Fans, stars converge at Los Angeles Comic Con

November 5, 2017

By Frank Portillo The seventh annual Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con featured a star-studded lineup of celebrities and creators this past weekend, with the biggest being Dwyane “the Rock” Johnson. Some attendees wore costumes of their favorite popular culture characters, shopped at the multiple vendors, met with some of their favorite creators and attended panels that took place throughout the weekend. The convention, which is a relatively new one, attracts…

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Dodgers mania: true fans or just posers?

November 1, 2017

By Frank Portillo With the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series, a lot of bandwagon fans have come out of nowhere. The sea of blue and white jerseys, shirts, hats and even car flags is impossible to escape and begs the question: “Where were all of these fans before the success of the Dodgers?” The term fanatic is subjective. The definition of what constitutes one as a sports fan…

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Love misguided in ‘Blood Wedding’

October 25, 2017

By Frank Portillo “Blood Wedding” could have been a great way to spend the holiday season, but the play fails to overcome mediocrity due to weak performances and a lackluster ending. The latest Theater Department production follows two characters that are in love with each other but are being pulled apart by society. Leonardo is married with a child but still lusts over the character known only as The Bride….

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‘Blood Wedding’ debuts Friday

By Frank Portillo The first play of the semester, “Blood Wedding,” is set to debut Friday. The play is based on a story by Federico Garcia Lorca from the ‘30s and is meant to be a commentary on society at the time of its inception. “Blood Wedding” focuses on Leonardo, played by Michael Herrera, who falls in love with The Bride, played by Miriam Menendez, despite the fact that she…

October 18, 2017
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Jason lives in new multiplayer game

October 18, 2017

By Frank Portillo The extremely violent and entertaining “Friday the 13th” was released Friday, which happened to be the thirteenth. The game gives players the ability to control the machete-wielding Jason Vorhees and hapless camp counselors. “Friday the 13th” is currently only playable online and requires an internet connection and Xbox Live account. Having a headset can sometimes be the difference between winning and losing matches. Being able to communicate…

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Gender neutral bathrooms open on campus

October 11, 2017

By Frank Portillo In compliance with Assembly Bill-1732, single-use bathrooms have been made available on campus during the 2017 Summer semester. The bill was signed by governor Jerry Brown last September and “requires all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency to be identified as all-gender toilet facilities, as specified. It also “authorizes inspectors, building officials, or other local officials responsible for code…

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Unfamiliar mutants shine in ‘The Gifted’

By Frank Portillo “The Gifted” has potential to develop into an interesting look at lesser known X-Men characters with a solid pilot episode. The new series is one of the many comic book shows that have come to television recently. Going up against the other superhero shows that are so popular, “The Gift” finds a way to make its C-list characters worthy of their own show. The show is set…

October 5, 2017
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Sexism loses in ‘Battle’

October 5, 2017

By Frank Portillo Emma Stone delivers a powerful and gripping performance as tennis star Billie Jean King in “Battle of the Sexes.” Set in the 1970s, when sexism and homophobia was prevalent in society and media, the film tells a story of dealing with the obstacles that arise from these issues. The film not only focuses on the huge tennis match that took place in the ‘70s between the female…

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Artist’s love for cartoon inspired his newly-created mural

October 4, 2017

By Frank Portillo Student David Queponds has been using the E3 building as a canvas for his chalk artwork this semester. Currently, the artwork features characters from his favorite television show titled “Rick and Morty.” The animated sci-fi comedy shows the smartest scientist in the universe, Rick, taking his grandson Morty on wild adventures deeply embedded in the best aspects of science fiction. The characters are used to putting their…

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Kingsman plot holes dull ‘The Golden Circle’

September 28, 2017

By Frank Portillo While as entertaining and action-packed as the first, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” contains too many plot holes and becomes too predictable to be a great film. Based on the popular comics by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, the sequel to the 2014 hit follows Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton, who is now following in his deceased father’s footsteps as a member of the Kingsman secret service agency. Right…

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