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BREAKING OUT
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Going from small-town life to a huge university
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BY BLANCA PALACIOS
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back, second from right) poses with her college friends.
I hail from Delano, Calif., a small town compared to where
I am now. What I love about my town is all of the wholesome,
friendly, warm-hearted people that I have known for my entire
life. My friends have been with me since what feels like forever;
they are like my extended family. So, when we all decided on
what college to attend and found out that we weren’t going to
be with each other, it was tough for me. It was a challenge in
and of itself.
Coming to California State University, Northridge (CSUN)
alone was intimidating. I remember being so worried that I
would not make any friends and would have to spend all of my
time alone.
For the first couple of days, I would watch everyone interact.
I tried giving myself the boost of confidence that I needed to
introduce myself to someone, but it never worked. I was taken
aback by the fast-paced lifestyle everyone at Northridge lives,
which is a complete 180 from what I was used to in Delano.
Living in a small town, you never really have to introduce
yourself; everyone just knows who you were. My friendships
were based upon years and years of foundation that was stripped
away once I moved to Northridge.
However, I was lucky enough be dorming with some pretty
spectacular girls whom I now have the privilege of calling my
friends.
Having a nice, peaceful environment in my dorm
transferred over into my academic life as well. I was able to
speak to others and connect with them over random things. I
remember I was in the library once and I sneezed. The guy next
to me didn’t say “bless you;” instead, he said, “May the force be
with you.” That sparked a conversation, and we were talking all
things Star Wars and how he thinks there are only three real Star
Wars movies.
Afterwards, we both walked away, leaving the conversation
without even getting each other’s names. That was the moment
I realized that this is what college is all about – not necessarily
making a best-friend-forever type of friendship, but being able
to interact with other people.
Moving away for college made me realize there are more
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people out there in the world than just the people I grew up
with. I have come to meet so many different personalities,
ethnicities and cultures. College made me step out of my bubble
and interact with other people, and I am so thankful for that.
If you’re having trouble making friends at college, here are some
tips to help you out.
1. Clubs/Organizations: Joining a club on campus can help you
meet new people who have the same interest as you do. I joined
CSUNRTDNA, a broadcast journalism club, and it has really
helped me in making connections with others who want to have
the same career as I do.
2. Classmates: For at least an hour out of your week, you will be
in a room with these unknown people. Make an effort to get to
know them; this will make class more enjoyable. Last semester
in my English class, we all bonded over how much we hated our
essay topics, and after class we would grab lunch.
3. Smile: My mother always told me a smile is a warm invitation
for conversation. Smiling lets other people know that you are
approachable.
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COLLEGE CENTRAL
STUDENTS’
RELATIONSHIPS
WITH PARENTS
BECOME
STRONGER
DESPITE
DISTANCE
BY LUYI YANG
Instead of putting a strain on their relationship, college actually helps bring students closer to their parents.
Leaving the nest for college is a new phase for most
freshmen. No longer living with parents and spending less and
less time with family members seem like a violation of children’s
intimate relationships with their parents.
However, after talking to several students it actually seems
that being physically far away from home does not mean
students are mentally and emotionally separated from their
parents. In fact, the distance between home and campus actually
increases college students’ feelings of parental closeness.
In addition, such feelings of parental closeness are
characterized by two seemingly contradictory actions—the
desire to be independent and the desire to frequently connect
with parents.
For Alex Penuelas, a second-year student whose home is
a one-hour drive from UCLA, being an independent college
student does not sacrifice his close relationship with his parents.
Living in a college dorm for almost two years, Penuelas still goes
home occasionally.
“I can go home every week, but I choose not to,” he said. “I
don’t want to rely on my parents. I want to be more independent.”
For many college students, living away from parents is a
necessary step to gain independence. However, deliberately not
going home very often does not mean students like Penuelas
want to alienate from their parents. “To be honest, I miss them,
so I talk to them on phone at least once a day. Our topic is
basically our daily routine and it never ends,” he said.
Next year, Penuelas is planning on moving to an apartment,
which is cheaper than a dorm, and he likes his current way of
communicating with his parents. For him, spending less time
with his parents does not alienate him from them; it just helps
him gain independence.
Apart from gaining independence, leaving the nest for
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college has proven to even strengthen the relationship between
a student and his or her parents. Take Isabella Clarkson, for
example.
The Texas native has been at UCLA for two years now, and
she only goes home every 10 weeks. Still, she never feels that she
is apart from her parents. “They are there, a phone call away,”
said Clarkson.
Clarkson has found that her relationship with her parents
has even been elevated to some extent. “My family anchors me
in a way that I didn’t see in high school,” she said. Her parents
no longer help her with stuff such as laundry, meals, or setting
alarms.
Instead, the UCLA Bruin said, “they ground me and try
to steer me in the right direction—they know me better than I
know myself sometimes and a second opinion from people you
can trust is a rare gift.”
When asked to rate her relationship with her parents on a
scale from one to five (one being not close and five being very
close), she rated three for high school and five for college. For a
young woman who goes to college in another state, leaving her
parents increased her closeness with them.
Additionally, her parents’ role gradually changed into
a supporter or adviser. They no longer help her deal with the
trivial things in life, but they give her valuable suggestions about
how to live by herself.
Similar to Clarkson’s relationship with her parents, Chang
Liu also has experience a strong feeling increasing closeness with
her parents.
“Attending college brings my parents and I closer than ever
before, ” says Chang, an international student at UCLA. “When
I was in high school, I went home everyday, and I often had
conflicts with them, so I desperately longed for a departure from
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their supervision. But when I am really away, I miss them so
much.”
When talking about how often she connects with her
parents, she said, “I constantly send random life-update
messages to my parents. I never thought I could have so much
to say with them.”
Liu realizes that family has become more important in her
life after she went to college. She also knows that she has been
growing up rapidly in these past two years.
“I definitely became more independent than before,” she
said. “I manage my own bank account, I look for apartments
by myself, and I send my car to an auto-repair shop for
maintenance regularly. At first, I have to do these simply because
my parents are not in America. But not I enjoy making decisions
by myself. I go home only twice a year but I would like to keep
that frequency.”
Being far away from home improves Chang’s relationship
with her parents and (like Penuelas) provides her a great
opportunity to gain independence.
These students’ stories are not part of an individual
phenomenon. Some empirical evidences indicate that the
feelings of parental closeness actually increase following
departure from the family.
According to an article in the Journal of Personality and
Social Psychology, late adolescent college students described
themselves as closer to parents now than at any previous
developmental period. They also described themselves as more
independent, dominant and responsible than at previous ages.
Based on this theory and the previous three stories, it’s
not a surprise that the farther students live away from home,
the closer relationship they have with their parents and more
independent they become.
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WHAT YOU
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SUICIDE,
DEPRESSION
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Getting your friend to talk to a counselor is important.
BY DIEGO GIRGADO
Most people don’t know the warning signs of someone
who is depressed or contemplating suicide. Look out
for a change in:
• Eating
• Sleeping
• Studying
• The use of alcohol or drugs
• The time spent with others
Also, notice if the person is exhibiting different
behaviors than normal, such as:
• Hyperactivity or excitement
• Lacking emotion
• Isolation or keeping to themselves
• Mood swings
Depression and suicidal thoughts and actions can be
triggered by:
• Stress (Academic or personal)
• Ending a relationship (friends, family, or
boyfriend/girlfriend)
• Bullying
If someone you know is showing signs of depression
or suicide, be sure to talk to him or her. Asking them
directly if he or she is depressed is difficult. Instead,
ask if they have gone through a recent traumatic
experience and remind them you are here for them.
Here are some more tips on how to help someone
deal with depression:
• Talk to someone that you trust
• Make plans with your friends
• Try not to be alone
• Meet new people
• Join a club or organization
If the person believes he/she is depressed or suicidal,
encourage them to go see a counselor. Remind them
that counseling is confidential and is a safe place to
open up. Also, tell them that admitting a problem is
not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
If you are ever in a state of crisis, call the national
suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273- 8255.
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STUDENTS’
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AGAINST
DEPRESSION
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BY DIEGO GIRGADO
Suicide is the second leading cause of death
among college students, according to The Blues Project at
California State University, Northridge.
Millions of college students are diagnosed with depression
every year and every year, some find suicide to be their only
answer. We see this in news headlines far too often.
But what drives these students to depression and suicide?
That answer may be different for every student; however,
bullying, the ending of a relationship and extreme amounts of
pressure or stress have been known to be contributing factors.
The Problem with Bullying
Even though some of us have left high school behind, bullying
still tends to follow us in college. Whether it is verbal, physical or
cyber bullying, young adults are not aware of the serious harm a
joke can cause to another person’s mental state.
Earlier this semester, a young woman named *Sarah tried to
commit suicide in her dorm room at California State University,
Northridge (CSUN). She was experiencing a form of bullying
when the people she thought were her friends continued to
use her. According to Sarah, they would only talk to her if they
needed something from her and yet they would gossip about
her relentlessly.
One day, it became too much and Sarah cut herself so
severely that she had to go to the hospital.
This so-called group of friends all played a role into why
Sarah cut herself. Looking back, she said she “went too far and
realized that [her] life was falling apart.”
Sadly, to this day, those people who contributed to her
suicide attempt continue to make fun of and bully her.
James Gumbrecht, the author of a 2013 CNN article,
mentioned how “people sometimes confused bullying with the
unfortunate -- but normal -- moments of angry, thoughtless or
hurtful behavior.” However, bullying another person is never
thoughtless; it’s a systematic attack that leaves someone beaten
and broken. It can even lead to dangerous and life threatening
situations, such as suicide.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do
Ending a serious and lasting relationship can take a toll on
anyone. Some find ways to cope with the separation, but others
are left suffering the emotional effects on their own.
*Denise, also a CSUN student, went through a difficult
break up with her now ex-boyfriend that left her feeling
depressed.
He was her first boyfriend, and she wanted the relationship
to be perfect. However, Denise said he was a flat out jerk to
her. He would allegedly verbally abuse her and make her feel
worthless about herself. All the while, Denise was also dealing
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with her mom’s battle with breast cancer.
Expressing how that experience “traumatized” her and
made her feel “ugly,” Denise said, “I didn’t notice the verbal
abuse until her best friend told me.”
She ended the relationship soon after that, but doing so left
her “emotionally scarred” and depressed.
When Stress and Pressure Become Too Much
According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, two
freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania committed suicide
during the third week of the new semester. The articles states
that students sometimes are over stressed, and the pressure is
just too much for them to handle, which could lead to suicidal
tendencies.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America notes,
“80 percent [of students] say they frequently or sometimes
experience daily stress.”
College is supposed to be a place filled with fun and
excitement, but it can also create unimaginable amounts of stress
and anxiety. Dealing with the pressure can become unbearable.
However, coping is possible through organization, exercise,
meditation and rest, just to name a few. The reason why many
college students fold or crack under the pressure is because they
can’t handle it all on their own – and because they don’t receive
outside help.
Getting Help
Dr. Kelly Greco, a clinical psychologist at the University of
Southern California, could not stress enough the importance
of awareness and prevention when it comes to depression. She
shared some online resources that college students can use if
they are experiencing signs of depression and suicide: Active
Minds, The Jed Foundation and Didi Hirsh.
“Depression is treatable through medication and therapy…
people just suffer in silence when they don’t have the strength to
speak up,” said Greco.
Sarah is an example of how medication and therapy do
help with depression. She has been getting the help she needs
and credited some of her recovery to her family. “They helped
me step back and reflect on how to move forward from this
experience…I never want to feel that way again,” she said.
Depression and suicide have become more apparent in today’s
society, and thousands of college students are still suffering in
silence. But through awareness, education and breaking the
silence, perhaps we will see fewer headlines in the news about
college students committing suicide.
*Names have been changed to protect students’ identities.
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COLLEGE CENTRAL: OPINION
WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND: STRESS
BY KENDALL ROBERTSON
Oh, college – the days of tanning on grassy knolls, adventures in the library book
stacks and late-night trips for inebriated noms (could also be: the joy of inebriated fourth meals).
As you recall your own college career years from now, these will be your fondest memories,
vivid amongst others you may be more inclined to repress: the hours spent cramming for finals,
that time (or times) you almost lost (or did lose) your laptop/tablet/cell phone and essentially, your
daily struggle to balance social life, being a student and getting a job.
Furthermore, if you’re really ambitious, you’ve also dedicated time to an on-campus job or
off-campus internship, at least one to two community service organizations, and how could we
forget that you’re a member of Greek life? That’s not just frat parties; it’s chapters, and dinners
and dues.
Plain and simple, college is a lot of work, a lot of pressure and a lot of stress.
With the pressure to succeed in numerous areas of college life, it’s not surprising students
experience a great deal of stress during the school year. In some extreme cases, stress and pressure
have been known to lead to depression and even thoughts of suicide among college students.
However, when dealt with correctly, students can prevent their daily pressures and stress from
having a devastating effect.
A few students from the University of Southern California shared their answers for dealing
with college’s demands.
“Coffee- coffee is how
I deal with stress,” says
Mallory Mudie, a senior
communications
major.
“Probably two or three cups
a day… I took yoga last
semester, so I’ve adopted yoga
breathing techniques. That’s
been very beneficial to me.
I am also a procrastination
eater- so instead of studying
or something, I’ll have a
snack.”
As an ‘SC lacrosse player,
freshman Kate Pederson
knows all about staying
active to keep stress at bay.
She said, “I deal with stress
by being with the people that
I really care about, and that
make me laugh. I try to get as
much sleep as possible, and
make sure to go workout or
something along those lines.”
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Allen Ng, a junior business
major, has a different
strategy for dealing with
stress: “Well… I skip class.
I don’t have much stress
during midterms or finals
or anything because I’m an
exchange student and only
need to pass my classes for
credit. But when I do get
stressed, I like to skip class
or eat. I think working out is
also good for stress.”
Ian Ritchey, a senior business
major, partakes in a variety
of activities to keep his
mind stress-free. “The key
is definitely staying active
and doing things you enjoy.
I handle stress in a couple of
different ways. For instance,
I love cooking. Then there’s
also working out and surfing.
Being outdoors is especially
important to me.”
Gal
Nagar,
a
senior
communications major, also
agreed with Ng: “For me, the
best way to deal with stress is
to keep active and stay busy.
When I have too much time
to think about stressors in my
life, those feelings of anxiety
and tension are heightened.
To avoid this, I make sure
to keep busy and deal with
things individually as they
come.”
Ritchey’s girlfriend, Charlotte
Sewell, is a sophomore
communications major who
is similar to her boyfriend
in that she turns to food
when stressed as well: “I
like cooking too, but when
I’m stressed, I actually just
order in. It saves time! Also,
I have a thing for sweets.
Beyond eating though, I have
a passion for dancing and
watching trashy TV.”
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JASON
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BEHAVES
BADLY IN
BAD WORDS
The actor talks sitting in the director’s chair & working with children in this hilarious comedy. “Nobody really needs to see another god damn
spelling bee movie,” said Jason Bateman when asked if his
new film, Bad Words, is saying something about the spelling bee
world. In truth, this new film is nothing like the films we’ve seen
in the past about spelling bees.
When you imagine spelling bees, typically it would consist
of driven, intelligent children supervised by their adoring
parents. However, Bad Words follows Guy Trilby (Bateman)
as he exploits loopholes in the system and uses it to his own
advantage. Guy’s unrelenting need to win the spelling bees and
his non-stop anger are simply a backdrop to his need to settle a
personal score in a ridiculously childish way.
The film opens with Guy entering a spelling bee for no
apparent reason apart from possibly causing havoc amongst the
parents as he easily defeats their children while contaminating
the youthful purity of the competition. Accompanying him on
his journey is reporter Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn) who
spends the majority of the film trying to deduce the absurd
reasoning behind Guy’s actions.
But despite a physical connection between the two, Guy
chooses to open up to 10-year-old Chaitainya Chopra (Rohan
Chand). Together, they spark an unusual connection, bonding over
absurd experiences and their deep investments in spelling bees.
For the first time, Bateman takes on the role of director and
protagonist. His debut film draws from his comedy background,
using his knowledge as an actor combined with his experience
working with a vast number of directors.
“Directors never have the chance to work with other
directors,” said Bateman. “They never see how any other director
does it.” However, he clearly learned from his time around
experienced directors, as he shows a keen eye for comedic timing
and uses unique stylistic choices, both visually and thematically.
Working with writer Andrew Dodge, Bateman found the
perfect combination of subtle and outrageous humor that is
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enticing, but still also has brief moments of true sincerity. Bad
Words is strung together with a lot of clever one-liners blanketed
by the larger joke regarding spelling bees. Physical humor
merged with verbal humor ensures a laugh, even if it is one
stemmed from an offensive joke. Vulgar language may not be
used sparingly, but it is used in effective ways that adds to the
nature of the story.
Although clearly a comedy, Bad Words is not without
its more humble and touching moments. Guy may be an
emotionally distant character, but he finds moments of
truthfulness alongside his trusty little companion, Chaitainya.
Perhaps he feels more comfortable around someone the same
age, maturity wise.
Bateman explained he was able to strike a balance between
making Guy relatable yet still remote. “That effort was a
complicated one – to make him emotionally available and
still be kind of standoff-ish. To make him likeable, yet overtly
prickly,” he said. “All of those things are tonal things; you use
different tools to execute them.”
One of the best things about the film is that Bateman
does not shy away from the explicit, crude or just plain childish
scenes. Many of them involve not just Bateman, but also his
young co-star, Chand. Their antics elevate the humor, especially
witnessing the naïve Chaitainya experience a whole lot of ‘firsts’
at the hands of Guy. Chand holds his own against the seasoned
comedy pro, and in some cases, he even steals the scene with his
raw curiosity that is both adorable and comical.
But how does one work with a child in a somewhat explicit
film? It is rated R, after all. Bateman explained he was not
worried about Chand doing the more “inappropriate” scenes.
“[Chand] and his parents obviously read the script before
they auditioned, as did all of the other kids in the movie,”
said Bateman. “They were comfortable with it. I felt a certain
obligation to explain what the comedic tone of the film was
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going to be, so that they could find some comfort in the fact that
it wasn’t gratuitous or arbitrary, that all of this ‘prickliness’ was
coming from a base of emotion and character.”
Despite his onscreen antics, Bateman has a subtle
touch, especially regarding the younger cast. “An actor who is
comfortable will give you the best stuff,” he said. “Being a child
actor was even more helpful since I started at the same age as
Rohan [Chand]. I remembered how I liked to be treated … it
made it a lot easier to make it a comfortable experience for him.”
Since it is a vastly young cast, there is an overwhelming
sense of innocence. All of which is exploited and tampered with
by Guy’s immaturity. This is mainly enacted through pranks that
may seem cruel on paper but are hilarious on screen. Bateman
remarked that he pulled from personal experience. “I was kind
of a dickhead when I was a kid,” he admitted. “It was fun to let
[my inner child] out and let him be Guy Trilby for a few weeks.”
However, Bateman is not alone with his comedic prowess.
Philip Baker Hall adds his name to the mix, bringing a sinister
atmosphere as a founder of the Golden Quill spelling bee. The
banter between Bateman and Hall is a treat to watch, as it is not
a battle of jokes but rather a clash of intelligence and snarky
comments.
Additionally, Allison Janney, who plays the almost neurotic
tournament director, is the nerdy version of a pageant mother.
Spelling bees are her life, and she cannot accept Guy ruining
them.
At the end of the day, being part of a movie engrossed in
the spelling bee circuit does not elevate your spelling standards.
In fact, Bateman confided, “All of the hard words I had to spell
were all written on big white cue cards off camera. I had to sneak
peeks at them…and I still misspelled them.”
Bad Words will be released in select theater March 14, 2014 and
will expand across the country on March 21 and March 28.
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FILM
CHECK
INTO WES
ANDERSON’S
COLORFUL
GRAND
BUDAPEST
HOTEL
BY COOPER COPELAND
Ralph Fiennes as “M.
Gustave” and Tony
Revolori as “Zero.”
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight
Revisiting the world of Wes Anderson is like opening a scratch
and sniff book. You see a piece of pretty, something that’s been
staged for you, and you think you’ve grasped its purpose.
Like a fruit and its smell, Anderson can’t help but ooze
what’s within: color and precise execution. However, what you
don’t anticipate in his films are the feelings that his images
conjure.
Despite his particularity and his deliberate, precise
placement of camera, actor and prop, Anderson simply does not
see himself as a calculator of meaning; he simply creates because
he feels. His process for his latest film, the masterfully crafted
comedy with severe dark twists The Grand Budapest Hotel, is no
different.
The story is set on the mountainside of the quaint Republic
of Zubrowka, where a hotel that surpasses all the rest in grandeur
and hospitality lies: the Grand Budapest Hotel. The ever-sodedicated concierge and old lady charmer Monsieur Gustave
prizes the propriety of his staff and hotel above all else, until his
most beloved senior mistress Madame D. (Tilda Swinton) dies
curiously and unexpectedly.
When she bequeaths to M. Gustave her most priceless
item, her family turns on him and is willing to destroy him at
all costs. However, they don’t know about Gustave’s precocious
new lobby boy who is willing to do anything to save M. Gustave
and the hotel.
The Grand Budapest Hotel’s concept evolved over several
years based on numerous inspirations—people, books and
music—entering Anderson’s life. It began about six years ago
when he sat down with his friend, illustrator Hugo Guinness, to
construct a character based on someone they knew. Throughout
the years, this character would transform into Monsieur
Gustave, the most loyal concierge of the most prestigious hotel
in all of fictional pre-war Eastern Europe. However, M. Gustave
was not always intended to be so.
“We couldn’t really figure out what happened next,” said
Anderson. “It was set in the present, and there was no hotel, and
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he wasn’t a concierge or anything. It was only many years later
that I became interested in Stefan Zweig’s work, which I had
never read before, and I had the thought to try to do something
Zweig-like… Suddenly we seemed to have all the key ingredients.
We then wrote the thing very quickly after that.”
For many of his films, Anderson often writes characters
with actors in mind, but for The Grand Budapest Hotel, there was
only one man who came to mind. As soon as he started to sink
his teeth into M. Gustave’s character, he could think of only one
person to take the part: Academy Award-winner Ralph Fiennes.
“There’s people that I think could do a turn at this character,
but I couldn’t think of anyone that could seem like a real person,
like this character was a real person whom you might meet,” said
Anderson.
Just like all of his past films, Anderson fills his latest
coloring book with familiar faces at every turn. Even the most
minor roles seem to have been filled by an Oscar-nominated
veteran. The film’s charm, however, lies in the hotel’s unknown
inhabitants.
When Tony Revolori heard that Anderson was avoiding
holding auditions in the States for the co-star position across
Fiennes, he figured he should move on to the next opportunity.
But after an unsuccessful manhunt around the globe,
Anderson returned to trusty Los Angeles to find two brothers
that were worth the home journey. Tony and his older brother
Mario found themselves as the finalists for the part, and despite
Mario’s meatier résumé, Tony snagged the role of a lifetime:
Zero, the lobby boy.
“It was good, you know, I broke his arm, he broke my leg,
but it was fine. No hard feelings,” said Revolori when asked how
Mario handled losing the part.
A precocious 17-year-old with a photographic memory and
described by Jeff Goldblum as “a young Ralph Macchio,” Revolori
stumbled into the mix of Anderson’s usual arsenal of actors and
crew – Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, cinematographer Bob
Yeoman, production designer Adam Stockhausen – along with
new additions that add even more star power to the engine:
Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham and Jude Law.
Revolori reveled at the idea to catch his big break with a
director “who can do what he wants and get what he wants no
matter what; no studios, no producers telling him ‘we don’t have
the money.’”
Unsurprisingly, Anderson came to set with ideas fleshed
out, via script, miniatures and, according to Goldblum,
animatics — “this moving animated storyboard that had all the
shots in the storyboard pretty much and the cuts and everything
and when there was dialogue he was voicing all the parts.”
Forming the habit after Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson arrived
in Germany (where The Grand Budapest Hotel was shot in its
entirety), with a specific vision that he rarely strayed from. In
rehearsals, if there were an article missing in the dialogue, he
would correct it. But none of the actors, including Goldblum
who trained in improv, find Anderson’s directing style
suffocating, strict or limiting.
“I wouldn’t call it rigid; I’d call it specific, which is one of
the most important words in the theatrical dictionary. It’s what
you want… It’s creatively inflaming and inspiring to be part of
something that works as a whole,” said Goldblum.
And this whole, this Grand Budapest Hotel, uncovers a first
in Anderson’s storytelling.
Instead of focusing centrally on the dysfunction of a
familial unit in some way, The Grand Budapest Hotel is about
what we do in the absence of family. Our heroes, M. Gustave
and Zero, are orphaned in respective ways, and both have found
refuge in this lavish, beautiful hotel. They fill that void of family,
which Anderson usually sets center stage, with friendship. By
doing so with the usual flare of mayhem, destruction and love,
Anderson creates something rich—a new smell if you will, that
is oh-so sweet.
The Grand Budapest Hotel releases in theaters Friday, March 7,
2014.
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FASHION
SAVVY STUDENT STYLES
College Students Battle L.A. Rain While Looking Fashionable BY KENDALL ROBERTSON
PHOTOS: Kendall Robertson
BEING COOL WITHOUT BEING COLD
In Starbucks, fellow grad student Rui Cui was enjoying a latte before heading to his film production classes.
Originally from Beijing, Cui’s style is a blend of cool and colorful. Dressed in a black leather jacket, dark jeans and black
boots, his otherwise dark appearance was offset by the red streaks in his hair and the vibrant red and pink image of a zebra
detailed on his shirt. With the final touch of a multi-colored scarf, Cui proves that when dressing for rainy weather, one can be
both practical and fashionable, radiating coolness effortlessly.
COMFY, CUTE & COZY
Spotted on her way to grab some coffee,
Stephanie Mayorga is a grad student at the
USC School of Dentistry. Stephanie’s style
is a collection of stylish, classic pieces from
San Francisco, her hometown and stomping
ground. From her polished navy peacoat
adorned with gold buttons to her casual lightblue button-down and well-loved black boots,
Mayorga’s clothes speak to her ability to find
a look that is mature, comfortable and cute.
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PRACTICAL MEETS FASHIONABLE
After facing Eastern Europe’s blistery
winter months last year, senior Dylan
Harris knows the importance of bundling
up when the weather turns grey. Layering
his favorite grey sweater with a black wool
jacket, Harris is the definition of that
which is both fashionable and utilitarian.
Important to note in this observation are
Harris’ sturdy, leather boots. These boots,
while certainly being useful for trekking
through the snow and sleet, are also easily
appreciated in less severe situations, such
as dinner and drinks in Downtown L.A.
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FASHION
Rainy days: they are something that Southern California college students rarely experience. Sure,
the drought hasn’t been helping, but even a regular spring season brings mostly sunshine and a
little drizzle.
For those few days when rainy droplets so kindly bless the SoCal soil, the world seems to stop.
Cars begrudgingly inch along the freeway, and students remain indoors, unsure of how to avoid
puddles in flip-flops. Consequently, food trucks are at a loss due to the lack of foot traffic.
Still, there are those students who rise above the calamity of the cold and grey, and thrive
during the wet season. These are students who don their coats, boots and scarves, eager to pull on
their layers and embrace the day. Several of these students can be found snuggling up in warm
corners of coffee shops or taking a walk to campus.
A few students from the University of Southern California have been photographed here to
inspire your next rainy day ensemble:
L.A. GRUNGE WITH A LITTLE EDGE
A Manhattan Beach native, senior Molly First is all about rocking her L.A. style to the fullest when
tackling stormy weather. Her trendy black and white color combo, complete with a black leather
jacket, black leggings and black leather boots, give this ray of sunshine a darker look. Her fabulous
smile, a white T-shirt and the delicate gold headband adorning her hair offset her otherwise grungy
appearance down to the messy bun, of cool, trendy and a little bit edgy.
BRIGHT & SHINY
Casey McCloskey, a junior
psychology major, makes the most
of L.A.’s chilly days with outfits that
are the perfect mixture of all that
is cute, classy and fun. She wears
her beloved black jeans and long,
navy jacket when keeping warm.
McCloskey then balances these
dark colors with her magnificent
strawberry blonde hair, a gorgeous
collection of colorful scarves and
her favorite her tall, brown boots.
This classic, stylish look helps
McCloskey triumph over any
obstacles that the gloomy weather
attempts to throw her way.
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SLICK MINUS THE “WET”
The last individual found using the rainy weather to his advantage was
budding fashion designer, Huy Lu.
Lu is a senior graphic/editorial design major who was recently
awarded an YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Geoffrey Beene National
Scholarship. The contrast of Lu’s black leather jacket, light-colored jeans
and black boots, immediately grabs your attention. Accomplishing his
dynamic look with clothes that are both trendy and approachable, Lu
utilizes every aspect of his outfit to speak to his passion. Down to the
soft, supple leather of his brown, side-slung backpack, he proves that a
little drizzle is no reason to give up on looking good.
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FASHION
THRIFTING 102:
HOW TO
THRIFT
Your guide to
finding the best
items.
BY LAURA KOELLER
There’s a formula to
shopping at a thrift
store that’s different
from shopping at a
department store.
Upon entering a thrift store, the first thing you notice
is that there is a lot of stuff in there. Like, racks upon racks of
it. Some of it’s cool, some of it’s strange, and some of it toes the
line between the two. The mission is to see what side each item
falls on.
Realistically, there will be times when nothing will be worth
even the tiny price tag it has. But when magic strikes, the reward
of finding something unique and entirely imbued with history
that costs next to nothing makes all the effort totally worth it.
It takes a good eye, but more importantly it takes patience
– lots and lots of patience.
Here are some tips to make the process a bit more
manageable:
Check Out the Men’s Section
Maybe this is just me, but I have a definite propensity for
oversized men’s shirts. There’s just something about flannel that
makes an incredibly comforting sweater alternative. It has an
I-woke-up-like-this kind vibe that can only be achieved with a
something that was actually cut for a man. I also tend to go for
some of the men’s dress shirts. I’ve gotten some that are long
enough to be worn with belts and leggings, and it technically
qualifies as a shirtdress. Or at least in my book.
torso, but obviously my arms are longer than those of a 12-yearold boy’s. Once I rolled them up, however, I had an adorable
makeshift quarter-length sleeve jacket for a few bucks.
Browse the Bag Selection
And when I say, “browse,” I mean comb through. I have
(occasionally) found designer bags nestled amongst the random
selection, such as Valentinos strung up against the wall with the
awkward plastic backpacks. It takes an eye to tell what is real and
what isn’t. Genuine leather is often easy enough to distinguish,
and finding a leather bag for $10 is totally worth it. For those
of us with qualms about purchasing leather goods new, getting
them secondhand can alleviate many of these issues, while still
rewarding you with a durable item.
Weed Through the Belts
Belts tend to be a hole in my wardrobe, one that is difficult to
fill. You need some good, staple leather ones, but purchasing
them is a bit tiresome. Throwing a belt around it is one of my
go-to ways of mixing up old, tired clothes. Every belt’s different
thickness and color changes the effect it has on your ensemble,
so having a good variety is key. Acquiring a bunch at a thrift
store is a manageable way to spice up your wardrobe and add
some needed variety.
Visit the Little Boy’s Section
Another place you may not otherwise look is the little boy’s
section. Check out the size XL blazers if you’re a petite lady
looking for a new, basic blazer. I bought one that fits in the
Dress in Proper Attire
I am a firm believer in the idea that one needs to try on clothes
before you purchase them, even at a thrift store. If all you have to
go off of is the numbered size, you have no way of knowing if it
will actually fit. Even things that aren’t supposed to fit perfectly,
you have to determine if the garment is going to have a cool,
slouchy vibe or swallow you whole. Again, the line is fine, and
trying something is the only way of knowing.
Most thrift stores don’t have fitting rooms, so in order to
try things on, you have to be a little more inventive. I like to wear
leggings and a tank top so I can slip everything on over them
and have an idea of how they would actually fall. Yeah, it’s a bit
grimy, but this is the stage where you really get to weed through
things and see what you are actually working with when you
get there. My friends and I tend to fill up our carts and then try
everything on in the end, hanging up our yes and no piles. This
gives you the ability to pick up everything you find remotely
interesting or intriguing and see what works and what doesn’t.
It’s surprising what you will find at a thrift store. Try on a few
things, and step out of your comfort zone a bit. Thrift store
clothes don’t have to be costumes or adhere to a particular
aesthetic. Just because you don’t drink soy lattes out of a mason
jar doesn’t mean you can’t find some items there that will fit
in with your wardrobe. If you find a thrift store in a good area,
odds are it will more consistently have things you’d be interested
in. It’s not the same as shopping at a department store, but
looking through the remnants of other people’s lives and seeing
what you can find to fit into yours has its own unique rewards.
This bag was first produced in the
‘80s and has since been reissued,
retailing for $198. I got the original in
near-perfect condition for only $5.
THRIFT SHOP
GEMS VS.
DEPARTMENT
STORE ITEMS
These items that I bought at a thrift store
went for MUCH less than their retail price!
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Similar styles to these Ann Taylor pants retail for $129 new; I got
mine for $1.50 on a half-price day at my local Village Discount. I
made them slightly more contemporary by rolling up the bottoms.
I probably use this Giani Berenini bag half the time I step out of my
room, and it cost me $8. Similar styles are on ebay for about $50,
though a new one would probably be more than $100.
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MUSIC
ASHANTI GETS
COURAGEOUS WITH
BRAVEHEART
THE GLITCH MOB TO BRING ‘ADVENTURE
DANCE MUSIC’ TO COACHELLA 2014
Robert Ector
BY SYDNEY CHAMPION
Grammy
Award-winning, multi-platinum
singer Ashanti is making a comeback in the music
world with her long-awaited album Braveheart, which
is currently available.
In a recent phone interview with Campus Circle,
the singer/songwriter shares her thoughts on the new
album, offers some sound advice for young people
and explains how Braveheart is representative of
everything she has been going through over the years.
How would you describe your new album in three
words?
Free, organic, sincere and vulnerable. I used four
(laughs).
What’s your favorite song off of the new album and
why?
Oh, that’s a very tough question! My favorite song off
of Braveheart…There are so many! If I had to pick
three songs that tell a complete story, I would go with
“Nowhere,” “Scars” and “First Real Love,” because you
go from happy to sad to loyalty. That is kind of what
my experience has been going into this new album.
You put college aside to pursue your music dreams.
Looking back, how do you feel about that decision
and what would you recommend to young people in
a similar situation who are deciding whether to go
to college or take a different route?
It’s really important to always have something to
fall back on. I think it’s important to have some kind
of foundation. I don’t ever want to deter anyone from
not getting their education, because knowledge is 100
percent power. The smarter you are, the farther you’ll
go.
But I think it’s important to follow your passion
as well. It’s just really, really important to have
something to fall back on because trust and believe,
there are a lot of broke artists (laughs). So, don’t be
fooled!
…If you have a fire inside, I think it’s really
important to pay attention to it, but do it in the
smartest way possible. Take into consideration this
economy – oh my god, it’s complete different from
what it was back when I came out 12 years ago.
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The Glitch Mob originated in L.A., when it was originally a five-member group.
BY PATRICK MEISSNER
Ah yes, spring is almost here. The sun is shining
brighter, the days are longer, the birds are chirping, and oh
yes, it’s Coachella season. You’ve probably got your wristband
already, and if not, you’re probably scheming to nab one from
either a friend or a stranger on Craigslist.
Once you get there, you’re probably fixing to get yourself
a good dose of some electro. Some heavy bass lines maybe?
Perhaps some kind of far out, trippy, chest-rattling, dubstep-y
speaker noise to compliment that gorgeous desert backdrop?
If any of this is ringing true, you probably already know where
you’re going to be both Friday nights (April 11 and 18): you’ll be
in the crowd watching the Glitch Mob, and you’ll probably have
your mind blown.
“We’re really grateful to be playing Coachella,” said Glitch
“Mobber” Edward Ma during a recent interview with Campus
Circle. “I think for any artist, being able to play in the Sahara tent
is a high honor.”
No stranger to the West Coast festival scene, the Glitch Mob
has been a Coachella regular for years. Beginning in the early
2000s, when the festival was still in its infancy, the trio started as
guest DJs for the Do Lab, back when the Do Lab was still so new
that it wasn’t even in the center of the festival.
The Glitch Mob used its Coachella exposure to grow a little
bit more every year. By 2010, the group had grown out of the Do
Lab stat and moved to the bottom of Sunday’s lineup. This year,
the Glitch Mob returns to the Coachella lineup – only this time,
we them billed on the third line alongside notable acts such as
HAIM, AFI and Bonobo.
At the time of our interview, the three-piece was expecting
its set to take place in the Sahara tent. However, a source from
the group’s production staff more recently said that the group
is considering moving its performance to the Mojave. Why you
ask? Because the stage has more room. It’s deeper, and a little bit
wider. The Glitch Mob can fit its whole setup there, including
audio and visual equipment. If it were in the Sahara, the group
would likely be confined to a just table on top of a platform.
“We’re just trying to make a full Glitch Mob experience,
everything from the visual content to the instruments that we
play, to the custom crafted sets,” said group member Justin
Boreta. “Every element is important to us, and we have our
hands in almost every element of the Glitch Mob. It’s more than
just us making music; it’s a lot of things.”
A Glitch Mob performance in the Mojave tent would
potentially be far superior to one in the Sahara. Aside from
having the full audio and visual experience, the Mojave tent
would also provide a more intimate setting, one where the
crowd would be comprised of people who actually follow the
group, whereas any performance in the Sahara tent will have a
default crowd of twitching ravers who don’t leave that one stage
for the entire weekend.
The group agrees the crowd has a lot to do with their overall
performances. Glitch ‘Mobber’ Josh Mayer, aka Ooah, said, “The
way that we look at it is: although in the literal sense the three of
us are technically ‘the Glitch Mob.’ But the Glitch Mob really is
all the fans out there and all the people out there that help create
the Glitch Mob experience. I think that another way to look at
it is, we are merely the facilitators that help to tell everybody’s
collective story.”
The Glitch Mob is going to be touting material from its
new album Love, Death, and Immortality. Boreta describes the
album as “adventure dance music.”
Musically, Love, Death, and Immortality is pretty intense;
it’s deep and aggressive. Selected tracks from this album should
make for a high-energy performance. Edward Ma, aka edIT, puts
it more eloquently: “If our last album was introverted, this next
album is extroverted.”
Fans are definitely anticipating the Glitch Mob’s upcoming
performance and so are electro aficionados that are merely
familiar with the name. The group has been doing work
throughout the California electro scene for years, and the three
have definitely paid their dues. More than just about anyone on
Friday night’s lineup, this is a group that absolutely deserves to
be there.
“It’s a dream come true, we’re extremely grateful,” said
edIT. “And you know, really it would only be possible with all
the love and support of our fans.”
The Glitch Mob will be playing Coachella on Friday, April 11 & 18.
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NEWS
NEWS&VIEWS
The latest from Los Angeles and Beyond.
L.A. DEEMED WORST U.S. CITY TO FIND A JOB
To all of the soon-to-be UCLA, USC, CSULA, etc. graduates, if
you’re thinking about staying in Los Angeles to find a job, think
again.
According to the personal finance site WalletHub, L.A. is
the worst city in America to find a job, reports LA Weekly. In
conducting its “The Best Cities to Find a Job” report, WalletHub
reportedly looked at the number of job openings, employment
growth, unemployment, diversity of industry, the number of
part-timers, the number of workers living in poverty, the cost
of living and more. Cities that ranked the highest include Fort
Worth, Texas (#1), Washington DC (#2), Tampa, Fla. (#3),
Arlington, Texas (#4) and Dallas, Texas (#5).
UC PUSHES TO LOOSEN UNDERAGE DRINKING LAWS
FOR STUDENTS
A new bill is being proposed to allow underage drinking. But
before you get too excited, please note that this bill is pushing
for underage drinking only for academic, not party, purposes.
Underage students enrolled in brewing, viticulture and
oenology classes are met with the problematic reality that they
can’t legally taste the drinks they have made. These classes are
dedicated to growing grapes and making wine out of them, but
how will students who make the wine know if it is any good?
According to the Huffington Post, the University of California
is fully supporting a bill proposed by assembly member Wesley
Chesbro, which will award these students special tasting
Jonathan Knight, a 25-year-old graduate of Cal
Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, passes
out resumes on Wilshire Blvd. last year.
BY CAMPUS CIRCLE STAFF
privileges. Jason Murphy, UC legislative director, also agrees that
tasting the wine is vital to understanding the science behind the
process.
150 COLLEGES JOIN INITIATIVE TO GET MORE STUDENTS
TO STUDY ABROAD
Generation Study Abroad (GSA), a new initiative by the Institute
of International Education (IIE), has succeeded in reeling in
more than 150 colleges and universities to commit to specific,
measurable actions that will help reach the initiative’s goal of
doubling the number of U.S. college students studying abroad.
The initiative is striving to have more college students studying
abroad so that they will graduate with the skills and knowledge
needed to become successful in a globalized world. IIE president
Dr. Allan Goodman said, “Globalization has changed the way
the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for
workers who have international skills and expertise.” IIE states
fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at
some point in their academic career. This number is far too low
according to the institute’s standards. By the end of the decade,
GSA wants the number of students studying abroad to increase
from 295,000 to 600,000.
STUDENT LOANS CAN HURT OVERALL ECONOMY
Student loans are proving to be more troublesome, not just for
the students but also for the entire economy as well. According
to Time magazine, student loan debt can negatively affect the
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overall economy. With students owing thousands of dollars, and
even hundreds of thousands of dollars, they will be less likely
to contribute to the economy by making big purchases such
as buying a house, a car, and other goods and services. One
economist told Time, “My personal view is that the increasing
reliance on student loans for financing college education is going
to be a drag on consumption for some time.” American students’
debt has increased exponentially within the last 10 years, reports
Time. In 2003, students owed $253 billion in aggregate debt; in
2013, the number increased by 300 percent to a staggering $1.08
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