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The Hornet

Serving the Fullerton Community Since 1922

The Hornet

Fullerton College journalism department celebrates 100 years of excellence

Distinguished guests join former and present FC journalists in the program’s centennial celebration.
BrinFern Photography
Current US Senate candidate and news anchor Christina Pascucci gives her speech at The Hornet Centennial dinner on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. Pascucci is part of the advisory committee of the Fullerton College Journalism program.

The Hornet has been around for longer than you might think. Founded in 1922, this newspaper has seen hundreds of reporters, editors and advisers occupy its newsroom and work to keep the Fullerton College community up-to-date with their news.

Current candidate for the U.S. senate and news anchor Christina Pascucci along with California Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva joined former and current Fullerton College journalism staff to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of The Hornet newspaper on Thursday, Oct. 12, in a special dinner inside Cruz Reynoso Hall.

Pascucci, who announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, Oct. 8, was presented as the keynote speaker after her TV reel was played, showing clips from her days at Channel 5 KTLA. In her speech, she talked about the importance of ensuring accuracy as a journalist, and warned that AI, if wrongly used, could implicate a danger to journalism veracity.

Christina Pascucci greets the attendees of this centennial celebration, giving a speech about the importance of writing the truth accurately as a journalist. (BrinFern Photography)

Later, Pascucci said she was impressed by The Hornet’s work, all throughout its history. “It’s amazing. It is an illustrious legacy when you look back at 100 years, and you look at the important stories that students have taken risks to tell,” Pascucci told The Hornet.

Although Quirk-Silva joked she was nervous being in a room full of journalists as a politician, she praised Fullerton College in her speech for maintaining a journalism program for over 100 years.

“If we think about history, and we think about what those journalists were like and how they were covering stories right here in Fullerton,” said Quirk-Silva. “You can imagine groves, orange groves, and all of the things that they might have been covering, over a hundred years ago.”

California Assembly member Sharon Quirk-Silva gives her speech at The Hornet Centennial dinner on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. (BrinFern Photography)

Journalism professor and current adviser of The Hornet Jessica Langlois congratulated the attendees, especially those who have worked on FC’s publications, for their contributions in their important roles as journalists.

“All of us here know that journalists try harder than anyone to cover every story, to get every angle, to be there, to check everything, talk to everybody they can, to find everything out,” said Langlois in her speech.

Alongside Pascucci, Langlois and Quirk-Silva, Fullerton College President Cynthia Olivo and NOCCCD Board of Trustees Chancellor Byron Breland gave remarks at the dinner.

The NOCCCD Chancellor Byron Breland gives his speech at The Hornet Newspaper Centennial dinner on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. (BrinFern Photography)

The Journalism Department’s past and present staff members, such as former advisor Julie Davey, former Local Editor and current film maker for the L.A. times Jessica Q. Chen, Current Editor-in-Chief of The Hornet Jake Rhodes and Current Editor-in-Chief of Inside Fullerton Magazine Mariana Ramos, as well as current staffers from both publications, among others, attended the reunion.

All attendees received an invitation from Langlois prior to the event. Many, such as former staff writer for The Hornet, Inside Fullerton, and current reporter at The Daily Titan David Nuñez, said they decided to come because of the good memories they recall from FC’s journalism program.

Former adviser for The Hornet Jay Seidel spoke to former students and professors at the centennial dinner. Aside from being a military veteran, sportswriter and photojournalist, Seidel served his role as adviser for over 15 years. (BrinFern Photography)

Many of the former staff shared their memories of working at The Hornet or Inside Fullerton. Some talked about certain special stories they worked on while they were there.

“Two of my sports students came to me one day and they said that one of the coaches, they went over to interview him, and he would not admit that one of his top players had been arrested for drugs,” said Davey. “I called him… and I said, what’s it going to be, coach? One story or two stories? First story is going to be about the student, and the second story is going to be about your cover up.”

Chen, who has worked on documentaries such as “Surf Nation”, said that The Hornet and Inside Fullerton helped her find passion in what she does.

Current and former journalists of Inside Fullerton Magazine sit together to hear the speakers. Current Managing Editor Mikey Moran (right) and former Editor-in-Chief Ian Winstanley (left) are towards the front of the table. (BrinFern Photography)

“Everything that I learned about journalism, the seeds are here at Fullerton,” Chen told The Hornet. “When I was here at the magazine, I watched a documentary that I loved, and I went to interview the filmmakers and I think that’s when it all really started.”

Olivo and Breland said they were proud of the amount of time FC’s journalism program has existed for, and the achievements it has gathered in the past and currently.

“I really want to also take the time to congratulate all of you, because I was contacted a few weeks ago about these national awards [ACP and CMA awards], that The Hornet and our magazine are finalists for,” said Olivo.

Fullerton College President Cynthia Olivo expressed her appreciation and respect for student journalists during her speech, giving a special shout out for some national awards a few Hornet and Inside Fullerton writers are up for at a conference in Atlanta, GA at the end of October. (BrinFern Photography)

The dinner was finalized with a short documentary that talked about the process in which The Hornet and Inside Fullerton develop stories and how they teach their students how to become professional journalists.

Langlois, Rhodes and some former staff of The Hornet, were featured in the video. “It was a really humbling experience to see myself in the video, and this is going to be archived for a long time,” said Rhodes. “It is just an honor to be in this room with these fellow former editors-in-chief and staff writers.”

The planning of this event began with the former adviser of the Hornet and current head of FC’s Journalism program Jay Seidel and Langlois. Langlois took the lead with the planning as the event drew closer, and she was pleased with how it turned out.

“My favorite part of the event was meeting past staffers who I did not know before, because once I started talking to them, it felt like they were just another version of me or just another version of my students,” said Langlois.

Assistant Journalism professor and adviser to The Hornet Jessica Langlois served as the MC for the evening, putting together a beautiful evening of reminiscing and the merging of generations between former and current journalism students. (BrinFern Photography)

For the centennial, The Hornet produced special printed editions with stories written by alumni from the journalism program. The newspapers, alongside shirts and other commemorative items were offered for free to all the attendees.

Prior to the dinner, The Hornet started its centennial celebration with an event in the quad that featured games, a photo booth, and free food on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Hornet’s current Editorial Board (left to right) Quinn Cisneros, Pedro Saravia, Jake Rhodes and Sara Leon play around with the photo booth props at the centennial celebration in the quad on Oct. 11, 2023. (Jose Vazquez)

Following the event was a special screening of Chen’s documentary “Surf Nation.” A Q&A with one of the documentary’s other directors, Jeremiah M. Bogert, Jr. followed at the end of the film. The documentary essentially shows filmmakers following the day-to-day life of mainly two surfers trying to help jump start the Chinese National Surfing Team, where all of their trials and tribulations are put out on full display.

Journalists and documentary film makers Jessica Q. Chen (left) and Jeremiah M. Bogert Jr. (right) talk with journalism students about their film “Surf Nation” before a screening inside Cruz Reynoso Hall following centennial festivities Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Jose Vazquez)

The journalism program plans to be around for another 100 years, following its tradition of being accurate, timely and the voice of the student body of Fullerton College.

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About the Contributors
Pedro Saravia
Pedro Saravia, News Editor
Pedro Saravia is the News Desk Editor for The Hornet Newspaper. He previously wrote for Inside Fullerton magazine. Pedro is a five-time award winning journalist. He received Meritorious recognition from JACC and second place for Sports Investigative Story from CMA for his work investigating Title IX issues at Fullerton College. Pedro has also won second place in Profile, second place in Photo Illustration and an honorable mention in Audio Podcast from JACC. Pedro enjoys going to the gym, playing and watching soccer, and hanging with his brother. He aspires to be a politics and sports reporter.
Gerardo Chagolla
Gerardo Chagolla, Editor-in-Chief
Gerardo Chagolla's focus for The Hornet Newspaper is creating the best possible content that will advance The Hornet into the next 100 years. When not writing and editing for The Hornet, you can find Gerardo out in nature as he is an avid hiker. He enjoys watching and playing sports but prefers writing about them. This is his third semester at The Hornet and second as EIC.
Jose Vazquez
Jose Vazquez, Staff Photographer
Jose Vazquez is a returning staff photographer for The Hornet. Jose wants to tell people's stories and cover points of interest in our culture's conflicts, politics, history, and the obscure. His focus currently is on the emerging music and art scene in Southern California. Jose is currently studying at Fullerton College where he is working towards a bachelor’s degree in photography and journalism. He also volunteers at a nonprofit art house movie theatre in Santa Ana, the historic Frida Theatre. In his free time, he creates videos on his YouTube channel and plays drums in a garage gaze band called Black Star Meadow.

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    Gail TaylorOct 26, 2023 at 10:29 pm

    Such a wonderful celebration! Congratulations on 100 successful years. I wish Larry (Taylor) would have been here to celebrate with you. He would have loved every minute. Gail Taylor

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      Jake RhodesOct 27, 2023 at 9:50 am

      Thank you, Mrs. Taylor! We appreciate your kind words and support of our program! -Jake Rhodes, current EIC of The Hornet