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Martin Gallegos

Staff Writer

Let’s all get Naked!

Naked Magazine will be coming in the Fall semester.  If you are unfamiliar with the inner workings of the magazine, let me break it down for you.  The instructor for the magazine class is Melissa Korber, who is also the adviser for The Express newspaper.  The class meets every thursday.

The magazine itself is run by editor in chief Trevin Smith.  Having worked for the newspaper, Smith is familiar with the pressure that comes with being an editor.  He is up to the challenge.

“As the editor in chief, I walk a fine line of having to crack the whip but at the same time keep people wanting to come back,” Smith said.

The magazine only comes out once a year every January.  This gives writers the opportunity to put together a high quality story if they can use their time wisely.  The staff has been hard at work with story assignments having been given on the first day of school and during mid-terms.  Usually there is one main lede story but for this issue the magazine team is working hard on two different lede stories.

The first one will focus on the culture of cyber bullying.  We will see how it originated and how it is going on today.

The second story looks at the sanguinarian lifestyle going on in the bay area.  For those who don’t know, sanguinarianism is a vampire lifestyle which includes drinking blood, and the strange sexual practices that go on.

The goal of the magazine is to reach out to as many people as they can.  In order to do this, they must build an audience and in the ever-evolving technology in our world, social media is huge.

“The magazine piggybacks off the newspaper for distribution, but we want to get out to Livermore and the surrounding area as much as we can,” Smith said.  “We’re also building our website and linking up with our twitter and facebook.”

Rosemary Plute, who is in charge of Public Relations, intends to use social media to expand the following for the magazine.

“Social media has been the biggest thing we are focusing on,” Plute said.  “Beyond Livermore, we are getting support from all across the country because of friends and family members.”

As far as the cover goes, we all know not to judge a book by its cover.  However, the cover is very important when trying to make a magazine look good.  It has been a struggle to figure out a cover with ideas being thrown out every day, but Smith feels that they will figure it out soon.

Since day one we have talked about the cover with idea after idea being scrapped,” Smith said.  “What we can agree on is that the cover will be a random photo that will represent the magazine and the approach we are trying to make, it’s going to be an artsy minimalist cover for an artsy minimalist magazine.”

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William Charuhas

Staff Writer

Whenever this time of year comes around in movies is when Oscar buzz starts to build. From independents that garner critical acclaim but fly under the general public’s radar, to the big summer blockbusters that have everyone talking, you can’t go a week without hearing about a new movie and the buzz its getting.

The Students at Las Positas College are no exception and these are some movies that deserve an award as voted by them.

As for what award they deserve, that’s a matter of debate, but everyone agrees they are award-worthy.

 

Marvel’s The Avengers

It has been called many things. Epic. Incredible. “A spectacle in the grandest sense of the word.” was what Laremy Legel of Film.com called it. ‘The Avengers’ is arguably the most ambitious movie made in the last 30 years.

A franchise like Lord of the Rings started with the premise of one story spread out over multiple movies, but Marvel went the extra mile and created an entire interconnected universe just to make this movie a possibility.

After nailing down the individual movies(‘Iron Man’, ‘Captain America’, ‘Thor’), the studio chose geek fan favorite Joss Whedon (known for properties such as ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Firefly’) as director. When the movie finally hit theaters, the consensus was in. Whedon didn’t hit it out of the park, he hit it into the stratosphere.
Students named this movie most often for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Special Effects.

 

The Raid: Redemption

This is one of those movies that flew under the radar. An Indonesian film that was released in the US in March 2012, the only sure way to have heard about this movie was through word of mouth.

The premise is simple enough, a police SWAT team is tasked to capture a drug lord in the slums in an unnamed city in Indonesia. However, things take a turn for the worse when the team is cut off from their backup and must fight their way to safety.

The one thing that makes this movie stand out is the action scenes. Think of them as a hybrid between Kill Bill, Black Hawk Down and Assault on Precinct 13.

This movie is “as pure a shot of adrenaline as any Tarantino fan could wish for.” said Bruce Diones of The New Yorker. This movie was named by students most frequently for Best Foreign Film.

 

Wreck-it Ralph

“The best eras in animation occur when filmmakers follow their muse.” said Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle. Director Rich Moore definitely followed his. Wreck-it Ralph is classified as a kids movie but there are enough subtle references and inside jokes fueled by nostalgia to keep older audiences laughing out of their seats.

What helped the movie other than the jokes was the story it told. Audiences wanted Ralph to succeed as he embarks on his quest for glory, but finds what he really wants is some respect. They felt for both Ralph and Vanelopee as they develop a friendship with each other, even if it is a friendship based on how well they can insult one another. Students named this movie for Best Animated Picture.

 

Lincoln

Lincoln is the latest offering from Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis, and it is a tour de force from both. The movie focuses on the struggle to pass the 13th amendment during the final years of the Civil War.

While its a historical movie, it also serves a pseudo crash course in American politics. If you thought politicians today could play dirty, the ones in Lincoln are exceptional with the back room deals they make to openly insulting one another in the House of Representatives.

Spielberg has shown time and again that he knows how to make compelling history based drama and this movie is no exception. Daniel Day-Lewis’s Lincoln has been called “mercurial-melancholy, funny, always on the brink of winding through a story or a dirty joke.” by Chris Vognar of the Dallas Morning News. Students named this movie for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

 

Argo

Another historically-based movie that has been described as “a blue-chip Oscar contender that’s also a rousing popcorn movie” by Lou Lumenick of the New York Post, ‘Argo’ was about Iran Hostage Crisis. But instead of the main hostages, the movie chose to focus on how six US embassy workers snuck out a back door and how the CIA tried to get them out of the country.

Many plans were formulated, from saying the workers were private agricultural experts to giving them bicycles and maps to the border. The plan that was decided upon? They were a Canadian film crew doing location scouting. From there the CIA created an entire fake movie. Ben Affleck both directed and starred in the movie demonstrating talent in front of and behind the camera. He showcased his ability to make a taut thriller that still has people talking. Students named this movie for Best Director.

Joshua Basrai
A&E Editor
With the holidays coming up, everyone is looking for the latest gizmos and gadgets at affordable prices.
To make it less chaotic when shopping for a significant other, family member, or friends, the Express staff has created categories for all of the hottest gadgets for winter 2012.
Best Tablet: Google Nexus 7
With a growing market demand for cheap and affordable tablets, Google has separated itself from its competitors.
According to an article on cnet.com, “Google’s Nexus 7 edges out the competition from Amazon and Barnes & Noble with more features and a more robust app store”.
For its $200 price tag, you can’t really argue against buying the Nexus tablet. It’s cheaper than the iPad Mini by $130, more compatible than the Kindle.
If you just want to play Angry Birds, watch an occasional Netflix movie, or just want a simple e-reader, this is the tablet you want.
Honorable mentions: Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Apple iPad
Best Cell Phone: Samsung Galaxy S3
To make it fair, choosing between the Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 was like choosing between a Rolls Royce and a Bentley. Either way, you’re still getting the best of both worlds.
The reason the Samsung Galaxy S3 wins is due to continuity. The features on the new iPhone 5 were already considered standard for all Android users.  Apple’s map system continues to have complaints.
If you’re big on cell phone photography, or have the incessant need to talk to Siri, get the iPhone 5. If you’re big on features, a compatible turn-by-turn navigation, then team Android is the way to go.
Honorable Mentions: Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy Note
Best Game Console: Nintendo Wii U
The Nintendo Wii U might be ahead of its time, but it is truly ground-breaking.  If horse-power is your concern, you might want to wait a year or two for Sony or Microsoft to release something new. However, Nintendo will have no next-gen competitors for the time being.
What separates the Wii U from its competition is the controller. From your controller, you can surf the web, play a game while someone else watches TV, or watch a video on Netflix. Not only is it a game console, the controller acts like sort of a tablet in itself. According to ign.com, “this console is still in it’s infancy with lots of room to mature.  When the software is half as exciting as the hardware, it’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
Honorable mention: Playstation Vita, Playstation 3, XBOX 360
Best Camera: Canon Powershot G15
Canon’s Pro-Sumer Powershot G Line has been a household name since its debut in 2000. This September, Canon introduced the 12th installment of the G series with the G15. The G15 is aimed towards the camera enthusiast with some of the same capabilities and components of Canon’s own Pro DSLR’s. With the camera’s capability to photograph in a lossless RAW format that allows seamless editing with Photoshop, the camera has been adopted as a backup for many professionals. It has the capabilities to shoot in 1080p video, which can also be used to shoot anything from YouTube videos to short films. The lens of the G15 is the fastest (widest, allows more light to hit the camera’s sensor) in the G family and coupled with the largest sensor too, the camera will go above and beyond for all of your photography needs.
Honorable mention Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 and Go-Pro Cameras
Best Headphones under $100: Audio-Technica ATH-M30
Headphones are over-priced these days. Too many people fall for flashy gimmicks, but the M30’s deliver high performance sound quality. Audio Technica has been around for quite some time now, but they don’t get enough recognition as their competition. They’re over-the-ear headphones, and extremely comfortable.
For just under $60 you can get studio quality headphones and save enough money for your Google tablet.
They’re perfect for gaming, music, and hipsters can even find them to be rather fashionable.
Honorable mentions: Velodyne vPulse and Sennheiser 201 ($21)

Alex Lopez (Photo Editor) contributed to this article

Joshua Basrai
A&E Editor
LPC is holding the 2012 Scholastic Book Fair in the Child Development Center through December 4-6.  The Parents Advisory Committee, the LPC Child Development Center, and the Early Childhood Development department have come together to host this fundraising event.
The online portion of the Book Fair has already been made available to the public, for those who prefer shopping online. It has been open since November 17 and will end on December 7.
The Book Fair itself will be held from 7:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m in the Child Development Center.
Both the online and live fair are fundraisers to help support the Las Positas College Child Development Center. The LPC Child Development center is used by instructors and several students, and all proceeds will only help its cause.
All students and members of the community are invited.

Rebekka Wiedenmeyer
Staff Writer
Las Positas College is home to a diverse population of students interested in pursuing different activities. One such activity available for students to pursue is dance.
Over thirty students make up Dance 6, a course that encourages students to produce choreography for the purpose of performance. The students of Dance 6 will be presenting their mostly self-choreographed performance of ‘Turning Through Time’ on Dec. 8 as a grand finale to the fall semester.
“The dances in this show will bring you back to the past and then into the future,” said LPC student and dancer Leslie Paiz.
Beginning in September, a select number of students began to choreograph solos, duos and group numbers for the remainder of the students to learn. Previous dance instructor Vickie Frye also contributed. Over the past two and a half months, the students have learned, practiced and repeated the steps in order to make them as perfect as possible.
“Dancers and choreographers have dedicated themselves to rehearsing and working to create a great show,” Paiz said. “Running dances over and over, changing choreography, setting formations and picking out costumes are all a part of making this performance possible.”
The show showcases the evolution of dance since the beginning of time in a series of solos, duos and group numbers. These transformations include a caveman-themed piece, a geisha dance, and even a contemporary burlesque number.
Some dances hold deeper meanings than others. One demonstrates the past during times of segregation, while another is a tribute to the families affected by Hurricane Katrina.
“My piece will be showing the rebuilding that so many families had to do after Hurricane Katrina,” Paiz said.
Next week, the students of Dance 6 will be heading into ‘hell’ week, an affectionate term the theater uses for tech week. Beginning Sunday, the dancers will rehearse every day of the week until performance day, practicing with lighting, props and formations.
“Rehearsals can sometimes be tough, but everything always comes together by show day,” said LPC student and soloist in the show Ryan Cairel.
‘Turning Through Time’, directed by dance instructor Faith Blevins, will be presented in the Main Stage Theater on Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and staff and $12 for general admission. They can be purchased through brownpapertickets.com.

Joshua Basrai
A&E Editor
Sounds of the piano, songbird voices mixed with a little choreography flooded the main stage theater on Nov. 28. The LPC music department held their bi-annual music recital on Nov. 28.
Near the end of every semester the Vocal, Musical theater and Music 38 classes perform what is essentially their final on stage.
“A lot of them (students) never have a chance to play on a beautiful big stage,” said Cindy Browne Rosefield, LPC music instructor. “This gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents.”
Near the end of the semester, select students are chosen to perform in the music department recital.  Students choose their own piece with instructor approval. Performances include all sorts of instruments and vocals chosen from popular musicals.
Essentially these are the best vocalists, pianists or musicians that LPC has to offer.
The performance itself was captivating. LPC students Rachel Esteller and Sam Leeper stole the show with their song from “Stud and a Babe” from the 1997 musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now change.” Members of the audience laughed hysterically during their performance.
Other performances included LPC student Audra Collins who performed “O mio babbino caro” in Italian from the opera “Gianni Schicchi.” Despite being performed in Italian, audience members rejoiced at Collins’s vocal talent. KJ Brown and Elise Ebbinghaus performed “Music of the Night” from the very famous “Phantom of the Opera” as well.
Each year the music department holds two of these recitals, and the results are different every time.
“It always varies. It depends on what students we have. They choose the pieces and their instructor OKs it, “Rosefield said.  “Last semester we had a lot of jazz and other instruments. This semester we had mostly piano and one trumpet piece”
Students at LPC can catch the next musical performance on Dec. 1 during the Jazz Night Concert performance. Cindy Rosefield will host the event.

Joshua Basrai
A&E editor
Chalk up Dr. Stuart McElderry as the latest professor at LPC to get published. With his new historical thriller, “The Barcelona File,” LPC history professor Dr. McElderry is now officially published. Released on Oct. 3, the book extends for 294 pages, but it reflects four years of hard work and dedication from Dr. McElderry. After a long nail-biting and gritty process, the book is now available on Amazon, iPads, or in the LPC bookstore. “I’ve always wanted to write at least one history-based novel, especially about a history professor,” McElderry said. ”What I don’t like about a lot of those spy or international thrillers is that the protagonist is either a know-it-all, or a James Bond-like character. My protagonist is just a normal history professor.”
The book is a fictional historical thriller that follows Lee Tomlinson, a history professor who uncovers information that the government has been withholding. Already struggling through a devastating divorce and an alcohol-related meltdown, this discovery could prove to be the revival for the struggling Berkeley historian’s career.
Tomlinson uncovers information that suggests Adolf Hitler and his wife Eva Braun escaped Berlin in 1945 with help from the United States and Great Britain. Uncovering this information proves to be extremely risky for the very normal history professor.
The book covers many controversial topics, but McElderry insists that it separates itself from certain cliché historical thrillers.
The true of Hitler and Braun’s demise has been a subject of debate among historians. Contrary to the popular belief that Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide — many conspiracy theorists believe that Hitler was actually exiled in Argentina.
“I was intrigued by telling a good story, but I also wanted to make it historically interesting,” McElderry said. “Not just in terms of content, but how historians debate the facts.”
McElderry has always wanted to write a book, finding the dedication and time was the hardest part.
“I think the hardest part is the discipline it takes to sit down and write. We all have wonderful ideas and stories to tell,” McElderry said.  “What separates those who actually get it done and those who don’t are the ones who actually sit there and write. Even when you don’t want to write, you have to force yourself. It takes practice.”
Despite several speed bumps, and long tedious hours of writing, McElderry is just getting started.
“I mainly did the research on my own. I would get up at 4 o’clock every morning and write until 6. I still keep that schedule because I’m working on a sequel.”
No target date for the sequel has been set, but for now the tentative title is “The Portland Manuscript.”
Getting the book published the traditional method proved to be a cumbersome process. To get the book published, McElderry used CreateSpace, an innovative self-publishing method for authors or musicians to get their material published digitally or electronically. For the cover, McElderry kept it in-house by having it designed in the LPC design shop. LPC instructor Eric Berendt facilitated design of the cover along with help from students in his class.
Students can catch Dr. McElderry discussing his new book, “The Barcelona File,” on Thursday Nov. 29 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. A book signing from 6 to 7 p.m. will follow the lecture.  Refreshments will also be provided.