1. This is my CSUMB Capstone Project, it is in the genre of a Digital PhotoVoice project. I am an Humanities & Communications major (Concentrations: Pre Law, Practical & Professional Ethics), also Teledramatic Arts & Technology minor. Graduating Summa Cum Laude with Highest Academic Honors.

    "Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender."— Tupac Shakur— Although, belief systems are hard to change, the fact of the matter still remains that the benefits and burdens of society are unequally distributed nationally and internationally. Economic manipulation, oppression, social violence, and genocide have been tolerated by the public for centuries, and these issues in society raise a question about international institutional structures of power. Structures of power that continue to push Western ideals here and abroad; ideals that privilege "whiteness" and prejudge the intelligence and worth of other cultures. In this creative project I will show how power/powerlessness is very much a part of individual and cultural identities, which, ultimately, leads one to question their social and economic experiences within society.

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  2. A Navy SEAL sacrificed his life to save his comrades by throwing himself on top of a grenade Iraqi insurgents tossed into their sniper hideout, fellow members of the elite force said.

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor had been near the only door to the rooftop structure Sept. 29 when the grenade hit him in the chest and bounced to the floor, said four SEALs who spoke to The Associated Press this week on condition of anonymity because their work requires their identities to remain secret.

    "He never took his eye off the grenade, his only movement was down toward it," said a 28-year-old lieutenant who sustained shrapnel wounds to both legs that day. "He undoubtedly saved mine and the other SEALs' lives, and we owe him."

    Monsoor, a 25-year-old gunner, was killed in the explosion in Ramadi, west of Baghdad. He was only the second SEAL to die in Iraq since the war began.

    Two SEALs next to Monsoor were injured; another who was 10 to 15 feet from the blast was unhurt. The four had been working with Iraqi soldiers providing sniper security while U.S. and Iraqi forces conducted missions in the area.

    In an interview at the SEALs' West Coast headquarters in Coronado, four members of the special force remembered "Mikey" as a loyal friend and a quiet, dedicated professional.

    "He was just a fun-loving guy," said a 26-year-old petty officer 2nd class who went through the grueling 29-week SEAL training with Monsoor. "Always got something funny to say, always got a little mischievous look on his face."

    You are an integral and unique part of the universe. Just as important a part as any other part. There is no one else exactly like you. No one else has your fingerprints, your exact DNA, your exact thoughts or dreams. You are connected to everything and everything you do affects the rest of creation. Try to make the universe a better place.

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  3. Second Nature is a 20-minute documentary on Element team rider and budding landscape architect, Janne Saario of Finland.

    The short film allows a glimpse of Saario’s thoughts and dreams, which float between design, art and skateboarding. Though it also reveals the important concurrence of post-industrial areas, sustainable concepts and natural environments, and unfolds the demanding obligation, towards today’s generation and those to come, to create positive and inspiring, local communities.

    Over the past two years, filmer Yves Marchon’s keen eye reels in the various aspects and angles of Janne’s life and creates the perfect portrayal of what Element is most proud of and strives to constantly stand for through their products, artists and team riders: to bring progress to skateboarding in the most honest and ethical way.

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