by Kamea Pascua
The characters produced in Lady Bird are flawed right down to perfection. I adore the film. I’m annoyed at how relatable the mother-daughter relationship is. If anything, the movie is a massive slap in the face to reality, which—in a weird entirely not masochistic way— made me love it.
I will not deny that it is a “coming of age” story as advertised, but it’s also more than that. It’s the forming of a young woman (Lady Bird). Her shaping, her obliviousness to the world around her, and all that seems discredited in a simple statement such as "coming of age." The plot, as well as its characters, are real, raw, and beautifully morphed throughout. The film is stunning. But it doesn’t stop there. It subtly mentions critical political aspects that were relevant at the time (2002), i.e., abortion, gay rights, and terrorism, which keeps the film more grounded.
by Shaelyn Saraceni
Americans are great at making excuses to binge drink and party, so it isn’t surprising that we decided to embraced St. Patrick’s day.
Kids get to search for leprechauns, eat chocolate gold coins, and wear green. Adults get to drink, party, and wear green.
Growing up, I never questioned the tradition of wearing green, getting pinched if I didn’t wear green, eating corned beef and cabbage, or building a trap for a leprechaun. I reflect back on these tradition with fondness. I’ll never forget the time in kindergarten when my mom and I made a leprechaun house out of popsicle sticks, but the floor had a trick rug with a mechanism underneath to catch anything that tried to get the candy behind the rug. We all set our traps up the day before St. Patrick’s day in the classroom. When we came to class the next day, there was a green bucket of paint knocked over and little green footprints all over the classroom. I was exhilarated and following the footprints. They led to my trap, but when I checked it, there was no leprechaun, only a cheap plastic gold coin. That little trickster got away, and I was crushed.
by Caitlin Howery
Why did I sign myself up for this? I hate scary movies. I’ve only seen two horror flicks: “Insidious,” and “The Devil Inside.” Both were creepy as fuck. So today, it’s not even the crazy killer clown that frightens me. My dad used to dress up like a clown. He had the entire outfit. He wore the giant red shoes, the crazy polka dot pants and shirt, and he even had the huge red nose that squeaked obnoxiously when you squeezed it. So clowns have never been a legitimate fear for me. I’m just afraid of scary movies. Because I’m likely to piss myself while watching this, I asked my boyfriend to go with me. I have to suffer, so my boyfriend must suffer too.
I’ve never felt so inclined to say the word, “Ew.” I probably said, “Ew” at least twenty or thirty times throughout the movie. Every time the word launched itself from my lips, my boyfriend would look over at me and laugh. Anytime I was shocked or scared, all I could manage to say was “Ew.” I think it was my own weird way to avoid screaming or jumping out of my seat.
by Shania Pence
The Associated Students of Folsom Lake College will be hosting the first ever Spirit Week from October 31st to November 3rd. The week is leading up to three home sporting matches (men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball).
On Tuesday, October 31st, there will be a costume contest. Participants are asked to post a picture on social media using the hashtag #ThisIsFalconFun and tagging @asflclosrios to be entered to win a prize. There will also be a Men’s Soccer home game against Santa Rosa at 4:00pm where people can be entered into the prize drawing.
by Shania Pence
On Monday, October 30th, the Feminist Alliance Club will be holding a showing of “Wonder Woman” in the large lecture hall, FL3-173, at 5pm. This will be the first movie showing for Feminist Alliance, but they plan to show others in the future.
Feminist Alliance Club was created by students interested in fostering an inclusive community on campus and educating the community about gender equality. The Feminist Alliance Club is a support system for all who are interested. If you are interested in gaining more information, please email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the club on social media --
Facebook: FLC Feminist Alliance
by Caitlin Howery
On Friday, May 5th, Folsom Lake College’s Queer Straight Alliance will be hosting an insightful evening designed to open minds and eradicate stereotypes about the LGBTQ+ community. This event will be held on Folsom Lake College’s main campus in the Community Room (FL1-20) from 6:00pm-8:30pm. Students, professors, and volunteers will be there to talk about their experiences and answer any questions that you may have. Interested? Come on by and dive into this enlightening and insightful discussion.
by Shaelyn Saraceni
The MOSAIC Dance Company of Folsom Lake College will be showcasing their talents at the Harris Center on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 6:00 PM.
The MOSAIC Dance Company at Folsom Lake College states that they are “a dance family of diversity: ages, ethnicities, social and cultural backgrounds, and a MOSAIC of dance styles.” You can check out their Facebook page here.
They are not only a college company but also a club. If you are a Folsom Lake College student interested in dance, then you can contact the club advisor/dance instructor, Debi Worth, at email@example.com.
The Evening of Dance, which occurs semesterly, will incorporate all different styles of dance including (but not limited to) jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, ballet, and tap. According to Diane Whitsel, a dancer for the MOSAIC Dance Company, the students are quite proud of the modern dances which they perform because they are created primarily by students. Their dance professor, Debi Worth, then takes these student made dances, puts them together, and reforms them so everything flows well.
Don’t miss out on the chance to experience this exciting event! The Harris Center for the Arts (Three Stages) at Folsom Lake College will be holding the Evening of Dance on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 6:00 PM. The ticket prices vary: $12 for general admission, $15 for premium seats, $8 for students with ID, and $10 for seniors (65+). The performance is about 2 hours long with a 10 minute intermission. To buy your tickets now, click here.
by Shania Pence
On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Social Justice Spring will conclude with FLC Out Loud. FLC Out Loud will be from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in the Falcon’s Roost at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA 95630. There will be a $2 parking fee without a Los Rios semester pass due to the event being on campus and during the specified hours.
The event is open to everyone. Some activities include an art exhibit, poetry slam, live graffiti artist, and student voice film.
The Social Justice Spring is looking for art submissions and left over protest signs. If you are interested in submitting art, contact the Social Justice Spring team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Art does not have to be social justice related, but it is preferred. Protest signs can be brought to the event.
For more information, see flyer attached or contact the team at the email above.
by Jasmine Rose
Today marks the 113th birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss, so I thought I would share excerpts from my favorite poem by him; Oh, the places you’ll go!
Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. / 1 You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you / 2 know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go. You’ll look up and down streets. / 3 Look ‘em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full / 4 of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street. And / 5 you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of / 6 town. It’s opener there in the wide open air. Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as / 7 brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll / 8 start happening too. OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll / 9 join the high fliers who soar to high heights. You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass / 10 the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best Wherever you / 11 go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. I’m sorry to say so / 12 but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you. And when you’re / 15 in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done. You will come to a / 16 place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. You can get so confused that / 21 you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across / 22 weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place… …for people just waiting. Waiting for / 23 a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come or / 24 the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes / 25 or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting. NO! That’s not for you! Somehow you’ll escape all / 29 that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where the Boom Bands are playing.
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.
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