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22 November 2004: Let It Snow…Boarders

Posted by Christina on February 28, 2009

uci-boardriders-clubThe UCI Board Club actually made it snow in the middle of November in sunny Southern California. The hilly grass-covered area that held Reggaefest only a few months before, was covered in densely packed and flaky soft snow. Boarders took turns doing tricks down the slope and to everyone’s amazement, the snow wasn’t so easily claimed victim by the noontime sun.

New University Newspaper: Let It Snow…Boarders

Let It Snow…Boarders
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 38, Issue 10 | Nov 22 2004

In some places around the world, the change of seasons is particularly pronounced. However, in perpetually sunny Southern California, summer has a tendency to last all year. UC Irvine students were given a rare treat: Snow.

As the sun shone brightly at UCI on Nov. 17, snowboarders anxiously awaited the arrival of the rarest of coastal Californian commodities.

The UCI Board Club hosted ‘Rail Jam,’ a snowboarding demonstration in which snowboarding companies showcased their sponsored riders, with KROQ providing the music. The biggest draw however, was the arrival of several tons of snow, transforming the Student Center lawn into a mountain slope.

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20 September 2004: Oktoberfest Brings History to Huntington

Posted by Christina on February 28, 2009

oktoberfest-hbThis was fun. They let me know a festivity primarily consisting on various sausages and heavy drinking when I was 19-years-old. Other than that, it was pretty interesting seeing how tradition-based the whole event really was, and how authentically Old World Huntington Beach had maintained authenticity in upholding that very same tradition.

New University Newspaper: Oktoberfest Brings History to Huntington

Oktoberfest Brings History to Huntington
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 38, Issue 1 | Sep 20 2004

Two years after the royal wedding of King Ludwig I of Bavaria in 1810, the first Oktoberfest took place in Munich, Bavaria. Now, nearly two centuries later, Old World in Huntington Beach continues the famous tradition with their 27th annual Oktoberfest celebration.

‘It’s always the middle of September to the end of October,’ explained Bern Bischof, now owner and manager of Old World. ‘It’s about seven weeks long and this year we started a little bit early, around Sept. 12, and then it’s going on all the way to Oct. 30.’

As far as the history of Oktoberfest is concerned, the city of Munich wanted to host an anniversary party for their king’s second marriage.

‘[There were] all the breweries coming in with their newly-brewed beer and things. It [the Oktoberfest] started with a horse race,’ said Dolores Bischof who, along with her husband, was the original owner and developer of Old World. ‘We don’t have a horse race here, we have a Dachshund race. And the whole town seemed to relate to the king and his festival for his anniversary. And that’s how the whole Oktoberfest started.’

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20 September 2004: On-Campus Entertainment Exists!

Posted by Christina on February 28, 2009

006askphNow in my second year, I had experienced my fair share of what awesome things UCI had to offer but being in the less than entertainment city of Irvine, the campus was getting a bad reputation for being boring. ASUCI really does some great things for the campus and for the students so for the Welcome Week issue that brings students up to date during the first week of school, this article was to showcase there really was entertainment the campus had to offer.

New University Newspaper: On-Campus Entertainment Exists!

On-Campus Entertainment Exists!
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 38, Issue 1 | Sep 20 2004

On the outskirts of the City of Irvine, amidst the corporate headquarters of many major companies and just a block down from Newport Beach, lies UCI.

With peaceful surroundings, clean, ocean air and the beach minutes away – literarily – one has the ideal environment for any study session. But, on the surface of it all, there is more life at UCI than meets the eye.

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7 June 2004: Reggaefest 2004

Posted by Christina on February 28, 2009

cimg2174This was, by far, the most fun I had ever had on campus as a freshman. While they did serve alcohol at the event, they were good about not letting the under-21 crowd coerce friends in ASUCI (Associated Students at UCI) to slip them a pint or two. Regardless, there was music, laughter and a sprawling green hill that now houses the new Student Center. It was an absolute privilege to be given the job of covering the event. It’s such a great way of finally breathing comfortably after an entire year of school work.

New University Newspaper: Reggaefest 2004

Reggaefest 2004
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 37, Issue 31 | Jun 07 2004

The Student Center lawn was filled with music, free food and excitement, creating an all-around positive atmosphere. Beneath the bright sun, UCI students were finally feeling the anticipation of summer with just two weeks left of school.

‘We’ve been having [Reggaefest] for several years now,’ said fourth-year political science major, Arnab Banerjee, one of the campus events commissioners for ASUCI. ‘This is basically a celebration of Reggae culture as well as a way of giving back to UCI students. Free food, free beer, free frozen margarita drinks. It’s just a way to celebrate the culmination of the end of the year. It’s really a chill atmosphere and I think a lot of students like to come out at this time of the year right before finals and just have a good time right before they have to start studying.’

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31 May 2004: xZOTica Film Festival

Posted by Christina on February 28, 2009

zf-winner1I only realized how amazing the Film & Media Studies Department at UCI is during my fifth and final year at school. What’s great about it is that students take it upon themselves to really use the university’s resources and make it an arena for them to explore all parts of film making before exposing themselves to the real world. xZOTica was their premiere film festival and was actually pretty awesome.

New University Newspaper: xZOTica Film Festival

xZOTica Film Festival
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 37, Issue 30 | May 31 2004

The fourth annual xZOTica film festival, put on by campus club ZotFilms, took place Friday night at the Humanities Instructional Building where the night’s theme was all 1980s. In the midst of filmmakers presenting and competing with their short films encompassing various genres and categories, raffles and prizes were given out, food and drinks were available outside and music played loudly for whoever came – whether you were one of the directors or just a spectator.

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24 May 2004: Marriage Equality Celebration

Posted by Christina on February 28, 2009

safezoneIf I had known four years after reporting on this event, the great state of California would grow into such turmoil over the content on which I was then reporting on, it would have changed my perspective on the whole thing. It was eye opening and thoroughly interesting to experience an event like this. Most of these first stories I did during my freshman year and had I spent my time living in the dorms and going to class, I wouldn’t have been able to really immerse myself into the half of what was going on out there. This story is just another great example of how much of a learning process writing for the New University Newspaper was.

New University Newspaper: Marriage Equality Celebration

Marriage Equality Celebration
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 37, Issue 29 | May 24 2004

OUTspoken and the Irvine Queers held a Marriage Equality Celebration event on Ring Road on May 17 to celebrate newlypassed legislation in Massachusetts which formally legalizes same-sex marriages within the state.

The Marriage Equality Celebration was a part of a larger, celebration put on by the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center which started a week before this event.

Event Coordinator Freddie Diaz, a fourth-year international studies major and Spanish minor, decided to have the rally to honor the newly passed law in Massachusetts.

‘I think it’s important that we, as an LGBT and straight community, unite the entire nation, saying what Massachusetts did [to legalize] same-sex marriages should happen everywhere,’ Diaz said. ‘It’s not only a state thing in Massachusetts that people are looking forward to it but also people in the entire nation, including California.’

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17 May 2004: Hudson Raises Herself In ‘Raising Helen’

Posted by Christina on February 28, 2009

raising_helenMovie reviews are starting to become more prevalent by this time. I found my reviews to become better constructed and articulated after I took on a second BA in Film & Media Studies. For now, it seems, I’m doing my best.

New University Newspaper: Hudson Raises Herself In ‘Raising Helen’

Hudson Raises Herself In ‘Raising Helen’
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 37, Issue 28 | May 17 2004

In the bustling city of Manhattan, Helen Harris (Kate Hudson) is about to be promoted from her job as assistant to Dominique (Helen Mirren) – head of one of New York’s top modeling agencies – to an agent. By day she works with some of the most prestigious modeling agencies around the world, attends fashions shows and gets herself onto any VIP list – even if it’s just for afternoon lunch. At night she waves a flirty ‘Hi’ at the bouncers and gets into the hottest clubs of the New York nightlife. She’s a star in her own world ready to get brighter and bigger with each passing day.

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3 May 2004: Benefit Concert Souls 2004 Raises Awareness

Posted by Christina on February 28, 2009

systemThis piece was clearly very close to my heart and I think I wouldn’t have been able to have it come out the way it did (or even have it come out at all) had it not been an issue I identified with. I was able to gain direct access to System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian and conduct a personal interview that shed some light on this very important event. For the first time, a world-renown group of Armenians were taking it upon themselves to let their fans and the entire world know exactly what made them who they are. By focusing on the Armenian Genocide and holding a benefit concert for the cause of awareness, they let a lot of people know exactly what it meant to be an Armenian living in today’s world.

New University Newspaper: Benefit Concert Souls 2004 Raises Awareness

Benefit Concert Souls 2004 Raises Awareness
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 37, Issue 26 | May 03 2004

System of a Down took the legendary Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on April 24, and made the entire place like their own home. It was as if the band threw this huge event and each band member invited all of their friends, cousins and their friends, parents’ friends and pretty much the entire society living in the diasporas of Southern California.

The members of System of a Down – vocalist and front man Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan, all of Armenian descent – lost family during the Armenian Genocide. The band’s Souls 2004 Benefit Concert was set for April 24, Genocide Commemoration Day, for a reason.

‘The purpose of Souls 2004 is to further raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) in 1915, and help facilitate its formal recognition as a genocide by the federal government,’ Tankian said.

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26 April 2004: Israeli Ambassador Encourages Reforms

Posted by Christina on February 28, 2009

mark_regev4Reporting on an event like this really opened my eyes to a whole new world of reporting on events. Being a freshman at UCI, I also showed me how the day’s youth really did care about seemingly more adult things. This was something I was experiencing for the first time, really.

New University Newspaper: Israeli Ambassador Encourages Reforms

Israeli Ambassador Encourages Reforms
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 37, Issue 25 | Apr 26 2004

The Anteaters for Israel were met with protesters outside the Barclay Theater Monday night when they invited spokesman of the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., Mark Regev to speak about the Israeli government.

Regev began by explaining that Israel’s independence day is a time for Israelis to reflect on the things they did wrong as well as what they’ve done right with their country.

‘The wonderful depiction is of Castro’s Cuba or Kim Il Sung’s North Korea. Those have no problems because everything is perfect,’ Regev said. ‘In normal countries like the United States there are problems and these problems have to be dealt with.’

‘But then we make that balance of what we’ve achieved and what we haven’t achieved … what has been done well and what could be done better, what we’ve failed and where we’ve succeeded. There’s one thing that I as an Israeli can be proud of, and that is the fact that in our 56 years of independence, we’ve managed to build a very vibrant, diverse and powerful democracy.’

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12 April 2004: Suspect at Large for Sexual Assault in Parkwood

Posted by Christina on February 28, 2009

This was one of two pieces I had published within the same week. This was the first News piece I did where I had to directly contact sources outside of UCI. Needless to say, it was an interesting case.

New University Newspaper: Suspect at Large for Sexual Assault in Parkwood

Suspect at Large for Sexual Assault in Parkwood
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 37, Issue 23 | Apr 12 2004

Approaching women throughout the day, 27-year-old Alvaro Flores has been suspected of approaching women from behind, knocking them down and removing their underwear by force.

He has struck most recently at the Parkwood Apartment Complex in the University and Michelson area on March 25 at approximately 5:45 p.m. The assailant then fled the area on foot and has not yet been located. The victim was not injured in this case.

Parkwood Apartments manager Jennifer Heiger had no comment about what happened. As far as what steps the complex has taken for added security, Heiger only added that she believes that whatever information they release will be counterproductive to the current situation.

‘All the patrol officers that patrol that area are aware that the most recent incident occurred in that apartment complex,’ said Lieutenant Mike Hamel, part of the Criminal Investigation Division at the Irvine Police Station. ‘They are being diligent in ensuring Parkwood apartments are patrolled and they keep their eyes out for anybody suspicious.’

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