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They Changed Me

Shalynn McGhee
The Montgazette Contributing Writer

My two daughters are the most important people in my life. Ashlynn is nine years old, sharing her birthdate with her grandfather on March 30, 2007. Lauren is one year old, born on May 9, 2014. I noticed a change in my work habits after I had Ashlynn. Before I had Ashlynn, if I became the least bit annoyed with my employer, I’d start calling out until the employer finally fired me, or I would quit the job without notice, or find another employer, which was creating a bad employment history for me but at the time that didn’t matter to me at all. After I had Ashlynn my irresponsible attitude regarding “steady employment” changed. I became serious about staying employed and realized that staying with the same employer also helped to establish credit, which I needed having a baby to raise.

After Lauren entered into my life, I decided that being employed wasn’t good enough, especially because I wasn’t happy with the line of work I was in, nor did I feel that I was making enough money to provide for my girls, if I were to ever become a single mother. Lauren’s dad and I are still together and he is supportive of me going back to school and accomplishing my goals; however, in order for me to be comfortable, I have to know that if anything ever happens between us, I can handle taking care of my little queens comfortably on my own.

Being the mother of these two ladies has changed me and my perspective on life. I’ve set goals for myself and have become serious about achieving them. I’m very cautious about who I allow in my personal life and even more cautious about not allowing anything or anyone outside of my girls to be a distraction. I am also determined to set a good example for them, especially my oldest. She has made comments and asked questions about my college life. Ashlynn tells people in a proud voice, “My mom is in college.” I see that my being in school has piqued her interest, which only makes me more determined to finish. I am setting the minimal requirements for my children just by bettering myself for them. It’s a win-win-situation! These two young ladies have changed me for the better. Having them has been a blessing and only made me focused on pursuing a higher education.

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Shalynn McGhee and her daughters Lauren and Ashlynn — Photo courtesy of Shalynn McGhee

by Jack Wisniewski
The Montgazette Contributing Writer

Among the  Oscar Awards powerhouse and talk of the movie world  was “La La Land”, the latest critically acclaimed picture coming from young, yet established director, Damien Chazelle, who unsurprisingly won the coveted Achievement in Directing Academy Award. The film stars charming A-list actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone who encapsulate what it is to chase your dreams and live a wide-eyed life in the big city of Los Angeles.

Wonderful musical numbers throughout the movie show the feelings of these almost whimsical characters in a magical way as they fall in love while managing the chase for stardom. Kristen Walsh, a moviegoer, said, “ ‘La La Land’ is one of the best musical movies” she has ever seen.

The spontaneous songs and dances are the foundation for the film. The bright,  beautiful sets and production designs that earned the film an Oscar,  keeps  your eyes glued to the screen while songs of hope, love, and even disappointment fill your ears. The inspiring original score added another two Oscars to its collection. These elements of the film weave together perfectly to immerse you in the beauty and art on screen with a story that keeps you hooked.

Emma Stone, who plays the lead and half of the story’s love interest, pulled in her first Oscar win for Actress in a Leading Role by putting on a masterful performance as a down-on-her-luck aspiring  actress longing  to hit the big time. Emma Stone paired  well  with former Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling as they formed the relationship the story revolves around.

I found myself rooting for the blossoming couple through thick and thin throughout the whole film. These two were able to illicit connections with the audience  and anyone who has had or searched for love. Gosling’s talent on the piano and on the dance floor were impressive to say the least, while Stone showed acting range we have not seen from her in the past through her vocal cords and dancing prowess as well.

With so much going for “La La Land,” it was hard to find someone who did not like the film, but one moviegoer said that the theme of boy meets girl was not very original and that the musical numbers could have been more consistent throughout the movie.  Most moviegoers felt that the costume  design of bright dresses and dapper suits, combined with a throwback feel all set in present day L.A., create a totally unique film. The cinematography, which accepted the fourth of five Oscar wins, tells the story well through varied and innovative aesthetically pleasing visuals that help capture the emotions of the characters so that you, the audience, can interpret them accurately.

This film is fresh, entertaining, and inspiring. It deserves each Oscar nomination and win that it received. It was so good it was almost wrongly, but without question, accepted as the Best Picture winner during the infamous debacle at the Oscar Awards ceremony! I rate this film a strong 4 ¼ out of 5 stars.

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From the Editor

David Aston
Montgazette Editor-In-Chief

Stories come in many forms and styles. It’s what makes life so colorful and dynamic. This month, we’re springing off this idea by telling some of our stories with pictures.
Our writers pulled out the stops by sharing their vision on every story in this issue. Sometimes, words aren’t just enough. Chuck Palahniuk, author and essayist famous for works like “Fight Club,” I think said it best. “If emotion can create a physical action, then duplicating the physical action can re-create the emotion.”
This is one of the ultimate goals of The Montgazette. You read and view stories in a fluid fashion; that’s why many newspapers are printed digitally now. The Montgazette strives to achieve a balance by bringing the stories that relate to you and reflect your voice.
The need is greater than ever for college students to stay engaged in their history as they live it. Because of this, The Montgazette is seeking a better way to reach you.
We tried many forms of digital “outreach.” Now we’re reaching out to you, the readers, to tell us how you want to receive The Montgazette digitally. Send an email to montgazette@gmail.com. Or reach out to us on Twitter or Instagram @montgazette.
All stories that are told, but especially those told as we live them, really do make an impact and tell future generations how we spoke about the world in our own voice. So, bring out the emotion. Make a physical act. Contribute to the future of the paper that truly is The Students’ Voice.

Erin Ilisco
Montgazette Contributing Writer

A march that began as one retired grandmother being stirred up about the newly elected president’s policies and controversial election campaign, turned out to be one of the most massive single-day demonstrations in recent memory. On January 21, The Women’s March on Washington drew a crowd estimated at over 500,000, with more than 600 worldwide sister marches altogether drawing an estimated 4.5 million marchers, according to The Washington Post. The demonstrators’ myriad signs revealed the numerous issues they were significantly concerned about. Organizers and celebrities mentioned many of these issues in the speeches that they gave before the actual march commenced. Numerous topics were talked about, including climate change, clean water, immigration, pay equality, affordable healthcare, LGBTQ rights and pipeline construction.
Nearly everyone there wanted more than just a conversation with a ubiquitous message. They wanted everyone to be steadfast in not allowing the extraordinary feelings of unity and solidarity to be all that the day was about. Rather, to be constantly moving forward in the pursuit of sustaining the freedoms and rights that they so deeply cherish.
Kathy Daidone, from Feasterville, Pennsylvania, was extremely worried about the possible defunding of Planned Parenthood. As a long-time healthcare professional, Daidone was aware of the tremendous importance of continued funding for the non-profit, reproductive health services organization. Countless men and women have told her how they rely on their local Planned Parenthood for low-cost healthcare services, including life-saving cancer screenings, that they would otherwise not be able to afford.
There were few, if any, harsh or inciting words to be heard and there were no arrests. The awe-inspiring unity that was so incredibly palpable, regardless of gender, age, race or political leanings, ultimately defined the entire day. The underlying factor that brought each person together at the march was the unshakable fear that a number of human and civil rights may be in danger.

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Photo by Erin Ilisco

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Photo by Erin Ilisco

Photos by Erin Illisco