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WEDNESDAY September 28, 2011 Volume 97, Issue 19 W W W.T H E D A I LYA Z T E C . C O M
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Kevin Smead staff writer Though the semester is still in its early stages for most San Diego State students, construction of the new Aztec Student Union has been in full swing for months. Since the closing of Aztec Center on May 31, much progress has been made toward the completion of the new center. After the groundbreaking ceremony, demolition preparation began the following day. During the early stages, the construction fences as well as a pedestrian walkway were put into place so students could maneuver around the construction sites. The first building to come down was La Tienda, which housed the old
F I N A N C E B E AT Stocks continued to increase yesterday after hopes that European officials could come to a solution about European debt. As of press time, San Diego-based stocks Sempra Energy and Qualcomm Incorporated were up 1.99 percent and 1.66 percent respectively. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 228 points at 11,279 after a 272 point gain on Monday. The S&P 500 Index is up 2.18 percent at 1,188 and the Nasdaq is higher by 1.84 percent at 2,562.95. Gold value is increasing after a sizeable decrease during the past few days. It is currently trading at $1,654 an ounce and bond yields on the 10Year Treasury note continued to increase to about 1.988 percent.
- Data compiled with Monday’s closing and Tuesday’s opening numbers by contributor Chet Galloway.
ticket office and The Greek Store. On July 22, hard demolition began on the main building, signifying the beginning of the end of the demolition process. On Aug. 8, the end of the hard demolition process was marred, with most of the remaining work focused on processing and separating the demolished materials, as well as smaller demolitions. Around this time, new chilled water valves were also installed. These tie into the buildings’ cooling system, regulating utilities such as air conditioning. With the water pipes in place, work on the steam tunnel could begin. Currently backfilling, or the process of refilling a trench with its excavated materials, is taking place around the chilled water pipes, as well as work on the sewage and storm drain systems. Looking ahead, the Aztec Student Union’s foundation is planned to be in place before the end of the year, with a target date of early November. Once the foundation is fully laid, vertical work can begin sometime in December, providing visible progress in the actual construction of the new building. While construction on the new Student Union has a completion goal set for the fall 2013 semester, another campus construction project is in its finishing stages. The Aztec Student Union added solar panels on top of Parking Structure 1 and
news editor The Gamma Alpha chapter of Alpha Phi at San Diego State took first place in the 2011 Bordeaux Division of the Self Challenge, offered by Alpha Phi International and Self magazine earlier this month. The competition revolved around a three-month health and wellness program in which sisters of the group focused on encouraging family and friends to participate as well. Gamma received an event sponsored by the magazine for its accomplishment.
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will have an unveiling ceremony at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11. This solar installation will supply the new student union with 356 kV of power, covering a significant portion of the new facilities’ energy needs. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature speeches from SDSU President Elliot Hirshman and Associated Students President Cody Barbo. The Aztec Student Union project is being funded by a student fee referendum that was voted on last March. The increase in fees, which will take place in conjunction with the
opening of the new student union, will cost students an extra $94 per semester. Once completed, the building will be LEED Platinum certified with the U.S. Green Building Council. This distinction would make it the only building of its kind in the entire California State University system. For more information and day-byday updates on the Aztec Student Union, visit aztecstudentunion.com. For real-time updates, videos and pictures, find Aztec Student Union on Facebook and Twitter.
Gamma Alpha takes gold Bill Crotty
‘Dolphin Tale’ makes waves with younger audiences and pleases adults
The SDSU chapter was the challenge winner in the Bordeaux Division for large schools, but will share the honor with the Gamma Kappa chapter from CSU Long Beach that won first place in the Silver Division. “To see that we are being recognized for something that we definitely worked very hard for is a reassuring and refreshing way to start the upcoming fall semester,” Long Beach’s Gamma Alpha Chapter President Brittany Rusin said. The success of SDSU’s Gamma Alpha chapter came through tabling outside the Aztec Recreation Center, discussing the challenge at council meetings and creating a Facebook
event for people to learn about the cause. While promoting the Self Challenge, chapter members participated in intramural sports, fitness routines and group exercise classes. According to Rusin, the girls worked very hard in order to promote a healthy lifestyle for this challenge. The Alpha Phi undergraduates were also invited to join an exclusive panel where they will have the chance to share their personal preferences, passions and views with the magazine that may then be published. More information about the organization and competition can be found at alphaphi.org.
Leonardo Castaneda discusses campus hangouts in San Diego.
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‘Dolphin Tale’ aims to warm kids’ hearts The lighthearted flick focuses on children but pleases adults as well David Dixon staff writer There have not been many family films this year that have solely been intended for kids. The most successful were animated fare, but even those were aimed to please everyone. Now there’s “Dolphin Tale,” a warmhearted and uncynical movie targeted for kids younger than age 10. The star is not a person, but a bottlenose dolphin named Winter. The plot, inspired by true events, is an account of how Winter was able to survive after losing her tail in a crab trap. It is not a spoiler to say that thanks to several key people, she is now living a healthy life. Such a premise will sound very appealing to anyone with a soul, but there is a reason why “Dolphin Tail” is primarily for children. The main human character is Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble), a fictional boy who wants to help Winter. While he is not much younger than the group of friends in “Super 8,” director
Morgan Freeman ... steals every scene he is in with priceless facial expressions, as well as terrific comedic line delivery. Charles Martin Smith decides to make Sawyer a fairly innocent adolescent whose downbeat attitude is forever changed not just by his relationship with Winter, but also by his bond with a funny, fast-talking daughter of a veterinarian (Cozi Zuehlsdorff). Parents will find less to object to in “Dolphin Tale” than in “Mars Needs Moms” and “Rango” combined. In those cartoons, there were elements that were too scary for toddlers. Here, there is no villain to be found, unless a seagull whose mischief serves as comic relief counts. While there is concern about Winter’s condition, it is not explored in a disturbing way. Another fresh aspect to “Dolphin Tale,” besides the casting of Winter, is that there are intelligent adults who play crucial parts in Winter and Sawyer’s lives. Most kids flicks portray grown-ups as idiotic buffoons, oblivious to everything going on around them. Those imbeciles do not hold a candle to animal doctor, Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.) and Sawyer’s mother, Lorraine Nelson (Ashley Judd), because they are smart enough to take youngsters seriously and actually listen to
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what they have to say. While it is refreshing to see a big-screen lark starring a real-life cetacean, there are a few flaws that cannot be ignored. A strange homage to “Apocalypse Now” makes no sense and Sawyer’s early attempts to skip school in order to spend time with Winter feel unrealistic. Older students might feel less comfortable than their younger siblings if dragged along to see this silver screen production. That being said, there is an actor who provides wit for the more mature individuals in the audience. Enter Morgan Freeman as Dr. Cameron McCarthy, a man who tries to help create a prosthetic tail for Winter. He steals every scene he is in with priceless facial expressions, as well as terrific comedic line delivery. “Dolphin Tale” is unapologetically sweet in tone, which is why it turns out to be a mostly successful endeavor. It may initially seem too juvenile for the ripe, but Winter’s story leads to some truly moving moments. Information about “Dolphin Tale” can be found at dolphintalemovie.warnerbros.com
Movie: DOLPHIN TALE Directed by: CHARLES MARTIN SMITH Release Date: SEPT. 23 Grade: B-
A show of memory Isabella Place contributor Would anyone know exactly how to feel once they enter the San Diego State University Art Gallery, located right here on campus, to see the latest exhibition on display, “feeling-of-knowing”? Probably not, because this is an unusual one. The exhibition is perhaps best explained through a thoughtful lecture or conversation with the artists. Yes, it is a collaboration of two: Deborah Aschheim, the artist, and Lisa Mezzacappa, the musician. “Feeling-ofknowing” encompasses nostalgic ideas with futuristic ones; the combination of diverse mediums with sound. It gives off the initial impression of a wacky, almost “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”-style production, but all in a mode of good praise. Replace the brown tones with white, green or blue chocolate, and now the visitor has entered into a world of replicas that all represent something near and dear to the artist. And most
importantly, that all represent something that affects many people unpredictably: Alzheimer’s. The peculiar pieces, in association with the standard ones, aim to capture what for some may be lost for good: memory. Five years in the making, the three major bodies of work presented are a blend of sculpture, drawings and most notably, installations. The exhibit transports the voyeur into a futuristic space, which is effectively representative of the past. A few landmarks from the greater Los Angeles area quietly but vividly capture the viewers’ eye, and an adjacent box of text explains in more detail the significance of each piece. It’s definitely an engaging and worthwhile exhibit. Viewers should note the meticulous effort it took to “suspend” everything (and not just on the walls). As a concluding memo, viewers should consider feeling excitement when observing this in its “As is” form, for every time this exhibition travels and is repositioned, according to the artists, the arrangement will never be exactly the same. “feeling-of-knowing” truly is one-of-a-kind.
‘Doubt’ opens season The new play season is set to begin and promises to bring great performances David Dixon staff writer San Diego State’s new season of theater is starting on a high note with the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Doubt.” Set in 1964, the drama is about a tough and intimidating nun named Sister Aloysius Beauvier. After hearing a dangerous rumor about a beloved priest, Father Brendan Flynn, she decides to use extreme methods to find out if Brendan is as saintlike as he appears to be. What starts out as a character-driven mystery, soon becomes an examination of humanity. Writer John Patrick Shanley dares to introduce themes of race, innocence and generational differences while asking difficult existential questions that linger in the memory. The next production will be the only musical of the fall semester, “The Boy Friend.” A big hit in
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London decades ago, “The Boy Friend” is a lighthearted comedy centered on a young girl who becomes romantically interested in an errand boy. It has laughs, upbeat songs and plenty of dancing, including the Charleston. After the merry antics of “The Boy Friend,” the final drama of the semester, “Lydia,” will be an emotionally intense piece of art. Lydia is a maid who starts a complicated relationship with a 16year-old who suffers from permanent brain damage. There have been very few productions of “Lydia,” but The New York Times once called Yale Repertory Theatre’s interpretation “seductive and strong.” Be forewarned, it is the only theatrical event at SDSU this semester recommended for mature audiences only. For those old enough to see it, “Lydia” should be a real heartbreaker. All three performances are destined to be unique adventures every student on campus should experience. They will be thought-provoking, entertaining and unforgettable; all qualities that allow people to fall in love with live stage presentations. Tickets and information about “Doubt,” “The Boy Friend” and “Lydia” can be found at theatre.sdsu.edu
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D A I LY A Z T E C Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Revive hangouts to cultivate campus pride an Diego State wants one, but can’t get it. University of California San Diego has one, but might close it. It’s not the kind of thing they tell you about on college tours, but it can attract new students or drive them away: the campus hangout, a place for students to call their own and the lifeblood of university life in colleges nationwide. Places such as the now defunct Louie’s Suds n’ Sun, or UCSD’s Che Café aren’t always the centerfold in college catalogs, but nonetheless they are often remembered fondly by countless students. However different the hangouts may be, these spots all have a thing in common: They are places where students can relax, kick back with some friends, watch a show or down a pitcher of beer. Above all, they are places that are thoroughly unique, with storied pasts passed down verbally through multiple generations of students. But don’t let their unconventionality take away any of their importance. These holes-in-the-wall enrich our college experience in a way school rankings can never show; they build an irreplaceable sense of community. This feeling of belonging is something SDSU has always struggled with. SDSU suffers the paradox of being a commuter campus with a sizeable Greek population right next door. This leaves many non-Greek students feeling left out, and without many non-Greek dominated places on campus to hang out. Once Louie’s filled this void; if not perfectly, at least as much as it could.
Leonardo Castaneda staff columnist insurance premium it owes the university. Since opening in 1980, the Che Café has catered to a different crowd. It’s been a haven for political radicalism, a mecca for underground music and a vegan promised land. Tucked away in the forests surrounding UCSD, it is not as well-known as Louie’s, but it’s just a beloved. And like Louie’s did, the Che Café provides a place for students to come together and feel like part of a school and a community. Of course, not everyone thinks feel-good ideas like community and belonging are all that important, especially when you’re never more than five minutes from a Starbucks anywhere on campus. But take a minute to consider the financial implications the degradation of SDSU’s student cohesion can have. Every year about 65 percent of firstyear students and 13 percent of all SDSU undergraduates live in oncampus housing. Compare that to a school such as UCSD that, despite recent developments, has been far more effective in fostering student-run businesses. The result: A whopping 92 percent of first-year students and 40 percent of undergraduates live in UCSD housing. That means SDSU could be missing out on thousands of student living, eating and shopping opportunities on campus. That translates into millions of dollars in added revenue through housing and increased business for Aztec Markets and on-cam-
Places such as the now defunct Louie’s Suds n’ Sun or UCSD’s Che Cafe aren’t always the centerfold in college catalogs ... (but) above all, they are places that are thoroughly unique, with storied pasts. However, it was torn down this summer to make way for the forthcoming shiny new Aztec Center. Unfortunately for students, the new center could not find room in its LEED Platinum-rated heart for Louie’s. Rest assured, SDSU isn’t the only school in San Diego turning its back on its student hangouts. The Che Café at UCSD faces closure in March if it cannot raise the $12,000 annual
pus eateries, not to mention the pressure that would be taken off of the school’s overflowing parking structures. Clearly, nurturing and protecting campus hangouts, whether they are student-run or just student-loved, makes sense; not only for the students whose college experiences are enriched, but also for the school whose wallet needs enrichment. However, by their very nature
these places cannot be fabricated, especially not by tactless school administrators. Luckily, SDSU still has a chance to save an invaluable part of its heritage, by welcoming Louie’s back on campus once the new Aztec Center opens. Even if that means losing some of the shortterm revenue a Chili’s or Rubio’s might bring in. In the long run, the campus will benefit. Even if Louie’s does return, there must be more done to provide for students’ social nature across SDSU’s ever-growing campus. Alternative coffee shops, eateries or even music venues should be given space to develop and grow. Creating a Che Café-like place at SDSU may be little more than a whimsical dream. Yet catering to the diverse social tastes and needs is a very serious idea the school must consider. If it doesn’t, SDSU’s students will flock elsewhere and build their own communities independent of the school, and independent of Aztec pride.
— Leonardo Castaneda is an economics and journalism sophomore.
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