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Guardian Scholars event fundraises for career prep campus Tara Millspaugh News Editor

This Thursday, Friends of the Guardian Scholars will be hosting a fundraising event to raise money for 11 San Diego State Guardian Scholars. Guardian Scholars are students who have been homeless, lived in foster care or have been under legal guardianship. Event proceeds will fund a business attire shopping trip for the students. Finance junior Josh Morse overcame homelessness and a childhood in foster care and is now SDSU’s Associated Students president. “It’s an amazing feeling to be able to say you beat the odds,” Morse said. “You made it. You are no longer just another statistic— you are a success story.” SDSU’s Guardian Scholars Program was founded in 2007. Currently, 62 students are enrolled in the program. “Their stories are testament to the powers of philanthropy and SDSU’s dedication for creating equal opportunity for all students to earn their college degrees,” Morse said. Morse also said every time a former foster youth graduates, it shows anyone with a positive mindset and strong work ethic can earn a college degree. The fundraiser will take place at the Cirello Gallery in North Park this Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. During the event, the Guardian Scholars will also have the opportunity to share their experiences with attendees.



CSU fact sheet highlights success of state schools

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The California State University Chancellor’s Office released its annual fact book, which includes information about the CSU’s funding, student costs and enrollment. According to the CSU system’s document, for every dollar the state invests into the system, the CSU returns $5.43. The CSU is the state’s leading producer of bachelor’s degrees, with approximately 100,000 graduates each year. The Chancellor’s Office reported the CSU provides more than 150,000 jobs in California. The CSU’s Fall 2012 enrollment was comprised of 31.3 percent Hispanic/ Latinos, 31 percent Caucasians and 17 percent Asian/Pacific Islanders. Additionally, about 13 percent more female than male students enrolled. San Diego State allocated the largest budget for the 2012-13 school year out of the 23 CSU campuses, according to the fact book. SDSU’s general fund and student fees, as reported by the Chancellor’s Office, totaled more than $281 million for the 2012-13 school year. CSU Northridge had the second largest budget, with more than $278 million. CSU Northridge had about 4,500 more students enrolled in 2012 than SDSU. SDSU Budget and Finance

Beth Burns retires after successful career

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The Fall 2012 Enrollment by Ethnicity graph shows the diversity within the California State University system.

Director Crystal Little said campus budgets depend on many factors, such as course fees and graduation fees. “Some campuses choose not to charge for some things, while others do,” Little said. She also explained that although each student pays individual fees, full-time, parttime or graduate/undergraduate students pay different prices. “(SDSU) has a higher full-time equivalent student enrollment than Northridge,” Little said. Certain aspects of student fees are unique to each campus. For

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example, the CSU Budget Office reported SDSU students paid $300 for health services during the 2012-13 school year, while CSU Long Beach students paid $90. However, CSU Long Beach students paid $336 for Student Body Center fees while SDSU students paid $286. Little said one of the reasons SDSU has a larger budget is because its summer sessions tend to be larger than that of other campuses, meaning the university collects more student fees from these courses.

The San Diego State women’s basketball team is coming off one of its most victorious seasons with the direction of its most successful head coach in the program’s history. But yesterday, SDSU athletic director Jim Sterk announced Beth Burns has retired. During her 16-year career at SDSU, Burns led the Aztecs to numerous wins, titles and records. As a result, she is the winningest coach in Aztec women’s basketball history. Burns was named Mountain West Coach of the Year for the 2012-13 season, for the second consecutive season and the sixth time in her career. Burns helped SDSU capture six regular season conference championships and four league tournament titles. In addition, SDSU made seven NCAA appearances, one of which was a Sweet 16. B URNS continued on page 3

South Georgia HS to host first integrated prom national Raquel Martin Staff Writer

As prom season approaches for high school students nationwide, one school in particular is celebrating a special event: its first integrated prom. Wilcox County High School will arrange the integrated prom for the entire 400-student body. In Wilcox County, Georgia community with about 11,500 residents, black and white students have always attended separate school dances. Although segregation has been illegal for decades, the dances remained segregated because they were not funded publicly by the school district, but privately by parents and students of the community. “I think that’s ridiculous that this is their first one when we’re in America, where everything should be equal. That’s insane,” San Diego State business administration senior Kelly Almack said. Wilcox County Superintendent Steve Smith said the school supports the women who are taking the initiative to organize an integrated prom. “I consider it an embarrassment to

our schools and community that these events have portrayed us as bigoted in any way,” Smith said. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Edward DuBose explained although school officials say they do not endorse segregated proms, their silence contradicts such statements. The NAACP urged the school district to change its policy of non-sponsorship, saying the practice enabled segregated dances to endure. “The school has been perpetuating Jim Crow laws,” Africana Studies professor Charles Toombs said. “We do not need Jim Crow laws anymore. It’s a shame in 2013 we still have instances like this.” The Jim Crow laws were state and local laws in the U.S. during 1876 to 1965. The laws created the status for African Americans to be “separate but equal” and in turn, the separation created inferior conditions for African Americans. Quanesha Wallace, one of the students organizing the prom, said she feels strongly against the segregation of her peers at dances. Students at Wilcox County are integrated in all other areas of school, including sports

On May 8, 2003, students line up at one of the two segregated dances held at Johnson County High School prom in Georgia.

and classrooms. Wallace said not all students are thrilled about the prospect of an integrated prom and have been removing posters for the

event around the high school. So far, about 50 tickets have been sold for the event, but the committee hopes to sell at least 100. The integrated dance is planned for April 27.

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Wilcox County High School administrators are discussing a schoolsponsored prom for 2014.

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Crime Beat

A black bike was stolen near the PSFA building, an example of SDSU’s ongoing theft problem.

#SDSULovesBoston trends in SD

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Women passed out in restrooms San Diego State Police responded to two separate calls for medical aid, one at West Commons on Scripps Terrace and another at Chapultepec Residence Hall. Both incidents involved 19-year-old females who had passed out in a women’s restroom and occurred within half an hour of each other Monday morning. Both women were conscious and breathing when authorities arrived to assist them. The woman found in West Commons was transported to Alvarado Hospital for further examination and the woman from Chapultepec was taken to Kaiser Hospital by medics. BMX bike stolen outside PSFA SDSUPD received reports of petty theft at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. The subject called to report the theft of his bicycle from the Professional Studies & Fine Arts building. It was described as a black, orange-rimmed BMX bike with an estimated value of $300.

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Assistance needed at MTS SDSUPD assisted MTS Transit security officers at approximately 10 p.m. Monday. MTS security detained two subjects at the MTS Transit Center on Campanile Drive and requested the assistance of SDSUPD to conduct a field interview. No further action was taken once the field interview was completed.

Somali suicide attacks kill 35 international

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Militants armed with weapons and explosives entered a court building in Mogadishu on Sunday and proceeded to carry out attacks resulting in the death of 35 people, including the nine attackers, according to the Montreal Gazette. Reports from CNN state the attack was orchestrated by Islamist militant group, al-Shabaab, which took responsibility for the attack on Twitter. Group members entered the building while court was in session and began firing their weapons and setting off explosives. This attack by al-Shabaab was

one of the worst in the country since 2011. The group, which still controls rural areas of the country, took hostages and fought with security forces and Ugandan troops in the building. More than 100 people in the court building escaped safely. According to BBC, all nine militants were killed, six of them wearing detonated suicide vests. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has condemned the attacks. “We are moving forward, but the enemy of Somalia, the enemy of all mankind, will attempt to set us back and try to prevent us from prospering, “ Mohamud said, according to CNN.

Yesterday, in the aftermath of the explosions that went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, The Daily Aztec’s Features Editor, Lauren Yap, started a trending hashtag on Twitter, #SDSUlovesBoston. Yap said she did this to send a message to the victims in Boston that there was an entire community on the other side of the country thinking about them. With the help of fellow JMS junior David Frerker, there’s even a page tied to the hashtag accepting donations, which has collected approximately $400. While the primary recipient of this money—which Yap hopes to total as much as $5,000—will go to the Red Cross, she and Frerker also want to allocate some of the money to one victim in particular who is in greater need of support. Yap started this to show that in times of crises, people will band together and prove their true human nature by supporting one another. We commend one of The Daily Aztec’s finest in going above and beyond in this tragedy. Compiled by Managing Editor J. Hutton Marhsall


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This past season, Burns directed the Aztecs to a 27-7 overall record, which was a program record for most wins in a single season. She also helped SDSU get its second consecutive Mountain West Conference regular-season title. Aztec basketball fans and players will be forever thankful to Burns for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the game. “My 16 years at San Diego State University have been remarkable,” Burns said. “I am so appreciative of the many people who have supported our program throughout this time. I have had the privilege of coaching many terrific young women and will continue to enjoy following their successes. I would also like to give a special thank you to all of my associate and assistant coaches and staff who have given their hearts to make Aztec basketball great. Thank you, San Diego.”

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against New Mexico. It was the most runs the Aztecs have scored in a loss this season. On Sunday, the Aztecs stayed hot at the plate, while senior right-handed pitcher Ryan Doran shut down the Falcons’ offense in an 11-0 victory. Doran pitched 8.1 innings and didn’t allow a run. He gave up eight hits, two walks and recorded nine strikeouts. Doran quietly produced the best season of any Aztec pitcher, including Cederoth. He leads the team with a 6-2 record, while his 2.54 ERA is secondbest on the team and the best among the starters. He also has 45 strikeouts compared to just 16 walks. The Aztecs travel to Las Vegas this weekend, where Cederoth will take the mound against UNLV, looking to win his third straight game in dominating fashion. The Aztecs will play three games in Vegas before returning home for five games.

The San Diego State baseball team went 2-2 last week, with an extra-innings loss to Long Beach State on Tuesday and a 2-1 series win against the Air Force Academy during the weekend. SDSU is now 19-17 on the season and 10-6 in the Mountain West Conference. SDSU is second place in the standings—one game behind University of New Mexico. On Tuesday, in Long Beach, the Aztecs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning and added one more run in the top of the ninth to lead 3-0 heading into the last half inning. SDSU sophomore left-handed pitcher Michael RoBards, who hadn’t allowed a run throughout the first eight innings, gave up a double and single to start the ninth. Freshman right-handed

pitcher Bubba Derby came in to relieve RoBards, but allowed two runners to score and gave up a run of his own, sending the game into extra innings. Freshman reliever Tyler Sapp took the loss for the Aztecs when he couldn’t record an out in the 11th inning and ultimately walked home the winning run with the bases loaded. The cold weekend series in Colorado Springs, Colo. led to better results for SDSU, as the Aztecs took two of three games from the Air Force Falcons. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Michael Cederoth was dominant for his second consecutive Friday start, as the Aztecs beat the Falcons 4-2. After striking out 14 last week in a win against Nevada, Cederoth pitched a complete game against Air Force to earn his second straight win. He gave up just two earned runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out 11 batters.

On Saturday, the Aztecs rallied back from deficits of 5-0, 6-3 and 8-7 before taking a 9-8 lead heading into the top of the ninth inning. But the Falcons ultimately won the game 10-9 when Derby hit an Air Force batter with the bases loaded. The Aztecs scored walkoff victories twice this year at home when opposing pitchers hit Aztecs batters with bases loaded. On Saturday, they were on the losing end of that rare baseball walk-off. Junior second baseman Tim Zier hit his first home run of the season and finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle in the loss. He finished the day 4 for 5 with a home run, triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. Zier raised his average to .317 after struggling a bit in the beginning of the season. The 19 runs scored in the game were the second-most combined runs in a game for SDSU this season, behind the 20 runs scored in a 13-7 win




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‘Defiance’ shows promise despite speedbumps aztec gaming Cody Franklin Head of Aztec Gaming

If you think the world is a scary place now, wait until it’s nearly been destroyed by alien technology and terraformed to suit new hosts. Trion Worlds’ latest game, “Defiance,” breaks from the fantasy realm and injects a much-needed dose of science fiction into the massively multiplayer online genre. With Monday’s premiere of the television tie-in on SyFy, “Defiance” isn’t limited to the gaming world either. It’s an ambitious project. Maybe a bit too ambitious, as the game seems to have been pushed out before all that alien goodness could really sink in. At its core, “Defiance” is about shooting bad guys with a variety of weaponry; it’s not that different from any other third-person shooter. Whether you’re shooting rockets at renegade robots or rocking raiders with a sniper rifle, the shooting in “Defiance” is solid and satisfying. To get around town, you can sport a variety of different vehicles, from ATVs to sports cars. Racing around San Francisco in a Dodge Challenger—with the occasional hit-and-run on some mutant scum—is a blast. However, “Defiance” has a few issues—mainly depth, variety and stability. As you stumble about the ruins of San Francisco searching for

lost, yet powerful alien technology, you’ll realize the storyline isn’t anything particularly special. The only time the plot seems to shine is on the “episode missions” that coincide with the TV show. (At times, it feels all the promising writing talent was thrown at the show, leaving the game to lag behind.) With only four abilities in the game, it’s hard to distinguish yourself from another player. Shooting guns is fun, but having more special powers would have significantly added to the experience. After all, the player is reminded time and time again how much crazy alien technology is around, yet we don’t really get to see it in use. Variety is a major issue. While there are plenty of side quests to complete, they all follow fairly similar fetchquest patterns of “scan these three points” or “kill the raiders at these three points.” Weaponry is in no short supply, from rockets and sniper rifles to shot guns and more with multiple variants, such as burst rifles and automatic rifles. Yet, after the first few hours, you’ve essentially unlocked all the skills you’re going to use and seen almost all of the weapons you’re going to encounter, leaving the rest of the game a bit dry and boring. Finding a new weapon isn’t exciting when it’s just a more powerful version of something you’ve seen 20 times before. Perhaps my greatest concern at the moment is stability. Although I can’t

Aliens aren’t the only trouble in “Defiance.” Players must face off against other humans in order to avoid getting fragged in this dystopian landscape.


The San Francisco of “Defiance” is experiencing a very odd bug problem, and it’s up to the players to take care of it. And, of course, survive.

speak for the console versions, the PC version is riddled with bugs. I’ve died from too much thin air magically damaging me. I’ve lost connection to the servers many times. Explosions seem to penetrate through covers, even brick walls, making it very hard to fight anything that has rockets or grenades. Playing with other gamers can be difficult, as they phase in and out of your view. I’ve had a shotgunner appear randomly behind me more times than I can count.

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Yet, despite these flaws, I’ve still enjoyed playing “Defiance.” Running around with other players at the plethora of events that pop up has given me the first real “massive” feeling I’ve had in an MMO game in quite some time. It’s entirely too exciting marauding about in a giant caravan of dirt bikes and sports cars from one world event to another. The gaming industry is positively inundated with player-versus-player first-person shooters these days, and “Defiance” creates alterna-

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tives for those wanting to shoot things with their friends, rather than at their friends. Overall, “Defiance” is a decent game. It could be a great game, if it had been launched with more polish and content. I’d caution potential buyers to wait a little while until more of the bugs have been ironed out, which the developers have spoken a lot about. Once it has stabilized, “Defiance” will definitely be a game worth looking into for any shooter fan.

While those who pre-ordered the game got a tricked-out Dodge Charger, the rest of the players were left with ATVs. However, they’re still super cool.

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‘Storm Legion’ focuses too much on endgame

aztec gaming Cody Franklin

Head of Aztec Gaming

When “Rift” launched in March 2011, it differed greatly from traditional massively multiplayer online game standards and inspired millions to pick up the game. For me, “Rift” offered a fantastic escape from the staleness the genre had settled into. Yet, with the release of the game’s first expansion, “Storm Legion,” there came many more changes. These changes have made the land of Telara a very different place and, for me, the change was simply too much. Leveling in “Storm Legion” feels almost antithetical to that of the base game. “Rift” featured a vast amount of well-designed quests almost anywhere the player went. In “Storm Legion,” quests are an afterthought. The absolutely beautiful and interesting zones feel barren of life with just a few sprinkles of complex quests. Players are left to rely on far too many “destroy 10 banners”-type quests, as well as the Carnage quests, which are hundreds of quests that involve killing no more than 10 creatures of a certain type. It’s poorly designed and boring compared to the great quests of “Rift.” “Storm Legion” is especially disheartening given how epic each zone feels; the atmosphere of the game

is one of the best I’ve encountered. Yet, the feeling is often ripped away when you realize there’s so little content to support each zone. The lack of quests seems like a symptom of a greater problem: a near complete focus on the end game. It feels as if the designers felt most players didn’t care about leveling; thus, they did the bare minimum to provide a fun experience for the leveling process. Instant Adventure speeds you through boring “kill 10 boar” quests with other players, while the fun and exciting rifts lay untouched, because almost no one frequents the zones. This wouldn’t be such a problem if the developers hadn’t opted for such a grind-centric model for the expansion. While “Rift” often had you encounter several weaker mobs you could quickly dispatch, “Storm Legion” forces you to tackle a single strong mob with plenty of health at almost every encounter. The fast-paced combat is thus transformed into a slow, dull experience. Likewise, achieving a level is quite a feat, as the time it takes to level up has been greatly increased. Achieving the single level from 50 to 51 took longer than the five levels from 45 to 50. Again, this wouldn’t have been as bad if the leveling experience had been given proper attention. But in its current state, the grind often feels overwhelming. It’s as if the developers

believed most players don’t care about leveling and, thus, they need not put much effort into it; yet they massively increased the time needed to level as if they thought players did want to take their time in these lower areas. It’s a shame, really, because the game seems to be a fantastic experience at end game. I had a chance to sit in on a few of the world boss encounters players can look forward to at level 60 and they were some of the most impressive experiences I’ve had in an MMO. The fight against Godzilla-sized creature Volan was particularly spectacular. Yet, getting to the “real game” at the end when these fights occur is quite bothersome and may have many players giving up before reaching the finish line, as I did. Overall, “Storm Legion” is hard to judge. It ultimately comes down to play style; players with the ability to sit through an often-tedious grind to get to what appears to be a glorious end game may find “Storm Legion” to be just what they’ve been looking for. But for players searching for depth in their leveling and fun now, rather than later, the game may prove too stormy an experience for them to become a member of the “Rift” legion.

This first expansion for the MMO “Rift” features all sorts of new fantastic landscapes for players to explore.

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Player versus player combat is still a major focus of “Rift,” although there aren’t many new mechanics.

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WEDNESday, APRIL 17, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 102

hollywood happenings Tori Haynes Staff Writer

Brooke Schlyer Staff Writer

Celebrity of the Week: Jamie Foxx earned his spot as The Daily Aztec’s celeb of the week for winning the 2013 MTV Generation Award at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles last Sunday. Candidates for this award are people who have taken on an array of impressive roles; someone personable and memorable with exceptional talent. In 2004, Foxx became the third AfricanAmerican to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “Ray.” He won a Grammy in 2010 for the single “Blame It.” You can catch him in his most recent film, “Django Unchained.” His upcoming flicks include “White House Down” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Sightings: Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard weekend marked the start of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, a mega music festival in Indio lasting two weekends. A slew of celebrities, including Katy Perry, Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio, Lindsay Lohan, Julianne Hough, Clint Eastwood, Sofia Bush and Leonardo DiCaprio were captured among the crowd listening to music, playing carnival-type games or attending exclusive pool parties under the hot desert sun. We wonder which celebs will be coming out for the sec-

ond weekend. Controversy seems to be surrounding Justin Bieber lately while he was on the European leg of his tour, and it didn’t stop when he visited the Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam on Friday evening. After touring the museum with his entourage, Bieber wrote in the guestbook, “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.” When news broke of his comment, celebrities such as Emmy Rossum responded, saying, “Anne Frank suffered WW2 and Justin Bieber hopes she would have been a fan? I have no words.” In Bieber’s defense, a source close to the teen singer told E! News, “One of the guides pointed out that Anne was a big fan of pop culture of her time and that she might have been a fan of his, which led to what he wrote.” Romance: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were seen holding hands while walking around Coachella last weekend. It’s the most recent sighting of the couple since Stewart’s birthday when the couple was spotted looking for a puppy as a present for her. Jessica Simpson celebrated her baby shower at the Bel-Air Hotel garden on Sunday. The shower was bright and colorful as friends and family, including Simpson’s sister Ashley., celebrated the anticipated baby boy. Simpson said she’d like to stop having kids after her son is born, according to an article on E! Online. This is her second child

with husband Eric Johnson. They welcomed their first child, a girl named Maxwell, about a year ago. Trivia: 1. This actor lied when he auditioned for a role in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by saying he liked snowboarding and soccer, but actually considers darts and pool his favorite sports. A. Daniel Radcliffe B. Rupert Grint C. Robert Pattinson D. Tom Felton 2. A short summer stint in New York City at the age of 14 to pursue modeling left this new A-lister so “hungry” for acting, she gave up modeling and graduated high school two years early to pursue her dream in Hollywood. A. Jennifer Lawrence B. Ashley Benson C. Brooklyn Decker D. Emilia Clark 3. One trademark of this legendary rock star is tying a colorful scarf around his microphone stand while performing. Ironically, he is color blind. A. Alice Cooper B. Steven Tyler C. Jon Bon Jovi D. Dee Snider 4. When this singer was only 24, she lost her voice. Doctors said she would never sing again, but she went on to perform many fun hits in the ‘80s that are still recognized today and sung

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again and again. A. Madonna B. Cyndi Lauper C. Paula Abdul D. Bonnie Tyler 5. Flash back: This rock star was known to be very controversial during his day. TV stations would not film him from the waist down because of his gyrating hips, but he was actu-

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Hiking trails highlight San Diego’s great outdoors

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It’s a brilliant spring afternoon in beautiful San Diego, a perfect day for a hike. The sun illuminates the cloudless blue sky, bathing the earth in a warm light as nature emerges from its winter sleep.

The sweet smell of sagebrush and eucalyptus infuses your senses as you take in the brightly colored flowers dotting the landscape. A redtailed hawk wheels silently on the gentle breeze, whispering through the trees. It’s true—we live in a springtime paradise. San Diego is home to many different open space recreational areas and countless trails. Hikers of all skill levels can find adventure just a short drive in any direction. With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with some of the best hiking and outdoor activities the county has to offer. It’s impossible to choose one location and label it the best, as different trails will suit different tastes. But there is certainly something for everyone, depending on your desires. I’d like to highlight three regions that can be both fun and challenging: Mount Woodson, Cedar Creek Falls and Mission Trails Regional Park.

Mount Woodson Trail Located in the northern region of Poway, Mount Woodson Trail is just one of many paths that snakes its way through the Lake Poway Recreation Area. Its most notable feature is Potato Chip Rock, a thin plank-like structure at the mountain’s peak,

which juts out over a cliff. However, getting to one of the most unique photo ops in the county is no easy task. As with any outdoor activity, it’s important to be prepared for the elements. Bring sunscreen and more water than you think you’ll need, because most of the trail is exposed and without much shade. “It’s considered a medium difficulty day hike, but the steep climb can be grueling without proper hydration,” hiker Josh Wixom said. “Between two people, we drank a whole gallon (of water).” The 6.4-mile round-trip trail is fairly easy at first, but as the elevation rises, you’re guaranteed to feel the burn. Don’t let the climb distract you from the gorgeous scenery, though. The views are nothing short of stunning, and once you reach the summit, the sense of accomplishment paired with the exhilarating feeling of being on top of the world is sure to suppress your exhaustion.

Cedar Creek Falls When chlorinated pools have become boring and hearing “Hey, let’s go to the beach, brah” makes you shudder, it’s time for a new escapade. There’s no better way to beat the California heat than to go for a swim—so why not change the routine a bit? Cedar Creek Falls, more commonly known as the Devil’s Punch Bowl, is a free-flowing waterfall that empties into a deep basin, creating the perfect natural swimming hole. Nestled in the Cleveland National Forest, the destination is its own reward. Following the river upstream to the falls is like discovering an oasis in the desert. The thunderous water reverberates off the steep cliffs as swimmers bask on sun-warmed rocks. There are two routes to take to reach the bottom. Eagle Peak Road begins in Julian and is a long, dusty and somewhat-dangerous drive. The hike down is just as tedious, with winding pathways hugging the cliffs for what seem like an eternity. The preferred method is the trailhead from the Ramona side, which reopened earlier this month after an unexpected closure in 2011.

The descent to the falls is relatively easy, but keep in mind going downhill on the way there means a climb on the way back, so plan accordingly. Now is the perfect time to make the trip, when the wildflowers are in bloom and the water is flowing at full strength. The only downside is the crowds of people that typically gather in the area. Fortunately, new procedures intend to regulate the location’s capacity. Guests are now required to obtain a visitor permit online before heading out, and no alcohol will be permitted anywhere in the vicinity. A $6 fee and a sober hike is definitely a small price to pay for an amazing and unique experience.

Mission Trails Regional Park If you’re looking for a more relaxed outing, Mission Trails Regional Park is the perfect day-trip destination. Sprawled across nearly 5,800 acres of land, the park includes Lake Murray, Cowles Mountain, Kumeyaay Lake and the Old Mission Dam. There are plenty of hiking, biking and horseback paths, so each trip can turn out to be a different exploration. The park even boasts special areas for rock-climbing and motocross bicycling. Guests are encouraged to stop by the Visitor and Interpretive Center off of Mission Gorge Road, where educational programs and free guided nature walks are facilitated by the staff. Being a native Santee resident, I may be somewhat biased, but Mission Trails has always been my favorite backyard getaway. There’s just something about the quiet solitude that emerges when you find a spot off the main road. A slight chill tinges the air as the sun begins to set behind the rocky hills, and crickets hidden in the brush begin their nighttime chorus. It’s sometimes difficult to imagine tranquility can be found within the boundaries of such a congested city, but it’s there if you know where to look. Just be sure to remember the basic preparations and precautions before you head out to ensure a safe and fun trip. There are enough great destinations and outdoor activities to be discovered in San Diego to make every weekend an adventure.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 102

Time capsule to be placed in Aztec Student Union

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San Diego State’s Associated Students and Facilities Services are creating a time capsule for the new student union.

“The purpose of the time capsule is basically to leave a little piece of history,” A.S. Executive Vice President Channelle McNutt said. The time capsule that McNutt, her fellow A.S. executives and her predecessors have been planning will be placed in one of the pillars of the Aztec Student Union. It will be cemented in the building and

opened in 50 years. This will not be the first time a capsule has been tucked away on campus. There is an unexpected piece of SDSU history located beside the turtle pond. What looks like an unassuming barbecue is actually a time capsule from the 1800s. The barbecue is constructed from bricks from SDSU’s original building—The California State Normal School in University Heights. The original time capsule was assembled in 1898 and placed in the cornerstone of the Normal School. When the building was demolished in 1955, SDSU officials were able to access the time capsule and found a variety of objects that gave a snapshot into life in the late 1800s. Among other things, there was a map of the city and county of San Diego, a handwritten poem by a student and a U.S. flag with 45

stars. The university then added items in 1957, such as a class schedule, football memorabilia and a copy of The Aztec. The time capsule, with its 1898 and 1957 contents, was built into the Scripps Cottage barbecue in its original location. Scripps Cottage and the barbecue were then picked up and moved to their current sites when the library was expanded. However, the barbecue is empty now. “Like a lot of things around here, it is a convoluted story,” SDSU Department of Anthropology Chair Seth Mallios said. “It’s an empty time capsule and a barbecue of old bricks from the old building, but all of the good stuff is in (the library’s) special collections.” Mallios, who wrote “Hail Montezuma: The Hidden Treasures of San Diego State,” is an expert on SDSU’s history and artifacts. He

has also been advising A.S. about what to include in the new time capsule. Mallios said A.S. should take an innovative approach. “It is supposed to be (opened) well into the future, so I’d love a hair sample, maybe some blood,” Mallios said. He specifically suggested a vial of A.S. President Rob O’Keefe’s blood for cloning purposes. “I would also love to see the students make predictions about what life will be like 100 years from now, 500 years from now, 1000 years from now,” Mallios said. “Because that is the fun part— trying to guess what goes on next with the human condition.” He also said it would be fun to put real blue books from exams in the time capsule because tests in the future are likely to be conducted differently. Mallios also said items relevant to the city, such as memorabilia from San Diego Comic Con, are important additions to consider. McNutt hopes to include a copy of “Hail Montezuma,” an A.S. polo shirt, a campus map and a diagram with pictures of the A.S. members who voted for the Modern Space referendum in 2009, which approved an increase in student fees to build the new student union. McNutt also wants to include Aztec athletic memorabilia. A.S. passed out suggestion cards on campus to gather input about what should be included. It received more than 60 responses. McNutt noted the difficulty and pressure of deciding what history should be preserved for future

generations. “The idea of understanding that once it’s solidified, there is no going back … It’s kind of a daunting task,” McNutt said. One of the challenges associated with this project is that it’s hard to predict what types of technology will be relevant in 50 years. “Should we put a USB drive with music, with old minutes, with the Gangnam Style video? Will people even be able to use a flash drive in 50 years?” McNutt asked. The current time capsule housed in Special Collections contains VHS tapes that are supposed to be checked for damage every five years and technologically upgraded as needed, but Special Collections Division Head Robert Ray says this hasn’t been done in the years he’s held his position. The time capsule contents are locked in a box that only the president of the university has a key to. Ray said he would be speaking with SDSU President Elliot Hirshman about obtaining access to the contents in order to carry out his preservative duties. Regardless of whether or not future Aztecs will be able to use the technology included, the items and devices are representative of the times. SDSU journalism and media studies senior Julie Willis suggested including an iPhone with an SDSU case. The time capsule will be cemented into the student union in May, and there will be a ceremony hosted by the new A.S. executive officers. “This (project) is another aspect of students leaving a legacy on campus,” McNutt said.

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Volume 99, issue 102 | WEDNESday, APRIL 17, 2013

The light of crushed sapphires nonfiction

Mason Schoen Staff Writer

She tells you he’s not paying attention to what you two are doing. She says he’s so wrapped up in his video games that he’s unaware of anything else. You tell her it doesn’t feel right, even with the door closed and the radio turned up loud. There’s a slab of blue light at the bottom of the door, as though sapphires are being crushed down and incinerated. She puts her shirt back on and sighs, and you can hear the synthetic laser blasts being fired in the next room, wonder how many times her son’s been forced to tune out the sounds in his mother’s room. “We’ll have a couple drinks,” she says, and walks out of her room, and from where you sit on the corner of her bed, you can see him craning his neck toward the screen. In the living room, he pretends not to notice you when you ease yourself onto the couch. On the screen, there’s a gun pointed at some grotesque figures with humanoid features. The boy pulls the trigger on the controller and the green bodies are blown apart. She doesn’t notice you on the couch until she’s brought the drinks into her bedroom and calls out your name. “We’re in here,” you call back. She places the icy drink against your neck and the condensation drips down into the basin above your collarbone. “Come on,” she whispers. Later, when you’re thirsty and she’s asleep, there’s an eerie hum tunneling through the apartment, low and alive—prehistoric. You

feel separated from yourself, and there’s that light again, tucked beneath the door—except this time, black shadows wade through, back and forth. You open the door and wander back into the living room. The television pulses and her son lies quietly on the couch. In the kitchen, you pull open the refrigerator and search for something to drink, but all that remains is a couple of beer bottles, a few eggs and a moth’s body that makes you more sad than you’re willing to realize. The pantry holds a single loaf of brown, tough bread, unsliced. You search for a plate and wonder why every kitchen hides its cutlery drawer in the most inconspicuous place, and suddenly the light flicks on and her son’s standing there looking at you while rubbing his eye with one hand. You say hello, but he doesn’t say anything back. Instead, he wanders over to the kitchen table and sits down. “Are you hungry?” you ask, but he doesn’t answer. How can you blame him? It’s not like the other mothers you’ve dated—the fathers alive, but absent. This boy’s father passed away unexpectedly from stomach cancer when he was only an infant. You feel the drinks wringing themselves around in your gut, but you don’t want to puke in front of him. When his mother told you about her husband’s death during dinner a few weeks back, you couldn’t help but feel guilty for some inexplicable reason. Not for the man’s death exactly, but for the boy’s orphanhood. Then again, you’re not some messiah for every unfathered son. Nor are you insensitive to abandoned children’s needs, though you’ve never had your own child and never pictured yourself as a father.

People have always promised you’d be a decent one when the time came, but people make a lot of promises, a gift to give that doesn’t cost anything. So you hold the loaf of bread out to him as though he were your own. When he reaches out for it, you hand him the entire thing. He cradles it awkwardly in his hands, as though he’d just been passed an infant. But his tiny hands aren’t strong enough to rip away a piece. You tell him to hold tight to one end, while you hold tight to another. Eventually, the hard crust pulls apart. You feast together on the soft insides. When he’s done, you tuck him into bed and say good night. But in a few hours time, he finds his way into his mother’s bedroom, where she moves closer to you so he can be cradled on the far end of the bed. There’s a cold coming on, getting colder. Because of how slight the increments are, you don’t realize how much everything’s slowing down. You can see your breath, like ghosts of things you knew you should’ve said but didn’t, escaping now to haunt you again. The boy rolls over in his sleep. Their side of the bed feels hot, sticky and alive. Your feet are cold, but you realize they’ve always been that way. There’s nowhere left to warm the icy things. The blue light below the door sweeps in at a glacial pace. When it arrives, you will let it take you. You will hold your place, be swallowed up and shut your eyes against it all.


by Nancy Black, Tribune Media Services

Today’s Birthday (4/17/13) - It’s easier to advance for the next six months, and relationships deepen. Changes require adaptations. Pay debt, and review insurance and investments. The focus shifts to home and family. Grow your health, love and community participation for increased satisfaction and happiness. 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 are some dangers in taking on more than you know how to handle, as well as some rewards. It could be fun. It requires a shift in thinking and creativity. Avoid distractions. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - Resist the temptation to spend. Concentrate on generating income, and avoid depleting reserves. Enjoy a hike or an excursion to the park, made better with a loved one. This time together is worth gold. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 9 - Money does buy power, but it’s not the only way to get it. Recharge your batteries by focusing on what you love and what you’re passionate about. Achieving the impossible just takes longer. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 - Your hotness is contagious. Don’t take yourself too seriously, and you’ll advance to the next level. A sense of humor is key. Take regular breaks to stay healthy. Give something away, or sell it. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 - Grow your mind through meditation. New data threatens old assumptions. Call home if you run late. Don’t get a loved one stirred up. Clean up messes immediately. Have compassion for yourself and others. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 New responsibilities lead to changes at home.

Save opinions and advice until solicited. Simplify matters, and reassess priorities. Clear out the superfluous. Get the family behind you by listening and maintaining flexibility. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is an 8 - Don’t waste a cent. A change in plans is required, as conditions are unstable. Don’t be stopped by past failures or take things personally. You can replace what you leave behind. Explore the unknown. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 7 - Expect change on the financial front. The best things are still free. Stick to basics. Entertaining doesn’t have to be expensive ... it can be a collaborative effort. Transform an obligation into an opportunity. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 9 - Feelings run very deep. Adopting another perspective increases your authority. Learn from an adversary. Show you understand. Verify the bottom line. It’s an uncomfortably empowering phase. The competition is fierce, and you’re up to it. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is an 8 - Make quiet inroads. Find out what’s really going on. Streamline your business procedures. Don’t leave before you’re sure the job is done right. Keep a loved one’s secret. New facts dispel old fears. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Gather information and schedule carefully. Practice with your tools. Try not to provoke jealousies, and watch for hidden dangers. Avoid somebody else’s argument. There could be an emotional release. Others want your attention. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is an 8 - Cool down a scandal. Listen to all the considerations to get the whole story. You see what all the fuss is about. There’s a disagreement about priorities. Try to turn down the heat. ©2013, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.


by The Mepham Group, Tribune Media Services

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35 Former time 37 Sturdy material 40 Go public with 41 Knock into next week 42 Composer Sibelius 43 Strongly maintains 45 “Spiritual Solutions” author Chopra 46 Go-go personality 47 Pays heed to 48 NFL highlight reel technique 51 Hourglass figure? 52 Deice? 53 Beef, or a fish 54 Joint with a cap 55 Netherworld river 57 “Cats” initials


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