Clarion staffers’ summer “Hot 10” lists


As we approach the end of another semester we at the Clarion thought we’d use the final issue as an opportunity to give a little insight into the type of people who have been responsible for producing the paper within the past year.

Since we are, after all, a group of individuals with unique lives and stories like the majority of the people who we work with or share classes with, we thought an engaging way to share a bit about ourselves with our readers would be to collect a few Hot 10 lists that you, our peers, might find some interest in checking out for yourselves.

With interests that vary from sports to fashion and food to entertainment, and opinions that make for lively conversation starters, here are some of our favorite trends and topics that should also lend themselves to appealing summertime options.

To start, something for the tech-savvy, and also those not so… A quick list of free apps available on both Android and iOS cellular devices:


FancyLogo1. Fancy


“Part store, blog, magazine and wishlist”

2. Groupon


“Offering daily deals at restaurants, retailers and service providers.”

3. Huffington Post


“Get the latest news and opinion wherever you are.” Pinterest

Social-sharing network

“A tool for collecting and organizing things you love.”

5. Shazam

Music tagging

“Discover, explore and share music, tv shows and ads you love.”

6. SkySkanner


“The most flexible and powerful flight search app in the world.”

7. Songza


“Listen to music curated by music experts.”

ShazamLogo8. Stubhub

Event tickets

“Buy and sell tickets. Discover and share events.”

9. TMZ

Celebrity news

“Get celebrity news first…”

10. Yelp

Local reviews

“What will you uncover in your neighborhood?”


UnorthodoxJukeboxSince no summer is complete without a great soundtrack, we thought we’d share some of our favorite new releases to consider for your mixtape:

(Alphabetically by artist)

1.”U.O.E.N.O.” – A$AP Rocky, Future, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz

2. “Treasure” – Bruno Mars

3. “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk (Feat. Pharrell Williams)

4. “More Than Just A Dream” – Fitz & The Tantrums

5. “Black Sheep” – Gin Wigmore

6. “Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake

7. “Sweater Weather” – The Neighborhood

RandomAccessMemories8. “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke (Feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I.)

9. “I-69” – Roman GianArthur

10. “Bluffin’” – Wiz Khalifa



To satisfy those random summer cravings, here’s a list of local inexpensive grub spots we feel are worth checking out. You may not even have to get on a freeway to get there:


1. Boca Del Rio – Tacos/burritos

1163 N. Hacienda Blvd.

La Puente, CA 91744


2. Burger Basket – Burgers

501 W. Duarte Rd.

Monrovia, CA 91016


3. Classic Coffee – Coffee, tea/pastries

148 N. Glendora Ave.

Glendora, CA 91741


4. Crazy Rock ‘N Sushi – Sushi/rolls

1065 N. Hacienda Blvd.

La Puente, CA 91744


5. Gene’s Grinders – Subs

20616 E. Arrow Hwy.

Covina, CA 91724


6. Grill ‘Em All – Burgers

19 E. Main St.

Alhambra, CA 91801


7. Rika’s Empanadas – Argentine

150 S. Grand Ave.

Glendora, CA 91741


8. Sushi Cruise – Sushi/rolls

962 W. Foothill Blvd.

Claremont, CA 91711


9. Tacos Baja – Fish tacos

853 Route 66

Glendora, CA 91740

10. Tulipano Italian – Italian

530 S. Citrus Ave.

Azusa, CA 91702


If eating al fresco is more your style, grab your lunch to go and check out some of these great picnic spots:

1. Angels Knoll Park

356 S. Olive St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013


AngelsKnoll2. Big Tree Park

665 S. Santa Fe Ave.

Glendora, CA 91740


3. Chantry Flats

Santa Anita Canyon Rd.

Sierra Madre, CA 91025


4. Crystal Lake

San Gabriel Canyon (Via N. Azusa Ave.)

Azusa, CA 91702


5. Dockweiler State Beach

12001 Vista del Mar

Playa Del Rey, CA 90293


GriffithPark6. Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd.

Los Angeles, CA 90027


7. Lacy Park

1485 Virginia Ave.

San Marino, CA 91108


8. Legg Lake

823 Lexington-Gallatin Rd.

South El Monte, CA 91733


9. Ralph B. Clark Park

8800 Rosecrans Ave.

Buena Park, CA 90621


10. Sunken City

500 W. Paseo del Mar

San Pedro, CA 90731


On those lazy summer nights, find a chill spot and settle in with one of these great flicks that we feel are perfect for summer:


  1. “Drive” (2011)
  2. “Easy Rider” (1969)
  3. “Fight Club” (1999)
  4. “Friday” (1995)
  5. “Get Shorty” (1995)
  6. “Goonies” (1985)
  7. “Night At The Roxbury” (1998)
  8. “Point Break” (1991)
  9. “The Sandlot” (1993)
  10. “Star Wars Episode 6: Return Of The Jedi” (1983)

The Sandlot

So this summer, if you decide on staying in and catching up on great flicks, that serves as a perfect opportunity to update your apps.  But be sure to make some time to build a great playlist, go discover new local eats, just get out and explore.