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Survey supports SDSU smoking ban campus J. Hutton Marshall Managing Editor
Associated Students recently published the results of an online survey guaging student opinion regarding on-campus tobacco use. The survey included input from roughly five percent of the student population and portrayed a student body overwhelmingly populated by nonsmokers. According to the survey results, approximately 82 percent of the student body doesn’t smoke, and 65 percent support a campus-wide smoking ban. It will be presented at the A.S. council meeting this afternoon.
76 percent of surveyed smokers said they would continue to smoke on campus regardless of the ban... The survey was conducted online using SurveyMonkey. Associated Students found participants using an all-student email, social media and direct outreach by student organizations and college councils sitting on A.S. With more than 1,470 participants, this is the most participated-in survey in A.S. history.
Approximately 42 percent of students said they didn’t feel their health was being affected by oncampus smoking, compared to 38.2 percent who claimed it did, yet a majority of those surveyed supported a complete on-campus smoking ban. A.S. Vice President of University Affairs Matt Cecil previously stated he would be in favor of simply relocating one or two smoking zones responsible for a majority of the complaints A.S. and the university received. However, surveyed students opposed this potential solution 49 to 36 percent. Cecil has now realigned his stance regarding the issue to reflect the student opinion revealed by the survey. “Everyone always has their personal opinions when it comes to things, but when it comes to voting at the university senate, I will be voting in favor of a smoke-free campus, because 65 percent of the (surveyed) student population did vote that they would do it,” Cecil said. Cecil added that, out of approximately 400 student complaints A.S. received with the survey, about 200 participants stated they would like to see smoking completely banned from campus. Seventy-six percent of surveyed smokers said they would continue to smoke on campus regardless of the SURVEY continued on page 2
Rally in downtown SD promotes equality local
Week six of LCS brings intense competition major league gaming Alek Sanchez Aztec Gaming
A tube filled to the rim with cigarette butts sits inside the archway of Hepner Hall.
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After last week’s exciting festivities, the League of Legends Championship Series with a flurry of games last weekend. The big story this week comes from roster changes, with teams such as Team MRN and Team SoloMid Snapdragon playing with subs this week. TSM made the choice to bench Chaox, its AD carry, for one week, calling his mentality during MLG Dallas last week “unprofessional.” Chaox had been out late partying throughout the tournament weekend, and failed to show up on time for all of the team’s practices. He was replaced with TSM sub and AD carry for Cloud 9, WildTurtle. The pressure was on for WildTurtle, with all eyes watching how he would perform in Chaox’s shoes. This week, TSM took on compLexity for its first game. LCS continued on page 3
Car2go takes a turn for SDSU students campus
Raquel Martin Staff Writer
The car-sharing company car2go recently extended its services to the San Diego State campus by opening six designated parking spots in G Lot. These vehicles can be parked in the assigned lots throughout the campus.
Hundreds stand outside the Federal Couthouse in downtown San Diego to support same-sex marriage.
Arturo Garcia Staff Writer
On Monday, a marriage equality rally took place outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown San Diego. Supporters gathered the day before the Supreme Court heard the appeals against California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and two days before the hearings of a second case that involves the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents legally married same-sex couples from
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receiving a range of federal tax, pension and other benefits that are available to married people, according to The Associated Press. “We’re on the sunset of justice,” San Diego lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride Administrative and Public Affairs director Fernandez Lopez said at the rally. “What if we could wake up tomorrow and all be free and equal? What if tomorrow the value of your humanity had absolutely RALLY continued on page 2
It helps alleviate the parking structure. Parking decongestion is a big issue on campus. morgan chan
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SDSU’s Associated Students partnered with the company to offer students a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly alternative mode of transportation to navigate not only to and from campus, but also around the city of San Diego. Morgan Chan, Green Love
Car2go parking spots have appeared in Lot G on SDSU campus. Car-sharing offers students a new form of transportation.
Sustainability chair said car2go offers relief from the constant struggle of finding parking spots around campus. “It helps alleviate the parking structure,” Chan said. “Parking decongestion is a big issue on campus.” Unlike other car-sharing companies, car2go does not require fixed costs, deposits, parking charges, fuel costs or annual fees. Customers can be charged by minute rather than hour to use the allelectric vehicles. The cars, available from downtown to La Jolla, can be legally parked and left free of charge in metered spots and in one or two hour parking zones. The nearest vehicle can be locat-
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ed and reserved 24/7, 15 minutes in advance, online, through the car2go app or by calling the company at any time. When a vehicle is located, customers simply swipe membership cards across the windshield to unlock the doors, retrieve the keys and enter a PIN number. After completion, the customer is mobile. Car2go launched in San Diego in November 2011. As a result of demand, the company now has 300 vehicles located around the city and more than 10,000 members. Since the company’s launch in Germany in 2008, it has become one of the fastest growing markets around the world with increasing popularity.
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ban, which is relevant because the university and the SDSU Police Department may not have the resources to enforce a campus-wide ban. One of the biggest complaints about the current “designated zones” policy is that students continue to smoke on campus outside of the zones, because enforcement of the policy by the police has been limited. Public Health professor Thomas Novotny said that while a campuswide smoking ban would be enforced similarly to the current policy, self-enforcing and peer-enforcing can be an effective way to encourage people to follow campus policy. “Every time I see somebody smoking, I go up to them and I say, ‘Sorry, this isn’t a smoking area, and you shouldn’t be doing this,’” Novotny said. “And every time I do that, they thank me and say, ‘I’m sorry.’ I don’t
think it’ll be that hard to enforce.” Novotny created an initiative on Earth Day four years ago, shortly after the creation of the designated smoking zones policy, which organized students, faculty and community members to pick up cigarette butts around campus. The number of volunteers he gathers usually ranges from 40 to 50 people. Each year, participants collect thousands of cigarette butts, enough to fill the large, plastic tubes that can be found in the inner archway of Hepner Hall. For this reason, Novotny said the designated-zones policy is ineffective, and that a smoke-free campus would be beneficial for two key reasons. “First, it will reduce the butt waste on campus for sure, and two, it will change the social norm,” Novotny said. “And as an institution of
nothing to do with the person you love?” Three years after Proposition 8 was deemed unconstitutional by Federal Judge Vaughn Walker, lesbian couple Kris Perry and Sandy Stier stood in the courtroom with their lawyer to persuade the justices to repeal the same-sex marriage ban in California and declare gay marriage legal nationwide. “This is historic, like our Civil Rights Act of ’65,” rally attendee Savannah Brittian said. “The next months are either going to be a really solid detriment or they are going to move us forward in a way that we can’t even imagine.” Brittian wore a rainbow flag, one of many displayed at the rally as various speakers narrated their struggles with the current impediments on same-sex marriages. Director of Educational Affairs at the American Military Partner Association Dr. Lori Hensic stood
next to her partner and said her parents don’t believe in same-sex marriage. “After the initial shock of hearing these words being spoken, I found my way of dealing with this as all of us have over the years and years of being treated as outcasts,” Hensic said. “In fact I came to the conclusion that I agree with my dad. I too do not believe in same-sex marriage because it’s not something to believe in. This love, I can assure you, is real.” After the rally, supporters marched to the 1st St. Bridge where they held a sign above the freeway that read “No DOMA, No hate.” “This is the first time we’ve gone so far,” event organizer Sean Sala said. “This is a landmark moment. This is 50 years of activism. People died to see this day, and the injustice has got to end.” A U.S. Navy veteran, Sala cred-
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higher learning, we really want to get people’s lifestyles and their professional potentials maximized, and smoking doesn’t have any place in that.” This ongoing debate for a campus-wide smoking ban was sparked when the University of California system banned smoking from all 10 of its campuses. In addition to being a point of concern by the University Affairs Board, the University Senate is expected to weigh in on the debate during its April meeting. If the senate approves, the ban would move on to the office of SDSU President Elliot Hirshman, who would then be expected to negotiate with campus unions prior to deciding whether to implement it as a campus policy. from RALLY page 2
its the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, as the “big propeller for it all to happen.” “It gave me faith,” Sala said. “I’m gay, and I was not always pro-gay. I used to be a very conservative evangelical, and here I am now.” Members of the San Diego State chapter of intercampus fraternity Delta Lambda Phi for gay, bisexual and progressive men also attended the rally with numerous banners. “We’re a step closer to reaching full equality throughout our nation,” political science freshman Erik Esqueda said. “I believe that for the next couple of months, the decisions that are in the Supreme Court right now will be a huge movement, not just for the LGBT community.”
CSU creates plan for proposed budget state Hannah Beausang Senior Staff Writer
The California State University Board of Trustees devised a plan to maximize effectiveness for the proposed budget increase. During last Tuesday’s meeting, the CSU Board of Trustees discussed how to allocate the $125 million dollar increase in funding proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The prospective plan hones in on three areas for strategic improvement: student access and success, compensation for faculty and staff and mandatory costs. CSU Media Relations Specialist Erik Fallis said the plan was developed by consulting CSU students and faculty to pinpoint their most vital needs. The additional support will increase the state educational funding to $2.3 billion dollars—a turnaround from recent funding cutbacks, which have caused an approximate $1 billion downturn in annual support within the past five years. According to Brown’s proposal, the CSU system will not see any tuition increases in the 2013-14 academic year. Additionally, a $21.7 million increase in funding will be used to increase enrollment by 6,000 students across the system. The budget will also allocate $10 million to provide online strategies to help students complete “bottleneck” courses— classes that are often repeated. When students continuously retake a course it creates gridlock and limits the class availability.
Through the use of technology, the CSU system hopes to improve course scheduling and increase the availability of student advising. The funding will also designate $7.2 million to try and reduce the time needed to obtain a degree, close the achievement gap and increase graduation rates. “We’re really looking toward our campuses—our faculty and administration staff on the campus—to be innovators and think of creative ways that they can help students,” Fallis said. “We’re already a national leader on the edge of technology when it comes to the classroom and nonclassroom activities, like advising and creating connections among students.” An additional $38 million of the proposed budget will address the needs of faculty and staff and $48.2 million will be used for mandatory increases, such as energy costs, employee health benefits and the operation and maintenance of new space. Fallis said that although the increase in funding will benefit the CSU system, there’s still vast room for improvement. “Over the year we’re going to look at ways we can prioritize our resources in a way that best serves our students, knowing that we’re not going to achieve everything we would want to,” Fallis said. Brown will issue a revised budget in May. The legislature is expected to approve the budget by June 15, prior to the new fiscal year, which begins July 1.
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WEDNESday, MARCH 27, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 94
Months after launch, ‘PlanetSide 2’ still rocks aztec gaming Cody Franklin Head of Aztec Gaming
When writing about video games, one of the most heated topics is massively multiplayer online games. Far too often, developers opt for the MMO route for the easy cash grab; adding in often abused free-to-play business models that are increasingly prevalent in the genre, making it easy to become disenchanted. When a truly unique MMO such as “PlanetSide 2” comes along to break the mold in an all too carbon-copiedfilled genre, one would expect more fanfare from the press. Alas, the gaming media rarely write reviews about revisited MMO games to see how things have progressed. Long-time readers will remember Aztec Gaming’s past coverage of “PlanetSide 2” before its release. Yet, several months have passed and, in that time, a plethora of changes and new components have been added to the already-strong MMO first-person shooter. Best of all, many of these changes are the result of a top-notch
relationship between fans and developers. Indeed, the connection between players and creators is something “PlanetSide 2” does better than the vast majority of developers today. Many of the changes already made and the many more on the way, have come from the “PlanetSide 2” Roadmap. Players are able to vote and provide feedback on a variety of potential changes in the coming months, helping developers build products the fans want, rather than simply forcing their own views upon the player-base as so many other developers do. The game has seen five major updates in just four months, along with numerous smaller changes and additions. Many New weapons have been added—from rocket launchers to assault rifles—providing an ever-increasing arsenal for players. Critical game systems, such as base capture mechanics and experience points, have seen major overhauls. Although the free-to-play game relies mainly on microtransactions for profit, Sony Online Entertainmnet hasn’t been afraid to make changes
that benefit the customers even when they may detract from profits. A virtual reality training area was added, giving players access to essentially everything in the game, and providing them the opportunity to try out new weapons and unlocks without being forced to plunk down cash first. Account-wide unlocking was recently added, allowing players with multiple characters the same item on each character. However, SOE has no plans to slow down its seemingly break-neck speed of additions to the game. Several writers from Aztec Gaming had the pleasure of chatting with creative director Matt Higby and senior art director Tramell Isaac about the future of the game, and I was very happy to hear where it was headed. New tanks are being designed that will put the main cannon in the hands of the co-pilot, similar to the original “PlanetSide.” More empire-specific weaponry is on the way, including the newly-added anti-armor weapons such as the Lancer. Hossin and Searhus are coming along nicely, which will bring the total planet count to five.
Battles in “PlanetSide 2” often occurr on a massive scale and sometimes even involve vehicles.
During its visit to Sony, Aztec Gaming asked about a possible appearance of “PlanetSide 2” on the PlayStation 4, but all we were able to confirm is that the directors were “very excited” about the new console. They were also quite enthused about the new partnership with Major League Gaming to introduce eSports-level competitive play with teams of 48 duking it out. It’s been a breath of fresh air to see a developer working so hard to bring continuous new content to players, especially while upholding such a close
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connection with fans. If you’re looking for something different from the usual fantasy-based MMO market, “PlanetSide 2” might have what you’re looking for. If you’re tired of games with miniscule battles in cramped quarters such as “Battlefield” and “Call of Duty,” this may be your ticket to paradise. In a world full of MMOs, it can be hard to distinguish yourself from the competition, but “PlanetSide 2” has done a lot to make itself shine and that glimmer doesn’t look like it will be fading anytime soon.
hollywood happenings Brooke Schlyer Staff Writer
Tori Haynes Staff Writer
Actor Josh Duhamel hosted Nickelodeon’s 26th annual Kids’ Choice Awards on March 23 to a record-breaking number of viewers. More than 12 million people tuned in to watch their favorite celebrities get slimed while they were awarded blimp trophies. Duhamel opened the show with a dance parody featuring Steven Tyler, Megan Fox and Duhamel’s wife, Fergie. It was Duhamel’s first time hosting the show. He took to Twitter to thank everyone for watching, saying, “Thanks to EVERYONE who made the #KCA such an awesome experience! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed goofing around. I mean hosting!” It seems the younger viewers thought he was fun as many moms tweeted back to Duhamel, saying their kids watched the show repeatedly just to see him. Romance: It looks like actress Lindsay Lohan’s romance with Avi Snow is heating up. The two were spotted locking lips at Snow’s show with his band City of from LCS page 1
Back-and-forth team fights kept the game even, but as the match progressed, TSM’s extensive tournament experience gave it an edge. In what seemed a steal for coL at Baron, TSM was able to trade objectives with its opponent, nabbing two quick inhibitors with a backdoor. Back and forth, towers were seized, Barons were taken and inhibitors were lost, but a clearcut winner could not be found. In a final fight in bottom lane, TSM capitalized on an out-of-position Lautemortis (coL/Amumu) and forced a conflict. Xspecial (TSM/Sona) was able to hit all five compLexity players with a Crescendo, allowing for WildTurtle to go to work. And go to work he did, as WildTurtle showed the “League of Legends” scene what he could do, as his Caitlyn plowed through compLexity’s roster with a soul-crushing pentakill in his first ever match with TSM, as the team
the Sun at Santa Monica’s private club 41 Ocean. Lohan might be trying to spend time with Snow while she can, as she will be going to rehab for 90 days. While things are looking up for Lohan in the romance department, the opposite can be said for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. The engaged couple spent a lot of time apart lately, making many wonder if a wedding is still in the works. Hemsworth arrived back in Los Angeles to be with Cyrus after spending most of March in his home country of Australia. A source told E! Entertainment Television, “There are some serious problems going on, but seeing them together, they do genuinely love each other and they really want to work it out.” We’re wishing them the best. Sightings: Selena Gomez and Katy Perry attended the 2013 Kid’s Choice Awards, where they were spotted giving Fergie’s pregnant belly some loving. Justin Theroux and fiancee Jennifer Aniston were seen walking arm in arm around Hollywood. The couple wore matching outfits—something they’ve been spotted doing multiple times before. took the win against compLexity. TSM kept the streak going as it faced off against its longtime rival, Counter Logic Gaming on the second day of LCS. This was the second matchup for these two long-standing powerhouses this season, which was action-packed from the start. With four quick kills in the first five minutes, TSM asserted its lane dominance against CLG as WildTurtle continued to put on a show. Early aggression by TSM helped extend its gold lead further and further, as a roaming Regi (TSM/Zedd) and WildTurtle (TSM/Draven) secured kills against CLG, building sizeable advantages in items and objectives. WildTurtle continued to impress the North American scene with amazing plays, one in particular against CLG’s own AD carry, Doublelift. As CLG’s bot lane turned up the aggression toward WildTurtle and Xspecial, WildTurtle baited Doublelift, saving himself with barrier and
Trivia: 1. This actor received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor in a movie in which he co-starred with Ben Stiller and Jack Black. He struggled through drug-related problems for several years, with multiple visits to rehab and jail. This actor has since stayed sober and completely rebuilt his career, which is now arguably stronger than iron. A. Mickey Rourke B. Robert Downey Jr. C. Owen Wilson D. Luke Wilson 2. This actress debuted on “Saturday Night Live” in 2005. She once waited tables in the executive dining room of Universal Studios. She not only starred in, but co-wrote the 2011 box office hit, “Bridesmaids.” A. Kristen Wiig B. Tina Fey C. Christina Applegate D. Amanda Bynes
Josh Duhamel is best known for his work on the daytime soap, “All My Children.”
Direction. A. Hunter Hayes B. Charlie Sheen C. Jason Mraz D. Ed Sheeran
3. This singer is quite talented—especially for being only 22 years old. He owns four guitars, each with its own special name. His fans call themselves “Sheerios.” Although the music they produce is quite different, this artist is close friends with Harry Styles of One
4. This celebrity’s actual name on her birth certificate is Onika Tanya Maraj. She is part of Lil Wayne’s “Young Money” coalition. She previously toured with Britney Spears, recently recorded a song with Justin Bieber and endured multiple rumors about dating Drake. A. Nicki Minaj B. Mariah Carey
earning a double kill, to further his lead in his lane. With Doublelift (CLG) away farming the top lane, TSM took advantage of its superior numbers and moved quickly to take CLG’s inhibitor, ending with a 4-0 exchange in TSM’s favor. With their backs against the wall, CLG attempted to take Baron in a desperate play to make up for lost ground. Sadly, it only set the team up for defeat, as TSM slaughtered an under-leveled and under-fed CLG in the Baron pit. CLG conceded defeat by 23 minutes, as TSM took another game with WildTurtle in its roster. CLG’s week wasn’t finished just yet, as they had one last game against Vulcan. After losing to Team Dignitas and TSM earlier this weekend, CLG hoped to salvage its record with a win. This game was long, as neither team seemed to have a clear, demanding lead. Although Vulcan faced a large gold deficit, it was careful to drag out the game and let its
late-game stars, Nasus (Xmithie) and Tristana (Zuna), shine. Vulcan was the first to take a hit, losing an inhibitor and two Barons to CLG. But even with an 8,000 gold deficit versus the opposing team, Vulcan was able to stay in the game, mainly because of an excellently played Tristana by Zuna. The gold deficit could not affect him—he was able to stay up to par with CLG’s Doublelift and complete a full six-item build. Zuna was a one-man wrecking crew, taking players down to half health in only two hits. As the game neared 54 minutes, CLG tried to thwart Vulcan’s Baron attempt, but was caught off-guard when Vulcan turned the fight back onto CLG. Quickly dismantling Hotshotgg (CLG/Karthus), CLG was forced into a five vs. four situation and was outgunned by Zuna’s Tristana, getting a triple kill at Baron and forcing Doublelift to retreat and defend its base. With the odds sud-
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5. This person explored other paths before getting into acting. She originally wanted to be a veterinarian and later studied journalism. Some of her signature traits are her big smile and voluminous, curly auburn hair. Her niece has also found success in the entertainment industry. A. Giuliana Rancic B. Julianne Moore C. Julia Roberts D. Julia Stiles denly in Vulcan’s favor, it took CLG’s base to win the game. With this loss, CLG has gone a disappointing 0-3 for last week’s games. After week six, these are the current LCS standings: 1) Curse 12-2 2) Team Dignitas 14-4 3) TSM Snapdragon 12-5 4) Counter Logic Gaming 8-9 5) Vulcan 7-10 6) Team MRN 5-10 7) compLexity 3-12 8) Good Game University 3-12 LCS resumes next week with 12 more exciting matches starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.
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How to Destroy Angels sends mixed signals turn it up Ryo Miyauchi Staff Writer
While it’s nowhere close in quality to Reznor’s other work, “Welcome Oblivion” is an interesting, yet flawed debut from his latest project. Side projects are difficult parts of a musician’s discography. Likewise, it’s not clear how exactly How to Destroy Angels fits in the work of Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor. During his hiatus from NIN in 2009—NIN performed farewell shows in 2009 but recently returned announcing a series of planned festival appearances—Reznor took on a number of projects, including the new band How to Destroy Angels. The group is comprised of regular collaborator Atticus Ross, Reznor’s vocalist wife Mariqueen Maandig and art director Rob Sheridan. The group’s six-track EP in 2010 sounded more like the group messing around in the studio than creating cohesive tracks. After the EP, Reznor kept quiet with the fate of HTDA while working on scores with Ross for director David Fincher’s films, “The Social Network” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Finally, Reznor announced a release date for a new HTDA album in 2013. Its debut “Welcome Oblivion” hit stores in March. But even after three years
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of work, How to Destroy Angels remains a confusing entity. In December 2012, HTDA released “An Omen” as a preview of what was to come for “Welcome Oblivion.” The EP’s six songs transformed the uneasy digital sounds found in the Reznor/Ross scores into more digestable products. The sound of “Welcome Oblivion” holds up to that promise with crisp production and manic electronics. Instrumental tracks “And the Sky Began to Scream” and “Recursive Self-Improvement” better the thriller scores as an electronic experiment. However, “Welcome Oblivion” is supposed to be an HTDA debut album, not a Reznor/Ross beat collection. The band’s third member and vocalist Maandig ends up dragging down the HTDA project as its producers tried to figure out exactly how to place her in the band. In reality, Maandig is not a horrible singer. Her frail voice suits the
How to Destroy Angels consists of Atticus Ross (left), Mariqueen Maandig (center) and Trent Reznor (right). “Welcome Oblivion” is the group’s first full-length release.
tense sounds, although her vocal talent isn’t quite what Reznor and Ross decided to use in the album’s standout tracks. Reznor and Ross provide opportunities to make Maandig the band’s main vocal star, but these efforts turn out to be the weakest songs. “Ice Age” has an awkward riff plucking away as Maandig takes center stage. Unfortunately, the track stays flat without offering much until the production gives way to a noisy squeal around the 5-minute mark. Maandig’s thin voice might be frightening in the right environment, but not in “Ice Age.” HTDA also tries to cash in on Maandig’s vocals on “How Long?” by building a huge arena-rock chorus. The band’s effort backfires as it produces a cheesy track that includes none of the members’ strengths. It’s Maandig’s chilly whispers that end up working best for the HTDA project. Her voice creeps up in the
eerie production like a ghost in the machine. On some tracks, Maandig becomes part of the machine as Reznor and Ross distort her voice and sample it in the electronics. Although Maandig rattles the bones of listeners, she is reduced to an extra, rather than an actual member of the band. Hearing Maandig’s voice side by side with Reznor’s, it’s clear who really plays the digital prisoner best. “Keep It Together” and “The Loop Closes” appeared on “An Omen” and remain the best results of HTDA’s efforts. Both tracks firmly establish HTDA as a single entity. Reznor and Ross work their jittery programming to fit Maandig’s presence and in return, Maandig plays her part, conquering the haunting world as her own. Other tracks come somewhat close, but Reznor and Ross remain the main attractions while Maandig struggles to find her place.
So what is HTDA exactly? Reznor and Ross try to come up with a solid answer in their debut, “Welcome Oblivion,” but instead they create another series of scores for an imaginary film. The group is not entirely a rock band nor an electronic group, and it doesn’t quite meet anywhere in the middle. The band’s slot in the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival suggests a more serious intention instead of leisure work. As Reznor returns with NIN later on in the year, hopefully there will be another chance for How to Destroy Angels to reintroduce itself in the future.
REVIEW Album: Welcome oblivion artist: how to destroy angels RATING:
Imax ‘Express’ is off the rails Cygnet makes great theatre accessible
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The newest Imax movie at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center features 2816, a train embarking on a journey though Canada’s first transcontinental railway. “Rocky Mountain Express” follows the steam locomotive as it travels through what appears to be insurmountable mountains and rivers. Whenever the train passes a notable location, the audience gets an opportunity to learn the stories behind the Canadian Rockies and the ambitious overseer of the railway construction, William Cornelius Van Horne. This unique story structure makes the documentary both a picturesque adventure and an entertaining history lesson. Director Stephen Low captures many wonderful images of Canada. Sometimes the footage is beautifully majestic while at other moments, there are extreme close-ups of the interior and exterior of 2816, making certain scenes intimate. It’s incredible how memorable the train becomes after spending 47 minutes traveling with it. The only problem is that there are perhaps too many occasions showcasing the frontal view of 2816. This is intended to make the train seem almost lifelike, but viewing so many similar shots can be temporarily tedious. Fortunately, the camera breaks away quickly, and Low doesn’t let the experience sag for more than a beat. Viewing historical photographs of the men involved in making the railway a reality is equally as haunting as
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Currently playing at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, “Rocky Mountain Express” follows 2816, a famous train.
seeing the majestic Canadian Rockies. Incorporating pictures into the narrative gives “Rocky Mountain Express” authenticity and pays tribute to many of the men who died while working on it construction. Michel Cusson’s violin and pianoinfused score contributes to the occasionally elegiac tone. Without the poignant music, I don’t know if the emotional sequences would be quite as impactful. There aren’t a lot of traditional songs in the film, but the use of “Five-Hundred Miles” performed by Peter, Paul and Mary accompanied by breathtaking visuals, is aweinspiring. This particular sequence is easily one of the best in the flick. While college students will find a lot to appreciate in “Rocky Mountain Express,” I’m not sure if children will be fully engaged with it. Although, there’s nothing particularly traumatizing about watching the feature in the Heikoff Dome Theater, there is an exhilarating short sequence involving a train accident that is pretty intense. The reason younger people might
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not connect to the events on-screen is because for all the wondrous beauty caught on camera, they might become bored when learning about the origins of the Rockies presented in a KBPS manner and tone. Also, listening to Michael Hanrahan’s narration about the lives lost is appropriately dark and grim. However, I would recommend the family-friendly “Rocky Mountain Express” to kids who are genuinely interested in the subject matter. Smart and full of spectacular images, “Rocky Mountain Express” is a moving tribute to the railway. It isn’t as light as some other recent offerings at the Fleet, but this voyage is just as rewarding. Tickets and information about “Rocky Mountain Express” can be found at rhfleet.org.
REVIEW movie: ROCKY MOUNTAIN EXPRESS director: STEPHEN LOW RATING:
The Stephen Sondheim musical “Assassins” will be featured as part of the CygNext program.
David Dixon Assistant Entertainment Editor
The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse aren’t the only theaters in town to have great deals for students. The Cygnet Theatre recently announced anyone 30 years or younger can be a part of the CygNext online club, which allows them to purchase $20 tickets. There will be a kickoff at 8 p.m on the evening of April 5 following the performance of the dark Stephen Sondheim musical, “Assassins.” The show is about the individuals who killed (or attempted to kill) several American presidents. Some of the notorious psychopaths that appear on stage are John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley, Jr. and Charles Guiteau. Several San Diego State alumni are cast members,
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including Melissa Fernandes as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a member of the Manson family who attempted to murder Gerald Ford. The ensemble also consists of many well-respected actors such as Jacob Caltrider, Sandy Campbell and Geno Carr. “Assassins” is directed by co-founder Sean Murray, who was responsible for two Craig Noel Award-winning San Diego theatrical experiences of 2012, “Parade” and “Man of La Mancha.” Members of the cast will attend the celebration, which includes appetizers and beverages. How can anyone turn down potentially brilliant, thoughtprovoking entertainment and free food? Tickets and information about “Assassins” and CygNext can be found at cygnettheatre.com.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 94
President O’Keefe reflects on experiences in office spotlight Kelly Hillock Contributor
San Diego State is where leadership begins. Associated Students President Rob O’Keefe embodies the leadership worthy of an Aztec: filled with passion, humility and dedication. The A.S. president has a myriad of responsibilities to go with a vast wardrobe of Aztec apparel. Associated Students is a non-profit organization that operates on an annual $22 million budget and provides much for the student body. A.S. is responsible for facilities such as the Aztec Recreation Center, Children’s Center and Open Air Theatre. Similarly, A.S. sponsors events such as Aztec Nights and Greenfest and administers study abroad scholarships. Needless to say, the A.S. presidency is a fulltime job. O’Keefe leads the A.S. team while still working as a fulltime student, double-majoring in political science and international conflict security resolution, with a minor in marketing. As A.S. president, O’Keefe works closely with all facets of the university, including deans, alumni and the student body. He attends multiple meetings a day, usually for one of The Campanile Foundations’ 12 A.S. committees he sits on. He’s been involved with A.S. restructuring, SDSU President Elliot Hirshman’s strategic planning campaign and the upcoming Aztec Student Union. With all of the changes implemented this year, O’Keefe has been able to see grand ideas come to fruition, such as his personal project to offer an experimental college opportunities, which would consist of not-for-credit
art classes at the Aztec Student Union. As he speaks of his excitement for what’s to come and his involvement in nearly every campus affair, O’Keefe’s passion for creating a lasting impact on life at SDSU is apparent. “Every single day is fresh; each day is never the same,” O’Keefe said. Life as the A.S. president seems to be chaotic, yet fulfilling. O’Keefe still finds time to give back to his community. His current service project is through Embrace San Diego for a program called Ex 4 Vets, a program that provides support for local veterans. He immediately lights up when discussing reaching out to the veterans who have served our country. “It’s such a good feeling,” O’Keefe said. “They don’t think anyone cares about them, but then we show up.” Ex 4 Vets takes place on April 20 aboard the historic USS Midway where participants can exercise to raise money and awareness for veterans. O’Keefe’s goal is to commit 1,500 students for the event. From athletics to student organizations, O’Keefe is dedicated to all Aztecs. “The best part is the relationships,” O’Keefe said. In front of Peabody’s Organic Coffee, O’Keefe exchanged hellos with nearly every person who crossed his path. The relationship the A.S. president has with the student body is representative of his leadership qualities. O’Keefe’s affability to everyone he encounters reflects his sensitivity to the diversity of the campus. His favorite thing about being
I would tell the next A.S. president to not forget that they are a student first, president second. rob o’keefe
an Aztec isn’t limited to the red and black polo he wears. “It’s definitely how large and helpful our community is,”
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O’Keefe said, referring to SDSU’s expansive alumni network. O’Keefe articulated his leadership style in four words: “Putting others before myself,” he said, ticking off each word on his fingers. His proudest moment of the year wasn’t any shining achievement, but a subtle one. “This is going to sound lame, but it’s seeing my teammates being successful,” O’Keefe said. Now, spring is in bloom and Josh Morse will lead SDSU as the next A.S. president. “I am very excited for Mr. Morse and his team next year.
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The next A.S. Council will go through the biggest transition in A.S. history,” O’Keefe said. “Not only will they be moving into a new home in the Aztec Student Union but they will also be faced with the transition between our current government structure and a new one.” O’Keefe added, “More than anything, I am excited and maybe a little bit jealous that Associated Students everywhere will have the opportunity to be part of SDSU history when our campus opens the Student Union in the fall. That place will be an icon across
the country and will set the bar high for other campuses to try and compete with SDSU.” As always, the A.S. president sets the standards a little bit higher for life at SDSU. “I would tell the next A.S. president to not forget that they are a student first, president second. It’s a big title and there is a lot of responsibility, but you can’t let it go to your head.” His closing words of advice, though, is applicable to all Aztecs’ collegiate journeys: “Be kind and humble and you’ll be OK.”
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Six steps to resolve student-commuter dilemmas
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travel & adventure Ashley Williams Staff Writer
Commuter students face a unique set of problems on a daily basis. While students living near campus have a more seamless existence between school and home life, commuters need to put more thought into thriving at San Diego State. Follow these six steps to make commuting a breeze.
1. Pack like a pro—your car is your locker Packing for the day is incredibly important when you can’t just run down the street to pick up a forgotten assignment. Consider what’s on the agenda for the day, as well as any circumstances that might arise. Throw a gym bag in the trunk in case you need to kill time and are inspired to work out. It’s usually best to bring more homework materials than you think you’ll need, so you have access to them if need be. Food is also important when it comes to being prepared for the
day. Spending money on campus for food everyday is like saying, “I don’t think I pay enough for tuition, books, gas and parking. I think I should spend too much money on food that I’m not all that interested in eating in the first place.” Yes, sometimes you’ll need to be comforted by a Vinnie’s pasta bowl, but it’s far better to pack your own meals on most days.
2. Get good parking—no matter what it takes This is potentially the most crucial step for the commuter student. With such a reliance on your car, you never want to be too far from it. One of the most central places to park is the top floor of Parking Structure 4. This puts you about as close to the library as possible. Unfortunately, good parking spots are highly sought-after commodities at SDSU. The ambitious commuter student may have to get to campus extra early to secure a worthy spot. If you get to campus after 9:30 a.m., forget about PS4. PS5, by Peterson Gym, is a long shot after 10 a.m. If you show up after 10:30 a.m., park by the residence halls in PS3 and
try to appreciate the exercise.
3. Get a gym membership— even if you have no intention of befriending the treadmill A membership at the Aztec Recreation Center can be extremely valuable to commuter students. It not only provides a place to exercise, but also a place to shower, get ready, charge a phone and even play video games. The ARC may be the closest thing to a home while you’re on campus. Try leaving for school early, working out and then getting ready at the ARC. You’ll have your premium parking spot secured and be ready to start the day right. If you are taking public transportation to school and don’t have a car to stash your things in, the lockers in the gym can be a great place to store your belongings on long days. Just remember to bring a padlock or rent a locker there.
4. Be selective on what you carry around with you—unless you are
hoping to develop a Quasimodo hump A classic rookie commuter mistake is to stuff a backpack full of all the things you need for the day. Poor choice. Try to think through the day ahead of time. A better idea is to have everything in your car and to make trips as needed if you have gaps between classes. Carting around heavy and unnecessary objects will only increase feelings of disdain for the commuter life.
5. Find a variety of study spaces so you don’t become the weird guy who sleeps, eats and studies in the 24/7 Area 24/7 It’s easy to dart to the 24/7 Area when you need a place to plant yourself during a gap between classes and activities, but it also grows monotonous. Mix it up by alternating your study spots so it doesn’t feel as if you live in the library. For example, there’s a lesserknown space in the basement of the Professional Studies and Fine Arts building with tables for studying. Plus the walls are covered with old and officiallooking books, which really
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boost the study vibe. Another good building to spend time in is Arts and Letters. Almost all of the floors have chairs and desks next to large windows, and the fifth floor has a beautiful view. If you find yourself near Peterson Gym, there’s a wall of fairly comfortable couches and a steady stream of athletes for your viewing pleasure.
6. Make friends with people who live near school Even with proper preparation, there will still be instances when you need some off-campus downtime or a friend’s place to crash at after a long night. One of the problems associated with commuting is having a difficult time making friends. It’s hard when you don’t have the luxury of living with pals in the epicenter of San Diego’s college scene, but it is doable and will make the commuting experience much more pleasant. Your experience as an Aztec will be better all around if you are aware of the resources available at SDSU. If you know where to eat, sleep and study, problems won’t be as difficult to tackle.
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Aztecs take three of four on last home stand baseball
Alex Riggins Staff Writer
The San Diego State baseball team had one of its best home stands of the season last week. The Aztecs beat Long Beach State on Tuesday and took two of three from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas during the weekend. SDSU is now 12-12 overall and 4-3 in the Mountain West Conference. Sophomore first baseman Ryan Muno returned to action last weekend from a broken hand that sidelined him for 18 games. Despite his return, the Aztecs are still not at full strength offensively. Redshirt sophomore catcher and designated hitter Brad Haynal has missed the last five games because of a hairline frac-
ture in his hand suffered two weeks ago against Fresno State University. The team tentatively expects him to return April 1 when it plays the University of California, Riverside. Luckily for head coach Tony Gwynn, the Aztecs have rotated catching and designated hitting duties between Haynal and senior Jake Romanski all season. With Haynal out, Romanski is catcher while various Aztecs have taken turns filling in as designated hitters. SDSU started its week on the right track with a 12-2 win against LBSU last Tuesday. The Aztecs recorded 17 hits, including four hits in four at-bats for junior second baseman Tim Zier, and a 3-for-3 performance by sophomore left fielder Matt Muñoz. Zier also drove in two runs, scored two runs and was walked.
Romanski was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, three runs scored and two walks. Freshman third baseman Tyler France had two RBIs and sophomore right fielder Steven Pallares had three RBIs. Sophomore left-hander Mike Robards pitched into the sixth inning against the 49ers, giving up just one earned run to claim the win. On Friday night in the opener against UNLV, France hit a tworun single in the bottom of the eighth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie and lifting the Aztecs to a 53 win against UNLV. Freshman right-handed closer Bubba Derby came on in the ninth to close out the win and earn his sixth save of the season. On Saturday, Rebels senior right fielder Brandon Bayardi had a huge game to give the Rebels a victory against the Aztecs, 4-2. Bayardi drove in the Rebel’s
first run with a double in the seventh inning, then scored following a sacrifice groundout and sacrifice fly to give his team a 21 lead. In the ninth inning with his team leading 3-2, Bayardi hit a solo home run to give his team a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. On Sunday, UNLV led SDSU 4-3 heading into the ninth inning before the Aztecs rallied for two runs. Junior shortstop Evan Potter scored the winning run from third base when a pitch hit Romanski with the bases loaded, forcing in the run and giving the Aztecs the 5-4 win. It was the second walk-off hit-by-pitch for the Aztecs this season, the first coming on March 1 against Seton Hall University. Pitcher of the week Junior right-handed pitcher Philip Walby is the pitcher of the
week. Without Bayardi’s huge effort on Saturday, the Aztecs still could have won behind a strong pitching performance from Walby. The big right-hander had a no hitter through five innings before UNLV sophomore third baseman T.J. White hit a single to lead off the sixth. Walby recorded one out in the ninth inning before being pulled. His final stats: 8.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K. Player of the week Muno is the player of week. He hadn’t played since the seasonopening sweep of the University of San Diego because of a broken hand, but he didn’t miss a beat in his return against the Rebels. In the series, Muno went 4 for 8 with an RBI, two doubles, three runs scored and four walks. He also was hit by a pitch.
Kelli Boling is a big reason for SDSU’s success water polo
Courtney Muller Staff Writer
The No.6 San Diego State women’s water polo team is coming off a 30 weekend after defeating Big West Conference opponent Long Beach State 6-5 last Friday. On Saturday the Aztecs downed Brown University, 11-5 and the University of Redlands, 12-5. Staff writer Courtney Muller sat down with sophomore left-handed driver Kelli Boling to
discuss the team’s accomplishments and goals for the remainder of the season as the Aztecs get ready to spend spring break in Hawaii. The Daily Aztec: What do you think the team’s strengths are this season? Kelli Boling: I think the fact that we are all good friends outside of the pool allows us to play really well together inside the pool. DA: How do you think the team did over the weekend against Brown
and Redlands? KB: I think we played really well against Brown and Redlands. We still have certain things to improve on, but I’m happy with our team’s performance. DA: The team leaves for Hawaii on Wednesday, are you excited? KB: We’re all really excited for Hawaii. We have our (Big West) Conference game against Hawaii, which will be a really good game. We also play (University of California, San Diego). They have been
playing really well, so that will be a fun game. Stanford is our third game and playing against them will really show us where we are at as a team. Keeping up with Stanford will be our goal, since they are the defending NCAA champions. DA: What are the team’s goals going into the last half of the season? KB: Our goal is to go into the Big West Conference Championships and beat UC Irvine since (the team is) one of our biggest rivals. Beating UCI would be huge for us since it
could allow us an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships at Harvard. DA: What is your favorite part about being an Aztec? KB: My favorite part about being an Aztec is how close the athletic family is. I love going to other athletes’ games to support them and cheer them on. I love being a part of the Aztec athletics family.
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The nectar under the sea fiction Eric Dobko Staff Writer
“Exalted are the winds Moliére! The everlasting hands of time have brought us once more to pay our homage to the unparalleled splendor that is life! With the dawn’s deliverance, again are we allowed to caress the divine beauty of the seas as they sweep beneath us, as the passionate siege of the wind flows through us like a transient spirit, as we are held captive to the sweet dominance this natural world evokes on our senses! Tell me, Moliére—could one ever hope to find a more amorous world of desire than this unfettered sovereignty at sea?” Moliére, his parrot and shipmate, squawked back in vehement accord. Outside the window of the captain’s quarters, the rising sun illuminated the Barbary Coast, delivering a new day. Doing his rounds on the ship, the pirate absorbed himself in the pride that was his vessel. The ship’s sails—hand-stitched from the finest Moroccan silk—billowed against the wind with fierce resilience. The cannons gleamed in their regular positions, embellished with intricate designs sculpted from 24karat Egyptian gold. Upon the bow hung the ravishing statuette of a mermaid, with hair as black as a raven’s wing and enough beauty to send men into both madness and despair. To be trapped on this ship atop the vast immensity of the sea brought the captain great pleasure. “Aye, how I cherish this carefree deliverance from man. ’Tis the unshackling of the oppressive, harrowing grip by which the avaricious hands of civilization had around me neck. Those countrymen were nothing but swine, Moliére. They were sure to suffocate me through their stifling suppression
of me sybaritic needs. Had I not resolved to take flight from their toxic perfidious ways, I would have been soon to breathe me last… “Yet, now I choke on naught but pity as I drink a nectar of vitality—the likes of which those blighted hapless fools are to never know the taste! Which reminds me, Moliére—if we have time at all, then it is a time for rum.” The splinters in his peg leg flexing with anticipation in each step, the pirate trekked to the ship’s hold for a glass of the succulent rum. But, as it creaked forth, the hold’s door revealed a sight more ghastly than a gibbet blocking a strumpet house. “Yarrrgh! Me hogshead!” His rum had vanished. The barrel of the beverage distilled from fermented molasses and sugarcane was nowhere to be found. He could not believe his eye. Amidst all his great fortune, without a bottle of rum, none of it would be worth a schilling. To live a life without rum would be more dreadful than to live no life at all. With pistol and cutlass in hand, he hunted murderously from fore to aft for the thief. “What kind of vile, treacherous dog would purloin me liquid treasure? O, the depraved acts I will unleash upon the loathsome scallywag who would dare abscond with me rum! O, the immeasurable bounty I will place upon this execrable man’s head!” He scoured every part of the ship for the plunderer with no avail. Several weeks passed, and with each day that the memory of rum receded into the depths of his mind, he too fell into darkness. The pirate had lost his spirit. His only eye now laid sunken deep within his emaciated face, bloodshot veins cutting across it like a thousand saber wounds. The hair of his once-bountiful mane had all fallen out; his rich,
exuberant forest of a beard was now a barren wasteland. Moliére, his faithful parrot and companion, had deserted him in the night. The ship was no better. Its sails of the finest Moroccan silk were now withered and torn. The galley teemed with hordes of bilge rats. The mermaid’s hair was gray and her skin wrinkled; the once radiant light of her beauty now dim. The deck had not been scrubbed in a fortnight. Lost at sea without rum, the buccaneer could not lift the agonizing curse of sobriety. “How long can I go on like this? If only someone would rescue this poor wretch from such a cruel, merciless existence. Without the sacred rum, I am bound to perish. All the treasures in the world I would trade; every seaside I would pillage; any wench I would renounce for just a measly drop! Surely, this is but only a…” Overwhelmed by tremors of fear and hatred, the sea around him began to spin like the boom of his mast. Without warning, the captain collapsed to the floor. Dragging himself to the ship’s plank, the defeated pirate gazed downward into the shroud of the sea. Peering deeper and deeper, he caught a faint glimpse of a jade treasure chest. Inside it was a myriad of that which he desired most—the sacred rum. Taking a breath, he dove overboard and immersed into the brine, swimming countless leagues to reach the only antidote for his discontent. His legs fanatically kicked the sea with an unflinching spiritual urgency. Choking for air, he finally reached inside the chest to clutch a bottle of the divine drink within his longing grasp. He had regained his sweet nectar. The liquid rushed into his throat, filling him with cold, rapturous bliss.
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Today’s Birthday (3/19/13) - Get into homely pursuits for the first half of the year, enjoying family and friends. A remodel or home addition could be in the works. You get itchy feet in June, ready for exploration through travel or study. What you learn now reaps rewards later. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21 - April 19) - Today is an 8 - Better stay close to home now and avoid arguments. Travel can be challenging, too ... a walk’s nice for a change of scenery. There’s no need to worry, though, especially about money. Keep your promises. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 9 - Continue to be respectful and increase your career stature. Now’s the time to study and focus on the future. There’s no need to buy toys just yet; you could compare costs. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 9 - Strive for harmony and joy at work. It’s possible and profitable. Continue to increase intimate connections. This is not something you can fake, so don’t try. Focus on pleasant interactions. Travel later. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 7 - You’re moving fast and things seem easy, but don’t fall asleep at the wheel. Intimate relationships could use some attention. Listen like your life depends on it, or like love does. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 - Feeling the love may require some concentration, but it’s there. Notice the magnetism. Spend some time with a favorite person and replenish you spirit. Acknowledge them for who they are for you. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8
- Listen to words of advice from your friends. They have a lot to contribute, if you let them. Then return the favor. Continue to decrease clutter this week, to create new space. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 9 - It’s not a good time to travel yet. Cut the fluff, but don’t worry about money now. There’s a challenge coming, and you can forge ahead. Meditate for harmony. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is an 8 - Consider options and investigate possibilities carefully. Odd circumstances increase your vigilance. You’ll find what you seek. A female asks the burning question. Continue to check things off your list. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 9 - There could be a setback. Don’t let this dissuade you from manifesting a dream. Discuss shared finances, and continue to limit spending. Be gracious in a heated moment. It will work out. Get some rest. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 9 - Heed your mate’s concerns. Don’t splurge on treats. But pursue romance! What you start can continue to increase later. Family matters vie with work for your attention. Postpone a financial discussion for later. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - You’re luckier than usual today and tomorrow, and your self-confidence increases all week. Hold on to your money, though. There could be hidden difficulties. The more thorough you’ve been with a job, the better. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 - Continue to resolve issues creatively. Ask a female friend for advice. You have better luck for the next two days, every little bit counts. A financial shortfall is temporary. Your understanding continues to increase all week. ©2013, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
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