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Alek Sanchez, Staff Writer

Alek is a business administration senior, with an emphasis in management information systems, but don't let his background fool you. He began writing for The Daily Aztec his freshman year, starting out with extensive video game coverage, before branching out to review box-office hits and sold-out concerts. For his last semester at SDSU, he's looking forward to showcasing the many great opportunities available to students here at State.

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Senior farewell: Alek Sanchez

Senior farewell: Alek Sanchez

May 4, 2016

It’s funny how things work out in these four short years. I’ve changed my major, made new friends, watched the Student Union finally finish being built,...

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Grad student explores furniture in thesis exhibition

Grad student explores furniture in thesis exhibition

May 3, 2016

When many people look at furniture, they often think of style or comfort. Sophie Glenn, however, thinks art. As a furniture design and woodworking graduate...

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May 3, 2016

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Theater production club perfects its backstage craft

Theater production club perfects its backstage craft

April 11, 2016

Moving in the background to make sure everything runs smoothly, the set designers and technical team behind stellar campus productions are the unsung heroes...

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Kula Revolving Sushi Bar delivers diverse selections

Kula Revolving Sushi Bar delivers diverse selections

April 6, 2016

It’s no secret Convoy Street is the integral hub for Asian food in San Diego. Enter Kula, the revolving sushi bar. The conveyor belt may seem a bit...

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San Diego adventures bond freshmen new to city

San Diego adventures bond freshmen new to city

April 6, 2016

Moving out of the house for the first time is one of the first life-changing moments college brings. Some Aztecs travel far to come to school in San Diego....

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An SDSU student’s journey to CRSSD 2016

March 17, 2016

When people think of Southern California, they might think of the glorious beach life and the sun-kissed residents with their care-free attitude. No other...

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Silent Disco soon to hit the SDSU dance floor

Silent Disco soon to hit the SDSU dance floor

March 2, 2016

From 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, Aztecs can dance the night away in Montezuma Hall at San Diego State Aztec Music Group’s first-ever...

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SDSU intro music classes cater to wide range of interests

SDSU intro music classes cater to wide range of interests

March 2, 2016

For those looking to play in a classical band, San Diego State’s concert band is open for anyone looking to join. There is no audition necessary, and...

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CRSSD Fest looks to exhilarate downtown San Diego with stacked lineup

CRSSD Fest looks to exhilarate downtown San Diego with stacked lineup

February 26, 2016

CRSSD Fest will have its third series of its biannual festival on March 5 and 6 at the San Diego Waterfront. Debuted to a warm reception last March,...

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SDSU Center for Teaching and Learning serves as teaching education hub

SDSU Center for Teaching and Learning serves as teaching education hub

February 17, 2016

Students aren’t the only ones with resources available on campus. Professors have their own space to improve on teaching and expand on the learning...

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New social network ProSky aims to revolutionize job-hiring process

New social network ProSky aims to revolutionize job-hiring process

February 10, 2016

In a sea of countless resumes and lookalike cover letters, students ask themselves, “How can I stand out?” ProSky can ease the process. The new social...

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Tasty Tuesday: Hunt for perfect ramen continues with Izakaya Masa

Tasty Tuesday: Hunt for perfect ramen continues with Izakaya Masa

February 9, 2016

Tucked away in an unassuming Mission Hills plaza, Izakaya Masa waits to open its doors. Open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Izakaya Masa...

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SDSU applications hits record high

SDSU applications hits record high

January 20, 2016

San Diego State continues its record of excellence, receiving a record number of undergraduate applications for the fifth year in a row. A total of...

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Students take on poetry projects

Students take on poetry projects

December 2, 2015

For almost two decades, Poetry International has placed a spotlight on world class literature. Centered in San Diego but with a global appeal, Poetry International...

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Alt-J Electrify Open Air

October 28, 2015

There is something hypnotic about watching Alt-J perform. The wispy blend of frontman Joe Newman’s lowly vocals, their polyrhythmic style, and dystopian...

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Aztec Gamefest a smashing success for hunger donations

Aztec Gamefest a smashing success for hunger donations

October 27, 2015

Walking into Templo Mayor and watching it transform last Friday into a video game mecca was sight to behold. People were kicking back, having a good time...

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Rakiraki’s ramen reels in patrons

Rakiraki’s ramen reels in patrons

October 14, 2015

People never forget to mention one thing in their typical “broke college student” stories: top ramen. It’s cheap and quick, but unfortunately it’s...

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'We Are Your Friends' doesn't sit well with viewers

‘We Are Your Friends’ doesn’t sit well with viewers

September 3, 2015

Electronic dance music dominates the current pop culture climate. Through the years, the amount of music festivals across the country has multiplied, radio...

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LED celebrates fourth birthday in San Diego

LED celebrates fourth birthday in San Diego

March 18, 2015

Crowds came from all over California to pack the Valley View Casino Center and celebrate with LED for its fourth anniversary. The event brought the biggest...

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RL Grime shuts down San Diego on tour

February 18, 2015

San Diego was rocked to its core, as trap-star RL Grime tore up SOMA on Feb. 7. Currently on his VOID album tour, RL Grime brought along Tommy Kruise and Lunice to...

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Tramps Like Us- Sunday Recap

October 15, 2014

Sunday got the ball rolling early, as Australian duo New World Sound got the festivities off to a bouncing start. Following their lead, Moska brought his...

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Tramps Like Us 2014- Saturday Recap

October 15, 2014

Labor Day weekend kicked off LED style as thousands of concertgoers came out in style for LED’s annual Tramps Like Us show! The yearly back-to-school...

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Hard Summer 2014 Recap

Hard Summer 2014 Recap

September 8, 2014

During the summer of festivals, only one could command the attention of the entire state of California, and then some. Festivalgoers flocked from far and...

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Aoki brings cake to Del Mar track

September 8, 2014

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club continued its summer concert series with an explosive performance from Dim Mak Records founder Steve Aoki. DMTC has had huge...

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Arctic Monkeys rocked SDSU

Arctic Monkeys rocked SDSU

August 20, 2014

Arctic Monkeys stand at the forefront of rock 'n' roll with their commanding stage presence and radio domination. With hit after hit climbing the charts,...

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Glen Wilson, Universal Pictures, MCT

An epic ‘neighbor’ war between Seth Rogen and Zac Efron

May 9, 2014

Frathouse comedies have always been the source of good times and good laughs, from “Animal House” to “Old School.” Now, “Neighbors” is ready...

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Love and villains clash in sequel

Love and villains clash in sequel

May 5, 2014

Another summer of superheroes begins as the second installment of the “The Amazing Spider-Man” series swings its way into theaters. Andrew Garfield...

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Be thankful for San Diego’s EDM scene

Be thankful for San Diego’s EDM scene

April 14, 2014

There’s a certain allure of the beach, beauty and beats that has made San Diego the premiere destination for EDM artists to showcase their talents. Throughout...

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Nothing but good words for 'Bad Words'

Nothing but good words for ‘Bad Words’

March 22, 2014

Words make the world go around. They help us communicate, from talking to reading; even this review would not be possible without words. And knowing how...

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Childish Gambino, Donald Glover

Rap concert was far from childish

March 13, 2014

Aztecs were treated to a special night last Monday, as Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, took over the Cal Credit Union Open Air Theatre. Fans were...

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'Non-Stop' offers classic Liam Neeson thrills

‘Non-Stop’ offers classic Liam Neeson thrills

March 4, 2014

There isn’t much draw to “Non-Stop” besides watching Liam Neeson fill another role as a senior citizen badass who’s “too old for this s---.”...

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Childish Gambino ready to bring

Childish Gambino ready to bring “Deep Web Tour” to SDSU

March 3, 2014

Today is the day that The Deep Web Tour is coming to San Diego State. Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, has begun a nationwide tour devoted to his sophomore...

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Celebrating three years with LED

Celebrating three years with LED

February 23, 2014

Over the years, LED has cultivated a culture in San Diego determined to bring the best and biggest names of EDM to a show near you. Starting in 2009, LED...

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IDGAF with Wolfgang Gartner

February 19, 2014

Fluxx’s IDGAF Thursday nights continue as the one and only Wolfgang Gartner bares his fangs for all club-goers to see this Thursday, Feb. 20. Joseph...

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Clooney and Crew try to save culture in

Clooney and Crew try to save culture in “The Monuments Men”

February 16, 2014

Where do I begin with “The Monuments Men?” Digging past the mismatched tone set by the marketing company, “The Monuments Men” has its heart in...

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LED Anniversary III looks to be mind-blowing

LED Anniversary III looks to be mind-blowing

February 14, 2014

Can you believe it? LED is turning three years old. On Sunday, Feb. 16, San Diego’s premiere promoter of the hottest artists in EDM is throwing the biggest...

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Weekend Picks: Exciting concerts in town

Weekend Picks: Exciting concerts in town

February 13, 2014

Sick Individuals Feeling down about not having a nice dinner and a movie set up for Valentine’s Day? Worry no more. Valentine’s Day is just another...

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San Diego DJ brings the funk back

February 4, 2014

From resident San Diego DJ, to festival headliner, TJR is bringing the funk back with LED and Fluxx Nitclub’s IDGAF club series. Performing a string...

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OMFG! 2014 starts the New Year off right

OMFG! 2014 starts the New Year off right

January 27, 2014

OMFG! NYE 2014; what a perfect name for a New Year’s show full of fun, festivities and, of course, a stacked lineup with some of the biggest names in...

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Weekend Picks: Theater and DJ Sets

Weekend Picks: Theater and DJ Sets

January 24, 2014

Every week, the entertainment staff recommends San Diego events worth checking out. Here are some picks from entertainment editor David Dixon and staff...

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Seven Lions headlines New Year's Eve show

Seven Lions headlines New Year’s Eve show

December 23, 2013

This New Year’s Eve, join promoters Eventvibe, Amplified Access and Disco Donnie Presents as they take over the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and turn...

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'Desolation of Smaug' wows crowd, and sets up final movie

‘Desolation of Smaug’ wows crowd, and sets up final movie

December 12, 2013

From the beginning, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” jumps right into the action where “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” left off. Some...

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Another winner from David O. Russell

Another winner from David O. Russell

December 12, 2013

Embodying the true spirit of the 1970s, “American Hustle” is a smart, sexy and satisfying film coming out this Friday, Dec. 13. Following the brilliant...

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'Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag' is a mixed treasure bag

‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ is a mixed treasure bag

December 9, 2013

Because Black Friday already passed, and Christmas is just around the corner, games are one of the items most frequently on sale. When you’re dropping...

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Drake and Co. turn up at SDSU

Drake and Co. turn up at SDSU

December 2, 2013

It’s hard to put into words how amazing the weekend of Nov. 24 was. Drake and company came through once again to San Diego State, and put on a spectacular...

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Student films shine at Campus Movie Fest 2013

Student films shine at Campus Movie Fest 2013

December 1, 2013

For one week, students were provided with all the tools to create their own short films. From cameras, to editing equipment, Campus MovieFest has been...

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‘The Book Thief’ leaves you wanting more

November 19, 2013

“The Book Thief” has been one of the most celebrated books in recent years, and has now made its way onto the silver screen. The story follows Liesel...

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McConaughey shines in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

November 13, 2013

Right from the get-go of “Dallas Buyers Club,” we are introduced to a Matthew McConaughey audiences have never seen before. Not the steaming leading...

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Going bananas with Dada Life this Halloween

Going bananas with Dada Life this Halloween

October 31, 2013

From 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., Valley View Casino Center was a mecca for electronic music. Seven hours of body shaking bass, mind melting lights and uncontrollable...

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How TJR became a Festival Headliner

October 27, 2013

TJR has been making waves this past year in the electronic dance scene. He attributes much of his success to the patience and hard work he put into being...

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Dada Life and Co. Are Taking Over San Diego

Dada Life and Co. Are Taking Over San Diego

October 27, 2013

Get ready San Diego State, because things are going to get ugly this Friday. Swedish disc jockey duo Dada Life is throwing a Halloween bash featuring some...

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‘The Fifth Estate’ finds itself in the middle ground

October 25, 2013

By undertaking the story of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, “The Fifth Estate” tries to portray a modern depiction of how outdated and archaic the...

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AMC and ArcLight theaters guarantee fun

October 24, 2013

Watching a movie in theaters has been a hobby of mine for years. Kicking back at home and popping in a DVD doesn’t exactly create the same atmosphere...

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'League of Legends’ World Championships Elevates eSports Scene to the Masses

‘League of Legends’ World Championships Elevates eSports Scene to the Masses

October 20, 2013

In front of a sold out Staples Center crowd, 13,000 fans watched live as Korea’s SK Telecom T1 took home the $1 million prize for the third season of...

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Weekend Picks: Hi Fi Festival and Blue Caprice

Weekend Picks: Hi Fi Festival and Blue Caprice

October 1, 2013

Alek's Pick Hi Fi Festival Above and Beyond are making its way to San Diego’s Petco Park Lot this Saturday, Oct. 5. Set to headline the first ever...

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt directs snarky flick

Joseph Gordon-Levitt directs snarky flick

September 27, 2013

Joseph Gordon-Levitt captured our hearts as the pretty boy in “(500) Days of Summer,” he warned us of the troubles of time travel in “Looper” and...

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Real life rivalry inspires Ron Howard's latest

Real life rivalry inspires Ron Howard’s latest

September 27, 2013

Fast cars, beautiful women and the risk of death are what make Formula 1 racing so alluring. “Rush” tells the real-life story of the rivalry between...

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Weekend Picks: Block Parties and Roommates

September 14, 2013

Every Thursday, writers Alek Sanchez and Ryo Miyauchi will recommend entertainment picks for readers to check out. Alek’s Pick: "Mad Decent Block...

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Ubisoft unveils unparalleled lineup at E3

June 11, 2013

During this week’s E3 festivities, Ubisoft was able to showcase all the fine games they’ve been working on since last year’s E3. One of the biggest...

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LCS wraps up its season with intense competition

April 25, 2013

During the past 10 weeks, eight teams have been duking it out for a spot to play in season three of the League of Legends Championship Series. Here we...

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‘Evil Dead’ is a hellishly entertaining remake

April 16, 2013

Cue the ominous cabin in the woods. Cue an unknowing and stubborn group of friends bent on staying in said cabin. Cue demons, hell-spawns, a chainsaw and...

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