Month: March 2015

Kendrick Lamar’s pop-up concert

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Secretary  As a spontaneous act of artistry, Kendrick Lamar held a concert through the streets of West Hollywood. Without revealing the soon-to-be concert, Kendrick announced to fans on twitter saying “9pm. meet me here. 8950 Sunset Blvd. 930pm. meet me here. 8466 Melrose Ave.” The release of his new album To Pimp a Butterfly drew fans to attend his mysterious event. From Sunset Blvd. to Melrose Ave., fans followed the mobile stage promoting Reebok’s new “The Pump” shoe with the hashtag #GetPumped on the side of the truck. Fans lined up on Melrose Ave. in front of Reebok’s concept store anticipating what Kendrick had to offer. Security guards told fans the event was private and warned them to clear the sidewalk before the police came. As they tried to move the guests across the street, unknowing fans stood their ground until they heard Kendrick come down the street. Police lights surrounded the mobile stage and fans tried to keep up with the truck while he performed M.A.A.D City. After the pushing and shoving …

The Athenian Print’s first annual event a success

Written by Alejandra Hernandez, Treasurer  The smell of doughnuts and Pike Place Roast filled the air at The Athenian Print’s open mic. night, “Word of Mouth” on Tuesday March 24. Mount Saint Mary’s students and friends broke their timidity barriers to express themselves through short stories, poems, and songs. The guests enjoyed refreshments at the fully stocked candy bar and a colorful mix of doughnuts to complimented with a hot of cup of coffee from Starbucks. Roses and candles placed around the room helped set a warm and relaxing mood to begin the wave of performers. “Word of Mouth” held place in an intimate venue in the university’s “Visitor’s Dining Room” that overlooked the beautiful sunset and Santa Monica beach. The event began with a musical performance by Kimberly Quitzon, Secretary of The Athenian Print, who gave everyone chills for her beautiful rendition of “I get out” by Lauryn Hill. Yearbook staff and Journalism student, Jessica Flores, captured yearbook-worthy moments and shared two original poems titled, “Metamorphosis” and “Excuse my language.” Both poems shined light …

Sheryl WuDunn inspires many at the 2015 Status of Women

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Secretary  Nothing was more ironic than empowering myself to jump start my car after just attending The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California. My fingers were dirty, my unstoppable shirt was damp and my makeup was melting from sweat. I was thinking of all the women I had just heard share their stories and thought “if they can get through their life, I can start this car.” However, speaker Sheryl WuDunn, did not quite share her story, she told the stories of other women, to show that even in the most remote places of the world there are women and girls fighting to make a change in their lives and the lives around them. Sheryl started off by telling us about a woman named Shawna, she struggled through an abusive childhood, drug addiction, prostitution, and with the help of Becca Stevens, she found herself with a job and a healthy life. Becca’s company makes organic body care products and gives jobs to women like Shawna so they …

Geena Davis at the release of the 2015 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California

Written by Bianca Silva, President  Geena Davis, the Academy Award-winning actor and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, joins the conversation sharing some eye-opening statistics at Mount Saint Mary’s University’s fourth annual Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California. As the founder of the organization, Davis encourages film and television creators to significantly increase the ratios of female characters in media and dramatically decrease gender stereotyping. No stranger to the Mount Saint Mary’s community, Davis is excited to return and participate in the event yet again. She begins by expressing her gratitude the partners the institute, Mount Saint Mary’s University and Ann McElaney-Johnson. “Clean roles that go beyond what’s typically offered for women in this industry is one of the reasons I became so deeply committed to improving how women are portrayed in the media,” she begins. “If they can see it, they can be it,” she continues with a smile on her face as she shares the foundations motto. Negative messages regarding the importance of women and …

First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland on the 2015 Status of Women

Written by Cindy Carrillo, Vice President  The first keynote speaker on the morning of the public release of the 2015 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California, was First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, wife of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In a sleek and form fitting white dress, accentuated with gorgeous emerald green stone earrings, Wakeland approached the stage with much elegance. Following her husband’s video message to the audience, she began by stating that, “[p]romoting women’s leadership has been a focus for the Garcetti mayoral administration since day one.” Wakeland has given an inspirational woman’s insight into the issues women and girls continue to face in 2015 by discussing her agenda. She also shared that growing up, her mother always showed strength and courage and has seen in her mother, the power, and potential one woman can offer to the world. By working with her husband, she has influenced him to take further action in contributing to the growth of women leadership throughout the Los Angeles area. Wakeland also shared shocking …

The 2015 Report on the Status on Women and Girls in California

Written by Tamara Murga, Editor-in-Chief On March 19, over one thousand people gathered to learn about the 2015 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California at the Skirball Cultural Center. Mount Saint Mary’s University shared its fourth consecutive Report, covering gender gaps that affect the conditions facing women and girls in California, to educate, inspire, and empower its audience. The Report came together with the help of several of the university’s partners, including the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Los Angeles Magazine, The Women’s Foundation of California, City National Bank and many more. President of the university, Ann McElaney-Johnson, opened the event by thanking each partner and the audience for their support and presence. She shared that, “when women do not earn equal pay…are still bought and sold.. marginalized, denied an education and their basic human rights, we cannot say that our work is done.” Although the event applauded the growth of women achievements, the Report revealed statistics about the omnipresent misrepresentation of women in vital areas ranging from education to …

Datsik’s Ninja Nation Tour hits Los Angeles!

Written by Bianca Silva, President   Bass heads crowded the streets outside of Exchange LA in Downtown Los Angeles last Thursday, eager to see the one and only Datsik! Most fans that are familiar with his productions, expect nothing less than a sweaty night  and grimy bass – my boyfriend I included in those few rowdy bass heads. As huge fans of live dubstep, we are always excited to experience the pulverizing bass that dub shows bring. Personally, I have caught Datsik at his live shows for what feels like a thousand and one times since I first became a fan back in 2010. No matter how many times I have seen him play before, I can’t help but go crazy as soon as he hits the stage, mainly because I know what his shows entail. This has been Datsik’s most hyped and anticipated tours yet, mobbing through over 30 cities from late January until early April.   Watching Datsik slowly take over the bass music scene and continuously see it evolve over the last few …

The Athenian Print Presents: Word of Mouth

Written by Bianca Silva, President  Mark Your Calendars for The Athenian Print Presents: Word of Mouth!  Who: The Athenian Print What: The Athenian Print Presents: Word of Mouth! Where: Mount Saint Mary’s University, Visitors Dining Room When: Tuesday, March 24 at 6pm! Why: This event is open to all students for bringing the Mount community together and empowering each other through freedom of expression. Our purpose it to bring recognition to our club and create more student involvement. It will allow students to share their voice on topics that are important to them and showcase their talents in a positive environment. Those of you, who participate, will have the opportunity to share your voice with the rest of the student body. We would like to invite all students to share the same passion The Athenian Print has, in entertaining and educating our readers about issues on and off campus.  We hope to see you all there! ☺

Cinderella returns to theaters

Written by Bianca Silva, President The Walt Disney classic “Cinderella,” returns to theaters this March! Inspired by the timeless Cinderella story, the film is brought to life for a whole new generation in a stunning production fit for the whole family. The story follows the life of young Ella who is very close to her parents. Her father soon remarried after the death of Ella’s mother. Eager to stand behind her father’s happiness, Ella welcomes her new stepmother into her home and remembering her mother’s advice: “Have courage and be kind.” Soon after, Ella’s father goes away for a few months when he abruptly dies and she find herself helpless at the hands of her evil stepmother and jealous stepsisters, Drisella and Anastasia. After some time of being bossed around and ridiculed by her new family, she is cruelly nicknamed Cinderella. She begins to see herself as nothing more than a maid and she loses any hope she had held on to. Despite her poor spirits, Ella overpowers and is determined to honor her mother’s advice …

L.A. life and culture

Written by Valeria Sanchez, Staff Writer Mount Saint Mary’s University’s Film, Media, & Communications department asked me, a Film & Social Justice student, to make a video that highlights life in Los Angeles. As I began filming and asking students from all over Los Angeles what makes this city so special, I found that the most attractive aspect is its culture. I learned that there is more than just Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and its beaches. There is something spectacular and beautiful that is palpable all throughout the city. The students in the video who shared their thoughts on what makes living in Los Angeles a unique and exciting experience made me value the city even more. In all, I hope the product encourages current residents to appreciate what surrounds us. And as for those outside the metropolitan city, see just how much the City of Angels has to offer.