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Feminism enters the gun control debate

feb 18, 2013


SDSU looks for redemption against Wyoming

campus Alicia Chavez Staff Writer

As controversial debates about gun legislation continue to hold Congress’ attention, both sides of the issue are turning to women to strengthen the appeal of the arguments. Activist Gayle Trotter of the Independent Women’s Forum and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords were among the strongest voices during the Senate hearings. Giffords argued to increase gun restrictions after her congressional career was ended by a bullet wound to the head nearly two years ago. However, it was Trotter who took a conservative perspective on the issue and defended the right of women to carry a firearm for protection. “For women, the ability to arm ourselves for our protection is even more consequential than for men, because guns are the great equalizer in a violent confrontation,” Trotter said at the Senate hearing. “As a result, we protect women by safeguarding our Second Amendment rights.” Women’s arguments about the issue have caught the attention of San Diego State political science professor Ronnee Schreiber and author of “Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics.”

Terence Chin Staff Writer

San Diego State political science professor and author of the book “Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics” Ronnee Schreiber talks about the gun control debate.

Schreiber believes it’s important for women’s organizations and feminist activists to coalesce the issue. Schreiber says it is necessary to have a broad group of organizations speaking from a women’s point of view. “These women are speaking from a perspective that they actually believe is true and no one is making them do it. They’re representing women and they’re rep-

resenting their organization and they’re representing their beliefs,” Schreiber told KPBS. Coincidentally, women’s arguments on both sides of the issue are using the appeal of mothers to sway public opinion. Conservative women feel they need guns to protect themselves and their children. From a more liberal perspective, women believe strengthening gun restrictions is necessary to increase

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children’s safety. “The public opinion generally speaking among women favors more restrictions,” Schreiber said. A majority of women are in favor of gun restrictions that would take military style weapons off the streets and even believe further gun legislation is necessary, according GUN DEBATE continued on page 2

Meteorite hits Russia, injures thousands


Russian citizens sweep glass off the streets, the result of broken windows, atfer the meteor explosion. The total energy of the impact was compared to that of 20 atomic bombs.

Will Houston Staff Writer

Last Friday, the skies above Russia’s Ural Mountains were set ablaze by a meteorite that had many Russian citizens believing Judgement Day was upon them. The estimated 10-ton meteorite broke apart in the atmosphere near the city of Chelyabinsk and resulted in more than $33 million worth of property damage in more than 4,000 buildings in the

region, according to The Weather Channel. Approximately 1,200 people were injured from the impact, mainly lacerations as a result of flying glass. Many are still being treated in hospitals. “If the meteor, which exploded above us, was just a little bigger, it’s hard to imagine what could have happened to our towns and villages,” Chelyabinsk Gov. Mikhail Yurevich told Russia Today.

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The total energy of the impact was compared to that of 20 atomic bombs—enough force to blow out the windows of thousands of buildings and collapse part of a factory roof. President Vladimir Putin quickly responded to the event and organized a cleanup group of more than 20,000 members of the nation’s civil offense service and seven aircrafts. With freezing temperatures, the replacement of broken windows and walls has

been their primary focus. The unexpected cosmic visitor entered Earth’s atmosphere at 64,000 km per hour just as the 2012 DA14 asteroid was sweeping by our planet. NASA scientists have confirmed the two events are not correlated. Russia is no stranger to meteorite impacts and their devastating consequences. In 1908, an event known as the Tunguska explosion occurred when a meteorite broke apart five miles above Earth’s surface and uprooted 80 million trees in central Siberia. Although the more recent meteorite didn’t cause as much catastrophic damage as the Tunguska event, the Russian government is calling for an international asteroid defense system that could prevent further unexpected catastrophes from occurring. Vitaly Davydov, the deputy head of Russia’s federal space agency, told local Russian media planetary defense will become a “priority” for Russia in the coming years. The intrusion of meteorites in daily human life is not a common phenomenon. But when one does slip through Earth’s atmospheric defenses and dawns its fiery trail upon the skies, it bestows a stark reminder of the chaotic forces that inhabit our cosmos—the place we call home.

Frontcourt Aztecs: Sophomore JJ O’Brien is coming off his best game after a 15-point and 11-rebound performance against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas this weekend. Senior DeShawn Stephens still has yet to have a breakout performance in conference play, while freshman Skylar Spencer has scored in double figures just once this season. PREVIEW continued on page 5

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The Love Guru drops some more knowledge

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to Schreiber. As for public opinion, Schreiber doesn’t believe Trotter is speaking on behalf of women, but was the only woman during the hearing to vocalize a conservative women’s perspective on the issue, which is important to remember. “Trotter was making the argument that this is a women’s issue or interest,” Schreiber told KPBS. “That has some kind way of sway at least among lawmakers. They can use it to legitimize their position saying women want this.” Schreiber made the comparison that women’s issues are often considered to be more feminist issues. During this debate about gun control, Trotter is arguing conservative issues are also women’s issues. Conservative women have a different perspective about gun control than what we would consider feminists ideology. Trotter and Giffords have been leading spokespeople and symbols about gun legislation. However, Schreiber believes rallies, such as the Million Mom March, will have a greater effect on policymakers during the debate. Schreiber says there’s a gender gap between the two opposing sides and as of right now, the gap is favoring Democratic women, which means stronger gun restrictions. The proposed congressional actions on gun control by President Barack Obama includes a required criminal background check for all gun sales, reinstating the ban on assault weapons that was in place from 1994 to 2004 and placing a limit on ammunition magazine capacity. The proposed legislation does nothing to impede women’s rights from purchasing a weapon and using it for defense.

Free tax filing provided to all students campus

Stephanie Saccente Senior Staff Writer

Run by the Internal Revenue Service, San Diego State’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program aid students, foreigners and local community members with preparing and filing their taxes. The program, which is meant to help middle and low-income taxpayers who earn $55,000 or less will take place on campus from Feb. 19 to April 12. VITA faculty advisor Gene Whittenburg said the program has been going on for at least 38 years at SDSU. The event is led by SDSU undergraduate and graduate accounting volunteer students who received tax preparation training through the IRS. Students who participate in the program receive a one unit credit/no credit for completing the program and volunteering. “We go through proper procedure,” Whittenburg said. “We do intake, we do review, we do proper prep. We do it as they would do it in a CPA firm, we follow all of the regular procedures.” Accounting graduate student and student coordinator Doug Kelley got involved with the program three years ago and worked at VITA sites on campus as well as other sites in the neighboring community. With a master’s

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San Diego State’s Volunteer Income Taz program class schedule pinned down a bulletin board. The program offers local and foriegn students a free service to file their taxes.

specialization in taxation, Kelley said he wanted to get more involved in the accounting field and network, as well as help the community. He also said he’d like to see the numbers for this year surpass last year’s numbers. “Whereas last year I just prepared tax returns, this year I’m monitoring the on campus site,” Kelley said. “I will be a leader in the sense that I have people

who come here and, for one reason or another, have triggered some sort of tax liability or some sort of tax situation,” Gill said. “Because they’re international, they know nothing of the U.S. tax situation. We would rather help them than see them flounder.” For more information about VITA and preparation dates and times, visit

to take care of and have to make sure the site is run properly.” Faculty coordinator and accounting assistant professor Steve Gill encourages international students to sign up and file their tax returns. SDSU is the only university in San Diego County offering help to foreign students, according to Gill. “I think the student clients will remain largely foreign students

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10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on March 12 at Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center

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GreenFest 2013 Competition Students interested in participating in GreenFest 2013 Competition must submit an online application by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 to the San Diego State GreenFest website. In addition, members must attend a mandatory meeting from 1– 2 p.m. on Feb. 27 in Aztec Mesa 105. Each group must have at least 10 members to qualify. There are eight challenges worth as much as 75 points. Groups may choose which events they wish to participate in when applying. The events include a boat challenge, “Sustain Your Roots,” a fashion show, a music video, a keynote speaker address, Green Thursday and a Farmers Market event. To register a group or read more details about the competition and challenges, visit as.sdsu. edu/greenfest/spirit.php.

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monday, february 18, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 72

Culinary Theater serves SDSU spotlight Kelly Hillock Staff Writer

The line for Panda Express is practically a mile long. The line for Starbucks is even longer. You can barely take two steps without bumping into someone carrying a tray of tacos. You pull out your phone, reading the time —exactly 12:03 p.m. Yep, it’s time for the lunch rush at East Commons. The college dining experience usually consists of microwavable mac and cheese, chow mein and the occasional salad. Usually, you take your tray of food, somehow manage to snag a table and bunker down for some uninterrupted gobbling glory. But when you’re craving something a little more sophisticated, or perhaps after you’ve exhausted orange chicken for the third week in a row, Culinary Theater is a dining experience unlike anything else on campus. The name “Culinary Theater” refers to the practice of making dining an exciting and interactive experience. Located across from Juice It Up!, Culinary Theater at San Diego State offers gourmet meals created and served by SDSU’s own experienced chefs. Dressed in starched white and wearing the tall trademark hats, two chefs will greet you as they assemble a wonderful plate of food right before your eyes. There’s a delicate craftsmanship the chefs exude in the assembly of the day’s dish.

“When I saw (the chef) putting it together, it was like he wanted it to look as well as it tasted, which made me feel like they put a lot of effort into making the food taste really good,” hospitality and tourism management freshman Makenna McNair said, holding her mountainous plate of “Chop, Chop Chicken Salad.” Culinary Theater offers a different dish every Monday through Thursday, ranging from citrus grilled mahi mahi to a monstrously loaded baked potato. A personal favorite of Culinary Theater chef Carlos Villas is the dill aioli-crusted salmon served with mashed potatoes. A popular pick among students is one of the hamburgers, with either green chile and bacon or California-style with avocado. One excellently executed, massively proportioned plate at Culinary Theater costs $8. Is your mouth watering yet? Culinary Theater isn’t the average eatery. Extensive preparation and planning for each meal begins with creating menu items months in advance, then perfecting flavor combinations and presentation. Each dish usually includes an entree and a side, with several different “fixings” so eaters can decide if they feel like tomatoes on their bacon green chile burger that day or not. Chef Villas stressed the focus on “getting it right” and a collective desire to provide SDSU students a plate of really good food. Culinary Theater demonstrates creativity and talent, in addition

culinary theater menu MON Feb 18

WED Feb 20

Brisket on a Biscuit $8

Big Texas Chilli Cheese Burger $8

Buttermilk biscuit topped with sliced beef brisket and smokey barbecue sauce smashed potatoes and sweet caramelized onions and Ranchero style beans

Half-pound charb broiled angus beef on poppy seed bun Topped with meaty texas style chili, cheesy sauce, pepper jack cheese, pickles and jumbo onion rings and Jalapeno tater tots

TUE Feb 19

THU Feb 21

Balsamic Glazed Chicken & Herbed Goat Cheese Beer Battered Fish & Chips

Beer-Battered Fish & Chips


Pan-seared chicken breast topped with herbed goat cheese Artichoke, basil and sundried tomato chardonnay beurre blanc sauce and Fragrant basmati rice


Beer-Battered Alaskan White Fish English pub fries with sea salt Tartar sauce, malt vinegar, lemon wedge and Traditional style cole slaw

to using quality ingredients. One chef doled out mandarin oranges to garnish an Asian chicken salad with impeccable attention to details. I certainly tasted every ounce of that TLC upon the first bite of my Culinary Theater dish. The items offered at Culinary Theater look and taste like a work of art. As you sit in East Commons, with your knife and fork piercing a big o’ meatball with spaghetti, you can’t help but feel you’re in a special, faraway place without midterms or construction sites and most importantly, freshly wcooked meals. “It doesn’t taste like your stereotypical college campus food, so it’s a nice change,” McNair said. Culinary Theater chefs are trained at the Culinary Institute of New York, and have experience working at some of the top hotels in La Jolla. Culinary Theater, unique to SDSU, is raising the bar for ravenous Aztecs with its accessibility and wide range of menu items, catering to the pallet of every student hungry for depth of flavor and food sophistication. So, it’s 12:04 p.m. at East Commons and every food establishment is crawling with starving students. Indulge yourself with a plate from Culinary Theater, where, in the words of Villas, “Good food will always satisfy you.”

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Love Guru solves relationship conundrums love & relationships Love Guru Staff Columnist

Scared in San Diego: I’m having problems initiating conversation with guys I’m interested in. How can I show that I’m interested but not come off too strong? Love Guru: It can be scary approaching someone you don’t know, but you need to boost your confidence and not take it too seriously. If you never try talking to someone, you’ll never know if there’s chemistry. So, it can’t hurt trying. Don’t have high expectations going in. I’d start off by making eye contact and smiling at the guy. Don’t be too eager about trying to talk to him. When you do approach him, a good ice breaker is a compliment or a question. If you’re at a party, ask him who he knows there or what grade he’s in. Don’t panic about what you’re going to say next because it could make you lose focus on the answers he gives you. Pay attention to what he’s saying and try to build off of it. No one wants to play 20 Questions upon first meeting. Girls, taking initiative is attractive. But once you start the conversation, don’t come off too strong by suggesting you hang out. Give him your number, put the ball in his court and let him go from there. Ex-posed: One of my ex-boyfriends sent me a text on Valentine’s Day of a valentine card. We have a ton of history between us. Does this qualify as sending mixed signals? If so, how do I deal with it? Love Guru: This is a classic example of sending mixed signals. Why would he go out of his way to send you an electronic card on Valentine’s Day (of all days) if he doesn’t want something from you? He most likely did this to try and initiate further conversation. A move such as this is nearly always made with ulterior motives. I have two suggestions regarding how to deal with this conundrum. First, try to ignore it completely. Think of the text message as dandruff—brush it off your shoulder and forget about it. (I don’t think you have dandruff. The reference was for analogical purposes only). Sometimes, being able to take things for what they are can get you out of an emotional jam. My second suggestion is to talk it out. I know you probably don’t want to hear this guy’s voice again, so

stick to texting. Talking about this may initially increase the level of awkwardness between you, but not talking about it will only raise that level with time. What if he sends you another ambiguous picture? You need to make sure that doesn’t happen again by communicating with him. Puzzling Pursuit: I seem to have a recurring problem that I can’t figure out the solution to. Why is it that every guy I am into doesn’t seem to like me back? Not only that, but it’s always the guys I’m not attracted to romantically that are the ones pursuing me. I really don’t get it. Is it some kind of cosmic karma or am I doing something wrong? Love Guru, what gives? Love Guru: Hold up there, girl. Without knowing anything about the guys you are dating, I can already sense what’s going on. If every guy that you like doesn’t return your feelings, it might be that you are going after the same kind of men. While you may have a “type” you say you pursue, it could be more than that. Typically, people tend to follow some sort of pattern when choosing their dating partners. There’s usually a reason behind those choices. Without getting too “Dr. Phil” on the subject, all I suggest is that you figure out why you seem to be attracted to these same guys. If it hasn’t worked out with one of them in the past, you may want to analyze your own behavior to see why things are going south. As for the ones who lust for your heart unreciprocated, why haven’t you given any of them a chance? Clearly you receive male attention, and for one reason or another you seemingly brush them aside. Instead of chasing after those who don’t return your affection, you should branch out to explore other dating prospects out there. While these other guys may not catch your eye initially or send butterflies soaring into your heart, they are showing interest. It doesn’t hurt to go out on a date every once in a while! Sometimes, it’s more worthwhile to consider those who are giving you atten-

tion and ignore the ones who are not. Who knows? You just might find that you develop a connection where you never thought possible. Bro Betrayal: My friend just broke up with his girl, someone that I’ve always kind of had a thing for. They had been together for a while. It’s been a few months now, and in that time I’ve discovered that I actually really like this girl and want my chance to date her. Would I be breaking the “bro-code” if I asked her out? Love Guru: Dude, it doesn’t matter if they hadn’t seen each other for two weeks. If they were once an item and you know your friend had strong feelings for this girl, it’s just plain disrespectful to go after her now that they aren’t together anymore. It may sound cliché, but relationships come and go and friendships are ultimately what last. You should consider the value of friendship with your buddy, before going after someone who might still be a sore subject for him. Though they are no longer dating, it would still be considered a betrayal because the breakup is fresh. Despite this current situation, it won’t last forever. Eventually, your friend will move on and if you still want to date the lady down the road, there might come a time when you can pursue her. Technically, this girl is not your friend’s property, and it would be a waste for you not to let her know how you feel in case she felt the same way. As for the future, it may work itself out, and the opportunity for you to explore your feelings could arise. If it’s meant to be for the two of you, it’ll happen. But for now, it’s hands-off. Dollar Dilemma: My girlfriend expects me to take her on dates every week. Her last boyfriend had a lot of money and I feel like I can’t compare. She acts like it’s not a big deal, but I can tell she is frustrated.

thing outside the house. Surely your broke self can at least spring for some frozen yogurt to share. Frantic Fizzle: Lately my girlfriend has lost some of the spark that I find so attractive about her. She doesn’t seem as enthusiastic about things as she normally does. I want to change this and help her get that sparkle back. What should I do? Love Guru: To me, it sounds like your girl may be getting bored. So, our question is, what is she bored of? It could be many things. Her work, school routine or the same TV shows you watch together are just a few examples of what could be getting boring for her. Your job requires two things. First, ask her about it. Tell her you notice a difference in her mannerisms and the way she’s handling herself. If she gives you a specific answer, hope it’s something that you can fix. Secondly, you need to mix things up. Rearrange a room or take her out somewhere she’s never been before. If she’s into the hopeless romantic gig, use that to your advantage and go slightly over-the-top for one date night. Ladies love surprises, so do something spontaneous and fun for her, such as having dinner ready when she comes home. On a final note, it can never hurt to change things up in the bedroom. Good luck, dude.

Love Guru: First of all, kudos for realizing she’s frustrated. You would be amazed how many guys miss those hints. Her ex is an ex for a reason, so clearly money isn’t everything. However, being broke is not an excuse to be boring. You live in San Diego—get creative! Go to Balboa Park, Seaport Village or Mission Beach. Maybe you can’t afford a five-course dinner every weekend, but be sure to save up some cash for special occasions. Your girl shouldn’t expect you to spend money you don’t have, but try and at least do some-


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monday, february 18, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 72

Aztecs lose halftime lead, fall to UNLV 72-70 men’s basketball

Matt Kenyon Staff Writer

On Saturday, the San Diego State basketball team put it all on red in Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas ran away with the winnings. The Runnin’ Rebels extended their home winning streak to 12, as they defeated the Aztecs 72-70. This is the fourth time in five games that only two points separated the victor from the defeated. Senior guard Chase Tapley hit two 3-pointers in the final stretch to keep the Aztecs in the game after the Rebels’ 14-0 run gave them a 10-point lead, the largest of the night. Down only one point after a Tapley 3-pointer with 19 seconds left, the Aztecs regained possession on UNLV’s inbound pass with the chance to take the winning shot. Junior guard Jamaal Franklin received the ball at the top of the key on the ensuing play and drove to the basket. Hoping to create contact in the hopes of two free throws and a shot at the lead, Franklin was called for traveling. “It was the same move I was doing the whole game, but I can’t make that judgment,” Franklin said. “The ref called the call and

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The Aztecs will need a solid game from their frontcourt to match Wyoming’s this time around. Cowboys: Senior Leonard Washington leads the Cowboys’ frontcourt in both scoring and rebounds with 13.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore Larry Nance, Jr. is also having a solid season averaging 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. Both Washington and Nance recorded double-doubles against the Aztecs the last time they faced off in Laramie, Wyo. The Cowboys escaped with a 58-45 upset victory.

that’s it. I can’t bring it back and rewind it.” The Aztecs were forced to foul UNLV’s Katin Reinhardt, who hit one of two free throws with 1.5 seconds left on the clock. The ensuing inbound pass was tipped and sophomore forward JJ O’Brien could not attempt a potentially game-winning shot in time. This is SDSU’s second straight loss following a six-game winning streak in the Mountain West Conference, which stands as the best conference in men’s college basketball in the Ratings Percentage Index. The Aztecs are now tied for third place in the Mountain West with UNLV and Air Force. Tapley finished with a gamehigh 22 points and grabbed six boards. O’Brien finished with a double-double, including 15 points, all of which were scored in the first half. Franklin added 11 points and five steals, but missed a game-tying three with 27 seconds left, leading to a foul and a four-point Rebel lead. Injuries continue to plague the Aztecs as senior guard James Rahon left the game with a sprained right shoulder and never returned. Tapley stressed the difficulties of not having Rahon’s veteran presence.

Sophomore forward JJ O’Brien scored 15 points against UNLV on Saturday.

Coaching Aztecs: Head coach Steve Fisher’s team dropped the last two away games at Colorado State and UNLV by less than six. Returning home from two disappointing games, it’s hard to see Fisher dropping a third game in a row now that the team’s back at home. Cowboys: Head coach Larry Shyatt is in his third season as the head coach of the Cowboys. Since coaching the team, he’s never won on the road at SDSU. If the Cowboys look to come out with a win at Viejas Arena, it’s going to be tough for them sitting next to SDSU’s student section, “The Show.”



Aztecs: The Aztecs’ offensive threat remains in their dynamic backcourt with senior guard Chase Tapley, and junior guards Jamaal Franklin and Xavier Thames. Tapley is coming off his best conference game performance when he scored 22 points, recorded six rebounds with four 3-point shots made against UNLV on Saturday. Franklin still leads the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game, and Thames appears fully healthy again after recording 32 minutes of action against UNLV.

Aztecs: After losing by 13 points at Wyoming last month, the Aztecs will look for redemption at home. The Aztecs hope to recover from their two-game losing streak by returning to the friendly confines of Viejas Arena. With Thames back in the lineup this time around, look for the Aztecs to come out aggressive on both ends of the floor.

Cowboys: Senior guard Derrious Gilmore leads the Cowboys in the backcourt with 12.5 points and 2.6 assists per game. Although Gilmore’s numbers this season are respectable, the Cowboys are without their leading scorer Luke Martinez, who led the team with 14.5 points per game before being suspended indefinitely after 12 games this season. This puts the Cowboys at a big disadvantage in the backcourt containing Franklin, Tapley and Thames.

“It was very tough,” Tapley said. “He got hurt in the first three minutes. His outside shooting, his shots, we just missed his presence and his outside shooting.” UNLV freshman forward Anthony Bennett put on the performance of a future NBA firstround draft pick with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bennett was four of five from behind the 3point arc. And sophomore forward Khem Birch also had a big game for the Rebels, with 16 points and five blocks. “I’m proud of how we competed,” SDSU head coach Steve Fisher said. “We put ourselves even in the end, when it looked like we couldn’t with two or three plays, ball down one and with a minute or two before that we were down eight or nine or six or whatever it was. And we just didn’t finish it. I wish Jamaal (Franklin) would have attacked the rim quicker, but he didn’t, and we didn’t.” This is the first time in 30 games that the Aztecs have lost when leading at halftime. SDSU is in search of redemption at 7 p.m. on Tuesday when it hosts Wyoming at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs lost the first matchup against Wyoming 58-45.

Cowboys: The Cowboys started the season 12-0, but have struggled in conference play, losing seven games. Currently, the Cowboys are 4-7 in conference play. The Cowboys will face an Aztec team determined not to be swept by another conference opponent.

PREDICTION SDSU 64, Wyoming 55



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SATURDAY, FEB.16 Baseball: SDSU 4, University of San Diego 2 Women’s lacrosse: Jacksonville University 15, SDSU 5

Men’s tennis: SDSU 5, University of Hawai’i 2

Baseball: SDSU 8, University of San Diego 1

Softball: University of Kentucky 4, SDSU 0

Softball: University of Oklahoma 4, SDSU 0 SDSU 5, Cal Poly 2

Men’s basketball: University of Nevada, Las Vegas 72, SDSU 70

Women’s tennis: CSU Long Beach 4, SDSU 3

Men’s tennis: SDSU 4, University of Pacific 3

Softball: SDSU 4, Notre Dame 0

NATIONAL SPORTS BEAT Maryland defeats No. 2 Duke It seems no team in college basketball is safe. University of Maryland freshman guard Seth Allen hit two free throws with 2.8 seconds left in the game to give the Terrapins an 83-81 win against the No. 2 Duke University Blue Devils. The win snapped a six-game losing streak against Duke. The Terrapins didn’t trail after halftime. Duke trailed by 10 with 3:39 minutes left in the game, but tied the score with 16.7 seconds to go before Allen hit the two free throws. Allen finished the game with 16 points, while Duke senior guard Seth Curry scored 25 points. Olympian shoots girlfriend Southern African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who had his legs amputated below the knee and competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics, has been charged with shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp in his gated community home in

Pretoria, South Africa on Feb. 14. A 9 millimeter pistol was recovered at the scene and Pistorius has been charged with premeditated murder by the prosecutors. Reports have surfaced that Pistorius believed he was shooting at an intruder. Steenkamp was shot four times through the bathroom door. If convicted, Pistorius could face a minimum 25-year sentence in jail. Currently, South Africa does not have a death penalty. Nicknamed the “Blade Runner,” Pistorius is the first amputee runner to compete at the Olympic Games. Packers release Woodson The Green Bay Packers released defensive back Charles Woodson on Friday. Woodson, the 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was set to make $9 million in 2013, a figure that would have counted for $10 million against the Packers salary cap. Woodson missed nine games last season because of a broken right

collarbone, but played in both of Green Bay’s playoff games. “We had a good run,” Woodson told ESPN 540 in Wisconsin via text message. Woodson is the only player in NFL history with interceptions returned for touchdowns in six consecutive seasons, which began in 2006 and ended in 2011. He leads the league with nine interceptions returned for touchdowns since 2006. International Wrestling Federation President resigns Raphael Martinetti, The International Wrestling Federation President, resigned Saturday after the International Olympic Committee announced wrestling would be removed from the 2020 Olympics. The IOC removed wrestling from a list of 25 sports guaranteed a berth in future Olympics. A bid to restore wrestling would begin immediately according to interim president Nenad Lalovic. —Compiled by Ryan Schuler, Sports Editor

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Volume 99, issue 72 | monday , february 18, 2013

What do you think about Christopher Dorner? Christopher Dorner is only the latest in a growing line of spree killers who have put cops, soldiers and civilans in a state of constant fear.

Christopher Dorner’s case provides an unforunately necessary contextual framework for dialogue regarding accountability for law enforcement officers.

t was time to head home, but first I had to stop at the commissary. I loosely followed the shootout between San Bernardino County sheriffs and suspected killer Christopher Dorner. Truth be told, I was more interested in the hockey game between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. Sucked into the game, I forgot about the battle unfolding near Big Bear. Dorner came back into focus when I drove up to the front gate at Naval Station San Diego. Two gate guards approached wearing Kevlar helmets and vests. They gripped semi-automatic rifles. Protective gear and visible weapons are not normal security posture at military bases. But it has been since Dorner allegedly killed three people last week. After 21 years in the Navy and almost four years in the Army National Guard, I knew protective gear is a pain to wear. It’s heavy, hot and never seems to fit right. I was surprised when I asked the guard if he was relieved to stop wearing it and he said he wanted to keep wearing it. Cars lined up behind me, so I didn’t ask why he wanted to

eflecting on the Christopher Dorner fiasco, I keep thinking how I have never seen the police mobilize en masse and devote so much time and manpower to tracking down and killing a suspect before. Yes, I’m using the word “suspect.” I’ll keep using it forever because Dorner will never be given a trial. Remember how we supposedly live in a society where proof beyond a reasonable doubt is required before someone may be declared guilty of committing a crime? Last time I checked, the idea that citizens are innocent until proven guilty still applies if the suspect writes a manifesto and declares his intention to commit violent acts. This concept is essential in preserving our freedom. Nobody is guilty just because the cops say so. The fact of the matter is, none of us know exactly how guilty or innocent Dorner actually was. I think he is guilty, but my opinion is irrelevant because, as a U.S. citizen, he’s protected from public opinion by due process. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to go. Where was the evidence that Dorner killed Monica Quan? Is it possible she and her fiancée were someone else’s victims? With an average of 1.8 gun-related homicides per day, it’s not like Los Angeles couldn’t possibly have another shooter.



grasp, some hail him as a hero. I view his litany of complaints as nothing more than a ruse to keep his actions from being portrayed as they should be. I think his manifesto served his need to be the center of attention. By all accounts, he seems to be nothing more than a marginal Naval officer and a failed attempt at a police officer. To me, there’s no difference between his rambling manifesto and Theodore Kaczynski’s Unabomber manifesto, aside from the fact that Dorner is photogenic and Kaczynski looks scary. Dorner’s defenders see him as a victim of society’s ills. They think he cares deeply about an America beset by waves of gun violence. They believe he’s an upholder of human rights seemingly trampled by callous politicians. And they completely buy in to the idea that he’s one more good guy spit out by the Los Angeles Police Department. I think they’ve watched “Training Day” and Oliver Stoneesque conspiracy movies one time too many. Dorner’s training officer wasn’t Denzel Washington, especially because his training officer was a woman. I don’t know her, but I highly

Dorner’s defenders see him as a victim of society’s ills ... I think they’ve watched “Training Day” and Oliver Stone-esque consipracy movies one time too many. wear the cumbersome armor. I’m pretty sure I know his answer. It’s the fear spawned by Dorner who has inflicted six days of terror. Dorner was an everyman—the worst kind of terrorist. No one in the military suspected a former Naval officer with a winning smile to shoot them in cold blood. As Bob Dylan sang, “the times they are a-changing.” Here’s what America has to fear in 2013: In a span of just more than seven months, a 20-yearold without a police record kills 26 at an elementary school; a 22-year-old man kills two while wounding another in a mall shooting, and a 25-year-old college student allegedly kills 12 and wounds 58 at a movie theater. No one seemed to give out obvious signs of being mass murderers. Given these circumstances, the gate guard can’t be blamed for wanting to be fully armed and protected when killers look like you and me. That’s not what scares me, though. What scares me is how people have responded to Dorner. For reasons I can’t

infamous Blue Line, the entire LAPD saddles up, looking for revenge. If you believe the LAPD was not motivated by revenge, consider the delivery women driving a truck on the wrong street in Torrance and at the wrong time during the manhunt. During its frantic search, police mistook a blue Toyota Tundra for a gray Nissan Titan. The two small Asian women didn’t match the description of the suspect, who was a 6-foot, 270-pound black man. The police opened fire on the vehicle from behind with no warning, shooting 47-year-old Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother, Emma Hernandez. A few blocks away and 25 minutes later, police officers opened fire on 38-year-old David Perdue, a white man, driving a black Honda Ridgeline pickup truck. The LAPD’s reckless endangerment of civilians has been a hot topic lately. Comparing Dorner’s alleged body count with the damage inflicted on civilians by the LAPD while attempting to track Dorner, it’s easy to point to the LAPD as a greater threat to public safety. This dialogue is a distraction from a bigger issue that surfaced during this whole debacle. It’s no secret the LAPD has been susceptible to corruption and prone to violence against civilians. Historically, this has been especially true when speaking about

Make no mistake, if Dorner committed the atrocities attributed to his name, he was clearly in the wrong ... assess this situation with an eye for the symptoms of larger social problems.

doubt she thinks she’s tougher than King Kong. In fact, Dorner never made a complaint until after she gave him a substandard review. Grievances as serious as police brutality can’t be suppressed in hopes of receiving positive evaluations. The irony is that Dorner is just as corrupt as his training officer, if that’s the reason he waited. Dorner sealed his own fate by not reporting it in a timely fashion. Whistleblowers lose credibility when they have an ax to grind. It’s scary attempting to reason with people who believe in a conspiracy, nothing you say can dissuade them. Dorner’s death without a trial is only going to fan the flames. Perhaps my gate guard friend was right: Perhaps all Americans should be donning protective gear. I think we’re in for more Dorners in the months to come.

Dorner may have shot at police officers, but then again, maybe he didn’t. Sure, he said he was going to target police officers and some officers were shot at, but that doesn’t mean he did it. In a city known as the nation’s gang capital, there are scores of people who will shoot at cops given an opportunity. The evidence linking Dorner to the shootings is circumstantial at best. This doesn’t mean he is innocent, but the integrity of our criminal justice system depends on suspects getting their day in court. It simply does not matter what the person in question is accused of. Back to my original point. Try to remember the last time you saw California law enforcement engage in a highly publicized statewide manhunt for a suspect. Has the Los Angeles Police Department ever pursued anyone as Dorner? I can’t think of a single murderer, rapist, pedophile or gang leader who ever received so much police attention. This selective allocation of police resources reveals the LAPD’s priorities. If a criminal threatens civilians, the LAPD has limited resources, but when an ex-cop goes rogue and crosses the

—Staff columnist Mike Heral is a journalism junior

the relationship between the LAPD and various minority groups. The American public isn’t surprised after hearing stories about police brutality anymore, which is one reason why many people were quick to sympathize with Dorner. Make no mistake, if Dorner committed the atrocities attributed to his name, he was clearly in the wrong. However, it’s important to assess this situation with an eye for the symptoms of larger social problems. Dorner’s manifesto was an indictment of our fractured criminal justice system, which does little to fight the insidious spread of racism, discrimination, gender bias and poverty. His manifesto references the politicization of criminal justice, the racist structure of the war on drugs, the neoliberal paternalism inherent in American welfare and criminal justice policy and many other social issues. Regardless of anyone’s stance on Dorner’s alleged actions, it’s obviously time for greater transparency and accountability for U.S. law enforcement.

—Assistant Opinion Editor Kenneth Leonard is an English senior

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monday, february 18, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 72

Safety a priority in wake of nightclub tragedy safety


n Jan. 17 Brazil was shaken by a tragedy when more than 230 people died because of a fire inside a nightclub. Most of the victims were college students. It began after a band member from Gurizada Fandangueira shot a flare toward the ceiling. Once the fire started a panicked atmosphere spread throughout the club. The material used for the acoustic isolation made the fire spread faster. The bouncers blocked the only exit because they thought people were trying to leave without paying. A group of people finally managed to get the door open, but it was too late. Many of the attendees died of asphyxiation while desperately trying to escape. This is not the first time this kind of incident has happened. In 2003, another fire killed 100 people in the Station nightclub in Rhode Island. In this occasion, the flames started in a similar way, after the band performing threw a shower of white sparks, which ignited sound-proofing foam material near the stage. I have often thought about how dangerous nightclubs could be if something went wrong. After tragedies such as these, I wonder if safety regulations are followed and if there are enough inspections to make sure everything is up to standard.

It’s also clear that any kind of pyrotechnics should be forbidden and severely punished. Moreover, this shouldn’t apply just to regular clubs, but also to concerts held in bars or other small establishments. Here, both the musicians and the public are more likely to make use of flares. These are often used by the band to create a more entertaining show or by the audience to follow along with certain slow songs. Regulations regarding nightclubs vary from one country to another. What happened in Brazil probably would not have occurred in the U.S., because the club wouldn’t have passed a regular inspection. In the U.S., clubs are required to have at least three separate exits. There must also be fire sprinklers and the foam used on the stage needs to be fireproofed. Because accidents may still happen if stronger regulations aren’t applied, people should take certain precautions to make sure they will be safe in case something goes wrong. When entering a club, you should locate the emergency exits as soon as possible. Doing so within the first half hour would be best. It is also good to define a specific meeting point to get together with your friends in case something happens or someone gets lost. However, the best way



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to stay safe is to stay sober so the alcohol won’t affect your sense of direction. The number of people inside the club is also a key issue. Owners try to fit as many people as they can inside the establishment, occasionally even breaking the law. Mass concentrations can be

the cause of accidents and can sometimes make other situations worse, such as the fires in Brazil and Rhode Island. Another good precaution is to avoid clubs with excessive amounts of people. Of course, a good club is usually going to be packed, but there are times when it becomes too stifling.

In those occasions, the best decision is to leave. It’s true: You go to clubs to have fun and not to be stressed, but you can’t disregard about safety.

—Contributor Raquel Casal Rocha


Volume 99, issue 72 | MONday, february 18, 2013

The final, fatal attraction


Christian Benavides Staff Writer

“Tell me everything you know about her,” Detective Perry said. I won’t lie—he was a scary fellow. No, he wasn’t tall or muscular. He was average size, but he had particular features that put me on edge. His sunken eyes, protruding chin and bony body resembled one of those skeletons people hang outside their homes during Halloween, such as the Grim Reaper. “There’s nothing much to know about her,” I replied with confidence that surprised even me. “Well, what did you know about Cherry?” he barked back instantly, as if he had predetermined my answer. But what could I tell him that he didn’t already know about her? Cherry was a girl with bright red hair who was always on the move. She was damn sexy, too. Her curvy body always demanded stares everywhere she went. Her dark brown eyes were like small planets that would pull you in if you weren’t careful. She had a flaw, though. She always wore heels. Although she said it made her look more “badass,” I thought it was to compensate for her short stature. She never stopped moving. I remember she always preferred to eat and walk at the same time during our dates. Whenever I wanted to see her, I had to follow her around town while she ran errands. She didn’t stop for one minute, that girl. “Look, I know only what you know,” I said. “I get it. Why don’t I know anything about her if we were a couple? She is very private and warned me from the very beginning. I didn’t care as long as I was with her.” “You realize she is guilty of seven

murders, don’t you?” Perry said. “Yes, I know.” “Well, I need you to help me here. Who knows how many other innocent men she’ll kill if we don’t find her?” I looked around the room trying to find some sort of escape. But the room was completely bare. The small square table and the chair I was sitting on were the only things in the room. I looked up at the tinted window trying to see through it. The last two weeks she had me going crazy. She was moving extremely fast and I couldn’t catch up with her. I’ll never forget the last time I saw her, though. It was about 9 p.m. and she had called me up to meet at her place. Not earlier than 10p.m., she said. But I couldn’t resist and went there right after she called me. While I was climbing up the stairs, I noticed her apartment door was open a little, which was strange for a woman who never invites anyone into her world. I rushed into the apartment and almost fell over a chair that was lying in the entrance with one of its legs broken. I went in farther and it looked like a hurricane had hit the apartment. Everything from furniture to clothes covered the floor. I called for her and heard some noise outside on the porch. I ran outside and saw her on the ledge with her hands on her sides. She was getting ready to jump off the ledge of the eighth floor porch. I grabbed her and pulled her into the apartment as she struggled to break free from my grasp. “Why the hell are you here right now?” she asked. “I told you to come after 10!” “Like I care right now,” I said. “Why were you trying to kill yourself? Why did you even tell me to come over?”

What she said next almost killed me. “Because I wanted you to see me dead. I wanted you to suffer like you have made me suffer,” she said as she began to cry. “Erik!” Perry screamed as he slammed the table. “Pay attention. I know you know where she is. So tell me so we can both move on from here.” “She touched me,” I responded, not really sure what I was saying. “What do you mean she touched you?” “Idiot! She touched me. I fell for her and have spent the last five months chasing her around trying to make her feel something for me.” “What else?” “And when she felt something for me, she hated me for it!” “Well, what happened?” I avoided his question. “You know, I was supposed to be her next victim. She told me.” “Well where is she now?” I wanted to tell him in a way he could understand. She was everywhere but nowhere. I didn’t want to do it, but she begged me to. She conned me into it, of course. She couldn’t kill me, so she left me with a burden, left me with her life in my hands. “I touched her, her heart.” I said slowly, hoping he had some kind of heart in that bony body of his. “We all know how bad she was, but somehow, she felt something for me. But she always had her way in the end. Always.” Perry stood across the table with his hands in his pockets. He was fiddling with something in one of them and then finally, after what seemed like hours, he spoke. “Was? Had?” “Yes,” I said. “I am her last victim—her last lover.”


by Nancy Black, Tribune Media Services

Today’s Birthday (2/18/13) - Fix up your place to match your new possibilities this season, as friends, family and fun fill your schedule. Summer romance and social life prove to be charming. An addition to the family is possible. Finances require careful management. Express creativity through new doors. 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 9 - When others succeed, you succeed. Work together and make magic. You enter a onemonth review period. Return to basics. Add humor to reduce stress. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - For the next four weeks, focus on your special bond with friends. Creative projects undergo revision while Saturn is in retrograde. Add love. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 9 You’re hot and only getting hotter; resistance is futile. You’re going to have to accomplish the wonderful things you’ve been wanting, even in the face of cynicism. Just do it. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 7 - Now is not the time to overextend. Slow and steady wins the race, but you don’t even have to enter the competition. Take it easy and meditate. Watch out for travel surprises. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 7 - Stay home instead of going out. You don’t have to explain it yet. For the next month, your partner can be a great leader. Support and

follow. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 7 - You’ll be most effective working with and through others. Start finishing up old business, one piece at a time, and invent something new. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is an 8 - You may want to back up your data, as Mercury goes retrograde soon (on Feb. 23). During this next phase, you’re extremely creative. Spend time with a loved one. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 6 - There’s not quite enough for something you want. Make the best with what you have for now, which is plenty. You’re lucky in love. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 9 - Use your common sense and gain respect. Focus on home and family. Going back to basics brings some freedom and relaxation, even more than imagined. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is an 8 - Take the time to study and practice. Avoid the temptation to spend; rely on your imagination instead. Review your budget. No gambling. Build a marketing plan. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 9 Clear up misunderstandings as they happen to avoid making a mountain out of a dirt clod. For the next month, you’ll do well financially, if you can keep from spending it all. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is an 8 - Confront old fears to make them disappear. Your natural genius flourishes. It’s not a good time to travel, though. A fabulous opportunity appears. Bask in it. ©2013, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.


by The Mepham Group, Tribune Media Services

Difficulty Level: 1 out of 4 Instructions: Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. Solutions available online at




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