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’

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**

CSULB CAMPUS / LONG BEACH, CA

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.

Links:

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

LB State Womens Basketball vs. Loyola Marymount

November 16th, 2009.
CSULB pyramid

This was my first time shooting a sporting event and it was kind of intimidating. I was worried about the lighting, whether my lens would work well and where to be. Over the course of the game I found out that shooting sports is difficult but surprisingly fun (and  I don’t even follow sports). Luckily, my professor really liked my photos. I think sports photography might just be a new favorite. I know my dad is super excited about that. :)

p.s. I’m too lazy to put captions right now, but here’s the Daily 49er article that ran. They also posted some of my photos with the article.

I ended up taking like 400 photos :D

2009 Los Angeles AIDS Walk

For more information, look here: AIDS Walk

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volunteers cheered the crowds on

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On an unrelated note: I want a puppy!

Anonymous protesters heckled the AIDS walkers as they progressed down the street.

Anonymous protesters heckled the AIDS walkers as they progressed down the street.

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Walkers respond to the protesters by cheering even louder.

Volunteer Ken Hansen, 44, tries to drown out the protesters as he encourages runners on.

Volunteer Ken Hansen, 44, tries to drown out the protesters as he encourages runners onward.

Walkers hug and kiss infront of the protestors.

Walkers hug and kiss in front of the Anti-Gay protesters.

A walker makes a heart with her hands to the protestors

A walker makes a heart with her hands towards the protesters.

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An anonymous protester heckles the walkers.

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my opinion:

The best part of this event for me was laughing at these protesters. Honestly, this had nothing to do with them. It was a day where people came together to help raise money for AIDS research and last time I checked it’s a pandemic that afflicts both heterosexuals and homosexuals. I must admit that I stayed in this area because many of the walkers would become energetic as they passed and responded to these protesters. It was fascinating to witness.

This anonymous protester that I ellude to in the above pictures refused to give me his name. It was kind of funny because he told me to “make one up.” and I replied with “I’m a journalist, I can’t make things up.”… It felt kind of great to say that to him, seeing as I couldn’t say what I was thinking.