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29 September 2008: Peter Through the Ages

Posted by Christina on March 23, 2009

peter-the-anteaterFeatures pieces are always fun to write because they’re less strictly newsy and allow more leeway on artistic writing. It was fun delving into the history of our school’s very notorious mascot, especially the nervous page flipping on New U archives from the late 1960s. Each of those nearly Bible paper-thin pages had coverage on the mascot elections and everything. It was all very fascinating.

New University Newspaper: Peter Through the Ages

Peter Through the Ages
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 42, Issue 2 | Sep 29 2008

So you found out you’re an Anteater. You probably haven’t started practicing chants of “Rip ‘Em ’Eaters” for sideline cheers just yet, and you may have to ignore the snickers for a while when you tell your friends back home your sporting event war cry is a ferocious, “Zot!”

And how about explaining to them that accompanying hand gesture? Haven’t heard of it yet? Try bringing together your thumb, middle and ring fingers to make hind legs and a tail. Have your index and pinky fingers stand tall to make arms ready for a bear hug defense. Your hand may cramp now, but it’ll become second nature by Winter Quarter. It’s your Anteater, and it’s reared and ready to attack.

Prompted to cheer by an enthusiastic and enlarged plush anteater, it’s what UCI fans in the stands motion and call out at games. With this symbol at the helm, being an ’Eater is a source of pride.

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19 November 2007: Book Signing in L.A.

Posted by Christina on March 11, 2009

nersesian-lunchI was so excited to attend this book signing because one of my favorite authors of all time, Arthur Nersesian, was going to be there. I was planning on going anyway and asked the paper if I could cover it for their Features section. I was so excited they said yes and was thrilled to be there. I also thought it was hilarious that they had to disclose that the author of the article had no relation to the author of the book. This is one of my favorite pieces.

New University Newspaper: Book Signing in L.A.

Book Signing in L.A.
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 41, Issue 9 | Nov 19 2007

Skylight Books in Los Angeles became home to the cultured and aging scruff of Los Angeles on Nov. 13. Aging hipsters with tatted chests and heavily sunbathed arms filed in and maintained the status quo between the hoardes of bookshelves in a tiny space. People from all walks of life quietly scampered in. There was an immediate sense of community because everyone was united for the cause of innovative and wholly unrepressed literature. Two celebrated authors and artists within their own crafts – Arthur Nersesian and Lydia Lunch – held a book signing and reading for their latest endeavors.

Mementos of Lunch’s past littered the scene as she gabbed about her prior experiences. From glamorous punks hitting their prime to tattered shirt-wearing and hair-dyed youths, the variety of those in attendance showcased the proliferation of Lunch’s style. Particularly indicative of her eclectic nature was the inclusion of a white-collar office executive – preened to perfection – sitting in a front row seat, subtly showing off full finger tattoos and a nautical star-studded neck.

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25 April 2005: A Mourning for the Generations

Posted by Christina on March 1, 2009

123367_march_CAC_This year I was given the opportunity to cover the Candlelight Vigil held by the Armenian Student Association at UCI every year on April 24th to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. In later years I wasn’t allowed to do so because the editors claimed it would be a conflict of interest and thinking about it, they did have a point.

New University Newspaper: A Mourning for the Generations

A Mourning for the Generations
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 38, Issue 25 | Apr 25 2005

Amidst the booths and giant wooden cutouts of the various fraternities’ and sororities’ Greek letters, club members passing out pamphlets, loudspeakers and chants from the ASUCI candidates, not to mention the evangelical extremists holding banners of damnation, there was little room to see anything else.

The Career Fair booth made a barrier students had to weave through just to make it through Ring Road in a timely fashion. Even so, UC Irvine’s Armenian Student Association’s display commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide stood solemn and strong at the flagpoles on April 20.

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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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8 March 2004: Beall Center Tackles Technology

Posted by Christina on February 6, 2009


Stills from Norman Klein's exhibit

The Beall Center for Art and Technology at UCI is another exceptional venue for some of the most interesting art installations I’ve ever come across. Being interested in the fine arts and their subsequent areas of interest but not having studied them, going into the Beall for an exhibit was always a welcome learning experience. This being not only my first year at school but my first time at the Beall Center, I was blown away.

New University Newspaper: Beall Center Tackles Technology

Beall Center Tackles Technology
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 37, Issue 20  |  Mar 08 2004

The Beall Center for Art and Technology has been known for bringing fresh perspectives to the eyes of UCI with their exhibits and they’ve done it again.

On March 2, an exhibition titled ‘Mapping the Unfindable’ opened at the center. It features collaborative work blending together written works by Los Angeles ‘renaissance man’ Norman M. Klein and various Beall contributors.

The reception included a book signing for Klein’s latest novella, ‘Freud in Coney Island.’ Present was Klein and the artists and curators who put together the exhibition. Also present were those who collaborated with his written word to create five separate installations for the exhibit. His five works, ‘The Vatican to Vegas: The History of Special Effects,’ ‘Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles, 1920-1986,’ ‘Freud-Lissitzky Navigator,’ ‘The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory’ and ‘Seven Minutes: The Life and Death of the American Animated Cartoon’ were represented in the exhibition.

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26 Jan 2004: FVC Displays Alli’s Artistic Work

Posted by Christina on February 6, 2009

Still from Antero Alli's film, Under a Shipwrecked Moon

Still from 'Under a Shipwrecked Moon'

The FVC at UCI is one of the best things about the campus. I’ve reported on many of their events and since I’m not meant to be unbiased here, I will freely praise the FVC for all their great work. The only cinematique in Orange County, the FVC is a truly brilliant extension of the Film & Media Studies department and major. The films they’ve shown have nearly always had some appropriate special meaning or they’ve been some sort of rare screening of a particular film in an even more particular format or. Some films have even been accompanied by the likes of film director David Lynch and Jackie Curtis of Andy Warhol’s Factory circuit. Regardless, for about three dollars and your student ID card – or not, as non-students and non-faculty members could enjoy – you’re watching a great film on a huge screen.

My first exposure to the FVC was to review Antero Alli’s film Under a Shipwrecked Moon where the director conducted a Q&A after the screening. The article was even picked up by the website in the page’s “Film Clips and Reviews” section.

New University Newspaper: FVC Display’s Alli’s Artistic Work

FVC Displays Alli’s Artistic Work
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 37, Issue 14 | Jan 26 2004

Instead of your average Hollywood flick bound to become a blockbuster hit, the UCI Film and Video Center screens a new independent and underground film every Thursday night in the Humanities Instructional Building, room 100.

Writer/Director Antero Alli was present at the Jan. 22 screening of his latest underground film, ‘Under a Shipwrecked Moon,’ as well as Sylvi Alli who collaborated with Antero and composed and oversaw much of the soundtrack. Sylvi also played the role of the shaman woman in the film, to whom all the characters trace a relation to.

The film tells the story of an elderly Finnish man’s journey. Family secrets are revealed as his grandson, ‘a self-made shamanic punk rocker’ named Jari, enters the dreams of his Finnish grandfather who has slipped into a comatose state.

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10 Nov 2003: Talented Students Stand Out Among the Crowds

Posted by Christina on February 6, 2009

violinThis was the first assignment I was given so naturally, they gave me someone to work with. The bit about the boy in Middle Earth  who plays the violin was meant to be what I was to work on as I lived in Middle Earth myself. Of course, the editors brought it together into a cohesive story but the kick of seeing my name in print set off a domino effect of the desire to publish more.

New University Newspaper: Talented Students Stand Out Among the Crowds

Talented Students Stand Out Among the Crowds
by Christina Nersesian and Sara Foroshani
Volume 37, Issue 8  |  Nov 10 2003

Everyone has some kind of talent, and somewhere in their lifetime, this talent will be noticed and praised. But there are always those exceptional few that catch the eye of the people they come into contact with for the skills they possess. These very rare students are hard to pinpoint in the massive UCI population, but be assured, they do exist.

In the Middle Earth housing complex of UC Irvine, freshman Anthony Milano, 19, from Modesto, Calif. hopes to graduate in four years with a degree in biological sciences. He also has a prodigious talent playing the violin. Where arts and sciences usually clash, this UCI student finds amongst them a common ground for his interests.

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