Member Spotlight – Luqi Zhang

img_8454Luqi Zhang has been a member with Aztec Recreation since 2013. She came to San Diego State as an international student, and is studying Business Accounting. Luqi initially joined Aztec Recreation because it was the cool thing to do. “In China, I never worked out. But when I came here, everyone had a gym membership. So I decided to follow the group and get one too.” And Luqi has been hooked ever since! Her favorite facilities are the rock climbing wall and the Aquaplex, and she loves the cardio and yoga classes that the Group Fitness program offers.

“Luqi is very involved in Aztec Recreation and I have known her for about two years now,” says Aimee Orozco, Member Services Supervisor, “She is always in the front of the Group Fitness classes with a smile on her face. She is one of the most enthusiastic people I have met with a great attitude and outlook on life.” Luqi’s personal motto is, “When nothing goes right, go left.” This embodies her happy and positive outlook on life.

Outside of Aztec Recreation, Luqi focuses on living well by eating healthy. She tries to get vegetables in daily, and avoids eating out at restaurants too often. When asked if she was an Aztec for life, she nodded and said, “Definitely.” She explained how great the international student program is with integrating the students with the SDSU student life and programs. Congratulations, Luqi!

Single Servings – Nurture Your Mind, 50 Minutes at a Time

Single Servings
“Nurture Your Mind, 50 Minutes at a Time” 
Counseling & Psychological Services presents Single Servings, a weekly series of drop-in gatherings for students to connect with one another and to discuss PowerPoint Presentationand learn strategies to help you succeed at SDSU. Whether it be maneuvering through social media life, learning how to manage stress with Baxter the therapy dog, or working on test anxiety, there is a space for you. Join the program every Tuesday from 12:30pm-1:20pm in various locations on campus. Single Servings is open to all students and no registration is required! The full schedule with descriptions can be found on the Counseling and Psych website or check the flyer on this blog post.


Think Before You Drink

Think Before You Drink

For many adults, enjoying a drink can be a welcomed way to spend time with friends.  Whether you go to a local bar or micro-brewery, a party, or just hanging out at homes with friends, it is important to remember if you overindulge, it can lead to some not-so-good effects. To make sure that you and your friends have fun and stay safe, try following these simple tips…

1. Plan Ahead

Talk to someone with a DUI and they’ll likely say they didn’t intend to drink and drive.  Deciding in advance to either have a non-drinking designated driver, using a rideshare (like Uber or Lyft), or spending the night can mean you can avoid one of the most dangerous aspects of drinking.

However, sometimes people still end up drinking too much to the point where alcohol is no longer enjoyable. They may move on up the BAC curve to the not-so-good feelings and outcomes.

So for those of you who may be drinking…

2.Eat food before and during drinking

Eating a meal before drinking can help to slow down the absorption of alcohol and help to avoid a spike in your blood alcohol content (BAC).

3.Track how much you consume

Depending on the type and size of the drink, the amount of alcohol can vary. Here are the standard drink sizes for the four most common drinks:

  1. 12 fluid ounces of beer with %5 alcohol (darker beers often have higher alcohol content)
  2. 8 – 9 fluid ounces of malt liquor
  3. 5 ounces of table wine (dessert wines such as Port have more alcohol content than table wine)
  4. 5 fluid ounces of 80-proof distilled spirts (like vodka and tequila)


Source: (NIH, National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

Keep in mind that mixed drinks, like a margarita or a mojito, contain more than one drink. If you are unsure, look up the recipes before you order and watch how it is prepared.

4.Use the one drink per hour rule

Pacing your drinking is an excellent way to maintain your buzz without overconsuming. It takes your body approximately 1 hour to absorb and eliminate each standard drink of alcohol. Also, remember that many craft beers, a large glass of wine, or a strong mixed drink are likely more than one standard drink!

5.Do not mix alcohol and drugs

The mixing of alcohol and drugs can have adverse and unpredictable effects. There is an increased chance of liver problems, difficulty breathing, confusion, and dizziness. There is even an increase chance of overdose and death in some cases. Your best bet is not to mix and to avoid illegal drugs altogether.


Be safe, know your limits, and have a Happy Halloween!

By Russell Argenal, Graduate Health Promotion Intern, MPH canidate



  3. J. McKnight et al., “Why People Drink and Drive: The Bases of Drinking-and-Driving Decisions,” Final Report (Springfield, VA: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1995).

Member Spotlight – Tyler Farnsley

IMG_7745When asked what his life motto was, Tyler Farnsley replied with “Stay positive.” As a blind individual, Tyler says that staying positive is incredibly important, especially when people
are constantly thinking you can’t do something because of a disability.

Tyler proves the cynics wrong – he has been a member of Aztec Recreation for two years, taking public transportation almost daily to utilize the ARC cardio and fitness rooms. His father works on campus as a Professor in the School of Theatre, Television and Film, which helped Tyler’s select Aztec Recreation for his active lifestyle journey.

Aimee Orozco, Aztec Recreation Member Services Supervisor speaks highly of Tyler, “I have had the pleasure of knowing Tyler for the past two years…almost the entire time he has been a member with Aztec Recreation. He now knows me by the sound of my voice and greeting when he walks into the facility. Tyler is an extremely friendly person with a great attitude. He is an inspiration to many of us here at the ARC.”

Outside of Aztec Recreation, Tyler lives well by walking everywhere. He tries to maximize his daily exercise by walking the long way to maximize his steps. He’s an Aztec for Life with connections at SDSU and with Aztec Recreation staff. Congratulations, Tyler!

Consent – Better Safe than Sorry

When engaging in sexual activities, it is not only necessary to give your consent for every

activity you engage in, but you should feel comfortable doing it. No sexual act should be

initiated without you being asked for your permission. Asking for consent can come in a

variety of ways. The most important aspect of consent is communication.Consent flyer

If you feel that your consent was violated and that you have been sexually assaulted in

some way, there are many on- and off-campus resources available including the SDSU

Police Department, the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, the Center for Community

Solutions, the Title IX Deputy, Student Health Services, or Counseling and Psychological

Services. They will assist and support you in a variety of ways.

By: Nikita Alimohammad, Graduate Health Promotion Intern, MPH Candidate

Member Spotlight – Trevor Viboch

10933881_859607840728012_3811307575050578161_n“If it’s important, do it everyday.” This is the quote that Aztec Recreation member Trevor Viboch lives by and incorporates in his daily life. Trevor has been a member of the ARC for about four years. “I’m always impressed by the different programs offered by Aztec Recreation,” he says, “I feel like I’m always hearing about something new.”

When Trevor joined the ARC, he was working on his undergraduate degree. Through Aztec Recreation, he was able to take courses like bowling and rock climbing for credit. Trevor says one of his favorite experiences with those classes was the weekend trip to Joshua Tree at the end of the rock climbing course. His favorite memory that took place inside of the ARC was when another member noticed that Trevor had a bag of candy with him. “Sometimes when I come to the ARC, I bring candy with me to snack on between sets of squats. Life’s too short not to enjoy Swedish Fish, right?” Trevor says that the other member offered up a few possible explanations for his actions, like carb-loading. Trevor simply replied, “They taste good.”

Outside of Aztec Recreation, Trevor lives well by finding balance in his daily life and resting his mind and body. He likes to spend time with his friends, family, and girlfriend, and says there’s nothing he’d rather do in his downtime than chase his dog around his yard.

Trevor has completed both his undergraduate and master’s degrees at SDSU, and would definitely consider himself an Aztec for life. Congratulations, Trevor! You deserve it!