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Obama’s plan cuts $4 trillion matics education. A total of $80 million will be allotted toward the Effective Teachers and Leaders State Grant program, to help 100,000 teachers become proficient with the science, technology, engineering and math standards. A $30 million joint mathematic education initiative with the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation is proposed as well, designed to help educators meet these standards. With the proposed budget also calling for deep spending cuts, as well as taxes on the wealthiest Americans, many analysts predict these measures will be met with strong opposition as the budget goes to Congress for approval before it takes effect in October.

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Amidst spending cuts, Obama boosts the education budget Kevin Smead assistant news editor On Monday, President Barack Obama sent his proposed budget for the 2013 fiscal year to Congress. The main focus of the budget, according to Obama, is to reduce the national deficit by $4 trillion throughout the next decade. Among the extensive budget’s many components is a plan to provide adequate funding for education through a number of efforts. The budget allows for $69.8 billion in total education spending, a 2.5 percent increase from this year. Much of this money will be focused on the K-12 system by funding numerous programs. This may include Promise Neighborhoods, which provides support for “high-need” families, as well as School Turnaround Grants, which assists the lowest performing schools in the nation. One program that is due for a pro-

posed expansion is Race to the Top. Started in 2009, this program has designed to reform education innovation. According to the administration, it will implement rigorous standards and assessments, use data to improve instruction and decision-making, recruit and retain effective teachers and principals, turn around the lowestperforming schools and improve state systems of early learning and care. While the program currently encompasses K-12, the proposed expansion would bring the program to higher education, in the form of Race to the Top: College Affordability and Completion. Though the specific details regarding the program’s new sections are few, the administration’s goal of more affordable college costs is clearly stated. The proposed budget also plans to address the growing issue of student loan debt, which recently surpassed credit card debt as the highest in the country. One of the budget’s priorities is to cap the student loan interest level at 3.4 percent, instead of increasing it to 6.8 percent starting this summer. The administration has made it clear that with the economy still in its recovery phase and market interest rates

remaining low, it “makes no sense to double rates on student loans.” In addition, a portion of the education budget is set aside for continued funding of the Pell Grant, which provides financial aid for many college students. The two biggest initiatives, however, according to NPR, are “unprecedented in funding and scope.” In an effort to foster job creation in the fields of science and technology, $8 billion will be allotted to the Departments of Education and Labor to help state and community colleges expand their career centers. The administration said the ultimate goal of this endeavor is to create skilled jobs easily accessible for all Americans through higher education, keeping the U.S. competitive on the world stage. In conjunction with this, the administration also recommends renewing the Career and Technical Education program, which would “restructure CTE to align what students learn in school with the demands of 21st-century jobs.” The proposed funding for the program is $1.1 billon. The other large initiative put forth in the budget is an overhaul of science, technology, engineering and mathe-


President’s 2013 budget proposal shows fiscal responsibility.



V-Day burglar has date with jail Beth Elderkin managing editor San Diego State’s Love Library had a little less love on Valentine’s Day yesterday, after a male nonstudent was arrested for stealing several electronics from people in the library. 25-year-old Sami Youssouf was apprehended by the SDSU Police Department yesterday afternoon and is being charged with four counts of


burglary. Youssouf allegedly stole two iPhones and a Dell laptop from the library at approximately 2 p.m. before entering the SDSU Bookstore with what SDSUPD Capt. Lamine Secka said was “the intent to steal something out of there.” All the stolen electronics were returned to their owners, Secka said, and no other library patrons reported anything missing. According to Secka, SDSUPD believes Youssouf was being assisted by an accomplice.

Wall Street recap Stocks started out the week higher, after positive news from Greece reassured the markets the troubled nation was coming up with plans to avoid financial collapse, despite painful austerity measures. All the indices increased by less than one percent. Tuesday morning saw the markets return most of Monday’s gains. The Dow Jones industrial average sank 47 points to 12,820, the Nasdaq fell by 15 points to 2,915 and the Standard & Poor’s 500 fell by nearly seven points to 1,353. The yield on the 10-Year Treasury Note declined by almost 2 percent to a yield of 1.99 percent.

“We have some information that there may have been one other person, based on some of the statements from some of the victims,” he said. “But we don’t have a concrete description of the person.” According to a community notification sent by SDSUPD yesterday afternoon, the pair had a strategy for coaxing victims away from their personal items: “One suspect distracts the victim by asking a question, while the other suspect steals the victims’ property.” Secka said the SDSUPD gets many

Apple stock passes $500 mark Apple stock traded at more than $500 on Monday, for the first time in its history. Trading up to $503.82, this is a huge milestone for the company. Apple built its brand by making products people love, and made it cool and trendy. Even with the absence of Steve Jobs, investors are quite confident in the earning power and innovational talent that has kept Apple going all these years. In an article from Yahoo Finance, former chief of retail sales Ron Johnson said Apple’s “best days are still in the future.” Johnson is the current CEO of J.C. Penney.

theft reports from Love Library, but they typically don’t involve a pair working together to commit the crimes. “This is probably the first time, at least for this school year, that there has been more than one person,” he said. Youssouf will likely be transferred to jail sometime today. As of yesterday evening, the other possible suspect’s location was unknown. SDSUPD is asking anyone with information regarding the thefts to contact the police department at 619-594-1991 regarding case number 12-0268.

Following strong criticism, Apple announced it asked the Fair Labor Association to conduct special audits of assembly suppliers such as the Foxconn plant in China. Johnson said “a lot of attention” was given to these issues while he worked at the company. Corporate governance and labor experts say Apple can be a leader and set good examples in this area because of its massive size in the marketplace.

—Compiled by Staff Writer Chet Galloway



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Budget applies realistic ideas to fix economy


resident Barack Obama revealed his budget proposal for the 2013 fiscal year on Monday. Although a long and painful budget battle is inevitable, Obama’s plan reveals a solid set of priorities. Most importantly, the budget shows the president and his administration have realized the importance of investing in the future through education. Temporary stimulus bills may ease pain in the short-run, but only forward-looking investments in education, infrastructure and research will set the country on a new path to economic security and equity. Even Obama’s choice of location for the budget unveiling echoed his professed commitment to increasing federal support for education. From a Virginia community college the president vowed, “We’ve got to make sure that education is affordable and available to everybody who wants to go.” But the numbers speak louder than any lofty rhetoric could. Education is marked for the largest proportional increase in discretionary spending of any budget item. The plan increases the Education Department’s budget by 2.5 percent, to nearly $70 billion. Much of Obama’s new proposed spending targets community colleges and job training, but promising university programs are also included. The innovative “Race to the Top: College Affordability and Completion” competition is a plan

Randy Wilde staff columnist modeled after the successful K-12 program. It would set up a $1 billion fund to reward colleges that are able to keep tuition costs low and maintain high graduation rates. Another way in which the plan seeks to keep higher education affordable is through increased financial aid. Obama’s budget maintains maximum Pell Grant awards and prevents a scheduled doubling of interest rates on quickly ballooning student loan debt. If all these potential gains will weather the storm of debate in Congress will be the story to watch throughout the next few months. Obama’s education funding measures have a history of fizzling out. The spending increase will inevitably prompt a deficit-obsessed congress to express the ritual indignation and disgust. And increasing revenue through proposed tax increases for the wealthy will surely be stonewalled by fat-cat Republicans. Back in the real world outside the congressional bubble, I believe Obama’s chosen routes to generate the funding for education will resonate well with many Americans, myself included. Poll after poll has shown the majority of Americans think the wealthy are not contributing their fair share back into the system from which they, most of all,

have benefitted. Overhauling the tax system to close gaping corporate loopholes and incorporate practically untaxed forms of investment income is crucial to maintain our ability to reinvest in America. Obama has made vague noises about such an overhaul but provided disappointingly few concrete details. I don’t know how much of the proposed decrease in defense spending is gimmick and how much is reality, but I sure like to see the red. The proposed $32 billion reduction from this year’s budget has even been defended by top military brass such as Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Martin Dempsey. At $70 billion, the total education budget is still a horrifyingly insignificant fraction of the $614 billion behemoth that is defense spending, but the plan is definitely a step in the right direction. Of course, the non-Republican elephant in the budgetary room is mandatory spending on social security and Medicare / Medicaid, an issue our generation will unfortunately be grappling with for the remainder of our working lives. It is our dubious honor to be graduating into the workforce as the baby boomers retire. So it is on the backs of our labor that such a huge generation will be able to retire with dignity. Our leaders must come up with a new system if we hope to avoid skyrocketing spending on the elderly. It is our responsibility to care for the old and infirm, but I


think we are now realizing the current system won’t remain feasible for long. It may seem like a vague and distant issue, but the federal budget will have significant and lasting impacts on all our lives. We students have much to gain and even more to lose. Regardless of your political leanings, if you’ve had enough of an overpriced and

underfunded education system, call your representatives and endorse Obama’s budget plan, or at least the part that directly benefits you.


Gauging job market key to major selection


hoose your major wisely. Whether you are on the Van Wilder track, languidly entering your seventh year as an undergrad with little hope of fruition; or you’re on the boy genius plan, anticipating a doctoral degree prior to a legal driver’s license, picking a major is vastly important, at least if money motivates you. That’s the conclusive finding of Anthony P. Carnevale, who serves as the Director of the Georgetown University Center of Education. He found that the particular degree of study has a “major” impact on the earning potential of the individual — pun intended. In the study, the Center of Education utilized the latest census figures, in addition to U.S. workforce data and no doubt some Criss Angelstyle magic, to document earning differences for each collegiate major. What may seem like simple intuition to most was formally acknowledged for the first time, as certain majors were documented to have far greater earning potential in a report titled, “What’s it Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors.” Carnevale discussed the implications of the findings, saying, “The bottom line is that getting a degree matters, but what you take matters more.” In fact, a correct choice could mean potentially earning 300 percent more annually than an incorrect choice. It doesn’t take a math major to understand the significance of 300 percent. Beyond that initial 300 percent are the implicit benefits, which include having a course set during your collegiate career, working toward a pre-set goal, generally improving the likelihood of graduating in four years and for many, reducing the financial burden of higher education as fewer loans are needed. The top 10 majors come with little surprise; as eight do involve, in some form, the word engineering. The real surprise is that a major as specific as Petroleum Engineering not only exists, but is also number one on the list, with an annual median earning of $120,000. The rest of the top five,

Brody Burns staff columnist in order, are (with the median income in parentheses): pharmacy / pharmaceutical sciences and administration ($105,000); mathematics and computer sciences ($98,000); aerospace engineering ($87,000); chemical engineering ($86,000). Meanwhile the bottom 10 earning majors are of no surprise. According to the results, if your major requires you to directly help others in the form of education, social work or serving your community through theology, then don’t expect lofty financial compensation. The depressing fact that teachers are paid marginally remains unchanged. The bottom five in terms of earning are: counseling / psychology ($29,000); early childhood education ($36,000); theology and religious vocations ($38,000); human services and community organizations ($38,000); social work ($39,000). While some of these majors may not commonly exist at every university, this report has incredible value to college students everywhere. As daunting a task as selecting one’s major is, the financial indications prove the incredible importance of this selection. The report accurately depicts the current market phenomenon based on collegiate majors without any misleading propaganda coming from academic advisors or college professors. Receiving an unbiased piece of advice regarding the reality of finding a job after graduation, from someone involved with a certain degree program is highly unlikely. There is no spinning the raw figures. They present a true indicator of what is currently occurring and what a specific major can expect in terms of compensation. It’s a valuable tool for all students, including those who are undecided. I was personally in the undecided major classification for a long time as an undergraduate. It proved to be as valuable to my college education as a set of nipples are to any male: utterly

useless. For me there was no value in waiting to declare a major; it only turned into putting off a serious decision. Any documentation that can aid the “major” decision-making process, through using precise quantitative data, is beneficial. This is not aimed to be an indictment on the current collegiate advising system. However, this exact data, which is a real-time snapshot of the prevailing conditions, should be utilized in charting a course for students. In the process of making a decision,

personality tests and reading tea leaves should be left for a later time. Looking into the market forces that each major can anticipate is a sound strategy, while quantifying the degree of Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging (Myers-Briggs Test) of my personality should not be the resounding influencer in the decision making process. The report also goes into further detail on unemployment levels associated with each major — something incredibly useful to a pool of future

The top 10 majors come with little surprise; as eight do involve ... engineering. The real surprise is that a major as specific as petroleum engineering ... exists.

job seekers. Currently, the highest unemployment level belongs to the social psychology major at 16 percent, while the major with virtually no unemployment happens to be another engineering major, geological and geophysical engineering. To those who are in the midst of a dilemma about their major, heeding Carnevale’s advice could be useful. In an op-ed piece published in the Washington Post, he wrote the following: “Self-discovery and democratic ideals are important, but they are no substitute for putting food on the table or supporting a family. For some students, this harsh reality will mean carefully weighing the choice of a major and, perhaps, setting aside passion for realism.”



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The placement of things

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (2/15/12) Creativity and imagination lead to new responsibilities this year. Expression channeled onto pages, into color and words, not only releases an emotion, but it provides a release for someone else. Reap rich rewards in many senses.


ost days it’s hard to wake up. That’s how you know you’ve buried something — when you sleep, it sleeps with you. When I try to wake up, it’s still deep in hibernation. There’s a heaviness to it. Oblong shape, maybe. Blue. If someone were to open my stomach like a hole in the ice, they’d plunge into a very dark and very cold alien world. My wife shifts our sheets closer to herself as I get up to put on a pot of coffee. As I pass my son’s room quietly, I listen to him sleep behind the door. He’s just discovered sports. When he wakes up he’ll want to play catch. His mitt is underneath his mattress. We placed a baseball in the sweet spot to help it loosen up overnight.

Mason Schoen fiction writer all boys make war. It’s what we do as humans. We’re the only animals with the ability to kill entire species outside our natural food chain. Coerced extinction, the apex of apexes. That terrifies me because I understand that power intimately. I mean, we’re all just predators. It’s in us — man makes myth of vengeful gods because man is God himself. We begin with anthills and beehives. Once, in the schoolyard as a kid, a couple of friends and I forced enough tragedy onto a bees’ nest that the queen had to evacuate. Her body was beaded and heavy and flew as though draped in rope.

There’s a heaviness to it. Oblong shape, maybe. Blue. If someone were to open my stomach like a hole in the ice, they’d plunge into a very dark and very cold alien world. When I think of my son, I can’t help but think of my father, how I made him struggle as he raised me. My son’s different than I was as a boy. He’s sympathetic and kind. Me, I wanted to test myself, find out how far I could push before breaking. He’s different than me, but still,

It wasn’t just the physical exertion that fatigued her, I think to myself, as the coffee finishes. There’s more to it than that. Ultimately, she knew she’d failed her brood. She knew something greater than herself proved her worthlessness. My wife teaches anthropology at

the university. She tells me that one day we’ll all be just one population on earth. No more borders or boundaries, no more separate cultures. She says now we’re moving from nationalism to transnationalism. That, pretty soon, countries will be so homogenous we’ll just be one planet. Everyone will be our countrymen. Or planetmen? We’ll eventually explain we come from Earth when there are space colonies floating by the moon. Then, maybe at some point in the distant future, we’ll have to specify which galaxy we come from. I stay up some nights just thinking about what the future might be like. How will my son live through it all? I find it’s better to imagine what’s ahead than to dwell on what’s deteriorating now. But if there is one way to end this inherent need for war, it’s to become one tribe. I like boundaries. I like to know where my territory ends and another’s begins. For my son, it’s different. He comes into the kitchen with his baseball glove already on. I open the front door and he jogs up the driveway. He turns around and begins the windup for his pitch. Easterly light reflects off the white concrete sidewalk and, as with snow blindness, I lose the placement of things. When he throws what’s in his hands, I raise my own and try to catch it, but it requires a little faith. I can’t let anything past me.

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 6 Upgrade your workplace with a little imagination. Financial hurdles are temporary. A partner offers excellent support. Make love and romance a priority. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - Go ahead and ask for what you've been promised; the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Keep smiling! You especially appreciate beauty, ambiance and artistry. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is an 8 The affection continues. It's as if Valentine's Day never ended. Don't take anything for granted now, and avoid unnecessary conflict. Focus on the love. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 - Not everything goes according to plan, but you can handle detours by applying what you've learned and adding a pinch of creativity. Patch up any leaks. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 7 Avoid trying to win an argument, or just skip the fight altogether. Choose peace and calm. Practice paying attention to your breath. Joy doesn't have to cost money. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 7 -

BY NANCY BLACK, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES Little steps toward organization can go a long way now. Exercise clears your head. Burn off some calories while having fun. Friends can make great partners. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is an 8 Fall in love with everyday beauty, the kind you normally take for granted. Don't sweat small stuff, and avoid silly arguments. Others speak well of you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 9 Add some passion to your work. Today could be quite profitable, but don't spend what you don't have. Stick to your budget. Be ready for surprises. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 9 - Others are depending on you to take action, but there's no need to stress since you're on top of your game. Put some oomph into it. The overall outcome is brilliant. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 7 - Keep an empowering context or overview for what you're up to, rather than listening to that old, disruptive voice that wants you to believe you can't. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Increased romance may come with some reversals of fortune. Be persistent to get what you really want. Use your wonderful instincts. Save up for it. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 Go for what you believe in. Being true to yourself takes you a long, long way. Be grateful for what you have. Wherever you can, build a solid foundation. ©2012, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.



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Solutions available online at 61 *Knee-slapper 65 Experiment 66 Soothing additive 67 Doting aunt, perhaps 68 Art Deco master 69 Heckle 70 More than reasonable interest DOWN 1 Turn to wine, as grape juice 2 *Nuclear plant sight 3 Home to Purdue 4 Full deck at Caesar’s palace? 5 “Seinfeld” uncle 6 *Suitcase lugger’s aid 7 “Shepherd Moons” Grammy winner

8 Unreturnable serve 9 Sea, in Paris 10 Out yonder 11 Actress Flockhart 12 *Rosie’s role 13 Puzzle solver’s smudge 18 Commonly decorated tree 22 Consumed 24 Columbus, by birth 25 “Mi casa __ casa” 26 Scarfed down too much, with “on” 27 Run for the hills 31 In-crowd 32 Busy employee of a paranoid king 37 Snare 38 “Oh, for pity’s __!” 39 “Must-see” review

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