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DivergencE T he C ypress C hronicle

Vol. VII Issue 1

September 2014

Give me cheap textbooks, or give me death!




School’s back, and resident Technology Consultant Erik Lucas has the lowdown on this season’s hottest back-to-school gadgets and apps.




It’s the start of the fall semester! And this is the first time I’ve ever edited a magazine! And we’re working with a group of new writers with half as much time as we’re used to! But of course, this isn’t about us. It’s about you. Our first issue is a guide to help you navigate the pitfalls of a new semester, especially for all you freshmen coming straight out of high school. (A tip: you don’t have to ask to go to the bathroom anymore.)

We’re here to help you navigate the pitfalls of a new semester


Pissed off about the new ways the bookstore is trying to

screw you out of more money than should be legal? So are we. Finally ready to get out but clueless about how to transfer? We’ve got you covered. Maybe you’re looking for the best tech to keep at your most productive (or distracted). It’s all here, with even more coverage on our site. The cafeteria food might not be made with love, but this magazine is, so we hope you enjoy. See you space cowboy…

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4 FEATURES 04 Transfer Center

A how-to guide to the Transfer Center

09 Back-to-school 09 Tech

The best gadgets and apps for the new semester.

16 Textbook Trouble How students end up spending more money.

18 Divergence Picks Editor and staff picks for relaxing after school.

20 New Shows

The CCMN has a lot in store this semester.

22 Hungry?

Where’s the best spots to get food around campus? We’ll tell ya.


Need advice on how to finally get out of Cypress and onto bigger and better things? The Transfer Center is here to help!

05 Editorial

Student spaces should be open to students.


11 Firelord’s Library Stories and poems from students and staff.

Maria’s still on the streets, but she seems to be getting some new friends.

14 Dirt Roads

The continuing story of a girl named Maria.

24 Street Buzz

What did people expect about college?

THE COVER Overwhelmed by text book prices? You’re not alone. Everyone’s feeling the burden of more expense and less options. Model: Jenny Anguiano, 22, Art major Photo by Conor Watkins


Bookstore prices keep going up, up, up, and it looks like there’s no end in sight.


Where do you go when you want sustenance in between classes?

The How-To Guide for the

Transfer Center STORY BY | Conor Watkins


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he Transfer Center, located on the second floor of the Student Center, is staffed with numerous transfer counselors and application attendants, all waiting to assist and educate transferring students through their support services to make it for students easier to obtain Bachelor's Degrees from the universities that best suite them. We were able to sit down and talk with Transfer Center Director, Mrs. Penny Gabourie, to help you, the student, understand the role of the Transfer Center in your college career here at Cypress College and beyond. What can the Transfer Center offer to help students with the transfer process? The Transfer Center provides individual counseling for Cypress College students to assist in mapping out a clear path to what classes you need to take to be eligible for transfer as well as lend their guidance in the selection of a transfer institution that would benefit you in the pursuit of your chosen major. They also act as mediators to help set up appointments with local college and university representatives that would be able to give you more insight about the classes that their schools offer for your chosen major.

Important Websites Here are some websites that may assist you as a transferring student when it comes to deciding on a transfer destination: C.S.U. Info and Online Application U.C. Info and Online Application Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities California Colleges: College Planning Resources eCampus Tours

Upcoming Events Sept. 17 De Vry University table visit Outside CCCPLX, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 25 TAG Workshop Transfer Center, 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 25 Grand Canyon University table visit Outside CCCPLX, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 30 UC TAG Submission Deadline Sept. 30 Cal State Fullerton Advisor Appointments Transfer Center, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Of course, knowing how to apply for the schools you would like to attend can be difficult and confusing and as a part of the transfer support service, the Transfer Center hold application workshops that will start in October. On top of providing support for the transferring process they invite representatives from local colleges and universities to Cypress for a day to put on Transfer Fairs so you can explore transfer options located all around California.

“The Transfer

Center has also added to their counselling staff to help whenever a student needs assistance with filling out an application or has a question about the transfer process.

This year they're holding three transfer fairs for your benefit. The first one is set for Oct. 14, 2014, and is made up of schools located in Southern California and the surrounding areas. The second one is planned to happen on Nov. 4, 2014 that will include U.C., Cal State and Private schools from all over California and some from out of state. The final one is going to be held in March of 2015 with no solid date decided yet but keep an eye out for notifications of these special events and more.

What are the core requirements to be eligible for transfer?

What should students be advised to do before coming into the Transfer Center looking for assisEach university has their own tance?

set of requirements that give the student the opportunity to even apply, however most of them are grouped to follow a solidified college standard. For the California State University (C.S.U.) system students are required to have completed the "Golden Four" which include English, Critical Thinking, Math, and Communications with a total of 30 general education units.

The University of California (U.C.) system requires that students complete three of the "Golden Four," which are English, Critical Thinking and Math paired with four additional classes, two from one subject and two from another. The set of requirements to apply to private schools very for each one, so ask your councilor or transfer adviser what these requirements might be.

RIGHT: Penny Gabourie, director of the Transfer Center.


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If students are looking for assistance with the transfer process, they should bring an unofficial copy of their transcripts so that the process may be smooth and easy. The Transfer Center has also added to their counselling staff to help whenever a student needs assistance with filling out an application or has a question about the transfer process. Some last minute advice from the Transfer Center Director Mrs. Penny Gabourie would be to "choose your major first and then choose a school. Also, students will soon be required to declare a major after completing 15 units. Classes such as COUN 141 Career Exploration and COUN 151 Career/Life Planning are here to help you.” D

EDITORIAL The fall semester has begun, and for the staff here at The Cypress C hronicle , it means another semester of long, endless hours in the newsroom. Whether it’s working to meet magazine deadlines or filming one of the many shows as a part of the Cychron Media Network family, it’s busy every day of the week. This semester, we are lucky enough to work in a newly renovated newsroom, with an improved studio and a larger workspace. We’ve also got plenty of new staff members who show promise and a willingness to step up and prove themselves as members of the Cychron team. It should the perfect environment for an increase in productivity and quality. Except it’s not. The hours we’re allowed to spend in our newsroom have been drastically reduced, and it makes it that much more difficult to get things done. Unlike in previous semesters, where staff members came and went throughout the day and there was plenty of time available to work, we’re now limited to the time that our advisor is available to be in the room. This makes the filming of shows more difficult, since we’re now working around a much smaller window of time. This makes production of Divergence Magazine more time-constrained; we are literally getting this magazine done at 9:30 p.m., grateful that our professor cancelled his evening plans so the editorial board could go to press. Associated Students approached us and they said that they suffer from this very same problem. Spaces reserved for student organizations should be open for students to use as long as they need them, and not restricted because

of policies that only show how fearful this administration has become of liability. Is this fear worth more than our education? Education evolves risk, and, right now, the odds are not in the students’ favor. The Cypress College administration must make amends to policies that restrict student freedom. How do they expect this student body, a student body that grows more apathetic and disengaged by the semester, to keep connected to the campus community? How to they expect these students to stay when our sister campus in Fullerton keeps looking more and more enticing for us who want a richer college experience? Cypress College students are adults. We can take care of ourselves. We pay taxes and tuition that fund this establishment. We are the members of this community with the most at stake: our education, and our future. And with Measure J coming up, and $574 million on the line, we also hold the influence to encourage our families and friends to vote in our best interests. We deserve these spaces. We require an effective education. Even though our new newsroom is streets ahead of the halfconverted cafeteria we were working out of before, the fact that our hours are now so limited means it’s still that much harder to run our newsroom efficiently. It’s more difficult for Associated Students to work for the students they serve. It has become a challenge for student organizations to find time to establish healthy professional and personal relationships, and to establish camaraderie among themselves. This is a school: we students must have our space, and our voices must be heard. D

We’ve been locked out of a good education.

Editor-in-Chief Victoria Cardenas Associate Editor Jeff Lopez Managing Editor Gerard Avelino Divergence Editor Rachel Dick Creative Writing Editor Kyo Okamuro Tech Consultant Erik Lucas Manager Jean Poincelet CCMN Manager Jhovani Estrada CCMN Asst. Manager Jamal Bostick Copy Editor Jessica Canales Staff: Conor Watkins, Mary Miraz, Jennyfer Sanchez, Celsa Maldonado, Frankie Genera, Alexia Delgado Faculty Advisor Robert Mercer Mailing Address Cypress College, 9200 Valley View St., Cypress, CA 90630 Email: Phone: 714-484-7269

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THE BEST TECH FOR BACK TO SCHOOL Your guide to the essential apps and gadgets for the upcoming school year


he phrase “back to school” is scary in its own right, but pair it with a paltry assortment of defunct gadgets and low-tech productivity tools, and it’s downright terrifying. Fortunately, it’s 2014 and there are a bevy of apps and gadgets available that can aid you on your way to a successful school year—whether you define that as passing all your classes, or breaking the record for selfies taken during class, is completely up to you. So sit back, fire up, and let’s spend some of that extra financial aid you were saving for ramen and coffee. STORY BY | Erik Lucas

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For getting work done Acer c720 Chromebook, $269 If you really need a physical keyboard to go along with your touchscreen, this is the laptop for you. It offers an 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display, a super-fast Intel processor, really good trackpad and a 32GB solid-state hard drive, all packed into a svelte 2.98 pound body. If you’re on a budget and don’t mind plastic-ladened devices, you really can’t go wrong with the Acer C720P.

Google Drive/Dropbox (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac), Free-$1.99/$Free-$9.99 Stuff piles up fast, in real life and on your devices. What that means is you are usually stuck with the unenviable task either of deleting something forever or storing it on some hard drive somewhere to be forgotten. Google Drive alleviates this pain in a big way: it stores almost any filetype you want in the cloud, up to 15GB, and does it for free. That means any document, spreadsheet, photo, video or GIF of Taylor Swift making a funny face can be stored and synced across all of your devices. If you’ve really gone crazy with your content and need more space, Google will give you and extra 100GB for only $1.99 a month. If sending everything you care about to Google isn’t your thing, there’s also the excellent alternative of Dropbox, which pretty much does everything mentioned above. However, Dropbox only gives you 2GB of free storage and starts their paid plans at $9.99 a month for 1TB.

Evernote (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac), Free Forget the way you used to take notes—using notebooks or recorders—this is the digital age. And nothing more personifies the digital age than Evernote, which not only lets you take traditional text-based notes, but also digitally-rich multimedia ones. With this one app, you can take a photo of the whiteboard, record the lecture audio while typing away, clip relevant web articles, and even scan your old-school handwritten notes and translate them into readable text. All this advanced cross-platform capability in the palm of your hands, and it’s free. A must for any college student.

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Welcome back to Firelord’s Library. We’re back again for another semester in Divergence magazine and we’re flaring up for what creative writing we can bring to you, from poetry, to short stories, writing advice, book recommendations, and we’ll be adding a permanent spot to a monthly anime review.

Creative writing from students and staff Curated by Kyo Okamuro

Is writing frustrating you? Don’t let it beat you down. Kick its ass and jot down these helpful tips.

1. Push yourself. Not feeling in the mood to write? Suck it up. No, I’m kidding, but consider this: Writing isn’t always going to flow. Sometimes to practice or get better, you have to make yourself do it regardless if you’re up to it. Even if it’s a small paragraph or a vague concept, write it down. Just writing a small amount for 10 minutes every day can significantly move you forward. Writers block is a mentality, break it. Don’t focus on perfection, simply focus on writing something, anything. Eventually, you’ll find yourself in a better place. 2. Blanking on ideas? Carry a notebook and pen with you, or keep your phone at the ready to jot down thoughts. It doesn’t always seem like it, but every day experiences can provide you with great scenarios or dialogue. You can witness something and be inspired on the spot. Don’t lose it, write it down. 3. Find out the time that you’re most creative. It’s common for many writers to have a certain time of day where they work best. Some thrive early in the morning; others crave the dead of night to get things going. Discover this time, and then make time so that you can write during these periods. 4. Don’t agonize or torture yourself over getting it ‘just right.’ This ties into number one somewhat, but it’s crucial

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to remember this: We’re all our own worst critics. As writers, we can tear ourselves apart as brutally as we can write about monsters. We all have to edit and revise our work; drafts are important and rarely ever is anything as beautiful as it could be on the first go. If you’re too frustrated, leave your piece alone for a few days, and then revisit it later. 5. Find a small group of writers to share you works with. Having fellow writers go over your writing with you can be extremely helpful. Not only can a small writing group provide you with easy proofreading, but they can help you pinpoint problem areas and give you feedback on where you can improve. 6. Have fun. Remember why you write in the first place. If it’s a constant chore, then creative writing may not be right for you. Sometimes we writers can end up feeling that our writing is something that “must” be done, or something to procrastinate over for as long as possible. If your plot seems wildly unrealistic, your characters bore you to death and you’re convinced that a four-year old with a crayon could write better prose, chill, take a break. Start a completely fresh project, something which is purely for fun. Write a poem or a 60-word “mini saga.” Just completing a small finished piece can help if you’re bogged down in a longer story.


Phoro © Guillaume Piolle / CC-BY-3.0

Cloud : a short narrative "I want to be a cloud." she chimed, staring at the starry night sky with the kind of expression that made you think she might be in pain. I thought her rather stupid, she’s looking at stars, the brightest sort that you never really see in the city and here she is, leaning back on her palms, chin up, eyes up, wishing she were a cloud. "Why?" I had to ask though, sighing as I stared at her, those choppy ashen locks of hers wafting through the breeze nonchalantly. She laughed in a way that said she knew how crazy she sounded to me, she laughed in a way that said ‘you never understand me’ and she laughed in a way that said ‘but okay, if you really want to know, I’ll tell you.’ She kept her eyes on the stars, adjusting her weight onto a single palm before using the other hand to outstretch towards the shining upward abyss, swirling her fingers as if she were imagining herself an artist that painted with celestial light. "I don’t want to be pretty, too sparkle." she began, humming softly with each lightly spoken word, "But clouds, you know, no one wants them around." I watched a smirk upturn her lips just


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as ‘idiot’ came to my mind, "But everyone needs clouds. Everyone." she licked her lips as if to savor her words, nodding her head ever so gently as if to confirm it to herself, "For the rain, for escape from the sun. No one needs stars. They’re pretty, but we can never touch them. Why would I want to be something that no one can touch?" she asked me, the serious tone in her voice causing me to blink, but, she’s still stupid, right? "You can’t touch clouds either." I stated matter-of-fact with another sigh, that smirk still upturning her lips in a way that mystified me. Hadn’t I just slashed open one of her points? "Sure," she said, like it didn’t matter, like she had just been throwing me a bone, let me win one. "But that’s the best part. No can touch me, but they’ll need me. And what if I chose to never rain again? And let the blue heavens eat them all alive?" I thought her words akin to poison yet the smile on her face was sweeter than anything I’d ever witnessed. "You’re sadist, right?" she giggled at my inquiry, shrugging her shoulders unabashedly, "I’m just selfish."



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I met a wolf in starlight step into forests lit like nebulae green blaze Howled at me as he was inclined to guide me further into the whirling waves of darker spaces with brighter masses His teeth mimicked blinding moonlight like infant stars serrated into a form sharper, more intense than blue cosmic flame and this is how werewolves move into their attack patterns, hunting mortals who cannot see them through the extravagance of moonlit transformation, I might have been or would have liked to imagine being taken up by a black hole rather than his giant gnashing jaw as his goddess the moon, his only real affection, gave him his monstrous shape, basked in her light ate me whole, I fell into the reddest of stars I had ever seen If I ought to feel the agony of galaxies might I believe this is how stars die


WHILE IT HAS YET TO ACHIEVE mainstream popularity amongst anime and manga fans in the west, the current anime adaptation of Yoshihiro Togashi’s Hunter x Hunter has finally started making its presence known outside of Japan, and it couldn’t come soon enough. Through a combination of incredibly complex characters, vast and detailed world building, and a clever deconstruction of classic shōnen tropes and conventions – all brought to life with stunning animation by Studio Madhouse – Hunter x Hunter has carved out a spot amongst the absolute best in its demographic.

inside me You were intricately interwoven into my bones, my flesh, and you were even mixed into the beat of my heart, the sweat down my skin, the bat of my eyelashes You were sewn into the fabric of my soul, injected into my core, like weaving gold into stone You became so distinctively apart of me, that when you began to breath acid down my veins, and lied the way that makes hearts break, it felt like I was tearing myself apart from the inside, because you were within me, a half of me, no I think you were all of me So it became this easy thing, to eat me up from my vital organs to my spine, the marrow of my bones to brain matter, heart chunks and muscle mass It felt like I was killing myself and perhaps that’s why it was so simple for you to blame me, for you to say it’s all your fault, and I’m the victim How can you make me watch you fall apart I’m so sad, to lose you, how could you tear yourself apart, how could you tear us apart?

Without a doubt, the greatest strength of HxH lies in the way Togashi has written his characters. Instead of relying on a combination of established stereotypes as a shortcut, the characters are developed gradually, in a way that makes their personalities and interactions with each other feel natural and organic, even amongst such a large and diverse cast. And while our protagonists are undeniably the “good guys”, it’s interesting to note that the antagonists they face off against in each arc are usually based on opposing viewpoints and not trying to stop an “absolute evil”. Characters who act as villains in one arc could just as easily appear in another as an ally, even without a dramatic change of heart. It’s all a matter of perspective. Just as interesting is the world the series takes place in. Locations are unique and dynamic, and even minor characters are given interesting backstories that help flesh out the world they inhabit. You get the sense that this world is alive and constantly moving, and that while our protagonists are fighting or training in one place, there are an infinite number of other stories waiting to be told.

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The 148-episode anime adaptation will conclude on September 23, as it has finally caught up to what has been written in the manga. If or when the anime will continue depends entirely on Togashi, who is notorious for taking extended hiatuses. However, the adaptation will end on a very emotionally satisfying note that works as both a possible ending and a promise of more to come. Hunter x Hunter is currently streaming on Crunchyroll, and the first 100 episodes are now available on Netflix. ~ Rachel Dick

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Continued from last issue...

Dirt Roads ART BY Cesilia Gutierrez

To be continued...

textbook troub STORY BY | Mary Miraz


long with football games, mid-terms and study sessions at Starbucks, we’ve all experienced the campus bookstore at least once in our college lives. It’s almost a traditional part of collegiate life. Almost.

But what’s not-so-traditional about the bookstore is that it is now being privately operated by Follett Higher Education Group. Although new to Cypress, privatization of campus bookstores is not new and is actually a growing trend among colleges and universities. Follett alone has business in over 110,000 campuses nationwide and is currently


operating over 400 campus bookstores. There are both pros and cons that come with privatization. On the positive side it eliminates operational costs for the school and allows those funds to go elsewhere to help the students and better the school. However, students end up paying the real price b eca u s e even th o u g h th e prices of textbooks are largely

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set up by the book companies, private bookstores markup the books for about 20 to 30 percent higher than campus-run bookstores. A l o n g w i t h m a r ke d u p books, private bookstores are more likely to bundle hardcopy textbooks with the digital version for a higher price and won’t provide the option to buy the hardcopy of the book alone.


how privatized bookstores may end up costing students more One may then turn to renting books as a cheaper alternative, but even then its more expensive to rent from a private bookstore when your only option is to rent a brand new version of the text. Although they do have some previously used versions, if you don't go early you’re likely to pay almost as much as you would if you were to buy and own the book. The high prices of textbooks isn't solely in the hands of the distributor. New editions of textbooks can make buying them more costly. Students will often opt for an older edition because of how greatly a new version can drive up the prices and usually with little changes from the older editions except for maybe an updated study and new graphics. Schools also create custom editions in an effort to create a costsaving textbook, which can have a negative effect by taking away the chance to buy the text elsewhere. It also eliminates or reduces the places students can sell it back, whereas having a largely used book could have potentially be sold elsewhere for more than what the bookstore is willing to buy it back for. On average a college student will spend about $650- $800 dollars on textbooks a year depending on their course loads and the amount of required texts in each class. With a $600 average, it’s easy to spend even more when a single book can cost up to $200. Aside from the high cost of textbooks, these fig-

ures don't include everything one needs for their classes. Along with other course materials and school supplies, the College Board estimates that the average student will spend $1,200 a year. The high price of course materials often drives students to the internet where they can take advantage of websites like eBay, Amazon, and Chegg. Here students can buy and/or rent previously used textbooks at a cheaper price than they would find on campus. A popular option for students here at Cypress is to head across the street to Textbook Inc. and buy their books cheaper without having to wait and pay for shipping along with having the choice to sell back their books at the end of the semester to get some of that money back. In some cases, students choose to skip purchasing required texts while being aware that it can result in a poor grade because the cost is too high.

Fun Fact College textbooks have risen 812% in cost since 1978. Source: The Atlantic

The privatization of the bookstore comes with its share of benefits and drawbacks, but for now its safe to say that private or not, the prices of college textbooks will continue to increase. D

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oing back to school means dealing with all the added stress that comes with it. Balancing tough classloads, dealing with harsh professors, or trying to make friends in a new class are just a few of the things we have to manage. Let our staff guide you with some of their favorite picks for unwinding after a rough week.

The WWE Network

The Legend of Korra

Once Upon a Time

Orange is the New Black

If you are a wrestling fan who does nothing but watch wrestling videos on YouTube all day, you don’t have to anymore.

The Krew is back, and with another threat to world balance looming, it’s up to the Avatar to not just save the world, but keep us fans wanting more. The Legend of Korra has gone from meh to mustwatch over the course of the last season, and fans can only expect more drama, more action, and more deep, meaningful storylines.

Once Upon a Time is a show that takes classic fairytale stories and brings them to modern day life. It is a great distraction from the dreaded back to school life. If you’re a fan of Snow White, Cinderalla, Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan, this show is for you.The unique thing about the show is that all the different fairy tale characters are stranded in our world, unaware of their magical identities.

Orange is the New Black was my absolute favorite show. At first I didn’t think I would like it because of the cover photo. I also thought everyone was just making a big buzz about it because of all the publicity it was getting. It wasn’t until the second season came on that I gave myself the opportunity to watch it. Instantly I was hooked.

The WWE Network is finally here with over 1000 hours of video, relive your favorite moments from your favorite eras. Relive the age of Hulkamania all the way to the attitude era, even now to the PG era. But if you are like me and don’t really like the current direction WWE is going right now stick to a more interesting time in the company. Or if you aren’t impressed with Monday Night Raw watch WCW Monday Nitro on the network instead. Or if you were a “Paul Heyman Guy” back in the watch ECW (highly recommend watching only form 96-01, 05-07). But if you are just a pure wrestling fan like I am you should really subscribe to the network for the very low price of 9.99! ~Jamal Bostick


Nickelodeon made a huge mistake removing Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzo’s masterpiece from its TV lineup, especially now that “Book 3: Change” has stepped up with story and animation, but we’ll at least get to watch the series on

I started with episode one, continued and continued. I got through all of season one by the end of that night. I guess what I like most about it is it gives us an inside scoop of goes on inside prisons and what might be the stories of some of the women in them. I also love how sort of empowering the stories behind the characters’ lives are. A simple reminder that we shouldn’t let simple things phase us.

And even if Season 3 premiered just over the summer, “Book 4: Balance” has already been given an Oct. 3 release date on web streaming. Honestly, even if I’m still recovering from last season’s emotional finale, I still can’t wait for new episodes.

The show is set in a small town called Storybrooke, where they live their normal lives, under the curse of the evil queen. The evil queen banished everyone who lives in the Enchanted Forrest to live in a place where there are no happy endings, because she could not live hers. This show takes you into another land, where magic is real, and anything can happen. If you need an escape from physics and literature, I recommend you embark in the magical world of Once upon a Time.

Orange is the new Black is available on Netflix.

~Gerard Avelino

~Alexia Delgado

~Jennyfer Sanchez

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Silver Spoon My pick for unwinding during the stress of a new school semester is anime series Silver Spoon. The story follows Yuugo Hachiken, a high school student who, after a nervous breakdown about the state of his future, decides to start fresh at an agricultural high school, despite not knowing the first thing about farming. Yes, it’s an anime. About farming. Try explaining that one with a straight face. Don’t let the concept deter you though, because this show is absolutely worth watching. Based on source material written by Fullmetal Alchemist’s Hiromu Arakawa, the series is overflowing with vibrant characters, a perfect balance of humor and more heavy subjects, and life lessons that anyone could benefit from, without feeling overly preachy. A t t wo s e a s o n s w i t h 1 1 episodes each, the series is short enough to get through in a weekend, but long enough to leave you emotionally satisfied, refreshed, and ready to take on anything the school year can throw at you. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun

The Elemental Series

Now that summer has ended and school is back on, one of the most talked about movies is Guardians of The Galaxy. It was one of the most anticipated films of the year and it did not disappoint.

A good laugh is one of the best ways to unwind after a rough week at school. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun, currently streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu, is my favorite anime of this current season and one of the best and most consistently funny comedy series I’ve ever seen.

My absolute favorite artists South Korean pop group: Girls’ Generation, are one of the most prominent things that helps me get through school. They released their last EP in February, Mr. Mr., and it’s a dazzling electro and R&B-esque sound with a classy, “mystery girl” style from the girls. The album hit the top of the charts as per usual for the group, and each song is done tastefully and build off one another to showcase a varied yet incredibly strong EP.

This movie is about four outlawed criminals who are brought together by unusual circumstances. They soon realize that they are the only ones who can save the galaxy against Thanos and Ronan. One of the great things about this movies is the depth of the characters’ personalities. At some point the audience feels like they know each character and connects with them. The storyline is very well written and leaves everyone wanting more. The humor and action mirrors the older Star Wars episodes that brings every aspect to life. Join Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Racoon, Groot and Drax on an adventure of self realization to save the galaxy. “We’re the guardians of galaxy... bitch” - Star-Lord

When Chiyo Sakura finally works up the courage to confess to her crush, fellow student Umetarou Nozaki, his reaction is far from what she expects. He’s totally clueless, and thinks she’s a fan of the shoujo romance manga he secretly writes under a female pen name. The plot itself is really just a set-up, and the true highlight of the series is the ensemble cast of characters, who Nozaki uses as inspirations for his manga. Each episode is broken up into two storylines, with the comedy being largely situational, playing off subverting the audiences’ expectations for how a scene should play out in a clever and refreshing way.

~Celsa Maldonado

~Rachel Dick

~Rachel Dick

Girls’ Generation’s sub group, TaeTiSeo, also has an upcoming mini album titled Holler that will be released digitally on the 16th and physically on the 18th of this month. It’s said that the girls have “poured their heart and soul into it” for all the fans that have been waiting so long for them to release more stunningly vibrant music. T hese nine girls are such beautiful, strong and wonderful women and their music is always uplifting to me. I always have Girls’ Generation blasting, especially when I’m stressed or in a bad mood. I’m almost instantly taken to better vibes. And if you like Korean pop, or good pop for that matter, I would definitely check out Mr. Mr. and Holler when it comes out. ~Kyo Okamuro

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ith a new semester underway, it means new staff members bringing their ideas to the newsroom. The Cypress Chronicle’s own YouTube channel, the Cychron Media Network, hosts a variety of both live and pre-recorded web shows covering a wide range of topics. Here’s a look at just a few of what we have to offer, with even more coming from new and returning staff members in the following weeks.


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Calling all nerds! Your favorite nerd show is back, hosted by the “King of Nerds” himself Erik Lucas with his co- hosts Broadcast Manager Jhovani Estrada, and Divergence Editor Rachel Dick. You can catch them in all their nerdiness every Tuesday at 3PM on and

Spotlight News hosted by Assistant Broadcast Manager Jamal Bostick and staff members Keenan Wright, and Gerald Scott is a returning show to the channel. Every week Jamal gives you info on the latest news in music, entertainment, and sports while expert correspondant Gerald Scott interviews student athletes from all mens and womens sports at Cypress College. And also with a brand new segment on the show you can take a trip down to Fantasy Island with Keenan Wright who will give you the inside scoop on all things fantasy football.

New staff member John Flynn gives you the rundown on the latest news and reviews in gaming on “The Warp Zone”. Flynn is taking over for former Warp Zone host Carlos Carmona who is missing in action somewhere. So if you’re into video games and need the inside scoop John Flynn is your guy.

Our web guy Jean Poincelet is the host of the “Pipeline” which delves into the most impactful news stories of the week from around the world from the crisis with ISIS all the way to the release of the new iPhone 6.

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STORY BY | Frankie Genera and Celsa Maldonado

tudents at Cypress College spend hours every day on campus. This school is more of a second home to a lot of students. When lunch time comes around, finding the right place to go eat can be a challenge. Luckily, Cypress College is surrounded with many inexpensive places to eat that will satisfy anyone’s appetite. There is a lot of variety when it comes to choosing what you will have for lunch. There are also many places to just grab a drink and hang out while doing homework or studying. The options are never-ending, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top choices and students' favorites.


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In the past few years, many boba drink places have opened up and are taking over. The boba craze is spreading like wildfire. It is more of an add-on to your favorite drink, like taro milk tea or chai tea, and many people add it to their fruit smoothies or iced coffees. Near Cypress College there are two popular places that offer boba with your drink.

When it comes to satisfying your hunger, there are many places around Cypress College that serve great food. Phat Straw, which is located on Valley View right across campus, offers a variety of fruit smoothies and drinks. On the other hand, 7 Leaves Cafe has more coffee and tea options. They both offer some of same drinks along with boba. For example, Phat Straw and 7 Leaves both offer taro milk tea, but Phat Straw’s taro milk tea is going to be the better option. The boba in the milk tea is much more chewy and fresh. If you’re craving an iced coffee, your best bet would be 7 leaves. Their most popular coffee drink there is the iced house coffee. The best thing about their iced coffee is that it’s simple to order and you don’t need to add flavors or sweeteners; it has just the right amount of creamer and sweetener. If you would rather have a fruit smoothie, Phat Straw would be the place to go. They have many choices from strawberry to mango. The great thing about their smoothies is that they have delicious chunks of fruit on top of the smoothie that compliment the drink very well. Both places are great and reasonably priced - it just depends

what you're in the mood for. Now, when it comes to satisfying your hunger, there are many places around Cypress College that serve great food. But if you're craving Mexican food, there are two great places that will make your taste buds dance. The one closest to campus is called Señor Taco, located on Valley View directly across from the entrance to the campus. This small familyowned restaurant is great for Mexican plates or just tacos a la carte. One of the great things about this place is that they have great combo deals and lunch specials. Their dining area is also very convenient and  many students come here to eat and meet up with friends. Another restaurant serving up Mexican food is Albertaco's, located on Valley View and Lincoln. Their most popular items are the California burritos and the carne asada fries. Both items contain the same ingredients but are just served differently. They contain steak, fries, guacamole, cheese, sour cream and, if you'd like, salsa. The carne asada fries are perfect for two people to share and comes with plenty of food. The burrito has the exact same ingredients, but it just comes wrapped. So if you're on the go, just grab a burrito and enjoy. It is a little pricey, but once you taste it, it will be worth it. One of the other great additions about Albertacos is their drink called horchata. It is very refreshing and many people enjoy this rather than a soda with their food.

service. The employees tend to be rude and unfriendly at times and don't offer great customer service. If you find yourself craving Hawaiian Grill food, check out Yaho Grill. They serve all kinds of food, including teriyaki chicken, grilled steak, and rice bowls. They also take 10% off your order when you show them your student I.D.! And if you and your friends want to sit down and enjoy a meal, give Farmer Boys a visit. They serve burgers, bread bowls, and chicken sandwiches. The good food, air conditioning during a hot day, and friendly customer service will satisfy any student. In the mood for Chinese food? Panda Express is the place to go. They offer great service, and they offer great deals on their entrees menu. So if you have a craving for kung pao chicken, or bacon orange chicken, Panda Express is calling your name.

If you're craving some fried chicken, there is a KFC waiting for you. Their sandwiches and fried chicken are the bomb. They also have daily specials, including a Chicken Little sandwich with potato wedges for $2.99. If you're in the mood for some chicken, go to KFC.. In dire need of caffeine? No worries, there is a Starbucks nearby. Starbucks has a big menu of cappuccinos, lattes, frappuccinos, and coffee. Starbucks has even brought back their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte. It will only be sold for a limited time, so luckily for you, you can get the PSL today! And for the students who are over 21, if you're looking for a place to relax and watch sports, or enjoy a cold beer, give Campus Billiards and Sports a visit. They have happy hour every day of the week from 2 to 7 p.m., plenty of daily specials, and lots of HDTV's that show football games all throughout the season. D

Let's say you're not up for Mexican food one day and have a long gap in between classes. There is a great pho place on Valley View and Orange Avenue called iPho that serves your favorite bowl of Vietnamese noodles. One of the great things about iPho is their happy hour. It starts at 2 pm and ends at 5 pm. Unfortunately, one of the downsides to iPho is the

September 2014


streetbuzz INTERVIEWS AND PHOTOS BY | Jennyfer Sanchez and Conor Watkins

Do you remember what your first year of college was like? For some of us this day couldn't have came any sooner, however for most it all seems so surreal. It is true that media has a big influence on the way we view the world, or in this case college. In the end however, we're all just here to learn, some of which include things we never knew about ourselves.

I didn't think it would be scary. I assumed and expected students in college to be nice and friendly I expected all classrooms to be in the shape and forms of lecture halls with single desks and strict professors. I was quite surprised by the cost of school fees and tuition. Ashli Ross, 19 Nursing Major It’s kind of like high school without your friends but you meet knew people. High school teachers make college professors seem really strict and if you do something wrong they’ll kick you out right away. Ashli Ross, 19 Nursing Major 24

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Uhhh, well we have a lot of choices, like we can determine our schedules, well for me, I have a lot of time in between my classes Jeric Santos, 17 Undeclared I expected it to be more like high school, you know teachers to be more concerned about participating and attending classes. I didn’t expect you to have to choose your classes, I expected my counselors to choose my classes and be given a schedule. Sabina Sandoval Saucedo, 21, Undeclared I thought it would be hard, and teachers would be more strict but it’s kind of like high school just without your friends. Lara Grimaldi, 18 Nursing major

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For taking breaks Google Chromecast, $35 At some point this year, you’re going to burn out. Like, to the point where you just can’t even. That’s when it’s time to plop down with a bowl of hot Cheetos and fire up the Chromecast, Google’s awesome HDMI streaming stick. For only $35, this little dongle gives you the ability to stream basically whatever app is Chromecast enabled on your phone, such as Netflix or HBO Go, to your TV. Also, if you have a newer Android phone (version 4.4 and up) you can even stream the entire screen to your TV; this goes for any laptop running the Chrome browser as well. Absolutely one of my must-own gadgets.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, $168 If style isn’t your priority when it comes to the devices that pump sound into your earholes, then get the Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones. These are my clear-cut favorite when it comes to pure sound quality, and they come in at almost half the price of the premium Beats. They may look kind of bland, mostly black and grey, but they are amazing when it comes to delivering the truest sound replication you can find in a lower tier set. Buy them, strap em’ to your skull, and get lost in the beautiful escape that is your playlist.

Spotify, free - $9.99 OK, so we have a few things to listen to music on, but where do we get that music from? If you’re still rocking the iTunes playlist, that’s cool, but why not join the streaming revolution and get yourself a Spotify account? You get access to millions of songs, a radio option that’s way smarter than Pandora, the ability to shuffle any album for free, and a bevy of social media sharing options. If you upgrade to the $9.99 monthly price (and you should), you can play any song, download music and listen offline in high-quality audio all with no ad interruptions. Spotify is simply the best, and it’s available on virtually every platform.


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On the go

iPhone 6, $199/$299 Haters gonna hate, and that’s OK, because no matter what you say about the iPhone 6, it is without a doubt the best phone you can buy. Coming in both 4.7 and 5.5 inch sizes, the newest phone from Apple is spec’d out in every way you can imagine: 8 megapixel camera with focus pixel tech, NFC Apple Pay (use all your credit cards wirelessly with Touch ID), thinner and lighter than any other iPhone, and the A8 and M8 chips make it faster than any phone you’ve used yet. And of course, let’s not forget the biggest app selection on any platform in the App Store. You want the cream of the crop? This is it. Or...

Moto X (2014), $99 If Android is more your flavor, then go grab the newest Moto X. Its price point is almost unbelievable at $99, and the insane amount of customizations you can make with it are almost too good to be true (you can put a bamboo back on this thing). The 13 megapixel camera is comparable to any top Android phone, and its 5.2 inch 1080p screen looks vibrant and gorgeous. It comes with the latest version of Android (Kit-Kat), and features an always-on voice command system. Couple those things with a speedy Snapdragon 801 chip and a capable 2,300mAh battery, and you’ll soon realize this is the droid you’ve been looking for.

Pebble (iOS and Android), $150 Wearables are the latest up-and-coming trend in the tech industry, and in some cases even in normal everyday life. But there’s one glaring fact about most of them to this point: they’re gross. Most wearables, whether it be a fitness tracker, smart watch or even headset camera (I see you, Google Glass) fail to deliver on the most basic of necessities people crave from their connected devices: perform a set of functions well, and don’t look ugly. This is where I believe the Pebble not only delivers, but excels. It’s a smart watch that tells the time, pulls in notifications from your phone and tracks your steps… all while being water resistant and lasting 5-7 days on one charge. Its display isn’t color, but that’s ok because it’s highly readable in direct sunlight. For the student who wants to stay current with everything on their phone, without having to reach in their pocket, this is the smart watch of choice.

There it is, every gadget and app that I could possibly fit into one article. For the full, unabridged guide, visit (scan that cool QR code to the left). Now go out and put your new tech-savvy brain to good use: studying without distractions, taking notes with confidence, multi-tasking like a beast, and relaxing with swag. And just remember, the perfect selfie isn’t the one you pose for, it’s the one that happens sporadically… and hopefully not leaked to the entire internet. D

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