When looking at the norms of what a writer is, authors, Allan MacDonell and Dean Kuipers are not what come to mind. MacDonell, with his soft gait, and a delicately placed bucket hat, reminiscent of his time spent at the forefront of the Los Angeles punk scene, and Kuipers, adorned in a forest green flannel and REI bought trail running shoes, are not what the average writer looks like, or even is. They’re nobody’s all-Americans. Apart from their physical appearances, MacDonell and Kuipers represent the alternative author, the ones who were not cultivated in the harsh reality of academia, but rather those who grew to success in an organic way, a hard earned manner.
One of the most well-known traditions associated with Societies is the concept of “Bigs and Littles.” As a non-Society member, it’s easy to assume that these titles are just placed on two people and the two people then assume the respective roles, but this is simply not true. The Big -Little dynamic is a relationship that allows one to grow in their leadership skills, teaches the importance of empathy and mutual respect, and builds a bond that lasts forever.
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.