Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ 110th birthday

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By Carmen Pena

Flapjack Chronicle

Over the decades, the joy Dr. Seuss has brought upon kids, and even the big kids, has remained the same. Adorable, wide eyed children sitting on the laps of loved ones, soft chants of rhymes after rhymes, craft supplies sprawled out on the table in front of them was the sight you would’ve seen if you went to the Celebration of Dr. Seuss’ 110th birthday at the Humboldt County Library in Eureka in the Storytime Room.

Off and on for 10 years KEET, Eureka’s PBS member public broadcasting station, and the Humboldt County Library have been putting on events in honor of Dr. Seuss birthday, according to Ready To Learn KEET coordinator Jackie Hamilton. KEET puts on engaging, educational events about fifteen times a month. KEET gets its federal funding through CPB, the money is used towards their broadcasting network and community events such as the Dr. Seuss celebrations.

Cute events like such are in trouble though. KEET has a minimum of non-federal funding support of $800,000 that must be met in order to continue getting support from CPBS. The minimum has never been met and waivers have been given every year. The station has been put on notice and if they fail to meet their minimum, their funding will be cut. $250,000 will be lost and it will be difficult for community events to exist.

At the Dr. Seuss event a room full of children did various activities. One of the events included watching classic videos like “Cat in The Hat” and “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?” These videos were viewed using the Learning Triangle method. The Learning Triangle is a method where children watch TV, turn it off to limit watching time, read about what they saw, and do activities relating to the video.

“This allows the kids to use all of their brain,” said Hamilton.

After the video screening and some read-a-louds, you could catch kids excitingly doing arts and crafts at tables set up in the back of the room. Autumn Hudgens, a six-year-old attendee, proudly wearing her Thing #1 headband, was one of the many children participating with the supervision of her father Bryan Hudgens.

“We always enjoy reading Dr. Seuss at home,” said the 43-year-old father.

Autumn was constructing and coloring a candle to put on a birthday cake she made herself out of a mini paper plate for Dr. Seuss. She then talked about how he participated in other Dr. Seuss inspired event at her elementary school.

“Guess what we had for lunch because of his birthday?” said Autumn, with an adorable sly grin. “Green eggs and ham! They were really good.”


Move over studying, time to do some spy training

By Tania Ortiz
Flapjack Chronicle

Canyon Council is housing related who are in charge of organizing programs for the residents of Canyon. They decided to team up with Robots to bring the Canyon Housing Community closer. It was time to put away the textbooks and notes and replace them with gadgets and a tough training course. The mission given to Brittany Morrison was to transforms our average everyday college students into spies.

The students were expected to go from their average everyday selves and transform themselves into top spies. They were expected to toss their books aside for killer skills. They were going to be turned into humanities last chance at battling the robots that have taken over the world. Who needs school when you’re the world’s last chance at survival even if it’s only for a short amount of time.

Originally the plan was to only have one Canyon community time event which was the Glitter Jars happening next door in the Mad River room in the Jolly Common Giants building hosted by N.AK.E.D. Morrison had felt that due to some problems with coordinating their last event with Robots that they should be given the opportunity to get to collaborate one more time with them before the year came to an end. They came up with a spy training event which was something that was quite different for events hosted by Canyon Council.

Morrison is not only part of the Canyon council but also a member of Robots. Morrison along with the rest of Robot members had wanted to actually to do an event that had something to do with what Robots was all about.

“We wanted to do something that was actually something Robots members discussed in our meeting,” Morrison said. “We wanted to put this event as a tribute to March of the Machines.” 

The reason behind creating this event as a tribute to March of the Machines was because it was one the topics discussed the most in the meetings held by Robots. The main idea behind this event was creating an atmosphere were the students could escape everyday life and going in a world where robots have taken over. Their only chance at survival is to fight back and so they need be trained and master the skills to survive. Spies being one of the best with their ability to be sneaky and fast was the option that Morrison saw the best fit. 

The course that Morrison had set up to turn these college students into spies was a laser beam course followed by barbed wire obstacle. Then they were to test their memory they were to observe a picture and then be asked a question about what they remember about the picture. The final part the course was to test their aiming skills.

The course had been originally been set up as a solo mission. But Jennifer Hernandez and Viridiana Perez didn’t seem to listen to that part of the introduction. Perez had finished the course first sustaining some minor burns from the laser beams they were fake burns of course since the laser beam were actually just red pieces of string. When it was Hernandez turn to face the course she was doing great until she reached the memory obstacle. Perez felt bad for her friend so she took advantage of her spy skills and came up behind Morrison as she asked Hernandez her question. Perez skillfully without being caught raised up her hand to give Hernandez the answer she needed to move onto the last obstacle. Again Perez helped Hernandez complete the obstacle.

“You can never leave a fellow spy behind,” Perez said. “Plus she’s also my roommate so I am expected to help her out.”

Hernandez fought hard to pass all of the obstacles but was not given the title of a spy. She was disappointed to find out that she would not be making her dreams of becoming a spy come true. But she is glad that she has a career in criminal justice to fall back on.

“I always wanted to be a spy. I was so close, too,” Hernandez said, “Oh well. I’ll continue my studies in criminal justice now; that’s something I won’t mess up on.”

As the evening was coming to end there was a surprise visit from one of CAs Community Advocates on duty. Ashley Schauer had time to kill before she was to do her first rounds of the evening. Morrison had coaxed Schauer to give the spy course a try and see if she had what is needed to be a spy. At first Schauer was hesitant but after a few moments of being cheered on by the rest of the people attending the activity she gave in. Schauer and the laser beams had a rough start but halfway through the course she felt defeated. She turned around and headed back to the starting line.

Schauer had one thing to say that left the the entire room in giggles. All the students who know the CAs, know that they can never be transparent as they walk their nightly rounds. Their main goal is to make sure that students are not breaking any school protocols and that means that students are always on the look out for them — especially when they are up to no good.

“As CAs we don’t want to be spies; we want to be as transparent as possible,” said Schauer.

Celebración Latina kick starts second year

By Charlotte Rutigliano
Flapjack Chronicle

Only in their second year, Hermanas Unidas de Humboldt celebrate a week long event dedicated to celebrating Latinas in the nation and in the local community. The kick-off event was held on Monday March 3, in the Kate Buchanan Room at Humboldt State University. The event started off with a ice breaker game, dinner, guests speakers and some traditional Latin dancing.

Hermanas Unidas de Humboldt was founded in 1994 at University California Berkeley by five young women who dedicated this organization to support hermanas (sisters) through their education. They now have 18 chapters all over California.

The kick off event was a small group it did not stop Hermanas Unidas de Humboldt from having a little fun while waiting for the first keynote speakers of the event. One of the ladies from HaU started a little icebreaker game called “jump in-jump out” to get everyone up, moving around and comfortable with each other.

When the keynote speakers arrived their presentations were in all Spanish. Two local Latinas shared their story of how they help Latinas all throughout California. Alicia Ruiz de Olea and Monica Angon were the speakers who shared all of there trails and tribulations of not only coming up as a Latina but trying to make it in a “man’s world.”

“Someone told me they didn’t think I could do the job as well as a man,” said Angon.

Ruiz de Olea also talked about an organization that she is apart of called LatinoNet.

“Wanting to help from your heart is the road to becoming a promoter,” de Olea said.

As the event came to a close some of the ladies from HaU talked about the weeks events, which included:

  • The forgotten; three  important women in Chicana history
  • Holistic medicine in the Latina culture
  • Celebrando safe spaces; our body, voice and power
  • Recover of a Latina; an autobiography about drug prevention (in Spanish)
  • Evita lives
  • HaU spring play
  • Barbara Curiel’s book release

The autobiography about drug prevention was intended as an empowering story with information about different types of drugs not only in the United States but also drugs that are more common in Mexico. The keynote speaker shared the effects that these drugs can have on our bodies.

Attendees said they were inspired by the event.

“We need to keep fighting for the changes,” said de Olea.

Spliff Moth causes a ruckus

By Jane Matthews
Flapjack Chronicle

The crowd went absolutely wild as Spliff Moth, a local Arcata garage band, began playing at their first house show at the Q Street Country Club (a  large house on Q Street in Arcata) on Saturday, March 1. The performance started at around 9:30 p.m.  and their set lasted about 45 minutes, which was just enough time for the crowd to get rowdy without breaking anything in the house.

Jeni Drake, 19, stayed in her room throughout the show to escape the overcrowded living room where the band performed. “I smoked a spliff and drank wine in celebration,” she said. “It got pretty insane but I could still hear the music from my room. It was super chill.”

Skyler McCormick, 19, watched the show for the first few songs.

“They have a unique but a still very enjoyable sound,” she said. “They have a lot of diversity in their sound which, I think, is a really good thing for a band to have. It was also very easy to dance to, which is cool.”

Dance-able music, however, is the least of Spliff Moth’s worries, considering the entire crowd did nothing but dance during the course of the entire concert. It was easy to get sucked into a massive horde of pushing and shoving, but it was all in good fun.

As the show came to a close, a good portion of the crowd migrated to the porch to smoke cigarettes. KK Flory, 19, said it was easily the most exciting party she’s ever hosted.

“It was so hot and sweaty in there, but it was just so much fun,” she said as she pushed her hair out her face and began fanning herself. “Spliff Moth is the best band ever, I’m so glad they played a show at my house. Spliff Moth forever!”


Shave minutes off your shower routine

By Jane Matthews
Flapjack Chronicle

Humboldt County is known for a lot of things, some of which being its astounding natural scenery, diverse population, and Subaru Outbacks. One thing that was unexpected, however, was the physical representation of feminist subculture. If you were walking around town, specifically in Arcata, on a sunny day, you’d find plenty of unshaven female legs. While it may or may not all be focused around the feminist movement, hairy legs are without a doubt a huge staple of Humboldt life.

Humboldt State Student, Jeni Drake, 19, said she doesn’t shave her legs simply because she does not want to.

“It’s not about feminism at all,” she said as she gazed down at her legs. “I understand that we live in a patriarchal society and all, but I really just don’t shave my legs because it’s a burden. I wanna save water while I’m taking a shower and shaving my legs just takes time.”

KK Flory, 19, is an Arcata resident who wholeheartedly believes in the feminist aspect of hairy legs.

“First of all, when I did shave my legs, it was very time consuming,” KK said as she began to use her fingers to take count of all the reasons she chose to stop shaving. “It would take me, like, 45 minutes in the shower. And my legs only stayed smooth for, like, a day. It was kind of uncomfortable.”

She continued to list reasons.

“I didn’t have anybody to shave my legs for,” she said. “I decided that, since there was no reason to shave my legs, then why should I shave my legs? The patriarchy is stupid.”

KK Flory doesn’t just do it for the feminism, she also believes in the practicality of it all.

“I realized the benefits,” she said. “My legs are warmer in the winter, I spend less money on razors, and I look cool. I just kinda like how it looks at this point. I think it’s really silly that women are expected to be hairless. I’m totally fine with everything my body wants to do naturally and why should I alter that, you know? My mama always told me I’m perfect the way I am.”