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THE NEWSPAPER OF SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1913 VOLUME 99, ISSUE 24

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2012

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Conversion therapy’s fatal flaw is it treats homosexuality as a mental disorder.

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Senior quarterback Ryan Katz scores a touchdown against the University of Hawai’i on Saturday. Katz rushed for three touchdowns and passed for two more as the Aztecs defeated the Warriors 52-14 to earn their first conference win of the season.

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On Saturday, the San Diego State football team returned home to Aztec Warrior Stadium to take on the University of Hawai’i Warriors. Coming off two consecutive losses in the last two weeks, SDSU entered the contest in search of a much-

needed victory against a struggling 1-4 Hawai’i team. Behind the play of senior quarterback Ryan Katz, the Aztecs jumped to an early lead and never looked back as they paraded to a 52-14 victory to even their conference record at 1-1. The Aztecs opened the scoring early as Katz scurried into the end zone from 27 yards out on a quarterback

draw play. Katz’s mobility played an essential role throughout Saturday’s matchup. Hawai’i fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Aztecs recovered. As a result, SDSU delivered another score, this time from sophomore running back Adam Muema, who powered his way in from one yard out to extend the Aztecs’ lead to 14-0. The early scoring continued in the

second quarter, as Katz found the end zone yet again, this time from 34 yards out to give the Aztecs an early 21-point lead. “Both of those (touchdowns) are designed,” Katz said. “(It was) just different things we saw throughout the weeks and what their defense did. FOOTBALL continued on page 3

New CSU Chancellor has promising future state

Tara Millspaugh News Editor

The California State University Board of Trustees has officially appointed a new chancellor. Timothy P. White will begin his new position as the seventh chancellor to lead the 23 CSU campuses at the end of December. “As Chancellor, I look forward to engaging with faculty, students, staff, campus presidents and CSU trustees, along with the communities we serve, as we advance this vital system of higher education for California’s future,” White said in a press release. White immigrated from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Northern California and began his education at Diablo Valley Community College. The first-generation college student then earned a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State, a master’s degree from Cal State East Bay, and a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. “He has a real insider perspective,” CSU Media Specialist Erik Fallis said. “White is a strong leader, not just for our system but all of statewide higher

education.” White has been the chancellor of UC Riverside for the past four years. After his arrival at UC Riverside, he formed a committee of students, staff, faculty and community members to develop a 10-year strategic plan to further develop the university. He also served as a dean, provost, executive vice president and interim president at Oregon State University. He held previous positions as professor and chair of the Department of Human Biodynamics at UC, Berkeley. White’s work in muscle plasticity, injury and aging is internationally recognized. The search for the new chancellor was mostly closed to the public. California Faculty Association President Lillian Taiz said she wishes the CSU Trustees selection would have been more transparent, but the faculty is eager to work with the new chancellor to rebuild the CSU system. Executive Director of the California State Student Association Miles Nevin said he felt like opinions from faculty and students were heard. According to Fallis, CSSA President and Cal State San Bernardino student David Allison attended and participated in the interview process.

Veterans discuss issues campus

Emily Ayers Contributor

Dr. Jonathan Shay hosted an informal discussion called “From War Front to Home Front” with veterans and active duty soldiers following the workshop “PTSD and Moral Injury: What’s the Difference and Does it Matter?” on Oct. 4 in the Fowler Family Ballroom at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. As a scholar in the humanities and a medical doctor who used his studies to contribute

It tears you apart until you are barely recognizable... Justin Valley E5 Marine Sergeant

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Timothy P. White is the new CSU Chancellor. CSU Board of Trustees have appointed White to be the seventh CSU Chancellor.

“It’s a very difficult process to balance confidentiality and transparency,” Nevin said. “I think the Board of Trustees did a good job.” Current CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed announced his retirement in

May after serving the CSU system for 14 years. White will earn an annual salary of $421,500, which is the same pay Reed received.

to issues facing the lives of Vietnam War veterans who have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, Shay created an atmosphere where veterans could address major issues. Shay tried to make the discussion as comfortable as possible. “I am here for the sole purpose of responding to what VETERANS continued on page 2


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NEWS

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Workshop opens PTSD discussion for Vets campus

Paige Nelson Photo Editor

Many combat veterans returning from war suffer from physical injuries, but a greater number suffer from injuries invisible to the eye, according to former psychiatrist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Boston Dr. Jonathan Shay. Shay, who has worked with veterans for more than 20 years in his former position, is also the author of two books closely examining the psychological damage of war, “Achilles in Vietnam” and “Odysseus in America.” Shay visited San Diego State on Oct. 4 to talk to professionals who work closely with veterans in a workshop held in the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. During the workshop, “PTSD and Moral Injury: What’s the Difference and Does it Matter?” Shay discussed the concept of “moral injury” as a consequence of war and the treatments necessary

to heal this type of wound. “We should be looking at psychological injury in much the same way that a trauma surgeon would look at it,” Shay said. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD is a mental health disorder that can develop after experiencing a traumatic event such as combat exposure, a serious accident or a terrorist attack. Shay said referring to PTSD as an illness rather than an injury is stigmatizing and terminology should be changed to help those who are afflicted. Toward the end of the lecture, Shay urged the professionals in the room to work hard to create a communal and functioning environment in the mental health workplace. “Self-care is not just something that’s nice to have, it’s an essential success factor,” Shay said. “If the clinicians do not have a trusting clinical team, the work becomes impossibly difficult and almost always will fail.”

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you guys want to talk about,” Shay said. “This is your time to ask and probe me about anything you want to know. I am hoping for you all to get some benefit out of this, so please, ask away.” Discussion at the event prompted many concerns and questions regarding how to help their fellow soldiers in trouble, the government’s role in transitioning them back into society and struggles related to PTSD. “I found the topics to be very interesting, yet I was very critical,” E5 U.S. Marine Sgt. Justin Valley said. “I know it was hard for most of us to sit there and reminisce on feelings and problems that are easier kept under the rug.” Questions bounced around about whether the effects Shay saw were different between

the Vietnam War, Iraq and Afghanistan. Questions also came from veterans about how to help soldiers suffering from PTSD and fall past the point of being helped. “To sit in an environment, even like this one, and hear such delicate subject’s spoken about wasn’t easy,” Valley said. “I don’t think people realize how mentally tough you have to become to not break down once you return from war. It tears you apart until you are barely recognizable.” The 90-minute event created awareness and a platform to discuss how coming together as a community to support veterans and active duty members is just one of the key factors of recovery.

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Dr. Jonathan Shay speaking in front of veterans, students and faculty in the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. Shay spoke about the issues that surround living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and how to handle them.

Aztecs awarded for service campus

Jamie Kay Wilde Contributor

On National Student Day, San Diego State students were recognized and rewarded for their community service. Prizes were offered to students and organizations that logged the most hours of community service within the month of September. This incentive to give back to the community resulted in a large increase in community service for the month and showcased SDSU’s dedication to giving back. “This year, what we’re really celebrating is social responsibility and giving back to community,”

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Students are taking advantage of the discounts in the SDSU Bookstore on National Student Day. National Student Day honored Aztecs who donated hours to the community.

Associated Student’s Vice President of University Affairs Matt Cecil said. “Over 1440 hours of community service was actually done in the month of September, which is absolutely amazing.” At the event, held on Oct. 4 inside the SDSU Bookstore, music played and desserts were offered as the winners were announced. The first place individual winner was Kristen Paruginog, who founded Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence, charity dedicated to raising awareness of domestic violence through education and leadership. “We’re helping people save lives by telling our stories about domestic violence, educating the community, and also telling people about the importance of healthy relationships,” Paruginog said. The first-place winner for an organization was Circle K, which oversees several service projects

within the community, including, but not limited to feeding the homeless and helping Alzheimer’s patients with rehabilitation exercises. Circle K won the grand prize, a $1,000 SDSU Bookstore gift card. “Basically, everyone that we help really is so grateful and so appreciative that what we do doesn’t feel like work. We really enjoy it and we really enjoy being able to help other people,” Circle K member Amanda Willis said. Circle K contributed more than 480 hours of service for the month of September alone. All the winners and participants in this event demonstrated how great of an impact the students of SDSU have on their community by donating their time and effort. National Student Day highlighted this dedication and raised awareness of how rewarding and honorable volunteer service can be.

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SPORTS

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Schuler’s grades

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Quarterbacks: A How could I not give senior quarterback Ryan Katz an A? The Oregon State transfer accounted for five touchdowns, three rushing and two passing. Katz was 15-of29 passing for 190 yards.

Linebackers: B+ It was a great performance by the linebackers. Sophomore Jake Fely tied for the team-lead with six tackles, while sophomore Derek Largent finished with three tackles and a 14-yard sack that forced a Hawai’i punt. He also recorded the first pass breakup of his career and recovered a fumble.

Running backs: C This is the second consecutive week the tandem of sophomore Adam Muema and senior Walter Kazee did not stand out. The two combined for 101 yards and one touchdown, just weeks after the two each rushed for more than 100 yards in the same game. The grade would have been worse if not for Muema’s amazing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Freshman Chase Price also scored the first touchdown of his career.

Secondary: BSophomore defensive back King Holder got his first career start for the injured Josh Wade and played well. He finished with four tackles, one for a loss. Senior Leon McFadden tied Fely for the team lead, with six tackles on night, one for a loss, and forced a fumble. After being burned last week by Fresno State for 536 yards and five touchdowns, the secondary came out and held its own.

Receivers: CIt was definitely a quiet night for the wide receivers and tight ends, which tends to happen when the quarterback is running into the end zone multiple times. Senior wide receiver Brice Butler had a great 36-yard touchdown catch,when he caught the ball between two Hawai’i defenders.

Special teams: D+ SDSU head coach Rocky Long said the special teams were “shaky.” I would have to agree. Coverage is still a problem for the Aztecs. Players are having trouble staying in their lanes. There were no kickoff returns for touchdowns, but still some fairly long returns. Freshman Stan Sedberry caused a fumble on a kickoff recovered by the Aztecs, which resulted in Muema’s rushing touchdown.

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Sophomore wide receiver Ezell Ruffin tries to break a tackle against a Hawai’i defender. Ruffin led all Aztec receivers with 43 yards on four receptions.

It’s just a good way to attack their entering the fourth quarter. defense.” As if the 24-point lead wasn’t Hawai’i got on the scoreboard enough, SDSU added 14 more halfway through the second quarter, points in the fourth quarter. Muema as junior quarterback Sean Schroeder provided the play of the night, taking found sophomore wide receiver Trevor a short pass from Katz and carrying Davis for a 1-yard touchdown pass to several Hawai’i defenders into the end cut the deficit to 21-7. However, the Warriors’ early efforts to get back in the game proved insufficient, as the Aztecs proceeded Katz finished with five to put points on the scoreboard. Katz total touchdowns, two found senior wide receiver Brice Butler passing and three for a 36-yard touchdown pass with roughly six minutes left in the second rushing. He also had quarter. Then with just 24 seconds left 190 yards passing... in the first half, Katz crossed the goal line again for a 9-yard touchdown run, his third rushing touchdown of the half. The touchdown gave the zone with the help of his offensive line Aztecs a 35-7 halftime lead. for a 31-yard touchdown. Hawai’i opened the second half “It was a screen pass,” senior with a 3-yard touchdown run by offensive lineman Nik Embernate said freshman running back Will Gregory regarding how well the team worked to cut the deficit to 35-14. But the together to make the play successful. touchdown proved to be the end “We all got out, made our blocks and of Hawai’i’s scoring for the day, as then Adam’s running down, and he’s the Aztec defense remained strong not going down. We all think ‘let’s throughout the second half. just push him in the end zone, get that The SDSU offense continued to fire work horse in the end zone because he on all cylinders for the Aztec offense, deserves it.’” as senior kicker Chance Marden got The play signified what the coaches into the action with a 35-yard field had been telling the offensive line goal to increase the lead to 38-14 during practice.

“Our coaches preach finish, finishing blocks and stuff like that. It would be selfish of us to just stand back there and watch him work by himself,” Embernate said. Redshirt freshman running back Chase Price added a 2-yard touchdown run to end the game 52-14 in favor of SDSU. Katz finished with five total touchdowns, two passing and three rushing. He also had 190 yards passing and zero interceptions. Muema finished with 77 yards rushing and one touchdown on 20 carries and added a receiving touchdown. Sophomore linebacker Jake Fely and senior cornerback Leon McFadden each had six tackles for an Aztec defense that forced three fumbles and only allowed 14 points. “It was huge,” Katz said about the win. “More than anything, this week in practice, guys were kind of on edge. Coming off of two tough losses, we just wanted to get out there and give it our all and get this win this week. So we’re happy to do that.” The Aztecs improved to 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. SDSU will take on Colorado State at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Aztec Warrior Stadium for homecoming.

Offensive line: B The offensive line gave up four sacks, but consistently opened up some big holes for Katz. Senior Riley Gauld got the start in place of junior offensive lineman Japheth Gordon, who was out with a foot injury. Katz had decent time in the pocket, resulting in an overall good game. Defensive line: BRedshirt defensive lineman Jon Sanchez had a career-high four tackles and one of SDSU’s two sacks. Hawai’i was held to less than 100 yards rushing and junior quarterback Sean Schroeder was never able to get into a rhythm, finishing 14-of-28 passing for 112 yards.

Coaching: AWay to go, Andy Ludwig. The SDSU offensive coordinator called some well-designed runs for Katz, which resulted in three rushing touchdowns. Long also did the defense a favor by simplifying the schemes. Next opportunity-Colorado State: A The Rams continue to struggle. After defeating Colorado in the opening game of the season, Colorado State has lost five straight. This is a great opportunity to get above .500 in the overall record and conference standings.


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OPINION

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Conversion therapy hurts innocent children gay rights

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omosexual conversion therapy is a ludicrously counterproductive socalled treatment with harmful side effects. After recognizing the dangers, California recently banned the practice from being performed on minors. However, the ban is being challenged in federal court. Opponents claim the ban violates First Amendment rights, such as freedom of speech, privacy and religion. Such a claim from conservatives is hypocritical considering they fought to uphold a ban on partial birth abortion from the same freedom of privacy charges. Similar to partial-birth abortion, to outlaw conversion therapy is to ban an immoral, unethical and disproven practice. Other practices proven to be harmful, including electro convulsive therapy and psychosurgery have been banned on children in California. By this interpretation of the First Amendment, virtually all regulations regarding malpractice and unsafe treatment would be unconstitutional. The opposition to this ban is nothing more than a religiously motivated anti-gay ploy. The opponents who filed the lawsuit are Christian law firms, including Pacific Justice Institute and the

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Florida based Liberty Counsel. No offense to anyone who may be religious, but religious lawyers are not qualified professionals who can determine what is or is not proper therapeutic treatment for homosexual teenagers. Religious views against homosexuality are not valid facts for scientific research. Supporters of conversion therapy cite a 2003 study by Robert Spitzer, which claimed 66 percent of homosexual males and 44 percent of homosexual females obtained “good heterosexual functioning,” defined as “being in a sustained, loving heterosexual relationship within the past year.” Yet Spitzer disregarded statistical biases in his study: 93 percent of his participants were very or extremely religious, and 78 percent had spoken in favor of conversion therapy, frequently at church. In fact, Spitzer denounced his own work earlier this year, stating, “the study does not provide evidence, really, that gays can change.” Authentic scientific research has debunked conversion therapy. Conversion therapy’s fatal flaw is it treats homosexuality as a mental disorder. This theory was disproven nearly 40 years ago. Extensive research in the 1950s and 1960s led psychologists, such as Evelyn

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Hooker to determine homosexuals were just as mentally functional and adaptable as heterosexuals. More scientific research proved homosexuality to be a natural behavior present in many different species and cultures. The overwhelming evidence has led major mental health organizations, such as the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 to remove homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Other studies have shown laughably inconclusive results for conversion therapy. In a 2002 study by psychologists Ariel Shidlo and Michael Schroeder, a whopping

88 percent of the 202 reparative therapy patients surveyed failed to “change” their sexual orientation. Nine percent were classified as “successful and struggling” patients who were still engaging in homosexual behavior from time to time. Three percent were classified as “successful and not struggling,” and three percent were classified as a “successful heterosexual shift.” Conversion therapy doesn’t just fail to “cure” homosexuality; it puts lives at risk. Symptoms associated with the treatment include depression, loss of self-esteem, self-guilt and attempted suicide. The study by Shidlo and Schroeder

found 17 percent of the patients surveyed reported attempting suicide either during or after the therapy, more than double the number of the patients who were “successful without struggle” or had a “successful heterosexual shift.” These reports do not include the patients who were successful at their suicide attempts and couldn’t participate in the post-therapy survey. The ethics of reparative therapy psychologists are also questionable. The American Psychological Association code of ethics forbids psychologists from making false or misleading statements about the scientific or clinical basis of their services. Yet another study by Shidlo and Schroeder found reparative therapists incorrectly informed their patients that homosexuality was a psychological disorder or did not exist altogether, or how homosexuals are inherently unhappy. Such claims are scientifically inaccurate and violate the APA’s code of ethics. Such a reckless treatment with such a high potential for dangerous side effects shouldn’t be allowed on kids. This issue isn’t about promoting a pro-gay agenda. It’s about the safety of children. We shouldn’t promote practices that have been scientifically proven to be ineffective and psychologically harmful.

Parents responsible for declining SAT scores education

Mike Heral

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Staff Columnist

AT scores have dropped again. According to The College Board, a not-forprofit educational advocacy organization, revealed that only 43 percent of high school graduates class of 2012 were college ready. It would be easy to wag a finger and call today’s youth incompetent. It would also be blaming the victim. Real blame lies with the generations preceding today’s high school students. They failed to position the U.S. for success in today’s demanding environment. It’s not a surprise children need a stable home in order to thrive. Divorce rates are twice what they were during the 1950s, and children are always victims during a divorce. One less parent in the house is one less parent helping with homework and attending parentteacher conferences. Sadly, noneducational time killers too often fill the gap left by an absence of supervision. The good news is according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the divorce rate is receding from its all-time high. It’s one area where society appears to be learning the error of its ways. The key appears to be marrying later in life. And one key to marrying later in life is substituting youthful indiscretion with post-secondary education. Finance, though, is clearly an area where Americans remain far from being responsible. It’s insanity to raid money set aside for education to offset budget deficits. Yet, it’s precisely what legislators do today. It’s the wrong policy as U.S. education falls farther behind other nations. Today’s highly technical

job market requires advanced education. But instead of keeping necessary education and training pipelines open, we’ve choked it off by depriving funding. Of the 23 California State University schools, nine were forced to accept less than 50 percent of applicants because they had to cut infrastructure. At San Diego State, all degree programs are now over-enrolled to the point of being restricted. Even now, CSU threatens to accept only out-ofstate students in 2013-14. It’ll keep getting worse until either enrollment approaches absurdly low levels, or Californians recommit to funding education. Imagine how discouraging this must be to a student about to take the SAT. It’s even more discouraging when students understand the lucky few getting through the enrollment gate will graduate saddled with debt and diminished chances for employment. I spend a lot of time around high school students because I umpire high school baseball games. Baseball is as much cerebral as it is athletic; therefore, I can attest high school students are more than capable of handling the rigors of college. Since they are capable, the question remains: Why are the test scores low? Another answer is schools haven’t kept up with the times. Today’s students are more computer-savvy, but we are asking them to learn via oldschool methods. Textbooks and blackboards are so 1970. Clearly, schools need a new way to foster students into the love

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High School Course Work & SAT Mean Scores +144 points on the SAT for students who completed core curriculum versus those who did not. +294 points on the SAT for students who took AP or honors mathematic versus who did not. +251 points on the SAT for students who took AP or Honors English versus those who did not. +251 points on the SAT for students who took AP or Honors Natural Sciences versus those who did not.

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of learning. Magnet and private schools excel at this, but there are only so many, and at-risk children can’t afford them. It’s an important fact because College Board argues an increase in nontraditional test takers is one cause for the drop in SAT scores. Minorities are participating more than ever before, which is incredible, not only because minorities see college within reach, but also because it shines a light on education’s socioeconomic disparities. Minorities’ lagging SAT scores are an indictment of U.S. social

politics. The U.S. should’ve stopped being a racially selective land of opportunity a century ago. Legilators continue to financially deprive inner city schools, as well as pursue sociopolitical agendas disadvantageous to families dependent upon them. The result is a dropout rate of nearly 50 percent in schools in the country’s 50 largest cities. In addition, the Chicago Tribune reports children of welfare families hear 30 million fewer words than those born into

upper-class families. That’s not throughout the lifetime of the child, by the way. That’s by the time the child turns 3 years old. The U.S. has lost the educational and innovative edge it once took for granted. It isn’t the fault of tomorrow’s adults, but they will be the ones to pay if today’s adults can’t put aside destructive bickering and finally do what’s in America’s best interest. After all, nothing less than the future of the American experiment is riding on the outcome.


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FEATURES

Monday October 8, 2012 The Daily Aztec

Love guru answers relationship conundrums

love & relationships

The Love Guru Relationship Columnist

Cupid’s perverbial arrow can strike you at any moment. The myriad of emotions that follow leave many disheveled and confused about what to do next. This is where I come in. My name, major and other formalities aren’t important. What does matter, however, is that I’m here to help you navigate the rough terrain awaiting a love-struck college student. Clueless in Chappy: I’ve been with my boyfriend for about eight months. He rarely initiates plans to spend time together. I’m always the one coming up with ideas and making them happen. But when we’re doing something, he’s very attentive and we have a lot of fun. Could this mean that he’s not feeling it anymore because he’s not thinking about spending time together as much as I am? The Love Guru: Look, the majority of guys aren’t really concerned about planning fun activities for dates. They’re more along for the ride. As long as he’s attentive and enjoys being with you when you guys are actually spending time together, you two are fine. If he was the one who initiated plans and thought of ideas in the beginning of your relationship, he’s probably just getting com-

fortable. Eight months is usually around the time when couples come down from the honeymoon phase. It doesn’t mean he’s not into you anymore. He no longer has to impress you like he had to in the beginning and is now leaving it to you to make the plans. June Groom: I’ve been going out with my girlfriend for four years and I want to propose to her, but she just applied to graduate school and I’m worried that she wont have enough time to devote to an engagement. Should I wait for her to finish her program or bite the the bullet and do it now? The Love Guru: Deciding who you want to spend the rest of your life with is not only a critical decision, but a rite of passage. Life choices are often a matter of head versus heart. Though it might seem more practical to listen to your head, when it comes to love it only makes sense to listen to your heart. If you are ready to settle down with a person, it shouldn’t matter whether the engagement is five years or five weeks. A proposal is a declaration of love and should not have an expiration date. However, if your girlfriend’s dream is to attend a graduate program and you feel an engagement might get in the way, discuss your worries with her and see if she feels hesitant. If you do plan on spending the rest of your lives together, communication is key and should play a vital role in the relation-

ship. A graduate program should not get in the way of a lifetime spent as one. Troubled at the Turtle Pond: I’ve gone on a few dates with a guy that I think I like a lot. I know I’m supposed to play hard-to-get to keep his attention, but how long do I have to play these games before I can just tell him I want to get serious? The Love Guru: First off, I would stop focusing on being “hard to get.” If you are serious about a relationship, you are going to have to show some vulnerability. Yes, it sounds risky but that is the only way to know if this person truly considers you as girlfriend material. He might feel like he needs to play the game too, so take the lead and express your true feelings and ask how he feels too. When a relationship is meant to be, it will come naturally. Better to let your guard down for a moment than to spend a lifetime wondering what could have been. On the Prowl from Poway: I’ve been heartbroken so many times I don’t think it’s worth it to keep trying to find “the one.” I’d like to think that if it’s meant to be, the right person will find me. Do I always have to be the one seeking someone out? The Love Guru: In the midst of wolfing down Chunky Monkey and watching “Pretty Woman” for the 100th time, wallowing in

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your own misery, it may be hard to remember there is still hope. Blame it on the fairy tales drilled into our minds the idea that if we simply wait, our dream mate will magically appear. While it may have worked for Cinderella, this kind of wishful thinking isn’t reality. If you want something, you have to go get it. The key here is to shift your approach. Instead of hoping to randomly meet that perfect someone, try getting in-

volved with clubs or organizations on campus, joining a sports team or just doing something you love. There you will find others with similar interests, which is the easiest way to create new relationships. Don’t think of it as you seeking someone; think of it as doing something productive for yourself. And in the midst of it, you could make a connection where you never expected.

Pet-friendly restaurants in Hillcrest open doors to all food & drink

Ethan Bailey Assistant Features Editor

Shine your coat, dog; it’s time to eat. San Diego is an incredibly pet-friendly city. From Alpine to Ocean Beach, there’s always somewhere you can hang out with your dog. Fortunately for dog-lovers, there are many restaurants through San Diego ready to accommodate your furry friend while you take in the sights, smells and sounds of the city. Picking where you and Sparky want to chill out and eat can be quite a process; sifting through the numerous cafes and eateries where dogs are allowed may take some time, so start with Mission Hills. This area is known for its diverse group of quality restaurants, many of which are dog-friendly. On the corner of West Washington street and Goldfinch Street lies a bar and grill called The Gathering. Start your tandem culinary adventures here for a good time. Dan Thomas, San Diego State business graduate and dog owner, has run the show at The Gathering for 27 years and understands the significance of people’s relationships with their dogs. “People consider their dogs family now,” Thomas said. “Dogs do everything with their owners nowadays, and that includes eating. Many people order food for their dogs. We serve them on cardboard cutouts.” The Gathering has dog treats

upon request, but owners are responsible for feeding their pets. “We used to let the waiters give dogs biscuits, but they got nipped too many times,” Thomas said. Apart from the super-friendly service, the restaurant has a decent sized menu, four beers on tap and boasts a full bar. The beers are Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale, Tower 10 IPA, Karl Strauss Amber Lager and Coronado Orange. Carne asada is its signature dish, but the breakfast also makes the most wanted list. “We serve breakfast until 3 p.m.,” waitress Elisabeth said. “It’s a good option for college students with a hangover.” The Gathering is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 8a.m. to 11 p.m. FridaySaturday. Located just a few minutes south of The Gathering is The Regal Beagle. Sit outside on the patio and your pooch can join you for one of the famous all-natural sausages, served either sandwich style or plain. “All of our sausages are from T & H Prime Meats, and they are all-natural and nitrate-free,” bartender Hannah Butler said. “They all go great with beer.” Speaking of beer, The Regal Beagle has 24 choices on tap, many of which are from local breweries. “At any time, at least a third of our beers are local,” Butler said. “Right now, I have 14 of them.” The patio area is not very large and dogs are not allowed inside, but even from outside there is a view of some of the TVs in the

bar, making it a cool place to take a dog and watch Sunday football games. “For some people, (being able to bring their dogs) is a make-orbreak decision on where they will go, and I think it brings us more business because we are dogfriendly,” Butler said. Located on India Street in Mission Hills, The Regal Beagle is a local favorite and has been serving man and dog since June 2010. The resturant is named after a bar featured on the show “Three’s Company.” The bar is open until 12 a.m. seven days a week. If a full-blown restaurant isn’t what you and Sparky are looking for, then try one of Hillcrest’s many coffee shops. Filter, located at the corner of University Avenue and Richmond Street, is a lowkey spot to kick up your paws and relax. Apart from a broad coffee and tea selection, patrons have many food choices including breakfast, paninis, salads and

Dogs do everything with their owners nowadays and that includes eating. Dan Thomas owner of The Gathering snacks. Filter features a wooden deck patio area with good seating and even has outdoor power outlets, presumably to surf the web with your dog, take Facebook

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An exterior and shot of The Regal Beagle restaurant in the heart of Mission Hills. This pet-friendly resturant has become popular with animal lovers.

pictures and tweet to your heart’s content. Filter is open until 2 a.m. Saturday-Thursday and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday making it the perfect spot to walk on a late night walk.

“There are lots of dog lovers in San Diego,” Filters’s manager Ashley Hall said. “It’s cool that you can go somewhere with your dog other than just sitting at home.”


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Libraries have become antiquated notions—artifacts of a bygone era when gas was $2 a gallon and the only place to watch videos was on TV.  They conjure images of cobweb-covered shelves containing musty books filled with seas of Lilliputian font on subjects so obscure and esoteric that reading them aloud could subdue a room of caffeinated preschoolers chasing a litter of agitated puppies.  These ancient bastions of learning were all but abandoned by the populace they once enlightened upon the evaporation of knowledge into the digital realm, relegated to being used mainly as a sanctuary for social networking and internet surfing.  Past the double doors of San Diego State’s Dome, down two staircases of grey-speckled black carpet, past the circle of students sleeping (perhaps even drooling) in chairs that feel more comfortable than they appear, is a treasure trove of items which would make the most digital-savvy students salivate with anticipation. The Media Center, located in the Dome’s basement, is home to more than 7,000 DVDs, 6,000 video cassettes, and 11,000 CDs.  It contains computers for researching the library’s catalog, which includes more than 36,000 sound and vid-

eo recordings. Private rooms are available for viewing and editing multimedia with Adobe Creative Suite 5 software.  The center is also stocked with tripods, flipcameras, USB microphones, external hard-drives and other free-torent audio and video equipment to satisfy the needs of the next Orson Welles. Saturday-night partygoers can cater to the needs of YouTube audiences capturing the weekly antics of a beer pong tournament champion.  Several study carrels are interspersed throughout the main room for viewing video cassettes and DVDs. Occupants can also request remotes and head-

It’s nice to find a peaceful place where you can just go and study. Laura Dunn SDSU Sophomore phones at the counter. The Media Center’s vast collection of movies, television shows and music is an indicator that SDSU strives to meet the needs and tastes of its students. A cursory run-through of the contemporary, pop and rock shelves reveals names such as Tom Waits, Marvin Gaye, Nirvana, Janis Ian and The Beatles.  Recordings on the adja-

cent classical racks include Philip Glass, Lutoslawski and Brahms among such staples as Mozart and Beethoven. Other genres found in the music section include international, spoken word & prose and Latin rock.  The walls are lined with countless videos and music documentaries including “The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare,” Jane Fonda workouts and lectures ranging from Aristotelian ethics to success in the movie industry.  In the middle of the center are cases stacked with DVDs and VHS tapes of movies and television shows.  The films of Akira Kurosawa can be found across from the complete first season of the British version of “The Office.” Interestingly, many new and returning students are unaware of the Media Center’s existence, let alone its services. “People don’t even know about (the center), usually,” employee Alex Tait said. “They’re usually very surprised that we have movies.”   Other students use the facilities for coursework sporadically, but have no need to use the center’s free video and music rental services for leisure. “If you’re in anatomy or biology classes, they have student boxes of bones that they give out that you can study,” junior Carlo Munar said. “But if I wanted to watch a movie, I would just do it online or

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An exterior shot of the Dome of Love Library. If students venture to the bottom floor of the dome, a plethera of movies, study rooms and gadgets await in the Media Center.

at the theater.” Sophomore Laura Dunn said she didn’t know about the Media Center, but would have used it if she had been aware of its amenities. When asked what she liked best about the library, Dunn said she enjoys the quiet environment, perfect for finishing schoolwork or simply relaxing. “Back at my house, there are always distractions. It’s nice to find a peaceful place where you can just go and study,” Dunn said. While an astonishing inventory and useful facilities undoubtedly contribute to the Media Center’s appeal, the key element turning first-timers into familiar faces is an atmosphere completely unique to

the rest of the library. It is conducive to a sense of passion, purpose and genuine pleasure, which is at times markedly different from the vibe emanating from the vast landscape of computers and bookshelves on the upper floors. Thanks in part to a friendly and welcoming staff eager to assist individuals with their needs, people can cultivate their interests and pursue a variety of activities with little environmental interference. What the Media Center guarantees, therefore, is nothing short of a rewarding and educational experience that makes it an asset for the SSDSU campus, which some members of the population have yet to discover.

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here are a few types of hot dudes in this world. There are the super-duper hot ones, the ones who know they’re super-duper hot and use smooth talking and devastatingly good looks to distract you from the fact they’re giant tools. There are the secretly cute guys; the ones you’re probably friends with who are so-so when you first meet them, but because their personalities are just so great they become cuter with time. There are the nerdy-cutes, the indie-cutes, even the hipstercutes (can’t believe I just said that) and the unexpected hunkybearded-dude ones (I’m looking at you, Ryan Hurst. R.I.P Opie). And then there’s Ryan Lochte, who created a brand new category of hot dude. He is the; please-don’t-open-your-moutheven-just-to-smile hot. If you asked me who Lochte was four years ago, I couldn’t have told you because I was still drooling over Michael Phelps— my man of the 2008 Summer Olympics. He was a dorky-cute star with the wingspan of a freak of nature. What was not to like? Plus, people were saying he was the greatest Olympian of all time, which added a little extra (way to prove yourself there, Phelps). For some reason, this year I looked at Phelps and didn’t get the same swooning sensation. He just didn’t do it for me. Was it his constantly confused demeanor? Who knows? All I cared about was a new man in town. Ryan Lochte. A fine specimen of human being, the first few times I witnessed him on TV I was speechless. How could a dude be that hot? How could a dude

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look like that? It’s safe to say I’ve been in love with Jake Gyllenhaal since I knew what being in love meant, but he’s hot in a different way. Ryan Lochte looks like a sculpture. I was so impressed by his athletic abilities when I saw him swim he became King of the Olympics in my head. All of a sudden, I was a swimming enthusiast. I watched every race he was in and if anyone beat him—even Phelps— I was angry and raging. Then the post-swim interviews came on (my favorite part of the event). The swimmers stood with their godly physiques, catching their breath, dripping wet, with bright lights shining from the heavens beaming down around them. But when Lochte started talking, all my fantasies were smashed. The dude is dumb. I couldn’t believe my ears. You know how they talk about “word vomit” in “Mean Girls?” This was a new level. The man has no intelligence. It was almost as if he learned how to speak three days before the Olympics. He was this year’s golden boy and as a result, there were dozens of interviews and special news pieces about him and his life. They talked about his background, his family life, his closet full of shoes, his American flag grill (which is why he’s not even allowed to smile) and most importantly, his love for swimming. Various interview highlights included such beautifully crafted quips as, “What I was always good at was letting things go through, like, through one ear

and out the other, so to say.” And when asked what his design style would be if he were to ever become a fashion designer, he explained, “Um, it would be a mixture between, like, rock star slash, like, hip-hop.” In a way, it’s kind of adorable. It’s almost like he doesn’t know any better. How can you be mad at someone who just doesn’t know what they’re doing? I have a bit of an internal struggle with this: Is he a loveable tool or just a regular, plain old tool? And it doesn’t stop with Lochte, who is undoubtedly surprised he gets wet when he jumps in the water. Stupidity runs in his family. From his mother, who came out with a statement that her son is a “one-night-stand only kind of guy” because he’s just too busy for a relationship, to his sister who went on a talk show and let certain racial slurs slip a few times, it’s almost inevitable for Ryan to turn out the way he did. We’re at an impasse: Do we continue to let Lochte ride this wave of success at the risk of making Americans seem dumber than we already appear? Without Phelps in the picture, Lochte is bound to be the talk of the town for the next few years. As he chases his own coattails in circles at the end of his Olympic success, it’s safe to say he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The real question here is, where is his publicist and why isn’t she just telling him to be quiet? We’ll see him talking, but all we will hear is “Abs, abs, abs.”

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Today’s Birthday (10/8/12) Developing your talents and skills takes priority this year, with education, travel and finances taking the spotlight. Careful budgeting and minimal use of credit provides power. Where would you like to be a year from now? 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 - Consider the money, but don’t get stopped by a lack of it. Don’t spend yet. Focus on basics. Continue taking action; this pays in satisfaction and future gold. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - Keep decreasing random spending over the next few days. Don’t fall for a trick. Finish your project away from distractions or those who would impede your progress. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 7 - Continue to increase your holdings and your self-confidence. Save for a rainy day. It takes an open and creative mind to solve the puzzle. Travel complications could arise. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 9 - New data disrupts old routines. You’re gaining influence, so use it to improve your environment. Acknowledge kindness in others. It’s not a good time to shop. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 6 - Study your past performances to discover where the room for improvement is. Notice the gap between fantasy and reality. Adjust your aim after measuring gaps and try again. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8

- Read the manual to discover new features. Protect your interests this week. Postpone expansion for later. You’ll be doing better, and it will take less effort. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is an 8 - Don’t try to buy love. Relax with friends, and it will come naturally. Compassion is an essential component. For about two months, you’re spurred to take action. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is an 8 - Continue to increase your status this week, with the help of a partner. Conditions are a bit unsettled, so keep your treasure hidden. There’s a surprising reaction. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 6 - Taking less risks over the coming week is a good idea (unless you like surprises). When all else fails, do what worked before. Put yourself in another’s shoes. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is an 8 - You can’t buy love (except with love). Take on more personal responsibility, and increase profits. Keep costs under control with a budget. False hopes get shattered. Stay unattached. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 7 - Imagine specific success, then act. Help your team find important data over the next six weeks. Avoid distraction. Don’t rock the boat, as tempers are short. Correct errors. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 9 - Your determination compensates for any possible disappointment. Get back on the horse and ride better than ever, surprising even your critics. Send love letters to your fans. ©2012, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.

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