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EOP Transfer Bridge orients students
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ANTONIO ZARAGOZA PHOTO EDITOR
On Thursday, the Educational Opportunity Program at San Diego State began its annual Transfer Bridge student orientation. This is the fourth year in a row the program has been directed by Dr. Reginald Blaylock. For students, the program consists of a full four days of events that include guest lectures; workshops and team-building exercises designed to help indoctrinate the students to university services and student culture. “The program is designed to help students that aren’t accus-
tomed to university life get their bearings on campus and understand the services it offers,” Eddie Vasquez, lead mentor and student assistant for the Transfer Bridge Program, said. “At the same time, we’re taking away some of the nervousness and anxieties of being in such a large place by introducing the students to each other and making them interact and discover the campus together.” Vasquez, a senior studying comparative literature and a member of the university’s Ambassadors, has worked closely with EOP Retention Coordinator Robert Guzman, who is directing this year’s Transfer Bridge Program. Vasquez, who was a part of the last three transfer pro-
grams, said the program is a “total team effort.” “Every EOP counselor and employee puts time into this in one way or another, it’s a lot of hard work and long days but you know it’s worth it when the students start having fun and relaxing,” Vasquez said. “They start really enjoying being on campus and that’s the whole idea.” The program utilizes student mentors to proctor the students through the four-day process while EOP counselors and staff coach the students through the various workshops including tutoring and career services, financial aid and scholarships, and a detailed orientation of the university’s extensive library,
which can often be a daunting place for new students. “I was intimidated about being in such a big place, but I definitely feel more comfortable now,” Rachel Mark, a criminal justice junior, said. EOP found its roots during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, when Mexican and AfricanAmerican students attending California State University Los Angeles began looking at various social and economic barriers that restricted access to higher education for minority groups. In 1967 the students formed the United Mexican American Student Association and the Black Student Association. In 1969, Senate Bill 1072, known as the “Harmer Bill,” was passed in the California Legislature,
which established the EOP program at CSU campuses across California. Now, 42 years later, SDSU boasts the largest EOP program of all the CSU campuses. When asked if the EOP mission had changed throughout the years, Blaylock responded, “Our students have changed, and the ways that students obtain information is much more dynamic now. It’s incredible, the Internet and computers and everything they have is different, so we’ve had to change too, to meet those needs, but the mission is still the same; We’re here to ensure these students have every opportunity to succeed so that they can go back and be leaders and make a difference in their communities.”
Rebuilding homes for America’s heroes SANDY CORONILLA A S S I S TA N T N E W S E D I T O R
The long and otherwise desolate road in northeastern Escondido that leads to the home of Vietnam-era Army veterans Lee and Heide White was suddenly lined with cars and white trucks bearing the San Diego State emblem. A sign hanging outside of the black metal gate surrounding the single-story house read “Mission: H3 Healing Our Heroes’ Homes.” The commotion inside the gates was the sound of dozens of volunteers from Embrace, a nonprofit organization that started at SDSU and promotes social and physical wellness programs that serve underprivileged communities, such as disabled veterans like the Whites. On the last weekend of July, a community including the San Diego State women’s basketball team,
came together to help restore the home of Lee and his wife. The couple has lived in their home for about 14 years. Throughout time, Lee’s old knee injury, which occurred while he was still in the military, has led to debilitating back pain. He also has spinal stenosis, which doctors cannot operate on because it’s too risky. The combination of Lee’s health issues coupled with the economic downturn affecting Heide’s printing and bulk-mail business, has made upkeep on their home difficult. “Business has been so bad for us. It’s just been hard to make ends meet,” Heide said. Enter SDSU alumnus and Embrace CEO Sean Sheppard. “We contacted the American Legion post up here,” Sheppard said. “I told them we were looking for a disabled veteran couple that was low-income and might need some restorative work done on their house and they selected the Whites.”
Lee thought it was a joke when Sheppard called him on the phone and asked if he had a leaky roof. “The next thing you know, I have six contractors out here and the people from San Diego State going all through my house and I’m thinking, ‘What in the world?’” Lee said. Embrace volunteers and the skilled tradesmen of the SDSU Physical Plant Department painted the house. On the inside they updated the plumbing in the bathrooms and kitchen. The office the Whites work out of will have new cabinets put in to help with organization. This past winter, one of the bedrooms began to leak. The team also repaired the ceiling for the couple. Lee said the collective effort has mushroomed. The H3 project was made possible in part by seed money from the North Countybased Leichtag Family Foundation. Materials purchased through grants or donated are valued at $6,500. Volunteers were also treated to
lunch from the southern-style barbeque of Smokin’ Joe Jones. Lee credits Johnny Eaddy, associate director of the SDSU Physical Plant Department for the idea to help disabled veterans.
“He approached me last year and he said, ‘We often have a lot of materials left over that we throw away.
see Mission H3 on page 3
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Sigma Phi Epsilon adopts part of I-805 BILL CROTTY NEWS EDITOR
Last May, the San Diego State chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon officially took responsibility for a portion of the Interstate 805 with the Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program. The program began in 1989 and, according to Caltrans, has been one of the truly successful governmentpublic partnerships of our time. “It was pretty much the brainchild of one of the brothers,” SigEp’s Vice President of Communications Barak Alon said. “It’s a deal between us and Caltrans where we say we will
maintain that section of freeway.” Adoptions usually span a two-mile stretch of roadside and permits are issued for five-year periods, with an option to renew indefinitely for groups who remain in good standing. In exchange for having the sign and recognition, parties who adopt are responsible for removing litter, planting and establishing trees or wildflowers, removing graffiti or controlling vegetation. “It was a six-month sign-up process, calling them back every couple of weeks to make sure it worked,” Alden Wood, a mechanical engineering senior said. “I thought it was time for me to give back to the community, and this was the best way to do it.”
Hundreds show Aztec pride for commercial
The stretch of freeway adopted by Wood and his fraternity is located along I-805, slightly north of Interstate 8. Wood said this idea came to him when he was working on Interstate 405 during a summer internship, where he saw people cleaning along the highway and thought, “Why can’t our fraternity do that?” There was no reason it couldn’t, but several reasons that it should, according to Associated Students Vice President of Finance Rob O’Keefe. O’Keefe, also a member of SigEp, said that this is another way the fraternity brothers have been able to separate themselves from the stereotype sometimes associated with being in
Bike theft education grant offers free U-locks DIANA CROFTS-PELAYO S TA F F W R I T E R
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BETH ELDERKIN MANAGING EDITOR
Last Thursday, approximately 500 San Diego State students, faculty, alumni and sports fans gathered in front of Hepner Hall to cheer on the SDSU Aztecs for a national commercial. The commercial was directed by Jeffrey Lamont Brown, who also directed last year’s award-winning SDSU commercial “Aztec For Life.” “I Believe That We Will Win” was the theme of this year’s commercial. The crowd repeated the phrase as they marched along Campanile Walkway. Aztec fans, including social work senior Preston Tang, were more than willing to chant along with their fellow Aztecs in support of SDSU. “I love SDSU. I love the community and my fellow students (and) the Aztec pride we all have here,” Tang said. Tang, wearing a red and black Aztec basketball jersey, was joined by fans of all ages;
from an infant in an SDSU onesie, to an older woman in a red velvet shirt who marched, fist held high, with a crutch under her left arm. SDSU parent Lisa Carson was also decked out in Aztec colors, wearing her grey and red “SDSU Mom” shirt as she cheered the crowd from the sidelines: “We love SDSU,” she said. “We go to all the games.” The fans’ devotion was not lost on men’s basketball center Brian “B.C.” Carlwell. Carlwell, who recently graduated but may continue playing for SDSU, said he was moved by how many Aztec fans showed up to help film the commercial. “It’s amazing, just to get support from the entire student body,” he said. “We’re loving it. We couldn’t ask for anything more.” Sarah White, an incoming Fall 2011 freshman, was also impressed by the crowd. White happened to be on campus finishing her student orientation and came to watch the shoot afterwards. “I’m starting to feel the community here,” White said. “It seems like a really fun school.”
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the Greek system. “When we can provide a service to our campus community, we start to change those perceptions and show people that we’re not a bunch of drunk, self-centered frat boys, but that we’re philanthropists who care about others,” O’Keefe said. “What’s more, we’ve gotten calls from alumni from the ‘80s and ‘90s that have expressed how excited they were to see the sign on the way to work.” Currently there is a backlog of program applicants because of a temporary moratorium on issuing new permits that was recently lifted, but Caltrans is still accepting applications. Any groups interested can find more information at adopt-a-highway.dot.ca.gov.
The San Diego State Police Department recently received a $7,500 grant to educate students about bicycle theft prevention. According to SDSUPD Capt. Lamine Secka, the three goals officials want to accomplish with the grant are to have students register their bikes through the department, provide students with U-locks and educate students about bike awareness. The grant helped pay for locks, registration stickers and placards. The placards are now in place at 20 bike rack locations throughout campus. “We would like for everyone on campus to register their bikes because once registered, we will have their information and will be able to help them more quickly if their bike is stolen,” Secka said. The police department was awarded the grant from the Aztec Parents Association, a volunteer organization that supports programs and services and keeps parents involved in their student’s education. Every year the Aztec Parents Association receives grant proposals from on-campus entities. Last year, the grant helped fund the SDSUPD K-9 Unit. “We are very appreciative of the Aztec Parents Association,” Secka said. Although Secka said that overall crime peaks around the holidays, 26 bikes have been stolen this year and 61 were stolen last year.
Unfortunately for Sandra De La Torre, a public relations senior, her bike was one of these stolen this year. De La Torre would ride her bike to school and take the bus to her job at SeaWorld. Less than a month ago, her bike was stolen from the bike rack in front of the Cuicacalli Residence Hall where she left it overnight. “I had two locks on my bike and it was still stolen,” De La Torre said. When De La Torre went to file a report with the SDSUPD she said there had been notices on the bikes saying if riders did not remove their bikes before a certain date, all the locks would be cut off. “I never received a notice on my bike maybe because I would ride it every day,” she said. She was told that someone might have stolen her bike immediately before they cut off the locks. “It takes less than five seconds for an expert to steal a bike,” Secka said. Starting in the fall, the SDSUPD is planning at least two bike registration and education events. On Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, the police department will be registering bikes on campus and displaying how to properly lock a bike. The process to get a bike registered does not take very long. A student needs to come in with the bike, register it and they can leave with an optional free U-lock. These bike theft incidents have not been resolved and students such as De La Torre are still waiting for the investigation to develop further.
MISSION H3 : Aztecs repair the homes of America’s disabled veterans with nonprofit Embrace program CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Why don’t we use it to help somebody in need?’” Sheppard said. “That was the seed that got planted and it evolved into helping disabled veterans.” Sheppard estimates the total volunteer time from the plant is valued at $16,272. “I know I can speak for all of us on this one: We aren’t doing this for some reward,” Eaddy said. “We’re doing it because it feels good to give.” SDSU trucks were seen hauling away piles of overgrown oleander cut down by the women’s basketball team to nearby Evergreen Nursery, who offered to use the green waste as mulch and compost, saving the volunteers many trips to the dump. Director of basketball operations for SDSU’s women’s basketball team Tammy Stephens said that the team was looking for a way to give back. “(Sheppard) is an Aztec,” Stephens said. “It started out wanting to support Sean and then turned into helping Lee and Heide. This home project that he’s got for our heroes looked like something that we’d be excited about helping with.” Despite some allergies, the 11 basketball players used shears to cut down excess greenery on the Whites’ 2.5 acre property. “They were all looking forward to coming out here today so I’m proud of them,”
Stephens said. “They’re jumping right in and getting some work done.” A key focus of the project is to connect college student volunteers with those in need in their communities. Sheppard adds that most college students don’t have experience with veterans, let alone disabled veterans. “These are our future leaders,” Sheppard said. “They’re going to be in a decision-making position with someone’s company if not own their own company. When they’re making decisions, they should always think about helping people in need.” One such student could be freshman women’s basketball point guard Ahjalee Harvey. The Bay Area native volunteered for the event after being in town for only three weeks. She is a business major at SDSU and said that she plans to specialize in entrepreneurship. “We’re just coming together, this is our first team function and it’s nice to do some community service and help out,” Harvey said. “Individually, it really makes me feel good to be able to do something helpful for anyone.” “What better way to give back to those who have given so much to our country than to help disabled veterans?” Sheppard asked. “We’re ready to turn over a new leaf and walk around with a smile on our faces for a change,” Heide said.
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Monday, August 8, 2011
Debt deal abuses Book bans rob students student welfare of expanded worldview
mericans, it’s time to rejoice. The raucous storm clouds of our nation’s debt crisis have passed, the thunderous political rhetoric surrounding the proverbial debt ceiling has quieted and, after a long, vicious rumbling of the U.S. economy and stock exchange, a deal has finally been struck. But let’s not count ourselves lucky just yet. Those of us still attending college have another storm to weather: the unfortunate implications the debt ceiling’s “deal” has for low-income students. And our politicians’ heads are so firmly stuck in the clouds there may be nothing we can do about it. Graduate and professional students are the first to take a hit. New provisions of the debt ceiling deal make subsidized loans for graduate and professional students a thing of the past. Unsubsidized loans will still be available, but at a much higher interest rate than their nongovernmental counterparts. The pink, porcelain corpses of piggybanks may soon litter campuses nationwide. According to some economists, this change will account for nearly 20 percent more debt for post-undergraduate students. Students receiving Pell Grants may too soon feel the sting of the debt ceiling deal. Though the aforementioned cutting of subsidized loans for graduate students helps fund the grant, an estimated $1 billion deficit still looms ahead of the Pell Grant program next academic year. This could mean a few things for students receiving the grant, and none of them pretty: Stricter standards for eligibility and a further capping of the amount dispersed are both viable options. But given the fact tuition has increased an average of 12 percent every year at San Diego State alone, either of those options could be devastating. It’s been a dark few years for those pursuing collegiate education.
CHRIS POCOCK OPINION EDITOR
Slowly but surely, incentives for going to college have been disappearing. The ever-increasing (and outrageous) price of textbooks and tuition already exceed annual inflation. The average amount of debt students accumulate has increased to nearly $24,000, all while average first-job salaries have been steadily decreasing. Lawmakers, by targeting education, you’re hurting our country where it counts most: our future. Putting our students into debt — because of your own overspending, I might add — severely limits the potential those students would have for our nation. We should be encouraging students to pursue higher education, not wringing out their pockets for their want to succeed. I’m not suggesting we shouldn’t charge students for graduate school. But accruing small mountains of debt shouldn’t be a cornerstone of one’s experience with postbaccalaureate education. It’s sad we’ve seen such repeated abuse of the educational system (and economy in general) by the very same we’ve picked to represent our interests and welfare. We’ve had enough wasteful spending and political rhetoric. It’s time we gave the future of this great nation a chance to be successful.
—Chris Pocock is a journalism senior. —The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec. —Agree? Disagree? Have something to say? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ark down another win for censorship and intellectual oppression. A concerned parent’s complaint has led to the banning of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” from Missouri’s Republic High School’s English curriculum. The school also removed Sarah Ockler’s “Twenty Boy Summer” from the school’s library. A third book considered for banishment featuring a graphic rape scene was allowed to remain because of its instructional value. The district is now considering applying the standards that led it to ban the books to film and other forms of educational media. Banning books from schools presents dangerous double standards, is illogical and is less than effective for preserving the moral imperative of our nation’s school children. Republic’s school board acted on the complaint of Wesley Scroggins. Reuters reported he claimed the novels “create false conceptions of American history and government” and “teach principles contrary to biblical morality and truth.” The board claimed it only considered the age appropriateness of the material in question and dutifully avoided the issues raised by Scroggins. Let’s ignore the obvious transgressions of the authors’ rights within the First Amendment for a moment and discuss how insulting this is to the students and teachers of RHS. Our society has decided 18 year olds, the average age of high school seniors, are both legally and socially adults. There is a problematic double standard here if high school seniors are considered mature enough to sign their lives away to the military, but not emotionally developed enough to deal with the ideas presented by Vonnegut or Ockler. Even for younger students, these novels are excellent tools for engaging with course material, teaching analytical skills and exposing them to different views of the world. How these books are threatening baffles me. Is Vonnegut’s semi-autobiographical reflection of his experience during the Allied firebombing of Dresden, Germany so dangerous we must shield our young ones from it? Will Ockler poison and corrupt a young academic’s mind to the extent we must forbid teachers from revealing her words? Of course, some claim a line must be drawn somewhere. If we let any piece of art into schools,
JOHN ANDERSON S TA F F W R I T E R
what’s to stop pornography or the insane rants from someone such as Glenn Beck from being readily available to students? I agree, Hustler and Playboy probably shouldn’t line the shelves of high school libraries. What I propose is another set of criteria for determining appropriateness: educational value. If we ignore the issue of age entirely and focus on the efficacy of the material as a teaching tool, we can reach a reasonable compromise.
influence of uptight parents and interest groups, Republic and other schools considering bans should institute an “opt-out” system, rather than the “opt-in” one they have put in place. While this would likely mean considerably more work for teachers, it would reduce the risk of corruption caused by the ravings of a few ignorant parents. Ultimately, the banning of “Slaughterhouse-Five” and “Twenty Boy Summer” is amusingly futile. Banning the books will likely only drum up increased interest from students, and the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial
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Unfortunately, the nature of the original complaint casts a disturbing shadow on the motivations of those who put pressure on educational institutions to ban books. There are far too many loud, unreasonable parents and interest groups willing to dig in and fight for the banishment of material that conflict with their worldviews. While Republic’s decision may have been completely motivated by age concerns, shadier curriculum choices in other parts of the U.S. – I’m looking at you, Texas – should give us pause before trusting the intentions of school officials. In order to reduce the
Library has since pledged to give out copies of “SlaughterhouseFive” for free to Republic students. It’s great to see librarians once again standing up for students and the freedom to read. I can only hope weak-willed school boards will see the light and stop caving to the demands of ignorant parents.
—John Anderson is an ISCOR senior. —The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec.
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
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Site reveals social media flaws to employers making process. Social Intelligence Corp claims this is how it protects employees. The company calls itself a professional filter that can be customized to reflect corporate culture, even though it prides itself on its unbiased selection process. It claims to “harness the valuable information which is job relevant and available through social media while reducing legal exposure.” However, profiles such as Facebook and Twitter seem to be anything but career relevant.
AMY DEVITO S TA F F W R I T E R
There was once an unequivocal line between office space and social life. People always had the liberty to keep the worlds divided, until now. For a year now, the Social Intelligence Corp has been raiding potential employee profiles to scope out any undesirable qualities or possible liabilities that may jeopardize a company’s reputation. Any employer can contact this agency to have them sift through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and Google+ to expose pictures, status updates and comments of potential employees. Even as a consumer reporting agency that is in strict compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, many are beginning to question the ethics behind the operations of this enterprise. After all, is it completely fair and impartial to compare what one does during their free time to what they present in a professional setting? Marc S. Rotenberg, president of Electronic Privacy Information Center, said employers are entitled to gather information to determine job-related expertise, but he expressed concern that “employers should not be judging what people in their private lives do away from the workplace.” Before the rise of social media, employers could only use interviews, background checks and drug screenings to ensure a reliable and trustworthy person for a position. Now, job seekers are more vulnerable to having their private lives leaked, and some may not be too pleased. Peering into an individual’s intimate, day-to-day life may seem too invasive. Although many companies would rather not hire without doing some research, the purpose of social media is for one person and their selected set of friends to keep in touch. Nevertheless, that leaves a certain amount of ambiguity when it comes to pictures from a party or a vulgar posting on someone’s wall.
A corporation can peer into any website, including Craigslist, Flickr, Picasa, yfrog, Tumblr, Photobucket, Yahoo! user groups, e-commerce sites, bulletin boards and blogs.
Courtesy of Social Intelligence
So what exactly is the criteria companies are scoping out within the vast canvas of social media? A corporation can peer into any website, including Craigslist, Flickr, Picasa, yfrog, Tumblr, Photobucket, Yahoo! user groups, ecommerce sites, bulletin boards and blogs. However, according to Social Intelligence Corp’s official website, “Social Intelligence Corp solely generates reports based on employer pre-defined criteria, both positive and negative. Negative examples include racist remarks or activities, sexually explicit photos
or videos and illegal activity such as drug use. Positive examples include charitable or volunteer efforts, participation in industry blogs and external recognition.” The agency is prohibited from reporting any information not permitted in the hiring process, such as “protected class” traits. Defined by the federal anti-discrimination law, these include race, religion, national origin, age, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, disability status and other qualities that cannot reasonably contribute to the decision-
“The Federal Trade Commission, after initially raising concerns last fall about Social Intelligence’s business, determined the company is in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, but the service still alarms privacy advocates who say that it invites employers to look at information that may not be relevant to job performance,” New York Times reporter Jennifer Preston said. Most people use social media sites in moments of leisure when they can share freely with friends and family. So, what an intelligence corporation such as this considers to be valuable information must be questioned. Where is the line drawn when trespassing such intimate information, and when does it go too far into the personal and private matters of someone’s life?
Google+ adds a new level to social networking
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KRISTEN MACBRIDE S TA F F W R I T E R
When any new social network site launches, it is doomed to be nothing other than a hopelessly lame copycat of the king of all social network sites: Facebook. Google+, Google’s newest social network program, has just entered the scene as the next wannabe Facebook. But could Google+ be different than all the other failed attempts by nameless social networks to usurp the Facebook crown? Early efforts and results for Google+ suggest it may be here to stay, giving Facebook a worthy competitor.
Already with 25 million users, news and rumors of the new Google+ have been buzzing around for quite some time now. But what exactly is Google+? Should users sign up? And how is it any different or better than good ol’ Facebook? In short, Google+ is not much different than the favorite and most popular social media outlets, such as Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon or Skype. Rather, the allure of Google+ is a conglomeration of all these and more, wrapped up into one little, neat and easy -to-use social network site. Google+ includes enhanced privacy and a narrower crowd of people with whom information and exchanges are shared. This is done through the site’s “Circles,” where people can
be put in different categories such as friends, family and work. So a picture or comment users only want to be seen by friends is contained within the specific, chosen circle and does not end up on the news feed of a boss or family member. Another notable characteristic that distinguishes Google+ apart from Facebook is “Sparks,” which allows users to pick an interest — snowboarding, traveling or kitties, for example — and then automatically access and browse infinite websites relating to this interest with no extra clutter of regular internet searches. Google+ also offers virtual “Hangouts” where multiple friends can video chat at a moment’s notice. Google+ syncs perfectly with
mobile phones for quick, effective use when uploading photos and more. And users won’t even miss the famous Facebook “like” button because Google+ has one of those too, only it’s a “+1” button. If Google+ has combined all the best of social media, what is stopping it from becoming the new favorite social network site? The problem is, for now, everyone is still on Facebook. So until people can tear themselves away from stalking their friend’s exboyfriend’s brother’s new girlfriend, Google+ lacks the dedicated users, community and liveliness that Facebook currently possesses. And don’t waste your time rushing to sign up now, Google+ account sign-up is by invitation only.
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Monday, August 8, 2011
PASS THE POPCORN
Latest Marvel film leads the superhero pack The last Avenger movie sets stage for forthcoming flick MORGAN DENNO S TA F F W R I T E R
Out of the many comic book superheroes, men seem to have a partiality to Captain America. But after viewing the newest comic book-to-action movie “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the reasoning seems obvious. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) isn’t a standard guy — he’s a pitifully scrawny, bullied and girlfriend-less guy. Set in 1940s New York City, all Steve wants to do is fight for his country in the army, but doesn’t seem to stand a chance against anyone because of his small size — much less the Nazi army. Yet while his good-guy attitude is ignored by his tough military leader (Tommy Lee Jones), it is quickly recognized by Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci), and the kindhearted German doctor chooses Steve for his super soldier experiment.
The plot somehow inserts humor, adrenaline and romance into all the right places, without (focusing on) one storyline over another. Somehow, the well-known action star Evans plays a believable character (though the scrawny build and weak chin don’t hide Evans’ deep voice), but emerges from the trial with six-pack abs, muscular arms and incredible Captain America strength. Meanwhile, Nazi Germany is at work producing another enemy that even Hitler has deemed insane: Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving). Intent on finding a mystical source that can power his many destructive weapons, Johann transforms himself into Red Skull, a ruthless killer and dictator who presides throughout all of Europe. After hearing that his best friend (Sebastian Stan)
has been captured, Steve (now a studly looking Captain America) works to destroy the factories and save his friend. Needless to say, the casting for Captain America was phenomenal. Evans is the perfect “good guy” superhero, complete with good looks and an unassuming personality. Smaller roles are executed perfectly, especially Tucci’s soft German accent and Jones’ barking orders. Hayley Atwell’s timeless beauty also captivates America, but she especially catches Captain America’s eye as his strong-willed love interest. Even smaller roles are explored and add a sense of continuity throughout the film. The plot somehow inserts humor, adrenaline and romance into all the right places, without overbearing one storyline by another. Taking on an ambitious storyline and rewriting a part of American history seems simple enough for the Marvel corporation, seeing as it did the same thing in its earlier summer blockbuster, “X-Men: First Class.” However, quite unlike other Marvel movies, “Captain America” honors this chapter in America’s history by recreating the 1940s with soft lighting and retroinspired filming techniques. Detailed sets, meticulous costuming and amazing effects create the Captain America world into something beautiful and nostalgic. It doesn’t feel as if audiences are watching an old movie, but rather seeing the 1940s as commonly imagined. It isn’t until Red Skull’s destructive technology is introduced that the movie takes a turn to science fiction (and at times even feels a bit like watching “Star Wars”). Marvel also took the time to weave many other Marvel storylines into “Captain America,” most likely gearing up for next summer’s highly anticipated movie, “The Avengers.” Audiences can’t help but adore Captain America. It isn’t just his all-American good looks and kind personality, but his transformation that inspires many. In a time when America is in turmoil, a superhero is needed more than ever. “Captain America” successfully fills that much-needed role.
Movie: Captain America Directed by: Joe Johnston Release Date: July 22 Grade: B+
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Monday, August 8, 2011
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ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE
‘Amadeus’ is a maddening good time
Courtesy of Henry DiRocco
Courtesy of Henry DiRocco
DAVID DIXON S TA F F W R I T E R
Meet Antonio Salieri (Miles Anderson), an aging and somewhatwell-known Italian classical composer. The year is 1823 and he believes his time on Earth will inevitably end soon. In order to die without regrets, Antonio wants to tell the humble audience at The Old Globe 2011 Shakespeare Festival about his twisted relation-
ship and rivalry with worldfamous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Jay Whittaker). “Amadeus” starts as what appears to be the mystery of the puzzling death of Wolfgang. However, it becomes clear that Antonio is a bit of a sociopath. He lies and cheats on his wife, lies to Wolfgang, lies to his listeners and even lies to himself. This revelation, along with the assumption that Wolfgang is an irreverent, mad genius with many loose
screws, turns the play into an engrossing psychodrama. Yet, this is a show with many contradictions. The real Antonio and Wolfgang were known for being very talented: While Peter Shaffer’s writing takes some effective liberties with the facts, he does explore the bizarre musical brilliance of the two men. At certain moments, Antonio allows observers to listen to snippets of Wolfgang’s famous music, thanks to the music direction of Charlie Reuter and sound designer David Bullard, while Antonio gives beautiful examinations of the man’s work. Adrian Noble directs the tale of Wolfgang and Antonio as a classic rise-and-fall saga, similar to films such as “All About Eve,” “Goodfellas” and even “The Social Network.” This gives the overall production more of a cinematic feel, covering a decade in the 18th century when success and disappointment manage to find their way into every major scene.
At the same time, Noble knows the heart of Shaffer’s writing comes from a place of surreal insanity. In the opening and closing moments, the ensemble consistently and intensely whisper the name “Salieri,” which is likely all happening in his imagination. Another freaky reoccurring touch is the consistent laughter of Wolfgang. It is not the laugh of a typically happy person, but that of an individual who belongs in an insane asylum. This motif is an indication that spectators are in the company of a guy with a deranged personality. Anderson and Whittaker are incredible in the interpretations of their iconic counterparts. Anderson hooks people within moments as he delivers a lengthy monologue about Antonio’s early life and keeps them completely engaged in his tale. A notable point that can be said of his work in “Amadeus” and “The Tempest” (part of the 2011 Shakespeare
Festival) is that Anderson knows how to tell a thrilling story. Whittaker also immediately earns everyone’s attention in his introduction as Wolfgang. He starts by engaging in raunchy and funny, over-the-top dialogue with his girlfriend, Constanze Weber (Winslow Corbett). When he is reintroduced, his attitude and lack of filter from his mind to his mouth are more or less the same, making Wolfgang an unconventional artist, to say the least. As Wolfgang’s paramour, Corbett is surprisingly complex. “Amadeus” definitely goes to some dark places, but it is also a highly entertaining production with several amazing performances, a good amount of memorable music, unique direction and plenty of laughs. Those who are not satisfied might just be mad themselves. Tickets and information about “Amadeus” can be found at theoldglobe.org.
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‘Cowboys’ avoids sci-fi genre, brings action MORGAN DENNO S TA F F W R I T E R
“Cowboys & Aliens” is a western movie — that just happens to have alien antagonists. All the cliché props are present such as spurs, shoot-outs and saloons, but stale cowboy storylines aren’t reused in this Jon Favreau-directed film. By infusing a little science fiction into a well-rounded story, the plot twists and turns with lightning-fast speed and reminds audiences why western movies shouldn’t be deemed a dying genre. It seems impossible that the devastatingly debonair James Bond could convincingly play a perpetually gritty and vicious-tempered cowboy, but somehow the British heartthrob Daniel Craig translates perfectly into the role of Jake Lonergan, a wanted criminal. After regaining consciousness alone in the desert with no recollection of who or where he is, Jake’s magic bracelet seems to be the only thing that can save the nearby town from an airborne alien attack. While piecing together his memories, Jake becomes the leader of a ragtag rescue team, which includes Harrison Ford as a gruff ex-sergeant, Sam Rockwell as
a wimpy saloon owner and Olivia Wilde as the otherworldly beautiful love interest. With a script full of heartfelt and hilarious moments, every character has a unique personality that adds to the overall direction of the story. Rather than a predictable plot of good guy vs. bad guy, “Cowboys & Aliens” introduces cowboys, outlaws and American Indians alike in the quest
to defeat extraterrestrials. The main drawback is the detail that goes into the aliens. Without much of an introduction and even less suspense, the aliens are shown head-on, leaving nothing to the imagination. There just doesn’t seem to be anything very scary about aliens running around in broad daylight, but then again, that’s how cowboys fight: in broad day-
light in the middle of town square. So maybe these aliens are actually a bit more like cowboys themselves. If audiences can ignore the cheesy importance of the magic bracelet, they can focus on the fact that this is a really good movie. Without too many references to famous westerns, Favreau successfully incorporates alien life forms without creating a science fiction
film. Never is there a dull moment, yet audiences still feel that solitary loneliness of the desert and the tough life of being a cowboy.
Movie: Cowboys & Aliens Directed by: Jon Favreau Release Date: July 29 Grade: B+
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Aztecs are fighting for a greater cause ANTONIO MORALES SPORTS EDITOR
Football players are generally seen as tough because of the physical nature of the game. On Saturday the San Diego State football team helped those who are fighting through a much tougher battle. SDSU hosted its Third Annual Women’s Football Academy this weekend. Head coach Rocky
Long, along with players and other members of the coaching staff, helped guide the WFA students through drills, a film session and a scrimmage. All of the proceeds of the WFA benefitted Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego and its efforts for breast cancer research. Long saw it as part of the program’s duty to help give back to the community. “Any time you’re a program that has a public image it’s your respon-
sibility to give back to the community,” Long said. “We’re excited and very happy to be associated with Susan G. Komen, they’re great at what they do.” In 2009, the WFA had 80 participants and raised around $3,800. Last year, there were more than 120 women who took part and helped raise $6,000. There have been no official numbers released for this year’s event but the turnout appeared to exceed last year’s total.
The WFA students were picking up the nuances of the game as they were being taught by Aztec players and coaches. “It’s very informative, the coaches are real good,” WFA student Kathy Ebbert said. “It helps for when we sit with our husbands to watch it now.” Senior defensive back Larry Parker noted he was trying to teach women the basics of the game. “Just teaching them the funda-
mentals of football,” Parker said. “All the good stuff, how to be a decent football player.” Football may have been the main activity of the day, but the main cause of the WFA wasn’t forgotten by those involved. “I think it’s great, it’s awesome,” Ebbert said. “You never imagine football players standing in the room hearing about us take mammograms. It’s a good cause, I’m glad they did it.”
Coach Fisher’s camp gives guidance to youth SDSU head coach helped to instill basketball skills RYAN SCHULER CONTRIBUTOR
San Diego State head basketball coach Steve Fisher knows the game of basketball inside and out. Since Fisher became head coach in 1989, he has collected numerous Coach of the Year honors, had more than a dozen of his players selected in the NBA Draft and won a coveted NCAA championship. Fisher’s success is not solely tied to his knowledge of the game, but also his dedication to his players and his extraordinary ability to teach. For a week in late July, instead of watching and instructing his own players, Fisher was busy teaching the basic fundamentals to a different group of players, most of which have yet to hit their growth spurts. The reigning Naismith Coach of the Year hosted the 2011 Steve Fisher Individual Skills Basketball Camp here on campus. The camp focused on developing the fundamentals and playing competitive team basketball, but also featured the enjoyable elements of basketball. “We try to make sure we keep the camp competitive and skillful,” Fisher said. “You try to teach the kids, but at the same time you want them to have fun also. We want everyone to feel included.” The camp was broken into two Antonio Zaragoza / Photo Editor
sessions: morning and afternoon. The morning stations and drills covered the basic fundamental skills of the game, such as dribbling, passing, shooting, defensive skills, and moving without the ball. The afternoon was dedicated to guest speakers and five-on-five games to help develop teamwork. The equal time set out for games and drills made for a fun, well-rounded educational experience for campers. “I learned a lot about shooting, passing and dribbling during the drills,” Austin Cook, 10, of El Cajon said. “The games in the afternoon were my favorite part. I had a lot of fun.” Many of the parents who stayed to watch the camp were very impressed with the organization, the interaction between players and coaches and the continued attendance of Fisher. “I was very impressed with the skill development and intensity level of the camp,” Tim Cook, the head basketball coach at San Diego Christian College and father of Austin, said. “I was also very appreciative Coach Fisher actually took the time to run some of the drills himself. That is what you want when you send your kids to a camp like this.” Despite the challenges of teaching young children instead of collegiate athletes, Fisher still finds enjoyment in the camp year after year. “It’s really a lot of fun,” Fisher said. “To see kids keep coming back every year makes it all worth it.”
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The end of Blockbuster, the end of better times
Monday, August 8, 2011
ometimes you never know what you have until it’s gone. Like a mom who does your laundry until you move away to college. Or a girlfriend at San Diego State who doesn’t have herpes. Recess, for Pete’s sake. One day … poof. It all disappears. And you’re left with piles of dirty clothes, some nasty venereal disease with itchy warts and an out-of-shape, fat body that is plagued with greasy pimples. Now, it’s our home movie rental world that is going kaput. Blockbusters. Relatively cheap Netflix service that allows both downloading and home delivery. Our old movie world as we know it. “Gone With the Wind.” “Fargo.” “All Dogs Go To Heaven.” We’re living in a new virtual domain, where hardcase video rentals seem as difficult to find as kryptonite. But we don’t know where to get any of Superman’s poison because our Internet is down so we can’t stream video, and our next mail-in DVD doesn’t arrive until Thursday. Oh, why does it still have to be Tuesday? And where the hell is my home copy of “The Man of Steel?” Mom! Ah, I forgot. She’s gone, too. In September of last year, video rental super chain Blockbuster filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to a July Chicago Tribune report, after once having a peak of more than 3,000 video rental stores, Blockbuster will retain only about 1,700 stores with the direction of its new owner, the Dish Network. The second most popular satellite provider in the country purchased the former movie mecca in a corporate auction.
TY THOMPSON S TA F F C O L U M N I S T
Soon after, it downsized the rental chain because of competitors such as Netflix.. And for those of you who say it’s a good thing Blockbusters are disappearing faster than your good grades now that you’re in a fraternity, stop drinking the Jungle Juice. Can it really be a coincidence that Netflix changed its pricing structure only a few months after Blockbuster announced its bankruptcy? I think not. As the Huffington Post reported in an article from July, Netflix is no longer offering a $9.99 home delivery and streaming combination plan. Instead, streaming and home delivery will be offered as separate, $7.99 monthly fees. That’s an increase of more than 50 percent for all you non-math majors out there. That price increase would be like charging $16.00 to go see a movie at a theater. Something like $7.00 for a venti mocha at Starbucks. Ludicrous. And I’m not talking about the rapper. You should know that. He spells his name differently anyway. What I want to know is: Where have all the original DVD cases gone? Still, not all is bad in movie rental world. Even with the Blockbuster cutback, the Los Angeles Times reported this week that for the first time people spent more money renting movies than buying them. The newspaper reported that The Digital Entertainment Group, an industry trade association, released data with results that showed for the first time people
spent more than $4.2 billion renting movies and only $4.1 billion buying them. But, I mean, what did these experts expect? Half the movie sales probably used to come from people buying previously viewed, often scratched DVDs from who else? Blockbuster. And I know that Blockbuster Express is supposed to be the wave of the future. (It’s basically a blue Redbox if you don’t know.) But I hate looking into the future. Give me CDs. Give me tapes. Give me vinyl records. All I know is two Blockbuster stores used to be within one mile of me. Now there’s not a Blockbuster store within 10 miles of my place. Sure, I could stream movies online. Sure, I could order them from my television provider for five dollars. Sure, I could just rent movies for free at the SDSU library. But we all know I’m not going to do any of those crazy things. So I’ve found the solution. It’s called Blowout Video Sales, and it’s located on Midway Drive between Rosecrans Street and Nimitz Boulevard, less than one mile from my house. Blowout Video Sales rents individual movies, and they even have monthly unlimited rental plans. Plus, if you refer a friend you each get five free movie rentals. So, is this whole column a ploy just to get you to go there and say I referred you so I can get free movies? Yes. —Ty Thompson is a creative writing graduate student. Reach him at email@example.com. —This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec.
RUBBING ELBOWS WITH THE BIG MAN Photo Editor Antonio Zaragoza captured this moment with Associated Students executive officers Darin Ruiz, Krista Parker, Mina Azim and Rob O’Keefe as they met with Mayor Jerry Sanders during a welcome social for President Hirshman.
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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (08/08/11) Listen to your optimism to invent new practices for sustainability and build a tighter community.The people and places around you are what sustain you. Work together for a more abundant, fertile world, and pay if forward.There are no limits. 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 6 Keep your digital data saved, your schedule light and prepare to roll with any punches. No problem, it's easy for you. Partnership and romance flower later. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - Patience is a key virtue today. Listen to all points of view, and dance with the unexpected. Rejuvenate at home with friends and family. Share appreciation. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is an 8 Slow and steady wins the race. Stick to the budget, and only buy what you really love.Tackle a tough job and get it over with. Accept a bonus coming your way. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 9 Focus on the rules of the game.The message may get clouded along the way. Remind others how to play the game, for clarity.Then move into profitable hyperdrive. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 7 - Go over it again, just to be sure. Delays, mixups or technical breakdowns could slow the pace, so practice patience and attention to detail. Don't let schemers distract. Friends inspire. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 -
Review and revise well before finalizing projects. Postpone communications. Get a savvy friend's input, and work with your team. It's wise to organize. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 7 Minimize communications, go slow and get into creative work. Check it over twice, in case you missed something.To avoid frustration, be deliberate with your breakdowns. No need to go it alone. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 9 - Your peacemaking abilities may come in handy today. Look deep inside your heart and decide on the next course of action from there. What would serve everyone best? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is an 8 - Your self-confidence could be seen by others as arrogance. Make sure to accept praise gracefully, and acknowledge others when appropriate. It's okay to feel fine. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 6 - To minimize confusion, take it slow and methodically. Do an equipment runthrough before show time. Help comes from others, and a partner encourages. Focus on openings. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Today offers new opportunities for productive collaboration. Listening plays a big part in your interactions. Find the answer through meditation. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 6 You're the one you've been waiting for. Think outside your home.You can be a powerhouse in your community. How will you contribute? Dream a little bigger. © 2011,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
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CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Treble symbol 5 Knock for a loop 9 Red Delicious, e.g. 14 Fishing need 15 [Lightbulb!] 16 Bay Area county 17 Landed on a perch 18 Confidenceinspiring 20 Polite egotist’s musical request? (Beatles) 22 “Just __ naturally” 23 Dr.’s field 24 Paranormal 28 Uppercase letters, briefly 30 Weep and wail 33 “__ turn is it?” 34 Paper towel unit 35 GI no-show 36 Adamant egotist’s musical request? (Doris Day) 39 Barely made, with “out” 40 Wild and crazy 41 They may be faith-based or quantum 42 Boxing count 43 Quick on one’s feet 44 “Kings are __ gods”: Shakespeare’s “Pericles” 45 Red,Yellow or Black 46 “So-o-o-o good!” 47 Needy egotist’s musical request? (Supremes) 55 Fettuccine Alfredo topping, e.g. 56 A mere step away
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Solution available online at www.TheDailyAztec.com 57 “The Threepenny Opera” composer Kurt 58 Walked heavily 59 Sandwich seller 60 Box for Beeb watchers 61 William and Harry, to Charles 62 Black cat, to some DOWN 1 Show appreciation at a show 2 Quiet time 3 New York canal 4 Greek salad cheese 5 Run the show 6 Really good (at) 7 Fervor 8 Leisure
9 Gets a smile out of 10 Peeled with a knife 11 Puritanical 12 Bit of poetry 13 Subj. including grammar 19 Sales rep’s giveaway 21 Oregon’s capital 24 Little hooter 25 Fail in the clutch 26 Group of witches 27 Like many flea market items 28 Groanworthy, as a joke 29 Friend in war 30 “Don’t __ the small stuff!” 31 Punchiness 32 Make holy 34 Lion’s warning
35 Declare with confidence 37 Convenience for Northeastern toll-paying drivers 38 “Remember the __!” 43 In good taste 44 Fixes securely (in) 45 T-shirt size 46 City nicknamed “The Heart of Georgia” 47 Canadian tribe 48 Eye, to Yvette 49 Packs away dishes? 50 Dollar rival 51 Reverse, in word processing 52 Rain really hard 53 Like 61-Across 54 “__ Brockovich” 55 100 lbs.