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Former SMC Student Arsi Nami Prevails Through His Art

Former SMC Student Arsi Nami Prevails Through His Art

Mazyar Mahdavifar, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under Culture, Top Stories

_____________________________________________________   When the war between Iran and Iraq expanded into the main cities, Arsi Nami was about four years old. His family lived in the ancient, cultural city of Shiraz, Iran. Every day warplanes flew, dropping their bombs on residential areas a...

Film Review: Tickling Giants

Film Review: Tickling Giants

Mazyar Mahdavifar, Staff Writer
April 19, 2017
Filed under Culture, Reviews, Top Stories, Trending Stories

“If your regime isn't strong enough to take a joke, then you don't actually have a regime.” - Jon Stewart   In 2012, Sara Taksler, one of the senior producers for The Daily Show met an interesting guest on Jon Stewart’s show. He was Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian cardiac surgeon who had deci...

Adulthood in Limbo

Angelica Ramos, Staff Writer
April 19, 2017
Filed under Culture, Trending Stories

Foster Care College Students struggle to find success between the cracks. Transitioning out of foster care and attending college is a difficult move that some must make. When a foster child turns 18 in the state of California, he or she suddenly goes from being part of “the system,” to being ...

A Neon Valley – What the Desert Rains Mean for You

A Neon Valley – What the Desert Rains Mean for You

Abraham Barkhordar, Staff Writer
April 19, 2017
Filed under Culture, Top Stories, Trending Stories

Super Bloom in the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve   Southern California has been mired in an epic drought since 2012. Our hills have been painted drab brown through these dry seasons, but the recent rains have changed all that. The drought is over and the rain has brought new, vibrant colors ...

Ghost in the Shell is a Major Disappointment?

Ghost in the Shell is a Major Disappointment?

Jade Lew, Staff Writer
April 17, 2017
Filed under Culture, Reviews, Trending Stories

Exciting action scenes? Check. Dazzling special effects? Check. A good plot? Not so much. The Japanese media franchise “Ghost in the Shell” is the latest animated classic to be adapted into a live-action movie. Despite the film’s stunning visual effects and action-packed scenes, the story unfortunately...

After School Getaway at Point Dume

After School Getaway at Point Dume

Abraham Barkhordar, Staff Writer
April 11, 2017
Filed under Culture, Trending Stories

  Point Dume is located just a short 30-minute drive along the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica College. Once there, you’ll be greeted by a picturesque view of the Pacific Ocean, golden yellow flowers, and, if you’re lucky, migrating whales. The point’s close location and scenic...

Feathers Fly In Downtown Los Angeles

Feathers Fly In Downtown Los Angeles

Matthew Martin, Staff Photographer
April 10, 2017
Filed under Culture, Top Stories, Trending Stories, Uncategorized

  The feathers were flying in downtown Los Angeles on April 1, 2017, also known as April Fools Day. Hundreds of revelers and pillow fight enthusiasts traded soft blows in LA’s Pershing Square in a giant pillow fight that would dwarf even the biggest slumber party slugfests. “Get ready...

Abbot Kinney: The Ugly Face of Gentrification

Abbot Kinney: The Ugly Face of Gentrification

Matthew Martin, Staff Photographer
April 8, 2017
Filed under Culture, Top Stories, Trending Stories, Uncategorized

  If there’s one street that embodies the gentrification of Los Angeles neighborhoods, it’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. For years, Venice, Calif. was synonymous with laid-back surfers, a lively arts community, and gritty streets that many diverse people called home. It was not a...

14 Factory in Los Angeles

14 Factory in Los Angeles

Jazz Shademan, Staff Photographer
April 5, 2017
Filed under Culture, Media, Trending Stories

Among all the art shows scattered all over Los Angeles, none give you a sense of vast of openness and wonder like The 14th Factory. Its artists have come all the way from Hong Kong, China to bring 14 large-scale and interactive installations. The gallery was conceived by Hong Kong-based British artist...

Working Students of SMC

Working Students of SMC

Edward Lee, Staff Writer
April 4, 2017
Filed under Culture, On campus, Top Stories, Trending Stories, Uncategorized

Her eyes betray hidden exhaustion but instantly light up when she speaks. Her black jacket and muted grey shirt are elegantly simplistic, drawing all attention to her statement piece, a scarf – vibrant in its deep hues of brown, patterned by red diagonals, it whispers hints of her rich cultural back...

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Power of Media

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Power of Media

Daniel Lee, Contributor
April 4, 2017
Filed under Culture, Media, Top Stories, Trending Stories, Uncategorized, Video

In the late 1960s, the media harassed and vilified Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most significant figures in the civil rights movement. But why?

Da Poetry Lounge: A Dinner Table of Artists

Da Poetry Lounge: A Dinner Table of Artists

Chelsey Sanchez, Digital Editor
March 28, 2017
Filed under Culture, Trending Stories

“We start off every week by asking: ‘Brutha Gimel, what did you do this weekend?’” It’s a loaded question that Shihan Van Clief, the host and co- founder of Da Poetry Lounge, asks in front of an audience of more than 250 people. Some are like family, loyal artists and listeners who have...