Archive for October, 2010

How to Feel Good About Yourself

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

One of the wonderful and amazing things about my life is that as a sociology major and budding social activist, I constantly get bombarded with awesome links and websites and movements.  Sometimes, the things my friends piss me right the hell off, and sometimes they merely irritate, and sometimes, they make me want to let out a completely-inappropriate-and-kind-of-humiliating fangirl squeal.  Today, thank God, has been filled with squealing, to the point I feel driven to share them with you.

One of my big go-to passions is body acceptance.  I’ll be completely honest with you: I’m not a skinny chick.  I’m probably over the line of what most people would refer to as “pleasingly plump”.  And (here’s the important part) I’m okay with that.  Sure, I have rough days, when I can’t stand to look in the mirror, but I really think that everyone does, regardless of size, shape, color, blemish, etc.  Some days, there is nothing going right, and damn it, why won’t my hair cooperate?!  But overall?  I think I’m pretty damned fabulous.  Today, by the way, was one of those days where I felt like crap–and it took a stern, compassionate talking-to to make me reevaluate and see my own worth.

Today, also, I was sent one of those fantastic links I mentioned earlier.  It’s a website dedicated to healthy body image in general, and a social movement oriented toward changing negative body image and stereotypes specifically.  They do little covert things like sneak into department store dressing rooms and put up stickers on the mirrors that say things like, “That’s YOU.  And you don’t need ANY airbrushing.”  I don’t know about you, but if I were to see that on a dressing room mirror, I’d buy the shirt that made me feel beautiful and just a little sexy.  And I’d probably strut a little bit, too.

Check ’em out.  Maybe get involved.  Maybe start some guerrilla positivity up here, yourself.  Maybe just drop a well-deserved compliment on someone, when they least expect it, and maybe even drop that compliment on that person when you’re having that crappy day.  I promise you’ll feel better.

Thoughts on the Summer of Love

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Last week we talked about San Francisco and the Haight Ashbury district. The Haight Ashbury district stands as a beacon of peace and the spreading of universal love. In the 1960’s people flocked to Haight from all over, especially in ’67 which is now referred to as the Summer of Love. Haight Ashbury was full of music, culture, drugs and people from different backgrounds coming together.  Outsiders questioned this and the “hippie temptation” arguing that the hippies wanted to rebel against society by withdrawing from it instead of changing it. Ultimately the Haight Ashbury became overcrowded with homelessness and drug problems and full of crime. People ended up going back to where they had come and were encouraged to revolutionize where they were instead of coming back to the Haight Ashbury district. Today numerous of people still visit to feel and experience the significance of what had occurred many years ago. Sure overtime the Haight has evolved with stores and people but it will forever have the same vibe and feelings as it had back in the 60’s, always calling one to come and visits its streets, just as long as they have a flower in their hair.

Michelle Stacy

Freedom Riders Showing

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

freedom riders, for those of you who do not know, are an activist group in the 60’s who rode buses into segregated southern states to show africans should be free in our country. there group was so controversial, because they would protest any segregation in the south still happening. bus rides for instance, black people would have to ride in the back of the bus and when they wouldn’t give up their seats were removed and charged with a crime. this movement was so strong to our country there was a movie made about them and their journey through the south. pbs bought the rights to the movie and are showing it in may 2011. however our teachers ryan ememaker (political science) and dana maher (sociology) have givin their students an opportunity to put on a showing of “the freedom riders” before it is showed on air next year. the event will be taking place on college of the redwoods campus in the theatre on thursday December 9th. doors are opening at 6p.m. and film starting at 6:30p.m. refreshments and possibly a guest speaker are being reviewed by the class. our class also put together the protest against the cafeteria’s vendors, if anyone remembers that with the cookies in the quad on constitution day. if you enjoyed that and are interested in the film showing please come and support us on december 9th.

-ejoshua reyes

Student Soapbox Interviews

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Medieval Fair Blue Lake 2010

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Arts Alive 10/2/10

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The Power of Public Relations

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

On September 30, we discussed Edward Burnays and how he was the first person to use Freud’s theories how to manipulate the masses and link it to mass goods. He is the reason for propaganda today. He created a new mentality of needs vs. desires.  He linked products to emotional desires and feelings which made people want to buy them. He is responsible for first making cigarettes socially acceptable by one single action. His creation of propaganda helped defined public relations. What started out as convincing the people we were entering the war for peace to save Germany, has evolved into the manipulation of the masses to the poisoning of the mind and encouraging people to satisfy their inner selfish desires.

-Michelle Stacey

What We’ve Learned from the Chile Mine Rescue

Thursday, October 14th, 2010


Has anyone ever really wondered what makes some survivors of a tragic event get more attention than others? What it is that decides who gets the bigger amount of money?

There are many leading factors that are the solutions to these questions, but there is an almost solid set of distinct factors that are present in most of these stories. It seems that the media sticks to a similar pattern when looking for T.V. figures.

 A few of the main factors are:

·         Background of the person

·         Altruistic behavior upon exiting the tragic event

·         Personal expression

·         Physical appearance

·         A victim’s role in the event. (a leader, or an outcast)

It’s unfortunate that these factors are looked for because they can cause serious conflict to occur. For example, multiple victims who experienced the same life-threatening event might have the same story to tell, but because their visual appearance, background, or their less active role in the situation is slightly less dominant than a leader or an outcast, the victim will get paid less. This type of behavior can often lead to rivalries. These rivalries are not just about the amount of money being paid, but they are also about the feeling that one is less appealing than whomever the media deems a superior figure.

We must beware of the fact that the media has the ability to set flame to relationships just by using simple comparisons. The media likes to repeatedly keep feeding us ideas on what is appealing enough to be on T.V., but the only result that can come out of this type of discrimination is the feeling of inferiority. However, changing the media’s ways is nearly impossible because this idea of the ideal T.V. person is so prominent, that the majority of our society has accepted it.

Perhaps if we isolated ourselves from the media, a noticeable difference in our prospective about what is ideal for T.V. would change. This change would press for a commute in what we see fit as T.V. figures, and less discrimination would occur. However, until the majority of our society changes their prospective on the ideal T.V. figure, we will continue to see the same old pattern of discrimination that the media has always shown.


Trevor Smith



Giants Bring CR Baseball Fever

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

On Monday October 11, 2010 the San Francisco Giants won the National League Division Championship. The last time they had this honor was eight years ago behind a power hitting Barry Bonds and a well managed Dusty Baker baseball team. The 2002 Giants would go on to lose the World Series in seven games to the then called Los Angeles Angels. The currently known San Francisco Giants have never won a World Series in the Golden State. The last time the Giants were able to achieve this honor was in 1954 when the team was known as the New York Giants. Behind a Hall of Fame caliber player, Willie Mays, the New York Giants swept the Cleveland Indians to win the title.

After a nail biting season, the Giants are off to the National League Championship Series for the first time in eight years. With an exceptional pitching performance by Giants ace Tim Lincecum, who in game one allowed no runs and only two hits, this team was off to an impressive start. In game two of the NLDS, the pitching staff of the Giants was strong, but unable to seize a victory from the resilient Atlanta Braves’ offense. After the tough loss in game two at home, the Giants were on the road to Atlanta, where the Braves held the best home record in the MLB this year. Jonathan Sanchez pitched in game three, where it seemed that the Giants offense had finally showed up to play, winning the contest by a score of 3-2.  In the fourth game of this series, coach Bruce Bochy showed faith in his twenty one year old rookie Madison Bumgarner and put him on the mound to start in what ended up being a series deciding game in Atlanta. Bumgarner had a very strong performance, allowing only two runs before he was relieved by the Giant’s bullpen. Winning that game sent the Giants further into their post season to face Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies in a seven game NLCS showdown.

What is more notable is the Giants Pitching staff, having an ERA of .93, the lowest ERA in the Major League since the 1996 Braves, who went to the World Series. This Giants pitching squad has been virtually unhittable in the post season as we saw against one of the best offensive teams in the National league, the Atlanta Braves. Tim Lincecum also known as The Freak, because of his pitching ability, allowed only two hits in the first game of this series setting the pace for the games to come. Baseball hasn’t seen three pitchers of this caliber on one team in the last twenty years. Even rookie Madison Bumgarner made history in game four, becoming the youngest Giant’s pitcher to ever win a post season game, and the second youngest pitcher in MLB history to win a series clinching game. And then there is closer Brian Wilson, who leads the league in saves. Wilson has had two saves in this series, allowing one run and three hits. This Giant’s bullpen is by far the strongest pitching crew in team history, maybe even league history. To watch what could be history in the making, tune in on Saturday, October 16th on your local Fox network.

Jarrod Watts

What We Learn from San Francisco

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Most likely, one has visited a city or two at some point in their life, but has anyone ever really thought about what powers were at work behind the city, or about questioning the driving essence behind what makes the city feel so alive?

If there is but one city that demonstrates this cultural metaphor to its fullest, it would have to be San Francisco. A massive flood of people washed into San Francisco.  What was their reason for doing so? A movement of activity was developing, people there were thought see life differently, and big things were starting to arise. One of those things in particular was the Hippie Movement. San Francisco was built off of the idea that the people living there had a different outlook on life, and with the Hippie Movement being involved with San Francisco, a large group of curious city goers began to really flock into the city. What these large groups found was nothing short of an ongoing experience, and those who lived in San Francisco at the time, have a whole different frame of reference than someone who lived in another area at the time.

One particular tone behind the city was working hard for what you wanted. If there was but one voice to sum up having to work for what you wanted in San Francisco, it would have to be from the mouth of Janis Joplin. You can almost hear her symbolic songs echoing in the background of San Francisco.

However, it seems our society has “grown up” somewhat since the 1960s and the days of Janis Joplin. If you were involved in the Hippie Movement in San Francisco, and left the city to live somewhere else, you probably would not find the same city. The underlying tone of San Francisco would still be the same, but the environment would be drastically different.

The one thing that draws my attention is that although many people have moved away from San Francisco, the city will never give up on its people. You will always be able to go there, and find yourself with some type of experience. Be that in visiting a historical monument, watching a baseball game, or just walking down the street in the middle of the day. I believe that it is this aspect that makes the city feel so alive.

Trevor Smith