Month: October 2016

One night at UCLA

One night at UCLA

The launch for Boom magazine‘s Urban Humanities issue was held tonight in the Perloff Hall Courtyard at UCLA.  It was a small event, and most of it involved seasoned academia members standing around drinking, so there admittedly wasn’t a lot for me to do.


Well, there wasn’t a lot for me to do at the actual event itself.  But I was at UCLA, and it was really my first time ever being on the campus proper.  So, along with a friend from my honors 201A class who was there to attend the launch for some credit, we explored the campus to see what we could see.

And what we could see was undoubtedly beautiful, to say the least.


Though, I do have to say, the place is literally like a small city.  Just these places we saw are a fraction of the available things to look at!  So, as beautiful as everything was, it definitely strikes me as the kind of place that I’d like to visit and explore rather than the kind of place I’d like to study.  But that’s just me.

Seriously though, calm down UCLA.  Schools don’t need to be that big.

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New Sun and Moon information: Final starter evolutions and endgame content

It’s been a fairly big week for Pokémon stuff so far, or at least for me it has been.  The demo for Sun and Moon has been far more fun than I expected it to be, showing off some cool content and easily succeeding in its goal of getting me hyped for the game by throwing in small secrets to keep me coming back.  Pokémon GO’s Halloween update has gotten me back into playing quite a bit, as I’ve caught at least three Pokémon in the last two days that I hadn’t even seen once in the months before it dropped.  I’m getting close to finally completing the Generation 6 puzzle game Pokémon Picross, which I’ve been playing for literally way too long in my stubbornness about not paying for micro transactions to advance myself.  On top of all that, probably one of the best Pokémon animations ever made in the history of anything was given to the world last Friday.

Then, this trailer dropped.  My god is it a special one, to say the least.

Not only does it officially reveal the final evolutions of the Alolan starter Pokémon (with some plot twists here and there), it also shows off some new Pokémon and a brand new gameplay aspect adding to what already looks like an extensive postgame.  Having a week off from my work on the Daily Titan, I have a little bit of extra time to dedicate to this trailer, but I’ve made myself so busy with other stuff that I’m still a bit late. So, let’s jump into it shall we?

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The 2016 AAJA Trivia Bowl

Had an absolutely wonderful time tonight yesterday at the Asian American Journalists Association Los Angeles Branch‘s 21st annual Trivia Bowl representing the Daily Titan and Cal State Fullerton.

The event was held at the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Downtown Los Angeles, and though we didn’t get to explore much of the grounds it was still a beautiful venue to be at.  Plus, being just about right in the middle of the city, there was a nice view all around when we were there!

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Admittedly, getting to the event just reminded me of how wonderful it can be to live around Los Angeles… Two and a half hours or so to get to the temple, while the same drive took about 25 minutes to get back home. Thanks Dodgers.  That endless drive didn’t take away from the experience of being there however, as I had a great time with my coworkers, the Daily Titan’s Managing Editor, Copy Editor, Copy Assistant and Arts & Entertainment Assistant.

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From left to right: Me, A&E Assistant Kyle Bender, Managing Editor Brandon Ross and Copy Editor Aaron Valdez.  Our Copy Assistant, Sule Recinos, left early.

Because half of the newsroom is off at a conference in Washington DC, we only had five people compared to the average number, 10 or so, but even with that handicap we did pretty well, I’d say.  We tied with USC as the third best college team that was there at the end!

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Now, for context, the Trivia Bowl had four rounds, each with 20 questions asked.  The categories for the rounds included Current Events and History; Geography, Literature and Science; Pop Culture and Sports and California.  So… While we only got 17 points out of 80, it should also be showing that the winning team, one of the representative groups from the LA Times, only got about 39.  They were pretty hard questions.

This is the second year I’ve gone to the Trivia Bowl, as I went to the one held at the DreamWorks Animation studio in Glendale, CA last year.  Both times I’ve gone have been really fun, and I’m looking forward to getting to go with my fellow Titans in the future!

October 19, 2016 Article Published

When this article was published yesterday, I was a little bit distracted by other things to be able to talk about it.  Half of the newsroom is currently off in Washington DC for a conference, and my co-editor has been a bit under the weather as of late, so the rest of us who were still around had to work extra hard to get our issue with special third presidential debate coverage out for today.

However, with our last issue of the week out, giving me a bit of a break before our big weeklong political special issue production on Sunday, figure now is as good a time as ever to update my blog here with this new article.

Project Rebound is a program out of San Francisco State University that recently received a $500,000 grant from The Opportunity Institute, allowing it to spread out and open branches in seven CSU campuses – including Fullerton, naturally.  The program sets out to help previously incarcerated individuals who are looking to get a college degree, at the same time attempting to lower the prison recidivism rate in California (at 44.6 percent or so in the 2010 to 2011 fiscal year according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations) and beyond.

I found out about it from my professor, Dr. Jason Sexton, who also happens to be the editor of Boom magazine.  He’s an advisor for the program’s new branch, as I’m sure the push to do a California prison-themed issue of Boom helped bring some attention. The advisors for the program are there to help convey what resources are around that Rebound staff can point students to, though currently there are only two primary staff members on board.

Brady Heiner, Ph.D, is an assistant professor of Philosophy at CSUF and the Director of Rebound there.  Meanwhile, Romarilyn Ralston is the recently hired program coordinator for Rebound, and happens to be a previously incarcerated individual who sought out and college degrees herself.  In her own words, “An office like Project Rebound and staff that has prior incarceration histories who has walked the walk and accomplished what Rebound sets up to help their students achieve will be very helpful and supportive.”

The story honestly wound up being a behemoth at 1,600 words, since I couldn’t really figure out where to stop writing.  There was a heck of a lot of information to convey, and both Heiner and Ralston gave me tons of good quotes to incorporate.

Luckily we have an awesome Layout editor who was able to help set up the paper to fill that kind of extensive content.

If you want to see the story in its entirety, you can see it here.  You can also check out my whole archive of work for the Daily Titan through the link over on the right!

New Sun and Moon Information: A brand new batch of Pokémon and our pseudo-legendary?

A few days ago, a number of images have been leaked from the upcoming issue of CoroCoro magazine, showcasing a few new evolutions and a new Alolan Form Pokémon.  Then, following those leaks, we were treated with a brand new video, showcasing those new Pokémon we’d seen in the leaks and more!

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New Sun and Moon Information: Starter Evolutions and an American trailer

I never seem to be on time with these things anymore.  Guess that’s just the nature of my life right now.  It’s not really that much of a problem since technically we’ve only had new things for a few days, and since I’m really just giving my opinions so it doesn’t much matter how timely I am… But still.  I’m hoping it doesn’t annoy anybody out there reading.

Anyway though, we’re not here to talk about my schedule yet again.  No, we’re here to talk about some new Pokémon news.  Some great news at that, if I do say so myself!  Check out my likely over-embellished thoughts below the cut if you want to see whether or not my feelings on the Alolan starter Pokémon have changed in light of recent developments.

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October 4, 2016 Article Published

This particular article came a bit out of nowhere, but to be honest that’s part of the joy of working on a newspaper.  News can come from anywhere and everywhere at all times of the day.

Yesterday, there was smoke coming from the center divide of the CA-57 freeway on the bridge overpass above Nutwood Avenue.  Nutwood Avenue, for those that don’t know, is one of the streets running alongside Cal State Fullerton, and that particular bridge is very close to the school.  So close, it’s actually where the on-ramp is that I use to start my drive home everyday.

Multiple different groups came together to help investigate the fire and re-route traffic around both the segment of the freeway and the bridge underneath, including the Fullerton Police Department, Fullerton Fire Department, CSUF Campus Police and California Highway Patrol.

The whole area was pretty much closed off and had heavy traffic concerns until sometime after 10 P.M., when I checked it last alongside our Managing Editor Brandon Ross, who helped me do a lot of the reporting since everything happened so late last night.  The first reports of the smoke came in around 6:01 P.M. according to a Fullerton Fire Department dispatch supervisor, so it really was last minute breaking news.

When the story was done and sent to the printer, the investigation was still underway to find the source of the fire and smoke.

Really, besides the fact that it was a good bonding experience for Brandon and I, writing up this article was fun just in the thrill of doing breaking news.  As an editor for the paper, I don’t have nearly as much time to actually write for our publication, since most of my time is spent editing stories, putting pages together and helping my writers.  Getting the chance to do some hard news on a tight deadline, especially for a story where I was able to get a lot of sources in a short amount of time, felt pretty amazing.

Helped me prove that I’m not just hanging around the newsroom by the merit of my good looks, at the very least.

If you want to see the story in its entirety, you can see it here.  You can also check out my whole archive of work for the Daily Titan through the link over on the right!