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Brenden Tuccinardi

Brenden Tuccinardi, Editor in Chief

Brenden is a fourth-year studying advertising with a minor in interdisciplinary studies. He has a passion for music, art and design and hopes to pursue a career in visual journalism. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @Brenden_Tucc

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On March 9, SDSU Police responded to reports of anti-Semitic vandalism, including swastikas, on an exterior wall of South Campus Plaza North off College Ave.

South Campus Plaza vandalism suspect arrested

May 14, 2021

On May 14, San Diego State University Police arrested a 50-year-old man in connection to anti-Semitic vandalism found at South Campus Plaza North on March...

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Senior Farewell: Brenden Tuccinardi

Senior Farewell: Brenden Tuccinardi

May 5, 2021

I don’t know how to feel writing this. Nostalgic, sad, relieved, overjoyed? Honestly, it’s all of the above and then some. This year – and this job...

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University Senate resolution will create new SDSU mascot

University Senate resolution will create new SDSU mascot

May 4, 2021

On Tuesday, May 4, the San Diego State University Senate passed a resolution urging SDSU President Adela de la Torre and the administration to begin the...

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SDSU's Hepner Hall building

Pending FDA approval, CSU and UC will require COVID-19 vaccines in the fall

April 22, 2021

The California State University and University of California systems will require all students, faculty and staff (including auxiliary employees and contractors)...

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Two groups marched through Downtown Tuesday evening.

Derek Chauvin found guilty, San Diego streets alive with marchers

April 21, 2021

The streets of San Diego were filled with music, honking, and the noise of celebration today. The nation breathed a collective sigh of relief.  On...

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Fall 2021 to be primarily in-person, San Diego State announces

Fall 2021 to be primarily in-person, San Diego State announces

April 7, 2021

San Diego State is planning to offer primarily in-person instruction in the fall and open on-campus housing to thousands of more students, university leaders...

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The A.S. Elections Committee found that SDSU Now did not violated any A.S. Elections Codes.

‘SDSU Now’ blackmail accusation tabled due to insufficient evidence

April 2, 2021

The complaint alleging Associated Students President-elect Ashley Tejada and her slate, SDSU Now, blackmailed their opponent was tabled indefinitely at...

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Created by two SDSU alumni and two current students, the Bucket app is flipping the script on the way social media works.

SDSU alumni and current students say ‘buck’ it and launch new social media app ‘Bucket’

April 2, 2021

Today’s social media platforms revolve around users’ past experiences. LinkedIn is where people showcase the jobs they’ve had. Instagram is the place...

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Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, will host San Diego State's May in-person graduation ceremonies.

[Photo] In-person commencement to be held at Petco Park

April 1, 2021

Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, will host San Diego State's May in-person graduation ceremonies.

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San Diego State women’s basketball senior guard Téa Adams drives for a layup during the Aztecs' 79-77 win over Fresno State on Feb. 20, 2021 at Viejas Arena.

[Photo] Highlighted by 809 career points, Adams leaves legacy at SDSU

March 30, 2021

San Diego State women’s basketball senior guard Téa Adams drives for a layup during the Aztecs' 79-77 win over Fresno State on Feb. 20, 2021 at Viejas...

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‘SDSU Now’ accused of blackmail in Elections Committee meeting

March 29, 2021

Associated Students President-elect Ashley Tejada and her slate, SDSU Now, were accused of blackmailing A New Hope presidential candidate Bella Martelino...

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[Video] 2021 AS Election Debate: President

March 20, 2021

Moderated by The Daily Aztec’s Editor in Chief Brenden Tuccinardi and Social Media Editor Catlan Nguyen, the two candidates running for Associated Student...

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San Diego State men’s basketball sophomore forward Keshad Johnson attempts a layup during the Aztecs’ 68-57 Mountain West Conference tournament victory over Utah State on March 13, 2021 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

[Photo] Column: How far can SDSU go in the NCAA Tournament?

March 17, 2021

San Diego State men’s basketball sophomore forward Keshad Johnson attempts a layup during the Aztecs’ 68-57 Mountain West Conference tournament victory...

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[Video] 2021 AS Election Debate: VP External Relations

March 16, 2021

Moderated by The Daily Aztec’s editor in chief Brenden Tuccinardi and news editor Jadyn Brandt, the two candidates for Vice President of External Relations,...

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[Video] 2021 AS Election Debate: VP Financial Affairs

March 16, 2021

Moderated by The Daily Aztec’s editor in chief Brenden Tuccinardi and news editor Jadyn Brandt, the two candidates for Vice President of Financial Affairs,...

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San Diego State men's basketball head coach Brian Dutcher is caught by his players after doing a

[Photo] Third time’s the charm: Aztecs defeat Utah State to hoist Mountain West tournament trophy

March 13, 2021

San Diego State men's basketball head coach Brian Dutcher is caught by his players after doing a "trust fall" after the Aztecs' 68-57 Mountain West Conference...

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San Diego State men's basketball senior guard Trey Pulliam attempts a layup during the Aztecs' Mountain West Conference tournament semifinal win over Nevada on March 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

[Photo] Aztecs return to MWC tournament championship game, hope to win second in eight years

March 13, 2021

San Diego State men's basketball senior guard Trey Pulliam attempts a layup during the Aztecs' Mountain West Conference tournament semifinal win over Nevada...

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San Diego State men's basketball senior guard Jordan Schakel attempts a fadeaway jumper during the Aztecs' 77-70 win over Nevada on March 12, 2021 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

[Photo] Three observations: Aztecs knock off No. 5 seed Nevada, advance to championship game

March 12, 2021

San Diego State men's basketball senior guard Jordan Schakel attempts a fadeaway jumper during the Aztecs' 77-70 win over Nevada on March 12, 2021 at the...

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Anti-Semitic vandalism reported at South Campus Plaza North

Anti-Semitic vandalism reported at South Campus Plaza North

March 11, 2021

San Diego State issued a statement of support for the university’s Jewish community after anti-Semitic vandalism appeared on the exterior walls of a...

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San Diego State men's basketball freshman guard Lamont Butler (left) defends Wyoming freshman guard Marcus Williams during the Aztecs' 69-66 win over the Cowboys in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

[Photo] No. 1 seed Aztecs survive battle against No. 8 Wyoming in quarterfinals of MWC tournament

March 11, 2021

San Diego State men's basketball freshman guard Lamont Butler (left) defends Wyoming freshman guard Marcus Williams during the Aztecs' 69-66 win over the...

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Photo courtesy of Catlan Nguyen

Blog: Catlan Nguyen named editor in chief for 2021-22

March 11, 2021

Catlan Nguyen, the current social media editor at The Daily Aztec, has been named editor in chief for the 2021-22 academic year.  Since Fall 2019,...

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A newstand with an old, faded edition of The Daily Aztec print edition.

An unprecedented year in review: Online classes, spring break cancellation, struggle for racial justice

March 10, 2021

On March 11, 2020, The Daily Aztec published its last print edition, although editors at the time did not know it. Days later, San Diego State announced...

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Plans for possible in-person commencement announced

Plans for possible in-person commencement announced

March 5, 2021

San Diego State grads could be celebrating in-person this May. Should conditions continue to improve and coronavirus cases continue to decline, the classes...

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While expanded vaccine eligibility offers a glimmer of hope, the country mourns the loss of more than 500,000 lives to COVID-19. The flags in front of Hepner Hall flew at half mast in honor of those lost.

As nation marks grim milestone, San Diego County expands vaccine eligibility

February 25, 2021

500,000 more San Diego county residents will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine now that the county has moved into Phase 1B, Tier 1. Individuals...

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The Daily Aztec Music podcast is where DA arts & culture lives. It's a working title, but it tells you all you need to know. Every week we'll be talking tunes.

[Photo] Daily Aztec Music!: Meet the hosts

February 19, 2021

The Daily Aztec Music podcast is where DA arts & culture lives. It's a working title, but it tells you all you need to know. Every week we'll be talking...

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Production Night is The Daily Aztec's weekly news podcast that is pulling back the curtain on San Diego State's student newsroom. Writers, editors and guests will discuss the week's biggest stories and invite listeners into the action.

[Photo] Production Night: AS election season is here and other news…

February 18, 2021

Production Night is The Daily Aztec's weekly news podcast that is pulling back the curtain on San Diego State's student newsroom. Writers, editors and...

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Back in October, when this photo was taken, the massive parking lot had been torn up. Today, a large chunk of the stadium is gone.

[Photo] Reflections on the demolition of SDCCU Stadium

February 4, 2021

Back in October, when this photo was taken, the massive parking lot had been torn up. Today, a large chunk of the stadium is gone.

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Lawn signs scattered down College Avenue and a website are just some of the indications Del Cerro residents aren't happy with a proposed mega-church development in their neighborhood.

[Photo] Del Cerro residents campaign to ‘save’ neighborhood from ‘mega project’ development

February 3, 2021

Lawn signs scattered down College Avenue and a website are just some of the indications Del Cerro residents aren't happy with a proposed mega-church development...

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SDSU approved to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines starting next week

SDSU approved to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines starting next week

February 2, 2021

Eligible San Diego State students, faculty and staff won’t have to go very far to get vaccinated for COVID-19.  In a University Senate meeting on...

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Then-San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer speaks at the Aug. 17 ground breaking ceremony for Aztec Stadium.

Kevin Faulconer running for California governor

February 1, 2021

After forming an exploratory committee on Jan. 4, former San Diego Mayor, San Diego State alumnus and former Associated Students President Kevin Faulconer...

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Q&A: Rep. Sara Jacobs talks about her first days in Congress

Q&A: Rep. Sara Jacobs talks about her first days in Congress

January 28, 2021

Rep. Sara Jacobs' time in Congress has already been very eventful. The freshman Democratic congresswoman from California’s 53rd Congressional District...

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After a large influx of phishing scams originating from SDSU student email accounts, the university is implementing more robust security protocols.

[Photo] Onslaught of phishing attacks prompt tighter security for student emails

January 28, 2021

After a large influx of phishing scams originating from SDSU student email accounts, the university is implementing more robust security protocols.

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San Diego State has applied to the state Department of Health to be a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site.

[Photo] SDSU delays in-person instruction to March, applies to distribute vaccine

January 26, 2021

San Diego State has applied to the state Department of Health to be a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site.

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President Biden's inaugural address carried a theme of unity as he pledged to be a president for all Americans.

Joe Biden sworn in as 46th President, Kamala Harris makes history as first female, Black VP

January 20, 2021

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America on Jan. 20 in a ceremony that was anything but ordinary and...

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Trump-incited violence at US Capitol stalls Electoral College vote

Trump-incited violence at US Capitol stalls Electoral College vote

January 6, 2021

On Jan. 6, while Vice President Mike Pence presided over a joint session of Congress where newly sworn-in lawmakers gathered to certify the Electoral College...

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Duncan Hunter, an SDSU alumnus, represented California's 50th Congressional District from 2013 until he resigned in 2020.

Trump pardons SDSU alumnus Duncan Hunter

December 22, 2020

On Tuesday, Dec. 22, President Donald Trump pardoned 15 people, including former Republican congressman and San Diego State alumnus Duncan Hunter.  Hunter...

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In-person instruction in Spring 2021 will start two weeks after students return from winter break to allow mandatory testing to occur.

[Photo] Spring 2021 in-person instruction to be delayed two weeks to allow for COVID-19 testing

December 10, 2020

In-person instruction in Spring 2021 will start two weeks after students return from winter break to allow mandatory testing to occur.

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Associated Students gave voice to students' concerns and asked President de la Torre to reinstate Spring Break.

A.S. sends letter to President de la Torre demanding Senate decision be reversed

December 4, 2020

In an evening meeting on Dec. 4, the Associated Students Board of Directors drafted and approved a letter to San Diego State President Adela de la Torre...

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A small group of students marched through campus in protest of the university's decision to eliminate the traditional nine-day spring break.

[Photo] Days after Spring Break decision, students continue to push back on and offline

December 4, 2020

A small group of students marched through campus in protest of the university's decision to eliminate the traditional nine-day spring break.

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Dylan Hernandez, a freshman at SDSU, died on Nov. 8 after falling off his bunk bed in his dorm room. He had attended a fraternity party before the incident.

San Diego State, CSU, Phi Gamma Delta sued for negligence in death of SDSU freshman Dylan Hernandez

December 2, 2020

Content Warning: Detailed descriptions of hazing Last week, the father of Dylan Hernandez – the San Diego State freshman who died last year – ...

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BREAKING: University Senate to vote on canceling Spring Break

BREAKING: University Senate to vote on canceling Spring Break

November 30, 2020

Spring Break is once again on the chopping block at San Diego State. On Dec. 1, the University Senate will vote on a proposal that will eliminate the...

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San Diego State students, faculty and staff can get tested for COVID-19 for free by appointment at Student Health Services at Calpulli Center.

[Photo] COVID-19 Update: Cases on the rise, testing continues

November 25, 2020

San Diego State students, faculty and staff can get tested for COVID-19 for free by appointment at Student Health Services at Calpulli Center.

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Viejas Arena (pictured here) served as one of many polling sites where voters could decide on one of the 15 measures on the ballot in California.

[Photo] Formerly incarcerated SDSU students, alumni react to passage of Proposition 17

November 18, 2020

Viejas Arena (pictured here) served as one of many polling sites where voters could decide on one of the 15 measures on the ballot in California.

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San Diego County residents and SDSU students wait in line to get tested at the county-operated COVID-19 testing center at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center on Nov. 18.

[Photo] San Diego County is back in the Purple Tier. What does that mean for SDSU?

November 18, 2020

San Diego County residents and SDSU students wait in line to get tested at the county-operated COVID-19 testing center at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni...

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SDSU pauses in-person instruction until spring

SDSU pauses in-person instruction until spring

November 18, 2020

On the same day that San Diego County reported 718 new cases of COVID-19, San Diego State announced that its remaining in-person courses would transition...

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The Daily Aztec moderated a debate between SDSU College Democrats and TPUSA at SDSU on Oct. 28.

[Photo] Turning Point USA and SDSU College Dems debate ahead of Election Day

November 3, 2020

The Daily Aztec moderated a debate between SDSU College Democrats and TPUSA at SDSU on Oct. 28.

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California's 49th, 52nd and 53rd Congressional Districts cover much of San Diego. The Daily Aztec sat down with the candidates to ask them about the issues college students care about most.

[Photo] How CA 49th, 52nd, and 53rd candidates line up on the issues

November 3, 2020

California's 49th, 52nd and 53rd Congressional Districts cover much of San Diego. The Daily Aztec sat down with the candidates to ask them about the issues...

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San Diego County has stepped in to control parties at SDSU before Halloween.

Trick or treat? Cease-and-desist orders issued to SDSU residences planning on holding large gatherings

October 30, 2020

Like Halloween candy, the San Diego County Health Officer handed out cease-and-desist orders on Oct. 30 to residents of eight off-campus houses located...

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Proposition 17 is one of 12 initiatives on the California Ballot. If passed, Prop 17 would restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated people still on parole.

[Photo] Some SDSU students can’t vote. Proposition 17 will change that

October 26, 2020

Proposition 17 is one of 12 initiatives on the California Ballot. If passed, Prop 17 would restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated people still...

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The Daily Aztec has created this voter guide to help you navigate the 2020 California propositions.

Guía de votación para las propuestas de California

October 26, 2020

Guida traducida por Noé Sandoval y Daniel Guerrero Proposición  14  La Proposición 14 autoriza a los bonos a continuar financiando las células...

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Democrats Sara Jacobs and Georgette Gòmez are both running to represent California's 53rd Congressional District, a seat held by Democrat Susan Davis since 2003.

[Photo] VIDEO: California 53rd Congressional Race Breakdown: Sara Jacobs vs. Georgette Gómez

October 21, 2020

Democrats Sara Jacobs and Georgette Gòmez are both running to represent California's 53rd Congressional District, a seat held by Democrat Susan Davis...

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The Daily Aztec has created this voter guide to help you navigate the 2020 California propositions.

DA Voter Guide: California Propositions

October 21, 2020

Proposition 14 Prop 14 authorizes bonds to continue funding stem cell and other medical research. It issues $5.5 billion in bonds to investors and...

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San Diego County residents rallied in support of California Propostion 16.

[Photo] Residents of all backgrounds rally behind Prop 16

October 21, 2020

San Diego County residents rallied in support of California Propostion 16.

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Cost-saving measures make a dent in SDSU budget gap, but CSU cuts create uncertainty

Cost-saving measures make a dent in SDSU budget gap, but CSU cuts create uncertainty

October 21, 2020

Not surprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the state, California State University and San Diego State budgets. Nevertheless, above...

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The definitive blue seats will be some of the first things to come out of the stadium as demolition gets underway. SDSU will be auctioning off seats for fans that want a piece of the stadium for themselves.

[Photo] SDCCU Stadium: A new era follows the end of an old one

October 15, 2020

The definitive blue seats will be some of the first things to come out of the stadium as demolition gets underway. SDSU will be auctioning off seats for...

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SDSU passes 1,000 cases, limited in-person instruction to resume Oct. 12

SDSU passes 1,000 cases, limited in-person instruction to resume Oct. 12

September 30, 2020

Since Aug. 24, San Diego State has reported 1,080 cases of COVID-19 associated with the university, the vast majority among students, and more specifically...

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El Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center se ha convertido en un sitio para pruebas gratuitas de COVID-19 en la Universidad Estatal de San Diego. El sitio ofrece pruebas gratuitas a estudiantes y es operado por el Condado de San Diego.

[Photo] COVID-19 Update: Total SDSU cases nearing 1,000, four new cases among faculty/staff, 30 among students

September 22, 2020

El Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center se ha convertido en un sitio para pruebas gratuitas de COVID-19 en la Universidad Estatal de San Diego. El sitio ofrece...

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A San Diego county resident dressed as Princess Leia from Star Wars is against strict reopening guidelines.

[Photo] ‘San Diego Means Business’ rally calls on county supervisors to defy state on reopening

September 21, 2020

A San Diego county resident dressed as Princess Leia from Star Wars is against strict reopening guidelines.

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Granada Apartments

On-campus residents anxious as SDSU COVID-19 outbreak continues

September 21, 2020

Students living in on-campus housing are anxious and uncertain as the COVID-19 outbreak at San Diego State continues to escalate.  As the community...

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This sign is one of many markers that separates campus from College Area neighborhoods where SDSU students that make up the majority of positive cases associated with the university live.

San Diego State finds itself caught in the middle between county and state over county COVID-19 case rate

September 16, 2020

On Wednesday, San Diego State reported 37 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students and 9 new probable cases. Since Aug. 24 there have been 722...

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San Diego State to test all on-campus residents, implement surveillance testing program

San Diego State to test all on-campus residents, implement surveillance testing program

September 15, 2020

All students living on-campus at San Diego State are now required to be tested for COVID-19, the university announced in a campus-wide email Sept. 15,...

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The Daily Aztec newsroom in the basement of the Education and Business Administration building.

Letter from the editor: A lot has changed, but we’re still here

September 15, 2020

There are so many reminders of the old normal that have made living in the new normal even harder. Up until a week before the start of the semester,...

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El Centro de Brasil en SDSU organizó su conferencia virtual con invitados Abner Francisco Sótenos, Monique Paula, y Watufani Poe. Los invitados hablaron sobre los problemas raciales y sociales en Brasil.

Spring 2021 will be primarily online, CSU announces

September 10, 2020

California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White answered the question at the back of every student, faculty and staff member’s mind regarding...

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This graph shows the number of confirmed/probable COVID-19 cases among SDSU student.

[Photo] SDSU nears 400 confirmed COVID-19 cases in first two weeks

September 8, 2020

This graph shows the number of confirmed/probable COVID-19 cases among SDSU student.

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SDSU students living on campus are encouraged to only leave their residence for essential activities like food, medical appointments and work.

University extends ‘stay at home’ order until Sept. 14

September 7, 2020

At the close of the holiday weekend, San Diego State extended a “stay at home” order for on-campus residents and a COVID-19 Advisory for students living...

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On Aug. 29, M@College Apartments notified residents of a positive COVID-19 case at the College Ave. apartment complex.

Covid-19 Update: M@college reports positive case, 3 additional off-campus cases, SDSU beefs up enforcement of health guidelines

August 30, 2020

A resident living in M@college apartments has been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to an email sent to residents on Aug. 29. Additionally, three off-campus...

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For the second day in a row San Diego State reports two new COVID-19 cases

For the second day in a row San Diego State reports two new COVID-19 cases

August 27, 2020

Another two unrelated cases of COVID-19 have been reported at San Diego State. These new cases bring the total number reported at SDSU to 29 and the number...

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Covid-19 Update: Student tests positive, risk to campus remains low

Covid-19 Update: Student tests positive, risk to campus remains low

August 21, 2020

Late Thursday night San Diego State Student Health Services Director Libby Skiles informed the campus community in an email that a student had tested positive...

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The Daily Aztec wins 'Best College Newspaper' in San Diego Society of Professional Journalists contest

The Daily Aztec wins ‘Best College Newspaper’ in San Diego Society of Professional Journalists contest

August 19, 2020

The Daily Aztec once again took home the award for the best college newspaper in the Society of Professional Journalists San Diego Pro Chapter’s annual...

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Clark Construction Group was awarded a $250 million contract for the development of SDSU Mission Valley and Aztec Stadium.

[Photo] SDSU Mission Valley ground breaking ceremony ushers in ‘A New Era’ for San Diego State

August 17, 2020

Clark Construction Group was awarded a $250 million contract for the development of SDSU Mission Valley and Aztec Stadium.

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