Month: April 2016

Lakers fire Head Coach Byron Scott after back-to-back losing seasons

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer Laker fans, if this season wasn’t a disappointment one, it just got a lot worse. After serving two seasons with the Lakers, the organization has decided to let go of head coach, Byron Scott. The Lakers have had consecutive losing seasons, this season topping their worst losing record in franchise history. They missed the NBA playoffs for the past few years, only making their last appearance in 2013. They have had several changes to the organization such as firing several coaches, which include Mike D’Antoni and now Byron Scott. For Laker players and fans, it has been a roller coaster ride this past couple of seasons. Now that the 2015-16 season has officially ended for Lakers, they will need to figure out who will become the next head coach of this prestigious organization. Stakes are pretty high for these coaching positions with Kobe Bryant recently playing his final game. Some coaches that have expressed interest in coaching the Lakers have been, assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors Luke …

A Prismatic Drudis Gallery experience

Written by Jessica Flores, Treasurer  Step into the art department’s senior gallery show Prismatic and you’ll walk into a room filled with an array of unique work. Without a doubt, the artists’ work reveals a talent that must not go unnoticed. Seniors debuted their projects on Saturday, April 23 which is a requirement for the Bachelors of Arts degree. Projects consist of black and white photography, acrylics on illustration boards, oil paintings, and much more. Christianna Loza’s project “The Sasquatch of Camp Pine Trails” is a collection of acrylics on illustration boards. “I grew up going to camps and I even ended up working them for years [and] those memories really have stuck with me,” she said. “These beautiful landscapes of snow-capped peaks or towering trees feel like home and peace to me, it’s where I go when life gets stressful and has become where I go to paint in my room when getting outdoors isn’t possible.” Tanya Morales’s project “Inside” is a collection of a white gouache matte medium mixed with glow in the dark powder …

No-hitter for Arrieta

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer For the second time in his career, Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter, shutting out the Cincinnati Reds last night. He is the fourth pitcher in MLB history to be the reigning Cy Young award winner and throwing a no-hitter the following year. The other players that have thrown a no-hitter, a year after they won the Cy Young award, were Sandy Koufax in 1964, Bob Gibson in 1971, and Clayton Kershaw in 2014. Arrieta has had a great start to the 2016 season. His record for this season is 4-0 and since last season, Arrieta’s record is 20-1 with his era being less than one. In his last 24 starts, he threw two no-hitters and has only allowed seven runs in those starts. For hitters, it looks like they are unable to figure out Arrieta’s pitches because he has been solid in last year’s postseason. As the Cubs celebrated their twelfth win on Thursday night, it wasn’t just Arrieta who stole the show. Rookie of the year, Kris Bryant …

When The Ignorance Is A1

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Vice President For those of you who may not know, foot binding, also known as “lotus feet” is a ritual in China where parents wrap their daughters’ feet so tightly in efforts to form a point-like shape. The painful practice causes bone deformity, causing some women to lose their ability to walk because their feet become so small. This long and painful procedure is endured by many girls and women for the attraction of men, as small feet are a beautiful feature in the culture. I bring this to your attention to inform those who may have seen Amber Rose’s IG post this morning. In a meme, the model laughed at a picture of a woman’s foot who had been bound that read “When the head is A1,” laughing at the idea of your toes curling up. As a proud feminist, I was completely offended. For Amber Rose to claim to be a part of the feminist community is a joke after this post. I assume she does not know what …

The Bamboo Ceiling

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Vice President Asian Americans continue to live under the same stereotypes as they did a hundred years ago. Their slanted eyes impact their capability of driving, they have a natural ability to do Kung Fu or Karate, and of course they are all Chinese. As mainstream media perpetuates these stereotypes, it’s hard for Asian Americans to defend their actual culture. The representation of Asian Americans in the media has created a society where it is okay to discriminate Asian’s and laugh it off. Rarely do people pay any mind when white Americans wear yellow face and put on stereotypical accents, like in an episode of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The episode reveals how desensitized people have become in offending Asians for the sake of comedy. Although the network intended the skit as a harmless joke, they were quickly called out on social media with the hashtag #HowIMetYourRacism. However, the biggest problem with Asians in mainstream media is their lack of lead roles in film and television. Even …

Hollywood end in NBA season

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer The NBA season closes off with a Hollywood end as of Wednesday, April 13, 2016. First off, the man of the hour Kobe Bryant with 20 seasons with the Lakers, five-time NBA champion, 18 time All-Star, and 15-time member for the All-NBA Team. As the NBA star entered the Staples Center Arena one final time, the crowd went wild chanting “MVP, MVP, MVP.” Kobe, who has not scored more than 35 points this entire season, showed his determination and strived one last time in his Lakers uniform. He broke the record for most points in his last game passing Wilt Chamberlain. To close his final game, he scored 60 points and won the game for the Lakers. What a great way to end an incredible career. Now, Kobe was not the only person breaking records. The Golden State Warriors made history as well winning the most games in a regular season. The Warriors entered Wednesday night with one win away from breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls record of 72 …

A different flourishing of the soul

Faces of the Mount Student: Ajeé Anderson Major: English “I wanted to graduate in 4 years. I’m slightly a stickler for sticking to the plans I set in my head. I hate the what-ifs in any situation. That’s my biggest fear, the what-ifs. My struggle was realizing that life is really, very unpredictable. I’m not a very religious person, but I always believed in the saying: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him you have a plan for your life.” I started off majoring in Biology and I came to this school to become a veterinarian. The school told me they had pre-veterinary; I got in and accepted it. Unfortunately, they lied and said they didn’t have it. I’m not bitter at all, though, to be honest. It’s part of my story. I remember sitting in my classes and honestly abhorring the material being taught. It wasn’t the professors – I loved them. They were all good people and you could tell that they were passionate and that they cared for their students. …

Baseball is back

Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer Fans, it’s that time of year again. It’s that time to put on your favorite baseball hats, jerseys and start piling up the hot dogs and beer because baseball season is officially back. It’s been a long offseason with major trades occurring beginning with pitchers David Price and Zach Greinke who made historical deals with the Boston Red Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Other trades have occurred and major announcements have commenced. Among them, David Ortiz, known as “Big Papi” from the Boston Red Sox, has decided to retire after this season. With talent off the charts this season, there are many reasons to hit the ballpark this summer. In this pool of talented players, Dodgers’ shortstop Corey Seager is one to look out for. He made his MLB debut late last season but is ready to show his skills this year. Another player that fans should look out for is Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda, who will pitch for the Dodgers. Maeda has proved during spring training that he …

Selena: vive en nuestros corazones

Written by Beatriz Garay, Staff Writer Spanish piece on the Latin American singer and songwriter Selena Quintanilla who achieved international fame for her Tejano music.  La mayoría de la gente hispanohablante sabe quién es la “Reina del Tex Mex,” Selena Quintanilla. Marzo treintaiuno marco veintiún años de su muerte prematura, y es evidente que la gente siempre recordara a esta talentosa cantante.   Selena cautivo a miles de corazones y esos corazones frecuentemente recuerdan que la propia presidenta de su club de fanáticos la asesinó a balazos. Aun después de dos décadas de su partida, la memoria de esta gran artista no se ha quedado en el olvido. Por las redes sociales, muchos fanáticos, estaciones de radio, y revistas siguen compartiendo su memoria, música, y belleza. De alguna manera, y por alguna razón, esta joven cantante permanecerá en nuestros corazones, hoy y siempre. Cuál es tu favorita canción de la “Reina del Tex Mex?” Comparte tú respuesta en los comentarios hacia abajo.