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Media and design education will merge JESSICA SANTOS STAFF WRITER
The School of Journalism and Media Studies and the Department of Learning Design and Technology are approaching the final phases of a proposed merger. The LDT department approached JMS faculty with the idea of a merger in the fall of 2012. This process began as a discussion and concluded with the formulation of a formal proposal. The main reasons for the merger are the “rapidly-evolving intersection of information and media” and the departments’ shared beliefs about the power of technology in the world today, according to the proposal. New opportunities created from this merger include more potential for research and collaborations for faculty and possible offerings of new graduate degrees in addition to an overall improved and more relevant learning experience for all students because of the unique skills of faculty. The school, however, will still retain the name School of Journalism and Media Studies. Graduate advisor and chair of the LDT department Marcie Bober-Michel said LDT decided to leave the College of Education
because it did not offer LDT the kind of growth it needed to excel. Bober-Michel said JMS and LDT are similar in their tenets and both have new areas to offer and develop. “Students from both programs will see the role that social media plays in how we communicate with one another, build community and relationships, and share information,” Bober-Michel said. “They will indeed have access to electives that add new and exciting dimensions to the degrees they’re earning.” She said LDT plans to become more involved in undergraduate studies and rework masters course options for both programs. LDT will also help JMS faculty move some of their courses online, BoberMichel said. JMS Interim Director Bey-Ling Sha said this merger is a win-win situation for both partie, as well as faculty and students. “On the LDT side, the students benefit from the chance to explore learning design and technology in the media professions,” Sha said. “On the JMS side, our students will learn not only how to create messages for dissemination in the media, but also how to ensure that those messages help audiences learn what they need to be learning.” JMS Assistant Professor Rebecca Nee
The School of Journalism and Media Studies will share space in the Professional Studies and Fine Arts buidling with the Department of Learning Design and Technology. MONICA LINZMEIER, PHOTO EDITOR
participated in the committee that made recommendations to the deans. She said the merge is a step forward into the future and would greatly aid journalists as well as those in the fields of educational technology. “The industry of journalism hasn’t always kept up with the technologies,” Nee said. “As mass communication professionals, whether you’re in PR, advertising or journalism, we are all trying to get our
message across. And what’s the platform we’re now using? The digital platform— educational technology.” The next step is to physically start merging the two departments. LDT faculty will attend JMS faculty meetings and begin moving in LDT faculty into the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts building during the summer. The combined school should be operating during its transition year in August 2014.
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Hirshman announces fee was signed LUKE HENNING
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Last Friday, San Diego State President Elliot Hirshman announced on his blog that he had approved the Campus Fee Advisory Committee’s recommendation for a $200 fee increase nearly two weeks earlier. “We haven’t traditionally announced fees,” Hirshman said during a recent interview. “We wanted to find a way that could engage the campus community in a thoughtful discussion, not an inflammatory discussion.” Hirshman approved the fee on March 3, three days after CFAC made its recommendation. California State University Chancellor Timothy White then approved the fee by the end of the week, on March 7. Following CFAC’s Feb. 28 decision to recommend a $200 fee increase, a vocal group of students began a series of protests against the proposed fee. The group particularly criticized the alternative consultation process used to inform students of the fee as lacking in transparency. “In a lot of ways we are more concerned with the process than the result,” Student Success Fee protester Nadir Bouhmouch said. “It just didn’t feel right.” The protesters met with administrators in Manchester Hall on Monday, March 3 to discuss their concerns about the fee increase. As they drafted their demands, they were told that Hirshman was not currently in the building and had yet to receive the fee recommendation from CFAC. The Student Success Fee is not unique to SDSU. Many other CSUs, including Northridge, Pomona and Long Beach, have all seen similar fee increases despite a CSU system wide pledge to freeze student tuition. Student and faculty protests at Sonoma State recently halted a proposed fee increase
of $250, also named Student Success Fee, less than a week before Hirshman approved SDSU’s fee increase. Sonoma State’s president waited roughly a week after the school’s own CFAC made its recommendation before making a decision, during which around 1,000 students and faculty protested the fee. Sonoma State also employed the alternative consultation method of voting for students instead of a school-wide referendum. SDSU political science professor and student advisor Brian Adams said the university has had trouble passing fees through the referendum method in the past, which may explain why CFAC chose alternative consultation. In 2004, SDSU attempted to pass the $80-per-semester Instructional Related Activities fee by referendum and students voted down the fee, Adams said. SDSU’s then-President Stephen Weber passed the fee despite the vote against it. Since that time the university has often turned to alternative consultation to pass fees, Adams said. The most recent fee that was passed through the alternative consultation method was a $65 Student Health Services fee. Only four forums were held during the alternative consultation process for this fee and student turnout was extremely low. CFAC member Jonathan Cole said CFAC held almost 10 times more forums for the Student Success Fee and had exponentially more students. Cole said he thought that compared to past fees, the Student Success Fee had a significantly higher turnout, giving it more legitimacy. “I think enough students showed up to give the decision some real weight,” Cole said. Adams said the process should still be in question. “If you are going to have a vote for something, you should probably actually have a referendum,” Adams said.
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Protesters march to President Elliot Hirshman’s office following the fee vote.
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Protesters gather in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union waiting to meet Hirshman on their own terms. He doesn’t attend.
March 7 White approves the fee increase.
White announces his approval of the fee increase.
Hirshman announces in his blog that he approved the fee increase.
Protesters appear during the student union dedication in response to Hirshman’s absence the day before.
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Watertop parks could be future trash solutions KELLY GARDER STAFF COLUMNIST
Global warming has caused a noticeable change in the actions and standards of our society. The destructive lifestyle of excessive producing, consuming and wasting is no longer an option. In the U.S., changes have been taking place in a variety of forms, such as when grocery stores ask customers to bring their own reusable bags or certain businesses install electric and hybrid car charging stations in their parking lots. With this movement toward eco-friendliness, most of the emphasis has been placed on what we can do to improve in the future, but we haven’t been focusing enough on the damage we have already caused. Just because the damage has already been done does not mean we can push it out of sight. We are doing so-so in San Diego. There are incentives for businesses to reduce waste through participation in the Miramar Greenery food-waste recycling program. But this program only applies to businesses that are getting rid of food, and poses obstacles for the time or transportation of waste. Local schools have taken their own initiatives. San Diego State is proud to have the only Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum-certified student union in the California State University system, the highest LEED rating offered. To earn this rating, SDSU went to great lengths to be eco-friendly. Eighty percent of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union was constructed using recycled materials from the original student union. It also houses a green rooftop, on-site solar panels, operable windows, an underground storage tank and much more. The University of San Diego is striving to become a zero-waste campus. It currently houses a BioHiTech Food Digester, which breaks down food waste using microorganisms and converts it to water.
According to the Office of Sustainability at USD, the university is able to convert 3,200 pounds of food waste each week. These are great contributions to the green movement, but are in no way contributing to the issue of waste we have already produced. Efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle are great, but a major problem is being overlooked. There is a massive pile-up of waste that has already been produced and it isn’t going anywhere. As the eighth largest city in the U.S., San Diego produces 910,000 tons of trash per year, all of which goes to one place. The Miramar Landfill is San Diego’s only actively operating landfill and as a result takes on the massive challenge of our overbearing waste production. The landfill was expected to reach its maximum capacity in 1995, but thanks to waste reduction, recycling programs and innovative engineering, the expected life of the plant has been extended to 2022—still not long off. What are we to do? San Diego needs to start emphasizing the management of our waste and where it will go once the life of the Miramar Landfill has run out. Fortunately, in an innovative sense, we’re not the only city dealing with this issue, and some forward thinkers have been brainstorming. Comprised of two brilliant minds, PRESENT Architecture in New York City has designed an extremely versatile system to deal with that city’s even larger trash dilemma. The project is called Green Loop: The concept is a large wastecomposting hub that sits on New York’s waterfront. The numerous uses designed to simultaneously take place on the platform are where the ideas get creative. New York City struggles with increasingly limited space but has the unique advantage of access to a vast waterfront. The architects behind Green Loop took the needs of the city and developed a system that utilizes its resources to serve those needs. A Green Loop hub is designed to manage and compost waste on one level of the facility, while the rest of the
space on the hub will be used to build parks, educational facilities, parking structures, community gardens, bike paths and even cross country skiing in the winter. The waterfront location of the Green Loop hub also provides access to barges, which can transport compost out of the hub easily and without traffic congestion. PRESENT has proposed 10 waterfront hubs throughout New York City in order to decrease traffic and travel distance of waste. It also designed the system of hubs to manage waste from different areas of the city, to assure that boroughs will not be overburdened with too much waste. Green Loop is still just a concept and is a way off from being implemented, but the idea undoubtedly tackles the issue of waste management dynamically. When asked about the cost of Green Loop, one of the lead architects, Evan Erlebacher, said, “It won’t be cheap, but if you consider that NYC is spending over $300 million every year to truck waste out of the city to landfills, it’s possible that these facilities could start to make financial sense over time.” We need to be looking at the big picture in the long run. A hefty investment may be necessary now to secure a healthier environment in the future. San Diego needs to be taking these types of innovative ideas into consideration as ways to deal with waste management in the future. San Diego is not nearly as large as New York City, but it does have similar access to waterfront space. Both of these factors could be beneficial to us; our smaller size might allow us to only need one Green Loop hub while still utilizing our waterfront space. Even if a Green Loop hub is not the answer, concepts that are mutually beneficial for our community and the environment need to start being researched. San Diego is a great city, but without proper management and action we could have some tremendous issues in the near future; 2022 is only eight years away.
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Women in bikinis gather around Professional Studies and Fine Arts representative candidate Luke Dzierzanowski. COURTESY OF YOUTUBE
Sexist video disgraces A.S. elections ANTHONY BERTEAUX CONTRIBUTOR
Four girls in bikinis are horsing around in the pool. Cut to the same girls in bikinis jumping on a trampoline. There’s a guy in a grey suit smoking a cigar in front of them, but we all know that’s not what we’re focusing on. This sounds like a beer commercial, right? Wrong: It’s actually a candidate video for Luke Dzierzanowski, who is running for The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts representative. While I must commend Dzierzanowski for being the only memorable candidate, as I can’t even recall the other candidates’ names, the video makes him memorable for all the wrong reasons as a degrading, attention-grabbing gimmick. As it is now, San Diego State already suffers from a negative party school image. Whether we like it or not, it’s an image that characterizes all Aztecs as binge-drinking sexual deviants. Despite our great academics and notable status as one of the top business schools, both the
character of its citizens. school and its students are haunted by Do we really want this candidate to this reputation. represent SDSU? Do we want the public Dzierzanowski’s video supports this to think we chose someone who would negative perception of us. By putting sexually objectify these girls? girls in bikinis and objectifying them to When we reveal our diplomas to endorse his candidacy, he paints us as potential employers or mentors, we students who support a misogynistic use must realize that of females. with a diploma It would be one comes a reputation. thing for a hardBy putting girls That reputation partying student to in bikinis and is derived from make a video with objectifying them our actions and girls in bikinis in accomplishments it, but for a student to endorse his as students and who is representing candidac, he paints also who we chose PSFA, it’s highly us as students to represent us. A questionable, who support a large amount of that obviously misogynistic use of comes from the face unprofessional and, females. of our school: our dare I say, absurd. leaders. Candidates I cannot assume for any office are students who put that Dzierzanowski themselves out there to become leaders. is not serious about this election, but I Essentially, we should view these students can’t assume if he’s serious about it either. as the future leaders of the world. They Unlike other candidates, his candidate are also the public face of the students. statement is 75 percent shorter. Every democratic nation is only as good It’s a short parody of an Old Spice as its leader. The leader chosen reflects the commercial: “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.” It’s a total of 30 words, with no mention of his qualifications or his mission as a representative. It also disrespects the current leaders in the Associated Students system by forcing a comparison of current leaders and stating superiority over them. It’s an added blow to the reputation of PSFA, as he can’t even be professional or creative in his candidacy video or statement. I’m not saying that Dzierzanowski is a misogynist or an unprofessional person. Actually, he seems friendly and likable. What I’m trying to say is that it’s hard to take his leadership abilities seriously if he’s going to approach the elections through degrading attention-grabbing gimmicks. The reputation of PSFA students and SDSU is at stake. It might seem overdramatic, but all it takes for a reputation to be tarnished is one mistake made by one person. If that person happens to be a leader in A.S., it badly reflects on all of us collectively because we chose him to represent us.
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Aztec basks in naval success Not long ago, Justin Woods was a freshman unsure of his life path. Now he’s got it all figured out. OLIVIA LITSEY
SENIOR STAFF WRITER U.S. Navy cryptologic technician and San Diego State alumnus Justin Woods knows what it’s like to be a college student trying to find life’s calling. As a San Diego native raised in a Navy family, Woods arrived at SDSU his freshman year enrolled as an aerospace engineering student with no intention of carrying on his family legacy. He came to realize how uninterested he was in his aerospace courses and chose to change his academic direction. By the time he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2012, Woods had switched to a major in public administration, as well as having let go of a media marketing business he had started with some friends while in school. He then came upon the realization of his true calling: a career in politics. In an effort to set off on a path toward this goal, Woods found that joining the Navy might not be such a bad idea after all. After an initial attempt to start his Navy career as an officer did not come to fruition, Woods made the decision to enlist. He attended boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois, and then Corry Station Naval Technical Training Center in Florida to be trained as a cryptologic technician. WOODS CONTINUED ON P7
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“Finally I’m in a place where things that I’m good at are being recognized.” - Justin Woods
Justin Woods was recently honored with the title of “Bluejacket Sailor of the Year.” He plans to become a politician after finishing his Navy career. COURTESY OF GLENN SIRCY
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It was there Woods met the man that remains his mentor to this day, Leading Chief Petty Officer Kevin Wilson. Wilson was instrumental in the achievement of his current C.T. position on the amphibious assault ship PCU America, which is to be commissioned this year and then homeported in San Diego. “(Woods is) just so full of life and enthusiasm and motivation. Just being around him is infectious, because he’s so positive, so it makes you want to do better,” Wilson said. “So even though technically he works for me, I like to say that he works with me.” Woods feels he is now where he is supposed to be in his professional life. “It’s funny how things work, because you run into
so much static when you’re doing something that’s not meant for you. But as you go the way you’re supposed to be, on your path, it just works out perfectly,” Woods said. Proof of this lies in the title “Bluejacket Sailor of the Year” he earned in recognition of his outstanding performance by the PCU America Operations Department. “I feel very happy and honored at the same time, but thankful that I’ve come from a Navy family where these qualities that they look for have been instilled in me for a while,” Woods said. “Finally I’m in a place where things that I’m good at are being recognized.” After another recent package submission to be an officer, Woods was chosen and is now waiting to receive orders to begin his studies at Officer
Candidate School in Rhode Island. Though he will be leaving the PCU America behind, Woods is ready to continue moving his career forward. His goal for the Navy includes eventually becoming a commander or a captain, yet he knows his time in the Navy will not last forever. After he retires from the military, Woods will be set to pursue his “ultimate goal,” as he calls it, within the political world and “effectively produce change” as the governor of the Golden State. “This is my home, I love it here,” Woods said. “I’m going to have to leave, but it’s always home, and I have allegiance to it. So I would love to serve this state and be a governor.” Woods’ transition from an unsure college freshman to a Navy seaman with big political aspirations is motivation for any college student looking for a place in the world. As long as he maintains his unmistakably focused determination and palpable confidence in the path he is on, Woods is most certainly capable of making his ultimate goal a reality.
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Things get hairy at funk music bash ERIK DOBKO
ASSISTANT COPY CHIEF For the past seven years, funk-enamored mammals from all walks of life have congregated to annually celebrate the mythical bristles that exist above one’s whistler at San Diego’s one and only Mustache Bash. A slammin’ shindig of foxy bell-bottomed Betties and sequined sauce buckets, the ‘Stache Bash was resurrected last Saturday, March 8, at the Horton Grand Hotel for another all-day party that redefined style. Featuring live sets from The Pimps of Joytime, The Routine and, of course, The Mustache Bash Family Band, the event shattered preconceived notions of space and time and opened an intergalactic portal securing contact with extraterrestrial funkonauts—can you dig it? Mustache Bash co-founder and bassist for both The Routine and The Mustache Bash Family Band Nick Hein doesn’t beat around the bush. “The Mustache Bash is a time for no judgment and just pure funkification, everybody livin’ their lives to the fullest and gettin’ back together. The Mustache Bash exists to keep it real,” Hein said. “The funk’s gotta happen, baby. The funk just is. The funk is unavoidable and you just have to embrace it.” The power of music turned to medicine as a crowd of more than
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600 ingested the likes of James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly & the Family Stone and Tower of Power. Audience members found themselves terminally funkifized as the carnal growl of the P-bass intertwined with tightly syncopated drum beats, issuing a frenzied haymaker directly to the loins. Party attendee Chanel Proell wasn’t jiving about the shagadelic scene as she got down to some primo sounds, bringing down the house in bell-bottoms of fire. “Everyone is coming around for the same sort of love of this music and this energy, the vibe of everyone making an effort of dressing up,” Proell said. “I love my bell-bottoms—I bust them out every chance I can get.” Founded by eight San Diego State alumni, the ‘Stache Bash originated on a fateful day in 2008 on Countryside Drive by campus. Its potent seed has been growing inch by inch ever since, having evolved from an intimate, privately-held party into the massive carousal it is today. Co-founder Tony Savino reflected upon the creation like a proud father.
“We wanted to throw that one party that we could do every year forever and that everybody would want to come back to … and it turned into The Mustache Bash,” Savino said. “We’ve been doing it for seven years and it’s grown ever since. Now we’re booking nationally touring acts, and before we know it the goal is to turn it into a real music festival.” Mustache Bash Family Band member Ben Palmer expressed similar sentiments. “It’s become a bonding experience,” Palmer said. “We’ll see somebody on the street with a good must’ and be like, ‘Yo dude, that’s a good mustache! Why are you growing that out?’ And they’ll be like, ‘I’m growing it out for The Mustache Bash!’ That is awesome. It brings people together.” Having kept close to its roots, the event’s organizers are determined to keep the corrupting influence of money from spoiling their sagacious rager—not a dime was pocketed from ticket sales for personal gain. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. “The thing is The Mustache Bash doesn’t take a profit,” co-founder Mike Sasaki said. “Everything that we have
in surplus goes back to the party.” “Literally everybody who walked into the door got $5 to be able to buy a drink,” co-founder Dustin Elm continued. “It’s not about the money, it’s about having a great time … We’ve never had a fight at The Mustache Bash, people don’t argue, people just don’t do s--t like that here—it’s good times!” For those that missed it, fret not, for the next Mustache Bash is just a year away, giving plenty of time to scour San Diego’s various thrift stores and brew some serious steez. And remember these fine lines designed by the mind by Mr. Nicholas Hein: “You’ve got to funkifize. The way to funkifize is to fully express yourself with no filter. And that’s the funk.”
‘the Oven’ heats up fresh beats and lively chats ASHLEY PICKEI
the Coin” where the pair uses their gender differences to debate a topic such as PDA or dating to give both perspectives on a topic. They discuss whatever they find interesting, giving their audience something fun Open your ears to the sound of hip-hop with KCR’s and different to listen to each week. The dynamic of popular radio show “the Oven.” A talk and music their personalities makes for an entertaining discussion show, “the Oven,” is hosted by communications senior and is a way for their listeners to get to know them as Michael “Mista’ Mike” Kunzweiler and communications individuals. junior Jamillan “Millah J” Jones. The duo first met Jones’ and Kunzweiler’s objective is to cater to their through mutual friend Mikko Cisco and decided to listeners by providing the right playlist, whether it’s unite their similar tastes in music to form a radio show. music from different decades or jams to pump up “We knew there was a radio station on campus and, students for finals week. being that we have similar taste in music, we decided to Being involved with KCR has helped Kunzweiler and make the show about that,” Jones said. Jones prepare for their future career goals. KCR has The show started two years ago as a hip hop and R&B helped Kunzwelier get internships and gain experience show, playing all of Kunzweiler’s and Jones’ favorite with music and broadcast. He is also the music director songs. The show was primarily music-based with little for KCR, and connects with bands that want to perform commentary in between. As “the Oven” continued, on campus. His goal is to work behind the scenes in Kunzweiler and Jones wanted to incorporate more of management for a music company and KCR has helped their personalities into the segments and create new him on his path toward that goal. ways to be more interactive with their audience. Jones’ passion is directed toward recording music, “I interned for Clear Channel 933 last summer and she wants to pursue a career as a performer. The and learned a lot about radio. … After that Mista’ Mike and Millah J host a weekly hip hop radio show. COURTESY OF KCR show creates time out of the week for her to focus on internship we became much more structured and the type of music she enjoys and to gain experience with knew what we were doing,” Kunzweiler said. with their friends. microphones. Last fall, their show grew to two hours and “It’s easier to talk about things and elaborate when it “This is my last semester and I just want to have fun. KCR evolved from a purely music-based show to 75 percent talk comes from our own experiences,” Jones said. is my favorite thing about college,” Kunzweiler said. and 25 percent music to entertain their audience. Most of One of Kunzweiler’s favorite segments is “Both Sides of You can listen to “the Oven” every Sunday from 12-1 p.m. the content is drawn from their own lives or what’s going on STAFF WRITER
MARCH 20 - 23, 2014 • THE AZTEC
‘Bad Words’ can be sensitive too “Arrested Development” star Jason Bateman makes his directorial debut with a twisted new comedy that will be released this weekend in San Diego. COURTNEY BROWN STAFF WRITER
Imagine a man smearing ketchup all over the face of a middle school girl in front of an audience on the same day that he introduces a ten-year-old to a prostitute and crashes a spelling bee. Who is this man? Most people wouldn’t associate this kind of unbecoming behavior with the charmingly witty Jason Bateman, but it’s true: Bateman is back. If you were still in diapers during Bateman’s career as a child actor on the television series “Little House on the Prairie,” then you probably fell in love with him as Michael Bluth on the cult comedy series “Arrested Development.” In real life, he has a reputation for being warm, lovable and goofy—so why was Bateman drawn to his most recent, unorthodox project, “Bad Words?” In his directorial debut, Bateman plays the main character, Guy Trilby, in the racy flick. “It was the first time I had an opportunity to take on a project like this,” Bateman said in a phone interview. “Also, the script had the same dark sense of humor that I have, which came with an obligation to counterbalance it with something human.” Bateman’s first project to direct came with a lot of specific challenges that he was able to pull off smoothly. As an experienced actor, he knew how to take situations and characters that are unlikable on paper and portray them in a relatable way by exposing their vulnerability. “There was a specific way I wanted it to come out,” Bateman said. “I planned out every single shot and scene before filming.
It’s a little off-center but I think what people are drawn to is the fact that we’re seeing a very raw group of people going through tough times.” His role as Trilby, for instance, took specific acting. Trilby is not the most traditional protagonist. In fact, the things he did could be considered repulsive and demeaning. However, Bateman made it known that there’s more than meets the eye to this troubled soul. Bateman describes Trilby as “a character who’s deeply introspective and deeply hurt.” “Everything from the music to the images we see reflects that,” he said. “The audience can relate because he’s human; we all have this guy in us. We just deal with our problems in rational ways.” Bateman compared this type of character to Archie Bunker in “All in the Family.” “He gets away with this inappropriate, snarky behavior because the audience knows that it’s coming from a deeper place,” he said. Bateman’s appreciation for film was inspired by various eccentric directors in Hollywood, such as Spike Jonze and the Coen brothers. However, directing was a passion he’d wanted to pursue for years. The laborious, challenging and creative effort that goes into directing was described by Bateman as “the greatest thing ever.” “ I can’t wait to do it again,” he said. Much like “Arrested Development,” the independent comedy “Bad Words” is geared for a specific audience, meaning it’s not a movie for the whole family. However, for the sake of edgy and eyebrow-raising flicks everywhere, let’s hope this is the start of a fruitful directing career for Bateman.
“It’s a little off-center but I think what people are drawn to is the fact that we’re seeing a very raw group of people going through tough times.” - Jason Bateman Jason Bateman plays a cynical jerk in his new film. COURTESY OF BARBARA BINSTEIN/ABACA/MCT
Catch a wild ride with opener Speedy Ortiz RYO MIYAUCHI
SENIOR STAFF WRITER Don’t ever forget that supporting acts are worth the admission too. Such is the case for indie band Speedy Ortiz, opening for Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks at The Casbah on March 29. Speedy Ortiz shows no stopping after a fantastic debut album last year, “Major Arcana,” which landed in a series of year-end lists for 2013. The band continues to impress with its latest release, the “Real Hair” EP. Last year, the first single by Speedy Ortiz, “Tiger Tank,” showed off what the band was all about. The blown-out guitars in the song slips and slacks out of frame like the guitarist downed a few drinks prior to recording. For their debut album “Major Arcana,” the band follows the woozy rock sound of “Tiger Tank.” In “Pioneer Spine,” the jagged pluck riffs sharply like pines and needles, while “Fun” zips through a quick run of buzzy guitars. This February, Speedy Ortiz followed up “Major Arcana” with a four-track
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extended play entitled “Real Hair.” The guitars on the record are just as blownout as “Major Arcana,” but they sound more explosive and heavy duty. The
single “American Horror” has the band’s signature fuzz, but it feels more refined for a major outlet. Overall, “Real Hair” is a more grown and mighty release from
Speedy Ortiz, and for an improved work to come about from the band in less than a year is impressive in itself. While the guitars are a strong draw, vocalist Sadie Dupuis plays as the important piece for the music of Speedy Ortiz. In the songs, Dupuis sweetly slurs syllable-heavy lines in a twisted, intricate fashion. “Criminally twisted puny little villain,” Dupuis sings in “Fun,” as she weaves rhymes like a complex rap verse. Lyrics from Dupuis don’t get more explicit than in “Fun,” but they are certainly arranged in a unique way to incite a double take. Every Speedy Ortiz song is a wild ride, either with the sloppy guitars or the lyrical scribbles of Dupuis, often from both. When performed live, it only gets wilder as the guitars play more blown out with Dupuis’ voice slipping in between. For those already planning to see Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Speedy Ortiz should be a great primer. Arrive early and stick around for what the underdogs have got to offer.
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Sex, class exams and rock ‘n’ roll DAVID DIXON
ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Rock ‘n’ roll in the 1800s Germany? Sounds like a campy idea. Despite that fact, the musical “Spring Awakening” was a Broadway phenomenon with edgy music and lyrics from singersongwriter Duncan Sheik and writer and lyricist Steven Sater. San Diego State alumnus and Cygnet Theatre Artistic Director Sean Murray is responsible for a new version in Old Town that captures the raw energetic spirit of the Tony Awardwinning show. Melchior Gabor (Dave Thomas Brown) is an intelligent student who wins respect from his peers for his rebellious and sometimes controversial views on the world. He starts to develop feelings for Wendla Bergmann (Taylor Aldrich), a shy and innocent student from a women’s school. As their relationship develops, the two of them, along with their friends, deal with relatable issues regarding sexuality, abuse and unexpected tragedy. An aspect of “Spring Awakening” that immediately stands out is the strength of the ensemble. All of them give endlessly lively performances including the hilarious Jacob Caltrider and SDSU
Melchior Gabor (Dave Thomas Brown) struggles with growing up. COURTESY OF DAREN SCOTT
alumni Matt Thompson and Debra Wanger. Brown has a commanding presence with his impressive vocal range, impeccable dramatic chops and intense dance moves. He has the ability to depict Melchior as a confident cool kid and yet still be a fragile soul. Aldrich has the likeability factor that is
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required for the role of Wendla. She has a powerful voice in musical numbers such as “Mama Who Bore Me” and “Whispering.” Her chemistry with Brown is believable from their first encounter. Also worth mentioning is Charles Evans, Jr. as Melchior’s humorously neurotic and deeply-troubled best friend, Moritz Stiefel. When he sings, Moritz
can be both exhilarating and harrowing during songs such as “And Then There Were None” and “Don’t Do Sadness.” With such a charismatic cast, it can be easy to take the other elements of theater for granted. Murray’s stripped-down direction arguably enhances the emotional impact of the piece. While watching the students trying to make sense of their lives, viewers can’t help but have an array of feelings from anger to joy, even if they are familiar with the popular hit. The only unintentionally awkward moment comes from the handling of the sex scene that ends Act 1 and opens Act 2. It feels somewhat sanitized compared to the graphic interpretation from the original production. While it makes sense to make the moment less explicit so as to not offend patrons, it feels oddly inauthentic compared to the rest of Murray’s interpretation. “Spring Awakening” is a sensory experience with jaw-dropping choreography from Michael Mizerany, thoughtful musical direction from SDSU alumnus Terry O’Donnell and remarkably detailed costumes from Shirley Pierson. The overwhelmingly positive reaction on opening night suggests that the Cygnet Theatre has yet another winner.
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SDSU splits annual Aztec Invite
Junior driver Anique Hermann led the team with three goals in Saturday’s victory against Harvard University. MONICA LINZMEIER, PHOTO EDITOR
Sunday. The final day of the tournament started out much like how the Harvard game ended, The San Diego State water polo team played with a potent Aztec offense jumping ahead host to their annual Aztec Invitational this early against the Bucknell University Bisons. past weekend with back-to-back games on The Aztecs overpowered the Bisons and both Saturday and Sunday. ran away with the game, closing them out The tournament kicked off on Saturday for a 10-3 victory with contributions coming morning with a match against the No. from every side of the team in one of the T-20 Wagner College more complete games of Seahawks, which the season. had a 10-8 overall The final record. This game match against The Aztecs was a close one that No. 8 Princeton came down to the overpowered the University, who final period against entered the game Bison and ran away the Seahawks. But with a 16-1 overall with the game, the Aztecs ran record, was a close out of clock and closing them out for one until halftime couldn’t complete when the score was a 10-3 victory ... the comeback as knotted up at 2-2. freshman utility However, the Caroline Israels’ fourth period was a late game-tying goal different story as the attempt was stopped by the Seahawks’ goalie Tigers went in with a 5-3 lead and quickly with seconds to go. SDSU fell 6-5 to the added two goals on top of that to go up 7-3. Seahawks. Princeton relied on their stingy defense, The Aztecs rebounded in the next game which pestered the Aztecs all game long, to against Harvard University in another close complete the 7-4 victory against SDSU. match that SDSU was able to eventually The Aztecs finished the invite with a pull away from in the middle of the fourth 13-9 record after splitting the four-game period after a 5-5 tie. The Aztecs scored tournament. They next compete in the two unanswered goals for a 7-5 win. Junior Chapman Mini Invitational in Orange this driver Anique Hermann led the way for the Saturday, an invite in which SDSU will play team with three goals on five shot attempts three games. The Aztecs will be looking to and a team-high five steals that propelled right the ship as they get closer to the end of the team to a much-needed win going into the season. CONTRIBUTOR
Freshman utlity Caroline Israels scored two goals in the third period against Harvard University. MONICA LINZMEIER, PHOTO EDITOR
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School’s secret super hero
laine was never the best role model, but she certainly was one who would never give up. Many of her colleagues called her a complete klutz; there was never a day she wouldn’t trip on something or fall flat on her face. Still, Elaine never let that bring her down—well, not anymore than it already had. Elaine was a student with a secret. By day she studied for exams and hung out with friends, but by night she fought crime. Elaine was a superhero.
Elaine hardly let anything get to her, but she’d been having a pretty hectic two weeks in her secret life. School was not going as planned, work was dull and her boyfriend was moving away to another city. It certainly wasn’t a time for her to keep her usual persona in place. Elaine had no time for anyone’s incompetence. This day in particular started out extremely bad. She woke up late and missed the bus.
blood slid down her arm. Elaine pulled tissues and bandages from her backpack to pretend to fix her wound. This type Elaine waited for the next one when of injury meant nothing to Elaine; she a big wall of a man slammed into her, didn’t even feel the pain. nearly knocking her over. She tried to The professor finally arrived and brush him off, but he retaliated. asked everyone to turn in their projects. “What’s your problem?” he screamed. “Holy crap,” Elaine uttered a little too “Watch where you’re going!” loudly. It had completely slipped her Elaine’s mouth started to smoke up, mind. nearly breathing fire, but she glared at Elaine decided the gym would relieve him instead. some stress. She arrived and attempted “You do not want to mess with me to lock up her skateboard, only to have today,” Elaine calmly said. her lock refuse to open. With fear in “Not now,” she his eyes, the man yelled. simply turned and A boy heard Elaine fell back to walked away. her and offered to Once at school, share his lock. She the ground and Elaine zoomed couldn’t help but quickly rolled and to class on her smile. It had been jumped back up. skateboard. a while since she Having powers She dodged saw some small pedestrians and act of kindness may not make other obstacles, pointed towards her immortal, but even though they her. having steel bones shouldn’t be in the At last she could certainly helps. lane specifically put on her gloves for bikers and to beat up the boarders. She punching bags. swerved and ducked With her super as people slowly got out of her way. strength, she nearly punched through She nearly made it out of that mess the bag. Elaine realized there were when she slammed into a flagpole. Her other people around, and she wouldn’t board cracked at the front and her head be able to explain a torn up punching slammed hard onto the metal. Elaine bag. Even though she restrained herself, fell to the ground but quickly rolled and that first punch actually relieved her of jumped back up. Having powers may something. not make her immortal, but having steel On her way home, Elaine felt bones certainly helped. her phone vibrate. She was needed Elaine barely made it to class on time elsewhere in the city and went to meet when her classmate piped up. up with her fellow superheroes. “You’re bleeding,” the girl said. “Finally! A real way to relieve my She pointed at Elaine’s elbow as stress,” she said. CONTRIBUTOR
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