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College students support Dream Act
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College students across the U.S. are being asked to raise their voices in support of immigration reform. As part of a project named The Dream is Now, students can sign a petition or submit art, which give undocumented youth the option to earn citizenship by attending school or serving in the military. Universities are encouraged to use thedreamisnow.org as a platform to join the campaign and participate in the nationwide contest. The campaign will screen “The Dream Is Now,” a documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, at the university with the most student participants. Students deemed responsible for outstanding achievement in collecting signatures get expense paid trips to Washington, D.C. for the official premiere of “The Dream is Now,” documentary in Spring 2013. “This is nothing less than a huge moment in our political history” Guggenheim said. “There are millions of undocumented youth who were brought here by their parents at very young ages,” College Outreach Director Ruben Candeo
San Diego State students to emcee GreenFest concert greenfest
More than 150 students and Dream Act supporters rally in front of the federal office building in dowtown Los Angeles. College students across the U.S. are asked to raise their voices as part of a campaign named The Dream Is Now.
said at a conference in Palo Alto. “They go to school here. These are our neighbors and friends and they know no other home than the U.S.” President Barack Obama said there will be no exceptions for citizen applications no matter how valuable the potential contributions to the country. Guggenheim said it is important
to make sure Congress takes steps to fix the problem. “We need to show them the urgency and by creating energy on campus, college students can play a key role,” Guggenheim said. Associated Students Vice President of External Affairs Tom Rivera said he knows of San Diego State students interested in
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The Dream is Now. Rivera said he wants SDSU students to be a part of this movement. “I always love it when students are active and engaged in major social and political causes like this one and I hope that those who are passionate about this issue will get involved,” Rivera said.
Millennials face highest unemployement rate
A group of graduates gather at a graduation ceremony. The latest Millennial Jobs Report: Youth Employment showed that 12.5 percent of the nation’s youth from ages 18-29 were unemployed in February.
Raquel Martin Staff Writer
According to the latest Millennial Jobs Report: Youth Employment, 12.5 percent of the nation’s youth ranging from ages 18-29 were unemployed in February. Generation Opportunity, a national nonpartisan organization, gathered the data that revealed the difficulties facing millions of young people across the nation. According to the report, job opportunities are scarce not only for graduating college students, but for most of the youth living in today’s economic state. Because jobs continue to decline,
the national debt continues to increase and prospective jobs become more and more competitive, making jobs right out of college less of a guarantee.
After four years of debt-fueled government spending, far too many young people—nearly one in six—are still out of the game. generation opportunity president
“I believe the job market is improving, but luckily I have four more years to let the job market improve more,” San Diego State criminal justice graduate Daunte
Haynes said. “I feel like 12 percent is pretty high. The unemployment rate for college graduates is under 5 percent and I believe, with more knowledge you never know what your future holds.” University of California, San Diego graduate Ike Ollawa feels a bachelor’s degree isn’t sufficient anymore. He said getting a job is much easier for those who hold a master’s or doctorate degree. “The future job market is competitive,” Ollawa said. “A lot of individuals are competing for 30K-a-year (jobs) nowadays.” Unemployment rates are even more limited among minority groups. According to the report, a staggering 22.8 percent of Afri-
can-Americans and 13.4 percent of Hispanic youth aged 18-29 are currently unemployed. “(Since 2008) our national debt has nearly doubled to close to 17 trillion, and young people have even less economic opportunity,” Generation Opportunity President Evan Feinberg said. “After four years of debt-fueled government spending, far too many young people—nearly one in six—are still out of the game.” When considering some youth aren’t a part of the labor force because they have stopped looking for work or lost hope, an additional 1.7 million young adults would be labeled unemployed as well.
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Being in the presence of television, film and new media junior Amber Neukum and senior Gee Bwinika would leave one thinking they’ve been friends for life. Their chemistry and whimsical demeanor could brighten anyone’s day. In reality, the two San Diego State students are still fresh faces to one another and recently met because they were chosen to host this year’s GreenFest concert. Both Neukum and Bwinika are passionate about the ecofriendly movement driven by GreenFest. Bwinika has worked closely with GreenFest in the past and knew hosting the event was something he wanted to do. He was eager to obtain the emcee title and believes his application was the first to be sent in. Bwinika was confident in his chances because of the work he put into his resume and video reel. He has been performing his entire life and works as an editor and dancer at Fox 5 San Diego. He also hosts many events through his company, Dancing is a Sport. Neukum found out about the hosting position after multiple people tagged her in a Facebook post about emceeing. She put together an audition tape and nervously awaited her fate. EMCEE continued on page 5
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Korea shines at culture night
campus Jessica Marin Staff Writer
San Diego State’s fifth annual Korean Culture Night featured Korean traditional and modern dance, music, food and taekwondo. Korean Student Association and the Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages hosted the event last Thursday. “It’s a way for us to come together and show appreciation for Korean culture,” communication senior and president of the Korean Student Association Vong Phonsiri said. The students who performed at the event are all currently enrolled in Korean studies or language classes. The night began with College of Arts and Letters Dean Paul Wong, who opened the night by recognizing the Korean Studies Program’s exponential growth in the past five years since its initiation. He went on to describe the work the students put into the Korean cultural event as a “labor of love.” Two emcees introduced the night’s performances in both English and Korean. The night consisted of informing the audience about Korean life and culture. Among the many performances, video clips were also shown, one of which was a presentation on Korea’s United Nations Educational, Scientific
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Students from SDSU’S Korean program dressed in traditional Korean clothing and participated in the Fifth Annual Korean Culture Night.
and Cultural Organization heritage sites. Korea has UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization heritage sites, 10 in South Korea and one in North Korea. A student from the Korean civilization class recited Chon SangPyong’s poem “Back to Heaven” in Korean and an English translation projected on the board. Dance routines were also presented throughout the night. A Korean language class performed a hip-hop dance to the song “Lovey Dovey” by popular Korean girl band T-ara. One of the dancers, theatre arts freshman Savie Lau said preparations for the dance
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began a month and half before the event. “It’s a really friendly culture,” Lau said. “I think that Korean culture is very welcoming and interesting.” Not only did students perform at the event, but community members as well. The Korean Folk Dance Association of San Diego performed a traditional fan dance while the Kyung Hee Taekwondo Academy put on a taekwondo demonstration with weapons and wooden boards, performed by students ranging from the ages of 6 to 13. Korean organizations from Los Angeles also took part in the event. Jin Korean Traditional Dance Institute performed a traditional drumming act with a modern twist. Toward the end of the performance, the entire venue was dark and the performers pulled out glow-inthe-dark drumsticks. Korean Culture Night wouldn’t be complete without food. Sushi and noodles were served during the event. Korean Studies Program Director Soonja Choi raved about the overall success of the event. “I think this was just spectacular. I’m so excited because I think the audience was very interested in the Korean culture and the performances were just excellent,” Choi said.
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Quebec inmates escape prison with help of a helicopter Two Quebec inmates climbed up a cable into a hovering helicopter to escape a prison in northwest Montreal last Sunday. By Sunday night, one inmate, Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau, was back in custody, CNN reported. He was arrested along with two others 30 miles north of the jail. The second inmate, Dany Provencal, was eventually surrounded, and authorities negotiated to bring him in peacefully, Quebec provincial police spokesman Benoit Richard told CNN. When the hijacked helicopter was found 53 miles from the jail, only the pilot remained at the scene, according to The New York Times. The pilot was taken to a hospital for further questioning. Richard said it was too early to say what the pilot’s role was in the escape. Thousands of dead pigs found in river that provides tap water to Shanghai More than 12,000 dead pigs were pulled out of the Huangpu River last week, Al-Jazeera reported. The river provides drinking water to Shanghai. Shanghai authorities assured residents the tap water remained safe and said 70,000 pigs died at the beginning of the year because of “crude raising techniques and extreme weather,” according to
the Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua. The dead pigs are believed to have come from farms upstream in the Zhejiang province. Officials said they expect to find more carcasses in the river. A water sample from the river was found to contain porcine circovirus, which isn’t known to infect humans, according to Xinhua. Google executive continues multicountry Asian tour to promote Internet Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will visit Myanmar this week to speak at the Myanmar Information and Communication Technology Park in Yangon, according to The New York Times. Google issued a statement stating that Schmidt will visit several Asian countries to meet with local partners and help millions of people “get online and access the world’s information for the first time in the next few years.” In 2011, a “quasi-civilian” government was installed in Myanmar after its military relinquished power. According to The New York Times, the country has experienced a recent surge of interest from overseas businesses. Schmidt visited North Korea in January, and last November he visited Seoul, Taipei and Beijing. -- Compiled by Staff Writer Arturo Garcia
Science Beat Biology Seminars every Monday at San Diego State Since 2006, SDSU faculty members have hosted seminars for guest speakers and professors to discuss current research in the biological and environmental sciences. During these seminars, students can listen and discuss research conducted by the professionals who prepare them for futures in scientific research. The seminars, which are open to all students and staff, are held at 4 p.m. every Monday in the Alan and Debbie Gold Auditorium for the Life Sciences on campus. To view upcoming talks, go to bio. sdsu.edu/eb/seminars.html Existence of the Higgs boson particle more certain One of the great mysteries of the universe is beginning to unravel. The Higgs boson, a quantum particle with zero spin that gives matter its mass, eluded scientists since its
mechanism was first proposed in 1964 by physicist Peter Higgs. In 2012, physicists at European Organization for Nuclear Research Large Hadron Collider stated they had potentially discovered the particle. On March 14, physicists who have been analyzing data from CERN’s are now more certain this particle is the Higgs boson. “To me, it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson, though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is,” Compact Muon Solenoid experiment spokesman Joe Incandela told Reuters. The Higgs boson is the element in the Standard Model of particle physics that has yet to be discovered. CERN is closed for maintenance and upgrades until 2015, but scientists said no new data on the Higgs boson will be available until the end of the decade. -- Compiled by Staff Writer Will Houston
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ust in time for the 2013 election, the Associated Students placed campaign spending caps. The new $800 spending limit is designed to level the playing field and prevent elections from being won with money. “I think $800 is a fair amount, at least for this first year it is in effect,” A.S. Vice President of External Affairs Tom Rivera said. “The hard part is figuring out how to effectively and fairly enforce the spending cap, which the A.S. Elections Committee has been working hard to do this year, and we’re learning a lot from the process.” The limit, which also applies to two candidates who are running a campaign together, includes strict monitoring controls that require all candidates to submit receipts for any sign, flier or promotion they used for their
campaigns. I applaud A.S. for finally taking action to prevent campaigns from becoming a runaway, deep-pocketed contest. The new spending cap is a good start toward campaign reform needed to level the playing field for students who cannot afford expensive campaigns. However, I encourage A.S. to further tighten spending controls in future elections; $800 is still a huge chunk of change for students to put into a campaign. It’s more than most students will pay for books in a semester, and many others have to pay for living expenses such as rent and transportation. Many students still won’t be able to afford to keep up with students who can spend as much as the cap. Student elections should be about who’s the most qualified candidate for the position and not who has the thickest wallet or the most friends. I under-
stand the need for candidates to get their names recognized in a campus with more than 30,000 students. It’s a necessity with such a large pool of potential voters. I ran for student government positions at Bakersfield College as an undergraduate and failed because of a lack of recognition. However, spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a campaign is a waste of money and tells us nothing about a candidate’s qualifications for the job. It’s even worse for losing candidates who end up spending money with nothing to show for it. This is money that can be better spent on tuition, books, transportation and living costs. When choosing which candidates to vote for, I don’t waste my time looking at $300 campaign signs. All they do is give me a name without valuable information. Better choices can be made by researching what a
When choosing which candidates to vote for, I don’t waste my time looking at $300 campaign signs. All they give me is a name ... candidate has attempted to do for the school and through personal interaction. Student campaigns should be more about the ground game. Candidates should talk with students directly in their classrooms instead of giving away expensive flyers that will be tossed almost instantly. The debates held by A.S. and the voter’s guide printed in The Daily Aztec for each candidate help steer the elections in this direction. In a previous Daily Aztec article, A.S. Elections Coordinator Omar Espinoza said the spend-
ing cap is intended to encourage more students to run for office. Such an effort is admirable. Anyone who feels qualified to run for an A.S. executive position should run if they want to and not feel discouraged by running against someone who can afford more signage or T-shirts. However, to truly eliminate this problem, the cap will have to be less than $800. While most students won’t spend $800 on a campaign, the mere fact a candidate is allowed to spend that much can still be discouraging to many students. Hopefully, in future elections, we’ll see more interaction between students and candidates and fewer spending contests. The new limit is a good start to prevent the $5,000 campaigns of the past, but elections can be even more competitive with a cap lower than the current one.
—Staff columnist Matthew Smith is a single subject teaching credential graduate.
Fired swim coach sinks without a second chance local
part of me resents second chances to the point where I refuse to even acknowledge the possibility of redemption. If you make a mistake, you should have to live with the consequences. However, I might be too hasty to judge. After all, where would I be without second chances? We have all made mistakes in our past we don’t want held against us. I know I’ve gotten more than my fair share of second chances—from school and jobs, to friends and relationships. However, not everyone has an opportunity for a second chance, as James Pantera well knows. Pantera was a local volunteer swim instructor, and was denied a paid position at Serra High School for being a convicted felon. He was convicted for a non-violent crime 14 years ago. In a CBS 8 interview, the 46-year-old said he was never a risk to students. Pantera was convicted for illegally obtaining student loans and for lying while applying for or using a passport. According to CBS 8, Pantera said this hardly makes him a hardened criminal and a danger to children, yet he is being portrayed as some sort of predator, waiting for an opportunity to strike at the hearts and minds of children. It’s certainly not significant enough to warrant the outrage from the media and public he has
received. If anything, it shows he’s human. He had a lapse in judgment almost a decade and a half ago. I know I wouldn’t want something from that far back in my past used against me, but Pantera’s opponents are determined to lump him in with a class of the hardest criminals. According to CBS 8, former vice president of Swimming USA Mike Saltzstein discovered Pantera’s criminal history and blew the whistle. “I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want a felon in charge of children,” Saltztein told CBS 8. “I think these are the kind of people we need to, as a community, ensure are not leading the next generation of swimmers and children.” The mindsets that Saltzstein and the school board have irk me. It’s an attitude of not allowing anyone who has ever committed a mistake near a child. I agree with not wanting to employ sex offenders somewhere near children, but Pantera isn’t one. His crime was financial, which has nothing to do with his knowledge or ability to coach. What kind of message of judgment and stereotyping are we sending to our kids when we don’t give people second chances? This also raises the question of how convicted felons are supposed to stay out of prison. If no employer will hire them because of their criminal histories, how are they supposed to make their livings besides turning back to
lives of crime. “The reality is, whether they know my background or not, my felony is not on the list of felonies that would preclude me from being a swim coach,” Pantera told CBS 8. I tried to contact Pantera, but he wasn’t available to respond. Triskeleton Technologies, the company that employs Pantera,
replied, “He is waiting for USA Swimming, the national governing body for competitive swimming, to determine if he will ever be a member again. Even if he is allowed, James (Pantera) is currently packing up his house and leaving San Diego.” While we don’t know why Pantera chose to leave, it’s hard to imagine the strain from the
constant media barrage didn’t influence his decision. While protecting children should be a top priority, this is just an example of a school being overprotective in a society that doesn’t believe in second chances.
—Contributor Sheridan Reed
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Crest Cafe blends local culture and cuisine tasty tuesday Ashley Williams Staff Writer
A larger-than- life purple elephant greeted me as I walked east on Robinson Avenue in Hillcrest. The mural, featuring miniature images of regular customers and a rainbow flag paying homage to its community, serves as a buffer between the drab alley and the Crest Cafe. Find yourself a table inside for an experience that is anything but mundane. The L-shaped seating area gives guests the option of sitting up front at the bar, at small tables in the middle or in booths toward the back. I sat smack dab in the middle to take in the action. The fact that I was in Hillcrest on a Saturday morning and didn’t have to wait to get a table seemed like a borderline miracle after my experiences at places like the ultra- popular Hash House a Go Go. The staff had a subtle yet distinct hustle, but the
overall vibe was relaxed. I was offered coffee immediately when I sat down and handed a menu packed with enticing options. Those who get anxiety ordering should probably check out the online menu in advance so there is plenty of time to construct the necessary pro-andcon list for each option. Breakfast foods range from burritos and scramblers to sweet French toast and pancakes. My raspberry ricotta French toast, recommended by my friendly waiter, combined the flavor of a dainty pastry with a Paul
Bunyan-sized portion. The thick, soft pieces of bread made an excellent foundation for the homemade ricotta whipped cream and fresh raspberries. I didn’t even need to touch the butter and syrup served on the side—no need to muck up perfection. The mocha I ordered wasn’t nearly as exciting as my food, though. It
was adequate, but tasted as if the temperamental espresso shots had been sitting before being added to my drink. It was also quite small for the price. I’d say skip the drink and get more food. As I sat and enjoyed my French toast, I took in my surroundings. The warm, peachy-pink walls with the occasional stripe from Hillcrest’s signature palette served as a backdrop for a variety of customers. Young, old, couples, families, people dining alone—they were all there. Abstract, oblong fixtures hung from the ceiling and delicate blue, glass sheathed the light bulbs. A woman with a bright scarf and a red sweater darted in and out of the kitchen—one of those owners you can instantly pick out from the rest of the staff. Cecelia Moreno took a break from managing to sit and talk about her cafe. Moreno and her father bought Crest Cafe in 1985 after it had been open for only a few years, and the two have been running the show ever since. She described her father, who is now in his 80s, as the “detail-oriented one” and herself as more eclectic and creative one. Her cousin runs the kitchen, making it a true family ordeal. Moreno grew up in the restaurant business with her family.
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“It’s in (my) blood,” she said. “It is exhausting but it’s very rewarding.” Moreno is on-site six days each week. She contributes her hands-on approach to the business’s 30 years of success. “When you own a business, you have to be there everyday,” Moreno said. “We’ve seen a lot of places come and go,” she added. Moreno also noted that consistency, affordability and comfort make Crest Cafe a successful restaurant with a hearty supply of loyal regulars. Crest Cafe stays open from 7 a.m. to midnight 364 days a year. Daily deals and specials make this place even more affordable. There are buy one get one free options and
discounts for restaurant and hospital employees. In addition to breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, Crest Cafe serves a variety of beers and wines. It’s a one-stop shop for both culinary and drinking needs. One of the unique aspects of this cafe is that it’s the perfect spot for a wide array of situations. Come here on a date for dinner and drinks, bring your parents for brunch when they are in town or kick off a late night with friends. Located in a region that Moreno describes as “one of the last walkable, charming areas” in San Diego, this eatery provides nearby pre or post-meal entertainment.
94th Aero Squadron soars above the rest tasty tuesday Caitlin Johnson Staff Writer
The year is 1917 and World War I is in full swing. The United States asserted its position and is taking up arms to protect the homeland. A prestigious group of Air Force pilots is assembled to fight at the Western Front. Representing honor and valor in the name of chivalry, the 94th Aero Squadron was among the first American fighter regiments to see combat in the skies. In an effort to recreate this valiant spirit, the eponymic 94th Aero Squadron in Kearny Mesa offers an exciting aviation ambience in addition to great food. The interior decor tells a story all its own. Worn photographs of aviators from the world wars adorn the walls, while aircraft relics and replicas remain frozen in flight, suspended from the ceilings. The building is made to resemble an old French farmhouse, not unlike those from an era long passed. Soft light illuminates the dining room, reflecting off the bright tablecloths to create a homely atmosphere. A series of booths situated along the back wall provide cozy seclusion—perfect for a date. Many tables even feature headsets tuned into the airport’s tower so guests can listen to
real-time transmissions from incoming aircraft. By far the most captivating aspect of the restaurant is the sprawling area that overlooks Montgomery Field. The airport provides a dynamic backdrop and guests are invited to dine on the patio as the runway comes alive each day. A brightly colored biplane and an old U.S. Army jeep are settled in the lush grass, adding to the location’s sense of authenticity. The proximity is reminiscent of a time when pilots taxied their planes right up to the back door and stopped for lunch between destinations. The theme is only part of the reason for the restaurant’s popularity. Throughout the years, it has won several awards for its outstanding allyou-can-eat Sunday brunch buffet, including “Best Brunch” from AOL. com’s City’s Best and U-T San Diego. “This is my favorite place for brunch,” Spring Valley resident Joe Nunweiler said. “The food is always amazing. I’m really here for the food.” The expansive buffet line features something for every taste, from fresh off the hot iron waffles with sweet strawberry sauce and whipped cream to an abundance of fresh seafood. Succulent crab legs chill on ice while line cooks prepare made-to-order omelets on an open flame. Diners can load their plates with steaming delectable dishes, such as perfectly cooked eggs Benedict, or venture to the carving station for prime rib au jus, baked ham or roast leg of lamb. For diners with a sweet tooth, the buffet also features a full dessert bar, complete with several varieties of cakes, pies and a chocolate fountain for dipping fresh fruit.
Of course, a good brunch wouldn’t be complete without a taste of champagne. The cheerful sound of corks being removed fills the air as the talented service staff provides continuous refills. “They keep pouring champagne,” patron Lewis Meleka said. “You can always mix it with the cranberry or orange juice.” For the non-drinkers, there is a full cappuccino station with fresh spices and whipped cream available. One might expect to pay a hefty price for such an amazing experience, but the Sunday brunch buffet is quite reasonably priced. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the cost per person is $25.95. Early birds are rewarded from 9 to 10 a.m., when the price is only $20.95 per person. Because the quality of the buffet is so great, wait times often run long on weekends and reservations are recommended. If buffet-style dining is not your taste, 94th Aero Squadron also boasts a fantastic lunch and dinner menu. The entrees are fairly traditional, with dishes such as chicken and seafood pasta to steaks made just about every way imaginable. Everything is expertly prepared and many great dishes come in at less than $20. Discounts are available for “Early Flight” dinners between 4 and 6 p.m. daily, which include soup or salad, a side dish and dessert. With so many different meal options, it’s no wonder guests often return for more. The restaurant’s dedication to quality food and fantastic service is what maintains a loyal clientele. No matter what your dining preferences are, 94th Aero Squadron promises an exciting culinary journey—no pilot’s license required.
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SDSU students to open at GreenFest concert greenfest Bridget Chapman Staff Writer
Their friendship sparked through expressing their love for music on the “San Diego State University Class of 2015” Facebook page. Two years later, pre-nursing sophomore Brandon Pierce and communication sophomore Ryan Smith are the musicians chosen to open for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the GreenFest concert. Music has always been a heavy influence in both men’s lives. Pierce’s parents met in high school choir and inspired him to pursue the art of singing before he could fully talk. Despite his lack of formal training, Pierce was raised to be a singer. His family performed together in church and he was an avid singer throughout high school. Smith’s musical journey began in high school, where he admired his youth minister who played guitar. Smith says he remembers his best friend thinking he was “the coolest guy” because of his talent. At 15 years old, Smith decided to learn how to play the guitar by watching YouTube tutorials. He was a part of a band in high school and also played for his church. Both Pierce and Smith wanted to from EMCEE page 1
“It wasn’t really about me,” Neukum said. “It was just about the fact that it would be an honor to introduce such an incredible pair of artists.” She fell in love with the entertainment industry through her previous internships with Entertainment Tonight and Clever Media. The experiences drove her to team up with her friends from Brightside Radio to create Brightside Network Media, where she covers different music artists and produces weekly videos. Bwinika enjoys the onstage interaction and knows if he pursues a career in this industry, he will have to co-host with a stranger on many jobs. He thinks working with Neukum will be a different experience for him. “I’m excited because it’s new, it’s fresh and she seems like someone who’s very entertaining,” Bwinika said. Neukum said she thinks they will be the ideal mash-up. She’s the music connoisseur who’s ready to bounce around on stage. She described Bwinika as someone who radiates and is a funny, crowd-pleasing guy. The crowd will get exposure to all types of energy through their different styles. “I would’ve been OK up there by myself, but I think feeding off of Gee (Bwinika) is going to be that perfect combination we need,” Neukum said. They’re both prepared to do whatever it takes to keep the audience entertained. Whether it’s a dance battle or making fools of themselves, they aim to keep the energy high throughout the show. “I feed off the audience, and whatever kind of energy they give
continue making music in college and were happy to find each other via the Facebook page. They ended up living on the same floor in the residence halls, where they practiced playing freshman year. Smith’s fraternity chapter house became their designated practice area as time went by. They’ve performed at different SDSU Cultural Arts and Special Events as well as Greek events, but never imagined they’d take part in a concert such as GreenFest. “It’s always been such a dream that I was looking at, something that’d be cool, but I never thought it’d happen,” Pierce said. When they saw there was a competition to open for the GreenFest concert, Smith and Pierce compiled and submitted a video. They were ecstatic to hear they made it to the next round of the artist showcase in February. Each performance was 15 minutes and was “American Idol” style with audience members texting in their votes. Both of their fraternities and Smith’s parents were in the audience to show support. Pierce and Smith covered songs from Alex Clare, Justin Bieber, OneRepublic, Train and Jason Mraz. When they won the contest, Pierce said they were both in disbelief that they would take part in such a large performance. “I’m a very passionate person and the fact that my passion for singing was recognized and I get to do something so big with it is literally mind-blowing for me,” Pierce said. Smith and Pierce have different tastes in music but are both big fans of Macklemore. They were even me from the get-go tells me what gear I need to be in,” Bwinika said. He said he sees himself as a part of the show and it’s his job to keep the energy going during the artists’ transitions. Neukum said she’s thrilled to have an impromptu show and said she thinks the best work comes from being spontaneous. Both the hosts are happy to advocate for the message behind GreenFest as well. In Neukum’s audition tape, she highlights the importance of recycling and living an eco-friendly lifestyle. Bwinika also thinks it’s a cause that deserves attention. “I know our colors are red and black, but day-by-day and yearby-year we’ve gone more green,” Bwinika said. “That’s the best way of entertaining people. You entertain, but you have a bigger purpose.” Neukum said she wonders if this opportunity will open doors for large-audience hosting. She gleamed with excitement at the thought of being in front of such a massive crowd. Her plan is to continue striving to accomplish as much as possible. “Honestly, at the end of the day I’m so humbled and amazed that they gave a student the chance to do this,” Neukum said. With graduation quickly approaching in May, Bwinika is grateful to have a chance to give back to the school. He said he appreciates SDSU for giving him a chapter of his life he’ll never forget. Although he’s usually paid for his hosting jobs, he’s more than happy to do it for free for GreenFest. “When I do it for my school, it’s no longer seen as a job. This is home for me, and whatever home needs, I take care of it,” Bwinika said.
Ryan Smith (left) and Brandon Pierce (right) soak in the sun on campus. The duo has been practicing hard for its GreenFest opening act.
originally going to do a cover of “Thrift Shop” for the artist showcase. Smith said he’s specifically a big fan of the song “Wings” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. On the night of the concert, Pierce and Smith perform at 7 p.m. at the Open Air Theatre. They’re planning on performing seven covers and two original songs. Pierce said they brought on a band to complete their sound because he didn’t think an acoustic duo would keep the audience’s attention for their performance. One of the other artists who also competed at the showcase,
Julianne Manalo, will join Pierce and Smith for two of their songs. Following their performance, Pierce and Smith will join their friends and family in the crowd to enjoy the rest of the show. “The amount of things that have stemmed from this are more than we could’ve even imagined,” Smith said. Smith and Pierce said they picked up sponsorship from a record label, Electric Lime Records. Their first single, “Light up the Night,” will be released the night of the concert. Pierce said the reality of it all hasn’t completely set in. He said he doesn’t get nervous when performing, but
Amber Neukum (left) and Gee Bwinika (right) pose in front of Hepner Hall. The new friends will co-host this year’s GreenFest concert.
bridget chapman , staff writer
hopes everything goes smoothly before the concert and that he’s focusing on getting enough sleep and being careful with his voice. He said he’s beyond stoked for the actual performance and thinks it’s going to be complete insanity when the time comes. Smith said he’s excited about the show because it’s a good leap forward for him to pursue music. He said he’s feeling nervous because it’s the longest set the duo has ever done. But he said they’ll pull through in the end. “If we have to, we’ll be up until 2 a.m. every night practicing,” Smith said.
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Volume 99, issue 89 | Tuesday, march 19, 2013
Find offbeat Coachella bands for mellow experience
Ryo Miyauchi Staff Writer
After experiencing back-to-back performances of high-tension acts, maybe you just want to sway side to side to a mellow act. Here are some exciting acts that are more soothing for your time at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Purity Ring (Friday) Genre: Dream Pop Choice Song: “Lofticries” Purity Ring’s vocalist Megan James may sing in a whispery coo like many dream-pop acts, but Purity Ring is a distinct pop duo with a sound and vibe different from the rest. Purity Ring’s unique sound is produced by Corin Riddick, who handles a mucky grind of synth and dirty south 808s. Purity Ring’s single, “Fineshrine,” from its debut album “Shrines” sounds more similar to grimy hip-hop or trap-rave bass music than the Cocteau Twins. James tiptoes across Riddick’s thick, dark sea of synths with her own blend of graphic pop lyrics and mysterious vocabulary, such as “Lofticries” and “Obedear.” Add that to the eye-catching light fixtures for the live setups, and Purity Ring is a dynamic duo worth the attention. Beach House (Friday) Genre: Dream Pop Choice Song: “Myth” After four albums, Baltimore pop duo Beach House has nailed its signature sound of dreamy textures and intense emotion. The duo’s organ loops and romantic guitars mesmerize as vocalist Victoria Legrand sings powerfully with her husky voice. Through each Beach House record, the duo grew its sound, and its newest album, “Bloom,” is the biggest of them all. While other dream-poppers may feel too thin and stuck in a daze, Beach House creates dense songs with every sound exerted intensely. The single “Myth” from “Bloom” captures its force in full power. For its live performances, the band’s performance of “Wild” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” is a great watch.
Wild Nothing (Saturday) Genre: Alternative Rock Choice Song: “Shadow” One problem about mellow music is while its pretty sounds are dazzling, not much presence seems to exist at its core. Jack Tatum and his band, Wild Nothing fixes this problem with pop rock that’s both irresistibly sweet and texturally amazing. Tatum improved Wild Nothing’s sound last year with the fantastic “Nocturne” by expanding Wild Nothing as a full band rather than just Tatum’s solo project. Rock songs such as “Shadow” and “Nocturne” sound full and muscular while “Only Heather” showcases Tatum’s signature romantic songwriting. Wild Nothing will certainly have listeners swaying in a daze. Sigur Rós (Saturday) Genre: Post-Rock Choice Song: “Svefn-G-Englar” Experiencing Sigur Rós is more than mellowing out in the desert. The Icelandic band’s serene compositions are perfect for cleansing the sweat and grime acquired from previous sets at the festival. Ever since its breakthrough “Agaetis Byrjun” in 1999, Sigur Rós has brought beautifully pastoral songs with rich arrangements of an immense build. Some of its best songs make the Earth stand completely still while others bring powerful instruments into an intense climax. Although the soothing sounds are perfect for mellowing out, Sigur Rós is definitely for those who want emotion out of music. During the band’s performance, prepare to be transported to a different world.
songs didn’t quite feel ready for a big stage until Powers released his follow-up “Wondrous Bughouse” this year. In the new record, Powers seems ready to take Youth Lagoon to greater heights. “Bughouse” goes even deeper into the depths of Powers’ mind, expanding his production in the process. Songs are built with bigger crashes and more complex instrumental detours. For a wonderful trip, choose Youth Lagoon for your Friday. DIIV (Sunday) Genre: Alternative Rock Choice Song: “How Long Have You Known?” DIIV’s frontman Zachary Cole Smith used to be the guitarist for the band Beach Fossils. Following the beach theme, DIIV plays balmy riffs similar to Beach Fossils reminiscent of a summer scene. But DIIV’s debut “Oshin” went further than defining DIIV as another summer band. From its standout tracks, “Oshin” leaves an impression of DIIV as a guitar-centric band with Smith blurring guitar riffs into a psychedelic stream. In the band’s song “Wait,” DIIV resembles more of an ambient electronic track rather than a beach cruiser rock vibe. DIIV’s single “How Long Have You Known?” shows the band’s ability to create a luscious vibe applying itself to accessible pop rock. Whether it’s summer
or not, DIIV will make sure it’s a mellow, balmy vibe. Tame Impala (Sunday) Genre: Psychedelic Rock Choice Song: “Apocalypse Dreams” Frontman Kevin Parker of Tame Impala explained to The FADER that he was “zonked out” during recording his band’s second record, “Lonerism.” Parker would talk to himself about songs constantly during the recording, and one night he came to a realization
that he “hadn’t actually spoken a word.” The conversation was all in his head and “Lonerism” captures that solitary feeling powerfully. Although the guitars sound huge, they still feel confined in a bedroom or in Parker’s head. The constantly transforming tracks sound like Parker’s shift in perspective and a sudden dive into depression from lonely thoughts. Parker is an impressive musician exploring solitude and it’s always great getting lost with Tame Impala.
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Youth Lagoon (Friday) Genre: Dream Pop Choice Song: “Mute” Trevor Powers and his project, Youth Lagoon, sound as if Powers was confined in his bedroom for months, dreaming about what’s beyond his hometown of Boise, Idaho. His 2011 debut album “Years of Hibernation” was a quiet album with Powers looking inside his own psyche. Although material from “Years of Hibernation” built up to a strong peak,
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Tuesday, march 19, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 89
New musical is a gleeful show of aristocratic intrigue
all the world’s a stage
David Dixon Assistant Entertainment Editor
Don’t be fooled by the dark title of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” the new musical now playing at The Old Globe Theatre. The tone is actually delightfully light and it is a show that rarely takes itself seriously. The play is based on Roy Horniman’s novel, “Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal,” and the subsequent film adaptation of the black comedy “Kind Hearts and Coronets.” The high jinks take place in 1909 England, with Monty Navarro (Ken Barnett) in prison for murder. Monty is writing a memoir about his attempt to become a duke after learning he is technically an aristocrat by the last name of D’Ysquith. Unfortunately, there are eight other heirs (all played by Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays) who are in line before him. Monty plans to become duke by killing off one successor at a time. Most of the humor featured throughout “A Gentleman’s Guide” is ridiculous and silly. The increasingly absurd situations are ones Mel Brooks and the cast of “Monty Python” would approve of. All of the murders that happen on stage are the opposite of realistic. The sequences are done in such a tongue-in-cheek fashion that there is no reason to feel guilty laughing at the over the top
demises of a D’Ysquith. Steven Lutvak’s music, as well as Lutvak’s and Robert L. Freedman’s lyrics, are good, peppy fun. Some of the best musical numbers, such as “I Don’t Understand the Poor” and “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun,” resemble something out of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera, “The Pirates of Penzance.” Mays’ performance helps make “A Gentleman’s Guide” memorable. He is so fully committed to playing the eight characters, there are times when it’s easy to forget all of them are played by the same versatile performer. Whether portraying the egotistical Eighth Earl of Highhurst or a bodybuilder who looks like he came out of the comic strip “Andy Capp,” Mays is nothing short of incredible. Barnett makes the transition from nice guy to witty sociopath believable, especially during some of his solo numbers, which include “Foolish to Think” and “Stop! Wait! What?!” His role is physically and vocally demanding, yet Barnett rises to every challenge. There’s also strong singing and acting from Lisa O’Hare and Chilina Kennedy as two women who are part of a love triangle with Monty. With beautiful voices and great comedic timing, they allow the audience to understand why the killer would be torn between the two women and why they’re attracted to him. “A Gentleman’s Guide” wouldn’t be as entertaining without former Old Globe Shakespeare Festival artistic director Darko Tresnjak. He makes the
storytelling epic in scope and uses detailed scenic design from Alexander Dodge as well as hilarious use of projection from Aaron Rhyne to create a fully realized
version of London. Thanks to the many laughs and the immensely talented cast led by the unforgettable Mays, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love And
Murder” is an irresistible night of fun. To quote the opening song, “For God’s sake—go!” Tickets and information can be found at theoldglobe.org.
Monty Navarro (Ken Barnett) goes on a tour of the D’Ysquith family castle after finding out he is an aristocrat.
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Jefferson Mays plays a varitey of roles, including the generous missionary, Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith.
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Freedom from oppression
Max Saucedo Staff Writer
Prisoner 3211964. They called his name. It didn’t matter that Carver had a real name. That number had replaced his previous identity upon entering prison. But even as guards rushed into his room, grabbing and forcefully removing him from his cell, Carver thought maybe someone decided his number was expendable. He was ready though. Instead, he was transported to a medical infirmary. The doctor seemed to be expressing some distaste for what was about to happen. Before Carver could see what was going on, a guard tasered him in the chest. When he awoke he was being transported in an ambulance. “What the hell’s going on,” he thought. The EMT in the car injected morphine into his IV. He was out again. The bright sun awoke him as the guard dragged him out. “Get going. Your time’s up,” he said, handing him a $20 bill. Incredulously, Carver stayed in the same spot as the van motored away. He was free in the last place he expected to be: society. But he knew he deserved neither. As he walked around nervously, a taxi driver noticed. The man, who was older judging by his glasses and wrinkled face, introduced himself. “Luther, friend. What brings you here? Can I take you anywhere?” Carver was a little disoriented. The man generously took him by the shoulder and led him into a local diner, ordering two meals and some beers. “Seeing how you wearing them clothes,” he said, pointing out Carver’s attire, “I take it you just got out. You got any prospects?” Carver shook his head before saying, “Not really. No real
family either. Not much in this world.” “Well thankfully I could care less about that. I’m more interested in what you doing right now. You need a job, yeah? Well I could be willing to take you on, train you up as a cabbie. You can pay me back once we get you your own car and into the union. What do you say?” “Sounds good.” “But before I take a risk on you, I need to know a few things, like what you went in for.” Carver sat back as he drank his beer, recalling his crime with pain. “We were all fresh recruits in the army. My squad was some of the heaviest hit in Afghanistan. Got to be so bad that you wouldn’t even make friends with the new guys; who knows if they might be dead in a week? They don’t tell you that stuff in basic.” Luther took a sip of beer, listening intently. “We couldn’t take it anymore. So one day Sarge—this scheming kinda guy—he comes to us. “‘How would y’all like to make some money? No one gets hurt, you get some green for yourself when this is all over and Uncle Sam’s none the wiser.’” “We agreed and he laid out the plan: He would cause a distraction at the front of the base, while we would make off with some private security firm’s trucks. We’d stow the trucks and then sell them to a buyer Sarge already had lined up.” Carver’s face grew more tense as he continued. “And it worked. As we left the warehouse that held the trucks we rounded a corner. It was early morning. No one should have been out. But this woman … came out of nowhere. I saw her reaching behind her, and I thought—I thought she had a gun or something. I pulled my trigger and shot her. Shot her dead. I realized then that she was moving her children behind her to shield
them.” “Before I could do anything next, Sarge fired his gun next to my eye. The flash nearly blinded me and knocked me out for a day or two. I think he was angry enough to kill me, but didn’t.” Luther nodded. “Then what happened?” “Everything had gone south. MP’s surrounded us after hearing the shots. But I had been flown to Germany to have surgery. While there I was preparing myself; preparing for the inevitable murder charge. There was no way to spin this.” Carver stared up in confusion. “But it didn’t come. I got conspiracy to smuggle stolen private goods. Only that. I had been ready to face the consequences for my crimes. Hell, I deserved it. ‘Clarity like that is rare,’ my dad always said. And just like that, it was taken away, like I was now living on borrowed time, on life that wasn’t mine to live. It turned out Sgt. McCoy had taken the manslaughter charge, as the army talked down the whole affair in return for the trucks. Sarge knew I would have taken the charge, but he wouldn’t let me. He fell on his sword for me.” “We got transferred to the same prison, but I never got to see him. And now I don’t know where to pick up on. Ain’t got no skills, nothing much else to speak of. I’m a killer, Luther, I just … don’t know how else to put it.” Polishing his glasses, Luther spoke. “Well, I can’t tell you how to forgive and forget. How a man does that is his own accord. Won’t be easy, and it won’t be quick. Hell, you might not even like it. But you are who you choose to be, Carver.” Standing up, he tossed Carver his keys. “Let’s get started.”
Volume 99, issue 89 | TUESday, MARCH 19, 2013
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Today’s Birthday (3/19/13) - Get into homely pursuits for the first half of the year, enjoying family and friends. A remodel or home addition could be in the works. You get itchy feet in June, ready for exploration through travel or study. What you learn now reaps rewards later. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21 - April 19) - Today is an 8 - Better stay close to home now and avoid arguments. Travel can be challenging, too ... a walk’s nice for a change of scenery. There’s no need to worry, though, especially about money. Keep your promises. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 9 - Continue to be respectful and increase your career stature. Now’s the time to study and focus on the future. There’s no need to buy toys just yet; you could compare costs. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 9 - Strive for harmony and joy at work. It’s possible and profitable. Continue to increase intimate connections. This is not something you can fake, so don’t try. Focus on pleasant interactions. Travel later. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 7 - You’re moving fast and things seem easy, but don’t fall asleep at the wheel. Intimate relationships could use some attention. Listen like your life depends on it, or like love does. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 - Feeling the love may require some concentration, but it’s there. Notice the magnetism. Spend some time with a favorite person and replenish you spirit. Acknowledge them for who they are for you. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8
- Listen to words of advice from your friends. They have a lot to contribute, if you let them. Then return the favor. Continue to decrease clutter this week, to create new space. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 9 - It’s not a good time to travel yet. Cut the fluff, but don’t worry about money now. There’s a challenge coming, and you can forge ahead. Meditate for harmony. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is an 8 - Consider options and investigate possibilities carefully. Odd circumstances increase your vigilance. You’ll find what you seek. A female asks the burning question. Continue to check things off your list. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 9 - There could be a setback. Don’t let this dissuade you from manifesting a dream. Discuss shared finances, and continue to limit spending. Be gracious in a heated moment. It will work out. Get some rest. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 9 - Heed your mate’s concerns. Don’t splurge on treats. But pursue romance! What you start can continue to increase later. Family matters vie with work for your attention. Postpone a financial discussion for later. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - You’re luckier than usual today and tomorrow, and your self-confidence increases all week. Hold on to your money, though. There could be hidden difficulties. The more thorough you’ve been with a job, the better. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 - Continue to resolve issues creatively. Ask a female friend for advice. You have better luck for the next two days, every little bit counts. A financial shortfall is temporary. Your understanding continues to increase all week. ©2013, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
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