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Cerebral palsy studied at SDSU lab
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SDSU police will give away free U-locks today
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The SDSUPD will be giving away Ulocks on campus. A high-tech cerebral palsy research technique—also used in Hollywood to create animated characters—is being utilized on a child participant to caputre speech motion. The research is being conducted by SDSU professor Ignatius Nip and a team of students.
Christina Koral Staff Writer
Many students walk by the San Diego State School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences building every day, but few realize the kind of groundbreaking research that occurs in the seemingly ordinary building. Speech language assistant professor Ignatius Nip and his
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team of SDSU students have been studying the relationship between facial movements and speech-language development in children with cerebral palsy, a motor disorder that can affect the entire body and inhibit speaking ability. The technology captures the same motion of facial expressions as the one actors’ use to create computer-generated film
characters. “The company we bought this from has actually won Academy Awards,” Nip said. “It’s the same system they use to animate Gollum from ‘Lord of the Rings.’” In the research lab there is a set-up similar to one you would see on a movie set. Eight optical motions-capture cameras designed to detect infrared light focus on the participant, who
then have about 15 markers on their faces that reflect the infrared light, which sends a 3-D image of the participant’s face back to the computer. “No one has looked at the speech movements of children with cerebral palsy using this type of technology,” Nip said. “We can use the information SDSU research continued on page 2
The Times, victim of Chinese cyber attack
national Michele Pluss Staff Writer
On Jan. 30, The New York Times released a report claiming it had been the target of a cyber attack by the Chinese for the past four months. The hacking coincided with an online story The Times published last October, which scrutinized the large fortune the family of Chinese Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao. Through several business deals, Jiabao’s family had amassed a fortune of several billion dollars. According to an NPR interview with Wired’s cybercrime desk senior reporter Kim Zetter, when Times reporters contacted Chinese
officials for reaction to this story prior to publication, they “heard that officials were saying there were be consequences (to running the story).” This prompted the Times to alert AT&T to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity. The Times’ investigation into the cyber attack revealed the hackers gained access to employees’ corporate passwords and then used those passwords to infiltrate 53 personal computers of Times reporters, the majority of whom worked outside the Times’ newsroom. The report claims this most recent attack is reminiscent of past Chinese cyber attacks in three ways: The malware initially
A view of The New York Times building in New York. The Times recently claimed to be a victim of a cyber attack.
used to hack the Times’ system was a specific strain associated with computer attacks originating in China; the hackers routed their attacks through American universities to disguise their
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tracks; and the attacks originated from the same university in China from which past computer attacks were launched by the Chinese NYT hacking continued on page 2
Students are invited to register their bikes and receive a free U-lock during two events hosted by the San Diego State Police Department today and Thursday. Today, the event will be located at the Cuicacalli Walkway and on Thursday at the Campanile Walkway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All SDSU community members are welcome and encouraged to register their bikes. “I’ll be there,” kinesiology junior Patrick Holub said. “Who wouldn’t want a free bike lock? You can never be too cautious.” The estimate retail prices of U-locks vary from $15 to $50 at local stores. However, locking one’s bike may not be enough. Bike locks and chains can be easily cut with a pair of belt cutters. SDSUPD stresses the importance of students registering their bikes with the police department, which increases the probability of finding a stolen bike. “I feel comfortable riding and leaving my bike on campus,” bioengineering sophomore Jenna Gould, who also rides her bike to school daily, said. “But I do think the SDSUPD is doing a good job of reaching out to students and ensuring the security of their bikes.”
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gathered to help speech-language pathologists understand how to help their clients communicate more effectively.” For the study, Nip will examine the differences between kids from about one to 18 years of age with cerebral palsy, those developing cerebral palsy and those who
We can use the information gathered to help speech-language pathologists understand how to help their clients communicate more effectively. ignatius nip
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don’t have it. The children are asked to read and repeat words and phrases displayed on a projection. This allows Nip and his research team to collect and analyze how much movement is happening, how fast it’s occurring the pattern of the movement. In a small group of the kids already studied, Nip found that all of the participants consistently moved their mouths more quickly than their average developing peers. Nip believes this is because they are not able to control their movements as precisely, so when
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military against U.S. military contractors. In the Times report, Mandiant— the cyber security company hired by the Times to counter the computer attacks—stated “over the course of several investigations it found evidence that Chinese hackers had stolen e-mails, contacts and files from more than 30 journalists and executives at Western news organizations, and had maintained a ‘short list’ of journalists whose accounts they repeatedly attack.” Mandiant’s chief security officer Richard Bejtlich said the attacks were “part of this overall story that the Chinese want to know what the West thinks of them. What slant is the media going to take on them? Who are their sources?”
they move their mouths to talk, they take more movement than they need to, which causes them to take more time to form words. Findings such as these give Nip and his team fuel for a possible new form of speech therapy and intervention for kids with developing cerebral palsy. The research is also a valuable learning opportunity for students working with Nip, which he said is one of his favorite aspects of the study. They are able to work as clinical lab participants, collecting data, working with the participants one-on-one and analyzing results. Nip said working in the lab provides the students with valuable skills they’ll be able to utilize later in a clinical setting. The research is made possible through a three-year grant worth nearly $450,000 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Nip hopes this research will lead to more questions and another possible grant in order to carry out the study to a therapeutic stage.
After the Times released its report of the attacks, The Wall Street Journal reported on Feb. 1 it, too, had been a target for Chinese hackers “apparently to spy on reporters covering China and other issues.” To counter the cyberspying allegations, Chinese Embassy spokesman Geng Shuang said “it is irresponsible to make such an allegation without solid proof and evidence. The Chinese government prohibits cyberattacks and has done what it can to combat such activities in accordance with Chinese laws.” Shuang went on to say China has been a victim of similar cyber attacks, but did not say where these attacks originated or who was behind them.
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Paramedics and rescue teams assist the injured after an explosion at Mexico City headquarters of the Oil company Pemex.
At least 36 people killed in the Mexico City headquarters of Pemex oil company explosion In Mexico, at least 36 people were killed in the offices of state-oil company Pemex because of an explosion adjacent to the building. More than 100 people were injured, according to Reuters. Mexican Atty. General Jesus Murillo said it is still too early to say if last Thursday’s explosion was a result of an attack, an accident or negligence. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto urged people not to speculate, according to the Associated Press. The explosion happened at 3:45 p.m. A Pemex secretary, who was on the second floor of the 14-story administrative building, said she heard two loud explosions and a third smaller one. Fidel Castro appeared in public for the first time in months to vote in Cuba’s parliamentary elections Last Sunday, former Cuban President Fidel Castro visited a polling place in Havana to vote in Cuba’s parliamentary elections. This is the first time the 86-yearold has been seen in months. Castro reportedly spent more than an hour talking to other voters and the media. BBC correspondent Sarah Rainsford said Castro spoke with a “faint, weak voice.” Castro spoke about reforming the economy, Latin American integration, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and other matters, according to Reuters. This was the ex-leader’s first extended public appearance since 2010. According to Reuters, Castro had voted from his home in
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that was 29 percent horsemeat, according to NPR. According to the LA Times, Tesco apologized to customers, withdrew the items from sale and offered a full refund earlier this month. Both chains dropped Silvercrest as their provider. In a U.K. prison, another food test found pork DNA in pies and pastries described as “halal,” a term used to designate food seen as permissible according to the Islam culture. The meat is said to have come from a different food processor—a properly certified supplier of halal food. The Ministry of Justice, which commissioned tests after Silvercrest’s incident with Tesco, said the products have been withdrawn, according to BBC U.K.
three previous elections since 2006. Illness compelled him to hand power to his younger brother Raul Castro two years later. Horsemeat found in Burger King patties, and halal prison food contained pork DNA in the U.K. In U.K. and Ireland, Burger King acknowledged some of its U.K. patties included horse and pork traces. The chain, however, said none of the affected products ever reached consumers, according to The Los Angeles Times. Their finding came from an investigation that traced the patties from a single Irish supplier called Silvercrest to an unapproved Polish firm. Although Silvercrest’s “beef” is said to have never been sold at Burger King, the British grocery giant Tesco sold a Silvercrest patty
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Tuesday, FEBRUARY 5, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 65
Personal interaction threatened by social media science & technology
Rosaura Wardsworth Staff Writer
It’s 7 a.m. on a Monday morning. You are starving so you pour a bowl of cereal, but before you start to eat you whip out your iPhone 5 and take a picture of your five-star meal. The picture is posted with the simple caption, “Breakfast,” followed by numerous hash tags: “#thestruggleisreal, #collegelife and #ihatemondays” and you go down in Instagram history with more than a hundred “likes” for your mediocre breakfast. But that’s not the crazy part—the crazy part is that, out of the 100 friends that “liked” your Instagram photo, only one will wave when you see them on campus that same morning. Social media is exhilarating; it can make you feel powerful and popular, but the “likes” people get on sites such as Instagram and Facebook are replacing physical human interaction. College students walk around campus consumed by their cell hones, but are they really talking to anyone or are they merely avoiding the pang of loneliness one feels when walking through San Diego State? I gear up for the unforgiving Campanile Walkway: headphones in and cell phone ready. I refuse to be the only student who does not wear the shield of technology, but why is there even a need for this cover? We all use social media sites such as
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that allow us to showcase our lives for our “friends” and “followers” to see, but sometimes it seems that we are so busy documenting our lives, we forget to live them. I think the detachment of our generation is our biggest downfall. But social media is not all bad, and at times I think it makes our campus more social. “It allows people on our campus to ‘meet’ in a virtual sense before they meet physically,” public health sophomore Melissa McGuire said. “The Facebook groups for residence halls, graduating years and even specific classes allow communication with those you do not necessarily know.” Phrases such as “Add me on Facebook,” “Do you have a Tumblr?” “What’s your Twitter handle?” or “Follow me on Instagram” are common. With just one accepted friend request you are given a glimpse into their lives for as long as they’ve been using the site. Gaining access to one’s Facebook is almost better than getting a phone number because you can learn practically anything about them in just a few clicks: Where they work, where they are from, if they are in a relationship or if you have any friends in common. The wealth of information is endless. But the great thing about the full pass is that it can be revoked by simply clicking the “block” button. “I’m actually not on any social media sites because I feel like, as great as they are for communi-
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Social media use by college students has greatly depreciated the value of interacting face-to-face in today’s day and age.
cating, networking and building friendships, they also present a large distraction from face-to-face interaction,” aerospace engineering sophomore German Pineda said. “I think they are great for staying in touch with people, but I also feel they do not fit in my personality; I would rather stay in touch with people via phone or
email.” These methods of communication may just be the easiest solution because social media is always changing. We all remember when Myspace was the most popular site on the planet; then it switched to Facebook, then Tumblr, then Twitter and now Instagram, with Snapchat quickly on its heels. It
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seems every time you make a new account the site is played out because people use it and move on. What would life be like if social media never existed? Would people make grander gestures because they knew they could not easily find a person on Facebook, or would things be relatively the same as they are now?
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Volume 99, issue 65 | Tuesday, FEBRUARY 5, 2013
BLDC teaches SDSU students art of dancing spotlight
Christian Benavides Staff Writer
We’ve all seen experienced dancers with acrobatic moves and almost extraterrestrial-like body contortions in shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance.” We’ve also seen the opposite on “Dancing with the Stars.” But, it doesn’t matter whether a person is as graceful as a swan or is born with two left feet because the Ballroom and Latin Dance Club at San Diego State is for anyone who likes moving to the beat of cultural music or appreciates the art of dancing. BLDC has been an established club on campus for about 10 years now, offering various dance classes. By the way, there is no experience needed to sign up. “We have a lot of people who are beginners who haven’t danced before, so it’s an easy place to come and learn,” BLDC president and SDSU graduate student Jonathan Baskin said. “You don’t have to worry about the pressure of asking somebody to dance or being asked to dance because we rotate partners every 30 seconds or so, so you get to feel what it’s like to dance with many people. We always go back over moves we have done before so if you miss something or weren’t there then you could see it again...We try to encourage the social aspect as well.” Baskin joined the club during his first semester of graduate school. “One of my biggest interests right now is bachata and ballroom dancing, so I wanted somewhere I could go on campus to do it and also to meet new people because I didn’t know anybody here,” Baskin said. BLDC Vice President and aerospace engineering junior Josué Quiñónez had a similar reason for joining the club. “Two and half years ago, I stopped by because I had heard about Latin dancing,” Quiñónez said. “Latin dancing is part of
The Ballroom and Latin Dance Club at San Diego State offers students the chance to learn dances from cultures all around the world.
my culture so I wanted to learn more about it and when I came, I fell in love with the club. So many people were friendly and very approachable and they want you to come back.” The club focuses on some wellknown dances, such as salsa and waltz. Salsa has Cuban origins, but also contains a mixture of Latin and Afro-Caribbean influences. It’s upbeat and contains a lot of movement. For those who have ever heard the famous singer, and Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, they may have noticed the festive atmosphere of the music and probably moved their feet a little to it. On the other hand, the waltz is slower and more dramatic. It has origins as early as the 18th century from a folk dance
in Germany. It’s a very common ballroom dance and is seen in many movies, such as Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” The officers understand that
No one tells you that you’re doing it wrong or yells at you. They’ll give you honest advice if you need it, but it’s more of a social thing than a competition type of deal
We have a lot of people who are beginners who haven’t danced before, so it’s an easy place to come and learn ... We try to encourage the social aspect as well. Jonathan Baskin BLDC President
many people start out shy or embarrassed, which is why they try to create a warm environment. “Dancing may seem difficult when you look at it, but really all it is is you having fun,” Quiñónez said. “No one critiques you here.
so it’s really on a friendly basis. No one is here to criticize; everyone is trying to learn.” There are several benefits that stem from dancing. It’s a known fact that dancing can match up to other conventional forms of exercising. It’s great benefits include losing weight, gaining strength
and endurance, in addition to increasing self-confidence. But something else about BLDC that’s beneficial to SDSU students is it can help relieve stress. “When I came to this club, I’d been going through a lot of stress...this was a great outlet,” Quiñónez said. “Not only that, you get a good workout just from dancing. You meet a bunch of great people and you connect with them. People I met two years ago, I still talk to today. You make friendships that last.” Recently, BLDC has seen a decrease in membership because many members graduated. But the officers are moving quickly to mold a stronger future for the club. They are even working on bringing back the competition aspect of the club and creating a performance team. Meanwhile, the club offers a couple of performance opportunities throughout the semester for those who’d like to show off their new dance moves, but it’s not mandatory for anyone. BLDC membership is $10 for the semester which goes toward social events, so the money paid goes back to the club’s members. Also, the members occasionally go out to venues such as Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center and Pattie Wells’ Dancetime Center on the weekends to join dance parties or events. It’s a way to continue the fun and practice dance moves. Whether you want to impress your significant other with nifty new dance moves, release some stress or meet new people, it’s worth it to try the club out. The first meeting you attend is free, so there isn’t anything to lose. BLDC meets from 7-10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Peterson Gym 241. For more information, visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/ballroom.sdsu or email them at ballroom.dance. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ken Cinema serves up this year’s excellent Oscar shorts pass the popcorn
Live Action: The live-action nominees were mostly strong choices, but there was one that ended up making it a mixed bag.
David Dixon Assistant Entertainment Editor
Typically when you go to a film festival, chances are the quality varies from movie to movie. However, when all of the silver screen productions are nominated for Academy Awards, the experience will likely be more consistently entertaining. This is the case for “The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animation” and “The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action” which are now playing at the Landmark Theatres Ken Cinema.
“Death of a Shadow” “Death of a Shadow” is a gloomy fantasy involving a ghost (Matthias Schoenaerts) who takes pictures of the shadows of people who have died. The concept is original enough and there is a wickedly juicy supporting role from Peter van den Eede as the Collector of Shadows, but the protagonist ultimately becomes unsympathetic when he commits a selfish deed.
Animation: “Adam and Dog” “Adam and Dog” beautifully retells the story of Adam and Eve from the perspective of a loveable dog. Instead of feeling sacrilegious or too gimmicky, the virtually scoreless interpretation is told with sensitivity and unforgettable images. Producerdirector Minkyu Lee creates a detailed world that is similar to watching a painting come to life.
“Head Over Heels” The clay-animated “Head Over Heels” has a quirky premise. It’s about an old couple living in different parts of a house that is flying through the air. The husband, Walter, spends his time on the ground, but his wife, Madge, lives on the ceiling. Their situation is a metaphor for a passionless marriage. What follows is a bighearted adventure with a final twist that is both humorous and touching.
“Asad” “Asad” deals with a young Somalian boy (Harun Mohammed) who is trying to figure out whether he wants to be a pirate or a fisherman. Most of the actors are Somalian refugees and asylum seekers, which gives the drama an authentic feel. This short film doesn’t sugarcoat how dangerous Somalia is, yet there is plenty of banter as well as hope.
“Buzkashi Boys” Based on the title, I thought “Buzkashi Boys” was going to be a spoof of boy bands such as ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys. Instead, the name is a reference to a sport involving horse polo that is played with a dead goat. Rafi (Fawad Mohammadi) and Ahmad (Jawanmard Paiz) are two young Afghani kids who dream of becoming Buzkashi players. What makes the coming-of-age story work is that the plot is universal, dealing with themes of growing up, bravery and family tradition.
“Fresh Guacamole” I couldn’t stop laughing throughout the bizarrely funny “Fresh Guacamole.” The very brief film can simply be described as a visual joke involving the avocado sauce.
What follows is a bighearted adventure with a final twist that is both humorous and touching.
“Curfew” Of all the five shorts, “Curfew” comes closest to being a genuine crowd-pleaser. The dramedy takes place mostly throughout the course of an evening as a sad sack uncle, Richie (Shawn Christensen), babysits his niece, Sophia (Fatima Ptacek). Christensen not only stars as Richie, but is also the writer and director of this highly satisfying family adventure. I can’t wait to see what he will do for his next project.
“Paperman” “Paperman” had the good fortune of being attached to the box office hit, “Wreck-it Ralph.” Not only is it the most famous of the five, but the romantic comedy is also the best. The mixture of traditional and computer animation instantly sets an enchanting tone that can only be described as magical. Don’t be surprised if it ends up winning an Oscar.
The dramedy takes place mostly thoughout an evening as a sad sack uncle, Richie, babysits his neice, Sophia.
“Henry” “Henry” features a heartbreaking performance from Gérard Poirier as a French concert pianist whose life spirals out of control when his wife mysteriously disappears. Some might find this short to be too schmaltzy, but I found it to be a memorable tearjerker that has no shortage of emotional power.
“The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare” “The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare” captures the energy as well as the spirit of the classic cartoon series. Maggie Simpson’s journey to help a caterpillar in danger probably contains more laughs per second than any of the nominees.
REVIEW Movie: 2013 oscar animated short films RATING: all photos credited to their respective filmmakers
You can’t go wrong watching either the whimsical animated Oscar-nominated short film nominees or the thoughtprovoking live-action nominees. Either way, you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck.
REVIEW movie: 2013 oscar live action short films RATING:
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Volume 99, issue 65 | Tuesday, FEBRUARY 5, 2013
Killing is not the answer to bison expansion
he American bison and the bald eagle are two animals emblematic of the U.S. Yet, both were almost exterminated from the country because of egregious human behavior. Their population has recovered but the bison finds itself threatened again—this time by Montana politicians. The Montana state legislature is considering two bills designed to destroy any bison found inside state lines. Montana must not pass either bill until other alternatives have been explored first. Montanans say bison are ripe for extermination for the following reasons: bison were already exterminated from Montana once, bison ought to be considered diseasecarrying pests and bison are dangerous to humans. All three reasons couldn’t be more wrong. The Montana Farm Bureau Federation reports bison are considered extinct in Montana. While it’s technically correct, approximately 400 bison live in Montana’s National Bison Range. Even so, indiscriminant killing of any bison crossing from Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park is ludicrous. This argument would only be valid if bison disappeared because of natural selection. Instead, bison were exterminated as a result of the mistaken belief that humanity can do whatever it wants. We have a responsibility to share this planet with all species. Species eradication should result only from its inability to adapt to natural environmental change, or from naturally occurring disease. This leads us into the second bizarre reasoning behind Montana’s bison bloodlust: The bison in question carry disease. Park officials say less than half of Yellowstone’s bison test positive for brucellosis. The disease is contagious and can be transmitted to humans. Its symptoms are nasty, ranging from fever to joint pain. Once contracted, the disease can last for years. Luckily, humans rarely contract brucellosis. The U.S. National Library of Medicine stated only 100 to 200 humans are diagnosed each year. In other words, it’s not worth worrying about. If brucellosis is the menace the anti-bison faction wants society to believe, Montana must slaughter all known brucellosis carri-
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ers, including cattle, pigs and—wait for it—dogs. Montana state legislators would never consider mass canine euthanasia, yet they seemingly can’t wait to shoot bison. Anti-bison Montanans go to great lengths to portray bison as life-threatening. Admittedly, bison do present an imposing stature. Bulls can weigh 2,000 pounds and can run close to 30 mph. Fear of the bison is so serious, one Montanan erroneously testified metal pens had been erected to keep school-aged children safe as they wait for school buses. The children can stay in the pens, because the bison need somewhere to roam other than in just a patriotic song. We need to stop crying about indigenous animals doing what comes naturally to them. For example, I frequent Yosemite with the understanding that it’s the home to black bears. If it’s the home to black bears, then it’s not my home. Therefore, a black bear shouldn’t be killed if it attacks. The same applies to a Californian building a home in a mountain lion’s habitat. Naturally, a mountain lion sees us and our pets as food. It’s our responsability to be smart enough to not get eaten. Montana is an especially large state with an especially small population. It’s absurd to think that bison
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and humans cannot co-exist there. If a Montanan is truly afraid of the bison, let the Montanan move to New York City. There, a bison will be the least of their worries. Some might dismiss my argument, and think that I’m against all hunting. However, I’m not. I grew up with hunting as part of my life. There’s nothing wrong with responsible hunting. Educated hunters appreciate the balance between nature and man.
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Even though Montana has a bisonhunting program, there’s no balance to it. The bison population doesn’t have allowable non-federal, non-tribal land anywhere inside the state. Because of this, Yellowstone biologists recommend killing 450 bison because the park is too small to sustain what is estimated to be 4,200 bison living there. Montana is ideal for removing the strain on Yellowstone by allowing bison to migrate there. In fact, pro-
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posals to do so are already underway. Montana politicians must let those plans be exhausted before they allow increased bison hunting. Americans responded when the bald eagle faced man-made extinction. Only time will tell if Montanans will similarly do the right thing with the bison. If it doesn’t, the image of a bison’s skull on its state quarter is appropiate.
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Tuesday, FEBRUARY 5, 2013 | Volume 99, issue 65
n my mind, there is a scared child. A child afraid for his future, of being left alone, of the mystery that is life, the universe, everything unexplainable and not black and white, afraid of not seeing the next day and breathing the next breath. I first met him when I was in the third grade. I worried my parents would die in a car accident and not be able to pick me up from school. He has been there ever since, ever so subtly present in my every move and decision. If I do this, what are the consequences? That is his daily interruption. I began noticing him last summer. It’s funny how this constant dialogue could go unnoticed for so long. But unlike before, he was now crying out louder than ever. I wasn’t able to ignore him and push him away. This time, the crying was so strong that he was presenting himself to the outside world. Random panic attacks would consume me. I would have dreams I couldn’t understand, and this strong, underlying fear of everything. I couldn’t understand why this was happening to me. I felt insane. Slowly but surely, I started learning I wasn’t the only one. A lot of people in the world are experiencing the same thing. Mine was just a little more intense. You see, fear is within everyone and it can be a good thing. It motivates people to move, it causes great change. But when fear overwhelms, it turns to panic, and panic never does any good. We’re taught this from a young age. They teach us to duck and cover, close the blinds and walk single file calmly outside of the
classroom. Although it always feels like the most necessary and natural reaction, panic rarely leads to any right decisions. Panic is when fear becomes so present, it inhibits rather than motivates your movements. When the inner child speaks out and you feel butterflies in your belly, you’re feeling panic. The problem is most of us try to push that child away. We try to tell him he’s being stupid or irrational, but by pushing him away, we’re only angering him more. In fact, he’ll come back stronger. Maybe some of you have been pushing your child away for so long you’ve become experts like I was. We all have different ways of pushing him away. Maybe you’re drowning his cry in alcohol, masking it by promiscuous activities or indulging in food. But the more you push him away, the more he’ll come back crying for attention. Luckily, my inner child couldn’t take any more. When he had enough, he came crying out in such anger I couldn’t push him away any longer. I had to find another way. I’ve become better at communicating with him. And I found that is the best way to become friends. I don’t push him away anymore. Rather, I’ve learned to step down, get on his level and tell fear everything is going to be OK. Now, I embrace fear and I hold it close. When a fearful thought comes into my head, rather than try to fight it away and distract myself, I take the thought and say, “Sure, you have a good point, but I’m not going
to worry about you.” I let the thought flow from having my attention to no longer existing. Try it. Next time a fearful thought comes to mind, get down on your wounded child’s level. Be uninterested in what fear has to say, take a deep breath and tell the child it’s going to be OK and there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. It sounds naive at first, but most of the time we have no control of the things we worry about. Learning to accept that is a huge step in the right direction.
What are you afraid of? Is it a new path you’ve embarked on? Is there a friend or family member you need to confront? Is it following your calling? Or accepting who you really are inside? Stop shoving your fear away like clothes in an unorganized dresser. It is so much nicer to finally deal with fear face to face, to organize that dresser and realize it wasn’t so bad of a task after all. I’m not going to
say fear is bad for you. Without it, we’d all be dead. I would have lost it all the first time I jumped on a Razor scooter. It makes us cautious. It allows us to think more rationally. But it really likes to take advantage of us and take all that it can. You don’t have to become the next Felix Baumgartner. But you should reclaim some of the space fear now occupies. Life becomes easier when you’re not worrying about every single step.
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Volume 99, issue 65 | TUESday, february 5, 2013
Don’t fall victim to a catfish
he first time I hated the Internet, I was 11 years old. My older brother and I were holed up in his room, he was in front of his dial-up modem and I sat on the floor watching the finale of the first season of “American Idol.” The program had just started, when all of a sudden Andrew called me to look at the computer with an enticing, “Hey, come look at this.” I obliged and was immediately horrified to see Kelly Clarkson’s face plastered across the home page announcing her victory in the singing competition. Night ruined, season spoiled. I didn’t quite comprehend how the show had already aired on the East Coast and I didn’t have enough Web experience to understand that you never, ever check the Internet when there is a major television event happening. The second time I hated the Internet was when my mom’s best friend showed me a certain viral video involving two females and a drinking receptacle, but we won’t talk much more about it because I think I have posttraumatic stress disorder or something. I’ve been very vocal about my distaste for the Internet, from idiots with webcams to mommy bloggers and everyone spewing their self-righteous opinions. However, there is a whole new breed of crazy happening online right now and it can all be summed up in one word: “Catfish.” The documentary came out in 2010 with tons of buzz surrounding it. There’s nothing I love more than a good twist, so when I heard what this film was about and that it had an absolutely mind-blowing turn at the end, I knew I had to see it. The story follows reallife filmmaker Yaniv “Nev” Schulman who falls in love with a stranger online. After talking
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with this girl for an extended period of time on the Internet, as well as on the phone, he and his buddies decided to drive to her house and meet her. When they arrive, they are stunned to find the young, beautiful girl he fell in love with is actually a sad, lonely, middle-aged woman using fake pictures and pretending to be someone else. This phenomenon turned into being “catfished” or being a “catfish.” Earlier this year, Schulman, his friend Max Joseph, and MTV teamed up to create a documentary TV show about people in online relationships who are being catfished or are perpetrators doing the catfishing. What is chronicled in this new TV show are tales of people who spend countless hours, days, months and, in some cases, years involve in online relationships with other people based on complete lies. In almost all cases, the people use fake pictures and some even lie about their gender. Each episode is a fascinating case study into the eyes of the lonely, the discouraged and the troubled. The people who lie about their lives suffer from sexual identity issues, extremely low self-confidence and some seem to have serious sociopathic issues. Despite the troubled minds of today’s youth and the seemingly easy judgment that could be thrown at them, Schulman approaches these catfish with so much sympathy and understanding, there’s almost no way to be mad at these people. Each week, I find myself stunned at how these people could do such things, but Schulman intervenes and suddenly, all is forgiven. Schulman relates to these people as he experienced a
similar situation in real life and can identify with these peoples’ stories firsthand. Schulman’s compassion is refreshing, endearing and can teach a great lesson to troubled youth. However, I think some people might be learning the wrong lesson here. I’m not saying Schulman is reinventing the wheel with the concept of “Catfish,” but it’s also giving people tons of ammunition and insight on how to create these types of online relationships for themselves. One example that immediately comes to mind is the absolutely fascinating story of Manti Te’o and his “girlfriend” Lennay Kekua. A recent Deadspin article chronicled the alleged story of University of Notre Dame’s famed linebacker and the emotional strife he went through when his grandmother and his girlfriend, who was suffering from leukemia, died within eight hours of each other. After some digging, it was revealed that this Kekua person never existed and Te’o has since come out alleging he embarrassingly entered into an online relationship and claims he is the victim of yet another catfish-type hoax. If you ask me, the whole story is fishy (no pun intended) and there are tons of details that don’t add up, but I don’t even think Te’o knows the truth. Keep an eye on this story because it’s one of the most fascinating things that’s happened in years. In the meantime, stay away from the Internet because I promise nothing good ever comes from it. From people being thrown in jail for piracy to “Gangnam Style,” it’s all just going downhill from here.
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Today’s Birthday (2/5/13) - Social fun and partnership thrive for the first half of 2013. Consider family when making career decisions with long-lasting implications. Keep delivering on your promises, especially around finances. An exciting career opportunity arises this summer, and the spotlight is yours. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21 - April 19) - Today is a 9 - You’ll get great insights from your dreams. Use them to plan your direction, and anticipate some resistance. Expand your creativity with wild practicality. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) - Today is a 7 Friends offer good advice. Also, you may find a way to earn more without increasing work. Make sure you know what’s required. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - Today is an 8 - Intuition inspires your work. Check out new career options. Don’t overlook anybody to avoid jealousies. Join a good team. Travel’s good, too. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Today is an 8 - Allow others independence, as you free your own imagination. Your thoughts wander a lot these days. You may choose different tactics than planned. Take advantage of the moment. Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - Today is an 8 - Maintain your finances with savings. A task that strengthens your home strengthens you. Evaluate resources. You can borrow or barter for what’s needed. Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - Today is an 8 - Go with a creative leader. Your partner
has a lot to say. Don’t believe everything you learn ... they’re just “guidelines.” Offer encouragement. Controversy arises. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Today is a 9 - Shop very carefully now. Develop necessary processes before proceeding with projects. Listening works well over the next month. Increase your family’s comfort by clearing clutter. You’re attracting admiration. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - Today is a 9 - Don’t behave is if you’re made of money, even if you are. For about three weeks, you really understand people. Conscious and subconscious alignment occurs. Listen to intuition. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) - Today is a 9 - You can afford it; set your sights high. You’ll have a strong nesting instinct; clean, sort and organize. Discuss core goals with family members. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) - Today is a 7 - Friends and lovers may compete for attention. Look at it from another perspective. Your curiosity is aroused. Surprise each other. Plan, and provide motivation. You’re advancing naturally. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Today is an 8 - Do the job yourself, or make more money doing something else and hire somebody. Just get it done. Find what you need nearby. You have what others want. Minimize distraction. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - Today is a 9 - You’re exceptionally perceptive for the next few weeks. You inspire others, and they tell you so. Speak out, and voice your point of view. Love flows abundantly. Send invoices. ©2013, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC.
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