San Diego Super Padres

No Comments 17 April 2015

By Stephanie Buchbinder
Sports Editor

The San Diego Padres have had a very impressive start to the 2015 season. Since their season began on April 6, they have beat many reputable teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. Their three straight wins against the San Francisco Giants was especially impressive because the Giants are the defending World Series champs.

Many new players were added to the team’s roster this year bringing the team up to 40 total players.

The Padres made five trades that included 24 players and six other teams. Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, and Justin Upton are among those who joined. Kemp, 30, came from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Myers, 24, was traded to the Padres from the Tampa Bay Rays, but began his career playing for the Kansas City Royals.

Upton, 27, started his career being in the first round draft pick for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005, and moved on to play for the Braves until being traded to the Padres. Although the team added a plethora of new players, which cost them a large amount of money, it was a returning player, Yonder Alonso (pictured), who put the team on the board during their game against the Diamondbacks when he hit a home run ball 416 feet into the stands.

His season is off to a great start, considering he is coming off a quiet spring training season while he recovered from an offseason surgery. With the exciting start to the season, Padres fans are looking forward to what this season will bring.

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“Say It Right or Don’t Say It At All”

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By Yenitzia Lopez
Staff Writer

Levondia. Bon’Qisha. Mo’Nique: these are just a few of the names, amongst many, which are not only constantly labeled “ghetto” or “black”, but also become an obstacle to the average person when it comes to pronunciation. Even Oscar-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis had to deal with extreme prejudice regarding her name on the red carpet

New Orleans poet Sha’Condria Sibley addressed the issue in her poem titled “To All the Little Black Girls with Big Names.” In the poem, she not only tried to put an end to the stigma of having a “ghetto” name, but she also encouraged others with unique names to be proud of it as well.

“For the Sha’s and Isha’s, the Ana’s, and Iqua’s, who were told never to write their names on applications because we live in a nation where your name can tell somebody your race or even your social status, ‘cause they think only dumb ghetto folks overuse the alphabet.”

“This here is a poem for every daughter who ever became a professional, only to shorten her name to a letter and a period just so phone calls could be returned or a higher pay earned – ‘cause we all know, don’t nobody want an esha or an iqua to operate on them.” Although so-called “ghetto” names are also common in the African-American male population, African-American women have always received more criticism and discrimination because of it.

From favoritism in the classroom to inequity in a job environment, people with “ghetto” names tend to shorten or alter their names as a way of hiding their true identity. They use this as a survival tactic and protective technique against discrimination.

Sibley believes that all women with “ghetto” names should let their names “rise” and “take their rightful places” in all aspects of their lives.

“And if someone happens to mispronounce your name, make sure you give the neck swirl, look them dead in the eye and correct them. It’s pronounced Shuh-cahn-dree-uh. Say it right, or don’t say it at all.”

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Why We Love Brownstein (No, Not the Bears)

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By Sophia Dorfsman
Staff Writer

If you have seen Portlandia or love feminist punk rock bands (who are we kidding, that’s more of an and rather than an or), you’ve probably heard of Carrie Brownstein.

Brownstein, the 40-year old star and co-creater of the satiric comedy series of the Pacific Northwest city, isn’t one of the more popular rock artists. She poses, however, as an icon to many women through her band, Sleater-Kinney.

The band is a big part of the Riot Grrrl movement, an innovative, feminist dedicated punk movement that began in the 90’s and has been successfully revived by way of today’s thriving feminist internet culture. Band members Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, and Janet Weiss stand out for their lyrics conveying their negative attitudes of war, conservative beliefs, and stereotypes of genders.

They are also known for Brownstein’s ability to shred on a guitar. In fact, Brownstein was named one of the top 25 underrated guitarists of all-time by Rolling Stone nine years ago and has only gotten better since.

Like many people who reach a certain point of success in their career, Brownstein will be releasing a memoir in October titled Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl, and according to the Penguin Publishing website, the memoir is a “deeply personal and revealing narrative of Brownstein’s life in music, from ardent fan to pioneering female guitarist to comedic performer and luminary in the independent rock world.”

Penguin Publishing goes on to say that “this book intimately captures what it feels like to be a young woman in a rock-and-roll band, from her days at the dawn of the underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990s through today.”

Like most autobiographies, Brownstein’s story will cover how she began and her journey to how she arrived to where she is in her life now.

If you are a huge fan of Portlandia, you won’t hear much about it in the book. Brownstein focuses mostly on her musical career.

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BBC’s Ex-Top Gear Host

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By Ryan Robson
Media Editor

Notoriously controversial TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been fired from his position as a co-host on BBC Top Gear.

Clarkson and his program have fallen under heavy criticism for many years as a result of the controversy it stirred around the world, however Top Gear under Clarkson became the #1 most-watched factual TV show in the world and the BBC’s highest revenue show.

The lead presenter is certainly no stranger to controversy. Last year, BBC production vehicles were forced out of Argentina during a riot where locals threw eggs and rocks at Clarkson’s vehicle, which had a license plate that they felt mocked Argentina’s loss in the Falklands War against Britain. Although Clarkson maintains it was a coincidence, the Argentinian ambassador told media that “Jeremy Clarkson is an embarrassment to Britain” and “it’s not the first time he has been so provocative – he did it in Korea, Mexico, India. He’s a serial provocateur.”

Despite constant controversies, Jeremy Clarkson grew Top Gear from a niche program in the 1980s to a worldwide phenomenon with an average of 350 million viewers per week. He rebooted the program with elementary school friend Andy Wilman in 2002, selecting James May and Richard Hammond as his co-hosts.

This March, Clarkson told his executives about a recent incident involving BBC creative producer Oisin Tymon. Witnesses said Clarkson angrily ranted using offensive language to the producer over the lack of a hot meal and then punched Tymon in the face.

Dubbing the incident as a “fracas,” the BBC suspended Clarkson on March 10 and the three remaining episodes of the current season were dropped. On March 25, Clarkson was officially fired after Clarkson called his BBC bosses “f*** b***ards” at a private charity event and the internal investigation was concluded.

Many celebrities came out to support him during the suspension. British Prime Minister David Cameron said, “He is a talent and he does amuse and entertain so many people, including my children who’ll be heartbroken if Top Gear is taken off air… It is a great programme and he is a great talent.” Rapper Snoop Dogg, actor Russell Crowe, and long-time rival Piers Morgan, whom Clarkson famously punched at the British Press Awards in 2003, are among those who have issued personal statements of support.

Over one million signatures were delivered in a military tank to the BBC from fans supporting a renewal of Clarkson’s contract. The petition was the fastest-growing one ever hosted on

“There was an 18-year waiting list to be in the audience of Top Gear, but the BBC has f***ed themselves,” said Clarkson in his profanity-filled speech.

Now, the BBC must face the potential financial crisis of losing a cash cow that grosses over $75 million per year. The BBC is actively reviewing options for keeping Top Gear on the air in 2016, although Clarkson’s co-hosts have hinted they will not film without him. The BBC is also looking into options for airing the remaining episodes, which are estimated to have a budget in excess of $500,000 each from UK taxpayers.

“I know how popular the program is and I also know that this decision will divide opinion,” said BBC director general Tony Hall. “I’ve always been a great fan of his work on Top Gear and I also believe his voice and voices like his have a place, an important place, on the BBC… but not at any price.”

Fans have suggested that alternative channels such as Netflix pick up the show, although they may have to attract Clarkson with a salary rivaling the $14 million he received last year. A new channel would also have to create a new brand

and presentation format, since the rights to Top Gear are controlled by the BBC.

Co-presenter James May said, “It’s a tragedy. I’m sorry that what ought to have been a small incident sorted out easily has turned into something big.” He added jokingly, “If you excuse me, I very desperately have to write the eBay listing for my Ferrari.”

Meanwhile, Tymon is regrettably receiving Twitter backlash from extremist fans on Twitter. “He now simply wishes to return to the job he loves at the BBC,” said Tymon’s lawyer.

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Motown Comes to San Diego

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Sophia Ketring
Staff Writer

The critically acclaimed Broadway show Motown is making its way to San Diego this June as a part of their national tour. Motown The Musical takes the audience on Berry Gordy’s journey of creating his record label, Motown. This record label was created in a time when racism was incredibly rampant in the music industry helped many African-American artists reach stardom and give them the radio time they were so often denied. The show is an experience into the creation of such artists as Michael Jackson, The Supremes, and Smokey Robinson.

The show also recreates Berry Gordy and Diana Ross’s tumultuous romantic relationship. This show is a tribute to great artists that inspired many not only with their music, but also with helping to break racial tensions.

Motown was nominated for four Tony Awards, the most prestigious prize a Broadway show can be nominated for. The show first premiered on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in April of 2013. The musical finished its run on Broadway in January of this year.

San Diego is very lucky to be included in Motown‘s tour. There are eight shows to be preformed in San Diego.

San Diego’s first show takes place on June 9th at 7pm, and the last show is scheduled for June 14th. There are two matinées of the show in the short six days that the musical is in town.

This is a great opportunity for people to see a Broadway show without having to travel all the way to New York. Tickets are currently on sale through Motown The Musical’s website.

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Game of Thrones Nudity: Why Is It Only The Ladies?

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By Vivi Bonomie
Staff Writer

To anyone who watches the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, seeing naked people on screen isn’t even reason to blink anymore. The show has been recognized for its fair share of nudity and sex on-screen. More and more people have begun to notice that most of the nudity in the show is displayed by females. While many women have been shown partially and even totally nude, it is rare to see a completely naked man.

These details have not only been addressed by fans of the show but cast members as well. Kit Harington, who plays John Snow in the show, did an interview with GQ where it was mentioned that part of his contract requires him to “disrobe” whenever it is asked of him. To this he replied, “It’s only right, if you’re going to make a show where nudity and sex is a large part of it, that you be a part of that.” He goes on to say that he wouldn’t go as far as to say that he would be happy to be completely nude, and that it would have to be “well deserved.”

In another interview with The Independent, Harington commented on the inequality of naked screen time by saying, “I do think there should be an equal amount but I think it’s wrong to say there isn’t any male nudity in Thrones.” He continued on to add that the problem was really in the ratio.

Co-star Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, was on the same page as Harington, agreeing that sex scenes were necessary for the show since it is set in a medieval time period.

On the topic of women characters in the show, she stated, “They couldn’t manipulate that well through their power because they didn’t have a huge amount.” She continued, “I think one of the main ways that women can use what they have is through sex. They can really manipulate people through men’s desires, and the same vice versa, so I think it is quite necessary that they show that aspect.”

Overall, it seems to be the consensus that sex scenes are an important part of the plot and setting for the show. Most would agree with this sentiment once taking into consideration the time period.

It can also be argued that because of the time period, women were more sexualized back then and often were treated as inferior to men. That being said, showing women naked significantly more times than men can nowadays be considered both unfair and sexist.


ISIS Hitlist Released

No Comments 17 April 2015

By Andrea Albanez
Staff Writer

Earlier this month, the Islamic State Hacking Division, a group associated with the Syrian terrorists group ISIS, posted a hit list of 100 faces, names, and addresses of service members in the United States. Four of those names were of men who served on the San Diego-based aircraft carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson. The list has caused many to worry as to how the group got the names and if there will be any repercussions.

The list was posted online on March 23rd, with ISIS saying they “hacked U.S. military servers, databases and emails to get the service members’ information” and posted that information online (San Diego Union Tribune). Defense Department officials have said that the group’s claim was most likely “untrue,” and probably just found the information online through social media (San Diego Union Tribune).

With the list having been posted, many have been fearing what will happen to the 100 people on the list if ISIS moves forward with its threats. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the FBI have contacted the people on the list, working with them to ensure their safety.

In an interview with NBC 7’s Bridget Naso, a spouse of one of the men on the hit list who wished to remain anonymous, said that “it was frightening, very frightening.” After hearing the news, Naso reported that, “she and her active-duty husband changed their social media accounts and eliminated any pictures or references to the military.”

Though this has aroused concern, many believe that this threat is only a threat and no action will be taken by ISIS to undertake any of the threats they said. The hit list has caused a small frenzy on the war on terror against ISIS, but it will surely be resolved soon to bring back the sense of security that our country has always had.


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