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Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2014
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Applications open for A.S. positions hannah beausang news editor
San Diego State’s Associated Students is currently accepting applications for the upcoming academic year’s student government positions. Applications can be obtained in the A.S. office on the third floor of the Aztec Student Union with a valid RedID. Completed applications must be returned to the office by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13. A refundable $100 deposit is due with all applications. Economics senior and A.S. elections committee member Tyler French said the deposit is used to cover the cost of labor for campus staff if students don’t remove their campaign materials after the elections, but is refunded when students take their materials down. In order to be eligible for election or appointment, prospective undergraduate applicants must be matriculated SDSU students who have attended school for at least one semester prior to appointment or election, according to A.S. requirements. Additionally, undergraduate applicants must have completed a minimum of six units the previous semester. SDSU graduate students who earned a degree or certificate within the last three years must have been enrolled in at least 12 units in their last undergraduate year to be eligible. French said positions within A.S. allow students to connect with the university and make an impact on the student body. He said a strong set of leadership skills is vital for a candidates’ success. “The candidates need to be outgoing,
driven, and welcoming individuals,” French said. “We have a very diverse campus, and we need leaders who can continue to welcome students from all walks of life and make sure their voice is heard.” Political science senior and A.S. Vice President of External Relations Javier Gomez said his campaign and term in office have given him a chance to engage with students and gain valuable experience. “If you want to do it, don’t be afraid to run,” Gomez said. “Whether you win or lose, it’s an amazing experience and a lot of fun. Through the process, you learn a lot about the students, SDSU and the intricacies of our campus community.” Available elected positions on the A.S. Board of Directors include president, executive vice president, vice president of external relations, vice president of financial affairs and vice president of university affairs, according to the A.S. website. Other elected positions include seats on the Campus Life Council and University Council. Available appointed positions include student-at-large seats on the A.S. Board of Directors as well as seats on Campus Life Council and Judicial Affairs Council. The A.S. Elections Committee, which oversees and administers the electoral processes, is comprised of an elections coordinator, two A.S. Council members and seven student-at-large members. Information sessions about the elections will be hosted at 3 p.m. on Feb. 3 and 9 a.m. on Feb. 4 in the Student Union Legacy Suite. General elections will be held March 17-20 and votes can be submitted through WebPortal.
Aztec clubs plan for new year raquel herriott staff writer
Chinese Lunar New Year Party The Chinese American Student Organization will be hosting a Chinese Lunar New Year Party on Friday, Jan. 31 starting at 5 p.m. in the International Student Center lounge. “Our goal is to increase the understanding and awareness of traditional Chinese and American culture by providing cultural and social activities,” CASO President Hang Xaio said. “We would like to introduce this festival to not only American students, but all the international students through this event.” Monday Night Mixer The Black Social Work Student Caucus will be hosting a Monday Night Mixer to kick off a week of events in February for Black History Month. The mixer will be located in the Templo Mayor meeting hall in the Aztec Student Union from 6 to 8 p.m. for members of the community who identify as black. “An event such as the Monday Night Mixer is important because it brings black professionals to campus for students to meet and find hope, possibility and a reason to keep going
with education and a positive future,” BSWSC President Marya Edgar said. “This event will give students a path and mentor to follow in a similar field of work.” The purpose of BSWSC is to address social issues surrounding the entire black community. Dancing Classes The Ballroom and Latin Dance Club is now offering bachata and Argentine tango dance lessons from professional instructor Michael John Saltus on Thursdays from 7 to 10:30 p.m. “I believe that cultural clubs are important because they give you knowledge about cultures that some are not exposed to …” BLDC president Josue Quinonez said. BLDC hopes to promote the benefits of Latin and ballroom dancing to the San Diego State community and create a social atmosphere where people can have fun while learning to dance, Quinonez said. The bachata and Argentine tango lessons are sponsored by Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, a multipurpose venue in the heart of North Park. The center not only hosts events, but supports local musicians and hosts fundraisers for nonprofit organizations.
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Homeless Aztecs find little aid on campus leonardo castaneda EDITOR in chief
Social work senior David Armstrong’s passion for helping people living in homelessness began when he was in the Navy in the early 2000s. While preaching the gospel, he noticed large groups of people living on the streets. “There was a need, so I started getting food and clothing and giving it to them,” Armstrong said. “I desired more and more to help people, to help the poor, and really my faith; again, it was a passion.” In 2009, he moved to San Diego, and by 2011 he was attending San Diego State. By that time Armstrong had separated from his wife and was living far from his family in Texas. He had left school for a semester, and most of the people he knew in the social work program had graduated. “Structure (had) kind of fallen by the wayside,” Armstrong said. When Fall 2013 started, he was commuting from the South Bay to school and his internship at the Salvation Army. He was struggling with some debt and was relying on the GI Bill. The financial and
mental strain of the daily commute slowly wore him down, and not long into the semester, Armstrong was living in his car. “I am technically homeless by choice, even though I don’t want to be,” he said. Armstrong, now 31, had gone from helping those struggling with homelessness to living with it. “It’s funny; the thing that I’ve struggled with in this time period is the same thing that I want to help people with,” he said. Like many other students struggling with housing, Armstrong eventually met Rev. Darin Johnson of the Agape House, an Episcopal-Lutheran campus ministry center near SDSU. The center is one of a number of religious houses near campus. Johnson said, students living in homelessness will stop by, out of curiosity or desperation for a place to rest, as well as for the weekly free meals the center offers on Wednesdays. Because of that, Johnson has become something of an informal leader in the small but growing movement at SDSU to better identify students struggling with housing and food insecurity and provide more services to help them. Johnson has seen students from all
academic backgrounds and grade levels struggle with homelessness and food insecurity. Sometimes efforts to attract potential students can place them under enormous strains if there isn’t enough financial assistance and follow-through, Johnson said. “We know there’s some really good programs to get people into SDSU,” Johnson said. “But once they’re here, housing and food is a real pinch for a lot of people.” The SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships estimates the cost of attendance for the nine-month academic period of a student living in university housing to be $25,068. That includes tuition and fees, rent, food, books, transportation and personal expenses. Living in off-campus housing is cheaper, $22,728 for the academic year. Still, a student working a minimum wage job would have to work 355 eight-hour workdays to afford that. And that wouldn’t begin to cover rent and food expenses during the three months of summer break not included in the cost of attendance. See homeless, P4
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ATTENTION: ALL SDSU STUDENTS All SDSU students are invited to attend advisory open forums to solicit student input on the following proposed increase in campus mandatory student fees: Shall a new mandatory Student Success Fee be established effective Fall 2014? The proposed fee level per semester, if this fee is approved, will be determined through a series of public forums and consultations with interested regularly-enrolled students at San Diego State University, except those exclusively attending Imperial Valley Campus.
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homeless, Continued from P3
Johnson has seen students of all ages— straight out of high school to returning veterans—slowly go down the same spiral. First, he said, they would struggle to pay rent, eventually ending up living in their cars. Then they would be forced to sell their car, opting to live in the 24/7 study area of the library and shower at the gym. “Imagine the impact of that on your mental health, if this is your hope to escape poverty and you’re seeing it just slip away right before your eyes,” Johnson said. “I don’t want to watch that happen anymore.” Johnson said he felt incentivized to help and reached out to Irma Murphy, communication resource specialist at SDSU’s Student Health Services. Together with Justice Overcoming Boundaries, an organization that trains community leaders to address social issues, and several religious groups near campus, Johnson and Murphy organized a task force. The first step, Murphy said, is to know the scope of the problem. “It’s kind of like this silent epidemic, if you will,” she said. “Now, I don’t know how wide this problem is, but I feel like the numbers are growing.” Murphy isn’t alone; little is known about how many students struggle with homelessness during college. Murphy said they can be hard to track because, they don’t fit the profile for most organizations aimed at helping those living in homelessness. Many of them live in their cars or couch surf, and it’s not uncommon for their homelessness to be temporary—a few weeks or months. In 2011, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid began asking students if they were homeless or at risk of homelessness. According to CNN Money, documents obtained by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth stated more than 58,000 FAFSA applicants answered that they were homeless in the 2012-13 academic year. That was an 8 percent increase from the year before. The economic recession continues to affect students and their families, Murphy said. Many students can’t ask their parents
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Few services are available for San Diego State students living in homelessness. Some may resort to sleeping in their cars. kevin serrano, staff photographer
for help, especially when they are already struggling to pay their son or daughter’s tuition. It can also be hard for students to support themselves financially. In December 2013, the unemployment rate for 20 to 24 year olds was 10.2 percent, the same as 2008 when the financial downturn first began. However, since then tuition and fees at SDSU have increased $1,506. Not a lot of services are available, Murphy said. When a student is referred to her, she tries to determine what resources they do have. Then she gives them information about local food banks, although students aren’t always eligible for aid. “For me the biggest challenge is finding shelter, and I cringe because I know there’s not a lot available,” Murphy said. The Aztec called the SDSU Office of Housing Administration for a comment on this story. It said OHA doesn’t deal with student homelessness, and referred the call to the SDSU Police Department instead. Once Murphy and Johnson’s new task force identifies the size of the problem and any services available, Murphy said it plans to approach members of the
university administration with a full picture. “I think the biggest problem is that the university is unaware of the numbers and how these numbers are increasing,” Murphy said. One of the biggest challenges, however, might be overcoming the stigma surrounding homelessness. Murphy said counselors or professors direct students to her, or they come for medical referrals. It’s only after talking with the students that she finds out they might not have a place to live and have been couch surfing for weeks. Johnson has had similar experiences. “One-on-one, I start hearing truth. Once you’re with people and they realize you’re not going to judge them, they tell you what they’re really dealing with,” he said. Meanwhile, Armstrong hopes to move to a house in City Heights soon. It’s closer to campus than his previous home, and his debt load is finally under control. But what he wants most is to develop a true sense of community. “I don’t want compassion,” he said. “I want understanding.”
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JAN. 30 - FEB. 2, 2014
Free yourself with CR/NC classes Jose Gutierrez Staff columnist
I was surprised at how few of my friends at San Diego State take classes for credit/ no credit. Considering you only need a C to receive credit for a class, credit/no credit is a viable option for any student who is looking to pass a class, but isn’t willing to completely devote his or her time to it. It’s certainly a great option for those busy students who are trying to balance school, a job, extracurricular activities and a social life. But before I delve into a discussion on the perks of using this grading system, you should know about its shortcomings. First and most importantly, you can’t take a class credit/no credit if it fulfills upper division major or minor requirements, unless the class is only offered as credit/no credit class. In fact, you’ll get an obnoxious warning that reminds you when you try to switch the grading system on WebPortal. It actually makes perfect sense that you shouldn’t be able to use this grading system for major or minor requirements; you’re supposed to at least be adequate in your own field of study. Additionally, if you’re planning on going to graduate school, you should know that many graduate programs will treat a no credit grade as a big fat F. That will most certainly impact your GPA, and more importantly, your chances of getting accepted. Ultimately, a C- would be more justifiable than a no credit grade that would eventually be treated as an F down the road. Even when you’re in graduate school, at least at SDSU, 70 percent of the units used to fulfill the minimum requirements on a master’s degree program must be letter graded. And last but not least, you might take a class for credit/no credit and become so infatuated with it you decide to major or minor in that field of study. You then realize that you’ve made a huge mistake by taking the class credit/no credit. What you’ll end up doing is having to retake the course, for a letter grade, something that one hits a little too close to home. This happened to me in November 2012 when I was taking two geography classes
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Fufill requirements without worrying about your GPA It’s psychologically comforting, to“just have to pass” a class Prioritize your time for your important classes Undergraduates are allowed to take 15 units for credit/no credit to fulfill general education requirements and suddenly decided to make it my minor. Because I was taking one of the classes for credit/no credit, it wouldn’t count toward my geography minor if I passed the class, but it wouldn’t hurt my GPA if I failed. I was in a psychological limbo knowing that I couldn’t do anything to receive a letter grade, but at least my
Seventy percent of units used to fufill master’s degree requirements must be letter graded If you end up liking the subject and want to use it toward a major or minor, you have to take it again Could encourage you to skip class GPA wouldn’t suffer from not receiving credit. But don’t let any of these reasons discourage you from taking a class credit/ no credit, since the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. The ideal situation for credit/no credit is for general education classes and electives. We all have to deal with these classes, but we don’t all want to. There’s already an “I
just need to pass” mentality behind most students taking general education classes, so why not mitigate the situation? Instead of worrying about a C bogging down your GPA, you can take the class credit/ no credit, receive credit for the units and fulfill the general education requirements without worrying about affecting your GPA. Keep in mind that you can do this for both lower-division and upper-division general education requirements. As for electives, let’s say you’re taking all the classes you need, but you’re short on being considered a full-time student, for financial aid or other reasons. You’ll most likely enroll in elective classes just to be considered full-time, but you don’t necessarily want to put in extra effort in the elective class because it’s just a filler. Take the credit/no credit class instead; the credit/no credit system is ideal for general education classes and electives. The benefits of credit/no credit are rewarding. It’s psychologically comforting knowing that you “just have to pass.” You won’t be pulling all-nighters for these classes and you won’t feel as guilty for ditching (which I’m not at all condoning). In fact, one research study conducted by Mayo Clinic found that medical students taking classes for credit/no credit (or pass/ fail as described in the paper) experienced less perceived stress and were in a better mood when compared with students who were graded using the traditional fiveletter grading system. Credit/no credit allows you to prioritize your time for your classes, especially if you’re knee deep in your major or minor classes that you have to take for a letter grade. It’s a safety cushion. It’s the minimum amount of effort for the maximum result. It’s a blessing disguised as a grading system. Undergraduates are only allowed to take 15 units for credit/no credit, which is equivalent to five three-unit classes. However, that’s not to say that you won’t have to work hard to pass—they’re not 15 free units for you to take. You’ll still work for the units; you’ll just be happier doing it. So with the 15-unit limit in mind, remember to choose wisely and don’t let that 15-unit blessing go to waste.
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Track and field break school record livvi sefton staff writer
The San Diego State track and field team began its 2014 indoor campaign last weekend at the Cherry and Silver Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Fourteen Aztecs competed, recording eight top-10 performances and one school record amid a tough field. The top-ranked team in the nation, University of Texas, competed, as well as five other top-25 schools. The Aztecs sit just outside the top 25 in the preseason poll at 33rd. “When you go against such strong forces like those big schools, it really challenges you to stand up and remember all the work you put in and that you deserve to be there also,” sophomore Nicole Oudenaarden said. “It’s good practice to run against those threats, because once conference comes
around or NCAA, we’ll no longer be shocked by their power or strength, because we will be replicating those powers and strengths in our own team.” Redshirt junior Jasmine Burrell opened the meet for the Aztecs on Friday by breaking her own school record in the weight throw. Her 20.25-meter throw was more than two feet further than her previous mark from 2013, earning her second place. Senior Mikayla Howden and redshirt freshman Ariel Oliver finished 10th and 12th respectively in the same event. Their throws also broke into SDSU’s all-time top-10 at fifth and ninth. Senior Allison Reaser’s 5.95-meter leap in the long jump was enough for fifth place out of 35 entrants. Oudenaarden finished tied for 15th at 5.60 meters. Reaser also competed in the high jump, finishing tied for 11th with a 1.58-meter jump, and sophomore Karsen Sper finished tied for 18th with 1.53
meters. On Saturday, junior Kristen Brown led the Aztecs with a pair of fifth-place finishes. Her first came in the pole vault
“When you go against such strong forces like those big schools, it really challenges you to stand up and remember all the work you put in ...” - Nicole Oudenaarden, sophomore with a mark of 4.02 meters—0.25 meters behind the winner. Senior Holly Waseloff finished tied for 20th with a 3.72-meter vault.
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Brown finished in 8.46 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles final to claim her second fifth-place finish. Reaser came in seventh at 8.59 in the same event. Burrell continued her good form from the previous day by finishing fifth in the shot put with a 15.39-meter throw. She was joined by four other Aztecs: Oudenaarden who placed 12th, redshirt junior Brittany Gonter who came in 15th, Oliver in 17th,and Reaser finishing in 28th. Oudenaarden, senior Maderia Toatley, Reaser and freshman Janice George made up the 4x400-meter relay team for the Aztecs. They finished seventh with a time of 3 minutes, 48.39 seconds. University of Houston took the event in 3:39.41. “Overall, I think it was a good meet and that everyone competed well,” Oudenaarden said. “From here, we can only build and get stronger.”
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Hockey club handled by Arizona’s D1 squad rafael avitabile staff WRITER
The San Diego State Hockey Club was swept by University of Arizona’s Division I team in a two-game series this past weekend. The Aztecs went on the road hoping to play the spoiler role, but injuries and illnesses hampered an already depleted bench, denying any chances of an upset. Although Friday night’s game ended with a lopsided score of 10-3, SDSU can feel good about the fact that it presented a superior team with a challenge. The Aztecs fought to the end, keeping the third-period deficit to 2-1, which is a good sign considering their season-long, third- period struggles. After Friday’s hard-fought contest, the shorthanded Aztecs didn’t have the legs to keep up with the high-powered Wildcats, falling 9-0 in second contest. Senior forward Eric Stelnick, the Aztecs’ third-leading scorer, sat out because of food poisoning, and junior defenseman John Riley, the Aztecs’
second-leading scorer, was nursing a left knee injury from last weekend’s game against San Jose State University and was unable to play at a high level. After losing two players during winter break, the SDSU Hockey Club has been forced to make several adjustments to its playing style. Having now lost eight of its last nine games, with a modest record of 10-8 in the ACHA West, the Aztecs are fighting to stay in the playoff picture. “We’re working on our D zone, and playing harder, not smarter,” head coach Chris Migliore said. “Obviously, it’s a tough task. It’s desperation time for us and the kids know it. It’s an uphill battle, but we have confidence in the locker room.” SDSU will prepare for a two-game home series next weekend against the top-ranked Arizona State University Sun Devils. The Aztecs haven’t won at the Kroc Center since October. With four games left in the season against divisional opponents, SDSU desperately needs to reverse its current losing trend to earn a trip to the Regional Tournament.
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Sexual health penetrates campus Olivia litsey
senior staff writer According to San Diego State’s Student Health Services website, “The Health Promotion Department aims to enhance the well-being of SDSU students in order for them to achieve academic success and establish lifelong healthy behaviors and attitudes to reduce the risk for disease and injury.” Behaviors and attitudes associated with sexual health are no exception. Though sex is not unknown to the college student population, it’s important to learn about the maintenance of sexual health too. Trojan Condoms’ annual Sexual Health Report Card is a study that measures the facilitation of sexual health maintenance on college campuses. It ranks colleges across the country on the basis of the sexual health resources and information provided to their students. Bert Sperling is the president of the research company that has been conducting this study for the past eight years, Sperling’s Best Places. According to Sperling, the 140 colleges included in the survey cover 30 percent of the entire undergraduate college student
population in the U.S. Colleges are chosen for the survey based on either their large student population or sheer cultural influence. The student health centers of the campuses chosen were graded based on 11 different categories, including hours of operation, student scheduling accessibility, website quality and on-site testing. The 2013 ranking showed SDSU coming in at No. 97, rising from its previous spot at No. 105 in 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention places the current number of new sexually transmitted diseases diagnosed annually at 20 million. On a more relevant note, almost half of those being diagnosed are only 15 to 24 years old—an age range encompassing a large portion of college students. SDSU students can opt toward not adding to this large number by taking advantage of the services that are offered by Student Health Services. The Calpulli Center offers birth control and vaccines for HPV. Though the HPV vaccine, widely known as Gardasil, is not required for enrollment, it is listed as a recommended vaccination for individuals ages 9 to 26 as a preventative measure against genital warts, as well as against cervical cancer
for women. The Health Promotion Department holds health seminars for SDSU students on HIV/AIDS, STD education and more. The Peer Health Educators of the SDSU community hold workshops on many health topics, one of which is sexual health. Staying on top of one’s sexual health doesn’t have to be boring—modern technology has actually made it much easier. For example, Hula is a recently released app that was created by entrepreneur Ramin Bastani after a distressing sexual encounter. “It basically started when some girl slapped me across the face when I asked her if she’d been tested,” Bastani said. With the goals of simplifying the process of STD testing, reducing the transmission rates and empowering users everywhere to make better sexual health decisions the company helps users in four main ways. First, by providing information about testing facilities in their area, then ensuring the procurement of their results, assisting them in sharing those results in an amusing way, and reminding them to get tested again every. Hula’s “unzip me” component features a virtual
vertical zipper that, once unzipped, displays the app owner’s STD status, which is taken directly from one’s medical record. Bedsider.org is another less monotonous option for sexual health maintenance. Operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Bedsider is a birth control support website for women ages, 18 to 29. According to Bedsider.org, its objective is to “help women find the method of birth control that’s right for them and learn how to use it consistently and effectively.” With options for birth control and appointment reminders, as well as loads of free information about different methods, this online source is a way for women to obtain a higher level of birth control awareness. The sexual health on any college campus is without a doubt very varied. It is affected by both the mind-sets of the students themselves as well as the health services available on campus. Each student holds the power to determine not just their own sexual health, but also their partner(s).
jan. 30 - feb. 2, 2014
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Time to achieve success
Melissa artobello staff writer
Do you think your 9-to-5 job restricts you from living life the way you want to? Everyone has the same 24 hours in the day, but what you do in that time is completely up to you. Even if you work 9-to-5, the time you have afterward is open to endless possibilities to follow your dreams. “It’s your time,” that’s the slogan of Yes Man Watches, an upcoming
wristwatch company started by University of San Diego finance sophomore Nathan Resnick. Yes Man Watches are innovative, stylish and inspiring. The watch has a holeless buckle that doubles sizing options creating the perfect fit. Instead of holes, a row of notches is sewn into the back of the leather band where the buckle hooks. This holeless design eliminates damage to the leather strap, allowing the watch to look new with every wear. The Yes Man logo is positioned at 5 p.m., symbolizing when work is done you’re free to live your life as you please and follow your dreams. This is the mind-set that Resnick had when creating Yes Man Watches. During his freshman year, he got the idea of applying belts to watch straps. This past summer, Resnick worked a 9-to-5 job that was constricting and unsatisfying. He wanted to consider his use of time and inspire others to do so as well. So after his shift ended at 5 p.m. each day, he pursued this dream of starting Yes Man Watches. “I’ve always been entrepreneurial
minded,” Resnick said. “It’s my passion.” Balancing college and a business is no easy task, but Resnick allocates his time wisely by setting short and longterm goals. “Applying my coursework from classes like managerial accounting has been very helpful,” Resnick said. “It is amazing to be able to apply what I’ve learned in class toward my start-up.” Resnick would stay up until 3 a.m. consulting with people in different time zones. Throughout Resnick’s time living in Washington, D.C., he worked with a friend in San Diego designing logos, an engineer in Budapest creating computer-aided designs and consulted with manufacturers from China. Resnick lived in China previously as a foreign exchange student and speaks the language almost fluently. This experience and skill greatly helped him in gaining manufacturers to support Yes Man Watches. “To be successful at anything, you have to be passionate, have perseverance and be persistent,” Resnick said.
The company launched its online presence in August and it spread like wildfire. Within a few months, Yes Man Watches was featured on Watchuseek. “I am so thankful and grateful for all the support,” Resnick said. The Yes Man Watches team has spent countless hours designing its watches and preparing for production. All it needs now is the funding to support its company. On Kickstarter, donors can help the team reach its goal of $15,000 in order to begin manufacturing and distributing Yes Man Watches. Yes Man Watches strives to include more watch models, such as athletic watches, along with other accessories and apparel. Resnick hopes to see his watches sold in major retail outlets around the world in the near future. In addition to expanding his line, Resnick’s continuous goal is to empower people to consider their use of time and make the most of it. “The most valuable asset in our lives is time,” Resnick said. “The most powerful ability we have is to take action.”
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Passion and lust trump in musical brittney pickei
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The well-known Rodgers and Hart musical “Pal Joey” will be performed at the Don Powell Theatre Feb. 28 through March 9. Paula Kalustian is directing the edgy romantic tale. Kalustian is currently the director of the MFA Musical Theatre program at San Diego State. During the course of Kalustian’s career, she has directed several musicals, professional plays and opera productions. In addition to being a director, Kalustian has also played the role of artistic director and coowner of Miracle Theater Productions, a professional music theater venue in Old Town. Kalustian is also an active member of the executive boards of the Actors’ Alliance of San Diego as well as The San Diego Performing Arts League. She has directed several hit SDSU productions, such as “A Little Night Music,” “I Love a Piano” and “The Boy Friend.”
“Pal Joey” focuses on Joey Evans, a manipulative performer with dreams of opening his own nightclub. Throughout the play Joey falls for the young and innocent Linda English. Events get complicated when he begins to have an affair with a middle-aged married woman, Vera Simpson. This creates a shocking love triangle that changes their lives forever. Many theatergoers are familiar with several big songs from “Pal Joey.” These include popular musical numbers such as “ Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” and “I Could Write a Book,” which is a duet that will feature Kimberly Doreen Burns as Linda. Although the show has received mixed reviews in the past for featuring an unsympathetic protagonist and a dark tone, its reputation has grown throughout the years thanks to memorable tunes and a gutsy plot. Kalustian will hopefully create a beautiful interpretation and spectators will end up rooting for a flawed, but charismatic main character.
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So many opportunities for YOU to be a Candidate in the Associated Students
The world of the legendary novel “The Jungle Book” will be coming to life at San Diego State starting April 25 through May 4 at the Don Powell Theatre in a new version titled, “Jungle Book.” The story, originally written by Rudyard Kipling, is being directed by Margaret Larlham. Larlham has a background of developing her plays around pieces of classic children’s literature aimed at audiences of all ages. Her plays generally involve a heavy theater base with musical prominence. Some of her most popular shows include “Symphony of Clouds: Musical Adventures of the Boy Mozart,” “Squawk!” and “Peter Pan & Wendy.”
Applications now available in the Associated Students Office, 3rd Floor of the Aztec Student Union. DEADLINE to submit application is Thursday, Feb. 13th at 4:00 pm. “Jungle Book” takes place in the 21st century, where Mowgli lives in Balboa Park. Many of his animal friends make appearances.
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Mowgli has to face the wrath of the devious and brutally vicious Bengal tiger, Shere Khan. Kaa, the snake, will also play a part in Larlham’s rendition. Whether he’s portrayed as a companion, as in the book, or a villain, similar to the Disney animated film, will be revealed in the actual production. In a modern twist, “Jungle Book,” deals with the negative effects of global warming. The danger of a drought becomes apparent, putting all of the animals’ lives in peril. Larlham’s fresh idea could make this family-friendly journey edgy as well as thoughtprovoking. Larlham’s “Jungle Book” might be aimed at younger audiences, but the timely message and stagecraft will likely make it a first-rate spectacle that will appeal to kids and adults alike.
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A fresh aspect in that Larlham’s vision takes place in San Diego’s beautiful urban cultural park, Balboa Park.
Larlham’s version of “The Jungle Book” should be filled with suspense, visual inventiveness and adventure. A fresh aspect is that Larlham’s vision takes place in San Diego’s beautiful urban cultural park, Balboa Park. The hero, Mowgli, is a young boy who’s raised by courageous wolves. He becomes close friends with a black panther named Bagheera and Baloo a bear, who both provide Mowgli with wisdom and teach him how to survive in his strange environment. Unfortunately, his pals can’t always shield him from danger. Eventually,
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How do I find my Voice? max saucedo staff writer
“Is this my Voice?” A small whisper in the dark, “Is this my Voice?” A spider has a louder bark; “Is this my Pass?” To slip in with the group, To see my head lower and shoulders stoop; “Is this my Exit?” To leave this place and never return, “Is this my Exit?” From here, I do adjourn; No. That can’t be it. That can’t be all. It doesn’t fit, I will not crawl; “What is my Voice?” A chance to be heard,
“What is my Voice?” Clear and not slurred; “What is my Pass?” To see myself as another, To forsake my blood brother; “What is my Exit?” A course of last resort, An impossible plan, it makes me snort; “Where is my Voice?” Never here, always there, “Where is my Voice?” A look of fear, a stoic glare; “Where is my Pass?” My brown skin, my last name, To my chagrin, my eternal shame; “Where is my Exit?” Off to the side, stage right? It’s gone now, out of sight; “How do I find my Voice?”
Open your mouth and talk with your soul, It finds you, makes you whole; “How do I find my Pass?” Look around you and become one of them, See your culture and condemn; “How do I find my Exit?” Pick up your stake and go home, Hit the road and forever roam; “This is my Exit,” I see, but cannot cross, Forgotten and long lost; “This is my Pass,” It blends out and in, “This is my Voice,” I do not recognize my own kin; “This is my Voice.” It is loud and proud, “This is my Voice.” I will not be cowed.
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