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Class motivates charity event

WEDNESDAY October 5, 2011 Volume 97, Issue 23 W W W.T H E D A I LYA Z T E C . C O M twitter: thedailyaztec





Brody Burns breaks down SDSU’s new Center for Surf Research. | ANTONIO ZARAGOZA, PHOTO EDITOR

Antonio Zaragoza photo editor This weekend, a student’s will to help San Diego State alumna and volunteer professor’s assistant Rita Roberson is taking place in the form of a fundraiser which will help purchase much-needed equipment for Roberson, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Roberson assists one of the most popular general studies classes at SDSU; the 420 class taught by professor Mendy McClure. One of McClure’s students is Chris Maker, a senior studying sociology. Each semester the class has a community service project where students choose what they work on. When Maker heard Roberson was having dif-

ficulty with her insurance company to buy a much-needed lift that helps her get in and out of bed and also into exercise equipment, he jumped to it. “I asked professor McClure if I could organize a fundraiser to help Rita as my community service component and she said yes,” Maker said. Because the class is a general studies course, a wide variety of students enroll and have conversations revolving around disabilities on and off campus, helping students interact with one another. The class is more than lectures: it has a hands-on approach. McClure agreed to teach the class only if Roberson could assist her. “She’s an incredible person and a great inspiration,” Maker said. “She has so much patience and definitely knows what she’s talking about. She and pro-

fessor McClure make the best team.” McClure has been teaching for the special education department at SDSU since 1993. In 1998, she was asked to teach the 420 class. “This class is designed to bring disability awareness to the campus,” McClure said. Roberson graduated from SDSU in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in recreation management. She has been instrumental in bringing awareness to disability issues on campus and has also worked at the Challenge Center for more than 10 years. The center provides physical therapy for children, adults and seniors with severe disabilities. Those who know Roberson speak of her incredible fortitude and colorful disposition despite suffering from severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

“Many people have family members or know someone with disabilities and Rita is a strong resource for the class,” McClure said. “She has a lot of connections in the community and participates in various services and organizations; she is definitely my link to the community.” With help from SDSU’s Student Veteran Organization, Maker has put together the fundraiser event to help Roberson continue her work on campus. Maker has put in his own money to fund the event, but said the project is worth it. “Rita is, above all else, a fellow Aztec,” Maker said. “The lift Rita needs costs about $2,500, so anything we can do to help her out is worth it.” The fundraiser will take place at the SVO house on Fraternity Row this Friday at 8 p.m.

Outstanding work brings award


Stephanie Saccente contributor San Diego State Professor of Management and Information Systems Dr. James Beatty was presented with the 2011 SDSU Alumni Association award for outstanding faculty contribution in the College of Business Administration.

The award, commonly known as the Faculty Monty, is a well-respected award given annually to one faculty member in each of the seven colleges. Beatty has been a professor in the College of Business Administration for the past 38 years. He currently teaches statistical analysis and Six Sigma business management strategy. Besides his recent Monty Award, he has received the Outstanding Overall Faculty Award in 2000, has been named

Outstanding Faculty Member for the Executive Master of Business Administration program four times and has been nominated multiple times for the U.S. Professor of the Year award sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. “I feel a great deal of excitement and pleasure to be honored with such a prestigious award. It is always nice to be recognized,” Beatty said. Apart from being a professor at SDSU, Beatty is also known for his work with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The award is America’s highest honor and the only formal recognition of quality achievements of both private and public organizations given by the president of the United States. Beatty has served on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program’s Board of Examiners eight times and has been ranked senior examiner as well as coach and mentor for new Baldrige examiners. Because of his work with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Beatty has had the opportunity to evaluate organizations firsthand and has even met former-U.S. President George W. Bush and for-

mer-U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, among others, while doing so. He has also led numerous organizations through Baldrige self-assessment. Beatty has devoted a great deal of his time to work with the June Burnett Institute for Family and Children and currently serves on the board. The institute is a privately funded organization based out of SDSU. “I have always found it important to give back to the community. The opportunity to work with people is something I take great pride in,” Beatty said. Beatty hopes to provide a strong foundation for his students to help them grow and become successful after their time in college. A professor who proudly proclaims he truly loves his job, he hopes to teach and motivate his students to look past the dollar amount earnings of a career and encourages them to find something they will also truly love doing. One of his favorite things about teaching is staying in touch with his students after they graduate and hearing of their success. He often reminds his students to “remain true to yourselves and always keep in mind what you can do.”




“I wanted to be suave and strong ... But I could see myself on the floor afterward, strangers looking at me with my face to the ground, kissing the cement and saying, “I’m so glad you feel the same way. We can be in love together now. I’m so happy.” B A C K PA G E





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E N T E R TA I N M E N T October is an exciting month for shows, games, movies and more. Take a look at what The Daily Aztec’s entertainment writers are most looking forward to in the upcoming month.

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david dixon staff writer Oktoberfests are wonderful opportunities for college students to party after a long week of school. The celebration began in Germany in 1810 as an event where there was plenty of beer and delicious food. Here in San Diego, there will be an all-ages themed festival in El Cajon this weekend. Besides featuring drinks and grub, there will also be live German music and dancing that will put San Diegans in the Oktoberfest spirit. For those 21 and older, Ocean Beach will celebrate a more adult Oktoberfest this weekend. Where else can you experience a bit of Bavaria right by the beach? Whether with friends or family, Oktoberfest is a special party for anyone who wants to have a good time. Information on Oktoberfest can be found on the web at and

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On Monday Oct. 17, Foo Fighters will perform at the Viejas Arena along with opening acts Mariachi El Bronx and Cage the Elephant. Legendary rock-virtuoso Dave Grohl and company are promoting their latest record, “Wasting Light,” which is also the first tour since 1997 with returning guitarist and Germs legend, Pat Smear. The doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $34.50 to $54.50.

senior staff writer On Oct. 28, the fourth-ranked disc jockey in the world, according to DJ Mag, Deadmau5 will bring his Meowingtons Hax Tour to San Diego's Petco Park — marking his first-ever stadium show. Inexplicably named after Deadmau5's cat Professor Meowingtons, the tour will also feature a colony of Mau5trap record label mates including: Feed Me, SOFI (featured on the Deadmau5 single “Sofi Needs a Ladder”), as well as Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and DJ Aero. The San Diego show will also specifically feature special guest DJ Avicii. Look forward to upcoming coverage about this epic event in The Daily Aztec later this month.

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cody franklin staff writer October is a big month for gaming. Owners of "The Witcher 2" should look for CD Projekt's 2.0 patch that will breathe fresh air into the blockbuster title. The latest take on post-apocalyptic carnage, iD Software's shooter "Rage," title dropped yesterday for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Warner Home Video-Game's Batman action game "Batman: Arkham City" is set to top even its predecessor “Batman: Arkham Asylum.” The title comes out on Oct. 18 on Xbox 360 and PS3 (the PC version is delayed). Finally Oct. 25 will bring the long-awaited release of DICE and Electronic Arts' multi-system shooter "Battlefield 3." The new iteration of the game unleashes modern multiplayer carnage fit for the revered franchise.

Paul Simon has a career spanning throughout five decades, and has been responsible for some of the most timeless folkrock songs in the world today. Classic songs include “Kodachrome,” “The Sound of Silence,” and “The Boxer.” As half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, Simon has been in the hearts of millions for years and has toured the world for decades. In support of his newest album, “So Beautiful or So What,” he is making a rare stop in San Diego on Oct. 22 at Viejas Arena, here on campus. The last time he performed in San Diego was in 2006. His live shows are magically eclectic and have recently featured a mix of songs from his personal songbook, Simon & Garfunkel hits and the occasional Beatles cover. Tickets are on sale now through Live Nation and range from $52 to $106.25.


A definite October must-see is POP Thursdays at the Museum of Photographic Arts. Going to a museum on a weekday is one thing, but attending a museum on a weeknight is quite different. POP Thursday is a combination of film, photography, music, and drinks; a not-to-bemissed chance for the 21-andolder crowd to mingle among the most fashionable and down-to-earth. Go with friends, but if an adventure is desired, be brave, go alone and meet some new people. This month’s theme is in partnership with the Bicycle Film Festival, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and Velo Cult. The evening will include a screening of 12 short films from around the world. Student admission is $7 and includes a special, one-nightonly exhibit of vintage and eclectic bicycles. In addition, the galleries will be open to view MoPA’s current exhibitions. Attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes to the event and enjoy a complimentary bike valet. Cocktails will be available, prepared by the master mixologist from Alchemy Restaurant. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. Films will begin at 8 p.m. at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater. For more information, visit the website at



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Surf center promotes global sustainability core one for Mother Earth. San Diego State recently launched the world’s first Center for Surf Research last month, in what can only be perceived as a major victory for the environment. The center will serve as a nonprofit educational resource on the various aspects of sustainability in surf tourism. In reality, the implications of the Center for Surf Research will be much larger, as the effects will be felt throughout the local economy, within the educational landscape and through the movement for sustainability. The vision of the organization is as follows: “Surfing’s impact on the world is entirely positive. By incorporating principles of sustainable tourism, surf tourism promotes healthy lifestyles and is a key driver for the environmental, social / cultural and economic well-being of destinations.” The vision succinctly defines the major potential for the center. It presents the opportunity to impact behaviors, to inspire change, to research, educate and publish about the topic of sustainability and to become an expert on the industry of surf tourism. The center will have a significant presence on a local, national and global level, and could become one of the go-to resources on the topic of sustainability of our marine habitats. Its creation is a notable move. Generally such ingenuity resides in the private sector, yet a public university is first to act in this instance. The American surf industry is estimated to be a $7 billion business annually. Millions of people go into the water


Brody Burns staff columnist on a daily basis, and millions more feel the responsibility to respect one of the world’s most precarious resources: the oceans. Countless people around the globe are embarking on surf sabbaticals, impacting the local cultures and environments of these destinations. Furthermore, surf research is by no means limited to only those who surf; anyone who enjoys the majesty of the ocean or feels a duty to respect the marine environment stands to benefit. The establishment of the center directly connects SDSU with this burgeoning market, and provides the opportunity to continue to impart this sustainable belief set to a larger audience. SDSU can be this direct conduit. As SDSU is the first to act, it has the distinct potential to become the expert on of sustainability in surf tourism. Research and publishing will validate the program, as will the numerous students who undertake the curriculum and the development of partnerships with corresponding businesses. The program stands to attract outside specialists, environmental authorities and impressionable students to take part in an engaging educational process. According to the Center of Surf Research’s Director, Dr. Jess Ponting, awareness for sustainability is growing. “I would describe it as a social movement,” Ponting said. For SDSU to connect to this movement shows a progressive direction for the university as a whole. A sizable constituency feels compelled to


address the problem, and education is one of the few means to accomplish change. Taking part in experiential learning directly in locales abroad will supplement the entire program and provide the impact of hands-on learning. Locally, the center will also provide a deeper connection between SDSU and the larger San Diego community, including one of the most thriving cultures in San Diego, the surf industry. Becoming increasingly linked with the local community is a positive move for any university. In the end, the most influential impact will be on the environment. Currently, marine pollution is one of the most pervasive and caustic problems associated with our overconsumptive culture. Our behavior, specifically our impact on the natural

landscape and the marine environment, is frightening. Chances are one of those wonderfully strong plastic grocery bags you’ve used at the store is floating in the Pacific Ocean. That cigarette butt you so casually tossed into the street has more than likely ended up on the shore. Dumping waste into the ocean is a regular behavior both on an individual level and on a larger systemic level. Because of a waiver of the U.S. Clean Water Act, the City of San Diego annually pumps 50 billion gallons of partly treated sewage into the Pacific Ocean. Our oceans cannot continue to serve as our garbage cans, and the belief set that the “solution to pollution is dilution” has to change. Any means to raise awareness, or educate about sustainability of our

marine environment is a good thing. On the most basic level, the Center for Surf Research presents this very opportunity. It will be the educational authority about a topic that is gaining significance in our culture. With this comes an opportunity to research, publish, examine and change our damaging behavior. As scary as the prospect of documenting the exact implications of our current behaviors is, it’s necessary to fully understand the urgency of change needed. The Center for Surf Research is poised to be an incredibly influential entity.



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Kissing the cement llison turned and grabbed a silver cartridge of what turned out to be Lucky Strike cigarettes from her purse, along with a white lighter. I’m not the go-to guy for this, but I didn’t think you could smoke in a school classroom, albeit a college lecture hall. Certain places are out of bounds, and I doubt she could have desired the taste of nicotine so badly that she sat with the stick in her mouth, swirling the tip of the cigarette around the curves of her lips. Cigarettes, I thought, taking another look at Allison – who now had Dr. Lynch’s full attention – were pretty much banned to the outside drawls of this world, definitely not appropriate in a classroom setting. Even if not lit. The nicotine stick was only there, turning and turning in her mouth, to keep Dr. Lynch’s attention on her. “What are you, stupid?” I told her. I know. I was being arrogant.


Ty Thompson Staff Columnist Trying to get her to fall for me instead of him. It’s not like it was the first time. Blame it this time on the eternal unrest that boring lectures create deep in my chest. There you are, 10 yards from the professor’s face, where this guy is actually trying to sound important. So close to the fun. I hated class. The thing I regretted most about deciding on graduate school was that I thought I’d have to sit in so many more classrooms. Dave had tried to tell me there was nothing better than doing nothing, and John had agreed, but still, I thought I was better. Life had seemed so promising at least at one point in my life. No reason to give up then. That isn’t my greatest regret. I regretted tons of other things with equal vigor – probably about 15

things we’ll say. Twenty tops. One especially. One thing I wanted not to feel: love. I loved Allison. I wanted to locate the courage from the little pocket of hope in my heart that would allow me to have everything I really wanted in life. That pocket kept getting smaller. I wanted to be suave and strong and quit being scared and take her by the arm so that she would know it was me who felt her, who she could feel. Not Lynch. But I could see myself on the floor afterward, strangers looking at me with my face to the ground, kissing the cement and saying, “I’m so glad you feel the same way. We can be in love together now. I’m so happy.” She didn’t feel. So I kissed her from 20 stories high.

-Ty Thompson is an MFA graduate student in fiction. Reach him at

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