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September 2017 Newsletter

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Welcome Back!

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You are encouraged to apply!

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Ethan’s Camp Experience

The Watersports Camp

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A Great Idea!

CSUnity's “The Great Idea Swap”

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Interesting Facts

Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

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The Daily Aztec Named “Best College Newspaper”

San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

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15 Questions

Gerardo Cabral, Government Affairs Coordinator

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At Viejas Arena and Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

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September 2017

A.S. News Archive


A.S. News

Welcome Back!

Christina and Execs

Welcome to the start of the school year! This year promises to be another outstanding year. We just returned from the annual A.S. leaders’ retreat. For three days, 70 A.S. leaders strengthened their relationships with each other, planned their goals for the year and participated in training workshops. There was even a fun teambuilding session led by Aztec Adventures. What a fantastic group of student leaders! The themes for the A.S. leaders’ vision for the year include: overall wellness; increasing student engagement, outreach; cultivating an environment of collaboration particularly with other University departments and student organizations; and creating innovative opportunities. We will talk more about the vision and goals at the upcoming State of A.S. in a few weeks. We are continually reminded of how fortunate we are to work for an organization whose main mission is to serve students. We have phenomenal students, both volunteer and employees, and dedicated professional staff, who make Associated Students the innovative, thriving organization that it is. We wish you a fantastic year, filled with academic success, and personal and professional satisfaction. We look forward to seeing what we accomplish this year, together!

  — Chimezie and Christina

Submitted by Christina Brown, A.S. Executive Director & Chimezie O. Ebiriekwe, A.S. President

Attention Students:
You are encouraged to apply!

There are three scholarships currently open and available for SDSU students to apply for on the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS). Simply search for the following scholarships using the Search tool on the OFAS webpage. Please remember to review the eligibility requirements and the description before applying. The scholarship application process is through the Office of the Financial Aid and Scholarships. You are encouraged to apply!

Ferris Wheel
  • Associated Students Student Body Scholarship

    • Who can apply: ALL current SDSU STUDENTS
    • Application period: Now until Friday, 10/13/17, at 3:00pm
  • Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship

    • Who can apply: ALL current SDSU STUDENTS
    • For those planning on studying abroad in the 2017-2018 academic year, including those studying abroad now
    • Application period: Now until Friday, 9/29/17, at 3:00pm
  • Joseph and Patricia Ferrero Endowed Scholarship

    • Who can apply: Current A.S. part-time employees and current A.S. student government representatives
    • Application period: Now until Friday, 10/13/17, at 3:00pm

Submitted by Janice Dils, Government Affairs Manager

Ethan’s Camp Experience
The Watersports Camp

(Julie Pursel, a camp parent, standing and talking on the beach at Mission Bay Aquatic Center.)

Julie: “Hi, my name is Julie Pursel. My son Ethan, is a camper here at Mission Bay Aquatic Center Watersports Camp.”

(Ethan, Julie’s son, catching a wave on his surfboard with his instructor, Krispy, in the water next to him. Then back to an image of Julie standing and talking on the beach.)

“Ethan has high functioning autism and he has an aid with him at all times which is basically a counselor that hangs out with him, a buddy that kind of keeps him on track, and helps him out when he needs it.”

(Ethan and Krispy, Ethan’s instructor, waving at the camera while standing on the beach. Then back to an image of Julie standing and talking on the beach.)

(Ethan paddling out for a wave on his surfboard with his instructor, Krispy, in the water next to him on a board also.)

(Ethan and Krispy talking while standing on the beach.)

Ethan: “This guy is my surf instructor, Krispy. And he's a great guy. I love hanging out with him.

Krispy: “I love hanging out with you too buddy.”

Ethan: “Yeah.”

(Julie standing and talking on the beach.)

Julie: “Ethan found surfing just by watching the other surfers.”

(Group of surfers paddling out to catch a wave.)

Julie: “We moved here about six years ago and he saw some surfers and he said I want to do that.”

(Still photo of Julie and Ethan with a surfboard at the beach. Julie standing and talking on the beach.)

“So we said ok and started to get him lessons and ever since then he's a, he loves to be a surfer. He want's to be a pro surfer so.”

(Ethan and a group of surfers catching a wave. Julie standing and talking on the beach.)

“Ethan has benefited so much from this camp. The aid has helped kind of keep him on track.”

(Ethan and Krispy walking toward the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, through the parking lot.)

“Whenever I drop him off I know that I don't have to worry. That I'm not going to get a phone call that he's done something or has acted out.”

(Ethan and Krispy in the Center looking at a rack of surfboards. Ethan selects a board he would like to use. Julie standing and talking on the beach.)

“They have it all under control. When I drop him off, when I pick him up, Ethan did great, they say Ethan did great.”

(Two still photos of Ethan riding a wave on a surfboard. Julie standing and talking on the beach.)

“We're gonna surf tomorrow and they're just very enthusiastic and they take really good care of him.”

(Ethan and Krispy talking while standing on the beach. And then shows Ethan catching a wave.)

Ethan: “I'm a pretty good surfer. I, I can catch really big waves. I've caught an 8-foot wave before.”

Julie: “Ethan is so enthused with surfing that's all he talks about. He talks about what are the swells like today.”

(Julie standing and talking on the beach.)

(Ethan and Krispy talking while standing on the beach, but the discussion is inaudible.)

(Julie standing and talking on the beach.)

Julie: “What's the tide? And they discuss the waves. I don't know anything about it so I'm not sure what they're saying. But, you know, he talks about it 24/7.”

(Ethan and Krispy talking while standing on the beach.)

Ethan: “They (waves) break really fast.”

Krispy: “High tide?”

Ethan: “They go gradual.”

Krispy: “Yup.”

(Ethan paddling out to catch a wave, and then catching a wave, with other surfers around him. Julie standing and talking on the beach.)

Julie: “I talk to other families and we can all relate that it's always hard to find, whether it's a school or a camp, um the right support that, where they can actually help your child and not just maybe babysit them and just kind of watch them from a distance. His experience here has been, is wonderful.”

(Krispy and Ethan shaking hands while in a patio area at the Center.)

(Julie standing and talking on the beach.)

(Ethan in the water with his surfboard, high-fiving the cameraperson.)

(Julie standing and talking on the beach.)

Julie: “Every time I come to get him he's, he's so happy. I drop him off and I pick him up and he's, he's happy. (laugh)”

(Ethan in the water with his surfboard.)

Text: The Watersports Camp.

Logos: Mission Bay Aquatic Center Associated Students / San Diego State University UC San Diego Recreation The Y / YMCA San Diego Festival of the Arts at Waterfront Park

Ethan Pursel is a cherished camper who has been attending The Watersports Camp for six years. Ethan has high functioning autism, which requires 1-on-1 attention at all times from a dedicated inclusion counselor. Check out this avid surfer’s story, narrated by his mother, Julie, regarding his experience at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center.

Ethan’s counselor is made possible with support provided by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis using funds raised by the San Diego Festival of the Arts.

Submitted by Kevin Waldick, Assistant Director Mission Bay Aquatic Center

A Great Idea!
CSUnity's “The Great Idea Swap”

During the first weekend of August, the A.S. Executive Officers attended CSUnity at Fresno State University. This three-day event is an annual leadership conference for A.S. leaders from all 23 California State University (CSU) campuses. Not only is this a time for leaders to grow professionally and personally, it is also an opportunity for campuses to connect and to learn best practices on how to better serve their entire student body. In the spirit of sharing ideas, CSUnity hosted “The Great Idea Swap” in order for each campus to promote an initiative and/or an event that is unique to their campus along with successful strategies for those initiatives and events.

The SDSU Associated Students Executive Officers presented on A.S.' strong commitment to fighting food insecurity and highlighted the Aztecs Rock Hunger campaign, A.S. Food Pantry and A.S. No Waste initiative. The officers demonstrated how effective the three programs are and how it is a collaborative campus effort. For this, A.S. at SDSU was recognized for the best “Community Based Program.” The officers were proud to accept this award on behalf of A.S. and SDSU!

Submitted by Brandi Tonne, Government Affairs Coordinator

Interesting Facts
Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

Rocking Chairs

Rocking Chairs

The Aztec Student Union has started to install new and unique seating areas including rocking chairs on the third floor and a community tables on the second floor.

Solar panels


The solar array on top of parking structure 1 was funded by A.S. and is attributed to the Aztec Student Union!

Chipotle Borrito


Last fall semester Chipotle made over 100,000 entrees and rolled over 25,000 burritos; Oggi's crafted more than 72,000 personal pizzas!



This semester the Student Union started distributing football tickets from the University Information Center and in one week, when school wasn't in session, we distributed roughly 550 tickets.

The Old Sycamore Tree

The Old Sycamore Tree

The old sycamore tree from the former Aztec Center is able to provide continuous beauty serving as the perfect backdrop to the aptly named mosaic sculpture, "The Old Sycamore Tree," inside the Council Chambers.

Submitted by Kyle Zive, Aztec Student Union Assistant Director of Operations

The Daily Aztec Named “Best College Newspaper”
San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

The Daily Aztec

San Diego State’s independent student newspaper The Daily Aztec was awarded “Best College Newspaper” by the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at the 2017 local journalism awards banquet on July 19. Additionally, several Daily Aztec staffers won individual awards in news writing, design, photography and video production.

The Society of Professional Journalists pro chapter, San Diego, is part of the national SPJ organization that promotes good journalism practices and recognizes outstanding work on both the professional and collegiate level.

The Daily Aztec awardees were:

Best Newspaper
1st Place: The Daily Aztec Staff

News or Feature Series
1st Place: “Marquis Campbell Arrest and Court Proceedings” by Will Fritz

1st Place: “Honoring Native American heritage requires more than turquoise jerseys” by Andrew Dyer
2nd Place: “Wicker hiring shows SDSU, Hirshman learned nothing from $3.35 million lawsuit” by The Daily Aztec Editorial Board

Arts/Entertainment Story
1st Place: “Becoming pioneers of hardcore punk” by Sarah Tanori

Feature Photo
1st Place: “SWMRS and FIDLAR electrify stage” by Kristian Carreon

Feature Story
1st Place: “Stories from the SDSU street preachers” by Natalia Xibille
2nd Place: “Former hitman shares new wisdom” by José Guzmán-Quirino

Layout & Design (story or series)
1st Place: “Health and Wellness Cover” by Kaylee Andrews, Hannah Lingle-Veale

Original Illustration or Cartoon
2nd Place: “Latinx: un termino con controversia” by Hannah Lingle-Veale

Multicultural Story
1st Place: “Joven fronteriza coronada reina (Miss Baja California represents two countries)” by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

News Program — Television
1st Place: “SDSU students, community react to El Cajon shooting” by Adriana Heldiz

Arts/Entertainment Television Story
2nd Place: “The Daily Aztec Does: Marching Band” by Adriana Heldiz, Cami Buckman

News Story
3rd Place: “Hundreds of students protest President Hirshman regarding BDS posters” by Jamie Ballard, Will Fritz, Jacob Sisneros

Review/ Criticism
2nd Place: “Best album of 2016 goes to the 1975” by Ryo Miyauchi

Sports Photo
2nd Place: “SDSU crushes Houston in Las Vegas Bowl, 34-10” by Kelly Smiley

Sports Story
1st Place: “SDSU women’s basketball fan is a one-man show” by Brandon Truffa

By Andrew Dyer, Editor-in-chief, Reprinted from

15 Questions
Gerardo Cabral, Government Affairs Coordinator

  1. What is your name and title?
    Gerardo Cabral, Government Affairs Coordinator
  2. Which A.S. department do you work in?
    Government Affairs.
  3. How long have you worked for A.S.?
    One year
  4. What was the last movie you saw? Thumbs up or thumbs down?
    Power Rangers. Thumbs Up!
  5. If you won $5 million, what would you do with it?
    I would buy property in NYC, SF, Miami, and SD. I would give funding to non-profit organizations that focus on empowering the youth and community to get involved in the arts, culture, music, dance, and film. And lastly, I would build a new creative community center for my non-profit organization.
  6. What is your favorite dessert?
    Frozen Yogurt because it’s great all year round, flavorful, and there are endless options with the toppings!
  7. Which three people (living or dead) you would like to have dinner with?
    Prince, Frida Kahlo, and Steve Jobs. They each embodied passion, creativity, and purpose. They persevered through all the challenges and obstacles that came their way and have now left their artistry for the world to enjoy.
  8. What city would you most like to visit or visit again?
    I would visit New York City again. Why, because it’s the “concrete jungle, where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do.”
  9. Would you rather build a sandcastle or a snowman?
    A Snowman for sure. Olaf and I are homies!
  10. Do you like to cook and what is your specialty?
    I love to cook! I enjoy new recipes with new flavors. I wouldn’t say I have a specialty, but if I had to choose something, I would say I make a pretty tasty Salmon.
  11. What three things are always in your refrigerator?
    Spinach, avocados, and eggs! You can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and they are pretty healthy, right?!
  12. “Most people don’t know that I like to…”
    … Dance. I really don’t like it… I LOVE it!
  13. When you visit the Zoo, which animal do you make sure you see?
    Rhino. They are an endangered species and symbolically I have always known Rhino’s to provide stability, peace of mind, wisdom, and longevity.
  14. What was or is your favorite subject in school?
    In undergrad, my favorite classes were entrepreneurship, marketing and Chicano Studies. All these classes allowed me think critically, be critical of my own work, and creative all at once!
  15. What is one of your favorite things to do on the SDSU campus?
    I love to go for walks around campus. Our campus is beautiful with the trees, the architecture; I make it a point to enjoy our campus to the fullest.

at Viejas Arena and Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls

with Phillip Phillips

Tuesday, September 12, 7:30p.m., Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Future Islands

Future Islands

with Explosions in the Sky

Sunday, September 17, 6:30pm, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett

Sunday, September 24, 7:30pm, Viejas Arena

September 2017

9/1 - Aztec Nights: Campus Carnival

9/2 - Welcome Back Tailgate

9/2 - Aztec Nights: Dragstravaganza

9/3 - Aztec Nights: Screen on the Green: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

9/4 - LABOR DAY – Campus Closed

9/5-7 - Sport Clubs Recruitment Faire

9/6 - Nooner

9/8 - Intramural Sports Registration Opens

9/8 - Aztec Nights: Aztec Dance Marathon: FTK in Wonderland

9/9 - Aztec Nights: Treat Yourself

9/13 - Aztec Chalk Walk

9/13 - Athlete Meet & Greet

9/14 - Ilyasah Shabazz

9/15 - Aztec Nights: Comedy Night

9/16 - Aztec Nights: Barn Yard Bash

9/18 - Monday Night Movie: "Baywatch"

9/19 - Cooking with Chefs

9/20 - Green Lunch Bag Series

9/21 - National Miniature Golf Day

Miniature Golf

Minigolf courses made of artificial materials began to emerge during the early 20th century. The courses consisted of a geometric layout often requiring non-traditional putting lines such as bank shots, and artificial obstacles such as tunnels/tubes, ramps, concrete/metal/fiberglass forms, and moving obstacles such as windmills. The earliest documented mention of such a course is in the June 8, 1912 edition of “The Illustrated London News,” which introduces a minigolf course called Gofstacle.

9/22 - Aztec Nights: Master Illusionist & Hypnotist Show

9/23 - Aztec Nights: Game On!

9/29 - Live Well Late Night Lights Out Strike Out

9/30 - Aztecs Rock Hunger Begins

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