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MAY 2011 VOLUME 01 ISSUE 04
SOCIAL SKILLS DIE OUT WHILE SOCIAL MEDIA STEPS IN
ONLINE POKER FORBIDDEN? WHAT IS GOVERNMENT’S NEW REGULATION ON THE ADDICTIVE GAME?
SPRING TRENDS NAUTICAL, TASSLES AND PUNK STYLE OBESITY IN AMERICA WHEN WILL OUR COUNTRY FIX OUR BIGGEST VICE?
SSB MAGAZINE LAST MONTH’S ISSUE: APRIL 2011
6 BREAKFAST CLUB
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7 EDITOR’S LETTER
APRIL 2011 VOLUME 01 ISSUE 03
JOB MARKET: SLIM PICKINS
WHAT’S OUR FATE WHEN WE GRADUATE?
8 THE PIT CREW
THE SSB MENSWEAR STYLE GUIDE
NO NEED TO TRY HARD WHEN YOU LOOK THIS GOOD
ONE NIGHT STANDS
WHEN YOU VISIT ANOTHER COLLEGE: YAY OR NAY?
10 TOP 10 NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
12 FACEBOOK ME. OPINIONS
The obsessive and destructive effects of Facebook.
CELEBRITY GLORY: #WINNING Celebrities who get famous off a terrible reputation.
F E AT U R E S
ONLINE POKER Anthony Librera explores the politics behind online poker and why it will be banned.
20 THE MLB Matthew Spano gives us the lowdown on America’s favorite pastime sport.
MAY 2011 sneak peak 24 SPRING STYLE Nautical motifs, tasseled accessories and punky style.
The SSB guide to the perfect menswear suit.
MAY FASHION: BOYFRIEND FIT
FA S H I O N
Look in your boyfriend’s closet and see what you can find. Then steal it.
us advice on getting over the case of the ex.
39 MOVIE REVIEW Rango
40 BAR REVIEWS Reviews of the hottest bars.
E N T E R TA I N M E N T
Amanda Lee Domenche gives
44 An epidemic that’s hard to resolve.
CHEF PRIYANKA Rose Infused Red Velvet Cake Pops.
46 WORKOUT TIPS
Stay fit for the warm weather.
F I T N E S S / H E A LT H
the breakfast club CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER GREGORY DYKSHTEYN
CONTRIBUTING OPINION WRITERS Jacqueline Estrema, Michael Gigante
EDITOR IN CHIEF ALEXANDER DREYZIN
CONTRIBUTING FEATURES WRITERS Anthony Librera, Matthew Spano
CREATIVE DIRECTOR VICKI HO
CONTRIBUTING FASHION WRITERS Lauren Di Dio, Lauren Glennon
ART DIRECTOR TODD PANGILINAN
CONTRIBUTING ENTERTAINMENT WRITERS Amanda Lee Domenech, Justin Giles, Barbara Schulz
STRATEGIC DIRECTOR VINCENT AMEDURI
CONTRIBUTING LIFESTYLE WRITERS Gerard Little, Priyanka Naik
SALES MANAGER MICHAEL KALIKA ADVERTISING ASSOCIATE CHRISTOPHER NASTRI COPY EDITORS Alexis Collazo, Michael Gigante AD DESIGN EDITOR Michael Lee CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER James Yarusinky CONTRIBUTING ILLUSTRATORS Karl Addison, Lisa G. Bauer, Lucca Grosso, Katarzyna Janota, Aled Lewis, Chris Moreno, Elspeth Tremblay, Paul Walsh CONTRIBUTING MAKE-UP ARTIST Emira Marra CONTRIBUTING MODELS Lori Lamanna, Brandon Washington
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editor’s letter They say April showers bring May flowers, so here we are. As the school year is winding down and the temperatures are on the rise, we are all on the look out for plans for the summer time. Whether it is a vacation that many of you are planning to go on, or just sticking around, SSB will be here to help you find the local hot spots to hit up and also keep you posted on other events occurring around us. We as a team did something new and different for this May issue. We took some suggestions from students just like you and we let our writers improvise on stories they would like to write and read about. This issue is geared towards the start of the summer. We all like to be single and ready to mingle in the summer time, so we let our new writer Amanda, contribute an article on the best ways to navigate through a break up. With all the showers, communion parties, weddings, and commencement ceremonies coming up, we included an article written by Lauren Glennon on the best ways for you dudes to rock your suits. Lauren Di Dio on the other hand, wrote an article on women’s summer styles and dress wear. Make sure you check that out. Another section we had added to this issue is Fitness and Lifestyle, the best ways to get fit for the summer, an article by Gerard on “Why Americans are so Damn Fat?”. It is an article on the rise of obesity in our country. For all of you out there go “Eat Better”, they have two convenient locations on Staten Island with great gourmet and healthy foods. As always, our wonderful Chef Priyanka has included one of her amazing recipes with great images, that will leave your mouth watering. Obviously there are more things to check out for this May issue. It is something we take great pride in, so take a look, read it through and enjoy it. Even though we had run into a few different obstacles while preparing this issue, we are still going strong. As a new magazine or business I should say, we have to work hard and be optimistic. For those of you that attend the College of Staten Island, I’m sure you guys are aware that there are Student Activity Fee funded publications run by the school. Actually if I put it correctly most of you guys are probably not aware of these student publications, that come out once a semester and that no one really picks up. Well we the so called “bad guys” stepped on their toes and used their “display racks” to display our magazine on their mostly empty racks. You would think, they are almost empty all the time, no one really picks up their magazine, what’s the big deal? Especially when we are a magazine “for students by students.” We offer a chance for students just like you to expand your portfolios, widen your horizons by contributing articles as well as illustrations, at the same time saving you guys money by visiting our advertisers. So instead of approaching us and asking us to stop using their racks, they had taken out numerous amounts of our magazines, calling us, using foul language towards us and giving us a “fair warning”. At a recent meeting with the Director of Student Life, they had told us we can’t use “their racks.” What we don’t understand is that we are students of this university, we pay for “their” racks with our student activity fees, that are part of our tuition and at the same time doing a service for the students. We are in efforts to better the community, whatever betters the community betters you guys. Also, how often do you hear about current students of CSI coming out with great ideas like this, ideas to provide service to students, an idea to involve students while funding this with our own money that we raise from advertising dollars. But since we do not take money from the school and don’t obey by their copy regulations we have to be looked upon as an outside business. Still doesn’t make sense to any of us here. What I’m asking from you guys is to support us as much as you can. For those of you attending St. John’s and Wagner we will be out on “your racks.” Racks that we were more then welcomed to use without any issues. Off course special thanks goes out to your Curriculum and Student Life Directors. The bad always comes with the good. We have recently been in talks with WhereYouEat.com, working on a plan to publish our restaurant reviews on their website giving credit to SSB Magazine and also our culinary writers. By the way, if you are interested in contributing, feel free to shoot me an email. The Staten Island Advance will also be featuring an article about SSB, our intentions and the service we provide for the community and you guys. So Look Out !
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AMANDA LEE DOMENECH, 21, is known she’s wanted to become a writer since she learned how to hold a pen. “I came across SSB when rushing to a class; there’s always time for literature. I intend on loving life and living everyday to the fullest. That doesn’t make me a party animal, it just gives me an extreme appreciation for life. I’m currently a full time student and a part time stylist at a high-end boutique. I take salsa lessons and go dancing every chance I get, which should come in handy this summer when I’m relaxing on a resort in the Dominican Republic. My summer will consist of all play and little work. At least that’s what I’m aiming for.”
JACQUELINE ESTREMA, 21, is serious when it comes to her studies. “I’m a junior at The College of Staten Island. I’m currently majoring in Business but am undecided between International Business or Marketing. I have a minor in Women Studies and have found those classes to be my favorite. I work part-time. When the semester ends, I plan on taking an Economics course to further my education. Besides working, I plan on being at the beach a lot and taking advantage of the nice weather.”
MICHAEL GIGANTE, 23, is a full-time writer who plans to publish his own novel. “I was born in Brooklyn on Christmas Day 1987. In 2007, I enrolled in the New York Film Academy, and worked in the film industry for a while. However, I’ve always wanted to be a writer so I decided to enroll in formal university. I am currently attending the College of Staten Island as a dual Computer Science-English major, with a minor in History. During the summer I plan to finish the first draft of my novel, create a TV show for Community Television, and write a movie script. The rest of my spare time will be spent on a beach in New Jersey.
MATTHEW SPANO, is 100% Italian and 100% a Yankee fan. “I was born and raised in Staten Island. I’m always down for whatever – just looking for a good time. You can catch me at a Yankee game or riding my motorcycle. My friends are my life. Without them I’d be lost. I graduated the College of Staten Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business. I currently work at Staten Island Univeristy Hospital in the Accounting/Finance department.”
LAUREN GLENNON, is an aspiring actress, writer and media mogul. “My interests include singing, reading books, going to plays and musicals, and going to Manhattan as much as possible to keep myself entertained. I came across SSB Magazine through my boyfriend who is also a contributing writer. I thought “Hey, I could do better than him,” so here I am. My plans for this summer is to go to shows, lie on the beach, and drink as many margaritas as I possibly can.” SSB 05.2011
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JUST FACEBOOK ME. Friend me. Poke me. Message me. Social media website, Facebook has turned our generation into computer addicted beings, luring around the screen for the next friend request, next event invite, next status update. Written by Jacqueline Estrema Illustrations by Luca Grosso, Paul Walsh
person the next day? I think we both know the
in that regard as well. Did I say enhance?
answer to that question. Just look at that crazed
I mean worsen, because when you’re in a
alcoholic that you see on Thursday nights
relationship Facebook creates more fights and
when you go out. That kid is hilarious. The best
jealousy than necessary. Just a few examples:
scenario, though, is how you met this hot chick
a girl likes a boy’s picture or status, but he
one night at the bar, and she said, “Facebook
has a girlfriend; the girlfriend automatically
me” with a cute smile. Now you go back and
gets a knot in her stomach. A guy comments
forth liking pictures, statuses, and comments
on a girl’s photo; her boyfriend will get crazy
twice a day just to let this girl know that you’re
jealous, and ask her the proverbial twenty
interested. Remember when you actually had to,
questions: Who’s that? Why’s he commenting
you know, call the person? What a meaningful
your picture? Et cetera. This could all have
way to interact, how times have changed…
been avoided if we just deleted all friends of
where would we be without you? For one
thing, we’d actually have to be interacting
relationship, though, because Facebook has
psychotic, right?) Then after the fighting and
physically rather than checking our phones
found a way to enhance the overall experience
accusations are resolved somebody inevitably
Don’t feel left out if you’re in a
the opposite sex! (As if we needed to get more
and computers every minute
got into a fight, harsh
just to see if an acquaintance
words were exchanged,
of ours liked our new pictures
the couple broke up, or
from Atlantic City. But wait, I
they’re fine now. Yet in
contradicted myself there. Ever
a week, maybe a month,
since Facebook we’re all friends
that same couple will
now, and socialize more than
have a fight very similar
ever. Am I right?
Think about it: do
to the last. Ah, just one of the little ways Facebook
you honestly think you could’ve
has enriched our lives.
befriended so many people
simply because you actually
has Facebook affected,
know them, or is it because
you ask? Just about
you met half of them, one time,
at a bar/club/house party and
lets us update our every
just decided to request that
move in life, what’s on
But what else
our minds, and how we’re feeling. Feel like
weekly posts saying that everyone’s running
you have something you need to say, say it
down to Atlantic City to hit up Casbah &
to the 1,543 friends you have. The best part
MurMur for the weekend. Also, please stop
about this is that you think these 1,543 people
updating your pictures the moment you get
actually care about what you have to say when
home from the long weekend just to show
the reality is quite different.
everyone how over the top and extremely
revealing the outfit you wore last night was.
I’ve had a profile for about four
years now, and despite my tone I can’t totally
Is the attention whoring really worth it just
bash the site, because good things have come
to have five guys like your photos, and just so
out of being an active member. I’ve found
your 3 best friends can tell you how sexy you
family, and formed closer bonds with relatives
were and how you have never looked better?
that live far away. I’ve also reconnected with
I guess if empty praise gets a rise out of you,
friends I haven’t seen since elementary school.
then go ahead and lap it up while you can. The
It does have its perks.
main problem is that Facebook swells ego’s
because everyone thinks that everyone else
However, the good things do not
balance out the negatives. Yup, it gets worse.
cares what they’re doing.
Girls write about how awesome they look in
bikinis, and take mirror shots so everyone
back a few years in being able to distinguish
can see 90% of their bodies. Guys write about
right from wrong, and maturing into the
how many girls they’re getting it on with every
young adults we really should be. Instead
weekend, because it makes them feel so boss.
we’re all too worried about what everyone else
Depending on who you are this might seem
is doing, and we’re all in competition with
fine and dandy, however I’d say about 75% of
each other. It’s like some sinister social game.
your so called friends are probably making fun
I mean, look at how many girls have gotten
of you, while others are probably so jealous
plastic surgery. No seriously, I can’t get over
that they may even hate you. Then these status
how many girls have gotten breast implants
junkies wonder why they have so many haters.
and nose jobs in the past few months, and then
Newsflash: we don’t get a kick out of the
they shamelessly plaster the photos all over
Facebook made our generation fall
Facebook. It’s sick, and don’t be fooled into thinking these people are abnormal or that I don’t know what I’m talking about just because you don’t think you’re so attached to the site. We’re all guilty of being a Facebook addict in one way or another. Even I completely recognize that I’m just like the rest of society in the status and picture update lunacy. However, if you yourself are a Facebook member, and you don’t think you’re just as guilty of being an addict you’re a bit naive. Because later as you sit by the computer and procrastinate on Facebook when you should be doing your homework, remember this article, and then I hope you’ll realize how Facebook has had a negative impact in your life.
CELEBRITY GLORY: #WINNING The glorification of celebrities has taken a steep turn into the looneybin ever since the Charlie Sheen fiasco went down. How do celebrities get all the spotlight but goes under the radar when it comes to governmental consequences? Written by Michael Gigante Artwork by Elspeth Tremblay, thefoxisblack.com
y now chances are you’ve heard about the escapades of Charlie Sheen. The guy’s so nuts that even when he’s off drugs he makes headlines. His ABC interview showed how disturbed this individual is sober. If you haven’t, just imagine any Grand Theft Auto mock interview with an arrogant, egotistical madman. Yet throughout the most recent scandal his show, Two and a Half Men, has reportedly been gaining viewers. Our interest in him seems to justify his insane behavior. This man is a role model. He has money, power, and a platform in which he uses to pontificate his personal views. Even though we may not agree with him, we’ve given him ample opportunities to broadcast them into our homes. This makes Charlie Sheen a good example of the rot that has infected American society. E.g.: if you’ve got money, fame, and power it’s almost like you’re a separate class of person. At this point in my argument, I usually have people ask me, “uh, duh, dude, where the hell have you been?” In answer to that question, I would retort that we need to discuss these issues not only to stop them from repeating, but also to guard against compliance in a system that tramples on 14
our own rights by allowing a single social class to have no accountability. Let’s take Charlie Sheen’s charge of assault against his ex-wife Brooke Mueller that occurred last year. CBS News reported that, during an argument, Miss Mueller threatened Sheen with divorce. In response, Sheen took a knife to her throat and threatened to hire hit-men that would “know how to get the job done,” and who “won’t leave any trace.” A far cry from the harmless drug addict he appears to be, no? And what did Sheen get for his crime? Well, after pleading guilty to a less serious offence he was sentenced with 30 days of probation, 30 days in drug rehab, and a 36 hour anger management course. Yup. Threats of murder and physical assault, yet he served
no jail time whatsoever. Domestic violence isn’t serious enough for you? How about murder? Let’s take Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick Incident. On July 18th, 1969, Ted Kennedy got into his car after a party with Mary Jo Kopchene to supposedly driver her home. Kennedy took a wrong turn down a dirt road onto a rickety wooden bridge, and crashed into the lake. Kennedy made it out, and despite his professing that he did all he could to save her Mary Jo Kopchene died. What’s even more deplorable was that he left her body to rot in the lake overnight, not bothering to notify the authorities. Instead the police were notified the next day by a fisherman who found the submerged car, not Kennedy. When this was finally brought to trial Kennedy received a mere two-month jail sentence which was then suspended. Not even two-months jail time for the death of a girl. If you or I ever killed someone in that way we’d have been crucified, and rightly so. Where is the justice for her family? Kennedy had to make an apology to the nation, but then became a respected senator. Remember his funeral in August 2009? It was almost a state-wide event. Has the world gone mad? A woman dies because of you, and you become a well-respected state-official? You didn’t even alert the police! But then, the Kopchene’s were paid over $90,000 from Ted Kennedy personally, so I guess that makes things alright….wait a minute, NO IT DOES NOT. Wealth and fame are
indeed the great equalizers. Those who have it are just the most equal. Another more memorable example is when Dick Cheney shot his hunting buddy in 2006. He wasn’t even charged with anything. In fact Harry Whittington, the victim, apologized to Cheney for getting shot. At a 2006 press conference, Whittington said, “My family and I are deeply sorry for everything Vice President Cheney and his family have had to deal with. We hope that he will continue to come to Texas and seek the relaxation that he deserves.” Poor old Dick. He had to shoot a guy and go through all the guilt while that villainous Whittington was in the hospital fighting for survival. Damn, they’ve even got me believing this garbage! Zero accountability. Zero. How are all created equal when some can commit these atrocious crimes and get away with them? Since when did wealth and fame be our get out of jail free cards? I thought we weren’t supposed to have any. …Beat my wife? Eh, I got some extra cash lying around. Shot my friend? Eh, I’ll pay his medical bills. Killed a girl? We have political connections, and a crap ton of money, it’ll be alright. The worst part of it is that laws are swept aside all the time in this country, and these are not isolated incidents. What’s just as bad is that these men are not criminals. The law molded to fit around them in certain cases, and was totally impotent in others. America is supposed to be the land of equality, based purely on the fundamental principle that all men are created equal. Right now, you’re only as equal as the social strata you’re born into and the money in your bank account.
POKER: THE ILLEGAL GAME IN OUR GOVERNMENT Once again the government is looking to control us even more, this time by banning online poker. When will this take-over end and how will we ever survive the economy without some poker on the side? Written by Anthony Librera Artwork by ovationtv.com, pokertop10.com
he two, no three, military
conflicts that our government has invested itself in is not a top priority. No, there is a greater war being fought in our homeland, and just to be clear: it’s a war on our rights.
You may recall an article I wrote
for the March issue that discussed briefly the smoking ban on CUNY campuses that followed the ban of smoking in many public areas. Now, another specific type of citizen is being targeted for similar purposes - Online gamblers.
The US government is once
again targeting specific groups of people with the clear intention of incrementally passing legislation to limit our rights. This
time the legislation is equally intrusive and
you plan on gambling or not, this also has the
side effect of creating a more monitored and
restricted society. Perhaps the biggest sham of
In the past five years, several
bills have been introduced and passed that
all, though, is that many of these provisions
have placed higher security enforcements
were attached in an anti-terrorism bill during
on poker websites. These measures differ
the Bush (Jr.) administration. An anti-
by state, with some laws more severe than
terrorism bill that had stipulations to prohibit,
others. For example, depending on where
or even stall online poker? How patriotic.
you live, you’d have to deposit money into a
third party account, and then transfer it over
piece of the pie, because taxing the winnings
to the website if you plan on using a credit
and losses from online gambling would
card to play. Other areas have banned online
make too much economical sense. Think
poker altogether. These obstacles are set up
about the amount of games that get played
to inconvenience the players, but, whether
every day, and how much money that could
Maybe the government just wants a
flow into the coffers of our all-loving government. With the new tax revenue, maybe they could even lower income taxes? Ha, and maybe politicians will keep their campaign promises, as well! Nevertheless, taxing online poker is smarter than trying hinder it, because rather than spending money trying to enforce legislation banning online poker they’d be making a bit of a profit, and most importantly they’d be leaving our right to choose alone. Of course, the government doesn’t really like to remind us that people have the right to choose for themselves in our modern society.
Let’s also not lose sight of the role
for themselves, what’s the problem? That sort
poker has developed in our culture during
no mistake, this isn’t about the non-effect it
of thing works for the stock market, right?
recent history. People now hold regular
will have on the many, but the violation of
tournaments of Texas Hold ‘em, enjoy fun
rights of the few. After all, that’s why we have a
dictionary a sport is defined as, “a source of
games with friends, play in dedicated poker
diversion.” Under those terms poker is clearly
leagues, and even compete in Las Vegas for
a sport, but also one of America’s greatest,
hundreds of thousands of dollars. Whether
most beloved past times. It’s an integrated
it’s the family, a friendly game with some
part of our culture, and is one of the most
acquaintances or even a serious affair poker
popular applications on any social networking
remains a breaking point for people across all
site. Leave it alone and let it remain part of
age groups. Poker’s one of the only games that
has the capability to bring people together on
a level ground. It’s not about the exchange of
online poker players is just another example
money it’s about the right to do what you want
of how it is easy to target a specific group of
to do with people who equally want to do it.
people, and try to pass them off as second
class. Poker should be left free of government
While I won’t be covering the
According to the Merriam-Webster
The bias the government has against
legality of gambling, I’d like to take note of
involvement. Let private enterprises handle
one thing: if playing poker and congregating
regulating people who participate in the online
for fun is not illegal, the only thing that makes
sport. The government, for the most part,
playing cards illegal is the exchange of money.
should keep their hands to themselves rather
Age restrictions I can understand, but if you
than trying to persecute the small group of
have a group of adults who can make decisions
people who want to enjoy a game or two. Make
AMERICA’S FAVORITE PAST TIME IS BACK. Strike! It’s baseball season and this year’s MLB season seems to be with much change within line-ups and teams, including a stronger international presence and some heftier prices to go along with that. Here’s what to expect from this year’s MLB season. Written by Matthew Spano Artwork from webwallpapers.net
he smell of the freshly
cut grass, the warm sun shining on your face -- looks like springs finally arrived, and it brings with it America’s favorite pastime: baseball. That’s right, Major League Baseball is back. Founded in 1869, and getting more popular with each passing year, we’ve seen a lot of changes in baseball from the equipment, to how players train, and even the rules of the game. Remember your grandpa talking about old greats like Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Cy Young? Today those names are replaced with Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, and Roy
Halladay. However, despite the changes it’s gone
through, baseball has never failed to produce
great athletes that have transcended the sport,
talent anymore. Ever since Jackie Robinson
and became cultural icons; names like Mickey
broke the racial barrier with the Dodgers
Mantle, Willie Mays, and Derek Jeter all conjure
in 1947, we’ve seen an influx of foreign
up those flag waving All-American images that
But it’s not just about American
players; players like Albert Pujols, Manny
for a field level seat is about $100, a beer is $9-
Ramirez, Mariano Rivera, and Carlos
$11, and a hot dog is $6, it’s not such a stretch
Beltran. This practice of recruiting foreign
billions made on the sale of merchandise, the
to believe that you could be spending close to
talent reached its peak in the late 90s, and
MLB has exploded in popularity. In 2010, for
a thousand dollars on a baseball game. Despite
opened the international floodgates that gave
example, the Yankees made close to $1 billion
the monetary constraints for some though, this
opportunities to athletes across the world;
in revenue, when in 2001 those figures were
is not slowing the rise in popularity. In fact, the
even players from Japan, like Ichiro Suzuki,
only around $242 million; even if we adjusted
rise in prices may have had the exact opposite
have risen in popularity the last 15 years. Due
for inflation that’s still a significant increase
effect, and now fans will pay higher prices just
to this expansion, the MLB has taken the
in profit. The average ticket price for Yankee
to say they went to a major league game; the
international stage, and finally allowed the
stadium is $55, and when you multiply that by
exclusivity seems to make it more exciting for
“World Series” to live up to its name.
56 thousand seats, and not accounting for food
some. Hopefully, ticket prices will stabilize a
Since 2005 though, we’ve been
From sold-out stadiums, to the
or drinks you might buy during the game, you
bit in the coming years, that way we can all
seeing a steady increase in homegrown talent
can get a fairly accurate picture as to how well
afford to go to more than 4-5 games a year.
making its comeback to the MLB. Every
the team is doing.
Only time will tell.
year since has seen the draft dominated by
American men in college trying to make it
made going to a game with the family almost
into the big leagues. To that end, teams are
impossible for many. Years ago, you could have
slowly becoming more American. It seems to
taken a family of four to a game and spent
be stabilizing, but a pattern does seem to be
under $60, while today you’re looking at an
emerging; a few years international, and a few
easy $750 night. When you figure each ticket
However, the rise in popularity has
Go Yankees! Go Mets! MLB 2011
here we come.
OUT WITH THE COLD, IN WITH THE NEW With summer just around the corner it’s important to be prepared when it comes to fashions must have looks. Looking chic and effortless this upcoming season while updating your summer wardrobe is fun when the hottest trends are nautical prints, tassels and edgy punk rock looks. Since summer 2011’s style is very diverse it makes finding a style to try easy and stress free. Written by Lauren Di Dio
Nautical inspired looks return every summer season. It’s a staple in any
Tassles aren’t just for holding back drapes or decorating the arms of a
woman’s wardrobe for hot sunny days. Striped navy and white shirts or
couch anymore. This season, the best belt, or handbag embellishment
dresses paired with red accessories are the most common way to wear
is a hanging tassel. Big or small, dressy or casual, tassels instantly add
the look. To keep this trend more sophisticated, avoid large printed
a touch of class to an outfit without aging it. To dress this trend down
anchors and an overload of head to toe stripes. Dressing in this trend
use a tasseled rope as a belt. Add earrings to any dress to make the look
too literally will make the outfit look more theme party appropriate than
more refined for an evening out.
chic. The Tommy Hilfiger 2011 collection shows the flirty, sophisticated sailor girl trend which has evolved from the more playful, costume-like approach of a nautical inspired collection.
Tommy Hilfiger (courtesy of mjtrim.com)
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PRETTY PUNK Being rough around the edges this summer is a different trend than the girly nautical theme. Keep it pretty with the use of color and a little sparkle. Balmain showed this dark trend in Paris fashion week and many celebrities have already made this trend popular. Rihannaâ€™s been rockinâ€™ this look very often the last few years. She uses distressed leather and tight fits to accomplish the sexy rocker look. Anyone can wear this trend by pairing a dress with a motorcycle jacket and heels to keep a feminine balance to the tomboy look.
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SSB MENSWEAR: SUIT ETIQUETTE Suiting is probaby the msot well known of all menswear categories, yet it is the easiest way to either look really good or really bad. It is essentially all in the fit and the color waves you choose to wear. Here are a few tips on finding your perfect suit. Written by Lauren Glennon Photos from jcrew.com
very man knows to
a clown so stick to the natural colors such as grey, black, and tan. For a date go with a grey or tan. For a job, if you go with classic black, you can’t go wrong. Colors are the baseline of the suit as long as you know how to make it pop. Accessories are key. They can make or break any suit. Ties are the eye popper here and color is necessary. It makes your suit unique;
make a great impression for a job or even on a
here’s your shot to make it about you. Throw
hot date all you need is the right suit. The fit,
on a tie with bright red, green, or even yellow
the accessories, and the right color are details
but avoid crazy patterns or cartoons. You’re a
you need to focus on to look your best. So
grown man and no one will be impressed by
men, listen up because here are a few tips on
your Batman tie—leave it to the boys. Bowties
trying to impress.
is a growing trend. Proceed with caution
The most important part is the suit. There
because sometimes you can come off looking
are many things guys should know about
like Pee Wee Herman. If you do wear a bow
buying a suit. Most important is the fit. The
tie, try to wear it casually on a date or a special
biggest styles for 2011 are classic masculine
night out. Lastly, make sure you add on a nice
cuts. A masculine cut is broad shoulders and a
pair of cufflinks. Try some bright silver or gold
thinning waist. It creates an elegant line, giving
to make the suit and you look like a million
men a slim look. What guy wouldn’t want that?
It’s the best way to look sexy and feel good all
A suit is perfect addition to any man’s
at the same time.
wardrobe. It’s the most important thing he’ll
Color is everything. It will make whoever
need, useful for a date, a night on the town, or
you’re trying to impress notice you and take in
his perfect job opportunity. The only thing you
all the details. Bright colors make you look like
the guy really needs to know is how to rock it.
one night stands: Con: walk of shame Pro: new boyfriend-fit clothes A woman can look good in anything, especially when it comes to menâ€™s clothes. Channel your inner boyfriend and grab those slouchy jeans and your loose fitting oxford button down for a comfortable and fashionable look.
On Brandon: Calvin Klein Briefs, $15 30
On Lori: Shirt, Jack Spade $15; Jeans, Leviâ€™s $65 32
NAVIGATING THROUGH A BREAK-UP No matter how much you want to deny, deny, deny, break-ups are one of the hardest things to ever feel and experience. It’s a part of life and though there’s no legitimate 12-step program to get you through it, you’ve got to start recovering somewhere. Written by Amanda Lee Domenech Artwork from Lisa G. Bauer, Katarzyna Janota
think it’s safe to say that
we would all like a GPS to lead us to happiness, but I’ve come to realize happiness isn’t a destination it’s an emotion. So how do we feel it?
There is no easy
way to get over someone, but sometimes it’s even harder to stay in a doomed relationship. After all, everyone from Nine Inch Nails to Dallas Green knows that “sometimes love just is not enough.” But before you decide that you need to split up, picture your relationship as a house of cards that you and your partner built. You hold your first card at an angle, then your partner leans their card on yours and instantly you have a base. One by one you each lay your cards out
and together you build something beautiful,
or items that link the two of you; Native
and in a thousand relationships not one would
Americans believe that the spirits of the dead
be the least bit similar.
can linger if you keep their possessions. They
can especially cling to fabrics. The same holds
However, every relationship has
flaws, and every couple fights. Does that mean
true for your ex’s. You know that old hoodie
your one of a kind deck is worth giving up on?
he always used to wear, or that old Yankee’s
Unfortunately, sometimes it is. If your cards
hat he gave you? Don’t they remind you of all
are so bent out of shape it‘s impossible for the
your time together? Don’t they make you feel
two of you to stay together, then it’s essential
worse every time you see them? Then your ex
to have a dignified escape route. Yes, dignified.
is haunting you. To exorcise this spirits you
Thought it might be hard to believe, there is a
would traditionally have to burn the clothing,
graceful way to deal with a break up, and here
but in an effort to avoid creating a fire hazard,
are a few steps to help you.
we’ll just make due with a garbage bag. While
this might sound dramatic, you’ll be thankful
Firstly, throw away all old clothes,
you got rid of those painful reminders when they’re not staring you in the face the next time you open your draw.
The next rule
is taken from Carrie Bradshaw, of the show Sex and the City. It’s a classic she made up in season two: destroy all pictures where he looks sexy, and you look happy. Prior to the Facebook era this rule would have been easy to follow. However, Facebook allows the spirit of our ex’s to live on through our computer SSB 05.2011
screen, iPads, smart phones, game systems, and even our TVs. So, the first item of business is to un-tag yourself in all photos where you and your ex are together. Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of all the photos on a mutual friend’s page, but you can avoid the daily reminder of what-once-was in your own online album.
But when the best time would be
to switch our status from “in a relationship” to “single” on our profiles? It’s an admittedly difficult answer to give, made worse due to the swarm of questions and ‘likes’ following your change in status; on top of dealing with your ex, you now have to question everyone else’s intentions. To avoid that, simply leave your status blank; remove the option to view your relationship status altogether. None of your friends will be informed of the break up, and, before anyone realizes your status has changed, the awkward tension will have subsided.
After resolving the status issue,
be starting from square one.
delete your ex from your friends list and hide
their feed. If the person you dated has any
up on love; believe that there is someone out
sense they’ll try to make you jealous by posting
there for you. Relationships can teach you a
pictures of them with good-looking people,
lot about yourself, so take each one as a lesson
or updates about how they were up until 4
learned. Remember: stay positive, keep active,
AM dancing at a club. Reading these statuses,
and most importantly: love you through it all.
or viewing those pictures, will serve no other purpose than to aggravate you.
Also, be sure to delete their phone
number. If you have it memorized: forget it. Take all measures that will avoid sending those infamous “drunk” texts. If you’re not a drinker, delete their number anyway. Make reaching out to them as inaccessible as possible because if a break up is what you think is best, then commit to your decision. A strong resolve is necessary because falling back into old habits is far too tempting. It’s better to navigate through a break up the first time, because when it doesn’t work a second you’ll
Whatever you do though, don’t give
Written by Justin Giles Image from rangomovie.com
t first glance, one
wishes to place Rango into the same mold that most animated films seem to fall into: children’s fare. However, as one looks deeper they start to realize there’s more to this heartfelt tale. Rango is much more than just a throwaway children’s film; it’s an homage to great westerns, reaching its peak near the film’s conclusion with a cameo from one of the greatest western characters of all time.
The most important thing in a film
like Rango is the main character, and the little chameleon voiced by Johnny Depp is pitchperfect. Set in a world where animals live out the last days of Wild West fantasy before
industrialization, Rango is equal parts funny,
main adversaries: Rattlesnake Jake. The
charming, loveable, and courageous. He’s as
Gatling tailed outlaw is voiced by Bill Nighy
out of his element in this stereotypical western
in such a way that even the slightest syllable
town as the viewers are, but the way he tries,
sends shivers across your skin. On top of that,
just a tad too hard, to be the typical western
Jake is also strikingly rendered; he appears
hero never ceases to be funny. Another
almost photo-realistic with the small exception
impressive accomplishment is the way the
of his eyes. With the eyes, the film went above
animators made Rango’s emotions visible
realism, imbuing them with all the evil and
without pushing his facial movements into the
pure unrestrained violence one could imagine.
uncanny valley of human imitation. Rango
succeeds immensely in this regard.
second half following a fantastic chase scene,
the movie is mostly well-paced. The owl
All of the animation in Rango is
Though Rango slips slightly in the
beautiful, and can be, at times, unnerving.
mariachi band, that punctuates the story with
While some characters, such as Abigail
tiny bits of musical narration, pushes the story
Breslin’s Priscilla, are so cute that the audience
along well, and the characters are interesting
wishes they could reach into the screen
and loveable enough to make us want to see
and take them home, others are far more
more of them. But none of them hold a candle
frightening. Of particular note is the scene
to Dirt’s new sheriff, the chameleon that can’t
where Rango first enters the saloon at the town
help standing out and taking center stage:
of Dirt, and introduces us to the town’s entire
assortment of grotesque rogues and villains. Another perfect example is one of Rango’s SSB 05.2011
BAR REVIEWS: THE LOCAL SCENE Written by Barbara Schulz Images from burritobar.silive.com, continental.yelp.com, d36nyc.com
and vanishing school days are the reasons most students always look forward to the marvelous month of May. With classes coming to an end, you can feel summer right around the corner. Whether you have big plans, or decide to stay local, May is the month to pregame.
Staying local is something most try
to avoid, but when cash is low traveling can be a burden. However, if you’re in the mood for a fiesta any time, be sure to make your way down to Burrito Bar. Conveniently located at 585 Forest Avenue, in Staten Island, this bar is close to home, and is always a good time; the Mexican-Hippie atmosphere always provides a cool vibe. The locals say the best night to go is Wednesday due to the crowd, but, if you’re in the mood for Mexican, any night’s good. The warmth of May lets them open the patio, and prepare for their well-known Cinco de Mayo party; the outdoor patio is sure to fit your needs, and the staff is well prepared to “Maui your Wowie.”
Not in the mood for the local scene,
and just want to get rowdy? Well, I have the 40
perfect place for you: Continental Bar located
meshes a restaurant, a bowling alley, a bar,
at 25 3rd Ave, in Manhattan. It’s surrounded
and a concert hall into one place; with all of
by a ton of other bars, and has the best specials
these options it is impossible to be bored.
in the entire city. If you’re in the mood to get
Weekend prices are on the expensive side and
wasted, but are low on funds, then start your
lanes cost $25 per half hour, but they have all
night here. Their widely known “5 shots of
the Brooklyn ales on tap which makes up for
anything for 10 dollars” is the reason this place
it. However, as expected, this place fills up
is the ultimate pregame spot. 4pm to 8pm has
quick, so if you plan on stopping by make a
everything between $2 to $4, and once 8pm
hits they have another special that makes
everything between $2 to $6, this little spot
get a little authentic? Then Radegast Hall and
does the trick.
Biergarten is the place for you. Located in
Brooklyn, at 113 North Street, this place was
If you’re ready to get pretty, I suggest
Want to expand your horizons and
you put on your favorite shoes and go to the
created to remind you what real beer tastes
city. Whether you’re having a girl’s night, or
like. With an awesome selection of German,
just going out with the guys, this spot is known
Belgian, and Czech beers, it’s no surprise that
to keep you dancing. District 36, located at 29
this place will be around for a while; not to
West 36th Street, just blocks from the Empire
mention the classic décor that gives off the
State Building, is the place for you. Upon
vibe that it’s been around since the Great
entering, you walk onto a spacious dance
Depression. Yet it hasn’t been around that long,
floor, and if that’s not enough then don’t worry
and if you don’t go you might have your own
because there are two more floors. Aside from
an awesome layout, another asset that draws
in a good crowd is the sound system which
no better way to celebrate than by enjoying
provides guests with the bass they need to keep
yourself with friends. However, a critical part
of your enjoyment is being surrounded by a
good crowd, and by staff members that tend
Don’t feel like going all the way
School’s almost over, and there’s
to the city, but need to get off the island?
to your every need. With places like these
Then here’s a place that is sure to meet your
you’ll no longer have that “where should I go
needs: Brooklyn Bowl is located at 61 Wythe
anxiety,” and you can start your partying guilt
Avenue. With its impressive layout, it is able
free. So take a break, because it’s time to put
to accommodate all of its guests. This venue
aside your books, and start living.
THE WEIGHT SCALE ISN’T BROKEN. There is not doubt that obesity is one of the leading epidemics in America. What is it? The junk food? Are Americans least likely to exercise? When it comes to obesity, how does American weigh in on this issue? Written by Gerard Little Artwork from Karl Addison, Elspeth Tremblay
it can be done and there are many people who
restaurants; Mc Donald’s alone feeds more
are clear examples. Many Americans who are
than forty six million people a day. Obesity is
morbidly obese are not doing everything that
near its all-time high and will surpass diseases
they can to make the turn around. You can
related deaths to smoking cigarettes. Many are
lose up to five pounds a week by drinking only
unaware and many others are simply careless.
water instead of juices and soda, adding more
Fast food should never be your first choice; instead see if there is anything besides fast food and mericans are
on the verge of witnessing the extermination of a generation. Obesity is taking over the lives of many Americans, and individuals across the United States are ignoring the problem. Obesity is classified as extra weight on the body that introduces health risk. Record numbers of American adults and children struggle with it. Why are Americans So Damn Fat? The tough three letter word does not hold any meaning please do not take offense; America must wake up. Not taking care of your body obesity will lead to a lifeless body. Obesity can lead to Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Diseases, Hypertension, Metabolic Syndrome, and Dyslipidemia. Obesity in some cases can even alter both male and female reproductive organs for good.
each day one in four Americans visits these
Something has definitely gone
wrong in American society, but who should take the blame? When it comes to dealing with obesity each individual can only blame themselves. Restaurants such as Mc Donald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s are the main selection for many Americans. Fast food is prove that excessive consumption of Fast Food place damages the body. However
strive to go with a healthier choice. The better choice
fruits and vegetables to your diet will also help. Exercising is the key to a healthy physique. Walk instead of taking the bus and using the stairs instead of elevators are ways to be more active; simple steps
may be more expensive however, would you
such as these count as daily
rather or your life.
Eating at home is also
If free classes that support motion are available in your
helpful. It is affordable
community get involved.
and more beneficial unlike low-quality, rushed fast food.
Instead of sitting on the sofa watching a television sitcom that
Stationary activities like
is not relevant to anything important, get
television and video games also contribute to
up and get out. Obesity is killing individuals
obesity because there is no motion involved.
slowly and this fact alone should open eyes
Laziness has taken society as a whole;
across America. Start the fight against obesity
individuals are just not as active as they once
now before it is too late. Small steps to improve
were. What happened to the weekend jogging
your lifestyle can add years to your life. This is
in the park? Or exercising in the evening? Why
an invisible truth many see past it but it is your
are many recreation centers empty?
America and you must put an end to obesity
once and for all.
Americans have to reconstruct their
lives and become better educated about their health. It takes more than calorie counting, but instead making a conscious effort to be aware of everything consume. Some products health claims are false or misleading careful observation and understanding help weed out the nonsense. It can be a very tough and long road to acquire healthy habits. However SSB 05.2011
ummer is just around
the corner and Cake Pops are everywhere! It’s the new fad in the dessert world. A Cake Pop is a moist cake mixed with frosting and enrobed in chocolate. And what’s better than rich Red Velvet cake covered in intensely dark chocolate? Well, infusing it with rose and topping it with real silver leaf are just a few tweaks and additions that I thought would make it go from great to awesome. Plus, roseessence is a traditional Indian flavoring widely used in sweets and cakes, and something I thought be an ethnic twist to a traditional American cake! Rose-Infused Red Velvet Cake Pops can be served in miniature cupcake liners or on a stick as a lollipop. They’re perfect for springtime picnics, poolside parties and latenight get-togethers! Red Velvet Cake: • 2 ½ cups + 5 tbsp All Purpose Flour
• 1 ½ cup granulated sugar • 1 tsp baking soda • 1 ½ tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder • 1 tsp salt • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk • 1 ½ cup vegetable oil • 2 large eggs, room temperature • 1 ½ tbsp red food coloring • 1 tsp white distilled vinegar • 1 tsp rose water • PAM Baking Flavor Rose Cream Cheese Frosting: • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar • 6 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened • 2 ½ tbsp unsalted butter, softened • ½ tsp rose water Chocolate Coating: • 4-5 bars dark chocolate, melted • Silver leaf, optional 44
ROSE INFUSED RED VELVET CAKE POPS
Process: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a rectangular pan (~9x13) with PAM and line with parchment paper. Spray with PAM and set aside. 2. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Mix and set aside. In a large bowl add the eggs, buttermilk, vinegar, oil, food color and rose water. Using a hand mixer beat on low for 1-2 minutes until blended well. With the mixer on low, add about 1/2 cup of the dry ingredients and blend. Do this continuously until the dry ingredients are blended well with the wet ingredients and the batter is smooth. Do not over beat. Pour into greased pan and bake for 35 minutes. Turn halfway through. 3. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for about 15 minutes. Using the sides of the parchment sheet, lift the cake out and cool for another 15-20 minutes or until completely cool. Using a serrated knife, trim off the hard edges. 4. In a large bowl add cream cheese, butter and rose water. Beat on low speed for 1-2 until creamy and blended. While beating add in 1/2 cup at a time of confectionerâ€™s sugar. Beat until everything is blended and creamy (resembles frosting). 5. In a large bowl crumble the whole cake into small pieces. Mix in the frosting using a spatula until itâ€™s incorporated well and resembles a thick crumbly dough. Roll into 1-2 inch thick balls. Press together with fingers to make sure that the cake sticks together as a ball, and smooth using the palms of your hands. Place on a cookie sheet and freeze for about 1 hours- till its chilled & hard, not frozen solid. 6. Melt the chocolate in a large bowl. Take about 4 balls out of the freezer at a time and thoroughly coat each ball, dunking them into the bowl of chocolate. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet to dry. Decorate tops with drizzled chocolate (optional). Once the balls are all dry (few hours or over night) carefully decorate with the silver leaf.
WORK OUT TIPS FOR SUMMERTIME (via Weight Loss by Suite 101)
Artwork by Aled Lewis 1. Hit the gym for an air-conditioned workout, followed by a quick shower for a refresher. 2. Hit the pool for a comfortable water workout. You’ll never even realize that you broke a sweat, but you’ll feel great afterwards. 3. Take advantage of the hours around dusk and dawn for outdoor workouts. This is when the sun is down and so is the humidity. 4. Pop an exercise DVD in for a great indoor workout. 5. Exercise in short bursts with breaks in between to cool off. 6. Drink more than the recommended 8 glasses of water per day. 7. Don’t eat a big meal before exercising, but don’t workout on an empty stomach either. A light snack is all you need. 8. Use a home gym. Walking the treadmill in an house with air conditioning and fans is much easier than walking outdoors on the hot days of summer.