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THE NEWSPAPER OF SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1913 VOLUME 99, ISSUE 22

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2012

Brown signs student protection bills COUNTDOWN TO VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE:

19 DAYS First debate underplayed by candidates J. Hutton Marshall Managing Editor

go into effect until 90 days after approval, in order to give students a chance to prepare accordingly. Effective Jan. 1, AB 970 will require the UC and CSU to provide justification for a fee increase, information on how the allotted funds will be used, a description of what alternative options considered and the fee’s potential impacts on students. The bill requires students to be notified 30 days prior before it goes into effect. In addition, universities cannot

The first of three presidential debates will take place tonight at the University of Denver. With President Barack Obama’s lead in the presidential race growing in key swing states such as Ohio and Florida, this debate could potentially make or break Mitt Romney’s campaign. However, the Obama and Romney campaigns, and many of their key supporters, have downplayed the importance of this debate and conservatively lowered expectations. Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R) went on Fox News Sunday and spoke about the challenges of going up against Obama in a debate. “Look, President Obama is a very gifted speaker. The man has been on the national stage for many years ... He’s done these kinds of debates before,” Ryan said. “This is Mitt’s first time on this kind of a stage.”

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Presidential debate continued on page 2

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AB 1844 and SB 1349 were signed by Gov. Brown to protect social media users’ privacy from employers and universities

AB 970 gives UC and CSU students the opportunity to prepare for fee increases as well as receiving fee increase justification

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Ana Ceballos Assistant News Editor

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced the signing of two bills, which will limit potential employers and universities’ access to the profiles of social media users. “The Golden State is pioneering the social media revolution and these laws will protect all Californians from unwarranted invasions of their personal social media accounts,” Brown said in a prepared statement

after announcing his signature. Assembly Bill 1844, sponsored by Nora Campos, restricts employer access to employees’ and applicants’ social media passwords and usernames. It is also illegal for employers to fire or punish employees who refuse to divulge social media information. The bill does not impede employers to investigate workplace misconduct. A similar bill, Senate Bill 1349, sponsored by Leland Yee, protects students’ social media accounts from AB 1844 and SB 1349 continued on page 2

Stacey Oparnica Staff Writer

If students can’t avoid fee increases, at least they can now avoid the element of surprise. Compliant with Assembly Bill 970, the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Sept. 27, a tuition increase for California State University and University of California students will not

Erotic uniforms objectify women athletes

Check out the review of SDSU’s production of Shakespeare’s classic “As You Like It.” Page 3.

opinion

Madison Hopkins Contributor

Professional athletes are a prime example of impeccable physical fitness. We expect them to work

new association is exactly what it seems: professional female basketball players … in bikinis. The BBL is not to be confused with the W.N.B.A. This new league is completely autonomous

In addition to being disrespected, female athletes are now being gawked at as overly sexualized bimbos. When in fact, many women involved ... are actually highly skilled athletes ... hard, win games and, apparently do all of this half naked. This new stipulation isn’t required of all serious athletes — just those who happen to be women and want people to actually watch them play. The Bikini Basketball League recently announced it would soon create two California teams as a part of its national league. This

and mainly for entertainment purposes. Although many of the women involved consider themselves serious athletes with extensive sports backgrounds, the main focus of such leagues is the exploitation of sexuality rather than athletic skill. In an aggressive and maledominated sports community,

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it’s difficult for female athletes to be noticed, let alone respected as much as their male counterparts. In addition to being disrespected, female athletes are now being gawked at as overly sexualized bimbos. When in fact, many

women involved in these leagues are actually highly skilled athletes who take the game seriously. However, they do not receive this feeling in return. WOMEN ATHLETES continued on page 4

... it is clear this is not a typical interpretation of (his) classic comedy ...


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NEWS

Wednesday October 3, 2012 The Daily Aztec

Psychology professor wins Monty

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Tara Kistler Contributor

San Diego State psychology professor Vanessa Malcarne, who is part of the faculty of the joint doctoral program between SDSU and the University of California, San Diego focuses her research on quality of life issues for those who are chronically ill. She is interested in the ways people cope with a diagnosis that can never be fully treated and mental illnesses that come with such a prognosis. Because of her research and impact outside the university, Malcarne is the newest winner of the prestigious Monty Award, given only to those who have made substantial contributions to the university and community. Clinical psychology became Malcarne’s dream while she was in college. Her dream job as a biochemistry undergraduate at Cornell University was to become a veterinarian because it seemed “glamorous.” Malcarne realized her passion for literature and with the advice of a friend, decided

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psychology was her true calling and transferred to earn her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. Since her transition to SDSU in 1990, Malcarne focused on what she describes as, “moving past post-diagnosis issues to prevention of cancer.” Her involvement and work with the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program includes research on the psychological effects of those diagnosed with serious illnesses and writing policy. The program started in the mid 1980s and when Malcarne joined, it was in its early stages.

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Malcarne also develops psychometrically sound instruments to conduct studies on people by creating questionnaires and testing them for effectiveness. Georgia Sadler, Associate Director of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center said, “Dr Malcarne’s particular skill sets have enabled our research team to more effectively measure changes in the elusive areas of perceptions and attitudes.” When Malcarne is not researching, writing or talking with patients, she enjoys hiking and seeing wildlife with her husband. She also likes to sing classical music. Sadler describes the collaboration since the mid ‘90s as, “a perfect partnership because we each bring unique as well as overlapping skill sets.” Her determination to make a difference in the lives of those facing some of life’s greatest challenges and her contributions in research to the university and community have earned Malcarne a well-deserved Monty Award.

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This is a big victory for every student paying tuition at a California public university.

David Allison CSU Association President

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public and private universities and colleges. Brown expressed that this bill would help prevent “universities from snooping into students’ social media accounts, particularly those of student athletes.” The bill does not take away the schools’ right to punish and investigate student misconduct. Social media marketing intern at Thunder SEO and media studies senior Kelly Kauffman believes social media is an emerging platform and that it’s necessary to set preliminary boundaries. “It is important to maintain social media as an honorable thing before people start getting too cautious of how they use it for fear of what employers will

think,” Kauffman said. According to section 1 of AB 1844, social media encompasses all electronic content, including, “blogs, video blogs, podcast, text messages, email or online services, or Internet web site profiles.” The term “social media,” according to the bills, is a vague term, which may lead to different interpretations. Still, employers are allowed to demand employees usernames and passwords for business-related social media accounts. Kauffman, who has worked as a social media intern for both Thunder SEO and Meals on Wheels, considers these bills an imperative step in creating respectful and honorable social media usage.

Crime Beat Burglary at KB Books At about 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 25, a burglary was reported at KB Books on College Avenue. The reporting witness told officers a white male in his 30s with blonde hair stole books from the store and was trying to sell them to other businesses. At the time the burglary was reported, the suspect was in the store at the front counter. An SDSU Student Glenn Biren, was arrested and transported to jail for burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Battery at State St. Grill On Sunday at approximately 6 p.m., a battery case was reported at the State St. Grill on College Avenue. A witness said that one employee hit another, leaving several cuts on the victim’s face. The suspect left before police arrived, but was located, arrested and transported to jail for battery.

—Compiled byStaff Writer Allie Bidwell

approve the fee until 45 days after holding a public meeting to discuss the tuition increase. “This is a big victory for every student paying tuition at a California public university,” California State Student Association President David Allison said. Criminal justice sophomore Miguel Mendez, who works 20 hours a week to pay for his student loans, said the bill will give students more time to budget their money and plan ahead. “I think it will help a majority, if not all, university students,” Mendez said.

Take this bracelet and pass it on to somebody who does something nice.

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At a rally this week in Las Vegas, Obama told a crowd though he’s excited for the first debate, he also said, “Gov. Romney, he’s a good debater … I’m just OK.” Traveling press secretary for the Obama campaign Jen Psaki also commented that Obama hasn’t been able to spend as much time preparing for the debates because of the “constraints of governing.” “Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has been preparing earlier and with more focus than any presidential candidate in modern history,” Psaki said. “Not John F. Kennedy, not President Bill Clinton, not President George Bush, not Ronald Reagan has prepared as much as he has.”

The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch claims an overwhelming number of voters expect Obama to outdebate Romney. They cite a Quinnipiac University poll, released on Tuesday, in which voters expected Obama to win by a near 2-to-1 margin. The study also revealed that while 9 out of 10 voters planned to watch the debate, only 1 out of 10 said their vote might be swayed by watching. The debate, which will focus on domestic policy, will air from 9 to 10:30 p.m. on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as all cable news channels. PBS’s NewsHour host Jim Lehrer will moderate. Visit 2012presidentialelectionnews.com for live streaming of the debate.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Wednesday October 3, 2012 The Daily Aztec

SDSU’s ‘As You Like It’ is unorthodox, yet great

David Dixon Senior Staff Writer

When Jon Huckaby enters the stage in burlesque, drag-queen garb and starts singing original songs with a guitar, it is clear this is not a typical interpretation of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, “As You Like It.” Set in modern times, Rosalind (Katie Rich) is the daughter of the well-liked Duke Senior (Jessica Christman) who is banished by his despicable brother, Frederick. Upon discovering Frederick has ordered her into exile, Rosalind leaves with her cousin, Celia (Chanel Lucia) and the clownish Touchstone (Erika Appel) to find shelter. The three stumble into Duke’s Deep Woods, a burlesque/drag club, where Rosalind disguises herself as a man. She soon meets Orlando (Aaron Drake), a man who developed strong feelings for the real Rosalind. Shakespeare purists take note: This version takes big liberties with the text. The first part of the play is considerably condensed. Early scenes are shortened and take place on a projector to incorporate both snippets of the original script and “TMZ” commentary to help explain relationships between the main characters in tongue-in-cheek fashion. After the extended intro, the rest of the show moves to Duke’s

Deep Woods. Even though the opening moments do a great job of simplifying the preface, so many characters are encountered in the nightclub that it takes awhile to figure out who everyone is. Direct Peter Cirino accomplishes the feeling of visiting a real dive, replicating the highs and lows of going to such an establishment. There are fights, drunken revelry and ridiculously abnormal behavior. Despite this, the dive-bar environment is an amazing place to dance, have fun and not worry about being judged. The cast does a unique job of playing famous roles very differently than what Shakespeare intended. Rich makes Rosalind smart, but also full of intentional emotional detachment. Acting incognito forces her to forget who she actually is, representing identity crisis in the 21st century. However, Rosalind’s steely demeanor begins to break the more she talks to Orlando, revealing a lost soul hiding her emotional vulnerability. Drake is a hilarious physical

With offbeat and gleefully stylish direction from (Peter) Cirino, “As You Like It” is an enthusiastically good time ... This performance shouldn’t be missed.

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I woke up with a slight case of depression on Sunday morning. After scrolling through a few pictures from the night before and humming the tune of “Dead Sea,” I realized the root of my depression: The Lumineers. The folk band came to San Diego to perform a sold-out show at the San Diego House of Blues and it was apparently so good that it left me depressed, if only for a few of hours. Shortly after opening act Bad Weather California ended its set, the Denver-based Lumineers started the main event with the uptempo “Submarines.” The original trio made up of Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites and Neyla Pekarek was joined by new members, Stelth Ulvang and Ben Wahamaki, to warm up the crowd before going into sing-along fan favorites, “Big Parade” and “Classy Girls.” Midway through the set, Fraites teased the audience by walking around on stage clapping his tambourine to the familiar tune of “Ho Hey.” After the band shouted the first “Ho” a crazy surge of shouting and foot stomping took control the next three minutes. There couldn’t have been one person in the whole joint that wasn’t clapping and singing that sweet, easy tune. Before powering into a personal favorite, “Stubborn Love,” Schultz thanked the audience for clearly knowing the entire album and not just the one song conquering the radio and TV commercials. Some songs sound great on the record, but others need to be heard live. You

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The all-student cast of of “As You Like It” round out a quality production from SDSU’s theatre department. The gender-bending character interpretations provide many laughs.

The Lumineers light up the HoB Jenna De Stefano

comedian who gives Orlando both a heroic and wimpy personality. Whether sharing memorably witty dialogue with Rich or getting into an over-the-top fight with a wrestler, Drake is a pleasure to watch. The only apparent problem on opening night was the sold-out crowd did not take advantage of the interactive aspect of “As You Like It,” where the audience is encouraged to tweet during the evening, so their messages could be displayed onto a large screen. Since everyone was invested in the story, nobody tweeted. Hopefully, attendees will be able to break away for a moment and try this out in future performances. With offbeat and gleefully stylish direction from Cirino, “As You Like It” is an enthusiastically good time. Add cool song choices from artists such as Calvin Harris and Avicii, and the result is a wonderfully wild theatrical party. This performance shouldn’t be missed. Tickets and information about “As You Like It” can be found at theatre.sdsu.edu.

haven’t listened to “Stubborn Love” until you’ve seen it performed from the middle of a pit of people, 10 feet away from the band. This song sent electricity through the audience and the House of Blues’ fairly intimate venue couldn’t handle the amount of dancing bodies inadvertently pushing each other between shouts of “ohs” and “ayes.” The Lumineers brought the second song of the encore into the audience. Standing on top of a moving box contraption, Schultz said there were only three rules: be quiet, put away your phones and make room for the band to pass by. With that, The Lumineers played “Darlene” to a quiet yet excited crowd, adding authenticity to the performance as the band members laughed and fumbled around the audience, appearing to enjoy the night just as much as the crowd. The band transitioned back on for the final song, bringing Bad Weather California and a couple of friends up to sing one of the ultimate sing-along songs: “The Weight” by The Band. The camaraderie on stage was palpable during the whole show, but it was heightened during this last song. During any truly great concert, the final song is when that shortterm depression starts to seep in because we know after this last song, we’d leave with high but little hope of extending the excitement into the night and into our lives. But wherever we went after, The Lumineers made sure the audience remembered the pure fun and excitement of that sweet Saturday night.


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opinion

Wednesday October 3, 2012 The Daily Aztec

from WOMEN ATHLETES page 1

The Lingerie Football League, taglined as “true fantasy football,” preceded Bikini Basketball and now boasts 12 teams across the U.S. and Canada. Despite its popularity and obvious appeal to a target audience, the LFL promotes a crude view of female athletics, depicted as some pornographic ideal. Rather than giving female athletes an equivalently respectable football league, the sports industry has told the team it’s only good for its sex appeal. Kelli Scarangello, former San Diego Seduction quarterback, said although she was always very athletic, it was hard to find any kind of serious football league after high school. “The LFL was the best option that I could see for professional women’s football and the only paid league I could find,” Scarangello said. These leagues negatively warp the players’ own body image. Scarangello explained before game days, all of the girls were subject to harsh scrutiny of their bodies. She refers to them as “fat checks,” during which the team mangers decide whether each individual looks good enough in uniform to play. Those who didn’t make the cut were told to sit out rather than tarnish the strict image promoted by the league. The league clearly shows where its priorities are, and it’s

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Construction workers observe the tryouts for the Lingerie Football League in Seattle.

not with athletic skill. While most professional sports leagues have female equivalents, they are generally not as popular. Traditional women’s leagues, which focus on athletics, have always been seen as boring or weak compared to the aggression and excitement of men’s games. Fans routinely write off female sports as less interesting than men’s. Now, the induction of sexualized sports has pushed other women’s sports further into submission. The association to these sexually demeaning leagues is turning women’s sports into more of a joke than a place for serious athletes. We wouldn’t see a professional men’s soccer team running around in Speedos, so it isn’t fair to subject

women to this degradation. The objectification of players in these leagues validates the idea that it doesn’t matter what women do, as long as they look good playing. This summer’s Olympics were hailed as the “year of the woman,” referring to the abundance of female superstars. With such strong female success, you would think personal appearance wouldn’t be an issue. Unfortunately for Gabby Douglas, this wasn’t the case. When Douglas won the gold medal for all around individual gymnastics at 16 years old, the only thing anyone cared about was her hair. The girl was doing things most of us could never do and apparently what she really needed to focus on was

her looks. Even with all of the negative aspects surrounding female sex fantasy leagues, thousands of women still choose to be a part of it. It is their own choice to do what they wish with their bodies. If they don’t have a problem with the nature of the league, then more power to them. But sports fans need to learn to appreciate female athletes for their actual skill, regardless of any aesthetic value. Women who play professional sports in any capacity deserve the same admiration men receive. Physical attractiveness has no impact on the game, but is disproportionately relevant in female athletics. This creates an unhealthy image of women as foremost sex objects. In the minds of the spectators, any real skills is secondary. These women are continually told if they want to receive the same kind of respect male athletes receive, they need to make the sport more interesting. Apparently the way to do that is by exploiting their sexuality. Women who have made it to the professional level are strong, capable athletes who ought to be held in high esteem for their physical abilities, regardless of what they look like half naked.

Legalize recreational marijuana use marijuana

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ecently, the mayoral elections in San Diego touched upon the topic of marijuana use for medical purposes. Even though Republican and Democratic candidates generally have different opinions, Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner agreed on one issue: the use of medical marijuana should be legal, but controlled. Nonetheless, the use of marijuana for recreational purposes is still cause for concern, as evident by Filner’s statement, “I want to make sure it’s available for those who are suffering from illness, but that neighbors are protected, kids are protected from any use or recreational use.” What I don’t understand is why marijuana is illegal when equally harmful substances, such as alcohol, are considered acceptable to society. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws claims even though marijuana is the third most used drug in the U.S., it is less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco, which are the first and second most popular drug in the U.S. respectively. Statistics show approximately 50,000 people die of alcohol poisoning and 400,000 die tobaccorelated deaths every year. In contrast, marijuana hasn’t been proven to directly cause death. Still, the police spend a considerable amount of time and money arresting people for marijuana use. According to NORML, trying to reduce the use of marijuana costs an estimated $10 billion annually, arresting more than 853,000 people each year. It would be more reasonable to imitate the Netherlands’ marijuana policy, where it’s considered a soft drug and can be obtained from coffeeshops. To be

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clear, coffeeshops in the Netherlands aren’t primarily coffee retailers. These dispensaries can only stock 500 grams (roughly a pound) of marijuana at any given time. Specific rules also apply to customers. For instance, a person entering a coffeeshop has to be at least 18 years old. With the newest law, coffeeshops customers must also be residents of the Netherlands and registered for a special permit. This rule is meant to decrease the number of foreigners coming to the Netherlands to buy marijuana and resell it back home. Overall, decriminalization is meant to focus on more dangerous criminals rather than recreational users. The goal in the Netherlands is “to keep young people, who experiment with cannabis away from other much more dangerous drugs.” We all know the proverb, “Forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest.” We experience the temptation to do something that isn’t allowed. Temptation is sometimes strong enough to make us succumb. Legalizing marijuana would remove the allure of the forbidden, meaning many people would likely lose interest in it. When I first moved to the Netherlands, I asked my friends if they ever smoked weed or had been to coffeeshops. Most said they hadn’t because they had never been interested in doing so. When I asked astronomy senior Lars Driessen, a Dutch exchange student, about marijuana use in the Netherlands he replied, “I could, I just never been in a coffeeshop.” My parents were worried I would spend my days in the coffeeshops, once I left to study in the Netherlands. I was never tempted to get high on a regular basis. Still, I was curious because

there aren’t coffeeshops in Czech Republic, my native country, and thus, I hadn’t dared try it illegally. It was entertaining to see my parents’ reaction when I told them I tried weed for the first (and last) time in the Netherlands. People obviously worry about how legalizing marijuana would impact society. Legalization would make people more aware of the consequences of using marijuana. Often, doing something illegal is considered a compulsive action. It may seem OK at the

given moment because people often don’t think about what comes after. When people are given the information they need to think about what they are doing, they can consider how it will affect their lives. Making marijuana illegal won’t stop people from using it. There are always back doors the people will find and use. Making marijuana legal would provide people with information so they can make an educated decision about their actions.

ELEC TION COVERAGE

DeMaio and Filner reveal true tempers

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Leonardo Castaneda Opinion Editor

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olitical debates can feel like speed dating. Candidates have only a few minutes to justify to voters why their position on specific topics is the right one. And like speed dating, appearances can be more decisive than anything they say. On monday night, KPBS and San Diego State’s School of Public Affairs hosted a debate between city councilman Carl DeMaio and congressman Bob Filner. Both candidates seemed eager to move to the middle and often took a pragmatic tone regarding issues facing the city. To be honest, I watch the debates for the same reason I watch hockey. Not for the occasional point scoring, but for the fighting—and this debate didn’t disappoint. Others will debate who made their points more logically and factually. From a purely aesthetic point of view, Filner came across as impulsive and aggressive, while DeMaio seemed prepared to the point of lethargy. From the opening bell, Filner swung at DeMaio personally, criticizing his endorsements and personal record. He accused him of being controlled by moneyed special interests, particularly San Diego’s Mr. Burns, Doug Manchester. He also took every chance he could to call DeMaio a “failed one-term councilmember.” His responses were aggressive and often past the allotted time limit. To be fair, Filner has never been known for having conciliatory attitude. In contrast, DeMaio seemed calm throughout the debate. He looked at the cameras and coolly delivered seemingly well-prepared answers. He came ready for all contingencies and responded ably to loaded questions critical of positions he has been known to support. As Filner joyfully pointed out multiple times, DeMaio was so well prepared, he seemed to ignore the details of certain questions, focusing more on delivering his speaking points than answering. In the end, the debate served to reinforce existing ideas about both candidates. Depending on your political leanings, Filner came across as fired up and sure of his conviction; or as a petulant child entitled to the mayor’s office. DeMaio was calm, ready to take on the city’s challenges; or a callous establishment politician willing to say whatever he needs to win the election. And if you still haven’t made up your mind, there are plenty of debates left for the candidates to hammer their point (and each other) home.


OPINION

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Take the quiz to find the right beer for you E very day, we make monumental decisions that impact the rest of our lives. It’s even worse as a college student: Choosing a major, professor or even a seat in class can have major lifelong ramifications mere mortals cannot hope to comprehend. In this complex web of decision-making, the importance of one choice stands above all others: selecting which beer to drink. It’s a choice that can alter your life in profound ways. It’s not just about what you put in your body—your beer choice proclaims who you are and what you believe in. Data from a Scarborough Research study indicates beer preferences can even determine political leanings. According to the study, Corona drinkers are among the most Democratic and least likely to vote. Republicans tend to favor Coors Light and Blue Moon. The Daily Aztec understands choosing a beer can be daunting experience, with equal parts of art and science. To help our readers make the right choice, we’ve created this handy quiz. Follow it and you won’t go wrong.

What best describes your taste in music? 1 pt. A mix between electronic and 14th century Finnish folk. 2 pts. The pan flute music of the proud Peruvian people. 3 pts. All reggae music, but only if it’s written by people with the last name Marley. 4 pts. The dueling banjos from Deliverance. 5 pts. Richard Wagner set to black and white footage of soldiers marching.

Which of the following best describes your political preferences? 1 pt. “I like Karl Marx. I mean, have you seen the man’s beard? It’s glorious.” 2 pts. “The government must take from the rich to feed the poor organic tofu.” 3 pts. “You know, if we legalized marijuana, the budget would be balanced, Iran would stop building a nuclear bomb and everyone would be able to get married, man.” 4 pts. “Keep your doggone hippie government out of my church and gun cabinet. Also, keep those Medicare and Social Security checks coming.” 5 pts. “If the poor don’t starve to death, they’ll never learn the value of hard work.” What is (was) your major in college? 1 pt. Photography, with an emphasis in Photoshop. 2 pts. Philosophy, with minors in womens, Chicano, Africana, LGBT and other minority studies. 3 pts. Undecided. 4 pts. Gunsmithing and “moonshine.” 5 pts. Business administration with an emphasis in outsourcing and downsizing. Which of the following best describes your religion? 1 pt. “Ironic Pastafarian, but don’t tell my parents.” 2 pts. “Atheist, but I don’t want to offend anyone of any religion.” 3 pts. “Whichever religion allows me to drink and only demands token Facebook support.” 4 pts. “Jesus as my personal savior and co-pilot.” 5 pts. “Ayn Rand-brand Christianity.”

Now add up your points to see which beer you should drink. 0-6 points: Put a Nico album on your vinyl record player, kick off your penny loafers and crack open a Pabst Blue Ribbon Tall Boy. Sure, the taste isn’t spectacular, but it’s cheap and it’ll look great on Instagram. 7-10 points: You have a liberal heart and it bleeds for the needy. If you want a beer while listening to NPR, get a cold Corona. It’s refreshing and you’ll be able to find it when you join the Peace Corps and go to Latin America. 11-14 points: Elections? Who cares? Definitely not you, so buy a 36pack of Key Stone Light and turn on the Xbox. If you’re lucky, you’ll have six years of college to perfect your beer pong skills. 15-18 points: You love America and you need a beer to match. What better than an ice-cold Bud Light? It’s the perfect companion to those long nights wishing you had your truck, your dog and your girl back. 19-20 points: You’re rich, powerful, white and your beer should let everyone around you know it. Have your manservant bring you a Miller High Life, “the champagne of beers.” Its not the most expensive option, but it’ll give you a taste of the Mitt Romney everyman.


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FEATURES

Wednesday October 3, 2012 The Daily Aztec

Little Italy’s Mercato offers a taste of culture

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Christian Benavides Staff Writer

Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., crowds of people roam Little Italy’s Date and India streets. There isn’t a set direction visitors walk; they trust their senses to lead them. This oasis where senses frolic with happiness is Little Italy’s Mercato, also known as its farmers market. Farmers markets have flourished throughout the years. In these types of markets, trucks would gather in an open piece of land and farmers would sell their products on the tailgates of their vehicles. Farmers markets today have several benefits. Most vendors come from mom-and-pop businesses in the San Diego area. “The Mercato is a great way to meet people, share delectable products that are really good for people, and a great way to meet chefs,” San Diego State alumnus Daniel Vereker said, who sells for Nicolau Farms at the farmers market. “A lot of chefs shop the farmers markets, so that’s another avenue we sell our cheese wholesale to selected restaurants in San Diego.” Nicolau Farms sells feta cheese that comes from goats. It also makes goat cheese ravioli and goat’s milk popsicles, (yes, cheese popsicles) named lavender and honey goat cheese. Those interested can find these foods in the Little Italy Mercato or visit Viva Pops (who are also participants in the Mercato). “I love the ambiance of the Mercato. It has a great vibe,

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Customers are pictured roaming the streets of Little Italy’s Mercato sampling fresh food and taking in a piece of the culture. This enviornment is a great place for students to come and enjoy a taste of Italy.

Goose vodka to make everyday home glass cups. And there was an all-green, veggie smoothie stand that actually tastes good and is healthy unlike many brand-name juices you might find at a local 7-Eleven,” SDSU junior and first time visitor at the Mercato Miriam Melendez said. “I see farmers markets as a small revolutionary movement toward a resource-based economy where

I suddenly got a flashback of me walking on the dirt streets, seeing ‘mi gente’ setting up to sell their fresh home-grown fruits and vegetables, handmade jewelry or accessories... Miriam Melendez SDSU junior file photo

great music, great people, great cheese aficionados and we even partner a lot with some of the other vendors. There is a lot of synergy in the farmers market world,” Vereker said. Nicolau Farms prides itself for being a sustainable farmstead and growing its own food for its goats. This is another benefit of farmers markets, as most vendors sell food and beverages that are natural and locally grown. There are also vendors who sell plain organic fruit and vegetables. “I like the fact that there were so many different little businesses that were promoting new innovative ideas; like this one vendor used bottles of Grey

people do not find the need to buy from large corporations to get their everyday produce and products.” Buying groceries at the farmers markets is a great way to start eating healthier and to support the local community. What’s unique about Little Italy’s Mercato compared to SDSU’s? For one, Little Italy is a beautiful community in San Diego. It’s located right next to downtown and borders the San Diego Bay, offering amazing views as farmers market shoppers stroll from vendor to vendor. Little Italy is also known for its aesthetic and urban buildings. Architects and creative builders are constantly working on new

Little Italy is also know for its aesthetic and urban buildings. Architects and creative builders are constantly working on new projects tthat have an artistic and modern edge to it.

Not only do patrons of Little Italy’s Mercato enjoy fresh food, they get a chance to shop for clothes and jewelry created by vendors dedicated to their craft.

projects that have an artistic and modern edge to it. Little Italy, a community that’s been around since the 1920s, has a rich history written on its streets and its mom-andpop restaurants residing there. The community was formed for the sole purpose of preserving the Italian culture by integrating immigrants into a new home in the U.S. However, shoppers don’t need to be Italian for the Mercato to hit the heartstrings rooted into their own culture. “Farmers markets remind me of a modernized idea of customary markets in Mexico and Central America called ‘tianguis,’” Melendez explained. “I suddenly got a flashback of me walking on the dirt streets, seeing ‘mi gente’ setting up to sell their fresh home-grown fruits and vegetables, handmade jewelry or accessories and the smell of delicious traditional food.” It is hard to believe that so many benefits and memories can

grow from a farmers market, but that is what makes it special. With one bite or sip from any of the vendor’s products in the Mercato, customers will be hooked. The friendly and homely atmosphere alone is enough to make visitors return every weekend. With visually

pleasing art, soothing music and delicious food, it is only a matter of time until you begin to say buon appetito!

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The clichéd college experience is filled with transitions: the rebellious teen who blooms into the mature sunflower, the soused drunk who learns of his alcohol limits and the undecided student who switches majors every two weeks. While all these shifts mark great advances in character, the important transition from one residency to the next shall not be neglected. From being flung into cold, white-walled dorms, to moving into commonplaced pre-furnished apartments, to ultimately making it to that grand house off 63rd, students, dragging their suitcases of clothes, dishware, books and paraphernalia behind them, eventually make it to the next phase in their college career. Yet, they reach this new house and find it barren—with the exception of beer stains on the carpet, mildew in the fridge and lime in the shower. The question arises as to where students can obtain furniture and other necessities to embellish their new home. The lucky ones are given hand-me-downs from parents and older siblings, while the rest are left to scour the streets for the best deal they can find. While the dumpsters in the alleyway do a lot for the rare treasure and Craigslist provides some good bargains, there is another option bereft to the common student: The Freecycle

Network. It’s like the free section on Craigslist, but better. The Freecycle Network is a nonprofit organization designed for just this: the exchange of free stuff. That’s right, free. So, what’s the catch? The Freecycle Network was created back in 2003 by Arizonanative Deron Beal. What started as a grassroots movement to reduce waste in his local area of Tucson, Arizona has now expanded into the large gift-giving organization it is today. Like the Wal-Mart of corporations, Freecycle has grown exponentially in size, claiming 9,150,392 members, 5,068 groups and residency in more than 85 countries according to its website. An online-based organization, Freecycle is run through emails sent out by participating patrons eager to give and receive goods. Messages appear on users’ home page titled, “Offered—” with a general location, which signifies a pending gift to all members. A patron who accepted a gift will reply later to the message with, “Taken—” notifying all other members of the no-longerexistent status of that gift. While the main design of Freecycle is this Offer/Taken get-up, members can also post “Wanted—” emails. Hopefully without hoggish attempts at self-fulfillment, this option allows members a direct access to goods. This notification highlights to other members of that potential good currently gathering dust in their attic. As their motto states, “Saving

the world one gift at a time,” Freecycle’s goal is not merely to make us dilapidated students jolly with free stuff, but to engage the world into a gift-giving economy, thus keeping palatable goods out of the landfills. That box of old cables in your garage, that rackety desk, even that bag of old hangers—someone might want that. What do they say: One man’s trash, is another man’s treasure. Freecycle is divided among communities and run by local community members. Another plus, membership is free. How can you join? Easy: Log onto the

website at Freecycle.org to become a member of your local group. Just submit your name, email, reason of interest and in a couple of days your pending request will be accepted and you are off to a bonanza of free stuff. The catch, of course, is to not become that Freecycle hoard—the one who only takes without giving back. The organization suggests to match every item received with an item given away. Everyday, tons of items are posted onto the website, ready to be picked up and added to that desolate house of yours.

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Just today, the banquet of goods included: red vases, book cases, fender basses, ice skates, maps of the United States, dumb-bell weights, daisy plates ... But back to the point: Freecycle is yet another option for students to participate in this surging green movement. Everyone wants to do something good for the environment, right? Joining The Freecycle Network not only saves our landfills, assists other community members with things they need, but you might just get something great out of it too.

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hen asked to describe myself in five words or less, ideally I’d like to say I am intelligent, charismatic, attractive, witty and passionate or “I am usually always hungry.” Realistically, I would probably be described as neurotic, high-strung, paranoid, cynical and judgmental. Looks like I’m the whole package; Essentially, I’m the love child of Woody Allen and Larry David (with a dash of Brooke Shields, for the eyebrows, of course). Admittedly, I’m your typical anxious Jew. You could say I tend to get annoyed pretty easily and human beings bother me. It’s not that all people bother me, just the unintelligent, ignorant, dense, foolish, simple-minded ones who inconvenience my life. Sadly, those types of people tend to come out of the woodworks and populate my surrounding environment at the most unfortunate time: as soon as I step on campus. They’re unavoidable and they’re everywhere. The next time you’re walking to class, slow down, take a little time to enjoy the fresh air and the lush scenery, then notice the many pet peeve-worthy individuals walking around this campus. Here is a list of the five worst offenders:

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The oblivious walker. The worst kind of offender. The oblivious walker is essentially just like the oblivious driver: neither of these wrongdoers use their rearview mirrors, they cut you off in traffic and travel extremely slow when you have somewhere to be. Without fail, every time I am running late for a test, they appear, walking right in front of me at a snail’s pace, without a care in the world. I’ve always wished I could be that “without a care in the world,” type of person, without any worries or anxieties, but then I remember hippies died out in the ‘60s and those kinds of people annoy the majority of the world anyway. With the amount of concerns

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and worries I have on a daily basis, I’m 98 percent sure I would go into shock if my brain suddenly didn’t have a care in the world.

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many unanswered questions, as if I’m stuck playing some eternally horrible game of Red Rover. If you find yourself thinking, “I’ve never been in her situation,” you’re probably a member of those walking Rockettes.

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The noisy walker. The noisy walker is the one yapping away on a cell phone, at a decibel only dogs could hear. “Yes! No? Oh my God! Oh no, she didn’t!” I don’t need to hear your entire cell phone conversation while I walk to class. You are not using two paper cups and a piece of string. You are using an intricate piece of technology that does not require screaming on either end. Maybe I’d be interested in your conversation if I could hear the other end, but all I can hear is your one-sided conversation. As a respectable journalist, I do not believe in bias. And please, for all you couples out there, the quickest way to make sure you don’t have any friends besides your partner is to end your phone conversations with “You hang up! No, you hang up!” I had a friend who ended a conversation like that once and it went on for three minutes straight. I ended up grabbing the phone from her and screaming, “No, I’ll hang up!” We’re not friends anymore.

Unaware bicyclists/unaware pedestrians. Neither of these offenders are at fault by themselves - the blame goes both ways. For all you bicyclists, I understand if you are running late and use your bike to get to class on time. But, this isn’t a BMX competition. Please stop riding so fast that I’m afraid to even look at the bike lane. This isn’t so much a pet peeve, as me turning into my Jewish mother and making sure all you bubalas don’t hit your keppie. However, one pet peeve is the bicyclists who do not pay attention to their surroundings. Did you forget there are more than 30,000 people on campus? Watch where you’re going! The same can be said for unaware pedestrians. Don’t just step in front of the bike lane—look both ways before you cross. We may have the right of way, but abusing your power is no fun when you end up in Calpulli Center because you stepped in front of a bicyclist going 25 mph.

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Groups of walkers. There are always the groups of people that take up the entire walkway, standing next to each other in a long line. I don’t know if I have really bad luck or l just like to torture myself, but it seems I always manage to walk behind people (or in this case, multiple people) who are in my way. Why walk in a horizontal line when you know there are people behind you trying to get through? Is your group of friends so important you take up an entire walkway with your power and presence? Why do you look like a militia marching together in unison? There are so

The “preacher” who stands in the middle of campus. Enough said.

If you can avoid doing any of these unpleasant acts, you will probably make this campus a happy campus (because I know I’m not alone with my annoyances.) Most importantly you won’t make me angry. And trust me, you won’t like me when I’m angry. By the way, if you ever need to talk to me on campus, I’m the one with the green skin and purple shorts. I’m very approachable.

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Today’s Birthday (10/3/12) - You’re thirsty to discover new horizons this year, and boundaries keep expanding. Study, travel and great teachers grow your perspective, especially in philosophy and spirituality. Grow career skills as well to maximize opportunities. Less is more. 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 7 - The next three weeks are good for achieving romantic goals. Get yourself something useful and pretty, or make it from what you have. Put love in your work. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 9 Encourage all opinions, and get some creative ideas. For four weeks, you’re very lucky in love. Invest in home, family and/or real estate. Nobody needs to know how little you spent. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 6 - There’s really a light at the end of the tunnel, but you could bypass the tunnel altogether. Or wander around in it and discover hidden treasure. Bring a flashlight and plenty of water. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 - This month, you’re even smarter than usual. Trust your own heart to lead you. Create peace. Postpone shopping and gambling. It’s a good time to save. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 - Take a firm stand, and heed the voice of experience. For the next month, it’s easy to make money. Your partner demonstrates compassion.

Provide support. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 - Cash in your coupons. You’re lucky in love. Keep reviewing possibilities. Friends help you make a distant connection. Try a new sport. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 6 - Take advantage of abundant imagination. Make sure you know what’s required. Romance may be involved at times, but also quiet time in solitude. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is an 8 - Continue to build assets, and get public. Balance family and social activities carefully. Your reputation precedes you. The first reaction may seem negative, but don’t give up. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 7 - Friends help you advance. Level up at work over the next three weeks. Be practical. It’s easier to advance your agenda. Forgive a foolish misunderstanding. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 9 - The next month’s good for setting goals. Costs may be higher than expected. Ask for more and get it; an angel’s watching over you. Get lost in your studies. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 9 - Stay focused. The foreseeable future is good for saving money, so go over the numbers. Demonstrate compassion for partners, even if you don’t always agree. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is an 8 - You’re gaining skills and confidence. Compromise comes easier. Avoid temptation and assumptions. Self-discipline enables creativity. Female magnetism plays a big role. ©2012, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.

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