Thursday, April 18, 2019

Piracy shakes up record industry

Music artists today are getting stabbed in the back, this time not by faulty contracts, but by the fans that illegally download music as opposed to buying CDs. CD sales are down dramatically. According to the Recording Industry Association of America's Web site, downloading music for free causes $12.

Bringing down Vegas

Card counting is not easy, but "21," a drama about six Massachusetts Institute of Technology students who make millions in Vegas off this legal tactic, makes it look like fun. Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) just celebrated his 21st birthday and has a lot on his mind.

ASO Open Mic Night

Despite a low student turnout, the recent Open Mic event sponsored by the Associated Students Organization had those who did attend nearly falling out of their seats. With its "paint your own theme" theme, the night began a bit haphazardly, as hosts going by the aliases Stylus and Mathematic goaded audience members into working up the courage to share anything with the crowd.

Desperately seeking bodyguard

Owen Wilson stars in "Drillbit Taylor," a PG-13 comedy about a homeless guy pretending to be a bodyguard to make some money off of three wimpy kids. It is the first day of high school, and Ryan (Troy Gentile) and Wade (Nate Hartley) are positive that they will be popular this year.

Face your feelings

"The hardest thing in the world is to watch the person you love, love someone else." This statement can be true for people in many situations. It can be from a person's first love to someone's hidden crush, but at one point in my life I felt just like this for my best friend, who I will call "Ron.

It’s not easy being ‘green’

For Pierce College to merit the label "green," it should require every aspect of this school to be eco-conscious - this, we have not yet fully achieved. The Clinton Climate Initiative honored the Los Angeles Community College District's Green Building Program, which is the highest environmental accolade in the state, but how much of the school's efforts are going to waste? Every environmentally-efficient act the school and district takes seems to be countered by an almost equally harmful one.

Just keep on truckin’

In this day and age, how possible is it to get a great-paying job without an education? Education and work experience come hand-in-hand. It's rare to find that someone is just going to school, or just working. It's definitely not easy juggling work and school, but it is possible.

Women’s History Month hits home

A group of men founded Pierce College in 1947, and when first opened, the entire student population was male. Currently, 56 percent of 20,000 students attending this school are female. Fifty-nine percent of all community college students in the U.S. are women, according to the American Association of Community Colleges.

Is the goal to simply win at any cost?

Recall the age-old adage: Nice guys finish last. While true to a point, recent history would indicate that this saying is no longer quite accurate. Nowadays, your run-of-the-mill average Joe finds his or herself trailing the ever- increasing line of ruthless competitors.

Nintendo follows up with another smash hit

The screen lights up, the Wii whirls and Nintendo's masterpiece finally comes to life. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (SSBB) is the third game in its series and by far the best. At the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $49.99, this game is worth every penny.