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I N S I D E T O D AY TRAVEL & ADVENTURE
ARC left running to reserves
FORGOTTEN CITY Learn about the charming city of Truckee and what it has to offer nearby popular vacation spots. page 3
HELP WANTED Obama guaranteed more jobs in his campaign, but did he deliver on his promise? page 4
LOOKING BACK The women’s soccer team reflects on one of the greatest seasons in program history. page 5
TODAY @ SDSU
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The decrease in student enrollment means the Aztec Recreation Center will face a drop in its own revenue, but members of A.S. say the decrease won’t affect membership fees.
Bill Berkson Reading 7 p.m., SDSU Library, room LL430 Bill Berkson, associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, will present a reading at this free event. For more of today’s headlines, visit:
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As student enrollment decreases, so does the Aztec Recreational Center’s revenue, but members of Associated Students say the budget cut won’t be visible to members. Because of San Diego State’s decision to close Chapultepec Residence Hall and cut undergraduate enrollment by 10.8 percent this year, the decreased number of incoming memberships has reduced ARC revenue by 9 percent, or $413,152, according to Natalie Colli, A.S. vice president of University Affairs. Heavy reliance on memberships from students who live in residence halls is forcing A.S. to deal with the loss of revenue by implementing strategic reductions in various areas such as utilities, promotional expenses and fulltime salaries and benefits of ARC staff, according to ARC Director
Eric Huth. A.S. has also chosen to postpone the purchasing of new equipment and dip into reserve savings to help balance the revenue shortfall. “All of the offsetting adjustments being made will be completely invisible to ARC members,” Colli said. “In a time when membership is reduced, maintaining the quality of services to those members who still remain is of utmost importance.” With the help of ARC management staff, A.S. has found ways to keep the budget as lean as possible without having to increase the current $18 monthly student membership fee. “Holding off on buying new equipment is just one of those ways,” A.S. Executive Vice President Jeremy Katz said. “They have also installed energy-efficient lightbulbs, which has drastically reduced energy costs.” The staff is also attempting to save money by working harder to
maintain the equipment currently in the facility, Katz said. Innovative ideas to cover costs without affecting students will have to extend into next year as SDSU faces another semester of 10 percent less enrollment. Still, A.S. is preparing for next year and making adjustments in order to have a realistic model that relies on predicted revenues, according to Ignacio Prado, A.S. vice president of finance. “There will be 10 percent fewer students here next year, which means that we should responsibly expect at least 10 percent less revenue, and have 10 percent less costs to match,” Prado said. “It is likely that we may see some changes in the ARC next year, but not necessarily changes which are significant to the individual user.” Despite the warning of cutbacks, some ARC members say they will remain loyal to the facility.
SDSU alumnus Phillip Graham has remained an ARC member since he graduated in 2007 with a degree in psychology. Graham said he is not discouraged by the decline in revenue and believes the ARC will find a way to survive it. “I feel sorry for the state of SDSU and the school in general because they are losing a lot,” Graham said. “It feels like all the organizations are struggling to survive and the ARC is not immune. But regardless of any cutbacks, I’m still going to come here.” Another member said he appreciates the ARC’s inexpensive membership fee and plans on remaining an active member after graduating next fall. “I don’t think the ARC needs new equipment right now anyway,” statistics senior John Hitchcock said. “I actually would prefer if the ARC had fewer members. Fewer members means less time in line waiting to use the equipment.”
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CAMPUS CRIME Threats with a weapon Nov. 24 – An altercation between two Tepeyac Residence Hall residents ended after a student wielded a knife. San Diego State Police Lt. Lamine Secka said the student grabbed a fruit knife from his room after the other male threatened him and challenged him to a fight. He allegedly accused the student with the knife of sleeping with his girlfriend.
The incident occurred at approximately 8:40 p.m. No one was arrested.
Battery Nov. 18 – A male student suffered a one-inch cut to his forehead after a fight in front of the KPBS building. Reagan Crowley was arrested after he allegedly hit a man as well as another victim, a female, who is not a student. Crowley, a 22-year-old non-student, received a misdemeanor
citation for battery. The male victim refused medical treatment and the female victim did not sustain any injuries.
Theft Nov. 17 – A professor reported two computers stolen from the Life Sciences Building. The laptops are normally locked down with cables and the cables had been cut off. They were last seen on Nov. 16. Each computer was worth $2,000.
Nov. 18 – Equipment valued at approximately $30,000 has been reported stolen from the Communications Building. The door lock where the high- definition camera equipment was stored was damaged. The crime occurred between Nov. 16 and 17. The camera, lens, monitor and monitor mount have not yet been located.
—Compiled by Senior Staff Writer Kristina Blake
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Ditch the Tahoe crowd and explore Truckee FR ANCIS R.
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Visiting Reno, Nev. or Lake Tahoe anytime soon? Many people often overlook a lesser known town called Truckee. Located along Interstate 80, about 30 miles west of Reno, this town is only 15 miles away from Lake Tahoe. Formerly known as Coburn Station because of its proximity to an old train station, Truckee has retained its Western style and historical landmarks after the Sierra Nevada winters and fires of the past. Outdoor activities are abundant and geared toward many diverse interests. From hotels and museums to ski resorts, the town can please history and nature lovers, thrill-seekers and people who want their adrenaline pumping.
The Truckee Hotel This Victorian-style hotel, located on Truckee’s Commercial Row, has just 37 rooms for visitors who want that Old West feel. It was originally built in 1863 and after the structure was burned down, it was renovated and reopened in 1909 as The Truckee Hotel. And like most vintage hotels, it is rumored to be haunted.
Truckee Jail Sitting near The Truckee Hotel is the Truckee Jail. The jail was built in 1875 and was utilized as a jail until 1964. It is one of the few surviving Western 19th century jailhouses of its kind and one of the few original buildings in Truckee. Anyone looking to get a feel for the life of an inmate shouldn’t miss this gem. Aminata Dia / Features Editor
The Capitol It is the oldest building on Commercial Row. It was originally a saloon and a hall for operas and silent movies, but it was later converted to a county court. The Capitol is also the hall where the infamous vigilantes called “601” and “Caucasian League” met.
Donner Memorial State Park This infamous location is where many members of the Donner Party spent their final days. The Donner
Truckee might be a small town, but it’s packed with fun outdoor activities and breathtaking scenery. The town serves as a serene respite from Lake Tahoe, which can become crowded with tourists during the winter months. There are numerous opportunities for exploring Truckee’s beautiful mountain terrain and historical destinations.
Party consisted of 87 men, women and children from Illinois who followed an untested trail. In the early autumn of 1846, the party was forced to build camps because of the blizzard that resulted in extreme suffering, starvation and cannibalism. Donner Memorial State Park offers hiking trails, camping, picnic spots and access to the Donner Lake.
Donner Lake For those who enjoy water activities, Donner Lake is an ideal destination for swimming, sailing, diving, fishing and water skiing. Donner Lake also offers hiking trails on the south side. For the more adventuresome, there is a perfect rock climbing area near the summit. The
lake is very popular because of its proximity to some of the best ski resorts in the Sierras.
Squaw Valley USA Ski Resort About 20 minutes from Donner Lake sits Squaw Valley USA Ski Resort, which is located in the neighboring town of Olympic Valley. One of the largest ski areas in
the United States, this resort was also the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. It stays open for guests all year long, and even offers horseback riding during the summer. While Truckee is not as popular as vacation spots such as Lake Tahoe and Reno, the charming town is too close to pass up, making it well worth the drive.
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Promise of new jobs unfulfilled pon graduation, the most daunting task for a college graduate is finding a job. You’re then stuck in limbo between independence or moving back in with your parents. After four or more years of higher education, the question isn’t whether or not we are ready for the job market, but is the job market ready for us? Today the answer is an undisputed “no.” When President Barack Obama was first sworn in this past January he proclaimed that if America did not pass his $787 billion stimulus bill, unemployment would increase to more than 9 percent. In October, the national unemployment rate was 10.2 percent, the highest rate in more than 26 years. Republican leaders have pounced on the new data. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor has blasted the administration saying, “Increasing taxes on small business, as Democrats will do to pay for governmentrun health care, is the wrong approach.” After the latest jobs report was released, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele summed up Obama’s economic failure by stating, “The elections in Virginia and New Jersey on Tuesday were a clear referendum on his failure to deliver on this promise.” After seizing a record number of American assets, Obama’s plan has failed. For graduating college students, the outlook is bleak. With too many unemployed workers and not enough jobs, the market
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is as competitive as ever. The situation for young, inexperienced workers is by far the worst. Companies can no longer keep up their job training programs and are looking for readily available experienced workers to put into action. The American public is beginning to realize that artificial, government-created jobs don’t fix the economy. Obama has fallen short. The president promised he would set out a new strategy in the fashion of former President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. A major portion of the stimulus money was allocated to infrastructure, where green jobs would be created by the government. Unfortunately, 10 months and almost $800 billion later, none of these promises have materialized. The vast amount of money Obama has siphoned from large and small businesses would have gone to creating real, long-term jobs that would have sped up recovery. While the economic crisis we were facing is back from the brink, we face a host of new problems. Runaway inflation, unemployment, a devalued dollar in the world market and skyrocketing commodity prices are just some of the challenges we now face because of this economic plan. While I did support Obama’s effort to relieve the banks, he has taken the bailout too far. If the banks had failed, economic
Armageddon would have ensued. It could have brought all commerce to a screeching halt across the globe. Democrats, however, have used this economic fearmongering to push a left-wing agenda on the American people. The stimulus package has done nothing sustainable for the American economy. Every trick Obama has tried with our money has only provided temporary relief, while its damages will be long lasting. The Obama administration will not have to pay for all this in the future. The government is selfishly overindulging and leaving the present and future generations to foot the bill. Recently I had the honor of meeting Gov. Mitt Romney. e made a good point about his generation’s allocation of our future. “This is the largest intergenerational transfer of wealth in the history of humankind,” Romney said. Our generation must recognize this and put it to a stop, because this is exactly what the liberals are doing. It is time for everyone, no matter which party you identify with, to fight for our opportunity to live the American Dream.
—Patrick Walsh is a political science junior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec. Send e-mail to email@example.com. Anonymous letters will not be printed. Include your full name, major and year in school.
Shield public safety from cuts
President Barack Obama’s job approval ratings Overall American approval:
49% Democratic approval:
82% Republican approval:
14% Approval of individuals between 18 and 29 years old:
Economic beliefs in America Americans who believe jobs are difficult to get:
49.8% Americans who expect there to be fewer jobs in six months:
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udget deficits have become the norm. Whether it’s on the federal, state or local level, budget problems have become one of those issues that causes us to change the channel when it appears on the 10 p.m. news. The overload makes us to avert our eyes from the important budget issues when we need to scrutinize them the most. In addition to the devastating cuts we have faced in education, the city of San Diego is now looking to sacrifice the safety of its people to close the budget gap it faces. This is where the line must be drawn. As of today, San Diego stands before a $180 million budget deficit, similar to many other cities such as Los Angeles. This afternoon, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is revealing his plan to close the gaping deficit. In an effort to stay away from increasing taxes, the mayor is considering cutting city expenses such as jobs, city services and public safety. While increased taxes will not come in the form of monetary tak-
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ings, they will come in the form of decreased safety and increased risk. “A national accreditation study said the city would need 22 additional fire stations to improve its response time and to meet industry standards,” according to www.voiceofsandiego.org. Earlier this year, the city of Oceanside attempted to remedy public safety costs by reducing use of one of four ambulances, but the plan was stopped because of increased risk. San Diego officials are expecting a similar fight as the unveiling of their plan quickly approaches. City officials say public safety is in no way immune to the chopping block, but what they don’t understand is that reductions in public safety funding will lead to increased property damage, slower response times to disasters and increased loss of life. We all remember when San Diego Gas & Electric almost burned down San Diego
County in 2007. After millions of dollars in damages, county support helped to finally defeat the fires. Just think for a moment if many of the fire units used to fight that fire suddenly disappeared. Ash rained down on the county for days, but without as many units to help combat the fire, areas where ash simply fell would have no longer existed. “There is no room to cut in either department,” Jeff Bowman, a former San Diego fire chief, said. “I realize the city has budget problems, but the city has immense public safety problems.” For a city that has already been told that it is severely understaffed, public safety cuts are too dangerous for the citizens of San Diego. Increases in taxes are not the way to go. To solve this problem, I propose the cuts come from other areas besides public safety. For example, San Diego could stop maintaining the fire pits on its beaches. We could eliminate the homeless shelter that causes controversy every winter. The mayor requested proposals to cut $73 million from the police department and $34.7 million from the fire department. It would be absurd if the people weren’t willing to give up amenities such as city parks or fire pits to keep from experiencing increased risk. Oceanside is proof that we can make a difference. The uproar caused by the proposed cuts in public safety expenses was enough to get the point across to the legislators. The San Diego City Council is set to review the budget at its Dec. 14 meeting, which means the people of San Diego still have time to voice their frustration with the proposed cuts. Just think about a time when you are in trouble and no one can come to help; then you will realize how essential funding is to public safety.
—T.J. Bronson is a journalism and finance senior.
A firefighter attempts to extinguish flames during the 2007 California wildfires. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is contemplating cutting jobs in city services and public safety, which include firefighter positions.
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23.1% Americans who believe business conditions are bad:
45.7% Americans who expect business conditions to worsen:
Drunken driving arrests increase during Thanksgiving holiday
Driving under the influence arrests in San Diego County this year:
DUI arrests in San Diego County last year:
32 DUI arrests in California this year:
542 DUI arrests in California last year:
513 —Compiled by Contributor Aileen Pantoja
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Season is ‘just the SDSU looks back with start’ of a new era plenty to be proud of F E L I N A T A M BA KO S S TA F F W R I T E R
The accomplishments of the 2009 San Diego State women’s soccer team will stand in the history books as one of the greatest seasons the program has ever had. A total record of 15-4-5 doesn’t quite say everything about this team that needs to be. “You look back on the year and it’s been phenomenal,” head coach Mike Friesen said. “To make the (NCAA) Tournament has been awesome, and to do it by winning the Mountain West Conference tournament at BYU was incredible. This is what I was hoping for when I took this job two and half years ago.” This group of women, led by Friesen, took the program from an unknown team to a conference title and a national rank of 16. “We have so much depth on the bench,” junior midfielder Michaela DeJesus said. “That’s the biggest difference from this year to last year: Everyone has something they can contribute.” Team harmony maintained SDSU’s success as it headed into the NCA A Tournament with a 15-game unbeaten streak and seven consecutive wins. “We’ve totally grown as a team,” sophomore defender Hayley Marsh said. “You can even tell in warm-ups before the game that the chemistry’s there. We play well together as a team.” Marsh helped the back line to create 10 total shutouts for the season, the most important of which took place in the first round of the NCAA Tournament when the Aztecs took USD out of the competition 1-0. SDSU didn’t receive a shutout until the game that would bring its success to a halt: a 5-0 loss to UCLA in round two. “In my 11 years of doing this,” Friesen said, “I’ve never had a team go through the
regular season without getting shut out. Every single game we were able to bring it.” The Aztecs totaled 36 goals this year, allowing only 26 for opposing teams. SDSU also allowed more opportunities for scoring, chancing more shots than opposing teams 319-287. Leading in shots and goals was redshirt junior midfielder Cat Walker, with 67 shots and 11 goals for the season. Walker was also able to take the title of Most Valuable Player after the red and black victory at the MWC tournament, and ended the season with six game-winning goals. “The one thing I can think of to sum up the season is that hard work has gotten us to where we are,” Walker said. “The seniors have taken this program to where it is. Their hard work over the years, with ups and downs, new coaches and new players, goes up with eventually building a program that’s going to succeed. We have more wins this season (15) than I’ve had in my other years combined, and a lot of that is due to these seniors.” Walker speaks the truth; the Aztecs’ 15 wins are the most the program has seen since 1999, the last time SDSU made the NCAA Tournament. “I’m happy with how we did this year as a team,” freshman forward Niki Fernandes said. “It’s been a while since this team has gotten to where we are now, but I don’t think we’re done.” Despite finishing early in the tournament, the Aztecs stand positive about the future of the program. “This is just the start for us, and direction for next year,” Friesen said. “We will set some new goals and push just as hard. We want to get this program into the top 20, be in the sweet 16 and one day have a chance to win a national championship.”
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Senior defender Nick Cardenas and the San Diego State men’s soccer team finished with a record of 6-6-6 and tied a NCAA record for the most overtime games played in a single college season with 11.
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Every single game was played right down to the last minute; if that wasn’t good enough, the San Diego State men’s soccer team then took games into overtime. SDSU (6-6-6) tied a NCAA record for the most overtime games in a single season with 11, and each of those games can summarize this season as a whole: Well-earned. “We never gave up; we wanted everything this season so badly,” redshirt senior tri-captain midfielder Jamel Wallace said. “The endings of the games may not have always been what we wanted or deserved, but we can say we fought every minute of every game.”
MVP The Aztecs’ leader in goals and points for the season was junior forward Raymundo Reza. Reza was integral in many close wins and was the center of the offensive for the majority of the season. If a goal was scored, Reza usually had something to do with it, establishing himself as a focal point for SDSU’s offensive attack. “When we lost Evan (Toft) we lost a huge dimension of our game,” senior tri-captain defender Nick Cardenas said. “Ray just picked it up in Evan’s (Toft) absence; he kept doing what he was doing and added a lot to his game so we didn’t struggle for our offense.”
Game of the Year Coming off a tough loss at home in overtime against ranked conference opponent
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Stanford, the Aztecs found themselves in a tight battle against another top-ranked opponent in California. SDSU played into overtime and would upset the Golden Bears on a goal in the box from freshman midfielder Morgan Sacco. “This game sparked so much for us; we took this win and turned it into a threegame win streak,” Cardenas said. “This game we really found out who we were and what we could do. We found out we were good and could hang with the top-ranked teams and showed it.”
Newcomer of the Year The aforementioned Sacco had the greatest statistical impact and made all of his minutes count for the Aztecs. Sacco had two goals and a total of seven points, putting him in the top five for points among all SDSU players. “Morgan (Sacco) did more than we expected of him,” redshirt senior tri-captain forward Matt McManus said. “He made every single one of his minutes count and showed so much potential. He’ll just continue to get better over the rest of his career here.”
Quotable “We fought. Every single day we came into work and we fought,” Wallace said. “We built this camaraderie and friendship that inspired us to play every game to the end. Not every outcome was the one we wanted, but the effort and the will is what was unique to this team and this season.”
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Seniors on the Aztecs’ 2009 roster
Overtime games this year
Total overtime periods SDSU played in 2009
Goals for junior forward Raymundo Reza this season, a team-high
Goals each for seniors Evan Toft and Nick Cardenas
Assists for senior midfielder Daniel Ortega in 2009, a team-high
Total saves for junior goalkeeper Brad Byrns this season
Yellow cards received by the Aztecs in 2009
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Junior midfielder Cat Walker led the SDSU women’s soccer team to one of its best seasons ever, including a 15-game unbeaten streak, a MWC tournament championship and a victory in the NCAA Tournament.
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You’re my best guy friend
have effectively emasculated him in my mind. When he visits my house I say, “This is my room,” I don’t mean, “This is my bed and some other stuff.” I actually mean “This is my room.” He’s not so much a man but more an inventory of parts: head, chest, stomach, feet. He’s as unsexy as a grocery list. I, and every other woman in the world, have uttered these words: “You’re my best guy friend.” For my readers who aren’t getting it right off the bat, the best guy friend is the really familiar, often sweet, slightly normal guy who the girls in his life will always hang out with but never, ever date. He can’t be called the “best friend,” as the Y chromosome forbids it — so we use that other name: Best Guy Friend, also known as the BGF (if you like texting). He has everything you could ever want in a man except for “that one thing,” which knocks him one rung below worthy. These missing factors range in importance and tangibility. It could be because he always wears the same pair of gym shorts or because his car smells like a shrine to In-N-Out Burger. It could be because he smiles too much, he smiles too little, he drinks too much, he doesn’t drink enough, he has no money or he works too much. Or: his major is dumb, his brother is hotter or his last name is dorky. There are too many imperative features to possibly list, so I will let you imagine the rest.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
K R I ST E N AC E N E VA R E Z CONTRIBUTOR
I was waiting in line at the bookstore and was lucky enough to overhear a girl talking about her Best Guy Friend: “He’s such a sweetie, he really is. He’s such a, like … He’s a nice guy. Honestly, when Chad and I broke up — the, uh, first time — he was right there handing me the tissue box. Like I dunno y’know? But, God no, I’d never date him.” First off, I will admit that any girl who says “I dunno y’know?” should not be used as any kind of credible reference. Regardless, there is truth in what she said. For instance, saying a guy is nice or sweet is like saying a girl has a great personality or is really smart. In both contexts, it means it won’t ever happen and she won’t love you. Honestly ladies, could a nice guy with similar interests, who you can trust and enjoy spending time with, replace all the drama and mind games of a boyfriend? Of course not. Never. Women love games and jerks intentionally use this to their advantage. Those who are cringing while reading this understand because you are most likely either the Best Guy Friend or the girl I just described. You hold her hair back when she’s puking, you know all her favorite movies and she even gets you a joke birthday present ever year. And yet you will never see her naked. The truth is, every girl has a gaggle of people strictly in the friend territory and the
Best Guy Friend is inevitably crowned ruler of this land: King Platonic. It’s fascinating really, in a slow-down-to-look-at-a-car-crash sort of way. Boyfriends suspicious of the proverbial “we’re just friends” friend, let me put your minds at ease. Think of most chick flicks — the Best Guy Friend only gets the girl if the boyfriend cheats (often). He will more than likely be just a witty sidekick who gets stuck with the single friend during the ending credits montage. In fact, screenwriters are starting to make the best guy friend gay just to prevent any audience confusion. Yes, eventually her Facebook status will change to “no longer listed in a relationship,” but honestly, does that really mean anything for you besides buying the pink Jell-o shots and a drunk karaoke duet of “I Will Survive?” Yes, she “loves ya,” but until that turns to the three words “I love you,” just consider it a dismissive pat on the head. So to best guy friends everywhere, you have two real choices for actual change. Either forget about her or start dating her slightly prettier best friend. This will make her jealous and you will be able to manipulate the situation. And that my friends, spells relationship material.
BY LINDA C. BLACK, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (12/01/09) This is the time to complete some activities that have caused you to feel compulsive in the past. Work this year with feminine energy, or with a female who always has an extra iron in the fire.The goal for the year is to establish more constructive communication, especially with women. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 6 Make it a point to look at people when they talk to you.There's a lot that's not in the words.You'll get glimpses of the future today. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 7 - If you anticipate change today, you won't be disappointed.You see possibilities everywhere, if things were just a little bit different. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 7 You need your imagination to figure out what others want.You accomplish a lot today through practical effort. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 7 Be prepared to change your mind. New ideas present great possibilities.Your mental light bulb turns on. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 6 Don't hold on to your morning ideas, because by noon your mind will be going in another direction. Others inspire more
creative action. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 Ideas take you in two directions at once. By afternoon you decide which path to pursue. Results are good. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 7 First you fall in love with a new idea, and then you examine its practical value. It should work fine if you include others. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 7 - If you use your imagination today, everything will turn out beautifully.You need that to overcome someone's fear. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 6 - By the end of the day, you really understand how to help your partner. Start by asking what he or she wants. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 7 - Devote yourself to sorting through old messages. If you clear up old business, you make space for a surprise later. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 7 - Think long and hard before you open your mouth.The words come out fine, but be sure you mean them. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 Start off on the right foot by making a list of tasks. Others have time to help get things done. © 2009,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
—Kristen Ace Nevarez is a theatre arts junior. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec.
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Instructions: Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit www.sudoku.org.uk.
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SMOOTH CROONERS senior staff photographer karli cadel snapped a shot of the band Stranger, that opened for The Aggrolites last Friday at the Belly Up Tavern.
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Published on Dec 1, 2009