The Daily Aztec

Book bans rob students of expanded worldview

by John Anderson

August 8, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Mark down another win for censorship and intellectual oppression. A concerned parent’s complaint has led to the banning of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” from Missouri’s Republic High School’s English curriculum. The s...

Hirshman’s raise is well-deserved

by Beth Elderkin

July 24, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Dear students of San Diego State, I understand there’s been some controversy about the $50,000 raise approved for the new SDSU president, Elliot Hirshman, made on the same day a 12 percent tuition hike was approved for California State University students such as yourselves. Before...

Raise insults starving students

by Chris Pocock

July 24, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Dear esteemed members of the CSU Board of Trustees, Consider this my application for president of San Diego State University. I realize the $50,000 bonus you generously handed President Elliot Hirshman no doubt demonstrates your approval for our new president. But given the opportuni...

Target episodic homeless with gov funding

by Leonardo Castaneda

July 24, 2011

Filed under Opinion

A favorite recessionary pastime of Americans has always been to point the finger at those who have made it through unscathed — bankers, executives, regulators; you know the type — and grumble at the unfairness of it all. “Look at us,” we’ll say, “tightening ...

History classes must recognize LGBT events

by Randy Wilde

July 24, 2011

Filed under Opinion

There was a time when African-American perspectives or the contributions of women in history or social science education would have been considered radical and uncouth. Now it’s hard to imagine how any self-respecting instructor c...

Defend video games as art, not as a threat

by John Anderson

July 10, 2011

Filed under Opinion

I would love to justify pouring — truly — countless hours of my life into video games as exploring artistic expression. I firmly believe some of the experiences I’ve had in virtual reality are extremely arty; these sto...

Purify ‘brown’ water to solve SD water crisis

by Randy Wilde

July 10, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Sometimes it takes time for solid reasoning and hard facts to overcome knee-jerk reactions and misconceptions. After originally vetoing plans to open a new Water Purification Demonstration Project, Mayor Jerry Sanders recently...

Pres. ‘debates’ lack insight into politicians

by Brody Burns

June 27, 2011

Filed under Opinion

It’s official — the bizarre, vain and superfluous presidential election season has officially kicked off. The most recent offering was delivered by CNN and its June 13 New Hampshire Republican Debate. With the actual election about 500 days away, CNN felt the responsibility to start vetting possible candidates...

Gay Marriage, Libya and Surfing Madonna

by Chris Pocock

June 27, 2011

Filed under Opinion

International: The U.S. House of Representatives sent a mixed message to the White House, refusing to authorize further military operations in Libya, but rejecting a motion to cut military funding for the conflict. National...

SlutWalk reinvents sexist perceptions of rape

by Leonardo Castaneda

June 26, 2011

Filed under Opinion

If you happened to be downtown on June 11, you would have come across a peculiar sight — an army of self-proclaimed sluts proudly parading along the Gaslamp. The SlutWalk San Diego was a protest unlike any seen in the last decade,...

Require tech ‘boot camp’ to train teachers

by Jacob Clark

May 10, 2011

Filed under Opinion

Our generation has become shamelessly dependent on technology. And why shouldn’t it? The latest and greatest technology gets things done faster, easier and more efficiently. Information is readily accessible when and where we need it. It has seeped into our dai...