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David Santillan

David Santillan, Assistant News Editor

 

David is a senior at San Diego State where he is majoring in French. David has been working at The Daily Aztec since 2017 and is the current Assistant News Editor. He is a transfer student from Palomar College, where he worked as an arts & culture writer for The Telescope, Palomar's on-campus newspaper.

All content by David Santillan

JMS classes aren’t doing enough

May 9, 2019

Most of the graduating seniors on The Daily Aztec’s editorial board are students in JMS. We know the territory. We know what’s taught in these classes. There...

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Senior Farewell: David Santillan

Senior Farewell: David Santillan

May 8, 2019

And seven years later I’m finally done! When I graduated high school I wanted to be a photographer. Funny how things change. But it was through that...

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[Photo] Senior Farewell: Kemi Giwa

May 8, 2019

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Screenshot of the Snapchat video in which SDSU student Martin Ruiz can be heard making threats to student CJ Simmons.

Police make an arrest in racist Snapchat case

May 1, 2019

University police have arrested 24-year-old Martin J. Ruiz in connection with a racist Snapchat video sent to a San Diego State student. Ruiz, an SDSU...

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Racist Snapchat video sent to a student prompts response from SDSU

April 30, 2019

San Diego State found itself addressing racism this week for the third time in two months. In series of Snapchat videos and videos, an unidentified...

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(Left to right) IFC President Jacob Mahony, CPA President Nicole Calise and women’s studies sophomore Alison Aiken discussed their perspectives on Greek life at an April 22 event. The event tackled the issue of sexual assault within the Greek community.

[Photo] Event gives insight into the good and bad of Greek life at SDSU

April 23, 2019

(Left to right) IFC President Jacob Mahony, CPA President Nicole Calise and women’s studies sophomore Alison Aiken discussed their perspectives on Greek...

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Festival-goers attend the annual music and arts festival in the Coachella Valley, held on April 12-14.

[Photo] All the things Coachella had to offer this year

April 17, 2019

Festival-goers attend the annual music and arts festival in the Coachella Valley, held on April 12-14.

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[Video] 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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Salvador Hector Ochoa will assume the role of provost on July 2.

University selects Salvador Hector Ochoa to become the next provost

April 9, 2019

The search for the San Diego State’s next provost is over. University President Adela de la Torre announced in an April 8 campus-wide email that Salvador...

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300 vacunas Moderna contra COVID-19 a llegado a SDSU

Single mumps case confirmed at SDSU

March 29, 2019

San Diego State officials have identified a case of the mumps virus involving a student. According to a campus-wide email sent Friday afternoon by Cynthia...

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A.S. presidential candidate Christian Onwuka.

A.S. presidential candidate Christian Onwuka

March 20, 2019

Position: President Name: Christian Onwuka Year: Senior Major: Finance Slate: Vote SDSU Why did you decide to run for this position? “From...

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A.S. vice president of university affairs candidate George Scott.

[Photo] A.S. vice president of university affairs candidate George Scott

March 20, 2019

A.S. vice president of university affairs candidate George Scott.

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A.S. presidential candidate Mariya Nadberezhna.

[Photo] A.S. presidential candidate Mariya Nadberezhna

March 20, 2019

A.S. presidential candidate Mariya Nadberezhna.

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A.S. vice president of university affairs candidate Winston Liew.

[Photo] A.S. vice president of university affairs candidate Winston Liew

March 20, 2019

A.S. vice president of university affairs candidate Winston Liew.

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A.S. executive vice president candidate Christian Holt.

[Photo] A.S. executive vice president candidate Christian Holt

March 20, 2019

A.S. executive vice president candidate Christian Holt.

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A.S. vice president of external relations candidate Stephanie Estrada.

[Photo] A.S. vice president of external relations candidate Stephanie Estrada

March 20, 2019

A.S. vice president of external relations candidate Stephanie Estrada.

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A.S. executive vice president candidate Kyla Blaylock.

[Photo] A.S. executive vice president candidate Kyla Blaylock

March 20, 2019

A.S. executive vice president candidate Kyla Blaylock.

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A.S. vice president of financial affairs candidate Dustin Adkins.

[Photo] A.S. vice president of financial affairs candidate Dustin Adkins

March 20, 2019

A.S. vice president of financial affairs candidate Dustin Adkins.

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Student Success Specialist for PSFA Renee Rodriguez-Merino works in a temporary office space on the fourth floor of Adams Humanities after dangerous fumes in the PSFA building have deemed the area unsafe for faculty.

Dangerous fumes force faculty out of PSFA building

March 6, 2019

Fumes from renovations in the Professional Studies and Fine Arts building have prompted at least one department to temporarily relocate their offices to...

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Police: Armed suspects rob victims along Montezuma Road

Police: Armed suspects rob victims along Montezuma Road

February 21, 2019

Two people were robbed at gunpoint last night in the College Area, according to San Diego State police. It happened around 8:30 p.m. on Montezuma Road...

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Studio arts junior Avia Ramm stands in front of her painting outside the South Art building, which was reported stolen on Jan. 23.

Crime report: Stolen painting, suspicious letters, indecent exposure

January 31, 2019

Theft On Jan. 22, around 1:55 p.m., an iPhone 10S was taken from a backpack during a basketball game at the Aztec Recreation Center. On Jan. 23, studio...

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Counseling and Psychological Services reports rise in students seeking support for sexual assault

Counseling and Psychological Services reports rise in students seeking support for sexual assault

January 30, 2019

Updated on 2/7/19 Students seeking support for sexual assault from Counseling and Psychological Services at San Diego State increased significantly...

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Thousands met up in downtown San Diego on Jan. 19 to participate in the third annual Womens March.

Thousands take to streets for third annual Women’s March

January 23, 2019

Despite recent accusations of anti-Semitism, thousands of activists gathered in downtown San Diego for a third consecutive year to participate in the Women’s...

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[Video] Women’s March San Diego hosts third annual march

January 22, 2019

Women's March holds their third annual march on Jan. 19 to advocate for women and human rights, social justice and access to healthcare.

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This semester marks President Adela de la Torres first in the position.

Fall 2018: The semester in review

December 12, 2018

Here are some of the highlights from this semester. SDSU’s New President History was made this year at San Diego State with the inauguration of...

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[Video] The Daily Aztec Live: December 6, 2018

December 6, 2018

San Diego State shows support for LGBTQIA community, SDSU donation drives, The Daily Aztec Sports recap and more on this week's episode of The Daily Aztec...

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A migrant child stands in front of Mexican police in Tijuana, Mexico on Sunday, Nov. 25 during a protest at the border.

Port of entry closure poses threats to SDSU’s transborder commuters

December 5, 2018

San Diego State officials said they are preparing to offer assistance and resources to students, faculty and staff members who live or work in Tijuana...

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[Video] The Daily Aztec Live: November 6, 2018

November 30, 2018

San Diego State provides support for students living in Tijuana who might be affected by the migrant controversy, SDSU considers mandating Meningitis-B...

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CSU extends application deadline into December in light of recent wildfires

CSU extends application deadline into December in light of recent wildfires

November 30, 2018

The California State University announced it will extend the priority application deadline for prospective students in an attempt to accommodate those...

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Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom speaking during a bus stop rally on Nov. 2 at San Diego State.

[Photo] Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom stops by SDSU ahead of midterm elections

November 3, 2018

Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom speaking during a "bus stop" rally on Nov. 2 at San Diego State.

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Breaking down the ballot: What Measure G and Measure E could mean for the SDCCU Stadium site

November 3, 2018

On Nov. 6, voters in the city of San Diego will take to the polls and likely see a ballot full of unfamiliar names, measures and propositions. Measure...

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SDSU alumnus makes emergency plane landing

October 25, 2018

A San Diego State alumnus was the pilot who made an emergency plane landing on Interstate 8  the morning of Friday, Oct. 19, safely guiding it onto a...

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Former interim President Sally Roush addresses the press to express her support for the SDSU West initiative.

San Diego leaders gather to endorse SDSU West initiative

October 16, 2018

Former San Diego State Interim President Sally Roush and others came out together in support of SDSU West, or Measure G, during a press conference on Oct....

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An image of the suspect, identified as Leo Valentine, posted to Twitter by university police Wednesday afternoon.

Police search for suspect near campus

September 26, 2018

This story was updated on Thursday 4:30 p.m.  Police were searching for a man in a canyon north of San Diego State's campus Wednesday afternoon. University...

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Photo of SDSUs chapter of Nu Alpha Kappa, a Latino-based organization on campus.

Diverse students find home in multicultural Greek organizations

September 26, 2018

Psychology senior and Lambda Sigma Gamma President Valentina Valenzuela said her first months at San Diego State were met with a lot of culture shock....

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Choral studies professor Patrick Walders will be dropping his lawsuit against two of his former graduate students.

Choral professor drops suit against a former student alleging affair

September 19, 2018

San Diego State music professor Patrick Walders has dropped the defamation lawsuit against a former student. Walders had filed a lawsuit in April,...

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College Area hit with a third robbery in two weeks

September 8, 2018

Police were searching for a suspect in another robbery in the College Area Saturday morning. It's the third robbery to take place near San Diego State's...

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San Diego Democrats endorse SDSU West

September 4, 2018

The San Diego County Democratic Party has joined the list of groups endorsing the SDSU West ballot initiative. The group backing the initiative, Friends...

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Car chase ends near SDSU on first day of classes

August 27, 2018

Three suspects were in custody Monday morning after a police chase ended on San Diego State’s campus. University officials sent out a text alert at...

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Associate professor Patrick Walders in a headshot for SDSUs music departments staff website.

Professor files suit after being put on leave for alleged misconduct

August 24, 2018

San Diego State music professor Patrick Walders remains on administrative leave after filing a lawsuit against his former teaching assistant and another...

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This semester marks President Adela de la Torres first in the position.

Meet SDSU’s first female, Latina president

August 24, 2018

In the midst of major shifts at San Diego State, the biggest promises to be the new president, one who seems intent on leading a wave of change throughout...

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Campus Carnival. Courtesy of Monica Linzmeier.

Aztec Nights events embrace new themes following student feedback

August 22, 2018

The themed event nights for students known as Aztec Nights will be coming back with more activities this year to appeal to a wider audience of students. Aztec...

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SI leaders help students in general education STEM courses learn complicated concepts.

STEM students see success with Supplemental Instruction tutoring program

August 22, 2018

The tutoring program known as Supplemental Instruction has proven to be successful in helping students with difficult general education classes. The...

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[Photo] What I wish I knew freshman year

August 22, 2018

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Campus meningitis vaccine clinics to take place in Viejas Arena on Oct. 5 and 8.

[Photo] A guide to San Diego’s upcoming concerts

August 19, 2018

Campus meningitis vaccine clinics to take place in Viejas Arena on Oct. 5 and 8.

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Poke One N Half is one of five South Campus Plaza restaurants that now accept meal plan.

[Photo] Must-try College Area dining spots to satisfy your tastebuds

August 16, 2018

Poke One N Half is one of five South Campus Plaza restaurants that now accept meal plan.

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University officials celebrate the opening of the Undocumented Resource Area.

Undocumented Resource Area opens amid challenges to DACA program

August 15, 2018

University officials celebrate the opening of the Undocumented Resource Area.

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Chukuka S. Enwemekas portrait on the Office of the Provosts webpage.

Provost Chukuka S. Enwemeka resigns

May 23, 2018

San Diego State Provost and Senior Vice President Chukuka S. Enwemeka has resigned, University President Sally Roush announced Wednesday in an email. The...

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The Aztec Warrior mascot – now to be called a spirit leader – at a football game in fall 2017.

SDSU to keep Aztec moniker

May 17, 2018

After several months of deliberation, San Diego State announced it will retain the use of the Aztec moniker but begin to refer to the Aztec mascot as a...

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Students prepare for a demonstration on May 1, in front of Hepner Hall to advocate for better on campus living wages and other issues.

Students call for better pay in May Day protest

May 2, 2018

Students prepare for a demonstration on May 1, in front of Hepner Hall to advocate for better on campus living wages and other issues.

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A year in review: The stories that bookmarked the 2017-18 school year

May 2, 2018

Sept. 5, 2017: Thousands of San Diegans protested at downtown’s Waterfront Park after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Trump’s decision...

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Former president Dilma Rousseff speaks about Brazils political issues on April 19, inside Montezuma Hall at San Diego State.

Controversial Brazilian ex-president visits San Diego State as part of international tour

April 19, 2018

The impeached former president of Brazil spoke at San Diego State on Wednesday, April 18, about the controversy surrounding her removal and the contentious...

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An example of undocumented LGBTQ activist Julio Salgados art work. Photo from @CultureStrike

Undocumented, LGBTQ activist to speak at Student Union

April 18, 2018

Julio Salgado, one of the founders of DreamersAdrift and manager of the CultureStrike project, will be at the Montezuma Theater inside of the Conrad Prebys...

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La comunidad de San Diego se reúne para escuchar a Dolores Huerta, activista de los derechos civiles

La comunidad de San Diego se reúne para escuchar a Dolores Huerta, activista de los derechos civiles

April 11, 2018

La activista de derechos civiles Dolores Huerta motivo a la próxima generación de activistas a seguir luchando por el cambio durante una plática en...

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Labor activist Dolores Huerta embraces an attendee at her talk on UC San Diego’s campus.

Workers’ rights activist Dolores Huerta visits San Diego

April 11, 2018

Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta encouraged the next generation of activists to continue striving for change during a panel in San Diego. Students,...

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Estudiantes marchan en el centro de San Diego para expresar apoyo hacia leyes más estrictas del control de armas.

Miembros de la comunidad participan en la Marcha para Nuestras Vidas en San Diego

April 4, 2018

Miles de personas llenaron las calles del centro de San Diego el 25 de marzo para demostrar apoyo hacia los estudiantes marchando para leyes más estrictas ...

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Protesters at the downtown San Diego March for Our Lives, Saturday, March 24.

San Diego joins March for Our Lives

April 3, 2018

Thousands of people poured into downtown San Diego to show their support for student activists marching for stronger gun control laws as part of the nationwide...

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Estudiantes se paran en una línea, mostrando carteles que tienen los nombres de los quienes fallecieron en el tiroteo de Florida.

SDSU se une a la demostración nacional para conmemorar a las vidas perdidas

March 21, 2018

Estudiantes de la Universidad Estatal de San Diego participaron en una demostración el 14 de marzo para conmemorar a las vidas perdidas durante un tiroteo...

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Christian Onwuka, Chris Thomas and Nick Wohlman — the candidates for A.S. vice president of financial affairs, president and executive vice president — take part in a panel discussion in lieu of a debate, as all three are running unopposed.

[Photo] A.S. candidates take to the stage for second day of debates

March 15, 2018

Christian Onwuka, Chris Thomas and Nick Wohlman — the candidates for A.S. vice president of financial affairs, president and executive vice president...

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Students called for SDSU to create a center for undocumented students. The university currently only has a resource area for undocumented students — staffed only by one person.

Protesters call for SDSU to offer more resources to undocumented students

March 7, 2018

Two student activist groups demonstrated at San Diego State on Monday, both advocating for the university to provide undocumented students with more resources....

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La falta de acción por parte del Congreso causa protestas defendiendo a DACA en San Diego

La falta de acción por parte del Congreso causa protestas defendiendo a DACA en San Diego

March 7, 2018

Recipientes del programa Consideración de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia y personas apoyándolos se reunieron en San Diego para protestar...

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Prominent alumnus under scrutiny after allegations of sexual misconduct

Prominent alumnus under scrutiny after allegations of sexual misconduct

February 28, 2018

Doug Manchester, a San Diego State alumnus and the former owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune, has been accused of misconduct during his time at the newspaper. Manchester...

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President Adela de la Torre announced the launch of two presidential task forces in response to the death of a fraternity pledge last week.

SDSU escoge a la primera mujer como presidenta

February 11, 2018

La Universidad Estatal de San Diego anunció a Adela de la Torre como la nueva presidenta permanente de la universidad, estableciendo la primera vez que...

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Newly-named president makes first visit to San Diego State

February 9, 2018

San Diego State introduced its next president to the campus community during a welcome reception held a week after her name was announced. Adela de...

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Trabajadores de mantenimiento marchan para demandar la contratación de más trabajadores y un sueldo mejor.

Trabajadores de mantenimiento de SDSU protestan por un sueldo mejor

January 24, 2018

Trabajadores de mantenimiento tuvieron una demostración en la Universidad Estatal de San Diego el martes, protestando la falta de empleados y el pago...

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SDSU maintenance workers held a demonstration Tuesday afternoon against what they describe as unfair practices by SDSU.

Maintenance workers protest unfair wages, repair backlog

January 24, 2018

Maintenance workers at San Diego State held a demonstration on campus Tuesday, protesting what they say is a lack of staffing and unfair pay from the university. Workers...

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Delta Upsilon’s new three-story, 11,000 square-foot house was dedicated in November.

Delta Upsilon has new digs

December 6, 2017

The Delta Upsilon fraternity’s San Diego State chapter has a new home. Chapter members held a dedication ceremony Nov. 18 for their brand-new house,...

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Director of Athletics John David Wicker unveils the renderings for SDSUs proposed Campus West stadium in November 2017.

[Photo] SDSU unveils Mission Valley stadium proposal

November 30, 2017

Director of Athletics John David Wicker unveils the renderings for SDSU's proposed Campus West stadium in November 2017.

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A newly-released rendering of plans for an expansion of SDSUs campus onto the current SDCCU Stadium site in Mission Valley. Photo courtesy of SDSU NewsCenter.

University reveals renderings for proposed Mission Valley campus

November 29, 2017

San Diego State President Sally Roush and university officials unveiled architectural renderings of a proposed Mission Valley campus. The university...

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One of the vibrators being given away by Dr. Jill during Free Vibrator Day, Nov. 17.

Gadget giveaway stimulates discussion

November 20, 2017

Sexologist Jill McDevitt and the Andrea O’Donnell Womyn’s Outreach Association hosted a Free Vibrator Day event at San Diego State. Student members...

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Estudiante licenciado estudia comunidad de inmigrantes y deportados

Estudiante licenciado estudia comunidad de inmigrantes y deportados

November 15, 2017

Estudiante licenciado de San Diego State Derick Abrigu enfoca sus estudios en la comunidad de inmigrantes, cruzando a Tijuana para mejor entender las condiciones...

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Halsey performed on Nov. 5 at Viejas Arena.

Halsey pulls us closer in the back seat of Viejas

November 14, 2017

“You don’t belong to anyone,” Halsey yelled to the crowd during her concert at the Viejas Arena. The singer’s “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom...

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University emergency services director talks fire preparedness 10 years after 2007 fires

University emergency services director talks fire preparedness 10 years after 2007 fires

October 28, 2017

In the midst of the California fire season and on the 10th anniversary of the 2007 wildfires, San Diego State officials say they are prepared to evacuate...

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Profesora de español habla sobre actitudes hacia dialectos en español

Profesora de español habla sobre actitudes hacia dialectos en español

October 26, 2017

Profesora de español en San Diego State, Lauren Schmidt, presentó sus hallazgos de investigación sobre el tema: Actitudes Hacia Distintos Dialectos...

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The theatre at Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, one of many LEED certified buildings on campus.

SDSU students attend viewing for online talk by Trevor Noah

October 24, 2017

San Diego State students organized a viewing party to watch comedian and “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah speak live via Facebook on race and identity...

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El área de recursos para indocumentados está disponible para asistir a los estudiantes.

Estudiantes de SDSU bajo DACA reciben ayuda para renovar sus aplicaciones

October 3, 2017

El Equipo de Respuesta a Crisis Económica de San Diego State pagará la aplicación para renovar Consideración de Acción Diferida para los Llegados...

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The Undocumented Resource Area is housed under SDSUs Educational Opportunity Program.

Economic Crisis Response Team to pay for students’ DACA re-application fees

September 30, 2017

SDSU’s Economic Crisis Response Team will cover fees for students who need to re-apply for protection under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Associated...

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300 vacunas Moderna contra COVID-19 a llegado a SDSU

Health Services offers PrEP, gender-affirming therapy

September 18, 2017

San Diego State Student Health Services recently began offering gender-affirming therapy and pre-exposure prophylaxis as part of a commitment to support...

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DACA decision leads to protests in San Diego, across nation

DACA decision leads to protests in San Diego, across nation

September 6, 2017

San Diego State students and members of the San Diego community came together to protest the end of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals on Sept....

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Agente de la patrulla fronteriza de San Diego Saul Rocha ve hacia la cerca.

Número de detenciones en la frontera aumenta entre 2015 y 2016

August 28, 2017

Aunque el departamento de Aduanas y Protección de Fronteras de los Estados Unidos afirmó durante una conferencia de prensa en Washington D.C. que las...

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SDSU sees rise in grant money

SDSU sees rise in grant money

August 28, 2017

San Diego state faculty members received a significant amount of grant funding for research work during the 2016-17 academic year. Professors from different...

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