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After both the victory and the concession speeches have been delivered and the confetti has been swept off of the floor, there comes a moment when the American people ask themselves, “Now what?” This past Tuesday, Saint Mary’s College of California held a post-election discussion panel for students, faculty, and community members, and had panelists chewing at the tough questions. 

The panel, moderated by Father Mike Russo, contained a host of faculty who followed the election very closely, from politics professors Steve Woolpert and Steve Sloane, to Liberal & Civic Studies professor Monica Fitzgerald, to Tim Farley, the Director of Community and Government Relations. Father Russo kicked off the event by providing background into the election, as well as introducing the commonly perceived images of “no drama Obama” and the very wealthy Governor Romney. With these images, the panel attempted to dissect the media narrative of the presidential race.
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I am a part of the millennial generation. I have a Facebook, a Twitter, an Instagram, and yes, from time to time I take great joy in watching shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and The X Factor. My everyday speech is littered with acronyms like LOL and my text messages are often sprinkled with hashtags.

Yes, today’s college students are a far cry from the “beatniks, radicals, and filthy speech advocates” that Ronald Regan once spoke about in the 1960s during his time as the governor of California. Read the rest of this entry »

This past Thursday, Bay Area News Group photographer Karl Mondon visited Ginny Prior’s American Journalism class at Saint Mary’s College of California. During his visit, Mondon, a seasoned photographer with over twenty-five years of experience, showed the class important techniques in shooting news photographs. Additionally, Mondon was able to share some of his past experiences in photo and video.

During the tutorial and demonstration portion of the visit, Mondon and the class ventured outside in the gloomy November weather, as gusts of wind sent scarves and bundles of hair dancing into the air. He took many shots of Beau Levesque, one of the journalism students, and explained what angles were most flattering for women (from above) and men (from below). Additionally, he had the rest of the class gather around him in order to better frame the shot.

Mondon continued his tutorial by having the class gather in various locations, from the parking lot to the library. At the end of the tour, Mondon was able to take photos of the students running from the rain, which turned from a light drizzle into a steady beating of drops.

While Mondon is best known for his photo work, he also has a good handle on video. During the indoor portion of the visit, the photographer showcased his work at the 2012 London Olympics. However, he covered the less-known sport of race-walking. He explained that he was only able to cover a few events “because my name isn’t NBC.” Along the same lines, Mondon was clear that many times he didn’t get to pick his assignments – though his gig with the World Series Champs San Francisco Giants was not too shabby. Many students reacted to his photographs with various head nods, mouthings of “wow,” and raised eyebrows – which served as a true testament to his ability as a photographer. Reactions are key in a good photograph, and judging by ways that people were affected, it seems that Mondon was effective.

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From left to right: Facilitator Emmett McIntyre (’13), Keelia Murphy (’11), Eliot Jackson (’13), Aly Runke (’16), Sophia Anguilla (’15), and Michael Urbina (’14)

This past Wednesday, as various wigs, hats, and deep green ladyfingers were displayed across campus, the Women’s Resource Center hosted an event entitled Changing Perceptions: Stories from the LGBTQIA Community. The panel discussion, facilitated by student Emmett McIntyre, highlighted the unique experiences of Saint Mary’s students who identify as LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Ally). McIntyre, who was also responsible for coordinating the event and gathering the panelists, was interested in this event because he noticed that discussions about the LGBTQIA experience almost always focused on the while males. According to McIntyre, the panel discussion allowed for “a more diverse look at the experience.”

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Sesquicentennial feature on Community Time Barbecues as a Saint Mary’s tradition.