London calling: Reflecting on a spring semester abroad


At this point in the semester, all of us — abroad or not — are forced to evaluate what exactly we’ve accomplished over the past four months. What did we learn? Were our classes a waste of time? Did we have fun? Did we have too much fun? Thinking about where we started is the […]

Singer scandal shouldn’t affect X-Men box office


When it was first announced that director Bryan Singer would be returning to the X-Men franchise to helm an adaptation of Chris Claremont’s classic “Days of Future Past” storyline, fans began salivating over the prospect of a film with the adamantium-bonded gonads to bridge the decades-spanning continuity divide between Singer’s first two films — let’s […]

Silicon Valley coded for long-term success


Hollywood is the unequivocal center of the entertainment industry. But with the world experiencing a massive technology boom over the last decade, largely caused by the massive concentration of computer programmers living in the northern California region known as Silicon Valley, television and film producers are starting to find ripe material in this quiet suburban […]

Religious diversity makes LA unique


“Did you have a good Easter?” I was waiting in a long line for coffee this morning, when the person in front of me made eye contact. We shared that awkward tight-lipped smile, the one you use when you are trapped in the same space and have nothing to say, but also don’t want to […]

Humans wary of robotic future


With technology rapidly and continually advancing, it’s interesting to try to figure how regular Americans feel about what awaits us. A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in conjunction with Smithsonian Magazine concluded that though the majority of Americans are optimistic about the future of technology, many feel skeptical about specific advancements and […]

Festival goers misappropriate culture


Weekend one of Coachella has come and gone, and by the time this column goes to print, weekend two will well be on its way. If you’re reading this column now and are planning on going to Coachella, leave. Parking is a b–ch. Aside from parking (it literally took as much time driving from Los […]

Film questions artificial intelligence


Will there ever come a day when being human is a personal choice? In just a few short decades, the advent of digital technology has fundamentally altered the way we think, feel and interact with the world around us. Social media has connected us in ways that range from the wondrous to the unnerving. The […]

No substitute for grilled cheese


National Grilled Cheese Day was this past Saturday and once again, I was not being able to enjoy what that beautiful day brought together: bread and cheese. Let’s be real, a girl’s best friend could be diamonds or chocolate. But in reality, I think we all can agree that nothing is better than a fresh, […]

Skid Row offers a new view of LA


“People walking, people walking.” It was a hot day, skirting the high ’80s last Tuesday, when I went with my class on a tour — for lack of a better word –— around Skid Row. My professor had told us to dress in an unprovocative way and wear closed-toed shoes. So, despite the warm weather, […]

Internet bug Heartbleed gathers private user information


If you’ve been on the internet recently (guaranteed as you are more than likely a college student reading this column), you’ve likely heard about Heartbleed. It’s scaring nearly every major site and server out there. Though an internet bug isn’t anything new, Heartbleed in particular has had every developer and coder working night shifts to […]