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Vol. 95, Issue 36
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I N S I D E T O D AY SPOTLIGHT
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Kappa Alpha members cause disturbance after suspension K E V I N M C C O R M AC K
Check out the on-camera interview with the doc himself, Dr. Stoddard. page 3
SEEKING REVENGE SDSU looks to avenge a 70-7 loss last season when it takes on the Lobos. page 8
LIVE & DANGEROUS The Low Anthem brought its unique folk tunes and plethora of instruments to The Casbah. page 13
CONTACT GENERAL INFORMATION
CIT Y EDITOR
San Diego State Police responded to a call last night about a disturbance at Kappa Alpha fraternity house. SDSU Police Sgt. Steve Harshaw said police received a call from the building’s property manager who was concerned about loud music and destruction of property occurring at the fraternity house. The property manager reported that fraternity members had recently received news that the SDSU Kappa Alpha charter was being suspended by its national chapter. Harshaw said when he arrived at the scene around 9:45 p.m. he heard loud music playing inside the courtyard and the sound of glass breaking. Police were not asked to enter the building. Harshaw said he could see damage incurred to the courtyard but was unsure if it had occurred prior to the incident. “We were advised to keep the peace while the property managers and their associates dealt with the situation,” Harshaw said. “We stood by outside the courtyard and made sure that nobody destroyed anything or caused any issue while we were there. … We were there a pretty short time and they said they would deal with it internally.” Harshaw said no arrests were made. According to Doug Case, coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life at SDSU, representatives of the fraternity’s national chapter met on campus Tuesday afternoon with members of the SDSU chapter to notify them of the chapter’s suspension. The members were allegedly angry at the decision and expressed their anger by creating a disturbance at the house.
Karli Cadel / Senior Staff Photographer
The suspension resulted from “the local chapter’s failure to meet the expectations and abide by the risk management policies set forth by the national organization,” according to a press release issued by the Kappa Alpha Order. “This kind of suspension is necessary to affirm the values which guide our policies,” Michael Wilson, direc-
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Hunger campaign San Diego State is participating in the this year’s Colleges Rock Hunger campaign against UC San Diego, the University of San Diego and CSU San Marcos, to benefit the San Diego Food Bank. Four student groups at SDSU, including the Greek community, the Residence Halls, the athletic teams and organizations represented on the MultiCultural Caucus, are participating in the challenge.
Fraternity supporting breast cancer research Sigma Nu’s entire chapter, consisting of almost 50 members, will be participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a race to support breast cancer, at 8 a.m. Sunday in Balboa Park. The fraternity has raised approximately $4,500 in donations this semester, according to Faryar Borhani, president of Sigma Nu. The fraternity will continue to raise donations until
December, and members are hoping to achieve $10,000, Borhani said. The money raised will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is the largest financial supporter of breast cancer research in the world, according to the organization’s Website, www.komensandiego.org.
Halloween carnival Lambda Sigma Gamma will be hosting a Halloween carnival for preschool children from 9 to 11 a.m. tomorrow at Head Start Center, located at 4111 Home Ave. Members of the sorority will dress up in costumes for the kids, give them bags of candy and do face paintings, Katherine Lopez-Ramos, Sergeant at Arms of Lambda Sigma Gamma, said. The sorority will host events for the kids at this school for every holiday of the year, she said.
—Compiled by Staff Writer Reem Nour
tor of Chapter Services for Kappa Alpha Order, said in the press release. “We appreciate the cooperation we have received from university administration and look forward to a successful return.” According to the press release, all current fraternity members have been placed on “disciplinary status” within the Kappa Alpha Order. The
status prohibits them from acting as individual members or an organized unit of the national organization. All chapter operations have also been suspended and students who were previously living at the chapter’s house will be finding other living accommodations. The chapter may be eligible to return as early as spring of 2011.
Canned food drive set to go C H R I S AR E C H A E D E R RA CONTRIBUTOR
An organization will be encouraging students to “Embrace the Streets” all next week. The week-long food drive, “Embrace the Streets,” will be collecting items for the San Diego Food Bank. San Diego State is one of seven locations where residents can drop off their donations of blankets and non-perishable food items. Students can drop off their donations on campus between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Open Air Theatre. “Embrace serves as an example that if you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else,” Sean Sheppard, founder and chief executive officer of Embrace, said, referring to a quote by Booker T. Washington. “We are happy that SDSU and (Associated Students) is living by this philosophy.”
Sheppard founded the Embrace program “with the purpose of creating programs that focus on life topics that galvanize the community,” according to the Embrace Web site. “I think it’s great to see everybody come together in the community for a great cause,” A.S. External Affairs board member and political science freshman Tom Rivera said. According to the Embrace Web site, the week-long community outreach and service learning effort is designed to draw more students into sustained community service and demonstrate the value and character of SDSU students to San Diego residents. The organization has plans to incorporate all San Diego colleges into a community service effort in the future. “Our main goal is to ensure that every student that is in college has an official way to serve the community,” Sheppard said.
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Passion for design in alumni’s artful future NATALIA VAN ST R ALEN, Staff Writer
The graphic design program at SDSU has helped Deák to find a balance in her life and make progress as a jewelry designer since graduating. Deák said she’s still learning but she’s passionate and always moving forward. In the beginning of Deák’s venture, she gave a lot of her jewelry away to close friends and family. Now, her friends tell her about people they see wearing her designs. “It’s the coolest feeling,” Deák said. “I’m just stepping into it, but I feel I have the potential to do really well.” Deák said Benzel’s confidence in her helped her see a future in jewelry design. Eventually, she hopes to work toward expanding her line to encompass stone, metal, beads and wire. “I’m just a dreamer,” Deák said. A dreamer — who’s decorating people, one acrylic masterpiece at a time. For more information on Deák’s jewelry go to her Web site at www.latdadesign.com or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tescia Deák decorates people with her designs. Deák is an artist. Not the type who will paint a portrait or photograph an event. No, Deák is a jewelry designer — self-created, self-funded and the sole proprietor of her own company la t da. In her senior art class ART 545 design studio at San Diego State, each student was told to choose an individual concept to create for a final project. Deák thought back to all the times she had gone to a jewelry store and struggled to find jewelry she found appealing; and because jewelry design had been a pastime of hers, she thought: Why not give jewelry a try? Off she went to the drawing board. “It was a great feeling,” Deák said. “I had the ability to create anything I wanted.” After a semester of designing and preparing her jewelry, it was time to present her finished project at the SDSU spring art show. According to Deák, the spring exhibition is an open house that encompasses the entire art building — all five levels, for graphic design and multimedia art majors who present and are able to sell the final product of their projects. Deák’s jewelry was a hit. She sold numerous pieces at the show and received positive feedback from her design studio professor, Gary Benzel. The success inspired her to consider what she was going to do with her degree. Shortly after graduation, although she didn’t have business experience and the economy was in a recession, Deák said she was encouraged by how well her jewelry line did at the exhibition. Throughout the summer, she registered a fictitious business name, a reseller’s permit and made contact with wholesalers in Los Angeles. The process was new and exciting for her, but perhaps a little too overwhelming at times. After forgetting to publish her fictitious business name, Deák had to re-register for a new one. “I have no business experience and I’ve made mistakes — I need to get Business for Dummies 101” Deák said. “But I know I have a passion for it, and that’s what keeps my drive up.” Though the pitfalls wouldn’t end, Deák carried on. She made the decision to use acrylic material,
which was mirror-backed and opaque acrylic, for her designs. She continued on her journey by selecting a vendor, Soul Raye, who was able to laser-cut her designs into jewelry and charms. Using graphic design as a visual communication, Deák takes an image in the physical world, adds a design element to it and makes it into a piece of jewelry. “One of the things I am most proud of is that I designed my identity — my logo — and I created all of my own packaging,” Deák said. “Right now, my company is just me; I do everything.” Although she graduated in May with a degree in art and an emphasis in graphic design, Deák is currently an Open University student at SDSU and will finish in May.
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Stoddard keeps good humor with success JARED WHITLOCK, Staff Writer Despite the large number of teaching awards he’s accrued in nearly 30 years of lecturing at San Diego State, Dr. Michael M. Stoddard is sometimes at a loss for explanation to why students find him engaging. With career highlights that include serving five presidential administrations and being named an Oxford Fellow, this political science professor’s resume is captivating enough to motivate even the most apathetic students. But there are many other reasons why Stoddard continues to earn respect from students. After mulling about why he’s perceived favorably, Stoddard, who seems perpetually at ease, has a hard time settling on one answer. Finally he arrives at one. “Students for some reason regard me as quite funny,” Stoddard said. He jokingly added, “Although sometimes I suspect they’re laughing at me rather than with me.”
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programs outside the classroom. He is the academic dean of the Oxford Study Abroad Program, which takes nearly 60 SDSU students to study at the university every year. Also, Stoddard traveled with a group of students to Capitol Hill for President Barack Obama’s inauguration. For him, the trips and extracurricular activities are very fulfilling. “It fascinates me to meet young people and see what they’re going to do with their lives,” Stoddard said. Stoddard has always wanted to be a teacher. To accomplish this goal, he attended UCLA and eventually earned his Ph.D. In 1980, he started teaching at SDSU, which at the time was regarded as inferior to surrounding schools. However, he has witnessed not only the campus’ transformation, but the students’ as well, whom he notes, improve academically every year. He believes SDSU can now compete with the best schools in the area. Perhaps another reason why Stoddard is successful at SDSU is because his personal outlook mirrors the school’s commitment to cultivating both a social and academic environment. Even though he’s a serious academic who has penned several well-regarded books on foreign policy, Stoddard is constantly joking and poking fun at life. “There’s a myth that all academics are nerds,” Stoddard said. “San Diego State is an example of how you can be bright and well-educated, and still have a good time.” Most of all, Stoddard wishes to impart values that will help students succeed in the future. “If you’re going to be involved in the political process, you have to decide what’s important and commit yourself to that,” Stoddard said. As far as values, Stoddard lists his commitment to freedom as his priority. After nearly 30 years at SDSU, his loyalty to students is also unmistakably apparent. Check out our on-camera interview with Stoddard online at www.youtube.com/dailyaztecvideo.
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Humble Reza finds success with Aztecs D AN P E R E Z S TA F F W R I T E R
Humble doesn’t even begin to describe Raymundo Reza. The San Diego State men’s soccer junior forward has accepted recognition but doesn’t think twice about it or even take credit. It’s all about the team for him. “We have been fighting, battling and winning; that’s all that matters,” Reza said. “If we as a team aren’t successful then I wouldn’t be succeeding like I am nor would I be worrying about any honors.” Coming off an outstanding performance last weekend against California, where he had the only two goals of the 2-0 contest, Reza earned honors for both the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week and the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. To top it off, Reza also earned Pac-10 Player of the Week. “My family was really excited about that stuff,” Reza said. “I mean it has been pretty cool but I don’t really give it a second thought. It’s never been about me or any single player on the team; it has only been about us winning and performing at our best.” Reza has been the consistent force up front for SDSU (6-4-4, 3-2-2) and has had to fight through injuries all season (senior midfielder Evan Toft and redshirt senior forward Matt McManus both missed time with injuries). Reza leads the Aztecs in goals, points, shots and shots on goal, establishing himself as a dangerous offensive weapon for SDSU. “Ray (Reza) has been scary good up front,” McManus said. “He’s been putting in some
lasers and grabbing important goals, but also creating for everyone else he can. When we score, Ray (Reza) is involved somehow.” Reza has collected three assists so far this season while also coming through in the clutch with two game-winning goals. His performances, mixed with the return of all three captains, the all-around improving health of the Aztecs and major wins against top-ranked teams, SDSU has earned a rating percentage index ranking of 11, increasing it 45 ranks in two weeks. “That’s good; I mean it shows we’re doing what we should, but we don’t focus on that,” Reza said. “We take each game on a single basis and don’t let rankings or other games affect what we need to do. Each game is unique and the only important thing is to play as a team and get a win.” The Aztecs will get a chance to continue their streak as they wrap up their threegame road trip when they play Michigan State on Sunday. “With the rankings and honors and everything, the most fun thing has been celebrating with my teammates after an overtime victory,” Reza said. “And I want to keep doing that this season, just not with the whole overtime part.”
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AT A GLANCE
Thursday, October 29, 2009
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WHO: SDSU vs. New Mexico
TV: CBS College Sports HD
WHAT: Coming off their best
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victory of the season, the Aztecs will take on the winless Lobos.
WHERE: Qualcomm Stadium
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WHEN: 4:30 p.m., Saturday
New Mexico is 0-7 this season, has lost by 17 or more points in six of its seven games and ranks, at best, 100th in the nation in six of the eight most important statistical categories. Yet despite knowing all that, the San Diego State football team has some serious motivation to take down the Lobos on Saturday. “To me, when a team beats you eight years straight and beat you 70-7 and has won the last six opportunities that they’ve had in your home stadium, to me, we’re not going to play down to them,” head coach Brady Hoke said. “We’ve got to play up to them.They know.These are college-age kids who are on their way to getting degrees. Unless they were asleep half of the year last year, they know what’s going on.”
The 70-7 beatdown the Lobos gave SDSU in last season’s showdown in Albuquerque, N.M. was the third-worst loss in school history. The 70 points were the most ever given up by an Aztec team. “That’s one of those things in football, you turn on the screen and that’s why you’re so surprised because that number doesn’t happen in games,” senior wide receiver DeMarco Sampson said. “That’s just motivation for us to work harder this week.” Looking at the rest of the season, SDSU has a serious chance at bowl eligibility, but it all starts with beating the Lobos. “I think when it comes down to it and Saturday rolls around,” sophomore quarterback Ryan Lindley said,“it’s the 2009 season and we’ve just got to go play another game.”
KEY MATCHUPS RECORD: 3-4, 1-2 MWC
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
PRIME NUMBERS PASS YARDS PER GAME: 282.1
RUSH YARDS PER GAME: 68.9
TOTAL YARDS PER GAME: 351
PASS YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 194.3 RUSH YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 150.4 TOTAL YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 344.7
RECORD: 0-7, 0-3 MWC PASS YARDS PER GAME: 203
RUSH YARDS PER GAME: 92
TOTAL YARDS PER GAME: 295
PASS YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 252.3 RUSH YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 177 TOTAL YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 429.3
MOUNTAIN WEST STANDINGS TCU UTAH BYU WYOMING AIR FORCE SDSU UNLV COLORADO STATE NEW MEXICO
FORECASTING THE MOUNTAIN Editor’s note: Each week, The Daily Aztec will pick the winners of every Mountain West Conference game.
SATURDAY, OCT. 31 San Diego State vs. New Mexico, Air Force at Colorado State,TCU vs. UNLV, Utah vs.Wyoming
Glenn Connelly / Photo Editor
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Lindley has thrown for nine touchdowns in the last two games.
Linebacker Carmen Messina leads the nation in tackles with 97.
WHEN THE AZTECS HAVE THE BALL: Junior wideout Vincent Brown was named a semi-finalist for this year’s Biletnikoff Award on Monday. But Brown might not be able to show why he was tabbed as one of the nation’s best receivers on Saturday. Brown jammed his thumb against Colorado State last weekend, and at Tuesday’s press conference, Hoke said the star receiver might have some ligament damage. “It’s loose,” Hoke said of Brown’s thumb.“I think it’s too early to speculate on (whether he’ll play Saturday). As a staff, you always get ready for not having a guy.” Without Brown last week, Lindley and Sampson put on a clinic. Lindley tossed six touchdowns, three to Sampson, and threw for 459 yards, 257 to Sampson. New Mexico’s defense is statistically worse than Colorado State’s, giving up more than 252 passing yards per game. Expect Lindley, who has nine touchdowns and one interception in his past two games, to have another big day against the Lobos.
WHEN THE LOBOS HAVE THE BALL: Similar to SDSU last season, New Mexico is stuck in a serious rut. The team hasn’t won a game since it beat the Aztecs last season on Oct. 18, and has statistically one of the worst offenses in the nation this year. The Lobos are scoring less than 15 points per game and are averaging less than 300 yards per game. Still, SDSU has to contain quarterback Donovan Porterie. In the past four games, he’s scored six touchdowns, thrown three picks and has completed 60 percent of his passes. Last week, against UNLV, he was 20-for-30 with 219 yards and two scores. “They’re still very talented,” Aztec junior defensive tackle Ernie Lawson said.“Their record doesn’t really speak for much and it might be a little misleading because they are a talented team on both sides of the ball, so we’re going to have to come with it.”
NAME: David Pope (40-11) TITLE: Assistant Sports Editor PREDICTION: SDSU, Air Force,TCU, Utah QUOTABLE: “I really wish I would have started Ryan Lind-
ley and DeMarco Sampson in my nonexistent SDSU fantasy league last week.”
NAME: Edward Lewis (39-12) TITLE: Sports Editor PREDICTION: SDSU, Air Force,TCU, Utah QUOTABLE: “SDSU showed real heart last week. Now it’s time for the fans to hold up their end of the bargain and show up to this game.” NAME: Glenn Connelly (39-12) TITLE: Photo Editor PREDICTION: SDSU, Air Force,TCU, Utah QUOTABLE: “I’ll
eat my words about picking SDSU after Lindley and Sampson dismantled Colorado State.”
NAME: Beau Bearden (35-16) TITLE: Senior Staff Writer PREDICTION: SDSU, Air Force,TCU, Utah QUOTABLE: “This one’s for you,Venice …”
Glenn Connelly / Photo Editor
Ernie Lawson has tallied 11 tackles and a sack this season.
Courtesy of New Mexico Media Relations
Lobo QB Donovan Porterie went 20-for-30 last weekend. —Preview compiled by Spor ts Editor Edward Lewis
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The Haunted Trail of Balboa By day, Balboa Park is a serene, botanical oasis, but by night, it is possessed by the unthinkable during October. Balboa Park’s Haunted Trail consists of a maze crawling with disease-ridden zombies, evil clowns and even a bus full of Jasons from “Friday the 13th.” The gaunt trees of Balboa in the background and the brisk, cool air make the trail a scene straight out of a horror film. Once on the trail, walk slowly and savor the scares because the path can go quickly and there is often a long wait to enter. It costs $15. For more information visit www.hauntedhotel.com/trail.
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HALLOWEEN SPECIAL matic hangings occurred. Eventually, businessman Thomas Whaley bought the property and constructed one of San Diego’s finest houses of the time. Numerous incidents have been recorded at the Whaley House through the years. Tourists have heard heavy footsteps on the stairs while touring the house. Electronics have also taken on a life of their own while in the Whaley House, with cameras taking pictures suddenly or showing mysterious flashes in the background. The house’s lights have been rumored to turn on and off by themselves with electricians unable to find any fault in the electrical system. During Halloween, the Whaley House offers guided oil lamp tours of the house at night, including a tour of the local cemetery. For those who think they can brave the haunted house, dare to step foot in this spooky manor.
Whaley House is said to be haunted by the Whaleys who committed suicide on the grounds.
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Whaley House is one of America’ s most haunted Hardik Shukla, Contributor Films about the supernatural may be exhilarating to watch, but when it comes to reality most people prefer to live in a world that doesn’t include paranormal activity. However, for the Whaley House, this option doesn’t exist. The Whaley House is one of the most haunted places in the country, with many visitors claiming to have seen or heard ghostly activity. Originally, the building housed a variety of businesses and public services including a granary, a courtroom and the site of the town’s public gallows, where dra-
Start by coming up with a theme for the party to make it more appealing such as a haunted house, vampire or traditional pumpkin and witches theme. Decorations are a great way to create the desired atmosphere of the party, whether it is scary or lighthearted. Scatter some pumpkins around and hang cotton spiderwebs throughout the designated party areas. Use traditional Halloween colors to get everyone in the mood, along with scented candles to add to the party atmosphere.
Halloween is a favorite holiday for many, with trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving and festive costumes. However, for students younger than 21 years old, this holiday has some limitations considering bars are not an option. So, what is there to do on this cherished holiday? Throwing a Halloween party is a terrific option for students who want to have a ghoulish time with friends. Hosting a party may appear to be an overwhelming task, but with the right ideas and tips, it can be simple and affordable.
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Try creating some festive foods to creep out party guests such as Eyeball Cake, Witch Finger Cookies and Gummy Worms in Pudding Dirt, with full recipes available at www.celebrations.com/halloween-partyideas. These Halloween delicacies pair well with a Frothy Bloody Punch, a chilling recipe consists of Hawaiian Punch and 7UP mixed in a bowl of Cool Whip. In order to make this year’s Halloween party unforgettable, throw in some fun games and scary movies to entertain guests. One gruesome game is Tragic Sam where guests will try to guess which foods are Sam’s eyes, fingers, heart and brain. All you need to do is put some cooked pasta, peeled tomatoes and grapes, baby carrots and Spam into separate bowls. If your partygoers are feeling energized consider playing capture the pumpkins, similar to Capture the Flag, where opposing teams try to capture the other team’s hidden pumpkins. With everyone dressed in creative costumes and playing fun games or watching scary movies, the party is sure to be a smash. Adding ghoulish food, creepy punch and eerie decorations will make for a spooky Halloween party.
– Plan your own frightening Halloween rager
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Being younger than 21 doesn’t mean missing out on Halloween fun. Putting up decorations in your dorm and making eerie-looking treats are a few ways to bring back the holiday spirit.
ing for an opportunity to jump out at unsteady passengers. The hotel’s staff follows a no-touch code, but that won’t stop visitors’ necks from being breathed on as they pass in the dark, or tormented little sisters and excessively-petrified friends from being followed or cornered. With The Haunted Hotel’s exaggerated and graphic special effects and realistic scenarios, visitors feel as though they have entered their own bloody horror movie. Located in an old 1889 building downtown, The Haunted Hotel was ranked one of America’s top 13 scariest hotels last year by Hauntworld Magazine. The hotel is San Diego’s premier haunted house in the Gaslamp Quarter and has been open since 1993. This Halloween season, the hotel opens at 6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. The horror event will end on Halloween. Tickets cost $14.99, and can either be purchased online or at the front door. The hotel is located in downtown on the corner of Market Street and Fourth Avenue. For more information, and to see a walkthrough of past seasons visit http://www.hauntedhotel.com.
The Haunted Hotel has guests experience the latest chilling horror movies in real life by featuring reenactments of scenes from “The Chainsaw Massacre,” “1408” and “Saw” movies.
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The Haunted Hotel leaves guests scared dead Nicole Callas, Assistant Features Editor Check in to the hotel intending to have visitors experience a nightmare that will haunt them all year long. The Haunted Hotel has rooms that recreate this year’s eeriest movies and classic horror monsters people wish to forget when going to bed alone at night. Wandering down pitchblack hallways, guests will find bloody bodies plastered to the walls and the basement scene from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” where more than one Leatherface runs and waves his chainsaw over victims’ heads. If Leatherface doesn’t cause chills, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Jigsaw may also be lingering in the shadows of another nightmarish scene. The hotel illustrates its own twisted scenes that aren’t found in films. This year, one room reenacted a moving train scene with shaking floors, train windows on the walls that look like passing landscape and figures dressed in all black, some alive and some fake, holding on to the train railing look-
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San Diego has a variety of clubs with Halloween themes for big kids, making it easier to keep the same childhood spirit.
If the plan is to be both sexy and scared, Hard Rock Hotel is hosting the Gaslamp Quarter’s Playboy Halloween gala. Blondes in bunny ears, Hugh Hefner look-alikes clothed only in satin boxers and a lot of San Diego bombshells will all meet for one night to bring out their inner -Playboy. For more information about any of these events, visit www.entertainmentguide.signonsandiego.com. One can never be too old to celebrate Halloween, so forget the candy and grab a cocktail at the many 21 and older parties happening in San Diego.
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Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach is turning up the heat with an all-out ‘80s party. Explosive disc jockeys mixing Madonna and Motley Crüe favorites, fully equipped with big hair, spandex and headbands will be supplying the Halloween bash of a lifetime. For more information check out www.bellyup.com.
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Time machine-themed nightclubs will be raging in San Diego, altering the atmosphere with blast-from-the-past themes. Downtown’s Side Bar nightclub is transforming its chandeliered and birdcage design into a haunted Black Pearl pirate ship. A treasure of $1,000 will be awarded to the sexiest costume.
and bowler hats.Their sound of Southern, bluesy vestiges of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin infused with a modern style of its own, this band of highly-talented rockers is sure to blow the crowd away. For more information visit www.eldoradobar.com. Tickets are $10.
Big kids guide to a Halloween club crawl
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On Saturday, college students everywhere will be forced to buy their own candy. The glory days of Power Rangers and Disney princess costumes have sadly come to an end. For those born in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, it’s time to put away the pumpkin buckets and save the cavities for Christmas. Trick-or-treating may be finished, but the party is just getting started.
San Diego bars and clubs are hosting many parties on Halloween night. The historical architecture of Balboa Park’s Prado will transform into a haunted, ghostly and mystifying manor at the annual Halloween Ball. Hosted by DJhere Productions, the grandiose Prado will be outfitted with 20 bars, more than six disc jockeys and a three-category costume contest with a plump $500 prize. To experience an ambiance somewhere in between Las Vegas and a séance, visit www.djhere.com for more information. The best bet to find tickets is to check online on sites such as www.craigslist.org as the concert event is already sold out.
Lovers of indie-rock and vintage décor don’t have to sacrifice their niches Halloween night. Downtown nightclub, El Dorado, will be hosting a zombiethemed party featuring the winner of two San Diego Music Awards: Dirty Sweet. The saloon-styled nightclub with its dark, Western motif will put night owls into a time warp. The pinstripe-clad bartenders dress complete with vests, suspenders
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The Low Anthem gathers crowd and energy A N YA M O B E R LY TEMPO EDITOR
Providence, R.I. is attempting to rebrand itself as the “creative capital.” With a surge of bands and record labels appearing in its local scene, it’s no wonder this college town is sculpting its arts and culture output. A perfect example of such a burgeoning of musical ingenuity? The Low Anthem — a trio of Brown University students on a folk-rock rampage across the country. Saturday night’s performance at The Casbah had quite the unexpected turnout and an even more pleasantly surprising sound. Touring the West Coast with indie-pop favorite, Blind Pilot, The Low Anthem members Ben Knox Miller, Jeff Prystowsky and Jocie Adams were met with a large audience ranging in ages and styles. Without introducing itself, the East Coast band dove into its set with its softer songs first, attempting to capture the audience with its sound, not its verbal announcement. Although the crowd was considerably full, it unfortunately didn’t stop its chitchat for The Low Anthem’s initial, quiet set opener, “Cage The Song Bird.” The audience didn’t
Courtesy of Johanna Neufeld, Jason Frank Roth and The Low Anthem
Courtesy of Johanna Neufeld, Jason Frank Roth and The Low Anthem
noticeably direct its attention toward the stage until The Low Anthem’s bluesinspired number, “Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around.” Utilizing an impressive instrument lineup including a clarinet, drums, harmonica, crotales, acoustic guitar, upright bass, cell
Jocie Adams, pictured right, is both a classical composer and NASA technician. She joined the band in 2007.
phone, electric guitar, a piano and more, the trio accomplishes a clean, mellow sound while singing. On the respected Nonesuch Records, this will surely not be the last heard of The Low Anthem’s high-praised sound.
For more information on The Low Anthem, visit its Web site at www.lowanthem.com. For more information on upcoming shows at the Casbah, visit www.casbahmusic.com.
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Touching film shows there’s no place like home
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How does a person properly prepare oneself to meet their parents for the first time? This question, along with many others, is answered in the documentary, “Going Home.” Set in the vastly contrasting locations of New York City and South Korea, the film tells the story of Jason Hoffman, a Korean-born adoptee who embarks on the journey to find his birth mother. Opening in a Korean nursery, the same one Hoffman’s adoptive American parents selected him from 20 years earlier, the film immediately identifies the center point of the plotline — a young man’s journey to rediscover his past through the help of his closest family and friends. Shot in documentary film fashion, the movie follows the director, Hoffman, and his girlfriend and “Going Home” producer, Mikyung Kim, through Korean cities and markets where Hoffman experiences repeated culture shocks. Shaky camera shots, varying from medium range to extreme close-up with lots of movement placed in the beginning of the film lend to the realistic and emotional unsteadiness of the journey. “Going Home” offers a raw portrayal of human emotions. Hoffman and Kim beautifully capture an entire range of feelings such as disappointment, blame, longing and excitement and are all delivered so eloquently they can be tangibly felt by viewers. Dialogue from Hoffman’s adoptive parents about the character of their son, as well as testimony from his closest friends showcase
how this type of exploratory journey can be about much more than just the adopted individual and their birth family. The 73-minute film candidly sheds light on a few of the struggles of adoptees such as wondering about the individuals who gave them up and a curious longing to be reunited. “Going Home” provides its viewers with a captivating journey and the ability for anyone to find a true appreciation of family and the relationships that are forged throughout life. “Going Home,” recently made its West Coast debut at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Though a concrete future for the film has not yet been decided, a DVD release is in the works. For more information about “Going Home” including film festival availability, visit the Web site www.goinghomemovie.com. Visit The Daily Aztec YouTube channel to watch an exclusive interview with the producer and director of “Going Home.”
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San Diego State’s Autumn Poetry Reading features poets Brian Teare and Rae Armantrout from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Scripps Cottage. This event, free and open to the public, is sponsored not only by SDSU’s Poetry Society, but is also supported by Poetry International and the Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series. Other guest speakers include SDSU’s
master of fine arts students Lisa Grove, Taylor Katz and Susan Wiedner, as well as two undergraduates, Amy Ebersole and Alicia Nichols. Come support San Diego’s local community of writers. For more information on the event email email@example.com or visit the Poetry International Web site at http://poetryinternational.sdsu.edu/.
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Benny Benassi may be best known for his 2002 summer club hit "Satisfaction," but he also ranks as the 13th most popular disc jockey in the world, according to The DJ List Web site. Born Marco Benassi, this mixing maestro hails from Milan, Italy.
San Diego will receive plenty of ‘Satisfaction’ at 4th & B tomorrow AM Y EB E R S O L E A S S I S TA N T C O P Y C H I E F
A taste of heaven will be spun with “hella” good electro-house music for 4th & B’s Halloween Heaven & Hell party featuring Benny Benassi tomorrow night. This event is bound to be a hot spot for the 21 and older crowd of electronic music enthusiasts who are looking for a freakishly memorable time. There will be music, there will be dancing, but what makes this once-a-year show special is — costumes. And with the costumes come the costume contest and its $1,000 prize for sexiest, best couple and best group. And what better disc jockey to be headlining than Benassi? Benassi won a Grammy last year for the remix of Public Enemy’s “Bring the Noise.” Other hits include “Satisfaction” and “I Love My Sex.” Although, what is most exciting about this event for San Diego State students is that two SDSU alumni, Richard
Dullaghan and Justin Navalle, are the opening set. Spinning shows for less than a year, STIRCRAZY is already performing for San Diego’s most wellknown venues. This is a good enough reason to get to 4th & B early, as the set begins at 9 p.m. Other than Benassi and STIRCRAZY, there will be about seven more disc jockeys including Don Santino, MarK CENA, Slynkee, Josh Chapin and Loli spinning until dawn on the three stages inside the venue. Victor Dinaire will be the closing set for the night, leaving audiences crawling into the morning dew of downtown with the type of deep pleasure that only comes from a foot-stomping, earblasting and heart-pumping night of music. The cheaper pre-sale tickets are already sold out, but general admission passes are still available online for $50. Looking for a good place to kick off the Halloween weekend? Be sure to go to 4th & B’s eighth annual Halloween costume party, the Heaven & Hell electronic music spectacular. For more information about purchasing tickets or to listen to some free tunes by Benassi, visit www.eventvibe.com/events/sandiegoca/He avenHell.
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Halloween, you are overrated
alloween sucks. There, I said it. Yeah, that’s right, I’ll say it again: Halloween sucks. It is without question the most overrated holiday of the year. In fact, it shouldn’t even be called a holiday. It doesn’t deserve to be in the same class as Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day or even Columbus Day. “But Pope,” you might say. “Halloween is awesome. It’s an excuse to drink and for girls to dress slutty.” Oh, wow. What a clever, witty observation. Do you also refer to Valentine’s Day as “SinglesAwareness Day?” Shut up. You don’t deserve to read this column. Go watch the “The Jeff Dunham Show” or put on a Larry the Cable Guy DVD or something. This is San Diego State; do you need an excuse to drink on any given night? And I don’t know if you’ve been outside later than 10 p.m. lately, but in my experience, there is no shortage of girls dressed slutty for no particular reason throughout the week. So, why do I hate Halloween? Well, let’s examine the characteristics of this ‘holiday’ and see if we can find anything to like. First of all, there’s the whole “scary” side of it. Every once in a while I get talked into going to one of those “haunted maze” things. Here’s my thought process in every one of those I’ve ever gone to: “This is dark and there are too many screaming junior high girls
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here … Oh, a guy in a mask popped out from behind the wall. That may or may not have startled me. I am not frightened though, because he is a 36-yearold unemployed guy holding a plastic knife. Let’s move on now.” That’s another thing that bothers me. It’s the difference between being startled and being scared. When you’re watching a horror movie and it’s quiet, then a door slams shut and it makes you flinch, that’s startling, not frightening. You want scary? Try covering SDSU baseball and attempting to interview head coach Tony Gwynn after a double-digit loss. For some reason, Baseball Hall of Famers don’t like being asked why their team lost by 12 points because of a skinny white kid whose greatest athletic achievement is hitting five consecutive shots in beer pong. Now, of course I enjoyed Halloween when I was little. Candy, going out on school nights dressed like the blue Power Ranger for three years in a row — it was all good times. But much like putting ketchup on hot dogs, it’s something reasonable, decent human beings stop doing at some point in their lives. The most annoying aspect is the college-aged dudes who take their costumes way too seriously. And I’m not talking about putting too much effort into it. If you want to spend two months mak-
ing your own Stormtrooper suit, I can only praise you for your dedication to awesomeness. I’m talking about the guy who dresses like the Heath Ledger version of the Joker and spends the entire night in character, accent and all, thinking it’s going to get him any reaction other than a safe distance kept by all women in the vicinity. Oh, and then there are vampires. Our generation has ruined vampires. They used to be badasses — dressed in black, always around the hottest girls, hunted by Wesley Snipes — what’s not to love? Now Edward Cullen has turned vampires into the equivalent of the lead singer in a boy band. Despite all this, I will once again be partaking in the overhyped festivities and wearing my pope costume for the fourth year in a row. I know, original, right? But, if this article has swayed you against the orange and black charade, don’t fret. Thanksgiving, with all of its pie and football glory, is just around the corner.
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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (10/29/09) Romance provides a central focus in your life this year. Pay attention to each opportunity, and grow from each experience.You discover that you don't need to force anything.You experience joy as a natural outcome. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is an 8 - Others tell you about your responsibilities.You want to tell them to take a hike. Save your response for later. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 9 - Focus on the details and follow up on anything strange.The goal is balance, not perfection. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is an 8 You feel rushed. Everything needs to be done 10 minutes ago. Do one thing at a time and you'll make good progress. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 - An older person supplies the format you need to use. Follow it.This is not the time to get creative. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 Romance seems stale right now.Try energizing the situation with invitations or candles. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 7 -
Take stock of your progress in recent days. To balance the ledger, take care of at least one problem. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 7 Get down to practical details when you share ideas. Others won't have the full picture unless you give it to them. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 9 - Balance becomes important now. Avoid extremes in words and actions.You'll be glad you did. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is an 8 - An older person points out subtle changes that make your plan even better. Don't take this as criticism. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is an 8 - If you can, get outside or go to the gym and get your heart rate up. Physical activity dispels frustration. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Seek balance in every activity.This includes balanced nutrition, even at breakfast. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is an 8 - Partners' resources have seemed limited recently.Today the reasons become more evident. Prepare a new budget. © 2009,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
—David Pope is an English senior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec. Did you love this column? Did you hate it? Have any suggestions for future topics? E-mail Pope at email@example.com.
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