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Vol. 95, Issue 27



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New option for funding crisis

SUPPER CLUBS Find out what’s for dinner at do-it-yourself all-American restaurants called supper clubs. page 2


SOCCER CAT San Diego State women’s soccer midfielder has had an interesting relationship with the sport. page 4


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If passed, Assembly Bill 656 would tax oil companies to fund higher education. Alberto Torrico visited SDSU in an effort to promote and get signatures for the legislation.

BUMP IN THE NIGHT The most demanded movie of the year, “Paranormal Activity,” scares at local theaters. page 5





In another effort to fix the looming budget cuts to California’s higher education system, Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico spoke to San Diego State students and faculty yesterday about Assembly Bill 656. The stop at SDSU was part of day two of Torrico’s four-day tour to eight campuses. The bill imposes a severance tax increase on oil companies in which 100 percent of the money raised by the tax will be given to the CSU, UC and California community college systems. In addition to Torrico, Assistant Majority Whip Marty Block and California Faculty Association President Lillian Taiz spoke about AB 656 and budget concerns. Alumnus and returning film student Dainis Kiperts attended the event to learn more about AB 656. “It sounds good, but I want to

get more information on it,” Kiperts said. “I want to find out actually how, exactly where the tax is going to go to, because if it’s going to tax on oil, is it going to go to the price of gasoline? That’s what I want to know.” According to Torrico, it will not. “I know a lot of people are concerned with the fee being passed on to the consumer in the form of higher gas prices,” Torrico said. Torrico placed a provision in the proposed legislation that will penalize oil companies that raise prices as a result of the tax. When originally proposed nine months ago, the Department of Finance and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger estimated the tax would generate $1 billion per year for higher education in California. Of that $1 billion, 60 percent of the money will go to the CSU system and the other 40 percent to UC and community colleges, according to Torrico. Supporters of AB 656 at the event

feel the pressure to pass the bill, seeing it as one of few options to bring money and funding back to the higher education system in California. “Let’s hope that AB 656 does pass and we need to work now to ensure that while it’s in the committee for revenues and taxation, legislators are aware of how much support there is for the bill,” Mark Wheeler, president of the SDSU chapter of the CFA, said. “And I don’t wish to give up any hope on that.” In the effort to pass AB 656, Torrico is trying to get 100,000 people to sign support cards for the bill in 100 days, to take to Sacramento. He has also set up a Facebook group called “Fair Share for Fair Tuition” where people can learn more about AB 656 and sign one of the support cards online. In addition to AB 656, Block, who is a co-author of the bill, suggests that the state balances the budget not from taking money from education, but obtaining revenue, especially from tax loop-

holes such as the Cayman Islands tax loophole. “The state just doesn’t have money,” Block said. “People are paying much less in tax, because they’re making less, their property is worth less, they’re buying less, there’s less sales tax, so when there’s less money, you have to cut somewhere. I think education is the wrong place to cut back.” According to Taiz, if education cutbacks continue, they could potentially lead to the closing of college campuses. “Years ago, I would have said to myself, ‘No, there’s no way they would do that,’ but today, I don’t know,” Taiz said. “We’re not prepared to be the grown-ups in the room and say you know if we want these things, we have to invest in them. And honestly, if the students don’t step up and sort of lead the grown-ups out of the wilderness that got us into this mess, I’m not quite sure what will happen to these lovely buildings.”











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Four trophies given to Greeks at Homecoming Standards of Excellence trophies will be given out to the highestrated chapter of each of the four councils in the Greek system Saturday at Homecoming. The Standards of Excellence program, which was implemented in the 2003-2004 academic year, is aimed at improving the overall quality of the Greek system and challenging the Greek chapters to aspire toward higher performances in chapter management and programming. The Standards of Excellence program rates chapters on all aspects of operations including academic performance, personal development, leadership, campus involvement, community service and civic responsibility. The program is based on a point

system. Sororities and fraternities must maintain 60 percent of the points to be recognized as a chapter. Chapters that reach 80 percent of the points are recognized as Silver Laurel Chapters and those that reach 90 percent as Gold Laurel Chapters. In each council, the chapter that achieves the highest percentage of overall points is recognized at Homecoming with a trophy.

New Homecoming activities starting Thursday The Greek Life Activities Board has planned a set of events throughout the week leading up to Homecoming. The first event will be an oncampus “Fun Find” scavenger hunt tomorrow night, according to Jon Carbaugh, Interfraternity

Council activities director and Sigma Phi Epsilon member. The scavenger hunt will allow students to form teams and get to know one another and build unity, Carbaugh said. A pep rally will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday by the Free Speech Steps at Aztec Center. A band will be present, as well as a number of games, prizes and food items. The board will also host a tailgate leading up to the Homecoming game on Saturday. Carbaugh said the board is promoting an all-student tailgate, but will also have a Greek section on the side so Greeks can have an opportunity to invite their alumni to the event. Another “Fun Find,” a food contest and a chariot race are planned for the day of Homecoming.

Carbaugh said the board has been working on planning and organizing these events since summer. The main goal among the board of directors is to unify the Greek community and have fun, he said. “We hope to get a good turnout so people can actually have fun because that’s why we’re doing (these activities),” Carbaugh said.

Community service opportunities Carbaugh said there will be two community service events taking place this Sunday to wrap up the week. A breast cancer walk will take place at 8:30 a.m at Balboa Park followed by a beach cleanup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ocean Beach.

—Compiled by Staff Writer Reem Nour


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Supper clubs offer opportunity to play chef AN D R E A M O RA CONTRIBUTOR

The philosophy of dining at a supper club is simple and different from most restaurants: customers grill their own steaks. Guests become their own cooks at these retro diners at the waist-high steel grills sitting at the center of the restaurant. A supper club is an interactive option when it comes to eating out because of the large communal grill in the center of the restaurant where everyone grills their own food. No cooking experience is required because strangers are more than willing to help. The menu includes affordable allAmerican cuisine such as steak and potatoes, macaroni and cheese, ribs, kabobs and filet mignon. The meats are quality cuts, come seasoned at cheap prices and are served raw for patrons to cook to their own liking. For those who are looking for that do-ityourself cooking, San Diego plays home to some of these supper club eateries.

Turf Supper Club Located blocks from downtown in Golden Hill, the Turf Supper Club was established in 1950 with the intent to attract local families coming out of Sunday Mass. Currently, only those 21 and older can drink and dine at Turf. A jukebox, spooky spiderwebs and tiny skulls hanging from the ceiling add to the fun and lively atmosphere at this intimate diner. It may be tough to find parking, but once inside guests can dine in one of the plush round booths or enjoy a late-night drink at the bar with a wide selection of cocktails to choose from. Turf also offers simple and affordable menu items such as an 8-ounce sirloin steak for $7.75, or an 8-ounce sirloin burger for $6.75. Turf Supper Club is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday For directions and a full look at the menu visit

Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room For a taste of live country and honky-tonk music, drive to the Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room in La Mesa. This energetic

Karli Cadel / Senior Staff Photographer

Supper clubs allow guests to become their own personal chef and cook food their way. Located in and around the San Diego area, supper clubs redefine “dining out.”

diner has all the makings of a block party with live bands playing at 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday night For dinner, guests can choose from an 8ounce sirloin steak, filet mignon or seafood teriyaki kabobs. Some items on the menu are pricey, but are still reasonable, plus there is a wider selection that includes sides for just $6.50 and desserts for $7.50. Bourbon and bacon baked beans, onion rings and potato wedges are among the sides to choose from with servings that are big enough to share. Delectable desserts include “S’mores” Casserole and Bacon Chocolate Cake. The Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room is open 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday through Saturday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday To see photos, the menu, directions and the band lineup, go to

FOR THE RECORD In yesterday’s edition of The Daily Aztec in the article “Belmont Park celebrates birthdays all month” the name Wendy Crain was misspelled as Wendy Brain. The Daily Aztec regrets this error.

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Taste of North Park highlights city’s finest K A R I L UU S TA F F W R I T E R

Visitors were able to tickle their taste buds and satisfy their senses at the first annual Taste of North Park. Although North Park is still a growing community, it is trying to make a community of vibrant boutiques, art galleries and of course, restaurants. However, this historic San Diego community is finally getting the publicity it deserves with this new event. More than 50 businesses participated and visitors were able to take a self-guided tour through 22 galleries and boutiques while eating tantalizing samples from 30 different restaurants. For $30 advance sale or $35 the day of the event, foodies had a chance to eat at delicious restaurants such as Zensei Sushi, Apertivo Italian Tapas & Wine Bar, Heaven Sent Desserts, Mosaic Wine Bar, Ranchos Mexican & Vegetarian Cuisine, U-31 Bar & Lounge and many more. Although the advertisements claimed the restaurants were serving “samples” it was as if they were dishing up minimeals. From basic cafés and bistros to fivestar restaurants, there was a plethora of options patrons could choose from. Eateries such as Zensei served sushi, salad, teriyaki chicken and green tea. The Sea Rocket Bistro provided heavenly mussels, oysters and macadamia nut cheesecake. And California’s Mexican Food served a delicious Drunken Burrito, which is cooked with tequila and served with salsa and green onions. As if that wasn’t enough, visitors were invited to drink a wide array of alcohol such as Karl Strauss, Stone Brewing Co. and Cerveza Mexicali beers, Svedka vodka and more. Though North Park hasn’t yet reached the dining repertoire of areas such as the Gaslamp Quarter or La Jolla, the event was intended to lure new patrons to the community to provide a unique dining experience and showcase new restaurants.

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Taste of North Park highlights 22 galleries and boutiques as well as samples from 30 restaurants around the area to showcase the best businesses of the neighborhood.

“It gives a taste of something different in each location,” Director of North Park Main Street, Elizabeth Studebaker, said in an interview with NBC. “We have specialty foods from each of our restaurants and a little bit of beer and wine tasting in the galleries.”

Once visitors finished eating the copious spreads, they were able to visit a wide range of the unique local galleries and boutiques such as Mimi & Red, Obr Architecture, Overload Skateshop, Pigment, Vintage Religion and many more.

With its fun and edgy atmosphere, Taste of North Park will hopefully return next year. North Park has shown it is moving up in the ranks of premiere San Diego communities to be enjoyed by food lovers and art enthusiasts alike.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009


SDSU leader almost gave up on soccer

Williams adjusts to new coaching staff CHUCK HERRMANN CONTRIBUTOR

This year, the San Diego State cross country team has two new coaches in head coach Shelia Burrell and assistant coach Jason Karp, Ph.D. The new coaches have added a system that defies the typical athletic motto of “winning is everything.” This season, the goal is to work on new facets of the game every race until the Mountain West Conference meet at the end of the semester. For SDSU’s senior leader Rachel Williams, the adjustment was not the easiest one to make. “I am such a competitive person, it was hard to go out and not try to pour my heart into every race,” Williams said. “But I knew that I needed to do my best and learn from the coaches and help my teammates grow and get better.” Williams has been an Aztec since she transferred from Concordia University in 2007, where she earned All-America honors in 2006 for indoor track and field. Now, Williams has taken it upon herself to be a main contributor to this young team rebuilding for the future.

“For me, I have learned to appreciate my career and have fun with each season and contribute any way I can,” Williams said. “Whether it’s running to the best of my abilities or making sure the coach’s message gets across to the rest of the team.” Seasons haven’t always been fun for Williams, though. She once suffered stress fractures in both feet, yet continued to run. She also once took a hiatus from running to focus on her liberal studies major. But now Williams is focused on the team and has done more than contribute this season. She has been the face of the squad, finishing in 15th place on Oct. 10, while setting an individual collegiate-best time of 23:09.2. “Rachel (Williams) has had a great career, and has been a real great leader for this team,” Karp said. The 22-year-old Williams plans on becoming an elementary school teacher after she graduates, but until then, she is using her skills to make sure the team works hard and grasps the message that the coaches preach. “I’m going to follow SDSU long after I graduate,” Williams said. “So I would love to know that I had played a large part in helping build a really good program here.”

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SDSU redshirt junior midfielder Cat Walker has scored five goals this season, including three game winners.


There may be such a thing as love at first sight, but for San Diego State women’s soccer midfielder Cat Walker, there’s certainly no such thing as love at first practice. Passion overwhelms the field nowadays for the redshirt junior, but soccer was not always enjoyable for SDSU’s most dynamic player. Walker has played in every game this season and is a third-time co-captain for the Aztecs, but her first brush with soccer was not a good one. “I hated it and I quit,” Walker said. “I was 4 (years old). I came home from practice just crying and said I didn’t want to play anymore. “Then the next year my older sister played, so I was like, ‘I want to do what she does,’ and went out again and stayed with it. I’m 21 now, so 16 years later I’m still playing, but I hated it at first.” Luckily for SDSU, Walker changed her mind and has become a standout player. So far this year, she leads the team in shots with 45, which was her total at the end of last season. Walker also leads the Aztecs with five goals, including three game-winners. “I think having that little bit of pressure and that responsibility gives me that extra edge when we really need to score,” Walker said.

These abilities are not new to her, however. Last season she led SDSU in shots (45) and shots on goal (25). Walker also tied a school record last season for seventh-most goals scored in a single season with 10, two of which were also game-winners. At the beginning of this season, head coach Mike Friesen had some amiable words about how Walker would perform this year. “She can change a game in seconds with her explosiveness,” Friesen said of Walker in the 2009 Media Guide. “She has improved her defense and I’m expecting big things out of her.” Walker was not always the star player she is today, though. In 2007, she had to sit out because of a devastating injury that occurred in a preseason exhibition game against Cal State Northridge. With damage to a major ligament in her left knee, Walker had plenty of time to focus her energy on her future with the Aztecs. “I don’t know if I ever took it for granted,” Walker said. “But sitting out that one year made me really grateful for the ability to be able to play with a program like this and the team that we have here. It’s awesome.” SDSU is 0-0-2 in Mountain West Conference games this season and 7-3-5 overall with just five games remaining. Walker and the Aztecs will try to pick up their first conference win of the year tomorrow in Laramie, Wyo.

AT A GLANCE WHEN: 2 p.m., tomorrow VS.


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Rachel Williams has been the Aztecs’ leader this season, most recently finishing in 15th place at UCSD.




Games played by Cat Walker this season


Goals scored by Walker this year


Assists for Walker this season


Team-leading shots by Walker this year


Team-leading points by Walker this season


Game-winning goals for Walker this year


Wins for SDSU this season


Losses for the Aztecs this year

Cat Walker and SDSU will try to get its first Mountain West Conference win on the road against the Cowgirls. Advanced Test Preparation

Advanced Test Preparation

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Too-real feel to ghost film ‘Paranormal Activity’ wows viewers despite low budget T I M D R AU T S TA F F W R I T E R

Every once in a while there comes one of those rare, original horror movies that actually lives up to its hype. Oren Peli’s directorial debut “Paranormal Activity” is one of those films. Shot in his own home for less than $15,000 over a period of seven days, Peli inadvertently set a new standard for minimalist, micro-budget horror. The premise is simple: A young couple who has just moved into a San Diego home purchases an expensive video camera to document strange, unexplained occurrences that take place during the night. Katie (Katie Featherston) claims that she has been terrified by a supernatural presence since she was a child, while her husband Micah (Micah Sloat) tries to find evidence to capture the supposed demonic spirit in action. So yes, “Paranormal Activity” is just a haunted house story. Only, it’s actually scary. Each day the couple tries to learn a little more about what is happening to them, while each night the spooky activ-

ity becomes increasingly frightening and aggressive. One of the most effective aspects of this film is that Peli literally sets it up like clockwork. By using the Alfred Hitchcockinspired “slow-build” strategy in organizing his low-budget effects, Peli achieves a level of suspense rarely seen in modern thrillers. It is simply amazing how he can make his audience absolutely terrified by filming a couple asleep at night. Using virtually no crew, no fancy lighting and no CGI, the effectiveness of the movie relies on the performances of the actors as well as Peli’s patient timing. Both of these crucial aspects make this film far superior to “The Blair Witch Project,” which it has been compared to. Featherston’s performance is so convincing audiences can’t help but share her increasing fear and anxiety. Peli had the actors improvise from a scene outline instead of memorizing a script in order to make the performances seem more natural and fitting for the film’s documentary style. The movie has no credits or title sequence, only a “Thank You” to the families of Katie and Micah, and the San Diego Police Department, which further adds to the integrity of the film’s realism. All gimmicks aside, “Paranormal Activity” is one of the best horror movies in years. It will

genuinely frighten audiences with the kind of horror that is fun and exciting to watch. Rest assured, it will truly freak-out timid viewers, but for horror fans, going to the movies has never been this much fun. Peli’s tricks are efficient rather than cheap, proving that he doesn’t need to rely on special make-up and effects to create good scares. One of Peli’s admitted goals in making this film was to make viewers feel uneasy about sleeping in their own dark bedrooms, in the same way “Jaws” made audiences terrified of swimming in the ocean. “Paranormal Activity” is a unique and exhilarating theater experience that should not be missed this Halloween season. In response to Paramount’s successful new marketing scheme to have audiences “demand” the film to a theater near them, “Paranormal Activity” will be released nationwide beginning Oct. 16. It is currently playing at AMC Mission Valley 20. For more information on “Paranormal Activity” including updated showtimes, visit

Movie: Paranormal Activity Distributed by: Paramount Pictures Directed by: Oren Peli Release Date: Oct. 16 Grade: A

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This realistic horror flick was filmed in San Diego of all places. So, if you’re at all easily scared or superstitious, it would be wise to sleep with the lights on after viewing this film.



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Wednesday, October 14, 2009



A vacuum full of laughs

Pearl Jam rocks fans while epitomizing grunge

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Lindsey Martin / Assistant Photo Editor


Who knew vacuuming could be so funny? In San Diego State’s newest play “The Clean House,” doing chores takes on a whole new spin. The plot centers around a young Brazilian woman named Matilda, whose parents are the funniest people in the country. For their anniversary, Matilda’s dad told the funniest joke he had ever made — the only problem was that it was so funny, his wife died laughing. Distraught with this news, her dad shot himself in mourning, making Matilda the funniest person. Unfortunately, she can’t handle this and moves to America to become a maid and cleans the house of a doctor. C.J. Keith, director of the hilarious new show, recently chatted with The Daily Aztec about cleaning, healing and laughing. T h e D a i l y A z t e c : What is “The Clean House” about? C.J. Keit h : The core themes of the play are healing and forgiveness. Those would be the two main words for our production. But, all the characters journey through being damaged, ill, in mourning or grief somehow and they all journey by the end of the play through healing and forgiveness. But the way they do that is very funny. It’s a quirky, full-ofjokes, funny, poignant play. It’s really lovely. DA: What directional style did you use when directing this play and why did you choose it? CK : Magical realism was the departure. It’s in the play itself; it’s written that way. Space and time are very fluid. You have characters who are dead coming into the space of the living; you have people who imagine something and their imaginations show up on stage so it’s very fluid. DA: What message do you want the audience to get from watching “The Clean House”? CK : Understand that we all make mistakes, laugh and forgive. DA: Why did you choose to direct this play? CK : A number of reasons. Actually, a student first brought me this play. I hadn’t read it before a couple years ago, and I just loved the words, the way the playwright used language. And the quirkiness of the characters and how she works with time and space. Just how fluid it is, it’s very attractive. It’s not just like scene, scene, scene, scene, scene, linear. Although much of it is very believable and real, it just keeps moving in

In order to stir up buzz about “The Clean House,” the newest play at San Diego State, the Theatre Department has introduced the Apple-Thon. The Apple-Thon is an event consisting of races with apples, which is a theme in the show. Each day a winner (the person with the best time) will win: •Two tickets to The Clean House •Two tickets for San Diego Harbor cruises •Two tickets to The Ten Tenors holiday show at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the San Diego

and out of realism. I like that. DA: What was the hardest challenge of this play? CK : The hardest challenge was the top of Act 2. We’re supposed to watch Charles perform a mastectomy on Anna. She is his soul mate. The playwright suggests finding a medieval, Latin, medical love song that the two characters can sing to each other. Never found one. (I) looked all over, I don’t know if something exists. I think she’s pushing everybody. So I had to come up with a way to stylize this surgery and I daydreamed for weeks about what we were going to do there but I think we’ve come up with something that is very … it’s pretty wonderful. It’s very wacky and very wild and it’s very pretty. It’s very stylized. So that probably took the most getting to. There’s a lot of stuff that falls from the ceiling; we’re planning that very carefully. That and getting a Pacific yew tree on stage. That took some figuring out, how far we were going to go with that. Cause Charles is supposed to bring the entire tree on stage with him and those are 12-foot trees, and this is a small theater.

Decade-spanning music heard by thousands at Viejas Arena P AU L H E R N A N D E Z S TA F F W R I T E R

Pearl Jam’s 32-song marathon on Friday night at Viejas Arena was comparable to a railroad-raucous eccentricity, not unusual of its typical shows. This was demonstrated by classics such as “Corduroy,” “Even Flow” and “Yellow Leadbetter,” and also carried into new potent tracks, “Amongst the Waves,” “Got Some” and “The Fixer.” The heavy batch of music unleashed upon the crowd of nearly 11,000 was met with an air of communal awe that connected the attendees’ spirits, including roadies and the band.

During the first encore Eddie Vedder showed his gratitude toward his extended family by bringing to the stage a former road crew member and his daughter, Lulu Wismar, after recalling the time he held her in his arms only a day after she was born. Vedder and the crowd proceeded to wish and sing “Happy Birthday” to the now 16-year-old, who proceeded to blow out candles on her birthday cake in front of all those in attendance. While the explosive energy grew on and off stage, so did sentimental admiration; this time by having Matt Cameron’s drum teacher and Vedder’s guitar teacher sit in on a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing.” The credibility that Pearl Jam has established as one of the hardest working rock ‘n’ roll bands came with heartfelt adrenaline. Pearl Jam cemented a place on campus Friday night and proved it superior to any other band from the grunge scene.

DA : Tell me about the sets. CK : We had a really restricted budget for this. We had $1500 to do everything. That’s furniture, the floor, which was hand-pieced because we couldn’t buy it, the carpet, everything. And we’re under budget still. (The cast and crew) got really creative with some solutions and just worked really hard. We’re using things that we already have, so there is a lot of recycling. DA : What is the music like? CK : Some of it is (student composed). Kevin Anthenill wrote a song. If there’s one single instrument that holds things together (it) is the guitar. We have a lot of acoustical guitar music. You’ll hear a huge variety of guitars. Some is Brazilian, some is very American. DA : Why should people see this play? CK: Because it’s fun. They’re going to laugh, they’re going to have a good time and by the end of it hopefully they’ll turn to whoever they came with and say, “When you did that thing,

Play: The Clean House Where: Experimental Theatre When: Oct. 16-17, 21-24 at 8 p.m., 18, 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $13-$15

Civic Theatre. The events will be held: today from 13 p.m.; tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Monday from 1-3 p.m.; and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no need to enter beforehand and anyone can win. The games include racing with a vacuum cleaner, carrying an apple on a soup spoon, navigating through a course holding an apple between your knees and tossing apples in a basket.

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San Diego native and Pearl Jam drummer extraordinaire, Matt Cameron, has been noted to be “one of rock’s finest and most versatile drummers,” by Greg Prato of Allmusic, an acclaimed online music site.


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I think I misplaced my shoe


esterday I celebrated my one-year anniversary of turning 21 years old. Yes, you read me correctly. I am currently in denial and refuse to believe my mother when she tells me my life is now officially going downhill. It’s only been one day and I’m already afraid to wake up in the morning and look in the mirror only to hear my skin say to me “You look like you could use some Botox, honey.” Adolf Hitler’s wife (aka my mother) and my grandmother drove down yesterday to celebrate my 21-plus-one years of age with me. I was able to keep it together by drinking heavily, mainly so my brain wouldn’t be able to remember my skin is already beginning to lose its elasticity. By the time my fingernail-sized sundae rolled around with a lit candle, Hitler’s wife had to awaken me from my alcohol-induced power nap so I could make a wish. I didn’t wish for money because I plan on staking out Philip Rivers’ house and robbing him of all he is worth while he is asleep. I also didn’t ask for more friends because frankly, I already have enough on my plate as it is with tending to my crops in Facebook’s FarmVille plus my roommate has every episode of “Wife Swap” recorded on our TiVo. And I didn’t wish for my pet chinchilla Ted to finally arrive on my doorstep because my


roommate Keri’s 27-pound cat would probably eat him. No. What I wished for was a year in which I was incapable of losing anything. Except for my dignity, because unfortunately that one went out the window years ago. Call that a sad and lame birthday wish, but after looking back on my life thus far, I’ve come to the conclusion that anything I’ve owned with a retail value more than five dollars has more often than not wound up floating around in a sad and lonely abyss known as “Ryan’s World of Mementos.” I started blaming my “I-misplace-everything” dilemma on my drinking problem. Actually I wouldn’t call it a problem because I have yet to be admitted to Promises Treatment Center. I would consider it to be more of a hindrance, simply because anytime I consume more than one alcoholic beverage I become incapable of owning anything for more than a 24-hour time frame. It’s a bittersweet relationship we have, me and Ketel One. Last year, during my 21st-yearof-life binger, I managed to rack up my loss count to three pairs of Rainbow sandals, an iPhone, a pair of Gucci sunglasses, my mother’s diamond earrings, two

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credit cards, a digital camera and a pair of underwear — let’s not get into that one. Tally the rest up and the summation is somewhere near $3,000. Do you realize how many Sweet Tea’s and waters one could buy with that amount of money? Technically I haven’t calculated it, but I’d like to assume it’s somewhere in the 500 range. According to Hitler’s wife, now that I’m no longer 21 (that’s what she chooses to believe) I should be well on my way to the world of responsibility. Unfortunately, she is sadly mistaken because the camera she literally just gave me is already on “Amber Alert” after my drunken stupor this past weekend. Dear God, I know I don’t pray (ever), but now that I have just admitted this to the world, would you please do me this one favor and make sure my mother does not read this column? I am pretty sure I’m still drunk from yesterday (last night’s debauchery) and am definitely not prepared for World War III with Hitler’s wife. I’d really appreciate it. And by the way, if you happen to see anything that once belonged to me, please send it my way. Thanks.


TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (10/14/09) You receive a very peculiar gift.You may not even know what it's for. Be sure you get the whole story before you decide to take it back. It may be more useful than you ever imagined. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 6 Actions really do speak louder than words now. Demonstrate your love openly and freely.You'll be glad later. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 6 - The devil is in the details, and you know exactly what to say. Appearances are not what they seem. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 7 The details are still falling into place.You don't have enough information to make a final decision. Wait 'til later. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 6 You may not be able to provide the nectar of the gods. Settle for a really beautiful table with simple fare. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 7 Don't get bogged down in other people's issues. Instead, persuade yourself to seek balance.Then talk. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 6 -

With the moon in your sign today, your feeling and thinking line up. Encourage others to accept your assessment. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 6 Nobody wants to mess around with the details today. Do it anyway.The effort is worth it. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 5 - Pay attention to details, even if you'd rather be playing some other game. Later on you can enjoy food with friends. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 5 - Settle into a pattern. Pay attention to the details but forge ahead.You reach an emotional high late in the day. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 7 - Details matter more than you suspect. Listen to others and learn. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 5 - Use information you've gathered to persuade others.They'll accept your leadership if you're definite and precise. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 5 You feel like the details fit together into a solid argument. Put the finishing touches on your speech later today. © 2009,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.

—Ryan Eisenacher is a journalism senior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec.




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FRONT AND CENTER Assistant Photo editor lindsey martin captured this moment of Ben Harper and Eddie Vedder covering the song “Under Pressure” by Queen at the Viejas Arena.

ACROSS 1 Made a disapproving sound 6 Witticism 10 Highlander 14 Cop __: bargain in court 15 Healing plant 16 Oregon Treaty president 17 Trembling 18 Having all one’s marbles 19 Word processing reversal 20 Big Southwestern trombones? 23 Ending for “ranch” 24 Neither Rep. nor Dem. 25 Thing 27 Madame, in Madrid 30 Wide shoe size 31 Geese flight pattern 32 Actress Greer who received five consecutive Oscar nominations 35 At the ready 37 Refined trombones? 40 Made on a loom 41 Imitation 42 Med or law lead-in 43 Command ctrs. 45 Musical beat 49 Wells’s “The Island of Dr. __” 51 Fill with wonder 53 Jr.’s son 54 Continuouslyplaying trombones? 58 Clenched weapon 59 Mechanical memorization 60 Remark to the


Solution available online at audience 61 To __: perfectly 62 Sporty sunroof 63 Baseball card brand 64 Wall St.’s “Big Board” 65 Clownish 66 Shore birds DOWN 1 Samples a bit of 2 Ball 3 Loud auto honker of yore 4 “__ mouse!” 5 Weekly septet 6 Argonauts’ leader 7 Large antelope 8 Tune 9 Dainty laugh

10 Sudden gushing 11 Conspires (with) 12 Octogenarians, e.g. 13 Boxing ref ’s decision 21 Whopper creators 22 Lord’s Prayer words following “Thy will be done” 26 Thus far 28 Eye unsubtly 29 Drizzly day chapeau 30 Some pass catchers 33 Women 34 Above, in poems 36 Slow-moving, as a river

37 Penetrable quality of skin 38 Makes a cliché of, say 39 Exposed 40 Typist’s stat. 44 Crystalline mineral 46 More petite 47 Like eggs in an Easter hunt 48 Skinflints 50 Big name in perfumery 51 Dramatist Chekhov 52 Tearful 55 Letter after theta 56 Drift, as an aroma 57 Shipwreck site 58 Air mover

The Daily Aztec - Vol. 95, Issue 27  

New option for funding crisis

The Daily Aztec - Vol. 95, Issue 27  

New option for funding crisis