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Johann Derek Oribello

Johann Derek Oribello, Senior Staff Writer

Johann Derek Oribello is an English senior at San Diego State with a minor in journalism. He’s from Las Vegas, Nevada and has been writing for The Daily Aztec since Fall 2018. When he’s not at home writing stories, you can find him shredding the streets on his skateboard or in a park reading a book. Follow him on twitter @johannoribello.

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Temple Northup is the new Director of the School of Journalism and Media Studies.

Journalism and Media Studies welcomes new director with background in sitcom writing, academic leadership

May 10, 2020

San Diego State is welcoming a new director of the School of Journalism and Media Studies. Temple Northup, current Director of the University of Houston’s...

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File photo.

CSU system suspends ACT/SAT requirement for future applicants due to COVID-19

April 22, 2020

The California State University system has removed the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all of its 23 campuses for...

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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.

Music industry moves online with livestreams, fundraisers

April 14, 2020

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly every sector of society has been impacted one way or another. Despite immense societal changes in the...

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The Black Resource Center.

Black Resource Center hosting community check-ins for current, prospective students amid pandemic

April 13, 2020

Despite the coronavirus pandemic forcing many changes on campus — such as the removal of campus residents and the cancellation of events — San Diego...

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The Weeknd dropped new, noteworthy music which brings a new twist to 80s synthpop.

The Weeknd drops new music with a twist on classic pop and disco

April 3, 2020

The Weeknd reemerges into the music scene with his reimagination of an ‘80s synth-pop sound through his fourth studio album “After Hours.”  In...

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Don Toliver in 2017.

Travis Scott’s protege releases debut album with distinct, new sound

March 30, 2020

After a bombastic feature on Travis Scott’s record label posse album, “Jackboys," bustling rapper and singer Don Toliver makes a splash with the release...

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A.S. presidential candidate Steven Plante.

A.S. presidential candidate Steven Plante

March 21, 2020

Name: Steven Plante  Position: President Slate: Serve SDSYOU Year: Junior Major: Criminal Justice  Why do you want to run for AS president? “I...

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A.S. executive vice president candidate Bella Martelino.

A.S. executive vice president candidate Bella Martelino

March 21, 2020

Name: Bella Martelino  Position: Executive Vice President Slate: SDSU 2020 Vision Year: Sophomore  Major: Undeclared Why do you want...

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A.S. vice president of financial affairs candidate Victor Penera.

A.S. vice president of financial affairs candidate Victor Penera

March 21, 2020

Name: Victor Penera  Position: Vice President of Financial Affairs Slate: SDSU 2020 Vision Year: Junior  Major: Finance  Why do you...

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Lil Uzi Vert  poses for the cameras.

Lil Uzi Vert exceeds expectations with new album

March 19, 2020

After a two year hiatus brought by label woes and countless delays, Lil Uzi Vert exceeds all expectations with the release of his highly anticipated sophomore...

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The Women in Business organization invited nine-time Olympic medalist and the most decorated track and field athlete in history, Allyson Felix, to headline the fourth annual Women in Entrepreneurial and Leadership Forum.

[Photo] Nine-time Olympic medalist headlines fourth annual ‘Women in Entrepreneurial and Leadership Forum’

March 4, 2020

The Women in Business organization invited nine-time Olympic medalist and the most decorated track and field athlete in history, Allyson Felix, to headline...

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The university agreed to lease the apartment complex to accommodate more than 600 sophomores starting fall 2019.

Aztec Corner rent increase under university ownership upsets students

March 4, 2020

Ever since San Diego State and Aztec Corner settled on a master lease agreement giving the university rights over the property, residents have been feeling...

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FratMANners and SISSTER partnered with Well-Being and Health Promotion to start the conversation about consent, sexual assault and violence on college campuses.

Greek peer-health education programs tackle taboo surrounding sexual assault, consent

February 19, 2020

Sexual assault on college campuses is often viewed as taboo to talk about publicly, but San Diego State’s Well-Being and Health Promotion Department...

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House picks highlight social struggles

House picks highlight social struggles

February 18, 2020

With the rise of rap as one of the most dominant music genres in the music industry today, it's important to acknowledge the influence of black heritage...

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Oribello created a playlist for the bedsheets.

Songs between the bedsheets

February 12, 2020

Love is blooming in the air with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. Along with that, moods can turn frisky fast, especially for college students. Whenever...

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HIV/AIDS activist and best selling author Marvelyn Brown spoke to students about sexual health and awareness on Feb 7.

Black Resource Center hosts HIV/AIDS activist to raise sexual health awareness

February 12, 2020

On Feb. 7, the Black Resource Center at San Diego State commemorated National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by hosting a lecture with activist and best...

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Mac Millers album takes fans full circle

Mac Miller’s album takes fans full circle

January 29, 2020

The new decade started with a bang for the music bubble as major recording artists such as Eminem, Selena Gomez and Halsey released new albums for hardcore...

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The set list for The Circus runs 20 minutes.

New EP “The Circus” opens decade with stories about chaotic society

January 22, 2020

Illustrative storyteller and talented emcee Mick Jenkins started off the new decade with a bang releasing his new EP project titled, “The Circus.”...

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Netflix holiday movie and TV guide

Netflix holiday movie and TV guide

December 11, 2019

With the weather outside being frightful lately and finals week rapidly approaching, the holiday season is officially here.  Netflix has recently updated...

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Tory Lanez throws it back with his fifth Chixtape

Tory Lanez throws it back with his fifth Chixtape

December 4, 2019

On Nov. 15, rapper and singer Tory Lanez released “Chixtape 5,” an album that flips popular favorites from the past decade into a new sound for the...

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Misunderstood student artist paints with past influences and contemporary issues

Misunderstood student artist paints with past influences and contemporary issues

November 20, 2019

Inspired by the Renaissance and Baroque periods, artist and studio arts senior Avia Rose Ramm looks to combine the style of these historical times in a...

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Kanyes gospel album leans into controversy

Kanye’s gospel album leans into controversy

November 6, 2019

On Oct. 25, Kanye West dropped his much-anticipated gospel rap album, “Jesus is King.” The project marks his ninth studio album and follows a heavy...

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Various organizations came together on Oct. 29 to discuss refugee and migration policies.

Campus panel explores crossroads between human rights, migration

November 2, 2019

The San Diego State Interdisciplinary Human Rights Initiative hosted “Human Rights and Migration at a Crossroads” on Oct. 29, featuring nine local...

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Review: Black Market Brewing stands out from other microbreweries

Review: Black Market Brewing stands out from other microbreweries

October 30, 2019

Sitting on the corner of Art Street and El Cajon Blvd, Black Market Brewing Co. stands out as one of the few local microbreweries within walking distance...

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Bar crawling basics for a safe night out on campus

Bar crawling basics for a safe night out on campus

October 15, 2019

San Diego State has a lot to offer if you’re looking for a drink after class or if you’re living on campus. If you’re looking to have a little barcrawl...

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[Video] SDSU restricts big groups from tailgating

October 14, 2019

San Diego State says groups of 25 or more must register online 3 business days before tailgating.

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Pitbull at a concert.

Pitbull drops new album with club beats and a wide variety of features

October 2, 2019

Award-winning music artist Pitbull returns to the scene with his newest album, "Libertad 548" which was released on Sept. 26. The album marks his 11th...

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The Journalism and Media Studies department lowered the passing score of the GSP test.

Journalism department announces lowered GSP score requirements

October 2, 2019

San Diego State’s Journalism and Media Studies department announced they are lowering the score required to pass the Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation...

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IDK struggles with God and the afterlife in his new album release

IDK struggles with God and the afterlife in his new album release

September 25, 2019

Washington D.C. rapper IDK is turning heads with the release of his major-label debut album, “Is He Real?” as he tackles heavy themes such as the existence...

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

Villa Alvarado residents react to brush fire, evacuations

September 25, 2019

San Diego State students responded positively to the way the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department handled the recent brush fire near campus that forced residents...

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PSFA es remplazado con nuevo edificio temporal

September 4, 2019

La Universidad Estatal de San Diego ha comenzado a utilizar cinco nuevos edificios anexos localizados detrás del edificio de Música llamados PSFX, por...

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SDSU opened annex buildings, PSFX, to accommodate the faculty and staff displaced by the closure of PSFA.

University opens annex buildings to accommodate displaced PSFA faculty, staff

September 4, 2019

San Diego State has begun using five new Professional Studies and Fine Arts annex buildings, labeled PSFX, behind the Music building in light of the main...

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University provides resources, support for undocumented students

University provides resources, support for undocumented students

August 21, 2019

San Diego State publicly announced their commitment and support for the safety of undocumented students, faculty and staff amidst concerns of Immigration...

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Mourners gathered at Scripps Cottage to commemorate the Chabad Poway Synagogue shooting.

SDSU rallies around Jewish community

May 2, 2019

A sea of somber faces gathered around Scripps Cottage on Wednesday for a vigil just days after the Chabad of Poway Synagogue shooting. “We all stand...

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Campus Climate Survey seeks to use data to strengthen sexual violence resources

Campus Climate Survey seeks to use data to strengthen sexual violence resources

April 17, 2019

To improve sexual assault prevention and intervention services, San Diego State sent out a campus-wide email on April 8 featuring a survey to better understand...

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Initiative requiring non-local sophomores to live on campus attracts opposition through protest, petition

Initiative requiring non-local sophomores to live on campus attracts opposition through protest, petition

March 22, 2019

Students on Monday, March 18, staged a protest against the Sophomore Success Program, which will require non-local San Diego State students to live on...

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A.S. Vice President of External Relations Angelica Espinoza is the first Latina executive to serve at SDSU in 15 years.

A.S. vice president of external relations candidate Angelica Espinoza

March 20, 2019

Position: Vice President of External Relations Name: Angelica Espinoza Year: Junior Major: International Security and Conflict Resolution Slate: Vote...

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Members of MEChA de SDSU gathered outside Arts and Letters on March 6 to rally in solidarity with poor students.

MEChA rally leads University Senate to consider economic factors in admissions, extend Compact for Success program

March 13, 2019

The San Diego State University Senate decided to consider economic factors in the university’s admission process on March 5 in a push toward the inclusion...

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Humboldt State University American Indian Studies Department Chair Cutcha Risling Baldy addressed a group about issues of decolonization and the Aztec mascot at a Feb. 20 lecture at SDSU.

American Indian Studies lecture addresses mascot controversy, decolonization

February 25, 2019

When asked to explain the concept of decolonization, Humboldt State University American Indian Studies Department Chair Cutcha Risling Baldy used an analogy...

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Plant Power, which is set to replace The Den next year, features an all-vegan menu with items such as hamburgers and shakes.

Vegan fast food restaurant set to replace The Den in spring 2020

February 13, 2019

Vegan fast food restaurant Plant Power is set to replace The Den by Denny’s sometime next year, SDSU Dining announced on Feb. 1. SDSU Dining Director...

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The Nov. 28 Three Perspectives on Pittsburgh event attracted so many attendees that it had to be relocated from its initial location directly prior to its start.

‘Three Perspectives on Pittsburgh’ event makes connection between domestic terrorism and modern anti-semitism

November 30, 2018

Three distinguished San Diego State professors gathered on Nov. 28 to analyze the history of anti-Semitism and its connection to the recent shooting at...

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Casi 2 millones de votantes se registraron en el condado de San Diego durante las elecciones presidenciales de 2020.

San Diego’s 2018 ballot, explained

October 31, 2018

CANDIDATES Senate: Kevin de León, Democrat Kevin de León is a Democratic candidate challenging current U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a fellow...

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Students will now have the option to take classes during winter break to help them graduate on time or explore new topics.

New winter session program to help more students graduate on time

October 25, 2018

For the first time since 2000, San Diego State will be offering winter classes. The session features 11 intensive instructional days students can attend...

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The new Lyft program offers low-cost rides to students from academic buildings on campus.

New Lyft service replaces safety escort program

October 17, 2018

Following the retirement of the safety escort program, the university has partnered with the ride service Lyft to provide students with low-cost rides...

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A string of robberies in the College Area has many students concerned for their safety while walking around campus at night.

College Area robberies leave students uneasy

September 19, 2018

Students are growing increasingly concerned about safety around San Diego State’s campus after multiple reports of crime incidents in the College Area...

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