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Rape kits absent from campus health centers jamie ballard Managing Editor ____________________________ Of the four major universities in San Diego, none of them have rape kits available in their campus health centers, despite the fact that college populations experience a high rate of sexual assault. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center estimates one out of every five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network reports that female students between ages 18 and 24 are three times more likely to be raped than other women. Jenny Harper, who works as a San Diego State campus advocate with the Center for Community Solutions, said the kits are not available at Calpulli Center. University websites for UC

San Diego and the University of San Diego both state students who wish to have a exam must go to an offsite facility, although the university does provide assistance in connecting students with these resources. A nurse in the Wellness Center at Point Loma Nazarene University said the kits were not in the campus health center. “It’s not that shocking to hear that none of these universities stock rape kits,” said Anna Voremberg, managing director for advocacy organization End Rape on Campus. “Most universities don’t have them, but it really depends on the health center.” She explained that if the kits are to be taken into court as admissible evidence, they need to be collected by trained personnel in an appropriate facility — which isn’t always possible in a

campus health center. “Schools really just have the obligation to make sure students can get to a place to have the kit done, like a hospital,” she said.   But students who are sexually assaulted also cannot turn to a hospital — at least not in San Diego. “It’s really important for people to know that in San Diego, if you want this kit done, you don’t go to the hospital,” Harper said. “You can call 911 or walk into a police station, and you tell them ‘I was sexually assaulted and I’d like to have a rape kit collected.’ They will escort you to the independent forensic services facility.” Title IX, which largely guides campuses on how to handle sexual assault, does not currently require campus health centers to maintain a

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Freddy Gonzalez, a Mexican Muslim mechanical engineering senior, said he is heartbroken when he visits a mosque because he sees people who know their family members will not be able to share their dreams in the U.S. A Black Muslim psychology neuroscience senior, who requested to be unnamed, said the immigration ban has affected her relationship with her Turkish Muslim husband because he is scared he will not be able to see his family. Layla Abdi, a Somali sociology junior, said she is scared her sister may have a problem bringing her husband from Somalia to the U.S. because he is Somali. Forty students attended San Diego State with student visas from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Libya in Fall 2016. Zero from Somalia were reported. Director of SDSU Media Relations Gina Jacobs said the data for international student citizenship for Spring 2017 is being evaluated and will be released next week. “The number doesn’t necessarily encompass every single student that would be actually impacted,” Jacobs said. The number of students could potentially be higher than 40. These interviews were conducted between Feb. 7 and Feb. 13, during which changes were made to the status of the ban against Muslim refugees

entering the country. A federal appeals court unanimously rejected a bid to reinstate President Trump’s travel ban on Feb. 9 because they said it did not advance national security. Layla Abdi, sociology junior, Somali Q: How has the executive order affected your family? A: We were scared. We had to let (my sister) know to come (to the U.S.as soon as possible.) Although she didn’t face any trouble or anything, if they start doing this, they will do more, and there’s a (possible Muslim) registration coming up which I hope doesn’t happen, but it affects everybody. I do have family who want to come here who will be affected in that way, but it does affect everybody because even if I want to go back to Somalia and see family or see someone who’s graduating or anything. I cannot go back, my sister is married right now, and if she wants to bring her husband here it will be a problem because he’s a Somali. So any Somali refugees cannot come here and it will affect us in that way too. It did affect my sister, and that’s my family so it affected me that way. She’s always checking on the news and everything. Q: How did the executive order affect you as a student? A: Trying to focus on school, and every day going back home

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Men’s tennis’ wild weekend homestand Degan loewe-pollock Contributor ____________________________ After a dominating victory, and pulling out another win by the strings of their rackets, the San Diego State men’s tennis team (3-4) ended the weekend by narrowly falling to UC Davis. The weekend started early for the Aztecs, as they faced Northern Arizona University (0-2) on Friday and were in control wire-to-wire. They started off winning the doubles point thanks to the team of senior Marko Goles-

Babic and sophomore Sander Gjoels-Andersen, as well as the freshman pair of Joel Popov and Rafael Gonzalez Almazan. The Aztecs, with the doubles point momentum, carried their strong start into singles play. They won five of their six singles matches to dominate what head coach Gene Carswell called “a scrappy NAU” team, 6-1. Carswell said it was a great bounce back victory for his team, which dropped three in a row. SDSU looked to make it backto-back victories in as many

days, but this time against UC Irvine (1-3), the Aztecs took the doubles point yet again. GolesBabic and Gjoels-Andersen won their doubles match 6-2, making that two-straight for the senior and sophomore pair. SDSU clinched the momentous doubles point when Popov and Gonzalez Almazan defeated sophomore Vatsal Bajpal and freshman Bruce Man-Son-Hing, 6-3. Popov is no stranger to doubles matches as he has

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Sophomore Sander Gjoels-Andersen completes his swing. Kelly Smiley, Photo Editor


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Feb. 15 - 21, 2017 • THE DAILY AZTEC editor: Kayla Jimenez • news@thedailyaztec.com

Allies defend Planned Parenthood San Diego community members marched in Encinitas to protect female reproductive rights Adriana Millar Assistant News editor ____________________________________ Over 2,000 participants marched in Encinitas on Feb. 11 in defense of Planned Parenthood and as a response to anti-abortion protests taking place at Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation the same day. Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization that offers reproductive health care services, including abortion. An estimated one in five women in the U.S. has visited a Planned Parenthood health center at least once in her life, according to the non-profit organization’s website. In the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency, pro-choice advocates fear federal funding and funding for women’s health services through the Affordable Care Act will be cut from the organization. The event was organized by Elena Scott and Sophie Stremel, two students from Pacific Ridge High School in Carlsbad. Pacific Ridge School student and march volunteer Isabella Sevigny said they could not have expected how many demonstrators turned out, despite heavy rain early in the morning. “It’s so important because we need to be able to tell everyone that we are standing for women’s rights regardless,” she said. “The more people included in

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Over 2,000 community members rallied in defense of Planned Parenthood Feb. 11. joe Kendall, Staff PhotograPher

this, the better.” Starting at Moonlight State Beach around 10 a.m., protesters walked along the South Coast Highway sidewalk before returning to the beach at about 11:30 a.m. Planned Parenthood requested all counter-protests be held away from clinics, according to the march’s Facebook event page. San Diego State communication senior Natalie Rangel said she came to the march to get more politically involved at

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a local level. “I feel very frustrated (by) the current events happening,” she said. “I believe that no matter what your view on abortion is, everyone deserves the right to choose what’s best for their body.” SDSU Alumnus Jenné Fredrickson, ‘12, said she has gone to Planned Parenthood since she was 16. “My insurance covers everything now, but I still want to give back because I know not everyone can say that,” she said. San Diego artist Alice Branca said she was at the march because the non-profit organization helped her when she was younger, and she could not imagine the administration doing away with it. “There (has) been so much progress made in my lifetime, and we cannot allow them to go back,” she said. “We have a separation of church and state in this country, which respects the rights of individuals, and this new administration is stomping all over them.” Planned Parenthood Generation Action SDSU development director Vanessa Nguyen said the event was important to show everyone who uses

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stock of rape kits or hire staff members who are trained to collect the kits. There have been a number of questions surrounding recently appointed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s position on Title IX and the role schools will continue to play when it comes to campus sexual assault. Given DeVos’s previously held stances, some advocates say it is unlikely Title IX will change to include a rape kit mandate. Voremberg said there are a lot of areas schools could dedicate their resources toward when it comes to fighting sexual assault on campus. Currently, SDSU has a number of initiatives and programs such as the Sexual Violence Task Force, Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention

Planned Parenthood that they’re not alone. “Especially at this time, it’s important to gather the support and get the message spread,” she said. PPGA SDSU works to mobilize advocates for reproductive freedom, raise public awareness for reproductive rights and educate people about their sexual health, Nguyen said. However,the group received late notice of the Feb. 11 march and many members were not able to attend, Nguyen said. Marketing junior Linda Dawood identifies as pro-life, but said she would probably not attend a protest at a Planned Parenthood clinic because it didn’t seem peaceful. Dawood attended the Walk for Life in San Francisco on Jan. 21. She said it was very important protests were done in a respectful manner. “Like you have the chants were abortion is murder, but it wasn’t hateful at all, it was like ‘let’s help them,” she said. “But some protests I’ve seen recently have gotten very violent, and that crosses a line.”

training for new students, and the It’s On Us pledge. There are several student organizations dedicated to taking action against sexual assault including the Andrea O’Donnell Womyn’s Association, FratMANners and SISSTER. Political science senior Jessica Beeli, who is also a member of SISSTER, said she believes it is essential to give survivors the resources and options to obtain support for criminal proceedings, and believes that having off-campus resources is a good option. “Whether or not it would be more valuable to have these resources directly on campus, I’m not sure,” she said. She said that having the resources offcampus may actually be more beneficial to a larger community, as college students aren’t the only ones who need access to rape kits. “I think it is important that the people understand where they can access specific resources for whichever route they want to take, and groups like SISSTER and FRATMANERs are essential in getting the word out,” she said. For further information on how SDSU is dealing with sexual violence on campus and to find resources, visit newscenter.sdsu.edu/bfa/title_ix/ prevention.


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Female entrepreneurs find support At SDSU, young businesswomen make up only 27 percent of the entrepreneurship emphasis

Fashion designer Karen Castles Grey speaks at the Women in Entrepreneurship event. Kelly Smiley, photo editor

Allyson Myers sTAFF WRITER ____________________________________ A panel of women entrepreneurs spoke to a student audience on Feb. 9, and gave advice on starting and running a successful business. The event, titled “WE Inspire,” was hosted by Karen Castles Gray, a Fowler College of Business Advisory Board member. Castles Gray, an entrepreneur and San Diego State mom, founded the Women in Entrepreneurship Lecture Series in 2016. At SDSU, women make up a minority

of students studying entrepreneurship. There are 357 undergraduate students enrolled in the management major with a specialization in entrepreneurship. Only 99 are women, comprising 27 percent of the major, according to the department of Analytic Studies & Institutional Research. The lecture series was created to bring leading women entrepreneurs to campus once a year. “WE Inspire” was the lecture series’ inaugural event. The event featured a panel of speakers that included Castles Gray, a fashion designer; Margaret Stagmeier, founder of TriStar, a real-estate investment firm; and Ann-Marie Griffith, managing director at

APG Asset Investment. The keynote speaker was Lonnie Ali, an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and wife and manager of the late Muhammed Ali. Castles Gray spoke about her experience starting her own line of fashion, and gave advice on the importance of perseverance as an entrepreneur. “Take rejection as a challenge, not a defeat,” Castles Gray said. Lonnie Ali spoke to the attendees via Skype. She said it is important to be passionate in order to succeed. “This job above all else needs to be what gets you up and going every day,” she said. The speakers and attendees were optimistic about women’s success in the business sector. “Women are starting to dominate a lot of markets,” senior marketing major Rachel Rodriguez said. Following the speakers’ panel was an hour of networking. Fifteen women entrepreneurs hosted informal round table discussions with students, who were welcome to ask questions about starting a successful business. Local entrepreneur Felena Hanson hosted one table. Hanson founded Hera Hub, a company she describes as similar to a start-up incubator, but geared toward women-owned businesses. She said she saw a need in the market for a community of support for women

Promoting sexual violence prevention Mary Vitale Staff Writer ____________________________________ San Diego State organizations continue to work on events and initiatives to prevent sexual violence on campus. According to the SDSU Police Department, there were a total of 11 sexual assault incidents at SDSU in 2016. Interim Director of the Health Promotion Department Stephanie Waits Galia said she believes sexual violence prevention is a collective effort across the entire student body and faculty. “Watching out for one another can go a long way, particularly in party environments,” Galia said. “You should always step in and investigate if you see something that doesn’t feel right so that everyone is safe”. Students can get involved locally to prevent sexual violence with on-campus groups such as Only with Consent, These Hands Don’t Hurt, or the Center for Community Solutions, Galia said “SDSU’s Sexual Violence Task Force works collaboratively with SDSU Police, Associated Students, Title IX and many other campus entities to help inform the student body on all of these issues and initiatives,” Galia said. Title IX is also responsible for the Let’s Talk initiative at SDSU, which aims to increase campus conversations about sexual violence. Gaila said the group’s goal is to educate the SDSU community on how to help those who have experienced sexual or dating violence, reporting options, intervention techniques and “the many other topics that all relate to not only understanding sexual assault,

but having the tools and education to prevent sexual assault from happening in the first place,” Galia said. The staff and faculty who assist with sexual assault at SDSU want to empower victims and survivors to make the choices that are right for them, and want to help with their healing process in any way possible, Galia said. Associate Vice President of Title IX Jessica Rentto works alongside Title IX officers in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, Student Life and Leadership, Women’s Resource Center and many more. “We have also partnered with Center for Community Solutions, San Diego County’s rape crisis center, and have a victim advocate located on campus as a resource for all of our community members as well as a facilitated Survivor’s Circle that offers peer support,” Rentto said. Rentto said getting involved with Associated Students is a great way to help create positive change, through an It’s On Us campaign and active role in Take Back the Week. Take Back the Week will run from April 10 through April 15, and will be filled with activities for students and staff across campus to promote sexual violence awareness and prevention, Rentto said. Organizations emphasize the power that individuals have in violent situations. “If you want to learn more about what to look for and how to intervene safely, attend one of our trainings on Bystander Intervention, hosted by Health Promotions,” Rentto said.

entrepreneurs. Hanson said start-up incubators, which typically support start-up companies in the tech industry, were “designed for 22-year-old men,” and that women who are trying to start a business have different needs than male entrepreneurs, such as childcare support. She said women also have a mindset that often prevents them from enjoying the success their male counterparts might have. “Women suck generally at having confidence in themselves,” Hanson said. “We want everything to be perfect before we unveil it, and that’s not business.” Hanson also said that women’s approach to entrepreneurship can be an advantage, and has the potential to change the way businesses operate. “One of the things we talk about at Hera Hub is that the old paradigm is competition,” she said. “But women are natural collaborators, and if we can bring that into our business, we can succeed. We’re all here to support and help each other.” The 2016 State of Startups report, which examines multiple aspects of startup culture, indicated that women are still underrepresented in startups. 61 percent of founders said their boards were all-male. The report also found that that among respondents’ companies, later-stage startups were about three times less likely to have a women on their board.

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Feb. 15 - 21, 2017 • THE DAILY AZTEC editor: Andrew dyer • opinion@thedailyaztec.com

No right answers in Israel Dana Tsuri-Etzioni staff columnist ____________________________________ The situation in the Middle East is complicated, and as someone from Israel who visits every year, I can confirm the conflicts are not as black and white as they are often portrayed. In the tensions between Palestine and Israel, there is not one party that is wholly just. The U.S. declined to veto a United Nations resolution to end Israeli settlements — this had quite an impact on Israelis. Following Trump’s inauguration, the Israeli Knesset declared the settlements to be legal — this had quite an impact on Palestinians. This is a controversial topic. People take sides and do not stop to consider the other. When talking about Israel and Palestine, it is important to remember the human beings involved, rather than the countries or their leaders. That can be difficult

because this dispute is unlike many others. The Israel-Palestine conflict is one that hits people close to home. It is more than just a conflict between countries. Humans have the capacity for compassion, yet this conflict is void of empathy. At a talk at San Diego State by Lucy Aharish, an Arab-Israeli reporter who is Muslim, she said something had happened to her to make her hate Arabs for a long time. She said her family could not understand — it was like she was hating herself and who she was. When she grew older, fellow Israeli students hated her for being Muslim and Arabic, which made her feel like she never belonged to either group. To many people, the conflict is black and white. One side is completely right and the other completely wrong. But both sides have their wrongs, and both have killed innocent people. Being Israeli, people assume I am on the Israeli side, and that I believe my country

is in the right. This is not true. I do not agree with the way extremist Israeli groups handle the conflict, just as I do not agree with the way Palestinian organizations handle it. When I visited Israel during wartime a few years ago, I witnessed the pain both sides endured and my heart ached for both. It is necessary for strong nongovernmental organizations to rise in Israel and Palestine to mediate the conflicts and the impact governmental actions have on populations as a whole, just as the American Civil Liberties Union helps protect the rights of Muslims in the U.S. It is not a conflict that will be solved for years, let alone overnight. But, if people started viewing it as a more complex, nuanced conflict and realize that this is a battle between human beings rather than states, we would be a step closer to finding neutrality.

‘Viceland’ a shallow look at race Danny Dyer contributor ____________________________________ Racial confrontation is the selling point for Viceland’s newest documentary series, “Hate Thy Neighbor.” Hosted by bearded British comedian Jamali Maddix, the series attempts to dissect the mindsets the most radical hate groups in the world. From burning Jewish literature under a looming swastika in the company of neo-Nazis, to shooting automatic AK-47s with black supremacists, the show aims to unearth the roots of these extreme subcultures. One of the central themes of Vice Media is “uncomfortable sociological examination.” All the same, the chief issue on this show is how it believes it is shining new light on the toxicity of racism, when in actuality it staples no new discoveries onto the bulletin board of global intolerance. It is all things we have seen before, just repackaged in Vice’s edgy flair. It is cheap situational entertainment blanketed in a paper-thin motif of confronting discrimination. If anything, the show is more of a reaffirmation for its young, progressive

audience and their collective liberal mindset. The result of this is something counterproductive, as the one message that transpires quite clearly is the one Vice’s main fan base is fully aware of — racism is everywhere, and it is a bad, bad thing. That is it. No solutions are offered. No fresh ideas are brought to the table. And while Maddix’s goofy aura proves successful in the occasional joke, the show’s objective to “confront groups spreading hate across the world” gets helplessly lost in the fuzzy translation. “I’m not qualified for this role,” Maddix said during a stand-up set. “I am just a comedian.” His lack of expertise is one of the heaviest hindrances the show lugs around. Each interview rarely delves deeper than the shallow surface layer of the topic at hand. Rarely, if at all, does Maddix puncture into the nucleus of each group’s self-proclaimed bigotry. Latching on to loaded questions while wearing a mask of naiveté, the host takes on the role of provoker rather than investigator. With Viceland’s transnational audience reach, this style of show has

the potential to truly compromise between peoples of different racial views — or at least spark that conversation. And in these unnerving times, that conversation is imperative. But rather than report on groups that are actively attempting to dismantle racism, they stray from them. Why not feature those issuing out a positively slanted message of multiculturalism such as The American Civil Liberties Union or the Anti-Defamation League? Because such a show would not sell. Pinning a quick-witted man of mixedrace against a die-hard xenophobe however? That generates views — even if that means forfeiting a platform teeming with potential for a positive impact. In this technological age of information, it is our choice as to what sort of news and entertainment we filter into our minds. To be an engaged viewer, questions must always be asked. With shows such as “Hate Thy Neighbor,” there are several question to ask: Are we learning anything new? Are we equipping our minds with the proper ammunition against racial injustice? Or are we just rubbernecking at the newest racial freeway fire?

Softcore series explores taboos Talia Raoufpur Staff Columnist ____________________________________ Another film from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” franchise, “Fifty Shades Darker,” was released just in time for Valentine’s Day. For many, the series of novels have become a socially acceptable form of pornography, and has created a community of tens of millions of members. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is perhaps the most iconic bestselling series of pop literature in recent memory. The series has sold more than 100 million copies and has been translated in 52 languages. Sex, intimacy and romance are universal themes all sorts of cultures, ages and backgrounds can identify with. The franchise has created a community of women and some men whose desires of romance, instant wealth, an attractive partner and materialistic possessions are realized throughout the three novels. Both films feature cringe-worthy scenes involving dialogue between main

characters Anastasia and Christian. Scenes drag on too long, and actor Jamie Dornan’s fake American accent is often forgotten in favor of his Irish one. Regardless of the film’s poor quality, lack of chemistry between the main characters and cringe-worthy dialogue, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is one of the only socially acceptable forms of pornography in mainstream society. A person can announce, in public, plans to pay $15 dollars to watch “Fifty Shades Darker.” That is more acceptable than announcing plans to watch pornography in the their own home. While both are visual representations of sexual deviance and arguably non-consensual sex, the films are more positively received. The literary characters found in the novel became part of the reader’s own sexual fantasies. The reader is left to imagine what the characters look like, their body language and demeanor. The interactions in the novels are open to interpretation, allowing readers complete freedom interpreting the various erotic experiences in elevators, on desks and in

red rooms of pain. Despite the franchise’s negative reviews by members of the BSDM community and inherent promotion of eating disorders, the film continues to dominate box offices across the globe. Many women are drawn to the characters’ own connections and somehow resonate with the experiences portrayed throughout the series. Linda Murray, editor-in-chief of babycenter.com, said the franchise is responsible for a baby boom in 2012. According to Murray, the novels have allowed couples to be more sexually honest with one another, engage in sexual activities more often and ultimately becoming pregnant more quickly. The series has grabbed audiences’ minds by their sexual organs. It has allowed readers to explore their own sexual fantasies and desires without opening an incognito tab. The greatest effect “Fifty Shades of Grey” has had is not the titillation it has delivered to its fans, but the control over their sexual lives and the confidence needed to assert their desires.

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Motociclistas rompen estereotipos concepcion guzman escritora ____________________________________ El aceleramiento, rechinido de llantas, nube de humo y el olor de un buen quemazón. Quizá se viene a la mente una motocicleta o un chico en una moto. Es difícil no pensar en un chico, ya que es una idea común que la mayoría de motociclistas son hombres. Pero la velocidad y adrenalina no es exclusiva a los caballeros. Y dentro de esa mezcla de personas únicas que son los motociclistas también existen las damas quienes empujan los límites de la velocidad. Al contrario de como las películas como ‘Fast and Furious’ representan a la mujeres como solamente pasajeras, las chicas de hoy son conductoras. Según la organización Motorcycle Industry Council, cual se dedica a promover a los motociclistas y negocios, las mujeres cuentan con el 14 por ciento del total de personas que conducen una motocicleta. Según la organización, este incremento de mujeres motociclistas empezó desde el año 2003 y desde entonces se ha duplicado. En San Diego State University sobran los estacionamientos de motocicletas. Están por todas partes y se encuentran en casi todos las entradas principales. Esos estacionamientos también comparten espacio con motonetas (scooters). Mucho de esos conductores

son mujeres. “Es una manera mas rapida, al igual es una forma de libertad y aportar al mundo”, dijo Irene Abigail Mathews, estudiante del programa de maestro bilingüe en SDSU. “Más que nada es necesidad de transporte que de lujo”. Irene dijo que su Vespa 2007 LX 150 es más que una motoneta, es su transporte de cada día, ya que ella viaja diariamente desde su hogar en Chula Vista hasta su trabajo en el centro de San Diego. Algunas personas son atraídas a las motonetas por su habilidad de gasolina ya que en general rinden 85-90 millas por galón. Es fácil tomar la decisión si estas hablando de ahorrar dinero. Pero para personas como Mathews es una decisión para ayudar el medio ambiente. También hay ciertos problemas con manejar una motocicleta. “Hay muchos conductores distraídos, siempre están en el celular”, dice Joanie Stoleberg quien tiene más de 25 años de experiencia en motoneta. Stoleberg también es dueña de Cool Scooters Inc. en Escondido, California. Cada año hay miles de accidentes y muertes de motociclistas. En un reporte por el sitio web Consumer Reports indica que en  2014 hubo más de 32,670  muertes de carretera. De esa cifra 4,586 fueron motociclistas. Pero para personas como Mathews y Stoleberg andar en moto o motoneta tiene más ventajas que desventajas.

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Opinión: Aprendiendo como vivir en España emely navarro escritora internacional ____________________________________ Estaré cumpliendo más que una semana en España y creo que por fin me estoy ajustando a la vida y costumbres de aquí. Algo que me está gustando mucho de Zaragoza, España, es lo tanto que he estado caminando desde que llegue. Creo que normalmente camino entre cinco a nueve millas todos los días, mucho más que la cantidad que caminaba cuando estaba en los Estados Unidos. Es interesante lo tanto que he caminado porque cuando estaba en San Diego hacia todo lo posible para no caminar. En general sólo caminaba alrededor de la escuela y cuando quería regresar a mi casa pedía un Lyft, o que un amigo me llevara de regreso. Aquí, todo está mucho más cerca, y no tengo un amigo que me pueda llevar, por eso camino más. El clima de España ayuda a que no sea tan difícil caminar tanto porque no hace calor como en San Diego pero de todas maneras ha sido un ajuste para mí. El clima no es drásticamente diferente como lo que es en California, pero el viento es mucho más fuerte. En el pueblo de Zaragoza los locales lo llama “El Cierzo”. Es un viento rápido y literalmente puede llevarte volando a veces. He sido víctima de este viento en varias ocasiones. Mi pelo apenas se está recuperando de todos los nudos debido a El Cierzo, pero estoy agradecida que no hace un frío extremado en Zaragoza como otras ciudades en Europa porque entonces

sí me costaría mucho más tiempo ajustarme. Otra diferencia que ha sido muy distinta entre España y los Estados Unidos es el servicio al cliente. Cuando voy a comer aquí, los meseros son generalmente más pésimos que los meseros en los Estados Unidos. Creo que en parte es porque en España no se les da propina a los meseros, y quizás por eso no son especialmente agradable. Esto a veces me hace sentir más tímida cuando salgo a comer. Aquí cuando les haces una pregunta al mesero usualmente hacen una cara o hacen un comentario que te hace sentir tonta. Yo creo que esto es irónico porque las personas dicen que los estadounidenses pueden ser más groseros, pero los españoles para mí no tienen el mejor servicio al cliente. Aunque el mal servicio a cliente ha sido un ajuste, el mayor ajuste es el cambio de tiempo. No tuve “jet lag”, afortunadamente, pero todavía me estoy ajustado a la diferencia de nueve horas entre los dos países. También se me hace difícil que yo termino la mitad de mi día sin hablar con mis padres, amigos y novio. Es extraño despertar sin un texto en la mañana de mi novio, enviarle un mensaje de texto a mis amigos durante la clase o simplemente hablar con ellos. Tengo que esperar cinco a siete horas antes que ellos se levanten y cuando puedo hablar con ellos, solo tengo la mitad de mi día para hablar. He hecho amigos aquí y les mando mensajes, pero no es lo mismo. Poco por poco me estoy acostumbrando pero es difícil pero solo con tiempo eso se va hacer más fácil.

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The Pride Center hosts ‘Queerversations’ Will Fritz Senior Staff Writer ____________________________________

structure of the group to make it more appealing for students, “We put specific topics to each group, so that way students can see the topic, connect with it and possibly come in,” The Pride Center is partnering with he said. “And they get their kind of Counseling and Psychological Services choice now when they want to engage to offer a discussion group and a safe in those conversations.” space for members of the LGBTQIA Lujan said while anyone is welcome community. in the discussion group, it is supposed Todd Carson, a counselor for to be a safe space for members of the Counseling and Psychological Services, LGBTQIA community. organizes the sessions. “All our groups are for all students, Carson said he facilitates discussions but there’s certain places where we’d around a number of different topics that like to keep it to LGBT students just are important for students. so that they have a space to feel free “I provide some camaraderie, provide to voice their opinions without any the opportunity to discuss these things judgment,” Lujan said. in a group, in a confidential setting, and Lujan said the Pride Center has provide some support for the students,” various outlets for allies to connect Carson said. with. The discussion group, called “But anybody’s able to come, because “Queerversations,” is held bi-weekly we don’t know if someone’s not out and on Wednesdays. Each session has a maybe not identifying yet,” he said. different topic for discussion, including Lujan also said while the focus of the the political environment for LGBTQIA group is on topics pertinent to LGBTQIA students, students, it gender also aims fluidity and to create a digital dating. It’s another way to community. The group build community.” “The group has been - Christopher Lujan, is not only held offPride Center coordinator just to kind and-on for of delve into a number these, like, deep conversation pieces or of years, Pride Center Coordinator discussions,” he said. “It’s also another Christopher Lujan said. However, this way to build community and meet other is the first time each session has had a queer people on campus.” theme, and the first time the group has Carson said while there has only been named. been one discussion group so far this Lujan said the decision was made to semester, the group in its previous “re-tool” the discussion group after only form was universally appreciated by its a couple of students were attending participants. during the fall semester. Carson said students appreciate Lujan said the Center re-worked the

Travel Ban: Student relationships affected by fear Continued from P1 and (having your) parents asking what happened today, and you have to update them with the news and they are scared. They are scared even, if you tell them,‘ oh you’re a citizen, it won’t affect you,’ they still think it will affect them in a way. It doesn’t matter if you are a citizen or not, they know other Somalis who are affected, and how many people are held in the airport that day. It’s affecting me as a student to focus on this issue at the same time as going to school. And sometimes you don’t even have to study; all you see is news all over the place, and it takes your brain onto another level. Q: How has the executive order affected you as a Muslim? A: As a Muslim person, it’s really overwhelming and you are scared. We can’t sign up for late classes; we can’t go to the gym in the middle of the night. You never know who’s going to show up when nobody’s there and maybe try to blame you, so you have to be careful.

Freddy Gonzalez, mechanical engineering senior, Mexican Muslim Q: How has the executive order affected your family? A: My family is not personally affected by the ban, but I do know that when I go to a mosque that’s where I kind of see that people are most damaged. I think it’s more the older generation of Muslims that are affected, like the parents and the fathers and the mothers because they see that they have family members that really can’t share their dream here. It’s very sad to me when I go to a mosque and see all my brothers and sisters that can’t get a feel to make a dream here because of our new president, and because of the way our government works. Q: How does it feel to be Muslim and Mexican living in the United States? A: Originally my parents are from Mexico so I kind of see both ways. It’s just my mother and me. My mother sees the way we are represented as a Mexican community. So it kind of affects me when I see her get sad from seeing all the media attention that Mexicans are getting. She also gets heartbroken when she sees that my community is being affected by the Muslim ban, so it’s kind of a hardship of both sides. My family is getting the worst because both sides of the stone are being affected, so it’s very hard for me. It’s very heartbreaking and it’s very personal too, hearing stories like that from my friends. Arnelle Sambile, English and communication senior Q: How has the executive order affected you as a student?

Emmanuel Istomin (right) and Cameron Lester (left) work the front desk of the Pride Center. kirby crow, staff photograper

having a dedicated time and space to talk about things that are on their mind and on their hearts, and to hear other people’s views. “To know that some of these experiences and concerns are very common, and to get some peer support and feedback on that,” he said. Interdisciplinary studies junior Shane James said the discussion group made him more aware of the different

experiences of his fellow students in the LGBTQIA community. “It’s really interesting to see the different perspectives and to know that there’s still that underlying thing that ties us all together,” James said. The next event in the “Queerversations” series titled “A Post Orlando World: Being Safe, Feeling Safe” is at 3:30 p.m. on Feb 15. in The Pride Center.

A: As a student, it’s very tiring considering all of the executive orders. I think a lot of us have been saying that white supremacy has existed and has been oppressive, but now with the executive orders, people can see it in action. I think as students, we find ourselves being tired between student activists and also having to balance our student work. Now, especially with this, it underlies the importance of practicing self care so we can continue the work that we’re doing. I think (the orders) have affected a lot of my friends. I work at the Center for Intercultural Relations so I see how it affects a lot of my Muslim friends. It’s a lot to take in.

just like people are so nasty sometimes. Some people want to shout ‘ISIS!’ to me or call me a terrorist, and that’s just not the way to be. I feel like Trump’s ban is (allowing) people to feel like it’s ok to say these things. It’s like Donald Trump is saying ‘It’s ok’ to have these feelings against Muslims; we all have these feelings. But that’s not the reality, he has those feelings and he can’t project those onto others. This is a country of immigrants so we should really strive to be better as a country.

Q: How do you feel about being at a protest that supports Muslims? A: I hope that people continue the work that they’re doing because the work doesn’t end at the protest, there’s more work to be done after. Psychology neuroscience senior, Black Muslim Q: How have you been impacted by the executive order? A: My husband actually is from Turkey, and though Turkey is not on the list, he is Muslim and it can affect his green card status. Because he is a green card holder, he’s nervous to go back to his country and to return, and we have anxiety about it because he wants to go back and visit his family, but it’s like if he goes, what if he can’t return? It messes with the happiness of our marriage because it’s like he has me, but he wants to go see his family too. As a middle-eastern man, and to have a beard here in America, there are constant stares, and then me wearing a hijab, it’s

Q: How has the executive order impacted you as a student? A: As a student, I feel like everyone’s eyes are on me more. I’m just me, but as I’m walking, I feel like I’m a representation of Islam. Because I’m visibly Muslim, people are watching everything I do as a reflection of Islam. I feel like it puts pressure on me to reflect Islam in a better way, but also it’s a nice thing because it can show people to not have misconceptions about Muslim people. Like, I’m an American citizen, I was born here. So everyone Muslim is not a refugee, is not a foreigner and that makes no difference. I live here, I’m from here and for people to shout ‘go back to my country,’ I’m from here anyways, but regardless you shouldn’t be saying that to people. Don’t be so quick to stereotype. There’s people here of all religions. We can’t feel like this ok. This is not a normal thing to accept. Immigrants really make this country great. If Donald Trump wants to make this country great again, the more people the better, because that’s more ideas, that’s more scientists, that’s more research, that’s more politicians or future people who can really lead something wonderful.


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Feb. 15 - 21, 2017 • THE DAILY AZTEC editor: Kayla Jimenez • news@thedailyaztec.com

WRC takes stand against violence Allyson Myers STaff writer ____________________________________ The Women’s Resource Center announced that they are seeking applications for a new assistant position to organize the center’s sexual violence prevention programs. The position is open to graduate students with a background in violence prevention education programs. The application deadline is Feb. 24. Women’s Resource Center Director Jessica Nare said the center created the position to deliver sexual violence prevention programs to students. “We also have just regular programming throughout the year,” Nare said. “The Sexual Violence Task Force usually puts on at least one program every month, and so the graduate assistant will help support that and participate in those meetings.” The graduate assistant will also help plan programming for the fall. Communication senior Abby Deleon works at the Women’s Resource Center as a feminist peer educator. “I started as an intern in the fall, and started working here officially this semester,” Deleon said. “I love working here.” According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, more than 50 percent of college sexual assaults occur in August, September, October or November.

“We do some things around the red zone, which is the first few weeks of the fall semester where there tend to be more reports of sexual violence,” Nare said. The ‘red zone’ phenomenon is seen across the nation, she said. “We try to do increased programming to support people and provide education during that time,” Nare said. Nare said that campuses nationwide are becoming more aware of the importance of protecting victims of sexual assault and providing violence prevention education. “I think we’re kind of at an exciting moment where campuses are really getting serious about changing the culture and addressing sexual violence,” she said. “But that takes a long time, to change culture and really create a shift in the way we think about relationships and sexual relationships.” Nare said she thinks SDSU is in the same situation as most institutions across the U.S. in terms of changing campus culture. “I think actually that SDSU is doing a good job, and I think that we’re making progress and we’re seeing a difference,” she said. SDSU students report fewer experiences of sexual assault than the national figure. According to a survey conducted by SDSU released last year, only six percent of SDSU students reported having experienced sexual assault since being

Graduate assistant Marcie Rojas (left) and feminist peer educator Abby Deleon (right) work at the WRC. Allyson Myers, Staff writer

on campus. This is compared to the national figure of 11.2 percent, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. However, the number is much larger for students who live in university housing: 23 percent of students living in university housing reported having experienced sexual assault. Nare said she is concerned about the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the Department of Education Secretary, DeVosh donated to an organization that challenges Title IX rights. “I think that it’s really important that we as a nation take sexual violence really

seriously, and I worry that some of the political rhetoric that’s been taking place has offered a different message, and I think that’s really concerning,” Nare said. The Women’s Resource Center has been open since January 2016. Previously, other organizations and departments around campus provided sexual violence support and education to students. Nare said the center was created in response to student requests for a dedicated space for women. “Students were asking for that and then the university decided to invest in that and support that,” she said.

Educating students on sexual health, consent Alex Hall Staff Writer ____________________________________ The San Diego State Health Promotion Department offers many resources to fight against sexual violence and sexually transmitted infections on campus. Students can become Peer Health Educators or get involved in programs like FratMANners or SISSTER (Sororities Invested in Survivor Support, Training, and Ending Rape culture). Health Educator at Health Promotion and coordinator of FratMANners and SISSTER Samantha Greeney Hamlin said the programs “take a sex positive approach to educate peers on consent, as well as share the various resources available to survivors of sexual violence. Greeney Hamlin said every semester Health Promotion gives a 50-minute presentation to all new members within in the Greek community, as well as participate and host a variety of events throughout the year. “I really like programs on campus like FratMANners and SISSTER because they bring awareness to issues that we know happen but don’t think will happen to us,” communication sophomore Cole Alves said. “They are bringing people together within the Greek community to address the problem and get everyone to look out for one another.” Linguistics junior Tyler Kistler said he had the opportunity to help with FratMANners workshops during the spring semester of his sophomore year. “It was extremely rewarding in reaching out to members of fraternities from a wide range of backgrounds and views,” Kistler said. “Despite the diversity, the program helped achieve an overall better sense for situational awareness and etiquette of true gentlemen, manners that are too

often carelessly disregarded.” SDSU Health promotion offers violence presentations on a variety of topics, including sexual violence awareness, prevention, intervention, healthy relationships and dating violence, as well as the FratMANners and SISSTER programs “From my experience in FratMANners, I think the biggest impact it has had is shifting the focus onto young men and how we can better address problems with rape culture and violence,” said president of FratMANners and kinesiology senior Andy Plows. “Through outreach and education we are able to promote a healthy campus environment, and help stop rape culture.” Students can also join sexual violence awareness and prevention groups on campus such as Aztecs for Awareness, These Hands Don’t Hurt and The Andrea O’Donnell Womyn’s Outreach Association. Community service coordinator for the Womyn’s Outreach Association Julia Goldberg said the organization focuses on a mix of social, health and political issues, as well as promoting a safe environment for those who have been sexually assaulted, or knows someone who has been. Goldberg said WOA’s main event of the semester is ‘Take Back the Night’ during ‘Take Back the Week,’ a series of different events that promote sexual violence awareness that will take place April 10 to April 15. Goldberg said the event gets people’s attention. “It’s a pretty noticeable event on campus,” Goldberg said. “It really gets people’s attention and encourages the promotion of sexual violence awareness on campus to our community and not just within our

Health Promotion held a “Every Kiss Begins With Consent!” event on Feb. 14 Kayla jimenez, News Editor

enclosed group,” she said. “I think that alone is a huge contribution to getting the conversation going.” Students can also schedule sexual health one-on-one sessions regarding contraception methods, STIs or HIV PreTest Education at Student Health Services. Health Promotion Director Stephanie Waits Galia said Student Health Services opened up a drop-in option for STD testing in the nurse’s clinic this year. “(Students) with no symptoms can walk right in during open hours to get the tests they’re interested in and stay on top of their sexual health,” she said. On Valentine’s Day, the event “Every Kiss Begins with Consent” provided students with sexual health information

such as sexual consent, STI’s and contraception on the Campanile Walkway. In addition to events put on by Health Promotion, organizations or classes can also request free presentations on sexual health or condoms for on campus events and presentations. Goldberg said sexual violence and STI’s are still very prominent in the college community and college atmosphere. “I think if anything is improving it is how people are addressing sexual violence,” she said. “People are more informed on the resources available to them and luckily the resources have really expanded over time on this campus.”


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Feb. 15 - 21, 2017 • THE DAILY AZTEC editor: Kayla Jimenez • news@thedailyaztec.com

‘Sugar babies’ share their stories jasmine bermudez senior staff writer ____________________________________

how much I work it’s not going to pay off all my expenses,’” she said. She said she started going on dates and warming up to the men from the website. “They are all about making you feel safe and comfortable with them, which is more than you can ever ask from someone your age,” she said. She said she saw him twice a week for a weekly allowance of $600. “An escort is sex and money with the occasional lavish thing, but in a ‘sugar daddy’ relationship, they care about you,” she said. She said she did not want to use her name in this article because she does not want her to family to know she had a ‘sugar daddy,’ or want people to talk negatively about her because of it.

Sugardaddie.com is advertised as a free dating website for attractive women and rich men, but some students are using it to pay for college and make extra money on the side. Four SDSU students shared their experience with the website. Because of the sensitivity of the topic, their identities have been concealed.

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Female history senior A history senior said she made an account because she returned to SDSU the summer after studying abroad and had nothing to do. She said that most girls sign up on the website because they are completely on their own or need to pay for college, but she did it for the experience. “I talked to about 10 [sugar daddies] prior to meeting anyone,” she said. “I ended up having two ‘sugar daddies’ for a little bit.” She said she saw the website as an opportunity to see a different side of herself. She said she is glad she did it, but it was a compromise. “The first guy I was physically attracted to,” she said. “So I didn’t mind going to his house and having sex because I enjoyed it as much as the stuff I was getting out of it.” She said she was not attracted to the other man she was seeing, and had to make a conscious decision to be satisfied with having sex with an older man although she did not like him. She wanted to make sure she wouldn’t be angry with herself later in life for doing it, she said “It’s not like getting into a relationship with someone your age that you’re into,” she said. “You are having a relationship with someone for money.” She said the first time was the hardest to get past. “The first time I forced myself to do it,” she said. “ “I could not even look him in the eye.” She said after awhile, she started to

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Feb. 15 - 21, 2017 • THE DAILY AZTEC editor: anthony reclusado • sports@thedailyaztec.com

Family grown, championship ready Joe Faria Staff writer ____________________________________ As everyone else settles into the spring semester and focuses on their classes, San Diego State swimming has something else on its mind: climbing atop the Mountain West. In a season that has seen the team go undefeated in dual meets and win the UCSD Invitational, there is plenty to be excited for heading into the annual Mountain West championships at Texas A&M. Even with all the success the team has had throughout the season, they enter the meet as an underdog. Whether it is because of their youth and inexperience, the Aztecs must face the odds against favorites Boise State. But that’s not stopping this group from wanting to accomplish their goal of winning a title. And if there’s one thing that has kept them motivated, it’s being a family. “It’s what they do away from the pool,” head coach Mike Shrader said. “All the team dinners and movie nights bringing them closer together. There are a lot of new faces, and a lot of youth, compared to last year, but they’re making memories and enjoying the experience.” SDSU’s captains and seniors have also been vocal about the comradery of the team. “Having a team that supports you really helps during the races,” senior captain

Kate Santilena said. “Our team dynamic has been the most exciting part this year. We’re not just competitors, we’re a family.” Additionally, both seniors Samantha Guttmacher and Western Kentucky transfer Andrea VanderMey agree that this team is the closest they have been on in their entire swimming careers. With a different team environment, it’s shaped the group into something completely unique. The Aztecs treasure bonding moments that allow team chemistry to grow and even convinced the coaching staff to let them skip a practice to go play a round of laser tag. Shrader said he isn’t opposed to these ideas, as he firmly believes it builds trust and unity across the organization. Although SDSU swimming may sound like all they do is joke around and then go out and race, these athletes take this sport seriously, going as far as calling it a profession. And with that seriousness comes a certain level of respect each one has for one another, from top to bottom. Many of the upperclassmen have also addressed the impact the freshmen class has had on this team. More than half of this year’s roster includes freshmen. “Having so many of them on our team has been special,” senior Cecilia Zaccarelli said. “They’re the hardest working group of athletes I’ve been around.” “They’re always excited and have so much energy, and we as teammates try to

Senior captain Cecilia Zaccarelli participating in a breastroke race. Courtesy of SDSU MEdia athletics

match that energy,” VanderMey said. Harrison even added that the freshmen are going to “kick some butt” in Texas against their MW foes. As the Aztecs begin the conference championships on Wednesday, their outlook remains positive. Whether it is from a captain, senior or freshman, everyone’s individual expectation is nothing short of spectacular. “There’s just something about swimming on the big stage,” senior McKenna Garfein said. “It seems to always come down to the last day. I try not to get overwhelmed with it all. But I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone swim.” And the trio of Santilena, Zaccarelli and Harrison claimed that the meet is “just another competition,” that there’s no need to add any more pressure. They have

Men’s tennis: Aztecs finish a successful weekend Continued from P1 played in every doubles match for the Aztecs, however, his partner seemed to be a revolving door of SDSU freshmen. That is, until the matchup against the University of San Diego on Feb. 4, when Carswell paired Popov with Gonzalez Almazan. “Joel and ‘Rafa’ have great chemistry,” Carswell said. “Their solid backcourt presence helps give them opportunities to get up close to the net and really take control of the court.” The singles play made things more interesting for SDSU. Popov won for the second time of the day giving SDSU an early 2-0 lead. However UC Irvine stormed back, winning three of the next four singles matches. All locked up at three points apiece, it was up to the 6-foot-5 Croatian, GolesBabic, to seal a victory for the Aztecs. The match went to a final seventh game point to determine the set, and match, with Goles-Babic winning the nail-biter, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5. “Awesome moment for Marko, to clinch the match for us, and to get rushed by his teammates. I mean, what a great feeling,” Carswell said.

made it clear that their goal is to relax and create an uplifting vibe before each of their races. This will also be the seniors’ last conference championship appearance. They have reflected on their past experiences over the years, including some of their favorite memories. But they all agree that they plan to take it “one minute at a time” and to have “no regrets” about their performances. “I am so excited,” Shrader said. “I see it as a celebration. Now we get to go have a lot of fun and compete against some of the best swimmers across the country. We’ve prepared well, we’re competitive and we’re certainly ready for this moment.” The MW championships will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and conclude on Sat., Feb. 18, in College Station, Texas.

SDSU had one final match for a potential weekend sweep against UC Davis (2-3). This matchup against the Aggies was another close one for the Aztecs. The end score was the same as it was the day before. However, SDSU found itself on the other side of a 4-3 decision. UC Davis seemed to be in control when they led five different singles matches by one set. That didn’t deter the Aztecs as they closed in. Goles-Babic played Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in his match against senior Alec Adamson. He dropped the first set, fell behind four games to one in the second only to come back to win the next five games. The Croatia native rode his momentum to a come back, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3, and keep SDSU’s hopes alive. “One thing about Marko, is that he is one hell of a competitor,” Carswell said. “Every time he steps on the court, he’s going to give everything he’s got, and it is something special to watch.” The Aggies eventually clinched the overall match when senior James Wade won a back and forth contest against Gjoels-Andersen. While the Aztecs weren’t able to complete the weekend, Carswell thought the Sunday loss was more impressive than the win against UCI. “I’m impressed with how our guys fought back and didn’t give up … and while we might not have been victorious, we are able to take something from this match and carry further into the season to help our team grow.” SDSU will take the court again on Feb. 24 when they face Saint Mary’s at Aztec Tennis Center.


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Galentine’s Day centers around love Julianna Ress Senior StafF Writer ____________________________________ On Friday, Feb. 10, San Diego State’s Women’s Resource Center held its second annual Galentine’s Day to celebrate love and friendship among females and non-binary individuals. The event included food, music and goodie bags, which contained ‘zines centered around self-love, self-care and healthy relationships. Rhetoric and writing studies senior Sarah Tanori has been involved in organizing the event for the past two years and said she sees it as an opportunity to open dialogue on a polarized issue. “I just wanted to put this (event) on because I love love,” she said. “I love relationships, I love friendships and I love expressing that and talking about that. I think it’s either very overrated for people or they don’t talk about it at all. I think there are some important layers to love that we should be discussing. I guess the work that we put into this (event) was really thinking of the different facets of what we can discuss in terms of feminism and applying that lens.” CSU Long Beach student Amanda Tisdale heard about the Galentine’s Day event through a friend and traveled from Long Beach to be a part of the empowering discussion. “You never know if we’re all feeling the same things and we all can get together and share our emotions,” she said. “We can find out what we all have in common and address issues.” Tisdale said Galentine’s Day is relevant in terms of its relationship with

Valentine’s Day and offers solace to those who may feel insecure about the holiday. “Some people are probably lonely and question themselves like, ‘Is something wrong with me?’” she said. “Everybody’s normal and going through this.” Tanori said she believes love is often an overlooked aspect of feminism and sees Galentine’s Day as a chance to discuss the topic in a feminist atmosphere. “I think love is not a conversation that’s included in feminism,” she said. “People will come to our very educational events about classism, or about racism or about appropriation and I don’t think it would occur to them this could be a feminist issue too. I think it’s important for them to see that so they can get that lens and see love can be a very liberating force for them.” The event included a screening of the Parks and Recreation episode that coined the term “Galentine’s Day,” but the bulk of the event was consumed by a workshop on radical intimacy led by India Pierce. Pierce is the founder of the Radical Intimacy Project and the workshop detailed what radical intimacy is, her definition being “a revolutionary ideology that encompasses principles of liberation, community building and healing through closeness, the intentional practice of creating space for care, vulnerability and energy sharing.” Tanori booked Pierce for the event because she was drawn to the idea of radical intimacy and felt the workshop would be impactful across boundaries. “I had looked up the radical intimacy workshops, I thought it was just different,” she said. “I felt like I had been thinking about the topic so I just wanted to see how someone could navigate that

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Across 1 See 1-Down 5 Risk taker 10 Minimally 14 He sang about Alice 15 Ooze with 16 Bond’s first movie foe 17 Word with interest or service 18 Lavin of “Alice” 19 Water retainer 20 *More than is wise 22 River racers 24 Rose of Guns N’ Roses 25 Poetic pair 26 *Luxury resort chain 31 “__ to leap tall buildings ... “ 32 “David

Copperfield” villain 33 Cain, to Abel, informally 36 *Dominated the election 41 Teachers’ org. 42 Sufficient, to Shakespeare 43 Working hard 44 *Complete with ease 48 Descends, as a rock wall 52 Fluke-to-be 53 Worried 54 Farewells ... or, homophonically and read top to bottom, what the first words of the answers to starred clues represent? 59 Fly in the ointment 60 Fly-fishing

The Women’s Resource Center held its second Galentine’s Day to celebrate love and friendship. Julianna Ress, Senior Staff Writer

conversation and how it would manifest with different communities.” The workshop led participants to understand their own personal definition of intimacy, unlearn the problematic “truths” of intimacy they have learned throughout their lives and think about what their experiences with intimacy have been and what they went them to be. Pierce stressed that intimacy is not only applicable to romantic relationships, but to friendships, familial relationships and self-love as well. Tanori said she hoped those who attended Galentine’s Day saw intimacy in a different way and are now aware of what the Women’s Resource Center is. “Having a different perspective on

intimacy and getting the chance to unlearn and unpack in a space is what I hope people get to do because I definitely think talking about these things and learning about these things allows us to heal,” Tanori said. “That’s the biggest thing that I was hoping people would get out of (Galentine’s Day), but also a sense of community and getting people to come to this space and know that we exist and know that they have a space where they can come have these dialogues with us, not just today but every day.” Because of the generous turnout and empowering message, Tanori said she believes those involved in the Women’s Resource Center will continue to put on Galentine’s Day in the years to come.

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Magic shows are not my strong suit Ahmad Dixon Staff Writer ____________________________________

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ou know that trick where you see a woman in half? I tried to do it once and she bled out all over the stage. Editor's Note: Mr. Dixon may or may not have actually sawed a woman in half during a magic show. Let me take you back about two weeks. I was performing in front of an audience of about 20 people at a theater I frequent. I was invited back after reading aloud in a poetry slam. But I knew that if I continued to recite poetry the crowd would tire of me quickly. I decided to mix things up by doing magic, something the venue had never seen before and probably won’t be seeing any more of. I found a girl who was in a play down the hall and I paid her about 10 bucks, the going rate for actresses these days.   I locked her in a pine box. Then I wheeled her out, saw in hand and the audience groaned. I do admit the trick is fairly trite and cliché, but I thought the crowd would enjoy an honest-to-God throwback. I then commenced with the theatrics: “It is I! Suleiman the magnificent, with my lovely assistant!” Yada yada yada, you have been to a magic show, you know what goes on. I ignore the looks of boredom coming from the audience and begin to cut. I’ll admit that I don’t have spectacular upper body strength so it

took a while to actually slice the damn thing. Many members of the audience started to leave, some guy was on his phone and some other guy was asleep resting his head on the shoulder of the guy on his phone. The girl in the box started to impatiently hum a Top 40 hit. Then I hit flesh. If you have not figured it out already, I didn’t do this trick right. To call me an amateur magician is an insult to the word amateur. With school, work and personal

I was still committed to the bit so I keep sawing. “No stop!” she shouted. “Please, please, please stop sawing!” You know how theater types are, always so dramatic. During all this excitement the audience was captivated. Eventually my arm grew tired from cutting through a few inches of wood and maybe an inch or two of lady, so I quickly transitioned into card tricks. In hindsight, I should have started with card tricks. I walked toward the edge of the

I walked to center stage, pointed toward the box and yelled, "This is how the media sees the 21st century woman!" The auditorium erupted into thunderous applause. relationships, I didn’t have the time to practice, so I’d decided I’d just go up there and wing it, like I do when I recite poetry. I should probably never have winged anything that involves blades and attractive women, so lesson learned. She screamed, the guy put away his phone and wiped the drool off his shoulder and some of the people who left, plus a few more, came back. She gushed blood all over me, I was never able to get the stains out of my blue suit. Now that I think about it, I should probably call my mother and ask her how to remove blood stains. The curtains were drenched, the floor slippery.

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stage, slipping on a puddle along the way and start shuffling a deck. By this point the woman had thankfully stopped screaming and started to mumble inarticulately. I finish shuffling, then jumped off the stage toward the audience for the “pick a card, any card” part of the trick. Everyone was grossed out by my dripping hands so no one ended up picking a card, making that part of the show a total bust. I got back on stage feeling a bit nervous and out of material and needed to wrap up in the next two minutes so the punk garage band could perform. I glanced around and saw the girl still locked in the box, silent and paler

than I remembered. I walked to center stage, pointed toward the box and yelled, “This is how the media sees the 21st century woman!” The auditorium erupted in thunderous applause. "That was the most biting piece of social commentary I’ve ever seen!” someone yelled. “Now this is performance art," someone else said. A portion of the crowd nodded, another portion wiped away tears, and that one guy went back to his cell phone, seemingly uninterested. The woman in the box was still silent while I wheeled her behind the dripping, extra red curtain. Backstage I tracked red footprints all over the floor. The scene was horrific. Horrifically brilliant for show business. I unlocked the box and put an extra ten dollar bill inside for her trouble. I am sure she is in desperate need of the money, being an actress of course. Editor's Note: I think she may need the money for something else, like medical care or a really awesome surgeon. The money started to float inside the box, the blood slowly soaking through its fibers. I then asked the theater’s manager for my cut of tonight's profits and left. I haven’t been back since, not because of lack of demand, I just have no real interest in returning. Friends still tell me the air in the auditorium tastes like pennies. I guess the maintenance staff has never heard of Clorox bleach.                       

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