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VOLUME 99, ISSUE 69
New smoking ban looms over SDSU
campus J. Hutton Marshall Managing Editor
Within the next two monthly meetings, the San Diego State University Senate will vote whether to implement a plan that will make SDSU’s campus completely smokefree. This new initiative is the result of a resolution passed last month by the Academic Senate of the California State University titled, “A Smoke-Free California State University.” In this resolution, the CSU senate recommended each CSU campus create a plan to become smoke-free, for the plan to be implemented gradually throughout the next two years and for Chancellor Charles B. Reed to ensure this goal is successful. While this ASCSU resolution doesn’t make it mandatory for SDSU to become a smoke-free campus, CSU Media Relations Specialist Erik Fallis said the ASCSU resolution certainly carries weight. The ASCSU resolution also increases the likelihood of the CSU Board of Trustees weighing in on the debate in the upcoming months. While the ASCSU resolutions are advisory, the Board of Trustees has the power to make mandatory policy changes throughout the CSU. “The (ASCSU) is a valuable source of recommendation, and they bring up issues to the Board of Trustees on a regular basis,” Fallis said. “So, I can tell you that an (ASCSU) resolution is given serious consideration, but
Students’, staff’s right to tobacco goes up in smoke campus Leonardo Castaneda Opinion Editor
N A student smokes behind the Theater building at one of SDSU’s most frequented designated smoking zones. These will be removed if the University Senate votes in favor of becoming a smoke-free campus.
whether or not that directly changes our policy, that would be hard at that point to anticipate.” The University Senate vote will occur at either its March or April meeting. University Senate Chair Bill Eadie said the Associated Students University Affairs Board requested it be pushed back to April, so that A.S. would have ample time to gauge student interest regarding the possibility of a smoke-
free campus. A.S. Vice President of University Affairs Matt Cecil said a survey will be put online to get a general idea of student opinion on the matter. Cecil also said that aside from the smoking zone behind the theater building, which has received complaints for affecting nearby students, the designated zones policy has been effective. “There may be a need to move one
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of the smoking zones … and that’s because it’s so close to the core of campus where we have just a large population of students, and the smoke can actually leak into the theater building right there,” Cecil said. “So that’s one of the issues that’s going to be addressed by the university affairs board, but overall I personally believe SMOKING BAN continued on page 2
o one likes smokers. They stink, cough and have a tendency to leave a trail of cigarette butts behind them like cancerous Hansels and Gretels. Picking on smokers, taxing and pushing them to the edges of society are cheap ways for politicians and organizations to earn brownie points from the public. In the coming weeks, the San Diego State University Senate will consider a resolution to turn SDSU into a smoke-free campus. The move comes after a resolution passed by the Academic Senate of the California State University SMOKING continued on page 4
Escort service opinions differ Vatican left popeless world
campus Ana Ceballos
Assistant News Editor
To prevent instances of violence from arising, the San Diego State Police Department has employed community officers to accompany students to their on-campus destinations from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week. According to the SDSUPD, in the last year there were 548 larcenies, 71 assaults and 11 rapes reported on campus. The Safety Escort Service employs 26 community service officers, who are SDSU students fulfilling internships at the SDSUPD. CSO recruitment is often difficult because new hires graduate and a required 35-page background check must be completed by recruits, Auxiliary Services Coordinator Shawn Brown said. “The more demand there is about this service the safer students will be,” Brown said. “We do our best to get it out there.” Brown says weekends are extremely difficult because of the high demand for CSOs limits their availability to escort students prior to 3 a.m. After 3 a.m., a police officer on duty provides the service if needed. In addition to the Safety Escort Service, the SDSUPD offers the free Red and Black Shuttle and Library Shuttle operating to drive students to their destinations. “Because our CSOs are students, we can only provide escorts until 3 a.m.,” Brown said. “We can’t ask very much of them with this service when they already have a lot of other duties
Pope Benedict XVI leaves Vatican after an eight-year term. eric vandeville via abaca press mct
Donna P. Crilly Staff Writer
The SDSUPD logo is found at the front of the police department. ana ceballos, assistant news editor CSOs and police offcers offer an escort service in the department.
during the internship.” CSOs are also responsible for closing down the library and checking buildings for suspicious activity after hours. According to SDSUPD reports from last year, there were 3,168 students escorted to their desired destination and the demand for CSOs doubled, going from 14 to 26 new employees in just one year. Even though this service exists to provide protection to students, there have been complaints about the service’s efficiency. Biology sophomore Clarice Mendoza said she felt “disgusted” at the solution the service gave her when she
asked to have her and a group of four females escorted at 11 p.m. from the Music building to Parking Structure 4. “They told us that we had a big enough group of people and that we should just walk ourselves,” Mendoza said. “A group of females didn’t feel safe walking to PS4 and the escort service didn’t do their job.” Mendoza said this incident happened a few days after an attempted shooting in F Lot. Business management Shelby Mundee complained about the service because at the time of her request, she ESCORT SERVICE continued on page 2
Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation as head of the Roman Catholic Church yesterday. Claiming advanced age as the primary reason for his resignation, Benedict said in an announcement, “both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.” Throughout Benedict’s almost eight-year term, he governed with an ultraconservative fist and attempted to reverse some of the Vatican II’s liberal changes made to the Catholic Church. The soon-to-be former pope was also troubled by the West’s decline in religious beliefs, the
advent of gay marriage and stem cell research. But as the oldest pope since 1730, Benedict’s energy geared toward his crusade for Christianity has waned, according to The New York Times. His resignation echoes a statement he made to a German journalist in 2010 when he said “if a pope clearly realizes that he is no longer physically, psychologically and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office, then he has a right and, under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign.” Benedict’s reign was met with constant scrutiny as multiple scandals damaged the reputation of the Catholic Church. From Vatileaks, a scandal in that involved the Pope’s butler who stole and leaked sensitive documents, to Muslim outrage after he compared Islam to POPE RESIGNS continued on page 2
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that the smoking zones on campus work very well.” In August 2011, SDSU implemented the “designated zones” policy, which effectively banned smoking from campus except for the 12 designated smoking zones. A.S. President Rob O’Keefe said the smoking issue on campus has become largely politicized, and that the designated zones policy is an effective response to the issue. “I think (banning smoking completely is) doing a lot more work than needs to be done; I think we’ve monitored it pretty well,” O’Keefe said. “It’s become pretty political. It’s a train now; people are either getting on it, or getting out of the way.” However, there are those who feel the designated smoking areas are less than ideal. Environment and Safety Committee Chair Jenny Quintana said the designated smoking zones are not only ineffective, they’re more costly as well. “There are janitorial costs associated with clean-up,” Quintana said. “There’s signage, which is a cost. Urns, benches and shades have still not been put into all of these places, which is part of the plan. And the cigarette butts are also an environmental pollutant.” Quintana also said she’s received multiple complaints about the two central smoking areas on campus— the ones near Scripps Cottage and behind the Music building—because the cigarette smoke is still affecting passersby. “(Those complaining) feel that the location was not appropriate,” Quintana said. “People that go down that walkway feel impacted; people
who work in that building. They say that the air intake is compromised, even though the entrance to the building is more than 50 feet way.” This new push by the ASCSU comes after the University of California system announced last year that it would ban the use of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and unregulated nicotine products, meaning “e-cigarettes,” from all 10 of its campuses. ASCSU Chair Diana Wright Guerin said she hopes the CSU resolves smoking on campus in a similar manner. “The ASCSU had reports that a ‘Catch 22’ was happening on some campuses, where the campus president would not move until the system did, and the system leadership said it was a campus decision,” Wright said in an email. “After we saw UC President (Mark) Yudof take action across all the UC institutions, we decided to try the system-wide approach in the CSU.” Eadie said if SDSU were to create a smoke-free campus, no additional funding would go to police enforcement of the new policy. Quintana said the only cost associated with a smoke-free campus would be signage and outreach. “The policy would … have to be selfenforcing or peer-enforcing, because there would be no reassignment of police time for enforcement of such a ban,” Eadie said. If the University Senate passes a resolution, certain steps must be taken before the policy will be set in stone. SDSU President Elliot Hirshman has the final authority on all policy matters, although Eadie said SDSU presidents, historically, have “taken pride in agreeing with the senate on virtually all matters.”
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was asked to wait for the police officer to pick her up late at night. “Even though it took them 10 minutes to respond, I did not feel safe waiting on the corner of a street,” Mundee said. Communications senior Nicollette Noriega often has on all-nighters at Love Library and uses the service twice a week during the semester and sometimes four to six times a week during finals. Noriega said the service puts her at ease knowing she will be safe even if she is out walking late at night. “Considering the crime alerts we constantly receive through emails and being a girl,” Noriega said. “It most definitely makes me feel compelled and at ease by using the escort service.” Brown said he wants every student to feel safe and know how to call the police or escort service in any type of emergency. To request an escort during the semester, call 619-594-6659,
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violence, to sex crime coverups, Benedict’s moral character has been questioned. The announcement sent shock waves throughout the Catholic community, according to Reuters. The last time a pope resigned was 600 years ago. According to The New York Times, the pope’s official resignation is slated for Feb. 28, with a new pope expected to be elected by Easter.
World Beat World’s largest crocodile dies The world’s largest captive saltwater crocodile died Sunday in the Philippines. According to Guinness World Records, the reptile measured 20.24 feet and weighed roughly 2,300 pounds. According to The Associated Press, the crocodile was believed to have caused deadly attacks on a child and a missing fisherman before its capture in 2011. According to The Inquisitr, the days leading to its death, the crocodile had a bloated stomach and had not been eating its regular meals. The animal died in the province of Bunawan. According to the town’s Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde, experts believe the crocodile was more than 50 years old. Suspects detained for Acapulco rape case In Mexico, several people suspected of having a connection to the rape of six Spanish tourists city of Acapulco were arrested, according to the Daily Mail. According to the Guardian, five armed men broke into a beach resort on Feb. 4, tying up six men and raping the women. State officials declined to state how many suspects were detained, but Gov. Angel Aguirre said two of those in custody are being investigated in connection to another rape
case, according to the AP. Approximately 40 people, some who claimed to be relatives of five of the detained men, blocked the road to the city’s airport while holding banners claiming the detained suspects were innocent and being made scapegoats. According to AP, tourism industry executives in Acapulco worry the attack might hurt business in the city’s beach resorts. Painting tagged at the LouvreLens A 28-year-old woman tagged Eugene Delacroix’s 1830 painting “Liberty Leading the People” at the Louvre-Lens in Paris. Police arrested the woman for writing “AE911” across the painting, according to Reuters. “AE911” stands for Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, an organization of architects, engineers and demolition specialists in support of the conspiracy theory claiming the World Trade Center was destroyed by explosive demolition. The work depicts a barebreasted woman raising France’s flag in a war-torn scene. According to Reuters, the Louvre-Lens confirmed on Friday the painting was removed, as the black marker used had not penetrated past the upper layer. –– Compiled by Staff Writer Arturo Garcia
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Tasty Tuesday: Vintage flair at Red Fox Piano Bar Laurel Vozely Staff Writer
Sitting in the corner booth cradled by aged wood, I imagine that if this building was emptied, the walls would play back the classics they hear nightly. San Diegans have been swooning to the sound of Eddie’s trumpet for years. Accompanied by Dave on piano, bar goers could say that the music is as much a part of Red Fox Steakhouse and Piano Bar as the furniture itself. These are no fair-weathered musicians, folks. “We’ve got a song for every occasion: birthday, anniversary, engagement … divorce,” Eddie humorously said to the crowd. This underrated gem can be found at El Cajon Boulevard and Mississippi Street located in the East Wing of the Lafayette
Hotel. Music accompaniment is offered seven days a week beginning at 9 p.m. To say the Red Fox is like a time capsule back to the days of oldschool sophistication and romance is an understatement. Popular 1920s actress Marion Davies had parts of an old inn shipped from Surrey, England and used it as a beach house, which today is known as the Lafayette Hotel. Structural pieces and furniture, dating all the way back to 1560, were retrieved from storage to create the Red Fox space. The restaurant’s blood-red booths and rich wood create a decadent atmosphere for customers. But alas, it’s the 21st century and everyone wants to know about the
booze situation. Those in pursuit of beer may be disappointed because there are only two on tap; Michelob Amber Bock and another easily forgettable option. Both were on the watery side. Other than that, mixed drinks were standard and went for about $5 a piece. I will say Red Fox made the best kamikaze I’ve ever had, and that alone is worth a return. Service was friendly but lacking, considering it took 20 minutes or so to receive a bar menu. However, after it was handed to me, I was pleasantly surprised to find a variety of dishes ranging from $4 to $10, including fried scallops, jumbo shrimp, salads, bratwurst, fries and much more. This is a perfect spot for a latenight nosh.
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Between the kamikaze, dim lighting and sweet jazz, I forgot about my yesterday and tomorrow. The ideal guest to take to the Red Fox is a significant other, especially a lover. Mood allows for sweet nothings whispered during a quick dance. If your sweetie isn’t available, a night out with the gals or guys will do, as the Red Fox is quiet enough for catching up. The ambience is really what stands out about this place; however, you have to consider your reasoning for going out at night. If you’re interested in a wild night of binge drinking and clubbing, Red Fox probably isn’t for you. But on occasion, it’s refreshing to bypass the stereotypical weekend night and sit down to actually have a
conversation, all while enjoying music, and maybe getting tipsy in the meantime. A quick note about the music: If you want to acquaint yourself with some stripped down jazz, you should definitely snag a seat at the makeshift counter in front of Eddie and Dave, or whoever might be performing on that particular night. Come with a request in mind, otherwise you might feel musically illiterate, as I did. Acquainted or not, the music is an essential component of Red Fox. I don’t hear a lot of authentic, stripped-down jazz locally and to have it available in such a casual, affordable atmosphere is pretty neat. It’s like having a Casablanca moment available to you seven nights a week less than 15 minutes away.
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system encouraging individual campuses to become smoke-free. It seems to follow the lead of the University of California system, which is in the process of making all of its campuses smoke-free. The logic behind the resolution is simple: Smoking is unhealthy and the CSU shouldn’t promote unhealthy things. Therefore, smoking on campus should be banned. Unfortunately, the reality of smoking is much more complicated than this argument implies. Administrators considering the ban must first take into account students, staff and faculty’s right to engage in unhealthy activities. It’s the same right allowing us to eat greasy, fat-filled food whenever we want. It’s also the same right that allows football players to bash their brains into a concussed mush every Sunday or hikers to climb
dangerous mountains with minimal equipment. Essentially, you have the right to do whatever you want with your own body, regardless of the certainty of negative consequences. I realize there’s a difference between smoking and other reckless behavior. In theory, overeating is only harmful to the person doing it, while secondhand smoke will infect the innocent lungs of witless bystanders. However, the solution to protect nonsmokers without trampling on the rights of those who want to smoke is simple: keep smokers to designated areas where nonsmokers can avoid them. This fair compromise is the current system at SDSU, where there are 12 smoking areas, mostly on the edges of campus. If the Academic Senate is concerned about the health of students because of reckless individuals, there are far more impactful things they could
do, such as promoting safe driving. Every year, more than 30,000 people are killed in automobile accidents in the U.S., but where is the moral outrage about people who speed? Where are the Truth campaign-style videos calling out companies who promote cars that can go at unsafe speeds? Surely, commercials, movies and video games about BMWs and Mustangs flying down streets at 100 mph have as big an impact on the driving habits of young adults as cigarettes in media ever could. Yet the Academic Senate isn’t passing any resolutions to educate students and staff about the importance of driving at the speed limit. Maybe the senate is wondering how much of an impact the CSU could have on the driving habits of students or staff. My guess is it’s about the same impact a ban on smoking on campus would have on their health.
But this ban is about more than just health. The resolution passed by the Academic Senate also lists the cost of tobacco use as more than $193 billion from health care costs and lost productivity, which sounds like a lot, until you consider that gross domestic product for the U.S. last year was $15.7 trillion. Traffic alone—because of lost time and fuel—cost $121 billion. If that’s not enough, car crashes cost the U.S. economy $300 billion a year in lost wages, medical costs and emergency services, according to CBS. Clearly, tobacco is a serious issue, but not as dangerous as unsafe driving. However, it’s understandable for the Academic Senate not to want to promote the consumption of unsafe products on campus. But, it needs to realize allowing smoking in certain designated areas doesn’t equal endorsement or promotion. What it does show is the system’s ability to
balance the needs of the majority with the rights of the minority. This balance is the cornerstone of a functional democracy and it should be one of the guiding principles of the CSU. The current system of designated smoking areas provides an equitable balance; there’s no need to ban smoking all together. And if the Academic Senate is truly concerned about the effects of smoking, it can promote a campaign to encourage and aid students, staff and faculty in quitting the use of tobacco products. Better yet, let them tackle a more important issue such as speeding, drunk and unsafe driving. It’s easy to pick on smokers and take away their rights in the name of health and the greater good. But the right thing to do is to realize smokers are part of the CSU community and they deserve the same rights as everyone else.
Boy Scouts prejudice shows broken moral compass national
f anyone thinks prejudice and discrimination no longer exist in the U.S., they obviously don’t know the Boy Scouts of America. Unfortunately, after considering the removal of its ban on homosexual scouts and leaders, the Boy Scouts decided to continue its homophobic policies by delaying the vote until May. This move by the Boy Scouts is unacceptable. Not only will the Boy Scouts continue its exclusionist policies, it also shows it has little courage to stand to the pressure from the religious right. It’s a shame to see a program such as the Boy Scouts, which does so much good for young Americans, follow discriminatory policies which they should have moved on from a long time ago. The Boy Scouts has been in bed with the religious for years, particularly its biggest sponsor, the Mormon Church. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints accounts for 15 percent of the Boy Scouts membership. Boy Scouts also depend on the church for fundraising. In 2000, during a Supreme Court case of the Boy Scout’s discriminatory policy, an attorney for the Mormon Church wrote, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—the largest single sponsor of Scouting units in the United States—would withdraw from Scouting if it were compelled to accept openly homo-
sexual scout leaders.” The Roman Catholic Church has also been a major influence on the Boy Scouts anti-gay policies, and as much as 70 percent of all Boy Scouts members are sponsored by religious organizations. The religious influence ultimately led the Boy Scouts to release an official statement in 1991, which deemed homosexuals as an undesirable model for scouts. The Boy Scouts has also banned atheists and agnostics because of the same principle. The Boy Scouts claims gays and atheists are bad role models for young Americans. My question is what makes them so bad? This claim seems to be based on a silly, homophobic idea that homosexuals will corrupt the youth of the
U.S. and turn others gay. In fact, supporters of the ban have argued gay adults are more likely to sexually abuse children than straight adults, a claim which has conclusively been disproven by scientific research. These old-fashioned, social Darwinist beliefs that homosexuals and atheists are going to indoctrinate our youth or are somehow morally inferior is destroying America’s social progress. Despite this country’s claim that “all men are created equal,” we will not have an equal society until we can move past bigoted ideas and truly accept people from all walks of life. It seems what the Boy Scouts and the religious right are really afraid of is challenging their narrow-minded view of the
world, which is defined by strict fundamentalist standards and does not question its own authenticity. Those are ideas of the past and it’s time to move on. Making matters worse, the Boy Scouts has received public funding from the federal government while its hateful policies have been in effect. This includes the National Scouts Jamboree, which is held at Fort A.P. Hill Army, Vi. This event costs approximately $2 million of taxpayer money annually and is financed by the Department of Defense. The Boy Scouts also has access to public schools and other government buildings for meetings and activities. What ever happened to separation of church and state? The Boy Scouts has become a de facto religious organization
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and requires its members to make an oath to God. With separation of church and state, there should be no reason why the Boy Scouts receives federal funding. Furthermore, federal money should not go to any organization that discriminates against anyone for any reason, whether it’s race, disability, sexual orientation, or religion. Before its May vote, the Boy Scouts should review its anti-gay policies and reflect how effective they are. Since 2000, Its membership has declined from 3.4 million to approximately 2.7 million. Corporate sponsors, such as UPS, Intel and United Way, have dropped donations to the Boy Scouts because of its anti-gay policies. Corporate sponsors don’t want to contribute to anything which could potentially label them as anti-gay and the American people don’t want any private organization to practice discriminatory policies. For the Boy Scouts, it’s time. It’s time to move on past the prejudiced policies of the past. It’s time for them to take a stand against the religious right and show it has the guts to tell religious organizations they’re wrong about this issue. Furthermore, it’s time for the Boy Scouts to admit it has been wrong about this issue for the last few decades and to correct its mistakes.
— Staff Columnist Matthew Smith is a single subject teaching credential program graduate student
Too many taxes backfire with dimished tax base economy
he American dream has aroused passions and led to big migrations to California. In the U.S., anything is possible. If you work hard, persevere and show intellect, you might rise to the top of the social ladder and perhaps follow in the footsteps of Donald Trump or even become the next president. California recently approved a tax increase for individual residents earning $250,000 or more, and couples accumulating more than $500,000. It’s almost as if wealthy people are being punished for having worked as mules to achieve a high standard of life, rather than being able to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Imagine you´re a farmer with no money to acquire the crops and land you need. You have to work
hard in order to save up and buy them with no help whatsoever. It’s only fair that you shouldn’t be penalized for having a better harvest than your neighbors. The social safety net in the U.S. is not as strong as some in European countries, such as France. Americans might agree with the expression “you reap what you sow.” The harder you work, the more skill you show, the further you will go in life. The American economic system encourages entrepreneurship and innovation because you earn your place in society by your own merits and distinguish yourself from the rest of the herd. It’s almost impossible for anyone to determine the fairness of taxes and to what extent they should be applied to different individuals. Some people are born rich, without having earned a cent through hard work. Somebody earned it for
them. You might say it is fair to tax them extra because they did not contribute to their own high income. Consider a person receiving merit-based scholarships. Without the scholarships, they wouldn’t be able to get a loan to go to college. We can agree this person’s success is partially because of government grants. In that case, it’s only fair the government demands a return of its investment if the student eventually earns a high income. In California, the current tax rate for individual residents earning more than $1 million or couples earning $2 million is more than 13 percent. Meanwhile, the federal income tax for $400,000 and more is 39.6 percent. In France, the income tax is 45 percent for revenues of more than $204,400. Many European countries have similar percentages. At the end of the day,
the U.S. tax burden isn’t that bad. However, the consequences of high income taxes can be damaging for a country because it can slowly destroy its national savings. In France, citizens earning more than 1 million euros are taxed at 75 percent. French actor Gerard Depardieu handed back his passport last month in order to acquire Russian citizenship because Russian income taxes are fixed at 13 percent regardless of income. Other French socialites moved their capitals to other countries such as Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Andorra, which are keen to receiving these savings. This is an example of how too many taxes can kill the tax. Overtaxing rich people contributes to the deficit of a country because there’s less money left in the local banks. These savings no longer generate income in the country. High-income citizens
spend more money, on average, than other citizens, thus maintaining jobs and creating a functional economy, so we can argue taxing them is not completely fair. What is least fair is how some states, such as Florida, Washington, and Texas, don’t impose income taxes. One might ask if it is really fair to take more money from rich people while others pay nothing. A better agreement between the government and high-income taxpayers would be for citizens with large saving to lend money to the government and receive a minor interest when the dark clouds clear in the economic horizon. Another possibility could be to force them to spend a certain percentage of their wealth in certain economic sectors that need extra help.
— Contributor Marina Kracht
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Good riddance to aging leader of antiquated religion religion
ope Benedict XVI announced his plans to retire yesterday. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited” for the task, the church leader said, revealing the motivation behind his decision to become the first pontiff to retire in 600 years, according to The New York Times. To this I say, he is retiring because he’s feeling weak? It’s like the guy hasn’t even read Philippians 4:13, which reads “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” You’ve gotta be kidding me, Pope. After all the times you’ve preached about suffering being God’s way of testing his people, you’re gonna tap out because you’re getting old? Don’t you know what the traditional retirement plan is for the papacy? You’re supposed to stand on balconies and wave to people, dispersing blessings until you keel over. Frankly, I’m disappointed. Now it’s time for the College of Cardinals to begin scurrying around in preparation for the Conclave, which I assume involves an epic Super Smash Bros. tournament to determine who gets to be the new Vicar of Jesus Christ. They had better hurry up and elect someone, because we all know that in the absence of a pope bad things could happen. Without a spiritual father, the church could begin harboring known pedophiles,
discriminating against the gay community or even helping spread AIDS by insisting contraceptives should be banned. Let’s hope none of those things happen in the absence of a holy leader. In all seriousness, a legitimate question should be on all of our minds right now: Does the world need a pope? Is the world better off because a bunch of frenetic virgins announce the election of a new infallible leader every few years? It should be obvious that the answer is a resounding “no.” The Roman Catholic Church has more than a billion members, so I expect people to disagree with me, but I suspect this disagreement comes more from a place of loyalty and adherence to tradition than anything else. What argument could possibly be made in support of the papacy? I can’t think of a single office that comes with more pomp and self-importance while serving absolutely no positive or practical purpose. Does anyone believe that the world needs a Latin-speaking, bigoted middleman who lives in a golden palace and wears a 3-foot-tall bedazzled hat to act as some kind of conduit to connect people to God? It’s time to recognize the Catholic Church for what it is. Historically, the Catholic Church had absolutely nothing to do with the spiritual health of its members and the papacy was merely a means of consolidating power in an effort to influence or control monarchies in Europe. In this sense, the pope was a tremendously relevant figure
for several centuries. Those days are gone. The very idea of papal authority isn’t taken seriously by global leaders, and religious faith is declining around the world. Scientific progress and the accessibility of information have eroded the foundation of the Catholic Church. The Vatican is known more as the source of child abuse scandals and antiquated philosophy than as a place where people should seek spiritual guidance. The fact of the matter is, Pope Benedict XVI is an obsolete autocrat whose reign has caused far more harm than good. As the Conclave begins, remember that the next pope, like all of the popes before him, will not be democratically elected. In fact, upon election by the College of Cardinals, he will subsequently be completely unaccountable because of his fictional infallibility. The era of papal relevance ended long ago. Hopefully the world will realize this soon so we can all say goodbye to these Iron Age relics once and for all.
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Mumford & Sons, fun. win big at this year’s Grammys
grammy awards Tori Haynes Staff Writer
It was an unpredictable Sunday night full of talented musicians, awards and style at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, held on Feb. 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The red carpet was packed with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, all decked out from head to toe and looking their best. Girls were swooning left and right when Justin Timberlake made an appearance wearing a classic black suit and bow tie.
Despite the new dress code policy imposed by CBS Program Practices, some celebrities managed to push the envelope, such as Kelly Rowland, who went for a daringdiva look wearing a black dress with large cutouts. Katy Perry also turned heads in her mint green Gucci dress with a dramatic plunged neckline. But despite the number of beauties on the red carpet, many argued Rihanna was among the best dressed of the night in her romantic and feminine long, red gown. Taylor Swift opened the show with a strange, but memorable performance of “We Are Never
Ever Getting Back Together.” Swift dressed in an elaborate costume as the Mad Hatter during this circusstyle song. Her performance also included a troop of mimes and a man on a tricycle with a flamethrower attached. Unexpected duet performances of the night included Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z performing “Suit & Tie” and “Pusher Love,” Sting and Bruno Mars performing “Locked Out of Heaven,” Elton John and Ed Sheeran performing “The A Team,” Miguel and Wiz Khalifa performing “Adorn” and Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 performing “Daylight” and “Girl On
Fire.” There was also an element of tension in the venue as artists competed for various awards. Frank Ocean beat rival Chris Brown in the category of best urban contemporary album. Brown, who had a scuffle with Ocean last month, was a sore loser and remained seated as Ocean walked to the stage during a standing ovation. Fun. claimed major awards including song of the year for its hit anthem “We Are Young” and best new artist, causing something of an upset for Ocean. Fun.’s lead singer, Nate Ruess, said he honestly didn’t think it was going to
win that category because the band was against amazing artists such as Frank Ocean, Hunter Hayes and The Lumineers. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys was the night’s top winner with four trophies, including producer of the year and three rock category victories. The ceremony ended with a bang as London folk rockers Mumford & Sons wrapped up the show with what was considered one of the most surprising wins of the night, taking home album of the year for “Babel.” See below for a full list of this year’s Grammy winners.
Hard rock/metal performance: “Love Bites (So Do I),” Halestorm Alternative music album: Making Mirrors, Gotye Dance” recording: “Bangarang,” Skrillex feat. Sirah Dance/electronica album: “Bangarang,” Skrillex Latin pop album: “MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition,” Juanes Latin rock, urban or alternative album: Imaginares, Quetzal Latin jazz album: Ritmo!, The Clare Fisher Latin Jazz Big Band Tropical Latin album: Retro, Marlow Rosado Y La Riquena Country duo/group performance: “Pontoon,” Little Big Town Country song: “Blown Away,” Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins Gospel song: “Go Get It,” Mary Mary Gospel album: Gravity, Lecrae Blues album: Locked Down, Dr John Folk album: The Goat Rodeo Sessions, Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile Americana album: Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt Bluegrass album: Nobody Knows You, Steep Canyon Rangers Reggae album: Rebirth, Jimmy Cliff World music album: The Living Room Sessions Part 1, Ravi Shankar Children’s album: Can You Canoe?, The Okee Dokee Brothers Spoken word album: Society’s Child: My Autobiography, Janis Ian Comedy album: Blow Your Pants Off, Jimmy Fallon New age album: Echoes of Love, Omar Akram Jazz vocal album: Radio Music Society, Esperanza Spalding Jazz instrumental album: Unity
Band, Pat Metheny Unity Band Large jazz ensemble album: Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), Arturo Sandoval Pop instrumental album: Impressions, Chris Botti Compilation soundtrack album: Midnight in Paris, various artists Score soundtrack album: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross Song written for visual media: “Safe & Sound feat. The Civil Wars” (From “The Hunger Games”), Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams Musical theater album: Once: A New Musical, Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti Producer of the year, classical: Blanton Alspaugh Producer of the year, nonclassical: Dan Auerbach Instrumental composition: “Mozart Goes Dancing,” Chick Corea Orchestral performance: “Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony) Opera recording: “Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen,” James Levine and Fabio Luisi Choral performance: “Life & Breath: Choral Works by Rene Clausen,” Charles Bruffy Short-form music video: “We Found Love,” Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris Long-form music video: “Big Easy Express,” Mumford & Sons Historical album: The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set), Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wolfe
2013 Grammy Winners
Left ro right: Dave Grohl, Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney.
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Album of the year: Babel, Mumford & Sons Record of the year: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye feat. Kimbra Song of the year: “We Are Young,” Fun. New artist: Fun. Pop solo performance: “Set Fire to the Rain (Live),” Adele Pop vocal album: Stronger, Kelly Clarkson Rock performance: “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys Urban contemporary album: Channel Orange, Frank Ocean Rap/sung collaboration: “No Church in the Wild,” Jay-Z and Kanye West, feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream Country solo performance: “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood Country album: Uncaged, Zac Brown Band Pop/duo group performance: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra Traditional pop vocal album: “Kisses on the Bottom,” Paul McCartney Rap performance: “N----s in Paris,” Jay-Z, Kanye West Rap song: “N----s in Paris,” Jay-Z, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Kanye West Rap album: Take Care, Drake R&B performance: “Climax,” Usher Traditional R&B performance: “Love on Top,” Beyonce R&B song: “Adorn,” Miguel R&B album: Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment Rock song: “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys Rock album: El Camino, The Black Keys
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Gotye (left) and Kimbra (right).
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In case you hadn’t heard, AMC’s hit zombie drama “The Walking Dead” returned Sunday night. The mid-season finale left off with brothers Daryl and Merle Dixon about to square off in the Governor’s arena. While the behinds the scenes drama of the show changing frontrunners yet again had some on edge regarding the show’s quality, fans were (mostly) not dissappointed by the premiere. There is one thing to be certain of, though: mid-season finales are sources of pure fan torture.
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Tuesday, february 12, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 69
‘The Brothers Size’ is a powerfully written drama
all the world’s a stage
David Dixon Assistant Entertainment Editor
Avid fans of current dramatists have probably heard of Tarell Alvin McCraney. Many critics claim he’s one of the most talented playwrights in recent memory. Before going to see The Old Globe’s production of “The Brothers Size,” I was wondering if the show would live up to all the hype surrounding it. To put it mildly, the drama is the real deal. Ogun Henri Size (Joshua Elijah Reese) and Oshoosi Size (Okieriete Onaodowan) are two African-American brothers living together in San Pere, La. Ogun is a stern, hardworking individual who works as a car mechanic. Oshoosi has recently been released from jail and is a likeable slacker with a crude sense of humor. Their relationship is tested when Elegba (Antwayn Hopper), Oshoosi’s former cellmate, reunites with him. For fear of ruining the experience, very little information about what happens after will be revealed. McCraney’s prose takes a few minutes to adjust to. The actors frequently read aloud stage directions, which ultimately creates a hypnotic mood that grows more dreamlike with Jonathan Melville Pratt’s mesmerizing percussions and Gina Scherr’s lighting design. It’s incredible how effective this becomes as the story goes on. Don’t mistake McCraney’s stylistic language as an excuse not to include an emotional core. There are many moments
of authentic conversations as the brothers’ bond changes throughout the course of the evening, especially in the final 30 minutes. The climax is so bittersweet, I had to wipe some tears from my eyes. I wasn’t alone, as other audience members sniffed during the heartbreaking final twist. The three actors each give distinct personalities to their fully realized characters. Reese, who originated the role of Ogun for the West Coast premiere, abruptly replaced Gilbert Owuor not long before the first performance in San Diego. He poignantly changes from a tough brother to a vulnerable man. Onaodowan shines as the lazy Oshoosi. The actor can be very funny when talking like an immature goofball, but is just as effective during his dramatic scenes. Someone came up with the weird idea that Hopper shouldn’t wear a shirt whenever he is on stage. This could have lead to cringe-inducing moments, similar to seeing Taylor Lautner in the “Twilight” series, but instead serves as a metaphor for Elegba’s power over the people around him. Hopper handles McCraney’s dialogue with cool confidence. His delivery is similar to Samuel L. Jackson in a Quentin Tarantino movie, full of authority and conviction. An interesting aspect that all the characters have in common is that they have at least one major monologue in “The Brothers Size.” Hopper, Onaodowan and Reese handle the speeches very
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Volume 99, issue 69 | TUESday, february 12, 2013
The downfall of kid’s TV
Carlos Alainiz Staff Writer
I’m 21 years old and have been watching TV for as long as I can remember. When my aunt would babysit me, she’d turn on the TV and let me watch while she did God knows what. I believe that when I was a kid, we had the best cartoons ever. I remember watching “Pinky and the Brain,” “Pokémon” and “Dexter’s Lab,” (I grew up in Mexico, so I might have had a different selection than some of you). I’ve grown up a lot since then, but when I get the chance, I still watch those shows. Nowadays, I’m an older brother. I have a 9-year-old sister who loves TV as much as I do, yet I’m not sure her favorite TV shows match the quality of the ones I used to watch. I usually watch TV with her, but by the time the episode is finished, I just want to lie on my bed in the fetal position because of how bad the shows are. The worst part is that she loves them. Actually, the absolute worst part is that they’re always reruns that my sister watches repeatedly. In the course of a week, she watches the same episode of “Lab Rats”—for those of you who have no idea what that is, I’ll get to it—about six times during that week. I don’t have a problem with her watching TV, but the shows suck so bad, it makes me wonder why she likes them. With that said, I give you a list of the three TV shows my little sister made me hate. “Pair of Kings” starring Mitchel Musso, Larramie “Doc” Shaw and Adam Hicks. Premise: After two orphan brothers in Chicago learn their parents were the king and queen
of a remote island somewhere in the middle of the ocean, they take their parents’ places as co-kings of the island. The series revolves around the high jinks they get into as kings. Problem: My initial problem with this show is that my little sister likes it, so whenever it’s on, she watches it. It gets incredibly annoying because Musso has a certain prickishness in his character that makes me want to throw whatever is closest to me at the TV. As some of you might know, after Musso was caught drinking under the influence, he was kicked off the show. I immediately thanked the TV gods for this, but the TV gods giveth and the TV gods taketh away. Instead of ending the show, the TV executives asked, “Why not send Musso’s character away and make up a new character to be the third brother?” Enter Adam Hicks. So the show goes on. The funniest thing, though, is that none of them look alike and yet they try to play triplets. “Lab Rats” Starring Hal Sparks (One of VH1’s comedians) along with a bunch of people you probably don’t know. Premise: After his mom marries a rich inventor, Leo (Tyrel Williams) discovers there are teenage bionic humans living in his basement who use their bionic powers to solve crises such as meteors heading toward Earth and runaway trains. The family decides to take the bionic kids to school to try and give them a regular life. Problem: Who builds bionic kids? I mean, why make them kids? This show just gives off a weird feeling of pedophilia. If you’re building someone to stop something from destroying the world, why not make adults? Also, if you find out
the man you married built kids, why take them to school? That’s certainly a deal breaker. When you see that, it’s time to pick your bags up and go. “Wild Grinders” starring Rob Dyrdek. Premise: Young Rob and his crew skate the days away while also getting themselves into trouble. Hilarity ensues. Problem: I don’t really have a problem with the show itself, but I know what Rob Dyrdek does in his spare time. I’ve watched “Rob and Big” as well as “Fantasy Factory,” which aren’t the shows children should be watching. Honorable mention: This show hasn’t come out yet, but I know I’ll hate it and my sister will love it.
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Today’s Birthday (2/12/13) - Your solar year begins a season of social fun, creativity and romance. For about five months, old partnerships are best, and promotions attract attention. A career choice in summer blazes trails for the rest of 2013 and beyond. Go play! 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 an 8 - Communications go the distance today. Present practical data, and get the word out. Share a commitment and inspire others, who take it the extra step. Listen for the gold. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 9 - New information emerges. Speak up; you could earn a bonus. New financial arrangements are possible. Keep track of spending, and create a game plan. Tap into hidden resources. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 7 - Convince your partner by inventing a fabulous fantasy. Discuss financial implications. More planning is a good idea. Ask probing questions about priorities. Proceed to the next level: design. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 9 - Share discoveries and listen to your partners. Find ways to save time by working smarter. A small investment now produces high returns. Ask for more and get it. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 7 - It’s a good time to learn from someone you love, someone who comes up with brilliance. Do the homework you’ve been avoiding for an epiphany. This makes you irresistible. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 9
- Persuade a family member into going along for the ride. Bring home a happy surprise. Advance to the next level of your practical plan for prosperity. Keep a secret. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is an 8 Your clever wit attracts new business. Gather information and learn quickly. The news is all good. Graduate to the next level. Allow your partner temporary veto power. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 9 - Follow a wise relative’s advice, and let words lead to surrender. Be vocal about what you want. Get materials for a creative project. Listen to your heart’s song. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 9 - An amazing discovery validates your work. Step outside the box. Others ask for your advice. Deliver your message in writing, or give a speech. Consult friends for feedback. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 9 - Watch for new information. Fan the flames by broadcasting it. Your past work speaks well for you. Accept assistance. Reveal your ideas in private. Record feelings in your journal. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - There are new assignments coming in, and the money motivates. There’s a power play. Figure out how to go farther to resolve practical questions. Provide leadership and persuasion. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 9 - Let others know what you want. Promise something better later and mean it. More becomes available. Invest in efficiency. You gain public recognition. Phone home if you’re away. ©2013, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
I have a 9-year-old sister who loves TV as much as I do, yet I’m not sure her favorite TV shows match the quality of the ones I used to watch. “Wendell and Vinnie” starring Jerry Trainor. Premise: Older brother Vinnie is an immature and fun-loving guy, while little brother Wendell is a straight-edge kid who doesn’t really like fun. Problem: Trainor is my problem. After having roles in “iCarly” and “Drake and Josh,” I’ve come to realize he’s Nickelodeon’s whipping boy and there is no acting career out there for him.
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