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Thursday, October 13, 2011 Volume 97, Issue 28

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THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF DATING ARE MANY. There are long-distance relationships, the impossibility of figuring out guy or girl code and heart-shattering breakups to go through. The only consolation in all of this is that eventually, everyone will have the same basic emotional experiences. This issue features some advice including how to get through the tougher parts of the dating world, as well as some suggestions about what SDSU students are looking for in their perfect date.


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Commitment to teaching draws award Though Dr. Moore was nominated before, now she has a Monty Alejandra Paz contributor This year, the San Diego State Alumni Association awarded professor of religious studies and chair of the department of classics and humanities Dr. Rebecca Moore for outstanding teaching, service and research. “She is a superb administrator, having chaired both the department of religious studies and the department of classics and humanities in the College of Arts and Letters,” dean of the College of Arts and Letters Dr. Paul Wong said. “She has been instrumental in the recruitment of excellent faculty to the Department of religious studies.”

great location, she said there is a more diverse population of students and faculty at SDSU. Prior to becoming a Monty awardee, she was awarded the Senate Distinguished Professor, Excellence in Teaching Award from the University Senate last year. Moore is currently teaching two religious studies courses and said students are the most important part of her work. She teaches the courses on a fundamental level, including topics such as theology, sociology, anthropology, psychology and history. The new religions course covers religions people fear. Religions and American institutions is a two-semester sequence course that covers preconceptions of religion. Moore said people have preconceptions of religions based on personal experiences. “I’m very committed to teaching; for me that’s the most important part of my work at SDSU,” Moore said. “I

“She is a highly recognized scholar in the field of religious studies. Her work ... (is) often cited by other scholars.” Dr. Paul Wong, dean of the College of Arts and Letters

Since 1971, the Monty Awards have been awarded annually to faculty members from each of the seven colleges of SDSU for achievement and success. The dean’s office and staff nominated Moore for the award a few times prior to this year. She said the award is difficult to earn and she did not receive it the first time. “It’s a great honor to receive one because there’s a lot of competition within the colleges and across the colleges for this recognition,” Moore said. Moore left her job at the University of North Dakota to work for SDSU in 1999. In addition to working in a

like students, I like what I’m doing and I like talking about religious studies in a variety of aspects.” Moore said she tries to be an outstanding teacher, to use new technology and to engage students in the classroom setting. She has involved high school and college students in her research. Moore involves her students in the Metropolitan Area Pluralism Study as well. MAPS is a website that provides the diversity in religions from San Diego to Tijuana, Mexico. Supported by the President’s Leadership Fund at SDSU, MAPS is able to locate different

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religions giving people the ability to find all religions nearby in the San Diego and Mexican border areas. The website allows visitors to zoom into the map to the area they want to search. Then, people can choose the religion they’re interested in, and the website will provide a list of all churches in the area. The MAPS website can also be used for students or groups working on demographic research. Moore also manages a website called Alternative Considerations of

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Jonestown and Peoples Temple. Based in California, the website emphasizes a group that strove to establish a religious utopia. This website includes primary source information regarding new religions. There are also photographs, documents and transcripts available to the public. In addition to leading two websites, Moore co-authored the book, “A Portable God: The Origin of Judaism and Christianity.” She is currently allocating research and infor-

mation to develop a textbook about death, dying and the afterlife. “She is a highly recognized scholar in the field of religious studies,” Wong said. “Her work on the origins of Judaism and Christianity, as well as on contemporary religious cults are often cited by other scholars.” Wong said Moore is an outstanding teacher who is able to build students’ interests in courses offered in the department of religious studies. Moore expressed admiration for the other Monty recipients and said she is honored to be among them this year.


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Center for surf research founded at SDSU Tourism meshes with foundation started at SDSU Hutton Marshall senior staff writer Small, ocean-side communities around the globe constantly struggle to generate ways to support themselves, and they often must do so at the expense of the surrounding environment. A newly founded nonprofit, the Center for Surf Research, seeks to offer these small villages an alternative by establishing sustainable surf tourism. It determines each community’s potential to house surf tourism, working closely with individual needs and wants to create an environmentally and socially friendly setting. This was envisioned by the CSR’s founder and director Dr. Jess Ponting. A professor in the school of hospitality and tourism management, Ponting specializes in sustainable tourism. While he originally had the idea for the CSR more than 15 years ago, he has seen an increasing need for it within the last 10. Ponting was inspired while living in Papau New Guinea after finishing his undergraduate studies in Australia. He was living in a small village doing community building, and saw tourism as an environmentally conscious alternative. “Rather than me saying, ‘Don’t cut down your forest, because it’s really nice,’ I show them how there is a way to bring in money to the community by using the surrounding environment for tourism,” Ponting said.

The CSR’s only intern, Carl Kish, a sustainable recreation, tourism and management senior, has been aware of Ponting’s initiative before the CSR formally began, and is a strong believer in the work it is doing. “I love surfing, and this is monumental for the surf tourism industry,” Kish said. “For my name to even be a part of it is really an honor.” One example of what can come from surf tourism is found in Gigante, Nicaragua. The overwhelming majority of youth there would drop out of school after a short time, because the closest high school was 15 miles away and the closest market nearly as far. The only way to get to either location was by walking. After becoming a host for surf tourism, the city has since been able to afford a bus. However, Ponting said surf tourism does not come without complications. Along with a source of income, tourism can also bring drugs, prostitution and even increased damage to the environment. For this reason, local and federal governments in the areas are highly involved in assessing

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“I love surfing, and this is monumental for the surf tourism industry. For my name to even be a part of it is really an honor.” Carl Kish, recreation tourism and management senior

the maximum tourist population for a given village or city. Some only hold as many as four tourists. “Tourism can be a very positive thing for these communities, but in some cases, it just wasn’t. We learned to do more research and recognize the needs of the individual areas,” Ponting said. However, limiting the number of tourists is not negative in the surfing tourism industry. An isolated beach is ideal for surfers, making these small, tucked-away sites very exclusive.

“We’re hoping to offer a life-changing, mind-blowing experience; and if we can promote local livelihood at the same time, then that’s even better,” Ponting said. Aztecs Abroad is offering a study abroad program for sustainable tourism majors next year, giving students the opportunity to become involved with the kind of work Ponting has pioneered. Students can become a part of the sustainable tourism initiative in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand. For more information, visit aztecsabroad.org.

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NEWS The halftime show of the San Diego State homecoming game featured the announcement of the winners of the Dean’s Trophy, presented to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Kappa Delta sorority. The Dean’s Trophy is given to chapters that score highest on the Standards of Excellence, or “SOE” binder. President Matt Cecil describes SOE as “how a fraternity is ranked in the eyes of the school.” The binder contains ways for chapters to earn SOE points, which they need to remain in good standing with SDSU. Some activities are required, such as a certain number of

community service hours and attendance at certain workshops. Others offer opportunities for chapters to make up for missing points or to get ahead of other chapters. Fraternities and sororities aim to have guest speakers at meetings, set up a house philanthropy and earn the highest GPAs. At the end of the school year, the scholarship and SOE directors of the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association, Chris Catelli and Katie Hill, respectively, grade the binders from each house. The winner is announced on the field at the homecoming game the following year.

This is Sigma Phi Epsilon’s sixth straight time winning the Dean’s Trophy. Sigma Phi Epsilon’s president, Davin Heaton, credited his fraternity’s winning streak to the understanding that “continued success is never a given, and in order to achieve it (they) must continue to push the envelope and redefine what it means to truly defy the stereotype (of a fraternity).” Phi Kappa Theta fraternity won the general homecoming competition for Greek members. The competition was one week long, including events such as a treasure hunt, golf cart decoration,

blood drive and food drive. Alex Padua, coordinator of the homecoming competition team for Phi Kappa Theta, said, “Our house loves any opportunity to get involved and show the school Greeks are not just about partying.” One tradition missing from the homecoming halftime show was the Greek Chariot Race, an exclusion many Greeks were unhappy about. School officials have promised they will bring back the popular event for next year’s homecoming.

Drunk in public On Tuesday morning at approximately 12:30 a.m., the San Diego State Police Department responded to a call regarding a large AfricanAmerican male who was approaching females near the 7-Eleven on College Avenue. The man was described as 6 feet tall, wearing a black shirt, dark shorts, glasses and a satchel. The man was suspect-

ed to be intoxicated and heading toward the SDSU Transit Center. Police arrived on the scene and found the man, who is not an SDSU student, and placed him under arrest for public intoxication.

speed, black and red Felt Q520 and was taken after its lock was cut. The bike has lights on the front and back.

male dressed in all black. The suspect was reported to have been saying “blood.” He was last seen leaving the area in a silver Monte Carlo. If you have any information regarding these incidents, call the SDSU Police Department at 619-594-1991 or email police@mail.sdsu.edu.

Theft Also occurring Tuesday was a bike theft reported at Cuicacalli Suites Residence Hall. The bicycle was an 18-

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Armed and dangerous Last Saturday, a report was called in regarding a suspect brandishing a weapon on Alvarado. The suspect, whose name was reported as “Aaron,” was described as being a 5- —Compiled by Senior Staff foot-11-inch African-American Writer Hutton Marshall.

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Baek leads SDSU to fourth place finish Michael Manbert contributor After getting off to a rough start at The Prestige at PGA West in the opening round on Sunday in La Quinta, Calif., the San Diego State men’s golf team found itself sitting in sixth place behind the likes of unranked Washington, San Francisco and Arizona State. There was no complacency or quit in the now-14th-ranked Aztecs, entering the second round on Monday, though, as they utilized a 14-under score of 274 to climb into third place. During the second round, four of SDSU’s five starters shot under par, and left the team feeling optimistic heading into the third and final round on Tuesday. However, all did not go as planned as the Aztecs came out flat, shot a

final-round of 285 and saw themselves slip into fourth place behind Stanford, Washington and tournament champion Oregon in yet another tournament that featured some of the nation’s premier talent on the golf course. Sophomore Todd Baek shot extremely well throughout the course of the tournament, notching two consecutive 4-under rounds of 68 before shooting a 2-under 70 on Tuesday for a total of 206, finishing in third place. It was also Baek’s third top-five finish of his short collegiate career. The sophomore finished behind Eugene Wong of Oregon and tournament champion Cheng-Tsung Pan, who posted an incredible 7-under 65 to climb from third to first on Tuesday. SeniorAlex Kang also played solid golf at The Prestige, shooting a team-low 67 on Monday before finishing strong with a 3-under 69 on

Tuesday for a total of 207 that tied Kang for fifth place. Freshman Wilson Bateman and seniors Matt Hoffenberg and J.J. Spaun rounded out the Aztec starting five, finishing in 30th, 49th and 58th, respectively. Bateman entered the final round of what was just his second collegiate tournament at 4-under par, but shot a final round of 74 to finish with a 1under total of 215. Hoffenberg, who competed in the Aztec starting five for the first time since March of last year after taking last season off, entered the final round at 1under but also struggled in the final round, shooting a 4-over 76 that left him with a 3-over total of 219. The Aztecs will look to perform at a higher level as they travel to The Meadow Club Fairfax for the Alister Mackenzie Invitational, which will take place on Monday and Tuesday.

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Don’t press the panic button for SDSU ear San Diego State football fans, The world didn’t end with Saturday’s loss to TCU. It won’t end if the team slips up tonight against Air Force. So please, turn down the panic meter. Coming into the season with one glance at the schedule, this threegame stretch, which ends tonight against the Falcons, could be seen as the most difficult one of the season. The Aztecs had to travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., play a quality TCU team and then travel to play Air Force on a short week. Look at the two teams SDSU lost against. Michigan is 6-0, currently ranked 11th in the Associated Press Top 25 and has one of the most dominant players in all of college football. TCU won the Rose Bowl last year and even with the loss of a number of starters last year, they are only a couple of bounces away from being 6-0. The losses weren’t pretty and shouldn’t be acceptable but there’s no shame in losing to those teams. They certainly aren’t as ugly as the 70-7 or 63-14 losses to New Mexico or Utah that seemed commonplace years ago. Defeat always tastes bad but please put those games into perspective. There are some other things that should be put into perspective, one of them being senior quarterback Ryan Lindley. Sure, Lindley has struggled the last two games but no, Lindley isn’t the worst quarterback ever, he shouldn’t be benched, shouldn’t have his

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Antonio Morales sports editor scholarship taken away or anything like that. Take a quick glance at the Aztecs’ record book. Lindley is in the top two for completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns (first), career starts and total offense. He’s going through a slump, as every player does, and facing a lot of criticism from the fans and media. But when the season ends he’ll probably still go down as the best quarterback to ever don an SDSU uniform. Lindley isn’t shy about it; he knows his and the team’s play needs to improve. “We know there are things we need to fix,” Lindley said. “You need to have that focus and know that you need to get better. It’s not ‘We’re going to give it another try,’ it’s ‘We’re going to fix things.’ There are things that need to be better and we need to go do it. Having the team get better falls on the head coach and complaining about head coach Rocky Long appears to be the popular thing to do after losses, even though Long has only been the Aztecs’ head coach for five games. His 3-2 record is the same as his predecessor Brady Hoke had through this point a year ago and against a much tougher schedule. Long turned New Mexico into a perennial bowl team during his time there and he appears to be

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keeping SDSU on the right track despite the losses. The team shows fight every game and had a good chance to erase a 20-point deficit in the second half against TCU. “The character of our team is (such that) we’re going to play hard and the games are going to be close no matter who we play,” Long said. That’s a lot more than previous

coaches who walked on Montezuma Mesa could say (see Craft, Tom and Long, Chuck). The Aztecs still have a good shot at being 8-4 or 9-3 with a miracle upset against Boise State. Sophomore running back Ronnie Hillman won’t be fumbling in the red zone every game, Brian Stahovich won’t be mishandling field goal snaps and Lindley won’t be throwing

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three picks every time he walks out onto the field. The team will start playing better. It may or may not be against the Falcons, but with the lighter part of the schedule approaching the wins will come. So, win or lose tonight, don’t panic about the Aztecs.

—Antonio Morales is a journalism senior.


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Follow me @ AntonioCMorales WHO: SDSU at Air Force WHEN: Tonight at 5 p.m. P.T. WHERE: USAF Academy, Colo. WHY TO WATCH: The Aztecs are looking to win their first Mountain West Conference game of the season and are attempting to snap their two-game losing streak.

Now that the Aztecs have started conference play, here’s a look at the Mountain West Standings through yesterday.

F O R E C A S T I N G T H E M O U N TA I N Name: Antonio Morales (30-8) Title: Sports Editor Prediction: SDSU, Wyoming, Nevada, Boise State Quotable: “Give up the gecko already, Beau.”

Name: Ryan Schuler (29-9) Title: Contributor Prediction: SDSU, Wyoming, Nevada, Boise State Quotable: “ SDSU football hasn’t won since Sept. 17. It’s about time for another win.”

Name: Agustin Gonzalez (27-11) Title: Staff Writer Prediction: SDSU, Wyoming, Nevada, Boise State Quotable: “Anyone tyring to get beaten down in FIFA? Hit me up on Xbox Live.”

Name: Beau Bearden (22-9) Title: Contributor Prediction: SDSU, Wyoming, Nevada, Boise State Quotable: “I feel GeckShow deserves a more proper sendoff into retirement. Might just have to make an appearnce at SDSU’s open basketball practic on Friday.”

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ace it: Breakups suck. Even the ones that seem as if they might turn out OK usually don’t. And although it’s easy to get down in the dumps thinking about lost love, some find a way out of that negative-Nancy mindset. Some eat and others watch sappy, romantic movies. Occasionally, we do things we later regret.Then there are those who find it helpful to listen to music to help fight off the everencroaching bummer of losing their significant other. For those confused about where to begin, this list may be a good starting point toward healing.

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“Sea Change,” Beck. One of Beck’s more melancholy albums, “Sea Change” deals with the theme of heartache head-on, mixing Beck’s low monotone vocals with haunting acoustic and slide guitar. Songs such as “Golden Age” and “Guess I’m Doing Fine” evoke images of walking down a rain-soaked sidewalk with your hands in your coat pocket, dripping wet. “Sea Change” is comforting, because even when you feel like no one else gets you, Beck does.

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“Your Favorite Weapon,” Brand New. While primarily known for its middle

Kevin Smead staff writer two albums, “Deja Entendu” and “The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me,” Brand New’s 2001 debut was 12 songs based on front man Jesse Lacey’s breakups and the heartaches that came after. Tracks such as “Jude Law and a Semester Abroad” and “Last Chance to Lose Your Keys” totally get the whole awkward postbreakup thing. Though many prefer its more mature recent albums, this chronicle of teenage angst is a breakup classic.

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“Only Way to Be Alone,” Good Old War. At first listen, Good Old War’s three-part harmonies and catchy hooks will pull you in. However, listen to it again to discover an album about rejection, struggle and acceptance. Good Old War’s more mellow sound and simple-yet-relatable lyrical style is perfect for putting you in the right mindset to move beyond the breakup, and onto bigger and better things. “21,” Adele. Oh, girl. Let me tell you something right now. Whoever made Adele feel that way has sure got it coming to him. Every song on this album is a heart-wrenching tale told with the most beautiful of

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voices. You may think this is just one for the ladies, but dudes, trust me. Give this a listen, and let the healing begin.

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“Pinkerton,” Weezer. When the first track of an album is “Tired of Sex,” you know you’re in for a self-deprecating journey through one of the best rock ‘n’ roll albums ever produced. The album chronicles front man Rivers Cuomo’s failed relationship and sexual frustrations, and man is it awesome. However, at its release, not everyone thought so. Cuomo hated the album, calling it a “hugely painful mistake” in 2001. Since then, “Pinkerton” has gained cult status caused by its ability to tap into the bummercenter of your brain and somehow make it all OK, or at least a little better. Even Cuomo himself has come to enjoy the album, citing its braveness and authenticity. “You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine,” Death From Above 1979. If things really took a turn for the worst, this is the album for you. Every song is a violent, angry assault of bass and drums centered around breaking down relationships. Just listen to the album’s title track and you’ll instantly understand exactly what I mean. The album is so gnarly, it even caused the eventual breakup of the band. No joke.

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All of The Smiths. This may be considered cheating, but because this technically is about breakup albums, there really isn’t a specific album that fits because all of its music is quintessential breakup music. Whether it’s “Girl Afraid,” “Hatful of Hollow,” or even “The Queen is Dead”no one understands feeling down like Steven Morrissey. Be warned though, use only in extreme circumstances. Prolonged exposure to The Smiths can have lasting effects such as increased heavy sighing, as well as a generally dreariness in character. “Through Being Cool” / “Stay What You Are,” Saves the Day. Yes, this is cheating again, lumping two albums into one entry. But these albums are pretty much a continuation of one another. Singer Chris Conley’s dark, brilliant imagery in songs such as “Rocks Tonic Juice Magic” and “All I’m Losing is Me” may turn people off, but stick around for songs such as “A Certain Tragedy” and “Nightingale.” It may be pure nostalgia, but Saves the Day always make me feel way better in a bittersweet sort of way.

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“Fang Island,” Fang Island. Though there are almost no words on this Brooklyn, N.Y. quintet’s album, you have to physically try to be sad while listening to it. Between its infectious guitar riffs and offthe-charts energy, it’s an instant cure for whatever sort of gloomy weather ails you. Give “Daisy” and “Welcome Wagon” a listen and get super pumped up for whatever is next in your life.You can do it!

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“I Get Wet,” Andrew W. K. The ultimate of breakup albums. Andrew W.K. has a simple philosophy: Party hard. And while he has made a career of doing so, he hasn’t forgotten the important things in life, and with tracks such as “Girls Own Love” and “She is Beautiful,” Andrew W.K. keeps it real. But, that doesn’t stop the partying, as tracks such as “Party ‘Til You Puke” and “Fun Night” take it to the next level. If nothing else is working, turn on some “I Get Wet” and don’t ever stop living in the red. — Kevin Smead is a senior religious studies and English double major.

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hat makes George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Gregory Peck so dreamy? It’s their charm, their ridiculous good looks, their experience and their age. Movies instill in the minds of young girls that the hero is always the older man. Since I can remember, I have always wanted to profess my love to Bruce Willis, who is 36 years older than I am. But, age is just a number. Or is it more than that? Gray strands mixed in among dark luscious hair scream of a sexy older man. The older they are, the more they have life figured out—usually. At the age of 20, I have absolutely nothing figured out. In the morning I change outfits two or three times. I don’t know what I will be having for lunch the next day and I have no idea what life will bring me after college. This is what makes the older man so attractive. They have things figured out.

Tara Millspaugh contributor They have a steady career. They have a schedule. The challenge of trying to fit yourself into their life becomes exciting. Although it sounds fantastic to join your life with his, he might not have time for you. Just because he has a schedule does not mean it’s a flexible one. The beauty of dating an older man is he will have a life started already, even if it might not be the life you want. Women dating men much older than them will always remain a popular phenomenon. The public will always ponder the reasons why young beautiful Playboy models choose to date Hugh Hefner. But older men in power are sexy. A strange psychological imbalance occurs in women who meet older men that hold high positions. It may be the stability they have achieved and their confidence that drives the women

crazy. If a man walks into a room with his head held high, wearing a suit and has a title like CEO, doctor or professor, they can potentially have any woman in the room. Maturity and age are supposed to come hand in hand. But, is the maturity level between an 18 year old and a 28 year old that much different? No. As much as a woman tries to explain the reason she’s dating an older man is because he’s “more mature,” it’s false. Maturity and experience are two different things. The older guy will still make “That’s what she said” jokes. Older men may be more experienced in the art of communication, but they will not always be the breathtaking Prince Charming who will solve all of a young girl’s problems. Many older men will still be too cowardly to break up in person, flake out on dates and potentially cheat. This does not change with age. —Tara Millspaugh is a journalism junior.

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What’s your perfect date? The top suggestions of a perfect date from The Daily Aztec staff vary nearly as much as their personalities. Post your own expectation of your perfect date night at facebook.com/dailyaztec or send a tweet to @TheDailyAztec. @DailyAztecNews: News Editor: San Diego is the most classy city for a reason, so take advantage of what it has to offer and see an early show at The Old Globe, followed by a Sunset on the beach and an eventful evening in Pacific Beach.

@sandy_sdsu: Asst. News Editor My perfect date would include a hike at Torrey Pines State Beach. It's gorgeous there and you can hike down to the beach and chill there, maybe watch the sun set. Then, we'll have worked up an appetite so good pizza and beer is in order! (Well, good pizza is always in order.)

@AntonioCMorales: Sports Editor I would start with dinner somewhere nice downtown. After dinner, walk down to Petco Park and catch a Padres game. Because the team sucks, you don’t have to watch the game and would be able to have a good conversation with your date for about three hours.

@KellyMCallas: Features Editor A fine meal of diagonally cut peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Grape. Paper plates included. Followed by a romantic walk to go recycle those plates (because we care about the environment). Meaningful conversations about those sandwiches, the subsequent walk and, if we have time, the weather.

John Anderson: Entertainment Editor The best dates are unique experiences. My favorite date was bungee jumping at the “Bridge to Nowhere” in Azusa National Park. The five mile hike in and out provided ample time for conversation and culminated in an experience neither of us is likely to forget.

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@ChrPocock: Opinion Editor Candles. Accordions. A beautiful Cocker Spaniel. An old-fashioned Italian pizza place with a black and white checkered tablecloth. A spaghetti and meatball plate split for two. Just keep it light on the garlic (and the barking).

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I love going with my man to enomatic “self-serve” wine bars, such as Splash Wine Lounge in North Park or Ivy Wine Bar inside the Andaz Hotel. $15-$20 each equals an evening of unique wine tasting and easy conversation without ever having to wait for service. Plus … Splash has board games!

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@alliemeister: Editor in Chief I’m a complicated girl with simple needs. Once the “need to impress” phase is over, all I want is to cuddle all night while watching movies, eating good food and talking about life.

@Chipmeister42: Photo Editor Take her to a nice place to eat, somewhere we can talk and get to know each other. Take a walk somewhere and talk some more about me and everything about me and nothing but me. Hope my dog likes her.

Kristen Caldwell: Copy Chief RAGE. HARD. Then cuddle.

@TanyaHuang: Asst. Copy Chief If you’re a baller, take me on a sunset gondola ride through Coronado Bay with wine, treats--the works. Then we’ll move on to dinner and cocktails at Searsucker and improvise from there. If you’re not, sorry. But if you’re a good cook, I’ll take it.

@deecaffeinated: Art Director I can just picture it. Me: a plucky design ingénue in a stunning purple hoodie and pajama pants. Him: a sleek aluminum unibody Macbook. Yes, it’s the late night InDesign sesh of my dreams, with plenty of Stella Artois and Cheez-Its.

Richard McPheters: Asst. Art Director To set the mood the moon needs to be full. A glass of champagne in hand and a warm blanket in the forest sounds like a great time to me. The warmth of my lover and glass after glass until I found myself lost in the woods with no direction and a good buzz.

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f you could sleep with any of my friends, who would it be?” Men, don’t be fooled here. This is a trap. One meant to coax the inevitable wrong answer out with nothing more than a smile, saying the question doesn’t mean anything, “Just for fun.” Don’t be lured into this. There is no right answer to this question. Any answer given, even just a name, and never again will the now-seething female allow the named individual to be alone with her not-so-smart boyfriend.

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Resending a text message He got the first one. Most people don’t have an increasing interest as they continue to be spammed, why should a text be any different? Revealing an ex-boyfriend’s habits Ladies. He’s (hopefully) not so stupid that this obviously jealous-inducing topic was not broached on purpose. It’s rude. Starting a statement with, “All guys …” Women who have men completely figured out make these sweeping generalizations every day.

Hutton Marshall senior staff writer “All guys care about is sex.” Wrong, some guys are monks. “All guys are shallow, self-centered tools.” Maybe shallow and self-centered tools are the only ones who find you attractive. It hurts to think that, but truth is truth. Some people may be thinking, “What if I said, ‘All guys have a penis?’” There’s this story about this one guy who was in an accident, so they removed his thumb to replace his, well … A thumb doesn’t count. Saying a guy is cute when he’s mad When men are mad, they want to appear mean and frightening. Guys can’t be mean, frightening and cute all at the same time. It just doesn’t work, unless he’s a gremlin. Complaining about how many guys flirt with you It must be a terrible inconvenience, but this is purely an attention-grabbing ploy that will make him begin wishing you were a less-attractive mute.

Be wise when at war Admittedly it is tough, but when the battle is lost, just come clear with it and apologize. Don’t remain quiet or nod. Instead, be a grown-up, talk it out and don’t ever, ever, call her dramatic — unless turning a slightly frustrated girlfriend into a dragon lady capable of ripping off heads is preferred. Sensitivity is overrated Men in touch with their feminine sides are great, but women don’t want to be around that 24 / 7. Ladies have enough problems with estrogen levels between woman-towoman conversations and the occasional gay friend. Yes, dates are important It may not be important to

Ana Ceballos staff writer men when their significant other was born, but some people think it is sort of a big deal. Forgetting a birthday is not something any man will ever live down, so heed the warning and keep tabs on those important anniversaries. Call her fat — if you want to be single Just don’t say anything about her weight unless it’s, “You look great.” And even if you do love her love handles and big butt, it’s probable she doesn’t. So use your brain and watch your tongue. Demanding sandwiches is prohibited Unless she is your mother. A good girlfriend may make her boyfriend a sandwich because she wants to be nice, but not because he is sitting in front of the TV, polishing the family jewels and acting lazy. Just because she happens to be around the perimeter of the kitchen is not an excuse to make demands. Thinking about asking if it’s that time of the month? No sex for the rest of the week will be the answer to that question. Enjoy. — Ana Ceballos is a journalism senior.

— Hutton Marshall is an interdisciplinary studies junior.

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Suggestions from her side hether you see a woman storming out of the room, crying hysterically, listing all the reasons why “that guy” was her worst mistake, or she gives the cliche “It’s fine,” there’s a key that tells men when they’ve screwed up big time. This is the point when he becomes a potential ex. Luckily, there are a few things men can do so they don’t come off as morons, and here are some of them:

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efining “girl code” is not an easy task. For one, it is a code men cannot understand. Girls often get mad when guys do not understand the girl code. Then men get mad when girls get mad for not understanding the girl code. These codes range from subtle signals to well-known assumptions based more on myth than most men believe. A popular one is “I don’t know.” Girls really do know but will not tell their counterparts because it was something guys should already know. “I’m fine” may be the most popular. Most girls have said this to their boyfriends at least once. Guys, we are not fine. You probably screwed up and she is waiting for you to come to that realization and apologize. Or maybe, she’s got a PMS problem. When she says, “I just need some space,” what they mean is space without you in it. Sometimes the question is “Do I look fat in this dress?” Girls know they may be triggering a fight, but they still ask. When girls ask guys for their honest opinion, girls really want guys to tell them what they want to hear. Another signal is when girls say, “We’re moving too quickly.” What she may mean by that is she’s waiting to see if this guy is interested in dating anyone or not. If you meet a girl at a bar and after a drink or two she says “No, I’ll call you, give me your number,” then there’s a good

Alejandra Paz contributor chance she’s just looking for free drinks. These are just a few of the things girls say that men just don’t get. So, guys, watch out for them. —Alejandra Paz is a psychology junior.

If ... she says “No, I’ll call you, give me your number,” then there’s a good chance she’s just looking for free drinks.

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Staying single can be a choice weatpants. I wear them a lot and nobody cares — especially not my cat. Freedom. To go where I want, when I want, with whom I want, without anybody else’s input or opinion to consider or schedule to clear. I’m thinner when I’m single. Apparently I attract a lot of cute guys with the ability to cook well — how can anyone resist a fourth helping of pasta? Speaking of eating in the metaphoric sense, I like having my cake and eating it too.

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Sandy Coronilla assistant news editor There’s no shortage of men. They make very nice company sometimes. But I like being able to leave them right there on the bookshelf between my two bottles of vodka as bookends. When I’m ready to read “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” – voila! I’m healthier when I’m single. I’m a runner and a hiker so if you can’t keep up with me, you’re a bum(mer). I get to watch all the chick flicks I want without ever having

to reciprocate by watching some crap like “Big Guns” and “Wheels Take Manhattan.” I get to flirt voraciously without an ounce of guilt. There’s an economic advantage to be being a single woman who cautiously dates. Lots of first dates when men just cannot bring themselves to let a woman pay the dinner bill, even when she offers. God bless benevolent sexism. Suckers! Bar version piggyback on the above: Sure you can buy me a drink. I don’t have to pretend to like the Red Sox or pretend to

understand why men spend their hard-earned money on things such as the MLB Extra Innings digital sports package. Shoes. I love them and I don’t have to explain it to anyone. Ultimately, I know I don’t have the time to devote to a relationship right now, so being single suits me for the time being. There will be plenty of time in the future to stare blankly at my snoring partner as he sleeps, wondering why I chose to not be single. — Sandy Coronilla is a journalism junior.

Woes of long distance relationships for men Making it work from far away for women the technological prowess others have, which I can live with. Other than that, you’re constantly jealous. Imagination is a powerful thing, especially when it comes to imagining your girlfriend out at some Euro-house

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always told myself anyone in a long-distance relationship is wasting their time and I would never be caught dead in one. Yet here I am, in a long-distance relationship. It’s almost exactly what I was afraid it would be. To put it simply, a person in a long-distance relationship is single yet has none of the freedoms that go along with it. Initially, I thought this was going to be kind

Hutton Marshall senior staff writer of nice. I thought it might be fun to spend four months watching my friends strike out with women instead of me for a change. The fun of being “that guy” wears off pretty fast. Eventually you start feeling as respectable as a preteen girl saving herself for Justin Bieber.

Then there’s Skype, which is the only way she and I can communicate, and it’s fine. My friend even told me some of the physical aspects of a relationship (the part that is nonexistent) can be substituted with this video technology. I said, “Heck, why not give it a whirl?” Well, I don’t know exactly how it’s supposed to work and neither did she for that matter. We gave it a go-around, and it was weird. Maybe we just don’t have

yourself you’re satisfied with a long-distance relationship. In fact, they’re pretty miserable. Looking at a long-distance relationship objectively, they don’t make too much sense. The only reassurance and way to make sense of it all is

I told myself any guy in a long-distance relationship was a sap and then I became one. I’m fine with that. dance club until the early hours of the morning being hit on by aggressive foreign guys with too much chest hair. No matter how much you trust her, you can only keep out the whiney, insecure, petty, jealous boyfriend you always dreaded becoming for so long. Sadly, it becomes inevitable. You try to reason it out, saying it isn’t that bad, but you’ll lose that argument. You can’t convince

to realize being with that person is worth whatever it takes (four months in our case) and to risk losing them would be infinitely worse. I told myself any guy in a long-distance relationship was a sap and then I became one. I’m fine with that. — Hutton Marshall is an interdisciplinary studies junior.

t’s funny how life works. One day I am watching the crappy movie “Going the Distance,” thinking to myself how long-distance relationships never work and how I’ll never ever be in one. Six months later I now live in Brazil and my boyfriend is 9,972 kilometers away. Before I left, I told myself it was only for four months and he was the only person it could actually work with, so I gave it a go, flew halfway across the world and accepted the fact there would be no “hankypanky” for a while. Aside from the fact that the physical relationship is non-existent, the cyber-relationship starts getting creepy. Basically, it’s me awing, smiling or making stupid jokes at my computer most of the nights while my roommate across the room is plotting the best way to jump out of the window, but then she comes back to her senses and decides it’s a better idea to tease me instead. Not being there for the small

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Ana Ceballos staff writer things in his life sucks. I wasn’t there for his first legal beer, I wasn’t able to listen to his first radio show because of the time difference and what really hurts

is that we won’t be able to wear idiotic costumes together for Halloween. But out of the four months we’ve been apart, we are halfway through. Despite the frequent jealousy attacks I get every now and then when I see a picture of him with a girl I’ve never met

and the constant dirty looks I receive from people in Brazil (the capital of samba and sex) when I say I have a boyfriend, I am still holding on. You may think I’m an idiot for being in one, but I am happy and it works for us. And besides, there’s news for all you college

students who swear you’ll never be in one: There was a major study claiming that at least 75 percent of you will engage in a long-distance relationship at some point. So ha! — Ana Ceballos is a journalism senior.


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Drama explores politics of disillusionment Andrew Younger senior staff writer In actor-director George Clooney’s latest effort “The Ides of March,” the central question is: Do inherently corrupt individuals gravitate toward politics, or does the nature of politics corrupt inherently good individuals? To answer this, Clooney relies as much on the personal experiences of his father’s failed 2004 congressional campaign as the source material, “Farragut North” — based on Howard Dean’s unsuccessful campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination — and provides a surprisingly complex view of the relationship between moral and political failure. In the eye of the storm is goldenboy political consultant Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), who helps manage Gov. Mike Morris’ (Clooney) bid for the presidential nomination. Morris is on the verge of losing the key battleground state of Ohio and needs to secure the endorsement of recently defeated candidate Sen. Thompson (Jeffrey Wright) in order to win the nomination. The only problem is Thompson is a dirty politician who wants to leverage his delegates for a cabinet-level office, an offer the ideologically pure Morris refuses. As Stephen attempts to turn the poll numbers around in Ohio, the rival campaign manager Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti) offers to hire him. An impassioned Stephen states that, in addition to considering Morris a friend, he believes Morris is the only candidate

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who can change the lives of average Americans. However, Stephen soon discovers an affair between Morris and an attractive staffer, Molly Stearns (Evan Rachel Wood), who also happens to be the daughter of the Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Meanwhile, the Morris campaign discovers Stephen met with the rival campaign, leading each person to question the loyalty of the other. When The New York Times reporter

Ida Horowicz (Marisa Tomei) threatens to break the story, time begins to run out for the campaign as the political maneuvering becomes increasingly desperate. Clooney wisely focuses his story on the Democratic presidential primary and the infighting that follows, rather than attempt to draw the distinction between red-state and blue-state mentality that has plagued political films of the last decade. He also adept-

ly embeds a layer of irony and black humor into the mandatory political grandstanding that spares “The Ides of March” from becoming a civics lesson. Despite the trailer’s best attempt to portray “The Ides of March” as a political thriller, the film focuses on Stephen’s introduction into the shocking realities of working in politics. However, because the film is only concerned with the corruption of the individual, “The Ides of March” ends

abruptly, as though it were the first two acts of a three-act film. As Stephen’s convictions turn against him, his body becomes engulfed in shadows until he is little more than a blurred silhouette of the man he once was.

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Remake seeks to modernize ‘84 dance flick Courtney Rogin staff writer “Jump back!” The 1980s classic dance flick about a small town’s ban on dancing is back in a big way. “Footloose” has been remixed to fit a world where “So You Think You Can Dance?” and “Glee” dominate TV screens. Craig Brewer directed the remake and co-wrote the film with Dean Pitchford, who wrote the original 1984 screenplay. Ren MacCormack, played by newcomer Kenny Wormald, moves to a small town in Georgia. After a horrific car accident involving teenagers driving home after a party, dancing is banned within city limits. An unfortunate run-in with the local authorities for playing music too loud leads to Ren getting acquainted with the unique laws in Bomont. The love interest, Ariel Moore (Julianne Hough), is Rev. Shaw Moore’s (Dennis Quaid) daughter with a rebellious side and a bad-boy boyfriend (Patrick Flueger). Ren has a passion for dance, and decides to start his own petition to remove the ban on dancing within Bomont’s city limits. The remake of “Footloose” doesn’t try to break new ground. It is comfortable with its identity as a remake; it’s not trying to tell a brand new story. The film brings what fans and critics of the original enjoyed into a new, modern tale that involves rap music and cell phones.

The major difference is how the film is set up in the first few minutes. The new version does a more cohesive job of explaining why Bomont has the laws it does. It more or less simplifies the story line into a clear, flowing timeline as opposed to flashing back later to explain the laws to the audience. The film also features several classic lines such as “Jump back!” and leaves iconic scenes such as the warehouse dance scene intact. The film’s highlights are in the quick-witted quips of the younger characters, the “Yankee sarcasm” of Ren and the southern charm of his friend Willard (Miles Teller). This integral piece is what separates the film from typical teen flicks that saturate the market. The iconic “Footloose” soundtrack has had a makeover. The new country-influenced album fits the new film’s locale perfectly. Country singers Blake Shelton and Kenny Loggins take on the title theme, and Jana Kramer sings “Let’s Hear It For The Boy.” The soundtrack also features country artists Zac Brown, Big & Rich and Whitney Duncan. “Footloose” was a favorite for generation X, and while the remake doesn’t quite live up to the original, it’s a fun and entertaining movie for those looking to enjoy a lighthearted, youthful night at the movies.

Movie: FOOTLOOSE Rating: PG-13 Release Date: OCT. 14 Grade: B

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Rocky Horror time warps The Old Globe David Dixon staff writer In The Old Globe’s production of “Richard O’ Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show,” don’t be surprised to see an audience member dressed up as the famous fictional transvestite, Frank ‘N’ Furter. In fact, don’t be shocked if there are young children dressed up as characters from the cult classic phenomenon. This is the first indication it is not another typical day in the land of sophisticated theater. Here is a brief synopsis for “Rocky Horror” virgins. Janet (Jeanna de Waal) and Brad (Kelsey Kurz) are a couple that represent the epitome of uncool. They speak in a dialect that feels dated in the 1950s. After their car breaks down, Brad and Janet go to a creepy castle hoping to get some much-needed aid, but instead meet an abnormal scientist who, in the words of the narrator (David Andrew Macdonald), takes them on “a night out they were going to remember for a long time.” Before the official opening of The Old Globe’s interpretation, it looked like San Diego’s night of dazzling entertainment was going to be a colossal failure. The original director left the production because of “creative differences.” If that was not bad enough, the lead performer quit because of personal controversy. Despite the controversy, it turns out “Rocky Horror” is a lot of fun. The new director, James Vasquez,

gives legions of fans what they want, while adding more than enough flash to the material. Matt McGrath is now the flamboyant Frank, and he dominates the stage every chance he gets. A hilarious actor with the singing voice of a rock sensation, McGrath puts his own stamp on the iconic character. Audience members can participate in the action by buying an affordable prop bag, which includes a section of The San Diego UnionTribune, a mini flashlight, a balloon and even some cards that can be

oratory, which looks like something between a horror movie set and a raunchy swingers’ club. Although it has been a while since rock music played at The Old Globe, the orchestra could not be better. The band, which includes several acoustic guitarists, a drummer and a keyboardist, is onstage virtually the entire performance and its sound makes the song “Time Warp” as cool as ever. If this does not sound like a crowd-pleaser, then what does? As long as patrons have a small idea of what they are getting themselves

The brave can yell politically incorrect lines during crucial moments, but certain cast members, such as the fearless McGrath, will comedically insult the gutsy souls right back. used in musical numbers such as “Over at the Frankenstein Place” and “I’m Going Home.” The brave can yell politically incorrect lines during crucial moments, but certain cast members, such as the fearless McGrath, will comedically insult the gutsy souls right back. Donyale Werle’s scene design is outrageous, as any production like this would require. Most of the misadventures take place in Frank’s lab-

into, “Rocky Horror” will continue to gain more avid supporters while continuing to satisfy the veterans. Of course “Rocky Horror” is not a subtle piece of art, but it is a total blast. There’s nothing to stop anyone from taking a “jump to the left, and then a step to the right.” Tickets and information about “Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show” can be found at theoldglobe.org.

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Sofie Casillas staff writer Living in San Diego has its ups and downs. The beach is always accessible and wonderful landmarks, such as the Cabrillo National Monument and Mount Soledad, are never too far away. However, nothing is perfect. According to Time magazine, San Diego ranked No. 10 in America’s most polluted cities, tied with Pittsburgh. Along with the obstruction caused by city lights, pollution has its repercussions. One of these repercussions is a limited view of constellations in the night sky. Many people embark on summer camping trips during childhood, trying to locate the Big Dipper and the

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North Star in the dark, star-filled sky. Well, why not do this again? However, this time, do some research and invite friends on an adventure to San Diego’s countryside. Just on the outskirts of San Diego, take a trip to the city of apple pies where the Julian StarFest is held. The festival offers stargazers the opportunity to let loose for a weekend and camp out in the open sky. At the event, astronomy aficionados can enjoy lectures, stargazing and an exhibition of large, manufactured telescopes. This weekend getaway is held once a year in August at the Menghini Winery. During the day, there are local vendors selling food, telescopes, software and other astronomy-related items. Prices are $5 for general admission and $30 to camp out. This is an event no

Along with the obstruction caused by city lights, pollution has its repercussions. One of these repercussions is a limited view of constellations in the night sky. astronomy lover should miss. If funding for gas is a problem, there are also local areas in San Diego all constellation lovers can visit. The San Diego Astronomy Association hosts public star parties at dusk every first Wednesday of the month at the Reuben H. Fleet

Science Center’s Heikoff Dome Theater. Telescopes are set up after the planetarium show “The Sky Tonight” on the north side of the science center. The SDAA also organizes a monthly viewing of the sky at Mission Trails Regional Park.

Members set up telescopes from 6-9 p.m. every second Friday of the month at the Kumeyaay Campground’s Day Use Parking Lot. Students fascinated with astronomy are encouraged to sign up for the astronomy lab class, which offers students the chance to visit Mount Laguna Observatory near the Cleveland National Forest. This class is offered at San Diego State and is open to all majors. At the observatory, lab students are given the opportunity to use four different telescopes, including one that is 50 inches wide. So, take a trip to the countryside or simply look up within city limits for an eye-opening experience with the night sky. It could be a muchneeded break away from midterms and homework.


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Go back to basics with barefoot running Barefoot training strengthens the future of fitness Stephanie Schauer staff writer Shoes are worn as often as underwear: every day. They are relied on to protect feet at work, school and the gym. However, is it possible to rely too heavily on shoes? In a $20 billion industry, modern athletic shoes specially designed to provide support during physical activities are proving to do more harm than good. The latest concept in fitness training centers is going back to basics: bare feet. Style can only carry fitness so far until natural comfort and health come into play. The athletic shoe industry often focuses on developing perfect shoes pitched to optimize athletic performance by inflating cushions, increasing arch support or adding other bells and whistles to each design. However, too much of a so-called good thing can often result in the opposite effect. According to Livestrong, experimental analysis shows how a moving body is “altered when wearing shoes” during physical activity, immobilizing natural movement and causing muscles in the foot and ankle to weaken and become prone to sprains and fractures. This could prove to be a leading cause in many athletic injuries. The same article explains runners who wear high-performance shoes when running “strike the ground with their heels instead of the more efficient forefoot strike.” Striking down the foot’s heel in a stride can cause stress leading to “pain and injury anywhere along the body’s entire kinetic chain: the muscular system, the nervous system and the skeletal system.” Prior to a recent battle about false product claims between Reebok and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Reebok claimed its high-performance shoes, such as the Reebok EasyTones, did it all. The company captivated consumer audiences using an influential combination of

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The athletic shoe industry often focuses on developing perfect shoes pitched to optimize athletic performance ... too much of a so-called good thing can often result in the opposite effect. catchy jargon with its “moving air technology” and celebrity endorsements to sell an opportunity for increased leg muscle definition. Fancy vocabulary and design do not necessarily make for successful athletic shoes. Last year, in an article from Becker’s National Orthopedic and Spine Review, Laura Miler found several

studies showing athletes who hopped on the high-performance shoe bandwagon were subjected to more physical injuries than in past years. Because of safety precautions, it can be hard to quit shoes entirely. Additionally, most athletic training centers and gyms have specific rules banning barefoot training, including the Aztec Recreation Center. They will

not let members use equipment or even set foot in the facility if they are not wearing shoes. This is simply an enforcement of the common rule that athletic shoes must be worn at all times while open-toed shoes are often prohibited. For sports players and avid exercisers who want to prevent injury and improve overall physical health, minimalist footwear that mimics the functionality of bare feet may be the solution to bridge the gap between restriction and comfort. Richard “Roo” Sheperdson, personal trainer at Crunch Fitness in El Cajon, is a minimalist footwear enthusiast who swears by Vibram FiveFingers. He has four pairs of Vibrams, two pairs of KomodoSports and two Bikilas, he wears every day. “I train and work in both of them,” Sheperdson said.

He explains the shoe, with its rubber outsole for grip and protection, is a good option for anyone because it “basically makes your feet stronger, your legs stronger and everything better.” Vibram provides various styles of the FiveFingers. Customers can decide which style is best suited for them according to the activities they engage in. Just like any new method of exercise, Vibram suggests customers allow themselves some time to adjust to the shoes as they act like a second skin and promise muscle strengthening and improvement in range of motion. No certification is necessary to take part in the barefoot movement. All it takes is an interested person looking to improve strength and overall physical fitness.

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (10/13/11) With Mercury entering your second house, your ability to profit financially soars. You see opportunities where others are blind. Share ideas with others, and the abundance multiplies. Review the budget and consider investing in your education. Make big plans.

t’s 6:48 on a Sunday morning. I’ve only been home a few hours after being out in Pacific Beach (don’t judge me – it was for a birthday party). Having drunk enough to kill a pony, you would think I should be sound asleep, debating boxers versus briefs with Han Solo while enjoying a lovely chop of medium rare unicorn. But no, I’m watching the sun come up over the canyon and pour through my floor-to-ceiling windows. (Jealous? You should be – the view is stunning.) Am I up for Church? God, no. (Get it?) I combust within 100 yards of Jesus’ crib. Squash game with Gordon Gekko at the club? I’m old but not that old. Making sauce (pronounced “saw-ss”) for my weekly Sunday Sicilian feast a la Jersey Shore? No, I celebrate my Italian roots without melodramatic dinners, plus I made sauce Friday. So why am I awake at such an offensive hour on a Sunday? There is a flock, a gaggle, a throng of insidious, bellowing, vicious crows shrieking in the tree outside my window. These black beasts of Hades cawed at each other so violently they roused me from my sleep. The satanic squawks emanating from these raptorial nightmares is deafening. The tree is infested with them, as if the tree itself is the devil incarnate and these winged demons swarmed to come and worship. Why, oh why, did Noah have to put crows on the Ark? Never have I wanted more to exercise my right to bear arms and annihilate defenseless animals. But seeing as I am sans cannon and don’t fancy myself an assassin of fowl, I try blowing my rape whistle (don’t ask) in their direction. Despite its strong, sexual assault-foiling blast, the birds are unmoved and undeterred, their cacophony only echoing louder. I try the fart-simulator-toy my parents put in my stocking last Christmas (we Dorans are a warped bunch). That faux trumpet of flatulence also fails. A neighbor comes outside to shoo the crows away. He is sternly rebuffed. It seems the residents of the Southern Mission Hills area are no match. I must suffer the crows and their infernal cawing and leave Han and my perfectly cooked unicorn behind. It’s surreal moments like these, moments when the absurd and fantastical invade reality, when I am forced to reflect upon my life: how it landed me here, where it’s going, what I want out of it, why it’s so cate-

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Matt Doran senior staff columnist gorically f—ed and so forth. What I inevitably come back to is how fast my short life has gone by, how ephemeral it’s all been. I blitzed past the milestones: 18, when I didn’t buy a lottery ticket or porn; 21, when I ordered Chinese because I had crew practice in the morning; 25, when my car insurance rates finally came down from the stratosphere (best birthday present ever); and now 27, when the threat of premature balding and the big 3-0 hover like, well, an army of crows in a tree outside your window.

Could I? I know I don’t want any of that. But what do I want? What do I want out of my life? I’ve been asking myself this question with relative frequency since graduating from college more than six years ago. I’ve tried my hand at many things, bounced around the globe looking for the answer. It’s only recently I came upon it and was humbled by its simplicity: to be happy. If I was happy, I wouldn’t worry about turning 30 or losing my hair. If I was happy (and sober), I probably wouldn’t be as upset about the horde of crows ruining my Sunday morning. I would probably treat my

... seeing as I am sans cannon and don’t fancy myself an assassin of fowl, I try blowing my rape whistle (don’t ask) ... The alarming rate at which my life is progressing is most unsettling, and that worry may in fact lead to the premature balding I so fear – a vicious cycle. The torture the universe bestows upon me. Crows and hair loss. But seriously, dear reader, as I battle frenzied birds and an existential crisis, I find myself confronted with my future and its implications, insomuch as a hungover 27-year-old can grasp. I toss. I turn. I pace. I fret. I curse the wretched monsters outside. Each caw is like a gavel strike, and my father is the judge. “What are you doing with your life, son?” he continually calls to ask. “I’m trying to write, Dad, but these damn crows won’t let me!” “Matthew, it’s time to grow up. You’ve got to start making money.” “I’ll tell you how I’m gonna make money. I’m gonna open up a restaurant, with only one thing on the menu: crow.” “How do you ever expect to meet a girl? You can’t even provide for yourself. I’ll be 72 in December, you know. I won’t be around forever. Your mother and I wouldn’t mind some grandkids. We just want you to be happy, and that means moving back to New York, becoming a lawyer, marrying a nice Catholic girl, starting a family and having us to your new home for London broil every Sunday.”

parents better when they call, saying how they miss their only child. I wouldn’t agonize about my future. I would just be happy. So, this of course begs the question, how do I define happiness? Going all SEAL Team 6 on those crows would be a good start. I’m still working on the recipe, but the key ingredient I’ve already nailed down: companionship. We are short for this world. If we want to be happy in the fleeting time we are here, we have to share our lives. I know if I woke up with someone I cared about, loved, we’d have been laughing our a—es off at the bizarre scene outside my window. I’d have someone to help me deal with my well-meaning but oftentimes misguided parents. I’d have someone to lie to me and tell me my hair is thicker than McDreamy’s. I’d have someone to tell me I don’t look a day older than 23. It doesn’t matter what’s on the plate. It matters who’s across the table. Figure out who makes you happy, and they will help you figure out the rest. —Matt Doran is a creative writing graduate student in desperate need of a rifle. Email him at matthewtdoran@gmail.com to loan him your weapon. —Listen to or download an audio transcript of this column read by the author at thedailyaztec.com.

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