Joyce Melendez

Location icon United States of America

Hello, my name is Joyce Melendez. I was born and raised in San Diego. I've been interested in writing since I was a child, so it was only natural that I chose to major in journalism. I plan on transferring to SDSU to continue my education.
My hobbies include watching movies, writing, spending time with my pup, and occasionally hanging out with friends.

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Measles outbreak prompts concern over vaccinations

Joyce Melendez, Staff WriterFebruary 11, 2015 Filed under Opinion Since December of last year, over 100 people have contracted measles in California. The outbreak originated at Disneyland and has spread to other states. Measles is a highly contagious disease that can cause deadly health complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis.

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'Seventh Son' fails to captivate moviegoers

Joyce Melendez, Staff WriterFebruary 11, 2015 Filed under Features Seventh Son, directed by Sergei Bodrov, is a fantasy film that focuses on John Gregory (Jeff Bridges) and Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) as they attempt to defend humanity from supernatural threats led by Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore).

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'The Lazarus Effect' reanimates a dull idea

Joyce Melendez, Staff WriterMarch 12, 2015 Filed under Features 'The Lazarus Effect,' directed by David Gelb, is a supernatural horror film that focuses on the concept of reanimation. Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde star as Frank Walton and Zoe McConnell, who are medical researchers.

The Mesa Press
10/28/2014
Voters face tough choices in midterm election

Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, is running for re-election to a second consecutive and fourth overall term in office. Photo credit: Jose Luis Villegas, MCT Campus

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'Dracula Untold' drains the excitement from moviegoers

Joyce Melendez, Staff WriterOctober 22, 2014 Filed under Features, Movies Bram Stoker's Dracula has allowed for many films to be made with various interpretations of how vampires behave. The name itself draws interest from vampire fans who enjoy the gore and romanticism associated with Dracula.

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Has society become captivated with stifling voices?

Joyce Melendez, Staff WriterNovember 15, 2014 Filed under Opinion Novelist John Grisham has been in the news recently, regarding his comments on America's prison system. In an interview with the UK's Telegraph, Grisham conveyed his thoughts on the punishments that go along with viewing child pornography.

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'The Pyramid' is built on a shaky foundation

Joyce Melendez, Staff WriterDecember 16, 2014 Filed under Features The Pyramid is a horror film directed by Gregory Levasseur. Like most films today, it opened with text in order to set up the series of events the viewer would be witnessing. The film takes place in Egypt in 2013.

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Common sense should be utilized to prevent sexual assaults

Joyce Melendez, Staff WriterSeptember 18, 2014 Filed under Opinion With all the stress college students have to deal with on a daily basis, the last thing they need to worry about is sexual assault. By now, many people know what happened to Emma Sulkowicz at Columbia University.

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Increase in technology is disconnecting reality

Joyce Melendez, Staff WriterSeptember 3, 2014 Filed under Opinion The widespread nature of technology has made connecting to one another effortless. Social media ignites online conversations, but has it caused a disconnection from reality? On any given day, at Mesa College, one can walk by hundreds of students all hurrying to get to class on time.

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College students should become involved in charities

Joyce Melendez, Staff WriterOctober 2, 2014 Filed under Opinion For the most part, college students seem to be entirely focused on themselves and their affairs. College is a stressful time, so it is understandable that a disconnection from others would take place.

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'Annabelle' falls short of frightening viewers

Joyce Melendez, Staff WriterOctober 11, 2014 Filed under Entertainment, Features, Movies Annabelle is a spin-off and prequel to the 2013 film The Conjuring, it focuses on the supernatural and takes place in California in 1967. While Annabelle has a story that will interest viewers, the execution is not top-notch.

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Racial tension, unprofessionalism to blame for recent tragedies in Missouri, Ohio and New York

The Mesa Press > > Racial tension, unprofessionalism to blame for recent tragedies in Missouri, Ohio and New York Joyce Melendez, Staff WriterDecember 9, 2014 Filed under Opinion Recent events have sparked controversy and brought attention to police departments, from the shooting of Michael Brown in August to the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland last month.

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'Monkey Kingdom' captures the mystique of nature

Joyce Melendez, Staff WriterApril 22, 2015 Filed under Features Founded in 2008, Disneynature releases nature documentary films that give moviegoers insight on the lives of various animals that inhabit Earth. Directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill, 'Monkey Kingdom' is the eighth Disneynature film to be released and takes place in the jungles of Sri Lanka.

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The Mesa Press

Joyce Melendez, Staff WriterApril 22, 2015 Filed under News When it comes to the minimum wage, the times are constantly changing which means what was once considered a decent wage is not enough for individuals to support themselves. With the cost of living constantly increasing, individuals need to take on two, even three jobs, in order to support themselves and their family.