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Mayor Filner opens his door to the public local Declan Desmond Staff Writer

Just three months into his first term as mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner has been anything but quiet in his role as the city’s highest elected official. He has made headlines not only for his policy decisions—which include ending traffic light photo enforcement and opening an office in Tijuana—but also for his contentiousness. Last month, Filner confronted City Attorney Jan Goldsmith during a press conference, which led to a heated quarrel in front of news cameras. But Filner has also drawn attention for his open-door approach with the public. In February, he held a Saturday morning meeting downtown in the lobby of City Hall. The event was designed to give citizens a chance to speak with the mayor directly. Filner told The Daily Aztec that paige nelson , photo editor maintaining visibility and openness San Diego Mayor Bob Filner gazes outside his private office window. Last month, Filner started holding opendoor meetings to give citizens an opportunity to express their concerns and opinions with the mayor. of government is important to him. “You’ve got to make sure people 100 people the opportunity to meet the other side was, so I said, ‘Look, fort to maintain transparency in local know that they can see you,” he said, with Filner and some had to wait in I’m going to look into this further, but government. adding that many citizens have the line for approximately three hours. we’re going to give you some breathFilner came to San Diego in 1970 sense that elected officials are off limto teach history at San Diego State. In one memorable encounter, hus- ing space.’” its to them. “Actually, it’s not true, but band and wife gym owners comFilner said an advantage of his may- Though he left the school in 1992 to that’s what they think, so I figured, plained that the city was shutting oral powers is that he does not have run for Congress, he was eager to an‘I’ll just go to the lobby and have coffee down their operation because of code to go through a city manager or other swer a few questions from SDSU stuand donuts and invite people in.’” avenues to take actions. dents, who submitted their concerns enforcement issues. The event drew scores of San “I can solve problems almost on the to The Daily Aztec via Facebook “They were literally in tears, because Diegans eager to share their ques- they were about to lose their business, spot,” he said. and Twitter. tions, concerns and opinions with which is their whole life,” Filner reThe mayor plans to continue holdthe mayor. marked. “Now, there’s always two ing public meetings on the first SaturFILNER continued on page 2 The first meeting gave more than sides to this and I didn’t know what day of every month as part of an ef-

Young Aztecs celebrate Dr. Seuss

campus Stacey Oparnica Staff Writer

Blankets were sprawled across the grass on Campanile Walkway last Friday as preschoolers from the San Diego State Children’s Center listened intently to dramatic readings of their favorite books. The toddlers gathered with parents, volunteers and SDSU faculty and staff members to celebrate the National Education Association’s annual Read Across America Day, which promotes literacy and the development of reading at an early age. Forty-five million people nationwide participated in the largest reading celebration in the country— among them, actress Uma Thurman, stacey oparnica , staff writer according to NEA. It was the first A group of preschoolers from the San Diego State Children’s Center gathered for a book reading. This event was held on Campanile Walkway last Friday in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ 109th birthday. time SDSU participated in the festivities, which was also a pre-celebration their parents on a regular basis. “My mom taught me how to read,” Jane-Ann Carroll said the children— of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. “Research consistently shows that Morris said. “She really drilled that some as young as 6 months old are SDSU Career Services Information one of the best predictors of how well into me. Before I could leave to go out read to as soon as they walk through Technology Consultant Yiftach Levy children do in school is whether or and play, I had to read a book.” the door several times a day. Morris said although he was one of many parents reading not they were read to and the number “We want to plant that seed as aloud with the children in the grass. of books that were actually present was always an average reader and young as we possibly can,” Carroll Levy, who was celebrating Read in the home,” Garrity said. “When really struggled in the beginning, his said. “If you don’t do anything else Across America Day with his 4-year- we think about some of our fondest mother’s fervency for literacy has re- for your children to help them learn old son from the Children’s Center, memories reading, it’s not just about mained with him through adulthood, how to learn; if you only read to said it was great to see kids reading the book, but it’s about the person and will remain after he graduates them, that’s giving them a tremenin groups with their friends, teachers who read us the book. Early literacy in May. dous advantage that they wouldn’t and parents. is tied into that social-emotional efThe hour-long event at SDSU was ordinarily have.” SDSU child and family develop- fective component, which is so impor- finished by 11 a.m., but for the staff What does a preschooler at the cenment assistant professor Sarah Gar- tant between parents and children.” at the Children’s Center, that merely ter have to say about why reading is rity, who also read aloud during the In the home of child and family de- meant it was time to head back for important? event, says the communal, familial velopment senior and event volunteer lunch before the books would come “So I can read all by myself,” 4factor is important. She says it’s espe- Chris Morris, reading was not an op- out once again. year-old Malia Harris said. “To cially crucial for children to read with tion, but an expectation. Children’s Center assistant director get smart.”

Athletes of the month on page 5

First openly gay mayoral candidate in Miss. murdered national Hannah Beausang Senior Staff Writer

Twenty-two year old resident of Shelby, Miss. Laurence Reed has been charged with the murder of Marco McMillian, the first openly gay black mayoral candidate in Mississippi. Last Wednesday, McMillian’s body was found by a Mississippi river levee miles from Clarksdale, Miss. The investigation began Tuesday after McMillian’s car was involved in a headon collision. Reed was found with the wreckage and airlifted to a nearby hospital. According to ABC, McMillian’s body was located approximately 30 miles away from the accident scene. The police said they have no evidence to prove the murder was a hate crime, according to The New York Times. In Mississippi, crimes related to sexual orientation aren’t classified as hate crimes. The body has been examined, but the cause of death has not yet been publically announced. According to The New York Times, a family member who remained anonymous to the press made a public statement about the death. “I believe it was political,” the source said. “Maybe some people didn’t want him to run. Maybe he was a threat. They wanted Clarksdale to stay the same.” McMillian was a consultant for nonprofit organizations and had been involved in the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. He was well-known and active member of the community, focusing his campaign on the need to reduce poverty and crime, empowering the educational system, and boosting the local economy. In 2004, Ebony Magazine named McMillian one of the nation’s 30 “up-and-coming African-Americans” younger than 30.

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Aztecs discuss Middle Eastern perceptions world Ilgin Karlidag

professor at the University of Tehran and had to flee the country during the Iranian Revolution in 1979.

Staff Writer

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner talks with The Daily Aztec staff writer Declan Desmond. Filner discussed his open-door apporach.

“What is your position on the assault weapons ban,” asked SDSU alumni Alejandro Renteria. “I’m strongly for the ban,” Filner said, who was in Congress in 1994 when the original federal Assault Weapons Ban was passed. “I mean, there’s no place for that in our (society)…nobody needs assault weapons for whatever the Second Amendment protects.” Filner believes he practices “creative tension,” a concept he learned from Martin Luther King Jr. as a civil rights activist in the 1960s. “Change doesn’t occur if everybody’s comfortable, right?” Filner asked. “So, you have to create some tension, but you’ve got to do it creatively, otherwise people just get mad at you and don’t listen.” Communications senior Hallie Jacobs wanted to know what the mayor would do to boost job availability for college graduates. “So, I want to do a couple things,” Filner responded. “One, I have to do everything we can to raise the general

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economy up,” which includes plans to increase employment by expanding the city’s ports and upgrading the city’s buildings to solar power, a move which the mayor said would bring hundreds of jobs. Secondly, Filner said the city would work to provide internships, not only in politics, but also in engineering, transportation, environmental and other municipal services. “People can intern in those things and get…the practical experience that would help them get a job.” The mayor also emphasized how young people can take part in civic affairs and bring about change in their communities. He pointed to his experience in the civil rights movement as the foundation for this belief. “We changed American history,” Filner said. “I have all confidence that change is possible if you get involved, and there are so many levels and so many interests…It’s infinite.”

As part of a series of events from the “International Speaker Forum,” the San Diego State International Student Center hosted a speaker event called “A Conversation on Middle East Conflicts’’ on Tuesday. The purpose of the forum was to enhance global learning and development through discussion and dialogue. Among Tuesday’s speakers were nuclear engineer Mehdi Sarram and mechanical engineering freshman Abdulaziz Al-hubail, an international student from Kuwait. Born in Iran, Sarram came to the U.S. to study nuclear engineering. He was a researcher and assistant

Media discredits the reputation of Middle East; people don’t even know where Kuwit is, and when I say it’s in the Middle East, people’s faces change. abdulaziz al- hubail

Mechanical engineer freshman

Al-hubail spoke about his home country of Kuwait and said people react with prejudice when they hear he’s from the Middle East. “Some people have a misunder-

olivier douliery/abaca press /mct An American journalist stands in front of the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C. Media has a large impact on Middle Eastern perceptions.

standing of how Middle Easterners grow up. People think Middle Easterners are not even educated, and it’s actually a little offensive for us, “ Al-hubail said. Al-hubail explained how his country isn’t the way Americans perceive it. “Kuwait has become a strong country in producing oil, which began in 1938,” Al-hubail said. “There was a big change in Kuwait and it is a very industrialized country.” However, the Iraqi invasion led to a lot of casualties and destroyed a lot of land, resulting in people losing their homes, Al-hubail added. Kuwait, one of the richest countries in the world, is seen as a country with no freedom of speech, according to Al-hubail. However, he said Kuwait’s constitution states everyone is entitled to their own ideas and beliefs, especially in the parliament. Al-hubail addressed another misconception people have regarding Kuwait and terrorism. He emphasized that Kuwait is a very small country that wants nothing but peace. Al-hubail said the reason there is a general misperception about Kuwait and the Middle East in general is because of the media’s portrayal of the region. “Media discredits the reputation of Middle East; people don’t even know where Kuwait is, and when I say it’s in the Middle East, people’s faces change,’’ Al-hubail said.



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Emerald brings troubleshooting to City Council local


ouncilmember Marti Emerald is “The Troubleshooter.” She first earned the title as an investigative reporter, and when she was elected to represent San Diego City Council’s district, she brought the same attitude with her. Today, she represents the 9th district as her constituents’ most formidable advocate. Before entering politics, Emerald was a reporter for 30 years, the last 22 as the investigative reporter and Consumer Advocate for San Diego’s ABC TV affiliate. Despite having a secure position, she wasn’t happy with the changes facing the news business, many of which included reducing investigative staffs and shifting more to ratings-driven programming. During this time, she realized her district’s councilman, Jim Madaffer, was being termed out. She saw an opportunity to start a new chapter in her life and continue the consumer advocacy that had been her passion for more than two decades.

“Instead of me going, begging elected officials to change the law or investigate some policy or a consumer complain, I could do it myself,” Emerald said. “We eliminated the middleman.” Despite her connections and experience in the city, the transition wasn’t easy. Media professionals are seldom pleased when one of their own crosses the divide from reporting to being reported on. However, the goals and ethics that guided her journalism career served her well as a politician. “The same principles apply, as did when I was a journalist,” Emerald said. “If we give people the facts, they can make up their own minds about how to vote or what to care about or how to get involved.” Some of the first issues Emerald was involved in as a member of the City Council were the same issues she had investigated as a journalist. She investigated the pedicab industry, which attracted foreign students and visitors with promising jobs in the U.S., while requiring them to pay up front for the use of the pedicabs. As

a reporter she says she wasn’t able to incite a movement for change or stricter regulation. But in 2009, following the death of a tourist in San Diego, who was involved in a pedicab accident, Emerald led the push to change the road rules in the city. Eventually, she was instrumental in passing AB 2294 requiring pedicab operators have a valid California license or proof of a certified bicycle safety training course. Still, not every battle was a victory, even when she was with the majority. Early in her first term, Emerald cast a vote she will never forget. When former Mayor Jerry Sanders came to the City Council in 2009, he proposed a “brownout” program in which up to eight fire engines would be parked and idle every day. According to CBS 8, this was supposed to help the city bridge the $179 million budget shortfall. The program was eventually discontinued by the City Council in 2011, but Emerald still wonders about the damage caused by lengthened response times during the 17 “brownout” months.

“I went along with the rest of the council in this misguided belief that somehow this will fix the budget and it’ll be OK,” Emerald said. “But it wasn’t OK. And I told myself then, I will never vote to cut public safety again.” She has taken this pledge seriously and as chairwoman of the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee, she has worked to create five-year plans for the police and fire departments. The five-year fire station master plan, which has been ongoing for two years, includes recruiting and training new firefighters, providing essential new equipment and building at least 10 new fire stations. The recently approved police plan also includes hiring new recruits, as well as advocation for increased pay and benefits to prevent the high turnover rate in San Diego. The San Diego Police Department trains new police officers, only for them to move away to better paying cities and districts. Emerald views public safety as the city’s main priority and

her goal is to have the manpower and equipment the police and fire departments need to perform their jobs. Emerald plans to accomplish that goal through a technique she has perfected throughout the years. In a Voice of San Diego article, she described herself as a “good nagger,” and has used that moniker to promote the issues she cares about, including the new fire stations. But nothing illustrates her commitment to public safety, no matter how small the issue, such as the story about the Mid City division police station’s leaky roof. According to Emerald, the condition of the roof was so bad, the community liaison officer Staff Sgt. Louis Roman was up on a ladder, stapling plastic to the roof to keep the water out. “Every chance I got, I asked the people in our public works department, ‘So how about that roof?’ I don’t let up, you can’t,” Emerald said. “They fixed the roof (and) it’s a beautiful roof; no more leaks.

—Opinion Editor Leonardo Castaneda is a journalism and economics junior

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Opinion debates the merits of SDSU Confessions facebook

“SDSU Confessions” is a page for students to air dirty laundry—both their own and that of fellow classmates. Is it all innocent fun or does it do more harm than good? Opinion mavericks Kenneth Leonard and Madison Hopkins square off in this edition of DA: Counterpoint. LIKE




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rights to privacy as soon as they step outside. “SDSU Confessions” is all about what happens here at SDSU, which is a public institution. If you want to get blackout drunk all alone in the privacy of your living room, I promise nobody will post about it on Facebook because nobody will be there to see it. As soon as students involve their friends and other members of the SDSU community in their shenanigans, they are welcoming criticism from others. I know it’s none of my business what people are doing, but if other members of the community want to make random antics everyone’s business, then I’ll totally participate.

the Facebook page “SDSU Confessions” is just another excuse in a long line of pathetic attempts by our generation to avoid reality. We act as if posting gossip on some website is equivalent to actually having the guts to say something in person. You aren’t doing anything brave; you’re hiding behind a screen and attacking innocent strangers. You aren’t even as tough as a classic bully. At least they have to face their victims before they can shove them into a locker or toilet.

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Kenneth Leonard: While there are certainly mean-

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spirited posts on “SDSU Confessions,” the underlying purpose of the page isn’t to bring anyone down. The purpose is to have fun and participate in a little schadenfreude at the expense of our fellow students. If some people get caught up in online collateral damage while the rest of us are entertained, then so be it. The members of the “SDSU Confessions” audience, who take it too seriously are missing the entire point. “SDSU Confessions” is an outlet for harmless fun. 6 hours ago Like

vacy, then Facebook isn’t the place to look for it. Mark Zuckerberg and company haven’t exactly created a safe haven that protects the privacy of its users. Sacrificing privacy is what social media is for and “SDSU Confessions” is just our school’s way of fully realizing the purpose of Facebook. It’s the forefront of social media and it’s better than reality TV. 3 hours ago Like

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Madison Hopkins: The problem is the fun isn’t always

potentially embarrassing event is fair game for fellow students to comment on, we are legitimatizing the opinions of more than 30,000 students. These opinions aren’t required to have a factual basis. They can be completely unwarranted or even lies. When it comes down to it, the decision to post libelous gossip online is really about what kind of personal interactions we all find appropriate. If we want to be the type of people who attack someone after a particularly bad night out, then maybe we deserve the criticism right back. The only downside is it affects more than just the individual. When students continue to post on “SDSU Confessions” they are obviously connecting their posts to one thing: SDSU. Do we want our student body to be known for kicking each other when we are down or do we want to be a community of people that help each other when we need it?

harmless. Readers have no way of knowing if the people confessing these embarrassing antics are actually the ones the stories are about. They could just as easily post a story about a friend or an enemy. Sure, “SDSU Confessions” puts forth a little effort to protect the poster’s secrecy by reducing people’s last names to just an initial, but that doesn’t really do much. Anyone has the ability to openly leave full names in a comment on the post and forever connect a person to a rumor, regardless of whether it’s true or not. 5 hour ago

appropriate for other people to do? How does what one random person does on a Friday night affect the lives of any of “SDSU Confessions” readers? If you weren’t there, and the supposedly embarrassing event has no effect on you, then what is the point in even commenting on the matter?

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Kenneth Leonard: “SDSU Confessions” exists for entertainment purposes. It doesn’t necessarily hurt anyone if someone wants to make up a story and arbitrarily assign a name to it. Anonymity is what enables “SDSU Confessions” to be what it is. Anonymity also allows us all to not take the page too seriously. Many of the posts are probably bogus, but that’s part of the fun. Most of the people who are the subject of negative posts are desperate for negative attention anyway, so who cares if their drunken escapades become fodder for gossip hounds? Maybe having their dirty laundry aired out in public will teach them a practical lesson about what not to do on a Friday night. 5 hour ago Like

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Kenneth Leonard: It’s all a matter of perspective. Where some people see students tearing one another down, others see an online community celebrating certain aspects of SDSU’s student culture. The positive and negative aspects of “SDSU Confessions” are all part of who we are as a school, and they should be viewed within the larger context. “SDSU Confessions” can act as a tool to expose the best and worst parts of what it means to be an Aztec, which provides a framework for us all to assess our collective strengths and weaknesses. Or it can be a fun place to look at what some of SDSU’s weirdos are up to lately. There’s no wrong way to approach it. Relax and enjoy the page for what it is.

Madison Hopkins: Friday night is nobody’s business but their own. If some girl wants to go out and get blackout drunk, make out with some indiscriminate frat guy, throw up on him and pass out in her party dress and heels, she has every right to do so. We, as private citizens, have the right to do whatever our hearts desire without the threat of our privacy being violated. We aren’t public figures, and as long as our actions are legal, there’s absolutely no reason for anyone else to take it upon themselves to share information about our personal lives.

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MONday, MARCH 4, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 80

Allen is The Daily Aztec’s Male Athlete of the Month

baseball Ryan Schuler Sports Editor

Baseball season just started on Montezuma Mesa, but fans are already excited about the performances on the field by the San Diego State baseball team. After sweeping then No. 12 University of San Diego in the three-game series, the Aztecs suffered a five-game losing streak before getting back in the winning column with three straight victories to get back above .500. A large part of the reason SDSU has done so well on the baseball diamond is sophomore center fielder Greg Allen. For his efforts, Allen was selected as The Daily Aztec’s Athlete of the Month for February. Throughout the first 11 games of the season, Allen led the team with a .370 batting average, 13 runs scored, 17 hits, 18 total bases and four stolen bases. His three walks and six RBIs are each tied for third most on the team. Against USD, Allen went 7 for 13 (.538) with five runs scored during the

series to jumpstart SDSU’s season. Most recently against Seton Hall University, Allen scored three runs in each of the first two games of the series. The San Diego native, who played at Hilltop High School in Chula Vista, continued where he left off his freshman season. As a freshman, Allen hit .312 with two home runs, 31 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. His 11 stolen bases and 22 multiple-hit games led the team last season. Allen was also named to the allMountain West Tournament team after hitting .438 with two home runs, six runs scored and four RBIs in four games. As a primary right fielder last season, Allen moved to center field this season. The move has paid off for both Allen and SDSU head coach Tony Gwynn. “Greg Allen is one of the most complete players you’re going to get,” Gwynn said to “This kid covers a lot of ground- a lot of ground.”

Track and field’s Thomas honored track and field Adriana Bush Assistant Sports Editor

Track and field junior Shanieka Thomas spent the past month jumping her way into San Diego State and NCAA record books. But that’s not all. During that time, Thomas also helped her team pull off its first-ever indoor track Mountain West title. Thomas’ hard work have earned her The Daily Aztec’s February Female Athlete of the Month. Throughout the 2012-13 indoor track season, Thomas won three MW Women’s Indoor Athlete of the Week honors, the first one in January and two more in February. At the Don Kirby Elite Invitational last month in Albuquerque, N.M., Thomas hit the sixth-best indoor triple jump mark in NCAA history. Her jump of 46 feet, 2 1/2 inches was also a MW and Don Kirby Elite Invitational record. During the MW indoor championships, Thomas accomplished her second-straight indoor triple jump title and she finished second in the 400 meters.

And if that weren’t enough, Thomas also anchored on the 4 x 400-meter relay team, which finished first and had the second fastest time in school history. Thomas was later named women’s outstanding performer of the meet. A week later, Thomas was named to the all-MW indoor track and field team along with seven other Aztecs. Thomas will be heading to the NCAA championships this Friday with the top triple jump mark in the country. In 2011, Thomas finished ninth in the championship with a triple jump mark of 42-7 inches and, in 2012, she finished seventh with a mark of 42-7 1/2 inches. This season she has already shattered her previous NCAA championship marks by four feet. Thomas is getting stronger and jumping farther each season and, come Friday, she’s sure to have another record-breaking performance. But that won’t be the end of Thomas: She’ll have the outdoor track season to continue to improve her skills and another full year as an Aztec to continue her successful track career.

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Sophomore center fielder Greg Allen hits the ball against the University of San Diego. Allen was selected as The Daily Aztec’s February Male Athlete of the Month.

Aztecs come up short in the pool water polo Courtney Muller Staff Writer

Despite the sunny San Diego Saturday, the forecast was not so bright for the No. 6 San Diego State water polo team, dropping a 6-5 decision to No. 7 University of California Irvine. The Aztecs opened up Big West Conference play against the Anteaters, facing each other for the third time in only three weeks. UCI was hot out of the gate, leading SDSU 4-1 by cashing in on prime 6-on-5 opportunities early in the game. The Aztecs would not back down, scoring two goals in the last two minutes of the first half. Senior utility Emily Whalen put the Aztecs on the board when she fired an outside shot from the weak side to beat UCI goalie Jillian Yocum. Senior utility Amber Pezzolla scored her first goal of the game by pouncing on a Yocum miscue, forcing the ball in the cage

to bring SDSU within two goals. Sophomore driver Anique Hermann closed out the first half of play by scoring for the Aztecs with only one second remaining. Whalen carried the impressive play for the Aztecs as she earned a penalty shot by working the ball inside. Pezzolla recorded her second goal of the game when she converted the penalty shot going cross-cage to tie the game 4-4. anior driver Hannah Croghan, scored a cross-cage lob to give UCI a one-goal advantage going into the fourth quarter. UCI struck first in the final quarter of play when Croghan scored her third goal of the game off of a quick shot from two meters. The Aztecs answered back when sophomore attacker Kelli Boling drew an exclusion to put SDSU up a player. Sophomore center Tori Long took advantage of

the man-up play when she scored a strong side shot to bring SDSU within one goal. Unfortunately for the Aztecs, time was not on their side and UCI recorded its first conference win of the season. The Aztecs fell to 10-6 overall and 0-1 in conference play. The Aztecs remain at home this week when they play an exhibition game at 3 p.m. on Thursday at the Aztec Aquaplex against the Brazilian Junior National Team. SDSU will then play its second conference game of the season on Saturday, traveling to Los Angeles to take on Cal State University, Northridge.

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Track and field junior Shanieka Thomas was selected as the The Daily Aztec’s February Female Athlete of the Month.

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Volume 99, issue 80 | MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013

SDSU students reveal their dirty little secrets SPOTLIGHT


Stephanie Myers Contributer

The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech and expression, but where should the line be drawn between freedom of speech and vulgar speech? The Facebook page “SDSU Confessions” recently reached more than 5,000 likes. The page compiles anonymous confessions from San Diego State students. Business finance junior Michael Smith said the page gives the school a terrible reputation. “Clearly the school wants to get rid of this party school mentality and the small segment of students who voice their ‘confessions’ on this page are just upholding this mentality of ‘Come to SDSU, party, get laid and that’s it,’” Smith said. Posts on “SDSU Confessions” include students seeking advice, for example, “gotta pass a drug test. Tips?” and other drunken debaucheries. Other confessions share embarrassing mishaps, such as one

post that read, “Just got in a car accident for reading these posts while driving.” While it is difficult to confirm these posts involve SDSU students, the website is still representative of college behavior. Kinesiology junior Amy Reason discovered someone had posted a confession about her. She learned about the confession after her friends tagged her in the comments section. “I knew the post was about me because it described exactly what I was wearing to an event that night,” Reason said. Reason shared her opinion about the low standards of the page. “Originally, it was a good way for people to get things off their chest without having to be judged on what they say,” said Reason. “But now that it has turned into a bunch of people just bashing others or looking for someone to hook up with or complain about their love life and life in general, I feel like it has gone too far.” On Feb. 14, the “SDSU Confes-




sions” administrators announced new policies regarding the Facebook page. “So for negative posts we will only show the first initial of the first name. For positive we will show the first name and only the initial of the last name ... But if it’s not inherently negative, then we will need five complaints to take the post down.” Although it may be entertaining to explore the Facebook page, every confession contributes to the negative impact “SDSU Confessions” will continue to have on SDSU’s reputation. Television, film and new media production junior Julianne Carew said the page should be taken down. “These ‘confessions’ feed into all of the stereotypes SDSU and the majority of SDSU students want to eliminate. I don’t want potential future employers to see the Facebook page and associate me with it since I have absolutely nothing to do with it and want to avoid it at all costs,” Carew said. The administrators of “SDSU

Confessions” said, “We are not promoting bullying. In the beginning, there were a lot of negative posts directly insulting or ‘bullying’ the person.” In order to alleviate the negative feedback on “SDSU Confessions” the page administrators “discovered that not all posts should be posted” and are more selctive about what they publicize. Although it’s reassuring the administrators behind “SDSU Confessions” filter some of the confessions received, the site still reinforces negative SDSU stereotypes. What effect will “SDSU Confessions” have on prospective applicants, parents, SDSU employees and the current students who do not want to be associated with the Facebook page? Because the Facebook page is a public forum, there is no method of verifying whether these confessions are even from actual SDSU students. And because “liking” a page shows up on a Facebook user’s newsfeed, friends have access to that page allowing them to pretend they go to SDSU.

Other four-year universities have a similar Facebook page. For example, the University of Southern California has a Facebook page called, “USC Compliments.” The purpose of this online platform is for students to anonymously submit compliments about their peers. This Facebook page is a paragon of how a “confessions” page can be a friendly environment. The “USC Compliments” exemplifies the optimism that SDSU should strive for. The “SDSU Confessions” Facebook page encourages drama, narcissism and immaturity among students who continue to post their confessions along with the others who continue to read them. The founders of the page have received complaints regarding negative posts and victims of the negative posts feel the site administrators are not taking enough action to halt the hate posted online. The “SDSU Confessions” Facebook page supports the stigma that Generation Y is using social media for all the wrong reasons.


MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 80

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

London Calling: I’ve been studying abroad in London for an entire semester and have kept in contact with a close friend at home throughout the trip. Our friendship developed into a deeper relationship while we were apart. However, when I came back to the states and went on a date with her, I didn’t feel any chemistry between us. From the constant flirting, hair flipping, eyelash fluttering and annoying giggles coming at me from across the dinner table, she evidently felt differently about me. What would be the best way to tell her I would like to remain just friends, without completely ruining the friendship that we had before? Love Guru: Chemistry is a tricky subject. Because you intend to remain friends, make sure that you let her down like a gentleman. By that, I mean in person, not via text; and don’t even think about leaving a Post-it note on her front door saying, “Thanks, but no thanks.” Set up a time for the two of you to hangout (make sure to clarify that it’s just a hangout). This is important and will save her the time and embarrassment of getting pretty for you and showing up in a new dress. Tell her she’s important to you, and that you would like to remain

friends but want to keep it at just that. Paranoia Paradigm: My boyfriend and I are getting pretty serious and I’m getting nervous. I was cheated on in my last relationship and I’m afraid it’ll happen again. I guess I have trust issues and I find myself looking at his Facebook profile all the time. I’m thinking of asking for his password, but I don’t know if I should. Love Guru: It’s natural for everyone to feel a bit nervous when a relationship becomes serious. I bet

your boyfriend is as nervous as you are. The both of you decided to make the move because you both thought it was a relationship that could blossom. Now, it’s not fair to compare this relationship with your last one, but having those scars from past letdowns is understandable. The best thing you can do is talk about your fears with your boyfriend. Opening yourself up to him will allow your boyfriend to help you heal, but asking for his Facebook password as a way of making yourself feel better won’t help anybody. This will only feed your anxieties. You have to remember trust is a behavior you learn through time, it’s not an emotion you can get rid of with a snap of your fingers. Have patience and believe in your judgment. Getting out of the victim mentality and into a positive one is what you need to work on at the moment. So log off Facebook and steer the relationship where you want it to go because you don’t want to lose the possibility of a long-term relationship. Two-time Trouble: I just found out my boyfriend was cheating on me a month into our relationship, which is at the eight-month mark now. I know we weren’t as serious back then, but it’s still hurtful. Should I stay with him? Love Guru: No. In fact, cut the ties tonight. Whether it was the first or eighth month, cheating is cheating. The foundation of a relationship sets the tone for how it will

play out down the line. If homeboy couldn’t keep his hands in his pockets the first month, then what will encourage him to do so in the eighth? What’s worse, if you’re just now finding out about his lady dabbling, it means he has been hiding it from you this entire time. Now that’s just an untrustworthy and dishonest can of worms. In the end, it all comes down to that good, old R-E-S-P-E-C-T and any man who doesn’t think you’re sufficient as a partner should pack his bags. You deserve better. Terminate this relationship pronto, turn on some Destiny’s Child and go out dancing with your girlfriends. Lost in Translation: I met a guy about a month ago at an event. We really hit it off, and we’ve been texting each other a lot. We’ve met up a few times and so far it has been fun. He just got out of a relationship, so I know he’s not ready for anything serious. I’m not either, but I find myself thinking about him a lot. The problem is, just when I think we’re having a good time he will go quiet for a few days and seem uninterested. Am I thinking too much into this? I know he’s busy, but I can’t help but feel like he’s giving me mixed signals. Love Guru: Guys are wired completely different than girls. They do not read into texts nearly as closely as ladies (who often enlist BFFs to decode text messages). That being said, I wouldn’t worry so much if everything is going well when you are together. The truth is, he could

have lingering feelings for his ex. But if things start going well between you two, his past relationship will matter less and less to both of you. Since you aren’t ready for a relationship anyway, don’t sweat the little things and just take things slow and see what happens.

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Volume 99, issue 80 | MONday, MARCH 4, 2013

Please save your blessings

rant Laurel Vozely Staff Writer

I’m conflicted about many things in life and I assume this stems from my indecisive nature. My inner self is like an outspoken Jewish mother who finds fault in everything. If my inner self is a Jewish mother, then my external self is her quiet daughter-in-law, who tries to evade any casual disagreement with her. As I meander through my daily happenings with my hair neatly tied and my mouth shut, the Jewish mother is fuming inside me. She’s been trying to get my attention about something for at least a month now and I figure that, in the same attempt to prevent any disagreement, I’ll indulge her thoughts. I’m not exactly sure how one goes about removing a cultural phrase from mass use, but I’ve thought hard about eliminating the phrase, “God bless you” after a sneeze. I’m tired of saying it and I’m tired of it being said to me. I’m pretty sure we’ve decided to place slang phrases such as, “off the hook” and “all that” into storage, yet we’re still using a line from A.D. 77? Let me fill you in on the history so we’re all on the same page. Once upon a bible, people thought sneezing allowed the devil and its crony, evil spirits to enter their bodies—I can’t help but wonder if people with bigger mouths took in more evil. It was also theorized that a sneeze was an indication of your soul leaving your body. I’ve never been aware of so much coming and going from my own mouth.


Hey, maybe my soul does deserve a break, eh? I can’t handle myself most of the time and I bet my soul’s exhausted from lovingly and spiritually guiding me through all of my life decisions. OK, maybe my soul hasn’t been guiding me at all and that lazy son of a gun just needs to take a walk and shed the dust. I imagine I’d keep it on a leash though, because, even if I’m not using my soul all the time, it sounds good to say I’ve got one. Yet another theory proposed a sneeze meant God was about to answer your prayers. Well that’s adorable. So, that one time I got an allergy attack on New Years and sneezed about 10 times successively, it was God answering my prayers 10 times. I didn’t know I needed so many prayers. This last theory stated that your heart stopped every time you sneezed and upon someone saying, “God bless you” it would begin beating again. It’s a miracle. However, if I can’t depend on my Amazon order being delivered on time, how can I depend on anyone to keep my heart beating? Seems like a lot of public control to me. It brings the imagery of a room of people deliberating whether or not I’m favorable enough to save as I stand frozen from a sneeze to mind. I can’t tell what’s worse— people having the power to deny me life or how awful and Picassolike my face would look in that moment. I’d rather look my best when my fate is being decided. I think that’s a reasonable request. That concludes my lesson. Now onto my biased opinion: I have absolutely no idea why

we’re still saying, “God bless you.” Unless anyone actually supports one of these afore mentioned theories, it’s just a vestigial preserving an embarrassing period of time when we thought evil was a physical entity that flew around looking for an open mouth. All of this considered, I’ve been abstaining from saying “God bless you” as my own little, social experiment. Unfortunately, I can’t make an impacting statement with it because five other people vomit the words almost instantly. Hence, I’ve been called to spread word through this plea to get everyone on board with me. What you’ll find as you repeat my experiment is an inner urge to address the sneeze in some way. I suggest saying the German “gesundheit,” which simply means good health or giving a thumbsup to say, “Hey, nice work! I bet you feel so much better now.” I think what irks me the most about the “God bless you” phrase is that when you say it to me, you’re assuming I need God. Last time I checked, I’m perfectly fine after a sneeze and usually feel free and loose anyway. Don’t you? I actually like getting all of that phlegm out of me and the last thing I need is your “God bless you” keeping it in. Seriously, do you realize how counterproductive you’re being right now? God, don’t bless me. Join me in my fight against this outdated, evil-believing, soulwalking phrase so we can join modern society. Gesundheit and good luck.


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Today’s Birthday (3/4/13) Relationships hold the key to fun and creative growth this year. Home improvements thrive and social life bustles. Others are inspired by your unique vision; follow it, and learn everything you need. Take the lead. Don’t worry about the money, and savor an abundance of love. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 6 - Keep your feet on solid ground, and let fantasies dissolve. Figure out what you really want. A woman you respect has great advice and numbers to back it. Gather materials. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - Set your imagination free, within practical limits. Create romance with thoughtful words and deeds, rather than expensive gifts. Take pride in your accomplishments without bragging ... it’s unnecessary. Let your actions speak for you. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 6 - Accept responsibility, not more work. Don’t rush off in the wrong direction. Handle disagreements in private. The possibility of misunderstanding is high, and patience could get tested. Take it easy. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 6 A female challenges your opinion. Make sure you have the facts. Ask for more than you think you’ll get. Don’t forget an important job. Family gains an optimistic view. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 6 - Don’t heed the advice of a skeptic. Get the facts and make your own decisions. Challenging authority could be appropriate. There is a lot to do close to home. Limit spending and decrease waste. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 5 -

Reassure someone who’s anxious. Analysis of the data plus intuition equals understanding. Get the message across. Handle local errands. Prepare a unique dinner and a relaxing evening. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is an 8 - A private conversation could be quite revealing. Take the considerations of others into account. Double-check facts and present them to one who disagrees. Keep costs down by using resources wisely. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 9 - Practice being gracious, especially with someone rude. There’s more going on behind the scenes than you know now. Consider options carefully, and travel later. Make plans and include lots of detail. Listen carefully. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is an 8 - Keep the most interesting things, and get rid of clutter. Discover a hidden problem; romance interferes with business. Find a way to work smarter by delegating. Work toward a goal. Postpone buying gifts. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 5 - Don’t make expensive promises, and postpone travel. Get into studies and organization, which are much better investments. Don’t reveal secrets at the dinner table. Continue to alleviate loose ends. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 6 - Modify a fantasy and stick to the practical route. Someone close by doesn’t like anything now. Don’t let your friends get into your secret treats. Keep your nose to the grindstone. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 - The news today is unsettling. Avoid getting involved in another’s affairs, financially or otherwise. Something at home gets messed up. Decrease new projects this week, and postpone expansion. Handle chores. ©2013, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.


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