The Return: SDSU Basketball

SDSU Men’s basketball is finally back. The smell of popcorn, the cheers of fans, and a nearly half-full stadium were present in the first game of the year.

The last time fans were in the building, SDSU was a top 25 team in the nation and was led by, now Raptors guard, Malachi Flynn. 

The Aztecs faced off against St. Katherine, an NAIA school located in San Marcos. The scrimmage was the second of two for the Aztecs, the first being a closed-door scrimmage against UCLA, who in March of this year went all the way to the Final Four. 

Early in the game Senior Trey Pulliam started off hot, knocking down two mid-range jumpers working in the pick n roll with Nathan Mensah. Keshad Johnson received the first start of his career and grabbed six rebounds and scored four points in the first half.

Senior Nathan Mensah came out aggressive shooting the mid-range shot with confidence, scoring six points on 3-6 shooting. Newcomer Matt Bradley from Cal struggled to work his way in early but caught fire scoring eight points late in the first half. 

SDSU continued to push the pace against a St. Katherine’s team who in the first 13 attempts scored just two field goals. At half the Aztecs lead 34-14.

Going to half with a 20 point lead the Aztecs looked to expand that lead but struggled defensively. After scoring only 14 points in the first half the Aztecs allowed 30 second-half points to a team that had struggled to put the ball in the basket for 20 minutes. 

The second half was a balanced effort between Bradley and Mensah in which Bradley scored seven points, leading to a game-high of 15 and Mensah corralled every rebound in sight, putting him at a game-high of 11. 

The team struggled throughout the game from beyond the arc shooting just 19% from long range. Sophomore Lamont Butler struggled from the field scoring only three points in 20+ minutes and took a hard fall late in the game.

There were positives in the 21 point victory but the Aztecs defense in the second half was lackluster and sloppy. If the Aztecs want to win the conference and compete deep into March Madness they must look at their free-throw shooting, three-point shooting, and defensive miscues

Next up is a formidable opponent in UC Riverside on Nov. 9 at Viejas Arena which, on that day, the team will raise its 2021 Mountain West Conference Champion and the 2021 Mountain West Tournament Championship banners into the rafters. SDSU has a lot to work on but it is early and with Coach Brian Dutcher at the helm, the Aztecs will work hard to progress throughout the season.

Written by: Carson Cook

KCR is Giving Away Tickets to the Greer Show on Nov. 12!

Head over to the KCR Instagram page to enter the giveaway. Five pairs of tickets are up for grabs, and the giveaway ends on Nov. 10!

Greer is making a stop on their Happy People Tour in San Diego at North Park’s Observatory on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. and KCR has 10 tickets to give to our fellow listeners!

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

  • Follow KCR on Instagram @kcrcollegeradio
  • Like and save the photo from the post
  • Tag a friend in the comments (unlimited entries, more comments = more entries)
  • ✨BONUS: for 3 extra entries share your all time favorite jam on your Instagram story and tag us! (If you’re private send us a screenshot)

The giveaway ends on Wednesday, Nov. 10 so if you’re interested, enter now before it’s too late!

Good luck to all the contestants!

What Do I Do with a Rest and Recovery Day?

SDSU has implemented “Rest and Recovery Days” but what does that even mean?

How do we actually rest and recover knowing we have something due the next day? No worries, we are going to break all of this down.

What are the rest and recovery days?

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, SDSU has implemented five rest and recovery days throughout the semester to make up for canceling Spring Break, lame, I know.

These “Rest and Recovery Days” are meant for students and staff to have the day off and not worry about any school work. Small chance that happens.

Screenshot of San Diego Sunset Surfer from Michael Aleo on Unsplash

So what do I do with a rest and recovery day?

I know it’s tough to go anywhere right now with the coronavirus pandemic because some things are still closed or you do not feel comfortable going out yet or maybe financials are tight right now. Here are some suggestions.

If you have your work life creeping in on your personal life and want to get that under control start there.

I know it isn’t much of a rest/recovery but if this is something you have been wanting to get under control, do it. This makes it an activity you want to do and this day is about you.

Maybe catching up on your professional life is not your style and actually want to do something that is relaxing or makes you feel accomplished. I got you.

Complete the one task you’ve been postponing repeatedly.

Screenshot of Todolist from Emma Matthews on Unsplash

Do you keep hitting postpone on your todo app for an item that needs to get done? Cleaning the closet, organizing your shoes, cleaning your room, deleting old files off your computer?

Take your rest/recovery day to get it done, make sure it is not school or work-related though, that can wait.

While these items may not sound fun todo, hence why you’ve been putting it off, I promise you will feel much better after you get it done.

Secure Your Digital Life

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I am a huge advocate for a secure digital life online. Privacy is a human right and not a privilege.

We should not have to give up our privacy in order to use products and if we then we should not be using digital products, so here are some products I use to remain secure on the web.

Catch up on Shows or Movies

Secure iPhone from neONBRAND on Unsplash

Noting beats sitting on the couch and catching up on some of your favorite tv shows or movies.

Maybe you want to start something new? This would be a perfect time. If you are in need of ideas, check out my article on some of my TV quarantine picks.

Try a new TikTok recipe

Screenshot of Salmon and Quinoa Dish from Ella Olsson Unsplash

One thing I love about TikTok is all the food recipes they offer. There is literally a never-ending scroll of fun and easy TikTok recipes like the Feta Pasta or my favorite, air fryer recipes.

Do Nothing

Screenshot of Coffee Cup Bedside by David Mao on Unsplash

I am serious on this one. The ultimate form of recharging your batteries is staying in bed and doing nothing but catching up on sleep.

We are in the home stretch of the semester and you have worked so hard, especially with the semester being on zoom. Take the day and catch up on some much-needed rest.

I did this last weekend and ended up sleeping 15 hours. Something I have never done before, but my body needed the rest. I pulled a lot of late nights right before midterms and did not sleep well.

Hit me up on Twitter or Instagram and let me know what you end up doing with your rest and recovery day.

Cover Photo: Screenshot of Rest from Sincerely Media on unsplash

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

What You Should Know About COVID-19

With high concern and hysteria filling our news feeds, it is important to address the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease, 2019).

In regard to, San Diego State University all university study abroad programs to China, South Korea, and Italy have been cancelled. Since there are confirmed cases in San Diego, certain institutions have decided to do virtual classes as an extra precaution. On March 12th, 2020 the entire student body received word that classes will be shifting online after March 13th, 2020. More information is provided here regarding SDSU.

COVID-19 Myths

Since this virus seemed to take a racial turn, I just wanted to address that a virus cannot infect a particular race or ethnicity. Infections and diseases are essentially a great equalizer because anyone can get them. Also, I am not sure if this was a joke, but coronavirus has nothing to do with corona beer.

The Science Behind It

Coronavirus is a disease that came from an animal source. Check out this video to get more of an explanation of the transmission. This new coronavirus is different strand that is my lethal. Since this virus is different, research is currently being done. Currently, we are in a period of uncertainty which is mostly causing this hysteria. COVID-19 is easily transmittable as it is a respiratory illness, and the illness is transferred by respiratory droplets.

The symptoms for COVID-19 may be fever, cough, and shortness of breath (CDC, 2020). Those symptoms may occur 2 – 14 days after exposure, however, if you feel that you have been exposed it is important to call before you go to warn your medical provider and make sure they have the proper tests for COVID-19.

Moving on, these groups are at high risk if exposed to the virus: older adults, individuals with chronic diseases and compromised immune systems.

Ways to Stay Safe

Here are a few ways to help prevent the spread, according to the CDC (2020):

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces

Finally, some takeaways are 1) stop being racist, because viruses can not target one race or ethnicity. 2) this coronavirus strand is new so stay up to date with information. 3) Take precautions and for the love of all that is good cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve not just your hands.

Taken from @courtneyahndesign

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, February 13). Coronavirus. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

Written by: Jasmine Alexander