This past week, many things happened on social media and everyday life. Question is, what were the ups and downs of this past week that have caught my attention?
I Like: J.J Watt’s Hurricane Harvey Fund
What It’s About: This past weekend, J.J Watt’s Hurricane Harvey Fund closed with raising a total of $37 million dollars. A total of $37,132,057 to be exact was raised from 209,431 donors. His initial goal was $200,000 dollars, which was achieved within a couple hours of his announcement of the relief fund.
What I thought: Throughout the world, there are tragedies happening as you’re reading this. Hurricane Harvey, which first formed on Aug. 13, was a category five hurricane that hit Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast. Keep in mind that Harvey was destroying everything in its path.
It’s nice to see people from all over the world come together to help those who are in need. Even if an individual donated a simple dollar, that dollar at the end of the day helped someone struggling to get back on his or her feet.
I Like: ZU News rebrand effort and launch.
What It’s About: APU’s campus paper, magazine, radio and television have a new name. We are now known as ZU Media! Formerly known as The Clause, the newspaper is now known as ZU News. On Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m., ZU Media had their social media launch, while print edition and campus launches hit the campus on Sept. 20.
This is a very big change on campus, since “The Clause” has been the name of the school paper since 1965. In the end, change is good, and this is what we needed: To regroup, rebrand and find a way to be the voice of everyone on campus.
What I Thought: Being able to see our school editors and professors work hard on rebranding the voice of the people is inspiring. Just as anything in life, hard work pays off, and that is definitely the case. You have professors, editors and writers putting in countless hours getting stories, promoting their new look on campus and most importantly being the voice of the student body.
I Like: Fall Season
What It’s About: It’s that time of the year again! Fall is finally here. Bring on the pumpkin spice lattes, s’mores and cozy sweaters.
What I Thought: Where has the time gone? Just a couple weeks ago, Los Angeles County had an extreme heat wave that left many people wanting to stay inside all day.
This colder weather is just what the west coast needs. Don’t get me wrong, I love the sun, but sometimes a break from the sun is much needed. If you are like me, you love the rain too, and you’re hoping that within the next couple months, we’ll get some downpour.
Dislikes: Chester Bennington
What It’s About: This past summer, the world lost a music legend. He was the lead singer of Linkin Park. Regardless of whatever generation you grew up in, Linkin Park’s music was heard all over the world. They had a lot of hit songs such as “Numb,” “Somewhere I Belong,” and “In The End.” Linkin Park was not in the media recently for their music. Instead, it was the death of the lead singer Chester Bennington on July 20, 2017 that brought the band’s name back up into the media. It has only been two months since his passing, but a recent video of him has made its way to social media. The video consists of him 36 hours before his death laughing, singing and having an overall good time with his loved ones.
What I Thought: Personally, I feel as if Bennington’s death is still fresh and hard to wrap your head around (for some people). The reason I dislike this post is because of the simple fact that it is a subject that needs to die down so his loved ones can peacefully grieve his loss. Put yourself in his loved ones’ positions. Yes, they are raising awareness about suicide and depression, but at the same time, it’s hard to be constantly reminded that a man who is someone’s father, brother and husband is no longer there.