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Aaliyah Alexander, Opinion Editor

Aaliyah Alexander is a junior studying journalism and international studies. 

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Cover of Joy Crookes debut album Skin.

Review: Joy Crookes’ “Skin” is a portrait of one’s strength and beauty

October 21, 2021

A beautiful story with chapters on relationships, mental health and politics is captured in London-based artist Joy Crookes’ debut album “Skin.” Five...

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Everyone should have chance to be seen as main character

Everyone should have chance to be seen as main character

October 6, 2021

No matter how evolved the entertainment industry seems, it still lacks a crucial component for its viewers: representation.  I thought I was the only...

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[Photo] Foreign language curriculums are ineffective

September 10, 2021

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Focus on creating a lifestyle, not career

Focus on creating a lifestyle, not career

September 1, 2021

Is it safe to make the assumption that most of us have been taught, what I like to call, “society’s template for success?”  From observing others...

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Ways to overcome homesickness easily

Ways to overcome homesickness easily

August 26, 2021

“Leaving the nest” is a big deal in our society.  In a way, it's a rite of passage — a time where parents or guardians get to see the little...

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What your horoscope says about back-to-school season

What your horoscope says about back-to-school season

August 16, 2021

Alas, school is back in session, which means no more summer shenanigans, sleeping in and freedom. Adjusting to a new routine after months of online classes...

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Professionalism norms are outdated and need to be modernized

Professionalism norms are outdated and need to be modernized

July 15, 2021

"I may be a bit biased, but I don’t see a problem with a doctor being “tatted up” or a teacher with pink hair because it doesn’t affect the way...

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Willow Smiths music is underrated and deserves more attention

Willow Smith’s music is underrated and deserves more attention

June 30, 2021

"I understand that her music isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea but can’t that be said for every artist out there? Olivia Rodrigo’s music...

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Hustle culture can be toxic

Hustle culture can be toxic

June 21, 2021

Hard work is undeniably essential to achieving goals. If one puts in the effort, anything can manifest in his or her life.  This truth carried me as...

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Pictured (left to right) Ashley Luckett, Sarah Allen, Bailey Kirkland, Aaliyah Alexander, Kendra Williams and Jackson Hale. Photo provided by Aaliyah Alexander.

Normalize reverse homesickness in college

May 28, 2021

After a long spring semester at college, I couldn’t wait to return home to Mississippi.  The thought of returning to my bedroom, home-cooked meals,...

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Review: Demi Lovato explores tragedy and resilience in new documentary and album

Review: Demi Lovato explores tragedy and resilience in new documentary and album

May 5, 2021

“Dancing With the Devil… The Art of Starting Over” felt as if artist Demi Lovato was closing a difficult chapter of her life’s story she doesn’t...

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Discovering your purpose shouldnt be easy

Discovering your purpose shouldn’t be easy

May 5, 2021

People always say that good and worthwhile things take time.  Personal experience has taught me that the things that require patience and time feel...

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They walked so I could run

They walked so I could run

February 3, 2021

I have the honor and privilege to say I am one of the “lucky ones.”  As a 21st century Black woman, I live in an era where I am free to pursue...

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Music artists Chloe x Halle, Alicia Keys, Giveon, Rina Sawayama and UMI highlight part one of The Daily Aztecs Albums of The Year.

DA Staff Picks: The Best Albums of 2020, Part One

December 9, 2020

After a stressful year exacerbated by a devastating pandemic, a tense presidential election, and the increasing effects of climate change, the year 2020...

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We should focus on a few set of skills instead of many

We should focus on a few set of skills instead of many

November 23, 2020

Growing up, I was always taught to focus on and invest my time in what would look good on my resume. Whether that be college or job resumes, the advice...

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Maple Coffee Smoothie.

The Bite: New Vegan-Friendly food to ring in the fall season

November 12, 2020

Fall is the time for cool weather, colorful leaves, cozy sweaters, lifetime movies, and most importantly, delicious food. To honor this special season,...

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Imposter syndrome is more common than you think and needs to be validated

Imposter syndrome is more common than you think and needs to be validated

November 12, 2020

There are a lot of things young people in this generation deal with in increasing numbers — anxiety, depression, peer pressure and more. Although previous...

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The Flavored Mocha, featuring coffee, vegan hot cocoa powder, non-dairy milk and syrup flavoring.

Review: Do-It-Yourself Starbucks Drinks with a vegan twist

October 26, 2020

It’s that time of year where the leaves start changing, the air starts cooling and the distinct feeling of fall is around us. With the arrival of this...

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Everyone has the power to create their reality through manifestation

Everyone has the power to create their reality through manifestation

October 23, 2020

“There’s a redemptive power that making a choice has,” actor Will Smith said in an interview. “Rather than feeling like you’re at effect to all...

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Opinion: Current school systems arent broken, theyre just outdated

Opinion: Current school systems aren’t broken, they’re just outdated

October 21, 2020

There’s this quote that says, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” In this case,...

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The original message of self-care has gotten mistranslated

The original message of self-care has gotten mistranslated

September 20, 2020

The self-care movement has evolved so much over the past few years alongside the self-love movement.  Self-care and self-love are two phrases that...

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The mac n cheeze from Trilogy Cafe provides a feeling of comfort food while being healthy for you.

Review: Vegan spots worth visiting in the campus community

September 11, 2020

Tired of the same old food joints you visit weekly? Need some new places to try out to spice up your taste buds? Here are five vegan restaurants around...

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This list of vegan snacks are quick and easy to make, providing the food you need to refuel this semester.

Quick and easy vegan snacks worth trying this semester

September 1, 2020

With school back in session, most students have busy schedules with no time to waste. Being on-the-go or working from home makes it hard to remember to...

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Plant-based alternatives that are available at most mainstream grocery stores.

A plant-based lifestyle is becoming more mainstream

August 11, 2020

The most common diet among us is what we would call an omnivore diet. From one generation to the next, consuming meat and animal by-products such as milk,...

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There are different avenues to happiness for different people

There are different avenues to happiness for different people

July 6, 2020

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is a phrase we’ve all heard once before. The American dream is built on the truth that everyone has the right...

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Noah Cyrus released her second EP The End of Everything after a two-year hiatus.

Noah Cyrus explores personal challenges and relationships in new EP

June 12, 2020

Unlike many other albums, “The End of Everything” by Noah Cyrus leaves listeners with a heavy heart and overwhelming emotions. The lyrics of each...

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Opinion: We will be forced to adapt to a new normal after COVID-19

Opinion: We will be forced to adapt to a new normal after COVID-19

May 12, 2020

By now, we are all familiar with the current pandemic that is affecting millions of lives. COVID-19 is a change we were not expecting and it has been drawn...

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These are reusable makeup rounds you could give as gifts.

Honor your mother this weekend with one of these zero-waste gifts

May 5, 2020

With Mothers’ Day quickly approaching, we get to show our appreciation to our loving mothers by pampering them, spending precious time with them and...

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This coffee is simple to make and delicious for bitter coffee fans.

Dreamy coffee whips up a social media trend

April 27, 2020

A new coffee trend has recently made its way into the limelight of people’s feeds throughout social media platforms. Dalgona coffee, known as “creamy...

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Ways to stay sane while under quarantine

Ways to stay sane while under quarantine

April 4, 2020

The COVID-19 virus has been dominating our newsfeeds and conversations for weeks now. The sudden outbreak has prompted sudden actions within schools, events...

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Here are the ingredients for a healthy and vegan meal.

Healthy food tips and recipes

March 29, 2020

By now, the threat of the COVID-19 virus has forced everyone indoors and it’s easy to let this abrupt change affect our health. It’s easy to neglect...

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Pairing down other items in your space can make a big impact, such as cooking and paper items.

[Photo] Column: Minimalist living and how it benefits your life

March 3, 2020

Pairing down other items in your space can make a big impact, such as cooking and paper items.

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You can brew and mix your iced coffee with almond milk.

Starbucks drinks made vegan with simple DIY instructions

February 26, 2020

Starbucks — the mother of many coffees, teas and lattes we’re all familiar with. Many of these drinks offer unique tastes that give us the fix we need...

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The ingredients and final product for the vegan strawberry milkshake.

Vegan Valentine’s Day Recipes

February 12, 2020

The way to one’s heart is through sugary, sweet desserts. So, why not take the time to make a delicious vegan friendly-treat for you and your significant...

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LUXE, Noah Leach, crown in hand after winning on Saturday night.

Drag queens dig deep for Superstar Drag Queen Crown

January 29, 2020

A diverse group of talented drag queens competed for San Diego State’s first ever Superstar Drag Queen crown on the evening of Jan. 25 at Montezuma...

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Battle of the Bands threw down on December 5th.

Bands battle for GreenFest spot

December 11, 2019

Battle of the Bands fanatics rushed into Montezuma Hall on Thursday, Dec. 5 to cheer on artists that competed for a spot to be the opening act for...

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Halloween decor for the spooky season

Halloween decor for the spooky season

October 30, 2019

‘Tis the season to be spooky! Students have been eagerly anticipating Oct. 31 and the wait is finally over. Costumes? Check. Scary movie marathon? Check....

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Attendees watch dancing and singing acts.

Students gather to celebrate Hindu Tradition: Diwali 

October 24, 2019

A widely celebrated Hindu festival called Diwali was held at Montezuma Hall by San Diego State’s Indian organization, Sanskriti.  Students gathered...

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