VOLUME 100, ISSUE 47
Monday, march 3 - wednesday, MARch 5, 2014
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Neknominations spitters aren’t quitters
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Manifestación contra la Patrulla Fronteriza Michelle Monroy, Staff photographer
$200 Wesley Beights, Staff photographer
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Aztecs’ guide to the success fee HANNAH BEAUSANG
According to CFAC’s data:
San Diego State has been discussing the implementation of a new Student Success Fee designed to expand class sizes and create funding for more teachers. Campus Fee Advisory Committee member and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Kathy LaMaster said 90 percent of the fee will be used to hire more professors and add more class sections, while the other 10 percent will be allotted for general academic proposals. As part of the proposal process, students can submit faculty-backed fund requests for specific use in their prospective departments. CFAC held a series of open forums throughout February to gauge students’ reactions to the proposed fee. The forums featured short presentations addressing how the fee would be used and provided feedback forms for students to respond. Forum attendees were given forms with options ranging from $500 per semester to no fee. The fee would be implemented during the next four years, with students only paying 25 percent in the first semester, LaMaster said.
number of students that gave feedback during the forums (3.5 percent of total students enrolled)
Here’s how it all breaks down, according to the presentation: • A $200 increase would allow for the addition of 80 new faculty members cumulatively and 360 course sections annually. • A $300 increase would provide funds for 120 new faculty members cumulatively and 540 new course sections annually. • A $400 increase would allow 160 new faculty hires cumulatively and 720 new course sections annually.
percent of students who voted against any fee at the forums percent of students who voted in favor of a $200 fee
total number of open forums held
total percent of students who voted in favor of a fee at the forums
percent of students who voted in favor of a $500 fee
share of attendees who voted during one of the student org-hosted forums
• A $500 increase would fund 200 new faculty hires cumulatively and add 900 course sections annually. The forums were part of an alternative consultation process, LaMaster said. CFAC used the data accumulated at forums to make a recommendation to President Elliot Hirshman, who will then make a recommendation to the California State University chancellor. The chancellor must approve the fee before its implementation.
share of attendees who voted during one of the Greekhosted forums
Taking it to the streets: what students think CAMILLE LOZANO STAFF WRITER
RAQUEL HERRIOTT STAFF WRITER
Mechanical Engineering freshman
Recreation and tourism management freshman, track athlete “We (athletes) get first priority classes and scholarships, the school pays for us athletes to come, but I don’t think they should implement the fee,” Oliver said. “It’s messed up, people don’t have any money.”
“I think it would be very beneficial,” Tisuela said. “I take classes on a Saturday right now, so it would really help out (with the adding of classes).” Tisuela also said he thought the fee would boost San Diego State’s recognition as a research institution. CAMILLE LOZANO, STAFF WRITER
CAMILLE LOZANO, STAFF WRITER
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Protest ends in president’s office luke henning
A.S. members express doubts about fee process
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michelle monroy staff wrtier
senior staff writer “I didn’t eat dinner last night because I was worried about my younger brother feeding himself before I did. If I can’t afford to eat, I can’t afford the fee,” Mirna Cruz said in an open comment section of a Campus Fee Advisory Committee meeting held to discuss the proposed Student Success Fee. “You wonder why students weren’t at the forum? Maybe it’s because they had to work a second job because they’re worried about bringing food to the table.” Cruz, a social work and Spanish senior, voiced her concerns along with the nearly 100 sign-wielding protesters who crammed into Montezuma Hall to rally against the fee increase while CFAC held its monthly meeting. Protesters included representatives from MeChA, the Muslim Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Queer Student Union and the Student Union for Representation and Justice. Prior to the vote on the fee increase recommendation, a 30-minute open comment session was held, opening the floor for all attendees to speak for one minute each. Nearly 30 San Diego State students, faculty and alumni made statements during the allotted time. “I am a low-income student and it hurts me a lot,” biology and political science senior Wendy Herrera said. “I simply cannot afford it and I cannot take out more loans and put myself more in debt to get my diploma.” Students expressed their discontent with the forums and some openly criticized the methodology. “I found that the forums were very one-sided and even if you did speak your mind, it was kind of shut down,” sociology and Chicano and Chicana studies senior Fernando Perez said. “Everybody seemed to be in favor of the success fee at the forums and there was no other side as to what the negatives were.”
Top and bottom: Protesters sit in at a CFAC meeting where the Student Success Fee was discussed. Middle: The protest moved to President Elliot Hirshman’s office. Michelle Monroy, staff writer
Two faculty members attended the forum, including Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies Professor Isidro Ortiz. “I spoke up at the hearing because as a member of the faculty, I think it’s important that university processes have legitimacy and credibility and that faculty be respected,” Ortiz said. “I’m very much concerned about the process; I don’t believe that it had integrity.” As an adviser to MeCHA and ACHA, Ortiz works closely with students that
will be affected by the fee hike. “I think the fee proposal is insensitive to the reality that students face, and it’s not just students here, but students throughout the whole (California State University) system,” Ortiz said. Crunching the numbers CFAC took into account feedback from 39 public open forums held from Feb. 3 through Feb. 21. See protest, P11
Some uncertainty arose among various members of the Associated Students Board of Directors as they discussed the recent open forums for the proposed Student Success Fee during their meeting this past Monday. Board of Directors student-at-large member Washington Navarrete voiced his discomfort with the way the forums were managed. Navarrete said he spoke with several students who were disappointed with the overall facilitation of the forums, questioning the objectivity of the Campus Fee Advisory Committee. Josh Garman, another Board of Directors student-at-large member, told the board these forums might not seem to be as objective as CFAC had hoped. From the perspective of the student, the fee is going to happen regardless of what they want, because both the Campus Fee Advisory Board and the university are in favor of it, Garman said. The students he spoke with who did not attend forums said they didn’t go because they felt there was no point, Garman said. A.S. Vice President of Financial Affairs and CFAC member Mariah Kelly said she was saddened to know that students felt the fee would happen no matter what. “As someone who needs to make a decision off of the feedback, I am disappointed that that’s what they felt,” Kelly said. “Because the reality of it is that it may very well not happen.” The feedback is important to the committee, A.S. President and CFAC Chair Josh Morse said. In the future if this process were to happen again, it’s good information for them to know, he added. “All this information is getting to the next generation of students to make sure that, if we had an issue with the process now, they can either adapt to make changes or at least get feedback, so we appreciate that,” Morse said.
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Fight for your right to Netflix A potential buyout could leave Netflix with slower streaming times and higher prices. Sara Tiano Contributor
Aztecs, we have to talk about the Comcast buyout of Time Warner Cable situation. While you may have heard about this little business deal, you likely brushed it off as irrelevant. Surprise—it’s not. On the contrary, if this acquisition is approved, college kids beware: They’re coming after our Netflix. It’s time we stand together and speak out against this merger. Comcast has never been a fan of Netflix because it sparked a revolution in media consumption that inspired people to turn to computers for entertainment instead of TVs. For us, it’s the best thing since indoor plumbing; for cable companies, it’s a problem. Comcast is reacting especially poorly about it. A couple of years ago it tried to impose data caps on its broadband subscribers to limit the amount of video streaming available to customers. In January, Netflix’s Internet service provider performance report ranked Comcast in the bottom four because of slow streaming. After all this, Comcast is now trying to acquire the next biggest fish in the pond so it can control an even greater amount of power and influence in the media industry. Scared yet? You should be. Here are the basics. Comcast is currently the largest cable provider in the U.S. and Time Warner Cable is the second largest. Comcast already purchased NBCUniversal a couple of years ago, giving it ownership of a news outlet and movie studio, among other assets. In a “Democracy Now!” interview former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Copps warned against the danger of adding more power to an already oversized Comcast. “It’s broadband. It’s broadcast. It’s content. It’s distribution. It’s the medium and the message. It’s telecom, and it’s media, too,” Copps said. “And it just
would confer a degree of control over our news and information infrastructure that no company should be allowed to have.”
to rival Netflix. This will be integrated into Comcast set-top boxes in an attempt to renew attraction from subscribers lost to cord-cutting. The problem with this is that if Comcast is controlling the content offerings for cable TV, On Demand and web-based applications, there won’t be any variety. Comcast will basically have complete control on the media options for the millions who use its services.
What exactly is going to happen to Netflix? A few things could go down. The most common concern right now has been the potential for “throttling.” This is when an ISP limits the speed at which data can stream from a particular site. Want to put an end to the madness? Comcast has been accused of giving Luckily, the acquisition has to be preferential streaming power to its own approved by the U.S. Department video content (the company is partof Justice and the Federal Trade owner of Hulu and runs Xfinity On Commission before it becomes official. Demand). Ever notice how you never These agencies are supposed to prevent have to wait for videos to buffer on Hulu? any business deals that would be Weird. harmful to competition. While clearly In an act of this is harmful to self-preservation, competition Netflix has in the overall already agreed to media industry, On the contrary, if pay Comcast for Comcast may be direct access to its able to argue that this acquisition is network, hoping it’s not harmful approved, college this will increase to competition streaming speeds. among ISPs kids beware: They’re This deal reeks of because they each coming after our potential extortion, service different especially since geographic areas. Netflix. the public doesn’t However, these know how much agencies represent Netflix is actually the American being charged. It also people. If the opens the door for other ISPs to follow public expresses enough concern, the suit and force Netflix to pay them, too. commission should strike down the And of course, any extra cost incurred deal or require provisions to protect by Netflix will probably be directly consumers. passed on to its 44 million subscribers. Believe it or not, we as citizens actually According to a report on Bloomberg, have an opportunity to voice these kinds Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is already of opinions to our government. considering a multi-tiered pricing Whitehouse.gov hosts a petition forum scheme instead of the all-you-can-stream called We The People—any petition for $7.99 deal we love so much. that reaches 100,000 signatures within What we probably won’t see anytime 30 days requires a response from the soon is the integration of Netflix into government per administration policy. set-top boxes, something the company Maybe you think it sounds crazy, but it has been striving for. It had been in talks takes three minutes to make an account with Time Warner Cable about adding a and sign the petition. Just go to petitions. Netflix application into the cable boxes, whitehouse.gov, search Comcast but Comcast’s arrival has likely put an petitions, and click to sign. If enough end to those discussions. people do it we could actually have an Comcast is busily developing its own effect on this decision rather than the cloud-based delivery platform designed decision having an effect on us.
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Neknominations spitters aren’t quitters
A new Facebook challenge sweeping the web encourages binge drinking of sometimes lethal concotions. Morgan rubin
senior staff columnist
I remember the days when we were younger, and when we’d do something stupid our justification for it was, “Well, Billy did it.” Then, of course, our moms would ask us the obligatory, “If Billy jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?” We would then hang our heads in shame, knowing there was no right answer to that question. Seems as if old habits really do die hard. Except “Billy” has now morphed into the entire Internet and the consequences of those actions can be deadly. If you’ve been on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube lately, you’ll know I’m referring to Neknomination, the drinking game that has gone viral on social media across the world. From New Zealand to New York and even here at San Diego State, this game has been challenging college students to
drink as much as they can as fast as they can, then nominate their friends to take on the challenge. Social media is a powerful thing. Once you post a video of yourself doing something and then publicly dare people to do the same, it makes them more likely to do it, regardless of the task. There’s enough pressure getting called out in front of a group of friends at a party to drink five shots in a row, but calling someone out on the Internet to drink a beer-filled toilet bowl is on a different level. I would even say it’s bullying. No one wants to be mocked by friends, and definitely not by strangers. When people are nominated by Facebook friends publicly declaring, “You have 24 hours to complete this, or else,” it presents a challenge that becomes hard to pass up. No one is forcing anyone to do these outrageous, dangerous tasks, but by posting the videos publically on Facebook, it makes the request harder to say no to. With the current situation stated, our generation needs to reevaluate the ways
in which social media influences our lives. I don’t blame Facebook for the Neknominations. Rather, I blame the people who abuse Facebook in such a way. People have called for social media sites to take a bigger role in alerting the public of the health risks of drinking an obscene amount of alcohol in a short amount of time. The problem is, that plan is utterly pointless. Everyone knows the risks, but that doesn’t mean they care. When our generation of college students want to do something, they do it and think about the consequences later. Facebook, Twitter and the like can’t control the actions of the individuals who decide drinking a bottle of vodka before downing a live goldfish is OK. These social media sites can only do so much in terms of regulating what gets posted. However, Facebook should discourage such behavior by monitoring user content more closely and removing Neknomination videos as soon as
possible. The quicker they do that, the less of a chance the trend has to spread. But until we actually take it upon ourselves to stop the foolishness, little can be done on the side of the websites. By far, the most disconcerting fact about Neknominations is that they have taken a tragic fatal turn. According to CNN, “At least five men younger than 30 have died,” as a direct response to this drinking game. This activity stopped being a game when people started dying. Since no dare, game or challenge is worth losing a life, that is reason enough for the nominations to end. As with any craze, Neknominations are bound to fade in time. Until that happens, we need to be more vocal about condemning such activities. I’m all for having fun and messing around with friends, but a line has been crossed here. People have already died with the definite possibility of more if this continues. And for what reason? Five minutes of fame? We’re better than that.
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No. 13 Aztecs are far from unlucky terence chin staff writer
They really might be the kings of California. In a game that was thought to be another road test for the Associated Press-ranked No. 13 Aztecs made winning look easy on Saturday as they defeated California State University, Fresno 82-67. With this victory, SDSU extended its winning streak to 41 games against teams from California. If that isn’t enough, it’s also the longest active winning streak for any one team against any one state in the country since the 1996-97 season. “This is the way you have to play if you want to win a conference championship,” head coach Steve Fisher said to reporters in Fresno. “We have to keep digging and say this is the way we want to play when we go to Vegas on Wednesday. It feels good today.” A f t e r Kristian carreon, Staff Photographer scoring
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SDSU looked even better in the second only 44 points last weekend in a loss to the half, outscoring the Bulldogs 42-32. The hot University of New Mexico, the Aztecs clearly shooting continued for the Aztecs, finishing were a different team playing in California, the game shooting 60 percent as a team, as putting up 90 points against San Jose State they connected on a total of nine 3-point University last Tuesday and 82 points against shots. Thames finished with a team high Fresno State on Saturday. 22 points and six rebounds, while junior The Bulldogs hung around in the first half guard Aqeel Quinn finished with 17 points, despite SDSU shooting a hot 61.9 percent including a team-high four three-pointers from the field. As the made. Aztecs led 37-32 With ten Top 25 with 11 seconds left teams losing on to play in the first Saturday, you can period, Fresno State perhaps expect SDSU redshirt sophomore to jump back ahead Cezar Guerrero a few spots in the nailed a 3-point shot national rankings to cut SDSU’s lead to after winning two 37-35. Immediately games this week. after, senior guard The Aztecs (25Xavier Thames 3, 14-2) will travel came dribbling - Steve Fisher next to the University down the floor and of Nevada, Las Vegas answered with a to take on the Rebels 3-point shot of his (19-10, 10-6) at 8:05 own as time expired to p.m. on March 5 at the Thomas & Mack give the Aztecs a 40-35 advantage at the half. Center. In their last meeting on Jan. 18, “That was a huge basket,” Fisher said SDSU defeated UNLV 63-52 at Viejas Arena. regarding Thames’ shot to end the half. “It The Aztecs are seeking their 26th win of the was a huge basket not only to shut the crowd season, and the game will be televised live on down, but it gave us a good feeling about CBS Sports Network. ourselves when we ran into the locker room.”
“This is the way you have to play if you want to win a conference championship.”
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Bulldogs take Aztecs to the pound Ethan Bailey Staff writer
After winning two straight games, the San Diego State women’s basketball team suffered a loss in a heated contest against California State University, Fresno by a final score of 67-63 on Saturday.
The game came down to the final moments as SDSU made a run with 17 seconds left to try to erase a 10-point deficit. Aztec senior guard Danesha Long scored on a jumper and the ensuing freethrow attempt after a Bulldog foul. A few seconds later, freshman guard Chloe Johnson scored on a layup to cut Fresno’s
Senior guard Danesha Long attempts to pass the ball to senior center Cierra Warren.
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lead to six points. With five seconds left SDSU junior forward Khristina Hunter sank two free throws and Johnson stole the next Fresno State possession, but the game ended on a missed 3-point try from Long. “I like the way we finished the game,” head coach Stacie Terry said. “I thought they executed the way we needed them to in the press (defense) and getting themselves back into the game.” The Aztecs shot 48.1 percent from the field in the second period, but also made only 7 of 14 free throw attempts during that time. Senior center Cierra Warren led the team in scoring with 21 points and added five total rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. Hunter also turned in a nice performance, scoring 10 points and posting nine total rebounds with three steals. “We allowed them to dribble-drive into our zone and get paint points,” Terry said. “We didn’t contain the ball very well at the end ... Fresno State is a very, very good team and they took advantage of the opportunities we gave them today.” Both teams played well defensively. SDSU forced 15 Fresno turnovers while the Bulldogs forced 11 from the Aztecs. Both teams held each other scoreless for
a stretch lasting nearly two full minutes with about seven minutes left in the game. The Aztecs were again without freshman standout point guard Ariell Bostick, who Terry said is done for the season after tearing multiple ligaments in one of her knees. Injuries have forced the Aztecs to play the rest of the season with only eight healthy players, and the lack of depth showed in Saturday’s game—SDSU’s bench was outscored 28-12. Looking ahead, Terry feels optimistic about the last two regular season games and the Mountain West Conference tournament starting March 10. “We’re going to take the positives out of (the game) and focus on that ... We’re down a ball handler and we’ve been practicing well at taking care of the ball,” Terry said. “Just continue to grow and get ready for the tournament. We’re a tough team to play and prepare for, so I don’t think any team wants to see us on their side of the bracket.” The Aztecs stay at Viejas Arena for their next matchup against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. SDSU is 8-8 against MW opponents and will look to gain momentum with the conference championship right around the corner.
Former San Diego State running back Adam Muema left the NFL Combine for religous reasons on Feb. 23. Monica Linzmeier, Photo Editor
The Book of Muema adds unexpected chapter Cameron Salce Contributor
After playing against former San Diego State running back Adam Muema in high school and seeing him run for 260 yards and five touchdowns in one game, I quickly realized his name would be in the headlines for many years to come. Muema doesn’t just play football games— he takes control of them. In his final game as an Aztec, he rushed for 229 yards, had three touchdowns and was named MVP of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. His successes in high school and college led Muema to declare for this year’s upcoming NFL draft after only his junior season. This decision surprised many Aztec fans, myself included, considering ESPN’s Scouts Inc. only ranked him the 24th-best running back in this year’s draft. This means Muema would have to make a name for himself at the NFL Scouting Combine to have a decent chance to get drafted. However, he made a name for himself
in a way no one could ever see coming. In one of the most bizarre stories in Aztec history, Muema’s draft stock took a major hit on Sunday, Feb. 23 when he left the NFL Scouting Combine citing “religious reasons.” Muema said he was “following God” when he left the combine early, and that God told him if he did not participate, the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks would draft him. According to the U-T San Diego, Muema was given a fourth- to seventh-round draft grade. However, his decision not to run, lift or jump at the combine might cause him to not be drafted at all. Many might see this story and think it’s a joke. Others may think he’s just cracking under the pressure the combine puts on potential draft hopefuls. Conversely, there are some people who see his act as a passionate leap of faith to follow God. I, on the other hand, am somewhere stuck in between. I’m shocked that Muema would make such a radical decision that
will definitely affect how many NFL teams look at him. But I also have to respect his willingness to follow what he believes in. Muema is so confident in his selfproclaimed prophecy that he has even updated his Twitter biography @So¬_ Lucrative to say, “|God F1rst|Seahawks #8|.” He is so sure about himself that he already feels he belongs on the team. Muema has stated that playing for the Seahawks is his dream team and that he “can’t go wrong with God” by following the path to the team. Fortunately for Muema, he picked a team with a coach, Pete Carroll, known to take risks in the NFL draft. For example, players such as Richard Sherman, Bruce Irvin and Russell Wilson were all risky draft choices that eventually panned out in the NFL. It’s hard to believe, but in the days following Muema’s abrupt departure from the combine this story got even stranger. After Monday’s decision to follow God, Muema disappeared for three days straight and remained out of contact with everyone. He later resurfaced to the world on Friday,
Feb. 28. You might ask what he was doing for those three days. Apparently, God had more answers for him. According to Muema, God told him to stay in the airport and not do anything but wait. So that’s what he did for three straight days. Corey Nelson, a player training for the draft with Muema, told the U-T San Diego that he picked up Muema from the airport on Thursday when no one else knew where he was. He also noted Muema was still wearing the same workout uniform provided to him at the combine. Lucky enough for Muema, the scouting combine isn’t the only chance he will have to impress NFL scouts. He will have a chance next month at SDSU’s Pro Day to show that he is draft-worthy. Many people might think Muema doesn’t know what he’s doing when making decisions for his future. However, didn’t many people question Noah for building his ark? Muema may just know something that the rest of the world can’t comprehend right now.
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EDM industry is ‘AL!VE’ at SDSU josselyn molina contributor
More than 100 EDM fans gathered at San Diego State on Feb. 22 for AL!VE’s first EDM industry night, V!TAL. At this event, five guest speakers talked about their journey into the entertainment industry, taking the audience back in time to the smaller successes and leading the speakers up to the EDM boom. San Diego’s growing EDM scene was enough for AL!VE to organize a whole event to inspire future music producers, writers, photographers and radio broadcasters. V!TAL began with one of San Diego’s true EDM pioneers, DJ Tristan D from Channel Z90.3. Hailing from the more EDM-filled world in London, Tristan D came to San Diego with high hopes and one ultimatum: If listeners go up, you stay, and if not, you’re out. Tristan D now hosts the biggest EDM show on FM radio in the U.S. Although the CEO and co-founder of LED Johnny Shockey could not make the event, his marketing leader took the stage and was more than happy to offer opportunities to those truly interested in San Diego’s EDM industry. The phrase, “shoot me an email,” was no stranger to
this conference. V!TAL took a passionate turn as each guest speaker went up one after another, their love and dedication for music shining through. Derek Andersen from Slander discussed his experiences DJing at fraternity parties that fostered his dedication in producing music that has a lasting impact. “I go back to that one moment at a show, where I’m there with all my friends almost crying and I start from there,” Andersen said. Editor Mike Walkusky of EDM.com explained the satisfaction he feels after writing about something he truly loves. AL!VE’s own creative director Peter Don featured his new film on Australia’s EDM scene, which was two months in the making. Don simply remarked, “I just wanted to do something cool.” It says a lot for AL!VE to bring on potential rivals such as EDM.com and LED and create collaborations that bring about some of the best shows in the EDM industry. All in all, V!TAL was successful in representing relationships in the EDM industry and bringing together many dedicated people under one roof to inspire the future of a promising industry.
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March 3 - March 5, 2014
Manifestación en la frontera. lourdes valdez, escritora
Manifestación contra la Patrulla Fronteriza lourdes valdez escritora
“Ni una muerte más! Ni una muerte más!” es lo que escuchaban los peatones al cruzar de Tijuana a San Ysidro el sábado pasado. Bajo la lluvia y con pancartas en mano, activistas, estudiantes y hasta veteranos se reunieron en la garita de San Ysidro para manifestarse en contra de la Patrulla Fronteriza. Berta Gutiérrez—la organizadora—conto con el apoyo de aproximadamente 25 organizaciones. Entre ellas estaban Ángeles de la Frontera y el Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA). El motivo de la manifestación fue denunciar el tratamiento por parte de la Patrulla Fronteriza hacia inmigrantes. “Esta protesta fue planeada desde el año pasado … porque todavía no hay respuestas para las familias que han sido victimizadas (y) que ya no tienen a sus seres queridos” explicó Gutiérrez. “Es hora que ya nos den cuentas de lo que ha pasado y queremos también ya que sigan un proceso de transparencia
y que no vuelva a pasar esto.” Entre los manifestantes estaba la madre de Anastasio Hernández Rojas, un hombre que murió en manos de oficiales fronterizos en el 2010. María de la Luz Rojas expresó su indignación por el tratamiento hacia los migrantes en los EE.UU. “Yo veo en este país que no están haciendo valer los derecho, no hay derechos humanos … el nombre que le pondría seria inhumanos”, dijo Rojas. La comunidad estudiantil de San Diego también estuvo presente en la garita. Estudiantes—no solo hispanos— alzaron la voz y hasta opinaron sobre el entrenamiento que deberían recibir los oficiales al entrar a la Patrulla Fronteriza. “Podemos decir que tengan más programas para que ellos entiendan que no es necesario responder con tanta violencia”, comentó una estudiante de la Universidad de California en San Diego (UCSD) que prefirió ocultar su identidad. La joven agregó —similar a como Salvador Allende lo dijo—que estudiantes deberían apoyar a causas como esta porque “ser estudiante y no ser revolucionario es una gran contradicción”.
Jesús Méndez Carbajal, un estudiante de la Universidad Estatal de San Diego (SDSU), también asistió y comentó que es importante recordar y pedir justicia por los actos de los oficiales hacia los migrante. “Las muerte de nuestros compañeros y nuestras compañeras no son cosas que se olvidan. No son cosas que se pueden borrar … aquí seguiremos hasta que la justicia llegue para todos nosotros”, dijo Méndez Carbajal. Méndez Carbajal insistió en la importancia de crear conciencia entre la comunidad universitaria, no solo a nivel estudiantil sino también al nivel administrativo. Dijo que es necesario que las universidades toquen temas—como la agresión hacia personas indocumentadas—que afectan a gran parte de su alumnado. Dos cosas que fueron visibles en esta protesta fue la demanda de justicia y un trato más humano hacia inmigrantes. La madre de Anastasio Hernández declaró sentir que en EE.UU no existe la justicia para mexicanos y agregó que a pesar de tener pasaportes diferentes, todos somos iguales. “Los de Estados Unidos como los mexicanos tienen la misma vida y tienen lo mismo en su cuerpo.”
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Protest: Students take fight to the top Continued from P3
Although the alternative consultation process didn’t involve a traditional voting process to decide the fee, student feedback was considered through feedback forms available at the forums. CFAC allowed student organizations to host the forums in an effort to increase participation. According to CFAC, 1,251 people attended forums during the three-week period. Of those, 1,015 students, or 3.5 percent of SDSU’s enrolled students, filled out a feedback form. Of the students that provided feedback at the forums, 36 percent were in favor of no increase, according to CFAC. Additionally, CFAC reported that 13 percent of students were in favor a $500 fee increase, 9 percent were in favor of a $400 fee increase, 16 percent were in favor of a $300 fee increase and 26 percent were in favor of a $200 increase. “The way the fee was decided was based on direct student feedback,” CFAC member and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Kathy LaMaster said. “Sixty-four percent of the students that came to a forum supported a fee at some level, so the committee supported it at the $200 level.” According to the CFAC agenda, effort was put forth to ensure that all students were aware of the open forums. A mass email was sent out to all students by CFAC Chair and Associated Students President Josh Morse. Notices were posted on Blackboard, WebPortal, NewsCenter, and The Aztec both prior to and throughout the open forum period. Students were also encouraged to attend with a brief classroom announcement in approximately 65 classrooms. According to the CFAC agenda, an email contact and a website were set up for comments and questions about the forums. An informational video was created, posted to Blackboard and WebPortal and viewed 1,576 times from the time it was posted until the last forum on Feb. 21. CFAC decides on a recommendation Throughout the meeting, students shouted phrases such as “no fees” and “this process is illegitimate.”
Throwback: Aztecs walk out for fee in 2010 Lawson Navarro Staff writer
The Campus Fee Advisory Committee listened to protester’s concerns during its Friday meeting.
Michelle Monroy, Staff writer
Morse struggled to maintain order as the increasingly angry protesters overwhelmed conversation between CFAC members. After a quick recess, CFAC unanimously voted to recommend a $200 fee increase for President Elliot Hirshman’s consideration, much to the dismay of the protesters who met the decision with a cacophony of boos and insults. Communication breakdown With the vote complete, protesters marched to the president’s office through heavy rainfall, chanting against the proposed fee increase. The protesters gathered in the lobby, demanding to see the president immediately.
“It’s perfectly OK that the students are upset ... Our goal is to make sure it’s done legally.”
- SDSU Police Department Lt. Mike O’Dean
As the staff present in the office attempted to calm the crowd, an alarm went off within the building and some of the protesters began to leave in fear of being arrested. A majority of the group stayed in the office, intent on speaking directly with Hirshman. Associate Vice President for Campus Life Timothy Quinnan, Chief Diversity Officer Aaron Bruce and SDSU Police Department Lt. Mike O’Dean worked to keep the protesters civil as they waited for word on whether or not Hirshman was going to address the crowd. “It’s perfectly OK that the students are upset,” O’Dean said. “Our goal is to make sure it’s done legally.” When Quinnan informed the protesters that Hirshman was not on campus, the group decided they would continue the protest in the president’s office on Monday. Steve Allison, a recent alumnus of SDSU’s geography program and protest supporter said it was sad that students and the administration could not work together to solve the issue, though he remained optimistic about the university’s future. “I think that the fact that students are organized and protesting is a sign of a healthy university,” Allison said as he waited with the protesters in the president’s office.
More than 1,000 students and faculty walked out of classes on March 4, 2010 to protest a 30 percent tuition increase and 10 percent cuts in faculty wages. This protest was part of a California State Universitywide movement to show discontent with the recently executed tuition increase. The protest followed a 2010 Associated Students proposal for a semestral $94 student body fee to fund the new student union. The protest was organized by students, faculty, staff and the California Faculty Association. Students were asked to vote for this fee increase in the March 2010 A.S. elections, but the fee wouldn’t go into effect until the student union was complete. This meant those students voted for whether or not today’s SDSU students would have to pay more. “Asking students to vote for such a significant fee increase when most of the current students voting on the fee may not be here to actually pay the fee when it goes into effect is troublesome, bordering on the reviled ‘taxation without representation,’” as quoted in a staff editorial by The Daily Aztec on March 7, 2010. Five months prior to the March protest, students organized a walkout in November to protest cuts to the art department and education budgets overall. Even the Associated Students president at the time, Tyler Boden, joined the movement with students, faculty and staff. In March 2010, more than 50 percent of the student body voted “yes” in favor of building the new student union. Tuition today is almost $2,000 more than it was then.
Google Glass comes to SDSU J.D. Hodges Staff writer
San Diego State students were given a demo of Google Glass last Tuesday for the kickoff of “Tech Tuesdays” at SDSU’s Love Library. The new event series will be held once a month at the library to expose students to new technology. “This is part of our pop-up instruction,” Assessment and Instructional Services Coordinator Carolyn Baber said. “We want to show up, show how to use it and disappear.” The library wanted to find out if technology such as Google Glass would be useful to students because other schools are using it already, Baber said. “Graduate students in journalism have been using this in the field and students in
the arts are using it to create performance pieces or mini-films,” Baber said. “It’s cool, but we’re trying to see how it can help students in their studies or their chosen professions.” After the demo, students were surveyed on how they would use the glasses if they had them available through the school. “We wanted to have a conversation with the students on technology,” Digital Technologies Librarian Keven Jeffery said. “If students are wearing these in five years, would these be their main form of communication? If so, events like what we had will help us communicate with them better.” Jeffery said 38 students demoed the glasses and 206 watched the demonstrations. “It’s the beginning of augmented reality and how it can instantly connect people to
restaurants and reviews while you’re out and about,” finance junior Joey Zaliagiris said. “It’s like the ultimate tool of the future.” The technology starts at $1,500 and the library currently has one to be shared among the librarians. The glasses were funded with the library’s state budget, not the library student use fee, Jeffery said. Google Glass isn’t available for students to check out now, but students can check out e-readers in the media center in the library. Students can also check out Nexus 7 tablets at the circulation and course reserves desk to take a self-guided tour of the library using QR codes that are placed throughout the library. Google Glass isn’t available to the general public, but you can sign up for the Glass Explorer Program and help Google develop the product.
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MARCH 3 - MARCH 5, 2014
Battle of a distracted mind
ow do they do it? How can my peers all focus on what this old teacher is droning on about?
I can barely comprehend anything that comes out of his mouth, as if he’s speaking a foreign language. All this talk of numbers and letters and how they form some sort of special equation to solve who knows what— if I try to focus, I know I’ll just fall asleep. I can’t afford to be distracted, but I definitely need a break. I’ll just check my phone quickly to see if anything has been added to Facebook since I checked it last, which was only two minutes ago. It feels like at least 20. Calm down—there’s only another hour to go. Maybe today I’ll understand what he’s actually talking about. With my pencil in hand and notebook open I begin to write what is on the board. I don’t try to comprehend it yet; I’ll do that later. Meanwhile, he babbles on and on about different methods that solve the problem, but aren’t required to know for the class—that’s my cue. I choose not to listen this time, for if I do, I know I’ll only be confused further. I say to myself “I’ll listen when he’s
from? As I try to slice him, he blocks with his bare arms. “This was your doing! Not mine!” I scream as I push him to the ground. done.” I begin to draw circles and lines I feel anger flow through me. My on my paper. I draw stick figures in fists are engulfed in flames. That’s different poses. Class time is when I different. I stare back at this unknown practice my artistic skills. I feel tired. enemy of mine. He lunges toward Maybe I’ll just rest my head on my me and reaches for my neck with his arm for a little bit. hands open. We fly up higher into the I’m on a bridge and I feel a surge atmosphere. I can’t breathe. I manage of power go through me. I begin to one last punch, and I hope it’s enough focus and—what’s this? I’m flying! to have him let go. I I feel like “neon put what anger I gold.” No wait, have into my fist that’s a Marina I begin to draw and aim for his & the Diamonds lyric. “I’m feeling gut. He coughs circles and lines as I hit him and electric tonight.” on my paper. I lets me go. I No, that’s Lana draw stick figures try to catch my del Rey. Why are in different poses. breath, but I’m all these songs Class time is when I just falling. Down bombarding my practice my artistic I go, faster and thoughts right faster, until I’m now? I’m flying, skills. only a few inches that should from the ground. be where my I wake up with a thoughts reside. jolt. That falling sensation must have Everything goes white for a second. made me react. I hate it when that What’s this? Now where am I? What happens. I begin to notice I’m in the happened to my ability to fly? This same lecture I was before. Damn. I place is a disaster. It all looks like must have blinked a bit too long after ruins. my doodling session. I hope I at least “You did this!” killed some time while lost in my Who said that? I look around. fantasy world. As I click on my phone There’s a stranger flying. His red to check the time, I see that only 20 eyes begin to shoot lasers that burn minutes have passed. All I can do now whatever they touch. Again I take is hope that I didn’t snore too loud flight, and head towards him. I reach while I was out cold. for my sword. Where’d that come CONTRIBUTOR
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MONDAY’S BIRTHDAY (3/3/14) - Prosperity comes with time-tested methods and creative collaboration this year. Domestic bliss occupies you until August, when service, work and health take the spotlight. Launch bold initiatives after 7/20. Young people inspire you to pursue fun and passion. This strengthens your heart (and can be quite profitable). Spirituality and romance uplift, especially over summer. Focus on love. HOW IT WORKS: 10 is good, 1 is bad.
ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 7 - There’s no room for padding. Choose your words carefully. Meditation leads to a brilliant insight. Let your partner handle arrangements. Keep your surprise a secret. Step carefully and avoid a disappointment. Gather valuable information. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 5 - Don’t try a new trick now. An amazing development requires steady feet. Someone makes sure you have what you need. Take time to let your mind wander. The pressure on you eases soon. Rest and relax. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 5 - Hear from an unusual point of view. Keep talking until you reach a compromise, for a pleasant surprise. Figure out what you want to accomplish first. Someone who seems dumb is actually brilliant. Listen openly. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 5 - You know exactly where your work will take you now. Upgrade your technology. Adventure beckons. Become fully involved. Follow through, then you can relax. A brilliant suggestion or idea could postpone chores. Your credit rating’s going up. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 6 Suddenly your thoughts come together. Consider relevant theories. Don’t advertise your winnings. Find out how much you really have. Provide verbal leadership. Put all your ideas on the list. Save a bunch on household items. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 6 - Start with an intellectual connection. Listen to an expert you admire and learn a new angle or technique. Don’t make assumptions. Put it to the test. Be careful not to break things. Provide well for family. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 6 - You gain insight about a work issue, but don’t know how to solve the problem yet. There’s a possibility for error. Talk over what you’re learning. Get advice from partners. Create an optimistic view. Use imagination. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 7 - Don’t get over-impressed with your greatness. Nourish your inner child with a sense of humor and humility. Do a good job at work. Have fun with it. Invest in your infrastructure and equipment. Advancement could seem sudden. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) Today is a 5 - Controversy arises, draped in chaos. Confront authority. Get answers in private. A change in the game surprises. Try new tactics. Friends think you’re brilliant. Consider sentiments when engaging in reorganization or new structures. A party ensues. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) Today is a 5 - Prepare to do the backstage research. Do what you promised. Everyone wants to be at your house. Ask them to help with dishes. Spend wisely. Take care with details. Relax without worry. It works out. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 5 - Postpone social activities and extensive travel for a bit. Take care of business now. You’re especially convincing, and a project needs your talents. Follow a hunch... the crazier the better. Later, results can beat expectations. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 - You’re good at solving puzzles. You may disagree with a critic. Power your way through tasks. Heed a partner’s considerations. Go out on a limb. Don’t get stopped by past failures. The response rewards.
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