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CSUN Professor to discuss the ‘Witchcraft, Folklore, and the Ancestors of Harry Potter’

Sabina Magliocco, chair and professor of anthropology, will be discussing the root motifs of the “Harry Potter” books during the lecture “Witchcraft, Folklore, and the Ancestors of Harry Potter” taking place today in Sierra Hall.

“First, I want to show people how many of the motifs in the ‘Harry Potter’ books really come from European folklore,” Magliocco said. “Some of the magical and fantastic creatures that are in Harry Potter, like the house elves, the griffins and some of the more fantastical beings.”

Magliocco explained that some of the creatures created by J.K. Rowling as a part of creating an imaginary literary world are straight from European folklore.

In the second part of the lecture, Magliocco will be discussing the concept of the witch in the “Harry Potter” books.

According to Magliocco, the witch is a negative figure in European folklore and as of right now people in American society consider the “Harry Potter” novels as witchcraft and evil. However, the children in the books, who are witches and wizards, are not evil at all.

“If you look at the kind of values that are highly held in the wizardry world, it’s a very Christian influence world in the sense that, for example, people are encouraged to sacrifice themselves for their friends, to think of the greater good and to think not of themselves but of ways that are going to benefit their friends and their school as a whole,” Magliocco said.

On the other hand, there is a group that shows evil and that is Voldemort and his followers. Magliocco said this group embodies the stereotype of what the witch is thought to be in European folklore and is the exact opposite of a just society.

With the growing popularity of Harry Potter, one would think it would lead to comics and graphic novels. However, Charles Hatfield, professor of English, said “Harry Potter” has not been officially turned into comics but there are similar characters portrayed in other comic books.

“The idea of a “school” for exceptional or gifted or “magical” children is an old one, and there is at least one recent comic book series, “The Books of Magic,” created by Neil Gaiman and John Bolton, features a very Potter-like character named Tim Hunter, a young wizard who has to go through training, etc. This series actually came out before the Potter books and many people have remarked on the similarities,” Hatfield said.

Magliocco hopes the lecture can make people appreciate folklore and how it turns up in literature. She also hopes people receive a deeper understanding of the dangers of projecting our fears onto a group of people.

The event will take place in the Whitsett Room, 451, at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Greatness in the form of fried banana

Rincome Restaurant serves deep fried banana with coconut ice cream as one of their dessert items. Photo Credit: Aprile Sumague / Staff Reporter
Rincome Restaurant serves deep fried banana with coconut ice cream as one of their dessert items. Photo Credit: Aprile Sumague / Staff Reporter

I have come to love Thai food after moving to California from Hawaii. I especially love chicken satay and anything with snow peas in it. I crave Thai food often and Rincome Restaurant is good enough for me to get through the day. Located in a strip mall in Granada Hills, Rincome Restaurant is anything but extraordinary.

The place is small and compacted in the corner of the mall and the parking space is limited. There are a few décors, like bronze wares and paintings, but it feels like you are in a typical diner and not an authentic Thai restaurant. There is no host to greet you once you enter the glass doors, but my friend and I got seated right away.

We ordered dumplings as an appetizer and a glass of Thai iced tea for me. Unfortunately, they didn’t have boba. The appetizer was delicious, especially when dipped in their “special sauce” which I believe is a mixture of soy sauce and ginger. The wonton wrapper was filled with ground pork and finely chopped vegetables and was served fresh out of the pan. The dumplings cost $5.95 for five pieces.

We chose three a la carte dishes for dinner: Pineapple fried rice ($6.50), Siam delight ($7.50) and Panang ($6.50). You may choose your meat – pork, chicken or shrimp – for most of the dishes. Shrimp dishes are a dollar and a few cents more.

The pork pineapple fried rice was OK. It had chunks of pineapple – straight from the can – pieces of cashew nuts and slices of pork. The rice was too sticky, which is never good for making fried rice. It was bland so I added soy sauce to my plate. The serving was a bit small for the two of us who love rice and an extra cup of steamed rice is an additional $1.50.

The Siam delight, a combination of chicken, shrimp, tofu, snow peas, carrots, green beans and “special Thai sauce,” had a little more taste than the rice and was better. The vegetables were crispy and the meats were tender. There is something about the “special Thai sauce” that makes this dish tasty. It’s sweet and a little peppery, which I adored. I asked the waitress what exactly is in the sauce and she said, “Special sauce, secret house recipe” with a smile.

The waitress recommended the chicken Panang, the “most popular Thai curry dish,” so my friend and I decided to order it. This made me remember how much I dislike curry dishes. I love coconut, but combined with spices is a bad idea. I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy food so I ordered medium, and I regretted it. It was beyond spicy and to top it off, my water refill did not come as quickly as the first one. The chicken was gristly and drowned in red curry sauce and the bell peppers did not taste cooked at all.

I thought my first time at Rincome Restaurant was going to be my worst restaurant experience until I ordered dessert, deep fried banana with ice cream ($5.95). I thought I was in heaven when I took the first bite of the warm, sweet and delectable slice of banana. It was the best fried banana I have ever had. The ripeness of the banana was just right and the wonton wrapper was crunchy and fried to perfection. It was served with two scoops of coconut ice cream and drizzled with hot fudge syrup. You can also order the banana without the ice cream for $4.25.

The bill came to about $40.00 for two hungry people, not including tip. I could have spent this much money on better restaurant, with tastier food and service.

My overall experience at Rincome Restaurant was just OK. I honestly blame the waitress for being impatient and tried to rush my friend and I in ordering food. If given enough time, we would have ordered better dishes. The only thing that will make me go back to this place is the dessert.

Rincome Restaurant offers lunch and dinner specials that range from $6.00 to $8.00. Phone orders and delivery are also available. Beer and wine are also served in the restaurant.

Rincome Restaurant

17050 Devonshire St.

Granada Hills, CA 91325

(818) 366-5805

Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Friday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sunday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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Liz Cheney and Michele Backmann

Singing the Dodger blues

If you go on the Los Angeles Dodgers Web site and look up Ned Colletti’s profile you will read all the wonderful moves Colletti has done in his first four years as General Manager (GM). That profile only says a small portion of what he has really done for the Dodgers.

On Tuesday Colletti signed a multiyear contract extension, a day after the game four collapse against the Phillies. The Dodger’s front office and Colletti didn’t say specifically how many years the contract was signed for but both parties are saying he will remain the Dodgers GM for a long time.

Despite getting eliminated by the Phillies for the second consecutive year, that wasn’t the worst thing that happened for Dodger fans last week. It was Colletti’s new contract extension. The man has made so many horrible moves for the Dodgers since he got hired for the job in 2005. He hasn’t drafted a good crop of young players and has done some of the worst free agent signings in Dodger history. Colletti is decent at making trades to help his ball club in the short term but that’s probably his only strong point as GM.

We should all thank Ned Colletti for drafting pitcher Clayton Kershaw and (???). Well, that’s it. Colletti and his scouts have been doing a terrible job looking for young talent. Colletti was handed a team that already had a great farm system. He didn’t draft any of the following players Jonathan Broxton, James Loney, Matt Kemp, Russell Martin, Chad Billingsley, Blake Dewitt, Cory Wade, just to name a few. You’re probably thinking “at least he didn’t trade them away.” That’s a good argument, but if Colletti would have pulled the trigger on some of the trades he got offered for the young players, we would be talking about how the Dodgers eliminated the Phillies for the second consecutive year.

Colletti should get a ton of credit for getting Manny Ramirez for next to nothing last season, but was it his idea to go after Ramirez. We all know how fascinated Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is in getting former Red Sox players (Bill Mueller, Derek Lowe, Nomar Garciaparra), so was it him breathing down Colletti’s neck to get Man Ram? Early this season, Colletti had a chance in bringing in ace pitcher Roy Halladay for Billingsley and power hitter Adrian Gonzalez for Loney. Colletti has been on record of saying he is not one to look into the future. So why didn’t he pull the trigger on those moves? Halladay and Gonzalez most likely would have brought the Dodgers their first World Series title since 1988.

Colletti did trade the troubled Milton Bradley for Andre Ethier, but he can’t expect Ethier to carry the team when Ramirez is gone. He needs to get a great power hitter behind him, but don’t expect Colletti to bring that power through free agency.

Colletti signed Jason Schmidt knowing that he had a torn rotator cuff for three years at $47 million. He only won three games for the Dodgers averaging S15.6 million per win. Colletti also signed the biggest bust in Andruw Jones for two years guaranteeing him $36.2 million. Colletti should have known Jones was in the down part of his career when he batted .222 the year before the signing. Jones only managed to bat a dismal .158 for the Dodgers.

Until the day McCourt realizes that Colletti isn’t the right man to assemble a championship team, Dodger fans should expect to feel blue for many seasons to come.

Mustangs defeat Matadors with hat trick

 Senior outside hitter Angela Hupp (10) recorded 28 kills in two games this weekend. Photo Credit: Alan fassonaki / Staff photographer
Senior outside hitter Angela Hupp (10) recorded 28 kills in two games this weekend. Photo Credit: Alan fassonaki / Staff photographer

Saturday’s defeat at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has put a major dent in the Cal State Northridge men’s soccer team’s drive for a postseason berth.

The 3-1 loss at the hands of the Mustangs now drops the Matadors (7-6-2, 2-3-1 Big West) into a tie with UC Davis for the fifth spot in the Big West Conference with seven points each, despite being ahead in the loss column. With only four conference games remaining, Northridge has few precious opportunities to position itself into one of the top four positions to qualify for the four-team playoff at season’s end.

For now, after Saturday’s action in the Big West, only Cal State Fullerton is within CSUN’s striking distance at 10 points. But to pull even with the Titans won’t be easy. The Matadors travel to No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (11-3-1, 5-1) next, where the Gauchos are a team that knows how to defend their home field with a 6-1 record.

Northridge defeated then-No. 3 Santa Barbara at Matador Field, 1-0, on Oct. 18th, and will be in need for another huge performance to stay alive in the middle of the Big West pack.

At one point, Saturday, a game which CSUN Coach Terry Davila, on his message board, called the toughest loss of the year, the Matadors trailed big, 3-0. Not until the 73rd minute did they get on the board, thanks to forward Cameron Sims’ team-leading fifth goal of the season. His header was set up by midfielder Sunghyun Kim’s team-high fifth assist after being awarded a free kick from the right edge of the box.

All four goals in the match were scored in the second half and came in a flood between the 67th and 73rd minute. And for Cal Poly’s David Zamora, the goals indeed came flooding in.

The junior forward had a career day for the Mustangs, who are tied with Santa Barbara atop the Big West with 15 points, as he knocked in all three goals, one coming off a penalty kick in the 69th minute. Despite having a below 500 record overall at 7-8-1, Cal Poly has started off hot in conference play at 5-2.

The Matadors know they hold their fate in their hands, and that it will possibly take as few as four conference wins to get to fourth place. They have two winnable games at home against UC Riverside (0-5-1 BW) and Fullerton (3-3-1). The other two matches come on the road against, arguably, the cream of the crop: Wednesday night at UCSB and a regular season finale at UC Irvine (4-2).

Despite losing by two goals, Northridge out-shot Cal Poly 15-10, and took more corners at 4-1. Also of note, senior defender Chad Borak was issued a red card and will be unavailable for Wednesday’s game.

The loss could be key as Borak is one of four starters on the Northridge backline that has been rock-solid all season.

Inconsistency gives CSUN another split weekend

Forward Cameron Sims, seen here in Wednesday match against the UC Davis Aggies, scored the lone goal for the Matadors in Saturday’s loss against the Cal Poly Mustangs. Photo Credit: Caitilin McCarrick / Staff photographer
Forward Cameron Sims, seen here in Wednesday match against the UC Davis Aggies, scored the lone goal for the Matadors in Saturday’s loss against the Cal Poly Mustangs. Photo Credit: Alan Fassonaki / Staff photographer

If teams in the Big West were to be compared to candy, the Northridge women’s volleyball team (7-15, 3-6 Big West) would definitely be a box of chocolates, hugely due to the fact that you never know what you’re going to get.

It was another mixed weekend for the Matadors as they defeated Pacific (15-5, 5-4) in a five-set thriller before dropping three straight to UC Davis (16-7, 7-2).

The victory over Pacific snaps a five-set losing streak of five games for the Matadors, with Northridge handing the Tigers scores of 25-23, 19-25, 30-28, 20-25, 17-15.

“We played well at times where it was critical, especially the third and fifth set,” said head coach Jeff Stork of the win over Pacific.

During the first set both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm with each team hitting below a .100 clip. Northridge did just enough right to take the first set.

The second set belonged outright to the Tigers, even with the Matadors overcoming a 22-14 deficit to bring Northridge within five at 19-24. Pacific closed the doors to tie the match at a set apiece.

The third and highly crucial third set was a tossup for either team, with Pacific leading by no more than three points. After four set points and with the score knotted at 28, two consecutive Pacific attack errors capped off by an Angela Hupp kill would give the Matadors a 2-1 set advantage.

Even up by a set, Northridge was handed something more heart-wrenching than a defeat when freshman outside hitter Britney Graff sustained an injury while trying to save the ball after being blocked on an attack attempt.

“In the third set we played with composure and got a lot of help from different players,” Stork said after the Graff injury. “With Janet Alvarado stepping in for Graff, and especially Cynthia Ortiz’s jump serves.”

The Tigers were able to keep their errors to a minimum and kept a comfortable lead over the Matadors for most of the fourth set taking the set 25-20.

Pacific opened up an early 6-3 lead in the fifth match before Northridge went on a 7-3 run to take the lead at 10-9. From then on the Tigers would not lead by more than two points.

The score would tie once more at 15 before a Brittany Williams kill followed by a Hupp kill would close the match.

The Matadors out blocked the Tigers 16.0-10.0 with junior middle blocker Chelsea Johnson leading Northridge with 10 total blocks, two solo, and senior Tela Burnett notching 5 total blocks of her own, one solo from the same position.

Williams knocked down a team-high 20 kills, and Graff recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 16 kills and 12 digs. Hupp notched her team-leading 17th double-double of the season with 13 kills and 31 assists.

The match against Davis proved to be something entirely different for the Matadors, after going five sets with the Aggies during their initial meeting. This time around, Davis swept Northridge, decked out in pink ribbons, headbands and socks in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, by scores of 26-24, 25-19, 25-17.

“Davis is a better team than Pacific,” Stork said. “(Their) first contact is very good. They capitalized on our slow transition … and they don’t give you many points.”

Set one was the only set the Matadors would come close to defeating the Aggies, even taking an early 10-6 lead. From then on the Aggies would take the lead, only leading by as many as two, before winning the set at 26-24.

During set two the score stayed pretty much even until at 17-16, in favor for the Aggies, Davis set off on consecutive offensive runs and capitalized on Matador errors to take the set easily at 25-19.

The final set deeply resembled the second with the score keeping within a few points. With Davis leading at 11-10, the Aggies set off a six-point run that would help them to hold the Matadors from scoring more than seven more points.

With the Aggies leading 20-14, Northridge would only score three more points before a reception error would hand Davis the set and the match.

“(The Pacific game) was awesome,” Hupp said. “(We) felt so good coming into today … which might not have been good for us … (We) expected the same unity and excitement.”

Hupp was the only Matador to reach double digits in kills with 12 for the loss. Junior Lynda Morales added eight kills.

Next up for the Matadors is a home match against non-conference opponent Cal State Bakersfield next Friday at the Matadome.

Black Reign best in Student Showcase

Black Reign, winner of the 8th annual Student Showcase performs their routine on Oct. 22. Photo Credit: Sami Eshaghi / Assistant Photo Editor
Black Reign, winner of the 8th annual Student Showcase performs their routine on Oct. 22. Photo Credit: Sami Eshaghi / Assistant Photo Editor

Black Reign. Photo Credit: Sami Eshaghi / Assistant Photo Editor.
Black Reign. Photo Credit: Sami Eshaghi / Assistant Photo Editor.

By Katelyn Fike

Contributing Reporter

CSUN’s talent shined Thursday night at the 8th annual Student Showcase, where large crowds and vivacious celebrity guests rallied in support of the performers whose wide ranging acts reflected the spirit and diversity of CSUN’s campus community.

The Bollywood-themed show, hosted by the Union Program Council (UPC), boasted a broad array of acts from beat boxers and opera singers to dance teams and rap groups.

The show consisted of a celebrity host and three star judges.

Host James Davis, comedian and writer for Black Entertainment Television, kept the show going between acts with his contagious energy and comedic timing, receiving big laughs throughout the night.

Former Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell, star of G4’s “Attack of the Show,” acted as a judge whose appearance garnered excitement from fans who grew up with him on their TV screens.

The other two judges, Landon Brown and Lil’ Al B. Sure, appeared on MTV’s “Rock the Cradle,” and are now working towards solo music careers.

The event’s highest honor of Best in Show went to dance group Black Reign, whose highly original circus freak routine was complete with a caged man and bearded lady.

Jaseena Ali, member of Black Reign, “felt great” about the group’s victory.

“We’ve been working our butts off,” said Ali, who added that support from her friends and family is what made her happiest that night.

The award for Best Band went to TJ Wilkins, who looked sharp in suits and ties for their cover performance of Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish.”

Cameron Garrett won best solo act by beat boxing songs by artists like Justin Timberlake and Snoop Dogg.

“I was kind of nervous at first,” said Garrett. “But I saw that the crowd was feelin’ it, and it was great.”

Marie Pyle’s opera skills secured her the award for Best Vocal Performance, her act standing out as the only classical performance that evening.

The CSUN Hip Hop Team won best dance group for their Wizard of Oz themed choreography, which included characters such as Dorothy, the wicked witch and a not-so-cowardly lioness.

“The award was well deserved,” said team member Herschel Hermosa. “We worked really hard, and proved once again that we’re the team to try to beat.”

The Best Vocal Ensemble went to singer Monica Velasco and her accompanying guitarist Jon Pena, who performed an old school R&B medley while the crowd sang along.

“You only got one shot, just go all out,” said Mitchell. “Everybody brought it, they really did.”

Dayna Charlot, member of CSUN’s Hip Hop team, recalled feeling as if she “couldn’t breathe” during her routine.

“It’s like another side of you takes over,” Charlot said, “You don’t hear anything else anymore; it’s just you and the music.”

UPC program coordinator Shari Lucas was thrilled with the show’s outcome, saying the students loved it, and calling it the “best showcase ever.”

“We got a huge turnout,” said Lucas, “There were 800 people in the audience.”

Rich Preescott of the rap group Top Notch said it was “real cool” for students to have the chance to showcase their talent.

“[The show] was very diverse, and I had fun,” said Preescott.

Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Diet

asActress Alicia Silverstone, best known for her role as Cher in Clueless, has written a book about being vegan. The Kind Diet, which was released on October 12th, gives Silverstone an opportunity to share the reasons why she decided to go vegan 11 years ago — before it became a Hollywood fad.

In the book, Silverstone details the benefits of swearing off all meat, eggs and dairy products, and like other authors (Micheal Pollan and Mark Bittman) examines the role our food decisions have on the planet. The book also includes personal vegan and macrobiotic recipes by the actress.

Although, I appreciate Silverstone’s attempt on shedding light on the impact our food choices have on the environment, the diet she describes is not practical for everyone. As a college student, it is already difficult to find healthy inexpensive food on campus. I can only imagine how much harder it would be to become vegan in a campus that has limited food options.

I applaud her animal rights work and desire to make a difference but her book and diet are not for everyone. The book can be found at all major bookstores if you would like to check it out. But as for me, I’m sticking with trying to eat local organic produce on a student budget — for now.

A plight to fight breast cancer

The CSUN chapter of Colleges Against Cancer support this month of cancer awareness by wearing bras over their shirts, Moday, Oct. 20. Photo Credit: Camille Hislop / Staff Photographer

The CSUN chapter of Colleges Against Cancer support this month of cancer awareness by wearing bras over their shirts, Monday, Oct. 20. Photo Credit: Camille Hislop / Staff Photographer.

Letter to the Editor

In lieu of the second installment of our special investigative report on campus food safety, the Sundial is publishing this response to the first part, published on Oct. 15, by Betsy Corrigan of The University Corporation. The second part of the series will appear in the Oct. 29 edition of the Sundial.

As campus food service operator, The University Corporation (TUC) serves thousands of customers daily. TUC takes very seriously its responsibility to CSUN students, faculty and staff, and is committed to delivering quality products and service to our customers while ensuring their safety. With 18 locations across campus and 18 publicly recorded ‘A’ grades, there can be no doubt that TUC is serious about food safety.

Receiving a grade of ‘A’ is not a simple task. There are numerous categories that are part of the inspection process including storage, ventilation, refrigeration, personal practices, temperature monitoring, lighting, plumbing and fixtures to name a few. Management and staff work hard every day to maintain health and safety standards.

The Los Angeles County Department of Environmental Health is a valued partner in ensuring food safety. Their evaluations are useful tools that assist food operators in correcting potential problems. TUC welcomes their expertise and recommendations, and acts quickly to resolve any potential issues.

Educating and training food handlers is required by law. TUC Foodservice’s employees are trained to protect their own health and the health of others, and to abide by California safe food handling rules and regulations. At least one employee (more if the facility has extended hours) in each unit must be a certified food handler. Today there are over 35 certified food handlers working in our kitchens and serving food to our guests every day. ServSafe certificates are on display and available for inspection, as required by the Health Department.

TUC is committed to keeping its customers and staff safe and will take extraordinary measures as needed. For instance, with the HlN1 virus outbreak, TUC was proactive and responded to this serious threat by investing in hand sanitizers for customer use in all our units, purchasing specialized serving utensils with metal ions that prevent bacterial growth, and sanitizing public areas with antibacterial wipes at least every thirty minutes or more frequently as needed.

Sundial reporters did not include this information in the October 15, 2009 article on food safety. Rather, the Daily Sundial chose to run an article clearly designed to shock. That is unfair to TUC and unfortunate for Sundial readers.

Sincerely,

Betsy Corrigan

Associate Director, Foodservices

Updated: Dr. Maya Angelou delivers message of hope, inspriation

No one is born with courage, but we are all born with the ability to be courageous, was the first of many messages part of Wednesday night’s lecture “An Evening with Dr. Maya Angelou.”

Angelou spoke at the Matadome to a packed crowd of about 2,300 students and faculty. The University Student Union (USU) and Associated Students (A.S.) sponsored the lecture.

Dorothy Barresi, a professor in the English department and a poet/critic introduced Angelou to a crowd of thousands.

Angelou received a standing ovation from the crowd and opened by singing a piece from a 19th century slave song based on a passage from Genesis, of when God put a “rainbow in the sky” to give hope of seeing light in the clouds.

That piece from the slave song inspired her to come to Northridge, Angelou said, for a third time in twenty years because “Northridge in itself is a rainbow in the clouds.”

CSUN is a place where many people represent the first person in their family to come to college, Angelou said. She also spoke of the rich diversity and the ancestry of students that reaches form Eastern Europe to India and Asia.

“You have already been paid for. Once you’ve internalized that, you’ve been liberated. Pay for someone else,” Angelou said.

The night was also full of laughter, “I never trust people who don’t laugh. Who say ‘I am so serious.’ I don’t know if they are serious or boring,” Angelou said laughing, which she said she loves to do.

An essay contest sponsored by the USU giving students a chance to attend a meet and great with Angelou before the lecture.

Kathryn Donahue, 22, a senior journalism major, was one of the winners of the essay contest who got a chance to meet Angelou.

“I learned about the contest on the website and found out on Monday that I had been won. The prompt for the essay asked about what advice we would give a younger version of yourself,” Donahue said.

“It was hard to write 500 words or less, but I basically said to myself that you wont get everything right, but that it’s not the point,” Donahue said. “It’s just as important to trust yourself when you’re wrong. Not about how you fall in life but about the strength of how you rise up.”

Donahue said getting a chance to meet with Angelou was a tremendous honor and that once in a high school survey that asked what famous person she’d like to meet, she had written Angelou.

Jessica Samiere, 21, junior Pan-African studies major, was also one of the essay contest winners. She had chosen the writing prompt that asked what work of Angelou’s had inspired her and why.

Samiere wrote about Angleou’s poem, “Phenomenal Woman,” because it had “inspired me t be strong and realize how to build off of inner beauty. I found some of my characteristics in that poem.”

Although nervous to meet what she said is one of her idols, Samiere prepared a letter for Angelou telling her how much she appreciates the work she has done and how she inspires her.

Associated Students (A.S.) President Abel Pacheco, who presented Angelou with a gift on the behalf of the university at the end of her lecture, said, “It was a great opportunity for students to be inspired by one of the most remarkable figures in history.”

Yamrot Amha, an environmental and occupational health major, was unable to enjoy the lecture as she had hoped to do.

“I’m so disappointed because I couldn’t hear anything. I really love Dr. Angelou’s work but the sound system in there was bad. We couldn’t hear anything,” said Amha. “We were sitting on the floor, not the bleachers, and there was basically no sound. I’m so disappointed I missed what she said.”

Audrey Younna, A.S. SPACE Director, said the event was a huge success.

“Everything went smoothly, the turnout was really amazing and students really liked it,” Younna said. “The collaboration with the USU just showed how when we all put our resources together, we are able to have great events.”

“I really liked it. I thought it was cool to see someone like her here at school. She was very funny,” Kristina Richman, English creative writing major, said. “I think what she wanted is to take away is the idea that each of us can be our own rainbow.”

Angelou told the crowd “we’re in a particularly challenging place now in our country.”

She said she loved looking at the people in the crowd and knowing that someone in that audience will help find the answer to prostate cancer or breast cancer or help teach the world something new.

“You are the best we have, you are it, and we need you so desperately. Adults don’t tell you enough how much we need you,” Angelou said. “I see you and I see the future in you.”

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