This past weekend marked the ninth annual Long Beach Comic Con. Every year, geeks, nerds and everyone in between gather downtown for a pop culture celebration. I spent a day in the midst of it all.

They are everywhere: in movies, makeup, fashion, food, even on your Starbucks cup. Of course, I’m talking about mermaids, the glittery, effortless beauties that capture every Coachella girl’s attention once the weather starts heating up. But why is the obsession with these creatures so prevalent, and why do we want to emulate them so much?

LBSU students use Alternative Spring Break to help urban neighborhoods.