Dr. Elliot Hirshman, SDSU PRESIDENT Aug. 20, 2012
On behalf of the more than 310,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni of San Diego State University, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to a new academic year. This past year was an extraordinary one for our campus. Our graduation and retention rates are at all-time highs. We were recognized by the Department of Education as a Hispanic-serving institution, and we kicked off our first campus-wide fundraising campaign. There were many noteworthy “firsts.” Junior Shannon Clark received our first Udall scholarship. We were awarded our first Engineering Research Center grant from the National Science Foundation. And our researchers discovered new planetary systems, identified a protein that fights the flu and successfully engineered stem cells to repair damaged hearts. We came together as a community to host the Dalai Lama, to donate 55,000 pounds of food to San Diegans in need and to cheer our athletic teams to a bowl game and four conference championships. This small sample of our many, many accomplishments illustrates why we say “Leadership Starts Here” at San Diego State University. This year we are welcoming one of our highest-achieving and most diverse classes ever and are ready to build on our prior successes in education, research and community service. It has become commonplace to bemoan the state of our universities, our state and our nation. While our challenges – particularly those associated with California’s budget – are formidable, we must recognize the extraordinary resources on this campus. These resources are in the talents of our students, faculty and staff; the support of our alumni and community; and our traditions of leadership, service and achievement. With these resources and a spirit of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, we will overcome our current challenges and achieve even greater distinction. As we begin the new academic year, I want to thank all of our students, faculty and staff for everything you do for the university. SDSU’s achievements reflect the efforts of our entire community. I look forward to working with each and every one of you in the coming year.
Elliot Hirshman President
Rob O’Keefe, A.S. President August 20, 2012 Welcome back to San Diego State! It feels great to be an Aztec! It’s that time of year again, when freshmen are wearing lanyards, parking your car is like trying to hit a Stephen Strasburg fastball and book lines are...long...on another note, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you back to what promises to be another successful year! These next few weeks are going to be chock full of opportunities to get your feet wet and dive into campus life! I would like to give a few shout-outs, first one goes out to the football team. They’re bowl-game ready and I know they are going to do us proud this fall! Good luck against Washington, men! Also, a big shout out to Student Veterans! All of you continue to lead, serve and protect us! Thank you! Throughout the next few months, we, the students, will have the opportunity to engage and connect to SDSU and take advantage of the exciting initiatives that will be taking place. Now more than ever, we need to step up to the plate. We are the lifeblood of SDSU and we need to make sure everyone knows it! Let’s make a statement this fall with our Aztec’s Rock Hunger Food Drive. Last year we collected 55,000 pounds of food. This year, let’s go for 100,000 lbs. If we work together on this, we will establish ourselves as a force to be reckoned with. With that said, get involved on campus, join an organization, make connections with your SDSU peers, alumnus, and community members and make a difference. Our greatest asset here at SDSU is our people. Together we work hard and play hard. We innovate, connect and work together to make our campus community thrive and prosper. I look forward to working with you in the days to come! This fall let’s continue our winning ways, get it done in the classroom and have too much fun. Glad you’re all back and I wish you a most excellent semester! I’ll see you on campus! Go Aztecs!
Rob O’Keefe AS President
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THE NEWSPAPER OF SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1913 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 1
MONDAY AUGUST 20, 2012
CSU rallies support for tax initiative statewide
Jenna De Stefano Staff Writer
As Gov. Jerry Brown begins his campaign to promote Proposition 30, San Diego State’s Associated Students Council resolved to support Brown’s sales and income tax increase initiative that will be on the ballot this November. A.S. Vice President of External Affairs Tom Rivera said passing Proposition 30 is of paramount importance for SDSU and the California State University system because universities will be saved from a $250 million cut if the initiative is passed. “Last year alone, the CSU was cut by $750 million and we simply cannot sustain another $250 million cut,” Rivera said. If passed, Proposition 30 will not take money from schools but will instead increase personal income tax on California’s top earners. Brown began this month with an appearance at a Sacramento high school where he summed up his proposal by saying, “It’s about one simple question: Shall those who’ve been blessed beyond imagination give back 1 or 2 or 3 percent for
Digital media opens to all campus Amanda Guerrero Contributor
Associated Students of San Diego State have shown support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Prop 30. A.S. will now try to garner support from other CSU campuses.
the next seven years, or shall we take billions out of our schools and colleges to the detriment of the kids standing behind us and the future of our state?” Along with posting the resolution on the A.S. website, Rivera said A.S. will host Rock the Vote events
A.S. to restructure
Donna Crilly Staff Writer
San Diego State Associated Students is finalizing details for the restructuring of its government, according to their website. In an effort to decentralize the current structure, A.S. proposed separating into three branches, similar to the federal government’s separation of powers. Currently, A.S. has a top-down structure where A.S. executive members make most of the decisions, according to A.S. Vice President of External Affairs Tom Rivera. “There’s really going to be no one in A.S. council anymore in the proposed structure,” Rivera said. “It’s going to be much more separated, much more fair.” Sometimes a potential conflict of interest can hinder efficient decisionmaking, such as when a member is voted out of A.S. council. A.S. Members must vote on whether to remove people who are their friends, creating an awkward conflict of interest. Rivera also said communication channels among SDSU organizations and A.S. members will open up as a result of the restructuring. “We want people communicating and talking to each other and the
A.S. executive officers are that bridge,” Rivera said. More branches mean more bridges to communicate different aspects of campus life, he added. In the proposed structure, which is scheduled to go into effect in Fall 2013, there will be more A.S. positions available. This means existing members will hold fewer responsibilities, allowing council members to perform tasks more efficiently and effectively, according to A.S. However, there’s controversy surrounding the change. Because the proposed structure splits A.S. council into three main branches, the weekly A.S. council meetings would be split as well. This leaves representatives from campus organizations without organizationspecific seats at meetings. Rivera assures the campus organizations won’t be left out. He says the new structure will benefit campus organizations because the representatives won’t have to sit through tedious items on the agenda not pertaining to them. According to the new structure, campus organizations can go to meetings relevant to their needs and receive more attention and representation from A.S. council members.
this semester to energize and inform students about the election and Prop. 30. A.S. will also reach out to the community and partner with other CSU campuses to campaign for Proposition 30. “A.S. supports Prop.30 because it will protect students and
higher education by providing California the funds it needs to pay for important items like higher education. And it gives us, as students, something to rally around so that the legislator stops making these cuts,” Rivera said.
World News beat Obama’s Immigration Policy An immigration policy signed by President Barack Obama was officially launched this month. This executive order, titled Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, allows immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to apply for jobs without fear of deportation. Any such immigrant who fills out an application can legally live and work in the United States for at least two years. Olympics close The closing ceremony held in London’s Olympic Stadium on Aug. 12 marked the conclusion of the 2012 Olympic Games. The ceremony featured performances by some of Britain’s most iconic music groups and ended with the traditional passing of the torch to Rio de Janeiro, where the next
Summer Olympics will be held. Overall, Team USA led this year’s games with a final count of 104 medals, followed by China with 88 medals and Great Britain with 65 medals. Syrian Civil War spreads What started as an uprising between citizens and the government of Syria in March 2011 has since escalated into full blown civil war. Recently, the hostility has spread beyond the borders of Syria and into Lebanon, where violent attempts to recapture Syrian refugees have disturbed many of the nation’s larger cities. Lebanese officials fear the overflow of the Syrian turmoil into Lebanon threatens to weaken the nation to a state that is reminiscent of its own civil war, which ended in 1990.
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San Diego State’s School of Journalism and Media Studies is offering a new course in digital media literacy this semester. “Social Media in the Digital Age,” numbered JMS 296, is open to all SDSU students. The class will be taught by assistant professor Rebecca Coates Nee, who specializes in digital and social media. “I hear a lot from students that they know how to use social media, but they don’t know how to use it well,” Nee said. According to Nee, the class will focus on four main areas of social media: the history and theory, ethics and responsible uses, legal issues and professionalism and creating content. “I think the average college student is using social media just to connect with friends and family, but it’s so much more than that,” Nee said. School of JMS director Diane L. Borden said although many students are comfortable in the digital realm, there may be ways to use social media they simply hadn’t realized. “Many students may come to college as experienced users of digital and social media, but most have not yet had the chance to consider their role as creators, consumers, disseminators and critics of new-media content,” Borden said. Nee hopes the new course will open students’ eyes to the power of social media. “We just want students to learn how to use it as effectively as possible,” Nee said. JMS 296 is a blended course, which means classes take place in person as well as online. Classes are at 11-11:50 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday for large lecture and at the same time every other Friday for discussion sections. The remaining Fridays will be online meetings.
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Movement to promote civility Tara Millspaugh News Editor
An average day at San Diego State is a bustling mini-city where students and staff are briskly walking to and from classes, either texting or on the phone as they remain in their bubble of solitude. Most people no longer take an extra moment to hold the door open for someone or go out of their way to help a fallen student. Assistant Dean of Professional Studies and Fine Arts Randi McKenzie has created a university-wide campaign called “Be Civil Pass it On,” which encourages a supportive culture of caring. The movement’s simple goal is for students, faculty and staff be more kind to each other. SDSU is considered a very “green” and environmentally friendly campus, but McKenzie wants to stress the necessity for kindness not only to the earth, but also to each other. Currently there are 6,000 green “Pass it On” bracelets in circulation on and around campus. If you have a bracelet and you see someone partake in an act of kindness, you simply give that person your bracelet. Each bracelet is individually numbered and there is a Facebook page called “SDSU Be Civil Pass it On” where one can follow their bracelet’s number.
Take this bracelet and pass it on to somebody who does something nice.
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“My guardian angel is Alisa. She found my lost day planner, contacted me and returned it. I passed on my bracelet to her,” read a Facebook comment. All artwork and design were created by two recently graduated art students, Michael Vecchio and Mikayla Tavernese. Both of these students worked closely with Mckenzie the past year to finalize the finished product for the design of posters, fliers and bracelets. According to McKenzie, Associated Students, Residential Life and the Aztec Recreation Center have been major enthusiasts to the Pass it On Campaign. Although these organizations have been handing out flyers and bracelets, McKenzie encour-
ages others to step in and support the cause. “When campus is nicer and a little kinder, it’s a happier place,” McKenzie said. “If we look out for each other, we will look out for our campus, and could decrease things like vandalism.” McKenzie and SDSU’s Civil Core truly believe in the benefits of this campaign. McKenzie has invested $8,000 of her own money to the effort and is not seeking any type of reimbursement. The movement hopes to promote people to go out and look beyond their two feet and actually care for one another. “Civility is quiet and gentle and it slowly becomes part of the culture,” said McKenzie.
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letter from the editor
NEWS i c e! v d a m en fr es h 2 0 1 2
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Ana Ceballos Assistant News Editor
Although I’ve made my fair share of mistakes throughout these four years, I like to think of myself as a somewhat experienced college girl. As I enter my fourth year here, I realize how much I’ve learned, which is why I have compiled a list of things every college student should know.
Before making your schedule, identify yourself as either a morning or night person. If it is impossible for you to wake up at 7 a.m., don’t take an 8 a.m. class. You will fail and waste $800.
Pay attention to your major’s requirements and take them seriously. You don’t want to end up changing your major when you are a senior.
Know your advisers and pay them a visit at least twice a year.
Study abroad. Sometimes it is cheaper to go abroad than staying in the expensive city of San Diego. It may not change your life, but you will definitely become more open-minded and create lasting memories. The numerous amount of general education courses you are obligated to take can be used to your advantage. Use these courses to double major or minor in something interesting.
Get involved. But don’t go nuts and join every single club and organization on campus or you won’t have any time to study. Start with one or two extracurricular activities per semester.
Know what you are paying for. Your tuition includes free health benefits at the Calpulli Center. Be safe (you know what I mean) and stay healthy! Rent books. Don’t buy them. Buybacks are a rip off.
Be wise when choosing roommates. The roommate situation can either bring you the greatest joys or the worst headaches.
Embrace change. This is the time to meet new people and possibly create life-long friendships, but people will change and so will you.
Go on dates. Realize in ten years your metabolism won’t be as great and you will get older, so take advantage of your good looks, fall in love and have fun. Just don’t take go overboard and get a bad reputation because it will follow you forever.
And of course, don’t forget to be yourself; this is the only time in your life you are allowed to be selfish in order to find yourself.
Fun classes offer a Professor talks with John Stewart break in schedule SDSU students can register with MBAC
ly the same as a weekend class at other facilities. Brittany Fulks, an SDSU senior who took a wakeboarding class, said campus the instructors were knowledgeable Ethan Orenstein about the sports and skilled at teachContributor ing students techniques. “I would do it again and again Busy class schedules and heavy workloads can make it difficult and again,” Fulks said. “Whatfor students to find time to do ever you want to learn, they can what they enjoy or try something teach you.” This semester, the MBAC addnew. The Mission Bay Aquatic Center, located on Santa Clara ed more sections to its new stand Place right off Mission Boule- up paddling class. Burgess said vard, offers one-unit water sport the class takes place in the bay, courses through the San Diego where students learn paddling State School of Exercise and Nu- skills and techniques, while also tritional Sciences. These courses practicing yoga and fitness rouallow students to fit exciting tines on the water. Before jumping right into water activities into their school downward dog in the middle of schedules. “There are so many cool op- Mission Bay, students learn the tions that can fit into almost any correct paddling strokes and balschedule,” Instructional manager ancing techniques. Instructors show students how Kevin Straw said. to practice these Throughout skills on land the fall semester, while standthe MBAC offers courses from “Some students take ing on top of a board resting on Tuesday through Saturday in- back-to-back classes two BOSU balls. cluding sailing, on Fridays when they After practicing, students have no kayaking, wakedon’t have to be on problem on the boarding and campus.” water. surfing. Students reBy enrolling in Kevin Straw ceive instant Instructional Manager such classes, stufeedback as they dents can take as many classes as they want. Straw paddle alongside their instrucsaid some students take back- tors, improving their techniques to-back classes on Fridays when as they go. For people new to water sports, they don’t have to be on campus. Students are able to have fun and these classes offer an opportunity earn college credit at the same to use new muscles. Students can register for these time. “Nowhere else can you find this classes through WebPortal. Fees good of a deal,” MBCA office su- range from about $100 to $300 for the semester. pervisor Amanda Burgess said. Burgess added the cost of a semester long class is approximate-
SDSU Professor Joanna Brooks is a guest start on The Daily Show with John Stewart to discuss her new book on understanding Mormonism.
Jenna De Stefano Staff Writer
From being quoted in The New Yorker to being a guest on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” San Diego State professor Joanna Brooks is making the national rounds as the go-to source for understanding Mormonism. This climb to fame stemmed from her recently published book, “The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith.” “I wanted to tell a story that gave a glance inside real Mormon life, showed how human Mormons really are and helped people understand why we care so much about our faith,” Brooks said. The memoir tells the story of Brooks’ personal struggle with her faith while a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brooks grew up a devout Mormon in Orange County and later attended the LDS church institution, Brigham Young University. At
BYU, Brooks became a part of the Mormon feminist movement while the university’s feminist faculty was under intense scrutiny, so much that many quit or were fired by the time Brooks graduated. “That’s left a lifetime impression on me,” Brooks said. “I learned that you can’t be afraid. You have to just act your conscience.” Brooks said she was “a thinker and a bit of a rebel at heart” during her college years, where she discovered she was more liberal than most of her conservative peers. A few years after college, Brooks left the church because her progressive views did not align with the LDS church at the time. Brooks eventually returned to the LDS church, finding a way to embrace both her religious faith and liberal activism as she describes in “The Book of Mormon Girl.” Since her college years, Brooks has become an activist in new areas. As chair for the department of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU and a mother of two young daughters, Brooks focuses her
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campus involvement on the fight against budget cuts by protesting and speaking out. “My daughters are 6 and 8, so I see cuts all down the line from college to elementary school,” Brooks said. “It is incredibly shortsighted for society to short-change our investments in young people and your education. It makes me angry.” In her literature classes, Brooks teaches students the skills to think critically and ask hard questions not only about literature, but important issues affecting students as well. “Those are the skills that allow you to live with your eyes open and to anticipate and get ahead of changes in the world around you,” she concluded. The skills she teaches students every semester are the same skills Brooks has mastered herself. Anyone who is struggling to adapt to changes within the world or within themselves should be able to relate to the personal struggles Brooks describes in her book.
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Rob O’Keefe A.S. President My name is Rob O’Keefe. I’m the Associated Students President and a fifth year political science and international security & conflict resolution double major with a minor in business marketing. I can sum up my experience at SDSU in 3 words: Opportunities from Involvement. I’ve spread myself out across campus, joining numerous organizations and trying new things—taking advantage of every opportunity that came my way. I’ve studied abroad, watched our sports teams go from good to great and have eaten at every on-campus eatery. I’ve shredded the nar, jumped wake to wake and got my sea legs from Mission Bay Aquatic center. I’ve lost elections; I’ve won elections. I’ve climbed the wall at the ARC, I’ve sold Ads for the Daily Aztec, and I’ve camped out for Basketball tickets for the BYU game. The relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members that I’ve fostered have truly made my time here as an Aztec thrilling. My goals after college consist of saving up for Rio de Janiero World Cup, Iron Man Kona 2015 and sailing the Seven Seas. Boom. There is a great deal of work to be done this year in Associated Students. A lot of which includes my 32,000 peers. This fall we will be working very closely with the President’s Office to work on strategic initiatives that help get SDSU on top again. With our new home, the Aztec Student Union, going vertical this fall, we will be focusing on programming now and in the future so that we can ensure you all will have a great experience while on campus. As far as personal goals go, my team and I plan on attending most, if not all Aztec Athletic home games. We’ll see you in the stands!
Channelle McNutt Executive Vice President My name is Channelle McNutt. I’m the Executive VP and a political science and Communication senior. Getting involved truly changed my life. Having commuted to my first semester at SDSU, creating a home on campus was essential. I made it a priority to join organizations, attend Aztec athletic events, go to every free Aztec event, fall in love with my major and stay inspired by opportunity. A campus of 32,000 became smaller, more intimate and life changing. After SDSU, I’m going to start preparing for law school, travel abroad and continue to build on personal passions and discovering what motivates me to do and be more. This is my final year at SDSU and I’m more empowered and motivated than ever to enhance the student experience for my fellow Aztecs! With the Aztec Student Union in full construction, Aztec Athletics on the rise and more students embracing leadership, SDSU is stronger than ever. I really want to highlight all the amazing things our university has to offer and stay positive and optimistic throughout the year. Being an Aztec is about pride, leadership, scholarship and passion, promoting and supporting what is necessary. Personally, I want to take more time to appreciate life, find new passions, build new relationships, strengthen friendships and travel abroad.
1958 A.S. PRESIDENT REMINISCES Ana Ceballos
Assistant News Editor
The lack of political involvement was never a challenge for Ed Blessing, in fact during Blessing’s college years, he became president of the student body and president of the Pacific Student Presidents Association and pledged Sigma Chi. As a result of his on-campus involvement at San Diego State, Blessing’s political career launched when he was encouraged to pursue an open spot in the state assembly. This incentive was because of Blessing’s status as the president of the campus Young Republicans. Eventually Blessing received the nomination for the California State Assembly by the Republican Party, but he lost. Blessing’s career calling gave a drastic turn when business, specifically the oil business, replaced politics. Today, his position as the Managing Director of Blessing Petroleum Group, LLC, which assists in the performance of energy related natural resource projects is his true passion. “It is a fun business,” Blessing said about his business, which has allowed him to travel all throughout the world. “There are a lot of sur-
prises as well as risks and rewards if you play your cards right.” Blessing, currently lives in Dallas, is a very generous to the SDSU Alumni Association, according to Associated Students Editor Tobin Vaughn. Aside from the multiple donations he sends to the university, a smoked turkey with all the fixings from Texas is an gift from Blessing and his wife Kalita to the AS members for Thanksgiving every year. On top of everything, he is also an honorary member of the Troops to College program. His support was inspired by the importance “to do something for veterans who do a lot to our campus.” According to Blessing, students can learn a lot from veterans when approaching discipline, commitment and understanding of life. Nevertheless, as a former graduate from Harvard Business School and Oxford Business School, Blessing finds it hard to consider campuses other than SDSU as the ideal place for him. “My heart is at SDSU,” Blessing said. “This is where I found out who I was, where I made life-long friends and not to mention some of the best professors I’ve had the privilege to learn from.
Kalita and Ed Blessing at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center
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Eric Anderberg Vice President of Finance My name is Eric Anderberg, I’m the Vice President of Finance and finance major with a minor in international economics. In my time at SDSU I have been involved with a number of organizations. My involvement began with my fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, when I became a member freshman year and eventually ran and won my chapter’s presidency for the 2011 calendar year. I branched out by becoming an Interfraternity Council executive board member and served as an Associated Students Council representative for two years before my current role as CFO of Associated Students. I have had a great time tailgating with friends at football games, playing intramurals at the Aztec Recreation Center and moving out to the beach. My goals after college are to travel the world and find a new place to call home. This year I am so excited to be an Aztec. My primary focuses are going to be helping you get the value you deserve for your student fees. A lot of my time will be devoted to assisting student organizations grow and strive for success. This fall I am pumped up to lead the charge on our annual philanthropy, Aztecs Rock Hunger.
Matt Cecil Chief Academic Officer My name is Matt Cecil, and I’m in my senior year at SDSU majoring in political science. I’ve involved myself in several on campus organizations, most notably as president of the Interfraternity Council and Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity. This past winter I studied abroad at Oxford University. During the 2010-11 school year, I was awarded Greek Man of the Year and Kappa Delta Sorority sweetheart. After college, I aspire to work as an agent in the entertainment industry or as a marketing professional. This coming fall I look forward to connecting your student voice to A.S. through an increased focus of outreach and communication in order to create a healthier, more active and sustainable university community. As Chief Academic Officer, my primary focus will be dedicated to the overall academic success and academic environment of SDSU. I believe this is your university and I want to give you the tools and the voice to experience the best of SDSU. By collaborating with A.S., I will advocate for and provide aid to students negatively affect by recent budget cuts in order to sustain a healthy university community.
Tom Rivera Vice President of External Affairs My name is Tom Rivera. I’m the Vice President of External Affairs and a political science senior. I fell in love with the campus as soon as I took my first tour. I really wanted to do something great during my college career and I wanted to feel more connected with the university. I got involved with Associated Students as soon as I could, and I’ve had so many great experiences and have met a lot of amazing people. The past three years have been the best of my life and I’m excited for what lies ahead. This year, I want to focus on campus unity and promoting more positive messages about how we as students can have a huge impact on issues that affect us. These days, it’s easy to get discouraged and forget how much power we as students actually have, so my goal is to provide a clear avenue for us to make our voices heard and make student issues a top priority again. After graduation, I want to work in policy development and media relations, either in the government or in private political consulting or lobbying. Eventually, I will pursue a joint degree in law with a master’s degree in public policy. My dream job would be to work as White House Chief of Staff. Go Aztecs!!
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San Diego State graduate student Keshia Baker runs for the gold. Baker, a six-time AllAmerican, was part of the women’s 4x400-meter relay pool for Team USA during the 2012 Summer Olympics. “I feel very honored and blessed to be able to be a part of the Olympic team,” Baker wrote in an email as she traveled to compete in London. “It is a dream for many and I am glad it has now become a reality for me.” Another dream came true when Team USA brought home the gold in the women’s 4x400-meter relay. Although she did not run in the finals, Baker, who ran the leadoff leg in the semifinals, received a gold as a member of the team. She reached out to friends and fans via Twitter after receiving her medal.
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“Thanks so much for your support and prayers!” Baker tweeted. “I’m so happy and just in awe.” Baker left London the day of the Olympics closing ceremony to compete with 15 other U.S. Track and Field Olympians at the DécaNation track meet in France, where she came in first place for the women’s 400-meter. The Fairfield native says although the combination of
school, track and interning makes her life busy, her desire to take advantage of her talents continues to motivate her. Baker, who is studying public health and social work as part of SDSU’s DUAL master’s program, says her friends and family help her balance the busy lifestyle of a student and an elite athlete. “I have an extremely big support system from my family and friends, including my cohorts and teachers at SDSU that allow it to be possible and not overwhelming,” Baker said. Despite her athletic accomplishments, which now include high-profile status as an Olympian, Baker’s athletic career has not overshadowed how much she values her education. “I am extremely proud of both and truly honored to see how supportive people are of me and my decisions to do both,” Baker said. “I truly believe that I have a gift from God, not only athletic but smart,” she added.
Look before you book Stephanie Zumwalt Contributor
The beginning of a new semester means new class schedules and textbooks. Because textbooks are an important part of course success in classes, buying them is a nobrainer. Getting them at a reasonable cost may not always be so easy. During the first few weeks of the semester, the San Diego State Bookstore will be filled with students purchasing and renting textbooks. Although the campus bookstore is a convenient place to buy or rent textbooks, it is not the only option. Alternative options for an Aztec seeking textbooks are available online or through local textbook shops.
or pre-owned textbooks, and all at competitive prices. The company’s website not only offers online listings on all books in stock, but also allows customers to compare prices between their store and various websites offering the same textbooks. ONLINE SITES Amazon.com and eCampus. com not only allow users to purchase or rent used or new textbooks for discounted rates but also sell back textbooks. If a budget calls for used textbooks, Textbooks.com is a great source for a variety of discounted preowned books for every subject. craigslist
SDSU has a large community of students who no longer
need their textbooks. Go online and check if the book is on the Craigslist database. Try and negotiate the price and then meet up with the person at a local Starbucks. When purchasing textbooks, it helps to remember there are multiple options out there. It’s easy to compare prices between websites and stores to ensure that you are getting the best deal, and renting used textbooks instead of buying new can knock hundreds of dollars off your purchase. Before spending an exorbitant amount of money on books, it’s always smart to weigh the alternatives and make sure you are getting the best deal.
KB Books is a textbook shop with locations at SDSU, San Diego City College, Miramar College and Mesa College. Students have the option of buying or renting brand new
Benefits of online classes Ethan Orenstein Contributor
At San Diego State, students have the option to take online classes. After a computer readiness survey, students are able to complete course work at their own pace in any location with Internet connection. “It requires much more self-discipline and responsibility because you have assignments and due dates, but no face-to-face
meeting time for the teacher or fellow students to remind you,” SDSU senior Kevin Kaderabek said. Kelly Lane, who teaches contemporary nutrition online, disagrees. “If you can get past the first hurdle of setting up the class, anyone can succeed,” Lane said. With teaching experience in both online and traditional courses, Lane does not see a relationship between a specific type of learner and success in
an online class. “The lectures are the same, the tests are the same and the activities are very similar,” she said. According to Lane, the online course is ideal for students looking for something convenient, whether they have a busy work schedule, a family to care for or want to complete the coursework outside of a classroom. The online course has a schedule and an outline just like a traditional class, but
Professor Whitaker will be teaching a hip-hop course as antoniio zaragoza , editor in chief well as SDSU’s very first course on Atheism this fall semster.
Allie Bidwell Staff Writer
Education has always been an important factor in the life of religious studies professor Roy Whitaker. Many of his mentors were teachers who inspired him to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an educator. In college, Whitaker set out with a mission to understand the analytical aspects of religion, questioning what happens after death, if there is a god and why bad things happen to good people. A phrase Whitaker heard in an undergraduate class sparked an idea, which formed the basis for many of his future studies and courses: people from different religious groups approach reality from many different perspectives. “I said to myself, ‘What I want to get is an appreciation of various religious traditions, not just one,’” Whitaker said. “I wanted to get into more of the comparative study of religion.” Whitaker blended his inquisitive nature with study of comparative religions in classes such as “Hip Hop and Religion” and “Atheism, Humanism and Secularism,” in which students learn more than the defining characteristics of religion or a lack of religion. Whitaker incorporates current events, field trips, guest speakers and a highly analytical and critical reading of contemporary texts to engage students in different religions. lectures are archived and allow students to make the class work around their personal schedules. Lane said the flexible schedule is a good way to pace students without imposing too much work upon them. While there is an absence of face-to-face time in a fully online class, Lane and other online instructors hold live online office hours for students to share concerns and ask questions. Instructors are also available to respond to emails in the online environment. “It’s great not having to go
After giving a lecture talk in 2008, Whitaker began to develop the idea behind his hip-hop course, slowly integrating the issues into a world religions course. At least one week would be dedicated to pop culture and religion. Eventually, this concept became its own class, focusing on how hip-hop culture and religious ideology cross paths. Whitaker said religious studies has historically looked at traditional religions, texts and prophets, while often ignoring other types of prophets—“prophets of the hood”—who struggle with some of the same issues addressed in religious stories. Whitaker said he feels religious studies also neglects studying irreligion. In his atheism course, he seeks to answer questions about the psychology of atheism, as well as issues of gender and race in atheism. But what really makes these courses successful, Whitaker said, is his effort to be as objective as possible when presenting material. The purpose of his assignments is not to accept or reject certain beliefs, but to encounter new communities and formulate impressions, he added. Whitaker said he is motivated to inspire students and help them expand their worldviews, while questioning assumptions in society. “I’ve had a wonderful relationship with (my students) in helping them recognize the importance of religion, and hopefully the importance of irreligion,” Whitaker said. to class for a couple hours a week,” Kaderabek said. “It’s also probably the only time you’ll be able to attend class in your underwear—arguably the best part about it.” This semester SDSU offers 29 upper and lower division online courses. Many of the courses fulfill general education requirements for sciences, humanities or cultural diversity. Online classes are something students should consider if they are looking for a convenient course schedule in a flexible learning environment.
Monday August 20, 2012 The Daily Aztec
Professor embraces LGBT studies
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Donna P. Crilly Staff Writer
It was the mid-1980’s when lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies was simply called “gay and lesbian studies.” Frank Nobiletti was a graduate student studying the controversial subject, and
he wanted to know what the big fuss was about. “Why are people so put out by people of a different sexual orientation?” Nobiletti asked. Since then, Nobiletti worked toward tackling stigmas against the LGBT community. He believes breaking down the barriers begins with education. Nobiletti now teaches history and LGBT studies at San Diego State, the second university in the U.S. to offer a major for the program. He was integral in developing the program as well as establishing SDSU as a “safe zone,” characterizing the schools “LGBT friendly.” But Nobiletti does not only teach. He is also a board member at the Lambda Archives of San Diego, where he and a team of archivists, volunteers and SDSU interns collect, preserve and teach San Diego’s LGBT history. With a recent move to an area three times the size of its original space, San Diegans have access to one of the better-preserved LGBT archives in the country, according to Kelly Revak, head archivist at the Lambda Archives.
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Seth Mallios, Professor and Chairman of San Diego State’s Department of Anthropology, is proud to announce his book, “Hail Montezuma: The Hidden Treasures of San Diego State,” which will be available for purchase Aug. 22nd. Mallios has been working diligently on this book for the past 11 years. The large coffee table sized book is a fully colored 256-page volume featuring 115 years of SDSU’s history and artifacts. In the first few pages of the book, SDSU President Elliot Hirshman wrote a message about the
significance of understanding the history of the campus. “This book tells the story of how the San Diego Normal School became the nationally-renowned research university we celebrate today,” Hirshman said. The first draft of “Hail Montezuma” was 750 pages, according to Mallios. He had the difficult task of going through each page and deciding which stories were most important to keep in the book. When asked if he would have done anything differently while compiling this revealing book, he said he would have liked to learn earlier on that sometimes pictures speak louder than words.
Revak said she and Nobiletti worked toward making the Lambda Archives the highest possible quality with minimal resources and a lot of help from the community. Recently, the Lambda Archives “came out of the closet” and published its address on its website. Nobiletti and Revak say it’s because San Diegans have become more tolerant of the LGBT community overall. They don’t worry as much about getting bombed or vandalized by homophobic extremists like they used to a couple of decades ago. Student opinion about Nobiletti’s teaching style is polarized. According to RateMyProfessors.com some love his teaching, others “hate” it. “I have a little ADD,” Nobiletti said. “I can be scattered. I try to organize the course very well, but sometimes I can put too much into it.” One striking image that appears within the book is a phto of former President John F. Kennedy speaking at the SDSU commencement speech in 1963. “At the commencement ceremony, JFK was granted San Diego State’s first-ever honorary doctorate … That visit paved the way for the emergence of San Diego State as a research powerhouse,” according to Mallios in “Hail Montezuma.” SDSU has many hidden secrets and Mallios said he could not have completed this project without the endless help from the Alumni Association and all of the San Diego community who met with him to share their personal stories. Mallios’ archaeological background combined with
This photo captures the true isolation of what SDSU used to look like. 1931 Montezuma Mesa stands elegantly on top of a hill surrounded by nothing but dirt. All these buildings are still erect to this day.
However, Nobiletti is not interested in “presenting the facts and only the facts.” He says history is not a hard science. “I’m going tell them what I think, but I wanna hear what they think,” Nobiletti said. Gabriel Fontana, Nobiletti’s former student, calls Nobiletti’s critics “bitter students.” He says they’re looking for a set formula and when Nobiletti doesn’t teach according to the formula, they get upset or uncomfortable. “That’s not what education is about,” Fontana, who volunteers at the archives, said. “Learning is kind of a partnership,” something Nobiletti works to establish with his students, Fontana said. Fontana credits Nobiletti as one of the reasons he decided to become a teacher. Fontana graduated from SDSU in May and is now a graduate student at the University of San Diego studying education and teaching. Although he stepped down as president of the San Diego Lambda Archives in 2011, Nobiletti shows no signs of slowing down. He says he stepped down so he could focus exclusively on teaching, where his passion lies. SDSU’s rich history connects people through time while providing an entertaining and informative read for any Aztec.
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Rocky Long says Aztecs will go for it on fourth down San Diego State head football coach Rocky Long is making national headlines this week after saying he does not plan to punt inside the opponents’ 50-yard line. “It makes sense,” Long told the San Diego UnionTribune. “Additional plays would allow you to score a lot more points. It also puts a whole lot of pressure on the defense.” The idea was inspired by Kevin Kelley, the head football coach of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark. Since always kicking the ball onside and never punting, Pulaski Academy is 104-19 with three state championships. Long acknowledges he has not made a decision and this is still a developing theory. Yet, if Long decides against punting and it works, it could be the next big thing in college football. Aztec Hall of Fame welcomes new members A new class consisting of one administrator and four athletes will be welcomed into the Aztec Hall of Fame this fall. The San Diego State Department of Athletics will enshrine former director of athletics O. Kenneth Karr, Jr. (1969-1978), men’s basketball player Randy Holcomb (2001-2002), football players Mike Malano
(1996-1999), J.R. Tolver (1999-2002) and women’s volleyball player Liane Sato (1985-1986) on Hall of Fame weekend, scheduled for Sept. 21-22. Friday will be the official induction at the Fowler Athletics Center and the honorees will be recognized at halftime of the football game against San Jose State at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday. Not including this year, 118 individuals and six teams have been inducted into the Aztec Hall of Fame. Men’s soccer team loses friendly to New Mexico The San Diego State men’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 result to No. 6 New Mexico Saturday afternoon at the SDSU Sports Deck in its only friendly before the start of the 2012 season. The Aztecs scored first in the 14th minute when junior Jordan Ongaro passed to junior Morgan Sacco, who deposited the ball in the back of the net to give SDSU a 1-0 lead. The Lobos scored the game’s remaining two goals to earn the win. Both teams took seven shots and four shots on goal. SDSU’s season opener is Friday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. against Notre Dame in Bloomington, Ind. as part of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. -Compiled by Sports Editor Ryan Schuler
Monday August 20, 2012 The Daily Aztec
Jurado knocks in game-winner in double overtime
Tanner Kouba Contributor
The San Diego State women’s soccer team began their 2012 season last Friday night in dramatic fashion. In a game six minutes shy of ending in a doubleovertime draw, senior midfielder Megan Jurado’s late-game heroics against the Southern Methodist University Mustangs proved to be the difference that gave the Aztecs their first win of the new season. 8/22/12 8/24/12 8/31/12 9/7/12 9/9/12 9/14/12 9/16/12 9/21/12 9/23/12 9/28/12 10/5/12 10/7/12 10/12/12 10/14/12 10/19/12 10/21/12 10/26/12
“It’s my last season, so my last first home game, so it was really nice,” Jurado said of the seasonopening win. Both teams came out strong defensively in the first half, with the Aztecs leading the shot category 31. SDSU’s best scoring opportunity came in the 39th minute when sophomore midfielder Mariah Helmer hit the left post of the goal on a one-on-one matchup with SMU goalkeeper Lauren Bodden. SMU’s only shot attempt came after the halftime whistle blew when the referee awarded the Mustangs a free kick with no time remaining. vs. St. Francis (PA) vs. Seattle University vs. Pepperdine at Minnesota (in Minneapolis, Minn.) vs. Iowa State (in Minneapolis, Minn.) vs. Stanford (in Santa Clara, Calif.) at Santa Clara (in Santa Clara, Calif.) vs. UC Irvine at UC Santa Barbara vs. Nevada at Boise State at Portland at UNLV at Fresno State vs. Wyoming vs. Air Force vs. New Mexico
SDSU redshirt, sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Boaz was able to smother the shot with ease to end the half. Momentum continued to build in the second half as a relentless Aztec defense forced SMU to make several errors that resulted in loss of possessions and possible scoring chances. Some skilled footwork by senior forward Sarah Halverson in the 82nd minute led to a shot just wide of the mark. Three minutes later, sophomore Haley Locker used her speed and finesse to break away from the defense as she put a shot 7 p.m. PT 7 p.m. PT 7 p.m. PT 5 p.m. PT 8:30 a.m. PT 5 p.m. PT 1:30 p.m. PT 5 p.m. PT 2 p.m. PT 7 p.m. PT 3 p.m. PT 1 p.m. PT 7 p.m. PT 1 p.m. PT 7 p.m. PT 12 p.m. PT 7 p.m. PT
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Senior forward Megan Jurado scored the game-winning goal in the 104th minute.
on goal that would have sealed an Aztec victory, but the shot went wide left. Extra time played out much like regulation with both teams flexing their defensive muscles. The Aztecs recorded the only shot of the first overtime period. In the second overtime period, Jurado ended the game in the 104th minute with a golden goal off assists from Halverson and junior midfielder Carli Johnson. “My teammate, Sarah Halverson, slid on the ground and tapped it to me across the goal and I just tried to place it,” Jurado said. “I told myself ‘I need to make this.’” The Aztecs outshot the
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Mustangs 10-2 and 3-2 on goal for the game. “Great win, great way to start out the season,” head coach Mike Friesen said. “We had a couple of tough breaks with shots off the post and whatnot, but we were
Monday August 20, 2012 the daily aztec
Voting restriction laws disenfranchise young voters
t’s Election Day and a line of Americans snakes through a musty auditorium, anxious to decide the direction of the nation. Suddenly, a police squad marches in. They’re dressed in riot gear from head to toe with reflective visors protecting their identities from the nation they’ve sworn to serve. They fan out and snatch voters, herding them into awaiting cattle trucks. The apprehended citizens all have one thing in common: they are old. They’ll never be seen again. This scenario could be a scene from George Orwell’s “1984,” but the seeds of dystopia are surely being sown in present-day America, with 16 states using divisive templates forged in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Florida isn’t a stranger to voting roll shenanigans. It was the decisive vote in the 2000 general election pitting George W. Bush against Al Gore. A subsequent study by The Washington Post revealed ballots favoring Gore were discarded three-to-one against those voting for Bush. Continuing its voter engineering, Florida targeted 2,700 minorities as non-citizens, when only 40 were non-citizens. Only lawsuits and resignations stand in the way of more purges. However, states don’t currently have to depend on unreliable postvote tampering to alter the course of an election. Instead, they are increasingly relying on laws aimed at filtering who gets to vote and who doesn’t. On Aug. 15, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court ruled voters must present valid government-is-
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sued photo identification to cast a ballot. And in Ohio, the GOP-dominated legislature shortened the time frame for early voting, except for the military. One cynically wonders if it’s because soldiers and sailors tend to vote Republican. Voter suppression angered author George R. R. Martin enough to exclaim, “The people behind these efforts at disenfranchising large groups of voters … are not Republicans, since clearly they have scant regard for our republic or its values. They are oligarchs and racists clad in the skins of dead elephants.” Make no mistake, voter suppression is aimed at you. U.S. Census voting data revealed a positive participation trend among college-age voters, rising from 40 percent in 2000 to 51 percent in 2008. No other age group increased as radically. The young are largely credited as being one of two demographics that propelled President Barack Obama into the White House. The opposition is singularly focused on making it as difficult as possible for that same generation to vote. The people behind these laws can’t abide another 2008. And they are winning. A May 1 – July 10 Gallup Poll revealed young adult voting is expected to lag 20 percentage points behind the national average. That is significantly worse than in 2008 where energized young voters faced only a seven percentage point gap in voter participation. Obama will lose if young adults
do not vote. Locally, the news is just as bleak. Young adults should’ve turned out in waves for California’s 2008 and 2010 elections, because it featured referendums on gay marriage and marijuana legalization. The facts show why both initiatives lost. During the 2008 general elections only 59 percent of eligible Californians voted. That number dropped to 44 percent in 2010. Young adults are the least represented of all age groups; therefore, their absence paved the way for defeat. In Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” the titular character poetically sums up the problem with apathy, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” A free society requires unrestricted access to ballots. The growing fervor toward voter suppression leads to the election of candidates looking out for the privileged few. Too many men and women your age have sacrificed their lives defending this country for voter suppression to become emblematic of America. You have a responsibility to be vigilant of politicians who attempt to subvert your right to vote. Hold them accountable at the very place they don’t want to let you in. Imagine what the world would be like if you increased your commitment to vote. Would sustainability be the order of the day? Would college debt be a minor annoyance instead of a chokehold? Would voting via the Internet be more than just a wistful notion? Go to WebPortal to register to vote.
Liberal arts save the world
riends, Aztecs, countrymen lend me your ears. I come in defense of the most endangered species: the liberal arts major. There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the liberal arts were considered the pinnacle of education. Now, there are two academic paths competing for dominance in campuses across the nation. On one side are the practical or career-minded majors—think business administration and accounting; on the other side are science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM majors. Supporters of practical majors clamor that theirs are the only degrees guaranteeing a life of wealth and comfort. They lure students with tales of post-graduation employment and well-balanced 401(k)s. Meanwhile, politicians and multinational conglomerates fret that we aren’t producing nearly enough engineers and scientists to supply the workforce of the future. Sure, all those things are important. NASA can’t land a nuclear-powered unmanned science lab roughly the size of a minivan on Mars without a lot of mind-blowingly bright STEM gradu-
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ates. We also need bankers and accountants to keep the whole global financial system from crumbling around us and sending us back to bartering for Twinkies. What liberal art graduates bring to the table is an almost intangible understanding of people and the human condition—hence the term “the humanities.” Their education instills in them creativity, idealism and critical thinking—skills sorely lacking in other majors. Without what we now call the liberal arts, human civilization would not have gotten much further than stone tools and mediumrare mammoth steak. Art, social science and literature provided the impetus for all great leaps forward in human history. They also provided a context in which to analyze and interpret these same lessons of history. Career-minded majors often mock the impracticality of liberal arts. After all, when is the last time you heard of a philosophy major becoming the next Bill Gates? But the world would be a much better place if those practical bankers
and businessmen had been forced to study ethics with the philosophers. Maybe then the often perfectly legal greed that brought the global economy to its knees wouldn’t be so prevalent and corruptive. If you don’t think the ideas of liberal arts thinkers can change the world, consider Karl Marx. This philosopher and historian permanently altered the face of global politics with only pen and paper as his tools. And Ayn Rand, philosopher, playwright and history graduate, has become the darling of the conservative movement in America and presumptive vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s personal idol. Her ideas, expressed primarily through novels and plays, have already begun shaping the future of the nation. Ideas matter, and no educational path is more adept at producing the thinkers, writers and artists whose ideas will shape the future than liberal arts. Before you turn away from the theater or music degree you want for one of the more “practical” majors, consider this: Businessmen and scientists might keep the world running, but it is a world shaped by the liberal arts graduates.
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Monday August 20, 2012 The Daily Aztec
West Coast Sandwich Company makes awaited debut
Students can expect the lines at West Coast Sandwich Company to be a lot longer during lunch hour this year.
Lauren Yap Staff Writer
The Sub Connection location at East Commons finally surrendered to the competition and closed this summer. The doomed sub shop simply lacked the resources to compete against franchise sub-sandwich giants and succumbed to its reputation as a “wannabe Subway.” The restaurant failed to gain popularity from San Diego State students, so Dining Services decided to endorse a entirely new concept. In several SDSU surveys,
students indicated a desire for more high-end and healthy spots to eat on campus, similar to Panera Bread. Their opinions were taken into consideration and the new eatery, known as West Coast Sandwich Company or simply “West Coast,” debuted on campus this summer. The menu selection features 10 specialty sandwiches, three premium salads and two homemade desserts to serve the hungry population of SDSU. Clearly, the real stars of West Coast are the toasted specialty sandwiches. The new shop prepares all artisan breads in house daily for optimal
Work studies broken down Allie Bidwell Staff Writer
Every year, thousands of students work on San Diego State’s campus—from the Aztec Recreation Center and the SDSU Bookstore, to several different departments and organizations. But at the beginning of each year, there are students left wondering where to start looking for a job and how to put their federal work-study funds to good use. Though the name may be misleading, you don’t actually get to study while you work these jobs. The Federal Work-Study Program helps college students earn financial aid by working part-time. In order to receive a work-study award, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid to qualify. In most cases, the institution or employer pays as much as 50 percent of the student’s wages, with the federal government covering the rest. Because of this arrangement, students can only work a maximum of 20 hours a week while classes are in session or 40 hours per week during vacation periods. Some advantages of participating in the work-study program include keeping loans to a minimum, gaining work experience and skills related to your field of study, a flexible work schedule and earning financial aid every month. For students who find navigating the dos and don’ts of work-study confusing, the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships has many resources to help during the job hunt. Among the resources is an online job board, which lists the work-study eligible positions currently available on campus. SDSU Career Services also publishes a guide to student employment, which lists the different departments who hire students. In addition to
work-study, the department lists jobs available to students who do not have a work-study award. Unlike employers at some offcampus jobs, employers through the university give more flexibility in balancing academics with work. Additionally, studies found working on-campus, as opposed to off-campus, enhances student involvement and integration in the university and increases persistence, which may make students more likely to graduate and continue their education. Junior Daniel Montano worked off-campus during his first semester at SDSU, but has been working for the bookstore for two years. He said it is more convenient than working off-campus. “You work here, you can go to the gym here, you can go to class here,” Montano said. “It has everything in one place.” “Sometimes during midterms and finals it gets difficult,” Montano said. “But they’re pretty flexible if you let them know you need time to study and take time off.” One piece of advice Montano said he gives to students seeking work on campus—work-study or not—is to apply early. “I applied as soon as I saw the sign, got trained and got the job,” he said. An important thing to keep in mind, however, is working while you’re in school is a balancing act. Many studies found working can negatively impact students’ academic performances, but several also found employment has a neutral or even beneficial outcome for students. It’s all about time management. Time spent working takes away from time for socializing and studying. Plan your time accordingly, there is no reason working should not affect your grades.
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freshness and quality. The vast selection of premium meats, toppings and bread types distinguish West Coast from other food places on campus. Options such as the Buffalo Mozzarella, Californian or Meatball sandwich are sure to attract more patrons than lackluster sub-sandwiches. The delicious Tri-Tip Steak Nirvana is reminiscent of a philly cheesesteak, loaded with thin steak strips, barbeque sauce and onions. Associate Director of SDSU Dining Services Robert Isner highly recommends the non-traditional West Coast Rubin made with turkey, a light crispy citrus slaw and swiss cheese on rye bread. However, the Southwest Chicken Sandwich, a grilled panini on focaccia bread, holds the title of best seller so far. All 10 toasted or panini sandwiches cost $7 and include a side option. Extra add-ons cost a bit
more. Students can choose between chips or a small portion of pasta or potato salad. Choose healthier options from West Coast instead of loading up at the Cuicacalli Dining Room to help combat the “freshmen fifteen.” Customers can order and modify decently sized Caesar, chipotle or Asian salads. Customization is ideal because customers can determine details like lettuce type, dressing amount and vegetable toppings. Additionally, the complimentary slice of warm focaccia bread adds even more appeal to the salads. West Coast offers two different decadent desserts, both made on campus at the SDSU Bakeshop. For just $2, customers can indulge themselves with an oversized red velvet, carrot cake, strawberry or double chocolate cupcake. Also, a single gourmet cheesecake slice topped with fresh fruit for $3 proves to be another scrumptious treat to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Apart from standard fountain beverages, thirsty students can escape the heat and sip on specialty drinks such as fresh-squeezed lemonade and home-brewed iced tea between classes. The $1 size is pretty tiny; however, an upgrade to the next size up is only $1 more. Even the water is served chilled from a pitcher and boasts a subtle flavor of fresh lemons. Jeanne DeSantis, General Manager of Quick Service Restaurants, and Sweet, says students can expect more seasonal menu changes and weekly deals throughout the year. Plans for a soup and sandwich combo remain in the works for when cooler weather rolls around. While there are cheaper places to eat on campus, customers who are willing to shell out a couple extra dollars will be rewarded with delicious and high-quality ingredients. A full meal, including a sandwich, side serving and a small drink, is just $8. The pricing is especially tailored to accommodate students with meal plans.
Employees prepare the gourmet sandwiches that are sure to be the talk of East Commons.
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Pub gets anticipated makeover
A glimpse of the new and improved interior of Effin’s Pub & Grill.
Bridget Chapman Staff Writer
With each school year comes new beginnings; Effin’s Pub & Grill is no exception. Although the pub has been under construction these past months, the target date for its completed remodel is conveniently the first day of school. The Director of Operations, Luke Carlsen, shared his excitement for the upcoming school year ahead. With the various replacements and 12 HD
televisions, Carlsen plans to have “all guns blazing when school and football season start.” As a San Diego State graduate, Carlsen wanted to preserve the bar’s Irish roots while including support for SDSU. The bar will be painted green with a black and red trim to fully represent this amalgamation. Other expected improvements include the addition of two patios for dining and drinking, one of which will be smoker friendly. Along with these patios, the old walls on the front side of the
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building will be replaced with garage doors. A 3-foot rod iron fence with a plexiglass top will be added outside. Effin Palooza is Oct. 6. This will be the official kick-off of the remodel and will include a concert featuring a variety of local bands, as well as a beer garden. After students take a month to get accustomed with school, Effin’s will be ready with this “killer party.” Rest assured, Effin’s is still open during normal business hours in the meantime.
Monday August 20, 2012 the daily aztec
‘Darksiders II’ Don’t let ‘Sleeping Dogs’ lie cheats death aztec gaming
Jordan Pollock Aztec Gaming
Two years ago, Vigil Games released “Darksiders,” a game fusing elements from “The Legend of Zelda,” “God of War,” and “Devil May Cry.” Despite being a solid game with decent game play, “Darksiders” was dismissed as nothing but a hodgepodge of other games. Thankfully, the wonderful developers at Vigil heard the praise and complaints of the original game and improved and expanded them in the sequel. In “Darksiders II,” the player takes control of Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and brother of the original protagonist War. Because War was tricked into starting the apocalypse and was subsequently imprisoned, Death sets out on a quest to clear his brother’s name by resurrecting humanity. The journey proves to be much more difficult than Death initially thought.
can use a large variety of secondary weapons. With an expanded inventory system, Death can switch between heavy, sluggish weapons, such as giant maces and axes or light and fast arm-blades, gauntlets and claws. All add more depth to the already extensive combat system. This time around, players aren’t limited to only buying their skills from vendors. Death is given a skill tree that allows players to emphasize either offense or defense, although the player is free to mix and match skills they want. Also, don’t fret if you accidentally put skill points into the wrong skill—a quick trip to Vulgrim and a 1000 “gilt” with let you reset your skill points. The world of “Darksiders II” is much more expansive than its predecessor with much more hidden items, chests and events scattered around the world. Side-quests and extra dungeons add hours to the game and serve as a welcome distraction from the main quest.
Death takes on an ice giant in THQ and Vigil Games’ “Darksiders II,” where giant monsters are commonplace.
The player traverses a variety of scenic locations including the lush “Forge Lands” and the desolate “Land of the Dead.” Along the way, Death meets a variety of characters, each with their own motivations for either helping or hindering his quest. The gameplay from “Darksiders II” feels familiar, but remains different. Just like its predecessor, “Darksiders II” takes puzzle solving and exploration from “Zelda” games, lightning fast combat from “Devil May Cry” and execution attacks and finishing moves from “God of War.” Additionally, the developers at Vigil also included collectable loot from “Diablo” without the grinding. Combat is more fluid, complex and varied than the original “Darksiders.” Death is an extremely agile and versatile fighter who wields double scythes, which can be combined into his trademark single scythe. Unlike War, Death has no qualms with using any weapon he can get his hands on. His primary weapons are scythes, but Death
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These extras often result in awesome loot that will assist the player out during upcoming troubles in the main quest. Final Thoughts “Darksiders II” is a combination of all the best parts of successful games and it mixes them all together extremely well. That isn’t to say that there aren’t a few hiccups here and there. In fact, players should be warned there are some bugs in the game that may ruin the entire experience. For example, there is an auto-save system that may lock a player into a point-of-no-return and force a complete restart of the game. All in all, though, “Darksiders II” will reap hours and hours of fun.
REVIEW game: Darksiders 2 developers: vigil games release: august 14 rating:
Wei Shen looks over neon-lit streets of Hong Kong in Square Enix and United Front Games’ “Sleeping Dogs.” Players must choose to take the path of the righteous as a cop, or fall prey to the perils of mob life.
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awesome detail. Although the console version isn’t quite as beautiful—given the constraints of the now-elderly current generation of consoles—the PC version takes full advantage of many of the latest features of DirectX 11 and other developments. Faces seem to be the only area where the developers had trouble, particularly on females. I was pleasantly surprised to see many UI and graphical options— a rarity in games—ported over from consoles. Though it might seem a minor detail, the mouse has separate sensitivity for both aiming and camera and is further separated by X and Y-axes. This level of attention to the tiniest customization PC gamers love is something you don’t often see, even in games designed solely for
However, the game seems to have a slight auto-aim present, which Cody Franklin can make getting headshots more Head of Aztec Gaming of a chore than it should be. “Max Payne”-style slow motion really Kung fu, fast cars, explosions, adds to the experience, especially beautiful women, barbaric when you’re trying to shoot gangsters and undercover cops: enemies from your moving car or there’s never been a Hong Kong boat. The mechanics of shooting quite like the one portrayed in from vehicles are easily the best in “Sleeping Dogs.” The new open the industry so far. world crime drama video game Speaking of cars and boats, from United Front Games is a “Sleeping Dogs” also features spiritual successor to the muchsome of the most thrilling racing beloved “True Crime” franchise. imaginable. Cars and bikes It’s everything this writer has ever perform at speeds most games wanted in a crime and kung fu never dare to hit with near-perfect adventure, minus a few ninjas or handling. However, it might take a samurai. while to get used to driving on the The story follows Wei Shen, “wrong” side of the road. There an undercover police officer are plenty of racing side-games infiltrating the Sun On Yee, a major to keep the speed demon in every Triad gang in Hong Kong. As Shen player occupied works his way for hours. up the power Every moment structure, he of the 16 hours it struggles with It sounds fairly cliché, but without spoiling took to complete just how far he’s a few things, it takes a few grizzly paths is a thrill ride, willing to go to except for the keep his cover, that most players will never expect. end. Although and whether certainly not his cover has anywhere near become his true the level of disappointment found self. It sounds fairly cliché, but the PC. When it comes to gameplay, in “Mass Effect 3,” players will without spoiling things, it takes a few grizzly paths most players will “Sleeping Dogs” has some of the likely find themselves expecting a best hand-to-hand combat. Fans bit more bang for the big finale. never expect. Final Thoughts The balance between cop and of the current-generation Batman Overall, “Sleeping Dogs” is a gangster plays a big part in Shen’s games (“Arkham Asylum” and progression, as every mission has “Arkham City”) will feel right tour-de-force of blood-pumping a score for both factors. Hit a at home with “Sleeping Dogs.” excitement. If you like kung fu, pedestrian or a light post and you’ll The kung fu flows with ease from mesmerizing graphics, adrenalinestart losing cop score quickly. This Shen’s fists and feet, as he delivers maxing racing, solid shooting and can be annoying at times when powerful blows that are almost a top-notch storytelling, there’s no Shen has to hurry across the map guilty pleasure to behold. Breaking reason not to wake up the dogs of or escape enemies; with 30 Triad the arms and legs of an opponent war in “Sleeping Dogs”. gangsters chasing and shooting foolhardy enough to mess with the REVIEW at Shen, does it really matter if best has never been so fun. Shooting, although not a major he bumps into civilian cars a few game: Sleeping dogs part of the game, is polished times? “Sleeping Dogs” is visually whenever it does pop up. Players developers: united front games gorgeous, portraying everything will have a blast shooting down release: august 14 from the glitz and glam of the gangster after gangster with a upper class areas to the down- variety of weapons, such as simple rating: and-dirty slums of the gangs in pistols or automatic shotguns.
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‘Expendables II’ is dumb, summer fun
Sylvester Stallone, Jaston Statham and Terry Crews—plus a full cast of ‘80s action heroes—go commando in “The Expendables II.”
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Kenneth Leonard Staff Writer
What makes a great movie? It all boils down to the expectations of the moviegoer. Do not go see “The Expendables 2” if you are hoping to watch a “good” movie. The story is laughably thin, existing as a device for the management of strungtogether action sequences. The acting is … well, it is unsure there is anything one would call “acting” in this film. Acting implies a certain craft lacking from the (for lack of a better word) performances in this film. Even the score was a predictable, monotonous, formulaic exercise. If you go to this movie and you are hoping for many of the attributes generally attributed to good filmmaking, you will be sorely disappointed. However, if you go to this movie expecting these things, you’re seriously missing the point. Go see this movie if you are looking for some latesummer escapism. Go see Stallone and Co. in this ridiculously over-the-top explode-a-thon if you’re the kind of person who grew up spending lazy Saturday afternoons watching Jean Claude Van Damme and Arnold Schwarzenegger flicks on basic cable. Make no mistake — if you are judging this movie by
the standards traditionally used for judging movies, you’re going to hate it. “The Expendables 2” will not be winning any awards for filmmaking, unless the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences creates a category for “Outstanding Nostalgic One-Liners” or “Best Decapitation.” The plot—which doesn’t matter, because it’s not what any reasonable person is there for—goes something like this: The crew of big sweaty men (Stallone, et al) with big noisy guns from the first Expendables film lose a team member while trying to recover a computer bad guy (Van Damme) needs so he can do bad guy stuff. Honestly, none of this actually matters. This can’t be emphasized enough. The entire film is essentially one extended action sequence, with a few short breaks for exposition and plot development. A review of this movie would be incomplete without briefly addressing one man. His name is Schwarzenegger, and it’s impossible not to grin like a fool whenever he is on-screen. The movie reaches a point of total selfrealization when Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis are admiring an old airplane. “That thing belongs in a museum,” says Stallone. Without missing a beat, Schwarzenegger looks back at him and replies, “So do we.” So, why should you see this movie? There are plenty
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of dumb reasons to go to the theater and check your intellect at the door for an hour and a half with this movie. Chuck Norris is in it. His scenes are hilarious, in a self-aware, groan inducing way. Jason Statham, Van Damme and Jet Li provide dynamic and well-shot fight sequences. The whole crew, including Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Liam Hemsworth and former UFC champ Randy Couture take the audience on a loud, obnoxious, deliciously violent and unapologetically and politically incorrect romp across Eastern Europe. It’s an old-fashioned action movie starring oldfashioned action heroes. These guys are relics from a bygone era, and if you’re feeling nostalgic, you’ll have a good time watching them defeat the generic bad guys one last time. Thanks for the memories, fellas. Kenneth Leonard is an english senior, who was born in 1984 and cried when he saw the end of “Terminator 2 Judgement Day” at the South Bay Drive-In.
REVIEW Movie: The expendables II Director: simon west Release Date: august 17th RATING:
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On Friday, Aug. 17, The Protomen brought its Mega Man rock opera epic to San Diego’s own SOMA. With a host of interesting opening bands, and a youhad-to-be-there-to-believeit performance from The Protomen, this was one of the best shows to come to town in recent memory. Mega Man rockers The Protomen lit up the night at SOMA San Diego last Friday.
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find my brother in my dreams, tinkering on old airplane parts with sparse and broken-down tools. I know he is my brother not because I recognize his face—when he turns to me his features seem smaller, unwilling to claim the same plots of skin as they did when he was younger. I know he is my brother from the shapes of feathers peeking through his threadbare long-sleeve shirt. I do not claim these visions to be real, though at times fiction proves itself more authentic than truth. This is the role of the story: to prove how truth substantiates itself in our lies. Our petty myths designed to comfort us from the chasm separating us from the unknown. He told me Kabul was a city of wires. He told me wires hung loose from the poles like over-used tightropes. He told me that when he looked up, he felt as though he were looking through a huge net, one tangled together by the arthritic hands of God. Sometimes the electricity running through that canopy sounded like screaming. But what shocked him the most in this city of wires was the lack of birds. So many perches, so little bird shit. He said it was the bombs and the gunshots, the explo-
sions—what made the birds flee. “Forced migration,” he called it. He told me that when he dreamed, his spirit left his body and drifted to distant times and places. Not distant dreams, you understand, but distant and different realities. Which is why he must’ve felt so... disemboweled… when his spirit returned to his body every morning. His very being had to pass through those thick, tangled wires every night. He told me once his body felt sliced open ever since his time in Kabul. I asked him what he meant in a letter once, but the best he could explain was that, when his spirit left and returned every night, passing through those wires, it would be cut. But the instant the wounds began to bleed, the electricity... I don’t know, cauterized them. And when he left Kabul for good, he felt the burning of old wounds, as though they’d been closed with salt still in them. “The scars of my soul,” he wrote, “glow like stars.” He was eviscerated. He said ... He said as soon as they’d entered the city, they’d become victims too. Watchers. The city of wires trapped the people in, so that, even if their hopes for wings did come true, even if they could fly away with the birds in
some strange, miraculous, freakoccurrence, some gift from God, say if maybe, just maybe the people’s backs did somehow sprout wings, the wires would ground them from flight. He said Kabul was a city of stranded angels. But one evening, when the sky was setting, he’d seen one of them break through the wires. He knew it was a man who’d sprouted wings. But instead of coming from his back like he’d imagined, the wings grew from where his arms would’ve been, like his arms transformed, or... mutated. Above the wires, the man tried to fly away. But he found he couldn’t. His ankle had somehow been wrapped by one of the wires. And he couldn’t untie it now, with his wings that held no fingers. He said, above the city of wires, he’d watched an angel die. And he also said, that somewhere above all that city-sprawl, a man with wings for arms lie in the cheesecloth mesh of those hand-hung wires, lifeless. A city of wires, a city of stranded angels. Angels grounded for so long they began to look like men. I wonder what will come of my brother. I wonder if, when I reach him, I’ll be able to tell him apart from the rest. My hand moves to separate the feathers of countless broken wings.
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Today’s Birthday (8/20/12) - Where would you love to see yourself a year from today? Invent an inspiring future and set about achieving it. The groups and organizations that you play with open doors for you this year. Nurture and cherish your relationships. 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 5 - Blend your ideas with those of someone significant and move forward. Provide excellent service, even if it’s difficult. Wait to see what develops. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 5 - When you focus on something bigger than yourself, you can make it happen. The end result goes public. Friends encourage you to lead them. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 6 - Out of the chaos comes something new and wonderful. Access your playful side and create magic. Compromise may be required, but assistance is nearby. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 7 - Take care of problems that could arise at home. Work out the kinks and follow through. It’s not a good time for love now, but things will turn out even better with patience. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 6 - Don’t let this chance slip through your fingers. Now’s time to get into the books and profit. There’ll be time for fun later. You’re very expressive and your team is hot.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 5 - Travel lightly and get farther than expected. It’s not always about winning the game, but about how much fun you’re having. Extra income is just gravy. Go hiking. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 7 You’re on top of your game. Score big despite slight opposition from your fears. Getting in touch with old connections helps achieve a home run at work. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 5 - Don’t listen to the noisy monkeys in your head. Be cautious with love and money, but don’t take it personally or be dismayed. There’s possibility somewhere in there. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is an 8 - Your friends help you in hammering out the details and surmounting the obstacles, but don’t forget to ask for assistance. Free up space for passion and love. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 6 - For the next couple of days, it’s easier to focus on your career. Others may wonder how come you’re smiling even though it’s Monday. Demand quality information. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 6 - Now’s the time to try new foods, explore new continents and discover something about yourself that you didn’t know before. Make room for passions as well. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 5 - The information you gather comes in handy. List all the reasons it doesn’t work, and then make it work. Together you can create a breakthrough from the breakdown. ©2012, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
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