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THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION
As a brand-new team for The Pioneer, we have
not received a question, concern or complaint
until very recently. Thankfully, a student stepped
forward to voice her opinion. This gave us an
experience that we can learn and grow from and
we are very appreciative for this.
At The Pioneer, we strive to give Pierce
students, staff and faculty a voice. Our writers
interview and quote those at Pierce. Our photographers
give them a face. We do our best to
represent our college’s population in an ethical
and accurate manner.
That being said, there are times that our
readers feel that we have done something wrong.
This is inevitable. Whether it is a disagreement,
misrepresentation or misquote, it is impossible
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Communication is important. We cannot
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attention. The Pioneer wants to hear our readers’
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than likely that others are, too. One conversation
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page 6 Pages 8-9 Pages 12-13 Pages 14-15
What is seasonal
What’s on the menu?
Carl Vincent Carallas
NEW GAMES AND
What to enjoy in 2019
Start off the year
with a laugh
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
A lesson learned
Resolve to stick to it
The problem is close to
Beat the “blahs”
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Hello, I’m Emma. I am currently in my first quarter
here at Pierce College, and I wanted to reach out about
the latest issue of The Pioneer. I read the newspaper for
the same reason it’s written (according to the mission
statement found at the beginning of each issue), to be
informed of events, hear different opinions and know
what’s going on on campus.
From what I’ve been told so far, it is very important
to Pierce College staff and officials that we are all
accepting and tolerant of others, and that we create a
welcoming and understanding environment. I agree
with this idea, and think that it is a dream worth striving
That being said, I feel that the latest issue of our
newspaper has disrespected that dream. I feel that our
progress towards tolerance and acceptance has been
partially undone and that we have set ourselves back. I
do not feel welcome here. I feel ostracized. I feel that I
don’t belong, that my existence is wrong here, that I am
not somebody who is wanted here by those around me.
These feeling were inspired when I read an article
featured in The Pioneer. The article is called “Why Brett
Kavanaugh,” and talks about how sexual misconduct is
rampant in our society, how men in power can not be
touched and how men accused of sexual assault sometimes
get away with no repercussions.
It was not the content of the article that upset me, I
agree with most things it said. Men do get away with
things sometimes. Men in power can’t be trusted and
shouldn’t be idolized. What bothered me was the art featured.
It showed two men holding a partially undressed
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woman, it seemed like the men had taken advantage of
her. The men were horrible people, who enjoyed making
women suffer. One of them also had the Republican
elephant on his chest.
I have always considered myself more Republican
than not. What am I supposed to think? I am obviously
not supposed to think about politics the way that I do,
does that mean that I am a rapist? Do you think that
I support rape culture because of my political beliefs?
Does my existence make you disgusted? Do you want
me to leave? I know fellow Republican students, are they
welcome here? I don’t feel tolerated or understood, but
like an outsider, who is not worth anyone’s time.
As the editorial manager, I believe that
I should have paid more attention to
the content of the article. If I had done
so, the illustrator may have portrayed a
different image. I also believe that taking
responsibility for our own mistakes is
We have met since this letter was sent.
Our meeting was eye-opening for me. I
understand your side; you should never
feel unsafe, unwelcome or untolerable at
Your concern helped us realize that
you are not the only student who felt this
way about the illustration. If one person
is uncomfortable, it is inevitable that
more people feel the same way.
The illustration is based on a photo
of Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh
shaking hands after Kavanaugh was announced
a Supreme Court nominee. It is
understandable that not everyone would
know this, and therefore misinterpret the
message of the art.
The elephant pin was not meant to
target every individual Republican party
member. It was simply used to represent
Republicans in political power.
I think our intention was misrepresented
because we did not label the
illustration. As an editor, I want my staff
(and myself) to abide by the values of the
Society of Professional Journalists’ Code
of Ethics, one of which states: “Clearly
label illustrations and re-enactments.”
In our meeting, Emma let us know that
the article talked of “men in power” but
failed to mention those in the Democratic
party who have committed the
same acts. Although it is true that some
Democratic party members are not above
reproach, the commentary that used the
image came after the Kavanaugh case.
The article is meant to be about this case
and other similar issues in the Republican
It is my job to ensure that fair and accurate
reporting goes into The Pioneer. I
apologize to those who have been offended
by the illustration. We will continue to
look out for mistakes and misrepresentations
in our magazine and website.
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By NICK NELSON
WHEN THE FALL AND WINTER
MONTHS come around, the talk of “seasonal
depression” comes, too. It is common
to hear about the weather bringing
someone down; the lack of sunlight, the
pouring rain, the biting cold. Some may
suggest that everyone gets seasonal depression,
but it goes further than that.
“Seasonal depression” has a diagnosis.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is
classified by having symptoms of clinical
depression throughout specific seasons
— most commonly, fall and winter. SAD
also affects people in the spring and
According to the National Institute of
Mental Health (NIMH), the symptoms
must persist for two years to be considered
SAD. Symptoms of major depression
include feeling depressed for most of
nearly every day, feelings of hopelessness,
thoughts of death or suicide and losing
interest in activities one normally enjoys.
Over the past four years at Pierce
College, the fall quarter has the highest
percentage of class dropout rates with
the peak withdrawal rate at 4.2 percent
in the 2015-2016 year. That same year,
the winter quarter saw its highest rate at
3.3 percent. In the 2017-2018 fall quarter,
there was a 3.1 percent class withdrawal
rate. In the 2017-2018 spring quarter,
there was 3 percent followed by summer’s
2.3 percent. While this may be coincidence,
it could be a serious consideration
for those who experience SAD and those
The president (or co-president, as
she puts it) of the Social Service Mental
Health club, Tanessa Blackmore, said,
“If you’re experiencing something bad
enough, then of course it can take you
out of school. It can take you out of life.
Maybe you’re so sad that you just can’t
bring yourself to go. You don’t have
Seasonal Affective Disorder:
What is it and what to do
Class withdrawals spike in fall and winter
Diane Russell/Staff Illustration
Running Start student Gabrielle Stratton
struggled with classes last winter and
again in the fall. “In winter, I failed two
classes and I dropped them. Then I had a
really bad score in the last one that I had,”
“This fall, I just totally dropped the
ball on my classes. I think a big reason
is because I think I’m making up for my
summer, but I’m also putting too much
effort into my social life as a way to cheer
myself up,” she said about fall quarter.
One of two counselors in the Pierce
College district, Megan Irby, said she is
familiar with SAD. “It’s something that
impacts people in the Pacific Northwest,
especially with the frequent rain and
gray weather,” she stated in an email. “I
would say that when students are seeing
me during the months of November
(through) April, we focus more on
whether the weather impacts them or
Circumstances happening in one’s life
can affect the way someone experiences
SAD or even clinical depression. Blackmore
shared her own experience with
depression and school.
“When I was younger, I lost my father
three days before my graduation. It was
several years ago, but I remember having
to put off some of my tests until the following
quarter … I graduated and everything,
but I just could not,” she paused to
think about what to say next. “It was such
a severe situation, as you can imagine,
that I went into this deep depression. I
didn’t want to do anything.”
Blackmore listed different kinds of
therapy that clinicians may prescribe
for those who are diagnosed with SAD.
The types of therapy include talk therapy;
light therapy, which involves using
artificial light to simulate natural light;
and mental wellness exercises, like yoga
and meditation. “Something that will
assist along with the talk therapy and any
medications,” she said.
Blackmore also shared practical tips for
those who are struggling.
“Take care of yourself; try to get some
sleep, stay on a schedule … Practice your
stress management, know when you’re
stressed out,” she said.
Blackmore mentioned socializing.
However, she knows that this could be
hard for those who are introverted. She
said, “I would say getting out and being
amongst people that you feel comfortable
with, just even for a little while, might
energize you and just for a little while get
you out of that hole that you’re in.”
Stratton also recommends meditation.
“I can’t express enough how much meditation
brings you out of whatever setting
you’re in,” she said.
Stratton emphasized the importance
of accomplishing everyday tasks, even if
it requires effort. “‘Motivation through
action’ is a motto that I think everyone
should live through,” she said.
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How to Make a New Year’s Resolution Work
By DIANE RUSSELL
“NEW YEAR, NEW YOU.”
That is the attitude many people have
on Jan. 1 with New Year’s resolutions in
mind. Psychology Today writer, Mark
Griffiths, says an estimated half of adults
make New Year’s resolutions, but less
than 10 percent have success keeping
There are countless ways to improve
one’s life. The most popular New Year’s
resolutions listed by Mark Armstrong
from statista.com are to eat healthier,
save money and exercise more. These are
a start, but they are also unclear.
It is easy to start strong and promise
oneself a better, healthier life. Without
clear outlined goals, it is possible to fall
back on old habits, then feel frustrated
and disappointed. However, research has
shown that there are ways to create and
keep healthy habits. With planning, New
Year’s resolutions can become lifetime
To make a resolution stick, it must first
become a habit. Developing healthy habits
can be difficult. Start with something
small. Nir Eyal states in his Psychology
Today blog that a habit needs to begin as
a new automatic behavior.
The brain needs to form neural
pathways by establishing a trigger that
prompts an action. If your goal is to eat
better, start with eating a piece of fruit
every day at lunch. Keep a connection
between lunchtime and fruit. Buy fruit
from the same place to form a connection.
After several days, the brain will link
lunchtime with fruit. It takes an average
of 66 days for a behavior to become
a habit, according to Gretchen Rubin,
another writer for Psychology Today. A
small change will be easier to continue
for a few months. Incorporate it into your
Make clear resolutions. “Being clear
and concise about what you want to
achieve accounts for about 80 percent
of success and happiness. People with
clear written goals accomplish far more
in a shorter period of time than people
without goals,” states business author
Take time to define what you want. Do
you want to write a novel? Saying “I want
to write a book” is one thing, but what
type of book? Defining goals makes them
easier to visualize.
Knowing your priorities is helpful.
Before you start walking every day, maybe
you should eat better first. Or, before
you make a goal to save $500 by July, you
should cut back on impulse buying. Get
to know your intentions before you jump
into a resolution.
Schedule time for your resolution.
Leave reminder notes for yourself. Above
all, be realistic. See where you can cut
back and devote time to your resolution.
In her book, “Better Than Before, Mastering
the Habit of Our Everyday Lives,”
Gretchen Rubin says, “Scheduling makes
us far more likely to convert an activity
into a habit.”
Annabel Candy at lifehack.com
recommends to make sure you have the
right equipment for your goal. If you plan
on beginning an exercise routine, you
should have the right shoes and clothing
first. If you want to eat more vegetables,
keep fresh cut veggies in an
easy-to-reach spot in the fridge.
If you are going to the gym
the next day, have your clothes
packed and ready to go. Preparing
for your habit will save time and
effort in the long run. Research shows
that the more energy you use to form
a habit, the more likely you will quit.
Taking time to be prepared will save you
in the long run.
If you want to practice positivity, it will
not do well to spend time with negative
people. If you want to exercise more, you
should hang out with other people who
exercise. Find people with similar lifestyles
you want to live. Good habits rub
off on people just like bad habits do.
Griffiths suggests letting friends
and family know your goals. They can
help eliminate obstacles and keep you
accountable. He states, “Don’t be afraid
to ask for help and support from those
The hardest part of New Year’s resolutions
is getting started. Remember, you
are doing this because you care about
yourself and want a better life. That is the
best reason to keep a New Year’s resolution.
Karley Wise/Staff Illustration
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INTERNATIONAL NEW YEAR’S FOOD
What to expect in other parts of the world
By BEATRIX CENDANA
NEW YEAR’S EVE IS THE BEST time to plan for the new year ahead by creating a new resolution or doing something special
with family. While Americans celebrate New Year’s with fireworks or parties until midnight, many people in other countries celebrate
by gathering with family and eating food. Some of them believe these foods can bring luck to their lives in the coming year.
Here is a list of traditional foods people serve for New Year’s Eve in Asia and Europe.
Glutinous Rice Cake (China and Taiwan)
While in China people call it ‘nian gao’ (nien-kao) meaning ‘higher year’, in Taiwan
they call it hong gui gao (hung- kuei-kao). It is usually served during the Spring Festival
which happens the same time as Chinese New Year. The shape is round and the texture
is sticky because it is made from sticky rice with sugar, starch and water. The history of
nian gao comes from the Liao Dynasty, when it was served as a snack, and it remains a
common snack today. Nian gao can be served cold or warm.
Banh Chung and Banh Day (Vietnam)
Banh chung (ban-chung) and banh day (ban-day) are traditional cakes from Vietnam
that are always served during the Tet Holiday (Vietnamese New Year). They are
both made from the same ingredients but come in different forms. Banh chung is a
square cake that symbolizes Earth and bahn day is a round cake that symbolizes the
sky, according to ancient Vietnamese culture. The main ingredient is glutinous rice
with pork and green beans inside. The rice is wrapped in bamboo leaves before boiling
the cakes for 12 hours. Making banh chung and banh day is a way to remember one’s
ancestors. Even though making it is time consuming and requires many people, it can
be a good chance for families to gather.
Kamaboko is a kind of fish cake that originated in Japan and is served at the beginning
and end of the year. Surimi, which is white fish, is the main ingredient in kamaboko. It’s
easy to make kamaboko since all that is required is mashing white fish with additional
seasoning. After that, the fish is formed into different shapes of kamaboko, which can
be cooked by boiling or frying. People usually color kamaboko red and white, which are
lucky colors in Japan. Kamaboko can also be formed into a rolling style that is usually
added to ramen.
Tteokguk (deeok-guk) is a traditional food from Korea that was served during the
war between Korea and China. It was used as a ceremonial food. The main ingredient
is rice that is mixed with water to create small rice cakes. Some people add flowers
to add color to the cakes. The broth is made from beef, chicken or pork. In ancient
Korea, rice cakes were uncommon because they were regarded as an expensive food,
so they were only served during holidays or Seollal (Korean New Year). Nowadays,
this food still remains on the table during Seollal.
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Ayam Taliwang (Indonesia)
Ayam taliwang (a-yam tal-ee-wong), which means spicy chicken, originates from the
eastern region of Indonesia. Ayam taliwang has a long history that started from the war
between Indonesian kingdoms in Taliwang. This war also involved chefs and Muslim
priests, who would cook and pray for the kingdoms. The chefs’ task was to serve food
that was sourced from nature and they chose to call it ‘chicken that comes from Taliwang’.
The way people cook ayam taliwang is really unique. First they wash and cut the chicken.
Then they grill it half-way before dipping it into cooking oil, spicy sauce with garlic and
shrimp paste. In the end, the chicken is grilled or fried to serve. Indo Cafe is a recommended
place to find this cuisine because they always serve fresh chicken with different
kinds of spices. This restaurant is located at 13754 Aurora Ave. N. Haller Lake in Seattle.
Pork and Sauerkraut (Germany)
Germans believe that eating sauerkraut will bring as much prosperity as the number
of pieces of cabbage on the plate. Each shred represents money, so the more people eat
sauerkraut at midnight on New Year’s Eve, the better their lives will be. They usually eat
it with pork sausage or pig feet because pork symbolizes luck or fortune. If anyone wants
to eat pork and sauerkraut, they can visit Bruno’s European restaurant, which is located
at 10902 Bridgeport Way SW. in Lakewood. They have a dish called Farshinki with Oma’s
Sauerkraut Salad that has potato dumplings inside.
Rice Pudding (Norway)
Almost every country has its own rice pudding. In Norway, rice pudding is served with
butter, sugar and cinnamon. Norwegians believe if someone finds an almond hidden in
the rice pudding during New Year’s, that person will have more prosperity and a sweet
life in the year ahead.
Poppy Seeds (Eastern Europe)
Poppy seeds symbolize prosperity and wealth. That is why they are not only served at
Christmas time, but also during New Year’s, as Eastern European believe that each seed
brings luck. Poppy seeds are made into poppy seed rolls and are a well-known food in
Russia, Poland, Hungary and Lithuania. Poppy seeds can also be used in muffins. Bella
Latte Cafe, located at 6450 Tacoma Mall Blvd, serves homemade poppy seed muffins.
Raclette (Switzerland and France)
During the winter season, the French celebrate with raclette (rah-kleht) cheese. There
is no specific history for how raclette came to France, but it was well-known by shepherds
in the Swiss Alps. While they were herding their flocks in the mountains, they melted the
cheese and put it on bread for dinner. Raclette cheese is easy to find and is sold at both
Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.
Oliebollen (oly-bolen) are served during the winter season since they are always good
to warm the stomach. Oliebollen, which is made of flour and sugar as the main ingredients,
has a history behind it. The donuts began with an evil goddess named Perchta.
During Christmas time, she was looking for something to fill her stomach and would
slice people’s stomachs to get food. From that history, the Dutch believe that eating Oliebollen
can help to maintain their body temperature during the winter using fat. That is
why this donut is served as a Dutch New Year’s tradition.
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JANUARY IS NOT THE ONLY TIME TO
FOCUS ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Understanding the crime will help keep your community safe
By DAVID AGUILAR
JANUARY IS NATIONAL HUMAN
TRAFFICKING and Slavery Prevention
Month. However, the crime happens
every day for victims in the United States.
Human trafficking is the second-fastest
growing crime in the nation, according to
the Pierce County website.
The county is no stranger to this harsh
reality. Local street gangs have moved
towards human trafficking as a more
lucrative income that they think is “safer”
than selling drugs.
Pierce County’s Gang Unit has
been working closely with the Human
Trafficking Unit to pursue the criminals
who exploit women, and in some cases
children, for their own financial gain. In
March, there were sting operations across
multiple truck stops in Pierce County.
10 women were rescued in the first few
hours of the operation, according to King
10 / piercepioneernews.com
The director of the National Human
Trafficking Hotline, Caroline Diemar,
said that victims can be of any race,
gender, legal status, age and more.
“Human trafficking does not
discriminate … The thread that connects
most victims together is vulnerability.
There isn’t a typical victim with the
crime of human trafficking. It sounds
cliché, but it can really affect almost
anyone,” she said.
Some signs shown by victims of
human trafficking include poor mental
and physical health, lack of personal
possessions, an inability to identify
or locate where they are or feeling
disempowered to speak for themselves,
according to the Administration for
Children & Families.
Human trafficking is not just a
problem in the United States. It is a
problem that has plagued the world
for as long as imperial and colonial
expansion, whether it is in North
America, Europe, Africa and other
countries around the world.
Cindy Bassage, the program
coordinator for the Pierce College
Homeland Security Emergency
Management degree, said, “We
should educate our citizens so they
are aware of human trafficking.”
Kamala Kempadoo, an associate
professor of social science at York
University, said in one of her books
that during the colonial invasion of
the Caribbean, women in slavery were
hired by white and free, colored
families for various jobs.
However, “the general
expectation of individuals who
hired female labor under
whatever pretense was that
Nick Nelson/Staff Illustration
Behavioral Signs of a Possible
Human Trafficking Victim
• Develop general feelings of
helplessness, shame, guilt,
self-blame and humiliation
• Suffer from shock and denial,
or display symptoms of posttraumatic
phobias, panic attacks, anxiety
• Suffer from sleep or eating
disorders, become addicted to
drugs and/ or
alcohol as a way to cope or
“escape” their situation, or as
a method of control used by
• Experience “trauma bonding”
with the trafficker, positively
identifying with the trafficker and
believing that despite repeated
abuse, the trafficker is a loving
boyfriend, spouse or parent
Source: Administration for Children and
Families, a division of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services.
sexual benefits were included,” the book
Everyone can do their part to help
make this community safer and to help
those who feel as if there is no one else
there for them. If you have concerns that
there is a victim of human trafficking in
your community or you have noticed
suspicious activities, call the local
authorities or the National Human
Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888 or
text “HELP” at 233-733 (BEFREE).
Other ways to help end
human trafficking is to volunteer at local
organizations that work tirelessly to help
victims affected by the crime.
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A & E
Upcoming Games and Movies in 2019
By KHUONG “FINN”
2018 JUST WRAPPED UP with the releases of “Just Cause 4,” “Super Smash
Bros. Ultimate” and many other “triple A” titles that sent gamers into every possible
type of excitement. On the other hand, the moviegoing community had left
theaters across the nation after having seen long awaited flicks such as “Spider-Man:
Into the Spider Verse,” “Aquaman” and “Mary Poppins Returns.” Titles
like these have made 2018 a diverse and colorful year for movies and games
alike. While the world can always look back and pick out its favorite pieces of
entertainment, these upcoming names will make viewers and gamers eager for
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Days Gone (PS4)
The list of Playstation Exclusives keeps
piling up with great action-adventure
titles like the “Uncharted” franchise and
“The Last of Us,” whose release date has
also been speculated by fans to be in this
year, as well as “Crash Bandicoot.”
This year, a promising contender by
the name of “Days Gone” is entering the
arena. While the zombie survival horror
genre has become a dime a dozen, with
the success of “The Last of Us” along with
its highly anticipated sequel, gamers are
waiting to see if Sony will create lightning
in a bottle once again.
Gears of War (PC, Xbox One)
Xbox One loyalists also have something
to look forward to experiencing, as
the latest installment of the third-person
shooter franchise is set to come out in
the next year.
However, the cinematic trailer that
was released back in June received mixed
reactions from viewers, according to the
trailer’s YouTube comment section.
But that does not say much, as there
have been cases where a game sequel
receives negative reaction from fans
and turns out to be surprisingly fun.
“Gears of War” has become a household
name and it looks like the fans of it will
continue to support the series with its
new promising graphics and storyline
Resident Evil 2 (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
The “Resident Evil” series is quite
possibly the longest running survival
horror game franchise up to this point.
While gamers were disappointed with
the action-focused “Resident Evil” 5 and
6, the most recent entry “Resident Evil
7: biohazard” left gamers shaking in fear
and screaming in excitement. “Resident
Evil 2” is a remake of the game of the
same name that was released in 1998.
This time, the developers promise
gamers with updated graphics and some
tweaks to the story to keep the players
engaged. On top of that, the game will be
equipped with a modern over-the-shoulder
camera angle. With the success of
“biohazard”, gamers hope that the franchise
is slowly getting back on its feet.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps (PC, Xbox One)
The platform genre has always had special place in gamers’ hearts, and
next year holds a game that seems refreshing in a market flooded with
action or survival games. Gamers could not get enough of “Ori And The Blind
Forest” back in 2015, which means a sequel was asking to be made. From
the released material that the developers keep teasing fans with, this one
promises to deliver a unique art style and satisfying continuation to its 2015
prequel. Plus, it will be a nice break from the constant third-person
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A & E
Everyone’s favorite elephant is making
a return this year in the form of a live
action movie. Tim Burton can be a hit
and miss sometimes, but with classics
like “Nightmare Before Christmas” and
“Corpse Bride,” the director is keeping
Dumbo’s fans’ fingers crossed.
With “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the
Beast” and the surprisingly well-received
“The Jungle Book” receiving the live-action
treatment, Disney is expected to
“wow” audiences of all ages. The movie
stars Eva Green, Colin Farrell, Michael
Keaton and more.
While “Glass” can be quite a competition,
the Marvel family is still in
their prime. With the trailer of “Captain
Marvel,” it seems like they will have yet
another exciting year full of success.
The studio has consistently put out great
movies throughout the past decade, so it
is more than likely this one will deliver,
at the very least, a fun time. The movie
features a new female superhero who
is Marvel’s answer to DC’s 2017 “Wonder
Woman.” Moviegoers will have yet
another exhilarating ride in the auditorium
when this hits theaters in March.
The movie stars Brie Larson, Jude Law,
Samuel L. Jackson and possibly even
more actors from other beloved Marvel
After blowing everyone’s mind in
2017 with the ending of “Split,” viewers
are now ecstatic for the next M. Night
Shyamalan release. While the director
has made some stinkers at the box office
in his career, “The Happening” and “The
Last Airbender” being the prime examples,
he seems to have been slowly making
a U-turn in the right direction with
recent flicks like “The Visit” and “Split.”
With the way “Split” concluded, it
seems like Marvel and DC now have
something to watch out for as a new
superhero universe is in the works. The
movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, James
McAvoy, Bruce Willis and others.
As Marvel fans are drowned in buzz for “Captain Marvel,” DC fans
are also thrilled as the action- and comedy-packed superhero flick
“Shazam” is making its way to cinemas. History shows that DC has the
tendency to build up hype around a movie and then fail to meet such
promise. However, with the success of “Wonder Woman,” fans can only
hope that the studio will see that greater effort equals greater ratings,
and that the same triumph will happen with Shazam. The movie stars
Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Grace Fulton and others.
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here is how to survive
By CALVIN BEEKMAN
HOLIDAYS ARE A TIME FOR
FAMILIES TO GATHER TOGETHER
and enjoy the season. It could
be through the act of gift
giving, sharing a meal together
or simply just sitting around the
fireplace sharing stories from
the year and hopes for the year
In December 2006, a
research survey was held by
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner
about positive holiday emotions.
An open ended question portion
asked about their favorite part
of the holidays. Fifty-three
percent mentioned family and/
or friends and 36 percent
specifically mentioned spending
more time with family.
The holidays can also cause
stress on those who, for
various reasons, do not look
forward to the holiday season.
According to the same study
done about the positive aspects
of the holidays, research was
done on the negative aspects.
Thirty-eight percent of the
surveyed individuals said
their stress increases during
the holidays due to sadness,
anger, loneliness or fatigue.
Only 8 percent said their stress
Despite these things, the
holidays boast bright lights,
falling snow, time with family
and festive cheer. This may
be the case for many, but for
others, the season can bring
back painful memories of lost
During the 2001 Christmas
season, I moved from Tacoma
to Saint Paul, Minnesota. It was
a hard move, not only being
some thousand miles away
from home, but also because it
was the first Christmas that my
godfather would not be around
He was shot and killed on the
Pacific Lutheran University
campus in May,
prior. Even though
it was December, the pain of
that event had not gone away. I
have had a lot of family deaths
growing up, but this one was
the hardest. He was more of
a father to me than my actual
I made some pretty good
friends during my year in
Minnesota and was not truly
alone. However, I had trouble
not wishing I had been able to
be home with the ones I really
wanted to spend that particular
Christmas with. Unfortunately,
travel conditions and funds
made it too difficult.
People get lonely during the
holidays, which carries over
into post-holiday time. A lot of
people are lonely, homeless
or did not have the money to
make a “true” holiday happen.
Another reason is that often,
the holidays are not that happy
due to the loss of
a loved one, lack
of employment, family
issues and more.
I, for one, enjoy the holiday
time, especially Christmas. You
might think that it is hard to be
depressed during the festivities.
However, life happens. A loved
one gets sick or dies, you lose
a job or home or you never
really had a home to begin with.
Maybe you stay wherever you
can for however long you are
able to. Not everyone has the
best of luck during the holidays.
Even though you could be
around several people and yet
still feel alone can cause
depression during and after
holidays. Even so, there are
ways you can beat the “blahs”
and still enjoy life after the
hustle and bustle is over.
Finding ways to be happy
during the holidays will also
help in the post holiday “blahs”
as well, there is nothing
wrong with remembering and
reminiscing about loved ones
that have gone before during
the festive times, just do not
dwell on it too much, for there
lies the problem. You would just
be making yourself, and those
around you, miserable.
You can stay active and get in
a routine. Whether it is going to
the gym, going for a run or just
simply pushups and situps at
home, be consistent and stick
with it. Hobbies are always a
good way to pass the time when
you are feeling down and out.
Take up photography, painting,
rock painting or whatever else
you choose to do that will make
If you are one who takes
the time to make New Year’s
resolutions, fulfill them. That
would definitely help conquer
the “blahs.” I bet you would
feel really good about it – and
yourself, as well.
If none of the above works,
the best thing you can do is
find someone to talk to. It
could be a good friend, pastor,
teacher or mental healthcare
professional. Talk about how
you are feeling and what you
are going through. It will get
you the help you need. I am
preaching to myself on that one
as well, as I, like a lot of people,
do not always like asking for
help when I really need it.
Live in 2019 happy, healthy
and of good mind. Beat the
“blahs” and embrace the joy.
A Desire To Be...
Created by Karley Wise
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