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VOL. 99 ◊ ISSUE 91

MARCH 21 2013

EXPLORE SDSU HISTORY ◊ DETERMINATION ◊ TRADITION


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Volume 99, issue 91 | Thursday, March 21, 2013

Women’s magazine ranks SDSU among top colleges campus Tara Millspaugh News Editor

Professional Woman’s Magazine placed San Diego State’s College of Business Administration among “Best of the Best” universities and master’s degree schools for women. Each year, the magazine’s publisher, DiversityComm, Inc. and four other magazines evaluate businesses and universities. The evaluation process involves looking into outreach and accessibility that is available to the female, black and veteran populations on

The end of the day, the question is, ‘Are we providing enough content in the classrooms that when they get out, they are prepared for the marketplace?’ nikhil varaiya

College of Business Administration Director of Graduate Programs

campuses. SDSU was named in both the “Top MBA Schools” and the “Top Colleges and Universities” list alongside Cornell University, Harvard University, University of California, Los Angeles and Yale University. According to the magazine, results from the list are intended to be a resource for job seekers, business owners, students and managers. College of Business Administration Director of Graduate Programs Nikhil Varaiya said he thinks SDSU is open and easily accessible for women. Varaiya said the ratio of men to women is nearly 50-50 in his business administration graduate classes. He said gender statistics

College of Business Administration Director of Graduate Programs Nikhil Varaiya hands back a Finance 423 exam to finance senior Amber Couch. SDSU’s MBA program was ranked among “Best of the Best” for women.

are recorded every fall semester for all graduate programs in the College of Business Administration and in Fall 2012, 44 percent of graduate students were women. Finance senior Amber Couch said an entrepreneur class she had last semester had five or six females. “It doesn’t bother me, it just makes me want to prove them wrong,” Couch said. Couch currently does accounting work at a family-owned business and said her education continues to impress her employer. Couch said she sees herself

eventually graduating with a master’s degree. The average age for students in the SDSU Executive MBA program is 40, Varaiya said. He added that since many of the women are married and have children, their career concerns are often different from undergraduate female students. “As undergraduates they are still not dealing with family issues yet,” Varaiya said. Nonetheless, Varaiya said he has not noticed any disadvantages among sexes. Finance senior Myschelle Nguyen said she hopes to attend

the SDSU master’s program after graduating with her bachelor’s degree. She was encouraged by Professional Woman’s Magazine’s rankings. “I really do think these rankings will attract more female students,” Nguyen said. Varaiya said money should also factor into students’ decisions when deciding where students should go for a master’s degree program. “You have to ask the question, ‘Do I want to spend $95,000 for a two-year degree? What am I getting for that?’”Varaiya said SDSU’s master’s degree program

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continuously proves to be very cost-effective, meaning once students graduate from the program, they make enough money in the business world to balance the cost of tuition. Varaiya stressed also the importance of quality education. “The end of the day, the question is, ‘Are we providing enough content in the classrooms that when they get out, they are prepared for the marketplace?’” Varaiya said. “That’s what I would like to tell students to think about.”


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GreenFest takes modeling to an eco-friendly level

campus Arturo Garcia Staff Writer

As part of the week-long GreenFest celebrations San Diego State student organizations and societies walked down a Twister-padded runway to model apparel made from 100-percent recycled materials. On Tuesday night, clad in fitted dresses made from newspapers or nothing but a cardboard box, models competed for the grand prizes: $500 in SDSU attire and $250 for Aztec Shops. “The teams like to compete a lot, so it has definitely been a little rough, especially with the ones that butt heads a little bit more, like the fraternities and sororities,” GreenFest co-chair Taylor Stack said. In addition to the fashion contest, groups also premiered “greenthemed” music videos, in separate categories. Both of hese competitions helped teams accumulate points to win. In their music video, the men of Sigma Chi rapped about unplugging chargers, turning off lights when leaving rooms and dispensing at recycling containers. Other groups played with hit-song lyrics such as Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” rewriting each with eco-conscious approaches. Phi Gamma Delta, known as FIJI, won the music video competition. Alpha Phi and Andres Bonifacio Samahan came in second and third place, respectively. “I really hope SDSU picks up at all

A GreenFest model walks down the Twister-padded runway while wearing 100 percent recycled items. GreenFest is a week-long initiative to promote sustainability on SDSU’s campus.

we are doing in GreenFest and takes notes,” criminal justice freshman Isaac De Cesare, who modeled for FIJI, said. One of the six fashion show judges, who is a hairstylist and owner of Tailored Hair for Men, Lizzy Becknell said more schools should follow the example SDSU sets through GreenFest. “This generation is truly the one to take a stand for everything with purpose, like this green movement,” Becknell said. “Seeing all of the stu-

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dents is like seeing the next leaders. If I see it here, hopefully it will transpire in the rest.” The groups were judged on creativity and craftsmanship; ability to follow guidelines and incorporate the three pillars of sustainability (environmental, social and economic) with stage presence. Three models per group, each representing one of the three pillars of sustainablity, walked down the aisle in frontofcheeringstudentsandsponsors. “Because we had to fill the outfits

into the three different categories, it was a little tougher,” pre-business freshmen CJ Wessel said. Wessel designed three dresses for Delta Gamma—one made entirely of newspapers, another out of coffee filters and a last one out of an old statistics manual. Modeling a wedding dress made of plastic bags and a recycled Twister mat, liberal studies junior Amy Shea walked to the end of the runway, turned away from the audience and threw her bouquet at the crowd. Her

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team, the SDSU Ambassadors, won the fashion show. “We worked really hard on these costumes,” communications senior and SDSU Ambassador Kodi Bobier said. “It was exhilarating, especially because this year they actually did a runway, so that was way more fun. My heart was pumping, but it was awesome.” Alpha Phi Omega and FIJI won second and third place in the fashion show.


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A look at SDSU’s student union throughout the years campus Amanda Guerrero Staff Writer

San Diego State freshmen for the 2013-14 school year will be among the first in the SDSU community to see the new student union when the building opens in the fall. The site for the Aztec Student Union, which will replace SDSU’s former Aztec Center, has been fenced off for almost two years because of construction. Aztec Center: circa 1968 Opened in 1968, Aztec Center was the first student union in the California State University system. For many, Aztec Center captured the essence of campus life with an on-campus pub, a bowling alley and arcade. It also included spaces where students could host events, organize club meetings and spend free time The decision to renovate Aztec Center partly resulted from the discovery of asbestos in the building’s ceiling and walls. In March 2010, more than 50 percent of voting students passed the Modern Space referendum, which former SDSU President Stephen Weber approved. This paved the way for the demolition of Aztec Center to make room for the Aztec Student Union. SDSU television, film and new media production senior Christian Pascual will graduate before the completion of the new student union. Pascual said he usually spent his free time with friends in Montezuma Hall, playing arcade games in the bowling alley or attending meetings for student organizations hosted on the lower level. Although Pascual supports the project, he said the construction is bittersweet. “I understand why it has to be done,” Pascual said. “It’s just inconvenient that it has to happen while we’re here.” Undergoing construction: Spring 2013 Construction of the Aztec Student Union began after the demolition of Aztec Center in August 2011. Services offered at Aztec Center, such as meeting spaces and student organization offices, were relocated in temporary spaces around campus. Associated Students marketing and communications manager Lorena Nava Ruggero said despite efforts to make accommodations for those affected by the construction, SDSU hasn’t been the same since the project began. “I think everyone can agree that

there’s something lost from not having a student union,” Ruggero said. During a topping off ceremony that signified the placement of the highest beam on the Aztec Student Union, SDSU President Elliot Hirshman said he looks forward to having what he called “the campus living room.” “I think this shows the kind of spirit of our campus,” Hirshman said. “It’s very exciting for the campus.” Hirshman, who became SDSU president around the time the project began, said he is eager to experience bowling at the new Aztec Lanes. With the building portion of the project nearing completion, selections for the dining options are underway. Ruggero said although final decisions for the restaurants have not yet been made, the upcoming food options are sure to be high-quality. “We’ll have good food. I think that’s safe to say at this point,” Ruggero said. What to expect: Fall 2013 At roughly twice the size of its predecessor, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinumcertified Aztec Student Union will bring services from Aztec Center back to campus, such as a bowling alley and a revamped Montezuma Hall. New features in the three-story building will include a fitness center called the Aztec Recreation Center Express, as well as a theater. Though the Aztec Student Union will be an addition to SDSU, parts of Aztec Center’s history live on through the new building. About 80 percent of the material from the former student union was used in the Aztec Student Union. Ruggero said after the past few years without a student union, she thinks the entire SDSU community will welcome the building. “When we open in the fall, it’s going to be a total change, I think, in campus culture,” Ruggero said. Unlike the Aztec Center, the Aztec Student Union windows will be able to open allowing for ventilation throughout the building. The building will also have solar panels, radiant floors and an underground storage rainwater tank. The project is funded entirely by a permanent $94 increase to the Student Body Center Fee each semester, which was approved as part of the Modern Space referendum. The increase, active once the Aztec Student Union opens in Fall 2013, will pay for the buildings upkeep once the construction costs are paid off.

March 2010: Modern Space Referendum Pases

August 2011: Aztec Center demolition completed

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August 2012: Foundation completed

October 2012: Topping off ceremony, steel frame completed

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Spring 2012: Dry-in work (walls, insulation, roofing)

Fall 2013: Aztec Student Union opens and fee referendum becomes active courtesy of a . s .

Exploring Aztec Achievements throughout the 2012-13 school year JANUARY 2012 SDSU astronomy professors Jerome Orosz and William Welsh discovered the first transiting circumbinary multi-planet system.

MAY 2012 More than 74,000 freshmen and upper-division transfer students applied for Fall 2013 admission. Alaska Airlines unveiled a San Diego State- themed aircraft.

SEPTEMBER 2012

Eight SDSU alumni, now NASA employees, helped launch the “Curiosity” rover on Mars.

OCTOBER 2012 Professors emeriti Carey Wall and Terry O’Donnell partnered on a $2.4 million gift to SDSU’s Musical Theatre Program.

JANUARY 2013

SDSU’s art and design faculty designed a mural on California State Route 94 honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

FEBRUARY 2013 Professional Woman’s Magazine named SDSU College of Business Administration among its “Top MBA Schools” and named SDSU among the “Top Colleges & Universities” in its 2013 “Best of the Best” lists.


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Q & A with President Hirshman 1. What should students consider when choosing a college?

Look for a university whose core curriculum helps you develop the ability to learn new approaches and to adapt to whatever the future may hold. San Diego State’s core liberal arts curriculum emphasizes the development of the abilities to reason critically and creatively, apply scientific and quantitative methods and understand diverse cultures and societies. These abilities can be applied in as-yet-unimagined situations and are essential to personal and societal success in our global, technological society.

2. What is it about San Diego State that makes it different from other California State universities?

Our focus at San Diego State is to provide students with transformational educational experiences. For example, we are one of the nation’s leaders in the number of students who study abroad. Similarly, as a leading public research university, our undergraduate students are mentored and educated by faculty and staff researchers who provide access to state-of-the art knowledge and cutting-edge technologies. The campus also is a hotbed of entrepreneurship and innovation, led by the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and the Zahn Center for innovation in technology. We have a new minor in entrepreneurship open to students in all majors, and there are now 15 student teams on campus that have started their own businesses while still in college. Couple these strengths with a vibrant student life—including nationally renowned athletics programs and the lowest tuition

in the country and you can see why numerous national publications rank us as a “best value” university.

Congratulations to the 2013-14 Associated StudentS executives ·President | Josh Morse

3. What makes you proud to be an Aztec?

·Executive Vice President | Becca Cohen

One can cite our academic distinctions, the breadth of student opportunities and achievements, the practical impact of our research accomplishments and the diversity of our student body as exceptional points of pride. But it is even more important to recognize that these accomplishments reflect the spirit and ethos of a very special place. Every day, no matter what the challenge, our students, faculty and staff aspire to excellence. This spirit is the heart of our university.

·Vice President of External Relations | Javier Gomez ·Vice President of Financial Affairs | Mariah Kelly ·Vice President of University Affairs | Morgan Chan

YOUR VOICE HAS BEEN HEARD

4. What’s one tip you can give to incoming SDSU students to ensure academic success?

More than 18 percent of the San Diego State student body voted for the 2013-14 Associated Students executive candidates. This equated to the highest percentage of voting in recent history.

Get involved inside and outside the classroom! Make the most of your opportunities—explore new ideas, study abroad, conduct research, lead a student organization. Dream of who you will be here and for the rest of your life, and use your years at San Diego State to make those dreams a reality! Live our motto: “Leadership Starts Here.”

A.S. president-elect: Josh Morse

campus Raquel Martin Staff Writer

Last Thursday, finance junior Josh Morse became the 2013-14 Associated Students president. Morse said his main agenda item is to instill Aztec pride in every student by reaching out to student organizations that aren’t getting adequate attention by A.S. “I want everyone to leave a proud Aztec,” Morse said. Morse is adamant about increasing student involvement on campus and said he feels it’s imperative for students to do more outside of class to feel connected. Morse became involved in many aspects of San Diego State life. But, it wasn’t easy, the San Diego native and Point Loma High School graduate had to overcome hardships to get where he is today. At 12 years old, he found himself homeless, relying on the kindness and spare rooms or couches of friends and relatives. After living in foster homes for almost a year, he was taken in by the Klein family. “I am very blessed and very honored that I am here at the university studying, ” Morse said. “I understand what it’s like to have zero opportunities, to be at the bottom of

the barrel. My abilities, compassion and ambition make me a great leader and I want to give back through my leadership because I genuinely care and I want to help people.” He said about 10 percent of foster youth will get a chance to go to college, and only one percent will

My abilities, compassion and ambition make me a great leader and I want to give back through my leadership... josh morse

A.S. President-Elect

actually graduate. These staggering statistics have humbled and motivated Morse to take advantage of opportunities and to reach out and give back. Morse advises prospective students to be involved, get a mentor and to not be afraid to ask questions. “It may seem intimidating on a campus of more than 30,000 students, but it’s so important to ask questions,” Morse said.

As a freshman, Morse was encouraged by 2010 A.S. President Grant Mack to join the Freshman Leadership Experience. Since then, Morse has joined numerous clubs and organizations on campus including various A.S. boards and committees, the Guardian Scholars Program, the surf team and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. “Jump in and enjoy it,” Morse said. “It goes by so fast and there are so many opportunities and resources available to you, that really the potential is endless.” He encourages prospective students to come to the university and be an Aztec, not just a student. “Don’t be afraid to try new things—that’s what college is all about,” Morse said. “It’s a learning experience. The more opportunities you take, you’re really going to find out what best suits you.” Morse recalls his very first Aztec night—Tiempo Del Sol—as one of the highlights of his college career. Morse said he was in awe, knowing that he made it to the university of his dreams. He attributes that very moment as the birth of his Aztec pride and love. Upon graduating, Morse plans to apply to University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

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FINAL FOUR PREDICTIONS Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan, Syracuse Terence Chin Staff Writer

NATIONAL CHAMPION Louisville

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BEST POSSIBLE MATCHUP

In the West region, Gonzaga University holds the No. 1 seed and is one of the favorites to reach the Final Four. This comes largely from the success of junior forward Kelly Olynyk. Gonzaga head coach Mark Few certainly found a diamond in the rough with Olynyk this season, after redshirting his junior year. Coming out of his redshirt year, Olynyk broke out for an outrageous season, leading the Bulldogs with an average of 17.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, in addition to being named the West Coast Conference Player of The Year. He carried Gonzaga to the No. 1 national ranking for the first time in school history, and was named to the 2013 U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-America Team. If Olynyk was to forgo his senior season at Gonzaga, he’s projected to be a lottery pick in this year’s NBA draft.

The Mountain West Conference broke a record this year by having five teams in the NCAA tournament, the most bids the conference ever earned to the Big Dance. Heading into the tournament, the University of New Mexico leads all teams out of the MWC as a No. 3 seed. It would be a dream matchup in this region to see New Mexico face No. 2 seed Ohio State University out of the Big Ten Conference in the Sweet 16. Both teams ranked in the top 15 to end the season, while teams from the Big Ten are known to make deep tournament runs. If the Lobos can reach the Sweet 16 and defeat the Buckeyes, they would be the first MWC team to reach the Elite Eight since University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1991. New Mexico versus Ohio State would be a statement for the MWC to showcase its basketball talent.

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In this region, teams shouldn’t sleep on the No. 12 seed Ole Miss. Fresh off defeating the University of Missouri and nationally ranked University of Florida, the University of Mississippi Rebels danced their way into the tournament, winning the 2013 Southeastern Conference Tournament title. Junior guard Marshall Henderson, who averages 20.1 points per game, leads the Rebels. Henderson reminds me a lot of former Davidson guard Stephen Curry, who can score the ball from anywhere on the court. Upsetting teams by winning the SEC championship has this Ole Miss team playing basketball with confidence. Don’t be surprised to see this team upset the No. 5 seed University of Wisconsin in the opening round.

My favorite part of participating in March Madness brackets is picking early upsets. In this region, I’m confident that No. 1 seed Gonzaga is going down. With all due respect to the Bulldogs, who ranked No. 1 in the nation to end the regular season, they’re my pick to get bounced in the round of 32, perhaps by the No. 8 seed University of Pittsburgh Panthers out of the Big East Conference. The Gonzaga Bulldogs, who play in the West Coast Conference, had a poor strength of schedule compared to other teams in the region. The Bulldogs would meet either No. 9 Wichita State University or Pittsburgh in the round of 32, both of which have solid resumes. Sorry, Zag fans, but you are my pick to get upset early. Upsets are bound to happen; it’s just part of playing in this tournament full of madness.

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FINAL FOUR PREDICTIONS Louisville, Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana Ryan Posner Staff Writer

NATIONAL CHAMPION Louisville

PLAYER TO WATCH

BEST POSSIBLE MATCHUP

If you are looking for the star player to watch in this region, look no further than University of Kansas Jayhawks redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore. Throughout this year, he was regarded as a top talent in college basketball and was consistently in the top five of most NBA mock drafts. However, as a result of an unfortunate injury to Kentucky freshman forward Nerlens Noel, who was the consensus No. 1 pick, McLemore is now being labeled as the probable first pick in this year’s NBA draft. Who can blame the analysts for claiming that? Standing at 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 195 pounds, McLemore has a Kobe Bryant-like body and plays like him, too. He’s averaging 16.4 points per game—best on his team—and is shooting 44 percent from 3-point range, an incredible mark. There’s a reason Kansas garnered a top seed in this tournament. If the Jayhawks go anywhere in this tournament, it’s going to be on McLemore’s back. Other players who could make a splash in this region are University of California, Los Angeles freshman Shabazz Muhammad, Georgetown University sophomore Otto Porter Jr. and San Diego State junior guard Jamaal Franklin.

I think the best possible matchup for this region would come in the Elite Eight, when No. 1 seed Kansas and No. 3 seed University of Florida Gators meet up. While Georgetown is a higher seed than Florida, I think a lot of fans would benefit from a Gators-Jayhawks matchup. Why, you might ask? First, Kansas head coach Bill Self and Florida head coach Billy Donovan are two highly successful coaches, both with an NCAA tournament championship on their resumes. Also, each team has a budding superstar—McLemore of Kansas and Patric Young of Florida. If these two teams meet up, it could be the best game of the entire tournament, with the winner earning a spot in the Final Four.

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EARLY UPSET

As I mentioned, there is one team in this region that is definitely flying under the radar, but can upset some big name teams: the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits. With a notable win against No. 10 University of New Mexico and hard-fought games against the University of Alabama and No. 11 seed University of Minnesota, the Jackrabbits are not a team to take lightly. A big reason for that has to do with the Jackrabbits’ star player, senior Nate Wolters. He is averaging 22.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. If you remember back to 2008 when Davidson College, led by current Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry, was able to make it to the Elite Eight, you know one player can make a big difference in this tournament. I believe Wolters can be that player for the Jackrabbits this year. If Wolters can get rolling, the Jackrabbits may be able to upset No. 4 seed University of Michigan and even make a run to the Sweet 16.

My early upset prediction is in the round of 32, with the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams ousting the University of Michigan Wolverines. Yes, I’ve heard the arguments that Michigan is playing in a better conference (Big Ten) and have more firepower in the form of sophomore Trey Burke, the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year; and freshman Glen Robinson III, but the Rams know how to get it done in the tournament. In 2011, VCU made it to the Final Four after winning a play-in game just to get into the tournament. Last year, the Rams upset No. 5 seed Wichita State University in the first round. A lot of this has to do with head coach Shaka Smart, who is highly touted and decided to stay at VCU after being offered many big time jobs after last season. Even though the team may not be recognizable, I foresee the Rams making another serious run in this tournament.


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FINAL FOUR PREDICTIONS Louisville, Ohio State, Florida, Miami

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NATIONAL CHAMPION

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Miami

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Creighton’s 6-foot-8-inch junior forward Doug McDermott led his team to the regular-season and conference tournament championships in the Missouri Valley Conference. Playing for his father Greg McDermott—who is Creighton’s head coach—the younger McDermott was named the MVC Player of the Year for the second-straight season and is one of the best pure scorers in the country. He is shooting 56.1 percent on 2-pointers, 49.7 percent on 3-pointers and 86 percent from the free-throw line. He averages 23.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Other exciting players to watch in the region include University of Missouri’s Phil Pressey, one of the fastest players in the nation, and University of Louisville’s Russ Smith, known for his incredible playmaking ability, yet highly questionable decisions, especially late in games.

Duke University beat Louisville in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas in November. A rematch of that game could be epic, especially considering this: If Duke were to play Louisville, it would be in the Elite Eight. The first and last time coach Mike Krzyzewski battled Rick Pitino in the Elite Eight was in 1992, when Christian Laettner’s turnaround jumper at the buzzer became one of the most iconic moments in NCAA Tournament history. The Blue Devils were undefeated this season before losing Ryan Kelly to a foot injury in January, but with Kelly back and averaging 28.6 minutes per game since his return, Duke could be the best team in this region and maybe the tournament.

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Every team has something important to play for this time of year, but the No. 4 seed Saint Louis University Billikens have a little more than the rest of the field. That’s because their head coach, Rick Majerus, passed away about a month into the season. Majerus had been on medical leave and wasn’t coaching the team when he passed, but he was the head coach nonetheless. Besides the extra motivation, Saint Louis and interim coach Jim Crews are really good. The team plays great defense, won the regular-season and tournament Atlantic-10 titles, owns a win against the University of New Mexico and are 14-1 since Jan. 23

If this game was played in the regular season without seeds, it would hardly be considered an upset if the No. 12 seed Oregon Ducks beat the No. 5 seed Oklahoma State University Cowboys. The committee gave Oregon a No. 12 seed, despite the fact Oregon won the Pacific-12 Tournament Championship, beat University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of California, Las Vegas on the road, beat Arizona at home and beat UCLA again at a neutral site. The Ducks did lose to some bad teams, but they showed an ability to beat very good tournament teams on the road. Many of the team’s losses came while freshman point guard Dominic Artis was sidelined with a foot injury. Artis is back in the rotation for Oregon, setting up what should be an exciting matchup between freshman point guards when he goes up against Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart.

Indiana, Georgetown, Ohio State, Louisville

NATIONAL CHAMPION Ohio State Adriana Bush Asst. Sports Editor

This is easy. Teams in the East region either need to hide or hold onto the ball for their dear life when they come across Indiana University junior guard Victor Oladipo. This guy is no joke. He leads the Big Ten with an average of 2.2 steals per game and a 55.9 field goal percentage. Oladipo has a quick first step that’s practically unguardable on the perimeter. Overall, he’s a threat on both the defensive and offensive ends. This 6-foot-5-inch Hoosier is also the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year, The Sporting News National Player of the Year and was selected for the 2012-13 U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-America Team. Oladipo had quite a journey with Indiana, starting as an overlooked player to become one of the best in the country.

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The best possible matchup in the East would be No.6 seed Butler University against No.1 seed Indiana in the Elite Eight. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs upset the Hoosiers in an 88-86 overtime thriller that broke up Indiana’s 10game winning streak. If the Hoosiers and the Bulldogs meet again, Indiana will look for more than redemption. Indiana will try to prove on this national stage that Butler’s previous victory against the Hoosiers was a fluke, while Butler will look to do it again and knock Indiana out of the tournament and claim the title itself. The Bulldogs are 26-8 overall and 11-5 in the Atlantic10 Conference. The Hoosiers are 27-6 overall and 14-4 in the Big Ten. So, a matchup between them is sure to be exciting. Teams in the East shouldn’t take No. 7 seed University of Illinois lightly in any way. This season, the Fighting Illini put down some of the top-ranked schools in the country, including Gonzaga University, Ohio State University and Indiana. Just because Illinois is 22-12 overall and 8-10 in the Big Ten, doesn’t mean it’s not a threat to anyone who steps on the opposite side of the court. Illinois hasn’t made a tournament appearance since 2011 and hasn’t been to the Final Four since 2005, but this might just be their year.

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Predicting upsets can be hard. That’s why they’re called “upsets”—they can come at any time and happen to any team. Upsets can be dangerous and can either make or break your bracket. With that said, if I was to predict a potential upset, it would be during a matchup between No. 2 seed University of Miami and Butler during the Sweet 16. Miami came out of nowhere this year to take college basketball by storm, but this wouldn’t be Butler’s first big upset this season.

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The U.S. paid a high price for Iraq War lessons national

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hen the U.S. invaded Iraq in March 2003, the Bush administration said the financial impact on the American people would be substantial, with estimations ranging from $50 to $60 billion. Unfortunately, the actual cost has exceeded those initial approximations. A recent study from Brown University revealed how much the war actually cost. The Costs of War project included input from a panel of economists, anthropologists, lawyers, humanitarian workers and political scientists from 15 universities, the United Nations and other organizations. The Cost of War project’s research concluded the actual cost of the war in Iraq to be at least $2.2 trillion. With interest, this figure could swell to more than $6 trillion. These numbers are staggeringly beyond what we can comprehend, so it’s hard to understand exactly how huge $2 trillion really is. With this amount of money, the U.S. can immunize every child in the world from deadly diseases for 1,500 years or provide resources for developing nations to fight the spread of AIDS for more than 130 years. With about $175 billion per year the U.S. could eliminate global poverty in 20 years. Millions of lives could have been saved for a fraction of what the Iraq War cost. Problems could have been solved with this money or steps could have been taken toward finding solutions, at the very least.

More important than the financial impact of sustaining the war is the colossal death toll. According to Brown University’s Cost of War report, more than 189,000 people died in the Iraq war. Of those casualties, more than 70 percent of those people were civilians, meaning the blood of more than 134,000 civilians stains the hands of the leaders who pushed the U.S. into Iraq, not to mention 4,488 members of the U.S. military and at least 3,400 U.S. contractors. In addition to these figures, more than 32,000 American military personnel have been wounded in Iraq. Whether or not this war was justified is irrelevant. The war happened, so now here is the question: What did we learn from it? Technically, with more than 7,000 contractors still on the Pentagon’s payroll—meaning American taxpayers are supporting them—it may be more accurate to say the war is still ongoing. So, the question remains. What have we gained from this experience? It’s difficult to argue that we’ve received a return on our investment. We are responsible for burning through an insane amount of money, consuming vast amounts of resources and executing a massacre of Iraqi civilians. Still, it’s possible that this war hasn’t been fought for nothing. From a strategic standpoint, the losses greatly outweigh the gains in Iraq. However, from a long-term standpoint, if our generation can

learn from this war, it’s possible it was worth it. Our parents’ generation got us into this mess, and we will be paying for this war for years to come. Their parents’ generation was responsible for Vietnam, so you’d think they would have learned a lesson or two, but apparently they didn’t. So, now it’s up to us. We can deviate from the American tendency to jump into military conflict. We can insist upon finding nonmilitary solutions to our problems and treating war as an absolute last resort. It’s time for us to advance beyond the military-industrial complex that’s been dragging our once-great nation down for decades. We lead the world in defense spending, with more than $700 billion per fiscal year. Our spending is inefficient and our policies are stupid. The way we dump money into defense spending should outrage taxpayers. It’s actually extremely disrespectful to the men and women who are serving in our military. Despite how we consider the last 10 years of war—whether from a financial or a moral standpoint— America has clearly been failing. It’s not too late to fix this. It’s never too late to learn from our errors. Let ours be the generation that rises up out of repeated failures with the knowledge and determination not to let history repeat itself.

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Combat terrorism with respect, not invasions

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n “The Princess Bride,” our hero, the man in black, receives sage advice from his enemy, Vizzini. By proclaiming that one should never get involved in a land war in Asia, Vizzini makes an apt analogy to the folly that was America’s involvement in Vietnam. America’s leaders are either poor history buffs or inattentive students of fiction because they repeated the folly 10 years ago on March 21, 2003. The connection ends there, though. In Vietnam, the U.S. only received a rare military defeat. But in Iraq, the U.S. surrendered its right to call itself a human rights champion. It seems longer than 10 years ago that the U.S. could call itself a shining light of freedom without the rest of the world snickering. It’s hard to believe now that America ever had the world’s sympathy. In what might be the last time the world stood with the U.S., 75 nations expressed support for Operation Enduring Freedom, the October 2001 response to 9/11. It’s amazing what 16 months of political missteps can do to a country’s image. During the 16 months following the beginning

of OEF, former President George W. Bush saber’s rattled against the effectively handcuffed, but still defiant, Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein, and the world wondered who was crazier: Bush or Saddam. Only four nations provided troops when Bush ordered a preemptive incursion to remove Saddam. A lack of support made it obvious to the Middle East—a region sensitive to imperialism— the second Iraq War was solely an American enterprise. Those skeptical of the U.S.’s intent were not buying Bush’s insistence Saddam was aiding and abetting terrorism. When the other reason for invasion couldn’t be located— Saddam’s mythical weapons of mass destruction—the stage was set for backlash. Bush blundered into revolt in two different ways, both tainting U.S. prestige in the process. First, as only he could, he mismanaged a tenet of his own doctrine: regime change. Bush believed initial fighting would be done quickly. In a rare occurrence, he was right. It took only 20 days from the invasion’s outset until Iraqis toppled Saddam’s statue. Yet Bush’s prescience didn’t lead to a conclusion that should’ve been obvious to any

competent leader; Iraq needed a transitional government set up without delay. Fourteen months passed between Bush’s fateful “mission accomplished” speech and establishment of the first post-invasion government headed by an Iraqi. By then, both the war and America’s reputation was lost. A free Iraq never had a chance for success. Bush needed only to look to Bosnia to see what was going to happen once a totalitarian

It seems longer than 10 years ago that the U.S. could call itself a shining light of freedom without the rest of the world snickering. government was removed. To no one’s surprise, Shiites and Sunnis, longtime enemies held in check by Saddam, wasted no time fighting each other once they no longer had to worry about Saddam punishing them. In sad irony, al-Qaida, allegedly funded by Iraq, eagerly entered into the

power vacuum, punishing the U.S. in the same manner Osama bin Laden allegedly participated during the 1980s U.S.-funded Afghanistan rebellion against the Soviet Union. Bush, well-known for his disdain for academia (but even the infamous Yale University C-student was still an Ivy League grad), ought to have been able to anticipate the danger of destabilizing a tyrannical nation into anarchy. Second, Bush was besieged by charges of human rights violations. Al-Qaida couldn’t have imagined the good hand it was dealt when Bush compounded the error of an unjust invasion—and rumors of condoning torture tactics—with his decision to try terrorists by way of military tribunals instead of criminal courts. International law expressly forbids trying civilians using military tribunals. Since al-Qaida isn’t a sovereign nation, the U.S. cannot declare war against it. Therefore, terrorists captured during OEF or Iraqi Freedom aren’t prisoners of war. Any prisoner held at Guantanamo Bay is held in blatant violation of human rights. Further, Amnesty International documents only six Guantanamo detainees receiving adjudication.

They say 240 detainees remain in captivity, some for as long as nine years, despite consistent U.S. Supreme Court rulings declaring detainees are entitled to habeas corpus. It’s hard to be concerned about the welfare of people who might just want us dead. However, the U.S.’s intentional violation of basic standards of dignity resulted in victory for terrorists. AlQaida now has certifiable proof of evils caused by the U.S. With it, terrorism enjoys a resurgence. It’s not hard to see the 2012 U.S. embassy slaughter in Benghazi has roots in U.S. maltreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Perhaps the ultimate irony to our misguided Iraq foray is that the U.S. was the weapon of mass destruction. It employed terroristic methods to capture terrorists. If a sequel to “The Princess Bride” is developed, the new taunt by the man in black’s enemy is you can’t fight terror with terror. Ten years of human rights abuse is enough. It’s time for the U.S. to change course and begin acting just. It’s the only way to defeat terrorism.

—Staff columnist Mike Heral is a journalism junior

Environmental stickers don’t stick to the facts

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n a girls’ bathroom near Little Theatre 161, there’s a green and white sticker on a paper towel dispenser that reads, “Remember… These come from trees.” It isn’t the only one; these stickers have appeared in bathrooms across San Diego State. They’ve spread throughout the U.S. to at least 14 other countries. Universities, airports, office buildings and schools are using these stickers to eliminate excess paper waste. However, the sticker makes a claim I find hard to believe: “This sticker will save up to 100 lbs. of paper every year.” If each person who sees this sticker uses one less paper towel, lots of paper could be saved. But it’s outrageous to claim that one sticker can save 100 pounds of paper from one dispenser per year. In fact, the only field study for this claim was carried out in a single cafe bathroom in just one week. The web address on the sticker leads to a blog written by creator

Peter Kazanjy. “A non-judgmental, helpful reminder at the moment of consumption can really help reduce down the amount of unintentional waste we produce,” Kazanjy wrote on the blog. He maintained the blog since he started the sticker project in February 2007. On the site, the stickers are available in various quantities, including a roll

Valley Elementary School. This school reduced its paper towel use from 6,200 pounds to 1,800 pounds in one year by posting 50 of these stickers in its bathrooms. That means each of the 50 stickers saved about 88 pounds of paper towels, which is a lot, but not up to par with the 100-pound claim. This equates to an $840 reduction in janitorial supply costs and

If each person who sees this sticker uses one less paper towel, lots of paper could be saved. But it’s outrageous to claim that one sticker can save 100 pounds of paper from one dispenser per year. of 1,000 stickers for $149. It’s the buyer’s responsibility to place the stickers on any paper-dispensing machines they see fit. The only study I found giving concrete evidence of paper towel conservation was the case of Hunt

supposedly saved 18 trees. However, those trees weren’t doomed to become pulp for bathroom paper towels. According to an article in Stanford Magazine, paper towels are “generally made from recycled paper.” Despite

how much Kazanjy would like to blame paper towels for killing trees, most of those paper towels were papers of other kinds long before they made it to bathroom dispensers. “If recycled materials were not used, 3.5 tons of virgin wood would be needed in order to manufacture one ton of bathroom tissue,” according to Whole Building Design Guide’s Green Seal’s Report in 2004. That’s a whole lot more than what we really use because paper making fibers can be recycled five to seven times before it gets too small to even recycle, according to Stanford Magazine. Unfortunately, those paper towels in bathroom dispensers have hit the end of the line. They are the last usable form of recycled paper before the paper fibers get too short to bond together and use again. Paper towels from bathrooms get thrown away because they are too hard to recycle, considering they are normally combined with other bathroom muck and germs

that can survive the recycling process—which is one reason no one’s proposed recycling toilet paper. The stickers have saved paper towels from use, yet they aren’t really saving trees the way they claim to. Those paper towels don’t come from trees. Most of them come from recycled paper, which doesn’t bode well for the myth about directly saving trees. Apparently, I’m not the only one who is skeptical about the sticker scheme. During the week I spent writing and researching this column, I watched as one bathroom sticker on a toilet paper receptacle was ripped, maimed and written on with preposterous claims that the toilet paper came from banana peels. The claim “These come from trees” is far-fetched and doesn’t hold up to the scrutiny of a public increasingly knowledgeable about conservation.

—Staff columnist Kiersten Ridgel is a journalism junior


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Take a bite out of irresponsible food waste environment

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t’s no secret that millions of people around the world go hungry each year. Americans tend to be sympathetic, but unsurprised, when they hear about the woes of another povertystricken family struggling to put food on the table. What’s even more surprising is the incomprehensible correlation between the number of people who go hungry and the amount of food Americans throw out annually. Food waste is a growing problem. According to an article by The New York Times, approximately 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out every year—almost one-third of the total food produced worldwide. Only a quarter of this surplus would be enough to feed a majority of the world’s hungry, according to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leader Robert van Otterdijk. According to the article, Europe and the U.S. are the greatest contributers of food waste. Theoretically, much of the problem is out of our hands. Half of this loss—food that is spilled, spoiled, contaminated or otherwise lost in the production process—occurs at a commercial level, according to the Think, Eat, Save initiative. But once products reach store shelves, consumers have the power to manage the unnecessary surplus simply based on what and how much they buy. There are a few misconceptions consumers fall prey to when buying groceries. Because Americans are often raised to seek out the best of everything, they often overlook imperfect products. Too often, consumers will avoid visually distasteful foods despite their nutritional integrity. No one wants a piece of fruit that has

been bruised. We pay for it, so we deserve the best quality, right? Unfortunately, when everyone in the store shares this mindset, perfectly edible foods are ultimately thrown away. While it’s true some is donated to food banks, almost half is left to rot in landfills. Consumers can curb this problem by changing their attitudes about less-than-perfect products. Those pesky sell-by dates are another issue. Manufacturers train buyers to abide by these labels, causing them to believe food is no longer good once it passes that expiration date. Realistically, these dates are merely used to push products off the shelves. They don’t represent food safety and with the exception of baby formula, they aren’t even federally regulated. The best way to tell whether or not food is past its prime is simple: Follow your nose. If it smells fine, chances are it’s still safe to eat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Inspector Service says use-by dates refer to quality, not safety, and “an off odor, flavor or appearance” can be a good indicator of when food is actually spoiled. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leftover food accounts for 21 percent of landfill waste, the single biggest share. It’s a monetary loss for producers and consumers alike and creates a negative impact on the environment. Rotting food expels methane, a greenhouse gas considerably more potent than carbon dioxide. Wasted food also uses up valuable resources, such as water, fertilizer and energy that could be put to better use elsewhere in the production process. Efforts are already being made on campus to cut back on excess food production. San Diego State Dining Services Director

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Paul Melchior discussed the university’s extensive methods for limiting waste both before and after consumption. Buying product in bulk for the dining halls and collecting food scraps for compost are just two ways Dining Services is making strides toward a more economical and environmentally friendly future. SDSU’s food waste diversion and composting program has been recognized by the City of San Diego for its innovative practices. The “less is more” philosophy applies here. SDSU recycling coordinator Steve Lincoln said the goal of the

program is to reduce waste in the initial stages of food preparation because transporting leftovers to compost sites after the fact can be costly. The next time you’re at the store, ask yourself if you’ll be able to use the products you purchase before they expire. Better yet, make a note of what you already have in the kitchen before you shop to avoid buying too much. Certain websites, such as myfridgefood.com, are a good way to make meals out of ingredients you already have. Saving leftovers when going out to eat or splitting an entree

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between two people are also easy strategies to apply. Squandering our surpluses is definitely a major problem, especially when there are so many here and abroad that go without. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution. By being aware of our consumption habits, we can easily begin to reverse them, and everyone will benefit as a result. When it comes to reducing our impact, a little effort truly does go a long way.

—Staff Columnist Caitlin Johnson is a journalism junior

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis bring freshness to SDSU sneak peek Kevin Smead Entertainment Editor

By now, chances are you’ve heard of Macklemore. Be it on the radio, the Internet or whatever media device you choose, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are sort of the “it” guys right now. They’ve got a number one song (“Thrift Shop”), are touring the world and seem only to be gaining popularity. Lucky for us here at San Diego State, Macklemore is headlining this year’s GreenFest 2013 Concert. And while many are excited this year’s headliner is an actual, you know, headlining act who doesn’t always have “feat.” in front of his name (sorry, T-Pain), there are plenty who still have never heard of this grandpa clothes wearing “Is that Eminem?”guy, Macintosh-something-or-other character. So, here’s the Wikipedia version: Macklemore is a Seattle-native rapper who gained a following on the Internet, releasing tracks every now and again in the early 2000s, and even a self-distributed album called “The Language of My World” in 2005. Between 2005 and 2009, Macklemore (whose real name is Ben Haggerty) was addicted to OxyContin and on a sort of hiatus until the end of the decade, save for a few appearances here and there. It wasn’t really until last year that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit their stride. With the release of their

debut album “The Heist” in October 2012, the rapper and producer carved their places among the hiphop elite. Of course, Macklemore’s most notable song is his radio-anthem, “Thrift Shop,” for it’s goofy, funny and has pretty solid lines. Most of Macklemore’s other tracks are made for jamming as well. “Can’t Hold Us” is a four-on-the-floor rap anthem that’ll guarantee to have the audience jumping. “And We Danced” is a wacky party-jam that shows Macklemore’s zany side. It’s not all fun and games, though, as Macklemore’s tracks can get into some serious territory as well. “Same Love” is a call for equality for all peoples, while “Wings” addresses the dangers of consumerism through Air Jordans. What remains consistent, though, is the rapping talent of Macklemore and excellent production by Ryan Lewis. Whether or not you’re going to the show tonight, be sure to check out Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and watch their ascent to rap-greatness. Or, hey, maybe he’s already made it. And while you’re here, donate your clothes to Goodwill at the campus farmer’s market from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and receive a coupon for Goodwill. There will be just enough time for thrifting before the show this evening, so get on it. You, too, can steal you grandpa’s style and look frosty all at the same time.

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Discrimination gets ugly satire Eric Dobko Staff Writer

There exists a wretched group of people in this world that has been constantly scorned and mistreated since the beginning of time. We oppress them, laugh at their expense and turn our heads, simply because of the skin in which these people were born. Neither the black nor lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has been regarded by society with such utter revulsion. The subjugation and assimilation of the Native American doesn’t hold a candle to the unnoticed cruelty that defaced this group. Even the hardships of the dwarf community are downsized in comparison to these poor, unfortunate souls. No category of people in the history of mankind has been treated so disgustingly as the aesthetically unpleasant and attractively unqualified—the ugly people of the world. We must change our shallow ways of thinking if we’re ever going to free from this cage of oppression these elephant men and women. Ugly people have a long way to go if they wish to find social equality in our beauty-worshipping culture, where propaganda floods our minds with messages that hold beauty as some kind of divine perfection. American fashion doll Barbara Millicent Roberts, best known by her pseudonym “Barbie,” has long held her matriarchy in the doll kingdom as the symbol for beauty. She is highly considered as a mega babe among children’s playthings. After multiple generations of women having grown-up with this little plastic narcissist, our society has

been brainwashed at a young and physically frightful with prejuimpressionable age into cherish- dice and disrespect. This foul ing her superficial beauty. mistreatment seeped into every Despite the thousands of Bar- aspect of our lives like poison. bie varieties in all their physical It’s flowed into the family, where magnificence, Mattel has yet to parents expect their kids to bring release a single model in the right- home someone with considerable fully due “Ugly Barbie” series. good looks, sickened by even the When will children ever be able thought of their children perto develop their companionship petuating the family with the with Unibrow Barbie? Is Cleft blood of an ugly. It’s oozed into Lip Barbie not worthy of spend- the workplace, where unattracting time with? Doesn’t Early-On- ive strippers are profiled by emset Balding Barbie need friends, ployers, often turned down solely too? When we condition our chil- because of their physical appeardren to only spend time with the ance. It’s leaked into the media, beautiful and well-groomed, they where if Ashlee Simpson lip-syncs become disposed to neglect ugly on “Saturday Night Live,” she is people in their adult years. despised and labeled as a talentThis subliminal messaging to- less disgrace to humanity. But ward ugliness is also ever present when Beyonce lip-synchs in front in the English language, wherein of millions during a Super Bowl the word “ugly” has become syn- halftime show, everyone is—for onymous with violence, unpleas- whatever reason—too distracted antness and immorality. As soon to notice. as we are able to speak, we are Discrimination is defined as indoctrinated linguistically to “the act, practice, or an instance view ugliness as most wicked of of discriminating categorically all evils. Phrases such as “ugly as rather than individually.” It bewilsin,” “the ugly truth,” or “the sit- ders me how ugly people are nevuation at the bidet factory turned er mentioned as a topic in social ugly” provide examples to our rights. Surely we should classify contaminated way of thinking. ugliness as a category, for what The word “homely,” meaning could be easier to lump together physically unattractive, implies than people who are, well … althat ugly people should be shut ready rather lumpy? Just because away from society, quarantined they haven’t organized any wellto their houses so as not to con- known public demonstrations taminate anyone with their vi- doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t sual affliction. The title of 1966 be recognized as a political body. Clint Eastwood spaghetti west- I suppose it just means that their ern, “The Good, the Bad, and body maybe doesn’t get out that the Ugly,” implies that it is better much, isn’t in the best shape and to be immoral than unattractive. can’t attract the most members. Even the first syllable of the word It’s time that the way in which forces one to let out a contemptu- ugly people faced their grotesque ous groan: “Ughhhh…” discrimination had an extreme With this negativity toward makeover. ugliness imprinted upon us, we grow accustomed to treating the

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Today’s Birthday (3/21/13) - Communications flow vigorously until summer, with social and business opportunities. Apply that energy to improving your home after that, and invite others to share the benefits. Family holds your focus this year, including financial aspects like insurance, joint resources or an inheritance. Together you get further. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 9 - For the next four weeks, pay close attention to opportunities to achieve old objectives. Discipline is absolutely required, and the results are satisfying. Follow your heart, and play by the rules. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 7 - Allow yourself more quiet time this month. Finish old jobs, and organize something. Completing a project takes less energy than constantly ignoring it. Solitude inspires you; bring along a sketchbook. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 9 - Take advantage of your newly gained popularity to grow teamwork. You’re getting hotter and you’re lucky in love. Act responsibly. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 7 - Nothing can stop you when you’re on fire. You can get farther than you ever thought possible, now and all month. Consider new career choices and options. Stay true, and keep your word. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 - Make sure you know what you want. Don’t rush a decision. Cut down on unproductive activities, unless they’re about resting. There’s no need to spend to impress others. Think it over, and choose. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 - For the next month, you’re especially

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Solutions available online at www.thedailyaztec.com 3 Anatomical column component 4 Land in el agua 5 Dry French wine 6 Target in the end zone 7 System ending? 8 Eliciting awe 9 Plead in court, say 10 Whaling weapon 11 Bowler’s target 12 Strengthens 13 Sound from the bull pen 21 “The Nazarene” author Sholem 22 Belgian prime minister Di Rupo 23 Coast Guard noncoms 24 Jackman of “Les Misérables” (2012) 28 Sloshed 29 São __

33 Examine, as produce 35 “Game on!” 36 Coconut product? 37 McEnroe rival 39 Tar Heel St. 40 Improvisational piece 41 Gideon Fell creator John Dickson __ 42 Apt vehicle in a presidential motorcade? 43 Furniture wood 44 __ Rico 45 Dutch export 46 Covent Garden architect Jones 50 Scaloppine meat 51 Fútbol cheers 55 Resting place 56 “I didn’t mean to do that” key


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