All posts tagged: featured

Making Sacrifices to Pursue a Lifelong Goal

  Jared De los Reyes, a second-year pre-nursing major with a minor in film and media, has gone through several obstacles in his two years at Mount Saint Mary’s University to get to where he is at today. Jared who is involved in many clubs and organizations such as WISH, Latinas Unidas, Women in Film and Media and others has had to manage all of these organizations along with peer tutoring and working at the library. “You have to make a sacrifice,” says Jared. “Sometimes you can’t hang out with friends because you have to worry about yourself first.” As a male pre-nursing student, he understands the pressure of getting accepted into the program since he is considered a minority but continues to strive to become the best student he could possibly be. Jared wants to be successful for his grandparents because they have been his biggest supporters and he plans to become the best possible nurse or film student he can be. Check out his story! Advertisements

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 …

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 …

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 …

New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI in dramatic fashion

Written by Liz Charre, President A game which looked like was going to be a shutout turned into a dramatic ending when the New England Patriots stunned the Atlanta Falcons in overtime to win Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas last night. The Falcons being the underdogs, they immediately jumped ahead in the first half to a 21-3 lead over the Patriots by the time it was halftime. At halftime, Lady Gaga took the stage and blew everyone’s mind with her phenomenal performance. She performed her most popular hits leaving the crowd in surprise. The Falcons were 30 minutes away from claiming their first-ever Super Bowl victory after the performance. As the Falcons were locked in, the Patriots needed to focus and regain momentum in order to come back and win the Super Bowl for the fifth time in franchise history. But in order to do that the Patriots had to score touchdowns, stop the Falcons offense, and defend. The third half didn’t work too well for the Patriots as they were down 28-9 when …

Jane the Virgin continues to break down barriers for women and Latinas everywhere

Written by Kimberly Aguilar, Staff Writer As Jane the Virgin takes on its third season, it continues taking on a “beautifully nuanced approach to women’s sexuality.” Magazines, such as Cosmopolitan, are naming it CW’s best show ever and it’s for all the right reasons. The show captures one of the greatest facts that television fails to portray: not all Latina characters are maids or women like Sofia Vergara. Our Los Angeles population consists of nearly 48% women and girls of Latina descent and they are also the youngest female ethnic group in California. Jane the Virgin tackles many issues Latinas face from their virginity to immigration, and the best part about it is that the show does not shy away from how vocal they want to be about it. Some of the best scenes take place in the midst of the crisis, which is usually when things unravel. In an episode where Jane Villanueva (played by Gina Rodriguez) finds out she is pregnant, her mother, Xiomara Villanueva (played by Andrea Navedo) asks her if having …

Dr. Nicole Haggard: Hold on to what matters

Faces of the Mount Dr. Nicole Amber Haggard is a Film and Media, Communications and Social Justice professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles. As a USC graduate of American Studies, she focuses on women empowerment and representation in the media. Dr. Haggard’s famous phrase in most of her classes is “Why does this matter?” Her goal is for students to learn about what they’re passionate about and most importantly, learn more about themselves.“We keep it real and we have fun because we discuss topics on what matters to them.” “If my student can learn more about themselves and their particular worldview through the eyes and ears of my classroom, then I have succeeded.” Check out this video to learn more about Dr. Haggard. Photo by Tamara Murga; Video by OnJonet Williams