Month: February 2015

First time Flask Mob(er)

Written by Michelle Balingit, Staff Writer I heard of Flask Mob, a photography meet, from one of the people I follow on Instagram. In collaboration with @flaskmob, @conquer_la, and @weownthenight_la. Flask Mob originated in San Francisco and the rest in Los Angeles. With constant posts online about the event, I thought I would pay a visit. I figured this Los Angeles meet would be a great start.  The turnout was great. Over 900+ photographers arrived at the meetup venue. As soon as I got to the venue, several photographers were already taking photographs of what was going on. There were people who lit up steel wool, sparklers, and colored smoke bombs, and breathed fire. Many dressed up in grunge-like attire and masks were the most popular among the crowd. We all aspired to do one thing photograph the night. That in itself was a fun experience as we all helped each other along the way. Unfortunately, the crowd was mistaken for protestors and rave rebels by the Los Angeles Police Department. The event ended soon after. …

Flask Mob: the 411

Written by Kim Quitzon, Arts and Entertainment Editor Thousands of photographers flooded the 7th St. bridge in Los Angeles on Saturday Jan. 31, for Flask Mob’s monthly Instagram meet. Flask Mob, Conquer LA, and We Own the Night teamed up to create the biggest photography meet the cosmopolitan city has seen.     Artists spit fire, lit fireworks and spun flaming steel wool to create long exposure images of light. The group redirected their path when the police arrived. Many stayed on the bridge while others walked to a nearby alley. As the photographers took artistic pictures in the alley, police arrived dressed in full riot gear to barricade the group for nearly two hours. “We thought you guys were having an outdoor EDM party,” says Officer Navarro of the LAPD. News helicopters mistakenly reported the meet for a huge protest until the police confirmed it was a photography meet. After two hours, the police allowed people to leave the alley ten at a time. The photography meet originated in San Francisco. Artists come from all …

Metamorphosis

Written by Jessica Flores, Staff Writer Every morning she would wake up wishing that he wasn’t there. Sleepless nights of praying and weeping. “Why am I not strong enough?” she said. She was scared to walk away because he was all she ever had. “What is there to life if I leave?” was her constant struggle. Locked up in a room full of screams and lies. Endless nights of loveless sex, touching parts she wished never did exist. “Can someone hear my cry?” One night she walked toward the light. A sense of courage led her away from her life. She reached up to the sky; Climbed on top of the balcony to reach the light. She smiled and felt freedom at the tip of her fingers. And just like that, she metamorphosed to someone she’d pray to be every night.

Fifty Shades of Grey, a review

Written by Cindy Carrillo, Vice President  From not having read the novels, the movie wasn’t all that horrible. I do, however, admit that I had higher expectations, but if you are debating on seeing the film, go. While listening to several local Los Angeles radio stations, the film reviews varied. One female said that in comparison to the books, the movie “sucked.” Another listener said that both the book and film were horrible. It seems to happen more often than not where fans of a novel dislike the films due to the lack of details and changes in the storyline. My male friend opined that the film applauded male dominance. My perspective was that the plot was unorganized as it went from Grey “sexually” torturing Steele to following her around the United States. She was never out of his sight, which came off as comedic in some scenes.  It appeared that Steele gave Grey a hard time because she was hurt by the other fifteen women he had before her. The contracts seemed to be …

But first, coffee

Written by Jazlin Romero, Staff Writer  You might think that I would feel accomplished after yet another one of my early bird cardio workouts at the gym, but its 7:45 a.m. and almost time for work. Although I am already running late, I cannot begin my morning without my celestial pick-me-up, which always guarantees the merrier me or alertness after a bad night of sleep. “Good morning, I’ll have a mocha latte, non-fat milk and a double shot of espresso, please,” I say as I arrive at the Starbucks drive-thru. This daily itinerary requires an entire decision-making process as well. It goes as follows… 1) Contemplating whether to use my debit card, if I have enough funds or my credit cards. 2) Scraping for change all over my car and wallet like a savage.             3) Decide the type of milk, syrup, brew and the temperature I prefer each morning. Thinking about this process illustrates my behavior and suggests a “sorry” level of addiction. According to Psychology Today, coffee releases …

Mount Community Night

Written by Tamara Murga, Editor-in-Chief Have you ever wondered what hidden talents students at Mount Saint Mary’s Unversity have? On Thursday February 19th, fifteen students showcased their talents for the highly anticipated Mount Community Night event. The Chalon Student Activities Council set up the Hollywood-themed show in the Hanon Theater with special Hollywood-like lighting, gold stars, and a giant Oscars life-sized statue. Before the opening, Student Activities Council member Lizzie Hernandez said, “I am anticipated to see several acts as we planned for this night for a really long time.” Kimberly Quitzon and Francesca Diaz opened the show with quotes and jokes to set the mood as the performers lined up behind the curtains. With a memorable Kung Fu performance, Khanha Vong was first up. Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, a duo from the Prince of Egypt, a Regional Mexican dance, and a comic “Climbing Uphill” performance were among the many acts of the night. Monalisa Fortuna was ready to sing Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love,” when the audio faced technical difficulties for her background music. …