So I was reading "World War Z" and it mentioned the 5 C's during the Zombie War!

“Just outside of Greater Los Angeles, in a town called Claremont, are five colleges - Pomona, Pitzer, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, and Claremont Mckenna. At the start of the Great Panic, when everyone else was running, literally, for the hills, three hundred students chose to make a stand. They turned the Women’s College at Scripps into something resembling a medieval city. They got their supplies from the other campuses; their weapons were a mix of landscaping tools and ROTC practice rifles. They planted gardens, dug wells, fortified an already existing wall. While the mountains burned behind them, and the surrounding suburbs descended into violence, those three hundred kids held off ten thousand zombies! Ten thousand, over the course of four months, until the Inland Empire could finally be pacified. We were lucky to get there just at the tail end, just in time to see the last of the undead fall, as cheering students and soldiers linked up under the oversized, homemade Old Glory fluttering from the Pomona bell tower. What a story! Ninety-six hours of raw footage in the can. I would have liked to have gone longer, but time was critical One hundred a day lost, remember. 

We had to get this one out there as soon as possible. I brought the footage back to my house, cut it together in my edit bay. My wife did the narration. We made fourteen copies, all on different formats, and screened them that Saturday night at different camps and shelters all over LA. I called it Victory at Avalon: The Battle of the Five Colleges. 

The name, Avalon, comes from some stock footage one of the students had shot during the siege. It was the night before their last, worst attack, when a fresh horde from the east was clearly visible on the horizon. The kids were hard at work - sharpening weapons, reinforcing defenses, standing guard on the walls and towers. A song came floating across the campus from the loudspeaker that played constant music to keep moral up. A Scripps student, with a voice like an angel, was singing the Roxy Music song. It was such a beautiful rendition, and such a contrast with the ragin storm about to hit. I laid it over my "preparing for battle” montage. I still get choked up when I hear it.“

anonymous asked:

Hey, can you talk about 5c stereotypes? I like Scripps and Pomona but I'm concerned about Scripps' lack of prestige, also with the closing of Sweet Briar, how do you think Scripps is holding up?

I have a few things to say about this, and they’re going to sound harsh, but I’m really just trying to be honest. 

The first thing is that if you are basing your choice on prestige - and if you think Scripps has a lack of it - then please go to Pomona. Scripps is not a place for women who are interested in arbitrary rankings and value systems. Scripps is a place for passionate, engaged, bright, ambitious women who seek not to be validated by these systems but to break through them. This is not to say these women do not go on to do prestigious things - I have many, many friends with internships at government organizations, huge non-profits, and amazing advocacy groups this summer - but it does mean that they are at these internships not to pump up their resume but because they have a cause that they believe in. If you’re looking for the big, impressive google internships for nothing but the sake of prestige, go to Pomona instead, because they can give you that. 

And while I know I just defended Scripps not being concerned with prestige, it is, in fact, an amazing school. It’s ranked consistently highly in all sorts of top college lists. All of the Claremont Colleges are. If you are at these schools, you are a brilliant person and you will be getting a fantastic education. At this level, it doesn’t matter if you’re in the top ten or the top thirty, you will be getting a lot out of it. To put it in perspective, there are over 3,000 colleges in the US and all five of the Claremonts are in the top 100 of those… so I’m not sure what prestige is “lacking” there. 

As far as Sweet Briar, Scripps is in a very different position. For starters, it’s part of the consortium and as such it shares massive resources with schools like Pomona and CMC that have larger endowments. As far as our own finances, we have amazing facilities and are currently building a new, $20 million dorm so I would not count on it closing any time soon. Additionally, Scripps has shown, with things like the new admissions policy, that we are willing to change and stay relevant as a woman’s college. 

I don’t really want to talk on stereotypes, because I dislike compartmentalizing the colleges, but in very general terms they go like this: 
Mudd is for the mathy, computer people who are socially awkward and adorable and sometimes set things on fire. Incidentally, they have the highest average salary upon graduation of any college in the country, so maybe look for your S.O. here. 
Scripps is for the girls who will not be satisfied until their voices are heard. We also really like tea and partying at CMC.
CMC is the next generation of rich, white businessmen and senators. They are all “socially liberal and fiscally conservative.” This is, of course, an ideological impossibility, but don’t try to explain that to them or you’ll somehow end up drunkenly playing beer pong on a Tuesday instead. 
Pitzer is secretly CMC, in that it is also a lot of rich white people. The difference is, these rich white people are pretending to be poor white people who are super liberal. They also enjoy weed. 
Pomona wishes they were the Harvard of the west coast, but since that’s actually Stanford, Pomona is more like the Cornell of the west coast. There is also a lot of Hogwarts-like architecture there, and in the main dining hall is a giant mural of a naked guy getting torn apart. 

Honestly though, no matter where you end up, there will be some people who are perfect for you and will share your interests if you just look hard enough (this, of course, excludes Pitzer bc no one rly knows wtf is going on over there, let’s be real. Like, you might find awesome people but there’s an equally high likelihood that you’ll find some high people serenading a cactus) 

I’m sorry if this came across as hostile, I just find it frustrating to log on and find someone making this decision based on a concept like prestige. I know girls (including myself) who have turned down Ivy Leagues, U Chicago, Tufts, Stanford, etc. to come to Scripps because they ultimately want to be somewhere where they belong. So, please, make your decision based on where you will be HAPPY, not where you will get a good resume (unless that will make you happy, I guess). Since I am facing the likelihood of having to drop out and attend a state school in Utah next year and i’ve had to deal with the prospect of being somewhere socially and politically very different from my own ideals, all I can say is that being happy somewhere is SO SO IMPORTANT, regardless of how recognized the name is, because you need to be with your people. 


Profiles of Queer Asian American Students (13:47)

A series of video portraits of queer Asian American students at the Claremont Colleges.

Honors Media Studies Senior Project, Spring 2012


Welcome to College (men anyways).  

Sketchbook page from back in October. Quick studies while out and about with the  family. They shopped and I drew. Pentel brush pen on Cottonwood Arts 8" by 5" recycled sketch book. Love these sketchbooks. These were done out in Claremont CA during a family get together so did not really have time to really make sure these were super accurate but just draw super quick. The main building was done in about 10 minutes. The small building study is from the Claremont colleges and then the flower was from there as well since time was limited just focused on the blacking the plant except for the lower flower to pop it out.

#ink #indrawing #art #landscapedrawing #deanwhite #buildings #flower #valuestudy #blackandwhite #sketchbook

Sport is often held up as an ideal of meritocracy and democracy where participants — regardless of race, gender, class or ability — can succeed if they work and play hard, says Kathleen Yep, head of the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at the Claremont Colleges and author of the 2009 sports history Outside the Paint: When Basketball Ruled at the Chinese Playground. “The racial formations of white supremacy — Jim Crow and blackness, Indian removal and Native American-ness and the Exclusion era and Chinese-ness of the early 20th centuries — seeped into and shaped civil society such as sport.”

As a result, she says,“The ‘successes’ by marginalized populations, such as the Chinese-Americans, and how they strategically used sport to mediate the prevailing ideologies and material conditions that subordinated them, is compelling because it is a different form of mobilization and empowerment than what are usually analyzed — such as union organizing, labor strikes, voter registration campaign, lawsuits and the like.”

Read more about the Chinese Basketballers of Yesteryear at the NPR History Dept.

Photo: A Chinese basketball team from the YMCA in San Francisco, 1919. Courtesy of the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries.