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Students encouraged to participate... CHEYENNE OWEN Editor-in-Chief There are many people who find themselves living off of food stamps every week. In Bridgeport, families are given a stipend of $35 per week per person, allowing people to live off of $5 a day. This money is provided by SNAP, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. SNAP is the USDA’s largest nutrition assistance program and as stated by the Food Stamp Act of 1977, meant “to alleviate hunger and malnutrition…by increasing food purchasing power for all eligible households who apply for participation.” UB students now have the opportunity to experience what it is like to live on food stamps thanks to the SNAP Food Challenge, open to all UB students who sign up to participate. This activity, sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities and Community Service was inspired by the numerous organizations (continued on page 2)

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that have already taken the challenge, Mazon, being just one and several politicians like Mayor Cory Booker who issued the challenge to a Twitter follower of his. Since this has happened, the attention to the issue has exploded and gained national notice. “There has been a ton of attention,” AmeriCorps VISTA Community Service Coordinator Jennifer Turner said. “An idea that we originally had just for students, staff, faculty, maybe someone’s mom might participate now has really exploded and there’s actually been people from all over the world who have responded and will be participating.” Originally, the SNAP Food Challenge was to be held during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, but due to Hurricane Sandy it was pushed back to its current date, December 2-8. To make SNAP easier for on-campus students to take part in, rules were modified to be convenient. So students could use their meal plans, arbitrary prices were assigned to meals. For example, pizza cost $1.00 per slice, salad $3.00

a plate and $1.00 for a bagel. It must be noted that these prices and the rest assigned to food in no way reflect the actual meal costs. Rules state that students must live on $5 or less a day, using only food they didn’t already have. Participants must keep a tally of the amount they’ve spent per day, overall keeping track of their budget. When the week is over, students have to upload a photo of all the food they’ve eaten to the Facebook Event Page, Twitter, or Instagram. Students who participate and follow the rules will be entered to win a $50 gift card to Stop and Shop. Already, about 20 students have signed up and according to Turner, “over a hundred people signed up for the event all over.” It is hoped that many more students take advantage of the SNAP Food Challenge, seeing that it has many benefits for participating individuals. “This is a hands on service…it’s great for that Naturopathic student who will one day potentially have a patient in their office dealing with hunger and nutrition issues. It’s a great thing

for that Education major…maybe that’s why the student in their class isn’t learning at the capacity they could possibly learn at because they’re dealing with hunger and nutrition issues.” Turner also wants students to learn ways to provide better economic opportunities so people won’t have to be on SNAP, including the founding of non-profit organizations, or the changing of government regulations so that hunger isn’t an issue. “I hope this further helps to increase a culture of service that we’re really trying to create here at UB,” she said. ***The SNAP Food Challenge runs from December 2-8, but if the set date is inconvenient for anyone, it is encouraged for them to try the challenge on their own in the future. Interested students can sign up with or contact Jennifer Turner by calling 203-576-4274 or emailing for further information.

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December 2012

Tips for Holiday Packing JAMIA SMITH Staff Writer With final exams quickly approaching, it reminds us that the Christmakkuh season is right around the corner. Many of us will be traveling back home to enjoy our breaks with our friends and family. Packing for such a long period of time can be confusing. Read our tips to make packing for the holidays easier: 1. Start early, waiting until the last minute is the easiest way to forget something. 2. Space and Opportunity – It is important to know how much luggage you have that you can pack. Next, you want to consider the method of transportation you are using to travel to your destination. For example, airplanes have a limit to the number of luggage you can bring,

as well as to the luggage's weight, so you must keep this in mind while packing. The luggage you choose should have a lot of space and be sturdy and reliable. 3. Consider your most versatile items. Pick shoes, accessories and pants that can fit with multiple outfits. This will allow more room for other items that you may need. Put your outfits together before packing them, therefore you will not pack an item and later find out you have nothing to wear with it. 4. The 2 W's - WHERE will you go? You will want to consider what the weather is like in the place you are traveling to, to prevent packing items that you will not wear. In addition, you will want to ask yourself whether or not you will be spending most of your time inside or outside. If you are spending a lot of time outside, will it be during the day or the night, as it is colder at night than the daytime.

WHAT will you do? You will want to consider the activities that you have planned. If you know you are very likely to go out to a party, you will want to pack a few outfits for that. Or if you know you are going to spend a lot of time at home catching up on your favorite television shows, you will want to pack many of your most comfortable outfits. 5. Stuff your shoes with personal items, like socks, underwear and bras. Pack them to the edges of the bag, to provide additional support. Fold and roll your clothing items and fill them into the gaps, leaving your most delicate item towards the top of your luggage for less wrinkling. 6. Pack your toiletries into zip-seal bags and pack them into the top of the sides. 7. Wear items that would have taken up the most space in your bag. 8. Weigh your bags before going to the airport.

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Twilight Saga Concludes JESUS RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The Twilight Saga came to an end with the release of the final movie installment Breaking Dawn part 2. Many die-hard fans were lined up two hours before midnight showing even started. As I joined the line that wrapped around the hall of the theater I couldn’t help but think that lines aren’t enjoyable. The audience inside the theater was heavily into the movie as most of them were the true fans of the series. Opening credits were filled with clapping and cheers as everyone saw their favorite actors name’s pop up on the screen.


I for one thought the movie was a worthwhile watch. The movie kept you focused with action scenes, but also brought lots of laughter with several comedic scenes within the movie. The battle scene which was mine and I’m pretty sure almost everyone else’s favorite part was intense and entertaining. The crowd was in awe and shock when they saw some of their favorite characters get killed off in the battle and also became excited when many of the antagonists were written off as well. The battle scene twist left everyone sur-

prised and amazed since it was pulled off so well in my opinion. Everyone was definitely talking about the battle scene even before the movie had finished. As I left the theater I noticed a lot of excited fans and even over heard many people saying they wanted to see it again. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it even though I was never a hardcore fan of the series. What else can I say? The movie even got me a kiss from my hot date. All in all the night was a success for the entire series.

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Letter from the Editor

Editor in Chief Cheyenne Owen Managing News Editor Kaitlin O'Connell Sports Editor Curtis Moore Fashion Editor Spot Open Opinion Editor Trisha Bartholomew Entertainment Editor Denise Gotay He Said, She Said Hari Singh Coral Orona-Baez Design & Layout Editor Asha Hobbs

Readers, The holidays are upon us and so is winter break! Bring on the presents, the celebrations and the sweets! But the end of the semester also means this is the Scribe’s final issue until classes resume. So to end this semester we’ve brought you The Scribe’s annual holiday issue, complete with articles to start off the season of charity. DIY brings you tips and tricks to create your own ornaments and Jamia addresses how to ease the stress of packing for the holidays. The winter season may mean the end to many things, but it also the beginning. Denise looks at the upcoming year in movie releases and also brings to you The Walking Dead’s most shocking moments as it heads into its mid-season finale. This season also raises some debates we may be familiar with including the pros and cons of re-gifting which Jamia will talk about. He/She Said this issue centers around the appropriate time of when to introduce your girlfriend or boyfriend to your guardians while What Grinds My Gears lets students talk about what they hate about the holiday season. We at the Scribe hope you all have a safe, relaxing and fun winter break and we’ll see you again in the spring semester. Cheyenne Owen Editor in Chief

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Knight Life

All We Want for Christmas are.... This is the season of charity, people donating goods to the less fortunate and purchasing gifts for loved ones and colleagues. However, this is also the time of year we all write up lists for those items we’ve been craving. The Scribe staff is no exception and has compiled some things they’d like to get in our holiday issue wish list.

Trisha Bartholomew (Opinion Editor) -True Blood Seasons 3-5 -My Driver’s license -Nice heels -Vacation in St. Croix

Cheyenne Owen (Editor-in-Chief) -Transformers action figures - Fanfiction prompt collection book - Transformers dakimakura

Michael Lawson (Art Director) -Windows Surface -A Nerf Gun!...don’t judge me Happy Holidays, I wish many blessings for all!

Asha Hobbs (Design & Layout Editor) -A car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -$1,000 -A job or two Mary-Jo Pallotto (Staff Writer) iTunes gift card & a date with my x-husband, and, oh yah, world peace. Ho! Ho! Ho! Lacora Wood (Staff Writer) - Blow Dryer - In-Styler Rotating Flat Iron - New phone Natalia Wong (Staff Writer) - Professional camera - Mustard color jacket Coral Orona Baez (Staff Writer) My wish list will probably be a nice pair of boots (size 9). And a scarf. Denise Gotay (Entertainment Editor) - A job - A new guitar - More CDs - A girlfriend Kevin Matos (Staff Writer) - A jar of Nutella

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Purple Knights Women’s Volleyball Team advances to NCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball East Regional Finals CURTIS MOORE Sports Editor

And the streak goes on. The Purple Knights volleyball team has improvedtheir record to 27-4 overall and has won their 15 straight match. With the win the Purple Knights have clinched a spot in the NCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball East Regional final for the fourth consecutive year. Next up for the Purple knights is New Haven, who gave the Purple Knights their last lost on October 13. With the Purple Knights firing on all cylinders a loss seems unlikely against New Haven. However, it will still take a collective team effort, much like their most recent win against the Adelphi Panthers. The Purple Knights made it their priority to attack all match, led by Sophomore Ying Shen, former ECC Player of the Week. Shen led the team with an impressive 19 kills as she set the

tone of the match. She also had a solid amount of digs at 12, making her one of three players for the Purple Knights to have a double double. Biljana Savic had a great showing last night with 19 kills and 10 digs. The Purple Knights asserted their will as they kept constant pressure on the Adelphi Panthers. Sophomore Fernanda Silva was the third Purple Knight to record a double double with 49 assists as she facilitated to the team. Silva also had 11 digs to help the Purple Knights hold off the Panthers. The defense had a strong showing led by Senior Taylor McBeth with 14 digs. Teammate Martina Santia played a significant role in the win. Santia had 11 digs to help on the defensive line of the Purple Knights. It was clear from the start of the match that the Purple Knights wanted to up their win streak to 15 straight.

The Purple Knights focus on team effort with every match. The effort of the team is the driving force behind the impressive 15 game winning streak. With the East Regional Finals approaching at New Haven, the Purple Knights seem confident because everyone on the team will have a key role in the match.

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DIY Crayon Ornaments KAITLIN O'CONNELL Managing News Editor What you will need- Clear glass ornaments, crayons and a hair dryer Step One- Take the paper off of your crayons and break off little parts of the crayon. Step Two- Remove the stem from the glass ornaments very carefully and then drop the pieces of the crayons into the ornament. Try not to do more than three or four pieces at a time because there could be pieces of crayon that are left over. Step Three- With your hair dryer settings on high, heat the ornament so that the crayons will begin to melt. As they melt, twirl the ornament so that the colors fill up the space of the ornament. Step Four- When you are satisfied with your design shake or heat the crayons up so that they will go out the opening of the ornament. Then replace the stem. And VIOLA! You now have a brand new one of a kind abstract ornament. My family even ended up doing them as well. This is a perfect gift as well as a way to get the family together; it is simple and even a six year old can do it! But, until next time DIYers HAPPY HOLIDAYS! See you in the New Year!


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December 2012

Tis' the Season for Regifting JAMIA SMITH Staff Writer

Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is around the corner. The holidays are about spending time with the people we love and making memories. One way many of us do this is by giving and receiving gifts. When we were younger many of us made gifts for our loved ones; our gifts were a lot more heartfelt because a lot of thought and emotion was put into it. Now that we are older I am sure most of us will not be using crayons and construction paper to make our gifts. But as college students, we are always looking for more efficient and resourceful ways of doing everything. Regifting new or slightly used gifts can be very beneficial for college students to do.

Re-gifting saves the giver money by putting to use a gift that may not have fit suit to the person that originally received the gift for many reasons. Maybe it did not fit, you already had it or simply you did not like it. The only expense would be wrapping paper or a gift bag and tissue paper. Other than those more obvious reasons, re-gifting can also be very sentimental. You can re-gift something that symbolizes a memory between you and another person or something that represents something you know the other loves.

Most importantly, re-gifting can be done without the receiver being aware of it. Don't re-gift used items, such as your smelly, muddy soccer cleats or a hand bag that you have only used a handful of time with a little wear and tear. Both of these gifts would not be considered re-gifts but hand-me-downs. Also, you want to make sure the item that you're re-gifting will be loved and used by the receiver. If not, your re-gift can be only the beginning to a cycle of re-gifting. Re-gifting items like promotional items from business and sports teams, monogrammed items and gift cards that have already been used should not be done, as it would be obvious to the receiver.

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Failure is my Savior

Fail fail fail You only see me fail I’m never noticed when I have success I’m never noticed when I do good Do you allow yourself to only see me when I fail Do you not allow my success to exist in your own little world I have achieved, I have succeeded, I have accomplished I have failed, I have fallen, I have slipped I won and I lost I have conquered and I have been conquered I reached the top and fell back below I hit rock bottom and climbed back up As I walk you see me fall As I run you see me slip I fell but you didn’t notice me get back up I slipped but you didn’t see me stay on my feet Fail fail fail That is all you see You never see me do good because you only look for the bad I can drive up a street but in your eyes you see me crash I can rescue a cat from a tree but you see me as the reason the cat is trapped on that tree I am never noticed when I do good but I am always noticed when I do bad Then again maybe you always see me succeed Maybe you never see me fail You hate to see me succeed that is why you don’t acknowledge my success You know my walk is strong that’s why you wait for me to trip It eats you inside to see me succeed The chance for me to fall will put a smile on your face So I let myself fall I fall pretty hard But then I get up gracefully with a smile on my face Even when I fall its just another chance to learn Even when I fall its just another chance to be smarter To learn from my mistakes is what makes me better To learn from my mistakes is what makes me stronger


I slip and hit the ground but then I stand up like a champ The pain will go away and my life rolls on again To fail is to succeed and to succeed is to fail Failure is my savior because it makes me stronger Failure is my savior because it makes me better Failure is what fuels me to reach more success Failure is a gift I use and that I embrace Failure is the fuel I need to keep my body going Failure is the cure I need to reach the top of the ladder Fail fail fail That’s all you see me do You only see me fail because I am just like you You want to see me fall and see me rise again You know that I am strong just like you were back then Back when you were me climbing the ladder of success Back when you took every challenge that I’m taking now You like to see me fail because you know I will succeed You like to see me fail because you are here to guide me To take my wrongs and make them right To pick me up when I want to give in To keep me going when I am tired To keep me moving when I want to stop You are not my enemy you are actually my friend You know what I do will never have no end I am you in my own form and you noticed that Failure saved you from wanting to give up It saved you from being nothing and only woke you up It will do the same for me and you know this be true Thank you for watching me fail, but continuing to pull me through I know you are my friend and never were my enemy You are me from the past I am you in the future I have been saved by failure time and time again I never thought that I would wish this on myself But it worked for you and it will work for me Let me fail fail fail

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Sheltered I find it hard to believe That we came from an egg A sperm and a second of ecstasy We grew until we burst out the womb. Eyes shut Vulnerable to the troubles of the world Unaware of what life awaits us Small and dependent On two nameless faces. I find it hard to believe That we trust before we learn How to trust, What is trust, And why we trust, The world forming before our young eyes Colors grow brighter, Sounds become louder, Our minds Outgrow what we know Left ignorant We absorb the wonders of life Leading us Down an obstacle filled path Jumping, dodging and running. I find it hard to believe That we come from an egg A sperm And a second of ecstasy We lay Sheltered in the womb Shielded from the word’s Idea of what is life. TRISHA BARTHOLOMEW Opinion Editor *Credit of the first five lines belongs to original poet Louis Ray

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What's coming up in 2013 DENISE GOTAY Entertainment Editor

Movie lovers be prepared; next year is really packing up with 3D movies, a couple of remakes, re-releases, sequels and more. Check out this list of upcoming movies for early 2013. Release dates are subject to change. January • Texas Chainsaw 3D (January 4) • A Haunted House (January 11) • Gangster Squad (January 11) • The Last Stand (January 18) • Broken City (January 18) • Guillermo Del Toro Presents Mama (January 18) • Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (January 25) • Movie 43 (January 25) • Parker (January 25) February • Warm Bodies (February 1) • Bullet to the Head (February 1) • Stand Up Guys (February 1) • Identity Thief (February 8) • Beautiful Creatures (February 13) • A Good Day to Die Hard (February 14) • Safe Haven (February 14) • Escape From Planet Earth (Feb 14) • Snitch (February 22) March • • • • • • • •

Jack the Giant Slayer (March 1) 21 and Over (March 1) Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8) Admission (March 8) Carrie (March 15) The Croods (March 22) G.I. Joe: Retaliation (March 29) The Host (March 29)

April • • • • • • • •

Olympus Has Fallen (April 5) Jurassic Park 3D (April 5) The Heat (April 5) Scary Movie 5 (April 12) The Evil Dead (April 12) 42 (April 12) Oblivion (April 19) Pain and Gain (April 26)

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Iron Man 3 (May 3) The Great Gatsby (May 10) Fast and Furious 6 (May 24) Epic (May 24)


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Animania! KEVIN MATOS Staff Writer Welcome back! As you might already know, this is The Scribe’s last issue for the semester. As always, we have two anime series on the spotlight, suggesting a couple of series that you should have fun watching. Have a good winter break, and if you find yourself bored with nothing to do, I recommend watching one or both of the following animes: Chaos;Head Not recommended for the weak of heart, Chaos;Head is a psychological thriller focusing on a young man living in Shibuya. The young man, Takuma Nishijo, is an introvert who suffers from mild schizophrenia, resulting in minor hallucinations of his most adored anime character. However, it soon changes when he witnesses a gruesome murder in Shibuya, which ended up being just one of many mysterious deaths that have been occurring recently. Since then, he becomes paranoid, afraid that the murderer will target him next for having witnessed the event.

As he struggles to figure out what is going on and tries to catch the murderer before he’s killed, he finds himself chased down by the police, who have marked him as their lead suspect in the very murder he witnessed. The 12 episode series follows Takumi as he attempts to figure out the mystery behind these gruesome events and tries to avoid the police all the while. Unknown to him, his adventure will only lead him down a dangerous path that he might not come back from. Kannagi A rather short anime, Kannagi is the story of Nagi and Jin. Jin is a young man, enrolled in middle school. He lives in a rented apartment, paid for by his father who is working abroad. One day, an area of a nearby forest gets cut down for land development. Among the trees that were cut down was one that was sacred and used for rituals. Jin was given this tree and carved a figure out of it to place it in a district exhibition. However, before he was able

to take it to the exhibition, the carved figure turned into a young girl. Her name was Nagi, and she was the Shinto spirit that lived inside the tree, protecting the village from impurities. However, she finds her new form too weak to cleanse the impurities herself, so she asks Jin to help her out, for he is capable of detecting supernatural entities. Staying with Jin because she has no other place to go to, Nagi and Jin work together to purify the land on which the village rests. The 13 episode series follows their adventures as they try to cleanse the land while having to deal with the difficulties of living together.

What Grinds My Gears…About the Holidays DENISE GOTAY Entertainment Editor “Knowing that after the party ends, you’re the one that’s gotta clean up the place,” -Jose Vargas, senior

It’s all fun and games until something or someone annoys you and ruins your well deserved holiday vacation. These UB students gleefully had their opinions to share when it comes to having their gears grinded about the holidays. “When people seem to care about what they’re getting instead of who they’re going to spend the holidays with,” -James Burke, junior “Buying very expensive toys for the little kids and a month later they stop playing with it,” -Maria, senior

“”Being with people that annoy you during the holidays,” -Terry, sophomore

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“Seeing relatives getting drunk in family parties,” -Cinthya, freshman

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inReview Shocking Moments of The Walking Dead DENISE GOTAY Entertainment Editor Season three of AMC’s The Walking Dead has been leaving its fans on the edge of their seats in almost every episode. As the shows goes into their mid season break, let’s look back at some of the most shocking moments this season had to offer: #7. One Legged Hershel Since the beginning of the season, producers have been throwing all sorts of twists and cruel surprises to the viewers. One example is back in episode one when one of the characters, Hershel, ends up getting bit in his ankle by a zombie. Thinking on his feet however, Rick decides to cut off Hershel’s leg to prevent the zombie infection from spreading. Throughout the whole first episode, viewers were wondering whether or not Hershel might survive but fortunately at the end, Hershel finally wakes up from his coma, fully human. #6 The Many Sides of The Governor Being one of the new characters of the show, Walking Dead fans were introduced to the Governor around the third episode. In the beginning it seems like the governor was simply a heartbroken man that lost his family to the zombie apocalypse and is suffering alone. Of course during the scene when he’s sitting down staring nonchalantly ahead at the heads of the victims he cut out of, viewers realize that the governor isn’t really in sync with his mental health. After almost sexually assaulting Maggie and killing innocent people for their supplies, fans quickly made the governor their new character to hate. #5 Walking Dead’s One True Pairing: Andrea and The Governor It’s bad enough that Andrea decides to stay in Woodbury and let Michonne fend off zombies by herself. It’s even worse when Andrea ends up falling in love with a person that she really doesn’t know fully. How long will it take until she realizes that the person she’s sleeping with is a psychopathic, manipulative tyrant?

#4 Where Is Carol? Those three words were on everyone’s mind since Carol ends up missing in a couple of episodes. Some viewers speculate that Carol was dead since Daryl and Rick find her scarf. Carol fans were in denial about the whole thing since her body was not found. Of course in the end, Daryl ends up finding the still alive Carol behind a prison door deep within the corridors of the south wing of the prison. #3 Glenn and Maggie Getting Captured and Tortured During their search for finding food, Glenn and Maggie end up running into Merle at the wrong place at the wrong time. Merle, who’s still searching for his baby brother Daryl, tries to get Glenn to tell him about Daryl’s whereabouts. Since Glenn refused to give any information, Merle attacks and kidnaps them and brings them over to Woodbury as hostages. As Merle tries beating Glenn into telling, the governor had other ideas to try and get Maggie to talk as well. #2 The Death of T-Dog T-Dog, one of the long lasting characters of the whole series, ends up meeting his fate in season three. During a zombie attack, T-Dog gets bit in his shoulder while trying to fend off the zombies. On top of that, he ends up throwing himself into a group of zombies in order to save Carol. As one of the characters who didn’t receive as many lines as the others, some viewers felt cheated when T-Dog was the next one to die. #1 The Death of Lori Grimes Many fans were eager for Lori’s death to come. But not all were anticipating on how she would die in the current season. Being one of the most hated characters on the show, some fans felt sorry for Lori since she ends up dying from giving birth to her baby girl. Others were left speechless as Carl, Lori’s son, ends up being the one to shoot his own mother so she won’t turn into a zombie. Photos courtesy of

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Rihanna Unapologetic Album Review JAMIA SMITH Staff Writer Bold and emotionally intoxicating, Rihanna's Unapologetic album, released November 19, deserves a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Being Rihanna's seventh album, it is surprising that she can still “shine bright like a diamond” and excite us. It is easy to fall in love with this album, as it does not fit into a specific genre; there are definitely songs on this album for all to relate to!

Particularly, the collaborations featured on this album are something to talk about, as Eminem, Future and Rihanna's old flame, Chris Brown make appearances. In the song “Stay,” we hear a side of Rihanna that we do not experience often. She moans out the lyrics in this moving piano ballad, where she can be compared to the lovely, Adele. Her duet with Brown, “Nobody’s Business,” implies the couples' feelings about their rocky relationship that the media

loves to criticize. Also, her song with Future, “Loveeee Song,” is very different and catchy. Rihanna also relights the flame on some older hits, such as her song, “Jump,” that reinvents Ginuwine's “Pony.” Rihanna conveys herself as an independent woman, a task that can be inspirational to her listeners. Overall, this album is a must buy!

One Direction Has Won Another Fan LACORA WOOD Staff Writer One Direction has just released their second album, Take Me Home, a follow up to their first album Up All Night. I need to say from the first time I listened to this I knew that this album is a keeper for my ears. And oh I’m going to spill a little secret; I’ve been listening to boy bands since I was a kid. BSB, *NSYNC, etc. so of course you know I love 1D. There I said it; ok let’s go back to the business. The first song I listened to was “They Don’t Know about Us”. This is what a boy band is all about. The catchy tune, their incredible voices, the lyrics, definitely one of my favorite songs on the album. The album

opens with their first single “Live While We’re Young” which sounds like “What Makes You Beautiful” but with a more mature sound. My next favorite song is of course, “Little Things” thanks to the talented Ed Sheeran who helped them write this song. They have the ability to make girls’ hearts melt; now girls are falling in love with them. If you’re a girl and you can’t relate to this song then you’re crazy and boys, if you want a song to sing to a girl, it’s this one.

On “C’mon C’mon” they give us a song with the perfect dance beat. You can actually imagine them on stage performing this, it’s a perfect song if you’re in a very energetic mood and just want to jump around like an idiot! So overall, I would say the album is pretty close to perfect! I would consider it perfect if it had a Jamaican beat but let’s not push it. They have a great mix of upbeat and romantic songs and the lyrics in some of the songs are just amazing! I give this album a 5/5, so you know its good. Go check it out yourself; you won’t be disappointed.

Silver Linings Playbook: Keeping an Open Mind LACORA WOOD Staff Writer A complete surprise while watching this movie was that I didn’t expect to like it. It just showed me that you should never judge a movie by its actors. But life has its surprises and we all know that; in the movie Silver Linings Playbook we can see that. Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -his house, his job and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state

institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parent’s want is for him to get back on his feet and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team.

Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives. What is their silver lining? Watch the movie and discover the end.

When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help


Opinion How early is too early to bring one's girl/boyfriend to meet the parents? BY HARI SINGH & CORAL ORONA-BAEZ

HE SAID In this situation, anything can go. You meet someone in high school or college and you’re relationship is going good. Some people would think that five months or maybe even more might be early for the parents to meet them, but it is the one to four months that is early. For some parents, it is difficult to see someone that you have been dating, and there is no changing that because parents will be parents. It doesn't matter what you do, one of them will always be protective of you no matter who it is. This is why you have to introduce and tell your parents ahead of time about this person and who they are, what they do, where they live, etc. It will be hard for them to get use to it at first, but as time goes on it will either get easier or harder for the couple to cope with their parent’s involvement. Life is always like this, we can't have our way; we always have obstacles in the way that keep us from evolving into mature humans and that enhance our knowledge of a relationship as a whole. It isn't always perfect when you meet someone that you like or eventually love; your parents will always have that protection over you no matter what it is. It will always happen because it has been done for a very long time, and it’s not going to stop. However, if you take your time and tell your parents what’s involved in it, then things might go your way. You have to keep them involved in your life no matter if you’re in college and you’re busy.


SHE SAID The holidays are just around the corner. Are you excited enough to bring your partner to meet your family? Are you ready enough to take the next step in your relationship? I’ve had few relationships, but I’ve always thought that people should wait at least six months before meeting one’s parents, or maybe until there is a correct level of trust between each other. My last boyfriend wanted to meet my family not even a month after we started going out. I was uncomfortable with the idea since we were still getting to know each other and I still didn’t feel like our relationship was mature enough to have him meet my family (who are quite strict with who I go out with). He argued about wanting to meet my family and in the end told me to just present him as a friend. I went along with the idea just for the sake of not arguing about this issue anymore. That didn’t stop me from feeling uncomfortable when I introduced him to my mother as a “friend” since I knew where our relationship really stood. It went better than I expected with the exception that my mother was suspicious about our so-called “friendship”, which led to plenty

of uncomfortable questions for the remainder of our relationship. Mind you, she never got it confirmed that we were actually going out. My friends, Zach and Marley, used to be really good friends through high school. When Marley graduated, she and Zach started going out. It was an easy transition from friends to sweethearts for them since they’ve been good friends since elementary school. They already knew each other’s parents so it wasn’t hard for them to introduce each other as boyfriend and girlfriend. The parents weren’t surprised when they came out as a couple; in fact they were expecting it to happen. Looking back at this, I realized that maybe you should be good friends first and then a couple later. That way, it won’t be as difficult if you were to introduce them right on the spot and make it more awkward than it’s supposed to be. Being friends allows you to have that level of trust one needs before becoming a couple. So, what are your plans for the upcoming holidays? Do you think you’re ready to introduce your partner to your family?


December 2012

My Life as a Rainbow: My Regrets DENISE GOTAY Entertainment Editor

Chapter Ten I used to love looking forward to Thanksgiving; stuffing my face with food like there’s no tomorrow, hanging out with my little cousins and seeing my other relatives having fun. Of course now that I look towards the holidays, it’s now consumed with unpleasant memories. You see, last year my mother died a couple of days after Thanksgiving. When I found out, I was completely devastated and I wanted to leave and go back to school immediately. I didn’t want to deal with any sort of pity party treatment from my family and I just wanted to be alone. Throughout the remaining semester I didn’t give myself time to grieve since I was busy with school projects and finals. Now that I look back, I realize that I have so many regrets about my mother.

Of course the million dollar question that has always been on my mind is what would she say if I told her that I was a lesbian? I was actually planning on telling her when she became mentally stable. But instead I guess I waited too long to confess to her since she passed away before I had the chance to. I remembered when she used to tell me that she was always proud of me and would always remind me how much she loved me. But sometimes I wondered would she still love me even if I was a LGBT individual? I didn’t care about what others had to say about my orientation and to believe it or not, even though I wasn’t

really close to my mom as I would like to, I still valued her opinion over everyone else because she was the first person who supported me and cared about my wellbeing. By losing her I felt that I had so much unfinished business with my mother. Even though I’m slowly learning how to cope with her death, I very much regret not coming out to her when I had the chance.

I feel like I didn’t do a good job being a daughter to her. She suffered from some sort of schizophrenia. I didn’t understand it at first since I was young when my family told me and I didn’t really know what to do or how to act towards her. Later on she ended up getting worse and decided to isolate herself from her family, including me. Sometimes I wonder if I should have loved her a bit more or hanged around her a bit more, would she have been still here? Was it the fact that I didn’t spend enough time with her that helped contribute to her condition getting worse? Photo courtesy of Denise Gotay



December 2012

Ask Belle Vie: She is ALL Knowing Dear Belle Vie, I’ll just come out and say it: I cheated on my girlfriend. It was a one night stand and I haven’t spoken to the woman since. This was about a week ago. The reason I did it was because I no longer have any feelings for the girl I’m with. Yes, it was a bad idea and I’m a moron for doing it, but I cheated on her and I feel horrible. If anything I should have broken up with her at the start before hoping into another bed, but I didn’t. How can I break the news to my girlfriend gently; about the cheating and that I want to break up? I know she’ll probably hate me and this may not be pretty, but I need help before this guilt eats me alive. Lacking Commonsense Dear Lacking Commonsense, I appreciate your honesty about cheating on your girlfriend, not a lot of guys can come out and say they made a mistake. I can imagine the guilt you feel, especially if you have been with your girlfriend for a while and you know how hard she may take the news. In such a serious situation I would not want to give you bad advice, but I will tell you it’s one of those situations that your morals can come in handy. Knowing, and being able to determine what is right and what is wrong can help you figure things out when you are stuck in a complicated situation. Should you tell your girlfriend about the one night stand? I think you should tell her the truth because even though you want to eventually break up you owe her honesty. I don’t think there is a gentle way of breaking the news to her, but I do suggest in a private setting. Maybe you can cook her dinner or you guys can order in. The reasons why I suggest a private setting is because in such a situation you are not sure how she may react or how you yourself may react to her frustration. There may be some yelling and screaming or possibly some hands flying, so a private setting where things can easily be put back into control is best and somewhere where others may not get into your private matter is also a good idea. Life is a learning experience; each day we come across something we learn from that helps us grow in more ways than one. You have a reason to feel guilty, “yes,” but also holding on to that feeling will do nothing for you. The break up and you breaking the news will not be pleasant for both of you. Get the messy news over and done with. Freeing all your thoughts and making them known will make your shoulders feel so much lighter. Be strong in the middle of things and you will pull through fine. P.S. I wish you luck and I hope things can be resolved in a some-what pleasant way. Sincerely, Belle Vie


Issue 5 - 2012/2013  
Issue 5 - 2012/2013  

Issue 5 of The Scribe 2012