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Monday, September 17, 2012

SDSU beats North Dakota in shootout


Romney’s war wish Edward Henderson Features Editor

Hilal Haider Staff Writer

On a scorching 97-degree Saturday evening, the San Diego State football team welcomed North Dakota to San Diego for a good, old-fashioned shootout that ended with a 49-41 Aztec victory. Both teams flexed their offensive muscles on Saturday, as the game opened up with a fast-paced 35point first quarter. The action began when North Dakota senior quarterback Marcus Hendrickson threw his first pass of the game right into the hands of SDSU senior cornerback Leon McFadden, who would return the interception 28 yards for a touchdown to put the Aztecs up early. Senior quarterback Ryan Katz and the high-powered Aztec offense would then get their turn in the first quarter. Similar to last week’s offensive approach, the Aztecs primarily looked to keep the ball on the ground with running backs Walter Kazee and Adam Muema. This approach set up constant play action throws for Katz. The Aztecs’ second drive of the game ended with a 44-yard touchdown throw from Katz to senior wide receiver Brice Butler. North Dakota answered right back with some trickery as Hendrickson would orchestrate a double reverse

Sunday evening marked the last day flags flew at half-staff to honor the lives lost during the attack on the American embassy in Libya last week. The gesture was meant to illustrate how in the darkest hours, our nation comes together in unity. However, presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his campaign saw the attack as an opportunity to turn a national tragedy into a partisan issue. In a remark hours after news of the attack broke, Romney ROMNEY continued on page 3

Senior quarterback Ryan Katz completed 11 of 18 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns as SDSU defeated the University of North Dakota, 49-41.

flea flicker and connect with junior wide receiver Greg Hardin for a 53yard touchdown. But the back-and-forth affair continued as Katz hit junior wide receiver Colin Lockett in stride for a 37-yard touchdown to put SDSU up 21-7. But the Hendrickson-Hardin connection wasn’t done. Hardin reeled in a seven-yard touchdown pass, his second of the first quarter. The rest of the game seemingly

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followed this trend as the Aztecs looked to pound the rock with Muema and Kazee. Muema waltzed into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown to open the second quarter as the SDSU offense continued to rumble. The first half came to a close with the Aztecs leading 35-20. The second half would be more of the same offensive explosion. In the fourth quarter, Kazee

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punched it in from one yard out to give the Aztecs a total of 49 points. The touchdown was Kazee’s second of the game. Kazee finished the game with 105 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. Muema rushed for 124 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown.

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SDSU grads finish with least debt in CA

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A.S. Beat Commuter Students Plans for a Commuter Student Board were discussed as one of the changes in the Associated Students restructuring. The board would focus on the needs of the many commuter students who attend San Diego State, and would work with Student Life and Leadership to create a commuter lounge in the Aztec Student Union, which is expected to open in November 2013. The restructuring of the A.S. Student Council will be finalized Oct. 17. Library Improvements A.S. Student Council and Dean of Library Information Access Gale Etschmaier plan to make improvements in the Love Library. Some of the upcoming changes include presentation

rooms and a café in the 24/7 Study Area. Etschmaier also wants to give the library a redand-black makeover, providing students with an Aztec feel while they study. These additions are in the final stage of planning with Aztec Shops. A.S. Rocks the Vote With the presidential election approaching in November, A.S. added a link on its website for SDSU students to register as voters. A.S. encourages students to make their voices heard in the election as a part of their Rock the Vote program. The series officially kicks off on Oct. 31 with a student group debate between the College Republicans and Aztecs for Obama. Compiled by Christina Choral

Couple’s question of the day: How often should we celebrate our love? Staff Writer

In exclusive relationships, from long term to long distance, there’s a special day for celebrating your significant other aside from Valentine’s Day. In matters of romance, some of us dread, are indifferent to or look forward to this hyped up event for varying reasons. The markings on your calendar signify the day you and your significant other officially became a couple — your anniversary. How could you possibly dread a celebration dedicated to the person you’ve been spending weeks, months or years with? For us girls, it’s no secret sometimes we just don’t have the slightest clue what to get him. SHE SAID continued on page 6

SDSU students wait patiently in line at the Office Financial Aid and Scholarships to figure out their loans and grants for the year.

Arturo Garcia Staff Writer

San Diego State ranked No. 8 in the nation and No. 1 in California among universities whose students graduate with low amounts of debt, according to U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list. The SDSU NewsCenter reports 44 percent of SDSU students graduate with no debt and nearly half of the students receive grant aid. According to Director of Media Relations at the NewsCenter Greg Block, about 41 percent of students comprise their tuition payment of financial aid and loans while less than 15 percent rely solely on loans. College Admissions reported 35 percent of students received loans at SDSU in the 2009-10 academic year. The

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website noted 51 percent of UCSD students and 29 percent of students at UC Berkeley received loans in the same school year. The average amount of student debt at SDSU is $16,400. “After I personally graduate, I’ll have a little over $20,000 to pay back in student loans,” Associated Students Vice President of External Affairs Tom Rivera said. “Price was not a factor for me coming to SDSU.” Rivera is in one out of the five A.S. executive committees who voted to decrease its annual pay. The executives’ salary would have elevated with the tuition increase in California because A.S. wages are determined by projected SDSU undergrad off-campus living expenses.

“How often should couples celebrate anniversaries?” I was asked. To answer this, I realized it was essential for me to first decide on a distinct system of time. We Westerners are quite accustomed to our system of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. I understand the correlation of a year’s time with a revolution of the Earth around the sun, and of a month with the moon, but some of it seems a bit arbitrary. Who came up with a week anyway and why are they seven days long? Seems like a cultural construction to me, something society merely adopted at a young, feeble age of impressionability. Furthermore, what do astronomical bodies like the sun and moon

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HE SAID continued on page 6



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Protesting tuition increases and cuts to CSU campuses would have been hypocritical for A.S. had they accepted financial compensation for the issues they’d been fighting. According to A.S. Executive Director Dan Cornthwaite, such is the case of SDSU President Elliot Hirshman’s controversial salary. Hirshman’s presidential wage, a 33 percent augmentation from those of his predecessor’s, were increased to match other major university presidents. Hirshman’s pay has been heavily noted amidst California State University and University of California budget cuts. Because of this, meetings to determine pay increases of executives and CSU budget cuts have been discussed during the same meeting. Last week, The Huffington Post published an article quoting Hirshman’s support of the CSU and UC decisions to follow a national trend and increase the out-of-state student population of their universities. However, the article failed to quote Hirshman’s entire sentiment toward the decision. Hirshman has previously called the issue “sensitive” and assured the increase would be “moderate” for SDSU. Some California administrators argue the increase is used to create a more diverse student body. The U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” lists also ranked SDSU on the top 20 universities for ethnic diversity. Recently SDSU was named a Hispanic-

Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education, providing the school access to federal grants and scholarships to colleges and universities serving a high population of Hispanic students. “We are very proud to serve such a diverse group of students, which enriches our campus both academically and socially,” Hirshman said. Most Hispanic undergraduate students at SDSU, which comprised 29 percent of undergraduates last year are California residents or instate students, according to Other administrators including UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau opposed legislative initiatives to limit out-of-state student enrollment. In a letter to California Senator Michael Rubio, Birgeneau said, “a reliable revenue stream” is his main allegation for such enrollment’s continuation and growth. According to Birgeneau, state support fell to fourth place as a source of revenue for UC Berkeley, behind research-funding, philanthropy and tuition. Out-of-state enrollment amounts to 25 percent at UC Berkeley and only 8 percent at SDSU. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, SDSU state funding dropped from $221 million to $103 million since 2008. An additional $200 million cut will happen next year if Proposition 30, a temporary tax for education and public safety, is not passed by voters in November.

SD becoming bike-friendly

A student bikes down the bike lane on SDSU campus, avoiding pedestrians.

Andrea Ciardiello Staff Writer

San Diego is quickly becoming a biking community, and may soon become the largest bike-friendly city in America. Last year, San Diego State did its part in helping this become a reality by installing SDSU’s first permanent bike lane on campus. SDSU junior Hillary Lupo said although she appreciates having lanes on campus, there is still room to make SDSU even more bike-friendly.

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“I love that there is more space with the new bike lanes…but it’s inconvenient that there aren’t as many places to lock up,” Lupo said. “They should definitely put in new corrals.” Although SDSU does not have plans to incorporate more bike corrals, new bike-friendly structures are popping up all across “America’s finest city.” In recent months the San Diego Business Improvement District Council and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition along with numerous organizations have

Social media fuels change


Ethan Orenstein Staff Writer

The Youth Leadership Program from Libya, Egypt and Tunisia came to San Diego State during its threeweek media literacy program, which began Aug. 24. The group consisted of 10 high school students from each country chosen by the American embassy. This program, created by the nongovernmental organization World Learning, is the first of its kind. On Sept. 5 the group spoke to Dr. Rebecca Coates Nee’s “Media Technology in the Global Environment” class about the social revolutions fueled by social media known as the Arab Spring, which started in Tunisia in late 2010. In many countries with oppressive leadership, channels of communication and international media are closed or highly regulated. Arab Spring, though independently motivated, involved social media to help people mobilize, organize and communicate freely.

“We tweet things like, ‘I’m at the grocery store’ or ‘I’m going to a concert,’” senior program facilitator Peter Plass said. “But in the Arab world … people are using Twitter and using Facebook as a way to communicate under the noses of the old guard.” Nadine Bubteina from Libya said people were disorganized in the past, but the emergence of social media gives them a way to communicate. “After 30 years people were starving, there was poverty, people had no shelters,” Reem Akef, who is from Egypt, said. “Everyone got sick of the old regime…They started on Facebook to organize protests.” Governments tried to shut down communication, but people became more frustrated and the number of protesters increased. “The sudden explosion of people was really unimaginable,” Noreen Aly, said. “Those demonstrations weren’t hundreds of people or thousands of people. We were millions.” The students agreed there is still a lot to be accomplished, but the revolutions were a step in the right direction.

According to Aly, who is from Egypt, the potential consequences are nothing in comparison to the good that can be gained from speaking up and taking a stand. “People can now speak freely, do whatever they want, say whatever they want,” Saher Barsoum, also from Egypt, said. After speaking to Nee’s class of nearly 100 students, it was easy to forget the members of the group are no older than 17. Program coordinator at San Diego Diplomacy Council Sarah Nugent, who helped organize the group in San Diego, was amazed by the students’ motivation and confidence. According to Nugent, young adults such as the students from YLPLET are important to social change. Plass thinks teenagers offer a fresh perspective for adults who have built up anger toward their government for decades. After San Diego, the group heads to Washington D.C., where the students will focus on action-planning and goal-setting through media use.

Check facts before voting


Ilgin Karlidag Staff Writer

As the 2012 U.S. presidential election approaches facts are spun left and right, especially after the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, that it can be hard to verify the candidates claims. analyzes the accuracy of what is said by politicians in speeches, debates, ads, interviews and news releases. With staff members whose employment background ranges from The Associated Press to The Washington Post, sets the facts straight concerning what the presidential candidates accuse each other of saying and what is actually said during speeches and debates. One example, according to FactCheck. org, is when President Obama quoted Romney as saying it was “tragic to end the war in Iraq,” but Romney was actually criticizing the pace of the troop’s withdrawal, according to At the Republican National convention, Romney accused Obama of apologizing to foreign countries for American misdeeds. However, after analyzing Obama’s speeches, FactCheck. org staff members agreed Obama never apologized; but instead drew a distinction between his policies and

worked hard to install a total of three new bike corrals. In Hillcrest, North Park and Boulevard neighborhoods the rise of new bike corrals are expected to stimulate more bike-friendly enthusiasm among residents and generate citywide acceptance of bikes as a primary method of transportation. “Getting people active is our goal,” Executive Director for the SDCBC Andy Hanshaw said. “In San Diego, we’re lucky enough to be able to ride year round … We have so many great districts that you can bike to so conveniently.”

those of his predecessor, George W. Bush. is a nonpartisan/ nonprofit project funded by Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, which was established by a publisher and philanthropist, Walter Annenberg, to monitor public policy issues. In order to remain nonpartisan and nonprofit, doesn’t accept money from businesses, but welcomes dona-

tions from public individuals instead. “Our policy is to disclose the identity of any individual donor giving $1,000 or more. We also disclose the total amount, average amount and number of individual donations,” the website stated. The identities of the donators are revealed to allow the readers to judge whether or not the individuals influence the website. “We do not seek and have never accepted, directly or indirectly, any funds from corporations, unions, partisan organizations or advocacy groups,” according to the site.

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Hanshaw wants to show people how fun, convenient and costeffective bicycling can be, especially during a time when gas prices are skyrocketing. Hanshaw hopes putting a new corral in every district will be a steppingstone to a more bike-friendly environment. With the latest success of the latest corrals, the city has begun planning the installment of seven more bike corrals in the following year. Furthermore, the city government continues to develop ideas for new bike lanes and rental services, which are supposed to

take off within 20 years. Another promoter of San Diego’s new movement and the leading advocate for everyday bike riding,, has a blog with updates regarding the latest news on the journey to creating “worldclass bicycling infrastructure that contributes toward an aesthetic, livable urban environment” in San Diego. Hoping to entice San Diegans to hop on their bikes more often, regularly posts bike related events for our city’s bike enthusiasts to enjoy.


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Sex offenders are people too

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My question for Romney is this: What messages are your statements sending to the world? With limited information available about who facilitated the he law has failed sex offenders. attack or if anyone was injured, Rather than preventing crime, outrage is hardly the first response the law makes crime inevia prudent leader should administer. table. California’s Fourth Appellate The 13-year-old children attendDistrict court recently ruled current ing at the summer camp I worked laws regarding where sex offenders showed more restraint when things can live as “unreasonable.” didn’t go their way. This is not an isolated case, but a Statements like these send a pattern. California’s judicial system message to the world that an adhas slowly shifted away from preministration led by Romney would vention and rehabilitation toward let anger dictate its decisions in punitive retaliation. Obviously, foreign relations policy. criminals are not the most pitiable Do we really need another trigpeople so it’s hard to feel bad for ger-happy president who is ready a registered sex offender, but one to utilize bush-league tactics (pun measure of a developed society is intended) and blow another forhow well it treats its most despicaeign country “back to the Stone ble members. An advanced society Age” without fully understanding tries to put an end to the cycle of the situation at hand? crime by rehabilitating criminals I believe the statements made by so they can atone for what they did the U.S Embassy in Cairo weren’t and then get back to their lives. A an apology for our values, but a less advanced society is content condemnation of ignorance. While with punishing transgressors by the views and opinions conveyed casting them off into a life where in the controversial film “Incrime is the only viable path. nocence of Muslims” — which According to San Diego Superior sparked the violent acts of last Court Judge Michael Wellington, week — are protected under the San Diego has been content with First Amendment, it doesn’t mean punishment and unconcerned with the U.S can’t take a stand against prevention and rehabilitation for unethical expressions of hate. too long. The stigma attached to As flags across the nation return criminals, especially those accused to full-staff today, it is unfortunate of sexual offences, make it exRomney and his campaign chose tremely difficult for them to find a to send a message of division to job. Voter-approved Proposition 83, the rest of the world during a time “Jessica’s Law,” prohibits registered when we should set aside political sex offenders from living within quibbling while embracing a col2,000 feet of a school or park. Less lective moment of solemnity. than three percent of multifamily


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criticized President Barack Obama’s administration for a series of tweets sent out by the U.S Embassy in Cairo while trying to ward off protests near their own embassy. In part, the tweets read as follows: “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.” Romney interpreted the comments as contradictory of the First Amendment’s protection of free speech clause, stating it is “a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values.” Although the White House distanced itself from the statement, Romney still held Obama responsible, claiming his administration was sending “mixed messages to the world,” and “the first response of the United States should be outrage.”

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houses in San Diego would be eligible, assuming those landlords are willing to rent the residence to a sex offender. In the end, sex offenders are pushed out of the city and into scarcely populated rural areas with other criminals. The examples given by KPBS of four individuals challenging the legality of the residency restrictions are indicative of the problem: two individuals lived in the alley behind the parole office, one in his van and one with other sex offenders in a San Diego riverbed. The conditions other criminals face are equally inhumane. The level of overcrowding in California prisons forced a judge to take control of the penal system. The surplus will be shipped back to the counties because the system can no longer handle all the criminals it produces. Punitive rules such as the three strikes penalty, up for voter review in the upcoming election, turn repeat minor offenders into lifetime prisoners. Forced to the edges of society, these people don’t have access to jobs, rehabilitation services or even basic housing. They are forced into a life where crime seems like their only logical path. Their crimes vary but they are often loathsome acts, making it easy to dismiss their per-

petual punishment. But this is when it’s most important for us to take a stance for justice. The goal of our judicial system should be to prevent crime and rehabilitate criminals, regardless of their offenses. Our commitment to justice is not tested with everyday thieves, but in the extremes of criminal activity. We don’t test our devotion to rehabilitation with the little old lady caught stealing a ham to feed her starving grandchildren. We test it with child molesters and rapists. We must be able to treat those individuals with fairness and attempt to rectify whatever made them act in a criminal way. Of course, such an overhaul of our attitude toward crime won’t be easy. We are accustomed to harsh punishment to scare people into not being criminals. The goal instead should be to eliminate the conditions causing an individual to do something illegal. Crime prevention needs to stretch beyond the legal system. The best antidote for crime is more available jobs, not more police officers. And a judicial system concerned with getting criminals the help they need to avoid future crimes would benefit society the most. Punishing criminals without giving them a chance to rectify their wrongs is inhumane and it should be illegal. It’s time we start acting as the advanced society we know we are.

Don’t be shellfish and keep plastic bags out of our ocean


love the turtles from Disney’s “Finding Nemo.” There’s something liberating about the way they move in the water. I also enjoy their cool surfer bro lingo. Plus, they don’t worry about trash and plastic bags contaminating their home and ruining their backside roundhouse it’s because they’re fictional and fictional stories always have happy endings. Unfortunately, in the real world, we can’t say the same. Trash ends up in the ocean, sometimes unseen, negatively impacting the surrounding

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environment. Luckily, San Diegans are the “go green” type and individuals are already taking action to reverse the damage to our aquatic neighbors. On Aug. 9 Solana Beach became the first city in San Diego County to outlaw the distribution of single-use plastic bags at grocery stores. Consumers must also pay a 10 cent fee per paper bag they use. Revenue from the cost of the paper bags will be kept and

used by retailers. According to U-T San Diego, the law stems from similar initiatives already put into place in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Monica. Although this ban isn’t unique, it sparked controversy throughout the county. Some people feel the government is taking away their rights. Why shouldn’t we be able to answer the question, “Paper or plastic?” Well folks, I hate to say it, but it all comes down to taking responsibility for our actions. Yes, there are those of us who

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do properly dispose of our plastic bags after reusing them, but the sad part is, most of us don’t. Have you ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It’s just what the name implies: a massive, manmade island of garbage and waste floating in the Pacific Ocean, not far from our own coastline. The majority — about 80 percent according to San Diego Coastkeeper — comes directly from land and is made up of consumer products such as food packaging, bottles, plastic foam and plastic bags. While you may be diligently recycling your bags, it’s obvious many people aren’t. The worst part is plastic never actually disintegrates. Exposure to sunlight simply breaks it into microscopic particles, which are then ingested by microbes. Slightly larger organisms eat those microbes and are in turn are eaten by larger animals, such as fish and shrimp. Keep going up the food chain and you can see why this is a problem on a much larger scale. Soon, the food we eat won’t be much different from its plastic container. We don’t like it when the government holds our hand. But this issue goes beyond our trips to the grocery store. This affects not only our own land and beaches, but the entire

world. The health of the planet is a global responsibility and we need to stop being selfish about what we want for the sake of convenience. The plastic bag ban is the result of ignoring the problem for too long. It’s not a nefarious government plot to take away our liberty one reusable grocery bag at a time. By working together to replace plastic bags, we take a more responsible stewardship of the ocean and guarantee clean beaches we can all enojoy. There are already incentives in place for consumers who use biodegradable multi-use bags. Most retailers offer a 5 cent refund per bag, which doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up each time you make a trip to the store. I am not a “save the oceans” fanatic, but I like the idea of going to the beach without worrying about whether it is unhealthy. The first step to change begins at home; in this case, more than any other. San Diego is called “America’s finest city” and it is our responsibility to keep it that way. We should be proud to be facilitators of change. We have to learn the lesson Squirt and his dad learned long ago: If we don’t make some sacrifices now to protect the big blue, we’ll all suffer in the long run.



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Catching up with senior libero Kristi Jackels Courtney Muller Contributor

The San Diego State volleyball team jumped to a perfect 5-0 start this season for the first time since the 2001 campaign thanks in large part to senior libero Kristi Jackels, who leads the team with 163 digs this season and ranks third all-time in digs at SDSU with 1,632. Contributor Courtney Muller sat down with Jackels to discuss the team’s stellar start to the season and what she enjoys to do off the court. Courtney Muller: How did it feel to be undefeated at the start of the season (5-0 record)? Kristi Jackels: It was really exciting. Our team is working really hard, so putting in all the effort is showing. We have a tough road ahead of us, but we are determined to do well. The more effort and work we put in, hopefully the more it will show.

Senior libero Kristi Jackels leads the San Diego State volleyball team with 163 digs in 12 games this season. from FOOTBALL page 1

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CM: What makes this year’s team different from teams in the past? KJ: The team is a unit; we are working together as one. We all have each other’s backs and trust

each other. We know the hard work and dedication that we are putting in is worth it in the end.

CM: What made you choose to attend and play for San Diego State? KJ: It is close to the beach and it’s a good place to be. San Diego is close to home and I love it. CM: What is your major and why did you pick it? KJ: Business management. I was going to do international business but you can’t study abroad and do a sport. So, I chose business management because business is the direction I want to go. CM: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? KJ: Play beach volleyball, sleep, eat and relax at the beach. CM: What are the team’s goals for this season? KJ: The team’s goals are to work together as a team to win the conference championship and to make it to the NCAA tournament. CM: If you didn’t play volleyball,

what sport would you play? KJ: I don’t really know. If I didn’t play volleyball, I would probably be playing basketball. I mean, I’m short but basketball is fun and I like watching it. CM: What is your dream job? KJ: My dream job would be traveling around, seeing different places around the world and meeting people.

CM: Who do you consider to be your role models? KJ: My parents. They got me to where I am, they work hard and taught me to be patient and determined. That’s what I always strived for; to be positive and to always be working my hardest. CM: Being a senior, what legacy do you want to leave behind at San Diego State? KJ: I want to be known as a positive leader that always put my full effort into everything. CM: What is the hardest obstacle you have had to overcome? KJ: Being a redshirt walk-on my freshman year fighting for a position to play.

Offense comes up big

“The offensive line just did a great job opening up holes Ryan Schuler and our wide receivers did a Sports Editor great job blocking up field, so it wasn’t really that hard to find an opening,” Kazee said. But it was Katz who stood out, throwing for 241 yards and three touchdowns on 11-of-18 passing. “Up front, I think when you get the running game started I think it opens up things down the field,” Katz said. “It gets our guys in one on one coverages and that’s what it was tonight and you know, like I said, the run and pass game was working well.” Junior tight end Gavin Escobar snagged five receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown, while Butler finished with 66 yards and Senior running back Walter Kazee rushed for 105 yards peter kluch, assistant photo editor one touchdown on three catches. and two touchdowns on 18 carries against North Dakota. “I’m very happy with the way Escobar has his best game of the the offense played,” SDSU head For the second consecutive game, the coach Rocky Long said. “(I was) San Diego State offense scored at season Junior tight end Gavin Escobar is disappointed with what the least 42 points. widely considered one of the best defense did. The defense seemed Against Army, the Aztecs put up 42, while SDSU scored 49 points on tight ends in the nation. to struggle all night.” North Dakota. But he did not play up to that hype in It’s the first time SDSU has scored 42 the first two games of the season. or more points in consecutive games Escobar was held to eight yards on since 1996. two catches against Washington “I thought they (the offense) respond- and 34 yards on two catches against ed to everything that was thrown Army. at them,” SDSU head coach Rocky Against North Dakota, Escobar Long said. “(North Dakota) would pulled in five catches for 117 yards catch up and get it close and the of- and one touchdown. fense would go down and score and “He’s a big target,” Katz said. “He’s make it not close. So, they responded had a lot of catches for this program. every chance they had to.” Today he got behind the defense and he just got up on the ball and he made Aztecs get off to another fast start plays. He did a good job.” The Aztecs really seem to like the first 30 minutes of the game. SDSU scored News and notes 21 points in the first half against SDSU had a pair of 100-yard rushers Follow the sports staff: Army, then came back and outdid for the first time since 1998 and 15th itself by scoring 35 first-half points time in program history. against North Dakota. SDSU has a winning record after @Ryan_Schuler Not only has the scoring come in three games for the third straight seabunches in the first half of the last two son. @cstone948 games, but the scoring is balanced be- Senior defensive back Leon McFadtween rushing and pass touchdowns. den’s interception return for a touch@BigTexKouba Senior running back Walter Kazee down was his first career touchdown ran in two touchdowns in the first and the first defensive touchdown for @HILALOGY half against Army, while senior quar- SDSU since Nov. 13, 2010 at No. 3 terback Ryan Katz threw for three TCU. @CourtMuller touchdowns and sophomore running The temperature at kickoff was 97 back Adam Muema ran for a touch- degrees, the warmest home game for @Adriana_Bush down against North Dakota. the Aztecs in the Division I era.

Four-star basketball Men’s basketball releases recruit commits to Aztecs nonconference schedule San Diego State men’s It’s finally here. The basketball head coach SDSU men’s hoops team Steve Fisher and the Aztecs released the 2012-13 nonlanded a class of 2013 Top league schedule. 100 high school prospects The Aztecs will start the last Wednesday. season with exhibitions Dakarai Allen of Sheldon against Cal State San High School in Sacramento Marcos and UC San Diego considered Washington, before taking on Syracuse UCLA, Washington State, on Nov. 9 in the inaugural USC and Pepperdine before Battle on the Midway, deciding to become an which will take place on the Aztec. USS Midway Museum flight He has a four-star ranking deck. by ESPN, Rivals and SDSU will then travel Scout, which are national to Missouri to take on recruiting services. Missouri State as part Allen is widely considered of the Mountain Westthe best defensive player in Missouri Valley Challenge the 2013 class. His length on Nov. 17 before playing and athleticism allow him to Arkansas-Pine Bluff at guard multiple positions. home. “I chose the Aztecs Then it’s a pair of Pacificbecause of the coaching 12 opponents when the staff,” Allen said to Aztecs visit USC on Nov. 25, “They followed by UCLA at the made me feel like family Honda Center in Anaheim and have my future at heart.” for the John R. Wooden Classic on Dec. 1. Cross country team After UCLA, SDSU enjoys finishes third in annual four straight home games invitational against Texas Southern, The SDSU cross country UC Santa Barbara, the team finished in third University of San Diego and place at the 68th annual Point Loma Nazarene in Aztec Invitational on early December. Saturday, behind USC and From Dec. 22 to 25, the Biola University. Aztecs will be in Honolulu The third-place finish is as part of the Diamond the team’s highest at the Head Classic. SDSU will annual invitational since battle San Francisco and 2005. either Ole Miss or Indiana Senior Marianne Hogan State. took second overall, The last nonconference finishing with a time game for the Aztecs will be of 18 minutes and 23.7 on Jan. 2 at Viejas Arena seconds. against CSU Bakersfield.


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Writers share their views on anniversaries

I prefer celebrating yearly anniversaries and doing adventurous things like hiking or scuba diving. It should be a fun day spent ackowledging each other.

I treat each morning as an anniversary, when dreamers reunite and begin the day as one. Stop waiting to love each other ... the anniversary is now. Mike Grone SDSU Alumnus

Jennifer Romero SDSU media studies major

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In either case, there’s a bit of excitement and wishful thinking for the girl who hopes to be treated like a princess and the guy who wants to feel like Han Solo by the end of the night. Liberal studies student Crystal Bonilla, who’s been married to her husband for more than a year, admits it can be a little nerve racking. “If he’s the one planning something, then I get a little anxious because I’m trying to figure out what I can do to surprise him,” she says. “It’s always a lot more work to surprise a guy than a girl.” Leave it to romantic comedies and pop songs to raise our already instilled hallmark-experience expectations. Let’s be honest with ourselves ladies. It doesn’t matter how indifferent you are to mushy displays of affection, if you think “Titanic” is the worst romantic movie of all time, or if you don’t turn up the volume at the first note of your favorite insert cheesy pop song. So if your boyfriend sends a dozen red roses to your work with a hand written love letter, you’d automatically feel like Allie from “The Notebook.” When it comes to celebrating anniversaries, from my observations, there are four types of lovebirds: the weekly, monthly, halftime and yearly couples. To happily married couples, it’s a day to look forward to. “It’s like a birthday,” Bonilla says. “You celebrate it with your significant other and do something nice to symbolize another year spent together.” Bonilla prefers to celebrate her anniversary at the half year point. “I like half marks because it just sounds more important versus the 2nd month or 7th month,” she explains. “I don’t see the point,” SDSU media studies student Jennifer Romero says. She thinks celebrating anniversaries too often is a waste of time early on in a

relationship because sometimes spring flings and summer romances just don’t last. “You celebrate a lot of things throughout the year anyways — birthdays, Valentine’s Day and Christmas,” says Romero. She also admits that even though she’s not the affectionate type, it’s the little things that count most when celebrating an anniversary. “I prefer celebrating yearly anniversaries and doing adventurous things like hiking or scuba diving,” Romero added. “It should be a fun day spent acknowledging each other.” The couples celebrating monthly anniversaries are in the gettingto-know-each-other stage and in the process of writing down a laundry list of do’s and don’ts in the relationship. At the same time, they’re emptying out their wallets for an investment, which might not reap any benefits in the long run. “If I celebrated every month with my significant other, then I’d be broke,” Romero says. Then there is the excessively festive couple that, for whatever reason, celebrates weekly anniversaries. “I’ve always thought that was lame, but I did that with my high school sweetheart.” Bonilla says. ”I see that as high school stuff, but as adults, I don’t think it’s necessary to do that.” So, how often should you celebrate an anniversary? For couples that aren’t serious yet, there should exist an anniversary time boundary that doesn’t necessarily have to be avoided, but could be wishy-washy playing if crossed. For instance, if you’re barely getting to know someone, why take the time to celebrate a relationship without reaching a serious landmark? If a relationship doesn’t last a year, then there shouldn’t be too much to celebrate. Preferably, I’d choose to celebrate anniversaries on a yearly basis, or perhaps at the half-year mark. If you think about it, “you can show affection for your boyfriend any day of the year,” Romero advises.

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even have to do with time? Just because I produce bowel movements in consistent intervals doesn’t mean we should devise a calendar from them. When describing how often he celebrates anniversaries, history major David Koski said, “In my last relationship, we celebrated our anniversaries in ascending prime numbers of days since our first date. Anniversary #73 was one that in my mind really sets itself apart from the others… although anniversary #197 was particularly steamy as well.” It became clear how questions regarding love could not be answered using the fictitious models of time designed by man. Our temporal perceptions must be dropped altogether and we must learn to celebrate our love with every moment we are given. Any time spent with your partner in which you are not celebrating that blissful bond of devotion is time of you have squandered. Returning to our dreadful Western convention of time for the sake of argument, I’ll give my critique of those traditional “anniversarists.” Those who say a relationship should only be celebrated annually give me an irrepressible feeling of nausea. By saying every year you and your partner will celebrate your relationship, you are simultaneously not celebrating those days in between anniversaries. What do you do for the other 364 days of the year? Do you just neglect your intimacy until the next anniversary comes up? If you can appreciate your lover to a greater extent on a particular day of the year, then why not schedule an anniversary every day, on every minute, or every instant? The idea that you’d just settle for romantic mediocrity in the meantime seems quite rude toward your partner. In an interview, SDSU

anthropology alumnus Mike Grone gave me his view on anniversaries. “Each passing moment is intrinsically sacred, a transient flicker that holds the entirety of our cosmic relationship. Truth is love, and love is eternal. That said, attempting to relegate celebrating the passion and inspiration that blossoms from the interweaving of your soul with another to an isolated date is missing the essence. If love is an everlasting and perpetual force it should be celebrated as such. The fire burning like an endless sun and the glimmer in your eyes reflecting a timeless and self-sustaining spark. I treat each morning as an anniversary, when dreamers reunite and begin the day as one. Stop waiting to love each other and hiding behind fear, the anniversary is now.” Switching gears here, I mean it when I say I firmly believe love is the force that brought us all into existence. Your parents’ passion and devotion is what created your vacuous little cabbage head. It’s our creator – not just some feeling that makes us all warm and fuzzy inside, filling our stomachs with metaphorical butterflies. John Lennon could not have said it better than in the song “Tomorrow Never Knows” when he sang, “Love is all and love is everyone… it is knowing, it is knowing.” And it knows all right – it doesn’t look too highly on those lengthy gaps between your anniversaries. So to answer my own question, I conclude anniversary celebrations imply that there must also be times when the flame of romance is extinguished, thereby threatening a courtship’s true potential. The tradition of commemorating anniversaries should be phased out once and for all, so that couples around the world may forever revel in the sacred, immortal essence we call love.

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How to communicate while studying abroad Ashley Williams Staff Writer

A pang of panic swept through me as the foreign exchange student I was hosting looked at me with a blank expression and a shake of the head after I asked for the car keys. “I don’t know. Wait, the what?” she asked. I repeated my question a few times in English and resorted to my limited Spanish, hoping she would understand. Comprehension overcame her and she shouted, “Ah, the car keys! Your American accent is too good. I didn’t understand.” Turns out she had the keys and we were able to get home from the beach without borrowing a metal detector to track them down. When you relocate to a new country where people speak a language you aren’t accustomed to, problems are sure to arise. You may have read your phrase book cover to cover and spent hours flipping through flashcards, but something as simple as not understanding an accent can throw off comprehension. The trick is to not get embarrassed. We had a good laugh at the situation and it was the running joke for the remainder of her stay. If you take yourself too seriously, you will be afraid to practice speaking the language. Mistakes are expected and when people laugh, more than likely, don’t think you are stupid. Just go with it. A good way to prepare is to immerse yourself in the country’s media before your visit. Movies, TV

shows, newscasts, music and articles in your destination’s language are valuable resources. Not only do they allow you to learn the words, but you can also familiarize yourself with the way the language is used. After years of watching American TV shows with her sisters, my exchange student knows far more about ‘The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl” than I do. Before leaving for your trip, be aware of vocabulary differences between countries that theoretically speak the same language. Between the one Spanish student and the two Australian students I hosted throughout the years, I learned language is incredibly geographically specific. These differences generally don’t significantly interfere with communication, but they can cause minor confusion. I recommend searching online for words and phrases with various meanings between regions. Most important ones to note are the terms that are innocent in one area and mean something offensive in another area. This can be especially pertinent when traveling between Spanish speaking countries, as there are so many with much variety. Be prepared for differences even if you are going to an English-speaking country. If you are in Australia and someone calls you a “fair dinkum cobber,” you might not know whether you are being insulted or complimented. In reality, this is part of the fun. Some of the best conversations you will have while traipsing

For many students studying abroad, putting together the puzzle pieces of another language can present problems. Luckily, there are many ways for students to prepare for this challenge before theyv deport the U.S.

through foreign countries will be about words and phrases you don’t understand. Probably the best way to enhance your skill in a language is to speak it conversationally. If you aren’t confident in your abilities, try finding someone to practice with before you leave. The International Student Center on campus is a good place to look. On Fridays, its students host an international Coffee Hour, focusing

on a different country or culture each week. This provides a unique opportunity to expose yourself to different cultures (and, the best motivator for college students, free food). You might even make a friend who can help you learn his or her language in exchange for help with English. Another SDSU resource is the Language Acquisition Resource Center. The LARC provides a variety of services and can be helpful for people

looking to learn other languages. Whatever you do, don’t expect to get by solely on English while abroad. People tend to be more welcoming when you try to communicate in their own language, providing excellent opportunities for you to learn. The language of a nation is a large part of its culture. The more you understand and are able to use the language, the more enriching your trip will be.

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A pact of honor and chaos Mason Schoen Staff Writer

I was living alone the fall semester of my junior year at San Diego State when a couple of old high school friends called to tell me they’d transferred and were renting a one-bedroom near campus. Foolishly believing that after my two years at SDSU I knew anything about the local scene, they asked me to take them to a fraternity party. I knew there were frats around, including an entire row of them somewhere. What concerned me more was how grossly they’d overestimated my penchant for alcohol and socialization. I hadn’t changed much since high school. Sure, I’d gotten my beer-pong shot down but aside from that, not much had changed. Slightly crestfallen but ultimately undeterred my friends took action by inviting every girl on their floor to join them at a frat party, figuring the house would let us in if we arrived with a few females. All 15 girls were let in, but the rest of us boys were denied entrance. “We’re at fire-capacity,” the most handsome of the bros said as he closed the door behind him. We’d either made the mistake of trying to get into the most responsible frat on the West Coast or we’d just been played. Back at their apartment, we


promised ourselves we would live the rest of 21 on the edge. We became engaged in a restless game of self-destruction and abandonment. I’m not sure whether we ever found the borders of ourselves we so longed to discover, but we tried. Perhaps we were afraid of the ordinary. Scared of living the same lives we’d always lived. Even more so, I believe we knew once it was time for us to move on from state, we’d understand our leaving wouldn’t matter to anyone. That terrified us. Although none of us had known it, we’d decided to sacrifice our youth as collateral for a sense of glory never known. That night, we toasted to a pact — a pact of honor, of duty. This was our time and we were going to seize it. A few hours and a few toasts later I awoke shivering on the floor in a nest of someone else’s dirty laundry, avoiding the socks and boxers as much as possible like a rat with no shame. Why hadn’t my friends brought a change of sheets with them and who’d left all the windows and doors open? Where was my glory? We survived off dehydrated noodles and Costco rum, spending more of our funds on the latter because as my buddy Steve so eloquently put it, “There’s only so much Top-Ramen a man can eat.” We signed up for the flagfootball intramural league, hop-

ing to attract the attention of the girls who’d ditched us. Fittingly, we lost every single game. Eventually, we resigned to a semester of drinking with those girls who would never mistake us for potential romance. We’d naively fallen in love without the possibility of getting it in return. We suffered and became more graceful losers because of it, even if we hadn’t met the expectations we set for ourselves earlier. We were, at the end of it all, just another inconsequential group of guys trying to find our way, failing and giving up too easily. That’s why we fell short. We’d promised ourselves a future happiness we most certainly weren’t deserving of, pouring our faith into a just and objective universe, one that was, I can now admit, unfairly skewed to our own point of view. Soon I realized that at least one of our beliefs was always true; the universe never takes sides and rarely spits out an advantage for you. Even so, it’s best to believe in the chaotic. Sometimes unbelievable things do happen, even if that year was shamefully predictable. Unlike the old me, I now try to be prepared for that moment, sleeping on a mattress with clean sheets and avoiding cheap liquor whenever possible. I know when I wake, I’ll be a little closer to the “me” I always wanted and deserved to be.



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Today’s Birthday (9/17/12) - Career, people and relationships are spotlighted this year, all with steady growth. Continue your thrifty ways. You’re entering a new three-year phase of study, research and communication after October. You see what’s most important. Take action that makes an impact. 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 9 - More possibilities appear over the next seven months. You make beneficial contacts and earn new security. Others appreciate your natural charm. Luck is on your side. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - Stash away treasures for later. Recordkeeping is getting easier with your flexibility. You’ll find plenty of uses for the money you save. Your confidence grows. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 9 - Seek balance and relax. A creative project is very rewarding, in many ways. Contact associates in other countries. For the next seven months, you’ll learn more about your partner. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 9 - Change is becoming child’s play. Your work is easier, thanks to new technology and outside-the-box thinking. You are immensely popular now. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 9 - Find extra inspiration by going outdoors or for a short hike. Let your ideas simmer overnight. You’re lucky in love now. You’re luckier than usual in general. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8

- Note the destructive criticism, but don’t fall for it. Focus on the positive, and fire up the optimism. You’re a powerful financial engine. Promise the family you’ll be with them later. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 9 Abundance is available all around you. Open your eyes and soak up the love and support of your community. Learning is a snap. Meditate now. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 7 - Work with a female prospers. You have more than expected now. Earn more money. Accept encouragement, especially when you most need it. It’s there. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 9 - You’ll be more effective from now on. Grab the passion of the moment by the horns, and ride it like a bull. There may be more than you thought. Believe you can prosper. Abundance is available. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 9 - Housework is particularly satisfying now, but so is office work. Find a balance, even if it requires venturing into new territory. A female makes it all work. It can be fun, depending on your attitude. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 9 - Do the jobs that pay best first. Send your invoice right away, and get paid sooner rather than later. Group objectives are becoming more attainable for the rest of the year. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 - You’re very cute now, so take advantage. For seven months, tie up loose ends in career training. Balance it by relaxing. Learn something new. ©2012, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.


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