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Sunday, May 14, 2006


I can think of two things wrong with your name

Magic Slim

Magic Slim headlined the Metro Fountain Blues Festival Saturday along Paseo de San Carlos on the San Jose State University campus.

blues festival

A blues fan wears a portrait of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan on his back.

Debbie Davies

Debbie Davies picks her guitar.

Magic Slim

Roy Rogers plays in late afternoon light.

Friday, May 12, 2006



Danielle Eakins

San Jose State University outfielder Danielle Eakins, right, leads off first base as New Mexico State University first baseman Mailei Hilva watches the pitch during the WAC Softball Tournament Friday at Fresno State’s Bulldog Diamond. Eakins went on to steal second base, but the Aggies bested the Spartans 5-0.

This softball tournament was held in Fresno, which is about 150 miles east of (and and about 20 degrees hotter than) San Jose. As I made the drive, I tried desperately to remember what fresno means in Spanish. A tree, right? But what kind? I looked around for possibilities: Oak? Nope, that would be a roble, like they have in Paso Robles. Willow? No, that’s sauce, and some bad speller once called a little one Sausalito.

Wait, I got it: Ash. A fresno is an ash tree. Incidentally, in German, it would be esche, a two-syllable word you might lazily shorten to esch’.

If I ever find the time to cultivate a smooth-talking alter ego like Jerry Lewis’ Buddy Love in the original Nutty Professor, that handsome lothario will be known as Danny Fresno.

Thursday, May 11, 2006


Biggest perk: Academic robes

Karl Toepfer

After serving as interim dean since November 2004, Karl Toepfer has been named Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at San Jose State University.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


Unnatural light

David Pierson

After 208 games with the Spartans, first baseman David Pierson is seven games away from breaking the San Jose State University record for baseball games played.


Shooting talking blues

Laura Chavez

Laura Chavez, guitarist with the Lara Price Band, plays Wednesday night at the Hal Todd Theatre in Hugh Gillis Hall as part of “Talking Blues,” a free event sponsored by KSJS and the Associated Students.

Thursday, May 4, 2006



Johannes Schwartz

Johannes Schwartz, a scholar from Germany currently working at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., discusses his research on the role of women in Nazi concentration camps in David Mesher’s Holocaust Literature course on Thursday.

Tuesday, May 2, 2006


Good times

Dana Hughes

Health educator Dana Hughes of the San Jose State University Student Health Center shares a laugh with a student as she leads a discussion on the prevention of date rape. The event, held Tuesday in the Pacifica Room of the Student Union, was presented by Delta Sigma Theta as part of the sorority’s May Week activities.