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Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Flu season is fast approaching. And though it may be difficult to believe — what with the abundant pleasantly warm days of early fall — it won’t be long before the winter’s chill settles in. San Diego State’s Student Health Services, located on campus in Calpulli Center, is a bustling building at virtually any time of the year. Though university health officials say the fall semester is the most in-demand time of year for health services because of the increase of students on and around campus, the real rush for on-campus health care is only just beginning. “October and November we start seeing huge numbers,” Tessy Reese, an LVN at Student Health Services since 1997 said. “(It’s) because students are back.” Now, with the slightly subdued hysteria regarding H1N1, coupled with the oncoming seasonal flu season and the increase in student health visits, university health officials are hoping education and preparation for flu symptoms, treatment and prevention will ease the swarm for care. “We have published some information on our Web site that also describes self-care of flu symptoms and when to seek care, including the use of antiviral medications,” Director of Student Health Services, Dr. Gregg Lichtenstein said. Influenza, the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus, according to the Center for Disease Control

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Web site. Though cases of the flu can range in severity from mild to critical — sometimes even leading to death — five to 20 percent of the population of the United States gets the flu each year. “In a typical year, 39,000 people die and 226,000 are hospitalized nationwide due to complications of seasonal influenza,” Lichtenstein said. Along with seasonal flu, it is important students, staff and faculty remain cognizant about the H1N1 flu strain. Though discussion of H1N1 in the mass media has substantially subsided, SDSU health officials are still expressing concern in regard to the virus’ spread throughout the university population. “This year, we are already dealing with the rapid spread of the 2009 H1N1 (aka ‘Swine’) flu, which could spread to a much larger percentage of the population … It has been predicted that up to 40 percent of the population may become infected if preventive measures are not used,” Lichtenstein said. “So far, we are seeing much higher rates of infection in people under 24 years than people over 50, so there will be recommendations to immunize almost all young adults and children with the H1N1 vaccine … Most of the flu we are currently seeing is 2009 H1N1.” Though the typical flu season isn’t slated to begin for more than a month, SDSU health officials are already experiencing sizable increases in patient traffic at the health center. “I know that urgent care has been seeing an increase,” Reese said. On-campus health services are already

S E N I O R S TA F F W R I T E R

Despite economic struggles and juggling a busy schedule, one San Diego State student was picked to receive the 2009-2010 William Randolph Hearst / CSU Trustees’ Award. Nancy Calderon, a Psychology and Political Science fifth year student was individually selected from SDSU and recommended by President Weber to receive the award. The Hearst / CSU Trustees’ Award recognizes 23 students, each one from a different CSU campus. The award distinguishes outstanding achievements. Recipients will receive monetary awards ranging from $3,000 to $8,000. Calderon, who started the application process in May, said, “I feel very happy and honored.” The banquet to honor the 23 students was held Tuesday in Long Beach with recipients, the CSU trustees and each campus president in attendance. “I’m kind of nervous, actually,” Calderon said before the event. “It’s just, a representative from every campus … it’s such a collective award that I feel like as I read the stories that were already published … I want to meet, like, all these other students who have, you know, struggled through all these things, overcome all these obstacles.” Calderon attended with her Educational

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Opportunity Program counselor of the last five years, Beth Crawford. The EOP helps lowincome and first-generation college students offering free tutoring, advising and a $500 grant each semester. “Our students qualify for San Diego State just like anybody else,” Crawford said. “It’s just that they don’t have the same tool bag as students whose parents went to college.” Crawford helped Calderon throughout the application process after suggesting she be nominated for the award, based on their relationship that evolved out of Calderon’s time spent at the EOP offices. “She would be in that office every night studying,” Crawford said. “I knew then that she was somebody special, because it was unusual behavior for a freshman to study so much.” Calderon, who lived in Imperial Valley, an area with less people than attend SDSU has received multiple awards prior to the recent Hearst / CSU Trustees’ Award. Previous honors include the Quest for the Best award that recognizes the top 10 students at SDSU and is a McNair and MARC scholar. Calderon will continue toward a Ph.D. program and aspires to be a research clinical psychologist. “I really believe that it’s just a matter of doing what you like to do, because you’ll do it well,” Calderon said. “ And when you do it well, people will … acknowledge it, whether you’re looking for the acknowledgement or not. I think that’s just what I did.”

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The Greek Life Activities Board is a new Greek organization forming this semester at San Diego State. The board will be compromised of one to two members from every Greek chapter recognized by SDSU Student Life and Leadership. The board will work with the Greek Council Activities Directors to plan and administer Greek activities throughout this academic year. It will replace Homecoming and Greek Week delegate and executive boards.

Phi Delta Theta will be offering four $250 Pallas scholarships to students during its Founding Fathers recruitment this semester. To find out more about Phi Delta Theta and the scholarships, visit www.areyoualeader.com.

Adding new fraternities The Interfraternity Council has invited three new fraternities to form at SDSU. Phi Delta Theta is returning to SDSU after its closure in the mid-‘90s. Phi Delta Theta, which was originally founded at SDSU in 1989, will start its colonization in the upcoming weeks. The fraternity will have its first information session on Oct. 5 in Aztec Center 222, followed by recruitment events throughout the first weeks of October.

Greek enrollment down The Panhellenic Association is experiencing a decline in recruitment as a result of a 10 percent decline in freshman enrollment, which accounts for most of the females who rush, according to Doug Case, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life. This year, 550 females are rushing compared to 580 girls who rushed last year. The first of three New Member Series — which are educational programs for new Greek members — will be held on Oct. 7 in Montezuma Hall. The program, entitled “Sex Signals,” will address the issue of sexual communication and alcohol.

—Compiled by Staff Writer Reem Nour.

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Jacobs, as well as Lichtenstein, said if you have flu like symptoms, the school urges you not to place yourself in public settings such as classes, meetings, stores or public transportation. Stay inside and avoid public contact. SDSU is suggesting you pick a “flu buddy” who can get you your meals and contact your professors if necessary (turn in assignments, etc.). This is especially important if you live in residence halls.

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implementing strategies to handle the increase in patients. Flu vaccinations are currently available at SHS for select students. “Starting now, we offer seasonal flu immunization for individuals who are at higher risk of complications of the flu, and will be expanding this to a larger group of students once we receive more vaccine,” Lichtenstein said. SDSU Media Relations Manager Gina

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MEN’S SOCCER

Injured captain makes impact off the field D AN P E R E Z S TA F F W R I T E R

The most important thing about being a team captain is excelling in leadership, both on and off the field. One of the senior tri-captains for the San Diego State men’s soccer team has been forced to focus more on the off-the-field part this year. Forward Matt McManus has not been able to get out on the field with SDSU (1-2-2) and will not be able to return until the middle of October. In an exhibition match against Cal Poly nearly a month ago, McManus was hit in the face and broke his cheek and orbital bones. But while he has been out, McManus has not let his leadership and motivation waiver. “It hurts not to have Matt (McManus) out there with us,” redshirt senior tri-captain midfielder Jamel Wallace said. “But through

everything he has been there for us and has been a real good force in the locker room.” McManus is coming off a 2008 season in which he tallied 11 points and scored five goals, earning a captain title up at the front of the Aztecs’ field. “It has been anything but fun not being out there with my team,” McManus said. “But I will be back soon and I am really looking forward to it and looking forward to making an impact.” Without being able to be a presence on the playing field, McManus has focused on impacting the team from the sideline and keeping spirits up. “He brings so much enthusiasm and life to our team,” Wallace said. “We can see that he is itching to get out and play but he’s always positive. He has been a great example

and has made sure he is still being an awesome leader by trying to keep our heads up.” Optimism and enthusiasm will be drastically needed as SDSU is set to face rival No. 6 UC Santa Barbara at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the SDSU Sports Deck. “They are a rival and it’s kind of real personal for me, every time I’ve been in the tournament they’ve knocked me out,” Wallace said. “So we are heading into this game with a lot of passion and a real pride of wanting to beat Santa Barbara. We want to show them that they don’t have our number.”

The Aztecs haven’t dropped a game in their past three, collecting their first win and two ties, while UCSB (5-1-1) has moved up the poles to sixth. If SDSU is going to be successful, it is going to have to make sure it realizes how important this game is. “We can’t come out lackluster,” McManus said. “This game is really crucial and they are a big rival for us, and we really want to win. I haven’t let anything put a damper on us and have been preaching to play every game like it’s our last, especially this one.”

AT A GLANCE WHEN: 4 p.m., tomorrow WHERE:

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WHY TO WATCH: SDSU hasn’t lost a game since Sept. 6 and will look to keep that streak alive against UCSB tomorrow.

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Men’s soccer redshirt senior forward Matt McManus expects to make his return to the field sometime in October. Last season he tallied 11 points for the Aztecs.

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WOMEN’S SOCCER

Marsh and SDSU look to continue winning ways F E L I N A T A M BA KO S S TA F F W R I T E R

Sophomore defender Hayley Marsh’s photo was plastered all across San Diego State’s official athletic site, www.goaztecs.com, but she hadn’t seen or heard why until her phone rang. “My dad called,” Marsh said. The conversation with her father went something like this: ‘Hayley, you were not only named to the

Soccer America Women’s Team of the Week on Tuesday, but you also earned your first Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week award on Monday.’ “I had no idea I was going to be recognized as a significant player for the conference,” Marsh said. “To win the awards is awesome, but it’s also humbling because it could have easily gone to anyone else on the team.” This past weekend, Marsh logged 180 minutes in two games,

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Sophomore defender Hayley Marsh was not only named to the Soccer America Women’s Team of the Week this week, but was also named MWC Defensive Player of the Week.

fired off five shots, scored a goal and was part of a defense that held Sacramento State and Long Beach State to just one goal combined. And to think, she transferred all the way from Western Kentucky University to give the SDSU women’s soccer team her services. “The athleticism at State is the main difference,” Marsh said of the biggest differences between being a Hilltopper and an Aztec. “The speed of play here at State is definitely eye opening. It’s a different experience in the fact that it’s harder to play in this conference.” Marsh has been able to stay above ground in San Diego, however, as she has started all 10 games and has scored the second-most goals on the team with two. Thanks in large part to Marsh’s play, SDSU has a twogame winning streak at home. The Aztecs had their fourth shutout of the year on Friday because of Marsh and the rest of the defensive line. But playing well is nothing new to Marsh. Marsh started all 21 games this past season with Western Kentucky and led the Hilltoppers to their first Sun Belt Championship in school history, picking up a 15-2-4 record along the way. Now, with SDSU, Marsh is tied for third in points scored this year with four. Marsh also has the two game-winning goals so far this year; one of which she scored in the match against Sac State. “I’ve just been lucky,” Marsh said, “To be part of such a good team that’s helped me to look so good.” Marsh and the rest of the Aztecs (5-3-2) take their seasonhigh two-game winning streak into another home game this weekend against UC Irvine. SDSU will have to keep its focus as Irvine boasts a 7-1-1 record. “We’ve set a team goal,” Marsh said. “To win all seven home games and we’re two-fortwo. I love my team; I’m having a ball, but winning helps. Winning is fun.”

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MWC ROUNDUP

A look around the Mountain West this weekend E D WA R D L E W I S SPORTS EDITOR

Last weekend was a rough time to be a Mountain West Conference team. Two of the three MWC Bowl Championship Series’ “party crashers” faltered — BYU was trounced by Florida State, 54-28; while Utah lost to Oregon, 31-24 — and the San Diego State football team was beaten by Western Athletic Conference member Idaho. Now, only two teams, Colorado State and TCU, remain undefeated this season in the MWC. Here’s a look around the Mountain to see whom the MWC will play this Saturday. SDSU at Air Force The Aztecs will try to rebound from an ugly 34-20 loss to the Vandals this past weekend when they take on the Falcons in Colorado Springs, Colo. Air Force has the nation’s best running attack, and is one fourth-quarter fumble away from being 3-0 this season. For more on this game, read this week’s football preview on page 9. UNLV at Wyoming The Rebels might be the most improved team in the MWC this season, and after beating Hawai’i 34-33 this past Saturday, they have established themselves as a team to be reckoned with in the conference. Look for MWC Offensive Player of the Week Omar Clayton to have a big day against the Cowboys, who lost 24-0 to Colorado and fell to 1-2 this season.

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TCU junior quarterback Andy Dalton and his Horned Frog teammates will attempt to take out Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse Clemson on Saturday to keep their Bowl Championship Series hopes alive.

TCU at Clemson In the biggest matchup of the MWC this weekend, TCU will try to keep its BCS dreams alive against Atlantic Coast

Conference powerhouse Clemson. The Horned Frogs are 2-0 this season, and adding a victory against the Tigers in Clemson, S.C., would surely shoot them up the national rankings. They will need to stop Heisman Trophy hopeful CJ Spiller, who has rushed for 176 yards this season, if they want to have any shot at a W, though. Colorado State at BYU Coming off the most disappointing loss of the weekend, the Cougars have to rebound against the Rams to stay in the national rankings. Colorado State, like UNLV, has improved drastically this season and is the only 3-0 team in the conference. Despite being 15-point underdogs, don’t sleep through the Rams game this Saturday. Utah vs. Louisville This matchup is intriguing because it pits another MWC team against a BCS conference school. The MWC is dying to get an automatic bid to a BCS bowl game, and beating up on BCS conferences can only help its argument. The Big East’s Louisville is 1-1 this season and is coming off a nail-biting 31-27 loss to Kentucky, while the Utes are coming off a disheartening loss to the Pac-10 Ducks. And even though Utah is from the “mid-major” conference, it is still a 14-point favorite in this matchup. New Mexico vs. New Mexico State Both of these squads lack substantial talent and wins. Combined, these two schools are 15. It is a rivalry, and despite being nearly 10point favorites against the Aggies, the Lobos are struggling this season and could lose this game. New Mexico leads the series 66-28-5, though, and did win last season 35-24.


Football

Thursday, September 24, 2009

AT A GLANCE

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THE BIG ISSUE AT

WHO: SDSU at Air Force

WHEN: 11 a.m.., Saturday

WHAT:

TV: The Mtn. and Channel 4 San Diego

The Aztecs kick off Mountain West Conference play on the road against the Falcons at Falcon Stadium.

RADIO: AM 600 KOGO (San Diego)

WHERE: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Listening to San Diego State football head coach Brady Hoke talk about the triple option offense is a little bit like sitting through a math class.There are a whole lot of steps, formulas and solutions; and in the end, somehow it all makes sense. “You’ve got different variations of the option football, from midline to veer to counter-option to trap option,” said Hoke, who tried explaining the attack to a reporter at his Tuesday press conference.“It all starts with what that guy, your key, whatever may be as a defensive lineman; it’s usually the end or the guard that will take you through the progression that you need to handle in doing your job. If you think the quarterback has the ball and you jump off the dive, then it’s going

to hurt our football team because that dive’s going to go down the field.” Got all that? Because come 11 a.m. Saturday, SDSU’s defense better know all that by heart. Air Force’s triple option offense stymies the best of defenses, and the Aztecs, who rank 59th or worse in the four main statistical defensive categories, can illafford another poor defensive week against the Falcons. But Hoke isn’t too worried. At Ball State, he played Navy’s option attack, and his new defensive coordinator this year, Rocky Long, has faced Air Force’s option attack for the past decade when he was head coach at New Mexico.

KEY MATCHUPS RECORD: 1-2, 0-0 MWC

RECORD: 2-1, 1-0 MWC

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RUSH YARDS PER GAME:

RUSH YARDS PER GAME:

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TOTAL YARDS PER GAME: 336.3

PASS YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 204 RUSH YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 135 TOTAL YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 339

TOTAL YARDS PER GAME: 444.3

PASS YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 127.3 RUSH YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 128.7 TOTAL YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 256

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Quarterback Ryan Lindley has thrown for five TDs this year.

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When the Aztecs have the ball: Before the season, SDSU was supposed to have a stable of running backs.There were three veteran leaders and three incoming freshmen who were supposed to be able to turn this running game around. But after just three weeks, that stable has shrunk drastically. Junior running back Brandon Sullivan is out for this weekend’s game with a sprained MCL. Senior running back Atiyyah Henderson will miss his fourth straight game with a shoulder injury. Freshman running back Ronnie Hillman will also miss his fourth straight game as questions still surround his SAT scores.That leaves junior Davon Brown (who, by the way, is also bothered by a nagging ankle injury) and freshmen Walter Kazee and Anthony Miller. Though Hoke said in his Tuesday press conference that the team still “wants to run the ball,” the Aztecs might have to rely on sophomore quarterback Ryan Lindley more than usual this week as they wait for the RBs to get healthy. Lindley has thrown for 725 yards and five touchdowns this season, but will have to face a stingy Falcon secondary which is allowing just 127.3 pass yards per game, good for 10th-best in the nation.

When the Falcons have the ball: Air Force runs a triple option offense, and that should scare the Aztecs. SDSU is already giving up 135 yards per game on the ground this season, and the Falcons own the nation’s best rushing attack, averaging more than 344 yards per game. And even though starting quarterback Tim Jefferson has a sore ankle and might not play this weekend against the Aztecs, it’s really sophomore running back Asher Clark who presents the most danger.The 5-foot-8inch back is a speedster who already has 242 rushing yards with an average clip of 6.4 yards per carry this season. Against SDSU last year, Clark picked up 109 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries. “They’re really fundamentally sound,” senior linebacker Luke Laolagi said.“They’re a hard-nosed team and they come off the ball and there are no surprises.We have a tough task at hand, but we’re just going to begin at practice and work hard.” Laolagi and junior linebacker Andrew Preston, who tallied 18 tackles against Air Force last season, will need to fight through cut blocks and decode deceptive running plays to keep the Falcons running game at bay.

FORECASTING THE MOUNTAIN Editor’s note: Each week, The Daily Aztec will pick the winners of every Mountain West Conference game.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 26 San Diego State at Air Forcec, BYU vs. Colorado State, New Mexico State,TCU at Clemson, UNLV at Wyoming, Utah vs. Louisville

NAME: Edward Lewis (18-7) TITLE: Sports Editor PREDICTION:

Air Force, BYU, New Mexico, TCU, UNLV,

Utah.

QUOTABLE: “Do you think a certain someone was Chuckling after last weekend’s Idaho debacle?”

NAME: David Pope (19-6) TITLE: Assistant Sports Editor PREDICTION: Air Force, BYU, New Mexico,TCU, Wyoming, Utah.

QUOTABLE: “I’d like all the woman of San Diego State to realize that I’m in first in this little competition as well as second in The DA Fantasy Football League. Just sayin’.” NAME: Beau Bearden (17-8) TITLE: Senior Staff Writer PREDICTION: SDSU, BYU, New Mexico, Clemson, UNLV, Utah.

QUOTABLE: “I utterly fail at this, especially considering I picked Wyoming to beat Colorado last week. I am sorry, America.” NAME: Glenn Connelly (17-8) TITLE: Photo Editor PREDICTION: Air Force, BYU, New Mexico,TCU,Wyoming, Utah.

QUOTABLE: “I’m picking against SDSU the rest of this season.”

Glenn Connelly / Photo Editor

Andrew Huse / Staff Photographer

Andrew Preston recorded 18 tackles against Air Force last year.

Asher Clark leads the Falcons this year with 242 rush yards. —Preview compiled by Edward Lewis, spor ts editor


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Student chemist has the world in her hands AMINATA DIA, Features Editor Look inside the chemistry labs at San Diego State and you’ll find something more profound than an experiment — you’ll find a petite brunette who’s making a big impact here on campus: Karina Kangas. The 20-year-old chemistry junior has accomplished much more at SDSU than some graduate students in the same field. And she’s managed to do it while balancing a full class load, work in a research lab, a husband and a two-year-old son. Kangas became pregnant while in high school and decided to move in with her then-boyfriend and become married at 17 years old. “We knew we needed to be mature about it and knew we needed to be better than the other people who were setting bad examples,” Kangas said. A time when teenage hormones are less than predictable, Kangas endured difficulties dealing with the pregnancy and high school peers. The tough love Kangas received from certain teachers also played a role in her evolution from high school student to mother and wife.

do chemistry,” Kangas said. “It sounds cheesy but it creates a new world around me, I see things differently. I see everything in molecules.” After causing one of her undergraduate chemistry professors to take notice of her hard work and talents, Kangas began working in the research labs on campus. “(She) demonstrates an amazing amount of initiative for an undergraduate, it’s very impressive,” Dr. Diane Smith, SDSU associate professor of analytical chemistry said. Smith encouraged Kangas to get involved in lab research after having her as a student in an introductory chemistry class. Kangas leapt at the opportunity to get hands on and has been working with Smith since 2008 after first taking over a research project Smith had been working on with another student. Kangas has a long list of achievements under her belt including membership in Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, being a NIH Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) scholar recipient and coauthoring a medicinal chemistry paper that was published this year. One of Kangas’ biggest accomplishments; however, came after being awarded first place for her poster presentation at the Electrochemical Society Meeting conference in San Francisco this past May. Kangas competed against graduate students and won, representing the only undergraduate student to take first at the conference. Her presentation in Electrochemistry & Technology impressed judges and professionals alike. Kangas still continues to impress even her professors. “I’m convinced she doesn’t sleep,” Smith said. “She has a boundless supply of energy. I’m completely amazed; I don’t know how she does it. I’m expecting great things from her.” So, how does this petite girl manage to work about 20 hours a week in a research lab, juggle 16 units and have time for her family? “I do everything school-related on campus,” she said “As soon as I pick up my son it’s all about him. We try to have a normal life, like if (my son) just had two working parents. We spend family time together and are used to a routine that works for us.” As Kangas continues to work toward her ultimate goal of obtaining a Ph.D and having her own research lab, it’s apparent that nothing can stop her from achieving success.

To some, the ability to communicate seems like a right, while expression through speech is thought of as second nature like breathing, eating and drinking. However, for individuals who suffer from speech disabilities, communication is the biggest privilege of all — and the farthest thing from an absolute. For Dr. Ignatius Nip of San Diego State’s speech, language and hearing sciences program, finding an efficient way to detect problems in speech development at an early stage is not only a job, but a way to make a difference. “I realized there was a lot more that we needed to know in order to improve how well they (people suffering from irregular speech development) are understood by other people,” Nip said. Trained as a speech pathologist, Nip, a Vancouver native, elected to travel from the frigid University of NebraskaLincoln to the warmer climates of SDSU in the beginning of last year. As the director of the Speech Physiology Laboratory, at a school that boasts the ranking of the No.1 small research school in the country, Nip has been able to conduct research on speech motor performance, and its development, specifically in children. At his dispense, Nip uses an eight-camera motion camera system to measure 15 various markers placed on an individual’s face to capture where the dots are during speech — a system that can only be found at a handful of campuses throughout the country. With this information, Nip and his team hope to have the ability to compare regular speech patterns and development to those with irregular tendencies. “I am hoping that with this research we can obtain more information on what happens during typical speech development, and hopefully find intervention for kids who do not fit these patterns,” Nip said. Now entering his second fall semester as an assistant professor at SDSU, Nip still believes

“It is rewarding to be able to really help someone with a communication disor d e r . . . ”

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“In my heart I can only hope that in some harsh way, my disappointment served as mentorship, driving her to have her son while still maintaining her dreams and goals, academically and intellectually,” Kangas’ high school English teacher Emily Allison said. Allison’s strong influence helped Kangas to develop into a strong woman and avoid falling into traditional stereotypes. With the support and tough love from her teachers; Kangas was able to graduate a year early, in order to spend time with her son before beginning college. After high school, the transition to college can be daunting for anyone, but for Kangas, her fierce desire to succeed in school with her son as the driving force, allowed her to smoothly make her way to SDSU. With her family and education as her main priorities, Kangas became involved in organizations on campus to help further her academic success and fuel her passion for chemistry. “I always knew since high school that I wanted to

research and teaching future speech pathologists hold an equal value. “The great thing about this field is that it’s where biology, biomechanics, physics and psychology all mix,” Nip said. “I tell my students that they have chosen a good field. It is rewarding to be able to really help someone with a communication disorder, to help them with family, friends and spouses.”

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Besides using a highly sophisticated camera system to illustrate speech development, Nip has focused most of his attention on new research pertaining to children suffering from cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that affects motor development. “Once we get data from this study we can get grants and do big things with some new information that will lead to early intervention,” Nip said. For those with an incapability to express their emotions effectively through speech, Professor Nip works diligently to implement new ways of detecting problems early. His work, both inside the laboratory and the classroom, is a testament to his commitment to the field of speech pathology, and more importantly, to the goal of giving the greatest gift of all: Speech.


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Where can Pupils peruse Parliament’s process your major take you? Nicole Callas

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So you know you want to study abroad, but what’s next? To get started, students should make an appointment to meet with an adviser at San Diego State’s International Student Center, which is located on 55th Street and Aztec Circle Drive. If you have a specific destination in mind, the center can help narrow the choices of programs in the area. If you want to study abroad but are unsure where, advisers can help find a program that works for you. They can also provide additional information and resources to help make your decision. currently offers more than 190 programs in 46 different countries; however, students aren’t limited to these programs. They are free to look into thirdparty programs outside of SDSU, but should make sure their transcript from the program will be accepted and all credit will be transferable. Once a student selects a program, he or she will need to fill out an academic approval form and meet with academic advisers to map out a schedule to fit their graduation needs. This step is critical for students who select independent programs outside of SDSU. Once receiving academic approval, students can begin planning their upcoming trip, making travel arrangements and preparing themselves for an unforgettable experience.

For students who have their hearts set on the political science major, London is the place to invest in studying abroad. In the heart of the city, London has major political institutions such as the parliament building and the Buckingham Palace, home to the British monarch. The University Studies Abroad Consortium is an independent program that

offers a variety of political science classes in both fall and spring semester. The USAC has a department dedicated to the study of law and government that fulfills San Diego State political science course requirements. Some of the many courses offered in the program include: Peace and Conflict: the European Experience, Global Resources and Economic Inequalities and Constitutional Law of the European Union. Both the fall and spring semester programs cost $7,380, which includes tuition and fees, student health insurance, pre-departure information and orientation. Visit www.usac.unr.edu to find more about

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England is ideal for political science majors, what better place to study Parliament than here?

the program’s courses offered, prospective personal expenses and application deadlines. The College of Extended Studies also offers an upper division three-unit program this winter in Oxford, England. The Oxford Study Abroad Programme transfers to fulfill the PS 375 course at SDSU and is taught by professors including Dr. Mike Stoddard. The winter session will be from Dec. 26 to Jan. 19, and because of the program’s popularity, Stoddard said he recommends students apply for the program as soon as possible because only 65 students are admitted into the program. Students can contact Stoddard for applications — he will be available to discuss admissions after his classes on Tuesdays at 4 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 4 p.m. in West Commons room number 201. The winter session costs $2,975, including student housing and tuition but does not include airline tickets and meals. For more information contact Stoddard at (619)466-8262 or visit his Web site www.docstoddard.com.

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The UK offers many opportunities for students.

Germany’s scientific approach to good brews Tanya Dracolakis

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Although Germans didn’t invent beer, the earliest brewing method can be found in their culture that dates back to 800 B.C. It is with this dedication and precision that Germans have made a science out of brewing. Visiting the International Student Center’s Web site and clicking on the “Germany” link couldn’t make the country’s study abroad specialty more obvious. From Hamburg University of Applied Sciences to Technical University Dortmund, this country offers unique opportunities for science students — and not just when it comes to creating traditional beverages. Technical University Dortmund boasts a spatial planning program unlike anything else in Europe. The university’s Dortmund Model for the Building Sciences has integrated the usually unrelated studies of architecture and civil engineering to create a progressive learning experience. However, there are more than these San Diego State exchange programs. The Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences (try saying that five times

fast) summer language program is a great way to try a few weeks in a foreign classroom while spending time traveling. Not only are the programs unique, but studying in the Federal Republic of Germany is a privilege for American students. “Germany has one of the world’s highest levels of education, technological development and economic productivity,” according to the U.S. Department of State Web site. For studying abroad, this is one of the few countries that is comparable to the United States in terms of affluence. So, aside from the language difference, it shouldn’t be too much of a culture shock. Also, Germany is perfectly situated at the heart of Europe, which allows for unbelievable access to all European countries and more. While this country boasts an excellent opportunity for sciences, students in other disciplines should not be discouraged. Multiple international student exchange programs also host varying programs from English to German literature, law, social science and the list goes on. The Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen’s courses vary greatly, including theater arts, sports medicine and training sciences and Eastern European languages and culture. For more information check out www.isc.sdsu.edu/study_abroad/countries/germany/g ermany.html

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the opportunity to boost their resumes with international internship placement and broadcasting experience in GCD’s two radio station studios. “My time abroad practically defined my academic experience,” media studies senior Andrew Lewandowski said. “There’s only so much you can learn in the classroom,” Lewanowski said. “When you are living and traveling within other cultures, that’s when you’re really learning.” To take advantage of this enriching opportunity, find more information about GCD’s study abroad program in Ireland by visiting www.keiabroad.org or call 1-800-831-5095. For help choosing classes and specific study abroad details, students should visit their major’s advising coordinator. For journalism and media studies contact Lanie Lockwood at 619- 594-2521, alockwoo@mail.sdsu.edu or for communications contact Chuck Goehring at 619594-3444 or cgoehrin@mail.sdsu.edu.

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For those who support themselves throughout their time at school, studying abroad can be a debt-inducing undertaking with expense of thousands of dollars. However there are other options. For those who want to learn about foreign cultures while still being able to pay rent on their apartment or stay at home, options are available. The College of Health and Human Services is offering two spring programs for those who can’t afford to leave the U.S., are nervous about leaving the U.S. for the first time or just want to get away for a bit.

Trips to Alajuela, Costa Rica and La Gloria, Tijuana, Mexico are the answer. The class, HHS 350, Applied International Health and Human Services, is an upper-division General Education class open to all majors, satisfying the cultural diversity requirement. Students sign up for the class and plan for their intense nine-days abroad of field work, lectures and personal exploration outside the country. Then, when Spring Break rolls around, students from HHS 350 go to either Costa Rica or Mexico for nine days to learn as much as they can about public health. The newest edition to this existing program is the nine-day trip to Costa Rica. The pilot trip starts next spring, so there’s still the opportunity to be the first group of students to be with a part of this adventure.

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For those not ready to travel around the world, Mexico is a much closer option for traveling abroad.

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Many independent companies present students with a unique assortment of outsidethe-box programs to suit major requirements. “The Melbourne Film Experience,” a short-term program featured by AustraLearn at the Swinburne University of Technology, offers an exciting opportunity for TFM students to write, direct and produce a short film. In addition, the threeweek program production course takes students through a series of industry lectures involving a step-by-step through a variety of filmmaking workshops as well as the

Independent programs

$19,000 for year-long programs. Each include: tuition and fully-furnished apartments near campus, The program offers a Bachelor of Creative Arts which involve a broad diversity of course selection in the fields of music, creative media, theatre and visual arts.

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If Costa Rica isn't appealing, going south of the border may be the answer. While some people may roll their eyes at the idea of going as close as La Gloria, Jennifer Smith, the HHS abroad program assistant, said, “I don’t think they expected to see what they saw. It was a lifechanging experience for all of our students.” Don't worry about visiting Mexico, the university and the College of Health and Human Services have taken steps to avoid problems concerning the student safety. Students stay on the outskirts of the city, helping locals building homes and migrant shelters. The college ensures all safety measure have been taken. Associate Dean of the college, Stephen Williams, is pushing for the program because of how unique a department such as Health and Human Services is to the U. S.

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“We don’t expect our students to spend a semester abroad,” Williams said. That’s because most other countries do not offer coursework that allows students to study abroad for business or communication. The cost of the program depends on location. The trip to La Gloria is $660 and Costa Rica will be $820 plus the cost of airfare. Those numbers may be bracing for those living at home or working, but the college is pushing the Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship. “We’ve even had a few students who have had their entire trip paid for with this scholarship,” Smith said. Even if money is tight, there are still opportunities to go abroad and tackle new challenges and foreign places. Just don't forget to add the class before it fills up.

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The study abroad programs in Spain have always been some of the most popular for San Diego State students. The balance between the indigenous culture and contemporary lifestyle creates an opportunity to receive an education at well-established universities while still experiencing an extremely colorful culture. There are an infinite amount of routes to get to Spain. “There are a ton of independent programs for any major,” Education

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Costa Rica’s unbelievable waterfalls are enough to draw in any student.

Abroad adviser Adrienne Fusek said. “Students can always find what they are looking for.” Students can also do exchange programs through SDSU. While partaking in an exchange, tuition and cost of living are paid to SDSU while students are responsible for the extra costs. Given the current currency trends, these costs would most likely be equivalent to that of living in San Diego, if not more. Every program will have different costs and specifics, one of them being the language requirement. Some programs, such as SDSU’s exchange program and the International Student Exchange Programs, require around six semester credits of Spanish classes prior to departure. Some independent pro-

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grams require none at all. The differences in prerequisites are because of the different universities that host the programs. Students are often in classrooms directed entirely in Spanish. The Catalan dialect is enough to throw off any Spanish-spearing Southern Californians, so the proper educational precautions are enforced with the language requirement. Planning time abroad can be very difficult and overwhelming, given the plethora of programs there are to choose from. Spain is one of the wellfacilitated countries to travel to, given its popularity. Despite the recent downsizing in staff, the International Student Center is always available to assist students in planning their studies abroad.

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The College of Health and Human Services’ new classes taught in Costa Rica offer a unique experience abroad.

Melbourne International Film festival. The film festival will take students through a 19 day period where they can engage in the culture and have the opportunity to view and analyze more than 700 films from more than 50 countries. While fees are subject to change for the next school year, the current program fees start at $4,365, which include tuition, accommodations, airport transfers in Melbourne, daily breakfast, orientation and arrival and farewell functions, according to www.AustraLearn.org. While airfare is not included in the program fees, AustraLearn works with STA Travel to provide for discounted group rates for students which offer the option of flexible return dates so students may travel when the program ends. Putting aside the academic facets, Melbourne is an extensive city and alumni of the program have quoted the traveling experience as “the best of both worlds because there was a huge city with an amazing night life, and there was even a nice beach nearby to spend the days.” For more information on the program visit AustraLearn.org.

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Hollywood down under

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ith a highly competitive Television, Film and New Media Production program and a talented theater department, it’s no wonder why many international students travel to San Diego State to partake in such outstanding opportunities. However, for those looking to acquire the same kind of experience, Australia offers a wide variety of academic programs for film and theater students.

SDSU ISEP programs While fees are substantially more expensive in comparison to the exchange programs, students have a wider range of options through SDSU ISEP Direct. The University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba is two hours west of the Gold Coast and is a popular destination for international students, because it offers the lowest cost of living in Australia. Semester-long programs range from $10,000 to $12,000 and start at

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Lucky charms for JMS One class at a time for health and human services

$12,950 and include all living amenities, medical insurance, mobile telephones, excursions to nearby cities and 16 units. Summer programs in Ireland cost $5,950 and include six units, housing, tuition and various traveling expenses. Residence halls are centrally located and are within a 10-minute walk from Dublin’s city center. In fact, Dublin calls itself a “pedestrian city” with most places easily accessible by foot or bus, keeping transit expenses low. Students only need to bring extra money for personal expenditures that will range anywhere from $300 to $500 on top of program fees. During each academic program, GCD organizes two day trips and one overnight excursion to cities such as London, Belfast, Galway and Glendalough where students can hike through the beautiful countryside, view historical museums and cathedrals and experience the native culture and cuisine. While studying, students also have

Ireland’s natural beauty is a wonder all its own. Journalism and communication students can enjoy the lush areas while learning in a top academic environment. With courses comparable to SDSU’s journalism program, as well as unique classes, students will receive a comprehensive curriculum.

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Ashlie Rodriguez The lush, rolling hills of Ireland provide journalism and communication students with the academic experience of a lifetime. One of Ireland’s top private universities, Griffith College Dublin, hosts summer, semester and year-long study abroad programs specifically for those looking to excel in journalism, media studies and mass communications. GCD has acquired superb international standings for its excellence in academics, expert professors and numerous affiliations including The National Union of Journalists. Most required courses at San Diego State are easily transferable as GCD has many equivalents for classes such as media, law and ethics, research methods and more. Comparably affordable, study abroad semesters cost $11,950 to

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The spectacular countryside in Ireland is great for exploring the outdoors. Journalism and communication students also have the opportunity to obtain an internship while studying abroad here. With practical job experience and a stunning location, students are sure to have an amazing trip.


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Big profits for business students in China Jared Whitlock S TA F F W R I T E R

Business leaders from around the world have their eyes on China. From outsourcing to innovation, the key factors that define modern business are being played out in the rapidly changing country. Consider that China could soon surpass the U.S. as the largest consumer market in the world. While the U.S. economy flounders, it’s no wonder companies are eager to better understand China. Consequently, the demand for culturally competent students is on the rise according

to Teresa Donahue, director of the study abroad and internship program at the college of business administration. “Studying in China makes a lot of sense for business students,” Donahue said. “It has the fastest growing economy in the world and studying there is a way to set yourself apart.” There is a plethora of options for studying abroad in China. Year-long programs are available for those who would like to fully immerse themselves in Chinese culture. Semester-long programs are an option, as well as a recently introduced summer program in Shanghai. For a list of the universities and tuition costs, visit www.rohan.sdsu.edu/~cbabroad/cba/asia.html.

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The unique culture students will experience in China helps expand their minds and business tactics.

China offers education for cost of San Diego State tuition, plus $300 a month for housing. The low cost of living is an added bonus because the dollar has a lot of purchasing power in China. Generally, classes transfer to SDSU with ease. “We process everything very fast and make it very easy,” Donahue said. The study abroad and internship program also helps students highlight the experience on a resume. “Less than two percent of students study abroad,” Donahue said. “We want to help students who have studied abroad market themselves and show this to employers.” Given China’s increasing influence among the international business community, employers are sure to be impressed. For more information about studying abroad in China, visit www.rohan.sdsu.edu/~cbabroad/cba/orientationcba.html.

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Students studying abroad in China can explore the country’s rich history and incredible wonders.

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This country offers business students the chance to learn from a leading country in world trade.

Stimulating minds in Scandinavia Kari LUU S TA F F W R I T E R

Sweden’s greatest export may be its culture and modernity. Sweden’s impact on culture has punched way beyond the rest of the world. Not only known for producing amazing bands such as ABBA and unique IKEA furniture, the Swedes are also gaining momentum in terms of research and education. As a result of a higher education reform in Sweden in 1977, several Swedish universities have become a popular destination, which is good news for San Diego State psychology students. Örebro University exchange programs are sponsored by SDSU and the International Student Exchange Programs where students have the opportunity to explore the dynamic region for an academic year or a semester. “Our research concerns people’s development and conditions for living, from our different perspectives,” according to the Örebro School of Law, Psychology and Social Work Web site. “We study individuals, families, groups, schools and societies.” The school offers several basic level courses such as developmental and antisocial psychology. Additionally, Örebro University has several internationally prominent research groups for the School of Law, Psychology and Social Work including the

Center for Health and Medical Psychology and the Center for Research in Criminological Psychology. The school does offer a wide selection of courses in English; however, ISEP students with a good knowledge of Swedish who have the appropriate prerequisites can take a range of courses available at Örebro University. Apart from its academics, Örebro is a city thriving with history, art, music and theater. Many of the city’s historical buildings house galleries, museums and other recreational activities. Surrounding Örebro, there are many fun-filled facilities and unique opportunities including both downhill and crosscountry skiing in Kilsbergen, swimming in one of Europe’s largest indoor pools at Gustavsvik, mountain biking, year-round concerts and theater performances. UC San Diego psychology student Jennifer Silva had the opportunity to study her major in Sweden for a semester. “I hate to say it, but all the clichés about semester abroad are true and it’s really cool to be immersed in almost a different world and apply your knowledge in this new setting,” Silva said. “It’s cool because I could take back what I learned there and use it as valuable experience in my personal and professional life.” Admission to this course is guaranteed provided that you apply by June 1 for the fall and Nov. 1 for the spring. For more information visit, www.sdsu.edu/studyabroad, or www.isc.sdsu.edu/study_abroad/countries/sweden/Sweden/Orebro.html

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With so many activities to choose from, Sweden makes for the ideal study abroad destination.

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The distinguished psychology programs available at Sweden’s universities offer practical experience.


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Invest in an unforgettable experience Hardik Shukla & Aminata Dia C O N T R I B U T O R & F E AT U R E S EDITOR

With its beautiful landscapes, temperate climate and a mixture of European and Maori cultures, New Zealand is the perfect destination to study abroad. A modern but sparsely populated country, New Zealand has a lot to offer for students, especially for finance and accounting majors. San Diego State offers an exchange program with the Auckland University of Technology, where priority is given to business students. SDSU also participates in international student exchange programs with opportunities to go abroad through Massey University in New Zealand. “Auckland is the economic capital of New Zealand,” Assistant Director for Education Abroad at SDSU Robert Carolin said. With a prime location and numerous opportunities, the AUT is a great study abroad option for

students looking to further develop their finance or accounting skills. “Auckland houses headquarters of numerous international corporations, banks and other offices,” Carolin said. “The Auckland University of Technology provides enough exposure to students to make it big in the corporate world.” An added bonus of studying abroad in New Zealand is no prior language classes are necessary because it is an English-speaking country. This helps to avoid the “lost in translation” feeling some students tend to experience in foreign-speaking countries. With the SDSU direct exchange program, students won’t feel the heavy program fees generally associated with traveling abroad. The tuition for studying at the AUT is the same cost of attending SDSU. Carolin also notes that the cost of living is considerably cheaper as well. Any finance major can calculate that as huge savings. Programs for the AUT are available for the fall and spring with a summer option also available during Northern America’s winter months.

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New Zealand’s breathtaking scenery creates a pictureperfect setting for finance and accounting students to enjoy.

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Direct exchange programs with universities such as AUT provide a cost-efficient study abroad program for students.

A visual masterpiece awaits in Turkey

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Turkey boasts a number of artistic and theatrical venues, perfect for students with a passion for the arts.

Natalia Van Stralen S TA F F W R I T E R

Surrounded by opera houses, local markets, the Turkish Parliament and universities, San Diego State art and graphic design majors will thrive in the “city of learning and science.” Located in Ankara, Turkey, Bilkent University was created in 1984 and has worked closely with SDSU to provide numerous programs for the department of arts, design and art history. With foreign students from more than 72 countries attending Bilkent, American students who are studying there will be comfort-

able experiencing Turkish culture with the company of other student travelers. Aside from the long-standing opera houses and modern dance theaters, the city of Ankara also boasts many markets and scattered shops. The business district offers antiques, jewelry and traditional kilims, or in English, rugs. After visiting the numerous historical sites in Ankara, students can choose to spend their weekends traveling to places such as Istanbul or visit the Mediterranean and Black Seas. When it comes time to refuel after traveling the countryside of Turkey, students can choose to purchase a meal plan from the Table D’hote Cafeteria at the university or they can roam the dining district of Ankuva to take pleasure in the Turkish culinary arts.

Graphic design and art students can channel Turkey’s vibrant culture to fuel their own artistic abilities.

When Turkish cuisine gets students sleepy, the residence halls at the university are a comfortable place to relax. The living quarters at Bilkent are fully furnished including a bed, desk and bookcase as well as Internet capabilities and local and international direct-dial phones. The halls offer kitchenettes, study lounges and laundry facilities so students can catch up on sleep and laundry and make a quick breakfast before classes and traveling. The housing ranges from single to quadruple suites options starting from $1,150 to $8,150. Students interested in the fall program arrive in August or early September, with classes beginning mid-September and ending in mid-January. Spring semester travel-

ers arrive in early February, begin classes in mid-February and finish at the end of May. Both semester travel time periods include an orientation, course registration and Turkish courses. The Bilkent exchange program is sponsored by SDSU’s International Student Center and the department of arts, design and art history. Other study abroad universities in Turkey sponsored by SDSU’s ISC are Anadolu University and Bogazici University. Students who are interested can contact Bilkent University program director and school of art, design and art history professor Mark Siprut at msiprut@mail.sdsu.edu or 619594-5446; or the ISC at studyabroad@sdsu.edu for more information.


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Photography is a powerful medium in which the art of storytelling is taken to another level, where nonfiction can be turned into fiction, and a real-world image can be bent to the photographer’s intent and perspective. Balboa Park’s Museum of Photographic Arts “Picturing the Process: The Photograph as Witness” explores the photographer’s purpose for making their art.

“While photographic images are bound in some way to realism, they do not always create truthful depictions.” —A MOPA museum exhibit The first panel opens with a reflection of the art of photography and how it affects reality. A panel in the exhibit claims, “While photographic images are bound in some way to realism, they do not always create truthful depictions.” Instead, photos are the form in which photographers display their view of the world. “The Photograph as Witness” focuses on documentary photography in the areas of family, conflict, human

experience, American culture and landscape. Each category features images unique to those experiences, such as Sally Mann’s “Tobacco Spit,” a photo exploring the intricacies of childhood and growing up through the image of an old and dirty laborer holding a glowing white child, similar to the image of a renaissance Madonna. The photo emphasizes this contrast between the two characters exhibiting aging in the human condition. The gallery approaches photography in an educational way, having the viewers analyze the differences in images and observe the intricate subtleties of different styles of photography. Images are set side by side along with descriptions and information on the photo, the text asks viewers to search for and understand the different intents of photographers and the result following that purpose. Some photos were created to start reform, others to display a person’s character and others to track changes in society. There is also an interactive area equipped with stereographs and images for visitors to read about and experiment with, learning how stereographs work and how they were used to create 3-D images. These interactive areas give visitors a better understanding of how photography has progressed throughout time and how it is created now. “Picturing the Process: The Photograph as Witness” is an amazing gallery to behold and engages visitors in the world of photography as an art form and a tool for documenting history. “Picturing the Process: The Photograph as Witness” is on display until Feb. 6 of next year at the Museum of Photographic Arts at Balboa Park.

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The Museum of Photographic Arts’ new exhibit doesn’t just display pictures, it also explains the story behind each photo and why each artist took them. The exhibit will be open until February of next year.


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Film weaves tale of classic fashion icon’s life

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The fashion house Chanel creates and markets luxury goods including watches, handbags, accessories and haute couture. One of its most famous spokespeople was Marilyn Monroe for the perfume Chanel No. 5.

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Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel is one of the most renowned fashion influences of the last century, building an empire of clothing, accessory, shoe and perfume that continues to be idolized worldwide. However, few are aware of the modest upbringing Chanel endured, beginning in a life of orphaned hardship and struggling to professionally distinguish herself in a man’s world. The latest film by French filmmaker Anne Fontaine, “Coco avant Chanel” (“Coco Before Chanel”) illustrates Chanel during her years prior to recognized success, both in her personal life and creative ventures. Audrey Tautou (“Amelie,” “The Da Vinci Code”) embodied Chanel superbly, making the designer’s feisty and passionate personality manifest on the silver screen. Born in France in 1883, Chanel was faced with an austere upbringing that should have resulted in only a few options for women during those times: Prostitute, wife, seamstress, nurse, etc. Yet, with the right ambitions and strong tact, Chanel broke into an entrepreneurship that was unheard of for women of her day. Tautou successfully portrayed Chanel in her many personas throughout the story, consistently materializing the will of her character despite the situation. While the majority of the film depicted the personal life of Chanel before her fashion reign, Tautou delivered the subtle fashion tendencies

Chanel observed during her onset, often making comments on a woman’s attire or just watching the trends of her era vanished out of style. Eventually, Chanel plowed a path for herself to succeed in her endeavors, although not always choosing the easiest road. She found herself subject to romantic relationships that were less than emotionally substantial, further muddling her opinion of the traditional juxtaposition of men and women. Chanel took inspiration from her lovers throughout her life, often reconstructing outfits and designs from male clothing pieces. Her two on-screen love interests, Etienne Balsan (Benoit Poelvoorde) and Arthur “Boy” Capel (Alessandro Nivola) fulfilled certain patronages during the story. Chanel found a father figure, lover, friend, guarantor and pure inspiration from both men in her life, which was exemplified by the sentimental acting during the film. For fans of the classic Chanel style pioneered, this film will surely please the inner fashionista, while portraying the personal efforts one must take to achieve an ultimate goal. “Coco Before Chanel” is a beautiful rendition of the fashion icon’s life prior to her mainstream success. A fascinating filmmaker, a talented leading actress and an appropriately designed set and wardrobe make this film similar to its subject: classically elegant. “Coco Before Chanel” opens next Friday at the Hillcrest Landmark Theatre. For more information on showtimes and tickets, visit www.landmarktheatres.com.

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‘Dear Harvey’ a love letter to LGBT icon The Daily Aztec gets chatty about San Diego State’s new play “Dear Harvey” A L L I E D AU G H E R T Y A S S I S TA N T T E M P O E D I T O R

Any child can talk about the greats: Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, to name a few. But what about those who changed lives and didn’t make the history books? Harvey Milk, the first openly gay political candidate, is one such person. Although he was as much an activist as any other famous political figure, what he fought for was more forbidden. His battle for gay rights and AIDS awareness may have been one of the first, but it was not the last. Now, the lives he changed and people he impact-

ed can be seen in San Diego State’s latest play “Dear Harvey.” Recently, The Daily Aztec was able to sit down with actor Derek Smith for an interview. T h e D a i l y A z t e c : What is “Dear Harvey” about? D e r e k S m i t h: It’s a compilation of letters and stories of all these people who worked really closely with Harvey Milk, about him and about this epic battle for gay rights in a time where gay people weren’t out of the closet because it wasn’t accepted at all, it wasn’t an actual part of society. It was kind of the evolution of the openly gay lifestyle and (shows) why Harvey Milk was so important to that new era, especially in that time period of the ‘70s and the sexual revolution. But more importantly it’s all about the gay rights aspect and fighting for that. DA : How does the play differ from last year’s

movie “Milk?” DS : It’s beyond just Harvey Milk’s life. It’s more focused around everyone that he affected and what happened afterwards and what we’re hoping to do next. DA: What is the atmosphere of the play like? DS: When you’re watching, it kind of feels like you’re in Harvey’s camera shop listening to all these really good friends tell stories. DA : What genre would you consider “Dear Harvey?” DS : Every scene is staged differently but the show brings you into a different world and sort of shows you in that way. It’s almost like a documentary in the fact that it’s information, but it’s also this wonderful kind of celebration of the capacity of human life. I know that sounds really weird but it’s more of a story than a documentary because our mainstream society doesn’t really know about Harvey Milk and they don’t know about gay rights and gay history and I think this show will take them more on a journey of finding that for themselves. It’s acted out and it’s theatrical and there’s dancing and it’s really fun. DA : The show is based on a touchy subject. Do you think this will deter anyone from coming to watch? DS : I think that anyone can see this show and really enjoy it, no matter what your beliefs are (and) no matter what you feel about current gay politics or past gay politics. Some people dismiss it as gay theater, and so people assume ‘Oh, gay theater. That’s not me.’ But the fact is that gay culture is a huge part of our society so we want

to make sure that people get to see something as wonderful and as moving as this.” DA : “Dear Harvey” focuses on the lives Milk changed. Could this play have the same effect on its audience? DS : (My character) talks in depth about his friends who died and his experiences and having to live through and be one of the ones who lived through the AIDS epidemic. I think this brings up a lot of emotions in people who weren’t a part of the gay community and who weren’t a part of any sort of artistic community because every adult of our generation lived through the AIDS epidemic and lived through a time where people’s friends were dropping like flies, just dying. And I’ve had staff members who see it come up to me and say “I went to six funerals in one month and they were all my closest friends.” I think there are things like that that can’t be ignored in the show. No matter who sees this show they’re going to be emotionally connected in some sort of way. The show runs one hour and 20 minutes with no intermission. Following each show will either be a discussion with the people depicted in the play and members of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations or a post-show titled “Accidentally Phylla, an Accident Waiting to Happen. Or, Tis Pitty She’s a Man.” For tickets and more information, visit theatre.sdsu.edu.

Play: Dear Harvey When: 8 p.m., Sept. 24, 25, 26, 30 and Oct. 1, 2 2 p.m. Sept. 27 Tickets: $13 - $15

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“Dear Harvey,” the first play of the semester for SDSU’s theater program, focuses on the lives Harvey Milk changed instead of taking the same biographical route as last year’s award-winning film “Milk.”

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In continuation of San Diego State Associated Students’ free student events, Aztec Nights, a concert will be held on campus tomorrow. The event will feature the mixed-reggae genre group, Pepper, hailing from Kailua Kona, Hawaii. The mellowtoned trio is currently making its way through the U.S. on a tour from California to New York. Special guests at the concert will include local opening acts, self-proclaimed reggae / rock / dub band Through The Roots and rock band The Pheromones.

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Hardcore rockers dish their dirty details

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Three members of the Sheffield, U.K. band, Bring Me The Horizon, drummer Matt Nicholls, vocalist Oliver Sykes and bass player Matt Kean mugged for the camera before their Friday night sold-out show at Soma as part of the Epitaph Tour 2009 with Every Time I Die.

Architects (UK) and benefits. DA: Like welfare? Bring Me The MK / OS: Yeah. Horizon talk with Architects The Daily Aztec ALEESHA H A R R I S

The Daily Aztec: What do you guys do in the Architects? Tom Searle: Sam plays the vocals. Sam Carter: And Tom plays guitar.

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The United Kingdom has churned out some memorable musicians. From the smooth rock ‘n’ roll of The Beatles in the ‘60s to the pianodriven sounds of Coldplay at the cusp of the new millennium, the small cluster of water-logged land has provided the world with some serious auditory pleasure. The year 2004 marked the introduction of two additional noteworthy British bands, a pair that rocked up with an entirely heavier and less contemporary sound, yet nonetheless made a mark on the world of music. Last Friday, San Diego fans of Bring Me The Horizon and Architects got the chance to see these two metal-makers at one of the city’s legendary live music venues, Soma, when the two rolled through as a part of the Epitaph Tour 2009, with headliner Every Time I Die, and support from Oh, Sleepers. The strikingly similar bands stopped to chat with The Daily Aztec, answering a few questions and proving that, despite their shared homeland, friendship and similar music genre, their responses are as unique as their personalities.

Bring Me The Horizon The Daily Aztec: So, who are you guys? Oliver Sykes: My name is Oliver and I sing. Matt Kean: My name is Matt and I play bass. DA : As far as listeners who’ve never heard your sound, how would you describe it? OS: Uh, sexual. M K : It’s like Barry White, crossed with Stevie Wonder. O S : Mixed with a bit of Cannibal Corpse. DA : What’s the hardest thing about touring? OS: Having to put up with our drummer’s bad smells. He stinks. DA : ... So, finish this sentence for me … If I wasn’t in Bring Me The Horizon, I would be … OS: I’d just be a man. M K : Um, on the dole. It means, like, on benefits. So … O S : Council. No, government

DA: For first-time listeners, can you explain your sound? TS: It’s a hard-rock sound. No, I don’t know. Sam? SC: Uh … TS: It’s edgy. Very edgy. SC: I guess it’s kind of like … TS: It’s got grit. SC: It’s metal but I guess it’s not typical standards. TS: It’s not (makes a breathy groaning noise). So it’s metal without that bit. (Makes noise again.) DA : So, what’s the hardest thing about being in a band …? TS: Um … what is the worst thing? My hands are all dirty and I’ve got all spotty this tour. I think I’m not washing my hair enough because, and that’s been getting grease and I get bad skin. SC: That, and not washing a lot, sleeping in vans. TS: I miss my mum. SC: I miss my girlfriend. There’s nothing really that bad. DA: So, finish the sentence for me, if I weren’t in Architects I would be … or be doing? SC: Nothing, I would be doing nothing. TS: I would be at university. DA: Really? T S : I’d hope so. (laughs) SC: I’d probably be a trash man. T S : Sam would be a trash man and one day maybe he can come live in my basement. I’ll pick him up off the street one day. SC: I would be homeless. Pretty much. TS: You’d be an orphan wouldn’t you? (laughs) For more from the interviews with BMTH and Architects, as well as an exclusive video, visit www.thedailyaztec.com.

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Sam Carter, shown above, is the vocalist of the Brighton, U.K. metalcore band Architects. The band has an extensive series of YouTube videos chronicling the band’s world travels.


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t’s story time, kids. Gather around. I’m going to take you back to that fateful night, freshman year in the Zura residence hall, when my innocence was shattered forever. I lived in a standard double room with a roommate that I got along with really well. But he was rushing a fraternity, so he was always out with girls and partying while I was hanging out playing Mario Kart and throwing pumpkins off my resident adviser’s balcony. These two social paths rarely intertwine, so we didn’t hang out much, but we got along fine. And girls loved him; I’d like to say that I got some of his spillover, but that didn’t work out as well as I had hoped. Anyway, one night, I stayed in while he went out and did fraternity things, as he so often did. Around 2 a.m., I had just turned the TV off and was in that state where you’re not quite awake, but not yet asleep.

“I figured it was just some drunk chick looking for a good night hug” Somewhere in the distance I heard a door open and an enthusiastic, “Kappa Sig!” This was pretty standard, so it didn’t affect my drifting into slumber. He came into the room quietly enough, got on his computer for a quick second and climbed into bed. This would be a good place to end the story, but no, the night was far from finished. About 15 minutes later (it’s rather hazy as I was still half asleep at this point), I hear a faint knock and then the sound of a girl opening and coming through the door. Again, the girls on our

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floor couldn’t get enough of him, so I figured it was just some drunk chick looking for a good night hug. This didn’t affect my sleeping as I figured she would be gone in a few short moments. I was wrong. They chatted (whispering) for a little while, but then the talking stopped and I heard the distinct sound of making out. I know the sound well. I was in drumline throughout junior high and high school. Everything you’ve heard about the things that go on in band busses is absolutely true. I was still mostly unalarmed as this wasn’t uncommon and I figured one of two things would happen. Either they would drunkenly pass out and she would return to her room early in the morning or things would escalate and they would take the festivities into her room. This was not the case. That went on for what was probably close to 20 minutes before things went south quickly. Faint whispering started again and someone got out of the bed. I assumed she was leaving. I was mistaken. She walked away from the door, toward his desk, which I found odd. I had no idea why she would do that. That is, I didn’t get it until I heard drawers opening and the shuffling of papers followed by her saying, “Where are they?” To which he replied, “Top drawer, there’s like a bag.” I thought to myself at that moment, “Hmm, that’s weird, what would he keep in … oh my God she’s looking for condoms!” Suddenly I was wide awake. Now, here’s the part when everyone says, “Dude, how did you not get up and just leave right then?”

Well first of all, it was like 3 a.m. and I had just been awoken by the horror that was about to transpire; I wasn’t thinking clearly. Second, if I left then, it would have seemed as if I was awake the entire time they were making out. That would be creepy. Fortunately, it turns out he had exhausted his supply of condoms and I knew that he was a responsible young man. However, things didn’t immediately get better. Here is where I will skip numerous details in what I heard, as this is a student newspaper, not Penthouse. After what seemed like an eternity of staring at the wall, trying to put my mind elsewhere, ignoring the horrifying gratification happening just eight feet away from me, things finished up. I heard something like, “Just use my towel” (eww), she put her clothes on, returned to her room and my nightmare was finished. I managed to fall asleep shortly thereafter and when I woke up in the morning, I wasn’t as emotionally scarred as you might think. That is, until I saw that his bath towel had somehow been thrown into my hamper, which was filled with freshly washed clothes at the time. Yup, let that one sink in. To this day I still don’t know who this girl was and my roommate and I never spoke of it, but I did learn one valuable lesson: There are certain situations in which burning half your wardrobe is not only acceptable but also quite necessary.

BY LINDA C. BLACK, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (09/24/09) Finish up a lot of old projects this year, or simply decide not to do them. (That is one of your options, remember.) Start with a list of old stuff. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is an 8 - Hide out until the dust settles.There's a big mess at work, but someone figures out the problem. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 7 - Not a good day to gamble. Don't even shop. Odds are too great you'll get the wrong color or size or something. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 7 You're in the midst of the confusion. It's easy to see why you'd want to get out, but it won't happen for a few days. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 7 There will be mistakes.You're in the learning phase. If you knew how to do this, you wouldn't be learning, would you? LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 - The better educated you are, the more interesting people you attract.This is a true win-win situation. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 6 You're stirring things up to get them just

right.Take responsibility for the mess you're making. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 7 Take everything you hear with a grain of salt. Spiritual matters may take a giant step forward now. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is an 8 - This is a good day for you, so make the most of it.Your one-track mind takes you in many directions. Enjoy! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is an 8 - Today is your day! Make the most of every opportunity. Eat imported chocolate, if possible. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 5 - Stick to the game plan, even if others are on vacation emotionally. Compassion is your best tool. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 7 - Use the ideas that have been rolling around in the back of your mind. Pull them out of a hat like a magician. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 9 When you're on, you're on.Take advantage of today's opportunities.They will serve you into the future. © 2009,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.

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