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October 2012 | Vol. 34 | Issue 01

all Meet the staff on page 4

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student organization recruitment drive


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Communications Society 1 UOG GREEN ARMY 2 Student Investment Club 3 Internat’L FriendSHIP CLUB 4 G.E.M.s (Education) 5 S.H.O.T. (Student Health) 6 H.S.S.O (Health science( 7 Pohnpeian student org. 8 japanese culture through film 9 triton warriors 10 s.w.a.s.a (Social work) 11 biology club 12 american marketing assoc. 13 political science student assoc. 14





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Triton’s Call is published by the Division of Communication and Fine Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and is funded in part by student fees. Reporters and editors participate in the newspaper as journalism students or as contributing writers, photographers, and designers.

Staff Candice Ananich Phillip Blas Enrique Baza Ariel Buccat

Ashley Chua Levanna Eugenio Jacqueline Guzman Vanessa Malumay

cover photo by Ashley Chua

TRITON’S CALL, october 2012

october events

Halloween spirits



By Jacqueline Guzman

St ud en t S p ir i t s


reepy times call for fun times as students begin to get busy with October’s Halloween celebrations happening on and off campus through the various student organizations taking advantage of the chance to host spooky themed events and raise some money at the same time. There is no doubt that October is the perfect month to get busy with celebration, because everyone is eager to party in the peculiar style of Halloween month. Combining creepy, spooky, gory and even sexy, this month calls for all sorts of celebrations. Throw some candy into the mix and few find the ability to resist. Student organizations

know how to take advantage of their peers’ eagerness to start howling with the nights. This month, there are zombie parties, costume parties, candy grams, and even educational outreaches for young students. Public Administration and Legal Studies Society (PALS) has everyone talking about their zombie apocalypse worthy Zombie Pandemic Championship on October 27th. Participants will have a chance to compete for best crazy scary zombie ensemble. Aside from an outbreak of the zombie virus, there are some good old-fashioned costume parties for anyone weary of flesh eating starving students. American Marketing As-

sociation (AMA) is hosting their annual Halloween costume party with a Cirque du Freak theme at Hard Rock Café on October 26th. With all these great ideas for costumes floating around, students can dress up as on one character for the AMA party and then attend PALS event the next day as the zombie-fied version. Students may be surprised, but there are Halloween parties celebrated in the daylight. Future Educators Association Professional (FEA Pro) in the spirit of Halloween and staying true to their goal of promoting future educators is hosting a Spooktacular event on October 27th that provides a day of costumes and fun for

toddlers to children10-yearsold. The event is also open to the public and families. “It’s always about the children. Everything we do. So it has to be fun, along with being educational, or else it can be boring and then we’ve failed,” shares Maribeth Morfega, a member of FEA Pro. Similar to a carnival’s activity booths, the Spooktacular event will provide activity rooms hosted by different student organizations that will provide fun and educational activities for their audience. Middle school and high school students will also be participating as volunteers during the event. Not forgetting the deli-

cious presence of Halloween sweets, candy grams will also be a tasty treat available for students to feast on. Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will be taking orders soon, along with Green Army. There is also a poetry slam on October 20th at Shoreline Restaurant in Hagatna. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and the public is welcome. Participants are also encouraged to ‘slam in costume.’ Whether it is crawling with zombies or filled with delicious candy treats, this October promises more than enough activities to fill the countdown towards Halloween night.

By Ariel Buccat

Enjoy Halloween Without Breaking the Scale


verything is going great. You eat healthy, you exercise, and you have been sticking to your plan and striving for a healthy lifestyle. But then, along comes Halloween to sabotage all your hard work and dedication. “I’m really worried about having to control myself because people give out baked goods and specialty drinks like at bars and cafés.” Shares JoDee Catahay, a University of Guam Alumna. Catahay has recently started her diet and will be challenged to trick herself to not treat so much this Halloween. It is almost impossible to stay in shape with a house full of candies and

goodies of all sorts: candy corn, buttered popcorn, and of course pumpkin pies. Resisting the urge to dive in and gobble up every single dish in sight will be more difficult than you think. So, here are some tips that will help you stay on track and avoid the temptation: 1. Do not buy your treats early Halloween is all about the candy. You walk into your nearest supermarket and see the treats on sale which tempts you to purchase your goodies early. As awesome as the sale looks, refrain from buying them. Holding off your candy shopping until the day before Halloween is recommended. This way, the temptation

won’t be in front of your face for a week, calling your name. Another tip is, when purchasing your candy, choose the ones that you find less appealing or maybe candy that you don’t really like. At least you’ll know that you definitely won’t be anywhere near them. 2. Give out healthy goodies Instead of the good ‘ol “candies” for treats, try considering toys for children. Stickers, small toy items, and maybe just any non-edible goodies will do the trick. Throughout the night, they will be receiving goodies and they would enjoy goodies that they could play with instead. Another treat to consider are the “classic”

Halloween treats like candy apples. Any snack size portion of healthy food would be the safest and easiest way to keep that weight. 3. Eat before going out For most adults, Halloween parties are preferred over trick-or-treating. You will most likely have at least one party and if not, maybe more than that. Before getting your night started, try eating a full meal to satisfy your tummy so that when you’re at the party you won’t feel like you have to devour the whole table. Drinks might also be another way that you can mess up your diet. As long as you drink a glass of water after every other drink, you

will keep your body fresh and hydrated. This will keep you full enough to pass up those unwanted calories. 4. Donate your leftovers Leftover candy is always the case during Halloween. Instead of saving them as treats for yourself or children, donate them to a homeless shelter, nursing home, or some place where Halloween isn’t celebrated too often. They will surely be appreciative of your kindness and you will also be teaching your kids how to be generous to others that also deserve to share the spirit of Halloween.

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Meet matala

First tour, It has been a long five years since Matala has put out their first album, but finally the Island Music Award’s two-time Best Rock Band is resurfacing with a new fulllength LP this November. These past years Matala has continuously satisfied their cravings to live as true musicians as they took on each opportunity at its arrival. One of their greatest opportunities approached just last year as they touched down on Philippine ground. But constructing albums and touring are not the only factors in Matala’s achievements. Their earliest feats include opening for popular American rock band Hoobastank in 2006, and gaining more attention in 2007 when they released their first self-titled album, which was featured in the Pacific daily News, Gu Magazine, and Giant Robot – a magazine based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 2008, they were asked to have their track “unity” as the opening song for Guam’s first feature film Shiro’s Head, and was chosen as best rock band in the Island Music Awards for two consecutive years (2009, 2010). In between, Matala has landed countless gigs, including a sponsorship to play

Second album By Ashley Chua


in Saipan, which they believe aided in preparation for

MATALA PERFORMING AT LIvEHOuSE Photos courtesy of Matala

a bigger trip such as the one to the Philippines. As the summer of 2011 drew nearer, the band continued to gig and practice heavily. One of their most influential gigs before the trip was at a wedding, and this was a chance the band least expected to run across. In earlier years, Matala covered music from Slayer, NOFX, Propaghandi, and Lagwagon, but there they were at a wedding, having a surreal experience playing “Closing Time” as they shared the stage with the actual lead singer of

Semisonic, dan Wilson. Jordan Hardy, rhythm guitarist and vocalist, expressed, “I felt very appreciative on being a musician and entertainer when we played with dan Wilson. I felt super blessed sharing the stage with a well-known songwriter. Made me realize that anything is possible.” Accompanied by supporters that have connections to the local music scenes in the Philippines, Matala finally committed to visiting Manila and Cebu last summer. They performed at


SaGuijo, The Outpost, and Casa Makati alongside whom they credit to be some of Manila’s most skilled local bands: Good Morning High Fives, Curbside, and Pitik. It was healthy for Matala to meet these musicians that share the same vision as they do, and crucial to their creativity. “The bands were independent, extremely educated, knowledgeable about their instruments, and well versed in the arts as a whole,” Ryan Shook, lead guitarist and vocalist, explained. “They create their own pedals, press vinyl, coordinate projects for the community, and collaborate regularly.” In the end, Matala underwent a new surge of inspiration as both individuals and a collective group. After being in a bigger country with like minded groups, performing night after night, they hope that Guam will soon surface with more high quality original rock music, and believe that there is a potential for growth in the music scene. This past summer Matala has been busy trying to cook up new material to release. The new Cd highlights influences by recent past and present experiences and innovations, a lot of which involve the tour. different from their first album, which has a post-high school feel, there is a definite effort in getting large room sounds and experimenting with different effects with the new Cd. Matala continues to invest heavily in creating their music as they produce their albums independently. They are excited to announce an exclusive colored vinyl in addition to their upcoming Cd.

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Storyboard journal 13

A Passion Project By Enrique Baza


ince the early ‘90s the university of Guam’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences division of English and Applied Linguistics annually release the publication Storyboard, showcasing a variety of literary and art pieces from local writers and artists. Storyboard publishes original writing from quality forms of poetry, fiction, nonfiction written in English or any other pacific island language with translation to English. Storyboard doesn’t only publish written works but also visual art as well. As university students,

English is looked upon as a requirement, a general education credit fulfillment, but for those who choose to pursue a degree in English it’s seen as an outlet used to express oneself. According to local poet who published some of his work in Storyboard 11 John Sarmiento, “Sometimes no one cares to listen to what you have to say. The only place you could express yourself is in your notebook. Sometimes your notebook becomes your best friend.” This goes to show that writing to some people isn’t as horrible as most look at it. “It can be a form of therapy,” Sarmiento

C ALL ING A LL PO ETS, AU TH ORS, ART IST S and aspirin g creators: Uog’s c.l.a.s.s Division of english and applied linguistics is looking to publish your work in storyboard 13 the deadline to submit your artistry is december 15, 2012.

went on to explain. Storyboard isn’t only a publication. Co-editor Leiana Naholowa calls Storyboard a “passion project.” The editors and writers receive no compensation for their work. It simply to show what the island and the surrounding region has to offer in literary and artistic ability. The publication is funded by CLASS, and all funds received by the sale of Storyboard is put toward the continuity of the project. According to Naholowa, “Storyboard is also a place where students can exercise their muscles in the different skills they are learning at

uOG and obtain real-world experience that will enhance their resumes.” Students are invited to submit any of their original work that they would like to see published in Storyboard 13, which is due for release early next year. They invite all writers either published or not published in or around the Micronesia region, encouraging all writers and artists in the region to submit their work. All submissions must be turned in before the 15th of december deadline, in order to be considered for publication.

For a full list of submission guidelines visit or To submit electronically, email: or mail submissions to:

Storyboard Editor ℅ Division of English & Applied Linguistics College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences University of Guam Mangilao, GU 96923, USA

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aked in make up, covered in spray tan, and a plastered on smile is the common look of a pageant girl on or off stage. Pageant girls are often perceived as high maintenance and at times even superficial because of how glamorous they always look when in front of a crowd, but what many do not know is that the contestants are “made” to become the stereotypical pageant girl. Joining a pageant is like enlisting in the military. All contestants go through a period of 3-4 months on average of training and learning the ropes of pageantry. One of the first lessons in pageant boot camp is learning how to walk in 6-inch heels or higher. For a girl like Justine Crisostomo, she was not ready to trade in her sneakers for a pair of uncomfortable stilettos.

“Learning to walk in 6-inch heels were hard at first especially because I wasn’t used to wearing that high of a heel,” describes Crisostomo. As time went by, she eventually got the hang of it and gained confidence strutting in heels. Walking in heels is one thing, but doing the pageant walk is a little more complicated. A look at the girls on Toddlers and Tiaras or Miss universe and it’s obvious that they’re walks have an added pizzazz in the way they capture the audience with their grace, poise, and confidence. New to world of pageantry, Crisostomo admits that the pose was not as difficult that the walks. “It was difficult because there are different styles of walking and you always have to keep your head up and keep your posture straight,” she says. The effectiveness of

a girl’s walk depends on the way she swings her hips, bobs her head, and balances her posture while enthralling her audience with facial expressions. during workshops for the contestants of the Miss Earth Guam pageant, it was always reminded of the girls that they need to leave a good impression on the audience, but off course the judges. Learning to become a pageant girl means always being camera ready at all times whether it be at 3 in the morning to do a meet and greet at the airport or during a beach clean up under the hot sun. Every pageant girl is expected to have their hair and make-up neatly done and heels should be worn at all times, even if it means picking up trash. Joslyn Minor, also a contestant in this year’s Miss Earth Guam pageant

CooCoo CoCo for

By vanessa Malumay


guy,” says Minor. says Pageantcute Perfect Pageantry has been she


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does not mind the time spent getting ready and putting on make-up. “I am the type of girl to always wear makeup and look at least half way decent. I carry myself as if I were to see a

here are many things that could scare a person. The fear could be over spiders, heights, or even the dark. When it comes to pop culture of the Philippines, nothing can be more frightening than the fan base of “the Indie Prince of the Philippines.” Coco Martin was once a janitor in Alberta, Canada. An educated man, he would make a change, trying to join one of Philippines’ media stations, ABSCBN, with it’s talent agency called Star Magic. Finally getting a break with the 2001 Filipino movie, Luv Txt, starring in many controversial independent films, along with a name change later, Coco Martin became the hottest Filipino actor. The name, Coco, in the Philippines becomes

around since the 50s and it probably will be around as long as there are females willing to conform to norm and strut the stage in a bikini and heels.

more than a name brand or the name of an espresso, it becomes a media sensation. Massive amounts of fans ranging from the love struck teenage girl, the cougars, the desperate housewives, and the sweet old ladies on medical care swoon over Coco Martin’s charm in every television drama he’s on. His shows receive the highest ratings, his movies become box office smashes, and he is also able to entertain about 10,000 fans every time he does concerts around the Philippines. Something about him does drive girls crazy in love like a teenager at a Justin Bieber concert. He admits fans like to pinch him even recalling one point to getting bitten by a fan in Batangas, Philippines, “We meet each other, takes my hand, and

bites.” Another sight of Coco Mania is the kababayan Jam 2011 at the Micronesia Mall. Fans of all ages gather in the center court to get a glimpse of Coco. The court became crowded, even having the main security come in, warning each person crowding around the stairs and escalators to clear out for safety. Finally he comes out, fans begin to push and shove one another trying to get close to him, even hurting each other in the process. Stairs space begins to pile up again, forcing security to stay near both of them. It’s hard to believe that Coco can generate this much excitement. Staying humble throughout his career, his fans remain dedicated and stand strong for their ideal man.

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Popeye and his olive

Pope ye By Candice Ananich



ieutenant Commander George vaughn was born on October 13, 1908 in Old Harbor, Jamaica and immigrated to the united States as a young boy. He enlisted in the Navy on June 3, 1924 and planned to live the rest of his life as a sailor until he met a spunky Chamorita on the island of Saipan. He was only sixteen years old when he initially enlisted. Eager to serve and was determined to make the military a life-long profession. The early years of his military career were typical, having to do menial labor type duties. He either lived on–board the naval ship he was assigned to or in mili-


ave you ever wondered how painted walls turn green? If so, you might be interested in becoming a biology major at the university of Guam. Simply visit uOG’s English and Communications building and you will be on your scientific way. The first time you walk through campus you might get the appeal to study mold and algae growing on cement structures. Some may mistaken the EC building as the science center because of the mildew that germinate throughout the halls. Bio majors no longer need to seek out a laboratory to conduct scien-

tary base bachelor’s quarters as all young sailors do. So sure was he of his life as a sailor, that at the end of his enlistment term on October 12, 1927, he re-enlisted for an additional tour of duty the very next month, on November 14, 1927. This was life as he knew it for the next 15 years. It was while his ship was docked off the shores of Tinian that he happened to come in contact with the sweetest voice he had ever heard. It was that of the woman who he would eventually marry, Maria Camacho, a local girl who was an operator for the old switchboard telephone sys-

his olive

tems of the era. Although he had never seen her, somehow he knew just by the sound of her voice that she was the woman that would anchor his free spirit. After asking some of the local men that worked on-board the ship a bit more about her and for their assistance in an introduction, LCdR vaughn met the mysterious voice. To his relief, she was as beautiful in person as she sounded from the telephone in the ship’s galley. After much convincing and a very long courtship, they finally became a couple. On October of 1942, at the age of 34, LCdR vaughn and Maria married. This

hardened sailor took 4 years off to devote his time to his new wife and children. But because of a voracious calling to be back at sea, he reenlisted the day after Christmas on december 26, 1946. He and his family were then stationed back on the u.S. mainland where he continued his duties as a commissioned officer on assigned ship and shore installations until he retired on August 5, 1953. Though he had many stories about his time in service or special missions, LCdR vaughn would never share them. Instead, he only told stories of his love, of being in the midst of the ocean, seeing new

places for the first time and most especially, that it allowed him the opportunity to meet the love of his life, Maria. His favorite saying was “I only have two loves, but only mama is worth talking about.” Everybody close to him knew that his other love was being a sailor. LCdR vaughn dutifully served a total of 25 years as both an enlisted sailor and a commissioned officer. After retirement, he moved back to Saipan and remained happily married to Maria until he died.

think green - off the wall By Phillip Blas

tific experiments because it is everywhere. If you stare long enough you will eventually spot the patch of sod blooming on the buildings rooftop. “The patch of grass has been on the rooftop since my freshman year and it is still there”, stated Johnavan Tamayo a recent graduate from the university of Guam. “It makes one ponder about the budget and spending priorities of the school officials”,Tamayo adds on

with a concerned tone. Are administrators concerned about the health risks of the students, faculty, and staff? Fungus sprouting all over campus creates a hazardous environment for all parties involved especially for those who suffer from asthmatic or allergic reactions. Ever wonder why the EC building smells like marijuana? Theories from students say that the smell comes from the “tree of smokers” in front of the li-

brary that is carried down wind when dope is lit. Their theories may be conclusive but some may beg to differ. When the air-conditioning in the building is out of commission the smell of mold reeks in the premises. Yet another theory students have concluded why the building tends to smell like cannabis. This issue needs to be addressed to administrators and action must be taken accordingly. Sadly no one

has brought this concern up to school officials. It just shows the pride that people take in their school and the effortlessness to do so. Maybe the school needs to fall apart in order for drastic measures to be considered. For now just sit back and enjoy the greenery because it will be awhile until something is done.

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TRITON’S CALL, OCtober 2012

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