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I N S I D E T O D AY DATING & ROMANCE
Student travel fund increased
THE NAKED TRUTH Learn about the different techniques that help people feel comfortable undressed. page 4
CONDOMS IN JAIL San Diego County prison should provide condoms to inmates to protect them from HIV and STIs. page 2
FIRST HIT FOR FROSH Freshman Albert Alvarez got his first hit as an Aztec this weekend against Wagner. page 5
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Graduate students travelling for academic related trips and excursions are now able to receive more funding from the San Diego State Graduate Student Travel Fund. Students must submit their travel applications at least one month prior to trip.
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Recently, it has become easier for graduate students to receive funding for research-related travels. The Graduate Student Travel Fund supports student travels in relation to scholarly research and creative activities. The GSTF was created last year after Associated Students allocated approximately $20,000 a year to support researchrelated student travels. “Students are using these funds to conduct field research and to
present their findings at professional conferences,” SDSU Director of Research Affairs Camille Nebeker said. “Several awards are supporting students who are conducting international research including work in Ghana, China, Australia and Mexico to name a few.” One award is supporting Shira Goldenberg, a second-year student in the SDSU / UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health. The funding she received will support her research about the mobility of HIV among the U.S.-Mexico and Mexico-Guatemala borders.
Another award will assist Justin Stoler, who is a geography student in the SDSU / UCSD joint doctoral program. According to the geography department website, Stoler will travel to Accra, Ghana to explore the links between new drinking water sources, water quality and human health in urban slums. The Student Research Committee subcommittee selected 24 of 116 applicants to receive $14,425 in GSTF funding for the first two cycles of this school year. Last year, there were 11 awards totaling $7,250 and in February there were 13 awards totaling
$7,175. Each award ranged from $325 to $750 per person. The application process is divided into three review cycles for fall, winter and spring. Approximately $7,000 is granted each cycle with $1,000 as the maximum amount for each individual. Funding must be used within 12 months of allocation. A subcommittee of the University Research Council’s Student Research Committee, which represents A.S., Graduate Students Association, the Graduate Council and the Division of Research Affairs, manages GSTF. “We try to break up the money equally from the $7,000 each round,” Robert Lopez, president of the Graduate Student Association and a part of the student research subcommittee, said. During the review process, each member of the subcommittee reviews approximately 20 applications. The criteria reviewed during this process includes relevance to the student’s research / scholarship in their major field of study, appropriateness of scope and budget, contribution to completion of a thesis or dissertation and prior awards received from GSTF. “We try to look into the depth of the student’s application,” Lopez said. “Did they go as far as to make sure that their reader’s understand the objective of their research? Is the GSTF the only source of help with money for their research?” After each member ranks the top five applicants, the applicant pool is narrowed to 20 for final discussion. “It is very challenging when we have close to 80 students requesting nearly $70,000 in a cycle,” Nebeker said. “We can only allocate $7,000 in travel funds to 10 to 12 students.” In order to be eligible, applicants must be a degree-seeking graduate student with at least a 3.0 accumulated grade point average. Applications must be received at least one month in advanced of the proposed travel. The deadline for the spring cycle is May 1. The GSTF application can be found on the Graduate and Research Affairs website. To apply, students must complete and sign the GSTF application, which must be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Awards will be announced by the end of May.
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Vehicle burglaries April 20 – There have recently been a number of vehicle burglaries on campus. Last Tuesday, four vehicles were reportedly broken into. Golf clubs were reportedly taken from a gray 2006 Ford Ranger between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Parking Structure 6. A window of a green 1999 Toyota Corolla was reportedly smashed between 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in the same parking structure. The victim said a laptop and a graphing calculator were stolen. Two other vehicles were
reported burglarized in Parking Structure 1. A 2003 Honda Civic window was smashed between 1:30 p.m. and 5:20 p.m. A backpack was reportedly taken from the car. At approximately the same time, a green 1997 Honda Civic was also reportedly broken into. The victim reported a Gwen Stefani cosmetics bag, cooler, car care items and a gym bag with clothing missing. San Diego State Police Capt. Lamine Secka said students, faculty and staff should never leave anything valuable in their vehicles. “The big thing that we keep
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a campus parking structure. Secka said officers found Wendell Bonwell, a 42-year-old who is not affiliated with the university, asleep in the bed of a pickup truck. Officers also discovered bolt cutters and other various tools in a backpack, Secka said. Bonwell was charged and transported to jail for a misdemeanor warrant from SDPD. He also had a drug-related misdemeanor warrant from the San Diego Police Department, Secka said.
April 18 – A man was arrested after SDSU police received a call regarding a disturbance in
—Compiled by Assistant City Editor Kristina Blake
stressing over and over and over again is not to leave anything of value in your car, because these are crimes of opportunity,” Secka said. “It takes 10 seconds to break a window and walk off with somebody’s laptop ... If there’s nothing attractive in the car as they walk by, then they’ll keep moving. They don’t want to spend time rummaging through a car to try to find something.”
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Monday, April 26, 2010
Condoms prevent spread of HIV in prisons
ex is a part of life that people need to be educated about to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections. Condoms are important for this as well. As much as you make it seem as though sex is not OK for a certain age group, it’s going to happen. The same is true for people serving prison sentences in jails. There is a line of logic missing from the idea that condoms should not be provided to prisoners because it is against the rules for prisoners to have sex. It follows the same line of reasoning as abstinence-only education in classrooms — it leaves people unprepared and vulnerable to STIs and diseases such as HIV. Capt. Dan Pena of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is against distributing condoms in prison. Pena argues it will send a “mixed message” to prisoners when sexual acts in prison are illegal. San Francisco and Los Angeles counties are the only two in California that distribute condoms within their prisons. San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey finds Pena’s unwillingness to adopt the program to be short-sighted. Hennessey thinks condom distribution is a good opportunity to educate inmates. Other prison officials are concerned about condom distribution because inmates could use condoms for other illegal activities such as hiding drugs. These concerns should be laid to rest as condom distribution programs already in place in prisons have not seen a notable increase in criminal activity. San Francisco officials reported there was no increase in illegal drug use or sexual activity and that inmates were using the condoms effectively. The truth is that, like teenage sex, sexual activities in prison are going to happen regardless of the measures taken by authorities. Despite the possible risk of increased illegal activity, the distribution of condoms in prison is beneficial because it will help prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Health officials say the rate of HIV among those who are incarcerated is nearly seven times higher than the general population, according to www.kpbs.org. This is unacceptable. Unfortunately, providing condoms does not eliminate sexual activity. In fact, none
The HIV rate among prison inmates is seven times greater than in the general population. Neglecting to provide free condom dispensaries in prisons is illogical.
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of the current measures taken by prisons can completely eliminate sexual activity. Inmates are going to engage in consensual and nonconsensual sex whether there are condoms in prison or not, so they might as well be provided. Even in incidences of nonconsensual sex, there is the potential to prevent someone from getting HIV. According to Just Detention International, a human rights group that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention, “many survivors of sexual violence report that they would have been able to negotiate the use of protection had it been available.” While some may argue that it does not matter if these criminals contract HIV, it is actually an important issue for our society
to confront. The fight against AIDS is not something that can be reduced to a personal battle. The spread of this disease affects all of us. When these inmates are released from prison, they can infect other people. For those who do not want to see anymore of the state budget go to prisons, it would be in their best interest to support an investment in condom distribution. Paying for the medical treatment of inmates with HIV or AIDS is far more expensive than installing a free condom dispenser in prisons. Pena argues that San Diego’s program of educating inmates and watching them very closely is effective in preventing the spread of HIV. However, without condoms in prisons, the inevitable unprotected sexual activity among inmates will perpetuate the spread of HIV and other STIs. Pena’s approach is illogical. He dwells on an exaggerated fear of illegal activity
and ignores the larger problem of spreading diseases in prison. The argument that providing condoms would send a mixed message, similar to the argument for teaching abstinence instead of birth control in schools, ignores that many people are going to have sex with or without the proper protection. All prisons should promote safer sex habits. The long-term outcome means safer prison populations and less money spent on health care for prisoners living with infections and diseases they could have avoided had protection been available.
—Sally Schilling is a political science senior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec. Send e-mail to email@example.com. Anonymous letters will not be printed. Include your full name, major and year in school.
Service members have a right to free speech
t seems that the people who serve actively in the armed forces aren’t allowed to exercise the very rights they are defending. Temecula resident and Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Gary Stein caused a stir recently after making a Facebook group called “Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots.” Stein said he created the fan page because he objects to President Barack Obama’s health care legislation. MSNBC got wind of Stein’s Facebook group and asked him be a guest on the network. Once his superior officers at Camp Pendleton became aware of the appearance, they held a meeting with Stein where they reviewed the Department of Defense guidelines on acceptable political activity for members of the armed services. Stein said he agreed with the guidelines, which bar troops from taking part in partisan political fundraising or using the uniform to influence an election. The guidelines also prohibit soliciting votes for a particular party and taking part in any radio or television broadcast as an advocate for or against a candidate or cause. Maj. Gabrielle Chapin, a spokeswoman for Camp Pendleton, stressed that Stein is not under investigation and has not been punished in any way. Stein agreed to change the name of the group and said he will limit the content to fit into the context of the defense department’s agreement.
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While it’s Stein’s decision to change the name, the military has overstepped its boundaries. Stein has stated, “The Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots opposes any military uprising and recognizes Obama as commander in chief.” Stein also professed he is not interested in being the face of the Tea Party movement.
While I disagree with Stein’s decision to appear on MSNBC, he did not need to change his Facebook. A Facebook display is, in effect, the same as a helmet display in war. The San Diego ACLU has weighed in as well, saying Stein’s right to free speech has been chilled. “The ACLU strongly supports the First Amendment rights of serv-
ice members to discuss and critique the government’s policies and conduct,” the ACLU said in a written statement. It believes free speech, which is a right protected by both civil and military courts, is one of the core values our armed service fights to preserve. Surprisingly, this is probably the first time in my life I have been against the military and in agreement with the ACLU. I can’t see how Stein’s Facebook page is soliciting votes for a particular party or candidate. The Tea Party movement has Republican, Independent and Democrat supporters. The Tea Party movement is a cause, and support for a cause is not suppressed by the Department of Defense agreement. In Vietnam, soldiers were allowed to draw peace signs on their helmets. In all wars, soldiers have been able to wear a necklace with a cross or Star of David. Peace and religion are causes; so is the Tea Party movement. While I disagree with Stein’s decision to appear on MSNBC, he did not need to change his Facebook. A Facebook display is, in effect, the same as a helmet display in war. The Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots is in no way opposing Obama as commander in chief and is not out to sabotage his leadership. They are against the health care plan, which is a domestic issue. If this were an active military Facebook page, which
opposed the mission Obama had ordered, whether it be to add or pull out troops, I would be very much against it. In that case, it would be a rejection of their commander’s orders. However, this is an entirely separate issue. This is simply another display of how extreme the political correctness of the U.S. Armed Services has become. When Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was spewing anti-American hate and radical Islamic propaganda throughout Fort Hood, nothing was said to protect his right to free speech. Hasan acted on his rhetoric and killed 12 soldiers in a shooting spree. It was reported that Hasan had become a belligerent and argumentative in his discussion about Islam. However, the Army did nothing, probably out of fear of being perceived as racist. Now when a conservative Marine makes a pro-Tea Party Facebook group — which, in my opinion, has been one of the most peaceful mass movements in U.S. history — he is snuffed out.
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Monday, April 26, 2010
The naked truth: feeling good undressed TIPS TO FEEL CONFIDENT IN YOUR OWN SKIN 1.
Forgo the conventional image about what men and women “should” look like. Chances are your boyfriend or girlfriend also has concerns about their naked appearance. When it gets to the point of wanted to sleep with someone, no one is going to be turned off by a few extra pounds, right?
2. Talk about sex. Opening up the lines of communication can help tremendously when it comes time to bare it
all for your partner.
3. Start slow if need be and try taking off just a single article of clothing until you feel comfortable enough to flaunt it all. If lights are your fear, start with them off and slowly but surely turn them up. 4. Know your body and appreciate what you have to offer. Everyone is different, but if you’re acquainted with your body, confidence will exude.
Learning to love and not judge one’s body is an important step toward feeling comfortable when nude with a partner.
Stripping down can Don’t worry about be liberating for a perception are too small, penis isn’t healthy body image Breasts big enough, stomach isn’t flat A M I N AT A D I A S TA F F W R I T E R
Feeling comfortable in one’s own skin is easier said than done. When it comes to being intimate with a significant other, the ultimate bare-all moment doesn’t always come easily. Being nude in front of a partner can invoke feelings of insecurity, inadequacy and anxiety. Nobody wants to feel vulnerable, but when one’s body is exposed in the buff it’s difficult not to worry about every imperfection, no matter how small. The media’s excessive portrayal of picture-perfect celebrities and models creates an unrealistic standard that men and women often compare themselves to. So, how can one feel comfortable, confident and sexy while naked in front of their significant other?
Neglect unrealistic portrayal Comparing one’s body to that of a supermodel’s is foolish. In an image-obsessed culture, the media has given people the impression that an attractive body is synonymous with sixpack abs and size zero jeans. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Last September, Glamour magazine broke the waif paradigm by running a photo of a nearly nude plus-sized model. The image caused a raucous, but made a huge statement by highlighting the beauty of the average-sized woman in her most natural state. Being able to accept one’s own body is important for boosting physical confidence and feelings of sexiness. “What’s sexy in the bedroom is when you love your stuff, when you want to share it with your partner,” author of “Feel Good Naked” Laure Redmond said in an interview with “O, The Oprah Magazine.” By shedding impossible expectations and standards, men and women can feel more confident and comfortable with themselves, especially when they’re stark naked.
enough, arms aren’t toned enough — obsessing about such minute details only leads to negative self-esteem. When there’s no clothing to hide behind, many people become insecure and fixate on minor flaws. According to registered nurse and licensed marriage and family therapist Dr. Karen Gless, men and women often focus on tiny imperfections out of fear that their significant other will find them undesirable. But when couples get to the point of intimacy, extra weight or small imperfections won’t deter a man or woman from wanting to engage in sex. Gless has specialized in sex therapy for many years in the San Diego area and points out that while women are often concerned with how they will be perceived physically, men also experience similar worries about their own bodies. Knowing both men and women are self-conscious about their nude selves can help relieve the anxiety of how one will be perceived when taking it all off.
Lay it all on the table “The more that we can have honest discussions, the more comfortable we can become with each other,” Gless said. Ta l k i n g a b o u t insecurit i e s beforehand can help relieve pressure and avoid feelings of being
shined under a spotlight. According to Gless, talking about sex and masturbation with a partner can help break down barriers and uncomfortable tension that may arise during intimate situations. “You might consider a time and place to get naked together when the sole purpose is not just to have intercourse,” author Paul Joannides said in his critically acclaimed book, “The Guide to Getting It On!” “A lot of trust and honesty can be generated that way … Just getting your fears out in the open usually helps you feel more comfortable.” For those who feel uncomfortable discussing such topics, taking it slow can also help. Gless suggests starting out by removing a few items of clothing until one finally feels comfortable being completely naked. Similarly, for those who don’t mind strutting their stuff, but still don’t feel completely confident with their bodies, starting out in a dark atmosphere where the lighting can gradually be increased can also help alleviate worries and build confidence. Above all, appreciating one’s body and embracing what he or she has is key in developing a positive self-image. Knowing that each person is different and has something unique and special to offer will allow one to proudly wear a confident and sexy birthday suit.
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Team celebrates as Aztecs split two-game Alvarez gets first hit series with Cougars D AN P E R E Z S E N I O R S TA F F W R I T E R
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The San Diego State baseball team knows how to make it rain — just ask Albert Alvarez. After the second game of an SDSU doubleheader against Wagner ended in a 12-1 victory, redshirt senior Pat Colwell dumped a celebratory bucket of ice over the head of the freshman infielder. Alvarez couldn’t help but smile and laugh as every Aztec applauded and laughed at the post-game display. The freshman reached a notable milestone Saturday evening as he got his first base hit of the year and of his collegiate career. “My teammates told me to just relax, so that’s what I was trying to do,” Alvarez said. “I figured I would just take a hack. Nothing can really happen. There’s nothing to lose.” Alvarez got his single in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs on the board. Hearing the team’s reaction from the dugout, one might think that SDSU had taken the game with a walkoff grand-slam in extra innings. Although that wasn’t the case, Alvarez’ teammates exuded the same level of excitement, resulting in a smile from the freshman that lasted long after the lights had been turned off at Tony Gwynn Stadium. “The team’s support is what makes me more confident in myself to get those hits,” Alvarez said, standing on the turf, soaking wet. He didn’t stop at just one. Alvarez got another single in the seventh, and earned an RBI on
a pop-up to center in the eighth. “Once the first one got out of the way, it was over with,” He said after the game. “I wasn’t nervous or panicking anymore.” The 12-1 victory for the Aztecs was a consistent, effort as they scored in five of the nine innings, and racked up 15 hits in total. Sophomore outfielder Brandon Meredith performed fantastically at first base and also stood out offensively. He got three singles, two RBIs, a walk and scored twice himself. The multi-talented freshman Corey Black proved he can play every position, as he earned his first win on the mound, giving up only three hits in 7.1 innings. SDSU scored more than 12 runs Saturday. In game one of the double-header, the Aztecs defeated Wagner as well with a final score of 7-2. Wagner was almost shut out at the hand of freshman starting pitcher Bryan Crabb. In Crabb’s 10th game and fourth win for SDSU, he pitched eight full innings without letting a run cross the plate. He only allowed one walk and five hits, improving his record to 4-3. Offensively the Aztecs came out swinging, earning 14 hits in their eight innings. Senior outfielder Josh Chasse returned powerfully from a month-long hiatus, earning a 3-4 performance at the plate, including an RBI double. After both wins against Wagner, SDSU balances its record at .500 for the first time this season with 20 victories and 20 losses.
SCORE BY INNINGS Saturday evening’s game Wagner San Diego State
It seemed as though there were two different San Diego State softball teams playing in Utah during the weekend — and each team earned a different outcome. The first team on Friday came out aggressive and hungry while the second on Saturday struggled to finish innings and left SDSU 9 eight runners on base. “These two games in BYU 4 Utah were a good experience for us,” head coach Kathy Van Wyk said. “We battled tough on the road, made a comeback to take a game and backed up our pitching as much as we could. In the second game we just learned that losing one aspect of our game can be the difference.” SDSU (27-12, 5-2 in Mountain West Conference play) controlled the entire game against Brigham Young on Friday, scoring nine straight runs. The Aztecs kept the Cougars out of the game through their offensive explosion and behind the right arm of junior pitcher Samantha Beasley. Beasley not only picked up her 22nd win, but also struck out 11 to set the single season strike record for SDSU at 277. “To start out on Friday, Sam (Beasley) was a little shaky and gave up a few runs,” Van Wyk said. “She gave up a few runs but then she settled in, got some needed strike outs and our offense came and gave her a big lead.” Another Aztec record was set in the game as senior center fielder Brittany Knudsen hit her school-record 35th double on her way to driving home five runs for SDSU. In Saturday’s game, the Aztecs gave up another four runs but the difference was that they struggled to put a single run on the scoreboard. SDSU was able to get five hits and eight runners on base throughout the game but failed to advance runners and get them across home plate. “The bottom line on Saturday was that our offense wasn’t present,” Van Wyk said. “We made some base running mistakes that ran us out of some innings, failed to get clutch hits and give their pitcher credit
because even though we had five hits only one of them was a solid hit.” Beasley’s nine-game winning streak was snapped as she had a mediocre start compared to her standards as she gave up four earned runs, the majority coming from a three-run homer in the fourth inning. “Sam (Beasley) gave us as much as she could over the weekend, and we could only take advantage in one game,” Van Wyk said. “But anytime you can get a win at BYU that is a good game, and to know that with one or two more hits we could have gotten another win is a good feeling. We just need to build on the win and learn from the loss and we’ll be ready next time.”
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Social situations in the awkward post-21 world
hen you turn 21 years old, it’s supposed to be amazing. The whole world is unlocked to your alcoholic inhibitions. But for me, it was a hellish nightmare of social awkwardness. It’s not that I don’t enjoy drinking or meeting new people, I just don’t fit in around San Diego. The cool places such as Pacific Beach and downtown have shunned me away like so many homeless men before me. The only difference is, I’m not smelly, at least no one has told me that I smell — you never know about those kind of things until someone brings it up. The first place I realized I wasn’t welcome was PB, maybe because I don’t have a sleeve tattoo or maybe because I’m actually from San Diego. How come when I’m out drinking in PB, people want to fight me? When the bars start to close, hordes of lonely men who spent a night striking out with the ladies hit the streets looking to pick a fight before they go home and flip through their address book, looking for that one girl that is too insecure to say no. The last time I was in PB I was walking on Garnet Avenue with two friends and I was verbally assaulted. In what I can only assume was a rage fueled by steroids, Jägerbombs and sex-
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ual frustration, a guy got in my face and told me, “Go home, this is my beach.” First of all, the beach is public, so I was a little confused. Secondly, I’m not exactly built for fighting. Instead of muscles, my body is covered in what would best be compared to a gelatinous goo-like substance. It’s better suited for hugs than it is punches. He was rabid, practically foaming at the mouth while he shouted in my face. I knew I had to strike first or else I didn’t stand a chance. Luckily for Mr. Roidrager, a police officer intervened before I had the chance to unleash a storm of scratches, flailing arms and kicks to the groin. I decided PB might not be my scene, so I took my money and diminishing sense of hipness to downtown. I really wish someone had told me there were prerequisites to drinking there before I went. First of all, you have to look cool. That was problem number one. Apparently flip-flops aren’t appropriate downtown attire, neither was my Three Wolf Moon T-shirt, you know, the really badass one where they are howling at the moon. I was forced to go home and change clothes like when my
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friend Jon Zimmerman pooped his pants in third grade during recess, except no one was laughing this time. When I came back, I stood in line for an hour before I was able to go inside. I think that’s how you measure a club’s coolness, by how long you stand outside in the cold. After paying $20 to drink beer that’s even more expensive than usual, I came across problem number two. Someone asked me if I wanted to dance, and because you can never really say no to that question without someone saying, “What, no one’s going to laugh?” I obliged. Compared to the expression this girl made, laughter would have been a welcome reaction. I tried all my best moves: The Lindy Shuffle, The Carlton Dance and even the rarely used Ethiopian Shim Sham. She stopped dancing, glared at me, then turned around and started dancing with someone else. It wasn’t too much of a loss because she was a horrible dancer too. All she knew was the white girl dance. I was heart broken at this point. The city I’ve called home for 21 years had rejected me. I put on a pair of booty-tight jeans and a deep v-neck shirt and headed to North Park, to cry into my can of Pabst Blue Ribbon with all the other sad emo kids.
BY LINDA C. BLACK, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (4/26/10).This is your year to mend the damaged and restore whatever's been lost.You prove indefatigable in the pursuit of independence. Perseverance, backed by a rich sense of humor, provides a way to express your passions to family and associates. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is an 8 — A lot of pieces come together today, and you see a way to repair something that you thought was permanently broken. In the process, you save a ton of money. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 — The best thing you can do for your associates is to state your opinion and reinforce it with action. Don't let anything distract you. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 7 — Bring water and snacks everywhere you go.You may not have time for a regular meal until later.You're running on emotional fuel all day. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 6 — Take today off if at all possible.You need time to recuperate from exciting weekend activities.Your significant other cleans up any leftover messes. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 — Something seemed broken on Friday. Today, you see just the way to repair or adjust elements so that they work together perfectly.Tweak, but don't use a sledgehammer. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 6 — Use whatever means of persuasion you
need to convince your significant other to relax. Less stress equals more fun, so lighten the mood. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is an 8 — Everything goes like clockwork today. You set household goals and someone else takes care of them. Meanwhile, you cheerfully handle whatever arises at work. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 9 — Forget what has been bothering you. You're perfectly happy to go along with any plan, reasonable or not. Maintain a playful attitude. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 9 — Use your persuasive powers to move others as early as possible.The weather could shift, and you need to be on the road before that happens. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is an 8 — It really is all about you and your most intimate friend. Get together early to make the most of the short time you have. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 6 — You wake up today knowing that you have the power. Now you need to decide what to do with it.Try making everyone around you happier. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 — Ask your group leader to work some magic and make obstacles disappear. Everyone needs to see the opportunity and enthusiastically embrace it. © 2010,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
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Instructions: Complete the grid so 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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BEACH WALK Staff Photographer Jeff Lewis captured this photo of a couple sauntering along the beach’s sands as the sun illuminated the hazy sky and rugged rocks, reflecting off the water and creating a picturesque moment.
ACROSS 1 Life histories, briefly 5 Atkins diet concern 9 Bogus 14 Drub in a game 15 Exploitative type 16 Author Zola 17 Not in favor 18 Italian tower site 19 Corrective eye surgery 20 “What?” 23 Nova __ 24 Gentleman’s offering on a crowded train, perhaps 25 Scratch (out), as a living 27 Reason to grab a tissue 32 “What?” 37 Lost color 38 Watered-down 39 Hangs ten, say 42 Actress Campbell 43 Finished 45 “What?” 47 Back-talking 50 Big bang producer 51 One running in a pusher, for short 53 Circles the Earth 58 “What?” 62 Toothbrush company 63 Metallurgist’s raw materials 64 Choir voice 65 Modeling wood 66 CC ÷ XXV 67 Swerve 68 Shoreline irregularity 69 Hankerings 70 Salinger heroine
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Solution available online at www.TheDailyAztec.com DOWN 1 Thin nails 2 Architectural order 3 One-up 4 Stretch in the service 5 Hostess offerings 6 Continent crossed by Marco Polo 7 Score silence symbols 8 Sources of teen angst, dentally 9 Sharpie feature 10 Asian nurse 11 Edelstein of “House” 12 Use a letter opener on
13 Scared comics cry 21 Connections 22 Solo of “Star Wars” 26 Cousin of an ostrich 28 Vampire tooth 29 Insect in a circus 30 First name in jeans 31 First family’s home? 32 Rams’ ma’ams 33 TV warrior princess 34 No-goodniks 35 Hawaiian strings 36 Hosp. areas 40 Sprat’s taboo 41 Book report, e.g.
44 Edith, to Archie 46 Gillette razor brand 48 Aye’s opposite 49 Old-fashioned “Cool!” 52 Radium co-discoverer 54 Atlanta athlete 55 Dawdles 56 Symbol on a pole 57 Source of spousal angst, nocturnally 58 Persia, nowadays 59 Formal dance 60 Apart from this 61 Jockey strap 62 Kimono sash
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