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CULTURE 12 Opinion - “Man Up”: What it means to be a man in 2016 16 Opinion: “I’m Someone” - “Locker room talk” is sexual assault 20 Homage Brewing: Pomona’s Artful Beermakers 34 My Muslim-American Life: Growing up Muslim in Post-9/11 America 72 Retrospective: Look back 40 years to 1976

CAMPUS 42 Emerging American Voices writers speak out 60 What Would You Do? - ‘The Epiphany’ cast travels to Norway

MUSIC 06 Desert Trippin’: An interview with Neil Young’s drummer and Citrus alum Anthony Logerfo 09 Vocalosity: Citrus get A ca-perfect! 10 Review: Metallica ‘hardwired’ to rock again







NOVEMBER 2016 ISSUE 2 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF/ ART DIRECTOR Evan Solano CREATIVE DIRECTOR Vidal Espina CONTRIBUTORS Sahara Barba Mia Garcia Emily Hermosillo Mickey Romero Abby Sonnentag Ian Thorn ADVISER Margaret O’Neil Logos is produced by communications students and is distributed three times a semester. Views expressed herein do not represent those of the adviser, faculty, administration, Associated Students of Citrus College or the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. © 2016 Logos Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is strictly prohibited.


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letter from the editor


” Unreal,” I thought to myself. I was sitting in a booth at my favorite bar watching the presidential election results on the big screen above me, just like I had been a week ago when the World Series game 7 was on. That night there were roars, applause, cheers, hugs as the Cubs made history. As I watched the numbers roll in for Trump, all I heard were smatters of dumb chuckles and moronic bar talk. I sat glued to the television watching another historic moment in our country’s history. The Cubs took an 108-year leap forward while it felt like we as a country were taking an 108-year step back. The only other people in the room who had been watching the election early on with me had left like drunken fans who stumble out of the stadium when they see there is no point sticking around for the end. They already know their team had lost. Now it’s just a matter of getting to your car and hoping you can make it home to mourn your loss and hope for a better day. That night I watched in fear and worried about what the next four years may bring. I felt as if all the steps we made to move forward were suddenly going in reverse. Hatred won. In that moment I felt hopeless, helpless and fearful. Although Logos Magazine has always been a lifestyle and culture magazine, I decided to make a statement on the cover of our final issue of the semester that I feel is resonating among our readers. As the editor, I felt a responsibility for our publication to make some kind of assertion in recognition of the panic that some students on our campus may feel. The concerns that we and millons of other people around the country feel right now transcend politics and party lines and although the cover of our issue may seem abrasive, it is a call to arms to all of us to counteract fear, prejudice and hatred with love. That is perhaps the only thing that

both sides want more than ever— peace. Earlier this semester the student actors of “The Epiphany” were given the opportunity to travel to Norway to perform a play that deals with the Nazi invasion of the remote island community in 1940. For one professor at Citrus, the story of coming face to face with evil, was a dark and painful part of his family’s history. Despite of the difficult subject matter, the students were determined to help heal part of a nation’s hurt. The tag line of the play poses the question: “What would you do?” Now more than ever, that question is one that resonates with us as we contemplate our roles as Americans for the next four years. What will we do? Who will we choose to be? This campus, the administration and advisers who I have had the pleasure of working with have helped shape me into a positive and contributing member of society. The morals, work ethic and discipline I have learned in my time in student publications are lessons I will always carry with me, wherever I may go. Who we choose to be today will be remembered for many years to come. I hope we choose to be on the right side of history and choose to love each other and do what we can to make a better world. I’d like to thank Citrus for all the opportunities it has given me and countless other students. In my own strange way, I’ll always be true to you,

Evan Solano Editor-in-Chief

the fall 2016 logos staff

reader meet author vidal espina // creative director

Vidal Espina is working on obtaining a degree in communications with an end goal of working in digital media with elite fashion magazines, traveling the world and producing imagery for your eyes to consume. “Too cool to be someone else, too lame to be myself. An outsider. Looking to hear and share the stories of those on the inside. A jack of all trades and a master of none. Finding a way to combine my talents in this digital world,” Espina describes himself. He has a degree in fashion design, has interned in fashion show production for three years, was a makeup artist for five years, wardrobe stylist for ten years and a had brief four year stint in the fitness industry. Espina is honored to have written the stories of some amazing people for Logos Magazine but his real passion is behind the camera, capturing the beauty of his subjects that would be published in the magazine.

sahara barba // staff writer

Sahara Barba is a journalism major that is passionate about horticulture and jamming to technical guitar work. She found her love for news writing when she joined her high school newspaper a few years ago. In the future, Barba wants to write for the L.A. Times but also hopes to start her own magazine that focuses on environmental issues. Though Barba’s zeal is writing, she wants to try being a radio host in hopes that her quirky and sarcastic personality can keep people engaged and amused. An avid Universal Studios fan, she aspires to one day contribute to their birth of monsters in future horror films through photography and videography. “It’s commonplace to hear people say that they don’t trust the media. The future of journalism lies in the hands of millennials, but I’m not scared. I trust us.”

mia garcia // staff writer

Mia Garcia is a communications major who plans on transferring to a university upon graduating from Citrus College. This is her second semester designing for the Clarion and first semester working with Logos Magazine as a freelance writer, where she has acquired skills in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. In her free time, Mia enjoys frequenting local coffee shops and binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix. In the future, she plans on pursuing a career that allows her to put her newly acquired skills to use and live abroad. “Give in to your hunger for better understanding and seek out the truth beyond what is presented in front of you.”

emily hermosillo // staff writer • illustrator

Emily Hermosillo knew she wanted to write fiction ever since she was nine years old, but during her enrollment at Citrus she discovered her new found passion for journalism. Working on the school magazine and newspaper gave her the opportunity to improve her writing in a whole new way while simultaneously being able to utilize her drawing ability. Being identified as a writer gives her determination and a spark of pride because even when she is having late night Dungeons and Dragons sessions, galloping with her horse, doing relentless housework or filling sketch book after sketchbook, she is a storyteller at heart. She values every new experience she gets and knows she will never stop learning. All the effort to improve is worth telling a good story, be it someone else’s or a work of imaginative fiction.

mickey romero // staff writer

​​ Mickey Romero is a communications major with a strong interest in writing, photography and sports. While taking Desktop Publishing, he discovered his love for journalism and went on to be the Managing Editor, Sports Editor and Online Editor for the Citrus College Clarion in 2014-15. Aside from redesigning the Clarion website, he has also worked with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. He would love to take on a job as a sports photographer but his real dream is to work for ESPN or Sports Illustrated before moving onto writing books covering a multitude of untold sports stories.

abby sonnentag // staff writer

Abby Sonnentag, 19, is in her second year at Citrus College and is more than happy to be a part of the Logos Magazine staff for the Fall 2016 semester. Abby enjoys 80’s movies, reading psychological thrillers, pizza, and is happy the Cubs won the World Series this year. She is a creative thinker with a passion for all things artsy, especially creative writing. With plans to transfer to University of La Verne, Abby knows that her experience with Logos Magazinr will inspire her to pursue a career that is intuitive, challenging, and thrilling.

ian thorn // staff writer

When he first walked on the Citrus campus five years ago, Ian Thorn was a political science major. But after rediscovering his passion for writing about all things heavy metal and video game related, he switched gears and became a journalism major. Now 23 years old and eager to learn, Ian is passionate about spreading video game and metal news like wildfire through Logos Magazine. Hoping to some day be the editor-in-chief for Game Informer, Ian spends his spare time scrubbing casuals in Overwatch and listening to all varieties of heavy music

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Citrus alum/musician Anthony LoGerfo scores the gig of a lifetime in the heart of the desert playing alongside living musical legends


t’s the second weekend of Desert Trip, or “Oldchella” as the millennial crowd called it. A new festival created by the owners of Coachella as a throwback of sorts for a younger crowd to be introduced to influential artists who paved the way for the new guard. Tucked away in Indio’s Coachella Valley millions of music fans rallied together on Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 1416 to see legendary acts like Roger Waters, The Who, Paul McCartney and Neil Young all on one stage.

Out of all the fans gather to see Young, the one with the best seat to see the world renowned musician was 33-year-old Anthony LoGerfo, who is looking directly at the back of Young’s head, watching while he commands the crowd with a dynamite performance. LoGerfo, a La Verne resident, was a former music major from Citrus College. When he first stepped behind a drumset he had no idea how far it would take him. The love affair between LoGerfo and percussion began when he was five years old. “I was introduced to bands like Led Zeppelin and The Who, which is what set it off for me,” he said, listing the likes of John Bonham, Keith Moon, Gene Krupa and Elvin Jones as his musical influences. LoGerfo got his first drum kit at 10, then started his own rock band and began playing shows. “I booked my first show at The Whiskey a-Go-Go in Hollywood,” he said. “I called them up pretending to be a promoter for this band and they gave us a show to play.” By the time he got to Citrus, LoGerfo was TEXT BY: IAN THORN PHOTOS PROVIDED BY: ANTHONY LOGERFO

a drummer, but couldn’t read music. “I learned how to play by ear, but reading music was never something I learned until I got to Citrus,” LoGerfo said. Naturally, he had to start at the bottom of the pack but worked his way up by practicing, learning how to read music and even attending the higher level band’s rehearsals and classes in his spare time. “It didn’t come easy, but I practiced all the time and learned as quickly as I could,” he said.

After spending time and becoming acquainted with Professor Alan Waddington, LoGerfo began performing with the band If All Else Fails and was given the opportunity to record on Gwen Stefani’s debut solo album “Love.Angel. Music.Baby” in 2004, having assembled a makeshift drumline to record for her. “Putting the drumline together was easy, everyone I asked wanted to be involved and were super excited!” LoGerfo said. Eventually LoGerfo was introduced to Lukas Nelson, the son of legendary country artist Willie Nelson through Waddington after a Neil Young show. After hitting it off, the pair formed the band Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, releasing their self-titled debut album in 2010. “It was crazy being introduced to the son of one of my heroes and then becoming a friend with him,” recalls LoGerfo. “It’s still mind blowing that we’re so close.” During the group’s early incarnation, Young had been acting like a mentor to Nelson and LoGerfo, shadowing them and helping out where he could, inspiring the group to push harder and play more.


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and performance abilities, helping us shape our shows in a way that we wouldn’t be able to do on our own,” LoGerfo said. “Neil has been like an older brother to us.” After inviting them on a tour with him, Young proposed the idea of them being his backing band on the road and on his album, “The Monsanto Years.” “I always said if Neil Young calls, I’d quit whatever band I was in and go drum for him,” he said. Drummer and Citrus alumn Anthony Logerfo drums alongside legendary country artist Willie Nelson (left) and Neil Young during a perfomance.

Thankfully LoGerfo did not have to quit and is currently playing with both his good friends and one of his biggest musical idols. LoGerfo’s musical path is what eventually led to him onstage with Young at Desert Trip. Despite the pressure of playing a massive music festival with an array of iconic musicians to a sea of eager music fans, LoGerfo recalled the performance as “very natural.” “Neil just sat us down and said it was like performing at the small brewery we had just performed at in San Luis Obispo, even though we knew there were at least thousands of people out there,” LoGerfo said. Anyone who has seen Young live, knows he treats every performance like a big jam session and even for an event as massive as Desert Trip, LoGerfo and the backing band were up to the challenge of jamming out at the end of the night with Young and Paul McCartney. “We loved the vibe we were getting, everyone seemed to be doing nothing but being one with what was going on on the stage,” LoGerfo said. “Paul is the sweetest dude,” LoGerfo chuckles, remembering the night. “He got to know us, had a conversation, wanted to play with us and seemed as excited to be there as he looked when he was in his 20’s performing with The Beatles.” Living a life that most young musicians dream of, he treats everything like it’s day one. “Just being there is enough for me, I’m surprised I get paid for this!” LoGerfo laughed.


LoGerfo is a musician who is there for the artist and their needs and his work ethic is a force to reckoned with. He approaches every aspect of his musicianship as a labor of love, whether it’s performing on stage to thousands or jamming out in rehearsals. “Never play for a goal,” he said. “Play for the love of playing.”


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The Haugh Performing Arts Center hosts a night af aca-awesome music from “Vocalosity.” Singer Cheeyang Ng answers some questions about what inspired him to join the touring Broadway act.


itrus College is aca-perfect. “Vocalosity” is a two-act Broadway program that comes from the creative mind of Deke Sharon, the artistic producer of “Pitch Perfect.” The performance grooved it’s way to the Haugh Performing Arts Center on Nov. 12. From barbershop quartets to The Beatles and Bruno Mars, Vocalosity explores a wide variety of music in the a capella style Sharon and the film franchise have brought to pop culture through live concert and choreography by Sean Curran. After debuting in January 2016, the ten singers have been performing across the nation, dotting the map in more than thirty U.S. cities. “Vocalosity” is about proving that a capella is a sound like no other and you don’t need the music to sing a long. Cheeyang Ng, 26, is one of the travelling singers with “Vocalosity”. Born and raised in Singapore, he has performed across Asia and the United

Left: Cheeyang Ng of VOCALOSITY performs “Born This Way.” Right: Amy Whitcomb of VOCALOSITY performs “Whole Lotta Love.”

States, and is honored to be a part of touring with the talented group. Q: So, what is Vocalosity? A: Vocalosity brings together 10 powerhouse vocalists, each unique in our own way. No one is there for filler, everyone has our own story to tell through the music and that’s what makes the show work. I like to describe Act I as everything you expect a cappella music to be, and Act II as everything you did not expect a cappella music to be. And most importantly, it’s a show with a lot of heart. And is true to each member of Vocalosity. Q: Why are you passionate for a cappella? A: There’s nothing quite like vocal music. It’s personal, and everyone sounds different, but putting multiple voices together to create a harmonious sound. It’s basically a human orchestra, and what’s more glorious than that?” Like Deke [music producer/ar-

tistic producer] always likes to say, people have been singing since the dawn of time, and it’s the most honest human way of expression - to sing. Without accompaniment, without instruments, just the voice. That’s why I believe a cappella music is super important and one of the most beautiful forms of expression in music. Q: How has Vocalosity inspired you as a performer? A: It’s brought me back to a cappella. I did a cappella when I was in college, and when I graduated I stopped singing in that art form because I was busy writing, arranging and performing in musical theatre. But Vocalosity brought me back to my a cappella roots. It reignited my passion to use music as a vessel for storytelling and to sing about stuff I care about, instead of trying to fit into a mold that other people want to box me into. Vocalosity has inspired me to return being true to myself.

Q: What do you love most about touring with Vocalosity? A: The most exciting thing is that I get to go around the country, meeting new people, seeing new places and meeting audiences that are as passionate about vocal music as I am. Many times, audience members will come up to me and say “thanks for sharing your story” and knowing that my performance matters to different individuals that come to the show, that’s the best part about touring with Vocalosity. Cheeyang, along with the rest of the “Vocalosity” group, are always looking to move forward with the art of a capella, in hopes that it will inspire everyone to get up and sing, including all that will attend the Glendora performance. L




HARDWIRED TO THRASH AGAIN After eight long years, Metallica unleashes a crushing beast of an album, proving they are still the ‘masters’

Love them or hate them, the name Metallica is synonymous with American heavy metal. Since they released their debut album, “Kill ‘Em All” in 1983, the band released a string of albums that would come to be hailed as classics in the genre, leading up to the release of their groundbreaking “Black Album.” Through the rest of the 1990s, the band petered off into conformity, releasing “Load” and “Reload”, albums that are almost universally disliked. A series of unfortunate events would follow, including trips to rehab and a general disillusionment and ambivalence to the state of the band. Coming back in 2003 with “St. Anger” the heavily divisive

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album showcased the band playing a raw style of metal, as if they had nothing to lose. They were trying to survive at this point, doing whatever it took to unleash the growing rage they had in them for over a decade. Returning to their classic form, the band released “Death Magnetic” in 2008, capturing classic Metallica vibes in a way, but failing to truly embrace what made them so special. But then silence...for eight long years Metallica fans had to wait to see what the legendary band’s next move would be.




Finally, in 2014, the band gave us our first taste at new music with the single “Lords of Summer.” The song exhibited a return to the classic thrash sound of old school Metallica and got all of the fans pumped for what was to come. Two years later, we receive “Hardwired... to Self Destruct” on what the band is calling “Blackened Friday,” in reference to the opening track off their album “...And Justice for All”. In many ways, “Hardwired...To Self Destruct” is the band proving they are still on top, while maintaining the humility that came through their growth period years, fighting to escape the mediocrity of the past two decades. “Hardwired…” is a double album, clocking in at 77 minutes. This may seem like an ambitious undertaking that could deter the most diehard Metallica fan, so diving headfirst into this album is the only way. The opening track, “Hardwired” does not let up slightly and hits you with a wall of thrashing speed before you can even realize that this is a reinvigorated, fast, and pissed off Metallica. This is them reaching within to channel the fire from the first three albums, when they were young and angry at the world. The next song, “Atlas, Rise!” drops the pace slightly, but still maintains the feeling of early Metallica, giving us a “Kill ‘Em All” style vibe, particularly in the choice of notes. The pre-chorus break provides a slamming groove that is surely to induce moshing of all kinds, meanwhile the chorus gives us a lot of “call and response” style interplay with the drums and guitars. This is where the album starts to deviate. “Now That We’re Dead” gives listeners a slow, churning two-step style groove circa “Black Album” era along with more of that “Kill ‘Em All” feeling that we received from the last two songs. “Moth Into Flame” is another faster song that fans were able to digest months before the album was released. The song touches on the harsh realities of fame and its consequences, such as addiction, burning out, and losing touch with yourself. “Dream No More” brings the tempo down into sludgy territory, with bassist Rob Trujillo really leaning on that fifth bass string. It has a very Black Sabbath feel to it, until the vocals kick in and gives

the song an almost Alice In Chains type quality to it. Lyrically, the song revisits the Cthulhu storyline that made songs like “The Thing That Should Not Be” from 1985’s “Master Of Puppets” and “The Call of Ktulu” from 1984’s “Ride The Lightning” such memorable, stand out tracks. Even when Metallica trudges forward, they still are able to give a nod to their past. Closing out the first half of the album is “Halo On Fire,” where the band makes its first misstep on “Hardwired…” The chorus riff is hard, opting to keep things simple, with the guitars chugging and even the bridge riff, with its bright lead notes and almost optimistic sound, are a hit. The song is about disillusionment towards religion and a general disbelief in God, which could lead to actual cathartic lyrics, given the power behind songs like “Leper Messiah” and “The God That Failed”. There’s a reason this album is separated into two parts. The second half of the album is blatant New Wave of British Heavy Metal worship. “Confusion” boasts a slightly faster verse feel, playing with speeding up and slowing down on a dime, however falls victim to terrible lyrics at times as well. This is a song about war, but is nowhere near the precedent set by songs like “One” and “Disposable Heroes”. “ManUNkind” gives us a funk style groove, harkening to the band’s admiration of Thin Lizzy, showcasing Rob Trujillo’s ability to hold down an opening solo in the vein of former bass player Cliff Burton. The majority of the track saves it from almost collapsing in on itself during the bridge, which becomes a pseudo-Five Finger Death Punch style ballad for about a minute. “Here Comes Revenge” features a classic mid-tempo thrash blast, however showcases more of the corniest lyrics Metallica has ever written. The chorus screams “You ask forgiveness, I give you sweet revenge” and if that isn’t enough to make your skin crawl, the rest of the song to follow gives ample reason. “Am I Savage?” is another cringe-worthy song, but has some moments of brilliance. It’s counterfeit “One” intro segues into another Sabbath style slow, plodding riff. The riffs are mostly cool on this song, but they cannot save the song from the terrible, crooning lyrics and James Hetfield’s terrible, almost country style wailing on the song.


In many ways, ‘Hardwired... To Self Destruct’ is the band proving they are still on top, while maintaining the humility that came through their growth period.”

“Murder One” is a tribute to the life of Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, the deceased vocalist of Motorhead. The lyrics are rife with Motorhead references, ranging from “Ace of Spades”, “Born to Lose, Live to Win”, “Orgasmatron” and others. The “Fade to Black” intro falls into a distorted riff that grabs the listener by the throat and reminds you that if Motorhead was never a band, Metallica would never had existed. The album’s closer, “Spit Out the Bone” does a complete turn from everything the second half of the album stood for. Similar to Metallica’s penchant for closing out their albums with total bruisers (think “Damage Inc.,” “Dyer’s Eve,” etc) the final track song kicks you in the teeth, jacking the tempo through the roof, bringing the thrash back in a classic nod to Metallica’s metal roots. It’s quite the closing track and makes up for any sort of misgiving on the latter half of this album. “Hardwired...To Self Destruct” is a heavy metal album. We, as fans, would be okay with Metallica putting out “Master of Puppets” in varying degrees for the past few decades, given what they have given us before. “Death Magnetic” showed the band trying to regain their old spark and “Hardwired” continues in that vein, only improves and shines in most aspects that were missed on previos albums. This album is the best thing they have released since “The Black Album.” It’s consistent, it’s a return to form and shows that the band is unapologetic in being who they are. Welcome back guys, we missed you. Here’s to seeing a new album before another eight years flies by. L

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Manning What does it mean to be a man in 2016? Our staff writer Ian Thorn delves into his own upbringing and how the roles of men have changed


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ne morning, I woke up, grabbed a cup of coffee and sat down on the couch with my dad and brother. We watched “Sacred Steel”, a show about a small custom motorcycle shop in LA, and then flipped the channel over to the film “Road House.” A classic example of 1980s action movie cheese starring Patrick Swayze as a rugged, macho bouncer. We watched and laughed at the ridiculousness of this feature, seeing things that were portrayed as “manly” qualities: strength, honor, respect, always standing up for what’s right.

You know, the classic, core values of being a man.

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Since I can remember, I have always been taught to be honorable, in all facets of my life. If I messed up or flaked on something, I was to hold myself accountable and be up front about my indiscretion. My father taught me this, as his father before him taught him.

My mother taught me respect, not just for strength and power, but respect for women. Not to say my father is a chauvinist and a pig, because he isn’t, he is just a product of a different times, growing up in the Motley Crue and AC/ DC-era of chasing girls but never doing anything without their consent.

From my father, I learned how to change a tire, change oil in a car, stand up for myself, how to defend myself if something or someone threatened me or my loved ones physically. He taught me how to shoot a gun and cook a steak properly. He taught me how to not be uncomfortable talking to young women when I knew I’d developed an interest in them.

My mother taught me what it was to show real respect for all people. She was the first person to tell me that a different set of genitals doesn’t mean you’re weaker or less than.

He taught me how to persevere and move through life, making the most of it. He taught me how to play guitar and helped me pursue my love of all things heavy metal. He taught me all of this, from day one.

She taught me that skin color means nothing, religion means nothing and, when I was older, sexual preference did not define someone as an abomination. She taught me to love everything and everyone, regardless of how they looked, what they believed and what they like.

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2016 is an odd time for us all. Hell, the past few years have led to interesting developments. Being relatively new on this planet, I can surely tell you that I had no idea racial, sexual and ideological issues were even a thing when I was younger. It didn’t become apparent to me until 2008, the year that racism “died.” 2008 led to the rise of the modern “social justice warrior,” a term given to people who fight against the injustices they perceive in our society. With the internet being a platform for all things instantaneous because of the advent of the smart phone. We now had a platform in which to document all wrongdoing, within five seconds of it happening. We witnessed a redefining of what it was to be a “man”. Being a man no longer meant being able to provide for your family, being strong, being a pillar of all things masculine in the household and the world. Being a man meant respect. It meant honor and courage. It meant strength in all aspects, not just physical. So what does it mean to be a man in my eyes? All my teachings point to the values I was taught, so clearly that’s what it means to me, right? That actually could not be further from the truth. Being a man means one thing and one thing to me only: love. Love for everything, love for everyone. I don’t consider myself a man of faith, we as people immediately begin making judgments about everyone the second we see or meet them. That is just basic human nature, that’s just our brains reaching into the recesses of our primitive ways to determine if that person is a threat or not.

However, as we get to know that person potentially, we realize that this person doesn’t need to have judgment passed on them. Our job is to see someone and call out their flaws as their friends, but always hold them in love. Looking at strangers and realizing that’s exactly what they are: strangers. I was taught how to be a man by my parents. They taught me the values we see from back in the day, but they also taught me to love everyone, to treat everyone as equals and with respect. This is not a critique on what we’ve seen in the news recently. Most of the young men calling Trump out are the same young men who have objectified and degraded women to a certain extent. This is a conversation I’ve had for years, with anyone who will listen with an open mind and heart. Being a man means to love. To take care of the world in the best way, to follow “The Golden Rule.”. Being a man means standing up for what’s right and being virtuous.

Being a man means one thing and one thing only:

love... Love for everything, love for everyone.”

Being a man means loving to make the world a better place for all. We grow up and realize that objectification of any kind is deplorable, something that should never be done. Growing up through realizing that we need to love and respect each other is the way we become men. Not through power, money and notches on your bedpost, but through common decency and respect for everyone. L

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hen audio of President-Elect Donald Trump boasting about groping women without their permission was made public, numerous Republicans immediately began denouncing Trump. Many politicians weighed in their thoughts that because they had mothers, wives and daughters, Trump’s statements about women were misogynistic and inexcusable. Though their statements may have been well intentioned, a woman is first and foremost a human being regardless of her relationship to a man. A woman should not have to be referred to as a man’s sister, mother, or daughter in order to be respected. The problem with statements such as Senator Mitch McConnell’s, “As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize,” is that it is suggesting you shouldn’t abuse a woman because it would hurt her father, husband or son instead of focusing on the person actually being harmed. The discussion is somehow still focused on men, giving their feelings and thoughts priority in a conversation that should include women and be about how to prevent sexual assault on women. It is no secret that men are also sexually assaulted, some have recently come forward under twitter hashtag #notokay to share their experiences of being assaulted or how rape culture has affected their lives. The hashtag was initiated by New York Times bestselling author Kelly Oxford. She encouraged women to share their own experiences with rape culture and assault in response to Donald Trump’s self-proclaimed “locker room talk” with Billy Bush. Since the Oct. 7 post, more than 9.7 million people have contributed to the conversation on sexual abuse via the trending hashtag. Oxford started it all by sharing her personal experience, so to follow her example, I will tell a few of mine. When I was in high school a male friend would not let me physically leave until I had kissed him on the face. He grabbed

I have literally been dealing with disturbing comments and intimidating actions since before I can remember, but the pathetic reality is that I am fortunate. My friends have experienced worse. My mother has experienced worse.



my shoulders and held me in place, angry that I did not reciprocate his feelings and did not want to kiss him. In that moment I realized just how easily he could overpower me. When I was 10 an elderly man approached me in a candy store. He praised my appearance repeatedly, following me around the store. He asked how many boys were calling me on the phone at night and if I had any boyfriends. When I was an infant, lying naked on a table awaiting a shot, the doctor squeezed my bottom and told my mother, “The boys are going to love this butt when she gets older.” Shocked and in disbelief of what she had heard, she asked him to repeat himself, and he did so without the slightest show of shame.

As of 1998, an estimated total of 17.7 million American women and girls had been victims of attempted or completed rape. That means at least one female out of six has been the victim of sexual abuse. Millions of women and children have had to endure more violent assaults and/or more frequent instances of sexual assaults than I have. We are told this is normal male behavior, just locker room talk, it’s what men laugh about and swap stories about. It is not just talk. Women experience rape culture anywhere and everywhere. Just because this attitude is common does not make it okay, it’s not okay. In high school locker rooms these conversations are common. These boys vary in age from 13 (barely started puberty) to 18 (legal adults). At what age does the “boys-will-be-boys” excuse stop? My sixteen year old brother, Ethan Hermosillo, was shocked when he first heard the lewd boastings from his classmates as they changed after P.E., he hadn’t heard vulgarities like that from the men in our family. He sometimes comes to me with questions about things either not taught or poorly covered in his health class. Questions like, “What other types of birth control are there besides condoms and the pill?” or “Can girls get pregnant on their period?” and even “Does chocolate really help with periods?” He brings his

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girlfriend a chocolate bar every now and then. Our family has no shame on the topic of sex, we encourage thought-provoking discussions about sexual safety, physiology, and orientations. To see my own brother upset by something other boys had said told me those remarks must have been demeaning and vulgar. “It was really embarrassing,” he said, “They are so loud about it too, I don’t want to hear that stuff. They even talk that way about the female teachers.” While this problem is bigger than Trump, he has participated in rape culture by admitting publicly that he has forced himself on women because he felt his status as a “successful businessman” and celebrity gave him the right to do whatever he wanted. Trump released a tweet that said he was apologizing for what he said, not for what he did. His so called apologies are riddled with excuses, distractions, and techniques often used by abusers, such as gaslighting. “Anyone who knows me, know these words don’t reflect who I am,” Trump said via Twitter, a statement so contradictory that it becomes the reader’s responsibility to decide what to believe. That is what’s known as gaslighting, a psychological tactic used by abusers to confuse their victims. He lies with such confidence that it causes others to doubt their original thoughts and opinions. This means he doesn’t have to factcheck himself or be consistent. He waits for others to jump to his defense or to prove him wrong, in which case he can confidently lie again, leaving his audience second-guessing what is true and what isn’t. As horrible as Trump’s actions and words have been, the silver lining is that his infamous behavior has brought rape culture into the realm of public discourse. Millions are speaking out, and the conversation is ongoing. One hashtag at a time can– hopefully– one day drown out the locker room talk. L

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he subtle kick drum to Jamie XX’s “Sleep Sound” fades in, synchronized with the chatter of patrons enjoying refreshing ales in a minimalist, yet well-adorned taproom decorated with succulents and banners. Matthew Garcia, owner of Homage Brewing, slowly pulls down on the handle of the beer tap as he pours beer into a snifter for a thirsty craft beer enthusiast that may deduce the company’s entire image based on that single pint.

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Garcia pours a heady top and a well-balanced body--something a craft beer enthusiast would expect of a Belgian ale, one of many rotating beers Pomona’s newest craft brewery has to offer its customers.

to add to their growing tap list. This process is complex. Many factors come into play, such as determining what fruits, barley and yeast will be used. During the development stage, Garcia and Pignelle spend as much time as is needed on quality control ensuring the new batch meets the “Homage standard” before releasing it for their patrons to enjoy.

Located in the Pomona Arts Colony, Homage Brewing, is one of several area establishments that is bringing new life to the burgeoning downtown district. It is part of the expansion of the craft beer industry to the east of Los Angeles.

Garcia and Pignelle create their beers according to what’s inspiring them in the moment, like “Pilot Jones,” a French saison named after a Frank Ocean track from the rapper’s debut album “Channel Orange,” which is the beer currently on rotation at the brewery, but their lineup changes every week.

Homage Brewing specializes in Belgian ales, brett ales and barrel-aged ales that cater to the more seasoned craft beer enthusiast with the intricate taste and aromas of their microbrews.

“I’m very blunt about where the names of my beers come from and what inspires me at the moment,” Garcia said. “The name also depends on what fits the beer the best.”

Every Monday, Garcia and Jeremiah Pignelle, the co-head brewer, meet to experiment with new beers

The brewers at Homage are known for creating what they want according to what they feel like. These factors contribute to their continuous rotation. Though the company specializes in microbrews, patron favorites make their way back into rotation. “It all depends on how well a beer is received and requested by the people who come into the brewery,” Garcia said. Brews that are currently being served include Harlequin, a barrel-aged blended sour ale with a citrus finish that has recently made its way back into rotation; Dolorosa, a 3-grain Belgian style tripel; White Lines, a wheat IPA with Sorachi Ace, an experimental beer that the brewery made in collaboration with their neighbors at Rookery Alehouse. The company also pays ‘homage’ to various forms of visual arts and musical genres that include bands such as Radiohead and Joy Division. Garcia is very familiar with the music scene and has played in a few bands. He takes to the “do-it-yourself” approach he acquired while dabbling in the metal/indie scene, a skill he has used to make Homage what it is today. “I take the same attitude and confidence I had playing in bands and apply it to my beer-making process. I love to make beer, and I love to sell beer,” Garcia said. Homage’s DIY mentality continues to show through their collaboration with Loud and Obnoxious, a print company that holds values similar to the brewery. These printers have created merchandise that have a likeness to bands who have been known to push the envelope and inspire generations, such as Nirvana and The Smiths.

Kyle Delacruz of Homage Brewing in Pomona pours a pint of the comany’s beer for customers.

Homage recently presented “Arts and Drafts” during the monthly Pomona Art Walk. It featured a photo installation from Garcia’s sister, Pavielle Garcia, and Adrian “A-Plus” Melgoza, who created a vivid atmosphere by spinning tunes from Wu-Tang Clan, other old-school hip-hop artists and several other musical genres. Melgoza expresses his vision through turntables and vinyl records. He takes a different route than most DJs nowadays with no pre-recorded playlists.

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“I was originally just going to curate a playlist for the night but I think having actual turntables and records brings a nostalgic element to the table that people really dig,” Melgoza wrote in an email. “I just wanted to play what I think is good music. Music that I would want to hear if I was having a beer… with friends.” It comes as no surprise that Melgoza has maintained close ties professionally and personally with Garcia and the rest of the Homage family. He too shares a passion for what Homage strives to attract and support as a business. “It’s…a great venue to display all this [art] in my opinion,” Melgoza wrote. “Matt…and I are hugely into craft beer, design, photography, etc., so the idea to add music to the equation was simple.” Homage has been open for 3 months and Garcia attributes the brewery’s new found success to social media where he promoted the company months before opening its doors to the public.

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He had the idea of being a storefront brewery to create a foundation for his company as he looks to expand Homage Brewing into a larger business. Garcia was originally looking into opening a brewery in Downtown Los Angeles where the city is densely populated with craft beer connoisseurs. “After looking at a few locations, it didn’t feel right,” Garcia said. “It wasn’t until I looked at this location in Pomona that I got that feeling.” Garcia’s goal with the brand of the brewery is to bring Downtown Los Angeles culture to Pomona, an atmosphere not all of the locals have access to. He hopes to inspire other entrepreneurs to bring their businesses to the growing Downtown Pomona area. “Our location is small and intimate, so this allows me to make a connection with the people coming in, and show my passion and care for what I do,” Garcia said. L


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The flyer says 8 p.m. That is when trivia is supposed to start.

It’s now 8:07 and trivia host Justin Mora bursts through the door, carrying a bag and portable P.A. system. It’s a Tuesday night and Mora, who seems frazzled running inside, quickly sets up his rig and in an almost lightening fast transition, changes into an enigmatic and collected game show host, reminiscent of a lost form of host, the likes of Bob Barker. The cheesy 70s game show music kicks in and a deep and confident voice bellows: “Goooood evening folks and welcome to Just Trivia. I’m your host, Justin Mora!” And the game is on. Mora, the creator, owner, writer and host of Just Trivia! provides an original style of trivia every week that is a stark contrast to the

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run-of-the-mill trivia most bars have on hump days. While most places host bland trivia nights run by a rotating crew who ask questions created in a corporate office, Mora provides an in-your-face, hand-crafted and off-beat style of trivia that guests agree can’t be found anywhere else.

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His overflowing exuberant personality, towering presence and distinguished voice give the air of someone who was born to be a host, but Mora did not always know trivia was his calling. A Citrus College alumnus of 2008 and University of La Verne alumnus of 2010, Mora graduated with a communications degree focused on broadcasting. However, he did not end up behind a mic until fall 2013. Instead, he spent his post-graduation days working to get by. “I took on any type of odd job just to make money,” Mora said. “My first job with a degree was at Domino’s Pizza as a ‘Pizza Delivery Expert.’” Mora said working at Domino’s was “incredibly humbling” for him, after delivering pizza to the parents of friends who could not understand why he could not get a job with his degree. “After that I delivered once to people I knew at a party and once to the department that I had graduated from,” he said. “It was a good thing it wasn’t to anyone I actually knew.” Though this epiphany should have been his turning point, Mora jumped from Domino’s to working as a barista at a Target Starbucks. Realizing he was working boring jobs and itching for something different, Mora knew he needed a bigger change in his life. When an opportunity to move to New York presented itself to him in fall 2011, Mora transferred out and took the chance without hesitation. “I was unhappy with my life in California,” Mora said, “and decided that it was time for me to see something else and finally go for whatever it was that I was chasing.” A performer at heart and a natural behind the mic, Mora tried his hand at stand up comedy and also began recording his own YouTube series called “Exploring Mora,” where he would travel to different states and cities across America, and provide a comedic twist on each location. Still, nothing panned out. One year, one job and a comedy career later and in a new city, Mora found himself unemployed and with another fresh opportunity to recreate himself. “I had an incredible amount of free time and the openness to pursue whatever I wanted,” he said. It was during that time that the ‘trivia bug’ first bit him. “I started going from bar to bar and trivia night to different trivia night to see not only what the prizes were but also to get out of the apartment and see something different.”

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I’m the craft beer of trivia, everywhere else is just Budweiser.” -JUSTIN MORA He soon began hosting for the East Coast trivia company Trivial Dispute. Drawing from his natural charisma and confidence entertaining a crowd, Mora started making a name for himself in the New York bar trivia microcosm he had stumbled into. Even after leaving Trivial Dispute in 2015, Mora still found himself with a strong following. He knew he might have been on to something. His friends in New York consistently encouraged Mora to create his own trivia company so he could expand to different bars. However Mora did not want to create competition in the area out of respect for his friend and boss at Trivial Dispute, Adam Kesner. Mora’s girlfriend, Becky Pressman, was accepted to grad school in San Diego, California close to his family, creating another pull towards the West Coast. Before he finally returned to California, he found himself inspired by a Final Jeopardy! question featuring a quote from Horace Greeley about Manifest Destiny: “Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals deplorable. Go west young man, go West and group with the country.” As a history buff, hearing this struck a chord in Mora. “Although I wasn’t living in D.C. and the food in NYC was amazing it struck a chord with me and I decided then that I had to return to California and strike gold on my own the way so many others have gone to

California to do so.” Upon returning to Southern California, Mora turned his sights to his hometown of Covina after discovering he could not break his new style of trivia into the San Diego bar scene. And so he started Just Trivia! at Bread & Barley in February 2015, replacing the long running King Trivia night at the Covina gastropub on Tuesday nights. As of September 2016, Mora is now expanding Just Trivia! across the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire. In addition to his Tuesday nights in Covina, he now hosts at Old Stump Brewery in Pomona on Mondays and Progress Brewery in El Monte on Thursdays. Unlike that of standard trivia, Mora’s night does not end when the speakers are put away and his mic is turned off. He spends time after the game connecting with the winners, losers and patrons. This is a quality his followers and regulars favor in addition to his trivia. They very often follow him from town to town, so they never miss a night. Like Jonathan Cornwell, a Just Trivia regular from San Dimas, who has been following Mora and his trivia nights for years. “I have seen him at Bread & Barley, at (Old Stump brewery) and Progress Brewery,” Cornwell said. Cornwell and his wife overheard one of Mora’s trivia nights at Bread & Barley and realized they might be able to win. “We’ve done other trivias but the shout out rounds is our favorite thing,” Cornwell said. Shout-out rounds are a signature Just Trivia! favorite, where patrons are given the opportunity to shout out answers for free beers from the bar. “You allow people who do not answer anything otherwise in those write it down sections of the night to shout out answers to get a free beer,” Mora said. He said the shout-out rounds keep players interested and enjoying good beer even if they are not winning. His trivia nights are often themed and specialized to different fandoms– he has done specialized nights on “The Office,” “Star Wars” and a soon-to-be Harry Potter

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trivia night he will be hosting in January. Mora’s girlfriend, Becky Pressman, who has been with him since his days in New York, said she is excited about the direction in which Mora’s company is moving. “I think that it was a move to diversify,” Pressman said about his new weeknight gigs, “He’s at three really different bars, with really different clientele.” She believes that expanding his trivia to three nights week speaks to Mora’s flexibility and appeal. “It has been less than a year and he’s already in three different locations, people know him and follow him and that is really fascinating,” Pressman said. “He really considers the population at each bar when he posts internet questions or writes rounds for that week,” she said. Pressman and Mora currently live in San Diego while she attends school. Mora makes the two to three hour drive to attend his trivia nights and stays in Covina during the week. For Mora, the need to perform has always been worth it, even as early as middle school when he was one of the anchors on the morning reading of Royal Oak’s Intermediate School’s Daily Bulletin. “I’ve always been the loudest person I’ve known,” Mora said. “I learned young to | MONTH 2016 # | |LOGOS LOGOS | NOV 2016 32

project my voice and speak clearly and distinctly.” Now, Mora uses his voice and his background in history and comedy to appeal to his crowds. Since he has established himself back in the San Gabriel Valley, Mora has longterm plans of hiring employees to assist him on his trivia nights and possibly expanding to East Los Angeles. “Now it’s not just one set of bars and owners he’s working with,” Pressman said. “He’s working with multiple parties and they’re signing contracts and it’s really becoming more of a business and a full time endeavor.” Despite his background in broadcast, history and comedy, Mora said tries not to give the appearance he is more “nerdy” than his followers, but since he is also the sole question writer of his company, he has to be well-versed on a number of topics and pop culture reference. “I definitely do diligent research on topics and questions,” he said. “But for as long as it takes for the information to go into my brain it goes out just as quick– if not quicker– because the next week there is another six rounds of things to ask about.” Mora said his company is an ever-changing and growing entity that can be tailored to any bar, birthday party or group

that requires his blend of uniquely hand-crafted, DIY style trivia. “You show up because you heard tacos on a Tuesday, nice” Mora said. “Then you experience trivia, you have a good time... You are then coming back because trivia happens every tuesday.”

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Mora’s determination to expand all began with the belief he was capable. He said he knew how to write and host trivia, how to gather a following and no matter what he provided the same authentic experience. “I’ve seen other trivia hosts and there is a disconnect of personality through other companies and companies that I’ve worked for,” Mora said. “And I’ve seen what kind of personalities are available for that. A specialized experience is what Mora always wants to bring to the table. “There are no corporate heads to go to, the buck starts and stops with me,” he said. “I’m the craft beer of trivia, everywhere else is just Budweiser.” L


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She loves her iced coffee and lives on her cell phone. She listens to Coldplay, Tupac, The Weeknd and Taylor Swift. She loves shopping at Urban Outfitters and going to Melrose. Born and raised in Southern California, she teared up for Kobe’s last game as a Laker and spends her time binge-watching “American Horror Story” and “The Office” on Netflix...

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In 2001, I was just starting third grade. I was transitioning from a predominately Christian public school to a Muslim private school in Pomona. I was so excited to be at school with my family and other Muslim friends I had known my entire early life. But a couple weeks into the new school year, I awoke early as always, got dressed and was on my way to school when my father got a phone call telling him to turn the car around and drive back home.

That was the morning of September 11. My father drove us to my cousin’s house where my family was gathered around the television. With the rest of the country, we watched in fear as the World Trade Center went down. Seeing horrific images of people leaping from the towers to escape terrified me. As a child, I did not understand exactly what was happening. Still my heart ached for the families of the victims who were watching the same terrifying footage, hoping and praying for their loved ones to get out safely. Within moments, the picture of turbaned and bearded Osama Bin Laden filled the television frame. As the 9-year-old daughter of Iraqi, Muslim-American parents, my family was deeply troubled by the attack on our nation. I looked at my father, whose eyes were filled with unease and whose silence said more than words ever could. America’s new enemy looked like my family. In the aftermath of the attacks, the Islamic school where I was enrolled closed down for weeks due to constant death threats by people who wanted all Muslims out of the country. After the attacks on 9/11, the administration found hate notes, powdered doorknobs, and trash thrown over the school walls. When we did return to campus, police were stationed at the entrance gates to make sure that no one could get in to hurt us. Local news stations were reporting on our school every few days, to show how Muslim American students were getting along despite the discrimination.


For once, instead of feeling that the news media were portraying us as terrorists, I felt as if they were telling the world that we too, are normal American students, going about our day-to-day lives. 2001 was also the first year in which I also had decided to start wearing my headscarf. Although it was a celebratory moment in my life, I feared the judgments

I was sure to get from non-Muslim people. The year I fully embraced my religion was also a painful time for the country I have known all my life as home. Early on, I became extremely aware of the stares I was attracting on the streets and the names I was being called in reaction to this symbol to my ethnicity and religion. As a child, the first profane words I learned were the ones hurled at me from the mouths of ignorant and angry strangers. I became anxious in public spaces. I hated the looks, the smirks and rolling eyes my family and I received while at the mall and grocery store. All I wanted was to feel normal, acceptable in the eyes of the non-Muslim majority, at least. I could never have predicted the immense impact of Islamophobia on my life after the 9/11 attacks. “Please don’t be Muslim,” is what every Muslim American was thinking as we witnessed the carnage and destruction on that terrible day in 2001. That same thought races through the minds of Muslim Americans today every time an incident of mass terror unfolds. I will never forget 9/11. I will never forget the souls that departed on that day, and I will never forget the day that continues to affect the Muslim American community. It has been 15 years now, and our community continues to face discrimination and hate crimes. It has become politically acceptable to demonize and scapegoat Muslims as well as people wrongly perceived to be Muslims.

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Terrorist networks such as Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram and other extremist groups that claim Muslim identity have seriously distorted the public’s attitudes toward Muslims and the Islamic faith. But what is often overlooked, is the fact that often times, it is Muslims themselves who are most often the victims of terrorism worldwide. Muslim scholars, activists, political leaders and clergy consistently denounce such violence perpetrated in the name of Islam. As a Muslim American, I remember where I was on 9/11, but I am much more fearful about where I stand today. This election season has given rise to a renewed disregard for people of other ethnic communities, not just Muslims. The rhetoric of certain politicians mimics that of history’s worst demagogues who have brought down democracies and enabled crimes against humanity. It’s been said that those who don’t learn from their mistakes are likely to repeat them. Fifteen years later we are seeing old hatreds and biases reignited for the sake of political gain. According to the New York Times, attacks against American Muslims are at peak levels this year. Some may speculate that this uptick is directly related to the widespread use of Islamophobic rhetoric by some politicians in the 2016 presidential campaign. Just in the last two years, a mosque in Coachella, Calif., was set aflame by an arsonist who was later sentenced to six years in prison on hate crime charges. Two 17-year-old boys were brutally beaten outside Brooklyn, New York, with the assailant allegedly knocking one of the victim’s unconscious while calling him a “terrorist” and declaring that Muslims are “the cause of all problems in the world.” In one especially harrowing instance, an armed robber in Grand Rapids, Michigan, reportedly insinuated that a store clerk of Indian descent was affiliated with ISIS before forcing the victim into a back room and shooting him point blank. The shopkeeper , who is not Muslim, but part of the Sikh community,  only survived

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the incident by turning his head at the last second, allowing the bullet to exit through his cheek. Muslims in the United States and throughout the Western World are defending their faith more than ever as they live in fear of retaliation for acts of terror that have nothing to do with them or their faith, but are crimes committed by extremist groups with a warped interpretation a peaceful religion. Islamophobia perpetuates a great injustice against the majority of Muslims who aspire to lives of true faith, freedom and lasting peace. This hatred makes us less safe and less free. By demonizing Islam and Muslim Americans, we choose to use fear and anger against one another thus playing into ISIS’s propaganda predicting a war between Islam and the West. Because of the world-changing events of 9/11, I have learned that each of us must take our experience and our own ability to witness and use it as a mechanism to edify those around us in a manner that speaks to a responsible future. While Islamophobic voices are often the loudest, they cannot overpower the countless voices of unity and reason in America. As uncomfortable as life became after 9/11, it would be hard for me to imagine life without the headscarf. I have learned to live with the stares and suspicious looks and to compensate with warmth and smiles to set others at ease. In spite of my fear of judgment and name-calling, I have never considered removing my headscarf. I am not especially brave, and I certainly don’t enjoy the extra attention. But my headscarf has become a part of me, as intrinsic to my identity as my name, and I will never consider denying my self. My headscarf identifies me as one of the millions of Muslims around the world, but the deep sadness I felt on that day in September and the hopeful optimism I have for our future will always bond me to the American way of life I have always known. L


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n e v e r e v e n e ’v u “ Yo u o y n i o t a m o t a d touche entire life!” Paper or Plastic? Who would imagine such a trivial question would be such a big deal? Welcome to the world of competitive grocery bagging.

“Baggers,” written by Chelsea Barron, 21 and a theater major, is the story of a young ambitious woman named Jamie Zelinger who is a maintenance worker at a dingy market named “Shopwell,” but dreams of being promoted and bagging groceries as fast as she can.

2015, after she stumbled upon an actual YouTube video of the National Grocers Association Bagging Competition.

Jamie is a grocery enthusiast and ultimately her passion is to win the National Grocers Association Bagging Championship.

Noticing the pride exuded by the winner of the actual NGA competition as she excitedly held up her trophy, Barron knew she had her comedy.

“I knew I wanted a female lead who would be the dorky, unconventional type,” Barron said.

“From there, I just started writing, and it kind of grew into this thing!” she said.

In the play, Jamie approaches Liz, her lazy store manager, about signing Shopwell up for the competition, only to be fired for doing so without her permission. Liz proceeds to claim that Shopwell is her store and she knows what’s best for it. Jamie disagrees and storms out, shouting back Liz, “You’ve never even touched a tomato in your entire life!” Jamie knows she has what it takes to be a legendary bagger. Through her determined efforts to be rehired and a competitive food fight, Shopwell is entered in the competition, ready to defeat its chainstore rival “Produce Palace.” Barron started writing her comedy in

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“I watched this girl win this competition, and everything in my head became much more clear,” Barron said.

To Barron’s surprise, act one of “Baggers” was chosen for the Emerging American Voices production this fall, which is a showcase of stories written by Citrus students in Professor Neil Weiss’s stage and screenwriting class. But what really gave her a shock was Weiss’s insistence that she play the protagonist herself.

rass myself with my own comedy script, hopefully other people in writing will see that one of my professors thought I was cool enough to get up there and be an idiot on stage for an hour,” Barron said jokingly.

This is a huge moment for Barron, who thinks of herself as an actress first and a writer second. “This opportunity is great for me to actually get on stage and act out what I have written,” she said. Barron strives to be the comedian who writes and act in her own material. If there is one thing she got out of her EAV performance, it’s the idea that a career like that is a possibility for her. “I’d like to be a whirlwind, doing as much as I can,” Barron said. Act one of “Baggers” was successful and provoked lots of laughter from the audience. “After your performance, you give a little shout out to the director and the tech people in the booth, and some people after their performance gave a shout out to me during bows, and I completely lost it,” Barron recalled.

“I was so overwhelmed by the fact that he even brought that up,” Barron said. “I was very nervous, but everyone was so nice to me and so supportive.”

With the support of her professors and peers, Barron is now moving forward with the second half of her comedy, in hopes to finish it and present to Emerging American Voices again in the spring.

Playing Jamie on stage helped Barron understand the character she had created by interpreting Jamie through her own quirky sense of humor. “If I’m gonna get up there and embar-

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Sometimes we find inspiration in our daily routines and career. So retired forensics expert Dave Miranda had decades worth of stories to stem from for his new crime drama.

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started forming ideas for a show 15 years ago, after witnessing the scenes of crimes, accidents, and even police corruption while he was working as a crime scene investigator and forensics expert. He worked as a mechanic and a contractor amongst other jobs, but it was working in forensics that drove him to write thought-provoking and realistic fiction that reflected the demands of the job. Choice is the main theme of Miranda’s screenplay, “On Days Like These,” because he believes making the decision to aid someone in need is more honorable than being forced to do so or having a convenient heroic accident, a trope Miranda is tired of seeing in television shows. The main character Mike is meant to go against that trope. He does the right thing despite his vulnerability and accepts the consequences. Miranda waited until retirement to release his stories because of the pressure not to damage the department’s reputation. Most of the events in Miranda’s screenplay is taken from his own experiences, others are from his colleagues and what he believes to be credible sources. The fraction of events that were completely imagined by Miranda were not created out of wishful thinking, but instead deductive reasoning and what Miranda believes would be the more realistic, and in some situations, the most just outcome. One cold, dark night while Miranda was investigating a scene in the rain, his fingers were so stiff that he could barely manage to take his notes. “I remember it was so miserable that night,” he said. “I thought, this is one of these things that the shows never really do. The crimes committed and cases featured in Miranda’s show are meant to be puzzling and immersive. He wants it to be thought provoking for his audience. He intends for the audience to meet his expectations without the need to leave a trail of breadcrumbs to the villain. The feedback Miranda received from the performance met his expectations.

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Part of my intention with the series is to show the physical and the true emotion cost of doing this line of work.” -DAVE MIRANDA

He spoke with excited viewers and was pleased with the actors’ renditions of his characters. All performers except one were playing a character that was two to three times their actual age. Mike Tapia, who plays the lead character Mike, had many in depth conversations with Miranda to ensure the accurate portrayal of the selfless protagonist. Tapia compared his performance of Mike to Daniel Day-Lewis playing Lincoln, only Lincoln is still alive, watching, and tells him the performance was “alright”. “When you are playing someone that can tell you how good you where, you know, it’s a little nerve racking. A little high pressure.” Tapia said. The screenplay of “On Days Like These,” is intended to be the pilot episode for Miranda’s television show that he intends to finalize in the next year. Miranda is not working on just a crime show featuring thrilling cases, but also a family drama with an overarching story of corruption of the system. “Part of my intention with the series is to show the physical and the true emotion cost of doing this line of work.” L


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Courage After years of admiring the world of cartoons, aspiring film maker Aly Ferguson created a world of her own, with a message of bravery and tolerance. TEXT BY: IAN THORN PHOTOS BY: VIDAL ESPINA ILLUSTRATIONS BY: EMILY HERMOSILLO

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Some people are born destined for greatness. Whether it be to climb Mt. Everest or write the great American novel, these people suddenly wake up and realize their purpose on this Earth. That’s exactly how narrative writing major Aly Ferguson, now 21, felt when she first started writing in elementary school. “They had this event called the ‘Imagination Machine’ where kids at my elementary school would submit stories that they wrote,” recalls Ferguson. “I submitted mine and got picked, like, two or three times, and people would act out the stories on stage. It was really where my writing became a bigger deal to me, and this was a big deal at my elementary school.” Ferguson, now a student in USC’s Narrative Studies program, was recently selected to have a story acted out as part of the Emerging American Voices production. Her original screenplay is titled “Courage”. She visualizes it as an animated film, potentially developed by Pixar. The film is about a dog named Courage, the runt of the litter, who is born into a family of police dogs. After realizing that she isn’t going to make it as a police dog, Courage chooses a different path and sets out to become a service dog. “The idea just came to me,” Ferguson said. “No one in my family is an officer, no one I know is an officer either, but I knew I wanted to write about service animals.” The idea of naming the dog Courage just came to her as well. It connotes safety, bravery and empowerment. She created a story about a dog that wanted to make a difference, even though Courage’s initial destiny was something entirely different.

“My goal is to create content with a deeper social message,” Ferguson said. She is striving to educate children on the values of service animals and to eliminate the stigmas that are used to label people with mental illnesses, blindness and other disabilities. “If I can teach one person something, that can make all the difference,” she said. “Courage” is a touching, original screenplay crafted by the young writer, whose biggest influences include “Hey Arnold,” “Rugrats,” “Inside Out,” “Toy Story” and “101 Dalmatians.” “Everything Disney has touched is just gold to me,” she laughed, expressing her desire for Pixar to develop her dream. Ferguson is hoping to get her start with an internship at Nickelodeon Studios in Burbank. She wants to move ahead with her mission to help enlighten young minds with her writing and imagination.

My goal is to create content with a deeper social message.” -ALY FURGESON

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In the field of journalism, life moves at a rapid speed. For one young Latina journalistin-the-making, her focus is all about finding a perfect rhythm. TEXT BY: MICKEY ROMERO PHOTOS BY: VIDAL ESPINA & EVAN SOLANO

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Student screenwriter gets the chance to see her three-years work come to life Aspiring playwrights can compete to showcase their stories, if selected by screenwriting professor Neil Weiss, during the Emerging American Voices project in the Citrus College Little Theatre. Francisca Flores took advantage of the opportunity to introduce her coming-of-age story that follows a girl searching for her own place in the world. “Cadence” is about Rita, a family-oriented Latina, as she struggles to balance her life while supporting her family at the same time. Attempting to follow her dreams of becoming a journalist, she feels the pressure mounting as she tries to find a major story and deals with her mom constantly berating her about being more helpful. Rita makes matters worse, as is often the case when young people face hard times, when she damages an expensive bike and is on the hook for the repairs. Flores, 24, screen writing major, worked on “Cadence” on and off for three years. When Weiss chose her play to be performed in the EMV production, she was thrilled. “It’s exciting. I mean, after working on this for about three years, it was great to have it be picked,” Flores said. Using her own life as launching point, Flores presents several issues that most students can relate to. Rita must face the struggles of making future college plans, maintaining a job and becoming an independent adult. “I don’t think it’s really

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ed her play “Cadence” as part of the Emerging Francisca Flores, 24, screenwriting major debut Flores’ play is about a young latina journalist. re. Theat Little the in American Voices production

about me, but it is influenced by me and my friends,” she said. To resonate with her audience, she incorporates music and marijuana throughout the play. Flores says these are ways people deal with daily struggles. Flores uses these coping mechanisms to allow the audience to see Rita’s side. “Those are usually conversations you have with your friends, and often times, if you do smoke weed, you have those conversations while you’re smoking,” Flores said. “It’s something that’s a little more common among our generation.” Rita finds yet another approach to deal with her struggles at the bicycle shop known as Red Stone Cycles.

There, Rita gets to know Cherrie, the owner of the damaged bicycle, and gets into the small community of fixed gear cycling. “That’s one reason Rita is drawn to Cherrie and her friends,” Flores said. “She’s trying to get a steady rhythm in her life, a nice cadence.” While only the first act was performed during the EMV production, Flores has already written the second act and will finish the finale during Spring 2017. So what’s in store for Rita? Flores said there might be some fixed gear cycling races, but “Cadence” is still in progress, so we all just have to wait and see. L

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It is April 9, 1940 in the city of Ă&#x2026;se, Norway. The Nazi war effort has invaded the northern coast of the isolated island.


For one family, they are faced with one harrowing question when evil arrives on their doorstep...

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An epiphany is a sudden perception of a reality. It is a realization. For history professor Bruce Solheim, Ph. D, the word “epiphany” has a deeper meaning. “The Epiphany” is the title of Solheim’s fifth play. In it, the history professor envisions the height of the Nazi occupation in Norway, starting in April of 1940 and continuing through 1945. This intimate portrayal focuses on the brave members of the Strand family, who are forced to make a sudden choice of identity and to compromise with the enemy that inhabits their living room. 62 |

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Solheim’s characters are awakened during this time of war, moving along different paths they must take as they choose to join or retaliate against the greatest evil of World War II. “The lesson of the play is that you have got to fight back,” Solheim said. “As much as you want peace, sometimes you have to fight.” Solheim’s play, which he originally wrote in Norwegian but later translated to English, was produced by the Citrus College Little Theatre in November 2015. Solheim sent a video of “The Epiphany” to a cultural arts director and a theatre producer in northern Norway, where it was originally intended to be performed, and they fell in love with his vision. The Norwegian government specifically invited the Citrus College cast in belief that Norwegians will pay more attention to their telling of the story, and the cast accepted with great honor Solheim and the cast departed to the island country from Sept.14-25 and performed six times in the small village of Åse on the island of Andøya, which is 200 miles above the Arctic Circle. Åse is the location of Solheim’s grandparent’s home, which he owns, and is the real setting where “The Epiphany” takes place. According to Solheim, not much has changed on the isolated island since the 1940’s. The small town has a population of merely 4,500 people, the students were in a brand new environment vastly different from the bustling life of Southern California. The traveling group was subjected to a new way of life in Norway and stayed with local Norwegian host families. They also cast a few Norwegian actors into the play to give the play a sense of realness. Solheim’s professor role definitely

kicked in while in Norway as he wanted the trip to be a big cultural experience for his students. He has been to Norway many times as it is his second home, but he was anxious to see how they would react. The Citrus College student cast of “The Epiphany” were enthused about heading overseas to do what they love and to overcome the cultural barriers. They were exceptionally eager to see Solheim’s vision through and to pay homage to their characters. All of the student actors adapted well to Norwegian culture and all six performances were sold out. Solheim says despite the exhaustion, “The Epiphany” was beyond successful and hit home even more than he expected. He is proud of the results of this special trip where he was able to observe the students come together and do what they love overseas. “It almost goes beyond words the impact that this had on the students and the impact they [Norway] had on us,” he said. In Solheim’s words, “The Epiphany” is a story about moral and physical courage. It is a microcosm about choices, bravery, and indigenous people who look to each other during the desperate times of the war. Being able to tell this story where it matters most, in the heart of Norway, is something Solheim dreamed of from the very beginning. Reflecting on how his production grew from a personal family story to one of the first international Citrus College theatre productions, gives him a sense of validation for all the work he and the cast and crew put forth to make this happen. “Sometimes the crazy ideas are the best ones,” Solheim said. L


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hawn Wagner, 22, and a botany major, plans to transfer from Citrus College to Humboldt University. She played Marie, the leading lady of “The Epiphany”, and has been acting for over ten years.

“I have other passions, but theatre is something that is ingrained in me,” Wagner said. “It is a part of me.” Marie is a young schoolteacher who speaks German and English. She is a strong mother who is naive about of the Nazi invasion. Marie, who is part Sami and part Viking, resides with her in-laws, her elderly aunt, and her husband, Olaf, who is a member of the resistance.

According to Wagner, Marie is an ordinary person who gets thrown into unordinary circumstances. When the Nazis arrive at the family’s small and isolated island, she is forced to make some decisions to save herself, her family, and her culture. The inclusion of female leads is unusual in WWII plays, so this opportunity of taking on the leading lady of “The Epiphany”, while being overseas in Norway, definitely does not go without her appreciation. With multiple female roles in “The Epiphany”, Wagner said she is proud to have been cast as a lead. “There are four or five female characters in the story,” Wagner said. “And they are not just token characters, they are actually getting things done.” As far as taking her role overseas to Norway, which was new territory for her, Wagner put all of her emotions on the experience into the simple word “amazing.” She said words cannot describe the beauty and the hospitality that Norway had offered her. “I spent a lot of time wandering around alone, and even though I was alone, I didn’t feel lonely,” Wagner said. Being overseas gave Wagner a newfound appreciation and perspective of life. As she appreciated the humble beauty of Norway, she realized life is too short to be dragged down. Wagner says, “It made me a stronger person, being so far away from home.” Although she thought it was going to be awkward having a “host-mom”, she was happy to discover that the two of them hit it off quite well for the two weeks time. Wagner says it is a relationship she will always cherish. “We still send each other Snapchats!” Wagner exclaimed. As far as the performing goes, Wagner humbly said that the whole adventure was surreal and she learned so much about her character Marie. Without a doubt, the performances reached out and touched many hearts. “Here [in America] it is just a story, but there it is a memory” she said, “They [audience] were not just listening, they were remembering.” L

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Here [in America] it is just a story, but there it is a memory. They were not just listening, they were remembering.” -SHAWN WAGNER


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he Black Cat is a French fighter who forms a friendly alliance with Marie’s husband Olaf and the two become resistance fighters against the invading Nazis. He is a character created by Solheim for Jon Carter, 24, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who graduated from Citrus College last semester. The Black Cat is described as very mysterious, very mission oriented, and distant from everyone else as he does not have many friends to count on. He is a humble fighter with a courageous heart, but not very many people know a lot about him.

The play focuses on the idea of the resistance, but the importance of that idea isn’t really tangible until his character makes an entrance into the story. Carter says The Black Cat demonstrates how people stood up against the Nazis. His role shows the strength that is required in order to protect beliefs and values during the drama of war. The last time Carter traveled was for the military, which is something he particularly did not enjoy. However, this trip entailed a different experience for him, as the hospitality of Norway exceeded his, and everyone’s expectations by far. “I mean, doing what you love overseas? I really can’t complain,” Carter said. Although his host-mother was Ukrainian and did not speak much English, Carter appreciated the abundance of knowledge preserved by his host parents, and in every Norwegian, including those of a young millennial age. Carter says he was taken by how the host families opened up their homes to the cast, claiming that they were “as nice and as kind as possible”. “I did not expect it to be so genuine” Carter said. As he was performing in “The Epiphany,” Carter recognized that the evening shows resonated more with the older, silent audiences. He realized with the questionable silence of the Norwegian crowds, that the reaction of an audience should not affect the way an actor thinks and moves. “Once you’re up there performing, you just have to go with your instinct” Carter said, “The audience may be very quiet, but it may have hit them in a different way.”

This shows the opportunities that acting can open up. And for something like this to happen through Citrus College, it’s really the opportunity of a lifetime” -JON CARTER

Carter says this experience has inspired him as an actor, as opportunities like this one do not come for many actors and aspiring artists; they do not get to go overseas and do what they love. “This shows the opportunities that acting can open up,” Carter said. “And for something like this to happen through Citrus College, it’s really the opportunity of a lifetime.” Carter was told by a Norwegian actor, Johannes, whom he formed a brotherly bond with, that he is an “inspiration to mankind,” in regards to Carter’s time in the Marines. Carter was glad to travel with a cast who shares the same great passion for theatre as he does, which has nothing to do with the money aspect but for the complete love of the art and what is represents. L NOV 2016 | LOGOS | 67



lorian Haberland, 27, is a French international exchange student who played the role of the Nazi Colonel Streicher in “The Epiphany.”

Colonel Streicher is the German enemy, that takes hold of the Strand family home, and throws them off course from their daily lives. He is a powerful man with a lot of control, who feels great giving orders and submitting them to his will. Haberland surmises that Colonel Streicher may have had a strict childhood and now aims to seek revenge. Through the war, and Hitler, he sees a chance to rise and fulfill his authority. His character knows his power and fully wields it. During the invasion, Norwegian families could either submit to the Nazi wrath or abandon their homes. Knowing this, Colonel Streicher’s goal is to take over the entire island of Andøya. His character is a striker who seizes a way to fulfill his ambitions. Colonel Streicher has a vision of a new world where he would be important and respected. The character opened up a whole new

world for Haberland to explore. “You have to create the memory and try to get into the real character,” Haberland said. In order to truly become Colonel Streicher, Haberland had to do his research and watch war movies in order to gain a personal perspective and backstory on his character’s evil stature. He said he found out the terrifying reasons and deeper meaning behind his character’s required Nazi uniform. “You have to try to understand their purpose, why they are here, and what they are doing.” Like the other students, Haberland was wowed by the natural beauty and the peacefulness of the island, which is surrounded by nature. His host family was lovely and he is very grateful for their hospitality, including providing bikes for the students to ride around. He praised the Norwegian crew, who did a spectacular job replicating the Citrus College stage, and said that seeing the home where the actual story took place was eye-opening. “I could feel a very special energy and atmosphere inside” he said.

The audience feedback the cast received from each of the performances was spectacular, and Haberland was happy to have performed in front of a variety of ages. Haberland says the cast could really sense the emotion in the older audiences. “I was told that an old woman from the front row decided not even to look at any of the Nazi characters, assumingly because of bad memories,” Haberland said. He is honored to have shared such a wonderful experience of storytelling with his cast mates. “It really was a team accomplishment,” Haberland said. “Being able to share this whole process with my friends was, for me, the most memorable acting experience so far in my life.” Haberland knows how traveling feels, but being able to perform in Norway was especially significant for him. “It’s another dimension and it’s beyond going overseas,” Haberland said. “It’s about the performing.” L

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helsea Barron, 21, is a theatre arts major who plays the scandalous role of Helga Helsing in “The Epiphany.”

Helga Helsing collaborates between the German enemy and the Norwegian resistance during the invasion. In other words, she is sleeping with the enemy. Helga is a conflicted character and a sassy woman. She is also Streicher’s traveling companion and is based off of Solheim’s aunt. “It’s very surreal to be shown a picture of her, and just to know that your character and what you’re doing is reflecting something that actually existed and actually happened,” Barron said. She was honored to be playing this part and gained plenty of knowledge about Helga’s actual Nazi history. This time of traveling was Barron’s first overseas. She and her cast were nonetheless impressed to experience Norway first hand. Barron said as her and the crew walked, all of the side conversations were in Norwegian and they couldn’t understand any signs, but after the first week, the group could tell where they were going for the most part. “We were kind of thrust into all of it, and I think the majority of us had never been out of the country,” Barron said. “So we kind of had each other and clung to each other in that sense.”

Her host parents were hospitable and perfect assets, with a knowledgeable father, who drove her and two other cast members on a historic tour, and a Filipino mother who cared for them as her own. Staying with her cast members and her host family was like a slumber party every night. “We ate Filipino egg rolls every night in Norway” Barron said, “So it was a huge cultural mesh going on.” The shows came as a shock to Barron, discovering that European theatre is dead silent during their stage time as a sign of respect. In American theatre, performers can usually feel that their audience is there. But after a humbling standing ovation on their first performance night, which in the uniqueness of European theatre requires the cast to return on stage for a second bow, it was right to assume that their audience was impressed. “As they were clapping, we had all gone straight backstage to get undressed, and they continued clapping,” she remembered. “Our director came running in, yelling for us to get back out there and bow again. We really had no clue!” Before Barron decided to major in theatre, she didn’t believe in herself too much, but this trip has shown her that she can be successful in what she chooses to do with theatre. “It’s very cool to be respected for storytelling and to do justice to Solheim’s story that he wanted to tell,” she said. L

It’s very surreal to be shown a picture of her, and just to know that your character and what you’re doing is reflecting something that actually existed and actually happened.” -CHELSEA BARRON

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Looking Back...





1. Logos Magazine was a supplement to the Clarion. Logos was also on the verge of being shut down due to lack of funding which inspired this cover and spoke to how this publication offers so much to the students despite the shortage in funding. In this issue, Logos wrote about Transcendental Meditation, featured famed UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, broke down the pros and cons of Proposition 15 the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nuclear Power Plants Initiativeâ&#x20AC;? and profiled top student activists involved in clubs that represented the minorities on campus: the Black Student Union (BSU), Chicano Student Movement of the Southwest (MECHA), Feminists United (FU) and Gay Students Educational Union (GSEU). 2. Jimmy Carter won the presidency over Gerald Ford. 3. Punk rock was a guerilla music movement making a name for itself amongst the rebellious youth. The music started around 1973 in the UK and by 1976 had made its way over to the United States. It was during this year that the Ramones found success with their debut selftitled album. Although considered unsuccessful at the time by its record company, the album is now considered one of the most successfully influential albums in the history of punk rock. 4. In Los Altos, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne started a little company out of their garage called Apple Computers Company; now known as Apple, Inc.

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