October, 2010 Volume 2
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Armenian CULTURE DAY
CSUN TRAFFIC!!! What’s causing it?
ROCK IN THE REPUBLIC PAGE 14
HALLOWEEN Costume Ideas Page 16
UPCOMING EVENTS 1
2nd GENERAL MEETING Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 11:00-1:00pm Eucalyptus Hall Room 2227
4th Members Night Out
Universal Halloween Horror Nights Friday, Oct. 22, 2010
HAVOC Halloween Party Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 9:00-2:00am Location MINX
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5th Members Night Out Broomball with Cal Poly ASA Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 Time/Location TBD
3rd Annual Christmas Banquet Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 6:00pm @ Bellaj Banqet Hall 3415 W. Victory Blvd, Burbank *TICKETS ARE PRE-SALE ONLY!!! **MEMBERS HAVE PRIORITY!!
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Inch Ka Chka Editor’s Message...
To start off with, I would like to thank you for all the wonderful feedback we received about this year’s first volume of “Inch Ka Chka”, and for your continuous support! I would also like to welcome the new readers and hope you enjoy reading this newsletter as much as we enjoyed working on it! Most of us know October as the Breast Cancer Awareness month. However, it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Armenian Culture Month. In this volume of “Inch Ka Chka”, within the vast range of topics, you will find our writers expressing personal opinions, sharing experiences, introducing new ideas, talking about past ASA events, and last but not least, raising awareness on current issues. When the newsletter committee came together for a meeting about the 2nd volume of this newsletter, we decided to present to our readers not only interesting articles, but through them show the different (both the good and the bad) aspects of our culture. By doing so, we hope to encourage the Armenians of our generation to aim for advancement as an individual and as a society. Personally, I hope that you the reader will utilize the great articles provided, for your and your community’s benefit! Make sure to share your opinions by writing to us and take pleasure in reading “Inch Ka Chka” every month.
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It is time to recognize the first of this year’s “Outstanding Members of the Month!” Some of you might be used to just seeing the “Member of the Month,” but this year CSUN ASA is blown away with all the member involvement and couldn’t just pick one person. On behalf of the CSUN ASA Executive Board, we would like to give a great big Thank You to these wonderful members. We are very fortunate to have these members, who not only take part in our weekly Executive/Member meetings but also take on multiple tasks ranging from planning to attending our events and making them more successful and fun. These members are fresh with ideas and always willing to help as much as they can, and it’s with members like this that the Executive Board gets motivated to host events for our Armenian Community. It’s a very rewarding feeling and we feel honored to be able to present these members to the public as this month’s “Outstanding Members”. No words can describe our sincere gratitude for our stupendous, enthusiastic, optimistic, positive, dedicated, fun loving, helpful, and ultimately OUTSTANDING members. We love each and every one of you and are greatful to have you on our team.
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Alina Grigorian Grikor Geysimonian Sarine Babikian Sarkis Kulakchyan Sirarpi Oganesyan
Inch Ka Chka What’s New In CSUN? Fun, Traffic, & more! By: Christina Lulejyan
If you attended this year’s BIG SHOW X, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. LMFAO rocked the CSUN Lawn on Saturday, October 2nd. For the first time in CSUN history the annual Big Show was during night time, which made it bigger and better. As stated in the Daily Sundial, “Eagerness and energy exploded as LMFAO electrified approximately 10,000 “party people” assembled at CSUN’s Big Show X Saturday night.” Ten thousand people!!! That’s not a joke, this event was unexpectedly AMAZING. CSUN ASA attended this event with a bunch of their members and executives; together they danced the night away, waking up the next morning with aching feet and sore throats that was sure worth it. CSUN has certainly stepped up their game this year; let’s see what they have in store for us next.
Wondering what happens to all the money you pay for school? Well here’s a hint: New $70 million Recreation Center scheduled for 2011 opening!
If you were wondering what’s with all the construction happening on the east side of school by G3, it’s the new Recreation Center being built. In December of 2009, construction began for this 100,000 square feet, top of the line, facility. Soon to open, this eco-friendly facility will provide students a place to exercise and partake in activities that promote lifelong wellness. Some features include: a basketball court, a volleyball court, rock climbing wall, weight and fitness space, multi-purpose rooms for group fitness and sports clubs, an indoor jogging track, baby-sitting services, a racquetball court, sport club office space, an outdoor rental and resource center, an outdoor pool and finally, modern locker rooms.
Finding parking at CSUN is becoming merely impossible this year. Finding a spot in any of the lots is a mission that frustrates most. Due to the enrollment increase, CSUN’s freshman class is the largest in history. More than 33,500 students were set to begin classes on August 23 and we all felt the increase. Come on CSUN, not such a smart move, with construction happening on the east side of school causing one of the lots to be closed down, G3 along with all the other lots has a parking overload! CSUN has approximately 1,000 more freshman students alone attending this year than last year. This being so, they can’t handle this two years in a row so the department of undergraduate studies is working toward a revamped freshman admission plan. Good luck CSUN and good luck to you finding parking!
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] Recap of Our Se
By: Christin 1st General Meeting
Hi everybody, my name is Christina and I will be having a picnic. To this picnic I will be bringing cupcakes. What will YOU be bringing? Here are some of the things others will be bringing: Sako will bring soda, Alina will bring apples, Yegia will be bringing yogurt, and finally Susie will bring spoons… On September 8, 2010 a classroom in Sierra Hall was filled with members, potential members, and CSUN’s very own AGA sisters and AEO brothers. After welcoming everyone to the meeting, we started off with an ice-breaker that put everyone’s minds to work. (Have you thought of what you’re bringing to the picnic yet?) Lots of information about what ASA is and who’s who was shared and most importantly all of our upcoming event plans were announced. This is where everyone’s questions were answered and everyone was welcomed to get involved in the planning aspects of our events. To continue, our loved supporters, AGA and AEO both gave a presentation of who they are, what they are, and how you can get more involved, if interested. Snacks were made available and the secret of the ice-breaker was revealed. (Did you get it yet? If not ask someone that attended) Overall, it was a fun and informative gathering and CSUN ASA welcomes you and would love to see you at our next General Meeting. Please don’t hesitate to come! We promise, you won’t be sitting in a boring “meeting” that seems like a lecture, we know you get enough of that from your professors!
“…Man, I love college, ay! And I love drinking, ay! I love women, ay! Man, I love college… I can’t tell you what I learned from school but I could tell you a story or two...” (Asher Roth) On the spectacular night of September 10, 2010 CSUN ASA teamed up with USC ASA to present to you this year’s back to school party, “Drop Out.” Everyone dressed to impress and were ready to party when the doors at MINX opened. A line formed very quickly around the building as people were trying to make their way in for an unforgettable Friday night. With about 500+ people the mood of the party was as high as could be. The VIP bottle service was on a roll and the outside lounge was filled with people enjoying their free hookah. Meanwhile the crowd seemed to be hitting it off very well as DJ A2Z played the hottest hits of 2010. Looking around, all that was seen was smiles of satisfaction on people’s faces… it was yet another memorable ASA party. If you happened to miss out on this party, make sure you don’t miss out on the next one because more is sure to come. Lastly, thank you for all of those who came out and made this night as great as it was!
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na Lulejyan Culture Day Waking up at seven in the morning isn’t what any college student wants or likes to do. But the CSUN ASA, yours truly, is delighted to do so for YOU! Working as a team the CSUN ASA Executive Board planned yet another enjoyable Annual Armenian Festival on September 21st, 2010. This fun filled day was in honor and commemoration of the Second Annual Armenian Independence Day here in the United States. To start off, on behalf of the CSUN ASA Executive Board and myself, we are very thankful to all that took the time to attend and support this event. Without them this event wouldn’t have been as memorable as it was. Lucky for you, if you didn’t get an opportunity to stop by and have fun with all the festivities, here’s a recap of what you missed out on. As you approached the Bookstore you couldn’t help but notice the white tents up with the red, blue, and orange balloons all around or the aroma of the Armenian coffee as it was freshly being made. An awesome crowd of individuals got to mingle and enjoy great Armenian food and ice cream on this beautiful day. Smiles, laughter, and pride filled the atmosphere as Armenian music was being played by our very own DJ Switch which got everyone up and dancing. Following, we had a traditional dance performance presented by me, Christina Lulejyan and a welcome speech given by the CSUN ASA President, Silva Atsilatsyan. Armenian facts and history accompanied with artifacts was made available for display and Armenian jewelry was being sold by a vendor. It was an unforgettable event enjoyed by many, which will for sure go down in the CSUN ASA history.
1st Members Night Out: Bonfire On the lovely, warm evening of Friday, September 24, CSUN ASA enjoyed their first Member’s Night Out at Dockweiler Beach for a cozy bonfire. Most of us did not have a chance to mingle and get to know our members before this event, so this was a great way to get to know each other. With the ocean by our side and the stars gleaming above, our fire brightened up our gathering while the marshmallows and snacks were passed around. We were enjoying a relaxing night as everything set into place but the next thing we knew… the Beach Patrol came driving by with their glaring headlights, asked us to put away the hookahs, and notified us that the beach closed at 10PM. Our smiles soon became into frowns knowing that we only had about thirty minutes to clean up and get going before we all got tickets, but sure enough we thought of a plan to go somewhere else. We all grabbed something and went towards the cars. Soon, after following a trail being lead by one of our members, we ended up at a park right by the shore. This place was isolated, had tables, was right on the water, which all equaled perfection and gave everyone a chance to let loose their kid side once we saw the jungle gyms. To end the night, we had yummy pizza delivered to us at this random park, we danced, played football, and had a great time together. © 2010 Armenian Student Association
You Know What Grinds My Gears? By: Abraham Abraamyan Apple products. Yes, you read correctly. There are so many things I hate about that company I can barely figure out where to start. But, I will go for the most obvious starting point: Price. As far as value is concerned, Apple fanboys are being robbed by Steve Jobs. As of September 18, 2010 the cheapest 15” Apple MacBook Pro comes with a 2.4 GHz i5 Intel processor, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and an Nvidia GeForce GT 330M (256MB) graphics card will cost you a cool $1,799.99. Now let’s take a little detour to Dell.com and check out the 14” Inspiron 14r laptop. It comes with the same 2.4 GHz i5 Intel Processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and an ATI Radeon HD5470 (1GB) for 869.99. Yes, that’s less than half the price. And that’s a Dell laptop, which is known as a more expensive PC brand. Let me assure you that this is not an exception, any Apple computer can be found at similar specifications in the PC version for about half the price. Don’t believe me? Look for yourself. This is right about the time when everyone who owns an Apple will chime in with their reasons to justify paying double for their laptop. The top two reasons I get are always, “It’s so simple to use” and “I don’t get viruses”. Well Apple owners, if you take pride in the fact that Apple has built a dumbed down operating system for the average American idiot then by all means, go ahead and buy the product. As far as Apple being an impenetrable fortress, we can thank Apple’s marketing team for this wonderful misconception. You know the real reason why Apple doesn’t get viruses? Because no one cares about
the Apple OS. Think about it, 89% of the internet users are on a Windows system while only 6% are Apple users. You want proof? Please look into the PWN 2 OWN hacking competition. Apple is routinely hacked through Safari Explorer in just a few hours. And yes, in the competition, Apple is always hacked faster than Windows. The three time winner of the PWN 2 OWN competition, Charlie Miller, has hacked and remotely controlled everything from the iPhone to the MacBook Pro. He even hacked a MacBook Air in two minutes. He said during an interview, “Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town.” It’s really not that difficult to be safe on a Windows. For those of us who can use a “complicated” computer
I suggest Panda Cloud Antivirus, Malware bytes Anti-Malware and Super Anti-Spyware. Yes, they’re all free. Also, using Google Chrome for you internet browser would be your best choice as far as speed and security are concerned. If you complain of viruses, stop going to random websites and opening unknown emails and see if you still have the same problem. That being said, there are other reasons why I will never own an Apple product. It’s really amazing how the fanboys are ready to stand in line for days for the bullshit Steve Jobs craps out. The most recent of these is the new iPhone and the iPad. Let’s start with the “revolutionary” iPad. This device was marketed as a netbook killer. Can someone please explain the lack of usb ports, front facing camera, flash support
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and true HD output? My guess is you can’t. And if you already bought an iPad, you’ll have to buy the 2nd generation iPad that actually has what you need… right. That’s just Apples philosophy though, sell an inferior product and just when everyone wants something better sell a slightly less inferior product and market it as the greatest thing in the world. I bet all of the iPhone 4 owners remember their antennae issue though. Oh how surprised the masses must have been when after waiting in line for hours, even days, they went home and couldn’t use their new phones to make calls. For those of you who live under a rock and don’t know about the problem, the bottom left side of the new iPhone is sensitive to human skin. So much so that if touched, even with one fingertip, reception goes down to the point that your call gets dropped. The solution is to put tape over that part or buy a bumper case. In a conference Steve Jobs was asked if the problem was due to a design flaw. His response? “Nope. Just don’t hold it that way.” There you have it everyone, we have been holding our phones wrong for years and we never knew. I’m so glad that the great Jobs was here to inform us. How anyone can buy his products is beyond me. So you have to hold your phone in an awkward position or pay another 30 dollars on top of the hundreds you spent on you shiny new phone to make it work. Eventually, Apple started giving away free bumper cases and now the masses are happy once again. Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t own that phone if you paid me. It’s just the principle of the matter, if a company does something wrong, I don’t need to be told that I’m what’s causing the problem. Own up to your mistakes. In the words of the late, great Billy Mays: But wait, there’s more! So you’ve decided that you want to get an iPhone because all of your friends have one? Well, you’re going to have to switch to AT&T. But you like Verizon’s network, Sprints 4G or T-Mobiles plan prices? Sorry, better
Inch Ka Chka luck next time. Not only do they not offer the phone on any other carrier, they tried their best to make it illegal for you to buy an iPhone and unlock it to use on another carrier such as T-Mobile. Fortunately, our U.S. government decided once you buy the phone it is yours to do with as you please. If you are a fan of variety, you won’t find any with Apple. They even decide what is approved as an application. “Applications may be rejected if they
contain content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, sounds, etc.) that in Apple’s reasonable judgment may be found objectionable, for example, materials that may be considered obscene, pornographic, or defamatory.” I’ll decide what’s obscene or pornographic, thank you. In conclusion, when you decide to buy from Apple you are being charged double, offered no variety, limited in almost every way, and not respected
as a customer. So why do so many people buy Apple you say? Well, you can thank the marketing geniuses at Apple for that. Every product was marketed as the next best thing, and people bought into it. It has now turned into a cult following, and everyone who owns one is always trying to convince everyone else that it’s the best. Don’t be fooled by Apple’s shiny cases, it’s what’s inside that counts.
America’s Fear of Islam
slam is under fire in this nation, and it is receiving the connotation of a terrorist cult very quickly. There are about 1.5 billion Muslims around the World, yet only a handful of them have managed to generate the hatred of the entire religion. America has not been the same after the 9/11 attacks mainly due to the irresponsible coverage of the topic by the media, and the dishonest “war on terror” formulated by the Bush administration. In recent news, controversy has been circling around a plan to build a Mosque near ground zero in New York. In a nation where religious freedom is defended in the constitution, people find special cases to make it seem morally wrong for a group of people to practice their religion. For people who say “2 blocks is pretty close for a mosque to be built, it just sends the wrong message” take this into account: A mosque with the name “Masjid Manatton” has been operating only 4 blocks away from the site of the World Trade Center since 1970. A religious center is in no way a threat to America’s security. Think about it, there is demand for a mosque because there are Muslim citizens living in the area, and they will be the ones visiting the center, not terrorist recruits. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says this about the proposers of the mosque, “I don’t want to be lectured by them
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about religious liberty, when at the time there is not a single church or synagogue in Saudi Arabia.” This man is comparing religious freedom in Saudi Arabia vs. in America, which is a complete nonsensical argument for not supporting a mosque in America. It is a sad fact that bigoted people such as Gingrich exist in America, and have the audacity to call themselves Americans. Another one of his quotes on the subject, which I will refrain from commenting on due to the reckless and childish basis of the argument, is “Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust museum in Washington.” This man is not alone; there are thousands of radical opponents of Islam in this country, one of them being the “Dove World Outreach Center”, a Christian church in Florida. The leader of this Church is the one responsible for the infamous “Burn a Koran Day” that was proposed to be held on 9/11/10, a plan he thankfully did not see through. Our intolerance of Islam is only angering radical Muslims around the world, and giving them more reasons to hate us. It directly puts our soldiers oversees in more danger, and further degrades the nation’s World image. Of course
this is a radical case; I’m in no way insisting that Christians in general agree with Gingrich or the Dove Center, but it proves my point that we are far from reaching religious freedom. Jefferson in his Notes on Virginia said “But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” We must strive to remember this quote every time the rights of a religious group are being questioned. And finally, Americans must refrain from labeling the source of acts of violence like 9/11 to be of the religion of the guilty. It is a blatant ignorance of set theory to do otherwise (If all x are y, it does not conclude that all y are x.) I fight the urge to the blame the media for creating such an unnecessary hype over this event, because it is ultimately up to individuals to judge things for themselves. My hope for this article was to push you to become a proponent of religious freedom if you were on the fence, but if you are a vowed opponent, then I have no words for you.
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October is a jam-packed month for college students with midterms, papers, and of course the vital decision of choosing a Halloween costume. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month. Given that one in four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime, I believe this is a crucial issue that needs to be addressed; especially within the Armenian community because it is a taboo subject and an epidemic throughout the world. Incidentally, during the very month dedicated to raising awareness and remembering the victims of intimate partner violence, a tragic event occurred in the city of Masis. A woman named Zaruhi Petrosyan, mother of two, was beaten to death by her husband and mother in-law. Domestic Violence is and has been an issue in Armenia, but nobody is willing to talk about it. There are no laws set to protect women or men who have been victimized. Zaruhi’s case is a prime example of the injustices taking place in Armenia. Neighbors and family members went to the police with reports that prove she was tortured by her husband and mother in-law, yet officials are choosing to turn a blind eye to the realities of the occurrence. Her case is unique in that her family resorted to news reporters in the hopes of obtaining justice, but there are many more incidents like Zaruhi’s that will not be heard until we as a peo9
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: Domestic Violence
By: Milena Melkonyan
ple stand up for equal treatment for all. We must not underestimate the social stigmas and shame attached to the social issue of domestic violence. The purpose of this article is not for individuals to pity those who have been victimized, but to raise awareness. Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior between intimate partners, where one tries to gain power and control over the other. Abuse can be physical, but it can also be sexual, verbal, emotional, financial, and spiritual. Domestic Violence transcends all lines of age, sex, race, socioeconomic status, religion, and class. It can happen to anyone. On a brighter note, this pattern of behavior can be stopped. It must be recognized, acknowledged, and discussed in an honest manner instead of being silenced. We as a society need to become aware of our own biases and judgments in order to grow as a people and a nation. If we are killing our own women and looking the other way, what disturbing lesson are we teaching the future generation? It is important to keep in mind that people arenâ€™t born abusers: they are taught through social norms, family dynamics, and modeled behavior. We are all college students, expected and encouraged to be critical thinkers and analyzers. I ask our generation to reexamine the gender-biased teachings of our culture and to speak out against such harmful views!
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A Month in Armenia By: Tatevik Tigranyan
After leaving my homeland 17 years ago I finally returned to Armenia this summer through the Western Diocese program, Christian Youth Mission to Armenia (CYMA). CYMA provides pilgrims the opportunity to travel to spiritual and historical sites throughout Armenia and Artsakh, as they discover their true Armenian identity by visiting this spiritual and ancestral homeland. I spent an entire month in Armenia with six other participants and through each journey we became stronger believers in God and connected to our homeland. By the end of the trip I was tired and couldn’t wait to be back to LA, but I never thought I would miss Armenia so much after returning home. The following day when I woke up I felt like a part of me was missing because I knew I wasn’t going to meet new people, and take a tour of our beautiful monasteries and churches. I never understood the true beauty of Armenia until I saw its historical ruins within this mountainous country. If I hadn’t gone to Armenia with CYMA, I don’t think I would have visited so many beautiful monasteries and churches. I fell in love with the unique architectural construction of Geghard and Haghpat and the beautiful complex of Tatev Monastrey. As I went through 11
my pictures I realized that over the past four weeks I became a new person, as I understood what it means to be an Armenian and most importantly a Christian Armenian. My faith in God became stronger on the second day of our trip when we went to Khor Virap. I had heard about Khor Virap ever since I was a little girl especially in Sunday school. My teachers would always mention that without Saint Gregory the Illuminator we would not be the first Christian nation. All that did not make sense to me until I experienced in person what it means to be a believer in God as I went down the pit where Saint Gregory was imprisoned for 13 years. Going down the pit was one of the scariest things I had to do since I am afraid of heights. The first step down the pit was terrifying. I was scared to put my foot on the ladder until someTatevi Vank thing came upon me and without a second thought I had both feet on the ladder and was slowly going down. At that moment I
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realized the power of God and how he is there for me each step of the way. Going down I began to understand that God guides me in every choice I make weather it is something simple or complicated. Inside the pit I reflected about the importance of being a Christian and having faith in God. Here, I felt connected Tatevik in Ambert to God and my homeland. I felt that I belonged in Armenia when we spent two nights at Tatev Monastrey. Spending two nights at the vank you were named after has to be a true blessing. My grandmother named me Tatevik after she had a vision of a young girl named Tatevik while spending a day at the vank. After hearing the story behind my name the first place I wanted to visit when coming to Armenia was Tatev. I never imagined that through God’s will, CYMA would not only let me see this place, but also spend two nights. Seeing this beautiful complex and its fortifications made me very emotional because I never knew how divine and holy this place was. Along with my CYMA family we attended the evening zhamerkutsoun when we first arrived to the
Inch Ka Chka monastery around 6pm. The service took about 2.5 hours and although I was extremely tired and hungry I didn’t notice how quickly time passed because I felt right at home. I don’t think many people will ever have the chance to stay at a vank and experience the same lifestyle of a monk. Sleeping with sleeping bags on the floor and eating potatoes and salad for two days in a row made the experience more fun. I am very blessed to say that CYMA has given me the opportunity of a lifetime to witness this beautiful place and other places as well. It wasn’t until our last week in Ar-
menia when I really felt at home. We spent a week in Gyumri where we had a weeklong service project with Gymuri’s youth group. The moment I arrived to their youth center I felt as if I had known these people all my life with their warm hospitality and friendship. Helping the youth construct their center, and cleaning up two demolished churches in different villages was the most rewarding experience of the week. Although it was tiring I felt proud to know that I had made a difference in my country as a Christian. This trip would not have been so wonderful and memorable without
the guidance of Fr. Avedis Abovian. From the first day he made all of us feel at home through his knowledge and stories about Armenia. For every trip Fr. Avedis had come up with a topic that reflected on the day and location. Through these topics I was able to reflect on the significance of being a Christian and why I’m part of this lifechanging journey. After being a part of this journey I truly understand what it means to be a Christian Armenian. People ask me if I had the opportunity to go back would I? Without a second thought I most definitely would.
A Little Piece Of Armenia In Philadelphia By: Angela Amirkhanian
his summer, on my way back from the Dominican Republic, I luckily missed my connecting flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, due to weather conditions. I had an entire night and day to spend at the home of the Liberty Bell. I took a typical touristy double decker bus, and toured all over what is now one of my favorite cities on the East Coast. One of my stops was the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In the heart of Philly, this enormous area began at the Philadelphia City Hall and ended at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This scenic and “international” parkway was lined with miles and miles of flags of every country in the world. I made sure to spot our beautiful tri-color flying over the Parkway. I later did some research on Armenian churches and sites in the city, and found out that in 1988 the Armenian flag had been taken down from the Parkway. In 1988, the Rider College in New Jersey had organized a conference on the
Armenian Genocide. Mark Momjian, a Philadelphia lawyer and active member of our community would also be attending the conference, along with over 500 non-Armenian teachers and students. The college received a packet of information from the President of the Assembly of the Turkish American Associations-North Central Region, claiming the Armenian Genocide is a “myth.” Momjian later investigated that one of the officers responsible for the letter was Birtan Aka Collier, who was listed as the Vice President of this Turkish lobby group, and was also the Deputy Director of Commerce for International and Economic Development for Philadelphia. Birtan Aka Collier was the main reason why the Armenian flag had been removed, as well as the flags of the Ukrainians, Greeks, Puerto Ricans and so on. Collier was not
only influencing the removal of the flags on the Parkway, but also lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government. This issue was at once brought to Mayor Goode’s and the City Council’s attention. Due to the overall response from the ethnic groups, the Mayor said that Philadelphia has always been and will remain an international city. He then immediately ordered the flags to be restored to their rightful places.
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thing else this program concentrates on. They tell you frankly that even with an extreme workout routine, you cannot succeed without a balanced nutrition plan. The nutritional By: Hovhannes Mkhitaryan booklet that comes with the program is For those who haven’t seen the a full 120 page guide famous infomercials or the many ads to eating right, not a online, P90X is a home fitness proloose set of tips and gram that promises extreme results facts. in only 90 days. The only equipment Everything found required are a few dumbbells and in this program is Before a pull up bar. To make a long story very fundamental; short, this program absolutely works, there are no fancy moves in the but I will go into detail as to why and workouts and no fishy diet plans. how. I started using P90X back in JanuThe 90 day program is broken ary of this year and when I began I up into three “phases”, with each weighed a whopping 220 lbs. I lived phase being a little more difficult a very sedentary lifestyle, partly than the last. Muscles need reason because of school and work, but to grow because they are expensive mostly because I was great at makto maintain for the body. A repetitive ing excuses not to get off my butt workout schedule will not proand workout. I would go to the gym vide growth for long. The changing sometimes, but my diet was so horphases in P90X do not give a chance rible that it really meant nothing. for your body to get used to any of the workouts. Once you feel like you have mastered something, everything changes and you find yourself having to adapt again. Nutrition is some-
My Experience with P90X
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I was always skeptical about home workout programs. Anyone mentioning that they worked out to a video at home gave me a picture Richard Simmons jogging with a room full of overweight people. I first heard of P90X from a relative, he had been using it for a few weeks and told me I can come try it out. I After was very confident going into it thinking it’s going to be like all the other cheesy workout videos, but after I was completely out of breath after the warm up alone, I knew this was the real deal. I finished the hour workout feeling exhausted but great. My upper body was practically paralyzed for the next few days from the soreness. I was hooked from day 1, and after finishing a few “rounds” of the 90 day program, I’ve lost about 60 lbs. and am in the best shape of my life. For those who can’t find a motive to go to the gym everyday and keep a strict diet, I highly recommend P90X. It has taught me priceless lessons about diet and exercise, and my experience with it has been nothing but positive.
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Another band that can truly only be defined as rock through their first album “Janfida to Jamaica 60km” is Reincarnation. They fit the category only because they offer an alternative approach to By: Manuk Avedikyan the somewhat polarized Armenian music scene. Reincarnation is a The popularity of rock rose to international popularreggae band in reality but perform music has been growing steadily ity. Bambir-2, seemingly avoids frequently at many of Yerevans in Armenia since the days of the mainstream but have been rock estabGorbachev. In a land where known for their lishments. popular music is considered to performance and Their popube either Rabiz or Pop, Rock can song crafting for larity has be considered an outcast in the years. They are reached the overall music scene. Its presence a jam band with mainstream is being felt more frequently in influences of Arof Armenia all the Armenian mainstream. menian folk, 70’s due to their The first to be mentioned progressive rock lead singer is The Dorians; they have incorand more Roland Gasporated an American brand of contemporary paryan. His soul and blues into the Armenian rock expressions. musical direcmusical scene. Prior to this, the Bambir sings in Reincarnation tion, ambition only place you would hear such both Armenian and collabrations with Armenian genres of music were in jazz and English. Bambir is known to hip-hop acts like H.T. Hayko and clubs or new American styled woo audiences with their 3 hour acts like Arto Tuncboyaciyan’s pop singles. Suggested listening performances in the local rock Armenia Navy Band and even our from the Dorians would be “Fly” clubs of Yerevan. local singer-songwriter Gor Mkhiand “Es Kulam”. The Beautiful Armenia is also known tarian. Reincarnation’s most recent Project, a band who sings almost for their underground metal is “Yere1”, a more mainentirely in English, uses their scene. Bands from Georgia and single stream song like their previous acoustic and piano influenced Iran perform annually in festivals single “Eli for the soundtrack rock to express and underground of the filmLava” Taxi: Eli Lava. Their most darker themes that clubs. Just a few recent and mature album “Mi Gdal are uncommon years ago many Ser” is worth checking out. in the rock scene. Progressive rock The Armenian rock scene They have released and metal groups is larger than the aforementioned two albums and had been formed bands but it seems that these are moved to Armenia with noticeable the most progressive and most in 2006 from the popularity. A accredited in the scene presently. U.K. and are now dream team enDue to the emergence of this new reaching relative semble of some scene and the rock concerts that mainstream popuof these former have taken place this past year, the larity. groups formed music scene is transitioning to a The most the ethno-rock Bambir less polarized and frequent blendimportant and group, Dogma. scene. resilient of Armenian rock They wonderfully blend a unique ed I suggest all the readers to groups is Bambir. This band has form of hard rock with Armenian research or go to Armenia to look been inspired by the efforts of folk melodies and themes. Their for any norutyuns their fathers also named Bamfirst album can be purchased by Listen and enjoy. in the scene. bir, who during the late-Soviet contacting the band members period until the last decade through their website. Ser, Harkank, Djshmardutyun! © 2010 Armenian Student Association
Painting Optimism on Our Culture By: Lusine Harutyunyan
Lusine (I had to inculde the painting with my name)
Bright colored sculptures and paintings is what all visitors were exposed to during the 70th Anniversary event of artist Vladimir Atanian. As I walked into the gallery hall, I was immediately attracted to the unique and beautiful sculptures lined-up against the walls. Some of Atanian’s sculptures repeated themselves in different forms, each telling a new story. The “Torso Butterfly” quickly became one of my favorite sculptures, which is a voluptuous body of a woman used as a canvas for a Midnight Kaleidoscope #1 “Promenade” Series colorful butterfly, outlining the beautiful curves of the torso. After enjoying the sculptures I moved on to the paintings, which captured frozen moments of life
in every frame. It was impossible not to love the abstract touch of Atanian’s work; some of his work showed inspiration from Gorky. Giving the paintings life by using different textures was a technique present in many of his works which made them interesting to observe. Later in the evening all the guests were invited into an adjacent room for the program. There were many guests present, from Atanian’s students to Congressman Adam Schiff. Many tokens of appreciation and recognition were presented to the artist, but the best of all gifts was the gratitude of his students. The evening continued with the movie presentation of the “Golden Web”, which displayed the life and achievements of the artist. Atanian has always encouraged children to be artistic by finding their own talent. In an effort to find and perfect talent, Atanian opened up the Atanian Art Center in Glendale with his son, where many young Armenians attend. Atanian encourages his students to include elements from their culture in their works of art,
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as he believes it makes for a more genuine piece. “The only person who can feel good, is the one who loves his fatherland,” said Atanian, referring to how inspirations come from your fatherland, the past, the pain, and the culture! Following a long line of musical and dance performances, the evening came to an end as Atanian, who has Torso Butterfly earned the “Diamond” Lifetime achievement, and those who worked on his new book “Art and Life”, put wine on the pages of the book. Overall the evening was memorable and full of socializing with fellow art loving Armenians. I hope to see at least one of Atanian’s students in the future have a similar event honoring their art work. The young generation of Armenians is full of talented individuals, and ignoring those talents will be one of the biggest mistakes of our time.
Inch Ka Chka Last-Minute Quick Costume Ideas By: Silva Atsilatsyan
Looking for that last minute costume idea? We always want the unique costumes no one else will think of, but end up buying the overpriced ones from PartyCity, Aahs!, and many other stores. BUT! I looked into some funny new ideas for all of you to use and enjoy! With these ideas, you can NOT say “I don’t have a costume, I’m not going to that party”. It’s simply genius; just use what you have around the house! -Carry a quarter and a hammer. -What are you? A Quarterpounder. -Dress all in black, tie a shot glass around your neck. -What are you? A shot in the dark! -Wear all black and put a postage stamp (enlarged if possible) on your chest. -What are you? Blackmail. -Tie an old CD around your neck and carry a lighter. -What are you? A CD burner. -Draw the letter C seven times on face and arms. -What is it? The Seven Seas. -Get a small weight (for example a dumbbell) and stare at it intently. -What are you? Watching your weight. -Draw the letter P around eyes. -What are you? “Black-Eyed-Peas”.
-Got an old black leather jacket? Hair Gel? Jeans? 50s guy. -Affix one couch cushion to the front of you and one to the back. -What are you? The lost TV remote. -Wear all white. Attach (or paint) yellow circle to your stomach. -You are an egg. Add horns and a pitchfork and you are a deviled egg. -Get an old box. Cut a hole for your head. Attach book, tissue box, and lamp. -What are you? A “One Night Stand!” -Paint a shoebox black and attach it to your back. -What are you? A refrigerator magnet. -Bridal gown and sneakers? -What are you? Runaway bride. -Put crosses all over the clothes you are wearing. -What are you? A cross dresser.
-Tape a Quarter (or preferably enlarged photocopy of one) to your back. -What are you? A quarter-back.
-Dress normally. Pin some socks, dryer sheets, hand towels to your shirt. -What are you? Static cling.
-Wear Black clothes and paint your face white. -Instant mime.
-Carry around some paper. If someone asks what you are tear one up. -What are you? A paper shredder.
-Dress nicely with a fake noose around your neck. -What are you? Well hung.
-Catcher’s glove, loaf of rye bread. Attach the bread to you, wear the glove. -What are you? Catcher in the rye.
-Wear a t-shirt with a large ? (question mark) on it. Tape popcorn to it. -What are you? A pop quiz. -Wear extra-large bra over your clothes. Stuff with spices. -What are you? A spice rack. -Dress in a nice suit. Attach legal documents to yourself. -What are you? A law suit. -An empty box of cereal. A toy knife. -Instant “Cereal Killer.” -Attach unlit cigarette butts to a hat. -What are you? A butt-head. -Find a toy airplane. When asked what you are, hold it in your hand. -An aircraft carrier. -Put a sign that says “Go Ceilings!!!!” on your shirt. -What are you? A Ceiling Fan! Cheer to help the effect. -Wear normal clothes, make a sign that says “Nudist on Strike!”
- Wear red, blue, and orange:. Instant Armenian Flag. - For those times you don’t want to go: say you’re going as a cable-guy - since they never show up; or the invisible man.
Have a safe and happy Halloween everybody! Remember to have fun! Being shy is a waste of time! Okthanksbye <3 Silva. © 2010 Armenian Student Association
MOST MEMORABLE ANSWERS
• From the ocean, specifically the one in the beginning of our christening video.......lmao • never needed to ask my older cousin told me • When I asked my mom, she said nothing. So i stared to guess. “after you kiss, you get pregnant and they come out from the butttt?” ... the answer was yes. • They never said anything lol....They just guessed that one day I would figure it out. • What do you mean? they come from the stork right...? • god sent them from the sky and the birds delivered them in front of the door • From the Zangu river • They said i was too young and i wouldnt understand ... i guess after that i wasnt as curious as most kids to find out hahah • lol...the ocean brings them...thats what they fooled me with when i was a little one. • you will know when you get older lol. • The Black sea • my parents said that when some one gets married the get kids by nature , now i know what nature means lol • My parents actually rented a sex ed video from the public library and we watched it together. Most uncom-
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fortable 15 minutes of my life. After that, the topic never came up again. And when it did, I had figured it all out on my own - with the help of my friends and science classes of course. I never asked them where they come from. What are friends and the internet for? They said that they made them. I was too shy to ask how XD My parents told me that babies came from humans, but they never explained the process that takes place for impregnation. But, they never said it comes from the angels or the stork, for example. I always knew it was from a human being. they said they come from a woman’s egg and a man’s seed. And like a plant, it grows inside your tummy until it’s ready to come out. o.O God planted a seed into the mom and the mom had to go to the hospital to pick him/her up. Lol. :D My mom told me that when she and dad decided they wanted to have a baby, they went together to this special place. It had a big swimming pool full of beautiful baby boys and girls swimming and splashing around and being all cute and playful. They looked around for the perfect baby to bring home and they saw me. They then took a warm towel out of the
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dryer, wrapped me in it and brought me home! Such a cute story; I’m sure I will tell my kids the same thing when they ask me one day! They did not say anything because I never asked. When I was old enough though, they told me how it really is. My parents would say that babies came from the love between a man and a woman and after they were married, they were sent a present from a little bird. This was the same bird who was always checking up on me and telling my parents all the bad things I would do around the house. once that they got me at a store and once that the stork brought me Big hugs! People get an special shot and thats how moms get pregnant ;) I was divinely birthed by angels. chuck norris Mt. Ararat The Apricot Tree meshok papina berum Australia K-Mart Santa Claus!
AND THE BEST ANSWER IS.... • CSUN ASA leaves them at the door, wrapped in an Armenian flag.
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