Month: April 2015

This is “The Age of Ultron”

Written by Cindy Carrillo, Vice President  A six-foot-nine horrific robot, ready to exterminate humanity, will invade theaters on Friday May 1, that is if Marvel’s The Avengers allow it. The film’s star-studded cast returns stronger than ever to defeat the new enemy, Ultron. Writer and director Joss Whedon, who also directed the first installment of The Avengers, has many nervously awaiting the return of America’s favorite heroes, whom many guarantees to hit the number one spot in the box offices yet again.Whedon says that, “[t]he whole cast is a powerhouse. It’s strength-to-strength and that’s exciting.” Among the powerhouse originals including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson, new faces will join the sequel. They include: Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff; Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff; Paul Bettany as The Vision; and James Spader as Ultron. The film successfully ties in each character and their personal stories with a closer look into Renner’s character, Hawkeye, who is more than just a bow and arrow. Tensions rise as Mr. Stark continues to take …

City of Angels Café brings a new culture to Mount Saint Mary’s University

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Secretary  The city lights and string lights, wrapped around the outside balcony of Angel’s Amphitheatre, were not the only lights that lit the evening of the City of Angels Café event on April 8. Students, faculty, and family members felt enlightened by different Athenians who shared uplifting songs, short stories, and poetry. As the sun set behind them, the audience took their cup of hot coffee and crispy cinnamon churros and the stage opened up to those who felt inspired to perform. Students of different years, majors, and backgrounds found the courage to stand in front of their peers and share their pieces without judgement. Among them, Associated Student Body President Sean Balba serenaded a song as he played the acoustic guitar. Nursing student Richmond Vinluan, also grabbed an acoustic guitar and sang Oasis’ Wonderwall with student Kenneth Tarroza to follow the flow of serene music. Though several performed cover songs, students shared their original work with the public for the first time. Fearlessly, Flor Ordonez took the stage to present her …

A little touch of Hawaii for Mount’s commuters

Written by Jessica Flores, Staff Writer  On Tuesday April 21, commuter students enjoyed Hawaiian food and flower leis on the lawn with Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” playing in the background. Student Programming and Commuter Services held its annual commuter appreciation event and this year’s theme was luau. Vanessa Gomez, Nursing student and Commuter Program Coordinator for SPCS, shared that because of all the beautiful luau decorations, organizing the event was just as fun as the outcome. “Most Commuter Appreciation events are the most successful on campus because we offer meals, not just snacks and commuters really appreciate that,” Gomez said. Delicious Hawaiian food and soft drinks, free of charge, from Rutt’s Cafe, were served. SPCS handed out Hawaiian flower leis and a kit with a Scranton form, green book, flash cards, a pencil and a pen for final exams. Zuleyka, a junior at the Mount, said this event was helpful because students “save some money especially if they don’t have a food plan.” SPCS would like to thank every participant and hopes to see …

Le Pain Quotidien: organic heaven

 Written by Jessica Flores, Staff Writer  Every Sunday consists of my mother and me going to the Larchmont Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles, where we have priceless conversations over coffee and enjoy the intimacy of some mother-daughter time. This past Sunday went a little different. Instead of the farmer’s market, we visited Le Pain Quotidien. It is a bakery and café that cherishes simplicity. Le Pain Quotidien translates to the daily bread. As we enter, I notice how simple the restaurant is: wooden tables, brick walls, and black chalkboards with the menu written on them. We look at the menu and notice its contents, to which all are organic. And when I say all, I literally mean everything: eggs, avocado, berries, salt, butter, hot sauce, hot chocolate, jams, etc. The waiter’s uniform, a basic t-shirt, reads “100% organic cotton,” so I guess you can say the clothing too. It’s simplistically designed menu contains meals like omelettes, tartines, salads, and soups. I think to myself: “I am literally in organic heaven. I love it!” I order …

Disney monkeys around on a true-life adventure

Written by Alejandra Hernandez, Treasurer  Disney brings forth the latest true-life adventure, Monkey Kingdom, a film presenting a fun education on the life of the monkeys living and thriving in the ancient ruins of Sri Lanka, South Asia. Though animals fight for survival in the jungle, their lifestyle is surprisingly similar to the nature of human beings. Narrated by the witty Tina Fey, great enthusiasm, and appreciative humor is dedicated to the amazing Monkey Kingdom voyage from beginning to end.   It is not all about monkeying around in this jungle. They live under a social class system where the alpha has priority over anything including food, shelter, and respect and the way they live is determined by their rank in their society. At the top is the alpha Raja, a stern monkey who aggressively claims his spot and raises his forehead, in other words, “back off.” The sisters, a group of female monkeys with red colored faces, cater to Raja and the children, and receive special treatment. The head of the social class system enjoys …

MSMU’s Spring Carnival for all SuperKids

Written by Tamara Murga, Editor-in-Chief Mount Saint Mary’s University’s Athenians tied on red bandannas, cowboy boots, and hats, on April 9 for the 2015 Spring Carnival in support of the MaxLove Project. The Chalon Associated Student Body hosted their annual fun-filled event and in addition chose to raise donations for a charity of their choice, making this year’s carnival the first of its kind. Blanca Dueñas, the university’s current Associated Student Body Vice President, shared her excitement as she handed raffle tickets to participants. She said, “…[w]e chose the MaxLove Project as our foundation this year. We are going to donate two hundred dollars of our budget, as well as whatever the students donate today.” Their foundation of choice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing practical, child-friendly, and accessible wellness to families combating childhood life-threatening conditions, including cancer. With MaxLove Project’s motto, “[h]elping SuperKids thrive against the odds,” ASB recorded students participating throughout the event to send footage over to The Ellen DeGeneres Show and give Max a chance at appearing on the show. The …

MSMU’s leader with a vision

Written by Cindy Carrillo, Vice President On Thursday April 2, Mount Saint Mary’s University released the winners of the annual Chalon Associated Student Body Elections, with Blanca Dueñas as the new Student Body President. She is currently a third-year student majoring in Social Work and Gerontology. Her exceptional leadership roles, before holding presidency, (i.e.. ASB Ambassador, ASB Commuter Senator, and ASB Sophomore Senator), helped her stand out among an elite group of runners. When asked why she ran for President, she said, “As an Athenian, I know my fellow Athenians [male and female] are known to question what hasn’t been questioned. Therefore, I trust and believe we hold the power to make our legacy. A legacy that will guide the future of Athenians to become the best women and men society has ever seen. Also, I want to make sure everyone has a voice, is heard and is accurately represented.” Blanca has shown that in order to have Athenians exercise their voice, she must listen. She has already done so by connecting with students through …