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Devin Whatley

Devin Whatley, Arts & Culture Editor

Devin Whatley is a fourth-year journalism major from San Diego, CA. He hopes to become a correspondent for "60 Minutes" or a sports journalist covering the NFL, NBA, or college sports. In his free time, Devin enjoys listening to music, writing stories and working on his own podcast, "On The Record." Devin began writing for The Daily Aztec in Sept. 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @devinwhatley.

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Senior Farewell: Devin Whatley

Senior Farewell: Devin Whatley

May 5, 2021

When I entered my first journalism course at San Diego State three years ago, I remember feeling a sense of loneliness while I sat in a huge lecture hall....

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San Diego State women's soccer junior forward Anna Toohey attempts to work her way around Fresno State defenders during the Aztecs' 2-1 win over Fresno State on March 27, 2021 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Women’s soccer loses in heartbreak to New Mexico 3-2, Lobos win Mountain West Final

April 18, 2021

There’s a common saying that sports bring “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” At the UNM Soccer Complex in Albuquerque, the Mountain...

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San Diego State women's soccer senior midfielder Chloe Frisch shoots the ball during the Aztecs' 3-2 over Nevada on March 5, 2021 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

[Video] For women’s soccer, another chance at a Mountain West title is a long time coming

April 17, 2021

In August 2020, San Diego State women’s soccer players were undergoing phases of voluntary workouts, preparing for their upcoming fall season and another...

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The San Diego State women's soccer team celebrates after a goal during the Aztecs' 3-1 win over Boise State on March 7, 2021 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Women’s soccer claims top spot in West Division, Mountain West title game met with controversy

April 13, 2021

After coming off of a loss to UNLV in Las Vegas on April 3, San Diego State women’s soccer had two road games left to close out the regular season. The...

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Members of the San Diego State women's soccer team celebrate after a goal during the Aztecs' 3-0 win over San José State on March 29, 2021 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Women’s soccer runs past San José State on Senior Day, wins third straight

March 30, 2021

When San Diego State women’s soccer and the San José State Spartans first met on March 12, the game ended in a complete 6-1 domination for the Scarlet...

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San Diego State women's soccer senior midfielder Chloe Frisch passes the ball during the Aztecs' 2-1 win over Fresno State on March 27, 2021 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Second-half goals from Toohey, Frisch fuel Aztecs to 2-1 victory over Fresno State

March 27, 2021

When San Diego State women’s soccer suffered its first loss of the season to Fresno State on March 14, the Bulldogs scored two goals late in the second...

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The San Diego State men's basketball team celebrates winning the Mountain West Conference tournament title over Utah State on March 13, 2021 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

LET’S DANCE: Aztecs selected as No. 6 seed in NCAA Tournament, face Syracuse in Midwest region

March 18, 2021

After sweeping the Mountain West Conference regular season and tournament titles, San Diego State men’s basketball is already a “lock” for the 2021...

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San Diego State women's soccer goalkeeper Alexa Madueno catches the ball during the Aztecs' 3-1 win over Boise State on March 7, 2021 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Madueno’s four first-half saves lift Aztecs over Boise State

March 8, 2021

When San Diego State women’s soccer goalkeeper Brooke Lisowski graduated this past season, head coach Mike Friesen had to figure out who would fill the...

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San Diego State women's soccer midfielder Malia Kaleiohi dribbles the ball upfield during the Aztecs' 3-2 win over Nevada on March 5 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

[Photo] Watkins scores game-winner in Aztecs’ season opener

March 6, 2021

San Diego State women's soccer midfielder Malia Kaleiohi dribbles the ball upfield during the Aztecs' 3-2 win over Nevada on March 5 at the SDSU Sports...

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The San Diego State women’s soccer team celebrates after scoring a goal during the Aztecs’ 1-0 win on Oct. 4, 2019 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Women’s soccer, Boise State selected as co-favorites for Mountain West title

February 26, 2021

San Diego State women’s soccer was voted as a co-preseason favorite to win the Mountain West for the spring 2021 season. The Aztecs share the position...

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The San Diego State women’s soccer team celebrates after scoring a goal during the Aztecs’ 1-0 win on Oct. 4, 2019 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Women’s soccer returns to play after extended layoff due to COVID-19

January 29, 2021

San Diego State women’s soccer has not played a game since Nov. 19, 2019, when they lost to Boise State in the Mountain West Conference championship...

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A screenshot of Alicia Keys' new skincare website, Keys Soulcare.

[Photo] Alicia Keys explores new realm in makeup industry with Keys Soulcare

December 9, 2020

A screenshot of Alicia Keys' new skincare website, Keys Soulcare.

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Senior forward Matt Mitchell faces UC Irvine sophomore forward JC Butler during the Aztecs' 77-58 win over the Anteaters on Nov. 27 at Viejas Arena.

Three observations: Aztecs use 36-4 first half run to beat St. Katherine

December 3, 2020

San Diego State men’s basketball defeated the University of St. Katherine Firebirds 83-41 on Dec. 2 at Viejas Arena. Even though the score indicated...

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Then-junior guard Jordan Schakel shoots a 3-point shot over a Long Island defender during the Aztecs’ 81-64 win over the Sharks on Nov. 22 at Viejas Arena.

Same names, new roles highlight SDSU offense in 2020-21

November 23, 2020

As the 100th season of San Diego State men’s basketball begins on Nov. 25 against UCLA, the Aztecs are coming off of what some consider to be the best...

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Then-junior guard Malachi Flynn celebrates after cutting down a piece of the hoop following the Aztecs' 82-59 win over New Mexico on Feb. 11. The win culminated in the Aztecs claiming the Mountain West Conference regular season title.

Malachi Flynn selected 29th overall by Toronto Raptors in 2020 NBA Draft

November 18, 2020

When former San Diego State men’s basketball guard Malachi Flynn initially transferred to SDSU, he came south from his Pacific Northwest home in Tacoma,...

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Both the Biden and Trump campaigns have ubiquitous branding that will outlive this year's presidential race.

Candidates show their true colors with political yard signs

November 3, 2020

The weather was picturesque on Oct. 28 in Coronado, a reminder that in many ways, the earth is oblivious to the constant chatter of election season amidst...

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Senior offensive tackle Zach Thomas blocks a UNLV defender during the Aztecs’ 34-6 win over the Runnin’ Rebels on Oct. 24 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

Three SDSU offensive linemen named to Pro Football Focus national Team of the Week

November 2, 2020

After a 38-7 victory against Utah State on Oct. 31, San Diego State football is starting to gain national recognition for their offensive performances...

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A screengrab of a SDSU Athletics video showing the big screen at Dignity Health Sports Park displays “Go Aztecs” on Oct. 10. The Aztecs later took the field and participated in the team’s annual intrasquad preseason scrimmage, which was closed to the public this year due to COVID-19.

Column: Dignity Health Sports Park is a sneak peek into the future with Aztec Stadium

October 19, 2020

This season, San Diego State football will be playing eight games on the gridiron, but none of them at SDCCU Stadium. In fact, they won’t even be...

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Then-senior guard KJ Feagin attempts a shot during the Aztecs’ 59-56 loss against Utah State at the Thomas and Mack Center on March 7.

KJ Feagin expected to play professional basketball in Germany

October 2, 2020

Last season, former San Diego State men’s basketball guard K.J. Feagin led the Aztecs to one of their best seasons in school history, finishing with...

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Women's soccer senior forward Veronica Avalos shown next to bags of clothes she donated to the nonprofit organization Unity 4 Orphans. Through the organization, the goods are delivered to children living in orphanages throughout Mexico and Latin America.

Veronica Avalos donates to children in need as part of nonprofit Unity 4 Orphans

September 21, 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the U.S., it has affected everyone from all walks of life. At San Diego State, the women’s soccer team had their...

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San Diego State women's soccer celebrates after scoring its lone goal against UNLV in a 1-0 victory against the Rebels on Oct. 4, 2019 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Women’s soccer learns to deal with fall sports postponement, maintain fitness during pandemic

September 17, 2020

On Aug. 5, the Mountain West Conference released a statement regarding the conditions under which fall sports would take place for the upcoming 2020 season....

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Then-redshirt freshman wide receiver Jesse Matthews catches a pass over Utah State then-sophomore cornerback Andre Grayson in the Aztecs' 23-17 loss to Utah State on Sept. 21, 2019 at SDCCU Stadium.

Column: It’ll be different without fans this coming football season, but the safety of student-athletes, coaches is paramount

August 9, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the U.S. earlier this year, many sports including college athletics were either postponed or canceled altogether.  As...

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SDSU shares Ten Point Plan to advance racial justice

[Video] SDSU shares Ten Point Plan to advance racial justice

July 15, 2020

On the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, San Diego State released a Ten Point Plan which outlines the steps the university plans to take in order to better...

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Students learn about global poverty through The Borgen Project

Students learn about global poverty through The Borgen Project

July 14, 2020

The Borgen Project, a nonprofit organization known for highlighting the issue of worldwide poverty in the U.S., held an informational event via Zoom on...

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Sophomore defender Claire Watkins featured in 11 games for Oregon last season.

Women’s soccer adds Oregon transfer to bolster 2020 squad

July 9, 2020

San Diego State women’s soccer announced the addition of sophomore defender Claire Watkins to the program on July 1. Watkins transfers to SDSU after...

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Dania Brett, University Senate Administrative Analyst, holds a sign that says

University Senate passes resolution to improve training of future law enforcement officers

June 5, 2020

On June 4, the San Diego State University Senate unanimously approved a resolution to address the training of campus police officers and law enforcement...

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University holds healing circles amid protests

University holds healing circles amid protests

June 1, 2020

As nationwide protests continue in response to the killing of George Floyd, San Diego State University is holding healing circles for students, faculty...

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Students have used their time in the pandemic to return to old hobbies of collecting Pokemon cards, LEGOs and building PC computers.

Esports replace intramural sports for students stuck at home

May 11, 2020

Even though there are no physical sports going on at San Diego State, the competition continues - on computers and gaming consoles. On April 3, the...

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Junior guard Malachi Flynn claps his hands after a play during the Aztecs' 66-63 loss to UNLV on Feb. 22 at Viejas Arena.

Column: Those close to Malachi Flynn view on-court success as no surprise

April 29, 2020

This past season, junior guard Malachi Flynn took the San Diego State men’s basketball team to new heights, leading the team to a 30-2 record and winning...

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[Video] Matt Mitchell to test NBA draft process

April 26, 2020

San Diego State men’s basketball forward Matt Mitchell decided he will test the waters of the NBA by entering his name for the upcoming draft without...

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[Video] Aztecs’ Malachi Flynn forgoes senior season, enters NBA Draft

April 17, 2020

San Diego State men’s basketball junior guard Malachi Flynn was on edge with one of the biggest decisions he has ever made. Does he go to the NBA...

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The Aztec swimming and diving team was honored during halftime at a men's basketball game for winning back-to-back Mountain West titles.

SDSU swimming, diving becomes second team in Mountain West history to win all four conference honors

April 9, 2020

San Diego State swimming and diving swept the 2020 Mountain West Conference end-of-year honors on March 31, according to a press release. Junior Klara...

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Senior midfielder Morgan Taylor heaves the ball upfield during the Aztecs' 19-18 win over Arizona State on Feb. 20 at Aztec Lacrosse Field.

Lacrosse reacts to season cancellation, new spring sports ruling

April 2, 2020

San Diego State lacrosse finished its fifth game of the season with a 13-8 victory over George Mason University on March 8. But little did the Aztecs...

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Spencer Sundli sells houses by the sea shore.

SDSU student realtor sells his first home

March 4, 2020

While most San Diego State students are scrambling to secure housing for the next school year, one student is busy selling homes, instead. Business...

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Sophomore pitcher Aaron Eden winds up to throw a pitch during the Aztecs' 11-5 loss to Southern California on Feb. 23 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Baseball holds on for 12-11 win against Oregon State to split series

March 2, 2020

San Diego State baseball beat Oregon State 12-11 after almost giving away a six-run lead on Mar. 1 at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs started the series...

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Senior midfielder Morgan Taylor attempts to secure possession of the ball during the Aztecs' 19-18 win over Arizona State on Feb. 20 at Aztec Lacrosse Field.

Lacrosse earns second victory of season with win against California

March 2, 2020

San Diego State lacrosse beat California 16-11 on Feb. 28 at Aztec Lacrosse Field. The Aztecs (2-2) earned their second win of the season thanks to...

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SDSU sophomore golfer Leo Oyo holds the first-place trophy of The Prestige tournament.

After finishing 77th last year, SDSU golfer wins The Prestige

February 26, 2020

San Diego State men’s golfer Leo Oyo won The Prestige in La Quinta, California on Feb. 19. The victory was the first collegiate win for Oyo, and the...

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Dance Marathon continues streak of surpassing fundraising goal

Dance Marathon continues streak of surpassing fundraising goal

February 23, 2020

Hundreds of San Diego State students arrived at Montezuma Hall on Saturday morning to watch the reveal of this year’s Dance Marathon fundraising total...

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Freshman attacker  Camdyn O’ Donnell looks to score during the Aztecs' 19-18 win over Arizona State on Feb. 21. O’ Donnell also scored the game-winning goal in the closing seconds to defeat the Sun Devils.

Lacrosse scores last-second goal to take down Arizona State

February 22, 2020

San Diego State lacrosse beat Arizona State in thrilling fashion, 19-18, on Thursday afternoon at Aztec Lacrosse Field. The Aztecs (1-1) earned their...

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Media needs more black journalists

February 19, 2020

When I arrived at San Diego State as a journalism major, I set myself out to become what I quickly noticed there was not enough of in the media world:...

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The fraternity practices in parking lots, which potentially provides better acoustics.

Fraternities and sororities Step into a part of black culture

February 18, 2020

With Black History Month underway, one part of black culture that is often unknown or not recognized touches upon one word: dance.  Stepping and...

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San Diego filmmaker, journalist and educator Roman S. Koenig.

Professor turns a new page with published book

February 5, 2020

When professors create their own books at San Diego State,  they often take the form of a typical college textbook used in a class. But for journalism...

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Martin Luther King's message resonates with SDSU students

Martin Luther King’s message resonates with SDSU students

January 22, 2020

As students enjoyed one of their final days of winter break on Monday, they also recalled the message of Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights icon whose...

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The SDSU Dance Team won its national title by placing first in the Division 1A Hip Hop competition in Orlando, Florida.

SDSU Dance Team crowned UDA Division 1A Hip Hop national champions

January 22, 2020

The San Diego State Dance Team won the 2020 Universal Dance Academy College Division IA Hip-Hop Dance National Championships, beating out UNLV and LSU...

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This is an art piece made by a student in the club that was featured on the club's Instagram.

Student club combines art, metal and jewelry

December 4, 2019

Students at San Diego State’s Jewelry Student Co-Op spend their free time doing what they love most: creating jewelry and other metal arts. The club...

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Students lined up to play Nintendo games during the promotion of the Nintendo Switch Lite.

Nintendo Switch tours college campuses

November 25, 2019

“The Nintendo Switch: Together Tour” made a stop at San Diego State on Nov. 18 and 19. The tour was part of a promotion for Nintendo’s new gaming...

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Must-see artworks on campus

Must-see artworks on campus

November 20, 2019

San Diego State’s campus is home to many different types of arts. They are seen by students everyday, but can often go unnoticed. Here are some notable...

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Sandwich smackdown: All about chicken

Sandwich smackdown: All about chicken

November 6, 2019

On Aug. 12, Popeyes premiered its version of the chicken sandwich, igniting a viral debate on social media over who has the best chicken sandwich: Popeyes...

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SDSU freshman midfielder Kiera Utush fights for possession against a Texas Tech defender on Aug. 22 at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Aztecs defeat Fresno State in overtime thriller

October 26, 2019

San Diego State women’s soccer extended its three-game winning streak to four, beating Fresno State in a 2-1 overtime victory on Oct. 25 at the SDSU...

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A San Diego State swimmer competes in the breaststroke in the Aztecs’ first home meet of the season against Pepperdine and Boise State on Oct. 18, 2019 at the Aztec Aquaplex.

Swimming and diving wins first home meet of year

October 22, 2019

San Diego State swimming and diving defeated Boise State (150-134) and Pepperdine (207-80) in a tri-meet on Oct. 18 at the Aztec Aquaplex. Mike Shrader,...

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Finding fresh fish in a hole in the wall spot right off campus

Finding fresh fish in a hole in the wall spot right off campus

October 16, 2019

Tucked away on College Avenue is a restaurant that despite being small, packs an abundance of high quality and fresh seafood to go with an intimate and...

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President de la Torre and Devin Whatley, staff writer for the Daily Aztec, records an interview section in the podcast dropping today.

President de la Torre hosts fireside podcast

October 8, 2019

Hidden in the hallways of the KPBS building, President Adela de la Torre sits in a chair with a two person crew in a small studio. De la Torre is...

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The student made art had a wide variety including portraits and other subjects.

Campus art walk highlights student-made works

September 26, 2019

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Aztec Student Union Board and Associated Students hosted an art walk in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, showcasing different...

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Former diversity office switches names for clarity

September 25, 2019

The former Office of Faculty Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has rebranded its name to the Division of Diversity and Innovation — a move which reflects...

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Members of the SDSU chapter of Campus Curlz sat on the grass by the turtle pond on campus with their matching shirts with the slogan,

Campus Curlz keeps the natural look

September 17, 2019

No two people on campus have the same hair, but one club is looking to unite them all under one roof.  That club, Campus Curlz, looks to bring San...

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Past student Matt de la Pena is returning as a professor.

Recognized author returns to alma matter for professor position

September 4, 2019

This fall, alumnus Matt de la Peña,  author and winner of the John Newbery Medal in 2016 for his book “Last Stop on Market Street,” returned to his...

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Three students get free shirts in Montezuma Hall during one of the Aztec Nights events in 2017. This year Aztec Nights events will also give away free items and food on campus.

Aztec Nights hosts late-night events for students to meet each other on campus

August 22, 2019

With the beginning of a new semester comes the return of Aztec Nights, which are free late night events hosted by San Diego State for students. Aztec...

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Ice cream from Villa Manila, a popular Filipino food destination in Chula Vista.

San Diego serves up multicultural food

August 14, 2019

With a new school year coming, visitors have a chance to explore what makes the San Diego culinary scene unique. The city features no lack of multicultural...

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