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THURSDAY October 27, 2011 Volume 97, Issue 36 W W W.T H E D A I LYA Z T E C . C O M twitter: thedailyaztec






Some campus codes being called too ambiguous Beth Elderkin managing editor Two harassment and abuse policies at San Diego State are on the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s “yellow light” caution list. The national free-speech group said each policy has the potential to infringe on an SDSU student’s right to free speech. SDSU has been a free speech campus since 2005. FIRE upgraded SDSU to a yellow-light grade in August, after a change to the university’s academic computer use policy helped persuade FIRE to remove its previous red-light grade. According to FIRE’s director of legal and public advocacy, Will Creeley, the problem with the two harassment and abuse policies is certain words are too ambiguous. This is something UC Los Angeles constitutional law professor Eugene Volokh said could lead to a violation of students’ free speech rights based on personal interpretations.

“The policies are vague and overbroad, and therefore unconstitutional,” Volokh said. The first is the Harassment and Abusive Behavior policy from the SDSU Student Organization Handbook. The second is the Physical Abuse and Harassment policy which, according to SDSU Director of Residential Education Christy Samarkos, all students must sign before moving into the residential halls. Both policies were on SDSU’s website at the start of this semester.

Housing license agreement The Physical Abuse and Harassment policy states: “Physical, verbal and other abusive behavior, and threats of physical abuse toward residents, guests or staff are violations of policy and will not be tolerated.” Should any student living in the residence halls violate this legally binding policy, he or she could be removed from the residence hall, evicted or charged with a criminal offense. Samarkos said this is to protect students living on campus. “Our goal is to create safe, secure and hopefully respectful communi-

ties,” Samarkos said. “This is their home, so we want them to feel comfortable and safe.” However, SDSU Associate Director of Residential Education Darrell Hess said the policy is only to protect students from genuine harassment and abuse, not to give them an outlet to complain about behavior they may find offensive. “We want to make sure their rights are upheld,” Samarkos said. According to FIRE, the potential infringement of student rights is how vaguely abuse is defined. Volokh said punishable abuse should be limited to physical behaviors and threats of violence, instead of generalizing to include verbal and “other” types of abuse. Creeley said even though the policy may have examples of what qualifies as abusive behavior, including sexual and racial harassment, fighting and threats of violence, it does not mean those examples are the only ones the policy can reprimand. This, he said, is because the word “other” is included in the definition of abuse. “Any number of expressive activities could perhaps be constituted as ‘other’

abusive behavior, were they deemed to be so by the audience,” Creeley said. Samarkos and Hess were not sure when the policy started including “other” as a type of abuse, but Hess said it is included for a reason. “Things change every day in the world around us,” he said. “New ways of harassing and intimidating people are going to come up, and we want to make sure we say harassment and intimidation are not allowed, regardless of the form.” FIRE’s other main issue with the policy was how it included verbal speech as a type of abuse, because most forms of speech are legally protected by the First Amendment, except for threats of violence. Volokh agreed, as he said it is almost impossible to accurately define what type of speech is or is not abusive. “There’s no way to tell if calling someone a jerk, which is protected under the First Amendment, qualifies as verbal abuse,” Creeley said. “You’ve effectively left the entire campus only able to speak to each other in a way that the most sensitive person on campus would find acceptable.”

staff writer The California State University Trustees don’t have to abide by the Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act on raises for salary ranges for top executives, according to a court ruling by Judge James Chalfant. The Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act states: “It is the public policy of this state that public agencies exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business and the proceedings of public agencies be conducted openly so that the public may remain informed.” On Tuesday, Chair of the CSU Board of Trustees Herbert L. Carter and Chancellor Charles B. Reed faced a claim by Lillian Taiz, president of the California Faculty

Association, for a potential violation of the Bagley-Keene act. The court hearing discussed a meeting held by the CSU Committee on University and Faculty Personnel in January in which the committee approved the annual salary for the campus president at California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo, Dr. Jeffrey D. Armstrong, at $350,000. The CSU “2007 Salary Schedule” was to be effective from July 1, 2007 until Feb. 1 of this year for presidents’ maximum annual salary of $328,212. On Oct. 24, a CFA news release stated: “The CSU failed to give the public notice that this pay was more than $20,000 higher than that of the preceding president and more than $20,000 higher than what the salary range allowed.” According to the writ of mandate, “Taiz is entitled to a judicial determination that the Bagley-Keene Open

Meeting Act was applicable to Respondents’ (Carter and Reed) January 25, 2011 meeting of the Committee on University and Faculty Personnel, and that the written agenda of that meeting failed to comply with the notice requirements of the statute by failing to notify the public that the Committee on University and Faculty Personnel would consider adopting an annual salary for Armstrong that would exceed the then-current maximum annual rate of the executive management classification “president.” In February, the CSU Trustees consented to the salary maximum of $350,004 for presidents. The legal mandate said, “... the written agenda of the meeting failed to comply with the notice requirement of the statute by failing to notify the public that the Committee on University and Faculty Personnel would con-


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sider increasing the salary range maximum for the executive management classification President.” Glenn Rothner, CFA’s attorney, said the increasing salary range is a public matter that should be in accordance with the California open meeting laws. “In this case the court accepted the (CSU Trustees’) argument that a salary range for executives is a meaningless, bureaucratic matter not of concern to the public,” Rothner said. The CFA responded to the court’s decision and said the increase in executive pay “is a concern for the 99 percent,” and Rothner said the increasing salary range for executives in the CSU system is a matter of public concern. Taiz also said Chancellor Reed’s approach to this issue is weakening the quality of education and the lack of transparency is unacceptable, particularly with the current budgetary issues in the system.

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Cadets undergo rough training Cadets show off their experience in a harsh environment Stacy Garcia staff writer Last weekend, the San Diego State University Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets faced their first fall field training. During the training, cadets were able to put into practice everything they learned during the semester and experience real-life situations before they graduate from the four-year Aztec Battalion. The training included land navigation, shooting an M16 rifle, squad tactic exercises and bivouac operations, according to Cadet and Civil Affairs Officer Benjamin Serrano.

The Army ROTC program is formed by freshmen military science I, sophomore MS II, junior MS III and senior MS IV cadets. The cadets began their three-day training on Oct. 20 at Camp Elliott in Miramar. Serrano said the terrain at the camp is full of mountains, rocks, hills and no buildings, making it a good simulation for a real army environment. Land navigation was the first exercise the cadets experienced. They had to find their way to a set of given coordinates using a map, compass and projector, all made more challenging because the exercise was done at night when they could only use redlight. During the training, the cadets were introduced to the basic fundamentals and techniques for shooting

“They put the third years in charge of leading tactical squads ... to see how we can cope.” William Seban, Military Science III cadet


an M16 rifle. They had the opportunity to practice how to adapt the rifle and even practice their shooting skills in the range. “They got a feel for how to shoot … they (became familiar) with the weapon,” Serrano said. Another part of the training included the squad tactic exercise. A squad formation of 10 cadets went into real-life situations under the leadership of a single junior MS III cadet. The unit learned a variety of skills during the simulation, such as what to do in case they are shot at while patrolling an area and recalling as much information as possi-




HARASSMENT AND ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR *FIRE’s suggested policy was provided by Azhar Majeed, associate director of legal & public advocacy.

However, Samarkos said name-calling and other forms of personally offensive speech would not be investigated or prosecuted by the SDSU Housing Administration and Residential Education. “We have people who get called names,” she said. “People have the right to call other people names. That’s not something we can hold someone accountable for in a judicial process.” Creeley said by allowing verbal and other behaviors to qualify as abusive in on-campus housing, students who live there are robbed of not only their campus free speech rights, but also the right to privacy and security in their own homes. “The university, by enforcing student speech, is governing what happens at home,” he said. “There’s no place that the student can go to speak their mind freely.”

Student Organization Handbook The Abusive Behavior policy states officially recognized student organiza-

Serrano said they grade the MS III cadets on their planning and leadership skills, and the field trainings offered in the fall and spring, such as the one in Miramar, help them to prepare for Warrior Forge in Washington. “Basically, you do well at (Warrior Forge), you get accepted and you get ranked nationally, and that determines how you’ll be commissioned as an officer, active duty or reserve component and what branch you’ll get,” Serrano said. This event is held annually and more information about the training and the SDSU Army ROTC program can be found at



Physical, verbal and other abusive behavior, and threats of physical abuse toward residents, guests or staff are violations of policy and will not be tolerated.

Physically abusive behavior and threats of physical abuse toward residents, guests or staff, when such threats communicate a serious expression of intent to commit an act of unlawful violence to a particular individual or group of individuals, are violations of policy and will not be tolerated.

Abusive physical behaviors and threats of physical abuse toward residents, guests or staff are violations of policy and will not be tolerated.

Officially recognized organizations may not engage in any organizational activity that makes specific members of the campus community the subject of harassment, intimidation or hostility because of their race, religion, color, ethnicity, citizenship, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation or national origin.

Officially recognized organizations may not engage in any organizational activity that makes specific members of the campus community the subject of harassment because of their race, religion, color, ethnicity, citizenship, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation or national origin. Harassment is defined as conduct that is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively bars the victim's access to an educational opportunity or benefit.

Officially recognized organizations may not engage in any organizational activity that makes specific members of the campus community the subject of physical abuse or threats.

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ble after going to a location and finding the enemy, such as what the enemy is wearing, how many there are and what their activity is in the location. The MS III cadet in charge of the squad had to formulate a plan of attack. “They put the third years in charge of leading tactical squads on hypothetical missions to see how we can cope with stressful situations and decision-making,” MS III cadet William Seban said. “But at the same time it gives the newer cadets the ability to learn how to do all that stuff. But it really is an evaluation process for the third years.”

tions are prohibited from participating in organizational activities that make “specific members of the campus community the subject of harassment, intimidation or hostility” based on a variety of factors, including race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion or national origin. Randy Timm, director of SDSU Student Life & Leadership, said the policy is meant to protect students from being negatively targeted by student organizations. However, he said this has not been a problem at SDSU. “The students respect each other and they don’t go there,” he said. “We do a good job of respecting each other on campus.” Creeley said FIRE believes the terms “harassment” and “intimidation” are too vague in the policy and should be redefined to reflect the Davis standard. The Davis standard, which FIRE said is considered to be the current federal policy for harassment in education, stems from the 1999 Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education Supreme Court decision.

According to FIRE, the Davis standard declares that, in order for an act of harassment or intimidation to be unprotected, “expression has to be so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive, and that so undermines and detracts from the victims’ educational experience, that the victimstudents are effectively denied equal access to an institution’s resources and opportunities.” Creeley said by redefining harassment and intimidation to the Davis standard, SDSU would protect not only students’ free speech rights, but also policy enforcers themselves, who may make incorrect disciplinary decisions based on the improper wording. “If they define harassment properly … everybody knows exactly what they’re talking about,” he said. The other problem FIRE has with the policy is use of the word “hostility,” which it said should be removed completely. According to Creeley, allowing hostility to be included in the policy could allow any number of student organization activities to be deemed unlawful, including last month’s affirmativeaction bake sale satire at the UC Berkeley, hosted by the university’s College Republicans.

Creeley said a similar event at SDSU could legally be shut down by campus police based on the current policy. “I don’t think it’s just a matter of vagueness and how harassment is read,” Volokh said. “It makes any student organization the subject of punishment because of hostility. “That can’t be right. That kind of restriction is too broad and unconstitutional.”

Student Conduct Code Samarkos and Timm both said their administrations’ policies follow the SDSU Student Conduct Code, which they say clearly defines what is or is not OK to do or say. “If it’s a harassment issue, we would probably refer back to the Student Conduct Code,” Timm said. “If it doesn’t violate the Code of Conduct, we probably don’t have a harassment case.” However, section 6 of the Student Conduct Code states that “violation of any published University policy, rule, regulation or presidential order” can also lead to student discipline. According to Creeley, this gives the policies more power than they should have.

“(The policies) could be deployed or cited in such a way that would restrict student speech,” he said. “They may also be deployed very carefully, and thus never restrict student speech, but we are worried about the possibility granted by the language to the administrators.” Both Timm and Samarkos said they would be willing to work on improving the policies, should the need arise. “Some of these (words) are lore and they’ve been in there for a very long time,” Timm said. “So I think if it’s a suggestion to remove it, we could certainly discuss it.” Both Student Life & Leadership and Residential Education have worked with FIRE in the past to review and change policies. Samarkos said in an educational environment, balancing student protection with student rights is a learning experience, even for policymakers and enforcers. “We’re always reviewing, looking, rewriting, updating and making sure that we are being appropriate,” she said. “That’s something that’s really important to us, because we always want to make sure we’re serving our students to the best of our abilities at all times.”

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SAE race team accelerates competition SDSU organization engineers ingenuity on wheels Kambra Potter contributor A need for speed combined with powerful ingenuity is quickly accelerating at San Diego State. Car enthusiasts with a competitive edge may find the Aztec Racing Formula SAE Team is just the type of organization they’ve been looking for to fulfill their dreams of building and racing cars. SDSU Formula SAE Team is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers, a nonprofit student-run organization. The Society of Automotive Engineers is not only a college-affiliated organization, but is part of SAE International, a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries. According to Storm Sturckow, a business management junior and SDSU Formula SAE’s VP of Business and Sponsor Relations, there are about 40 members of SDSU formula SAE, and each member’s commitment is vital to the organization’s success. Membership in SDSU Formula SAE is open to all students with an interest in cars and racing, although previous experience with cars or welding is preferred. Sturckow said he has always been interested in joining the organization because of his love for cars and desire to pursue a career in car marketing. However, like many students, he assumed the organization was only open to engineering majors. “Realistically, I probably would have done it my freshman year, but I thought it was only for engineering students,” he said. SDSU Formula SAE is comprised of nine fields, including electronics, engine, chassis, suspension, drive train, body, brakes, driver controls and business. Although time commitment is extensive during the building phase, each field works


Every year, SDSU Formula SAE builds one car, made basically from scratch. Everything except the wheels, exhaust and engine are 100 percent student-made, including the fiberglass paneling and gas tank. independently from the others in order to ensure the most efficient and productive use of members’ time. The executive board conducts weekly meetings every Wednesdays at 7 p.m., and executive board elections are held each year. Every year, SDSU Formula SAE builds one car, made basically from scratch. Everything except the wheels, exhaust and engine are 100

percent student-made, including the fiberglass paneling and gas tank. This enables an overall reduction in cost, center of gravity, height and mass of the car. All necessary equipment is in the shop and accessible for use by all members. This year’s race car costs approximately $5,000 and includes a Suzuki GSXR-600 four-stroke engine, programmable electronic fuel injec-

tion, carbon-fiber body work, fourwheel independent suspension, 13inch Keizer aluminum racing wheels and custom disc brakes. The engine generates more than 100 horsepower enabling the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in an astonishing 4.2 seconds. Production of next year’s racecar will begin on Oct. 12, and noticeable progress will be made each week in preparation for the 2012 International Formula SAE Race that will be held June 20-23 in Lincoln, Neb. As many as 120 college teams from around the world compete each year in both dynamic and static events. Dynamic events test the teams’ engineering abilities and include endurance, autocross, skid pad, acceleration and fuel economy. Static events, such as cost, design and business presentation highlight the teams’ organizational skills. Aside from this annual main race, the team occasionally competes in

local autocross races at Qualcomm Stadium. Sturckow said one of his favorite aspects of the team is it brings kids out of the classroom and offers hands-on experience. Sturckow, who is in charge of sponsorships for the team, said the budget is composed of corporate sponsorships, some school funding and donations from alumni, usually totaling less than $1,000. The proposed sponsorship goal for next year’s race car is $20,000, and Sturckow is aiming to add big names such as Ford and Exxon to the sponsorship list. The team’s most recent sponsor is Motul, a company that produces and distributes lubricants for engines. Motul sponsors racing teams in Russia and Japan. The SDSU Formula SAE team is the first in the U.S. to be sponsored by Motul. More information about the operations of the team and how to join can be found at



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Organization elects for variation in politics Americans Elect works to shake up two-party system Brittany Fasano contributor Election season may only be a distant blip in students’ consciousness, but soon enough, registered voters will have to make the choice of which politician they love, or simply dislike the least. In a country of more than 300 million people dispersed throughout 50 geographically and culturally diverse states, one might think the political landscape would be just as diverse. However, every voting season, choices become limited to two parties: Republican or Democrat. Groups like the tea party and the Occupy Wall Street movements have demonstrated a growing amount of unrest in the American populace throughout recent years. Could this unrest stem from the current twoparty system? It seems at least one group thinks so. Recently, a grassroots organization by the name of Americans Elect burst forth onto the political scene with hopes of turning the whole two-party system on its head. This nonprofit organization was founded by politically involved citizens who were concerned political partitions were halting the resolution of the nation’s most significant dilemmas. Americans Elect is not affiliated with any political party, ideology or candidate and aims to change the way we think about elections.


Instead of trying to force its way onto the political scene as a traditional political party might, Americans Elect aims to create an entirely new candidate nominating process that puts the power in the hands of the people, not parties. Any constitutionally eligible, qualified citizen of any party can seek a

nomination or be drafted by Americans Elect delegates. “The only political philosophy we have is that people should be greater than parties,” the organization’s chief operating officer Elliot Ackerman said. As the policy director of Americans Elect, Ackerman helps to

shape the rules of this new convention process and craft a platform of questions these new candidates must answer. Through its new, nonpartisan election process Americans Elect hopes to create a path for America’s leaders to work together to cultivate new ideas and real solutions that address the country’s

most pressing issues, without the political baggage of the current twoparty system. The organization’s goal is to be recognized in every state, allowing the placement of candidates on presidential ballots nationwide. It already has a fully fledged ballot status in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada and Alaska. Though one may ask: How exactly does this organization aim to accomplish such a lofty goal? According to marketing communications junior Niki Cvitkovich, leader of the San Diego State chapter of Americans Elect, the goal is to reach out to Americans and, more specifically, the students of SDSU through its website She urges students to visit the website to sign up as delegates and answer questions. These questions cover some pertinent issues, accurately determining what voters really want from their candidates. “These questions are vital because they will help form the debates in the coming months for the next president,” Cvitkovich said. Americans Elect has millions of supporters and is backed by “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” MSNBC and CNN. It is also represented by college campuses nationwide, including SDSU. “It is an organization that is giving the voice back to the people,” Cvitkovich said. Upon being asked to define the most important goal of Americans Elect, Cvitkovich said, “More support. This is the time that students can make a difference. It’s all about democracy.” To learn more information about the group, contact Cvitkovich at

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‘Person’ proves intriguing


Cody Franklin staff writer In an industry of cop-and-crime dramas, how can “Person of Interest” hope to stand out from the pack? Try preventing crimes rather than solving them. Having J. J. Abrams as an executive producer and an all-star cast doesn’t hurt, either. The secretive billionaire Harold Finch, played by Michael Emerson of “Lost” fame, was contracted by the government following 9/11 to create a computer system that can predict the identities of people involved in terrorist plots in the future. However, the machine ended up spitting out the names of those involved in all manners of violent crimes. Finch left a back door in the system so he is able to access the Social Security numbers of those associated with what the government deemed “irrelevant” crimes. He then hired John Reese (Jim Caviezel), a no-nonsense and incredibly adept former CIA field officer, to help him prevent whatever those crimes may be. Each episode revolves around a new Social Security number and a race to stop the crime before it occurs. Taraji P. Henson plays Detective Carter of the New York Police Department who is out to track down and arrest John. Kevin Chapman plays Detective Lionel Fusco, a corrupt cop forced to be John’s inside man. The show is a thrilling roller coaster ride of suspense and action punctuated by chilling looks into what could possibly be the truth about what our modern surveillance world has


Where: The Gaslamp Quarter When: Oct. 29, 6 p.m. to midnight. Cost: General Admission: $30 in advance, $35 at the door MCT CAMPUS

become. A machine that tracks every email, phone call and text message in the United States isn’t entirely unrealistic, fueling the excitement of the show. The cat-and-mouse game played between John and Carter might be seen as cliché by some, but this is one time cliché can be a good thing. The writing of their interactions is top-notch and serves to add even more suspense. John’s character is incredibly wellwritten: When he’s not kicking down doors and tossing baddies out of windows as if it were morning exercise, the mind games he plays with his adversaries are sickeningly fun to observe. While John’s ability to get himself out of any situation and fight

numerous opponents with ease can at times be distracting, glimpses of his humanity help bring him back down to earth. Half the fun of the show is trying to discover how Finch came to be so rich and powerful and what his real story is. All of these aspects combine to make “Person of Interest” a must-watch for those seeking a new thrill for their Thursday nights. Likewise, those who want an interesting twist on the traditional crime drama formula will not be disappointed. Tune in at 9 p.m. or become a person of interest yourself.


Club VIP: $55 in advance, $60 at the door Age: 21 and older The event will feature three “mega-clubs” and a costume contest with a $3,000 prize. For more information visit

HARD HAUNTED MANSION Where: Shrine Expo Hall in Downtown Los Angeles When: Oct. 29, beginning at 5 p.m.. Cost: Two-day passes: $100-125 (sold out) Single-day passes: $75 VIP passes: $125 Age: 21 and older

Time: THURSDAYS AT 9 P.M. Friday features Fatboy Slim Rusko and Laidback Luke, while Soulwax and Skrillex headline Saturday. For more information visit

HARD ROCK HOTEL SAN DIEGO HALLOWEEN Where: Hard Rock Hotel 207 5th Avenue, San Diego When: Oct. 29, beginning at 9 p.m. Cost: General Admission: $75 VIP Haunted Stage Lounges: $2,500 Age: 21 and older The Hard Rock is promising three floors, five venues and more than 12 DJs. For more information visit


Where: Flagship vessel location: 1050 North Harbor Drive, San Diego When: Oct. 31, boarding begins at 9 p.m. Cruise lasts from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Cost: Regular tickets: $40 (sold out) VIP tickets: $60 (sold out) Age: 21 and older The cruise features a costume contest and two floors of music by DJ Digital Opinion, Frankie Lektro and DJ Business. For more information visit

FLUXX FETISH HALLOWEEN PARTY Where: Fluxx 500 4th Avenue, San Diego When: Oct. 31, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cost: $15 Age: 21 and older Featuring a performance from Too Short. Costume attire is “strongly suggested.” For more information visit



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Deer Tick tips folk scales Deadmau5 plays first stadium Deer Tick is on the way up;

This band on the rise is playing the Casbah on Halloween Courtney Rogin staff writer Remember that one time at the bar, when those guys had a little too much whiskey and started playing around with the piano in the corner? Well, they may have become Deer Tick, and those songs are what make up the fun-filled new album, “Divine Providence.” It is the band’s fourth album, and the most intrepid and ambitious of them all. Deer Tick’s last album, “The Black Dirt Sessions,” was a slow-paced and intense folk gem, with the timeless song, “Piece By Piece and Frame By Frame” standing out as the centerpiece for the album. “Divine Providence” could be construed as the drunk, Southern older brother to the band’s other albums. The band is the brainchild of guitarist and vocalist John McCauley, who took time between albums to play as part of Middle Brother, a folk-rock supergroup. Middle Brother features McCauley alongside members from Delta Spirit and Dawes. “Divine Providence” includes influences from McCauley’s time spent in Middle Brother, bringing in a definite grittier and faster overall tone to the album.

this album really brings the band to a new level. It’s a perfect example of the changing folk-rock world and the influences innovating the genre. “Divine Providence” opened with the rousing song, “The Bump” and sets a homegrown feel-good tone to the album. The album stumbles into the next few songs, one of the highlights being “Let’s All Go To The Bar.” The track is a rowdy rock song incorporating loud and proud punk rock guitar riffs that can shake up some bar stools in the process. It really showcases the underlying punk rock vibe to the album, yet still brings home Southern folk roots, a strange combination that works impressively well. Deer Tick’s emotionally intense ballads take on new form with “Now It’s Your Turn,” the frontrunner of the album featuring a country ballad-turned-electric guitar melody. Deer Tick is on the way up; this album really brings the band to a new level. It’s a perfect example of the changing folk-rock world and the influences innovating the genre. The band has earned notice, especially

with a performance of “Main Street” on “Late Show with David Letterman” earlier this month. “Divine Providence” was released on Partisan Records on Tuesday. It is rocking San Diego on Monday at The Casbah. Guards, The Kabbs and Low Volts will be appearing as well. Tickets are $15.

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Meowingtons Hax tour brings premier DJs to San Diego Andrew Younger senior staff writer Deadmau5, the world’s most successful house music producer in a sports mascot costume, will be performing at Petco Park Friday as part of his Meowingtons Hax Tour. Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) built his reputation as a producer on the electronic dance music download site Beatport before releasing his debut album “Get Scraped” in 2006. The success of “Get Scraped” led to collaborations with prominent figures in the electronic dance music

community such as Kaskade and Pendulum; establishing Deadmau5 as a preeminent house music producer and eventually ranking as the no. 4 best disc jockey in the world according to DJ Mag. On subsequent albums, Deadmau5 expanded his sound to include ambient, progressive house and, in the case of last year’s “4x4=12,” electro while retaining his characteristic commitment to crafting well-written tracks. The Meowingtons Hax show at Petco Park, Deadmau5’s first-ever stadium concert, will feature Mau5Trap artists SOFI (featured on the single “Sofi Needs a Ladder”), Feed Me and Tommy Lee (of Mötley Crüe infamy) with his partner DJ Aero. Exclusive to the San Diego show is special guest Swedish house producer Avicii.

“Deadmau5 ... built his reputation as a producer on the electronic dance music download site Beatport before releasing his debut album ‘Get Scraped’ in 2006. COURTESY OF SCOTT ALARIO


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North Park rocks October ‘Simpsons’ soon to be 500 strong David Dixon staff writer


Isabella Place staff writer North Park’s Rocktoberfest hosted a crowd of a few costumed people along with fans wading through complete drunken obliteration. With Halloween right around the corner and quite a bit of pumpkin beer to dispense, why not throw a sensational outdoor music event that centers itself in a notoriously hip neighborhood? Why not cater to those who have excellent taste in music? With a lineup as eclectic as the community itself, Rocktoberfest did not disappoint. A $15 admission let partiers see eight local bands on two stages from 3-10 p.m.

The opening bands were The Heavy Guilt, The Styletones, Low Volts, Dead Feather Moon and Bully. As the sun set, The Creepy Creeps played some all-time crowd favorite spooktacular ‘60s surfer-punk-garage rock music. The group is well-known for drawing a large crowd with plenty of credit going to its two exquisite go-go dancers who always accompany the band onstage. The Soft Pack followed by charming the already engaged and responsive crowd. The Creepy Creeps delivered unparalleled songs and sports banter. The band’s lead singer, Matt Lamkin, even professed his intense fandom for the Chargers quite excitedly.

Now for the headliner: Everest was monumental. Why shouldn’t they be? With a name like that, they should be playing Viejas Arena, not an abandoned parking lot. Everest’s musical status could have led to haughty sullenness, but Everest’s members are down-to-earth. It’s clear spectators love every member of the band. Song after song was greeted with a dignified round of applause. The highly anticipated song “Let Go” was played toward the end of the band’s performance. Everyone stayed for the encore. Even after the houselights turned on, the audience remained, yearning for more. Credit for the production of the event went to FM94/9, West Coast Tavern, The Casbah, Beck’s Beer and North Park Main Street.

It’s time to recap some recent events that happened during the 23rd season of “The Simpsons.” Homer befriended an ex-CIA agent voiced by Jack Bauer, whoops, Kiefer Sutherland. “The Ren & Stimpy Show” creator, John Kricfalusi, got to animate his own twisted couch gag. And most importantly, the Simpsons’ conservative, goody-two-shoes, Christian neighbor, Ned Flanders, is now officially dating Bart’s raunchy schoolteacher, Edna Krabappel. While they do not seem like an ideal couple, their relationship actually works in the context of the show. So what other misadventures are coming up? Well, “The Simpsons” Halloween tradition continues with “Treehouse of Horror XXII,” which features parodies of “Avatar” and “Dexter.” Also, this February will mark an important achievement, because the 500th episode will air. Executive Producer Al Jean said the premise involves the Simpsons potentially getting banned from their town, Springfield. Though the Simpsons have been forced to leave Springfield on more than one occasion, there is likely going to be some funny twists in how this situation is handled. Now it is time to address the elephant in the room, which is not a reference to Bart’s old elephant, Stampy.

There was controversy about whether or not “The Simpsons” was going to end this year, because of budgetary constraints. Those who adhere to Homer’s recommendation to not pay attention to the news might be surprised to know all of “The Simpsons” voice actors signed new contracts. The show will run at least until 2014, which as Mr. Burns would say, is “excellent.” Despite the renewal, many question if “The Simpsons” can still stay fresh. Judging from the first couple of installments of the most recent season, the answer is a resounding yes. Visually, it is now one of the bestlooking primetime animated sitcoms, and its rapid fire-humor is still intact. Here’s hoping that the series reaches 1,000 episodes. “The Simpsons” will return to Fox on Sunday nights.




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Metz has high hopes for Aztec future The redshirt sophomore started her career at UCLA Danielle Gaut staff writer Those not familiar with redshirt sophomore midfielder Sophie Metz should get to know her. Metz has become a rising star for the San Diego State Women’s soccer team this season. With a must-win mentality, Metz is one of the driving forces behind SDSU’s successful soccer program. “I’m a very competitive person and I don’t like to lose,” Metz said. Metz began her love affair with soccer at the age of four. As the second youngest of five, she began playing soccer after watching her older siblings play. “I definitely looked up to my older siblings and wanted to do whatever they did,” Metz said. As captain of the Foothill High School soccer team, Metz led her team to a No. 1 national ranking in ESPN RISE Fab 50 Rankings in 2008. That same year, she was recognized


as one of the top 100 prep athletes in the Bay Area. Her success on the field didn’t stop there. Metz captained her club team, Pleasanton Rage, to a pair of regional championships in 2007 and 2009 while finishing third at nationals both seasons. In 2009, she enrolled at UCLA and began her college soccer career. As a freshman, Metz played 19 games and helped the Bruins reach the Final Four. However, by the end of the season, she decided to part ways with the organization. “UCLA is a big-time school and I wasn’t enjoying myself,” she said. “When I got the opportunity to transfer to SDSU, I took it. I love the girls and coaching staff. I have no regrets about my decision.” Since Metz’s debut wearing the red and black, she has surpassed expectations. So far this season, she has played in every game and notched a total of two goals and two assists. In recognition of her recent outstanding offensive efforts in games against TCU and Texas, Metz was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week. Two days later, she landed on the Soccer America Team of the Week. Metz is the seventh player in SDSU history to achieve this honor.



WHEN: 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Las Vegas, NV WHY TO WATCH: The Aztecs will try to break their second-place tie with the Rebels and extend their two-game winning streak.



Goals for Sophie Metz this season


Points total for Metz


Games played in by Metz


Starts for Metz


Shots taken by Metz


Assists for Metz


Wins for Metz and the Aztecs this season


Losses for SDSU

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“It was very exciting to be awarded both honors,” Metz said. “I didn’t expect it at all. All the hard work I’m putting in is finally paying off.” With two years remaining in her collegiate career, this is just a glimpse into the promising future that awaits Metz. “I’m looking forward to developing more as a player and creating more memories with my teammates,” Metz said. “SDSU has never won a Conference championship so it would be cool to be part of a team that did.”

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SDSU looks to shake off rust this weekend Agustin Gonzalez staff writer San Diego State is located in a city with beautiful beaches, perpetually warm weather and a population of more than a million people. The University of Wyoming, on the other hand, is located in the city of Laramie, at 7,165 feet above sea level, where snow is a regularity for the 30,816 residents. Although it seems like the two schools couldn’t be any more different, the similarities can be see when looking at the tale of the tape from the SDSU football team’s matchup with Wyoming this Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium. Both teams enter the game sporting 4-2 records. The Aztecs are 1-1 in conference play, the Cowboys 1-0. SDSU is fifth in the Mountain West in scoring offense and third in scoring defense – “the two most important stats,” according to head coach Rocky Long – and the Cowboys are fourth and fourth, respectively. “When you look at the two teams, it’s probably the most important game of the season for both teams,” Long said at Tuesday’s press conference. “We can’t afford to lose another one. I’m sure they’d like to keep their streak going so they have a chance to win the conference championship. So you start to look for where you might have advantages or disadvantages … to me, the two teams are as evenly matched as they can be. The game is that important to both teams because it sets us on the road in the second half of the season to do good things.”

With a 16-day layoff between the Aztecs’ last game — a 41-27 win against Air Force on Oct. 13 – and the matchup with the Cowboys, SDSU’s head coach is also worried about what kind of game shape his team will be in. “It seems like it’s been a long time since we were getting ready to play a game,” Long said. “I’m a little concerned with the rust. No matter what you do when you have two weekends off in the middle of the season, there’s liable to be some sharpness that is lost. You’d much rather be playing game after game, especially after you win, because then you get a positive attitude, confidence and momentum. I’m nervous about the game a little bit.” But some players believe the rest and relaxation of the extended bye was helpful, and after a complete team effort against the Falcons in Colorado Springs the last time out, the Aztecs will be ready to roll come game time. “Looking back and comparing how we practiced from this week to the last bye week, we went a little harder,” senior quarterback Ryan Lindley said. “Coach (Long) kind of let us rest up a little bit that first bye (week). There was a longer break (this time), so we went a little harder and a little longer. We stayed active and I don’t think there will be any rust on our part.” “We’ve still been practicing and staying sharp,” senior linebacker Miles Burris added. “And when you keep playing football, you stay good at what you’ve been trained to do.”




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Follow me @ AntonioCMorales WHO: Wyoming vs. SDSU WHEN: Saturday at 7 p.m. WHERE: Qualcomm Stadium WHY TO WATCH: The Aztecs will try to keep their Mountain West Conference Championship hopes alive with a win against the Cowboys.

Every Mountain West Conference game is critical to the Aztecs’ title hopes. Here’s a look at the MW standings as of 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 (34-8) Title: Sports Editor Prediction: TCU, Air Force, Colorado State, SDSU Quotable: “Let’s be real, everybody. Tim Tebow sucks.” Name: Agustin Gonzalez (31-11) Title: Staff Writer Prediction: TCU, Air Force, Colorado State, SDSU Quotable: “Oh there’s finally a football game again this week?”

Name: Beau Bearden (29-9) Title: Contributor Prediction: TCU, Air Force, Colorado State, SDSU Quotable: “I could talk about Halloween or unfairly being in last place, but instead I’ll ask if anyone has a room for a former gecko to live in on Dec. 1.”




5-2 (3-0)

7-0 (2-0)

4-2 (1-0)

4-2 (1-1)

3-4 (1-1)

1-5 (0-1)

0-7 (0-2)

3-4 (0-3)

Name: Ryan Schuler (33-9) Title: Contributor Prediction: TCU, Air Force, Colorado State, SDSU Quotable: “No comment.”

Air Force at New Mexico, Colorado State at UNLV, SDSU vs. Wyoming

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The time between us


ey!” “Hi Aaron. I wasn’t expecting a call from you.” “Where are you?” “On a train toward Yunnan Province. It’s a long ride. Thirty-six hours.” “Taking a vacation from teaching in Xiamen?” “Yeah. Everyone has the week off. But get this: We all have to return — teachers, students, everyone — and begin the new semester on a Saturday. A Saturday.” “That shouldn’t be legal.” “Right,” Michelle said. “So how’re they treating you over there? Tell me, is China everything you dreamed?” Michelle moved through the cars of the train. Men smoked cigarettes indoors and drank little bottles of hard wine in the dining car. They played a game of cards with black and white pebbles; and didn’t deny young boys as long as they had money. Outside, terraced farmland flew by. In the distance, white mist shrouded vast, rolling hills. Everything was green, even the river flowing parallel to the train. Telephone wires skipped clumsily along the tracks. Unused materials, steel struts, rails and wooden sleepers were stacked on the gravel ballast below. A worker stood waiting for the train to pass. He marked something on his clipboard and readjusted his hardhat. “Michelle?” Aaron said. “Hold on. Let me get between cars. It’s too loud elsewhere ... there. Sorry.”

Mason Schoen Fiction Writer “I thought I lost you. Listen, Michelle ... I miss you.” “Aaron –” “No, I know. I know. I don’t really know why I called.” “What time is it on the West Coast, Aaron?” “Maybe half-past midnight.” “It’s 9:30 in the morning here.” “There’s so much time between us. I feel like we’re further apart than just the ocean, because when you’re asleep I’m awake. We might as well be on different worlds. Anyway. Tell me something exciting about China before I go to sleep. Do they think if they dig a deep enough hole they’ll reach California?” She laughed but it didn’t sound sincere, even to her own ears. “The people are nice. They like to take pictures with foreigners. Maybe they’re making fun of me, I don’t know. Doesn’t seem like it though. I’m learning the language. It’s not as hard as we make it out to be. But more often than not, people want to practice their English with you, and not the other way around. Sometimes I pretend I’m Norwegian so they’ll have to speak Mandarin with me.” “Sounds fun,” Aaron said. The line went quiet for a few moments. Michelle heard a rhythmic pulse through the static of her cell phone every time the train passed a telephone pole, so quiet she wondered if she was just hearing things.

“Meet any men?” Michelle sighed. “I’m traveling with a boy named Feng Lei.” “Boy? Or man?” “He’s 20. He grew up at a Buddhist monastery. He’s shy and sweet and thoughtful ... wait, I don’t have to justify anything to you.” “So he’s all the things I’m not? Is that what you’re implying?” “Aaron, this is exactly why we can’t be together. You’re crazy. You have no control over yourself. You need help.” “No, you just can’t believe I would know more about men than you do. Here’s the deal Michelle, no man wants to be your friend. No man ever wants to be a woman’s friend. Acquaintance, maybe. But not a friend.” “OK, enlighten me. What is it that men want with me?” “Are you hearing yourself? Are you new to men? Men just want to sleep with you. Men want to use you. And you know what? You, Michelle, are easily used.” “Don’t call me again.” She brought the phone away from her ear. As it descended, she heard Aaron’s voice falling further and further away: “No, wait. Listen, Michelle —” he tried, but she hung up. She opened the door to the cars ahead. As she walked forward, faster than the speed of the train, she felt herself moving further and further away from him, toward an instant when he would be swallowed up forever, lost in the time behind her.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (10/27/11) Use your powers of persuasion to motivate the team. Launch new creative projects, and your focus on the artistic detail provides solid results. Discover treasure among the trash, and use it to surprising effect. Choose the path of least resistance. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is an 8 Don't sweat the small stuff today. Take care of your health with exercise, good food and rest. Talk over miscommunications, and listen for the gold. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 7 Don't be afraid to ask for directions. There's no such thing as a stupid question. All is not always as it appears. A little clarification can avoid lengthy delays. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 9 Renew connections with co-workers to see the job through their eyes. Complete old projects to make room for new achievements to flourish. Delegate and work together. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 - There could be conflict between your private and public obligations. Strive for balance, and compromise where necessary. Double-check the schedule. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 7 Home is where you belong now, but you can feel at home any place you want. Take careful inventory of your wealth to discover the path ahead. It's quite clear. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 -

BY NANCY BLACK, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES Someone is being brilliant now. Is it you? Listen for what your ideal client really wants to create a profitable scheme. What you learn now stays with you. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 9 Reinvent the way in which you relate to money for a breakthrough in finances. Explore new ideas for a productive phase. Relax now for the busy time ahead. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 9 Your charisma has a magnetic pull today. You can attract romance, partnership, funding or the object of your desire. Let your light shine on what you really want. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 7 - Avoid putting it off. There's plenty of work to do. It's best accomplished in private. Don't forget about previous commitments, and keep your schedule. Study for answers. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 7 - Quiet time spent in thoughtful consideration of all options leads to a sparkling insight that opens an entirely new door. Use patience and persistence. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 7 - Stay close to home, and, if you need something, get it delivered. Peace and quiet suits you fine. Leave extravagance and boisterous action for another day. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 Don't deplete your resources, even if tempted. Ask an analytical person for help. They may know a way to get what you need for free. Proceed with caution, slow and steady. ©2011, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.



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AZTECS AFLOAT SDSU alumnus Alan Douglas captured this photo of two commercial boats sporting Aztec Pride — albeit with the wrong colors — perfectly positioned for state’s game against Wyoming this Saturday.




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ACROSS 1 Mystery writer Nevada 5 Penny profile 8 “Tao Te Ching” author 14 1986 Nobelist Wiesel 15 China’s Chou En-__ 16 Fixed for all time 17 Treating again, as an ankle injury 19 Take turns 20 With 56-Across, pair named in a puppy-love rhyme that ends with the circled letters 22 Farmer’s __ 23 QB’s dread 24 Government IOUs 26 Getting on 29 Drain-clearing chemical 30 “Are not!” retort 33 Bug-eyed toon 34 OPEC member 36 Shove off 39 More of the rhyme 41 More of the rhyme 42 Micronesia’s region 43 Rocky peak 44 1930s power prog. 45 Standard 46 Scotland’s longest river 48 Cleveland Indians legend Al 50 Promo 53 Sloth, for one 54 Punch line? 56 See 20-Across 61 Oh-so-stylish 63 Not very potent potable 64 Assateague denizens


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10 Mo. for leafpeeping 11 “Yeow!” 12 __ precedent 13 Place that means “delight” in Hebrew 18 Black-and-white critter 21 “The Biggest Loser” concern 25 Go the distance 26 Bad lighting? 27 Insurance company founded in 1936 for government employees 28 Weave together 29 Named beneficiary 31 It won’t hold water 32 Fat substitute 35 Singer DiFranco

37 David Byrne collaborator 38 Slowpoke 40 Rein in 47 Hippodromes 49 How Sloppy Joes are served 51 Far from ruddy 52 __ chard 53 Emmy-winning Lewis 54 General MDs, to insurers 55 “Aw, what the heck, let’s!” 57 Shipbuilder’s wood 58 Move, in brokerese 59 1% of a cool mil 60 Madrid Mmes. 62 VI x XVII


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