A. J. Villalobos Hall was bright and full of happy, comfortable energy when the Jewish Student Union (JSU) and Religious Studies department’s Shabbat dinner began at 6 p.m. last Friday, March 8. There was a Bon Appètit-provided buffet of salad, rice pilaf, mushroom-stuffed chicken, and matso ball soup, all done in kosher style, that lined the back wall. White-clothed tables were spotted around the room, and an astonishing 53 students, faculty, and visitors surrounded them in contented jubilee.
For many, the start of Spring semester signifies resuming responsibilities and returning to routine. Students rarely break out of “comfort-zones” well-established before February. These can consist of things like friend groups, study habits, clubs, organizations, etc. It often feels like anything you’ve missed out on first semester will just have to wait until next Fall. “Senioritis” kicks in regardless of what year you’re in, and all you want is to get through the next four months as quickly and smoothly as possible. It becomes easy to feel like you have already decided exactly what this semester would be like months ago, but if you’re looking for new opportunities or a fresh start, it is much easier to find one than you might believe.
Nestled on the peaceful corner of Bright Avenue and Bailey Street in Uptown Whittier, Local Fixture brings out the best of Uptown. In a statement from their website, Local Fixture can be described as “a family of Whittier locals who designed and curated an experience around the things we love. For us, it’s all about community, good coffee, and sharing our appreciation for fine goods. Come see for yourself and pay us a visit the next time you’re Uptown.” This indeed rings true.
Nestled in a quiet and historic Uptown Whittier street corner, Planned Parenthood of Whittier provides family planning services to thousands of women every year. With discreet window shading and security-enforced entrances, the building does not seem to be the most welcoming. Yet upon entering, posters with slogans such as: “No judgment. Just Care” and “We’re here for you. Our doors are open” line the walls, alongside various pride flags. The corner next to the front desk is flanked with pamphlets on various sexual health dilemmas and their treatments, as well as resources on birth control and family planning.