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Jamie Ballard

Jamie Ballard, Managing Editor

Jamie Ballard is the managing editor of The Daily Aztec for 2016-17. She has been a member of The Daily Aztec since 2013, first as a staff writer and then as a news editor. Her work has been featured at Esquire.com, San Diego CityBeat, Student Universe, and several other sites. Jamie also works as an editorial assistant for Mike Sager, writer-at-large for Esquire and founder of The Sager Group. Follow her at @BallardJamie23 or email her at me@thedailyaztec.com

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Senior Farewell: Jamie Ballard

Senior Farewell: Jamie Ballard

May 3, 2017

There’s a quote I have hanging on the wall of my office that reads, “You’re miserable, edgy and tired. You’re in the perfect mood for journalism.”...

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Sex and death with Los Campesinos!

Sex and death with Los Campesinos!

March 1, 2017

I came to learn about indie rock band Los Campesinos! the way I imagine most of their fans do: a pretentious boyfriend who was determined to “teach”...

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Judge rules SDSU violated Title IX procedure

Judge rules SDSU violated Title IX procedure

March 1, 2017

A San Diego court ruled on Feb. 2 that San Diego State violated procedural fairness in a Title IX investigation, by failing to provide a student accused...

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Rape kits absent from university campuses

Rape kits absent from university campuses

February 15, 2017

Of the four major universities in San Diego, none of them have rape kits available in their campus health centers, despite the fact that college populations...

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[Photo] Immigration ban sparks protests

February 1, 2017

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[Photo] Mandato de Trump causa protestas

February 1, 2017

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Aztecs travel the world over winter break

Aztecs travel the world over winter break

January 18, 2017

As many college graduates can attest to, having a long winter break is a luxury that ceases to exist in “the real world.” Several SDSU students took...

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Our most-read stories of 2016

Our most-read stories of 2016

December 31, 2016

2016 was a noteworthy year at The Daily Aztec. We covered several demonstrations ranging from Black Lives Matter demonstrations after the arrest of Marquis...

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City minimum wage does not apply at SDSU

City minimum wage does not apply at SDSU

November 28, 2016

Why doesn’t San Diego State University pay all student employees the city minimum wage? Psychology sophomore Kiana Wiley has worked in the serials department...

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Updated: Clowns reportedly attack man near SDSU, police questioning incident

October 29, 2016

This story was updated to include information from SDPD Lt. Scott Wahl at 1:36 p.m. PST. A man reported being attacked and stabbed by four people in...

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Identity Evropa clashes at San Diego State

Identity Evropa clashes at San Diego State

October 5, 2016

Over the last few weeks, several students have noticed distinctive fliers, posters and stickers appearing on campus. The posters typically feature a Greek...

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SDSU student died at Hard Summer Music Festival

August 1, 2016

San Diego State student Alyssa Dominguez was reportedly one of three people who died at the Hard Summer Music Festival in Los Angeles this past weekend. LA...

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Parking and Transportation Services will begin using license plates to verify parking permits.

SDSU plans for new directional signage

May 16, 2016

San Diego State recently announced a two-part plan to improve directional signage for visitors on campus. The school plans to implement new parking garage...

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SDSU police chief to pursue new opportunity

SDSU police chief to pursue new opportunity

May 5, 2016

Chief Lamine Secka of the San Diego State Police Department will be leaving his post as police chief on May 16, to pursue a new role as SDSU's director...

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SDSU accused of mishandling sexual assault investigation

May 4, 2016

An SDSU student, identified only as 19-year-old  “John Doe” in official court documents is bringing charges against the university, claiming that...

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Students meet with Hirshman regarding 'terrorist' fliers

Students meet with Hirshman regarding ‘terrorist’ fliers

May 2, 2016

After a protest last week regarding President Elliot Hirshman's failure to condemn anti-BDS fliers on campus, students met with him this morning to discuss...

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Hundreds of students protest President Hirshman regarding BDS posters

Hundreds of students protest President Hirshman regarding BDS posters

April 27, 2016

Following a silent protest of San Diego State President Elliot Hirshman during a ceremony to swear in incoming Associated Students President Jamie Miller,...

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Business student honors friend's death with fundraiser for service

Business student honors friend’s death with fundraiser for service

April 27, 2016

Shauna Haynes was described as “always caring, always giving, someone who always wanted to make sure you were having a good day.” This description...

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SDSU Grad Students demonstrate against administration behavior

SDSU Grad Students demonstrate against administration behavior

April 27, 2016

A group of graduate students and supporters delivered a letter condemning administrative behavior toward student activists to President Elliot Hirshman’s...

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SDSU prepares for Take Back the Week events

SDSU prepares for Take Back the Week events

April 21, 2016

Students, staff and faculty at San Diego State are gearing up for a week-long series of events focused around sexual violence awareness, transparency and...

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Indecent exposure in Love Library, suspect still at large

Indecent exposure in Love Library, suspect still at large

April 13, 2016

On April 12, two female students reported being approached by a man who proceeded to pull down his pants and expose his genitals to them. The incident...

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CSU system agrees to give faculty 5 percent salary increase

CSU system agrees to give faculty 5 percent salary increase

April 8, 2016

After several months of dispute over faculty salaries and the threat of a systemwide strike, the California State University system has agreed to grant...

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Strike postponed as CFA and CSU announce tentative agreement

Strike postponed as CFA and CSU announce tentative agreement

April 7, 2016

In the midst of a 48-hour blackout period, the California Faculty Association announced that the planned faculty strike across all 23 California State...

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Strike preparations on hold as CFA and CSU agree on 'blackout period'

Strike preparations on hold as CFA and CSU agree on ‘blackout period’

April 6, 2016

The California Faculty Association and California State University management have both agreed to temporarily halt strike preparations and make a final...

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Proposed SDSU West Campus plan unveiled

Proposed SDSU West Campus plan unveiled

April 6, 2016

With the Chargers looking to move downtown, there has been much discussion about what would happen to Qualcomm Stadium. One proposal, discussed in a...

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Crime and Incident Report: Public intoxication, trespassing

March 23, 2016

Disturbing the peace On Wednesday, March 16, before 10:30 a.m., San Diego State police responded to the Starbucks in College Square for a report of a...

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A.S. voting turnout soars to 20 percent

A.S. voting turnout soars to 20 percent

March 23, 2016

This year’s Associated Students election marked the highest voter turnout rate in A.S. history with 6,056 votes, up from last year’s total of 4,221...

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The crowd swarms around Miller as she is declared A.S. President.

Students elect next Associated Students representatives with highest voter turnout in history

March 18, 2016

Energy was high in Montezuma Hall on Thursday, March 17 for the announcement of the Associated Students elections results. The event was scheduled to begin...

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College Area house busted for numerous drug violations

College Area house busted for numerous drug violations

March 18, 2016

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, approximately 15 police officers, including members of the SWAT team, descended on a house on the corner of...

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SDSU Waterski Club president receives national award for tireless efforts

SDSU Waterski Club president receives national award for tireless efforts

March 9, 2016

It’s a sunny day at Imperial Lakes in El Centro, and San Diego State Waterski and Wakeboard Club President Newt Cutcliffe has been towing waterskiers...

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Associated Students executive candidates debate faculty strike, A.S. transparency

Associated Students executive candidates debate faculty strike, A.S. transparency

March 8, 2016

The candidates for Associated Students Vice President of Financial Affairs, Vice President of External Relations, and Vice President of University Affairs...

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Vice President of University Affairs candidate Chimezie Ebiriekwe

Vice President of University Affairs candidate Chimezie Ebiriekwe

March 7, 2016

Position: Vice President of University Affairs Name: Chimezie Ebiriekwe Year: Sophomore Major: Business marketing Why did you decide to run...

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KCR College Radio wins national 'Best Station' award

KCR College Radio wins national ‘Best Station’ award

March 7, 2016

San Diego State’s KCR College Radio won several national awards, including best station overall, at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards on...

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East Commons closes due to broken hot water heater

East Commons closes due to broken hot water heater

March 3, 2016

San Diego State's East Commons dining services were forced to close early in the morning on Thursday, March 3, after the hot water heater broke. While...

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TEDxSDSU: A World Unraveled set to explore new ideas

TEDxSDSU: A World Unraveled set to explore new ideas

March 2, 2016

San Diego State is hosting TedxSDSU: A World Unraveled, an event featuring several keynote speakers from various areas of research and business. Only...

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SDSU: Possible armed suspect reported near Alvarado Hospital is in custody

March 1, 2016

A possible armed suspect reported near Alvarado Hospital on Tuesday morning is in custody and the campus-wide lockdown has been lifted, according to San...

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ROBOCOPP gains popularity on college campuses

ROBOCOPP gains popularity on college campuses

February 24, 2016

A new wearable safety device that’s gaining popularity on college campuses aims to deter potential attackers by sounding an alarm. The ROBOCOPP sound...

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De-stigmatizing mental health at SDSU: 'It's up to us'

De-stigmatizing mental health at SDSU: ‘It’s up to us’

February 17, 2016

Located on the fourth floor of Calpulli Center, the Counseling and Psychological Services is a hub of resources designed to help students, faculty and...

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El Centro de Salud Calpulli esta disponible para la comunidad de SDSU.

SDSU will conduct new health assessment survey this spring

February 17, 2016

The Health Promotions Department at San Diego State is striving to develop a better understanding of student health by implementing the National College...

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New STD testing methods come to SDSU

New STD testing methods come to SDSU

February 17, 2016

A new screening system for STD testing will soon be available to students at San Diego State. While students previously were required to see a nurse practitioner...

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Collision on College Avenue near Parking Lot F

Collision on College Avenue near Parking Lot F

February 16, 2016

A blue BMW and a Suzuki motorcycle collided on College Avenue shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. No injuries have been reported as a result...

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2015 Campus Safety and Security report shows increase in sexual offenses

2015 Campus Safety and Security report shows increase in sexual offenses

February 11, 2016

The San Diego State University Police Department released the Campus Safety and Security report and the Annual Fire Safety report for 2015 on Tuesday,...

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SDSU students learn about dam's effects on ecosystems with 'DamNation'

SDSU students learn about dam’s effects on ecosystems with ‘DamNation’

February 4, 2016

Approximately 240 San Diego State students attended a documentary screening and discussion about environmental river dams on Wednesday, Feb. 3, as part...

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Applications open for the Quest for the Best awards

Applications open for the Quest for the Best awards

January 27, 2016

Applications are now open for the annual Quest for the Best awards, which honor outstanding students and faculty members at San Diego State. The Quest...

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Google accused of illegally scanning SDSU email content

Google accused of illegally scanning SDSU email content

January 27, 2016

San Diego State is one of 11 universities potentially involved in a mass action lawsuit against Google Apps for Education (GAE). The lawsuit alleges...

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[Photo] Women’s Resource Center opens doors

January 25, 2016

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I-8 billboard gets a makeover

I-8 billboard gets a makeover

January 22, 2016

The billboard alongside Interstate 8 by the San Diego State campus is currently being updated to include a more advanced electronic system. SDSU media...

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Sinkhole opens off I-8 near College Avenue

Sinkhole opens off I-8 near College Avenue

January 21, 2016

A large sinkhole opened on the side of Interstate 8 near the College Avenue exit around 10 a.m. on Jan. 21. California Highway Patrol officers and the...

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Students abroad witness Syrian refugee crisis first-hand

Students abroad witness Syrian refugee crisis first-hand

December 2, 2015

A young girl in a dirty, pink sweater walks up to a young couple, her hands cupped and her big brown eyes already teary. The couple avoids looking at her,...

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Students studying abroad in Turkey react to bombing in nation's capitol

Students studying abroad in Turkey react to bombing in nation’s capitol

October 21, 2015

Nearly 100 people were killed and hundreds more wounded after a suicide bombing in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. It is considered to be the largest...

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Aztecs abroad in Istanbul

Aztecs abroad in Istanbul

September 16, 2015

Editor’s Note: This story introduces a series of reports from our correspondent studying in Istanbul, Turkey, an eclectic city on the border of the world’s...

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CSU increases executive pay

CSU increases executive pay

August 19, 2015

Salary negotiations between California State University management and the California Faculty Association came to a halt in late July. On July 21, CSU...

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The Zahn Center's finds a new home inside the Education and Business Administration Building.

Zahn Innovation Center continues success in new location

August 5, 2015

Over the summer, the San Diego State Zahn Innovation Center found a new home in the Education and Business Administration Building where it has continued...

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Professor Martin breaks his silence

Professor Martin breaks his silence

May 7, 2015

San Diego State professor Vincent Martin will appeal a decision from the university that says he sexually harassed a female student. Martin refuted the...

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Crime beat: two sexual assaults, unusual 911 call

April 29, 2015

A man harassed students outside the library on April 21 at 1:18 p.m., accusing them of being members of the Islamic State, according to a campus police...

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Crime Beat: Bookstore banter, suspicious circumstances

April 22, 2015

Anti-gay comments A man yelling anti-homosexual comments near the San Diego State bookstore began to draw a crowd on Friday, according campus police....

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SDSU promotes sexual violence awareness

SDSU promotes sexual violence awareness

April 20, 2015

Last week San Diego State hosted Take Back the Week, a week of activities and events, to educate students on sexual violence. The week-long educational...

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Student arrested in alleged sexual assault sues SDSU

Student arrested in alleged sexual assault sues SDSU

April 16, 2015

During a week in which San Diego State is hosting several events to bring awareness to sexual assault, a suspended student who was the suspect of a sexual...

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Crime beat: man caught peering into cars; man sings profanity

April 15, 2015

A man wearing a trench coat was caught peering into cars and pacing around Parking Structure 6 on April 10 at 8:43 a.m, according to a San Diego State...

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Man attempts to kidnap student at gunpoint

March 24, 2015

An attempted kidnapping took place at 10:50 p.m. on March 23 near San Diego State’s campus, according to SDSU police. An unknown suspect approached...

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Campus group seeks creative writing submissions against sexual assault

Campus group seeks creative writing submissions against sexual assault

March 24, 2015

The Aztec Literary Review, a literary magazine at San Diego State, is currently seeking submissions for the Voices Against Violence contest. Richard...

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Crime Beat: missing person found in jail, stolen golf cart

March 19, 2015

On March 10, a woman reported a man who followed her from the music building to Parking Structure 4 and asked to take pictures of the bottom of her feet,...

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Police get calls as Greek social ban ends

Police get calls as Greek social ban ends

March 16, 2015

Several police incidents associated with fraternities were recently recorded after a voluntary social ban on Greek life was lifted. Leaders of the Greek...

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SDSU embraces entrepreneurs with week-long celebration

March 10, 2015

A week-long celebration of entrepreneurship at San Diego State took place last week, allowing students, faculty and staff to participate in a variety of...

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Zahn Challenge bestows $25K

Zahn Challenge bestows $25K

March 9, 2015

San Diego State’s Zahn Innovation Center recently announced the winners of the Zahn Challenge. The challenge was set up as a competition to foster...

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Secret Cookie Service stops selling

Secret Cookie Service stops selling

March 3, 2015

Secret Cookie Service, a cherished local business that delivered cookies all around San Diego, has recently shut its doors (for now). The business,...

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Crime beat: Suspicious characters

February 26, 2015

A man with a book in one hand and a drink in the other was seen talking to himself and bystanders around 4:40 p.m. on Feb. 16 near Scripps Cottage. The...

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Crime Beat: Suspicious person flinging food and Valentine’s Day calls to 911

February 19, 2015

Suspicious food flinging On Feb. 13, at 3:50 p.m., the San Diego State Police Department responded to a call near East Commons about a suspicious person...

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SDSU students blog stories from abroad

SDSU students blog stories from abroad

February 19, 2015

Seven San Diego State students studying abroad are giving the world a real-life glimpse of their experiences through the recently launched SDSU Be International...

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No charges filed for SDSU sexual assault suspect

February 18, 2015

Francisco Paiva Sousa, the San Diego State student who was arrested last December in connection with a sexual assault reported to campus police, faces...

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Campanile Foundation chair to fuel SDSU fundraising

Campanile Foundation chair to fuel SDSU fundraising

February 5, 2015

Since earning his master’s in public administration from San Diego State in 1976, Jack McGrory has played a key role in the growth of the university,...

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Zahn Innovation Center introduces new funding

Zahn Innovation Center introduces new funding

February 3, 2015

The Zahn Innovation Center at San Diego State has provided support to entrepreneurs on campus since its inception in March 2011, and is recently expanding...

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Zahn Center begins funds contest

Zahn Center begins funds contest

January 26, 2015

Nestled near the heart of San Diego State's campus in the Industrial Technology building is the Zahn Innovation Center, an open office space where entrepreneurs...

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