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MANAGERS Meagan Dupre Managing Editor Meagan Dupre is a third year journalism major at HSU. Her minor is in graphic design. She loves magazines, coffee, music and dancing. Meagan is originally from Dallas, Texas and considers her experience in Humboldt County a part of her inspiration. This is her second semester on the Osprey staff. Chris Tuite Photo Editor
Julianna Boggs Editor In Chief Super Official Editor’s Letter How can I even begin to explain or defend myself? I’ve lived in Arcata for four years and now my favorite colour is gray. I consider myself well read. I’ve studied a lot of languages but fail to be impressively proficient in any of them but English. I have also retained some semblance of naive optimism, which is cute. Now at the apex of my college career I’ve had a chance to gain some perspective and survey what I’ve learned. I’ve learned that pretending that you know what you’re doing is half the job because few people every really do. I’ve discovered that great accomplishments are a vicissitude of miraculous success and epic failure, and that taking chances means being proud of both. I have owned up to some impressive failures as well as fine success, and figure that the failure is what really preps you for growth. It’s a time to humble yourself and learn from your mistakes, and an opportunity to overcome your doubts and keep on going. So here’s to keeping on. Dictated but not read, Juli B
Chris Tuite is a Humboldt County raised photographer who loves what he does. His major passion is photographing live music and had an amazing opportunity to do so in the summer of 08 when he was awarded a photo/ video internship at RollingStone.com in New York City. His work can be seen on his website, christuitephoto.com Amber Duka Ad Manager Amber is a 22 year old Leo from sunny San Diego, who is loud, crazy and talks to herself. This is Amber’s first semester on the Osprey and her last at HSU.
Anthony Barstow Chief Copy Editor Anthony Barstow is an endless engima.
Octavio Raygoza Web Director Octavio Lopez Raygoza is a journalism student emphasising in public relations. Unaware of the freezing ocean temperatures, he chose HSU for its natural beauty and the profusion of outdoor activities such as surfing that he loves so much. Octavio has worked in school publications since high school, and considers writing a pleasurable activity. Garrett Purchio Distribution Manager Garrett Purchio is graduating and wants to pursue a career in the graphic design or journalism field. He would like to take this opportunity to thank all of his professors and friends. His experience at Humboldt State wouldn’t be what it is without all of you.
Wendy Bade Deidra Boyer Eliza Douglas Shiloh Elder
Carlos Esqueda Sarah Hardy Jamie Hay Dwight Johnson
Ruby Johnstone Zig Lawsha Jennifer Mackaben Ashleigh Nieman
Nicky Nickelson Mary Pero Evan Petillo Amy Rauth
Stephanie Rosas Kailtin Skeels Jackie Sugihara Jordan Twiggs
Robert Gluckson, adviser
making the move from so-cal to nor-cal
10 TURTLE TRAFFICKING: illegal tiny turtles and the salmonella controversy
12 HOMETOWN HERO:
Eureka High football star Ray Maualuga gets drafted
14 CHEEK CHIC:
HSU softball coach honored in Hall of Fame
16 YOSEMITE YIKES: beware of the bears
18 RAGIN ROADTRIP: photos from coast to coast
20 CAMPUS CLUBS:
entrepreneurial students go clubbin
22 DISPOSABLE DISARRAY: photo by Carlos Esqueda
close-ups of student bodies
24 CAMP COUNSELOR:
a second look at summer camp
26 EPIC EATS:
top 10 spots to eat in Arcata
The Osprey is a general interest magazine produced by students of Humboldt State Universityâ€™s department of journalism and mass communication. It is funded by instructionally related activity fee and advertising revenue. HSU is an AA/EO institution. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Humboldt State University or the department of journalism and mass communication. Cover photos from left by: Jordan Twiggs, Allyson Riggs, Octavio Raygoza
29 EASTERN EXPERIMENTAL: non-western chart toppers
32 PEACE AND PROFIT: pinup centerfold
34 FIXED-GEAR FASHION:
48 TROUBLING TECHNOLOGY:
36 GHASTLY GRADUATION:
52 INTERNET ICONS:
38 ARCATA ART:
54 TELLING TATTOOS:
understanding local bike culture
societyâ€™s gadget addiction
coming of age in an economic crisis
catching up with You Tube
Hunter Plaid Gallery arts collective
43 COLLEGE COLLECTION: advanced photojournalism students get a chance to show off
46 COOKIN COMPOST:
taking tips from Kelly Compost
photo by Mary Pero
students show and tell
56 REGGAE ROSTER:
experiencing reggae in San Francisco
59 MUSIC MAYHEM: rockin reviews and more
From sky-rise buildings to giant redwood trees, from Juicy Couture to hemp clothing, from nightclubs to small bars with several animal heads mounted on the walls (amen Everetteâ€™s on the plaza), Northern and Southern California are two completely different worlds.
story by Nicole Nichelson
N O I T I S N TRA
There are many things that stand out when I think of Southern California. The nightlife, the designer clothes, the warm weather, the “perfect looking people,” and so much more that add to the definition of living a trendy/new age lifestyle. After living in Los Angeles for 18 years, I desperately needed a change from that lifestyle, something completely different. I had to ask myself, ‘Where could this change be found?’ We all know that the opposite of south is north, so Northern California became the change I needed.
For people just moving to Humboldt County from Southern California, the laid back vibe is something totally new. After talking to a few students who moved to Arcata from So Cal, they shared with me their transition stories. One story of a woman’s experience of moving from a busy city to a small town stood out in particular. Business major Marisa Castaneda is finishing up her fourth year at Humboldt Sate University. Castaneda is from downtown San Diego. “The first semester was the hardest to stay up in Humboldt,” Castaneda said. “I would find every chance possible to go back home.” She explained how hard it was to transition her hectic city life into her new small town way of living. The quiet and the long-term rainfall really got to her.
“I was used to constant noise at all hours, and also the rain really dampened my sprits,” she said. After a lot of time and energy was spent This brought me to the beautiful town constantly going home, Castaneda realized of Arcata. This is a place that she needed to start appreciating where spirits roam free her new home by finding the things that behind the Redwood “Duringmysecondsemester,Istarted inspired her to move to this place. “During Curtain, where pajamas are acceptable attire at doingmoreoutdooradvebtures,Ibegan my second semester, I started doing more outdoor adventures, I began enjoying the all times and where you enjoyingtheculturethatsurroundedme, culture that surrounded me, and most of can truly stand out as an andmostofall,Igavemyselfachanceto all, I gave myself a chance to get to know individual. Although these the town.” places are located in the get to know the town.” same state, the change is -Marisa CastanedaAs her transition story continued, she drastic. explained how the small town has given her a chance to stand out as an individual, According to an analytical because there is no big city competition. study for the Fall 2008 She isn’t just a tiny ant hidden in the crowd; she is an actual human being, semester at Humboldt State University, shining brighter than the sun. Castaneda started to enjoy being in the 24 percent of the students that attend this nature that surrounded her as opposed to being constantly suffocated by Cal State came from San Diego and Los skyscrapers and huge shopping malls. “I have more time to be with myself Angeles. Some of us survive the first year and with nature, as well as to build relationships with the people that will here, but there are some of us who don’t. It have an impact on my life,” said Castaneda. It was a struggle, but she takes some adjusting, especially if you are opened her eyes to this beautiful place she now calls home. someone used to a hectic life in Southern California. To me the town of Arcata and It takes a lot of adjusting when you first move here. For all the all of Humboldt County is very laid back, newcomers coming to Arcata from big cities, take my advice and try to and the people who live in the community find the little things in this town that make it so beautiful. Ask yourself are not always in a rush to get places. “What were the things that influenced me to move to Arcata?” Was it the beautiful sunset you remember at Moonstone Beach? Or maybe it was the Erin Delsigne, a senior at HSU, feels more peaceful moments you had with yourself as you explored Redwood Park? relaxed here compared to her life back in Los Angeles. “On a bad day, I can walk Attempt to be a part of this wonderful community. Enjoy nature by doing to the forest or the beach, and it feels outdoor activities, take a walk around the town, and smile at the people good to escape and not be bothered,” said you walk by, but most of all, embrace this area of Northern California with Delsigne, further explaining how she was an open heart and an open mind. Transition yourself. unable to do that in L.A.
ILLEGA L TURTLE SALES by Mary Pero Five dollars is the average price for two turtles the size of quarters, a plastic aquarium and a small food bag. These infant turtles can be purchased from almost every vendor of the streets of a bazaar in Los Angeles’ China Town. Not bad price for a pet, especially when medium turtles in pet stores are $15, and that does not include the aquarium. Turtles of this size can only be bought illegally off the streets of China Town. Infant turtles have been, “banned in the U.S. since 1975 because of the public health impact of turtle-associated salmonella,” according to the Food and Drug Administration, which prevents an estimate of “about 100,000 cases of salmonella per year.” Infant turtles may be cute to look at, but because of their size, children are more likely to place them in their mouth and touch them. Salmonella is a dangerous bacterium found in feces that enter the body through the mouth, in consequence the FDA warns people to wash their hands. The bacterium can cause an infection in the intestines and like other illnesses presents a high risk to infants, young children and the elderly. Symptoms vary from stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, and fever, vomiting, to a simple headache. If not treated with antibiotics the result may lead to death wrote the Center for Disease Control. Infant turtles are responsible for “ more than a quarter million cases of reptile-associated salmonella, primarily in children, that occurred annually during the 1970s when the pet turtle craze was at its peak,” said the Humane Society. Last January, the CDC reported that small pet turtles infected at least 44 people in five states with salmonella bacteria, most in California, Texas, Pennsylvania and Illinois. At
least 103 cases have been reported since May 2007, and many of those infected were children under the age of 10.
small turtle. Reports showed that “the DNA of the Salmonella from the turtle matched that from the infant.”
A recorded case within the CDC reports a three-month-old infant in California in December 2001 was taken to Emergency department after one day of bloody diarrhea and fever. The infant’s father worked as a Biology teacher handling reptiles. In the interview, the father explained he washed his hands, but never thought to wash his clothing.
The sale of turtles under the length of four inches like in China Town is, “subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than a year, or both, for each violation,” according to the FDA. However, the law is hard to enforce due to easy attainability like seen in China Town and the cheap production cost. According to the Pet Production Manufacturers Association, the production cost of selling turtles on average is $23 million, while turtle owners spend nearly $42 million on products for their pet a year.
In a more extreme case reported by the FDA a four-week-old baby in Florida died in 2007 linked to Salmonella from a
In addition, online dealers like TurtleSale. com are finding a way around FDA regulations by giving them up for “adoption” if the consumer pays ten dollars. Not to mention, the more turtles the consumer buys the cheaper the turtles are. Nowhere on the site does it warn consumers of the potential risks, nor does it mention size, only showing a photograph comparing the turtle to a quarter.
"The law is frivolous and [they] do not bother to properly enforce it”
Furthermore, it is hard to convey the risks, especially to “law enforcement officials who do not understand the impetus for the 1975 FDA restrictions,” wrote the Humane Society. They say law enforcement officials believe that, “the law is frivolous and do not bother to properly enforce it.” After visiting China Town, and observing the policemen walk around, it is not hard to believe. To help stop illegal selling of turtles, report sightings to the FDA at -888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332) or local Humane Society. Do not participate in buying illegal turtles, and if you have already purchased a turtle and want to return it, contact a Humane Society in your area.
GRIDIRON GIANT FORMER EUREKA FOOTBALL STANDOUT HEADS TO THE NFL story by Evan Petillo photos courtesy of USC Athletic Department
s of now, the Eureka native waits for his name to be called in the NFL Draft, but before he was a standout middle linebacker for the University of Southern California Trojans football team, Rey Maualuga started off his hard-hitting tackles at Eureka High. Maualuga was born on January 20, 1987, in Oklahoma City to American-Samoan parents. Within a few months, Maualuga and his family moved to Waipahu, Hawaii. Maualuga remained there until his sixth grade year, which is when he began playing football. The Maualuga family then moved to Oxnard, Calif, where his father pursued Pentecostal ministry. The family would move again to Eureka, California, where his father started a church. Maualuga began his sophomore year at Eureka High with his older brother and tried out for the football team. “When Rey tried out for the team, he didn’t even know what position he wanted to
Trojan Workhorse Maualuga’s efforts for USC’s defense gained the former Eureka High star national recognition. Here’s a look at Maualuga’s numbers per season. YEAR
play,” said Maualuga’s high school coach, Garret Montana. “We tried him out at running back for a while, but as soon as we started the tackling drills, I immediately knew he would be an asset to the team as a linebacker.” In Maualuga’s junior season he played along current Cincinnati Bengal wide receiver Maurice Purify, and the Eureka High Loggers went 13-0 record and won the North Coast Section Championship. That year Maualuga recorded 146 tackles, 43 for a loss, 11 sacks, and one interception. During his senior year, Maualuga had a solid season with 96 tackles, 37 for a loss, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and a kickoff return for a touchdown. “One thing I admired about Rey was his humility. I mean he would have USC Head Coach Pete Carroll at his house and he wouldn’t tell anyone,” Montana said. “He brought recruiters to the school who I never thought would come. He was just a down to earth, blue-collar guy.” In his junior and senior seasons at Eureka High, Maualuga racked up several awards and honors including: Student Sports Junior All-American, USA Today All-USA first team, Scout. com All-American first
team, and EA Sports All-American second team. Maualuga also participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, an event that showcases many of the best high school players in the country. “His sophomore year Rey told me he always wanted to play football at USC. I thought he was crazy,” said Coach Montana. During Maualuga’s freshman season at USC he saw frequent playing time as backup middle linebacker and earned freshman All-American honors. Two days before the Rose Bowl, Maualuga’s father died of brain cancer. He still played in the National Championship game against Texas, but saw little playing time. As a sophomore, Maualuga started the majority of the games at middle linebacker and won second team All Pac Ten honors. As a junior, Maualuga had a stunning season that made college and pro teams feel he was ready for the National Football League. Maualuga decided to put the NFL on hold and returned to USC for his senior season. In his senior year, Maualuga had a noteworthy season that got him the Chuck Bednarik Award, an award given to the best defensive player in the country. Even with all the fame and the NFL draft coming up in a few months, Rey still manages to make time to come back to Eureka and visit his old high school coach. “We still talk all the time. As a matter of fact Rey, was just at my house a couple of weeks ago,” said Coach Montana.
HONORING ATHLETICS A Humboldt State softball coach claims another hall of fame by Jamie Hay
Two- time national champion Frank Cheek, head coach of the Humboldt State Women’s Softball Team, will be inducted into the National Fast-pitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame this year, an honor of which he will share with only 50 other members. Cheek, however, is no stranger to recognition. Selected Coach of The Year in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference league in 2006, he has also been awarded the Pacific Western Conference Coach of the Year in 2000, and was inducted into SF State’s Physical Education Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. At 71 years old with and more than 20 years of experience coaching softball, the Kentucky native is finally thinking of winding down. “My career is coming to an end,” he said, “this feels like good closure.” His love for the game started back in his hometown of Newport, Kentucky, playing slopitch, or “lobball,” but it was in the Marine Corps where he learned the fastpitch game he coaches today. “I pitched in the Marines and I’ve always been playing around with it,” he says. From then on he was playing all the time. “When I went and got my first teaching job at that time, I was playing slopitch four nights a week,” he says. It was then that his daughter Teresa came to him asking if he could teach her how to pitch. At the time Cheek didn’t think she had what it took. It takes dedication, he told her, “and when you loose it hurts awful bad.” But Teresa was persistent. Working out six days a week for 12 months a year, Teresa was finally named High School Player of the Year in the state of California her senior year at Arcata High. Cheek was a wrestling coach at HSU from 1969 until 1989. In his last two years with wrestling, he was also coaching softball. At that time, softball was new at HSU and Cheek offered to coach. “They dropped the wrestling program, and fortunately I had the softball program to hold onto,” he smiled. Cheek’s first win with the team was with his daughter as pitcher against Chico State University. Winning the game 4-0, Teresa was named Pitcher of the Year in the Far Western Conference. Today, Cheek runs a team based on tradition and respect. He believes in structure and discipline, and views himself as more than just a coach to the players. He is a mentor, a guide, and a “mother hen,” as he puts it. But it takes more than just a good head coach to make a national title-winning team. “You’ve got to have a horse,” Cheek said, referring to his players. These women are full-time
“and a coach who thinks he knows everything loses his touch.” says,
students. Some have jobs and Cheek has them attend study hall. And while their dedication is to the sport and winning, a winning team also needs a good support staff. That support is Shelli Maher-Sarchett, the assistant coach of the softball team. “Shelli helps me out a lot with the girls,” Cheek said. The faculty at HSU is another big contributor. “The faculty is 100 percent behind us. We have to work with each other,” he said, and working together is just what they do. As the women have to maintain a C average to stay on the team, Cheek holds regular study hall sessions for them so that they don’t fall behind. When it comes to away games, the teachers know before hand about the dates and the trips. If there’s a test or exam during an away game, the players either arrange to take it early or won’t go at all. But learning isn’t just reserved to classrooms for the students, the game is a valuable experience as well, even for the coach. “You’re always learning,” Cheek said, “and a coach who thinks he knows everything loses his touch.”
HSU softball coach Frank Cheek out on the field. Photo by Chris Tuite
AGrizzly Adventure One student’s face-to-face encounter with the beast from the woods
by Ashleigh Neiman
Looking up at the towering ridgelines above me and the small but worn path in front of me, I couldn’t help but be amazed by Yosemite’s grandeur. The surrounding green trees smelled like pine and ensnared all of my senses. Sweat poured from my brow and my feet ached from my new hiking boots. I could feel the blisters forming on my heels and baby toes. This was day one on my 11day, 80-mile trip from Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park on the Pacific Crest Trail. With my 48-pound pack on my back filled with Patagonia clothes, extra tennis shoes, sleeping bag, and dehydrated food, I was up for anything. I was in the lead, followed by my mother and a family friend who is a hiking connoisseur. Day one went without a hitch. The spectacular views and quiet of nature made me feel much more at peace with the world. The nearly 1,200 square miles of Yosemite National Park has a 95 percent designated wilderness. Inside that wilderness are all the wonders that nature can provide: sprawling mountains, vast forests, sparkling waterfalls, pristine
glaciers, rugged countryside, and, of course, wildlife. By the end of the day though, my tired and blistered feet didn’t care about any of that. Making camp every night was a process in itself. Generally, we hiked about eight or nine hours a day and always ended before sundown so we could make camp before it was too dark. Once we found a spot, which always had to be near a river or stream so we could filter our water in the morning, we set up camp. Tents had to go up, quick-dry clothes had to be “washed” in the river, a fire had to be made, and all our food had to go in the bear bags to be tied up in a tree. It became quite a routine by the end of the 11 days. After eating our dehydrated chicken parmesan (which was extremely satisfying in its astronaut food kind of way) it was easy to fall asleep, despite the nighttime noises and the almost suffocating darkness enveloped in stars.
According to the National Park Service an average of 12 people die in Yosemite National Park every year. Climbing Half Dome, the park’s 4,737 foot high granite dome, causes most of those deaths. Thousands of people climb each year to admire the view from the top. Fairly uncommon, but still occurring, are bear incidents. A bear incident is defined as when a bear causes property damage, steals food, or causes physical harm. In 2008, the National Park Service reported a hundred incidents, and most of these occurred in the parking lots surrounding the park. As for bears killing anyone, it has never happened in Yosemite. However, humans killing bears happens very frequently. Cars hit seven bears in 2008 and 14 in 2007. Before I left, I made a point of trying to plan out how much biodegradable hiking toilet paper I could pack. I did not plan right. About five days into the trip, I started running dangerously low. At the start of the day all I could think about was how I was going to get by the next six days without it. “I can do it,” I though to myself. People did it all the time, right? Half way through the day, while I was sweating and panting my way up what could only have been the thousandth switch back, I hear someone yell, “On your left!” Looking back, there were two young guys running up the hill, with their packs and gear and everything. They passed with a smile and wave and kept on running. Later that night when it was about time to stop for the evening, there they were, already around their fire and enjoying their own brand of dehydrated food. We explained our situation to them and they agreed to a trade. A few rolls of toilet paper in exchange for a few bags of trail mix. It was a win-win situation. Every night before we went to sleep and after we had gone through our routine, we would make a small pile of pebble-sized rocks next to
our tent entrance. The purpose of this was to scare away bears if they came wandering too close in the middle of the night. On our tenth and final night, we went through our routine just like normal and went to sleep, looking forward to a good hamburger and an air-conditioned car the next morning. Little did we know that our adventure wasn’t over yet. Having been asleep for only an hour or two, I woke up to the sound of scratching. That is not a pleasant sound to wake up to anywhere, let alone in the woods almost in the middle of nowhere. Unzipping the tent, I pulled back the flap to see not one, but three pairs of yellow eyes staring back at me in the glare of the flashlight. “Bears!” I yelled as loud as my terrified throat would let me. Growing up in Alaska, I knew that during a bear encounter one should make noise to scare them away. When my little sister and I were younger my parents made us wear bells when we went out into the woods. I knelt in the entrance of the tent, rooted to the spot, while my mom grabbed the pebble pile and began chucking them at the momma bear and her two cubs. The bears were scared, probably more than I was, but when we awoke early the next morning, we found all the trees surrounding our tent covered with claw marks.
Roadtrip by Octavio Raygoza
hen thinking about leisure travel, most Americans think about far away lands in Europe, Africa or Latin America, ignoring the fact that the continental U.S. has many of the most beautiful places and cities in the world. I have been living in the States for a long time now and have never really thought of it as an exotic place. It was my foreign friend, Clara Rosencher from France, who encouraged me to explore the country in the summer of 2008 (though I considered myself local by then), and I reluctantly took on the role of â€œtourist.â€? Our trip took us to many well-known places that can only be enjoyed once you visit them personally. And contrary to popular belief, I did not spend a lot of money on this trip. We rented cars, booked hotels and ate at firstclass restaurants over the course of 25 day, using nothing but our limited, college-student budgets. During that trip we visited cities like San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York and Atlantic City. We also explored rural areas such as the Grand Canyon and Lake Tahoe. From riding bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge and walking on the beaches of Trinidad to enjoying the resorts of Atlantic City and being blinded by the lights of Times Square, it was, without a doubt, the most rewarding leisure travel I recall.
Above, Octavio looks at the camera outside the Venetian hotel. 1. The Grand Canyon south rim is four hours from Las Vegas. 2. Las Vegas is located in the middle of a desert, nonetheless, civilization does not cease. 3. Driving through the desert towards Vegas can be a scary experience; some-times service stations have over 150 miles in between. 4. Lake Tahoe is famous for its crystal clear waters; the picture only captures some of its emerald color. 5. Paris is both a city in Europe and a luxury hotel located on the Vegas Strip. 6. Clara plays with the Charging Bull, by Arturo di Modica. It represents the financial Strength of America. 7. Inside the Venetian, Hotel and Resort, a water canal runs through the shopping center allowing visitors to use the gondolas to move around. 8. Atlantic City is the east coast equivalent of Las Vegas.
Entrepreneurship Club “Thinks Outside the Box”
by Zig Lawsha t was the end of the spring semester of 2008 when two business students, Joyce Tam and Alex Kramer, decided to form a unique and dynamic new campus organization. Its mission would be to help develop entrepreneurs into motivated, ethical and dynamic business leaders. While there are more than 180 clubs at HSU, these students believed that no club catered to the career path that they wanted to pursue. Tam and Kramer both wanted something more and that was to start their own businesses. The club, according to founding member and club president Joyce Tam, was created for students who wanted to “think outside the box.” “My biggest fear is to end up working in a cubicle,”says Tam. As a business major, I see that future as somewhat inevitable.”
Tam, a major in Business Marketing and double minor in Psychology and Public Relations, got the idea while visiting Seattle
with the Business and Economics Club. Upon returning from the trip, she pitched the idea of starting an entrepreneurship club to a few friends and classmates; soon after, the club began to take shape. She and Kramer were
able to get the eight people required to form HSU’s E-Club Left to Right: Norman Romero, a campus organization as well as a willing Peter Voss, Andrew Hartman, President Joyce faculty advisor in Dr. Nancy Vizenor. Tam,VP Ace Anderson, Secretary Heather Masotti, Alex Kramer and Carlos Snider.
Tam says that Dr. Vizenor was her first choice in advisors. “Nancy is my favorite
advisor. When I came up to her with the idea to start the club, she was more excited than I was.” Nancy Vizenor is the Director for the Institute for Entrepreneurial Education (IEE) at HSU. It wasn’t easy to get the club off the ground, Tam admits. For the first meeting, she tried to draw people in by offering virgin margaritas and quesadillas. “As I walked up to the meeting room 10 minutes before it was set to start, I told myself, If no one shows up, I’m just going to get fat off all of these quesadillas and not-so-virgin margaritas.” To her surprise, the room was packed, and some students had to stand. She counted over 25 people at the first meeting. “It was such an ego-boost to meet other students with similar passions.” The large turnout gave Tam just what she needed to get the club going. Tam thanks the large amounts of marketing that both she and Alex Kramer did before the meeting. Thus the Entrepreneurship Club or E-Club
E-Club VP “Ace” Anderson (left) and President Joyce Tam conduct club meeting after “chili” fundraiser
was born. Although there are about 15 members total, Tam states that she has six members that are “super effective.” The Entrepreneurship Club is cross-disciplinary and open to all majors. The goal of the club is to foster innovative learning, creativity and entrepreneurship. The club accomplishes this through a series of skills workshops, guest speakers, business tours and volunteer opportunities. The club has organized and sponsored workshops on such topics as writing a business plan, bookkeeping, and network marketing. In the fall, the club held a three-day event dedicated to Global Entrepreneurship Week, which focused on honoring social entrepreneurs. A social entrepreneur is an entrepreneur who recognizes a social issue, particularly in underdeveloped countries, and creates a solution for it. The club was proud to work with KEET-TV and World/FRONTLINE, who sponsored the event. The E-Club has also conferred with local financial institutions and businesses such as Wells Fargo Bank, Redwood Capital Bank and Emerald City Laundromat, all of which have helped the club achieve its goal for innovative education. In late March, the group took what is to become an annual trip to the Green Festival in Seattle, WA, the largest sustainability event in the world. “The heart and soul of this club is to help other people become successful, while we learn from our peers and professors,” says Aislinn Anderson, E-Club vice president. “I have high hopes for our future.”
The members also volunteer within the community; they have served breakfast at the Bayside Grange, worked at the kitchen at the Eureka Rescue Mission and built temporary housing at World Shelters. When club advisor Dr. Vizenor’s father, Lee Simmons passed, the club organized a group to honor his passing by volunteering at Simmon’s favorite charity, Hospice of Humboldt. The club was recognized and written about in the Times-Standard January 19th paper for their volunteer work at the Hospice of Humboldt in Eureka. “Giving back to the community has always been extremely important to me. That’s why I’ve made it an integral part of the club,” said Tam.
something for everyone and that’s what makes it great! Whether you are a History major, Art major or Business major, you can learn something that will enrich your life from this club,” said club treasurer Heather Masotti. This is the second semester of the E-Club’s existence, and so far, the club has taken off at an overwhelming speed. Tam, who had initially planned to enter into Economic Fuel, Humboldt County’s Student Business Challenge, but decided to forego that endeavor in order to focus more attention on the club. “It’s been my life-long dream to open a tea house. I was ready to take home that $25,000 prize; but after I started focusing all my attention on writing my business plan, I started to lose grip of the club.” Tam removed herself from the competition in order to keep the club vibrant and viable for her successor. Tam believes that the most important part of being a president is to train your successor(s).Tam is confident that the EClub will go far toward achieving its stated goal of preparing HSU student entrepreneurs to think in new ways while also being environmentally sensitive and community minded.
Alongside the fundraisers that the club throws, they also make sure to apply for the grants offered by the Clubs Office and Associated Students, which are available to all recognized campus organizations to fund its events and High school and travel. Club “It was such an ego-boost to college counselmembers meet meet other students with similar ors most likely weekly to plan passions,” say Tam. will tell students events, form that one of the committees best ways to and strategize maximize their college experience is to join on goals. The minutes are taken, ideas are a club. E-Club founding member and club promoted, duties are assigned and problems president Joyce Tam will say that a are fleshed out. better way may be to start their own. The club also has bi-weekly potlucks, which allow for members who cannot make the meetings to keep up-to-date on club activities. Minutes are mailed out to all members after every formal meeting. “This club has
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disposable disarray We tied two old-school disposable cameras to a campus bench with a note asking the student body to take some pictures. This is what we got!
A misty morning at Camp Silver Creek, a YMCA summer camp in Silverton, Oregon.
One HSU student discovers that summer camp is more than just vacation for some notso-typical campers photos and story by Sarah Hardy t was about 3 am when it happened. I was lying in my hammock on the cabin porch, reading by flashlight and slowly falling asleep. I was surrounded by the soft noises of owls and crickets, and the trickle of the creek at the bottom of the hill. Suddenly I heard a child scream. The next morning I learned that the noise Iâ€™d heard was a young camper who regularly experienced night terrors. At this time I had been camping or working at Camp Silver Creek in Silverton, Oregon for five years, but this was the first time I realized that not all campers are from a typical, picture-perfect family. Some children live with foster parents who sent them to camp on
a scholarship. Others had been born addicted to drugs like methamphetamine and were still suffering from those health problems as children. Overwhelming amounts of campers had Asperger’s Syndrome or other forms of Autism and Attention Deficit Disorder. One night I was in charge of a cabin of ten year-olds and as we walked down the dark path to the cabins, one girl told me she was scared. That weekend her mother would be visiting her for the first time after months of incarceration. Although she felt nervous, the girl told me that being at camp for that week had made her feel better because it was her favorite place on Earth. She told me she felt safe at camp, and like she fit in. I feel the same way. Camp Silver Creek is also my favorite place on Earth, because as fun as camp may be, it’s also an escape. For the one million camp staff and 10 million campers in the United States, a week or summer in the woods is an escape from the ordinary, mundane or harsh reality of the rest of their every-day lives. Many kids feel such a strong connection to camp that they will do anything to attend. One 14-year-old told me her family couldn’t afford to pay for her week of camp, so she’d worked all year to raise the money. At my staff training session last year, a local sheriff told us during a workshop about child abuse that it was essentially our jobs as the campers’ surrogate parents for a week to do our best to change their lives. As a camper, the counselors and staff had the biggest impact on me each summer. I can still remember every counselor I had at camp. Each one influenced and helped me in some way, whether it was calming my nerves about starting high school or teaching me how to ride horses. Years later I even became the Assistant Horse Camp Director at Silver Creek. No matter what the counselors were giving me advice on, I always felt important and understood by them. The words of the sheriff, a former camper at Silver Creek himself, have stuck with me ever since. I’ve returned to Camp Silver Creek every summer, and every year I meet proof that camp can change lives.
Camp Unit Director Foxx and a camper at the carnival cakewalk
Fast Facts Overnight camps in the U.S. began in the 1880’s There are about 12,000 summer camps in the U.S. alone According to the American Camp Association (ACA), about 10 million kids attend summer camps across the country each year. Many attend on scholarships or as part of the ACA Change a Life Fund 92% of campers feel better about themselves after camp. Information about becoming a summer camp counselor can be found on www.acacamps.org/jobs
There are a lot of great places to eat in the beautiful town of Arcata. After living here for four years and being a fan of going out to eat, I feel that these restaurants listed are the best Arcata offers. These are just my picks of the batch, so check them out with an open mind and a hungry tummy. Story by Nicole Nickelson Photo by Jordan Twiggs
La Chiquita Taco Truck (between G and H st. off 10th)
DON’S DONUTS (933 H st.) The bummer thing about Arcata is that not many places are open past 10 p.m. for a late-night bite. A place open 24 hours is pretty prime in a college town, which brings me to a place called Don’s. It is a great place to stop in at any time for some delicious donuts, pizza, sandwiches, egg rolls, ice cream and coffee- even cigarettes. If it wasn’t for Don’s, we’d be lost.
Pacific Rim (1565 L st.)
Wildberries (714 13th St.) You think it’s just a grocery store, but think again. From freshly made sandwiches, a nightly dinner special and tons of pre made food for those nights when you just don’t feel like cooking, there are tons of choices for a meal any time of the day. All in all, this grocery/ dinning experience is a great place not only to shop but to get a fresh and healthy meal in at the same time.
This was one of the first restaurants I went to when I moved up here four years ago. To this day, I find Hey Juan’s as good as the first time I ate there. The food always leaves you full with so many ingredients in each bite (the salsa, veggies, cheeses and three different tortillas to choose from). The burritos are my personal favorite and are made right in front of you with options for a variety of salsa, meats and tofu. A 10 percent discount is given to all students, so keep your ID on hand when wandering Northern Arcata.
Brio (791 G st.)
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Stars Hamburgers (1535 G st.) These are the best burgers in town. The milk shakes, fries and large selection of burgers (veggie burgers too!) make this a great stop for an all American meal.
A bowl of veggie curry served over rice for six dollars! I emphasize this fact because there are so many ingredients in this huge bowl that leftovers are bound to provide you with more than one meal. The restaurant itself is very tiny (an “order at the counter” kind of place) but there is outdoor seating with covering for you to relax.
Hey Juan’s (1642 G st.)
Big Pete’s (1504 G st.) Let’s start with the 10 percent discount for students, the live music and open mic night for dinner entertainment, a variety of beers on tap, and a place to watch almost any sporting event. Vegan, vegetarian and meat eater pizzas are always fresh, and there are a variety of great sandwiches and common Italian dishes. Try the Sicilian slice for a deep-dish delight.
There are a lot of different taco trucks to choose from in the small town of Arcata, but this is my truck of choice to dine at. The food is so good for a kitchen on wheels. For someone coming from Southern California, authentic Mexican food is pretty important to find up here. The breakfast burritos take me back to Los Angeles. I don’t know what the cooks do to make it so good but they succeed in making this place the best taco truck in town.
Crosswinds (860 10th st.) I was never a fan of breakfast until I was introduced to this amazing place. Located in a beautiful Victorian house, this is my favorite place to go. They offer free champagne (Saturdays and Sundays), vegetarian and carnivorous breakfast options, and great service, and while everything is delicious, I suggest you try the Spanish omelet.
Every time I go in to order a cup of coffee at Brio, it is as if I’d just stepped in to an incredible European café. The baked goods are cooked fresh every day. Not only is it a tiny café with sweet treats and incredible coffee, but lunch items are available as well. It is vegetarian friendly and is located right on the plaza with a lot of windows for a peaceful break from everyday life. At Brio you can order items like ham and cheese croissants, avocado and goat cheese sandwiches, fruit tarts, cup cakes, a variety of salads and so much more. Try the hummus and vegetable sandwich, my personal favorite.
Sushi Spot (670 9th st.)
My favorite thing about Sushi Spot is that I never leave still hungry or with an empty wallet. My favorite roll is called the Klamath roll. It consists of cooked salmon, tempura crunchies, avocado and a spicy (but not too spicy) cream sauce on top. That alone is super filling and is under 10 dollars. Although the restaurant is not that big, the atmosphere is great for a date night or an outing with the girls. They don’t take reservations so if you go during dinner time, prepare yourself for a bit of a wait.
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The Other Worldâ€™s Music 29
Ethiopian jazz musicians, Ethiopiques, play to an enthusiastic crowd.
Often times we relegate non-Western music to the kitschy, pseudomusical genre of “world music,” the working classification reserved for negligible background sound at community galas or craft fairs. Encompassing 99% of the “other” music in the world, this term would seem a rather anglo-centric classification. According to David Byrne speaking on the subject in a New York Times article, “It would be strange to imagine, as many multinational corporations seem to, that Western pop holds the copyright on musical creativity.” As a culinary allegory, imagine that Western pop is the cuisine of America. It would be burgers and fries. I do love burgers, and I eat them often, but to imagine it was the only food in the world would be a belly-hell. What about Chinese food? Sushi, pizza and for the love of God, burritos! “To restrict your listening to Englishlanguage pop is like deciding to eat the same meal for the rest of your life,” Byrne concludes. Just as a varied diet helps to develop a sophisticated palate, music beyond that which is presented to us as the Billboard Top 40 can encourage intellectual development, emotional catharsis and even radical social change. What’s to follow is a look at a handful of inspiringly well-informed compilations that have otherwise been disregarded as mere “world music.” From the social, racial and rhythmic roots seeping out of Northeast Brazil to the ethno-musicological assortment making up the voluminous Ethiopique series, this selection is meant as a beginner’s guide to improving your musical nutrition.
Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares Vol.1 4AD (1986) In 1951 a musician by the name of Philip Koutev changed the nature of traditional Bulgarian music, founding the Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir. Created to enrich the cultural heritage of traditional Bulgarian folk songs, solo pieces were arranged with six part poly-harmonies to highlight each piece’s unique rhythm and timbre. Though the group had been performing to great domestic acclaim as far back as 1957, a pressing of the music was not made until Swiss ethnomusicologist Marcell Cellier released a compilation on his own label in 1975. It was a copy of one of these cassettes that reached renowned 4AD UK labelfounder Ivo Watts-Russell some years later. Entranced by the recordings, Russell quickly licensed the work from Cellier, releasing “Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares” in 1986. With unusual harmonies and the stunning reverberations of a vaulted cathedral ceiling, “Le Mystere Vol. 1” was hailed as an epic experience that transcended the original simplicity of folk, a tradition that the choir still carries on today.
Brazil Classics Vol. 7, What’s Happening In Pernambuco: New Sounds Of The Brazilian Northeast Luaka Bop (2008)
Ethiopiques Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale, 1969-1974
Like everything in Brazil, Brazilian music is an infectious result of a rich and turbulent history. Though slavery was officially abolished there in 1888, slave shipments from Africa continued to arrive in the city of Recife in the state of Pernambuco until the mid-1900s. Inaccurately divided by tribe into separate neighborhoods, the Portuguese colonials created a hierarchy of power, electing certain slaves from each tribe to govern their own people as appointed Kings and Queens- the Institution of The Kings of Congo. Through processions meant to honor their appointed authorities, a musical tradition known as “maracatu” evolved, an amalgam of call-andresponse choruses punctuated by bells, gourd shakers and bombo bass.
Compiled by Parisian record label Buda Musique and released as a 23 volume set from 1998-2007, “Ethiopiques” is a stellar glimpse into a soundtrack-perfect realm of varied Ethiopian musical traditions. Volume 4 stands out as a particular sort of gem, comprised entirely of tracks by the father of ethio-jazz, Mulatu Astatqé. Born in Jimma, Ethiopia in 1943, Astatqé received classical music training in the UK and United States. As the first African student admitted to the Berklee College of Music, Astatqé was soon creating his own unique fusion of traditional Ethiopian instruments with jazz and Latin influences, founding the Ethiopian Quintet in New York a full six years before other notable Afro-latin acts arrived on the scene.
Decades later, environmental degradation earned Recife the notoriety of “fourth worst city in the world,” by a Washington DC evaluation. Rampant with sickness and poverty, the city was a wasteland of despair until local musicians started a coalition to revive their cultural heritage. Beginning with a call-to-arms by Recife musician and journalist Fred Zero-Four, the area soon underwent a decade-long social revolution in which a unique musical hybrid would emerge. Released on behalf of David Byrne’s “world-music” specific label Luaka Bop, some perceive the compilation as maracatu-punk-funk or embolada-electronica, but it is undoubtedly a prime example of blossoming beauty from troubled roots.
Buda Musique (1998)
In 2005, many of the tracks appearing on Vol.4 were used in the soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch’s film “Broken Flowers,” reviving an interest in the artist who continues to perform around the world today.
by Julianna Boggs
The Osprey, paving the way for change.
Today we face similar problems of the pasta brutal war without end, a sluggish news economy, and something about history repeating itself. It’s apparent that the public has no desire for real news (or that today’s media leaders are incapable of providing it) and many journalists are left pondering where to turn to inspire circulation. Perhaps tasteful smut is the answer. We’ve seen leading ladies inspire hope for those in need as well as revive interest in editorial content such as The Sun’s page-three “News In Briefs,” so I say we give it a try.
Some 30 years later, Rupert Murdoch revived the pinup tradition in his then newly acquired publication The Sun, adding a picture of a model on page three of every edition. On Nov. 17 1970, the first birthday of the Page Three Girl, the Sun’s editor Larry Lamb decided to pose the models in their own birthday suits, a tradition which continues still today. Sales rose 40 percent to 2.1 million copies in less than a year.
Meet Betty Grable, Miss Million-dollar Legs. Taken in 1942, this particular pinup was said to help win WWII, with G.I. demand for the image running as high as 20,000 per week. Printed in both The Times as well as Yank (the official G.I. publication at the time), the image was used as late as the 1950s as targetpractice material for newly recruited soldiers.
story and photos by Jordan Twiggs
FIXED An exposé of Humboldt County’s fixed gear bicycle culture from the perspective of a fixed gear rider.
Fashion before function. Safety after style. Bikes without brakes. The bicycling community is being infested with an epidemic of superficiality. Fixed-gear bikes have become a growing interest among bicyclists and hipsters alike, but what is the appeal behind no brakes, spoke cards and flashy setups? A “fixed-gear” bike is a type of bicycle that has one gear ratio and no freewheel. These two major differences produce a whole new challenge to the rider. First, pedaling uphill is usually much more difficult without the help of those friendly gears you find on nearly all bikes. Second, no freewheel means you never stop pedaling. The absence of a freewheel is what labels these bikes as “fixed.” The stationary rear hub allows the rider to pedal backwards and “skid-stop,” which eliminates the need for brakes. While bicycling in general is an activity that many view as beneficial for the rider, the air quality around the rider and the environment, it is not usually viewed as a style or fashion. However, fixed-gear-specific riding and the attitude that follows seem to have become a self-proclaimed, elitist and cliquish way of life. Not unlike other trends that resurface to become “retro” or “vintage,” riding a fixed gear has slowly developed into a hip choice of transportation. “Fixies” are often times purposely flamboyant. You may run across wildly painted frames and rims, colored chains and pedals, spoke cards, and U-locks, the number one choice of security for these gaudy rides.
The attitude that is displayed through the bicycles may or may not match its owner’s attitude, but often times, you will find that the flashier the bicycle, the louder the rider. What myself, and others around me have noticed, is that these seemingly shallow riders habitually cling to each other in very specific cliques. Matt Barry, a recent Humboldt State University journalism graduate, said that these riders “usually come off self-absorbed and elitist.” For these fixie elitists, the fixed-gear scene has evolved from caring more about the riding itself to being highly infatuated with the way the riding looks. Patch Hofweber, who has been riding a fixed gear for nearly a year, explains why there is such a fuss about style. “Superficially, the scene is about fashion and machismo. Riding an outlandish looking whip, or riding Fuji Obey fixed gear. Classic example of a flashy bike.
the popularity. Fixies are also a popular form of bike used by racers during the winter months for training, due to the bikes having a minimal amount of mechanical parts, which can deteriorate in harsh conditions.
brakeless, or both is what most people see fixed gears being about.” What is interesting, though, is that most of these riders have not one clue about the origins of fixed-gear bicycles, nor do they know the reason behind the bits of trends they eat up without hesitation.
What’s the hype about switching to or building a fixed gear bike, though? According to the nonfad fixers, it is minimalism. The simplicity is a selling point for those who do not buy into the fixie fad. “There’s a whole utilitarian side to the scene,” says Hofweber.
“[Those] who know nothing about [fixedgearing] … are the reason the self-absorbed elitists are so critical and snobby. Their awesome ‘culture’ is being bastardized by people who know little to nothing about it,” explains Barry. Before freewheel hubs were invented, fixed gears were the only kind of bike that existed. Thomas Edison filmed people riding backwards on their bikes back in 1899. The tricks that people are so jazzed about now, such as bar spins and riding with a leg over the bar, were happening at the start of the 20th century. Another fad that has an origin that many fixed-gear heads are unaware about is the use of spoke cards. Countless have no idea that originally spoke cards were used to identify racers in bike messenger races known as alleycat races. Even before alleycat race purposes, road racers would fold up course maps and keep them in the spokes for storage. Sheldon Brown, an avid bicyclist with a vast knowledge of all things with two wheels, ex-
“It’s really a change in the feel of the bike that makes it so appealing,” explains newer fixedgear rider Timothy Davidson. “I am sure you have heard the cliché ‘zen connection with the bike,’ but I think that is kinda true.” Matt Barry “joined the fixer team because it was the cheapest option” while building up his bike after his single speed was stolen the year prior.
Arcata fixie rider, Matt Barry, approves. Photo by Jordan Twiggs
plains on his website that track bikes use fixed rear hubs for a specific type of racing that takes place in velodromes. Although track racing is not the origin of the fixed-gear trend, it is definitely a large contributor to
Barry points out that “[commuting] by bike is smiled upon by almost everyone. This pushes more people to travel and live by bike, which I think is good no matter what.” At the end of it all, the important thing to remember is that fixed or free, snobby or humble, flashy or mellow, if you ride a bike, you’re riding a bike. Don’t hate, just let your wheels rotate.
10 Essentials for Your Fixed Gear
Jordan Twiggs is a self-proclaimed, elitist prick. He rides a fixed gear exclusively and buys into any and all trends. If you see him, point and laugh.
Let me start off by saying I am so glad I’m not graduating. I’m not ready. I can only hope that I gather a few more kernels of life knowledge in the next two years, because lord knows I’m not gaining much practicality in college.
It’s not certain I won’t learn anything in the next two years of school. With any luck I’ll run into a teacher, or teachers, that are aware of the fact that most students are lacking in substantial or practical understanding of the post-collegiate life. Maybe that teacher will show me a trick or two about pushing myself ahead of the competition or how to keep up with my future boss’ demands. To those that are graduating, I send you my sincerest apologies if you haven’t run across this knowledge. I can only hope that you are able to learn the ins and outs of a worker’s life swiftly and painlessly.
With any luck this will guide you in the right direction, but if anything, make sure your hair looks nice and learn how to tie a tie.
Ending up at a desk job or busing tables is not exactly what I would call an ideal career, especially since I’m spending all this money on my education. But it’s becoming increasingly obvious that unless I teach myself, or someone hands me some epic bits of know-how, I may never get a decent job with my degree. Right now, I think I’ll be relying on my minoran amalgam of six graphic design and photography classes. How can a measly six classes be the crutch on which I enter the “real world?”
If you don’t know a teacher that will show you his or her wise ways, or haven’t met a student that can enlighten you, heed my advice. Throw yourself out there. Make a name for yourself, start building your portfolio, and spend hours refining your work. Take constructive criticism with a positive attitude and let others help you. Get into internship programs. Find websites and books that give you tips on how to do what you want to do. Don’t be afraid of your potential employers, make yourself stand out from your competitors by being bold and determined.
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I seriously don’t think I’ve been handed a single piece of information in any of my classes that will help me get a job when I leave the university system. No one has told me what to say at an interview, where to invest my money or how to shop for real estate. Where are all the classes that they don’t have classes for? Maybe it’s a conspiracy to keep me here forever.
On the other hand, if you are one of those lucky students leaving college this spring that has received a treasure chest (or even just a gem) of information regarding life skills, share the wealth. Somehow, someway, let those behind you know what the secret is. Inform them of how you’re getting your foot in the door with your future employer. Scold them if they can’t write a resume. Slap them around if they’re completely naïve to the ways of the world. Or you can gently nudge them in the right direction.
editorial by Dwight John$on The economy is in the pooper, it’s true- I’ve already been laid off from a job because of it. Luckily I had the excuse of school for not going out to find another minimum wage job. Now all that’s about to change because I’m graduating from college. I’m a super senior, on my fifth year of college, so I’m already behind in getting to the “real world,” but I’m not sweating it too hard. College has been a blast and I have the pictures on iphoto to prove it. Unfortunately, I also have a credit card bill that backs up those fun time pics; study
illustration by Jordan Twiggs
abroad in Spain, a new laptop, that SLR camera I needed oh so bad… My debt from college is a nice little sum buried in red, covered in zeros. But soon I’ll get to use my skills and know-how to get a high wage job, pay off my plastic and live the good life just because I gots an undergraduate degree. Isn’t that the promise, Capitalism? I have a few plans for after graduation. Plan A is staying here in cute and cuddly Arcata for a while and living the relaxed life. Plan B is moving to a city and working really hard while I do something. Then there’s Plan C- moving back in with my parents to save money and blah blah blah etcetera mumble mumble. To tell the truth, I have no idea what the hell I’m going to do. High paid graduate? There’re no
jobs, man, and this whole thing with the economy? I can’t believe I’m graduating at the same time the entire world decided to chill out with a recession/ depression. Now I’m neither an economist nor a political analyst, but I am a thinking man and a college graduate (almost), so here’s my solution to getting us through this economic glitch: steal as much as you can! That’s right, throw your morals out the window, and why not? It’s what the big bankers down on Wall Street did without giving an owl’s hoot about “laws” or “morality.” They’re the ones who got us into this mess and now they’ve been rewarded with billion dollar bailouts. It’s bullshit, and I blame them and Bush. I’m not really sure why Bush, other than he fully believed in the free market. I guess for the simple reason that he’s a complete tool. I mean, if he weren’t a President’s son he would be right in line with every other dimwit and maybe top out as a Taco Bell manager, tops. So again, STEAL. Download copyrighted music. Take those brightly colored shoes from Ross and wear the security device as a symbol, and if you get arrested, just blame China or something. They’re going to ask for their payment from our crazy debt to them soon enough, so whatever, Anarchy! Capitalism let me down. Ok, maybe that’s not the best solution, but it seems like a valid one with our current economic crisis. Another idea is to view these times as an opportunity to change the old and sculpt a future to our liking- I will be. I’m educated, I’m poor, and I’m pissed off. Watch out Washington.
A HOME FOR THE ARTS look at at the the Hunter-Plaid Hunter-Plaid Gallery Gallery in in Arcata Arcata AA look story by by Ruby Ruby Johnstone Johnstone story
ractions of the studio’s carpeted floor abstractly resemble a corner of a Jackson Pollock painting; the forgotten drips and spills of the physical creation of art remaining intact, even on the studio floor. Nestled among the mechanics and scrap yards at 550 South G Street is the latest and most unique addition to the Arcata art scene. Birthing from the genuine desire to have an open space devoted to the creation, liberation and appreciation of art, in all forms—the Hunter-Plaid Gallery stands alone in its sincere ambition to make the local art and music scene more diverse and available to the Arcata community. The brainchild of Jeff Hunter, Dustin Turner, and Dennis Bawden, Hunter Plaid Gallery is still less than a year old. Opening their doors in June 2008, they have since held over five gallery exhibitions, each with the intention to display the work of a new artist. “Our openings have been successful, and we are actually selling work,” Turner shared. Aware of the fact that not everyone can afford to purchase the original pieces of art, the Hunter Plaid Gallery has found a way to make artwork more affordable by producing prints and selling them at a lower cost. Though the three artists/musicians are still basking in humbled astonishment that they are in fact business owners.
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It had been their dream for years to have a space solely committed to art and music—simply for the sake of creation. As they stood beneath the towering ceiling of their own “chef-d’oeuvre”, if you will, surrounded by countless works of art, most in progress, while the finished products graced the walls; Hunter and Turner reminisced of the days spent painting in Turner’s old shed in his backyard. Now, after long nights spent painting and making music at the Hunter Plaid Gallery, it is not uncommon to find the guys fighting over the one couch that sits draped in a tiger
print blanket in the studio. “Where else would you want to go?” Bawden remarked. The studio itself is uniquely portioned into different areas, each with a designated purpose. Upon entering the Hunter Plaid Gallery, you are greeted by a diverse array of art generously mounted along the main gallery walls, ranging from photographs to ethereal ink drawings, each created with delicate intention from the minds of local artists. However, it is not until you pass through the single door at the back of the main gallery that you enter a space truly alive with the energy of artistic expression.
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Individual partitions separate the open space into a collection of personal units, serving as the workspace for a cooperative of seven artists. Each artist working in the Hunter Plaid Gallery rents the space monthly and is considered a studio member. They are given a key and are free to come at any hour. The irrelevancy of time in the studio was apparent as Hunter stated, “no clocks allowed.” Although the space is a creative unit unto itself, easily transforming into a gallery for art exhibitions such as Arts! Alive and adapting to the environment necessary for live shows.
In the end Hunter, Turner and Bawden are all interested in artists who have a different approach and who simply want to be there. In addition to its studio members, the Hunter Plaid Gallery extends its walls and space to a collective of artists and musicians. Most collective members are students at Humboldt State, although what truly binds them together is their sincere devotion to the environment. The Hunter Plaid Gallery thrives as a community of individuals who support one another. All by a means of inspiring one another through their art and music, the Hunter Plaid Gallery has
created an atmosphere of recycled energy and creativity, “It’s nice to have painters I respect to talk about painting,” Hunter shared. “That was something I was lacking.” Usually taking on the Arts! Arcata “after party,” the Hunter Plaid Gallery typically has live music after 10p.m. and has found that being located in the industrial district works to their advantage. “It suits us
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because of our music,” Turner stated. The Hunter Plaid Gallery opens its studio as a venue for several different musicians. Most are local bands that are a part of the Hunter Plaid Collective, but the gallery is always looking to expand its melodic horizons by inviting groups from the surrounding bay area. Hunter Plaid allows the musicians within the collective (Ashes, thelitttlestillnotbigenough, plushfuz, and a new emerging metal band that has yet to pick a name) to experiment and share their music, not only with one another, but also with the Arcata community. “I can’t wait,” Hunter expressed with the enthusiastic innocence of a child, as he spoke of the future aspirations of the Hunter Plaid Gallery. Gesturing to the bountiful space remaining in the high ceilings, Hunter, Bawden and Turner passionately begin to describe their intentions of building a “post-apocalyptic installation”, a project that they expect to begin working on in either May or April of this year. Taking advantage of their local resources, the installation, of epic intentions will be constructed out of all recycled materials found in the salvage yard and hopefully some donated lumber. They spoke expressively of their plans to hold “live-art” events, where artists are encouraged to paint to live music and eventually hold “live-art battles.” Wanting to truly make the most of their space, the Hunter Plaid Gallery is currently looking into obtaining a Conditional Use Permit, which would allow them to hold workshops and classes, such as figure drawing courses in the studio as well. What makes the Hunter Plaid Gallery
truly unique is the way that you, as the viewer, are invited into what can be an intimate space for artists—their studio. Over the years, Hunter had found that, more often than not, his buyers liked to see his workspace before purchasing a piece of art. Hunter, Turner and Bawden openly encourage this and have since
incorporated this philosophy into their business, liberating the process of art itself and ultimately creating an environment that is harmonious to the flow of creativity and motivation. In the words of Phil Kumsar, a collective member, “Life imitates art. The Hunter Plaid Art Gallery imitates nothing and everything.”
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Combining aged magazine articles and photographs with magazine his own expressive Combining aged articles andink photographs sketches, Phil Kumsar ink creates an eclectic with his own expressive sketches, Phil Kumsar environment within each of his pieces. creates an eclectic environment within each“I’ve of his never been a part of anything like this in my pieces. “I’ve never been a part of anything like life,” Phil remarked as he spoke of his affiliation this in my life,” Phil remarked as he spoke of his with the Hunter Plaid Gallery. Kumsar is affiliation with the Hunter Plaid Gallery. Kumsar also an accomplished musician and plays in is also an accomplished musician and plays in thelittlestillnotbigenough, a band within the thelittlestillnotbigenough, band within theworking Hunter Hunter Plaid Collective. aKumsar is also Plaid Collective. Kumsar is also working on an African on an African Short Film Series appropriately Short Film Series appropriately titled Safari that will titled Safari that will be shown at Hunter Plaid be shown at Hunter Plaid Gallery upon completion. Gallery upon completion.
photos Similar to hip hop and b-boy culture, the field of journalism is made up of four crucial elements: writing, editing, public relations and photography. Here, the students of HSUâ€™s advanced photojournalism class show off their favorite pieces of the semester. Cattle are one of the lead contributors to the greenhouse effect, producing over 100 million tons of methane gas a year. Above, a cow near College of the Redwoods grazes pastures. Photo taken on Feb. 4, 2009. - by Torrey Hartman
Roosevelt Elk - by Chris Tuite
Walid Shoebat was met with protests from various members of the student body during the open question period of “Confessions of a PLO Terrorist” on Feb. 18, 2009. - by Allyson Riggs
This photo was taken on Feb. 12, 2009 when the Reverend Horton Heat played at the Kate Buchanan Room at HSU. Besides putting on a really fun, high energy show, the lighting was just perfect for what I was trying to do-shoot without a flash, without getting blurry photos.That can be a challenge, but there was something about the color combination that brought out the color in the Reverend’s jacket as well as making the lights look almost like colored moons behind him. - by Monica Topping
This is a photo of my motherâ€™s cat back home. One day I looked at her under the paper from across the room and had to get a picture of her. I think it is one of my favorites because even though it is blurry, it is sort of spur of the moment and almost captures Sophieâ€™s (the cat) personality. - by Elizabeth Sorrell
The Humboldt Bay North Jetty has protected thousands of ships from the treacherous entrance since its original construction was completed in 1899. by John Mcghan
phab photos photo by Lauren Dewitsky
photo by J.T. Johnston
Moon over St. Josephâ€™s Church in Blue Lake. - by Nathan Rushton
Please contact HSUâ€™s journalism department for more information regarding JMC 334.
Let Kelly Compost Guide You in Easy Composting
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By Dwight Johnson
Meet Kelly Karaba, AKA Kelly Compost. Kelly is a senior at HSU and is majoring in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation. She got inspired to start composting about ten years ago at her parents house in Whittier, CA after she got into daily juicing of fresh fruit and veggies. “I was juicing everyday and making a lot of waste and after a while I just couldn’t stand to throw it all away,” said Karaba. At first, she started slow by just throwing the pulp outside or burying it in the soil. Then with more practice, time and action she perpetually learned more about the act of composting and also the great benefits it has on the world and her garden. Composting lets the nuitrients of your waste go back into the ground to help grow more food. If it just goes to the landfill then your organic waste is just wasted. Composting is all about BREAKING DOWN the Nitrogen from Green organic waste (veggies/plant) and the Carbon from Brown material (paper/dry leaves). The ratio usually used is for Carbon to Nitrogen 30:1. Yet, when not speaking in science lingo, it just means having an equal amount veggie stuff with your paper material so that your compost bin can cook up! TIP: Make sure to turn your bin every week or so to allow air in to help with breaking down the waste!
“[Composting] is saying thank you to the earth, thank you for these carrots, I’m so thankful that the earth had grown that food,” said Karaba. Her composting techniques started to evolve over time and now Kelly has made a name for herself around Humboldt as an expert in the art of breaking down carbon and nitrogen. She gives presentations, classes around Humboldt County on the basics of the composting craft. Kelly is also the Office Manager at R.O.S.E., the Reusable Office Supple Exchange, which is located on HSU’s campus is part of the Campus Recycling Program. R.O.S.E. is a free program located at the Warren House available to students and faculty by reducing waste by the give and take exchange of office supplies.
For more inquires on Kelly Compost, visit her new blog: kellycompost.blogspot.com.
Put in Compost: Nitrogen Rich: Any Veggie or Fruit Trimmings Pastas, Beans, Breads Tea Bags, Coffee Grounds/Filters Plant trimmings Carbon Rich: Torn/Ripped Up: Cardboard, Paper Bags, Egg Cartons and Paper (Office Paper, Paper Towels, Newspaper, Napkins, and Junk Mail)
LINKS to knowledge yourself further:
Throw organic waste in here!
Composting101.com | humboldt.edu/~ccat | arcatarecycling.org greenlivingstore.net (compost Machine!) | compostguide.com recyclenow.org/r_composting.html | humboldt.edu/~recycle/ rose.html humboldtrecycling.org
Diseased Plants Feces Dairy Products Oils (Grease or Salad Dressings) Fish, Meat or Bones Magazines (recycle them instead) Plastic, waxy lined paper
The Garden Starter
The Garden Starter is a great way to easily handle your excess organic waste and scrap paper found inside your home. If done right, the smelly juices usually found in the compost tin should be no more because all the paper slurps up the moisture and grossness. Plus, less nats and bugs being attracted into your home!
Vermiculture is composting with the use of Redworms eating up your organic waste and scrap paper (Eisenia foetida). There are many designs in use but here is one that Kelly Compost suggests for the worm bin beginner. Take three plastic containers that are stackable. A container that holds shoes will do. Drill a bunch of holes in the bottom of two of the containers. These holes should be big enough for the tiny worms to crawl through. The
Step 1: Find a bucket (any size will do) check out the recycled stores or craiglist.com Step 2: Line the sides and bottom of the bucket with all the excess paper in your house (no waxy paper). Let the bottom have more paper than the sides to collect the excess juices. Step 3: Put a paper bag on top of the excess paper. Step 4: Again line the bottom of the bag with excess paper. Step 5: Put in your organic waste! Try to mix your greens with the excess paper in order to allow air pockets in order to lesson the amount of gross juices stinking up your house.
The Garden Starter is only going to start growing something if you put in the seeds of your tomatoes, squash, apples, oranges, etc! If you don’t want to start anything but just want to have an easy device to compost in, well then don’t add the seeds.
When the bucket is full of, take it outside and either bury it in a hole, plant it in your garden or just throw it in your compost pile and turn it every so often just like the rest of your pile.
Worm Bin System more “transport tunnels” the easier it will be for your worms to crawl through the different bins. Put one of the holey containers on top of the untouched plastic container. Then add in soil and/ or finished compost along with some shredded paper, a pound of worms and older organic scraps. On top of everything, put on a layer of damp paper, “like putting the worms to bed,” says Karaba.
Once that bin is full, put the other plastic, holey bin on top. In a months time the bottom layer should be able to be used in your garden and then just switch the containers from older food scraps to the bottom and start a new one on top! Worms like the spoiled food best so make sure not to keep adding fresh scraps in with the old. Also, keep the bins out of direct sun light and in mild temperatures. Be sure to google vermiculture to get more info.
The 3 Bin System
The three-bin system is all about getting air mixed in with the Carbon and Nitrogen so it all breaks down (a common trend in composting). Separate the newer organic waste from the older and oldest (Fresh, Cooking, to Finished!). Make three bins in any size depending on your household or community. Designs differ, so look around for what suites your situation, but in all designs make sure you have airflow from
the bottom to the top. Also, if you keep adding newer waste in with the old, then the longer it will take for everything to break down. Once one bin is full, start on the next by moving the older waste into the next bin to mix it and allow in air. Make sure you also put in plenty of brwon paper waste for Carbon along with the green organic waste, which is Nitrogen. Make sure you turn each bin every week or so, again to add in air!
The compost bins behind the track at HSU. This is the place your banana peel and apple cores go to become compost! The finished compost is used at CCAT and around campus.
How technology has superceded basic communication by Kaitlin Skeels
“IN 2009, THE U.S. INTERNET POPULATION WILL GROW TO NEARLY 200 MILLION USERS, OR 65 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL POPULATION.”
It is the year 2009 and we live in a society run by electronics and technology. Cell phones, computers, iPods, etc. With all of our gadgets, people, especially younger children, are losing out on certain experiences and are becoming quite challenged when faced with having to socialize in person. These days, children are born into a world dominated by electronics rather than real life experiences (see “Digital Natives”). My neighbor, now a freshmen in high school, has had a cell phone at her disposal since fourth grade. Now I ask, why does a child in fourth grade need her own cell phone? Perhaps this is part of the reason this has become such a large issue. While my grandmother (see “Digital Immigrant”) has learned how to operate a cell phone, she can still communicate face to face with no problem at all. My neighbor, however, is so attached to her cell phone she wouldn’t know what to do if I said “hi” to her in the front yard. “Technology has become the primary way the mainstream socializes. People spend hours trying to build up their personas on the internet via updating their interests and fabricating their own ideas of themselves in the ‘about me’ section,” says Devon Harlan, an HSU natural resources major, discussing the negative side of technology. Additionally, the idea of an online identity complicates the idea of who we are, as people feel comfortable saying things online and through text messages that they would never dream of saying to someone in person. “Rumors spread like wildfire and people get hurt a lot easier,” Harlan
says. And with more than 220 million Internet users as of June 2008 (that’s 72.5 percent of the population according a NielsenNet Ratings report), more people are living their lives vicariously through the web than ever before. Many students on the Humboldt State campus agree that technology has become a far larger player in our lives than it ought to be. “People don’t know how to say ‘hi’ anymore or if they do, they don’t know what channel to go through,” says James Kloor, an HSU freshmen math major. “People don’t even call one another anymore,” he laments in regard to texting, “there is a complete lack of verbal communication.” Hollywood too has commented on our tech-addiction with films like “He’s Just Not That Into You,” joking about how people nowadays are constantly rejected via different types of technology rather than face to face. The sad part is, it’s true. In 2008 the International Telecommunication Union released the following statistics: almost nine in ten (89 percent) of adults have a cell phone. This represents a significant increase from 77 percent in October- December 2006 when The Harris Poll conducted a similar analysis. In an HSU anthropological study regarding SMS messaging with people between the ages of 13 and 24, some of the pros and cons of texting were made clear. When asked if users perceived miscommunication problems while texting, people would often times say yes. “There can be more
Digital Immigrant Those who were socialized in the pre-digital era. miscommunication because you can’t see a person’s facial expressions or body language which usually say a lot,” HSU anthropology student Christen Condry says, “but that too is improving with emoticons.”
image by Norman Mauskopf for 1991 issue of Wired
While we live in a modern world full of technological advances we must remember that these things are luxuries and should still make an effort to communicate with others in person. According to a report on eMarketer.com, “there is no question that the internet is now a mainstream medium. In 2009, the US internet population will grow to nearly 200 million users, or 65 percent of the total population. By 2013, 221 million people will be online, nearly 70 percent of the population.”
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It is hard to find a balance when the world is wired-in all the time, but don’t trade one form of communication for another. While you can use the web to e-mail a job application, what will you do when you have to speak at the interview? You can’t send a text message to answer a question from the person sitting across from you deciding if you are capable of a job in the “real world.” Acquire the new and hold on to the old as well. It’s worth the effort, and besides, you never know when you might need those old-school communication skills.
Digital native A person who has grown up with digital technology such as computers, internet, mobile phones and MP3s.
The YouTube Phenomenon . . ith the Internet as one of the widest used technologies in the world, YouTube has made itself the television of our generation. People love to be entertained, and what’s more, they love seeing regular people like themselves doing whatever it is they do. From comedy acts to lip-synchs, hundreds of users upload videos to their profiles every day with hopes of front-page cyber-stardom, and while some experience instant success based on their accrued video reputation, others have had to work a little harder for recognition. What follows is a look at a few YouTubers on the rise who gave us some insight behind their online successes. With their advice, perhaps you can enjoy a bit of your own!
TheJokerBlogs is a YouTube channel based on the DC comic book characters “the Joker” and “Harley Quinn” inspired by the blockbuster hit film, “The Dark Knight.” TheOsprey: What made you want to make videos revolving around the Joker and Harley Quinn? TheJokerBlogs: The idea for The Joker Blogs happened on the way to the theater to see “The Dark Knight” during the summer. My friend and I had hoped there would be some mention of Dr. Quinzel, just to set things up for a return of the Joker in a third Batman film. The idea of taped therapy sessions, similar to the viralmarketing they used for the film, came from that day and developed from there. And, of course, we wanted to pay tribute to one of the greatest acting performances of all time. There’s absolutely a Heath Ledger tribute within these videos. O: What was your reaction when you saw that viewers actually enjoyed your work? TJB: It was a total surprise. I wanted the videos to do well of course. Get seen, naturally. But the first few weeks, it was only a hundred or so views with mixed comments. Then I got back from an overseas trip and it had sprung up to several thousand, and people were commenting that they wanted more. I remember calling up my friend who I write the videos with and saying how we have to film the next one soon, or there’s going to be a riot! O: Some even say you could play the joker following Heath Ledger. TJB: That’s a wonderful compliment. And it seems like we’re doing our job if it feels that natural for some. It’s also a huge responsibility. It would be an absolute honor to be asked to play that character and carry on a legacy. Heath Ledger got the part because he was fearless, according to Christopher Nolan. That kind of mindset makes me think that it would be a shame if we’ve seen the
last of the Joker in these films. I’d hope that they would want to continue with another actor out there. I like to think it’s the way Mr. Ledger would have wanted it. O: How long do you think you’ll keep doing it? TJB: From the very beginning we had a ten-episode outline for the series- a guide to follow that told a specific story. Since then we’ve taken some away and added others, so I don’t know what the final count will be for the series. The holidays seem to be a good inspiration for specifically themed blogs. Our episode “The Dark Knight Before Christmas” wasn’t part of our original story but it was fun to make anyway. There have been ideas for a second series, and if the fans want it... we’ll just have to wait and see. TheOneAndOnlyKenna is a teenage girl named Kenna who started her YouTube channel last summer to share her musical talent with the world. The videos are mostly of her singing covers of a variety of songs. She even allows her subscribers to pick the next song. TheOsprey: Why choose YouTube to show the world your talent? TheOneAndOnlyKenna: I wanted to get noticed, and I figured it would be a good place to start. Plus I love the comments people leave whether they be constructive or complimentary. O: How do you choose which songs to perform for your viewers? TOAOK: I choose whatever I feel like or fill requests if I feel I can sing them well enough. O: What was your reaction when you started gaining fans? TOAOK: I think its kind of crazy that I have fans. I mean they’re not hardcore or anything but it’s really encouraging.
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Be funny Be original Get the viewer’s attention instantly iGirl369 is a channel begun earlier this year featuring a 6-year-old girl calling out all the well-known YouTubers, bad mouthing them all just to show that she can be as good as them. From her first video, you can tell that this little girl is going somewhere in the YouTube world. And how can a 6 year old have those film and editing skills? With a little help from her uncle with whom we talked, of course. TheOsprey: What made you want to start a YouTube channel with the character igirl369? iGirl369: Other YouTubers had a great influence on starting this channel, but [the YouTube series] “Fred” was the inspiration. I wanted to make someone who was the age Fred portrays but with a higher mentality. O: Why make your first video about fellow YouTubers? IG: To show that she can actually be better than them. Of course, it was just a joke showing how all of them are great, and she can be as great as them. O: What should viewers expect in future videos? IG: More information about iGirl, more weekly videos, parodies, fun and an expanded cast.
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Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve Humboldt students display individuality through ink art
Mary Pero and Kaitlin photos by Mary Pero
olphins, a daisy, the good ole’ “I Love My Mom,” tattoos are everywhere on campus. Ink art lets people design tattoos that represent themselves while turning their bodies into a piece of art. Tattoos represent the individual, displaying a design that is significant to them as a person. It is permanent, bold, daring and painful—the best kind of blunt statement of expression this world has.
What’s your tattoo mean to you?
“‘Determination’ because it’s very meaningful to me and I will carry it with me for my entire life” From NorCal Tattoo McKinleyville Andrew Thomas Godrich
Jake Hearron “The fish represents me blossoming into myself, it’s my emotion at mind…I like fish...I like water” From Skin City, Beaveton Oregon
“It has a complex significance, however, a majority of what it means is wear your heart on your sleeves” From Visual Tattoo, Arcata
by Eliza Douglas
But I’m not just some reggae obsessed white girl, spouting half-baked Rasta-babble as you might think. I simply love the music, the message and the culture. I love the word, power and song. I love the bass-heavy sound system, the driving rhythms, the sweat, the grind and the Red Stripe beer specials. If this sounds like a night out that you could enjoy, then this list should be of service. Because San Francisco is so diverse and just plain awesome, dance hall aficionados can get their fix any day of the week. They call it supply and demand, people, and in San Francisco the demand is well supplied. The folks of this city love to party and each neighborhood hosts a different kind of party every night.
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San Francisco is the perfect place to live and to visit. From dramatic hilltop views and historical landmarks, to world-class dining, museums and shopping, the “city by the bay” offers activities as varied as the people that reside there. At only seven miles in diameter and 800,000 residents, San Francisco isn't a large city, but people are packed into every square mile. The people of San Francisco come from various ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, which is evident in the character of each neighborhood. From Castro to Chinatown, Fillmore to the Marina District, the many neighborhoods of San Francisco have their own distinct flavor and feel. The author William Saroyan put it best: “San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home is a poem, every dweller within immortal.” The nightlife reflects this uniqueness, and every neighborhood has its own night-scene that reflects the vibe of the specific area. After much difficult research going to clubs throughout the years, I have highlighted, in my opinion, the six best reggae nightclubs in San Francisco, in six different neighborhoods, for six different days of the week. The best part I found is that you can shake your groove thing on a budget-- on average its $10 or under to get in, and drink specials usually run all night. So if you love dancehall reggae as much as I do, and happen to find yourself in San Francisco at any time during the week, refer to this list for a good night out.
Club: Pier 23 'Hood: Embarcadero This district hugs the bay and is located between the Financial District and the Waterfront. Home to the SBC baseball park and the Ferry Building, the Embardero also boasts luxury hotels, fancy restaurants and a farmer’s market. Hours: 9 pm to 2 am Cover: $5 Description: Part ramshackle outdoor patio scene and part dance club with a heavy dash of dive bar, this club draws an eclectic clientele on weekends and usually gets the white-collar crowd on weekdays. Reggae night: Club Dread Mondays Address: on Embarcadero st. Phone: 415.362.5125 Club: Milk 'Hood: (Lower) Haight-Ashbury To most, the Haight evokes images of the long-gone 60s counterculture. Fragments of this era are still evident in the abundance of smoke shops, Eastern inspired boutiques and transient hippie-kids chilling on the sidewalk. Hours: 9 pm to 2 am Cover: $7 /ladies free before 11p.m. Description: This is a small club with a big personality; a dark n' dirty, casual and cozy venue that is usually packed with locals and skateboarders. There are cheap drink specials nightly and the in-house reggae selectors are the best in the area. Reggae night: Bless Up Tuesday Address: 1840 Haight st. Phone: 415.387.6455 Club: Mojito 'Hood: North Beach/Telegraph Hill North Beach is also referred to as “Little Italy.” This neighborhood boasts the liveliest bars, as well as small boutiques and the famous City Lights Bookstore. Once a hub for the beat generation, North Beach has still maintained its authenticity and residents fight to keep businesses independently owned and operated to preserve the unique character. Hours: 11 am to 2 am Cover: Varies Description: Mojito is a bit of Key West in North Beach. It is not only a nightclub, but also a cocktail bar where you can (of course) get mojitos and munch on decently priced Cuban cuisine. Reggae night: Lime Every Wednesday Address: 1337 Grant ave. Phone: 415.398.1120
Saxophone player jammin’ at Mojito
Club: Club 6 'Hood: SoMa (South of Market) A mash-up of warehouses, nightclubs, swanky hotels and gritty bars, SoMa has long been known for its alternative art and music scene. Hours: 9 pm to 2 am Cover: $5/ladies free before 11pm Description: Not only famous for being the club in the movie version of Rent, Club 6 is also the cheapest at the door and occasionally serve Caribbean food such as plantains and jerk chicken. Reggae night: Give Thankz Thursdays also... First Saturday of every month Third Saturday of every month Third Friday of every month Address: 60 sixth st. Phone: 415.531.6593 Setting the stage at Elbo Room
Club: Elbo Room 'Hood: Mission The Mission District is culturally rich with a definite Latin flavor and spice, and is crawling with things like thrift shops, used book stores and cafes that cater to the main demographic of students, artists and alterna-types. Hours: 5 pm to 2 am Cover: Free/$10 Description: Originally opened in 1935 as a speakeasy, Elbo Room has been an entertainment destination ever since. The main space is joined by a secondary bar, dance floor and stage upstairs. Elbo Room boasts SF's “longest happy hour” daily from 5 pm to 9 pm featuring great drink specials. Reggae night: Dub Mission Sundays Address: 647 Valencia st. Phone: 415.552.7788 Club: End-Up 'Hood: SoMa Hours: Varies. 10 pm to 5 am or 'till 12 pm the next day! Cover: $10-$20 Description: The End-Up is where folks who refuse to go home after a night of partying usually “end up.” It is one of the city’s few après hour clubs that hosts marathon after-parties in a diverse environment. Reggae night: Reggae Gold, second Saturday of each month. Address: 401 sixth st. Phone: 415.646.0999
Good times dancing at End-Up
There you have it: the 666 list—the six best reggae clubs in six neighborhoods, six days out of the week. There is no excuse to be languishing behind the Redwood Curtain; get up, get out, and get something! Get down to beautiful, unique, world-class San Francisco just five hours south of Humboldt County, where the music is so nice, the selector will have to play it twice. See you in the Dance Hall.
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Perfect emo. It stirs up adrenaline with straightforward drums, driving guitar, and lyrics to match any mood. Jimmy Eat World’s album Clarity was released Feb. 23, 1999. Ten years later it is still catchy, relevant, and loved by many; enough to sell out a 10-year-anniversary tour devoted to just one album. Epic. The last stop on the Clarity x 10 tour was in the band’s home state of Arizona on March 7. The show was recorded live, and on April 7 Clarity Live was released digitally, exclusively on jimmyeatworld.com . Clarity Live is wonderfully raw. The sounds of the audience only add to the already engulfing sentiment. Lead-singer and guitarist Jim Adkins surpasses expectations. His voice is
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“Don’t bother going through your motions. Nothing that makes sense ever works out.” - Believe In What You WantThis is definitely a headphone album. The vocal harmonies and overlaps deserve an earnest ear. The drums are crisp and consistently at an ideal volume, even live. They drive buildup after buildup, breakdown after breakdown. Clarity is known for the drum machine. Its inclusion meant something completely different in 1999 of course, but today it still fits. The album clocks in at a just right level of complexity. You can pick it apart layer by layer or enjoy with a wandering mind. Clarity Live is an experience. It makes you remember specific moments in time. It stirs up the nostalgia of the last 10 years. It is worth way more than the $8.99 it is selling for. Perfect emo; sometimes you just have to embrace it. -Meagan Dupre
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The “band” for kids that did n’t have the friends for a real band, Casiotone keyboards allowed the user to be a selfcontained musical unit. It turn ed every bedroom into a stadium and the player, standing in front of the mirror, was the star. What Casiotone could do for some was modest, but what Casioto ne did for Owen Ashworth was totally epic . Consisting of yes, one man and his Casio, Ashworth’s solo-project Cas iotone For The Painfully Alone has bee n creating anthems to a host of private anx ieties for years, such as wrecking your par ents’ car
when you shouldn’t have bor rowed it in the first place, blacking out and sleeping with strangers at parties, or puking on your boss. And while every albu m stands as poetic mix of deadpan hum or and lyrical mortification, their mo st recent release takes on a whole new host of terrible mistakes- children.
you’re probably entertaining tho ughts of robbing a bank and getting out of town with your best friend and a bag of cash. Using anxiety to fuel rebellio n while epitomizing the beauty of the outlaw love story, most every track details a modern case of Bonnie and Clyde with titles such as “Tom Justice, The Choir Boy Robber, Apprehended In Ace Hardware In Libertyville, IL.” “When we’re laughing through the fear/ man we’ll never make the clear/ Oh, you’ve never looked so dear/ it’s the end of our career,” Ashworth sings in “Optimism Vs. The Silent Alarm” before launching into a peppy outro of “When The Saints Come Marching In.”
I can’t exactly pinpoint the time, but at some point in your earl y twenties child bearing suddenly crosses the line from “irresponsible” to “go od news.” You receive congratulations instead of condolences, and parents will stumble over themselves to buy “proud grandma” coffee mugs instead of ground ing you. Some, however, will never adju st to this coming of age. For them, childre n remain Drenched in lo-fi narrative, Vs. terrifying and icky things of Children mystery, stan ds as a tribute to how far balls-and-chains to a life of resp a little onsible imagination can go. So long as predictability. “Vs. Children” you have is an ode to a keyboard. those refusing to give in. Besides parenthood, it’s also about stealing- ideas that pretty much run hand in hand. It’s common knowledge that if you’re still fighting the family life,
- Julianna Boggs
Yeah Yeah Yea
Known for their raw New York pu nk feel on earlier Yeah Yeah Yeah releases, the s have now expa nded their horiz newest album It’ ons with their s Blitz- a much cleaner, professio feel than their pr nally produced evious albums. Go ne is Nick Zinner replaced instead ’s gritty guitar, by multitudes of synthesizers and to sound like synt guitars made hesizers. Brian Ch ase has transform paced drumming ed his fastinto sleek, throbb ing dance beats, well-known wail and Karen O’s has softened into a smooth and in As printed in Sp viting melody. in magazine, “Cha se...boasts of a ne on It’s Blitz”. w ‘coolness’ The first song on the album, “Zer o,” has a strong overwhelms the pulse that song until Karen’ s smooth vocals by the new synthe cut in followed sizers, which sets the tone for the en This so-called “a tire album. ll-new and expe rimental sound” quite the reactio has stirred up n from fans—so me miserably wo happened to the ndering what musical chaos th at was the basis fo albums and othe r their previous rs appreciating th e new smooth lyr ical beauty. -Deidra Boyer
A small review of some fabulous songs.
AIR, “Mer Du Japon”- The piano in this song is so peaceful and pleasant. Great for mellow out times and sunny day walks. By far the best track off the “Pocket Symphony” album.
10| Depeche Mode, “Never Let Me
9| Kaskade, “Sorry”- This one’s a
4| Nick Drake, “Things Behind the Sun”- Nick Drake is a legend. His voice and guitar skills bring a smile to my face every time I put this song on. A simple yet powerful track.
Down Again”- A great song to blast on any road trip by yourself or with a friend. You cant help but belching your lungs out with Dave Gahan’s serenading voice.
techno song that’s great for when you’re working out or just need something to make you smile as you walk around town.
3| Joe Jackson, “Steppin’ Out”- Talk
The Black Keys, “Hold Me In Your Arms”- By far their best song, this one just screams bluesy bluegrass. The guitar will pull you in the moment you hit “play.”
about the 80s. The upbeat tune of this piano makes you want to skip all over the place. Expect a rush of happiness with this one.
7| Blue Man Group, “TV Song”-
There are probably 15 different instruments used in this song (drums being the most prominent) taking your mind to places you have never been before.
Radiohead, “Like Spinning Plates”- This song is being played backwards from another Radiohead song “I Will,” but you don’t even realize it because it’s so trippy and brilliant. Sprawl out on your carpet, turn the lights off and just listen.
1| The Chemical Brothers, “Do It
The Black Ghosts, “Some Way Through This”- A new twist on electronic music, The Black Ghosts provide a unique take on the genre with a rock’n’roll twist.
Again”- Break out the glowsticks and get ready for some empowering bass, this beat will make you want to jump up and dance.
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