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for your body do it yourself! Save your cash and pull off manis, pedis and facials at home

Makeover Your Life! give your Outlook, relationship, diet and finances a facelift

Connie Wang

“It’s nice to be able to meet other lunatics like me.”

is smart the new cool? Why it’s en vogue to hit the books and excel in the classroom breaking up is hard to do! Severing ties with your BFF botox’s new face p. 100

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28 EASY-TO-wear organic clothes 46

CONNIE WANG “It’s nice to be able to meet other lunatics like me.”


go green Your guide to living more eco-friendly


is smart the new cool? Why it’s en vogue to hit the books and excel in the classroom.

66 makeover your life! Give your outlook, relationship, diet and finances a facelift 72

The IN Thing P. 15-34

Spring’s Best Dresses

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO! Severing ties with your BFF

100 botox’s new face 106 DO IT YOURSELF! Save your cash and pull of manis, pedis, and facials at home

beauty news & views 36

beauty bulletin The return of the scrunchie, must-have mascara, metallic eye shadow, more


AU NATUREL The market’s best organic beauty products

style flash 10

trend watch Stars love their florals

12 STYLE STAR Leighton Meester gives us something to gossip about 40

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT Scott Sternberg of Boy by Band of Outsiders churns out preppy-chic to-die-for designs

Metallics shine at Balenciaga. See page 86.

fashion focus

78 geometry lesson Go to the head of the class in this season’s patterned pieces sure to earn you an “A” in Style 101 86 heavy metal Get your shine on with spring’s metallic trend


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the staff Editor-in-Chief Michael Jones executive editor Robyn Sapenter Fashion director Stephanie Taylor design director Omega Hensley SPECIAL PROJECTS DIRECTOR Jackie Ihekwaba Entertainment features Director Ashley Johnson Fashion fashion news director Christina Payne Market director Chandler Stephens assistant Accessories Editor LaJasley Ray ASSISTANT FASHION editor M’Lise Ashley BEAUTY BEAUTY & HEALTH DIRECTOR Randall Upshaw SENIOR BEAUTY EDITOR Ariel Burke ASSISTANT BEAUTY EDITOR TaNesha Spratling Features Features editor Jillian Risnes SENIOR EDITOR Britney Darnell west coast editor Devin Thomas ASSOCIATE EDITOR Onikeh Brown editorial assistant Terin Bufford WEB EDITOR Dara Adeeyo ASSISTANT TO THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jack Duffie CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Melissa Kimble, Wyndi Veigel-Hoyle

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Friendships don’t always last forever. How do you cut ties when your BFF needs the boot (p. 72).

Connie explains it all Connie Wang of UC Berkeley shares her thought on an array of issues

58 EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIVING ECO- FRIENDLY A how-to on living, buying and traveling green By Jillian Risnes 62 SMARTY PANTS Thanks to the nation’s first couple, it’s cool to stay in school and earn an education. Melissa Kimble explores this emerging trend 66

mid-semester makeover Revamp the most important facets of your life with our must-read guide


a clean, classy closure It’s not easy telling your BFF buh-bye, but Devin Thomas candidly shows you how

The Regulars 9 6 112 113 114

Memo from Mike Masthead Horoscope Shopping Index ‘Till We Meet Again


JAYE pulse 41 45

scoop Beyonce’s new movie, Sex and the City sequel, the new Miss America, plus more real talk with sasha b.


digest Dealing with high expectations, the history of Earth Day, and a look community colleges, plus more


financial aid fast track Get all the aid the government has to offer, plus a handy financial-aid timeline

104 the body shop The best products to give your hair body and bounce 106 do it yourself! At-home manis, pedis and facials that work 110 health headliners Generation Y and obesity


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95 SPRING’s KEY COLORS Liven up your skin with the season’s hottest makeup trends By Ariel Burke 162

botox’s new face What’s with college-aged young adults interested in the wrinkle-reducing med? Randall Upshaw finds out JAYE | APRIL 2009  7

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Memo from mike “I think if we were better equipped with the wisdom neccessary to break the toxic ties that bind us to bad BFFs and associates, we’d cut our losses much sooner.”

Now’s the time to pick up a few dresses to update your spring look. Flip to p. 15 for the best shapes for your body.

JAYE April 2009

Don’t waste time fighting with your friend — flip to p. 72 for tips and resources on how to break free from a bad BFF.

What about your friends?


F YOU LIVE LONG ENOUGH, you quickly learn friends come and go. And while some departures hurt more than others, it’s still a hassle learning to move on when a friendship’s run it’s course. My team and I think if we were better equipped with the wisdom neccessary to break the toxic ties that bind us to bad BFFs and associates, we’d cut our losses much sooner. With this in mind, I challenged Devin Thomas, one of our talented editors, to pen a piece on ending a tough relationship with a girlfriend. In “A Clean, Classy Closure” (p. 72), she approaches an inherently-touchy issue with equal amounts of humor, sensitivity and thoughtfullness, and shows you how to part ways — with your dignity still intact. Thankfully, one thing you don’t need friends for is shopping, and starting on p. 15, we’ve put together a package of dresses for every body type, and the accessories you need to complete the look. My staff and I have been raving for months about the ease and accessiblity fashion affords in this unmissably turbulent economy. Spring’s all about mixing patterns (Check out “Geometry Lesson” on p. 78 for a tutorial), shiny must-have metallics (“Heavy Metal” on p. 86 show you the season’s best and what to pair them with), so starting with this issue, drop the drama attached to past-due friendships, get inspired by the spring trends and don’t forget to e-mail and let me know what you think! Have a ball reading the issue!

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leighton meester sports a Marc Jacobs floral frock at he 5th Annual Lucky Shops by Lucky magazine event in New York City.

Hollywood starlets love their florals

Equal parts gorgeous and enchanting, Jewel radiates in this Alice Temperely London dress at the People’s Choice Awards.

Heidi Klum shows how sexy is done: Coverage on top with flowery top; a little eye candy on bottom with a miniskirt—that shows off her to-die-for gams.

flower power: This springtime look is updated— and chicly worn by our favorite celebs

Carrie Underwood stuns in floor-length dress at last year’s Grammy Awards. 10  JAYE | APRIL 2009

Though this dress is from Luella’s spring ’08 collection, Kelly Osbourne’s look can easily be updated with one of the season’s sporty anoraks.

Rihanna shows black isn’t boring when contrasted with bright, eyecatching floral patterns.

Can’t you just see yourself in a get-up like the one ginnifer goodwin rocks here? Follow her cue and keep the extras to a minimum—let the dress’s pattern speak for itself.

Meester: Jewel: Underwood: Osbourne: Rihanna: Klum: Portman:

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■ Best known as Blair Waldorf on the CW’s Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester, 22 (she’ll be 23 this month), got her start in the acting business in 1999 on Law & Order. Though she’s appeared on Entourage, CSI: Miami and 7th Heaven, Meester’s claim to fame came in the form of the role of quintessential mean girl on GG, a pop culture phenomenon. Despite Blair wearing and setting the latest trends, Meester lives pretty low-key when she’s off camera in cool, casual basics.

terrific tees Meester shows how to wear shorts and a tee—rock this look and your weekend wardrobe worries are thrown out the window. (

Leighton Meester gives us something to gossip about

glamorous goddess Meester’s redcarpet ready in an above-the-knee frock that shows off her mind-blowing legs. (

block party Meester mixes uber-trendy jewel tones in a Catherine Malandrino dress. (

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must-have maxi The best accessory to a fun, flattering maxi dress? An awardwinning smile. (long-hairstyle.

“I don’t feel guilty at all if I’m just lying around, one of my best guilty pleasures is doing absolutely nothing.” – Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester, on lounging around when she’s not working, according to

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JAYE shopping

Forget the bulky layering that fall mandates and adopt spring’s easygoing vibe with the season’s variety of dresses. On the following pages, find the perfect frock to flatter your figure

TheIN Thing

spring's best dresses >>

Antonio Beradi shows how daytime chic is done.

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4 1. Sandals $24.99, Ami Clubwear, 2. Dress $90, Lipsy, 3. Bangles $85, Ted Rossi, 4. Cardigan $410, Crumpet, 5. Dress $24.80, Forever 21, 6. Bag $229.99, Helen Welsh, piperlime. com. 7. Earrings $195, Alexis Bittar, 8. Dress $32.99, Charlotte Russe, 9. Sandals $12.99, Wet Seal, 10. Jacket $35, Old Navy,

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style tip: Throw on a lightweight cardigan or jacket to make the look daytime appropriate.

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Go the strapless route and add a dose of visual interest to your look with distinctive details around your chest Tracy Reese

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1 1. Dress $265, Moschino Cheap & Chic, 2. Wallet $12.99, Charlotte Russe, 3. Bangle $5.80, Forever 21, 4. Dress $28.50, Wet Seal, 5. Pumps $860, Christian Louboutin, 6. Pumps $45.99, Michael Antonio, 7. Clutch $285, Anissa, 8. Dress $44.50, American Eagle,


spring's best dresses

style tip: Look for comfy heels that balance the bottom half of your body with the top.




Halter necklines, patterns and empire-waist details keep any unwanted cleavage in check, play up your shoulders and accentuate your curves

you're body type: Full Bust

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1. Sandals $1075, Dolce & Gabbana, 2. Dress $24.50, Wet Seal, 3. Bag $1095, Stella McCartney, 4. Sandals $99, Cocobelle, 5. Dress $50, Miss Selfridge, 6. Jacket $24.99, Charlotte Russe, 7. Sandals $971, Rupert Sanderson, 8. Dress $90, Diesel,

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5 style tip: Keep accessories to a minimum—they will distract from the dress’s pattern.

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Printed shift dresses fit your body perfectly and break up your long silhouette anna sui

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you're body type: Tall & Thin

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1. Dress $44.50, American Eagle, 2. Sandals $188, Coach, 3. Bangle $12.99, Ami Clubwear, 4. Dress $32.99, Charlotte Russe, 5. Earrings $4.80, Forever 21, 6. Bag $178, Lucky, piperlime. com. 7. Sandals $138, Lily Pulitzer, 8. Sandals $24.99, Mossimo, 9. Dress $475, Milly,


spring's best dresses

style tip: For a low-key, bohemian look, pair your maxi with understated sandals and fun accessories.

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The key here is to draw the eye up, and that’s what the maxi dress's low-cut neckline will do; the long, flowy fit loosely floats over your body

you're body type: Pear-shaped

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1. Sandals $175, Matt Bernson, 2. Dress $24.80, Forever 21, 3. Bangles $6.50, Wet Seal, 4. Dress $1850, Missoni, 5. Necklace $555, Alex Monroe, 6. Bag $31, Let's Fly, 7. Sandals $169, Coclico, 8. Dress $48, Dorothy Perkins,

spring's best dresses

style tip: Waist-cinching belts and built-in detailing provide the illusion of curves and fill out your small frame.



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Fuller skirts fill out your body’s frame. Don’t be afraid of volume — smart seaming and details keep you from being swallowed by your clothes oscar de la renta

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1. Wedges $135, Charles David, 2. Dress $775, Miu Miu, 3. Sandals $70, Carlos by Carlos Santana, 4. Dress $34.50, Delia's, 5. Necklace $270, Scott Stephen, 6. Bangles $5.80, Forever 21, 7. Dress $24.99, Aeropostale, 8. Clutch $42, Mahiki,

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style tip: Look for dresses that do double-duty and work for both day and night.





Opt for dresses in bright solid colors with simple shapes that show your sexy, curvaceous body j. crew

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you're body type: Curvy

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Tone It Down

Models sauntered down the runways in sandals in all shades of brown, taupe and khaki — join the club, grab a pair and get to steppin'! 24  JAYE | APRIL 2009

1 fred flare $28, 2 ami clubwear $21, 3 steve by steve madden $159.99, 4 FERGIE $129, 5 sergio rossi $526,

the in thing

Colorful carryalls Throw all of your spring essentials in this season's assortment of bright bags

From top: pauric sweeney $1400, forever 21 $8.50,

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bargain basement BLAZER, $46, Miss Real, big ticket TANK, $85, Kain,

big ticket BLAZER, $159, Labour of Love,

big ticket NECKLACE, $275, Ileana Creations,

style on a budget!

bargain basement TANK, $10, Old Navy,

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big ticket vs. bargain basement Tomboy-chic is updated with loose basics, classic fedoras and versatile cropped trousers—spend a chunk of cha-ching or get the look at a more affordable price point

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bargain basement CROPPED TROUSERS, $28, Twelve by Twelve,

bargain basement FEDORA, $12.50, Wet Seal,

bargain basement NECKLACE, $3.80, Forever 21,

big ticket FEDORA, $24, Goorin Bros., STYLE.COM.

big ticket CROPPED TROUSERS, $693, Roland Mouret,

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Ashley Tisdale in a black and purple Liyah asymmetrical dress by organic clothing retailer Gypsy '05.

Easy-to-Wear Organics


Tackle two birds with one stone: Look stylish and reduce your carbon footprint with this season's selection of eco-chic pieces 1 t-shirt $24.50, Kirra, 2 dress $38.99, Rosy Mauve, 3 jeans $65, Serfontaine, 4 clutch $58, Autonomie Project, 5 necklace $58, Echo, 6 bracelets $120, Alexis Bittar, shop. 7 ring $110, Alexis Bittar,



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Try the trend for under $50

You may not be a recipient of a bailout, but take advantage of spring’s fringe benefits—at a price point that won’t leave you broke 30  JAYE | APRIL 2009


1. Bag $28, Select, 2. Necklace $9.99, French Connection, 3. Scarf $36, Warehouse, 4. Top $38, Arden B., 5. Dress $50, Rare, 6. Sandals $26.99, Go Jane, 7. Top $14.80, Forever 21, forever21. com. 8. Sandals $22.80, Forever 21, 9. Bag $25, New Look,


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Women love him; men strive to be more like him—Andre Benjiman makes a living pushing style’s status quo and carving his own place among’s fashion’s best-dressed

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Sternberg’s cool demeanor shines through in the pieces he designs.

“The most important thing is making great clothes that have value, that always feel new but always feel classic.” – Scott Sternberg Kanye West posing at the fall ’09 show during New York Fashion Week.


Scott Sternberg of Boy and Band of Outsiders

Anne Hathaway in Boy by Band of Outsiders at the premier of her latest film, Bride Wars.

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“Boy” muse and actress Kirsten Dunst shows off a look from the spring ‘09 collection.

Award under his belt, and retail giants like, Barney’s, Ron Herman and Jeffrey as buyers, Boy and Band of Outsiders are rapidly making their mark in the fashion world. Both lines continue to mature with time—from cute to romantic—with countless inspirations each season, and maintain a recurring boyish motif. Sternberg wants to create his own community with the lines (Kirsten Dunst was his muse for spring ’09), and keeps it personal with his Web site in a blog that he publishes. Sternberg understands the art of making clothes that keep his faithful consumers coming back for more—even Kanye West and Jason Wu are admirers. The brand was created to make us feel what we are

This designer is stirring fashion lovers into a frenzy with his preppy classics that express femininity with a boyish twist — the ideal balance his supporters love wearing, and change the way we think. “We’re always letting our guy or girl think about how they wear clothes differently and how they buy clothes perfectly,” Sternberg explains. Sternberg admits the label isn’t about changing the face of menswear or womenswear, but about creating ageless pieces that you want to love. By Christina Payne

sternberg: west: hathaway: Dunst:

■ At first glance, this collection full of 1940s-inspired schoolboyand girl-clad basics may not appear groundbreaking, but the classic approach to modernity that is Boy and Band of Outsiders develops a façade that we can’t help coveting. The mastermind behind the preppy label, Scott Sternberg, launched Band of Outsiders (the menswear line, named after an actual band) in 2004, and a womenswear line inspired by menswear, titled Boy, in Fall 2008. Once a Hollywood agent, Sternberg, a Dayton, Ohio native, quenched his designing thirst by using, “what I could afford without having to buy hundreds of meters of fabric,” which happened to be vintage fabrics. With a CFDA Fashion

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lashing out The new Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara ($14, Sephora, should without a doubt be the newest addition to your makeup collection this spring . It’s arched wand eliminates the eyelash curler while lifting and extending each lash to its boldest and beautiful look yet.

FAKE LASHES THAT DON’T LOOK FAKE! Fake lashes are a trend that has now become a new form of self-expression. There is a different style for each woman and the look she aspires to have. Lashes range from those that create a full and dramatic effect to ones that appear to be more natural and every day appropriate. MAC lash collection provides options such as the “21 Lash” that adds length and builds volume versus the “7 Lash” that creates a more natural length for day to day glamour.

the return of the scrunchie

Whether it was adding personal style to your side ponytail or wrapped around your wrist, the decorative elastic hair tie, also known as the scrunchie, was in some way a part of every young woman’s childhood. We identify this 1980s and early-90s fad with assorted colors, textures, and numerous pattern combinations that allowed each girl the opportunity to portray her self-expression. Though scrunchies have not always been the most sought out trend in the fashion world, 2009 is the year that embodies the idea that older trends always resurface, and with that, we have the return of the scrunchie. Order yours at American Apparel for a budget-friendly $3.50.

Sensationally Silver

Depending on the application, silver make up can work for both the day and the evening. If allover silver eye makeup is a bit much for your personality, try a small amount on the inner corners of your eyes, then bled slightly onto your inner upper lid. Use any color across the rest of your lid to create wonderful combinations. Check out department stores (brands like Rimmel London carry inexpensive products) and Victoria’s Secret to acheive this spring trend. For day: Apply silver eye shadow with a light hand over lid.

Beauty is everything you make it

beauty BULLETIN By Randall Upshaw

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For evening: Apply silver eye shadow a little bit heavier and you can even wet your eye shadow or liner to help intensify the tone of your silver make up even further.

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Why not celebrate Earth Day by grabbing a few organic products to add to your spring beauty regimen?


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1 lavender oil, $12. This must-have product relieves irritations from stings. 2 Dr. Alkaitis’s Organic Night Creme, $54. This night crème contains blends of organic oils and absorbs in skin while you’re asleep. 3 SukiColor Triple Cream Eye Definer, $42. This creme, enriched with 100 percent natural ingredients, highlights your eyes, brings out its best features and is available in seven shades for all skin tones. 4 Waleda Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash, $10. This shampoo and body wash is for babies and adults with super-sensitive skin. It has mild plant based cleansers and extracts, and does not cause eye irritation. 5 Suzanne aux Bains Nourishing Hand Cream, $24. This hand cream combines organic ingredients that are certified by Ecocert with a Cosmebio label to simultaneously nourish, protect and heal rough, dry hands — this will be a mainstay in your bag this season! 6 Intelligent Nutrients 70% Organic Hair Treatment, $45. This treatment uses oatmeal and other non-toxic plant nutrients to help spread the formula through scalp. >> All products can be found at, the source for organic skin care and aromatherapy. 38  JAYE | APRIL 2009


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isn’t she lovely? ■ Katie Stam, a 22-year-old University of Indianapolis communications major and 2009 Miss America winner claimed her crown at the 88th Annual Miss America Pageant, which took place last January in Las Vegas, Nevada at Planet Hollywood. Fighting off a throat infection and laryngitis, the Indiana native managed to beat the odds and take home the ultimate title. She won $50,000 and hopes to obtain a bachelor’s degree in communication and to someday become a television news anchor. According to PR News Wire, this Indiana beauty will travel 20,000 miles each month educating people about her platform of Passion for Service: Promoting Community Service and Involvement as well as serving as the National Goodwill Ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network. Katie Stam’s triumphant walk across the stage was only the start of a year long, nationwide journey of service as the 2009 Miss America. >> JAYE | APRIL 2009  41


on APRIL’s movie menu >> fast and the furious 4 Vin Diesel and Paul Walker team up for the fourth edition of the action-packed thriller Fast and the Furious. This time, they’re taking it back to the streets of L.A. where it all began. Fugitive ex-con, Dominic Toretto (Diesel) rekindles his feud with agent Brian O’Conner (Walker) when an unforeseen crime brings them back to L.A. Forced to confront a mutual enemy, Dom and Brian must succumb to an uncertain new trust between them if they plan to successfully outmaneuver their target. Dom and Brian find the best way to actually get revenge is to push the limits of what is humanly possible behind the wheel.

17 again Mike O’ Donnell, a class of ‘89 graduate and star of the basketball team, throws all his opportunities out the window to live not so happily ever after with his girlfriend Scarlet and the baby they are expecting. 20 years later, Mike’s happy days are behind him: His marriage is falling apart, his teenage children think the worst of him, and he’s been passed up for a promotion at work. After being reunited with the nerd of high school, who has turned into a billionaire, Mike gets a chance at being 17 again. While trying to relive his best years, he could possibly lose the best things that have ever happened to him.

Obsessed Beyonce Knowles and Idris Elba star as Sharon and Derek, a successfully happy couple. Derek has just received a promotion at work but it comes with a little more than he has bargained for. Lisa, a temporary worker at his job, becomes overly obsessed with Derek and begins stalking him. All the things that he has worked so hard for are now in jeopardy in the thrilling drama. Directed by Steve Shill and written by Dave Loughery, and co-starring Ali Carter and Christine Lahti, this drama is set to release April 24. Obsessed

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MOVIE NEWS >> With Madea Goes to Jail still number one at the box office it is no wonder that Tyler Perry is inking more deals with his favorite production company, Lionsgate, according to a report penned by Emily McDonald at The article goes on to say the movie-maker and the company have decided that Perry’s next projects will be, I Can Do Bad All by Myself and Why Did I Get Married Too, the sequel to Why Did I Get Married. Perry is set to star in, direct and pen both movies. I Can Do Bad All By Myself was originally a Tyler Perry play and follows a young woman who moves in with her grandmother (Madea) after she suffers some domestic abuse. HR reports that Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson will star in the movie. The film is set for a September 11 release date. The second film, Why Did I Get Married Too will start filming later this year and is set for an Easter weekend release in 2010. No word on whether Too will follow the same characters as the original film. 42  JAYE | APRIL 2009

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1. rascal Flatts Unstoppable Coming back from a two-year break with an album that is guaranteed to awaken your musical senses, Rascal Flatts wows the fans again. With their first single, “Here Comes Goodbye,” this trio touches the hearts and ears of country music fans and lovers of all types of genres with their sixth album, Unstoppable, which hits the shelf on April 7.

3. JARS of clay The Long Fall Back to Earth With the blended sounds of alternative rock, folk, and acoustic soul, this Grammy Award-winning Christian-rock band is releasing their tenth studio album. This highly anticipated 14-track project is sure to draw the listener in with its touching lyrical content. Jars of Clay, known for its groundbreaking, intelligent music and humanitarian work worldwide, artfully explores matters of relationship and community through the songs on this album which will hit stores on April 21.

4 4. ciara Fantasy Ride Back with her junior album, Ciara takes

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the music scene by storm. Her newest project is set to be released as a three-disc album entitled Groove City, Crunktown, and Kingdom of Dance. Fans of this R&B sensation are in love with hits like “Never Ever,” the pop princess’s lead single, shows Ciara’s growth, both vocally and personally, and empowers her supporters to take care of themselves before anyone else. Featuring Missy Elliot, The Dream, Young Jeezy, and T-Pain, this hot album is coming to a music store near you on April 7.

music news >> WHAT’S IN A NAME? As if she needed more street-cred, Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, better known by her stage name M.I.A., earned it at this year’s Grammy Awards when she performed on her baby’s due date with T.I., Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Donning a fitted, polka-dot clad minidress, the British songwriter, record producer, vocalist and artist kept viewers on their feet or at the edge of their seats during the entire performance. Days after the performance, M.I.A., who was nominated for two Grammys and an Oscar for her work on Slumdog Millionaire, gave birth to a baby boy, which was the source of whispers regarding his name (rumors swirled saying his name was Ickitt, but in her trueto-form style, M.I.A. stifled them through an all-caps post titled “Baby Name” on her MySpace blog. “My baby is not called Ickitt, Pickit or Lickit, thank you very much to all the Hollywood press. He’s a baby, he don’t need press,” she writes. “I didn’t release the baby name because I didn’t think it was news! But I will be back with something newsworthy soon, till then go pick on Apple, Satchel and Moon Unit. Lots of love stickit!” M.I.A. is engaged to musician Benjamin Bronfman, who has also gone by the name Benjamin Brewer.


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2. flo rida ROOTS Grammy-nominated artist Flo Rida is at it again with his sophomore album, ROOTS (Routes of Overcoming the Struggle), set to release April 7. Working with producers such as J Rock, Dr. Luke, and DJ Montay (who produced the charttopping club banger “Low”), this rap sensation has prepared an album that will surely keep your heads bobbin’ from now into the easy, breezy summer season.

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Novel notes: must-read books >>

In The Dark is not only a top-notch mystery and a convincing portrait of crack dealing on south London estates, but a moving exploration of grief among those involved.

Up at the College by Kim Edwards Up at College is the second edition to a three-part series. Yvonne Fountain Copeland’s world is turned upside down when her husband of 15 years decides to leave her because their marriage was getting boring. Coach Curtis Parker seems to have it all: Money, a successful coaching career at Evangeline T. Marshall University, plus he’s great-looking, single and childless. Yvonne and Curtis are both spinning around in circles trying to attain happiness without God’s help and what begins as a series of questioning self-worth evolves into an extraordinary journey consisting of victory, faith, joy and love.

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let’s talk about sex Sex Sells — just ask the girls from the Sex and the City franchise, which will now include a sequel set to release sometime in the summer of 2010. In its first weekend alone, Sex and the City: The Movie opened with almost $58 million in sales, reportedly making it the biggest R-rated comedy opener ever. Though the script is being written, fans and media mavens are busy speculating what will happen in part two. 44  JAYE | APRIL 2009

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In the Dark by Mark Billingham Best-selling author Mark Billingham, delivers a stand-alone, crime-fiction novel about gang violence. This story begins with a gang initiation that costs an off-duty police officer, Paul Hopwood, his life. After his partner investigates his death, she finds some out some things that maybe should have been left buried. In The Dark is not only a top-notch mystery and a convincing portrait of crack dealing on south London estates, but a moving exploration of grief among those involved.


Q: I am having major financial In college, problems issues. My parents work, to supare countless; funds port me, (a college sophomore), my are few — and brother sister, and grandmother. sometimes we all could I am not a straight A student, use a little and only bring in financial aid expert advice …  to cover my college tuition. This without the fee that past semester, I barely kept a 2.3 comes with said GPA, and I’m not as interested in advice. Luckily, Sasha college as I thought I would be. I B., JAYE resident (and really just want to drop out, and anonymous!) shrink is start living my life. This way, I on the scene to answer don’t drain my parents finanall of your inquiries cially, and maybe even get to help them with their money problems. How important is a college degree when I could have experience instead? I don’t want to be a doctor or lawyer, so I really don’t need a degree to start working. I don’t know. I am tired of school, and working just looks better. Can you help me before I waste any more of my parents money.


A: I am the first to say the old adage, “College is not for everybody.” If I seriously believed that you were not a fit for a college campus, I would advise you to look at career options that do not require a degree — there are many good jobs that do not require a degree and provide a solid pay to their employees; but sadly alas, in your situation, I do not find this to be the case. You talk about leaving school as not to “waste your parent’s money,” as if that is a noble, selfless thing to do. I just think you want to quit college because it is not a walk in the park. You keeping a 2.3 GPA shows that you are working, but not committing yourself to your time in college, and that is not only a waste of money, but more importantly, your time. If you are serious about not wasting your parent’s money, then work to make your college experience a good one. Dedicate yourself to growing into the person who would be marketable in the changing economy. Look to get internships that will provide college credits and, possibly, a solid paycheck. Take your college years to find whom you are, what you are good at, and what possible avenues you can take to build a solid career. Quitting school is just that: quitting. You gain nothing from the years you have put into college thus far.

Realistically, a college degree does not guarantee you a job, a paycheck, or a solid future. A college degree shows potential employers that you can be dedicated to a long-term task, that you are capable of learning and retaining knowledge, and that you are more than an 18-year-old kid, but a mature adult—with life experiences gained from a diverse educational system, that can be a positive, productive influence in the workplace. College students are not always inspired to be “the person they were meant to be,” but those who go into the experience ready to learn and grow will see the transformation of a highschool kid, to a college graduate; a transformation that will make the money your parents spent and your time well worth it. Stay in school, and learn in and out of the classroom to see just what you can become. ■

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>> Sasha B., I don’t think college is for me. I want to give it up and enter the work force. What do you think?

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Blogs, post-grad plans, inspirations, and more — Connie Wang of UC Berkeley covers it all in this candid Q&A >>

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Full disclosure: Dara, our Web editor, sent me a Facebook-chat message raving about this student she met through the blogosphere. “Too good to be true, I thought.” After all, you don’t run into a chic, funny college senior who’d rather talk fashion than the faltering economy. So, thanks to Dara, here, we have Connie Wang, a 21-year-old college senior set to graduate next month. Blogger? Check. Super intern? Check. Sanctum of wisdom, advice and humor? Check. Don’t believe me? Just keep reading. – Michael Jones

Q: You founded a blog, Pretty Legit. What inspired you to start your blog? A: A super-cold, super-dull Minnesota winter break during my Freshman year of college. I had kept personal blogs all through middle and high school, but I was really into the idea of starting a nichefashion blog that was graphicheavy and content-specific (my old Blogspot was totally inspired by TeenVogue and WhoWhatWearDaily). School and internships started getting hectic last summer, so I switched over to microblogging site Tumblr and am kind of obsessed with it right now. Q: Discuss the network48  JAYE | APRIL 2009

ing opportunities social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and blogs have given our generation. A: I think a lot about where I’d be if I didn’t have a blog, and I think I can honestly say that I would have never had the same internship opportunities, my ambitions would have been much lower and I would have definitely not been able to get to fall in love with fashion with the kind of intensity and depth that I have. These social networking tools have not only afforded me the opportunity to practice creating fashion-related content that have totally helped me develop a writing style, but it’s put me in contact with some of my favorite people. We bloggers are all cut from the same fabric: we’re a little random, we’re a lot passionate, and we all are online extroverts. It’s nice to be able to meet other lunatics like me. Q: Do you have any words of advice for students who are interning this summer? Be humble of your achievements, be efficient at your tasks, be aware of everything going on around you, and be nice. Despite what you see on TV about how bitchy is the new black, having an attitude really gets you nowhere. Also, keeping an intern journal is a wonderful way to chronicle your experiences. I have one notebook for every internship I’ve had and it’s always fun to look back to see the notes and thoughts I jotted down along the way (as well as all the clumsy coffee stains). But

Connie in her foolproof, go-to outfit.

Connie doesn’t take life too seriously and always finds time to have fun.

Connie with onthe-rise designer, Alexander Wang.

if you’re going to keep your journal online, make sure you know exactly what you can and can’t blog about. Some places are very strict with nondisclosure agreements and a loose lip could get you in major trouble. Q: How did you go about getting your internship at Teen Vogue last summer? A: After doing copious research on Ed2010 (a community of young magazine editors and magazineeditor wannabes who want to learn more about the industry) and contacting a few former magazine interns, I emailed my resume and cover letter out to a few publications in February, and I was absolutely besides myself when EJ, Teen Vogue’s Web editor, contacted me a day later. I imagined to be the perfect place to intern for the summer, combining my interest in online media, my love for fashion, and my past experiences working with teens of all different backgrounds. I spent the latter part of my spring break in NY and came in for an interview. Despite a major coffee spill in Times Square, I had a wonderful interview with EJ where we went over my portfolio and cover letter together. A few days later, I received a call— I had gotten the job! Q: What did you enjoy the most about your internship? The least? I loved that I got a chance to do exactly what I love doing—reading and writing about fashion. It was hard to get used to the fact that I was actually working and not just goofing off. It’s amazing to be given the opportunity to be creative for a career.

Connie shows black isn’t boring — and check out the shoes!

“It was hard to get used to the fact that I was actually working and not just goofing off. It’s amazing to be given the opportunity to be creative for a career.”

I’ve got to say that the least fun part of my job involved sending out the thousands of giveaway items from one of the contests we held at the end of the summer. Internships involve a lot of grunt work—which I’m always happy to do—but I’m quite horrified at the quantity and quality of the epic paper cuts I suffered from packing the envelopes and boxes. Yikes. Q: Do you want to go back to the city this summer? A: I’m actually graduating this May so I’m planning on moving to New York permanently! There’s something about NYC that makes me feel so vivacious—someone once told me that New York is the place that people go if they want to do their  best at something. Whenever I’m there, I can’t >> JAYE | APRIL 2009  49

jaye cover story help but feed off that ambitious energy. It’s infectious, and I love it! Q: What are your career aspirations? A: I’d love to be able to start my own teen publication. I’ve always had a vision of what Connie-the-teen would have loved to read and I’d love to bring it to fruition someday. Responsible journalism is something I believe in and adolescents deserve to be engaged in a way that doesn’t presuppose that they’re all hedonistic, irresponsible slobs. Youth are interesting and interested, and I think that they’re capable of thinking and doing so much if they’re presented the resources to do it with. I want to start a gender-neutral publication that covers a panoply of topics that not only include fashion and pop culture, but also history and literature and science. When I was younger, I never enjoyed reading magazines that talked at me. I was always way more into ones that talked to me. Q: What do you enjoy the most about your school, University of California Berkeley? The least? A: Berkeley is an amazing place to develop a set of beliefs. Everyone here is deeply passionate about something and unabashed about it. The best part is that everyone is so open to having dialogues and being accepting of all different types of lifestyles. I have to admit though, I oftentimes get caught up in this “Berkeley Bubble” and it’s a rude awakening when I travel out of it and realize that not everyone is so tolerant and easygoing. The least? Probably the hills. I used to attempt biking to class but the frustratingly vertical hills made it so hard. But hey, at least I can tell my kids that when I went to school, I did have to walk uphill both ways. Q: Are you and your family 50  JAYE | APRIL 2009

“My family really taught me to live life with a purpose, and that’s something that I’m so grateful for.” closely-knit? If so, discuss the importance of your family and friends. A: I’m one of those people that call home everyday. My family is my base and I couldn’t get anywhere without them. I’ve been so incredibly lucky to have parents and a sister that are so enthusiastic about me doing me, and whatever makes me happy makes them happy as well. They’ve always taught me that life is all about respect—and that not only means respecting others, society and this world, but perhaps most

importantly, respecting yourself. That means throwing your heart and soul into everything you do, and making sure that everything you do is worth throwing your heart and soul into. They’ve really taught me to live life with a purpose, and that’s something that I’m so grateful for. As for my friends, I can’t live without them either. I’m a fiercely independent person and I have my head way high up in the fashion clouds, so I can imagine how frustrating I can be. But my friends keep me grounded. They’re what keep me sane.

Q: Who are your sources of inspirations? A: Blogs (flipping through style sites like Garance and Dropsnap are so addicting). I also write for so I’m inundated with amazing outfits by our users all the time. Besides that, I love looking at architecture books and wandering around cities. Q: Name a few places you’d like to visit in your lifetime and why. A: I’m not a big traveler, but I’d love love love to attend Paris Fashion Week for more than obvious reasons. Besides that, inside Susanna Lau’s closet — can you imagine?! Q: Who are your favorite designers and brands? A: For pure aesthetic: Jil Sander, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Tsumori Chisato, Balenciaga, Hussein Chalayan, Preen, Sandra Backlund, Rad Hourani. For actual purchasability: Payless (especially their Alice + Oliva boots), Topshop, Target’s in-house as well as designer-designed Go International collections. Q: What are your favorite TV shows? A: Not a huge TV person, but I love Arrested Development, Freaks and Geeks and No Reservations with Tony Bourdain. Actually, I could pretty much have a good time watching anything on the Food Network. I’m also particularly looking forward to Kelly Cutrone’s new show on Bravo. Q: What’s your favorite genre of music? A: Anything upbeat that I can sing and bop my head along to. Right now, I’ve got Ne-Yo, Phoenix and Born Ruffians on repeat. Q: What are your favorite movies? A: I have terrible taste in movies. Embarrassingly, I’m a fan of most movies with Hugh Grant. Q: How would you describe your

“I enjoy simply put together, unfussy outfits in exaggerated proportions. I feel like I dress like how the Empire State Building would dress if it was a person.”

personal style? A: I’ve always enjoyed simply put together, unfussy outfits in exaggerated proportions. I don’t wear jewelry, I don’t wear much prints, and I don’t wear many layers which means that what I do wear are usually standalone pieces that have a modern and almost-sculptural feel to them. I feel like I dress like how the Empire State Building would dress if it was a person, you know? I’ve also been really into freaking people out lately with one off-kilter ass-kicking accessory like a cape or a brass-knuckle clutch or a clodhopper wedge. I’ve been eyeing these Miu Miu steampunk sunglasses that I think I’m going to have to buy… Q: What’s your foolproof outfit, when nothing’s working and you’re running late? A: Above-the-knee printed dress, blazer, tights, black wedges and a canvas tote. Easy peasy. Q: What are three items that are always in your bag? A: Gah, I’m too boring. I guess my chapstick, my wallet and my keys (breaking into my house through my third-story bedroom window isn’t very fun). Finish the sentence: I never leave home without… A: My Crackberry. Q: Any final thoughts? Three things: 1. Don’t wash your hair too often. 2. Being a little more thoughtful is never a bad thing. 3. And, “Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you. It’s understanding the unreasonable.” – Chuck Klosterman ■ Visit Connie’s blog, prettylegit.tumblr. com, for the latest in fashion, pop culture and current events. JAYE | APRIL 2009  51

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quick hits on current events, happenings & trends Jessica Simpson, during a performance, has drawn the ire of pop culture followers after apparently gaining a few pounds. For years, Simpson has endured high expectations and harsh critics.

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We’ve all experienced before: Unreasonably high expectations. Here, a cheat sheet on how to deal with them — without losing your cool


ome Americans expect President Barack Obama to fix all of our problems in one breath. Many college students find themselves in a similar position as extra pressure and extremely high expectations are bestowed upon them. For instance, you are the first in your family to go to college. You made straight during high school and now you’re expected to do the same in college. You want to be more successful than your parents or your brother and become a top draft pick. No matter where you are in your college career, you have these high expectations placed upon you. Whether it comes from family, friends, or professors, we all have certain expectations to live up to and it’s not always easy. Here, a few tips to handle high expectations: Take care of yourself. You are your most important asset and it is imperative to treat

yourself well. If you are not taking care of yourself, then you cannot perform well — mentally or physically — and meet your expectations or anyone else’s. Take time out for you when you are feeling overwhelmed. Surround yourself with positive people. You are definitely the company you keep. If you are around people who are always bringing you or others down, then this will only lower your self-esteem and make you bitter or cynical. Have a plan of action. You understand your >>

Below: President Barack Obama entered office in one of the country’s most turbulent economic times, and Americans aren’t only expecting him to fix the nation’s ills, but to mend them now.

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goals and dreams, things that you are trying to accomplish, and how to go about achieving those goals. Keep them in mind and stick to them. Take the necessary steps that you feel best suit you and follow through with your plan. Realize that some expectations do not always come from a bad place. People that we love the most and that are the closest to us often have their own suggestions about what we should do. These expectations only come from a place of love; they simply want us to be successful because they see potential. If they set high expectations for you, keep in mind they only do it because they feel that you are willing enough to go above and beyond.  – Melissa Kimble be aware: National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Earth Day is the ideal time to round up a group of friends and tackle a community service project to give back and help the environment.

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College students weigh in on community colleges ■ After reading the article “College Knowledge,” by the U.S. News education team, I found a new way to view college life. The article expresses the need for students to take time and do adequate research over community colleges in order to determine whether or not they could benefit from attending one. In these trying economic

times, I think many students have decided to attend two-year colleges instead of four-year universities for many reasons, one being finances. Without performing the proper research, students could be facing more long-term problems when attending community colleges than those students who attend four-year universities. I decided to do my own research to determine if some students feel that their particular community college did or did

Start a conversation with these random facts found on Carnagie Mellon’s Web site: Odontophobia is the fear of teeth. The sound of E.T. walking was made by some-

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April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect encouraging individuals and communities to support children and families. The history of this prevention month dates back to the spark of the early 1980s, when the era recognized itself a time of continuing abuse and neglect among children. The need for innovative programs to prevent child abuse and assist parents and families affected by it was designated to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in 1982. What used to be a week of programs and events, was finally extended to an entire month’s worth of appropriate programming, ceremonies and activities a year later in 1983. To get involved in a city or state near you, log onto and click the “Get Involved” link to find local programs, ceremonies and activities for you participate in. Your weekend of volunteering can change another child’s life. It is never too late to get involved! If you miss out this month, help is needed year-round with numerous childcare services and Big Brother/Big Sister organizations. – Britney Darnell

history lesson: Where did National Earth Day come from? A senator’s appreciation of our planet

not properly prepare them for a four-year university. I contacted a few individuals that I know have attended a two-year college before transferring to a four-year institution, and a few students that are currently enrolled in a two-year college. Of the individuals that I spoke with that attended a twoyear college and transferred to a four-year university, eight out of 10 declared that their community college was great at preparing them

for the university level, nine out of 10 spoke with their counselors on a weekly basis and continue to keep in touch with them, and finally, six out of the 10 students have graduated from well-known universities. I spoke with Dwight Donnell Sneed Jr. about his experiences at Eastfield Community College in Mesquite, TX and he greatly appreciated the small-class setting. “It was a wonderful start for me. The classes were small allowing the teachers to really work >>

April 22 is National Earth Day, a day that observes a tradition to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. Earth Day was recognized at a September 1969 conference in Seattle, Wash., where U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration for the environment or an “environmental teach-in”. Throughout the decades, Earth Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously around the world by people of all backgrounds, faith, and nationalities. The day, April 22, was chosen for several reasons, but mainly Senator Nelson chose this day for college students because it did not interfere with finals, breaks, holidays, and still early enough to have great weather. Visit to learn more about volunteering. Do something great for your community and for the world, and volunteer on Earth Day 2009. – Terin Bufford

one squishing her hands in jelly. Every year about 98 % of the atoms in your body are replaced. American car horns beep in the tone of F. For more facts, visit

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with us and it helped that they actually remembered my name,” Sneed says. Sneed continued to talk about how his counselors helped him in determining which classes to take that would transfer. Sneed is now a graduate of Texas A&M Univeristy-Commerce, where he obtained a marketing degree and now works as a Territorial Manager for Blue Bell Creamery in Katy, Texas. I also spoke with Latonya Moore, who is currently enrolled in the Lone Star College System. She is rounding out her second year in college and plans to transfer to the University of Houston this fall. “I couldn’t believe how helpful everyone has been these past few years. I was able to make sure that all of my core classes would transfer,” Moore says. “I’m really excited about

transferring to U of H in the fall!” I happen to be the product of both a major university and a community college. In fall 2005, I was enrolled at the University of North Texas. After some family financial issues arose, I moved back to Houston, where I am now enrolled in the Lone Star College System. My goal is to transfer to the University of Houston in the summer and finish my journalism degree. I can say that the classes are a lot more intimate and the atmosphere is great for learning. My counselors have continued to show interest in my growth and have helped me keep a clear mind about transferring. Needless to say, good things can emerge from the community college, but you have to communicate with your teachers and counselors in order to get the job done. – T.B.

Second Lady Jill Biden went back to her first love after the election: teaching community college students. The writer appreciates the small classroom setting and the attention-todetail instructors provide.

JOB SEARCH 101 Career Corner

Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been cut and unemployment rates are through the roof, and college students and recent graduates are quickly realizing that there is no room for error. U.S. News featured a list of habits that job seekers should break to increase their chances of finding employment: You’re counting on one big thing to come through. It’s time to stop waiting for something to possibly fall through the cracks. Get in there and gain the experience, even if it’s not something you intend to do in the long haul. Well-rounded individuals get the job; those who wait suffer financially. You’re sending lots of recommendation letters. Recommendation letters are a good thing, but some business sectors would like you to save all the overkill for another company. Be safe and ask the company if they want you to send letters.

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You’re faking your weaknesses. Don’t do it! Companies have heard the fake answer to this interview question time and time again, and do not have time to listen to it once more. A simple phone call to a former employer can solve this matter. You know exactly what you want. We aren’t trying to discourage you from that dream job on your career wish list. As the saying goes, “If you are in the job of your dreams, you will never work a day in your life,” but at the same time, keep in mind the situation we are in. You might not start in the field of your dreams, but work hard and get there! You see your job search as personal and private. Do not be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and get other people involved in the daunting job search. It’s shocking where help finding a job can be found: co-workers, friends and family members. Don’t judge their usefulness, and don’t be too proud to share. – B.D.


Jobs are being slashed at rapid paces, each month, so now, more than ever, it’s mandatory to be on your Ps and Qs DID YOU KNOW: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 598,000 jobs were lost in January, the worst in 34 years, since December of 1974. (Source:

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Financial Aid Fast Track >>

The key to receiving the government assistance you need is knowing when the paperwork and verification is due to the proper people. Here, a list of key dates to keep you on track: February/March ■ File 2008 tax return as soon as possible and keep a copy of all tax information. ■ Using a copy of the tax return, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www. April/May ■ Receive Student Aid Report (SAR). You should have a processed SAR with an EFC number (Expected Family Contribution). Review and make changes if necessary. ■ If selected for the process

■ Remember that every financial aid office is different. Contact the college that you plan to attend first to see exactly what forms they will require as well as priority deadline dates for having forms submitted.

financial aid available for you Head to the Federal Student Aid Web site ( for a wealth of information on the assistance at your disposal. This month, we highlight grants. Grants, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. ■ Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) provides up to $4000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. ■ Federal Pell Grants are awarded usually only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree.

■ The Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)

awards students based on academic excellence. The National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART Grant) is available during the third and fourth years of undergraduate study to full-time students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and who major in specific math and science concentrations. Source: Federal Student Aid official Web site

Facts & figures to help you get the government dough you need

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financial aid 411 According to Financial Aid Facts, for 2008-2009 the College Board reports that the average tuition and fees for an in-state student at a four-year, public institution are $6,585 ($14,333 including room/board). For a private, four-year college: $25,143 ($34,132 including room/board). And for a public, two-year: $2,402. On average, college tuition increases by 8 percent per year — that translates into college tuition doubling every 9 years! The good news is that few families actually pay the “sticker price.” Once you deduct grants, scholarships and loans from the bottom-line, most families are left with a very manageable net cost. Nearly $107 billion in financial aid was distributed to undergraduate students in academic year 2007-2008; the majority coming from either loans or institutional grants. Below is a list of financial aid sources for 20072008 (in billions) for undergraduate students. Below is the percentage of undergraduate students receiving financial aid in the 2003-2004 academic year: ■ Two-Year Public Colleges: 46.8 percent ■ Four-Year Public Colleges and Universities: 68.6 percent ■ Four-Year Private Colleges and Universities: 83.3 percent ■ Private, for Profit (Proprietary) Institutions: 89.9 percent ■ Total (All Institutional Types): 63.2 percent

called verification, submit copy of Income Tax Return and Verification Worksheet to the college Financial Aid Office. (Do not submit forms separately and ask to speak to a financial aid officer if possible). June/July ■ Contact the Financial Aid Office. Confirm they have recorded submitted forms. Ask if file is complete and when award letters will be sent. ■ When award letter is received, accept or reject offered amount, sign, date and return back to financial aid office — keep a copy. ■ Contact the financial aid office to confirm recording the submitted forms and ask about award disbursal. Double-check to see if file is complete.

what is the fafsa? According to the official government site for the FAFSA (, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (known as the FAFSA) is a form that can be filled out annually by current and anticipating university students (both undergraduate and graduate) and sometimes their parents in the United States to determine their eligibility for federal student financial aid (including Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, and work-study programs). In addition, most states and schools use information from the FAFSA to award non-federal aid. The FAFSA consists of numerous questions regarding the student’s finances, as well as those of his or her family; these are entered into a formula that determines the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

did you know? A survey by Sallie Mae found that 82 percent of all respondents surveyed in 2007 believed that a college education is worth the cost, although fewer than half (42 percent) believed that college is affordable. >> Have a question for our financial aid expert? E-mail and you could be featured in a future issue of JAYE!

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living eco-friendly Recently, students have become mindful of resource depletion and the effects of pollution. Consequently, a nationwide movement towards this lifestyle known as “green” is en vogue. With a few lifestyle adjustments, you can start living, buying, and traveling greener By Jillian Risnes

Living Eco-friendly Below are some easy-to-install tips on how to tweak your energy-wasting habits and turn them into conservation customs: Reduce & Simplify. Limit waste whenever possible. Visit for tips. Choose an energy company focused on renewable resources. Find green energy providers near you by visiting renewableenergyinternational. com. Install energy-efficient appliances and lighting along with water saving products. Turn down water pressure, dry scrape instead of rinsing dishes before placing in dishwasher, and turn off water when not in use (i.e. brushing teeth, washing face). Switch to Reusable Products. Make the house “tree-

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free.” Use cloth napkins or towels; avoid using paper plates, bowls, cups, or plastic utensils. Use post-consumer waste toilet paper, print on recycled paper, and use rechargeable batteries. Recycle. Donate old or unused items. Below are some ideal spots: >> Throwplace: >> The Freecycle Network: >> Dump & Run: Buying Eco-friendly Look for labels such as: >> USDA Certified Organic >> Local and Regional >> Follow stringent local farming demands >> Bird Friendly( chocolate and coffee) >> Provide satisfactory habitats for birds >> Certified Humane Raised and Handled >> Reaches higher standards for livestock treatment >> Green Seal >> Forest Stewardship Council >> Minimum price or living wage paid to farmers & laborers >> Buy at organic or health food stores: Whole Foods Market, Find nearby stores at >> Organic Consumers >>

The Ten Greenest Cities

The Green Guide ( released a list of the most eco-friendly cities in America. As you prepare to make your post-college plans, consider these hot spots for environmentallyconscious young adults:

■ Eugene, OR This city’s motto is “The World’s

Greatest City of the Arts and Outdoors,” thanks to its natural beauty, recreational opportunities and focus on the arts.

■ Austin, TX Not only the state’s capital, but an eco-friendly safe haven, Austin prides itself in being a home for green infrastructure and beautiful scenery.

■ Portland, OR “The City of Roses” is known for

its parks and gardens, and according to an article in Environmental News and Commentary, has been referred to as the “greenest city in the United States.”

■ St. Paul, MN St. Paul promotes use and respect of the environment by improving St. Paul’s system of parks, green spaces, bikeways, and trails.

■ Santa Rosa, CA This rarely-talked about haven is a hot spot for eco-friendly hotels, diners and parks that allow you to have fun and save the planet at the same time.

■ Oakland, CA Eco-friendly attractions include

Jack London Square, the Oakland Zoo, the Oakland Museum of California, the Chabot Space and Science Center, Lake Merritt, the East Bay Regional Park District ridge line parks and preserves, and Chinatown.

■ Berkeley, CA Not only is Berkeley considered

one of the most liberal cities in the United States, it’s also on of the more environmentally-friendly cities too.

■ Honolulu, HI Honolulu, President Obama’s

birthplace, means “sheltered bay” or “place of shelter” is the shelter of all all things green.

■ Huntsville, AL With it’s rich history and the

attention paid to the environment, Hunstville is truly Sweet Home Alabama.

■ Denver, CO The “Mile High” city is aesthetically

beautiful, and many of the attractions are easy on the environment.

jaye go green Top 10 Eco-Chic Clothing Retailers Thanks to our friends at, we’ve got a list of the best retailers that kill two birds with one stone: They keep you on-trend and decrease your carbon footprint. American Apparel, Why they’re eco-chic: ■ Sweatshop Free ■ Organic Tees Eagle Creek, Why they’re eco-chic: ■ Devoted to conservation

■ Green Home Environmental

Store, ■ United Green Products, ■ Green Feet, ■ Pristine Planet, ■ Toto, Clothing & Accessories “The greenest garments are those you already own,” Warren McLaren, Purchase used products that require no more resources:

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■ Plato’s Closet, platoscloset.

com ■ Funky Closet, funkycloset. com Travel Eco-friendly Cut back on driving. Carpool, purchase and ride a bike, or walk. Also, look for green cars: >> Air Powered: Using compressed airs to power car engine. >> Biodiesel: Alternative fuel leader as it can be used in most diesel cars without any changes. Made from many products such as soybeans or biomass. >> Electric: Uses motors powered by batteries for zero-emission monitoring. >> Ethanol: An alternative fuel made from biomass; often used for power flex fuel cars. >> Hybrids: Use two or more power systems for more efficient driving. >> Hydrogen: Alternative fuel that emits only water and oxygen vapors; among the cleanest cars on the roads. >> Plug-Ins: Run on battery power alone, but have a gasoline engine when needed. ■

Levis, Why they’re eco-chic: ■ Jeans 100% Biodegradable LL Bean, Why they’re eco-chic: ■ Efficient allocation of resources ■ Respectable working environment Nike, Why they’re eco-chic: ■ Recycled tennis shoe program Prana, Why they’re eco-chic: ■ Uses recycled products Patagonia, Why they’re eco-chic: ■ “One of the first sustainable companies” REI, Why they’re eco-chic: ■ Immense environmental dedication Timberland, Why they’re eco-chic: ■ 100% organic products


According to a report from the Texas Organic Exchange, organic cotton cultivation has zoomed to during 2007-08.

Association,organicconsumers. org Green Products, Energy Star, What to look for: >> Battery Chargers >> Refrigerators/Freezers >> Clothes Washers >> Dryers >> Dishwashers >> Ovens >> Air Conditioners and Fans >> Entertainment Devices >> Dehumidifiers >> Thermostats >> Heat Pumps >> Boilers/Furnaces

Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, com Why they’re eco-chic: ■ Making eco-friendly choices ■ Offers organic products

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>> Queries: We encourage you to send a query if you are unsure of our interest in the topic of your article. A query is a onepage specific description and outline of your article. You can query us on more than one topic at a time. >> Length: We recommend that essays run 1000 to 1500 words. Longer, researched articles can be up to 2500 words. >> Fact Checking: Your article will be carefully fact-checked before being published in JAYE. Therefore, we require that your research be as current as possible. Your research should also be organized and readily available, so you will be able to respond to fact-checkers questions quickly and accurately. >> Submitting content: Double-space your manuscript and leave wide side margins for possible notations. When submitting an electronic file, please save your article as a Word Document and e-mail it as an attachment. >> Lead time: Three to six months from publication. >> e-mail us at for more information on how to be published in Jaye magazine!

JAYE is a monthly women’s magazine that focuses primarily on college women across the country and the issues they encounter outside of the academic environment. JAYE also provides the reader fashion, beauty, health & entertainment information in each issue. The theme for JAYE is “Because college is more than the classroom”. The magazine gives readers information about different college women around the world and their needs, struggles, and stories of life. We accept queries and pitches on the following subjects: ■ Current events essays: We regularly publish articles on current news happenings. In these stories, we take a news topic and package it in a way that is engaging, insightful and useful to our college audience. ■ First-person articles: JAYE is always interested in the stories and experiences of our readers. Share yours in the pages of the magazine with a riveting piece sure to inspire and educate our audience. ■ Profiles: Know a student or professor going and above the call of duty? Pen a feature to expose the to a wide readership. ■ Entertainment features: These stories take a pop culture trend or entertainment news item and take a deeper look at how it affects college students.

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jaye college issues ■ Most trends you usually try to avoid, but what if one came along and it actually made sense? In a society where average is considered normal, President Barack Obama has ushered in a new wave of thinking. Perhaps the most exciting president since Kennedy or Clinton, Obama is articulate, intelligent, a scholar, and a leader who is disarmingly charming. With the coolness of an old-school jazz player, the confidence of an athlete, and the heart of a fighter, not only does he make smart look cool, he makes intelligence appear effortless. To him, it’s seems, gaining knowledge is easy. Not only is the president an ambassador of this new trend, but the First Lady Michelle Obama holds her own beside him. They are living proof that along with intelligence, hard work, and perseverance our nation’s youth can create whatever opportunities that their heart’s desire. Reflecting the value that the Obamas place on education, more Americans are admitting that they are interested in gaining more knowledge, speaking more articulately and making smarter

decisions. College students are starting to follow suit. “It was definitely a wakeup call for me,” Veronica Barnes, a student, says, as she recalls the moment Barack Obama was sworn into office. “Here is someone who has beaten the odds his entire life. He is the perfect example of why I need to focus on the bigger picture. There are no more excuses in school, at work, or in life.” Barnes began to take action by volunteering her time as an English tutor and encouraged other students to take part. Initially, she was shocked by the outpour of students wanting to help other students. “I never thought I would see so many guys who want to help tutor other students. One guy who tutored beside me passed out an Obama pin to all the students we helped. He felt like once Obama was elected, he had to do his part in bringing education back to the forefront.” Students like La’Shunna McGowan and Shandria Carter have taken steps to make a more positive impact on their communities. The ambitious duo has started a >>

Smarty Pants Students don’t mind devoting a few hours to studying if it means they can achieve success in their post-graduate careers.

Just because you’re in college for an education, doesn’t mean you always take school as seriously as you should. But thanks to the president and first lady, students are realizing the sky’s the limit with a good education and jumping head first into the books. Are you one of them?

By Melissa Kimble

mentoring program for young ladies called “Virtuous Young Ladies Mentoring.” Its focus is placed on girls between the ages of 10 to 17 years old and helping them grow into young women who can make smart decisions, act responsibly, and sharpen the skills they will need to succeed. The program not only sharpens up on their academic skills and gain community service hours. The program was inspired by President Obama’s acceptance as the Democratic presidential nominee. “When the reality hit me that he could actually win, it was like something shifted. We knew then that we had to make a difference,” McGowan admits. The program also benefits not only the young girls who gain mentors; it also helps the girls who become mentors. “To become a member and mentor of ‘Virtuous Young Ladies Mentoring,’ an applicant must have at least a 2.8 GPA. This requires the young ladies participating in the program to set high standards for

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have inspired college students across the country to earn their education and follow their dreams.

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themselves,” Carter reveals. “One of Obama’s consistent attitudes is accountability. We want our mentors to be accountable for more than just themselves. We wanted Virtuous Young Ladies Mentoring to be a program that practices what it preaches.” ■ Many college students have rededicated themselves to commitment to their education. Taneisha Baker, a student at the University of Tennessee at Martin, agrees. “I now know that I limit myself to when I settle for average grades. Getting Cs and Ds will not be enough if I want to become great in the future. And our future looks much brighter thanks to our new president.” Baker has recently raised her GPA and looks forward to law school in the next two years, a decision inspired by the Obamas’ law school background. “I have often had dreams of going into politics, but never thought with my background that I would be able to enter into

Obama is someone who has beaten the odds his entire life. He is the perfect example of why I need to focus on the bigger picture. There are no more excuses in school, at work, or in life.”

that world,” Steven Robinson, a junior at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., says. “But now I see that different does not equal unintelligent. My background is a part of me but it does not define me.” Students like Denitra Brown might even admit that they have never had an interest in politics but Obama has sparked that interest. “Obama is the coolest person on the planet right now,” Brown gushes. “And for a president of a country — not an athlete or a rapper — to be considered cool, you know that times have definitely changed. He makes me strive to become an all around better person.” What will be the next step from here? As Obama continues to make history, college students must continue pushing the envelope to ensure the lives they once dreamed of will come true. Expectations are now higher. College students are responding by creating their own brands, businesses, and taking control of their destiny. They are fueling their own dreams even within the pages of this magazine. Our new president has inspired a generation full of creators and innovators, both which require a willingness to learn. We are and must continue evolving to exceed the expectations set for our everchanging nation. “It’s definitely “in” to represent more than just what you’re wearing —the latest shoes or the hottest clothes,” Audreia Brown, student, states. “It’s “in” to achieve a higher level of success, now that our first family represents what young people stand for. Obama is just the beginning of more good things to come.” ■

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Makeover When you’re juggling school, work and everything in between, it’s a chore to stick with those hard-to-keep New Years Resolutions. Until now. Here, a guide to refresh your outlook on life, presence on the social scene, eating habits, dwindling finances, study habits and stale relationship

Makeover your attitude

■ Your attitude determines your altitude,” and thought, “What does this mean?” In short, visualize a can-do attitude to reach higher places in life. Your attitude drives your behavior, and your behavior is a direct replica of your innermost beliefs, values, and ultimately yourself. You can start to build a better attitude by taking the following steps: >> Be proactive. Take conscious control over your life, set goals, and work towards achieving them. Learn from mistakes—both yours and others. Instead of merely reacting to events as they happen, consciously engineer your own solutions to these events. >> Put First Things First. In other words: prioritize! Figure out what’s most important to you and cherish those things. >> Think Win/Win. In every situation you encounter think of it as a

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win/win situation. If this happens I win, if that happens I still win! Always be positive. >> Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood. Look for an understanding in life’s circumstances and grasp what is given to you. With this in mind, and a full comprehension of the situation, only then can others understand you. >> Know Your Self-Worth. This can be very crucial to your attitude adjustment. Know that you are worth the universe and settle for nothing less. >> Give Respect, Get Respect. Sure you’ve heard the saying “In order to get respect, you have to give it.” So be respectful of others and reap the rewards. >> –Ashley Johnson After a rough patch, Britney Spears changed her attitude and got back to the basics — she also her situation as “half full,” instead of “half empty.”

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Makeover your relationship ■ Ladies, it is the season for love and for rekindling an old flame. In order to do that, here are a few secrets to restore your love life. >> Allow your man to be himself. Let your man know you wouldn’t be the same without him. A happy man is one that has his own time, feels you are interested in what he likes, and gets to teach you something new. And, we like happy men! >> Be willing to compromise. Whatever issues surface in your relationship, you must be willing to compromise on those issues with your man. Hear his point of view and settle on common ground. >> Trust your man. Be confident in him and believe in the bond you two share. Trust that he wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize your relationship and reassure him that you, too, are trustworthy. >> Make time for him. Schedules this time of year are crazy but be sure to fit him in. Arrange a special night out or plan to cook him dinner or something of that nature. You can devote an entire weekend to him and him alone! >> Be sexy for him. Our men are already intrigued by the sexiness we posses so lets turn it up. Pamper yourself, building up your awareness of your own sexiness, and indulge in some sexy attire. This will surely turn up the spark. – Terin Bufford Though midterms are behind you, finals are on the horizon — if needed, modify your study habits to ensure you ace your exams.

Blake Lively and Penn Badgley play exes on the CW’s Gossip Girl, but in real life, they are in love. Take cues from their relationship, built on fun, privacy and honesty to reinvigorate yours.

Makeover your study habits ■ Let’s face it: After class, work, extracurricular activities, social appearances, and, taking a brief moment for ourselves, the last spec of time is very used for studying. So, with little time, even less energy, and no desire, how does a twentysomething zombie find the will power to obtain respectable grades? Here, three simple solutions: >> Keep the end in mind. Don’t focus every bit of energy on the future and disregard the present. But, a daily reminder of what all this work can really create and how life is progressing might prompt a new wave of energy. Use this energy to reach set academic goals and to expand your breadth of knowledge. >> Set time aside. Remember, it doesn’t have to be followed exactly, but it will substantially reduce wasted time. It is shocking the hours

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Don’t get so bogged down in your studies that you forget to hang out with your closest girlfriends.

Makeover your social life

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■ Often, we find ourselves scheduling our social lives according to when our planners have a blank space. We write the activities that have been made available by our friends, but are they really what we want to do? Before you jot down the next cocktail hour, or sunrise yoga session, see if it lines up with your social persona—looking at yourself in regards to how you connect to the world. How do you identify this unique social persona? Start

spent thinking about what needs to be done; not to mention the stress of forgetting about a project and having to throw it together at the very last minute. >> Do as much as possible without doing too much. Striving to be a complete individual is ideal; however, do employers want a wellrounded, worn out, at-the-edge-of-falling-apart individual? Learn to say no. And, there is nothing wrong with staying in if you have a big exam the next day. You will not be labeled a bookworm for taking one night off a week. After all, students are, ultimately, students first. – Jillian Risnes “with little time, even less energy, and no desire, how does a twentysomething zombie find the willpower to obtain respectable grades?”

by defining who you are in a social setting: What attributes are comfortable, and more importantly uncomfortable? How do others perceive you in situations? How do you perceive others? Then, determine if this lines up with who you want to be as a person. Does it violate any personal morals or standards? Does it work towards or against goals in other areas of your life? Do people positively respond to your engagement in these activities? After those questions are answered, start making improvements: Change what needs to be changed. Even if you like who you are and where you’re at, it’s never a bad idea to work on your friendships. After all, it will only contribute to an even better social experience and stronger bonds. Finally, embrace who you are. If you enjoy staying home watching TiVo and primetime hits, find a couple girls who like to do that too, and tell your barhopping friends you’ll see them in the morning for Sex in the City-style brunch! Acknowledging and accepting yourself is the first step to enjoying your social life. – Devin Thomas

jaye lifestyles your campus. Like reading? Look for a book club. Schools have so much to offer, and chances are you can find something you would like to do as much ■ It’s essential to wisely spend the hard-earned money you bring as going out and spending money. >> Consult before you charge. Piling up credit in. Sacrificing extras and splurges isn’t always easy, but with a card debt on top of student or personal loans can few tips and adjustments, you’re sure to continue making ends be disaster. It is wise to discuss your financial meet. Below, our advice to help get you started: situation with a parent, fiscal counselor, or mentor >> Get free money. Take your semester stipend and put it in an ING Savings Account. The longer the stipend is in there and before applying for credit cards. If you must get a the more you have, the more cash you earn. Whenever you need credit card, make sure you have enough money to quick cash, you’re just a few clicks of a mouse away from making pay the bill when it’s due. >> Look for a cheaper alternatives. Most a withdrawal. products can be found at a cheaper price. You do >> Find cheaper entertainment. Try looking at the list not have to get it that same day; wait a couple of of all student organizations on your campus. These activities weeks—it may go on sale. are either free or designed for a college student’s budget. If you – Britney Darnell like playing video games, see if there is a video-gaming club on

Makeover your finances

Makeover your diet

with fiber), fruits and vegetables (apples, oranges, yogurts with fruits, and fruit smoothies), or a healthy peanut butter and banana sandwich (organic peanut butter with banana slices on whole wheat bread). >> Switch to whole grains. Instead of reaching for the infamous white bread, try healthier 100 percent whole wheat bread. Whole grains are full of fiber leaving you feeling well-fed longer. Make at least half of the breads consumed every day whole grains and aim for three servings a day. Also, try whole-grain cereals, chips, and oatmeal. >> Eat leaner meats. Meat is a great source of protein; however, lean meats you will reduce a major source of saturated fats. More protein will make you more full with fewer calories. Of course, a well-known source of protein is fish. Fish is a great choice for increasing protein intake, and ■ Have you wanted to shed a few pounds for awhile now? Or some fish are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids have you wanted to eat healthier foods that infuse your body which are an essential nutrient in your diets. with the nutrients you need? It may have even been your New >> Make time for exercise. Many campuses Years Resolution, but you just can’t seem to figure out how to get offer recreational facilities. Take advantage of the started. Try these suggestions to help create a new you in a new money you’re spending in student service fees. Eatway: ing right and exercising will help you drop those >> Eat breakfast. The old saying still holds true, “breakfast unwanted pounds. Stay active. The increased exeris the most important meal of the day.” Dietitians have proved tion of energy will help you sweat off those pounds that eating a nutritious breakfast will help you to minimize in no time. Soon, the results will show, thanks to a hunger. Grab something quick and easy: cereals (whole grain, modified diet and a fitness regimen. – T.B. ■ 70  JAYE | APRIL 2009

It’s important to eat healthy and exercise — especially if you’re an on-the-go college student.

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A clean, classy closure The unwritten rules are clear when you breakup with your boyfriend: Get rid of his stuff, go on a shopping spree with the girls, followed by a night out on the town. But how do you deal when it’s your BFF who has to go? By Devin Thomas

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n the heart of Hollywood, there is a littleknown treasure called Larchmont Village full of cutesy restaurants and delightful window-shopping. It’s a local’s only escape from the whirlwind metropolis that is Los Angeles. Here, I find Stephanie in a cozy coffee shop, nervously sitting with sweaty palms and butterflies in her stomach. On any other day she would be ready to chat Brittany’s ear off as they sip their vanilla lattes. However, today is different: today, Stephanie is breaking up with her best friend. It’s true the two girls were best friends, but currently the title just does not fit. Right now, Brittany seems more like a boyfriend who drifted away; she gives just enough in the relationship to still be considered involved, but it was missing the loyalty. The excitement. The passion. In a romantic relationship you cut ties, stop contact, break up. But when it’s a girlfriend, is the same closure necessary? Best friendship should constantly evolve into new stages and new shapes. If you find yourself wishing things were the way they used to be, and your best friend won’t put in the effort it takes to >>

Lauren Conrad’s and Heidi Montag’s dirty laundry was aired on the reality-TV airwaves on MTV’s The Hills. Though the credibility of the show is sometimes questioned, many viewers can relate to the ups and downs and highs and lows the two ex-BFFs endured.

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get there, then sadly girls, it’s time to break up with your BFF—the problem is how.


breakup with a boy generally results in your best friend buying a gallon of Ben and Jerry’s Organic Frozen Yogurt, pulling out the well-worn DVD of The Notebook, and simultaneously burning all of his pictures in the trash can. Who helps you deal with this breakup? When you need someone to talk to at three in the morning after you have stalked her Facebook and feel like every new status update is somehow a passive-aggressive slap in your face. All of your friends are the same, and to ask them to take sides would start World War III, and the truth is: You’re not really sure what you’re fighting for. Here are some suggestions on how to move through this dark time, but first, put the embarrassing pictures of her down because they don’t involve revenge: After you’ve done all you can… To begin with, the relationship is at an end when you have done everything possible. When you have already approached the best friend in question with your concern, asked for change and none is received. Then, it might be time to break up. I want my stuff back! Try not to demand your things back right away. Of course, if you feel your flat iron is in mortal danger, politely request it back. Allow a week or two to pass before sending a text of all the items you need returned it shows her that you’re not looking for a battle. She will be less likely to hold things hostage or damage anything of value. Also, handing things over first is a sign that you respect her and don’t want to blow this issue out of proportion over a pair of ballet flats. I’m not going if she is! Next, dealing with group gatherings and shared friends. If you are still raw and would prefer not to run into her, then excuse yourself from events. Never ask a mutual friend to disinvite her. Even if you are closer to the host than she is. It causes tension and stress on parties not involved in the fight. If, unexpectedly, you are at the same function, politely say hello, or even nod at her 74 JAYE | APRIL 2009

Just like those in romantic relationships, friends often makeup and breakup — look no further than Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, who reconciled after a public falling-out.

A breakup with a boy generally results in “Jerry’s your best friend buying a gallon of Ben and Organic Frozen Yogurt, pulling out the well-worn DVD of The Notebook, and simultaneously burning all of his pictures in the trash can.”

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5 Signs Your BFF Might Not Be The Best

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1. You’re not in her cell phone’s myFaves. When you ask her about it, the explanation is that you’re too close to talk on the phone, it’s overkill. 2. She picks out multiple outfits for one party, and you’re not allowed to even consider wearing any of them until she has tried them all on and made her final choice — despite the fact that they all came from your closet. 3. The one night a year she actually takes a turn as designated driver, she makes you leave the bar at 11:30 because she suddenly was overcome with a PMS headache. But, on the way home she texts her crush asking him to come over. 4. She wins a radio contests and receives free tickets to the next JT concert. And, when you seem shocked that she asked the new guy from class, she looks you right in the face and says that she never really noticed the giant posters of him that wallpaper your dorm room. 5. She insists that you bring her name up in your Twitter updates at least once a day, but it must be creative and complimentary. –D.T.

when you find eye contact. Acknowledging the others presence eases the need to constantly keep your body positioned away from them and relaxes the perma-grin you’ve plastered on to insure her you’re fine without her. She Said What? Finally, the most important part of a BFF break up is the PR aspect of the incident. Always stay positive. Never gossip about her, even if you hear that she is saying horrible things about you. When others ask about the situation, find a way to constructively and optimistically say that the two of you need some time a part and would appreciate privacy and discretion about the matter. This will be the hardest part. Find a friend who does not know the ex-BFF to confide in and keep the venting isolated. If possible, pick an older and wiser woman who can continue to mentor and advise you through the break up.


t’s said that holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die: You hold in all this anger and offense and think you are affecting them. But honestly, you are only hurting yourself. So let it go girls. Forgiveness and grace are attractive qualities in any woman. Who knows, if you handle it in a mature and respectable manner, there may be a day when she calls you to meet at that coffee shop and buys you a latte. Then she will apologize for everything, and the only thing you’ll have to say sorry for is that you’ve switched to non-fat milk and can’t drink that calorie-laden beverage. ■

Avoid bickering and fighting, which can sometimes add fuel to the fire.

It’s said that holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other “them. person to die: You hold in all this anger and offense and think you are affecting But honestly, you are only hurting yourself.”



Join the JAYE magazine team! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always looking for creative and visionary students and recent graduates across the country to contribute to the magazine. If you have a story idea or are craving exposure, e-mail Michael Jones, JAYE editor-in-chief, at and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get back to you. Please mention any previous writing experiences in your messages.

fashion JAYE >> Spring ushers in a variety of pretty patterns and musthave metallics that are easy to wear and attention-grabbing. The question is: How will you wear yours?

At Lanvin, strong shoulders, head-to-toe vibrant hues and nude pumps were all the rage.

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tribal-chic Dress, $325, Diane von Furstenberg; sandals, $58, Asos; clutch, $48.95, Steve Madden; bangles, $88, Juicy Couture; earrings, $32, Lucky Brand.

Geometry lesson You may not always ace your math courses, but with the geometric patterns of the season, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure to move to the head of the classâ&#x20AC;&#x192; Fashion editor: Stephanie Taylor

Running in circles Top, $366.50, Marni; jeans, $34.99, YMI; cardigan, $29.95, Delia’s; sandals, $114.95, Sam Edelman; bracelet, $30, Topshop.

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fiesta, fiesta Top, $44, Topshop; jeans, $29.95, American Eagle; sandals, $69.95, Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; bag, $148, Coach; watch, $225, D&G Dolce&Gabbana.

earning your stripes Dress, $35, Miss Selfridge; shoes, $70, Aldo; clutch, $130, Banana Republic; cuff, 123, Karen Millen.

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color coalesce Tunic, $250, Marc Jacobs; earrings, $35, Jewellry by Diva; cuff, $30, Topshop; sandals, $13, Go Jane.

tropical punch Top, $24.80, Forever 21; shorts, $253, McQ; sandals, $199, KG by Kurt Geiger; bracelet, $8.50, Carol Dauplaise; bag, $398, Marc by Marc Jacobs.

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she wears the pants Leggings, $965, Emilio Pucci; tank, $85, Kain; jacket, $1987, Stella McCartney; sandals, $78.95, Nordstrom.

graphic content Sweater, $48, Arden B.; jeans, $38.99, Hurley; bag, $1695, Prada; sandals, $28, Urban Outfitters; earrings, $15, Topshop.

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l a t e m to e m i t r u o y â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s t I shine in thirsiety of seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vant magnifice metallom st Photograph fr ne Christina Pay Fashion editor:

Dress, $85, Alexander Wang; shoes, $483, Georgina Goodman; bracelet, $179, Harmony Lane; necklace, $88, Nordstrom; bag, $760, Dolce & Gabbana; jacket, $25, Old Navy; sunglasses, $7.50, Wet Seal.

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This page: Top, $106, Theory; skirt, $59, Spiegel; shoes, $795, Maison Martin Margiela; earrings, $125, Ravin Style.

Opposite page: Dress, $549, Richard Nicoll; shoes, $99, Michael Kors; cuff, $62, Nine West; clutch, $89, Pixie Market.

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This page: jacket, $58, Arden B.; pumps, $90, Aldo, tank, $17.80, Forever 21, bracelet, $26, French Connection bag, $1100, Miu Miu; skirt, $356, 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Opposite page: Dress, $995, Lela Rose; cuff, $475, Erickson Beamon; clutch, $74, Ted Baker; pumps, $499, Acne Jeans; earrings, $30, Ann Taylor; ring, $27, Max & Chloe.

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Dress, $300, Tibi; necklace, $38, Anthropologie; clutch, $148, Liz Claiborne.

Top, $200, Day at Birger et Mikkelsen; shorts, $200, Current Elliott; shoes, $89.95, Steve Madden.

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Bright eyeshadow should be grounded with black eyeliner. Be daring: try hot pink, bright blue, and orange for bold a statement—just be sure to line your upper lashes with black eyeliner.

spring’s key colors The transition from winter to spring allows us to brighten our color palette. For the lovers if all things bright, the season’s color forecast. >>


By Ariel Burke

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jaye beauty When wearing a bright purple lipstick, be sure to tone down the rest of your makeup. All of the attention should be drawn

to your lipsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;remember to accentuate only one feature at a time.

For a more mosaic look try applying a matte eyeshadow over the entire eyelid and applying the metallic shadow in the center of your eye lid this look also works in reverse.

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Pastel eyeshadow can be flattering on almost any complexion when worn correctly. Fair to olive complexions should choose pastels with blue undertones such as pastel greens, lilac and pastel blue. Fair complexions should apply brown eyeliner. Darker complexions should apply pastels on the lid below the crease and line eyes with black eyeliner. Pastel blues and greens are complimentary to darker complexions. To fully capture the shade darker complexions should apply a primer before applying the eyeshadow. Eyeliner and mascara are essential when wearing pastels in order to avoid looking like a clown.




Get the look Pair your updated spring wardrobe with a revamped beauty regimen. Create the looks on the previous pages with these must-have products.

color medley 1. Bobbi Brights Eye Palette, bobbibrowncosmetics. com. 2. MAC Cosmetics Fashion Mews Lipstick, 3. Dior 5 Colour Eyeshadow Duo 553, 4. Jill Stuart Seductive Eyes in Romantic Goddess,


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Twentysomethings aren’t waiting for a midlife crisis to preserve their unblemished skin, but how do students feel? Randall Upshaw explores this emerging trend


hen we think Botox, we typically think of the stars such as actress and fashion designer Christina Fulton, model and actress Kelli McCarty and living-legend Janice Dickinson that have gone to the extreme. However, these people are no longer a direct representation of what Botox can do for your face. Botox can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown 100  JAYE | APRIL 2009

lines between the brows in people from 18 to 65 years of age. It is becoming a trend, not only among celebrities, but for young people, who have jumped on the bandwagon in an effort to enhance — or preserve —  their physical appearance. Dr. Mallika Marshall, MD, medical reporter for WBZ-TV News says, “Traditional Botox treatments are designed to smooth out wrinkles by freezing the muscles that cause

them. The idea of giving them to younger people is to prevent the creases from ever getting started”. Last year, women between the ages of 19 and 34 had more than 400,000 Botox procedures—and the numbers are increasing. When asked their opinions on Botox, students have different perceptions on the procedure. “Honestly, if I could afford the injections there would be no question as to whether or not I would get them on a regular basis. My only concern is that jobs are not guaranteed and I still have so many ex-

Botox’s New Face

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Beauty penses that need to be taken care of before and after graduation. I don’t want to start something that I will not be able to maintain. If I need to get injections every four to six months then I want to be absolutely sure that I am able to afford it. I don’t want my face looking out of place,” Shaunta Wiltz, senior broadcast journalism major at the University of Texas at Arlington, admits. “Not only do I see myself potentially getting wrinkles in the future, but I have so many freckles on my face. I hate them and as soon as I pay off my student loans, Botox will definitely be one of the first things that I look into.” While Wiltz maintained an open mind about corrections to her appearance in the future, Shornette Suell, sophomore education major at Stephen F. Austin in Nacodoches, TX, did not seem to be as interested. “The thought of Botox disgusts me. When I see the results of the procedure on people that get it on a regular basis, I’m just amazed as to why they would even want to do that to themselves,” said Suell says. “It seems so unnatural, and in some cases, it makes the face look as if it has a deformity. Why can’t we just take care of our faces without the usage of such harsh chemicals? Why can’t we be satisfied with Neutrogena or Olay? These companies make products specifically designed to help with wrinkles, yet people want to go out and have chemicals injected into their faces that have twice as many side effects as the over-thecounter facial wash in Walmart. I just don’t get it”. Suell expresses her fear

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of having something accidentally punctured and causing long term effects of the procedure. “To me, there are just too many risks. I’ve heard terrible rumors ranging from people having allergic reactions to the injection and it affecting the way that they breathe, to the dermatologist making the mistake of injecting the fluid into the wrong muscle and causing someone to go blind. It’s not worth it and no amount of money could ever compensate for what I lost could lose while trying to get Botox,” said Suell. Vyanna Carroll, sophomore journalism major at the University of Houston, has mixed emotions about Botox. “I’m probably as neutral as they come on the issue of Botox. I could be with it or I could be without it,” Carroll says. “I completely understand why women go the extra mile and invest in Botox injections because that’s exactly what it is: an investment. I think those women are trying to nurture their skin so that it can look younger when they get older and I don’t blame them. However, natural is beautiful and when you let nature take its course, it’s one of the most amazing things.” Carroll emphasizes the importance of embracing the tolls that nature takes on our bodies and adapting accordingly. “Unless I start to look abnormal, I have no intentions of utilizing Botox injections. I want to envision each and every wrinkle on my face as a representation of wisdom and another year that God has blessed me to live. I don’t knock the women that use it but my personal advice would be

“Not only do I see myself potentially getting wrinkles in the future, but I have so many freckles on my face. I hate them and as soon as I pay off my student loans, Botox will definitely be one of the first things that I look into,” says Shauna Wiltz (above).

not to use it unless it is absolutely necessary,” Carroll says. If you’re interested in Botox, it is essential you do does the proper research in terms of finding a certified and accredited dermatologist capable of recommending and performing the Botox procedure that fits your personal needs. Whether you’re a middleaged woman achieving the facial clarity of a twenty-something, or a 21-year-old preventing 40-year-old wrinkles, Botox may or may not be the procedure for you. Before you act, weigh your options and make a decision accordingly. ■ The 411 on Botox What is it: BOTOX Cosmetic is a non-surgical, physician-administered aesthetic treatment for moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people ages 18 to 65. How much do injections cost: Anywhere from $300 to $1000 depending on various factors. How often do you need injections: Within days there can be evident improvement that can last up to 4 months. You receive injections as needed. Advantage: Botox gets rid of those eyebrow lines, pesky “crow’s feet,” and every wrinkle in between. Disadvantage: It doesn’t last. After about four to six months your wrinkles will be back. For some, Botox prevents them from raising their eyebrows or even squinting. Please make sure that you have done your research on the doctor before you allow your treatments to be done.

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JAYE Beauty Buys

the body shop Spring’s no fun when you’re hair’s not done! Grab a few of these products that promise bounce and shine — just what you’re locks hunger for


By TaNesha Spratling



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1 BIG SEXY $10, Big Sexy hair conditioner adds volume and bounce to hair. After shampooing apply conditioner to towel dried hair and get results you always want. 2 Kerastase $23, Kerastase Nutritive Lumiere Nutri-Sculpt is a lightweight cream that detangles hair and adds softness. 3 PUREOLOGY $30.95, Pureology’s color care is the ultimate high-shine finishing hair polish delivering featherweight shine without greasiness. It contains nutrient power to revitalize hair. 4 OSCAR BLANDI $48, Oscar Blandi’s Tool Kit contains five products, each responsible for creating flawless healthy hair. The kit comes with Seta Silk Polishing Cream; Pronto Dry Shampo, Protein Mist, Sheer gloss, hair serum and a “How To” DVD featuring Oscar demonstrating how to use each product. 5 ULTRA SHEEN $5.99, Ultra Sheen Super Setting Lotion, leaves the hair silky with body bounce. It is safe for color treated hair. 6 CHI $11.99, Chi’s booster liquefying glaze adds shine to hair while straightening. It also retains thickness and body in your hair. 7 MATRIX $15.99, Matrix has color smart hairspray for color-treated hair. It also gives dull dry hair a perfect gloss without any greasy residue.

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jaye beauty >> DIY FACIALS Facial masks replenish the skin and can be relaxing for the mind, body, and spirit. Here are a few simple recipes that will leave your skin rejuvenated and revitalized. When trying homemade facial mask always use ingredients that are mild on the skin and apply them on your hand or inner wrist to see your skins reaction to the ingredients: ExFOLIATE: Oatmeal Scrub A quick and easy exfoliator for beauty emergencies! Ingredients ■ 2 heaped tsp fine oatmeal ■ 1 tsp baking soda Instructions Mix oatmeal and baking soda; add enough water to make a thick paste. Rub over face, rinse, and pat dry. Nourish: Banana-Avocado Mask Ingredients ■ 1/2 over-ripe banana ■ 1/2 over-ripe avocado ■ 2 Tbsp unflavored full-fat yogurt ■ 1 tsp olive oil Instructions Mash banana and avocado, combine with other ingredients, and mix well. Apply liberally to face and neck. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

Let’s face it: Weekly trips to the nail salon and monthly facials are luxuries that we can’t afford, but a little creativity goes a long way. There are countless athome concoctions for facials, manicures and pedicures — here, we show you the best

By Ariel Burke

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jaye beauty Pedicure Tips ■ Soak feet in a plastic bowl of warm water or in a footbath. After 10 minutes of soaking, remove and lightly dry your feet with a towel. ■ Apply cuticle softener then gently push the cuticles back. ■ Soak pumice stone or foot scrubber in water for a minute, then rub the dead skin off of your of your feet. ■ Massage your feet with an exfoliating paste the moisturize with a cream or oil. . ■ Wipe excess residue off of toes and separate toes with cotton balls or toe separators. ■ Apply polish from the bottom of your nails to the tips. Using a base coat, two coats of your favorite polish, and then apply a topcoat.

>> Products to try: >> DIY MANICURES & PEDICURES Many women can be neglectful with the upkeep of their hands and feet. They don’t realize the drastic change manicured nails and pedicured toes can make in their everyday appearance. Spring is near and women will be packing up their boots for the open toed sandals. If you have been neglecting your feet throughout the winter now is the time to give your feet some much-needed attention. Here are a few at home do-it-yourself tips to keep those cuticles pushed back and nails groomed.

Strawberry Hand and Foot Exfoliant Strawberries contain a natural fruit acid, which aids in exfoliation. Ingredients ■ 8-10 Strawberries ■ 2 tablespoons Apricot Oil (you may substitute olive oil) ■ 1 teaspoon of coarse salt, such as Kosher Salt, or Sea Salt Instructions Mix together all ingredients into a paste, massage into hands and feet, rinse, and pat dry.

Dr. Scholl’s Sole Sensations Classic Foot Spa, $24.99,

Neutrogena Wave Facial System, $12.99,

Ms. Pedicure Toe Riffic Tools, $9.99,

Manicure Tips ■ Remove any old nail polish. ■ Shape the nail by filing each nail tip from corner to center; avoid using a seesaw motion. ■ Soak the hands in warm for 10-15 minutes ■ Gently push the cuticle back. ■ Apply a base coat. Calcium gel is highly recommended. Allow to dry for a few minutes. Then apply two coats of favorite polish. Then finish with a topcoat. Allow nails to dry. Apply a moisturizing cream or lotion to hands and cuticles.

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what is obesity? Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of body fat versus overweight, which is defined as having excess body weight relative to height. Classically obesity is defined as weight greater than 20 percent more than the average desirable weight for men and women, and a body fat percentage greater than 30 percent for women and 25 percent for men. did you know? According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey 111, one in every three Americans is obese. Source: Nature’s Intentions Naturopathic Clinic

Greasy foods like French fries contribute to young American adults and the health challenges they encounter.

Health Headliners

News and views to help you live strongly and vigorously

generation y and obesity ■ HealthDay News reports increased rates of obesity and lack of insurance coverage are among the many health challenges facing young American adults, according to just-released statistics. Among its findings: >> In the past three decades, obesity rates among young adults have tripled, from 8 percent in 1971-74 to 24 percent in 2005-06. >> In 2006, 34 percent of adults ages 20 to 24 were uninsured, compared to 29 percent of those ages 25 to 29 and 21 percent of those ages 18 to 19. >> Between 2004 and 2006, 17 percent of young adults reported needing but not receiving at least one of the following health services because they couldn’t afford them: medical care, prescription medicines, mental health care, or eyeglasses.

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>> Between 1999 and 2004, almost 9 percent of adults ages 20 to 29 reported major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, or panic disorder within the past year. >> Young adults also have the highest rate of injury-related emergency department visits of all age groups. And in 2005, unintentional injuries or accidents, homicide, and suicide accounted for 70 percent of deaths among young adults. In addition to the special section on young adults, the report also found for the population as a whole: >> Life expectancy increased by 3.6 years for men and by 1.9 years for women between 1990 and 2006. In recent years, death rates for heart disease, stroke and cancer have continued to decline. >> Between 2003 and 2006, 65 per-

cent of men and 80 percent of women aged 75 and older reported having high blood pressure or taking high blood pressure medications, compared to about 36 percent of adults ages 45 to 54. >> Within the same time frame, cholesterol-lowering drugs helped reduce the proportion of adults with high cholesterol to 16 percent. Women aged 55 and older are much more likely than men in that age group to have high cholesterol. >> About 25 percent of adults aged 60 and older had diabetes in 2003-06. While not increasing as rapidly as in the past decade, obesity rates remain high. More than a third of adults age 20 and older were obese in 20052006. ■ Information from U.S. News contributed to this report.

Research supports theories on why young adults face health challeges upon graduation

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april warns you, Aries: Remember to keep your promises and don’t let your happiness turn into self-absorption

Sometimes you can find it hard to be a team player as you like to follow your own ideas through to their conclusion. Success this months depends on you being willing to take a back seat. Financially, this is a good month, but you need to wait to see the cash in your hands. keisha knight pulliam


Aries March 21-April 19 Many Aries people will be celebrating their birthdays this month and so this already excitable sign will be even more full of life this month! However, you need to make sure that this love of life does not spill over into a selfish attitude. A promise needs to be honored this month.

Taurus April 20-May 20 If you are in doubt about the reliability of a friend early in the month you should listen to your instincts and act accordingly. Your intuition is fully switched on right now and this will help with a delicate matter concerning a colleague or school friend. Money receives a boost at the end of the month. 112  JAYE | APRIL 2009

Cancer June 21-July 22 As a sign that is ruled by the Moon you respond strongly to the influence of those around you. Praise from an unexpected quarter will encourage you to reassess your life goals with positive results. However, don’t make any snap decisions as you need to be sure before you change direction.

Leo July 23-August 22 If at all possible you should take a break this month. You have been working extremely hard and although you have the enthusiasm you no longer have the energy reserves to keep up this level of effort. Single Leos will find love in the middle of the month at a leisure activity.

Virgo August 23-September 22 The influence of your ruling planet, Mercury, this month means that your communication skills are at their height. You should use this opportu-

nity to straighten out any misunderstandings within your friendship group. Financially, beware risk taking after the 20th.

you show your appreciation.

Libra September 23-October 22

It’s not often that your artistic side is stimulated, but this month you will be feeling inclined to express your creativity. This will also act as a boost to your love life as a new and exciting side to your personality is revealed. It’s a great month for going out to be entertained.

You are ruled by the planet Venus and this will be a very active planet in your life this month as it boosts the importance of friendship in your life. Sharing your problems with others will help and on the work front a goal can be achieved by building the right team

Scorpio October 23-November 21 This is the best month of the whole year for you to make significant progress in your career or at school. You are in a very efficient mood and your natural discipline is strong now. Explain your lack of sociability to friends or they may begin to worry about your relationship to them.

Sagittarius November 22December 21 Your natural approach to problems is to try and defeat them through simple optimistic energy. However, this month you will be faced with some issues that require a more subtle approach. A loved one will give you advice and you need to make sure that

Capricorn December 22January 19

Aquarius January 20-February 18 This is your month to shine so be sure that you make the most of it. Not only will you be feeling glamorous when it comes to social events, but you will also be able to attract supporters at work or school. If that weren’t enough your finances are also looking increasingly strong!

Pisces February 19-March 20 Even though your heart is elsewhere now it is important that you focus on money making opportunities this month. April brings a great deal of promise in terms of business possibilities. There may be difficulties on the home front, but these can be solved through compromise.

Gemini May 21-June 20

Shopping index ■ geometry lesson 78: Diane Von Furstenberg DRESS, ASOS SANDALS, Steve Madden CLUTCH, stevemadden. com. Juicy Couture BANGLES, Lucky Brand EARRINGS, 79: Marni TOP, YMI JEANS, Delia’s CARDIGAN, delia’ Sam Edleman SANDALS, shop.nordstrom. com. Topshop Bracelet 80: Topshop TOP, American Eagle JEANS, Baker’s SANDALS, Coach BAG, Dolce & Gabbana WATCH, 81: Miss Selfridge DRESS, Aldo PUMPS, Banana Republic CLUTCH, Karen Millen CUFF, 82: Marc by Marc Jacobs TUNIC, Miss Selfridge EARRINGS, missselfridge. com. Go Jane SANDALS, Topshop CUFF, 83: Forever 21 TOP, McQ SHORTS, KG by Kurt Geiger SANDALS, Carol Daulplaise BRACELET, Marc by Marc Jacobs BAG, 84: Emilio Pucci LEGGINGS, Kain TANK, Stella McCartney JACKET, Jessica Simpson SANDALS, shop.nordstrom. com. 85: Arden B. SWEATER, ardenb. com. Hurley JEANS, Prada BAG, Urban Outfitters SANDALS, Topshop EARRINGS,

■ Put it in Neutral 87: Georgina Goodman SHOES, T by Alexander Wang DRESS, Harmony Lane BRACELET, Nordstrom NECKLACE, shop.nordstrom. com. Dolce & Gabbana CLUTCH, bluefly. com. Old Navy JACKET, Wet Seal GLASSES, 88: Theory BLOUSE, Maison Martin Margiela SHOES, eluxury. com. Spiegel SKIRT, Wendy Nichol EARRINGS, 89: Richard Nicoll DRESS, brownsfashion. com. KORS by Michael Kors PUMPS, Nine West BRACELET, Mogil CLUTCH, 90: Arden B. JACKET, ardenb. com. Aldo PUMPS, Forever21 TANK, French Connection BRACELET, Miu Miu BAG, 3.1 Phillip Lim SKIRT, 91: Lela Rose, DRESS, Erickson Beamon BRACELET, Ted Baker BAG, Acne Jeans PUMPS, Ann Taylor EARRINGS, Blue Bijoux RING, 92: Tibi DRESS, net-a-porter. com. Liz Claiborne BAG, Anthropologie NECKLACE, Day at Birger et Mikkelsen TOP, Current Elliot SHORTS, Steve Madden SHOES,

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about jaye magazine JAYE is a monthly women’s magazine that focuses primarily on college women across the country and the issues they encounter outside of the academic environment. The magazine also provides the reader fashion, beauty, health & entertainment information in each issue. The theme for JAYE is “Because college is more than the classroom.” The magazine gives readers information about different college women around the world and their needs, struggles, and stories of life. The goal of the magazine is to provide readers with a substantial amount of information about new looks in the fashion industry as well as current issues that college readers are facing. It provides information pertaining to different items of clothing and accessories and beauty products. Each month recognizes a particular female college woman by placing her on the cover of the magazine and featuring her in a main article. For more information, visit



Till we meet again Morsels of pop culture to tide you over for the month

HAMMER TIME: MC Hammer, famous for his parachute pants and hits like “You Can’t Touch This,” is coming to a TV screen near you. A&E has given him his own reality show, which Hammer labels as “real life drama.” This show will follow the lives of him and his family, including his wife and seven children.

Can’t get enough of MySpace? Well they can’t get enough of you either! They’re revamping the mobile website to make it more accessible for the Smartphone user! It seems as though the new mobile version feels more like the online version.

George Mason University in Fairfax, VA crowned its first Drag Queen as Homecoming Queen. Senior Ryan Allen (Reann Ballslee is his drag queen persona) entered as a joke but considers his victory one the happiest moment of his life, according to Yahoo News.

This fall, Southwest Airlines, an airliner who prides itself in being affordable, will offer service out of Boston. According to Yahoo News the airline is looking to attract business travelers to Boston’s Logan International Airport.

Kelly Cutrone (below), founder of fashion PR firm People’s Revolution, and Whitney Port’s boss on MTV’s “The Hills” has one less client after designer Yigal Azrouel fired her for “mismanagement.” According to, Cutrone invited Ashley Dupree, best known as the woman at the center of the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal, to Arouzel’s show during fashion week, much to his chagrin.

While attempting to give his support to Chris Brown, who is accused of beating pop star Rihanna, Terrence Howard’s skeletons have come out of hiding: He was arrested in 2001 for a similar incident in which he assaulted his then wife, Lori McCommas. Howard later pled guilty to disorderly conduct in connection to the assault. Compiled by Ashley Johnson

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hammer: myspace: allen: southwest airlines: cutrone: Gawker. howard:


Did you know: Food poisoning affects one in four Americans each year. Watch out the next time you feel constipated or have a stomach virus, it may just be food poisoning. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inform us that about a fourth of them is the cause of high-profile cases such as the recent outbreak of salmonella in peanut butter.

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