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New Cupcake Bakery Opens Its Doors

Flavors Include: Vanilla Chai Tea, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan and Nutella By Korina Leong, Senior Staff Writer Matt Arellano, Photographer Kellie Miyazu and  Rose Navalta, Graphic Designers A new cupcake bakery has recently opened in the Manono Street Marketplace called Cupcakes, BOOM! Hilo resident and owner Nikki Kekaualua explains that she is a self-taught passionate baker that felt Hilo needed, and was more than ready for, a cupcake shop. Cupcakes, BOOM! features a variety of flavors daily that gives them an advantage over other cupcake shops and the variety keeps their customers happy. Kainoa Thornton, Hawai’i Community College Culinary graduate, is the Cupcakes, BOOM! baker. Thornton reveals that Hawaii Community College’s two year program has taught him everything he needed to know in order to be successful post-graduation in the culinary world. In the culinary program, the first year consists of working in the Hawaii Community College cafeteria in all possible positions. The second year consists of working in the cafeteria and cafe developing “show order cooking” and the third year students work in the on-campus gourmet …

Best-Selling Author David Sedaris Lands In Hilo

By Morgan Tate, Arts & Community Editor Demi Rodriguez, Photographer Sardonic humor. Witty intelligence. Ironic discussions. These elements, and plenty more, are woven into the personal essays of David Sedaris. His style of writing is nothing short of delightfully entertaining. Whether you’re on a road trip listening to the audio of his newest book, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls”, or looking to take a break from calculus, Sedaris will keep your mind satisfied and laughter abundant. The New York Times reviewed his book “Naked” as “Sidesplitting.” Sedaris began his career by reading to those who listened to “Morning Edition” on National Public Radio. His readings were excerpts from a journal he’d been keeping for 15 years. It was filled with his simple yet strange queries. John Marchese of the New York Times wrote an article entitled, “He Does Radio and Windows” where he gave a summation of Sedaris’ work on “being an unrepentant smoker, on falling in love too easily, on soap operas and on men who love women who grow too much (and are …

Feature Article

By Korina Leong, Senior Staff Writer Danielle Marrufo, Photographer Dr. Susan Brown, UH Hilo’s Interim Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences has received her undergraduate degree from Wichita State University, Kansas and her Master’s and PhD from Tulane University, New Orleans. Originally Dr. Brown taught statistics and methods but most recently taught Women and Health as well as the Animal evolutionary courses at UH Hilo. As the associate dean she helps students under academic distress. Her main goal is to help with the retention and graduation rate as well as reduce the number of students put on academic probation and students who are academically dismissed. In the hopes of fixing these astounding numbers Dr. Brown is currently working on raising the retention rate for the University as well as attempting to answer the question of why we have problems retaining students with 55 credits or less from other campuses. One new project that has taken off is what she calls the Instituted Incentive Grant that encourages and rewards students that have not done …

New Tax Reform Helps Low-Income

By Gabriel Tebow, Arts & Community Writer Bailey Lake, Graphic Designer President Barack Obama recently proposed new tax reforms intended to help middle-class America. The United States’ tax laws are currently riddled with loopholes that only the very rich can access. Because of this, middle-class citizens bear a heavier burden from taxes. In his State of the Union Address, Obama stated that both parties need to “work together to close those loopholes, end those incentives to ship jobs overseas, and lower tax rates for businesses that create jobs here at home.” The President also released a fact sheet, through the Press Secretary, that outlines “a simpler, fairer tax code that responsibly invests in middle-class…” The fact sheet is split into two sections: preventing the wealthy from using loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of taxes and helping the middle-class thrive financially. Currently the tax code allows typically wealthy families to hold money in the form of trust funds. Many people take advantage of this, and each year, hundreds of billions of dollars escape taxation. …

Kyle Abraham Performs

What You Can Say Without Words By Morgan Tate, Arts & Community Editor Demi Rodriguez, Photographer The mission of Abraham and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion is “to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work.” Abraham’s incredible choreography and astonishing skill reflects the hip-hop and urban dance that he had encountered in his teens. Combining the vernacular and traditional with modern technique, Abraham connects one’s identity and one’s personal history through breathtaking movement. The two primary shows Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion choreographed are “Radio Show” and “Pavement.” Each holds its own stories and grips the audience with what some might call the rawness that is humanity. “Radio Show” illustrates the departure of a cherished urban radio station in Abraham’s native Pittsburgh. The station was essential for shared knowledge in the neighborhood and was a grave loss for the African American community. This event, combined with the story of Abraham’s loss and dislocation after witnessing his father succumb to Alzheimer’s, is choreographed with the reality of human behavior. The broken and twisted pieces of humanity are glimpsed in Abraham’s newest composition, …