It’s blackberry. No, it’s raspberry. Or maybe it’s loganberry? Actually, it’s a hybrid of several varieties of the three and it is called the boysenberry. This new strand of the berry was experimented with in the early 1920s by horticulturist Rudolph Boysen of Anaheim, California. However, Boysen’s efforts were not successful because his plants kept dying on the vine. Boysen later turned it over to farmer Walter Knott for commercial development of the boysenberry because Walter Knott was the first person to successfully produce the boysenberry fruit. Does the name Walter Knott ring any bells? How about Knott’s Berry Farm? Yes, all boysenberries in the world can trace their … [Read more...] about Catch the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival before its too late
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Emo music is often associated with a nostalgic feeling that reminds those of us that listened to it of our teenage years. These are the years we spent screaming our hearts out to Panic! At the Disco, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and so many more amazing bands that touched our hearts. Unfortunately, after what our parents called an emo phase, many of us have lost touch with this genre and what it really meant to us. “I haven’t been to any concerts with emo music in years,” Dayna Doidge, a Communication studies major at CSUSB, said. However, there are still a variety of local cover bands and concerts that will have you headbanging to the lyrics you once loved. One of … [Read more...] about How students can relive their emo teenage years
Every day local musicians such as myself gather in garages and studios around the Inland Empire to create, practice and record original music. Bands spend thousands on gear and travel to play gigs with hopes of gaining fans and some extra cash. There are ample amounts of bands that dedicate themselves to genres ranging from Metal to Folk and anywhere in between. With tribute bands taking over the bars and venues that actually pay talent, it makes an artist such as myself question what the future holds for unknown musicians that want to play original songs rather than covers. But rather than get bogged down with the popularity of regurgitated tunes, I sought optimism from other … [Read more...] about Is copycat culture killing original music in the Inland Empire?
Millions of us wake up every day, grab our phone and check Instagram. We scroll, like posts, follow someone here and there and go about our day. But how would our relationship with Instagram be if we had 61,000 people watching our every post? Is social media fame as glamorous as it looks? This is what 19-year-old Valentina Carrick deals with. Carrick (@chovvder) arose to Instagram fame two years ago, and now has over 61,000 followers on the platform. https://www.instagram.com/p/BtFgN8mA1kl/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Being a social media influencer is something many people strive to be, but for Carrick it came out of nowhere. “It’s been about two years when I would refresh my … [Read more...] about Instagram Fame: Behind the Posts
The National Reptilian Expo took place on Mar. 2nd and 3rd at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, Calif. The event happens at this location biannually and has become ones of the popular local events for friends and family time. While the main idea of an expo is for vendors to present a selected item for selling and trading, it can also become an educational experience for any attendee, as all the vendors are willing to answer any questions someone may have. Throughout the event, all vendors displayed commonly seen as well as rare types of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids. Vendors also offered equipment for the critter’s habitats, food they eat, and information on … [Read more...] about Reptilian Nation Expo visits Victorville
The Man in the Bottle is a local band that delivers upbeat music with a personal message of emotional honesty and growth. With original music written by CSUSB student Cory McCormick, the group has accomplished a lot is the little time they have been creating. McCormick, the vocalist and drummer of the band, grew up in a home surrounded by instruments and began playing when he was young. He works mostly with drums but also enjoys playing other instruments such as guitar and piano. After spending his adolescence teaching himself to play music, he began to think of it as a professional career choice in college. “I graduated high school and didn’t know what the hell I wanted to do. I … [Read more...] about The Man in the Bottle
Twenty 2 Salute is a Hard Rock band from the Inland Empire who started off as "The League" but later changed it to be more unique. The lead singer and guitarist Michael Schoon, bass player Mark Schoon, and drummer Raul Padilla known as J, performed at the Down N' Dirty Festival on the weekend of January 18th at the Adelanto Stadium in California. The two brothers have been surrounded by music their whole lives so it was given that one day this would be something they do together. "Our father was in a band growing up, he was in a rock band and he was a singer so it became our normal life to be in a band and we love music," said Mike Schoon. There were about 1,000 music … [Read more...] about Twenty 2 Salute Hits Down N’ Dirty
"We have a lot of DJs reaching out to us, and we're always looking them for our events," said Destiny Lara-Benzor, a senior. "So, why don't we have a DJ contest to get the contact but, also give them an opportunity to play here at the school." She came up with an idea to make it a competition to see who would DJ for the upcoming Coyote Fest. CSUSB's first competitive DJ battle on January 30th was a success despite a few hiccups in the beginning. Five DJs were scheduled to perform but one dropped out for unknown reasons leaving DJ Hazard E, DJ Swift, Special Sauce Music, and The Regulators longer sets to impress the crowd. All four DJs were prepared to capture the glory and … [Read more...] about Review of competitive DJ battle: So You Think You Can DJ?
On Thursday, Feb. 7, CSUSB Orchestra had the privilege of attending a rehearsal for the San Bernardino Symphony at the California Theatre in Downtown San Bernardino. Students watched the rehearsal from the front row of the second floor which had a really great view of the whole stage. This concert is based off pictures, elements, and music combined. Throughout the concert, they will be showing a variety of clips from cartoons such as Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry. During intermission, CSUSB Orchestra had the opportunity to speak with the conductor, Maestro Ming Luke. Maestro Ming Luke stated that he was primarily a pianist and he plays a little bit of violin but wasn’t good … [Read more...] about CSUSB Orchestra Invited to San Bernardino Symphony Rehearsal
The first month of 2019 is over. But before you abandon your new year’s book list, there is still plenty of time to dive into some recent book releases. Here are the must-reads that should be on your list this year. Fiction The Immortalists Chloe Benjamin (Penguin Publishing Group, May 2019) The Immortalists follows the lives of the four Gold siblings who have their fate told to them by a psychic. What follows is each person's journey through life and the choices one makes after finding out the date one's life would end. The Immortalists puts a spotlight on family, the power of thoughts, and one’s willingness to choose life over fear no matter … [Read more...] about Must Read Books of 2019