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SDSU airs it out in lopsided win AGUSTIN GONZALEZ A S S I S TA N T S P O R T S E D I T O R

After last week’s sub-par performance against Missouri, junior quarterback Ryan Lindley couldn’t wait to take the field for a chance to bounce back. Lindley did just that, throwing for 362 yards and three touchdowns in San Diego State’s 41-7 victory against Utah State (1-3, 0-1 Western Athletic) on Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium. “We wanted to come in and make a statement,” Lindley told reporters after the game. On a night where the Aggies put an extra safety in the box in an attempt to stymie the SDSU rushing attack, which came into the game ranked 17th nationally, the Aztecs (3-1) came out throwing. And senior wide receiver Vincent Brown was there to catch those throws. Brown had 177 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his breakout game of the young season. He also surpassed 2,000 career receiving yards in the game. The SDSU defense was dominant, notching four sacks, an interception and nine tackles for a loss and spent much of the game in Utah State’s backfield, shutting down play-making quarterback Diondre Borel. Freshman tailback Ronnie Hillman, who was ranked sixth in the nation in rushing going into Saturday’s game, was held relatively in check with 89 yards and a touchdown. The Aztecs scored on their first three possessions to pull away early, with the first two scores coming on runs from Hillman and sophomore

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Senior Aztec Andrew Preston, who had five solo tackles, takes down Utah State quarterback Diondre Borel. Borel and the Aggies were held to 245 yards of total offense.

Walter Kazee. The third was a little bit more flashy. Up 14-0, SDSU was facing a 4thand-1 on the Aggies’ 28-yard line. Lindley faked the handoff to senior running back Brandon Sullivan, who sold the run perfectly. After the fake, Lindley hid the ball behind his hip while freshman tight end Bryce Quigley broke free to the right. Lindley fired a perfectly placed pass and Quigley ran it in for the touchdown to close the first quarter. That’s when Vincent Brown stepped in. The wideout caught a

65-yard touchdown to put the Aztecs up by 28 at halftime. In the Aggies’ first series of the new half, they scored their first touchdown of the game to make the score 28-7 and after an SDSU field goal, Lindley found Brown again for an 82yard score. “I cut to the outside, and saw the ball in the air,” Brown said of the play. “I don’t think the defender saw the ball, and once he turned around, that’s when I slowed up to get it. Ryan (Lindley) put it where I could get it, so I just had to slow up and find the ball.”

Up 35-7, the Aztecs ran a fake field goal on the fourth down which was rewarded with a 13-yard gain by senior Doug Deakin and a first down. The drive ended with an Abel Perez field goal, and after another SDSU field goal in the fourth quarter, the final score was 41-7. In the postgame press conference, head coach Brady Hoke sounded content with his team’s effort after the tough loss in Missouri last week. “You get disappointed in yourself after a loss, so it’s nice to get back,” Hoke said. “We get eight more guar-

anteed opportunities, and we’re excited about that. But we have to take advantage of all eight of those opportunities.” The Aztecs beat Utah State so convincingly Saturday night that the Aggies’ head coach Gary Andersen had to commend them. “They are a good football team,” Andersen said. “I give them a ton of credit. They’re very athletic. I think it’s the most athletic San Diego team I’ve seen in awhile from A to Z.” SDSU’s next game is at BYU on Oct. 9 after a bye week.


Lindley rebounds; Aztecs show off tricks EDWARD LEWIS

Take a look at some of the news and notes from the beatdown.


Lindley silences doubters

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The San Diego State football team rolled its way to a 3-1 record on Saturday night after it blasted Utah State 41-7 at Qualcomm Stadium.

Ryan Lindley said critics motivated him on Saturday. He wouldn’t elaborate on who they were or what they said, but he headed into SDSU’s

game against Utah State trying to prove something. And he did. Lindley looked like a big-game quarterback. He threw deep balls. Chucked lasers. And he even averaged 21 yards per completion.

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Question: Should the U.S. continue to use predator drones for combat missions in war?

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Fight wars with drones to protect US


ighting a war without pilots is a new phenomenon for humankind. Predator drones have revolutionized our aerial strategy by eliminating our enemies without the risk of losing U.S. pilots. Nonetheless, their use has raised some legitimate concerns. Detractors have questioned the morality of using unmanned aerial technology against enemies in combat and asked for their disarmament altogether. I’d like to question their morality and the implications of their proposed “solution.” Some are concerned this military technology will drastically increase the amount of destruction and death in combat. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In World War II, military technology was archaic in comparison to what we have today. Without accurate, effective missile technology, the allied forces had to resort to carpet-bombing the cities of Germany at the climax of the war. This unfortunately caused a mind-boggling amount of civilian deaths. Similar tactics were also used during the Vietnam War in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Contrast those examples with the smart bombing campaigns of Kosovo and Bosnia in the ‘90s and our past three wars in the Middle East. Because of an increase in technology, we have been able to cut down civilian and troop casualties dramatically. Some 410,000 German civilians died at the hands of U.S. and U.K. bombings in the end of WWII. During the invasion of Afghanistan, there were between 3,000 and 3,400 civilian deaths from U.S. air bombings. Turn the clock back even farther to the age of propeller fighter planes. Imagine America deciding not to use a jet engine fighter because it would make combat impersonal thousands more feet up in the air. Imagine disarming our superior aircraft in war just because some felt it was a weapon of mass destruction. How irresponsible and impractical would that be? That would intentionally place our nation and our military at a disadvantage. This is the sort of illogical reasoning used in advocating the end of drone use. While it may be more impersonal in the cockpit of a fighter jet, the technology of today has made it possible for our pilots to become so accurate they can hit a coin on the ground below them. With drones you get the best of both worlds. You can get a closer, more precise look at the enemies and civilians below. Even better, you will be saving the lives of our members of the U.S. Air Force because


they won’t be in the cockpit. Furthermore, drones are virtually silent. so the enemy won’t even know the drone is coming. Using this technology is a much more effective way to eliminate the enemy, protect the innocent and save our pilots’ lives. President Barack Obama has spearheaded the drone campaign since he took office. This has effectively eliminated many top operatives and commanders of Al-Qaeda. Believe me, I’m not attempting to write off the horrors of civilian deaths or war. However, in instances where you have dozens, perhaps hundreds of enemy combatants on target, our military still must take action, even at the risk of causing some civilian deaths. No matter how technologically advanced we get, the brutality and savagery of war will always remain. We must keep our drones in the air. The U.N.’s Philip Alston asserted that “more than 40 countries have access to drone technology.” Alston included that countries, “including Israel, Russia, Turkey, China, India, Iran, the United Kingdom and France either have or are seeking drones that also have the capability to shoot laserguided missiles.” He added, “terrorist groups, such as the Lebanese organization Hezbollah, have obtained drones and may be able … to conduct surveillance (and) launch targeted attacks.” If we unilaterally decided the U.S. would abandon the drone operation, it would put our troops, allies and homeland into clear danger. It is always important to have dialogue about the advancements of military technology. More dangerous and lethal weapons are always a frightening reality to confront. Any time a new advanced weapons system is introduced, we must take on more responsibility and caution. We should not turn our backs on new technology while our enemies embrace it and exploit us with it. We must harness it, utilize it and excel with it in a responsible manner to keep those who would do otherwise in check.

—Patrick Walsh is a political science senior. —The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Aztec.

Disarm drones to preserve war ethics


y 2047, all U.S. warplanes are supposed to be replaced by remote-controlled and autonomous aircraft. Apparently U.S. Air Force officials don’t watch movies, because the subject of unmanned military planes seems like the solid first step to every science fiction robodoomsday scenario I’ve ever heard of. But let’s get real, I haven’t been threatened by any killer Austrian robots from the future; I’m just concerned the introduction of these unmanned war machines is a serious mistake for the U.S. In northern San Diego, companies are manufacturing fleets of aircraft called drones. These large remote-controlled planes are used in the Middle East for surveillance and combat. At first, the idea of unmanned planes was laughed at, but after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, they have been used extensively in the War on Terror. Because pilots sit at the controls miles away from danger, drones present an alternative way to fight wars, preserving U.S. lives. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for preventing the deaths of as many soldiers as possible. But still, we must ask ourselves, how far can we let this go? And at what cost? While drones cost only a fraction of the price of traditional fighter planes, they present serious ethical and political issues. When the “humanity factor” is taken out of war and we no longer have U.S. soldiers to lose, we will be more likely to initiate combat rather than negotiation. Without a soldier’s life on the line, military tactics become military economics — a comparison of financial loss and gain. The use of drones as military weapons compromises the already fragile moral justifications for war. To control a drone, its pilot sits in front of a complex arcade-style machine and controls the aerial craft with a computer joystick. They survey what they would see from inside the plane on a pixilated screen. Viewing what looks like a flight simulation, these “pilots” are completely removed from the battlefield. This digital format of war risks further dehumanizing the enemy and thins the line between wartime killing and artless extermination. The rise of this new technology drives many to think that if our government does not build drones now, our enemies will. This mentality is the same outdated thinking the U.S. and Russia used during the Cold War nuclear arms race. I do not believe we should sit back and watch as the next tyrannical madman gets his terror-


ist hands on drone technology, I only intend to present other options to stockpiling military robots. Rather than try to outgun other countries developing drone technology, the U.S. military should lead by example and not use drones for anything other than surveillance. Because they limit U.S. losses and maximize enemy casualties to such an unbalanced extent, using drones in combat can be categorized in the same league of weapons of mass destruction. If drones are not completely eliminated as war machines, international law must prohibit their deployment except in the most extreme cases. At least 7,000 drones have been deployed in the Middle East, and according to W.J. Hennigan of the Los Angeles Times, “Hundreds of unintentional civilian casualties have been blamed on strikes linked to drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Using drones instead of manned aircraft complicates accountability. As if saying bombing accidents are more excusable because new technology is being field tested, drones have been blamed for targeting “mix-ups” in the Middle East. When a pilot accidentally fires a hellfire missile at a public school, accountability can easily be transferred to the drone because it’s such a new weapon. Drones save soldiers’ lives. Great, but one outstanding positive does not outweigh the multiple negatives surrounding the use of drones in modern warfare. Drones distance targets, both physically and emotionally from pilots, so far that they are reduced to images on a screen ready to be shot at. The use of drones will lead to a heavier emphasis on monetary profit as an incentive to engage in war. Because losing lives in war would no longer matter, armies could battle with no end in sight. When the scales of power are tipped to this extent, global conquest becomes inevitable. Drone aircraft should be used exclusively for surveillance or disarmed and shipped off to Hollywood sets.

-Patrick Glendening is a philosophy and political science senior. —The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Daily Illustration courtesy of Tyler Pierce Aztec.

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Getting a head start against common colds



These strategies can help students avoid catching a cold and missing class JENNA HEATH S TA F F W R I T E R

The fall season is here, and with the beautifully colored leaves and nice evening breeze comes the infamous viral upper respiratory tract infection — also known as the common cold. Although there is no cure for the common cold, there is some defense against the virus that runs through residence halls like a La Casita burrito. There are more than 200 different strands of viruses that cause the common cold, so the likelihood of having the same cold twice is nearly impossible. On average, a child will suffer a cold three to 12 times per year, while adults will have on average two to four colds per year. The common cold

is one of the most frequent illnesses in the United States; it’s the most common reason for calling in sick to work or missing school. Students in the U.S. miss 22 million days of school per year because of colds. According to , studies showed washing hands at least four times a day can reduce school absences because of the common cold by 50 percent. The most basic ways to a speedy recovery are known, but there are some methods that actually exacerbate the virus’ symptoms. Most people know to stay hydrated during a cold, but that should not include alcohol, coffee or anything with caffeine in it. Water, juices and clear liquids with a touch of honey are the best choice. Other suggestions include gargling salt water, saline nasal drops and chicken or kreplach soup. Because a cold is a virus, antibiotics are ineffective. Antibiotics are meant to kill bacteria, so against a virus they are useless. The overuse of antibiotics also contributes to the serious problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Using zinc has also been purported to

hasten recovery, however this can be a dangerous habit that isn’t proven to work. Testing has shown no conclusive positive effect of zinc on colds, and ingesting too much can result in permanent damage to the sense of smell according to

Most people know to stay hydrated during a cold, but that should not include alcohol, coffee or anything with caffeine in it. Water, juices and clear liquids ... are the best choice. One method to increase the chance of


avoiding the common cold would be to strengthen the immune system. Lemon juice, either by itself or incorporated into cooking, can help balance the body’s internal pH level which supports healthy bacteria that protect against viruses. Other suggestions include plenty of rest, a protein-rich diet, plenty of water and avoiding coffee and chocolate. Avoiding the two is something most people tend to be unaware of. Chocolate and coffee take away vitamins and minerals from the body and dehydrate it. Refined white sugar is one thing that should be avoided at all costs. Many nutritionists consider refined white sugar to be a drug, because of the way it affects the body. Eliminating refined white sugar from a diet will increase energy levels, balance weight distribution and aid in the ability to think more clearly. All of these are the ingredients of a successful college student. By following these simple health tips, students can miss less class and stay healthy throughout the winter.

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The junior quarterback went 17-for-24, threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns, and led the Aztecs to a 34-point blowout win. “There were some things that you read in the press clippings every once in a while that you use as motivation,” Lindley said. “And we went in, we didn’t think they respected us as an offense. Whether that be the receiving core or the offensive line, and we wanted to come in and make a statement.” Against Missouri, Lindley completed just 20 of his 44 passes for 190 yards. The message boards and fans dragged him through the mud.

“I was pretty low after last week’s game; I was down on myself,” Lindley said. “But I’m just excited with the way the guys came up.” With his three-touchdown passing performance, Lindley moved into fifth place in the school record book with 45 career passing touchdowns.

Tricky Aztecs Even in a 34-point beatdown, SDSU dug deep into its playbook on two flashy plays against the Aggies.

In the first quarter, the Aztecs were facing a fourth-and-one from their own 28-yard line — too far to kick a field goal, and too close to punt. So SDSU went for it. Lindley faked a handoff to running back Brandon Sullivan, hid the ball behind his back for a few moments, whipped around and found a wide-open tight end Bryce Quigley for a 28-yard touchdown pass. “I was pretty excited when we put that in,” Lindley said. “It was a cool play and it worked just how we coached it up and how we did it in practice.” Then, in the third quarter, the Aztecs, up 35-7, lined up to kick a 38-yard field goal. But instead of letting kicker Abel Perez boot the ball, receiver Doug Deakin grabbed the snap, found a hole and ran 13 yards for a first down. SDSU, up by 28 points in the second half, actually ran a successful fake field goal. “I was pretty pumped up; we had been working on it,” Deakin said of the fake. “Their scheme allowed for a hole there, and my linemen did an absolutely wonderful job. And I’ll probably be hearing from them about not scoring. The hole was gigantic and they did a great job blocking on that play.”

V.J.’s day Defenses weren’t letting receiver Vincent Brown beat them this season. Teams would put one man underneath him and one man over the top of him, and they just weren’t going to let him go off.

But on Saturday, Utah State tried something different. The Aggies tried to cover him one-on-one. And Brown made them pay. “You get a guy one-on-one with V.J. and he’s going to make him miss – he’s going to get open,” Lindley said. “There were a couple times I think we took advantage of them having singled-up coverage with him and he just made plays. It was a good night for him.” Brown ripped off 177 yards and two touchdowns on five catches. In the postgame press conference, he seemed happy to finally be the focal point of the offense once again. “They were focusing a lot on the run, and coach (Al) Borges definitely dialed up some plays tonight,” Brown said. “It’s what we had worked on all week and it worked out for us. Whatever our job is out there, I’m out there to do. I’m out there to win.” With his 177 yards, Brown became the 12th Aztec to surpass the 2,000-yard mark in a career.

Short shots Freshman running back Ronnie Hillman logged his first career start. He tallied 89 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Redshirt freshman Nat Berhe recorded his first interception of the season in the fourth quarter. SDSU (3-1) is off to its best start in 29 seasons


All-around effort nets five-set victory SDSU defeats the Horned Frogs and remains undefeated in MWC play MIRANDA VALENZUELA CONTRIBUTOR

On Saturday afternoon, the San Diego State volleyball team finished its second Mountain West Conference game in the same fashion as its first: Victoriously. SDSU (7-7, 2-0 MWC) took down TCU in five sets en route to its first 2-0 MWC start in eight years. After the Aztecs exhibited their dominance in the first set, the Horned Frogs answered with an eight-point win in the second set. TCU’s Irene Hester took charge on the court from the beginning, eventually tallying 20 assists and nine digs, which were game-leading stats for both teams. However, SDSU held its ground with a two-point comeback in the third set.

“Being ahead at this point in the season is exciting, but it is still early ... It is a great start to win at home before we head out on the road.” — Deitre Collins-Parker, head coach “Going into the game our main focus was to be confident and aggressive,” senior middle blocker Lauren Salisbury said. “We work much better when we are aggressive as a team.” Salisbury contributed steadily throughout the game, finishing with 12 kills and three digs. Sophomore Andrea Hannasch and junior Kyley Sexton recorded 16 kills apiece. Other notable performers were freshmen Johnna Fouch and Raegan Shelton. Fouch,

the setter, totaled 52 assists and led the Aztecs in digs with 16. Shelton, who was substituted into the game during the second set, finished with 13 kills. “I was excited to play and excited to do the best that I could for the team,” Shelton said. Anticipation filled Peterson Gymnasium late in the third set as the Horned Frogs lost their lead to SDSU with a 24-24 tie. A few plays later, Sexton’s ace led the Aztecs to a one point lead, 26-25, and Shelton hit the set-winner resulting in a 27-25 victory. “The energy on the court kept us all going,” sophomore libero Kristi Jackels said. “We fought for every point.” In the game’s penultimate set, SDSU and TCU rallied back and forth. After a 15-15 tie, the Aztecs quickly moved ahead to 19-17 thanks to Salisbury’s numerous kills. However, it was not enough for SDSU as the Horned Frogs won the fourth set by three points. Hester’s teammates, Jordan Raines and Christy Hudson, contributed to the set win with Raines recording 18 kills, 3 assists and 7 digs. Hudson followed closely with a total of 11 kills, 19 assists and 13 digs. In the fifth and final set, the tension was high on both sides of the net. Despite TCU’s efforts, the Aztecs got off to a 3-0 start and held their lead all the way to a 1512 set triumph. “I knew in the last couple of points that we could really pull off this win,” Shelton said. Efforts from junior right-side hitter Jessica Peacock made an impact as her final kill helped seal the deal for SDSU’s 3-2 win. After a tough preseason schedule that consisted of road games across the nation, things are looking up for the Aztecs as they focus on their conference season. The future looks bright, but head coach Deitre Collins-Parker is not one to count her chickens before they hatch. “Being ahead at this point in the season is exciting, but it is still early. Our goal for now is just to win every game we can,” CollinsParker said. “It is a great start to win at home before we head out on the road.” SDSU will face off against Colorado State at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Fort Collins, Colo. “We have already seen the best. We know now that we can play with anybody,” Collins-Parker said.

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Former Aztec arrested SARAH KOVASH A S S I S TA N T N E W S E D I T O R

After his trial, Fearn will have to return for sentencing. According to Frawley, the fact that Fearn’s case is going to trial is notable, considering only about 8 percent of incidents go that far in the system. A campus advisory sent out Sept. 3 has a request from police that they be notified if Fearn is seen on campus. The advisory, along with a physical description and photo of Fearn, can be found in the News Center section of SDSU’s website.

A former San Diego State student is awaiting trial for possible felony charges after harassing a former professor. Alvin Fearn, 40, began harassing the SDSU professor last month via e-mail. The first two email correspondences were reported, but not deemed credible threats. However, according to SDSU Police, the third e-mail presented a credible threat, also referred to as a “terrorist threat,” tipping off police. After being notified of the third e-mail, police went to Fearn’s house in South Bay and arrested him. In the house, police found 20 weapons, all handguns or rifles, and removed them from the house. Shortly after being arrested, Fearn was released and is currently out on bail. The SDSU Police Department could not comment on how long ago Fearn attended the university and if he graduated. Fearn is being charged with criminal threats. If convicted, Fearn faces a felony sentence with prison time. It is also possible Fearn will have to pay a fine. Lt. Mike Frawley of the SDSU Police Department said felony offenses have more serious consequences. “Felonies usually carry more time,” Frawley said. “They’re usually over a year to life.” When asked if Fearn might not be found guilty, Frawley said, “Is it possible? Oh yeah.” Currently, Fearn is awaiting his trial by jury at 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 20 at the Superior Courthouse downtown. He was arraigned on Sept. 2, according to the San Diego Superior Courtesy of SDSU Police Department Court’s Public Affairs Office. Former student Alvin Fearn threatened a professor.

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WORLD NEWS Storm in Haiti At least six people including three children were left dead in Haiti after a storm swept through Port-au-Prince. The storm caused damage to thousands of tents, which most of the homeless left from the earthquake in January. In the last eight months, only 13,500 temporary shelters have been erected, leaving the city especially vulnerable to harsh weather.

Jewish aid in Gaza A boat carrying 10 passengers and crew is making its way from Cyprus to Gaza to provide aid to the people of the Gaza Strip. The passengers and crew include Jews from the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and Israel. The boat is carrying children’s toys, musical instruments, textbooks and prosthetic limbs. The aid is an attempt at a nonviolent, symbolic act of solidarity and protest, according to the organizers.

Hyundai recall Hyundai will recall about 140,000 Sonata sedans because of a safety defect. The recall will affect Sonatas in the U.S. built between Dec. 11, 2009 and Sept. 10, 2010. The safety defects affect the steering capability within the cars which may be lost or reduced. So far, the defect has affected less than 10 cars and there have been no accidents or injuries because of it.

Kim Jong-il announces successor North Korea leader Kim Jong-il will likely announce this week that his 27-yearold son, Kim Jong-un, will succeed him as the leader of the isolated country. The announcement will most likely take place at the third communist party conference. Also, Chang Sung-taek, Jong-il’s

powerful brother-in-law, will help to stabilize the country throughout the course of Jong-un’s succession to his position as dictator of the nation. Experts say Sungtaek may be chosen as leader if Jong-un is incapable of ruling.

Space junk A satellite was sent into space by the U.S. Air Force in order to track space junk. Space junk consists of broken satellites, discarded materials and other objects that are orbiting Earth. The new satellite, known as the Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite, will not track all space junk around Earth, but only those pieces of debris of which the diameter is more than 4 inches. The SBSS will orbit Earth at a distance of 392 miles. According to a U.S. Air Force official, the satellite will be able to track space junk without the interference of weather or atmosphere, making the task easier.

Unsafe reporting conditions Journalists in Mexico are requesting more security as drug cartels are making it difficult and life-threatening to cover stories. As the situation regarding drug traffickers has gotten worse, the cartels have become the “de facto authorities,” according to one Mexican newspaper. The same newspaper asked drug traffickers what they want in order to prevent further murders and attacks on journalists in the area. Many journalists and newspapers in Mexico have taken to censoring themselves in order to prevent violent responses to what is reported. However, journalists will get protection according to a plan by Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón.

—Compiled by News editors Renee Villaseñor and Sarah Kovash

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Getting in touch with golf swings and green courses Golf is known for some goofy stereotypes, but here’s how to get to know the actual sport RYAN SCHULER CONTRIBUTOR

Golf is the majestic, age-old sport that stereotypically brings together uncoordinated athletes, constant walking, funny-looking pants and a slow pace comparable to a grandma with a walker. Sounds like a real “rager.” Yet to many golfers, the sport has its moments of pure

e xc i t e ment and intensity, as well as disappointment and heartbreak, which is why many people find the game so enjoyable. Known by many as a sport t hat caters to old men utilizing their retirement funds, golf has slowly but surely made the t r a n s fo r mation to an activity fun for people of all ages.

dominate the golf scene in East County, while trees and water hazards are more prevalent along the coastal golf courses. While many college students do not possess the skill to tackle the Torrey Pines Golf Course, once home of the USGA U.S. Open (yes, it is a big deal), there are still numerous courses to conquer just a few miles from the San Diego State campus. Here are several courses that are not only close and affordable, but offer golfers a great chance to hone their skills:

Mission Trails Golf Course Adjacent to Cowles Mountain and Lake Murray, this scenic course is a favorite for local golfers. This 18hole Par 71 is located only minutes from campus, so there’s no need to take a freeway to get here. While the front nine seem fairly flat and straight, the back nine snake through canyons and finish with a panoramic view of Lake Murray, all while offering great elevation challenges. The 28-station driving range, clubhouse, pro shop, restaurant and professional instruction make Mission Trails Golf Course one of the Au best in San Diego. Also, prices are very dre yR ynb reasonable at this course with 18 erg /S taff holes costing around $25. Ph oto gra Golf cart service is ph er optional. 7380 Golfcrest Pl., San Diego, 92119 619-460-5400

Balboa Park Golf Course Only five minutes from the heart of downtown San Diego, t his course presents golfers with a view unlike any other. Set in the middle of Balboa Park, golfers are able to admire the view of the downtown skyline, Point Loma and the Pacific Ocean in the distant background. Balboa not only offers golfers an 18-hole Par 72 course, but also offers a nine-hole executive course. Known for the quality and upkeep of the grass, Balboa Park Golf Course prides itself on keeping green fees low, as to allow everyone to enjoy this course. Eighteen holes at this course will run around $30 depending on the day and whether the player is a San Diego city resident (price lowers if so). Cart fees are $26 for 18 holes and club rentals are $20 for 18 holes. A driving range, chipping greens and clubhouse are also available for use. 2600 Golf Course Dr., San Diego, 92102 619-239-1660

Sun Valley Golf Club

Even though Phil Mickelson makes golf look like a breeze on TV, people often overlook the sheer difficulty of the game. This is not a game for the impatient or easily distracted. Golf requires a player to stay focused and emotionally in control. Enriched with tradition and unofficial rules, it is necessary to truly study and practice the game of golf so as not to be embarrassed on the course. San Diego has suddenly become one of the foremost golfing spots in the nation. The beautiful yearround weather offers golfers the perfect opportunities to play throughout all four seasons. San Diego and the neighboring areas offer more than 80 golf courses to choose from. With all of them presenting their own unique layouts and terrain, it is easy for golfers of any skill level to find a course that suits their preferences. Desert courses are known to

This is one of the most relaxing, low-key courses found in San Diego. This nine-hole golf course allows golfers to practice their skills before tackling the more difficult courses. Tucked away in the hills of La Mesa, this course will not break the bank. The price for this course is $10 for nine holes. This is a perfect place for the college student who does not want to spend all day on the golf course, yet if 18 holes are necessary, it is only $14 to play the course twice. There is also a driving range, chipping area and putting greens. Club rentals are $1. 5080 Memorial Dr., La Mesa, 91941 619-466-6102

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Monday, September 27, 2010



Tony Horton, don’t push me


here is a certain pathetic quality in the fact that I have more workout outfits than occasions I’ve gone to the gym since school started. I can’t work out in public. When I exercise I tend to make disparaging remarks to the dumbbells in order to assert my dominance. I’ve noticed this isn’t socially acceptable. Therefore my workouts lately have consisted of following a Pilates DVD on my floor, where I can yell “No, I will not hold that stretch longer for an extra challenge you spandex freak!” at the televised instructor without scaring anyone. However, I was recently informed “The concept of Pilates was created when the instructors got together and said, ‘If we’re going to charge $30 a class, we can’t just call it Girl Push-Ups. Pilates is easy and dumb.’” And because peer pressure works on adults too, I decided to venture out and try something new.

P90X The first time I heard someone say “P90X” I thought they were referring to some kind of extreme motocross or heavy metal band or a newly discovered, San Diego State-originated sexually transmitted disease. For those of you who also don’t watch late-night infomercials, P90X is the Tony Horton 90-day workout routine. So I borrowed the DVDs and stood in front of the television with my roommates, ready to get a body like P!nk during her Funhouse concert tour. A few minutes before the end of the abdominal exercises, Tony swaggers up, looks right in the camera and slowly says “Ab … Ripper … X”; unadulterated testosterone dripping off every word. That’s where I lost it. Ten minutes later we were laying on the couch throwing


Skittles at the TV while fast-forwarding to our favorite parts. My choice segment is the “potstirrer cool downs” when Tony keeps asking what kind of soup his background people are stirring. During Phase 2, Tony’s friend Phil says “I’m stirring up trouble.” You go Phil! You show those viewers at home that you’re more than just a pretty face! But Tony is not pleased when someone else is trying to be more macho than he is. You can tell because he mocks Phil for not being flexible enough all through the stretch video. Oh, the drama. Pass the popcorn. And also, just to make you feel even worse about yourself, one of the guys in the plyometrics jump training part has a prosthetic leg.

The gym I believe in the gym. By this, I mean I believe the gym exists. It’s the grey and red building next to Viejas Arena that the good-looking, fit people mill around like an anthill. However, I can’t actually go in to the Aztec Recreation Center. It’s too intimidating. Everyone there is cracked out on endorphins and techno music. I almost went in last week to sign up for a membership. I was swayed by the promise of a sauna. I had a pen and everything. But, right at the moment I was about to enter through those glass doors, destiny intervened. A really attractive guy (and I’m talking the Ryan Reynolds as “Wade Wilson” kind of cute) walked out the doors. I’m almost positive The Eagles’ “Life in the Fast Lane” started playing as he walked past in slow motion. Then he turned to his friend and said, and I quote, “Dude, cheat on your

girlfriend, not your workouts.” I went home.

Running I ran the beach every Saturday this summer. However, my definition of “running” loosely translates to jogging three miles to the Del Mar ice cream stand, buying a massive vanilla cone and then walking back to my car while eating it. What? The bigger I am, the harder I am to kidnap. I tried running “for reals” on a track where there aren’t distracting snacks. There was one other person there, and he took his runs seriously. I know because he was wearing a uniform engineered for aerodynamic purposes. By this I mean he took scissors to a fraternity rush T-shirt so the arm holes extended down past chest level and his entire torso was exposed. Mr. My-Shirt-Has-Two-HugeGaping-Fabric-Flaps-Instead-ofProper-Armholes (Mr. MSHTHGFFIOPA if you will) sighed with blatant condescension every time he passed me. Finally I yelled “exercise is just the poor man’s plastic surgery!” and stomped off the track. I had a lollipop to cheer myself up. I’ll start running again when I see a runner smiling. A fitness routine just isn’t for me. I’m going to stick to running my mouth, pushing my luck and jumping to conclusions. Actually … no! I’m going back to Pilates! Pilates is like life — if you think it’s easy then you’re just doing it wrong.


TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (9/27/10) You feel the need to expand and/or use personal resources in new ways this year.You develop intelligent plans that hold promise of success based upon your own best efforts and not on the promises of others. Cultivate an alternate income source. ARIES (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 6 Unless you agree on details with someone close, you both end up fussing with neither one of you happy.You may have to go more than halfway. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 5 - A male in your environment is anxious to provide for you. Let him supply food and drink while you continue to work. Don't interrupt the idea flow. GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) - Today is a 5 You need to take care of practical matters before taking on any team activities.That way there's no stress buildup. Clean something. CANCER (June 22 - July 22) - Today is a 5 You could spend the entire day considering a gift for someone special. Or you could join the group, get down to business and get the job done. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is a 5 - A female associate inspires your passions through an invitation. Make sure you understand the appropriate dress code.Then you can relax and enjoy the company. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is a 6 Invite people over for some serious fun.

You choose the game. Give someone else the opportunity to plan the menu. Use paper plates. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 7 Instead of frantically sorting through possibilities, take direct action. Physical movement reduces stress and allows you to reach a conclusion. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 6 - A female tells you how to achieve greater comfort in a relationship. Don't fuss about the facts. Just follow her advice for best results. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 5 - Everyone puts their heads together to revise previously completed work. You're comfortable with just watching. Serve drinks and treats. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 6 - Your need for creative expression gets fulfilled through a group activity. At first you doubt this could be possible, but give it a chance. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is a 7 - Plan a romantic moment. Keep all the details secret until you're sure about the venue and the guest list.Trust someone with experience to help. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 7 A couple you haven't seen in a long time issues an invitation for quite soon. Shuffle your schedule and make reservations immediately. © 2010,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.




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Instructions: Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit

— Kristen Ace Nevarez is a theater arts senior who is just trying to get through the day without breaking anything.

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ACROSS 1 Sign up 6 “My Cousin Vinny” star Joe 11 Cooperstown shrine: Abbr. 14 First lady before Michelle 15 Revolutionary Allen 16 Tic-tac-toe loser 17 High rollers 19 Pin for hanging 20 Election losers 21 Observing 23 Musical scale unit 24 Morales of “Jericho” 26 Duped person 29 “Do as I say, not as I do” speakers 34 Deal in stocks 36 Stimpy’s partner 37 Actor Brad 38 Thinker Descartes 39 Like the house this puzzle’s subject couldn’t destroy 41 K-12 sch. years 42 On a cruise 43 “The View” network 44 Dig discovery 45 Shrill “compliment” to a pretty woman 49 “How revolting!” 50 One, to Beethoven 51 Den or parlor 53 One in a multiple birth 56 Pet lizards’ homes 60 German conjunction 61 Catch your breath, or what the subject of this puzzle (found at the start of 17-, 29- and 45Across) does


Solution available online at 64 Swearing-in words 65 Motionless 66 Nightmare loc. of film 67 D.C. dealmaker 68 Like a catchingup letter 69 Some towed vehicles, briefly DOWN 1 Napoleon’s exile isle 2 File target 3 Carpets 4 Director Welles 5 Carriage passenger’s warmer 6 Confined, as pigs 7 Approx. takeoff hrs. 8 Boater’s pronoun

9 Automobile 10 Crotch-to-ankle pants measure 11 Native Arizonans 12 Plow pullers 13 Verne’s circumnavigator Phineas 18 “I could __ horse!” 22 “Yahoo!” 24 Biz VIP 25 Went down like a stone 26 Like a house destroyed by this puzzle’s subject 27 “Am not!” retort 28 Group of judges 30 Idle and Clapton 31 Actress Palmer 32 Code of conduct 33 See 26-Down clue

35 Overwhelm with noise 39 German road 40 MLB scoring stats 44 Stock up again 46 Live __ one’s means 47 The “T” in NATO 48 Forsaken 52 Source of Canada’s symbolic leaf 53 Comical comment 54 Cancel 55 Fan club favorite 56 Swaps between accts. 57 Type of roast 58 In that event 59 P.M. periods 62 A, to Berlioz 63 Not many


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