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A 7.7 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK INDONESIA, CAUSING TWO TSUNAMIS AND TWO HOMES TO COLLAPSE, ACCORDING TO CNN.

ONE SENIOR MANAGES TO KEEP IT PROFESSIONAL WHILE WORKING WITH PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES.

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Residents Ready to Cool Down from Heat in Dorms BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer

Sean Robinson - Photo Editor

Nice Weather Warms Up Students The summer came early as the temperature reached 88 degrees on Tuesday. The Yard was filled with groups of students mingling and taking in the sun. Numerous students congregated on The Yard in their shorts, tanks, sundresses and sandals. Some students took advantage of the weather by holding a “yard sale” on The Yard. Although the weather was nice, lack of air conditioning in dormitories has left students less than enthused. Scorching weather conditions will continue until Friday when the temperature for the Washington area will drop to 64 degrees. -Macy Freeman, Copy Editor

Workaholism: An Issue Unacknowledged BY MACY FREEMAN Copy Editor Imagine a dorm room. The circular stains left behind by coffee cups, the piles of papers and books stacked past the point of vision and the clusters of sticky notes plastered along a desk can all be signs of an overworked college student. As the end of the spring semester is drawing near, students may begin to

feel symptoms of burnout, the hazard involved in a long period of strenuous work and sacrifice. College, a time of great responsibility, can also cause some students to feel pressured into compulsive working. Work addiction or “ergomania” is defined as excessive devotion to work especially as a symptom of mental disorder. For decades, work addiction has been up for debate, with questions of its

authenticity as an addiction. Some people have a difficult time viewing workaholism as a real addiction. According to Clinical Psychologist Carole Stovall, the work addiction can be as harmful as any other addiction, if not more so, because of its hidden nature. Through her workforce development firm, she has worked with the corporate world and has witnessed the addiction firsthand. She said work addiction is about

the “avoidance of risk,” whereas some other addictions, such as drug and alcohol abuse, involve risky behavior. “Work addiction is not acknowledged,” she said. When someone is constantly working, “They say ‘oh they just want to be successful.’” The effects of work addiction can range from the > See WORK, page 4

As the sun shines its rays and the temperature rises, some Howard University students long for a cool breeze at night. But due to no air conditioning in some of the dormitory buildings, students have become heated that the air conditioning (AC) has yet to be turned on. Students will have to wait a little while longer until the heat will be turned off in the Towers. This is set to be April 13, and air conditioning will be available April 15. “Given that the temperature is increasing, I think that it is ridiculous that we do not have air conditioning yet,” said Qyana Agina, a senior telecommunications management major and resident in the West Towers. “They need to take the necessary steps to let students have access to AC and this is one of the many frustrations of living in a dorm.” Agina and other students have started to purchase fans. But according to Agina, having a fan does not alleviate the heat, nor does opening the window to let that little breeze in. Another resident in the West Towers, Tony Marble, a junior business management major, said it is the university’s duty to make sure that the students are comfortable. “We pay all these funds for that security and yet the university takes it for granted,” Marble said. “I feel that the university’s upper management does not want to try to change until something truly bad happens.” Similar to Agina and Marble, Markus Holden, a freshman undecided major, is also experiencing lack of AC in Carver Hall. “I think if we paid to have certain accommodations, such as heat and AC, we should have it at our leisure for times when the temperature rises,” Holden said. “It should not be under someone else’s regulation, unless they are trying to save money somehow.”

Underage Drinkers Try to ‘Blame It on the Alcohol’ BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer Students, faculty, staff, local community members and high school students gathered in the Blackburn Center auditorium to discuss underage drinking at the “Blame It on the Alcohol” panel. The purpose of the event was to bring awareness of the effects of underage drinking to high school and Howard University students. The Ward 1 Drug Free Community Coalition hosted the event. They are a group that seeks to reduce alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana abuse among youth in Ward 1. “It may be fun to drink, but there are side effects that some young adults are not aware of,” said Marshella Toldson, program manager for Ward 1 Drug Free

Community Coalition. “People are targeted more when they are drunk.” A video presentation was shown on the effects of not being able to handle your liquor. One video was of a freshman college student who died from choking on her vomit after taking 20 straight shots between a three to four hour periods. Another video stated facts of alcohol such as drinking could impair your judgment and a 12ounce of beer has the same amount of alcohol as a standard shot. “I wanted to know how present alcohol is on campus and the Washington, D.C. area,” said sophomore advertising major Charda Starlings on her reason for attending the event. Starllings said the title of the event also caught

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her attention and said she received knowledge about underage drinking. “I know it is prevalent even on campus, because sometimes I see the empty alcohol bottles,” she said. High school students were also in attendance with the National Capital Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking (NCCPUD). Students from high schools such as Banneker Academic High School came to share their knowledge on underage drinking. NCCPUD serves to reduce the rate of underage drinking and continue to educate their peers. It was created in 1997. The students of NCCPUD displayed three different scenarios concerning the consumption of alcohol. The first scenario was an

older sibling consuming alcohol in front of his younger siblings. The next scenario was the sight of parents consuming large amounts of alcohol in front of their children. The last scenario depicted parents failing to teach their children the effects of drinking leading the children to believe their parents don’t care if they consume alcohol despite the fact they are underage. Member of the NCCPUD since his freshman year at Banneker Academic High School, senior Tobi Orekunrin said it is a good opportunity for the group to go out into the community and inform them of what is going on within their group. “It feels good doing something positive in the community,” Orekunrin said. “By being a part of NCCPUD, I gained a lot of knowledge that I didn’t

know before.” The government agency called the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) was also present. They work closely with schools and colleges to also bring awareness of underage drinking and how to drink responsibly. ABRA also issues licenses that enable qualified businesses to serve or sell alcoholic beverages. “We have a great deal of interaction with college students,” said Erin Mathieson, investigator with ABRA. Through the new program created in October 2009, ABRA will visit various schools and colleges in the area, such as George Washington University and American University, to attend health fairs and bring awareness of the effects of alcohol to students.

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DID ERYKAH BADU GO TOO FAR WITH HER VIDEO?

T H E H I LLTOP

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The Daily Student Voice of Howard University

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VOLUME 93, NO.102

Established

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WWW.THEHILLTOPONLINE.COM

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

1924

Wednesday’s

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WELLNESS

BREAKING NEWS

SPORTS

A 7.7 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK INDONESIA, CAUSING TWO TSUNAMIS AND TWO HOMES TO COLLAPSE, ACCORDING TO CNN.

ONE SENIOR MANAGES TO KEEP IT PROFESSIONAL WHILE WORKING WITH PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES.

READ WELLNESS TO FIND THE WAYS TO COMBAT WORKAHOLISM, AN ADDICTION THAT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY POPULAR.

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Residents Ready to Cool Down from Heat in Dorms BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer

Sean Robinson - Photo Editor

Nice Weather Warms Up Students The summer came early as the temperature reached 88 degrees on Tuesday. The Yard was filled with groups of students mingling and taking in the sun. Numerous students congregated on The Yard in their shorts, tanks, sundresses and sandals. Some students took advantage of the weather by holding a “yard sale” on The Yard. Although the weather was nice, lack of air conditioning in dormitories has left students less than enthused. Scorching weather conditions will continue until Friday when the temperature for the Washington area will drop to 64 degrees. -Macy Freeman, Copy Editor

Workaholism: An Issue Unacknowledged BY MACY FREEMAN Copy Editor Imagine a dorm room. The circular stains left behind by coffee cups, the piles of papers and books stacked past the point of vision and the clusters of sticky notes plastered along a desk can all be signs of an overworked college student. As the end of the spring semester is drawing near, students may begin to

feel symptoms of burnout, the hazard involved in a long period of strenuous work and sacrifice. College, a time of great responsibility, can also cause some students to feel pressured into compulsive working. Work addiction or “ergomania” is defined as excessive devotion to work especially as a symptom of mental disorder. For decades, work addiction has been up for debate, with questions of its

authenticity as an addiction. Some people have a difficult time viewing workaholism as a real addiction. According to Clinical Psychologist Carole Stovall, the work addiction can be as harmful as any other addiction, if not more so, because of its hidden nature. Through her workforce development firm, she has worked with the corporate world and has witnessed the addiction firsthand. She said work addiction is about

the “avoidance of risk,” whereas some other addictions, such as drug and alcohol abuse, involve risky behavior. “Work addiction is not acknowledged,” she said. When someone is constantly working, “They say ‘oh they just want to be successful.’” The effects of work addiction can range from the > See WORK, page 4

As the sun shines its rays and the temperature rises, some Howard University students long for a cool breeze at night. But due to no air conditioning in some of the dormitory buildings, students have become heated that the air conditioning (AC) has yet to be turned on. Students will have to wait a little while longer until the heat will be turned off in the Towers. This is set to be April 13, and air conditioning will be available April 15. “Given that the temperature is increasing, I think that it is ridiculous that we do not have air conditioning yet,” said Qyana Agina, a senior telecommunications management major and resident in the West Towers. “They need to take the necessary steps to let students have access to AC and this is one of the many frustrations of living in a dorm.” Agina and other students have started to purchase fans. But according to Agina, having a fan does not alleviate the heat, nor does opening the window to let that little breeze in. Another resident in the West Towers, Tony Marble, a junior business management major, said it is the university’s duty to make sure that the students are comfortable. “We pay all these funds for that security and yet the university takes it for granted,” Marble said. “I feel that the university’s upper management does not want to try to change until something truly bad happens.” Similar to Agina and Marble, Markus Holden, a freshman undecided major, is also experiencing lack of AC in Carver Hall. “I think if we paid to have certain accommodations, such as heat and AC, we should have it at our leisure for times when the temperature rises,” Holden said. “It should not be under someone else’s regulation, unless they are trying to save money somehow.”

Underage Drinkers Try to ‘Blame It on the Alcohol’ BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer Students, faculty, staff, local community members and high school students gathered in the Blackburn Center auditorium to discuss underage drinking at the “Blame It on the Alcohol” panel. The purpose of the event was to bring awareness of the effects of underage drinking to high school and Howard University students. The Ward 1 Drug Free Community Coalition hosted the event. They are a group that seeks to reduce alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana abuse among youth in Ward 1. “It may be fun to drink, but there are side effects that some young adults are not aware of,” said Marshella Toldson, program manager for Ward 1 Drug Free

Community Coalition. “People are targeted more when they are drunk.” A video presentation was shown on the effects of not being able to handle your liquor. One video was of a freshman college student who died from choking on her vomit after taking 20 straight shots between a three to four hour periods. Another video stated facts of alcohol such as drinking could impair your judgment and a 12ounce of beer has the same amount of alcohol as a standard shot. “I wanted to know how present alcohol is on campus and the Washington, D.C. area,” said sophomore advertising major Charda Starlings on her reason for attending the event. Starllings said the title of the event also caught

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her attention and said she received knowledge about underage drinking. “I know it is prevalent even on campus, because sometimes I see the empty alcohol bottles,” she said. High school students were also in attendance with the National Capital Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking (NCCPUD). Students from high schools such as Banneker Academic High School came to share their knowledge on underage drinking. NCCPUD serves to reduce the rate of underage drinking and continue to educate their peers. It was created in 1997. The students of NCCPUD displayed three different scenarios concerning the consumption of alcohol. The first scenario was an

older sibling consuming alcohol in front of his younger siblings. The next scenario was the sight of parents consuming large amounts of alcohol in front of their children. The last scenario depicted parents failing to teach their children the effects of drinking leading the children to believe their parents don’t care if they consume alcohol despite the fact they are underage. Member of the NCCPUD since his freshman year at Banneker Academic High School, senior Tobi Orekunrin said it is a good opportunity for the group to go out into the community and inform them of what is going on within their group. “It feels good doing something positive in the community,” Orekunrin said. “By being a part of NCCPUD, I gained a lot of knowledge that I didn’t

know before.” The government agency called the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) was also present. They work closely with schools and colleges to also bring awareness of underage drinking and how to drink responsibly. ABRA also issues licenses that enable qualified businesses to serve or sell alcoholic beverages. “We have a great deal of interaction with college students,” said Erin Mathieson, investigator with ABRA. Through the new program created in October 2009, ABRA will visit various schools and colleges in the area, such as George Washington University and American University, to attend health fairs and bring awareness of the effects of alcohol to students.

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Duke Wins a Nail-Biter Against Butler Bulldogs BY YETUNDE ALABI Contributing Writer Anxious sports fans crossed their fingers while they watched two of the most competitive teams in the NCAA Tournament fight for the title. The Duke versus Butler NCAA Championship match up was highly anticipated with strong players, and coaches on each side of the court which showed in the game that came down to the wire, ending with a final score of Duke winning 61-59. “I think both teams played hard,” senior economics major Jared Gregory said. “The game was close the whole time, but Duke is more of a clutch team and was able to take advantage of their possessions throughout the game.” Duke’s coach Mike Krzyzewski, nicknamed Coach

“K,” led his team to victory by making pivotal decisions in such a close game. The Butler Bulldogs (33-5) had a record season but was brought to an end after Gordon Hayward missed a half-court shot with 3.6 seconds left in regulation. Erica Day, a Howard University alumna thought it was a great game. “I needed to be in bed early, but I couldn’t stop watching,” she said. “Butler went down fighting and they made Duke step Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images up and play hard. I admire Duke’s Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski is hugged by forward Lance Thomas after the Duke Butler’s coach for having Blue Devils won the NCAA title game Monday night in Indianapolis. such a great team.” “I’m not a fan Duke was expected to win team but still managed to give Duke of either team; however, as a bas- as a result of having three possible some competition. ketball fan and former basketball NBA prospects on their team. But The game was labeled as player, I felt both teams played very ler was at a slight disadvantage with a “David vs. Goliath” match-up, well,” junior political science major only one NBA prospect on their but Butler proved that they were a Tyler Dragon said.

force to be reckoned with and that you don’t need a team full of stars and All-Americans to be successful. Brandon Sherman, a senior sports management, sociology double major thought Butler played a great game as well. “Butler played with a lot of confidence, but I knew Coach K would rally his team during halftime,” he said. “Duke struggled with rebounds in the first half of the game, but picked it up in the second. I’m just glad Duke brought a championship back to North Carolina.” After the failed attempt at a final game winning shot, Duke had won its fourth NCAA Basketball Championship. The game was close from beginning to the end with no team leading by more than six points at a time. A truly riveting performance for both teams, but the Blue Devils emerged on top.

Bison Making Moves Toward Success BY DEONTAY MORRIS Deputy Managing Editor

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Tiger Woods is finally making a comeback to golf after months of dealing with personal issues that altered his entire life.

Woods Takes a Swing at a Comeback to Golfing BY LARHONDA M. STRONG Contributing Writer

Holding his first press conference since the exposure of his many infidelities, Tiger Woods answered a few questions and spoke of moving forward with his life. Woods stayed out of the public eye for three months after crashing his Escalade near his home, which caused a media frenzy into his personal life. During that time he admitted himself into rehab and took a hiatus from golf. “I believe Tiger Woods will come back better than ever because he is a competitor,” said James Warren, a sports management major. “He has no choice because he lost so much money, he really has to make a comeback.” Woods announced last month he would return to playing professional golf at the Masters, which is held April 5-11. In a short interview with ESPN, he confessed to being nervous as to how the fans would receive him. He teamed up

with Masters Champion Fred Couples and played in front of fans for the first since November on Monday. The galleries couldn’t be nicer,” Woods said. “The encouragement that I got, it blew me away to be honest with you, it really did. Today was just something that really touched my heart pretty good.” Everyone seems to be waiting to see how he will do on the golf course. This Masters tournament could possibly be the turning point of everything that has happened so far. “I think if he plays well by winning first place then a lot of the past will be forgotten,” said Dr. Quarterman, professor and advisor in the sports management department. “If he performs well, he will be endorsed by some new companies and possibly obtain some of his previous contracts with companies again. However, if he does not perform to the expectations of everyone then the past will continue to resurface.”

Tiger Woods has won 14 championships over an 11-year period while dealing with the death of his father and still came back stronger than ever. Many fans are still showing him strong support while others are ashamed by his actions in his personal life. Some people feel it is too soon for him to return playing professional golf. When he was asked that question at the press conference he simply replied, “Well, I’m excited to play this week,” according to Sports Illustrated. He apologized for all the pain and embarrassment he caused his family and promised to work on becoming a better man. “I feel like he’ll fall off the map. Everyone’s perception of him has gone downhill,” said Melanie Guthrie, junior marketing major. “I personally don’t see him in the same way as I use to. His playing may remain the same or get better but the way fans and critics view him will always have somewhat of a negative light.”

Senior sports management major Matthew Smith has met Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings, Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, Gilbert Arenas and Roy Hibbert just to name a few NBA players. Unlike most people he doesn’t get star struck. “When you work with athletes all the time you begin to understand they are regular people. They have so many “yes” people they appreciate when somebody is real with them,” Smith said. “I wasn’t trying to get an autograph. The biggest thing is them being able to trust you.” Smith has worked with Adidas, Nike and Reebok in various capacities. His most recent internship in the sports field was working with the Washington D.C. Pro-City League in Georgetown. He was hired by Van Johnson, a regional representative of Nike. Smith helped out with logistics, making sure coaches had everything they needed and made sure everything ran smoothly. Howard Sports Information Director Edward Hill afforded Smith a chance to work at the ESPN Rise Tournament that took place in Bethesda, Md. in 2009. At this tournament the top high school basketball programs played over a weekend. Through this tournament he was able to meet Chris Rivers, a representative of Reebok. Smith helped Rivers with the Reebok All-American basketball game. Rivers was impressed with his work ethic and told him to keep in touch. Then out of the blue, Smith got an invitation to one of the most prestigious basketball camps in the country. “Randomly I got a text from Rivers saying he had a plane ticket for me to go to Dallas to help him out for the Reebok Underclassmen Camp. Players like John Wall and

O.J. Mayo have participated in that camp,” Smith said. While trying to break into the sports industry Smith has found a close mentor, Haniff Hill. Hill is a personal trainer for various NBA players and a NBA draft scout. Haniff Hill has trained Ty Lawson, Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Carmelo Anthony and countless other players. “Matt has a great work ethic. He is persistent and diligent. He always comes through,” said Hill. “Everything is on time and consistent; he is always there when I need him.” Smith attributes his success to the people he meets. He also said one of the main reasons he came to Howard was because he felt that D.C. had a multitude of opportunities in the sports industry. “I do so much more outside of campus than on campus. There are a lot of sports-related things that go on in D.C. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call someone,” Smith said. Smith said the best two classes he has taken dealing with his major are Budget and Financing with Gilbert Perkins and Sports Media with Edward Hill. Smith also had some advice for people who are attempting to break into the sports industry. “You have to be willing to talk to people. Don’t have too much pride and be humble. The worst thing someone can tell you is no, you have to be persistent,” Smith said. Smith said that brand marketing for a shoe company is his ultimate career goal. Even his classmates have taken notice of all the hard work he puts in. “He is a very driven individual, never misses a chance to network and he’s extremely knowledgeable,” said Teri-Anne Lott, a senior sports management major and friend of Smith. “He has a true passion for what he does and that will carry him a long way.”

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Workaholism: A Common,Overlooked Addiction Read the ways to tell if you suffer from the overlooked addiction, and the ways to counteract workaholism

Culturally, men are more prone to be workaholics, but the addcition affects people of all genders, races and ages. You can take a test at www.workaholics-anonymous.org.

continued from FRONT, WORK physical stress on a person’s body to the strain of relationships with friends and family. While the shortterm effects of an addiction to work may be irritability and loss of interest in other areas, the longterm effects can be more serious. According to the outreach coordinator at Workaholics Anonymous, “Michele,” people can become addicted to epinephrine or “adrenaline” due to continuous release of the hormone in times of anxiety and stress. With time, Michele says adrenaline can weaken the immune system. Stovall said, “If you’re overdoing it, you’re

going to get depleted.” Work addiction isn’t limited to any specific career field nor is it limited to a specific gender, but according to Stovall, cultural differences make men more prone to the addiction. They have been looked at as breadwinners for so long, and women tend to have more ties to people and their children. However, the addiction is an issue that can plague both men and women. Are you a workaholic? 1. Take a test. Workaholics Anonymous (http://www.workaholics-anonymous.org) offers a 20-

question test that analyzes whether or not a person may be a workaholic. One of the questions on the test is “Are you afraid that if you don’t work hard you will lose your job or be a failure?” Depending on the amount of “Yes” responses to questions, test takers may be a step closer to discovering a potential problem. 2. Is this a long-term issue or the result of your current situation? It is difficult to accurately identify someone as a workaholic. This person would display subtle signs of the addiction and would most likely receive rewards and encouragements for their achievements that resulted

from continuous work, said Michele of Workaholics Anonymous. Stovall says, “In the United States we give people medals for working too much. We give people rewards for working too much, which is a mixed message.” Leslie Humphrey, a sophomore marketing major said she knows other School of Business students who she said might be classified as workaholics. One person in particular she says seems to work without pause and somehow still manages to do well academically. “He’s heavily involved in everything, yet he still maintains a 4.0,” she said. “I don’t know how he does it. Being involved in every-

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thing, [he’s] always on the go…I commend him. He’s my hero.” 3. Ask the people who know you best. If your friends and family complain or express concern that you work too much, listen to what they have to say. How much time you have for loved ones can tell you something about the time you spend on yourself. Stovall said people should maintain ties with others because these people serve as “support systems.” Addicts are more likely to break promises to their loved ones, because they are so focused on their addiction.

Here are some tips on how to counteract stress and workaholic tendencies: 1. Pace yourself and set boundaries. Discover your breaking points, and be sure not to break them. This is not an easy task and requires active adherence and patience. Michele said that people must learn how to say “No,” to avoid continuous work and stress. 2. Find the balance. Michele advises students with demanding schedules to find a balance in their lives. The key to not developing an addiction is to maintain balance between that addiction and other areas of a person’s life. “A workaholic is a person who has a hard time balancing work and play,” she said. Stovall also suggests that college students find the balance in their lives being sure to take care of themselves first. 3. Consider a new course of study. If your current major isn’t satisfying, it may not be in the future. Consult your perspective school’s academic adviser. Howard University’s Counseling Service also provides students with career counseling and can be reached at (202) 806-6870 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Humphrey said recently changed her major from business management to marketing, not a huge leap but she recognized that she needed a change. 4. Spend more time with friends and family. A phone call to loved ones can help prevent a strain in a student’s relationships, caused by their heavy workload. Humphrey says when her workload becomes too stressful she turns to her family for guidance. “I talk to people,” she said. “I call my mom and dad every day. They’re great. They just reassure me that it’s [college] going to pay off in the long run. They tell me ‘Leslie, don’t stress yourself out.’” 5. Get more sleep and exercise. College students are notorious for pulling all-nighters, but sleep deprivation has been linked to compromised immune systems and an increase in risk for heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Arielle Brown, a sophomore psychology major, said that she tries to find ways to cope with any stress she may suffer due to her workload. “I try to exercise when I can,” she said. “That’s a good stress reliever for me. I like listening to music, laying down and relaxing or taking a nap.” Note: The members of Workaholics Anonymous maintain anonymity and prefer to be referred to by their first names only. Contact information for members is available on the Workaholics Anonymous Web site.

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Artist’s Nudity for Protest or Publicity? Erykah Badu. Her name is synonymous with good music, alternative thought processes, and now, a naked stunt. Most students can admit to growing up listening to Badu’s profound thought provoking music, and hearing about her unusual behavior, for example her unconventional fashion sense, or the fact that she named her first-born son, “Seven,” in honor of “the divine number which can’t be divided.” There’s no denying that the woman is a fascinating individual and an extremely talented artist. In a time when the vast majority of musical artists look and sound the same, she stands out as a real talent. After enduring her achingly long hiatus, fans were excited to learn she was releasing her first studio album in years, and even more excited to see what she would decided to film for her first video to “Window Seat,” a track off her recently released album. In what she explained to the press after the video’s release as a dedication to one of her heroes, John F. Kennedy, Badu

walked through Dallas’s crowded Dealey Plaza, stripping naked and falling to the ground as if she’d been shot. The five minute video was shot guerilla style, meaning there was no permit, closed set, or warning for the shoppers and bystanders witnessing her strip show. Initially no one pressed charges for her naked demonstration. But at the persistent urging of Dallas of-

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People would’ve bought album without Erykah’s naked publicity stunt. ficials, a witness whose two small children witnessed the show decided to go ahead and press charges, on the grounds that Badu’s nudity offended her children. Badu has been fined $500 for her performance. The controversial video was shot March 13. Her album was released March 30. The press and attention, whether positive or negative, is huge when you strip naked

and fall on the ground in the middle of a public shopping area. Everyone from hosts of morning radio shows, to hip-hop gossip bloggers, to national news networks were talking about it. We’re not saying Badu wasn’t attempting to prove a point with her naked demonstration. We’re just saying that it was perfectly timed to coincide with the release of her first album in two years. People would’ve bought her album regardless of whether or not she decided to strip in front of innocent pedestrians. It was a blatant publicity stunt; people all over the country who might have never heard her name before this, now know exactly who she is. She doesn’t have to act like she was simply paying homage to one of her heroes. We know she also did it to get some easy public $500 fine is a small price to pay for the huge amount of attention she’s received, and more importantly, potentially higher album sales.

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Crystal J. Allen Editor-In-Chief

The Transition is Coming Sitting in The Punch Out with three of my impeccably dressed female friends, I come across the “Who’s On Your Mind” piece written so eloquently by Ms. Brittany Spears. This may come off wrong, but right off the back, I knew it was a freshman soul that crafted this piece. I must commend Spears, for expressing your sentiments about the “heavy materialism and judgement” you feel has plagued the great HBCU that is Howard University. First, I want to provide you with a little bit of history of the fashion industry, knowledge that has been provided to me thanks to the Fashion Department. A lot of people do not know this, but without the artistic creativity of slaves (just imagine having to fashion garments from little bits of burlap sack) there would be no fashion industry as we know it. Sure, many in the African-American community are blinded by the “staples” that have come from Gucci, Louis Vuitton and elsewhere, but prior to their prominence, slaves were [forced to be] the driving force behind the industry. For example, slave Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley dressed such people as President Lincoln’s wife, Mary, as well as members of D.C.’s elite society back then. Fast forward to the 80s, when such designers as Patrick Kelly and Willi Smith turned the fashion in-

dustry upside down with their bold, innovative designs. And now to today, where we have amazing black designers such as Tracy Reese, Amsale, Ozwald Boateng. Getting to the point, African Americans have always been integral in the fashion community. Sure, you among other freshmen, maybe even sophomore females (and possibly males too), may feel “pressured” to be “dressed 24/7” and to wear heels, make-up and what have you around this campus, but trust, it’s going to happen naturally soon enough. It’s Howard. It’s not about fashion. It may not even be able style. It’s about maturity. Come on, who’s going to take you seriously in a flamboyant, loud and downright tragic sweatsuit from [House of] Dereon or Baby Phat? My parents always stressed that I make a good impression, not only with manners, decorum, and proper etiquette, but also with proper appearance. Back in the 60s and 70s, donning loungewear, sweats, etc., was not acceptable. Suits, shoes, stockings, was always mandatory. Remember, just as our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents were, we are the minority in this world, so we have to find every way to outshine and outlast our lighter-pigmented counterparts. If donning heels, applying MAC, and pairing a cute blazer with a

skirt and a simple oxford shirt is going to help you stand out, then why not? Especially when there’s always an opportunity to network with someone on this campus, I think it’s more than fitting. Additionally, you don’t need to have major labels to look like something. I know people who wear Yves St. Laurent, Giuseppe Zanotti, Christian Louboutin, etc. daily, but who says they look any better than the one in the piece from Target, Goodwill, or the Salvation Army? Never believe a brand will make you look better, because you’d be a downright fool to follow that blasphemy. It’s not about the label. It’s about how you wear them. Your clothes shouldn’t wear you. This is not to say that you should abandon your personal style and conform to what you see on this campus. Incorporate your style into your growth. Rather, this is to let you know that it’s time to become an adult and wear some adult clothes, furthering the promotion of the possible brand that is YOU. Finally, in regards to “fashion sense,” remember this quote [from designer Yves St. Laurent]: “Fashion Fades. Style is Eternal.”

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