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November 12, 2009

Vol. 95, Issue 43

“I WANT TO GET INTO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT.” Billy White and the Aztecs may finally have the team to go dancing in March.

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CITY Grant funds alcohol study

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San Diego State faculty has received $11.5 million in grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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San Diego State’s Alcohol and Other Drug Initiatives Chairman Dr. James Lange, received $497,117 in funding for a new study from the federal government’s $787 billion stimulus package distributed earlier this year. “Dr. Lange’s research and prevention efforts (in alcohol and drug prevention) are very cutting edge and support evidence-based programming efforts,” Susan Henry, an SDSU health educator and AOD team member, said. Lange received a grant from the National Institutes of Health, a grant program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to research the

effectiveness of programs at SDSU in health messaging. “(Obtaining grants) was a very competitive process. You have to justify, scientifically, the proposals and you have to be in the top couple percentile in order to get funded,” Lange said. “I believe he received this grant because no one else has approached this topic in the same way as his proposal did,” Henry said. “Thus, I believe the NIH was seeking innovative ideas from the scientific community and Dr. Lange fit the bill for this project.” Lange received the grant for a 24-month funding period last month said he can’t disclose the exact focus of the study, but he expects his data collection to end in 18 months. He will then record and publish the results.

The study, “Disclosing Contents of Drinks: Experimental Test on Natural Consumption Behavior,” will be conducted on campus and around the bars and nightclubs of Pacific Beach, surveying people and getting their input on different health messages. “I’m in charge of helping to prevent alcohol and drug abuse amongst the students, and were often faced with, ‘what’s an effective way of doing that?’” Lange said. “We want to make sure we are doing as many effective programs as we can, and make sure we aren’t wasting time on ineffective approaches. This can help students because alcohol and drug abuse does play a substantial role in negative experiences on and near this campus.” Previous studies in Lange’s

15-year career in alcohol and drug abuse prevention include research for drunk driving, drunk driving prevention, designated driver use and binge drinking in Tijuana, Mexico. Lange and the AOD team were the first to create a comprehensive approach to prevent abuse and coordinate the AOD program at SDSU. Henry said making changes in policies, improving support for alternative late-night programming, such as Aztec Nights, increasing enforcement of the laws and policies at SDSU and increasing individual educational programming efforts, has dramatically dropped incidences of alcohol-related negative consequences. In an executive summary from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities about Aztec Nights, from 2007 to 2008, the number of alcohol violations decreased by 74 percent in August, and 56 percent in September, while the number of illegal drug violations decreased by 76 percent in August and 46 percent in September. Dr. Timothy Quinnan, associate vice president for Campus Life, said in the same report that Aztec Nights “achieved its purpose” in engaging students in positive, substance-free, social and educational activities. Lange’s theories about AOD abuse prevention initiatives were also used in the proposal for the CSU East Bay’s Alcohol & Other Drugs Education Conference in June, emphasizing core implementation in different areas, including research. Henry said through this research they want to give students “access to vital information they can use to make informed choices.”

New minor churns out leaders S U M M E R R A I N B O LT CONTRIBUTOR

After temporarily idling, San Diego State is sparking the leadership development minor program back to life. The program faded away in 2004 when the former director, Cynthia Avery, left the school. SDSU recently hired Student Life and Leadership Director Randy Timm for the position, who is working to make the program flourish. “We are trying to teach students to rally around a certain interest,” Dr. Timothy Quinnan, associate vice president for Campus Life, said. “We want to

help students find something they are passionate about and make a difference. We can help them by providing the resources they need.” A minor in leadership development can help provide students with an advantage in the job market, Quinnan said. “I see there is a crisis in leadership today,” Timm said. “There needs to be students going out into this world to lead these financial and economical issues.” The minor entails four required classes and two internships. One of the internships must be on campus and the other must be for an outside corporation. The minor is not

impacted and a new class will be offered in the spring titled “Emerging Leaders: Introduction to the Study of Leadership.” “We want them to get an idea of their own leadership style,” Timm said. Various leadership styles and theories will be taught in the classes. The focus will be on “ethics, social justice and social change,” according to the Web site. “My best estimate is there are about 60 declared students in the minor. We hope to see that double by next spring,” Quinnan said. Student Affairs has visions of leadership development turning into a major program, but will have to wait at least two years to

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GREEK BEAT New Member Series and Greek Summit The third New Member Series will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Montezuma Hall, followed by a Greek Summit at noon. Both events will feature speaker David Stollman, who will give a presentation titled “Buy In or Get Out!” The program is focused on improving leadership skills within the Greek system. “Too often good leaders and good chapters are not able to succeed because they are too busy cleaning up after the ones that don’t get it,” according to Stollman’s page on www.campusspeak.com. Chapters are required to send six to 10 members, including current officers and future leaders, according to Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator Doug Case. Stollman’s presentation will be followed by 10 breakout sessions which will cover topics including leadership values, community service, the Standards of Excellence Program, legal liabilities and alumni relations, Case said. Stollman will then give a closing presentation which provides techniques in recruiting new members for the Greek community.

Fraternity walks to help African villages Sigma Phi Epsilon will be participating in the 5-mile Walk for Water at 8 a.m. Saturday at Vacation Island in Mission Bay. The Walk for Water is a project aimed at raising money to build water systems for poor villages in Uganda. Typical donations are $2 per mile, but participants can pay any amount. “We believe (the walk) is for a great cause and we plan to have our whole chapter at the walk,” Sean Kashanchi, vice president of communications for Sigma Phi Epsilon, said.

Sorority hosts pancake fundraiser Gamma Phi Beta will be hosting its third annual Pancake Fundraiser from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. tomorrow at the Gamma Phi Beta house located on Montezuma Road. Pancakes will be sold for $5 per plate. Money collected at the fundraiser will be given to CampFire USA, which provides scholarships to less fortunate children to attend camps that build youth confidence and future leaders, according to Gamma Phi Beta member Katey Connell.

Sorority hosts Thanksgiving food drive Lambda Sigma Gamma, Inc. is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive by collecting canned foods throughout the month at the Ralphs grocery store located on University Avenue in Hillcrest. Goody baskets will be put together and delivered to the families of children from the Head Start Center, who come from low-income backgrounds, according to Katherine Lopez-Ramos, Sergeant at Arms of Lambda Sigma Gamma.

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After being hurt by the unstoppable juggernaut of globalization, many small businesses may have found a solution to their woes: Hyper-localism. The most unlikely businesses are prevailing and adapting in an increasingly connected world. After all, international companies seemingly have the upper hand with superior technology, knowledgeable personnel and established distribution networks. However, by appealing to broad geographical areas, these companies left a large stone unturned. Rather than try to compete directly with global brands that offer standardized products, smaller companies are carving niches by specifically focusing on their own neighborhoods. Look no further than the news industry for examples of hyper-localism at work. According to Scott Lewis, the chief executive officer of www.voiceofsandiego.org, Web sites dedicated solely to local coverage have stepped in to fill the void left by larger news services. “We’re looking at the unbundling of content where people get news from different places,” Lewis said. “In the past people turned to their local paper for everything, but now everyone gets the crossword from here and the sports section from there.” As a result of fickle consumers scouring the Internet for a variety of news sources, many traditional newspapers have suffered staggering losses. However, consumers are more inclined to follow locally generated content because the news is perceived to be relevant and “close to home.” This phenomenon can be seen with voiceofsandiego.org , which holds a magnifying glass over the community. “We’re ferociously local,” Lewis said. “I think we’re successful because the national media is robust, but San Diego is lacking in local coverage.” Although the site is nonprofit, according to www.fastcompany.com, many companies

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Smart car decisions for graduates The advantages and disadvantages of leasing or buying a new car S USA N H E A LY CONTRIBUTOR

Many college graduates find themselves in the market to purchase a new car, and after endless hours of studying, homework, tests and dreaded professors, many students want a car that showcases their hard work. But most people, particularly college students, are unable to spend large sums of cash. For potential buyers, knowing what options are available for car financing is important. Car financing decisions generally lead to one of two options: leasing or purchasing. Although the selection process does involve figuring out the most economical option, there are other important questions to ask regarding one’s lifestyle before the best choice can be made. A person must first decide what he or she really values in a car. Is it the practicality, its features, gas mileage or convenience that make the car most attractive? Or is keeping up-todate with the latest car models more important? Whether the driver views a car as a means of transportation or as an extension of their personality, each may affect the decision of whether to lease or purchase a vehicle. Car leasing may seem confusing or intimidating because of the lengthy contract conditions and wordy terminology. But once the terms are broken down, it becomes easier to understand and take advantage of.

Leasing When leasing a car, monthly payments begin immediately and will continue until the end of the lease period, which usually lasts between two to four years. Leasing a car never gives the driver actual ownership of the vehicle. The leasing company or dealership owns the car. When a person makes a lease payment on a car, the only thing he or she contributes is to one month of driving a new model. After the end of the lease period, the driver must either continue leasing, with the option of upgrading to a newer model, or buy the car. The start-up costs to begin leasing are less than the up-front fees of purchasing a vehicle. This is because, essentially, the drivers

are paying for the depreciation of the vehicle or the cost associated with the usage such as “wear and tear.” According to the car Web site www.edmunds.com, leasing a car places a limit of about 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year on the car. The driver will be charged at the end of the term if there are more miles on the automobile than this limit. During a leasing term, the leasing company or dealership pays for all car repairs. For some, leasing might seem like a dream come true, but even though leasing enables the driver to get a new car every few years, it can cost more money in the long run. Car leasing is still a good option for those who wish to drive the latest model cars or want to have a different car every few years. For the new college graduate looking for an image of success, car leasing makes this wish a reality.

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“Whether the driver views a car as a means of transportation or as an extension of their personality, each may affect the decision of whether to lease or purchase a vehicle.” Purchasing Purchasing a car is much different than leasing as it gives the driver the privilege of ownership. Monthly payments are more expensive than leasing because drivers are paying for the entire cost of the car for a span of time and the interest of the auto loan. The initial costs include a down payment, taxes, registration and fees. When purchasing a car, each payment gets the driver closer to paying of the car. If a car is purchased, the driver is free to put as many miles on the car as he or she wishes. However, the driver should realize that the more miles put on the car, the less he or she will receive when it comes time to trade in or re-sell the car. While there are pros and cons to both methods of leasing and purchasing, the decision is based on the driver’s desires to invest long or short term.

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Crisis pregnancy centers mislead students AN D R E A M O RA CONTRIBUTOR

Lauren Eccker walked into College Area Pregnancy Services knowing she was not pregnant. After a 30-minute counseling session with a staff member and taking a pregnancy test, she said she left the clinic feeling misinformed, scared and guilty.

Before being administered a pregnancy test, Eccker said she was asked if she was religious, what church she attended, if her parents would be supportive of the pregnancy and if the “father” of the baby would be involved. A staff member also explained the emotional impacts of having an abortion while showing her pictures of baby fetuses. Eccker, a sexual health peer edu-

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cator at San Diego State’s Student Health Services, said she wanted to find out what types of services CAPS provided, after a previous SDSU student had been disturbed by her own experience at the clinic. When she was denied information by phone, Eccker went to check out the clinic herself. Throughout her counseling session she was told what she should do rather than what options are available. Eccker did not receive any birth control information and the alternatives to prenatal care were not clearly explained to her. “She did not even talk about the option of adoption,” Eccker said. “It was strictly: ‘You’re having the baby and you’re keeping the baby.’” After discovering the pregnancy test was negative, she received additional counseling and was given several pamphlets including “12 Keys to Choosing a Life Partner,” which was full of biblical quotes. “She told me that just because I had had sex doesn’t mean I had to continue to have sex and that I should really wait until I was married,” Eccker said. “And that if I got pregnant I could handle it.” Eccker’s experience described the typical visit to a crisis pregnancy center. According to the National Abortion Federation, CPCs exist to keep women from having abortions and in many cases, they misinform and intimidate women. The NAF also said most CPCs do not initially disclose that they are driven by a religious agenda and they oppose

abortion and birth control. CPCs are not typically medical facilities and most are run by volunteers with few medical professionals on staff. Many CPCs claim to offer a wide range of services and are often located near colleges and universities where they can advertise in school newspapers, according to the NAF. CAPS is located near SDSU off El Cajon Boulevard and provides free pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds and counseling. For services such as prenatal care, abortions and birth control, patients are referred to other doctors, according to CAPS Nurse Manager Heidi Cessna. The clinic is a good starting point for those who think they may be pregnant and want to take a pregnancy test. A nurse explains all the options available with the patient including prenatal care and adoption, however, abortion is the unhealthiest option, Cessna said. While Cessna could not comment on Eccker’s visit because everyone’s experience to their clinic is different, she reaffirmed CAPS has no religious affiliation. “It’s worrisome to me that that’s the first place (students) go to,” SHS Health Educator Angela Guzman said. “I want women to know they have a choice. That there’s not one biased opinion out there saying this is the path you really need to go down.” Guzman, who has met some of the women who have gone to CAPS, said unplanned pregnancies are not easy and it is impor-

tant to have all the facts before making a decision. “I can’t make the decision for anyone,” Guzman said. “That’s not my job, but I can give you all the info in a non-judgmental way so you can decide on your own.” Planned Parenthood provides comprehensive counseling and services to its patients including prenatal care, adoption and abortion, Grassroots Coordinator at Planned Parenthood of San Diego & Riverside Counties Vanessa Forsberg said. “We discuss the resources available for each option and take the time to answer all questions honestly, accurately and without judgment,” Forsberg said. “Even when a pregnancy test is negative we believe there is an important opportunity to learn about effective birth control and avoiding sexually transmitted infections.” Women need to know all their options; if they leave a clinic feeling misinformed they should do more research or visit another clinic. Places that provide a wider range of services include SDSU’s SHS, Planned Parenthood and Family Planning Associates. “Regardless of which provider a woman chooses, she should make sure that she is talking to a legitimate, licensed medical provider in a licensed medical facility,” Forsberg said. For more information or to schedule an appointment with SHS call 619-594-4736. For Planned Parenthood call 888-743-PLAN.


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Crosstown foes match up in LA SDSU will take on USD in the first round of the NCAA tournament tomorrow F E L I N A T A M BA KO S S TA F F W R I T E R

A crosstown rivalry will now take place on a national stage for the San Diego State women’s soccer team. SDSU will head to the 2009 NCA A Division I Tournament coming off of a seven-game winning streak, an undefeated streak of 15 and a Mountain West Conference tournament victory. Now, the Aztecs will be searching for a victory against the University of San Diego in the first round of the tournament. “We’ve wanted to play them for the last few years,” head coach Mike Friesen said of facing the Toreros. “Having the chance to play them in the NCAA tournament is great for San Diego soccer, but if we beat them it’ll be even sweeter.” SDSU has an all-time record of 6-4-1 against USD and hasn’t faced the Toreros since 2006. While USD (12-6-2) has a record similar to the Aztecs’ (14-3-5), the Toreros hold the advantage, having played in the tournament the past two years.

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“I’m a little nervous,” junior midfielder Michaela DeJesus said. “But we’re excited more than anything.” The team gathered together eagerly to watch the ESPN release of this year’s brackets, clapping and cheering as the schools were announced. MWC tournament champion SDSU will compete in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999. “It feels good to be here,” DeJesus said. “This is huge for us and the program. And (to be playing) USD first is going to be a heated battle, but it’ll be fun.” Although this is this first time the Aztecs will appear in the NCAA tournament in a decade, confidence is high regardless of the opponent. SDSU doesn’t even seem to fear the No. 1 overall seed Stanford (20-0). “We played Stanford and were up 2-0,” Friesen said. “If they’re the No.1 team in every poll, we know we can play with just about anybody.” Whichever San Diego team wins in this first round will continue on to face the winner of the match between Boise State (13-64) and top-seeded UCLA (17-2-1) in the second round. “We’re underdogs going into it,” junior midfielder Cat Walker said just days after receiving the title of MVP for the MWC Tournament. “I think we have the ability to

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cause some upsets. People aren’t expecting it but we know what we can do.” Also joining the Aztecs as one of the 64 teams to make the brackets is MWC rival BYU, a team SDSU had to defeat in order to win its automatic NCAA bid. BYU is in a different section of the brackets, however, and both teams would have to make it to the final four for the teams to face each other again. “Playing in the MWC tournament last week simulated what we’re about to face,” Friesen said. “We’re just going to go up to UCLA and do what we do best, try and enjoy the heck out of this week and see if we can win a couple games.” The first round game for the Aztecs takes place at 8 p.m. tomorrow at UCLA’s Drake Stadium.

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Aztecs’ season comes down to rivalry game D AN P E R E Z S TA F F W R I T E R

It’s fitting that this year’s San Diego State men’s soccer team’s regular season would end, and depend, on a game with rival UCLA. No. 25 SDSU (6-6-5) is heading to Los Angeles with a do-or-die mindset because the outcome of the game against the No. 2 Bruins will make a huge impact on the Aztecs’ NCAA tournament hopes. “We need this, and we kind of need it badly,” senior tri-captain forward Matt McManus said. “We put this pressure on us, now maybe being on the bubble. But we can pull a victory out of this matchup and really end this season on the best note possible.” SDSU fell to bubble status for the tournament after its winless weekend at home where it dropped two games, one to Washington and the other to Oregon State. The two losses snapped the Aztecs’ four-game unbeaten streak and put even more pressure to win one of the most important games of the season. “We put ourselves here, we put this pressure on this game and us,” senior tri-captain midfielder Jamel

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The San Diego State men’s soccer team will face UCLA in its final game of the season.

Wallace said. “Dropping these two games at home really hurt our standing and the only way to get past this is to go out and get a win against UCLA. To give us the best shot possible, we have to step it up and leave everything out on the field.” Historically, the Bruins have owned SDSU, dominating the series with a staggering record of 28-4-11. But since the Aztecs’ Pac-10 era began, they have tied UCLA all four times they’ve played in L.A. “They have had our number, really that’s it,” Wallace said. “But that doesn’t mean anything to us heading into this game. Being on the road, especially in the atmosphere isn’t in our favor, but I am always confident in our team. I am confident that we can get this win.”

SDSU does have some momentum to build off; the first time these two teams met last month at the SDSU Sports Deck, the Aztecs were able to hold on to tie after being a man down for the last 28 minutes of the game. The Bruins will most certainly be a challenge, especially after locking up their second straight Pac-10 title last weekend. “We know what they are bringing to the table,” McManus said. “We also know what we need to do: We need to out-battle, out--hustle, out-fight and out-play them. We can go in there and play our best and come out with a win. And I wouldn’t mind my last regular season win being against UCLA. That would be an extra little bonus.”

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Billy White will take center stage for SDSU this season in its quest for an NCAA berth.

Edward Lewis Sports Editor Take a step back in time with San Diego State men’s basketball junior forward Billy White. He’s around 8 years old and is about 5 feet 6 inches and lives in an apartment complex several miles from the Las Vegas Strip. He knows he wants to play basketball and he’s ready to get in a game, but there’s just one problem: There’s only one court in the area. It’s about 10 minutes from his apartment complex, and there are these kids there who never let him play. He’s little, and the kids there are all in middle school and always push him around. But he loves the sport, so he starts on the road to the courts and when he gets there, he asks the kids a question: “Can I play?” They all tell him no. But then a kid named Lorrenzo Wade lets him in, and consequently, shapes White’s future. He takes White under his wing, shows him the ropes and lets him play on his hoop. “He just taught me from there,” White said. “I just looked up to him.” Wade moved some years later, and while White kept track of Wade in high school, Wade almost forgot about White. While Wade was tearing it up on the high school floor, White was growing, and eventually, so was his basketball hype. “I heard about this 6(-foot) 8(-inch) kid that could give me a run for my money,” Wade said. “He went to Green Valley High School where my sister went, so I asked her about him. My sister said it was Billy. I

didn’t believe it until I saw him.” White had grown into a force. And a few years later, when it came time to pick a college to play ball at, White found out Wade was at SDSU. “I came on my visit and he was so thankful to get me here,” White said of Wade. “I just wanted to play with Lorrenzo before he left. And I had the chance to play with him for two years and it was wonderful.” The two were hardly a dynamic duo on the floor, but off of it, Wade was the mentor. There was some X’s and O’s talk, but one of the biggest things Wade taught White was how to lead. Last season, even with an eight-game suspension, Wade was the unquestioned leader of the Aztecs. He was at every press conference fielding questions from the media, win or lose; he was vocal on and off the court and he was a teacher to the younger SDSU players. “He used to tell me, ‘When you see somebody doing something wrong, just step up and try to lead the team,’” White said. Wade is now playing ball overseas, but White has already begun to take Wade’s role as the leader of the Aztecs. Three members of the San Diego media and two SIDs were in the stands at Viejas Arena for an SDSU practice, when one player on the court roared, “F—-!” The five in attendance gave a little wince, but then somebody yelled from the sideline: “Hey! Watch your mouth!” It was White, and he was dead serious. Swearing is bad enough, but doing it in front of the media?

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“I just try to do what (Wade) did,” White said. Last season, White was shy and quiet. After a game in which he went 12-for-12, scored 24 points, racked up eight rebounds and blocked four shots, he went to the post-game podium with Wade to talk about the 71-60 win against Wyoming. The media fired questions at the two Aztecs for a little more than four minutes. White only spoke for 34 seconds. This season, though, White was one of the first players sought out at SDSU’s first practice of the season on Oct. 16. He stood tall and poised and answered reporters’ questions for several minutes. “On this year’s team, Billy seems to be the front-runner, to be the leader because of performance and experience in years past,” Wade said. “It’s not a given, but if he wants the role, it should be his.” White hasn’t just been working on his leadership skills this offseason, though. Both Wade and head coach Steve Fisher said White has the tendency to get down on himself. They both know how much potential the 6-foot-8-inch, 226pound White has, yet sometimes he can’t let a bad play go. “He gets frustrated,” Fisher said. “And he thinks about what just happened and he’s not engaged in the play that’s going on right now.” That all may change this season. Even though everyone had high expectations for White, he knew his game was incomplete. “Sometimes I would get frustrated, because sometimes I couldn’t get in the paint like I wanted to,” White said. “So I needed to use a 15-footer.”

But White never had a 15-footer in his game. So in the offseason, White worked on it. He hooked up with former Los Angeles Lakers forward, now Houston Rockets’ Forward, Trevor Ariza a couple of times. Ariza, who is also 6 feet 8 inches, helped White get a jump shot. “He was telling me, ‘Just keep shooting even though you’re missing,’” White said. “‘Just keep shooting and it will come to you.’” White said he would put up 200 shots a day, and before he banged his wrist against the rim in a practice last month, a lot of them started to fall. “I had seen a difference,” Fisher said of White before the wrist injury. “He was shooting the ball better and he was a little more versatile offensively.” White called the injury just a bruise, and expects to play in the season opener on Saturday against UC San Diego. Whether he lives up to the expectations remains to be seen, but his old buddy from Las Vegas thinks he will if he believes he can. “He is a unique talent to me because of his God-given athleticism,” Wade said. “I’m not just talking about the fact that he jumps out of the gym. I’m talking about the fact that he might be the quickest, fastest, strongest and most explosive player on the floor all at the same time on any given night. For Billy, the sky is the limit if he realizes that he is a basketball player — not a small forward or a power forward, simply a ball player. “Thinking like that will allow him to regain the swagger that he had in high school and will make the game so much easier than it already is for him.”


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Women’s Basketball David Pope Assistant Sports Editor The San Diego State women’s basketball team is coming off arguably its greatest season in program history. SDSU went a perfect 14-0 at home in the regular season, tied for the Mountain West Conference regular season title, advanced to the final round of the MWC Tournament and even advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament by upsetting DePaul on its home court in San Diego. What’s even more notable is that on paper, this year the Aztecs are going to be even better — much better. SDSU returns to its three-player nucleus from last year which includes junior center Paris Johnson as well as senior guards Jené Morris and Quenese Davis. Morris and Johnson were both named first team All-MWC while all three players were named to the MWC all-defensive team. While Morris is poised to have quite possibly the most decorated season in program history, being named to watch lists for the Wade Trophy and the John R. Wooden Award, it’s the newcomers who could really make the Aztecs a team to be reckoned with. Junior forward Allison Duffy returns to the team after sitting out all but one game last year because of a suspension, while the highly-touted Baylor transfer junior forward Jessika Bradley will make her SDSU debut after sitting out all of last year in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. While the Aztecs don’t have the luxury of hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament as they did last year, SDSU’s early schedule presents a great opportunity for national recognition. The Aztecs will participate in this year’s U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam in which SDSU will face off against No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 13 Oklahoma on back-to-back days. While the Aztecs are not ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, SDSU is receiving the fourth-most votes of all unranked teams, which positions them at No. 29. Although head coach Beth Burns is a quintessential coach who keeps her team focused on the clichéd “one game at a time,” the Aztecs’ fans are looking forward and hoping for a Sweet Sixteen berth — something neither the men’s nor women’s team have ever achieved. This will be the first time this decade SDSU has started the season as defending champions, but if the Aztecs can stay healthy and continue the program’s incredible growth, it’s not unreasonable to expect SDSU to be playing well into March.

@ UC Irvine Arizona *No. 4 Notre Dame *No. 13 Oklahoma *South Carolina @ UC Riverside Pepperdine Long Beach State @ Loyola Marymount Wake Forest Valparaiso or Auburn @ New Mexico Wyoming UNLV @ TCU Utah @ BYU Colorado State @ Air Force New Mexico @ Wyoming @ UNLV TCU @ Utah BYU @ Colorado State Air Force MWC Tournament (Las Vegas)

Schedule 2009 Nov. 17 Nov. 21 Nov. 22 Nov. 27 Nov. 28 Dec. 4 Dec. 8 Dec. 11 Dec. 21 Dec. 28 Dec. 30 Jan. 6 Jan. 9 Jan. 13 Jan. 16 Jan. 20 Jan. 23 Jan. 30 Feb. 3 Feb. 6 Feb. 10 Feb. 13 Feb. 16 Feb. 21 Feb. 24 Mar. 3 Mar. 6 Mar. 9–13

* 2009 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam (U.S. Virgin Islands)

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09-10 season at a glance

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It was a bittersweet off-season for the San Diego State men’s basketball team. While SDSU lost a slew of graduating seniors — including second team All-Mountain West Conference forwards Kyle Spain and Lorrenzo Wade as well as MWC all-defensive team guard Richie Williams — it welcomed its most celebrated recruiting class in program history. With freshman forward Kawhi Leonard as the marquee acquisition, head coach Steve Fisher has assembled a recruiting class ranked in the top-15 nationally and considered by many to be the best in the country outside of a team in a BCS conference. In his senior season of high school, Leonard was named Player of the Year by The Los Angeles Times and in his first year as an Aztec, he is likely to receive major playing time. SDSU will also add transfers Tyrone Shelley (a sophomore guard from Pepperdine) and Brian Carlwell (a junior center from Illinois) into the mix after both redshirted last year. While the losses of Spain, Wade and Williams were huge, the Aztecs do retain a solid group of veteran leaders. Junior forward Billy White is poised to have a proverbial breakout year as a dominant force in the MWC on both offense and defense. His classmate, guard D.J. Gay, has played in all 69 games SDSU has had since he first arrived on campus. And as far as preseason performances go, Gay looks ready, willing and able to take over for Williams, the MWC career steals and assists leader, as the oncourt general for the Aztecs. The last time SDSU fans saw their team at home, they were rushing the court after the NIT quarterfinal victory against Saint Mary’s before the Aztecs went on to lose in the semis at Madison Square Garden. While SDSU begins its regular season with a game against UC San Diego on Saturday, the Aztecs will face the Gaels for the fourth time in three years on Monday in a game that will be nationally televised as part of the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. SDSU will once again play two Pac-10 teams as part of its out-of-conference schedule. The Aztecs will host Arizona and hit the road to take on Arizona State. UA, ASU and SMC were responsible for SDSU’s only nonMWC losses last year. While no one can predict with certainty how the young talent will respond to the big stage, if the newcomers make a sizeable impact, the Aztecs may be dancing come March.

UC San Diego @ Saint Mary’s Santa Clara @ Fresno State @ Pacific Northern Arizona San Diego @ UC Santa Barbara Cal State Fullerton Arizona @ Arizona State @ Drake UC Riverside Pomona-Pitzer New Mexico @ Wyoming @ UNLV TCU @ Utah Brigham Young @ Colorado State Air Force @ New Mexico Wyoming UNLV @ TCU Utah @ BYU Colorado State @ Air Force MWC Tournament (Las Vegas)

Schedule 2009

Nov. 14 Nov. 16 Nov. 19 Nov. 23 Nov. 25 Nov. 28 Dec. 2 Dec. 5 Dec. 9 Dec. 12 Dec. 19 Dec. 22 Dec. 29 Dec. 31 Jan. 5 Jan. 9 Jan. 13 Jan. 16 Jan. 19 Jan. 23 Jan. 30 Feb. 2 Feb. 6 Feb. 10 Feb. 13 Feb. 16 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Mar. 3 Mar. 6 Mar. 10- 13


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With the return of Allison Duffy and the addition of transfer Jessika Bradley, the SDSU women’s basketball team is poised to make a serious run in the NCAA Tournament.

Beau Bearden Senior Staff Writer The atmosphere was electric. More than 3,600 fans were in attendance. Ten players were on the court. And two teams were getting ready to face off in the first round of the NCAA tournament. But one player couldn’t be out there with her team against DePaul. Allison Duffy. She had been suspended from the San Diego State women’s basketball team for an undisclosed violation of university policies and had only played in one game all season. “Not playing last year was hard at times because I sometimes didn’t feel as close with everyone anymore in terms of court play,” the junior forward said. “Because during games you create a bond and chemistry together and I wasn’t a part of it, so it was hard.” As a redshirt freshman in 2007, Duffy made an immediate impact for SDSU. In just her second game as an Aztec, she scored 13 points and posted a game-high 10 rebounds to notch her first double-double in a win against St. Mary’s. But that was only the beginning of her success. She recorded another double-double a week later against Jackson State to lead SDSU to a victory. In the Mountain West Conference opener against TCU, Duffy led the Aztecs with 14 points in her first MWC game. She continued to contribute throughout conference play and had her biggest game in a win against Colorado State with a careerhigh 22 points. But her performance in her first-career MWC Tournament game had a much greater impact. With SDSU entering the tournament with a sub-.500 record in MWC play, the No. 6-seeded Aztecs would face No. 3-seeded Wyoming. Duffy’s performance played a big role in SDSU pulling off a 66-54 win. She recorded yet another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and added three assists, three steals and went 6-for-6 from the line. The Aztecs would eventually fall in the MWC Championship against New Mexico, but Duffy didn’t disappoint in its run to the finals. In the semifinals against TCU, she scored 10 points and had four rebounds. And against the Lobos, she led SDSU with 15 points and added three assists and two blocks. If her success as a redshirt freshman was any indication of her future contributions, last season was supposed to be huge. But the events of Sept. 21 of last year ruined any chance of that. According to The San Diego Union-

Tribune, Duffy was arrested by SDSU police around 1 a.m. near campus on a charge of public intoxication. The San Diego UnionTribune then reported on Nov. 15 of last year that Duffy was scheduled to appear in superior court on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a police officer. Two days prior, head coach Beth Burns had announced that Duffy was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules. Burns then released a statement on Jan. 28 of this year that said Duffy would not compete with the Aztecs for the rest of the season. Almost four months later, The UT reported that Duffy had plead guilty to public intoxication, but the charge of obstructing a police officer had been dropped. “I learned that I need to get my priorities straight,” Duffy said. “And that my actions not only punish me, but my team and family as well.” But this wasn’t all she took away from the experience. It also helped her become a better teammate. “I knew I couldn’t be selfish and had to just suck it up,” Duffy said. “And do my role and ride out my punishment and just help my team as much as possible to get them to the next level, which they definitely did.” SDSU had a very successful campaign last season, but the team wasn’t the same without Duffy. And it showed in the second round of the NCAA tournament when the Aztecs played Stanford. All five Cardinal starters were 6 feet or taller. One of them, forward Jayne Appel, was 6 feet 4 inches. SDSU, meanwhile, had just two starters taller than 5 feet 10 inches. Duffy, who stands at 6 feet 2 inches tall, had to watch the 77-49 loss to Stanford from the sidelines. “We felt from a year ago that Stanford taught us we had to be bigger and stronger,” Burns said. “Part of that is helped by personnel, we have Allison Duffy and (junior forward) Jessika Bradley and a year ago we didn’t have them.” Not only do the Aztecs have Duffy back, but she is also bringing an added dimension this season. Burns said Duffy played a lot at small forward in practice last year, rather than at her natural position of power forward to help her improve on her face up and ball handling skills. This will give SDSU the luxury of starting Duffy, Bradley and junior center Paris Johnson in the same lineup. “I feel that we have a lot of great players on the team this year that all bring something to the table,” Duffy said. “So when we all play together, it’s going to be a fun and successful season.”

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The San Diego State football team needs two wins in its final three games to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2003. And with No. 16 / 14 Utah still on the schedule, SDSU’s best chance to grab two wins will be against Wyoming on Saturday and UNLV on Nov. 28. But don’t tell head coach Brady Hoke that. “You guys talk about that more than we do,” Hoke said, referring to the media’s attention to the Aztecs needing to win two of their last three.“Our big thing this week, for us, we’re always going to play and coach for our seniors. Our

seniors are playing their last home game in their stadium.” Saturday’s game will be the last game at Qualcomm Stadium for SDSU’s seniors. And while the Aztecs are favored by more than seven points, SDSU won’t be given anything against Wyoming. The Cowboys are in the same boat as the Aztecs, needing to win two out of their last three to become bowl eligible. “Wyoming’s a good team,” senior linebacker Luke Laolagi said. “They have the same exact record as us, and we have a big task at hand.”

KEY MATCHUPS

RECORD: 4-5, 2-3 MWC

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

PRIME NUMBERS PASS YARDS PER GAME: 268.3

RUSH YARDS PER GAME: 69.3

TOTAL YARDS PER GAME: 337.7

PASS YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 208.4 RUSH YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 163.8 TOTAL YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 372.2

RECORD: 4-5, 3-3 MWC PASS YARDS PER GAME: 174.6

RUSH YARDS PER GAME: 128.4

TOTAL YARDS PER GAME: 303

PASS YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 238.7 RUSH YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 151.9 TOTAL YARDS AGAINST PER GAME: 390.6

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

SATURDAY, NOV. 14 San Diego State vs.Wyoming,Air Force vs.UNLV, BYU at New Mexico, Utah at TCU

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SDSU’s Peter Nelson will have his hands full again on Saturday.

John Fletcher leads Wyoming with seven sacks this season.

WHEN THE AZTECS HAVE THE BALL: Hoke gave praise to SDSU’s senior tackle Peter Nelson at Tuesday’s press conference for the way he played against TCU’s defensive end Jerry Hughes last Saturday. Hughes came into the game with nine sacks, but didn’t register a single quarterback hurry against Nelson and the Aztecs. “Pete Nelson has really improved over the course of the year and that’s the exciting part,” Hoke said. “He’s a senior. He’s a guy who played defense for the majority of his career, and I really like his work ethic every day and his leadership in what he’s done.” Nelson will have his hands full again this weekend when Wyoming’s senior defensive tackle John Fletcher lines up across from him. Fletcher leads the Cowboys in sacks (7) and tackles for loss (12) and was Wyoming’s only Preseason All-Mountain West Conference player. Hoke said SDSU will likely keep more running backs in to help Nelson. “I think we’ll have a good plan to make sure that we can do a good job,” Hoke said.

WHEN THE COWBOYS HAVE THE BALL: Through 12 games last season, Wyoming only tallied four wins.Through nine games this season, Wyoming already has four victories. One of the biggest reasons for the Cowboys’ improvement has been true freshman quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels. In only his first season with Wyoming, he leads the team in passing yards with 1,286, passing touchdowns with six and total offense with 1,495 yards. “He’s a dual threat,” Hoke said. “When he goes back to throw the ball, you don’t know where he’s going to end up because when you look at most of his rushing it comes from him dropping back to pass and doesn’t feel comfortable in the pocket for one reason or another. He’s very active with his feet and does a lot of good things.” Hoke didn’t say if he would use a spy on Carta-Samuels, but either way, Laolagi and the linebackers will be responsible for stopping the freshman. “He’s an up-and-comer and he’s done pretty well,” Laolagi said of Carta-Samuels. “We’re excited to get after it and get in today and the rest of this week and work on (stopping him).”

NAME: David Pope (49-11) TITLE: Assistant Sports Editor PREDICTION: SDSU, Air Force, BYU,TCU QUOTABLE: “My performance is this pick ’em can be summed up in one word: Pwnage.”

NAME: Edward Lewis (47-13) TITLE: Sports Editor PREDICTION: SDSU, Air Force, BYU,TCU QUOTABLE: “I was going to pick the Cowboys, but I just have a good feeling about the Aztecs this weekend.” NAME: Glenn Connelly (47-13) TITLE: Photo Editor PREDICTION: Wyoming, Air Force, BYU,TCU QUOTABLE: “I’m sorry to the 12,000 Aztec fans who will be there to watch the Cowboys stampede all over SDSU’s bowl hopes.”

NAME: Beau Bearden (42-18) TITLE: Senior Staff Writer PREDICTION: SDSU, Air Force, BYU,TCU QUOTABLE: “Saturday’s going to be awesome. Not only do I get to cover the football game with Edward, but the SDSU basketball season officially starts.”

Glenn Connelly / Photo Editor

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Luke Laolagi and the Aztecs will try to stop Carta-Samuels.

Austyn Carta-Samuels is another dual-threat quarterback. —Preview compiled by Spor ts Editor Edward Lewis


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“It’s off to grandmother’s house we go” in San Diego State’s newest play “Into The Woods.” The show, which throws everyone’s favorite fairy tale into one modern story, is told via grand set designs of elegant graffiti. Recently, The Daily Aztec was able to ask graduate student Andrew Hull, the mastermind behind the scenery, about his contribution to the performance. SDSU students may recognize Hull as the designer for last year’s play “The Good Person of Szechwan,” which included towering depictions of Chinese slums. Hull will be writing his thesis about his work on the set of “Into The Woods,” which took about four months to build. The Daily Aztec: Can you describe your job as set designer? Andrew Hull: Basically, (my job is) coming up with how all the scenery is supposed to look and designing all of the props, and I sort of work with the director (with) which direction he wants to take as far as, like, modernizing the look of the play. But ... visually, all the scenery is designed by me. DA : So you came up with the graffiti concept? AH: That was kind of (the director’s) idea and we sort of went around exactly where we were going to set this. He wanted to do like a city (with) lots of steel-looking things. But as far as how it looks now, it was all my idea. DA : What was your inspiration for the set? AH: I ended up looking at a lot of imagery from cities because I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with it. I looked at

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The newest play to hit campus, “Into The Woods” combines an antiquated tale with a modern and colorful graffiti set, designed by grad student Andrew Hull.

Chicago with the elevated rail and … I found some really, really interesting photographs. That’s sort of where I started. And, you know, you just sort of start with an idea and you just start making up the rest of it. We didn’t want to do too realistic graffiti and all that because it’s a musical and it’s supposed to be really cheery, so (we) heightened the color and bolded everything on a lot of the scenery. If you look across the stage you can see the upper portion of the set is green, sort of like

a forest. That was one of the visual things I was trying to carry through. So it’s not very realistic, but I was inspired by urban elements and stuff like that. DA : What constraints did you run into with the budget cuts? AH: We ended up cutting all the second opening locations and just ended up changing small elements on the first ones. A lot of the platforming materials that I wanted to use

got cut because they were way too expensive. I wanted to do an expanded steel, which is like a steel mesh, on top of the platforms so light would pass through them, but we ended up just using a lot of the stock platforming we had. Various other things got cut back, but for the most part I was kind of shocked we still have as much as I wanted.

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GR ANDMA’S HOUSE: The Daily Aztec spoke with production designer, Andrew Hull, on new play’s avant-garde set CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 DA : How long did it take you to create the model or original renderings of the set? AH: The hardest thing is coming up with the concept or the idea of what the set’s going to look like, coming up with what it’s going to be. Once I had an idea in my head of it looking like (what it does now), it went very quickly. But for the director and I and the costume designer to come to this sort of direction — that took weeks. Actually building the model took three days. Refining what everything is going to look like took, I don’t know, weeks, just going through ideas and research and quick sketches and stuff like that. DA : How exactly do you use set building as your graduate thesis? AH: Basically you do a show, and then you do a very large project report on it. And somehow that counts. That’s what I’m going to be doing after this, is writing about this experience and why I made the choices I made, which is going to be very tedious for me because I hate writing. DA : What do you want people to get out of your sets? Is there a meaning to anything? AH: No, not really. It’s just things that I sort of just put up. Part of the idea of modernizing (the play) was showing how these fairy tale ideas can apply to modern experiences and modern life. So, I suppose that’s kind of what we want people to get out of why we chose to do this set and the costumes.

But at the same time we’re just sort of just doing what we feel is right to do. DA : What do you do with props? AH: As a set designer, I’m in charge of designing the look of all the props, but as a graduate assistant, I’m also in there building and painting stuff, which is nice because I can make shortcuts when I think something isn’t as important. DA : What was your favorite prop to design? AH: Probably the harp. That’s going to look nice. DA : What’s the best part about being the set designer? AH: I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that every show you do is different. That’s a problem that I have is that I get bored very easily. There’s so many challenges in doing set design that it’s never boring. The scripts are always changing and stuff like that. DA : Does it hurt you on the inside when the set is torn down on closing night? A H : Not at all, actually. I used to (get attached) like in high school and the beginning of college … (be)cause I would get used to being around all the people, but by the time the show opens I’m ready for it to tear down (laughs). I’ve been working on this since early summer, so it’s a very long process.

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Bah, humbug! The classic Charles Dickens story “A Christmas Carol” has been retold once again by Walt Disney Studios, this time with an edgier, more accurate portrayal. Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” follows the age-old tale of an elderly man named Ebenezer Scrooge (voiced by Jim Carrey) and his stingy way of life. When his likewise miserly deceased business partner Marley haunts him one snowy night, Scrooge is warned of the miseries that await him in the afterlife if he keeps up a life so parsimonious. To help with the journey of selfredemption, Scrooge is sent one spirit every night for three nights: the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. During his haunted adventures, Scrooge becomes inadvertently concerned for his clerk Bob Cratchit’s crippled son, Tiny Tim (both voiced by Gary Oldman). This, combined with the memories of what was and what could be, give cause to some serious character development. “A Christmas Carol” is told using the same CGI motion-capture animation as “The Polar Express” — an expected artistic style as both movies are directed by Robert Zemeckis. This animation method gives the movie a realistic feel yet allows the audience to stay in a world of fantasy and imagination. Nonetheless, Zemeckis frequently overdoes his avant-garde camera angles, leaving the audience feeling seasick and dizzy. Despite assumptions that this PG-rated movie is intended for children, “A Christmas Carol” is not without its fair share of creepy frights. At times the Christmas spirits are so haunting that the film becomes too scary for a young audience and may even induce goose bumps from its older viewers. In the end, this

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Despite featuring funnyman Jim Carrey as the voice of Scrooge in this revamped holiday flick, the story and CGI animation falls short of warming audience’s hearts.

excess fear seems to serve no purpose, as the intention for Scrooge is to discover love and generosity via time travel of his life, not by escaping death from malicious shadows. This time around, Disney stays closer to Dickens’ original story in both plot and dialogue, as opposed to its other Christmas flicks such as “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” and “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” The movie also serves as Carrey’s first time in a

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Walt Disney Pictures movie, he voices eight different characters including the three ghosts of Christmas. “A Christmas Carol” just misses the heartwarming aspect. Perhaps because of the tooeasy character transformation or the exhaustion of the tale, Scrooge and his companions fail to motivate or move emotionally. The theme of the film still comes across, but it does so in an overdone way. It seems as if

Disney tried to do too much at once and only came away with a movie as meager and weak as Tiny Tim.

Movie: A Christmas Carol Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures Directed by: Robert Zerneckis Release Date: Nov. 6 Grade: C


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The music of Michael Jackson may be getting the most attention for its recent big-screen presentation in “This Is It,” but another lesser-known movie chock-full of music will come out Friday, titled “Pirate Radio.” The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as the sole American disc jockey broadcasting radio transmissions from a boat off the coast of England. The boat’s crew of Brits (an ensemble of popular British actors) is working together to keep rock music on the airwaves as British authorities have all but declared war on these pirate radio stations. While not exactly a play-by-play account of how the situation was handled, the fact that it is based on England’s strict 1960s policies against these rock ‘n’ roll pirates allows the film to also work as an entertaining history lesson. However, the embedded history lesson doesn’t stop the filmmakers from having some fun telling the stories of these freeloving, rock-worshiping DJs living together on a boat and bringing music to their millions of listeners. But that’s actually where the film starts to get a little cluttered. Instead of focusing on a single story, “Pirate Radio” bounces around from character to character long enough to get some laughs but never long enough to connect with any of them, leaving it all feeling fragmented and sometimes causes the audience to wonder who these people telling the story are. When “Pirate Radio” was released in England earlier this year, its title was “The Boat That Rocked.” The studio behind the film changed the title after it failed at the box office overseas. So, a film featuring popular British actors fails in Britain, and the producers expect it to do better by tricking other countries into thinking it’s a different movie? Well, they deserve points for creativity.

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Richard Curtis, writer and director, is known for his success in the romantic comedy genre with “Notting Hill,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Love Actually,” but the New Zealand-born director takes a sharp turn toward straight comedy with this latest film. “Love Actually” is actually a good example of being able to pull a large ensemble of actors together and tell a coherent story, which makes it all the more confusing as to why he had such a hard time doing that with “Pirate Radio.” And for any “Mad Men” fans reading, January Jones has a cameo stirring up trouble for the men on the boat, which provides a much-needed Betty Draper fix for fans wait-

ing on the show’s next season after this past Sunday’s finale. Maybe the producers could have changed the title to “Look, It’s Betty Draper!” if they really wanted to attract (and trick) American audiences. At least the film keeps the audience in its seat during the end credits, which puts together a photomontage of album covers highlighting the past 30 years of rock ‘n’ roll. Without giving too much away, the film takes a sharp turn from comedy toward action right before the end credits as authorities increase their effort to shut down these pirate DJs. While it certainly adds some energy for the final act, it all seems a little forced and starts to stretch beyond reality, as

if trying to remind everyone how not based on a true story the film actually is. For all its flaws, “Pirate Radio” still manages to stay entertaining enough to make it a fun escape for two hours, but it might be better to wait for the DVD. That way, it’ll be easy to press pause and turn on “Mad Men” after January Jones’ cameo has ended.

Movie: Pirate Radio Distributed by: Focus Features Directed by: Richard Curtis Grade: C+

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Last Friday night, teenagers flocked en masse to downtown San Diego clad in band-logo Tshirts and skinny jeans for The Glamour Kills Tour at House of Blues. Featuring pop-punk outfits The Friday Night Boys, Hey Monday and headliner All Time Low, the show was youthfully filled with exuberant fans and their carpooling parents. The night’s music packed a powerful punch of upbeat songs and lyrics. Virginiabased band The Friday Night Boys and ladyfronted Floridians, Hey Monday, introduced the audience to two electric sets that segued smoothly into the main act. Though the tour’s other band, We The Kings, dropped off the San Diego date to the disappointment of many of the showgoers, its fans weren’t left entirely without, howev-

er. The tour members assembled a superband comprised of members from All Time Low, The Friday Night Boys and Hey Monday and played We The Kings’ breakout hit “Check Yes Juliet.” Extroverted heartthrobs All Time Low hit the stage behind a concealing white screen that covered the stage from floor to ceiling. Screams of excitement were elicited from the crowd as the screen fell to the floor revealing the four musicians. Ripping through a set of popular songs segmented with provocative onstage innuendos, the band delivered with an unparalleled style that could rival the tour’s sponsor — Glamour Kills. With a finishing touch of musical perfection from All Time Low, The Glamour Kills Tour served a healthy dose of power-pop punk to its youthful San Diego crowd. For upcoming tour dates for The Glamour Kills Tour, visit www.glamourkills.com/theglamourkillstour.

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’m tired. The Packers lost again, I’ve already written a column this week and I mentally checked out days ago because I’m taking my first trip ever to Green Bay, Wis. this weekend. In short, it’s time for a “rambling” column. Let’s begin: What happened to Victoria’s Secret? That store used to produce nothing but the most awesome of things. Now if you turn a girl loose in Victoria’s Secret, it’s guaranteed she is spending most of her money on Pink sweatpants and duffle bags. My buddy Max summarized it best when he said, “If I get my girlfriend a gift card to Victoria’s Secret, I want an added stipulation built into the card that ensures she can only buy slutty stuff.” Well said Max, and God bless America. Did you know Suge Knight, the former chief executive officer of Death Row Records, played football on a scholarship at UNLV? Neither did I until I was on a major Wikipedia bender last night. Ever since I found out you can click “Random Article,” Wikipedia has been like crack to me. Last week, the Sports page in The Daily Aztec ran an ad for a strip club. I can say with some reasonable certainty it was the proudest moment of my life. Unless I have a son who grows up to win the Heisman Trophy, cure cancer and burn down Fenway

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Park, it will probably remain the proudest moment of my life. You know you’re an English major when www.sparknotes.com redesigns its homepage and it affects you enough to write about it in a humor column two weeks later. If I ever write “FTW,” I’m saying “for the win,” not “f*** the world.” Apparently there was some confusion there from my last column. You people need to spend more time on the Internet. Why isn’t ginger ale more popular? It seems like it’s only served on airplanes. I hardly ever drink soda, but I really enjoy ginger ale. I guess I don’t have a joke here; I’m just doing my part to promote a delicious beverage. I’ve decided that when it really comes down to it, there are three reasons I get out of bed every morning: the Green Bay Packers, delicious La Casita’s burritos and Katy Perry’s inconceivably amazing boobs. That’s what I live for. Everything else is just a bonus. I recently got a BlackBerry. But as it turns out, I’m not nearly important enough to need one. Accessing my e-mail is nice, but I’m basically paying an extra $30 a month just to play BrickBreaker. I went to In Cahoots in Mission Valley a couple of weeks

ago, and I’m still trying to figure out why. White people love to dance in unison. My friend Maggie taught me how to “TwoStep,” which sounds like something complicated an NFL wide receiver would do after scoring a touchdown, but turns out it’s seriously just two steps to the left, one step to the right and repeated about eight-dozen times per song. Also, I’m going out on a limb here and saying most people in attendance that night probably voted “yes” on Proposition 8. Apparently Ed Hardy T-shirts cost about $75. Someone should tell those guys at the clubs there are cheaper ways to ensure no one respects you. If your ex-girlfriend is dating a guy who used to date a porn star, does that mean you have three degrees of separation from said porn star? If so, I just got a lot cooler. But, I also feel like I should get tested. I don’t care if you can’t contract sexually transmitted diseases retroactively; I just want to be sure.

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (11/12/09) This year you're challenged to increase your earning potential. Mental activity seems to be the way to go, at least at first. Later, you realize that your position within a group makes all the difference. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 7 A glorious opportunity arrives early in the day, and you feel your energy shift towards romance. Follow traditional ideals. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 6 - Emotions move in a harmonious direction now. Confirm that shift with definite words. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 5 What you feel early in the day shifts as you take a more balanced view of the facts. Reserve discussion until later. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 5 Pay attention to body language as well as words.The body delivers more than half of the message. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 6 - If you get an early start, by day's end you'll have finished your work, started a new project and satisfied your emotions. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 5 -

Self-esteem grows as you address surprises from your partner.The two of you actually are on the same track. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 5 Gather your thoughts carefully before contacting others. Make sure each person knows his or her own boundaries. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 5 - Take care of household chores today. A quick trip to the store may be necessary. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 6 - Open your mind and heart to an associate. Listen to the words, but also pay attention to the impact. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 6 - Bring your emotions to work and pump up your effort. A deadline looms, but you can make it, all by yourself. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 6 - Keen awareness of financial matters puts you in the driver's seat. Choose purchases that will last. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 5 Words take on a life of their own. Never think you've found the last or the best ones. Go for peace, balance and harmony. © 2009,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.

—David Pope is an English senior. —This article does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec. Did you love this column? Did you hate it? E-mail David Pope at dpope@rohan.sdsu.edu with any comments, questions or suggestions.

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