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Summer 2017 Issue

MISS JUPITER Rising Local Band

SOUND OF THE SIDEWALK AN URBAN OASIS FULLERTON ARBORETUM THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


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CONTENTS Fullerton Arboretum 4 Be Kind, Remake

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EDITOR’S NOTE I am not a summer person. I avoid the heat at all costs. I cannot stand humidity. I keep thinking of that Danzig song "Dirty Black Summer". Not for me.

Fox Fullerton Theater

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Sound of the Sidewalk

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Fullerton College President

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Achieving Your Dreams

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Miss Jupiter

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Recyling & Vintage Fashion

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Special Olympics

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ASSISTANT EDITOR’S NOTE

Fake News

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Summer is my favorite season...That was a lie. It’s just alright.

Dealing With Death

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Summer Reading

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Leadbelly's BBQ

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Anyways, thank you for picking up our summer issue of Inside Fullerton! Our wonderful team of writers, designers and photographers worked extremely hard to bring you, what I think, is our best issue yet.

EDITORIAL STAFF EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ASSISTANT EDITOR ADV ISOR CONSULTANT STAFF WRITERS Naomi Gillespie Elizabeth Hernandez Brandon Killman

Jeff Watson

Mark Anthony Ward Jr. Kyra Kirkwood Jay Seidel CREATIVE DIRECTORS Susan Gresto susangrestoart.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Ana Neice

Noah Jimerson

Roxanne Reeves Daisy-Roze Rivas Trevor Vernola

Aside from that, the semester is finally over and we can rejoice in the fact that school is out. Jeff Watson Editor-In-Chief @JWAste88

The school year is winding down, so you might be wracking your brain to figure out what you and your family can do to stay busy and keep from pulling each other's hair out! Luckily, this issue is filled with great ideas to inspire you. Our great city is thriving more than ever, just waiting to be had. So sit back, relax and enjoy the awesome stories we have in store for you! Get inspired! Mark Anthony Ward Jr. Co-Editor-In-Chief @FullMarksBring

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URBA N OA SIS | by Kayla Palmer

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FULLERTON ARBORETUM A HIDDEN GEM IN AN URBAN CITY Along these wondrous trails, butterflies roam blissfully beside one another above the sun-kissed flowers. The birds peacefully chirping harmoniously with the gentle wind rustling against the leaves. Beneath the towering trees, water flows into the rivers, creating ripples and clashing against the rocks. And between the fields of violet flowers a child peeps through her black binoculars to capture the pure essence of natural beauty. We’re not in Hawaii. We’re not in New Zealand. We’re in Fullerton, five minutes away from the 57 freeway. We’re at the hidden gem, the Fullerton Arboretum.

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URBA N OA SIS | by Kayla Palmer t began in 1970 by faculty members and students from Orange Coast College that became interested in preserving the 26 acres of open land at the Cal State Fullerton Campus to demonstrate environmentally friendly gardening practices and to study the various species of plants that could thrive in the Fullerton region. The Fullerton Arboretum is now home to more than 4,000 plants originating from different regions of the world and has created a natural habitat for various birds, turtles, butterflies and fish. The Fullerton Arboretum is also known as a safe haven for many residents of the Fullerton community to become educated about how to preserve nature and better their environment. Since 1997, Gregory Dyment has held the position as the director of the Fullerton Arboretum and has overseen how the Arboretum has become a part of the Fullerton community. “It’s a sort of a very special backyard for the residents of Fulleton,” said Dyment. “When they’re here, they learn about plants and learn about the environment. They can learn about how to take care of plants, they can also see the history. There’s a lot to do and there’s a lot to learn here.” Along with fostering love for nature, the Fullerton Arboretum also encourages preserving history. It has the Heritage House as a museum to display the history of Fullerton from 100 years ago. In 1894, the Heritage House was built by Dr. Clark, who is known as one of the founding fathers of Fullerton. He was the first town doctor, the first coroner for the county of Orange and also a member of the first city council for Fullerton. But in 1970, the Heritage House became threatened with demolition when residing at its original location off of Amerige and Lemon Street. “The people in Fullerton said ‘wait a minute. No! You can’t just tear that building down. It’s a classic example of Eastlake Victorian architecture and it belonged to the founding fathers of Fullerton.’ So people saved up enough money and got permission from the university to put it on state property and so it came here,” said Dyment.

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The Heritage House now rests on the lands of the Arboretum displaying Clark’s original furnishings, medical tools, his wife’s wedding dress and necklace. Residents of Fullerton can also donate antiques from the Eastlake Victorian period to further furnish and decorate the house. Fullerton Arboretum is a great place to get away for the day, but it also has some more practical use as well. As dangers of global warming become more severe, certain species of plants and animals are running out of habitat. “So there’s a lot of flux in the environment and plants are adapting and those that can’t adapt become extinct,” said Dyment. He further explains that people have caused extinction with the loss of habitat by rearranging the naturally occurring environment to create space to build shopping malls, timber logging facilities and many other things. In the San Diego area, the Torrey Pine trees have become nearly extinct. The Fullerton Arboretum has now rescued The Torrey Pine trees in hope that they will flourish. Even though there are many plants from around the world that are becoming extinct Dyment explains that the Arboretum can only rescue species of plants that could thrive in the Mediterranean climate of Fullerton. The Arboretum has a collection of various plant species from several desserts and Mediterranean regions throughout the world, including Italy, Greece, South Africa, Australia, Mexico and Yemen. The Arboretum is also an open research laboratory for Cal State Fullerton to gather information regarding why certain plants are thriving or not thriving under different environments or stress levels. Their conclusions help provide better farm management practices to the Central Valley and other parts of the U.S. It’s not just nature the Fullerton Arboretum values, but physical health and moral well being.


A healthy body and mind is promoted at the Fullerton Arboretum through their yoga and cooking classes. “There’s been many studies that have been done that say when you spend more time in the outdoors - quiet, peaceful natural surroundings - stress levels go down,” says Dyment. Practicing yoga is helpful for a healthy mind and body. These classes are provided in the garden of the Arboretum after 9 a.m. During their culinary classes, the farm is utilized to educate people how to grow their own crops and cook their own food after the crops have grown. The Fullerton Arboretum has become a meeting place for people of all ages and backgrounds to come and share their love of nature and there are plans to create more exhibits and events for the future. “We mostly all believe in the same thing and that is natural beauty,” said Dyment. “We believe in the environment, we believe in trees. I like to say that we’re all tree huggers out here,” said Dyment.

VISIT THE FULLERTON ARBORETUM Arboretum Visitor Center 1900 Associated Rd, Fullerton, CA 92831

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CATEGORY| |by By:Mark Mark Anthony Ward, OPINION Anthony Ward Jr. Jr.

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here’s nothing like taking the evening to relax with your family or friends, and heading over to the local movie theater to see the new film that everybody has been talking about. You know the one. That movie based off of that old television show from the ‘50s that got a mediocre big screen adaptation in the ‘70s, before getting a New York Time’s best selling book series written about it. According to some prominent thinkers, society has run out of ideas to the point where there are no more new things to say in the realm of films media. One look at 2017’s slate of films for theatrical release and it’s easy to understand the sentiment. There is not one month this year that doesn’t have either a reboot of an old film or television franchise. This year “Power Rangers” got a gritty facelift, “The Mummy” is being revived by the graces of Tom Cruise’s casting, and Pennywise, the killer clown, is coming back this Halloween to haunt the dreams of a whole new generation of children in a new adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT”. Even Vin Diesel’s “xXx” series is making its return to the big screen after more than a decade away.

this new movie brought all of those priceless memories rushing back.” To which I’d have to say--Exactly. That is exactly why they are making more “Star Wars” Films. And why they are rebooting “Spider-Man” for a second time. And why the “CHiPs” movie was adapted from the 1970s’ television show. Remakes and sequels are made because they have proven to be money makers in the past. Why would you not capitalize on a large franchise’s popularity, whether adapting a story from a different medium, or continuing an already established one? The audience is basically sitting around, waiting for their feelings of nostalgia to be tapped into.

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All of this being said, I don’t think that this arguably simple practice warrants the sort of scorn that many film studios receive over social media when announcing “yet another retelling of a classic story” (except for Revolution studios. Nobody asked for “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”). When the teaser trailer for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” live-action remake dropped on May 23, 2016, Twitter was a-rumblin’ with some people who were simply, and understandably, skeptical of one of the most beloved Disney stories being torn apart and stitched back together with real people instead of beautiful, ‘90’s style animation. However, for every criticism, there were dozens more tweets expressing excitement. This is often the case with announcements for big Hollywood remakes. Besides that, the making of remakes and sequels is a completely rational, profitable move on the side of the filmmakers--meaning that if the majority of people didn’t approve, the practice would cease, or at the very least slow down. If you need some convincing, just look at the highest grossing film in the United States, according to Box Office Mojo-- 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. “Of course,” you must be shouting frivolously at this paperback magazine. “It’s ‘Star Wars’. Who wouldn’t want more ‘Star Wars’?” Or maybe you’re saying something like, “I grew up with Star Wars, I remember watching it with my parents, and

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You ever wonder why prepackaged food boxes say to “BE CAREFUL: PRODUCT WILL BE HOT” in their cooking instructions, as if it wasn’t obvious from the fact that their consumers would be heating them up for that specific purpose? Because the creators know from experience that not everybody takes the necessary precautions when approaching their piping-hot snack. Because people get paid to analyze those consumers, predicting their habits, so that the company could adjust according to those habits...plus when somebody does inevitably burn their mouths, a lawsuit is justly avoided. But then, what about the people who consume this regurgitated media? Consider the following: Bill Nye the Science Guy came back to the television business, albeit on Netflix, on April 21, 2017. In a promotional video, Nye answered a question about why he chose 26-year-old rapper Tyler the Creator to write and perform the theme song. “He understood the beat,” he said. “Which goes back to the original song from 25 years ago.” Nye and his team recognized and addressed what I think to be the main reason to allow filmmakers to run with creating the volume of remakes that they have been. That there is something to be gained from letting nostalgia drive the bus, allowing the essence of the original creation come to light in an entirely new way, via a modern rendition, with a fresh and popular face attached. Sure there will be flops and there will be remakes that just didn’t need to be made. Sequels that might ruin the occasional flawless track record of a franchise. But if you stop considering all the ways a studio might “mess up” your most precious franchises, and consider, instead, how they might make you feel, you could find a real gem.


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COMMUNITY | by Brandon Killman

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The progress to the exterior of the structure has made visible progress during the years, from a building that was once fenced up, with smashed-in windows and graffiti on the walls, to a polished exterior lobby, freshly painted, new fountains, and two commercial buildings on the right lot of the theater. The Firestone Quad, on the corner of Harbor and Commonwealth, houses two commercial tenants, Dripp, a coffee house, and Stadtgarten, a German inspired beer and sausage bar. The rent from the commercial buildings generate income for the theater’s refurbishment expenses, and also help pay back any outstanding government loans. The first part of completing the project started in the tea room, the building to the left of the theater quad. This year, the board conducted a cost estimate study of the required refurbishments, which found that $1.5 million will have to go to infrastructure upgrades: fire alarms, sprinklers, air conditioning. All the original murals will cost about $750,000. “It’s a matter of balancing the aesthetics with the infrastructure of the building,” Wilson said. Walking through the 900-seat theater, Wilson pointed out the progress to the ceiling that had started off completely destroyed. Fully re-plastered and covered in an ornate canvas wall paper, the electrical and lighting has been restored as well as the original chandeliers which are now glowing again.


Fox Theater Facts x The Fox Theater was originally Although there has been progress made, phase two goes to the theatre itself and is projected to require $22.5 million. The board has a loyal partnership with Evergreen Architectural which will work on restoring the three bay murals, and the Italian renaissance styling of the theater. This phase also includes an addition to the facilities, that will expand to the theater’s back lot. The refurbishments are projected to take another five years, but the board is being proactive, starting with the capital campaign. The future appears bright for Fox Fullerton: Wilson revealed that concert promoters Golden Voice, and Live Nation have expressed interest in using the venue. Wilson also expressed interest in community outreach to offer the facilities to local theater productions and college film programs. Wilson, whose parents were avid antique collectors, said he suspects they would be proud of the massive “antique” he is now charged with restoring.

named Alician Court Theatre, but as the years past, in 1924-25, the name changed to the Fox Theatre.

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Meyer and Holler, INC also known as the Milwaukee Building Company, designed the Fox Theater. They also designed the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, in Hollywood, which got changed to the TCL Chinese Theatre in 2013.

x In 2016, the Fox Board celebrated their 90th birthday by updating the theater.

(researched and written by Roxanne Reeves)

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TALENT ON THE CORNER | by Ana Neice

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FEATURE | by Ana Neice

ustin Zellmer is looking out into a busy intersection. Cars, buses and motorcycles are whizzing by only a few feet away from him, some honking as they pass. It doesn’t faze him. It’s a scene he’s very familiar with and one he, surprisingly, delights in. People are walking by hurriedly to their destinations, maneuvering their way around him. Few seem inconvenienced. Most are pleasantly surprised. Regardless, if they make eye contact, he flashes them a cool smile. He’s parked in the middle of the sidewalk and he’s been there for hours, he has no plans of leaving any time soon. This spot on the sidewalk has become his. 14 INSIDE FULLERTON


There’s a small gathering of people watching him, nodding their heads to the beat coming from his direction. He’s the “In-N-Out Drummer” and this sidewalk, on the busy intersection right off the 57 Freeway and around the corner from Cal State Fullerton, is his stage. For the past year Zellmer, 24, a Placentia resident, has been setting up his lime-green seven-piece drum set on the sidewalk of the Placentia/Fullerton border and jamming out for hours to his heart’s content in what he calls “groove sessions”. He has no connection to the popular fast food chain, but he’s become known to the public as the “In-N-Out Drummer” because of his locale, and it’s a gig he takes seriously. Even on days that the temperature is above 90 degrees, he’s out there and as enthusiastic as ever, sharing his art with the community he loves. “This is where I belong,” said Zellmer. The heat is something he’s become acclimated to. He was born and raised in Southern California. His lifeline: the thrills of a skateboard and the high of a good beat. He’s been skating for nine years and it’s helped him build the stamina for his groove sessions, especially on days that the heat is intense.

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With his long blond hair, casual style, and laid-back persona, he’s a total California dude. Growing up skateboarding at the beach, the sounds of the musicians on the boardwalks became his own personal soundtrack and they’re the inspiration behind setting up shop on the otherwise mundane and quiet streets of the suburb he calls home. “I wanted to bring it out to the people, give them a little performance,” said Zellmer. “I kind of wanted to make the town a little bit more exciting. You don’t see this unless you go to L.A. or Venice.” When Zellmer first took his drumming to the streets, he was anxious to see how the public would react. He suspected the joy would be contagious, but the overwhelmingly positive response was much more than he ever expected. Zellmer says he’s made many fans and friends through his groove sessions. “I think it’s cool because there’s never been any kind of visible art out here,” said David Bush, a Placentia resident and fellow music major at Fullerton College who met Zellmer three months ago and now frequently stops by. “I grabbed a burger and we started talking in between songs. He’s cool.” Others who stop by, see him as an inspiration.


“The guy’s incredible,” said Steve Quinn, a Fullerton resident and fellow drummer who stopped by with his three young sons, one of them also a drummer.

decided to take his groove sessions from his garage to the streets.

“In jazz, everyone is so different together, and I find that beautiful,” said Zellmer.

Today, he’s the talk of the town.

Zellmer is stoked when he sees young musicians stop by.

Those who stop to talk to him usually have something positive to say. Some of his spectators buy him food or leave a cold drink. Some share a good conversation. And even police officers typically just flash a thumbs-up as they drive by. These positive interactions are what keep him going and just as he inspires his spectators, they inspire him.

Zellmer also plays the piano and is saving up to buy a marimba, the exotic wooden version of a xylophone. He says he can go on for days about his musical likes. His diverse taste in music has, without a doubt helped him become a better musician, and others have noticed. Zellmer says he was approached by someone in the music business not too long ago. And although he hasn’t heard back from them yet, he isn’t worried about it.

Rewind about a decade ago, and that was him: a shaggy haired kid just banging around on the drums. He was 12 when he started drumming and it was purely out of fate. His dad and brother, both guitarists, needed someone to accompany them when they jammed out and as luck would have it, they chose the drums. “They brought me in to Guitar Center and I banged around on the drums and stuff and I liked it,” said Zellmer with a reminiscent smile. It came naturally to him and after graduating from El Camino High School in Placentia, he was given a scholarship to Fullerton College where he studied music and enhanced his drumming skills. Once he felt his skills were up to par, he

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“The reactions out here are so awesome. [The community] encourages the hell out of this. That boosts me up,” said Zellmer. “To be honest, my main reason, besides practice and being comfortable with public performance is that I see all these people passing by and they really, really love it and it just brings a smile to my face.” Other sources of inspiration come from his favorite musicians. Classic rock and metal are at the top of his list with a special love for Iron Maiden. But number one is, surprisingly, jazz.

Zellmer says for now he’s just grateful for the support of his community. He remains optimistic about the future and just hopes he’s able to give back through art one way or another, whether it be through drumming, skateboarding or whatever other endeavor he chooses to embark on. “I really want to share everything and give back through nothing but art,” said Zellmer.

I REALLY WANT TO SHARE EVERYTHING AND GIVE BACK THROUGH NOTHING BUT ART


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and at the head of that family is the school’s president, Greg Schulz. He’s known for surprising classrooms with speeches. He’s definitely not one to sit behind a desk all day. In 2015, the North Orange County Community District Board of Trustees voted him in as interim president of Fullerton College. “I felt excited and so honored all the same time,” he said. “I’ve always admired the school and its sense of family on campus.” Schulz isn’t one for just being president in title only. He’s hands-on and dedicated to not just the school, but those who attend Fullerton College. “I invest my energy in helping make the college the best for students,” he said. “I’m just very proud. I admired the direction the school was going…I love my job. When I think about my job, I often think about our students and the experiences they are having at Fullerton College and what we can do to increase their success during their time here.” In addition to his wish to be accessible, and to lead by example with a welcoming and inclusive approach, Schulz does have a host of other responsibilities as president. It can be difficult juggling all of this pressure, but he finds renewed strength in the staff and students. “I remember that we have an extraordinary team at the college and I remind myself that our students are resilient, and they too face many challenges themselves,” he said.

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“That’s when I walk across campus; it inspires me. It feels nurturing to me, and I believe it’s important to make connections to our students so that they feel supported.” When Schulz first stepped into office, he stated that he didn’t feel like he needed to come in and change things right away. Instead, “I focused on listening, observing and learning from other perspectives,” he said. But he is a quick study, and so began the process of making Fullerton College better than ever. So far, it’s working. Schulz is most proud of the academic achievements earned by F.C. students. The students are once again number 1 in terms of the number of students who transfer to CSUF, more than any other high school or community college. This president has an even greater tie to the student body than does the average president. Schulz was actually a student at Fullerton College before he became the commander in chief. “I never imagined as a student that someday I would serve as president,” he said.

“I received help from my instructors and counselors, and even gained the experience that I needed to continue forward,” he said. “Things did become easier. As a student, I liked F.C. and thought it was a great place to learn.” His favorite professor was an accounting teacher named Prof. McConnell. “He inspired me to think about my interests and abilities and to explore my career options,” he said. “I also learned that applying effort and having a positive attitude, as well as visiting my instructor’s office hours, were also helpful in my effort to succeed.” He still employs this dedication to succeed. At Fullerton College, Schulz is constantly aware of events on campus, and he does his best to attend as many functions as possible. He’s often seen popping into classrooms, visiting professors, too. This immediate accessibility to the student body has made Schulz an approachable figure at school. “I think it’s very important to get involved in activities throughout our life,” stated Schulz.

According to Schulz, when being a student, he did experience a lot of challenges academically and it took some time for him to become successful at his academic career.

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PERSONAL GROWTH | by Kayla Palmer

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reams are what lead us to imagine things we never thought possible and inspire us to get out of bed each morning in hopes of getting a little closer to reaching our goals. Although the road to accomplishing our dreams is not always smooth, we should not become discouraged by the obstacles that may appear on our path. Ilinca Filimon, a counselor at Fullerton College, reveals her personal insight on how to achieve our goals.

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Before you can create a plan of action, you must first identify your goals. According to Filimon, the best way to do this is through research. “Most of the time, if it is an educational goal, seek out the opportunities for what [you] can do with that major or that career path so that [you] have a better understanding of it,� says Filimon. Without this fundamental step, you might be left delving into something that is totally different than what you expected. Filimon observed that many people who want to pursue nursing assume they only help people, but are caught off guard when they discover that biology, anatomy and many other things are involved with nursing as well.

Create Steps

The most effective way to commit yourself to a plan is to first identify a goal that aligns with your passion and then write down small, achievable goals that will lead to the bigger picture. Completing small goals everyday will provide you with motivation you need to stay on track and focused towards achieving your big goal.

Get Your Feet Wet Instead of completely relying on the internet to inform you about your goal, Filimon believes that actually trying out what you want to pursue allows you to more effectively explore your interest.

Getting an internship, taking a class or joining a club are all different ways you can gain valuable experience.

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Ask for Help

The path to reaching your goals may also come with many obstacles, but you do not have to face them all on your own. Filimon believes that asking for guidance can provide you with a new perspective on how to approach and tackle certain obstacles in your path. “A lot of students don't realize that it’s OK to go to a counselor or go to people that are within their specific discipline and ask them what went wrong and what didn't,” said Filimon. “Because people, especially if they're already at their end goal, will love to talk about success, triumphs and failures.” Asking for help can also be a great form of motivation as you realize that there are many others who were in the same boat as you, who overcame similar obstacles and still achieved great success. “The biggest thing is just finding somebody or a path, a visual representation of the path and following that and tweaking it with your own strengths and weaknesses,” said Filimon.

Find “Me Time” While accomplishing your goal, you must not forget to take care of your body and mind. Doing simple tasks like eating a healthy diet, exercise and meditation can provide you with the strength and motivation to continue to pursue your goals, said Filimon.

Celebrate Your Success After all of the hard work you put into achieving your goal, it's time to celebrate. Whether you have completed a small goal or a large test, Filimon advised to celebrate instead of worrying about your next step. She said that the smallest indicators of promoting self confidence is recognizing that you are checking things off your list and taking steps towards achieving your goals.

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Miss Jupiter

A storm is raging on Jupiter. It’s true. The Great Red Spot you see on the planet is actually a whirling storm. To us Earth dwellings it’s comparable to a giant hurricane, only much larger. The storm has fumed for 250 years. While not as destructive, there’s a storm raging here on Earth too. Meet Miss Jupiter. They haven’t been around nearly as long but they’ve drawn inspiration from the planet’s intensity and it’s only a matter of time before they take our world by storm.

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ISS JUPITER is an up-and-coming psychedelic rock band hailing from Los Angeles. Named in part after frontwoman Michelle Rose’s zodiac planet, Miss Jupiter is a star just waiting to be discovered. Their captivating music and style have already earned them a regular spot at the Continental Room in Fullerton’s SoCo District. With a debut cassette and music video for their wildly-empowering singles “Sunshine/It’s All In You + Cosmic Child” and “Black & White” already under their belt, the refreshingly-unique will drop their debut album "Amagianascience" on July 7, 2017. The album, written by Rose, is essentially a reflection of her journey with self-discovery, spirituality, apocalyptic existentialism, and of course, love. And exactly how many years Rose has been on her journey remains a mystery. “I don’t know how to translate my age into Earth years,” said Rose with a wink. Miss Jupiter itself was born in 2015, but it wasn’t until early 2016 that the planets truly aligned and their lineup was solidified to include the talents of Rose (vocals), Bill Sanderson (guitar), Alan Passman (guitar), Rufo Chan Jr. (drums), Michelle Vidal (bass), and Mike Carson (keys). The band was created out of Rose’s love for the ‘60s music she grew up on and the garage rock and punk music she later immersed herself in. Their sound has drawn comparison to The Doors and Jefferson Airplane and while flattering to Rose, their sound is their own brand of music self-described as “psych-tinged rock/punk/pop”, influenced by an eclectic mix of artists including The Cramps, Michael Jackson, and her all-time favorite, Electric Light Orchestra. Rose passionately explained that although Miss Jupiter’s music is primarily labeled as psychedelic, it’s not only in genre, but also in terms of how it’ll make you feel. “I’d prefer it to mean something trans-mutational,” she said. “I think any music can be psychedelic. If music transports you, then I think it’s psychedelic. If it changes your mood, your feelings, if it shifts the way you feel in the space that you’re in while you’re listening to it, then it’s psychedelic.”

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LO C A L B A N D | by Ana Neice

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Bringing the band’s music to life through their stage presence also holds great meaning. Rose, a fashion designer and “Jane-of-all-trades,” owns her own retail shop, SPACEDUST - “a community-minded shop highlighting local artisans and independent creators,” on Los Angeles’ Sunset Boulevard. She also designs and creates the band’s stage outfits herself. “It can be really helpful to inhabit a certain character on stage,” said Rose. “People have told me I’m nothing like my stage personality in real life. She’s just other facets of my self though.I think it’s tremendously important for artists to exorcise their demons as much as possible. It’s cathartic, and wearing my self-made costumes for performance gives me a personalized way to espouse a feeling I wish to spread to my audience… particularly one of freedom and general freakiness.”And while the outfits might lure you in, they’re just another element in the band’s body-moving, tranceinducing, performances. The stage is essentially a musical playground for Rose who climbs the band’s equipment and crawls into the crowd like a lioness, all while serenading the audience with her powerful and soulful voice behind strands of frizzy brightly-colored hair and to the beat of the band’s smoothly haunting melodies. Their ultimate goal: awakening empowerment within their listeners. Another goal of Miss Jupiter’s is to open people’s eyes to the world around them. Last November, Miss Jupiter donated all of one show’s proceeds to Standing Rock. The band matched the proceeds, donated that as well, and they plan on doing it again in the future. “That’s something that I really want to do more often,” said Rose. “Social awareness is something that I’ve always been involved in and always wanted to do more of. In some ways, I’m using Miss Jupiter as a way to use my voice for causes.” With the ultimate desire to tour the world, starting with a dream to tour with names such as Deap Vally or Blondie, Miss Jupiter is working hard but leaving it in the hands of the Universe.

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FASHION & THE ENVIRONMENT | by Sofia Milla

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hen thinking of your go-to place to shop for clothes, the vintage store down the road may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but there are quite a few reasons why it should be. If you’re searching for quality clothing that will last you more than a couple of months, don’t look in your local shopping mall. Huge clothing stores found in malls are pioneers of an industry infamously known as ‘fast fashion’ the third most polluting industry in the world. Fast fashion is a term to describe companies stealing silhouettes off the runway and quickly creating hundreds of thousands of cheap replicas and selling them to the public for a fraction of the price. So while that $6.99 shirt from that store in the mall may seem like a great deal, clothing from these huge brands are made with cheap blends of synthetic materials and are meant to be disposable. Forcing us the consumer to return to purchase more and more, repeating the cycle and draining our wallets. Vintage clothing however, was made with a different sentiment. Clothing made 20-75 years ago was made with attention to detail, and made to last. A pair of denim shorts made with 100 percent pure cotton from 25 years ago will likely last you longer than any pair of shorts you could buy now. Vintage clothing was typically made with natural, sturdy materials like cotton, silk and linen. A majority of clothing was even handmade. Mothers spent hours sewing clothing for their children that was intended to be passed down from generation to generation. Flip through the pages of fashion magazines from the ‘60s-‘90s and you would be surprised to see just how much of the clothing the models are wearing hold up today. Oversized light wash denim jackets from the ‘90s and vibrant hued funky print pants from the ‘70s have become repeat offenders of so many current fashion it-girls and it-boys street style today. Vintage clothing silhouettes have become the muse behind many designer brands’ collections and clothing companies have caught onto this, taking these inspired pieces and creating replicas of replicas. So instead of buying a poorly made copy, buying vintage will always have you one step ahead. Due to how trend oriented today’s fashion is, people gravitate toward trending garments, and in turn lose their grip on their own personal styles. With vintage clothing, no two pieces are completely alike. You’ll find the most unique items that you just can’t find these days. Vintage stores are chock-full of electric colored blazers with intricate hand painted buttons and fluffy tulle dresses with sequined bodices. Vintage clothing is a glimmering gold mine of unique attire for those looking to branch out and become trendsetters themselves.

With the rise of social media, people no longer have to wait for fashion magazines or celebrities to tell them what is trending. Anyone with a large following can now spark a trend with just one post, and this instant access to what people are wearing is causing trends to spread like wildfire. One week, cropped denim is the must buy item and the next week, it’s off-the-shoulder tops. Fast fashion only furthers and profits from this expeditious craze by consistently hurling new garments out onto the clothing racks. If you were to step into any large retailer today and return next week, you’d find the store with completely new clothing on the racks from when you last visited. As a result of this rapid trend cycle, unfathomable amounts of clothing ends up in landfills each year. Fast fashion is responsible for about 2 million tons of non-compostable waste dumped in landfills each year. It takes 70 million tons of water each year to make the clothing, only for it to be found rotting away in a dump six months later; these figures are only rising each year. In attempts to lessen our ecological footprint, we are constantly told to shut off the water while we brush our teeth, carpool to work once in awhile and recycle our paper and plastics, but we fail to stop and consider how the clothing we buy is doing more damage than all of those small good acts combined. When you buy vintage, you are recycling. By picking up a new pair of shoes for your job interview at a vintage store rather than the department store, you’re giving something a new life! Those shoes that would have ending up tossed in the bin, are getting a second chance, and one less new item is thrown into the mix. It’s not only the environment that will thank you. The fast fashion industry has been caught repeatedly using unethical practices like slave labor and having workers endure horrific conditions in factories worldwide for pocket change. To produce and sell clothing for such low price points, companies hire workers overseas to make the clothing in poorly built factories for 15 hour work days. The dreary factories often times go unregulated, with no fire extinguishers on the walls or evacuation routes set in place, leading to multiple building collapses and factory fires. All in the name of fashion. So sure, the $6.99 top from the mall seems like a harmless purchase that’s easy on your wallet, but the benefits of buying vintage are worth the investment. Fast fashion is tempting, but there is always a price beyond the low price tag.

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READY TO SHOP VINTAGE? Memo's Vintage 210 N Harbor Blvd Fullerton, CA 92832 Stray Cat Vintage & Costumes 108 N Harbor Blvd Fullerton, CA 92832 Elsewhere Vintage 109 W Chapman Ave Orange, CA 92866

"WHEN YOU BUY VINTAGE, YOU ARE RECYCLING."

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N O N P R O F I T P R O F I L E | by Trevor Vernola

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The Special Olympics of Southern California and the city of Fullerton rekindled their previous partnership and have come together to bring new opportunities for athletes through their Unified Sports and School Programs.


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ullerton and the Special Olympics of Southern California first partnered together in July 2015, when the city of Fullerton became a host town for athletes and coaches who were participating in the Special Olympics World Games that took place in Los Angeles. Host Town Fullerton came together about one year prior to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games and it became one of 85 Southern California cities selected to host the 6,500 athletes and coaches from 165 countries for three days prior to competition. Athletes and coaches from Bosnia, Lebanon, Rwanda, Tunisia and Ukraine stayed in Fullerton during Host Town week, providing them with food and housing. Host Town Fullerton played a great part in getting the athletes and coaches acclimated with the new time zone as well as showing them the Fullerton culture, according to SOSC. The Host Town program in Fullerton was a collaboration among the city of Fullerton,; The Fullerton City Council; California State University, Fullerton; and First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton. Now in 2017, Fullerton has taken the next step in order to stay involved with the Special Olympics of Southern California. Bill Shumard, President and CEO of the Special Olympics of SouthernCalifornia said, “We anticipate significant future growth in Fullerton, in both our traditional local program and our School Partnerships Program and Unified Sports.” “SOSC’s growth in both middle schools and high schools has been dramatic since the World Games passed in 2015,” said Shumard. He acknowledged that the city of Fullerton is a rich target for expansion.

SOSC’s vision...is to be recognized globally as a program that brings individuals with and without intellectual disabilities together through sport. - SOSC . ORG

Above: Bill Schumard (left) & Actress Lauren Elizabeth Potter

According to SOSC.org and Melissa Erdmann, the Director of Schools, Young Athletes & Families, the Special Olympics of Southern California’s School Program encourages inclusion, participation, and leadership in students through the power of sport. This partnership between schools and SOSC gives athletes their first taste of training and competition in sports, as well as youth leadership and whole school engagement for all students. “Our “School Partnerships Program” will bring much-needed programming for middle-school students as their first exposure to Special Olympics,” said Shumard. SOSC’s vision for their Unified Sports Program is to be recognized globally as a program that brings individuals with and without intellectual disabilities together through sport. “Our Unified Sports in high school will give our athletes the opportunity to compete on teams with other members of the student body,” said Shumard. According to SOSC.org, “The Unified Sports Program was inspired by a simple principle: playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. Special Olympics Unified Sports creates unique teammate bonds through sports experiences, just like any other team, and the participants compete in Special Olympics competitions.” Two Fullerton Joint Union High School District schools are already participating in the SOSC’s School Program: Sonora and Troy high schools. According to Jesus Cabrera, the senior manager of Sports and Programs for the Special Olympics of Southern California, both Sonora and Troy are actively participating in their school games each year. Each school has anywhere from 30-50 students participating each season. “We currently offer athletics [track and field] in the spring and basketball in the fall for School Games,” said Cabrera. “We have started having initial conversations with them to engage their schools more to offer unified sports, whole school engagement and inclusive youth leadership opportunities.” Fullerton also has something going on the community-based side of things. SOSC has a swim team that practices at Janet Evans Pool in Fullerton. They have about 20 athletes and a handful of coaches. According to Cabrera, the SOSC is also in the process of developing teams that would start as early as the fall.

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N O N P R O F I T P R O F I L E | by Trevor Vernola

SOURTHERN CALIFORNIA

FALL 2017 Competition Schedule Special Olympics Orange County

DATE

SPORT

LOCATION

ATHLETES

Wednesday, September 28 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Area Bowling Games OPEN

Irvine Lanes 3415 Michelson Drive, Irvine

100 Athletes 50 Volunteers

Saturday, October 22 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fall Regional Games Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Marina High School 15871 Springdale Street, Huntington Beach

450 Athletes 125 Volunteers

Saturday, October 29 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fall Regional Floor Hockey Games

The Rinks @ HB Inline 5555 McFadden Ave, Huntington Beach

150 Athletes 70 Volunteers

Saturday, November 5 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fall Regional Bowling Games

Fountain Bowl 17110 Brookhurst Ave, Fountain Valley

450 Athletes 125 Volunteers

Monday, November 7 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

School Basketball Games Capistrano USD

Dana Hills High School 33333 Golden Landern, Dana Point

170 Athletes 50 Volunteers

Friday, November 18 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Fall Regional School Basketball Games

American Sports Center 1500 Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim

525 Athletes 200 Volunteers

Friday, December 2 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Fall GGUSD School Basketball Games

Ralston Intermediate School 10851 Lampson Ave, Garden Grove

300 Athletes 100 Volunteers

& VOLUNTEERS

Special Olympics Orange County | 2428 N. Grand Ave Suite A | Santa Ana, Ca 92705 714.564.8374 | www.sosc.org/orangecounty | *italics are tentative dates*


M E D I A T R E N D S | by Daisy-Roze Rivas

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he term “fake news” has been used a lot lately. When it comes to media, journalism and politics, President Trump has often used the term “fake news.”

But, what exactly is fake news? According to Webopedia Online, “fake news, or hoax news, refers to false information or propaganda published under the guise of being authentic, factual news. Fake news websites and channels push their fake news content in an attempt to mislead consumers and spread misinformation via social networks and word-of-mouth.” In other words, “fake news” can be a variety of topics and often over exaggerated to catch or grab the attention of the reader. It often works and is shared over social media.

“What is known as fake news is a blight on our society,” said – Fullerton College journalism professor Jay Seidel, who is also the publisher of the La Habra Journal. “As we have greater access to information, the ability to have fake news is greater. We, as consumers of information, need to do a much better job double checking where we got the information from. We need better media literacy to have a stronger and more educated democracy. This will help guard against fake news.” So how do we identify fake news? First, you should always consider the source or website it is coming from. Read the headlines to see if the article gives too many details. A real story will not give the whole story away in a headline. Look up the author of the article to find out if he or she has written anything else on that site or elsewhere. Also, check the facts and the sources in the

story and see if other media outlets have a similar story or facts. It is always a good idea to get your news from a reliable and well-known source such as CNN, Fox News, ABC News and other trusted media outlets other than social media where anyone can post anything.

“What is known as fake news is a blight on our society,” Fullerton College journalism professor Jay Seidel

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LIFE & LOSS | by Jeff Watson

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photography: Susan Gresto


Dealing with Death as a Student t is not often talked about, let alone thought about. But life is happening outside the bounds of our campus. That being said, there is also the loss of life to counter that which is in the present. No matter what we do, death is everywhere. This past March, my grandpa passed away at the age of 96. Then two weeks later, my father passed away from a devastating yet short bout with lung cancer. My dad was 70 years old. This has been a difficult time for me, but it’s also been a time of growth and although there have been more than a couple of times where I wanted to throw in the towel and drop my classes for the rest of the semester, here we are. This is not the first parent that I have lost while attending Fullerton College. My mother passed away after my third semester during the spring/summer of 2008. Honestly, with everything going on, school was the last thing on my mind, but it never went away. There was always an email with a question or concern to keep me somewhat engaged; the force to meet a deadline for an assignment; the guilty feeling of missing too much class and the need to catch up. The drive to attend class and succeed in my education is what helped me in thinking that I’ve made my parents proud by reaching my goals. The motivation to stay engaged with my scholarly activities gives me a sense that there is life happening outside of my own personal and family problems. To go into the classroom was a relief and a challenge. It gave me something to get lost in that wasn’t a hospital or a hospice. After a loved one or family member passes away, the best feeling to achieve is that of normalcy; the feeling that you are able to somehow move past this and eventually be able to go about the day-by-day; to have people stop telling you that, “you’re in our prayers.” “Fullerton College Health Services offers counseling psychologists located on campus, but students need to make an appointment first in order to see one,” said Edgar Gomez, with FC’s Health Services. When I’m on campus, in class or working on an assignment, the need to focus on something other than loss is imperative when grieving over the loss of a loved one. While grieving over the death of my mom, I took music and creative writing classes to help channel what I was going through at the time. In 2017, working on Inside Fullerton has been therapeutic in focusing on the magazine. The times that I spent in class this semester were the times that I have come to appreciate greatly. Those are the times where good work was getting done and progress was being made. Rather than focusing on loss, we’ve been building new foundations with our community by finding stories that can bring us together.

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SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS | by Elizabeth Hernandez

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eading has its place in the scheme of summer life. Those long, too-hot-to-do-much days make room for getting into a story. Reading for enjoyment is ideal, but if a person’s reading skills aren’t so strong, getting through a book might be frustrating or discouraging. Mary Bogan and Angela Henderson, two reading instructors at Fullerton College, give insight and advice on ways to gainful reading practices.

In past times, students had been led to a group of books, collectively referred to as the “classics,” when it came time to work on comprehension and to build vocabulary. But what you read doesn’t need to be any of the classics, or even fiction, in order to have an impact on knowledge, according to Bogan. Almost any genre will do. “Reading begets reading comprehension,” Bogan said. Find new and challenging subjects to read about, Henderson suggests. It is important to find something you enjoy and to read regularly. Gaining new information builds background knowledge, or schema, and that’s the key to comprehension. The material doesn’t need to be academic in order to improve your knowledge, said Henderson. Keep a reading journal, Bogan suggests. When you write about what you’re reading, it makes you think about your thoughts, as in metacognition. That goes to improve learning, according to Edutopia.com. Keep a pen and notebook handy when you read and jot down summaries of what you’ve read. The activity of writing keeps you engaged with the reading as you work through a book as well. Talking about what you’re reading is another good way to keep you engaged in a story. You get to evaluate meaning, communicate your point of view with others and get help with understanding the reading, should you need it. Bogan suggests joining a book club such as the FC Leisure Reading Book Group. The group begins reading a selected book at the start of each full semester, meeting once a month thereafter to discuss it. They function out of the FC library, are open to all FC students and provide a free copy of the book to participants. Yes, a free book and group support too. Book reviews and evaluations are opinions. What one person might revere as a great book, another might think is junk. Note that there’s no rule in leisure reading that says you have to finish a book you started. If you think the writing is bad, or boring, or that the story is just too cheesy, it’s OK to stop reading, said Bogan. As you go to peruse through the myriad of novels and non-fictional works, think about your reading goals. Both Henderson and Bogan put importance on enjoying what you decide to read, and for you to read on a regular basis, of course. There’s going to be a learning curve if you’re not much of a reader now, but practice. Take some time this summer to develop skill, develop interest and develop your mind. Some of Henderson’s favorite or memorable books are: “The Kite Runner,” “The Handmaid’s Tale," “Kindred” and “The Things They Carried.” Henderson also looks to Chaffey College’s “One Book, One College” program when seeking out what to read next. Bogan favors science fiction, fantasy and historical fiction, but says she likes almost anything, including pulp fiction and young adult. Some named titles are: “The Eagle of the Ninth,” “Ender’s Game,” “Ghost Summer” and anything by Octavia E. Butler. She recommends checking out Goodreads.com and also recommends taking a reading class.

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FOOD REVIEW | by Naomi Gillespie

Leadbelly's Barbecue Address: 711 N. Placentia Ave, Fullerton,CA 92831

photography: Andrea Watson

For the quality served here, you can’t beat the price!

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he smell of smoked tri-tip hits your nose as soon as you walk through the door of Leadbelly’s Barbecue located in our beloved Fullerton. If for some reason you aren’t able to smell the spices and flavors coming off the grill, the furnishings and decorations will definitely catch your eye. The chairs and tables have a hometown country feel to them. All are made of wood. They aren’t perfectly straight from Ikea. But the vintage wood gives it that comforting outback barbecue character. Inside it was cozy. There were also family photos, Leadbelly’s t-shirts, a guitar and vintage street signs hanging on the wall. Maybe it was because of the heat coming off the barbecue, though more likely it was because of the more hole in the wall vibe. Since it is a smaller place, I definitely recommend making reservations in advance, especially if you choose to feast around 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Getting there around 5 p.m. was a good decision for my big family because we were seated immediately. Once my family of five was seated, we were overwhelmed with the choices on the menu. Since it was our first time trying Leadbelly’s Barbecue, we over-ordered (as usual) and had plenty of leftovers to share. Our appetizers were placed at our table in no longer than 10 minutes, which was awesome! They really do get their food out fast. For appetizers, we all decided on their loaded pork fries and Leadbelly nachos. Each of these dishes formed its own little mountain on our table. The loaded pork fries were covered in pulled pork, pork belly, green onions, chopped bacon, parmesan cheese and jack cheese. As if that wasn’t enough, our waitress brought out this bowl of their house gravy to dip or pour over our fries. The fries had the perfect density, which made it easier to get all the goodness on top of the fries on to my fork. I recommend eating with a fork to avoid getting your hands all sticky. But if you are really digging this loaded dish, I wouldn’t think twice to grab a fry with each finger. This dish was delicious and it definitely filled me up. The fries could easily feed five foodies. The loaded pot fries were a total of $13.25. Along with the fries, the Leadbelly nachos will also satisfy those salty cravings. The nachos were

buried in pulled pork, melted cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, tomatoes, green onions and California’s pride and joy, avocado. I love when the chips in my nachos are a bit softer than the normal chip because of the hot melted cheese. This is a fingerfood mountain! I did prefer the nachos over the fries because the nachos seemed like the lighter option out of the two. I felt like the fries would fill me up faster than the nachos. The Leadbelly nachos were a total of $12.95.

DON’T FORGET TO SAVE ROOM FOR YOUR ACTUAL ENTREE! I ordered the Leadbelly specialty, their tri-tip with a side of their barbecue baked beans and corn bread. The tri-tip was cooked to medium and was a little dry, but I recommend topping it off with their special spicy barbecue sauce. I feel that this sauce rejuvenates the meat and gives it a nice kick. Leadbelly also has its own sweet sauce. This one is like a honey-barbecue sauce. Both of these sauces are great in my opinion and I wouldn’t be able to choose one over the other. The beans were delicious. They had a little spiciness to them, nonetheless, I still enjoyed them. I felt that the cornbread was even better. They give you a nice thick cube of cornbread. It was perfectly soft and had this nice layer of a golden brown crust on both the bottom and the top. The cornbread was not too sweet, like a cake, but wasn’t bland like a regular slice of bread either. This plate ended up being a total of $15.95. I also tasted Leadbelly’s DNR, which stands for, “Do Not Resuscitate.” This was a tall burgerlike meal with three thick layers of meat. It was a brioche bun stuffed with spicy pork sausage, pulled pork, tri-tip, smoked red bell peppers and covered in a spicy poblano barbecue sauce. If you are craving everything barbecue, this is the sandwich you need to order. Luckily, this tummystuffer is priced at only $14. This is the meal my barbecuing-five-days-a-week chef ordered, or in short, my dad. He absolutely loved it. “I spent a week in Austin, Texas, just to sniff out the good barbecue,” he grinned. “Instead of waiting for the annual summer drive, this restaurant fills the hole in my stomach.” Taking another bite of Leadbelly’s DNR, he added with his mouth stuffed, “For the quality served here, you can’t beat the price!”

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Inside Fullerton Summer 2017  

The student-produced magazine covering the community of Fullerton

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