Faculty says yay or nay to strike Until April 27, faculty will vote whether or not to strike statewide
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Tara Millspaugh staff writer California State University faculty is in the process of voting on whether or not they will authorize a strike. If the vote is approved, the strike will take place if the California Faculty Association does not come to an agreement with the CSU Chancellor and Board of Trustees. San Diego State faculty express different improvements they would like to see within the CSU system. Joseph Thomas, a tenured professor within the Department of English and Comparative Literature, expressed his concern about professors’ salaries. Thomas currently lives in a one-bedroom apartment in Hillcrest. One-third of his monthly salary goes toward rent. “I would hope that the CSU system would try to honor faculty members by paying us competitive wages, that take into account cost of living, but I’m really not that optimistic,” Thomas said. Thomas has voted yes on his ballot to authorize the strike, if it becomes a necessity. To criminal justice professor Paul Kaplan, money is not the biggest con-
OPINION San Diego State faculty voting on campus whether or not to strike if collective bargaining with the CFA fails. |
cern: it is the working conditions. He advocates SDSU needs more faculty. In 2007, he had 70 students in one class. Now, according to Kaplan, his class sizes have almost tripled. Kaplan stressed the fact the students’ educational experiences are being impacted. He has noticed throughout the years professors are bogged down and tired because of the amount of students and sections they have to teach. Kaplan has
noticed even he is feeling the strain of his workload. “I love my job, I love the students, I’m not sitting here whining about my job, but at the same time, to allow administrators to make unilateral decisions about how we are supposed to do things is wrong,” Kaplan said. He voted to authorize the strike. Africana studies professor Charles Toombs realizes professors do not necessarily want to go on strike.
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“We are mostly doing this to take this action to the governor or legislature to put pressure on the CSU to compromise and not go on strike,” he said. According to Toombs, only CFA members can vote and a majority is needed. Of the 900 members, almost 600 have confirmed they would vote yes. Voting will continue until April 27. After voting is complete, CFA and CSU will return to bargaining a contract until an agreement is reached.
Adopting an online persona isn’t healthy for one’s self confidence.
Eisenhower’s granddaughter visits “Once you get out there in the world, you will realize the news feeds are different from what you experience.” Mary Eisenhower, president and CEO of People to People International Mary Eisenhower spoke to members of People to People. | ANA CEBALLOS, SENIOR STAFF WRITER
Ana Ceballos senior staff writer “Once you get out there in the world, you will realize the news feeds are different from what you experience. The world is not so bad when you get out there,” Mary Eisenhower, granddaughter of the late United States president Dwight D. Eisenhower, said.
This statement exemplifies her intention in meeting with San Diego State’s University Student Chapter of People to People on Monday. Eisenhower, the president and CEO of People to People International, applauded students on debuting the first university chapter on the West Coast. The SDSU chapter, which started last September, focuses on bringing peace through understanding
despite the segregation created by international borders and longestablished prejudices. During Monday’s meeting the chapter mentioned the importance of educating people about issues, such as the “one-sided solution” of the Kony 2012 video. The SDSU chapter hopes to send students to Uganda to provide direct understanding by living and seeing the situation as it is rather than how it is portrayed.
Eisenhower conversed with students about travel experiences, insightful anecdotes, future plans for study abroad programs and common-thread issues among different cultures. This inspired the students launching the new chapter and helped them look forward to experiencing faraway destinations. “The farther you get into traveling, the harder it will be to get out,” Eisenhower said. “It is a wonderful world out there and you will see that as soon as you experience it.”
Students blind to toxic threat
hat scares you the most about school? Grades? Finding the right internship? Maybe talking to the girl who sits next to you every day? Whatever your fears, asbestos exposure is probably not one of them. But should it be? Every year San Diego State’s Environmental Health and
Safety Department releases a notification listing the buildings on SDSU’s campus that contain asbestos. The list includes more than 40 buildings, from East and West Commons to Love Library. Asbestos in those buildings can be found in materials such as pipe insulation, floor tiles and roofing. Before you reach for that gas mask you’ve been saving for this
year’s impending apocalypse, read this: Your chances of being exposed to asbestos, let alone getting sick from it, are probably extremely small. Asbestos is a nifty mineral compound that was all the rage during most of the 20th century, because it’s inexpensive yet strong and surprisingly resistant to fire and electricity. It’s so prevalent that any building in the
U.S. constructed prior to 1979 is usually assumed to contain asbestos unless proven otherwise. Eventually, we realized exposure to airborne asbestos fibers in high enough quantities leads to grisly diseases, including malignant lung cancer and mesothelioma.
see ASBESTOS on page 4
E N T E R TA I N M E N T Adams Avenue will host local artists during an all-acoustic festival spanning two days.
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Empty eyes stare back at me. Dead eyes ... He’s been stripped ... He looks like he’s been dead for days. How long has it been? B A C K PA G E
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Unique holiday UCLA apologizes for folly shares beliefs The email sent to wait-listed Stephanie Saccente
Arturo Garcia staff writer Project Nur celebrated the interfaith holiday Mimouna last Monday on campus. The cultural organization is soon to conclude its first year at San Diego State as a pluralistic group dedicated to diversity. “We’re a light on campus,” Project Nur President Hashaw Elkins said. Nur is Arabic for light. “We’re committed to positive experiences, generating dialogue and to connecting people.” According to Elkins, Project Nur is a model on campus of a truly diverse community. He added that Project Nur is a cultural organization dedicated to culture. Originating in Morocco, Mimouna is the day after Passover. During Passover Jews are not allowed to eat bread. Mimouna is the first day they can begin eating it again. This is accompanied by a springtime celebration when Jewish people bless their orchids and vineyards, followed by a large feast with their Muslim and Christian neighbors. In commemoration of the holiday, Project Nur gifted a fig tree, a universal symbol of peace, to the campus garden
created by campus organization Garden Gnomes. “We want to educate people on the fact that holidays like this exist so that it reaches the awareness of the public and they understand that there is more to interfaith than they previously thought, more out there than just conflict,” Elkins said. The event showcased student art with the theme of peace and diversity, provided information about the holiday and hosted a performance by local belly dancers. A photo booth provided by Apple displayed the traditions and history of the event, resembling Balboa Park’s houses of hospitality. “I feel that such artistry is precisely what Project Nur seeks to do ... to focus on the best that we can find in terms of art and human expression,” professor of religious studies and Project Nur adviser Khaleel Mohammed said. According to Elkins, the event almost didn’t happen because of funding issues. Elkins said Cultural Arts and Special Events funds had already been used for the semester. The original plan had been shelved when students urged Elkins to bring it back. The dancers and artists offered their talents for free.
University of California Los Angeles is apologizing to hundreds of high school seniors for raising and then taking away their hopes of admission after mistakenly sending out acceptance letters to 894 students. Applicants put on the waiting list had received the same email notice, as newly admitted students congratulating them on their admission to the campus. The email sent to wait-listed students included the line: “Once again congratulations on your admission to UCLA, we hope that this information will assist you in making your decision to join the Bruin Family in the fall.”
The notice, sent the weekend of April 7, included a link to a financial aid letter informing the wait-listed students they were on the waiting list. The mixed messages prompted many confused students to call UCLA directly. The Monday following the email, UCLA’s Office of Financial Aid sent out apology letters to those who had mistakenly received the email.
While mistakes like this do not happen often, this is not the first time UC applicants were mistakenly told they had been admitted. In 2009, UC San Diego sent admission notices to 28,000 applicants who had actually been rejected. And again in 2010, UC Santa Barbara informed 60 applicants they were admitted when in fact they remained on the waiting list.
Org celebrates 40th year AB Samahan will host a diverse crowd for its anniversary Amy Williams staff writer
In commemoration of the holiday Project Nur gifted a fig tree, a universal symbol of peace ...
students included the line, “once again congratulations on your admission to UCLA, we hope that this information will assist you in making your decision ...”
San Diego State’s Andres Bonifacio Samahan, a Filipino-American cultural organization, will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday. The organization booked the Naval Training Center Promenade
at Liberty Station to host the approximately 300 students and alumni expected to attend. There will be dinner, a silent auction fundraiser and cultural dances performed by students. Entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Olaes will be the keynote speaker of the night. Congressman Bob Filner may even show up. The AB Samahan Filipino American Alumni Association, which recently gained official recognition from the SDSU Alumni Association, will be launched at the celebration.
Students will be given the opportunity to to mingle with alumni and network for career opportunities. The event is sponsored by various local businesses and alumni. The night aims to not only provide networking opportunities, but to raise funds for scholarships and other educational ventures. Bryan Spencer of the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs said planning for the event began a year and a half ago. “It’s a night for entertainment and reflection of the last 40 years,” he said.
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ASBESTOS: SDSU students remain woefully uninformed of possible asbestos exposure. Continued from page 1 Rest assured, asbestos in SDSU currently poses no threat to your life and there is a team of trained professionals on campus making sure it stays that way. The problem isn’t the imminent threat of asbestos exposure. The problem is that, if you’re like me, you had no idea there even was asbestos on campus, let alone in more than 40 buildings we use every single day. SDSU has a responsibility to proactively inform students of the existence of asbestos on campus and of what is being done to minimize the risk of exposure. The asbestos notification released annually by EHS is distributed to all school employees in compliance with California Health and Safety Code Section 25915. This rule requires the owners of buildings with asbestos-containing materials to inform all their employees of the presence of asbestos in the building. This common sense requirement recognizes employees have a right to know of any potential health risks associated with a particular building. An added bonus is that it makes all employees part of a constant monitoring system. If employees, for example, know roofing material in a certain building contains asbestos, and they see a broken ceiling tile on the floor, they know to avoid disturbing the tile and to contact the health department to deal with the issue before there’s any risk of exposure. It makes sense for faculty and staff to be informed annually of the existence of asbestos at SDSU, but it makes even more sense for students to be informed. With more than 30,000 students at SDSU, we are by far the likeliest group to notice a situation in which asbestos could be exposed. More importantly, every year we spend countless hours in buildings throughout SDSU, completely unaware of the existence of asbestos all around us. No matter
Defy Internet reinvention
Leonardo Castaneda senior staff columnist how small the risk is, we have a right to know of that risk. And we have a right to know how we are being protected from that risk. The odds of dying in a plane crash are extremely small, but its passengers still have a right to know where the emergency exits are. Clearly, SDSU has a responsibility to inform students about asbestos on campus. The question is how big that responsibility is. After all, this information is freely available online. The notification is posted every year by EHS on its site, which is in the Division of Business and Financial Affairs website. But unless you frequently navigate SDSU’s administrative websites, or your Google searches tend to look like: “SDSU + (insert toxic compound)” you probably had no idea about asbestos on campus. The school needs to do much more to reach out to students and educate them about asbestos on campus. This can easily be done at no cost to the school. First, incoming students should be informed of the existence of asbestos on campus and given an overview of how to identify and treat a situation in which asbestos might be exposed. A short presentation could easily be incorporated into traditional orientation activities. Annual follow-ups, including EHS’s notifications, can be distributed to students by email and social media. The effort needed to inform students is minimal. But having a student body that is fully aware of the campus they live and learn at is invaluable.
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No matter how small the risk is, we have a right to know ... SDSU has a responsibility to inform students about asbestos on campus.
Too often do we glamorize ourselves for the approval of Internet friends. | THINKSTOCK
’m not sure when it happened. Somewhere between Xanga, the demise of Myspace and the transition to Timeline on Facebook, social networking sites became a much bigger part of our lives than they ever needed to be. What was supposed to be a virtual marketplace of social interaction has slowly been devolving into an obsessive and mentally detrimental competition — a competition we rarely discuss with each other, a competition that produces no real victor in the end. Similar to high school, this unspoken rivalry revolves primarily around popularity and attractiveness (and we thought we were past all that) — except now we have tools and tricks to make us appear more popular or attractive than we actually are. Exhibit A: a new friend request? “Hmmm … I vaguely remember this girl from a party. Was she the one who trolled? I have no bloody idea who this is. Good enough.” I see what you did there. Most of us are guilty of this next one: altering our photos. I expect many of you to instantly protest and insist you’re only editing your pictures for the “artistic value.” Never mind that the effects you’ve applied have conveniently eliminated your blemishes and dark circles. But I’m no saint. Granted, while I haven’t actually taken a Photoshop knife to my body or face in any way, I looked through my photo albums and counted four pictures of myself I’ve
Stacey Oparnica staff columnist altered with cross process, or the common “Instagram effect,” and one picture with black and white. Honestly, digitally trimming the fat around your waist or blurring out the cellulite in your profile picture may seem relatively harmless to you. But a recent survey conducted by The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt revealed a possible correlation between Facebook usage and negative body image. Is anyone really surprised? Think about it. In general, the only pictures of ourselves we upload and share are ones that present us in a flattering light; and these days, with Photoshop and a basic knowledge of photography, it’s becoming easier to do just that. But by enhancing and eliminating certain details of our photos, we are ultimately creating an illusion of perfection that doesn’t exist. Even worse, we are shamelessly selling this false reality to our friends without any concern for the repercussions. If we all participate in this deceiving practice, how is anyone supposed to be able to differentiate between the modified, revamped versions of people and the real deal? Let’s think of this in terms of a magazine advertisement displaying a beautiful woman and a handsome man. When taking pictures of these models, photographers modify the lighting and the angles, positions and
facial expressions of the models, not unlike what you do when you’re taking pictures of yourself in your bedroom. Afterward, the photo editor will carefully leaf through the vast array of images, meticulously inspecting each one in an attempt to find the perfect photograph. Sound familiar? Next comes photo editing. Blemishes are removed. Say goodbye to fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and stretch marks. Let’s tone the arms, slim down those thighs and tighten up those abs. People will just assume she works out regularly or, even better, was born this way. Make her breasts bigger. Can someone get this woman a tan please? Give him a sharper jaw line. Let’s put some muscle on his calves. Hello well-endowed compression shorts in 3 … 2 … 1. See, what I don’t understand is how quick women are to criticize this practice when fashion magazines do it, yet they are incredibly unwilling to post and share pictures of themselves in a “natural” state. Hypocrisy at its finest. By continuing to portray ourselves in a deceivingly perfect light, we’re directly contributing to the repulsive and destructive expectations set before us by a sickeningly superficial culture. From making ourselves appear more muscular or toned to tanner or skinnier, we’ve become obsessed with eliminating the existence of our “imperfections” and any evidence we possess “flaws.” It’s like we’ve totally abandoned our own uniqueness, in all of its imperfect splendor, and traded it in for a stencil with which we will redraw ourselves to fit the norm. I’ll leave you with this last thought. When you post a picture you’ve altered, you don’t use the caption space to list the details of the photo that you’ve edited. “I’m not really this tan. Photoshop.” You don’t mention that this picture was one of 75 that you took on Photo Booth and that you hated all the rest. No, you just write something like, “Bored” and you let people believe that’s how you really look. It may not seem destructive, but it is. —Stacey Oparnica is a journalism junior.
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Casbah has Promised Jetpacks tonight Courtney Rogin staff writer Scottish post-punk revival band We Were Promised Jetpacks will be jetting through San Diego tonight, bringing abrasive yet calming rock to The Casbah. Formed in 2003, the band released its debut album “These Four Walls” in summer 2009, with several tracks making the rounds as soundtracks to scenes in television shows such as “Shameless” and “Sons of Anarchy.” The band returned with its sophomore follow-up in October last year. “In the Pit of the Stomach” dabbles in sound rock and post-punk realms, opening on a loud and proud note with “Circles And Squares” and “Medicine.” The one standout track on the album that showcases We Were Promised Jetpacks as something other than a punk band is “Act On Impulse.”
It starts with a simple guitar riff and sounds as if the song is waking up in the morning, with echoing vocals that later infiltrate the rhythms of the introduction. The song is a haunting reminder of all the dark feelings that hide inside waiting for absolution. “Act On Impulse” marks the middle section of the album that has a considerably slower tone than the bookends of the album. The album closes with the marathon song (it’s 6:35) “Pear Tree,” combining all the good traits of the album, leaving the listener on a hopeful note. The controlled crescendo in the last half of the song is perfect for a little head banging. We Were Promised Jetpacks plays today at The Casbah, with Chasing Kings and Tristen providing support. Tickets are on sale now via The Casbah’s website for $16. Tickets will also be available at the door. The show is 21 and older and doors will open at 8:30 p.m.
The four-piece post-punk band from Scotland will bring heavy jams and accents to San Diego tonight. | COURTESY OF NEIL THOMAS DOUGLAS
R E L E A S I N G F R I DAY “Chimpanzee” Disneynature Disney chronicles the journey of a young chimp that must survive on its own after losing its troop. An older male chimp takes the young one in and cares for it as his own.
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“The Lucky One” Warner Bros. Pictures After returning from Iraq, a marine (Zac Efron) searches out a woman (Taylor Schilling) whom he believes gave him good luck and kept him safe during his tours. As with most Nicholas Sparks stories, the result is dramatic and swoon-inducingly romantic. COURTESY OF ALAN MARKFIELD
“To The Arctic 3D” IMAX Surviving is becoming increasingly difficult for polar bear populations. See the complicated inner workings of a mother polar bear’s life in IMAX 3-D.
“Think Like a Man” Screen Gems When a group of friends learns their significant others have been manipulating them using the advice of relationship specialist Steve Harvey, they work together to flip the script.
—Compiled by John Anderson, entertainment editor
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Adams Ave pulls the plug I Love This City details released Two-city electronic music festival comes to Cricket Wireless John Anderson MCT CAMPUS
Gregory Page and John C. Reilly will be among the Unplugged. | COURTESY OF MASEN LARSEN
Acoustic music will take over Normal Heights this weekend Courtney Rogin staff writer Sure, Tupac was a hologram at last week’s weekend one of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and weekend two is sold out. What is a San Diegan to do when looking to satisfy their festival urges? Well, the inaugural Adams Avenue Unplugged is taking place this Saturday and Sunday in several local neighborhoods. Best part? It’s
completely free, no layaway plan needed. Produced by the Adams Avenue Business Association, the festival will feature many local singersongwriters, and Americana, folk and blues artists. It will be taking over Adams Avenue all the way from University Heights, through Normal Heights and into Kensington. There will be more than 170 artists on 33 stages, sponsored by local bars and restaurants. The music kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday and concludes at 9 p.m. and runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Highlights of the festival include local legend Gregory Page performing on the Kadan stage (4696 30th St.) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and also Sunday at the Adams Park Main Stage
(Adams Avenue and Mansfield Street) at 12:30 p.m.; actor John C. Reilly, hopefully reprising his role as Dewey Cox, is also performing on Saturday at the Sanctuary stage at 4:30 p.m. For those who consider day drinking a favorite pastime, there will be a beer garden both days, open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., located at 4649 Hawley Blvd. It will feature local craft beer celebrities Stone Brewing Co. and Karl Strauss Brewing Company, alongside Song Swap, in which performing musicians will stop by for memorable acoustic performances while festival-goers can enjoy their IPAs and pale ales. There will also be numerous food vendors from throughout the city and bazaarstyle arts and crafts booths to peruse while enjoying the live acoustic music. Public transportation to and from the area is encouraged because of street closures and very limited street parking. There will be a free trolley service, bus routes 11 (which leaves from SDSU Transit Center) and 2 and also a bicycle valet service at Adams Avenue and Hawleys Boulevard sponsored by Brooklyn Bikes.
entertainment editor Lineups and prices for San Diego’s inaugural wub-laden electronic music festival “I Love This City” have been announced. After Deadmau5’s successful Petco Park event earlier this year, more and more electronic music is flooding into San Diego. The two-part festival, the other half of which will take place in San Francisco the day before, will feature Skrillex as a headliner. Much maligned with some of the more ardent dubstep fans, Skrillex remains one of the frontrunners in dubstep, and will likely attract quite a few fans. The lineup also includes a disc jockey set from The Crystal Method, as well as sets from A-Trak and 12th Planet. The $25 early bird general admission tickets are already sold out, but general admission tickets at tiered and increasing priced tickets are still available. Admission to the pit will cost concertgoers a cool $81 in addition to some fees — though, without dancing, what’s the point?
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Aztecs fall apart late in Irvine
“The offense has definitely been there. But there have been moments when we’ve really needed some timely hitting...”
Tony Gwynn , SDSU head coach
SDSU ‘s record dropped to 18-21 with a loss Tuesday. | DUSTIN MICHELSON, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Michael Manbert staff writer
UCI 10 | SDSU 5 The roller-coaster ride continues for the San Diego State Baseball team. The Aztecs traveled north to face the UC Irvine Anteaters Tuesday, still riding high after a walk-off victory against New Mexico on Sunday. Sophomore right-hander Philip Walby took the mound for SDSU, which looked to maintain its momen-
tum in the non-conference matchup in preparation for a three-game series with Mountain West Conferenceleading TCU beginning Friday. Walby would get off to a rough start, though, as UCI wasted little time putting an unearned run on the board by way of an errant throw that escaped freshman infielder Ryan Muno, who got the start at first. The error allowed Irvine’s Jordan Fox to advance to second. He was then driven in by Connor Spencer. The Anteaters utilized an unconventional lineup strategy that sent five consecutive right-handed hit-
ters to the plate, followed by four straight lefties. Because of this, SDSU alternated left and right-handed pitchers throughout the contest, eventually using a total of nine. The score remained 1-0 in favor of Irvine until the fifth inning, when the Anteaters tacked on three additional runs to increase their lead. However, the Aztecs would answer with two runs of their own in the sixth after freshman outfielder Greg Allen dropped down a sacrifice bunt to put sophomore outfielder Cody Smith and freshman infielder Tanner Reibenspies, who got his first start at third base, on second and third. Reibenspies then scored on a wild pitch, and Smith was driven in by sophomore Tim Zier’s double to right-center field. Irvine added another run in its half of the inning to make it 5-2, but SDSU responded by scoring a run in the seventh. Although Zier had yet another double to lead off the eighth, the team was unable to get a rally going and the hot-hitting sec-
ond baseman was the only Aztec player to score. When it seemed SDSU had momentum in its favor, the Anteaters blew the game open with five runs in the bottom of the eighth. The Aztecs would score once more in the ninth, but Irvine took the game with a 10-5 score. “The offense has definitely been there,” SDSU head coach Tony Gwynn said. “But there have been moments when we’ve really needed some timely hitting and we’ve been unable to get it done.” Tuesday was seemingly one of those nights as the team didn’t get on the scoreboard until the sixth inning and failed to complete a near comeback. SDSU drops to 18-21 with the loss, and the team will continue play at 6 p.m. on Friday at Tony Gwynn Stadium as TCU comes to town for the beginning of a threegame series.
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SDSU’s inaugural season comes to an end Hunter Hewitt staff writer When a first-year program begins competing in NCAA Division I athletics, immediate success is tough to achieve. Even with a young team consisting of mostly freshmen, the San Diego State women’s lacrosse team had high standards and entered its inaugural season with the goal of having a winning record. SDSU ended its season on Sunday after falling to Stanford in a backand-forth battle; although the Aztecs did not achieve their primary goal, SDSU head coach Kylee White was still pleased with how the season turned out. “I am very proud of the way the girls played this season,” White said.
“We never treated them as a young team and they showed a lot of maturity. They fought hard every game.” SDSU finished with a record of 510, including 2-5 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. The Aztecs placed sixth overall in the conference, but did not qualify for the conference tournament, which takes the top four teams. Although other teams in the conference still have games remaining, SDSU is currently well represented among the MPSF statistical leaders. Sophomore attacker Meris Walsh was an offensive force throughout the season, and finished third in the conference with 3.13 goals per game. In addition, sophomore midfielder Christina Ricciardulli placed third in the conference with 2.07 ground balls per game and freshman goal-
San Diego State closes regular season The 10th-ranked SDSU men’s golf team ended the regular season by finishing seventh in the 66th Annual Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz last weekend. The Aztecs were in eighth place heading into the final day and had a final round score of 373 to move up a spot on the leaderboard. Senior J.J. Spaun finished tied for 33rd after he recorded a 12 over 222. It was the top finish for any SDSU golfer.
keeper Sammy Slattery finished third with 8.87 saves per game. As for the future, White is very excited for what lies ahead. She plans to add more talent by bringing in new recruits and is working on finalizing the schedule for the next season. Two future opponents White highlighted are USC and Marquette; two well-known sports schools, which will be competing in their own inaugural lacrosse seasons next year. White also noted the possibility of SDSU’s first-ever televised game next season, as the Aztecs could potentially be featured on NBC Sports. “We definitely want to have a winning record next season and make the conference tournament,” White said. “We have a lot to improve on, but I can’t wait to watch us grow as a team.”
Senior Colin Featherstone finished tied for 36th.
SDSU finished its first-ever lacrosse season with 5-10 record. | COURTESY OF SDSU LACROSSE
SDSU’s next match is at 9 a.m. on Saturday against Cal State Northridge.
Aztecs defeat the Dons The SDSU women’s tennis team improved its record to 10-12 with a 6-1 win Monday afternoon against San Francisco. The Aztecs had no trouble in doubles as they dominated their three matches. Junior Julia Wais finished off the Dons in her singles match to earn the win for SDSU. Wais now has won 11 of her last 12 singles matches.
Water polo honors Freshman driver Anique Hermann was honored on Tuesday by being named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Week. During the weekend, Hermann recorded five assists, two steals and drew an exclusion in a win against Chapman. Later that day, Hermann scored two goals, passed for three more
assists and had two steals against Redlands. She became the second SDSU player in history to receive the honor. For the season, Hermann has scored 29 goals on 68 shot attempts. She also has 19 assists and 47 steals. The freshman will look to build upon her impressive week at 6 p.m. on Friday when the team plays UC San Diego in the Harper Cup.
–Compiled by Sports Editor Antonio Morales.
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his jungle is a living creature. The cicadas buzzing. The birds chirping. It’s near impossible to sleep at night. The air is so humid you could swear it’s raining. Oh wait, damn, now it’s raining. And I’m weighed down by 30 pounds of tactical gear, on point, looking for possible threats. “Only two hours more of marching,” Lou says. Lou’s short for Lieutenant. Crow has my back, even though he’s said, “Vallon, if you turn your back on me I’ll bury my tomahawk in you.” Behind him, sloshing slowly through the mud, is Lou with Marlowe bringing up the rear. Crow and I got our own deal worked out where we both carry each other’s death letters. His is to his parents, mine to my own. Lou didn’t want to, and Marlowe’s too much of a loud Southern boy to be trusted with it. Crow was more concerned about the honor a paleface could have. He always talks about how his greatgrandfather was a real Indian, one who defended his honor and family, but how the white man had now robbed Crow of being like him by drafting him into a war. Despite all his talk, I think he has a thing for poetry. I once caught him reading a small book filled with ‘em ... STOP. Right there. In the clearing. A movement. Too quick to get a gauge on it. It was there. Then it wasn’t. I stare for a full five seconds. Then the jungle explodes into an inferno. There’s gunfire everywhere, wait, actual fire now. Charlies are learning they don’t need to shoot us to win, just burn us all to hell. Lou’s down now, gripping his bleeding leg, Crow’s nowhere to be seen and Marlowe … oh s— Marlowe. He’s face down in the mud, no movement. I’m running now, trying to make my way to Lou, almost there … then a rifle butt blinds me from out of nowhere. Everything’s black …
Max Saucedo contributor I’m alive. I wake up in a hut that smells like death. I try to get up, but my wrists are tied. I turn my head. There’s Lou, beat to hell but breathing. No sign of Marlowe. Same for Crow. Where could they be? My uniform’s gone. My tags and Crow’s letter, all gone. They see me awake and throw a bag over my head, dragging me outside. Oh God, this is it. I hear Lou moaning and being pushed next to me. We’re both thrown down into the dirt. Our bags are pulled off. Empty eyes stare back at me. Dead eyes. Marlowe. He’s been stripped of his equipment and propped against a wall. He looks like he’s been dead for days. How long has it been? The leader must be thinking about this too and slaps me in the face before forcing me to turn my head at the body, no, bodies of people. He speaks aloud, in perfect English. “This is what happens when you come to my country. I go to yours to learn and study in your schools, and this is how you repay me? That’s my family there. You burned my village down so I cannot go home. Now you will not go home either. You will die here with them.” The fires are burning now, the moon is out. Lou is standing with slumped shoulders. He gasps as the leader thrusts his knife into Lou’s chest. With a quick swipe, he slashes Lou’s throat and kills him. His empty eyes look at me as he falls to the ground. He cleans the knife and, with a flourish, stabs me in the chest. It burns and hurts something awful. I’m on the floor, looking up as he gives the word for his men to finish it. One raises his gun and aims ... but drops it. There’s a small dart sticking out of his arm. The next one
catches him in the throat . He goes down screaming as his friend turns to face the onslaught and catches a tomahawk in his chest. There’s whooping and screaming as Crow runs from the jungle, tackling and snapping the last one’s neck before turning to the leader. The leader tosses down his knife and utters one more curse, “They will do to you what they did to me! You will see.” “It doesn’t matter,” Crow says, striding up to him, “They already have.” He plunges his knife into the man’s throat. Then black … Crow turns around, looking at the scene. There are fires everywhere and Vallon doesn’t look too good. A finger at his neck confirms what he figured. Lou, Marlowe and now Vallon. And for what? He searches the nearby huts until he comes up to what must have been the lead man’s dwelling. A small cot, a book with an open envelope as a bookmark. His envelope. He opens it up and finds a book of poetry by Yeats. On the page it reads: Turning and turning in the widening gyre / The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world; The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere / The ceremony of innocence is drowned. He grimaces and looks at the burning village. At the dead leader. At the bodies of his family. At Marlowe, Lou and Vallon. At the jungle. He stares and mutters to himself: “The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned …”
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (4/19/12) Opportunities for new practices beckon. New studies in a degree or certificate program? A new diet or exercise ritual? Maybe it's another group activity that contributes to you or others. Let love infuse your spirit. 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 Finish a job carefully, and think about the larger impact. For the next month, cash flow improves and it's easier to make money. Check results and celebrate! TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - You have the advantage. You're in your element. Gain respect, as well as status. Tardiness will be noticed, though. Face to face works best. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 6 The next month's great for finishing up old projects behind closed doors. Continue your studies, and with a loved one's encouragement, your career takes off like a rocket. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 -Team projects thrive, and it's party time. Your natural social skills get a boost. Balance studies with socializing and delicious flavors. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 9 Something or someone wants your attention, but this doesn't outrank love. For a little while, new opportunities open up. Education could be involved. Include artistry.
BY NANCY BLACK, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 Double-check your data before taking the next step. You're itching to move. Seek new territory, and expand your base. A hunch could be profitable. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 7 You discover an error that requires your immediate attention. Review the budget, and increase organization. This moves your dreams into action. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 9 A romantic phase begins so be ready. Focus on love over money. Delegate to others who can do better than you. Have faith. Breathe in through your heart. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is an 8 - If you're feeling blue, take advantage of the color. Paint a picture, write a poem, bake cookies or go dancing. Let your spirit sing. Don't be afraid to take creative risks. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 7 - You may want to take on a large creative project to complete. A romantic partner could play an important role in your endeavor. Why not? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Spend extra time with family now. Get creative together, and strive for the best. Working for yourself goes great. Increase productivity. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 9 There could be friction with an authority. You're going to need your best communication skills, with some help from an analytical person. Stay respectful. ©2012, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
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Solutions available online at www.thedailyaztec.com 66 Periodic table fig. 67 It may be rigged 68 “After the Thin Man” dog 69 Oft-misused pronoun DOWN 1 Tough guy’s expression 2 How roast beef may be served 3 Some living legends 4 “Put __ on it!” 5 Exemplars of poverty 6 Capuchin, e.g. 7 Lacking sharpness 8 Waffle maker 9 Last critter in an ABC book 10 Raw mineral
11 Fry cook’s supply 12 Bumped into 15 Abbr. in a CFO’s report 21 “Do I dare to __ peach?”: Prufrock musing 22 This, in Tijuana 26 Some molars 27 Cybercommerce 28 Sedimentary formation 30 “Charlotte’s Web” setting 31 Chat room inits. 32 Museums for astronomy buffs 34 “Full House” actor 35 “Farewell, chérie” 36 Coquettish 37 Munro’s pen name
40 Reggae relative 43 __ dixit: unproven claim 45 IOC part: Abbr. 48 Museum guide 50 Drive forward 51 Cursed alchemist 53 Lotto variant 54 Pol Thurmond 56 Couple 57 Avatar of Vishnu 58 Weak spot 59 Last letter in most plurals (but not in this puzzle’s six longest answers, which are the only plurals in this grid) 60 Word of discovery 61 Palais resident