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Roadwork annoys commuters Beth Elderkin

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INDEX: An ongoing construction project has continued to block lanes on Montezuma Road between Collwood Boulevard and College Avenue, as well as cause headaches for some San Diego State students who commute to campus. “My 20-minute commute is now a 30, 40 or even 45-minute commute because of the backup of traffic,” media studies senior Katelyn Garcia said. “It just backs up the whole way down.” The Montezuma Road project, officially known as “Water Group Job 923,” was unanimously approved by the San Diego City Council last July. According to SDSU’s Media Relations Specialist Gina Jacobs, SDSU was not consulted about the project prior to its approval. The school’s consent was not required because the streets being worked on are property of the City of San Diego. The project is being managed by the City of San Diego’s Engineering & Capital Projects Department. According to the department’s official project fact sheet, the goal is to replace aging and deteriorated castiron water mains installed in the early 1950s or earlier, as mandated by the California Department of Public Health. San Diego’s website lists multiple benefits of the construction, including increased water capacity, decreased possibility of disrupted service because of main breaks and installation of new curb ramps where necessary. The project has partially closed lanes on Montezuma Road between

Estimated to finish by June, “Water Group Job 923” has closed lanes along a large stretch of Montezuma Road. | ALLIE DAUGHERTY, EDITOR IN CHIEF

8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and blocked off most street parking. Garcia said this has made her late for class on more than one occasion. “I’m late pretty much three days of the week, and I’m here five days a week,” Garcia said. The project has affected students who live near campus as well. Students who live on Montezuma Road have reported temporary power losses and loud construction noises, sometimes as early as 7:40 a.m. “As with any construction project, there will always be some inconven-

iences,” ECPD Senior Public Information Officer Racquel Vasquez wrote in an email. “However, the newly installed pipeline system will increase water reliability to the entire community.” According to Vasquez, students should incorporate extra time into their daily commutes or use alternative means of transportation, such as carpooling and mass transit. The project’s fact sheet stated it was originally estimated to start in April. However, the project commenced March 3 because of a City

of San Diego-issued notice to proceed, approximately a month ahead of schedule. According to Vasquez, the contractor is currently ahead of schedule and should finish before the early June deadline. Garcia said she wishes they had started in June instead. “I don’t understand why they couldn’t have pushed it to summer, when not as many people are coming to campus,” Garcia said. “I’m sure it has a great purpose, but it’s kind of annoying to a driver who wants to get to school.”


“Bully” rating downgraded by MPAA, film opens to big audience.


Culture Week highlights diversity Arturo Garcia staff writer Culture Week inaugurated its annual celebration of diversity last week. A collaborative project of 18 cultural organizations, the event consisted of one fair, two days of lectures and the inclusion of Pledge Diversity and the Aztec Unification Project. “Cultural Week gives us confidence that not only does everyone have a voice on the San Diego State campus, but also that students of all different background and cultures can come together and share positive, affirming experiences,” a member of Project Nur said. “We are a club dedicated to pluralism and understanding, especially across culture and faith.” The five-day event was organized


by Associated Students’ MultiCultural Caucus. The MCC’s mission is to celebrate, educate and advocate for diversity, culture and inclusion. It is reminiscent of Pledge Diversity, a movement started by A.S. Representative and future Vice President Channelle McNutt. The lectures were divided into two days. Tuesday focused on history lectures while Wednesday addressed social injustices. The Pledge Diversity event was held on Thursday. According to the SDSU Diversity Pledge, diversity is more than being aware of differences of all people, but embracing them as well as actively creating a campus that supports and understands the diversity of its students. The Diversity Pledge encourages its participants to embrace diversity, strive toward social justice, refrain

Violence continues in Syria, despite cease-fire Violence between the Syrian government and the popular opposition continued yesterday, despite the newly sanctioned United Nations cease-fire agreement. The plan was brokered by U.N. Special Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan and agreed to by the central government of Syria. It called for the immediate halting of violence against Syrian citizens by the government. World leaders condemned the regime for backtracking on what was supposed to be a positive measure. Syrian Foreign

from using derogatory terms, not contribute to stereotypes, educate themselves about cultures other than their own, engage in and contribute to the diverse world and actively honor the pledge itself. The Aztec Unification Project is a joint community service project, according to the SDSU student newsletter. It consists of three different student organizations collaborating to volunteer for a nonprofit organization in San Diego. Last semester, the Afrikan Student Union, the Hispanic Business Student Association and Sigma Phi Epsilon delivered food to homeless students and their families at the Monarch School in downtown San Diego that served approximately 80 people. The organizations involved in Culture Week included several religious and culture-based groups, such

Minister Walid al-Moallem said the “escalation of violence” by the “terrorist groups” is to blame for the continued aggression. Concurrently, tensions at the Syrian and Turkish border continued to rise as Turkey provides shelter for Syrian refugees. North Korean satellite launch is a go North Korea claimed yesterday its satellite was ready for launch and denied accounts that the program was a cover-up for conducting missile tests. The North Korean administration argued the level of technological sophistication and scope required for missile tests is much greater than what is currently being used for the satellite

as the Association of Chicana Activists, Aztecs for Israel, Asian Pacific Student Alliance, Arab Student Association, Afrikan Student Union, Cross-Cultural Center, Jewish Student Union and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Student Union. Other groups included were the Lebanese Social Club, Muslim Student Association, Nikkei Student Union, Project Nur, Students for Justice in Palestine, Student Veteran Organization, Vietnamese Student Association, Womyn’s Outreach Association and Andres Bonifacio Samahan. “Culture week was great,” AB Samahan Political Affairs Coordinator Ignacio Lauder said. “It was a lot of fun getting to know all the other cultural organizations that participated and I hope more and more will continue to do so in later years.”

launches. The launch is scheduled for sometime between tomorrow and Monday and will commemorate the centennial birthday of Kim Il Sung. Rick Santorum suspends presidential campaign Rick Santorum announced yesterday in his home state of Pennsylvania he would be suspending his campaign indefinitely. The announcement came after taking a weekend off to tend to his recently hospitalized three-year-old daughter.

—Compiled by Assistant News Editor Kevin Smead



The men they’ve dated before they find me: These are silent predators. Raptors. From my shady cove beneath the ocean, I peer up into the fractured sky and watch their silhouettes fly silently above us. B A C K PA G E





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‘Bully’ releasing Cygnet’s ‘Parade’ disturbs in more theaters SDSU alumnus gives a great performance in a reboot of the Tony Award winner David Dixon staff writer It has been almost 10 years since the Cygnet Theatre Company was founded by Bill Schmidt and Sean Murray in San Diego. Since then, the company has produced musicals and plays just as amazing as anything experienced at the La Jolla Playhouse or The Old Globe Theatre. The company’s revival of the intelligent 1998 musical, “Parade,” is another example of why this venue has gained a consistently strong reputation from critics and audiences alike. Based on a shocking true story, “Parade” is set in early-1900s Georgia, where many are still affected by the brutal aftermath of the Civil War. After a teenage factory

worker, Mary Phagan (Samantha Littleford), is murdered in a pencil factory, the plant superintendent, Leo Frank (Brandon Joel Maier), is accused of murder. Though there is little hard evidence as to who actually killed Mary, blacks and whites turn on Leo because he is a Yankee Jew. The play then depicts the horrifying trial and unsettling aftermath of the murder. This is a very deeply layered production on par with a masterful movie or award-winning novel. Credit goes to director Murray, who makes the two-hour-plus running time fly by with strongly emotive storytelling. All the information about what happened to Leo is given in the program, yet watching it unfold live on stage is beyond haunting. The trial lasts about 30 minutes and progresses with ferocious intensity as witnesses say and sing deceitful and hurtful things about Leo. To be fair, everyone in the musical’s ensemble is stupendous, but San Diego State faculty member, Maier, gives a spellbinding perform-

To be fair, everyone in the musical’s ensemble is stupendous; but San Diego State faculty member, Maier, gives a spellbinding performance in particular...

ance in particular as Leo. His physical mannerisms and ticks are more complex than the average theatrical star, which gives depth to a character who seems so misunderstood by too many people. While some previous versions have been criticized for not making Leo likeable enough, that issue does not apply in this production because Maier’s stellar vocals and humanity makes him a fleshed-out mensch — one with flaws as well as strengths. Also unforgettable is Sandy Campbell, who plays Leo’s devoted wife, Lucille. Playing a strong woman who would do anything for her husband, Campbell is sweet and lovingly touching, especially in a musical number with Maier called “All the Wasted Time.” Part of the reason “Parade” is still relatively popular is because of Jason Robert Brown’s Tony Awardwinning music and lyrics. Emphasizing plot along with complex ideas makes the score a triumph in originality. Even the crowdpleasing numbers are not excuses for escapism and instead add artistic insight into the events. A show with a big brain, guts and tremendous quality, “Parade” is proof the Cygnet Theatre rivals the quality of Broadway and the West End. Anyone interested in this tragic tale should immediately order tickets before this play closes at the Old Town Theatre. Tickets and information about “Parade” can be found at

The documentary about bullying was given a controversial “PG-13” rating. | MCT CAMPUS

Director Lee Hirsch sheds light on a sadly pervasive issue David Dixon staff writer In the interest of starting this review with something upbeat before going in-depth about the dark subject matter, “Bully” recently received some good news. The controversial documentary has received a “PG-13” rating, rather than the contested “R,” meaning more kids will be able to see this powerful picture. This is a relief, because all students, parents and school staff should view this educational film. “Bully” is primarily about five individuals who have been abused by cruel jerks, whom only pick on them because they are different. Three of them are alive when the movie begins, but two of the youths committed suicide prior to filming and information about them is gleaned mostly through their parents. Alex Libby is a 12-year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who faces constant daily abuse from tormentors even before he gets on his school bus. Kelby Johnson, a good-hearted lesbian, is generally not accepted in her conservative school in Oklahoma. The third bully victim, Ja’Meya Jackson, is an intelligent AfricanAmerican girl who is in a juvenile detention facility for threatening her menacing offenders with a gun she stole from her mother’s closet. This is pretty grim material, but it is important that director Lee Hirsch does not sugarcoat the real-life stories. In fact, the filmmaker is so confident in his approach that he never makes an appearance and lets those who are impacted by this problem speak for themselves. It is clear Hirsch tries to be as authentic as possible before the

opening credits appear on screen. The first person introduced is David Long, the father of Tyler, a boy who took his life as a result of unfair treatment by classmates. His words are so heartbreaking, it wouldn’t be surprising if spectators reached for tissues within the first five minutes of “Bully.” The other victim who killed himself was Ty Smalley. Oddly enough, his story leads to some hopeful moments. Smalley’s dad launches an anti-bully organization, which results in an emotionally powerful scene in the climax. His best friend is also interviewed; and though his screen time is brief, the footage is one of the biggest surprises “Bully” has to offer. Though he calls himself a former bully, he comes across as a very nice person who now believes there is no justification for being mean. His interview is beautifully poignant and should affect many audience members. It would be fair to argue it is impossible to address every impact of bullying in less than two hours, yet Hirsch comes close. Right before “Bully” concludes, there is a brief coda that is deceptively simple yet also extremely effective. Possible spoiler alert: The words are, “stop bullying.” Even a toddler can understand how essential that message is. By focusing on a problem occurring on every single campus around the world, “Bully” will be an unforgettable feature for many. Thank goodness the rating brouhaha with the Motion Picture Association of America has concluded. Information about “Bully” can be found at

Leo Frank must argue his innocence in court after the murder of one of his employees. The resulting performance haunts. | THINKSTOCK


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The outside edges man

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (4/11/12) Renewal fills this year with the fragrance of springtime. Release old, limiting habits or perceptions to make way for new circumstances. Your family, friends and community are really there for you, no matter where you roam (and you probably will). Save money for a passion.


m the transition man. Girls used to fall into my outstretched hands, and during those times I thought it was me who contained them. Now I understand the situation more clearly. All along it was them who swallowed me up in their falling and waited for me to relieve that holy portion of myself for transplantation. I rehabilitate. Don’t think of it as a job — it’s more concise to think of it as a series of coincidences, coincidences with unfamiliar women in strange, unfamiliar meeting places. Not bars or grocery stores. Think libraries, maybe, or ATMs. Once, a woman on a date asked me to compare myself to an animal. Such a difficult question. I don’t remember if I gave her an answer. But what I’ve come to relate to are those suckerfish that hide at the bottoms of coral reefs, waiting for the deep-sea migrants to return, so as to clean their mouths and extremities of the parasites gathered on the long journeys. I’m a healer. Satisfaction comes after I’ve filled my gut with the diseased bits of someone else’s life. And so I sit and wait for them to call on me. I surround myself with the calcified remains of old life forms I can’t tell if I’ve lived in or not and criticize

Mason Schoen fiction writer those who carry their past lives as shells on their backs. They come to me as though they’ve known me all along, as though their first arrival is a return, and if that makes them more comfortable, I play my part. When they show up they’re heartbroken. They smell like old coins, metallic. Wounded. The men they’ve dated before they find me: These are silent predators. Raptors. From my shady cove beneath the ocean, I peer up into a fractured sky and watch their silhouettes fly silently above us. If they arrive at my doorstep in pain, I unburden them, return them to neutral. There’s a diagnostic you run when you’re around damaged beings. And here’s what I’ve learned: Everyone’s a machine and everyone’s a mechanic. It takes years to realize how impossible it is to work on yourself, but only moments to pull out the broken things grinding into another person’s life. But when I’m finished, the same, tired dialogue returns. She’ll say, “I’m sorry for coming home so late last night.”

“Don’t worry about it,” I’ll say. “No big deal. I understand. Sometimes things get in the way.” I wonder how much is enough, before they cut off all ties with me. They won’t wait around. As soon as everything returns to normal, they’re gone. I think of them as those volunteers who cut the plastic soda rings from around a pelican’s neck. The deed is done not just for me, but so both of us can breathe and eat in peace again. It’s a simple clip, even if some soreness remains around the throat. I’ve come to realize I’m a substitute boyfriend. A fill-in when the last one turned abusive or apathetic. I leave when the true professional shows up. There’s something rattling around inside of me. I can only hear it when I’m still. Something’s come loose. I reach around for the broken part but can only graze it with my fingertips. It’s taking shape in my mind when I touch the outside edges. It’s something big and sharp, something slimy. Every time I pinch it up, it slips back down and lodges itself further into a part of me I’ll never reach. But I’m reaching anyway.

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 There is still a way to win. A challenge puzzles you, and you'll need to do your homework. Practice pays. Let your creativity loose. Do the research, and think it out. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - You can learn whatever you need to know. It's an expansion phase, and an adventure or trip tempts. Accept invitations to visit, and let a friend teach you. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is an 8 The more careful you are with the details, the better you look ... important people are watching. Consult an absent group member. Verify intuition with facts. Work fast. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 - Review and revise a habit or routine, and save. Stay grounded in the basics, and consult with your team of experts. Your touch is golden; gather up what you can. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 Keep your money in your pocket for now. You're too busy to spend it anyway, at least for the next few days. A moment of planning saves hours. Tell someone how

BY NANCY BLACK, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES much you care. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 9 Don't let anyone coax you off track. You're creating a positive buzz. Let go of a preconception, and consult a wise friend. A two-day romantic phase begins. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 9 Turn it down if your mate thinks it's beneath you. Discipline gives you more time to play. There is ample opportunity for making creative changes at home. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 7 Entering a learning phase, you're getting more awesome. And there's room for romance. Reassure a loved one and guard their dream. It turns out well in the end. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 9 - You're being pushed to take action. Accept the invitation as you see fit. Don't throw money at a problem. Find harmony by listening to others and adjusting the tone. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is an 8 - Reconsider the methods that don't work, and continue using those that do. Listen to your heart and proceed with passion. Take on something new. Learn to juggle. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 6 - Your capability to concentrate increases. It's a good time to plan your next move. Don't let pressure get to you. Take short meditation breaks. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 Pay attention to other people's arguments. Some of their ideas might work. Get social for the forseeable future, and allow your friends to contribute. ©2012, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.

—Mason Schoen is a creative writing graduate student.



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Solutions available online at 68 Halos 69 Board game with an exclamation point in its name 70 Mil. spud duties DOWN 1 Long-grained Asian rice 2 One skilled in plane talk 3 Fiats 4 Legal hangings? 5 Little bit 6 Pancho’s peeper 7 Jet age 2011-’12 TV drama 8 Hoover led it for 37 yrs. 9 Political pollsters’ targets 10 Winter glaze

11 Mollusk named for its pair of long earlike appendages 12 Rest 13 Responds 19 Espied 21 Catch some rays 25 Injure severely 26 Marceau, notably 27 Verve 31 Don Ho’s instrument 34 Sra.’s French counterpart 36 Crosses (out) 37 A student’s GPA blemish 38 Caesar’s “I saw” 39 “__ it my way” 40 Kind of rap 41 Former Romanian pres-

ident 42 Utter nonsense 44 Secure behind one’s head, as long hair 45 Make a mess of 46 Really bugs 48 Synagogue 49 “Rock-__ Baby” 50 Actor Quaid and pitcher Johnson 52 Pharm. watchdog 55 Internet giant with an exclamation point in its name 60 According to 61 “__ Song”: #1 country hit for Taylor Swift 62 Hockey great 63 Opener on a ring


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