The Pioneer, Vol. 52, Issue 3


The January 7, 2019 issue of The Pioneer — Pierce College Fort Steilacoom's student news publication in Lakewood, Washington.

Jan. 7, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 3

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom’s student news publication, Est. 1974

An international taste

of the New Year

Pages 8-9

Human Trafficking

Awareness Month

Beating the

holiday blues

Page 10 Pages 14-15




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Twitter: @piercepioneer


Room: CAS 323




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

for our publication to be perfect. We understand


Communication is important. We cannot

address concerns if they are not brought to our

attention. The Pioneer wants to hear our readers’

voices; they help shape the publication itself.

If one person is uncomfortable, it is more

than likely that others are, too. One conversation

could represent an entire community at Pierce,

which makes these talks even more important.

If a reader is uneasy about the content of The

Pioneer, we would rather receive a heartfelt letter

than lose a reader over something we could have


We will not shy away from our mistakes. We

want open discussion about issues that need to

be handled. We want to understand our readers’

points of view.

The Pioneer is meant to be an inclusive space.

If there is a time that our readers feel unwelcome,

such as the concern featured on page four, we

urge them to send a message to The Pioneer.

They can also visit our office, located in Cascade


The Pioneer encourages readers to voice

their opinions on any of our published content.

Anyone who has a comment is free to email us at


Editorial Manager

Nick Nelson

Production Manager

Carl Vincent Carallas

Web Manager

Alyssa Wilkins

Social Media Manager

Beatrix Cendana

Office Manager

Jenn Burgess



Victoria will make an appearance in

each of our cover photos. Can you

find her in this one?

Magazine Cover: Alyssa Wilkins/

Staff Photo Illustration

Letters to The Editor

Have an opinion on our articles or about campus events, policy?

Write a letter to the editor and send to:

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Malia Adaoag

David Aguilar

Calvin Beekman

Candee Bell

Jorge Higuera

Khuong “Finn” Quoc Ho

Diane Russell

Maxwell Smith

Karley Wise

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be you!

To find out more, turn to

page 11.

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The Pioneer is an official publication of the Associated Students of Pierce College and is

sanctioned as such by the college’s Board of Trustees and funded primarily by student fees.

It is a public forum for student expression since 1974.

The Pioneer’s mission is:

(1) to inform the student body of issues and events of interest, relevance and importance;

(2) to provide students with a forum for discussion, opinion and expression; and

(3) to provide the student body with editorial leadership.

In carrying out this mission, The Pioneer will use as its ethical guide the Statement of

Principles adopted by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Although it will strive

to represent the diverse views and interests of the student body, The Pioneer is not responsible

for representing, endorsing or promoting any person, group, organization or activity.

January 7, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 3


Page 6 Pages 8-9 Pages 12-13 Pages 14-15



What is seasonal

depression, really?


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Diane Russell



What’s on the menu?


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Carl Vincent Carallas



What to enjoy in 2019


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Beatrix Cendana


Start off the year

with a laugh


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Alyssa Wilkins


A lesson learned


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Nick Nelson


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Diane Russell



Resolve to stick to it



The problem is close to



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Karley Wise


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Karley Wise


Beat the “blahs”

January 7, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 3 / 3


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

Carl Vincent Carallas/

Staff Illustration

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

very important.

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

Pierce College.

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.


Editorial Manager

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January 7, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 3 / 5




Staff Writer


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

around them.

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

enough energy.”

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,”

Stratton said.

“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.

January 7, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 3

How to Make a New Year’s Resolution Work


Staff Writer


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 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

normal routine.

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

Brian Tracey.

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

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

around you.”

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

January 7, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 3 / 7



What to expect in other parts of the world


Staff Writer

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 (Japan)

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 (Korea)

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.



January 7, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 3

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 (Netherlands)

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.

Carl Vincent Carallas/Staff Illustrations

January 7, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 3 / 9




Understanding the crime will help keep your community safe


Staff Writer


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

5 News.

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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

Psychological and

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

stress disorder,

phobias, panic attacks, anxiety

and depression

• 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



Staff Writer


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

their releases. Photo Photo Photo

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. Photo

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

adventure games.

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A & E Photo


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. Photo

Captain Marvel

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

properties. Photo


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. Photo


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.

January 7, 2019 / Vol. 52, Issue 3 / 13

The holidays

are over;

here is how to survive

the “blahs”


Staff Writer



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

to come.

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

loved ones.

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,

seven months

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

father was.

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

you happy.

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.

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