NOVEMBER 8, 2012 | VOLUME 99, ISSUE 43
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Thursday November 8, 2012 The Daily Aztec
Filner to be next 52nd district seat too close to call San Diego Mayor local
Hannah Beausang Staff Writer
Tara Millspaugh News Editor
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Democrat Bob Filner, 70, is the city’s oldest elected mayor. Filner’s opponent, Carl DeMaio, conceded after Filner got a 10,000-vote lead.
Tara Millspaugh News Editor
Yesterday, Democrat Bob Filner was elected as San Diego’s next mayor. His opponent, Republican San Diego City Rep. Carl DeMaio publically conceded yesterday morning after
Filner got a 10,000-vote lead. The win came after a 17-month long battle between the candidates. Both candidates would have made history if either of them were elected. Filner is now the second Democrat FILNER continued on page 3
The voting for the 52nd Congressional seat is still underway even well after the election. The votes between Democrat Scott Peters and Republican incumbent Congressman Brian Bilbray total only 685 ballots, in Peters favor. Patrick Howell, a campaign spokesman for Bilbray, told City News Service this race is one of the closest races in California history. OpenSecrets.org reports in 2010 U.S. incumbents won reelection 84 percent of the time. “Well I think he beat me up pretty good, but I knew why I was running,” Peters said. “We want to take a problem-solving approach to Washington D.C.
I think he’s become a Tea Party guy and I don’t think it matches the district. So we gave the voters a good choice and we’ll see what they say.” The battle for the 52nd seat has been watched throughout the nation. Even former President of the U.S. Bill Clinton, became involved. Clinton endorsed Peters in October at an Irvine rally and supported Peters’ efforts of negotiation between Republicans and Democrats. Peters grew up in a middleclass family and worked his way through college. Many of his goals focus on supporting
higher education to make it more affordable. With Peters’ angle on education reform, a poll conducted by SurveyUSA showed Peters held an advantage among younger voters. “We have to balance the budget and get away from the fiscal cliff and the sea of frustration,” Peters said. According to 10News, the race has been aggressive, with super political action committees lobbying more than $4 million into advertisements, most of which have been negative. 10News also reports the vote count for the 52nd congressional seat will resume today.
I think he’s become a Tea Party guy and I don’t think it matches the district. So we gave the voters a good choice and we’ll see what they say. Scott Peters Democrat running for 52nd Congressional seat
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to hold mayoral office in the past 40 years in San Diego. He is also the city’s oldest elected mayor at the age of 70. As for DeMaio, he would have been the city’s first gay mayor. After DeMaio agreed to accept defeat, he congratulated Filner. Filner told KPBS Midday Edition that DeMaio offered Filner and his supporters assistance at anytime. DeMaio said he plans to stay in San Diego despite losing the election. “I anticipate finding a good role to serve our city, so that we can move forward on the issues that I care passionately about: finishing the job of fiscal reform, restoring our services, moving our economy
Thursday November 8, 2012 the daily aztec forward,” he told KPBS. Filner said one of his goals as mayor is to bring City Hall back into the hands of working families and neighborhoods. “To be entrusted with the leadership of one of America’s great cities is a humbling experience,” Filner said. One of the differences between Filner and DeMaio that was constantly brought up in the race was employee pension reform. A long-time advocate of labor unions, Filner always rejected pension reform, although San Diego voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition B in June. Despite Filner’s pension reform position, he told KPBS he will listen to what San Diegans want.
Uganda pulls out forces from UN
Christopher B. Keller Staff Writer
During a press conference last Friday, Ugandan Security Minister Wilson Muruli Mukasa, told the United Nations his country will retract its forces from all U.N. peacekeeping missions. Mukasa said this action was proposed “in order to concentrate on our own security.” Soldiers will be sent to protect the country’s Eastern border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi told Parliament last
Thursday. In 2007, the DRC and Uganda almost engaged in war, after Congolese troops attacked a Heritage Oil Plc exploration vessel on Lake Albert, killing one of its contract workers. The decision to take troops out of peacekeeping missions was proposed after a leaked U.N. report accused Uganda of aiding the Congolese M23 rebels, who led attacks on government forces in the mineral-rich Eastern part of the DRC. Mukasa said Uganda never gave “any single form of assistance or military training” to the M23.
Multiple reports link Uganda to lending trucks to the M23 and allowing its troops to cross into the DRC alongside Ugandas People’s Defence Force troops. Ugandan officials dismiss these reports. An end to Ugandan participation, namely in the African Union Mission in Somalia, would put mission security gains at severe risk. Withdrawal from the country would undermine the newly formed Somali government’s ability to provide security and weaken the entire mission there. Uganda currently provides the largest amount of soldiers in Somalia, in which it accounts for more than one-third of the U.N.mandated AMISOM peacekeepers battling Islamist rebels associated with al-Qaida. Uganda is currently leading the hunt for Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony in the Central African Republic, with troops also stationed in South Sudan. Uganda also operates in the regions of Burundi, Djibouti and Kenya. “Uganda’s threat to end its involvement in AMISOM is aimed at shutting down U.N. criticism of Kampala’s (Uganada) alleged activities in the Eastern Congo” reported global intelligence company Stratfor. Strafor argues the threat, “will probably succeed in quelling any criticism of Uganda at the United Nations” because with regards to strategic interests or regional affairs, AMISOM is not prepared to lose Ugandan backing. “Whoever wants to cause us trouble, will have to find us in our country,” Mukasa added.
SDSU professor wins State assembly seat
tara millspaugh , news editor
Shirley Weber and campaign supporters rally at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego. Weber is the new 79th District Assemblywoman.
Michele Pluss Staff Writer
Supporters chanted Shirley Weber’s name Tuesday evening as she entered Golden Hall in downtown San Diego as the newly elected State Assemblywoman. “It’s a great feeling to have the support of my community and to win this election,” Weber said. “It’s an awesome honor to be selected as the first AfricanAmerican to be in Sacramento from San Diego.” Weber attributed her inspiration to run for public office to education. She said her first plan of action will be to “(work) on behalf of California State Universities, making sure that we stop the bleeding and the cuts at our universities and as well as in our K-12.”
Weber is currently an Africana studies professor at San Diego State and was a pivotal advocate for the passing of Proposition 30. Since it passed, Weber predicts a brighter future for California’s educational system. Weber emphasized that while education is her “passion,” she will also work to create new jobs. “It’s really important that young people have a career and have an option and their families have good jobs,” she said. Weber will make it one of her goals to increase the opportunities for college graduates to obtain a job after graduation. “I’ve always worked very hard to create and establish good jobs in the community because I know the best social program we can ever have is really a job,” Weber said.
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Thursday November 8, 2012 The Daily Aztec
My passion for geocache
“On the shores of La Jolla cove, students embarked on a scavenger hunt equipped with a gps and an appitite for a good time.” Molly Peters Staff Writer
Waking up 10 minutes before the alarm goes off is quite possibly one of the worst things in the world, it could have put Mother Teresa in a cranky mood. I tossed and turned in bed tangled in my covers, unable to find a comfortable position, and I peeked at the clock, 7:50 a.m. I stayed in bed, refusing to give in to this morning’s slap in the face, and listened to roommate no. 1 loudly blow dry her hair while roommate no. 2 clumsily shuffled about the kitchen. The familiar double buzz of my iPhone vibrated under my pillow and I forcibly dragged myself out of bed and checked my texts. A
message from my best friend Taylor read, “Let’s go geocaching today after class.” I could almost hear her squeaky little voice through the phone, as obnoxious as the brightness of my screen. Although I had never heard of geocaching before, I agreed to go knowing Taylor would convince me to try it eventually. Little did I know, later that afternoon, I would be having a blast. “I’m in,” I replied. The rest of the day slothfully dragged on as I went from class to class unable to concentrate on aggregate supply, the slope of a curve or the volume of a water molecule, because my mind was focused on geocaching. I decided to Google it during my political science class and was instantly captivated as I read its description. Geocaching is like a worldwide treasure hunt providing players with longitude and latitude lines along with hints
La Jolla Cove is one of the many locations around the world geocache clues can be found.
about a particular “treasure’s” location on the globe. There are more than 1.8 million geocaches around the world, including some in Antarctica and one at the International Space Station. People search for geocaches, which are hidden in public places and appear invisible to those who are not actively looking. Participants are supposed to be enigmatic and sneaky while foraging for such objects and once found, should sign their names on the papers provided in the vessel. Being voted “Most likely to join the CIA” in high school, I was automatically excited about acting mysterious and stealthlike in public and decided to leave class early in order to prepare. Taylor was finally done with her classes and picked me up around 4 p.m. in her dirty old Honda Civic listening to country music. We got on Interstate 8 and made our way to La Jolla. We parked her car by La Jolla Cove and set out on our quest to find the geocache. Although there are other caches closer to campus, Taylor decided on this one in particular because of its threestar difficulty level and beautiful location. It was an absolutely stunning location. Perfectly manicured green grass spread across the vast park. Children laughed while playing on the playground; couples jogged and walked their dogs; the sound of the ocean splashed onto the shore; and the sun made its slow descent toward the horizon. Taylor whipped out her iPhone and fired up the geocaching app, which told us we were about half of a mile away from our desired geocache. We began our journey across the park and Taylor read the hint aloud: “low hanging fruit.” We were both confused. She Googled the phrase and we came to the conclusion it represented some sort of metaphor used to imply
The geocache gps (pictured above) directs scavenger hunters towards the treasures left behind by individuals who came before them.
doing the simplest or easiest task first. At this point, we had no idea what the hint meant, but we knew to keep it in the back of our minds. We got closer to a patch of evergreen trees and the app claimed we were 45 feet from our hidden treasure. My heart started to beat faster and my stomach dropped knowing we were almost there. We arrived at the trees and began searching under bushes, between brush, behind stumps and beneath rocks, but we were unable to find anything of substance. When I
“Many people are skeptical about geocaching ... but after trying it once, most people agree it is an amazing experience.” looked through the branches of the trees, I noticed an abnormallooking mushroom and I mentioned its strangeness, but did not suspect anything. After about 30 minutes of thorough searching, frustration kicked in because we were not having any luck. We decided to scavenge the rest of the park and even walked down to the beach toward the water, but every time we left the tract of evergreens, the GPS on Taylor’s phone claimed we were only getting further from our target. We decided to take a break to reexamine our hint, the “low-hanging fruit,” and we finally stumbled across a website mentioning the word “mushroom.” Suddenly, it clicked. We ran back to the evergreen tree where I saw the odd mushroom
earlier and when I grabbed the head of the mushroom, it popped off like a top. The mushroom was fake. In reality, it was a container disguised as a mushroom holding knick-knack trinkets like soldier figurines, coins from different countries, Pez dispensers and pieces from a chess set. A note inside the geocache read: “Congratulations! Whether you stumbled upon this by accident or you’ve been searching for hours, you have come across a geocache.” It continued to explain the concept of geocaching and how it became a worldwide activity expanding to all continents. The letter instructed us to sign and date the log sheet, where many other geocachers previously signed. It also suggested us to take one treasure, but to replace it with something we brought. Taylor rummaged through her purse and found an old movie stub to put in the box, exchanging it for a peso from Mexico. We placed the “lid” back on the mushroom and walked back to the car trying not to show how excited we were about our findings. We could barely contain ourselves—so much for being sneaky—We were giggling like schoolgirls while bystanders gave us puzzled glares. As we walked back to the car, all I could think about was geocaching again in the near future. Many people are skeptical about geocaching because it seems slightly juvenile, but after trying it once, most people agree it is a great experience. Whether you go spontaneously with a friend or on a planned trip with a group, geocaching provides contenders with an easy way to relive the youthful thrill of a good old-fashioned adventure.
Thursday November 8, 2012 the daily aztec
Parents on Facebook: Be careful what you post
Nicole Yi Staff Writer
The â€œNot Nowâ€? option for Facebook friend requests may be one of lifeâ€™s greatest necessities. For some, the amount of mutual friends you and the potential â€œfriendâ€? share is an important factor. But what do you do when you receive a dreaded request from a parent or relative?
posting pictures. What may seem like a typical still shot of a college student to us may alarm parents. San Diego State theater sophomore Michelle Jared deals with similar situations daily. â€œMy mom will call me right after I post a picture telling me my bathing suit is too revealing and to take it down,â€? Jared said. â€œItâ€™s really annoying when I have to constantly regulate my online
I posted, â€˜That was funny as titsâ€™ and my mom called screaming, â€˜How can tits be funny Jessie?â€™ and she made it such a big deal. Jessie Scott Buisness Junior Adding parents on Facebook can be a lose-lose situation. If you accept them, you have to be in control of your privacy settings and manage statuses to make sure they are viewer appropriate. If you deny their request, you will most likely get a â€œAm I not hip enough for youâ€? or a â€œWhat are you trying to hideâ€? response. For college students, Facebook is a medium to keep in touch with friends and those back home, but how can users show friends theyâ€™re having the time of their life while hiding those red cup photos or dangerous â€œtagsâ€? from their folks? One of the annoying issues about adding parents on Facebook is
activity and any slip can lead to a long lecture.â€? These pesky calls can be avoided easily by customizing your viewers with controllable privacy settings, users are able to select who can or cannot see statuses and pictures. Funny statuses may stir up laughter in the dorms, but can generate anger in the household. For business junior Jesse Scott, an inappropriate status update prompted a response from his mother. â€œI posted, â€˜That was funny as titsâ€™ and my mom called screaming, â€˜How can tits be funny, Jesse?â€™ and made it such a big deal,â€? Scott said.
A social networking site serving us as a good leisurely distraction can also spark potential conflicts if not carefully managed. Since most parents who are Facebook users are not quite as tech savvy as we are, the advantage is ours. When accidentally posting something not meant for parentsâ€™ eyes, go back to the particular post and utilize the hidden pencil icon that appears when hovered over. This gift from Mark Zuckerberg allows users to edit old posts without any trace of doing so. Revise your words and
tell your parents to take a second look. Chances are theyâ€™re unaware of the editing feature. Facebook can be annoying, but it has perks that make communicating convenient for college students. Music education sophomore Jessica Kovach hasnâ€™t experienced any problems with her parents being active Facebook users. â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s a bad thing,â€? Kovach said. â€œItâ€™s one way my parents and I keep in touch.â€? A good guideline is if you donâ€™t want
parents to see it, then you probably should not post it. For Kovach, displaying appropriate posts helps her avoid such issues all together. â€œI make sure not to post anything Iâ€™d have to hide,â€? she said. As our generation increasingly uses social networking, our parents do as well. Fully utilize the functions Facebook offers to regulate parental controls in your life. Or better yet, hold onto those pictures as personal keepsakes. The whole world doesnâ€™t have to know what you did last Friday.
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Light the Night walk honors cancer patients
Lauren Yap Staff Writer
On Nov. 2, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk participants and spectators marveled at the evening sky at Petco Park as the horizon was transformed into a brilliant tapestry of woven red, white and golden beams of light. The event featured crowds of walkers carrying illuminated balloons representing their personal connections to blood cancer. Cure supporters covered the darkness with radiant gleams of red. Blood cancer patients and survivors persevered with a glow of white, while the glimmer of gold shined bright in memory of loved ones lost. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission is to “cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.” Teams, individuals, sponsors and partners joined together to celebrate raising approximately $600,000 to fund blood cancer research. Several San Diego State student organizations fundraised for a cure and participated in the walk. SDSU hospitality and tourism management sophomore Alexa DiAntonio is one of many Delta Zeta sorority members who
participated in Light The Night this year. Her personal connection to blood cancer motivated her to walk. “My dad had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has been in remission as of August. I feel like we are the young people that can actually make a difference,” DiAntonio said. “Personally, at this point in my life, I feel like I am not relying on my parents anymore to make a difference.” DiAntonio explained how Light The Night stands out from other cancer fundraisers. “A lot of other walks or runs are early in the morning or during the day,” she said. “But Light The Night, with the different colored lights, really makes an impact and shows what we are walking for.” Indeed, many individuals walk in Light The Night to honor their heroes who lost their cancer battles. A candlelit remembrance ceremony provided time for emotional reflection. Multiple teams held golden balloons, customized T-shirts and named their teams in honor of a loved one who passed away from cancer. Onlookers peered through a window display to view illuminated pictures of cancer patients, survivors and lost loved ones. Instead of focusing on statistics, the faces in the pictures reminded walkers that cancer can affect everyone in some way. Nursing senior Heather Phillips believes cancer research is crucial.
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The “Cheer-up Charlie” team (pictured above) walks during the Light the Night event to honor a cancer patient who passed away last summer.
Phillips served as captain for the SDSU School of Nursing team. “As nursing students, we try to do a lot of events like this in the community to raise awareness about different diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma,” Phillips said. “It is important for college students to get involved with things like this.” The nursing team of 25 members surpassed its fundraising goals by raising $1,200. Although Phillips is graduating this year, she
believes her peers will continue to support the cause. “Being there at night is so much more intimate than a walk during the day and it is such a special event,” Phillips said. “This is our third year doing the walk, so we are trying to carry on the tradition. Whoever takes over my position next year will definitively have a full nursing team again.” At the walk, the SDSU College of Business Administration wore red T-shirts and glowing necklaces. CBA Dean Dr. Michael Cunningham’s nephew is a cancer survivor who inspired the team’s inception. CBA communications officer for the Suzanne Finch was excited to participate after a largely successful season last year. “Last year we started a team for Light The Night and it was a lot of fun since we had the biggest group of walkers at 51 people,” Finch said. “Not only did we have a great time, but we raised over $15,000 total for leukemia and Hodgkin’s disease research” Finch explained how the dedication of the team stems from being a part of a greater entity. “The best part is the camaraderie and having a large group of people who are all interested in raising money for cancer research, and we all have a common thing being from San Diego State,” she said. Hundreds of other teams return every year for the reasons Finch described. Light The Night attracts people because they can contribute to a cause they care about with the people they love. Although the walk is only one night, several team members start fundraising months in advance. There is a definite sense of communal support that manifests itself with generous donations. Walkers were excited to celebrate
their fundraising success. Teams had fun, got silly in the photo booth, live music filled the arena, children jumped on beans in the inflatable bounce house, and participants danced with a lifesize Wendy’s Frosty. Senior Maricar Navarro, vice president of activities for the Student Accounting Society, participated in the Light The Night Walk for her first time. Navarro used social media to meet her fundraising goal. “I am actually getting a lot of my friends and family involved with it by posting the information on Facebook to try and raise funds from them or have them actually participate in the walk” Navarro said. SAS also raised funds as a group with profits from group T-shirt sales and donated extra money from its budget. “We were able to generate enough money from the event we put together called Meet The Firms,” Navarro said. “Since we had a lot of members who joined this year, after careful allocation and budgeting, we were able to donate some of that amount toward Light The Night.” Cancer is a looming darkness that consumes patients and their families. The word itself immediately invokes fear and uncertainty. However, the Light The Night campaign is the embodiment of hope. Supporters both literally and metaphorically, shined their lights to eradicate darkness. One drug, event, person, dollar or even one balloon could be the factor that tips the scale toward recovery. The campaigns hope is for our generation to be known as the one who stood up and beat cancer.
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basketball 0 Skylar Spencer
14 Aqeel Quinn 22 Chase Tapley Senior Guard Tapley averaged 15.8 points per game on 45.5 percent shooting last season and was picked as a second-team All-Mountain West performer as a junior. Tapley was voted preseason firstteam All-MW by conference media.
11 James Rahon Senior Guard The San Diego native shot 43.4 percent on three-pointers as a sophomore and averaged 31.7 minutes per game as a junior. Rahon’s minutes may decline, but he should shoot better than last season, while playing a similar role off the bench that he played as a sophomore.
Junior Guard The junior won’t play this season, as he sits out a year because of NCAA transfer rules. Quinn played at Cal State Northridge as a freshman and sophomore, averaging 6.8 points last season.
Freshman Forward The 6-9, 235 pound forward has lots of room for improvement offensively, but will contribute immediately as a shot-blocking presence near the rim. Spencer was ranked 126 on the Rivals. com list of the top 150 high school seniors. As a senior at Price High School in Los Angeles, he averaged 13 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots per game.
40 Matt Shrigley 20 JJ O’Brien Sophomore Forward The transfer from the University of Utah sat out last year per NCAA rules, but will immediately help this team with his size and versatility. As a freshman at Utah, O’Brien averaged 27.7 minutes, 6.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while playing in 22 games. CBSSports. com named him a preseason Top 25 impact transfer.
Freshman Forward As a senior at La Costa Canyon High School, Shrigley averaged 16.5 points per game while helping his team to a 35-3 record. He was named the CIF San Diego Section Player of the Year. He is extremely athletic, an accurate shooter and effective when slashing to the basket. ESPN.com rated him as a four star prospect.
21 Jamaal Franklin 25 Narbeh Ebrahimian Senior Guard The senior walk-on did not commit a turnover in 59 minutes of action last season, as he steadily became a crowd-favorite for his hustle and hard-nosed play.
32 Aaron Douglas
Junior Guard As a sophomore, Franklin was named the MW Player of the Year after averaging 17.4 points and 7.9 rebounds. This season, Franklin is expected to be the best player on a loaded team. CBSSports.com named him its 11th best player in the nation and third best at the wing position. Many other publications have chosen Franklin as a preseason All-MW pick and have ranked him on second- and third-team AllAmerican lists. He was voted the Preseason MW Player of the Year for this season.
Senior Guard The walk-on from Cuyamaca College played in two games last season. He scored one point against San Diego Christian.
5 Dwayne Polee II Sophomore Forward The transfer from St. John’s University also sat out last season as a transfer after starting 27 games for the Big East Conference’s Red Storm as a freshman. Polee scored 12 points, and had three rebounds, three assists and three steals in an NCAA tournament game against Gonzaga. Conference media named Polee the Preseason Co-Newcomer of the Year.
2 Xavier Thames Junior Guard The Washington State transfer averaged 10.1 points and 4.1 assists last season as a sophomore for the Aztecs. Thames made a game-winning layup at home against the University of Southern California and was arguably the Aztecs’ best player before a midseason knee injury slowed him down.
12 James Johnson Sophomore Forward The University of Virginia transfer will become eligible in December after transferring midway through last season. The 6-foot-9inch California native is expected to provide a huge midseason boost as a big man that can run the court well, defend and rebound.
4 Ryan Staten Sophomore Guard The walk-on played in two games as a freshman, scoring three points against San Diego Christian.
3 LaBradford Franklin Junior Guard The point guard averaged 2.8 points and 1.6 assists per game as a sophomore. He led the team shooting 86.1 percent from the freethrow line and was second on the team with 54 assists.
33 Jeremy Castleberry Junior Guard The walk-on was a high school teammate of former Aztec Kawhi Leonard and still helps the second-year NBA veteran train during the summer. Castleberry is a fan-favorite who played in five games and scored five points as a sophomore.
13 Winston Shepard Freshman Forward Shepard is the highest-rated recruit to commit to San Diego State out of high school. Rivals. com gave him five stars and placed him at No. 21 on their list of the top 150 high school seniors. Sporting News selected Shepard as the Mountain West’s best freshman. He is considered by many to be SDSU’s best defender.
23 DeShawn Stephens Senior Forward The Santa Monica College transfer is expected to be a huge part of this team in his second and final year with the Aztecs. Stephens averaged 5.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 18.7 minutes per game as a junior and should see an increase in playing time and production this season.
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54 Courtney Clements Senior Guard As a junior last season, the University of Arizona transfer was named Conference Player of the Year after leading the conference in scoring at 17.4 points a game. She was an Associated Press and WBCA honorable mention All-American, the first Aztec womenâ€™s basketball player to ever receive such an honor. Conference media picked Clements as the Preseason Player of the Year.
25 Erimma Amarikwa Sophomore Forward As a freshman, she played in all 32 games and averaged 10.8 minutes. Amarikwa averaged 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. She is one of the most physical players the Aztecs have down low.
11 Ahjalee Harvey Sophomore Guard She played in 28 games as a freshman and averaged 10.3 minutes. Harvey averaged 2.8 points a game and was fourth on the team with 23 assists.
2 Khristina Hunter Sophomore Forward As a freshman, she played in 21 games off the bench and shot 55.9 percent from the floor. Hunter had her best game against UCLA, tallying six points, five rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes.
1 Chelsea Hopkinss Senior Guard Hopkins played for the Aztecs as a junior last season after starting her career at Duke University. She was a first team All-Conference selection as well as the 2012 Mountain West Championship MVP. She averaged 6.5 assists per game and had a stellar 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. Conference media selected her for the preseason All-MW first team.
42 Malia Nahinu Senior Center She transferred to SDSU from the University of Arizona after playing one season for the Wildcats and has steadily improved in each of her two seasons as an Aztec. She was a third team All-MW selection as a junior last season, blocking 62 shots and shooting 49.2 percent from the floor.
22 Gabrielle Clark 24 Danesha Long Junior Guard The Long Beach native attended Midland College in Texas for two years before transferring to SDSU this season. She will be immediately eligible and is expected to provide depth and experience in a backup role.
Senior Forward She averaged 8.7 minutes a game last year and was fourth on the team in threepointers made. She is a fifth year senior after redshirting a year because of an ACL injury after her freshman campaign.
4 Niki Novak Senior Guard She is a gifted athlete who also runs track and cross country at the collegiate level. She transferred from San Diego City College to Mesa College to SDSU. Her senior year will be her only year as a member of the Aztecs basketball squad.
0 Deidra Smith Sophomore Forward The transfer from Boston College will sit out this year per NCAA rules, but will provide great size and experience when eligible next season. As a freshman at Boston College, she averaged 10.6 minutes and scored 2.7 points a game.
12 Deajanae Scurry RS Freshman Forward She redshirted last season to practice with the team and improve without losing eligibility. Scurry is an explosive athlete who is possibly the most versatile player on this team. She averaged a double-double as a senior at Inglewood High School.
31 Kiyana Stamps Junior Guard She started the last 25 games of the season as a sophomore and averaged eight points per game. She was second on the team with 38 steals and provides excellent perimeter defense. She is expected to start and contribute significantly on both ends of the floor this year.
13 Cierra Warren Junior Center The 6-foot-4-inch California native will redshirt this season after transferring from the University of Louisville. Warren started her career at the University of North Carolina and is now at her third university.
44 Aleiah Brandon 5 Chairese Culberson Sophomore Forward As a freshman, she started eight games and played in all 32, averaging 4.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while leading the team with 83 offensive rebounds. Culberson was second on the team with 15 blocks. She should improve offensively in her second season.
Freshman Forward She arrives at SDSU from Centennial High School in Corona. Brandon provides height and depth for the front line of this team.
Compiled by Alex Riggins, Contributor
Thursday November 8, 2012 The Daily Aztec
Tapley ready to leave his mark in final season
Ryan Schuler Sports Editor
The exhibition game was all but over against a lowly Division II University of California, San Diego team. The Aztecs led by 28 points and there were few things left for San Diego State fans, players and coaches to cheer for with less than five minutes left in the game. But in a matter of seconds, senior guard Chase Tapley changed all of that. On a UCSD inbound pass, Tapley stole the ball near the free-throw line, drove to the basket and threw down a two-handed dunk. The play was followed by a timeout, as several players from the Aztec bench met Tapley at half-court for high fives and chest bumps. The fans rose to their feet and cheered. “It felt good because teammates get on me everyday, telling me I don’t dunk the ball enough,” Tapley said with a smile. “I had no dunks last year, so when I dunked it tonight, everybody was hyped and mauled me, so I hope to see that a lot this year.” What Tapley has already seen in his four years on Montezuma Mesa is the transformation of a basketball program; a program that had not made the NCAA Tournament since the 2005-06 season before he arrived in 2009, but has now gone to the Big Dance for three consecutive seasons and will likely be back after starting the season in the Top 25 in numerous preseason polls.
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Senior guard Chase Tapley drives to the rim against the University of California, San Diego. Tapley was named to the All-Mountain West second team after averaging 15.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals last season.
“I have to say it’s the players we had,” Tapley said. “We all just wanted to have that competitive spirit. Since my freshman year, every time we stepped on the court, we thought we were the better team. We had great leaders from my freshman year to last year, who would really get on you if you weren’t playing hard.” During his freshman year, SDSU won the Mountain West Conference Tournament before being bounced in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by
Tennessee 62-59. Tapley averaged 7.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists during that season. But it wasn’t until his sophomore year that the name “Chase Tapley” became known campus-wide. He started 31 games and averaged a career-high 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals, as the Aztecs finished the season 34-3, making it to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion University of Connecticut. Last season was expected to be
a rebuilding year for SDSU, as it lost four starters from its Sweet 16 team. Tapley made sure that didn’t happen by taking on a bigger role as the only returning starter. He started all 34 games and averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals on his way to being named to the all-MW secondteam and all-tournament team. North Carolina State bounced the Aztecs in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This season provides a different challenge for SDSU. The Aztecs are
men’s basketball schedule Battle on the Midway (USS Midway, San Diego) Nov. 11 vs. Syracuse San Diego Nov. 13 San Diego Christian Viejas Arena Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge Nov. 17 Missouri State Springfield, Mo. Nov. 21 Arkansas - Pine Bluff Viejas Arena Nov. 25 USC Los Angles John R. Wooden Classic Dec. 1 UCLA Anaheim Dec. 3 Texas Southern Viejas Arena Dec. 6 UC Santa Barbara Viejas Arena Dec. 15 San Diego Viejas Arena Dec. 18 Point Loma Nazarene Viejas Arena Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Dec. 22 San Francisco Honolulu Dec. 23 Ole Miss/Indiana State Honolulu Dec. 25 TBD Honolulu Jan. 2 CSU Bakersfield Viejas Arena Jan. 9 Fresno State* Fresno Jan. 12 Colorado State* Viejas Arena Jan. 16 UNLV* Viejas Arena Jan. 19 Wyoming* Laramie, Wyo. Jan. 23 Nevada* Reno, Nev. Jan. 26 New Mexico* Viejas Arena Feb. 2 Air Force* USAF Academy, Colo. Feb. 6 Boise State* Viejas Arena Feb. 9 Fresno State* Viejas Arena Feb. 13 Colorado State* Fort Collins, Colo. Feb. 16 UNLV* Las Vegas, Nev. Feb. 19 Wyoming* Viejas Arena Feb. 23 Nevada* Viejas Arena Feb. 27 New Mexico* Albuquerque, N.M. March 6 Air Force* Viejas Arena March 9 Boise State* Boise, Idaho * denotes Mountain West Conference game
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expected to be one of the last teams standing in March and Tapley is expected to be a vocal leader on a team with numerous freshmen and transfers. However, Tapley says he doesn’t feel any added pressure. “I don’t think there will be pressure because I have great teammates and players that want to win,” Tapley said. “We all just want the same goal, so I wouldn’t say there’s pressure. It’s the time to shine. Who wouldn’t want to play the games we’re playing. It’s every kid’s dream. Why feel pressure? Just enjoy it.” And enjoy it he will as he prepares for his final season in an SDSU uniform. “It hasn’t hit me yet, but sometimes I think, ‘Dang, this really went by fast,’” Tapley said. “I still remember my freshman year before the first exhibition game. I was scared about how I was going to play and now it’s my last exhibition game. It goes in a blink of an eye; that’s how fast it goes.” But before Tapley begins reminiscing about his playing days at Viejas Arena, there is unfinished business, games to be played, memories to be made and goals to be accomplished. “What I hope to accomplish is (to) go out with victories,” Tapley said. “The last three years I’ve been here, I’ve been on teams that have won 20 games and that’s what I want to continue to do win over 20 games and go deep into the tournament, go out with a bang.”
Thursday November 8, 2012 The Daily Aztec
Hopkins shows off skills on and off the court women’s basketball
Women’s basketball schedule
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Senior point guard Chelsea Hopkins defends an opponent during an exhibition game against Cal Luthern. Hopkins was the 2012 Mountain West Championship MVP.
Adriana Bush Assistant Sports Editor
From Nevada to North Carolina to Southern California, senior point guard Chelsea Hopkins has made the San Diego State women’s basketball team her final home. Hopkins is a leader who has proven she can adapt to any court, while pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the same time. Success on the basketball court started early for Hopkins, who played basketball for four years at Mojave High School in Las Vegas. As a junior in high school, she led the state in scoring with 27.7 points per game and continued to dominate the hardwood her senior year with 28.5 points per game. While other high school studentathletes may have seen this as an excuse to let their grades slip, Hopkins saw this as motivation to work even harder. “I was really into academics,” Hopkins said. “I was salutatorian of my class, a straight A-student with a 4.7 GPA and books were my thing and basketball was secondary to that.” When Hopkins graduated high school, she knew Duke University was the perfect fit for her. “It was the best of both worlds because it was a prestigious academic school with an elite basketball team,” Hopkins said. Hopkins attended Duke University in North Carolina for two years. As a Blue Devil freshman, she played in 20 of the 33 contests and averaged 2.7 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.8 steals per game. However, during her freshman season, Hopkins suffered a left knee injury that kept her from full health and later required surgery. Despite having a knee injury, Hopkins came off the bench her sophomore year to play 26 games in which she averaged 1.2 points, one rebound, 0.7 assists and 0.7 steals in the season. Yet, her injury still remained. “After that, I just felt like I needed an opportunity to recovery and rest and with those types of schools, they have top recruits coming in all the time,” Hopkins said. “I didn’t feel like they forced me to leave, but I just didn’t feel like I would be able to perform to the best of my abilities.” The next season, Hopkins transferred to SDSU, where she could recover, be closer to her family and be a part of a successful and growing basketball program. Because of NCAA transfer rules,
she had to sit out the 201011 season. “I feel like I worked really hard my redshirt year and I know when people transfer, they kind of think of it as a punishment to have to sit out,” Hopkins said. “But honestly, my redshirt year was the absolute best year I had in college and I was able to really restore myself at that time and I was back to 100 percent.” Once she was eligible to play, Hopkins stepped onto the Viejas Arena court with a vengeance and has never looked back. As a junior, Hopkins had an amazing season. She started and played in every game, where her talent and leadership skills did not go unnoticed. She was voted the team captain right before the 2011-12 season started, along with senior forward Gabrielle Clark. “It was a great feeling to be nominated as captain from my teammates,” Hopkins said. She was the 2012 Mountain West Championship Most Valuable Player, the 2012 MW Newcomer of the Year, a firstteam all-conference pick and was voted to the 2012 MW AllTournament team. Hopkins was eighth nationally in assists with 6.5 per game, 21st with a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and broke the program’s single season assist record with 209. Hopkins earned her bachelor’s degree in public administration last spring. After receiving her MBA, she hopes to manage an National Basketball Association or a Women’s National Basketball Association team and get drafted one day. “Basketball is really just my passion,” Hopkins said. “I feel like even if I’m not playing, if I could be around the game and make somebody else that much better then that’s good enough for me.” As an Aztec, Hopkins has already accomplished a great deal on and off the court, but there is definitely still more to come. During her second season with SDSU, her familiarity with the team, plays and wisdom as a senior will surely assist her in having another breakout season. “We definitely have aspirations of Sweet 16, Elite Eight or even further and I really feel like this is a special team and the sky is the limit for this team,” Hopkins said. “So it’s really going to depend on how we come together and how much we want it, but I definitely think that we are capable.”
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Thursday November 8, 2012 the daily aztec
SDSU versus AFA Q&A with Johnna Fouch
Courtney Muller Staff Writer
The San Diego State volleyball team currently sits in first place in the Mountain West Conference and plays at 7 p.m. tonight against Air Force at Aztec Court in Peterson Gym. The Daily Aztec sat down with junior setter Johnna Fouch to discuss the team’s success, as well as Fouch’s life off the court.
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Senior running back Walter Kazee finds room in the open field in a game earlier this season. Kazee will be expected to produce this Saturday against Air Force.
Logan Burns Contributor
The San Diego State football team is tied with Fresno State atop the Mountain West Conference standings and will play its final home game of the regular season against Air Force at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Aztec Warrior Stadium. Offense Aztecs: After a convincing road win against Boise State last Saturday, the Aztec offense looks strong. Running backs Adam Muema and Walter Kazee had dominating performances again, with Muema leading the two, rushing for 127 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Adam Dingwell went 12-of-18 for 105 yards and provided an air attack to balance the running game. The offense is progressing every week, so look for another strong performance from the unit. Falcons: The Air Force offense is inconsistent at times, but boasts the third best running offense in the nation, averaging 337 yards per game according to ESPN, proving the Falcons running game is one to be reckoned with. Edge: Aztecs Defense Aztecs: Defensively, the Aztecs stuffed nationally recognized Boise State running back D.J. Harper last weekend, allowing him to only gain 81 yards on the ground. A blocked punt by the Aztecs turned the tide in the third quarter against the Broncos, just another detail of the strong defensive performance by the Aztecs. The defense has stopped opponents’ rushing attacks recently,
which fares well in this week’s matchup against Air Force. Falcons: The Falcons give up an average of 29 points per game this season, which does not match up well against the confident SDSU offense. However, the Falcons defense has fared fairly well against run-heavy teams, such as Michigan and Nevada. If this squad can limit Muema and Kazee’s yards, there might be a solid chance for victory. Prediction: Aztecs Coaching Aztecs: Rocky Long delivered his team to one of the biggest wins in school history last Saturday, leading the Aztecs to their first win on the road against a nationally ranked opponent. He has his team firing on all cylinders during SDSU’s current five game-winning streak, while his eyes are on a MWC championship. In creating a dominant running game balanced with a consistent passing attack, Long has developed a team that is playing as well as anyone in the conference. Falcons: Head coach Troy Calhoun, the former offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, has established a fine career at the Air Force Academy. He has developed his team into the third best running offense in the country, but lacks the experience of playing in big-game situations. He has his team right in the mix for a conference championship, leading them to a 4-1 conference record. Edge: Aztecs Prediction: Aztecs 30, Falcons 17
The Daily Aztec: What made you choose to play volleyball at SDSU? Johnna Fouch: The coaches. I actually was committed to another school (Cal State Northridge) before this and I realized I wouldn’t be happy there. SDSU was my No. 1 option my sophomore year of high school and they got a new coaching staff so I decommitted my senior year and came here. DA: What are you majoring in and why? JF: I’m majoring in communications because I love talking to people. I want to do more advertisement, stay within sports, maybe broadcasting. I just love talking. DA: What do you like most about San Diego State? JF: I love the weather, the beach and it is not too far from home (Redlands). Volleyball here is great and I just love the campus.
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Junior setter Johnna Fouch sets up a teammate during a match at home earlier this season. Fouch leads the Aztecs with 823 assists this season.
DA: Leading the team with 823 assists so far this season, what is the key to your playmaking success? JF: I think it is more about studying the game. I have to learn more about what is across the net and use it to my advantage on our side of the court. I’m like the quarterback on the court. DA: What is your dream job? JF: To work at ESPN, more so with broadcasting or maybe also to work for a professional sports team doing advertisement. DA: Having played 25 games this season, how do you think your team is doing? JF: I think in the beginning, we had a lot of new people and we were trying to figure out how to run our
offense and how it gets started. In the end, we figured it out and right now we are on a winning streak, so I think from here on out, we should be pretty good. DA: When you’re not playing volleyball, what’s your favorite thing to do? JF: My favorite thing to do is probably go to the beach, hangout with my friends or just relax. DA: Who is your role model? JF: My role model is my mother. She pushed me to play volleyball when I was 7 years old. She used to play (volleyball) in college. She has always been at every game and I always look to her in the stands during every play just so she can reassure me that I’m doing good and what not.
Aztecs earn a No. 2 seed beatbox
Ryan Schuler Sports Editor
Women’s soccer earns No. 2 seed in NCAA Tournament The No. 4 San Diego State women’s soccer team earned a No. 2 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The seed is the highest ever in team history and in Mountain West Conference history. “To have some home games in the NCAA Tournament is something we’ve been working toward for years and of course all season,” SDSU head coach Mike Friesen said. The Aztecs, who won the MWC regular season and tournament championships, will host Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m. on Saturday at
the SDSU Sports Deck. Midway game moved to Sunday The Northrop Grumman Presents Battle on the Midway between No. 9 Syracuse and No. 20 San Diego State has been moved to 1 p.m. on Sunday. The game, which was moved from Friday because of weather concerns, will be played on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum. “The purpose of the game is to play it on the Midway,” SDSU head coach Steve Fisher said. “So that’s what we want to almost guarantee that we can have happen. So, the only reason we’re moving it from Friday to Sunday is to guarantee the fact that we’ll play it on the Midway.” As a result, the SDSU vs. San
Diego Christian game, which was originally scheduled for Sunday night, has moved to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Viejas Arena. Swimming and diving ranked 25th The SDSU swimming and diving team was ranked 25th in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s first poll of the 201213 season. This comes just days after the team was ranked No. 16 in the season’s first Endless Pools/ CollegeSwimming.com Top 25 poll. The Aztecs most recently defeated New Mexico, Colorado State and New Mexico State in a triple dual meet in Albuquerque, N.M. during this past weekend to improve to 50 overall on the season and 3-0 in Mountain West competition.
Thursday Novmber 8, 2012 the daily aztec
The restart of the age of Pax Obama Leonardo Castaneda Opinion Editor
his election was a defining moment in U.S. history and it would be presumptuous to claim to already understand what it all means. However, at The Daily Aztec’s Opinion section, we are nothing if not presumptuous. Other newspapers will hide behind lame excuses, such as saying someone can’t possibly know how the next several years will unfold just a few hours after the election. Others might be intimidated by the lack of actual definitive results. Those people are cowards and fools. The Daily Aztec’s Opinion section knows its readers need overconfident political speculation and they need it now. And for that, dear reader, you’ve come to the right place.
National elections: President Barack Obama was elected for a second term, and the Democratic Party maintained control of the Senate. Senatorial candidate Democrat Claire McCaskill defeated Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin by more than 15 percentage points, thus shutting that whole thing down. Democrat Joe Donnelly also defeated Republican Richard Mourdock— who stated babies born from rape are “something that God intended to happen”—for Indiana’s Senate seat. Although Republicans held
onto the House of Representatives, the national election signified a clear change. First, it is slowly becoming clear Republicans can no longer win on a rape-isn’t-that-bad platform. How well they transition toward a womenas-human-beings ideology will determine if the GOP continues to exist as a serious party in the coming years. Second, Obama’s victory and the widespread Democratic success will usher in an unprecedented age of growth, peace and brotherly love. Jobs will be plentiful, the deficit will become a surplus and the U.S. will begin paying off its debts while investing in green technology and education. High-speed Wi-Fi will be free for all, the armed forces will leave a suddenly stable and democratic Afghanistan, shortly after signing Iran’s nuclear disarmament agreement. This new age, coined (by me) as Pax Obama, will force the Make-A-Wish Foundation to shut down as all wisheS will be automatically granted.
California voters threw the California State University and University of California systems a lifeline by passing Proposition 30. This means tuition fees will not skyrocket, professors won’t be fired en masse and body parts won’t be traded to the nursing department as tuition payment. Citizens also
voted on 10 other propositions, although none affect San Diego State as much as Proposition 30. Senator Dianne Feinstein also won her reelection campaign against Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken, although it isn’t clear yet how this might have helped Proposition 30 pass. This election marked a clear step forward for California, mainly because Proposition 30 passed. For a moment, there was the distinct possibility Proposition 30 wouldn’t pass and riots would turn California into a scene from the book of “Revelation.” Luckily, the moment of trepidation passed and so did Proposition 30.
on-campus organizations. An audit by SDUSD reveals the team misused ASB money for several expenditures. The misused funds included about $4,250 for championship rings for players, coaches and a former principal; and $1,300 to compensate coaches hired as consultants, instead of through the district. The third party compensation of coaches also violates California Interscholastic Federation bylaws and carries a penalty of team ineligibility. The boys basketball and football teams also violated the Interscholastic Athletic Program City Conference Blue Book by receiving $1,277 of improper reimbursements from the district for officiating fees of regular season and playoff games, which was already deducted from admission ticket revenue.
The team’s misuse of funds is the result of financial mismanagement, lazy accounting and corner cutting. The audit revealed the team kept no record of Nike products received through corporate sponsorship, even though the team’s contract states it will receive shoes, team bags, warm-up suits and polo shirts from the company until 2013. The team also did not keep proper fundraising records and did not get approval for fundraisers from either the school principal or the ASB. Lincoln High boys basketball head coach Jason Bryant told the U-T San Diego he didn’t realize he misused district or Lincoln High ASB funds, but there is really no excuse for cherry-picking financial rules to follow. It’s similar to a shoplifter arguing he’s innocent because he did not know
Local elections: San Diego’s mayoral race wasn’t decided until early Wednesday morning, when Republican Carl DeMaio conceded to Democrat Bob Filner. The first Democratic mayor in San Diego in two decades is a monumental change to the city. Because we at The Daily Aztec are not old gypsy women with magic balls allowing us to see the future, we aren’t sure what Filner’s election will mean. What we do know is we endorsed him and therefore, we are sure whatever he does will be wonderful. By this story’s deadline, Democrat Scott Peters was leading incumbent Republican Brian Bilbray by less than
700 votes for the 52nd Congressional District. Shirley Weber won the 79th District State Assembly and Marty Block won the 39th State Senate District. This means every single candidate The Daily Aztec endorsed won. Some may argue about correlation, but the facts speak for themselves. The most underrated race in San Diego County, this election cycle was the defeat of Tom Brady by Tina Heimerdinger for the Mount Empire Unified School District Trustee Area No. 6. It is yet to be seen how this will affect Brady’s performance against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday.
Lincoln High abused ASB funds for the basketball team
Matthew Smith Staff Columnist
school’s student government or associated body is supposed to serve students and give them a voice. However, the student body shouldn’t be used or manipulated as a piggy bank. Unfortunately, U-T San Diego reports this is exactly what happened at Lincoln High School, when the school’s basketball team misused funds from the Associated Student Body. The San Diego Unified School District bylaws in District Administrative Procedure No. 2225 prohibit ASB funds from being used for anything other than the benefit of the entire student body. It also forbids ASB funds from benefiting faculty or
stealing was illegal. It’s Bryant’s responsibility to learn all the bylaws and policies regarding finances. It’s just as important as making sure all of his players are eligible to play. As head coach, Bryant is in charge of the entire basketball program, from calling the plays on the court to controlling finances off of it. It’s his responsibility to monitor the program’s finances, where they come from and how they’re used. If Bryant was overwhelmed with other responsibilities, he could have given financial responsibilities to one of his assistant coaches. This controversy sheds light on the need for tighter controls from everyone, including the school district, athletic teams, ASB, finance offices and athletic departments. Athletic and activity offices should be required to
double-check the financial records of all sports teams and on-campus organizations. Stricter penalties should be placed on teams that violate financial policies. The 2004 University of Southern California football team was stripped of its national title because Reggie Bush improperly received gifts. The California Interscholastic Federation can implement similar penalties to crack down on financial mismanagement. Schools can do more to inform coaches of bylaws by having mandatory meetings in which all relevant policies, particularly the lesser known rules, are discussed. Managing finances in a proper and ethical way is more important than winning championships. It’s important to maintain integrity both on and off the court.
Thursday November 8, 2012 The Daily Aztec
Campaign season gets sexy, awkward with its many musical moments election (kind of)
Kevin Smead Entertainment Editor
With the campaigns finished and Americans ready to move forward, there are those who like to linger and assess the presidential race and analyze what exactly happened. I am one of those people. And while I love poll numbers, trends and all that political craziness, there is something I love more
than anything: watching candidates make fools of themselves. While America sighs, thankful it’s all over for better or worse, let’s take a look at some of the best and worst musical moments of the 2012 presidential campaign.
The Best 4. Obama: Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
No matter how you feel about his politics, it is undeniable President Barack Obama is just cool. He has an air about him that positively
exudes excellence and style. Look at his choice of song for this reelection campaign, Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” Forget stuffy old patriotic songs and clichés (“Taking Care of Business,” anyone?) — Obama went straight for the soul with an American classic from an American legend. So funky, so smooth, so cool.
3. Barack “Al Green” Obama
Reiterating my point from the previous choice is Obama’s positively sensual performance of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” at a fundraising event at Harlem’s Apollo Theater earlier this year. Not only did we learn the president has some killer pipes, he is also the BallerIn-Chief. Around the country, you could hear ladies (and some dudes) swoon about his sultry rendition of the Al Green classic. America’s now made it clear it wants to stay together with Obama for four more years.
2. Slow Jammin’ With B. Rock
During his presidency, Obama appeared on numerous late-night talk shows such as “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” However, perhaps his best appearance was his “Slow Jam the News” with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on Fallon’s late-night talk show. Obama discussed politics with a seriously sexual backtrack, with Fallon and the Roots interjecting with soulful vocals. “The POTUS with the most-est?” Yeah, I’d agree.
1. Herman Cain Catches ‘Em
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So, I’ll concede this is a pretty Obama-centric list. However, the no. 1 spot actually goes to a Republican, one who was struck down before his time. Of course, I speak of Herman Cain. At a GOP debate, Cain quoted a “poem,” saying, “Life can be a challenge/Life can be impossible/But
it’s never easy when there’s so much on the line.” Powerful words, Mr. Cain, and even more so once it was revealed they’re actually the opening lines of Donna Summer’s, “The Power of One,” also known as the theme song from “Pokémon: The Movie 2000.” To Cain’s credit, nobody doesn’t love the Pokémon and Cain took this potential gaffe and ran with it, owning his Poke-quoting. Cain went so far as to perform an extended spoken word version of the song at a Colbert rally in January. When it all comes down to it, Cain wants to be the very best, like no one ever was, and I don’t think anyone can fault him for it. Catch ‘em all, Herman Cain. There are now more Pokémon than Electoral College votes.
The Worst (Note: Worst is subjective. Personally, I found these moments to be a testament to the American peoples’ will to put up with some really stupid crap in support of their candidate.)
3. Please, Put The Dogs Back Where They Came From Romney lost and that just sucks. “The Daily Show” is going to lose out on a ton of material for the next four years and there may never be another “Who Let the Dogs Out” moment. In an attempt to connect with AfricanAmerican voters during a campaign stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Romney proved he might, in fact, be the most out-of-touch candidate ever. During a photo op, Romney felt the need to channel his inner hip-hop with a stirring rendition of the Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out.” Another actual quote from Romney at the Jacksonville, Fla. event? “Hey, what’s happenin’? Looks like you got some bling bling here, too.” Ouch.
2. Romney the Beautiful
Do you remember those kids in high school who thought they were a talented singer? They’d be at every choir audition, every musical tryout, no matter how outmatched they were. They’d get up in front of everyone, confident as ever, and sing their lungs out while the spectators shift uncomfortably in their seats. Now, imagine one of those kids is your party’s presidential nominee. Picture the citizens of a whole country coughing and checking their phones, doing anything they can to avoid Romney’s awkward performance of “America the Beautiful” in January. It was rough.
1. Meat Loaf: So Brave
It got worse. Just last month, Romney was joined on stage by a few celebrity endorsers, including the legendary(?) Meat Loaf. Romney decided one butchering of “America the Beautiful” wasn’t enough and had to go for a sequel. This time, he had friends. I would say the song started well, but in reality, it didn’t. It was a train wreck from the start. Then, like a bat out of hell, Meat Loaf goes off the rails and starts singing in a style that can only be described as an elderly man having a stroke. He managed to silence the other performers, along with the entire country. Mostly, they just wanted to make sure he was OK. The tableaux of three country singers attempting to finish the song, Romney waving awkwardly and Mr. Loaf doubled over, attempting to recover from his what-the-f*** performance is, and will always be, my favorite image from this election season.
Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ delivers pass the popcorn
Kenneth Leonard Senior Staff Writer
There was a time when Steven Spielberg’s movies were the biggest entertainment events of the year. Blockbusters such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park” and “Saving Private Ryan,” served to shape and define American expectations of the movies. Spielberg’s work unquestionably paved the way for increasingly advanced effects-driven movies following his example, culminating in Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers,” which arguably marked the epic zenith of the pop culture arc Spielberg began with the original summer blockbuster: “Jaws.” One thing I noticed when exiting the screening of “Lincoln” was how virtually all of the people who had just seen the movie had markedly different opinions of the film, depending on their ages. The under-30 crowd wasn’t too crazy about the film, while the older audience appreciated it. I couldn’t help but wonder if Spielberg indirectly sabotaged himself by assisting in shortening the collective attention spans of American consumers by making action-packed blockbusters for the last 30 years. Because of the types of films we’re used to, American audiences may not be prepared for “Lincoln,” but I found the film to be thoroughly enjoyable. To me, it was a breath of fresh air—a fresh departure from the typical effects-driven, loud movies dominating contemporary cinema. I was admittedly excited about this movie heading into it. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the heavy hitting combo of über-director Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis in the titular role of Abraham Lincoln. I was rewarded with a deliberately paced, dialogue-driven, nuanced period piece unlike anything else in theaters in recent memory. Day-Lewis portrays the Great Emancipator as a weary man, broken down by the strain of being president during the Civil War. Lincoln’s patience and humor are on full display here and Day-Lewis does a stellar job making an American icon relatable as a vulnerable flesh-andblood human being who was coping with immense emotional stress. Day-Lewis masterfully captures Lincoln’s essence during extended periods without dialogue, and he looks uncannily similar to the actual Lincoln because of a combination of excellent makeup and his exceptional acting abilities. Unfortunately, one decision Day-Lewis made in his characterization of Lincoln frustrated this reviewer. I must preface my diatribe with an explanation. Nobody knows what Lincoln’s voice sounded like. This truth grants actors complete freedom in their vocal LINCOLN continued on page 15
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depiction of him, so it was confusing when Day-Lewis opened his mouth and a voice not unlike an aged Derek Zoolander proceeded from his lips. The dialogue in the movie is incredibly sharp, but I found the vocal affectation Day-Lewis chose to be distracting, even though critics say it is a more historically accurate portrayal of his voice than previous film incarnations of the president. My critique of his performance stops there, and every other aspect of his Lincoln was truly outstanding. “Lincoln” benefitted tremendously from an all-star supporting cast, including Sally Field as the tormented, often hysterical first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, David Strathairn as Secretary of State William Seward and James Spader, John Hawkes and Tim Blake Nelson as a trio of lobbyists who helped push the 13th Amendment through a fractured and contentious U.S. Congress. Jackie Earle Haley and “Mad Men” star Jared Harris have memorable cameos as Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens and Union General Ulysses S. Grant, as well. Spielberg previously collaborated with playwright Tony Kushner on the critically acclaimed “Munich” and, once again, Kushner provided Spiel-
berg with a memorable screenplay, which he adapted from historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s best-selling “Team of Rivals.” Goodwin offers a unique perspective on Lincoln’s presidency, bypassing the popular consensus of Lincoln as a type of American saint and featuring multiple facets of Lincoln’s character, which are on full display in Spielberg’s film. Lincoln cycles through frustration, anger, humor, loneliness and quiet desperation as he crusades against the rigidity of American opinion against the abolition of slavery. Lincoln’s use of humor as a coping mechanism is featured throughout the film, and the audience comes to know Lincoln as a witty Garrison Keillor-esque storyteller, as opposed to the stoic luminary often personified in popular culture. So, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” this was not and rightfully so. In several ways, this “Lincoln” demonstrated much greater strength and depth of character than his vampireslaying predecessor this year and he was much funnier. This is a Lincoln with a very real heart, worn prominently on his sleeve; and as moviegoers we are fortunate to get a small reprieve from typical, formulaic Hollywood schlock while enjoying an intimate look at an authentic American hero’s story.
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Jewish household where we were encouraged to speak our minds, on’t get me wrong, I while responding “I don’t know” to love America. I love excessive front lawn signs, a posed question was not allowed. that I can dye my hair annoying stickers on every car I see, I love that I get to have an pink, cafeterias can charge $8 for binders full of women and more opinion, loud and proud, and a grilled cheese sandwich, a family poignantly—in this election than demonstrate my rights not only as such as the Kardashians can have ever before—memes on memes an American but also as a woman. such an empire, and that I have to on memes. I appreciate the hard work and wake up every morning three hours I get it. It’s campaigning; this is ridiculous amount of money put before class just to get a parking what it’s expected to look like. My in to spread the word and—even spot. Really, I love it. brain is expected to be so inundated though it’s mostly for personal I try to exercise my rights as a with political hullabaloo that when gain—I think politicians do some free American citizen on a daily it comes time to cast my vote, I good on their campaign trail. basis by swearing a lot, wearing as should be well informed from all I love seeing debates break out much glitter as humanly possible of the commercials and countless on Facebook by people who have and listening to the new Taylor mailers I’ve received. With the no business debating politics. I love Swift album at full volume while many stickers for this candidate or all the memes and Tumblr pages driving down interstate 8. that candidate; and “yes” on this dedicated to the candidates and I Every four years, however, I am prop and “no” on that one should love that people still think Ron Paul asked to exercise my rights in a be clear and right as rain in my has a shot at the presidency. I love different way. While I’m thankful head. I should walk into my polling the endless “Saturday Night Live” my homegirls fought for the right place with clear eyes and a sketches and “Weekend Update” (shout out to you Susan B Anthony), full heart. jokes about how ridiculous this I find it becomes Well I don’t. Because by the country is and how even more more of an annoyance than time the second Tuesday in ridiculous the candidates running anything else. November rolls around, I am so for presidency are. On Election Day I walked into sick of anything politics-related the Now that the election is over, my local polling place with pride, second anyone starts talking about I can return to my regularly ready to spew my left-wing, gaydonkeys or elephants I’m ready to scheduled programming. I can loving, democratic opinions all pass on a swift punch to the face. stop hating my friends for having over the ballot with honor and Kind of like the sort Helga Pataki different political views than me. self-importance. I walk out of serves up to Brainy every time he My professors can stop preaching that same polling place feeling hears her profess her love to me about what props to vote empowered—free and full of pride to Arnold. “yes” on. Everyone can take their for my country. It’s not that I don’t appreciate agendas and get out of my face Everyday leading up to my nor understand the importance of because all of this campaigning champion showcase at the ballot the American political system. I and political talk takes away from box, however, is a completely really do. I took political science what I love most about November. different story. my senior year of high school with Enjoying Christmas GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ALL OTHER CONTACTS PLEASEbefore VISIT Attack ads, slander, mudslinging, one of my favorite teachers ever and Thanksgiving. And beards—lots 619.594.4199 town hall and in-class debates, it was great. I grew up in a loud and lots of beards. Senior Staff Writer
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Today’s Birthday (11/8/12) - A new world of invention, innovation and forward momentum awakens. Jupiter in Gemini favors career until entering Cancer, after which educational growth calls. The spotlight shines on you for 2013. Take your big dreams public. 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 a 6 - Get back to work for the next few days, and make the big bucks. Rely on a friend to find the missing link, or the error in the chain. Strengthen your family. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - Plan some fun for today and tomorrow. A stubborn moment makes travel tricky. An older person presents alternatives. Add imagination to your arrangement, and get ready to party. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is an 8 There could be some confusion. Stick close to home for the next two days. Postpone travel in favor of study. Money is tight. Talk about what you love. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 7 - You’re entering a learning phase. Discuss the details. Work to make friendships stronger. If you don’t have a business, start one. You’re exceptionally intelligent for the next week. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 6 - The next two days could be quite profitable. Hold out for the best deal, and monitor expenditures closely. Erase clouds of worry with productivity. All ends well. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8
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