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May 2007: SDSU Alpha Phi sister Shirley “Jenny” Poliakoff dies following attendance at a sorority formal; post-mortem exams reveal the presence of cocaine and alcohol in her system.

May 2008: Following the Poliakoff tragedy, SDSU and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration launch a yearlong investigation into on-campus drug activity, which results in a massive drug bust on the anniversary of her death.

May 2011: Playboy magazine names SDSU's Alpha Phi as the nation's hottest sorority as part of its Top Party School rankings.

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monaghan May 4, 2011 @ 8:27 p.m.

What I like is that one likely candidate for successor to President Steve Weber of San Diego State is rumored to be the current President of Chico State -- never mind his name, I forget. The point is that Chico State rivals SDSU as Fun Central in the hard-partying "college" rankings of some national magazines, so the Chico State guy would fit in here without needing an orientation.

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SurfPuppy619 May 6, 2011 @ 9:12 a.m.

Chico has cracked down on the party times there.

Do you recall "Pioneer Days" @ Chico State, the week long spring break drunkfest that was similar to the ones we had here in Palm Springs during Spring break-well they canned Pioneer Days many years ago and turned over a new leaf, just as Palm Springs did the same to shut down that towns wild psrty days. I recalled one really wild Spring break week in the late 80's in Palm Springs where there were basically riots, and that was the end of it there.

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Visduh May 5, 2011 @ 8:43 p.m.

Poor old SDSU just don't get no respect, even right here in its hometown. Whose fault? Hard to say, but after forty years of attending SDSU, working there as a part time instructor, and just watching the place, my only conclusion is that nobody cares, right from the president on down. After Malcolm Love, who put the school on the map, we had Golding (yes, father of SD's glamor girl mayor, Susan) for a mercifully brief few years. Then there was Day for something like sixteen years. He sponsored pet departments, then cut them off at the knees. (Remember his religious Studies department? He promoted it for a decade or so, then slashed it in the budget cutbacks of the early 90's.) He was finally pushed out and we got Weber. Where do they get these jerks? Three in a row account for almost 40 years of mismanagement.

Yeah, Chico State the party school is hardly a proving ground for the next SDSU president. That campus has been endlessly notorious for its lax academics and goof off atmosphere for as long as I've heard of it. What Chico State does in booze, Humbolt State makes up for in weed (or "bud" or whatever you choose to call it.) That CSU has a real series of prestige institutions doesn't it?

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SurfPuppy619 May 6, 2011 @ 9:09 a.m.

RE: "we had Golding (yes, father of SD's glamor girl mayor, Susan) for a mercifully brief few years"

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I never knew that! Was this before Day?

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Fred Williams May 7, 2011 @ 5:07 a.m.

Lot's of interesting background about Golding (and others) was well-described by Matt Potter years ago:

Though she was the daughter of San Diego State president Brage Golding, she and her husband had modest assets. They were soon divorced, and Golding began her political career after striking up a close friendship with political consultant George Gorton, a key advisor to then­San Diego mayor Pete Wilson.

With Gorton's assistance, Golding won an appointment to the San Diego City Council in January 1981. Two years later, in February 1983, Golding quit her council job to accept an appointment as a functionary in the administration of Governor George Deukmejian. Her council salary had been $35,000. The new job paid $50,784. She and Silberman were soon considering marriage.

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SurfPuppy619 May 8, 2011 @ 8:07 p.m.

Thanks for the link Fred.....It cracks me up that Golding was basically "appointed" to pretty much all her gov jobs-ala Alan Bersin- except for Mayor and if memory serves me she beat Peter Navarro by less than 1% point back in 92 (and that was as close as Poor Pete ever got to elected office).

The thing I remember most about Silberman (besides the suicide attempt) was he hired one of the best-and most expensive- criminal lawyers in the nation when he got charged with those felonies-James Brosnahan of Morrison and Foerster. Brosnahan is as big a gun as they come.

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SurfPuppy619 May 6, 2011 @ 9:13 a.m.

post-mortem exams reveal the presence of cocaine and alcohol in her system.

Very sad, but there has to be more to it than coke and booze.

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Visduh May 8, 2011 @ 6:10 p.m.

"A close personal friendship" you say? That's droll. In fact it is hilarious. 'Scuse me while I roll on the floor for a while.

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