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Pride Flag?2024-02-25

Pride Month

In the early morning of June 28, 1969, a series of spontaneous protests broke out by members of the gay community in response to a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, located in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Now known as the Stonewall Riots, the event is now regarded by many as history’s first major protest on behalf of equal rights for LGBTQIA+ people, and is the basis for Pride Month being celebrated annually in June.

Although Pride Month is celebrated nationwide in June, it is also celebrated in July in San Diego. With most Pride events taking place around the same time, San Diego’s Pride organizers decided to move their events to July, to better serve the LGBTQIA+ community and allow for celebrations to expand. In addition, the 1990 San Diego Pride was almost rained out because of San Diego’s June gloom, so the decision was made to move all of San Diego’s Pride related events to July for better weather.


Read below as some of our full-time staff reflect on what Pride Month means to them:

Quentin Skaggs, Graphics Manager

"Pride Month is friends, family, celebrations, parades, picnics, parties, brunches, music, art, dancing and love. But it is also a reminder of the struggles, abuse and hatred that many in the LGBTQIA+ community face daily, and the need for all of us to support and care for each other."

Jamie Eubanks, Mission Bay Aquatic Center Instructional Coordinator

“Over the last fifty years, a critical mass of people took life-changing risks. Those risks to their physical and emotional safety ensured people like me wouldn’t have to choose between being who they are and fully engaging with the world. One of those people was my dad. He came out in the 90s, a time when it was a risk to put a rainbow sticker on your car.  He did it anyway, and I remember being scared that if we rode in his car, people might think I was gay too. Spoiler alert: they would have been right, and it took a lot of therapy to unpack that. 

My dad putting a sticker on his car was less of a risk thanks to those who risked much more before him in the 60s and 70s. They made it possible for him to risk putting a sticker on his car.

Pride is a reminder that it is important to recognize and appreciate that in some ways, my life is easy because others had it hard. I am not risking everything to be who I am. I can feel comfortable in my own skin and fully engage with the world.

There are still people who have not yet felt my same level of ease and comfort in their worlds. There are still plenty of people who are rightfully worried about how the world might react to them or even work against them. 

Pride is celebrating the individuals who risked physical and emotional safety to lay the groundwork for our better future. Pride is celebrating those that have achieved a sense of value and worth in their world. Pride is allowing those who aren’t quite sure they can trust the world to get a preview of what is possible. Pride is providing hope and a path so that they too will grow into confident, fulfilled, loved human beings who can make life a little easier for those next in line.”


In addition, we invite everyone to come to the following two events that A.S. is participating in:

Pride Flag Raising Ceremony
July 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Student Union Courtyard

San Diego Pride Parade
July 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag (1500 University Ave)

This month and every month, we stand with, uplift and celebrate LGBTQIA+ voices and support LGBTQIA+ rights.

Beach clean up?2024-02-25

A.S. Sustainability Tip


By Charlotte Roberts, A.S. Sustainability Coordinator

How can we make the world a more sustainable place?

This is a question I ask myself on a daily basis. The United Nations defines sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Most of our needs involve natural resources (water, air, energy, materials), which is why sustainability is usually associated with non-human parts of the environment. However, we also need social resources such as supportive relationships, healthcare, exercise and recreation, education, childcare, etc. Put simply, sustainability is long-term equitable access to any type of resource that people need in order to thrive.

Donating money to organizations that support economic, social or environmental wellness is a wonderful thing to do, but if that is not an option for you, your time is just as valuable!

July A.S. Sustainability Tip:

Use your unique skills and interests to share the resource(s) you are most passionate about. You already do this by working at Associated Students and supporting our future generation of leaders, but if you’d like to extend your impact, volunteering for a cause in your free time is one of the most impactful ways to be sustainable!

Whether you regularly coach a sports team for kids, take elderly folks to doctor’s appointments, participate in cleanups, or serve food to people experiencing homelessness, you are contributing to sustainability. Each hour you spend helping other people in the community creates positive ripple effects that spread throughout our city, state, country and eventually the whole world.

Looking for ways to volunteer? I listed some ideas below:

If you would like additional information or have questions about anything listed above, don’t hesitate to email me at


A.S. Book Club

The A.S. Book Club recently read "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson, a fast-paced story, about a quirky man who goes on an adventure for his 100th birthday. On his adventure, he encountered, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator and an elephant. Join the Book Club for what they are reading next…

July 13: “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book Cover: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? But Monique feels a very real connection to the legendary star, and as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

August 10: “1984” by George Orwell

Book Cover: 1984

Written more than 70 years ago, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thought crimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching...A startling and haunting novel, 1984 creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions — a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.


Join in on the fun every second Thursday of month, at 4:30 p.m. in the Union Programs & Services Conference Room. Whether you read a printed book, listen to the audio version or read the eBook on your phone or tablet, join the Club for lively discussions. If you have any questions or would like to join please contact Quentin at 42303 or email

The San Diego Public Library offers print books as well as eBooks and/or audiobooks, for most titles. You just need a free library card. The books are available through an app: Libby App: Free eBooks & audiobooks from your library by OverDrive.


Summer Emoji Riddles

Did you know that July 17 is World Emoji Day? Emojis got their start back in Japan, with the word literally meaning “picture character” in Japanese — “picture” = “e” + “character” = “moji.” Since Apple added emojis to their keyboards back in 2011, many experts say that emojis are the fastest growing language in the world!

In honor of World Emoji Day, try solving these summer-themed emoji riddles. 

1. A sun and fire emoji

2. Hand emoji with two fingers up and the remaining fingers and thumbs folded in the palm, that emoji repeated, fireworks emoji

3. drop of water emoji, parking sign emoji, emoji containing a tree, lake, and mountains

4. Ocean liner emoji, green, sick face emoji

5. falling snow emoji, ice cream cone emoji

6. back emoji, yardstick emoji, chicken leg emoji

7. popcorn container emoji, sick green face emoji, plus sign, letter

8. Lemon emoji, aid worker helmet emoji, woman standing emoji

9. umbrella on the beach emoji, dollar emoji

10. Hot sweating face emoji, sun emoji, July 17 calendar emoji

  1. Sunburn
  2. Fourth of July
  3. Water Park
  4. Seasick
  5. Snow Cone
  6. Backyard Barbeque
  7. Popsicle
  8. Lemonade Stand
  9. Sand Dollar
  10. Hot Summer Day
Man hold BBQ utensils?2024-02-25

Summer Recipes

It’s officially summer! With summer comes barbeques, picnics and eating food outside so we decided to ask some of our full-time staff to share their favorite summertime recipes! Enjoy the following recipes that are perfect for your next summer gathering.

Dawn DiNardo, Aztec Recreation Office Coordinator

We enjoy making these in the summertime so we can be outside and enjoy the nice evenings. Everyone can choose different toppings to make their own creation. We always seem to end up sharing and trying each other’s, sometimes you like theirs better!

Pizza on the BBQ

Pizza on the BBQ


  • Pizza dough (I use the Trader Joe’s Garlic & Herb dough for extra flavor)
  • Flour
  • Oil of your choice (I use avocado oil) or pizza sauce of your choice
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Pepperoni
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Black olives, sliced
  • Goat cheese, sliced
  • Chives, chopped for garnish

For this recipe I used the BBQ and a pizza stone. Place the dough on a floured service for at least 30 prior to using. Place the pizza stone on a cold grill and turn the grill to medium high heat. While that is warming up, prep your pizza. Roll it out to desired size and thickness. I used avocado oil on this one, then top with mozzarella and other toppings of your choice. Once the stone is hot, sprinkle a small amount of flour on it then slide your pizza on the stone and close the lid. Check it in 10-12 min; it may need more time to melt the cheese and toast the crust. As soon as it's to your desired doneness, remove the pizza from the stone or it will continue to cook and make the crust overdone. Add any fresh herbs like the chives. Slice and enjoy!


Nicole Noroian, Aztec Student Union Event Planner

During the summer time, I am obsessed with Mediterranean food! One of my go-to meals is Mediterranean Tacos; however, I find myself making different variations of this meal. I have also made it with shawarma chicken or tempeh. You can turn this recipe into a bowl, wrap or salad! Once you make homemade hummus and tzatziki, it is hard to go back. It is so easy to make and very tasty!

Mediterranean Salmon Tacos


  • Alaskan salmon
  • Kalamata olives
  • Cucumber
  • Parsley
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Feta
  • Bread of choice: Tortilla, pitta or naan 

For Hummus 

  • Garbanzo beans
  • Tahini
  • Lemon juice
  • Cumin 
  • Salt 

Tzatziki (not pictured)

  • Non flavored greek yogurt 
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Parsley 
  • Lemon
  • Salt


Viviana Rodriguez, Accounts Payable Coordinator 

I do not like seafood so I never tried shrimp ceviche. Shrimp ceviche always looked delicious but I never got myself to try it. This is a healthy vegan alternative and just as yummy. This recipe is light, simple and fresh for a hot summer. I usually eat them as tostadas and use extra jalapeño. 

Grapefruit Ceviche



  • 1 large grapefruit peeled and diced
  • 2 medium oranges peeled and diced
  • 2 medium diced avocados
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 chopped jalapeño or serrano for extra spice
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • Salt to taste 

Toss ingredients together in a bowl. For less spice, remove seeds and membranes from the jalapeño or serrano. Eat with tortilla chips or as a tostada. 

Mac and cheese, marshmallows and Perler beads?2024-02-25
Children's Center favorites: Mac and cheese, marshmallows and Perler beads

7 Questions

The Dolphins and Giraffes

This month the “7” Questions have been answered by the children in the Dolphins and Giraffes classes at the Children’s Center with each child sharing their insight to some important questions. Thank you to Sandy Rodriguez, Dolphins Master Teacher and Tara Murphy, Giraffes Master Teacher for compiling all the answers.

The Giraffe Class
The children in the Giraffes classroom.

    • Lyla - 5 years old
      Cora - 5 years old
      Kiden - 5 years old
      Anna - 4 years old
      Solanee - 5 years old
      Eugene - 5 years old
      Rory - 5 years old
      Aylin - 5 years old
      Calvin - 5 years old
      Amelie - 5 years old
      Mia L. - 4 ½ years old
      Rio - 5 years old
      Rodrigo - 4 years old
      Talia - 4 ½ years old
      Sua - 4 ½ years old
      Camila - 5 years old
      Alina - 5 years old
      Jack - 5 years old
      Lucca - 4 years old
      Sophia - 4 years old
      Zara - 4 years old
      Olivia - 5 years old
      Landon - 5 years old
      Meher - 5 years old
      Parker - 5 years old
      Mia M. - 4 ½ years old
      Nina - 5 years old
      Vincent - 4 years old
      Jaxson - 4 years old
      Zoe - 4 ½ years old
      Ziyana - 4 years old
      Noah - 5 years old
      Billy - 4  years old
      Silas - 4 ½ years old
      Kellen - 4 years old

    • Lyla - Mac and cheese
      Cora - Pasta
      Kiden - Mac and cheese
      Anna - Mac and cheese
      Solanee - Mac and cheese
      Eugene - Spaghetti & meatballs
      Rory - Chicken teriyaki & ramen
      Aylin - Pizza
      Calvin - Mac and cheese
      Amelie - Spaghetti
      Mia L. - Noodles
      Rio - Enchiladas
      Rodrigo - Enchiladas
      Talia - Pizza
      Sua - Mac and cheese
      Camila - Mac and cheese
      Alina - Meatballs
      Jack - Pasta
      Lucca - Pasta
      Sophia - Spaghetti
      Zara - Mac and cheese
      Olivia - Mac and cheese. Also, the chicken thing with ranch
      Landon - Spaghetti
      Meher - Mac and cheese
      Parker - Cheese pizza
      Mia M. - Mac and cheese
      Nina - Um… French toast sticks
      Vincent - Mac and cheese
      Jaxson - Um… Mac and cheese
      Zoe - Mac and cheese
      Ziyana - Mac and cheese
      Noah - Spaghetti
      Billy - Mac and cheese and cake
      Silas - Mac and cheese
      Kellen - Beans

    • Lyla - Not hitting people when you get frustrated
      Cora - Learning new things
      Kiden - To say please and thank you
      Anna - 30 + 30 is 10
      Solanee - No hitting
      Eugene - The rules: no pushing, no running in the classroom and no going in the bathroom by yourself, no tackling, no kicking, no hitting
      Rory - No breaking toys
      Aylin - Write cards for people who are leaving
      Calvin - To be kind
      Amelie - Being nice
      Mia L. - To play
      Rio - Not breaking stuff
      Rodrigo - Being nice
      Talia - Fill up the whole Perler bead* board
      Sua - To do Perler beads*
      Camila - Learning to do letters
      Alina - Help animals
      Jack - Don't do mean things to people and don't break Perler beads* that are not yours
      Lucca - Chocolate and trees
      Sophia - Learning about mummies
      Zara - You have to be yourself while also being other things
      Olivia - To be yourself but also take care of others
      Landon - I liked to learn drawing
      Meher - Being nice
      Parker - I learned that … nothing
      Mia M. - Playing outside
      Nina - To hold a tray for cafeteria lunch
      Vincent - To play outside
      Jaxson - Um … to not run inside
      Zoe - Make sure friends don’t get hurt
      Ziyana - Making something
      Noah - Listening to teachers
      Billy - Um … not to be bad anymore
      Silas - To stay kind
      Kellen - Being kind

    • Lyla - Cotton candy
      Cora - I don't know
      Kiden - I don't know
      Anna - Squishiness
      Solanee - Butter
      Eugene - Squishy stuff
      Rory - Mushrooms
      Aylin - Cotton candy
      Calvin - Eggs
      Amelie - Stuff
      Mia L. - Soft and squishy
      Rio - Clay
      Rodrigo - Sugar
      Talia - Paper
      Sua - Ice cream
      Camila - Pom-poms
      Alina - I don't really know.  I think something sticky.
      Jack - Sticky stuff
      Lucca - I don’t know
      Sophia - Um…ummies
      Zara – (Shakes head no)
      Olivia - Foam
      Landon - Milk
      Meher - That is made out of fabric I think
      Parker - Oh I don’t know
      Mia M. - I don’t know
      Nina - Uh…some milk and some squishy things
      Vincent - I dunno
      Jaxson – Marshmallows are made out of milk
      Zoe - Milk and the sticky stuff
      Ziyana - With milk, sprinklely stuff, and put it on the ice cream
      Noah - I dunno
      Billy - Born to fire
      Silas - Uh…I don’t know
      Kellen - Fluffy stuff

    • Lyla - Saying nice words to other people
      Cora - Sharing toys
      Kiden - Being nice to them
      Anna - Being kind
      Solanee - You can say "Do you want to be my friend?”
      Eugene - Taking care of them and showing love
      Rory - Being nice to them
      Aylin - Giving them a hug
      Calvin - By being kind and do nice things
      Amelie - Be nice to them
      Mia L. - Be nice
      Rio - Giving them a hug
      Rodrigo - Being nice
      Talia - Being nice
      Sua - Play outside
      Camila - By making them happy
      Alina - Ask what their name is
      Jack - By doing nice things
      Lucca - You point to them
      Sophia - Giving them hugs
      Zara – By helping them if they are fallen
      Olivia - Whenever no one’s playing with them, go up to them and ask if you can play with them
      Landon - You ask them
      Meher - Giving them hugs
      Parker - I don’t know
      Mia M. - When I show them that they care
      Nina - I give them hugs
      Vincent - I dunno
      Jaxson – By playing with them a lot
      Zoe - Hugging
      Ziyana - Be their best friend
      Noah - Uh…be kind
      Billy - Be kind and talk nicely to friends
      Silas - By being kind to them 
      Kellen - Playing with them

    • Lyla - 1,000,000
      Cora - 14
      Kiden - I don't know
      Anna - 1,000
      Solanee - A lot
      Eugene - Infinite
      Rory - Tons
      Aylin - 100,000,055
      Calvin - 10,000,099
      Amelie - 20
      Mia L. - 5
      Rio - 100
      Rodrigo - I think 131
      Talia – 1,000
      Sua - My mom, dad and uncle, but my uncle lives a little far.
      Camila - Infinite and trinfinite
      Alina - 10
      Jack - A lot
      Lucca - 2
      Sophia - 139
      Zara – 100
      Olivia - 101
      Landon – 30-40
      Meher - 59
      Parker - A thousand, hundred, million
      Mia M. - 619
      Nina - 21
      Vincent - 100
      Jaxson – 100
      Zoe - 100
      Ziyana – 3,421
      Noah - 9 million
      Billy - 175
      Silas - Uh I would say 21
      Kellen – 100

        • Lyla - Mom
          Cora - Doctor
          Kiden - Basketball player on the Miami Heat
          Anna - Scientist
          Solanee - Dentist
          Eugene - Artist
          Rory - Ninja Turtle
          Aylin - Scientist
          Calvin - Marine Biologist
          Amelie - Doctor
          Mia L. - I want to make a cat costume
          Rio - Astronaut
          Rodrigo - DJ
          Talia – Ballerina
          Sua - Doctor
          Camila - Shakira
          Alina - Doctor for animals
          Jack - Maybe a baseball player
          Lucca - A green goblin
          Sophia - Police officer!
          Zara – A doctor
          Olivia - An ice skater
          Landon – Astronaut
          Meher - A doctor, and a Ninjas going to be my nurse
          Parker - Soccer playing
          Mia M. - A doctor, ballerina and a figure skater
          Nina - A doctor and an artist
          Vincent - A policeman
          Jaxson – A scientist and a bug feeder
          Zoe - A police officer
          Ziyana - Gymnastics
          Noah - A skydiver
          Billy - A baker
          Silas - A policeman or a firefighter
          Kellen - A pirate and an astronaut

The Dolphins class
The children and teachers in the Dolphins class.

* Perler beads are plastic fusible beads. They are arranged on plastic pegboards to form patterns and then fused together with a clothes iron. They can also be strung into necklaces, woven into keychains, or even assembled into three-dimensional objects.




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JULY 2023

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Campus Closed
Fun for campers ages 6-17
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4:30 p.m.
Union Programs & Services Conference Room, Union
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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