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Brody Baumunk

Freshman — Video Communications

Brody’s Bio

Krista Perrin

Junior — Anthropology

Krista’s Bio

Brooke Grasso

Junior — Journalism

Brooke’s Bio

Kendra Craighead

Senior — Creative Writing and Journalism

Kendra’s Bio


A Little Adventure

March 22, 2017 by kperrin

Welcome back, my lovely readers! Spring break went by so fast, and I’m already looking forward to the next break I get! Even though I worked during the first half of the week, I still got to do some pretty amazing things towards the later half. On Thursday, I went on an easy little hike to Eaton Canyon with a few friends of mine, and the waterfall actually looked pretty heavy considering we just had a bunch of rain come our way. Though the waterfall was beautiful, we couldn’t stay long, because the gates to the trail closed at sundown, and we got there later than we had anticipated. Still, it was a pretty nifty view and I had good company!

 

(My friends Richie, Justine and I at Eaton Canyon)

 

After our hike, we stopped at the next town over and took a relaxing stroll along this amazing bridge in Pasadena. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a sucker for pretty lights. I guess growing up on Guam, there aren’t many architectually beautiful lamp posts (all the lamp posts on Guam are pretty standard), so whenever I pass by a parking lot where the lights are so beautiful, I get a bit mesmerized (and I know that sounds silly, I get made fun of all the time haha). I feel like Pasadena is such an architecturally impressive city as it is, so how could I not be in awe and appreciate their lamp posts? All I can say is, they made for some pretty great pictures.

 

 (I love how you can see the lights along the entire bridge.)

 

After taking some shots by the bridge, we all hopped over to SushiStop in Old Town to end our night of adventure. It’s nights like these that make me appreciate my friends and all the beautiful things Southern California has to offer.

Alright folks, here’s your question of the week!

Do you like sushi?

If you do, I suggest checking out SushiStop haha. They were featured on Buzzfeed and have really great prices! I’ll see you all next week. (:

Ethics for a future journalist

March 22, 2017 by brgrasso

Hello everyone!

This week I have been very busy with my media ethics class. It is so interesting to learn about something that consumes so much of our daily lives. The average person spends more than 10 hours a week consuming some form of media, whether it is TV, social media, movies or reading magazines. Since we spend so much time viewing and reading this information and it is so pertinent in our lives, it subconsciously affects how we view the world.

The most specific examples that intrigued me in “Miss Representation,” (available on Netflix, go watch!) were how the media portrays a very unrealistic and limited vision of women. After viewing so much of this false image of a woman, young girls start hating their bodies, and women who take leadership roles are seen as bossy. In addition, the lack of women in leadership roles in these companies, leads to perpetuating false stereotypes and the lack of a diverse media.

When Margaret Cho, comedian and actress, was criticized for being overweight, her show was later replaced with Drew Carey, who is not any more fit than Cho is. Talk about hypocrisy.

I am glad to be at a school where I am learning about real world examples that will help me make strong, ethical, and educated decisions in my future career. The discussions that take place in class only help to challenge my viewpoints and inspire me to be positive change in an industry I hope to thrive in.

Until next week,
Brooke

Tokyo Central

March 15, 2017 by kperrin

Having to work during the first half of Spring Break wasn’t exactly what I would have wished for, but I’m glad I can now enjoy the rest of the week and have a little fun before returning back to my hectic routine. One thing that always helps kickstart a fun day is eating great food! A lot of times, when I get homesick, one of the things I miss most is my mom’s homemade Japanese food. I miss her onigiris, curry, karaage, potato croquettes, and even her homemade sushi. Luckily, there’s a place I can go to get my fix for when I’m craving some authentic Japanese food. It’s the best Japanese market around, and I can vouch for its effort to be truly authentic. Tokyo Central, located in West Covina, is a Japanese market with fresh produce, packaged products, gifts, homegoods, and even a food court.

 

(The cutest section in the marketplace—look at all those plushies!)

 

(The grab and go bento options are endless. Source: Yelp)

 

If you love Japanese food, or anything Japanese really, Tokyo Central is the closest place to the university that offers quality goods and great food. They also post events the local Japanese communities throw, and their upcoming event is their annual Cherry Blossom Festival. I recommend checking it out if you have the time to, it’ll be worth the trip! But don’t worry, if you can’t make it to their festival, Japan Daisuki will be having our own Cherry Blossom Festival at the beginning of April, where we’ll be having Taiko performers and catering from Tokyo Central. Check out our Instagram for updates on our events. Until then, enjoy the rest of your Spring Break, and I’ll see you all next week with a new post!

Ready for your question of the week?

What helps you have a good start to your day?

Let me know by sharing your thoughts in the comment section!

Social Media and Self-Love

March 15, 2017 by kcraighead

Thank God, self-love is trending. It seems that within the last couple of years the idea that loving yourself before loving others is an important step in mental and emotional stability in relationships, and has become a promoted and celebrated ideal, especially across social media. And while at first social media took a hit for the way that “likes” and “followers” seemed to crush self-esteem and had become a type of measurement of self-worth, the shock seems to have settled and being “liked” isn’t as important. While I admit that acceptance, not only from friends and family but from society, plays a big role in how we perceive ourselves, learning how to be your own biggest fan seems to be overcoming the idea that society defines us.

A new blog, AloeBud, a syndicate of Femsplain, is steadily growing in popularity through Twitter and Instagram, spreading a message of self-care and self-love as a means for mental and emotional well being.

I found AloeBud on Twitter when they first appeared, and have enjoyed their daily reminders to “take care” or to “take time,” because social media itself is a product of the way we live our lives: fast. AloeBud often asks its followers what they did today to make themselves feel good or to smile or what made them feel proud, making their blog a type of community, and creating a space to share tips on how to relax, or put yourself first.

AloeBud has created a signature for itself, a little garden growing flowers, attached with daily reminders, tips and cute emojis to help alleviate stress, feel more confident or feel more at peace with whatever struggle you might be facing. For myself, personally, I tend to bite my nails when I get nervous, bored or stressed out. Naturally, after I have destroyed my nails, I start to feel even more stressed out. It’s a bad habit that AloeBud helps remind me to break, and encourages me to take care of. I use vitamin E and lotion to keep my cuticles cared for and help my nails grow. When my nails feel good and look good, it helps me to not feel so stressed out.