Month: October 2014

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 …

Annabelle, the real story

Written by Tamara Murga, News Editor  The bar was set high after the success of the 2013 horror, The Conjuring. Despite a promising movie trailer, the prequel Annabelle disappointed many with its dull and slow-paced storyline and its complete digression from the true events in which the movie was based on. The 98-minute film did not reach the anticipated expectations, but the true story behind the eerie doll never disappoints. Though director James Wan portrayed Annabelle as a disturbing porcelain doll for the film, the real-life Annabelle was non other than a Raggedy Ann doll. Paranormal investigators Lorraine Warren and husband Ed Warren took charge of the case. The real doll currently sits in a locked box at the Warren’s Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut with the label, “Warning: Positively Do Not Open.” According to the Warren’s own website, Annabelle is visited twice a month by a priest to bless her. A series of mysterious and frightening events occurred before the Warren’s were contacted. According to the Warren’s website: “In 1970 a mother purchased an antique …

Charity Ball 2014: the who, what, when, and where

Written by Bianca Silva, President Charity Ball: “When You Wish Upon a Star” is less than a week away! Who: Each year, Mount St. Mary’s College’s Chalon Student Activities Council hosts a Charity Ball as a way to bring the Mount Community together in solidarity for a worthy cause. What: Charity Ball is a formal dinner and auction in which students, staff, and professors work to raise money to benefit a cause close to the college. There will be dinner, performances by dance clubs on campus, a silent auction, Disney photo booth, and a raffle to win a pair of Disneyland tickets! Where: Mount St. Mary’s College, Chalon Campus, Campus Center When: Thursday October 23, 2014 at 6:00pm Why: All proceeds will benefit United Friends of the Children (UFC). UFC is a nonprofit organization serving current and former foster youth in Los Angeles County. Through its transitional housing and education programs, UFC helps foster children develop skills to become successful young adults. United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their …

LA Dodgers’ postseason ends arubtly

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, staff writer, and Julia Ruiz, Editor-in-Chief There was strong energy roaring through Dodger Stadium on September 24 when the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the National League Division West title after defeating the San Francisco Giants 9-1. The sold out stadium was packed with fans blowing bubbles after homeruns and chanting “MVP” for Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw wowed fans with his behind-the-back catch to throw out pitcher Tim Hudson and with his first career triple. Yasiel Puig hit a home run for the team and, from then on, the Dodgers were unstoppable. After Brian Wilson threw the last pitch of the game, the stadium went crazy. The team in the dugout ran on the field pouring gallons of Gatorade on Kershaw and Puig during their post game interviews. To bask in the glory of their win, the players ran around the field spraying champagne on fans, taking pictures, and shaking hands. However the Dodgers were unable to keep the momentum going. Being 2-1 down in the National League Division Series against the St. Louis …

LA County Fair

Written by Jamila Valiente, Staff Writer The LA County Fair has been hosted every year since 1922, first debuting with 100,000 in attendance to a breaking 150,000 in 2013. Many Californians would agree that it is an experience worth attending. And this year, the LA County Fair did not disappoint. With a history of 92 years of entertainment at Fairplex, Pomona, the LA County Fair hosts something new and something familiar for everyone, whether you’re coming to the fair for the first time or for the fiftieth time. With places to stay for the weekend to the fair food staples, the LA County Fair is an event that every family member can enjoy. But, what separates the LA County Fair from other local fairs? One of the top reasons why people attend is for the variety of food offered. This fair is known to have unlimited creations to the fried foods collection. From the typical French fries to the exotic fried lobster on a stick, there are many foods dipped in delicious batter for the …

Wellness Fair

Written by Jamila Valiente, Staff Writer  The Mount has hosted fairs for years: the Student Involvement Fair, the Spring Carnival Fair, the Major and Minor Fair, and many more. On September 24, a new surprise came to the Mount: the Wellness Fair hosted by the Chalon Student Health Services. The Wellness Fair was an event dedicated to teaching the importance of well-being to the students. Seven areas of health were covered at the fair, including relationship advice, the “Zen Zone,” self-defense strategies, and vaccination information. Under the supervision and coordination of Director Beryl Salvatore of the Student Health Services and office manager Michelle Catipon, the Chalon and Doheny Student Health Services staff all came together to share important information to the students on how to take care of themselves in a variety of ways. The Student Health Services team has advocated for the Mount students’ (as well as faculty’s) safety and health, hoping to inform them with the most accurate information possible. The fair had been planned since July with every detail thought out and cared for …

Neon Dash for Gremlin’s Kids

Written by Tamara Murga, News Editor  Runners, walkers, and dancers of all ages met at the starting line of the Neon Dash 5k in Los Angeles on September 27th to take a stand against bullying. The original nighttime event filled the course with glowing participants, music, foam, UV black light, and entertainment to support the charity, Gremlin’s Kids. Professional MMA Fighter, Danny “The Gremlin” Martinez, started Gremlin Kids, an athlete’s for education nonprofit program to benefit young victims of bullying. The program focuses on building character, self-esteem, and self-confidence by offering a welcoming location for sports, martial arts, and fine arts. “Bullying is everywhere you go, and it makes kids turn away from sports and being confident,” Martinez said on Athletes for Education Foundation’s website. “I want to have a kids program where kids can come and be supportive to each other in anything they do.” In collaboration with Gremlin’s Kids, the live bright tour welcomed hundreds of people to a fun and well-planned 3.1 mile course. It began with neon lit pathways that lead …