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Proposal helps south county students


Donna P. Crilly


Staff Writer

Reality Changers Founder and President Chris Yanov has proposed to make it mandatory for college students in San Diego County to mentor first-generation collegebound students. Reality Changers is a San Diegobased, non-profit organization that provides academic support, financial assistance and leadership training to inner-city youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, according to the website. The proposal is part of Voice of San Diego’s 2012 Politifest Idea Tournament, which is meant to encourage community members to offer solutions for San Diego’s biggest problems. Disparity between San Diego County residents who live north vs. south of the Interstate 8 is one of these problems, Yanov said. About one-third of San Diego County residents 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, data from individual cities within San Diego County reveals disparities between the more affluent communities of North County San Diego and the low-income communities in South Bay. In Carlsbad, 50 percent of residents 25 and older have academic degrees



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compared to 13 percent in National City. Yanov hopes to level out the differences. “If we were able to match the couple hundred thousand college students that are in San Diego every year with students who just need some positive role models, then there would be a lot of amazingly positive change that would happen in this entire region,” Yanov said.

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He says his proposal would affect both college students involved in the mentorship process and young students who don’t know anyone who has attended college. Alicia Parker, 20 years old, was once enrolled at Mesa Community College, but no longer attends. She believes Yanov’s idea is a good one. “I know if somebody in college were to help me out while I was in high school … Oh my gosh, that

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Yesterday, San Diego State celebrated the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. The U.S. Constitution is the oldest record of its kind and has been a leading example for constitutions around the world. In 2005, a congressional mandate was implemented requiring, “Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold

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Construction Beat Nasatir & Storm Hall: Despite the recent heat waves, construction on Nasatir and Storm Halls is progressing as scheduled. With demolition and abatement completed during the summer, improvements to underground utilities for both buildings are underway for both buildings, as well as along Scripps Terrace. According to Director of Media Relations and New Media Greg Block, a tower crane will be used to handle steel and concrete activities this month. Additionally,

Associated Students members Matthew Cecil and Sean Guardian dressed in colonial garb.

would have made such a huge difference. They could have warned me what to expect,” Parker said. Because Parker’s parents never finished college, she says entering college was like “going in head first.” San Diego State Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Patricia LozadaSantone said SDSU already has

excavation of the existing groundwork will make way for the layout of the new foundation. Pedestrians can pass through a covered walkway between the construction site and West Commons. The West Commons elevator also remains operational. Footage from cameras showing the progress of the construction can be viewed online at http://oxblue. com/open/cwdriver/sdsu. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015.

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an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution” as noted in Section 111b of Public Law. In remembrance of this great achievement in American history, and in compliance to the congressional mandate, SDSU students were invited to participate in a scavenger hunt in honor of Constitution Day. Students set out to find three constitutional facts around

campus, take a photo of each fact and show them to George Washington, better known as Matthew Cecil, Associated Students Vice President of University Affairs. Cecil along with A.S. Professional Studies and Fine Arts Council representative Sean Guardian donned traditional colonial dress while passing out Constitutions in front of Hepner Hall. As an initiative to get students to participate in the scavenger

hunt, students were awarded with one hour of community service for every three facts presented. Biomedical Technology Students Association President Paul Fryling, was one of many that participated in today’s festivities. “I was able to get volunteer hours and promote the constitution at the same time,” Fryling said. “Celebrating Constitution Day shows the pride we have for our CONSTITUTION continued on page 2

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While it is still in the testing phase, LifeStraw has given hope to countries that struggle providing clean drinking water Ana Ceballos Assistant News Editor

A new generation of water filters has allowed more than 884 million people access to clean drinking water in developing countries. LifeStraw, produced by the European-based company Vestergaard Frandsen, can filter approximately 1,000 liters, which is enough to keep a single person hydrated for an entire year. According to a study conducted by UNICEF, it has been estimated one in six people do not have access to clean drinking water and as a result, nearly two million deaths from diarrhea occur each year. Resembling a flute, LifeStraw works through six disinfectant filters, killing more than 99.99 percent of bacteria from any water source. The device also includes active carbon and iodine, which work as additional filters and give the water a better taste. LIFESTRAW continued on page 3



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mentorship programs aimed specifically at South Bay residents. Lozada-Santone says one example is SDSU’s Compact for Success program, which has helped thousands of South Bay students attend college. Since 2000, the award-winning program has increased the collegeage population at Sweetwater Union High School District. Lozada-Santone is a firstgeneration Latina college student who got her bachelor’s degree from SDSU. She grew up in the South Bay during a time when there were fewer college programs and modes of commuter transportation, so she understands the struggle of a true first-generation college student. Regarding freshmen, LozadaSantone says, “when they are brilliant individuals—which a majority of them are—there is no issue about their cognitive and academic potential, they just don’t know how the system works.” VOSD will narrow down the top six ideas for 2012’s Politfest Idea Tournament tomorrow. from CONSTITUTION page 1

country, while promoting the importance of the Constitution and our liberties,” Cecil said. “It’s more than just the funding. We are recognizing our Founding Fathers and raising Constitution awareness for students.” Constitution Day resonates with Cecil and Guardian, because of the time they spent parading around campus honoring the anniversary of such a momentous day in U.S. history.

Professor’s work recognized nationally campus

Monica Linzmeier Staff Writer

This summer, the All-University Convocation took place at Viejas Arena, recognizing one faculty member from each college with a Monty Award for outstanding achievement. Dr. Jessica Barlow of the School of Language and Hearing Sciences received a 2012 Faculty Monty Award. “I am honored, grateful, appreciative, surprised. So, it was unexpected but it feels great to receive recognition and honor like that,” Barlow said in regarding her award. After graduating with a Ph.D. in linguistics from Indiana University, she began teaching at San Diego State in 1997. Barlow is a very active faculty member, serving as the SLHS graduate advisor and working with both SDSU and University of California, San Diego in a joint doctorate program with graduate students from both campuses. In addition to being a passionate and inspiring professor, Barlow has an active career in research for SLHS. Having participated in more than 30 peer-reviewed publications in the past 15 years at SDSU, Barlow’s research has been nationally recognized. Because of it, she’s traveled to

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various contries throughout Europe including Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and England.

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I am honored, grateful, appreciative, surprised, so it was unexpected but it feels great to receive recognition and honor like that. Dr. Jessica Barlow Speech Hearing and Language Sciences Professor

“It’s to share ideas with other people,” Barlow said. Just this summer, Barlow

collaboration with her colleagues on a new linguistics study. “It’s one of the best aspects of

being a professor, in my opinion, that you get to travel to these amazing conferences and go to amazing places,” Barlow said. SLHS senior Melanie Davis has known Barlow since Fall 2011 and whole-heartedly believes Barlow is a deserving recipient of the award, saying she’s grateful Barlow’s passion influenced her to minor in linguistics. “She just wants us to succeed,” Davis said. Considering Barlow’s high ratings and glowing recommendations on, it seems many former students agree with Davis. She has even won the coveted “chili pepper” recognizing hot teachers. Barlow adds her Monty to an impressive list of accomplishments in service and teaching, including three Undergraduate SDSU Professor of the Year awards, various undergraduate and graduate adviser awards, an SDSU Foundation Technology Innovation award and many others. In regards to excelling at SDSU, Barlow says, “Being in school is a privilege and an opportunity so make the most out of it. You’re here to learn, to grow, to become better citizens. (Students) need to take advantage of all that they are learning. Be excited about the opportunity to grow as an individual.”

Professor goes abroad to further his research campus

Dr. Stuart Aitken

Stephanie Saccente Staff Writer

Dr. Stuart Aitken was one of seven professors honored with a Monty Award for Outstanding Faculty Contribution at this year’s All-University Convocation. Aitken, a San Diego State geography professor in the College of Arts and Letters is an internationally renowned researcher and geographer. Aitken, who began his teaching career 32 years ago didn’t always plan to be a professor. At an early age, he became fascinated with maps and imagined living in exotic places. Aitken spent years studying the world

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around him and did a study about water rights in the Colorado River when he was 14 years old. It wasn’t until he started getting involved in geography research and culture that he considered university-level teaching. “We have some amazing students in geography here at SDSU who push me and get me to think about things in different ways, and if it weren’t for them, in another less stimulating environment, I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing,” Aitken said. “They really keep me on my toes and I like that.” Aitken is also the director for the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

of Youth and Space, an organization promoting research on the geographic spaces of children, families and local to global communities. Beginning with a grant in the ‘90s from the National Science Foundation for a workshop on children’s geography, ISYS has joined with organizations to improve programs for children and young people. Aitken’s idea is to think globally but act locally. “We have had a number of different projects in the community,” Aitken said. “We’ve worked with kids down in Little Italy, kids at the Jackie Robinson YMCA, and even kids at the border that are at detention centers.” In January, Aitken will continue his research and studies by participating in a sustainability project in China focused on children and families in rural parts of Asia. He encourages people to reflect on different countries’ viewpoints in order to broaden their understanding of the world as well as relations between countries. “If we as professors can set out a passion for a different way of understanding how the world fits together, I think we’re doing our job,” Aitken said.



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Children drink from un-purified water using LifeStraw. The convenience of the straw could work wonders in reducing the number of deaths from consuming disease-infested water in developing countries.

replacing heavy buckets and bottles with a small plastic straw. Because of the miniscule size of The personal version six microns of the filters, which of LifeStraw can now be compared to hair that is usually purchased for $3 in North 50 to 100 microns, it would be America, matching the possible to drink water from manufacturing cost. The the infamous polluted Thames family version is not yet river in London. available in the U.S. LifeStraw is available However, a in the personal version­— spokesperson for which is enough to U.K-based charity filter about 1,000 Water Aid said liters of water-borne Innovations such as can be a heavy bacteria— A family LifeStraw are important $3 price for people version, which can for helping those less in developing cleanse approximately countries. 18,000 liters, and can fortunate... Cross said to make provide enough water Amanda Cross LifeStraw effective, for an entire family for SDSU environmental studies it must be offered approximately three senior at a lower price and years. modified to allow The popular for replaceable filters procedure to access and screen. drinking water has been purifiers. LifeStraw is still in the through boiling water, The program has distributed requiring fossil fuels and nearly 900,000 LifeStraw testing phase. It has shown generating greenhouse gases as Family water filters to that it does not filter out a result. Burning coal to boil approximately 90 percent of all viruses, especially the water indoors is also a leading households in the Western viruses that cause polio and cause of respiratory disease. Province of Kenya, giving hepatitis. Although LifeStraw has One of the company’s purified water to more than shown to have its flaws, it has main goals is to reduce the four million residents. contributed in achieving other Millennium Development One of the company’s main goals is to reduce Goals such the production of carbon emissions by more as poverty than two million tons every year. reduction, childhood survival and environmental sustainability. “I think production of carbon emissions One of the ongoing problems such as by more than two million tons with access to clean drinkable inventions every year. water is the distance people need LifeStraw are important Because production to walk to reach a water source. for helping those less innovations are meant to While walking sometimes more fortunate and to avoid reduce carbon emissions, than 12 miles to reach a water potentially fatal bacteria the company profits through souce, many people also carry and pollutants,” San Diego State environmental studies its accumulation of carbon heavy cargo back and forth. credits. Most of the generated The simplicity of LifeStraw senior Amanda Cross said. revenue will be re-invested makes a long journey easier by from LIVESTRAW page 1

into the program to make the product sustainable, which means the business exists at no cost to users. The carbon credits system is incentive for Vestergaard Frandsen to have an effective product and to maximize the number of families using the

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NPHC fraternaties dazzle at annual yard show Antonio Zaragoza Editor in Chief

San Diego State students gathered under the sweltering midday sun to watch members of two fraternities step and stroll in a yard show last Friday. Despite the blazing 106degree heat, members of the Phi Beta Sigma and Kappa Alpha Psi

fraternities, dressed up for the occasion, wearing dress pants, button-up shirts and ties. Both fraternities dazzled the large crowd of several hundred cheering spectators in an hourlong show, which took place on Campanile Walkway next to the Love Library. Phi Beta Sigma member Mark Black participated on Friday and said the steps represent the historic black fraternities and sororities which existed when universities were segregated. Traditionally, the shows were meant to increase public awareness of the organizations, but were also used as a

recruiting technique to bring in new members. Stepping originated from South African miners who wore Wellington boots, which were commonly called “gum boots.” The boots were adorned with bells and served as a means of communicating with other miners while working underground. At the end of the workday, the miners would often gather and dance in celebration of their hard work. The

dancing, which involves polyrhythmic beats and requires total body articulation, is drawn directly from cultural African dances. Today, stepping is performed around the world as well as high schools and universities across the country. “The dances let people know we’re here, so they can join and make a difference on campus and in the community, and that’s why we’re here,” Black said. Kappa Alpha Psi members handed out red flowers to ladies in the crowd

and delivered an electrically charged performance that the several hundred spectators seemed to enjoy. Sociology student Ashley Melendez said she always looks forward to seeing the yard shows performed at the beginning of every semester by members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. “It’s fun and very live. There’s friendly competition, but it’s all about culture and it gets everyone revved up for the school year,” Melendez said.

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SDSU suffers first defeat women’s soccer

Christopher Stone Contributor

The No. 15 San Diego State women’s soccer team entered its game against defending national champion and current No. 3 Stanford on Friday still undefeated and hungry to add to its win total. Having only conceded one goal thus far this season, the Aztecs entered the game in Santa Clara as confident as ever, despite playing one of the top teams in the nation. The Cardinals came out aggressive and set the tone in the first half, while the Aztecs seemed to start the game slowly. Stanford received a favorable call in the 30th minute when the referee called a questionable handball right outside the 18-yard box. The call resulted in a free kick for Stanford junior forward Courtney Verloo. She slipped the shot by Aztec sophomore goalkeeper Rachael Boaz to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead going into halftime. The Aztecs came out of halftime with more intensity, recording

more shots than the Cardinals, but none of the shots found the back of the net. Sophomore forward Haley Locker had a one-on-one opportunity with a Stanford defender, but she wasn’t able to win the contest. Sophomore forward Hannah Keane also had a great opportunity when her shot appeared to be in the goal, but missed. The Aztecs continued to fire shots and test Stanford junior goalkeeper Aly Gleason, but to no avail. SDSU sought a penalty kick late in the game when freshman midfielder Victoria Barba was taken down in the box, but the referees did not signal the foul. Both goalkeepers made key saves to keep the game close. Boaz tallied eight saves in the game to keep the Aztecs within striking distance of the Cardinals, but the Aztecs’ offense could not pull through. The 1-0 loss was SDSU’s first of the season. Stellar goalkeeping and tough defending have been the catalysts behind the Aztecs’ success through the first part of the season. Senior forward Megan Jurado and Locker each finished with two

Redshirt senior defender Tiffany Hurst was named to the 2012 Santa Clara All-Classic Team. Hurst totaled two shots against Santa Clara on Sunday.

shots on the goal as the Aztecs finished the game with nine shots, five of which were on goal. SDSU followed the heartbreaking loss to Stanford by playing Santa Clara. Junior midfielder Carli Johnson gave the Aztecs a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute off a cross from Jurado. It the 69th minute, Boaz left the game with an injury and was replaced by redshirt senior goalkeeper Megan Allaire. In the 88th minute, Santa Clara took advantage of Boaz’s absence, knocking one in to even the score, which sent the game into overtime. The game would finish in a 11 overtime draw. Johnson and redshirt senior midfielder Tiffany Hurst were named to the 2012 Santa Clara All-Classic Team. The Aztecs’ next home game will be at 5 p.m. this Friday at the SDSU Sports Deck against University of California, Irvine.

Oregon State takes down Aztecs in Fullerton Classic

Junior middle blocker Emily Harris (right) had seven blocks and six kills against Brown at the 2012 Fullerton Classic.


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After returning to the mainland following a tough Verizon Volleyball Challenge in Hawaii, the San Diego State volleyball team participated in the 2012 Fullerton Classic, hosted by Cal State Fullerton. The Aztecs split the weekend going 2-2, defeating host Cal State Fullerton (3-1) and Brown (3-0), but ultimately failing in close matches to Santa Clara (3-2) and Oregon State (3-1). It was a rough show after playing nationally ranked No. 3 UCLA and No. 9 Hawai’i the previous week in Honolulu. SDSU sits at an overall record of 8-4 after concluding play at Titan Gym and completing the non-conference portion of its schedule. Facing off against Oregon State, SDSU battled for every ball, taking the first set into extra points and ultimately winning 26-24 thanks to kills by sophomore outside hitter Michelle Waber and junior outside hitter Raegan Shelton. But despite their best efforts, the Aztecs could not contain OSU and the Beavers went on to win the next three sets in convincing fashion (25-20, 2519 and 25-19). With the win against SDSU, the Beavers improved their overall record to 10-2. Shelton led the team with a padded stat line of 15 kills, 12 blocks, along with

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a service ace and trio of blocks for her first double-double of the season. Senior libero Kristi Jackels was a strong presence on defense recording a team-high 20 digs for SDSU. Junior outside hitter Summer Nash finished the game with 14 kills and seven digs, while senior middle blocker Andrea Hannasch recorded eight kills, seven blocks and three service aces for the Aztecs. Oregon State hit a .201 percentage and held SDSU at just .123. After defeating the Aztecs, the Beavers went on to sweep host Cal State Fullerton in three sets Sunday afternoon, finishing the weekend undefeated. The Aztecs completed the 2012 Fullerton Classic by defeating Brown in three sets (25-11, 25-14, 25-12). Shelton, who was named to the all-tournament team, delivered a match-high 11 kills, two blocks, six digs and a service ace. Junior middle blocker Emily Harris totaled seven blocks, while Waber added eight kills and four blocks. SDSU recorded 42 kills compared to Brown’s 19. The Aztecs travel to Reno next to take on Nevada in the conference opener. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. first serve on Saturday.





Aztecs defeat Nebraska Omaha men’s soccer

Adriana Bush Staff Writer

The San Diego State men’s soccer team did not let Friday’s heat distract or slow it down from beating the University of Nebraska Omaha 3-2 at the UCR/Courtyard by Marriott Soccer Invitational in Riverside. The game started quickly when a UNO defender tried passing the ball to the goalkeeper, but accidentally passed it to junior forward Jordan Ongaro, who saw the opportunity to knock it into the net in the fourth minute. “I pressured him down and forced him to make a decision,” Ongaro said. “I capitalized on it.” The Mavericks tied the game in the 26th minute on a shot by sophomore midfielder Vance Rookwood, but the Aztecs answered back six minutes later when sophomore defender

Tyrone Martin assisted junior midfielder John Pegg with SDSU’s second goal, ending the first half with a score of 2-1. The goal was Pegg’s first of the year. The Aztecs added to their lead in the second half when junior midfielder Casey Meuser made the game-winning goal in the 59th minute, his second of the game. Junior midfielder Blake Wise was credited with the assist. The Mavericks went on to score again in the 89th minute, but it was too late. “We still got a lot to improve on,” SDSU head coach Lev Kirshner said. “There’s some fire power going on and that’s very encouraging, but there’s a lot we need to continue to build upon.” SDSU led the shot category 8-5 in the first half, but the Mavericks outshot the Aztecs 8-7 in the second half. Pegg attempted four shots, while Ongaro added three, all of

which were on goal. Defensively, junior goalkeeper Blake Hylen finished with three saves on the day. “It’s always good to come back from a win, but now this game is in the past and we are focused on the next game,” Hylen said. The Aztecs returned to the pitch against North Florida Sunday afternoon in dominating fashion. Behind hat tricks by Ongaro and junior midfielder Kody Duff, SDSU moved to 3-2-1 on the season by defeating North Florida, 9-0. Pegg, junior midfielder Kevin Bick and senior midfielder Jose Altamirano each added a goal. The nine goals are the most scored in a single game since the Aztecs scored nine against Christian Heritage College on Sept. 6, 1994. The win is also the most one-sided in team history since SDSU defeated Loyola Marymount University 12-0 on Nov. 4, 1988. The Aztecs attempted 35 shots, 20 of which

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Junior goalkeeper Blake Hylen had three saves against the University of Nebraska Omaha on Friday.

were on goal. SDSU’s next game is against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at the SDSU Sports Deck. “I think we are on the right track,” Ongaro said. “I think we just need to improve on the little mistakes and keep moving forward from where

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P. T. Anderson’s ‘The Master’ is exquisite cinema

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Phoenix returns from a lengthy hiatus in a big way David Dixon Staff Writer

Joaquin Phoenix portrays Freddie Quell in Paul Thomas Anderson’s new, brilliant film, “The Master.” It also features a cast which includes Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.

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It appears Paul Thomas Anderson has been hard at work behindthe-scenes since his magnificent Oscar-winning epic “There Will Be Blood” was released nearly five years ago. The prestigious filmmaker has now written and directed a movie already generating controversy because of its subject matter. “The Master” stars Joaquin Phoenix as 1950s troublemaker Freddie Quell. He is a Navy veteran whose life has gone downhill since World War II. After taking a few odd jobs and wandering to several random locations, Freddie decides to sneak on board a luxury ship so he can try to get a job.

Phoenix’s portrayal of Freddie further articulates this aspect. In his first performance since the bizarre hoax documentary, “I’m Still Here,” Phoenix is simply fantastic as Freddie; funny one second and terrifyingly dangerous the next, his acting here feels disturbingly genuine. Hoffman is completely magnetic as Lancaster, a larger-than-life specimen who seems wise, even if his teachings and methods are questionable. Hoffman creates an unconventionally moving bromance with Freddie and their relationship gives what could have been a rather cold and cynical film some actual warmth and emotion. Though her role is the least pronounced of the three main characters, Amy Adams makes the character of Lancaster’s wife, Peggy Dodd, her own. Adams has us believe she is very loyal to her husband and is also not afraid to speak her mind to either Lancaster or Freddie. Anderson films his interpretation

Hoffman is completely magnetic playing Lancaster, a larger-than-life specimen who seems wise, even if his teachings and methods are questionable.

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Freddie eventually meets Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), an intelligent man who has created his own religion, “The Cause.” Freddie joins this cult and becomes so close with Lancaster that he starts spending extended periods of time with him and his family. Even before “The Master” was done filming, people realized that “The Cause” had parallels to the Church of Scientology and Lancaster had similarities to Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard. While there is much more to appreciate about the finished product, it’s obvious the film is an allegory and arguably a critique on this particular religion. A theme more haunting than Anderson’s reflection on religion is how many military men completely fell apart after World War II, which happens to many after serving in combat. As seen in several flashbacks, Freddie appeared to have his life slightly more figured out before the war. After doing his duty, he became an alcoholic deadbeat who had no idea what his purpose in the universe was.

of a retro U.S. in beautiful style with plenty of unforgetably long takes as well as effective closeups of his performers. His writing and directing continue to be stellar. It is rarely predictable and completely original. There are many other worthy aspects regarding why “The Master” works so well, from Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood’s insightful score, to Mihai Malaimare Jr.’s grand cinematography. “The Master” is an incredible achievement with cohesive elements that add up to a sad and brave story that should be experienced on a big screen.

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‘The Words’ is a terrible, soul-crushing film

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Andrew Younger Senior Staff Writer

When writer-directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal decided to take the maxim “write what you know” to the darkest depths of selfindulgence, namely by telling the story of a writer who is struggling with the difficulties of writing, the audience could be forgiven for thinking this sepia-toned fetishization of clacking typewriters absorbed enough reverence for the art of writing to tell a competent story. Yet, a film ironically devoting most of its run time to exploring the greatness of writers manages to vomit up some of the worst storytelling to ever reach theaters. Providing more levels of narration than a Charlie Kaufman film, “The Words” opens with a wholly unnecessary frame story, in which author Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid) narrates the tale of undiscovered literary genius Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper). Rory receives a novella’s worth of rejection letters for his manuscript because its story is “too artistic” to be published by an unknown writer—an event which has never occurred in the history of publishing firms. Thwarted by dastardly market forces, Rory goes on a honeymoon to Paris with Dora (Zoe Saldana) where they happen to discover an antique store that happens to contain a threadbare satchel that happens

Bradley Cooper stars as Ror y Jansen in Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal’s mess of a movie,“The Words.” He is suppor ted by a cast featuring Jeremy Irons, Nora Arnezeder and Zoe Zaldana.

to hold an unpublished manuscript capable of reducing grown men to tears through sheer textual magnificence. Rory submits the plagiarized “Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” to a publisher who signs him immediately. After Rory becomes the toast of New York’s literary scene, an angry old man (Jeremy Irons) corners him on a park bench and claims ownership of the manuscript. The old man, who could pass for Charlie Chaplin’s

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Tramp after funneling through a bottle of Cutty Sark, proceeds to recount his entire backstory, which inexplicably becomes an extended Paris flashback twice as long as the one in “Casablanca” and nowhere near as entertaining. This flashback uses every off-the-shelf lilting string melody and sepia-smeared filter in a naked attempt to make the audience care about the old man and his Parisian wife Celia’s (Nora Arnezeder) love story inspiring his novel. In a

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bravura display of ineptitude on the part of the filmmakers, the old man provides voice-over narration within the voice-over narration of Clay within a flashback to supply an entire act’s worth of exposition about two characters to which the audience has no emotional investment. And what could possibly be the payoff for this Gordian knot of mangled storytelling? Absolutely nothing. The old man tells his meandering story and wanders off

like an escapee from a retirement home, while Rory makes an entirely unearned change-ofheart regarding the morality of plagiarism. When the film attempts to connect Clay to Rory’s story through one of the clumsiest plot twists ever committed to celluloid, “The Words” becomes a candidate for the worst film of 2012. The film tries to draw a parallel between the disintegration of the old man’s relationship with Celia and Rory’s strained marriage with Dora as a means to support the weight of the film. Despite the best efforts of a remarkable cast attempting to shock life into a dead script, “The Words” never develops Dora or Celia into anything other than cheerleaders or sexual distractions for their husbands—leaving a pair of atrophied love stories to collapse on themselves. When frame narrator Clay tells flirtatious grad student Daniella (Olivia Wilde) “Words ruin everything,” it remains the only honest acknowledgment in the entire film.

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Tuesday September 18, 2012 The Daily Aztec

No nightmare on my street


n many ways I liken my life to a movie. Most of the time, I’m the hilarious sidekick always getting in the good punch lines and never really having any substantial romantic leads. But, because of my hilarity (and gorgeous hair) I manage to stay relevant throughout the story. Sometimes, my life movie can be a drama, maybe even a film noir. Most of the times it’s a comedy, but one genre it will never ever be is a horror movie. Wanna know why? Brains. Brains, coupled with my common sense, keep me out of most dire situations. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Hayley, life isn’t that easy. You can’t keep bad things from happening. The murder rate climbs every year and ghosts are real!” Well, you’re in luck, because I have a well-crafted response in the form of four reasons why I will live my life until its natural end without any apparitions or raging murderers interfering. Reason number one: I will never move into a house where anyone has been murdered, especially a family. Let’s think about this for a second. Regardless of whether or not I believe in ghosts, that’s completely unsanitary, despite how much bleach you use. But, let’s say I believe in ghosts. Why would I want to inhabit a dwelling which served as

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another person’s crime scene? No matter how reasonably priced the house is, (there’s always a catch, I’m looking at you “American Horror Story), absolutely nothing would make it okay to start a new life where someone else’s ended. Not OK, ever. Because you know what happens after someone is murdered? Ghosts. And if it’s a family and there’s little kid ghosts running around? Forget about it. Reason number two: I will never own a chainsaw. Let’s be honest, I don’t get along with nature. The other night, there was a cricket inside my apartment and I developed a heart murmur. I don’t plan on cutting down any trees or trimming any bushes into cute shapes like Edward Scissorhands. But, most importantly, I’m not going to give a lunatic any opportunity to have a weapon handy to cut me up into a million little pieces. Or worse, chase me around with it for 45 minutes. Let’s say a roommate I’m living with has a chainsaw and a crazed lunatic gets a hold of it one night and starts pursuing me. Reason number three why my life will never be a horror movie is because, in my opinion, great hiding

places to escape from said lunatic chasing me around with a chainsaw do not include the following: underneath a car, in a tree, in a dug up grave or in a small wooden shed. These things can all be easily accessed by said crazed man and in no way provide me any safety. The only option if someone is chasing you around with a chainsaw is to literally throw yourself off a cliff. Death may be imminent, but at least it’s the instantaneous impaled-by-arock kind. Finally, we’ve come to my fourth and final reason: I have really sensitive vocal chords. I lose my voice after one night at The Shout House and there is no way I can muster up a blood-curdling scream as I’m being tortured, chased, killed or senselessly beaten by a maniac. So go ahead and pass along the word to Freddy, Jason and that little puppet from “Saw” that, despite their valiant efforts to make me think horror movie scenes can happen to me in real life, I have it all figured out. No amateur moves will cloud my judgment. I won’t split up from my group, I won’t hide in plain sight and I certainly will not answer the door if there’s no one visible through the peephole. And if all else fails, the fetal position is always a fail-safe.


by Nancy Black, Tribune Media Services

Today’s Birthday (9/18/12) - Home life and work take center stage this year. You’re clear on what’s most important, so let go of what’s not. An educational adventure develops in the autumn. Career and relationships grow steadily. Follow your heart. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21 - April 19) - Today is an 8 - A tough challenge awaits. Draw strength from your roots. Use what you’ve learned to cut costs; you’ll be more patient with finances over the next few days. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 7 - The upcoming week is good for negotiating. Outdo your past best performance. Strengthen your infrastructure. Someone has to teach them how to earn and save. Keep at it. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 9 - You’re entering a two-day work phase, but it’s not all about you. See what you can do for others. You benefit in the end. Imagine the entire plot, and achieve perfection. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 9 - Trust your experience and your heart. Love blossoms in the next couple of days. Examine available resources. Smooth things over by maintaining decorum. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 - You’re irresistible. Provide facts, and your partner warms to your plan. Home and family take priority. Something that worked before works again. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 7 - You’re smart and getting smarter, but you

may need a friend’s help to keep all your thoughts on track. Profit from the ideas. Get yourself something that you’ve been wanting for your home. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 9 - Make money, not war. Convincing others requires tact, and you can do it. Don’t take the situation too seriously. Breathing deep and laughing makes for the best medicine. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 6 - Go ahead and try it out; nothing beats experience. Plant constructive seeds while you’re at it. Heart and mind are in sync today and tomorrow. There’s nothing wrong with nesting now. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is an 8 - Venture farther out. Travelling isn’t as easy now, but it’s still worth the effort. Rewards are larger when the assignment is more challenging. Have the facts. Illusions fall away. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is an 8 - Organize your team for the next two days. Clear confusion, and then go, and achieve the highest quality. Be respectful and gain promises. Past deeds speak for you. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Work definitely takes priority. Take time to acknowledge the team and rest once you complete the project. You’re especially charming now. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 6 Go for the full experience and learn. Push the envelope. An older dream could be possible now. Take good notes for future reference. Return a favor. ©2012, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.


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