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Sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin scored 35 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in SDSU’s win at TCU. | PETER KLUCH, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Ryan Schuler staff writer

SDSU 98 | TCU 92

Basketball is a game of ups and downs, and Saturday’s game certainly confirmed that. With 14:46 left in the game, the No. 21 San Diego State men’s basketball team held an 18-point lead. By the end of regulation, the score was tied. Five minutes of overtime play would

decide what seeding the Aztecs received in the Mountain West Conference Tournament beginning Thursday, and if any share of the regular-season title belonged to them. Led by sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin’s career-high 35 points and 13 rebounds, SDSU (24-6, 10-4 MW)

escaped Fort Worth, Texas with a 9892 overtime win against TCU to win a share of the conference regularseason title. “Now we are conference co-champions, and that sounds awfully good,” SDSU head coach Steve Fisher said. The most important play of the game came with only 21 seconds left in regulation. The Aztecs trailed by three points when senior forward Tim Shelton grabbed the rebound off of a Franklin 3-point attempt and was fouled on the putback. Shelton would hit the free throw to tie up the game and send it into overtime. “To our team’s credit, they stayed in there, and I think it was fitting that Tim Shelton is the guy who made the play to get an and-one to put it into overtime,” Fisher said. “He is such a warrior and such a guy; it was great to see him make that play.” Sophomore guard Xavier Thames scored 16 points to go along with junior guard Chase Tapley’s 18 points. Hank Thorns’ 25 points and J.R. Cadot’s 24 points led the Horned Frogs (17-13, 7-7 MW) in scoring. This is the Aztecs’ second consecutive MW regular-season title, a title they share with the University of New Mexico, which beat Boise State at home earlier on Saturday. By virtue of a season sweep of TCU, based on tiebreaker rules, SDSU goes into the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas as the No. 1 seed. The Aztecs are the two-time defending tournament champions. SDSU’s first game in the tournament will be at noon on Thursday against No. 8 seeded Boise State.

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SDSU senior Meaghan Poland scored one of the Aztecs’ three goals on Saturday. | FILE PHOTO

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Sun Devils cool down the Aztecs Laura Barrick staff writer

ASU 12 | SDSU 3 The No. 5 San Diego State water polo team traveled to Tempe, Ariz. to take on the No. 6 Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday. Although SDSU defeated ASU the week prior and went 3-2 in the UC Irvine Invitational, the team didn’t have the same luck this weekend. The Sun Devils took a 2-0 lead early in the first quarter, which left the Aztecs playing catch up the rest of the game. Freshman utility Taelor Moreno scored SDSU’s first goal in the last three minutes of the opening quarter, but another goal from ASU gave it a 3-1

advantage at the end of the first quarter. Senior two-meter defense Leanne Ford was able to snag a quick goal during the opening possession of the second quarter to make the score 3-2. However, the Sun Devils added three more goals and led 6-3 at halftime. In the second half, ASU robbed the Aztecs of any comeback hopes. Even though SDSU’s defense allowed only one Sun Devil goal in the third quarter, five goals in the fourth quarter made the deficit impossible for the Aztecs to come back from. Senior utility Meaghan Poland scored the third and final goal for the Aztecs with 16 seconds left in the game, making the final score 12-3. Senior goalkeeper Kelly Campoli finished with nine saves. SDSU will be back in action at 5 p.m. on Friday in Los Angeles, when the team takes on USC.

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CSU students walk out Aztecs have no space to pray Meditation center demolished along with student center Alejandra Paz staff writer Since Aztec Center closed last May, many organizations, including the Muslim Student Association, have expressed being inconvenienced by the lack of resources available. There is now no permanent meditation space available on campus.

ever you pray, it is not noisy, or nobody is going to cross you while you are praying or try to distract you.” Mezain said she sometimes uses a napkin instead of a mat, but it is not much of a hassle. She said it is not as bad as she thought it would be. “I’m getting used to it for something that is temporary. I am really hoping that we are able to get (a prayer space) as soon as the Aztec Center is done,” Mezain said. “I can wait for a year and then be rewarded with an actual room that I can pray in. “

“Before, it used to be easier because we were able to concentrate more, and not have to worry about people crossing us.” Tasnim El Mazain, communication director Muslim Student Association

Students, faculty and staff rallied at SDSU last Thursday to protest higher tuition and fees at CSU campuses. | ANTONIO ZARAGOZA, PHOTO EDITOR

Tempers rise as U.S. student debt passes the $1 trillion mark Ana Ceballos staff writer “Education under attack, fight back!” was the chant heard by passersby last Thursday from the Scripps Cottage Patio.

including the Millionaires Tax Initiative that opposes Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to increase income taxes on those who earn $1 million a year, were made accessible to students and faculty during the rally. “We are the 99 percent,” Africana studies professor Charles Toombs said. “We are the ones that are supposed to make the decisions.” A 40 percent increase in faculty cuts have been affecting class quality, according to the Chair of the European

“How do they expect us to succeed? We don’t even have an accessible education to help us succeed.” Kimberly Ramirez, criminal justice freshman at SDSU San Diego State joined in the day of statewide demonstrations along with San Diego City College and the University of California at San Diego. The protest was against budget cuts as well as the ongoing argument against the privatization of public universities and colleges. One of the highlights was the rally’s goal, which was urging the government to prioritize public education funding. Many petitions,

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Studies Department, Anne Donadey. “I am the one responsible for informing my colleagues and some even long-time friends that there is no more work for them,” Donadey said. Ian Green, who performed a song about tuition increases, said the situation was a “learning tragedy.” The social science senior said the government is spending money in the wrong areas, and students are suffering the consequences.

“How do they expect us to succeed?” criminal justice freshman Kimberly Ramirez said. “We don’t even have an accessible education to help us succeed.” Student debt has now surpassed credit card debt, exceeding $1 trillion, according to the Federal Bank Reserve of New York. Alicia Nicols, SDSU graduate and rally organizer, had one message for administrators: “We are students, not customers, and an investment rather than an expense.” “As a sociologist, this is my opportunity to put this into practice,” SDSU activist Ashley Wardle said. “I was a TA last semester and I spoke to many students that due to increase of fees were unable to pay for tuition. As a teacher, that broke my heart.” Wardle, who was arrested at a CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach, was satisfied with the outcome of the rally, but said she hopes to recruit more students who are troubled by tuition increases to future events. After speakers concluded their arguments, the walkout continued by walking toward Manchester Hall to meet with President Elliot Hirshman. Protesters continued to chant and once the ralliers arrived they were told Hirshman was “out looking for donors.” A banner with the words, “Pest: housing crisis. Failure: student debt” was left outside of Manchester Hall.

Greenfest to donate proceeds Because of budget cuts, the San Diego State Children’s Center could lose a $340,000 grant from the state. The grant enables lowincome parents to send their children to daycare. Executives met with the parents of the 65 students this cut could affect on Friday to explain the situation. In an attempt to alleviate some of the stress caused by the cut, proceeds from this year’s GreenFest will

go to the Children’s Center. GreenFest recently received a $500 sponsorship from Kohl’s, which will significantly increase the amount of activities offered. Restructuring update On Friday, the Associated Students’ Restructuring Committee updated some of the decisions made at its previous meeting. Two council representatives will sit on the MultiCultural Caucus as non-voting

Although the Cross-Cultural Center has extended the invitation to allow individuals to meditate, Hassan Abdinur, president of MSA, said it is out of the way. Abdinur said prayers are held in front of Manchester Hall, a centralized location. However, it becomes inconvenient when it rains. He said prayer is one of the foundations of Muslim practice. “As a Muslim, it is our obligation to pray,” Abdinur said. “We believe, yes, school is really important, but as a belief ideology, this is mandated upon us as Muslims so we have to pray.” Communication Director of MSA, Tasnim El Mezain, said it is difficult because she has to find quiet places around the university to pray instead of just going to a room dedicated for meditation. “Before, it used to be easier because we were able to concentrate more, and not have to worry about people crossing us,” Mezain said. “You have to make sure wher-

Dr. Aaron Bruce, San Diego State’s chief diversity officer, said everyone is looking forward to the opening of the new Aztec Student Union next year. He said the reconstruction has temporarily inconvenienced a variety of organizations and individuals because the building was frequented on a regular basis. “There are some minor inconveniences due to the reconstruction of the new Aztec Center,” Bruce said. “I am looking forward to the new student union that will provide important facilities and resources for our campus community.” Bruce said it is important to acknowledge the diversity of the Muslim community and not all students feel inconveniences. Some students pray before school, after school or do not pray at all. Some students just meditate and do not pray because the room is for meditation and reflection. The new Aztec Student Union is scheduled to open in fall 2013. A mediation room will be provided.

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members, rather than seven as originally planned. To ensure cultural organizations will continue to contribute to the University Affairs Board, there will also be a diversity commissioner. Discussions at the next meeting will include how to integrate non-cultural organizations, such as the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association, and how to fit in council boards such as community service and external affairs.

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Administrative changes to AS Associated Students hired a new marketing manager to handle its media relations. Lorena Ruggero began work last Monday. A.S. turns 80 this Wednesday. No festivities are planned, but A.S. is reportedly excited to have been on campus for so long.

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t the start of my first year at San Diego State, I was excited to hear our library was open 24 hours a day. My nerdy little self decided I was going to spend all my nights studying in the library and doing work. Then, about a week into school when I started to receive actual homework and study material, I decided I would visit the library later in the semester. Finally when “later in the semester” came, I found another reason not to go to the library: I’d become scared of it. The first time I realized I was scared of the library was when my roommate and I decided to explore it one night and ended up on the fifth floor. We went in different directions to try to find books we liked. Pretty soon, we lost each other and I was alone, lost in the maze of books. I swear, it sounded like voices were coming from behind the shelves and I just knew there was someone behind one of them waiting to push it on me and kill me. Have I mentioned I have an overly active imagination? Anyway, after about 10 minutes of looking, we did find each other. So the story didn’t end as horribly as I’d thought. But it did give my imagination ammunition to view the library as a horror-movie setting. The next time I felt terrified in the library, I was once again on the fifth

Bree Lutjens contributor floor. For this reason, I am almost positive it’s haunted. This time, however, it was the middle of the day. I was alone. I had spent the previous night watching a very terrifying movie and consequently getting no sleep. As my brain was functioning on Starbucks and hyperboles, my imagination decided to give the library another shot. I slowly walked around the fifth floor bookshelves in search of a particular book. Then, I got this creeping sensation I was not alone. I prepared myself for some horrifying, knife-wielding specter to jump out and chase and kill me. So I stood there, trying to decide whether I would fight the killer, run away or just let him kill me (my fighting and running skills would have both gotten me killed anyway). Then, someone walked into the room, slamming the door so hard I jumped three feet in the air, dropped my phone and screamed a little bit. Obviously any notions of me hiding from or evading my killer were completely lost. Luckily, this person was not a killer. It was just another student who was probably amused by my complete freak-out. Once again, I’d managed to exit the library with my life, but not my sanity. My most frightening trip to the library took place during last semester’s finals week. I left a Monday-night meeting and locked myself in a fourth-floor study room for six hours, watching my friends

leave one by one. By midnight, I was alone and hadn’t seen anyone on the floor for at least an hour. I had to finish my last paper, then walk home and pass out on my bed. Which was a brilliant plan, until I started hearing voices. I couldn’t tell if it was someone nearby who I couldn’t see, or if my imagination and sleep deprivation were causing auditory hallucinations. What I do know is, upon hearing those voices, I began to panic and I yet again pictured the multiple ways I might die in the library. I am not a fast person by nature. But I’ll tell you, I have never managed to move so fast in my life. It probably took me 30 seconds to gather my books, run out the door, travel down two flights of stairs and exit the building. It didn’t matter how stupid I looked — the only thing that mattered was getting out of there alive. Looking back, I’ve learned a lot about the library since those frightful days. I’ve learned it is in fact a safe place, particularly during the day, when on the lower floors surrounded by many other people. I’ve learned it’s not a place to be alone during all hours of the night. I’ve learned it’s not a place to go after watching scary movies. But most of all, I’ve learned to be grateful for all the times I’ve gone into the library and come out unscathed.

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 7 You can sell your concept now. It takes action. Do a good job, and there's a potential for more money to flow in. If breakdowns occur, you can handle them. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 7 Don't let worries about money interfere with love. With Venus in your sign, art, beauty and romance are yours. Might as well listen, though ... you might have to compromise. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is an 8 Changes higher up are to your benefit. Send off the paperwork for an increase in funding. Go for what you want in career and romance: You're lucky with love and money. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 - You're still learning, and your concentration's keen. You see new ways to prosper and are moved into action. Use that Midas touch at work (and leave it there). LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 - It's wise to be frugal. Anticipate overruns of cost. Let others bring food. Your friends are your inspiration. You can make it work;

BY NANCY BLACK, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES teamwork solves any puzzle. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 Here comes a pleasant surprise. Gather up as much as you can. Venus enters Taurus in your fifth house, influencing creativity, romance and fun. Enjoy. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is an 8 For about three weeks, you're especially vibrant and charming. Give in to creature comforts and beauty. Serve others with artistry. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 9 Have faith in your imagination and bring in the dough. Focus on providing a great service. Think twice before making a purchase. Do you really need it? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 7 - There's no mountain high enough to keep you down. Pack the essentials and explore, even if it's just metaphorically speaking. Keep a journal for future reference. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 6 - You may feel like spending some quiet time, but don't dismiss others who appreciate you. Take a moment to connect. Water seeds. Reveal your dreams. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Your imagination runs wild, attracting bright new ideas and potential clients. New partnerships and responsibilities lead to new rewards. Speculate. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 9 Hit the ground running and get busy without delay. Even if you miss a few, you hit the mark more times than not. You're more powerful than you think. ©2012, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.

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