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THE NEWSPAPER OF SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1913 VOLUME 99, ISSUE 35

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012

MLK mural beautifies State Route 94 campus

The mural that has been a work in progress for six years, is now unveiled for all to see.

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Michele Pluss

You ever taken a life before? The life in people’s eyes is there, then it’s gone forever.

Staff Writer

More than 50 years after his famous speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream lives on in the everyday lives of San Diegans, this time in the form of a mural along the eastbound side of State Route 94. The mural spans 225 feet long and stands 20 feet high and it was created by the hands of San Diego State art professors Neil Shigley and Philip Matzigkeit. The murals location was secured by a Caltrans grant more than six years ago and has been a work in progress for Matzigkeit. He met with Shigley about a year ago and upon seeing Shigley’s sketches, of King, he knew he found the perfect portrait artist for his project.  Of his many pieces, Shigley said this public mural is “by far the most important piece (he’s) worked on or will work on in the future.”  “I think the responsibility of all fathers and all mothers to

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The 225-feet long mural is displayed on the eastbound side of State Route 94. The Martin Luther King Jr. inspired mural was created by SDSU art professors, Neil Shigley and Philip Matzigkeit.

their children is to share what his life was about, to pass on his legacy—one that he lived for, one that he worked so hard for, one that he fought for and one that he ultimately died for so that (our) children can carry on in some way his legacy,” Shigley said. “That’s what I hoped it would lead to; when people see that (mural), it brings to mind the great work this man did and sacrifice (he made)

for all of us.”  The mural, inspired by an African woodblock style, was unveiled last Saturday during a dedication event. The event was accompanied by an original composition performed by SDSU Assistant Professor of Music Richard Thompson. The mural now stands 20-feet high and 225-feet long symbolizing to San Diegans the passion King had.

“(King) was such a great man. He changed the world, really, in a lot of ways; he changed people’s ideas, changed how they think of themselves and others (and) he did it all with his words, with his ideas, with his passion, with his love. That’s what sets him apart, sets him above, so many other people who have affected the world,” Shigley said.

Peters Tennis SDSU shows diversity among grads battles for the 52nd racks up campus

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Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams competed at the USTA/ITA Regionals, where each team performed well Matthew Bain Contributor

Fresh off impressive performances in their most recent tournaments, the men’s and women’s tennis teams competed in the U.S. Tennis Association Regionals. The women’s tennis team, competed in the UTSA/ITA Southwest Regionals, looking to build momentum after a strong performance at the recent SDSU Fall Classic I. The first day of regionals, held at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, went well for the Aztecs, as they won eight matches. Days two and three were more of a struggle. Junior Julia Wais, ranked 90th in the nation, and sophomore Laura Antonana Iriarte dropped their singles matches in the round of 16. However, the fifth-seeded duo of Wais and senior Alicia Aguilar dominated their doubles match against Ali Facey and Sarah Gong from the University of California, Irvine, 8-2, to advance to day three. Because of rainy weather at the Barnes Tennis Center, the TENNIS continued on page 7

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San Diego State boasts an alltime high in graduation and diversity rates. According to SDSU NewsCenter, the six-year graduation rate is at 66.5 percent, an increase from 65.7 percent in 2011. Graduation rates increased to 63.5 percent from the previous 61.3 percent of diverse students last year. Freshman to sophomore continuation rates are an indication of future graduation rates. This fall, 88.5 percent of all 2011 freshmen reenrolled for their second year. From the multicultural freshmen, 87.4 percent of students re-enrolled for their second year. A recent campus census reported SDSU is considered a national leader in closing the “achievement gap” between students. Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Ethan Singer discussed the impact of increased

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Diversity among San Diego State graduates has increased from last year and is at an all-time record high.

and everyone benefits from that,” Singer said. “More importantly,

More importantly it allows us to attract more and more applications and parents will be able to be confident that their students are going to get through and graduate. Ethan Singer Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

rates on SDSU’s public image. “The increased graduation rate brings prestige to the campus

students are going to get through and graduate.” Singer said high school seniors are more prepared for college more than ever before. Because of student excellence, SDSU is continually recognized nationally for academic successes. Programs on campus such as living learning communities, study abroad opportunities and undergraduate research play a role in motivating students and increasing diversity. The Educational Opportunity Program, Early Start and Summer Bridge programs, among others, have also proven beneficial.

his election season, San Diego is experiencing a rare moment in modern U.S. politics: a closely contested congressional race. Historically, congressional elections favor incumbents. In 2010, more than 94 percent of congressional incumbents won their reelection bids. This has made the campaign for the 52nd District between incumbent congressman Brian Bilbray and Scott Peters one of the most closely watched races in the nation. For years, the 50th Congressional District was a reliably Republican seat. Republican Randall “Duke” Cunningham held it until he was forced out by corruption charges. In 2006 Bilbray, a Republican, won the seat in a special election and has held the position ever since. However, following the 2010 census, the district was redrawn and renamed the 52nd. This new district doesn’t have the clear Republican voter registration advantage the 50th did. Registered voters are split roughly one-third Democrat and one-third Republican. However, more than 27 percent of registered voters

it allows us to attract more and more applications and parents will be able to be confident that their


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NEWS

Thursday October 25, 2012 The Daily Aztec

from DIVERSITY page 1

Singer discussed the work faculty has done to improve the culture of the university. Students are encouraged to take 15 units per semester to expedite graduation. Students receive Major Academic Plans to plan out their semesters and additional resources are available on campus to help during their college careers. With more students graduating on schedule, more new students gain access to SDSU. A higher influx of new students allows for an increase in diversity. The Dean of Undergraduate Studies Geoffrey Chase, spoke about increased rates. “I think it means we’re doing a great job of making sure that students are getting the kind of education that prepares them for the kind of jobs and careers they

want,” Chase said. “I think that the fact that we’ve increased graduation rates and diversity at the same time really means that we’re responding to society’s needs.” Chase discussed the prominence of diversity in the student body. “One of the great things about San Diego State is that we have no majorit y population,” Chase said. “More than 50 percent of our students are from diverse backgrounds.” Students benefit from a campus that encourages diversity. SDSU has many programs to support diversity, not just in the realm of ethnic diversity, but also geographic and international student diversity. SDSU continues to bridge the gap and provide an excellent learning community and diverse college experience for students from all walks of life.

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Aztecs discover new giant planet campus

Will Houston Contributor

Astronomers found the first planet ever in a four-star system. This month, two San Diego State astronomy professors were part of the discovery of a unique, new planet. The planet, labeled PH1, is a gas giant approximately six times larger than Earth. It also orbits a pair of twin suns, making it one of the few recorded circumbinary planets. What makes PH1 particularly interesting is that it’s orbited by a second pair of stars, making it the first planet discovered in a fourstar system.

It’s a brand new type of star system. A year ago, they were only science fiction. William Welsh Astronomy Professor

The Yale-led program Planet Hunters conducted the research, and PH1 is its first confirmed planetary discovery. The program calls upon the public to assess data gathered from NASA’s Kepler telescope to search for evidence of new planetary and solar systems. SDSU astronomy professors William Welsh and Jerome Orosz were among many researchers

called upon by the program to further analyze the gathered data by the Kepler Space telescope team. Their research, along with the research of many amateur astronomers, led to the discovery of PH1. “It’s a brand new type of star system. A year ago, they were only science fiction,” Welsh said. “It wasn’t even clear you could form planets in such a complicated system. And now we know that you can. That means there are lots of places you can have planets.” The discovery of PH1 is not the first time Welsh and Orosz have encountered a planet revolving around more than one star. In late August, Orosz released his discovery of the Kepler-47 system, which contained two planets orbiting twin stars. “This type of planet that orbits two stars has been a great new discovery. Our No. 1 goal right now is to just find more and then once we find more, we start to see more interesting trends,” Welsh said. This “…(tells) us more on how planets form, and maybe the environment around the stars that helps make these planets.” The success of the Planet Hunters program brings in a new age of scientific discovery, one where citizen scientists are able to utilize NASA data to shed more light on the unknown universe. “The real significance of the discovery is that amateurs did it, and that nature likes to make planets,” Welsh said. As the great astronomer Carl Sagan once said, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” We can only wait to see what fascinating new discoveries SDSU has yet to uncover.

Correction In Tuesday’s article, “DoE grants SDSU $1.25 mil” there was an incorrect attribution. “Not only having the knowledge and skills myself, but being able to share that with others and the school community, so that people are more informed on how to better impact this population,” was said by psychology graduate Elisabeth June, not psychology graduate Nicole Edwards.

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San Onofre sits right along the west coast. Almost eight months ago, the two reactors had to be shut down, though the reasons behind it are under investigation.

Michele Pluss Staff Writer

The California Public Utilities Commission will meet today to decide whether or not to open a formal investigation exploring possible causes for the immediate shutdown of two reactors of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in January. The meeting will also include the discussion on whether or not the units can be restarted. Units 2 and 3 of the power plant were shut down after a small radioactive steam leak almost a year ago suggested a possible problem with the newly installed steam generators.  San Onofre is the largest nuclear power plant of its kind in Southern California.  “There are issues about how much cost, if any, should be paid by

rate payers and company owners,” the commission said in a statement. “Therefore, it is in the public interest to undertake an investigation

Units 2 and 3 of the power plant were shut down after a small radioactive steam leak...

into the facts and circumstances of the outages, for the purpose of exercising our statutory authority over rate recovery of associated utility costs.” Since the plant’s shutdown, several questions have been raised regarding public safety

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as well. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced its intent to launch an investigation into the possible health risk factors the plant poses to neighboring cities, which encompasses 2.4 million people in locations including Temecula, Oceanside and Escondido. The NRC commission is investigating concerns regarding the use of uranium to produce electricity. Even without incidents, the NRC says employing such an element may be damaging to people’s health even without any major incidents at the plant itself.  Prior to its shutdown, SONGS was responsible for generating 2,200 megawatts of power and was capable of providing approximately 1.4 million Southern California homes at any time. 

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Entertainment

Thursday October 25, 2012 the daily aztec

New Converge transcends genre, is awesome turn it up

Kevin Smead Entertainment Editor

Earlier this year, Inland Empire’s Xibalba released “Hasta la Muerte,” its first release on the new label, Southern Lord. The album was a ball-crushing mix of devastating guitars, aggro-ashell vocals and thundering war drums. The album is easily one of the heaviest of all time in terms of pure musicality, and also easily one of my favorites. It seemed nothing could come close to “Hasta la Muerte’s” level of raw power. Not until now, anyways. Converge’s latest release, “All We Love We Leave Behind” is so aggressive and unhindered, it’s unreasonable. Every space on the album is filled with sound, be it wonderful guitar work or brilliant drumming. Even the vocals, which usually aren’t exactly the focal point of hardcore, are great in this album. The range singer Jacob Bannon inhabits blends well with the rest of the music and acts as an anchor for the controlled chaos occurring behind it all. The vocals are a bit all over the place, but so is the music and that’s half of why it’s so great. The album begins with a few straightforward tracks, but the genre hopping happens faster than you think. “Aimless Arrow” really shows off the technical drumming of Ben Koller and sets the relentless tone for the rest of the album. This leads directly into “Trespasses,” which starts with four open hi-hats, then slams you in the face with the double assault of double-bass and chugging guitar. Before any respite is

given, the kick-snare punk beat starts and you’re moshing. Hell, there’s even a guitar solo. “Tender Abuse” starts with staccato guitar and drum hits then launches into a black metal blast beat. The song then allows for a bit of a break when it slows toward the end. Other standout tracks include “Vicious Muse,” which starts out like an old-school ‘90s hardcore two-step, then quickly picks up with some interesting rhythm changes. The beginning of “Veins and Veils” almost sounds like surf-rock (which is ironically not even out of place) before it turns into a way for Koller to once again show off on drums. Toward the end of the album, there are a few slower tracks to give the listener a chance to breathe. It’s worth noting the title track, “All We Love We Leave Behind” sounds pretty much like a Touché Amoré song. Not that I’m complaining, but it’s definitely a change. Some purist hardcore fans aren’t really into Touchés’ more emotional approach to the genre. The final track, “Predatory Glow,” is pretty brutal though, so it will definitely keep those critics happy. The real standout track is “Sadness Comes Home.” The tracks starts out doommetalesuqe and then the shredding starts. It’s sort of odd to hear this level of tapping and squealing in hardcore, but these guys are pretty far from traditional. Just when you think it can’t get any more gnarly, machine gun double bass assaults you, complete with a riff straight from an ‘80s thrash metal band. In short: It’s glorious. Really though, even if you’re not a fan of hardcore or any other

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Converge was formed in 1990 and “All We Love We Leave Behind” is its eighth studio album. Nearly every song on the new album sounds like getting punched in the face.

genre Converge blows through on this album, check it out anyways. I believe there’s a point when music transcends genre and just becomes damn good music and Converge’s “All We Love We Leave Behind” is the epitome of damn good music.

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Weekend Concert Calendar Soda Bar

SD House of Blues

10/25 Gary War

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10/26 Night Moves

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10/27 Lost in the Trees

10/27 The Halloween

Revenge of the Nerds Halloween Party with Geezer at 7 p.m. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at 8 p.m. (sold out)

Block Party Tour

10/28 White Manna

10/28 The LongLiveA$AP Tour

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The Tower Bar

The Casbah

10/25 Lady Dottie and the

10/25 The Bloodflowers

Diamonds

10/26 The Widows

10/26 The Blackout Party

10/27 Dr. Zaius and the

10/27 Matthew Dear

album: all we love we leave behind label: epitaph records Release Date: oct. 9 RATING:

Monkeymen

10/29 DJ Buddha

10/28 Omar Rodriguez Lopez


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OPINION

Thursday October 25, 2012 The Daily Aztec

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with no party affliation could hand Peters an upset victory. Peters is a rare candidate in a rare election. He is a proven moderate with clear progressive ideas and bipartisan credentials. Peters was born in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Mich. to a minister who formed a partnership with Martin Luther King Sr. to end housing segregation in Detroit. With just a minister’s salary, Peters’ parents were determined to get him and his three sisters through college. “They did what families did back then,” Peters said. “They saved their money, they borrowed against the house (and) my mom took a part-time job.” Peters attended Duke University for his undergraduate degree and then New York University School of Law. He practiced law for several years before becoming involved in San Diego politics.

In 2000, he became the first Democrat elected to District 1’s City Council seat. He quickly became an influential member of the council and in 2005 he was selected as the first City Council President following a government restructuring. During his time on the city council, Peters made a name for himself as a moderate willing to craft bipartisan deals. “When he was in the City Council he was not a partisan flamethrower like, for example, (Carl) DeMaio,” San Diego State political science professor Brian E. Adams said. However, Adams points to how Peters’ bipartisan record could hurt his election chances. “Because he was a moderate, he went along with the various sorts of things that at the time (San Diego Mayor) Dick Murphy was pushing about underfunding

the pension system,” Adams said. “He may not have been the person proposing it, but he did vote for it. You can’t run away from that history.” Early in his career in City Council, Peters voted in 2002 for a plan allowing the city to underfund the pension while increasing benefits to some retirees. The ensuing fallout forced Murphy’s resignation and a restructuring of the pension system. Peters told David Rolland from San Diego CityBeat the experience shows he’s willing to acknowledge mistakes and work toward correcting them, a quality sorely lacking in Congress. In 2008, Peters left the City Council and became a port commissioner. Last year he was selected as the commission’s chairman, once again taking on an influential position.

Peters decided to take on Bilbray for the Congressional seat partly because, he says, “I had a chance to get an education and make a life because America invested in me, and I’m concerned that middle-class kids like me, like I was, are losing that chance.” Despite receiving some financial support from his parents to pay for college, Peters applied for grants and low interest loans. He also worked, recalling how, “back then the university paid $2.65 an hour for me to

I had a chance to get an education and make a life because America invested in me... Scott Peters Congressional candidate clean the pigeon cages in the psychology department.” He was able to afford a private university education thanks to significant personal efforts and because at the time, tuition was less expensive. He remembers his first year’s tuition being $5,500. Today, average tuition and fees for a semester at Duke is more than $43,600. Peters draws a clear distinction with Bilbray on how each would deal with college affordability. “I think there is a role for providing tuition support,” Peters said. “Congress under my opponent is trying to cut Pell Grants, and double the cost of financial aid.” “Federal-issued loans are appropriate,” Peters said. “Particularly to support kids in science, technology, engineering and math.”

Peters’ active stance toward college affordability has lead to support from college students. He is also sometimes perceived as more “in touch” with college students and the San Diego community. “Because of his own personal life and his affiliations in San Diego he still has a touch to the citizens,” integrated marketing communications senior Niki Cvitkovich said. “Bilbray has kind of lost that.” Cvitkovich volunteered for Peters’ campaign about four months before the beginning of the fall semester. Cvitkovich said she felt Peters was more attuned to the need of college students because of “his youth and the fact that he has children that are in my age range.” Cvitkovich believes Peters should focus on education and in spurring the economy. She also hopes that if elected, Peters will maintain his political integrity and the connections with San Diego, which attracted her to his campaign in the first place. “I’d like to see (Peters) not take special interest money the way Bilbray does,” Cvitkovich said. “Having a personal connection with his constituency would definitely be the biggest difference that would be noticeable to me compared to Bilbray.” This hotly contested campaign awash in super political action committee money—$4.4 million for both candidates as of Oct. 12, more than in the mayoral race—will likely come down to a few voters. If college students vote on Election Day, they can send a progressive with bipartisan credential to Congress.

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Thursday October 25, 2012 The Daily Aztec

Scott Peters: His policies in his own words

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Congressional candidate Scott Peters spoke to The Daily Aztec about his campaign for the 52nd District against incumbent Brian Bilbray. Here are some of his responses to the important issues facing the U.S. in the coming years. On Obamacare: Clearly the situation before you couldn’t continue with, so something had to be done. This may not be perfect, but it’s a good step forward. Mr. Bilbray’s voted 33 times to repeal it—33 times. CBS News said that took two weeks of congressional time and $50 million of taxpayer money and they knew it wasn’t going to get repealed. Whoever takes office in January is going to have Obamacare as the law and we have to figure out how to fix it. Particularly we have to pursue more affordability … We’re not there yet; we have a long way to go. But it’s a tough problem and

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we all ought to be working together to solve it, not just voting to repeal it in kind of symbolic ways. On immigration: I support the DREAM Act. I think the DREAM Act makes a lot of sense. Immigration policy has to be tough, fair to taxpayers and practical. I think everyone agrees we have to stop crime at the border. We don’t want people taking guns or drugs or doing human trafficking across the border. Let’s all agree on that, and fight that. Now we have to figure out what do you do about 11 million people who don’t have documents. It’s the same number of people as in Ohio. You’re not going to deport them, right. That, unfortunately, is Mr. Bilbray’s only answer—that we’re somehow going to deport them or make them go away. That’s impractical. On Citizens United: I think the most pressing

thing right now is to require disclosure. We ought to know who is donating to those PACs because that’s how you tell really what they’re after. So if it’s oil companies, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, we ought to know that; or the Koch brothers, we ought to know that. Who are those people donating to? Unfortunately, another thing Mr. Bilbray has refused to do is support that. He does not support requiring that kind of transparency in the political donations and I think that would be a big step forward. It wouldn’t solve the problem because I think it’s still wrong to say that corporations are persons for purposes of speech. But it’d be a lot better. I just think you have to pursue a constitutional amendment, unless the Supreme Court changes its mind, but I’m not sure I see that, at least with the current composition. On marriage equality: I’m a supporter of marriage equality since the year 2000 and

I’m happy to welcome (Mayor) Jerry Sanders and (President) Barack Obama to my position. On access to birth control: The other thing about Mr. Bilbray is he claims he’s prochoice, but he’s voted to defund Planned Parenthood. That’s great if you’re pro-choice, but no one can get things like birth control or family planning, cancer screening. You can’t get that stuff. That’s inconsistent. That’s why Planned Parenthood had a protest on his doorstep in his congressional office. On the environment: A couple of things California is doing make a lot of sense. We have a renewable portfolio standard in California, which is a goal that by a certain date, I think it’s 2020, a third of our power will come from renewables. The federal government could create the same kind of standard and work toward that: solar, wind (and) geothermal, is one thing. The other thing is, one of the biggest causes of greenhouse gas emissions is the loss of energy from

existing buildings. Mr. Bilbray has voted against incentives to retrofit houses, which would create jobs and also help save energy. At a time when gas is what, $4.70, I think that would make a lot of sense, because energy supply is not just about what you can draw out, but it’s about what you can save. On veterans: We are losing more warriors to suicide than we are to battle. It’s really important for us to take care of these kids when they get home. They’ve got PTSD, which I’ve now been told to refer to as PTS because it’s not a disorder- traumatic brain injuries. They’ve got tremendous problems with amputations, injuries, things like that. This is a really hard thing. We’ve asked them to do this, make this sacrifice. We can’t turn our backs on them. Out of a $700 billion defense budget, Mr. Bilbray couldn’t find $20 million to do suicide prevention.

Robotic squirrel is investment in education, not waste education

Caitlin Johnson

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n a not-so-apocalyptic wilderness, only one hero will come forth to save squirrel-kind. Part beast, part cyborg, the robotic squirrel aims to level the playing field against its arch nemesis, the rattlesnake. No, Hollywood hasn’t run out of ideas yet. The robotic squirrel is a collaborative ecology project between San Diego State and the University of California, Davis designed to study the relationships between these creatures in the wild. The biorobotic squirrel is simple in design and allows researchers to control the natural defensive reactions exhibited by squirrels when facing predators. The robot’s main function is to mimic tail flagging, a technique involving rapid wagging of the tail in an attempt to fend off snakes. Because rattlesnakes rely on the element of surprise when hunting, it’s believed this display of awareness by the squirrel is key in its defense. Being able to control these encounters is important in the advancement of the study. The project recently received harsh criticism when it made Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn’s tax dollar “Wastebook 2012” for this year. The “Wastebook 2012” is a list of governmentfunded projects Coburn considers a waste of taxpayer money. According to ABC News, the senator claims the project is an example of “taxpayer dollars spent in egregious ways.” However, Coburn failed to investigate the details of the research before sticking it with a negative label. The project’s $325,000 fund comes from a grant provided by the National Science

Foundation. In response to the criticism, SDSU Director of Media Relations and New Media Greg Block stated only a fraction of the grant was spent on building the actual robot. The rest went to four graduate students and at least 30 undergraduate students involved with the program. SDSU biology assistant professor Rulon Clark, the principal investigator in the project, verified this statement in a recent phone interview. He added, “Support of this research program goes toward (the students’) graduate degrees and trains the next generation of scientists and engineers.” He emphasized such handson experience is crucial for developing the skill set needed to conduct similar studies in the field. “If you cut funding to basic science, you are cutting the opportunities of the student that can’t be taught in the classroom.” There is no question such knowledge attained outside of the classroom is important. This real world research is a necessary starting point for all students and is impossible to replicate using a textbook or lecture. Medical students spend years training through applied practices and environmental science should be no different. If taxpayers don’t support the stepping-stones needed for the next level of innovation and engineering, students will be missing a vital part of training and experience needed to further the advancements of science. Clark went on to explain how this fundamental science is an important foundation for applied

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sciences. Without it, there are no raw materials for fields, such as technology development and engineering, to expand. Reseach and development begins with curiosity and a desire to explore the unknown. What appears to be a simple robot squirrel could end up paving the way for greater scientific breakthroughs in medicine, toxin treatments and robotics. The possibilities are endless as long as we continue to have the ambition—and the funding—to pursue them. The real issue here is Coburn’s lackluster effort to examine the roots of the project. He admitted to Fox News that congress is

mostly to blame for “failing in its oversight duties,” and the items on his list are merely snapshots of a much bigger problem in spending. However, he also criticized agencies who received taxpayer money for having a “lack of judgment” when it came to choosing projects to fund with the grants. The “Wastebook 2012” can be found online and lists 100 entries deemed to be useless investments. Each account is very brief, highlighting each project’s follies, but ignoring any potential benefits. The book is a whopping 200 pages (including bibliography) and one can only wonder where the funding for

this project came from. It seems spending money on clever writers and graphic designers is just fine, but supporting the future of university students is not in our nation’s financial interest. It’s clear government spending needs to be cut back in order to begin reversing the issue of our national debt. But attacking funding for science and engineering is not the solution. Schools already have suffered major cutbacks and one robotic squirrel is not going to break the budget. Now, if we could get it to talk, we could add an awesome “RoboCop” voice that says, “Your move, creep.”


SPORTS

Thursday October 25, 2012 the daily aztec

Football preview: SDSU versus UNLV Rebels

Ryan Schuler Sports Editor

Offense

Aztecs: Let the Adam Dingwell era begin. Starting quarterback Ryan Katz was lost for the season after suffering a fractured ankle in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against the University of Nevada. As a result, Dingwell is now the starting quarterback. After throwing three touchdowns and the game-winning two-point conversion last week, I expect Dingwell to keep the offense on a roll. The Aztecs are currently ranked second in the Mountain West Conference with an average of 38.2 points per game. Rebels: It was a rough game for the Rebels on Saturday against No. 21 Boise State. Not only did UNLV lose 32-7, but the offense did not account for any points. Still, redshirt freshman Nick Sherry is developing into a quality quarterback in his first year at the helm. Sherry has thrown for 1,842 yards and 11 touchdowns overall this season, good enough for second and fourth in the conference rankings, respectively. Junior running back Tim Cornett is also capable of carrying the load. Expect Cornett, who has five 100-yard games this season,

to be a big part of the offense. Edge: Aztecs

Defense

Aztecs: I know giving up 38 points and 480 total yards of total offense doesn’t sound good, but the defense did enough to keep the Aztecs in the game. The biggest storyline from Saturday’s game against Nevada was the SDSU defense holding the conference’s leading rusher, Stefphon Jefferson, to just 108 yards on the ground. Though the pass defense is ranked last in the conference, I don’t expect the Aztecs to have any problems against a mediocre UNLV offense. Rebels: UNLV’s defense goes into Saturday’s game allowing opponents an average of 35.5 points per game, which is good enough for next to last in the conference. Both the pass and rush defense rank in the bottom half of the conference. Linebacker John Lotulelei does, however, rank first in the conference with 79 total tackles. Edge: Even

Special Teams

Aztecs: Senior kicker Chance Marden definitely came through for the Aztecs against Nevada. He was 3-for-3 on field goals, including a career-long of 46 yards

and the game-tying field goal at the end of regulation. Seems like the field goal kicking problems have been solved. Rebels: Nolan Kohorst is 9-of11 on field goals this season and punter Chase Lansford is averaging 42.6 yards per punt, including seven punts of 50 yards or more. I don’t expect special teams to have a big influence on the outcome of this game.   Edge: Even

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Aztecs: SDSU is feeling confident after winning three straight games, including an upset of Nevada 3938 in overtime on Saturday. If the Aztecs defeat UNLV on Saturday, they will become bowl eligible for a school-record third consecutive season and claim their sixth victory of the season on the earliest date in 19 years. Rebels: UNLV has lost four straight and sits at 1-7 on the season. Even worse, the Rebels have lost 19 consecutive road games dating back to 2009. UNLV will undoubtedly be hungry for its first conference win of the season. Edge: Aztecs

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final day of action was held at the Aztec Tennis Center. At SDSU’s home court, Wais and Aguilar defeated University of San Diego’s doubles team, 8-4. Unfortunately, the Aztec duo faced the topranked team from UCLA in the quarterfinals and lost a tough match, 8-2. The women’s team will compete in the SDSU Fall Classic II next on Nov. 9 at the Aztec Tennis Center. The men’s tennis team also competed as part of the UTSA/ITA West Regionals at the Anteater Tennis Stadium in Irvine. On day one, the men earned five match victories, including 13th-seeded sophomore Thorsten Bertsch’s great performance against Loyola Marymount University’s Nick Northcott. Bertsch defeat Northcott, 6-1, 6-1. The hero of the Aztec Fall Invite, sophomore Andranik Khachatryan, dropped his first match against Arizona’s Kieren Thompson, 6-3, 6-4. Khachatryan worked his way to the consolation bracket semifinals, gaining a thrilling quarterfinal victory against University of Southern California’s top freshman recruit and runner-up in the Aztec Fall Invite “A” Flight, Max de Vroome, 3-6, 6-4, 108. However, Khachatryan lost in the semifinals to the eventual consolation bracket champion, Cal Poly San Luis O b i s p o’s Marco

Bertsch advanced to the round of 16, where he defeated 2012’s Big West Freshman of the Year, Jacob Jung... Comuzzo, 6-3, 6-3. Bertsch advanced to the round of 16, where he defeated 2012’s Big West Freshman of the Year, Jacob Jung of UCI, 6-1, 6-2. In the quarterfinals, Bertsch lost a hard-fought match against USC’s Eric Johnson, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. The Aztecs picked up nine total wins on the weekend, including all eight players earning at least one win. The men compete next from Nov. 8-11 at the ITA Indoor Individual Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

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ack o’ smokes, Willy.” The barkeep obliged the customer’s request and slid the pack across the bar toward him. “Howdy, Sheriff Creed. Pack o’ smokes right here. That’ll be $4.67,” Willy replied. “Say, you heard of that poor girl, Bethany Kincaid, the preacher’s daughter?” Creed paid his bill and took a long drag of his cigarette. “No, Willy. I did not,” he said, exhaling the smoke. “Her daddy was pretty shook up when he came in yesterday,” Willy said. “Well that’s shame, ain’t it? I’ve been locked up for 11 years and still tragedies goin’ on.” “He asked for you when he came in.” “Figures,” Creed said, tapping the cigarette impatiently. Sloan Kincaid was pacing outside Creed’s small house on the outskirts of Plainview, Tenn. Most folks avoided Creed on principle, and he liked that. “Hey there, Mr. Kincaid. Nice of you to stop by. Can I offer you a Coke?” Willy asked. Sloan waved it off. “Sheriff, I need to talk to you about something.” “Well, OK.” Creed pulled out a cigarette and lit it. “What’s on your mind?” Sloan started pacing again. “I don’t know if you heard, Creed, but my baby girl was walking home and some thugs molested her. I got a call from my wife at the emergency room, in tears about how our little girl was hurt badly. I arrived soon to find my daughter’s face scarred by these bastards. They need to be punished. My daughter has been scarred for life. I know why you went to prison and that’s why I came here.” Creed finished his first cigarette and was in the process of lighting his second, when

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Sloan ended his story. At the mention of prison, he glanced up. “Sloan, I can’t say I know what you’re going through, but I know it must be painful. The light of your life has been taken away, but she’s not dead, Sloan. You don’t know if it was those boys or not. If the police have a feeling, they’ll look into it. Revenge is a poison. It gets inside you and festers for years. You ever taken a life before? The light in people’s eyes is there, and then it’s gone forever. If you go through with this it’ll eat you away. You should be at the hospital with your daughter

found guilty.” Clayton motioned to a passing couple. “See those folks? They cry out in church for His Grace and His Forgiveness and His Mercy. You’re the preacher for Christ’s sake! But you’re the same ones who railed against me at my trial and wanted me dead. You come here and ask me to play Angel of Death with human lives you’ve already judged as guilty. Well, let me tell you this: in theory, it may seem all right to some, but when it comes to being the instrument of the Lord’s vengeance, I myself don’t care for it.” Sloan was red in the face now. “Don’t give me the reformed man speech, Creed. You went to prison for a reason. I’m asking you to do what you know is

You come here and ask me to play Angel of Death with human lives you’ve already judged as guilty ... when it comes to being the instrument of the Lord’s vengeance, I myself don’t care for it. and wife, trying to rebuild whatever was lost—not here with me.” Clayton took a deep drag on the cigarette, exhaled and stared at Sloan right in the eyes. “But to come here and ask me to commit crimes against these men, I can’t abide. You think just ‘cause I got these tattoos and these scars from prison I can do those things without blinking an eye. People have shunned me ever since that taxi dropped me off from Morgan County outside the general store. But since I’m the only man who honors his word and can take what other people dish out you made me sheriff. You forced me out of town and into this shack today. None of you even tried looking up my case to know why I was

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right! Punish these bastards for hurting my daughter!” Clayton lit another cigarette. “How I personally feel doesn’t change a thing. What you’re asking is wrong. Don’t ever assume that just ‘cause I did time means I’ve lost everything inside here,” he said, tapping his chest. “Now get out and read that book you put so much stock in.” Creed watched as Sloan stormed out and drove off. He sighed, turning on his record player to the sound of “Man in Black” by Johnny Cash. He looked at his dog and said, “Men and women of the cloth, Duke. People will do anything when they feel entitled. But they do even crazier things when they have faith like that.”

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