THE NEWSPAPER OF SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY SINCE 1913 VOLUME 99, ISSUE 44
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012
SDSU falls to Syracuse on USS Midway men’s basketball
Aztec football on page 6
Matt Keyon Staff Wrter
Antonio Zaragoza Editor in Chief
The Aztecs faced Syracuse for the second time in history on Veterans Day Sunday aboard the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier that has seen more than half a million flight missions since it was commissioned in 1945. At tip-off, the wind was moving at 13 mph through sunny skies in 63-degree temperatures aboard the historic carrier. The ninth-ranked Orangemen rarely leave New York for nonconference play, but the Battle on the Midway against No. 20 Aztecs was too intriguing to pass up. Both teams wore camouflage uniforms in honor of veterans. Syracuse and legendary coach Jim Boeheim, along with the outdoor conditions, proved to be too much for head coach Steve Fisher and the Aztecs, who lost their first game of the year 62-49. Junior forward C.J. Fair led the Orange on a 17-2 run to start the game. The Aztecs struggled against the compact two-three zone of the Orange, scoring only seven points in the first 10 minutes of play to go along with seven turnovers. The Aztecs shot into the sun and against the wind in the first half
Aztecs defeat Air Force 28-9 and are now on a six game-winning streak.
A.S. refine restructure with bylaws campus
Christina Koral antonio zaragoza , editor in chief
Senior guard Chase Tapley attempts to take a shot despite heavy winds present on the deck of the USS Midway. Syracuse defeated the Aztecs 62-49 on Sunday’s game.
and headed into the locker room at halftime down 33-19. The Aztecs shot only 24 percent from the field, 29 percent from the free throw line and turned the ball over 12 times in the first half. Syracuse shot 42 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line. The second half started with more of the same from the Aztecs
missed shots and turnovers. The Orange reached their biggest lead of the game with nine minutes left to go, and never looked back. Fair and sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams led all scorers with 17 points. Overall, the Orange shot 45 percent from the field and 57 percent from the free throw line, while the Aztecs shot 27 percent
from the field and 42 percent from the line. “The conditions were the same for both teams, so that’s not an excuse to miss free throws,” sophomore forward JJ O’Brien said. “We have to make shots and we got to make free throws regardless of conditions.” MIDWAY continued on page 4
Aztecs break 100K pound donation record
At Wednesday’s council meeting, San Diego State’s Associated Students will vote on the bylaws for the restructuring of the A.S. Council. At its meeting on Oct. 17, the council voted to implement a new governmental structure for the organization of A.S.
This Wednesday, we will be voting on the bylaws that will govern the new structure. Tom Rivera A.S. Vice President of External Affairs
Raising a record amount of 107,551 pounds of food, San Diego State won first place for the fifth consecutive year at the intercampus Colleges Rock Hunger Food Drive competition, surpassing
The amount collected by SDSU is inspiring and something we can strive for the next year. Cherie Witchell Dining Services Manager this year’s 100,000 pound goal. All food and money collected from the drive is donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank to feed hungry San Diegans. “The holidays are a time to count our blessings,” San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said on Friday at a press conference hosted at downtown’s Hard Rock Hotel, where the results of the competition were announced. SDSU President Elliot Hirshman, who also attended the conference, applauded the student work and input at the drive. Point Loma Nazarene University had the second most food, followed by the University of California San Diego and Cal State San Marcos.
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San Diego State Associated Students Executives gather along with President Hirshman to collect first prize for the Colleges Rock Hunger Food Drive intercampus competition. SDSU earned first place for the fifth consecutive year raising the record-high amount of 107,551 pounds.
“We appreciate the rivalry,” PLNU political science sophomore Robert Contreras said. “The amount collected by SDSU is inspiring and something we can strive for next year.” Aztec Market General Manager Cherie Witchell said the Aztecs were able to collect almost twice the amount of last year’s earnings by incorporating new forms of donation to this year’s drive,
such as monetary donations at eateries and online donations. Witchell said cash donations are often preferred to traditional canned-food donations, because with this money, the San Diego Food Bank is able purchase the nutritional foods San Diego’s less fortunate need most. The money collected is translated into pounds and is then added to the grand total.
The food drive lasted 23 days, from Oct. 5-28. “We couldn’t have done it without the students,” SDSU Associated Students Vice President of Finance Eric Anderberg said. “That dollar that you donated every day and that food that you donated made a huge impact in the San Diego community. I am so proud of everyone who was involved.”
The new structure targets past issues, which have arisen in the council. The biggest changes are decentralization of A.S. government and specialization of the various functions, services and activities of A.S. In the new structure, instead of one council, multiple councils will focus on different A.S. responsibilities. The proposed A.S. structure will have four main outlets for students: the Board of Directors, Campus Life Council, Judicial Affairs Council and University Council. The branches contain different committees and boards to encompass all aspects of the SDSU community. “This Wednesday, we will be voting on the bylaws that will govern the new structure,” A.S. Vice President of External Affairs Tom Rivera said. “These include, but are not limited to, membership of the various councils, the duties of council representatives and executive officers, meeting frequency, the jurisdiction and purpose of the individual councils, etc.” The bylaws being voted on can be found on the A.S. website. Students are also welcome to attend the A.S. Council meeting and vote at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center.
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THE DAILY AZTEC THANKS ALL VETERANS AND CURRENT SERVICE MEMBERS FOR THEIR COURAGE AND SACRIFICE
Retired Marine shares insights after service Tara Millspaugh News Editor
“I’m happy now. This is where I’m supposed to be,” retired Marine Corps First Sergeant and history senior Todd Kennedy said. Kennedy dedicated 22 years of his life to the Marine Corps when he served in the Gulf War, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Immediately after Kennedy turned in his retirement papers, he called San Diego State his new home in fall 2011. Kennedy was specially admitted through SDSU President’s Military Admission Program, which delegates five seats every fall semester for service men and women leaving the Marine Corps and Navy. The transition from military to school may seem difficult to most, but Kennedy excelled in all aspects of his collegiate life. But before starting school, he said he went through transitional training. “I had to be reminded … don’t yell at people, talk to people. Don’t come across aggressive, come across persuasive,” Kennedy said. At the age of 40, Kennedy worried he would be the oldest student sitting in 100-level classes. When he realized this was true, he used his past experience to further enhance the learning of his fellow classmates. As Kennedy sat in history
class learning about U.S. wars, other students turned to him for explanations of what it was like to be in battle. “The student has another student who was there; they have walking history in their classroom,” Kennedy said. Besides adjusting quickly to classroom life, Kennedy said he also felt overwhelmingly accepted on campus because of the large veteran population. “From day one, I got involved with the Student Veteran Organization,” he said. With Kennedy’s leadership experience from being in charge of companies ranging from 75 to 400 Marines, he was nominated and elected the president of SVO. Kennedy, who recently stepped down as president, is now the Veterans Coordinator for the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center on campus. “After so long in the military, I wouldn’t have been able to just hang up the uniform. I’ve always got to be doing something,” Kennedy said in regards to being active on campus. Although Kennedy is excelling as a civilian in school with a 3.95 grade point average, he always remembers those who didn’t come back. “It’s not just one situation, it’s all of them who we weren’t able to bring home,” Kennedy said. “I don’t wake up screaming, I’m just making sure
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Todd Kennedy speaking at the 16th Annual War Memorial Ceremony. Kennedy dedicated 22 years of his ife to the Marine Corps and is now the Veterans Coordinator for te Joan and Art Barron Veteran Center at San Diego State University.
the ones who did go, who made the ultimate sacrifice, are remembered.” In honor of those fallen soldiers, Kennedy bears tattoos on both of his forearms. The tattoos are a journal entry from Army Major Michael O’Donnell, who was killed in the Vietnam War in 1970. Kennedy said he stumbled upon the entry while
reading a book on duty. The cursive quotes are written outward, so when Kennedy turns his arms palms-up, someone can easily read them. He said he didn’t face the quotes toward him because he will always remember, but wants everyone else to be able to remember and understand as well.
“Save them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.” Kennedy looked down at his arms
rate of 12.4 percent. The current unemployment rate for female nonveterans is 8.2 percent. Minorities also had high unemployment rates compared to nonveterans of the same race. Gulf War-era I Latino or Hispanic veterans had an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent, more than doubling for Gulf War-era II Latino or Hispanic veterans at 17 percent. Asian Gulf War II-era veterans had a rate of 7.1 percent, while blacks 18 years and older had an unemployment rate of 14.3 percent.
work graduate student Teresa Banko works with many veterans who have firsthand experiences in combat zones. She said that veterans returning from tours overseas struggled to readjust back into their old lives and reconnect with loved ones because of the physical and mental stresses and injuries from combat. “Many veterans don’t even know that anything’s wrong with them,” Banko said. “Men and women who didn’t drink before they went to combat drink daily now since they’ve returned. They’re depressed and many have guilt and hidden rage that often leads to suicidal thoughts.” Banko said many veterans uphold a prevailing sense of denial that anything is wrong with them. Often, many individuals go months and sometimes years without being properly diagnosed and treated. As a result of feeling isolated and alone, many of these veterans slowly begin to detach from their social networks. For these individuals, finding jobs and keeping them becomes a great challenge. The RAND study also determined one reason veterans with PTSD, TBI or severe depression don’t seek medical attention is because doing so often results in a delay returning home from service. Service members often deny having symptoms and forego treatment. In 2006, the Government Accountability Office conducted a study, which showed 23-40 percent of combat veterans identified with PTSD, TBI or depression sought treatment. Since the drawdown of operations in Iraq, the Department of Defense and the VA “have come under congressional and public scrutiny regarding their capacity to address
PTSD and TBI,” according to the RAND study. The sheer number of veterans (1.63 million Gulf War-era II) causes severe difficulties in creating systems to diagnose and treat mental injuries. To date, there is no concrete data on how this issue affects longterm individual and societal costs. Veterans often face a reduced quality of life, lost productivity, homelessness, domestic violence and events of suicide associated with PTSD and TBI. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the total cost to treat Gulf War-era IIveterans ranges from $69 billion and $85 billion. This amount, which represents 2010 dollars, is adjusted for inflation and increased medical treatment costs to 2020. Troops to College advocate and Texas businessman Ed Blessing believes one way to curb high unemployment rates for veterans is to bring them into some type of education system. He said once there, the VA healthcare system should partner with the educational institutions and provide ongoing psychological services when needed. “The economy is slowly rebounding, but not fast enough to incorporate the hundreds of thousands of men and women leaving the various services,” Blessing said. “We need to create viable partnerships between educational systems and the military to get them into school and off the unemployment rolls.” Many young veterans struggle with finding work because of their age and lack of job skills. As President Barack Obama ends the war in Afghanistan, the nation should create systems to identify the needs of veterans and work to provide them with appropriate job training and educational programs.
Young veterans experience battlefield back at home Antonio Zaragoza Editor in Chief
Gulf War-era II veterans prone to higher unemployment rates Veterans who served on active duty since September 2001 have higher unemployment rates than veterans from previous wars, according to a report from the United Bureau of Labor Statistics. These veterans, referred to as “Gulf War-era II veterans” by the U.S. Department of Labor, had a 12.1 percent overall unemployment rate as of March 2012, disregarding gender, race and age. This figure sits above the average national rate as well as the 7.9 percent average unemployment rate for all veterans. 26 percent of Gulf War-era II veterans have serviceconnected disabilities—almost twice as large as the national average for all veterans, which is 14 percent. One of the key findings in the report was the significant increase in unemployment rates among younger veterans. White Gulf War-era II veterans between 1824 years old faced an unemployment rate of 29.1 percent, more than three times the national average. Other demographics report even higher rates of unemployment. Black veterans of various age groups were twice as likely to be unemployed compared to white veterans of corresponding age groups. Defining the current veteran populations: females and minorities As of 2011, 21.6 million men and women make up the veteran population. About half of the total veteran population, 10.4 million people, consists of veterans from
WWII as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars. Of this group, most were men typically older than nonveterans. A total of 5.3 million veterans served during the 1990 Gulf War. An additional 2.4 million men and women served after September 2001. Women served in much higher rates post 9/11 than any previous conflict in American history. There are currently 1.8 million female veterans in the U.S., making up 17 percent of Gulf War-era II veterans. This is an increase from 3 percent in WWII, Korean and Vietnam eras. Half of female service members who served after September 2001 are between the ages of 25 and 34. During WWII and Korea, women’s roles differed from recent conflicts such as the Gulf wars. During WWII for example, women took on secretarial or administrative jobs in the military or worked as nurses and caregivers to the wounded. Other roles that were closer to combat operations included supply, logistics and food preparation. Recent Gulf War conflicts placed women in more forward positions on the battlefield than ever in history. For the first time, women found themselves working directly in hostile “combat” environments. Many women working in military police units or units directly supporting other combat units performed tasks that would otherwise only be carried out by men in combat units. Following the first Gulf War, which spanned two years, women leaving active duty had a 6.3 percent unemployment rate. During WWII, Korea and Vietnam wars, the average was 7.9 percent. Gulf War II-era female veterans faced an even higher
Combat stress related injuries affect veterans Gulf War-era II veterans served more time in combat areas than any other veteran group in history. A total of 38 percent of this group served in combat operation in Iraq, Afghanistan and in many cases, both. On average, a soldier fighting in WWII served two years on active duty. During the Korean and Vietnam wars, the average combat tour was one year. Gulf war-era II veterans serve an average of three years, with some serving as many as five combat tours. The stresses from prolonged periods in combat zones have had a toll on individuals deployed in combat zones, subjecting them to serious mental health issues. In April 2007, the RAND Corp. conducted a study exploring the high levels of post-traumatic stress disorders and traumatic brain injury instances for combat veterans. The study, called “Invisible Wounds of War,” found instances of severe depression, PTSD and TBI were “disproportionately high compared with the physical injuries of combat.” Former Marine sergeant and social
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Veterans need more than our thanks
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left active duty in the U.S. Army almost two years ago, and when Veterans Day rolls around every November, the same thought always crosses my mind: Please, don’t say “thank you.” I couldn’t really tell you why it makes me uncomfortable when people thank me for serving in the military. I appreciate the gesture and I like the idea of people being grateful for service members, but it makes me feel awkward for two reasons. For starters, members of the armed forces are trained to be missionoriented thinkers and because we often see ourselves as members of a huge team, it is difficult to receive individual gratitude. Most of us don’t think we did anything while serving to warrant any special recognition. We simply did our jobs. Speaking of jobs, consider a May report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which reported the U.S. national unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent, but the unemployment rate for young Iraq and Afghanistan veterans rose to 12.7 percent—more than 4 percentage points above the national average. These numbers aren’t unusual. Last year, the unemployment rate for new vets was 12.1 percent, which means more than 234,000 new veterans didn’t have jobs after leaving the military. Among veterans in the 18-24 age bracket, the numbers were even worse, with almost 30 percent unemployment. Now I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a better way to thank veterans than to provide them with jobs. Rampant unemployment among veterans leads me to my second reason for not wanting to hear “thank you” from people. Frankly, the words sound hollow coming from most people because America could be doing so much more to express gratitude for veterans in the form of practical support. In California, there are nearly 50,000 homeless veterans, with more than 3,000 of them in San Diego. What will a spoken “thank you” do to help get them off the streets? Real, tangible problems threaten many
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veterans and they require real, practical solutions. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an American veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes. This is inexcusable. More than 6,500 veterans commit suicide every year, which is more than the total number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined. Clearly, something is wrong with the way America relates to its veterans. Nov. 11, 1918 marked the armistice of World War I, known in its era as the “war to end all wars.” Unfortunately, there is a sad irony to this term. Since then, America participated in wars in or against Germany, Japan, Italy, North Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. This is an incomplete list, of course. War has never been something Americans want, but when it happens, brave men and women have consistently stepped up and made tremendous sacrifices. It’s not for accolades or for displays of gratitude, which is why they are so worthy of respect. Every year, America produces more veterans. It is fitting we honor the men and women who risked everything to sustain the freedoms we often take for granted, but attending a parade or saying, “thank you” in passing just isn’t cutting it. If you would like to express gratitude for veterans this year, get out and take action. There are numerous organizations in San Diego geared toward providing services to veterans and they can always use volunteers. I can assure you, there are no overstaffed veterans organizations. Instead of saying the words, I urge you, dear reader, to go out and take action. Or if you want to say some words, may I suggest, “How can I help?” http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
Mandatory service would benefit all Americans
went to basic training twice. Everyone should attend at least once. Its value comes from more than clichés of patriotism and discipline, which can be instilled in a person far before joining the military. I participated in a living classroom yielding critical lessons in education, global civilization and teamwork. Every American must possess those foundations to be successful in the real world. Military service, or an equivalent civil service such as the Peace Corps, should be mandatory for all able-bodied citizens following high school graduation. Mandatory conscription is likely to raise many objections, especially given America’s love for freedom of choice. One of the main concerns will be the effect this would have on the education of average citizens. However, mandatory service actually makes college life easier. First, a tour of duty supplements pre-existing college savings. Currently, a four-year enlistment pays for four-years of college through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ GI Bill. Adding thousands more to the bill could break the VA budget, but this can easily be offset by increasing initial GI Bill buy-in (currently $1,200), reducing active duty monthly pay, adding an investment option or a combination of the three. It’s more likely students will graduate debt-free following mandatory conscription, which would free our economy of a burden threatening to derail its recovery. Second, military experience gained on the job and traveling throughout the world serves as a valuable primer for academic life. Stodgy subjects such as political science, economics and philosophy take on new life when students understand the variety of social, economic and political systems used by different nations. Otherwise boring comparative system analysis comes alive when I contrast personal conditions created by Brunei’s monarchy against
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American free-market representative democracy. The U.S. continually interacts with worldwide markets. Therefore, it’s important to have a global perspective. I worked multiple times with foreign soldiers and sailors. Universities offer limited opportunities for studying abroad, whereas the military interacts on an annual basis with counterparts from foreign lands. Some service members even live and work overseas. Plunging more U.S. citizens in the pool of global perspec-
U.S. businesses would shift from a philosophy of individualism to one celebrating teamwork.
tive benefits U.S. markets by reducing avoidable delays caused by glitches in customs, and provides entrepreneurs with direct knowledge of worldwide opportunities. It also increases global philanthropy. It’s one thing to ignore a United Nations Children’s Fund commercial regarding starving Somali children, but another to personally observe famine. Odds are a U.S. citizen bearing personal witness to tragedy will be less inclined to pursue policies promoting continued human suffering. I may forget shipmates I served alongside, but I will never forget the sight of a mother prostituting her young daughter on a Philippine roadside. U.S. businesses would shift from a philosophy of individualism to one celebrating teamwork. Universities would respond by increasing team tasks, such as assigning group speeches in a communications class.
It’s a worthwhile goal for students to learn to divide research tasks, but this pales in comparison to sailors working together to stop shipboard flooding. The former is an exercise meant for a letter grade whereas the latter is a life-or-death scenario designed to keep the ship from becoming an artificial coral reef. No matter what any academic curriculum can design for team building exercises, it will not come close to what’s learned in combat. Recently, UT-San Diego photographer Nelvin Cepeda was a guest speaker in my journalism and media studies class. He shared a video of Marines engaged in a firefight, taking fire from three different sides and enemy bullets ricocheting off walls in every direction. Yet the Marines didn’t break down and start firing indiscriminately. They didn’t even flinch from rounds being fired from behind. Instead, they maintained their positions. They knew the enemy would win if even one Marine abandoned his field of fire responsibility. The social issue of war is better addressed through mandatory conscription. The War on Terror was the first modern American war fought outside the public eye. It’s easy to dismiss casualties when few know the fallen. It’s also too easy to ignore conflicts droning on long after their purpose expired. Our men and women in uniform don’t mind anonymity, nor do they publicly question orders. But that doesn’t make it right. We will be less likely to wage indiscriminate warfare when everyone’s sons and daughters are in harm’s way. Save for parenting, military service is the most important thing I’ve ever done. I have no doubt the ideals, friendships and experiences imparted will serve me well throughout the rest of my life. I also have no doubt making military service mandatory for all will help make this country stronger and better prepared for its worldwide role.
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from MIDWAY page 1
Syracuse out-rebounded SDSU stand and the whole community 45-44 and blocked blocked 10 here. It was really special,” senior guard Chase Tapley said. “It shots. Junior guard Jamaal Franklin didn’t happen, but we can look at struggled through most of the this game and feel confident about game, but was still able to lead how we played and how much the Aztecs with 11 points on only effort we put out there.” The Aztecs return to Viejas three field goals. O’Brien and senior guard James Rahon also Arena to face off against the San put in nine points, with Rahon Diego Christian College Hawks hitting the only three-pointer of tonight at 7 p.m. the 18 Aztec attempts. “This game was everything that anyone could hope to have. Follow the sports staff: Anybody that came, anybody that watched, would say that it was wonderful event and that was a big part of what everybody wanted,” @Ryan_Schuler Fisher said. “The biggest part that we wanted was the win and we @cstone948 didn’t get it.” Nonetheless, the Battle of the @BigTexKouba Midway was a significant game for the Aztecs. @HILALOGY “It was a special feeling going out there with the new jerseys, seeing the sky our families in the
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No.4 SDSU chases Matadors out of tournament
Ryan Schuler Sports Editor
Steady rain and a sloppy start were not enough to slow down a redhot San Diego State women’s soccer team on Saturday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Behind two first-half goals, SDSU defeated Cal State Northridge 3-0 to advance to the round of 32. With the win, the Aztecs broke a single-season record with 20 wins and tied the team-record with 13 shutouts. SDSU struggled out of the gate, unable to string passes together and allowing the Matadors to control possession. That all changed in the 10th minute, when junior defender Kory Spotts cleared the ball toward CSUN’s box. The ball took a high bounce above a Matador defender, allowing sophomore forward Hannah Keane to come down with the ball and chip it over the goalie to give SDSU the 1-0 lead. The goal was Keane’s sixth of the season. In the 25th minute, Keane found senior forward Megan Jurado just outside the box. Jurado received the pass, took a dribble and bent the ball into the upper right corner of the net from 22 yards out to give SDSU a 2-
0 lead. The goal was Jurado’s teamleading 15th of the season. Senior forward Sarah Halverson added an insurance goal in the 80th minute, when she connected with the ball as she slid and deposited it in the back of the net from 10 yards out. “I just remembered it popped up and it was in the right spot ... No one was going for it, so I came and slid in and put it in the side netting,” Halverson said. “We’re focusing on our next game, which is Cal, so we’re going to get prepared for them this week and just focus on one game at a time.” Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Boaz recorded her 11th shutout of the season, matching a school record. The Aztecs are now 13-0 with 11 shutouts at home this season. In the 13 wins, SDSU only allowed three goals. The Aztecs are ranked No. 4 in the country and are seeded No. 2 in the NCAA tournament. With this win, the Aztecs advance to host California, Berkeley, a team that just defeated Pepperdine 1-0 on Saturday. The game is set for Friday at the SDSU Sports Deck. “We’re excited about the win,” SDSU head coach Mike Friesen said. “It was a great game for us. Northridge was a very good opponent that pressured us and really gave us a good test. That’s what we needed.”
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Aztecs soar past Falcons in a 28-9 victory
Hilal Haider Staff Writer
After last week’s miraculous victory on the road in Boise, Idaho, the Aztecs kept the momentum rolling as they welcomed the Air Force Falcons to Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday. In a battle between two first place teams in the Mountain West Conference, San Diego State looked to get its offense clicking early against this extremely versatile Falcon offense. After a shaky start, the Aztecs pulled it together and snatched a 28-9 victory. After a couple of three-andouts for the SDSU offense, Air Force seemed to maintain the momentum early. With the help of their triple option attack, the Falcons marched down the field on their first drive and scored the first points of the game: a short field goal to give them an early 3-0 lead. This early lead did not hold for long, as junior defensive back Marcus Andrews snagged his first interception of the year for the Aztec defense. The SDSU offense flipped this turnover into seven points, as sophomore running back Adam Muema ran the ball 20 yards into the end zone, to make it 7-3 Aztecs. The SDSU offense began to gel smoothly at the beginning of the second quarter. Sophomore quarterback Adam Dingwell found his rhythm while running backs Muema and senior Walter Kazee led the charge down the field for yet another score. From 15 yards out, Muema pranced into the end zone again, to give the Aztecs a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter. The Aztec defense remained resilient against this high-powered Falcon offense, and carried a 143 lead into the half. “We’ve built a lot of confidence throughout the season and after the Boise State win, the defense has just been, ‘sky’s the limit,’” junior defensive back Nat Berhe said. “Not too long ago we couldn’t stop the offense and the offense was scoring for us, and this game we stopped their offense. But it’s a team game. We just keep getting better.” To begin the second half, Air Force senior quarterback Connor Dietz lost the handle on the
football and turned it over again. SDSU sophomore defensive lineman Everett Beed recovered and returned the ball 52 yards for another Aztec score. SDSU led 21-3 early in the third quarter. For the Falcons, the ensuing possession resulted in the same outcome as Dietz fumbled in the pocket again, this time recovered by sophomore defensive lineman Sam Meredith. The offense immediately delivered again as Dingwell found junior fullback Chad Young for a 2-yard touchdown pass. The Aztecs extended the lead late in the third quarter to 28-3. On the ensuing possession, Dingwell threw an interception, which the Falcon offense eventually converted into a touchdown. The extra point attempt was missed and the Falcons cut the score to 28-9. It was just another day at the office for SDSU running backs Kazee and Muema, as Kazee racked up more than 100 yards rushing and Muema pocketed two more rushing touchdowns. “Our linemen did a great job blocking at the line of scrimmage and our tight ends did a great job blocking out there for us,” Kazee said. “It’s really on them that we were able to do this.” On the defensive side of the ball, Berhe shined as he strung together a team-leading 12 tackles and added an interception late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for SDSU. After this 28-9 victory against Air Force, SDSU now inches one step closer to a potential first ever Mountain West Conference Championship. The Aztecs control their own destiny and are guaranteed at least a share of the title if they win their next game against struggling Wyoming. Next week, SDSU gets its bye week, followed by a trip to Wyoming to put an end to the regular season. “I’ve played for the conference championship with teams three times now—or this will be the third time—and haven’t won one yet,” head coach Rocky Long said. “And our whole existence of this football team is to win a Conference Championship. That’s what we build to, that’s what we train for and guess what: We get a chance.”
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Hollywood Happenings Brooke Schlyer Staff Writer
Tori Haynes Staff Writer
Birthdays: On Nov. 4, actor Matthew McConaughey celebrated his 43rd birthday with wife Camila Alves and their two children. Rapper, actor and record producer Sean Combs, also known as Diddy, P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Puffy and Puff turned 43 today also. On Nov. 5, Kevin Jonas, the oldest Jonas brother and star of the E! Entertainment Television reality series, “Married to Jonas,” turned 25. On Nov. 6, Emma Stone turned 24. The actress, who began her career at age 16, has starred in several successful films including “Crazy Stupid Love,” “The Help” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” On Nov. 7, with his long locks and big energy, it’s hard to believe David Guetta turned 45. The house music DJ and big-time producer has much to celebrate as he has sold more than 3 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide. On Nov. 8, Tara Reid turned 37 and is still known as one of Hollywood’s heartthrobs. Millions got to see the actress grow up as they watched her as a young girl on “Days of our Lives” all the way up to the 2012 film, “American Reunion.” On Nov. 9, singer Nick Lachey turned 39, celebrating his last
birthday before officially being “over the hill.” Those who still associate him with boyband 98 Degrees or Jessica Simpson may find it hard to believe he and wife Vanessa Minnillo became parents on Sept. 12. On Nov. 10, Josh Peck, once known as the chubby and lovable awkward kid on “The Amanda Show,” is all grown up as he turned 26. Peck has lost all the baby fat and has gained some new roles in films such as “Drillbit Taylor,” “Red Dawn” and “ATM.” Upcoming Projects: Tomorrow, People magazine will announce this year’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” Word on the street is actor Channing Tatum will be given the title. It wouldn’t come as a surprise for anyone who has seen the recently released film, “Magic Mike,” in which Tatum plays a male stripper. Kristen Stewart’s acting career has been busy as ever with box office hits The Twilight Saga and “Snow White and the Huntsman” and her roles in indie films such as “The Runaways” and “On the Road.” In an article on E! Online, Stewart said she didn’t know what she wanted to do until it was right in front of her. Rumor has it her next role may be playing a con artist alongside Ben Affleck in the upcoming movie, “Focus.” Romance: According to E! Online, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher jetted down to
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Australia for a romantic getaway during the Nov. 1 weekend. The couple grabbed breakfast at local eatery Silver Door in Sydney while on vacation. The restaurant’s chef tweeted, “Just made breakfast for Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher! :) Mila had our Mediterranean poached eggs & Ashton had muesli, fruit, yoghurt & creamed rice.” The two must have enjoyed their meals at the restaurant on Friday because they returned the next morning. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard announced to People magazine on Nov. 5 they are expecting their first child together. The couple, which
has been engaged for three years, is expecting the baby—whose gender remains unconfirmed—in the spring. Sightings: E! Online reports that pop sensation Lady GaGa spent her weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She relaxed poolside with friend DJ White Shadow and Tara Savelo, her makeup artist. The singer showed off her figure in a Miller Lite bikini and matching navy bandana. Mamas Jessica Alba and Nicole Richie both attended the Baby2Baby gala, which helps
provide families with the basic necessities that their children need, in Culver City, on Nov. 3. Alba, who is a board member of the organization, hosted the event presented by Harry Winston. Actor Sam Worthington was arrested Saturday evening in Atlanta for disorderly conduct. Worthington, know for his roles in the movies “Clash of the Titans” and “Avatar,” reportedly got into a fight with a doorman at the Vortex Bar and Grill. According to the police report attained by Celebuzz.com, the charges against the actor were dropped a day later on Nov. 4.
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Revenge comes at a cost
iving on the reservation meant the nearest fire station was a mile away, more than enough time for a fire to consume the small house he called home. Smoke filled the room and as Chayton finished dousing out the flames, he suspected this was more than a simple kitchen fire. His grandfather was beginning to slow down in his old age, but he wasn’t diminished enough to accidently start a fire in his own house. This was the work of those damn Locklear brothers down at the bar, Chayton concluded, as well as the slashed tires of his truck a few weeks back after he and his grandfather returned home from a funeral. Chayton originally chalked up the incident to wear and tear on the tires after going all the way to Los Angeles, but he knew better. The Locklear brothers probably saw an open door and thought they’d have a little fun at the expense of his grandfather. This was serious and he’d teach them a lesson. A cold fury began building up in him, as the idea of getting even sounded satisfying at the moment. He headed to his room, found his gun and headed out the door. His grandfather Benjamin “Crow” Black sat on the porch outside, wearing a faded flannel, a straw cowboy hat, jeans, boots and a pair of sunglasses. He looked asleep, but Chayton knew better. Crow had a sharp sense of hearing for his age and usually feigned sleep to appear unnoticeable. As Chayton hopped off the patio, he heard his grandfather stir. “Where you going with your thunder stick, grandson?” Chayton slowly turned around, a sense of rage permeating from him. “It’s just in case something happens, Grandpa.” Crow cocked his head and pondered, “Something happen or are you going to make it so?” Chayton shook with anger. “In case you didn’t notice Grandpa, someone set the kitchen on fire!” he said, gesturing to the rising smoke.
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His grandfather turned and looked back into the house for the first time, seeing the chaos inside. “Huh, musta’ left the coffee pot on.” “It wasn’t you Grandpa, it was the Locklear brothers who done it, same as before with my tires. I’m going down to their place and teaching them a lesson.” He turned on his heels and headed for the Locklear house. “Think about what you’re doing, Chayton. Is it worth it?” Chayton dismissed the thought, thinking how bad it was to be related to a coward like his grandfather, unwilling to stand up for himself. Crow was once an enlisted man, which made Chayton even more enraged. As Chayton approached the Locklears’ house, both of the men were on the front porch in a drunken slumber. Once he reached the old shed, which housed their motorcycles, he carefully began the process of drenching the shed in gasoline, before lighting it on fire. As the flames engulfed the bikes, Chayton snuck out the back way, observing the brothers awaken to the destruction of their beloved bikes. From their cries of anguish, he got a small amount of satisfaction. Crow gave a sniff as Chayton arrived home. “Smells funny. What you been up to?” Chayton stood defiant on the porch, gun in hand. “Protecting us, Grandpa. If we don’t stand up to those men, they’re going to run us out of town. “ Crow ran his hands through his hair and murmured, “What have you done, boy?” “He burned down our shed with our bikes in it, Crow,” a voice belted out. Chayton turned around just in time to catch a right cross to the cheekbone from “Big” Jim Locklear,
the older of the two brothers. Chayton fell and hit the dirt hard. Randall, the younger brother, complemented the punch by kicking Chayton in the stomach. Chayton grunted and doubled over. “Thought you’d get away, boy? Well, we found you right quick. Now we’re going to kill you both.” The two men circled him with murderous intentions. Crow began to speak, but Randall slugged him in the gut. Chayton rose with a cry, before receiving another kick and feeling the pain and pressure of Jim’s boot on his head. He struggled as he saw Randall kicking his grandfather, who lay on the ground. With deft expertise, Crow gritted his teeth and flipped Randall on his back, before twisting and breaking Randall’s leg. He howled and flopped down. Jim, preoccupied with Chayton, did not see Crow in time to catch his charge. Adrenaline surged through Crow’s body, like it used to all those years ago in Vietnam, as he grabbed the pistol in Jim’s hand, and pried it out, but not before he broke Jim’s hand in the process. Tossing the gun away, he punched Jim’s nose, breaking it, knocking him out. As Crow rose and approached his grandson, he sensed a different man—a man with a primeval, raw power exuding from him. Chayton began to speak, but was interrupted by the click of a gun’s hammer being drawn back. In one fluid motion, Crow whipped out his knife, pushed Chayton back and threw it, catching Randall Locklear in the chest as the gun discharged. Chayton’s vision blurred and then focused when he saw his grandfather shudder as the bullet hit him. Crow fell to the ground. Chayton grabbed him and cradled his head in his arms. Crow’s eyes shifted around, his breath in short gasps. His eyes found Chayton’s and his finger rose to Chayton’s chest, “Don’t forget who you are, Chayton.” Tears blurred Chayton’s eyes as Crow gave his last breath.
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Today’s Birthday (11/13/12) - Today’s New Moon solar eclipse puts you in the spotlight (one of three in your sign this year). Put all this buzz to good use. Set your course toward that place where you can make the biggest difference; both career and finances thrive. 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 - Protecting home and family is a priority, especially where finances are involved. Deception gets revealed. Don’t waste resources. Pool them. Follow a person who cares about you. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - Your self-confidence is reaching a new level. Consider all possibilities. One educational door closes, and another opens. Seek help from an unusual source. Begin a new meditation practice. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 7 - You’re learning valuable and powerful skills. Don’t be distracted by daydreams, or run from a tough situation. Romantic conclusions lead to new opportunities. Postpone an outing. Take responsibility. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 9 - Change opens a new view in your love life. Push forward against all odds. Postpone a financial discussion. Don’t require reasons. Use your own good sense. You’ll be fine. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 9 - Increase productivity. There could be a difference of opinion, and that person wants facts, not fiction. Double-check info, and stand up for yourself. Flaunt it.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 - Ignore one who would deceive. You’re on a roll, and there’s a bonus. Study up, and don’t base plans on fantasies. Each ending allows for a new beginning. Love sparks. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 7 - Resolve to renovate your home without gambling on risky choices. Plan and speculate. Postpone a financial discussion. Defer gratification for now. Craft your vision for the perfect place. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 9 - Ignore distractions, and ask for the money. Others are persuasive. You’re making cash for them. Stand up for what’s right. Paint something small, and watch for spills. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 6 - Your limitations are melting. Put love notes in someone’s lunch box. Discover a bonus. Cautiously make a bold declaration. Revise your routine with a new or different procedure. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is an 8 - Retreat to advance later. Keep your sensitivity from overtaking reason. Talk to a trustworthy partner. Check figures for accuracy. Get the status as well as the money. Stash it. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - You’re gaining a new perspective. Keep a secret, and stay thrifty. Capitalize on the flow of ideas. Clean out closets. Add a positive spin for a lighter heart. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is an 8 - Go ahead and relax. Don’t be afraid of shadows or changes. New information dispels old fears. Write about dream messages. Keep track of money to avoid confusion. ©2012, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
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