ARAB TIMES, THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2010 NEWS/FEATURES 22 People & Places Lifestyle Keeper or changer? Will Chelsea retain name? By Leanne Italie I s Chelsea a keeper or a changer? That’s what researchers call the newly married once they figure out what to do, if anything, about their names. Now that the big Clinton- Mezvinsky wedding is a wrap and Rhinebeck, New York, is back to its idyllic self, the question remains what Chelsea’s choice will be. Loads of options lie before her, from making up brand new names and hybrids (Clevinsky) to hyphenates and add-ons like mom (Hillary Rodham Clinton). Research suggests more women than you Chelsea might think — 77 to 95 percent — legal- ly change their names when they marry, including those who take the time to make a switch but incorporate their maiden names informally to pre- serve their identities on the job. Jo-Anne Stayner, who provides name-change assistance at ImaMrs.com, said the decision today for many first-time brides is all about the value of a woman’s digital foot- print, along with her educational and professional oomph. We’re not all Clintons, but we still care about the name game. “With most women establishing a career before marriage (the average new bride is about 27 years old), it makes sense to want to protect the Aerial dancers from Project Bandaloop perform a dance as they rappel down the side of Thanksgiving Tower, Aug 17, in Dallas, Texas. (AP) personal brand they have worked 14-hour days to create,” Stayner said. The question-and-answer site Networking Ask.com fields more than a million queries every day on a variety of sub- jects. In the last 30 days, three of its top 25 questions covered marital alphabet soup. ‘Capabilities increase & usage grows’ ■ How long before a wedding do you start planning for a name change? Once engaged, Ask’s experts rec- ommend. Legal steps must usually wait until after the ceremony, because a marriage certificate is required as proof of a name change. Gathering Social sites tailored for students forms and researching requirements LOS ANGELES, Aug 18, (RTRS): can take time, so getting a prenuptial Heading to a new university for Fall ‘Who’s posting trash about me?’ jump on the chore will help. 2010 and want advice from other stu- Government agencies, banks, credit dents? Looking for housing, textbooks, card companies and employers have their own procedures. ■ Whose last name goes first in Sixteen-month-old Kiara Robertson plays in one of the fountains at the knowledge about a professor or class, or simply a ticket to the weekend’s big game? Woman wants Google to unmask cyber cipher hyphenation? Columbian Park Zoo, Aug 17, in Technology companies and your Lafayette, Ind. (AP) NEW YORK, Aug 18, (AP): A business The postings caused Franklin “per- cessfully sued Google in a state court The decision is usually based on school may have answers on your com- consultant wants a court to force sonal humiliation” and hurt her profes- in Manhattan last year to get the name sound, alphabetical order or personal puter or mobile phone, and it won’t cost YouTube and owner Google to unmask a sional prospects as she was job-hunt- of a blogger who had published com- preference. a thing — at least not yet. cyber cipher who posted what she says ing after graduating from the Ivy ments about Cohen’s hygiene and sex- ■ What percentage of brides takes Colleges and universities across the are unauthorized videos of her and League business school in 2009, her ual habits. their husband’s name? United States are going beyond simply online comments that hurt her reputation. legal papers say. Cohen argued that the comments on Though recent research indicates creating websites and pages on Facebook Carla Franklin, a former model and The video clips were innocuous but the site were defamatory. The blogger, a range spanning well over half, Ask for students to “friend” or “fan.” They are actress turned businesswoman, said in unauthorized, and she found it creepy ultimately identified by court order as cited one study done at Indiana working with technology companies to a legal petition filed Monday that she that someone had unearthed the film Rosemary Port, said her privacy was University last year estimating 80 believes a Google user or users and posted pieces in an apparent effort violated, and she had a right to her build their own social networks and inte- impugned her sexual mores in com- to make her uncomfortable, her lawyer, opinions. percent, with 70 percent of grate them into campus life to boost Americans surveyed saying brides ments made under pseudonyms on a David M. Fish, said Tuesday. Franklin’s petition, also filed in state admissions and retain students. Columbia Business School website. Anonymity is a cherished and court in Manhattan, cites the Cohen SHOULD take their husband’s last One new app from San Francisco- Franklin says someone also posted staunchly defended refuge for many case and argues that Franklin, too, name. A recent study out of the based Inigral, Inc allows colleges to cre- unauthorized YouTube clips of her Internet users. But a growing number was defamed by postings that “called Netherlands indicates women who Sturgis McMillen ate social networks within Facebook, appearing in a small-budget independ- of people and businesses have tried to into question her chastity.” use their husbands’ surnames earn while a mobile technology from ent movie. force blogs, websites and other online Google’s statement noted that the an average of about $1,150 less a Foursquare gives students the ability to Google Inc said in a statement that it entities to disclose who’s trashing online giant scrutinizes all court orders month than those who keep their People walk into an event, check their phone doesn’t discuss individual cases to pro- them, and some have succeeded. for compliance with “both the letter and maiden names. Name-changers were and find other students. tect users’ privacy, but it follows appli- In one case that grabbed headlines, the spirit of the law” and can object or generally older and had less educa- Like many apps from technology cable laws. Vogue cover model Liskula Cohen suc- ask to have such orders narrowed. tion. JACKSON, Mississippi: Another teenage start-ups, these student-oriented ones Presidential daughters over the last lesbian is suing a rural Mississippi school dis- currently are free for users, but the own- four decades have either left their trict, this time over a policy banning young Inigral, called “Schools on Facebook.” school-specific profiles and keeps them Zanders. names alone or pushed them to the ers see the potential to make big profits “We want to meet them there in a separate from personal accounts. Alicia Castro, a sophomore majoring women from wearing tuxedos in senior year- middle. book portraits. in the future as capabilities increase and secure way, and in a way that feels When a student signs up, he or she in interdisciplinary studies at Arizona At 30 with an advanced college Ceara Sturgis’ dispute with the central usage grows. authentic to our school’s culture, and the “We want to be able to find prospec- gives Facebook permission to add the State University, said the app helped her degree and some work experience Mississippi Copiah County School District (new) product gave us an unusual way to started in 2009, well before a student in anoth- tive students where they are, and it is app, and school information is then land a free textbook. to her credit (as an investment ana- do that,” Monroe said. waiting for them upon their first login. “I found a friend who had taken a lyst), Chelsea’s a pretty average er Mississippi school district, Constance clear to us that Facebook is the dominant McMillen, found national attention in her source,” said Columbia College App “We use the data given by the students (communications) class that I was going bride, other than her dad being a fight to wear a tuxedo and take a same-sex former president, her mom secre- Chicago’s executive director of admis- The app, called “Schools on and the school to introduce them to other to take, so I asked him for his book,” date to prom. sions Murphy Monroe, whose college Facebook,” allows colleges to form pri- students like them,” said Inigral’s direc- Castro said. “I thought that was pretty tary of state and her pricey nuptials On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties dubbed the latest wedding of the Union filed a federal lawsuit for Sturgis, recently adopted the new app from vate communities that give students tor of interactive communications Tony convenient.” century. She is off on a top-secret claiming the Copiah County district discrimi- honeymoon with no name nated against her on the basis of sex and gen- announcement yet. der stereotypes. Her photo and name were a statement Tuesday. boys and girls should look like without any McMillen, who drew inspiration from Sturgis year. kept out of her senior yearbook. “It’s unfair and unlawful to force students regard to who they actually are as people.” in challenging Itawamba County school offi- “I inspired her to do what she did and now Consider Samantha Saephan, 29, of The ACLU first contacted the district in the San Francisco Bay area in to conform to outdated notions about what The ACLU attorney also represented cials about McMillen’s plans for prom this we are friends,” Sturgis said. October 2009 about the issue, but officials said But Sturgis didn’t face the same hostility as California. She is a public relations they would adhere to a school policy. By the McMillen. Sturgis said her classmates and manager for a large communications time Wesson Attendance Center yearbooks were teachers were supportive, but she hopes hop- company and soon will dive in to a released this spring, school officials had made PlayStation 3 ing the suit will help other gay teenagers who name change after getting hitched to clear Sturgis’ photo in a tuxedo wouldn’t be feel they must conceal their gender identity. Sean Thai. Of ethnic lu-Mien origin, her parents are from Laos and named included. But Sturgis was surprised to see even her name was left out of the senior section. More memory eyed “There are students who are hiding it their sexuality,” Sturgis said. “They have come up her Meuang Ay Saephan. She chose “I guess in the back of my mind I knew that to me and told me they are. I had already Samantha for her public self in mid- was going to happen, but I did have a little LOS ANGELES, Aug 18, (RTRS): decided what I was going to do, but it just hope. I cried. I put my head down and put my Sony’s PlayStation 3 will feature took a little while.” dle school but remained Meuang Ay hand over my face,” Sturgis said Tuesday. higher-capacity hard drives in North While she finished her senior year, Sturgis legally and at home. The suit challenges the district’s policy allow- America this fall to let consumers was living last fall with her grandparents in “I already knew that I wanted to ing male students, but not female students, to download more games and enter- Wesson, a town of about 1,700. change my last name so I would have wear a tux for senior portraits. The suit alleges a tainment, the company said The students took their yearbook portraits at my husband’s last name,” she said. violation of Title IX, the federal law prohibiting Tuesday. a studio and Sturgis tried on one of the “It’s a little bit of being old fashioned discrimination based on gender. The game console will come with “drapes” that females students are required to and traditional, and also further down Sturgis, who has worn masculine clothing about 33 percent more storage wear. since ninth grade and begins classes at capacity than previous versions, but “The thought of a portrait of her in the the line when we do have children I’d Mississippi State University on Wednesday, at least one analyst said that it is not ‘feminine’ clothing as a representation of her like to have the same last name as my said she felt as if she was being punished “just likely to be a major selling point for senior year embarrassed her, and she began kids.” for being who I am.” consumers. crying,” the lawsuit states. Saephan wants to preserve part of District Superintendent Rickey Clopton “In the greater scheme of things, it Sturgis later put on the tuxedo and was pho- her past, a decision made easier by didn’t immediately return a call seeking com- means nothing. Every year the price tographed. her lack of a middle name. “I’m going ment. of storage goes down so the aver- School officials informed Sturgis’ mother, back and forth on what part of my Sturgis graduated with a 3.9 grade point age storage in any given device Veronica Rodriguez, early in the school year birth name I should leave as a middle average and participated in numerous goes up,’’ said Daniel Ernst, analyst that the tuxedo photograph wouldn’t be extracurricular activities, including band and with Hudson Square Research. allowed, according to the suit. At the time, name so I’ll still have something tied soccer, her attorneys said. Sony said the new models of the Clopton said federal court decisions supported to my birth name.” “Inclusion in the senior yearbook is a rite of In this photo provided by Steve Newton of Wake County Emergency Management via Playstation 3 will include one with 320 the school’s policy. On the table are “Samantha passage for students, and it is shameful that the News and Observer, Charles Weatherly, past president of the N.C. Beekeeper’s gigabytes of memory in the PS3 The lawsuit names the school district, Saephan,” “Samantha Meuang Ay Ceara was denied that chance,” Christine P. Association collects bees while Wake County Deputy Brandon Jenkins sits inside the Sports Champions Move bundle, with superintendent Clopton and school principal Thai” and “Meuang Ay Thai.” Sun, senior counsel with the ACLU Lesbian, police cruiser. Weatherly lives near where the incident happened on the Smithfield a suggested retail price of $399.99. Ronald Greer. It seeks unspecified damages Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project said in Road exit on US 64. (AP) and attorneys’ fees.