The Daily Aztec

Aztec racers do much more than cross finish lines

by Caitlin Johnson

July 22, 2013

Filed under Arts & Lifestyle

It’s a warm summer day in June. The humid Nebraskan air radiates off the pavement in waves as student teams make final adjustments to their racers before the competitions begin. Hopes are high as teams fend off anxiousness,...

Until next year!

by Caitlin Johnson

July 21, 2013

Filed under Entertainment

That’s all folks—the end of Comic-Con 2013 as we know it. Sundays at the convention always carry with them a bittersweet sentiment. A certain sadness seems to echo throughout the emptying exhibit hall as attendees feebly cling...

Ships, stars and swag

by Caitlin Johnson

July 21, 2013

Filed under Entertainment

It's interesting what you can discover if you let yourself go with the flow at Comic-Con. I had little planned for today, yet it still turned out to be one of the best days I've had in all my years of attendance. The morning began early en...

Two down, two to go

by Caitlin Johnson

July 19, 2013

Filed under Entertainment

As of tonight, Comic-Con is already half done. Somewhat of a sad sentiment, but honestly I'm not sure if my tired body could handle much more. The crowds were out in full-force, Friday probably being the busiest day next t...

Day one does not disappoint

by Caitlin Johnson

July 18, 2013

Filed under Uncategorized

The sights and smells of Comic-Con have long become nostalgic for me—the scent of stale pizza wafting across the chilled exhibit hall air, the murmur of hundreds of thousands of voices as people shuffle across the floor, searching...

SDSU student showcases gendered-toy exhibit

by Caitlin Johnson

April 21, 2013

Filed under Arts & Lifestyle

Off the coast of imagination in a sea of creativity lie the Toy Isles, a collection of islands home to some of the world’s most beloved toys. For years, they remained isolated from the mainland, a nation segregated by the stereotypical gender values of s...

Hiking trails highlight San Diego’s great outdoors

by Caitlin Johnson

April 17, 2013

Filed under Arts & Lifestyle

It’s a brilliant spring afternoon in beautiful San Diego, a perfect day for a hike. The sun illuminates the cloudless blue sky, bathing the earth in a warm light as nature emerges from its winter sleep. The sweet smell of...

Solana Beach plastic ban and paper tax is in the bag

by Caitlin Johnson

April 14, 2013

Filed under Opinion

Last month, the Solana Beach City Council held a meeting to revisit the plastic bag ban initiated in August last year. The council agreed to leave the ordinance as is, including the 10-cent charge per paper bag used in grocery...

The kids are not all right

by Caitlin Johnson

March 26, 2013

Filed under The Back Page

As someone who has a low tolerance for children—particularly the loud, obnoxious and snot-covered ones—I avoid playgrounds like the plague. I suspect such locations are breeding grounds for disease. Why do I prefer to avoid...

Take a bite out of irresponsible food waste

by Caitlin Johnson

March 21, 2013

Filed under Opinion

It’s no secret that millions of people around the world go hungry each year. Americans tend to be sympathetic, but unsurprised, when they hear about the woes of another poverty-stricken family struggling to put food on the table. What’s even more surprising is the incomprehensibl...

Businesses need to stay out of their employees’ kitchens

by Caitlin Johnson

March 7, 2013

Filed under Opinion

Most of us can recall suppressed memories of the childhood angst we experienced when our parents forced us to eat foods we hated. They swore up and down that broccoli was “good for us” and, despite our whiny pleas, we could...