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The Campaign for Student Body President

     The office of Student Body President is an important one, facilitating communication between students and faculty, while being a driving force for change and improvement for the school. This coming week, March 4th, is Election Day for Providence and the race for the office is being run between Juniors Caleb Hicks and Reuben Sheneni.

     An important question for the candidates is tied to the intent behind their campaign for Student Body President, and the reasons as to why they are campaigning. Caleb expresses a strong desire for college at Providence to be the best years of its student’s lives, a time that students can reflect upon with pleasant memories. He also sees himself as someone who understands the student body and desires to bring joy to the campus going forward into next year. On the other hand, Reuben proclaims a wish to give back to the school, as it has given him the leadership training that he believes will assist him in the position of Student Body President. He wishes to be a servant that is able to deliver aid to both the student body and the administration of the school.

     A relevant query that follows concerns the qualifications of the candidates. Aforementioned is Reuben’s leadership training that he has received from Providence, as he has been involved in the student leadership of the school through his previous involvement with student senate, and he also champions his work as a Resident Assistant, which has provided him with leadership training camps, since his freshman year at Providence.

     Caleb has also spent time in student senate, working closely under current president Madison DeJager, learning the responsibilities of the position under someone who has done an outstanding job leading the student body over the last year. Caleb is also proud of his time that he has spent as a student athlete on the soccer team, stating that his time as an athlete will not only help him in his bridging of the gap between students and faculty, but between student athletes and traditional students as well.


In regards to the schism that occasionally rises between traditional students and student athletes. Reuben, when asked what he would like to change about the college, referred to this issue. He believes that school unity is a necessity, and the institution needs to be less divided and stand together as proud Sea Beggars. Caleb, when asked the same question, stated that he hopes to improve the communication between students and the faculty, as he believes there have been failings in this arena and betterment in the field would improve student life for all of Providence’s attendees.

 

 

By Evan Friesen

Top 5 Things To Do Within Walking Distance of Campus

     Just when you thought you could have your car on campus, Providence hits you with a $200 permit fee. From the misfortune of those who experienced this, here’s a list of carless hot stops near campus.

  1. Target—I would bet my meal card that this is the most visited place on this list. I swear, I don’t think I’ve ever been here and not miraculously run into another Providence student. Stocked with your essentials—from groceries to household needs—Target never disappoints. It may not be as affordable as the 99 Cents Only store (see below), but, overpriced goods aside, it’s a fun place and that is enough to attract even the most frugal of Providence students. In fact, I’ve heard of several students on campus allegedly entering the premises without purchasing anything. They simply played video games on the systems on the second floor.

    Oh yeah, and there’s a Starbucks if Ambrose is too basic for you.
  2. The Paseo—An outdoor shopping center with several clothing stores and restaurants. It won’t be your typical go-to for shopping due to the sparse selection, but there are a few great restaurants such as the Yard House or Tokyo Wako, in addition to an overpriced movie theater (see below). Though options can be relatively scarce, a lot of construction is being done so you can hope for some great additions coming soon! One of the best parts about visiting the Paseo: You can rub it in people’s faces that they had to pay 5 million dollars to find parking and you didn’t have to pay a cent walking.
    Fun Fact: “Paseo” in Spanish means “walk!”
  3. 99 Cents Only store—You already knew this was going to be on here. If you don’t mind a slightly sketchy grocery store in a slightly sketchier neighborhood, then this is the place for the broke college student. They got all the bare necessities: Toothpaste, toilet paper, candy—you name it, they got it. The great price, however, is reflected in the poor quality. But Sea Beggars can’t be choosers, right?

    Go in daylight and remember: strength in numbers.
  4. Pasadena Central Library—I can’t begin to describe how great this place is for Providence students. It is a stellar study space, open 7 days a week with reasonable hours and a scholarly ambiance. If you procure a library card there, you also gain access to dozens of computers for public use and thousands of books, journals, and articles at your disposal. Highly recommended if you need a change of scenery from your usual study spots.

    Open weekends unlike some libraries. *cough cough*
  5. Regency Academy Cinemas AKA the 3 dollar theater—Anything that costs three dollars screams broke college student. For a mere 15 minute walk and the price of a cup of coffee, you can watch the latest 3-month old movies. Right now, I believe they’re showing Frozen 2 and Joker, so if you missed the hype, now is your chance.

    WARNING: After the writing of this article, the Regency Academy Cinemas has
    raised the price per ticket to $3.50. This information has now become void. DO NOT go to this overpriced shadow of a theater.

     So there you have it: the Top Five Things To Do Within Walking Distance of Campus. Throw out your car keys, because it’s time to throw on your Adidas sweats and your Nike running shoes and get walking!

By Keanan Gonzales

Recapping the Beggar Show

     The yearly Seabeggar Show came and went and it was considered a success from all who participated. Those who participated, viewed it (whether fully or not), or organized the night enjoyed their time. I caught up with someone who participated and helped organize the night, CAB member Tate Kiledjian.

     When asked about the night, he said “it was great to see people’s talents on stage. The evening went without a hitch. Especially when comparing it to last year’s, it went very smoothly.” In regards to his performance, he said he was happy with himself for performing and glad he did it. Tate had done a piano solo where he sang a song by The Beatles.

     The changes to the show from last year were noticeable. Last year’s event was a major show with three different aspects of the Providence calendar in one; Talent show, Mr. Providence and the Night Show. This time CAB wanted to just do the Seabeggar Show and to do it well, and they succeeded!

     Performances were done by many students. A cute duet by Leo Callao and Ali Willis, a confident monologue by none other than Mark Eaton, and we were even graced by the presence of rappers Andrew Garcias (Mac) and Keano Mestre. We also can’t forget the singing by Kaitlyn Robinson, who was definitely rewarded for her terrific performance.

     The placings of the show were as follows: in 3rd place, a tie with Mark Eaton and Isaac Brown, 2nd place to Sidney Alyssa (@sidneyalyysamusic on Instagram), and 1st place being Kaitlyn Robinson.

     After the show I caught up with another student, Evan Friesen, who had this to say about the show. “It was good, I’d go again next year.” Inspiring words from an inspiring man.

     With the Seabeggar Show at a close, students now eagerly await the next event, the semi-famous Spring Dinner.

 

By Caleb Hicks

Dear Kobe

     Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the people and the City of Los Angeles. Although, it wasn’t just a city you inspired to be like you, it was the world. You inspired us to work harder at whatever we were passionate about. You have inspired countless generations to imply your “Mamba Mentality”–to strive for self-improvement and mastery. Your hard work and dedication transcends the game of Basketball and has inspired all generations ensuring your name will always be remembered. Your raw natural tenacity as a competitor is what prompted them to compare you to Michael Jordan. Your tenacity had you selling out everything and putting your body on the line; anything to will yourself to a victory. This attitude of the “will to win” and inability to quit is what inspired your teammates, your opponents, and the world around you. I still remember your incredible feats when I was younger. As soon as I saw you play, I knew you were my favorite player, just as you were to many others.

     When I was younger, I remember my friends and I would always say “Kobe” when we would shoot anything. It was almost as if it was something you had to say as if it was instinctive. Ever since you became a Laker, my family instantly became Laker fans. My whole family would watch you in the finals as you scored forty plus points on multiple occasions. I still remember how you beat the Celtics in the NBA finals even with all odds stacked against you– due to your never ending resolve to get the job done. You always were able to keep us on our feet with your last second buzzer beaters. You had an amazing career and due to your commitment and pride we fell in love with you. It almost felt unreal when the news of your death was revealed. It sounded impossible for THE Kobe Bryant to have died. As soon as I told the news to my family we all had tears streaming from our faces. It was as if one of our own family members had died in an accident. It was heartbreaking to say the least, a man who you think is invincible and has captivated all of our hearts to be gone. It’s uneasy to think that a man like this would be gone so young.

     Even with all of this tragedy there are still a lot of good things to remember about the man who was loved by the city of Los Angeles and the world. Kobe Bryant had an incredible career: being a five time NBA champion and going to seven NBA finals. Also, two NBA finals MVP’s with back-to-back honors in 2009 and 2010. You managed to not only be a talented player on the court, but a talented individual as you ventured into other things besides Basketball. Not only did you have great success on the court, but also off the court with your documentary “Dear Basketball” having won an Academy award. Proving that you weren’t just a Basketball Icon, but an Icon in your own right. We all know from the “Girl Dad ” mantra you also took on that you were the definition of a great father and husband. This wasn’t just due to the way the press portrayed you, but that was something you proved over time after you met Vanessa your wife. You have left an everlasting legacy behind in your daughters, your wife, and the people around you. You have shown us all how strong the mind can be by being the man you were. Thank you, Kobe Bean Bryant.

 

Love always,

LOS ANGELES & THE WORLD

 

By Noah Leslie

 

Best Plays and Shows Coming To Our Area

Music and the media have become one of the biggest points of interest in our modern society. We are constantly swamped by listening to the newest song on the radio or, even beyond the realm of music, watching the newest blockbuster, or, for those into theater, the best musical or plays. Over the course of the semester, there are hundreds of shows—concerts, musicals, etc.—that you could have the possibility of going to. We have complied some of the noteworthy ones that will come through the LA area. For each listing, there is the name of the play or performing artist, the date of the event, where the event is held, and a link where you can find tickets. They will be in order of date of occurrence.

Now-March 1: The Father at the PASADENA PLAYHOUSE

Tickets are $25 and up

https://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/event/the-father/

Now-March 8: Escape to Margaritaville at the DOLBY THEATER

Tickets are $34 and up

https://www.ticketmaster.com/escape-to-margaritaville-touring-tickets/artist/2336215?venueId=74167&list_view=1

March 4: Kiss at the STAPLES CENTER

Tickets are $67 and up

https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/Z7r9jZ1AeQ7vJ?tmrid=TMR-2684066&routing=y&_ga=2.158798394.1098031539.1582244146-1103193306.1580340289

March 5: Echosmith at THE FONDA THEATER

Tickets are $25 and up

https://www.axs.com/events/384306/echosmith-tickets

March 10: Noah Cyrus at the ROXY THEATER

Tickets are $67 and up

Remembering Ellwood and the Battle That Never Was

     It was in the early hours of February 23rd, 1942, that a Japanese submarine opened fire on the west coast of the United States. It’s target, the Ellwood Oil Field near Santa Barbara. The submarine launched multiple short range explosives towards the coastline, striking fuel tanks along the shoreline. A late night crew, heard the explosions and believed it to be an inner explosion, until they noticed the lights of the submarine in the distance. It continued to barrage the coastline, damaging more buildings, but never claiming someone’s life. Soon, the submarine slipped back into the cover of the sea, and returned to Japan.

     The goal of the attack was not to cause damage, and kill hundreds, potentially thousands of people. Instead, it was to create panic in people living on the west coast of America. And it did just that. People who lived along the coast of California fled inland, fearing that this small bombardment was the precursor to a series of more attacks; attacks that could level cities. Yet fortunately, no such attacks occurred. This was simply a tactic used to strike fear. That tactic worked so well, that the very next day, searchlights and anti-aircraft technology was deployed over Los Angeles, California, in response to a rumored attack on the city. This would later be known as the Great Air Raid of Los Angeles.

     So how did the United States react to this attack? Not long after, President Franklin Roosevelt issued a command that to this day, sparks controversy. This was the attack that prompted the interment camps for Japanese-Americans. Within a week, thousands of Japanese-Americans were rounded up and placed in internment camps along the west coast, in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

     The controversy of the internment camps is still alive today, and questions arise as to whether or not their use was justifiable. The series of attacks on the United States sent the country into a fear, and they believed that interment was the best way to quell the fear of the millions of people who call America home. Regardless of the debates, the most important thing for America is to not forget our nation’s history. For when we forget where we came from, we forget who we are.  

 

By Stephen Truxal