Cartoonist Bob Staake began his career at USC

first_imgGreen dinosaurs have swept the campus in preparation of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, much like the editorial cartoons drawn by Bob Staake did more than 30 years ago when he worked as a cartoonist for the Daily Trojan.“I did five editorial cartoons a week,” Staake said. “Back in the day, the Daily Trojan used to encourage writers to do as much writing as possible. That’s what you do for the Los Angeles Times. That’s what you did for the Herald Examiner. That’s why I went to USC.”Draw · Cartoonist Bob Staake illustrates for the Washington Post and designed the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books’s illustration. – Photo courtesy of Bob StaakeStaake started drawing editorial cartoons as a student at West Orange High School in Torrance, Calif., and continued after graduating despite not attending a college with a newspaper. He said he was getting syndication offers, but his mentor at the Los Angeles Times told him he should further his education.“I went to USC and said, ‘Look, can I at least go ahead and do editorial cartoons for you guys,’” he said. “I did that for about two years, not being a student, but hoping what would happen would be USC taking a notice in my stuff and giving me a scholarship.”He eventually received a scholarship to major in journalism and international relations, and he continued drawing for the Daily Trojan. After leaving USC, he found work as a freelance illustrator. He has now been published in a diverse range of publications:  He has illustrated covers for The New Yorker and pages in MAD Magazine, has done animation for Cartoon Network and has had weekly illustrations in the Washington Post for the past 25 years.“I understand that when [I] do a New Yorker cover, I come at it from a completely different perspective from when I go and do a page from MAD Magazine,” Staake said. “My ability to shift and do something new, that’s the key to my success.”A self-portrait courtesy of Bob StaakeStaake has also illustrated several books and has found success as a children’s author, writing and illustrating his own books featuring a wide cast of characters, from a monster truck to White House dog Bo Obama. He said he tries to work with a wide variety of publishers to allowhim to further diversify his work.“With every publisher, I try to do something different,” he said. “People will look at my books and say, ‘He was really prolific, and did a lot of work with a lot of different publishers, and he always did something really surprising.”Not every image he sketches ends up in a book, such as the image of a dinosaur on the Empire State Building reading a book that he recently re-designed as a dinosaur on top of a stack of books to promote the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Staake said one of his publishers, Random House, asked him to design art for the festival, but there was no question for him that the dinosaur was the right fit.“The tradition of the whole show is just amazing and then I thought, ‘I’ve got this one image that I think is really perfect,’” he said. “To help out the Los Angeles Times and USC and publishing in any sort of small way, I’d give it up all day long. I’m honored that they would go ahead and have me do this.”Staake will also speak on a panel about children’s books and sign art at the Los Angeles Times booth during the festival, marking his first return to campus since moving his studio to Chatham, Mass.“I’m really looking forward to seeing the campus,” Staake said. “I want to go to the top of the Student Union and look down on Tommy Trojan.”Though he never took a formal art class at USC, Staake said his work with the Daily Trojan and other courses were the most important preparation for his current career.“What USC taught me was the ability to go ahead and think in a multidisciplinary manner, to understand the connection between discipline and art,” he said. “The art is simply a vehicle, and that is what the School of Journalism taught me. They gave me so much freedom to go for it.”last_img read more

Retired Soldier Slams Sirleaf Gov’t for “Abandoning UCMJ”

first_imgAbout ten years following the ascendency(rise)of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Commander-In-Chief (-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), her government has come under criticism for not fulfilling her promise to introduce the court martial proceedings to prosecute accused enlisted personnel.Retired AFL Colonel Sam Solomon, who served as trial counsel (prosecutor) on previous court-martial boards of the army, described the Sirleaf led government’s action to try military personnel in civilian court as “disrespectful to the accused and absolutely wrong under the law.”“This is very much regrettable, because every constituted government should have a court martial board for its army, purposely to probe allegations against soldiers who have committed offenses in line with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ),” Atty. Solomon told journalists yesterday at the Temple of Justice. He previously served as City Solicitor at the Monrovia City Court.UCMJ is the congressional code of military criminal law applicable to all military members worldwide.Retired Col. Solomon was part of the board that tried and convicted several former military generals including Minister of National Defense, Major/General Gray D. Allison for treason and other offenses.According to Atty. Solomon, the UCMJ defines the military justice system and lists criminal offenses under military law.“While the military court martial is the most severe sanction under military law, its conviction is the same as a criminal court conviction and can (depending on the offense) result into long term jail sentences with hard labor or a punitive discharge such as dishonorable discharge, as well as fines and reduction in rank,” explained Atty. Solomon.He said the court has jurisdiction over all personnel charged with any UCMJ offense.Article 21 (e) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia states that, “No person charged, arrested, restricted, detained or otherwise held in confinement shall be subject to torture or inhumane treatment; nor shall any person except military personnel, be kept or confined in any military facility; nor shall any person be seized and kept among convicted prisoners or treated as a convict, unless such person first shall have been convicted of a crime in a court of competent jurisdiction. The Legislature shall make it a criminal offense and provide for appropriate penalties against any police or security officer, prosecutor, administrator or any other public or security officer, prosecutor, administrator or any other public official acting in contravention of this provision; and any person so damaged by the conduct of any such public official shall have a civil remedy, therefore, exclusive of any criminal penalties imposed.”In early April, the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice charged AFL officer Winn K. Gansee of murder and sent him to the Monrovia Central Prison to await trial. The soldier was allegedly arrested for beating a motorcyclist, Nelson Cuput, with a piece of plank. Cuput reportedly died from his wounds.In August 2014, President Sirleaf ordered four soldiers and their commanding officer to be punished for their actions during a protest over Ebola quarantine in the densely populated West Point Community in Monrovia.During that incident, 16 year old Shakie Kamara was shot and later died of his wounds while others were injured.Following the incident, President Sirleaf constituted a disciplinary board which found Lieutenant Aloysius Quaye guilty of conduct unbecoming of an officer and dereliction in the performance of duty. For that, the board recommended punishment including demotion in rank and 30 days in correctional custody.Two soldiers under Quaye’s command were found guilty of assault and arbitrary use of force while another two were convicted of making false statements for which they were remanded to serve 30 days behind bars.But according to Atty. Solomon, it is only the court martial board that is convened to try officers of the AFL for criminal violations under the UCMJ.“The military court is to handle matters under the UCMJ. That is to say, soldiers that commit crimes need to appear before it for prosecution. They have to appear before the court martial board in full military uniform until that case is resolved. But that is not the case anymore,” the retired Colonel maintained.“We have qualified military experts to serve on the board, but probably the Ministry of National Defense chose not to advise the President on the process,” he insinuated.Atty. Solomon said for him to hear that enlisted members of the AFL were confined and dishonorably discharged from the army and taken to a civilian court to be prosecuted by a civilian judge, was an “abuse” to the military and the dignity of the individual soldiers…“The President needs to understand that we are military people, and therefore, matters arising from the soldiers should be taken care of by military people, and we should be heaved before those who are part of the military to be judged, but not before a civilian judge because this is an insult to the organization,” Atty. Solomon declared.“Why should they take all the power of military personnel and disgrace him before a civilian court, rather than giving him the opportunity to be treated with dignity under the UCMJ,” he wondered.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Men’s Golf Finishes Day One In Ninth Place At ODU/Outer Banks Intercollegiate

first_img The Drake University men’s golf team finished the first day of the ODU/Outer Banks Intercollegiate in ninth with a 36-hole total of 574 (290-284). The Bulldogs are just one stroke behind the eighth-place team, Winthrop.”It always feels good to improve the team score from round one to round two,” said head coach Matt Lewis following Monday’s rounds.Two rounds were played Monday due to inclement weather postponing play on Sunday. The Bulldogs will return to action on Tuesday morning for the final round of play. Through two rounds of play, North Dakota State is in first place with a one-stroke lead over the host team, Old Dominion.Drake was led by junior Tim Lim who finished the day with a 36-hole total of 141 (71-70), which is tied for 17th place with one round to play. Chase Wicklund recovered from a shaky first round with a two-under-par second round, including four-under-par through hist first 10 holes, to finish the day with a 145 (76-69) in a tie for 35th. Freshman Nick Pittman also fired a 145 (74-71) to tie for 35th through 36 holes. “Chase had a nice bounce-back [second] round leading our team with a solid 69. Tim and Nick also played well,” Lewis said of the team’s top scorers through two rounds.Shayne Patel finished just behind Wicklund and Pittman with a 146 (71-75) which is tied for 43rd. Sophomore Lucas Scherf also finished close behind, his 36-hole total of 148 (74-74) currently is tied for 51st overall.”We will rest up and get ready for our final 18 tomorrow morning,” Lewis said. “The guys are hitting it well. If we can get the putts to fall I believe we will score well tomorrow.”Following the conclusion of the event, Drake will begin its offseason as the team prepares for the Spring season. The Spring season will kick off with the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play event hosted by Ball State in Dade City, Fla. on Feb. 10-11.Drake Individual ResultsT17. Tim Lim, 71-70 – 141T35. Chase Wicklund, 76-69 – 145T35. Nick Pittman, 74-71 – 145T43. Shayne Patel, 71-75 – 146T51. Lucas Scherf, 74-74 – 148 Story Links Print Friendly Version Day One Results Live Scoring last_img read more