I will

I’ve been neglecting this blog for a while now. My bad.

I think it’s time for a change.
– Jenna


CSULB W.Vball vs. Rutgers & UNLV

CSULB – Walter Pyramid
Friday, August 27, 2010.

1h30 game: CSULB vs. Rutgers

Caitlin Ledoux (1)

Daily 49er article: ’49ers dominate Rutgers in season opener’

7h30 game CSULB vs. UNLV

Junior outside hitter Caitlin Ledoux (1) fires a kill past UNLV's Sekola Falemaka (21) in the first set Friday at the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers swept the Rebels, 3-0. Jenna Skarzenski / Daily 49er

Caitlin Ledoux (1), Lauren Minkel (15), head coach Brian Gimmillaro and Janisa Johnson (10), from left react after the 49ers took a 7-4 lead over the Rebels in the third set. Jenna Skarzenski / Daily 49er

This one is blurry, but all of their expressions are amazing. I just wish it was sharper.

Daily 49er article: ‘Rebels no match for LBSU in sweep’

Italian Chocolate Cookies

I found this recipe from the food blog, Spoonful of Sugar and the photos looked so good that I had to try them for myself. Now, I’ve never really been a big chocolate fan, but lately I’ve been really craving it so I gave it a try.

These cookies are cakey with a great cocoa flavor and the frosting makes it just sweet enough. The sprinkles were my touch since I’m pretty much obsessed with them and prefer them over my ice cream, on top of my cookies and within my cake (funfetti!).

*I halved this recipe and it made enough for one person… and for sharing.. If you want to.

The Chocolate Cookies:

2 sticks butter, melted and cooled
1 & 1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup milk
4 & 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa
4 & 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 & 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 & 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix cooled butter and sugar together to a gel-like consistency. Add the milks and eggs and mix until combined. Then add half of the flour and the rest of the dry ingredients and mix into the batter. Then mix in the rest of the flour.

Refrigerate for an hour or more. I just stuck it in the freezer for 20 or so minutes.

Roll into balls and bake for 10 – 12 minutes.

The Icing

3 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Stir the 3 ingredients together. It should be thick, but still fluid enough to coat the cookies and dry as a stiff shell.

Enjoy! I definitely did.

Arizona Law SB1070 protest in LA


On Monday, July 26, protesters  held signs over the 101 freeway overpasses in downtown Los Angeles to protest the controversial Arizona SB1070 law. The group held the banners in the morning and afternoon rush hours as cars passing honked in support. This undoubtedly added more strain to the typical LA rush hour traffic. The law is set to go into effect this Thursday.

Jenna Skarzenski / Canyon News

The next day, Tuesday, the 27th, a small group gathered in front of the downtown Edward R. Roybal federal building to also protest the Arizona SB1070 law. This group consisted of SCIC, Freedom Socialist Party members and others who made speeches to the press about the law and their beliefs.

Protestors gather signs that protest the Arizona SB1070 law outside the federal building. Jenna Skarzenski / Canyon News

John Parker, the West Coast Director of International Action Center, speaks at the protest. Jenna Skarzenski / Canyon News

Adrien Alvarez, President of Association of Latin American Gardeners of LA, 'calls for justice' at the protest. Jenna Skarzenski / Canyon News

Read more about this at…

The Canyon News article: ‘Protests Against Arizona Immigration Law’

The Daily 49er article:

The LA Times article: ‘Federal judge blocks key parts of Arizona immigration law’

Canyon & 49er photo wrap up

This summer, I’ve been working at The Daily (or I guess Weekly, since we only publish weekly in summer) 49er based in my college, CSULB, and also at Canyon News in Beverly Hills as an intern. Needless to say, I’ve been taking pictures of some really random stuff. For everyone’s sake I left out all the boring photos.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

The Ferris Wheel at Santa Monica Pier / Jenna Skarzenski / June 2010

The Roller coaster on Santa Monica Pier / Jenna Skarzenski / June 2010

CSULB campus cats are cared for by a student organization known as Beach Cats. Some volunteers even pay out of pocket to keep the cats tagged and healthy. / Taken June 29, 2010 at the Long Beach Animal Shelter / Jenna Skarzenski / Daily 49er

Read more about the campus cats here: ‘Students volunteer to register campus cats’ – Daily 49er

The Pacific Design center in West Hollywood.

Taken July 21, 2010 at CSULB student union. The CSULB cheer squad headed by Eric Anderson teaches high school cheerleaders in their summer camp program to help raise money for the CSULB cheer team. Brittane Johnson instructs a cheerleader from Godinez High School at the week-long summer camp. Jenna Skarzenski / Daily 49er

See this photo here at The Daily 49er: ‘Give me a cheer!’

CSULB cheerleaders teach high schoolers from Paramount HS a new cheer dance in front of the Student Union of CSULB.

A pink closure notice hangs in the window of the Westwood Library. The library, like all other LA libraries, will now be closed Mondays and have reduced hours as an attempt to save money by the LA government. Jenna Skarzenski / Canyon News

Read more about the LA Library closures here at Canyon News: Community Protests Library Closures

The CSULB library

2010 Special Olympics

**Wow, I’m REALLY late with this. I kinda failed in the whole ‘posting in a timely manner’ department**


On June 12th and 13th, the Special Olympics was held on the CSULB campus and I was there to cover it for the Daily 49er.

Before this year’s 2010 Special Olympics, I had never been to one. I had consequently, never really understood this program until I went this year and saw for myself how wonderful it is for everyone involved. The whole event has such a united spirit that even when I was surrounded by strangers, I felt a lot of love. I don’t believe I’ve ever been anywhere, where you could literally feel such genuine affection and goodwill.

These are my favorites.

A participant carries a paper Olympic torch during the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics.

^ This one is SO CUTE. The kid just makes me smile.

Participants cross the finish line in the Women's 50 meter dash.

^ The guy standing in the runner’s lane was a part of volunteers who all stood behind the finish line to greet and stop the runners. Some of their interaction together was really sweet, like the moment I caught below.

A runner greets one of the volunteers who cheered and greeted him at the finish line.

Two girls who competed in the 50 meter run stand on the platform to receive their Gold and Silver Olympic medals.

Runners of the 50 meter dash stand on the podium to receive their medals.

The happiness of the competitors and volunteers was so infectious that I was smiling the rest of the day. After I left, I whole-heartedly knew why they created this event; It’s to put a smile on all of those kids’ faces and when they smile, we smile because it’s just so damn cute.


The Daily 49er article: Athletes come together for Olympic competition
The KTLA blerb about The 2010 Special Olympics

Multimedia Slideshow: Art of the Masses

Ehhh so I kind of hate this video for very anal retentive reasons. I can’t help but watch it and see everything I don’t like and need to fix.

I made this video for my Photojournalism final this semester. I’m not happy with it yet, there’s things I want to improve, but I can’t change any of it until next semester. I really want some editing software like Final Cut, but it’s disgustingly expensive to legitimately buy it.

In the video, I explore what art means to people and why so many people visit museums all over the world. The audio of that one commentator is really polluted with the outdoor garden sounds so that’s why it’s so hard to hear. Sorry about that. It really bugs me, but I’ll fix it eventually.

Regardless of my doubts, I FINISHED! So, I’m very proud of that fact right now. :]