Month: February 2016

Representación latina en la televisión

Written by Beatriz Garay, Staff Writer Muchos de los programas de televisión siempre han sido dominados por actores y actrices de raza caucásica, o blanca. Por ejemplo, la mayoría de los nominados de los premios Oscar son blancos. Pero recientemente, se han producido más programas de televisión con actrices de origen latino.    “Jane the Virgin” es el programa que ha sido más reconocido por romper el statu quo, contratando a la Puertorriqueña, Gina Rodriguez como su protagonista. Aunque en el 2006, America Ferrera, quien es de origen Hondureño, fue contratada para ser la protagonista de un programa de televisión en ingles, no se le dio mucha atención porque en aquel tiempo, la gente no tenía el valor ni la educación suficiente para luchar por los derechos de igualdad de los hispanos.   El caso más reciente de un canal en ingles que ha contratado a una hispana para un papel protagónico es el programa “  “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments” de ABC Family, que ha cambiado su nombre de canal a “Freeform.” La actriz Mexicana-Libanesa Emeraude …

The A21 Campaign- Bodies Are Not Commodities

Written by Beatriz Garay, Staff Writer I began following the A21 campaign just a few months ago. In case you have never heard of this organization, here is their mission statement: “A21 exists to abolish injustice in the 21st century. We are a non-profit organization who believes that together, we can end human trafficking.” Many people are blinded by all of the technological advances and discussions surrounding #LoveWins during the past few years and do not realize that slavery still exists in the 21st century. Not entirely in the form of forced labor work, but a more traumatizing one – human sex trafficking. A21 was founded in order to bring awareness to the people of today’s world that human trafficking still occurs and is a form of “modern-day slavery”. Its website consists of an enormous amount of basic information that will help enlighten one’s mind about the true colors of human trafficking. The rest of this article will consist of my own synopsis and informational extracts of a curriculum that you can download (for free) …

Tomorrow’s female surgeons

Faces of the Mount Student: Ashley Major: Biology   My advisor asked me, “What made you want to be in this major? Who inspired you?” I was like, I did. Women aren’t really focusing on this major. Where do you see women surgeons nowadays? You don’t see that. Especially heart surgeons. I understand that it’s really difficult and we don’t get that much attention or support but I feel like all that matters is focusing on us. If we can do it, we can do it. I had friends who were in the program but because it was tough, they quit. I’m [trying to] persuade younger people to be in the program. People find it very challenging so I wanted to take that challenge. I want to be a surgeon. This is my choice.

DocuDay LA needs you!

Written by Tamara Murga, Editor-in-Chief What better city to live in if you’re into trying films, trying new things, and freebies, than in Los Angeles? The annual DocuDay LA is back this Saturday, February 27 at the Writers Guild of America Theater and they are looking for volunteers. The all-day event will screen this year’s Oscar-nominated documentaries. Followed by each screening, filmmakers will be ready for a Q&A session. Titles like He Named me Malala, Amy and The Wolfpack are among the many screened. The International Documentary Association shares: DocuDay LA 2016 is a great opportunity to see this year’s Oscar® nominated films and filmmakers.  And volunteering at DocuDay is a great way to show your support of IDA and documentary filmmaking! If you’re interested in volunteering and seeing some of this year’s nominated docs for free, make sure to register and save the date. (Anticipating any films this year? Share your comments below.)

A new way to BINGO

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer Remember the positive phrases around the mirrors of the school’s bathrooms a couple weeks ago? How about the post-it notes where you wrote what you love about your body? Well, that is all part of the Sports and Wellness new BINGO incentive program that recently started this month. Many remember last year’s ACTIVATE cards where the person with the most stamps at the end of the month wins a prize. This time, it’s not only about working out. It’s about meeting new people and making a difference in the world. You can receive a BINGO card at the start of every month. It has four different activities students, faculty, staff, and alumni can participate in. Among them are, circuit training, yoga, Zumba, hip-hop, cycling, and a fun glow in the dark volleyball game. The BINGO card also includes the usual way to earn a stamp, with a workout in the gym and the Challenge of the Week. Overall, participants of this new incentive program have the opportunity to receive …

Enough with the cheap jump scares

Written by Brenda Ortiz, Staff Writer I’m going to admit I went into this fully expecting to dislike it. There’s just something about the creepy doll horror subgenre that I never liked. For me, creepy dolls have just never fallen into the two most interesting aspects of horror: the Uncanny Valley (we always know the doll, the obvious villain, is not like us) and body horror. There isn’t much that can be done with this horror staple that hasn’t already been done. While most horror films seem to suffer from some level of predictability, creepy doll stories have a formula that is often ubiquitous, so when I first watched the trailer to The Boy, I rolled my eyes, telling myself I knew exactly where it was going. Unfortunately, I wasn’t completely wrong. One of the biggest problems with the movie reveals itself almost immediately: The Boy is filled to brim with horror cliches. Less than ten minutes in and I could already count them: the old, isolated house, the weird parents, the doll, the fish-out-of-water …

What do you think of when you hear the word queen?

Written by Jessica Flores, Treasurer  What do you think of when you hear the word queen? On February 20, the African American Council of Women enlightened their guests for their third Annual Variety Show and redefined the term Queen from an African American women’s point of view. With a touch of comedy and tears of passion, it is safe to say that the show was once again, an amazing turnout. Guests were welcomed with traditional soul food and portraits of Queens surrounding the campus center: Misty Copeland, Toni Morrison, Coretta Scott King, and Ava DuVerynay, to name a few. Before the show began, student Amber Holt initiated the Black National Anthem. The story opened with the two narrators, students Sidney Williams and Cierra Black, who played a mother and daughter. The daughter expressed how confused she was by the term queen and of all the black women historical figures that are not taught in schools. Her mother began to teach her about a few people who played a vital role in black history. The performances consisted …

Mothers know best

The Faces of The Mount  Student: Maria Major: American Studies & Art major GIS & Ethnic Studies minor “When I graduated in 2006, I was living this really played out idea of what a South LA girl looked like. I did a lot of unhealthy things and made plenty of mistakes. All of these things, they weren’t in alignment with my soul and I pushed myself back to a better place. That push was having my sons. I couldn’t bullshit anymore. I couldn’t slack off like I used to. I had people to care for. My whole sense of identity changed the moment I became a mother. I started off as a Weekend College student, but things began to change for me, personally, during the first two semesters and that’s when I decided to transition into Traditional College. My sons’ father is not in their lives and I suppose not having any guides about how to raise boys in a patriarchal world as a single mother prompted me to look to educational sources for help. Even …

Contrary to Popular Belief

Written by Ajeé Anderson, poem submission Contrary to popular belief, Black History month isn’t for Black people. No, it’s for everyone to get a taste of What we already know. A tidbit of information on Every slave that was brought Here against their will, Of every moment our people had the whip at their back and rope around their neck, Of every slave revolt against our oppressors, Of every runaway slave from bondage, Of every law passed for our in alienable rights, Of every movement for our beauty, lives, and dignity. Black History Month is to show this and more. Which is why I say Black History isn’t for us, We already know our history, it’s in our DNA; We honor it every day. This is for the masses, so join us in the celebration of Black History Month.

Why are you here?

Written by Anonymous *Poem submitted by an anonymous student Today I left my insecurities in the shower My tears traveled through my heart With rage, I almost fell apart Why are you here? Time felt infinite as I kneeled down with scorching water flowing on my back naked, my face covered in black Why are you here? You kneeled with me and grabbed my hand Together we faced my fear It suddenly became clear Why you are here.