All posts tagged: MSMU

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 …

Letter from President: Word of Mouth Open Mic Night

Written by Liz Charre, President This event could not have been possible without the contribution of Athenian Print’s members and staff writers. A special thank you to every single person who participated in our event. Some things are extremely difficult to share but your courage and cooperation made our audience members think, reflect, and hopefully become inspired. Open Mic Night is a way for all students to express themselves in anyway possible. There is no limit as to what you can express or tell, we are respectful and open to people’s ideas and stories. A special thank you to Jessica Flores who assisted in planning the event, Karen Fritschi who provided the pizza and churros, and OnJonet Williams who filmed the event. We hope that the next time we have this event, you can come out, support, inspire and share your story. Photo by Tamara Murga. Video by OnJonet Williams.  

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 …

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 …

This is the place for me

Faces of the Mount Name: Danielle Handcock Weekend College Student “For me, I wanted to go back to school so that I can get an education and teach my daughter better. My parents are educated but my brother and I stopped going to school. We got caught up in the wrong kind of life so when I found out about this school and the opportunity to come back to school, get a job, do something more productive so that I could provide to my child and be able to teach her from an educational stand point as well as give her more values, I thought this was the place for me.”

Letter from President: Welcome 2016-2017 School Year

Written by Liz Charre, President Welcome back Athenians! I hope everyone had a safe and restful summer. Who is ready to start off a new year filled with adventures, new friendships, and exciting classes? Well, welcome to fall semester 2016. A semester that will change the lives of every single one of you. My name is Elizabeth Charre and I am the President of the Athenian Print. With the new school year beginning, I wanted to take the time to welcome you to the Athenian Print. For several of you, it might be your first time at the Mount, whether you are a freshman or a transfer student. My first advice for you is to be yourself. Introduce yourself to the class and say something unique about yourself. You never know who might relate to you. Second, get to know the campus. For those students who are still unfamiliar with the campus, take some time in between classes to look for a nice quiet spot to think, reflect or simply relax. My recommendation for you …

California’s first black professor taught at the Mount

Written by Victoria McCargar, University Archivist SKIMMING THROUGH THE 1957 YEARBOOK, we noticed that among the 10 smiling members of the Nursing Department faculty was an African-American woman identified as Mrs. Betty Williams. We wondered whether that was unusual — how many faculties at California colleges and universities had black faculty in those days? It didn’t take Google long to produce an answer: Our Betty Smith Williams was the first black professor in California — male or female, in any subject, anywhere in higher education. It says so right here.   Should we be surprised? After all, the Mount graduated a young African-American woman, Vivian Burgess ’52, from its first-in-California bachelor’s in nursing program. The brilliant Sister who made that happen, Rebecca Doan, CSJ, was still chair of Nursing in the fall of 1956 when Betty Williams broke the color barrier and joined the faculty. Williams herself had already broken that same  barrier when she became the first African-American to earn a master’s in nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio in 1954. She taught at the Mount for …