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Antonio Zaragoza photo editor San Diego State hosted the 22nd annual Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education on Saturday. More than 1,200 students traveled from across the state to attend the event, many arriving on buses after traveling the long distance from Northern California. According to the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education website, the forum began in 1991 and is designed to educate and help minority and low-income students in furthering their education beyond the bachelor’s degree. The ultimate goal is to have more minority, especially Latino and African-American students, achieve doctorates and ultimately have more diverse college faculties which better represent the diverse communities that encompass most universities. The students began the day with a plenary session held in the Open Air Theatre and were welcomed by the SDSU pep band. Guest speakers included SDSU’s new Vice President of Research and Dean of the Graduate Division Stephen Welter, President Elliot Hirshman, Chief Diversity Officer Aaron Bruce and Education Opportunity Program Director Reginald Blaylock, who gave the keynote address. “You were selected and this is the only kind of fair in the nation. This is the only time in America that we do something like this. There are over 200 universities waiting to meet you, greet you and tell you they want you,” Blaylock said. The emotionally charged and inspirational nature of Blaylock’s speech set the festive tone of the event as students battled the briefly windy and rainy weather.


There must be repercussions for coaches who break contract. Members of President Elliot Hirshman’s office, including the president , spoke at the forum on Saturday. | PETER KLUCH, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

“You were selected and this is the only kind of fair in the nation ... the only time in America that we do something like this.” Reginald Blaylock, Education Opportunity Program Director Following the plenary session, students made their way to various classrooms and lecture halls in order to attend the various workshops and lectures. The workshops, which included

information on financial aid, furthering education and taking essential exams such as the Graduate Record Examination, were designed to give potential graduate students vital infor-

mation regarding post-graduate education. At noon, the students ate lunch and were then able to visit more than 200 different university representatives stationed along Campanile Walkway. “I came to figure out how to fund grad school and get information I need to start the process and seeing what programs are best,” Mathew Zemaneke, a student from California State University San Bernardino, said. “I’ve received a lot of great information and I’m very pleased with everyone I’ve met so far.” Following the lunch, students continued to attend additional workshops and lectures. The day-long event is hosted in different locations annually.

E N T E R TA I N M E N T Revitalize independent record stores while enjoying live sets.

SDSU community asks for a voice Students and parents called for open forum with Hirshman Ana Ceballos senior staff writer An open presentation for students to pose questions to university administrators about concerns regarding the current budget challenges was announced last Tuesday in an email to San Diego State students. This email was in part sent as a response to a letter from studentactivist organization Reclaim SDSU to arrange an open forum solely devoted to questions and concerns of students, faculty, staff and parents. The intent of Reclaim SDSU’s letter was to create an event for the campus community, instead of a lecture to select individuals by the administration, according to the organization. “We just want to make sure the issues we are most concerned about are focused on,” Reclaim SDSU member Matt Blythe said. “We don’t want our questions to be pre-


screened and not represent the actual concerns of the community.” Before the open presentation for Associated Students was announced, the administration had sent Reclaim SDSU an email stating it would send a formal response with the time and location for the open forum. Yet, the formal response had the open presentation specifics enclosed, rather than those of the open forum. While the subjects of the open presentation will pertain to the university’s budgeting process and fiscal outlook, student questions can be incorporated into the presentation if submitted no later than Friday. Some students felt this was a positive move on the part of the administration. “I think it’s a good, different idea that AS is reaching out to the students not only to inform them as to the reasons behind the budget reduction, but also to see what our questions are as a student population,” theatre arts junior Liliana Silva said. “I hope the student body takes advantage of the opportunity to educate themselves since no one likes the idea of budget cuts. If we motivate ourselves to understand more about the fiscal state of the university and involve ourselves, we can come up with a

stronger solution as students.” According to a few members of Reclaim SDSU, an hour and a half is not much time to address students’ concerns, and devoting only a portion of that time to students’ questions is insufficient. “We are disappointed that the new president of SDSU has chosen to give a lip service to our calls for a transparent dialogue, instead of honest and horizontal engagement of the SDSU community,” Blythe said. “We asked for faculty, staff, parents and students to be involved and invited,” Reclaim SDSU member Elena Horvitz said. “We want everyone that is affected to be involved, so an open forum with only students would be unacceptable.” Nevertheless, when 25 students were asked whether or not they had received the email, only eight confirmed to have received it. “We want the format of the presentation to be more democratic and not some sort of dictatorship,” political science graduate student Amir Shoja said. Parents are also welcome to attend the open presentation. The announcement was sent to registered emails in enrollment services. According to Shoja,

“Communication efforts have not been very quick or successful,” which is why he said the deadline for questions will be extended to next Friday. Faculty members were not officially invited to the student budget open presentation because three sessions were held for budget faculty presentations last week. According to the university administration, the reason the open forum was replaced by an open presentation was that the administration believes it would be more productive and more organized. “If we receive the questions in advance, we can be more productive during the presentation,” chief of staff Andrea Rollins said. “If we get organized more information can be shared and there can be a better flow and logic to the information.” “I would like to be involved in an open forum,” SDSU parent Jeff Horvitz said. “I would think most students are working as a team with parents to complete their college education, so parents should be involved.” The presentation will be moderated by A.S. president and vice president, Cody Barbo and Krista Parker, and will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 in Arts and Letters 201.


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But the half-life theory, it says because Glen and I have been together for two years, I’ll have to be alone for one after we break up. B A C K PA G E





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abels in college athletics are meaningless. In fact, don’t catch yourself trying to explain the nature of conferences to a second grader; their education level may prove to be too advanced to achieve understanding. For just a few examples, the Big 12 Conference will soon have 10 members. Meanwhile, the Big Ten conference currently operates with 12 universities as members. Basic arithmetic need not apply. Geography is as equally irrelevant. The Pacific-12 Conference presently has two members who do not reside within the Pacific Time Zone, and two more located in Arizona who abide by the Pacific Time Zone for only half of the calendar year. Not to be outdone, the Big East Conference stretches as far west as California, as far south as Florida, as far north as Idaho and its territory rivals that of the conquests of Alexander the Great. What is the impetus for the nonsensical nature of collegiate athletics? Only the unabashed pursuit of revenue. Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of this absurd world is that coach’s contracts in sports generating incredible amounts of revenue simply don’t matter. Contracts signed between the coach and the university, which should “contractually” bind them to the university for the stated length and terms, are of no importance. No matter the period of the contract remaining, every coach can essentially become a free agent each offseason in one of two ways. Either win a bunch of games and then wait for the “bigger” university to come calling for your services, or be an undeniable loser on the field, and wait for the university to conduct its own mid-contract coaching search to replace you. Not to worry though; even products of the latter option still make their money. Just ask former San Diego State football coach Chuck Long who received $715,000 from the school in the year after he was fired. The funny thing is, these contracts are generally unbreakable for anyone except the coach and their own off-field antics. Recent actions by University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino have redefined the term “cause” — the legal reason to fire a coach. With cause, the university doesn’t have to pay out the remainder of the contract. For those unfamiliar with the Petrino scandal, Petrino is a married man and a father of four. Unfortunately, he had an affair with a 25-year-old graduate student, and at some time during the course of their tryst, paid her $20,000 for unspecified reasons. He then went on to get into a

Brody Burns opinion columnist motorcycle accident with her, and lied about the details to the public and his employer. Petrino gave his university cause, and without it the school would have had to pay a ridiculous $18 million buyout in order to rid itself of his filth. Take another local case study in the superficiality of coach’s contracts: former SDSU football coach Brady Hoke, who left for the University of Michigan’s greener pastures. On Dec. 2, 2010, Hoke agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2015 season to remain head coach. At the time, Hoke was a hot commodity in the college football coaching community, having taken the Aztecs to their first postseason appearance since 1998. In a press conference announcing his extension, he offered the following comment on what his extension meant to new recruits: “Hopefully, it speaks loudly. We have a real belief in the direction of the program. What we want to do as a staff, this is a commitment to that.” That commitment lasted a mere 40 days before the maize and blue of Michigan claimed him. It took $1 million to buy out his contract. Prior to the move, in November 2010, Hoke stated he was “not looking to bail (on SDSU),” which makes one wonder if he made those same statements in his last season before he bailed on Ball State University, the school SDSU had to pay $240,000 to buy out his contract. This swift exit, while under contract, is one of the more disparaging features of collegiate athletics. Coaches regularly jump ship seeking more appealing opportunities, often while still being bound by a contract. Correspondingly, the athletics departments enable these moves through paying burdensome buyouts to break contracts and through spending significant amounts on the whole coaching carousel process. In actuality, a coach leaving while contracted is incredibly harmful to all students, both athletes and non-athletes. For the general student at many universities, you are a considerable source of funding for the athletics department. Your student fees are regularly used to finance athletics. As recently as the 2008-2009 school year, student fees contributed $795 million to the athletics departments at 222 public universities. More locally, in 2009-2010 student fees accounted for 31.37 percent of the entire athletics budget at SDSU. This equates to more than $10 million. When the athletic department has to buy out a contract



or pay a firm to help conduct a coaching search, these fees are a significant cost. One can reason these short-term costs are placed largely on the backs of the students if they are financing a significant portion of the athletics department. In addition, the student athlete is equally harmed in the process. If a student commits to attending a university and plays a sport based on the head coach, which is tantamount to selecting a restaurant based on the quality of the food,



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Number of coaching changes between 2011 and 2012 in FBS schools


Number of members soon to be a part of the Big 12 Conference


Number of universities that are a part of the Big Ten Conference


Years extended onto Brady Hoke’s contract


Amount paid by SDSU to buy out Hoke’s contract, in thousands


Amount paid in 2009 to support Division I sports by 222 schools, in millions


Ticket sales at SDSU during the 2009-2010 season, in millions


Amount Petrino paid woman he was having an affair with, in thousands

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then they suffer when the coach exits to pursue their own financial conquests. Because when a student athlete wants to transfer from one four-year institution to another, they must generally sit out until “you spend an academic year in residence at that new school.” Alas, a two-pronged solution exists. First, cause should include losing. If you are lousy on the field and can’t win, you should be fired. Second, in order to retain some integrity in collegiate athletics,

when a coach breaks their contract in the pursuit of greener pastures, they should suffer the same penalties as a student-athlete making a similar move. They should be forced to “sit out” a year, and not be allowed to coach until they are “eligible” again.


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Independent record stores celebrate music John Anderson entertainment editor As the cash ship that was the compact disc sinks under waves of digital distribution and online streaming, brick-and-mortar record stores are treading the ice cold waters, struggling for air. This Saturday, a lifeboat will be swinging by in an attempt to pull struggling stores out of the water: Record Store Day.

back into long aisles of meticulously organized plastic and vinyl. In addition to playing on the loyalty and guilt of music lovers, record stores are doing this by offering a number of incentives only available on Saturday. First, record stores will carry a number of exclusive pressings produced for the event. Limited-edition material from Arcade Fire, Atmosphere and Aesop Rock, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Animal Collective, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Sigur Rós and Ryan Adams will be among the exten-

While the event is certainly enjoyable for music enthusiasts ... the challenge won’t be filling stores on Saturday, it will be getting people back into stores the remaining 364 days this year. It is no secret record stores, particularly independent shops, are struggling. Last year was rough for independent record stores. Despite encouraging digital numbers, yearend physical record sales dropped 7.8 percent from the year prior. Sales numbers might have been even more painful if not for a resurgence in the popularity of vinyl records. Vinyl sales exploded by 34 percent compared to the previous year. In light of these numbers, the event is geared toward coaxing music lovers out of their cozy computer chairs and

sive selection available in participating stores. Organizers of the event stress not all stores will carry all the special pressings, making the day something of an Easter egg hunt for those looking for specific items. Perhaps more exciting is the prospect of live music inside the record stores. In years past, local bands such as The Silent Comedy have jammed themselves inside crowded shops and performed live acoustic sets for browsing patrons. This year, M-Theory Music will feature a live performance by local rock group

The Donkeys. The music starts at 5 p.m. and is free for shoppers. While the event is certainly enjoyable for music enthusiasts, it demonstrates the industry still has some fight left in it. It is impressive what a multilateral effort from labels, artists and the shops themselves can accomplish. However, the challenge won’t be filling stores on Saturday, it will be getting people back into stores the remaining 364 days this year. While many San Diegans will be coughing up dust at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend, those who remain in town will have an opportunity for some musical retail therapy to assuage the jealousy. San Diego has a number of record shops participating in the event. Prominent among them are Mission Hills staple M-Theory Music, Pacific Beach’s Access Music and Encinitas’ Lou’s Records. For more information, including a complete list of shops participating, visit

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Drain him of all his good


lay silent on his couch in the middle of his living room and watch a fly wander from the television to the window, unsure of which glass to break through to return home. I too, am unsure of which reality to accept. Glen sleeps soundly, even with my head on his chest. I wonder how he can do so without any loss of comfort, without waking up from the added weight. I wonder how heavy my doubt weighs in my own skull. In my mind, I can see his sternum collapse from the density of my regrets. Every relationship has an expiration date. Although we haven’t reached ours yet, I know it’s coming soon. I believe the smell of its impending decomposition attracted this fly into the living room. Glen’s chest rises. I hear a soft current run through him. When we first met, I wanted to puncture his skin and screw a spigot into the wound, drain him of all the bad blood he’d collected in his past. What’s worse — I wanted to drain him of all his good, too, but after a few years, well, that well’s run dry. In my experience, there’s a halflife of loneliness between every worthy relationship. Glen and I have been dating for nearly two years now, depending on who you ask. He would probably differ, say we’ve been going out for only a year and six months, but I prefer to count the unofficial months as well, because often those are the best months,

Mason Schoen fiction writer those are the months you begin to understand who you are from the other person’s lens. That’s when you don’t have to be emotionally vulnerable with the other person; you can still hold onto the barriers you’ve created.

verse or God to blame, if you believe in that sort of thing. Glen believes in God. I’m glad I don’t though. I’d blame everything on Him, when really I’ve learned it’s best to take responsibility for your own mistakes, and also your own successes. I think about rescuing the fly as Glen naps. I know that, if I try to catch him with my hands, he’ll zip

When we first met, I wanted to puncture his skin and screw a spigot into the wound, drain him of all the bad blood he’d collected in his past ... but after a few years, well, that well’s run dry. But the half-life theory, it says because Glen and I have been together for two years, I’ll have to be alone for one after we break up. What will I do in that year? How will I improve who I am? Or am I already as perfect as I can be, albeit imperfectly? Maybe when this ends, it will be my fault, or maybe it won’t be. Not every conclusion requires fault. Sometimes things just end, for no reason at all. Sometimes that’s the harder one to accept, because then there’s only the uni-

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (4/18/12) Your career has been growing this year. Income may increase after June 10. As Mars travels through Libra, your passionate side gets a boost. Make room for love. Themes this year include relationships, health, wellness, education and spirituality. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 7 Power increases, and you're on top of the world. Stay on top of your deadlines. Listening is the key to communication. Someone else's crazy idea inspires a solution. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - A hunch could be quite profitable, and the game is on! For the next two days, you're in the spotlight (and you like it just fine). Deliver your lines with passion. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 7 The party is just getting fun. Your friends showed up, and there's good music and chow. Choose your words well, and new doors open. Encourage another's creativity. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 - Expand a little at a time. Consider new opportunities, and step into leadership, even (especially) if it makes you nervous. You can do it. You're a quick study. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 Conditions look good for travel and romance. You'd rather play than work. Imagine your next adventure. Check finances and craft a plan. You could be

BY NANCY BLACK, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES pleasantly surprised. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 Discuss shared finances. The details hold the key, and careful planning sets you up to win. Discover that more is possible than you thought. A brilliant idea arises. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is an 8 Consult with experts and partners. Work out the strategy. Write down a brilliant insight. You're very creative and can solve the puzzle. Fix whatever is broken. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 9 Being as busy as a bee can be very productive. Think about all those projects that you want to complete, and find a way to make them bloom. You may need help. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 7 - You're exceptionally creative (and romantic) for the next couple of days. You have a lot to say. Let it out. Listening is part of the communication equation. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 6 - Write a letter to your parents or to your future self. Put in extra effort and you can solve a puzzle. The next two days are good for making changes at home. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 7 - You're more valuable than you think. Put your resources to good use, and don't throw your money away. Think outside the box, and recycle it. Use it in the garage. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 9 Your imagination empowers as you enter a lucrative phase. Catch up on finances and invoicing. Get outside the box that's limiting your creativity. Play with the box. ©2012, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.

loudly around the coffee table, rush head-first into the window. Instead, I stick my palm out like I’m balancing a full teacup. There are only so many places for him to land when he gets tired. Eventually he’ll want to rest his wings on the sweet, sticky warmth of my skin. Once he does, I’ll either close my fingers around him, or let him be, trust he understands I never wanted to hurt him at all.

—Mason Schoen is a creative writing graduate student.



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CREEP AND CRAWL AGAINST CARBON FOOTPRINTS Staff Photographer Dustin Michelson captured this photo of Kristian Salgado demonstrating how to create a worm composting bin at the SDSU No Impact Week booth on Campanile Walkway.




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