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Michael Kemmer Kemmer Facts Age: 22 Party: Independent
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The Aztec: How would you improve transparency in San Diego City Hall? Michael Kemmer: One of our ideas from the very beginning has been open source. Basically, everything that can be measured will be, and it’ll be pumped out to the public —everything from MTS to wait times at the DMV to efficiency of the different city departments. The citizens can use that data and act on it in any way they see reasonable. Also, Bob Filner said he would meet with the citizens every Saturday or one Saturday a month, and people enjoyed that. They actually had a chance to interact. But, the fact that it was downtown—you had to use a weekend to go downtown to share your opinions—we want to be proactive and come to people and ask for their opinion with their city council person. TA: If you were only able to make one specific change or complete one project as mayor, what would it be? MK: Charter reform, if nothing else, right? People are like, “Oh, we don’t need to reform the charter; it’s no big deal,” and now we have a $6 million election, and that is sort of a big deal.
TA: What would you do to attract more high-skilled jobs to San Diego for college students? MK: Make the city more business friendly to work with. For example, San Francisco was ranked “C-” in terms of how easy it is to do business. San Diego is ranked “F,” and then people wonder why we have 20 percent unemployment for a year. They are in California; they play by the same rules we do. The difference is it’s easier to do business in San Francisco because the city makes it that way versus here you have to jump through so many loopholes, so many hoops, just to start a business. It’s insanity, right? San Francisco can point to all their start-ups, all of Silicon Valley; we can point at Qualcomm, which is a huge success, but we should have more of that, especially given our systems of higher education. TA: What are the challenges and benefits of a short election? MK: I guess the challenge is getting your message out, and in our case, you know, proving to people that you are a legitimate campaigner, right? Because, obviously, being 22 they’re like, “No. You can’t do this. You shouldn’t do this. Blah, blah blah.” But, comparing to where we were when we first
did that article to where we are now, we just had a debate, a forum, the other night in San Ysidro. We were on stage with Mike Aguirre, Mr. David Alvarez, a few other candidates, so you really have a very short amount of time to get your message out. You have to go fast. You have to go hard. You have to get it out there. That’s, I guess, a downside. The benefit is that, to some extent, it does allow outsiders like us to compete, right? Because with most elections there’s months of ramp-up time where the lead candidates can get the political machines going. This case, it was a surprise to everyone, so it’s out-of-the-blue for everyone. TA: What’s your message for SDSU students? MK: Get engaged. You can make a difference. Of anything else, that’s been the big takeaway from this campaign. We’ve all heard people be like, “Man, I wish things weren’t this way. I wish this was different. I wish this would change.” You can make a difference. Does it take a lot of work? Absolutely. But, it’s possible. It’s within your reach; it’s within my reach; it’s within all of our grasps. You just have to go and make that change, make that difference.
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Top contenders envision SD’s future jonathan bonpua, staff photographer
senior staff writer The Aztec: What would you do to improve transparency in San Diego City Hall? Kevin Faulconer: A big push is on open data, which is making sure that we have a lot of the city’s information actually posted online, so everybody, any San Diegan, can go online and see what’s happening and what’s going on. I’ve made a specific effort when I’ve talked about, in terms of just from a government standpoint … making sure that we have as much openness and transparency, not only in just all of our meetings, but being upfront and honest with San Diegans about the challenges that we’re facing. I’ve been on the council for a number of years and I think that’s one of my strengths, which is being up front about the issues that we have to solve and make tough decisions to do that. When I first got elected we were right in the midst of a huge financial crisis in the city. You can’t sugarcoat it; you have to be up front and honest with people. And so that type of openness starts at the top at the mayor’s office and that’s one of the strengths that I’m going to continue to do. TA: If you were only able to make one specific change or complete one project as mayor, what would it be? KF: Continue to get us back on track financially. That is one of the most important things that we’re doing so we have the dollars to reinvest into our neighborhoods. Street repair, putting cops on the street. Making sure that our parks are open and clean. Hiring more police officers. That financial stability, which this city was very much in jeopardy seven years ago, is something I’ve worked on a lot. And we have to have a mayor that understands how important that is and stays the course. TA: What would you do to attract more high-skilled jobs to San Diego for college graduates? KF: I encourage everybody to go on my website, kevinfaulconer.com, and read my ideas plan. And I talk a lot about several factors. But first of all investing in the companies and the industries that we
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do have here, the local jobs, that we have to grow those jobs. But I have a real focus on, particularly from the technology situation, is technology incubators, which I have helped in my own office budget. We have a great example of a program downtown called EvoNexus. These are sharp, bright, often times very young people right out of college. Helping to put them in touch with capital and help start their companies and their ideas. And that’s the whole thing, is to grow these companies from the ground up. And so small companies become big companies. We have some of the smartest talent in all of the country right here in San Diego. And as a proud San Diego State Aztec I know that (we) have some of the sharpest minds in the entire city right here at SDSU. I want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to develop new jobs so when people graduate they can go in and have high-paying, high-level, high-skill jobs that are local San Diego companies. I’m going to continue to make sure that we’re fostering new companies that we’re proud of right here in San Diego. TA: What have been some challenges or benefits of running in this short election cycle? KF: Yeah, it is a short time frame. Normally a mayor’s race you’re doing this out for a year. And so in this case we have two and a half months. So I’ve been hustling every single day, knocking on doors, making phone calls. So there’s just a short, finite amount of time, and we’re trying to get my message and my experience out to as many people as possible, and so far it’s been great. I would tell you, I interact with so many alumni of the university on a daily basis that I think that’s a real help for me, as somebody who’s raising his family here, proud to be a graduate of SDSU. People respond well to that and really like that.
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senior staff writer The Aztec: What would you do to improve transparency in San Diego City Hall? Nathan Fletcher: There’s a couple things. The first is the mayor has to be transparent. And a big part of that is the mayor has to be accessible. If I’m the mayor you’re not going to need lobbyists ... to express your concern to the mayor. And when I was in the state assembly, on weekends I would do these town hall meetings in every community throughout the district I represented. I’d go to the library, the rec center. And I would go and give a quick update on what was happening and then I would take questions as long as people had them, and I’ve pledged as mayor to do the same thing. The other thing that I would do is continue the office hours at City Hall. That was something our previous mayor did that I think was good. The other thing I think is good is the release of Public Records Act, making sure we comply, making sure we comply quickly, making sure not only me but the administration and staff understands that that means fully complying with the intent and the focus of the law. TA: If you were only able to make one specific change or complete one project as mayor, what would it be?
NF: This notion of investing in our neighborhoods is my highest priority as mayor. It’s the first thing that we have to do. We went from the eighth worst roads a few years ago to the fourth worst roads in the country. The number of police officers is down, the number of firefighters is down. Response times in the last two years alone, there’s 37,000 times a first responder has been late responding to a 911 call. And we’ve seen that lack of investment in the basic things that residents should expect. And we have to do better. Our residents expect us to do better and the priority and the focus needs to be on rebuilding and investing in our neighborhoods. The city right now doesn’t have an economic development plan. There is no plan for what they do. And so I’ve laid out a plan where we want to rebrand this as the world’s most innovative city and embrace the creative economies and the innovative economies and a lot of those. But those opportunities are out of reach for a lot of San Diegans, and so we have to have a balanced economy. Which means that there’s opportunities for middle class and working class families. And so the second thing I’ve proposed is the creation of a manufacturing zone along the Otay border. We have a lot of land down there (that’s) prime industrial. And there’s a lot of manufacturing coming back. See fletcher, P4
TA: Any messages you would like to send to SDSU students? KF: I’m so proud of this university and what it meant to me and my life, and the friendships and the connections that I’ve made here on campus I keep with me to this day. I received a first-class education here. I’m very proud of the work that I did here … particularly in Associated Students. I’m a strong supporter of this university and can’t wait to … continue that support when I’m mayor.
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Heart research gets $8.5M adam burkhart
senior staff EDITOR Much like the human body, as the heart gets older it loses the ability to repair itself. This is often what’s behind chronic heart disease. As the heart repeatedly tries and fails to repair itself after an injury, such as a heart attack, it increases the likelihood of heart failure in the future. The persistent problem is one reason why heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women and is responsible for about 600,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, researchers at the San Diego State Heart Institute are trying to break the cycle by approaching it on a cellular level. It is doing it with a recently awarded grant for $8.5 million from the National Institutes of Health, vaulting the university into the top tier of research institutions around the country. The project grant, led by the Director of SDSU’s Integrated Regenerative Research Institute, Dr. Mark Sussman, is a collaboration between researchers at SDSU and University of California, San Diego. The research is divided into four components, each supervised by its own principle investigator. The SDSU team includes Sussman and Director of the
SDSU Heart Institute Dr. Christopher The answer may lie in stem cells, Glembotski, with UCSD’s Dr. Joan Heller the cells that morph into new tissue. Brown and Dr. Asa Gustafsson. Researchers think that as people get older, The research also serves as a teaching so do their stem cells, inhibiting their lab for many undergraduate and graduate regenerative role in the body. students. Another part of the research involves “The people who are doing much of the understanding the environment of the heavy lifting are students here at SDSU,” heart, which can affect how stem cells Sussman said. communicate, research fellow Shirin The research Doroudgar, who is building on received her Ph.D. work done with a last year in a joint“The people doing previous project doctoral program grant from the of SDSU and much of the heavy NIH, awarded in UCSD, said. lifting are students 2006, by riding “Understanding here at SDSU.” the new wave of the environment - Dr. Mark Sussman interest in stem of the heart and cells as a remedy the proteins that for disease. make up the “Up until fairly recently, we really didn’t environment of the heart outside of the understand that the heart had the ability cells are important for how stem cells to repair itself,” Sussman said. talk to each other or talk to the cardiac He added that unfortunately the heart muscle cells,” Doroudgar said. “And once is somewhat of an underachiever when it we understand that, we hope that we can comes to repairing itself. change the environment of the heart in an Glembotski explained that like other older individual patient or model system parts of the body, when the heart is to mimic a younger individual.” damaged, it attempts to repair itself by The grant will fund the work of the forming scar tissue, replacing vital muscle researchers for the next five years. tissue the heart needs to function. “It’s not beyond the realm of possibility “One of the overarching goals that we that we could find such a youth drug, as have is how to get the heart to rebuild the it were, for the heart or for other organs muscle tissue that was once there before it too,” Glembotski said. got damaged,” Glembotski said.
Fletcher: Questions about SD continue fletcher Continued from P3
TA: What would you do to attract more high-skilled jobs to San Diego for college graduates? NF: We’re now going from and industrial society to an innovative society, where a lot of young people who are graduating from college. A lot of times they have to create a job, not necessarily find a job and so I’ve said we want to be the start-up center of the world. And we want to be the best place to launch your startup, to attract venture capital, the best place to invest. We want to measure the actual number of patents as a city. And when you set goals and you have metrics and you hold yourself accountable, then all of the policy decisions start lining up with “How does it help us achieve that goal?” Finally, I would say we need to work collaboratively with our higher education institutions. We need to work
collaboratively with the mayors of other cities. If there’s an opportunity in another city in San Diego (County) that’s good for all of us. TA: What have been the challenges or benefits of running in this short election cycle? NF: I think it’s a benefit. You know when we do these campaigns for two years, I think the public generally doesn’t engage until the end anyway. I also think there’s a value because San Diegans are ready to move on. We’re ready to close the chapter on what had happened previously and get a new mayor in and begin. It means it’s busy, but I’ve worked hard my whole life. I get up and work hard all day, so short election, long election, it doesn’t affect that. TA: Any messages you would like to send to San Diego State students?
NF: I know from being on campus serving as a professor (at University of California, San Diego), students want opportunity and they’ll work hard. Our students today are smart, they’re committed. I was really moved in my experience teaching at how committed to service the students are and how committed they are to making a positive difference, and I want to have an economy that affords them economic opportunities when they graduate. I really think that’s important and I understand the changing nature of the world and what’s happening. I want my two young boys to grow up and hopefully go to school here, and then I want them to stay here because we’re a wonderful community. Students who are coming out today really need to assess who, as mayor, is going to actually make the changes that are needed to ensure that they have the opportunity to thrive and succeed, and I believe I’m best for that.
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Aztecs take down Broncos 1-0
Hannah Keane scored the first and only goal for SDSU in last Saturday’s game and was named the MVP. JORDAN OWEN, SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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The San Diego State women’s soccer team has done it again. Last Saturday marked the second straight yseason the Aztecs have won the regular-season and tournament championships when they beat the thirdseeded Boise State University 1-0 in the Mountain West tournament championship game. “It feels amazing,” junior forward Hannah Keane said. “I mean, we worked really hard for this one and we started the season off a little tough, but once we started getting the momentum going it really worked out when we started playing our game. It feels great.” The Broncos didn’t make this an easy win for the Aztecs, however. In the first half, neither team could score, but both were firing off shots, with six attempted shots coming from Boise State and nine from the Aztecs. Defensively, Bronco State redshirt junior goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt had four saves, while SDSU redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Melanie Vaughn had three. After halftime, SDSU and the Broncos continued to keep each other away from the net. That is, until the 69th minute when Keane scored the first and last goal of the game from 15 yards out into the lower left corner of the net. This was Keane’s 12th goal of the year. “Haley Palmer drove up the side and she dribbled like three people and I tried to get into a spot where she could pass it to me or rebound if she shot it, and then thought she was
going to get fouled and the ball just popped out and I just finished it off as well as I could,” Keane said. Boise State was desperately trying to answer back with a goal of its own and almost succeeded in the final minutes of the game, until Vaughn made a diving save to keep the Aztecs on top. “My goal was to keep the defense organized and to just keep the ball out of the net,” Vaughn said. The game ended with SDSU outshooting the Broncos 16-10, with Keane and sophomore midfielder Victoria Barba leading the team with three shots apiece. Vaughn finished with a total of five saves to help secure the Aztecs’ win. Keane earned MVP honors and Barba, Keane, redshirt senior midfielder Sophie Metz and Vaughn were named to the all-tourney team, giving the Aztecs more reasons to celebrate at the end of the tournament. A league school hasn’t won back-toback regular-season and tournament championships since Brigham Young University in 2000-02. “It’s been an unbelievable year for us, in terms of the start we had, which was really difficult,” head coach Mike Friesen said. “We had a lot of adversity on the road. For us, it didn’t start the way we wanted it to. Determination and the ability to play from behind in our record to being behind a couple times on Thursday just says a lot about this team’s resiliency.” SDSU, now 13-6-2 overall, will move on to the NCAA tournament and will find out who, when and where they play this week.
Aztecs dominate Highlanders 77-41 TERENCE CHIN STAFF WRITER
Last Friday, 12,414 fans packed Viejas Arena to watch the San Diego State men’s basketball team dominate, something they’ve been accustomed to doing during preseason home games. SDSU tipped off the regular season with a cruising 77-41 victory against the University of California, Riverside
Highlanders. This time, the game counted on the team’s record. Head coach Steve Fisher simply summed up his team’s dominating performance in two words: played hard. “We did for 40 minutes what we did for 40 practices: played hard,” Fisher said. “And if you do that when you are talented, when you are deep … athletic, you are going to have the chance to be successful.” Just one minute into the game, senior
Xavier Thames leads the team with 15 points and 4 steals. JENNA MACKEY, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
10, 11 guys to get up and down to press … guard Xavier Thames put the Aztecs on top everybody’s going to be fresh and we’re first with a 3-point shot to give SDSU a 3-0 going to wear teams down so that’s the lead. main thing.” The Aztecs never looked back from there. SDSU finished the game shooting 41.8 The Highlanders never led this game, nor percent while holding UCR to 30.8 percent. did they ever even the score. With more than four minutes left to play in The contest really broke open when the this game, the Aztecs led 71-28 against the Aztecs threatened with their first 10-point Highlanders, marking their largest lead of lead as sophomore forward Skylar Spencer the night at 43. blocked a shot leading to a layup by Senior forward Josh sophomore forward Davis, who played Winston Shepard. his first official UCR called an game as an Aztec immediate timeout “It’s big time; I think finished with 11 hoping to regroup we took a big step points and a team and not let this one forward from the last high eight rebounds. get away, but it was game we had.” He explained the too late. - Josh Davis defensive intensity The Aztecs level of the Aztecs continued to apply and how they pride full-court pressure themselves in it. defense, as they forced UCR to turn the “It’s big time; I think we took a big step ball over 14 times in the first half, while forward from the last game we had,” Davis holding the Highlanders to shooting just said. “It’s what we do every day in practice. 23.1 percent. SDSU held a comforting 38-13 We just focus on defense.” lead at the half. Coming up, SDSU will turn its attention As Fisher decided to play all 12 of his to one of its most anticipated home games players in this game, Thames couldn’t be of the season against an Associated Press happier that all of his teammates saw some ranked opponent when the No. 6 University action and he finished with a team high 15 of Arizona Wildcats come to town. Tipoff points and 4 steals. is set for 7:05 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 14 at “It’s great, we are going to get up and Viejas Arena. Student ticket information is down and press,” Thames said. “We can’t available on GoAztecs.com. play eight players … we have to play nine,
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Megan Thompson: Lightning on ice RAFAEL AVITABILE STAFF WRITER
When you step into The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center to watch the San Diego State Hockey Club play, you will get an idea of what to expect from hockey fairly quickly. You might see junior defenseman John “Rambo” Riley lifting an opponent off of the ice with his face pinned against the glass. Or, you might see the speedy senior forward Alex Cambas racing into the opponent’s zone, stealing a pass and slipping it through the five-hole. However, when you see a long blonde ponytail hanging out of an Aztec helmet, covering up the skater’s surname, remember that it’s marketing freshman Megan Thompson, and she came to play. From Seattle, Thompson is the first woman to play on the SDSU Hockey Club in its team history. Her first time playing came as a surprise during the recent overtime win against the UCLA. “I didn’t expect to play this year, honestly,” Thompson said. “I expected to just practice with the team so I could play next year, and then coach told me I was playing in the game and I was like ‘Oh god.’ I was freaking out.” Having played on men’s teams for the majority of her hockey career,
Thompson’s toughness has become synonymous with her name. “I spoke to Megan at the beginning of the season and it was clear that no matter if she was a girl or a guy, she’s a hockey player,” head coach Chris Migliore said. “The expectation is that she’s going to come out and contribute to the team whether it’s in practice or in a game. She’s here to produce, not just because we have room for an extra player.” Thompson originally planned to attend the University of Colorado and play on its women’s team, but selected SDSU instead to get a break from a life that had always revolved around hockey. In fact, she had no knowledge that the SDSU hockey program existed. Her passion for the game got the best of her when she went to a freshmen event at the Aztec Recreational Center and saw the SDSU Hockey Club’s booth. “I saw the hockey table and asked them if girls could try out, and they thought I was joking,” Thompson said. “So, I came to tryouts and they all said, ‘Woah, she was serious.’” Barring injury, Thompson plans to play a full four years with the team, with expectations of becoming nothing less than a consistent contributor. “If we’re talking four years, and she sticks with it, I expect her to be a major
Megan Thompson is the first female to play on the SDSU Hockey Club in team history. PHOTO COURTESY OF SDSUHOCKEY.COM
contributor like I would for any four-year player,” Migliore said. “We lean a lot on our veterans. By the end of this year I expect her to feel comfortable playing in any game situation.” With good attitudes and positive reinforcement, Thompson’s teammates provide a consistent surge of motivation for the young freshman, whether it’s helping her with drills, picking her up for practice or helping her adjust to the overall speed of the game. “Everybody helps her out and works with her to keep her up,” team co-captain Eric Stelnick said. “The effect of her on the team has been positive. Everyone is positive around here.” According to Migliore, Thompson’s biggest hurdle this season will be getting
to understand the system, digesting the different game plans put in by the coaching staff and getting used to the grind of a full week. However, make no mistake—Thompson belongs. “She does not think of herself as just a girl playing a guy sport,” Migliore said. “She thinks of herself as a hockey player. It’s nice to see our players embrace it. Some teams might think it’s some kind of joke or sideshow, but these guys don’t. They respect Megan. She doesn’t mind getting hit.” If you’re a fan of hockey and like to watch a physical game, come down and watch the SDSU Hockey Club do what they do best. And don’t be surprised if you see a blonde ponytail flying across the ice.
SDSU fights back, defeats Spartans 34-30 MATTHEW BAIN STAFF WRITER
The San Diego State Aztecs overcame an 11-point deficit to beat the San Jose State University Spartans 34-30 Saturday night in San Jose. Aztec senior linebacker Nick Tenhaeff intercepted Spartan senior quarterback David Fales to start the game. Junior running back Adam Muema ran 21 yards straight through SJSU’s defensive line immediately following the interception. SDSU couldn’t score, however, as sophomore kicker Seamus McMorrow’s 35-yard field goal attempt was blocked. After junior quarterback Quinn Kaehler threw an interception on SDSU’s second possession, SJSU drove 24 yards in five plays. Sophomore kicker Austin Lopez’s 43-yard field goal went through the uprights. The Spartans led 3-0 with 7:49 left in the first quarter. SJSU scored on its next possession with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Fales to freshman wide receiver Tim Crawley. Fales finished the game 27-48 for 301 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. SDSU got on the scoreboard in the second quarter with Muema’s first touchdown. A 32-yard pass from Kaehler to senior wide receiver Colin Lockett set this score up. The Aztecs trailed 10-6 with 14:11 left in the half. After SJSU and SDSU traded three-andouts, the Spartans scored on a 27-yard
field goal. On their next possession, the Spartans assembled an impressive 75yard drive, culminating in a 40-yard touchdown pass from Fales to senior wide receiver Chandler Jones. Kaehler led SDSU in a nine-play, 82-yard drive to answer SJSU’s touchdown with one of its own. Senior kicker Wes Feer’s point after attempt was blocked, however, so the score at halftime was 20-12. SDSU opened the second half with a missed field goal. Its special teams had an awful night: two blocked point after attempts, a blocked field goal and a missed field goal. After Feer had a promising 4-4 start to the season, Aztec kickers haven’t made a field goal since Sept. 28 against New Mexico State. One big play changed the momentum of the game. On the second play of the fourth quarter, freshman defensive back Damontae Kazee blocked SJSU’s 38yard field goal attempt. Senior defensive back Nat Berhe scooped up the ball and ran 56 yards to the Spartan 34-yard line. Freshman running back Donnel Pumphrey sped into the end zone on the following play. After a successful twopoint conversion, the Aztecs only trailed 23-20. “I give all the credit to everybody on defense and offense,” Berhe said. “ I mean, we showed a lot of heart to come back from what we came from. A lot a teams would have gave up and coach Long was right, it’s not over until it’s over.”
Adam Muema ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. MONICA LINZMEIER, PHOTO EDITOR
Fales proved his NFL prospect status on SJSU’s next Spartan. Fales completed five passes for 70 yards and a touchdown to Crawley. The Spartans led 30-20 with 9:51 left in the game. Both SDSU’s offense and defense played clutch football in the last ten minutes. The offense scored two touchdowns: Kaehler threw 1-yard to junior tight end Adam Roberts and Muema pounded the ball in from 12 yards out. Meanwhile the defense forced a threeand-out and junior defensive back J.J. Whittaker intercepted Fales’ last pass of the game. Even special teams played better, making its final two point after attempts. SDSU outscored SJSU 22-7 in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback victory. “I thought it was a great football game,”
head coach Rocky Long said. “We were just able to make some plays in the fourth quarter, enough plays to win the game … I thought both teams played extremely hard and both teams made lot of mistakes and both teams made a lot of big plays.” Kaehler finished the game 18-31 for 235 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Muema ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Pumphrey ran for 78 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. SJSU averages 148.8 yards per game on the ground; it only gained 81 yards against SDSU’s defense. The Aztecs improve their record to 5-4 and 4-1 in the Mountain West Conference. Next, SDSU will travel to the University of Hawaii and play the Warriors at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday on the CBS Sports Network.
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Super Candidational brawl LEONARDO CASTANEDA
EDITOR IN CHIEF San Diego’s special mayoral election has been compared to a lot of things: a horse race (dark horse Mike Aguirre anyone?), a contest, a marathon (and a sprint), a battle and snooze fest. But none of those terms truly captures the imagination of a younger generation of voters. It’s possible this is one of the reasons college-aged people have such small voter turnout rates compared to older groups. After all, who is more likely to show up at an event described as a horse race: an 18-year-old in City Heights or a retiree in La Jolla? In order to combat this metaphorical gap, The Aztec is introducing a new comparison: the mayoral election as a game of the 1999 Nintendo 64 classic, Super Smash Bros.
Nathan Fletcher: Kirby Kirby is one of the most powerful and therefore most overused characters in the game. Few important contests go by where he doesn’t make an appearance. He has one good signature move, turning into a stone while plummeting onto his opponents—although it’s debatable how useful it really is. However, his main power comes from swallowing and adopting the most popular elements of his opponents. Fletcher—I mean, Kirby—is able to quickly adopt the power, represented as a hat, of any of his opponents. He can also discard or switch them as needed, making him a slippery opponent to defend against. David Alvarez: Ness Ness is an interesting character. His attacks are often strange and ineffective, but when managed by a skilled enough player, Ness is almost unstoppable. He’s also one of the few characters who brings his own weapons to the game, although a yo-yo and toy baseball bat makes me wonder if he’s too young for this fight. Maybe in four years… Much like Captain Falcon, Ness tends to announce what he’s doing while he’s doing it, although his PK Fire and PK Thunder are much more effective. And don’t count him out, even when he seems to be falling. Ness can electrify right to the top of any fight.
Mike Aguirre: Luigi Luigi is best known as the other brother. He’s one of the oldest characters in the Nintendo universe, and his history has been long and sometimes strange—I’m not still sure what Luigi’s Mansion was all about. Luigi shares nearly identical powers with his more famous brother, Bob. I mean Mario. His most powerful move is coming up from way below his opponent where he is least expected, and delivering an uppercut with his Super Jump Punch. It doesn’t always work, but when it connects it can be devastating to an opponent.
Bonus Character: Michael Kemmer: Jigglypuff Just because everyone thinks it’d be cool and kind of funny if Jigglypuff actually won. But it’s not going to happen.
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Kevin Faulconer: Captain Falcon Captain Falcon can be extremely powerful, but most of his moves are slow and borderline useless. But opponents beware: If he catches you immobile for long enough he could potentially Falcon Punch you right out of the arena. His second most powerful move is essentially the exact same thing, the Falcon Kick. Captain Falcon has some key weaknesses. He doesn’t have a ranged attack, so he has to get really close to his opponents. He also has a tendency to announce what he’s doing, while he’s doing it. It’s annoying and makes him extremely predictable. Last but not least, one of his main attacks, the Falcon Dive, looks freakishly similar to an explosive hip thrust.
Boss fight: Bob Filner: Metal Mario All characters in the game had to eventually face the monstrous Metal Mario on their quest to ultimate victory. Defeating him wasn’t a matter of executing one critical hit, but of slowly building up his damage until he simply fell off the map.
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San Diego mayoral candidates Kevin Faulconer and Nathan Fletcher engaged in a few verbal exchanges during the KPBS debate in October. MONICA LINZMEIER, PHOTO EDITOR
Mayor race is Faulconer vs Fletcher MADISON HOPKINS SENIOR STAFF WRITER
During the past few weeks, I have written about two of the top four candidates in the upcoming mayoral election. This week, I began researching Kevin Faulconer to learn enough about him to present an educated opinion on his candidacy and potential term in the mayor’s office. After reading his entire campaign website, a ridiculous number of articles about him and hundreds of unsurprisingly useless angry troll comments online, I have learned that Faulconer is the most uninspiring, meek and frankly boring candidate on the Nov. 19 ballot. In response to every question, Faulconer favors the typical vague answers and talking points that he clearly prepared with a team of campaign advisors. In a recent Voice of San Diego debate, Faulconer was asked about his Neighborhood Fairness Act, in which he references “communities that have been neglected too long.” Apparently, the moderator asked him specifically which communities he was referring to and he avoided the question until things just got awkward. In an October KPBS debate between the top four candidates, his performance was much of the same. In a U-T San Diego Q&A he gave slightly more in-depth answers regarding his main campaign points of street repair and police department recruitment and retention, but still gave little-to-no specific information on job growth or any other issues affecting most students. I know this shouldn’t surprise me. You’re probably thinking “that’s politics, what did you expect?” To that, I would have to say touché, random reader, shame on me for having a little faith in local government. Maybe I was just spoiled with this whole idea that my local representatives should display themselves
clearly and completely. You know, like someone who has released 5-Point Transparency Plan encouraging openness from elected officials. Oh right, that was Faulconer. It’s no wonder I was a little disappointed with my inability to find anything of substance on the man. The most I know about Faulconer’s knowledge of college life and issues is from his recently released college transcript. This was done as part of the “transparency” mentioned before. That would be all well and great, if anyone cared. We get it Faulconer—you’re proving a point, just not in the right way. What I want to know is what he’s going to do to make sure there are job opportunities for my graduating class. I want to know what he’s going to do to make San Diego a place I want to stay and start a life in. I’m starting to believe that the reason Faulconer hesitates with giving hard opinions is that he has none. According to the VOSD, Faulconer switched his views on same-sex marriage and sewage recycling only after former mayor Jerry Sanders did. In the same article, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez claims Sanders even made fun of Faulconer for trying to be his sidekick while he was in office. His current campaign shows no signs of change. In his first TV ad, the face of Sanders fills the screen with his endorsement, and Faulconer appears briefly at the end. The bottom line is Faulconer is nothing special. He is a typical republican running on typical platforms to hopefully become the typical elected official who does nothing innovative for the city. Unfortunately, as he is the only conservative running (on the officially non-partisan election). that may just be enough to get him elected. He is currently leading in the polls, and the time to fix that is dwindling. San Diego is a unique and powerful city with great potential.
MORGAN RUBIN STAFF COLUMNIST
Well, this is it. It’s the final days of campaigning for the next mayor of San Diego. We have one more week of nasty campaign ads, false promises and baby kissing. I hate to be cynical because I love politics, but honestly, some of the candidates in this race are just downright ridiculous. I mean, zombie attack commercials? Really? What are they, 12 years old? Campaigns are the ideal times to not only hear a candidate’s ideas about how to best run the city, but also to see who they are as people. Throughout this whole circus, the candidate who stuck out to me when it came to policy and personality was Nathan Fletcher. Both the Republicans and Democrats in this race have made it a point to repeatedly mention that Fletcher used to be a Republican, then an Independent, and now a Democrat. Some Democrats don’t trust him because they think he’s still too conservative. Republicans don’t trust him because they view him as a traitor, motivated by personal gain. The thing is, I don’t care what he used to be. Plenty of politicians have switched parties. Texas Governor Rick Perry was a Democrat until 1989. Former President Ronald Reagan went from blue to red in 1962. Even former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a Republican in her younger, more impressionable years. As our country shifts, our political opinions sometimes follow, and that isn’t a crime. Fletcher never fit in as a Republican, anyway. For those who doubt Fletcher’s credentials as a progressive politician, simply look at who has supported his candidacy. He has been endorsed by major Democratic leaders in the state, from Gov. Jerry Brown to members of the U.S. Congress and CA State Assembly. Fletcher has a network of leaders behind him who can help get things done here in
San Diego. As voters, we should be more interested in what Fletcher can do for us now and in the future than what his beliefs were in the past. I actually value the strength it took for him to realize the Republican Party isn’t what San Diego needs right now. Recently, other campaigns have been criticizing Fletcher because he didn’t release his college transcripts. Once again, I don’t care. Unless he took a class in “How to Run San Diego: 101,” what his grades were like in college have absolutely no relevance right now. How would you feel if you thought you were perfect to fulfill a job role, but recruiters didn’t think so because they don’t know what grades you got in high school? Grades have no immediate relevance to getting the job done. Kevin Faulconer’s “A” in advanced surfing can attest to that. It’s annoying and frustrating how other candidates use these types of tactics to distract the public from real issues, and the media lets it happen. I’m grateful that Fletcher didn’t play into their lame attempt to discredit him. A person who doesn’t play into other people’s games is someone who has the potential to be a great leader. The bottom line is this: Fletcher is the best choice for the next mayor of San Diego. It’s rare to find a politician who makes decisions based on his or her conscience, and that’s exactly what Fletcher does. His years as an assemblyman ensure he has the knowledge and experience, and the fact that he turned his back on his former party shows that he’s willing to stand with who he knows will fight for the people of this city. After Bob Filner tainted the city’s reputation to the point of utter embarrassment, we need someone solid, intelligent, honest, fearless and trustworthy. I see all those qualities in Fletcher, and I can only hope that voters on Nov. 19 will say the same.
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Thor is back!
amanda hemingway staff writer
With each new Marvel movie comes another creative way for the world to be in peril. In the second installment featuring Thor, “Thor: The Dark World,” it is not Earth at stake, but the entire universe. The new film has the same larger-than-life warriors from the first odyssey with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Idris Elba as Heimdall. Natalie Portman also returns as the human scientist Jane Foster. A new villain, Malekith (played by Christopher Eccleston), makes his debut as well. In addition to the many Marvel hits already in existence, “The Dark World” is just as good as any other. It’s filled with action, which is necessary for any superhero flick. The intense tone is lightened with plenty of humor from all the actors. In this recent installment of the Marvel canon, Thor must bring in his brother, Loki, who previously attempted to rule the earth in “The Avengers” and has since been locked in Asgardian prison. The two team up to try to keep the dark elves that not even Asgard can defend against from
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destroying the universe. “Thor: The Dark World,” more than anything, sets up future Marvel silver screen adventures, but doesn’t have enough depth to be in the same league as “The Avengers” or “Iron Man.” Although this epic is perfectly decent, if you’re not a fan of Marvel it’s hard to get invested because it’s very similar to all of its predecessors. A dramatic “fate of mankind” problem occurs while the superhero figures out a way to save civilization with bumps along the way. What was most exciting about “Thor: The Dark World” was not that anything extraordinary happened to make it stand out, but that it was a huge setup for another entry to be made. This setup promises a more thrilling and interesting fantasy chapter that pertains to the characters themselves by making the movie personal and getting the audience interested in the lives of each hero. “Thor: The Dark World” was not necessarily a special superhero blockbuster, but it raises much excitement for what Marvel will be coming out with in the future. Although the movie is decent, it’s more of an excuse to build up anticipation for some of the next ambitious projects, which makes this grand tale an experience that will only appeal to fans of the other unique hits.
SWITCHFOOT Homegrown rockers gave an amazing performance at Balboa Theatre courtney brown staff writer
Combine 17 years, 8 albums, sold-out world tours, intense dedication and passionate music with a homegrown San Diego surf culture and you get Switchfoot. The San Diego locals started their unique headline tour after releasing a documentary entitled “Fading West,” which duals as their latest album title. The surf/rock film was screened before one of the band’s more intimate performances at the iconic Balboa Theatre on Nov. 5. “It’s unlike anything we’ve ever done before,” front-man Jon Foreman said in an interview. “By showing the film, we hope to establish that California campfire setting on stage before we even go on.” The theme and welcoming presence the band created combined with the cozy intimacy of the venue made audience members really feel like they were jamming out by a bonfire with a couple hundred of their closest friends. The movie depicted the musicians as they simultaneously toured, constructed
a new album and traveled around the world to iconic surf destinations such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Bali. “I wanted to be a professional surfer, but when that didn’t work out I joined a rock and roll band instead,” a grinning Foreman said in the flick. When asked how surfing and music are connected, Foreman said, “You have ultimate freedom in both—there are no boundaries, no traffic, no right or wrong way.” That mentality is what Switchfoot so effortlessly captures in its music. The raw sincerity of the musicians in the flick directly translated to the stage. “Each night I sing these lyrics, they have a deeper effect on me,” Foreman said in the motion picture. The emotion, passion and talent were not just smoke and lights—there was a very organic and enthusiastic aura throughout the entire night. The guys even took a few breaks to answer audience questions via Twitter and invited fans up on the stage. Surprise guest Rob Machado, who also appeared in the musical journey,
Switchfoot’s new film is ambitious and exciting. chelsea massey, staff photographer
played with the band for a few songs as well. One of the main messages Switchfoot projects is that, regardless of the genre, music has a communal power to connect people. The amount of love this band has for its fans, especially the people of San Diego, is so apparent that after listening to one song, you feel like you’ve been friends with the guys for years. Foreman’s final piece of advice for any aspiring musician was to “play songs you love with the people you love. That’s it.” If you live in San Diego and haven’t listened to “Fading West” or seen the big screen adaptation, it’s highly encouraged
that you drop whatever you’re doing right now and check out the experience.
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Keep your pandas out
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t’s 10 a.m. and I’m in the 24/7 Study Area, much to my dismay. It’s impossibly too early for brain functions, but I’m here to get some good old-fashioned studying done. Suddenly, a scent wafts and works its way into my nostrils. It’s that tangy, unmistakable scent of everyone’s favorite panda—Panda Express. Panda Express? I surreptitiously glance the full 360 degrees around me. There it is. A bright green takeout box clutched in a pair of hands. Chow mein noodles dangling from a black plastic spork. Confirming the source of the smell, I check my iPhone for the time, since no one actually wears watches anymore. Yep, it’s still 10 a.m. Okay, I’m all for the mid-morning munchies and yeah, the 24/7 section is food-friendly. But the scent of Panda Express is like a kung pao kick to your nose. The grease is probably permeating into my skin right now. It’s practically clouding my vision. It has flooded into my brain and I can’t possibly focus on anything productive when my body is being assaulted by such a violent, deep-fried scent. I don’t even like Panda
Express, and before you start hashtagging me with #unpopularopinion, no, I’m not claiming hipster status on Chinese food. Well, maybe. I’m definitely a Pick Up Stix kind of girl. I can’t take it anymore. What’s a girl to do to get some scentless studying accomplished?
Not Again A few weeks later, I’m sitting in my women’s studies class when I inhale and my nostrils are once again troubled. I pull that move where you pretend to stretch but really want to check out the cute guy sitting behind you. Instead, I’m shooting daggers at the girl behind me shoveling Panda Express into her face. This isn’t high school, where you would sneak a few chips out of your backpack during class. You don’t get to level up to consuming an entire meal just because you graduated into college. This classroom is not a food court. Get out. Torture me with unexpected weird food smells and I’ll confess. I’ll admit to anything. I’ll volunteer as tribute. I’m starting to panic. What are my options here? Am I forced to carry around Febreze? Am I legally allowed to whip a candle out of my purse and keep it lighted next to me? Would it be best to just encase myself in a plastic bubble to avoid all unpleasant smells? Would I be judged for that? A Similar Offense I’m enjoying a coffee at the Starbucks in West Commons as I write this very article. The warm scent of coffee deliciously
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envelops me, when, unexpectedly, my perfectly-crafted sentence is obscenely interrupted by the scent of chicken nuggets. Where did you even get chicken nuggets around here? Are you trying to tell me you walked all the way from McDonalds to West Commons without scarfing the entire bag of your Mickey D’s? Blasphemy. I mean, I guess it’s chill you want to dig into some nugs right now, but you’re impeding on my olfactory rights. It’s basically included in the First Amendment. Tommy J. and the O.G. Washington fought for a country where people have the right to inhale without breathing in the deep-fried stench of food. The Resolution If the cops can shut down parties for noise violation, then I reserve the right to shut down your food consumption for violating my nose. Is that a thing? Sensory overload? Disrupting the scent peace? My nostrils need a zen space. Take your Panda Express, your chicken nuggets, your gross, greasy fast-food and generally unpleasant smells away from me. You are officially only allowed to consume these foods in designated areas. Probably alongside the smokers, because this sort of thing needs to be quarantined like the plague. Just stay out of the library, you Panda Express eaters. People are trying to focus. You’re worse than the kids who play World of Warcraft on the school computers. My nose cannot handle any more sweet and sour offenses. For the love of all Aztecs, keep your pandas out of my library.
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Today’s Birthday (11/12/13) - Explore your passions, talents and dreams for the world this year. Learn and study. Assess what you love most, and then increase exposure. Your creativity takes new strides in fertile bursts this autumn and again next spring. Indulging fun like this gets romantic. A partnership levels up next July. Go with love, and the money follows. HOW IT WORKS: 10 is good, 1 is bad.
Aries (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 7 - Don’t let technological breakdowns keep you from pursuit of a dream. You can figure out a way around them. Slow down and you notice the details. Let others worry about the big picture. Lay low. Celebrate the small successes. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - Take advantage of the developing situation. Friends are there for you, and they help you soar. Return the favor. Your education and experience pay off. Don’t get so excited that you miss important steps. Haste makes waste. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is an 8 - You can handle more than usual as you gain new responsibilities. Don’t throw your money around just because you have it or because there’s more work coming in. Have a private dinner with a friend. Share valuable information. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 9 - Recognize the value of the past and lessons taught. Don’t fear the future and lessons ahead. Bring some pebbles into the forest to find your way back ... if you’re so inclined as to return. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 - You find satisfaction in staying busy now. The money is there. Figure an honest approach to provide well for family. Infuse it with your arts. Share something you’ve been withholding. A beneficial development knocks. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 9 - Your efforts and dedication are appreciated. Sure, there may be some bumps along the way and you may think you can do better, but it’s best to focus on accomplishments. They took something. Reinforce partnership. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 9 - Discuss money now; you have a better chance of making more. It requires dedication and motivation. Moving furniture around or renovating the house could be tempting, but it’s best to chop wood and carry water now. Get your chores done first. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is an 8 - Your artistic side itches to get out and express. You have a lot to say, so sit with it and articulate. You’ll get farther than expected when you play for the fun of it. Learn from another’s financial mistakes. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 7 - Your wit and intellect are honed and sharp. Use them to your advantage. Pay attention to what’s really being said, and avoid an argument. Learn from a wise friend. Choose the item that will last the longest. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) Today is an 8 - Your talent impresses others, but watch out for jealousies. Passions can get intense. Friends offer good advice and help you find a truth. You can afford to save. You already have what you need. Share delicious food and appreciation. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 9 - Curtail impulsive spending. Focus on making new income and preparing invoices instead. New information points out the weakness of the competition. Learn from their mistakes. Provide solid value at a good price. Promote the value. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 9 - You’re on fire and you know it. The hurdles in the way are small for you. Keep your temper anyway. Use it to get into action. Accept coaching from your partner. Inhale deeply as you exercise.