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VOLUME 100, ISSUE 51 Monday, March 17 - Thursday, March 19, 2014 San Diego State University

A YEAR OF

AZTEC BASKETBALL

#2 MARCH BRACKET #14 ONE-ON-ONE WITH CIERRA WARREN #4 MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON IN REVIEW

#6 MWC TOURNEY TIMELINE #15 THE LIFE OF A SPORTS JOURNALIST #8 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON IN REVIEW

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Men’s basketball season recap ........ P. 4 Journey to the MW tourney .............. P. 6 Women’s basketball season recap .. P. 8 Women’s basketball player profile ... P. 14 Life as a sports journalist ................. P. 15 Monica Linzmeier, photo editor

Adriana Bush Sports Editor

There’s more to the month of March than just Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day. For San Diego State basketball fans, it’s a month of reflection and excitement. Aztec fans got to cheer on the women’s and men’s basketball teams as they finished competing in the 2014 Reese’s Mountain West Championship. Now they get to wait anxiously to see how the Aztecs will fare in the postseason. This issue recaps the 2013-14 women’s and men’s basketball season, profiles women’s basketball player Cierra Warren, features a column on being a college sports journalist for The Aztec and celebrates the successes of both teams in the MW Championships before the postseason begins.

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Editor In Chief Leonardo Castañeda Managing Editor Ana Ceballos News Editor Hannah Beausang assistant News Editor Luke Henning Sports Editor Adriana Bush Opinion Editor Madison Hopkins Entertainment Editor David Dixon Features Editor Elisse Miller Copy Chief Caitlin Johnson Assistant Copy Chief Erik Dobko Copy Editors Terence Chin Kelly Hillock Maria Del Carmen Huerta Elpin Keshishzadeh Photo Editor Monica Linzmeier Art Director Carlos Jimenez

Monica Linzmeier, Photo Editor

Aztecs basketball scores a remarkable season terence chin

senior staff writer Wow! How do you begin writing a season recap of something so remarkable and historic—something magical that no one saw coming, but probably only head coach Steve Fisher and the rest of his team believed. To break it down just a little bit, after

losing former player Jamaal Franklin last year to the NBA along with key players DeShawn Stephens, Chase Tapley and James Rahon to graduation, who thought a team with just two seniors and two returning starters would finish the college basketball season ranked by the Associated Press at No. 8 in the nation? Who thought the conference title game would come down to the last game of

the season in our own home at Viejas Arena to see senior guard Xavier Thames cutting down pieces of the net to chants of “MVP!” However, losing key players was the ultimate reason why conference media doubted this team, picking them to finish fourth in the Mountain West. But after four straight NCAA tournament appearances and finishing the season with an astounding 29-4 (16-2 MW) overall record, the entire country has their eyes on how far the best men’s basketball program in California can go. As we approach the March Madness tournament for the fifth straight season, school will be closed, but the Aztecs will be playing. Better believe that San Diego State basketball is on the map.

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As we take it back to how it all started from the beginning of the preseason, we saw SDSU’s first real test against No. 3 University of Arizona Wildcats. Although the Aztecs fell short to Arizona, the No. 5 team in the nation at the time, the game showed promise for what SDSU could achieve and become. Losing to the Wildcats only helped the Aztecs go on an outrageous 20-game winning streak, including wins against ranked schools at the time, which included Marquette University, Creighton University and the mighty University of Kansas Jayhawks. Yes, they captured the MWC regular season championship title. But in case you weren’t watching earlier this season, let’s not forget how the Aztecs defeated two ranked opponents at the time, Creighton and Marquette, to win the DirecTV Wooden Legacy tournament during our Thanksgiving break. Shortly after, SDSU won the crosstown rivalry game on the road against the University of San Diego, and also came back in the second half of a game to defeat a respectable Pac-12 school, the University of Washington. Then, four games later something spectacular happened. If you were following the Aztecs on national TV rather than watching the NFL playoffs, a historical win took place. SDSU defeated the Kansas Jayhawks on the road, which hasn’t been done by any non-conference team since 2006. After 68 straight wins against non-conference opponents, the Aztecs did it. They pulled out a victory at arguably one of the toughest college basketball arenas in the nation for visiting teams to win at: the Allen Fieldhouse. We didn’t know what to expect from a team losing three starters and a ton of veteran leadership. But before the season started, when asked about the identity and personality of this year’s team, sophomore forward Winston Shepard was all business. “This year, people come in and do their job, work hard, practice and listen to what Coach

has to say,” Shepard said. “So I definitely think we’re going to see a hardworking team and a team that’s playing with a chip on their shoulder.” Indeed, you couldn’t argue with what Shepard told us about this year’s team before the season started. As just a sophomore, Shepard’s season statistics show the improvement he’s made to his game this season from five points per game as a freshman to averaging 12 points and five rebounds per game, being the second leading scorer behind Thames. After a dominating senior night performance by Thames who recorded 23 points and five steals leading SDSU to a victory against the University of New Mexico, Aztec fans stormed the court in joy to celebrate winning the conference title. The X-Factor had a breakout year, earning himself the MW Player of the Year award. But better yet, coach Fisher won the MW Coach of the Year, while senior forward Josh Davis won MW Newcomer of the Year and junior forward Dwayne Polee II won MW Sixth Man of the Year. As the Aztecs took almost all of the MWC honors, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise although many thought this would be a transition year having just two returning starters. Once again, as SDSU was picked to finish fourth in the conference and while the national media left this team out of the preseason top-25 rankings, little did they know that this team would surprise everyone with an awe-inspiring season for all Aztec basketball fans. How much further SDSU can surprise teams will be displayed on the national stage of the NCAA tournament starting this Thursday when the No. 4 seed Aztecs play against No. 13 seed New Mexico State in Spokane, Wash. If you didn’t see this remarkable season coming (I’ll admit I didn’t), just take it as a testament to a national powerhouse basketball program building on Montezuma Mesa.

ALL PHOTOS BY MONICA LINZMEIER, PHOTO EDITOR


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Aztecs journey through the MW tourney

WEDNESDAY MARCH 12

THURSDAY MARCH 13

FRIDAY MARCH 14

SATURDAY MARCH 15

#1 SAN DIEGO STATE

GAME 4 SAN DIEGO 73 - UTAH 39

#8 UTAH STATE

GAME 1

#1 SAN DIEGO STATE

#8 UTAH STATE

UTAH STATE 73 - COLORADO 69 #9 COLORADO STATE

GAME 8 SAN DIEGO 59 - LAS VEGAS 51

#4 UNLV

Men’s Basketball

GAME 5 LAS VEGAS 71 - WYOMING 67

#4 UNLV

#5 WYOMING

GAME 10 NEW MEXICO 64 - SAN DIEGO 58

#2 NEW MEXICO #7 FRESNO STATE

GAME 6 NEW MEXICO 93 - FRESNO 77

GAME 2 FRESNO 61 - AIR FORCE 59 #10 AIR FORCE

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 NEW MEXICO

GAME 9 NEW MEXICO 70 - BOISE 67

GAME 7 BOISE 75 - NEVADA 62

GAME 3 BOISE 83 - SAN JOSE 52

#2 NEW MEXICO

#7 FRESNO STATE

#3 NEVADA

#6 BOISE STATE

#1 SAN DIEGO STATE

#2 NEW MEXICO

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#6 BOISE STATE

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MONDAY MARCH 10

Women’s Basketball

THUESDAY MARCH 11 #3 NEVADA

GAME 7 NEVADA 53 - SAN DIEGO 48

#6 SAN DIEGO STATE

GAME 3 SAN DIEGO 63 - AIR FORCE 59

#6 SAN DIEGO STATE

#11 AIR FORCE

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PHOTOS BY MONICA LINZMEIER, PHOTO EDITOR; PATRICK CARR, STAFF WRITER (TOP AND BOTTOM RIGHT, SECOND ON LEFT)


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Aztecs journey through the MW tourney

WEDNESDAY MARCH 12

THURSDAY MARCH 13

FRIDAY MARCH 14

SATURDAY MARCH 15

#1 SAN DIEGO STATE

GAME 4 SAN DIEGO 73 - UTAH 39

#8 UTAH STATE

GAME 1

#1 SAN DIEGO STATE

#8 UTAH STATE

UTAH STATE 73 - COLORADO 69 #9 COLORADO STATE

GAME 8 SAN DIEGO 59 - LAS VEGAS 51

#4 UNLV

Men’s Basketball

GAME 5 LAS VEGAS 71 - WYOMING 67

#4 UNLV

#5 WYOMING

GAME 10 NEW MEXICO 64 - SAN DIEGO 58

#2 NEW MEXICO #7 FRESNO STATE

GAME 6 NEW MEXICO 93 - FRESNO 77

GAME 2 FRESNO 61 - AIR FORCE 59 #10 AIR FORCE

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

#2 NEW MEXICO

GAME 9 NEW MEXICO 70 - BOISE 67

GAME 7 BOISE 75 - NEVADA 62

GAME 3 BOISE 83 - SAN JOSE 52

#2 NEW MEXICO

#7 FRESNO STATE

#3 NEVADA

#6 BOISE STATE

#1 SAN DIEGO STATE

#2 NEW MEXICO

#6 BOISE STATE

#6 BOISE STATE

#11 SAN JOSE STATE

MONDAY MARCH 10

Women’s Basketball

THUESDAY MARCH 11 #3 NEVADA

GAME 7 NEVADA 53 - SAN DIEGO 48

#6 SAN DIEGO STATE

GAME 3 SAN DIEGO 63 - AIR FORCE 59

#6 SAN DIEGO STATE

#11 AIR FORCE

SPECIAL CONTENT DESIGN BY MARK ANTHONY SANTOS, PRODUCTION DESIGNER

PHOTOS BY MONICA LINZMEIER, PHOTO EDITOR; PATRICK CARR, STAFF WRITER (TOP AND BOTTOM RIGHT, SECOND ON LEFT)


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Tough season for inexperienced team Patrick Carr Staff Writer

Despite a first-year head coach, new assistant coaches and only one returning starter, San Diego State women’s basketball head coach Stacie Terry had one goal coming into the 2014 Reese’s Mountain West Conference Tournament: to win a championship. SDSU won its first-round matchup against Air Force Academy, but fell to University of Nevada, Reno in the second round. The 2013-14 season for the Aztec women’s basketball team starkly contrasted with the two previous seasons, seasons in which they won two regular-season conference championships and 53 games between them. SDSU finished this season with a 13-17 overall record, going 9-9 in the conference, which was good for sixth place. The season started with an exhibition blowout against California S t a t e University San Marcos, w h i c h turned out to be misleading. The Aztecs lost their first three games by a combined 11 points before getting smoked by the Associated Press No. 19 University of South Carolina. An 0-4 start didn’t necessarily represent how SDSU had played, but it wasn’t a good start. They beat University of California, Santa Barbara on the road for their first win, but it was quickly followed by two more losses against No. 23 Texas A&M University and University of California, Los Angeles. On Dec. 15, they were sitting at 1-6 overall, but senior center Cierra Warren had established herself as the Aztecs’ go-to player with three performances of 20 or more points. SDSU strung back-to-back wins over winter break against Miami University and University of California, Riverside to move to 3-6 with conference play in just five days. But, the win againsr UM Ohio came with a cost. Junior forward Erimma Amarikwa sustained an injury that would keep her out for the rest of the season. Amarikwa happened to be the only returning starter on the team, so at this point it was five brand-new starters for the Aztecs. After the UC Riverside game, a threegame losing streak followed, including losses to Colorado State University and Boise State University to start conference play 0-2, and 4-9 overall. The loss to Colorado State, however, was a first look at freshman guard Ariell Bostick, who had 16 points and eight rebounds. Bostick would gradually ease into the starting lineup, and Terry said many times that Bostick’s energy was her biggest upside.

Bostick made 13 starts in 23 appearances this season, averaging 9.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game while also leading the team with 2.8 assists per game. After a blowout win in Viejas Arena against Air Force, the Aztecs traveled to California State University, Fresno to face the then top-seeded Bulldogs. Senior guard Danesha Long hit a jump shot with 4.9 seconds remaining for a 70-69 upset victory, a win in which she scored 18 points, and where Warren finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds. After the win against the Bulldogs, SDSU improved to 5-9 overall with a 2-2 mark in the conference. The Aztecs traveled to Las Vegas w h e r e despite 18 points f r o m junior for wa rd

kelly Smiley, Staff Photographer

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The 2013-14 season for the Aztec women’s basketball team starkly contrasted with the two previous seasons, seasons in which they won two regularseason conference championships ...

Khristina Hunter, they couldn’t grab a win against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels. Two more home games followed, and they turned into two blowout wins against San Jose State University and Utah State University. Against SJSU, Warren went off for 31 points and 14 rebounds to go with sophomore forward Deajanae Scurry’s 13 points and eight rebounds as SDSU won 88-65. Scurry had 22 points and nine rebounds in the 88-72 victory against Utah State. Warren added 20 points and Bostick had 18 points with six assists. See women’s, P13


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ASSOCIATED STUDENTS

GENERAL ELECTIONS 2014 CANDIDATE STATEMENTS PRESIDENT Choose one

GABRIEL TORRES

My goal as an Associated Students leader is to create an atmosphere that fosters growth in students and helps them pursue their passions and prepare for their future. Expanding on the excellence here at SDSU, I’ll focus on promoting/developing programs aimed at uncovering students’ strengths, weaknesses, and individual motivating factors. While empowering students to earn the type of degree that fits their hearts so they get the job they’re passionate about. I have been a leader in the military as a US Army Recruiter, Recruitment Director for Veterans 360 and Director of Marketing and fundraising for the Brain Injured Veteran’s Association. Additionally, I have been a mentor in programs such as Stand Up for Kids, Compact for Success and the College of Business.

JONATHAN COLE (J.COLE)

AZTECS! My name is J. Cole and I am running to be your next Associated Students President! My involvement within cultural organizations, the Business Honors Program, and Greek Life offer a comprehensive understanding of campus life. On the Board of Directors for A.S., I have overseen the transition into our union and am confident that we have a great foundation to build off of for this coming year. I will strive to ensure that students find their home on campus by supporting an executive team here to serve the students. If elected, I will enrich our student experience by bridging communities and creating opportunities for students to succeed. With student engagement, we will elevate our university toward a more united campus. GO AZTECS!

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Choose one

KEVIN HANCOCK

AZTECS! My name is Kevin Hancock and I am running to be your next Associated Students Executive Vice President. As an HTM and Spanish double major and enthusiastic fan of all things SDSU, I am confident in my passion and ability to serve the Aztec nation. With my current positions as a member of the Associated Students Board of Directors and president of the College of Arts and Letters I am qualified to take on this role. If elected I would use my experience, devotion and connections to create an SDSU culture that fosters Aztec pride for Aztecs past, present and future. I will ensure all students have the opportunity to get involved and create the most transformational and incredible college experiences possible. GO AZTECS!

VICE PRESIDENT OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS Choose one

JACQUELINE KARCZEWSKI

AZTECS! My name is Jacqueline Karczewski, and I am running to be your Associated Students, Vice President of External Relations! As a marketing major, the current A.S. Community Service Representative, and a contributing member of the Panhellenic community, I have the knowledge, passion, and resources to further SDSU’s outreach endeavors. As an advocate for the student voice, I represent SDSU with a positive light. If elected, I will increase awareness of legislation and issues affecting our students, highlight the contributions SDSU makes to our surrounding communities, and effectively communicate with students about campus initiatives and programs. With your support, we can unite students to cultivate positive relationships and increase our awareness of student needs to further enhance the SDSU experience. GO AZTECS!

VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCIAL AFFAIRS Choose one

ALEX PADUA

AZTECS! My name is Alex Padua, and I am running to be your next Associated Students, Vice President of Financial Affairs! As a contributing member of the A.S. Financial Affairs Committee, Finance & Investment Society, Rotaract, EOP, and as the former President of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity, my experiences have fully prepared me to take on this position. If elected, I will provide SDSU students with an accessible breakdown of the allocation of our fees, continue to raise the bar for our Aztecs Rock Hunger Campaign, and work to increase awareness of funding opportunities for all student organizations. I believe this position is a chance to serve my peers and spearhead a movement to help SDSU move toward national prestige. GO AZTECS!

VICE PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS Choose one

COREY POLANT

AZTECS! My name is Corey Polant, and I am running to be your next Associated Students, Vice President of University Affairs! As the Student Support Commissioner for Associated Students and former President of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, I have interacted with many students and understand the importance of campus unity. Therefore, as Chief Academic Officer for A.S., I envision another year of student success! Through strengthening ties students have with their college council, we can become more active within our majors and better utilize the academic resources available to us. I will further engage commuter students and SDSU organizations, which will encourage collaboration and a deeper campus connection. Let’s work together and contribute to making next year the most promising one yet! GO AZTECS!

CAMPUS LIFE COUNCIL AZTEC STUDENT UNION BOARD REPRESENTATIVE Choose one

JACKIE TELLEZ

Fellow Aztecs! I am Jackie Tellez and I am running to be your Aztec Student Union Board Representative! Currently serving on the Aztec Student Union Executive Board as the Vice Commissioner of Finance, I feel that I can shape this Associated Students position into a very distinguished role. Working with this board has shown me what Associated Students is about and has qualified me with enough leadership experience to take on this role and give a voice to all Aztecs. I love SDSU, I love being an Aztec, and I would love to be able to represent not only the Aztec Student Union Board, but to also represent all of the students here at SDSU! Vote Jackie Tellez as your Aztec Student Union Board Representative!

JAMIE MILLER

AZTECS! I’m JAMIE MILLER and running for YOUR Aztec Student Union Board Representative! As a freshman, I have had a YEAR of experience serving throughout A.S., including ASUB, Freshmen Leadership Experience Team, and University Affairs Board. As ASUB REPRESENTATIVE, I will strive to create a memorable college experience that will leave each student with pride for our university. I will ensure that ASUB events appeal to the students socially and culturally, and strive to publicize them to the student body. I will make sure to use the AZTEC STUDENT UNION to enhance YOUR Aztec Experience. VOTE JAMIE MILLER for Aztec Student Union Representative!

COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE Choose one

KIRK SASAKI

Fellow Aztecs, as your Community Service Commission Representative my primary goal is to implement school wide community service opportunities for all students. I will collaborate with student organizations to work jointly and help our local community. Last semester, I accumulated over 50 hours of community service and have the contacts necessary to get Aztec students involved. Currently, I am a Student-At-Large Representative on the Community Service Commission and Financial Affairs Committee. In addition, I am the treasurer of my fraternity and actively involved in the Student Accounting Society and Rotaract. If elected, my efforts to improve community service in the Aztec community will not go unnoticed. Vote Kirk Sasaki for Community Service!

CRYSTAL ABRAHIM

“BElieve THEre is GOOD in THE WORLD” As a representative for the Community Service Commission, and just as my overall mission in life, my main focus is constantly working on making a difference in the world. Whether that’s by volunteering, advocating, or simply inspiring others, my main goal is to do something. As a main principle, I will always lead by example to teach and encourage all whom I come across through service and charity. As a representative of this commission, I would make it goal to reach out and pursue any community service opportunity to enrich our campus, community, and human spirit. In the midst of the things that go wrong in the world, “believe and be the good.”

ABBY KIM

Hello Aztecs! I’m Abby Kim, and I’m running for the Community Service Commission. As a leader, I currently serve on the Judicial Affairs Council and represent the Executive Vice President for the Sustainability Commission. I am also an executive officer for Panhellenic, as the AS Liaison, where it is my responsibility to maintain transparency by communicating between Associated Students and Panhellenic while encouraging campus involvement. My experience has aided my drive to serve the community, and I will work with student organizations to promote their community service projects, as well as plan and communicate with local groups and neighborhoods to provide more opportunities to give back. SDSU has a strong commitment to our community, which I can only better as the Community Service Representative.

RECREATION & WELLNESS COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE Choose one

SAMUEL BELTRAN

Hello Aztecs! My name is Sam Beltran and I am running for your Recreation and Wellness Commission Representative. I feel that I have the leadership and commitment needed to contribute great things to Associated Students. Through my experience in organizations such as Phi Kappa Theta, HeadStrong and College Republicans, I have developed the tools necessary to lead, organize and execute goals and tasks that I take on. I am running for this position because of my interest in the field of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, and I want to share my passion and spread it amongst all of the students at SDSU. If elected, I will ensure that all students are heard and will keep your best interests at heart. Thank you for your consideration.

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ASSOCIATED STUDENTS GENERAL ELECTIONS SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE Choose one

PATTY MASENGALE

My current involvement in AS and prior knowledge of sustainability has motivated me to run for your AS Sustainability Commission Representative! I am a current FLEX Team Member and a member of the University Affairs Board and Green Love Board. As Sustainability Commission Representative I hope to educate and support the student body on ways to decrease consumption and waste. It’s time for us to commit to living and leading a sustainable lifestyle so we can develop a healthier, more resourceful world for future generations. “I don’t want to simply protect the environment, I want to create a world where the environment no longer needs protecting.” Patty Masengale for Sustainability Commissioner Representative

STUDENT DIVERSITY COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE Choose one

BLAIRE WARD

My name is BLAIRE WARD and I want to be YOUR Student Diversity Commission Representative! In my two years within A.S., I've advocated the student voice throughout my various roles including External Affairs, Aztec Student Union Board, PSFA Representative and as the Team Leader of the Freshman Leadership Experience. Through my leadership experiences in AS, SDSU Rotaract and Pi Beta Phi, I have developed the confidence to facilitate bridging our AZTEC COMMUNITY! I am dedicated to the EMPOWERMENT that’s possible when we’re unified. I understand the ACTION necessary to work together towards a common goal of support. Each student deserves the opportunity to find their PURPOSE at SDSU.

STUDENT SUPPORT COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE Choose one

LEO CARRILLO

What’s up Aztecs! I’m Leo Carrillo and I’m running for your Student Support Commission Representative! As a Community Service Officer with the Department of Public Safety where I assist with Campus Escorts and Safety, and as the Community Relations Chair for Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, I have the necessary experience and skillset to serve our students! If elected, I will utilize my CSO experience to continue to promote safety and escort services and guarantee every student feels at home on campus. I want to ensure all students know what resources are available and where to bring their concerns so they can maximize their personal and professional growth at SDSU. Vote for Leo Carrillo for Student Support Commission Representative!

SARAH ELISE NOHRDEN

As a Leader of Associated Students, I will advocate the Student Voice. I will inform students that their voice truly does matter and I also plan to improve their experience here at SDSU. Leaders of Associated Students need to address issues and concerns that students have and assure them that they have a voice. I have been involved in Associated Students since my first week at SDSU and sat on multiple Boards and Committees within A.S. I was an executive committee member of Your Voice Matters with Former Vice President of University Affairs, Matt Cecil. Here we developed the Your Voice Matters Campaign up from being unknown to receiving over 1000 concerns.

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ZACKARY ALBRECHT

Hello, my name is Zackary Albrecht and I am currently running to be your Student-at-Large Representative for Campus Life Council. As an unspecified designee, my ambition is to catalyze an increase in student involvement and strengthen A.S. through diversity. I want to relay information from the councils to the students and vice versa, and create unification through individuality; merging together different backgrounds, stories, experiences, and cultures. This variety in opinions and beliefs can combine together to forge a successful student government. I know these goals will be accomplished by using the techniques I’ve learned from my executive positions on hall councils and Rotaract, and by applying skills acquired through the University Honors Program and past leadership experiences. Thank you for your time.

KELSEY SCHROEDER

Hi SDSU! I am Kelsey Schroeder and I am running for your Student-at-Large Campus Representative. Throughout my life I have always loved being involved from Girl Scouts to today, where currently I am in Alpha Phi as Community Service Chair, Rotaract as Vice President of Social, and Associated Students as Community Service Commissioner. Having sat on Campus Life Council (CLC) this previous year has shown me how valuable each commission is to this campus. That is why my goals for the following year would be to ensure every individual has the opportunity and motivation to be involved on campus and be that bridge for all the boards on CLC to work together. I will dedicate my all to making these goals happen. Thanks!

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CLAYTON BISHOP

Aztecs, I’m prepared to serve as your Student at Large Representative! Ever since I set foot on campus I have wasted no time getting involved. As an engaged student and a proud Aztec, I’m currently Vice-Chair of the Your Voice Matters Committee and an active member on the University Affairs Board, Marketing and Communication Board, and Campus Community Commission. I’m also a proud member of the FIJI fraternity and the College of Business. As YOUR Student at Large Representative, I can enhance transparency through thorough communication, develop new methods for students to find leadership positions that fit their interests, and ensure your voice is heard here at San Diego State. Together we can enhance campus life! Vote CLAYTON BISHOP for Student at Large Representative!

KEAGAN CASEY

My name is Keagan Casey and I am a freshman majoring in Public Health on a pre-medical track. At a school with 30,000 students, it is inevitable that you will have a concern, idea, or suggestion that doesn’t quite fall into any specific category or jurisdiction. As your Student-at-Large Campus Representative, I will work diligently to have your voice heard and addressed. I promise you that you will not be overlooked. As current Vice Chair of Facilities Committee, student-at-large voting member on the Recreation & Wellness Commission, and Greek life member, I have experience in AS and dealing with diverse groups of people and communicating their concerns. I would love the opportunity to represent you! Go Aztecs!

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DUSTIN PIÑA

My name is Dustin Piña and I am running to be your College of Arts and Letters Rep. Growing up as a San Diego native in the college community, I have always wanted to improve my community and represent it. The university needs representatives that not only execute their own personal positions, but also motivate other students and community members to contribute to the efforts of continuing the advancement of CAL. My goals consist of empowering students by connecting them to their faculty and increasing their opportunities for ways to become leaders. Through my leadership experiences in organizations such as International Studies Ambassadors and Phi Kappa Theta, I believe that I have developed the skills necessary to lead this campus. Go Aztecs!

AKI ZAPATA

Hello Aztecs, my name is Aki Zapata and I am running to be one of your College of Arts and Letters Representatives. I have held various leadership positions in the past from high school sports to youth groups and even now as a member of the executive board of my fraternity. However I believe that it is not my past that shall urge you to vote for me but what I can and will do for our future. My goals include bridging the gap between students and faculty and allowing students to see the changes they want, not just asking for them. Associated Students is imperative to student life, so elect me and I will ensure a brighter future and make this organization even stronger.

MAX LOUIE

Aztecs, I’m Max Louie and I want to represent the students of the College of Arts and Letters through strong leadership and focused advocacy. It is imperative that A.S. leaders identify the communication gaps, find solutions, and implement them so the overall student experience is improved. As a senior at SDSU, I have gained experience in many diverse activities. I served as President of the International Business Society and led Sigma Phi Epsilon as the Community Service Chairman. In addition, I am the Director of Communications for Mortar Board and volunteer as a proud Rotaract member. My goal is to represent the students and give back to a university that has given so much to me.

JAKE GRANT

Hello Aztecs! My name is Jake Grant and I am running to be your College of Arts and Letters representative. I am currently a sophomore studying Political Science with a minor in Psychology. As for my school involvement, I am the VP of Administration for Phi Kappa Theta, the Public Relations officer of the Young Americans for Liberty, an organization that I helped start, and have served on multiple AS boards that have prepared me for this position. I want to facilitate the communication between both the students and the faculty itself. If I am elected I know that I will be a great voice for our college and help reflect everyone’s values. Vote Jake Grant if you want a true leader as your representative!

JORDAN MISHLOVE

I’m Jordan Mishlove. I believe it is AS’s responsibility to look out for the best interest of the students by ensuring that we all have the tools we need for success. This can be accomplished by providing events that incorporate all students in Arts and Letters; allowing for venues that inspire sharing critical thinking and creative knowledge. Giving students diverse opportunities will allow for a more cohesive group of aspiring professionals. My passion for this position would allow for the creation of a more successful student. I have served as one of four representatives for the International Business major, held two different executive positions in the International Business Society and I’m the AS Liaison for Aztecs for Israel. Vote for Jordan Mishlove!

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ASSOCIATED STUDENTS GENERAL ELECTIONS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE Choose four

DOMINIC BILOTTI

I am Dominic Bilotti and as future AS leader and College of Business Representative I want to be the bridge between students and future employers. My main goal is to raise awareness about all the tools the College of Business has in helping its students progress in their career path. One main issue that arises within the College of Business is that it is impacted and many students aren't able to receive the classes that they need. This is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately by AS leaders because of the impact it has on the graduation rate within the College of Business. Currently I am the Vice President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and a member of the Finance and Investment Society.

QUINN KONITSHEK

“Jack of all trades, but master of none”; a statement that San Diego State is destined to defy. At our university this phrase should simply read “Masters of All”, and as an A.S. Leader I want us to strive for perfection, not settling for mediocrity. A masterfully balanced university is the only answer. San Diego State University received the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED). I want AS Leaders to continue to bridge the gap between all cultures, organizations, and Greek life. Being a part of business organizations on campus such as the Real Estate Society, Entrepreneurship Society, and my involvement with the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity continues to outfit me with the tools necessary to be the leader this university needs.

NICK WRIGHT

My name is Nick Wright and I would like to be your College of Business Representative. I want to continue strengthening the communication and relationship between all College of Business students and the University Administration. I can ensure you that I will represent the College of Business in a professional and respectable manner by developing policies that are fair to all Business students. I want to make certain our voice is heard during University policy changes and I will advocate for positive outcomes that are beneficial to all. I currently serve as the President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and contribute on a National level; serving on two appointed committees. I also am an active member of the Finance and Investments Society here at SDSU.

CAITLIN CLARK

Hello Aztecs, My name is Caitlin Clark and I am running to be YOUR next College of Business Representative. My involvement ranges with a diverse perspective of student needs from Associated Student Business Council, Entrepreneur Society, to Pi Sigma Epsilon. I will work to increase student’s awareness of various opportunities in the college of business. I will encourage YOU to become involved in business organizations, and obtain the college experience YOU want and need. I have a passion for helping others and I want US all to feel inspired, represented, and engaged in our college. “If you can dream it, you can do it” and I want YOU in the college of business to get one step closer to your dreams of success.

AUSTIN DEAN

Hello College of Business Students, My name is Austin Dean and I am running to be your next College of Business representative. My involvements range from the Associated Students Business Council, the Associated Students Financial Affairs Committee, Rotaract SDSU, and Greek Life providing me with and informed and diverse perspective of the College of Business. I will strive to encourage engagement, facilitate student development, and inspire leadership within the College of Business in order to provide you with the best possible experience attainable. We will become an active, informed, and inspired college that leaves a positive mark on the San Diego State campus. Go Aztecs! Austin

MANNY UWAKWE

Hello Aztecs ! My name is Manny Uwakwe and I am running to be your next Associated Students College of Business Representative. I am currently involved in several organizations such as the Finance and Investment Society, the Student Accounting Society, the Black Business Society and the Associated Students Financial Affairs Committee. I will strive to ensure that the diverse needs of the College of Business Students are very well represented. If elected, I will ensure open forums for business students are well publicized so students concerns and questions can be addressed. You have the power to make a difference. Own it. It's Yours. Let's make sure that Nothing was the Same. GO AZTECS !

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JOSE MUGUERZA

Hello Aztecs! My name is Jose Muguerza and I am running to be your representative for the College of Engineering. I promise that if appointed, I will make sure engineering students have all the resources available to not only succeed academically, but also find a job once you graduate. Throughout my experiences as Vice President of Internal Affairs for Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, I have developed the tools to organize and execute events with over two hundred and fifty people in attendance. I will be organize such events with a variety of engineering and construction firms in the San Diego area to help you better get acquainted with the power figures of our industry. Thank you for voting.

LLOYD TISUELA

My name is Lloyd Tisuela, I am a first year mechanical engineer pre-major and am looking to become the College of Engineering Representative for Associated Students. I have had the honor in being selected to be on the FLEX Team where I had the privilege of working closely with the current executives of Associated Students. They granted me perspective on the requirements for being a great leader at SDSU. From there I obtained a seat on the University Affairs Board and witnessed how important it is to foster a stellar relationship between the university administration and student body. With my leadership experience and campus involvement, I understand what is needed in creating a community that poses high standards for quality education and student empowerment.

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JIANA HOOK

The opportunity to be the voice of a population is seldom a chance that is so easily accessible. By being an Associated Students leader, representing the College of Health and Human Services, I would have the ability to speak on behalf of fellow students of the college. School spirit is more than sports; it is pride in education, too. I would strive to bring more awareness to the college by keeping school spirit alive within every aspect of our school. Because of my past as a Resident Advisor, a sports team Captain, and an active voice in crowds of people, I know I have the ability to be a change and assist others. I look forward to the opportunity of this new leadership role.

MELANIE MARQUEZ

As SDSU students we have the opportunity to make changes and voice concerns for our advancement through AS. I am a junior, Vice president and CHHS representative of the student organization HeadSTRONG, and student of EOP and the Honors program. Through these organizations I’ve had the privilege to help contribute to student life on campus- but I believe I can do much more. If elected as representative for the College of Health and Human Services, I promise to be the direct link between the individual student and their government. I promise to make every decision with the best interest of all students in mind. I promise to fight for, listen to, and advocate for all students in the college as well as the greater SDSU.

MEGAN SEALY

As A.S. Representative I plan on extending myself out to all students and clubs in Health and Human Services so that I may be an exemplary liaison. I want to implement new opportunities for students to become involved in networking and campus activities. I strive to improve the quality of our education as well as the social experience by making myself accessible to the student body voice. My endeavor will be to address all student concerns, raise student morale and advocate for student initiatives.

CHARLENE RAE GUTIERREZ

My name is Charlene Gutierrez and I want to be your next CHHS A.S. Representative! As an A.S. Representative, I plan to serve as a liaison between the Associated Students and the CHHS council. My goals revolve around facilitating more communication between the CHHS organizations and advocating student interests. If elected I would address issues regarding funding for those involved in organizations, recreational requests, and safety issues. Additionally, tuition, financial aid, and scholarship concerns are important. Student feedback can be heard through open forums between all of the colleges, ensuring that your voice counts. I have attended CHHS council meetings and am currently involved with the Future Physical Therapist Organization and HeadSTRONG. Through these experiences I have learned what it takes to be a leader.

NIK STATHOPOULOS

Hello Business Students, My name is Scott Callens and I want to be your next College of Business Representative. My wide ranged involvement with Business Societies, community service and Greek life has helped to give me a well-rounded perspective on how the College of Business can further help our diverse student population. If elected, I would work to promote student and faculty involvement, networking opportunities, and a more unified College of Business. I have held many leadership positions in different organizations and accomplishing tasks in a timely manner is something I pride myself in. I look forward to the opportunity to represent you in the College of Business and to leave a positive impact on this campus. Thanks, Let’s go Aztecs

The greatest leaders are those who reveal an example worth following. Throughout my life I have purposefully put myself in positions that not only make me a great leader, but also a great friend. If voted into the Associated Students University Council, I will continue to uphold the justice and equality that AS has been bringing us for years. I will bring up the concerns of students in the Human and Health Services College without whimpering and make sure that positive change is brought forth. I have been a manager, an employee, a coach, a personal trainer, a fraternity brother and a friend. I am now more then ready to make an impact for CHHS and Associated Students and be your CHHS representative. Thank You.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION REPRESENTATIVE

Greetings fellow Aztecs! My name is Jason Taresh and I am running for the College of Health and Human Services Representative position. I am currently a sophomore here at SDSU and I believe I have great experience and leadership to contribute to Associated Students. I am currently an Executive Vice President of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity, as well as an active member of Future Physical Therapist Organization and College Republicans. I am running for this position because I have a passion for our field of study, and I want to ensure that each and every one of you receives the resources and opportunities needed to succeed through your college career here at SDSU and begin a professional career. I appreciate your consideration for this position.

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KEELER JOHNSTON

Aztecs, My name is Keeler Johnston, I’m a third year Aerospace Engineering major and I’m running to be your College of Engineering Representative. During my time here at San Diego State, I have been involved with organizations such as the Rocket Design Project which has allowed me to gain perspective on the college of engineering and our resources for students. As the College of Engineering representative, it is my duty to act as a liaison between the Associated Engineering Student Council and Associated Students. It will be my job to collaborate with our administration and student leaders in order to ensure that your voice is heard as well as create networking events that help our students compete in the workforce. Go Aztecs!

JASON TARESH

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JENNY CHAU

As A.S. Rep I plan to outreach to the students in Health and Human Services. I will strive to narrow the gap between the students and council by ensuring students their voices about any concerns or ideas will be heard. I want to provide many new opportunities where students will be able to get more involved, participate in activities, and strengthen their relationship with one another. It is imperative to improve the relationship between faculty and students through classroom interactions and events where students have a chance to meet with faculty outside of the classroom. My desire is to create a community where students are able to triumph academically, while enhancing their social experience in college.

LANCE BROOKS

My goals as a future representative of the College of Health and Human Services include informing other students of what AS is, how AS can bring a more positive university experience for all, and how people can get more involved in and around the campus to help others while simultaneously helping themselves. Also, I feel I can be a voice for our college that can help bring attention to any issues or concerns students feel should be addressed. As an AS representative I can lead students to the resources they need to be a successful inside and outside the classroom at San Diego State University.

COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES AND FINE ARTS REPRESENTATIVE Choose three

LUKE DZIERZANOWSKI

Hello students. Look at your leaders, now back to me. Now back to your leaders, now back at me. Sadly, they aren’t me. Vote for a winner. Vote for me.

KELSEY MOSS

Hello Aztecs! My name is Kelsey Moss and I am running for the position of Associated Students Representative for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. I am a second year student majoring in Journalism Media Studies, with an emphasis in Pubic Relations. I serve on the Special Events and Marketing committees for the Aztec Student Union Board, and currently act as the Vice President of Public Affairs for PSFA College Council. In the next year I hope to unite all SDSU students by increasing student involvement in campus organizations, especially bringing attention to those groups within the college of PSFA.

KALANI PEREZ

Hello my name is Kalani Perez and I am running to be your PSFA Representative. As a student leader I believe it is important to have you all, the students, more empowered by having your voices heard, especially with the many changes that you may have questions about. I will be a representative that will get your voices heard while also getting the answers you need. With my experience as a communicator from past work I will passionately create the connection you should have with A.S., your student government. I will be your transparent bond that links you with A.S. that will show and inform you what decisions will happen within A.S. that will either benefit or hinder your life here at San Diego State.

LILACH HALPERIN

Hello fellow Aztecs, my name is Lilach Halperin. I am a 2nd year Criminal Justice major and Political Science minor, with aspirations to become your next representative for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. I have previous leadership experience as a Resident Advisor for Chapultepec Hall and a board member of Aztecs for Israel. Our College needs a dedicated and hard-working representative that will take initiative, listen to your concerns, and take action. This is the perfect position to challenge myself, and I will actively represent your opinions and voices to the fullest extent of my ability. I will work with SDSU staff, administration, and students to ensure the highest quality of student life. Thank you, and vote for Lilach!

AHMAD SANATYAR

Aztecs! My name is Ahmad, and I am running to be YOUR College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts Representative! As an active member in Phi Kappa Theta social fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity, Omega Honor Society, Founding Father of the 3D4E Club and the Future SDSU College Democrats Club, I have the experience and leadership skills necessary to connect YOU with you student representatives and campus administration. If elected, I will work to enhance the relationship between our college and its students, to make sure we have access to the resources we need to succeed in college and in the professional world. I cannot wait for the opportunity to further SDSU’s legacy as a premier campus! Vote Ahmad Sanatyar for PSFA Rep!

COLLEGE OF SCIENCES REPRESENTATIVE Choose four

JANE KWON

As a leader in various aspects of campus life, I am well versed in leadership and diversity, which I believe will make me an effective Representative of the College of Sciences. I am currently President and Founder of the PreOccupational Therapy Club, Vice President of Best Buddies, Vice President of the Student Advisory Board for Counseling and Psychological Services, Vice President of Records for Rotaract, Director of Fundraising for Delta Gamma and have completed the Cultural Competency Program. My goal is to connect students to the opportunities our campus has to offer and be a better liaison between AS and the students in the College of Sciences by having more communication. “Diverse experience, honest leadership, you can depend on.”

OWEN BURTON

Hello fellow Aztecs, my name is Owen Burton and I am running to be your College of Sciences Representative! Currently, I serve as a Representative on the External Relations Board and the Good Neighbor Program. I am qualified to represent you because of my leadership experience as Campus Involvement Chair for my fraternity and involvement in various AS subcommittees. While it is important for the respective colleges to administer curriculum changes and oversee the installment of student career paths, I believe students deserve more influence in these decisions. Pressing students’ needs in the Associated Students University Council remains at the core of my candidacy and is my primary goal. If elected, I will make sure the voice of my fellow Aztecs does not go unheard!

SAVANNAH SAWAGED

Serving as a leader at San Diego State as a Resident Advisor for Residential Education, an executive member for MEDLIFE SDSU, a member of A.S. Good Neighbor Program, and an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the Biology Department have been enriching experiences in my collegiate career. As a double major in Biology and Islamic & Arabic Studies, my mission is to exude conduct that supports and celebrates our most diligent and diverse disciplines. My goal as an elected representative for the College of Sciences is to champion for equal and equitable opportunities for all by: advocating for greater class availability, more tutoring and mentoring support specific to each subject, and more quality hands-on experiences for all.

JOSHUA DRAYER

My name is Joshua Drayer, and I would like be to your College of Sciences Representative. I advocate for a strengthened connection between the students of the College of Sciences and the administrative faculty of the University. I strongly believe that I can uphold the standard of excellence of which will be expected of me as an A.S leader of this school while promoting issues beneficial to all students. My main focus is to ensure that no student’s voice goes unheard in the advocacy of policies, as the students that make up our community are the most important part of it. I am currently the Treasurer of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Treasurer of Student Advisory Board, as well as Public Relations chair for fratMANers.

UNDECLARED / UNCLASSIFIED STUDIES REPRESENTATIVE Choose one

JAYNIE LEE

I love SDSU and I want to do all I can to make it the best environment possible for our students. I want to strive for a sense of community for students at SDSU and specifically students that are undeclared majors. Doing so will require my leadership skills to reach out to these Undeclared students. I feel that the voices of the Undeclared majors is the most important feedback to receive and I will be the information messenger. In my past experience as board member and Community Service Chair at Assisteens of Assistance League of Bakersfield, I planned our yearly philanthropic events. I was also social chair of my high school choir, creating workshops and activities within the program. I’m the voice of Undeclared majors!

GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT Choose one

SHAWN TENNY

Fellow Aztecs, My name is Shawn Tenny, and I am seeking your support as I run for Graduate Student Association President. During my time at SDSU, I have taken on leadership positions, such as Vice President of the Undergraduate Social Work Association and Vice President of the Social Action Committee. My experience in these roles has prepared me for this position. As the voice of Graduate Students I will effectively communicate our concerns and needs to produce successful outcomes. My background as a social work major allows me to take student advocacy to the next level. With your support, we can help set a new standard for accountability and advocacy at the Graduate level in the Associated Students University Council.

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Riding high on confidence after scoring 88 points in two straight games, the Aztecs traveled to Fort Collins, Colo. to take on the Colorado State University Rams, who were in first place in the conference. Long scored 16 and Bostick had 15, but it wasn’t nearly enough to match the 19 3-pointers by the Rams as SDSU was scorched 95-48. The Aztecs dropped to 7-11 with a 4-4 conference record. Another tough game loomed with Boise State (12-8, 7-2 MW at the time) coming into Viejas, but the Aztecs rode hot shooting with four players scoring 10-plus points to beat the Broncos 75-65. But two straight losses followed, including a nine-point home loss against University of Wyoming, leaving SDSU in an uneasy position at 5-6 in the conference. The Aztecs took care of Air Force on the road before losing to Utah State on the road, and winning two games in a row against San José State and New Mexico. After a loss to Fresno State, SDSU held on for a dramatic victory against UNLV 64-63 on senior night, but it was followed by a loss at New Mexico. Warren led the team averaging 15.4 points per game while also leading the conference in shooting percentage with 54.4. Long averaged 10.7 after getting a lot more playing time later on in the year. With three starters returning next year in Bostick, Scurry and Hunter, Terry will have high expectations for her team once again.

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Warren masters being a student-athlete ethan bailey staff writer

Her coaches hold her in high regard and she brings a veteran presence and leadership, playing center on the San Diego State women’s basketball team. She moves with a combination of power and grace on the court and has the right amount of touch to float the ball into the basket over opposing players. She is Cierra Warren, a senior working toward a master’s degree in liberal arts. But before she became a focal point of SDSU’s team, Warren grew up in a singlefamily home in Rancho Cucamonga with her mother, grandparents and four siblings. “If it wasn’t for (my grandparents) we wouldn’t really have a house,” she said. Warren said her grandparents’ support is a big factor in where she stands today. “It was just like any other house,” Warren said. “There’s arguments and trials, but my grandparents were great support for me and my family. They may not be as much into the sport as my mom, but they were there financially, mentally and emotionally for us.” After her grandfather passed away, the house became her mother’s and the family moved out. Warren said she lived in that house for 16 or 17 years. Her mother put her in basketball at the age of three as Warren also took up tap dancing and ballet to keep busy during her childhood. “My father wasn’t really in the picture, so I think that’s why mom put us in sports,” Warren said. “To keep our minds on something.” However, Warren’s mother didn’t simply encourage her to be involved with sports. Her mother’s involvement with her athletic career goes well beyond throwing her in after-school programs, Warren said. She played for a few travel teams growing up, including the Cal Sparks from Long Beach. “We used to drive every night to go to practice,” Warren said. “An hour and a half in traffic after my mom came off of work.” Warren said her mom would sleep in the car until her practice was over.

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Warren grew up in nearby Rancho Cucamonga. kelly smiley, staff photographer

“Not many parents would do that, but that’s why she���s special ... she’s the whole reason I have a degree and am on my way to another one,” Warren said. “If it weren’t for her I wouldn’t be where I am. She’s sacrificed so much so that I had the opportunity to play for the best teams like Cal Sparks.” Warren has two sisters—one older and one younger—and two younger brothers. Warren smiled while talking about her youngest brother. “My baby brother ... he’s a hooper,” Warren said. “You’ll see him in the NBA one day.” As one might gather from the way her coaches talk about her, Warren is quite a “hooper” herself. She began her collegiate basketball career at the University of North Carolina where she competed in all 31 games as a freshman, averaging 4.3 points in less than 10 minutes of playing time per game. Warren said there were girls already playing at her position that would be on the team for two or three years, and decided she should move elsewhere to get more playing time. “It wasn’t my spot there,” Warren said. “God had different plans for me.” After spending a year in North Carolina,

Warren transferred to the University of Louisville where she shot a team-best 57.3 percent from the field. Although Warren received increased playing time there, she knew she couldn’t stay in Kentucky for long. “It’s hard living in Kentucky,” Warren said. “After two years being there I just didn’t feel like I could continue being there so I had to go.” She noted that she had been in contact with former SDSU women’s basketball coach Beth Burns since she was 14 or 15 years old. She also said a deciding factor in coming to SDSU was San Diego being close to her hometown of Rancho Cucamonga. She also has an uncle, Darryl Warren, who played football at SDSU in the late 1980s. “I figured I could carry on the family tradition of going to SDSU,” Warren said. “It was my last year, and I figured my mom would really like to see my games.” Unsurprisingly, Warren said her mom attended every home game this season— no matter what. “It was a great opportunity for her to watch me play,” Warren said. Warren said there were many questions for this year’s team entering the season, but is relatively happy with the way things

worked out. “It was hard at first being that we have a new coaching staff and many of the girls didn’t know what was going to happen this year,” Warren said as her teammates bounced basketballs before practice, the sounds of which echoed and filled an empty Viejas Arena. “Of course, we were expected to do a lot better, but I felt as a unit we have all grown as women. I wouldn’t change it for anything.” Warren wants to become a basketball coach after she finishes her schooling. She’s pursuing a master’s degree because she knows the chances of becoming a coach are higher with one than without. “So many coaches have given to me, so I can only think of giving back one day,” Warren said. “If I could coach college, that would be amazing. Maybe one day have a travel team so I could help girls that were in my spot, in my situation, to help them get their degrees.” Warren hopes she can keep playing basketball after she graduates and isn’t opposed to leaving San Diego. “If I got drafted that would be amazing,” Warren said. “So I don’t have to go far from home, but playing overseas would also be a great experience. It would be fun just to travel and being able to see so many different countries and meet so many people.” When Warren isn’t playing basketball, she said her main hobby is sleeping. “I tend to sleep a lot ... I really think I can take up a profession in sleeping because I am just that good at it,” Warren said, chin held high. She also enjoys going to the beach whenever she gets the chance. “I love the beach. I’m a Californian at heart,” Warren said. “Anytime I can go to the beach and sit there and have the sun hit my skin it’s just the best feeling of my life.” Regardless of whether Warren gets an opportunity to play elsewhere before obtaining her master’s degree or not, she has no doubt she will eventually finish getting it. “My mom would really like that and it’s something I really want to do for her because she has sacrificed so much for me,” Warren said.


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A press row look at Aztec sports

During the 2014 Reese’s Mountain West Championship, players and press walked through this tunnel inside the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas to get to the court. Matthew Bain, Senior Staff Writer

Matthew Bain

senior staff writer Alright. It’s Saturday night and I’m sitting here in my hotel bed writing this column with a stunning view of the Las Vegas Strip out the window to my left. I just watched my fifth college basketball game in three days from a front-row seat on press row, free of charge. And I traveled to New York City last weekend as a representative of KCR College Radio’s sports department. Great, right? Okay. It’s Saturday night and I’m sitting here in my hotel bed wondering when I’m going to study for my two midterms on Monday. I’ve spent only a couple hours on the Vegas Strip because I’ve been working on an assignment for JMS 310W, writing for The Daily Aztec and covering SDSU basketball for a Mountain West Conference blog. Not so great, right? A lot of people ask me what it’s like to be a sports journalist, especially one covering SDSU men’s basketball. Well, let me tell you right here, right now: Despite any difficulties like the ones I just mentioned, being a sports journalist at SDSU is absolutely incredible— every second of it. I began this year covering SDSU football. I’d watch games from the press box, take the elevator down into the innards of Qualcomm Stadium and walk past the teams’ locker rooms to access the press conference room. Even if I hadn’t watched the game, I would have been able to tell who won just from looking at players I walked by, those who

won happily bounced through the hallways, whereas those who lost plodded along the dark blue floors and avoided eye contact. When it came time to write the football special issue, my editor arranged an interview with Quinn Kaehler through SDSU Media Relations. A few days later I met Kaehler in the Fowler Athletics Center. Wearing a gigantic chunk of ice on his shoulder, Kaehler gave me a great interview and I had a blast writing his profile. After football season ended, I was assigned to the men’s basketball beat. Oh boy, I didn’t understand the word “busy” until I began covering SDSU basketball. Games, press conferences, previews and recaps, as soon as one ends another begins—but don’t get me wrong, I love it. Let me tell you, there’s a whole other world in Viejas Arena behind the scenes. Media members are fortunate enough to see this world. We enter the arena through a door located in what used to be the Aztec Bowl. We immediately encounter what looks like a miniature version of a Costco: dark gray concrete floors and industrial ceiling lighting. We get our bags checked and receive our press passes. There’s a media room to our right if we want some room temperature water (which, I must say, I enjoy more than ice-cold water). We walk past a rolled-up banner of “The Show” and the rehearsing cheer squad and dance team. Finally, we walk out into the bright lights of Viejas. We hear the pop songs boom throughout the arena’s speakers. We look

to our left and see “The Show” slowly grow until tip-off. We find our seats on press row, say hi to familiar faces, open our laptops and set up our Twitter pages. Sitting in press row gives us a game experience different from what fans encounter. As we’re so close to the action and away from the noise of a student section, we can hear a lot of what players and coaches say. We can see sophomore forward Winston Shepard smile brightly and laugh after playfully trash-talking an opponent. We can hear the players shout, “And-one!” when they believe they’ve been fouled. We can see sweat flow to the floor from players’ chins. After the game, we walk up the stairs to the mezzanine level and talk to SDSU head coach Steve Fisher and certain players. After several games, we learn players’ character traits: redshirt senior guard Xavier Thames is very soft-spoken, Shepard is very quick to volunteer a response and junior guard Aqeel Quinn is a super happy guy—always smiling. Now, as I mentioned earlier, covering sports isn’t sunshine all the time. I’ve spent a lot of my Saturday nights this year during the football and men’s basketball seasons in front of a computer writing game recaps until the wee hours of the morning when parties around me have all ended. Luckily, I’ve never pulled an all-nighter. I once stayed up until 5 a.m. writing an SDSU football 2014 recruiting class breakdown for the MWC blog I write for, but that’s the closest

I’ve come. But man oh man, it sure is sunshine a lot of the time. As previously mentioned, I traveled to NYC on behalf of KCR College Radio, and now I’m in Las Vegas as part of The Daily Aztec. While in Vegas, I’ve made numerous connections with sports journalists from across the conference. I’ve spent whatever free time I have relaxing and drinking Diet Pepsi (yes, diet—it tastes better) in the enormous media rest area. I’ve walked down the huge red carpet with MWC team banners lining either side out into the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. I’ve heard the noise of Aztec fans, Lobo fans, Rebel fans and fans from the rest of the MWC all combined into one 19,522-seat arena. As wonderful as opportunities like traveling to Las Vegas and NYC are, I quickly learned that things don’t always go your way as a sports journalist. For instance, we tried to get a one-on-one interview with a men’s basketball player for this special feature, but SDSU Media Relations said no. We tried some more, but they still said no. As a result, you’re reading about me instead of Xavier Thames or junior forward Dwayne Polee II. But that’s part of the business, and one has to learn to adapt. So that’s what you’re reading, folks, an adaptation. Now it’s time to gear up for the NCAA tournament and whatever comes next. I absolutely can’t wait. No sleep, no problem: This is sports.

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On Feb. 27, the San Diego City Council voted to approve a plan that would fund approximately $2 million to buy clip-on cameras for police officers to wear on their uniforms. For the public, this was supposedly a welldeserved response to the high profile cases of two police officers who allegedly sexually assaulted women in their custody. The cameras were introduced as a measure to record police misconduct and protect police from “false or overstated claims.” However, with these clip-on cameras, the police department thinks it has targeted the issue and eradicated it. In reality, they have completely missed the point. A clip-on camera, as simple as the device is, sends a distressing statement from our law enforcement. By enforcing mandatory cameras on police uniforms, they’re essentially telling us they can’t trust the supposed men and women of justice in our area. If the City Council can’t trust the police, then how are we supposed to? The very foundation of the law in this country lies in the hands of the police. Whether we like it or not, the police help keep our country running the way it should be. However, the rising public awareness of police corruption has us wavering in our support for a system which allows the law enforcers to take advantage of this position. As of 2011, there are 150 percent more accusations CMLaw14_Ads_CMLaw14B SDS 3/4/14 3:31 PM Page 1

of sexual assault from male law enforcers than the general male populace. Statistics such as these and the enforcement of cameras leave us, the people, questioning the integrity of the police. When the bigwigs of our country have to resort to cameras to control our law enforcement, our future is beginning to look a little more dystopian than we would like it to be. It’s the frightening future of high-surveillance police forces, imagined in “1984,” “Fahrenheit 451” and even “The Hunger Games,” which now seem like a plausible reality for our nation. The cameras also introduce the issue of the conflict between security and privacy. With surveillance cameras, webcams and even traffic cameras prone to monitoring our every move, we are sacrificing our right to privacy for the sake of security. In an age of tracking devices, security cameras and the National Security Agency, we subject ourselves to exposure by just going outside. At any given moment, we are under watch. As it is now, there are more than three million cameras in operation today, recording around four billion hours of footage a week. At what point does surveillance technology cross the line between security and infringing upon our right to privacy? With the introduction of cameras on police uniforms, privacy becomes a luxury we can no longer afford. As a result, the cameras do more to focus on the issues in our society regarding law enforcement and surveillance, rather than eradicate them. What the police department needs to realize is that the problem cannot be erased by monitoring the problem,

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but it needs to be erased by centering in on the problem. The actions of a few police reflect the integrity of the many. The police department needs to start a dialogue among its policemen about the integrity of their jobs and their necessary role in sustaining order in our society. Offering cameras as a solution is admitting that corruption existed in the past and the only way to deal with it is to hold the police accountable for their actions. As of Feb. 15, seven women have come forward to accuse the alleged officer of sexual abuse. If it wasn’t for the first woman who stepped up against police corruption, justice may have never been served and police corruption would have remained in the shadows, never to come to light. Police enforcement is a necessary part of our society. However, when people in authority abuse their power, it’s up to us to unleash a dialogue about it and change the integrity of the police force. Cameras aren’t the solution here, people are.

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Vote for the ideas, not the name When it’s time to go to vote in the Associate Students elections, many students feel compelled to check the box next to the name

they have seen most around campus. Here at The Aztec, we focus on ideas, not people, and we would like you all to take some time to do the same. Below you will find analyses of both of the presidential candidates, without their names mentioned. Read through

these and learn about the platforms each candidate plans to enact when in office to see what a vote for this person would actually mean. After you have made up your mind, look to the bottom of the page to see which candidate is for you.

Candidate one

A vote for this candidate means electing an Associated Students president who has years of experience working within A.S. He currently sits on the organization’s Board of Directors and has served on more than half a dozen A.S. boards and committees. Having worked closely with previous A.S. presidents, this candidate said the role requires someone who can be the voice of the students while also acting as the CEO of a nonprofit with a multimillion-dollar budget. He said his main goal in the multifaceted position would be to ensure that this budget is being used to bring students

is actively fighting to bring skateboards back to SDSU’s campus. One area in which the two candidates differed greatly was their stance on the divestment from Israel. This candidate took the more tempered response of the two. He cited a lack of understanding of the issue among the greater student body. He stressed the importance of providing balanced information to everyone before any decisions are made. In his closing statements, this candidate emphasized the connections he has been able to build, both with the administration and with student organizations through his active participation on campus. He said that these relationships are what will make him an effective president. When it comes to representing a student body the size of SDSU’s, these personal relationships are “where it really starts.”

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A vote for this candidate means a vote for more interactivity between Associated Students and the student body. He doesn’t think that A.S. has been a useful resource for every group on campus, as it is designed to be. If elected, one of his main goals is to make A.S. more accessible to everyone and to dispel the myth that A.S. serves only as pawns to the school administration. One of the ways he says he’ll do this is by creating mandatory weekly meetings between A.S. and the different clubs and organizations on campus. Ultimately, he wants to leave a legacy that A.S. can make things happen around the school. This candidate is very passionate about how funding for SDSU is acquired and allocated, such as the recently-approved $200 Student Success Fee. He believes the fee should be renamed to “Hiring More Teachers” fee, because it would more accurately reflect the purpose and increase transparency. While he agrees that we need more teachers and class sections, he wants to make sure that students always know where the money is actually going. He has also said that there should be stipulations in the laws of the fee that would allow students to have a say in which sections are added and if good teachers are hired on as opposed to tenured teachers that don’t have the student’s bests interests at heart.

To him, implementing new programs and events is essential to the future success of the university. For example, he wants to create “Dining with a Professor” events across departments. He explains that professors will be given a special fund to take groups of students to dinner in order to talk about career and academic goals. This is a model often used by Ivy League schools and would allow the sometimes elusive professors the chance to get to know their students. The candidate plans for the funds for this program to come from money that’s already given to the professors to go on research trips with students. His goal of creating new programs across the campus is to help students to find what they are passionate about earlier on in their college careers. This way, they’ll be involved in their majors without changing a lot, and they’ll manage to graduate on time. If you agree with the thoughts and ideas of this candidate, this business administration junior is your guy to vote for. This candidaite is also involved with organizations such as SDSU Veterans, College of Business transfer mentor, Compact for Success mentor, and SDSU Army ROTC cadet. As president, he would be excited to “provide an environment where ideas, innovation and passion flourish to create a connection that embodies a diverse student body of leaders.” Voting for the general elections is from March 17 to 20 on SDSU WebPortal. Don’t miss out on the chance to make your voice heard.

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is serving a term as president of a large council that oversees more than 1,000 men. Other affiliations include business societies, athletic councils and various leadership groups. This candidate also sits on the Campus Fee Advisory Committee and voted in favor of implementing the Student Success Fee. The finance major sees the benefit that the extra revenue would allow. He said that by opening up more course sections, the fee will help ensure students graduate on time. “At the end of the day, I’m going to be paying more money if I have to stay for a fifth or sixth year,” he said. Regarding recent campus bans, this candidate is most concerned with the skateboard ban. He said that skateboarding is an important part of San Diego’s culture and offers a cheap, sustainable method of transportation for students. This candidate

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the resources and services they need. He promises to put students first, making sure he is accessible to his fellow Aztecs. He said solving student problems will always take precedence before any other demands of the job. His opponent said students too often see A.S. as “puppets of the administration,” and thinks this candidate’s long history with the organization will hinder his ability to connect with students who currently feel underrepresented by their student government. This candidate, though, said his varied extracurricular activities give him the “broad perspective of campus life” required of a truly representative A.S. president. He has held leadership roles in more on-campus organizations than most Aztecs have ever heard of. This year he


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San Diego State’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, an IRS program that helps lowincome taxpayers with their tax returns, is offering free tax services to the SDSU community. Individuals who have earned less than $55,000 in 2013 can visit room 113 of Education and Business Administration on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9-10:30 a.m. The first 30 taxpayers to arrive will be serviced during each session. The program runs through April 12, with the exception of spring break. Individuals interested in the program should bring a valid photo ID, proof of tax residence for the taxpayer and the taxpayer’s dependents, birth dates for all dependents, tuition statements from the taxpayer’s school, wage and earning statements from all employers, interest and dividend statements from the bank, bank routing number and account number, and any other paperwork that may be applicable. SDSU accounting professor Gene Whittenburg is the faculty sponsor of the program. Whittenburg said VITA has hosted the program for almost 40 years and they process about 300-350 returns each year for free. He said 300 tax returns done by

a certified public accountant would total about $30,000. VITA also e-files the tax returns for free, which would normally cost roughly $30 through TurboTax. They can help qualifying taxpayers receive a California Renter’s Credit, and also assist with any scholarships and grants received, Earned Income Tax Credit American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning Credit, and more. “Obviously there are some things that students will miss if they aren’t used to doing tax returns,” Whittenburg said. “There are some things available specifically to students that we can help them with.” The volunteers who prepare the income tax returns are SDSU accounting students. There are approximately 40-50 student volunteers each year. All volunteers have been trained and certified by the IRS to prepare tax returns. Accounting senior and previous VITA volunteer Matt Shakowski said the program gave him valuable experience. “My favorite part was giving people the final product and being able to tell them that they had a huge return,” Shakowki said. VITA will also be preparing nonresident tax returns for international students every Friday between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. until April 11. The deadline to file all individual tax returns is April 15.

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Tech beat: Aztecs plan solar-powered winery J.D. Hodges Staff writer

There is a growing trend for renewable energy and environmentally friendly practices from businesses. San Diego State environmental science seniors Eddie Hernandez and Tyler Whitfield are helping a San Diego-based winery, Europa Village, plan the installation of on-site solar panels. The installation of solar panels at Europa Village presented some unique challenges, the students said. The winery wanted to retain the aesthetics of the grounds, meaning that solar panels wouldn’t be on roofs or in open fields. Whitfield and Hernandez recommended the solar panels should be placed on access roads between the rows of the grapevines. Associate Director for the Environmental Sciences Program Matt Rahn was the faculty adviser for the student’s research project. “I was thrilled that Eddie and Tyler chose this project for their senior thesis,” Rahn said. “It represents a unique opportunity to advance the sustainability and design features of a key Southern California industry.” One of the goals of the project for the winery is to get a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certificate similar to that of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. Obtaining a LEED certificate is based on a point system, which allows buildings to be classified as Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. After the installation of the panels, the winery will be awarded more points, which will help it work toward its goal of attaining certification, Hernandez said. He said LEED is part of a movement toward a greener future. “It’s a program to push designers to design projects that are more environmentally friendly,” Hernandez said. Rahn said the project could be a groundbreaking part of work in the environmental science field. “As proposed, their project can become a foundational element in advancing wineries and vineyards, serving as a model for sustainable agriculture and planning,” Rahn said. “I know that the project partner, Europa Village, is extremely interested in their recommendations and how this might help inform their future development plans.”


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students graduate on time. He wants to increase communication to students and within A.S. As for the proposed fee, Torres said he is skeptical of the forums process. He supports skateboards on campus.

This Monday marks the beginning of the annual Associated Students elections. Results will be announced March 20, at 8 p.m., in the Montezuma Lounge and Theater in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

A.S. Executive Vice President: Unopposed 1. Hospitality and tourism management and Spanish junior Kevin Hancock said he will provide students with opportunities to be involved on campus and promote SDSU pride.

 How do students vote? San Diego State students will have the opportunity to vote through their WebPortal accounts March 17 at 8 a.m. through March 20 at 7 p.m., according to the A.S. website. Students can visit the “A.S. General Election” tab to select their candidates of choice. “It is important to vote for the A.S. candidates because they have a lot of say of what takes place on campus and activities,” political science professor Ronnee Schreiber said.

A.S. Vice President of External Relations: Unopposed 1. Marketing junior Jacqueline Karczewski said she will be a representative for students and portray SDSU in a positive light. She also wants to make students aware of ongoing California State University legislation, campus events and opportunities for involvement.

 What are some issues affecting the election? • Student Success Fee • Restructuring of A.S. • Sustainability • Skateboarding and the bike lane • Transparency and accessibility of A.S.  Who can students vote for? Students are able to vote for one candidate for A.S. president, one candidate for executive vice president, one candidate for vice president of external relations, one candidate for vice president of financial affairs, and one candidate of university affairs. Aztecs can also vote for a representative for their college, a representative for each of the seven Campus Life Council Commissions, and a student-atlarge representative.  How many candidates are running? A total of 54 students are running for 36 elected positions. Six students are running for the five executive officer positions available.  Who is running for an executive officer position? A.S. President 1. Finance junior Jonathan Cole said he wants to be accessible to students, as well as reengaging groups on campus who feel they have lost their identity. He said he has developed ideas from the past three A.S. presidents. Cole is for the proposed fee increase and pro-skateboarding on campus. 2. Business administration junior Gabriel Torres said he wants to change the way A.S. is operated and develop programs to help

A.S. Vice President of Financial Affairs: Unopposed 1. Finance senior Alex Padua said he wants all students to be positively impacted by the A.S. budget. He said it’s important that campus facilities and programs receive the necessary funding. A.S Vice President of University Affairs: Unopposed 1. Sociology junior Corey Polant said he will try to make all students comfortable and engaged within their college councils. He will also work to make commuter students feel connected to campus.  What are the roles of the A.S. Executive Officers? Adapted from the A.S. bylaws: 1. President: The Chief Executive Officer. • A designated member of all A.S. boards, commissions, councils, organizations and committees with regular attendance. • Represents and acts on behalf of the A.S. organization and makes decisions about daily operation. • Chair of the A.S. Board of Directors and is responsible for implementing any policies on the ASBOD not mentioned in the bylaws. • A representative at the San Diego Collegiate Council and the College Area Community Council. • A voting member of the University Senate. • Responsible for nominating students to fill vacant seats on the Campus Fee Advisory Committee and the Aztec Shops Board of Directors. 2. Executive Vice President: The Chief Operating Officer • Assumes all roles of the president in his/her

absence and in vacancy of the president’s spot; the executive V.P. would succeed to president for the remainder of his/her term. • A designated member of all boards, commissions, councils, organizations and committees with regular attendance. • Leads and schedules all A.S. Campus Life Council meetings and informs the ASBOD of the happenings of those meetings. • Responsible for the efficient running of all A.S. boards and committees and oversees all board and committee appointments. • Responsible for coordinating the orientation of all new executive officers and ASBOD members. • Oversees usage of student Instructionally Related Activity fees for programs and events by the Athletic Department. • Chair of the Homecoming Steering Committee. • Acts as a student liaison between the Division of Student Affairs and A.S. 3. Vice President of External Relations: Chief Communications Officer. • Assume all roles of the president in his or her absence and in vacancy of the president’s and executive V.P.’s spot; the V.P. of External Relations would become president for the remainder of his/her term. • A designated member of all A.S. boards, commissions, councils, organizations and committees with regular attendance. • Leads and schedules all A.S. External Relations Board meetings and informs the ASBOD of the happenings of those meetings. • Informs the ASBOD of any activities in the CSU system, California Legislature, statewide agencies and government that affects A.S. members. • Coordinates all research and evaluation of student advocacy issues approved by A.S. • A voting member of the University Senate.

4. Vice President of Financial Affairs: Chief Financial Officer. • Third in line to the office of the president. • A designated member of all A.S. boards, commissions, councils, organizations and committees with regular attendance. • Leads and schedules all A.S. Financial Affairs Committee meetings and informs the ASBOD of the happenings of those meetings. • Oversees the preparation of the annual A.S. budget and presents it to the ASBOD. • Serves as the student financial administrator and can require full reports from anything funded by A.S. • Recommends financial policy and guidelines for the association. • Responsible for reviewing and approving

disbursement of A.S. funds.

5. Vice President of University Affairs: Chief Academic Officer • Fourth in line to the office of the president. • Serves as a designated member of all A.S. boards, commissions, councils, organizations and committees with regular attendance. • Coordinates student representation on the University Senate, Senate Committees, Senate ad hoc committees, and other academic policy-making bodies. • Serves as the organization’s representative to the Senate Executive Committee, as well as one of the organization’s voting members of the University Senate. • Coordinates the appointment of student representatives to all university search committees. • Leads and schedules all A.S. University Council meetings and informs the ASBOD of the happenings of those meetings. • Coordinates all research and evaluation of student advocacy issues approved by A.S. • A voting member of the University Senate. For more information about the AS Elections, go to: thedailyaztec.com/news

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Living the lively lake life

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t’s 6:33 a.m. I awake to a morning woodpecker. The bird, not the … never mind.

I think I hear a squirrel clamoring across the top of my tent, or maybe it’s just the sound of someone’s labrador marking its territory all over my ice chest. I don’t know. I’m tired. Five hours of sleep on an under-inflated air mattress tends to make a person cranky in the morning. I unzip the front flap of my tent and breathe in the fresh morning air. That aroma of salvation is abruptly interrupted by the sound of my brother-in-law opening a beer to mark the rise of the morning sun. Yep, I’m at the lake. Every year for the past few decades, my father-in-law and his friends gather like the swallows of Capistrano to engage in a camping ritual that would put the Oregon Trail pioneers to shame. For a few weeks every summer, a flat piece of land on the shores of Lake Nacimiento becomes a spider web of tents, boats and motorhomes so big the military would call them excessive—seriously. One guy has an RV that wouldn’t fit inside a Costco. These men and their guts have been claiming this patch of land as their own personal summer oasis since the days of Uriah Heep (look it up, kids).

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The routine stands pretty firm for each year’s gathering: park your motorhome, drink a beer, launch your boat, drink a beer, forget where you parked your motorhome, wonder why that baby isn’t wearing a diaper, drink someone else’s beer, pass out by the campfire, repeat. This summer saga is simple, but effective. I was welcomed into the realm of this campfire coalition back in 2007. My romantic ties with a certain daughter of one of these outdoor enthusiasts led to a weekend invitation to partake in the festivities. The highlight of that first excursion had to be the unbridled praise I received from one unnamed Coors Lightloving individual who proclaimed me the finest guitar player since Moses wore short pants. To be fair, he was rather inebriated. Twenty-eight beers in a 12-hour period tend to cloud one’s judgment. Since that first trip, I’ve only grown closer to these freshwater folk. The daughter who I was romantically tied with is now my wife. In fact, it was at this very lake where I proposed to her in 2009. Most people pick a romantic spot like the top of a mountain or a waterfall, but my innate method of

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doing things the hillbilly way commanded that I propose in the dark on a gravely road with the hoots and hollers of several drunk middle-aged men echoing in the background. That’s just how I roll, y’all. The lake, as it’s referred to in the shorthand, has since delivered a plethora of summer memories. From the multitude of freshwater enemas that flooded my backside as I learned how to waterski, to the half-dozen middle-aged men who laughed hysterically as they forced a mouse to jump out of a trash can and into a bath of fire, Nacimiento has delivered on all fronts. I’m sure these original men who started this camping tradition have forgotten more good times than I’ll ever experience, partly due to the sheer amount of memories one’s brain has to sort through, but mostly due to old age and alcoholism. Regardless, the lake and all the happiness it gives to others is something to cherish. Whether it’s fishing for that elusive giant catfish, spending the afternoon in an inner tube trying to escape the heat, or watching in disbelief and shame as my brother-in-law gets naked and jumps in the lake, a summer weekend at Nacimiento is a great way to get some rest and relaxation. Until you hear someone open a beer at sunrise.

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33 Sock part 34 Pottery oven 35 Drag through the mud 37 Gardener’s bagful 38 Rescuer of Odysseus 39 Irene of “Fame” 40 Gainesville is about halfway between it and Jacksonville 41 Authorize two bros’ gettogether? 45 “Double Fantasy” artist 46 Measurement named for a body part 47 Songwriter’s dream? 54 Rites of passage 55 Heathrow postings: Abbr. 56 Point a finger at 57 Dark purple 58 Charlie Brown cry

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MONDAY’S BIRTHDAY (3/17/14) - Creativity and compassionate expression comes easy this year. Look for fun and discover profit. Play with family and build home efficiency. Get social, and new opportunities arise. Plan an adventure with someone special over summer, before August arrives with a work boom. Consider exercise, good food and rest as sacred. Kindle passion by focusing on it. HOW IT WORKS: 10 is good, 1 is bad.

ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is an 8 - Mercury re-enters Pisces today, after going direct in Aquarius on 2/28. Now the words come to more freely express emotions and deeper thoughts. Use that to build partnership today and tomorrow. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 9 - It’s easier to express your feelings, with Mercury directly re-entering Pisces. Creativity hits a sweet spot. Pull out the good stuff. The equipment works again, now that you tuned it. Prioritize balanced health and work today and tomorrow. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 7 - You’re motivated by love. Now that Mercury’s in Pisces again, you find the words to share your heart with your closest circle. Express through actions and with imagery as well as in speaking. You see the limitations. A perfect solution appears. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 6 - Travel beckons, with Mercury direct and re-entering Pisces. Transportation and mechanical equipment flow with greater ease. Handle home issues first. Good quality lasts longer. Express deep feelings through artwork, music or craft. Create something. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 7 - You can be especially eloquent, as words come freely now with Mercury directly re-entering Pisces. Today and tomorrow explore and discover a new creative direction. Study what you love voraciously. Profits (and expenses) can rise. Watch the money. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 9 - Listen to the competition and learn new tricks with Mercury re-entering Pisces. Notice unspoken clues and structural language. What you learn increases profits. Cut non-essential items from the budget. Tactfully present your view. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 9 - Profitable ideas abound, with Mercury re-entering Pisces. Don’t take on more than you can handle. Restock supplies. You’re inspired by truth, beauty and goodness. Speak out about what you want today and tomorrow. You get farther by being cute. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 7 - Your writing especially thrives with Mercury re-entering Pisces. Outline your philosophical reasoning, and express your feelings for freedom and satisfaction. Put passion into your work, and it flowers money. Patiently handle the details. Separate fantasy from reality. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) Today is a 7 - Introspection and reflection at home provide fertile ground for creativity, with Mercury re-entering Pisces. Share your feelings with friends, and listen for their concerns and wishes. Walk and talk somewhere beautiful, and schedule into a regular practice. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) Today is a 7 - You’re especially clever, with Mercury re-entering Pisces. Words come easily to express what you really feel. Apply this to your work today and tomorrow, for greater efficiency and ease. Strip away the pretenses. Friends offer a new view. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Study something you love. Get reminded of a dream you used to have, with new possibilities. You’re especially savvy financially, with Mercury re-entering Pisces. Release emotions by expressing them. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 - Invent some long-term career goals over the next few days. How would you like your work to develop? It’s easier to notice what your heart desires, with Mercury re-entering Pisces. Prioritize happiness and beauty.


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