by Shaelyn Saraceni
Since 2001, child slavery on cocoa plantations in Africa has been illegal. The major chocolate manufacturers (Nestle, Cargill, ADM, and Barry Callebaut) signed an agreement, called the Harkin-Engel Protocol, to help combat child slavery. Since then, has it gotten any better?
Chocolate is mass-consumed to the point where, especially on holidays, it is almost celebrated (or at least related to the thought of celebrating). “Trick or Treat!” or “Happy Anniversary, here is your favorite chocolate,” or “Happy Mother’s Day,” or “Happy Birthday,” or “Happy Valentine’s Day.” The list of reasons to buy chocolate is endless. It’s a sweet treat that many people consume, and it doesn’t even have to be a special occasion to delight in this tasty confection.
by Andrew Mukuru Bakaine
What does the comedian do when there is no room left for humor?
Part I: The Intuition of Ignorance
It had become somewhat of a ritual for my brother and I to watch him. The African, as one of his correspondents calls him—ironically so, for this correspondent is a black man himself. The Man who witnessed the birth of Simba, he jokes, underneath a fully aware, wry smile. The Man who was “born a crime,” a phrase which became the provocative title of his new book. The Diversity hire, inheriting with the right of that title the responsibility (burden) of bringing a “different perspective” that Americans never cease to crave.
by Shania Pence
Starting Summer 2017, the student semester parking pass will raise by $5.00. For summer, the semester pass will be $30.00 and the Fall and Spring semester passes will be $40.00 for all colleges in the Los Rios Community College District. The motorcycle semester pass will be $25.00.
Individuals on Student Senate were passing out flyers informing students the parking fee will be going up at the Clubs and Events Board’s Club Fair on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. When asked why the raise was happening, a Student Senate member said it was due to the Los Rios Police Department being understaffed from individuals leaving for higher paying jobs.
The price with the BOG Waiver will also be going up by $5.00 making the semester passes $20.00 for Summer and $30.00 for Fall and Spring.
While the semester passes will rise in price, the daily parking passes will remain at $2.00.
“City of stars, just one thing everybody wants. There in the bars, and through the smokescreen of the crowded restaurants. It's love, yes all we’re looking for is love, from someone else.”
La la land is an enchanting and heartbreaking film, following the lives of Mia (Emma Stone), a young, penniless, aspiring actress; and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a broke, passionate, ambitious jazz pianist. The pair meet in a difficult time in their lives. Mia has just finished yet another disheartening audition, in which she’s ignored by the casting directors again. Feeling discouraged, she walks out to her car and finds it towed. Not knowing what to do, she starts on foot through Los Angeles, the “City of Stars,” back to her apartment. On the way, she hears a lovely piano tune drifting out of a nearby restaurant, and decides to go inside. It is there she meets Sebastian, who, incidentally, has just gotten fired due to lack of creative conformity.
by Jasmine Rose
There are many different kinds of love. For example, there’s platonic love, romantic love, familial love, the love of travelling, and the addicting kind of love that I seem to have for coffee and chocolate. With all these different forms of love, I often wonder why we tend to hyper-focus on the one specific kind of love that most single people dread on Valentine's day: Romantic Love.
Now, I do have to admit that when I came up with the original idea for this article, it was going to be about Anti-Valentine's day; about my defiant, bitter rebellion against the mushy gushy traditions of “love” day. Originally, I wanted to state how bitter my friends and I are about the overly advertised commercialism surrounding it, and how we didn’t need boyfriends/girlfriends or that special someone on Valentine's day. We didn’t need, and didn’t want, someone to cuddle with or to bring us the flowers we could only dream of receiving. We would roll our eyes at couples passing by, showing off their significant others with public displays of affection and pride. We would scoff at the Instagram posts of our friends and how they received chocolates, flowers, teddy bears, and heart shaped balloons from their partner. We were willing and ready to sit in our PJ’s with tissue boxes and ice cream and movies to accompany us (which I will most likely do anyways). Movies that would more than likely remind us of the pang in our hearts that comes from being alone on Valentine's day. This is a sharp reminder of being alone, and that we didn’t have a Judd Nelson or a Patrick Dempsey or Humphrey Bogart to kiss us on the back of a lawn mower, or thrusting their fists into the air because they know they got us, or kissing in the rain with complete passion while about to leave on an airplane for Paris possibly to never see each other again.
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