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We're Back! Issue 06 and moving forward

Jay Serrano, Editorial Director

First things first–go read Issue 06! It’s great and everyone worked really hard on it. But I wanted to use this chance to explain our unannounced hiatus, what we learned during it, and what’s next for CCM. (Spoiler, submissions will be opening for everyone!)

Nov. 2022

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Redecorate your Room! Find Your Inspo from 8 pieces of Interior Art

Diane Kim, Creative Team Member

The way a room is decorated can have everything to do with how you feel when you are in it. Blue painted walls might evoke feelings of tranquility and peace. For some, it might make them feel melancholy. Artists have been able to express the different types of beauty and feelings that are brought on …

Mar. 2022

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Astrology in Art

Gracie Neirynck, Publications Director

Astrology today is, I hate to say it, a bit of a joke. It makes you think of Buzzfeed and CO-Sign and while all that’s well and good, they don’t have any sizable impact on your livelihood (or at least I hope not).

Feb. 2022

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Disjointed Creative Communal Isolation: The Plight of the Quarantined Creative Community

Denise Zubizarreta, Creative Team Member

Art in isolation isn’t a new concept, many artists feel as though the isolation opens the creative mind allowing for a comprehensive connection to their work that supersedes the need for community.

Jan. 2022

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Gothic Influence in Horror Art

Gracie Neirynck, Publications Director

Gothic art may make you think of poorly painted Medieval friezes, but this spooky season, let’s think about another form of Gothic art. Art inspired by the themes of Gothic fiction, also known as Gothic Horror. Read more to see the work of 6 talented artists who evoke the Gothic themes of sadness, …

Oct. 2021

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I Guess We’ll Never Know: Ambiguous Endings in Horror

Anna Dunn, Managing Editor

The best horror movies have ambiguous endings. Endings that make you leave confused, in disbelief, and searching the internet for more details and answers. The movie remains in your head, and you’re stuck thinking, what happens next?

Oct. 2021

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On Healthy Escapism

Jay Serrano, Editorial Director

Escapism gets a bad rap, understandably so. It’s often perceived as someone running away from their feelings by refusing to engage with reality–an unhealthy coping mechanism. Conventional wisdom says that the Right Way™ to deal with negative emotions is to feel all of it and work through the …

Sep. 2021

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Margin Doodles of a Monster Named Stress

Gracie Neirynck, Publications Director

Sometimes stress can take hold of you, reaching its withering hands around your body, plucking at your heartstrings like it’s playing guitar. If you’re like me (unprepared and disorganized), then the beginning of the school year can be particularly stressful. The stress monster can linger at the …

Aug. 2021

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Fill! Your! Pages!

Peyton Farnum, Creative Team Member

Finishing something you worked really hard on might just be one of the best feelings in the world. But what makes this accomplishment feel even more fulfilling? When you planned every step of the way!

Jul. 2021

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Which Cicada are you?

Jay Serrano, Editorial Director

Made for fun! Brought to you by Cicada Creative Magazine. CW // photos of bugs.

May. 2021

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Is art boundary-breaking if it’s stolen?

Anna Dunn, Managing Editor

Imagine you’re back in high school, working on a group project with the artsy philosophy guy who exclusively talks back to his female teachers. The project requires you to bring in some sort of family heirloom from home to share with your partner and then present to the class.

Mar. 2021

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That time Andy Warhol plagiarized Yayoi Kusama

Jay Serrano, Editorial Director

If you asked a stranger to list any 5 artists off the top of their head, odds are good that Andy Warhol would be one of them. A soup can homage even sits in front of CSU’s Center for the Arts (to honor a visit from Warhol in 1981). There is no doubt that his contributions altered the trajectory of …

Mar. 2021

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Women in punk!

Molly Flood, Creative Team Member

The Punk Movement was largely male-dominated, as much of the music industry is, but the women of Punk embodied the movement wholly and didn’t receive adequate credit. The movement’s female artists highlighted the struggles of the female experience that didn’t fit into the mainstream …

Mar. 2021

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A Love Story

Gracie Neirynck, Creative Team Member

Agh, February! The month of love. This month I was determined to present you all with a love story—cliché, I know.

Feb. 2021

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How the Swamp Inspired Me

Peyton Farnum, Creative Team Member

I love wildlife. I have ever since I was a child.

Feb. 2021

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Top 10 Tattoo Artists That Make Me Want to Cover My Skin in Ink

Peyton Farnum, Creative Team Member

In my many years as a creative-driven being, I’ve discovered that I have a great affinity for tattoo art. Tattoo practice is something that is taboo in our society because of its permanence. However, tattoo artists are just as credible as other artists, and their art is worthy of admiration and …

Jan. 2021

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Scoring ugly babies across art history

Anna Dunn, Managing Editor

Anyone visiting an art museum or studying art history has probably encountered a weirdly shaped baby at some point in their life. These long-limbed babies, resembling a small man or wrinkly sock puppet, are a common staple of art from the Middle Ages all the way up into the Renaissance.

Jan. 2021

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7 Arbitrary Ways to Stay Creative at Home

Haley Arnold, Social Media Manager

It’s 2021, and COVID is still in full swing. With cities encouraging us to continue social distancing, work from home and limit our activity outside of the home, it can be hard to stay entertained and feel motivated. At this point we have all moved on from whipped coffee and sourdough bread, so here …

Jan. 2021

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Nature is out there! (and it can help with your health and creativity, too!)

Peyton Farnum, Creative Team Member

Nature is out there! (and it can help with your health and creativity, too!) Peyton Farnum, Creative Team Member With all the craziness that 2020 has brought, it can be difficult to remember to take some time to care for yourself. Luckily, I am here to inform you that one of the easiest ways to do …

Dec. 2020

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New Sincerity during Quarantine

Gracie Neirynck, Creative Team Member

Art changes throughout time, evolving to address each century’s unique struggles and values. In an effort to retaliate against the cynicism of a post-war era, modern writers began to pioneer a new age of writing which they called New Sincerity.

Dec. 2020

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I Miss Being a Kid

Casey Forest, Creative Team Member

Sometimes college is the place where we lose it—it not referring to virginity, house keys, parental respect, or mental stability. Hard as it is to admit, I myself have lost it more than once here, despite the fact that I’ve spent a lot of money to become an undergrad and curate it, in hopes of …

Dec. 2020

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Modern Montage

Molly Flood, Creative Team Member

Protest has also been a prevalent theme in art throughout the years. This timeline explores art that addresses injustice and inequality in the past 100 years.

Dec. 2020

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Small social elements of the classroom that I miss, a comic.

Anna Dunn, Managing Editor

I miss sitting in front of a real person and hearing them lecture, but even more than that I miss the ten minutes before class where I could talk to my peers, catch up on current world news, and orient myself with where everyone else was in their projects (was I behind?). I’ve had no trouble getting …

Oct. 2020

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Proctoring software is a nightmare for students. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Jay Serrano, Editorial Director

As you all know, COVID. In response to the lack of in-person interaction, many colleges and universities have begun to use proprietary software to ensure students do not cheat during exams, most often ProctorU, Proctorio, and ExamSoft. I take 3 issues with this development.

Oct. 2020

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A Very Brief History of Protest Art in America

Haley Arnold, Publications Director

Protest has also been a prevalent theme in art throughout the years. This timeline explores art that addresses injustice and inequality in the past 100 years.

Sep. 2020

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Manufactured Consent: Five Filters of Media Bias

Jay Serrano, Editorial Director

In an era of political turmoil and and misinformation, it is more important than ever to critically evaluate and critique the news media we consume. Even traditionally trustworthy news sources are not immune to bias and manipulation. Not only must we be vigilant with the accuracy of the information …

Sep. 2020

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20 Black Designers You Need to Follow

Reilly Webster, Creative Director

We all love to imagine design as the industry of the future–innovative, inclusive, progressive. However, this field is just as prone to racial inequality as any other industry in America, if not moreso. Just check out page 14 of the 2019 AIGA Design Census. Because of this, it is imperative that we …

Sep. 2020

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The Unity of Form in Layli Long Soldier's 'Obligations 2'

Herman Luis Chavez, Managing Editor

Layli Long Soldier’s “Obligations 2” is adventurous with form. This poem confronts us with choices we must make as the reader; we can take a path through the middle, or through the edges, or a combination of both. We can read top to bottom, and we can read left to right. We can read and re-read and …

Sep. 2020

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The Shadow Pandemic: The Worldwide Increase in Domestic Abuse

Katrina Clasen, Design Editor

When global lockdowns were put into place, the world felt a little safer with the pandemic seemingly contained; however, closed doors and 24/7 confinement bred a much more sinister affliction. The UN has depicted the worldwide increase in domestic violence as a “shadow pandemic” parallel …

Aug. 2020

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What I Have to Say about what Marx Would Have to Say about Capitalism and COVID-19

Casey Forest, Content Editor

Where we live is a mess. It’s a convoluted, poorly meshed, dig-until-your-hands-break country. It was a rug ripped out from under those who called it home, and now it is a capitalist petri dish. It’s hard to agree on things here, even with ourselves.

Aug. 2020

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Regarding “Ching Chong House” and Anti-Asian Racism in the Wake of COVID-19

Jay Serrano, Editorial Director

Early in July, a fake restaurant emerged on Instagram and Yelp. This fake restaurant was entitled “Ching Chong House” and had various racist menu items ranging from Corona cocktails to “Crispy Burnt Pug.” Although it is clear that this stunt is merely another in a long list of unfunny edgy shock …

Aug. 2020

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Reopening Schools

Haley Arnold, Publications Director

In a few weeks, millions of students will be returning to school for the fall. Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic with cases on the rise again, most schools are planning on having at least some in-person learning. For parents, this requires them to make a tough decision on whether or not to send …

Aug. 2020

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Navigating Black Allyship as a Non-Black Person of Color

Herman Luis Chavez, Managing Editor

For non-Black people of color, it can be difficult to navigate allyship with the Black community, especially for those who are only just now beginning to educate themselves on Black justice. This article provides an introduction to the first steps and best practices you can take to be a better ally …

Jul. 2020

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Reflecting on allies and space on Tik Tok and Instagram

Anna Dunn, Art Editor

Social media has acted as a primary source of information, education, and organization throughout the Black Lives Matter movement since the its inception in 2013. It has been a platform for people to share and promote speakers, books, funds and organizations. Mass participation can create a sense of …

Jul. 2020

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17 years ago: the last Brood X

Molly Flood, Communications Director

The spring of 2004 raised two kinds of children. I, a proud four and a half year old, spent my time playing outside with toys and picking apart the lawn while a swath of angsty 17 year olds also emerged into the open air, ready to scream all summer long.

Jul. 2020

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The commodification of Black pain: Why 'White Fragility' falls short

Jay Serrano, Editorial Director

In the midst of yet another reckoning with the antiblackness that permeates every corner of the U.S., many people have scrambled for ways to make sense of it all. For some, it is a familiar topic of conversation, one that has shaped their entire life. For others, it is an abstract knowledge they may …

Jul. 2020

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Cicada’s Next Step: Our New Blog

Jay Serrano, Editorial Director

Over the last few months, the world has changed in dramatic ways that have affected us all. CCM has had to contend with these changes and evolve, incorporating our original vision into a world that looks different.

Jul. 2020