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e Bay Area Earth Science Institute at SJSU recently received thousands of dollars to continue training teachers of grades 4-12 in areas of earth science, accord- ing to an SJSU news release. Chevron Corp. and Intel Corp. have each donated $166,000 and $50,000, according to the news release. “Over the last 15 years, we’ve worked with 2,000 teachers representing schools from districts through- out the Bay Area,” said Richard Sedlock, pro- fessor and chairman of the SJSU geology de- partment. e institute offers workshops ap- proximately once a month that are designed to enhance the teachers’ understanding of the materials and equip them with supplies that will bet- ter enable them to teach their classes, he said. ese workshops consist of lectures and field trips, where Sedlock said the teachers have a chance to observe and expe- rience firsthand the subject they are going to be relaying to their students. He said teachers can also obtain profes- sional development credits by aending the events. “(e workshops) have been incred- ibly useful for me on a number of levels,” said Greg Spear, a teach- er at Harbor High School in Santa Cruz. “You have no idea how valuable this is. ey make the classrooms enjoyable and help the teacher make the science come to life.” Students who aended Wednesday’s Student Organiza- tion Faire entertained themselves with a number of activities that in- cluded salsa dancing, sword fight- ing, painting and free popsicles. Each organization was divided into sections— club sports, aca- demic and honorary, cultural and religious, special interest and fra- ternities and sororities, according to the fair passport. “SJSU has more than 300 orga- nizations and this is a chance for them to come out and meet the student body, especially new stu- dents and transfer students,” said Lindsey Huffman, a senior busi- ness marketing major. Since SJSU is known to be a commuter school, the fair was an opportunity for students to learn to be more involved and reach out to other students with similar interest, Huffman, who works for student involvement, said. “It has helped me find new friends in volleyball and get me interested and more involved with school,” senior hospitality major Ming Renwick said. Cassandra Acosta, a junior me- chanical engineering major, said it is hard for students to find a club on their own because most of the time, with so many different fliers, they never know who to contact, but to meet face to face they can form an instant connection. “Being involved has helped me because I know that when I go to school there’s all these different things I want to be a part of so it keeps me motivated and it keeps me meeting other people who can potentially help me out if I am do- ing badly,” Acosta said. Deadlines closing for exchange programs Thursday, September 2, 2010 spartandaily.com Volume 135, Issue 4 INSIDE ONLINE NEWS Workshop informs faculty on research proposal submissions 2 2 Students volunteer in community action class 2 2 Student book discus- sion welcomes ‘Part-Time Indian’ 3 3 CAMPUS VOICES: What do you do to save money? 3 3 Haitians receive help from SJSU students 8 8 A&E Tasty treats, zero guilt 9 9 OPINION SOCIAL MEDIA Another fowl outbreak 10 10 The stem of the argument 10 10 Traveling to the beat of my own drum 11 11 What is being human? 11 11 The real battle is at home 11 11 Read the Spartan Daily blog to find out what out- door activities campus recreation is offering Follow our tweets on Twitter @spartandaily F t tw T T @ @ Students ght budget cuts with sarcasm SJSU Earth Science Institute boosted by donations OUTSIDE High: 90° Low: 62° Serving San José State University since 1934 With fliers ready, signs painted and a bullhorn in hand, the Stu- dents for Quality Education chose the high-traffic area in front of Clark Hall to hold two protests in two days. At the 15-minute protests on both Tuesday and Wednesday, about eight members showed up to take part. e group was protesting bud- get cuts, with their slogan, “Billion- aires for Fee Hikes!” “It gets people thinking,” Joe Tran, a senior sociology major, said. “row ironic things out there and you will get their aention.” Carrying a bullhorn, Tran, the group’s president, led the chants, “Billionaires united, will never be divided! ... Tax the workers, tax the poor! Give the rich something more!” as student protestors yelled along. e idea for the “reverse” protest started at San Diego State, said the group’s vice president, Herlinda Aguirra. e original protestors were hoping to get students’ aention in a new and interesting way, Aquirra, a junior art history major, said. “Higher-middle class taxpayers believe students are lazy and don’t want to work for their education funds,” she said. Aguirra said she believes just the Although time is running out to ap- ply, SJSU offers students a chance to broaden their horizons by studying in foreign countries, said a study abroad adviser. “The spring deadline for our inter- national student exchange program al- ready past, but our bilateral programs are still open through Oct. 2 to apply for the spring semester,” Veronica Malki said. According to the campus study abroad department brochure, SJSU students have the opportunity to study abroad through six different programs in more than 40 countries. Applying and organizing paperwork prior to one’s time abroad can be a pro- cess which students must tend to the se- mester before they plan to depart, Malki said. She said she studied abroad in Grana- da, Spain for a year. “I recommend students to go abroad for a year as opposed to a semester,” Malki said. “I get a lot of e-mails from students abroad asking to extend their visas into the next semester and I do what I can to help them. When you are there for just a semester, once you are comfortable and feel at home, it is time to leave.” Amanda Grunwald, a senior political science major, said she studied abroad for a year in 2009-2010 in France. “It was really, really great,” she said. “I KENNY MARTIN Staff Writer See SCIENCE Page 4 JEN NOWELL Staff Writer See PROTEST Page 12 CALLI PEREZ Staff Writer Fair promotes student involvement See ABROAD Page 2 PHOTO: TIM O’BRIEN | CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER JOE TRAN, A SENIOR SOCIOLOGY MAJOR, CHANTS “NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE, KEEP RAISING STUDENT FEES,” WITH ON-CAMPUS PASTOR MARK PHIFER-HOUSEMAN AND JUNIOR ENGLISH MAJOR KATRINA SWANSON OUTSIDE CLARK HALL TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010. PHOTO: DORIAN SILVA | CONTRIBUTING PHOT. ERIC MATTHEWS OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AND CHUMA NNAJI, A SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEERING MAJOR, JUGGLE PINS AT THE ORGANIZATION FAIRE AT THE PLAZA DE CESAR CHAVEZ ON TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2010. PREVIEW See pages 5-8 for a special football preview section PREDICTIONS Visit spartandaily.com for predictions on the upcoming season REBECCA HENDERSON Staff Writer See FAIRE Page 4 (The workshops) have been incredibly useful for me on a number of levels. GREG SPEAR Harbor High School Teacher

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Spartan Daily (September 2, 2010)Th e Bay Area Earth Science Institute at SJSU recently received thousands of dollars to continue training teachers of grades 4-12 in areas of earth science, accord- ing to an SJSU news release.
Chevron Corp. and Intel Corp. have each donated $166,000 and $50,000, according to the news release.
“Over the last 15 years, we’ve worked with 2,000 teachers representing schools from districts through- out the Bay Area,” said Richard Sedlock, pro- fessor and chairman of the SJSU geology de- partment.
Th e institute off ers workshops ap- proximately once a month that are designed to enhance the teachers’ understanding of the materials and
equip them with supplies that will bet- ter enable them to teach their classes, he said.
Th ese workshops consist of lectures and fi eld trips, where Sedlock said the
teachers have a chance to observe and expe- rience fi rsthand the subject they are going to be relaying to their students.
He said teachers can also obtain profes- sional development credits by att ending the events.
“(Th e workshops) have been incred- ibly useful for me on a number of levels,” said Greg Spear, a teach- er at Harbor High School in Santa Cruz. “You have no idea how valuable this is. Th ey make the classrooms
enjoyable and help the teacher make the science come to life.”
Students who att ended Wednesday’s Student Organiza- tion Faire entertained themselves with a number of activities that in- cluded salsa dancing, sword fi ght- ing, painting and free popsicles.
Each organization was divided into sections— club sports, aca- demic and honorary, cultural and religious, special interest and fra- ternities and sororities, according to the fair passport.
“SJSU has more than 300 orga- nizations and this is a chance for them to come out and meet the student body, especially new stu- dents and transfer students,” said Lindsey Huff man, a senior busi- ness marketing major.
Since SJSU is known to be a commuter school, the fair was an opportunity for students to learn to be more involved and reach out to other students with similar interest, Huff man, who works for student involvement, said.
“It has helped me fi nd new friends in volleyball and get me interested and more involved with
school,” senior hospitality major Ming Renwick said.
Cassandra Acosta, a junior me- chanical engineering major, said it is hard for students to fi nd a club on their own because most of the time, with so many diff erent fl iers, they never know who to contact, but to meet face to face they can form an instant connection.
“Being involved has helped me because I know that when I go to school there’s all these diff erent things I want to be a part of so it keeps me motivated and it keeps me meeting other people who can potentially help me out if I am do- ing badly,” Acosta said.
Deadlines closing for exchange programs
Thursday, September 2, 2010 spartandaily.com Volume 135, Issue 4 INSIDE
ONLINE
• Students volunteer in community action class 22
• Student book discus- sion welcomes ‘Part-Time Indian’ 33
• CAMPUS VOICES: What do you do to save money? 33
• Haitians receive help from SJSU students 88
A&E • Tasty treats, zero
guilt 99
• Traveling to the beat of my own drum 1111
• What is being human? 1111
• The real battle is at home 1111
• Read the Spartan Daily blog to fi nd out what out- door activities campus recreation is off ering
Follow our tweets on Twitter @spartandaily
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Serving San José State University since 1934
With fl iers ready, signs painted and a bullhorn in hand, the Stu- dents for Quality Education chose the high-traffi c area in front of Clark Hall to hold two protests in two days.
At the 15-minute protests on both Tuesday and Wednesday, about eight members showed up to take part.
Th e group was protesting bud-
get cuts, with their slogan, “Billion- aires for Fee Hikes!”
“It gets people thinking,” Joe Tran, a senior sociology major, said. “Th row ironic things out there and you will get their att ention.”
Carrying a bullhorn, Tran, the group’s president, led the chants, “Billionaires united, will never be divided! ... Tax the workers, tax the poor! Give the rich something more!” as student protestors yelled along.
Th e idea for the “reverse” protest
started at San Diego State, said the group’s vice president, Herlinda Aguirra.
Th e original protestors were hoping to get students’ att ention in a new and interesting way, Aquirra, a junior art history major, said.
“Higher-middle class taxpayers believe students are lazy and don’t want to work for their education funds,” she said.
Aguirra said she believes just the
Although time is running out to ap- ply, SJSU offers students a chance to broaden their horizons by studying in foreign countries, said a study abroad adviser.
“The spring deadline for our inter- national student exchange program al- ready past, but our bilateral programs are still open through Oct. 2 to apply for the spring semester,” Veronica Malki said.
According to the campus study abroad department brochure, SJSU students have the opportunity to study abroad through six different programs in more than 40 countries.
Applying and organizing paperwork prior to one’s time abroad can be a pro- cess which students must tend to the se- mester before they plan to depart, Malki said.
She said she studied abroad in Grana- da, Spain for a year.
“I recommend students to go abroad for a year as opposed to a semester,” Malki said. “I get a lot of e-mails from students abroad asking to extend their visas into the next semester and I do what I can to help them. When you are there for just a semester, once you are comfortable and feel at home, it is time to leave.”
Amanda Grunwald, a senior political science major, said she studied abroad for a year in 2009-2010 in France.
“It was really, really great,” she said. “I
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JEN NOWELL Staff Writer
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met people from all over the world. I studied with professors from all over the world and I learned a lot about Europe and about politics there. I also got a really fresh view of the United States and our poli- tics and culture here.”
SJSU not only sends students abroad, but also is home to inter- national students, according to junior engineering major Helder Faria e Dias.
“I am from Brazil,” Faria e Dias said. “I have been here for about a month. I am studying computer engineering here for the semester, which is why I chose San Jose, and I am hoping to extend my visa to stay longer here.”
Faria e Dias said he is staying in the International House and trans- ferred from Federal University of Itajuba in Brazil.
“For students who are interest- ed in going abroad next semester or next year, there are information meetings at different times ev- eryday this week and next week,” Malki said.
She said all meetings are held in Clark Hall 101, and there is a Study Abroad Fair at 7th street Plaza on Sept. 7 from 10 am-2 pm.
When it comes to studying in a foreign country, “You’re learning a lot inside of the classroom and outside of the classroom,” Grun- wald said. “And socially in terms of life you learn how to do things, how to overcome obstacles, how to overcome challenges and you real- ize you’re a stronger person than you thought you were.
“I think both academically and personally it is one of the most enriching experiences. I ended up leaving with a completely differ- ent idea of who I am and who the world is.”
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YESTERDAY AT 11:52 A.M. THE SAN JOSE FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO A FIRE AT FOURTH AND ST. JOHN STREETS, ACCORDING TO A CAP- TAIN OF THE DEPARTMENT.
CHUCK RANGEL SAID THE FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THE FIRE IN TWO MINUTES.
ABDUL, WHO DECLINED TO STATE HIS LAST NAME, SAID HE WAS IN THE HOUSE THAT WAS ON FIRE.
“I WOKE UP, I SAW OUT OF THE WINDOW AND IT LOOKED LIKE A GARBAGE CAN WAS ON FIRE,” HE SAID.
ABDUL SAID THE BACK HALF OF THE HOUSE WAS BURNED AND THAT THREE PEOPLE LIVED ON ONE SIDE OF THE HOUSE AND FIVE LIVED ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE.
HE SAID THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN THE HOUSE TRIED TO PUT IT OUT, BUT THEY COULDN’T.
RANGEL SAID THE CONCERN ABOUT THE AREA WAS THAT IT WAS CLOSE TO SEVERAL HIGH RISES IN THE AREA AND THAT’S WHAT WARRANTED A SPEEDY RESPONSE TIME.
BECAUSE OF THE RESPONSE TO THE FIRE, RAN- GEL SAID THERE WOULD BE A VOID IN THE SUR- ROUNDING AREA BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF RESPONSE TO THE INCIDENT.
RANGEL SAID SJFD HAD NO INFORMATION ON INJURIES AT THE TIME.
“Get Engaged in Learning” is a commu- nity action and service class that is providing an opportunity for students to get the credits they need to graduate and vol- unteer with local orga- nizations and programs, according to the class brochure.
Th e course isn’t just about showing up at sites and volunteering, said Lecturer Brandon Gain- er, one of the two instruc- tors of the course.
It’s about understand- ing their identity, relative to others, he said. It’s about how ethnicity and culture factor into identi- fying ourselves and oth- ers, Gainer said.
“Th e students feel em- pathy and compassion for those who probably are less fortunate than those who are here serv- ing,” he said. “It’s not just thinking about doing some sort of charity, it’s actually doing some sort of service action. We be- lieve we’ve made a diff er- ence in the schools and programs that we served.”
Th e second instructor, Michael Fallon, said the course is listed as “Com- munity Action and Ser- vice 157” and gives many diff erent colleges the op- tion of fulfi lling the Area S in their graduation requirements, in a way that’s a litt le more hands- on than other courses.
According to the bro- chure, the class provides community service op- portunities that include tutoring, aft er-school programs, work with
recent immigrants and children and providing service to low-income and homeless families and seniors seeking jobs, food and educational op- portunities.
During the semes- ter, students complete a minimum of 48 hours of community service at one of several part- ner organizations, which include Sacred Heart, Th ird Street and Project SHINE, said Fallon, the director of community and leadership.
Project SHINE, which stand for “Students Help- ing in the Naturalization of Elders,” is a program that allows students to aid primarily Asian im- migrants who oft en speak litt le English, he said.
Senior and sociology major Monique Maya- hara, said she enrolled in the course because she needed to graduate, but also because she enjoys volunteering.
“I needed to fi nd an organization to get inter- ested in so it was a good opportunity,” she said.
Robert Luna, a senior mechanical engineering major, said the service learning aspect gets you outside of the classroom.
“I’m involved with the Th ird Street program, which is aft er school pro- grams, tutoring and men- toring for children and
adults,” he said. Th e course also gives
students a bett er under- standing of the commu- nity around them, Gainer said.
“It helps students un- derstand the great eco- nomical disparities that are present in the Silicon Valley, and I think they come away with a bett er understanding of what poverty really is,” Gainer said.
Gainer said that it was rare for a student to come out of the program with a bad experience, and would recommend it to any student who has the time to fi t it into his or her schedule.
It’s not unusual to see former students get further involved with the organizations, even aft er they complete the course, Fallon said.
Isabelle Daluz, who previously took the course, said she is intern- ing with Project SHINE and is aiding the stu- dents taking the course with their weekly group seminars, which give the students a chance to re- fl ect on their experiences while volunteering.
“It’s a very reward- ing and worthwhile ex- perience,” Daluz said. “I was able to make a lot of friends there. Helping out the elderly is a good experience.”
ALEX SPICER Staff Writer
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Th e SJSU Research Foundation held a work- shop Wednesday, specifi cally geared toward fac- ulty.
According to the SJSU website, the seminar was located in the engineering building and pro- vided lunch and refreshments to faculty looking for more information on how to submit a pro- posal to the SJSU Research Foundation.
“Th e research foundation has been organized to, in a very summarized statement, help faculty succeed with their research en- deavors,” said Jerri Carmo, the deputy chief operating offi cer.
Students can benefi t from it as well, she said.
“Many students are em- ployed off of these research grants,” Carmo said. “It’s a di- rect source of funding to them because it may provide them with salaries.”
Pritish Somvanshi,a graduate student in electrical engineer- ing, said he thinks the founda- tion is benefi cial for SJSU stu- dents.
“We are here to gain some practical experience, practi- cal skills, so that we can utilize them later on in our careers,” Somvanshi said.
Rhyan Piedad, a senior civil engineer major, said he doesn’t necessarily need the help of the foundation but it’s a good resource to have.
“I’ve had an internship for a while and I’ve gott en experience through there,” Piedad said. “But it’s something I would take advantage of if I needed the experience.”
Th ey have over $60 million in awards coming in and have processed over 400 applications this year, said Jeanne Ditt man, associate director of the offi ce of sponsored programs for the founda- tion.
“We have have recently received a $5 million
grant from the U.S. Department of Labor,” Ditt - man said.
In the 25 years Carmo has been with the foundation, she said she has seen cycles where federal funding is in favor and when it’s not so much.
“In this last year we saw an infl ux of federal stimulus dollars and so obviously federal fund- ing itself is more available than it has been in pre- vious years, but it could be that next year some of the funding will not be as well funded,” Carmo said.
Pamela Stacks, associate vice president of graduate studies and research, said she was also present at the workshop Wednesday aft er- noon.
Th e foundation is critical to SJSU, said Stacks, interim Presi- dent Kassing’s designee to ap- prove all proposals for faculty research projects.
It provides a lot of external funding for research projects that are done at SJSU, Stacks said.
Stacks said the projects em- ploy research assistants, so stu- dents can help faculty with their work.
“We actually have found out that, as part of best prac- tices that, students who are in-
volved in research projects actually have a higher chance of being retained in their major and also graduating,” Stacks said. “And so it really enables students to fi nd out what are the forefronts of the area that they are in.”
Akshay Mangrulkar, a graduate student in electrical engineering, said working for a re- search project is something he would defi nitely look into, especially as a graduate student.
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JERRI CARMO Deputy Chief
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CAMPUS VOICES BY: ISAIAH GUZMAN
I guess limiting the amount of times a week I eat out, and cooking a lot more. I like to cook bulk so I can keep it a few days.
Senior Electrical Engineering
I walk or take a bike pretty much everywhere I can, or public transportation around here, that way you get your physical activity in. It adds up after a while.
Senior Kinesiology
I promote the use and expansion of public banks — and I’m thinking long- term. The state of California has this budget crisis. It’s completely manufactured
Graduate Mechanical Engineering
I noticed that I spend money the most on eating out, so I really, really try to eat at home, and I live close to campus. Sometimes, I won’t bring my wallet out or my debit card.
Junior Psychology
TRACY CHEN
To be honest, I try to be as frugal as possible. I avoid outside eating and, yes, of course I use the public transportation. I guess that’s about it
Graduate Electrical Engineering
I walk instead of drive a car, and I use a Brita instead of water bottles.
Freshman Kinesiology
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DAN HARPER
AMANDA MCLEAN
WHAT DO YOU DO TO SAVE MONEY?
Arnold Spirit is a nerdy, eccentric Spokane Indian. He doesn’t fi t in with the others on the reservation, he gets picked on and when he chooses to go to an all-white high school 20 miles away, he’s treated like a poor out- cast.
Most people who read Sherman Alexie’s “Th e Ab- solutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” won’t be a lonely Native Americans in an all-white school. Still, the book’s subject matt er of not fi tt ing in is relatable to many young people, said Annett e Nellen, director of the Cam- pus Reading Program.
It’s because of this and its ability to engage readers that Alexie’s book was selected by the reading program for dis- cussion this semester, Nellen said.
Th e Campus Reading Pro- gram, aimed at building a cul- ture of reading at SJSU, will have 15 discussion meetings throughout the semester, ac- cording to the program’s on- line calendar.
Meetings will be held in Clark Hall Room 100H, with a special meeting in the Bell area by Morris Dailey Audi- torium on Th ursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., also according to the program calendar.
“We say reading guides the journey of life-long learning,” Nellen said.
Alexie’s fi rst att empt at youth literature has received plenty of att ention.
It was a 2007 National Book Award winner, Publish- ers Weekly Best Book of the Year and New York Times
Notable Children’s Book. But not all the att ention has been positive.
In April, the Stockton, Mo., school board banned the book, citing vulgar and racial language, sexual situ- ations and violence, accord- ing to an Aug. 15 article in the Springfi eld, Mo., News- Leader.
At Crook County High
School in Oregon, the book was removed from shelves in December of 2008, and at Antioch High School near Chicago, parents tried to get the book banned in June, ac- cording to a June 22, 2009, article in the Chicago Tri- bune.
Darius Ghassemian, one of the students discussing the book Tuesday, said its content is relevant for today’s young people.
“It gave insight into anoth- er culture that you wouldn’t expect to hear about,” the senior business accounting major said.
Being part African-Amer-
ican and part Persian, Ghas- semian said he understood Arnold’s troubles fi tt ing in.
“He didn’t feel like he had any identity on the reserva- tion or in the white world,” he said. “So I felt like I could identify with that.”
Ghassemian said reading program discussions give people a venue to identify with the book and each other.
“I think that this is very benefi cial, because you get to discuss, you get to com- pare and contrast diff erent ideas with diff erent people,” he said. “You can see where people diff er.”
Part-Time Indian was given to all freshman who at- tended summer orientation, but Nellen said everybody is welcome to join discussions.
Freshman hospitality ma- jor Anastasia Kwa said being a part of the discussions gives her a diff erent perspective.
“I liked the book because it was a really easy read,” she said. “And it shows a lot about Indians that a lot of books don’t have.”
“Smoke Signals,” a screen- play writt en by Alexie, was shown earlier this week in Duncan Hall to help bring att ention to the reading pro- gram’s book of the semester, Nellen said.
Th e movie, a spiritual jour- ney for another young Native American, was an Audience Award winner at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. It parallels a portion of Alexie’s own childhood on a reserva- tion, according to Alexie’s website, ShermanAlexie.com.
“Th e main character in the movie is kind of like the main character in the book,” Nel- len said.
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Over the last several years, Sedlock said the in- stitute has received more than $200,000 from Chev- ron Corp., Intel Corp. and NASA combined.
Th e Tower Foundation, located in Clark Hall, con- nects professors with any opportunities they come across, providing what Sedlock calls a “match- making service.”
Susan Hansen, a sixth- grade math and earth sci- ence teacher at Cupertino Middle School, said that it is a nice change of pace to get out of the classroom and learn on her own time, and she is really apprecia- tive of the companies that make this experience pos- sible.
“Th ey give me new ma- terial in class that is fun and inspiring,” she said. “My goal is to inspire my students to be scientists and engineers.”
Corinna Chung, a sixth- grade math and science teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Cuper- tino, said she fi nds that not only are the materials and supplies invaluable, but so are the staff that runs these programs.
She said she loves them so much that she has gone to all of the programs ex- cept one, and that was only because she had prior commitments.
“All of the professors are enthusiastic and well pre- pared,” Chung said. “I love that the professors special- ize in their fi eld.”
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Bria Sterling, a senior theater arts major, said it is benefi cial for students to att end such activities because they are good networking tools.
“It’s benefi cial for students be- cause they’re able to fi nd out what other opportunities they have and to meet new people and if they’re interested in other fi elds other than their major,” Sterling said.
For incoming freshman and transfer students, who are not famil- iar with the school and do not have many friends, att ending the fair will help them meet new people, soph- more nursing major Navdeep Dhil- lion said.
“My fi rst semester I didn’t join anything at all,” Dhillion said. “I only went to class and went home, but by my second semester I met a lot of people by joining the organi- zation that I did and it has opened up my eyes to diff erent things that I can do on campus.”
Senior marketing major Fadi Ardi said it’s a good way for organi- zations to get more exposure.
“We are usually only in front of (Boccardo Business Complex), so to get in front of Seventh Street plaza we really get a chance to get a whole diff erent kind of student base to come,” Ardi said.
Senior computer science major, Max Shpungin said he wasn’t in- volved when he fi rst started out, but he is glad he joined an organization.
“I didn’t go to this fair when I was fi rst starting out because I had so much going on already,” said Shpun- gin. “It’s a good opportunity for us to show everyone what we do.”
Huff man said it is a good way for all students to meet student organi- zations and stay involved on cam- pus.
“Th e fair teaches students it’s good to get involved,” Huff man said.
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Saturday evening’s season opener for the Spartan football team is going to be a game of fi rsts.
SJSU will hit the road to take on last year’s national cham- pions and the Associ- ated Press No. 1 ranked University of Alabama for the fi rst time in the school’s history.
It will be SJSU head coach Mike MacIntyre’s fi rst game as a head coach and as a member of the Spartan football coaching staff .
And the 15 freshmen who will be making their debut as start- ers, will be experiencing their fi rst taste against the best team college football has to off er.
“We’re taking a young football team there,” MacIntyre said. “It’s going to be an exciting day for them. Th at’s kind of scary when you play that many freshman, but that also shows you that they’re prett y good.”
Defeating Alabama would be an up- set, but it wouldn’t be the fi rst time Ma- cIntyre has beat Alabama in their own house.
Th at was when he was a player with Vanderbilt, under his father’s guidance as head coach of the Commodores at the time.
Th e Spartans will be facing formi- dable conditions in Alabama.
“It’s humid and hot,” MacIntyre said.
“Th at stadium ... it doesn’t breathe. Th ere’s no air that fl ows through there, it’s like being in a huge dome. Th ere’s 102,000 fans heated up and singing ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ at the top of their lungs.”
Despite this, MacIntyre said this is a task they will be able to overcome.
“It’s kind of like the movie ‘Hoo- siers,’” he said. “Once you get in be- tween the lines you’re just playing football. Th at’s what they’ve got to un- derstand.”
SJSU quarterback Jordan La Secla
said the team must have confi dence in themselves if they want to win the game.
“If we don’t, then there’s no point in showing up on game day,” he said.
To prepare for the harsh physical and mental conditions, the team has had to resort to using a less-than-conventional
practice routine. Extreme ele-
ments such as heat and deafening noise from the crowd have been counteracted by spending part of practice on the turf fi eld, which Ma- cIntyre says is about 10 degrees warmer than grass.
Additionally, the coaches have piped in music and prac- ticed silent counts in order to prevent penalties resulting from a lack of com- munication between players.
Th e Spartans’ chances may look bet- ter following news that Alabama tail- back and 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram will not be playing in Sat- urday’s game, following a knee injury he suff ered in practice Tuesday morning.
Th at’s good news for the Spartan defense, which will be led by seniors
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When the search committ ee contacted Mike MacIntyre for the position of being SJSU’s new head football coach, MacIntyre said he was ready to take on the challenge.
“It was something I was looking for,” MacIntyre said. “I always aspired to be a head coach one day, and I felt like a year ago I was ready to do that. When they called, I looked into it further, came out and looked at it and liked what I saw.”
MacIntyre’s father, George, was formerly a head coach for both the Uni- versity of Tennessee, Martin and Vanderbilt University.
“It’s impacted me a lot,” he said. “I saw how he cared for young men and how they would come back and talk about how he helped them in their lives.”
He said he remembers his father’s success and the ability he had to turn both the programs around when they were doing poorly.
“He turned Martin’s program around when it was terrible and turned Vanderbilt’s program around when it was terrible,” he said. “It was some- thing I saw him do and enjoyed watching him do.”
MacIntyre said his coaching background helped infl uence his choice to take the position of head coach and he understands all the stress and pres- sure, the ups and downs, and all the successes that come along with it.
“I’ve been doing it since I’ve been running around the football fi eld since I was two or three,” he said. “I’ve gone to a million games, played myself, enjoyed playing, and ruled it as something I wanted to do.”
SJSU Athletic Director Tom Bowen said former head coach Dick Tom- ey put in motion what coach MacIntyre is continuing with the football program.
“You’re seeing a coach now that’s going to take it to the next phase of a
Spartans seek to capitalize on ground game in 2010 season
MacIntyre’s four Fs of football
FOUNDATION You have to build a foundation for the young men on and off the field — how he carried himself and how he conducts himself socially.
FAMILY We try and make a family atmosphere here, we care about each other and hold each other accountable. You learn responsibility and accountability, which you do if you have your own family — so we’re trying to teach them that.
FUTURE Academics is key for their future so we make sure it’s mandatory class, mandatory study hall, all the types of things there that we’re working with them. We started a bridge pro- gram for the freshmen this summer to give them a jump start.
FOOTBALL I think if they have the other three in line, when they come to football practice they’re focused and ready to go, and they will be able to be the best football players they can be.
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Quarterback Jordan La Secla said the men- tality of the Spartans’ off ense has changed from last season in one big way.
“Last year we wanted to run,” he said. “Th is year we’re going to run.”
La Secla said the Spartans’ off ense oft en relied too much on the passing game last fall, which led to SJSU fi nishing 117th out of 120 in rushing yards per game in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.
Starting running back Brandon Rutley said a strong run game is the key to the success of the off ense.
“If we can develop that, a lot of things will open up as far as passing and being able to motion and having a lot of diff erent looks out there,” he said.
Rutley and running back Lamon Muldrow will receive the majority of handoff s for SJSU.
Muldrow led the Spartans with 592 rushing yards and three touchdowns last fall.
“He packs a lot behind him,” Rutley said about Muldrow. “He’ll knock some people over.”
Rutley said his run style complements Muldrow’s.
Off ensive guard Isaac Leatiota said Muld- row is a more powerful, downhill runner whereas Rutley is more quick and elusive.
With the addition of running back David Freeman, a transfer from the University of Washington, Rutley said the three-man ro- tation could pay dividends for the Spartans’ ground att ack.
La Secla will lead the off ense into Tusca- loosa, as he was announced to be the starting quarterback against Alabama on Aug. 25.
Some familiar targets for La Secla to con- nect with are senior wide receiver Jalal Beauch- man, junior wide receiver Josh Harrison and sophomore tight end Ryan Ott en.
Beauchman is the team’s returning leader in catches (35), receiving yards (378) and touch- downs (4) and Harrison had 35 catches last season to boot.
Harrison and Beauchman fi gure to play a more prominent role, now that last year’s lead- ing receivers, Marquis Avery and Kevin Jurov- ich, are no longer on the team.
“Th ose are big shoes to fi ll,” Beauchman said. “But with all the work that me and Jordan have put in, I’m prett y confi dent that we will have a good chemistry.”
Beauchman said Ott en could have a break- out season.
“He’s almost night and day from last year,” Beauchman said. “You probably didn’t hear about him last year, but I feel you will hear a lot
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New defensive coordinator Kent Baer has his work cut out for him this season to improve a defense that allowed an average of 34.5 points against per game. A performance that earned them a ranking of 108 out of 120 Division-I schools.
Baer said his biggest focus this summer was preparing the younger players for the upcom- ing football season.
“I can’t say by any means that I am overly excited about how camp has gone,” Baer said. “But I am not disappointed at all either and that’s just the nature of a coach.”
Th e defense returns seven starters from last season: Mohamed Marah, Pablo Garcia, Duke Ihenacho, Travis Johnson, Peyton Th ompson, Tiuke Tuipulotu and Alex Germany.
Baer said the team hasn’t begun to fully pre- pare for Alabama.
“We have the last couple of practices,” he said, “but this time you know we are so young in so many spots. We have so much work to do. We are really focused on us.”
Th e new starters on the defense for the up- coming season inlude Anthony Larceval, Vince Buhagiar, Kyler O’Neal and Brandon Driver.
Th e Spartan defense is highlighted by its strong secondary, which fi nished 21st in the nation in pass defense. Th e unit returns this year with a deep and experienced group of players led by Duke Ihenacho, a fi rst team All- Western Athletic Conference defensive back.
“He’s obviously one of the better players in this league,” Baer said. “He’s had some great games since I’ve been here and I ex-
pect a lot out of him.” Because of the team’s lack of experience,
keeping Ihenacho healthy is important to the defense’s success.
Many of the returning secondary players earned a signifi cant amount of playing time last year, providing the Spartans with some ex- perienced depth amongst the unit.
Juniors Peyton Th ompson and Brandon Driver are solid cover corners that should be able to give the front seven time to pressure opposing quarterbacks.
Th e defensive line, coached by Hall of Fame defensive tackle Bryant Young, will get a fresh start with defensive tackle Pablo Garcia as the only returning starter.
“(Young) emphasizes that we run to the ball, that we’re real passionate and we put a lot of hard work into practice,” Garcia said.
Garcia picked up a team-leading four sacks last season along with 23 tackles, and may be called upon to help some of his new linemates adjust to Division-I football.
“I basically just try to encourage guys a lot,” Garcia said. “Just tell them, ‘Hey good job, keep it up’ or if they don’t understand a play I’ll tell them, ‘Th is is how the defense works.’ And I’m also a student too, so I ask questions with coach and even other guys.”
Junior transfer student JaRodd Watson did not earn a starting job despite a very impres- sive performance during spring practices. He will provide good rotation at the defensive tackle position.
Sophomore Travis Johnson started the last four games of the season last year and will re- turn in that role aft er posting solid numbers in 12 total games played.
“We have just been sticking it out through camp which has been tough,” Johnson said.
“So tough times bring people together, espe- cially down in the trenches you get close prett y quick.”
Johnson said the team has practiced on the fi eld with crowd noises playing loud over the speakers to simulate the environment in Tus- caloosa.
“A lot of the guys on this team, we’ve had the benefi t of being able to play at places like Ne- braska and USC and we’ve gott en the same feel of the pageantry and how crazy it can get with other fans,” Garcia said.
Johnson said noise won’t be a problem for the defense, but the humid Alabama weather might.
“We are just going to do as much as we can, play as hard as we can no matt er win or lose; we just have to keep fi ghting every play,” he said.
Although mostly untested, the defensive line will need to gain experience quickly with the Crimson Tide on the horizon.
One consistant trait that the Spartans de- fense over the past few seasons is a porous run
defense. Last season the defense allowed over 250 yards rushing per game.
Th e linebackers on the team don’t off er much in the way of starting experience either, but they must step up their play as well to im- prove the staggeringly bad run defense.
Unfortunately, senior Pompey Festejo, who fi nished third on the team in tackles with 83, is out for the season forcing more youth into the team’s starting unit.
Sophomore Kyler O’Neal and junior Tiuke Tuipulotu are the only returning linebackers.
“Th ey have worked hard and it’s been a lot of work,” said Baer. “Again it’s a lot of young guys -- a lot of young guys -- More than I have been around at one time.”
Baer said having young players can be both a good and bad thing because they are energet- ic but lack experience.
With a diffi cult schedule on the horizon and question marks all over the front seven, that energy may be all the Spartan defense has go- ing for them.
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SOPHOMORE DEFENSIVE END TRAVIS JOHNSON CONDITIONS AT THE END OF PRACTICE ON MONDAY, AUG. 30. AS THE SPARTANS PREPARE TO FACE THE CRIMSON TIDE. JOHNSON HAD TWO QUARTERBACK SACKS LAST SEASON.
Young defense draws from seniors
When Duke Ihenacho arrived at SJSU four years ago, he said he was known simply as Carl’s younger brother.
Carl had already been a defensive end here for a year and, ac- cording to the SJSU athletics website, was tied for the most tack- les as a true freshman in 2006.
“I was playing in his shadow at fi rst,” Ihenacho said. “He had made a name for himself.”
Well, Carl has graduated and Duke has made his own name. Entering his senior season at strong safety, Ihenacho is one of
the most dominant players on the Spartans defense. His 89 tack- les last year were second on the team and he is one of just four Spartans to receive back-to-back fi rst-team All-Western Athletic Conference selections.
“(Carl) not being here is positive and negative,” Ihenacho said. “Of course I love playing with my brother. I’m going to miss him, but at the same time I’m a player of my own, my own person.”
Duke is on the Jim Th orpe Award Preseason Watch List for the second year in a row and is ranked by the NFL Draft Scout website as the fourth-best strong safety entering the 2011 draft .
“Duke is extremely important,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said of the 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior. “He’s a leader back there. He brings size and can strike you and has good range.”
Duke and Carl played side by side for four years. Th ey played one year together at Serra High School near Los Angeles and three years together on the Spartans defense.
Carl, who was a two- time second-team All-WAC selection, graduated after last season and is currently recovering from a knee in- jury in hopes of working out
for an NFL team. “He’s his own man,” Carl said of Duke. “He’s always been his
own man. In the end he may have picked some things up from me, but he was always his own man.”
According to the SJSU athletics website, Duke Ihenacho had fi ve interceptions as a sophomore, two of which he returned more than 40 yards for touchdowns. He had one pick off last season.
“I need more picks,” he said. “I’m aft er about seven.” Duke also talks with confi dence about the Spartans’ chances
against defending national champion University of Alabama in the season opener on Saturday, despite the fact that the Spartans are coming off of a 2-10 season.
“We’re ready to win,” he said. “We’re not going in to practice to see where we stand. We’re going in to win.”
Duke says he got his competitive nature from playing one-on- one basketball against Carl when they were growing up in Car- son, Calif.
“He was always bigger than me so we always fought,” Ihena- cho said. “We had diff erent personalities, but we were always the same kind of guy.”
Senior off ensive tackle John Konye said Ihenacho has stepped into the leadership role his older brother used to hold.
“He’s a motivator,” Konye said. “He’s there to make sure no one underestimates themselves.”
Carl said Duke never underestimated himself. “You watch him mature into the player that he is today and
brother that he is today,” Carl said. “It’s a wonderful experience.”
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JUNIOR RUNNING BACK BRANDON RUTLEY HAS ACCOUNTED FOR FIVE RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS IN HIS CAREER AT SJSU AS WELL AS ONE PASSING TOUCHDOWN AGAINST UTAH STATE IN 2008.
Versatile veteran looks to return for points
DANIEL HERBERHOLZ Sports Editor
His eyes are on the sky and his hands are at the ready. Within moments the pigskin will drop from the former into the latt er, and sev- eral 200-plus-pound men in pads will rumble downfi eld with the intent of slamming into him.
During football practice on Aug. 27, Bran- don Rutley took a punt from the big blue over- head and stepped left — moving into position to tear through the oncoming onslaught and swing the ball up the right sideline past all of the defenders.
“My focus is on catching the ball, and then what I’m going to do aft er,” said Rutley, who had the second highest kick return average in the Western Athletic Conference last season.
Time and time again, professional and collegiate kick returners have nabbed the ball from above just before gett ing crushed by defensive gunners — per- haps even coughing up the rock. Th e reverse of this comes when the returner busts through the fi rst line of special teams to blast the ball to the house.
When Rutley’s eyes and hands are waiting for a kick to fall to earth, the junior would like nothing more than to fi nish with six points.
“I would love to run them back, defi nitely,” he said. “Th e goal is to secure the catch and get as much yards as possible. I can’t do it without my teammates — if the blocks are there, we’ll make something hap- pen for sure.”
Head coach Mike Ma- cIntyre said he hopes Rutley does just that, as he switches from kick re- turner last season to full-time punt returner in this campaign.
“On the football fi eld, (Rutley) brings the ability to make plays on his own with his feet ... to make things happen,” MacIntyre said.
Th is holds true outside on the green grass during SJSU games, as well as on a television screen while Rutley plays EA Sports’ NCAA Football — his favorite video game.
Instead of playing as himself, Rutley said he likes to create new players.
“Th at’s more fun to me, because you can fi x them all up and do all kinds of stuff ,” he said. “Just making someone that doesn’t exist is fun because they’re an up-and-coming person.”
In 2010, Rutley himself may be the up-and- comer with all the fi xings — a running back who returns punts, and also covers the slot re- ceiver as a member of the secondary.
“If we can get him into the secondary, he’ll make some plays,” MacIntyre said. “He’s a good athlete that can cover a receiver. We need all the guys that we can like that.”
Rutley added that he is excited to switch from unit to unit.
“It’s a good role, to go from off ense, defense, special teams,” he said. “Whatever I can do to help the team.”
Th e junior also noted that he will draw from
experience on defense in high school. “It’s defi nitely a change in pace because in
college you’re really stuck to one position,” Rutley said. “So to switch over and acclimate yourself to a whole new type of level of playing, I’m excited to even try it.”
Th ere is one more role Rutley can have on the team.
“He brings a sense of leadership,” senior tight end Ray Rodriguez said.
Rutley already has his eyes set on a few of the younger players, including linebacker Keith Smith and wide receivers Doug Parrish and Kyle Nunn.
Watching out for those younger than him is nothing new to Rutley, as he spent his high school summers helping at a youth sports camp.
“He always worked with the rec depart- ments and the elementary schools,” said Dave Silveira, Rutley’s high school head coach. “As you can imagine, he was a big hero to many young Martinez kids.”
Th is is partly because of how hard Rutley works, he said.
“I always talked to him and said, ‘It’s very impor- tant that the best players work the hardest’ and he al- ways bought into that,” Sil- veira said. “He was always very popular with his team- mates because he worked hard, and that’s why he’s gott en where he is.”
Rodriguez also said Rut- ley is a spokesman for the team.
“Off the fi eld he’s a good leader,” MacIntyre said. “He’s a very charismatic, fun-loving guy. He brings a lot of energy to the team.”
MacIntyre’s assessment fi ts well into how Rutley envisions himself.
“I’d like to leave a legacy of being a leader, of motivating the team,” Rut- ley said. “I’d like to be known as someone that’s all for the team and about the team.”
Th e team has improved overall in the off sea- son, he said.
“We have a new mindset, a new swag out there,” Rutley said. “We have this mentality as though we can compete with anybody.”
Th is is how he approaches facing four na- tionally ranked teams this season.
“Honestly, a ranking doesn’t matt er to us — at the end of the day, they put their pants on just like we do,” he said.
In the two years that Rutley has put Spartan pants on, he has returned kicks for almost 1500 yards and rushed for fi ve touchdowns. Play- ing alongside SJSU star Yonus Davis, who was a two-time second-team All-WAC selection, Rutley took 79 rushes for 356 yards and three touchdowns.
Rutley said he and Yonus built a close rela- tionship.
“He would always talk to me and tell me how the game is faster and how you only have a split second to hit the hole because it closes up that fast,” Rutley said. “He defi nitely spit a lot of knowledge to me about the game, and I was able to develop some of my skills (that way).”
While Rutley has yet to return a kick to the
end zone, he knows what it’s like to break a long run — namely, his 60-yard sprint against Boise State in 2008. Th at rush, which came in a na- tionally televised game, put the Spartans within four points of the then-No. 13 ranked Broncos.
Rutley used the Davis-spitt ing hole-splitt ing knowledge to his advantage for the run.
“Th e hole was wide open,” he said aft er the game. “Th e play was originally designed to go to the right, but the way the line blocked, it opened up to the left , and it was just wide open. It was daylight. When I got through (the hole),
I was thinking I want to just run my hardest and hope that I get to the end zone.”
Aft er receiving the handoff 49 fewer times last season than in the 2008 campaign, Rutley looks to carry the rock more this year. He’ll get his fi rst chance — in a starting role — this Sat- urday against No. 1 ranked Alabama.
“I wouldn’t mind being called one of the best running backs in the whole WAC,” he said of his goals this year. “I wouldn’t mind having all that, but I really want to be known as a team guy who’s ready to help.”
about him this year because he’s been making plays in practice.”
Beauchman said he expects Rutley to line up all over the fi eld and contribute to the passing game.
“He’s a very explosive player,” Beauchman said. “We will put him out there to diff erent things just because he is so athletic.”
Head coach Mike MacIntyre said wide receiver James Orth, a converted defensive back who caught a touchdown pass from La Secla in the team’s last scrimmage on Aug. 21, could emerge as a threat for the off ense.
“We thought he was someone who could help us out on off ense and be able to produce and he’s someone I hope does make some plays for us,” he said.
MacIntyre said junior quarterback Matt Faulkner will play at least one series in the fi rst half against Alabama and he plans to play both quarterbacks for weeks to come.
“You’re only one play away from playing all the downs,” MacIntyre said about playing two quarterbacks. “Quarterbacks get hit a lot more
than they used to, the way defenses blitz and diff erent things you do on off ense. At the same time I want the guy who’s not starting the game on edge and preparing.”
MacIntyre said the way Faulkner commands the huddle stands out, but he ultimately chose the senior laden La Secla as the team’s starting quarterback.
“Matt Faulkner is still right there close,” MacIntyre said. “I kind of call it 1A and 1B.”
Isaac Leatiota said the coaching staff has confi dence in the off ensive line, which will start three seniors, center Robbie Reed, right guard Ailao Eliapo and Leatiota, as well as junior Andres Vargas at right tackle and sophomore David Quessenberry at left tackle.
Leatiota, who’s started 30 games in his career at SJSU, said the off ensive line will produce if they follow Coach MacIntyre’s guidance.
“Coach Mac says if you have knowl- edge, knowledge equals confi dence, which equals playing fast,” Leatiota said.
MacIntyre said the Spartans will be more aggressive on off ense this season, but not at the expense of the running game.
“You do have to be a litt le hard-headed to run the football,” he said.
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SPECIALSPECIAL8 Thursday, September 2, 2010
Looking down at the green turf, Ben Zorn has the ball in his hands. Amidst the raucous crowd, Zorn is preparing for the one mo- ment for which he’s worked so hard. He needs to execute with perfection, and he anx- iously awaits the cue from the punter.
He snaps the ball, and ev- erything is set in motion.
Aft er playing on the Spar- tans’ off ensive line for his fi rst three years, Zorn is now the team’s long snapper.
“I do a lot on the fi eld but am not in the public eye,” Zorn said of this position. “I’m expected to be perfect.”
Born in Vienna, Austria, Zorn moved to Berkeley, Ca- lif., when he was just 1 year old. He and his family then relocated to Virginia, where he att ended George Mason High School, before fi nally moving back to California aft er his senior year of high school.
Zorn noticed a distinct diff erence between playing football on the East Coast and here on the West Coast.
Th e weather is more hu- mid, he said, and it wasn’t unusual for it to rain or snow. During the football games, teams are more focused on the running aspect of the game on the East Coast, whereas on the West Coast a greater emphasis is placed on passing the ball.
“Everybody watches foot- ball out there,” he said. “Foot- ball carries more weight.”
For Zorn, the tryout pe-
riod was all about expressing to the coaches and the team how much he wanted to be there.
“It came down to show- ing the coaches a good work ethic,” he said. “You only have one chance to show the coaches what you can do.”
Tim Landis, coach for the punt and extra point units, has defi nitely noticed Zorn.
“He’s exceeded our expec- tations,” Landis said. “He works hard and is very coach- able. Snapper is a very de- tailed position and you have to listen to the coach. He’s been a very willing learner.”
Zorn has been playing football since his freshman year of high school, and he has played numerous roles throughout the years, in- cluding guard, linebacker, defensive end, offensive line and now snapper.
“I like playing offensive line,” Zorn said. “I liked the physical aspect of it. You get to hit someone ev- ery play. Someone is rely- ing on me to move the per-
son in front of me.” Center Robbie Reed, said
two traits that constitute a successful snapper are accu- racy and having a consistent speed on snaps.
Zorn said one of his strengths is his speed with the snap, but the accuracy is more diffi cult.
To prepare for his new po- sition he lost 40 pounds (now 245), over last semester, by eating less, consistently run- ning and lift ing weights four times a week.
In addition, he got togeth- er with the team’s kicker, Har- rison Waid, over the summer to practice snapping.
Matt Wigley, who was long snapper for the Spartans during the 2008-2009 season and has been in the position of snapper since his fresh- man year of high school, said it was important for Zorn to lose the weight that he did to gain the fl exibility needed to be an explosive long snapper.
Reed said it is very impor- tant that the long snapper does a good job because, oth- erwise, it could cost the team points or give the team bad fi eld position.
“Once a year for a team, a game comes down to a fi eld goal,” Reed said.
Even though no one on the team has had a chance to demonstrate their abilities during a real game, Landis feels that the Spartans are in good hands with Zorn.
“I’ve got confi dence in him,” Landis said. “He’s earned the confi dence of his team. We wouldn’t be put- ting him out there if we didn’t have confi dence in him.”
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THE OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE LINES ATTACK EACH OTHER DURING DRILLS AT PRACTICE ON MONDAY, AUG. 30.
Duke Ihenacho and Mohamed Marah.
While Ingram is out, junior cornerback Terrance Foster said the defense will still face a good ball carrier in Trent Rich- ardson.
Off ensively, the team will be in the hands of senior quar- terback Jordan La Secla, with junior Matt Faulkner also ex- pected to see some snaps in the fi rst half.
Freshmen to look out for include tight end and full back Vince Buhagiar and wide re- ceiver Kyle Nunn.
Th e team may not be the only one under more pressure than usual.
Coach MacIntyre said he will have about 50 friends and family att ending the game be- cause of its location near fam- ily in Nashville.
Mike MacIntyre’s father and former head coach George MacIntyre won’t be in att en- dance, but he will be watching on television.
“Th ere’ll be a moment when I fi rst get off the bus and walk out on to the fi eld with the team and think of my dad,” MacIntyre said. “Once I get in the game, I’ll just be going. I’m sure he’ll have some pointers for me aft er the game, win or lose.”
MacIntyre said he will be trying to reproduce the feat his father accomplished more than two decades earlier by de- feating Alabama on the road as a head coach.
“It would be gigantic, gi- normous, whatever you want to call it,” he said. “It would be great for the whole program, for everyone. I had a friend of mine that told me that if we beat Alabama, we won’t have to fl y back, we’ll fl y back our- selves. Th at’s our plan, is to fl y back ourselves.”
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A special kind of hike solid Division-I program,” Bowen said. “What Mike’s done is just to continue to raise the expectations, continue to fo- cus now on being committ ed. He’s disci- plined.”
MacIntyre said the idea of coaching for the NCAA was more suited to his inter- ests than his previous experience, such as coaching for the Dallas Cowboys.
“Th e diff erence from the NFL is, of course, the young men are younger,” he said. “It’s not strictly a business. You’re more of a mentor for these young men day in and day out.”
He said he ultimately chose college ball because it gives him the opportunity to make a diff erence with the student-ath- letes.
“Football is basically the same,” he said. “Of course with the NFL you have few more stars, a bit more glamor and glitz sometimes, but on the college level it’s a day to day thing with a relationship with the players. I really enjoyed the aspect of working with the young men and helping build and mold them. I want them to be successful now and in the future.”
David Cutcliff e, head coach of Duke University - where MacIntyre spent his last two years coaching - is another one of MacIntyre’s infl uences.
“Coach Cutcliff e is a phenomenal coach,” MacIntyre said. “A man who I be- lieve in tremendously, how he treats his players, and also I believe in his coaching ability.”
He said the two have grown close, talk- ing on the phone at least once a week.
“He’s going to watch everything I do closely,” he said. “I’m his fi rst, kind of protoge, to break off , so to speak. Hope- fully in the next few years he’ll be proud of what we do.”
Sophomore defensive end Travis John- son said the biggest diff erence in the way Coach MacIntyre and former head coach Tomey run practice is how MacIntyre challenges the players.
“It’s a lot more conditioning,” Johnson
said. “A lot more mental strength, just by how we practice every day and it’s non- stop for the two and a half to three hours we go, you don’t really get a break.”
He said camp has been long and tough this year with Coach MacIntyre.
“We want it so bad this year, so we keep trying every day,” Johnson said. “It just takes a toll just because of how much more we want it this year because of last year’s stats.”
Senior quarterback Jordan La Secla said he is thankful that he was able to be coached under both Tomey and Ma- cIntyre.
“Th ey both have diff erent ways of coaching but they’re both great coaches,” La Secla said.
Senior off ensive guard Isaac Leatiota said that MacIntyre inspires the team.
“He pushes us when we’re down,” Leatiota said. “When we need motivation, he’s always the one who’s motivating us. He always wants us to play with all we’ve got — to leave it on the fi eld. He’s a great coach.”
He said that MacIntyre’s focus is pre- paring the team for the future.
“One of his main things is the future goals for the team and gett ing educated,” he said.
Off the fi eld, MacIntyre said one of the main goals is to make sure the players are going to class and graduating.
He said his personal goal is to win the Western Athletic Conference champion- ships as quickly as possible.
“Once we build that foundation, every- thing else will come,” he said. “All the wins will come, and it will last so that’s what we’re trying to do. Hopefully that comes sooner than later, but we’re in the process of building a program and not a team and that’s what I’m focused on doing.”
Th e impact of living on the West Coast hasn’t really aff ected him or his family, he said.
“We’re all here, rocking along and en- joying it,” MacIntyre said. “It’s not much diff erent really, people are people every- where, there’s good people and there’s bad people. So you just have to fi nd your niche and go with it.”
MACINTYRE From Page 5
Date Opponent Location Time (PST) Sat, Sep 04 Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. 6 p.m.
Sat, Sep 11 Wisconsin Madison, Wisc. 11 a.m.
Sat, Sep 18 Southern Utah Spartan Stadium 5 p.m.
Sat, Sep 25 Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
6 p.m.
Sat, Oct 09 Nevada Reno, Nev. 1:05 p.m.
Sat, Oct 16 Boise State Spartan Stadium 5 p.m.
Sat, Oct 23 Fresno State Spartan Stadium 5 p.m.
Sat, Oct 20 New Mexico State
Las Cruces, N.M. 2 p.m.
Sat, Nov 13 Utah State Spartan Stadium 5 p.m.
Sat, Nov 20 Hawai’i Honolulu, Hawaii 5:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov 27 Louisiana Tech Spartan Stadium 5 p.m.
Sat, Dec 04 Idaho Moscow, Idaho 2 p.m.
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FRESH FRUIT CAN GIVE A GREAT SUGAR RUSH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY.
If you’re like me and you’re a foodie, a freak, obsessed with great food – then listen up.
If you love to eat but can’t af- ford the luxury of chowing down a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, then you are in for a treat.
I can’t even dream about a bag of chips without waking up and fi nd- ing it behind me.
I have it down to a science, if I eat a Snickers, I’d have to run three miles on the treadmill to get rid of it.
And if I wanted a slice of vanilla- bean cheesecake from the Cheese- cake Factory, which weighs in at almost 900 calories, I’d have to run three miles, bike fi ve, and do the elliptical machine for another half hour.
Forget that mess. True to my nature, I had to fi nd
an easier way. So I have discovered fi ve tasty
treats that are 150 calories and be- low.
Th e fi rst is the lifeblood of my week. I can’t go without my Star- bucks extra hot, short, skinny, vanilla latt e. (And I’m always surprised the barista doesn’t smack me for order- ing it that way)
At fi rst, the sugar-free aft er taste of the vanilla syrup confuses the taste buds, but aft er a few piping hot cups of deliciousness, you’re hooked.
It becomes even more delicious in light of the fact that it only has 60 calories, compared with a regu- lar short vanilla latt e, which has at least 140 calories, and that’s without whipped cream.
But for a more substantial snack that won’t break the calorie bank is Buccaneer Joes White Cheddar Corn Puff s from Trader Joe’s.
It is puff ed popcorn that comes in diff erent fl avors but white cheddar
is my favorite. It’s so good you can munch up to 2 ½ cups for only 140 calories.
Are you kidding me right now? My only caution is to be careful not to eat the whole bag in one sitt ing.
When I’m on the go, one thing I love is a good salad.
But it’s shocking that the average restaurant salad has more than 500 calories, and that’s without dressing.
Th at’s why I’m so pleased with the new small salad menu at Quiznos.
My favorite is the small cobb sal- ad without dressing and blue cheese. (Th e blue cheese will cost you an ex- tra 25 calories.)
Surprisingly, this small delight has the perfect mixture of grilled chicken, real bacon, tomato and boiled egg on a bed of fresh greens. I add salt and pepper to taste because the bacon gives it enough fl avor to make up for no dressing. It totals 150 calories.
Sometimes, a perfectly ripe piece of fruit gives me the exact hour-long sugar boost I need to make it through to the next thing.
Th at boost comes in a variety of ways: a half of small honeydew mel- on – 150 calories, a small banana and
apple combination – 150 calories, 1 ½ cups of blueberries – 140 calories, 2 cups of sliced strawberries – about 100 calories and my favorite, fresh, slightly hard, white nectarines – just 70 calories.
I mix and match fruits just about every day to get a fresh sugar boost during the 2:30 lull in my day.
But when I just want some straight-up sugar, like a candy bar, I make a bargain with myself by eating a Quaker Chewy Granola Bar.
Th ere are diff erent fl avors like co- coa, chocolate chip and strawberry, but my favorite is the peanut butt er.
Th e two-fold bonus is that it only has 90 calories and sort of makes you feel like you had a candy-bar fi x.
I had to save the caloric deal-of- the-century for last.
I love my Skinny Cow. Skinny Cow ice cream bars are
the creation of a culinary genius. Th e white mint truffl e has to be the best ice cream this not-so-skinny cow ever tasted.
At only 100 calories per bar., one of these ice creams would only cost me 15 minutes on the treadmill – but it would be well worth every minute.
OPINIONOPINION10 Thursday, September 2, 2010
Att ention! Att ention all egg eaters! More than a half-billion eggs from major distributors across the nation have been recalled. Run for your life ... or continue living like normal.
Here’s the deal: According to numerous news sources, there have been more than a thousand reported cases of salmonella poisoning that can be traced back to Hillandale Farms and Wright County Egg. Aft er going through labora- tory tests it was confi rmed that both companies share the same strain of bacteria, Salmonella en- teritidis.
Possible causes of the out- breaks include rat droppings or germs that have contaminated the chickens’ feed.
Chickens do not catch this disease the way humans catch a cold — it is usually passed along from rodent droppings the hens digest. Aft er you rid yourself of that disturbing im- age, know that the salmonella bacteria then infects the ovaries, con- taminating the eggs.
Th e media is making it sound as though the egg outbreak is the biggest thing in food history since mad cow disease. But hon- estly, this happens so oft en that I have become numb to hearing about it.
Th e Food and Drug Admin- istration reported that in the month of August alone, there were almost 50 food recalls. In 2009 alone there were hundreds of recalls.
Why do people choose to freak out so much about eggs? I don’t know and I am known to be a bit paranoid myself, but this outbreak has yet to plague me.
I am thankful to be healthy and will always be concerned
that I or someone I know can get food poisoning, but I don’t want it to be something that over- whelms me. It is terrible that people got sick, but there is nothing we can do about it now.
Should we have bett er food regulations now?
I have thought that for a few years, but the fact is that our food will never be 100 percent protected from disease-causing agents. Th ere is only so much that science and technology can do without becoming a danger to humanity.
People want organic food that is fresh and untainted by chemi- cals. How can that be done with-
out risking contamination by viruses or bacteria? If it isn’t rats then it will be something else.
Even if people don’t eat organic food, I am prett y sure that they do not want their ed- ibles swimming in chemicals in order to keep other possible threats away. What else can food distributors do?
Could they place an electri- cal force fi eld that keeps any unwanted critt ers or bacteria away? Or is there some kind of environmentally safe chemi-
cal that can prevent any harm- ful substances or creatures from reaching our food sources? As nice as either one would be, there is always a negative to every posi- tive — and I have a feeling that force fi eld wouldn’t work out without some type of combus- tion-related side eff ect.
Unfortunately, food poison- ing will be a part of the world un- til Armageddon — don’t worry, Bruce Willis will save us all at the very last second because Ben Af- fl eck is in love with his daughter.
Gett ing back to reality, we are stuck with food poisoning — though I wish it wasn’t an issue and that there was some kind of technology that could keep us completely safe.
I know it sucks, because I have had food poisoning countless times and wished for anything other than the feeling of nausea and wanting to never eat again. Th e best that people can do is get the best food for themselves, don’t eat anything that looks sus- picious or disgustingly processed — except for hot dogs, those are prett y good if done right.
Th ere is only so much that can be done to protect people at this time, and until we have bet- ter safeguards, we are stuck like this, so live your lives and stop freaking out! It happens.
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ASHLEY FINDEN Senior Staff Writer
One man has put a stop to medical progress that President Barack Obama gave the green light to in 2009.
Embryonic stem cell re- search has been stopped aft er a U.S. district judge ruled on Aug. 23 to cut off federal funding.
According to Th e Wash- ington Post, Judge Royce C. Lamberth said funding em- bryonic stem cell research goes against a federal law that doesn’t allow taxpayers’ money to be spent on anything “that destroys human fetuses.”
Any issue where embryos are a main subject is diffi cult to discuss, but a look at how embry- onic stem cells are collected might help.
Th ere aren’t people on the prowl in dark al- leys looking for embryos, snatching fetuses in order to create Frankenstein’s monster.
Researchers get embryonic stem cells from fertility clinics.
When a couple needs help gett ing pregnant, the in vitro fertilization clinic they may go to will get eggs and sperm, and some of the result- ing embryos will be implanted in the mother while the rest are frozen, according to Web- MD.
If the frozen embryos aren’t used, the clinic will dispose of them.
“According to federal policy, embryonic stem cells used for research can only come from embryos created for reproductive pur- poses that are no longer needed,” according to WebMD. “And the donors must consent and not profi t fi nancially from the donation.”
Research on embryonic stem cells is not killing a life, instead these left over frozen em- bryos are being used for the greater good of the world.
When looking at this issue through an emo- tional or religious lens, one may still think that stem cell research is unethical or that there is a bett er option than using cells from an embryo.
Th e possibilities of what embryonic stem cells can do seem limitless, compared to cur- rent medical treatments.
It could help a large population of people who have organ problems, such as heart dis- ease.
Of course this is not a fact, but an assumption.
Yes, we all know what can happen when we assume, but assumptions can do more than make an ass of you and me.
Assumptions are things that fuel humans’ eff orts to achieve greatness and can make our lives bett er — in- deed, all new things are fed by assumptions.
Researchers assume that embryonic stem cells can help countless people and there
have been successes around the world that support that assumption.
People may wonder why adult stem cells can’t be used in this research.
Embryonic stem cells are important to use because they are able to be used for vari- ous functions, unlike adult stem cells.
Adult stem cells are sparse compared to the amount of stem cells found in an em- bryo, whose cells are also more versatile.
Scientists seem to understand that the use of embryonic stem cells is controver- sial and have tried to come up with other options.
Both in Japan and the U.S., scientists trans- formed skin cells by using retroviruses to change their functions, but this research, done in 2007, is not a safe alternative to embryonic stem cells.
“Th ese retroviruses could become part of the cell’s genetic code,” states WebMD. “Th ese retroviruses could cause deadly mutations or cancers in patients treated with the newly cre- ated stem cells.”
Looking at these facts about adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells, one might use eth- ics as a reason not to support embryonic stem cell research.
Utilitarianism, an ethical theory, states that to determine if an issue is ethical or unethical, the outcome of the issue is what matt ers.
Using this theory, further funding and researching embryonic stem cells is ethical because a large amount of people could be helped.
By that logic, anything that will help people who are currently living and who are yet to be born should be funded and embryonic stem
SHIVA ZAHIRFAR Staff Writer
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much about eggs?
In an address to the Amer- ican people Tuesday night, President Barack Obama de- clared an end to the United States’ combat mission in Iraq.
But are we really done? To a certain degree, the
president’s words ring true: Yes, we have withdrawn our combat divisions, we have handed over our bases and we have placed the burdens of security on the shoulders of the Iraqis.
But it would be a grave mistake to think that this an- nouncement means the end of our confl ict.
In fact, the real fi ght is just beginning.
It’s a cliché, I know, one ut- tered all too many times aft er the fall of the Taliban regime and the toppling of Saddam Hussein. Aft er all, how many times have we tried to beat our swords into plowshares (or, rather, guns into oil wells), only to fi nd that we must take them up once more?
I’m not talking about Af- ghanistan, which the presi- dent said will be experiencing a troop surge until a transition starts next August, or the fact that, according to Ben Rho- des, the deputy national secu- rity adviser for strategic com- munications, we’ll still have a 50,000-strong “transitional training and advisement force” in Iraq until the end of 2011.
I’m talking about the fi ght here at home.
Th e president spoke of a new beginning being born in the cradle of civilization … well, it turns out that the Unit- ed States cannot remain in the cradle forever.
Our troops have done their job, protecting us from external threats, but they cannot save us from ourselves.
Th at is something only we can do.
Indeed, the transition to Iraqi control and the even- tual drawdown in Afghanistan means that we no longer have an excuse to not turn our at- tentions inward to address our own problems.
Since 9/11, our fears have ruled our ability to make decisions, and in our push to tame external adversar- ies, our self-destructive ten- dencies have come to the
surface. For all the noises we make
about unity, our fears have fractured our nation, causing us to turn against our neigh- bors and dividing us along axes of class, education, faith, gender, ideology and race.
Consider the outcry against the Islamic commu- nity center to be built near ground zero: Th ere is no legal reason why the center shouldn’t be constructed, and much of the arguments against it are based on the fact that the Sept. 11 hijack-
ers were Muslims, which is no argument at all.
When President Obama weighed in, acknowledging the right of the people to build the center, the old accusations of him being a Muslim resurfaced — as though that would be a bad thing.
Th e fi ght on the home front will be about combating Islam- ophobia, not Islamofacism, about combating the tyranny of the majority, not the tyranny of a dictator — it will be about winning the hearts and minds of our own citizens.
Th ough our guns may have fallen silent, our war continues.
RYAN FERNANDEZ Rated “R”
OPINIONOPINION 11Thursday, September 2, 2010
I walked away. It was all I could do, or at
least that’s what I thought in my head.
I was walking through downtown San Jose one night, trying to catch my light rail as to just get one step closer to ending my day, when I saw a fi ght nearby.
I could see through a gated fence that there were a couple of people beating up one guy about, 50 feet away from me, while another person in front of me was trying to get his “ac- quaintance” to join in on beat- ing the man who was alone.
I just kept walking, paying no att ention to the so very ob- vious scene to my left .
“It’s not any of my business,” I kept thinking to myself, “It has nothing to do with me.”
I would have liked to blame the journalist side of me for remaining neutral and not get- ting involved, but the reality of it was because I was scared.
I’ve been replaying that scenario over and over in my head for a week, reconsidering my actions — not that it really matt ered since it already hap- pened. But what would hap- pened if a scene such as that ever occurred again?
Would I just walk by like I did before? What would other people do in the same situa- tion?
It seems that I’m not the only person who thinks this
way, as the movie “Kick-Ass” addresses this thought pro- cess. Th e main character of the movie becomes a super hero because of the lack of people willing to stand up for others while crimes were being com- mitt ed to them.
I overheard a conversation between a couple of photog- raphers, saying that one of the photographers was assigned to take photos of this girl while she was crying, and needed to take photos of the girl as part of his story.
He said he couldn’t bring himself to do it and questioned whether he was a bad and hor- rible photographer or not. Th e other photographer simply said, “You’re not a bad pho- tographer, it just means you’re human.”
I don’t understand it. Th e responses to both these
situations are the same and
most likely the most com- mon action taken by Joe or Jane Doe.
Most people would not go over to a tense situation only to potentially add more fuel to an already raging fi re, and yet, most people would also not want to get involved in a fi ght unrelated to them- selves.
It seems that people are “human” if they are scared to act or commit, because that is the most common re- sponse to a lot of situations. On one side, the inability to
callously approach a widow at her husband’s funeral and ask her, “So how do you feel about your husband dying?” makes you human, but does walking away from someone who is gett ing beaten make us human as well?
I’ve heard another tale of how one reporter was arguing with another, questioning his shameless methods of cover- ing a story and going on to ask him if he was a real human be- ing.
He responded with, “being human doesn’t pay the bills.”
I would love to go beyond that type of thinking, to hope- fully act on my conscience instead of staying neutral and grounded.
Until then I will remain hes- itant, constantly questioning every action, and questioning what it means to be “human.”
Music is my life. At least, it used to be before I
got to San Jose State. When I graduated from high
school in 2002, the big question for me wasn’t which school I would att end, it was how could I get my band to make it?
I started playing drums when I was 12 years old.
It was just a hobby of mine: I never took lessons and it never took up all of my time. It was just something I did for occasional fun, to release some aggression and for creative expression.
Once I began to play in bands around age 16, things changed.
Th e moment I began fus- ing my creative energy with my friends and writing songs, drumming became my end- all, be-all, my reason for existing.
One of the greatest feelings is fi nishing a song, playing it before a crowd and seeing them react positively.
Th eir response couples with your own adrenaline and, in turn, fuels your performance,
giving you a sense of grati- fi cation, elation and ado- ration that is hard to fi nd elsewhere.
Is it any wonder why musicians travel around the country year aft er year in cramped vans, play- ing a seemingly endless amount of shows?
For many years, the feeling of playing songs I loved for people who loved them kept me go- ing.
But by the time I trans- ferred here in the fall of 2008, things had changed.
My love of playing music had drained away, and I focused all my energy on fi nishing school.
Now, with graduation begin- ning to loom on the horizon, the desire to play music has crept back up on me.
Back in 2005, when I was juggling work and music and fi nally enrolled myself in com- munity college, music was what made things worthwhile.
I was in a great band with guys who are still my best
friends today, and looking forward to semi-nightly band practices aft er school and work made the days speed by and helped keep me sane.
Th e end of that band in late 2006 defi nitely took the wind out of my musical sails.
Two things recently made me think long and hard about playing music again.
Th e fi rst was being a grooms- man in my former singer’s wed- ding.
Th e whole band made up the groomsmen, and it felt like
2005 all over again. All we did was hang out and have a great time all the way up to, and aft er, the wedding.
Th e second was hearing that the frontman of a local band my friends and I had huge amounts of respect for died while on tour.
Makh Daniels was his name, and he fronted a metal band called Early Graves.
I met Makh once before a show, and he struck me as a re- ally nice guy who put his all into his music.
Having two of my friends go out and help them on tour in their early days made me like the band even more.
Aft er they put out their fi rst album in 2008, which me and my friends rabidly consumed, all I wanted was to see them be successful, something that is incredibly hard in music today, especially in the metal scene.
Th ey toured relentlessly on that album before heading back into the studio late last year.
One of my friends showed me a new song of theirs just a
few months ago, and told me a new album was due out short- ly.
Th at album, called “Goner,” came out June 22.
Makh described the lyrics in an interview as the therapeutic result of a depression induced self-imposed exile.
Th e guys headed out on a tour with a band they were friends with called Th e Funeral Pyre.
In the early morning hours of Aug. 2, their van fl ipped while driving from Eugene, Or- egon to Reno, Nevada.
Makh was asleep in the cargo area of the back of the van.
He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the wreckage, dying at the scene.
Th ough I didn’t really know Makh, his death hit me surpris- ingly hard.
I heard many stories of him from friends that toured with the band.
He was only 28, just two years older than me.
It put a lot of things into per- spective for me.
Makh died in the process of doing what he loved.
As my college experi