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Mixed signals on substance abuse at San Diego State

May 8, 2014

Co-written by Madison Hopkins, opinion editor On May 6, 2008, the San Diego State Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration arrested...

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Editors say farewell: Leonardo Castaneda, editor in chief

Editors say farewell: Leonardo Castaneda, editor in chief

May 8, 2014

When I started writing for The Daily Aztec’s opinion section in Fall 2010, I thought I was an incredible writer, a freshman who was going to take the...

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Paige Nelson, Photo Editor

La Casitas set to close today but plans to return

May 2, 2014

La Casitas Mexican Grill & Seafood, located next to San Diego State, will be closing at the end of today. "We're going to take a break and we're...

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How I feel about graduation, in 11 The Princess Bride gifs

How I feel about graduation, in 11 ‘The Princess Bride’ gifs

March 25, 2014

Graduation is fast approaching, which means a lot of hard-to-process feelings. So, I've turned to something that better expresses my inner turmoil: The...

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Aztecs say no to Keystone Pipeline

March 10, 2014

San Diego State students sent a message to President Barack Obama by laying down in front of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union on Wednesday, March...

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Tyler Boden and Dan Cornthwaite celebrate student union fee passing

A Legacy of Leadership: 2000s

March 7, 2014

With the turn of the century, San Diego State began to outgrow itself. By the mid-2000s, it was clear to students that Aztec Center, a long-time campus...

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SDSU organizes to send message to Obama

March 7, 2014

About 50 San Diego State students came together to form a message for President Barack Obama, writing NoKXL with their bodies and cellphone lights while...

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Norman Brinker was Associated Students president in 1956

A Legacy of Leadership: 1950s

March 7, 2014

Associated Students was formed in 1932, but the modern A.S. as we know it was born in 1955. That’s the year the first mandatory student activity fee...

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The main Lee and Frank Goldberg Courtyard at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

Design with purpose: Form joins function at the student union

March 7, 2014

When San Diego State approached CannonDesign architects to design a student union to replace the more than 40-year-old Aztec Center, it presented them...

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Aztec Shops General Manager Harvey Goodfriend

A Legacy of Leadership: 1970s

March 7, 2014

Looking back at the most important moments in San Diego State history from the late 1950s through the 1990s yields many prominent names. One name in particular...

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Associated Students 1988-89 President Larry Emond in

A Legacy of Leadership: 1980s

March 7, 2014

By the 1980s, the tradition of expanding campus services through student-approved fees was well established at San Diego State. That was how Associated...

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President Malcom A. Love with Miss San Diego Pat Heighton and A.S. President Terry Flanigan

A Legacy of Leadership: 1960s

March 7, 2014

The 1960s were a decade of change and new beginnings for San Diego State. The biggest of all was the opening of the Aztec Center, the student union hoped...

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Ground breaking for the SDSU Student Activity Center in 1995

A Legacy of Leadership: 1990s

March 7, 2014

On May 13, 1998, Associated Students President Carlos Razo passed the gavel to his successor, the same way presidents had transferred leadership since...

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SDSU budget explained: Part 1

SDSU budget explained: Part 1

February 13, 2014

Luke Henning, Assistant News Editor Budget cuts and fee increases aren’t new to San Diego State students. However, the budget itself—where the money...

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Homeless Aztecs find little aid on campus

Homeless Aztecs find little aid on campus

January 30, 2014

Social work senior David Armstrong’s passion for helping people living in homelessness began when he was in the Navy in the early 2000s. While preaching...

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The Daily Aztec’s Fall 2013 staff awards

December 18, 2013

Fall 2013 is done, and The Daily Aztec is looking back at all the changes that made this semester great. We keep coming back to one thing: the writers,...

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SDSUPD tests facial recognition software

SDSUPD tests facial recognition software

December 2, 2013

Facial recognition technology, previously limited to soldiers in Afghanistan and FBI agents, is now being used by civilian law enforcement agencies throughout...

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On 100 years of service to the SDSU community

On 100 years of service to the SDSU community

November 25, 2013

A good newspaper is many things. It is timely, accurate and well written. It should be informative yet entertaining. But I believe playwright Arthur...

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What Super Mario Bros. character is your candidate?

November 12, 2013

San Diego’s special mayoral election has been compared to a lot of things: a horse race (dark horse Mike Aguirre anyone?), a contest, a marathon (and...

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David Alvarez chats with The Aztec

David Alvarez chats with The Aztec

November 4, 2013

The Aztec: What would you do to improve transparency in San Diego City Hall? David Alvarez: Well I have a record of being a transparent public official....

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Immortal Technique muestra apoyo para activistas

September 30, 2013

Los debates sobre la inmigración, la cultura Latinoamericana en los Estados Unidos y la relación entre el gobierno de EE.UU. y las dictaduras en Sudamérica...

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The Aztec’s SDSyouth recognizes the next generation of college journalists

August 26, 2013

The Aztec is launching a project called SDSyouth to mentor and encourage high school students interested in pursuing journalism as a college major. At...

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Crash course to not crashing during your commute

August 26, 2013

Traffic during the first few weeks of fall classes is hectic to say the least. We have some information courtesy of San Diego State's Marketing and Communications...

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The Aztec launches Alumni Codices project to share alumni experiences

The Aztec launches Alumni Codices project to share alumni experiences

August 25, 2013

The Aztec is introducing a project called Alumni Codices as part of its centennial celebrations, held throughout the 2013-14 school year. The project...

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Dark drama is emotionally cold, but very haunting

June 25, 2013

Director Sofia Coppola’s latest hot topic is a real band of teenage thieves. Coppola’s film “The Bling Ring,” based on the Hollywood Hills...

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Emerald brings troubleshooting to City Council

March 3, 2013

Councilmember Marti Emerald is “The Troubleshooter.” She first earned the title as an investigative reporter, and when she was elected to represent...

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eSports brings together gamers of all levels

February 28, 2013

When I was a kid, my Super Nintendo Entertainment System and I were inseparable. I’d spend hours in front of the TV throwing barrels with Donkey Kong...

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Macklemore is a thrifty seller with NBA “Wings” promo

February 28, 2013

Macklemore knows a bargain when he sees one. The star, alongside producer Ryan Lewis, of the hit song “Thrift Shop” recently landed a huge gig on the...

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Netflix breaks new ground with saucy ‘House of Cards’

February 18, 2013

“Groundbreaking” is arguably the most overused adjective in a critic’s vocabulary. Any TV show deviating just slightly from the traditional formula...

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Students’, staff’s right to tobacco goes up in smoke

February 12, 2013

No one likes smokers. They stink, cough and have a tendency to leave a trail of cigarette butts behind them like cancerous Hansels and Gretels. Picking...

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Tipping puts waiters at the mercy of greedy bullies

Tipping puts waiters at the mercy of greedy bullies

February 3, 2013

The Internet has a funny way of turning average Joes and couch potatoes into armchair crusaders. A prime example of online vigilantism came when a waitress...

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We watched (the news) while you slept

We watched (the news) while you slept

January 17, 2013

Christmas presents have been opened, (too much) eggnog has been drunk and the New Years Day hangover has been survived. This means winter break is finished...

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Baby boomers pass blame for climate inaction

December 2, 2012

The Muppets are making a comeback. They’ve had a well-received movie and Elmo’s involvement in child abuse allegations bodes well for the impeccably...

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The restart of the age of Pax Obama

November 9, 2012

This election was a defining moment in U.S. history and it would be presumptuous to claim to already understand what it all means. However, at The...

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Mayoral race: Filner is the lesser of two evils

November 6, 2012

San Diego is a moderate city. Its moderate weather causes panic whenever it deviates from 72 degrees. It’s a moderately wealthy city, with a median...

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The Daily Aztec’s candidate endorsements

November 6, 2012

The Daily Aztec endorses the following candidates for local, state and national elections President - Barack Obama This election cycle is all about...

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The Daily Aztec’s proposition endorsements

November 6, 2012

The Daily Aztec endorses the following positions in California’s 11 propositions Proposition 30 - YES Jerry Brown's Tax Increase The temporary...

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Prop 36: Three strikes to bankruptcy

November 5, 2012

In the 2002 cinematic masterpiece "Minority Report," Tom Cruise portrays a police officer tasked with stopping pre-crime. With the help of triplets capable...

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Scott Peters: His policies in his own words

October 25, 2012

Congressional candidate Scott Peters spoke to The Daily Aztec about his campaign for the 52nd District against incumbent Brian Bilbray. Here are some...

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Peters battles for the 52nd

October 25, 2012

This elections season, San Diego is experiencing a rare moment in modern U.S. politics: a closely contested congressional race. Historically, congressional...

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Office hours: Partisan mayors and Prop 30

October 24, 2012

For this week’s edition of Office Hours, The Daily Aztec spoke to political science professor Dr. Brian Adams. He talked about Proposition 30 as a referendum...

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Office Hours: Jennifer Imazeki, economics

October 17, 2012

This week, The Daily Aztec is starting a new series called Office Hours, featuring interviews with San Diego State professors discussing current news topics....

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Throwback Thursday: Reagan’s reelection

October 11, 2012

Last week, The Daily Aztec looked at its coverage of the 2000 election between Al Gore and George W. Bush for Throwback Thursday. This week it will cover...

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High costs curve addiction

October 10, 2012

Do you hear it? Do you hear the bicyclists laughing as you stand there pumping gas, paying close to $5 per gallon? It would be cheaper to fuel cars...

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DeMaio and Filner reveal true tempers

October 2, 2012

Political debates can feel like speed dating. Candidate have only a few minutes to justify to voters why their position on specific topics is the right...

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Take the quiz to find the right beer for you

October 2, 2012

Every day, we make monumental decisions that impact the rest of our lives. it’s even worse as a college student: choosing a major, professor or even...

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Throwback Thursday

September 27, 2012

The Daily Aztec Opinion section is inaugurating a new weekly segment: Throwback Thursday. Every week, it’ll explore how it covered 24 previous presidential...

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Prop 30 is short-term pain to save higher ed

September 24, 2012

I hate needles. I hate when one violently pierces my skin and muscle, enters my vein and releases its juices inside me. The ordeal is done in less...

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Time to trim the fat and eat the poor

September 20, 2012

America, leave Mitt Romney alone. He is sick and tired of hearing you complain about being sick and tired. For years he’s been accused of being an elitist...

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Sex offenders are people too

September 17, 2012

The law has failed on sex offenders. Rather than preventing crime, the law makes crime inevitable. California’s Fourth Appellate District court recently...

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Viva la reddit-lution

September 13, 2012

Journalism of the 21st century is here, and it comes with cats. Oh god, so many cats. Reddit, the front page of the Internet,” isn’t the future of...

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Q&A with Dr. Nee

September 13, 2012

As part of our coverage of the current and former sate of journalism in San Diego, The Daily Aztec interviewed journalism assistant professor Rebecca Coates...

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Americans must retake their privacy from the intolerable USA Patriot Act

September 11, 2012

The USA Patriot Act was a deal with the devil. On Oct. 26, 2001, the American public, still reeling from the terrorist attacks of 9/11, made a deal....

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State parks and recreation bury unexplained surplus

September 10, 2012

I’ve never much cared for the TV show “Parks and Recreation.” Something about Amy Poehler just rubs me the wrong way, maybe because she’s a poor...

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Deadline laws protect students, LGBT youth

September 7, 2012

To understand middle school is to understand the California Legislature. Aug. 31 marked the last day of this year’s legislative session and the beginning...

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U-T’s biased rankings are shameful

September 5, 2012

No one would enjoy sunny days without rainy ones, and no one would appreciate thoughtful newspaper edito- rials without U-T San Diego. The latest example...

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Demand paid internships

August 30, 2012

Unpaid internships are a scam, amounting to nothing more than free labor for companies and businesses. Studies, though not definitive, suggest unpaid...

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Labor Day’s history is more than just beer and hotdogs

August 28, 2012

Labor Day is Christmas in September. You might not always get gifts, but it's definitely a welcome breather just a week into the semester.Just enough...

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Mitt Romney’s Guide to Labor

August 28, 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is running as the multimillionaire investor who can get America back to work. Yet it’s hard...

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Equal housing prices are unfair to students

August 28, 2012

This semester, San Diego State debuted a new housing policy that is expected to continue the school's proud tradition of equality. Instead of allowing...

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The biggest stories to watch this fall semester

August 27, 2012

Mayoral Race This November Democratic Congressman Bob Filner will take on Republican Councilmember Carl DeMaio for the keys to the city. With more...

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Liberal arts save the world

August 20, 2012

Friends, Aztecs, country-men lend me your ears. I come in defense of the most endangered species: the liberal arts major. There was a time in the not-too-distant...

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Cuts in budget take their toll

June 25, 2012

Stop and open your wallet right now. How much do you have, five bucks and a Taco Bell coupon? Congratulations, you’re now approximately $15.7 billion...

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Students owed say in CSU contract debate

May 9, 2012

Well, there’s always next year. As the semester winds down, finals are suffered through and grades are accepted begrudgingly, returning students...

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US Senate must kill CISPA, SOPA 2.0

May 2, 2012

Once upon a time in America, there was a bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act. The bill was seen as so evil and vile that common men and women rallied...

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Students blind to toxic threat

April 19, 2012

What scares you the most about school? Grades? Finding the right internship? Maybe talking to the girl who sits next to you every day? Whatever your...

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‘Stand Your Ground’ sets risky precedent

April 11, 2012

Wednesday’s announcement that George Zimmerman will face charges is hardly the end of the national tragedy that began on the evening of Feb. 26....

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Candidates for vice president of external affairs, university affairs and finance for Associated Students discussed their campaign platforms at the A.S. debates mediated by The Daily Aztec Tuesday. | Antonia Zaragoza, Photo Editor

Students must dispel apathy and cast votes

March 7, 2012

While you read this the future of your school is being decided, and you may not even know it. Maybe you know the Associated Students elections are...

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Honor shielded by ‘Valor’

February 28, 2012

It’s a paradoxical fact of our system of justice that lies are sometimes protected as powerfully as the truth under the auspices of freedom of speech....

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Peter Kluch, Senior Staff Photographer

Ban on note-sharing sites fails students

February 21, 2012

Sharing notes is a hallowed student tradition, as old and revered as all-nighters and pre-final freak-outs. But not everyone looks kindly upon note...

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College Republicans belittle ‘coming out’

February 14, 2012

  I love political satire. At its best it can make us aware of serious issues in a lighthearted way. At its worst, satire can be an insulting,...

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ACTA has same dangers as PIPA and SOPA

January 25, 2012

If you thought the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act were...

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Release CSU system from Trustee control

January 18, 2012

For years the California State University system’s Board of Trustees has been the villain everyone loves to hate. Last year, the board was criticized...

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No need for leadership in evolving ‘Occupy’

November 30, 2011

Occupy Wall Street is entering its third month and is showing no signs of slowing. But as this unexpected milestone passes, we must reflect on what...

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Remember, remember bank transfer November

November 21, 2011

This Nov. 5 will be another Guy Fawkes Day to remember. Dubbed Bank Transfer Day this time around, it marked the culmination of a month-long exodus of...

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Pell Grants will not destroy US economy

November 9, 2011

Paul Ryan really does not like to help students. ThinkProgress reported that at a recent town hall meeting in Wisconsin, Ryan was asked why he was...

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Desalinated water is toxic solution to crisis

October 25, 2011

Few things are as vital as water to our survival, not just individually but as a nation. The struggle to secure this precious resource will only become...

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Act is affordable and fair incentive

October 17, 2011

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 130, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, better known as the Dream Act, into law he...

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‘Occupy’ cause has revolutionary potential

October 10, 2011

I was stumped. It was a simple question: What are they protesting? But the answer to the question posed by my conservative, borderline apolitical friend...

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Cupcake sale crumbles affirmative action debate

Cupcake sale crumbles affirmative action debate

October 3, 2011

Few things are less controversial in our hyper-partisan world than cupcakes. Yet last week cupcakes found themselves at the heart of a heated debate...

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Revive hangouts to cultivate campus pride

Revive hangouts to cultivate campus pride

September 28, 2011

San Diego State wants one, but can’t get it. University of California San Diego has one, but might close it. It’s not the kind of thing they...

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Include secularism in religious classes

September 20, 2011

Despite having the third most followers in the world, atheism and nonreligious beliefs have been getting the short end of the stick for many years. Secularist...

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Prevent Chargers relocation with innovation

September 20, 2011

Arguing in favor of a new Chargers stadium is never easy, but it can feel like outright mockery in the wake of a painful defeat at the hands of the...

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New immigration policy offers new chance

August 29, 2011

Immigration has been at the heart of what America stands for since its very foundation. Struggling people from around the world have come here hoping...

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Target episodic homeless with gov funding

July 24, 2011

A favorite recessionary pastime of Americans has always been to point the finger at those who have made it through unscathed — bankers, executives,...

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SlutWalk reinvents sexist perceptions of rape

June 26, 2011

If you happened to be downtown on June 11, you would have come across a peculiar sight — an army of self-proclaimed sluts proudly parading along the...

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‘Magic bullet’ is fantasy fix

May 4, 2011

In the waning hours of his tenure, San Diego State President Stephen L.Weber made some curious remarks about the state of affairs at SDSU. During a...

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Make legal citizenship more accessible to immigrants

April 26, 2011

Immigration in America began with the wide-eyed British settlers who landed in Virginia centuries ago in their quests for a better life. Immediately...

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Sustainability: The dark side of meat eating

April 20, 2011

America loves her bacon. We love our bacon, our hamburgers and our fried chicken so much that it’s easy for us to simply overlook what all this meat...

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Pension initiative cuts city workers’ rights

April 18, 2011

Once more, the stage is set for a monumental battle over pension reform, and Mayor Jerry Sanders and Councilman Carl DeMaio think they’ve got a winning...

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Why Zingg should win the presidential race

April 10, 2011

This past week the San Diego State community got its first — and only — look at the three finalists vying to fill SDSU President Stephen L. Weber’s...

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Demand global ban on shark finning

April 6, 2011

They caught one. The fisherman quickly drags the frantic shark up to the bloodstained deck of the boat. The shark has a large metal hook through its...

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New A.S. candidates challenge status quo

March 23, 2011

Associated Students at San Diego State has perfected a system where like — minded successors are routinely shaped from the same mold and virtually...

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Eliminate ethnically centered scholarships

March 14, 2011

Throughout U.S history, the Caucasian male has been the king of the hill. He held all the power, all the rights and all the breaks. But in the last...

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Palestine awareness wall inspires debate

March 9, 2011

During my pilgrimage to class last Tuesday morning, I was faced with an unexpected barrier blocking my path. A wall, erected in the middle of campus...

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Egyptians must fight for a true democracy

February 16, 2011

Americans fought for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The French died for liberty, equality and brotherhood. Egyptians marched for dignity —...

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MEChA movement was founded on historical fallacies

February 9, 2011

Like half the people you know, I’m a Mexican in Southern California. I have never felt like a minority here, except within my own immigrant community....

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When our tuition overcomes state funding

February 3, 2011

Leap forward to Fall 2018. Students at the University of California, San Diego are livid, protesting and chanting outside the windows of the administration...

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Experimental high school does away with the D

January 30, 2011

The San Diego Met High School is quite the crafty institution. Located in the heart of the Mesa College campus, it houses a motley crew of misfits and...

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Gun laws give more than illusions of safety

January 19, 2011

Just before finals week last semester, San Diego State student Michel David was walking her dog outside her apartment complex on 55th Street when she...

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