Month: September 2016

Don’t let money blind you from doing what you love

Alumni of the Mount Name: Kimberly Quitzon Graduation Year: 2016 Major: Journalism and New Media Current Occupation: Writer, Social Media Coordinator, CBS Page What did you gain/benefit from being a student at Mount Saint Mary’s University? The Mount was where I met the people that would help shape the rest of my life. From friends to professors, it has given me an opportunity to connect with those who not only understand my goals, but push me further into achieving them. I was able to land internships during school and recently was offered a position in CBS’ Page Program thanks to my support system.  If you could go back, what would you have done differently as an undergraduate student? If I could go back I would have taken advantage of more networking events. There are so many speakers that come to the mount who can be potential employers or even mentors and I wish I would have understood that sooner.  What advice would you give to students at the Mount? This time in your life is going to …

Serena Williams upset at the US Open and loses No. 1 ranking

Written by Liz Charre, President Serena Williams has failed to make the US Open final for the second time consecutively. If last year wasn’t a disappointment, this year was worse. Williams struggled with serves, hit shots, and consistency during the match Thursday night against Karolína Plíšková from Czech Republic.  The worst part of it all was that she lost the match with a double fault in the tie-breaker. Not only did Williams lose her semifinal match in consecutive sets, she also lost the world No. 1 ranking. She was No. 1 in the world for 186 consecutive weeks–tied for the longest streak in WTA history. Many tennis fans had high expectations of Williams. Over the past few months, she has not played her best. However, she did win Wimbledon back in July but lost in the third round of the Olympics. She also did not compete in the tournaments before the US Open. Many fans were left wondering: was the pressure of keeping world No. 1 too much for Williams? On the other hand, Plíšková …

Making sacrifices until I get to where I want to be

Alumni of the Mount Name: Cindy Carrillo Graduation Year: 2016 Major: Journalism and New Media Current Occupation: Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation RBI Intern What did you gain/benefit from being a student at Mount Saint Mary’s University? I gained confidence and determination. My first semester was not what I had imagined. I lost one of my books, test scores dropped and I felt like a disappointment to my parents. In a writing class, I met some amazing women who I’m thankfully still friends with, to which I found my purpose. I was excited for school and had a vision. If you could go back, what would you have done differently as an undergraduate student? I would have gotten more involved with clubs on campus and events that were held. What advice would you give to current students at the Mount? Some advice I would give current students is to try and get your classes at the same time, that way time doesn’t feel wasted. It’s draining when there is long gaps between, so plan ahead and try …

Who will end the year as World No. 1: Kerber or Williams?

Written by Liz Charre, President It has been a roller coaster ride in women’s tennis this year. Rankings have dropped and risen for so many players but the woman that has grabbed the most attention this year is World No. 2 Angelique Kerber. Kerber has had an extraordinary start of the year winning her first ever grand slam trophy. She was able to pull the upset and beat World No. 1 Serena Williams in the final of the Australian Open back in January. Since then, she has qualified and played for several finals. Kerber was ranked No. 7 in the world when she entered the Australian Open. She then reached the final, won, and by February moved up in the rankings to World No. 2. However, it has been a chase for World No. 1. Kerber won several tournaments and pushed Serena Williams to her limit. Williams, on the other hand, has struggled this year. She has not competed in many tournaments nor has won, therefore allowing Kerber to taking the No. 1 seed. Before …

The new face of politics and how students can get involved

Written by Beatriz Garay, Staff Writer Change occurs every single day whether they are minor or major. But have you ever thought about a change within the relationships students have with politics? Ulection, a grassroots organization, is “a dedicated space where citizens, candidates, and elected officials can discuss the issues that matter to their communities,” according to their website. This program was created in San Francisco by Michael Henne and Daniel Alvidrez with the purpose of resolving the issue of money in politics, and also creating a platform where students and millennials can connect with their community’s political process. The inspiration behind the creation of Ulection was due to the lack of resources. “I found it very difficult to learn about the issues my candidates cared about… they all had their own websites and commercials and flyers [that] they created [which] lacked substance,” said Henne. Ulection allows people to join a campaign in order for candidates to build their volunteer support groups from the ground up, he said. It allows students to voice their concerns …