Month: September 2016

Everytable: “Making affordable, healthy food a reality for all”

Written by Pauline Mikhail, Staff Writer Imagine walking into a restaurant that offers healthy food at unbeatable fast food prices. Who would complain about that? Everytable, a new restaurant in South L.A., is the new go-to for healthy affordable food. “The idea for Everytable was inspired by my personal passion for food justice, not a dream of becoming a restaurant owner,” co-owner Sam Polk said. “In 2013, I became aware of the issue of food deserts, low-income communities where there is little fresh food for sale, and tons and tons of fast food.” His desire to change the way fresh food was sold at such a high rate started with Groceryships. Polk, founder of Groceryships, described the organization as “a nonprofit working at the intersection of obesity and poverty.” There he met David Foster, now the co-founder of Everytable, where Foster volunteered and later joined the team full-time. In 2014, Polk and Foster collectively came up with the idea of Everytable. However, it is much more than a restaurant, said Polk. “It is about building a …

MLB’s tribute to Jose Fernandez’s tragic death

Written by Beatriz Garay, Staff Writer The baseball world woke up to a tragic story this past Sunday morning. The MLB lost one of its greatest pitchers of the 21st Century. Jose Fernandez, the 24 year old pitcher for the Miami Marlins and two friends died in a boating accident. The National Guard found the disassembled boat after 3am Sunday morning. Alcohol or drugs were not a factor of this tragedy, but what we do know is that Jose Fernandez died on impact. Following the recognition of his parting, MLB released a statement regarding the tragedy: “He was one of our game’s great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life.” Don Mattingly, Miami Marlins manager, said during the press conference: “When I think about Jose … I see such a little boy in him. That’s the joy that Jose …

Dodgers Clinch the National League West for the fourth year and say goodbye to Vin Scully

Written by Liz Charre, President What an amazing end to a Dodger home stand, honoring Vin Scully on the incredible 67 years with the organization and clinching the National League West for the fourth year straight. The Dodgers ball club is the first team in the National League West to win four straight NL West titles. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who were eight games back from the Giants 90 days ago, are now at the top once again. Ever since the All-Star Break, the Dodgers have shown that they could possibly be a World Series contender. Having lost Kershaw through the majority of the season, many fans had their doubts on the Dodgers even making the postseason. But, things turned out better than expected. Now with Kershaw back in the rotation the Dodgers look to end their drought of a World Series appearance. The magic number was one as of Saturday night. As the Dodgers entered Sunday’s game with the motive to not only sweep the Rockies but win their division, a bump in the …

We should all aim for greatness

Name: Tamara Murga Graduation Year: 2016 Major: Journalism and New Media, minor in Creative Advertising Current Occupation: Freelance journalist/photographer and Los Angeles Magazine Intern What did you gain and benefit from being a student at Mount Saint Mary’s University? Aside from a great education, I definitely gained self-confidence. With all the opportunities available at the Mount, I was able to get out of my comfort zone – extremely important for the career field I chose. If you could go back, what would you have done differently as an undergraduate student? Definitely would have interned more. Many places offering internship opportunities prefer juniors and seniors. I didn’t realize that making that one of my biggest priorities would be so important. What advice would you give to current students at the Mount? Prioritize what is already on your full plate and do not procrastinate. What is one of your favorite memories from the Mount? College is definitely the place where I met some of my best friends. I’ll always cherish how much we pushed each other to …

Chalon and Doheny libraries undergo inventory colorfully

Written by Carsie Mendoza, Staff Writer When students on the Doheny and Chalon campuses returned to classes this fall, the libraries were probably much more colorful than they were originally expected to be. A project that has been in the works since the 1970s has finally come to fruition. In the late 1970s, MSMU received funding to digitalize the library catalog in contrast to the card catalog system that was currently in place. Unfortunately, there were not enough funds so not all books were able to be put into the system. This meant that the library had books ready to be checked out but weren’t because they didn’t exist in the catalog. Then in 2014, things began to change. I sat down with MSMU’s Interim Director of Libraries, Dr. Ruth Jackson, as she explained how this project that had been stalled for years, finally was getting achieved. Jackson explained that “MSMU authorized a needs-assessment study of the library and they employed one of the top consulting firms, Aaron Cohen… One of his recommendations was that …

Bringing South L.A. what it deserves with love

Written by Estefani Alarcon, Staff Writer Driving south on Vermont Avenue is nothing special until your eyes drift to a colorful building that stands out amongst others. They are dull compared to the green, grey and orange building with the With Love Market & Café sign right in the middle. The curiosity builds and you need answers. What was once a costume storage for a Hollywood studio is now the light at the end of the tunnel providing healthy food options for the West Adams community. With Love Market & Café opened on March 14, 2016. Their grand opening answered prayers for those who travel more than 7 miles for an affordable, organic grocery store. As you walk in, you’re welcomed in thirteen different languages by a sign on the floor. There are food icons on every section of the market for people to visually see what they are looking for–language not being a barrier. The founder, Andrew McDowell, lived in the neighborhood and had to repeatedly travel far to have access to healthy food. …

Sports teams avoid North Carolina due to new transgender bathroom law

Written by Jessica I. Contreras, Staff Writer Multiple sports teams have decided not to affiliate themselves with arenas located in North Carolina, and it all revolves around the state’s new transgender bathroom law. This new law states that people must use the restroom with the gender affiliated on their birth certificate. Which, in turn has caused some sports teams and associations to turn change their decisions “full-court.” Given this new law, the NBA decided over the summer to change the location for the upcoming 2017 All-Star Game weekend that was scheduled to be hosted in North Carolina. Not only did the NBA decide to make some changes, but the ACC division of college football also decided to make a change the location of upcoming games scheduled to take place in the state of North Carolina. Although this new change may seem to be occurring from a far distance, they are adequately changing the lives of many people all across the country. Considering the recent changes from The White House, in which President Obama signed the …

We all need a bit of courage

Faces of the Mount Name: Lew Dauber Weekend College Professor “I am 66 years old now, so about 8 years ago I was in my late 50’s. I hadn’t been to college. I graduated in 1972 with a degree in Dramatic Arts from UC Berkley. That was enough education for me and I never really thought that I would go back to graduate school. But I was doing shows in Ventura College. I had some friends there and I developed a living history shows for a grand opening of a new library. I did a lot of research and scripts for these things and I really enjoyed it. I was able to perform, but I was also writing the things and many of the faculty there encouraged me to join and apply for the job at Ventura College. But you have to have a Master’s Degree in order to teach at the college level and I didn’t. So, they told me ‘Go back and get one.’ My blood was up to do it and I’m …

Stay active during the school year

Written by Beatriz Garay, Staff Writer Do you like staying active? Do you enjoy physical activities such as a fun workout or dancing Zumba? Well, you’re in luck! Each month the Sports & Wellness department will offer 4 group sessions at Chalon, and 3 group sessions at Doheny for students, faculty, and staff. Classes will be available based on the instructors’ availability, participant interest, and feedback. There will be “drop-in sessions” open to anyone and everyone at any skill level. “We try to provide a variety of options from cardio, strength, and dance,” shared Autumn Johnson, director of Sports & Wellness. “Each session is led by a certified instructor who helps make the workout fun and engaging.” These sessions do not require registration therefore, you can come as frequently as possible. The scheduled times also provide flexibility for commuters offering sessions at different times during the day. “It is important to be physically active, and these sessions provide fun opportunities for being active,” Johnson said. No experience is needed to join these programs. Johnson said that …

Located in the Brady commons at MSMU Chalon, Los Angeles, the visitor’s dining room is under consideration by “The Black String” production team on Wednesday, Sep 8, 2016. It may be the “conference room where [the characters] will be meeting with the family and doctors” at a mental institution, co-producer Charles Bunce said. (Photo by Ava Graciela Rutter)

MSMU’s new psychological thriller in the works: A throwback to suburban horror

Written by Ava Graciela Rutter, Staff Writer On a Wednesday afternoon at the Chalon campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University, confusion marked the expressions of those at the student lounge. Even students intent on studying stole glances at the confident crew of six who were inexplicably taking photos of the room and posing with the video games and doorway. The group was assessing the lounge – not for maintenance or remodeling, it turns out, but for scenes in an upcoming thriller. The feature film, “The Black String,” is a psychological thriller written by Brian Hanson and Richard Handley for their MFA thesis in Film and Television at the Mount. The plot, as co-producer Charles Bunce describes, centers on a man in his 20s who has “a one-night stand with a mysterious woman. Then crazy stuff ends up happening to him, and he’s not sure if it’s really happening or if it’s all in his head.” Screenwriter-director Hanson reveals that the concept is rooted in an organic source of fear, “a collection of nightmares that I had,” he …