by the Salk Institute, or through the nearby Torrey Pines Gliderport. Surfers can opt for a water route and surf their way to Black’s, though that is not recommended. The northern area of the beach, managed separately by the state of California, is clothing-optional, home to many nudists and naturalists. A local volunteer group, the Black’s Beach Bares, helps maintain the beach and offers detailed route information for visitors at www.blacksbeach.org/routes.html . Budding nudists beware; the southern portion of the beach, which is managed by the city, outlawed nudity years ago. For more information, visit the City of San Diego’s Beaches Web site, www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/beach es/.

BEST PLACE TO GET SPOILED BY PARENTS

Technology triumphs over trivial treats KRISTINA BLAKE A S S I S TA N T C I T Y E D I T O R

After years of debate and one too many commercials with the cool Mac guy and the geeky PC guy, the verdict is in: Mac is better than PC — at least many San Diego State students think so. SDSU students voted the Apple Store as the best place to get spoiled by their parents. Other electronic stores didn’t even make the list of finalists. It’s likely that many students own at least one Apple product. Still, there’s always something new to buy. Even if you already have a Mac, an iPod and an iPhone, Apple unveils newer, smaller, faster and cuter versions of its products constantly. For instance, the latest edition of the iPod Shuffle is now available in five different colors, with two or four gigabytes of storage.

Apple is also continuously developing new technology. The iPad is the company’s latest “iCraze.” The world can practically now be at consumers’ fingertips with Apple’s newest gadget, the iPad. So, no need to worry, Aztec parents. Apple wish lists won’t ever go away. And of course, there are plenty of convenient ways for parents to purchase the latest Apple products, too. Locals have a variety of options. There are five Apple Store locations in San Diego County, with Fashion Valley being the closest to SDSU. Students may not have to leave campus to get their Apple fix, however. The SDSU Bookstore sells the latest Apple products and students are often offered discounts. No matter where students and their parents go to get the latest gadgets, it’s important to remember one tip: Have lots of money. Remember, all “iProducts” need “iAccessories.”

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ENTERTAINMENT

Thursday, April 8, 2010

PASS THE POPCORN

New make of an old classic still satisfies lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to save the Argos princess from being eaten by Hades’ Kraken and defeat the god before he can seize power from Zeus and unleash hell on earth. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, Perseus will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy fate and create his own destiny.

...the sea-bound Kraken is just as fearsome and ominous when he prepares to devour the princess.

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“Clash of the Titans,” orignially filmed and planned for release in 2D, was later converted to 3D.

K A R I L UU S TA F F W R I T E R

When Greek mythology is converted to film, the movie must consist of three essential elements: angry gods, expendable men and beautiful women. “Clash of the Titans” checks off each of these requirements. It’s no “300,” but despite some flaws, “Clash of the Titans” is an adventurous film, filled

with action and impressive computer-generated imagery. The story takes place during a tumultuous time when the people of the Greek city Argos no longer believe in Zeus (Liam Neeson) or any of the god, which causes the deities to erupt in anger. Perseus (Sam Worthington), the son of Zeus, is born a god but raised a man, and is therefore helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), the vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to

This film was previously made in 1981, and with its graceful story line and cheesy claymation Medusa and Kraken, it became an instant classic. However, many die-hard fans that compare it to the remake are disappointed. The new film’s plot deviates from the original — the main reason for Perseus’ journey was only to save the princess from her curse and prevent the town from being destroyed by the Kraken. Some of the simple, innocent charm of the original is lost in translation and the newest “Clash of the Titans” is not as rich as the original. Still, this film’s assets are more than ample compensation as it is loaded with action-packed scenarios. Each villian that Perseus meets and battles is more grotesque and exciting to watch than the next. The gorgon Medusa evokes just as much suspense as

the old film as she slithers and creeps upon the unsuspecting men, and the sea-bound Kraken is just as fearsome and ominous when he prepares to devour the princess. The skilled group that travels with Perseus makes the movie even more interesting as each individual has special skills, and the occasional witty one-liners add humor. Perseus fights about six notable and deadly creatures, which works well for those who tire easily from seeing the same villain dominating one film. Worthington, fresh from “Terminator Salvation” and “Avatar,” makes a great Perseus as the confused, inadvertant yet handsome hero. However, he lacks the charisma to actually be a demigod and his military-buzz hairstyle makes him look more like a G.I. Joe instead of a Greek warrior when compared to all the other men in the film with long hair. Some nuisances are in the fight sequences — the camera shots are so quick and unsteady that it’s difficult to decipher who’s actually winning. And some villains Perseus battles are easily defeated, which makes viewers skeptical. Nonetheless, for those willing to go in with an open mind, “Clash of the Titans” is a satisfying adventure film, laden with as many suspense and thematic elements as the next action film, worthy of a view. For more information on the film, visit clash-of-thetitans.warnerbros.com.

Movie: Clash of the Titans Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures Directed by: Louis Leterrier Release Date: April 2 Grade: A-

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Pop bands give ‘emotional’ show at Soma D R E W SCOGGINS CONTRIBUTOR

The large crowd of 15 year olds dressed in the latest Hot Topic fashions lined outside of Soma did not deter This Providence and the rest of the bands on the ‘Bout Damn Time Tour from giving fans a show worth remembering. The night started with Artist Vs Poet — a very young, much hyped, up-and-coming pop-rock band from Texas. However, except for a handful of the tweens in the front row, the music offered nothing new or unique; it was the same MTV manufactured power-pop that the music industry has been spewing out for years. The next band to perform was The Bigger Lights. The band showed off its classic rock roots, while staying true to its bubble gum hooks and pop-infused singalong choruses. Excellent stage presence and banter from singer Topher Talley kept the show moving and enjoyable. Anarbor followed with a slightly darker tone, establishing its take on the pop rock genre. The music was slightly faster paced and eventually earned a little bit of movement and

life from the crowd. The tiny venue then went wild as The Audition picked up its instruments. The awkward looking Danny Stevens appeared to be pleasantly surprised by the level of excitement his small band from Chicago wrought in the haggard club. The band’s enthusiasm seemed to be upstaged by the Jersey Shore fan club that appeared out of thin air and started a mosh pit, complete with plenty of tanned and bejeweled men fist pumping. But the music was catchy and faster than the previous bands, so there was a reason for the sudden burst of energy. Finally, to the screams and cries of swooning teenage girls, This Providence was triumphantly led to the stage to the tune of Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys are Back in Town” and quickly launched into its anthemworthy pop songs. Although lead singer Dan Young warned the crowd of his vocal fatigue, it was hardly noticeable throughout the set. The songs sounded as fresh live as they did on the band’s album. What became quickly apparent was that although This Providence was not doing anything particularly groundbreaking, the band mem-

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This Providence, formerly named Sunday Best, is a four-piece band from Seattle. The members include Dan Young, David Blaise, Gavin Phillips and Andy Horst.

bers were truly enjoying themselves onstage; they believed in what they were doing. The band took song requests, many of which were for older songs, and played them with passion, something many bands would never do. At one point, Young took advantage of a brief silence and remarked that This Providence’s music had been called “emo” on MTV, and

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ell I just finished my last-ever Spring Break. Yes, it is depressing and yes, you should definitely feel sorry for me. But it wasn’t without its highlights. Let’s reflect: I finished class on Thursday, March 25 at about 1 p.m. and my break had begun. It was a beautiful San Diego day. I could have kicked off my vacation by going to the beach, sitting out by the pool in my backyard or even just seeing what my friends were up to. Of course, there’s something terribly wrong with me so I didn’t do any of those things. Instead I went straight to my room, shut the door and pulled my curtains to block any natural light and started a new franchise on Madden. Say what you will, but I hit a 64-yard field goal with Mason Crosby against the Bears in that first game. Spring Break could have ended right then and there and I would have been completely satisfied. I ended up at Woodstock’s Pizza later that night for Pint Night. I don’t remember if I got roofied or got into some sort of impromptu break dancing battle, but for whatever reason, I was horribly hungover the next day, so Friday was a wash. Saturday was interesting to say the least. I found out the last girl I dated just got dumped by her 28year-old, home-owning boyfriend. That alone put me in a phenomenal mood, but even better, it turns out he dumped her because she was (apparently secretly) still talking to me. So let’s recap: I kick an NFL record-long field goal on Madden and I (inadvertently) got a wealthy, successful grown man to dump my ex. It’s not even Monday yet and this is already the best Spring Break ever. The next few days were kind of a blur of Disney movies, Malibu rum

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and waffles. Did you know that in “The Little Mermaid,” Ariel is 16? Yeah, 16 years old! That is far too young for a mermaid to be seeking the companionship of a prince — or to be taking advice from a Rastafarian crab, for that matter. On Monday, Edward and I headed to Orange County to watch my Anaheim Ducks face off against his Dallas Stars. Two out-of-playoff-contention teams square off for the Irrelevancy Cup! NHL hockey, catch the fever! At this point I was running out of legitimate reasons to avoid going back to Chino Hills, so it was time to head to the 909 to see my parents. But first I went to UC La Jolla for the night to hang out with my buddy from high school. Before I had ever experienced the La Jolla college area, I assumed it was made up almost entirely of really smart Asian kids who just go to class, study, smoke weed and repeat. I was absolutely correct. Don’t get me wrong though, I really did have a great time. Playing beer pong in a residence hall room and hiding from RAs was really nostalgic for me. Plus, they have a 24-hour Burger King. We eventually found our way there and I bought one of everything on the left column of its dollar menu. After eating the best piece of microwaved apple pie ever, I realized that I could have ordered $60 worth of food and still not been satisfied, so we called it a night. Early the next morning I made my way home. I love the city of Chino Hills, but I never have anything to do when I’m there. Most of my friends are off at school and the ones that aren’t are younger than 21. Plus, it takes me at least three days to re-memorize what channels ESPN and Adult Swim are on my parents’ cable.

I did go golfing with my dad, which is always nice. Of course I’m pretty sure I get worse at golfing every time I play. Some jackass parked his cart in front of our tee box and I managed to hit it straight on, though. So that was gratifying. Spring Break wrapped up for me in essence on Saturday night when the Chino Hills High School drumline (of which I am a proud alumnus) took home the gold medal in the Southern California Percussion Alliance finals. I’ll spare you a detailed explanation on the various divisions, but CHHS is in the highest class and it beat everyone, especially our crosstown rivals, Ayala. I really hate Ayala High School. It’s just a more pretentious version of CHHS, only with a bigger gym and more slutty Korean girls. Ayala makes Duke seem tolerable. Speaking of Duke, the Blue Devils bounced the San Diego State women’s basketball team from the NCAA Tournament and then they won the national championship on the men’s side. However, apparently the SDSU Ultimate Frisbee team played and beat Duke last week. Also, apparently SDSU has an Ultimate Frisbee team. Both of those facts please me. But now it’s back to work for my last six weeks of college. And by “work” I mean sobbing and begging my parents to pay for me to stay longer. I’m not handling this looming graduation very well.

Did you love this column? Did you hate it? Got a topic you want me to discuss? E-mail me at dpope@rohan.sdsu.edu with any comments, questions or derogatory insults and you may see your message in my monthly mailbag column.

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (4/8/10) Your challenge this year is to build self-esteem for yourself and for any children in your life. Independence comes first. Find ways to generate enthusiasm for activities that don't require anyone's help.Then, cultivate your powers of observation and imagination. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 7 Although money isn't the real issue, that may be how you've been keeping track of who loves whom more. A better way is to see who can be most creative in expressing their caring. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 6 - You may want to run away from home, but you need to focus on household matters. Handle practical issues early, then escape to a movie. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 6 Although you want to get your ideas out, now's the time to carefully consider all the ramifications and modify your message. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 5 Everyone digs in, entrenched and stubborn.This would be a good day to pursue personal matters and save your enthusiasm for later. It will work out. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 6 Today is all about appearances. Hair and accessories do matter. Achieve a unique look using materials already in your possession.You find yourself on stage. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 5 -

Your desire for independence takes you out of your normal work routine.You don't have to leave the country, though. Just let your imagination wander. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 6 The challenge now is to love what you're doing for as long as you're doing it, and to let go as soon as it's finished. Release any negativity. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 9 - Use your talents to resolve disagreements about the basics. Be prepared to restate your arguments for the sake of clarity. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 6 - The only way to get anywhere today is through team effort. Focus on the most practical means you can find.Then, throw yourself fully into it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 6 - To get the most out of a relaxing time, display enthusiasm for someone else's suggestion. Spend money judiciously, but don't pinch pennies. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 5 - Keep the home fires burning today.You need space to pursue independent action. Ask someone else to manage plans for this evening. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 5 Consider ways to keep everyone focused. Creative minds (including yours) have a way of wandering off. Reiterate the purpose. © 2010,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.

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