Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Swine Flu: Are you worried?


Name: Allie Lopiano (SCU Sophomore)

Are you worried?: No

What is your opinion about how people are dealing with this issue?: I think it's ridiculous that people are freaking out about H1N1 which is basically a regular flu. I understand people's concern if for they have a pre-existing medical condition that makes them more vulnerable to sickness, but other than that, people are worrying too much.


Swine Flu: Are you worried?

Name: Taylor Womack
Hometown: San Mateo, CA

Are you worried about getting the Swine Flu? "No. I'm just not worried about it and I don't get sick very often. I don't feel like the Swine Flu is as big a deal as everyone makes it out to be."

What precautions have you taken against the Swine Flu? "I wash my hands more frequently but that's about it. I haven't taken any vaccinations for it. I haven't even taken the seasonal flu shot."


Swine Flu: Are You Worried?

Marcel Juarez-Garza
Hometown: San Juan Bautista, California

Are you worried about getting the swine flu? "No because I got it over the summer."

What was your experience with this particular influenza? "I would wake up and I felt like I hit a train. I had diarrhea, and I would have hallucinogenic dreams and an extremely high temperature (105-107 degrees Fahrenheit)."

Did you seek out medical professionals
? "My doctors would not tell me what I had. They said it was a severe strain of the flu. I asked them if it was swine flu, and they didn't know, but the swine flu symptoms were there, and I had to stay home and not go to work."

What do you think are the symptoms of the swine flu? "High fever, diarrhea, upset stomach, irritability, lost of appetite, coughing and sore throat"

Are you afraid of any of the symptoms appearing again? "No because my system is immune to it... I hope."

Interview by Keesa

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Swine Flu: Are You Worred?

Name: Peggy Kelly
Hometown: Santa Clara, CA
Are you worried about getting the Swine Flu? "Well, the Swine Flu hasn't really affected any of my friends or family but it does worry me because it's out there and that a lot of people are being affected by it and that schools are shutting down because of it. So yeah, I would say I'm worried about it."
What do you think are the symptoms of Swine Flu? "I heard they are much like the regular flu, except a little bit more severe."
Have you taken any precautions against Swine Flu? "I took the flu shot."

- Samantha

Swine Flu: Are You Worried?

Name: Sarah Mirto
Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
Are you worried about getting the Swine Flu?
"I'm not that worried because I haven't heard of too many people having it. I think it's mostly just people getting the flu and then Cowell getting kind of scared because they want to be cautious but I don't think it's that big of a worry."
Have you taken any precautions against Swine Flu?
"I was supposed to go get the flu shot but I don't even know if that helps. And if anyone was told to be quarantined, [I would] obviously just stay away from them."

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Santa Clara vs. Gonzaga Volleyball Game

On Saturday, October 17, I attended the Santa Clara Volleyball Game against Gonzaga. Sadly, Santa Clara lost the match after their lead in the beginning. Santa Clara won the first two sets, but lost the next two, causing them to go into a tie breaker set. Santa Clara lost the tie breaker, giving the match to Gonzaga. Although I took pictures at many volleyball games in high school, this was my first time taking volleyball pictures at Santa Clara, and I must admit it was pretty successful. The game speed was faster than high school games, in terms of ball speed, which I feel helped me get better photos. I could feel the adrenaline from the players while I was sitting on the sidelines, which helped me keep up with their speed. Here are three of my favorite photos from the day.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Webcomics: The Best of the Best

(Photo courtesy of survivingtheworld)

Have you ever read a webcomic? Odds are you have at least heard of them. According to webcomics editor T. Campbell, American middle-class college students make up a large portion of the webcomic reader community. If you haven't read a webcomic, that's okay too. Whether you are looking to get into the world of webcomics or if you are an old-time reader, check out these Jada-approved comics:
  • Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques -- This was the first webcomic I ever read. Contrary to its title, the comic is pretty SFW (Safe For Work). While I don't read it anymore, the story lines are always intriguing and the artistry is impeccable. If you start from the beginning, seeing his style slowly transition into his current sophisticated design is fascinating. The website is updated every weekday so for those of you who constantly press Refresh to see if a site has new content, this is the webcomic for you.
  • Acid Zen Wonder Paint by Stephen Heintz -- His stick figures say it all. There's no plot, there are no characters, just funny lines and expressions from the mouths of stick figures. His commentary is usually unrelated but just as funny, if not more so at times. He rarely updates anymore so I suggest going through the archives if you are looking for a good laugh.
  • The Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch -- Gurwitch's artistic range is incredible with every comic in a different but distinctive style. Some strips contain slight nudity so it's probably NSFW (Not Safe For Work) or class. He doesn't update very much but he has a substantial list of old strips to peruse.
  • White Ninja by Scott Evan and Kent Earle -- White Ninja is a cute, naive guy wearing a ninja costume. Most of the strips end in non sequiturs so if you enjoy random comedy, this might be the webcomic for you.
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weiner -- This might be my favorite webcomic. It's usually just one scene with funny, contradicting text below but occasionally he will employ a standard four-box comic model. Characters are not reoccurring and there is no plot. Warning: advertisements on the sidebar can be graphic. Refresh if you see anything that bothers you.
  • Surviving the World by Dante Shepherd -- I am not 100% sure if this qualifies as a webcomic since it isn't drawn but it is funny nonetheless. The author, who has a Masters in Philosophy, uses each strip to teach his readers a daily life lesson. This comic's target audience is college students so I'm sure you'll get a kick out of it.
I hope this helped open the doors to the realm of webcomics. There are so many different styles that you can pick one that suits your humor and aesthetics pretty easily. If none of the preceding ones intrigue you, my friends and family recommend xkcd, Dinosaur Comics, and Cyanide and Happiness. Read away!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Things I Miss From Home

All college students miss something from home...whether it be their living room couch or their mom's cooking. I asked a couple of my friends to share what they missed the most from home and this is what they said.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Artistry At the Piano

On Saturday, October 3, Professor Hans Boepple performed in a solo recital here at SCU. In a word, it was AWESOME! His technique was fluid, and virtually effortless while his style was elegant, and smooth, with a pleasant romanticism tempered by years of experience at the keyboard.

Starting with a Beethoven sonata, Professor Boepple captured the composer’s emotional honesty, sense of drama, exciting shifts in dynamics and characteristic rhythmic drive. Next, he played a rather atonal and difficult to grasp sonata by Barber. It was interesting, because amidst the seemingly incoherent sequence of dissonant notes, one could detect a sort of hidden melodic line. After the intermission, the Professor played a wonderful rendition of Chopin’s Barcarolle (I particularly appreciate his moderate use of rubato which created a sense of spontaneity while still maintaining the piece's architectural solidity) and then he concluded with a set of pieces by Liszt which showcased both the composer’s and the performer’s impeccable pianistic abilities. After hitting the final chord, the audience applauded thunderously and received a total of three encores from Professor Boepple. The first two were Etudes from Chopin’s opus 25 set. The last piece of the night was an intermezzo by Brahms which the Professor dedicated in memory of his late Mother-in-law (and his dedication is an outward sign of his benevolence since typically most people don't seem to demonstrate such fondness for their mothers-in-law). In the future, I (as well as many others I am sure) look forward to hearing more from SCU's very own Professor Boepple.

- Anton

Saturday, October 10, 2009

SCU's Salsa Clara: 1st Club Meeting

(Poster for SCU's Salsa Clara's 1st Meeting of the 2009-2010 year)

Last week Wednesday was Salsa Clara's 1st meeting
of the 2000-2010 year.

At the club meeting, our choreographer taught us the salsa basic, a right outside turn, and a simple dip. It was really exciting to see so many enthusiastic people, especially ones who never danced salsa before. As I watched people dance for the first time, it made me realize how much I have learned in one year.

I can't wait for what's to come this year.


Water Polo

I decided to take some pictures at the Water Polo Alumni Game Saturday, October 10. The game was between current Santa Clara Water Polo Players and alumni that played Water Polo for Santa Clara. The next home game will be the two-day Rodeo Tournament, Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25.

Samantha Juda

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Santa Clara University in Photos

When asked what I like best about going to Santa Clara University, I usually mention the amazing weather, small class sizes, and approachable staff; never do I forget to detail how stunning the campus is with its statuesque palm trees, elegant floral overhangs, and freshly cut grass.

One lazy weekend last November, I embarked on a campus-wide adventure to photograph the beauty of our school. This experience helped me grasp how lucky we are to be here at SCU and it gave way to more exciting photo adventures throughout the year. Here are a few of my favorites.

For more photos,
click here to go to my photoblog.


Freshman Life

Freshmen sleep whenever they can. (Photo courtesy of edublogs)

Thoughts on being a freshman...

1. People overload.
2. Abundance of free time. But it's not free time. You should be studying, but you don't have to study. Who studies at 9:15 in the morning.
3. No car. You can spend large amounts of time on campus. Endless hours. On campus.
4. Or you take the bus.
5. The transition from a know-it-all high-school senior to being lost.
6. Cafeteria food. Burritos every night.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Meet the Bloggers

It's a new academic year at Santa Clara University and time to meet the new College Reporters team for the fall of 2009. (Left to Right) Sara, Jada, Sam, Amy and Anton.