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VOLUME 99, ISSUE 92
Student organizations battle for peace campus Arturo Garcia Staff Writer
Two San Diego State student organizations, Students for Justice in Palestine and Aztecs for Israel, set up their respective two-day demonstrations on campus last week, which resulted in heated arguments between both groups. SJP erected an illustrated and graffitied gray wall, which represented the Israeli West Bank barrier dividing the Palestinian population from its families, work and natural resources. The wall included anecdotes, quotes and statistics, as well as other claims, which enforced SJP’s main argument: Palestinian resistance against Israeli oppression. AFI presented a wooden bridge with the Palestinian flag drawn on one end and the Israeli flag drawn at the other end. A poster board for people to write their definitions of peace and a set of pro-Israel panels accompanied the bridge, which was set in front of the Love Library, about 80 feet away from SJP’s wall. Minutes after AFI’s last panel was set up on Wednesday morning, a man dressed as an Israeli soldier walked toward a set of steps located in between both demonstrations. He stood at the op of the steps, with the back toward AFI’s bridge, and held up a double-sided banner. One side of the banner read “We want peace, but … ,” a sentence that concluded as SJP’s mock soldier twisted the banner to reveal “Give us your $$ to fund our wars. Thanks, -Israel.” “The soldier is there to tell people Israel isn’t very honest about its peaceful intentions and to counter the bridge to peace.” One attendent and SJP representative Nadir Bouhmouch said. Following the arrival of the mock soldier, a woman stating she was a real Israeli soldier approached the steps and stood there as members from both organizations gathered. Arguments from both sides turned into a yelling match among the SJP
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Members of San Diego State student organizations, Students for Justice in Palestine and Aztecs for Israel, involved in a heated argument. These demonstrations were part of a two-day campus initiative..
members, AFI members and the real Israeli soldier, who claimed to have medically attended Palestinians. “I was born and raised in Jerusalem,” an SJP member in the crowd said. “I’ve never seen Israeli soldiers helping Palestinians. I only see them pointing guns at them.” The on-and-off arguments continued throughout the day. Crowds came and went along with the gimmicks. The real Israeli soldier returned to the scene with a banner and a companion. She carried a poster that said she was the real soldier; her companion carried a banner which read “She gave medical aid to Palestinians.” “Maybe because she shot them,” an SJP poster read in response. Bouhmouch later took down the poster and said he regretted it. He said later that afternoon a student, who is reportedly a member of AFI tried to push down a part of the SJP wall. The SDSU Police Department arrived and
took down the student’s information. “We feel like we are the ones who are attacked,” Bouhmouch said. “It’s an issue for me when you see terrorism and Hamas Charter as a focus of (AFI’s) display, when our focus is on nonviolent resistance. We’re not trying to defend someone. We’re trying to speak of something that is spoken everywhere else in the world.” Bouhmouch referred to panels set up by AFI, which presented alleged excerpts from the Hamas Charter, with subtitles such as “Obliterate Israel,” “No Negotiations” and “Kill Jews.” “We are seen as anti-Semites, which is really not true,” Bouhmouch said. AFI President Mor Frankle said the organizations kept to themselves during Thursday’s demonstrations and agreed to encourage students to attend each other’s displays. “I feel for the Palestinian people,” Frankle said. “I am pro-Israel, pro-Palestine and pro-peace. I would love there to be
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two states, where the Palestinian people and the Israeli people live side by side in a state of peace and harmony.” But, Thurday’s harmony did not last. Frankle said she was told that fake eviction notices were posted on the doors of Jewish students’ apartments at Piedra del Sol housing. “If it’s true, it leaves a very sour taste to the week,” Frankle said. According to Frankle, AFI has tried to make peace with SJP in the past, but AFI has been met with day-of cancelations and a silent protest where SJP members attended an Israeli-soldier event, put tapes on their mouths and walked out minutes after it had begun. “The way we see it is that we are just trying to advocate for what we think is justice, and they are trying to advocate for a country to use military force against the people, and we don’t think there is any sort of discussion there,” Bouhmouch said.
SDSU student creates job hunting website
campus Ellen Wright Contributor
Jobioz.com, a new website equivalent to eHarmony for job hunters is schedules to be launched next month. A group of San Diego State students created the site to match recent graduates with employers hiring for entry-level positions. Like a dating site, Jobioz uses an algorithm to match employers with the perfect job candidate. Students can create an online portfolio on the site to showcase their abilities in a way resumes can’t. The portfolios compile videos, photos, and past projects that would otherwise never be seen by potential employers. Job recruiters make a profile giving applicants a behind-thescenes look into what it’s like to work for their company. Recruiters also complete a culture section describing the work environment, if paid vacations are offered and
even past interns’ impressions of the company. “A lot of students end up leaving a company within the first year because it’s not the right fit,” CEO of Jobioz, Inc. and SDSU entrepreneurship senior Gregg Anderson said. A team of SDSU students used resources from the on-campus business incubator, the Zahn Center for Technological Innovation to create the site. Founders are currently campaigning to raise $30,000 to cover legal fees, marketing, software development and other services. Anderson said the site will first launch as a beta version around April 26. The beta version will be the unfinished product that will allow users to provide feedback. The site, intended for college students and alumni, who have graduated within three years, is free for students because the cost goes to the employers. Anderson says Jobioz saves employers time
A screeshot of the SDSU student created site meant to match recent graduates with employers looking to fill entry-level positions.
because the site allows them to search for candidates with specific skill sets. Anderson and his team hope to revolutionize the job search process and help students get a job and stay there.
“You’ve gotten the education, put in the time and you have the skills,” Anderson said. “We want you to be able to showcase those skills.”
Georgia baby shot in stroller by two teenage boys national Ana Ceballos Assistant News Editor
A 13-month-old child was shot between the eyes while in a stroller last Thursday in front of his mother. The incident occurred in broad daylight when two teenage boys stopped Sherry West, the mother, demanding for money. When she refused, three gunshots were fired; one hit the mother in the leg and another fatally hit the baby in the face. According to police, the 17year-old and 14-year-old involved in the shooting have been arrested by police and identified by the mother. According to police, both suspects have been charged with first-degree murder. Police are still trying to locate the murder weapon. An arraignment for the teenagers has not yet been scheduled. “My baby will never be back again,” West told the Associated Press. “He took an innocent life. I want his life, too.” Former landlord of West’s home, Beverly Anderson, told ABC the neighborhood where the crime happened is generally known as a safe neighborhood. She was stunned by the violent act. According to statistics found on NeighborhoodScout, the town of Brunswick reports 253 violent crimes annually. This gives residents a one out of 61 chance of being a victim. Stranger details emerged when West said this is not the first time she has lost a son to violence. West told CNN that five years ago, her 18-year-old son was stabbed to death in New Jersey. “This is the second child that people have taken from me in a tragic way,” West told CNN. “I’m so afraid to have any more babies now. I tried to raise really good kids in a wicked world.”
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Science Beat Volcanic eruptions caused mass extinction to begin the age of dinosaurs The death of the dinosaurs was not the only mass extinction to occur during Earth’s long history, but it is actually one of five that occurred during the past 540 million years. One of these extinctions occurred at the end of the Triassic period more than 200 million years ago. This killed 76 percent of all marine and terrestrial species, thus allowing the dinosaurs to dominate the planet during the Jurassic period. The cause of this massive wave of death was not fully understood by the scientific community, which struggled to find the cause. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University believe a series of massive volcanic eruptions strong enough to alter both Earth’s marine and terrestrial climates caused the extinction. The volcanic eruptions occurred in an area referred to as the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province during the period when the supercontinent Pangaea still existed. By dating the igneous and sedimentary rocks in both Morocco and the Eastern U.S., researchers determined when and for how long the eruptions occurred. Linking these eruptions to the extinction was a difficult task because of the large geological timescale researchers had to analyze. An error in the dating process could have skewed the date of the event by a million years, leading to false predictions To reduce the risk of error, scientists employed an interdisciplinary approach by combing geochronology and astrochronology techniques to date the ancient volcanic sediments. The
techniques allowed the researchers to date the volcanic sediments to within approximately 30,000 years around the event, which is a precise measurement when considering geological timescales. These results are the strongest link between the Triassic extinction and the CAMP eruptions. Getting Sick is Not Gender Equal The common cold and flu are illnesses that all men and women share and dread, but not all diseases affect both genders in the same way. Giovannella Baggio and her research team at Padua University Hospital in Italy published an article explaining how the effects of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis differ between the sexes. Through her study, Baggio claims how clinical tests on diseases can be skewed based on the gender that is more likely to contract the disease. For example, men are more likely to get colon cancer. She said this bias is a form of medical inequality because these diseases can also affect the other gender, though less often. One of Baggio’s studies focused on osteoporosis, a type of bone disease that generally affects women, but which can occasionally be found in men as well. The study revealed that men with osteoporosis have a higher mortality rate than women because the disease is often overlooked in men. Baggio said conducting more clinical tests of gender-skewed diseases must be conducted in order to determine their full effects on both genders. –– Compiled by Staff Writer, Will Houston
MONday, MARCH 25, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 92
Aztecs send Sooners home
Senior guard James Rahon scored 17 points as the Aztecs defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 70-55. Staff Writer
The San Diego State men’s basketball team advanced to the next round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday with a 70-55 win against No.10-seeded University of Oklahoma. The Aztecs hope to earn a Sweet 16 berth for the second time in three years, thanks to No.15-seeded Florida Gulf Coast University’s 10point upset against No. 2-seeded Georgetown University. SDSU put on another suffocating defensive display in its win against Oklahoma, limiting the Sooners to 16 points under their season average on 39.7 percent shooting. The Aztecs began the game out of sync offensively, trailing by nine points midway through the first half, but were able to find their groove and outscore the Sooners 39-22 in the second. There was nothing flashy about the way the Aztecs won, but they showed they could grind out a big game by picking apart a defense in a half-court set. Senior guard Chase Tapley, who scored 10 points, gave the Aztecs the lead with a layup midway through the second half that began an 8-0 run and proved to be the difference. SDSU also went 16 of 17 from the freethrow line, many coming in the final minutes of the game. “You just want to go to your teammates and just hug them,” Tapley said. “We just accomplished something. Let’s keep on going.”
women’s basketball Adriana Bush Assistant Sports Editor
The Women’s National Invitational Tournament ended for the Aztecs on Saturday, which means their season is officially done. San Diego State lost 69-58 to old Mountain West Conference foe Brigham Young University in the second round of the WNIT in Provo, Utah. Instead of taking an early lead in the first few minutes like the team’s consistently done throughout the season, the Aztecs actually trailed behind the Cougars and didn’t pass them until a jumper by senior guard Chelsea Hopkins in the 12th minute. But three minutes later, BYU tied the game and kept the shots coming to maintain a two-point lead going into the half. Hopkins was leading the game with 11 points while senior guard Courtney Clements followed with nine points. The Aztecs were shooting 34.6 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line. SDSU came into the second half ready to reclaim the lead and, within the first three minutes, was down by just one. However, that quickly changed, because of three-straight triples by BYU. The Cougars were in the lead by 10 points and SDSU struggled to answer back. The Aztecs spent the rest of the second half trailing behind the Cougars, but they never gave up, even when they were down nine points with 10 seconds left in the game. Hopkins, sophomore point guard Ahjalee Har-
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Tapley is the first player in Aztec history to play in four NCAA tournaments. Junior guard Jamaal Franklin led the Aztecs with 21 points and five assists to go along with eight rebounds. “Jamaal does what every coach expects, but doesn’t always get,” SDSU head coach Steve Fisher said. “He gives you maximum effort every second he’s out there, and it’s not 100 percent what you want, but you’re not going to ever fault him for effort.” After a 17-point performance, senior guard James Rahon received a big ovation from the SDSU fans who traveled to Philadelphia for the game. “Well, it is definitely a bigger stage, so I think we all raised our level of play a little bit,” Rahon said. “But these guys next to me were finding me when I was making shots…Got to credit them for finding me when I was open.” Senior forward DeShawn Stephens muscled his way to seven points down low and a careerhigh 11 rebounds. Sooner senior forward Romero Osby was the only ray of hope for Oklahoma. Whenever it seemed the Aztecs were about to run away with the game, Osby was there with a clutch basket to keep them in it. Osby was the only Sooner to score in double digits. With the Aztec victory, Fisher once again lives up to his reputation, as the Aztecs are 3-5 in the NCAA Tournament on six appearances with Fisher as coach.
Senior guard Chelsea Hopkins scored 17 points in a 69-58 loss to the Brigham Young University Cougars.
vey and senior forward Gabrielle Clark attempted 3-pointers, but the Aztecs lost the hard-fought battle. The Aztecs were unable to hold the Cougars to fewer than 59 points. SDSU shot a low 32.3 percent from the field and made 9-of-14 free-throw attempts. The Aztecs shot 29.2 percent from 3-point range. Overall, BYU played better offensively and defensively against the Aztecs. The Cougars connected on 21 of 48 of their field-goal attempts. BYU had a 41-33 rebounding advantage against SDSU and a 17-15 advantage in points from turnovers. Hopkins led the team with 17 points, while Clements scored 15 and sophomore forward Khristina Hunter chipped in eight. Sophomore forward Erimma Amarikwa led the team with
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six rebounds and Hopkins led the team with six assists. Last Wednesday, the Aztecs beat the University of California, Santa Barbara 69-46 in the first round of the WNIT. During that game, Clements scored a career-high 31 points and the Gauchos couldn’t contain the Aztec offense. However in Saturday’s game, the Cougars made sure to put a stop to any momentum carried from the UCSB game. SDSU had an outstanding season, finishing the season 27-7 overall and 15-2 in the MWC with a programrecord 27 wins. SDSU was the 2013 MWC regular-season champion for the second-straight year, had a 17game winning streak and made it to the second round of the WNIT.
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Students for Justice in Palestine is hosting Palestine Awareness Week on campus to educate students about Palestinian culture, heritage, history and political issues. The organization is also calling for boycotts of Israel similar to ones at UCSD, UCI and UCR voted on.
hree weeks ago, Israel launched a segregated bus system. Palestinian workers in the West Bank are now required to use Palestinian-only buses to travel to work in Israel. To think half a century after Rosa Parks resisted this type of segregation, a country that the U.S. considers one of its strongest allies and gives more than $3 billion to annually, still discriminates on the basis of ethnicity is atrocious and unacceptable. This move by Israel evoked not just the segregation of the American South but also the apartheid regime of South Africa As a student organization on campus, Students for Justice in Palestine aims to raise awareness on injustices such as these through events like Palestine Awareness Week. SJP is a diverse group of students, staff and community members, organized in accordance with democratic principles to promote justice, human rights, liberation and self-determination for the Palestinian people. Held annually, Palestine Awareness Week is part of SJP’s commitment to promote awareness to our community and fellow students about Palestinian culture, history, heritage and current political issues. The Palestinian cause is a fundamental part of the universal struggle for justice and human rights, and we stand in solidarity with any group suffering from oppression and occupation. This year’s Palestine Awareness Week aims to educate the San Diego State student body about the injustices faced by Palestinians in Israeli prison systems-paralleling it with the U.S. prison system-raise awareness of Israel’s war crimes that continue to go unpunished, and of course, to appreciate the rich Palestinian culture and history. At previous events, members of other groups have hatefully accused SJP of being “anti-Semitic” or “supporters of terrorism.” In fact, many allies in the fight for justice in Palestine are Jewish and Israeli. Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, former President Jimmy Carter, Alice Walker, Roger Waters, Nelson Mandela and archbishop Desmond Tutu are just some of the high profile pro-Palestinian, pro-justice activists and supporters. SJP rejects attempts to equate the criticism of Zionism or of Israeli policies with anti-Semitism and recognizes that this is part of a nationwide trend of intimidation against Palestine solidarity organizing on U.S.
college campuses. Earlier this month, a faculty member at the University of Oregon attempted to physically assault students who were holding a mock checkpoint on campus during Israeli Apartheid Week. Recently, the University of California Santa Cruz started a campaign to hold faculty member Tammi Rossman-Benjamin accountable for her Islamophobic and inflammatory comments that SJP and Muslim Student Association members have “ties to terrorist organizations.” While intimidation of Palestine solidarity organizing is affecting students from all angles, students are staying strong and remaining focused on the mission of the work, which is to raise awareness of the human rights violations happening in Palestine, and what students can actually do in the U.S. to make a difference. One of the things students can do to fight back against intimidation efforts is to educate themselves about the human rights violations in Palestine in addition to learning about the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement of Israel, which was called for by members of Palestinian civil society in 2005. Since November, student senate bills calling for their universities to divest from corporations profiting from human rights violations were passed at the University of California schools in San Diego, Irvine and Riverside. Divestment initiatives have been historically utilized as means of highlighting human rights and environmental violations and calling for government and corporate accountability. And just as international BDS campaigns helped to pressure the government of South Africa to abandon apartheid policies, allies—which include a growing number of U.S. and Israeli Jews—call to boycott, divest and sanction Israel hope that the campaign will help pressure Israel to end the human rights abuses and apartheid policies. Now is the time for students to join in solidarity with a growing movement of other students who refuse to be blind to Israel’s human rights abuses. As Desmond Tutu noted in 2012: “Israel becoming an apartheid state or like South Africa in its denial of equal rights is not a future danger … but a present-day reality.”
—By SJP members Nadine Hassoun and Agha Zain
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Aztecs for Isreal strive for dialogue with SJP
Aztecs for Israel is hosting Israel Peace Week to increase dialogue on campus about the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and to inform students about Israel’s peace efforts. AFI also hopes to provide an area for pro-Israel students to voice their opinions.
ast week, Aztecs for Israel began our second annual Israel Peace Week for the San Diego State campus. It has thus far been an extremely successful program and has brought about respectful, spirited conversation among SDSU students. Israel Peace Week is important because students are encouraged to open their minds and participate in a progressive dialogue between the two groups. Peace Week is, above all, meant to educate SDSU students. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a complicated topic that most SDSU students may know very little about. The conflict is often skewed in the U.S. media and is not always represented in the most balanced way. Israel Peace Week provides a balanced narrative to Palestine Awareness Week, which is put on by Students for Justice in Palestine. The result is that the SDSU community is given the opportunity to
learn about this conflict from those whose lives it affects on a day-today basis. Not only does Israel Peace Week advocate for peace in the Middle East, it also gives a chance for pro- Israel students to voice their stories and experiences. This gives SDSU students the opportunity to ask questions, and learn their perspective from a fellow Aztec. Israel Peace Week is important to have on this campus, because it’s a direct reflection of the Jewish state’s many attempts to find a solution for peace. Israel has always had a hope to end this taxing conflict and taken the necessary steps in trying to achieve that peace. Israel has repeatedly given up land to achieve peace, both in 1979 in honor of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty and in 2005 as well, when Israel withdrew entirely from the Gaza Strip, which uprooted Jewish settlements and removed all Jewish
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civilians from the area. These are just a few examples that show the sacrifices Israel has made in hopes of peace. While Israel still consistently attempts to make many more foreword-moving compromises with its Palestinian neighbors, Palestinian leaders have rejected territorial compromises in 1937, 1947, 1967, 1979, 2000 and 2008, all which would have allowed them to create the first Palestinian state in history. Our program adds value to the SDSU campus because it promotes a positive message of peace and understanding. Despite our university being thousands of miles away from this turmoil in the Middle East, during this week of awareness, the conflict is unfortunately brought onto SDSU’s campus. During Palestine Awareness Week, our campus climate is one of hostility because of recent actions, such as mock letters of eviction spamming student residences. AFI’s Peace Week is trying a different approach to engage students. We encouraged students to write on our peace board about what peace means to them, and inspire them to express their opinions as well as ask questions to better understand Israel’s narrative.
Despite minor setbacks, Israel Peace Week was successful and made an impact at SDSU this year. We were able to have substantial conversations with students who wanted to learn more about the Israeli-Arab conflict. AFI also has opened communication with SJP during the week. We were able to agree with SJP, shake hands, and make deals about respecting each other’s space. We believe that these are positive steps forward, and continuing in this direction will initiate change and bring forward a better
campus climate at SDSU. It is only through respect and understanding for one another that we can hope for a positive future. AFI has actively sought dialogue with SJP, which we believe would be a great first step. We know that these actions of working together and having respect for one another as Aztecs make the hope for peace in Israel and Palestine much brighter and more realistic.
—By AFI members Mor Frankle and Sheli Grumet
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“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge” -Thomas Carlyle
love & relationships advice
Love Guru Staff Columist
Troubled Traditionalist: I’m a traditionalist when it comes to dating. I like the man to ask me out, pick me up and—most importantly pay for the date. My boyfriend did most of these things early on in our relationship, and I thought it impressive that he was such a gentleman. Lately, though, he hasn’t seemed as eager to pick up the tab, even if it’s just out on a lunch date. Am I wrong for expecting him to be the one to take out his wallet when the bill comes? Love Guru: In your case, the song “Gold Digger” by Kanye West comes to mind. Are you dating the man for his money? Or have you forgotten the whole concept of dating in general? Yes, it’s always a courtesy for the guy to pay for the first date, or even the first few dates, but at a certain point, it should even out between both of you. It’s nice every once in a while when the woman at least offers to
pay for dinner or split the bill, even if the man insists on paying. It shows that she is mindful of someone’s needs besides her own. I can tell you this: Expecting your man to spoil you is no way to keep him around. Whether he can afford to take you out or not, it’s unfair to always expect him to. You will start giving him the wrong idea about what you truly want out of your relationship. Not
only that, but no one likes feeling used, especially when it comes to doing something as kind as paying for a movie or a meal. Next time, respect him enough to reciprocate a little bit. It will show him you care about spending time with him and not his $100 bills. Ring for Spring: My boyfriend and I have been dating for almost six years. I feel like since we live together, he doesn’t feel like he has to propose. We’ve talked about marriage in the future, but I feel like he is thinking years later than I am. How do I approach this without nagging him? Love Guru: While girls dream about their wedding day since childhood, men are much less inclined to rush into matrimony. Since you live with him, he probably feels very stable in the relationship and is in no rush to slip a ring on your finger. However, if you are sure he is “the one” and you have already talked about marriage, it’s OK to nag a little bit. Make comments about how lucky you are to be with him since he will be such a good husband and father one day. The ego boost will make him feel less nagged and more called to action. Also, you guys are no longer teenagers and six years is a long time. If he doesn’t get the hint, you should be more direct. Tell him you love him and marriage
needs to be part of the equation. Don’t set a time line, but talk about what things you both want to accomplish before walking down the aisle. This conversation will give you an idea of why he is holding back. Snooping Sweetheart: I found a text from my boyfriend’s exgirlfriend on his phone. It was nothing incriminating, but he says they don’t talk anymore and now I feel like he is lying, but I can’t confront him without confessing that I snooped. What should I do? Love Guru: Unless you really believe he haven’t moved onfrom his ex, the text isn’t a big deal, so I wouldn’t worry about it too much. If you confront him, he will think you don’t trust him and he won’t trust you around his phone anymore. However, you both need to be more clear on what communication is OK with exes. He may think texting and messaging via Facebook are OK because he’s not meeting with them face-to-face. You need to stop snooping and ask yourself why you felt the need to look through his phone. Is he flirty with other girls? Is he lacking commitment? Address the root of the problem instead of fishing for evidence. Hopefully, you two can build enough trust to make the relationship work.
SDSU students swept up by Kombucha health craze health & fitness
Brittany Turner Contributor
Bloated? Stomachache from excessive eating? No energy before class? If any of these symptoms sound like something you’ve struggled with, you’re not alone. San Diego State students are rapidly recognizing the powerful effects kombucha has on their bodies. Consumers visit Olive Oil Organic Cafe in West Commons to get a taste of the new detoxifying drink. “I drink kombucha when I have eaten too much food, which causes my stomach to feel bloated,” prenursing freshman Frank Giles said. “It works very fast. Immediately after drinking just one bottle of kombucha, I no longer feel bloated or have any kind of stomachache.” What is kombucha tea? This “ancient elixir” is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. One popular brand of GT’s Synergy Kombucha has seven main ingredients work to detoxify the body: omega-3, antioxidants, fiber, detoxifiers, electrolytes, organic acids and probiotics. Synergy is 100percent organic, vegan, gluten-free and raw. How does it work? Kombucha gives the body what it needs to heal itself. It aids the liver by removing harmful substances and promotes balance in the digestive system because of its rich, healthpromoting vitamins, enzymes and acids. Each bottle of GT’s Synergy Kombucha states each bottle is “designed to nourish your body from the inside out. Olive Oil Organic Cafe staff
member Gladys Karmo said customers often tell her they feel addicted to the drink. “I tell them that they are not addicted to the drink, they are addicted to the healthy and clean feeling that kombucha provides,” Karmo said. Where does kombucha come from? Author of “Kombucha: The Miracle Fungus” Harald W. Tietze says kombucha originated in Northeast China during the Qin Dynasty and in the early 1900s, kombucha was known as the “tea of immortality” because it was “a beverage with magical powers enabling people to live forever.” What are the effects of kombucha? Although no scientific evidence supported Tietze’s claim, Olive Oil Organic Cafe’s consumers agree with him, and describe the aftereffects of kombucha as energizing, cleansing and quenching. Freshman Giles recognizes kombucha’s “magical powers” and said the drink’s “detoxifying abilities” make a significant difference in his daily life. Giles waits in line at Olive Oil Organic Cafe at least twice a week to get a bottle of what he called “addicting kombucha.” “I’ve only been drinking kombucha for three weeks,” Giles said. “After I drink one bottle, it settles my stomach and I’m left feeling enthusiastic, energized and vivacious.” Giles, who works out at the SDSU Aztec Recreation Center, said kombucha is “better than water because it quenches my thirst and replenishes my energy after a long workout.” After trying out kombucha for
herself after a workout, Olive Oil Organic Cafe staff member Brandy Ibarra agrees with Giles and said, “I think after working out, kombucha is much better for my body than a protein shake. Not only do I lose water from sweating, I also lose electrolytes. Kombucha is packed with electrolytes, along with other important ingredients that your body needs after any high energy activity.” What are the flavors of kombucha? “The current most popular flavor being sold at the Olive Oil Organic Cafe is grape with Chia seeds,” Karmo said. “We sell out of this flavor first before all of the others. I think this is because of the many health benefits chia seeds provide for our bodies.” The Synergy brand of Kombucha states the health benefits of chia seeds on the front of every. “Raw Chia = Raw Energy: Often called runner’s food, Chia is a nutrient-rich superfood that provides sustained energy for your body.” According to the label, Synergy contains more omega-3s than salmon, more antioxidants than blueberries and more fiber than oatmeal. Other Synergy flavors include gingerberry and cherry chia. Where can I try kombucha? Currently, Olive Oil Organic Cafe is the only place on campus selling Synergy. At $4.50 per bottle, Karmo said the price doesn’t keep students from flocking to the restaurant for their weekly detox drinks. “They are flying off the shelves so quickly that by Wednesday or Thursday, we sell out of all 84 bottles and have to order more,” Karmo said. “Students even research
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kombucha themselves and request new flavors. We didn’t used to carry gingerberry until SDSU students started special requesting us to order it.” Try a bottle of kombucha. Grab a
delicious flavor on the way to class and see for yourself if kombucha makes you feel “enthusiastic, energized and vivacious.”
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MONday, MARCH 25, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 92
Red Bull Switchboard unites athletes and students
travel & adventure
Hannah Beausang Senior Staff Writer
The early morning fog draped La Jolla Shores in a sullen blanket of gray and a chilling wind swept across the sand. The beach stretched out bleakly, interrupted only by a solitary red-and-blue Red Bull tent. Wired by Red Bulls and adrenaline, local college students flooded the tent to sign up for the annual Red Bull Switchboard, an all-day action sports event beginning with surfing at La Jolla Shores and Huntington Beach and wrapping up with an afternoon of snowboarding in Bear Mountain. Unlike the rest of the scenery, the atmosphere surrounding the tent was hyperactive. With rap blaring and an immense stockpile of free energy drinks, the general vibe of the participants could be summed up with one word: stoked. Switchboard gave 600 college students from more than 25 Southern California colleges the chance to celebrate the cultural and natural diversity of California—sand and snow all in one day, with a twinge of caffeineinduced mania. Participants included members of the San Diego State Ski and Snowboard Team and Red Bull professional athletes snowboarder John Jackson, surfer Jamie Sterling and newly signed 13-year-old snowboarder, Brock Crouch. SDSU students were excited to have a chance to board alongside the famous athletes. Management senior Ryan Kuenzi sums up the event.
“Red Bull Switchboard is a really awesome event for scholars to be able to surf and snowboard in the same day,” Kuenzi said. “Living in Southern California and having the chance to go to Big Bear from the beach is a pretty amazing experience.” After a morning of surfing, hundreds of students crammed into buses for the journey to Big Bear, Red Bulls in hand. Jackson, who sat out from the event because of an injury, said the event is a chance for college kids to have fun and make the most of the California experience. Jackson was inspired by the volume of participation. “It’s grouping together a bunch of awesome kids who are so psyched to go snowboard and surf,” Jackson said. “They’re getting the best of both worlds in one day. These are the kids pushing the sport and keeping this dream alive for me and all of us that are making a career from snowboarding. These are the people I respect and I’m stoked that they want to snowboard.” Crouch said the event was a good opportunity for students to experience the outdoors. “I think I’m going to go skate later, just to say I did all three in one day,” Crouch said. “It’s cool for college kids to be able to do this.” As the day wound down, everyone filed back on the busses, exhausted but fulfilled from an intense day of sports in California’s different regions.
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Volume 99, issue 92 | MONday, MARCH 25, 2013
The silence of the sharks
fiction Mason Schoen Staff Writer
There’s not much to say about the boy. He lives near the ocean, in a loft above his father’s woodworking shop, but his father’s not around much, and his mother’s been gone since before he could remember. Time in one hand and mischief in the other form together in little projects—he’s no stranger to a sandpaper or saw. And so he creates wooden swords and knifes, but soon these become just as mundane as the tools that bore them. The boy requires a victim. One day, while walking down the beach, he spots a sharpened blade slicing the surf—a shark’s fin. The boy knows he’s safe, but can’t help feeling a sense of dread descend upon him. He finds this newfound sense of danger alluring. A plan hatches in his mind. He scurries home to measure his chest and waist. The first wooden fin is small, dense and heavy, though the leather straps fit snugly. The second fin towers so high above him he can’t keep it from tilting to one side or another. The third is perfect. He stuffs everything in a backpack and heads back for the beach. This time he ducks beneath the boardwalk. With the fin tightened just so, he affixes goggles and gets into the water, bouncing from one barnaclespiked pillar to the next until he’s far into the surf. He takes a deep breath, dives and swims out to the tourist beach. Nobody buys into the scam. The boy can’t swim fast enough to make a wake behind the fin and the blue spray paint washes off in the sea. The beachgoers spot the boy’s head surfacing every few yards. Everyone has a good laugh at the boy. He
swims back to the pier and abandons the fin. Back inside his humid loft, the boy cringes when he remembers the bronzed girls pointing at him. The shame is hot and sticky, and in his exhaustion he sleeps shallowly. He knows he’s getting older. He’s finally at the age when a boy can truly understand regret. The next morning it’s decided, he trashes all the half-finished schemes. He doesn’t want to do anything. He wants to be alone and unnoticed, and so he sits in his loft and wonders if he’s even capable of being loved. No one misses him, save for the shark. Since the day she saw the boy, who graced the ocean with his glorious dorsal fin and strange strokes, thoughts of him consume her mind. She waits near the pier every day, hoping to see his gangly body cut through the water so she can be with him. After a few weeks, she begins to lose hope. After a month, she resigns to the fact that she will never see him again. After a year, she decides she must see him—no matter the cost. So she hatches a plan. The next morning, she patrols the surf and picks out a slender girl with long black hair. T h e shark kills her. But she’s no brute— in fact, she doesn’t even break the skin when she bites down on the girl’s foot and drags her under. She fits decently inside the girl’s skin. The shark’s friends help her put it on, and marvel at how good the disguise is. Under the cover of night, at high tide, the shark practices walking out of the sea. It takes a good while to get it right; the sand pulls down on her feet instead of giving slightly the way it does underwater. “Things are very different on
land,” the shark thinks to herself. Finally, she masters the human gait. One day at noon, she decides to risk it and walks out of the water into crowds of people. No one gives her a second glance. She searches and searches for the half-shark half-boy, but cannot find him. The human world ignores her. Men who were once terrified of her now leer at her. Some even try to assault her. These she eats. She continues searching for the boy. One day while enjoying a cup of coffee and a cigarette outside a local cafe near the shore, the shark sees the boy. He wanders into the shop, young and beautiful—not half-shark, but she’s willing to accept him for his flaws. But there’s another with him. A plain looking girl, but she makes him happy, apparent from the way he smiles at her. The shark feels sick. She runs off into the bathroom and vomits. “Are you OK?” A voice calls from the next stall over. “Yes,” the shark says, but she’s crying cold tears from her dead, black eyes, and the girl next to her can hear it in her voice. “A bit of heartbreak?” the nice girl asks. “I thought we’d be together, but he’s found someone.” “I’m so sorry,” the girl says. She peeks her head over the stall. “You!” The shark bursts out of the stall and grabs the girl’s shoulders. The girl pulls away but the shark won’t have it. She knocks the girl unconscious and begins to peel away her skin. The boy knocks on the door. “Everything OK in there?” he calls. “I’ll be with you in a moment,” the shark says, adjusting her new skin in the mirror.
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Today’s Birthday (3/25/13) - The year begins with communications, invitations and opportunities to participate. Pace yourself, and use the energy to forward a dream. Around summer, the focus shifts to domestic activities, with family comfort a priority. For satisfaction, serve others. Budget, save, pay debt and reduce clutter. Listen to intuition. 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 - The competition is fierce, but you can handle it. You’ll feel better as feelings and logic align. Travel is now an emotional experience. Don’t touch your savings. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - Explore new boundaries in places where you didn’t think to look before. Take the time to get your ideas across. What you’re learning clashes with your old routine. Find quiet. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is an 8 It’s a big mistake to think you’re the smartest. That’s irrelevant, anyway. There’s still work to be done. Dedication is part of the solution. Horses may be part of the picture. Get out of the clouds and ride. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 - There’s less than you thought, but the opportunities for more are wide open. Ignore a rude remark, or anything that distracts from your commitments. There’s plenty of work to do. Dive into it. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 6 - Stay outside of the controversy; you have bigger and better things to worry about. If you really think it will make a difference, wait a while. Anticipate criticism. Otherwise, keep to your commitments. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 7 - Listen. What you learn today helps you in
the long run. Put your confidence and power behind a great cause. Don’t throw your money around, though; not even for love. Give your heart instead. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 7 - Listen to a roommate carefully and without losing your temper. There’s gold to be found in those words. Remember your manners. Being silent can be fine. Respond later. Imagine your home filled with harmony. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is an 8 - Read emails and respond to phone messages to avoid a misunderstanding. Make new friends on social media, but don’t believe everything you see. Stay cautious in the digital world. Check your privacy settings. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 7 - Stand up for what is right, even in the face of disagreement. But watch out so you don’t come off as obnoxious. Your dedication may be stronger than your words. Mold your message, edit and put it into action. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is an 8 - Ride out the storm, and calm another’s fears. Take a moment to catch your breath. Then conjure ideas for an additional income stream, now and for the long run. Invest in tangibles, rather than fiction. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Work out your differences so that you can move forward with ease. You can really handle it. It’s worth taking the time. Postpone parties and committee meetings. It’s not a good time to shop, either. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 9 - State your position firmly, and be willing to be flexible, up to a point. An objective perspective helps. Enough talking about it; now’s the time to get active. Boost morale with music and good food. ©2013, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
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CAPTION CORRECTION: Throwback Thursday 3/21/2013 “Former SDSU president Thomas Day stands in the president’s office inside Machester Hall on March 21, 1991.” Day was photographed in his office inside the Adminstration building, not Machester Hall, which wasn’t built until 1996 MEME MONDAY 0 _
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