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Libra 9/23 – 10/23
Talking to friends will spark a set of ideas that fly among all of you like
fireflies. Socializing will lead to intellectual discovery, and you’ll be the
one to communicate just how revolutionary everyone has become.
Scorpio 10/24 – 11/22
This month you will feel like you’re watching a really awful horror movie.
All you’ll see is the cracks in other people’s logic, just like those props
and fake sets in a bad flick. Instead of getting annoyed, let it crack
Sagittarius 11/23 – 12/22
Brand-new ideas and intellectual musings will swim through your head
all day like schools of tropical fish. Be the tour guide and share your
colorful thoughts, because those around you want to listen.
Capricorn 12/23 – 1/20
Solitary high jinks will have you giggling with secrets and fun. Break out
of your shell and do something just sideways of normal, because you
know there’s a whole lot of life you haven’t done yet.
Aquarius 1/21 – 2/19
Your natural stubbornness will keep you from rushing into a bad
decision this month. Don’t be afraid to throw obstinate words at those
who try to push you into too-fast choices. You know what’s right for you.
Pisces 2/20 – 3/21
You’re on the launchpad, suited up and ready to blast off with your
new idea. Don’t slow down the plans with details -- take off into the
atmosphere with what you have already. People will want to follow.
Aries 3/22 – 4/21
Artistic impulses overtake you. The form of the project may mutate to
embrace more ideas, but the artistic endeavor in and of itself will drive
you as it has driven most great artists. Enjoy the process, you baby
Taurus 4/22 – 5/21
High energy, equal to that of wiggling puppies, readies you for physical
and philosophical exercise today. A brisk walk and long talk could get
your heart rate up and ideas jumping in fruitful, fascinating ways.
Gemini 5/22 – 6/21
A swarm of new viewpoints will inspire you to see the world from
different perspectives. Toward evening, you’ll settle on the most
interesting worldview and think about it deeply, like an undersea diver
exploring new waters.
Cancer 6/22 – 7/22
Oh you brainy, sexy fool. You’re busy intellectualizing and philosophizing
today, and people will be impressed. In the evening, put some of that
energy into family matters and practice your management skills.
Leo 7/23 – 8/22
Look for chipmunks, flowers, golf balls or chocolate drops today,
because you’ll find beauty in the smallest and oddest things around
you. Share some of the best with your friends, because they’ll
appreciate your personal touch.
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Stay logical early in the day. In the evening, slip into pajamas and let
visions of overseas adventures return. Travelogues and documentaries
inform your dreams. The more you know, the more vivid your night
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WWL: 3 sounds like the magic number for everybody
but the bottom line is to relax. Stay calm; you don’t
want your new crush to go from BF/GF potential to
trying to change their number.
Mystified over what you crush may be thinking? Al-
ways wondered what the other side had to say? You You’re interested, but then that guy or girl says or
may be scared to ask, but we aren’t! We’ll tell you does something that turns your ‘yes’ into a ‘no’. You
what we heard from the guys and the girls and what absolutely hate it when __________
we learned *(WWL) from it all along the way.
He said: “I hate it when girls are overly fake. I
You’ve just gone out with someone and you want thought this girl was really hot but then when we
to text them after to let them know you had a great hung out she started batting her eyes and whining,
time. You want them to know you’re really interest- I mean who does that?! I didn’t really like her after
ed but where is the line between like and “stalker”? that.” – Chris
He said: “By about the third time you text me in row “I don’t like it when a girl spends too much time
without me responding back. Once I had left my talking about her ex. If you mention him more than
phone in the other room and when I got back to it lets say twice in a single date without me asking I’m
like an hour later this girl had text me like 20 times going to be really irritated.” -- John
and we had just met! Her last text was like ‘why are
you ignoring me?’ it was just too much.” ~ Mike She said: “I don’t like it when guys are too aggres-
sive or playerish. If I’m hanging out with you I prob-
She said: “Three times is the limit. But it’s more ably like you, or would at least like to get to know
genuine when you call” ~ Brit you, but I don’t like to feel pressured. Just relax and
let me take my time and have my space.” “I like it. But I want my own name. I don’t jerk and you pretty much dodged a bullet in
– Kayla like being called ‘baby’ if you call everyone not being with them; and if you’re success-
that and I don’t want the same nickname as ful then… *smiles*
“Dirty clothes or shoes. I say this dude that your ex either” - Carlyn
was cute from across the mall but then he What’s the one thing you wish the other
got closer his shoes were just gross, ugh WWL: We were kind of surprised because a sex knew?
I swear he smelled weird. Then I wished lot of people said they don’t like pet names
he never came over and I had to act like I but everyone’s been somewhere and heard He said: “… oh does that mean they don’t
thought he was someone else.” – Cynthia “pookie bear” being called. But for the read minds? I feel like girls expect me to
most part we say a nickname can be cool read theirs. If they like you I wish they
WWL: Obnoxious or rude behavior can and cute if it’s some sort of variation on the would just say ‘I like you too’ or whatever.
quickly turn a ‘yes’ into a ‘no’. Be yourself person’s name or has some sort of special Instead I have to guess.” – Malik
and consider the other person. Good hy- meaning that is unique to them or some-
giene and grooming never hurt either , the thing you experienced together. Anything “I wish girls knew that being overly loud is
second someone thinks “ugh” your chances embarrassing or generic is a no go. not a good thing. My ex used to show off in
are pretty much over. front of her friends really loud all the time
Someone is crushing on you but you and I always wish she knew when to stop.”
Pet names … cute or nauseating? haven’t noticed them yet … what should – Jason
He said: “Pet names are great. They’re “I don’t like it when girls try to tell other
easy because you don’t have to remember He said: “Just let me know directly. Hit me people you’re in a relationship before you
everyone’s name all the time; as long as on facebook or text or whatever.” – Mike really are. Then you have to try to play it off
you don’t get your ‘Sugar Bears’ mixed up or explain. Awkward.” - Cameron
then you’re fine …” (no we meant how do She said: “You could just send me a note
you feel about being called pet names by or aim or something. Just whatever you do She said: “I wish my boyfriend knew when
your GF) “…oh. Well that’s just gross!” – say it and if I don’t respond then let it go.” to joke and when to be serious. Its ok to be
Riley -- Sarah goofy sometimes but he plays too much.”
“They’re ok as long its just when we’re WWL: Everyone wants so much straight-
together. There is a time and a place. Like forward honesty but are they willing to give “I wish guys would just be honest instead
don’t EVER do it in front of my guy friends.” that back in return? We’re not so sure, and of telling me what I want to hear.” – Nicole
– Evan its also a lot harder then it sounds; we know
facing possible rejection can feel like facing “He should know that random gifts when
She said: “No thank you. Please don’t. I’d a bullet and a firing squad. The good news you don’t expect it are the best … even if its
rather not. My actual name will do just is that even if you do get shot down you like a piece of pie or something.” – Rachel
fine.” – Alexis (usually) live to see another day. Honesty
might really be worth a try, if your crush
ends up embarrassingyou publically then
honestly they’re a
ARE YOU IN THE ‘FRIEND ZONE’?
You have a great friendship going, 1. If you’re doing 80% of the communicating
you’re hanging out and talking, but 2. He de-tags himself in a picture you posted of the two of you
you suddenly wonder if maybe this on Facebook, explaining, “I don’t want other chicks to think
friendship could be something more. 3. He or she checks out or talks about other people they are
Maybe your relationship with your interested in.
crush is more casual but either way 4. He or she actually says they aren’t into you like that (this
you want to know. But how do you sounds obvious but you’d be surprised how many people
know if it’s a possibility or if you’ve ignore this statement)
5. They never want to hang out one on one, they always
been forever placed in the infamous invite friends/back up (and then gives the friends most
“friend” box? Honesty is often the of their attention)
best policy but before you risk your 6. They encourage you to date others
pride and your friendship getting 7. She accidentally says to her guy friend “girl guess what just
sliced by a katana blade, there are happened…” or he starts calling his girl friend by her last
name (you’re just like one of my football buddies!)
signals as to whether or not they like
you in that way. Seven signs he/she
just may not be that into you…
SPORTS - AWESOMELY
WEIRD, CRAZY AND
By Kayla ThorTon
no offense to anyone who happens to love the sport, but
I hate baseball. It feels like a group of guys standing
around looking bored waiting for the off chance a ball may
come their way. Basketball and football offer a little more
action but its still a little “been there done that” isn’t it?
From each region of the world, along with the very popular
common sports there are also those really popular but
sometimes weird sports. So I started to wonder what type
of sporting events that might be out there that could add
some out of the ordinary excitement. all I can say is ESPn
is missing out. What was out there are sports even more
awesome than what you’d normally see on the television.
here are a few of our favorites but note some of these are
so mindboggling odd and or dangerous,
we beg you not to try this at home.
not compulsory, but are usually worn and The Tulu Camels are specially bred for the
apparently are often accompanied by a competition, and decked out with bells
costume (not sure why but got to love a and colorful ornamentation. They’re then
sport that takes every opportunity to up the sent into the ring with another camel to
ante on entertainment value). Fastest time do battle over a hot camel-babe in heat.
wins. In 2010 a new world record was set That is not a metaphor. When male camels
at 1m30.66s. get aroused, streams of viscous milky
saliva start frothing from their mouths
and nostrils. oh, and camel liquid doesn’t
stop there. Eyewitnesses say the camels
Mountain Unicycling also urinate profusely, and since they
I admit it, I thought unicycles were only aim backward, spectators have to guard
ridden by clowns at the circus; I was so against getting sprayed during a battle.
wrong. Chuckles juggling around the clown Camels can win by either making their
car may be lame but mountain unicycling opponent fall, scream or gallop away in
is just plain incredible. The amount of a comical leg-flapping manner. Trainers
Cardboard Tube Fighting strength and balance required to make try and install fighting methods in their
This is exactly what it sounds like. If it through a race is phenomenal. To be camels but a camel’s grasp of advanced
you ever battled with empty wrapping honest, watching the whole race isn’t that fighting practices is notoriously poor, and
paper tubes and loved it this sport might exciting. however, seeing a unicyclist go thus it seems they just bang into each
be for you. There is actually a global up a tough hill, or down a rocky path is other in a saliva-filled clattering until one
organization called The Cardboard as exciting as anything on the television. topples over.
Tube Fighting league (CTFl) that Think Tony hawk on one big wheel.
hosts cardboard tube based events in
Seattle, Washington; San Francisco,
California; and Sydney, australia. The Bossaball
CTFl hosts tournaments and battles Ladder Racing: Bossaball is my favorite on this list. If they
where cardboard tube fighters go head- have you ever seen those competitions brought this to the USa I would totally
to-head in an attempt to break their firemen have where they climb their want to try it out. Bossaball is somewhat
opponents tube without breaking their ladders? This is that, if the firemen were like volleyball, but way better. Think
own. Cardboard tubes are provided and like part spiderman part ninja. The main volleyball but in a pimped out bounce
all events are free for participants. thing I learned watching this sport is house. The game is played on an inflatable
that if I’m ever caught in a multistory volleyball court, and in front of the net
building during a fire, I hope my fireman on each side is a round trampoline so
is Bulgarian. The goal is simple; first guy players can get some serious height when
Bog Snorkelling to the top wins. The entertaining part is spiking. Teams are comprised of three,
Bog n. - wet, spongy ground with soil these guys move freaky crazy fast. Whew! four or five players, one of which must be
composed mainly of dead and decayed on the trampoline (the attacker), whilst
plant matter. Snorkeling v. - the sport the other four must set the ball up for the
of swimming with a snorkel and face attacker to spike. and of course everyone
mask. Bog Snorkeling v. – The sport Camel Wrestling is bouncing around the whole time.
of swimming with a snorkel and face The Spanish have bullfights, the Italians Invented in Belgium there are now clubs
mask in a trench of totally gross water have cockfights, and we have Michael in Brazil, Germany, Spain and even Kuwait
including decayed plant matter and all Vic. Meanwhile the Turks have camel (but no l.a.? Total travesty!) overall it
sorts of other crud you’d really rather wrestling. This is not to be confused with includes elements of soccer, gymnastics
not stick your face in with or without a bullfighting where a human challenges and capoeira (a Brazilian martial art) all
mask. a bull, this is camel vs. camel in a knock thrown together then bounced into the
down drag out match. not into violence? air, producing something which is mind-
Each year in Wales they hold a world Don’t worry. While it sounds like a recipe blowingly awesome. I got next!
championship where competitors for camel WWF and animal rights activists
race basically half the length of a would really like to see it go away, camel
football field and back. Competitors wrestling is more akin to comedy than to
must wear snorkels and flippers, and blood-sport (wait maybe it is like WWF
complete the course without using after all).
conventional swimming strokes, relying
on flipper power alone. Wet suits are
THIS IS YOUR MIND ON CLICKS: THE
STORY BEHIND VIDEO GAME ADDICTION
(YES IT’S REALLY A THING)
By: Joseph Ackerly
You don’t drink it, eat it, smoke it, or snort other parts of your life. When you’re willing to give up
grades, friends, family or even food for the game. Video
it but some think its becoming as addictive game designer Erin Hoffman said it perfectly: “Addiction
as drugs and alcohol and it has started is not about what you DO, but what you DON’T DO
claiming lives; figuratively and literally. Some because of the replacement of the addictive behavior.”
may say its ridiculous to consider video
JUST WHAT IS IT?
game addiction a “real” addiction but half Addiction is not just associated with substances such
of you know a World of Warcraft addict or as drugs and alcohol. Doctors recognize addictive
behaviors as well. Too much gaming may seem
someone who won’t leave their house for relatively harmless compared with the dangers of a
fear of dying crops on Farmville and if you’re drug overdose, but Keith Bakker, director of Smith &
still in doubt experts are pretty unanimous Jones Addiction Consultants says video game addiction
can ruin lives. Teens who play four to five hours per
that it is a thing. The headlines have been day have no time for socializing, doing homework, or
pretty horrific; from social death to actual playing sports, he says. “That takes away from normal
social development. You can get a 21-year-old with
death compulsions to play these games has the emotional intelligence of a 12-year-old. He’s never
taken a toll and the numbers keep going up. learned to talk to girls. He’s never learned to play
a sport.” In older addicts, compulsive gaming can
Video games can be fun and in some cases even educational. jeopardize jobs or relationships. In a WebMD feature on
For most teens, playing games on a computer, video game the definition of addiction, psychiatrist Michael Brody,
console, or handheld device is just a regular part of the day. MD, set forth the following criteria:
Most are able to juggle the multiple demands of school,
sports, work or chores, friends and family life. Where it • The person needs more and more of a substance or
becomes a problem is when it starts to get in the way of behavior to keep him going.
• If the person does not get more of the substance or
behavior, he becomes irritable and miserable.
Kimberly Young, PsyD, clinical director of the Center
for On-Line Addiction and author of Caught in the Net:
How to Recognize the Signs of Internet Addiction -- and
a Winning Strategy for Recovery, says compulsive
gaming meets these criteria, and she has seen severe
withdrawal symptoms in game addicts. “They become
angry, violent, or depressed. If [parents] take away
the computer, their child sits in the corner and cries,
refuses to eat, sleep, or do anything.”
WHY ARE THEY SO ADDICTIVE?
After quitting War of Worldcraft, also known as
“Warcrack” by the seriously obsessed, Gary Haran
started up wowdetox.com so that “anyone could
anonymously write their reasons for quitting the
game.” He says he got over 20,000 posts after only
a few months. That’s a lot of people with a serious
problem. Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games
(MMORPGs) like WOW can be especially addictive
because there’s no ending. Unlike traditional games like
Super Mario Brothers, where you win when you save the • You spend more time with your keyboard or controller
princess, you can’t rescue the princess in an MMORPG. than physically hanging out with your friends.
And that’s a big part of why its so hard to stop. • Your friends or parents ask what you spend all your
time doing, and you lie about it or laugh it off, but inside
Once upon a time video game creators built games. They
you know they may have a point.
charged you $40 or $50 for said game hoping you’d like it
enough to buy the next version without • You get up in the middle of the
really worrying how often you were going night to check your e-mail or your
to play it. That was then, this is now MySpace comments because you’re
where video game creators make money
from game subscriptions which require
“It’s like a food having a hard time sleeping.
players to keep on playing until the world
ends or they literally pass out (which has addiction,” It’s a tough habit to kick. Treatment
for video game addiction is similar to
actually happened). They also now make detox for other addictions, with one
money from advertising within the game, important difference. Computers
which also makes them more money if
they can show that you will spend hours
upon hours playing. But anyone would “You have to have become an important part of
everyday life. You need it for school
and to stay in touch with your friends.
get tired of anything eventually right?
Right. So here’s where it gets a little
creepy because what that means is that
learn to live If you’re a gamer, most of your
friends may also be gamers, meaning
some video games need to be designed
to keep you playing even when you’re
with food.” that you would not have anyone to
hang out with if you stopped playing
not enjoying it. Have you ever noticed completely.
how certain games might randomly drop
bonuses or things you need to collect
in the game? (Of course you can’t stop
now because the next thing might help
you win!) Or that level ups are so much harder to get at higher “It’s like a food addiction,” Young explains.
levels or even that sometimes a game can punish you if you “You have to learn to live with food.”
don’t play? (My crops are dying help!) All of these are game
tools to keep you playing, even when it stops being fun. Because video game addicts can’t avoid computers,
they have to learn to use them responsibly. Bakker
Obviously not all games are bad, and even the most habit says the toughest part of treating video game addicts
forming can be ok if you aren’t trading passing grades in is that “it’s a little bit more difficult to show somebody
biology for healthy Farmville crops or skipping time with they’re in trouble. Nobody’s ever been put in jail for being
friends to reach the next level in Halo. Some games can even under the influence of [a game].”
be educational but when there is a problem it is time to get
The key, he says, is to show gamers they are powerless
over their addiction, and then teach them “real-life
HOW TO TELL THE “FUN” IS OVER AND WHAT TO
excitement as opposed to online excitement.”
DO ABOUT IT?
If you think there might be a problem, there probably is. And
you certainly wouldn’t be the first. Some experts say as many If you think you or someone you know has a problem the
as 10 percent of all people who use the Internet or play video best thing to do is talk to an adult you trust. Chances
games are addicted to them. Five signs the “fun” is over: are, the games aren’t the real issue. Some gamers use
the controller to avoid doing things they don’t want to do
• You feel really happy when you’re online or when you’re or thinking about things that are stressful. Sometimes
playing games, but as soon as you have to stop, you get that’s okay - grownups do it, too. But when it’s keeping
angry or upset. you from sleeping, or causing you to be angry with the
• You think about going online or playing when you are people who love you, there’s a better way. So go on. Get
supposed to be focusing on other things, like doing school off the computer or send an e-mail to someone asking
work or having dinner with your family.
for help. And that’s a good sign.
It is often said by many, that black history is American history. In essence Black History
Month is a healing period, a connecting point that can bring us more together as a new
nation. We are all the victims and the benefactors of the black experience in America. Since
1976 February has offered an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of this one
particular group of American’s who overcame obstacles to fashion some of the greatest
educational, scientific, architectural, agricultural and social accomplishments this country
has seen; Whose very existence is a testament to the undying power of the human spirit.
It offers, equally, opportunity to people not of obvious African dissent to discover and
appreciate their historic role in the ever-evolving grand experiment of democracy that
currently defines us as Americans and citizens of the greatest country on the planet.
last year marked an especially historic black history month as it witnessed both the
100th anniversary of the nAACp as well as the election of Barack obama as the first
African –American president.
Frederick Barron, 17, a senior at north Atlanta High School in Atlanta states “Barack obama
is opening our hearts and minds to the true meaning of Black History Month,” Barron said.
“African Americans won’t be viewed as just a minority but as people who make a difference.”
This year we decided to ask a group of professionals, entertainers and civic leaders what
Black History Month means to them:
“Black History Month allows us to reflect on the work of our ancestors,
rejoice in the present and look ahead to new possibilities. It is about
honoring the accomplishments of African Americans who have helped to
build this country.”
– Kamala Harris – California Attorney General
on January 3, 2011, Harris became the first woman African-American, and Asian-American
attorney general in California and the first Indian-American attorney general in the
united States. She has taken a stand for civil rights, immigration rights, education and has
advocated for strong enforcement of environmental protection laws.
“Black History Month is a time of remembrance and appreciation. It’s a
time to reflect on what our ancestors and forefathers have fought for in
the past and to make sure that their fight was not in vain.”
- Harvey Mason, Jr. – Producer
Harvey Mason, Jr. has penned and produced songs for superstars such as Justin timberlake,
Beyonce, Chris Brown, Britney Spears and Whitney Houston. Major motion picture studios
have called upon Harvey’s talent to produce music for films like Shrek 3, Kung Fu panda
and Dreamgirls. Harvey serves on the Board of trustees of the los Angeles Chapter of the
Recording Academy. He has been involved in grammy Camp, grammy in the Schools, and
the Music Cares Foundation.
“Black History Month to me means Freedom. Freedom to be able to
talk to who I want, hang out with who I want and skate with who I
want. It just means everyone being looked at as one.”
-Terry Kennedy – Professional Skateboarder
terry Kennedy – professional Skateboarder
tK is sponsored by Baker, Supra, Boost Mobile and KR3W. He is featured in the video
game “Skate” and has had his own reality show on BEt.
“Black History Month is an opportunity to combine the knowledge
and pride of where we have come from with our collective plans for
the future. Its not just about black American’s… it’s a chance for all
Americans to celebrate resilience, strength, and to move forward in
creating a better world together.”
– Coline Witt, Publisher Celebrity High Magazine.
“Black History Month reminds us that life is really all
about human history and human dignity.” -Dr. Alveda C. King
Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin luther King, Jr., is a pastoral Associate
of priests for life and Coordinator of our African American outreach
Black History Month Events in l.A.
Long Beach Aquarium The aquarium will host its 9th Annual African American Festival.
The festival includes live entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, and more. Also there will be
scheduled performances by hip hop and break dancers, live jazz bands, and West African dancers.
The festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, February 26-27 at the aquarium. Admission is
included in the regular ticket price for the aquarium. It is free to aquarium members. guests of
members will receive 20% off. parking is $8.
The California African American Museum
located near the California Science Center in Exposition park, each Sunday during February
the museum will be running workshops at 2 pm. Some workshop topics are famous African
Americans, canning and preserving foods, creating Victorian style keepsakes, and other
informative topics. The museum is free, but donations are requested. parking is $8.
Pan African Film and Arts Festival now in its 19th year, the film festival showcases
films that are about or made for people of African descent. The movies range from comedies,
dramas, documentary, shorts, animation, and romantic comedies.
The pan African Film festival will be held February 16-21 in los Angeles, CA.
In conjunction with the film festival will be special programs and venues for all members
of the family.
16 photo courtesy of ABC *
By priscillia oman
Cover photo and photos
by Michael Williams
SHAy MITCHELL MAKES
in the one-hour drama Pretty Little
Liars, based upon the popular book
series from Alloy Entertainment, as
Emily Fields, an athletic girl who is
struggling with her sexuality. Born
Shannon Mitchell, to a Filipino
mother and Irish/Scottish father, is a
native of Toronto, Canada. As a young
child, Mitchell was interested in the
performing arts. By her late teens,
Mitchell had successfully modeled for a
variety of companies in cities as varied
as Bangkok, Hong Kong and Barcelona.
Wanting to focus on her true passion,
Mitchell returned to Toronto and began
to study acting with great focus and
determination. Her hard work paid off
and, after signing with her first theatrical
agency, she appeared in the hit series
DeGrassi: The Next Generation and
CH: Which character do you most relate to in Pretty Little
Liars and why?
SM: I see a little of myself in every character, but that’s the
great thing about Pretty Little Liars, it is very easy to relate to
all of the characters.
CH: Pretty Little Liars revolves around one big secret
everyone is hiding, what can you tell celebrity high something
that most people might not know about you?
photo courtesy of ABC * SM: I have a passion for interior design and love watching
home decorating shows.
CH: For people that don’t know how would you best describe
your character on the show of Pretty Little Liars?
SM: Emily is the sweetest out of the group and is an extremely
loyal friend with a competitive edge, as she is captain of the
swim team. She has been raised with a very conservative family
and is finally discovering who she truly is.
CH: What do you miss about living in Toronto and how
would you compare it to living in Los Angeles?
SM: It’s like apples and oranges, they are completely different.
Toronto is more of a city with an urban vibe that feels like
home to me, but you really can’t beat the perpetual sun in Los meet me at interviews or hotels in the snow to meet me and get
Angeles. The biggest thing I miss about Toronto is my friends an autograph or picture, is amazing.
and family. CH: Before becoming an actress you used to do modeling.
CH: What made you decide to take on a character that was Which do you prefer?
going through such a sensitive situation as figuring out her SM: I prefer acting, hands down.
sexuality? CH: What are some future aspirations that you have?
SM: The fact that I thought this was a character a lot of girls SM: Future aspirations I have are going to Cambodia and
and guys could relate to. There are so many similar issues in visiting Somaly Mam and the women’s shelters and making
society and I think the show and Emily’s character is helping even one girls life a little bit better
people learn how to accept other people’s differences. CH: How would you describe your high school life? Where
CH: What advice would you have for a girl who is going you very popular?
through a similar situation? SM: I wouldn’t call myself popular. I went through all the
SM: I would say to be true to yourself and know you’re not stages in High School from eating lunch alone to having a
alone. There are a lot of great support lines out there that you close group of friends. At one point or another I was a friend
can talk to, as opposed to holding everything in and with every group.
potentially hurting yourself. CH: What advice would you give to a teen trying to
CH: The girls of PLL have such individual get into your position of being a famous actress?
and unique styles. What is it like being a
fashion icon and how would you describe
“I look up SM: Never give up, and don’t let anyone tell
your personal style?
SM: My personal style is a mix
to Angelina CH: What can we expect from you in the
near future? Can we get an inside scoop?
between many different styles. I Jolie. She has SM: Continue to work on this amazing
show and embrace other opportunities
actually wouldn’t even say I have a
style; I just wear what I like and feel used her name as they arise and hopefully please the
comfortable in. I go how I feel in the
morning, punk, bohemian, prep- it
to shed light on fans.
CH: Is there someone in the
changes depending on my mood. issues that really entertainment business that you admire,
respect or look up to?
CH: Are you as athletic as your character
Emily? matter to SM: I look up to Angelina Jolie. She has
SM: Well I’m not on a swim team, but I can
be athletic. When I have free time I love to ride
her.” used her name to shed light on issues that
really matter to her.
my bike, play basketball, hike, and even rock climb. CH: What were some of your favorite TV shows
CH: What do you like to do in your free time? growing up?
SM: Hang out with friends and watch movies in bed, and sleep. SM: Home improvement, Will & Grace, and
CH: If you were not in entertainment what would I Love Lucy.
you be doing? CH: Have any of the schools you’ve attended been like PLL or
SM: I would love to be a traveling food editor and try out Degrassi?
different dishes around the world. SM: No, I am very happy my school was not like Pretty Little
CH: How does it feel to be on a hit show on television? Liars because I wouldn’t be able to handle a character like “A”.
SM: Words cannot describe it, I am living my dream and it just My school was somewhat similar to Degrassi, but everything is
keeps getting better and better. always exaggerated for TV.
CH: How do your peers respond to you being famous?
SM: I definitely don’t use the word “famous,” it’s a word I will
never get used to. But having them see me on TV is a neat
experience for them but also weird because they are seeing me
be someone who is not my everyday self.
CH: Do you watch yourself on tv?
SM: yes of course, but I don’t watch to see myself. I love to see
how everything comes together: lighting, music, etc. I also kind
of need to know what the fans have seen so I don’t give any
CH: What pressures do you feel as an actress?
SM: For Emily’s character, I felt a certain pressure to put life
into a book character and I really wanted to do her justice since
she is already is so many girls minds.
CH: Have you ever had a crazy fan moment that you
SM: Just having amazing girls and guys waiting outside to
LAUSD Schools Move Forward
in Cyber Competition
Students from local high schools will be going to Washington DC for national competition.
Students from local high schools will Commissioner. “These students are doing
be going to Washington DC for national something that is both exciting and
competition. challenging, and we wish all the teams
Two Beyond the Bell student teams the best of luck.”
have won invitations to attend the Beyond the Bell (BTB) schools,
nationwide championships of the representing LAUSD, has had more teams
CyberPatriot program. The championships in each of the qualification rounds than
will be held in Washington DC on April any school district in the nation.
1st and 2nd. Out of 180 teams that That strong trend has produced two
entered the competition last year only of the last twelve teams in the
twelve have been invited to attend this Finalist round, the ones that will
prestigious event. The schools are be wearing the Beyond the Bell
Franklin High School out of Eagle logo.
Rock, and Locke High School from “One of our best CyberPatriot
Watts. team members grew up in a
CyberPatriot, an education disadvantaged family. He
initiative produced by the Air never had strong support,”
Force Association, is a one-of-a- said Carey Peck, Program Director
kind computer programming and systems for the CyberPatriot Program.
competition designed to introduce “Until CyberPatriot came along
students to cyber security. It provides he never had regular access to a
high school students hands-on learning computer, but now he does, and
about cyber defense in a fun and he has been posting some of the
exciting environment. highest scores in the nation. He will be
“This is an incredible accomplishment a star, and CyberPatriot opened the door
for our students.” says Alvaro Cortes, for him.”
LAUSD Assistant Superintendant and the CyberPatriot will host its finals at
head of the Beyond the Bell Branch the Gaylord National Convention Center
which sponsors the program for the Los in Washington, D.C. in April 2011, in
Angeles Unified School District. There conjunction with AFA’s CyberFutures
are twelve teams left, two of which Conference and Technology Exposition.
come from our program. This shows what CyberPatriot is presented by Northrop
a commitment those students have made. Grumman, with founding partners SAIC
“There’s an incredible amount of and the CIAS at the University of
enthusiasm for cyber security displayed Texas-San Antonio. More information
by these students as they compete, and can be found on CyberPatriot at
we are thrilled about their response,” www.uscyberpatriot.org.
said Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot
Greyson Chance By: Joshua Diaz
When 12-year-old The clip, shot by Greyson’s dad, shows the
Cheyenne Middle School sixth-grader at
Greyson Chance the piano, singing his heart out at a choir
event as the female-dominated audience
posted a clip of himself looks on slack-jawed with amazement.
Greyson is already earning kudos for his
performing Lady Gaga’s original compositions. YouTube clips of him
performing “Stars” (about a woman with
“Paparazzi” on YouTube cancer who reunites with her husband in
heaven) and “Broken Hearts,” have racked
in April, he never up more than nine million collective views.
“I want people to be able to feel what I’m
dreamed that the video feeling when I’m singing,” he says. “That’s
what it’s all about for me.”
would become a viral Greyson is currently in the studio working on
his debut album with veteran songwriter/
sensation viewed by producer and Geffen Records chairman Ron
Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas,
more than 30 PussycatDolls). Greyson is the first artist
signed to Ellen Degeneres newly formed label
million people. Eleveneleven Records.
CH: When can we expect a full album? performing arts department? The arrangement was incredible
GC: My record will be out sometime GC: I do online school. So, if YouTube and Gaga’s voice was amazing on
this year. doesn’t count at school then…not the record. I think it is one of the
CH: Can you tell us more about your really. best records of all time.
latest single? CH: What was your parents’ and CH: What kind of music do you
GC: “Waiting Outside the Lines” is peers reaction to seeing you perform listen to?
about getting over something that is paparazzi at your school? GC: I listen to a lot of old music.
bothering you and haunting you. It has GC: My parents were very proud of Madonna, Michael Jackson, KISS,
a positive message and anybody any me! My friends loved the performance Journey.
age can relate to as well. CH: Who would you like to
the song! CH: You have been playing piano for collaborate with?
CH: What advice would you give to a over 3 years now. Do you have any GC: I would love to collaborate
student trying to become a famous interest in any other instruments? with Christina Aguilera and Taylor
musician? GC: Not really. I love Piano and that’s Swift.
GC: To keep following your dreams my only instrument. CH: If you could have any super
and never let anyone get CH: What do you like better singing or power what would it be and why?
in your way by telling you that playing instruments? GC: I would want to be able to
you can’t do it. GC: I like performing. I love putting fly! So I could see anything I ever
CH: You have a strong stance on them both together and making wanted to see.
Bullying where does that come from? something incredible. CH: If you weren’t singing what
GC: I was bullied as a kid; I was an CH: Who and what inspires you? would be your ideal career?
outcast. I got through it by escaping GC: I am very inspired by Coldplay GC: I would love to be a
in music and building my confidence. and Snow Patrol. I also love old photographer.
One of my records on my album is Rock n Roll like Journey. CH: If you were stranded on a
called “Purple Sky” I want kids to CH: What was it like becoming an island who and what would you
listen to it and feel confident. overnight sensation? bring, if you you could only choose
CH: Do you write a lot of your own GC: It has been so incredible. I have three items and one person?
music? the most amazing fans in the world GC: I would bring an iPod, endless
GC: Yes. A lot of the record is written and they mean everything to me. This amount of McDonalds, and a
by me. has always been my dream so it is record player. And I would bring
CH: What does it feel like to be signed awesome to see it come true Paul McCartney.
to Ellen? CH: Coolest thing you’ve been able to
GC: It feels incredible! I love Ellen. She do since being discovered?
has become such an amazing role GC: It was probably meeting Lady
model and friend. Gaga. She is a very big inspiration to
CH: What’s your favorite subject in me and she is so nice.
school? CH: Why did you choose the song
GC: My favorite subject in school paparazzi to perform at your school?
would probably have to be math. GC: I loved the song because it was
CH: Does your school have a such a different song.
Types of Abuse 1. In the Tension Building phase,
things start to become difficult between
Dating violence may look differ-
you and your dating partner. You may
feel like you need to tip-toe around him Technology
or her, or that you’re always getting
ent in each relationship. Here are
just a few examples of what each
into fights and taking the blame.
2. During the Explosion, an incident
type of abuse can include: of abusive behavior happens. It can be We often think of love like it is
something like yelling at you in front of portrayed in the movies, consuming-
• Physical abuse is any unwanted people or hitting you for the first time. can’t-stop-thinking about-you, want-
physical contact like hitting, slapping, Explosions tend to get more severe to-spend-every-waking-minute-with-
holding you down, pulling your hair, each time and happen more often as the you love. But in the real world,
pushing, blocking your way or spitting. relationship goes on. that kind of love is not only
It doesn’t have to leave a mark or even 3. In the Honeymoon, an abuser tries unrealistic, it’s unhealthy. Telephone
hurt for it to be abusive. to make you forgive and forget whatev- by Lady GaGa featuring Beyonce
• Verbal/emotional abuse includes er happened in the Explosion. He or she makes the important point that
threatening you, calling you names, might apologize, promise it will never obsessive relationships can be
setting rules for you or trying to control happen again, buy you gifts or blame it stressful and exhausting:
your behavior. Verbal and emotional on something else like being drunk or
abuse is sometimes disguised as jokes. stressed out. The stress from being in constant
What Can You
If your boyfriend or girlfriend makes communication with your partner can
jokes that make you feel threatened or affect you in
bad about yourself – that’s not okay. many negative ways. Checking your
• Sexual abuse can be pressuring you phone constantly and nonstop texting
into doing something sexually you can make it
don’t want to do, rape, unwanted touch- impossible to live in the moment. This
ing or kissing and refusing to use or song sends an empowering message
If you see warning signs of
damaging your birth control method. to anyone
It’s important to remember: No matter abuse now, it is likely that it will in this kind of unhealthy relationship.
what you’ve down with someone sexu- get worse. Here are some tips on Change your routine, ditch your
ally in the past, you always have the how to keep phone,
right to say “no” and be respected for as safe as possible if you hang out with friends, family or just
that choice. have some “me” time.
or someone you know is think-
• Technological abuse is when your
partner demands your passwords to so- ing about leaving an abusive To learn more visit:
cial networking sites like Facebook or relationship: www.thesafespace.org
mySpace, sets rules about who you can
be friends with online, sends unwanted • Tell someone you trust (a family
texts or phone calls, checks your phone member, a friend, teacher or coach)
history or damages your computer. about the abuse
• Keep records of anything the abuser
Cycle of Abuse sends like texts, voicemails and
emails and store them in a safe place. thesafespace.org
They may be helpful later in getting a
In many abusive relationships,
abuse is not a one time incident.
• Create a safety plan. To learn
popQuiz: Is Your
While every relationship is differ-
ent, many abusive relationships
more about safety planning, visit
• File for a restraining order. It’s
follow a repeating pattern called free and can keep an abuser from
the Cycle of Abuse. The Cycle of threatening, contacting or coming
Abuse has three phases: Tension near you or your friends. Visit Everyone deserves to be in a safe and
Building, Explosion and Honey- breakthecycle.org to find out the law in healthy relationship. Do you know if
your state. your relationship is as healthy as you
moon. deserve? Answer “yes” or “no” to the
following statements to find out! Have
a piece of paper and pen nearby. At the
end you’ll find out how to score your
answers. (QUIZ IS ON NEXT PAGE)
The person I am with:
01. Is very supportive of things that I do. [YES] [NO]
02. Encourages me to try new things. [YES] [NO]
03. Likes to listen when I have something on my mind. [YES] [NO]
04. Understands that I have my own life too. [YES] [NO]
05. Is not liked very well by my friends. [YES] [NO]
06. Says I\’m too involved in different activities. [YES] [NO]
07. Texts me or calls me all the time. [YES] [NO]
08. Thinks I spend too much time trying to look nice. [YES] [NO]
09. Gets extremely jealous or possessive. [YES] [NO]
10. Accuses me of flirting or cheating. [YES] [NO]
11. Constantly checks up on me or makes me check in. [YES] [NO]
12. Controls what I wear or how I look. [YES] [NO]
13. Tries to control what I do and who I see. [YES] [NO]
14. Tries to keep me from seeing or talking to my family and friends. [YES] [NO]
15. Has big mood swings - gets angry and yells at me one minute, and the next minute
is sweet and apologetic. [YES] [NO]
16. Makes me feel nervous or like I\’m \”walking on eggshells. [YES] [NO]
17. Puts me down, calls me names or criticizes me. [YES] [NO]
18. Makes me feel like I can\’t do anything right or blames me for problems. [YES] [NO]
19. Makes me feel like no one else would want me. [YES] [NO]
20. Threatens to hurt me, my friends or family. [YES] [NO]
21. Threatens to hurt him or herself because of me. [YES] [NO]
22. Threatens to destroy my things. [YES] [NO]
23. Grabs, pushes, shoves, chokes, punches, slaps, holds me down, throws things or
hurts me in some way. [YES] [NO]
24. Breaks things or throws things to intimidate me. [YES] [NO]
25. Yells, screams or humiliates me in front of others. [YES] [NO]
26. Pressures or forces me into having sex or going farther than I want to. [YES] [NO]
Give yourself 1 point for every “no” you answered to numbers 1-4; 1 point for every “yes” response to numbers 5-8; and 5
points for every “yes” to numbers 9-26.
Now that you’re finished and have your score, the next step is to find out what your score means. Simply take your total score
and see which of the boxes below applies to you.
Score: 0 points
You got a score of 0? Not to worry—it’s a good thing! It sounds like your relationship is on a pretty healthy track. Fostering
healthy relationships takes some work—keep it up! Remember that while you may have a healthy relationship, it’s possible
that a friend of yours may not. If you think you know someone who may be in an abusive relationship, Visit thesafespace.org
to learn how you can help that person end the abuse.
Score: 1-2 points
If you scored 1 or 2 points, you may be noticing a couple of things in your relationship that may be unhealthy, but it doesn’t
necessarily mean they are warning signs. It’s still a good idea to keep an eye on them to make sure there isn’t a pattern. The
best thing to do is to communicate with your partner and let them know what you like and don’t like. Encourage them to do the
same. Remember, communication is always a step forward to building a healthy relationship. It’s also good to be informed so
that you learn to recognize the warning signs. Visit thesafespace.org to learn more about the different types of abuse.
Score: 3-4 points
If you scored 3 or 4 points, it sounds like you may be seeing some warning signs of an abusive relationship. Warning signs
should never be ignored. Something that starts small can get much worse over time. Relationships are never perfect—they
take some work! But in a healthy relationship you won’t find abusive behaviors. If you think your relationship may not be as
healthy as you deserve, Visit thesafespace.org to get more information.
Score: 5 points or more
If you scored 5 points or more, you are definitely seeing warning signs and may be in an abusive relationship. You don’t have
to deal with this alone. Break the Cycle can help. We can help you learn about your different options and legal rights.
Visit thesafespace.org to learn more.
CALLING ALL COOL IDEAS–
SCIENCE FAIR 2.0 AIMS TO
BLOW YOUR GOOGLE OFF!
By April Woodrow
In 1996, two young computer science students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, had a hypothesis that
there was a better way to find information on the web. They did their research, tested their theories
and built a search engine which (eventually) changed the way people found information online. Larry
and Sergey were fortunate to be able to get their idea in front of lots of people. And that little idea
became the tech giant known as Google. But how many ideas are lost because people don’t have the
right forum for their talents to be discovered?
Are you a student who loves science? Do you have a good idea for an experiment that you’d like to
share with the world? If so break out the baking soda volcano, your bottle rockets and your Bunsen
burners. Google has announced a first of its kind, worldwide, web-based science fair; inviting students
from all over the world to compete. Now any student with an idea can participate from anywhere, and
share their idea with the world. You build and submit your project—either by yourself or in a team of up
to three—entirely online. Students in India (or Israel or Ireland) will be able to compete with students in
Canada (or Cambodia or Costa Rica) — and the prizes won’t just be shiny blue ribbons, either. Prizes
include once-in-a-lifetime experiences (like a trip to the Galapagos Islands with a National Geographic
Explorer), up to $50,000 scholarships and real-life work opportunities (like a five-day trip to CERN in
Switzerland). And if you’re entering a science fair locally, please feel free to post that project online
with Google Science Fair, too!
“We believe that science can change the world—and one way to encourage that is to celebrate and
champion young scientific talent as we do athletes and pop idols.” Google spokesperson explains.
The contest is open to students around the world who are between the ages of 13-18. All you need
is access to a computer, the Internet and a web browser. You can enter in a variety of categories
including Computer Science & Math, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Behavioral & Social Sciences,
Flora & Fauna , Energy & Space, Inventions & Innovation, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Food Science,
and Electricity & Electronics . To enter, register online and create your project as a Google Site.
Registration is open through April 4, 2011. Please note: you must get parental or guardian consent
in order to compete. Fifteen finalists will be invited to bring their projects to Google headquarters on
July 11 to compete in the final, live event, where world-renowned science judges will select a winner in
each age category, as well as a grand-prize winner.
To help make today’s young scientists the rock stars of tomorrow, the global science competition is
being hosted in partnership with CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), LEGO,
National Geographic and Scientific American. The goal is “to create a new kind of online science
competition that is more global, open and inclusive than ever before.”
So if you think you’re the next Albert Einstein, Marie Curie—or Larry Page or Sergey Brin—sign up
today for the Google Science Fair. Prove once again how science can change the world!
For full rules and to enter visit www.google.com/sciencefair
also visit the official Google Science Fair YouTube page!