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Christine Whitman

Christine Whitman, Arts and Culture Editor

Christine Whitman is the arts and culture editor for The Daily Aztec for the 2016-17 academic year. She is a senior studying public relations and communications here at San Diego State. Christine started writing for The Daily Aztec in 2013 and has never looked back. For questions of comments, contact Christine at features@thedailyaztec.com

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Senior Farewell: Arts & Culture Editor

Senior Farewell: Arts & Culture Editor

May 3, 2017

Editor’s Note: This will be my last, and best, article for The Daily Aztec, because it comprises, almost, every emotion I have ever felt in this newsroom....

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Young the Giant mesmerizes crowd

Young the Giant mesmerizes crowd

October 26, 2016

“I can’t stop listening to this voice in my head…”  On Wednesday, Oct. 19, it was guaranteed that audience members would not be able to escape...

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Ahi Poke Bowl

Tasty Tuesday: Poki One N Half builds large portions

September 13, 2016

The concept of build-your-own breakfast, lunch or dinner seemed to start with building-your-own sandwiches at Subway. Then, Chipotle's build-your-own...

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Starting my final chapter at SDSU

August 29, 2016

I've been really into numbers lately, because they seem to have a much larger impact on my life than usual, and it’s not because I changed my major to...

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August claims title for greatest month

August 17, 2016

The last day of the past spring semester was May 12. The first day of fall semester is Aug. 29. It should be obvious from the career path I chose that...

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Meet the class of 2016: Lorena Acosta

Meet the class of 2016: Lorena Acosta

May 13, 2016

In 1897, San Diego State created a legacy survived by the diversity, leadership and innovation of its students. Four years ago, a San Marcos native...

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Campus DUI prevention program collaborates with SDSU graphic design students

Campus DUI prevention program collaborates with SDSU graphic design students

May 6, 2016

The Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies and Services is a project established by San Diego State in an effort to address alcohol and other drug-related...

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Dancer means business

Dancer means business

May 4, 2016

At 8, Carlo Di Dio discovered dance, more specifically—ballet. At 14, he became a professional ballet dancer, falling in love with its challenges. “You’re...

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Student club returns to heal patients through music

Student club returns to heal patients through music

April 13, 2016

For San Diego State student Kelly Dinh, music and science have always gone hand-in-hand. As a sophomore double majoring in music and pre-medicine, it was...

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The phone call I wish I didn’t have

March 23, 2016

It’s said that one phone call can change your life. As cliche as that statement is, I never realized how true it was — until recently. Two weeks ago,...

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SDSU thesis film aims to education students on sexual assault

SDSU thesis film aims to education students on sexual assault

March 23, 2016

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, one in six American women and one in 33 American men have been the victims of an attempted or...

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Tasty Tuesday: Soda and Swine serves delectable meatball dishes

Tasty Tuesday: Soda and Swine serves delectable meatball dishes

March 15, 2016

Soda & Swine is a bright, roofless garden by day and an intimate, candle-lit patio nursery by night. No matter what time of day, this North Park eatery...

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New psychology professor explores student motivations

New psychology professor explores student motivations

March 9, 2016

Social psychology professor Dustin Thoman begins his first faculty position at San Diego State this semester. He was previously one of two social psychology...

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SDSUs Gamelan ensemble celebrates Javanese culture

SDSU’s Gamelan ensemble celebrates Javanese culture

March 2, 2016

The School of Music and Dance at San Diego State has a variety of programs and performing groups, including groups classified as world music. There are...

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Pride Center assistant aspires to be the next dean

Pride Center assistant aspires to be the next dean

March 2, 2016

English senior Lou Tabalon works as an assistant at the Pride Center, serves on the executive board for the Queer Student Union and is a brother of Delta...

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Pep band pumps up the SDSU spirit

Pep band pumps up the SDSU spirit

March 2, 2016

At San Diego State, music can be heard everywhere — especially in Viejas Arena during basketball games. At the women’s basketball game, it’s the...

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Now entering the Twilight Zone of Facebook

February 23, 2016

It was a normal Wednesday night. I’m sitting in the living room with my roommate, stressing over the horror that is public relations, when I hear a booming...

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Health and wellness special issue: SDSUs nursing program

Health and wellness special issue: SDSU’s nursing program

February 17, 2016

According to San Diego State’s School of Nursing, the nursing profession “has its foundation in the biophysical and behavioral humanistic sciences,...

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Renowned oboist stops by Rhapsody Hall to teach eager students

Renowned oboist stops by Rhapsody Hall to teach eager students

February 15, 2016

At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, a brilliant melody of notes continuously flooded Rhapsody Hall as musicians and audience members gathered promptly to observe...

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SDSU theater alumna makes a homecoming for Waist Watchers The Musical!

SDSU theater alumna makes a homecoming for ‘Waist Watchers The Musical!’

February 8, 2016

San Diego State alumna Yvonne Brown kept herself busy as an Aztec. She graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences with...

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New app might ease some moving woes

New app might ease some moving woes

February 3, 2016

At the end of every academic year, Aztecs have an issue: moving and the choices that go with it. Finding a place to live after freshman year can be hard....

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SDSU commuters find their place on campus

SDSU commuters find their place on campus

January 27, 2016

Time spent at San Diego State can be a difficult experience, especially for commuter students, but the Commuter Resource Center can change that. Freshmen...

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Tasty Tuesday: Pho Hoas all about noodles

Tasty Tuesday: Pho Hoa’s all about noodles

January 26, 2016

Restaurants usually offer multiple dish options, but at a small Vietnamese restaurant in City Heights, pho is the sole meal. Located on El Cajon Boulevard,...

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Doctor Faustus production is larger than life

‘Doctor Faustus’ production is larger than life

December 4, 2015

The School of Theatre, Television and Film’s adaptation of “Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights” by Gertrude Stein is highly unorthodox, but in the...

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Does parking ever really not suck?

December 2, 2015

San Diego State parking seems to be a widely discussed issue lately. Due to the increasing amount of students continuing to whine about parking, I think...

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Katsu Cafe sushi is just satisfactory

Katsu Cafe sushi is just satisfactory

December 1, 2015

With restaurants on every corner, trying to decide where to eat in Kearny Mesa can be challenging. Located on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Katsu Cafe...

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The journey of an SDSU art student

The journey of an SDSU art student

November 18, 2015

Art starts here The visual and performing arts learning community on campus is not just a residence hall but a safe haven for student artists to express...

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November 18, 2015

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International Education Week to include Peace Village event

International Education Week to include Peace Village event

November 16, 2015

On Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the International Student Center and the International Students Association will be hosting the 59th annual...

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New film fights for womens rights

New film fights for women’s rights

November 10, 2015

The discussion of equality and women’s rights has been a reoccurring theme in today’s media, especially with the rise in recognition of the Feminist...

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The moon

Astronomy major runs tight-knit program

November 10, 2015

San Diego State offers an abundance of majors to choose from, but there are definitely some lesser-known ones that deserve some recognition. One such...

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Aztec Sweat aims to increase student fitness

Aztec Sweat aims to increase student fitness

November 10, 2015

Twenty minutes is all the time students need to get active, move toward goals and have some fun between classes with new Aztec Sweat workouts. An alternative...

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November 10, 2015

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SDSU students compete in Ford Ambassador Challenge

SDSU students compete in Ford Ambassador Challenge

October 30, 2015

Four San Diego State students recently entered the national Ford College Ambassador Challenge in hopes of donating event winnings to the upcoming Aztec...

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Alumni make their way with Lyft

Alumni make their way with Lyft

October 28, 2015

Throughout collegiate history, students have taken on a variety of jobs to pay for tuition and fees. Movies have commonly portray students as restaurant...

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Lianne La Havas captivates San Diego audience

Lianne La Havas captivates San Diego audience

October 26, 2015

Soulful crescendos, edgy folk-tunes and power ballads — 26-year-old Lianne La Havas offered all of that and more. The British singer-songwriter made...

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SDSU hosts second Let’s Talk briefing

October 22, 2015

On Thursday, Sept. 24, San Diego State hosted the second event in its monthly series of Let’s Talk briefings at Scripps Cottage. The event featured a...

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Study abroad programs abound for SDSU students

Study abroad programs abound for SDSU students

October 21, 2015

A plethora of students are required to study abroad during their time at San Diego State, but choosing a program might not be the easiest task to complete. According...

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O’Brien’s fills sports fans’ appetites

O’Brien’s fills sports fans’ appetites

October 14, 2015

Tucked away between car dealerships and ramen restaurants in Kearny Mesa, a small pub sits on a corner attracting food, beer and sports fans daily. Located...

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Senior spends summer working aboard

Senior spends summer working aboard

October 7, 2015

Olga Vargas, an international business senior with an emphasis on Portguese in Latin America, spent six weeks of her summer break abroad in Santarem, Brazil. During...

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Tasty Tuesday: The Taco Stands prices are not going up on a Tuesday

Tasty Tuesday: The Taco Stand’s prices are not going up on a Tuesday

October 6, 2015

If anything’s going up on a Tuesday, it’s not the price of The Taco Stand tacos. Located less than two miles from the shoreline on Pearl Street,...

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International jeweler speaks at SDSU

International jeweler speaks at SDSU

September 17, 2015

On Sept. 10, the San Diego State Jewelry Students Co-op sponsored a free art talk with unapologetic international jeweler Lisa Walker. The event, which...

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SDSU senior uses summer to hone his Kraft

SDSU senior uses summer to hone his Kraft

September 16, 2015

Business and entrepreneurship senior Paul Johnson spent the summer interning as a sales analyst for Kraft Heinz Company in Irvine, California. Although...

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SDSU alumnus works to empower women globally

SDSU alumnus works to empower women globally

September 10, 2015

Every student comes across classes that can be a drag, but others can be essential in jump-starting one’s career after college. This is how San Diego...

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Atlas Genius show is larger than life

Atlas Genius show is larger than life

September 7, 2015

There’s always a nervous energy in the room waiting for a band to emerge and start playing. Atlas Genius was no exception at its House of Blues performance...

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Sweetser draws from Navy history

Sweetser draws from Navy history

September 2, 2015

One of the newest faculty members to join the journalism and media studies department, Kaye Sweetser, Ph.D., teaches courses in principles of public relations,...

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Beaches inspire SDSU alumni to create beach towel business

Beaches inspire SDSU alumni to create beach towel business

August 27, 2015

San Diego is known for its numerous attractions, restaurants and miles of beaches that draw thousands of tourists annually. Those beaches also inspired...

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Meet SDSU’s new professors

August 26, 2015

Professor Shelley Orr Television, film and new media professor Shelley Orr has served as a lecturer at San Diego State for the past eight years,...

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Meeting the man of my dreams

August 5, 2015

The easiest way to describe last weekend is relaxing—or lazy if you’d like to look on the negative side of life, but I believe myself to be an abundantly...

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Ten Finals Feelings: Spongebob Edition

Ten Finals Feelings: Spongebob Edition

May 6, 2015

Finals week is a blur of last minute assignments and projects worth your entire grade, and well — finals. All you want is to throw all of your responsibilities...

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Crash course: Parking citations by the numbers

Crash course: Parking citations by the numbers

April 30, 2015

Parking at San Diego State can be a stressful experience for some Aztecs. The daily difficulties of competing with thousands of others for a spot can be...

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Alumna battles rare cancer

Alumna battles rare cancer

April 29, 2015

Maania Hopper is a 2010 San Diego State alumnus who studied both political science and economics. Maania had recently become engaged to University of California,...

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Professor teaches like a hipster pool shark

Professor teaches like a hipster pool shark

April 27, 2015

Every student experiences a variety of teachers with different personalities, teaching methods, and aspirations. They experience “cookie cutter” teachers...

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Cure a splitting (rent) headache

April 23, 2015

Attending college is a unique experience filled with late-night studying, spontaneous midnight outings and constant spending on food. Moving out of the...

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Get your S.W.A.G. on

Get your S.W.A.G. on

April 22, 2015

On April 27 from 5 to 8 p.m., S.W.A.G. Success Week will begin at Tony Gwynn Stadium with the main event seminar, “What’s Your Why?” featuring...

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Tasty Tuesday: Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar is anything but

Tasty Tuesday: Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar is anything but

April 21, 2015

Let me assure you, not being of legal drinking age while walking through Downtown at 9 p.m. on a Friday night is a struggle. But as it turns out, there...

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Tasty Tuesday: Baby, baby, Babycakes oooh

Tasty Tuesday: Baby, baby, Babycakes oooh

April 7, 2015

Let me start out by saying, I have never met anyone who doesn’t like cupcakes. Cupcakes are usually a celebratory dessert eaten at birthdays, weddings...

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Future engineers go green

Future engineers go green

March 26, 2015

San Diego State offers tons of majors to choose from, but many students don’t know about the variety of “green” majors the university offers. One...

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The apocalypse is here

March 26, 2015

I have lived for almost two decades on a planet that, according to many, is disintegrating into a pile of nothing. Let’s face it, how many apocalyptic...

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Love at SDSU: Long-lasting love in the fast lane

Love at SDSU: Long-lasting love in the fast lane

March 19, 2015

Throughout history, there have been several couples that owe their love story to San Diego State, but Ann and Marv Abrams are not one of those couples....

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Dance team earns nationwide recognition

Dance team earns nationwide recognition

March 19, 2015

Most San Diego State students have seen the dance team perform at football or basketball games, but what many students don’t know is that the team is...

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The truth behind my resume

March 19, 2015

The whole reason we attend college is to have a piece of paper saying we’re qualified to head out into the real world as adults. That piece of paper...

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Student blogs while abroad

Student blogs while abroad

March 4, 2015

If students were asked to compile a list of their favorite things about San Diego State, it’s likely the study abroad program would be many students'...

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You only logo once (or twice)

You only logo once (or twice)

February 26, 2015

Part of the fashion trend at San Diego State is wearing the university logo on socks, hats and everything in between. The campus bookstore has several...

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Online outlets ring up exclusive deals

Online outlets ring up exclusive deals

February 26, 2015

Online outlets have taken over the shopping cart of students all over the world. Most San Diego State students don’t have enough time to hunt for the...

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New app keeps your phone in your pocket

New app keeps your phone in your pocket

February 20, 2015

A notable fact about college students of this generation is their physical and emotional attachment to mobile devices. Students always seem to be talking,...

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Pets are people too

Pets are people too

February 19, 2015

Let’s be real Aztecs, college is hard. At any one moment a student could be managing five midterms, three papers, online homework, regular studying...

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Study abroad adviser helps from experience

Study abroad adviser helps from experience

February 19, 2015

After traveling to Spain with the San Diego State exchange program for the 2013-14 academic year, accounting senior Alma Alvarez is now a peer adviser...

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Love at SDSU: It starts with a note

Love at SDSU: It starts with a note

February 11, 2015

It’s debatable about what brought Andy Smith and Julie Bennett-Smith together in the fall semester of 1983. But regardless of whether it was because...

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Tasty Tuesday: Look no further than Origano

Tasty Tuesday: Look no further than Origano

February 10, 2015

No matter where you go in San Diego, there seems to be a phenomenal restaurant around every corner. For this particular Tasty Tuesday I discovered the...

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Trivia crack, meet reality

February 9, 2015

Every month I feel like there’s a new hit iPhone or Android app that everyone refuses to quit talking about. An example of this month’s app is none...

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Forensics is in it to win it

Forensics is in it to win it

February 6, 2015

Forensics, more commonly known as the San Diego State speech and debate team, features different types of events for students of every age and experience...

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Jingle Bell Rock-Apella rocks campus

Jingle Bell Rock-Apella rocks campus

December 10, 2014

On Dec. 7, San Diego State’s a cappella group Vocal Vixens hosted a free holiday concert for students, parents and friends called Jingle Bell Rock-Appella...

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Nine reasons you know its finals week

Nine reasons you know its finals week

December 8, 2014

Finals weeks plagues students each semester on campuses all across the nation. The ten signs of finals week can be seen from anywhere on the campus, as...

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Coupon-hunting made easy

Coupon-hunting made easy

November 20, 2014

As most San Diego State students eventually come to realize, college is definitely not cheap. Students commonly try to save money however they can—even...

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Woes of a broke student

November 20, 2014

Many of you may believe this to be a rant about what it’s like to be a broke college student at San Diego State. Let me reassure you, it most definitely...

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Powerfully pink was truly powerful

Powerfully pink was truly powerful

November 8, 2014

On Oct. 29, the Helen Knoll Foundation, a local San Diego-based non-profit organization partnered with both the Queer Student Union and Students for Public...

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Heart-pounding hauntings await at The Haunted Hotel

Heart-pounding hauntings await at The Haunted Hotel

October 31, 2014

If you’re looking for a scare this Halloween, look no further than The Haunted Hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. The Haunted Hotel is the longest...

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Making strides against suicide

October 28, 2014

This past Saturday, the San Diego chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention held their annual Out of Darkness Community Walk at the...

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Adventures at the movies

October 23, 2014

There’s an awesome new movie in theaters that you are just dying to see. These days, going to the movies is more of a mission. You pack all your friends...

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