Thursday, October 21, 2010


CSUMB Visual and Public Arts Student Shows Great Promise

By Kathleen Yonekura

CSUMB has many talented Visual and Public Art major students and one of them is junior Ian Tomasino. “Alright let’s do this,” said Tomasino as we sat down in his room. Clothes and art supplies are scattered the floor with many sketches and drawings of his lining the walls. The only thing that is relatively clean is his work station.

“Where were you born?”

“I was born in Chicago, but I moved to Kansas City, Missouri when I was 6 months old, and I lived there until 6th grade when I moved out to Danville.”

“When did you first think about becoming an artist?”

“My mom taught me to draw before I could speak. She had a table set up in our breakfast room that always had a huge piece of paper on it with markers. We'd have little art seshes all the time. It helps a child really express themselves when they have no words.”

“What was your motivation to pursue art?”

“My main motivation is art is that it makes me happy. I enjoy it, and I'm lucky enough to be able to do it pretty well. It's my perfect form of expression, and everyone (even if they don't speak my language) will be able to take something from it... hopefully.”

“They definitely will your art is amazing. So what made you decide to go to CSUMB?”

“CSUMB is the cheapest CSU. Simple.”

“How has the Visual and Public Arts department helped you as an artist?”

“The VPA department has helped me as an artist by pushing me to realize that I have to do this on my own. Funding in schools now is terrible, and let's face it, art is the number one priority on everyone's minds nowadays. The struggle is somewhat helping me. But don't get me wrong, the teachers are amazing, and passionate, the money just isn't there.”

“Have there been any teachers at CSUMB that have mentored you?”

“I'd say Hector (Dio) Mendoza, from the VPA department, has been my most influential teacher.”

“What are your plans for the future?”

“My plans are to let my art take me wherever it can. Working for a gallery... design... concept art... who knows? I'm trying to expand my set of skills to incorporate a large amount of art in my portfolio.”

“Is there anything interesting you are currently working on?”

“ I’ m working on a life size drawing of myself with an animal head for my life drawing class... we'll see how it goes.”

“Hopefully that goes well for you. Any other thoughts on CSUMB?”

“Monterey is a beautiful town. The area surrounding it is something I'm sure everyone takes for granted. But the school system needs some help if they want to get serious.”

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Christopher Marcos

CSUMB Births Great Talent

By Kathleen Yonekura

CSU Monterey Bay has many talented students. One student in particular, Christopher Marcos, graduated last year from CSUMB Suma Cum Laude with a B.A. degree in Teledramatic Arts and Technology. He is very active in the community doing theatre and dancing. Marcos was most recently seen in High School Musical 2, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, and All Shook Up. He is currently the lead role in the production Footloose at Hartnell College in Salinas. Marcos is an Artistic Director for the hip hop group, Infamous Night Rockers who qualified for nationals in the International Dance Challenge Competition held in Orlando, Florida last June. In an interview with Mr. Marcos he describes his blossoming career.

Question: Where and when were you born?

Marcos: Born in Monterey,CA and raised in Marina, CA. Feb 24, 1988

Question: When did you first start becoming interested in acting and performing?

Marcos: I actually started as a dancer around 2000 when I was in middle school. I didn't start acting and singing until recently, about 2 years ago with my first theatre production, High School Musical 2.

Question: Who inspired you to be a performer?

Marcos: My parents always inspired me to do what makes me happy and not care about what anyone says. There wasn't one person in the business that really got me started or I looked up to. I just knew that it made me feel good and it made me happy.

Question: What is your most embarrassing acting story?

Marcos: In my first play, I was involved in a really intense scene with the leading man. I accidently called him the wrong name. After he changed his line saying, "First of all my name is Troy," I almost lost it. Luckily I was able to keep character and carry on with the scene.

Question: How was your experience at CSUMB?

Marcos: At first i was a little skeptical because I’ve been in the area all my life and all of my high school friends went away for college. But once I started getting heavily involved in the school, creating my own dance club and performing at campus events, I gained a real close family of friends. I also met some very inspiring people like my professors and guest speakers who really helped me find myself.

Question:Did you find the Teledramatic Arts and Technology department at CSUMB helpful and inspiring?

Marcos: Definitely. The department is very hands on and gave me the chance to really get involved with projects and make important connections with people and places.

Question: Which professor at CSUMB did you find most helpful?

Marcos: I can't just choose one. They've all helped me through my journey of college and they were all very supportive in everything I did, in and outside of class.

Question: Was it an easy choice deciding your major?

Marcos: It was definitely difficult. I was aware that finding a successful job in the field was going to be very difficult. I thought about choosing a major that was going to give me a better chance at a high paying job, but my parents assured me that if i don’t enjoy what I'm doing when I grow up, I will never truly be happy. So I decided to go with what interested me and what gave me joy.

Question: What are your plans after you are done with Footloose?

Marcos: I will be re-joining Pacrep Theatre in their second production of All Shook Up, in which I will be playing the leading role once again. After, I plan to move to LA to follow my dream. I hope to catch my big break and become very successful doing what I love to do.

Question: What was your favorite play or musical to be in?

Marcos: It's definitely hard to choose just one. Each one has been great. I've played dancers, parents, nerds, heart throbs, children, and even a horse and a penguin. All of them have been great experiences.

Question: Any other thoughts on CSUMB as a whole?

Marcos: I am proud to say that i have graduated from this school. CSUMB gives students the chance to really do what they love to do.

Footloose is playing for one last weekend at Hartnell College in Salinas next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Only five dollars for students with i.d. It is a great show so be sure to check it out!

Jim Otto

Oakland Raiders Center Speaks Out for Prostate Cancer Prevention

Legendary Oakland Raiders center, Jim Otto, was at Hartnell College on Wednesday, September 29, to speak about the importance of prostate cancer awareness and prevention. Otto's had a 15-year professional football career. When he emerged after graduating from the University of Miami, he was considered by some to be too small for the offensive line. Otto was selected by the upstart Oakland Raiders in 1960 where he was a teammate of Hartnell's Tony Teresa. Otto went on as the anchor of the offensive line, and was selected as the all-league center for the American Football League every year of the leagues 10-year existence. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980. One of his greatest challenges came when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002. Otto has since turned to giving awareness about the disease as a celebrity spokesperson for Blue September. Blue September is an organization dedicated to raising awareness of prostate cancer and the importance of screening.

Many student club tables were set up for the event because of Hartnell College’s Panther Days which celebrate the student clubs. A pre med student, Mike Boyer, was working at one of the tables and commented on the event, “I think it’s a great way to fundraise for our groups. Everything today is going great and it’s awesome that we have Jim Otto out here to shed light on prostate awareness.” Many people stood and cheered as Jim Otto started speaking in the school’s main quad. “ I am a survivor of prostate cancer and it wasn’t any fun. It wouldn’t be any fun for your fathers, uncles, or grandfathers either so persuade them to go to the lab and get checked for cancer,” said Otto. After a short speech from Otto, Hartnell’s president, Dr. Phoebe Knight Helm, gave a short speech, “Nothing works like early detection. My brothers both have prostate cancer so please talk to your dads and uncles and make sure they get an exam. Thank you to all the students for supporting this event.” Otto remained on campus all day selling his biography and signing autographs to raise money for prostate cancer. The event continued on Thursday as well to help raise even more money for the school clubs and prostate cancer prevention.