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January 2018 Newsletter

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FREE Late Night Fun

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Living Green and Keeping our Community Clean

Green Love

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A.S. Staff Members Honored

Exemplary full- and part-time employees

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Fun Facts:

SDSU Children’s Center

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15 Questions

Cheyne VanArsdale, Operations Lead

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January 2018

A.S. News Archive


A.S. News

FREE Late Night Fun

Aztec Nights Students
Aztec Nights' Free Late Night Fun is coming back at you Spring semester! Grab your friends and head on out to take part in some amazing, exciting events, just for you!

Valid SDSU Red ID's holders are allowed one guest.

Visit for more info!



Chocolate Paradise

  • Thursday
  • 9pm-12am

Join us for two Disney classics, The Lion King & Toy Story, while enjoying chocolate delights, including chocolate truffles, cream-filled cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches, and more. Get ready for a movie night like never before - don't forget your pillow, blanket, and appetite! Come early for a chance to get a limited edition Aztec Nights blanket, while supplies last.



Best of Aztec Nights

  • Friday
  • 10pm-2am

Join us on Campanile Walkway for a taste of each of the signature Aztec Nights events! Each attraction will represent a different Aztec Nights experience, like a fun ride from the Campus Carnival, a DJ from the Red & Black Dance, a mechanical bull from Barnyard Bash, and massage therapists from Treat Yourself! Enjoy performances from student groups from the Aztec Dance Marathon, Iota Eta Pi comedy improv, and our student Dragstravaganza divas! There will be free food, and a photo booth and other surprises! Come experience the BEST of Aztec Nights!



Welcome Back Bash

  • Saturday
  • 10pm-2am

MOVIE. FOOD. DANCING. FUN. Come experience a Great Gatsby-themed event like no other! Dancing, games, food, all free!



Aztec Nights All Stars

  • Friday
  • 10pm-2am

Join us for a night of sports-filled fun! Get ready friendly competition with your fellow Aztecs and show off your All Star status. Enjoy free food, games, and festivities!

Living Green and Keeping our Community Clean
Green Love

Plastic Bottles

People tend to thrive when their surroundings are safe, clean, and keep us healthy. SDSU’s campus is one of the most beautiful and because our immediate environment is so clean and beautiful, we may forget that each person throws away about four pounds of trash each day. All of this waste has to go somewhere. Usually that destination is a landfill, but often lighter pieces of paper, plastic, and even toxic materials can float away from receptacles and end up in neighborhoods, parks, and watersheds. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of this matter will affect the public health, so SDSU students are playing a major role in minimizing waste.

With this in mind, this fall, the AS Green Love Sustainability Commission collaborated with the Aztec Proud student philanthropy program to develop a Zero Waste Campaign. Nearly 400 students donated to this campaign through Aztec Proud, raising over $5,000. Each student donor participating received a green Aztec Proud branded Hydro Flask. Using a Hydro Flask prevents plastic from being transported to the landfill and public areas. It's just one more simple way of educating students that "it's easy being green."

Submitted by Charlotte Roberts, A.S. Green Love Commissioner

A.S. Staff Members Honored
Exemplary full- and part-time employees

The Daily Aztec

Performance Awards

Exemplary full- and part-time employees are recognized each semester for their dedication to A.S. and their work. A.S. recognized the following employees:

Aztec Student Union

Daniel Cartier, A.S. Graphics
Rachael Gollnick, Aztec Lanes

A.S. Business Services

Benjamin Moxley
Sarah Fragoso

Aztec Recreation

Sheridan Kazek
Sarah Devall
Michael Fox
Charlie Jenkins
Liana Leighninger
Hannah Pollek
Bernadette Tan
Katelyn Throckmorton
Greg Smolarski
Daniel Dominquez
Anika Spencer

SDSU Children’s Center

Angie Hebert
Dawn McCabe
Angela Luz
Sabrina Phouthakesone
Tiffany Feliciano
Paulina Figueroa
Jodie Gabriel
Annette Aredondo
Yanira Vidauri
Demi Fitzgerald
Crystal La
Aylin Ayala

Viejas Arena

Edom Mehari
Karen Lopez
Alexandra Krueger


A.S. awards three $500 scholarships each semester to part-time student employees based on academic performance, contributions to the SDSU and San Diego communities, financial need and length of employment. A.S. awarded the following students with scholarships:

Haley Brock, Viejas Arena
Jack Pappas, Aztec Student Union
Amaris Munoz, SDSU Children's Center

Submitted by Lauren Hooley, Finance Manager

Fun Facts:
SDSU Children’s Center

Hands using sign language

More than 20 home languages are spoken amongst our families, including American Sign Language.

Baby in a diaper

The Children’s Center goes through approximately 72,000 diapers in a year.

Red apple on a book

If you combine the years of teaching experience within the Center’s staff, it totals nearly 250 years!

Library of Books

The Center has a lending library containing more than 3,000 children’s books.

Pasta and Meatballs

A typical day of meals for the children might be:
Breakfast: French Toast, Fresh Fruit, Milk
Lunch: Turkey Meatballs, Curly Pasta, Marinara Sauce, Edamame/Corn Medley, Milk
Snack: Pita Bread with Sunflower Butter and Jelly, Fresh Fruit

Submitted by Jane-Ann Carroll, SDSU Children’s Center Assistant Director of Programs

15 Questions
Cheyne VanArsdale, Operations Lead

Cheyne VanArsdale

Cheyne VanArsdale, Operations Lead

  1. What is your name, job title and major?
    Cheyne VanArsdale. Operations Lead. Business Marketing.
  2. Which A.S. department do you work in?
    I work as part of the Operations staff here in the Student Union. Our main focus is setting up events as well as working one-on-one with event clients to assure the best possible event experience.
  3. How long have you worked for A.S.?
    Closing in on 2 years now.
  4. What was the last movie you saw? Thumbs up or thumbs down?
    I'm not a huge movie guy, but I got dragged to the newest “Star Wars” movie. It was 'aight.
  5. Which three people (living or dead) you would like to have dinner with?
    I'd like to sit down with Jimi Hendrix, Rob Machado (professional surfer), and Adrian Buchan (professional surfer) and have chat over some burritos. I think they're all pretty cool dudes.
  6. What is your favorite ride at an amusement park?
    The biggest and baddest rollercoaster they've got because its all about speed.
  7. Who is your favorite singer / musician / musical group?
    Cream, because Eric Clapton is a GOD.
  8. What is your favorite book?
    Any one other than a textbook.
  9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
    Ideally, a marketing director for an action sports company, which just so happens to combine two things I love.
  10. Do you like to cook and what is your specialty?
    No, cooking requires too much patience. I can make a mean quesadilla though.
  11. If you could go back or forward in time, where would you go?
    My dad always tells stories about how he used to drive around Northern Baja and it was just raw wilderness and beaches without any sign of civilization for miles and miles. Its always sounded really cool to me, so I'd go back in time to experience that.
  12. “Most people don’t know that I like to…”
    Play soccer. Pretty European of me, I know.
  13. When you visit the Zoo, which animal do you make sure you see?
    The otters, they're adorable and don't smell awful like 80% of the animals there.
  14. Who is your favorite actor or actress?
    Marky Mark Wahlberg. I'm pretty sure every movie he's in is good.
  15. If you could have a superhero power what would it be?
    It's a toss-up between flying or breathing underwater, but I think I'm going to have to go with flying. I'd rather not have to pay for plane tickets.

    2 Bonus Questions
  16. Is your favorite part of working for A.S.?
    The best part of working for A.S. is having the coolest bosses I've ever had. Shoutout Kyle, Jordan, and Travis (gone but not forgotten).
  17. Which A.S. staff member has inspired/supported you the most?
    Travis McCauley has definitely supported me the most. He was the first person I met in A.S. and was my main motivator in moving up the ranks of Ops. I appreciate ya Trav.

January 2018

1/1 - New Year’s Day: Campus Closed

1/15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Campus Closed

1/17 - First Day of Classes

1/18 - Aztec Nights: Chocolate Paradise

1/19 - Aztec Nights: Best of Aztec Nights

1/20 - Aztec Nights: Welcome Back Bash

1/20 - National Cheese Lover Day

Variety of Cheeses

Cheese Trivia

  • It takes 10 lbs of milk to make one pound of cheese.
  • Americans eat an average of 29 lbs of cheese every year - over a lifetime that's more than a ton of cheese. Greeks eat the most cheese - an average of 54 lbs a year.
  • The tradition of making Swiss cheese in 200 lb wheels began in the Middle Ages when the government taxed cheese makers on the number of pieces of cheese they produced - not the total weight.
  • Wisconsin is the only producer of Limburger cheese in the U.S.
  • Cheese is more flavorful at room temperature.
  • Pizza Hut is the largest cheese-using fast food giant, it uses approximately 300 million pounds of cheese annually.

1/22 - Mix It Up @ the Union

1/26 - Aztec Nights All Stars

1/28 - Pepe Aguilar

1/29 - Monday Movie Night