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Bella Ross

Bella Ross, Editor in Chief

Bella Ross is an SDSU senior double majoring in journalism and political science. She started working at The Daily Aztec in the news section in Fall 2017 and started to make videos for the newspaper in the Spring. She also works as an intern for Voice of San Diego and does some freelance work. In the past, she's worked at KPBS, inewsource and The San Diego Union-Tribune. She is hoping to report on national politics for a large newspaper one day. Follow her on Twitter @BellaMayaRoss.

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Senior Farewell: Bella Ross

Senior Farewell: Bella Ross

May 15, 2020

College felt like it lasted exactly two seconds. I truly can’t believe it’s almost been four years since I moved into Zura as a freshman at San Diego...

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SDSU students begin receiving CARES Act disbursements

SDSU students begin receiving CARES Act disbursements

May 8, 2020

Updated: Monday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. San Diego State has confirmed the disbursement of CARES Act funding to students and released the criteria officials...

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Signs outside of a construction zone by the SDSU Gateway Center warn about the dangers of COVID-19 and how to stay safe.

[Photo] $130 million in projects suspended at SDSU to mitigate impacts of coronavirus

May 7, 2020

Signs outside of a construction zone by the SDSU Gateway Center warn about the dangers of COVID-19 and how to stay safe.

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CSU Chancellor Timothy White said earlier this month that the only refunds students would be getting would be for parking, meal plans and residence halls.

Students sue CSU over lack of refunds for mandatory campus fees

April 30, 2020

A class action lawsuit was filed Monday against the California State University system, demanding prorated refunds for mandatory campus fees that provide...

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San Diego State’s Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex recently earned its LEED Gold certification.

Some departments unable to apply credit/no credit courses toward graduation requirements

April 29, 2020

Editor's Note: This story incorrectly says ABET, an accrediting body for engineering programs, does not permit grading alterations in light of COVID-19....

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Data: Freshmen, transfer graduation rates at SDSU among highest in CSU system

Data: Freshmen, transfer graduation rates at SDSU among highest in CSU system

April 17, 2020

Data on graduation rates across the California State University system places San Diego State toward the top of the bunch when it comes to students who...

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SDSU extends deadline for withdrawing from courses, offers limited credit/no credit option

SDSU extends deadline for withdrawing from courses, offers limited credit/no credit option

April 15, 2020

San Diego State is extending the course withdrawal deadline to May 7 and offering a credit/no credit option for qualifying classes in an attempt to provide...

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Diplo is one of the many artists on Instagram who is partaking in live shows online amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

[Photo] Music industry moves online with livestreams, fundraisers

April 14, 2020

Diplo is one of the many artists on Instagram who is partaking in live shows online amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Brenden Tuccinardi will serve as The Daily Aztec's editor in chief for the 2020-2021 school year.

Blog: Brenden Tuccinardi named editor in chief for 2020-21

April 8, 2020

Brenden Tuccinardi, a former engagement editor for The Daily Aztec, has been named editor in chief for the 2020-2021 academic year. Since Fall 2017,...

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Candidates from Serve SDSYOU and SDSU 2020 Vision set up signs outside Hepner Hall as part of their campaigns, despite the campus being largely empty as a result of COVID-19.

[Photo] The Daily Aztec endorses Christian Holt for A.S. president, members from both slates for other positions

March 24, 2020

Candidates from Serve SDSYOU and SDSU 2020 Vision set up signs outside Hepner Hall as part of their campaigns, despite the campus being largely empty as...

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A.S. presidential candidate Christian Holt ran for executive vice president last year and lost. He is now reusing his previous campaign account for his new slate, putting SDSU 2020 Vision hundreds of followers ahead of Serve SDSYOU.

SDSU 2020 Vision recycles old Instagram account, putting them hundreds of followers ahead of competitors

March 22, 2020

Not even a week before candidates in this year’s Associated Students elections were able to launch their campaigns, San Diego State’s campus went from...

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San Diego State will no longer host in-person courses due to coronavirus concerns, although online learning is set to continue for the remainder of the semester.

[Photo] Everything we currently know about the coronavirus at SDSU

March 18, 2020

San Diego State will no longer host in-person courses due to coronavirus concerns, although online learning is set to continue for the remainder of the...

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San Diego State will no longer host in-person courses due to coronavirus concerns, although online learning is set to continue for the remainder of the semester.

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March 18, 2020

San Diego State will no longer host in-person courses due to coronavirus concerns, although online learning is set to continue for the remainder of the...

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San Diego State freshmen move out of campus housing in mid-March amid the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

[Photo] Semester in Review: Coronavirus and a historic season for men's basketball

May 16, 2020

San Diego State freshmen move out of campus housing in mid-March amid the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Just a few days before SDSU shut down most campus operations, students practiced social distancing at the Starbucks in the student union. The location had about half the tables it normally would in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

[Photo] Opinion: Health should be our main concern, not productivity

March 24, 2020

Just a few days before SDSU shut down most campus operations, students practiced social distancing at the Starbucks in the student union. The location...

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group of graduates holding diploma

CSU: Commencement ceremonies to be postponed, virtual platforms adopted system-wide

March 17, 2020

All campuses within the California State University system are planning to postpone commencement ceremonies due to coronavirus concerns, according to an...

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Non-essential campus workers asked to stop coming to work, library closes indefinitely

Non-essential campus workers asked to stop coming to work, library closes indefinitely

March 17, 2020

A late-night email from campus leaders asked any non-essential campus employees who can do their jobs remotely to stay home in an effort to slow the spread...

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SDSU to go online-only starting Friday, cancels most events until April 8

SDSU to go online-only starting Friday, cancels most events until April 8

March 12, 2020

Effective Friday, March 13, all face-to-face instruction aside from lab classes will be halted to prevent the spread of coronavirus, superseding an announcement...

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SDSU suspends all spring break, summer study abroad programs to prevent coronavirus spread

SDSU suspends all spring break, summer study abroad programs to prevent coronavirus spread

March 9, 2020

San Diego State has chosen to suspend all spring break and summer study abroad programs in an effort to reduce student exposure to the coronavirus, according...

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Jan. 18th, 2020 - San Diego Women's March

[Photo] We still need feminism to enact social change

January 22, 2020

Jan. 18th, 2020 - San Diego Women's March

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New details come forth about investigation into death of SDSU freshman

New details come forth about investigation into death of SDSU freshman

January 20, 2020

San Diego State is being forced to address questions surrounding the November death of freshman Dylan Hernandez following the release of details from a...

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People across San Diego show up to the march, along with groups like Planned Parenthood and pro-reproductive and LGBTQIA+ rights organizations.

[Photo] Fourth annual Women’s March takes place in Downtown San Diego

January 18, 2020

People across San Diego show up to the march, along with groups like Planned Parenthood and pro-reproductive and LGBTQIA+ rights organizations.

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Released photo of the man suspected of inappropriately exposing himself in a campus parking lot on Dec. 14.

Police searching for man suspected of indecent exposure on campus

December 16, 2019

Campus police are actively searching for a man suspected of exposing himself inappropriately in a campus parking lot this weekend, according to a community...

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Students, faculty members, teachers, parents and other supporters took to California campuses and streets March 2010 to protest fee increases and funding cuts.

Top SDSU stories of the 2010s

December 11, 2019

2009-2010: Students Approval Student Union Remodel The white-and-teal behemoth that now serves as SDSU’s student union was once subject to the kinds...

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Dylan Hernandez, a freshman at SDSU, died on Nov. 8 after falling off his bunk bed in his dorm room. He had attended a fraternity party before the incident.

University announces members of task forces to investigate alcohol, student safety

November 27, 2019

San Diego State has announced the members of two presidential task forces to study alcohol and substance abuse, as well as student safety generally, after...

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Residents of Aztec Corner have turned to the internet to petition living conditions and long maintenance repair times.

[Photo] Aztec Corner residents blast student housing, maintenance for ‘god awful conditions’

November 19, 2019

Residents of Aztec Corner have turned to the internet to petition living conditions and long maintenance repair times.

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Biology professor Chris Glembotski meets with his students outside Student Services East due to a campus power outage on Nov. 12.

[Photo] Power outage occurs across San Diego, SDSU classes canceled

November 12, 2019

Biology professor Chris Glembotski meets with his students outside Student Services East due to a campus power outage on Nov. 12.

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All 14 IFC-affiliated fraternities suspended following incident at chapter party

All 14 IFC-affiliated fraternities suspended following incident at chapter party

November 8, 2019

San Diego State President Adela de la Torre has suspended all Interfraternity Council chapters after SDSU Police launched an investigation into an incident...

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A screenshot of the College Republicans Twitter page, a key part of the organization's rebrand.

College Republicans lean into right-wing rebrand in return to campus

October 30, 2019

After a rough start to the calendar year, the San Diego State College Republicans are looking to make a comeback on campus. But the organization’s...

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Bombero sofoca incendio de maleza al este del campus y causó evacuaciones.

Brush fire near SDSU sparks road closure, apartment evacuations

September 15, 2019

UPDATE: 5:40 p.m. A campus-wide email from university police around 5:30 p.m. said the fire is now fully contained. The email did not identify a...

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Some science labs and offices remain open in the Professional Studies and Fine Arts building at San Diego State University as renovations continue, July 25, 2019.

SDSU put students, faculty in harm’s way when construction project went awry, records show

August 26, 2019

Faced with a deadline to finish $2.5 million in renovations to a San Diego State University building or risk losing most of the funds, campus officials...

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[Video] Hundreds march to protest migrant detention centers in San Ysidro

July 12, 2019

Activists gathered to protest the living conditions of the migrant detention centers, abolish ICE and raise awareness.

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The PSFA building on the west end of campus will shut down temporarily on March 13 after fumes from construction on the roof reportedly caused some faculty members to become sick.

PSFA to reopen next week, could see another two years of improvements

May 23, 2019

A campus-wide email sent on Wednesday afternoon said the Professional Studies and Fine Arts building – heading into the 10th week of its temporary closure...

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Women's Resource Center issues campus-wide apology after sharing 'disrespectful' pro-Palestine photo

Women’s Resource Center issues campus-wide apology after sharing ‘disrespectful’ pro-Palestine photo

May 16, 2019

The Women’s Resource Center at San Diego State sent a campus-wide email on Thursday afternoon apologizing for featuring a “disrespectful” image on...

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Year in review: Meningitis outbreak, Greek life suspensions, racism on campus

Year in review: Meningitis outbreak, Greek life suspensions, racism on campus

May 8, 2019

Meningitis Outbreak One of the first big news stories of the year landed when a student attending sorority rush events on the weekend of Sept. 1 contracted...

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El Alma: Letter from the editor

El Alma: Letter from the editor

May 8, 2019

The only thing that could make the process of producing a magazine more exhausting would be focusing the entire thing on the issue of sexual assault. I...

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Carley Fischer, the lead singer of San Diego punk band Creature Culture, performing at the Che Cafe on April 19.

[Video] Local San Diego music scene gets a taste of cancel culture

May 8, 2019

Note: This story includes explicit descriptions of sexual assault. In 2018, NPR reported in a podcast that fans of the hardcore music scene in Richmond,...

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PSFA debacle prompts de la Torre to improve university communications

PSFA debacle prompts de la Torre to improve university communications

May 1, 2019

President Adela de la Torre acknowledged what she described as the failure of San Diego State’s communications department to nimbly and transparently...

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[Video] NFL draft prospect from SDSU accused of emotional, physical abuse

April 24, 2019

Note: This story includes explicit descriptions of domestic violence. He’s 6 feet 6 inches tall and 312 pounds. He’s a 2019 NFL draft prospect and...

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Speech, language and hearing sciences freshmen Ashley Vanderpan and Serena Godson share a meal at Plant Power, including an avocado wrap and a burger.

[Photo] Plant Power attracts over 1,100 customers on first day of business

April 17, 2019

Speech, language and hearing sciences freshmen Ashley Vanderpan and Serena Godson share a meal at Plant Power, including an avocado wrap and a burger.

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Students line up for meningitis vaccinations outside of Viejas Arena on Oct. 8 after this year's first meningitis scare.

‘Probable case’ of meningitis reported after Greek life events, clinics scheduled for this week

April 17, 2019

A “probable case” of meningococcal meningitis has been reported at San Diego State, with possible ties to Greek life events that occurred over the...

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The Black Resource center experienced a break-in sometime between Friday, April 12 and Sunday morning.

Police investigating vandalism at Black Resource Center

April 14, 2019

An incident of vandalism that hit San Diego State's Black Resource Center over the weekend has prompted a police investigation. University spokeswoman...

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President Adela de la Torre addresses Viejas Arena, filled with university community members, at her inauguration on April 11.

Adela de la Torre’s inauguration focuses on fostering curiosity, courage and compassion

April 11, 2019

As if 10 months on the job wasn’t enough to make it official, President Adela de la Torre celebrated her official inauguration in an April 11 ceremony...

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San Diego State President Adela de la Torre walks toward guests after a flag raising ceremony in June 2018.

Preview: President Adela de la Torre’s inauguration planned for April 11

April 10, 2019

After joining the San Diego State community in June 2018, President Adela de la Torre will have her official inauguration on Thursday, April 11. The...

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SDSU says communication about PSFA odor issues was a ‘failure,’ building to remain closed

April 9, 2019

Confusion and annoyance marked the tone of the second open forum about the closure of a campus building on April 8, as former occupants grappled with news...

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Students pass the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts building at San Diego State University on March 28, 2019. The building was closed from odors because of roofing repairs.

Health concerns, complaints over noxious fumes prompt action by SDSU president

April 3, 2019

This story is the product of a collaboration between The Daily Aztec and inewsource. Brad Racino is a senior investigative reporter for inewsource. More...

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