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Olivia Litsey, Arts & Lifestyle Editor

Olivia Litsey is a sophomore at SDSU and an economics pre-major with an honors minor in interdisciplinary studies.  She started writing for The Daily Aztec in 2013 and is currently assistant features editor for the features section.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 07: Zayn Malik attends the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards on October 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

Zayn Malik’s new album feels like a reunion with an old friend

April 13, 2016

Anyone who knew me in 2012 knew I was in love with One Direction. I would watch every interview I could find, sing along to every word of every song and...

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The dream Kenny Chesney setlist by a die-hard fan

March 14, 2016

For anyone who doesn’t know, country singer Kenny Chesney is coming to Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Thursday, Aug. 4. It’s otherwise known as the day...

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A thank you note to my backpack

January 27, 2016

I bought my backpack before the fall of my freshman year. Like a sturdy mule carrying a migrant through an unforgiving desert land, my backpack has loyally...

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Tasty Tuesday: Downtown donuts satisfy any sweet tooth

Tasty Tuesday: Downtown donuts satisfy any sweet tooth

September 15, 2015

Just a block west of the San Diego Symphony in downtown sits a small shop that similarly attracts lines of people waiting to witness an exciting production...

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To gym or not to gym

September 2, 2015

I have never been a person with any type of conscious commitment to staying in shape. In high school, regular team practices were no big deal. My freshman...

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New residents make SDSU home

New residents make SDSU home

August 26, 2015

San Diego State’s campus was buzzing last Friday, Aug. 21 with a nervous yet excited type of energy. The sound of moving carts on concrete and roommates...

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Hospitality student tackles a beast

Hospitality student tackles a beast

August 26, 2015

Hospitality and tourism management senior Emma Marx was born and raised in California, yet her summer break this year was not spent enjoying the beaches,...

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Campus hides forgotten treasures

Campus hides forgotten treasures

August 19, 2015

The average San Diego State student progressively learns more about the school’s campus during the time he or she spends working toward graduation. But...

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Transfer student finds fulfilling work in management

Transfer student finds fulfilling work in management

August 5, 2015

A conversation with Josh Vaughan is like watching “The Bachelor” because of how often he incorporates the word “amazing” into his vocabulary. But...

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Tasty Tuesday: The Cat Cafe brings coffee and kitties right meow

Tasty Tuesday: The Cat Cafe brings coffee and kitties right meow

May 5, 2015

Many San Diegans think of particular things upon the mention of Downtown.  Perhaps they think of Petco Park, or the Convention Center — but many are...

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[VIDEO] Aztec Fashion – The Chambray Shirt

April 27, 2015

The Daily Aztec is diving into fashion, this week's segment highlights the chambray shirt.

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International students find housing

International students find housing

April 23, 2015

Securing a place to live is a big feat for many college students.  Many American students find housing in the dorms during their freshmen year and continue...

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SDSU Professor Showcase

April 20, 2015

The Daily Aztec sat down with a few San Diego State professors to learn more about their lives. This professor showcase features Dr. Clarissa Clo (Italian...

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Students meet in PowerSave

PowerSave invigorates change

March 26, 2015

The integration of sustainable practices into modern society is a goal many organizations share throughout the nation, and San Diego State is no exception....

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[VIDEO] Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day! The Daily Aztec took the street to find out how Aztecs are celebrating their Irish pride across campus.

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A.S. debates: VP of financial affairs and VP of university affairs

A.S. debates: VP of financial affairs and VP of university affairs

March 12, 2015

The candidates for the following Associated Students executive positions debated at 12 p.m. on March 10 at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. The Daily...

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Tasty Tuesday: Eat like a king at Perry's Cafe

Tasty Tuesday: Eat like a king at Perry’s Cafe

March 10, 2015

On the west side of Pacific Highway, a few steps north of the Old Town Trolley Station, breakfast house Perry’s Café rests nestled in the corner of...

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[VIDEO] Iota Eta Pi Improv Team

March 2, 2015

Are you looking to have a few laughs? Then take a look at your San Diego State Iota Eta Pi Improv Team! For more information, check out Iota Eta Pi...

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Find spirit gear that sets you apart

Find spirit gear that sets you apart

February 26, 2015

Most San Diego State students have a plethora of spirit gear that can be attributed to walking past the campus bookstore and being lured in by the latest...

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Love at SDSU: The Farrans

Love at SDSU: The Farrans

February 4, 2015

San Diego State Alumni Jason and Veronica Farran hold SDSU close to their heart, even more than a decade after graduation.  Literally,  they have never...

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Tunes that ease studying

February 2, 2015

Every student has their own way of studying. For me, some of my assignments require pure silence and single-minded concentration, while others require...

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Love at SDSU: Love and magic spark on Montezuma Mesa

Love at SDSU: Love and magic spark on Montezuma Mesa

January 22, 2015

“I always say, I got my BA and my MRS at the same time,” alumna Jane Shaw Roberts said. “That’s the big joke.” Jane grew up in San Diego and...

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Love at SDSU: Love goes down in an elevator

Love at SDSU: Love goes down in an elevator

January 22, 2015

Though San Diego State alumni Janet and Rob Ilko have been married for 25 years, their conversation is so full of sweet banter that one would guess it...

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Community service reaps rewards

Community service reaps rewards

December 1, 2014

Student Life and Leadership at San Diego State recently began online reporting for community service hours. Meant for student usage, this is done by means...

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Student remains strong despite illness

Student remains strong despite illness

November 10, 2014

The sophomore slump is a conceptual struggle that exists for a lot of San Diego State students — the whirlwind of freshman year comes to an end, and...

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Model UN fosters communication skills

Model UN fosters communication skills

October 30, 2014

“Integrative diversity through international awareness.” This slogan is a defining statement of San Diego State’s new Model United Nations club. Recognized...

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Salsa club adds spice to dancing

Salsa club adds spice to dancing

October 16, 2014

San Diego State’s Salsa Club is a group that was formed last year by two SDSU students with a hunger for salsa. Lessons began on Sept. 7 and will continue...

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Restaurant Guide: Local deli exceeds expectations

Restaurant Guide: Local deli exceeds expectations

October 9, 2014

It was a Sunday when some friends and I headed to D.Z. Akin’s just off Interstate 8 on Alvarado Road, a delicatessen founded by Debi and Zvika Akin that...

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Restaurant Guide: Don't hit snooze, head to Snooze

Restaurant Guide: Don’t hit snooze, head to Snooze

October 9, 2014

Hillcrest’s Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, is a breakfast spot open to the public until 2:30 p.m. every day where patrons can enjoy either a sweet or savory...

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Making music fearlessly

Making music fearlessly

September 29, 2014

Fearless is not only a word that reminds us all of past obsessions with Taylor Swift in her heyday. It’s also a  precisely descriptive word of the students...

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We all live in a robot submarine

We all live in a robot submarine

August 4, 2014

San Diego State’s Mechatronics Club is looking forward to their first competition, the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Association for Unmanned...

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Healthy snacks for summertime

Healthy snacks for summertime

June 23, 2014

Summertime is a time for happiness. It's a time to remember how much fun life can be and a time to be surrounded by good things—food included. Thankfully,...

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Make your own day ‘app-ventues’

Make your own day ‘app-ventues’

April 28, 2014

Finals are coming up fast and there is only so much time a college student can spend in the library, staring at a laptop screen or flipping through flashcards....

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Documentary captures a unique life

Documentary captures a unique life

April 24, 2014

The life of San Diego State Alumnus Dan Matthews turned upside down this past year, and he’s capturing it all on film. Matthews was a Korean adoptee...

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Intern rakes high in national competition

April 7, 2014

There are few accomplishments San Diego State economics senior Bill Dabbert hasn’t already achieved during his time in college. After only starting...

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Aztec basks in naval success

Aztec basks in naval success

March 20, 2014

U.S. Navy cryptologic technician and San Diego State alumnus Justin Woods knows what it’s like to be a college student trying to find life’s calling. ...

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Ramen house pleases all tastes

Ramen house pleases all tastes

March 6, 2014

Any respectable San Diego native knows that Convoy Street is the jackpot when it comes to Asian culture.  Restaurants, karaoke bars, those little stores...

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Melodies and business unite at SDSU

Melodies and business unite at SDSU

February 27, 2014

San Diego State economics senior Ace Antonio has a vision that extends past the scope of the supply and demand curve in his textbook—a unique vision...

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Online service allows students to

Online service allows students to “OrderUp” from home

February 19, 2014

Ever felt too lazy to cook after a grueling day of class? Too tired to go out and eat after the exhaustion that results from a day without class? Weary...

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Sexual health penetrates campus

Sexual health penetrates campus

January 30, 2014

According to San Diego State’s Student Health Services website, “The Health Promotion Department aims to enhance the well-being of SDSU students in...

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The Aztec's guide to happy hour

The Aztec’s guide to happy hour

November 21, 2013

In this early stage of the holiday season, the prospect of stress makes many feel the need to relax while they still can.  Here are a few wallet-friendly...

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Grounds manager keeps it green

Grounds manager keeps it green

November 14, 2013

According to the official website of the Professional Grounds Management Society, the purpose of the organization is to bring grounds managers from all...

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Ridesharing is option for green-minded students

Ridesharing is option for green-minded students

November 1, 2013

The means of transportation in California are changing.  The rising rate of congestion on freeways presents a daily problem to drivers and a substantial...

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Coziness, creativity and caffeine

Coziness, creativity and caffeine

October 10, 2013

When driving down Adams Avenue, it’s good to remember that the Starbucks located inside Vons isn’t the only place to get coffee.  Broke Girls’ Coffee...

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By Kevin Serrano

For your info, campus now has froyo

September 26, 2013

Anyone who frequents College Avenue or uses the pedestrian bridge between the new Aztec Student Union and the residence halls is bound to notice that the...

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By Jordan Owen

Historian graces SDSU classrooms

September 16, 2013

San Diego State’s official website claims to provide its thousands of students with access to an education defined by direct contact with teachers and...

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CicloSDias rolls through San Diego

CicloSDias rolls through San Diego

August 22, 2013

Either with bicycles, skateboards, or their own two feet, many San Diego residents dropped their regular gym routines for a fresh and exciting exercise...

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