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November 11, 2013 |
As a freshman at Cal State San Marcos, Cipriano Vargas' grades were so low, his part-time job waiting tables so consuming and his home life with eight siblings so chaotic that he was on the verge of dropping out. The first-generation college student and son of parents with an elementary school education struggled to maintain a 1.9 grade point average. "I didn't have the skill or ability to manage time," said Vargas, 21. "My parents didn't understand the complexity of going to college, that it wasn't just two hours of classes and then I'm back home.
October 25, 2013 |
"The Returned" (Sundance Channel, Thursdays) . A French miniseries in eight parts, based on a 2004 film of the same French name ("Les Revenants") but a different English one ("They Came Back"). The word "zombie" is often mentioned in press for the series, in which several characters, deceased, of different ages and dates of death, return to a small French mountain town -- confused but, unlike your average zombie, with their mental faculties intact and physically none the worse for wear.
October 25, 2013 |
The NCAA released national Graduation Success Rates on Thursday for athletes who entered school from 2003 to 2006, and USC's football program had a 53% graduation rate, which ranked 11th in the Pac-12 Conference. Dr. Magdi El Shahawy, a senior associate athletic director who oversees USC's Student-Athlete Academic Services, told the school's website that many of the players who were NFL draft picks during that time left school before completing their degrees. Some have returned to finish their degrees, he said.
October 23, 2013 |
A thick, unrelenting heat permeated the Louisiana sets of "12 Years a Slave" - 100-degree-plus temperatures so intense they stifled breath. The moment a scene wrapped, cast and crew would take refuge in air-conditioned cars parked nearby. One member of the ensemble, however, stayed outdoors: Lupita Nyong'o, a 30-year-old newcomer who plays Patsey, the favorite slave of a sadistic plantation master. "In that kind of condition, we all wanted to find even the tiniest comfort we could get," recalled Chiwetel Ejiofor, the lead actor in the movie about a free Northerner who is abducted and sold into slavery in the South.
September 29, 2013 |
Can we talk first about Ezra Koenig's outfit? On Saturday night, the Vampire Weekend frontman strode onto the stage of the Hollywood Bowl wearing a black jumpsuit with the pant legs rolled up to clam-digging level, his feet encased in chunky white Dad sneakers. It wasn't the look you'd expect from the leader of one of indie rock's most celebrated bands, nor from a guy who's become a kind of chattering-class sex symbol. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Yet Koenig fits both of those descriptions like -- well, like something more tailored than a baggy jumpsuit.
September 23, 2013 |
Returning a punt for 70 yards against New Mexico State? No problem for UCLA running back Steven Manfro. "I just saw a little crease and I hit it," the 5-foot-9, 189-pound redshirt sophomore said. Catching a pass for the Bruins' second touchdown Saturday and making the tackle on the Aggies' ensuing kickoff? No big deal. "Always, scoring just adds confidence to your play. It makes you want to get out there and just continue to help the team and play to the best of your abilities," Manfro said, his tone very matter-of-fact.