All posts by Kayla Murphy

Yo Soy Latina

By Kayla Murphy

“I think people should come see this show because there is a big message that I believe will inspire people. Enjoy who you are and take strength in your background,” says Simone Brown, a senior theatre student.

On Thursday April 20th at 7:30 p.m., CCSU students, staff and faculty have the opportunity to witness the free showing of “Yo Soy Latina” in Thorp Theatre in Davidson Hall. Hosted by the Women’s Center, the show is co-directed by Simone Brown and . The hour and a half long show was written by Linda Nieves Powell and has been performed on Broadway.

The cover of the play “Yo Soy Latina” by Linda Nieves Powell

“We waited awhile to receive copies of the script from Powell,” said junior social work student Demesis Negron. “We had to specifically email Powell to obtain rights for the show. She was very nice about lending the rights to us and wants to see a taping of our performance. This is the first time she is letting students and the university take charge of her show. She usually supplies other campuses with her choice of her actresses and directors.”

The show starts with an urban poet who sets the tone for the beginning of the show. The show consist of six main characters and touches upon important topics such as female empowerment, barriers, family, stereotypes and men.

“The show is very-well balanced,” said Brown, “there are parts that make you laugh, and then there are parts that are really emotional and hit home. It really makes you think.”

Brown and Negron casted the show during the fall semester and have been having rehearsal every week since January.

Negron said, “we really hope for a good turn out and support for the ladies who put in a lot of hard work to make this possible. Several years ago, CCSU performed this show, and I think we recent events happening, it’s time for CCSU to see once again what Latinas are about. It’s a really strong piece that I feel like everyone will enjoy.”

Having worked with the Women’s Center before when they sponsored her domestic-violence piece “Is That Love”, Brown hopes she can make all the staff and students at the Women’s Center proud.

“I really want to take advantage of these last few weeks we have. I want it to be just as good as Ms. Powell wrote it” said Brown.

The doors to the show open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Make sure to bring a friend or two to this empowering piece performed by fellow CCSU students.

How Not To Be a Cheap Boyfriend on Valentine’s Day

by Kayla Murphy and Dustin Wong

Valentine’s Day is the one time a year where couples get fancy and go on romantic dinners and buy each other expensive gifts. However, with the crisis of this dwindling economy, it’s easy to understand why one would want to be budget-friendly. Girls aren’t always expecting bigger and better gifts, sometimes less is more. But just because your a little low on cash, doesn’t mean you should be getting your girl something cheap and something she won’t use or wear. We’ve complied a list of gifts under $10 that your girlfriend will love.

  1. A bathbomb -$7

They’re relaxing and the latest soap trends.Some even come with surprises on the inside of the bath bomb. If she has a tub, which hopefully she does, surprise her with this relaxing treat.

  1. A recipe book- $10

Does your girl like to cook? Work together to make a meal from the cookbook as your Valentine’s Day date.

  1. An infinity scarf- $8

February is a cold winery season, keep your girl snuggled up and fashionable with a cozy scarf. Stores such as Forever 21, Gap and American Eagle have adorable scarves.

  1. Face masks- $5

Whether its an avocado mask or a charcoal mask, give your girl easy do-it-yourself face masks for her to relax with. You can buy these masks at Sally’s Beauty Salon.

  1. Fuzzy socks- $8

One can easily get the cutest socks for reasonable price. Target has a wide variety of socks that have different patterns and textures.

  1. Hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies- $8

Everyone loves to cozy up with a cup of warm hot cocoa and a delicious chocolate chip cookies. We personally like the brand Swiss. For added extra-deliciousness, purchase a jar of Fluff, and scoop a little bit of fluff and put it into your hot chocolate.

  1. A disposable camera- $6- $9

Spend a whole day taking pictures with your girlfriend. You can bring the camera to Walmart to get the film developed. And she’ll love the idea of being crafty and making a scrapbook!

  1. A coupon book- $8

These “personalized vouchers of love” are perfect to give your girlfriend. The 12 coupons can be “cashed in” at any time, such as “one free massage”, “good for one breakfast in bed” etc.

  1. Poetry books- $8

Give your girl the book she won’t be able to put down. Poetry books such as “Milk and Honey” and “I Still Want It” are excellent poetry books to spark emotion and creativity.

  1. Stuffed animal- $10

Get your girl something cozy and soft to hold; bears are available at Walmart and Party City

Top Romantic Movies to Watch with Your Valentine

By Kayla Murphy

This chilling winter weather is perfect to cozy up with your partner and to enjoy the night in. Escaping the cold, cuddle close and enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate and a few chocolate heart treats. Relaxing in for the rest of the night, kick back on a comfy couch or bed and enjoy these top romantic movies.

1.) The Notebook
The Notebook is the reason why most of us end up as hopeless romantics just waiting for our significant other to sweep us off our feet and cradle us in their arms. On Valentine’s Day lay down, cozy up with your loved one,  and watch Ryan Gosling and Racheal McAdams characters fall madly in love together.  Me personally: I cry every time, so bring tissues. (just in case)

2.) Casablanca
Go back in time to the 1940’s where black and white meets red all over. This romantic drama includes amazing actors and the storyline includes both romance and action.  So even your loved one will be satisfied.

3.) Titanic
If you have never seen Titanic, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day for you and your partner to kick back, make some popcorn and set sail with an aristocratic women and poor artist as they search for love in each other.



4.) An Affair to Remember
This 1950’s melodramatic classic is an enjoyable movie to watch with your partner. To test the depth of their commitment a couple promises to meet at the top of the Empire State Building if they are still in love.

5.) Chocolat

Besides enjoying chocolate confections on Valentine’s Day, watch this award-winning film. Chocolat tells the story of a young woman who moves to a French village with her daughter. Together, they change the lives of the townspeople with their small chocolatier.

6.) Dirty Dancing 

This 80s movie is a lot of fun to watch with your date. Cozy up and watch a story about a girl falling in love with her dance instructor during summer camp. Everyone will enjoy this Patrick Swayze classic.

7.) 50 First Dates

Laugh yourself silly with this romantic comedy. A young man with commitment issues finally meets the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the next day. Yes, this is the Adam Sandler movie.

8.) When in Rome

Another romantic comedy, this movie is about a young woman from New York who goes on a whirlwind adventure to Rome. After impulsively stealing coins from a fountain, she is then pursued by a hand of suitors.

9.) 500 Days of Summer

If you love Zoey Deschanel as much as I do, then watch this adorable, off-beat romantic comedy about a young woman who doesn’t believe in love and the young man who falls for her.





10.) 10 Things I Hate About You

You and your partner can share a good chuckle as you watch about how a pretty, popular teenager can’t go on a date until her older ill-tempered sister does.

No Date, No Problem!

By Kayla Murphy

Spending another Valentine’s Day “alone?’ Just because you don’t have a date doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Speaking from experience, I know what it’s like to not have a date for Valentine’s Day. It does feel a little empty and sad at times, but there are ways to cure this “anti-Valentine’s day depression.” Think about it this way, it is just one day a year. You can survive it like any other day. Here’s what to do and not to do when you don’t have a date on Valentine’s Day.

What To Do:

1.) Buy your own chocolate. Eating chocolate actually helps release endorphins and makes you feel happier.

2.) Spend time with family and friends. Just because you don’t have a person to be with on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to be cooped up alone. Go hangout with you friends or enjoy a big dinner with your family.

3.) Get out of town and go treat yourself. Whether it’s that video game you’ve always wanted or that new dress you thought was cute, it’s ok to splurge on yourself today.

4.) Do something productive with your mind and body. Grab a buddy and go to the gym. Or submerse yourself into a good book.

5.) Pick something you want to watch. I personally suggest binge watching New Girl on Netflix. Or you can watch a comedy. Laughter boosts your mood, reduces your stress and makes you feel better.

6.) Occupy your time with a job. Maybe offer to babysit your neighbors kids. If you love kids and want to make some extra money, baby sitting on Valentine’s Day is perfect for other couples to get out of the house and enjoy their night, They might even give an extra tip. Or you can volunteer working at an animal shelter. Animals need love too!


What NOT To Do:

1.) Do not compare yourself to others. I understand that it’s very easy to feel jealous of what other people have. But overthinking about lacking a relationship, isn’t going to make you feel any better.

2.) Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Pitying yourself is just going to make you feel depressed. Take pride in yourself that you are independent and strong and don’t need a relationship to define who you are.

3.) Ignore social media. Just ignore it. Don’t you DARE go back and look at photos of your exes.

4.) Don’t listen to the radio. It’s all love songs, so let’s try to ignore those feels.

5.) If you plan on going out to a bar or a party, be cautious with alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant, so if this holiday is making you feel more upset than usual, please stay away from the booze. The last thing you want is to be embarrassingly “drunk-crying” in the stalls of a bar bathroom.


Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate the one’s you love. Cherish your parents, siblings, pets, and friends. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t have a date on Valentine’s Day. We’re young and wild and free. Enjoy your moments of freedom; by following these suggestions I can promise you that you won’t spend the rest of your Valentine Days alone.

Budget-friendly Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

By Kayla Murphy

As Valentine’s Day approaches, you’re stuck in a sticky situation. You forgot to make a reservation at your girl’s favorite restaurant. Or you forgot to buy your man a special gift. As college students, we all know we’re “bawlers on a budget”, so dates that’ll cost less than $15 sounds perfect. If you’re looking for something fun to do, check out these four possible date ideas.

Go ice skating. The Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink will be open to the public from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday February 14th. $8 for residents. $10 for non-residents. After ice skating, enjoy the rest of the night with a warm home-cooked meal, some cozy blankets and a romantic movie.



Observe an art museum. The FA Art Gallery located on the 2nd floor of Maloney Hall is free to the public. Enjoy the current art exhibit Echo: A collection of photography by Sabrina Staires. Exhibit open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Another art exhibit to check out is the New Britain Museum of American Art. Open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free admission with Blue Chip I.D. If you don’t have your Blue Chip, the tickets are $15 each. After an enriching artistic experience, settle the night by working together to cook an Italian cuisine. Don’t forget dessert.


Attend a local concert. Go see the Honky Tonk Tuesday featuring The Delta Blues Boys. The concert is located in The Outer Space on 296 Treadwell Street, Hamden. Tickets are at the door. The doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the music starts at 7:00 p.m.


Go see a local comedian show. The Sea Tea Improvs Valentine’s Day Special featuring Romantic Baby located on 15 Asylum Street, Hartford. Starting at 8:00 p.m., bring your date to this all-women comedic improve show. Tickets are $10.