Year: 2017

Fashion for all or the elite?

By Pauline Mikhail Pumpkin spice lattes, falling leaves, chilly weather, and cozy movies. Do you know what that means? Fashion week is officially upon us for the second time this year, and instead of Fall collections, the designers are showing off their new Spring collections, but, is it culturally appropriate or is the style for everyone to be able to wear? Fashion week is usually a fun and festive time but for the past couple of years, Fashion Week has shown us that if you are not gorgeous, slim, and white then celebrating its clothes is not for you – which usually includes the models. According to the Fashion Spot, “Spring 2018 was the most racially diverse New York Fashion Week in recent history. After examining 94 major New York shows and tallying 2,601 runway appearances, we found that 63.1 percent of castings were white and 36.9 percent were nonwhite. This is the first time that non-white models have accounted for this large of a percentage. Until now, the Fall 2016 season held the racial …

Athletes Shamed for Exercising Their First Amendment Right

By Kimberly Elmann NFL players take a knee and link arms during the national anthem in defiance of President Donald Trump’s tweets. On Sunday, September 24, 2017, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to tweet his views on how the NFL (National Football League) should handle players that kneel during the national anthem. About two-hundred players and their owners responded to President Trump’s tweet, and it was not the response he was hoping to receive. Trump tweeted, “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” This tweet, along with many other tweets, expanded a movement that has been going on since last football season. As football Sunday began, it started with the Baltimore Ravens, and Jacksonville Jaguars’ game broadcasted all the way in London, England. They began the response by kneeling together during the national anthem. Many teams followed that day by kneeling on the field and linking arms, even with their coaches and owners. One player …

A Twin Relationship That Keeps Growing

  By The Athenian Print Garret and Grant Vita are senior twin nursing majors about to walk on stage with their Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing on May 8, 2017. From being born just one minute apart to going to the same school since they were kids both brothers are ready to reminisce their time at the Mount and move forward as future nurses. Applying to the same universities, you would think that their relationship would be rock solid but before college Garret and Grant’s relationship was a little rocky. “Our relationship has gotten better because we are here to help each other, instead of fighting about grades.”   During their spare time, both twins enjoy spending time at the gym. They use the time at the gym to play basketball and lift weights. Throughout their entire four years they have been a part of the intramural basketball team and Pangkat Filipino. They have been devoted to both of these organizations since their freshman year. One piece of advice that both twins would tell male nursing …

I Am Here Because of Journalism

Professor Karen Fritschi, a Journalism and English professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University, is an inspiring woman who has influenced all of her students to become the best writers they can possibly be. Born just a few miles away from London, Fritschi grew up in Africa and found her calling of becoming a journalist. “The best job in the world is being a journalist, the second best job in the world is teaching journalism,” she said. With the love and support of her family she was never limited on the options she pursued in grad school. She was always told that she can be and become whatever she wanted to be and becoming a journalist is exactly what she did. After moving back and forth a couple of times she finally settled down in her hometown where she was able to receive a job as an admin. Although the outcome wasn’t what she expected, she was able to learn a lot from her experience. Little did she know she would soon be running the editorial …

‘Equal Means Equal,’ Documentary About the ERA

By Estefani Alarcon When women gather and work together, magic happens. On Saturday, February 25th, “Never Turn Away a Woman” presented EQUAL MEANS EQUAL, a film by Kamala Lopez that educates Americans on the importance of equal rights under federal law for women. The film touches on the different issues women face such as domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness, wage discrimination, poverty and the list goes on. These issues are not protected by the constitution for women. In the film, she connects all of these issues with one another and explains how this affects the future of women in the United States and across the globe. Lopez shared the stories of different women who have been victims of different crimes but their abusers are still free. Some of the cases presented on trial were dismissed and were evidence that women are not protected by the constitution. “When you have all of your rights given to you by laws they can be overturned by whoever happens to be in control of the white house and as …

As One Sister Graduates, the Other Begins Her Journey at MSMU

Adrianna and Samantha Garcia are sisters both majoring in Film and Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Adriana is a senior and Samantha is a freshman. From wearing the same soccer number in high school to both being in cheer, their sisterly bond has gotten them through the toughest times. Sharing a room for 18 years and now having their father diagnosed with cancer has strengthened their relationship. “It’s gonna take some time to get used to not having her here because I’m so used to having her around but, I’m proud of her,” Samantha says. “I’m excited to let her explore [MSMU] on her own but I am going to be a little sad since we have been going to school together since Elementary,” Adrianna says. The amount of love that these two young ladies have for each other is a bond that will never be broken. Samantha says “My biggest inspiration is my sister because she has been there for me all the time.” As Adriana prepares to graduate in May, Samantha has …

Fashion and Politics: Influencers Share Their Thoughts on Political Climate

By Jessica Flores People visit fashion and lifestyle blogs to escape the realities of their lives but now people are curious in knowing what their influencers think about the political climate America is in. President Trump’s recent executive orders regarding immigration has inspired fashion influencers to speak out–many for the first time–about their political stance on their social media. Fashion blogger Indah Nur posted a photo on Instagram that said “I am the proud daughter of immigrants” with “Proud Indonesian #adaywithoutimmigrants #indonesian #javanese” as a caption. Marianna Hewitt from Life with Me blog also shared a post about her mother who came to America for a better life and if it weren’t for her, she wouldn’t be here. “I’m not even sure how to end this post or what to say, I just wanted to share the story of ONE immigrant who chose to come to this country with every good intention and love for the U.S. and how ONE person having the freedom and the chance to make a life here, here has changed …

Filmmakers Lack to Depict Women of Color as Business Owners

By Kimberly Aguilar With over 9.4 million women-owned business in the United States, stories of female entrepreneurs are rarely portrayed in the media. Some stories that do come to mind are depicted in recent movies such as It’s Complicated, Joy and The Intern. However, all three movies depict the female protagonists in almost the same way. While their stories show women who are self made, these films only show the White women that are successful when statistically over half of California’s women owned firms are owned by minority women. Women are 11% less employed than men and Randijah Simmons was tired of it. In 2014 at the age of 18, Simmons started her own clothing company, Sybergurl, because she did not have a job and needed money. Being born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, starting up her own business was no piece of cake. She did not have a business plan, model to follow or any money to back it up. “Building a brand from the ground up as one person and no financial backing is definitely a …

‘Newsies’ Review

By Carsie Mendoza Musical theatre is a big part of my life. From the numerous original cast albums downloaded on my phone and computer to the varied assortment of memorable quotes from Broadway shows that serve as motivation. So when the live-recorded production of Newsies came out in select movie theaters February 16th, 18th, and 22nd, I knew that seeing it was a must. Newsies is a musical based on the New York paperboy strike in 1899 and deals with the harsh realities of that time when children were trying their best to survive by working for companies that had no concern for their well-being. Additionally, it covers something that is becoming ever more relevant in today’s society: the desire to have your voice be heard in a world ruled by elites that only have personal interests and the struggle to keep voices raised when everything is against you. Live-recorded productions of musicals, especially ones that have a huge following like Newsies does, can either be a hit or a miss. On the hit side, …