LGBT major approved at SDSU
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No longer just a minor, proponents praise the progress Arturo Garcia staff writer Last week, the California State University chancellor approved San Diego State’s latest addition to its current list of 84 bachelor’s degrees: the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered studies major. As the major’s future adviser acclaims SDSU’s preparedness for the LGBT program, another alumnus who served as co-chair for the Pride Action Committee student group on campus questions the addition. “We look at history, queer literature – much will depend on the research focus of the staff that will be teaching,” Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs Edith Benkov said. “It will include interdisciplinary visions that are less typical of other programs.” As part of a growing academic specialization within many disciplines across the U.S., including literature, history, social sciences, media studies, political science, law and many others, the LGBT major will provide students the opportunity to form an interdisciplinary degree starting spring 2012, according to current adviser of the LGBT minor and professor of women’s studies at SDSU, Dr. Esther Rothblum. She will also be the adviser of the major in the spring.
The background of LGBT studies According to Benkov, the major will be the first of its kind in the CSU system. LGBT studies have been carving their way through academia since the early 1970s, SDSU’s LGBT bibliographer Will Weston said. “Higher education research related to LGBT people has evolved in tandem with activist movements,” associate professor at Michigan State University, Kristen A. Renn, wrote in her research paper “LGBT and Queer Research in Higher Education: The State and Status of the Field.” According to Renn, in 1965 the first known gay student organization, the Student Homophile League at Columbia University, was founded immediately after the riots in the city. Weston said LGBT studies are comprised of classes in many different disciplines. “In 1970, SDSU founded the first women’s studies department in the U.S., and the world, realizing at the time that the women’s movement had reached a critical momentum in scholarship, media, activism and pedagogy,” Rothblum said. The first university program in gay and lesbian studies was established at the City University of New York in 1986, according to an article by Jacques Steinberg in The New York Times. SDSU introduced its LGBT minor in 2009, after incorporating two LGBT studies courses within the 2002 academic year, according to Rothblum.
San Diego State’s Aztec Recreation Center is promoting a program focused on arms, meant for men and women looking to either build muscle mass or trim down. “Whether you are a guy or girl, you can follow a basic recipe that will tighten, tone and shape your arms,” Matt Dawson, a personal trainer at the ARC, said. According to Dawson, following the formula will give these results faster than most regimes. The formula he suggests is to drink water constantly, complete a cardiovas-
Program assets and university pre paredness For two years in a row, SDSU was voted one of the top 20 colleges by campuspride.org, receiving a perfect five-star rating for LGBT policy inclusion, support and institutional commitment, academic life, student life, housing, campus safety, counseling and health, recruitment and retention efforts, according to SDSU alumnus Allan Acevedo.
“Higher education research related to LGBT people has evolved in tandem with activist movements.” Kristen A. Renn Associate professor at Michigan State University
“The fact that SDSU has an LGBT studies minor, in addition to the national visibility of Safe Zones and SDSU, which trains students, staff, and faculty to improve campus climate for LGBT people, contributed to this superior ranking,” Rothblum said. However, Acevedo called the rating premature and noted a particular dissatisfaction, writing “The biggest thing I see lacking right now is a LGBT resource center on campus with staff, program funding and support from the university.” Director of Diversity at SDSU
cular exercise routine six days each week and reduce overall calorie intake by 200 to 400. This, says Dawson, will decrease the overall size of your arms. To build arms up, the same steps with a 200 to 400 calorie increase is suggested. “People ask me what exercises will shape their arms and help them get that ‘V’ shape or how to lose that second wave,” Dawson said. “You know, when a person waves with their hand and the triceps feel compelled to join in. Fortunately there are some simple
Aaron Bruce said there are plans to include a LGBTQIA space in the school’s new student union, scheduled to open fall 2013. According to Benkov, the minor has been well received by students. “In terms of overall impact of the minor, we started doing a lavender graduation,” she said. “The minor facilitated something that might not have happened without it.” According to Rothblum, SDSU has three LGBT student groups: the Pride Action Committee, the LGBTQ Student Union and the Gamma Rho Lambda queer-based sorority. The curriculum SDSU hired four new faculty members this fall who are focused on LGBT issues, said Rothblum. Among them are Pablo Ben in the history department, focusing on gay men’s communities in South America and Douglas Bigham in linguistics, focusing on “gay and straight speech” and queer linguistics. Rothblum mentioned 10 existing courses with LGBT emphases, ranging from history, “homosexuality in the Middle Ages and history of sexuality” to women’s studies, “same-sex marriage and lesbian mental health.” “SDSU faculty scholars are at the forefront of scholarship on LGBT issues,” Rothblum said. The major’s curriculum is fairly broad according to Benkov, who currently teaches a course titled “Lesbian Identity in Medieval Europe.” “A lot of coursework will maybe focus 50 percent on LGBT issues, the rest on broader issues of sexuality,” Benkov said.
steps anyone can take for better looking arms.” The most important thing to be done though, according to Dawson, is to stay consistent because results are probably not going to show otherwise. For more information, visit the ARC. There is also a video on arcsdsu.wordpress.com titled “Strong Sexy Arms” which thoroughly details the complete workout. — Information compiled by the Aztec Recreation Center
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Aztecs continued to work during bye week Michigan.” TCU lost a number of players from its Rose Bowl Champion team of a season ago, but the Horned Frogs are a contender for the MW championship this season. The TCU game will be the beginning of conference play for the Aztecs. Getting a bye week in to prepare for the rigors of the MW should be beneficial for the team. “I don’t think you ever want to go into a bye week with a loss,” senior quarterback Ryan Lindley said. “But I think timing wise, it’s a good time to regroup, get ready for conference play and just kind of hone in.”
Antonio Morales sports editor Now that the bye week has ended, the San Diego State football team is beginning to prepare for the start of Mountain West Conference play. The bye week came at a good time for SDSU who had time to move on from the Michigan loss and start preparing for the TCU Horned Frogs. Here are some of the storylines from the first five weeks of the Aztecs’ season. Defense still has room to improve The SDSU defense has endured a number of ups and downs this year. When the defense had some trouble in the early goings against Army, Washington State and Michigan, the unit rebounded well in the second half to finish the game strong. The defense also has a knack for causing turnovers this season. The Aztecs have already forced 12 takeaways through four games. Those numbers haven’t impressed head coach Rocky Long, who doesn’t think the defense is where it should be at this point of the season. “Defense is not anywhere close to where we want it to be,” Long said. “We’re giving up too many big plays.” Both Michigan and Washington State had a number of big plays against Long’s 3-3-5 defense. Long said the design of the defense might have something to do with the number of plays that have gone from big yards. He also said the defense is supposed to
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counter with big plays of its own, but they haven’t made enough big plays. “The style of defense we play, we do give up some big plays but we’ve been giving up too many of them,” Long said. “It’s supposed to balance out. For every big play you give up, you’re supposed to make a big play on defense. I’m not sure it’s balancing out yet.”
Bye week timing The bye week seemed to come at a perfect time for SDSU, who had time to recoup from an emotional loss at Michigan. The extra time was also beneficial in preparing for TSU’s Horned Frogs, a team just as good as the Wolverines. “We’re moving on and getting ready for probably a better football team,” Long said. “TCU is probably a better football team than
Point after At the weekly press conference last Tuesday, Lindley, junior defensive back Larry Parker and senior defensive lineman J.J. Autele said they had no problem with Long not letting the players talk after the Michigan Loss. Lindley noted the players were upset and didn’t want the opportunity for somebody to slip up and say something they would have regretted. According to a report by The San Diego Union-Tribune, junior linebacker Rob Andrews will be out six to eight weeks with a broken foot. Andrews has 17 tackles so far this season and is the sixth-leading tackler on the team. Lindley said he wasn’t paying attention to the criticism from the media he received after the Michigan loss “My freshman year is probably the last time I’ve looked at the paper,” Lindley said. “I’ve learned since then to stay away from that. Whatever you guys say, good or bad, everybody but me is looking at it.”
SDSU finishes in third place in Albuquerque Michael Manbert contributor San Diego State’s men’s golf team was forced to wait until the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M on Friday to kick off their season. SDSU had previously been slated to begin their season earlier in the week at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational in Bremerton, Wash., which was cancelled because of heavy rainfall. The Aztecs’ clubs were rust-free, though, as they shot their way to a top-three finish in a tournament that saw many of the nation’s most talented teams take to the greens. After having entered the final round of the 57th annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate tournament in fourth place, the SDSU men’s golf team shot a final-round 296 to propel itself into third. The Aztecs finished their season opener with a 54-hole total of 19-over 883, finishing 12 and 16 strokes behind host New Mexico and UNLV, respectively.
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SDSU saw two of its players finish in the top 15 on the individual leaderboard, with senior J.J. Spaun tying for ninth with a 2over 218, and freshman Wilson Bateman tied for 14th with a 4-over 220 in his first collegiate event. Sophomore Todd Baek (24th) and senior Alex Kang (34th) also shot well. Junior Tom Berry rounded out the Aztec starting five with an 11-over 227 that left him in 41st place. Redshirt senior and former Mountain West Conference freshman of the year Matt Hoffenberg, who competed as an individual, shot an even-par 72 in the final round to vault himself from 47th to a tie with Baek for 24th. BYU’s Zachary Blair would take the individual tournament crown with a phenomenal 7under 209, while New Mexico’s James Erkenbeck (-3) and UNLV’s Derek Ernst (-1) rounded out the top three. The Aztecs will have eight days of rest before they resume play at The Prestige at PGA West on Oct. 9 in La Quinta, Calif., where they will look to improve upon this weekend’s third place finish.
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‘50/50’ puts a comedic spin on a dark topic All-star cast exposes the positives of a terrible situation Morgan Denno staff writer Cancer is the center of “50/50.” In theory, this seems like a pretty depressing idea for a movie. Statistically, viewers probably know at least one person who has either recovered from it or died from it, but it’s rarely discussed. Cancer is the ultimate buzzkill, a taboo in our society and for that reason, it is a rare subject for a filmmaker to take on. Despite the plot theme, “50/50” is an amazing movie that transforms the heavy subject into a hilariously funny and incredibly heartfelt film. Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the epitome of a good guy. He doesn’t drink or smoke. He likes his job. He recycles and probably flosses too. At age 27, Adam seems to have a really promising life ahead of him, until he finds out he has cancer with a 50 percent chance of survival. Suddenly his relationship with his artist girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) isn’t as steady as it once was. His worrisome mother (Anjelica Huston) becomes unbearable. His overly optimistic counselor (Anna Kendrick) annoys Adam’s numb approach to everything. Even his best friend and constant companion (Seth Rogen) seems to be stuck in the fraternity phase of life that Adam is far removed from. The real story began about six years ago when Will Reiser, writer of “50/50,” was diagnosed with cancer at the young age of 24. To deal with his grief, he looked to his real-life best friend, Rogen, for guidance. After beating the disease, Reiser and Rogen wrote and produced the script for “50/50” because they were able to realize all the humor that resulted from the horrible situation. Rather than creating something overly depressing or forcing humor, the Reiser and Rogen collaboration
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The real story began about six years ago when Will Reiser, writer of “50/50,” was diagnosed with cancer at the ... age of 24. To deal with his grief, he looked to his real ... best friend Rogen. is honest and comes to terms with the fact that cancer isn’t always sad. After hearing the premise, it’s easy to forget that this movie is a comedy. Without Rogen’s role as Adam’s childhood best friend, the movie
could have tapped into a much deeper, darker place. His quick banter with Gordon-Levitt feels natural and he spouts sarcastic one-liners constantly. Even in the most selfserving moments, there’s something
childish and appealing about the friendship. It’s easy to believe Gordon-Levitt as the well-kept 20something who hates being late to work, but his progression into fragility and loneliness resonates with audiences on a personal level. Kendrick’s sweet personality brightens the situation with her endearing awkwardness and she acts as the girl every guy wants and every girl wants to be. Even the elderly cancer patient friends (and pot macaroons) whom Adam meets in the hospital are a hilarious addition to the story. It seems fitting that the most depressing scenes are quickly and
starkly contrasted with the most hilarious and heartfelt. The characters seem so believable because they tell a real story, not just for Reiser and Rogen but for the millions of other people affected by cancer. This excellent movie has the rare ability to make audiences laugh, cry and sometimes do both at the same time.
Movie: 50/50 Distributed by: SUMMIT Directed by: JONATHAN LEVINE Release Date: SEPT. 30 Grade: A
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‘Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil’ salutes classic horror Redneck themed comedy-horror plays with well-loved tropes Andrew Younger senior staff writer
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Of the vast swaths of Americana projected onto the silver screen, rednecks are among the most underrepresented. Despite the payper-view receipts for “WrestleMania” and perpetual syndication of “Hee Haw” that represents their contribution to the American experience, these sons of the soil are typically portrayed one of two ways on film: “squeal like a pig” or “git ‘r done.” It is this public perception of rednecks falling somewhere between “Deliverance” and a Jeff Foxworthy comedy tour that fuels the humor in director Eli Craig’s horror-comedy of errors “Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil”. The titular Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are a couple of well-meaning good ol’ boys en route to their recently purchased vacation home, a dilapidated “fixerupper” cabin deep in the hills of Appalachia, when they spot the attractive Allison (Katrina Bowden)
traveling with a group of preppy college students. After a pep talk from Tucker, Dale barely summons the courage to speak to Allison at a rest stop. Allison mistakes Dale’s mealymouthed anxiousness for mental instability and has her friend Chad (Jesse Moss) chase him off. This leads Chad to recount a story, shown as a sepia-steeped flashback, about a series of murders committed by a couple of rednecks in those woods 20 years ago. In typical horror movie fashion, the college kids respond to the scary story by unwittingly going skinnydipping in the same pond that Tucker and Dale are fishing. When Allison inevitably spots the dejected duo while getting undressed, she falls and hits her head, leaving Dale to dive in and rescue her. Much to Dale’s surprise, Allison’s friends flee in terror at the sight of him pulling her up onto his boat. While Dale decides to nurse Allison back to health until her friends return, Chad and company assume the rednecks captured her and subsequently mount a campaign to save her by any means necessary. Hilarity ensues. The source of that hilarity lies with writer-director Craig’s ability to honor the tropes of horror while simultaneously wringing out the
ridiculousness of the genre. From the “Blair Witch Project” style cold open to the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” aping chase through the woods, Craig’s feature film debut uses horror classics as signposts which allow the audience to identify with the college kids’ perception of Tucker and Dale. As each film reference undermines Tucker and Dale’s good intentions to comedic effect, the knee-jerk reaction of the attractive college students, who would otherwise be the protagonists of a horror film, serves as a criticism of prejudicial treatment — adding a layer of meaning that raises “Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil” above a simple genre parody and into the realm of satire.
Movie: TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL Distributed by: MAPLE PICTURES Directed by: ELI CRAIG Release Date: SEPT. 30 Grade: A-
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