The Daily Aztec

NCAA must support athletes’ rights

by Mike Heral

February 24, 2014

The unionization movement by college football players is misguided. Advocacy via the NCAA already exists. The problem is, it’s a role the NCAA neglects. Now that the football awaits kickoff, the NCAA must fix its game. The...

Reactionary coverage of mass shootings is irresponsible

by Mike Heral

September 25, 2013

News consumers expect professionalism and answers from media outlets. This is never truer than during times of crisis, when even those not accustomed to watching the news tune in. Such was the case on Monday when contractor Aaron...

California criminalizes cyber revenge

by Mike Heral

September 18, 2013

Inspired by a teenage suicide, the California State Legislature passed a “cyber revenge” bill on Sept. 11. If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate Bill 255 will make it illegal to transmit compromising photos taken of another...

Online courses fail to connect with quality education

by Mike Heral

August 28, 2013

I come here not to bury online courses but to yield to them. It's not like I have a choice now that the California State University system believes online courses are the panacea to its overcrowding problem. Apparently, Skynet...

Summer courses almost offer what students need

by Mike Heral

July 22, 2013

I ask for advice less than I ask for directions—and I never ask for directions. I’ll walk holes into Home Depot’s floor before asking a worker where I can find flush valves. However, I’m deeply regretting not asking for...

Time Warner strikes out Padres in cable negotiations

by Mike Heral

April 19, 2013

Let’s play word association. Name the first five things that come to mind that symbolize San Diego. Mine are the beach, zoo, SeaWorld, San Diego State and even the Chargers. It’s a safe bet the Padres would appear on few lists....

Legalize prostitution to protect youth from killers & STDs

by Mike Heral

January 23, 2013

T he idea behind legalized abortion is a woman’s right to choose. Alternatively, she can receive living expenses while placing her unborn baby up for adoption. So, why is it illegal for her to profit from the act of sex itself?...

Take government out of marriage to ensure equality

by Mike Heral

November 25, 2012

The Washington Post’s Nov. 22 issue includes an article about Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire Army National Guard. Morgan has terminal cancer. Unfortunately, Morgan’s wife, Karen, will be denied...

Mandatory service would benefit all Americans

by Mike Heral

November 13, 2012

I went to basic training twice. Everyone should attend at least once. Its value comes from more than clichés of patriotism and discipline, which can be instilled in a person far before joining the military. I participated in...

Genome sequencing creates ethical dilemas

by Mike Heral

November 7, 2012

In simpler times, parents faced one neonatal choice: whether or not to know the baby’s sex. Since then, science advanced and now whole genome sequencing allows expecting parents to look into their unborn child’s DNA. Prenatal...

Right to rent and resell threatened

by Mike Heral

October 18, 2012

We are being gouged everywhere we shop. Today, everything costs more than it should. Those costs will continue to increase if book publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has its way. The publisher is challenging the first sale doctrine,...

Parents responsible for declining SAT scores

by Mike Heral

October 8, 2012

SAT scores have dropped again. According to The College Board, a not-for-profit educational advocacy organization, revealed that only 43 percent of high school graduates class of 2012 were college ready. It would be easy to wag...