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SDSU 83 | TCU 73 All was well at Viejas Arena on Saturday night. Coming into the game, the No. 17/17 San Diego State basketball team knew Mountain West Conference rival and co-leader UNLV had lost to Wyoming, giving the Aztecs a shot at sole possession of first place in the conference. The Aztecs also knew, following

their game against the TCU Horned Frogs, they would get a welldeserved break before they headed to Las Vegas to take on the Runnin’ Rebels on Saturday. A week without games should do the team some good. “We need to get our legs back a little bit,” SDSU head coach Steve Fisher said. “I think that with the stretch we had and what we’ve been doing, and the travel and everything, that it affected us physically a little bit.” After some less-than-stellar shooting in its previous two games, SDSU shot 50.8 percent from the field in route to defeating TCU (13-9, 3-4 MWC), 83-73, in front of a sellout crowd. TCU jumped out to an early lead before SDSU was able to overcome

the deficit and take a seven-point halftime lead. SDSU outscored TCU 12-6 in the start of second half and dominated the game. The win gave the Aztecs (20-3, 61 MWC) sole possession of first place in the MWC heading into the second half of conference play, and a school-record seventh consecutive season with at least 20 victories. Sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin had a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds, while junior guard James Rahon chipped in 16 points and junior guard Chase Tapley contributed 14 points. The highlight of the night came with 2:31 left in the first half. Following a missed 3-point attempt

by Rahon, Franklin rebounded the ball in mid-flight and threw down an authoritative reverse tip-jam. Franklin credits SDSU’s style of play as a reason for the victory. “We were actually running the ball and we weren’t really relying on set plays,” Franklin said. “We just ran the ball, everyone contributed and we got open shots.” Saturday’s matchup between SDSU and No. 11/13 UNLV is slated for 1 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. Again, the Aztecs will go into the game with major conference regular-season championship implications as the underdog. With five days to prepare, the Aztecs should be ready for the challenge.

Fred Korematsu honored for opposing racial profiling.

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Post play pays dividends in win E N T E R TA I N M E N T Dr. Dog draws on the influence of psychedelic classics to create its own bluesy style.

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Antonio Morales sports editor When shots aren’t falling in from the outside, there’s a natural inclination for most basketball players: Start bringing the shots in closer. That’s what the San Diego State men’s basketball team did on Saturday night in its 83-73 win against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs. After shooting 31.3 percent from the field in each of the last two games and a combined 6-for-40 from 3-point range, SDSU made an effort to play from the inside out. Senior forward Tim Shelton scored only four points, but when the Aztecs threw the ball in to him he made good decisions, which was evident by his four assists. Junior forward DeShawn Stephens had an impressive performance, along with more touches, as he scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. “We were looking to go inside a lot more today,” junior guard Chase Tapley said. “DeShawn and Garrett (and Tim Shelton) were able to finish some nice buckets.” The inside play led to an improved offensive game for SDSU, which shot

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“All the black T-shirts in the world won’t make you a rocker, if you think Robert Plant is a famous gardener.” PETER KLUCH

50.8 percent and coincidentally made seven 3-pointers, one more than the last two games combined. “We threw it into (DeShawn) from the perimeter and we threw it in to Garrett from the perimeter,” SDSU head coach Steve Fisher said. “We scored off of it, we scored some inthe-paint baskets from our post players, which is important to do.”

Fisher said he made it a point of emphasis with his players to get the ball to the big men. “We also talked about how we have to throw the ball into the post players,” Fisher said. “Because we hadn’t been throwing it in. That was as much on me as it was on anybody, but we talked about it and they did a good job tonight.”

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Although the trio of senior forward Garrett Green, Stephens and Shelton combined for 24 points on 15 shot attempts, scoring wasn’t the only statistic they had an impact on. They helped in the rebounding department, too. Stephens had a gamehigh five offensive rebounds and helped the Aztecs claim a plus-14 edge on the boards.

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TCU puts a halt to 13-game winning streak Lady Aztecs end the longest winning streak of the season Ruben Meza contributor

TCU 58 | SDSU 39 They say everything is bigger in Texas, but the one thing the San Diego State women’s basketball team wanted to get bigger was an impressive 13-game winning streak, which came to an abrupt end on Saturday. In one of its worst offensive performances of the season, SDSU (17-5, 7-1 MW) was defeated by Texas Christian University 58-39 in DanielMeyer Coliseum. SDSU could not get any offensive rhythm going, shooting 15-of-64 from the field and had no players score in double figures. TCU (12-11, 5-3 MW) is known for its defense, ranking first in the conference in both 3-point percentage defense and field-goal percentage defense, but SDSU simply could not get its shots to fall. “You live by the jump shot, you die by the jump shot,” SDSU head coach Beth Burns said. “But you reap what you sow and unfortunately we had to experience this.” Through the first 10 minutes of the game, the two teams were shooting miserably, combining for a field goal percentage of 19.2 (5-26). TCU went to various zone defensive schemes after SDSU failed to

impress with its poor shooting display. Still, the Aztecs managed to head into the half ahead 20-18. The Horned Frogs leaped ahead to start the second half, beginning with a 6-0 run right out of the tunnel to take a 24-20 lead. The score was tied at 28-28 with 14:39 left in the game, and TCU took control while SDSU continued to miss long-range shots and numerous layups, giving up an 11-1 run. “They came out with a little bit more intensity than us,” junior guard Chelsea Hopkins said. “I don’t feel like TCU did anything to waiver us; their pressure didn’t make us force shots or anything, we just could not put the ball in the basket.” The game went out of reach as TCU guard Briesha Wynn extended the SDSU deficit to 16 points with 3:49 remaining. Wynn was the only player to score in double figures, leading her team with 16 points and four rebounds in just 18 minutes of play. Even though SDSU took 19 more shots than TCU, it didn’t make much of difference because hardly any of them produced points, especially from beyond the arc. SDSU missed every single one of its 17 3-point attempts. The Aztecs’ second-leading scorer sophomore guard Kiyana Stamps went 0-15 from the field, while MW leading scorer, junior guard Courtney Clements, scored just four points. SDSU will return home to avenge this loss against UNLV at 2 p.m. this Saturday in Viejas Arena. “We have to eat (the loss) for a week long,” Burns said. “We’ll get a little rest, we’ll get back at it and we’ll find out what we’re really made of on Saturday.”

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Aztecs claim last-minute win No. 8 SDSU wins a close one against No. 15 LBSU Laura Barrick staff writer

SDSU 13 | LBSU 12 This past Saturday was a crucial game for the San Diego State water polo team, as it traveled north to Long Beach to take on No. 15 Long Beach State. The first sprint began at noon, and from then on it was a close game. The first quarter ended with an evenly matched score of 2-2, and at halftime SDSU managed to get a two-point lead of 6-4. The second half consisted of both teams scoring back and forth. Despite the fact the Aztecs were down by two points in the fourth quarter, freshman driver Anique Hermann came through and scored two goals to tie the game at 11. While it was clear both teams were determined to take the win, senior two-meter defender Leanne Ford scored the winning goal on a power play with 1:10 remaining in the game. In an incredibly close match, SDSU managed to pull out an incredible win, 13-12, which head coach Carin Crawford called “A big character-building win.” Senior utility Meaghan Poland stood out with five total goals, while

Hermann ended the game with three. Freshman utility Taelor Moreno and junior utility Amber Pezzolla also contributed on offense with two goals each. According to Crawford, LBSU’s noisy fans made it difficult for the team to get into their element. “Long Beach had a home crowd that was very rowdy and into the game,” she said. “It was hard for us to get into our groove with that going on.” Although Crawford was very pleased with a win against a highly ranked team, there were a few defensive flaws that could have been avoided. “We gave up and traded a lot of goals; that kept slowing us down a little bit,” Crawford said. “That could have been better in terms of defense.” The Aztecs will play against Hartwick at 3 p.m. this Thursday at the Aztec Aquaplex.

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A UNLV loss on Saturday combined with a San Diego State win gives SDSU sole possession of first place. The Aztecs’ next two games are important as they take on the two teams that are tied for second. SDSU will play UNLV on Saturday, Feb. 11 and New Mexico on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

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Students soar in astronautics competition Engineering team rockets to second place nationally Arturo Garcia staff writer Members of the student organization American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at San Diego State won second place in a national undergraduate space transportation design competition. The team received $1,500 from the AIAA Foundation; part of which will be distributed to the participants. Another portion will be given back to SDSU’s division of AIAA. According to AIAA treasurer Ricardo Torres, the team consisted of 4 SDSU aerospace engineering students: former project leader Samantha Stoneman, who graduated and is currently in Germany participating in a graduate program in space development, current project leader and aerospace engineering senior Evan Johnson, project manager Jessee Cuevas and Tuan Luong, who completed the space team’s design specs and computer systems. Professor of aerospace engineering Dr. Nagy Nosseir served as faculty advisor for the team. According to Johnson, the intended purpose of the project revolved around space exploration.

The contest asked teams to design space transportation capable of sending paying passengers to orbit in a financially reasonable manner. “The first missions would be to the moon or a near object,” Johnson said. The awarded project, titled Hydrogen Oxygen Platform Experiment, holds a second utility. The team created a refueling station to be sent to orbit either Earth or Mars to assist exploration, according to Torres. The station would additionally be able to refuel satellites, space stations and space shuttles for farther space missions. Johnson said the fuel used would be liquid hydrogen with a liquid oxygen oxidizer, both of which are commonly used propellants for space shuttles. According to the team’s model presentation, offering satellite companies the ability to double or potentially triple the lifespans of their parts could be the beginning of a profitable business. The students won the award last fall at the 2010-2011 competition titled Undergraduate Student Space The project was finalized in June of last year after six months of work. “When you first start these types of projects, most people are (likely) to get bewildered, scared,” Johnson said. “But it really helps you get into the groove of things and you get used to making these sorts of engineering decisions.” COURTESY OF AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS AT SAN DIEGO STATE

California politicians honor Fred Korematsu Edward Henderson contributor Last Monday, assemblyman Marty Block, the San Diego Japanese American Citizens League, Nikkei Student Union, Asian Pacific Student Alliance, UCSD Nikkei Student Union and Vietnamese Student Association gathered in the Fowler Athletics Center to commemorate the second annual Fred Korematsu Day.

men, women and children were detained and had their property seized by the government. In an act of protest, Korematsu refused to turn himself in. He was later arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order. Korematsu appealed his case questioning the constitutionality of interning citizens of JapaneseAmerican descent. The case reached the Supreme Court in 1944. Ultimately the court ruled against him, citing the internment was justi-

“Through his example, we’re going to talk about civil liberties under the constitution ... and how we can take Fred Korematsu’s example to do what is right.” Stuart Mizokami, vice president of Nikkei Student Union The statewide holiday celebrates the life of Fred Korematsu. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the internment of all American citizens of Japanese ancestry, in response to the attacks on Pearl Harbor. More than 110,000

fied because of military necessity. In 1982, however, a team of Japanese-American lawyers reopened Korematsu’s case, resulting in his conviction being overturned. To honor his commitment to fighting civil injustice, Korematsu received the

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Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton in 1998. The theme of the on-campus celebration was courage. “Through his example, we’re going to talk about civil liberties under the constitution, how one can be courageous in day to day life and how we can take Fred

The growing demand for sisterhood San Diego State is looking to expand the number of sororities on campus. There are more fraternities than sororities, so the National Panhellenic Conference will be soliciting bids to those interested in starting a chapter at SDSU. Presentations for those interested will begin after spring break. Fundraising workshop in development Associated Students is developing a fundraising workshop to help organization leaders learn how to prepare a successful fundraiser and help planners

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approach reputable companies to work with. The idea stemmed from a history of failed fundraising experiences with an unnamed local restaurant. Budget action A new committee called the Budget Review Action Team began working with SDSU’s Division of Business and Financial Affairs to review the university’s budget for the upcoming school year. They will work together to research where the university’s funds are going and how financial efficiency can be increased.

Korematsu’s example to do what we believe is right,” NSU Vice President Stuart Mizokami said. Assemblyman Block addressed the room via Skype from Sacramento. Block was a part of the team that introduced the assembly bill proposing Korematsu Day. “The stand that (Korematsu) took is very alive, very important today and

As for California’s finances, there are more proposed financial aid changes. Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget, which is to be decided on this spring, could raise the GPA requirement for Cal Grants for both transfer students and incoming freshmen. The Assumption Program of Loa n s fo r E d u c a t i o n , a p ro g ra m designed to aid teachers in paying off student loans, could be cut completely from the budget. Federal budget changes in December affected Pell Grant distribution. Students may only receive the benefits of Pell Grants for 12 semesters, rather than the

setting a day aside in his honor to make sure our civil liberties remain unchallenged is critical,” Block said. Those who attended the celebration watched a documentary about Korematsu’s life and participated in a panel discussion afterwards. To learn more about Fred Korematsu, visit korematsuinstitiute.org

18 previously allowed. Also, the sixmonth grace period to start repaying student loans after graduation was eliminated. Payment plans for loans activated after July 2012 will begin right after graduation. AS Executive Board Elections Elections to join A.S. are coming up in spring. Feb. 10 is the deadline for students who wish to apply.

–Compiled by Contributor Amy Williams


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Dr. Dog has the remedy Sasquatch lineup revealed for May John Anderson entertainment editor For those unable to attend the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this year, fear not — there are other festivals within reach. Granted, reaching the other events demands a bit of a road trip — or, in the case of South By Southwest, a steep financial commitment — but the adventure is well worth the cost. For the uninitiated, Sasquatch Music Festival is a four-day event featuring a broad range of music, comedy and other performances at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash. during Memorial Day weekend in late May. The 1,229-mile, 22hour drive is not for the weakhearted, but those who make the journey are in for sweeping vistas, crystalclean air, green natural beauty and a truly unforgettable experience. Producers Live Nation and Adam

Zacks released the lineup last Friday. Jack White is set to release a solo effort early this year; he will be headlining at this year’s Sasquatch. The iconic, dancy, irresistible Beck is also featured. The festival will also include many of the same musicians performing at Coachella. The Shins, Bon Iver, M. Ward, Girl Talk and Feist will stop in at The Gorge after festivities wrap up in Indio. Post-rockers Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky will play on the Bigfoot Stage. Jack Black and Kyle Gass will also play as Tenacious D and sketch group Portlandia will perform skits as well. Event organizers have announced four-day passholders will have inand-out privileges this year. Several VIP packages with prices reaching $6,500 are also available. These packages provide everything from fully furnished safari tents to yurts to tickets including food and beverages. The complete lineup, along with song samples of the performing artists, is available at sasquatchfestival.com

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Courtney Rogin staff writer It’s been more than 20 years since Sgt. Pepper taught the band how to play, but Dr. Dog takes a few cues from the psychedelic pop of the 1960s for its music. Blended into a musical concoction with influences of blues, the band’s new album “Be The Void” is the lo-fi remedy for the winter blues. The album opens with “Lonesome,” a bluesy number full of slide guitar riffs. Dr. Dog then grooves through 12 tracks, all clas-

sic in their own way, including the anthemic “These Days” and the surreal ballad “How Long Must I Wait.” One of the star tracks is classic-guitar heavy “Big Girl,” incorporating an equally expansive guitar solo. The standout track of the album is the song “Warrior Man.” The song incorporates all of the great influences from the psychedelic era and transforms it into a lo-fi anthem for the modern day, using some spaceage electronic sound bites as well, intertwining with the harmonics the band is known for. The closing song, “Turning The Century,” is what would result if The Beatles mixed Southern rock into

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” It ends the album on a fitting note, blurring the line of a musical chronology when it comes to trending styles. The album is the eagerly awaited follow-up to 2010’s “Shame, Shame,” and represents the band’s sixth LP. The album is out tomorrow and is available from ANTI Records. Dr. Dog plays San Diego at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach tomorrow night. Purling Hiss is opening. The show begins at 9 p.m. and is for ages 21 and older. Tickets are sold out, but a few may still be available on Craigslist and other ticket resellers.

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Despite hitches, TFM Fest showcases talent Student filmmakers shine with six captivating flicks Andrew Younger senior staff writer The San Diego State School of Television, Film and New Media held a student film showcase Friday night in Don Powell Theatre. Friday’s showcase, the second of a two-night festival, focused on longer-form student films with run times of 10-15 minutes. Despite several technical problems involving improper DVD encoding that prevented several student films from screening, the six films that ran all demonstrated a multitude of talent across genres. The festival kicked off with the hilarious sex comedy “Deep Dish.” The hapless virgin protagonist Todd (“the Rod”) is coerced into delivering a pizza for a co-worker. When Todd shows up to the house, a sultry voice asks him to come inside. This quintessentially-‘80s porno plot turns on its head as Todd realizes that, in fact, a porn is being filmed in the house and he is mistaken for the talent. Sharp acting and clever visual gags will appeal to fans of Farrelly brothers films and the Trey Parker and Matt Stone comedy “Orgazmo.” Behind-the-scenes footage of “Deep Dish” is available on YouTube. The lone documentary of the showcase, director Pat Clark’s “Language of

War” focuses on the complexities of cross-cultural communication in a war zone. At the onset of the Iraq War, American and coalition forces swept across the country without any training in Arabic or competency in Iraqi culture, leading to unnecessary bloodshed and distrust on both sides. Americans recruited Iraqis as translators and embedded them with troops during patrols into hazardous regions. However, terrorist cells in the country view the translators as traitors and target them for attacks. As the U.S. troops and the protection they provide for translators withdraw from Iraq, the documentary raises questions about the human cost of American foreign policy and the deleterious effect it has on its allies. Clark combines news footage with interviews featuring Iraqi translators while providing minimal commentary — allowing the translators to tell their stories themselves. Director Hilary Andrews’ twee, “Amelie”-esque comedy “The Linguist” tells the story of a wordobsessed SDSU student with a sesquipedalian vocabulary who suddenly finds himself at a loss for an appropriate descriptor when he spots a certain female student in the library. This leads him on a search to find her identity and the bon mot that appropriately encapsulates his feelings. To aid him in his quest, she leaves little fortune cookie clues that he must follow if he wants to find her. Andrews uses on-screen dictionary definitions and smart narration to keep the main character’s obsessive personality playful.

Director Stephen Crutchfield’s heavily symbolic drama “El Abuelo” focuses on the friendship between an autistic, nonverbal 12-year-old and a migrant worker. After the 12-year-old injures his leg at the bottom of a canyon, a paternal migrant worker takes him back to his camp. The worker shares information about his family and his experiences with the boy while the boy’s family fears he has been abducted. The trailer for “El Abuelo” is available on Vimeo.com. If “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny” and “This Is Spinal Tap” were united in unholy matrimony with Ben Stiller as the officiant, “Rock Off” would be their hilarious offspring. Director Greg Nicolayeff’s mockumentary features the finalists of the “Triannual Rock-Off.” A faux news anchor interviews the two competitors, Emo Chris and Kevin the Shredder, before launching into pitchperfect parodies of emo and ‘80s hair metal during the competition. The last film of the night, and arguably the best, was director Josh Krohn’s tightly constructed comedic thriller “Firesale.” After a guy and girl spend the night in his apartment, she hires movers to steal all of his possessions. However, she fails to recognize that he is a con artist as well. This leads to a series of smart twists and escalating traps between the two. With excellent pacing, great acting and sharp writing, “Firesale” begs to be expanded beyond its 15-minute run time. For more information about “Firesale,” visit jaydeekay.com.

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Music and Dance celebrates its 75th year One of SDSU’s first schools to put on free events this spring Samantha Hirsch staff writer Although the San Diego Normal School was founded as a training facility for elementary school teachers, one of the first seven faculty members hired was a music instructor. Forty years later in 1937, San Diego State’s School of Music was formally established. The School of Dance was created 56 years later, and the two combined to create the School of Music and Dance. The program will be celebrating its 75th anniversary by offering a number of performances throughout the spring designed to honor alumni and showcase student talent. While much has changed during the past 75 years, students face many of the same challenges as when the

School of Music first opened. Donna Conaty, the department’s director, said the world economy and stability was a lot like it is today. “There was a war brewing in Europe, the U.S. was in the midst of the Great Depression and students faced the same uncertainty then as they do now,” she said. “Yet, they still chose to pursue a degree in the arts. It is testament to the importance of the arts, reflecting the essential truths about what it is to be human in a given time and place.” Conaty said each year the school offers more than 300 performances of a variety of types of music and dance. With everything ranging from traditional classical chamber music to electro-acoustic, jazz to Javanese gamelan, opera to contemporary dance, there are, of course, bound to be a variety of memorable performances within the past 75 years. Some of these highlights include massive choirs of more than 600 students performing large masterworks with an orchestra during the 1960s, renowned visiting artists in various world music traditions, jazz greats

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and even a 1980s performance by the New York Philharmonic orchestra. However, Conaty said the school goes beyond performances; it likes to give back to the community as well. Some of this philanthropy includes faculty and students playing orchestra concerts each spring to more than 600 elementary school students free of charge, as well as working with atrisk youth and veterans using music and dance to aid in recovery. The School of Music and Dance is one of the leading music education programs and its track record proves it. “Nearly 100 percent of our music

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education students are hired upon graduation (and) 65 percent of all music educators in San Diego County are SDSU alums,” Conaty said. The 75th anniversary of the School of Music and Dance is important for Conaty because it allows the school the opportunity to share the talents of its faculty, students, alumni and emeriti with the community. To commemorate the anniversary, the school is presenting specially designed events to commemorate the past, provide a sample of current music and dance practices and look forward to the future.

“Through these events, (SDSU reengages) many alumni and (highlights) the talents to the region,” Conaty said. “Regardless of your interest, whether it be opera, dance, jazz, orchestra or choir, there is a 75th anniversary event for you.” The opera “The Magical Flute” begins at 7 p.m. this Friday, continuing through the weekend. The Hausmann Quartet and SDSU Symphony Orchestra both have performances later in the month. For more information on the details and dates of these performances, visit music.sdsu.edu.


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tudents, be advised: If you attend San Diego State, Rick Santorum doesn’t think you should be here. According to presidential hopeful Santorum, universities are critical for “the left holding and maintaining power in America.” If you are currently a person of faith, you should also be aware of the statistic Santorum recently shared with an audience in Florida. He said, “Sixty-two percent of children who enter college with a faith conviction, leave without it.” First of all, I am impressed when children go to college. Most of the children I know are younger than 18, and most of them are not done with high school. Secondly, there may be some reasons for this alarming and probably false statistic.

Kenneth Leonard contributor 2020, because … America has to have the highest share of graduates compared to every other nation.” In the same speech Obama said, “Education is the economic issue of our time.” Sure, Mr. President. We all know what’s really going on. You just want kids to go to college so they’ll get indoctrinated and comply with your left-wing agenda. Pretty soon there will be a whole generation of educated and / or indoctrinated young Americans wanting to drive hybrid cars, eat tofu and go to yoga class with their hemp clothes and NPR tote bags. Obama’s got a sinister plan indeed, and Santorum

Any legislation or policy that would serve to create better, more capable and ... educated generations of Americans is secondary in Santorum’s mind to dumbing down America ... to create an easily manipulated generation of future voters. Santorum is an unapologetic Catholic. The guy is proud of his faith. You see the word I used there? I’ll use it again. Faith. There, I used it again. If you are a student, or if you have ever been in an academic environment, you may have noticed faith isn’t a very important part of college. College is largely biased toward the accumulation of knowledge, which is based on the study of reality. Santorum has begun his assault on higher education largely in response to President Barack Obama’s commitment to speaking about the importance of education. Listen to this leftish propaganda direct from the mouth of Obama: “I want us to produce 8 million more college graduates by

recently called Obama out for his insistence that Americans should get a chance to go to college, calling such a notion “elitist snobbery.” But while we’re on the subject of left-wing indoctrination centers — known by some as universities — I thought this next bit of information would be relevant. You’re not going to believe this: Santorum went to college. He went to three of them, actually. Our anti-education crusader attended Penn State, University of Pittsburgh and Dickinson School of Law. I wonder why he did that? After all, a college degree isn’t required to be a congressman. How did he manage to keep his moral bearings while under attack in the most dubious of ethical environ-

ments? Perhaps he was going undercover, toiling through years of education — uh, I mean, indoctrination — in order to warn future generations of the dangers of thinking and learning things. He certainly doesn’t seem to exhibit the telltale signs of an educated person. He must have found a way to bravely resist the professors attempting to mold his young mind. Maybe his school had one of those “Teach or Preach” lists, so he didn’t have to think too much in his classes. We should all be aware of one possible reason for Santorum’s reluctance to encourage Americans to go to school. Statistics have shown those with higher levels of education tend to vote for Democrats. This may be because, as Stephen Colbert so succinctly put it, “Reality has a wellknown liberal bias.” Maybe Republicans strongly believe they know what is best for America, so it is essential to keep voters uneducated. As a student, I can’t help but get a little freaked out at the thought of a man with these ideas sitting in the Oval Office and possessing the authority to use nuclear weapons. Education is obviously a critical issue for our nation, and it seems like the latest herd of would-be “leaders” don’t take the development of our collective national intelligence seriously. Santorum’s statements are representative of a greater problem in our national dialogue regarding the topic of education. You see, the only type of personal advancement elected officials such as Santorum are preoccupied with lately is gratuitous self-promotion. Any legislation or policy that would serve to create better, more capable and highly educated generations of Americans is secondary in Santorum’s mind to dumbing down America as a whole, to create an easily manipulated generation of future voters. Isn’t it time for us, as citizens, to demand a higher class of politician? Would it be too much to ask for a leader who actually wants America to be great? It might be. After all, some may interpret aspirations of greatness as “elitist snobbery.”

—Kenneth Leonard is an English junior.

R E T RAC T I O N In the column titled “CityBeat overstates juvenile hall rape stats,” published Jan. 31, The Daily Aztec falsely reported there are more than 12 juvenile facilities in San Diego County; in truth there are 11 facilities, five of which are for detention. It was also incorrectly reported the Juvenile

Probation Department intentionally and illegally falsified reports, the OIA investigates allegations of law enforcement misconduct, that public records become public when cases are closed and that county officials aren’t the ones responsible for misreported numbers.

Assumptions were also made regarding the relationship status of a previous detainee with a former detention officer and the possible reasons why rapes in juvenile detention centers were not reported.

The Daily Aztec regrets these errors.

he precarious financial situation of the California State University education system is well-documented. For the 427,000 students in the CSU system who are pursuing a higher education, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, the venture is becoming a more significant financial burden with each passing year. An accessory to this fact is the overriding perception that students are being utilized as a means of bailing out the budgetary woes that plague the system. Shifting the weight of economic shortcomings to the students, through continually increasing tuition, is a commonly used tactic. This school year brought total tuition increases of 22 percent to the CSU system; and this past November, the Board of Trustees approved another 9 percent increase for the upcoming school year. According to an official press release from the CSU system, the 22 percent increase raised an additional $300 million during the current school year, but this figure was still far less than the $750 million reduction from state funding to the CSU budget.

Brody Burns staff columnist The future of tuition increases could be even more horrifying. Throughout the past decade the CSU system has increased tuition nine times in 10 years, and these increases have averaged an annual increase of 15 percent. This means the tuition a student expects to pay when entering as a freshman is likely far less than what they will actually be required to pay. Comparatively, the national average during the past decade was a 6 percent increase in tuition. There is a breaking point. As the cost of tuition continues to increase, other options will be seriously considered; whether they are for-profit universities, out-of-state education, international education or foregoing the entire educational process. In the wake of these startling figures a group of students at University of California Riverside has proposed a new student-financing plan aimed to afford the escalating costs of attending college in the state of California. Within the “UC Student Investment

Within the “UC Investment Proposal,” students would pay 5 percent of their income to the system for 20 years following graduation. California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who serves as a trustee, has been an ardent supporter for the financial interests of students. He delivered the following quote this past week on the topic of escalating tuition costs during a radio interview with KQED: “Higher education is the reason this economy has succeeded over the last half-century plus,” Newsom said. “We are losing that key advantage. You’ve doubled tuition since 2007, you’ve tripled it since 2001, you’re pricing out the middle class. This is a serious code-red crisis.” There is some certain truth in his statement. If the escalating cost of higher education turns into a system that indirectly discriminates based upon a student’s economic bracket, major opportunities will be lost. The financial standing of an 18-year-old student who is entering college as a freshman is by no means an indicator of the potential successes that student could achieve. More simply, if escalating costs make pursuing higher education an unrealistic option, something not unfathomable, then a larger probability exists that the university, and the state, will suffer because of those missed opportunities. Newsom’s financial figures from his radio interview, of tuition doubling since 2007, and tripling since 2001, are nearly accurate. In 2001, the cost of tuition and fees to attend San Diego State as a full-time undergraduate student was $1,776. By 2007, that figure had nearly doubled to $3,428. This school year, those costs will equal $6,578. This rate of increase actually gives SDSU the dubious distinction of having one of the top-10 fastest-growing tuition costs among public four-year institutions in the nation. Between 2007-08 and 2009-10, tuition increased 43 percent, placing SDSU as number 10 on the list. Of the other schools in the top 10, five were in the CSU system.

Proposal,” students would not be burdened with any upfront tuition, but would pay 5 percent of their income to the system for 20 years following graduation. UC President Mark Yudof was so impressed with the idea that he dispatched members from his inner-circle to meet with the students “to evaluate viability.” A plan of this nature has a tremendous amount of merit. First off, its proposal has been acknowledged by those in power, and the Board of Trustees of the UC system have displayed a willingness to engage in dialogue, which shows a receptive attitude toward the escalating costs of higher education. Realizing that those hit the hardest in this situation, the students, could serve as a source of remedy for the situation is a victory. A small one, but still a victory. Through incorporating a student perspective, and directly exploring a plan put forth by students, a precedence may be established of direct involvement with students regarding financial decisions in the future. The feasibility of this plan will certainly have to be examined. Default rates could be incredibly expensive, and major obstacles exist in addition to the prospect of universities losing a significant source of immediate revenue. However, even analyzing the plan demonstrates recognition of the major problem that is escalating tuition costs. If tuition continues to increase at such a pace, a complete redesign may need to take place — just what this plan proposes. All students who attend public universities in California should pay close attention, because the implications of the outcome, albeit a longshot, could impact our personal financial burdens in the near future.

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (2/6/12) Partners are your greatest resources: Leverage their talents to bring mutual dreams to fruition. Spending could seem overly easy this year, so make sure you handle your basics (calendars, budgets, alarms).

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osers. They’re everywhere. Go to Starbucks: They’re writing screenplays on their laptops. Go to Guitar Center: They’re playing power chords on a guitar they can’t afford. Go to … well, go anywhere in San Diego County and chances of seeing one of these hipsters are higher than Kobe Bryant’s divorce settlement. Urbandictionary.com defines the term “poser” as “one who pretends to be someone (they are) not.” While a simple text definition is more than sufficient to describe the type of people who would fall under this poser umbrella, more specific examples are needed to fully understand just who these people are, what makes them tick and, most importantly, how to identify them by no more than a mere glance. Writer Guy This is the guy who takes nine minutes to order his coffee at Starbucks because of all his special requests and then proceeds to take a seat near the front window so everyone who walks by can see him. Why does he want to be seen? He’s busy toiling away on his laptop writing the next Citizen Kane. At least, that’s the image he has in his mind. What the rest of us see is a guy who’s using the MacBook his parents bought him for Christmas to write a terrible screenplay that’s never going to be seen by anyone except his anorexic, chain-smoking girlfriend. He wants to be seen as deep and intellectual, but the only thing about

Chris Blakemore graphics specialist him that’s deep is that enormous coffee he just ordered. Fighter Guy This is the guy with a closet full of one-size-too-small Affliction Tshirts who orders every UFC payper-view event, and yet has never placed his hand inside a boxing glove. He struts around town like he’s the cock of the walk, hoping his steroid-induced muscles and false bravado will serve as signals of intimidation to others who might dare question his toughness. This attitude works on most of the population: That is, until he has one too many Heinekens and picks a fight with someone who actually knows how to box. All the muscles in the world are no match for proper technique, and his broken nose and torn T-shirt prove this. Thankfully, he has a closet full of backups. That’ll be the last time he picks a fight with that girl. Football Guy This is the guy who spends every Sunday watching the pre-game show, the halftime show, the post-game show and, somewhere in between, every play on NFL RedZone. He once spent an entire Thanksgiving dinner telling his Uncle Angus about the difference between 3-4 and 4-3 defenses. Yet, he weighs 140 pounds and has

never worn a pair of shoulder pads. Ask him to throw a football and his form looks like a newborn giraffe trying to walk. All he wants is to be accepted by the jocks. I guess he can always do their homework. Rock Star Guy This is the guy with a punch card from Hot Topic that has more holes than an M. Night Shyamalan movie plot. He owns a T-shirt from every band that’s ever been on the cover of Alternative Press and his hair is dyed a brilliant shade of black. Unfortunately, his knowledge of music stops at his wardrobe. If he were asked to play a G major chord on a Stratocaster, he would curl up on the floor in the fetal position and urinate on himself. All the black T-shirts in the world won’t make you a rocker, if you think Robert Plant is a famous gardener. He wants girls to think he’s hardcore, but being hardcore takes more than just putting a Hawthorne Heights sticker on the back of your mom’s minivan. Posers come from all walks of life, from the athletic to the musical and back again. Most can be easily identified by their attire, while others require an actual conversation before revealing themselves as complete tools. Whatever the case may be, be wary not to fall under the spell of these hipster wannabes. All they want is to be seen and admired for doing something they think looks cool. Well, I should probably wrap this up. The barista in the green apron just announced my coffee is ready.

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 7 You can start enjoying yourself around now; the odds are in your favor. Check out an interesting suggestion. Listen to your family. No need to decide yet. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - A little effort restores harmony. A female soothes ruffled tempers. A balanced checkbook is only part of it. Make love and romance a priority. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 7 You're really learning now. Consult with your team. Send off the paperwork for a raise in funding. Saving resources can be easy. Play with friends. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 9 If you can put up with an offensive tone, you can do well. You're full of ideas for making money. Only use what you have, and keep your eye on the ball. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 The shyness is only temporary. You're a true leader now, with increasing influence. Trust your intuition to solve any puzzles along the way. You know what to do. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 6 -

BY NANCY BLACK, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES Your best move could be a well-thoughtout surprise. Just say what's on your mind. You're wiser than you may realize. Big stories are proof of that. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 9 You're sociable today and tomorrow, which plays to your advantage. Friends help you open new doors and discover new treasures. You level up. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is an 8 - You're being tested, but there's no need to worry. Follow your heart. You'll do fine. Friends and finances don't mix well for now. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 6 - Relationships may require patience right now. Focus on what you have rather than on what you're missing. Don't worry. Be open to happy surprises. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is an 8 - You can make it happen as long as you stay strong and avoid the usual distractions. Be open to new ideas, and be willing to reinvent yourself. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 9 - Create new opportunities with your team for the next couple of days. If you don't have a team, join one, or invent one. Focus on abundance. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 9 Hit the ground running to tackle projects as they come to you. There's no time for distractions since there's more work coming in. Allow for different points of view. ©2012, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.

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