VISIONS September 28, 2009
Volume XI Issue III
Questioning the potentially harmful effects of useful everyday items.
the Editors. editor in chief
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True Blue – pg. 5
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table of Contents.
TV Shows – pg. 16
tilapia recipe – pg. 12
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letter from the President.
Dear Fellow Undergraduate Students, It is time we look to what actually matters! The differences of opinions and the subsequent challenges you may have heard of have not halted the Undergraduate Student Association’s progress. SA has been very successful and will continue to have an eventful school year. Fellow students, I have worked diligently in making sure that we fulfill all of the promises we made to YOU. We have put into practice the $3000 pay-cut we PROMISED you, secured 24 hour busing with the UB Stampede (tentatively starting on October 12th, 2009), extended the Anti-Rape Task Force shuttle hours to all night, secured more university space for club use on both campuses, increased SA financial transparency and efficiency in spending, and have worked with other student leaders to ensure that writing credit could still be earned for all student publications without an extra cost to students! You did not hear this yet. SA has contracted Break-Away Tours for a spring break trip to Daytona Beach! Purchases and details will be available soon on the SA website. Tickets are $449 per person including transportation and room for 6 nights. The cost is significantly less at $249 if you forgo the round trip busing. You may now judge our opening events of the year for yourself. We had a great Fall Fest, which featured Lupe Fiasco, Common, Busta Rhymes, and Jadakiss. Similarly, I hope you were satisfied with the first of our small concert series, “SA Block Party” with Asher Roth. SA was privileged to get UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as the Student Choice Speaker. You may already know but the speakers are amazing and we fully support the program. SA is honored to be the series sponsor for the 13th year in a row. Future lecturers include Prime Minister Tony Blair, political satirist Bill Maher, Princeton professor and activist Dr. Cornel West, Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Author Margaret Atwood, and Author Steve Lopez. Within SA, I have created a Community Service Department to provide opportunities for individual students and clubs to serve the greater WNY communities. I also created an Environmental Department in lieu of the University-Wide Green Advocacy. I am confident both will serve you as great resources. Currently, we are working on the Comedy Series (let us know who makes you laugh), University-Wide safety, the UB Smoke-Free Campus (Do you know where to smoke after class?), comprehensive fees and much more! The Undergraduate Student Association has been very productive and will continue to thrive and accomplish a great many things. I have worked hard for you in the past several months and look forward to continuing that work throughout this academic year. Sincerely yours, Hassan Farah President, Undergraduate Student Association
thoughts from the Editor. Shalom and a belated l’shana tova to my people! As I sit in my American Pluralism class while I write this letter, while also harvesting my crops on Farmville (pineapples = 242 coins yay!), amongst the other stuff I should be doing, like paying attention, I decided to share a little diddy with you about my thoughts. As my senior year is just breaking in, I realize, wow, I just completed another chapter in my life. Where did the time go? Shit is crazy and I can’t even believe that I will be (hopefully) in the workforce a year from now, and by workforce I don’t mean working at Denny’s or some other fast food chain. But really though, I’m a little nervous, because what can I do with a BFA in Photography? I’ve been with the Student Association for three years now doing what I love, working as a photographer, and hopefully I can be doing what I love when I graduate. Who knows, maybe I can be the next Annie Lebovitz…without the 24 million dollars in debt. Being involved on this campus has been such a rewarding experience. I got to dabble in all sorts of fun things and learn a lot about our university. Being a Greek (shout out to Alpha Gamma Delta) and involved in SA Communications (the BEST department ever) and all sorts of other things opened my eyes to realizing that life isn’t about being a part of nothing or one thing. It’s about getting as much out of it as you can and hopefully being a part of something great. So get out there! Just like in “Glee” when they sang “don’t stop believing” (plug to one of the greatest most hysterical shows ever). Whether you’re a senior or a freshman, do big things…or waste your time playing Farmville (I know it’s fun, but there’s more to life than rescuing ugly ducklings and black sheep). Peace out kids. Keep on truckin’ Steph Brescia Photo Editor
Glee-ful Quotes! SUE
“I’ll often yell at homeless people: ‘Hey, how is that homelessness working out for you? Try not being homeless for once.’” “I’m going to ask you to smell your armpits. That’s the smell of failure, and it’s stinking up my office.” “That was the most offensive thing I’ve seen in 20 years of teaching — and that includes an elementary school production of Hair.”
RACHEL the drama queen
“You may think that every guy in school would totally, want to tap this, but my myspace schedule keeps me way to busy to date.”
MERCEDES the diva
“Oh, HELL to the no! Look, I’m not down with this background singin’ nonsense. I’m Beyoncé, I ain’t no Kelly Rowland.” VISIONS 3
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By Anna Oakes the game, you can head over to the stadium to greet the players as they enter. Along with True Blue, other fans, the UB Marching Band, cheerleaders and Dazzlers line up at the southwest entrance forming what is known as the “gauntlet.” In this form everyone cheers the players on as they enter their locker rooms to get ready for the game. Apart from the football games, True Blue members meet up at Dave and Busters in the Eastern Hills Mall to watch UB football and basketball away games. They make sure to post these parties on their Web site at www.UBtrueblue.com. True Blue also takes occasional road trips when UB is at other schools or participating in championship games and tournaments. Initial membership is divided two different levels, Level 1: True Blue Casual and Level 2: True Blue Dedicated. A True Blue Casual member must be a full time student at UB and must provide the E-board with their contact information. By being on this level, members can receive a True Blue wristband, e-mails and updates about upcoming True Blue and UB events and have the opportunity for text messaging updates. The second level, True Blue Dedicated is granted to the members who pay the $10 fee. On top of the benefits a True Blue Casual member receives, these members receive True Blue t-shirts, 25% off the basic student price for all True Blue road trips and are included in the Loyalty Point System. The Loyalty Point System is a way to
give back to the students who are giving it their all by coming out to events and showing their Buffalo pride. Throughout each team’s season, they dedicate certain games as True Blue Games. These are chosen because they are important games for the athletes. For every True Blue Game a member
attends, they receive one point. However, if a game is especially important to the athletes, it could be considered worth more than one point. After members have reached a certain amount of points they will receive prizes and hopefully one day become a True Blue Elite member. Aside from winning prizes, Conroy talks about the true perks of being a member. “If you join True Blue you show your pride and spirit as a whole. You have the opportunity to show up in big groups instead of by yourself. There’s a lot of passion in the club.” V
The SISH Council is the proud home of UB’s largest student-run club, True Blue. According to their Web site, True Blue was founded in the Fall of 2007 by, then seniors, Paul Hutchings and Jeseph Meyers. It goes on to say, “They wanted to see traditions started at UB so when they returned as alumni they could see a growth in the fan support.” Their hope to unite the student body and ignite pride throughout the students has become a reality. At the first D-I football game of this season, the stadium was filled with the largest number of student supporters in recorded history. President of True Blue, Andy Conroy, thinks that the reason for this is partially True Blue but may be from the success of last year’s team and student’s hope that this year will be just as successful. True Blue holds onto the idea of homefield advantage and hope that the large crowds bring fear to opposing teams. “When you have more people cheering for you, your adrenaline pumps harder,” Conroy said. “It’s an entirely different game with a full crowd in the stands opposed to ten fans.” During sports games it is not hard to spot the section of True Blue fans. They have a few traditions in the stands and behind the scenes. On the field you will be sure to here one of the active members in the club playing the cowbell to rally the student section. If you want to participate in the chant, it goes like this: Clap your hands, “Let’s,” clap your hands. “Go,” more clapping, “Bulls,” last clapping section, “Let’s go Bulls!” If you’d like to start the fun before the game starts, True Blue members are always tailgating in the Special Events lot next to Flint Village. At the tailgates True Blue provides food, live music, games, giveaways and face and full-body painting. After you get all painted and ready for
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S T R O P S B U L C EEPER INTO UB
A new fad in the game of field hockey has been cropping up throughout the sport in the United States. Traditionally a female dominated sport, co-ed teams have been forming not only throughout high schools but at the collegiate level as well. Club Field Hockey here at UB has been very successful and has adapted the new trend. The team is now co-ed and has recently picked up a few male players. Although many guys may assume that field hockey is a feminine sport because of what they have seen in high school, field hockey is generally a maledominated sport in Europe and other parts of the world. There are not that many males on the Club Field Hockey team, even though the club president, Dana Miele, would like to see this change. “We are always looking for more guys to come out and play.” The girls on the field hockey team have become accustomed to not having any
fear and treating the males on the team as equals. Generally speaking, the males tend to be faster, while the girls hold the team together with their stick skills. They also play other teams that have males
Sunday September 20 versus Canisus College at home. The UB team claimed a 10-0 victory in a dominating shutout. One thing Miele would like to see improved this year is the amount of males that try out for the team. She would also slike to see more structure brought to practices with certain drills and conditioning, even with a shortened time allotted for practices. Undergraduate students who have a love for field hockey should not be timid to join the club team. According to Miele, “Sharing the common love for the sport lays down a foundation which we try and build on in college.” Field hockey is an exciting, thrilling and physical game that is enjoyed by both females and males alike.
on them, so gender is not an issue when it comes to playing field hockey. This year, there are a lot of new girls that have come to practices, creating a positive mix with the returning players. Each player adds their own individual talent to the roster. According to Miele, “Practices have been very impressive and I can’t wait to see how we combine our skills and work as a team in games to come.” The team’s first league game was
Some upcoming games for Club Field Hockey include: 10/3 at Niagara 10/11 at Cortland/Ithaca 10/18 Home vs. Syracuse 11/7-8 at Cortland (playoffs) Interested in getting involved? Practices are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4-6:30 p.m. at the old football field (Kunz Field) located between Hadley and Flint Villages. V VISIONS 7
Club Field Hockey By Cheryl Mohabir
Senate: Senate Elections were held from September 22-24 in the Student Union for the 12 Senators who will represent the student body of UB. For those who are unfamiliar with the Senate, it is one of the two bodies that compose the Legislative Branch of the Undergraduate Student Association (SA) government. The purpose of the Senate is to represent you, the students of UB in SA and to control the money that comes from the Mandatory Student Activity Fee that all undergraduate students pay. The Senate is composed of 22 members. Six Senators are elected to represent on-campus students and another six to represent off-campus students. These are representatives that you directly vote for at the polling booths. The six coordinators (Academic, Sports, Engineering, People of Color, International and SISH) who are elected by each club council are also voting Senators. In addition, there are Ex-Officio Non-voting members, including the SA President, Vice President, Treasurer and Speaker of the Assembly. Different constituents of the student body are fairly represented in the SA government. The Chair of the Senate is elected from amongst the voting members at the first Senate meeting and serves as the presiding officer at all Senate meetings during the year. The Senate meets at least once every four weeks and a quorum of at least 50 percent membership must be met in order to hold the meeting. Like any government, the Senate follows the SA Constitution and its by-laws. of the Student Association. One of the main powers of the Senate is to allocate the budget of the Student Association and approve or disapprove budgetary line transfers within organizations. The Senate also monitors club recognition and
imposes sanctions on organizations that mishandle SA funds. As students, it is important to communicate issues and concerns to the elected Senators. Clubs that have concerns should contact the club coordinators directly as they are Senators and may choose to bring up any issues during Senate meetings. According to Acting Senate Chair and Engineering Coordinator Greg Robbins, “Any student may show up to a Senate meeting and ask to present a case to the Senate that he wishes to be pursued. If a student presents a strong case, the Senate may choose, as a whole, to continue moving forward with the presented issue.” Another method, which few students usually opt for, but should be informed of, is choosing a Senator and directly contacting him or her in order to present an issue that needs to be addressed. Assembly: On September 21, student petitions were turned in for Student Association Assembly, the second Legislative body of the SA. Unlike the Senate, where direct student voting was necessary for the election of positions, the Assembly only required approval of forty signatures from fellow undergraduate students. There is no limit on the number of Assemblymen and all undergraduate students have the power to join if they obtain sufficient signatures. The number of students who filled out petitions this year was an incredible 75 in comparison to past years where the number floated around 15. According to Student Association Vice President Ernesto Alvarado, “Many freshmen students filled out petitions because we really pushed getting involved at orientation. Joining the Assembly is the easiest way for new students to take
on an active role in SA government. I hope that anyone who signed up attends all meetings and that people don’t just sign up and not show up.” The role of the Assembly differs from that of the Senate in that the Assembly does not focus on the allocation of the Student Association budget. According to Speaker of the Assembly Nate LaFrance, “The most important job of the Assembly is to listen to the concerns of the undergraduate student body and address those concerns by enacting resolutions. Within the Assembly and its various committees, we deal with issues of academic policy, student rights and student welfare.” The committees within the Assembly include The Rules Committee, the Academic Affairs Committee and the Student Affairs Committee. Like the Senate, the Assembly follows the SA Constitution and by-laws of the Student Association. The Assembly meets at least once every three weeks or whenever the Speaker of the Assembly deems a meeting necessary. Meetings are advertised through the SA website and are open to all students, although only voting Assemblymen have the power to vote on policies. The best and easiest way for students to utilize the Assembly is to attend meetings and learn about the concerns facing themselves as well as fellow students. Students can directly contact Assemblymen and voice concerns that should be presented during meetings. As Speaker of the Assembly, Nate LaFrance also holds regular office hours to meet with undergraduate students. For more information on the specific duties and powers of the Senate and Assembly go to www.sa.buffalo.edu. V
By Eliane Abou-Jaoude
There are many common materials that are currently being evaluated due to the possibility of them containing harmful agents and toxins. Some commonly known carcinogens that you may already by aware of are excessive sunlight and tobacco smoke. There are often articles published about the importance of wearing sunscreen and the consequences of smoking cigarettes, however, the average student might not be informed about rare and recently discovered toxins. This is guide to awareness for a person who lives in this day and age.
Cellular Phones: By Jeff Froustet The link between cell phone usage and brain tumors remains highly contentious. For every study that points to a likely correlation between prolonged use and increased risk of cancer there are those which found no direct tie. The mood of the greater medical community surrounding prolonged use of cell phones is a cautionary one. The use of hands free sets is recommended as a way of distancing brain and nervous system tissue away from the phone’s antenna, the source of its emitted radiation. Although a connection between cancer and the devices seems closer to possibility than improbability, evidence up to this point remains inconclusive. Up to this point, the National Cancer Institute continues to conclude that the results of studies done on the development of glioma, meningioma and acoustic neuroma brain tumors have not led to any concrete association. VISIONS 10
Cell phones emit radio frequency (RF) fields which are a form of electromagnetic radiation. RF energy is non-ionizing, low frequency radiation. X-Ray machines often warrant the use of protective material, commonly lead aprons, due to x-rays being ionizing, high frequency radiation. High levels of exposure to this form of radiation can be carcinogenic. The question that researchers are exploring now is if prolonged exposure to non-ionizing radiation can be associated with cancer risk. According to the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association there were more than 270 million wireless telephone subscribers as of December 2008. It is a figure that has seen its largest increases in only the past decade and as such makes any substantive evidence concerning prolonged exposure difficult to come by. The absence of necessary time to observe a correlation between cell phones and brain tumors leaves the health community advising caution as it may be another decade before qualitative data may be acquired. Although research points to there being little, if any, negative consequence cell phones pose towards the body so far, new data that establishes a correlation may be on the horizon. Given their necessity in the twenty first century world, however, such information may be too little, too late. As junior Jordan Stewart points out, “Even if they’re bad for you, I don’t think I could stop using it.”
Microwave Ovens: By Jeff Froustet With the advent of the microwavable dinner and the rise of Tupperware, microwave ovens have become a necessary facet of the modern American diet.
They provide a means of either heating leftovers or cooking a new meal often in less than five minutes. For those who have little time to allocate towards food preparation, a microwave can make or break the amount of daily nutritional intake. Why pull out a pot and boil water when you can simply microwave something in its provided container and discard it after you’re done? The device can not only reduce time necessary to prepare a meal but also reduce the amount of cleanup afterwards.
Microwave ovens emit electromagnetic waves to heat particles, most often water, in the food. The low frequency, non-ionizing waves are absorbed by the particles and thus lead to an increased temperature of the whole. Much like cellular phones in their use of radio frequency energy, concerns about a possible link between usage and cancer are abound. These claims, however, are for the most part unsubstantiated. There is no hard body of evidence that proves a link between the device and increased risk of cancer. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 90% of U.S. households today have one. Although they have grown substantially in household prevalence in the last two decades, microwaves have been in popular use since the mid 70s. As the microwave-cancer debate is an extension of the potential hazards of cellular phones given their shared use of radio frequency energy, it
Faux Leather and Vinyl Bags: By Anna Oakes According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NEHS), common sources of lead are found in lead-based paint in older homes, contaminated soil, household dust, drinking water, lead crystal and lead-glazed pottery. The CDC has reported that studies have shown that high exposures of lead can lead to cancer, birth defects and reproductive damage. Recently, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has stepped outside of these generally known sources of lead and has pointed their finger at retail stores. According to their claim, after testing, over 26 brands showed high levels of lead in products made from vinyl and faux leather. CEH assumes that these manufacturers have violated Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 which states in section 25249.6 that “No person in the course of doing business shall knowingly and intentionally expose any individual to a chemical known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without first giving clear and reasonable warning to such individual.” Paige Nelson, a freshman pre-Pharmacy student at UB uses her bag almost every day. “I guess I would never
know there was lead used to make these. It’s pretty deceiving. I think that if they really are health hazardous I won’t buy any more.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the stores in question include, but are not limited to, Forever 21, H&M, Nine West, Roxy (by Quicksilver, Inc.), Cul-desac (sold in Sears), Xhiliration (Target house brand), No Boundaries (Wal-Mart house brand) and Fossil. “I feel that these stores should be looking into their manufacturing process more if this is true. I am definitely concerned,” said Krista Weiderpass, a sophomore business administration major. The CEH claims that one of their biggest concerns is for pregnant women who are unaware of the lead content in these products. Exposure of lead during pregnancy can affect children and cause birth defects.
Plastic Water Bottles: By Lauren Ministero Recently, people have been expressing concern over the safety of plastic food containers, namely water bottles, and the potential negative effects that the chemicals within this plastic could have on consumers. Bisphenol A (BPA), a component of the hard, clear plastic that is used to create items such as water pipes, water bottles, baby bottles and other food containers is the chemical in question. Rumors of water bottles releasing toxins cause rising concerns world wide, as they’re a common grocery item. “I’ve used bottled water and I had no idea that it was bad for you,” said freshman, Nick Jeambon. “When I play sports I refill them without thinking about it.”
On August 31, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a message stating that after a review of current research on the chemical ccompound,“...studies did not indicate a safety concern for BPA at current exposure levels.” According to the FDA, neither the European Safety Authority Scientific Panel on Food Additives, Flavourings, Processing Aids and Materials in Contact with Food nor the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have found reason for concern. Nevertheless, the FDA is continuing to investigate the safety of bisphenol A. Numerous studies suggest that the BPA in plastic contaminates the water within water bottles with estrogen-like compounds. Martin Wagner, a leading ecotoxicologist at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany told Discovery News about a study that he had completed in his laboratory. He found that estrogen levels are generally higher in plastic water containers than in cardboard or glass alternatives. Wagner’s studies also show that the estrogenic water increases the rate of embryo growth and reproductive patterns of snails. “Having done all of these experiments, I started drinking tap water,” Wagner told Discovery News. “It might have other stuff in it, but at least it doesn’t have estrogenic compounds.” Many companies are now selling stainless steel water bottles that are free of BPA. For example, Corporate Accountability International has created Think Outside the Bottle stainless steel bottles. “These bottles don’t leach toxins into their contents, and are lab tested free of heavy metals and toxins,” the company’s Website promises. While the FDA continues its investigation and new research is developed on the topic, many people are choosing to play it safe, choosing the stainless steel alternatives. V
is unlikely that new correlative evidence may suddenly arise in the near future; Microwaves have been in popular, repeated use for over thirty years. Any hard-line connection between their prolonged use and increased risk of cancer has yet to be found, though with the prevalence of RF emitting devices and electronic equipment we increasingly surround ourselves with it may be only a matter of time before technology becomes too much for biology.
By Corena Christensen Being a college student sometimes involves a few drawbacks. The most upsetting of them seems to be the lack of a good home cooked meal. Of course your mom can’t come and stay with you to cook your dinner, so why not learn to make a delicious and nutritious meal all by yourself? If you’re sick of the dining hall food, fast food on campus or Easy Mac, I have a recipe for you to test that will surely score an A. In addition to the listed ingredients, you’ll also need an oven and a baking sheet.
If you purchased frozen fillets you’ll want to defrost them in either one of two ways. You can move them from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before or you can defrost them a half hour before cooking by removing the packaging and placing them in a large bowl of cold water with a cold water drip (just leave the water running in the bowl so the water does not become stagnant). Pre-heat your oven to 325°F and cover your baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Once the fillets are defrosted and rinsed, give them a light, even salt and pepper rub and drip a generous coating of your herb and garlic oil over top. Next, sprinkle on a medium coat of garlic pepper and onion powder and just a dash of chili powder; do this to both sides. This process can be done right on your baking sheet. Place the sheet in the oven for ten minutes, then flip the fillets and cook for another three minutes. You will know the fillets are done when the initially translucent fish meat becomes a bright white and the fish is firm. To serve, flip right side up and add a couple side dishes. When I make this recipe for dinner, I usually have some rice and vegetables on the side. Uncle Ben’s 90 second microwavable rice is always tasty, and if you don’t have any fresh veggies, frozen works too. Even if you don’t think you like fish, give this one a try. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. V
Pooping in public bathrooms: AJ: As living and breathing human beings, defecating is a necessary, natural process by which our bodies eliminate the waste products of digestion. As females in the public restroom, there is often a stigma against going number two. Many factors lead to this shame, including, but not limited to, the smell, the noise and the occasional grunting. Being the more delicate sex, the world would like to believe that we don’t participate in such acts as pooping and that perhaps our fecal matter somehow evaporates out of our bodies. The truth of the matter is that we need to let this ejestive process take its course in order for our systems to function healthily. It’s easy to say that we should just poop whenever we need to, but it’s an issue that must be handled tactfully. The best way to deal with this concern is to find a bathroom that doesn’t attract a lot of traffic and to schedule your game plan. There are females out there who couldn’t care less if their natural cycle upsets their bathroom fellows, and to them we say more power to you, but for those who have anxiety over this process, rest assured. You are not alone. NB: For the most part, men are easy. If we have to go, we do. Some are more discrete than others and may seek a more private setting to do their business. But let’s face it, men are not nearly as emotional as women when it comes to the natural processes of the body. Give me The Wall Street Journal or a good sports section and I’ll take care of the rest. Talking while on the crapper: AJ: Being the social creatures that we are and relying on constant communication in this fast-paced world creates an interesting predicament when it comes to the public restroom. It’s not uncommon to receive a call while on the toilet and this is where we have to decide our next appropriate move. Our options: 1. Don’t answer. 2. Answer and continue on with the conversation as if you weren’t in
the loo. 3. Answer the phone with a quick response. 4. Text the caller back. The way we choose to react to a phone call should be based on a few factors. Is there anyone else in the bathroom? How would they feel with your conversation in the background as he or she is trying to go number one or number two? Assume that no one was in the bathroom; it may be alright to answer the call with a quick response (provided that you haven’t tried to wipe yourself down and soiled your hands). If someone does happen to be in the stall next to you, it’s best to not answer the phone. No one wants to hear about your life while trying to drop a deuce, but if you must, try texting back. Although there are people out there who may appreciate your background noise while trying to use the bathroom, it’s best to assume that answering your phone call would be unappreciated by your stall neighbor. NB: There’s an unspoken law about bathroom etiquette. DON’T SPEAK. It disturbs others! It’s almost similar to a library in that respect. People are there to concentrate on one thing. Don’t disrupt it! I know that if I was in the middle of reading the Tiger’s score from last night, nothing will shrink my sphincter faster than the voice of another. Guys are generally good about this, at the very most you may hear the typing of a Blackberry. Bottom line, don’t answer your phone while you’re on the pot. No call is that important and, quite frankly, no one calling will want to hear from you while you’re pinching off a loaf. Trust me, I know. You can hear the echoes. Choosing which stall to use: AJ: Personal space is a part of our basic comfort level and it becomes even more important while we’re doing our private business. Unlike men, we don’t have to worry about using urinals and possibly exposing ourselves to our neighbor. But our choice of stall does contribute to the overall bathroom experience. When people walk into a restroom, they are more
likely to use the stall closest to the door, so it may be a good idea to pass the first one by because the next stalls may be cleaner. Try using the third stall because if someone does happen to come into the restroom while you’re on the crapper, you’ll still have stall number two separating the two of you. But if you’re in a situation where there are many people trying to use the bathroom at one time, then you’re kind of out of luck. NB: No matter what business you have to take care, of there is one simple rule: pick the stall or urinal furthest away from any other user. This is the most important concept to understand when it comes to urinals. If there’s already a guy taking a leak in one, you have two options: choose a urinal at the opposite end (or at the bare minimum one urinal space away), or use a stall. Now, I know some sporting events can get ridiculous and all rules get thrown to the wind, but two new rules develop. If you must use a urinal next to another male comrade, ALWAYS keep your eyes forward. A nice gesture is to turn slightly so your back is towards him. If you wind up in an arena with one of those open, cow-trough urinals with all the ice or pink biscuits at the bottom, unless no one is using it, don’t even think about it; wait for a stall. And, as always, if you shake more than twice, you’re playing with it. V
By Archana Jayakumar and Nick Baxter
By Megan Hoak This past summer I got a taste of the glamorous Los Angeles Film Festival. Surrounded by indie films and star-studded premieres, I was very intrigued by the concept that you could run around for days watching all these new films. Unfortunately, I didn’t actually make it to a premiere at the Los Angeles festival, but I was determined not to pass up the next opportunity that came along. The Toronto International Film Festival seemed like the perfect opportunity, considering it wasn’t clear across the country! For months in advance, I started to look at some of the films that would be premiering at the festival. An incredibly large number of films, including “Jennifer’s Body,” were making world premieres in Toronto. Choosing just one would be nearly impossible. My mom and I made the trip up to Toronto with no finalized plans as to what films we were going to see. Sometimes not knowing makes the whole experience much more thrilling. We arrived at the Peace Garden located on Queen St. where a hub for the festival had been set up. Searching over a large board listing the films showing that day, I wanted to find films that were not sold out or were on RUSH; this is when the theater has sold all the presale tickets and 20 minutes before the start of the film they will open up the rest of the seats to the public. The lines for these tickets can get very long so you want to get there early. We ended up picking a Bollywood film called “Dil Bole Hadippa” or “My Heart Goes Hadippa,” in English, which still had VISIONS 14
tickets available for presale. A short walk from the Garden, we headed over to Roy Thomson Hall, a concert hall located on Simcoe Street where people were already lining up. The red carpet was set up just outside the back of the theater. It’s a lot less glamorous in person. A few tents were lined with media, waiting to flood the next celebrity walking down the aisle, as well as wide-eyed and screaming fans. The people dressed in traditional garb watched as the star, Rani Mukherjee, made her way down the carpet with the director, Anurag Singh. A small group of children followed close behind them, dancing in true Bollywood fashion. Inside, excitement filled the room as Mukherjee and Singh took the stage. They had travelled from India to watch their film make its world premiere in Toronto. Mukherjee was very gracious and spoke about the spirit and energy that comes from India and transcends in their films. “Hadippa” did not disappoint! The story focuses on an Indian girl who dreams of nothing more than playing cricket for her country and finds herself dressing up as a man to do just that. There was romance, comedy and, of course, singing and dancing. The crowd was enthused to be celebrating the opening of the film at such a big venue. I was sitting next to an Indian woman who turned to me and said, “Welcome to India!” Quite honestly, it did feel as though I had left Toronto and wound up thousands of miles away in a land full of color and beauty. As I said before, it would be a shame to go to a festival of this magnitude and not
take advantage of as much as possible. Walking out of the theater from Hadippa, we noticed a RUSH line forming for the world premiere of “Chloe.” The film was scheduled to start two hours later, but I knew that the line was only going to grow. Thankfully, it was a beautiful day in the city and there were plenty of characters on the street to satisfy my fascination with people-watching. The stars of the film, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried, walked the red carpet about thirty minutes prior to show time. We made it into the theater just about five minutes before the start of the film. This film was a lot darker than “Hadippa.” Set in Toronto during the winter, I recognized many places that I had walked by just that day. In this psychosexual thriller, Chloe (Seyfried) is an escort who finds herself a woman client (Moore) who wants to know if her husband (Liam Neeson) is cheating on her. In an unexpected twist, Chloe falls for the woman and will do and say just about anything to get to her. At the end of the film, some of the actors and actresses stood up and graciously acknowledged the round of applause coming from a stunned audience. Seyfried, in particular, delivered a worthy performance. Sometimes at the end of a film’s showing there is a question and answer session with the cast, however Oprah’s film festival premiere was set to be starting in the same theater shortly. Walking outside of the Roy Thomson for the second time that day, the buzz outside had not yet worn off. Oprah was making her way down the red carpet and a huge
extend a few pointers that might benefit you in the future should you ever choose to check out a film festival. First and foremost, the best thing you can do is research. Find out what films are playing and who is in them. Read carefully through film descriptions and choose wisely. Just because George Clooney is in a film, doesn’t mean you would be willing to watch him stare at goats for two hours in “The Men Who Stare at Goats.” However, try to remain open. A lot of films at festivals are in various languages with subtitles and, although this may be a little more work, it could be worth it. After you have found a few things that you might be willing to see, map it out, especially if you are in a foreign country (yes, Canada is a foreign country) where your cell phone won’t work and Google maps isn’t available to you. Festival websites like www.tiff.net, have a list of all the films and the theaters at which they are playing. When it comes to obtaining tickets, don’t be afraid to get a little creative.
Also, remember to bring student identification because you can get a discount. Another trick is rooted in typical college student fashion: mooching. We’re often not ashamed to admit that we’re strapped for cash and people might be willing to help out. It is common for people to stand outside of a theater before the show with extra tickets that they are selling for a reduced price or may be willing to give away because they can’t make it to the show. As a last resort, if there is a sold out film you are dying to see, you could always RUSH. Most importantly, get out and do something different. There are a lot of festivals out there offering unique and exciting things that can take you away from the monotony of your every day lives. Do some digging and find the right one for you. V
crowd was swarming the rope, whooping and screaming. Some people had been in the RUSH line for her film, “Precious,” for 12 hours. My mom and I watched the scene unfold for a little while before deciding to call it a day. I was starving and ready to eat something. Just down the street from the Roy Thomson (and just about anywhere in Toronto), you can find restaurants of almost any ethnic variety. We walked a short distance to a stretch of restaurants including Indian, urban and French cuisine. We settled for the French restaurant and enjoyed a fairly inexpensive meal in a friendly atmosphere. It was the perfect way to polish off a day well spent in Toronto. I learned a great deal about the disparity between attending an international film festival and seeing a movie at your local cinema. There is a lot more substance and thought that goes into a festival showing because it’s a time when the actors and directors showcase their deliberation and talent in a raw setting far from the taint of Hollywood. I want to
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By Jason Lubniewski and Anna Oakes
Accidentally On Purpose: 8:30 p.m., CBS This new television series is based on a book by Mary Pols in which Billie (Jenna Elfman), a movie critic, has a one-night stand with a man, Zach (Jon Foster), who is nearly a decade younger than her soon after her breakup with her boss, James (Grant Show). After becoming pregnant with Zach’s baby, Mary decides to let him move in with her. Unfortunately, he’s got a lot of baggage – turning her house into a jungle of 20-yearold boys.
Tuesday: Melrose Place: 9 p.m., The CW Placed after “90210,” this new nighttime soap opera is another blast from the past. This season, the show focuses on the murder of Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton), a character from the original series from the 90s. Aside from the murder and who-done-it theme for this season, hopeful director Jonah Miller (Michael Rady) proposes to girlfriend Riley Richmond (Jessica Lucas) in the first episode. VioVISIONS 16
let Foster (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz) and David Breck (Shaun Sipos) add drama to the show as children of previous “Melrose Place” 90s stars. With a little too much drama, the success of “90210” does not seem to be rubbing off onto its new sister show. The Forgotten: 10 p.m., ABC This year, Jerry Bruckheimer has yet another new crime drama filled with twists, turns and hopefully the occasional one liner. “The Forgotten” is based on a group of amateur detectives who try to put names to unidentified murder victims. They take whatever evidence they have to try to uncover the victim’s past to find out who they were and what kind of life they lived. The victim narrates each episode and the show follows the detectives from his or her point of view. If you’re a fan of “CSI,” “Cold Case” or any other crime drama, “The Forgotten” is just for you and looks to become the best new crime drama on television. The Good Wife: 10 p.m., CBS Focused on some of the real-world corruptions of the political system, The Good Wife follows Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) whose husband, Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), a politician, has been involved in a media-crazed sex and corruption scandal. To support her family and rebuild its reputation, she returns to her previous job as a defense attorney.
Wednesday: The Beautiful Life: 9 p.m., The CW In a high-fashion world of glamour and beauty, competition is key. Two teens in the modeling industry, Raina Mayer (Sara
Paxton) and Chris Andrews (Benjamin Hollingsworth) have to learn to leave their pasts behind and think about nothing except winning. Raina helps Chris out as he almost destroys his future in modeling at his first photo shoot and takes him back to her house packed out with other young models including Marissa Delfina (Ashley Madekwe), Sonja Stone (Mischa Barton), Isaac Taylor (Corbin Bleu) and Cole Shepherd (Nico Tortorella). The world of modeling never looked so ugly. Glee: 9 p.m., Fox After premiering the pilot episode during the spring television schedule, Glee hooked in about ten million devoted viewers after only one episode. The show is set in Ohio about a glee club that is on the verge of extinction until Spanish teacher and previous glee club member, Will Schuester, (Matthew Morrison) decides to go in a “New Direction” with the club. Piled into the club are a slew of different stereotypical students, including awkward Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), quarterback Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), flamboyant Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), fashion diva Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), paraplegic Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale), gothic Tina Chohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz) with her speech impediment and newly added Cheerios’ star cheerleaders. Although the first episode seemed much more promising than the following episodes, fans can’t stop believing.
Thursday: Flashforward: 8 p.m., ABC Based on Canadian science fiction writer, Robert J. Sawyer’s novel “Flashforward,” ABC hopes that this new series will take the place of Lost after its final season in 2010. Flashforward is about an event in which people experience two minutes and seventeen seconds of their lives six months in the future. Many people experiencing these flashes are killed in
The Vampire Diaries: 8 p.m., The CW Yet another new series based on a book, this show adapts the series “The Vampire Diaries” written by L.J. Smith. During the adaption period, a few things were changed including the name of the town in which the story happens, Mystic Falls (originally Falls Church). The story follows Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and the struggle between two vampire brothers, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) who are both in love with her. Starting with a shaky premiere, the vampire romance nation will fall in love with this series. Community: 9:30 p.m., NBC Jeff (Joel McHale) has recently been suspended as a lawyer after the State Bar deems his college degree as void. After the Bar’s decision, Jeff goes to community college and meets some interesting characters including Pierce (Chevy Chase), who has been married seven times.
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Heroes: 8 p.m., NBC A world full of heroes and villains, both with special out-of-this-world powers and some with none at all, “Heroes’” fourth season starts another chapter of its live action comic book tales. This season, the recurring characters, particularly Hiro, (Masi Oka) a time traveler, will face a new villain, Samual Sullivan (Robert Knepper). The commercials have advertised him to be even more of a threat than the series’ original villain, Sylar (Zachary Quinto), a super-human who senses others’ abilities and steals them by killing the owner. People who love “XMen” will certainly fall in love with this new generation of powerful beings.
House: 8 p.m., Fox This medical drama is set in the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. The show focuses on Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), the head of a diagnostics team, who receives bizarre medical cases that other sectors of the hospital or other hospitals cannot solve. Throughout the series House has become addicted to the pain medicine he needs to take for his leg where he had muscle failure prior to the beginning of the show’s storyline. Last season ended with a questionable recovery as House de-toxed overnight with the help of his boss, Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein). The new season brings the story around full circle as viewers watch House take on the mental hospital.
Tuesday: 90210: Tuesdays, 8 p.m., The CW Based on the hit show from the 90s, “Beverly Hills, 90210,” this new hit’s focal point is on the Wilson family. Accepting a position as principal at West Beverly Hills High School, Harry Wilson (Rob Estes), a 90210 native, and his family head back to the Hills. In the first season, his children, Annie (Shanae Grimes) and adopted black son, Dixon (Tristan Wilds), discover what true drama is. The second season resumes after a summer filled with summer school for Dixon and sulking from Annie after a drunken hit-and-run in the season finale. This new series hopes to out-live its predecessor.
Wednesday: America’s Next Top Model: 8 p.m., The CW Cycle 13 brings on the shorter side of modeling with all of the models being 5”7’ and under with the shortest girl, Sundai, being 5”3’ tall. With a few surprise twists, eliminations mid-episode and a replacement after the second episode, this season holds true to every other season. It seems that most people will fight through Tyra being annoying each episode just to wait for the final pictures to be shown during elimination. Top Chef: 10 p.m., Bravo This season brings forward a new set of chefs in a high stakes battle in Sin City it-
self, Las Vegas. After the elimination of a majority of the female contestants, the competition is still hot with two brothers originally from Maryland, Michael and Bryan Voltaggio, wise-ass Michael Isabella, lovable Kevin Gillespie and the lone girl who is almost always on top, Jennifer Carroll. The judges, Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons, keep the fire coming in the sixth season of this reality cook-off show.
Thursday: The Office: 9 p.m., NBC Based off the original British series of the same name, The sixth and newest season of “The Office” just dropped and is promising to be just as good as the previous. There are a slew of other characters that help make this show funny and offensive, but not to the extent that it’ll make you turn it off. If you’re looking for a good laugh and want to see a show with a pretty good storyline, then “The Office” is for you. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: 10 p.m., FX After its first four seasons, “Always Sunny” has proven to be one of the most outrageously hilarious shows on television. The show is based on “the gang,” Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), Charlie (Charlie Day), Mac (Rob McElhenney) and Frank (Danny De Vito), and their pub named “Paddy’s Pub.” This is where the main characters hatch their schemes (usually against one another) for their own personal gain. “Always Sunny” premiered on Sept. 17, and if you like shows like “South Park,” the now defunct “Man Show,” or anything that is offensive but still really funny, this is the show for you.
Sunday: Dexter: 9 p.m., Showtime Based in Miami Florida, the show follows Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a serial killer who also works for the Miami Metro Police Department. In recent seasons Dexter has gone from a Miami bachelor to a loving husband and father. Juggling work, family and being a murderer, the fourth season of Dexter is looking to be just as twisted and sinister as the last three. V VISIONS 17
accidents in which they were operating vehicles and go unconscious, but there are some survivors who are left trying to figure out what these images actually meant and if they will actually happen.
By Anna Oakes and Jessica Gillis With the new season of films arriving to the big screen, many filmmakers have jumped on the bandwagon of adapting novels to screenplays. This year brings not only novels to the screen, but storybook favorites from your childhood, as well, including “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” October brings forward an array of new movies that will keep you occupied before the Halloween celebrations begin, including “Zombieland,” “Saw XI” and “The Stepfather.
Catch them while they’re still in theatres: Release Date: 09.18
Release Date: 09.25
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Comedy/Family Voices: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Bruce Campbell and Andy Samberg
Surrogates, Action/Thriller/Sci-Fi Starring: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell and Rosamund Pike
Adapting the classic book by Judi and Ron Barrett, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” takes the viewers prior to the beginning of the original story, showing how the small town of ChewandSwallow’s strange weather originated. Flint Lockwood, an inventor, is the main cause of ChewandSwallow’s day-to-day eating habits as food falls from the sky instead of rain or snow. Although this movie has strayed from the original book, in 3-D action it’s still a treat. Jennifer’s Body, Comedy/Horror/Thriller Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried and Adam Brody Jennifer (Fox) is the hottest girl in school and she knows it. After a local bar catches on fire during a concert, intoxicated, she leaves with the band. Earlier on in the night, Jennifer tells the lead singer, Nikolai Wolf (Brody), whom she is crushing on, that she is a virgin. Wolf and his fellow bandmates take her into the woods where she discovers that they worship Satan – they sacrifice virgins in hopes that they will become famous in the future. Since Jennifer was lying, the demon possesses her and, in order to stay undead, she must eat flesh. Her choice? High school boys. The storyline is a little sketchy but everyone knows they can’t help seeing it because Megan Fox is in it. VISIONS 18
In this science fiction thriller, people live from their homes through robotic surrogates, the perfect physical representation of themselves. When there is a murder for the first time in years, FBI agent Greer (Willis) has to risk leaving his house in place of his surrogate to uncover a conspiracy.
Release Date: 10.02 Capitalism: A Love Story, Documentary Michael Moore is at it again. In his latest flick, he points his finger at what he believes to be the source of economic depression in the United States. The Invention of Lying, Comedy Starring: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Tina Fey and Rob Lowe. In a world where no one lies, Mark (Gervais), a “down-onhis luck loser,” discovers the art of lying. Being the first to lie, no one questions the absurd things he says. With this, Mark moves up in the world and wins his love interest, Anna (Garner). Even in a world where no one lies, however, Mark’s new discovery spreads like wildfire.
St. Trinian’s, Comedy Starring: Mischa Barton, Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Lena Headey St. Trinian’s is the sixth film based on Ronald Searle’s cartoons from the late 60s and early 70s based on a prep school in Edinburgh. In this newest rendition the school is depicted as a school for uncontrollable girls. In the film, it is revealed to Miss Fritton (Everett), the school’s headmistress, that they owe half a million pounds to the bank. In a devious plan to try and save the school, the girls plan to steal the painting, “Girl With a Pearl Earring.” This movie may prove to be a winner but seems to be too ridiculous to hit very high in the Box Office. Whip It, Comedy/Drama Starring: Drew Berrymore, Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Fallon and Daniel Stern. Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut shows the transformation of a pageant princess to a rollerderby queen. Ellen Page stars as Bliss, a small town girl who goes against the grain of her mother to join a roller-derby team, finding out what true happiness is all about.
Zombieland, Comedy/Horror Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin In a battle between comedy and horror, the world as we know it has been overrun by zombies. Teamed up together, fearless Tallahassee (Harrelson) and fearful Columbus (Eisenberg), learn that there is something else to look out for: each other.
Release Date: 10.16
Where the Wild Things Are, Family/Action and Adventure Starring: Max Records, Catherine Keener and Mark Ruffalo Based on Maurice Sendak’s storybook, this childhood classic has been finally brought to life. Max is a young boy who is sent to bed without any food and dreams that he sails for months to the Land of the Wild Things. With artistic interpretation by Spike Jonze, this movie promises to be true to the book with some new twists.
Law Abiding Citizen, Drama Starring: Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler After Clyde Shelton’s (Butler) wife and daughter are brutally murdered, the district attorney makes a deal which keeps one of the perpetrators off death row. Ten years later when the remaining killer is set free, Shelton is waiting to set the record straight. When the man is found dead and Shelton admits his guilt, he is given a one way ticket to jail. From behind his cell he stages murders of key players from the trial to ensure that justice is served.
The Stepfather, Drama Starring: Penn Badgley, Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Amber Heard and Jon Tenney In this remake of the 1987 thriller based on a true story about murderer, John Emil List, David Harris (Walsh) seems like nothing more than a family man. After winning over Susan Hading (Ward), he moves into the house with her and her teenage son, Michael (Badgley). Michael suspects David to be more than who he claims and starts to dig up his past and discovers the ugly truth. It’s not always the evil stepmother to watch out for.
The Vampire’s Assistant, Action and Adventure/Thriller Starring: John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Massoglia, Ray Stevenson and Patrick Fugit. Based on Darren Shan’s popular series, “Cirque Du Freak,” The Vampire’s Assistant is the story of a 16-year-old boy who goes from ordinary to extraordinary as he joins a sideshow freak carnival and breaks a 200-year-old truce between two vampire cults. Stepping aside from the current vampire love storyline this new vampire tale hopes to surprise and please.
Release Date: 10.30 Gentlemen Broncos, Comedy Starring: Michael Angarano, Jennifer Coolidge, Jemaine Clement, Mike White and Sam Rockwell.
The Road, Drama/ Action and Adventure Starring: Charlize Theron, Viggo Mortenson, Guy Pearce and Kodi Smit-McPhee Based on Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Road” is the story of a father and son road trip across a post-apocalyptic world where civilization is a thing of the past. As they try to make their way to a warmer climate, bands of cannibalistic scavengers threaten to break them apart.
Holding onto the number six throughout the film, the storyline seems to be true to the suspenseful fashion of the series. It will be out just in time for Halloween.
Release Date: 10.23 Amelia, Drama Starring: Hilary Swank, Ewan McGregor, Richard Gere and Christopher Eccleston. This movie tells the courageous tale of Amelia Earhart becoming the first female aviator to solo the Atlantic and first aviator, male or female, to fly unaccompanied across the Pacific. This movie documents her many trials during her life and her disappearance over the South Pacific in 1937 during her attempt to fly around the world. This is sure to be a winner. Saw VI, Horror Starring: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Shawnee Smith, Betsy Russe II, Peter Outerbridge and Larissa Gomes The Saw franchise is at it again with their sixth rendition of their popular films which tend to be more grotesque than scary.
From the creators of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre comes the story of Benjamin (Angarano), a young writer. When his idol, legendary fantasy novelist Ronald Chevalier (Clement) comes to his hometown, Benjamin enters one of his novels into Chevalier’s contest. After getting his book stolen Benjamin breaks out of his small-town shell. Youth in Revolt, Comedy/Drama/Romance Starring: Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Long, Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Jean Smart and Ari Graynor. Michael Cera brings his boyish charm to the silver screen again as Nick Twisp. Based on C.D. Payne’s hit novel “Youth in Revolt,” Twisp creates an alter ego to break out of his good boy routine and win the girl of his dreams. V
Release Date: 10.09
By Katie Cascio It’s no secret that some foods are natural remedies for healthy skin, improved immune systems and even weight loss, but what about your sex life? Some of the foods that are a staple in your everyday life are actually sexual superheroes in disguise. These provocative foods range from exotic pomegranates to your ordinary Chiquita. Each one has a different effect on your sexuality, including increased arousal and stamina. Since the word “aphrodisiac” is derived from the name of the Greek goddess of sex, Aphrodite, it’s not surprising that they have been around for thousands of years. Although during that time this idea was thought to be a myth, there is evidence that this legend actually holds more truth than originally thought. Mother Nature must have had something sexier in mind when she created these carnal crops which have been called the homegrown, unadulterated versions of Viagra. So next time you’re feeling frisky, fuel your desire with one of these orgasmic organics to help you get “au naturel” in no time! Honey: Honey, besides being sweet and sticky, is one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs on this list. Its high levels of boron increase a female’s levels of estrogen and a male’s production of testosterone which leads to stronger sexual desires and, consequently, stronger, super hot orgasms. As if this weren’t enough, honey also contains massive amounts of nitric oxide, an essential hormone in the process of blood vessel expansion and elevated blood flow for erections and clitoral engorgement. No wonder Winnie the Pooh was always so happy. Avocados: Besides being the star of one of the most delicious dips ever created, avocados are visually VISIONS 20
appealing and strongly resemble male sex organs. The Aztecs seemed to concur, since their word for this green superfruit, “Ahuacatl,” literally translates to “testicle tree.” Its sexual benefits include folic acid, vitamin E and vitamin B6, which increase vaginal lubrication and significantly increase arousal. Next time you’re on a date or watching the game, consider guacamole as an appetizer. It might just help you score later on Chilies: Is it getting hotter in here? Eating a few hot chilies is a surefire way to spice up your sex life. Capsaicin, a chemical known for its ability to get your blood pumping and increase circulation, is potent in these feisty peppers. Besides being devilishly phallic, the chili’s sexy benefits bring sensation to a new level and are sure to get you hot and bothered. Banana: Arguably the most common phallic symbol of all time, the banana holds more sex secrets than it lets on. Bananas contain key vitamins necessary for sex-hormone production, including estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Furthermore, bananas are rich in potassium, the nutrient associated with muscle strength. The vagina is composed of several pelvic muscles, commonly known as the PC muscles. A male’s PC muscle stretches between his pubic bone and tailbone. The potassium in this carnal cuisine strengthens PC muscles, which allows for an out-of-this-world orgasm. Kudos to those of you who are able to remain unaroused next time you choose this for a snack. Almonds: This little nut packs a big punch when it comes to sexual health. One handful of almonds holds enough magnesium to slow and even
prevent premature ejaculation in men. That’s one way these nuts can lend a hand to yours. Salmon: Salmon is known for its health benefits, but what does that have to do with sex? Let us introduce you to the sexual powerhouse of all fish. The protein levels in wild salmon increase stamina, while its array of vitamins, including A, D, B and Calcium, does wonders for your libido. It also contains the essential fatty acid, Omega-3. Omega-3 actually amplifies the serotonin that flows to your brain, putting you in the mood. Not bad for a fish, huh? Asparagus: Another one of those deliciously feverish foods is the asparagus. This veggie gets a bad wrap for its less-than-appealing effects on urine scent, but for our purposes, it is simply seductive. Studies show that the phytohormones that it contains have effects similar to those of steroids. They also stimulate the nerves in the urinary tract, which may even lead to strong sexual sensation. If you want to experience the full effect, it’s best to eat asparagus for three consecutive days. Three days of sex? We’ll take it! Basil: The ancient Greeks called basil “king” and thought that the sweet smelling herb could boost sex drive. While this theory has not been tested, basil does contain thiamin and folic acid, which elevate histamine levels and, accordingly, allow both males and females to reach orgasm more easily so you can feel like you’re “king” of the world. Garlic: Although garlic breath may not sound like the best way to kick off a passion-filled night, it has been classified as a “hot” herb, and when we say hot, we mean it. Similar to honey, garlic contains nitric oxide that prompts blood flow to your sex
organs, helping you get it up and get it on. Just be sure to use a little mouthwash before getting down and dirty. Pomegranates: Behold the sexual superfruit! Aside from being delicious, this kinky crimson fruit has been proven to make your heart healthier, meaning that you’ll have more endurance during your sack session. Pomegranates are also loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants and are known to increase blood circulation. You will reap the benefits with increased levels of arousal and blood flow to take your sex life to the next level. Chocolate: To all the ladies out there who think they have to choose between chocolate and sex, think again. Cacao, the main ingredient in chocolate, is full of chemicals called phenylethylamines, which produce the sensation of being “in love.” For the strongest erotic results, go for the highest percentage of cacao, found in the darkest of dark chocolates. Chocolate also contains lots of antioxidants to keep you looking and feeling your best. So have it both ways and taste the love while making it. Red Wine: Everyone knows the alcohol in wine lowers your inhibitions, but did you know that the smell and taste of red wine are aphrodisiacal? You won’t get much out of wine from a box, but deep, musky, masculine red wines mimic the scent of human pheromones that attract hotties of the opposite sex. Fig: From the moment Adam and Eve adorned themselves with fig leaves to cover up their sexuality, the fig was irrevocably tied in with the notion of fertility and reproduction. This stigma is actually not far from the truth. Figs, which are an exceptional source of potassium, can help ease stiffness and make you more flexible, so you can get tangled up into all those X-
Coffee and Tea: The fact that coffee and tea contain great amounts of caffeine is not news. However, the increase in brain activity from caffeine can actually increase your stamina. So, next time you decide to pull an allnighter, make sure it involves something a little steamier. Oysters: Despite being the most cliché and well known of all the aphrodisiacs out there, the oyster makes a substantial impact on your sex drive when consumed. Oysters have been recognized for their considerably high zinc content and reputation for making you unusually horny. Zinc is known to increase sperm count and libido simultaneously. It prompts the body to release dopamine, the hormone that produces sensations of happiness and pleasure. Even if seafood isn’t your thing, it couldn’t hurt to ask the object of your affection if the salty, shelled crea-
tures tickle their fancy. If they do, it’s likely that they will tickle your fancy as well. Celery: Whoever told you that celery has zero nutritional value had better take a closer look at this testosterone-crazed veggie. It contains large amounts of androstenone, a metabolite of testosterone that produces pheromones. This human sex hormone makes you smell irresistibly attractive to the opposite sex and practically screams “sexpot.” By adding this nutritionally sound staple into your diet, you will have everyone and their mother picturing you in bed with them. Pumpkin seeds: Everyone has their favorite Halloween traditions like getting dressed up in crazy costumes, eating loads of candy and carving pumpkins. Instead of throwing those pumpkin seeds out with all the
guts, you should be tossing them into the oven on a cookie sheet with a dash of salt for later. Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, which has been shown to increase testosterone production in males and sustain sexual desire in women. And for God’s sake, take off that repulsive Hannah Montana costume and get your money’s worth out of those farm-grown fall favorites. Cinnamon: Since it is physically impossible to swallow a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, you can get all the benefits of this sultry spice from its oil instead of ending up in a cloud of russet smoke. The word on the street is that cinnamon oil rapidly produces chemical signals in your brain that instantly send you into a state of euphoria. Not to mention its warm, festive scent that actually boosts your mood. Next time you’re home for the holidays, smuggle some extra cinnamon into the pie for a truly warming effect. Who knows, maybe you’ll have someone to keep you extra warm during the frigid Buffalo winter. Soy: Aside from being fantastically healthy, soy has some scandalous sex benefits hiding up its sleeve. The nutrients in soy bind to estrogen receptors, encouraging lubrication in women. In extreme cases, people who have eaten a pound of soy in one day have experienced “chronic arousal,” which doesn’t sound so horrible to us. Olive Oil: On average, people in the United States partake in sex 83 times a year, while Italians average 121 times per year. Their secret? Olive oil. Italian cooking is famous for including olive oil in nearly every meal, but did you know that it has cardiovascular benefits that can improve your sex life? The Vitamin E in the oil is an added benefit for sexual satisfaction. Next time you buy olive oil, make sure it’s Extra Virgin. However, we can’t make any promises that you’ll stay that way. V
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horoscopes Aries: MAR 21 – APR 19 For singles born under Aries sun sign, the month is not at all encouraging for establishing new emotional unions. Those who are already in a relationship may face ego issues, as debilitated Sun gives exalted (powerful) aspect to Aries sun sign. This is going to be an average month for married couples. Refrain from heated arguments in order to maintain harmony at the marital front. . Taurus: APR 20 – MAY 20 You should better wait for a month or so, if they are thinking to propose someone. Married couples will explore new levels of physical intimacy and sensual fulfilment in this month.
Gemini: MAY 21 – JUN 21 Geminis may start liking someone in this month. This is a good time to deal with problems at the relationship front. Married couples will have a strong desire to get out of the rut of life and go on a vacation. Cancer: JUN 22 – JUL 22 With Venus and Mercury in Virgo, singles born under Cancer sun sign may make new friends. There will be a strong mutual attraction between those who are already in a relationship. Married couples will have a great time in this month. Leo: JUL 23 – AUG 22 Singles looking for the love of their life will dare to propose someone in this month. Married couples born under Leo sun sign may feel a little stressed, worried or dissatisfied but marriage is all about understanding each other, isn’t it? Virgo: AUG 23 – SEPT 22 If you’re a Virgo you may fall for someone in this month. Those in love may spend wonderful time with their beloved during this phase. There are chances of enjoying intimacy. Married couples have a scope of achieving higher level of understanding.
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By Archana Jayakumar
What turns you on? A beautiful woman dressed in lace? A sexy man covered in oil? Maybe a night of romantic music and scented candles. The things that enhance your sex life or pique your erotic interests may vary in theme, but they generally stay within certain social boundaries. When one begins to cross these boundaries, he or she may be labeled as someone who participates in sexual fetishism. In the 15th century, the Portuguese used the word fetish to describe “those who worshipped the unusual,” referring to religious items. Today, fetishism is a disorder in which individuals need an object to provide themselves with sexual arousal. One of the more common fetishes seen in our culture is the foot fetish. The attention to feet may have risen long before the idea of fetish even came about. This can be seen in oriental foot binding, where a woman’s feet were bound to mere inches in length. Some of the more attractive features of the feet include, but are not limited to, the size, nails, footwear and jewelry. Here we see the interests that we generally attribute to a whole
individual being applied to an unconventional object of interest. Other fetishes include the use of different types of natural and synthetic materials such as leather, cloth, rubber and metal to stimulate the individual to a level of sexual arousal that others could achieve without such materials. Transvestites are thought to be fetishists because they gain pleasure from wearing the clothing of the opposite sex, but this is an extreme reference of fetishism. Other common known sexual focuses are sadomasochism, erotic asphyxiation, voyeurism and exhibitionism. These are more likely to be accepted as preferences rather than fetishes because they are used by the individual to liven up or enhance their sex life. People often tend to embrace fetishes rather than seek a cure for their need. Those who look for help are people who find that their compulsions have come to hurt their families, their partners or even break the law. The first step to treatment begins with recognition and then reaching out to psychologists or psychiatrists to work through your issues. V
Studyin’ A-Broad By Ernesto Alvarado eyelashes. A conversation in broken Italian and English, combined with a bottle of Chianti Classico, could lead nowhere good. One phrase led to another and, before Pat knew what happened, his Oxford dictionary was on Francesca’s bedroom floor along with all of his clothing. He couldn’t believe it. He was actually having sex with an Italian mom. However, rather than acting star-struck, he took complete command and brought Ms.
Scorpio: OCT 23 – NOV 21 There could be conflicts or confusion in matters related to the heart, says Ganesha. It would be better to avoid establishing new relationship in this month. Married couples born under Scorpio sun sign may become more sensitive during this period. Sagittarius: NOV 22 – DEC 21 The entire month is favorable for singles who are thinking to propose someone. Those who are already in a relationship may face ego issues. Married couples born under Sagittarius sun sign may not be in a very good mood in this month.
Capricorn: DEC 22 – JAN 19 Singles may not get into any relationship during this month. Hard work and intelligence both are required to ensure smoother sailing at the relationship front, says Ganesha. Married couples born under Capricorn sun sign will need to stay away from the cold war.
Francesca to climax. As she gripped the sheets and bit the pillow, Pat could only think of two things, “Mario is going to kill me if he finds out” and “I can’t wait to update my Facebook.” This became a routine. Pat couldn’t help but snicker knowing that deep inside, Francesca wanted him “deep inside.” His confidence rose and he accomplished his mission in Italy -- growing as an individual, even though it wasn’t the most orthodox approach. Pat eventually moved out, and his routine ended when Francesca began feeling guilty over her infidelities. Pat understood and never saw her again. To this day, Pat knows one thing for sure: pasta alla carbonara and Chianti Classico never tasted as good as when he had Francesca waiting for dessert. V
Aquarius: JAN 20 – FEB 18 Expect the unexpected in love or friendship in this month. Those who are already in a relationship will have major problems in this month. Ganesha suggests them to clear the air of grievances to ring in balance and harmony in their relationship. Pisces: FEB 19 – MAR 20 Singles born under Pisces sun sign will be establishing new emotional unions in this month. Those already in relationship may be in a mood to express their emotions. It’s a very good month to propose someone. Married couples are likely to remain practical throughout the month.
Horoscopes courtesy of ganeshaspeaks.com
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Studying abroad is almost a rite of passage for most college students, along with the endless nights of partying and studying for final exams into the wee hours of the morning. The program allows young minds to be immersed in other cultures, contributing to their continued development as well-rounded individuals. For Pat, it provided the golden opportunity to kiss lips and explore tongues that had not yet become fluent in English. Pat had decided to live a semester abroad in Italy, where he heard the wine was great, the women were friendly (and gorgeous) and the historical surroundings were overwhelmingly beautiful. When he arrived, he was welcomed by the hottest MILF he had ever encountered. Unfortunately for him, she was married to the biggest and ugliest Italian he had ever seen. He sort of looked like Nintendo’s Mario on steroids. Between going to classes and wandering aimlessly around the streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, he would always go home for lunch. Francesca, the MILF in question, would always be waiting with a warm smile and an even warmer bowl of pasta. Pat could not help but think how time had spared her breathtaking looks; he decided that there must be something in the wine and olive oil in Italy. Pat loved Italy, but the idea of Italian women flocking to him was painfully false, and the truth of the matter was that he was lonely. Francesca changed all that with a bite of her lips and a flutter of her
Libra: SEPT 23 – OCT 22 Singles thinking to propose someone may receive practical or negative answer. Those already in a relationship may be blessed with good times at the beginning of the month but as the time will pass, relationships will enter a fragile phase.
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Published on Dec 3, 2009