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DIA IN JEOPARDY SEE FEATURES, PAGE 5 JON ADAMS/THE SOUTH END

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Don’t worry, be happy Reasons why you should start working out today

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WISAM DAIFI Do it now-Don’t say you’ll do it tomorrow, sometime this week or soon when you’re perfectly capable of doing it today. Why bother with this whole “exercise” trend? It’s hard work. It’s timeconsuming. Your body aches,and you already have too many goals that seem hard to achieve. I’m going to tell you some overpowering reasons as to why it is important to exercise. You should work out because it makes you happy. I don’t mean this in a top-secret way. I mean it literally. You’ll feel awesome after you exercise. Immediately, actually. Study after study confirms the direct relationship between exercise and increased happy hormones, including a study that suggests extreme exercise controls the brain in a very similar way to cocaine.

Other studies can be found to show physical activity can help manage depression. You should work out to make your life easier. Being stronger, leaner, happier, and more capable can make for a more convenient life: Your boss needs you to get that box? Yes lady, you can get that box. Your family needs you to rearrange some furniture? Yes buddy, you’ll move that couch. Your girlfriend needs you to carry her? Saddle up, cowboy. Training increases your capabilities. Lift something a little bit heavier each day and get a little bit stronger. Run a little faster each day and get a little bit, um, faster. A body that is increasingly capable makes for a life that is increasingly manageable. You should work out because it helps you win at life. Setting and achieving goals inside the weight room helps you set and achieve goals outside the weight room. This is a learned trait. From a very early age, successful people start to reinforce this idea that if they set

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their mind to something and tirelessly work towards its accomplishment, the outcome will be positive. Archbishop Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens said it well: “Happy are those who dream dreams and pay the price to make those dreams come true.” Initially, these victories are small. But eventually, the accomplishment of our goals comes to define our life. This same cycle repeats itself on a daily basis with our exercise. For example, if you’d like to be able to do a pull-up you might do what I did to achieve it. You would do seated rows, inverted rows, lat-pull down, and doing assisted pull-ups to finally be able to do a pull-up. Set, work, achieve, rinse, and repeat. The more you emphasize hard work with a positive outcome, the more you think of yourself as a winner. If we get good at winning at exercise, we can be good at winning at anything. You should work out because you can. Initially, it’s easy to view exercise as a job. Think of exercise as a blessing instead. Not only

do you have the knowledge and the means to exercise but also you’ve been given a body that is strong and truly a work of art. And, you can work out to be sexy, too. It is probably the top reason why everyone wants to workout initially. Guys like a girl with a little bit of chalk on her hands and girls like a guy with a six-pack. Anyone who can take care of themselves and their body can take care of people and things around them. These are just some out of a million reasons to why you should work out and do it now rather then later. As power lifter Jim Wendler said, “make time for it. Just get it done. Nobody ever got strong or got in shape by thinking about it. They did it.” Information for this article included this study: Daily treadmill exercise attenuates cocaine cueinduced reinstatement and cocaine induced locomotor response but increases cocaine-primed reinstatement. Link: http://www. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pubmed/23103403


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It just isn’t “twerking” Miley’s gone too far JAMILAH JACKSON The South End To all my readers, I want to apologize. I had a sudden lapse in judgment when I said Miley Cyrus isn’t the enemy. I change my mind. She is the villain and pop culture is the victim. You might ask, “Why the sudden change of heart?” and I’ll direct you to Miley’s MTV Video Music Awards performance. I only need one word to describe it: Odd! From the teddy bears to the latex, nude colored bathing suit—Tim Burton himself couldn’t have directed a more bizarre performance. Viewers should have known Miley was off her rocker as soon as she stepped on the red carpet before the show. It looked like Miley was wearing the pant suit version of the Chiquita Banana Lady’s costume. Her stylist should be fired for letting Miley walk out of the house looking like the Cynthia doll from the 90’s cartoon “Rugrats” (If you don’t believe me, check Instagram for the memes). The horrid performance began with Miley singing her summer hit “We Can’t Stop,” a song which I have grown to like. Of course, a Miley performance isn’t complete without the quintessential “twerk.” Too bad she didn’t rehearse enough because as soon as she finished “dancing” (and I use the term loosely), she was fresh out of breath and could barely finish the song. At the end of the song, she rips off her teddy bear leotard to reveal her nude latex bikini. Another shocker to me is that she appeared to be wearing white gym shoes. Now, I may be nit picking, but no one behind the scenes could find a better shoe to match the horrible outfit? Give us some relief! Now here’s the part where I question MTV’s sanity. Why would you add Robin Thicke to this train wreck of a show? Thicke performed his number one hit “Blurred Lines” alongside Cynthia — I mean Miley. Insert awkward foam finger moment here. During the song, Miley dry humps a foam finger and Mr. Thicke, who is married and a father. The inappropriateness of the performance was both uncomfortable and amusing. MTV camera’s scoured the crowd during the songs to get celebrity reactions and let’s just say they agreed with me. Miley, I still like what you’re doing with your life. Be an adult. I don’t blame you for having fun but you definitely crossed the very visible line. When I said “Twerk Miley Miley Twerk,” I meant in a dark room with friends far away from society. The world isn’t ready for your moves but keep hope alive. There are many twerk tutorials on YouTube.

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Big Sean comes home Rapper visits WSU fans TIM CARROLL & ZEINAB NAJM Contributing Writers Det r o i t r ap p e r B i g S e a n h a s co m e back to D e tr o i t i n a b i g wa y . Sea n M i c h ae l A n d er s o n , kn o wn b y his sta ge na m e , B i g S ea n , b r o ug h t his c r e w to Me tr o D et r o i t fo r h i s sec on d h o m e c o m i n g co n cer t o n Au g . 31 a t D T E E n er g y M us i c T h e atr e. “ T h i s i s d e f i ni tely h o m e ,” B i g Sean sa i d . “ It’s th e b es t t h i n g i n t h e w orl d .” B ig S e an ap p e ar e d a t a li m i t e d even t f o r Wa y ne S t a t e i n t h e Hi l ber r y T h e atr e tw o d a y s b e fo r e t h e big c o nc e r t. H e sai d h e a lwa y s kn e w he wou l d be su c c e s s ful. “ I w a s i n f i f th gr a d e a n d I wo uld tell m y te a c h e r I wa n t ed t o b e a r apper and si gne d t o De f Ja m ,” h e said . B ig S e an w e nt f ro m a n a s pi r i n g Detr o i t ar ti st to o n e o f t h e b es t r apper s i n h i p - h o p , b ut h e n eve r f orge ts w h e r e h e co m e s fr o m . H e k now s l i v i ng i n th e ci t y h elpe d shape w h o h e i s. “ No ma tte r h o w cr a zy t h e t i m e s are, w e a l w a y s go t t a pull t h r o ug h . T hat’s o ne o f th e t h i n g s I le a r n e d .

T h e ci ty gave m e m orals , it taught m e t o be the pe rs on I am ,” he s aid. M y r a A nde rs on, Big S e an’s m oth er , wa s als o give n cre dit for his ch a r a c te r. H e s aid s he told him to g o fo r w hat he be lie ve d in his he art. “ Even on the firs t s ong on m y a lb um , w hich is calle d ‘Nothing is S t o pping Me ,’ I alw ays had that fa i t h a nd de te rm ination,” he s aid. “ T h e f irs t line s of the album are , ‘I kn o w I ’m gonna ge t it, I j us t don’t kn o w how .’” “ O n e of the othe r things I als o lea r n e d is the j ourne y is the m os t i m po r tant part as oppos e d to the pa y o f f,” he continue d. T h e rappe r’s s ophom ore album is ca lle d “H all Of Fam e .” “ I calle d the album ‘H all of Fam e ’ b eca use w he n it’s all s aid and done , I wa n n a be in the R ock and R oll Ha ll of Fam e — hope fully the y have a r a p hall of fam e ,” he s aid. “A ny t h i n g I do, I w anna do on the le ve l o f t h e hall of fam e .” T h e artw ork on this album s how s a m o r e forw ard- thinking Big S e an. He t eam e d up w ith K anye W e s t’s co m pany, D OND A , to collaborate o n t h e vis uals . “ Y o u know the photo s hoot w as a v er y rare photo s hoot; w e didn’t a d d a f fe cts to the picture s ,” he s aid.

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“That’s how the actua l pi ctu res looke d — the re w as a whol e b u n ch of plas tic hanging arou n d. Those dude s are alw ays e vol v i n g a n d ma k ing the be s t artis tic work . ” From artw ork to the mu si c, Bi g S e an w ants to ins pire you n g peopl e and he lp bring the city of Detroi t back to the top. “I alwa ys wa n n a put the city in a pos iti ve l i ght; I’v e alw ays w ante d to be th a t you n g re pre s e ntative be cause th ere rea l l y is n’t a black m an tha t represen ts from D e troit that has a pl a tf orm.” Big S e an als o he ld meet a n d gre e ts to ge t clos e to h i s hometown fans , s e tting up at Best Bu y a n d Burn R ubbe r, am ong oth er pl a ces. Fans line d up, w aiting f or h ou rs to m e e t the rappe r and get a n a u to graph. Five hundre d peopl e showed up at his Be s t Buy e ven t, wi th more atte nding his block p a rty meet a n d gre e t in R oyal Oak. Eve n w ith all the s e peopl e i n l i n e w aiting, S e an got pe rson a l wi th e ve ry fan, having a sh ort con v ersa tion w ith e ve ryone . Sea n l i sten ed to the ir s torie s , re ad thei r l etters, gave advice and accepted some w ork from othe r as piri n g a rti sts. A ll of the s e e ve nts , however, were als o to prom ote “H all of F a me,” his late s t album , and the con cert

Sa tu rda y. Bi g Sea n promi sed on h i s Twi tter a ccou n t tha t the con cert wou l d b e ev en b i gger tha n th e l a st. Ra pper Dra k e ma de a n a ppea ra n ce a t th e con cert a n d perf ormed a f ew of hi s own son gs wi th Bi g Sea n . Ra pper Ni ck i M i n a j a l so gra ced th e sta ge a n d perf ormed her v erse on Bi g Se a n ’s son g “A$$.” Bi g Sea n ’s con cert l a st Decemb er a l so f ea tu red ma n y di f f eren t ra ppers a s wel l , i n cl u di n g Ka n ye West a n d J. Col e. “When Dra k e a n d Ni ck i M i n a j ca me ou t, I wa s compl etel y sh ock ed, ” sa i d Demetri u s F ew, a 17-yea r-ol d f a n . F ew, a b i g f a n of Sea n , wa s ex ci ted a b ou t seei n g th ese f a mou s ra ppers a t on e con cert. “Somethi n g a b ou t a l l th ese cel eb ri ti es b ei n g there a t th e sa me ti me seemed to ma k e ev erythi n g f eel more rea l . ” t F ew a l so a tten ded on e of th e meet a n d greets wi th Sea n . “You wou l d th i n k the meet a n d greets were ju st to b oost sa l es, b u t h e a ctu a l l y gets to k n ow ea ch f a n a s mu ch a s h e ca n whi l e they’re there,” F ew sa i d. He a dded tha t h e h opes i t i sn ’t the l a st ti me Sea n comes h ome a n d rea l l y rea ch es ou t to hi s f a n s.


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Jazz fest closes out summer WSU Big Band opens for Grammy winner KATHERINE ADDY Contributing Writer Labor Day weekend means many things, including the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. For Detroit, it means the jazz fest has arrived. Celebrating its 34th year, the Detroit International Jazz Festival is the largest, free-admission jazz event in the world. The festival featured five stages in the heart of the city, spread throughout Campus Martius Park, Cadillac Square and Hart Plaza. Scores - no pun intended - of locally and globallyrecognized jazz musicians graced the stages during the four day event. The torrential rain held off just long enough for the closing set on Friday,

featuring the Dave Murray Big Band, including vocal accompaniment from R&B melodist Macy Gray. The weekend was peppered with performances from a balanced blend of world-class professionals and groundbreaking up-and-coming artists, including performances from legendary American jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal and Detroit native jazz drummer and hip hop producer Karriem Riggins. On Monday The Wayne State University Big Band, which is open to performance and jazz studies majors, performed along side Grammy award winner and Jazz Festival artist-in-residence, Danilo Pérez. Pérez had nothing but kind words for the city of Detroit and its residents, according to The Detroit News. He reminded festivalgoers of the deep

cultural and historical significance surrounding Detroit music. The Wayne State University Big Band is lead by WSU Professor and Director of Jazz Studies Christopher Collins. In 2012 Collins took over as artistic director for the Detroit International Jazz Festival bringing experience, dedication and innovation with him. The festival also featured a way for patrons to experience music differently. The Chrystler Jazz Talk Tent, hosted by jazz historians Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert, included up-close-and-personal interviews with artists, educational presentations and intimate, unplugged performances. The music didn’t stop when the stages closed down, after the first three nights of the festival the Volt Lounge

at the RenCen Marriott hosted “Jam Sessions,” giving musicians from all walks of life a chance to come together. “The Jam Sessions are a great opportunity for local musicians and people coming in from out of town to play and get to know each other on the bandstand.” said Alex Colista, festival volunteer and aspiring jazz saxophonist. The Jazz Festival is more than just a weekend of music- it is a revitalization effort for Detroit. Robert McCabe and the Detroit Renaissance founded the Detroit International Jazz Festival in 1980, with the intention to bring people to the city. With the current state of affairs in our newly-declared bankrupt city, this festival helped remind everyone of how much Detroit still has to offer.

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DIA may lose funds Oakland County threatens to withhold millage SYDNEE THOMPSON The South End Detroit’s bankruptcy filing has worked plenty of metro Detroiters into a tizzy, and rightfully so. But the cash crunch may get worse: Oakland County has announced plans to withhold its portion of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ millage funds if the institution sells any of its artwork to pay creditors, according to Oakland Press. That would mean that the DIA would be out of $10 million a year for the next nine years, for a total of $90 million. Moreover, the DIA could end up losing all of its millage funding — $23 million annually — should Wayne and Macomb counties follow suit. “We think the people of Oakland County, when they approved the millage, had a reasonable expectation that it would be used to establish the DIA, and not be used to pay off the bad debts of the City of Detroit,” said Thomas Guastello, chairperson of the Oakland County Art Institute Authority, in an Aug. 10 Oakland Press article. Of course, this also means Oakland County residents would be deprived of free admission, but if you can no longer visit the DIA to see priceless paintings by Van Gogh or Picasso because the city pawned them off, well, would anyone still want to go in the first place?

There’s a serious catch-22 involved: metro Detroit residents should not be expected to maintain an institution that doesn’t retain its most valuable assets, but if they don’t help support the DIA, it could cause the museum to have to sell even more paintings or eventually close altogether. It seems unfair, though, to punish the DIA for the possible liquidation, since it would most certainly be Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr who would order the sales. In the past, DIA representatives have been very clear about their fierce opposition to such a practice. But there are also major debates brewing over whether Detroit should sell other valuable assets, including the water and sewerage department, the Detroit Zoo, Belle Isle and even its half of the Windsor Tunnel. I’m all for hacking away at Detroit’s debt, but being debt free won’t help the city climb out of its massive hole of dysfunction if there’s nothing left for residents to enjoy and businesses to invest in afterward. They’re considered “assets” for a reason. Instead of selling off the few things Detroit does have going for it, the city would be better served by hiring staff to efficiently run their departments and generate the needed revenue that way… you know, by making sure they notice million dollar checks laying around that they forgot to cash. Oops.

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‘Hardcore Pawn’: Detroit fact or fiction? One of TV’s most popular reality shows profits from city’s squalor SYDNEE THOMPSON The South End I s th e r e e ve r such a t h i n g a s b a d pu bli c i ty ? Th a t o l d ad a ge wo uld h a ve y o u believ e th e answ e r i s n o , a n d t y pi call y , I w o u l d a gr ee — e x ce pt , t h a t is, in th e c a se o f a cer t a i n h i g h ly rated r e al i ty T V p r o g r a m b y t h e n am e o f “ H ar d c o re Pa wn .” For th o se no t i n t h e kn o w, “ Ha r d core P aw n” i s a 30 -m i n ut e s h o w on Tr u T V th at f o llo ws t h e ex plo i t s of Am e r i c a n Je w e lr y a n d Lo a n — a paw n sh o p o n Gr e e n fi eld Ro a d i n Detro i t — th a t i s o wn ed a n d o pe r ated by Le s Go l d a n d h i s t wo ki d s , Seth a nd A sh l e y . I t pr em i er ed o n Au g. 16 , 20 10 to on e o f t h e n et wor k ’s bi gge st aud i en ce s eve r , and th e se v e nth s e a s o n d e b ut e d in M a r c h o f th i s y e a r . T r uT V peg s Ame r i c an Je w e l r y a n d Lo a n a s “ D e tr oit’s bi gge st a nd b a d d es t pa wn s hop ,” and i t v e r y we ll co uld b e . I t’s d e f i ni te l y th e m o s t fa m o us — or in f a m o u s, d e p e n d i n g o n wh o m you ask . Ev e r y T u e sd ay n i g h t I fi n d m y s e lf watch i ng tw o h o u r s s t r a i g h t o f t h i s s how , and I’m no t r e a lly s ur e wh y . At f i r st I w ante d t o wa t ch i t b e cau s e i t w as ba se d i n De t r o i t , a n d I pr i d e d my se l f o n b e i n g a b le t o rec o gni z e a l o t o f t h e b ui ld i n g s a n d s tree t c o r ne r s th a t co m pr i s e t h e cu ta w ay sh o ts. T h e n I r e a li z e d t h a t , with th e e x c e p ti o n o f t h e Re n a i s s an c e Ce nte r , I o n ly r eco g n i z e d t h e bac k d r o p s be c au s e t h e y ’r e t h e s a m e g ene r i c o ne s th e m e d i a a lwa y s depi c ts o f D e tr o i t — a b a n d o n e d bu il d i ngs a nd o v er g r o wn pa r ki n g lots.

“ W hy are the y s how ing that s t r ee t ?” My m om as ke d w he n s h e walke d by m y room one day. “ T h a t ’ s now he re ne ar the s tore .” T e ch n ically the R e n Ce n is n’t e i t h er , but I gue s s s how ing picture s o f t h e little m ote l ne xt door is n’t n e a r ly as e m otional or iconic. I ’ve d r i v en by A m e rican J e w e lry and Lo a n hundre ds of tim e s — it’s le s s t h a n a m inute outs ide of S outh fi eld . You could throw a rock from t h e pa rking lot and hit a gaggle of s ub urbanite s , w hile the R e n Ce n is a t le a st 25 m inute s aw ay. A ft er the ruin porn s cave nge r h un t s got old, I w atche d for the “ d r a m a.” The re ’s an inte re s ting dy n a m i c in the G old fam ily. I nte rac t i o n s am ong the le ading trio, the ir e m ploye e s and e ve n the ir cus tom e r s a r e lace d w ith accus ations , cur s e w ords and thre ats . G iant s e cur i ty office rs patrol the s tore , r ea d y to pull any unruly patrons o ut b y the ir collars if the y have to … a n d the y us ually have to. S om e o n e g oe s craz y and ve rbally be rate s t h e em ploye e s at le as t five tim e s i n a 24 - m inute taping. The m os t s t r i ki n g vis ual of the s e m om e nts is wh e n Le s or S e th s tands w ith the ir a r m s f olde d, e ye s hard, and a giant g ua r d appe ars be hind the cus tom e r t o d r ag the m out, like this is an e x clus ive club on ope ning night. M e rchandis e is throw n, w e ave s a n d earrings ge t rippe d off. U s u a lly i t happe ns w he n a cus tom e r i s n ’ t offe re d as m uch m one y as the y wa n t . The y m ake fools of the m s e lve s and I ’m le ft be w ilde re d. I ’m e m b a rras s e d on be half of e ve ryone i n vo lv e d but I can’t look aw ay. B ut D e troit ge ts s o little atte n -

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tion in the m e dia tha t thi s whol e circus could be a ble ssi n g i n di s guis e . I n the w ake of th e M otor City’s bankruptcy fili n g, the pa wn s hop m ay coax m ore peopl e i n to the city, e ve n if all th ose peopl e are only doing s o be ca u se they’re on the ir las t le gs tryi n g to ma k e a buck or trying to ge t 15 mi n u tes of fam e . I t’s not the G olds ’ f a u l t tha t the m aj ority of pe ople wh o wa n der i n to the ir s tore are poor, u n edu ca ted or frus trate d, but s om e thi n g a b ou t the w hole s e tup s e e m s mi l dl y ex pl oi t ative . A fte r all, the y’re prof i ti n g dire ctly (through s al es) a n d i n di re ctly (through the s how) f rom th a t poor dude w ho has to pa wn of f hi s tools for gas m one y. Wheth er th e cus tom e rs are playin g i t u p f or th e cam e ras or be ing ge n u i n e i s a l most irre le vant — e ithe r wa y, they’re “los ing the ir m inds ” b eca u se th ey fe e l like it’s the be s t wa y to get w hat the y w ant/ne e d, i .e. : “E i th er you’re going to give me the ex tra $20 I ne e d to pay m y el ectri c b i l l this m onth, or I ’m goi n g to ma k e a s ce ne s o I ge t on TV.” My brothe r confirmed th i s f or me w he n, w hile w atching th e sh ow, he re cogniz e d one of his h i gh school frie nds trying to s e ll Ash l ey her us e d pantie s . “This is s o fake ,” h e sa i d. “Sh e’s the m os t prope r pe rson I k n ow.” In othe r w ords , de finitel y n ot the k i n d of pe rs on w ho w ould get b el l i ger e nt on cam e ra be cause a store i sn ’t inte re s te d in buying her q u esti on able unde rgarm e nts . This s how s ticks a ca mera i n the face s of its cus tom e rs, pok es them w ith a s tick and the n l a u gh s.

Ha n k Stu ev er su mmed i t u p n i cel y i n a 2 0 10 Wa shi n gton Post a rti cl e: “‘Ha rdcore Pa wn ’ i s a chea p, depressi n g, ev en u n ctu ou s ex erci se tha t ra i ses a l l sorts of con cern s tha t i t n ev er a ddresses a b ou t the rea l b i ggi es: cl a ss, ra ce, eth n i ci ty, mon ey, f a mi l y. An d i t’s n ot ev en terri b l y ori gi n a l , seemi n g to pi ggyb a ck on the Hi story cha n n el ’s popu l a r rea l i ty sh ow, th e La s Vega s-b a sed ‘Pa wn Sta rs. ’” Bu t La s Vega s ha s dru g dea l ers, ga mb l ers, hook ers, i mpov eri sh ed peopl e a n d peopl e wi th men ta l i l l n ess, too, a n d I’ve n ev er seen the sort of v a pi d dysf u n cti on i n th e La s Vega s-b a sed sh ow (or ev en the di rect ‘Ha rdcore Pa wn ’ spi n of f , ‘Ha rdcore Pa wn : Chi ca go’) th a t I’v e seen i n the Detroi t on e. Is th a t b eca u se La s Vega s i s b etter, or b eca u se we ju st l i k e to preten d th a t i t i s? “I’v e n ev er b een more emb a r ra ssed of my ch i l dren ,” Les shou ts du ri n g on e Ju l y epi sode. I f i n d my eyeb rows sh ooti n g u p. Rea l l y? Ju st n ow? Af ter seven sea son s a n d 10 0 some-odd epi sodes? Th e Gol ds a re prob a b l y some of the f ri en dl i est peopl e i n person , b u t th i s show l oves showi n g th ei r (a n d Detroi t’s) worst. So k n ow i n g thi s, wh y do peopl e ju mp a n d screa m a n d u ri n a te i n th e pa rk i n g l ot on ca mera ? Why do Les a n d Seth a n d Ash l ey th i n k the f i n a l edi ted produ ct i s the b est wa y to represen t the stru ggl i n g ci ty they k n ow a n d l ov e? Why does a store f u l l of a n gry b l a ck peopl e pu l l i n h i gher ra ti n gs th a n a n y oth er hor ri b l e, chea p sh ow on thi s n etwork ? An d wh y ca n ’t I tu rn th e cha n n el ?


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Are you sleeping? You need more than you think HUMBERTO MARTINEZ JR. Sports Correspondent Sl e e p . We al l l o v e i t. W e a ll wa n t i t . W e all ne e d i t. B u t th e p r o bl e m i s t h a t we d o n ’t get e no u gh o f i t. An d w h i l e a l a c k o f s lee p ca n b e - and r e a l l y i s - det r i m e n t a l t o t h e per f o r m a nc e and m o o d o f r e g ula r , w ork i ng, e v e r y d a y peo ple, i t i s es pec i a l l y d am a gi ng t o a t h let e s o f a ll ag es a t al l l e v e l s. T h e to p i c o f a th le t e s a n d s le e p i s d is c u sse d i n D r . J a m e s M a a s ’ s la t est b o o k , Sl e e p to Wi n !: S e cr et s t o Un l o c k i ng Y o u r A t h le t i c Ex ce lle n ce in Ev e r y Sp o r t. Ma as, a u th o r o f “ Po wer S le e p: T he R e v o l u ti o nar y Pr o g r a m T h a t Pr ep a r e s Y o u r M i n d fo r Pea k Pe r f orma nc e ” and “ S lee p fo r S ucce s s ! ...Ev e r y th i ng Y o u M us t K n o w A b o ut Sl eep B u t ar e T o o T i r ed t o A s k,” i s a lead i ng v o i c e an d i n t e r n a t i o n a l c on su l tant o n sl e e p. H e h a s s t ud ied t h e su bj e c t f o r m o r e t h a n fo ur d ec ad e s. Sl e e p to Wi n! i s co -a ut h o r ed b y Hale y D avi s, w h o , a cco r d i n g t o t h e book , i s th e “ v i c e - pr e s i d e n t o f t h e Sl eep to Wi n c o ns ult i n g fi r m . S h e is c o m p l e ti ng h e r B . S . i n ps y ch o lo gy an d p r e me d a t C o r n ell U n i ve r s i ty, w h e r e sh e h as b e e n co n d uct i n g r esea r c h , sp e a k i n g a n d pub li s h i n g artic l e s o n sl e e p .” Ma as i n p a r ti c u la r h a s b e e n a sl eep c o nsu l tant f o r a t h let e s a n d

a t h letic te am s at e ve ry le ve l of co m pe tition. Pre vious ly a profe s s o r i n the ps ychology de partm e nt a t C o rne ll U nive rs ity for 4 8 ye ars , “ I t s t ruck m e in the clas s room that h e r e we re a lot of s le e py s tude nts wh o we re als o athle te s ,” he s aid. “ S le e p de privation ce rtainly w as n’t g o o d a cade m ically, but it s truck m e t h a t t he re m ight be s om e de le te ri o us effe cts on the playing fie ld.” I t ’ s s aid that practice m ake s per fect, but the re are only s o m any h o ur s in the day to de dicate to pr a ct i ce . S o, athle te s trade a fe w h o ur s of s le e p in the m orning for a few h ours in the gym , on the court o r fi eld. B ut Maas and D avis s ay that e arly pr a ct i ce s and coach- m andate d “ t wo -a - days ” not only hinde r an a t h lete ’s s le e p, but the athle te ’s per fo rm ance as w e ll. “ C o a che s have to unde rs tand s lee p,” Maas s aid. “The y have to un d e rs tand that tw o- a- days is a b s o lu te ly a w as te of tim e – s tupid – b e caus e the s e guys and gals ne e d t h e i r sle e p. A nd w he n you have s ch o la r- athle te s that have to s tay up la t e doing pape rs and the n are s t r e s s e d out and the y m ight have a co uple of be e rs or s om e thing, you d o n ’t w ant to curtail the s le e p that t h e y ne e d by having an e arly m orn i n g practice .” I n s te ad of ge tting the re com m en d ed 7 ½ - 8 ½ hours of s le e p fo r a dults 26 - ye ars and olde r or t h e 9 ¼ hours for thos e unde r

26 - ye ars - old, athle tes a re getti n g an ave rage of 6 .1 hou rs, a ccordi n g to Maas . The rationale for e a rl y morn i n g practice s and tw o- a- da ys i s th a t th e practice w ill m ake an a thl ete b et te r. But it’s the los s of sl eep th a t has an adve rs e e ffe ct. “I n e ve ry s port w here we’ve cu t out e arly m orning s h oota rou n ds or lacros s e practice or wha tev er, the kids actually im prove b y n ot pra c ticing tw ice a day, ma i n l y b eca u se it is inte rfe ring w ith thei r sl eep,” Mas s s aid. “S le e p is de finite ly b ei n g mi ssed out on be caus e s o m an y a th l etes have the s e tw o- a- day pra cti ces,” D avis s aid. Maas and D avis offer ti ps a n d s trate gie s to ge t a good n i ght’s s le e p, im prove re cov ery ti me f rom inj ury and im prove perf orma n ce on the playing fie ld in the b ook . They als o have a te s t to determi n e i f s om e one is s le e p de pri v ed. S om e of the que s tion s on the te s t: • D oe s a w arm room, a b or ing m e e ting, a he avy mea l or a l ow dos e of alcohol m ake you sl eepy or drow s y? • D o you fall asl eep wi th i n five m inute s of ge ttin g i n to b ed? • D o you ne e d a n a l a rm cl ock to w ake up? • D o you hit th e sn ooze b a r re pe ate dly? • D o you s le e p ex tra h ou rs on the w e e ke nd?

If you a n swered yes to a l l of these qu esti on s, “you ’v e got a seri ou s prob l em,” M a ss sa i d. Da v i s sa i d 75 percen t of peopl e a re sl eep depri v ed a n d tha t there a re th ree ma i n ru l es tha t sh e a n d M a ss recommen d to of f set sl eep de pri v a ti on . “The f i rst i s ju st getti n g th e tota l n u mb er of h ou rs of sl eep th a t you n eed. We a l so sa y to k eep a regu l a r sl eep sch edu l e. The l a st on e i s ju st getti n g a con sta n t sl eep,” Da v i s sa i d. Impl emen ti n g th ese ru l es a n d gu i del i n es, a s wel l a s the ma n y others i n “Sl eep to Wi n !”, wi l l tremen dou sl y i mprov e a n a th l ete’s perf orma n ce. Throu gh thei r stu di es u si n g these ru l es, M a a s sa i d tha t h e a n d Da v i s f ou n d th a t “l i tera l l y overn i gh t we cou l d cha n ge a th l eti c perf orma n ce.” A sl eepi n g ti p – on e th a t you ’l l l ov e to hea r – tha t ca n b e a p pl i ed n ot ju st to a thl etes b u t to a l l peopl e, especi a l l y col l ege stu den ts, i s sl eep more. “Peopl e don ’t rea l i ze, they sa y ‘Oh , I’ve got a l l thi s work to do I don ’t ha v e ti me to sl eep’, i f th ey took the ex tra h ou r or two hou rs to sl eep, th ey’d a ctu a l l y get more don e b eca u se th ey’d b e i n a b etter mood, more ef f i ci en t, more ef f ec ti v e, ” M a a s sa i d. “M ore sl eep a n d l ess l a te n i gh ts a ctu a l l y wi l l sen d you r gra des u p. ” So gra b a sof t pi l l ow, a wa rm b l a n k et a n d get to sl eep.

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