MONDAY October 31, 2011 Volume 97, Issue 37 W W W.T H E D A I LYA Z T E C . C O M
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Antonio Morales sports editor How about them Cowboys? That’s the question the San Diego State football team was left asking after Saturday’s game against Wyoming. The Cowboys went into Qualcomm Stadium as heavy underdogs and left as the victors by a score of 30-27. Teams never lose because of one play or player, but senior kicker Abelardo Perez’s missed field goals proved costly. Perez missed an extra point in the first quarter and both attempts at the game-tying field goal in the fourth quarter. The team dominated the second half but looked as if it lacked focus in the first half. Overlooking Wyoming Wyoming came into the game as a double-digit underdog, and many people expected SDSU to win — except Aztecs head coach Rocky Long, who during the week praised Wyoming and said it was a good
football team. His message didn’t make it to the team, which appeared to have overlooked the Cowboys. After sophomore running back Ronnie Hillman scored on a 71-yard touchdown pass to give SDSU a 13-7 lead in the first quarter, Wyoming outscored the Aztecs 23-0 for the rest of the half and put the Aztecs in a hole that proved too big to overcome. “For some unknown reason people didn’t give Wyoming the credit they deserve,” Long said. “Wyoming is a good football team. I guess everybody knows it now. Nobody wanted to admit it going into the game. “Whether you think the stuff that our players hear or see matters or not, it does. They hear the same things that I hear and they read the same things I read and they see the same things on the Internet and everything else. We have to be a more mature football team so none of that bothers us.” Perez misses opportunities After Hillman caught his 71-yard touchdown in the first quarter, Perez missed the extra point. With 11:37 left in the fourth quarter Perez missed a 39-yard field goal wide
left that would have tied the score at 30. Still down 30-27 with 1:55 left in the game, Perez missed wide left again from 27 yards out. Add all those together and its seven points left on the field for SDSU. If Perez would have hit one of those field goals, the game would have gone to overtime. It would be easy to blame Perez for the loss, but senior quarterback Ryan Lindley knows it’s time to pick up his teammate. “He’s our teammate, we have to bring him up,” Lindley said. “It’s not about a guy missing a field goal at the end of the game. It’s a team effort. We just have to play better. We’ll rally around him and that’s what we should do.” Tale of two halves The Aztec defense was atrocious in the first half. Long said so himself. “That’s as bad as a defensive performance in the first half that I’ve ever been associated with,” Long said. SDSU gave up 396 yards and 30 points in the first half. That’s enough yards and points for a whole game. In the second half, the defense shut out the Cowboys, surrendering only five first downs and 106 yards.
It looked like a completely different Aztec defense in the second half. Cowboy freshman quarterback Brett Smith, who dominated the first half, was constantly pressured and wasn’t making the same plays he was in the first half. The defense executed better in the second half, adjusted to the speed of the game and gave the offense enough time to make the game close. Extra points What more can be said about Hillman? The sophomore ran for 224 yards and two touchdowns, while catching two passes for 81 yards and another touchdown. His electrifying 99-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the longest play in school history. Hillman also eclipsed the 1,000 yard rushing mark during the game; he has now rushed for 1,057 yards this season. In addition, Gavin Escobar had a career day with 95 yards receiving. He also scored a touchdown, his fifth of the season, which is also a career high.
Aztecs make mistakes in all phases Agustin Gonzalez staff writer Too many points given up in the first half, not enough plays made by the offense and a game-tying field goal that sailed wide of the uprights. That was the recipe for disaster for San Diego State Saturday evening at Qualcomm Stadium, where the Aztecs (4-3, 1-2 Mountain West Conference) dropped a close one, 3027, to Wyoming. “We didn’t make enough plays to win the game,” WYO 30 head coach Rocky Long SDSU 27 said. “It wasn’t the defense’s terrible performance in the first half. It wasn’t the offense’s poor performance in the second quarter. It wasn’t us miss-
ing field goals or extra points. When you lose, it’s a total team problem.” With 1:55 left in the game and SDSU down by three, senior kicker Abelardo Perez lined up to attempt a gametying, 27-yard field goal. Perez kicked it wide left, and with that went the Aztecs’ chance at forcing overtime. This came just minutes after Perez missed a 39-yarder that also would have tied the score. After the game, there were no words exchanged, no reassuring pats on the back, no “you’ll get ‘em next time” for the senior placekicker. “It’s better not to say anything to a kicker after that kind of problem,” Long said. “We’ll rally around him, and that’s what we should do,” senior quarterback Ryan Lindley added, who tossed 247 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. “Like I said, he’s our teammate, first and foremost, and
regardless of whether he was five-forfive or oh-for-five, he’s an Aztec at the end of the day.” In the first half, the SDSU defense, which had 16 days off to prepare for the Cowboys, could not do anything to stop true freshman quarterback Brett Smith. Smith piled up 287 passing yards, tossed two touchdowns to wide receiver Chris McNeil, and added a couple of rushing touchdowns as well in a Tim Tebow-esque performance, all before halftime. “It was all just the defense not playing as we should have,” senior linebacker Miles Burris said. “It wasn’t any one person, but we came out in the first half and really put ourselves in a hole. We didn’t execute, we were making mental errors, that’s not going to win you football games. That’s all on us; it has nothing to do with them.” But it was a whole other story in
the second half, when the Aztec defense held Wyoming scoreless and to only 104 yards of total offense. “They started executing the coverage that we had to prevent screens, which we didn’t execute in the first half,” Long said. “Once we had a little success they started playing at their regular speed and instead of playing like they were afraid to make a play, they started making plays.” Sophomore running back Ronnie Hillman had 305 total yards and three touchdowns in the loss. Where do the Aztecs go from here? “Go play New Mexico (next week),” Lindley said. “That’s all you can do. You play who’s up next, and we do the same thing we do every week … everything’s a learning experience. You’ve got to improve. We have to be better next week than we were this week, that’s for sure.”
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Student-run radio station is on the air Tara Millspaugh staff writer The KCR College Radio re-launch is now two months in, and despite some challenges it is making a name
for itself on the San Diego State campus. The original KCR began more than four decades ago . Now, it has been revamped with three computers, a soundboard, new microphones and speakers. With a $6,000 budget, the station
was able to switch from analog to digital format, in addition to utilizing more data. Besides the studio makeover, the station itself has changed. Forty years ago, KCR focused primarily on promoting underground music. Nowadays, although there are
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still artists featured on the stream, the radio station also offers news, entertainment and sports shows hosted and produced by SDSU students. Journalism senior and radio station general manager Josh Hoffman said the station is unique because it is completely student-run, providing college students with valuable experience. Because the station is only broadcasted online, there are fewer content restrictions than there otherwise would be if KCR had its own AM or FM radio channel. “You say what you want to say, you play what you want to play,” Hoffman said. Talk show topics range from “Between the Sheets,” a weekly sex talk show, to “Sports Zone,” a program about university athletics. “I don’t want one person to like every show. I want every person to like one show,” Hoffman said. In addition to catering to current university students, the station is also of interest to alumni. “Today at State,” broadcasting on Wednesdays from 6 to 6:30 p.m., focuses on campus happenings. Alumni can get involved and feel they are still part of the campus community. Hoffman said his goal for KCR is to bring the campus community together. The station allows organizations such as Associated Students to make on-air announcements at no cost. New musicians are also featured on
the radio station. According to media studies student and music director Jaron Degen, the station receives more than 100 requests each week from artists who hope to have their music played on-air. “Sixty to 70 percent are really bad, but there are some really talented people,” Degen said. The best way for a student to get his or her music featured is to drop off a playlist at the studio, he said. KCR has succeeded in getting exposure within the college community, but obtaining loyal listeners is another story. According to Hoffman, every day approximately 100 listeners tune in. The team hopes to keep listeners hooked by having a wide variety of talk shows and music. Another challenge is not having live producers in the studio 24 hours a day. During the late night hours, dead space is filled by an ongoing playlist. Hoffman said he would prefer to have live talk shows instead. Hoffman and Degen say they are happy with the success of the KCR relaunch. Every week, the station has concert ticket giveaways or free admission to events throughout San Diego. Listeners can access the station in three ways: visit kcrlive.com, download the smartphone application called TuneIn Radio, or check out iTunes radio and find the KCR college university tab.
Maintenance issues spook student learning David Alvarado contributor Storm Hall has long been a topic of interest among San Diego State students: Not because of its beautiful architecture or quiet classrooms, but because of the maintenance problems affecting student learning for years. The problems consist of water leaks and lights flickering on-and-off in the middle of class. The flickering lights disrupt class lectures and affect student concentration. Lights go off in stairwells and in hallways, turning Storm Hall into a labyrinth of long and dark passages. SDSU Manager of Electrical Services Al Martin said fixing the lighting problems in Storm Hall has been in the works for a couple of weeks. He attributes the electrical problems to the old motion sensors installed in the building in the late 1980s. Lights rely on the outdated sensors to auto-
matically turn on or off. Professor of political science Edward Heck said he has noticed the lighting problems in Storm Hall, but it has not interfered with his class. Beginning last year, the university’s Work Control Center compiled a list of registered complaints and recently issued a report to the electrical services office. There were 27 lighting problems detected, Martin said. The Work Control Center is the point of contact between the campus community and Physical Plant. According to the university’s website, the Physical Plant oversees more than 2.7 million square feet of floor space across the university. The campus uses approximately 54 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. Martin said problems are usually fixed the same day they are reported, but the lighting issues in Storm Hall were not immediately addressed because of plans to renovate both Storm and Nasatir Halls. The renovations will be financed by
the sale of bonds scheduled to be sold later this year. Storm Hall is not the only building with problems on campus. The Professional Studies and Fine Arts building has recently experienced water leaks. About a month ago, the breakdown of a water cooler caused a water leak in the west end of the building. Flooding water reached the PSFA dean’s office, and was cleaned up a week ago. Leaks have reached the upper levels of the building as well. Theatre, television and film professor Martha Lauzen teaches a class on the fourth floor of PSFA. She recently complained to the building’s office staff that her class had a leak that was close to the podium where she instructs. Building maintenance issues have affected students such as political science junior Jorge Gomez, who said there may be more going on than just electrical problems. “I’ve heard Storm Hall is haunted,” he said.
Lights flicker on-and-off in Storm Hall, disrupting classes. | ANTONIO ZARAGOZA, PHOTO EDITOR
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Too scared to function
t’s 3 a.m. and I’m wide awake. Every light in my apartment is on and my hands are shaking. The only thing keeping me sane is a rerun of “Family Guy” playing on my television, which I have turned up to a truly alarming rate, and I can’t stop checking over my shoulder. You’d think I’d just been terrorized by a real-life situation. Perhaps I was just mugged on the street. Maybe I was just the victim of a home invasion. It is also very possible that I just watched the pilot of “American Horror Story” on FX. What else could make a perfectly sane individual this scared? I went and saw “Paranormal Activity 3” tonight and it was the worst mistake I’ve made in recent months. I knew it would scare me. As I sat in the packed theater before it started I was already psyching myself out, just reminding myself how scared I was after the first one, but for some reason I stayed. I sat in that theater for all 86 minutes of the most realistic scare I’ve ever experienced and now I am sitting here, still too afraid to get up to do anything. I’m almost too afraid to breathe. That’s how scared I am. As Halloween is here, I think about all the things we do this time of year just to scare ourselves. One year, I watched “Saw” in my friend’s garage with all the lights off. What part of that sounds like a good idea? “Hey guys, let’s sit in a really cold, totally creepy room that is poorly insulated and huddle around a small television and watch a scary movie!” Why did we all agree to it? Of course, one of my friends slipped out unnoticed in the middle of the movie, went outside and threw a basketball against the garage door and completely scared all of us out of our minds, but at that point, by putting ourselves in that situation, we were totally asking for it.
Hayley Rafner staff columnist Another year, I walked to a haunted house someone from my high school put together. We heard it was the scariest one in town and when we turned the corner onto his street, the line spanned the entire block. It had to be good to warrant a showing this big. Luckily, the friends I was with knew the guy who put it on and we skipped the line and walked through the horrifying maze with him. He led us through his house and made it so we missed everything that jumped out, but he couldn’t save us from the last part. Right when we thought we were home free, and the sidewalk full of people was right in front of us, the door of a refrigerator that I didn’t notice out of the corner of my eye opened slowly and a man dressed in all black with a fake knife started charging at us. I am not a runner. But I channeled my inner Forrest Gump and booked it like it was my job, all the way to the sidewalk. Obviously I scare easily. When I was little, my older brother used to hide behind objects and jump out, scaring me to tears. Constant fear of the unknown behind my bathroom door was instilled in me from a very young age, so you can’t really blame me for being such a chicken. But that never stopped me from wanting to be scared. Any time a truly scary movie comes out, I always end up watching it. My best friend and I went and saw “The Strangers” when it was in theaters. He and I have been friends our entire lives and the only time he has ever been mad at me was while we were sitting in that theater and I was clutching his hand and whimpering like a baby because I was so terrified. Twenty-one years of
friendship and that is the most annoyed he has ever been with me. When I was 13, my dad took me to see a French horror movie called “High Tension.” That movie hatched the most brutal, relentless and neverending chainsaw sequence I have ever witnessed in my entire life. I slept with the lights on for a week. I must be some sort of masochist. Last year I even found a countdown on bloodydisgusting.com of the 25 best horror movies of the decade and watched them all, from 25 to one, just for fun. Clearly I am burdened beyond reasonable explanation by stupid made-up movies people such as Eli Roth and crazy French directors put together. But apparently I will never learn my lesson because here I am watching happy late-night programming to keep myself from going to sleep. What is it going to take for me to finally realize that seeing these movies causes me nothing but stress, sleepless nights and countless years taken off my life from pure and torturous anxiety? Despite being too afraid to bend down over my sink and wash the makeup off my face before I go to sleep, (obviously for fear that when I come back up and look in the mirror, the girl from “The Ring” will be right next to me), I will always be ready and willing to get the pants scared off of me, or, more poignantly, the shoes scared off of me. That actually happened during “Paranormal Activity 3.” I got so scared at one part during the movie I lost my shoe into the aisle next to me. Maybe I need a real-life horrifying situation to put this all into perspective and make me realize that real life (midterms, taxes, in-laws) is way scarier than some stupid movie about ghosts. But for now, “Family Guy” … lots and lots of “Family Guy.”
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (10/31/11) A lovely birthday gift takes you by surprise. Let your friends and family know how much they mean to you. Celebrate at home with a fine feast or a party. If you feel shy, put on a performance and play at being someone that inspires you. 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 A major revelation opens a new door for a promotion or a rise in status. Your optimism and adaptability are quite attractive. Hide any shyness behind a Halloween mask. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 6 Continue your growth and expansion, considering long-term goals and sustainability. It's an excellent time for love and money. Share treats, and say thank you. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 5 An outrageous suggestion prompts a new way of looking at things. Home is where you want to be, and some repairs need your attention. A mellow evening with friends delights. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 - Get into home decoration. Create a cozy, delightful space to settle your bones. Your creativity delights your friends, who come to partake of your treats. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 9 Good things are magnetically attracted to you today. Complete deadlines before starting the next project. Power through, relax at the finish and then celebrate wildly.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 Contemplate your latest dream, and allow your creativity to flourish through a project that surprises. Make some magic, and clean up later. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 7 - It's a good day to work from home. Trust your intuition. Spice up the place and invite a friend over. A quiet night could delight, but the spirit is running wild. Go with it. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is an 8 - Get advice from a trusted friend if your issues seem nebulous or vague. Avoid big decisions. Indulge your fantasies with improvisation, and play with your crew. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 9 - Choose treat over trick. Give without expectation. Your generosity comes back to you multiplied, but that's not the point. Take care of your health by sharing love. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 7 - Get outside and play as soon as you can today. There's fun afoot, and some possible chaos. Hide any reservation behind a mask, and let your enthusiasm out. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Change is in the wind. Get together with your team to plot a new course. This afternoon, art and beauty take a darker twist. Appreciate soulfulness. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is an 8 - You gel with a new partner, and their mediation provides valuable results. Strange demand could open interesting opportunities. Enjoy peaceful moments before the evening's madness. ©2011, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
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