The Daily Aztec

New immigration policy offers new chance

by Leonardo Castaneda

August 29, 2011

Immigration has been at the heart of what America stands for since its very foundation. Struggling people from around the world have come here hoping to build a better life for themselves and their families — the American Dream. Yet ever...

The Daily Aztec, redesigned and redefined

by Daniela Anderson

August 28, 2011

You may have noticed a few changes to your paper. As a student-run organization, the Daily Aztec is staffed by ever-changing layers of undergraduates. As generations move upward and onward to (hopefully) more permanen...

Abolish tax loopholes to rebuild economy

by Brody Burns

August 28, 2011

The corporate tax rate in the United States is approximately 35 percent, and stands as one of the highest rates in the world. As a result, a staggering number of tax havens are utilized to pay a lower rate, which sends American...

Book bans rob students of expanded worldview

by John Anderson

August 8, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...