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Thoughts on graduation, nihilism and Wal-Mart

Thoughts on graduation, nihilism and Wal-Mart

December 12, 2013

As this semester concludes and the majority of you shuffle off to your respective homes to enjoy winter break, some of us are graduating. I’m leaving...

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No excuses for poor student-voter turnout

No excuses for poor student-voter turnout

November 19, 2013

This newspaper has run coverage of the special election taking place today, but what are the powers that will ensure a high turnout among college-age voters...

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Demand freedom, not prohibitions, from in-class electronics

November 13, 2013

I’m disappointed to share the following with you, dear reader: I’m still taking classes with professors who insist students take only hand-written...

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Haters gonna hate, but Halloween is for fun

October 31, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, the opinion section of this newspaper is often full of negativity. Sometimes I agree wholeheartedly with the staff writers here at...

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Students must bring change to government

October 14, 2013

The U.S. Congress has a 90 percent incumbency rate and a historically low approval rating of five percent. This means members of Congress are almost universally...

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Prof. Ghassan Zakaria circulated this map in his Arabic 101 course at SDSU.

Map reveals divide amongst SDSU students

September 23, 2013

Something has gone horribly wrong in the dispute between Israeli and Palestinian people, and there’s no reason to believe things are going to improve...

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Short shorts draw attention on campus

Exposed skin on campus harms nobody

September 9, 2013

The impetus behind this column was a text message I received from a female colleague here at The Aztec. She was lamenting the proliferation of short, booty-exposing...

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Avoid the trap of sensationalism

September 3, 2013

The word “sensationalism” ordinarily describes a branch of journalism characterized by fierce exaggeration for the purpose of inciting reader intrigue....

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Cyrus haters need to lighten up

August 28, 2013

"Twerk not, vile sprite. Quivering flanks the world traverse in an instant, regret endures beyond rehab's repeated eternities." — Christopher Moore Regardless...

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Students need relief from debt crisis

August 22, 2013

The end of summer is here and if you are reading this the odds are pretty good that you’re getting ready to begin another year of school at San Diego...

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Filner apologizes while hanging on to mayorship

July 12, 2013

Like so many rats leaping into the ocean as a ship goes down, Mayor Bob Filner’s staffers are abandoning ship at a breakneck pace, hurriedly distancing...

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“Yeezus” is an egotistical mess

July 9, 2013

A discussion about “Yeezus,” the latest offering from Kanye West, must begin by acknowledging the polarizing nature of such an album. On the one...

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For Franklin, NBA draft is smart move

July 8, 2013

An idealist may say education is, in and of itself, a gift that keeps on giving. There’s no way to overemphasize the importance of education, and here...

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SDSU needs STEM, not beer

June 25, 2013

I must preface this column by telling readers one essential thing: I love beer. It’s wonderful, and I appreciate everything about it. Echoing the...

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Millenial materialism focused on own self-worth

May 6, 2013

Most people would probably say younger people are more spoiled and lazy than previous generations. San Diego State psychology professor Jean Twenge and...

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Terrorist attacks can’t defeat our shared humanity

April 16, 2013

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’...

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Finish the semester strong

April 10, 2013

Listen up, Aztecs. Class is in session and the professor is here to drop some knowledge on your inexperienced asses. There are only a few weeks left in...

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Ignore MTV fantasies and enjoy spring break

March 29, 2013

Your spring break is probably going to be lame. This is only partially your fault. On some level, our culture is responsible for urging you to think of...

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The U.S. paid a high price for Iraq War lessons

March 21, 2013

When the U.S. invaded Iraq in March 2003, the Bush administration said the financial impact on the American people would be substantial, with estimations...

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Navy not guilty for Bin Laden shooter’s civilian woes

February 28, 2013

It’s been almost two years since President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden. The mission to eliminate the al-Qaida leader has been...

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Get off high horse and don’t say neigh to horse meat

February 26, 2013

Food inspectors in the Czech Republic claim packs of frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork sold at Ikea contained horse meat DNA. Ikea is the most...

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Discriminatory policy only recruits Christian students

February 14, 2013

T he California State University system is trying to help more black students pursue a college education. However, its methods are problematic, at best. Last...

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Good riddance to aging leader of antiquated religion

February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI announced his plans to retire yesterday. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty...

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Equality for all body types

February 10, 2013

Class and gender privileges have long been hot topics when discussing oppressed or marginalized groups in society.  Body consciousness is at the forefront...

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America: finding greatness in all the wrong places

January 23, 2013

A merica is the greatest country in the world. You’ve heard this before and if you’re like me, you grew up believing America was perched atop the...

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Celebrate Christmas for own sake, not religion

December 6, 2012

  Every year, various media outlets criticize atheists and secularists for waging an alleged war on Christmas. Isn’t it time for us to collectively...

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Stop the pointless Facebook privacy posts

November 27, 2012

Confused Facebook users have been posting a viral status update, which supposedly exempts them from Facebook’s terms of service. One can only assume...

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Veterans need more than our thanks

November 13, 2012

I left active duty in the U.S. Army almost two years ago, and when Veterans Day rolls around every November, the same thought always crosses my mind:...

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Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ delivers

November 9, 2012

There was a time when Steven Spielberg’s movies were the biggest entertainment events of the year. Blockbusters such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,”...

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Obama takes down Romney with facts

October 18, 2012

Afired-up President Barack Obama took former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to task on a variety of issues Tuesday night in an intense town hall-style...

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Date night dining tips

September 27, 2012

For many students, it’s hard to create a romantic evening. Sure, the best of intentions are there, but we’re young and inexperienced, so we don’t...

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Block and Plescia exchange blows

September 26, 2012

San Diego State held a public forum yesterday featuring three prominent community leaders running for office in the state legislature, followed by...

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The rise and fall of the U-T

September 13, 2012

Many students may not remember U-T San Diego when it was owned by Copley Press Inc. It’s hard to imagine, given the current state of the U-T, but there...

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Don’t buy crass 9/11 commercialization

September 11, 2012

In the wake of the catastrophic attacks on 9/11, Americans searched for meaning in the face of tragedy. One area where the search for meaning got weird...

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Don’t watch absurd Obama film

September 5, 2012

I am not a huge fan of President Barack Obama. He is a flawed man with a flawed presidency and there are several ways in which he could be performing...

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‘Lawless’ is a jug of undistilled excellence

August 30, 2012

Shia LaBeouf is a very good actor. Yeah, I said it. I’ll say it again. The guy has some serious skills. LaBeouf’s acting chops are on display...

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Armstrong is a hero no matter what

August 30, 2012

Look, folks. Neil Arm- strong is one of the greatest American heroes of all- time. His intrepid spirit was an inspiration to untold millions, as he...

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‘Expendables II’ is dumb, summer fun

August 20, 2012

What makes a great movie? It all boils down to the expectations of the moviegoer. Do not go see “The Expendables 2” if you are hoping to watch...

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Church must pay fair share

August 13, 2012

Taxation is a hot-button issue during every election season. As the politicians play their roles in the grand, stupid electoral process, there are actual...

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Supreme Court saves Obamacare, kills Stolen Valor

July 8, 2012

Affordable Care Act What’s the big deal with the Affordable Care Act, aka Romneycare? Oops, I meant Obamacare. I get them confused. They’re the...

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Romney’s education plan prescribes profit-driven privatized schools

Romney’s education plan prescribes profit-driven privatized schools

June 25, 2012

America has a responsibility to its children. One thing we should all agree on is children are entitled to an education of the highest caliber. It...

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SD outdoes NC in recognition of gay rights

May 9, 2012

Is there a more polarizing issue in the United States than gay marriage? On the same day the San Diego City Council unanimously approved renaming Blaine...

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Honor Seau for character, not athleticism

May 7, 2012

Imagine spending your entire life wanting to be an astronaut. You spend your childhood staring at the stars and dreaming about it. You attend a prestigious...

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Defend Pendleton cross from inane lawsuits

April 23, 2012

I’m an avowed atheist; I believe that religion is detrimental to the advancement of the human species. I dismiss all religions as merely man-made...

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Search law strips dignity from democracy

April 16, 2012

Under what circumstances is it necessary to strip search someone? What level of reasonable suspicion should exist before a detainee is forced to remove...

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Censure comic censors

March 20, 2012

Newspapers have always rallied against censorship in this country; it’s a shame comic strips haven’t been regarded with the same level of protection....

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Kashgari tweet exposes Saudi intolerance

March 14, 2012

America has utterly failed to relate to the Middle East in a sensible way. Western culture doesn’t understand Middle Eastern and Islamic culture,...

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Franklin doesn’t exactly brings class to the court. | Peter Kluch, Senior Staff Photographer

Franklin gives integrity the middle finger

March 11, 2012

I’m a competitive guy. I can understand the mentality of a highly driven, focused athlete like Jamaal Franklin who obviously desires to be a dominant...

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Iran trains female ninjas

March 1, 2012

Forget what the mainstream media will tell you about national security. In reality, the realest of real threats against our nation is a secret army of...

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Downtown developer and now owner of San Diego’s Union-Tribune newspaper, Doug Manchester, is a very powerful man. But did Manchester purchase The U-T to preserve journalism, or for more ethically dubious reasons? | Thinkstock

Beware Manchester’s hold on The U-T

March 1, 2012

Local entrepreneur Douglas Manchester insists that he be addressed as “Papa” Doug. He’s well known by this name. Ostensibly, this moniker distinguished...

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DOD favors spirituality to rape prevention

February 23, 2012

With the powers-that-be in the Department of Defense finally allowing more options for female soldiers, increasing awareness of sexual assault in the...

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A million moms can’t be wrong, can they?

February 14, 2012

How do we define “traditional values” nowadays? The American Family Association seems to think “traditional values” are synonymous with pseudo-religious...

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Bishops checkmated in contraception fight

February 12, 2012

Remember when archaeologists discovered the secret 11th commandment about how the use of contraceptives was forbidden? Maybe you remember Jesus’ teachings...

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Education, shmeducation

February 5, 2012

Students, be advised: If you attend San Diego State, Rick Santorum doesn’t think you should be here. According to presidential hopeful Santorum,...

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Jesus disappoints the children of SUHSD

January 30, 2012

Following Gov. Jerry Brown’s community forum about education in December, a rather morose projection of budgetary losses for our great state was made...

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‘Preachers’: Stand proud

January 25, 2012

The recent release of the San Diego State College Republicans’ “Teach or Preach” list, and the subsequent media attention given to the aforementioned...

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