Opinion: Should SDSU revive NCAA ice hockey?

San Diego State University has a variety of division 1 sports for men’s athletics; basketball, baseball, and football. However, one sport in particular is missing in this category: Ice hockey.

Ice hockey is a sport that seems to keep moving westward across the United States faster than we can imagine. With the addition of the Arizona State Sun Devils in 2015, the NCAA now has 60 D-1 level teams in the country. Arizona is the furthest team in the west that fields a team. Therefore, the question arises; Could California possibly have one soon?

There are a multitude of teams in California that are affiliated at the club level. In hockey terms, the club level is represented by the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). San Diego State University is included in this list as they play ACHA D-2 apart of the PAC-8 intercollegiate hockey conference. Excluding the Northeast, California has one of the largest hockey populations in the entire country. The roots of this history flies back to the San Diego Gulls who played in the Western Hockey League starting in 1966. The Gulls returned to San Diego in 2015 and are currently playing in the American Hockey League (AHL), which serves as the NHL’s farm system.

Collegiate ice hockey within California is not a new idea.

USC used to have a men’s team that won a national title at the collegiate level. Additionally, UCLA and CAL also had teams back in the early 20th century. It wasn’t until the early 1940s that hockey at the NCAA level officially left California.

A new market could open up for ice hockey in California very soon. Some universities, including SDSU, seem like very good candidates to holding the rights to the first team. The only problem is the funding; San Diego State athletics belong to the Mountain West Conference and a majority of funding goes to basketball and football, which tend to draw the most revenue from fans.

The school board would be taking a risk by gambling on ice hockey as being a high revenue source compared to the two other sports. The talent is here in California, but the economic restrictions put a damper on the plan. As for now, the only hockey at SDSU remains at the club level where players and their families have to provide the funds to play.

Bringing a National Hockey League team to San Diego would put more pressure on the school board to create a team. If San Diego State wants to bring a men’s ice hockey team to the school, it should happen within the next 10 years. The NCAA could probably use Viejas Arena, the home of SDSU basketball, as the rink for the sport to be played in. Talks have estimated that converting Viejas into a sheet of ice would cost a little over $1 million dollars. We know that Southern California colleges make a lot of money, but are they willing to take a risk of that kind?

As interest in college ice hockey keeps grows in California, the hope that SDSU can bring the sport back to the Golden State.

Written by: Jacob McCulloh

SDSU Men’s Lacrosse Splits Opening Weekend vs. Nevada/Boise State

Captain Owen Schnur celebrates a goal during SDSU’s loss to Boise State. (Photo: Anthony Romano)

The San Diego State Men’s lacrosse team hosted two games over the weekend, beating Nevada 19-10 and losing 11-7 against Boise State.

In the first home game of the season for the Aztecs (2-1), Nevada held a slim 7-6 lead at half in a back and forth contest that saw no lead larger than 2. SDSU Junior attackmen and captain Pat Greene said.

“In the first half we were one pass away from scoring and in the second half we started to make those passes and plays,” Greene said. “That allowed the offense to open up and the goals just came with it.”

The defense also improved as SDSU held Nevada scoreless for the first 26 minutes of the second half. Junior captain and goalie Steven O’Sullivan allowed just 7 goals on the day and made 12 saves, he would later be replaced late in the fourth quarter as the game was already decided. The offense was led by Freshman Sam Cantello and Junior Gage Webb, Cantello was able to score 6 goals on the day and Webb chipped in with 4 of his own.

Sunday was a different story for the Aztecs as they faced off against a Boise State team coming off a win against UNLV 21-3 on Saturday. Similar to the game against Nevada, the first half was very back and forth as both teams held small leads. After a late Boise surge to end the first half the Aztecs found themselves trailing 7-4 at the half. The offense was unable to connect all day as they were only able to produce 7 goals on the day. SDSU Captain Owen Schnur says the team will look to practice to improve their offense.

“We know we have a strong offense unit that is more than capable of getting the job done, we just weren’t able to finish today,” Schnur said. “The offense will come im confident in that, but we will get back to work this week with a strong week of practice and tune up the offense to where it needs to be.”

SDSU will resume action this weekend as they head to Los Angeles to face off against the UCLA Bruins and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. UCLA will be the first of their very important conference games in the regular season.

Written by: Anthony Romano

Treasure Island Music Festival Highlights

A celebration of music, art, and Bay Area culture – the best way to describe Treasure Island Music Festival.

Located in Oakland, CA, Treasure Island Music Festival (TIMF) recently hosted their 11th annual music and arts festival with over 23,500 total attendees across two days. As an avid festival-goer myself, I will admit that my expectations were high for my first time attending TIMF. In the years past, the festival was located on Treasure Island itself. This year, TIMF decided to give the crowd an even better experience by moving the festival to Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. Not only did the new location provide an eccentric beach vibe in mid-October weather, but you also had an unbelievable view of the San Francisco skyline no matter where you were. Produced by both Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, TIMF has grown to become one of the West-Coast’s most favored music festivals for many reasons.

DAY ONE: Hip-hop, House, & High-energies. 

One thing that sets TIMF apart from other festivals is how they skillfully incorporate different genres each day to appeal to several different crowds. With only two stages and no overlapping sets, there is never a need to worry about missing your favorite artists, giving the overall festival a stress-free vibe. Kicking off the weekend on a high note, day one of TIMF was filled with hip-hop, house, and high-energy performers. If you want constant dancing, loud bass, and bold, colorful outfits, day one is for you. Headlining the first day was critically acclaimed rapper and songwriter, A$AP Rocky, who closed out his U.S. tour with TIMF as his final show. Other headliners for day one included the second-ever festival performance of Silk City, the new experimental duo between Diplo and Mark Ronson; electronic/new wave singer and songwriter, Santigold; and many other famous artists such as Pusha T, Aminé, Laff Trax featuring Toro y Moi and Nosaj Thing, Polo & Pan, and more.

The legend himself

DAY TWO: Rock & Relax.

If you’re into indie rock and are looking for a more laid-back vibe, day two is for you. The difference in apparel on the second day was apparent, with most attendees in vintage attire and oversized jean jackets. Closing out the festival was the incredible psychedelic rock band Tame Impala, who is prepping for the release of their highly anticipated, soon-to-be-revealed album. Other headliners included Lord Huron, who recently released their third album, Vide Noir; Jungle, a 7-person live band from the UK; folk-rock sensation Courtney Barnett; and POND, Cigarettes After Sex, US Girls, and more.

Art & Interaction

With the advantage of TIMF featuring non-overlapping sets, there are plenty of opportunities to take a break from the stages and check out all the art and interactive tents around the festival grounds. I admire how important art is to TIFM, because most festivals do not offer the opportunity to find your creative outlet amidst the busy crowds and performances. On day one, Molly and I arrived at the festival shortly after the gates opened and were both instantly impressed by how much there was to do. I was blown away by the number of free items that were offered to everyone, from custom sunglasses, to foldable hand fans, to endless Odwalla smoothies and Cliff bars.

There were three major art installations at TIMF, one of which you notice directly after walking through the gates: the 1800-lb manta ray sculpture, named “Fly By” by Peter Hazel and Colin O’Bryan, was influenced by the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. This may be the most memorable piece for most attendees due to its prime location overlooking the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline. Formerly displayed at Burning Man 2015, Mechatheusisby Barry Crawford presented a giant mechanical squid with moveable tentacles. My personal favorite, the “Cosmic Voyager” by Chromaforms, featured a laser-cut stainless steel sea turtle sculpture where you can observe a futuristic city from beneath its body and even receive a horoscope reading based on the date and time. The festival also featured the “Balloon Chain” by Robert Bose, similar to the ones presented at Coachella, giving the crowd a colorful and heart-warming feeling no matter where you looked.

Good plants

One of my absolute favorite parts of the festival was WorkshopSF’s Camp DIY, where everyone is encouraged to express themselves through several different crafts offered. Whether you’re interested in crafting, sewing, tie-dyeing, or florals, there is something fun for everyone to experience. First, Molly and I checked out the funky temporary tattoo table, where we got to browse through hundreds of free tattoos and shared stories with strangers about why we chose the one we did. Molly got the chance to make her own flower crown while I stamped up some fabric and made myself a patch. This area also featured a unique, remodeled trailer filled with plants that guests are encouraged to walk through, along with a display of one-of-a-kind painted jean jackets by local artists.

The Highlight: Tame Impala.

Without a doubt in my mind, Tame Impala’s long-awaited performance was the highlight of the weekend (and probably my life). Seeing Tame Impala live is not like going to any other show; it is truly a spiritual experience. After waiting over 4 years to hear them live, my expectations were through the roof. With that being said, I was completely mind boggled after their 90-minute-long performance. The psychedelic rock band was scheduled to play at Desert Daze just two days before and unfortunately had their set cut an hour short due to a hazardous electrical storm, so it was clear that they were ready to bounce back and perform their hearts out for the Bay Area. To top it off, they performed their song “Jeremy’s Storm” for the first time in five years for a one-off jam. They even admitted to hardly practicing beforehand, so it was a special experience seeing them improvise live on stage. I have seen hundreds of musicians throughout my life, but nothing will compare to the talent Tame Impala puts out on stage. They are one of those extraordinary bands that sound even better live and I feel so lucky to have witnessed such an exceptional performance.

(Blurry) Tame Impala

Final Thoughts.

Overall, I was blown away by Treasure Island Music Festival and the experience they gave their attendees. It’s no wonder it has become one of the West Coast’s most beloved music festivals – I highly encourage everyone to check it out next October! A good majority of the crowd was 21+, which resulted in a more mature and laid back audience. If you’re legal and looking to enjoy good drinks with good music, this is the perfect festival for you. No matter your age, however, there is always something to do at TIMF. From the all-remarkable performances to the unique art and interactive vendors, this festival stands out above many others. Counting down the days ‘til next October when I get to do it all over again!

Representing KCR!

Review by: Brittany Roache

Etsy out of the Screen

Etsy has expanded far from its frontiers. It went from being an online website where self made artist, and crafters sell their own creations, such as necklaces, unique Disney inspired ear headbands, paintings and much more, to becoming a mobile app, to now something even greater. Etsy served as an inspiration to Stephanie Payan and other artisans to form the SoCal Etsy Guild community.

With the creation of this community they offered an opportunity that went beyond Etsy’s option of buying on the go. The SoCal Etsy Guild made tangible Etsy markets available to the people of California. This markets are made up of local artists and crafters, serving as vendors, that come together to sell their items in person.

SoCal Etsy Guild markets hit San Diego in mid summer of 2017, and within a short period became extremely popular that they can now be found in two locations in San Diego. On the first Saturday of each month the market can be found in Mission Mall in between Michaels, and Nordstrom, while on the third Saturday of each month it is located at Horton Plaza on the waterfront patio.

Instead of browsing online San Diegans can now browse through the rows of stands filled with a variety of the same goods available online, but with less worries. One gets to see the product finished, and in person, leaving no space for weird, and unexpected surprises. Also, customers get to take it with them the moment they pay, no waiting time, and no need to pay a shipping fee. Can’t get any better than that, well no, it does. At this markets, some artists place their items at a lower price with great offers. SoCal Etsy Guild markets rise above expectations when it comes to benefits to the customers, and it’s great. People love to see the products before buying it, and what puts the cherry on top of everything is that one is able to meet the artists in person. Shining light on local artists is amazing, and it’s always great to know who your money is going to. What better way to help our communities than by supporting our local artists, instead of high corporates.