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Michael Cline, Assistant News Editor

Michael Cline is a second-year graduate student in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies Department. He graduated from San Diego State in 2017 with a degree in political science. He hopes to work in public media after graduation.

All content by Michael Cline
An aerial rendering of SDSU's proposed multi-use stadium at the site of its Mission Valley expansion.

SDSU moves forward in Mission Valley, eyes 2020 completion date for new stadium despite pandemic

May 9, 2020

San Diego State’s proposed timeline to construct a 35,000 seat multi-use stadium in Mission Valley is moving forward as planned, despite potential setbacks...

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Data: University sees increase of Latinx undergraduate, graduate representation; faculty lags behind

Data: University sees increase of Latinx undergraduate, graduate representation; faculty lags behind

April 21, 2020

San Diego State has seen a double-digit increase in the percentage of Latinx undergraduate and graduate students over the last 15 years, according to data...

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A.S. presidential candidate Christian Holt

SDSU 2020 Vision slate wins four A.S. executive positions in low-turnout election

March 27, 2020

The SDSU 2020 Vision slate claimed victory in the four executive positions it contested in the 2020 Associated Students elections, it was announced Thursday...

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A.S. vice president of external relations candidate Armando Sepulveda II

A.S. vice president of external relations candidate Armando Sepulveda II

March 21, 2020

Name: Armando Sepulveda II Position: Vice President of External Relations Slate: Serve SDSYOU (running unopposed) Year: Senior Major: Political...

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A.S. vice president of university affairs candidate Crystal Sanchez

A.S. vice president of university affairs candidate Crystal Sanchez

March 21, 2020

Name: Crystal Sanchez Position: Vice President of University Affairs Slate: SDSU 2020 Vision Year: Junior Major: Interdisciplinary Studies:...

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group of graduates holding diploma

SDSU postpones May commencement until December, plans virtual celebration

March 20, 2020

San Diego State announced Friday it would postpone spring 2020 commencement ceremonies until December due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to...

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BREAKING: University confirms case of coronavirus in study abroad student, campus risk remains low

BREAKING: University confirms case of coronavirus in study abroad student, campus risk remains low

March 13, 2020

San Diego State has announced a student who had studied abroad in Italy has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a campus-wide email sent late Friday...

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Then-junior guard Malachi Flynn dribbles past Utah State sophomore center Neemias Queta during the Aztecs’ 59-56 loss against Utah State at Thomas and Mack Center on March 7.

Column: Can Aztecs lock up a 1 seed in the NCAA tournament?

March 11, 2020

Fans were still exiting the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas after Saturday’s Mountain West Conference men’s basketball tournament final when...

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All SDSU courses will move to virtual platform after spring break

All SDSU courses will move to virtual platform after spring break

March 10, 2020

San Diego State will require all in-person courses to transition to a virtual platform immediately following spring break, according to a campus-wide email...

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California’s proposed ‘Housing for All’ bill could  incentivize developers to build affordable, sustainable housing for low-income and housing-insecure students statewide.

California’s ‘Housing for All’ bill could bring higher density, more student housing options statewide

March 4, 2020

A local city ordinance that incentivizes developers to build affordable housing units may soon affect students and transit users statewide. Assembly...

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Supporters of Congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar cheer on as candidates make their way around the media round robbin.

Sanders wins California Democratic primary, local races still too close to call

March 3, 2020

UPDATE (March 4, 9:45 a.m.): The races to become San Diego's next mayor and representative from the 53rd Congressional District are still too close to...

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How close are you following the primary?

How close are you following the primary?

February 25, 2020

  Students who registered as Democrats or Independent/No Party Preference were given a list of questions specifically about the March 3 California...

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How do 2020 Democrats stack against Trump?

How do 2020 Democrats stack against Trump?

February 25, 2020

  Out of all poll recipients, respondents were asked to rank who they think would win in a general presidential election against the incumbent,...

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Are you satisfied with SDSU administration?

Are you satisfied with SDSU administration?

February 25, 2020

  All poll respondents were asked about how satisfied they are with SDSU’s administration. The largest reporting percentage of the 598 respondents...

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Ranking political ideology and political parties

Ranking political ideology and political parties

February 25, 2020

Students were asked to rank their political ideology based on a spectrum from left-wing, liberal, moderate, conservative and right-wing. Out of 729 total...

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What should SDSU do about IFC fraternities?

What should SDSU do about IFC fraternities?

February 25, 2020

  After a semester of Greek life turbulence, five IFC fraternities are under restrictions while the rest are free to recruit. Poll respondents...

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Leonard to return to SDSU for jersey retirement ceremony

January 29, 2020

Kawhi Leonard, the forward who led San Diego State to its first Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, will become the first Aztec men’s...

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Rapid 215 currently connects SDSU and downtown using El Cajon Boulevard.

New bus-only lanes help transit commuters to SDSU

January 29, 2020

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has unveiled a bus-only lane along three miles of El Cajon Boulevard in an effort to improve traffic conditions and...

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Close up photo of Hepner Hall at SDSU

Presidential task force recommends new policies in light of student death in fall semester

January 24, 2020

Members of the Presidential Task Force on Student Activities and Safety, convened in the wake of the death of a San Diego State freshman in the fall,...

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A rendering of public recreation spaces at SDSU Mission Valley.

San Diego State unveils final Environmental Impact Report, new park renderings ahead of critical week of city, state meetings

January 20, 2020

San Diego State and Schmidt Design Group, the university’s design partner, have unveiled new renderings of the proposed parkland and recreation spaces...

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An aerial rendering of SDSU's proposed multi-use stadium at the site of its Mission Valley expansion.

San Diego State announces multi-million dollar donation to help fund Mission Valley stadium

December 5, 2019

San Diego State announced a $15 million major gift from local philanthropist Dianne L. Bashor on Thursday that will help the university finance its new...

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Junior safety Tariq Thompson during San Diego State's 13–3 victory over BYU.

Column: Cheez-It Bowl against Big 12 opponent presents best-case bowl scenario for Aztecs

December 5, 2019

In the half decade since the inaugural College Football Playoff, San Diego State football has been bowl eligible five out of five years. But not once have...

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Dylan Hernandez, a freshman at SDSU, died on Nov. 8 after falling off his bunk bed in his dorm room. He had attended a fraternity party before the incident.

University announces members of task forces to investigate alcohol, student safety

November 27, 2019

San Diego State has announced the members of two presidential task forces to study alcohol and substance abuse, as well as student safety generally, after...

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Rendering of The Hub, a portion of the planned Mission Valley campus expansion.

City council votes unanimously to move forward with SDSU Mission Valley plan

November 18, 2019

The negotiations between San Diego State and the City of San Diego over the university’s expansion plans in Mission Valley moved forward on Monday. In...

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[Video] Everything we know about the death of an SDSU freshman

November 13, 2019

A San Diego State freshman died on Nov. 8 after allegedly attending a fraternity event, resulting in the suspension of all 14 Interfraternity Council-affiliated...

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Protestors demonstrate in the Plaza Baquedano in Santiago, Chile.

SDSU study abroad programs affected by mass anti-government protests in Chilean capital

November 12, 2019

Some San Diego State students studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, saw their international experience end prematurely after a wave of anti-government protests...

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Student hospitalized after attending fraternity event dies

Student hospitalized after attending fraternity event dies

November 11, 2019

A San Diego State student who allegedly attended a fraternity event on Nov. 6 and was hospitalized the following morning has died. SDSU President Adela...

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All 14 IFC-affiliated fraternities suspended following incident at chapter party

All 14 IFC-affiliated fraternities suspended following incident at chapter party

November 8, 2019

San Diego State President Adela de la Torre has suspended all Interfraternity Council chapters after SDSU Police launched an investigation into an incident...

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Rendering of the SDSU Innovation District in Mission Valley.

SDSU increases cash offer for Mission Valley site

October 30, 2019

San Diego State has submitted a revised proposal to the San Diego City Council to purchase 135 acres of Mission Valley land critical to the university's...

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Tacos El Panson is located in the diverse neighborhood of City Heights.

Tacos El Panson brings authentic Mexico City flavor to San Diego

October 16, 2019

For San Diego State foodies in search of the best taco joint north of the border, one restaurant in particular is deserving of their undivided attention. Tacos...

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Rendering of the proposed SDSU West river park and bike trail.

SDSU presents $68.2 million cash offer for Mission Valley site to city council

October 15, 2019

The public negotiations between San Diego State and the City of San Diego over the site of SDSU’s Mission Valley expansion officially began on Oct. 14,...

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Rendering of the SDSU Innovation District in Mission Valley.

SDSU to present Mission Valley offer to city council

October 13, 2019

After San Diego State awarded a $250 million contract for its new multi-use Mission Valley stadium in February, President Adela de la Torre expressed optimism...

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University mulls two proposed fee increases for mental health services, identity centers

University mulls two proposed fee increases for mental health services, identity centers

October 9, 2019

Proposed increases to the Health Services Fee and Instructionally Related Activity Fee, slated for fall 2020, could see San Diego State students paying...

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Gus Chavez, longtime  former director of San Diego State’s Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs, passed away on Aug. 18 at the age of 76.

Gus Chavez, former EOP director, dies at 76

September 23, 2019

Gus Chavez, the former director of San Diego State’s Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs who led the department for three decades, died...

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Select Aztec Market locations will no longer accept cash payments.

[Photo] Aztec Market residential locations go cashless

September 18, 2019

Select Aztec Market locations will no longer accept cash payments.

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So-Cal Chicken unveiled new meal options, including vegan and vegetarian options, as it raised prices on certain items.

[Photo] So-Cal Chicken adds new food options, shrinks portions

September 18, 2019

So-Cal Chicken unveiled new meal options, including vegan and vegetarian options, as it raised prices on certain items.

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San Diego State recently installed new turf and LED lighting at ENS 700.

ENS 700 renovations increase recreation opportunities on campus

September 11, 2019

San Diego State recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation to the ENS field, which will increase recreational opportunities for students. The...

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SDSU opened annex buildings, PSFX, to accommodate the faculty and staff displaced by the closure of PSFA.

[Photo] University opens annex buildings to accommodate displaced PSFA faculty, staff

September 4, 2019

SDSU opened annex buildings, PSFX, to accommodate the faculty and staff displaced by the closure of PSFA.

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An aerial rendering of SDSU's proposed multi-use stadium at the site of its Mission Valley expansion.

SDSU reveals new stadium renderings, student-specific amenities

August 23, 2019

San Diego State unveiled new renderings of a proposed multi-use stadium at the site of its Mission Valley expansion during its annual Fan Fest on Aug....

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The former site of the Confucius Institute at SDSU, which was closed and transferred on June 30.

SDSU launches new Chinese Cultural Center as Confucius Institute closes

August 21, 2019

San Diego State is launching a new Chinese Cultural Center to replace the outgoing Confucius Institute at SDSU, which closed earlier this summer, according...

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Workshop attendees provided feedback for a proposed river park at SDSU Mission Valley.

SDSU hosts public design forum for proposed Mission Valley river park

August 14, 2019

San Diego State hosted its first public design workshop on July 27 to receive feedback on plans for a proposed river park at the site of the university's...

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Flavors Express is set to open its new location Aug. 16.

[Photo] Flavors of East Africa to take over location of campus pho restaurant

August 14, 2019

Flavors Express is set to open its new location Aug. 16.

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Rendering of The Hub, a portion of the planned Mission Valley campus expansion.

SDSU selects contractor for Mission Valley campus expansion

June 27, 2019

San Diego State has awarded Clark Construction Group a second contract at the site of the university’s Mission Valley expansion, according to a June...

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Representatives from the two faculty and staff unions on campus are raising concerns about the university's new parking permit policy.

State audit: SDSU students paying more for parking despite fewer spaces

June 26, 2019

San Diego State students are facing higher parking permit fees despite a decrease in parking availability over the past decade, according to a state audit...

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Drone food delivery tested at SDSU prior to city-wide launch

Drone food delivery tested at SDSU prior to city-wide launch

June 17, 2019

An Uber Eats drone delivery program could launch in San Diego as early as this summer, a move that promises increased delivery speed and could potentially...

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Associate Professor of biology Rulon Clark worked on a study that gave insight into the kangaroo rat's ability to fight off predators.

SDSU researcher gains insight into the defense mechanisms used by kangaroo rats

April 22, 2019

Research conducted by San Diego State doctoral students on the kangaroo rat, using high-speed cameras to demonstrate their ability to fight off predators,...

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From left to right: former A.S. president Chimezie Ebiriekwe, A.S. president-elect Christian Onwuka and current A.S. President Chris Thomas celebrate Onwuka's victory at Montezuma Hall Thursday night. The Vote SDSU slate, headed by Onwuka, swept this year's A.S. elections.

Vote SDSU slate sails to victory in 2019 A.S. elections

March 28, 2019

The Vote SDSU slate claimed victories in all five executive positions in this year’s Associated Students elections, it was announced Thursday night....

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A.S. vice president of external affairs candidates Stephanie Estrada (left) and Angelica Espinoza face off in the second day of A.S. election debates at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union on March 20.

Candidates for A.S. vice president of external relations, executive vice president face off in second day of debates

March 20, 2019

The candidates for Associated Students vice president of external relations and executive vice president debated in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union...

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Vice President of University Affairs candidates Winston Liew (left) and George Scott square off in front of students at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union on the afternoon of Monday, March 18.

A.S. VP of university affairs, VP of financial affairs candidates kick off election season at first day of debates

March 19, 2019

The candidates for Vice President of University Affairs and Vice President of Financial Affairs gathered to debate in the Aztec Student Union on March...

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Provost candidates to visit SDSU for open forum presentations throughout the week

Provost candidates to visit SDSU for open forum presentations throughout the week

March 11, 2019

San Diego State has narrowed the list of candidates for the open position of Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the university...

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A rendering of SDSU's proposal for a new stadium in Mission Valley. The university on Thursday announced it had awarded a $250 million contract to Clark Construction for building a new stadium at the SDCCU Stadium site, which a November referendum authorized the city to sell to SDSU.

University announces $250 million contract for new stadium

March 2, 2019

San Diego State selected Clark Construction to design and build a 35,000 seat stadium as part of its Mission Valley expansion, according to a Feb. 28 announcement....

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(Left to right)Vice President of University Affairs Ronnie J. Cravens Jr., Vice President of External Relations Michael Wiafe and Vice President of Financial Affairs Christian Onwuka.

SDSU’s black student leaders discuss breaking down barriers

February 28, 2019

Vice President of Financial Affairs Christian Onwuka brings his 13-year-old brother to class and his A.S. office weekly to show him anything is possible...

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California's Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis sits down with Daily Aztec senior staff writer Michael Cline on Feb. 1 to talk about the government's relationship with higher education.

California’s lieutenant governor visits SDSU as part of statewide listening tour

February 4, 2019

Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis made her first official visit to San Diego State on Feb. 1 as part of her statewide “listening tour.” The visit marked the...

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Members of the San Diego State College Republicans table outside Malcom A. Love Library.

California College Republicans threaten formal recognition of SDSU chapter

January 23, 2019

Update: Jan. 24, 11:21 p.m. In a Jan. 24 San Diego State College Republicans meeting, club president Madison Marks-Noble said the chapter voted to voluntarily...

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic San Diego State has transitioned to primarily online instruction using Zoom, Canvas and Blackboard.

Campus speaker says fact-checking could be a weak spot for new generation of students

November 20, 2018

Despite living in an age where information is easily accessible through technology, a Stanford University professor said he's found that a large number...

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(Left to right) Anna Paulina, Antonia Okafor, Amy Robbins, Xena Amirani.

Turning Point USA hosts first campus event on gun rights and feminism

November 10, 2018

The San Diego State chapter of the conservative student organization Turning Point USA hosted their first event on campus, a panel titled “Gun Rights...

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State treasurer candidates take to campus to discuss the issues

State treasurer candidates take to campus to discuss the issues

November 5, 2018

The two campaigns for California state treasurer presented competing visions in the Union Theatre on Oct. 24. Republican Greg Conlon and surrogate for...

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Youngest congressional candidate in the nation calls San Diego home

Youngest congressional candidate in the nation calls San Diego home

October 31, 2018

At the age of 19, republican house of representatives candidate Morgan Murtaugh began her first political internship in Congressman Brian Bilbray’s...

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A.S. Update: ARC expansion update, mental health week, career services events

A.S. Update: ARC expansion update, mental health week, career services events

October 19, 2018

The Associated Students Campus Life Council met on Oct. 17 to discuss the Aztec Recreation Center expansion, preview upcoming campus events and host candidate...

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