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David Hernandez

David Hernandez, News Editor

David Hernandez is news editor of The Daily Aztec. He joined the newspaper in 2012 and has previously been a staff writer, copy editor and blogger. He will graduate in May 2015 with a B.A. in journalism and minor in Spanish.

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Senior Farewell: David Hernandez

Senior Farewell: David Hernandez

May 7, 2015

I’ve yearned for this moment for a while now; I’ve been eager to move on and begin a professional career. But what’s bittersweet about leaving San...

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City, county honors KCR College Radio

City, county honors KCR College Radio

April 30, 2015

KCR College Radio, San Diego State’s student-run radio station, received honorable recognition from the city of San Diego on Tuesday. To commend the...

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Fraternity course on sexual violence grows

April 16, 2015

This semester a record number of students are enrolled in FratMANners, a San Diego State course that stands for Fraternity Men Against Negative Environments...

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SDSU plans sexual assault awareness events

SDSU plans sexual assault awareness events

April 13, 2015

Beginning Monday, the tower of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union will glow teal throughout the week to promote sexual violence awareness and prevention. The...

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A.S. presidential candidate: Chelsea Baer

A.S. presidential candidate: Chelsea Baer

March 12, 2015

The Daily Aztec sat down with the A.S. presidential candidates to get to know them better. The three candidates will debate at 12 p.m. on March, 12 at...

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A.S. presidential candidate: Blaire Ann Ward

A.S. presidential candidate: Blaire Ann Ward

March 12, 2015

The Daily Aztec sat down with the A.S. presidential candidates to get to know them better. The three candidates will debate at 12 p.m. on March, 12 at...

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A.S. presidential candidate: Jeremy Zaida

A.S. presidential candidate: Jeremy Zaida

March 12, 2015

The Daily Aztec sat down with the Associated Students presidential candidates to get to know them better. The three candidates will debate at 12 p.m. on...

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Local bar drives traffic till doors close

Local bar drives traffic ’till doors close

March 5, 2015

When it comes to a bar, simplicity is often best. Til Two Club on El Cajon Boulevard isn’t fancy and it isn’t immediately attractive, but it certainly...

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Reading at SDSU Childrens Center

Reading event promotes literacy at SDSU Children’s Center

March 4, 2015

As Sara Garrity, a child and family development assistant professor, read to a group of around 20 children at San Diego State’s Children’s Center,...

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I will be back, Barcelona

February 19, 2015

Forget revisiting Barcelona — I want to live there. Here's how the city leaves a lasting impression: 1. The weather The climate is mild throughout...

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SDSU police drop revenge porn case

SDSU police drop revenge porn case

February 16, 2015

The San Diego State Police Department determined a student who allegedly posted nude photographs of his ex-girlfriend did not commit a crime. The woman...

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Student posts nudes of ex on Instagram

Student posts nudes of ex on Instagram

February 5, 2015

A San Diego State student posted a nude photo of his ex-girlfriend on social media recently, prompting an investigation by the SDSU Police Department. The...

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19 ways roommates help you through college

19 ways roommates help you through college

February 4, 2015

Unlike the fall semester, spring break is the only time off we get this semester. It's a long wait until we get a break from school, but that's where roommates...

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A Pita Pit employee rolls a stuffed pita. Several student employees will be left without a job.

Pita Pit to shut down

January 28, 2015

The story was updated at 5:00 p.m.   The off-campus eatery Pita Pit will no longer operate after Saturday, Jan. 31. "We never reached our full...

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[VIDEO] Student union celebrates first year in operation

January 27, 2015

San Diego State celebrated on Monday, Jan. 26. the one-year mark since the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union opened. Vice President of External Relations...

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Spring 2015: New semester, new additions

Spring 2015: New semester, new additions

January 22, 2015

With a new semester comes several new developments. Students may have already notice a new food option on campus and may soon feel the impacts of a new...

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Delta Sigma Phi shuts down at SDSU after string of misconduct

Delta Sigma Phi shuts down at SDSU after string of misconduct

December 16, 2014

Updated at 12:35 p.m. Delta Sigma Phi has shut down the local San Diego State chapter as a result of a string of violations, including the harassment...

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The State of State: President Hirshman discusses salary, sexual assault, mascot and more

The State of State: President Hirshman discusses salary, sexual assault, mascot and more

December 11, 2014

The Daily Aztec sat down to speak with President Elliot Hirshman about prominent issues the university faced this semester. For a full, unedited transcript...

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Timeline: Sexual assault at SDSU

Timeline: Sexual assault at SDSU

December 11, 2014

The San Diego State Police Department reports there have been 13 sexual assaults this semester, but it does not take into account several assaults. There...

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SDSU police arrest suspect in sexual assault

December 9, 2014

San Diego State Police Department arrested an SDSU student today in connection to an alleged sexual assault that occurred this weekend. The sexual...

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Students present demands to prevent sexual assault

Students present demands to prevent sexual assault

December 9, 2014

The group of San Diego State students that claimed fraternity members harassed them last month during an anti-rape rally presented its demands to the...

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SDSU probes claims against frats

SDSU probes claims against frats

December 5, 2014

San Diego State has been interviewing students regarding allegations that fraternity members yelled obscenities and waved dildos at demonstrators rallying...

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Two fire departments respond to SDSU chill plant fire

Two fire departments respond to SDSU chill plant fire

December 3, 2014

12:50 p.m. update: The damage to the chill plant did not affect the campus, according to an SDSU NewsCenter update. The cooling system is not affected. As...

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SDSU fraternity council suspends social activities after sexual assault rally allegations

SDSU fraternity council suspends social activities after sexual assault rally allegations

November 25, 2014

Following allegations of fraternity members harassing demonstrators rallying against sexual assault, San Diego State’s InterFraternity Council has suspended...

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SDSUs rent increase on KB Books worries owner

SDSU’s rent increase on KB Books worries owner

November 24, 2014

The terms of a recent one-year lease extension between Aztec Shops and KB Books has caused the owner of the bookstore to believe it is an effort by Aztec...

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SDSU set to build $143M campus project

SDSU set to build $143M campus project

November 24, 2014

San Diego State broke ground on the $143 million housing and retail project South Campus Plaza on Nov. 19. South Campus Plaza will connect the university...

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SDSU, First Lady bolster counseling

SDSU, First Lady bolster counseling

November 19, 2014

The White House College Opportunity Convening concluded at San Diego State this past Tuesday. Advocates, school counselors and superintendents from 32...

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SDSU students report suspected peeping Tom to police

November 17, 2014

Residents near San Diego State reported a suspected peeping Tom to SDSU Police Department early Sunday morning. Journalism senior Lauren Flynn called...

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Aztec Warrior mascot at a sports event.

A.S. researches the Aztec Warrior mascot

November 12, 2014

After nearly a month of researching San Diego State’s Aztec Warrior mascot, the Associated Students’ University Affairs Board approved a final report...

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SJP drops leaflets on SDSU campus

SJP drops leaflets on SDSU campus

November 11, 2014

San Diego State's Students for Justice in Palestine dropped approximately 500 leaflets from the top of Hepner Hall as well as the second and third...

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SDSU student dies from falling off rooftop

SDSU student dies from falling off rooftop

November 10, 2014

A San Diego State student died Friday, Nov. 7, after falling from the roof of Paseo Place Apartments near SDSU. Melissa Kennon, 19, fell from the roof...

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SDSU student dies after falling off roof

November 7, 2014

8:15 p.m. update: Melissa Kennon was a sophomore studying psychology, according to a press release from San Diego State. SDSU's Vice President of Student...

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On Monday, SDSU reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 among students. Three of these were students living on campus at Zapotec, Villa Alvarado and South Campus Plaza North.

Two sexual assaults reported in October

November 4, 2014

Two sexual assaults were reported to San Diego State police in October. The latest sexual assault was reported on Oct. 24. when an SDSU student reported...

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San Diego States new partnership with Lyft provides discounted rides for students between midnight and 4 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

SDSU acts to prevent sexual assault

October 27, 2014

Sexual assaults on college campuses have received national attention, and San Diego State has not been exempt from evaluation and scrutiny. In June,...

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Active Minds events spark suicide awareness

Active Minds events spark suicide awareness

October 23, 2014

The San Diego State student chapter of Active Minds held two outreach events on Tuesday, Oct. 21 as part of a suicide awareness effort. During the day,...

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SDSU Student Health Services tries to contain meningitis

SDSU Student Health Services tries to contain meningitis

October 20, 2014

More than 860 students concerned about possible exposure to meningococcal meningitis visited San Diego State’s Student Health Services Thursday through...

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SDSU continues care for students possibly exposed to meningitis

SDSU continues care for students possibly exposed to meningitis

October 17, 2014

San Diego State will continue to provide care for students possibly exposed to meningitis or in need counseling and psychological help after news that...

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The coccus bacteria known as neisseria meningitidis can cause meningitis.

SDSU student diagnosed with meningitis dies at 18

October 16, 2014

9: 32 p.m. update: The San Diego State student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis has passed away, according to local news sources. Sara Stelzer was...

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JMS accents Latino media

JMS accents Latino media

October 9, 2014

San Diego State’s School of Journalism and Media Studies will offer a new course that will allow students to enhance their Spanish writing skills and...

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SJP holds die-in for victims in Gaza

SJP holds die-in for victims in Gaza

October 3, 2014

Students for Justice in Palestine held a die-in protest on Thursday, Oct. 2 on Campanile Walkway near the Hepner Hall flag poll. SJP co-chair Osama...

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Driver comes forward in collision near SDSU

September 30, 2014

Update: San Diego police officer Matt Tortorella said the SDSU student struck by the vehicle was 19 years old. He was bleeding heavily and sustained...

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A.S. begins Rock the Vote

A.S. begins Rock the Vote

September 25, 2014

As the Nov. 4 elections approach, San Diego State’s Associated Students has begun its movement to encourage students to vote. A.S. officially kicked...

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Get Involved: Vietnamese Student Association

September 25, 2014

Those who are interested in Vietnamese culture have a way to learn and interact through San Diego State's Vietnamese Student Association. "We have a...

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Get involved: Korean Student Association

September 25, 2014

Those interested in the Korean culture are a great match for San Diego State's Korean Student Association, whose main goal is to spread awareness of the...

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SDSU police to host open house

SDSU police to host open house

September 18, 2014

The San Diego State Police Department will host an open house Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., allowing the SDSU community to view the police station and interact...

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SDSU Mortar Board chapter establishes new scholarship

SDSU Mortar Board chapter establishes new scholarship

September 18, 2014

The San Diego State Mortar Board chapter, which received top national awards this summer, is developing a new scholarship for students that represent the...

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SDSU continues ranking climb

September 11, 2014

San Diego State has received the No. 149 spot in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of national universities, moving up three spots from its...

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EBA Vandalism

Update: EBA incident

September 4, 2014

A man found naked Sunday morning was taken to a mental health facility after vandalizing the second floor of the Education and Business Administration...

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Event welcomes new provost

Event welcomes new provost

September 2, 2014

Provost and Senior Vice President Chukuka S. Enwemeka was welcomed at an all-campus reception Friday and gave a brief speech in which he advocated student...

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EBA vandalized Sunday morning

EBA vandalized Sunday morning

August 31, 2014

The second floor of San Diego State’s Education and Business Administration building was vandalized late Sunday morning. Several bathrooms were vandalized...

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[VIDEO] SDSU mens basketball completes Ice Bucket Challenge

[VIDEO] SDSU men’s basketball completes Ice Bucket Challenge

August 28, 2014

Approximately 20 ice buckets were strategically placed in front of Hepner Hall around 12 p.m. today. Moments later, the San Diego State men’s...

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Trespassers resort to Adobe Falls

Trespassers resort to Adobe Falls

August 28, 2014

The Adobe Falls waterfall, located across the Interstate 8 and owned by San Diego State, has become an increasingly popular destination for individuals...

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Jin Salamck skateboards the coast of California past a train.

SDSU student skates the state

August 28, 2014

A San Diego State student recently skateboarded from the U.S.-Mexico border to San Francisco in three weeks, hoping to be the first to skateboard the...

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Sign points students towards fall 2014 orientation.

SDSU sees record application numbers for fall 2014

August 26, 2014

This fall semester, San Diego State received a record number of undergraduate admission applications and admitted 8,000 of the applicants. Fall 2014 admission...

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ARP 568 fosters careers

ARP 568 fosters careers

August 25, 2014

Beginning in the fall semester, San Diego State will offer a new course to better prepare students with disabilities for employment after college. Adult...

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New SDSU campuses to open in country of Georgia

August 19, 2014

San Diego State is collaborating with three universities in the country of Georgia to create SDSU-Georgia, campuses with an emphasis on science, technology,...

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Political Science professor Doc Stoddard dies at 74

Political Science professor ‘Doc’ Stoddard dies at 74

July 24, 2014

Political science professor Michael Stoddard, commonly known as “Doc,” passed away on Wednesday morning after battling cancer. He was 74. “It...

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South Campus Plaza will include housing above street-level restaurants and retail stores

SDSU to construct $143 million housing, retail project

July 5, 2014

San Diego State will begin constructing a $143 million multiple-use project featuring student housing, restaurants and retail options. Preliminary work...

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Beca incluye a indocumentados

Beca incluye a indocumentados

December 2, 2013

Los estudiantes aprobados para el programa de Acción Diferida (DACA) ahora son elegibles para solicitar la Beca General del Hispanic Scholarship Fund...

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New $14.5M basketball facility planned

November 18, 2013

San Diego State announced last Tuesday its plan to build a $14.5 million practice facility for the men’s and women’s basketball programs. “A general...

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SDSU startup develops cutting-edge product

SDSU startup develops cutting-edge product

November 7, 2013

About seven months ago a team consisting of four San Diego State students and an alumnus sat around the conference table in the Zahn Innovation Center...

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Altar de muertos muestra desigualdad fronteriza en uso de agua potable

Altar de muertos muestra desigualdad fronteriza en uso de agua potable

November 4, 2013

El Departamento de Estudios de Chicanos y Chicanas y el Centro de Estudios de América Latina crearon un altar de muertos el miércoles pasado y tendrán...

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No habrá quien pare a Maria Estrada

No habrá quien pare a Maria Estrada

October 25, 2013

María Estrada llego de México a los EE.UU. a los 3 años de edad. Al criarse  en este lado de la frontera, creció no sabiendo lo que significaba el...

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Maria Estrada is unstoppable

Maria Estrada is unstoppable

October 17, 2013

Nursing senior Amanda Goforth met fellow nursing and classical languages senior Maria Estrada during the first days of nursing school. Soon after, Goforth...

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Aspirante Latino para la alcaldía de San Diego recuerda sus tiempos en SDSU

September 13, 2013

El concejal David Alvarez, quien se postuló el pasado viernes como candidato a la alcaldía de San Diego, aún recuerda una de las frases más influyentes...

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A.I. software automates grading

April 19, 2013

EdX, a nonprofit venture established by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recently unveiled software that uses artificial...

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Vet center visits SDSU

March 29, 2013

On Thursday, the San Diego County Mobile Vet Center pulled up on campus to offer resources to San Diego State veterans. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the 38-foot...

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Obama signs SaVE Act

March 17, 2013

Last Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act in addition to reforming how colleges will handle sexual assaults. The Campus...

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SD bids for binational Olympics

March 5, 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner wants to join Tijuana, Mexico and bid to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to the San Diego-Tijuana region. On Feb. 19, San...

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Nominations request superb faculty

February 14, 2013

San Diego State communication professor Brian Spitzberg served as chair of the Faculty Honors and Awards Committee for three years. With the committee,...

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Immigration reform analyzed locally

February 10, 2013

Since President Barack Obama and a group of senators each released a blueprint for immigration overhaul, reforming the nation’s immigration laws has...

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Salaries increasing for new graduates

January 31, 2013

Starting salaries for graduates of the class of 2012 have increased 3.4 percent from the salaries of college graduates in 2011. The latest research from...

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Aztecs empower immigrant youth

Aztecs empower immigrant youth

December 3, 2012

Members of the Youth Empowerment Program at San Diego State will begin to work as mentors for undocumented children that migrated to the U.S. unaccompanied. Each...

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SDSU offers new PT programs

November 5, 2012

San Diego State now offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Already generating high hopes, the inaugural class began its studies this semester. The...

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What’s #Trending: iPad Mini and Iron Man 3

October 28, 2012

This week, the iPad Mini and the Iron Man 3 trailer were unveiled. After much anticipation, Apple introduced the iPad Mini. Meanwhile, Marvel revealed...

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DoE grants SDSU $1.25 mill

October 23, 2012

San Diego State recently received a $1.25 million grant to fund a project that will prepare students to become school counselors, psychologists and social...

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Bill passed for free digital textbooks

October 9, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown signed two senate bills on Sept. 27 intended to reduce students’ educational costs. The companion bills, Senate Bills 1052 and 1053,...

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Happy young professionals reside in SD

October 3, 2012

San Diego has been ranked No. 5 as the happiest city in the U.S. for young professionals to enter the work force, according to data released by CareerBliss. “Through...

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Undocumented students receive exemption

September 27, 2012

A month after the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was implemented, the Obama administration approved the first applicants. As many continue...

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McDonald’s exposes customers to Hep A

September 10, 2012

Consumers at a McDonald’s restaurant in the College Area may have been exposed to hepatitis A, according to a report released by the San Diego County...

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Suspects caught on camera

September 10, 2012

The San Diego State Police Department released security cam- era footage on Aug. 28 of three suspects involved in an attempted robbery in a bathroom...

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What’s #Trending: Junior Seau, Adam Yauch

May 2, 2012

This week the entertainment industry tragically lost two icons and naturally, mourners used social media to vent about the passing of hometown-hero...

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What’s #Trending: Time’s 100, Philip Humber, Ron Artest

April 22, 2012

Trending Topic: Time’s 100 Who are the individuals that impact the world the most? Well, Time’s annual 100 Most Influential People in the World,...

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#What’s Trending: Instagram, North Korea, Coachella

April 15, 2012

Trending Topic: Instagram It was exclusive to iPhone users. Then, last week, Android began taking advantage of Instagram as the app became available...

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What’s #Trending: Goldman Sachs, George Clooney, #HowToKeepARelationship

March 18, 2012

Trending Topic: Goldman Sachs On Wednesday, Goldman Sachs, a global investment banking, securities and investment management firm, was put on the...

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What’s #Trending: Kony 2012

March 12, 2012

Trending Topic: Kony 2012 Joseph Kony, #stopkony, #Kony2012, Invisible Children, Uganda, LRA, Action Kit, and Cover The Night were all trending...

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What’s #Trending: DWTS, Avengers, Clint Dempsey

March 6, 2012

Trending Topic: Dancing With The Stars With Season 14 of “Dancing With The Stars” just around the corner, the new celebrity cast and their...

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What’s #Trending: Welcome To San Diego, Marie Colvin, Back When I Was A Kid

February 25, 2012

Trending Topic: #WelcomeToSanDiego There’s nothing San Diego embraces more than it’s sunny weather. This week, as the weather reached well above...

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What’s #Trending: Adele, Jeremy Lin and Mountain Lion

February 18, 2012

Trending Topic: Adele Sunday night was Adele’s night: At the 2012 Grammy’s, during “music’s greatest night,” Adele performed for the first...

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