MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013
VOLUME 99, ISSUE 60
5k Fun Run gives back to Aztec baseball campus
O’Brien leads Aztecs to dominating win against UNM
Amanda Guerrero Staff Writer
The San Diego State baseball program celebrated its third annual Stephen Strasburg 5K Walk and Fun Run on Saturday at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Supporting SDSU students, faculty and MLB super- alumni gathered on campus at 7 a.m. to star Stephen kick off the event. SDSU alumnus Jeff Strasburg Decker, who learned the Fun Run hosted the about and Walk through an fundraiser. email, traveled from his home in Orange County to participate in the race and contribute to his alma mater. The crowd also included San Diego community members of all ages. University of San Diego law student Kaitlyn Brum came to the event to meet former Aztec pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who is now an MLB superstar as a result of his career with the Washington Nationals, and who also hosted the fundraiser. Back in 2010 he was honored by being inducted into Aztec Baseball Wall of Fame and donated $145,000 toward the new Field Turf. Brum said she enjoyed participating in the fundraiser, which was her first 5k.
SDSU students, faculty and alumni crossing the finish line of the 5k Fun Run and Walk last Saturday. The event was held to raise money for the Aztec baseball team.
“We’re just trying not to get fat in law school,” Brum said with a laugh. “It was fun though, a perfect length.” Event coordinator Tammy Blackburn said the proceeds from the event, which will directly fund the SDSU baseball team, will help cover costs for team members’ summer school, tuition and supplies. “They need essential equipment,” she said, adding that the fundraiser
is meant to develop a lasting financial support base for the team in years to come. Members of the Aztec baseball team rallied on the walkers and runners, meeting them at the finish line with an uproar of cheer, laughter and water. At the end of the walk, each participant also received various prizes, including 2013 Aztec baseball tickets, signed autographed baseball
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cards and vouchers. Registering for the event cost $45 for adults, $40 for military members on active duty and $25 for students and children on the day of the race. The family-friendly event also featured live music, a food court, a “fun zone” for kids and an autograph booth where participants lined up to get signatures from former SDSU baseball players.
Multiple-choice testing to dissolve in 2015
Christina Koral Staff Writer
Starting in 2015, California schools will begin to get rid of the traditional multiple-choice form of test taking in exchange for a more modern measure of academic progress. Based on state recommendations released earlier this year, student academic progress will be measured by computer-based exams covering new voluntary national Common Core State Standards. State testing will now put more emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving skills to reflect the new standards of education, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said to KPBS. According to the CCSS standards website, the new standards are designed “to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.” “We’ve been asking our kids to learn new skills and so the assessments must change, too,” Torlakson said. “We’re moving to a newer dimension, a higher dimension, a smarter and more effective learning system.” The new form of test taking will include open-ended questions that are based on the diverse academic performance of students. Torlakson said the
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The San Diego State men’s basketball team remembered the pain and disappointment of losing 77-67 to the University of New Mexico Lobos in Viejas Arena last season. The Aztecs remembered the sting and frustration of losing to the Lobos 68-59 for a second consecutive time in the championship game of the Mountain West Conference championship game in Las Vegas, and seeing Lobos head coach Steve Alford with the net hanging around his neck and the championship trophy in front of him. SDSU (16-4, 4-2 Mountain West) made sure the Lobos didn’t leave Viejas Arena with a third straight victory against the Aztecs, defeating New Mexico 55-34 to jump within a half-game of first place in the MW standings. Sophomore forward JJ O’Brien scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first doubledouble of the season, as the Aztecs (16-4, 4-2 Mountain West) dealt New Mexico (17-3, 4-1 MW) its first conference loss of the season and halted the Lobos’ four-game winning streak. New Mexico’s 34 points were its lowest in the shotclock era. BASKETBALL continued on page 5
SDSU needs innovation on registration frustation Madison Hopkins Assistant Opinion Editor
R California schools will see a decrease in standardized tests in 2015.
new standards and tests will help prepare students for college and careers. Students will face more critical thinking questions throughout the school day rather than standarized multiple-choice questions. Students for example, may bring home fewer math problems, but each problem will take longer to finish, San Diego Unified School District Deputy Superintendent of Academics Nellie Meyer said. “They have more real-world examples,” Meyer said. “They have, in
some cases, multilayered problems— where first you have to solve this in order to solve the next problem. And so the difficulty at first blush—they do look somewhat more complicated.” The state Legislature must still approve the recommendations made earlier this year and write guidelines for the plans before they can go into effect. Students will still take multiple-choice exams for the subjects required by federal law for the next school year, but the non-mandatory tests will cease.
Most school districts in San Diego County are on track for the training necessary to prepare students for the new standards and exams, according to Assessment Director for the San Diego County Office of Education Sally Bennett-Schmidt. A proposal for increased school funding is expected to be presented to Gov. Jerry Brown for next year’s state budget. However, after five years of consistent cuts to education funding, there is no state money set aside to help districts with the testing changes.
emembering my past experiences with class registration at San Diego State, one thing comes to mind: the gutwrenching feeling of panic when registration opens and all of the seats in your wish list classes vanish. We do our best to have backup plans, ask friends to hold seats and desperately crash class after class, but it’s not always enough. It’s tedious and stressful, but no one seems to know a better way of handling the competing interests of 28,558 undergrads. This past registration, I took part in the particularly maddening experience of junior level registration. While it wasn’t as bad as it could have been—not as bad as sophomore registration—I was still left with only a bare semblance of my original wish list, and was forced to crash three classes. It leads me to question if this is really the only way. SDSU continued on page 3
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Volume 99, issue 60 | monday , january 28, 2013
Event asks students to lead Jong-un threatens U.S.
San Diego State will host the fourth annual Leadership Summit on Feb. 16 to encourage leadership among students. Tori Haynes Staff Writer
On Feb. 16, SDSU will host its fourth annual Leadership Summit from 8 a.m. to 4, in the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center p.m. The event is a call to action that is intended to motivate individuals to become leaders.
It’s great for students who don’t see themselves as leaders because they will gain the confidence to believe. nicollette cardwell
The workshop will provide attendees with the essential knowledge and tools needed to effectively and positively impact society by exercising leadership skills. The Leadership Summit is a one-day conference that provides access to several influential leaders who share their personal experiences. Other aspects include interactive breakout sessions that give everyone an opportunity to participate. Associate Vice President for Campus Life Timothy Quinnan founded the SDSU Leadership Summit in 2010. He said those
who come to the event can expect to be inspired, acquire some new tools and learn how to make an impact. “In the past we’ve focused on more theoretical, abstract and philosophical issues, but this year we’re exploring the pragmatic— making it very action-orientated,” Quinnan said. Quinnan added the Leadership Summit, which is comprised of a wide range of presenters, offers a singular opportunity for individuals to gain insight, tools and inspiration that they would otherwise not have the opportunity to obtain. Students played a role in the planning committee and suggested the idea for the theme of the event, “Why Wait? Lead Now!” Additionally, students of various ages will assist in the interactive breakout sessions, demonstrating leadership qualities they have learned throughout the years. SDSU senior Nicollette Cardwell, who attended the Summit last year, said she especially recommends it for freshmen and sophomores. “It’s great for students who don’t see themselves as leaders because they will gain the confidence to believe it is something they can become,” Cardwell said. Cardwell added she particularly liked the way last year’s presenters talked about topics that are often overlooked in the classroom.
“My favorite thing from last year’s event was Dr. Quinnan’s discussion about spirituality,” Cardwell said. “Many people are hesitant to explore spirituality, but he presented it in a way that makes people really listen.” The event directors said they are exceptionally excited about this year’s keynote speakers, which include KGTV co-anchor Kaushal Patel and SDSU alumnus Scott Manning. Patel, former CNN International anchor, currently co-anchors at KGTV, San Diego’s ABC affiliate Channel 10 news station. She has much experience in the field of broadcast journalism and seeks to help people understand the value of information as it critically forms decision-making. Manning, an SDSU alumnus who has led large corporations in 17 different counties, is expected to give insight on leadership in a global environment and how people must be modified to fit one’s surrounding culture. “What I really like about this event is it’s going to be a really great opportunity for students to mingle with accomplished people in the fields of education, international and American business and broadcast journalism in a personal and informal setting,” Quinnan said. While the Leadership Summit is opened to students, faculty and staff, spots are limited and it sold out early for last year’s event, according to the Facebook page. Registration is available online through the SDSU website or by calling the Student Life and Leadership office at 619-5945221.
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A statement released by the North Korean National Defense Commission on Thursday declared the U.S. a target to long-range missiles and high-level nuclear tests. The public statement also said “the centurylong struggle against the United States” will not stop North Korea from targeting its “sworn enemy, the United States,” according to NPR. According to The New York Times, the statement was a rebuttal to the U.N. Security Council’s disapproval of North Korea’s recent rocket launching. This is the first proposed missile threat from North Korea’s newest leader, Kim Jong-un. The statement may be indicative of Jong-un’s intentions to uphold his father’s standards for North Korea. American intelligence officials stated that with the currently
known technology, missiles could only reach Hawaii, but in three or more years, may be capable of traveling as far as the continental U.S. North Korea performed three previous missile tests in 2006, 2009 and 2012, all of which were unsuccessful. According to the BBC, North Korea successfully tested a fourth rocket on Dec. 12, 2012. The day after the initial threat, North Korea warned that if it joined South Korea the U.N. sanctions regime against the missile testing, “physical countermeasures” would be taken against the South. According to the BBC, North Korea is suspected to possess more than 1,000 missiles that could be used in a potential attack against the U.S. According to The New York Times, a White House official dubbed the threat as “needlessly provocative,” saying further threats would lead to increased seclusion for North Korea.
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Well, it turns out it kind of is. At least it is at schools with limited resources and too many people. When I started researching this story, I had the intention of revealing the deep, dark corrupt ways the school was working against us and ripping off hard working, tuition-paying students. Instead, I learned that even though registration is
“It may not be what time you want it but the classes you need for your major will be there.” sandra cook
VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
terrible, SDSU attempts to make the best of a bad situation. “Our registration system is homegrown—we built it,” Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Sandra Cook said. “It could be modernized a bit, but the functionality is pretty good.” She wasn’t lying. According to SDSU NewsCenter, a study done by The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked SDSU as No. 1 in improved 6-year graduation rates. Cook explained this road to improvement began with former SDSU President Stephen L. Weber when he prioritized class sections in the campus budget. “It may not be what time you want it,” Cook said. “But the classes you need for your major will be there.” Although the same cannot be promised for general education requirements, SDSU grants freshmen priority registration for their first two semesters. Ideally, this motivates freshmen to take as many required classes as possible during that time. While it may not be perfect, it’s a valid effort by the school administration to regulate a fair and clear
A frustrated student contemplates her class schedule on SDSU’s Webportal site. Registration can be a headache-inducing experience for many students, despite efforts by the school to improve the process.
path toward graduation, while still functioning with a very strict budget. Other schools in California have tried unsuccessfully to find their own solutions to the registration dilemma. University of California Santa Barbara and UC Riverside both utilize a system that allows students to register in cycles. During the first cycle, students are only allowed to register for up to 12 units. Once students receive this opportunity, the cycle recurs to allow students to add more. This method may be more equitable, but it too cannot guarantee the perfect fit for
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everyone. It comes down to the understanding that there is going to be competition for the best classes and everyone cannot be perfectly happy with their schedules. If we accept this fact, there is only one other way to change the registration process. We could accept the fact registration will always be incredibly frustrating for those at the bottom of the totem pole and create a new way to decide who’s at the top. I don’t deny the need for priority registration for a select few, but for the rest of us common folk, there is no need for
a unit-based hierarchy. Innovative thinking about the issue could allow for more personal control of a tough situation. For example, if registration times were based on student GPA, high–achieving students could be rewarded for their hard work, while those who didn’t do as well would have an incentive to do better next time. Is it a little harsh? Kind of, but at least we would have someone to blame besides the school. Students would know that if they wanted to change things, they had the power to do so. An incentive-based ranking
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still wouldn’t solve all of our registration woes. Obviously, there would still be many people struggling to get classes. However, it’s a new way to look at a problem with no easy solution. The school is doing all it can to make the best of a bad situation and now it’s time for students to see how they can make a difference in their own academic futures. The only solution for an impossible situation is to expand the ways we look at the problem. Registration frustration isn’t going anywhere, so let’s try a new approach.
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Volume 99, issue 60 | monday , january 28, 2013
Junior guard Jamaal Franklin puts up a shot between two New Mexico defenders.
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The Aztec Warrior cheers along with “The Show,” SDSU’s student section.
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O’Brien prepares to inbound the ball against New Mexico in Saturday’s 55-34 victory.
Junior guard Xavier Thames defends New Mexico’s Jamal Fenton during SDSU’s 55-34 win.
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Sophomore forward J.J. O’Brien dribbles the ball up the court against a New Mexico defender.
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SDSU gets big win at The Pit basketball
Senior guard James Rahon looks for an open teammate. Rahon scored six points against the Lobos.
“It started with how we chased their guards around,” SDSU head coach Steve Fisher said. “We gave them no clean looks. I was concerned about their size with the two big kids inside. We did a pretty good job of forcing them away from the basket and not letting them just pitch over us. We stood our ground when they tried to back us in.” The Aztecs jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first minute of the game courtesy of a three-pointer by junior guard Jamaal Franklin and a floater by senior guard James Rahon, who got the start in place of junior guard Xavier Thames. Leading 7-6 about five minutes into the game, SDSU used a 14-3 run to jump out to a 21-9 lead, sparked by five consecutive points by freshman forward Winston Shepard. To end the half, the Aztecs used an 8-0 run to go into the locker room up 3319. Franklin led the Aztecs at halftime with eight points and three assists, while O’Brien had six points and six rebounds at half. Early in the second half, the Aztecs used a 10-2 run to gain a 43-24 advantage and the victory was all but sealed, as SDSU cruised to a 55-34 victory. “It’s exciting,” Franklin said. “We needed that one. It was a really big win and New Mexico is a really good team. As you know, we had lost two games in a row (prior to the win at Nevada on Wednesday) and we lost one to UNLV (at home). Like Coach Fisher always stresses, you can’t win this league if you don’t win home games. I feel like that was a big home
New Mexico attempted to catch up, but bad shooting and turnovers too early in the game overwhelmed the team. SDSU took a 35-16 lead with 10 seconds left in the half when sophomore forward Erimma Amarikwa made two free throws. At the half, senior guard Courtney Clements led the team with 13 points, while senior guard Chelsea Hopkins had seven rebounds. The Aztecs made 14-of-29 field goals, while the Lobos did even worse and only made 7-of-24. SDSU was not shooting at its best, but kept New Mexico away
from the net on the defensive end. The Aztecs came out of the locker room eager to increase their 19point lead and once again, SDSU began the second half with backto-back shots. The Lobos hung on, but the Aztecs continued to shake them off. With less than four minutes left in the game, SDSU was in the lead by 32 points. New Mexico’s sophomore center Maddie Muraida made the last shot of the game, but it was too little too late. The Aztecs ended the night shooting 49 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Lobos, on the other hand, ended shooting 35 percent from the field and made 4-of-8 free throws. Clements finished the game leading the team with 21 points and Hopkins came in second with 11. In the end, Amarikwa, Hopkins and Clements led the team with seven rebounds apiece. SDSU made 34 of its 63 points in the paint and had a 14-12 rebounding advantage against New Mexico. The Aztecs won their past five games and are first in the Mountain West Conference standings. SDSU has a midweek bye this week and won’t play until Feb. 2, where the Aztecs will face off against the U.S. Air Force Academy at 2 p.m. at Viejas Arena.
Prestegard as she found the back of the net a game-high seven times. Current senior captain Amber Pezzolla dominated at the visitor end by putting away five goals and cornerstoning the current Aztec offense. Sophomore left-handed attacker Kelli Boling struck gold as she found the upper left corner of the goal on a walk-in perimeter shot. However, former two-meter guard Leanne Ford, class of 2012, sealed the deal
for the alumni as she fired home a clutch goal in the waning minutes of sudden death overtime. The Lady Aztecs will travel north up the Interstate-15 to Riverside to compete in the Lancer Mini Invite #1 hosted by Cal Baptist University. SDSU will face off against California State University San Bernardino at noon on Saturday followed by a showdown at 4:30 p.m. with CSU Bakersfield.
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game win.” O’Brien’s double-double was the third of his career, with the first two coming when he played for the University of Utah. “I just wanted to play hard,” O’Brien said. “I had a couple of bad games in a row and I wanted to come back hard on rebounds. You can control your rebounds and how hard you are on the glass. I just wanted to work on the rebounds and that pretty much opened the rest of my game up.”
Senior guard Courtney Clements goes up for a shot. Clements scored 21 points against the Lobos.
Adriana Bush Assistant Sports Editor
Notes - The Aztecs forced 17 turnovers, their most since the 18 they forced against Indiana State University earlier this season. - SDSU had 15 more rebounds than UNM, the second-largest margin against an opponent this season. Its season-best was 18 against Missouri State this season. - Franklin recorded his seventh consecutive double-digit scoring game. - Senior guard Chase Tapley started the 100th game of his career. He is the eighth Aztec in history with 100 or more starts. - Freshman forward Skylar Spencer has made his last nine shots from the field. - SDSU has won three consecutive games against The Associated Press Top 25 teams dating back to the 2008-09 season. - The Aztecs have held their opponents to less than 20 points in three straight halves (second half against Nevada and both halves against New Mexico) and four of the past six halves (first half against Wyoming).
The Lobos tried, but they couldn’t put an end to the San Diego State women’s basketball team’s fourgame winning streak. On Saturday, the Aztecs defeated the University of New Mexico 63-39 in Albuquerque, N.M. to move to 14-5 on the season and 5-1 in conference play. SDSU arrived at The Pit ready to send the Lobos running. The Aztecs immediately set the pace of the game within the first two minutes of the first half with back-to-back shots.
Alumni defeat current Aztecs
Courtney Muller Staff Writer
The San Diego State water polo alumni exemplified the motto “Aztec for Life” as they broke a five-game losing streak by defeating the seventhranked SDSU water polo team 14-13 in an overtime slugfest. The SDSU alumni were led to victory by former Montezuma Mesa standout Amber
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THE LOVE GURU
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The Love Guru solves relationship conundrums love
Titleless in Tenochca: I’ve been dating this guy for two months and I can tell we’re both serious about each other, but I don’t know how to get him to have “the talk” with me. I want to have a title, but I’m not sure if he wants to. What do I do? Love Guru Staff Columnist
Love Guru: Two months is definitely enough time to get the conversation going. Take initiative, girl! I’d definitely ease into it by saying something such as, “So my friend asked me where we stand and I didn’t know what to tell her; what do you think?” Or just ask him what he thinks about relationships and titles in general. It sounds hard, but if you want something serious and he doesn’t, then you should find out soon before you waste any more time. Be prepared if he doesn’t want a title and ask yourself why a title is so important. If he isn’t seeing anyone else, then maybe you should put on the brakes for a
little bit longer. Don’t ruin what you have because you’re too focused on the future. Living in the moment is part of the fun with a new relationship. He should know what’s going through your head, but I would avoid telling him everything on your mind. Tell him the direction you want to be going in and stay open-minded. Delayed Destiny: I’m in love with a girl who already has a boyfriend. The girl and I have a lot in common and I really feel like she may be the one. What should I do? Love Guru: This, my friend, must be one of the toughest predicaments for a man to be in. But
have no fear—for if you truly love this girl, your heart will stop at nothing to win her over and this attitude will take you a long way. First things first: Don’t rush it. This is a delicate situation that needs to be carefully thought through before making any irrational moves. Think like a lion. No, I’m not saying to stalk her and then pounce the second she looks away, but, rather, be observant from a distance. Talk with her via text or other electronic communication; just keep the conversation casual and fun. She may eventually begin talking about her current boyfriend and the things she both likes and dislikes. Use this information to your advantage. But waiting only works for so long before things may become serious between them. You must make your presence known after a while. I’m not advising you to become a home wrecker, but I’m advising you to eventually be able to tell it like it is to this girl so she knows what’s going on. As far as confrontation with the boyfriend goes, I have one simple rule—always be the bigger man. This will show a great deal of maturity,
which she is bound to recognize and admire. Good luck, dude. Decision Deadlock: I have been with my boyfriend since high school and have been trying to make the long distance work for the past year and a half. We have been fighting lately and I feel like we barely have anything in common anymore. He is my first boyfriend, so I am having trouble making the decision to keep us going or to break it off. Love Guru: First loves can be a tricky subject because there is so much history. In addition to the struggles of a first love, you’re also dealing with long distance which can be extremely challenging as well. It seems like you aren’t entirely sure what your head and heart want. I recommend creating a pros and cons list. Reflect back on all of the great things you two have shared together, but also think about the negative aspects of your situation. If you notice the cons outweigh the pros, you’ll know what to do. You’re young and in college, maybe it’s time to branch out and try something new.
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Orfila Vineyards and Winery offers connoisseurs 15 different wines to sample for the price of $10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Laurel Vozely Staff Writer
I used to drink wine in the great race known as, “which of you can give me a buzz first,” because it beat out dull beers and pricey mixed drinks. A few therapy sessions later and this shallow interest has evolved into a full-on wine seduction. I guess I have the “hipster revolution” to thank for revamping a drink that, before seven years ago, was never being chilled in 20-something-year-olds’ refrigerators. Now this demographic makes up 21 percent of wine con-
sumers. But I digress. Wine is back and I’m going to let you know about a great place to taste it in San Diego. First, I want to address the handful of readers who I know are questioning the general idea of wine tasting. Why taste when I can guzzle a bottle of Big Kahuna from Fresh & Easy for the smooth price of $1.99? A valid point, I’ll admit. However, tasting allows you to fine-tune your preferences, confirm long withstanding dislikes and try something new. For instance, I’ve never been
thrilled to swirl a glass of red. And while I enjoy whites, I thought I might be doomed to a limited selection for the rest of my life. Au contraire. Tasting introduced me to a variety of flavor within the white wine family. It only took a glass or two—or six—to learn this. I love the wine education process! The Spot: Orfila Vineyards and Winery Winding your way through the mountains of the San Pasqual Valley, you’ll see fruit farms when looking out your window. It will remind you of simpler times (you can ask your parents
about) as you notice handmade signs alerting passersby of fresh apples and strawberries. The lemon trees lining the road will have you thinking deviously about stealing the fruit that has already fallen from the branch. Just five minutes from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and not too far from the main freeway in Escondido, you’ll find a humble little hilltop winery. Orfila Winery has been blessing Southern California with its authentic wines for 19 years. Seventy acres of land host rows upon rows of grape vines, which yield the 15 wines contending
for your sip in the tasting room. The list progresses from whites to reds—the suggested tasting order. They say once you sip red, you can’t go white. I’ll have to work on that one. After stepping onto the patio from the tasting room, you’ll find rolling hills splayed at your feet. You will sit with your glass of wine and dream of running through the aisles of the vineyard. After a few glasses, this dream will most likely become a reality and you’ll find the most organic of freedoms.
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monday, january 28, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 60 Orfila offers this delicious tasting experience from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Each visitor is allowed six tastings for the price of $10. To enhance your tasting, a generous selection of cheeses, bread and cracker items are available for purchase inside the tasting room. I suggest trying the chipotle Gouda—it has just the right amount of spice to create fireworks when paired with an oaky red wine. If you’re like me and leave wanting more, the winery offers the Orfila Wine Lovers Club to visitors who find it difficult to say goodbye. The OWL Club includes quarterly shipments of wine and numerous discounts. Rookie Mistakes to Avoid: Don’t feel like you have to stay inside the tasting room the entire time. Take your glass and savor it outside. After all, you’re not paying to simply lean against the serving bar drinking wine. Look around. Don’t rush. The word “tasting” might make you feel like this is a short visit but the truth is, you can make your time last as long as you’d like. Be sure to take your time with each glass to really identify the different flavorings. Don’t plan on leaving right away—because you will get buzzed. Tips: Come on a Monday and wine tastings are two (visitors) for the
Seventy acres of grapevines line the vineyard at Orfila Winery.
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Life is about responsibility
fiction Max Saucedo Staff Writer
Folks still talk about Esperanza around these parts and I know I’m one of them. She meant a lot to me and to this town. Most don’t know why she left, or where she went. Some call her an adulterer, trash, or even whore, for the uneducated. I don’t pay those people any mind because the memories of the Esperanza I know can never be corrupted, slandered or forced away. I loved her and I’m sure at some point, she loved me too. I remember her last day here. I remember what she was wearing, a long yellow sundress. It was summer. I was sitting on the porch of my house when she came walking up. I had been waiting for her for a long time, just thinking about how things were going to change, about how I was going to stay here and not go to the University of Oklahoma. To stay here and be with her. What we had together didn’t last very long. My dad, as much as he loved me, couldn’t understand my reasoning. So many fights, so many arguments. So many tears. So he sent me away to Kansas to cool off and to think about what I was really going to do. I didn’t get a chance to call her and let her know, so I started writing letters and sending them to the address she gave me. She responded to a few at first, but eventually the letters were returned. I found out later she had given me a P.O. box number, which was no longer in use. I tried calling her number but it was disconnected. Dad wouldn’t find her for me. I was on my own. So I remained in Kansas for a year in and finished my senior year at the top of my class before coming back to Tulsa, Okla. When I did, she was always out of town, away on business or working somewhere. I knew she had been hurt because I left so suddenly, but I was here now. I left a message for her at the store where she last worked to meet me at my
house, where I would be waiting. As I walked into my room, I looked at all the college posters, model cars and games lying around. “Won’t have any time for those anymore,” I thought. I heard my younger brother and sister playing outside. I looked out the window to see them chasing each other around, laughing and shouting. “No more fun and games,” I thought. I received a call from her, hearing her voice on the phone for the first time in months. “Holden? It’s Esperanza.” I told her I wanted to meet up with her as soon as possible. She hesitated and then said, “OK, but it can’t be for too long.” I hung up the phone, feeling more alive than I had in a long time. Dad came into the kitchen. “Have you made up your mind, son?” I nodded. Dad shook his head concurring. He spoke: “No one can possibly prepare for bringing a life into this world. Unless you’ve already experienced it before, it can’t just be assumed. Life is responsibility, not just for yourself, but for those you bring into this world. As hard as you can work all your life, don’t think that just because you work hard that your son or daughter owes you. Because the truth is they don’t owe you anything. They never did and they never will. From the moment they draw that first breath to the last one before they move onto the hereafter, you owe them everything—be it your own breath and life, the sweat of your brow, the tears of your eyes or the blood of your body if need be. I just hope you realize that. I’m proud of you, Holden. Always have been.” I sat on the porch, thinking about what he said. All the thoughts coursed through my head as I clutched a small bear I’d had since I was a baby. I figured it could be a good gift for the baby. She pulled up in an old Camry. She was wearing a plain yellow sundress.
I got up from my chair and held her in my arms, sobbing and crying like I hadn’t ever before. She held in her arms a little girl. I pulled away to get a look at her. She was beautiful. I asked to hold her, and Esperanza handed her to me. Her name was Milagro, which means miracle in Spanish. I was so busy holding my child that I didn’t notice Esperanza crying. “Don’t worry, Anza. I’m here now.” She shook her head, crying and taking Milagro back. “Holden, you have such a bright future ahead of you. You always talked about it so much. You have such great ideas for the future. And you deserve to go on to that future and fulfill what you want in life. But Milagro and me, we aren’t a part of that future. We don’t fit into it.” I was shaking now too, as I began to realize what she was saying. “I’m leaving Holden, and Milagro should come with me. I think it’s for the best. You can’t provide for a child and go to school at the same time. Making this decision was hard for you, and you spent so much time thinking about it. But I’m not letting you take that risk, and the decision is out of your hands. Please understand, and if you don’t love me anymore, know that love is a choice. You can choose to hate me but, please Holden, know that I loved you. That’s why I did this. And please, if anything else, love Milagro.” With that, she departed in her car, taking the bear with her as a way to remember me. I never saw her again. Sometimes I wonder how things would have been different. How hard our decisions really are. How hard is it to leave college to raise a family? How hard is it to be scorned by a community for ruining one of its brightest lights? To leave your home in banishment and exile? Esperanza knew what she was doing, and I trusted her. I didn’t say no because I was afraid to; I said no because I was afraid not to say it.
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Today’s Birthday (1/28/13) - It’s a time of fun, exploration and creative play until summer, when ideas sprout and get harvested. Career and income rise; balance time with work and family. Home changes may require a remodel or relocation. Surrender, forgive and have compassion (especially for yourself). To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 9 Back to work, big time, especially for the next phase. Maintain objectivity. And ignore fear, or at least use it to your advantage. There will be resistance, and you’ll be stronger for it. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 9 Be cautious where others are impetuous. Your creativity helps you solve the problem. You’re entering a cuddly phase. Things fall together for you today and tomorrow. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is an 8 - The next few days are good for domestic projects, but don’t rush into making choices. Double-check data and make sure a partner agrees. Compassion goes a long way. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 7 - You’re even smarter than usual. You may have to decline an invitation, but consider your decision carefully first. Take future appreciation into account. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 9 - Reconsider a risky move, especially around finances. Resist the urge to break things, no matter how justified you feel, and end up on top. Take deep breaths, often. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 6 -
Assertiveness works well now, but be patient. It works here to have low expectations. Let yourself be surprised. Make a travel or educational plan that fits the budget. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is an 8 - Too many choices can overwhelm and even paralyze. Don’t stress about getting the decision right. Trust your intuition, and give yourself permission to change your mind. Be careful traveling now. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is an 8 - The task ahead seems challenging and maybe even impossible, but you can handle it with a little help from your friends. Consider family opinions, too. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is an 8 - Open communication and risk-taking produces better results. If at first you fail, be patient. You’ll get there soon enough. Tinkering is required. Be nice to everyone to avoid jealousies. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 6 - As you travel the twisty road, look into the distance to see obstacles ahead. Save out some for unexpected expenses. A rebellion flares and your direction may change. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Don’t buy trash; it’d be a waste of money. Invest instead in ideas that make the world a better place. Plant a seed through dialogue. You’ll figure out the costs. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 - Family matters vie with work for your attention. At the end, your relationships count double. See that your actions support your environment in the long run. Add love. ©2013, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
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