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EDITORIAL BOARD GIVES THANKS New University’s editors explain what they are thankful for during the holidays in a photo essay. features PG 8 THE GIRLS ARE BACK IN TOWN Staff writer Nicole Block reviews Netflix’s revival of the hit classic “Gilmore Girls,” following Rory and Lorelei after a decade. entertainment PG 11 N EW U NIVERSITY UNIVERSIT Y OF C ALI F ORNIA , IR VINE Volume 50, Issue 11 /thenewuniversity @ NewUniversity @ NewUniversity Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Students and Faculty Protest Dakota Access Pipeline and Trump Black Friday: How the Capitalist System Hijacks the Holidays By Michelle Bui Staff Writer COURTESY OF NICOLE WONG FLAGPOLE PROTEST Dozens of UC Irvine faculty, students and affiliates gathered at the flagpoles in front of Langson Library last Tuesday, Nov. 22 to protest the recent presidential election of Donald J. Trump and to express solidarity with protesters at Standing Rock. By Nicole Wong Staff Writer Dozens of UCI students and faculty attended a “Say No to Trump, Say Yes to Standing Rock” rally at the UCI flagpoles last Tuesday, Nov. 22. The rally was hosted by the UC Irvine American Indian Resource Program, along NEWS Lighting the Season: Fashion Island's Annual Christmas Tree Ceremony with the University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT) Local 2226 and the United Auto Workers Union. UC-AFT Local 2226 represents UCI librarians and lecturers. United Auto Workers represents academic employees. Throughout the one-hour event, student and faculty members gathered to discuss the election of Donald Trump and show solidarity with Native American protesters at Standing Rock, who oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North and South Dakota. UCI School of Humanities Dean Georges Van Den Abbeele opened the rally calling it a “protest on behalf of the Earth.” The Dakota Access Pipeline protests gained national recognition in spring, as #NoDAPL was shared and spread on social media. The pipeline was originally set to run near Bismarck, North Dakota, but was rerouted SEE PROTEST , PAGE 3 By Summer Wong Staff Writer As my boyfriend and I drove into the entrance of the Fashion Island shopping mall in Newport Beach last Monday, we were immediately bombarded with cars that jam-packed us in all directions. The annual holiday tree lighting, one of Orange County’s biggest and most heavily-attended events of the holidays, was taking place, and upon arriving, I realized how much I underestimated the number of people who were planning to attend. Peeking my head out of the car window, I noticed families who had given up on finding parking and resigned to SEE LIGHTING , PAGE 9 FEATURES dropping off their children so that they could walk over to the event themselves. Driving in endless circles and waiting tirelessly as we were directed to several parking garages without parking spaces, my boyfriend and I were destined for the same fate. Aidan had to drop me off in front of Macy’s. I hastily hopped off the car, the chilly night air numbing my fingertips, and made my way over to Bloomingdale Square right in front of Neiman Marcus and Louis Vuitton. The bells and upbeat music jingled from afar as I eagerly made my way to the event. I faced an enormous crowd, and was astounded by the hundreds of people able to efficiently squeeze into a tiny COURTESY OF FASHION ISLAND SEASON OF LIGHTS At Newport Beach's Fashion Island last Monday, hundreds gathered to watch the annual tree lighting cer emony and experience holiday festivities at the shopping center. Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and a nice, juicy turkey. Growing up, these words described the essence of Thanksgiving. They summoned an image of family and friends coming together to enjoy delicious food and — for once — actually count their blessings. But now the only pumpkin pie and blessings I’m hearing about are on Snapchat filters and Instagram posts. When I talk to people about Thanksgiving, they get excited about one thing: Black Friday. From my best friend who came home this break to the sandwich guy at Jersey Mike’s Subs, everyone has a wish list ready for Black Friday. And while I understand that this event — which ironically begins on Thursday evening now — offers exceptional deals that are difficult to pass up, I find it ridiculous that people now spend the holidays fishing for material goods, forgetting about all those blessings they had shared on social media. I realize that I am not the first person to feel this way. The ironic contrast between Thanksgiving and Black Friday has been evident for years. And I’ll be honest, when I was younger, I used to love the idea of buying pretty clothes and jewelry at low prices during the holidays. Those little material goods that I could not get my hands on during the year, I could finally get on Black Friday. But I never understood the people who set up camp outside of malls in the cold and ran over strangers for the newest gaming console. This year, I had no desire to go shopping. I couldn’t think of anything I needed or anything I wanted. In fact, the prospect of going out to shop seemed tiring and pointless. I realized that this was because I was concerned about other things in my life. My grandpa was in the hospital, my friends wanted to see me and my little brother needed help with his personal statements for college. And, call me a nerd, but in the back of my mind I was worried about finals. I wanted nothing more than to see the people around me happy and to have the time to rest and reorganize myself for the ensuing weeks of studying. The problem is that many people want more than this. Once family, school, and work are taken care of — or even when they’re not — people want the fleeting satisfaction of owning OPINION SEE FRIDAY , PAGE 5

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