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TUESDAY November 15, 2011 Volume 97, issue 45 W W W.T H E D A I LYA Z T E C . C O M twitter: thedailyaztec





Veteran programs in full flight Alejandra Paz staff writer San Diego State Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Aaron Bruce embarked on an overnight aircraft carrier from San Diego to get a firsthand account of the lives of the men and women who serve their country at sea. The airplane decelerated from 128 mph to a dead stop in about three seconds and landed on the deck of the aircraft carrier. Compared to a traditional passenger plane, a military airplane requires travelers to sit facing backward because of the body shock and force felt during the land. Although they include fewer amenities than traditional airplanes, military planes are much safer. According to the Naval Air Forces, promoting peace, safety, security and overseas interests around the world is

the foundation for U.S. economic and security concerns. The invitation for this experience is limited to active leaders in the community who would extend their knowledge and experience to others. There are currently 978 veterans enrolled at SDSU. The average freshman dropout rate for veterans is 7.5 points less than the average of the overall student body. Additionally, the average cumulative GPA is .21 points higher than the overall student body. Bruce said he is concerned about all SDSU students and that it is important to try to relate to the challenges veterans have experienced as they return. “When they come to our campus, it is important that we respond to them as a diverse community,” Bruce said. “We want to make sure that we are acknowledging their identity and giving them the support and recognition that they deserve.”

Bruce said SDSU is one of the leading universities serving veterans in various ways. He said it is important to be sensitive and familiar with the diversity within the military, as well as the needs of the veterans. Bruce said he realizes the immense amount of leadership and leadership training that comes with being part of the military. He said veterans’ separation in culture, language and perceptions of the world is what makes them excellent leaders. Student Veteran Organization student veteran Joel World was a marine stationed in Iraq for more than a year in 2008. World said professors at SDSU are welcoming and sensitive to his needs. On many occasions, his instructors have made test and military-related accommodations. World is a huge fan of the university and appreciates the faculty and staff for supporting student veterans.

SDSU has a Veterans Center located at Student Services that provides guidance for students aspiring to be in the armed forces, the first to be created in the California State University system. “There is a huge veteran and ROTC presence at state, which I love. I don’t feel alone or isolated because of that,” World said. “It makes it easier for me to feel like I have a place to continue having a positive impact for my community and country, even though I’m not serving on active duty anymore.” Associated Students Diversity Commissioner Channelle McNutt said veterans make a significant sacrifice for everyone to have freedom in the U.S. “Veterans are the foundation of freedom. It is imperative that we recognize the efforts they made in order for us to enjoy liberties we possess,” McNutt said. “Without their hard work and dedication, we would be nowhere.”

The commons’ composting effort


Stephanie Saccente contributor In an attempt to advocate a more sustainable campus, Green Love, Aztec Shops and the EnviroBusiness Society launched a postconsumer composting pilot program at East Commons earlier this semester. Although the project is still fairly new, the groups involved

are hoping the outcome will benefit the campus. On an average day, approximately 30 to 40 percent of the student body dines at East Commons. While it may seem like the ideal location for a compost bin, the Enviro-Business Society, also known as e3, found it has not been going as planned. “It has been difficult to get people to dispose of their leftovers in the compost bin,” Patrick Murphy, the

vice president of e3, said. “We have discovered that many students finish their meals and therefore do not have leftovers.” SDSU Physical Plant is also partnering with e3 to bring vermiculture to campus. Vermiculture, the process of using various species of worms for composting, is traditionally used as an organic fertilizer. SDSU Recycling Coordinator Steve Lincoln said he would like to make the landscape on campus more sustainable by completely eliminating pesticides. He wants to use decomposing vegetables and food waste to form a nutrient-rich fertilizer. According to Associated Students President Cody Barbo, postconsumer composting is an important process because it is possible to take something paltry, such as leftover food, and turn it into something the soil will benefit from. Discussion about whether or not to place bins at East Commons have taken place on multiple occasions. With the marketing aspect headed by Green Love and the internal work from e3 and Aztec Shops, the organizations were able to come together and

execute the pilot stage for consumer composting on campus. According to Barbo, Green Love and e3 would like to develop awareness and a sustainable culture among students on campus. “This project is similar to the bike lanes installed last school year. When they were first introduced, students did not know how to react, but with this year’s new fall freshman and transfer students, they understand the concept and to stay out of the lanes,” Barbo said. “That’s what we hope to see with the compost bins and with next fall’s students, it will be like second nature for them to use the bins.” In order to fulfill postconsumer composting to the fullest, e3 has applied for a grant through the California State University system to purchase official composting bins. Any CSU student who has plans for making their campus more sustainable is eligible to apply for this grant. Students can get involved with the initiative to expand postconsumer compost on campus by spreading the word to their friends and classmates. “Food has more potential than just going into a landfill,” Murphy said.


Read about the fan support at SDSU’s games last weekend.




As I made my way in, I began to visualize every opening scene of every crappy horror movie I had ever seen ... If I stopped somewhere to get help, it would be “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” all over again. B A C K PA G E





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B A S K E T B A L L S TA N D I N G S The San Diego State men’s basketball team burst out of the gates with three wins on opening weekend. Here’s a look at how the Mountain West Conference teams were picked to finish in the preseason poll and their records from the opening weekend of the season.









Berhe receives honor SDSU sophomore defensive back Nat Berhe was named Mountain West coDefensive Player of the Week yesterday for his game against Colorado State. Berhe led the Aztecs with six tackles, two for a loss, a forced fumble and an interception. Women’s golf recruit

BEAT BOX Tapley named Co-Player of the Week San Diego State junior guard Chase Tapley was named Mountain West CoPlayer of the Week yesterday. Tapley was honored for his performance in the Basketball Travelers Classic. He averaged 19.7 points, five rebounds, 3.7 assists and five steals in the three games. Tapley scored more than 20 points twice in a three-game stretch.

Emma Henrikson signed her National Letter of Intent yesterday and will join SDSU next fall. Henrikson is a member of the Swedish national team. Aztecs head golf coach Leslie Spalding was pleased to sign Henrikson. “We’re thrilled to have Emma join the Aztec staff,” Spalding said. “She’s going to be a very consistent player for us, who has the ability to shoot low scores. She has a phenomenal golf swing and has great length on the course which will play to the strength of our team.”


Support came up short was born and raised in San Diego; I’ve seen the crowds for Padres and Chargers games when those teams were both good and bad. Growing up, I always heard the phrase, “San Diego loves a winner” when people talked about how crowds would all of a sudden increase as soon as a team started winning. The San Diego State men’s basketball team is a winner. Six straight 20-win seasons, three NCAA tournament appearances in those six years, three NIT appearances in the three years they didn’t make the NCAA tournament and, of course, the Sweet-16 trip a year ago. There were numerous sellouts last season during that magical run, when people described the atmosphere at Viejas Arena as one of the best in the country. The number of tickets sold for the Basketball Travelers Classic was solid: 11,734, 11,765 and 11,792 for the three games respectively. Those numbers mask the fact that the fan turnout for the three games this weekend was rather weak. If those in attendance were counted, the number would probably be between 6,000 to 7,000 people. The Aztecs raised Sweet-16, Mountain West Conference championship and MW tournament championship banners and honored head coach Steve Fisher and former AllAmerican Kahwi Leonard in front of an arena that was half empty.


Antonio Morales sports editor Watching highlights on YouTube of junior guard Jamaal Franklin’s personal slam dunk contest against Southern Utah in front of 6,000 people isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing thing to the human eye. Junior guard Chase Tapley was asked if he was bothered by the crowd, or lack thereof, after Saturday’s 70-37 win. “It doesn’t bother us that much, like coach Fisher said, ‘The only thing we can worry about is San Diego State,’” Tapley said. “If we keep doing our part, then (the fans) will come and support.” The thing is, the men’s basketball program has done its part. Its been doing its part for the last six years. Maybe the sellouts and the big crowds were just a last-season thing. I know this current edition of SDSU looks vastly different from the last one but its no excuse for the lack of fan support during the weekend. Franklin alone is worth the price of admission. He scored 20 points in the first half against UC Davis and it looked like he was a threat to score 40 points. Combine this with his leaping ability and there’s reason for more than 6,000 fans to show up to the arena. This team gives 100 percent in every game; it’s short on numbers but not short on effort. There’s still talent on the team.


—Antonio Morales is a journalism senior




Yes, I saw the line for student tickets yesterday for the games against USC and Long Beach State this week. The crowd support was never going to be lacking for those games. I just hope the student-ticket line and crowd support is just as big for a Monday game next month against UC Riverside or a conference game against a lesser team in January or February.

Advanced Test Preparation

Games in the last five days for SDSU


The FM radio station airing today’s game against Baylor


Baylor’s ranking in the Associated Press poll


A.M., the start time for today’s game


Losses in the last 18 games against the AP Top-25


Wins for the Aztecs this season


Wins for SDSU since the beginning of last season


Points scored per game by the Aztecs this season

—Compiled by sports editor Antonio Morales.

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City girl owns rural fears


omething happens to me when I leave the city. And I’m not just talking about something insignificant like missing my family or the unbelievably delicious Mexican food I have access to at the 24-hour drive-thru by my house. No, I’m talking about something organic. Something cellular. Something within my body chemistry that knows when I’ve traveled a significant distance away from civilization and I get the heebiest of jeebies. Suddenly I’m overcome with a crippling amount of anxiety and I just can’t deal. Because I’m smart enough to know better, I try not to do this too often. I know when it’s going to happen, so I try not to put myself in outside-land situations. I can’t help it if I’m a city girl. When I try to trace this irrational fear of the wilderness back to its origin, I realize just how crazy I am and that it really has no backing. I have never lived right in the middle of a bustling city. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, which is merely a suburb of Los Angeles. I never had a bad experience camping. In fact, I don’t even remember ever going camping. And if anyone asks me to go camping nowadays, the uncomfortable feeling I get stems back as far as I can remember. In the summer of 2005 I went to New York City with my grandparents and we stayed in the heart of Manhattan, just a short walk away from Times Square, for four days. I remember staying up late in our room, sitting on the windowsill and looking down at the bustling streets that were just as busy at 3 a.m. as they are at 3 p.m. Somehow, someway, the shouting cab drivers and loud New Yorkers were oddly comforting. After our near-weeklong romp in the city, we headed upstate to visit family. Driving away from the city was like leaving my childhood pup on the curb behind us and watching its big eyes disappear slowly in the

Hayley Rafner staff columnist rearview mirror. The further north we drove, the greener everything got. Where most people would feel comfort in nature, I missed the dirt, grime and incessant honking I’d become used to falling asleep to. We stayed in upstate New York for exactly 24 hours before we headed to the airport. I remember it being the most excruciating and painfully boring 24 hours I have ever experienced. We ate dinner at the most cliché diner, where everyone knew everyone else’s name and when we got home our only form of entertainment was a tired game of Jenga and my grandpa falling asleep anywhere he sat down. I once had a coworker who lived in Ramona. Driving from my apartment to see her was a trek and a half. I know it isn’t too far from Poway, but that drive was killer. All I saw were canyons and tumbleweeds from the one highway that went through the center of town. Speaking of which, let’s establish a golden rule: If I can drive up one street and see an entire town, I probably do not want to spend any time there. Even though the small town is only about 45 minutes outside of San Diego, driving there gave me that familiar, uncomfortable feeling. In fact, during my last semester at San Diego Mesa College, I had to write something called a “cultural plunge,” where I had to put myself in an uncomfortable situation and write a paper about it. I chose to dive, headfirst, into that small community just outside of San Diego. I forced myself to stay in that town as long as I could bear it. But, after talking to some little old ladies in a beauty parlor on the corner of Main Street, I knew I had to get out of there, and fast. My mom’s boyfriend lives in a small mountain community just north of the San Fernando Valley. Just hearing my mom’s directions

pained me. When I asked her the best way to describe the area, she said, “It’s not the middle of nowhere, but you can see it from there.” I could already feel the smalltown anxiety setting in. Driving through the canyon into Lake Elizabeth is truly an experience. Once you feel like you’ve driven what feels like 1,000 miles of twists and turns (filled with horse ranches, shooting ranges and endless tumbleweeds, of course) you have to traverse about 30 more. As I made my way in, I began to visualize every opening scene of every crappy horror movie I had ever seen. I knew if my tire was going to blow out anywhere in the world, it would probably be on my way into this creepy town. If I stopped somewhere to get help, it would be “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” all over again. Even the place we had dinner at, The Historic Rock Inn, felt like a place three of my closest friends and I would step into during our own “Texas” road trip and never leave. We would all be brutally murdered in the town of Lake Elizabeth and none of us would be able to warn future travelers of those sleepy little “foothills have eyes” towns. Now, being in this town gives me an uncontrollable sense of cabin fever. The nearest form of true civilization is 45 minutes away and I’ve already gone stir crazy. My mom and brother are dancing around the living room to Motown (and because my brother is such a hipster, he wanted to remind everyone that it isn’t Motown, it’s Motown adjacent. Honestly, how annoying.) and I’m longing for the sounds of freeway on-ramp construction that has been going on less than 100 feet away from my front door for the past two weeks. Get me back to the hustle, the bustle, the noise and the people before I totally and completely lose my mind. Thanks.

—Hayley Rafner is a journalism junior.


TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (11/15/11) The gates are open, and you're on your way. Stand up for your principles. Obstacles that were blocking the way have melted, and everything's lining up to support what you're up to. Generate harmony at home, and start singing. To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is an 8 Clear out space for a new possibility. Sort, organize and give stuff away. Take time to appreciate where you've been, as you prepare for where you're going. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is an 8 - Keep the good vibes flowing at work and at home by continuing to adjust the infrastructure. Take some special alone time. Then you can care for others. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is an 8 List your blessings. Doing this will make you happy. There's money coming in (and going out). Go for balance. Success is knowing you've done your best. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 9 Lose yourself doing something you love. Your have award-winning confidence. Move up a level at work. Synchronize schedules for upcoming plans. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 7 Slowing down is not a bad thing now. Take your time to regroup, and consider the low hanging fruit. Study the details. Thinking it over reveals hidden pitfalls. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 7 -

Photo Editor Antonio Zaragoza captured this photo of basketball fans “showing” off after the Aztecs’ third win of the season on Sunday.




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Pass on what you've learned. What goes around comes around, sooner or later. Keep dreaming new adventures, and share skills with those who would follow your path. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is an 8 Think bigger. Your job here's not done. You have a lot to say and a lot to contribute. Allow others to show you your own blind spots. They love you more than you know. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 7 Upgrade your personal environment with pleasing touches. Find them on Craigslist or Freecycle ... no need to spend. Save up for something big. Travel later. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 7 - Accept well-earned acknowledgment. Harmony infuses your efforts, and you make things look graceful and easy. You know the persistence it took to pull that off. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is an 8 - Negotiating a contract is easier now. Make a case for honest communication and clear listening. Begin a writing or recording project. Children spur you on. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Today you're a worker bee. Collect all the pollen that you can, as you do the dance that makes the flowers grow. Work as a team. Enjoy the honey later. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is an 8 - Nurture the love you have and make it grow. Step into a larger role in a project. Small, yet consistent actions taken over time can add up to big results. ©2011, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.



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ACROSS 1 Onetime VHS rival 5 Like honed knives 10 Relaxed 14 The Earth turns on it 15 Swiss calculus pioneer 16 Hebrides hillside 17 Rules, in brief 18 Grassy Southwestern tract 19 “Mike and Mike in the Morning” radio station 20 On-the-go morning snack 23 Flight that may be round 24 Craft stabilizer 25 “No __!”: Mexican’s “Enough!” 28 Story spanning decades 31 St. Teresa’s home 33 Matador’s cloak 37 Cash for a sandwich 40 Tenth of a sawbuck 42 Tailgaters’ beverage carriers 43 Waiter’s handout 45 Dorothy’s dog 46 Run the show 47 Vidal’s Breckinridge 49 Actress Sandra 50 Moan and groan 53 Browning work 57 Familiarly, nutritious trio found twice in this puzzle 61 Dubai big shot 64 Medium’s card 65 Part of a float 66 Take it easy 67 Bacteria in rare meat


Solutions available online at 68 Footnote word 69 Biblical heirs, with “the” 70 Barber’s chair attachment 71 Corporate __ DOWN 1 Farm fence feature 2 Put into action, as effort 3 LSU mascot 4 Very, musically 5 __-centered: egotistical 6 Luau entertainment 7 Sarah Palin, notably 8 Yvonne’s income 9 Legislative investigation 10 “Good buddy”

11 Horace’s “__ Poetica” 12 Comfy spot for some cats 13 Guys 21 GI mess crews 22 Memorable Texas landmark 25 “Giant” actor Sal 26 Ready for whatever 27 Final authority 29 Old apple spray 30 Frances __: Judy Garland’s birth name 32 Battery unit 33 Encrypted 34 Japanese cartoon style 35 Pound divisions 36 Adolescent woe 38 Manhattan campus, for short 39 Rush __

41 Bloodsucker 44 Invisible-clothes wearer in an Andersen tale 48 “The Simpsons” storekeeper 51 José’s humanities 52 Show one’s feelings, say 54 Kalahari refuge 55 Wear away 56 Jason jilted her 57 Taxing trip 58 Go it alone 59 You may stick it in your ear 60 Dan’l’s cousin? 61 Street shader 62 Ginnie __ 63 Special ending?


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