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You know how the saying goes ‘sex sells’, but does it really go too far. Recently, my roomate and I were watching a commericial and it was so sexual that we would have never imagined that it had anything to do with perfume or jeans. All we said was, “What’s with that?” I believe that you are still able to sell those products without all the excess sexual content…its soo weird.
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It has been 9 years since the soft singing R&B songstress, Sade released her last album entitled, ‘Lovers Rock’. And I must say I loved the album so much and since then craved more of her music. No one does music like her, and therefore she is a legend in my book.
If her strategy was to keep her fans on their toes, well it certainly worked. This time the classy and soulful queen of what I call ‘real love music’ has finally emerged from the ‘wood works’ and has quietly dropped her lastest new album entitled, ‘Soldier of Love’. What I admire about her songs is how each track tells a unique story about a topic that may not even relate to the song before or after it, but for some reason it just flows. I just can’t wait to sit, kick back, and listen to her newest album.
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Yes, little Dora the Explorer, adored by many young children for more than ten years on T.V has grown up and is stirring up much controversy among the parents of young children on a global scale.
Nickelodeon/Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) made a decision to introduce a whole new way to look at Dora for Dora fans five years and up. This revolutionary initiative, featuring fashion dolls and accessories. Both companies believe that the new brand extension will empowers girls to influence and change the lives of Dora and her new friends.
According to nydailynews.com:“Dora the Explorer has been one of the most successful properties for nearly a decade, with an average of 21.1 million viewers, including 6 million preschoolers, tuning into the television show each month,” explained Leigh Anne Brodsky, president, NVCP. “We are thrilled to partner with Mattel to develop this brand extension that will enable girls to continue to learn and interact with their Latina heroine, Dora, as they grow up together.”
In my opinion I think the toy companies should have left little Dora alone. We have to many “grown up” dolls being marketed already, such as those skimpy looking Bratz or ‘boy obsessed’ Barbie dolls. One thing I really couldn’t help but speak about, is how Dora has now moved to the city and is now in middle school, ok cool, your in middle school, but the city? Isn’t she a bit too young to be making those type of moves, considering the fact I still live at home with my parents as do most college students in their twenties. And I wonder what type of topics Dora will focus on now? Boys? Make up? I guess we will just have to watch and see.
Krystan Lenhart, a senior psychology and political science student, had a rough semester this fall. Born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that permanently affects body movements and muscle coordination, Lenhart was able to control her disabilities for years through medication. Unfortunately, this past summer her condition drastically took a turn for the worse. Her body, not responding to the medication, started having a series of episodes where her muscles stretched painfully, leaving her momentarily incapacitated. Due to this she couldn’t walk anymore and started moving around in a wheelchair, at least until her situation can be corrected. Continue reading
These are my experiences as an exchange student in Stony Brook in New York.
I spent the Fall 2009 semester at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and had a great time there. A semester abroad is an once-in-a-lifetime experience. It gives you so much: you improve your language skills, you get the chance to study subjects that are different from yours at home, you get to know friends from all over the world and learn there languages. Moreover you see a lot of new places like New York City and have the opportunity to travel around in an amazing country like the United States. But there are a couple of things I have to warn you about before you go, while you are there and after you came home:
For many students at Stony Brook University, studying abroad is something they don’t know much about. For Journalism student April Warren, participating in the China Silk Road study abroad program last summer was one of the most rewarding experiences of her academic career.
“I took out of it a greater sense of adventure and quest for knowledge,” said Warren. “I was constantly asking our guides random questions and just always wanting to know more.”
Warren’s trip took her from Beijing to the West of China and back again. At the end of 10 days, the group had traveled the distance of New York to Denver, Colorado. Along the way, the Stony Brook University students and Chinese students studying alongside them discussed their cultural differences, Warren said.
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I’m 27 years old, from Europe, I have a significant other, a beautiful 2-year-old son, a cat, a dog, and plenty of bills to pay, clothes to wash, toys to pick-up and supermarket trips to make. But, I also have school, and by that I mean double-major, full-time course load university school. Continue reading