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Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill April-May 2011 Volume 1, Issue 5 Publishers Moonstone Studio, LLC Cindy M. Nitschke, partner Pamela K. Marsh, partner Advertising Cindy M. Nitschke, Advertising Director

Features Living Outside the Box.......................................................................7 Managing Your Savings....................................................................10 Straight Talk: STD’s—A personal interview.....................................12 Creating a Healthy Lifestyle.............................................................14 Megabus...........................................................................................24

Design & Website Pamela K. Marsh, Art Director Photography Ashley Taylor Writers Anne Brenner, Emily Erdman Lamar Hill, Lindsey Johnson, Dana Magliola, Qiara McCain Tina Moss, Jade Phillips Angelica Roman

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DEPARTMENTS MUSIC: It’s a Wonderful World......................................................16 ARTS: NC Museum of Art: Expanding Possibilities........................17 SPORTS: Baseball in the Bull City....................................................19 Movies: Eat Pray Love...................................................................21 DINING: Healthy Home Cooking Made Easy.................................22 “U Said”...........................................................................................26

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On the Cover: at left, Laura Tedder (left) and Ashley Mills, model for U the Magazine on NC State’s campus. Laura and Ashley are recent graduates of NC State.


Lindsey Johnson is a recent graduate of North Carolina State University, teaching high school Spanish in the southeastern region of North Carolina.

Emily Erdman is a French major at the University of North Carolina with minors in English and creative writing.

Jade Phillips is working on her Master’s in English at North Carolina Central University and has a BA from North Carolina State University.

Tina Moss is majoring in Africana studies at North Carolina State University.

Dana Magliola is a graduate student at North Carolina State University.

Angelica Roman is a senior working on her BA in Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lamar Hill is an English major at North Carolina State University.

Qiara McCain is majoring in English with a film concentration at North Carolina State University.

Anne Brenner is working on a degree in communication studies with a focus on media and production studies at the University of North Carolina.

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Living Outside the Box

Learning to live with Asperger’s Syndrome By Anne Brenner On a chilly January afternoon, 19-year-old Hank Foreman steps out of the student services building at Wake Technical Community College to enjoy the crisp sunshine. With his blue jeans, black button-down sweater and stylish green hat, there is little that meets the eye to distinguish the Cary High School graduate from any other Wake Tech freshman. Hank’s class schedule is also fairly typical. This semester, he’s taking algebra, trigonometry, and 3D modeling. He is also enrolled in a course that focuses on the development of video games. As a simulation games development major, he hopes to eventually make a career out of the skills he is learning in this “art for games” class. The main difference between Hank and his peers is not a physical trait, nor is it his daily routine and goals for the future. Hank was one in about 150 children diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder, or ASD. No one knows the exact cause of autistic behaviors, and no two people with the condition will show exactly the same set of symptoms. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), autistic individuals will exhibit communicative, social, and behavioral abnormalities. Some of the most common characteristics in ASD patients include poor eye contact, repetitive speech or body movements, and obsessive interests in limited subjects. Many also perform atypical rituals for everyday activities such as eating, dressing, or playing with toys. There is presently no known cure, but cognitive or behavioral therapy can be an effective way to manage the condition. Hank’s specific form of autism is known as Asperger’s Syndrome. First defined in 1944 by Australian pediatrician Hans Asperger, this disorder is considered to be on the milder end of the ASD spectrum. It can affect academic performance in some cases, but it primarily interferes with the ability to have normal social interactions. Children with Asperger’s tend to have trouble relating to peers. When they are engaged in conversations, it can be difficult for them to read non-verbal

cues and understand the feelings of the other participants. Experienced professional Laurie Nederveen launched the Triangle areabased service “Aspiring Aspies” to help teens and young adults, including Hank, to cope with autism-related challenges. “All new college students have moments where they wonder if they’ll have someone to sit with at lunch or if people will make fun of questions they ask in class,” she says. “When you are dealing with autism, those fears are magnified dramatically.” She goes on to explain that those with Asperger’s or autism are often stereotyped to be mentally incapacitated. The truth is, many individuals with ASDs actually display above average IQs. “People tend to immediately link ASDs to extreme mental inability,” she says. “It just doesn’t work that way. People on the autistic spectrum may be sitting next to you at the lunch table, working with you in class, or even making headlines for a brilliant discovery. It’s not that these kids can’t be just as capable as everyone else. It’s just that sometimes, they have to be told the unwritten social rules you and I understand automatically.”

Using a variety of strategies, Laurie has worked with Hank to combat the disorder and take on the social environment of college. “There are a number of ways to initiate a conversation and discover something you have in common with the other person,” she says. “You might wear a shirt with your favorite band on it to the lunchroom. Someone else who likes that band is likely to come up to you and start a conversation about your shared musical tastes. Right there, you’ve made a connection, and someone else associates you with your interest, not your disorder.” Laurie notes that a big part of mastering social skills is paying attention to the others’ reactions. “You have to focus

Author of this article, Anne Brenner has learned to overcome obstacles related to Asperger’s Syndrome. “Now it is just an occasional irritant, not a constant problem,” she says.

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Hank utilizes the student center at Wake Tech to look up some information. on the environment and the cues the other people in a conversation are giving you,” she says. “For instance, if you’re talking to someone and they are playing around with their cell phone, that’s probably a good indication that they are not interested in the subject.” One activity Hank and Laurie have found to be especially effective is a game called “Loaded Questions.” In each round of play, the two take turns asking one another a series of pre-written questions on a note card. The questions include a broad scope of topics. Some might deal with family and friends. Others pertain to life experiences, both positive and negative. The purpose of the exercise is to listen to the responses and remember at least one interesting fact about the other person. This way, each participant has a way to relate to the other person during their

next meeting. In another strategy, Laurie asks Hank to have a friendly chat with someone new and write down interesting facts about him or her on note cards. He also writes down where he met the person. Hank then studies the cards just like he would for a test so he can find the person

Aspiring Aspies For students with Autism Spectrum Disorder A private coaching and consultation service delivered specifically to meet the needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are in a higher education setting. Laurie Nederveen has spent her career working with the adolescent and adult population of life learners. Her experience with this group has taught her that students in this setting often require life coaching and supports on campus that are not necessarily offered through school services.

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again and have another meaningful conversation. After trying out Laurie’s recommendations, Hank has already managed to make personal connections at Wake Tech. He is becoming close to a group of students in his “Art for Games” course. “I really love technical stuff, and I’m really good at it, just like a couple of other guys in the class,” he says. “We all like a lot of the same games, like Adventurer and RPG. We want to start our own channel on Youtube soon.” Hank and Laurie’s exercises bear numerous similarities to an exercise I did with a counselor. Like Hank, I have been told by several behavioral specialists that I show symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome. When I left the comfort and security of high school for college, I worried that my disability would get in the way of my capacity to make new friends. I was especially anxious after I decided to transfer from the University of Richmond to UNC Chapel Hill. I had lived in Richmond all my life, and I knew no one in North Carolina. In the weeks before my first day of classes at UNC, I began seeing a counselor. She explained to me that a disorder will always follow me, but its effects do not have to. “The best way to overcome a weakness is to emphasize your strengths,” she continued. As a first step, she suggested I make a list of all my favorite activities. That night as I was getting ready to go to bed, I grabbed a pencil and a piece of paper to start my list. I knew I loved country music, writing stories, and the French language. I also remembered I had a passion for theater and had been in several musicals in high school. The next time I saw my counselor, she looked over my list and told me some ways to incorporate it into conversations with potential new friends. For instance, I could ask a freshman girl in the dining hall what kinds of activities she enjoyed in high school. Then, I could mention my involvement in musical theater and ask her if she had seen the productions my high school had performed. “Start from there and see what you have in common.” She said. “Be sure you give the other person plenty of opportunities to talk about his or her interests, too.” During my first days at UNC, I put my counselor’s plan of action to the test. I struck up conversations with new students everywhere from the student union to the campus bus line. By my second week,


a number of people had contacted me on Facebook or had sent me text messages asking to get coffee or lunch at some point. As I spent more time at UNC and continued to work with my counselor, I gradually felt fewer butterflies in my stomach when I walked into a fraternity house party or a club on a Saturday night. More and more, I sensed that people didn’t define me as a weird kid who stuck out in every social situation. Instead, they defined me as a Virginia native who loved outdoor concerts, had traveled to seven other countries, and aspired to attend law school. Asperger’s Syndrome will never disappear from my life, but now it is just an occasional irritant, not a constant problem. Like me, Hank has seen dramatic improvement in his communication skills as a result of the professional help he has received. “He’s just so visually creative and technically savvy, and more and more people are seeing that,” says Laurie. “He just has a certain flair about him. When you talk to him, you forget that he even has an autism-related disorder. You don’t think of him as a kid with Asperger’s. He’s just Hank.” Shortly before leaving for college, Hank decided to show the flair Laurie describes to the entire Cary High student body. From an early age, he has idolized Michael Jackson. When he heard the news of his death back in 2009, he couldn’t believe his ears. “No matter how many TV stations and websites said it was true, it just didn’t seem like it could be for real,” he said. The next spring, he decided to pay his respects to the King of Pop with an impersonation routine for the school’s “Mr. Cary” talent show. It took a little while for Hank’s family to warm up to the idea. “My mom and dad told me everyone would laugh at me,” he says. “But I told them it’s okay if they do, everyone’s entitled to their own opinions.” When the big night came, Hank’s parents still worried about teasing and taunting, but that did not happen. Instead, the performance was met with an auditorium full of cheers. During the weeks after the show, other students he had never even met told him what a great job he’d done. “It felt awesome,” he recalls. “It was like being a celebrity.” Hank admits it hasn’t been quite as easy to find the nerve show his performance to the other students at Wake Tech. “I’ve shown a few of the guys in my art for games class, and they liked it.” He says. “I’ve still got awhile to be here and show some other people, and I know I eventually will.” Asperger’s and autism do not have to define who you are. If you live in the Triangle area, you can find out more about Laurie Nederveen’s services via her website at www.AspiringAspies.com. College students all across the country can visit collegeautismspectrum.com for a list of numerous referrals and coping strategies. As Hank prepares to go back to his studies, he has a few parting words for other college students dealing with an ASD. “Just don’t give up, and keep following your dreams,” he says with a heart-stopping smile. “If I had given up on my dreams, I never would have felt so great after my Michael Jackson tribute, and I wouldn’t have had all the great opportunities for such a hands-on education here at Wake Tech. I just wouldn’t have been nearly as happy.” Laurie has just one thing to add. “In college and in life, you might run across people who seem quirky, but that doesn’t mean you should blow them off,” she says. “Take a little time to get to know them. I guarantee you will be glad you did.” ____________________________________________________ Anne Brenner is working on a degree in communication studies with a focus on media and production studies at the University of North Carolina.

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Managing Your Savings

The third in a series on managing your personal finances By Lamar Hill Hello, reader! We are back again for our final financial discussion. If you’ve read the previous two articles, you now know a little something about budgeting and how to avoid mistakes with credit cards. In general, these two financial features focus on the now, but to be truly financially aware, it is prudent to give consideration to the future as well. This means saving, both in the short term and in the long term. Now, I am well aware that our age group is not too favorably positioned to begin saving. When you can barely afford to eat, saving for retirement is the last thing on your mind when payday rolls around. In addition, it’s a little too late for us to start saving for college. We’re already there. That being said, why write this article at all? Is it impossible for a college student to save money? Well, actually, no. It’s not impossible. It is not impossible because saving can be as small or as large an endeavor as you see fit. You don’t have to have $5,000 dollars in spare 10

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change to start saving successfully. Saving can actually cost you $0 because not spending is the equivalent of saving. For every $4 you don’t spend on beer, you have $4 you can lay away for saving. That means an investment, and that investment can be in stocks, bonds, or cash. Each of these has numerous subbranches of investments, but we will focus on cash investments as they carry the least risk. As far as stocks and bonds go, you should simply be aware that these options are available to you (and not just the wealthy). Anyway, what exactly is a cash investment? A cash investment is an obligation that yields a return in the form of interest. A short term obligation would be between seven and 90 days, and a long term obligation would be greater than 90 days. For our primitive purposes, the cash investment will be in the form of either a savings account or a certificate of deposit. We are all familiar with a savings account. You put money in, and the account accrues

interest. You can typically take money from this account at any time without penalty. A certificate of deposit is similar, but it requires a time commitment, earns interest at a higher rate, and subjects you to an interest penalty if you withdraw the money early. Banks like BB&T, as well as bank-like institutions, offer these with varying lengths of time obligations and with varying needs. There is usually a minimum to open a certificate of deposit as well. For example, BB&T offers a “home saver” certificate of deposit that requires a $100 deposit, a 36 month obligation, and a $50 a month add-on deposit. The interest is compounded daily. Sound useful? Why certainly! Start one of those up today, and you can have a deposit on a house or a nice car in a few years. Sounds good, right? Well, make it happen. Even if you believe you have no money to put into an account, there are ways to make saving a priority. Why not factor saving into that budget we


talked about? You can have your bank transfer a certain amount of money to a savings account or certificate of deposit every time you get paid or at regular intervals through automatic savings programs. The amount may not be much now, but as your income increases, the amount you transfer can also increase. After the first few automatic transfers, it is likely that you won’t even miss the money. And do you know what happens to money that sits in a savings account with compounded interest? Compounded interest means that you are earning interest on your interest, and that means the Rule of 72. This rule is a quick way to estimate how long it will take money to double. Basically, money doubles when the interest rate times the number of years equals 72. For example, at an interest rate of 12%, money doubles in 6 years (6 x 12 = 72). At an interest rate of 8%, money doubles in 9 years. It may not seem like you are saving much, but something is better than nothing, and all you have sacrificed is a couple beers (painful, I know). As you can see, saving does not have to be complicated. As long as you have a goal, you can manage to save something. I recommend using BB&T’s savings calculator that will automatically calculate how much you will

have saved after a period of time based on what you add to your savings and your rate of return. This calculator shows you something crucial to this discussion– small savings additions add up over time. In just 10 years, adding $50 a month to a starting amount of $200 that is compounded monthly will yield $8,599. $50 a month is less than what many of you spend on internet service for your cell phones alone. That money can be put to much better use. Savings accounts and certificates of deposits are riskfree; it’s easy money. Not convinced about all these fancy account thingies? Well, I understand. Investing is very complicated when you first begin. Luckily, there are many other ways in which you can save money, and they do not involve going to a bank. They simply involve using money intelligently. Why buy all your textbooks from the campus book store? They rarely have the best prices, and book rentals can be much cheaper, even after buybacks. Why buy school supplies the way high school kids do? You’re in college now. You really don’t need a marker for every color in the rainbow, a permanent marker, a ruler, a protractor, a notebook for every subject, etc. I go through one pencil, one pen, and one or two notebooks per

semester. Do not waste money on things that are unnecessary. Still struggling with a high grocery bill for food low in nutrients? Stop buying ramen noodles, stop eating fast food, and put your food money towards nutritious, inexpensive food items. Take a walk around a Whole Foods. Their bulk section is an invaluable source of cheap and highly nutritious food. The local farmers market is probably less than two miles from any campus, and the food is fresh AND cheap. Eating well is easy to do on a strict budget. I could go on and on, but the point is, there are many, many ways to save money every day. Live above your means and you will go into debt. Live alongside your means, and you will make ends meet. Live below your means, and you will SAVE MONEY. It is wise to take advantage of investments as well, but being thrifty will take you a long ways. I’m not asking you to give up your indulgences; just save up for them. Be both happy and smart. Take firm control of your wallet, and you’ll find yourself looking at a healthy and secure financial picture. ___________________________________ Lamar Hill is an English major at North Carolina State University.

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Straight Talk: STDs A personal interview By Lindsey Johnson Sex. It represents an act of intimacy and affection, and at some point, most of us are going to experience it. It is usually associated with pleasure and nervous excitement, and can make or break a relationship. But what about the other side? For a large percentage of sexually active individuals, sex is associated with discomfort, dread, and embarrassment. These individuals are victims of one of many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). One of these has now become so common that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates close to 50% of sexually active individuals contract one of the many strains. This STD, known as HPV or the human papillomavirus, is responsible for abnormal skin cells, genital warts, and even cervical cancer. Today, one victim is speaking out in hopes that her story might help create awareness and understanding for a growing epidemic. “It will never happen to me” no longer applies.

When did you first realize that something wasn’t right, and what did you do to follow-up?

Years ago, in college. I thought I was in a monogamous relationship and my gynecologist told me that my pap came back abnormal. He’d said that before (dysplasia, maybe?), but this time there were certain cells present that worried him. He said I needed a biopsy. I’d had a girlfriend who’d said she’d had one before and nearly passed out from the pain. I tend to have a higher tolerance, so I wasn’t too worried. But for girls that find the scraping of cells (i.e. pap smear) uncomfortable or even painful... times that by 10. After all, they are CLIPPING cells off. Anyway, that part was not

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the most pleasant, but I did it, because the doc told me to.

How long did you have to wait for your results?

I guess it was like a week later, he called me into his office. He said that I had HPV. He explained it was human papillomavirus and that it had been linked to causing cancer. If 1 was normal, 2 was dysplasia... and so forth until 5 was cancer. Mine was between a 3 and 4, which he said we should treat as a “4” and get rid of the cells.

That seems confusing. Did he break it down any further for you?

Now, I don’t ask questions when a checkout girl doesn’t give me a discount I thought I was supposed to get on fingernail polish, but when it comes to my body I’m insatiable for knowledge. I asked enough questions to get the following: It was very common, and it had many different strains. Some caused cancer, some caused genital warts. Eventually my body would be immune to the strain I had (or I would quit showing symptoms i.e. bad cells) but that I would always be able to pass my strain along (yes, men get it) and I would not be immune to other strains.

How did you react?

All I took away from it was “Yea! At least I don’t have genital warts!” In retrospect, my thirty-something self realizes that warts would be a much more desirable option than cancer, but hey, you’re more vain when you are in your 20s.

So how did he plan to get rid of the bad cells?

I had to have a LEEP procedure. I went in the office, and he gave me some pills to relax me. He numbed my cervix with a gigantic needle and then burned my cells. Because I was numb, it wasn’t necessarily uncomfortable, but the smell of burning skin was enough to make me glad it would all be over soon. After that, I had to get follow up paps; first every 3 months, then every 6 months, then eventually I was given a clean bill of health and it was over. Or so I thought...

Or so you thought? It wasn’t really over?

Well, after I got out of that supposed “monogamous relationship,” I went a little wild and slept with anything that wasn’t nailed down. (Well, maybe not really, but I did some scary things—sleeping with guys I’d just met, sleeping with guys without a condom—I was an idiot.) And I was going to my gynecologist for my standard yearly pap and breast exam, and she said, “oh yes, I see some warts.” What???!!! —She gave me a mirror. And there they were; small, flesh colored warts (lumpy like cauliflower) “We’ll just put this solution on, it will sting a little, but that should take care of it.” I lay there while she burned my lady parts with some acidic solution, thinking about the last guy I had been with less than a week before.  Had he not seen it?  Did HE have it? Did HE give it to me?? Or had he gotten it that fast and that’s why he never called again.


So the solution took care of it?

Not exactly. I went back a week later. There were NEW ones!  Again she burned me, again I waited a week, again I came back and AGAIN there were NEW ones!!  She sent me to a friend (she was an RN at Planned Parenthood), a doctor. That lady did not have the sweet-hearted humor of my RN... but she’d seen genital warts many times before.

So what did she say you needed to do?

She said that were so many I’d need to go to the hospital where they’d put me in a twilight sleep and remove them. Now, THAT was an ordeal for me, because I hate having blood drawn, I hate hospitals, and now a whole damn TEAM of people would see my lady parts and gasp over my bumpy vagina while I was unconscious.

So how did the procedure go?

I lived through it. I had to keep a cream on [the area], and everything was extremely sore. I went back two weeks later to check on the progress and....There were MORE!!!! She was stumped. I went BACK to the hospital for a second procedure. Cream, misery, etc. all over again. Then I went back to her for another follow up.

Surely it was taken care of by then!

There were STILL a few left!! She decided to use liquid nitrogen this time to remove the ones still remaining. Out of everything I had gone through, I think that was the most

painful procedure of all. In the meantime we are talking and I’m trying not to have a nervous breakdown on the table. The original RN made it sound like not a big deal, why was this dragging out for nearly a year (without sex, of feeling dirty, and of not being able to go past first base with any guy I dated or liked)? In the midst of talking I said, “Should I not shave between now and our next visit?” “Oh, you shave?  You shouldn’t do that. It can drag the cells to new places and plant them.” It took all I could to not sit up and punch her face off.  Seriously? How could she not have noticed that I shaved before? Was it not obvious? A year of procedures and horrific pain and now she says casually “oh, you shouldn’t do that.”  Needless to say, I waited [to shave again] until I was healed. I knew, from my sweet gynecologist years ago, that my body would most likely not show any more symptoms.

So what did you take away from this....what would you want readers to know? Well, what I think I failed to say earlier in the interview is that my very first doctor told me that HPV is passed through skin-to-skin contact. Therefore, condoms cannot prevent it and it is not just passed through actual penetration. So girls just doing some heavy petting can get it. And even with a condom on you are not protected. So, seriously think about how bad you like a guy and how much you actually want to do any naked time with him (or her) before following through. I’d also say get the vaccine that helps prevent contraction of HPV. I’d have given

anything if that were an option for me back when I was in my 20s. Also, get regular paps if you are sexually active. As silly as I was to think that the genital wart strain would suck worse than the cancer strain... Cancer would suck way worse, and I shudder to think what would have happened had I not gone to the gyno and had the cells removed. I’ll take some discomfort and embarrassment over death any day. Overall I got lucky.

How do you mean?

Just a few years ago I learned of a friend of a friend who contracted Herpes. She talked about how she couldn’t wipe normally when she had an outbreak. How she’d have to tell any future sexual partners about it and how she’d have it for the rest of her life. The dirtiness and shame I felt for a year, she will have to endure for the rest of her single life. And lastly, I’d say, if you get genital warts...STOP SHAVING!! It will save you a lot of grief. ________________________________ Lindsey Johnson is a recent graduate of North Carolina State University, teaching high school Spanish in the southeastern region of North Carolina.

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Creating a Healthy Lifestyle “The secret to creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is taking small steps, so they become habits that will stay with you.” By Angelica Roman I remember the day I decided I would never eat an unhealthy food ever again. No fries, no ice cream, no candy bars. I also remember a few days later when, in a delusional, sugar-deprived state, I devoured a bag of potato chips and two ice cream sandwiches. Many people have tried to change their eating lifestyle and failed, going back time and time again to eat the same unhealthy foods. After going through denial, anger, bargaining, sadness and finally acceptance of what I had just eaten, I decided to do a little research on eating healthy. I realized that to be healthy, I didn’t have to only choose salads and plain oatmeal nor did I have to eat the same foods everyday either. I decided to integrate healthier food choices into my meals and allow myself a little more flexibility. It’s like training for a marathon: you have to be able to walk one mile before you can run 26, right?

The Food Pyramid

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Fats, Oils & Sweets Use Sparingly

Palm = 3 oz.

Meat or Meat Alternatives Group 2-3 Servings

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The Stats

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), America’s waistline is growing rapidly. A 2008 study found that 1 in 3 adults are overweight to obese. Of adults 20 years and older, 34% are obese and 33% are overweight; 72% of those are men and 64% are women. Even scarier than these statistics are the statistics for diseases that often go hand-in-hand with being overweight. An estimated 37% of adults 20 years and older suffer from cardiovascular diseases, 34% from hypertension (high blood pressure), 36% from pre-hypertension, and 11% from diabetes. We all know that we can prevent obesity and related diseases by eating nutritiously and staying active. So why do so many people struggle with being healthy? The pressures of school, work and life often lead to less-than healthy

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lifestyle choices–people stop working out as much and fall back into quick-fix meals like fast food. Living a healthy lifestyle is often difficult for college students between time and budget constraints. The secret to creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is taking small steps, so they become habits that will stay with you.

Portion Sizes and Serving Sizes

Most Americans struggle with portion sizes, or the amount of food a person chooses to eat for a meal. Why is this? Average portion sizes have increased so greatly in the past 20 years that it creates “portion distortion”. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) reports that portion sizes have grown as much as two to five times the size they were just two decades ago! This increase in size also means an increase in caloric intakesometimes as much as three times the amount. Let’s take the average bagel, for example. Twenty years ago, this breakfast staple’s portion size was 3” in diameter and consisted of 140 calories. Today, the “normal” portion size for a bagel is 6” in diameter and consists of 350 calories. A soda has jumped from 8-ounces and 90 calories twenty years ago, to a 20-ounce bottle with 250 calories. Think about the last time you went out to dinner. The amount of food on your plate was probably enough for two or three people. Asking for a lunch-sized portion or putting half your meal in a to-go box will help you eat a more appropriate amount. Stronghealth. com offers an easy way to estimate your portion sizes by using your own hand. Portion sizes can also cause confusion regarding serving sizes. Serving sizes are the measured amount of the food or drink. Looking at the nutrition facts on a label, you can find all the calories, fats, carbohydrates, sugars and more per serving. The problem? Many foods are packaged as a single portion, but contain more than one serving. This causes many people to believe they have eaten less than they actually have. Take the humble 10-ounce can of tomato soup. It has a mere 90 calories, zero fat and about 12 grams of sugar

per serving. So when you fill your bowl with the entire contents, it’s not so bad, right? Take a closer look at the nutrition label and you will find that the can contains nearly three servings, bringing your intake to 225 calories and 30 grams of sugar! Learning to read nutritional information on the foods you buy, both before you purchase them and before you consume them, will not only save you calories, but also some cash in the end.

Replace and Integrate

The easiest way to eat healthier is to replace the foods you already consume. Replace refined grains (white rice, breads and pastas) with whole-grain options (whole wheat breads and pastas, brown rice). What’s the difference? Refined grains have had their bran and germ (which are great sources of fiber) removed from the grain. In addition to containing more fiber- which helps you feel fuller, longer–whole grain foods contain more protein, vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients than refined grains. Instead of getting whole-fat dairy products, such as milk, yogurt and cheese, pick the low- or non-fat versions. Choose lean meat, like poultry and fish, over fattier meats like beef. Mixing in good-for-you foods is pretty simple, too. Add some berries or sliced bananas to your morning cereal, or throw some diced tomatoes and peppers in your omelet. Instead of drowning your pasta in butter and parmesan, use a little extra virgin olive oil and some chopped veggies. The most important thing to remember when you begin to live a healthier lifestyle is to not be afraid to try new foods, new textures, and new combinations. Experiment with recipes or create your own dish. Just be creative! Remember: you are what you eat, so make it good! ________________________________ Angelica Roman is a senior working on her BA in Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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MUSIC: It’s a Wonderful World By Jade Phillips edge to the mix. His delivery is profound, making his audience pay more attention to the words he spouts to them than the music itself, which is a feat that I’m sure many rappers would love to accomplish. The Away Team, comprised of rapper Sean Boog and producer Khrysis, who have been in the game for quite a while, and share two albums and two mixtapes together, are up next and appear confident in their style and delivery, as well as their chemistry together. Then soul crooner Tyler Woods takes the stage, using his honey-dipped voice to lull the audience into a pleasurable stupor. It’s a welcomed contrast to the vibrating pulse of the hip-hop music. Rap duo Actual Proof, up next, perfected both their stage performance and dynamic. They seem to work well together, and have a great time on stage, which is something that the audience definitely seems to enjoy. The second-to-last performer, Big Remo, a Winston-Salem, North Carolina native, proudly announces that he will be releasing a mixtape sponsored by clothing company, LRG, which I think is an amazing feat. He then wows the audience with his delivery, which is fluid but strong and melds perfectly with the beats that producer 9th Wonder has orchestrated. Last but not least is female MC Rapsody, whose little body in no way prepares the audience for her big voice. She also seems to have quite a following, which is always good for a local rapper, and seems to distinguish herself as the leader of the pack. All in all, it was a night any music lover would appreciate and was well worth the five dollar cover charge. For more information on 9th Wonder or any of the aforementioned artists, feel free to visit www.iwwmgroup.com.

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The local music scene was set ablaze recently in Raleigh, with a musical showcase, just a few paces down from North Carolina State University’s campus at The Brewery, a small venue known for allowing fresh and talented unknowns to grace the stage. A small group of uber-gifted lyricists and singers, better known as It’s a Wonderful World Music Group (or IWWMG), presented a showcase of their songs under the graceful mentoring of 9th Wonder, a producer.

Grammy-award winning producer 9th Wonder set forth to showcase an arsenal of performers who not only seem quite passionate about their music, but also about generating a groundswell of aural change in the industry. That’s right. It’s not your average set of young people looking to make it in the music business. They’re working to change it. The night started off with fresh-faced University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill athletic alum, TP, who traded in his basketball garbs for a turn at the limelight. His youthful, positive flair roused the crowd and prepared them for a night full of great music. Next up was Thee Tom Hardy, a Durham native, who takes a more whimsical, comical approach to his music, which the crowd seemed to enjoy. It’s always promising to find a group of artists who bring an individual perspective to the table. The third act, Heather Victoria, is the latest addition to the team and a promising asset. She stands out well, and seems quite comfortable in the hip-hop world. Her singing voice is youthful, bright but strong, and blends quite well with the sharp staccato and heavy bass of a hip-hop beat. Then comes HaLo, delivering a grittier, more soulful

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________________________________ Jade Phillips is working on her Master’s in English at North Carolina Central University and has a BA from North Carolina State University.


Arts: North Carolina Museum of Art: Expanding Possibilities By Tina Moss below along with the museum address and hours. NCMA’s permanent collection and museum park are free and open to the public. You only have to pay for the special exhibitions and programs (typically very affordable). This is a major bonus because every other major museum I have visited in North Carolina has always required a fee to get into the general collection. ________________________________ Tina Moss is majoring in Africana Studies at North Carolina State University.

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On April 24, 2010 the North Carolina Museum of Art re-opened to the public and revealed its new campus. Over three years after they first broke ground, we were able to see the results of the much anticipated expansion. I have visited NCMA many times over the years, and I always loved what I saw but felt it could have been showcased much differently. Since the reveal I have visited the museum three times, and each time I am left in awe at the changes that were made. The museum now boasts a 127,000 square-foot interior campus that’s filled with fresh light and contemporary design elements. It truly looks nothing like its former self. NCMA acquired 100 new works with the expansion, including 30 sculptures by Auguste Rodin. The Rodin sculptures, for me, were the highlight of my visits. They really popped against the crisp, white atmosphere of the new exhibition area. The museum notes that they also have new art from internationally acclaimed artists Roxy Paine, Ursula von Rydingsvard, El Anatsui, Jaume Plensa, Jackie Ferrara, Ellsworth Kelly, and David Park. NCMA offers an outdoor art park, the largest in the nation. It includes walking paths, bike trails, and pieces of art throughout the 164-acre campus. The aluminum exterior of the museum is just as striking as the interior. It’s filled with gardens, a pool, and outdoor art. Much credit has to be given to Thomas Phifer, the architect responsible for the design. He has managed to evoke the atmosphere of a major New York museum. This is probably due to the fact that he himself is from the Big Apple. I think it’s safe to say that we now have a museum that rivals others across the country. I strongly urge you to visit NCMA as soon as possible, because it is most definitely something that we as a state can be proud of. It is now, in my opinion, the treasure of North Carolina. Currently the museum is showing several exhibitions by a range of artists. They are listed

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Returning for the 2011 season, Durham Bulls’ star Desmond Jennings gives opposing pitchers fits while also serving as a core member of the Bulls’ talented outfield.

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SPORTS: Baseball in the Bull City: Summertime, Pastime, Every time By Dana Magliola

SPORTS Many professional sports fans leave behind the commercial extravaganza of the Super Bowl and suffer through the doldrums of the NBA and NHL regular seasons in peaked anticipation of hearing a gruff and commanding umpire bring forth those two words that signify the end of winter and the unofficial start of the American summer— ”Play ball!” With these magic words, we welcome longer days, warmer weather and the feeling of renewal brought on by the crack of rawhide against a bat or the thud of a ball against leather. The guttural strike calls or the dismissive ball add to the universal bullpen of summertime sounds. Some might even suggest that the smells are more timeless and classic with smoky hot dogs, salty peanuts, fizzy sodas and freshly cut grass adding to this bouquet.

Baseball has been an important part of the sports landscape in the RaleighDurham area for many years. Originally home to teams in both Raleigh and Durham, the current incarnation of the Durham Bulls started in 1902 as the Durham Tobacconists. A few years later in 1913 the Raleigh Capitals were founded and a great local rivalry was born. In 1968, these two teams set their differences aside and merged into one club. They were called the Raleigh-Durham Mets, later the Raleigh-Durham Phillies and even endured a season known as the Raleigh-Durham Triangles. Following this season, however baseball would leave the area until a Durham Bulls team was once again fielded in 1980. Some say this was due to financial issues, but being called the Triangles couldn’t have helped matters much. With a return to the diamond in 1980, baseball was back and the Bulls finished first in their division. An auspicious sign indeed, but when the Bulls took center stage on the silver screen in the 1988 classic movie Bull Durham, the once-Triangles became quite possibly the best recognized minor league baseball franchise in America (of course, with apologies to the Albuquerque Isotopes formerly of Springfield). With Hollywood fame, a newly built and amenity-filled ballpark integrated

into Downtown Durham’s American Tobacco district, and success on the field, baseball has once again become an iconic and vital part of the sports landscape in the Triangle. The Bulls have been home to many MLB stars such as Carl Crawford,

Serving to feed talent into a major league franchise organization can prove challenging to maintaining success at the minor league level, but the Durham Bulls have shown that it can be done – and done consistently.

Ron Gant, Andruw Jones, Joe Morgan, Chipper Jones, David Justice, and Evan Longoria, to name a few. Now as a part of the Tampa Bay Rays organization, the Bulls continue to offer a proving ground for major league baseball’s young and future talents. Durham Bulls’ Director of Media Relations, Matt DeMargel, highlights the importance of the current affiliation with

the Rays. “Tampa Bay has been an outstanding partner,” he stated “providing us with an exceptional number of talented players that have helped us win nine division titles, three league championships and a national title.” Serving to feed talent into a major league franchise organization can prove challenging to maintaining success at the minor league level, but the Durham Bulls have shown that it can be done – and done consistently. With some of their best players being called up to play for the Rays at a moment’s notice, the Durham Bulls take it all in stride. Having finished the 2010 season at the top of the South Division of the International League, the Bulls are optimistic that their success will continue in 2011. With the return of Desmond Jennings, and the addition of Robinson Chirinos, and possibly Raleigh native Chris Archer, the Bulls will once again be strong on the diamond, on the mound and in the batters’ box. As should always be the case, quality, competitive baseball itself is the main attraction at the DBAP, as the Durham Bulls Athletic Park is affectionately known, but one of the best parts of minor league baseball in America is the creativity and wide range of promotions offered for fans throughout the season. This is true in Durham and fans of all ages continued on next page U the Magazine | April-May 2011

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the summer. Not to mention, there will be several $1 hot dog nights for those fans looking for fun on a collegiate budget. The 2011 season starts on April 7th with an away contest against the Gwinnett Braves, but the Bulls welcome the Norfolk Tides to the friendly confines of the DBAP for the home opener on Thursday, April 14th. Ticket prices are affordable ranging from $6 to $9, and there’s not a bad seat in the house. As a part of the American Tobacco Campus, the Durham Bulls ballpark is located close to many bars and restaurants and tons of

convenient parking. For more information, including a full schedule and various ticket options, visit the Durham Bulls website at www.durhambulls.com or through the link on the U The Magazine website. ________________________________ Dana Magliola is a graduate student at NC State, but when it’s warm and sunny outside, you’ll most likely find him on the third-base line, knee-deep in peanut shells.

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stand to benefit. Throughout this season fans may enjoy Friday and Saturday fireworks after games, and even chances for kids to run the bases after the game. There will be heroes not only on the field, but also in the stands as the Bulls will celebrate Captain America night, Negro League history night, and even a celebration of mascot Wool E. Bull’s birthday. They will host a sleepover for the YMCA guides and princesses. Baseball games are always family friendly, and you might even bump into Dora the Explorer, Blue of Blue’s Clues, Yogi Bear or Spongebob Squarepants on various nights throughout

Enjoy the panoramic view of the DBAP featuring the Blue Monster and the Bull, but remember, if you see smoke and hear a bull’s threatening snort, fear not. It’s all a part of the home run celebration!

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MOVIE REVIEW: Eat Pray Love By Qiara McCain “I” in it because the whole purpose for the trip is for her to focus on herself. For instance, while in Italy, Liz’s land lady notices that she isn’t wearing a wedding ring, and makes her promise not to bring men back into the apartment. The old lady made a comment about the two things that American females want to do while in Italy, which is to “eat pasta and play with sausage”. The film does a great job of overtly expressing how there is a generational shift in terms of the value of marriage, and how little society accepts female emancipation and female autonomy overall. For the older generation, marriage was expected, and the couple often had little to say in the matter. However, within today’s society, the main difference is that there’s no societal pressure to get married because common-law marriages exist, and divorce is becoming more prevalent. Similarly, the sausage reference that the old woman uses not only stereotypes all American women as promiscuous creatures, but it represents the close minded thinking that society has towards the independent female who can provide for, take care of and think for herself without the the male species. The film really promotes female autonomy because usually it’s the man that’s unhappy in the marriage, wants the divorce and leaves the family behind. Instead the film twists the regular scenario to where the female wants to break free from the marriage and male dominancy to reestablish herself psychologically and emotionally. _______________________________

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Eat Pray Love, directed by Ryan Murphy and based on the memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, is about a newly divorced woman, named Liz (Julia Roberts), who takes a year off in order to find herself. During this one year that she has designated for herself, she’s going to travel to Italy, India and Bali with the hope of reclaiming her “appetite for life”. However, during her quest to find herself, Liz frequently finds that her European counterparts are surprised that she’s taking a trip of such magnitude without a male companion. For them, this notion is really hard to grasp, and calls attention to how people view gender and relationships overall and how one can maintain individuality within a monogamous relationship without being consumed by the relationship itself. The main character, Liz, has a successful career, is married and lives in a nice house, but she’s unfulfilled internally and resorts to getting a divorce from her husband. This sense of declining satisfaction with oneself is something many women can relate to, particularly middle-aged women. They’ve often reached a point in their lives where excitement has significantly declined, and they’re just tired of going through the normalcy of life. For example, Liz, keeps a suitcase under her bed filled with cut-out images of places that she wants to visit, activities that she wants to do, and food that she wants to eat. This suitcase serves as an escape from the reality of her restlessness with the inability to find complete happiness. She feels consumed by her marriage primarily because she’s been jumping from one relationship to the next ever since she was a teenager, and has never taken the time out to be alone and concentrate on herself as an individual in order to become one with the self. Hence the significance behind every destination that Liz travels to in the film (Italy, India and Bali) has the letter

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DINING: Healthy Home Cooking: Made Easy By Angelica Roman Cooking at home is often pretty intimidating for college students. What if you don’t have much experience cooking? What if you don’t know any recipes? What if you don’t have the cash to buy a variety of ingredients, especially when a recipe calls for some bizarre spice? Most importantly, what if you don’t have enough time to create a meal while you cram for midterms? Healthy cooking at home doesn’t have to be expensive, time consuming or scary. With a little motivation, some creativity and basic ingredients, you can have some super-easy, healthy recipes in your arsenal. The key to healthy cooking at home is stocking up on good-for-you ingredients.

Vegetables and fruit: Frozen is usually the way to go. They are cheaper and keep longer than fresh ones, and canned versions usually contain extra salt and sugar as preservatives. Nuts and seeds: These are a great source of protein. Grab a handful as a mid-day snack or add it a meal for a crunch. Dairy: Go for low-fat or non-fat dairy products, such as milk and cheese. You can even try dairy substitute items, such as soy, rice or almond milk, and egg substitute, which has less cholesterol than regular eggs. Beans, Soups and Canned Goods: Beans are a great source of fiber and protein, and they’re ex-

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tremely versatile in their use for meals. Be sure to watch the sodium (salt) and fat levels in canned products, though. Breads, Pastas, Rice and Cereals: Always reach for whole-grain products. Make sure they are 100% whole grain. Some products labeled “Made with whole grains” can contain as little as 5% whole grains. Meat and Fish: Choose poultry, such as chicken and turkey, fish and lean cuts of meat. Look for lunch meats with low sodium and low fat contents. Here are a few simple, delicious and healthy recipes to get you started.

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__________________________________________________ Angelica Roman is a senior working on her BA in Spanish at the Universty of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Savory Bean and Spinach Soup

Makes 6 Servings Ingredients:

3 14-ounce cans vegetable broth 1 15-ounce can tomato puree 1 15-ounce can small white beans or Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1 teaspoon dried basil 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 garlic cloves, chopped 8 cups coarsely chopped spinach Finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions: 1. In a slow cooker (or large pot), combine vegetable broth, tomato puree, beans, rice, onion, basil, salt, pepper, and garlic. 2. Cover; cook on low-heat setting 5 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours for slow cooker; cook on high heat until rice is tender. Reduce heat to medium and add spinach. Cook for 30 minutes. 3. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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MEGABUS: A new way to travel By Emily Erdman

In January, as a Megabus employee asked me, “Can I see your ticket?” I nervously held out the online receipt that I had printed earlier that morning. There was no barcode, nothing to show that this was, in fact, a real ticket, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was missing something… something more valid. Thankfully I was wrong and there was no problem, so I tossed my luggage underneath the big blue charter bus and found an empty seat a few rows from the back, near the bathroom. As I looked around at my fellow bus travelers, I realized that I was in familiar territory. Most of the passengers were college students, like me. I

plugged my laptop into one of the two outlets directly next to my seat, popped in a movie and some headphones, and relaxed for what was to be an eight hour drive, from Washington, DC to Charlotte, NC. I first heard about Megabus when I was home for the winter holidays back in December. Everyone was talking about it. The Megabus was coming to Charlotte. In December, Charlotte became the southernmost link on a long chain of Megabus destinations. Obviously this was big news, but not until I did a little research did I understand why everyone was so excited. Megabus is an express bus service located first in Canada, and now in the United States. For now, there are almost fifty 24

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destinations available through the United States Megabus system, all on the east coast. Locations in our area include Charlotte, Durham, and Richmond, VA. Unlike other bus services such as Greyhound, Megabus only stops in reasonably large or populated areas. You get where you are going without a bunch of small town stops along the way. On my trip from Washington, DC to Charlotte, NC the Megabus only stopped three times: once in Richmond, once in Durham, and once at a gas station between Durham and Charlotte. There is very little “waiting around” with the Megabus. It’s nearly direct, and incredibly inexpensive. My trip cost just five dollars. Booked far enough in advance, a round trip ticket from Durham to Washington, DC can run as low as two dollars. Two dollars, that’s it. Even in my fuel efficient Civic, I would spend about forty dollars on gas in just one direction. Megabus tickets are priced in a unique way. The price of the ticket goes up as the number of available seats goes down. Therefore, it is best to buy tickets far in advance in order to get the best price possible. For example, if I bought a Megabus ticket right this minute, for a trip leaving tomorrow from the Raleigh/ Durham bus stop and arriving in Washington, D.C. this ticket would cost me eight dollars. If I purchased a ticket for the same trip leaving two weeks from now, the ticket would cost me three dollars, and

leaving a month from now, the ticket would cost just one dollar. The same trip on a Greyhound bus could cost up to sixty dollars and would take longer. Also, the buses have features that you wouldn’t find on a normal Greyhound bus. Every pair of seats has two power outlets, and some of the Megabuses have free wireless internet. My UNC laptop is in its fourth year, so naturally the battery life is approximately half an hour. Without being plugged in, I can barely watch an episode of The Office, let alone a full length film. I loved being able to use my computer for the entire ride. In addition, each seat reclines and has a seatbelt, and there is also a small bathroom in the back of the bus. Other bus services are quickly trying to catch up. Greyhound is updating some of their routes and redesigning the features


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that these buses provide. They’ve got to keep up with Megabus’ rising popularity. Even though Megabus travels to larger destinations, it doesn’t just visit New York City and Boston. Megabus also travels to places such as Memphis, Pittsburgh, and Providence. Eventually, with enough popularity, Megabus will most likely expand to other parts of the country. Even with added features and low prices, not all Megabus reviews have been positive. This is still a bus service. Sometimes there is traffic; sometimes the buses are running late; sometimes you have to sit next to someone you don’t like or have never met. But for fares as low as a dollar and very few stops, I think that a few bumps in the road are worth it. Interested in the company that calls themselves a “low cost daily express bus service in the US and Canada?” Visit their website: megabus.com. ____________________________________ Emily Erdman is a French major at UNC with minors in English and creative writing.

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Chris: Durham Tech “I’ll be trying to maintain my job and get an apartment with my best friend.”

Irene: Durham Tech “I’ll be taking classes and working full time. Also, hanging out with my 3-year old.”

Mary Jane: Duke University “I’m continuing my work in using non-linear microscopy to detect melanoma.”

Faith: Duke University “I’m taking physics at the Duke Marine Lab. “

Nick: Duke University “Doing internship at Rockefeller University in NYC and will be taking the MCAT too!”

Danny: Duke University “Not sure, but hope to continue working with the health soccer camp for kids.” Roxanne: UNC Chapel Hill “Going to Singapore to study abroad. I am studying computer science and Chinese.”

Drew: UNC Chapel Hill “Classes this summer wil be keeping me busy.”

David: UNC Chapel Hill “Will be doing an internship in a law firm in my hometown.”


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