Top o’ the Mornin’!


It’s a no brainer when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day ’round my parts… ALL THINGS IRISH. 

I am of Scotch-Irish blood, so naturally, I celebrate this green gathering.  While visiting Ireland last summer, I learned that St. Patrick’s Day is not a day of debauchery, drinking, and pinching, but it is rather a day of religious observance for the Saint Patrick.

***Quick History Lesson:  He was born in Britain, taken captive by Irish raiders and held as a prisoner/slave for over 10 years.  Upon his escape, he returned to Britain, became a priest, and was summoned back to Ireland on a quest where he converted most of the Pagan culture to Christianity.  Patrick is rumored to have died on March 17, which is where his observance was born.  [And how we made it into an international LET’S-GET-BOMBED day, I’ll never understand.]

My St. Patrick’s Day tradition consists of cooking up the famous corn beef and cabbage meal that was more popularly consumed by wealthy Irish.  It has become a pretty mainstream dinner for most of us who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, including myself, but I do it anyway.  Prior to my European vacation, I would pair my meal with a frothy Guinness in honor of my ancestors; however, after having tried a fresh Guinness straight from the Motherland, never again will I consume a Guinness anywhere else BUT the Emerald Isle.  [I promise you, there is a HUGE difference!] So until then, Jameson – straight up – will have to do.

And as for the obligatory WEARING GREEN:  I have a tattoo of three four-leaf clovers on my right foot, so no pinching for this gal! [In addition, I have green eyes, but that never seemed to make a difference when it came to the pinching game.]

As the Irish say in Gaelic… Sláinte! =)

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Plans for Valentine’s Day?


Every year on Valentine’s Day I plan to have a friend date, take myself out on a date, or attend events on campus. However, this Valentine’s Day was different. I did not have time to plan anything with friends or attend events on campus because I had to go to class that entire day. So I made a plan to bring love to my job the next day on Friday.

If some of you are not familiar with Love Your Body Week, it is a special week that happens every year during the week of Valentine’s Day. If you go to The Well often, you would have seen post-its with pictures and quotes on mirrors and windows aiming towards boosting self-confidence. My assumption is that The Well does this to help individuals ignore the way that they look and think about how important their presence is to others, and bringing awareness to loving one’s own body. We all come in different shades, sizes, and shapes and we are all beautiful. It is okay to be reminded that self-love is the best kind of love.

With that being said, I went to work on Friday and shared love to everyone I interacted with. My job has a dessert station that I work at and I wrote quotes on the glass that surrounds my dessert . I wrote “Love Your Body”, “Good Vibes”,”Nothing is Sweeter Than Your Love” (which was a quote suggested by one of my customers so I put his initials underneath the quote) and I put up a “Free Hugs” sign.

The idea of writing the quotes was to bring happiness and self-love to individuals who did not attend The Well this week. The sign stating that I give free hugs was for students who had a long or rough week and needed a hug. Sometimes hugs are needed after a long week.

A lot of people had a date or a Valentine this week, some had neither, and some had exams and assignment deadlines. What a bummer.

My plan this week was to make at least one person smile, but as it turns out I made many people smile and feel good about themselves. It felt great to make people feel good about themselves and get them in a good mood after a long week of school. That way their weekend can start and end positively to prepare for the next week.

It is important to me that everyone had a good week. Some advice I could give is this: If you like a person, like them; if you want to speak to someone, speak to them; if you want to eat something, delicious go for it; if you want to go to the gym to flex your muscles in the mirror, do it; if you want to call your friends or loved ones, do it. Do something adventurous and fun this weekend, as long as it makes you happy.

Remember to love your bodies every day and that you are always loved by someone, especially Sparky!

Royal Rumble 2019 Review


World Wrestling Entertainment put on the 32nd annual Royal Rumble on Sunday January 27, an event that didn’t live up to my expectations.

Before the main show began, there were three matches on the kickoff show in which I only found one to be entertaining. This match was a fatal four way match for the Cruiserweight Championship that finished with the champion Buddy Murphy retaining his title. The crowd at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona didn’t seem too excited However, if this match were put in front of an NXT or 205 Live audience it would have been the best match on the show.

Smackdown Women’s Championship: Asuka (C) defeats Becky Lynch   

The main show began with what was one of the best matches of the night and it featured many great moves. Lynch hit an exploder suplex off of the top rope while Asuka delivered a swinging neckbreaker to the floor on the outside of the ring. After multiple submission attempts, Asuka submitted Lynch with a modified version of the Asuka lock for the win.

Smackdown Tag Team Championship: Shane McMahon and The Miz defeat The Bar (C)

The next match was for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship between the challengers Shane McMahon and The Miz taking on The Bar(Sheamus and Cesaro). This contest was quite boring for the most part until the finish which featured a shooting star press diving body drop by 49-year-old McMahon onto Cesaro for the pinfall thus crowning new champions.

Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey (C) defeats Sasha Banks

The third bout on the main show was between Ronda Rousey and Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship and I found this to be the best match of the night. Rousey hurt her arm early in the contest when she unintentionally hit the ring post. Banks took advantage of this, however, it wasn’t enough as even after multiple submission maneuvers it was Rousey retaining her title after hitting Banks with the Piper’s Pit slam.

Becky Lynch wins the 30-women Royal Rumble match

The first of two Royal Rumble matches of the night I found lacked action and dragged on a bit too long. Still, the ending of the match was phenomenal as Lynch replaced an injured Lana and won the match last eliminating Charlotte Flair. This will give Lynch a title match at Wrestlemania 35 on April 7, 2019. Due to the crowd reaction of Lynch’s victory, I believe this match should’ve gone on last.

WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan (C) defeats AJ Styles

The finish of this match was terrible, which is unfortunate since the action in this bout was tremendous. Styles delivered the Styles Clash to Bryan and would’ve likely won if it weren’t for a returning Erick Rowan interfering and chokeslamming Styles. Bryan then pinned Styles for the victory.

Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (C) defeats Finn Balor

The last championship match of the night was for the Universal title between champion Brock Lesnar taking on Finn Balor and while I was glad this wasn’t a quick squash match like ones we have seen from Lesnar in the past, the finish was still a disappointment. Balor hit his finishing move, the diving stomp Coup de Grace, on Lesnar and when it looked as if the title was going to change hands, Lesnar kicked out and put Balor in a Kimura lock submitting him for the victory. This was a great bout, however, with how Balor has been booked as of late they could have made him look a bit stronger.

Seth Rollins wins the 30-man Royal Rumble match

In a match that typically features a number of surprise entrants and returns, it was only Jeff Jarrett and Kurt Angle that fit into those categories.

The lowlight of the match was when Nia Jax took out R-Truth and entered herself into the match at number 30. Some may have found this entertaining, but I for one did not. The Women’s Division has been booked so strong in today’s WWE and I found it unnecessary and quite honestly tasteless from the booking side of things.

The contest ended when Seth Rollins eliminated Braun Strowman after curb stomping him off the apron. Rollins will get a title shot at Wrestlemania 35.

Overall, Royal Rumble 2019 was a bit of a mixed bag. There were highs and lows in each the men’s and women’s matches, but there are moments that are definitely worth a watch if you get the chance.

The worst & best Halloween costumes I’ve seen


The worst Halloween costume I have ever seen is a banana costume.

When I was in high school I saw both a student dressed up as a banana and one dressed up as a banana with the peels split down. It was not funny to me until I sat down to hang out with my friend at a table.

When I looked up from my food, I saw the student dressed up like a banana with the peels split down running across the school yard getting chased by a student dressed as a gorilla. Not only that, the gorilla was roaring as it was chasing down the banana.

I realized that the other banana was hiding on the side of a building to avoid being chased by the gorilla and I just couldn’t stop laughing. Even though this was years ago, I could never forget the costumes of the three students because of that movie-style chase scene. Even without the hilarious chase between the bananas and the gorilla, I could not accept the idea of me wearing a banana as a costume for Halloween. Everything is not meant for everyone, and a banana costume is not something meant for me to wear.

The best Halloween costume I have ever seen was when rapper “The Game” dressed up as vocalist Jidenna for Halloween.

For those of you who do not know who Jidenna is, he made the hit song ‘Classic Man’ in 2015. The same year, The Game dyed his hair, wore a suit, and looked similar to Jidenna. The following year, Jidenna dressed up as The Game for Halloween by putting a fake tattoo on his face, wearing a baseball hat with comfortable clothing and jewelry. There was a similar resemblance to The Game as well.

These were such great Halloween costume choices for both celebrities because it has been over two years and it is still shared all over the internet. If any of you have not seen The Game and Jidenna dress up as each other for Halloween, I would recommend you take a look, it is bohumorous and mind blowing how similar they look.

If anyone has a great or horrible costume experience in mind please share your stories. I love Halloween and enjoy the stories that come along with it. If you do not have any humorous stories to tell, meet up with friends or family this year and make some amazing memories.

Have a great October!

Any Plans For Halloween? BOO! SF 2018


With Halloween just around the corner, Insomniac Events returns to San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Historically, Insomniac Events have been known to throw some of the best parties in California all year ’round. From ringing in the New Year with “Countdown NYE”, and a Valentine’s day rave called “Crush”, you can never go wrong with buying tickets to a party hosted by Insomniac.

This year’s Halloween themed rave “BOO!” returns for another year. Much like last year, it will be a two day event. Since the line up for this year’s event has been released there has been a clear divide on the types of genres being represented this time around.

Day One features some of the world’s most celebrated House DJs and producers. Featuring the likes of Habstrakt, the creator of last summer’s festival anthem “Chicken Soup” this first day is full of bass lines and House records that are guaranteed to have you dancing all night. What I find the most interesting is that Malaa is headlining the show and is scheduled to preform right before the well known DJ Afrojack.

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Malaa is signed to the label Confession, pioneered by the French electronic producer Tchami. The Confession recording label has gained a reputation of putting out a number of House records which bring the exotic and seductive sounds of Europe to the United States. Making his debut to the electronic music scene with his single “Notorious”, it is no doubt that the western rave culture has taken a liking to the Future house sound.

I have noticed that a new trend is starting to take over in the Western Electronic Music scene here in Northern California. Around the time of my first rave in 2016, I saw the Trance and Progressive house DJ ATB. In 2016 Big Room House music was trending here in California through the sounds of Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia.

Fast forward to present day and in 2018 I’ve noticed a number of California raves and festivals are moving away form the Big Room House sound. Instead, there seems to be a trend of Bass House and Future House talent being booked for most of the events here in California.

I am excited to finally see a whole lineup dedicated to the House genre and I am the most excited to see Malaa live, as well seeing Afrojack closing out the show. BOO! SF’s day 2 line up is more of heavy, head banging sound with GTA and Flosstradamus. Be on the look out for my Day 2 preview. Till then, keep it locked here on KSSU.

What is My Favorite Candy and Why is it Not Skittles?


No Blog Boi, my favorite candy is not Skittles (although they are delicious, especially the sour ones). As of right now, my favorite candy is white chocolate Reese’s. My interest for this candy began last semester during the last week of September when I went to Target with a friend and I saw a white chocolate Reese’s in the Halloween section.

It was shaped as a pumpkin and I was interested in trying this new candy so I bought it. Once I had a taste of it, it was so good that I had a craving for white chocolate Reese’s for the rest of that day. The next morning I went to 7 Eleven searching for the candy and lo-and-behold, it was there.

It did not have the Halloween pumpkin on the wrapper similar to the one at Target, but it was on sale at 7 Eleven so that made up for the lack of a fun wrapper. The sale was “buy two King Size Reese’s (milk chocolate, white chocolate, or Reese’s sticks) and get one King Size Reese’s for free”. I assumed it was my lucky day because the sale was a perfect chance for me to get enough Reese’s to take care of my craving so I grabbed it without thinking twice.

I bought the candy and once I returned home I ate the entire pack of King Size Reese’s. I was tempted to open another pack, but then realized I could enjoy the candy for two more days so I saved my two packs of King Size Reese’s and ate one pack for the next two days with pleasure.

I used to enjoy milk chocolate Reese’s, but I have to say that I enjoy white chocolate Reese’s more. I have always had an interest for the taste of white chocolate and so I HAVE to say: whoever thought of combining white chocolate and peanut butter was a creative genius. There are some people that I know who are not interested in white chocolate Reese’s due to personal reasons and I am okay with that, especially if a person is lactose intolerant or they have a peanut allergy.

Not figuring out a favorite candy is okay because there is such a wide variety of candy to choose from, it almost seems crazy to pick just one! I would recommend eating whatever candy makes the body feel satisfied and relaxed after a long day. When doing this, a realization may come to mind that Skittles do fall into the category of being a top favorite candy. However, do not eat too many Skittles as I hear they are addicting. You do not want to get Skittles Pox from eating too many! “Are these contagious? I don’t think so.”

My Summer’s Highlight


The biggest highlight of my summer was going to a Jazz and Blues club in San Francisco called Biscuits & Blues. I was invited to join my sister for my birthday weekend. I am interested in live performances, and this was the first time I was able to see someone perform the Blues music genre live.

The performer was a nineteen year old male from Mississippi named Christone Ingram, better known by his stage name Kingfish. He is a Blues guitarist and a singer and he caught my attention on a few television shows I have been watching on Netflix over the summer. My sister informed me that he was touring this summer and was performing the weekend of my birthday so I was thrilled to see him perform live.

The night of the show, my sister and I went inside the Blues club which was filled with a lot of middle aged couples. The food was amazing and so was the service. Kingfish finally entered the stage with his pianist and drummer and the first few songs they played were his original songs which were heartwarming. I did not realize how much I enjoyed listening to live Blues music until I witnessed his performance. His voice had a mellow tone, and his lyrics were relatable. He went to the crowd to play his last written song,= and when he returned to the stage, he played the guitar with his mouth. I was very amazed with this young man.

The next few songs were from artists I knew such as BB King, James Brown, and more. The music had me reminisce about my childhood because my family would play those artists when I was younger during the holidays.

Towards the end of his show, he asked the audience what the last song should be. Someone said the belated singer Prince which made Kingfish smile. The lights on the stage were different colors, but then they all turned purple. Prince was known for the color purple because he used to wear the color often and even made a song called Purple Rain. Kingfish began to play the song with his guitar and it sent shivers in my body because I am a Prince fan.

When Kingfish’s performance was over, I left the club satisfied. I will definitely enjoy seeing him perform again. For anyone who is interested in listening to blues music, I would recommend visiting Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco. Also yes, they do serve biscuits in case you were wondering. The club has different performers every week so if you’re interested, check out their website. As for Kingfish, I plan on playing his music throughout the semester to bring a new sound to my show. Feel free to check out his music online as well.

I did not expect my birthday weekend to have such a satisfying jazz club experience. I hope all of you enjoyed your summer as much as I did and if not, enjoy this semester by attending events on campus and listening to KSSU. Make every day awesome!

Europe…and then some


DJ Hot Coffey here!  If there was ever a reason for visiting a new country, one might stick the “to find myself” label across their trip photo album.  As luck would have it, I *indeed* needed to find myself, or rather discover a new version of myself that the former semester had beaten to a pulp.  Divulging briefly, I endured a painful break-up, death of 2 friends (1 to suicide), and death of 2 family members prior to this long-awaited trip.  Suffice it to say, I had more than enough ammo to pull the trigger on this MUCH-needed vacation.

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The highlight of my 2018 summer was my first trip to Europe, specifically the Emerald Isle.  I boarded a plane with 3 college guys, and we jetted off to

Manchester and London for the first leg.  The United Kingdom was cool and all:  Parliament, The Ministry of Magic, Piccadilly Circus, REAL Fish n’ chips… but the pure magic (for me anyway) came when we boarded a puddle-jumper to Dublin.  The flight was less than an hour, and I could barely sit still.  Upon landing on the fair greenery, I burst into tears.  This definitely boded well for me – gushing in front of 3 young college men whose sole excitement was in merely trying an authentic home-land Guinness.

Did I mention that visiting the land of my Irish ancestors has been on my bucket list since I was 12 years old?  Ah, yes.  There was passion and depth behind this trip for many reasons (not just the unfortunate affairs listed above).  I came to Ireland in search of peace and joy; however, those elements were already alive within me, and continue to burn within me with each day of purpose… I just got caught up in the shuffle of everyday life!  Happens to us all.

We become sidetracked with rubbish that, in retrospect, all-together won’t matter in the end.  And the longer I stood on that beautiful soil, the more I realized all of the “goods and bads” that I had endured earlier this year.  I hadn’t really processed everything I went through until I stood completely still and took in the sweet Irish air.  Additionally, this culmination of occurrences (including standing there!) had transformed me into THIS woman right here, right now.  And this woman is bound and determined to move forward with this crazy Piccadilly-circus called life.  And to tell ya the truth, she’s pretty freakin’ badass.

To say that my trip to Europe was “amazing” would be a brutal understatement.  It was the trip my soul desperately sought after for so long.  Prior to coming home to MYSELF, I was living, but by mere breaths only.  What a fool I had become to allow external circumstances navigate my internal norms.  I knew who I was, and allowed nonsense to tell me otherwise.  How dare we continue to live a life we KNOW we are not meant for.  How dare we continue to bow down and accept a mediocre life, when we have daringly touched a great one.

Go somewhere you absolutely dream of, and have absolutely no idea of how you will get there.  You will find a way.  You will make it happen.  And you will thank yourself so much once you get there. =)

Treat School like Marvel (5 Steps)


As I sit here and watch “Deadpool 2,” (the latest Marvel film out on Blu Ray) two things come into my mind: 1. God I hope that Ryan Reynolds plays Deadpool forever, and 2. With 20 films currently flying under the Marvel Films Banner, how do they keep audiences interested? As I traversed through the film titles of new and past Marvel movies a-like, thoughts of personal long-term goals arose in my own Cinematic Universe, called “School Life,” (With more sequels then I would like to admit). Here’s my 5 Step Guide on how to make your schooling as successful as a Marvel Movie.

Step 1: You Are Not Alone (Find Help)

Now before some readers mention it, yes I know Deadpool isn’t “officially” part of the Marvel Universe but it is considered in-partnership with Marvel… And that is the FIRST step (Ahhh, see what I did there?) School can be long and hard like Thor’s new battle-axe. So the first step is to realize that you’re not in this fight alone. There are several programs and tutors at your local Stark Tower… I mean college. If you are attending Community College (in California), your tuition you pay for actually covers FREE COUNSELING through your Counseling office at your Community College.

Step 2: Plan for Multiple Villains (Come Prepared)

By Villains, I obviously mean the person who raises their hand in the middle of class to announce that they will be taking over the world. Side Note: If you are a student who wishes to do as such, please refer to Step 1 where I go over seeking counseling. By Villains, I mean challenges that will arrive from the endless waves of Homework, Quizzes, and Tests. I highly suggest using a website called ratemyprofessor.com which allows students to rate their teachers by their effectiveness. Now I know I might get some flak for suggesting this website but the real value in this outlet is that it lifts the veil of what potential course work will be. We as students are either borrowing or paying out-of-pocket thousands of dollars and investing it into strangers hoping that we will be fairly judged, graded, and given equal attention. This is all done with the hopes that we will secure a brighter future for ourselves which will effect the next 60-70 years of our lives (unless you are me because I intend on living forever). Why wouldn’t we wish to arm ourselves with the knowledge of the best opportunity?

Step 3: You have to be Accepted into the Avengers (Teacher’s Good side)

Right out of high-school I spent 5 years as a Teacher’s Aide and gained insight on some of the highest level of insider details about the illusive specimen known as Teachers, and here is the big secret: THEY ARE HUMAN (Que the dramatic gopher). Yes, Teachers are indeed humans with feelings, needs, wants, likes, dislikes, and biases. It is not a guarantee but typically a person will cut more slack for someone they like (it’s human nature). Once I found out that (theoretically speaking of course) if two students turn in identical work with identical effort but the teacher likes one student and dislikes the other student, they could potentially get two separate grades… I turned into Captain America 2.0 faster than you can say “We Have a Hulk.”

Step 4: Even the Odds (Use Statistics to your Advantage)

Statistically speaking, the students who sit in the front row benefit with having a higher level of attendance and grade point averages. So a quick cheat would be to sit in the front row.

Step 5: Act like an Avenger (Fake it ‘Til You Make it)

In Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America is picked on, ridiculed, and rejected from following his passion. His goal was to join in the fight against the Nazi’s and serve his country. This was all before he was officially Captain America, so he had no super powers at his disposal. While out on a training course, he was running drills with other military personnel and a fake grenade is thrown in between all of them. Without hesitation, Rogers sacrifices himself by throwing himself on the dummy grenade, thus attempting to save the same group of people who had been mocking and bullying him merely scenes before. Courage and strength in school doesn’t come from being good at school. Most 4.0(+) students will tell you that they had to put in the time and effort to have it reflect on their grades. If you wish to be a Hero, you must act like one… if you wish to be a good student, you must act like one. No Matter what guidelines we may receive or Iron suits we may build, if we don’t go into them like heroes, we’ll stop short of being genius billionaire playboy philanthropists… And no one wants that.

What I Am Looking Forward to This Semester.


This semester I am most looking forward to the Phlagleblast. This year it is referred to as Phlagleblast-off and features an outer space theme due to the new building space in the University Union. I am really into science so for me, this theme is awesome.

If anyone is unfamiliar with Phlagleblast, it is an open house event in the University Union for students to find various locations in the building. This is meant to provide students with resources to use throughout the semester. It will be held Wednesday September 5th, between the hours of 8am-2pm. If you have time to come by and check it out on the way to or from class, please do so. It is an amazing experience in my opinion, especially this semester as there is more building space and there are useful resources for students to have in the building.

After students have had an adventurous walk throughout the building, collected stamps on a card provided when entering the building, and turned in those cards toward the end of the event, there are free t-shirts given to participants. There is also a chance to be a part of a raffle to win prizes.

In addition, there are usually recyclable bags for students to grab free goodies throughout the event which can come in handy throughout the semester; and they are good for the environment!

As mentioned, the entire building will be decorated with an outer space theme. There may be an appearance of our KSSU team at 8am to get good vibes up for a few hours. Why not come check it out and say hi to the crew?

I hope to see you all there. Happy Friday!

P.S. Congratulations on making it through the first week of school. Best wishes to all of you.

Good vibes this semester.

Go Hornets!