Year: 2016

Observations

Written by Brianna Cardenas, submission They walk in at the same time we do – a man and woman, they’re older. Their steps aren’t hurried, they seem like a patient pair. They remind me of my grandparents. He carries a baby girl, she’s at least one years old with a head full of dark brown hair. She wears dangly earrings like the ones I wasn’t allowed to wear until I was much older. She buries her head into his sweater rubbing her nose back and forth against the soft fleece. She smiles in a room full of apathetic stares; maybe she likes the smell of Old Spice. The waitress directs them to a table and then comes back for us. We take a booth against the window. The sky is a blinding white. I see them from the corner of my eye, they’re sitting at a table a few paces away. He sits across from the woman, the child in a highchair between the two. Across the room, in the corner, an old man sits …

The unspoken dissatisfaction of commencement speakers at Mount Saint Mary’s continues

Written by Kimberly Aguilar, student submission At a school where tuition is on average about $37,000 per year, Mount Saint Mary’s University has failed at obtaining memorable speakers for commencement ceremonies. The tuition at Spelman College, a historically black college for women in Atlanta, is $13,000 less and they have been able to acquire dominant women to address graduating students such as Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Soledad O’Brien. Students have realized that they want more memorable spokeswomen to speak at their graduation. In 2014, MSMU was named No. 1 in MONEY magazine as the U.S. college “that adds the most value,” but do they really live up to this? Students are encouraged to make their dreams a reality by overcoming the male to female ratio in their future given field of work, therefore, we should have women like Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Ellen DeGeneres, host and producer of the Ellen DeGeneres show, and many other women as the commencement speakers. These women are only two …

Letter from President: Word of Mouth Open Mic Night

Written by Liz Charre, President This event could not have been possible without the contribution of Athenian Print’s members and staff writers. A special thank you to every single person who participated in our event. Some things are extremely difficult to share but your courage and cooperation made our audience members think, reflect, and hopefully become inspired. Open Mic Night is a way for all students to express themselves in anyway possible. There is no limit as to what you can express or tell, we are respectful and open to people’s ideas and stories. A special thank you to Jessica Flores who assisted in planning the event, Karen Fritschi who provided the pizza and churros, and OnJonet Williams who filmed the event. We hope that the next time we have this event, you can come out, support, inspire and share your story. Photo by Tamara Murga. Video by OnJonet Williams.  

A professor’s call to action to worried students post-election results

Written by Jessica Flores, Editor-in-Chief After a week of receiving emails from frightened Latina students who are afraid for themselves and their families because of the new president-elect, Marcos McPeek-Villatoro, decided to write a letter to his students. He expressed his opinions about the new age of Trump and encouraged them to continue their education. “I’m tired of my fellow Latinos living in constant, unmitigated fear of the injustices waiting for them in the near future. We need to speak up, loud and clear, against the racism that’s made people of color, once again, the victims of pure hate,” Villatoro said. He presented his letters in class, in Spanish and English, on Tuesday, Nov 15. Not only does he want to bring this issue to students’ attention, but also the faculty and staff members to come together as a community to create change fearlessly. Students recorded his speech on their phones to share on their social media. “Professor Villatoro’s speech helped me feel safer as a Latina following the election results. Also, as a current …

Meet your new favorite Gelato truck in Santa Monica

Written by Pauline Mikhail, Staff Writer Gelato may be the Italian word for ice cream, but it looks and tastes nothing like it. While ice cream, frozen yogurt, and other frozen treat shops are found in California, gelato shops usually aren’t, nonetheless gelato popsicles. Stickhouse Gelato is a new frozen treat shop that opened up in Santa Monica in 2015. The founders, the Sottile family, originally opened The Stickhouse Gelato in Torino, Italy, otherwise known as Turin in English, in 1972. The family began to make and serve the gelato out of a small storefront. As a little boy, Vincenzo Sottile never dreamed he would one day grow his family’s gelato empire and have more than 80 stores located in 16 countries. In 2006, Sottile did not want to sacrifice the freshness and quality of gelato, so he designed and developed La Ghiacciola, “The Icicle,” which is an innovative machine that uses micro-crystallization to produce an intensely flavorful gelato using only natural ingredients. Since opening a Stickhouse Gelato shop in America, they have offered the …

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts named Manager of the Year

Written by Liz Charre, President Dave Roberts, also known as “The Skip,” has just been announced the National League Manager of the Year according to MLB Network. He is the second Dodger Manager in history to win this award. “I am speechless, I really am,” stated Roberts during a press conference. “I look back at those managers that have won this award and I am humbled.” The only other manager that has won was Tommy Lasorda back in 1983 and again in 1988. Roberts out-beat last year’s Manager of the Year, Joe Maddon, by twice the amount of votes. Roberts led the Dodgers to their fourth consecutive National League West division title back in late September. He then led the Dodgers to beat Dusty Baker and the Washington Nationals in the NL Division Series to move on to play Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers did lose that series but it wasn’t the end for Roberts and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his rookie season as Dodgers …

Julie Ann Crommett inspires film students in Women in Hollywood course

Written by Ashley Vasquez, student submission On Nov 7, Dr. Haggard’s Film course “Women in Hollywood” had the honor of welcoming a special guest speaker: Julie Ann Crommett. Crommett is Google’s Entertainment Industry Educator-in-Chief who aspires to rid the mainstream media of stereotypes regarding computer science; a combination of Hollywood and Technology at its finest hour, I believe. Not only is she creating cross-industry conversations and problem solutions around these specific topics, she also dreams of opening up her very own production company that will be dedicated to diversity and inclusion in portraying the way our world really is. Her passion lies in diversifying the field of computer science by shifting perceptions using Film and Television. What people see on the screen affects them more than you or they may actually think. It is a powerful tool in the way we view ourselves, the way we feel we should physically look, and the material things we believe we should have to fit in. The media has a big influence on not only adults but younger …

Corey Seager becomes 17th Dodger to win the Rookie of the Year award

Written by Liz Charre, President It was disappointing to see the Dodgers lose to the Cubs back in October, but guess what Dodger fans? Corey Seager was announced the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year through a unanimous decision. Monday night was the first day to present awards to Major League Baseball players who have shown their talent throughout this season. Seager is the 17th Dodger to be given the Rookie of the Year award. It has been the second consecutive year since a player has been given this award through a unanimous decision. Last year it was given to Kris Bryant from the Chicago Cubs. The last Dodger to receive this award was Todd Hollandsworth back in 1996. The Dodgers organization has had a Rookie of the Year for every position except third base. “It’s going to be a great night,” Seager said when he heard the news of his award. “I have friends, family, and coaches here with me today to celebrate.” He thanked all of his friends, family, coaches, and Dodger …

Americans look for silver lining as Donald Trump becomes president-elect

Written by Kimberly Aguilar, student submission “Make America great again.” For many people in the United States, the outcome of this election comes nothing close to Donald Trump’s popular campaign slogan. For immigrants, African-Americans, the LGBTQ community, and many more minority brothers and sisters, this can be either the beginning of revolutionary times or another dark period for those who have been harshly relegated. In the end, this is nothing the resilient people of America cannot handle. In 2015, Bernie Sanders announced his campaign sparking inspiration and passion into many like a million fire ants clustering around a crack on wood. Although he did not win the vote of America, he truly won the heart of Americans. His unforgettable presence in the race made way for unspoken discussions on debt-free college, Wall Street reformations, and most importantly redirecting money from politics into the restoration of democracy. His loss against Hillary Clinton extinguished the fire in millennials rooting for change, but his campaign sparked enlightenment and fueled the fight against a crooked system. Ultimately, it may …

Bel Air Fire: 55th anniversary and how the Mount was affected

Written by Brytanya Le, Staff Writer Brush fires in the Los Angeles County are no surprise. The infamous Santa Ana winds, the statewide drought, and dry spells are essential factors in sparking wildfires. Sunday, Nov 6, marked the 55th anniversary of the Bel Air fire, which swept through Bel Air, Brentwood, and even part of the Mount Saint Mary’s University Chalon campus back in 1961. The fire began on November 5, 1961, when a bulldozer struck some rocks and sent sparks flying into nearby brushes. The surrounding area immediately went up in flames as the harsh Santa Ana winds spread the fire around Bel Air. The 405 freeway had just been constructed that year so many people had assumed it would stop the fire in its tracks. However, the fire did the unexpected and jumped over the Sepulveda Pass. From there, the Brentwood community and Mount Saint Mary’s College (as the university was called at the time) were directly standing in its path. Thousands of residents in the surrounding Brentwood and Bel Air communities were …