Images and Write-ups will all be collected in this one journal entry. please note that this will update every once in awhile. [-Magnolia Lonero]
-Volume 86, Issue 4, November 6*2018
-Volume 86, Issue 3, October 16*2018
-Volume 86, Issue 2, September 15*2018
-Volume 85, Issue 2, February 20*2018
-Volume 85, Issue 1, January 30*2018
-Volume 84, Issue 5, December 7*2017
-Volume 84, Issue 3, October 17*2017
-Volume 84, Issue 2, September 26*2017
-Volume 83, Issue 3, March 14*2017
Volume 86, Issue 4, November 6*2018
Volume 86, Issue 3, October 16*2018
Volume 86, Issue 2, September 15*2018
Volume 85, Issue 2, February 20*2018
[This was a contribution to the class]
Volume 85, Issue 1, January 30*2018
Volume 84, Issue 5, December 7*2017
(Looking Back on 2017)
2017 is coming to a close and a new year awaits.
Let’s take a look back at what happened in 2017 after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
As we reigned in the New Year, America became increasingly aware of Trump’s involvement with Russia.
The day after Trump took office, Bay Area residents, both women and men, joined the country in a Women’s March.
Around February, San Jose experienced a large amount of rains which led to fierce floods. Up to 14,000 people had to evacuate.
Mid -Spring semester we saw how fake news affected journalism and how so many people just about everywhere trouble journalists on lies and facts that they think are true. Which makes journalists all over confused and looked down upon by competitors.
Long after the spring semester ended and as summer was coming to a close, hurricane triplets Harvey, Irma and Maria created mass destruction when they descended upon Texas’ coast, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
Kicking of the Fall semester The Times featured its view of the First Amendment and how it must adapt to the age of media and thoughts of being biracial or multiracial.
Around early September, the rider-friendly event ‘Viva Calle’ was hosted in Alum Rock, to bring a sense of community to the city of San Jose.
Stepping into October, a mass slaughter took place in the heart of Las Vegas, Nevada. 59 people were killed and 546 people were injured, making this shooting the largest mass shooting in our country’s history.
Around the same time, fires were roaring up north in Santa Rosa, burning down many homes, and taking the lives of many people. Most of Santa Rosa was evacuated, and 40 people were confirmed dead.
Around mid to late October, Times Staff joined journalists from other California Community Colleges in the ‘Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ conference to compete and to learn about topics that are necessary to run a newspaper.
Breaking into November, the Times talked to a teacher of San Jose City College shared his story of his gracious act of human kindness, to a local stray cat, and had been caring for the cat for well over 13 years.
On Nov. 5, terror struck once again as a man opened fire in the middle of a church service at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 26 people were killed, thus leading to another deadly shooting marked in U.S. history.
Still ongoing nationwide. The #MeToo campaign remains. Women posting online #MeToo to signify they too have experienced sexual assault or have endured inappropriate and unwanted sexual harassment.
And that’s not to overlook at the many artists that walked in and out of SJCC to give a show and a speech at the SJCC art gallery. Artists as talented as Lucy Ghelfi, and many others. These artists are creating and showing not only beauty of what’s around us, but as well the beauty of what is within.
As students of San Jose City College, like many other teaching facilities out there, we all form bonds, among each other as students, or with some teachers. But as the year comes and goes, students graduate or transfer, and teachers decide to transfer or retire, you may think goodbyes are difficult, but the fact that we live in an era where we have advanced technology. So it isn’t actually “goodbye,” it’s more like, “I’ll FaceTime you later 😀”
Volume 84, Issue 3, October 17*2017
[my family's day of the dead Altar]
There are so many gifts we as humans have, and one of our main gifts, is how smart we are compared to other creatures of this planet we live on. Although there may be a lot of attributes to our minds and physical forms, there is one attribute that is within everyone, and that is kindness. How do we show our utmost kindness? Let’s ask our faculty member Raymond Brennan.
Raymond Brennan, a part-time teacher faculty staff, found Socks as a kitten on the SJCC campus in 2004. He took the time to trap her and then to take her to the animal shelter to have her spayed.
He then returned her to the area of the campus where she was found. She was given the name ‘Socks’ because of her distinctive pelt design, which features four white paws.
For thirteen years, Brennan has given her a meal daily. Brennan makes sure he himself doesn’t have any physical interaction with Socks, due to the fact that she is a feral cat. He makes sure to leave the bowl of food and keeps at a distance as she eats.
When I asked Brennan how Socks feel about him, his response was, “I am sure Socks sees me as a meal ticket.”
Additionally, Brennan has been protecting her from any other human interactions, by keeping her food bowls hiding in areas that other people don’t commonly pass, but are easy for him and Socks to access.
(Raymond Brennan has been a part-time teacher of English at SJCC since 1998.)
Volume 84, Issue 2, September 26*2017
[this Artpiece was placed in 2nd for best illustration by the CCMA]
Volume 83, Issue 3, March 14*2017
[This was a contribution to the class]
Designated on the first weekend of November, PAWCON or Pac Anthropomorphics Weekend is a local set, family friendly, anthropomorphic convention. It is a place where cartoons come to life, or just people wanting to be animals. Its a time only so little for these people to enjoy each other’s company, and have fun! Located at the Double Tree hotel in San Jose California. Their theme “A game is a’paw!” Is a Sherlock Holmes mystery set, where supposedly we as the guests of the con are to figure out some clues which was pretty much unexplainitory, other than the fun of the theme.
There are so many things to experience, and in a ways traditions that very well differ from other conventions. Like many other conventions, PAWCON has its own assigned panels scheduled throughout the days.
One specific panel, which would spark interest to people who is just starting to take an interest in the furry fandom, was the “Young Furs Meet and Greet” panel. The term young fur may strike people off a little at first, but really a young fur is just someone who is fresh and new to the fandom. Most common ones are kids ranging from 11 to 15, while a lot others could be adults who want to know more and be involved in the furry community.
Another common for many conventions are the “marketplace” or “Dealers alley” a place to buy things that people made. Typically what its called at all furry conventions is the “Dealer’s Den” but here specifically at PAWCON they wanted to go with a theme and called it the “Shopping District”. One dealer who was selling a vast collection of “Bottle of Stars.” Peakit was inspired by the creation when he saw his cousin filling bottles with paper, the idea then sparked in his head, why not turn those papers into stars? And thus resulting the bottle of stars
While venturing PAWCON you see many fursuiters, many think its just a creepy thing that people do, or that it's gross and such, but really it's just people cosplaying in their own way. One fursuiter, Sean the Irish Wolf found his way to loving furries from watching cartoons from the 80s-90s such like Disney. Despite only being his third furry convention, Sean finds attending them to be very relaxing. Just remember everyone, Cosplay is not Consent, furries are cosplayers too.
Saturday night at 8 pm, the dance competition began. 13 contestants made it to the stage, after each dance there was a critique session amongst the judge's. Common comments such as “You didn’t use enough of the floor” and “Not using enough complex moves” were given to each contestant. As the dance competition was coming to a close the judges were coming up with the final results. An Australian Shepard by the name of Reese, takes third, while a Dutch angel dragon by the name of Otter took second, while the first place winner was a purple and red feline by the name of King Kitten. Settling down just after the competition, first place winner King Kitten and second place winner Otter, who are dear friends to each other, surrounded by other friends were crying in such joy. It was recorded last year, that King Kitten, had come into third, and between last year to this past year that the contestant had made major improvements! Despite being the youngest in PAWCON to ever receive the gold. At first she was nervous, unsure, and had a lack of confidence before entering the stage, thanks to the practice which carried her on all the way to first. By her reaction, she was completely surprised, and astonished.
Once the competition was closed, the floor was open to the general dance time. People in fursuits, and people out of fursuits come along and dance. Typically like a rave setting, with crazy lights and a DJ to set the music just right. Getting the warm vibes of the room which makes one want to get up and groove.
Sunday was a day where things began to really slow down. A lot of attendees leave in the morning to return to their normal lives, while some others have the time to stay and play one last time. The closing ceremonies were something to look into, despite just being a lot of Q and A, the convention so far had broken its records compared to the year before, reaching to the amount of 723 attendees, while their charity booth, the Ohlone Humane Society and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center had $3,065 donated to them. A many thanks to PAWCON attendees.
Not too much had happened after the closing ceremonies, but as the clock struck 7 pm, the doors to the Dead Dog Dance had opened. The dead dog dance is a tradition amongst many furry conventions, typically the last dance of the convention. A few hours of the last remaining attendees come to dance and play and rave into the night. Enjoying every last minute that remains, as the colors blur together as you’re collecting as much memory as you can before officially returning to your normal life, thus resulting a little bit of “After-Con Blues” but hey, cons come and go, and definitely it won’t feel like a year has passed until the next PAWCON comes.