Month: November 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 …