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Mayoral contenders chat with students David Alvarez endorsements: -San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council -Former Councilwoman Donna Frye -Assembly Majority Leader Tony Atkins -Chicano Democratic Association of San Diego -District 4 Councilwoman Myrtle Cole -District 9 Councilwoman Marti Emerald -Assemblywoman Shirley Weber -Former candidate Bruce Koon Age: 33 Party: Democratic Jobs: District representative for state Sen. -Denise Ducheny (2005-10) -Logan Property Management Special Assistant (2004-05) -Capital Fellow Program (2003-04)

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The Aztec: What would you do to improve transparency in San Diego City Hall David Alvarez: Well I have a record of being a transparent public official. Three days out of the month I go to different areas in my community and I host office hours, so people can either call and make an appointment, or they can just show up. I go to San Ysidro, I go to Otay Mesa and I go to this part Logan-Sherman Heights area. I try to get throughout the entire district so people can easily come to see me. That’s one way. Second, again the record speaks for itself. On my phone I receive all my emails that come from the general public, whether it’s an item on the council they want to give input about or there’s a pothole they want filled or a streetlight that’s not working they want fixed. That comes to my general email and I make sure I direct staff to do that so I know what’s going on all the time with the community. Obviously, social media is really important. I’ve been really active on social media, whether it’s Twitter

or Facebook, or a website to make sure people can connect with me that way as well. You’ll rarely find an article that will say I was asked to quote but I didn’t respond. I always make sure I get back to media outlets so they understand what my opinion is and where I’m coming from. TA: How would city planning changes initiated by the current Planning Director Bill Fulton change with you as mayor? DA: I’ve become a big fan of Bill Fulton. I didn’t know him before he came here, but I’ve read a lot about him and I’ve talked to a lot of people I respect in the planning world and there’s not been one individual that has said, “That’s not a good person to have in the planning role.” Obviously you have many goals as mayor, but if you were only to make one specific change or complete one particular project, what would it be? I want to ensure that citizens of San Diego believe in their government again. What would you do to bring more highskilled jobs for college graduates in San Diego? Well, some of the things that we’ve done on the City Council is we have helped fund something called Connect2Careers. Kids, throughout the summer, they get a chance to experience a career that they might be interested in, so we partner with the business community to give Continued on P3

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Mike Aguirre endorsements: -La Prensa San Diego Age: 64 Party: Republican Jobs: Aguirre, Morris & Severson, partner since 2008 San Diego City Attorney (2004-08) Aguirre & Meyer, partner (1980-2004) History instructor at University of Southern California (1979-80) U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation Assistant Counsel (1977-79)

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The Aztec: What would you do to improve transparency in San Diego City Hall? Mike Aguirre: I will implement a new level of transparency that covers all social media communications that are now used by elected officials to do the public’s business: messaging, personal emails, all the things that have been used to circumvent public disclosure. And then No. 2, I will implement a legal opinion I wrote when I was city attorney, in which I anchored the right of the public-topublic meetings and public records based upon California’s direct democracy form of government, in which voters have the right to do recall referendum and initiative and by anchoring the right to information and open meetings on the direct democracy powers of the electorate. What that does is give a much firmer foundation to the right to know. The right to know is guaranteed by both the city charter and the state constitution, so there is a constitutional right to participate in government and I

will enforce that right by enforcing the legal opinion I wrote, which has to some degree been ignored since I left office. What that means is this: You have a right to all the same information that elected officials get, and the reason for that is so you can evaluate how your elected officials are doing based upon that information, and right now a lot of that information is covered up. For example, last week I released research that shows that right now we are spending five times more on pensions per year than on roads. I’ve released information that shows that the annual pension contribution by the city, which is $275 million, exceeds the fire department budget by $40 million. A lot of that was hidden or obfuscated. Much of what happens at city hall is not only designed to keep you from getting the documents or having open meetings, but it is actually designed to mislead. They hire public relations people who fill the city staff slots and what they do is convince the public that our problems are solved. It’s not only that we have to increase transparency in city Hall, but we also have to stop disinformation in city Hall. TA: If you were only able to make one specific change or complete one project as mayor what would it be? MA: It would be to give us a secure water supply. We are living under a thin water Continued on P3


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kids an opportunity to go and work for the summer instead of just hanging out at home. I think that program is very important and we should continue to do that. I initiated in my office a fellowship program and a very robust internship program where people come and they learn what I do as a councilmember and what the city does, and they’ve learned about government. I would like to continue that as mayor to ensure that young people have an opportunity to learn about service to others and hopefully engage them and want to keep them in San Diego serving the general public. And obviously, on the job creation front, making sure that jobs are our priority in every sector of our economy, not just focused on service types of jobs like our tourism economy, but our biotech economy, our manufacturing economy and ,in San Diego, our green energy economy. TA: What makes you stand out the most? DA: I’m someone who has very core values and beliefs that I think every family in San Diego can relate to. My parents came here and they worked really hard blue-collar jobs, gave me a chance to be successful. I’m the first one of my family to graduate Continued from aguirre p2

“Sword of Damocles,” which is hanging over our heads with the thin thread that connects us to the Colorado River basin. We have to import 90 percent of our water, so what I would like to do is rebuild our water sheds to improve the 10 percent of water we get here naturally. I want to increase our water capture from the rain with the folks at home with all the new water capture technologies environmentalists have designed. Of course, I also want people here to be more conscious about conservation, but more importantly I want to concentrate on recapturing what we have here naturally and then work on recycling that, whether through desalination or otherwise, to increase our water dependency so we aren’t 90 percent dependent on imported sources of water. TA: What would you do to attract more high-skilled jobs to San Diego for college graduates? MA: I think we need to create more high-skilled jobs. Attracting jobs is a much more difficult thing to expand. I would use the principles that the great urban economist Jane Jacobs subscribed to, which is to take the businesses and try to make them more prosperous. Jobs are something that can also be created by students by making it possible for them to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. The high-tech business is a young person’s world. I want to make sure people with good ideas get access to capital to pursue those ideas. I want to see the city invest in the brains of young people outside of student loans. The goal of keeping our students here is a very high one. TA: Is there any message you want to send to San Diego State students? MA: I am focused on your future and I care about you. Because I have two children who are roughly college age, I’m focused on your welfare. I care about what you are concerned about. I am fighting against my own generation’s selfishness and the trying to not do more for the next generation than what was done for us. We’ve reversed it. For many generations, people concentrated on sacrificing today for a better tomorrow.


high school, go to college. I’m a native San Diegan, born and raised—San Diego High School, San Diego State University. I’m raising my family now in the community where I grew up here in San Diego. We want to give back. My wife is an educator; we’re all about service to others and I think that’s a value that oftentimes gets overlooked in our leaders. We get involved in politics, but I love this city so much I want to leave it better than when I was growing up. I want to make sure that every child has a real opportunity to make it in this city. TA: What are the biggest challenges and opportunities with having such a short election cycle? DA: The challenges are that you have to go and talk to every citizen in San Diego, and over two months it’s very time constrained so you see me running from event to event to event. So time is going to be of the essence and I have to manage my time very well. Fundraising is something that is very important because we have to print the material we use to hand out to the voters and to be able to send mails so people know who I am and what I stand for. So also a very compressed time frame, and I’m someone who doesn’t come from money and I don’t have anyone in my family who

has a lot of money so raising funds is going to have to be from individuals who believe in what I believe in. And that’s going to be a challenge to do as well because I don’t have access to a lot of money. But the opportunities are that we’ve got so many people that are energized, that are excited, that really believe in what I have to offer, that we believe that’s going to overcome any money that anybody else has because the power of people talking to other people, neighbors talking to neighbors about San Diego is very impactful. And that’s what’s going to be on our side—that’s what’s going to give us the winning edge. TA: Any message to SDSU students? DA: I’m a proud Aztec. I love our school, I took advantage of all the opportunities that San Diego State gave me. I’m very blessed that I have gone to that school and been able to be successful and I encourage everybody to do the same. We’ve got some wonderful faculty who really care about the students. Spend some time with them and learn from them and enjoy your time. Go to the games and enjoy the comradery with the other students. I was a band member so I went to all the football games and it’s great to be a San Diego State student.

Now it’s the other way around. Take as much from the future today as you can grab. Our leaders today are basically stealing from your future, and what people don’t realize is that “out of sight, out of mind” is only possible if you don’t care about the next generation, if you are so selfish. That is the biggest difference between me and the other candidates. They are all young nice people, but they are being co-opted by the establishment and the establishment is wrong. That’s where we

need the young people to help those who are trying to help them. Basically, I see the current crowd in city government as just looting the treasury of the city. It’s reprehensible, but the media goes along with it. They obfuscate and hide and don’t look for truth. Justice is truth in action, and that’s what we need. Not deception in action, which is what we have now. I want to build the future of the young people. I will be looking for them to be actively involved.

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The San Diego State Police Department is hiring students to be part of their Community Service Officer Program. Those interested can apply on the SDSUPD website. jonathan bonpua, staff photog-


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San Diego State’s Community Service Officer Program has just hired 16 students. The CSO Program has come a long way since its enactment in the late ‘80s. The student CSOs are able to provide escort services, receive extensive training and ultimately learn professional skills they will be able to use after graduating from SDSU. The bike patrol sector, which is slated to begin this month, will be used to prevent crime on campus, Auxiliary Services coordinator and CSO Program Director Shawn Brown said. The new hires will also be used to start a new bike patrol squad on campus. “Our current captain, Josh Mays, established the CSO law enforcement

training, which is probably one of the most unique trainings in any university in the United States,” Brown said. SDSU’s Community Service Officer program director Shawn Brown actually started out as a CSO on campus in Spring 2005. “Coming from where I did and where I am now, I was able to make the changes I wanted to see made as a student,” he said. These trainings are given twice a month. CSOs learn all the tactics involved with arrests and how to act in situations that police officers often find themselves in. After learning everything within the training, the CSO is then tested on it in front of police officers. The trainings are similar to a police academy, something every police officer must go through. However, CSO programs at other universities don’t provide the same type of training as the SDSU CSO program. In addition, the CSOs take defensive


Fundraiser for Syria kicks off adam burkhart staff writer

With its neighbor to the east of Syria mired in civil war, Israel accepts a small number of civilian refugees from the conflict to hospitals and aid stations. A San Diego State student organization is doing its own part to help in the relief effort. Snacks for Syria, the fundraiser led by Aztecs for Israel, will raise money by selling snacks to students this week, proceeds from which will go to Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya, a city in northwestern Israel. The hospital was featured in an August New York Times story as part of Israel’s low-key effort to provide a modicum of aid to wounded rebels and civilians from Syria, who are estimated to number in

the hundreds of thousands in Syria’s civil conflict so far. By comparison, the number of Syrians treated in Israel’s relief effort is somewhere in the hundreds, according to media reports. The aid goes on quietly in the shadow of a 1949 armistice between Israel and Syria. President of AFI Nirit Revzin said they got the idea for Snacks for Syria after students at University of Southern California had a similar fundraiser. “We don’t do it for the credit,” Revzin said. “Honestly, anyone could donate money and nobody would know where it came from, but if it makes a difference and saves a life, if it does one thing for one person and we’ve done what we can, that’s what we want to do.” A secondary goal was to showcase

driving classes, which allow them to operate the Red and Black Shuttle that provides transportation for students around campus. They also serve as the “eyes and ears” for the SDSU Police Department. “We help with numbers, we are able to be all over the place … having an additional seven CSOs looking for suspicious activity … I think helps in getting a timely response and help deterring crime, since we have a direct connect to any police officer at any time,” criminal justice senior Andrea Villa said. Villa, who was promoted to supervisor three months ago, said her favorite part about the program is the exposure to actual police officers. “Being able to pick police officers’ brains apart about what they like about the job and what are the difficulties,” Villa said. She added it helps her prepare for her future career in law enforcement.

To apply for supervising positions, applicants must fill out a 35-page application and CSOs must submit letters of intent. Brown said this helps students understand professionalism. Economics and international security and conflict resolution junior Hunter Price said submitting letters of intent has helped him learn how to act and write in a skilled manner. “(When applying for a job) businesses take this seriously because working for a police department takes a lot,” Price said. Price became a CSO as a freshman and was promoted to supervisor at the end of the year. The CSO program is accepting applications. Those who are interested can go to the SDSUPD website for more information. Students who feel unsafe walking to or from parking structures are encouraged to call 619-594-6659 for escort services.

cooperation among student groups with conflicting perspectives on the Middle East, including Arab and Islamic groups, Revzin said. With that in mind, AFI contacted other student organizations as potential partners. Some chose not to participate, while others simply could not appear to endorse one side in a highly contentious debate that extends to many campuses in California. Students for Justice in Palestine, SDSU’s pro-Palestine group, had reservations about joining the fundraiser and declined to participate. Co-chair of SJP Nadir Bouhmouch said Israel’s efforts and the fundraiser serve to distract from Israel’s relations with Palestine. “It’s a very difficult decision for us to make because we are a human rights organization,” Bouhmouch said. “The only problem with this event is it’s done (as) a form of propaganda.” “We’re not against helping out refugees,” SJP co-chair Hassan Abdinur said. “We’re

kind of torn … this goes above politics. At the end this goes above the PalestinianIsraeli issue.” Revzin lamented SJP’s refusal to participate. “We’re trying to make the peace happen on campus; I don’t know if we can make it happen in the Middle East, but we’re trying here,” Revzin said. The Arab Student Association could not participate because of prior commitments, but the group’s president Mahmood AlJamalani said he will be in attendance. The Olive Tree Initiative, a politically neutral group that attempts to educate about the conflict in the Middle East, could not officially endorse the fundraiser out of respect for its mission. They did not respond to a request for comment before publication. Snacks will be sold Monday through Thursday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the north side of Love Library. AFI plans to repeat the fundraiser until the end of the semester and donate the funds by spring, Revzin said.

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Mike Aguirre looks at his notes during a KPBS mayoral debate in October. MONICA LINZMEIER, Photo Editor

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support to counteract it. These grand senior staff writer promises of campaign integrity are all well and fine, but without any significant financial backing or advertising, Aguirre s the Nov. 19 special election is essentially accepting his place as a approaches, one man stands second-string player in an all-star game. out among the top four mayoral As of Oct. 20, Aguirre had raised candidates, not as the top contender in less than $4,000 in contributions to his polls, endorsements or fundraising, but mayoral campaign, according to the U-T more so as the candidate who is playing San Diego. To put that into perspective, by his own rules, regardless of the David Alvarez has raised $1.2 million, outcome. Nathan Fletcher raised $1.1 million and Mike Aguirre saved as San Diego Faulconer follows behind with $840,000. city attorney from 2004 to 2008, prior Michael Kemmer, the San Diego State to losing the bid for re-election and student in the mayoral campaign, has returning to work in the private sector as earned slightly less than $900. So when an attorney. Now, he is using this special looking at financial support, Aguirre, election as a platform to demonstrate his a 64-year-old with extensive political standards of political ethics through his and legal background looks more in campaign. league with a 22-year-old college senior He has vowed to refrain from than anyone who has accepting financial a serious chance contributions of winning this larger than $250 (a election. campaign promise Aguirre’s he unsuccessfully ... Aguirre is mentality of doing requested his essentially accepting things his own way opponents make his place as a is nothing new. as well), run TV second-string player His tenure as San ads or even send in an all-star game. Diego city attorney out campaign was plagued by mailers. In the complaints of current political his combative climate, where leadership style more zeros at the end and failure to make compromises. He of a check generally equate to more votes stubbornly focused this campaign on in the ballot box, Aguirre believes he is pension reform, an issue he feels strongly taking a stand against the corruption of needs to be readdressed, but one that politics and that voters will show their most other candidates have agreed to appreciation for his honorable ways on move on from. election day. He has practiced as a lawyer for most In an attempt to explain his newly of his career, giving him a pointedly established standards, Aguirre told different outlook on campaign politics KPBS, “I have managed to build a and inspiring him to passionately fight reputation based on actual work and not to advance his agenda, which causes advertising. I don’t want to win that way. him to miss the point of public service. If I’m going to win, I want to win without Lawyers fight to win, politicians work being beholden to anyone.” to compromise. His persistence and I commend Aguirre for his respectable determination to win on his own terms intentions. However, the problem with while advancing his particular platform playing by your own set of rules, no may be an ideological victory, but it’s matter how well meaning they may be, doubtful Aguirre’s strategies will result is that he is intentionally putting himself in anything more tangible than that. at a disadvantage with no legitimate


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David Alavarez speaks at KPBS mayoral debate between top four candidates. MONICA LINZMEIER, Photo Editor

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for foreclosed properties. He faced a significant amount of opposition at first, but he was able to convince his colleagues ith the special election for San that it was a valuable ordinance. Diego’s next mayor just weeks Alvarez has also been opposed away, the frontrunners have to spending money on downtown clearly emerged. Kevin Faulconer is development or San Diego’s tourism leading the latest polls with 41 percent sector. He was the only opposing vote on of support from voters, with Nathan a financial plan in October, reasoning Fletcher following with 28 percent. David that he would prefer to spend the money Alvarez may not seem far behind with in neighborhoods that need it, and not in 17 percent of voter support, but at this areas that are already developed. stage in the race the numbers are likely While this is an honorable stance to indicative of the results. take on the matter, the mayor of San Alvarez is San Diego homegrown, and Diego must be able to look at all aspects has spent his childhood and adulthood of business. If development in downtown invested in San Diego’s issues. Raised and tourism interests will help boost San in Barrio Logan, Alvarez was affected Diego’s economy, it may be beneficial to at a young age by the struggles found in spend the money there. his neighborhood. One issue that hits Alvarez has definitely used his time home with Alvarez is the toxic pollution on the City Council to make changes in his childhood in the surrounding neighborhood communities and from industrial his intentions plants; he is one of are absolutely the many Barrio clear—he is a local Logan residents who cares very He lacks the who developed much about San experience that is asthma as a result Diego. However, necessary to run of the pollution. Alvarez isn’t the the eight largest city This inspired him most experienced in the U.S. Alvarez to seek changes candidate on the should continue in his community ballot. Before and take an working on the City to serve as a city interest in politics. Council, Alvarez councilman where he Alvarez was began a career can influence change elected to the in social services throughout San San Diego City while also working Diego ... Council in 2010 as an after-school and is currently teacher. He lacks completing his the experience first term. He has that is necessary implemented some to run the eight effective plans since largest city in the being elected. In September, he helped U.S. Alvarez should continue to serve pass a new community plan in the Barrio as a city councilman where he can Logan area that would place a buffer zone influence changes throughout San Diego, between residential and industrial areas. while continuing to further expand his The plan is intended to protect residents experiences. He is a candidate who shows from the harmful toxins created by great potential for the future and I expect industrial plants. Alvarez also played a that we will continue to see him, but huge part in getting San Diego to adopt maybe not in the mayor’s office this time a policy that holds banks accountable around. staff columnist



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In his first game as an Aztec, Josh Davis ended the night with his first double-double of the season: 13 points and 10 rebounds. All photos credited to jenna mackey, staff photographer

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The San Diego State men’s basketball team beat the California State University, San Marcos Cougars in an exhibition last Friday 81-66. “This game is what I hoped it would be, it was good for us,” head coach Steve Fisher said. “I think this will be a great teaching tape for us.” SDSU began its highly anticipated season with an emphatic dunk by sophomore forward Skylar Spencer 19 seconds into the game, assisted by sophomore forward Winston Shepard. The Aztecs continued to play well until the first media time-out with 11:41 remaining in the first half. Senior forward Josh Davis wowed SDSU’s student section, “The Show,” with his strength and surprising speed. By the first media time-out, Davis scored eight points and snatched four rebounds—two offensive and two defensive. The Cougars, ranked No. 12 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, proved challenging for the rest of the game. In fact, the Cougars outscored the Aztecs 18-14 in the last 9 minutes of the first half. Cougar senior guard Jason Johnson led the charge, shooting 55 percent from the field and scoring 27 points. CSUSM especially hurt SDSU from 3-point range; San Marcos shot almost 48 percent of its 3-pointers. For most of the second half, the Cougars stayed within eight points of the Aztecs. SDSU broke away, however, outscoring San Marcos 14-6 in the last 5 minutes. Despite the Cougars quality of play, the Aztecs proved to be the better team. SDSU overwhelmed San Marcos with its size; SDSU scored 46 points in the paint and its 14 offensive rebounds led to 24 second-chance points. Davis ended his first game as an Aztec with a doubledouble: 13 points and 10 rebounds, five of which were offensive. He played especially well on defense. “I think Josh (Davis) has the footwork and feet to guard anyone on the floor,” Fisher said. Junior forward JJ O’Brien shot 72.7 percent from the field and led the team with 21 points.

“I wanted to be a stable point for the young guys tonight and try to show them the way and help them,” O’Brien said. Because it was an exhibition, the young guys played a lot of minutes. Fisher said after the game he was less concerned with the score than he was with seeing how all his players played. In fact, Fisher played 11 Aztecs at least 10 minutes. Freshman forward Dakarai Allen played 16 quality minutes off the bench, scoring nine points on 60 percent shooting. Junior forward Dwayne Polee II scored five points and grabbed three rebounds to the sound of “Polee” cheers from “The Show.” Viejas Arena was quite full and loud for an exhibition game—especially the “The Show.” After the game Fisher expressed his gratitude toward “The Show.” “They were absolutely outstanding

“I wanted to be a stable point for the young guys tonight and try to show them the way and help them.”

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and we appreciate that,” Fisher said. “They will help us, our crowd will help us as this season moves on. We need to make sure (the fans) know how much we appreciate them and need them.” SDSU begins its regular-season campaign at 7 p.m. next Friday at Viejas Arena against University of California, Riverside. This one counts—don’t miss it. Tickets for SDSU’s game against The Associated Press ranked No. 6 team, University of Arizona, can be picked up at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Viejas Arena Box Office. Lines can’t form until 6 a.m. and there are only about 1,500 tickets left, so be sure to pick up your ticket early and bring your current Red ID.


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Aztecs defeat New Mexico Lobos ethan bailey staff writer

The San Diego State Aztecs held off Mountain West Conference rival University of New Mexico this past Saturday, defeating the Lobos 35-30. SDSU received the ball first for its 23rd consecutive game and immediately scored on a 75-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Quinn Kaehler to junior wide receiver Ezell Ruffin. “We’ve come out almost every game I’ve started and run the ball,” Kaehler said. “We used the play action and the safeties really came up, and that left Ezell pretty much one-on-one with the corner and he made a really good move and got open.” Ruffin finished the game with an impressive stat line, hauling in seven catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Kaehler also played well against the Lobos, completing 16 of 21 pass attempts for 201 yards and two touchdowns. “I think that Ezell Ruffin is coming into his own,” head coach Rocky Long said after the game. “Going into the season, we hoped he would develop into that kind of receiver. He has improved dramatically from the first game of the season to now

catching the ball.” But the biggest factor for the Aztec offense was junior running back Adam Muema, who had his third 100-yard rushing performance of the season against New Mexico. Muema was consistently able to get big gains on runs up the middle and to the outside. New Mexico’s 116th ranked defense had no answer for Muema, who finished the game with 233 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries. After being injured early in the season, Muema seems to be back at full speed. “I was most certainly comfortable out there,” Muema said after the game. “It was hard getting through these injuries, but my team helped me and I got through them.” However, the Lobos wouldn’t go down quietly. With the Aztecs’ offense rolling, New Mexico needed to score touchdowns to keep itself in the game. The Lobos’ offense was on point during the fourth quarter when it drove down the field to rapidly score touchdowns on back-to-back possessions. With just under nine minutes left in the game and down by 11, New Mexico covered 72 yards in 3:22 on six rushes and one 40-yard pass to score on a 5-yard touchdown run by freshman

Adam Muema finished the game with 233 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries. jordan owen, senior staff photographer

running back Teriyon Gipson. The Lobos attempted to cut the Aztecs’ lead to three with a two-point conversion, but SDSU senior defensive back Nat Berhe tackled the Lobo runner at the 1-yard line. “Late in the game it was important to score touchdowns,” Long said. “They weren’t stopping us and we weren’t stopping them, so you can’t settle for field goals.” While New Mexico’s defense had trouble containing Muema, the same could be said about the Aztecs’ defense against the entire Lobo backfield. All game long the Lobos found success running the ball with a tripleoption attack, where two running backs would line up in the shotgun formation with mobile sophomore quarterback Cole Gautsche. Whether Gautsche

handed the ball off, pitched it or carried it himself, the Lobos’ third-ranked running game looked the part against the Aztecs. “I thought both offenses played really well,” Long said. “And I thought both defenses really struggled.” Coach Long also noted the Aztecs’ defensive struggles against the read-option. “It’s very difficult to get ready for the triple-option,” Long said. “They put in a new play in the counter triple-option, which we hadn’t seen until today, and we never even slowed that down ... Thank goodness the offense was good enough to win the game today.” With the win over New Mexico, the Aztecs are still in contention for a bowl game. They face the San Jose State University Spartans next Saturday on the road at 7:30 p.m. PST.


SDSU places No. 9 in MW Championships jose guzman staff writer

The San Diego State cross country team had a setback in Colorado while competing at the Mountain West Championships last Friday, placing ninth out of 11 teams that competed. “In Colorado, we raced in about 45-degree weather at an altitude of 6,800 feet,” sophomore Rachel Roesgen said. “It would be really easy to simply state that our performance was greatly affected by these factors, but in reality we should have been able to deal with these conditions better than we did.” Two nationally ranked teams took the top two places in this meet. As expected, No. 9 University of New Mexico finished with 31 points while No. 20 Boise State University concluded the race with 60 points. The Aztecs had a total of 274. Sophomore Chelsea Kruthers and Roesgen were the first SDSU runners to finish the race. Freshman Elaine Ribeiro was the next Aztec to follow, in addition to juniors Dynasty Gammage and Katy Smith who formed the team’s top five runners. Kruthers was No. 56 overall with a time of 23 minutes, 50.92 seconds. Three runner came later, putting

Roesgen as No. 59 out of 86 with a time of 24:02.22. Next came Ribeiro, placing at No. 60 with a time of 24:02.74, this shows that the group ran together as a unit, but things did not work out as planned. Roesgen, who has been one of the team’s top runners this season, said the biggest lesson the team learned from Friday is that it needs to focus on its performance level at the big-scale meets. “We can hit fast times at practice and state our team goals all we want, but when it comes time to compete we need to execute to the level of excellence that we are capable of,” Roesgen said. The Aztecs next meet is at the NCAA West Regional Championship on Nov. 15 in Sacramento in another 6k race, which according to the team is its major race of the year because everything is at stake. Regardless of the team’s execution in this upcoming meet, overall SDSU worked hard during the season and greatly improved. “Physically, we are more than prepared. We know exactly where we are physically and how to approach this next race in the already familiar place of Sacramento,” Roesgen said. “On the other hand, we need to come more prepared mentally and have that passion and drive to absolutely compete to the best of our ability, not just for ourselves as individuals, but for every single one of our teammates beside us.”

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Frida Kahlo llega a SD en replicas jocelyn salas escritora

La Completa Frida Kahlo, una exposición sobre la vida e historia de Kahlo presentada a través de sus obras de arte, artefactos y fotos, se exhibirá empezando el 24 de octubre hasta el 19 de enero. Las Barracas número 3 en Liberty Station abrió sus puertas al público para compartir 123 cuadros, más de 500 artefactos y una colección de fotos de la pintora. Cada pintura tiene su historia y significado. Unas son retratos de personas en la vida de Kahlo o de sus mascotas, naturaleza muerta y eventos trágicos como su accidente que cambio su vida por completo el 17 de Septiembre de 1925. Kahlo estuvo en un accidente de autobús que fracturo su pelvis y esto le causo una grave herida que no le permitió tener hijos, lo cual le causo una gran depresión. Después de varias cirugías e intentos fracasados para curarla, Kahlo uso como escape su amor al arte, pintando sus emociones y pasiones.

La exhibición es un viaje a su vida de conflicto, amor y pasión. En el recorrido, uno es expuesto a su sufrimiento. A pesar de que Kahlo se retratara como una mujer fuerte y orgullosa, se explica en la historia que eso era solo una máscara que cubría sus verdaderos sentimientos; la pintura de aceite titulada “La máscara,” de 1945, lo demuestra. Esta exhibición muestra replicas creadas por artistas. La exhibición es única pues se pueden ver todos los cuadros de Kahlo. La recreación del estudio de arte y alcoba de Kahlo son recreadas con atención a cada detalle. Aunque esta exposición da una oportunidad a la comunidad de presenciar las pinturas de Kahlo, el profesor del departamento de diseño e historia de arte David Fobes no está de acuerdo con la idea de haber replicado el trabajo de Kahlo. “Yo creo que cuando un artista crea su obra hay una energía del artista que se transfiere a su arte y es por eso


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que las réplicas no son representadas correctamente, no es la energía de Frida”, dijo Fobes. “El arte de Frida toma un estilo surrealista y lo que es inspirador sobre su trabajo es que es muy único, y eso es algo que no se ve a menudo hoy en día”. Por otra parte, el profesor del departamento de literatura y lenguaje de español y portugués Jose MartinFlores piensa que la reproducción es una manera extraordinaria de poner al público en contacto con obras que de alguna otra manera no tendrían manera de presenciarlas. Martin-Flores dijo que la vida de Frida es muy interesante, pero también se ha trandormado por su comercialización de Kahlo y su compañero el muralista Diego Rivera. “Ya lo que se ha desatado es una Fridomania: las recetas de Frida, los peinados de Frida, las calcomanías, dijes— ya se convirtió en una mercadotecnia,” dijo Martin-Flores.

Una replica de la pintora a la entrada de la exposición. jocelyn

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Radio host Jack Haworth leads a discussion on sports. Wesley beights, staff photographer

Students find success on-air ashley pickei staff writer

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Being the voice that’s heard across campus can be intimidating. Not everyone is cut out for this role. Journalism and media studies juniors Jack Haworth and Patrick Carr are experiencing firsthand what it’s like to run their own radio show on the air this semester. Haworth and Carr host a sports radio show called “The Sports Beat” at KCR College Radio every Thursday from 12-1 p.m. The week leading up to the show, Haworth and Carr will brainstorm story ideas, find information online and outline what they are going to talk about on the show. They will generally meet up the night before the show and finalize their content and important plays that caught their attention. During the show, Haworth and Carr will mainly provide commentary on football, baseball and college sports. “Sometimes we will do fun segments like “bonehead of the week,” which will be some dumb play,” Haworth said. Hosting an independent radio show can be challenging at times. “When you are doing the show, you are multitasking—looking up a story and already thinking about what you are going to say before you say it,” Haworth said. Haworth and Carr sometimes have friendly arguments on-air when discussing opposing teams. Haworth being from Southern California and Carr from Northern California makes for an interesting debate. “We always argue on a lot of things because we have rival sports teams,” Haworth said. Haworth adds it’s important to state facts and statistics to back up what they are saying so the listeners know their opinion is credible. At KCR, students get hands-on experience with live radio broadcasting and learn much about what it takes to be a host. “It is a great opportunity. It’s fun, and Patrick and I have a great time doing the show,” Haworth said. KCR focuses on listenership, featuring

programs specifically for certain types of students and focusing on student needs. Its main priority is connecting with the students at San Diego State and giving them the best experience it can. From poetry readings to newscasts, the station will accommodate what the students want. “Our members are really connected to each other and are very reliable,” sociology and media studies senior and General Manager of KCR Matthew Anderson said. “Everyone is working toward the same goal of serving our students, having a good time and getting a really good vocational experience.” Student hosts are in control of their own shows regarding content, music and the style of the show, as long as it’s deemed appropriate. Students are given the opportunity to experiment and learn the mechanics of running a show. Hosts are also able to record their shows, so they have a demo to show employers their abilities.

Patrick Carr co-hosts “The Sports Beat.”

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“Students that are dedicated, care, and really put in effort are always going to be able to be on the air,” Anderson said. Students looking to get on-air experience at KCR should apply online the first two weeks of the semester. The programing director will then contact applicants about training sessions. Students can also look for the KCR table on campus the last two weeks of fall semester and the first two weeks of spring semester to gather additional information. Students can listen to KCR on its website by clicking “listen live,” or by tuning into the radio app.


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an Diego State alumna and travel blogger Kiersten Rich is the woman, or blonde, rather, behind “The Blonde Abroad,” a dominant blog in the travel blogging industry. Rich documents her experiences and shares her travel tips from everywhere imaginable. With only a suitcase and an unwavering sense of adventure, this traveler has seen the world from almost every crevice and corner.

Rich sits on the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia, the largest salt flat in the world. After graduating college, Rich made travel her life and now shares her experiences to avid readers online. COURTESY OF Kiersten Rich

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senior staff WRITER The travel bug didn’t bite Rich until halfway through college, where it completely changed her life. As a highlyambitious student growing up in a southern California suburb, travel was never something in Rich’s life plan. “Growing up in a small town, dreams aren’t much bigger than your backyard,” she said. It was a spontaneous summer study abroad trip to Spain during her sophomore year of college that sparked Rich’s enthusiasm for travel. “That month in Spain changed my life,” Rich said. After graduating with business honors and a degree in finance in 2010, Rich took a corporate job in Los Angeles. However, the grueling work left her feeling unfulfilled. After a year of inhabiting a cubicle, Rich quit her job. It was at this transition in her life that Rich leaped into another unforeseen journey. She had rented a room from an Australian couple in Los Angeles, whom she grew to consider her adopted

family. Taking inspiration from their roots, Rich toured Australia and New Zealand for nearly three months. Once again, the trip was spontaneous and unplanned. Rich took on a 90-day journaling exercise in Australia, where she connected to her creative side for the first time. Here, Rich began blogging as a way to keep friends and family updated on her adventures. She returned from her experiences in Australia and New Zealand with a longing for more travel. Now, Rich’s backyard has expanded to include more than 30 countries. Currently, she has spent seven months abroad in 2013 alone. “The Blonde Abroad” has evolved to a multimedia platform that allows her to connect with friends and fans from across the globe. “It very naturally started happening,” Rich said. As a finance major, Rich did not envision herself becoming a full-time traveler and blogger. “I picked finance because it was the smartest business degree and I could make a lot of money. I had no passion for finance,” Rich said.

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Now that she has discovered her love of travel, Rich knows that, “We will always, always be better at what we’re passionate about.” While picking a favorite destination is difficult for Rich, the richness of Bolivia particularly captured her interest. With low tourism and a strong preservation of culture, Rich found Bolivia exhilarating. She spent one month in Bolivia, absorbing herself in culture and conquering her fears. Here, Rich cycled up the “world’s deadliest road” and saw the wonderment of the Uyuni Salt Flats. “Bolivia has so many surprises. I was

Rich poses with Peruvian women in Cusco. COURTESY OF Kiersten Rich


surprised by how much I liked it,” she said. Halfway across the world in Paris, Rich recalled an intimate, impressionable moment. With a crepe in hand and a view of the Eiffel Tower, she found herself conversing with an elderly man. The man had said to her, “You Americans think we Parisians hate you, but we don’t. We really love our Paris and we want to tell you about it.” “That romance was so real,” Rich said. “All I needed was a walk on the river with an old man telling me about Paris to experience Paris.” The intimacy of travel is what Rich has gained and valued the most out of her explorations. She advocates for the relevance of perception and the importance of storytelling when one is journeying to different parts of the world. “Storytelling connects us all,” Rich said. Our stories are reflected everywhere, and it’s the authenticity of community that draws wanderlust-stricken travelers like Rich again and again. Rich hopes her stories inspire others to see the world for themselves. After all, in the words of this blonde abroad, “Traveling is experiencing the world through people.”



monDAY, novemBER 4, 2013


The old one walks on ... T he opium of the millennial generation—God is it sweet

I simply sit down, and days, months and years slip by and the seductive glow of a blue screen coerces me into forgetting I’m alive. Years of addiction to false reality, an addiction to the whirs and clicks of a machinated world, planted a seed of bitter expatriatism. I got clean a while ago. Often I shove open my oaken house door and push through the iron bars of my gate and venture into nighttime. Night is freedom from this world. The world sleeps, the people sleep, and the machines, hopefully, sleep. Night provides the ultimate escape. Striding through the dark I pass the same old man, again and again. He always finds me, or perhaps I always find him. I sail down ebony, river-like streets and the old man sails past me, always in the opposite direction. Two ships in the night. The old one loves the dark, too. A vigor, an indispensable energy fuels his confident march, as if patrolling the night is his duty. He moves methodically, all patterns and purpose. Like a faithful sentinel, he finds me every time I stalk the streets. At the park and down the hill and before my home, and doubtless in a circuit of the entire neighborhood, the old one journeys onward. His ritual, however, is incomplete without “the toast.” As the old one walks, he raises his arm. He grasps in his hand and holds high above his head a plastic chalice, a water bottle, an offering to spectating stars. The old one repeats this motion every several seconds.

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“Sir,” I called out one occasion, voice ringing richly with firm genteel grace, the language of his generation, “Excuse me sir, why do you do that?” Silence. He walked on. He spoke to me only once. Strolling through the park and shaking off homework-induced anxiety, I glimpsed the old one standing on the sidewalk under a street light far away. As I did, something stumbled out of the bushes to my right. “Hello?” I said, outwardly confident but inwardly uncertain. Drunken mutterings answered me. My mind struggled to categorize the stranger ahead. A drifter? A dealer? A creature not to be reckoned with, I reasoned, and eyes fixed forward I continued to move. I could almost feel his presence, a few feet to my right, as I came parallel with where he stood—rooted in narcotic reverie. Grotesque. Angry. I strode past hurriedly, ears alert for the sounds of pursuit, half-certain an iron hook would slip into my back, pass through my kidney and poke out of my sweater. Maybe I will look down and see the hook protruding from my navel, and maybe he’ll yank backward and pull out my entrails urgently and carefully… Looking ahead I sighted the old man, still standing under the street lamp, a familiar and reassuring sight. My feet carried me quickly to him. “Should I speak to him?” I thought. Standing next to the man in the light relieved my fear, but after arriving I didn’t know what to do next. He’d never been much of a talker. “Hello,” I spoke, inwardly daring him to

reply. The man nodded and stared into the distance. Curious, I renewed my efforts. “Hey,” I said. “Did you see the person? The one in the bushes?” “Hm?” the man replied. I repeated my question with greater vigor. “I’m sorry,” the man said. “I’m hard of hearing. What’s that?” “Did you see the person in the bushes?” “Huh? Oh, yes. Yes, I saw them. I uh, I wouldn’t worry about that person though … You know I walk around here every night. I see people like them all the time. Maybe they’re angry at their parents, or they don’t have a home, or they got into a fight with their boyfriend, or their girlfriend ... But they don’t mean any harm. They just want to be alone.” As he spoke I examined the man closely for the first time. He looked like any other person. He spoke with deliberate reflectiveness. Google, polite but clearly embarrassed at my confusion, later explained “the toast” to be an exercise trend to raise one’s heart rate. In about two hundred seconds all the mystery faded from this enigmatic man I’d wondered about for years. Then it all came rushing back. “Don’t you ever want to be alone sometimes?” the man said, looking me right in the eyes, as if he knew I sought solitude out there in the darkness when the urge to escape threatened to overwhelm me. As if he sought the same thing, and so did the spectre from the bushes. They, however, belonged here out in the abyssal reality. I had a home. Our brief and chilling exchange concluded, and I spirited myself back into home’s embrace. The old one walks on.


Today’s Birthday (11/4/13) - You’re the star, and opportunities abound this year. Fix up your home over the next five months. Expect a boost in creativity, partnership and romance during autumn and again in spring. Prepare to launch late next July. There’s travel involved. Make an exciting career move, and grow skills. Bank your profits. HOW IT WORKS: 10 is good, 1 is bad.

Aries (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 7 - Consider travel to areas that you’ve been itching to explore, physically or figuratively. The work you’re doing now leads to higher status, especially long term. Patient, persistent action works. Plan a vacation.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 9 - Explore what would make your partnerships thrive. Balance play with work. Count wins and losses. There’s plenty to go around. Support the team with thoughtful consideration. Cook and clean. Share some laughter.

Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 8 - You play and work well with others, and that makes for a pretty fun, productive Monday. Compromise is part of the equation. Set aside stores for the winter. Contact a loved one. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today

is a 7 - A new creative project demands your attention. Put off procrastination until Wednesday. There’s gold in what’s being said, if you listen. Feed your love and watch it grow. Give thanks.

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an


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8 - You may have to take an idea back to the drawing board. Discipline is the key to your radiance. Complete an old project. Satisfaction is your reward. Today and tomorrow are good to share love and fun with family.


Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 9 - Consider family in all decisions. Be loving and kind all around, and magical and unexpected miracles show up. Your creative efforts get quite profitable. Focus on fine-tuning your space. Enjoy home comforts.



1 City SE of Milan 5 Station occupant 8 Extended stays 14 Dept. with a sun on its seal 15 Dish made in an oven called an imu 16 With 66-Across, author of this puzzle’s quote 17 Some museum work 18 Start of a quote 20 Super stars? 22 Sitting setting 23 Quote, part 2 25 “Hear, hear!” 26 Self-obsessed sort 29 Grub 31 Legal appurtenance? 32 Barbary __ 33 Medium 37 Rich dessert

39 “Hold it!” 40 Quote, part 3 42 “... ‘Tis a pageant / To keep __ false gaze”: “Othello” 43 __ coffee 45 They can be wound up 47 Green shade 48 Hosp. readout 50 Incentives to cooperate 51 Tee sizes: Abbr. 52 “It’s __!”: ballgame cry 54 Quote, part 4 58 Goes right, e.g. 60 It sometimes results in a double play 61 End of the quote 65 Dominion 66 See 16-Across 67 NYC subway overseer 68 Three-point B, say 69 Shakespearean title character

1 British singer/songwriter Lewis 2 Source of some rings 3 Probe, with “into” 4 Feds concerned with returns 5 Pro concerned with returns 6 Expressions of wonder 7 Two-figure sculpture 8 Dramatic revelations 9 Medieval helmet 10 Novel that begins in the Marquesas Islands 11 Bug for payment 12 Member of the genus Anguilla 13 Not straight 19 Legion 21 Richard of “A Summer Place” 24 Worry 26 Kurdish relative 27 __ nerve 28 Hammer parts 30 More jargony 33 Salty bagful 34 “Don Juan DeMarco” setting 35 Bit of checkpoint deception 36 Organ that may be caught 38 Rural-urban transition area 41 Sent by 44 Missionary’s target 46 Gem mined mostly in Australia 49 All smiles 53 HBO series set in New Orleans 55 Greenland native 56 “Ally McBeal” lawyer 57 Welcome 58 D-Day city 59 York et al.: Abbr. 61 Legal org. 62 One of the Poor Clares 63 Memorable Giant 64 Orthodontist’s concern

Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a

8 - Adventurous communications tempt, and could either distract or further your aim, which is achievable. Keep focused, and use all the resources at hand ... even those farther out of reach. Everything helps. What you discover surprises.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is

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a 9 - You’re surrounded by money-making opportunities and by love. Don’t close the door on opportunities. File them for later, if you can’t manage them all now. Have faith in your own imagination. Take good care of your guests.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) Today is an 8 - You’re getting stronger (and more impatient). Even though your selfconfidence is on the rise, you can use the encouragement, so don’t dismiss it. Don’t be a lone ranger. Build your team. Follow a friend’s recommendation. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)

- Today is a 7 - Focus on keeping old commitments. Don’t take the situation or yourself too seriously. Set lofty goals. It’s getting easier to stick to your budget. Start planning an adventure for later.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 9 - Part of you wants to work and be productive; another part wants to play. Figure out how to do both for the most value. Rearrange furniture so that your space inspires you. Get your message out.

Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 9 - Taking risks can be a good thing. Your ideas get generated with new twists in the face of adversity. Reinvent, imagine and create. Ask for support from others to follow your dreams. Your status rises.


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