The Daily Aztec

All content by Caitlin Johnson
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Editors say farewell: Caitlin Johnson, copy chief

May 8, 2014

Initially I was going to write something profound and life-changing for those of you continuing on into the next semester, but come on - no one really...

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If I was a cool kid

May 2, 2014

As I recently meandered around campus, wandering aimlessly to further procrastinate on my projects, I began to notice a trend. So many students were...

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The truth about San Diego State

April 25, 2014

Dear prospective students and incoming freshmen, As you traverse the beautiful campus that is San Diego State, validating your desire to have your parents...

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Crazy thing called life

April 18, 2014

I’m finally beginning to understand that the only definite thing in life is death. Morbid, but true. You can plan things all you want, but there’s...

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Senioritis is not a joke

April 12, 2014

I’d like to address a serious topic that inflicts millions of students across the nation each year: Senioritis. It’s a real disease. Naysayers will...

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Spring breaking bad

March 28, 2014

Ah, spring break. It's the time of year college students all across the country take a break from drinking and partying for more drinking and partying....

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Bad luck of the Irish

March 17, 2014

Everyone wants to be a little bit Irish. I know I have some green in my blood, as a mutt with a lineage tracing all across Europe. But the real reason...

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The ARC Express at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

‘Weight’ a minute: On-the-go and fun ways to get in shape at the student union

March 7, 2014

Spring is a time for new beginnings. A warm wind begins to breathe life into San Diego State, making its way through the grand arched walkways of the Conrad...

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The pursuit of happiness

March 7, 2014

A few months ago a friend asked what I would wish for if I could have just one thing out of life. As nearsighted as I am, I told him I wanted to finish...

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It’s not always sunny in San Diego

February 28, 2014

Being a San Diegan is tough. Everyone thinks we have it so easy, as part of the only region in the country that isn’t currently buried in snow. But...

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The best Valentine’s date of all: Me, myself and I

February 14, 2014

I’ve never cared much for Valentine’s Day, but it is a good excuse for me to get all fancied up and be treated to something nice. This year, I have...

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By Caitlin Johnson

Museum seeks to tell “her story”

September 5, 2013

Imagine it’s the late 19th century. Women across the U.S. are fed up with being treated like second-class citizens. For centuries they’ve been cast...

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Health dominates student video series

Health dominates student video series

August 12, 2013

It’s not always easy to fully realize one’s dream, starting from scratch and turning it into a reality. It can be a tricky recipe that calls for determination,...

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Aztec racers do much more than cross finish lines

July 22, 2013

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...

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Until next year!

July 21, 2013

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...

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Ships, stars and swag

July 21, 2013

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...

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Two down, two to go

July 19, 2013

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...

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Day one does not disappoint

July 18, 2013

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...

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SDSU student showcases gendered-toy exhibit

April 21, 2013

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,...

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Hiking trails highlight San Diego’s great outdoors

April 17, 2013

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...

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Solana Beach plastic ban and paper tax is in the bag

April 14, 2013

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...

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The kids are not all right

March 26, 2013

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...

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Take a bite out of irresponsible food waste

March 21, 2013

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...

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Businesses need to stay out of their employees’ kitchens

March 7, 2013

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...

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Special Collections home to ancient astronomy artifacts

March 6, 2013

Texts can often be a form of time travel. A good book can cause the world around us to fall away as readers are transported to another reality. They are...

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Panel aims to combat San Diego homelessness

February 26, 2013

Last Thursday, a small crowd gathered in the back streets of downtown San Diego. The evening sun sank below the skyline, illuminating the rain-soaked ground...

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Phó Ca Dao is a ‘pho-nominal’ experience

February 26, 2013

When considering Vietnamese food in San Diego, East County is probably the last area that comes to mind. Those of us who call the area home must typically...

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Only we can stop inhumane factory farming

Only we can stop inhumane factory farming

February 18, 2013

During our daily routine, we don’t often think about where our food actually comes from. As much as we’d like to assume the hamburgers we’re eating...

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This semester, practice fiscal responsibility

February 13, 2013

I was recently looking at my pathetic bank account balance and wondered where all my money had gone. A quick glance around my apartment confirmed what...

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Video games battle undeserved violent criticism

January 22, 2013

When I was a staff columnist for my high school newspaper in 2005, I remember covering the idea that violent video games contribute to real-world violence....

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“Great Balls of Fire” kicks off Museum Month

“Great Balls of Fire” kicks off Museum Month

January 21, 2013

The air is warm and damp. The land is teeming with countless unnamed plant and animal species, all surviving on a day-to-day basis. Life is thriving in...

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Giving isn’t only for the holidays

Giving isn’t only for the holidays

December 5, 2012

Have you donated during the holiday season or volunteered at a soup kitchen? We can’t all look as good as Paul Ryan while washing dishes, but don’t...

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Obamacare costs lead to hour cuts

November 27, 2012

For the most part, I try to stay out of politics. What’s supposed to be a fair and a balanced debate usually comes off as childish bickering with neither...

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New freeway signs provide better direction

November 14, 2012

Driving is one of my least favorite things to do. I’m positive the worst drivers in the county have a radar letting them know when I’m on the...

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Prop 37: Consumers have a right to know about GMOs

November 1, 2012

In just a few days, voters will go to the polls and cast their votes on many important issues. Bayonets and binders of women aside, the ballot this...

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Robotic squirrel is investment in education, not waste

October 25, 2012

In a not-so-apocalyptic wilderness, only one hero will come forth to save squirrel-kind. Part beast, part cyborg, the robotic squirrel aims to level...

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Use public transit to reduce gas dependence

October 17, 2012

I had a epiphany recently as I stood at the gas pump, numbers eat away at my bank account. I realized this trend of rising gas prices isn’t...

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Sleepless SD naps on issues

October 10, 2012

I have never been homeless. Growing up, there were rough patches when my family was forced to move many times in the course of a few years, but...

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Prep early for fire season

October 3, 2012

"Survivor" is an entertaining show. Not just because it's interesting to watch bikini- clad bimbos act out first world problems—although that’s...

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Superhero role models unmask self-esteem

September 26, 2012

I hear Tony Stark is great at parties. He has it all: money, girls and of course, a superhero identity complete with a flying power suit. I’m sure...

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Don’t be shellfish and keep plastic bags out of our ocean

September 17, 2012

I love the turtles from Disney's "Finding Nemo." There's something liberating about the way they move in the water. I also enjoy their cool surfer...

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Keep print journalism alive

September 13, 2012

There's no question about it: Journalism as we know it is dying. Newsrooms are shrinking, jobs are being cut and journalists are reconsidering their careers....

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Students must adopt a better diet for a healthier life

September 5, 2012

Another semester has begun and if you’re like me, you’re already swamped with assignments, readings, work and everything else that goes with it....

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A day without a smartphone

August 30, 2012

The other day I left my smartphone at home by accident. That meant no calls, no texts, and certainly no Internet, which I had become accustomed to browsing...

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