Year: 2014

Catcalling gone viral

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Arts and Entertainment Editor Everyday, women run the risk of being sexually assaulted as they walk down the street. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “nearly 1 in 5 women reported experiencing rape at sometime in their lives.” Hollaback, an organization fighting to end street harassment, made a video of a woman being catcalled as she walks quietly down the streets of New York. The video has recently gone viral and reveals the many remarks women hear on a daily basis. However, the video has been looked at as a joke with parodies and doubts of its accuracy. Yet, most women agree that the street harassment should be stopped, but feel hopeless that it ever will. “Catcalling is disrespectful to women, yet nobody does anything about it,” Carla Canas, a student at Hollywood High School said. The 17 year old, who walks to school everyday, expressed the threat men have on women. Carla continued to say “catcalling sometimes leads to rape and with that mindset, a …

Annual Lighting of the Circle

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Arts and Entertainment Editor Mount St. Mary’s students lined up to the smell of kettle corn to celebrate the annual Lighting of the Circle. The event marks the beginning of the holiday season and brings students together for cupcakes and hot chocolate. “I just think it’s a great way for every one to get together and relax” said sophomore Yasmin Hernandez. It was her first time coming to the event, and she was excited to see the lights turn on. The school’s student body took months to plan the event. “The biggest challenge we had was trying to do the most we could with the limited resources we had,” ASB President Sean Balba said. “Despite this, I am very happy with how the event turned out and it was a joy to see smiles on other people’s faces. I really couldn’t have done this without my team and other faulty and staff that were involved.” Stairs, light posts, and bushes in the circle are now covered in lights, giving the students …

Bassnectar concludes tour in SF

Written by Bianca Silva, President Last Saturday, Nov. 8, Bassnectar one of the biggest names in EDM, played a sold-out show as the concluding stop of his latest tour, Noise vs. Beauty, in his hometown of San Francisco, CA. Everyone was so pumped just to be a part of it; Bay Area residents were especially hyped to give Bassnectar the rowdiest of homecomings. A few times during the show, he even stopped and expressed how good it felt for him to close his biggest tour yet at a sold-out show in his hometown. Bassnectar respectively holds one of the most devoted fanbases in all of EDM. No matter what city he is in, he is welcomed by thousands of his fans, which he calls Bass Heads, swarming from all over to experience the speaker-busting bass his shows bring to every town. Over his 2013 tour, 160,000 tickets were sold for his solo dates, some shows even totaling to over 10,000 attendees—that’s a lot of Bass Heads! This tour was no different. Whether at a festival …

Mount St. Scary’s

Written by Alejandra Hernandez, Treasurer  The Mount held its annual Doheny Haunted Halloween on October 31, 2014, where fellow neighbors of the campus visited to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween. The community wishes a great ‘thank you’ to all who came for the festivities and got spooked from Campus Ministry’s annual Haunted House Maze. Director of Community Engagement and Commuter Services, Maria Lyons succeeded her goal of reaching 23,000 pounds of candy, which would not have been possible without the support from Mount staff, faculty, students and friends.

Flask Mob takes over LA

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Arts and Entertainment Editor Sparks flew in downtown Los Angeles the day after Halloween when photographers got together to roam the city. The artists started walking from Chinatown and finished between the buildings of the L.A. skyline, wearing masks, face paint, and equipped with fireworks. The group named Flask Mob is famous for their time lapse and long exposure pictures of people spinning steel wool on fire, creating a beautiful image of moving light. “It’s a cool way for creative people to get together and take awesome pictures in L.A.,” photographer Mark Escalante said. Originated in San Francisco, the idea was to use social media so people can get together face-to-face. Although the level of photography may be intimidating, all are welcome to join the group and tour the city. “I learned about this on Instragram, and I had to come,” a Peruvian photographer said.

Double standards in domestic violence

Writer wishes to remain anonymous. My mother’s arms were where I felt safest. The slightest embrace she offered me was a testament to her genuine love and affection. I had always known my mom to be kind at heart, gentle in speech, and slow in temper. She forgave, just as any mother would, for every mistake I would make in life and, as a growing woman, I made plenty. “Momma knows best,” she would whisper to me. “You remember that.” For many years, I had been spoiled by her unconditional love and etched onto my skin were many of my mother’s teachings. Patience was her mantra, and listening with intent was a job she fulfilled without effort. I never saw my mother to be otherwise, until reality revealed itself. It is unreal explaining how a woman whom I have held with high standards can suddenly become a complete stranger to me in just a matter of seconds. “I’m in the E.R.,” my dad texted me. “Your mom should be home.” There was no need to …

Charity Ball a success, raises over $3,000

Written by Cindy Carrillo, Vice President, and Tamara Murga, News Editor  Dreams do come true when you wish upon a star. The 2014 Disney-themed Charity Ball at Mount St. Mary’s College helped raise over $3,500 for United Friends of the Children (UFC), a nonprofit organization that serves current and former foster youth in Los Angeles County to continue their care and support. The Italian food, donations, and classic, elegant attire, were not the only visible things on the evening. Every attendee’s energy and support were just as noticeable. The MC’s began the event with a warm welcoming and then introduced Ian Ryen, the Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager of UFC. He briefly spoke about the organization and finished off on a thank you note. “Thank you so much for having us. We are really appreciative of all that you’ve done and all of the money you’ve raised for this amazing cause,” Ryen said. Throughout the event, Ryen shared more information with those interested in learning more, becoming a volunteer or donor. Carolina Diaz, Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, …

Halloween at LA’s Haunted Hayride

Written by Alejandra Hernandez, Treasurer  This October get spooked at LA’s frightful attraction, The Haunted Hayride located at Griffith Park. The attraction is composed of a tractor pulling visitors on a pile of scattered hay as they experience gruesome scenes of aliens, evil trick-or-treaters, and killer clowns with chainsaws. The hayride is located up in the hills of Griffith Park where the zoo was once located. Its seclusion makes it more eerie. Once you enter, you encounter the limitless line to the “In Between the Dark Maze,” where people face their greatest fears as they walk individually through the dark with just a glow stick as light. As you continue to walk into the hay-filled area, you are led to the entrance of the main event, as monsters approach you while walking in line. Television sets placed all around show scary flicks, such as the “The Shining.” If you survive the hayride, you are free to visit other attractions, such as a carousel that rides backwards on the corpses of horses. There is also a section …

MSMC’s fight for women’s education

Written by Julia Ruiz, Editor-in-Chief  In 2013, director Richard E. Robbins released his documentary Girl Rising, capturing the adversity young women face when they are denied an education. Mount St. Mary’s College’s Associate Director for Learning Assistance Programs Dr. Micah Daily plans to change that by tutoring young women around the world via web chat. After talks with the college’s directors and vice presidents, Daily received the funds to purchase the film’s rights to screen the movie on campus during the Spring 2014 semester. The student body responded well, showing interest in the fight for women’s education. Although her initial plan was to create awareness and raise money for the organization, Daily soon thought about a hands-on approach. “Collecting money is great and nice and awareness is wonderful, but we all kind of ache to do something directly,” Daily said. With the help of the Scholar Mentor Club and MSMC’s Peer Tutoring Program, Daily plans to tutor young girls living in third world countries who are not allowed to attend school. “To be denied [an …

When will domestic abuse end?

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Arts & Entertainment Editor Tina Ramirez was packing up her stuff when her newly released-from-prison boyfriend came in and beat her into a hospital. The repeated offender threw her against the wall, breaking glass all in front of their 5-year-old son. “They have to stop letting these guys get away with this,” Ramirez said “He was given 6 years and still didn’t learn his lesson.” Tina is currently fighting to regain custody of her child being that she was a previous drug user. However, the court is seeing past the fact that she is a victim and should be treating her as such. Domestic abuse is something society tends to look past. People like Ray Rice and Chris Brown have become poster children for this crime. According to National Domestic Violence Hotline, one in every four women experience domestic abuse. One of these women was Carla. A few years ago, Carla was murdered by her abusive boyfriend. He was also previously charged with domestic abuse and was found guilty of her …