The Daily Aztec

Going from boots to books

by Annie Beltran

November 7, 2013

Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, The Back Page

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...

Harrowing holiday issues

by Annie Beltran

October 24, 2013

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The holidays are coming and malls are beginning to decorate with subtle, seasonal displays.  I know “the man” just wants us to start thinking about Hanukkah or Christmas early so we can spend more money on pointless gifts...

An open letter to Congress

by Samantha Hirsch

October 23, 2013

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It must have been a pretty tough week for you. First, “Breaking Bad” ended, and then the whole government shutdown happened. I know, I’m still reeling, too—I really loved that show. But I have to tell you, this government...

Life decision interference

by Annie Beltran

October 17, 2013

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Interference heroes: A group of people who feel the need to toss me their opinions about how they feel I should live my life. These people exist. I’m not just referring to my mother who refused to adhere to my teenage self-expression...

Pre-first date freak out

by Samantha Hirsch

October 10, 2013

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I can’t remember the last time I was this excited. Hell, I can’t even remember the last time I went out on a date. How do I even act? Fork on the left? Spoon on the right? What if I end up talking too much and he gets Billy...

Of roaches and men

by Annie Beltran

September 26, 2013

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Yesterday I saw a roach while hanging out with my friend. First off, do me a solid and get the idea out of your head that it was in my home. Also, I will not divulge at whose house the sighting occurred at for the sake of maintaining...

The apartment hunt

by Annie Beltran

September 25, 2013

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I am on a quest to find an awesome place to live. Shall I define awesome?  Awesome is a 900 sq. ft. apartment complete with spacious living room, large bedroom, updated appliances (must include a gas stove and dishwasher), a...

Creativity disobeys the author

by Erik Dobko

September 9, 2013

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The author sits with immeasurable discontent.  He is unable to write. He has ideas, sure, but they are all rubbish. He has typed a bit already, but nothing with any substance has appeared on the screen. None of it has any meaning....

Wish on a fallen rock star

by Chris Blakemore

April 25, 2012

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"Do you have to be depressed to write a sad song? Do you have to be in love to write a love song?” Such were the words of William Miller in the movie “Almost Famous” as his character asked Russell Hammond what it was like...

Slam dunk dreams lost

by Chris Blakemore

March 14, 2012

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With all of this madness surrounding March, I can’t help but be reminded of my unsuccessful venture into the world of basketball. Although the result wasn’t exactly what I had hoped for, I taught myself to use it as a learning...

Emasculation via rat-dog

by Chris Blakemore, Graphics Specialist

February 26, 2012

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What happened to men? This country used to be filled with Don Draper-level masculinity. Men would drink at work and smoke in bed. They would wear suits to baseball games and backhand their wives if the roast was cold. Or, as my...

All single sans mingle

by Bree Lutjens

February 14, 2012

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It’s that time again. Just picture it. It’s cold (not cold, but San Diego cold. So, you know, you throw a cardigan over your tank top and shorts), it’s a few weeks into the semester and you’ve suddenly become aware of...