The Daily Aztec

A love letter to campus coffee

by Jamie Ballard

April 7, 2014

Dear Campus Coffee, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. First, we have the elitist and corporate but oh-so-wonderful Starbucks. Starbucks, you provide me with something special. You’re who I turn to when I need a treat after a long day, and I’m willing to forgo the...

Gobbling governor games

by Max Saucedo

April 3, 2014

“Ronald, look at me. Do you know why they pay me what they pay me?” “Davey, I swear it was just a harmless radio interview. It’s not like I was on television where you could see the sweat on my upper lip. Plus the governor...

Government hot air, on the air

by Max Saucedo

March 24, 2014

“Welcome back to 98.3 CRK Radio. I’m your host, ‘Mayday’ Jane Cornett. Today I’m joined by the deputy governor, Mr. Ronald Avery. How are you, Mr. Avery?” “Jane, there’s no need for formalities, call me Ron. It...

Living the lively lake life

by Chris Blakemore

March 17, 2014

It’s 6:33 a.m. I awake to a morning woodpecker. The bird, not the … never mind. I think I hear a squirrel clamoring across the top of my tent, or maybe it’s just the sound of someone’s labrador marking its territory all...

Nail-biting adult anxiety

by Annie Beltran

February 27, 2014

I recently decided I was an adult. Oftentimes an anxious adult who resorts to nail biting until scolded by another adult. Have you ever sat in the emergency exit row on an airplane? I have, and it was at that moment I started...

Farewell to football

by Ethan Bailey

February 10, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday is filled with friends, food, booze and, of course, football.  But as fun as it is, it’s always a bittersweet day for me. On one hand, it contains the pinnacle of sports: 53 grown-ass men hitting each other...

App-rehensive dating

by Annie Beltran

January 27, 2014

During winter break I decided I had the time to reenter the dating realm. Why not? I didn’t have any pressing homework and I wouldn’t be pushing aside any sort of needed study time. So as advised by many friends, as well...

Lovin’ for a lefty

by Kelly Hillock

January 23, 2014

“Whoa. You’re left-handed?” The disembodied voice that has asked me that very question during the last 15 years has taken shape in every form: the close friend, realizing for the very first time which hand I sign receipts...

Thanksgiving friends back page

by Annie Beltran

December 2, 2013

A good friend will bail you out of jail, but a best friend will be wearing the identical orange jumper.  I didn’t coin that ideology; it might have originally been written in something great like the Bible or “The Odyssey.” Every...

Not a problem-free philosophy

by Annie Beltran

November 18, 2013

Coming from the great southern land of Texas, I’m used to hearing jargon geared toward the location. I honestly had no clue “y’all” wasn’t the plural form of “you” until eighth grade. One colloquialism I still...

Keep your pandas out of my library

by Kelly Hillock

November 12, 2013

It’s 10 a.m. and I’m in the 24/7 Study Area, much to my dismay. It’s impossibly too early for brain functions, but I’m here to get some good old-fashioned studying done. Suddenly, a scent wafts and works its way into...

Going from boots to books

by Annie Beltran

November 7, 2013

It’s no secret that San Diego has a large military presence.  The second I landed at Lindbergh Field, I was told to look at the Marine Corps boot camp base in clear sight through the oval window of the airplane.  Just beyond...