Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How Do I Wear This? Pt.2: Khaki Slacks

Here's one item we love (On a Budget!):

Khaki ankle length pants

And here's how to wear it:

Blue and white striped sweater by Madewell

Multi-striped top by H&M Spring Collection

How Do I Wear This? Pt.1: Blue Heels

Here's one item that we love:

Maria Sharapova for Cole Haan

And here's how to wear it:

These heels are actually quite versatile because they can be dressed up or dressed down.

We especially love blue and gray together. Keira's dress would be a perfect example of how to dress the heels up and wear them to a fancy event.

Mustard is another great color to match with blue.

Olivia Palermo's dress matched with our shoes would be the perfect outfit for a daytime event or even a cocktail party. The heels can be worn with both short or long dresses.

Still not satisfied?
Try wearing them with with black ankle length pants for a very casual look.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Feel the Love

Valentine's Day brought on a buzz of reds and pinks around campus. Here's one of my favorite themed necklaces from Monday.

What is it?
A glass heart necklace

Where's it from?
A boutique in downtown Portland.

What's the story?
This was a gift for my birthday several years ago. I really only wear it once a year, but its perfect for the occasion.

Make a statement!

What is it? Chunky statement necklace

Where's it from? New York City street vendor

What's the story? I came across this during one of my visits to my absolute favorite city. I love bib style necklaces, they can make the simplest outfits unique and interesting!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Rethinking Riding Boots

We like equestrian, but we like the boots even more. Heeled or not, these boots bring the perfect balance of tradition and innovation to any casual ensemble. Check out some of my favorites:

What is it?
Brown riding boots with bottom buckle

Where's it from?
Cole Haan

What's the story?
"I bought these boots for the cold weather, but they are great in the rain too! The leather never stains. I wear them with jeans, leggings, tights... anything goes."

What is it?
Black leather boots with elastic side panels and double top buckles

Where's it from?
Miz Mooz

What's the story?
"I picked these out because the difference in texture was so unique"

Cocktail Time!

No, not happy hour, although the recent rise of available cocktail rings is enough to make anyone happy. These versatile additions are day and night appropriate, making splurging a rather easy justification process.

What is it? Vintage cocktail ring

Where's it from? Flea market I came across while studying abroad in London.

What's the story? I found it while studying abroad in London at one of the stalls in Camden Market. Every time I wear it I'm reminded of all the amazing adventures I experienced while abroad. I wear it every time I feel bored or stuck in a routine and need to remember there is so much more out there left to be experienced!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Indie Rock Dream Team: Grizzly Bear and Victoria Legrand

Victoria Legrand and Ed Drostre do the duet thing.
(Photo courtesy youaintnopicasso.)

As I mentioned last week in my story about the Vampire Weekend show in Berkeley, “Ed Drostre, frontman of indie rock group Grizzly Bear, was spotted wearing a VIP pass and heading backstage after Beach House’s opening performance."

Victoria Legrand, the sultry singer/organist of dream pop group Beach House, has collaborated with Grizzly Bear in the past, providing background vocals for “Two Weeks,” the first single from Grizzly Bear’s breakthrough third album, Vecktimest.

“Two Weeks” was ranked at 162 on Pitchfork’s top 500 songs of the decade, describing it “as welcomingly open as it is sneakily weird.”

Here’s a video of Legrand joining Grizzly Bear onstage for a performance of “Two Weeks” in Brooklyn:

Legrand and Grizzly Bear also collaborated on the slow-burning, brooding track “Slow Life,” released on the “Twilight: New Moon” soundtrack. Who knew crappy vampire movies fostered such fantastic artistic collaborations…

Beach House will continue to tour with Vampire Weekend for the rest of the year across North America, before beginning a solo European tour.

Grizzly Bear will be performing at this month’s Bridge School Benefit and it will be their “last performance for quite some time,” as they wrap up a crazy touring schedule to head back to the studio for a follow up to Vecktimest.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Get Happy!

Feeling stressed out before Thanksgiving break because your professors assigned your four papers due at the end of the week? If so, meet Happy! Happy is like any other college student here at SCU...except he has a giant yellow head. Despite the strange looks he gets from time to time, Happy not only manages to get by, but goes through his day with flair!

Check him out and help my Sociology group do well on our assignment. Please comment, rate, subscribe, and friend us on YouTube because we would love to watch your videos too. Thanks!

Jada Marsden

Have You Seen The Ninja??

Back in Sanfillippo, several students graciously volunteered to be cast in a Sociology project composed by fellow collegereporter Keesa and I. For our sociology class, we were required to create a video, any video, that would have the potential of ultimately gaining more views than a video composed by our sociology teacher. If we succeed and gain more views than our professor, we will be guaranteed an A for our video production. With that said, help us out and watch away. Rate high, favorite our video, and share it with everyone you know. The competition ends on 12/4/09, so hurry and watch it before then. We promise its HILARIOUS! So, have you seen the ninja??


- Sara

Santa Clara hosts first swine flu clinic for students

When Heather Clayton heard there would be a swine flu vaccine available to Santa Clara students, she was determined to make sure she got one.

“I wanted to be prepared,” said the senior, a chronic asthma sufferer.

So Clayton arrived at the vaccination clinic on Nov. 12 at 8 a.m., a full two hours before a single dose would be injected. She was the first in line.

Sixty Santa Clara students had lined up outside the California Mission Room to receive the vaccine when the clinic officially opened at 10 a.m. Several dozen additional students were already waiting inside after filling out medical paperwork.

Senior Mary Werling lined up early just behind Clayton, but wasn’t getting vaccinated on her own accord.

“My mom is worried and therefore I am worried,” she said.

Swine flu, or H1N1 as it is officially called, sickened nearly 22 million Americans from last April through mid-October. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 4,000 have died from the virus, including 540 children.

Santa Clara’s first case of H1N1 was confirmed in (month). There have been a total of XX confirmed cases on campus since then. California has witnessed 237 confirmed cases of the virus since the government began tracking it last spring.

Quote from Cowell

Graph on regular flu shot statistics at SCU. When is flu season? Does Cowell always contract with Maxim?

“It’s trendy to get a flu shot nowadays,” said senior Ryan Lyles. Both Clayton and Lyles received a regular flu shot earlier in the year.

Approximately 300 doses of the H1N1 vaccine were administered at the clinic last week. Did they run out? Students can set up an appointment at Cowell Health Center if they still wish to receive an immunization. The vaccine is provided free by the federal government, but students must pay a $15 administration fee.

Swine Flu: Confessions of a Community Facilitator

Santa Clara University has made it a point to keep the students, faculty, and staff updated on the latest information regarding the recent H1N1 epidemic. Three weeks prior to the Fall semester, I arrived on campus for my Community Facilitator training. At Santa Clara University, a Community Facilitator is somewhat like a Resident Assistant. Because I would hold a position of student leadership in the dorms, I was instructed on Santa Clara University’s mission to fight any and all traces of the H1N1 disease.

I learned the ins and outs of the virus and was lectured extensively on the importance of cleanliness and “appropriate contact” with others (i.e. no hugs or hand-holding allowed). I watched detailed power point presentations, received several informational brochures, and even watched a couple YouTube videos, all about the H1N1 epidemic and how to avoid it. As a result of the school’s precaution, I was informed of the actions my dorm would need to take if someone possessed “H1N1-like” symptoms. As a Community Facilitator, I had the responsibility of noticing if one of my residents started having flu like symptoms and was instructed to immediately send them to Cowell Health Center to be tested for the Swine Influenza Virus.

The Residential Learning Communities (our special name for dormitories) each have designated isolation rooms that suspected Swine Flu victims must reside in until their symptoms subside. These students are required to stay in the isolation rooms and are instructed to wear facemasks if they need to leave the room for a short period of time. Because of the close living spaces in the RLCs, someone who might have the Swine Flu would need to be immediately isolated so as to not spread the virus to any other student. So far, a couple of my own residents have utilized these services. However, none of them have actually contracted the virus.

To this day, I still receive constant email updates about H1N1 and what other steps Santa Clara is taking to make sure its students can avoid the viral influenza at all costs. I know that we must all take precautions in terms of avoiding the Swine Flu and that its important for us to be informed about the effects of the virus. But sometimes I wonder, is it ever too much?


How About Some Tunes Instead of Medication

When you catch the flu, you undoubtedly feel lethargic as well as stressed at the thought of all the school work and responsibilities you'll have to make up. During this period of physical and mental tribulation, I believe it helps to pray, relax, and listen to some soothing music. Especially in the wake of the H1N1 epidemic, it's nice to have a mix music ready to go in case we have the misfortune of contracting the virus.

Here are some pieces of music that I highly recommend for times that you just want to take it easy.


Sonata #14 – First Movement (AKA Moonlight Sonata)


Nocturne Op.9 #1

Nocturne Op. 27 #2

Prelude Op. 28 #15 (AKA Raindrop Prelude)

Piano Concerto #1 – Second Movement


Clair De Lune



Piano Concerto #1 – Second Movement

Piano Concerto #2 – Second Movement

Prelude Op. 23 #4


You may notice that all of my recommendations are from the Classical Music repertoire (or more specifically from the Classical, Romantic, and Impressionistic Periods/Styles of music). Classical music has grown to be my personal favorite genre. I like instrumental music in particular. While lyrics can be wonderful and poetic, sometimes just have melody without words can be liberating and express that which words cannot.

Here is a video of Norwegian pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes playing Debussy's Clair De Lune

Leif Ove Andsnes plays Debussy's 'Clair de Lune'

- Anton

Monday, November 16, 2009

Swine Flu: A Quarantine Experience

Brad Terrill
Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona

What was your experience with the Swine Flu?
"I wasn't diagnosed with Swine Flu. They didn't know know whether I had it, and they didn't do a blood test, which would say whether I had it or not."

Where were you quarantined? What were the conditions?:
"I was quarantined for two full days in Nobili apartments. I couldn't leave and had to wear a mask if I left."

What was your first reaction when you heard you had to be isolated?
"Ahh man... that sucks."

What was your favorite pastime?
"" (A website that offers free television shows)

Do you have any advice? "Stay away from people who have it... it's not too bad."

Interview by Keesa

Swine Flu: are you worried? - Steps of Swine Flu




How do we know when Swine Flu attacks? Could it be the awful symptoms? Perhaps. But even then, you can’t really tell if someone, including yourself, has the H1N1 virus attacking the body. What does it look like? And what does it do to your immune system as it attacks?

Of course there are the flu symptoms including fever, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, coughing, lethargic activity, and a lack of appetite.

The H1N1 virus is said to include parts from swine, avian, and human flu strains. Making it harder to stop from spreading because no one has been exposed to all three before, leaving the human population with no previous resistance. (image 2)

First, The virus enters the body (image 3) and begins to attack the immune system. Then, unless your immune system can fight the virus off, you become ill, and feel the flu like symptoms because your body is trying to get rid of the virus.

If you would like to see an animation about the life of a flu virus I would recommend the animation at NPR.

If you feel you are experiencing signs of the H1N1 flu, please see a doctor, and take precautions against further spreading the disease.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Swine Flu Affects Young People More

(Photo courtesy of nydailynews)

Although medical practitioners are warning people of all ages to take precautions against swine flu, children and young adults between the ages of 5 and 24 should take preventative measures in particular. Unlike the seasonal flu which targets those over 55, swine flu has hit children, young adults, and pregnant women particularly hard. Now why is this?

One reason is because swine flu has spread like wildfire in schools. When young people are in close quarters, it's easy for the virus to disperse among friends. Another possible explanation is that over their lifetime, adults have been vaccinated more often which may point to a better immune response. There is also some indication that those born before 1957 might be protected somewhat due to exposure to an older version of swine flu.

Regardless of why swine flu has targeted young people, please take proper precautions to prevent the virus from spreading. For more information on who is at high risk, visit Daniel J. DeNoon's piece on MedicineNet.

Swine Flu: are you worried?

Name: Matt Saydah

Are you worried about swine flu? No

What precautions are you taking? "Well my favorite is the batwing: coughing into my elbow. After rugby practice, I usually change into dry, warm clothes so I don't walk around when I'm all sweaty. I'm using more hand sanitizer and I got a flu shot earlier this year. If you're somewhat cautious and don't go out to parties when you're sick, I think you'll be fine."

Name: Brigette Heitman

Are you worried about swine flu? No

What precautions are you taking? "I've used more hand sanitizer this year than I've ever used in my entire life. I've always been good about washing my hands. My roommate never covers her mouth when she coughs or sneezes. That's pretty gross. I got a flu shot already because my mom was nagging me to."


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."