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INTRODUCTION Letter from the Editor. Biographies.

HEALTH/FOOD Keep Austin Fit! Running with the Rougues. Austin Loves Amy’s.

ENTERTAINMENT Graffiti. DIRTY POP. Austin photo essay.

LASA LIFE

Stuff Lasa Kids Like. Poetic Thinking. Facebook Frenzy.

FASHION/STYLE The 80’s are BACK. Which Austinite are YOU?

OTHER Feature Jump Page.

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Dear Reader Thanks for picking up drooL magazine! We are here to provide a fun, groovy, and hopefully funny magazine for your entertainment. Austin is completely awesome, and a wonderful place to grow up. There is such a diverse, outgoing and creative environment that surrounds each and every one of us. Every month there is so much that is going on and happening around town, be it downtown, Zilker Park, or more! We, the staff at drooL, love Austin, and want to share the atmosphere of this town with you through this magazine. We hope drooL is as much fun to read as it was to make!

-The staff at drool magazine

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Ytzayana was born on the Third Tuesday, on the Third Month of the Year, under the Third Quarter Moon. Because of this magical encounter, fairies from the Dark Fairie World have tried to kidnap her and turn her into an evil troll, but used her magical powers to destroy them all. She is now queen of Farie Land and has used her powers to create wonderful and magical Magazines.

Alexa E. Alexa Morgan Etheredge. Heard of her? Last year she was the winner of the 2nd basemen of the uear award for the WSA (World Softball Association). She has also been repeatedly applauded for her extensive knowledge of the Wizard world (Harry Potter) and ancieint Greek culture, Her most celebrated and recent acheivment however is she has been recognized by the Artist’s Association for the Commemoration of Monkey Drawers (The AACMA) for her unparalled talent in drawing monkeys.

Selin K. Selin is a musician turned swimmer turned artist turned dancer turned (as of this semester) editor. Selin likes the smell of rainy tennis courts, the snip snip sounds of scissors cutting hair, and the rush of riding roller coasters. Jay-Z makes Selin Drool.

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Piece by: Alexa E. // Photo by:__________

Keep Austin Fit! Initiative. I got out of the car 5 minutes ago and I have been on the trail ever since. It is a Tuesday, a slow day for Town Lake, but still I have already seen at least 25 people running, walking, biking, rowing. People are spread out along the whole trail, trying to better themselves. All around Austin are outdoor places that promote fitness and well being, from the Town Lake trail to our legendary Zilker Park downtown. This town is just waiting for all of its people to step up and take the initiative. One of the incredible assets that Austin is known for are its public parks.There is no reason to pay for a gym pass if you live in Austin because we have far to many places where you can workout in the fresh air outside. The grass is a semi-greenish brown, the regular color for Texas grass. The wind is blowing hard which is just perfect. It’s kite day at Zilker Park, a day where a big part of Austin goes out to fly their kites in downtown Austin. Zilker Park is a beautiful expanse of grass that is home to many people hanging out doing whatever. It is the perfect place to go play a team sport with your friends like soccer, football, volleyball, or ultimate frisbee. It is an awesome place to go hang out and enjoy the day, and if you go with a bunch of friends and all go to play a sport then you are getting a workout at the same time.

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Town Lake is the most popular outdoor park for working out. It is open to walkers, runners, bikers, and yes, even rowers. If you go the whole trail, from the Mopac Bridge to the Pleasant Valley Bridge, it can be up to 10.7 miles, but if you don’t want to run the whole 11 miles, there are shorter routes that are only about a mile each. Along the whole trail there are many different spots where there are bars that you can do arm and ab workouts. There is also that point at the end of most people’s run that has fresh cold water for them to drink. Many Austinites take advantage of this great workout location every day, even during the winter. Who needs a gym lap pool when you have plenty of pools around town? It may or may not be 68 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, but whether it’s spring, summer, winter, or fall, Barton Springs has it’s year rounders. These are the people who go swim at Barton Springs at least twice a week no matter what time of year it is. Even in the dead of winter, Barton Springs stays open because there are people every day who go to swim there. Barton Springs is a pool that is linked to

the Edward’s Aquifer, and is fed by natural spring water from the recharge zone. It is a popular hangout spot, from kids to adults alike, and is often crowded because of the multitude of people who go there during summer. The water is cold enough to be a refreshing swim every time and be really clean and clear. And swimming is always a great workout, whether you a just swimming laps or hanging out with friends. Austin is a fantastic town for anyone who wants to be healthy and fit because it is so structured around keeping it’s outdoor treasures preserved. There is no reason for any people in Austin to need to buy a gym pass because they can play sports with their friends at Zilker, run and work out their upper body on Town Lake trail, and go swimming at Barton Springs. No paying for the monthly fee, and you get to be outside, soaking up the sun/water. So anyone looking for an awesome town that helps you to get fit as you help yourself, Austin is the place to be.

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Author: Ytzayana M.

Runnin

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ng With The Rogues

It’s 7:30 a.m., all the runners are exhausted. In the mist of them, Coach England is speaking words encouragement, and off they go for their 5 mile warm-up. Coach Ruth England wasn’t always a running coach, or a runner. England never thought she would become one of the co-founders of Rogue Training Systems, one of the marathon trainings in Austin, Texas. Though she was very uncertain what she wanted for her future career, Coach England had a past that would lead her to coaching. At a very young age, England displayed early signs of athleticism, and by the age of 5 she started swimming. Her parents were very athletic, and her mother would even teach swimming lessons to England’s kindergarten class. This inspired England to enter the swim team at the age of 6 and persevered all the way through college, but she didn’t know that running would soon be her favorite sport in the years to come. England had a roommate in college who was in the cross country team, and always encouraged England to go running with her. After several no’s, her roommate soon used creative ways to got her out of the dorms. “She would tell me each morning, ‘If you come run with me, I’ll buy you breakfast’.”, England says.

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After finishing college, she had stopped running, but three years later, she started gaining weight. She didn’t have any money, and so the cheapest thing to do was her only option: running. England went out to buy a pair of really cheap running shoes, and was determined to run a 5k race. When the day came, she was able to finish it, she was then inspired to finish a marathon, which was the beginning of her addiction. England’s athletic career started as a collegiate swimmer, but it was at the end of 1997, after being coaxed into a year of running, another friend encouraged her to try a triathlon. Triathlons are races in swimming, biking, and running. England was already swimming, so she took her mother’s bike and participated in a triathlon the next year. England seriously competed in triathlons for 6 years, and performed lots of sprints, Olympic distances, and half Iron Mans. Then one season, she broke her arm. “I got such a break away, it was really hard to go back to swimming or biking, so I just stuck with running.” While she competed in triathlons, someone had asked her to coach a beginning triathlon group for women. In 2004, founder Steve Sisson and co-founder Ruth England had the opportunity to open up Rogue and started her own triathlon classes.England said she never dreamed of becoming a coach, but that her job would find her. For her, there was something out there, and she knew she was going to be something that really inspired her to do. England worked 10 years in the teaching field, but she felt like it wasn’t the thing she wanted to do. It was when someone asked

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her to coach, that she felt that her job completed her. Even though she had a great job, being a coach had some hardships along with it. England was always careful trying to relate to people who just started running, and she constantly had to think of ways to break things, and make her customers feel comfortable. England had different goals in mind when she first started. She was working for RunTex in 2004, and got fired. It was within that week that Sisson and England opened up Rogue. For the first week, most of her worries was getting enough money to cover bills and food, and because RunTex was the only running program. Eventually her worries went away when people liked and started joining Rogue. After this step, she and her co-workers focused on a goal for the program. Once they realized what it was, they went off trying to build a community of runners. England is now satisfied with what she has achieved, and she teaches the beginner classes. Most of her customers come in and can only run a block or two, but by the end of their training, England can send them off for 7 miles, and feel like she accomplished something. “Everyone wants to get fitter, but in the U.S., we define that as skinny. There is this center of community and once they center in the community, you start to see them understand”, England says. “There is this center of community and once they center in the community, you start to see them understand what they are in.”

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Author: Alexa E. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Amy Si

Austin Loves

Amy’s

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ight behind the Burnet location of Amy’s Ice Cream and the new Phil’s Ice House, can be found the headquarters for the mastermind behind the Austin phenomenon of Amy’s Ice Cream. Established in 1984, Amy’s has been around for a long time, and is shows no sign of leaving, to the pleasure of all the people who live here.

syndrome, and cancer, and it was all to isolated for Simmons. “I’m a real idealist and people who are doing research get credibility and jobs by publishing, and so they kind of covet their data, and especially in cancer, it’d be great if everybody collaborated, cause you could probably solve it. But that’s not how it was and so it’s kind of disillusioning”

Amy Simmons, owner of local ice cream shop Amy’s Ice Cream, was actually not born and raised in Texas, but rather Ann Arbor, Michigan. Influenced by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is a very liberal, artsy and creative town that is found in the middle of the republican state of Michigan. “It’s actually really similar and that’s why I chose Austin,” says Simmons, “It’s got the same creativity and great energy.”

At the same time, Simmons was working for an ice cream shop in Boston, called Steve’s Ice Cream, and in comparison to the researching that she was doing, the store was “paradise”. They were opening a new store in New York City, and she thought she would defer med school and go to New York to open it for them. She was young and the owners let her make her own mistakes, and work her way through them.

Growing up, Amy was determined to become successful. Her mom had gotten a PhD in psychology from Bryn Mawr, and had faced the challenges of being a woman in a prominently male work environment, and Simmons wanted to follow in her footsteps in a sense. “I just wanted to be successful, and visibly successful. Not to be honored, but to know that I’d made it for my own sense.” she explains. Deciding to go into medicine was thus an easy decision because doctors are clearly very successful. She actually went as far as getting an undergraduate in medicine before she started to question her choice. She was doing research for Harvard Primate Center, and Tuft’s Medical School, researching fetal alcohol

A couple years later, Simmons opened a shop for Steve’s in Florida. That’s when the company sold. “The new company just didn’t honor the magic, it didn’t honor the people,” says Simmons. She worked for this new company for a little while longer, and then when the company moved to open a store in Austin she decided to break away When Steve’s moved to Austin, it took Simmons two days to fall in love with the Austin community. Simmons was missing the first Steve’s more than ever then, the company before they had sold, and so she decided to open her own ice cream shop. “Really them, loving what that company was, and losing it, and thinking well I can do that and I

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Graffiti the art of youth “My art makes me a criminal.” Prison. Thousands of dollars fined. No murder. Not a drug dealer. Heck, not even a thief. I’m a criminal. My art makes me a criminal. This is the reality graffiti artists must live through every day. After willing to go to jail, maybe graffiti should be considered and art. Not all should be considered criminal activity. As I was reading The Austin Chronicle, there was an article about East Side artists Angel Quesada, an accomplished artist and community muralist and has served for the City of Austin as consultant for the Terrazzas Branch Library and Lannea Brooks, who recently moved to the Govalle Neighborhood and frequently engages with the art community in East Austin were sent to jail in October 24 for painting a mural on 2828 Lyons Street. No, it wasn’t hardcore, vulgar graffiti. It was a botanical mural. The mural in question was created in the spirit of generosity and is a donation towards the beautification of the Govalle neighborhood. They are both being charged with a “Class A” misdemeanor for Graffiti, which carries a punishment of up to $4,000 and/or a year in jail. These young artist were not in gangs and went by in driveby shootings, contrary to people’s beliefs. These were art educators, trying to make a place look more beautiful and help the community. Unfortunately, The Downtown Austin Alliance is determined to eliminate all graffiti and “unauthorized” painting on buildings and walls around town. What has happened to keeping Austin unique, “keeping Austin weird”? Its not like our city looks “hood” and mobster like. No, it actually makes our city look funky and

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awesome. . Common questions received by artist are, “Why don’t you stick to your free walls instead”? Well, there are several reasons. First of all, free walls are walls that are usually placed in areas away from society, hidden among back streets, where graffiti artists are legally allowed to paint. What is the point of these “walls”, if artists are not going to be able to express to the world? On 1704 E 5th St, there is a huge, long, free wall with gorgeous paintings and graffiti, but one little problem, not a lot of people go through there to see this, so there’s really not much appreciation is given. A favorite thing to do is to wait for a train to pass by on the railroad tracks, then stop, to admire some of the most beautiful creations by graffiti artists, and how they seem to be part of the train, showing different views from different cities. I have a tough time, trying to figure out why officers and cities trying to ban this when they put free walls in places that are not needed. The first amendment says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise there of; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peacefully to assemble. And to petition the government for a redress of grievance.” So why is this not applied to graffiti artists? Why can’t artists express themselves, abridging the freedom of speech, and the right to PEACFULY assemble. In other words, not cuff links and off to the pen. It is something I can’t really answer this myself.

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“Art is the mind in play, it shows who you are, and your wildest dreams.” Graffiti doesn’t have to be vandalism. Instead of governors groping and moaning about how vexatious graffiti is, why don’t they stop the battle and just give artists their walls and space? Not a wall under a bridge or dangerous, lonely alleys, but a wall out in everyone’s view. Art is the mind in play, it shows who you are, and your wildest dreams. It’s a lifestyle, an addiction, a dysfunctional marriage of secrecy and fame, for better and for worse. Some see it as an insatiable appetite for destruction, but through this abstracted topography they find their creative vision and achieve self-expression.

Residents worry how

this can make a city say “ghetto”, “dangerous”, and “criminal activity”. Yes, gang tagging does look like all of that, but remember that there is a difference between graffiti and tagging. Tagging is the act of mindless doodling, while graffiti is art rooting from hip hop. Like Angel Quesada, who almost got fined for the beautiful, botanical mural, was he in some kind of dangerous gang? No these were artists, professional art educators, who were trying to decorate a forgotten place. It was empty, trash thrown about, in the middle of what people would call “the ghetto”, a place known for gangs to roam. They painted a mural to bring a community together, to

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show the rest of the city a different side of the east side. So why do police suddenly care then? Did they really want a gray wall, open for gang taggers? Graffiti isn’t baleful or pernicious. Graffiti is in reality art. The real graffiti is part of the visual aspect of hip hop. If only cities could see the effect on young lives. One user on an online forum said, “My anti-drug. The action of applying a paint or ink onto a wall I the form of artwork. A highly illegal practice in a swift covert manner. Most kids spend their Friday and Saturday nights smoking weed or getting drunk, I prefer exploring the town with my best buddy doing graffiti”.

Would you prefer these youngsters to keep to themselves and leave the city walls alone? Should they leave property and take up on drugs? These boys understand the consequences of graffiti, but prefer this than to ruin themselves over drugs. What would you prefer? Graffiti. The art of today.

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TEEN MUSICIANS at LASA HS 2010

MUSIC

Sexy. Controversial. Beautiful. Unapologetic. And their most important role-best friends. by Selin K.

LASA junios Alec H. and Peter W. stand teetering above the crowd of Coffeehousers at Fiesta Gardens. Peter holds on to the mic stand, swaying and singing his lyrics into the crowd. Alec has his arms up, sunglasses glinting, and his loud voice complimenting the beat blasted from the speakers. The song is about leaving Prom to go to a party. High school drama has never been highlighted so well in music. Alec H. and Peter W. make up an electro pop duo called Dirty Pop that started last year. Peter W. has been in many bands before, playing guitar and doing backup vocals, but is the first musical endeavor for Alec. Due to the fact that Peter had been in other bands, he happened to have just the recording equipment that Dirty Pop needed. Alec’s deep “rap voice” dominates the vocal parts, while Peter backs it up with a “Alec was over at my house and we were just like messing around and we decided to record a funny song.” Peter says. “I didn’t know what I was doing; I was just messing with all the knobs. We just put together a beat eventually, not knowing what we were doing. Alec recorded vocals over it and it was just hilarious so we just put [it] up on Myspace.” Peter says. The first song Peter and Alec ever recorded together was a song called “Custard”, that was made up of mostly sexual innuendos and repeats of certain funny phrases. “So we got this file that we didn’t make ourselves and looped it and then we did that for a lot of files,

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and then we did random improvised vocals over it, and then we called it a song” Peter W. says. They didn’t take themselves that seriously at first, but then decided to keep going with music. Before they became Dirty Pop, the two boys were in a band that they named the PA System. P for Peter and A for Alec. But when they decided to get more serious they changed the name so that they would lose all association. Peter W. and Alec H.’s first live performance together was as the PA System at 2009 Coffehouse. Peter W. remembers the performance as an experience to learn from. “We’re a completely different group now than we were then.” he says. “We just went up on stage and pretty much acted [dumb], and that’s what people thought our group was. That’s part of the reason we changed the name; so we’re not associated with that act. I wish we had been more serious then, so we wouldn’t be associated as a comedy group. Hopefully this year, we will change that.” “It was a clever name. “ Peter explains. “The PA System just kept on being a joke and we wanted to do like, serious music.” Dirty Pop is giving Peter and Alec a chance to make funny music but not make the mistakes they regretted with the PA System. Peter has learned a lot from the PA System’s musical mistakes. During the summer Peter and Alec had a gig at Ruta Maya, a live music hot spot for young musicians. “The most memorable part of that is

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Peter, fashionably soaking up the sun on a trampoline. Photo taken by Selin K.

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A U S T I N

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Leslie Cochran

The man who loves to show and isn’t shy about it.

SoCo

The place in Austin where all the wierd and cool people hang out.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

What else is there to say?

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Three months alone Living in my grandmother’s lair Three months alone My parents in a dangerous place While I worry about my family They worry about their safety Three months alone I don’t really have another place to go Days go by My smile grows wide For my family comes home Off to the other side we go Into the land of freedom So they say I am pushed around Racial names I’ve never been called before I am an American Citizen A Mexican Citizen as well Walking along the street with friends whiter than me Their parents look at my skin They have judged me already Why is it when i am looked at People think of vandals They think of gangs They think of trouble I take a walk with my sister They already think she’s my daughter Why am I thought of as a whore A teenager for desperate love Why are they expecting me to work Not as a doctor or a Nurse But a housekeeper and at home But here I am In a city of hope In a city striving to be equal This city has highlighted our race fight our fight and help us win Here I am writing this Thanking Austin’s help Respecting our heritage as we respect theirs

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POETIC THINKING

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Ricky MartinHispanic culture meets the Top 40!

Hello, hello, baby; Now listen to me baby It’s a quarter after one I’m all alone and I need you now it’s on my conscience I’m still alive but I’m barely breathing They say bad things happen for a reason My heart, it pounds Yeah, you got me Maybe I need some rehab I Be Stuck To You, Like Glue Baby, So yeah, we’re going down You and me could write a bad romance

Selin K Written from lyrics to the top 40 songs.

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1. Sleep Long since are the days of naptime in kindergarden; especially if you go to LASA. It is a miracle to get 6 straight hours of sleep.

4. Band When most of the parents in the football stands are there for the band (and when your marching band is bigger than your football team) you know you go to LASA

2. Ninjas v. Pirates Are ninjas or pirates stronger? The debate will never end.

5. Qudditch 3. Calculator Games What do you do when bored after a math test? Beat all the levels in Block Dude of course!

A game borrowed from the world wide phenomenon Harry Potter, this game is the Muggle version of

Stuff LASA Kids Like


Fan Page Obsession What happens when social networking creates a new way to annoy? By Selin K.

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believe the word ‘studying’ was derived from the words ‘students dying’ When I found out that the word “bed” looked like a bed, my mind was blown. If your name starts with A, C, D, F, H, I, J, K, L, M, S, T...join!!! When I Was Your Age, We Solved Blue’s Clues With Steve, Not Joe. I leave 1 or more seats between me and a stranger in the movie theater

Facebook is the beast of social networking, and one of the applications available to users is to join groups or become fans of pages. Groups and fan pages have become part of our everyday Facebook experience because of a news feed that shows us what’s up with all of our friends. When I log onto facebook, I am greeted by funny groups and fan pages my friends have joined lately. Facebook was created originally for college students to contact each other, which eventually morphed into helping people keep in touch all over the world. The reason why it has grown into a huge network with millions of people is simple- knowing what’s going on with your friends, no matter how far away they are. Group and fan pages are taking over our entire Facebook experience. Ever since the layout change that took place in March of 2009, Facebook has made it easier for friends to see anything and everything that

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is posted. According to Harrison Hoffman on Cnet news, the layout was a response to the growing popularity of Twitter, and its 140-character mini feeds. Now Facebook users are notified every time Jenny posts something on John’s wall, is attending a certain event, posts a new status, or becomes a fan of a fan page. As if it weren’t enough that we see all of Emily’s posts on Jenna’s wall every few seconds, we also are bombarded with obnoxious attempts to be funny, smart, and original. Those who join groups and fan pages...claim that these pages boost individuality and in turn, give you confidence in your weird habits. Individuality?...Many facebook fan pages have thousands of members that are mostly in agreement- how does that fit the definition of individuality? It doesn’t. By becoming a part of this fan page madness, you are not making yourself any different from the rest of us. Then the fan page supporters flock to the idea that joining a fan page makes a difference. When someone joins “Stop the use of dogs as live bait for sharks!”, they aren’t saving puppies, in fact, they are just procrastinating on their homework, cluttering their friend’s News Feeds, and helping some guy in an office who made the fan page feel popular. No, “Become a Fan” buttons don’t automatically save lives or feed children or even make someone quit smoking. An example straight from my news feed: If 1000 people Join, my dad will stop smoking; Sorry Jimmy, your dad shouldn’t need 1000 clicks to convince him smoking is not worth his time and life. Hadley Freeman, who writes for The Guardian, states; “just tapping a mouse button on a “Become “I’d suggest you introduce a fan” icon doesn’t more group activities into quite feel like marching to Westminster.”- your life. Summer camp, And that’s true, you perhaps?” aren’t changing any-Hadley Freeman one’s mind by clicking a button, nor are you Are you a fan-page fanatic? making a point. If you really want to make a difference, reach out to the public by speaking and representing, not just clicking “Become a Fan”. I agree with Freeman, who says’; “if you find yourself tempted to vote on the popularity of a sausage roll, I’d suggest you introduce more group activities into your life. Summer camp, perhaps?” Fan pages are a distraction. I’m sure those who went on a fan-page-joining spree have plenty of algebra left to do. Not only are they a waste of time to those joining, but they give everyone else notice of your activities on facebook- which can mean that others get phrase after phrase of extra “gunk” on their news feed. Maybe we all need to get our reasons for being on facebook cleared up. We’re on facebook to keep in touch, not waste time and effort joining fan and group pages.

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FASHION/STYLE

Kim Kardashian sports an acid washed denim jacket!

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Along with Lady Gaga and futuristic fashion, the runway now supports spandex like never before!

BACK Pay special attention to that lucious mullet!

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American Apparel supports the workout fashion: a leotard, tights, the side ponytail, complete with legwarmers.

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Let’s get physical! Olivia Newton-John is rocking the workout fashion, along with a mullet. (Now reoccuring in Europe!)

Salt-n-Pepa know how to groove! And they do it in style! Not only is spandex easy to move in, it was a staple of any closet in the 80’s.


Madonna. 4 minutes, with Justin Timberlake. A whole new album in 2008. A whole commemeratory episode on Glee. Madonna lives on!

Carrie Underwood is not only loving her country, she’s loving the sweatbands!

American Apparel embraces the leotard!

Now

Fads and fame. If you thought that the 80’s were the past, or some era your parents were a part of- think again. Signs of reoccuring style choices have been showing! Yes, the eighties ARE back! by Selin K.

Madonna was a major icon in the 80’s- even her beauty mark being copied all over the globe! Everyone’s heard some of her old hits- they’ve become classic.

Sweatbands were huge with the workout scene and anyone else who wanted to be cool. Sweat away!

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What kind of Austinite Your accessory of choice? A. Briefcase B. Hat C. Colorful scarf D. Thong

What’s in your fridge? A. Microwave meals B. Beer C. Ice Cream D. Don’t have one...;)

Your favorite Austin hangout? A. My office (school) B. Stubbs C. Amy’s Ice Cream stores D. Anywhere downtown where everyone can see me

Favorite Subject? A. Computer Science B. Music Theory C. Art D. I don’t go to class 28 DROOL

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e are YOU? What do you do in your spare time? A. What spare time? I am always working! B. Mess around on the guitar C. Walk around downtown Austin, looking at all the diversity D. Prance around downtown in women’s clothes

Do you have any hobbies? A. Golf B. Music C. Ice Cream Taster D. Pretending to be the opposite gender

What type of underwear can be found in your drawers? A. Whitey Tighteys B. Boxers C. Breifs D. THONGS!!!

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Mostly A’s: Micheal Dell-your views are very perfectly aligned with one of the most successful businessmen of the century. Your goals are huge, but you will work for as long as is needed for it to all work out in the end. You are determined to be successful and do not care about where you are or what you are doing as long as it all works out. Your persistence will no doubt pay off in the long run, so keep on keeping on!

Mostly C’s: Amy-You are very immersed in the Austin culture. You love this town and all that it stands for and you have a desire to always know the happenings. You spend your time around town at all the wacky places that make this town great and you are determined to never let this town become normal.

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Who are YOU? Mostly B’s: Stevie Ray Vaughn-You are a music man (or woman) all the way! Never fear because you are growing up in the Live Music City of the World. Long after your death people will still be posing for pictures at your statue and listening to your music! So keep on singing, and don’t forget to buy those ACL tickets early!

Mostly D’s: Leslie Cochran-You are just the kind of Austinite that keeps Austin weird! You will become a legend and there will always be people talking about all the outrageous and crazy things that you have done. As much as we shake our heads and laugh at you wacky Austinites, you are actually what has and will keep us going through the stuffy boring normal times. Never be afraid to be yourself, and always keep in mind that you are what makes Austin great!

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can do it better” Simmons explains. She wanted the oppurtunity to create that kind of environment that isso fun for the employees and so she started her own place. “In the beginning I kind of had to do everything, and you can become a bit of a control freak,” says Simmons. From making and serving the ice cream, to taking care of all the paperwork, Simmons did it all. Over time she has had to hire employees to do the work that she was able to do by herself when she first started. And as the company grew more, she worked in the stores less and less and did the financial stuff more and more. From the beginning Amy’s Ice Cream has immersed itself in all of the things that make Austin unique and over time has become an irreplaceable asset to the Austin community. “Our mission statement as a company is to make peoples day; it was what we are about every day,” says Simmons “we sell ice cream but it’s almost incidental that we also sell an experience.” And they certainly do. Going to Amy’s is always an adventure, whether the employees chats with you, or throw your ice cream across Guadalupe. One time “our employees were literally on one anothers shoulders, three high, throwing ice cream across Guadalupe and they were catching it,” says Simmons. Something like this can only happen in Austin, Texas, in an Amy’s Ice Cream Store.

employees, I think the willingness to let them shine and contribute to what the organization is.” Whether the employees make Amy’s, or Amy’s makes their employees, one thing can be said for certain: they’re always having fun. Want to work for Amy’s yet? The application process is, in and of itself, just about as cool and fun as an application can be. They hand you a paper bag, you do whatever you want with it. The only requirements are that you write your name and contact information somewhere on the bag. From there it is up to them to tell you if you are Amy’s material or not. This tradition was actually started when Simmons ran out of the written applications, and she handed a girl a paper bag instead of an application. The girl turned the paper into a hot air balloon with the paper bag as its basket, and she put things that she stood for into the basket, like her girl scout badges and pictures of her and her dog. “From this we saw what her values were, and I was like ‘This is great, let’s do this!’ “ Amy’s has somewhat of a magical quality in the way that it manages to stick around and excite the masses of Austin year after year. It is a timeless place, that will hopefully always be around to remind people that having fun is not overrated. in the words of Amy Simmons herself, “ice cream is an easy business to make it fun.”

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something I wish we had not done. We had a song called “Real Girl”, and there’s this one part that’s like- ‘that is a weave, that is a weave, that is a weave, that is a weave,’ and it goes on for a long time.” Peter recalls. “Alec was doing that onstage, and I, for some dumb reason, jumped offstage and went through everyone in the audience and put my hand on their head. It was ridiculous.” When Peter and Alec are going to play live they practice multiple times beforehand. Peter says that their shows are unique“None of our shows are the same- for every show we have a different backing track.” Both Peter and Alec see many live concerts, including the Black Eyed Peas. “The Black Eyed Peas were the most amazing [live performance] for me. First of all, their music is the closest to what we’re trying to do.” Peter says. “Secondly, Will.I.Am demonstrated some mad DJing skills that were off the chain.” Peter has always admired a good DJ, and he plans on DJing in college to make some money alongside studies. Through his concert experiences, Peter has learned that artists need to be energetic on stage. “It is the song and not the singer [that matters].” Peter says.

Alec H. by saying that in life and in music, Alec H. sees Beyonce as his role model. “We’re best friends, so I can speak for him.” Peter jokes. Peter W. is a busy guy, juggling school, friends, music, and home life all at once. “I usually try to keep almost a whole day for homework. Last year that wasn’t a problem, but I was [dumb] this year and took hard classes, so I try to reserve Sundays for homework, even though that usually can’t happen.” Peter says. “Alec on the other hand, is taking really easy classes, so he’s actually busy with fun, social stuff. So because of that, he can easily make a schedule for recording. It’s usually when I’m available that’ll determine if we record.” But don’t get them wrong; music is not the only thing on their minds. “We’re not going to let Dirty Pop get in the way of a party. If there’s a party, we’re going to go to the party.” Peter says. Peter says that even if they aren’t successful, he’s thinking about going into music production when he’s older. “So if nothing else, it’s good practice for the future.” Peter says. Through it all, music still remains something that both Peter and Alec love. “It’s fun, I love it. - It’s my passion” Peter says.

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When it comes to their own music, Peter and Alec are picky. “If we like the song enough so that we would listen to it for fun, then we would [let others listen to it].” Peter says. “I can say that we both listen to our songs for fun. If we’re going through our music and our song came on, we don’t skip it, we listen.” Peter also says that by listening to their own music, they can develop an idea of what to do differently with their next song. Even though in life, Peter W. ’s idol is Mr. Chi City from YouTube, he sees 3OH!3 as the biggest influence and role model for Dirty Pop, since the styles and situation is similar- two guys just having fun and mixing catchy songs. Peter W. speaks for

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