THE NEWSPAPER OF SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1913 VOLUME 99, ISSUE 20
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012
Filner talks civil rights and diversity
A line of civil rights activists stood behind mayoral candidate Bob Filner near Hepner Hall as the former San Diego State professor spoke about ethnic inclusion, homelessness and his history with civil rights. Last Friday morning’s forum, centered on minorities and marginalized groups, included the participation from an ethnically rich and diverse group of Filner’s colleagues, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activist Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk, first openly gay official elected in the U.S. Milk said his uncle did not stand only for gay rights, but spoke for immigrants, Latinos, Asians, the elderly and the working class, as well. “He, for the first time, brought communities together,” Milk said about his uncle. “And that is what we need here in San Diego. We don’t need someone who only represents Doug Manchester, our big downtown developer. We need someone who represents everybody.” Filner took the microphone after several others shared their history with the democratic candidate. Most recalled Filner’s intervention with the law as a young demonstrator for civil rights. Filner said when he was 13, he met Martin Luther King Jr., an experience to which he credits his drive for
Aztecs are no match for Fresno State
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Mayoral Candidate Bob Filner speaking in front of Hepner Hall to a crowd of students and supporters. Filner spoke of San Diego’s diversity and the need for more diversity in the San Diego and community.
equality. When he was 18-years-old, Filner was put in jail for protesting against segregation in the South as part of the Freedom Riders movement. Filner said the experience gave him optimism for change. “This city has a majority of ethnic minorities,” Filner said. “Everyone should get to sit on the table, because if you’re not at
the table, you’re on the menu.” Toward the end of his speech, Filner touched on the issue of homelessness in San Diego. According to Home Again, a nonprofit organization determined to end chronic homelessness in San Diego, current evaluations set the number of homeless San Diegans at 8,500. One in four homeless people are young adults of ages 18-30 and
one in six are military veterans. Filner said the issue should be confronted not only in an economic manner, but also in a more humanitarian one. He said homeless people in permanent housing is the first step to end the problem and with the help of social service volunteers, the FILNER continued on page 2
Latinas Career fair offers opportunities celebrate heritage campus
Monica Linzmeier Staff Writer
To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month which starts Sept. 15 every year, the San Diego State Latina Network hosted the fourth annual Latina Aztec Power Lunch for students, faculty and supporters on Sept. 27 at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. Attendees included SDSU President Elliot Hirshman’s wife, members of Alpha Pi Sigma sorority and other supportive affiliates. Psychology senior Claudia Santana was one of the Latina students invited to attend the lunch. “They empower us and motivate us into building a network and better future,” Santana said of the SDSU Latina Network. “I think it’s a great opportunity just to meet important people and key members of the Latina network.” Both the network and the luncheon have grown significantly since their creation four years ago. The SDSU Latina Network began with LATINA HERITAGE continued on page 2
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Students meeting prospective employers at a career fair held on San Diego State campus. More than 90 vendors were eager to meet students and offer them opportunities at their businesses.
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The San Diego State Career Services held the “Fall Career and Internships Fair,” on the North Love Library terrace last Thursday. More than 90 companies and corporations were present to recruit future employees and to give information to students seeking internships or jobs after graduation. SDSU Career Services counselor Chris Turntine said the purpose of the fair is to make an early connection with students to local industries and agencies such as SeaWorld, Target and various law enforcement
agencies. “This is a great opportunity for students to get out and meet some of the industry leaders in the community and talk about future employment. We have this fair every semester and we have seen it grow over the years,” Turntine said. “Last year there were about 70 vendors and this year there are over 90.” SDSU Career Services recommends students attend the “Networking a Career Fair” workshop where students receive training on how to prepare and get the most out of career fairs. The workshop includes tips on how to approach employers that
appear to be unrelated to students’ majors, communicating personal purposes and making a strong first impressions. Graduate student Michelle Rusin said she makes it a point to always go to the fairs held on campus. “I think it’s important to go to these events as many times as you can, even if you don’t see vendors that you think apply to what you want to do,” Rusin said. “Get in there and talk to as many as you can and you would be surprised at the different types of positions many companies are trying to fill and definitely get yourself as prepared as possible.”
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Senior quarterback Ryan Katz rushed for 89 yards against Fresno State.
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It was another showdown of California state schools. Both San Diego State and Fresno State entered Saturday’s game at an even 2-2 record. Coming off of a rough, last-minute loss to San Jose State last week, the Aztecs hoped for a fast start against the Bulldogs in the fifth game of the season. But the efforts fell short as the Bulldogs defeated the Aztecs by a score of 52-40. The game was off to a quick start as the Aztecs leapt out to an early 14-0 lead in the first six minutes, with the help of a 5-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Adam Muema, followed by a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown by junior defensive back Eric Pinkins. The Bulldogs immediately cut the early deficit in half with a short goal line touchdown from running back Robbie Rouse. With only one minute left in the first quarter, Muema crossed the goal line for the second time in the game with a 27-yard touchdown run. The game got off to a fast start and remained at that pace throughout. However, the second quarter belonged to the Bulldogs. Quarterback Derek Carr led Fresno State to 27 straight points beginning with a touchdown run by Rouse. Carr later connected with his receivers, Josh Harper and Rashad Evans, for three more touchdown passes. The half came to an end after a blocked point-after attempt by SDSU senior placekicker Chance Marden. The blocked kick was returned down the field for another two points, giving the Bulldogs a 36-27 edge at the half. FOOTBALL continued on page 7
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homeless may work on their issues of mental illness and/or alcohol/drug abuse and eventually find a job. “A large motel in downtown, which houses 400, has become available and yet nobody has tried to use that for homeless,” Filner said. “(Homelessness) costs us more than the $20-million to buy (it).” Filner said the money would come from federal or state finances. Filner said university campuses should not penalize in-state and local students because there is not enough money coming from the legislature. The remark was in relation to the recent California State University suggestion and decision to increase the out-of-state student population in order for college campuses to raise revenue. Filner said other priorities, such as building more prisons instead of more schools, get in the way of the legislature providing more money to universities. Milk proposed changes to better the economy of San Diego, such as focusing on the future of the working from LATINA HERITAGE page 1
two faculty members, including chair of the board, Lorena Malo, and has since grown into a committee of 15 individuals. Its luncheon sponsors have grown to include two off-campus sponsors in addition to those on campus. Assistant Director of Student Life and Leadership and event coordinator Yvonne Hernandez welcomed guests and said the lunch, “brings together the Latina community as far as faculty and students here at SDSU and to raise money for scholarships.” Hernandez was followed by keynote speaker for the event Norma L. Hernandez, the governing board president of the Southwestern Community College District, who spoke about growing up as a Latina in California and pursuing education to better herself for her
class and furthering the inclusivity of San Diego’s LGBT community. “If you have somebody whose one parent may be doing janitorial work and one may be doing house work, let’s make sure that their children get some education to move to the next level,” Milk said. “That’s how communities grow economically.” Milk said San Diego has done one of the best jobs in growing LGBT inclusion with other communities. “We need to make it comfortable where people who are going to the Gaslamp District can go to Hillcrest, and vice versa, where people who are LGBT couples would feel free to hold hands in Hillcrest can do that in the Gaslamp District and not worry about it,” Milk said. Milk said such advancements require societal change through leadership at the top. “Inclusion and the celebration of diversity means economic prosperity,” Milk said. “I’ve traveled the world and seen world-class cities and those that are thriving in this economy are the communities that include everyone.” children. Hernandez’s 20-minute speech concluded with a call to action for the affiliates at the lunch to continue reaching out to the Latina community and to help the growing Latino student population. “Last year for the very first time, more Latino students than white students applied to the CSU system’s 23 campuses,” Hernandez said. The luncheon had silent auction tables with various items, such as massage gift cards and handmade traditional Latino artwork. The proceeds helped raise money for the scholarships given by the SDSU Latina Network Board. Hernandez said the Board hopes to continue providing scholarships similar to the $1,000 it awarded in the past two years.
MTS sells $5.1 million in old cars to buy new fleet
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San Diego commuters load onto the trolley at the MTS stop on San Diego State campus. San Diego recently sold older trolley cars to the city of Mendoza, Argentina to raise money to improve the trolley system from Old Town to San Ysidro.
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The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System sold $5.1 million worth of trolley cars to the city of Mendoza, Argentina, according It will bring money back into to a MTS press release. MTS marketing coordinator, the system instead of using Jamila Hillebrand commented on the money to repair 30 plusthe recent sale after the contract year-old trolley cars... signing ceremony. Jamila Hillebrand “We’re actually selling Mendoza MTS Marketing Coordinator more trolley cars,” Hillebrand said. “In 2010, they purchased Dr. Diego Martinez Palau, Chairman 25 cars. Now they’re purchasing of the MTS Board of Directors an additional 24.” Harry Mathis and San Diego County
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Supervisor Ron Roberts. Hillebrand said the sale is part of a project to improve trolley stations from Old Town to San Ysidro. “It will bring money back into the system instead of using the money to repair 30 plus-year-old trolley cars,” Hillebrand said. MTS will switch from first generation U-2 light rail trolley cars to newer cars made by Siemens that are lower to the floor. “People can just walk on or roll their bikes on. It will be level with the platform,” Hillebrand said. Hillebrand said MTS is halfway through with the switch.
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According to the press release, among those who attended the ceremony included Minister of Transportation of the city of Mendoza
“Vatileaks” trial goes under way. The trial for Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler, who was accused of leaking confidential documents from the pope’s apartments to the media, began Saturday. Known as “Vatileaks” the documents suggested corruption with the Vatican, favoritism connected to awarding contracts to the Vatican estate and various counts of contentious rivalry among cardinals. According to NBC News, it’s not clear how long the trial will last. If Garbriele is convicted for aggravated theft, he will face approximately four years in prison.
Spain and Portugal fight against austerity Outside the capitals of both Spain and Portugal, thousands of demonstrators rallied for the enduring austerity cuts on Saturday. According to TradingEconomics.com, Spain’s unemployment rate is nearly 25 percent and Portugal has an approximate 15 percent unemployment rate. Spanish Minister of Finance and Public Administrations Cristobal Montoro argued in order for investors to buy bonds, Spain must experience budget cuts to decrease interests rates, according to NBC News. The demonstrations continue to get violent as participants clash with riot police in front of the countries’ capitals. Mexico’s most wanted drug trafficker arrested The commander of the notorious Zetas cartel, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, was cap-
tured and paraded around San Luis Potosi, according to BBC News. Velazquez was allegedly responsible for controlling one of the major drug routes into the U.S. Mexican officials offered a reward of 30 million pesos equivalent $2.3 million, to anyone with any leads resulting the drug lord’s capture. Study shows IQ and happiness are closely related. According to researchers in the U.K., the IQ is often related to people’s happiness. The higher the IQ, the happier the person. The study reported lower intelligence was linked to factors contributing to unhappiness, such as lower income and worse health. The study emphasized steps to prevent low IQs so people can lead happier lives, according to BBC news. Compiled by Ana Ceballos Assistant News Editor
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Don’t believe the Mayan 2012 end of days hype
With Dec. 21, 2012 only a few months away, features writer Eric Dobko makes his case as to why there’s nothing to fear. Eric Dobko Staff Writer
With Dec. 21 rapidly approaching, panic and terror are escalating worldwide. Armageddon, Judgment Day, the Rapture … despite what you call it, it’s sure to mean one thing a colossal increase in canned food sales. In 2006, the release of Daniel Pinchbeck’s book, “2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl,” further propelled the widespread belief of a Mayan calendar-based apocalypse of catastrophic proportions. Since then, countless pseudoscientific doomsday books and disaster flicks have emerged, pumping supersti-
who worked on deciphering Mayan glyphs discovered inside the Guatemalan rainforest, said “Numbers we can’t even wrap our heads around.” But even more important is to ask yourself, “What did the Mayans know about the future that we don’t?” Maybe the Mayans did have the ability to accurately predict mankind’s fate but if so, shouldn’t they have foreseen their own demise? If fortune tellers have psychic abilities, why don’t we see them winning the lottery every year? You’d think that if these occult powers were actually real, we’d have crystalgazers running the U.S country by now. Given the civilization’s decline and eventual collapse, the Mayans surely had
What did they Mayans know about the future that we dont? Maybe the Mayans did have the ability to accurately predict mankind’s fate—but if so, shouldn’t they have foreseen their own demise? tious fear into our skittish species’ consciousness. Luckily, thanks to scientists and scholars with a real understanding of Mayan culture, we have no reason to believe in such nonsense. The Mesoamerican, or Mayan, Long Count calendar distinguished a day when they believed the world was created. (which in our Gregorian calendar is Aug. 11, 3114 B.C.). The calendar is divided into baktuns, each equivalent to about 400 years. The general consensus, according to Mayan legend, is that upon the end of the 13 baktun, the world as we know it will come to an end. This year’s winter solstice—Dec. 21, 2012—is that day. In reality, the Mayan Long Count calendar stretches out indefinitely into the future. Experts agree that the calendar merely marks the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. This apocalyptic mentality was actually derived from the Judeo-Christian worldview—the Mayan people themselves never even believed in such a notion. Mayan cosmology did not contain the linear model of time that we incorporate in modern Western society. Rather than beginnings and ends, they simply had cycles. “The Mayan calendar is going to keep going for billions, trillions, octillions of years into the future,” David Stuart, an archaeologist at the University of Texas at Austin
no way of knowing what lay ahead in life other than through mere speculation. Fortunately, the 2012 apocalypse is an outrageous claim that should not be taken seriously. However, it doesn’t mean you can breathe easy now – the four horsemen of the apocalypse haven’t dismounted quite yet. There are still plenty of other existential threats just around the corner for the human race and it will only take one of them to see us through. Things to be on the lookout for include nuclear annihilation, overpopulation, global warming, oil depletion, human infertility, the death of the sun, alien invasion, global pandemic, artificial intelligence uprising, ice age, bioterrorism, planetary collision and Milli Vanilli, just to name a few. Some might say that our odds don’t look too promising. To conclude my sardonic commentary, rather than squandering our attention on irrational revelations which lack proof, mankind should focus on rectifying the real issues that threaten the world. Even if the climax of a 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar isn’t a cataclysmic end of days, there are still numerous risks to our livelihood that loom in the imminent future. So, make sure to get yourself a nice, sturdy can opener, some iodine tablets and a warm pair of long johns, because winter is on its way.
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Aztec alumni bring wedding to the Mesa
Victoria Valenzuela Staff Writer
What began as a chance meeting at San Diego State, led to a rollercoaster ride of a relationship recently culminated in the wedding between two former students at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. Peter Salas and Jeanine Walker were married on Sept. 1 after spending nearly five and a half years together since they were both students at SDSU. Salas, a San Diego native and former Marine, graduated in
2009 with a degree in math and computer science. Walker graduated in 2011 with a degree in business management. It all began when Walker transferred to SDSU from Springfield, Ore. Difficulty setting up her schedule prompted her to seek assistance from the peer advising center. She met Salas there, and they became “instant friends” while he showed her around campus. In those early days, Salas recalls being attracted to Walker’s “prettiest blue eyes,” while Salas’ “big smile” captivated his future bride.
After some time Salas, who was deployed to Africa for seven months. Walker described Salas’ deployment as a foundational experience in shaping their relationship, and the two became a couple when Salas returned. The two quickly found characteristics in each other they felt made them quite compatible. For Salas, it was the support he felt from Walker during his time in the military. “She was proud of (me being) in the Marine Corps,” Salas said. “She pushed me to be a better person.” Walker similarly felt Salas’
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heart and compassion were distinguishing characteristics. “He doesn’t have to know someone to help them. He has a light inside him,” Walker said. “He is caring, genuine and just wants to help people.” During their time at SDSU, both Salas and Walker were very involved in campus life and activities. Salas started a math and science club and was also president of the Student Veterans Organization for two semesters. The two also enjoyed attending sporting events together. They reflected on their time at SDSU with fond
memories. “I just love this campus,” Salas said. “We both care a lot about the school,” Walker agreed. Their romance seemed to be smooth sailing, but a battle with alcohol addiction an addiction rose from beneath the happy surface. “It almost destroyed our relationship,” Walker says. “We knew drinking was an issue,” Salas added. Ultimately, the couple made the decision to seek sobriety. One of the ways Walker and Salas strove to overcome their addiction was to improve their
communication by participating in a high ropes course offered through Aztec Adventures, an SDSU organization featuring outdoor programs. The two learned to overcome their fears through team-building activities while climbing and on other obstacle courses. “We had to learn to communicate with each other to get sober,” Salas said. “When you climb, your life is in each other’s hands. (Climbing) renewed our trust in each other.” To put it simply, he describes his newlywed as his, “belay
partner.” By attending a support group and making a point to avoid certain social situations, they managed to defeat alcoholism. Today the couple can proudly say they have been sober for more than three years. “It was a struggle, but we did it together,” Walker said. The choice to hold their wedding at the Alumni Center was an easy one. After considering pricier locations, they opted for the Alumni Center, at which both Salas and Walker were present for its grand opening. “We didn’t have to look
anywhere else,” Walker remembers. “We just knew.” The ceremony was held on the back lawn, with the football field serving as a backdrop and as a appropriate symbol of the school that brought them together. In the end, it was a perfect fit. “San Diego State is where we fell in love with each other,” Salas reminisces. “It’s where we renewed our love for each other.” Today, the two enjoy many thrilling activities such as hiking, traveling and climbing. “We both like to laugh and
have fun together,” Walker says of their adventures. She also recognizes the ways in which she and Salas work as a couple. “We’re both motivated people and have high aspirations,” she says. “We’re really different but we have commonalities in where we want to go in life,” Walker said. As for the future, the couple hopes to have the quintessential American dream of owning a house, having children and opening a business together in San Diego. Their dream is to open a climbing gym to benefit
returning veterans as a homage to Salas’ military past, which would serve as an outlet for servicemen and women. While the pair’s romance may seem like a plot from a movie, the two recognize the effort they must put forth to continue strengthening their marriage. “Our relationship isn’t perfect,” Salas said. “It’s about working through those imperfections. It’s hard work,” he says. Walker nodded and said, “Marriage is a new beginning. It’s time to move on and move forward.”
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Wal-Mart protests cheapen real labor issues labor
nti-Wal-Mart activists are at it again. Their latest target is a Wal-Mart store set to open in Sherman Heights. The antiWal-Mart activists claim they don’t want the store replacing the historic Farmers Market building. Yet, the protest seems to be more about condeming Wal-Mart using misleading information than disputing the actual construction site. Similar to many other Wal-Mart protests, the rally on Sept. 22 was filled with activists holding propaganda signs portraying the company as the root of all evil. This included signs reading “The top 1 percent hurts the other 99 percent.” Other than being old, there’s nothing historic about the Farmers Market building. It’s not a major landmark of any sort and the building doesn’t have eye-opening architecture. In fact, it was vacant before Wal-Mart began construction. Given the building’s age, it’s better to tear it down and replace it. Furthermore, Sherman Heights needs a grocery and retail store. The new Wal-Mart will offer fresh produce, meat, dairy and frozen and dry foods. This will save gas money for local residents who would otherwise drive longer distances to the nearest grocery store. It will also save residents the hassle of going through downtown traffic to get to Horton Plaza for their other shopping needs. Most Wal-Mart critics point to the company’s labor policy, specifically, low wages, poor health care benefits for employees, outsourcing jobs overseas and anti-labor union tactics. Many of these claims are exaggerated and misleading. Labor unions, for example, love to complain about Wal-Mart only insuring 44 percent of its employees, yet they don’t mention only 45 percent of employees in the retail industry receive health benefits from their employers. However, according to the Washington Post 95 percent of Wal-Mart employees have some form of health insurance through the company, a family mem-
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Activists rally against the construction of a Wal-Mart. Protesters criticized the company’s labor practices and its construction on the site of the Sherman Height’s Farmer’s Market.
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ber or the government. Hypocritical Wal-Mart opponents don’t tell you the company’s major competitors use the same policies. I used to work for Target, Wal-Mart’s primary competitor. In the brief time I worked there as a retail sales associate, I was paid minimum wage, had no health benefits and was shown a biased anti-labor union video twice. In fact, Wal-Mart’s pay scale, which ranges from $7.73 to $12.08 per hour, is higher than Target’s range of $7.47 to $10.94. Despite treating employees in a way no better than Wal-
GOP deserts war vets veterans
chill returns to San Diego’s morning air, hinting the warmer-than-usual summer is nearing an end. Unfortunately, the chill in the chambers of the 112th U.S. Congress is not as welcome. The longest deep freeze in the history of Congress continues unabated. The U.S. is gangrenous from frostbite and its veterans suffer the most. Recently returning veterans are forced to fight unemployment rates higher than the national average. In August the veteran unemployment rate was 10.9 percent, compared to 8.1 percent nationwide. Expand the demographic to 18 to 29-year-old veterans and the percentage becomes eye-popping: 19.9 percent. It’s little wonder many succumb to substance abuse, homelessness and suicide. Thanks to Senate Democrats, veterans were on the verge of receiving rare Congressional largess. Ten Democrats responded to the plight of veterans by drafting the proposed Veteran Job Corps Act of 2012. The bill would’ve provided $1 billion in job training for veterans and would have given them priority in first responder and federal land jobs. To pass, it needed seven Republicans
Mart, Target gets a free pass from critics on its labor policy because it’s viewed as the good corporate citizen. This double standard is even extended overseas. Other retail companies, such as Sears, Kmart and J.C. Penney employ workers from sweatshops in China. Some provide worse pay and work conditions than Wal-Mart. Workers in a J.C. Penney sweatshop work as many as 78 hours per week for as little as 18 cents per hour. For the same sweatshop job, Wal-Mart pays 23 cents per hour with a workload of 60 hours per week. These stats are nothing to brag about for either company, but critics don’t mention Chinese wages, prices
result, $500 billion must be cut from the Defense Department’s budget. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham deMike Heral clared the cuts dumb, railing against Staff Columnist “holding the Defense Department hostage to the tax debate.” to cross the aisle, but only five musThe GOP’s disregard of veterans is tered support. Senate Republicans reminiscent of NFL owners’ lack of proclaimed the bill a violation of the concern with retired players. Owners Budget Control Act, a last-minute don’t mind paying exorbitant salaries legislation stopping a national loan for active players, but become misers default in August 2011. when asked to support post-career The GOP still doesn’t accept that pensions and medical benefits. The job creation requires economic stimu- inequality stems from active players lus. Therefore, not all spending is increasing an owner’s profits whereas bad. Increasing the workforce elimithe needs of former players cut into nates social welfare spending while them. Likewise, the GOP salivates maximizing gross domestic product. like a rabid dog whenever they have It can’t get more win-win than that. the opportunity to increase DepartFurthermore, the Veteran Job Corps ment of Defense expenditures but are Act was inspired by New Deal-era nowhere to be found when it comes legislation the U.S. used to climb out time to pay the costs of ill-begotten of the Great Depression, harkening wars. The job act would’ve passed if back to a Congress with courage to it cared half as much for veterans as print money and put its citizens back it does about backslapping Pentagon to work. Sadly, intestinal fortitude is generals. a value absent from today’s legislators. The jobs bill also died because of Senate Republicans say the bill was election-year politics. As Republican killed because it violated spending presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s limits. Lest we forget, those limits campaign falls apart, the last thing were enacted because Congressional they want is to allow Democrats Republicans wouldn’t compromise to take credit for the creation of an on budget bills, something previomnibus jobs package. Filled with ous Congresses were relied on to do. the same suspicion, Democratic Sen. They were given one last chance to Patty Murray remarked Republicans play nice, but couldn’t bother getting were following through on a pledge a debt cap bill out of committee. As a to oust the president. The GOP’s
and the cost of living are much lower than in the U.S. I would love to see labor unions attack the entire retail industry as aggressively as they do Wal-Mart instead of just trying to pick on the easiest target. Perhaps then we could have good paying jobs at all major retail stores. None of Wal-Mart’s competitors will instantly reform their labor policies if the unions attack just one store. Labor unions grumble about Wal-Mart’s anti-union policy without making a legitimate effort to unionize its workers. Labor unions and other critics seem to miss the point about the low-wage jobs Wal-Mart and other
retail outlets provide. There are homeless people squatting across the street from the construction site, who would benefit from having a job in the industry. Any job they could get would be better than the position they’re in now. First-time job seekers and college students benefit from the job experience and flexible schedules. People who aren’t qualified or unable to get other jobs, such as high school dropouts and the elderly, rely on jobs in the retail and fast-food industries to make a living. Wal-Mart is by no means a model corporate citizen, but don’t buy into the anti-Wal-Mart hysteria just because it’s the loudest.
warhorse marches on regardless of Letter to the Editor who gets trampled underfoot. It doesn’t need to be that way, but n the history of American music the GOP neglects the public relations during the last 120 years, there game. It would’ve been easy for Rehas occurred a change in the use of two words. One of them was publicans to claim credit for the bill’s passage, because it would’ve kept never used 120 years ago and the other was. Today, the one never with its goal of protecting America’s heroes. They could’ve engineered a used is common and the common brilliant photo opportunity depicting word then is never used today. a brave Senate Republican casting the Time seems to change how words bill-saving vote. Then again, this is are interpreted and used and their the party whose presidential nominee, relative acceptability. Years ago, no Romney, neglected to mention the one used “pimp” and everyone used “n-----.” Today, no one uses “n-----” military during his speech at the Republican National Convention. One and “pimp” is in common usage. now has to wonder if the omission, Neither of us has any idea at all coupled with disdain for this bill, is a what time will bring to the term shift in Republican strategy regarding “rape.” I agree with the sentiment America’s veterans. After all, Graham of your article. I also know it is and his cronies cry about impending possible the word will be in a top defense sequestering while thinking 10 song title in the not-so-distant future. nothing of holding veteran benefits hostage. I likely won’t live to see it, and that pleases me. “N-----” is an Fall gives way to winter sooner assault on my humanity. So is than most would like. Winter is a cruel time to be homeless. Passage of “pimp.” “Rape,” as an act and as the Veterans Job Corps Act would the sense of vulnerability associated have prevented more veterans from with the act, is also an assault on my humanity. However, the word freezing on America’s hard, cold streets. It’s too bad the 112th U.S. doesn’t assault me as the other two do. My guess is that’s because my Congress is more interested in the politics of division than in building a experience with rape is vicarious, better tomorrow. America’s war hewhich is very different from direct. roes are one step closer to becoming homeless. At least they know whom Leif Fearn, professor of they can thank for putting them there. teacher education
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The shootout continued in the second half, as both teams traded scores. Coming out of the half, the Aztecs connected on an 8yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Ryan Katz to senior wide receiver Brice Butler. This was quickly followed by a 96yard interception return for a touchdown by senior defensive back Leon McFadden, giving SDSU a 40-36 lead. This was McFadden’s third consecutive week with an interception, two of which have been returned for touchdowns. Halfway through the third quarter, Fresno State regained the lead at 43-40, when Carr found Isaiah Burse for a 31-yard touchdown pass. The Bulldogs ended the day’s scoring with a field goal and Carr’s fifth touchdown of
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the day. He finished the day going 42-for-56 for 536 yards passing and five touchdown passes. The Aztecs walked away from another high scoring duel with a heartbreaking loss. The defense struggled throughout and Katz seemed unable to get into his weekly rhythm as he had 160 yards passing with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He was sacked five times, which forced him to use his mobility throughout the game, with a game-leading 89 rushing yards. Although the defense had its woes, Muema scored two touchdowns to go along with 64 yards rushing. The Aztecs drop to 2-3 on the season and 0-1 in conference play, but will face the University of Hawai’i Warriors on Saturday at Aztec Warrior Stadium, Qualcomm Stadium.
Turnovers cost the Aztecs Ryan Schuler Sports Editor
Usually in the game of football, the team that wins the turnover battle will win the game. That remained true on Saturday when the San Diego State football team took on Fresno State. SDSU had three turnovers in the first half, a season-high. Sophomore running back Adam Muema and senior quarterback Ryan Katz each fumbled, while Katz threw an interception in the second quarter, one of his three on the night. Bulldogs convert Aztecs’ twopoint conversion It is not often that a team scores on an opposing team’s extra point. But that is exactly what happened for Fresno State.
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Sophomore running Adam Muema runs into the end zone for a touchdown, against Fresno State. Muema rushed for 64 yards and two touchdowns.
After junior tight end D.J. Shields caught his first touchdown pass of the season, senior placekicker Chance Marden lined up for an extra point. What happened next could not have been worse for the Aztecs.
SDSU golf teams off to a strong start Kendrick Luckenbach Contributor
The San Diego State men’s golf team started off its season two weeks ago at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational. The team had a No.17 ranking going into the tournament. The first day went well for the Aztecs, who finished in fifth place at 15-over 591 on the day. Senior Tom Berry tied for fifth with a score of 1-under 143. Sophomore Xander Schauffele tied for 18th at 4-over 148, while junior Austin Kaiser and freshman Riccardo Michelini tied for 25th at 6-over 150. Sophomore James Holley tied for 53rd at 12over 156. SDSU also played well on the second and final day of the tournament. The team was able to stay consistent and finish the tournament in fifth place with a score of 24-over 888. Berry finished at 1-over 217 and tied for sixth. Schauffele finished at 6-over 222 and tied for 18th. Michelini finished at 7-over 223. All three finished in the top 25. Kaiser finished 12-over
228 and tied for 38th and Holley finished at 16-over 232 and tied for 51st. The tournament finish showed the SDSU team has quality players who can compete with big name schools such as the University of Washington and Texas A&M. The Aztecs’ next tournament was the Ping/Golfweek Preview in Alpharetta, Ga. On the first day, Berry finished in first place, with a score of 3-under 67 including three birdies. Michelini finished at 1-over 71 and tied for 11th place. Freshman Robert Gojuangco finished at 1-over 71 and tied for 46th, while fellow freshman Gunn Yang finished at 5over 75 and tied for 58th place in the tournament. The team went into the second day of its tournament hoping to increase its lead, but dropped to ninth place. Berry stayed in first place with a score of 1-under 69 and Michelini finished at 3-over 73 and tied for 29th. Gojuangco finished the tournament at 3-over 73 and tied for 46th, while Schauffele finished at 3-over 73, tied for 60th. The last day proved very important
for the Aztecs. SDSU finished the tournament in ninth place, but Berry stayed consistent and finished in first place, with a score of 2-under 208. He was the only player to finish under par. Michelini finished at 2-over 212 and tied for 12th. The Aztecs’ next tournament is the Oct. 15-16 Alister MacKenzie Invitational in Fairfax. Meanwhile, women’s golf started the season at the Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. SDSU ended the first day at 13th with a score of 25-over 609. Freshman Emma Henrikson finished at 1-over 147 and tied for 14th. Senior Christine Wong finished at 5-over 151 and tied for 36th, while sophomore Kristina Lynn finished at 7-over 153 and tied for 46th. The Aztecs finished the tournament in 13th place with a score of 43-over 919. Henrikson finished at 5-over 224 and tied for 25th overall, while Wong finished at 10-over 229 and tied for 39th. Lynn finished at 13-over 232 and tied for 49th and junior Maureen Dunnagan finished at 19-over 238
and tied for 76th. SDSU’s next tournament was the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Vail, Colo., where the Aztecs finished the first day at 14-over 302, good enough for seventh place. Wong finished 2-under 70 and tied for fifth and Lynn finished 3-over 75 and tied for 28th. Henrikson finished 5-over 77 and tied for 45th, while senior Gina Clark and Dunnagan both scored 8-over 80 with a tie at 68th. The second day put the Aztecs at 31-over 607 and in 10th place. Wong landed a hole-in-one on the 17th hole to move into 16th place. She scored 5-over 77. Henrikson ended up with a 4-over 76 and tied for 42nd. Dunnagan finished 3-over 75 and tied for 50th. SDSU’s final day ended with a score of 54-over 918 and in a tie for 11th place. Wong finished 4-over 220 and tied for 13th. Henrikson finished 12-over 228 and tied for 36th, while Dunnagan finished 20-over 236 and tied for 65th. The Aztecs’ next tournament is Oct. 8-10 at the Edean Ihlanfeldt in Seattle.
The Bulldogs blocked the kick and Fresno State’s Charles Washington returned the ball back to the opposite end zone for two points. Will you sign my cast? Linebacker Nick Tenhaeff and offensive center Alec Johnson both wore padded casts on their right hands on Saturday. Tenhaeff suffered his injury last week against San Jose State and hand surgery performed on Monday. Johnson suffered his injury against North Dakota. Yet, that hasn’t stopped either player from making an impact on the field. Johnson has started 31 consecutive games, while Tenhaeff came in off the bench to tip a pass from Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, which led to junior defensive back Eric Pinkins’ 25-yard interception return for a touchdown. News and notes •SDSU has returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the last three games. •The Aztecs won the coin toss and received the ball to start the game. SDSU has received the ball to start all five games this season. •Muema has a rushing touchdown in six consecutive games. •Katz had a 67-yard rush, the longest of his career and the secondlongest play this season by the Aztecs. •Senior defensive back Leon McFadden has recorded an interception in three consecutive games. •Pinkins had a career-high eight tackles and an interception return for a touchdown, the first of his career.
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Britney, you drive me crazy
ne downside to being in the public eye is the world scrutinizing your every move. You could be like Kristen Stewart and pretend you aren’t famous and hate the attention you essentially asked for. You could be like Emma Stone, embrace your celebrity status and use that platform to be charming and lovable. Or you could take the crazy route. Who comes to mind, other than Lindsay Lohan? None other than the princess of bubble gum pop herself, miss Britney Spears. Spears sauntered into our hearts wearing a too-short mini skirt, roaming the halls of a fictional high school singing about domestic violence (just kidding). She transcended from her cute, bubbly image to the slightly less teeny-bopper look for “Oops!... I Did It Again” and then became more and more slutty as she moved through “Britney,” “In the Zone,” “Blackout” and that tragic record, “Circus.” Through her image transformation, Spears went headfirst into the all too cliché and mandatory public breakdown starting with her 55-hour marriage to a childhood friend and quickly followed by the epic failure that is the “Britney and K-Fed” saga. America watched the girl lose her mind. She shaved her head, let her toddler drive her car and the worst offense of them all, walked around a gas station barefoot and holding a bag of Cheetos. I think the beginning of the end was her stomach-turning performance at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. Rumors spread before the show aired about her supposed comeback— the first of many. If you have
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that many comebacks, doesn’t it negate the purpose? Much like Cher’s farewell tours; if you’re leaving, just go. Don’t have nine farewell tours. The show started with a tight shot of the world’s worst weave. Post-head shave, Spears had to do something to bring back her signature blonde locks and the best option was the tragedy atop her head at the awards show. Even the glue-in extensions I had in high school looked better than that monstrosity. She was obviously lip-synching her new hit “Gimme More” and this was the first time we had really seen the ‘dead behind the eyes’ Spears. She was unenthused, horrible at dancing all of a sudden and barely did much to show the crowd she was back in the music scene to make up for her crazy antics. During her performance, crowd shots of celebrities, such as 50 Cent and Rihanna, showed the discomfort in the room. A line from “Country Strong” comes to mind—something about how you cant take someone out of rehab before the rehab. It reads like a tragic story headline: “Pop princess who dated Justin Timberlake and wore matching denim outfits turned into public train wreck.” Are you rolling your eyes yet? Bottom line is, don’t get famous if you can’t handle it. Obviously, Spears’ bad choices, exacerbated by her obvious mental deficiencies combined with having to look at the everexpanding waistline of Kevin Federline, contributed to extreme mental deterioration. So then there was some radio
silence. No Brit for a while. And then, “X Factor.” She was to make, yet another—you guessed it—comeback. Even I was roped into watching and the last thing I need in my life is another TV show to watch. In the five years that have passed since her cringe-worthy VMA performance, not much has changed. She’s still got a bad weave, she still looks dead behind the eyes and her energy level is comparable to that of a sleep-deprived morphine addict. The show itself is shot in a bizarre fashion (that’s an entirely different set of complaints) and when they show Spears behind the scenes, she seems tentative and uncomfortable; like you would at a function your mother made you attend at your grandma’s senior center. All comfort in front of the camera she had perfected since her debut on “The Mickey Mouse Club” is gone and don’t even get me started on when she sang “Happy Birthday” to L.A. Reid, completely a cappella. It was the most uncomfortable 30 seconds of TV I’ve experienced since she made out with Madonna almost 10 years ago. Stars falling at the whim of their fame is a tale as old as time and few can be chronicled as closely as Britney Spears. God knows there have been enough—”Behind the Music” and “E! True Hollywood Story” type shows about her. But what really matters is that this one is still happening. This one is unfolding in front of our eyes every time “X Factor” comes on, and you better believe I’ll be sitting there with my popcorn just dying to see her next move. Or fall.
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Today’s Birthday (10/1/12) - This may be the year to “light out for the territory ahead,” as Huckleberry Finn put it. Expand horizons with cultural exploration through study, communication and travel. A simple lifestyle satisfies, so stay thrifty and vote with your dollars. 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 - By now you should be able to see improvement. Be the rock of stability. Mental alertness is key. Show yourself the money for the next couple of days. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 7 - Balance work with fun. The confusion is only temporary. Don’t drive right past your off ramp. Pull in creative harvest for profit, and then go celebrate. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 9 Take it easy for a moment; think and regroup. A loved one helps you get farther than expected. Discipline and careful listening are required. Slow down and contemplate. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 9 Work through a conflict with some help from your friends and a willingness to compromise. Share details with partners. Keep track of spending, and maintain control. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 9 - Pay attention to social protocol, but stand up for yourself. Others wonder if you’re ready for more responsibility. You are if you say so. Demonstrate, and give thanks. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a
7 - Don’t be frightened by a friend’s fears. Underneath, they really believe in you. You set the standards. Artistic endeavors gain momentum. You can have it all. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 9 - Keep things simple and make life easier. Identify the potential in the circumstances to increase work productivity and satisfaction. Don’t talk much; avoid a communications breakdown. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is an 8 - Pay attention to a master for the next few days. This person helps restore balance, and assists with decisions. Avoid risk and conflict. Find what you need nearby. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 9 - You’re entering two hectic days. Doublecheck the data. Stick to the rules you’ve set. Everything’s changing ... it’s a good time to ask for money and make executive decisions. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 9 - Take care of family first. Set long-term goals together, and make sure to include savings. Heed your partner’s advice for a beautiful moment. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 9 - Move cautiously. It’s easier than expected. Check instructions again. Make household decisions and an important connection. There’s a surprising discovery ... answer with a yes. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is an 8 - You’ll retain information well for a while. Check details with the bank. You’re looking good. You succumb to feminine wiles. Call home if you’ll be late. ©2012, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
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