Honors Newsletter 2011-12, Vol.1 Issue 9.indd



Honors Newsletter 2011-12, Vol.1 Issue 9.indd
2011 2012
Volume 1, Issue 9
Table of Contents:
Xavier the Owl .......................1
Ignition Seminars ....................1
Senior Prom ............................2
Miss Representation ................2
Valentines Stories ...................3
TV Show Survey ......................4
Couples Profiles ......................5
Foodies: Koreana ....................6
CTS Q&A .................................6
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On Friday, Feb. 10, Honors students
assisted in hos ng a senior prom for
the residents of the Sunrise Senior Living Center. Students and residents alike
were able to enjoy an evening of dancing and merriment during University
Honors’ second annual involvement
with the event.
Honors students were occupied
throughout the evening either persuading some of the residents to dance or
engaging in light-hearted conversa ons
with the a endees. A variety of music
was played which catered to nearly everyone in a endance. Honors student
Xinyin Bi was among the volunteers
who a ended the event. According to
Bi, she was inspired to help out with
the dance in order to “bring some happiness to the residents.”
Even Honors staff decided to come
out and enjoy the fun as they took to
the dance floor and showed their impressive dance moves. Residents’ faces
could be seen ligh ng up when they saw
how much fun the employees of Sunrise were having and how goofy they
were ac ng. Those unable to stand up
and dance would smile and clap to the
beat of the music. There was also an
area where a backdrop and chair were
decorated with a Valen ne’s Day theme
where residents could take pictures—
the ul mate way for residents to commemorate the memorable night. The
senior prom was a great opportunity
for the living center’s residents, Honors
students and staff to step out of their
comfort zones for a night of dancing.
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On Wednesday, Feb. 1, UC Riverside
students and members of the Honors
community convened to learn about
one of society’s most pressing (and
o en under-appreciated) issues: the
prevalence of sexism and the nega-
ve impact that mainstream media portrayal has on women. The screening of
the film, “Miss Representa on,” was led
by Honors faculty Dr. Vorris Nunley and
featured a ques on and answer session
with the film’s director, Jennifer Siebel
“The media’s idealistic representation of women is both demeaning and
impossible for the average woman. One
of the most important things that I took
away from this film is that everyone has
a responsibility to take a stand against
the media’s limiting portrayals of our
gender,” stated Honors student Navil Lopez. “It has challenged me to be a mentor to younger girls and show that we
can do great things even when greater
corporations try to oppress us. Women
have come a long way, but we still have
far to go.” The film features interviews
with prominent female leaders such as
Condoleezza Rice and even pop culture
icons such as Katie Couric and Margaret
Cho. Though the featured interviewees
ranged from a diverse background, their
shared experiences as women led to
their collective conclusion: the need for
change in gender role portrayals is imminent.
The Honors community is wellknown for its active role in alleviating
societal issues through community
service and volunteer work. As the Miss
Representation film has shown, we can
also strive to address significant societal
issues through our everyday interactions
with others.
In our first issue of the quarter, Honors Outlook asked students what they did during Winter break. This Ɵme, the
quesƟon was: What did Honors students do for ValenƟne’s Day? Responses ranged from romanƟc dates while
others spent their evening studying for midterms.
“I pracƟced for my bogu test in Kendo.” Nickolas Moreno
“For Valen nes Day, some of my closest girlfriends and I got
dressed up and went to eat Pazookis at B.J.s!”
Kristen Siewertsen
“I just celebrated my first ValenƟne's Day this year! My boyfriend of 8 months went over the top
and gave me a dozen roses, a cute teddy bear, Twix (my favorite chocolate), and a giŌ card for a
French manicure! In return, I took him out to Chili's for a (somewhat romanƟc) dinner.”
Leah Rosario
“My boyfriend and I went out to the LA Zoo, dinner and went to
go see ‘The Vow’ for Valen ne’s Day!”
Paulina GuƟerrez
“I was sick (but not lovesick); I ate half a pizza (decreased entropy, increased cancer risk). I ended
the day challenging someone on Facebook about their (loose) interpretaƟon of ValenƟne’s Day,
leading to a discussion about its true meaning. (Apparently, I now have a new friend request.)”
Dat Nguyen
“I had a date with my anatomy lab book. Studying the
circulatory system seemed like the perfect way to spend
Valen ne's Day."
Paige Stevens
“For Valen ne's Day I took Tiffany Lien out on a date. I bought her flowers and a bag of goodies and chocolates. We made each other Valen ne's Day cards and she also gave me Reese's
heart chocolates. We had dinner at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse and then saw "The Vow"
at Harkin's Theater.”
Andrew Bahn
“On ValenƟnes Day my hallmates helped my boyfriend sneak into my dorm to surprise me. I found a
dozen roses siƫng on my chair and when I turned I saw him standing there. He drove from San Diego
wearing his sailor uniform just to spend a few hours with me.”
Rebekah Klein
So I have never in my life had a Valen ne, it is quite sad. I had hoped to go out to eat
dinner but was stuck wri ng an essay that needed to be turned in the following day.
To make it all worse my roommate’s Valen ne came knocking on my dorm door and
had a nice li le surprise planned for her. He set it all up on her desk and waited for
her. The rest speaks for itself.
Stephanie Ochoa
“I got to my apartment around 5:45 PM aŌer aƩending Neil Smelser’s, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, lecture on the future of public
educaƟon. I was much too depressed for company, so I wrote my arƟcle for the Highlander, finished a paper for a creaƟve wriƟng class and
found the pillow with a Philip Roth book, “The American Pastoral.” The next day was much beƩer!”
Tim Aguilar
One Show for the Rest of My Life?
Honors Outlook also asked our readers what TV show they would watch if they could only watch one show for the rest of their
lives. Picking amongst thousands of possible contenders, Honors students sent in their choices; 3 shows were the most popular,
with some interesƟng choices in tow.
Modern Family
That 70’s Show
Other shows included:
• 30 Rock
• American Horror Story
• Arthur
• Clannad
• Community
• Cougar Town
• Ghost Whisperer
• Glee
• Grey’s Anatomy
• Hot in Cleveland
• How I Met Your Mother
• Ini al D
• Mad Men
• News
• One Tree Hill
• Prison Break
• Rachel Maddow
• Seinfeld
• Sherlock
• The Walking Dead
Stacey Lumabao & Andrew Bernardo
’ no secret that
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l i ’ Day,
and romantic relationships in general,
mean work—and many Honors students have enough of that as it is. But
that doesn’t mean that Honors stu-
dents can’t have successful relationships.
We need look no further than Honors’ very own power couple, Stacey
Lumabao and Andrew Bernardo (collectively known as “Standrew”), for
proof. Andrew and Stacey have been
together for almost a year now, and
though they must often struggle to fit
each other into their busy schedules,
they usually manage to work things out
and spend plenty of time together.
Andrew remarks, “We try to at
least see each other every day, whether that be seeing each other in school
or Skyping each other. Yes, we’re busy
with school, but we do make the effort
to see each other.”
In their free time, Andrew and Stacey like to go out for food, play sports
or videogames and watch movies.
Though the time they spend together
is dearly bought, the couple has never
been anything but thrilled with the results.
“He always encourages me to do
my best, work my hardest, and always,
always tells me how much he believes
in me. As cliché as it sounds, he’s basically my rock when I get a bit lost in my
own day-to-day responsibilities,” says
Honors students may well have
to work harder to maintain healthy
romantic relationships, but that just
means that the fruits of their amorous
endeavors are that much more meaningful. The Honors Outlook hopes that
the entire Honors community, including couples such as Andrew and Stacey,
enjoyed their Valentine’s Day.
Joe Bulone & Amy Kwiecien
Being full- me students can somemes make it hard for couples to
spend me together especially when
midterms are so conveniently located
during the Valen ne’s season. Joe
Bulone is a second-year bioengineering major, who, in addi on to his engineering course load, helps volunteer with Campus Escort Services and
par cipates in Improv Anonymous.
Amy Kwiecien is a second-year plant
biology major who plays in the UC
Riverside Concert Band and volunteers at the Botanical Gardens. Even
with such busy schedules, Amy and
Joe have found ways to keep up with
their schoolwork and s ll enjoy each
other’s company.
Amy and Joe met through the
HNPG 09 class during their freshmen
year and officially began their rela on-
ship on Valen ne’s Day 2011. During
the school week they spend me together between classes and usually try
to spend their meals together, working
to make their free me coincide. However, weekends and breaks are when
they really get to be together—not
only for studying, but for the fun projects and hobbies they like working on
together such as hiking to the C, building water balloon trebuchets and geocaching.
Amy and Joe truly enjoy the me
they spend with each other and it
isn’t uncommon for Joe to take the
bus to visit Amy just to give her one
of his famous duct tape gi s—including a duct tape flower and heart that
he gave her for Valen ne’s Day. This
versa le couple is well known in Honors and have shown their peers how a
uccessful rela onship can blossom in
the midst of academic undertakings.
Foodies recently witnessed
their largest turnout during
their trip to the distant land
of downtown Riverside to
gorge on Korean barbeque
at Koreana. For those who
have never experienced Korean barbeque, one need only
imagine a buffet—but with
nearly all of the food being
served uncooked (but only
temporarily). Huge portions
of raw meats are brought to
your table where you are in
charge of cooking the meat
on a grill placed in the middle of the table. Many of the
meats, ranging from chicken
to beef (seafood is also available), are marinated in different sauces that further add
to the flavor of the food. The
meat itself was very good,
though I would suggest knowing or bringing someone who
knows how to cook. I kept to
the red meat which featured
brisket, ribs and tenderloins.
With Arthur Chandra as head
chef, we dug into the meat by
the pounds. Arthur revealed
this talent by barbequing
the meat to the perfect temperature. The brisket was
probably my favorite of the
meats; it was tender and had
a great beefy flavor since it
was not marinated. Though
the brisket is generally used
as filler while waiting for the
thicker meats, it was one of
the main dishes that kept us
occupied. The ribs were juicy
and had just the right amount
of toughness to them. These
ribs were marinated in a delectable sauce that really
added some great flavors.
The tenderloins were a little
on the chewy side and I did
not care for the marinade too
much. Overall the food was
great and I would recommend
Koreana to anyone who wants
a unique cooking and dining
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