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Carlos and family?2024-06-14
Carlos and family

Director’s Message

Carlos Careaga

Hello A.S. Family!

For the people I work closely with, they know one of my many sayings — “Days are long and years are short.” In seemingly a blink of an eye, May is upon us and another school year is coming to end.

I often get the question, “What do you do during summer when it’s so quiet?” Summer is a busy season for many of us in Business Services. Beginning in late April, many in Business Services start preparing for A.S.’ fiscal year end. Summer is the time when Business Services begins “closing the financial books,” putting a wrap on the school year that just ended. This work is a total team effort, with many outside of Business Services also contributing. Each area of A.S. often has to provide information to the auditors. It’s a collaborative effort as many in A.S. prepare for the month of August when the financial auditors perform their work.

But summer is not all work. My children are in year-round school, so we have a small window to get in a family vacation. This summer is also the year my oldest graduates high school and my wife and I prepare to send her off to college.

As the school year comes to a close, I encourage you to take a break, enjoy time with family and friends and enjoy all that America’s Finest City has to offer. As you know, in a blink of an eye, another school year will begin.

Best wishes all!

Carlos Careaga
Finance Director

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APIDA Heritage Month

Since the late 1970s, May has served as a significant time to honor and celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) heritage, culture and history. It is celebrated each May to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the U.S. on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, a monumental achievement made possible by the labor of Chinese workers. Throughout May, we amplify the invaluable contributions and remarkable achievements of the APIDA community and acknowledge their influence on shaping U.S. culture and history.

Read below as some of our part-time student staff reflect on what APIDA Heritage Month means to them:

Sam Lingao, A.S. Executive Vice President

“APIDA Heritage Month provides a meaningful opportunity to highlight the strides that have been made in fostering greater APIDA representation. This month-long celebration not only motivates me to recognize APIDA progress but also reminds me of the importance of inclusivity and visibility for both myself and others who share similar backgrounds. Within Associated Students, I honor the privilege to serve as a representative of my community, providing unique perspectives as a daughter of Filipino immigrants.”

Meighan Cheung, Teacher’s Assistant for the SDSU Children’s Center

“As a Filipino American, APIDA represents the perseverance of cultures and its histories. For many generations, communities of Asian Pacific Islander descent have faced adversity through colonialism and its attempts to wipe out their traditions. APIDA History Month allows us to not only reflect on the sacrifices of our immigrant family members, but also their resilience.”

For more information on APIDA Heritage Month and for the month’s events, go to the APIDA Center website.

Tarek Morsy, Melvin Ridley III, Sam Lingao, Ally Gallant, Leo Peña?2024-06-14
(Left to right) Tarek Morsy, Melvin Ridley III, Sam Lingao, Ally Gallant, Leo Peña

Executive Officer Reflections

From launching A.S.’ newest initiative, Career Advantage, to planning SDSU’s Homecoming week and then advocating for students in Sacramento, our 2024-25 A.S. Executive Officers have had quite the year! As their term comes to an end, read below as they reflect on the past year:

Tarek Morsy, A.S. President

What was your favorite memory in the past year?

My favorite memory was the A.S. Career Advantage Kickoff event. It was a great feeling witnessing and celebrating its success with all the people who worked overtime to bring it to fruition.

I am most proud of myself for accomplishing _____ during my term.

Starting A.S. Career Advantage and improving post-graduation employment outcomes for students.

If I had to describe my term in 3 words it would be…

Get Stuff Done (you should've seen this coming).

What is one thing you learned in A.S. that you will take into your future endeavors?

The law of cause and effect can never go unconsidered. You must contemplate the disparate ripple effects of different decisions and grasp how the current circumstance materialized in the first place before creating the superior solution that benefits the most stakeholders. I have developed unmatched perspicacity and will bring it into my future ventures.

What are your future plans?

Continuing to learn more and more, faster and faster. I’ll be working as a Financial Analyst for Deloitte.


Sam Lingao, A.S. Executive Vice President

What was your favorite memory in the past year?

My favorite memories are the daily interactions with students and staff in the A.S. office. Everyday, I looked forward to entering the office because I could count on a smile and greeting from every person as I walked to my office. These simple moments motivated me to work hard in an effort to contribute to the positive and empowering work environment that Associated Students cultivates for its students and employees. 

I am most proud of myself for accomplishing _____ during my term.

I am most proud of myself for strengthening A.S.' connection with SDSU alumni. It was most insightful to connect with alumni who helped shape A.S. into what it is today! 

If I had to describe my term in 3 words it would be…

Got. Stuff. Done! (Real answer: Pivotal, enriching and dynamic).

What is one thing you learned in A.S. that you will take into your future endeavors?

There is a reason for every decision so ask questions for context and clarity. Grit, strategy and humor are keys to get stuff done. 

What are your future plans?

I will be in San Diego for at least the next year. I will enjoy a gap working year before applying for graduate school to pursue industrial-organizational psychology. Long-term, I want to be a jack of all trades and a master of none. 


Melvin Ridley III, A.S. Vice President of External Relations

What was your favorite memory in the past year?

My favorite A.S. memory is probably the Rock the Vote Vote-A-Palooza event.

I am most proud of myself for accomplishing _____ during my term.

I am most proud of myself for rebranding Rock the Vote and bringing a record number of students to the California Higher Education Student Summit in Sacramento.

If I had to describe my term in 3 words it would be…

Hustle, fulfilling and family.

What is one thing you learned in A.S. that you will take into your future endeavors?

One lesson I will take away from my time in A.S. is that you should always have faith in yourself and your abilities. Throughout this year, I have been privileged enough to be in spaces with administrators, elected officials and a variety of other highly-skilled individuals. This can sometimes be a very intimidating experience. However throughout the year, I have progressively learned to trust myself and my abilities. Oftentimes, we are more capable than we could ever realize. It is important to believe in ourselves and our self-worth.

What are your future plans?

I will be moving to Sacramento and participating in the Capital Assembly Fellowship Program.


Leo Peña, A.S. Vice President of Financial Affairs

What was your favorite memory in the past year?

My favorite memory was the pie day for Aztecs Rock Hunger. It was fun to see all the support and seeing people getting pied and pie-ing their friends.

I am most proud of myself for accomplishing _____ during my term.

I’m most proud of raising over $95,000 for food insecurity through Aztecs Rock Hunger and that all the A.S. money for student organizations was distributed.

If I had to describe my term in 3 words it would be…

Fulfilling, tiring and fast.

What is one thing you learned in A.S. that you will take into your future endeavors?

One thing that I learned through A.S. is to think more about others, do stuff for them and find enjoyment in that.

What are your future plans?

I plan on staying in SoCal and being a derivatives trader.


Ally Gallant, A.S. Vice President of University Affairs

What was your favorite memory in the past year?

My favorite memory has been all of the wonderful time spent with the University Council, University Affairs Board and Academic Affairs Committee in our meetings! I have loved working on our goals, creating great friendships and getting stuff done!

I am most proud of myself for accomplishing _____ during my term.

I am most proud of myself for hosting an alumni panel for Career Advantage and working on expanding opportunities for students post-graduation.

If I had to describe my term in 3 words it would be…

Impactful, challenging and rewarding!

What is one thing you learned in A.S. that you will take into your future endeavors?

Community building and conversations are key. Relationship-building will always be the foundation of being able to accomplish your goals. Also, it is important to step outside of your comfort zone, as it leads to progress and growth!

What are your future plans?

I plan on staying in San Diego over the summer and eventually working in public policy in Washington, D.C. or New York City!

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(Left to right) Tom Granucci, Kaylani Brown, Brandon Wallace, Donna Buenafe, Brian Levett

A.S. Full-Time Staff Recognized

at Aztec Achievement Awards

Each year, A.S. hosts the Aztec Achievement Awards, a night to recognize the excellent contributions students, faculty, staff and community members have made to SDSU. This year, five A.S. full-time staff members received an award. Congratulations to the following A.S. full-time staff members awardees: 

Dan R. Cornthwaite Luminary Award for Outstanding Advising

This award is given to one SDSU recognized student organization, or A.S. council, commission, board or committee advisor who has contributed outstanding time, effort and guidance to help further the interests and goals of his/her respective student organization, A.S. council (including college councils), commission, board or committee.

Brian Levett, Government Affairs Assistant Director


Harvey Goodfriend Award

This award is given to an outstanding University or SDSU auxiliary organization staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the betterment and welfare of Associated Students. The person must have been employed by an SDSU auxiliary organization or the University for a period of no less than two years.

Tom Granucci, Viejas Arena Production Manager


Sally Roush Heart-Led Leadership Award

This award is given to one faculty/staff member per year, who embodies the tenets of heart-led leadership, including authenticity, empathy, vulnerability, humility and passion for whom they serve.

Kaylani Brown, Aztec Student Union Operations Coordinator 


Presidential Leadership Award

This award is chosen by the A.S. President and given to five SDSU community members for their excellent contributions to San Diego State University and Associated Students.

Donna Buenafe, A.S. Executive Assistant

Brandon Wallace, A.S. Safety Manager


Congratulations and thank you, Brian, Tom, Kaylani, Donna and Brandon!


Graduating Student Employees


Thank you and congratulations to all of our graduating student employees! We wish you the best in your future endeavors!

  • Sarah Adams - A/V Technician
  • Daniel Avnaim - Operations Assistant
  • Eden Brown - Operations Assistant
  • Preston Christian - Aztec Lanes Attendant
  • John Doe - A/V Technician
  • Thomas Fahy - Media Studios Technician
  • Emily Galante - Aztec Lanes Lead
  • Samuel Germazion - Operations Assistant
  • Amaya Gray - Aztec Lanes Lead
  • Diego Guajardo - Operations Assistant
  • Max Halloran - Operations Assistant
  • Molly Horner - Operations Assistant
  • Leah Hutchful - ASUB Program Assistant
  • Emily Johnson - A/V Technician
  • Barry Lomibao Jr. - Media Studio Technician
  • Loretto Lopez - Media Studio Lead
  • Lenny Marquez - Operations Assistant
  • Cayman Mathis - Aztec Lanes Attendant
  • Mateo Melgoza - Operations Assistant
  • Kendell Newton - Lead Reservations Assistant
  • Abril Olivares-Cisneros - Media Studio Technician
  • Gavin Petterson - Reservations Assistant
  • Carson Rodriguez - Operations Assistant
  • Joshua Shanholtzer - Operations Assistant
  • Michael Smith - A/V Technician
  • Madison Starks - Operations Lead
  • Nolan Sulser - Operations Assistant
  • Jazmin Velazquez - Reservations Assistant
  • Ashley Williams - A/V Technician
  • Bailey Zito - Aztec Lanes Attendant

  • Roxana Abad - Member Services Representative
    Jacob Aguilar - Competitive Sports Official
    Eduardo Amezcua - Competitive Sports Official
    Abigail Andrea - Group Fitness Instructor
    Melissa Asmar - Aztec Recreation Office Assistant
    Madelyn Alexis Barangan - Multimedia Communications Assistant
    Erica Axtell - Member Services Representative
    Carlie Beers - Member Services Representative
    Mia Beloney - Intramural Sport Supervisor
    Ronan Borja - Member Services Representative
    Bailey Broadwater - Competitive Sports Prgms Lead
    Brenden Buckley - Member Services Representative
    Aaliyah Chavolla - Member Services Lead
    Nina Chestnut - Member Services Representative 
    Nic Cruz - Member Services Representative
    Alex Chrenko - Aquaplex Lead
    Lily Cimino - Aquaplex Lifeguard
    Jayden Duran - Competitive Sports Office Assistant
    Lucy Eckola - Aquaplex Member Services Representative
    Nicholas Entrup - Aquaplex Member Services Representative
    Sonjia Escudero - Aquaplex Member Services Representative
    Wyatt Ford - Member Services Representative
    Alyssa Fuller - Competitive Sports Office Assistant
    Brianna Gable - Group Fitness Instructor
    Berrylou Girodie - Aquaplex Member Services Representative
    Mia Hall - Group Fitness Instructor
    Jules Harrison - Aquaplex Lifeguard
    Matthew de Heras - Aztec Adventures Assistant
    Riley Hoofard - Group Fitness Instructor
    Cierra Hoppes - Member Services Representative
    Elan Isacowitz - Climbing Wall Attendant
    Jazmin Jackson - Member Services Lead
    Ella Jacinto - Aquaplex Lifeguard
    Olivia Kachlik - Aquaplex Member Services Representative
    Sela Laudato - Member Services Representative
    Ashley Lemos - Member Services Representative
    Alicia Linsky - Member Services Representative
    Malia Linville - Member Services Representative
    Lauren Luci - Member Services Representative
    Anna Merten - Member Services Representative
    Chloe Mikhail - Member Services Representative
    Peter Lee - Intramural Sport Supervisor
    Alexandria Moler - Group Fitness Instructor
    Derek Morhar - Competitive Sports Official
    Ashtyn Mueller - Member Services Representative
    TJ Ng - Member Services Representative
    Carrigan Noya - Member Services Representative
    Olivia Polinsky - Member Services Representative
    Matthew Ramos - Member Services Representative
    Domenika Rodriguez - Member Services Representative
    Ryan Schove - Intramural Sport Supervisor
    Oliver Seelig - Aquaplex Lead
    Kellie Sundeen- Aztec Recreation Office Assistant
    Reagan Thompson - Member Services Representative
    Kekoa Ulufanua - Member Services Representative
    Sandra Vasquez - Member Services Representative
    Samantha Williams - Group Fitness Instructor
    Ben Zawadzki - Climbing Wall Attendant II

  • Isabel Adamos - Videographer
    Jennifer Aguilar Salmero - Mundo Azteca Editor
    Emily Augustine, - Graphics Editor
    Justin Bascon - IT Student Technician
    Eugenie Budnik - News Editor
    Rosalie Burish - Video Editor
    Justin Carver - Marketing Assistant
    Elizabeth Dieguez - Social Media Editor
    Daesha Gear - Assistant News Editor
    Natali Gonzalez - Arts and Culture Editor
    Gabrielle Houser - Graphics Editor
    Kendra Landi - Account Executive
    Talya Levy - KCR General Manager
    Natalie Longoria - Payroll Assistant
    Hannah Ly - News Editor
    Noah Lyons - Opinion Editor
    Max Neubert - Graphics Assistant
    Serena Neumeyer - Social Media Editor
    JD Obedicen - IT Technician Lead
    Minh Pham - Student Organization Accounts Assistant
    Antonio Rivera - IT Student Technician
    Sumaia Wegner - Managing Editor

  • Philip Bury - Chief of Staff
    Cameron Cruz - A.S. Office Assistant
    Ally Gallant - A.S. Vice President of University Affairs
    Justice Herrera - Shared Governance Assistant
    Samantha Lingao - A.S. Executive Vice President
    Madison Marie - A.S. Lead Office Assistant
    Janiah Miles - A.S. Office Assistant
    Tarek Morsy - A.S. President
    Leo Peña Reyes - A.S. Vice President of Financial Affairs
    Melvin Ridley III - A.S. Vice President of External Relations

  • Zain Abukishk - Dockmaster
    Ieva Adams - Dockmaster
    Ruben Allen - Maintenance Assistant
    Daniel Black - Wakesports Instructor 
    Andrew Boskovich - Wakesports Instructor
    Talia Bravy - Office Assistant
    Christopher Bugay - Wakesports Instructor
    Rhys Duffy - Wakesports Instructor
    Marlie Gonzales - Camp Staff
    Palmer Goulden - Surfing Instructor
    David Granucci - Surfing Instructor
    Lauren Henley - Office Assistant
    Travis Johnson - Surfing Instructor
    Shane Lavery - Camp Staff
    Seth Lundin - Wakesports Instructor
    Spencer Moore - Wakesports Instructor
    Bailee Nicolet - Dockmaster
    Taylor Ochoa - Dockmaster
    Shiori Oki - Surfing Instructor
    Noah Pierce - Surfing Instructor
    Mckenna Purdy - Camp Staff
    Armon Sarkoob - Maintenance Assistant
    Ryan Schove - Dockmaster
    Morgan Schroeder - Office Assistant
    Kelsea Shea - Camp Staff
    Ethan Slaven - Surfing Instructor
    Silke Tuyls - Wakesports Instructor
    Caroline Wilkins - Dockmaster
    Anthony Yolles - Wakesports Instructor

  • Jocelyn Avelar - Teacher's Assistant
    Allison Blackmur - Teacher's Assistant
    Noa Blonder - Teacher's Assistant
    Cailyn Bond - Teacher's Assistant
    Brianna Campbell - Associate Teacher
    Caroline Chasson - Associate Teacher
    Meighan Cheung - Teacher's Assistant
    Kailey Compton - Teacher's Assistant
    Bailey Dill - Teacher's Assistant
    Giselle Geiler - Associate Teacher
    Kaitlin Guzman - Teacher's Assistant
    Mia Herrerias - Associate Teacher
    Shan Li - Associate Teacher
    Natalie Link - Teacher's Assistant
    Brianna Maldonado - Teacher's Assistant
    Abby Mapalo - Teacher's Assistant
    Lenny Marquez - Teacher's Assistant
    Maxine McInerney - Teacher's Assistant
    Hailey Miller - Associate Teacher
    Sydney Moreno - Teacher's Assistant
    Aoi Mori - Teacher's Assistant
    Madi Nadal - Teacher's Assistant
    Maryam Osman - Teacher's Assistant
    Mia Panelli - Teacher's Assistant
    Abril Perez - Teacher's Assistant
    Sophia Quinn - Associate Teacher
    Catarina Quintana - Teacher's Assistant
    Olivia Reilly - Associate Teacher
    Regena Said - Teacher's Assistant
    Jillian Santos - Teacher's Assistant
    Makayla Savala - Associate Teacher
    Amber Shaw - Teacher's Assistant
    Sophie Snider - Teacher's Assistant
    Kaitlyn Tomechak - Teacher's Assistant
    Ruthie Vargas - Kitchen Assistant
    Zoe Venegas - Associate Teacher

  • Zain Abukishk - Event Staff
    Davion Alexander - Event Staff
    Ariana Alvarez - Event Staff
    Luz Azcona - Event Staff
    Adarsh Bhandari - Event Staff
    Amy Boin - Event Staff
    Janice Capacio - Event Staff
    Ashley Conway - Event Staff
    Cesar Espana - Event Staff
    Justin Federico - Operations Assistant
    Lauren Ferguson - Administrative Assistant
    Ayden Garcia - Ticket Office Seller
    Ariana Gonzales - Event Staff
    Mateo Guittap - Event Staff
    Rebecca Harooni - Event Staff
    Ivan Jimenez Hernandez - Operations Assistant
    Samantha Johnson - Ticket Office Lead
    Maxwell Lee - Event Staff
    Karista Mahoney - Administrative Assistant
    Isabella Muscatell - Event Staff
    Ashley Prevost - Event Staff
    Anish Puranik - Event Staff
    Edgar Sanchez - Event Staff
    Penelope Wilson - Event Staff
A is for Art?2024-06-14

20 Years of A is for Art!

On April 27, the Aztec Student Union Courtyard was filled with members of the Children’s Center community and art lovers. They were all there to celebrate 20 years of A is for Art, a program showcasing the amazing potential and creative expression of children between six months to five years of age. Over the years, A is for Art has become a well-loved event by the children and their families, as well as the greater San Diego community.

The evening included a live auction of 11 paintings created by the children. Each classroom studied an artist and used that artist’s style and techniques to create a group masterpiece. There were two paintings that had the highest bid amount, “Really Really Really Big Blue Ocean,” created by the Otters classroom and "Rainbow Sea Scales," created by the Whales classroom, each went for $850! The auction of all 11 paintings brought in over $5,500.

Otters Painting
Really Really Really Big Blue Ocean

Whales Painting
Rainbow Sea Scales

Opportunity drawings for 28 gift baskets were also up for grabs, including dinner for two at Mister A’s, two tickets to the Cage the Elephant concert at Viejas Arena, a deep sea fishing day trip, four tickets to a Padres game and much more!

Proceeds from the evening will be used to update the Center’s gardens, where the children learn how to plant and care for vegetables and fruit. And they will get to enjoy eating many of the things they grow!

To see this year’s paintings, and to learn more about A is for Art, visit, Thank you to all the generous sponsors and donors, the Children’s Center’s teachers, staff, parents and families and the Union Programs and Services staff for creating an amazing space for this year’s celebration.

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World Password Day

By Ernest Arreola, Vic Ly, Jonathan McGrew and Adam Zamora

Creating strong passwords is crucial in safeguarding personal and sensitive information in today's digital landscape. It helps protect sensitive data and prevents unauthorized access to accounts and devices. With that said, from us here at your A.S. IT Team, on this World Password Day on May 2, please take into consideration the following safe practices when managing passwords in your personal and professional spheres.

  • Construct passwords that are lengthy and complex, incorporating a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.
  • Create longer passwords to exponentially increase security. Our university accounts require a 10-character minimum, but the longer, the better.
  • Avoid using easily guessable or personal information such as names, birthdates or common words, opting instead for unique passphrases or sentences.
  • Refrain from reusing passwords across different accounts to prevent a more pervasive vulnerability in the case of a breach.
  • Avoid sharing your passwords with others.
  • Consider utilizing a reputable password manager to generate and securely store complex passwords, alleviating the burden of memorization while enhancing overall security.
  • Do not store passwords in a non-password-protected or unencrypted location, on an application that someone can view in plaintext without proper authentication to view it or in open sight of anyone if stored somewhere physically.
  • Regularly update passwords to ones not previously used.
  • Enable two-factor authentication to add extra layers of protection, thus reducing potential unauthorized access. 

By adhering to these guidelines, you can strengthen their online security posture and minimize the potential risks associated with cyber threats.

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National Chocolate Chip Day

National Chocolate Chip Day Recipes

Did you know that May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day? Whether you're a fan of classic chocolate chip cookies or looking to try something new, here are three chocolate chip recipes that are perfect for any occasion:

Dawn McCabe, SDSU Children’s Center Supervising Teacher

Chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite things. I’ve tested dozens of recipes and this is one of my favorites. It’s pretty quick and easy to put together. The hardest part is letting the dough sit overnight before baking, so plan ahead! (If you’re impatient like me, the cookies still turn out amazing after refrigerating for only an hour.) 

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Broma Bakery)

Chocolate Chip Cookies


168g of salted butter (140g after browning) 
200g brown sugar
50g granulated sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk (room temp)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
220g all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup of chopped chocolate
Flaky sea salt for sprinkling 


  1. Brown the butter over medium heat until golden brown and let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooled brown butter and both sugars, mix well.
  3. Add egg, egg yolk and vanilla.
  4.  Add baking soda and slowly add in flour until combined, don’t overmix! 
  5. Fold in chopped chocolate.
  6. Refrigerate overnight.
  7. To bake:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Scoop 2 oz portions at least 2 inches apart and bake for about 11 minutes.
    3. Take the cookies out when the edges start to brown but the middles are still gooey.
    4. Top with flaky sea salt. 


  • Be sure to use a high quality butter and don’t skip the browning step! (It makes all the difference.) 
  • I like to scoop out my portions before refrigerating the dough. 
  • Any type of chocolate bar will do, pick your favorite and chop it up into small pieces.
  • Jacobsen Salt Co. Flake Sea Salt is my favorite to use


Madison Lunde, Aztec Recreation Marketing Program Assistant

Save this recipe for next winter! This is my favorite cookie recipe to make around the holidays, though I'd argue that hot chocolate is appropriate year round!

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Marshmallow

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 1/4 cup flour, 3 envelopes of hot cocoa mix (my favorite is Ghirardelli double chocolate mix!), 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. baking soda and 1/4 tsp. salt.
  2. In a large bowl, beat 1 cup salted, room temperature butter and 1 3/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and smooth. Add 2 large eggs, beat until combined. Beat in 2 tsp. vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add 6 oz. of melted chocolate (I use bittersweet chocolate). Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until smooth and light. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Stir in 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips. Cover the dough and refrigerate until it just begins to firm up, about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake until the edges just begin to set, about 9 to 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and place a marshmallow half on the center of each cookie, cut-side down. Continue baking until the edges of the cookies are set and the marshmallows are stuck to the cookie, 2 to 3 minutes more. Let cool for 5 minutes on the pans; remove to racks to cool completely. Yields about 4 dozen. 


Olivia Li, A.S. Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Growing up, my mom made this chocolate chip cake for me for every birthday. I don’t like super sweet cakes with lots of frosting so this cake was just the right amount of sweetness. Now, I make this cake for friends and family and it’s always a crowd favorite. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cake (adapted from the Cake Mix Doctor)


  • Vegetable oil spray
  • Flour
  • 4 oz dark chocolate bar (I use the Trader Joe’s Pound Plus 72% Dark Chocolate) 
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (Duncan Hines is my favorite)
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 package (3.4 oz) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325. Lightly mist a 10″ tube pan or two 8″ loaf pans with vegetable spray, then dust with flour. Shake out the excess flour. Set pan aside.
  2. Grate the dark chocolate bar using a food processor or a hand grater until the bar is finely grated. Set the grated chocolate aside.
  3. Place the cake mix, flour, pudding mix, milk, oil and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Fold in the grated chocolate and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Fold in the chocolate chips. The batter should look well blended, and the chocolate chips should be evenly distributed. Pour the batter into the prepared tube pan or divide it equally among the loaf pans. 
  4. Bake the cake until it is golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed with your finger, 58-60 minutes for a tube pan, 50-52 minutes for loaf pans. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar for serving.
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Almost 5 Stars!

A.S. Book Club

At the A.S. Book Club’s April meeting, they had a very fun and lively discussion about “Remarkably Bright Creatures” by Shelby Van Pelt, a charming and witty exploration of friendship, reckoning and hope that traces a widow’s unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus. It received a Book Club rating for 4.9 stars (almost 5!).

Here is what the Club is reading next:

May 9: “First Lie Wins” by Ashley Elston
Evie Porter has everything a nice, Southern girl could want: a perfect, doting boyfriend, a house with a white picket fence and a garden, a fancy group of friends. The only catch: Evie Porter doesn’t exist.

June13: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual and widely heralded novels in recent years.

The Club meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Presidential Suite of the Union every second Thursday of each month. Some members read a printed book, some read the eBook on their phone or tablet, while others listen to the audio version. At our meetings each member shares their thoughts and ideas about the book, what they like and didn’t like about it. And at the end of the meeting, we each rate the book from 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being great!

If you are thinking about joining the Club but don’t want the expense of purchasing a book each month, the San Diego Public Library offers print books, eBooks and audiobooks, for most titles. All you need is a library card, and that is free! Or listen for free through the library’s app, the Libby App by OverDrive.

The Book Club is open to all A.S. full- and part-time employees. For more info or to join, contact Quentin at 42303 or email or just stop by one of our meetings.

The A.S. Book Club even has its own website, check it out at

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New A.S. Employees

Brandon Cespedes, Aztec Student Union Operations Supervisor

Brandon Cespedes

Hello A.S.! It’s a pleasure to be here. My name is Brandon A. Cespedes-Torres, and I am the new Operations Supervisor for Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

I was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where I completed my graduate and post-graduate studies in history at the University of Puerto Rico, Recinto Rio Piedras. I moved to San Diego in 2021 to start a new chapter with my partner. I started my journey as a local tour guide, where I discovered the wonders of San Diego’s attractions. 

Later, I became a logistics supervisor for a local non-profit organization, where I developed my leadership skills and was permitted to be more proactive, well-organized and focused. I consider myself as someone who defines clear goals for the team and works to implement them efficiently. I’ve always had a deep passion for working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and strongly believe that higher education is a critical pathway to personal growth and fulfillment. As I embark on this new role, I’m excited to inspire others to discover their true potential and embrace every challenge with a positive and enthusiastic mindset.

I’m an excellent cook, a skilled basketball player, a passionate soccer fan and an avid traveler. Whenever the chance arises, I love to explore new countries and immerse myself in different  cultures. Hope to see you around the Union!

Isabella Todd, Government Secretary?2024-06-14

15 Questions

Isabella Todd

  1. What is your name, job title and major?
  2. Isabella Todd, Government Secretary, Political Science 

  3. Which A.S. department do you work in? 
  4. I work in the Government Affairs department. I am responsible for the preparation of agenda packets and transcribing meeting minutes for the three main councils: University Council, Campus Life Council and A.S. Board of Directors. I work to support the A.S. President, Executive Vice President and Vice President of University Affairs during their respective council meetings.

  5. How long have you worked for A.S.?
  6. I have worked for Associated Students for a year and a half. 

  7. Is your favorite part of working for A.S.?
  8. My favorite part of working for Associated Students is being able to work with student leaders and full-time staff to make a positive impact on SDSU and its students while also working in a joyful, fun-loving environment. 

  9. There is a free, round-trip shuttle to Mars. The catch: it will take one year of your life to go, visit, and come back. Are you in? 
  10. I would absolutely not take the free round-trip shuttle to Mars, I hate airplanes and traveling to Mars would be a nightmare.

  11. If you had one free hour each day, how would you use it? 
  12. If I had one free hour each day, I would read a book on the beach, listening to the waves of the ocean. 

  13. Would you rather be a superhero or the world’s best chef? 
  14. I would love to be the world’s best chef; my mom is an amazing cook and so I would love to be able to recreate delicious meals as well. 

  15. Which famous person from history would you most like to meet? 
  16. I would love to meet Ruth Bader Ginsburg because I love politics and government and she is an inspiration for all women who are pursuing a legal career. 

  17. What is your favorite book? 
  18. My favorite book is “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara. It has become a favorite book of mine due to the author’s writing style and character development throughout the novel; you truly fall in love with the main characters as a reader. 

  19. Do you like to cook and what is your specialty?
  20. My favorite thing to cook is lemon-garlic pasta. 

  21. You have your own late night talk show, who would you invite as your first guest?
  22. Justice Herrera, the Shared Governance Assistant for Associated Students. 

  23. If you could go back or forward in time, where would you go? 
  24. I would skip to the day I graduate from law school so I wouldn’t have to experience extra stress. 

  25. “Most people don’t know that I like to…
  26. …go to yoga sculpt classes.”

  27. Would you rather speak all languages or be able to talk with animals?
  28. I would love to speak all languages so that way I could travel to all other countries across the world. It would be amazing to communicate with individuals from all over the world without barriers to communication. 

  29. What’s the best concert you’ve been to and why was it so good?
  30. My favorite concert I have ever been to was Travis Scott’s Utopia show at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. It was such a great show due to his stage presence and atmosphere within the stadium. 





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