Are We Dead Yet?
Will the World End on the 21st of December 2012?
Major Deaths of 2012 The rich and famous who passed away in 2012.
Top Music of 2012
See the top albums that kept us entertained in 2012.
Trip of a Lifetime
What it is like to win a trip to the Bahamas with the McDonaldâ€™s Monopoly.
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Is an addiction hard to kick?
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Are We Dead Yet? HIGHLIGHTS: Are We Dead Yet?
Will the world end on the 21st of December 2012?
Trip of a Lifetime
What it is like to win a trip to the Bahamas with the McDonald’s Monopoly.
Is an addiction hard to kick?
The rich and famous who passed away in 2012.
Top Music of 2012
See the top albums that kept us entertained in 2012.
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Are We Dead Yet?
Will the world end on the 21st of December 2012? People have been caught up in the 2012 Phenomenon since the 1960s. There are theories based on interpretations of the “Mayan Calendar”, and other beliefs are based on “the alignment of planets on this day”; it all boils down to people believing the world is going to end on this very day. There are signs and facts that support why people think the world is about to end like powerful floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters that are said to be signs of the “end-times”. While others believe that the government is behind it (ILLUMINATI, AHHHHH!!!), and they are not telling us something (Conspiracy Theory). There are so many theories on how the world is going to end and even more signs and ideas to support each one, but no one knows for sure. The Mayans could be right; but, if they could predict 2012 being “The Apocalypse”, why couldn’t they predict their own demise??? The scientists could be right; although, scientists are proven wrong on a day-to-day basis. Ultimately, ANYBODY could be right; but, also ANYBODY could be wrong.
So, here I am writing this before December 21st, just in case we do survive; “YAY, WE’RE NOT DEAD YET!!!” And if we did all die, I guess it doesn’t matter because no one will be reading this anyways!
MOTIVATIONAL MOMENT Right Thinking In many of my financial literacy presentations, I like to start off with the same question, “What is the difference between rich people and the poor?” As you can imagine, the answers begin to roll off the students’ tongues as fast as I can ask the question. “Rich people have money, and the poor do not”; they almost all say. There is the occasional, “Rich people have problems”. I usually ask them, “So poor people are without problems?” After a while, the participants begin to see that the difference between “rich people and poor people” has very little to do with money at all. The real difference between the rich and the poor is, truly, the way they think. This writing is not about how to become rich; instead, it is to challenge you to foster “right thinking”. We frame our world around our thoughts, and our meditations “paint the picture” for how we live. I have an older cousin that has always done well in school as far as I can remember. I asked her one day, “What was the secret to her success?” To my surprise, she said that “she was not always the smart kid”. In fact, she said that early on, she was what some would call “a slow learner”. Then, one day one of her teachers said to her, “You are SMART!” My cousin believed her; and from that moment on, she worked as if she was a “smart student”. Presently, she is a dentist in Atlanta doing well for herself. Clearly, our thoughts produce actions, actions develop habits, habits determine your character, and character defines your destiny. So what do you spend your time thinking about? Does the music you listen to provoke positive thoughts that will frame your world in a constructive manner? Or are your thoughts filled with bitterness, anger, and frustration? Take the TEENVIEW Positive Thought Challenge. We challenge you for the next 24 hours to have only positive thoughts. No matter the circumstances, focus on whatever is “good, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report; think on these things” only. Consider the good in all people and share with them your praise. When thinking of only the good in each person, everything else will come naturally. Don’t be surprised when encouraging things begin to happen around you and to you. “Optimism breeds propitious conditions”.
New Northeast Magnet
By: Mayona Presley
New look, Same Excellence.
he “New Northeast Magnet”, now located in Bel Aire, Kansas, initiated a big move for the students and staff. Not only did the location change, but so did the school colors; once blue and silver, now purple and silver. With all the changes going on, Northeast is still carrying on their tradition of excellence and maintaining the three magnet areas: Art, Science, and Law. The
spacious building provides wider hallways and more stairs! Getting the new building brought forth mixed reactions from everyone; some were excited about the move and others, not so much. The building also came with new technology such as, speakers in the ceiling of each room. The “new Northeast” also received a new gym, auditorium, and other athletic facilities. My
Known for its art program along with science and law, Northeast Magnet continues their tradition of excellence in a new location.
opinion on the new school is a positive one! The Commons area would have to be my favorite; it’s something new coming from the “old Northeast”. Although, I must take bigger steps to my classes, it’s nice not having to walk shoulder to shoulder though the hallways. Make sure to visit northeast.usd259.org if you are interested in getting more information!
Art work done by Olivia Orozco former TeenView Magazine member and Graduate of Northeast Magnet.
Trip of a Lifetime What it is like to win a trip to the Bahamas with the McDonald’s Monolopy
recently took a trip to Jamaica. On my trip, I saw what I would consider to be some of the most beautiful land on earth and some of the friendliest people I have ever encountered. You’ll never guess how I got there either. I won the trip from McDonalds! Well, my mom actually won the trip, but I went, too. You know how McDonalds has an event every year where they have monopoly properties on the back of certain food products. My mom ordered a large diet Coke and one of the pieces was Tennessee Avenue, but it had a phone number on it (There’s a 1 in 2,060,354 chance of getting that piece!). So, she called the phone number, and they told her she’d won an all-inclusive vacation for four people to Beaches: Negril. All we had to do was get passports and set a date. Whenever I told anyone, they all responded the same way, “I didn’t think anyone ever really won those trips.” We got our passports and went to Jamaica. We left the house at about 4:00 in the morning and didn’t get there until 3:00 in the afternoon. The last hour and a half was a bus ride from Montego Bay airport to the resort. On the way to the resort, we saw how poor the Jamaican natives truly are. There were multiple families living in tiny shacks, and many people sold anything and everything they could find. When we arrived on the resort, however, everything was different. The people were wealthy and educated; it was like time stood still; everyone was laid back, and no one was in a hurry. Lounging and being catered to are two of the main reasons people go. I regularly walked to the ocean which was only a few steps away from our room. There was so much to do; it was hard to decide what to do next. Since the trip was all inclusive, every bar and restaurant were open to us anytime we wanted something, and at no cost to us. We enjoyed every moment of our four days there, and it was everything we had hoped it would be and more. I hope someday I will have the opportunity to return, whether I win it or even if I have to pay for it; it would be worth every penny. So, my advice to people would be to invest in playing the “McDonalds Monopoly” game because you never know when you might get a winning piece.
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Addiction Is it hard to kick an addiction?
hen the word “addiction” is mentioned, what is the first thing that pops into your head? Let me guess, drugs or alcohol. Truth is, there are many different forms of addiction. Addiction defined by dictionary.com means, “The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming.” Addictions vary from drugs, alcohol, obsessive-compulsive disorder, video games, eating disorders, hoarding and many more. The two addictions that popped into many heads are the ones this article will focus on. Just remember, the tips can be put into action for any addiction though. Once an addiction is formed, it’s hard to kick. “How hard?” is the question. Statistics say teenagers, ages 15-17, report that marijuana or alcohol is their substance of choice. Fourteen percent of those teenagers reported their first time using their primary substance of abuse was at the young age of eleven or some even younger. At the ages 15-17, many addicted teenagers have already completed or are in the process of completing treatment. Treatment Episode Data Set wrote this in an article, “According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly one and a half million (1,438,000) adolescents between the ages of 15 and 17 met the criteria for substance dependence or abuse in 2009.”
Now that the numbers and facts are evident, what can us, as teens, do to help? Once an addiction is started, it is hard to kick. Many addicts - no matter what the substance or addiction of choice is- relapse. Many patients who have completed or attempted to complete rehab, go home and resort to the life they once knew. Relapses happen for many reasons. For example, once the recovering addict is back home, they feel alone and think their only friends are the ones associated with their bad habits. Another reason relapse occurs is the feeling that life was easier and happier with the substance in their bodies or their daily routines. Many families fall apart due to addictions. The families of the addict hurt, and only want the best for their loved one. Although kicking an addiction is hard, there are many things that can help them achieve the ultimate goal which is sobriety. Shelbi Ware
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Ways to Help Prevent Addiction:
Be a good role model to younger children and teenagers.
Show peers that having fun doesn’t have to involve drinking, smoking, or other bad things.
Be a friend to someone who needs one.
If irregular behavior is noticed, contact a reliable adult who can help.
How to Help Recovering Addicts:
Create a strong support system for the abuser; let them know they aren’t alone and you are there for them.
Attend counseling with them and always stay encouraging.
Show that you care and that they are making the best decision of their lives.
Pray for the individual and spend time with them.
Help find mentors and companions for them.
Bored? Almost everyone has those days where there is absolutely…NOTHING TO DO!?!
Below is a list of five things you do when boredom arrives: 1. Pick up a TEENVIEW Magazine, maybe you will see yourself in it! Or check out the TEENVIEW website at teenviewmagazine.com and give us your opinion about relationships, music, and sports. 2. Do your homework; I know it sounds boring, but it has to be done sometime. It will only help you in the long run, and you will feel good about yourself when you are finished! 3. Listen to music! If you’re really bored, try exploring other types of music. 4. Exercise! 5. Catch up on some “much needed” sleep. 6. Watch a movie or find a T.V. show to watch. 7. If all else fails, READ a book! *Now, I am certain that there are MANY other ways to spend our times as TEENS…let’s BLOG about it @ teenviewmagazine.com!! Mayona Presley
Notable Deaths of 2012 DeVontay Roberts
Many of us have lost loved ones in the Year 2012. The world, as a whole, has lost many individuals who have made it such a great place. There are many famous people that everyone knows that died, and there are those few that not many are aware of, but should be:
“We're too old to rely on it, ... but we're just young enough to do it one more time.”
Jerry Nelson 1934-2012
Singer/Voice Actor for The Muppets (The Count) and Sesame Street
Michael Clarke Duncan 195 7-2012
Famous Actor (The Green Mile, Talladega Nights, Dare Devil, and The Green Lantern)
“From the beginning, the camera and I were great friends. It loves me, and I love it.” -Whitney Houston
Adam Yauch 1964-2012
American Rapper, Punk artist, songwriter, film director, and human rights activist. Founding member of the Beastie Boys.
“I love acting; it’s a part of me and I try to put a little bit of myself in each of my roles.” -Michael Clarke Duncan
Whitney Houston 1963-2012
Famous Actor, Singer (Waiting to Exhale,The Preacher’s Wife, Cinderella, Sparkle, 2 Emmys, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Awards, Most Awarded Female in Guinness World Record)
“People need to be more aware of how they're affecting people.” -Adam Yauch
Eugene Polley 1915-2012
Engineer/ Inventor of the first wireless television remote. Known as the Father of “couch potatoes”
“This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” -Neil Armstrong
Maurice Sendak 1928-2012
American writer and illustrator of children’s literature. Author of Where the Wild Things Are.
“You can even shut off annoying commercials while the picture remains on the screen.” - Remote Advertisement
Neil Armstrong 1930-2012
American Astronaunt/Aerospace Engineer, Naval Aviator/ Test Pilot/ University Professor. “First Man on the Moon”
“You cannot write for children. They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.” - Maurice Sendak
“I realize I will always be the poster child for police brutality, but I can try to use that as a positive force for healing and restraint.” - Rodney King
Rodney King 1965-2012
Sparked L.A. riots after his brutal beating by police in 1991
Top Music of 2012 By Nick Hunt
Frank Ocean - channel Orange Upcoming artist Frank Ocean broke out in 2012 with his debut album channel Orange. With singles like “Thinking about You,” “Pyramids,” and “Forrest Gump,” Ocean created an almost flawless album that received critical praise from almost every music magazine. In this album, Ocean takes you through an emotional ride on topics such as, love, heartbreak, and forbidden relationships.
Fun - Some Nights The breakout band of the year would have to go to the indie rock band fun. Their song “We Are Young” from their breakthrough album Some Nights, became an instant hit and from there they were on their way to the top. They’ve been the opening act for the MTV Music Awards, and managed to stay on the billboards after releasing their song “Some Nights.”
Other people who have been in the spotlight this year are Maroon 5, thanks to their smash hit “Payphone” which features Wiz Khalifa. Kendrick Lamar also has had a good year with the release of his album good kid, m.A.A.d city and his single “Swimming Pools (Drank).” Justin Bieber has continued to be successful after the release of his third album Believe and the continued support of his almighty fan base the “Beliebers.”
My name is Jewel Corner. I am the owner and “Master Stylist” at First Class Cuts & Styles. I have been doing hair since the age of 10. In fact, “I made my first dollar at 12 years old!” Passionate about Art and Beauty, I strive each day to help women feel beautiful. I attended The Paul Mitchell School of Wichita and have been a licensed beautician for 3 years now. My primary goal is to own a chain of salons and someday, style some of “The Famous”. Also, I desire to travel, educating future professionals. Otherwise, I spend time modeling and am a hairstylist as well as a make-up artist for local photo shoots of some of the most prominent people of Wichita. You can check out my styles and progress @ www.Facebook/Jewelcorner.com or better yet, visit my salon located at 3930 E. 13th Street; Wichita, KS 67208 and experience personally “First Class” Cuts & Styles.
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Take this questionnaire and see what your values are in a relationship. Shelbi Ware
This relationship value chart will show the things you value most in a relationship. Rate each comment in the box: 1-3; number one being the one that sounds most like you, and three being the opposite. At the end, count the number of 1s. Results will be at the bottom of the page. A. Communication is a must no matter what. _______ B. I only want to be open with my partner if they won’t get hurt. _______ C. I would rather keep comments and concerns to myself. _______ A. Spending quality time with my partner is one of my favorite things to do. _______ B. Quality time is fun, but only every once in awhile. _______ C. Hanging with my partner is fun, when we’re with other friends. _______ A. Hearing positive things and compliments from my partner makes my day. _______ B. I like hearing nice things from my partner, but I also like to compliment them. _______ C. I don’t need to hear things from my spouse; I know my worth. _______ A. Gifts aren’t a big deal, love is priceless. ______ B. Gifts should be a mutual thing, it shows that you care and are thinking about me. ______ C. Gifts are always a nice thing to receive, just don’t spend too much on me. ______ 2-3 A’s: You like to be reassured of the love that your partner has for you. You love attention and you really value your relationship. Actions and words warm your heart and you are an affectionate partner. 2-3 B’s: You are a shy and an introverted (“closed-off”) person. Your relationship isn’t fully based on trust and love, but more on what others think. You enjoy compliments and gifts, but you also like giving! 2-3 C’s: You don’t like opening up to your partner. You would rather talk to your friends and family about your problems. You have a “wall” that is up, but you need someone who loves you unconditionally to break it down. Loosen up a little and learn. Life is all about living, loving, and laughing!
Not Just a Corner Daren Nwarfor and Marquis Murphy
“Is it the coffee or pastries that drive the crowd here? Maybe, it’s the gelato? Possibly, it’s the atmosphere, “charged” by an eclectic group of personalities?!? From a gathering of business professionals meeting in front of me, to the college student sitting behind me, Mead’s Corner is one of the “hottest spots” in Wichita.”
The building itself, now over 100 years old, has been grocery stores, night clubs, bars/ breweries, a place of gambling, murders, and prostitution all during this time. Currently, this building houses Mead’s Corner, established by First United Methodist Church and has been in existence now for about 4 ½ years. It’s a hang-out for the young and old alike. Local artists lace the walls with original pieces of artwork and photos. Flyers and posters of bands, comedians, and writers can be seen throughout this quaint establishment. Truth be told, The Back Room is the “hottest spot” within this hot spot. In fact, TEENVIEW Magazine’s Poetry Corner will be hanging out there on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013. So, if you want your voice to be heard, make sure to meet us at the corner of Douglas and Mead @ 430 East Douglas Avenue Wichita, KS 67202. TEENVIEW will be stirring up the hearts of all in the heart of Downtown Wichita. Mead’s Corner also has many live performances listed on their website @ meadscorner.com. Hours of Operation are as follows: Mondays – Thursdays 7 am – 11 pm; Fridays/Saturdays 7 am – 1 am; Sundays 8 am – 11 pm. So, the next time you’re looking for somewhere to hide away, consider Mead’s Corner and tell them TEENVIEW Magazine sent you!
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Dreams vs. Reality
Give or Take You take the blame For the past, present, and future Born into sin, so that you may live again You try and carry all the pain of yesterday Destined for greatness, but lost in the past Things you go through Are meant to make you stronger You’ve seen the storm And now, it’s time to come out So, your greatness begins to show And you have a beautiful glow Seeing greatness in your view You begin to build But, WAIT!!!... You’re building on the oldness... You’re building on a broken foundation... You are stronger now No more making excuses for that storm... You now can stand strong in who you are A great woman of God! And I dare NOT see you fail So, keep looking toward the highest mark I see true greatness in you The sky is blue and new Now, go and build that strong foundation And begin to build something new An honor to see you come so far A blessing to be a part Of the Greatness that is in you!
In a perfect place of your own Able to make it what you want A place of comfort and peace Nothing but what you want to be Your hopes and dreams coming true But that sounds too “perfect” That’s because it is a place of positive escape When in reality, things don’t seem that easy There is a fight of some sort every day Being treated the same way You try and change But, you stay the same And keep the shame So, you always go back to that positive place Taking away all the fright of life When you open your eyes Tears may flow Because of the fear of change But, that’s okay Because the fear will fade away And you will finally change Your dreams will become reality
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Beyond the Image
“Yes, You Can!” On August 4, 1961, a son was born to Ann Dunham. By the early age of 2, her son was left without his father, who went on to pursue his Ph.D at Harvard University. Eventually, she married again and relocated, with her husband of Indonesia descent, to Indonesia. There, they were encountered by numerous situations that Ann felt were not only “a threat to her son’s safety, but also his education”. Backed into a corner, she thought it best to send her son, 10 years old now, to stay with his grandparents in Hawaii. During the time with his grandparents, he attended a prestigious school, from where he graduated with honors and excelled in basketball. But, he wasn’t content….there was something still missing. The gnawing void of a male child without his father, and the daily struggles he battled
because of his race, plagued him with a “sense of something was wrong with me”. It wasn’t until he visited Kenya and was seated between the graves of his father and grandfather that his heart was healed. “I saw that my life in America-the black life, the white life, the sense of abandonment I felt as a boy, the frustration and hope I’d witnessed in Chicago-all of it was connected with this small plot of earth an ocean away”. Following this life-transforming trip to Kenya, he returned to the U.S. and began his journey at Harvard Law School; 29 years old, he was elected “the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review”. He, later, graduated in 1991, magna cum laude. Returning to Chicago, where he initiated his political career as a civil rights
lawyer, he married his wife and had two daughters, several years later. In 1995, his autobiography, “Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance”, had been translated into 10 languages, including Chinese and Hebrew. In 2006, the audio version was recognized as the “best spoken word album”; thus, resulting a Grammy Award. His rich heritage, captured by this book, has continued to be the forerunner of his journey throughout the political arena. Despite all the adversity he faced as a child, he persisted. In fact, he “persisted” his way straight to the White House and became the 44th President of the U.S.; the First African-American President at that! Moreover, within 100 days of his inauguration, he was acknowledged by the Nobel Committee in Norway for all his
efforts, becoming the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. “We don’t quit. I don’t quit,” he said. “Let’s seize this moment to start anew, to carry the dream forward, and strengthen our union once more”. These were the words of Barack Obama during his State of the Union Address in 2010. Again today, as the “Re-elected President of the U.S.”, stated in June 2012, “I guarantee you (we) will move this country forward.” “We will finish what we started. And we’ll remind the world just why it is that the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.” So, if there is ever an ounce of doubt in your heart about who you are or maybe, you are even discouraged because of your past; just remember, “Yes, You Can!”
Marquise Murphy and Daren Nwarfor
By Treanesha Dailey
The Winner Is... 2012 Election Results Obama vs Romney
In August, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were announced as the opponents of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, for President and Vice President. Throughout those months, the main issues that were discussed and on the minds of not only the candidates, but also the majority of Americans, were abortion, same-sex marriage, the economy, and healthcare among other issues. Both candidates had their share of “ups and downs” throughout the campaign. Romney with his “47 percent” statement and Obama with his “You didn’t build that” statement; both had “stumbles” like these. Consequently, in the end, only one of those mistakes adversely affected the person who made it. Not only were mistakes made, but debates were also held. There were two presidential debates and one vice presidential. In the first presidential debate, most people said “Romney was the clear winner” due to the fact that “Obama was just not aggressive enough”. However, in the second debate, they said that “he was as aggressive as he
After months of listening to debates, reading poll results, and watching the presidential candidates as they were on the campaign trail, we finally have a winner… But first, let’s breakdown what transpired in the months before.
needed to be and gave Romney a ‘run for his money’ ”. In the vice presidential debate between veteran debater Biden and “new to the game” Ryan, many news sources said that the debate was “somewhat of a tie because of the degree of aggressiveness Biden had compared to Ryan who was not as skilled in the art of debating”. Despite all that transpired in the prior months, everything depended on November 6th. Early in the Election Day, Romney appeared to be winning, but none of the results from the key states, Ohio, Colorado, Florida, and the other “swing states” were in yet. Throughout the night, the leader kept fluctuating from Romney to Obama. The “numbers game” was in full-effect! But, once Ohio’s results were in, the winner was clear. Ending the night with 303 electoral votes, and only 270 needed to win; Barack Obama clenched his second-term as President of the United States of America.
Has been re-elected and will serve a second term as the President of the United States of America.
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