The Spotlight Is On You

The Spotlight Is On You
By Trissean McDonald

Art is the magic of creative imagination, a universal platform that stirs up controversy. The imagination of one artist may be accepted or denounced by others.

The Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso is a perfect example of art being controversial. The eccentric accents within his art is either viewed as a masterpiece, or perhaps different pieces of a puzzle being grotesquely morphed into one whole image. 

Jimmy Guzman, an IMDb member, as well as a LACC student who is currently working on a film project, is majoring in production and filming. The project is called “Someone’s After Me.” The character is schizophrenic and believes he’s being chased by someone else; however, he eventually realizes that he’s chasing himself. 

“At the end, he accidentally stabs himself,” Guzman said. 

Filmmakers and directors from whom he draws inspiration are Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and Lon Chaney.  Lon Chaney’s unique artistry moved Guzman deeply, opening a path of interest in filming and production at an early age. 

“The first one I watched was “Phantom Of The Opera,” and “Hunchback of Notre Dame” from the late silent films. That’s what inspired me to become a filmmaker,” Guzman said.

Guzman’s film genre of interest is horror. Considering that Spielberg isn’t a horror film director, he is still one of Guzman inspirational figures. The main two films of Spielberg that amuse Guzman are legendary films, and were also amusement park rides at Universal Studios Hollywood.

“ET and Jurassic Park. They’re like, the most fascinating movies he made. Plus, the bike scene from ET, that song…oh my god, like, I almost cried. And that Jurassic Park thing that he created…oh my god, he created magic,” Guzman said. 

Today’s horror films do not interest Guzman. The suspense is no longer present. Predicting what may occur before it happen, and actually witnessing the prediction unfold could demotivate people from going to the movies. 

“I’m afraid to watch it, people already know what to expect when they go to the movies,” Guzman said. 

Guzman’s idea to improve today’s horror, is intensifying the suspense. It’ll cause the audience to be at the edge of their seats, and people eyes to be glued to the big screen anticipating each suspenseful moment. 

“Nobody would see it coming,” Guzman said. “And towards the end, it’ll be like, ‘oh sh*t!’ They thought it was [this] guy, but naw, it was [this] guy all this time.” 

   
Dreams of making it to Hollywood are starting to unfold for Guzman. “Little Maniac” is a short horror film that Guzman launched Oct. 18, 2016. This film is documented within the IMDb database, and could be viewed on YouTube. Jimmy Guzman and Natalie Rodriguez directed the film. Guzman wrote “Little Maniac” with the aid of his brother Shaun Guzman, who co-wrote the horror film. 

The goal for Guzman is not to stir up controversy. Rather, it’s an opportunity to express his imagination. Yet, Guzman is aware of the potential controversy that surrounds his artistry. 

“I try to keep my movies as positive as I can. If I get feedback, I’m going to take it as a positive. And if people don’t like the movies, I’ll make more movies,” Guzman said. 

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Traffic Requirements For Bikers In Los Angeles Raise Confusion

Traffic Requirements For Bikers In Los Angeles Raise Confusion 

By Trissean McDonald

 

Los Angeles bicycle legislation must undergo serious reform in order to alleviate the confusion about established laws. There is/are no written law(s) specifying the ordinance for bikers utilizing crosswalks, leaving a vague gap between what law(s) is/are considered an infraction if broken.  

In fact, bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers, according to the “Bicycle” section of the Department of Motor Vehicles California Driver Handbook 2017. But, there’s no mention about bicycles riding within a crosswalk. Yet, there’s LAPD officers such as Officer Grimmer, who are unfamiliar with the law and are writing citations. In which leaves the question, “Are the police really taking the law into their own hands?”

Arbitrary bicycle laws are perplexing the community into thinking what is an actual law. 

The annoyance of paying gratuitous citations not only strip the pockets of citizens; rather it’s also unsatisfying for governing states, to take funds from citizens without a proper cause. 

  

Open Gym Schedule Lets Students Workout for Free 

Open Gym Schedule Lets Students Workout for Free 
By Trissean McDonald

 

Workouts in the Fitness Center and Weight Room inside of the Kinesiology Building are no longer limited to faculty and staff because students now have the opportunity to join in free of charge.        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Dumbbells, squat racks, and even stretch straps are available among other fitness equipment inside of the Weight Room of the Kinesiology South Building, Room 109. The Weight Room is open one day a week. Hours are Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. 

Fitness-minded individuals have even greater access at the Fitness Center, which is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. and Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Battle ropes, elliptical trainers, spin bikes, treadmills and 16 other exercise machines are available for students in the North Kinesiology Building, Room 202.  

“Keep Calm and Exercise” is the mantra that is being used to attract students to live a healthier lifestyle by using the campus facilities. 
The new access to the weight room, however, is not enough for everyone.“When you tell this to the students, they do not want to come. They’re like, ‘One day, oh, that’s not enough,’” said Ismaelite Stewart, a student who works in the South Gym and founder of the Fit for Life Club. 

“Fit for Life” is a club that is currently in the works of being chartered, according to ASG Vice President of Clubs, Theresa Morgan Cruz. 

For students like Eric Romero who is majoring in chemical engineering, there is never enough iron to pump.“This is my last semester here, and I wish they offered more programs here,” Romero said. 

The only requirement for using the workout rooms is that students complete and submit a liability form. Some students wish for expanded hours.“I wish they would promote this a lot more [because then] people don’t have to register for a class to go into the workout room,” said Nestor Alvarado, a nursing major with a group of friends in the Student Union. Liability forms are available in the Gym areas.

Jose Rios contributed to this story.

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Why Celebrate Suicide

I know it sounds insensitive, but I’m not celebrating suicide anymore. Obviously, these artists are seeking after help. Sometimes the public/industry is so caught up with the status of celebrities that they miss the fact that some of these artists are indeed suicidal. Then, when these artist actually commit suicide, mainstream likes to dismiss the fact that these individuals really need help. They’ll do a stupid vigil at the celebrity’s star, play their music, or their films/series. We’ve seen/heard them already. Let’s get deeper into the problem. Clearly, these artists feel as if no one is there to support them in their hardship. What could we do to stop these suicides?

1)We should regard these artist as regular human beings, the only difference is that they entertain us.

2) We need to see the big picture. Is the public exciting more suicides for celebrities? Is the public so consumed with mainstream’s distractive agenda about what’s really going on? 

3) We need to understand that we are indeed celebrating the suicide of these artists. If these artists died any other way, then it’s understandable to pay remembrance.

BE AWARE OF YOUR RESTROOM VISITS AT LACC

Be Aware Of Your Restroom Visits At LACC 

By: Trissean McDonald
6/26/2017 6:02pm 

It’s quite disturbing to have to wonder if you’re amongst a sexual predator while using one of the restrooms at Los Angeles City College, after witnessing one alleged sexual predator who was detained today on campus for that very reason. 

Edward Salm, a white male in his 50’s, bald, and heavy-built was detained inside the FH building on the 3rd floor for an alleged indecent exposure charge. An anonymous student placed in a report with LACC Sheriff Department around 1:30pm. 

 The student who unfortunately had to cross paths with the alleged suspect, witnessed Salm “moaning and using phrases to express his pleasure.” The student continues telling LACC Sheriff, “he stood in front of my stall and began ‘jerking-off’. He left my stall, then went to the urinal and started masturbating. He turned around to look at me.”

LACC Sheriff Department storms into the restroom 5-10 minutes after the report and confronts the alleged suspect. Salm had on a pair of red shorts, a grey shirt, and a pair of dark colored shoes. He came out of the restroom handcuffed. Salm was then escorted out of the FH building. The student was escorted out by Sheriff officials as well, following after Salm.  

The student was adamant about pressing charges and went about the procedures. However, the student was informed by LACC Sheriff that it would have to be a citizen’s arrest because the alleged suspect denied all charges. Therefore, the case would be considered as “hearsay” and perhaps thrown out.

Even though the alleged suspect denied the allegation, Edward Salm said, “sorry if I did anything to offend him,” according to LACC Sheriff Deputy Wang. However, that wasn’t enough proof for an actual arrest. Yet, nobody has to be a scholar to know that that is a form of guilt. 

 
This information leaves the student contemplating whether or not to continue the process. Then after meditating on the issue, the student decided to drop the charges. However if Edward Salm “is found back on school campus, he will be arrested for trespassing,” according to Deputy Wang. 

The LACC Sheriff deputy that is investigating this alleged incident is Deputy Dexter Jones. Upon speaking with Deputy Jones he stated that, “there’s no signs posted saying ‘no trespassing’.” He continues, “the only way that he could be arrested for trespassing is if this was a private school.” This is an ongoing investigation. 

If you were to encounter a similar incident, or you may perhaps know someone with a similar story, contact the LACC Sheriff’s Department at (323) 662-5276.