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Academics Sports Entertainment Business Lifestyle December 2008 Vol. 27

CH Exclusive Interview Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address Health Topping the Tree without Tipping the Scale

SAT Preparation Last Dates to Take SAT Examinations for Your College Applications Are in December.

Happy Holidays Are You Prepped for the Holidays

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ince our last issue our country elected Barack Obama as its first AfricanAmerican president. Actually, like me, he is biracial so I’m especially proud. Celebrity High interviewed President-elect Obama towards the end of the last school year. He is truly a transfromational, and we wish him the best of luck in his new job as our nation’s Commander-In-Chief on Januray 20. Speaking of the election, this issue has a great story about 0bama’s inaugural address that I’m sure you’ll find both informative and interesting. This issue also includes the upcoming Los Angeles high school basketball schedules. We at CH encourage readers to cut out the schedule and put it on their refrigerator so they don’t miss any of this season’s exciting hoop action. Additionally, this month’s issue checks in with Plain White T’s Lead Singer Tom Higgenson, whose song, Delilah, was a major hit. Tis the season to be jolly and with Christmas, Hannakuh, and Kwanza all around the corner, remember it is better to give than to receive. I was watching the news the other day about how a team of youngsters got people to donate coats to give to the less fortunate. Watching the sincerity was purifying. It also reminded me that sometimes students get a bad rap. It’s always nice to see something positive that students are doing get some play. That’s about it. Oh, I almost forgot to give a special shout out to my father whose first novel is coming out on Never Sink Books. It’s a love story about a Jewish man and a black woman called “American Moses” and it will be on www.celebrityhigh.net/magazine

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SAT PREP.

Last dates to take SAT examinations for your Below are some key tips to study for the SAT’s.

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Here are some tips for taking tests: First, be sure you’ve studied properly. It sounds like a no-brainer, but if you’re sure of the information, you’ll have less reason to be worried. Get enough sleep the night before the test. Your memory recall will be much better if you’ve had enough rest. Listen closely to any instructions. As the teacher hands out the test, be sure you know what’s expected of you. Read the test through first. Once you have the test paper in front of you, read over the entire test, checking out how long it is and all the parts that you are expected to complete. Focus on addressing each question individually. As you take the test, if you don’t know an answer, don’t obsess over it. Relax. If you’re so nervous that you blank out, you might need a mini-break.

Finished already? Although most teachers will let you hand a test in early, it’s usually a good idea to spend any extra time checking over your work.

Be prepared: Be well-rested and ready to go. Get a good night’s sleep the night before the test. Eat breakfast. You’ll be at the test center for several hours and you’re likely to get hungry. Bring acceptable Photo ID and your SAT Admission Ticket. Bring two No. 2 pencils and a good eraser—a pencil is required for the multiple-choice questions and the essay. Mechanical pencils are not allowed because they may have the wrong type of lead or punch through the answer sheet. Pens are not allowed. Bring a calculator with fresh batteries. Bring snacks. You will get a short break at the end of each hour of testing time. You can eat or drink any snacks you have brought with you during these breaks. A healthy snack will go a long way toward keeping you alert during the entire test.

Unless otherwise instructed, you need to arrive at your assigned test center by 7:45 a.m. Testing should be completed between 12:30 and 1 p.m. Make sure you use a No. 2 pencil on the answer sheet. It is very important that you fill in the entire circle darkly and completely. If you change your response, erase it as completely as possible. Incomplete marks or erasures may affect your score. It is very important that you follow these instructions when filling out your answer sheet.

SAT Subject Tests If you are only taking one or two Subject Tests, you may leave the test center after your final test is finished. You may work on only one test during each testing hour. You will get a short break at the end of each hour of testing time. You can take up to three Subject Tests on one test date. You can change your mind on test day about which Subject Test you want to take. You may substitute a Subject Test (other than a listening test), or add Subject Tests (other than a listening test) on test day. Learn more about SAT Subject Tests. Students taking Biology E or M are not allowed to take both tests in one sitting. If you do, your scores may be canceled.

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CH Exclusive Interview

Plain White T’s Lead Singer

Tom Higgenson By Amanda White As the Plain White T’s learned over the last two years, there’s something unreal about success. One minute you’re sweating on stage in some dive. The next, your song is #1 and your CD has sold more than a million albums worldwide. Unreal, yet staying real is precisely what the Plain White T’s are all about. So on their new Hollywood/Fearless CD, Big Bad World, they passed on the digital bells or whistles. Instead, producer Johnny K pressed the ‘record’ button and the band simply played its heart out. CH goes exclusive with lead vocalist Tom Higgenson.

CH When did you guys realize that you made it? TOM It was probably last year. Actually, before Delilah became very big, we released the song “Hate” as a single and it got a lot of play on alternative rock stations on the radio. That is when we realized that we made it and we were on our way. Then of course Delilah hit big and that is when we knew we made it. CH Do you remember when radio or MTV first played your song? TOM “Hate” was on the radio in Los Angeles. K-rock is the first station that had ever played it. We had just finished our record that day so we were all celebrating and partying. There was a girl at the party who worked at K-rock.

We played her “Hate” in our friends’ car and the next morning it was on the radio. The song was played a lot and it spread to a lot of others stations all across the country. Delilah was huge but we rarely got to see how big it was because we were too busy playing on the road and promoting the album. CH How did the band members meet? TOM Dave and I started from high school. After we started touring a little some

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of the guys in the band just didn’t think it was for them so they quit. The band line up we have right now was from other guys in other bands that we met while on the road. They were all in other bands that we toured with and they were serious about the band like me and Dave. That is how we got the band together. CH How did the Plain White Tee’s name come about? TOM The plain white tee has always been a symbol of cool and it never goes out of style. It is simple yet universal and everybody loves it just like our music. It fit our music perfectly. CH Why did you guys name this album big bad world? TOM The first song on the album is called big bad world. A lot of the time we name our album after one of the songs on the album. It is a very personal album. It is all about me messing up. It has a theme of how my relationship problems were made by me. In a strange little way Big Bad World is a very personal album. It is about my own little world. CH Why did you record this album live, which is so different? TOM

L to R back row: Tim Lopez, De’Mar Hamilton L to R bottom row: Dave Tirio, Tom Higgenson, Mike Retondo

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Everything you hear on the radio today is recorded piece by piece and is lined up exact so it is perfect sounding including music and vocals. First off, people think we sound better live and also it is very different. It stands apart from everything else you hear because you can hear my voice as it cracks and everything which helps tell the story of the song. It is different and like how they used to record albums. CH Did your parents support you a lot through high school? TOM Yes. My parents were and still are very supportive and cool. They bought me a drum set my freshman year of high school because that is what I asked for and they were very nice about it. I learned how to play the drums first then I borrowed my brother’s guitar and learned that. I then started writing songs. I always got good grades and they knew I was a good kid. They believed in me. CH Do you remember the first time you received money for making music? TOM Dave and I went to this place by where we lived called the River Walk. It is like a hangout by the beach, it was like a boardwalk where u could take a girl or pick up girls or just hang out with friends. We had brought our guitars to maybe try to pick up some girls or something. We didn’t do that because of course we were too shy or too nervous to do that. As we were leaving, walking to the car, we passed this little Italian restaurant and there was a little old couple walking out of the restaurant and they were like hey play us a song and we played them a song. They gave us five bucks each. It wasn’t a lot, but it was the first time

we got paid for doing what we love. CH What was the first thing you bought when you got the big money? TOM I bought my mom a car. It was a Lexis car. She had always been driving around in a ten-year old car that broke down, so I bought it for her birthday. CH Was there ever a time in your career where you hit some rough times and thought about quitting? TOM No. It never really happened because I always had faith that we would be able to pull it off. We never gave up and we just kept going. Maybe the faith we had in ourselves is part of the reason we made it. We worked very hard to build up a fan base. It has been a long process. Each year it got better and better. We just never gave up and kept going. Sure enough, it all worked out fine. CH What is a day in the life of The Plain White Tees? TOM It is basically just really busy. It involves a lot of moving and staying active doing different types of things. It is cool though. We do a lot of touring and radio stuff. This can range from interviews to fan contests and many other things. The concert work on tour is very tiring. We spend a lot of quality band time. We end the day on the tour bus. CH What advice would you give to a high school student trying to have a band or be in your position one day? TOM Believe in yourself and if you truly believe in you then don’t ever give up. Don’t ever stop if you know you

Tim Lopez, Dave Tirio, Mike Retondo, Tom Higgenson, De’Mar Hamilton

are really good. I remember I met a rock star I liked as a kid. He told me if I locked myself in my room with a guitar for a year I could be there and sure enough it took me ten years but I got there. His words really stuck with me. Don’t ever give up is the biggest line of advice I could give and develop a huge fan base and really connect with fans. CH What are a positive and a negative in the industry with your line of work? TOM The positive is obviously, if you do make it, life is pretty great and lots of fun. You also of course make a lot of money. The negative is it takes a whole lot of work. It took us 8 years to really make it. Touring and writing and recording albums took a lot of time. It definitely was worth it though.

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Vote was influential more than ever in 2008. Our youth listens closely to what he has to say. They will be certain to tune in when Obama gives this speech. Our Future awaits us and it will begin with the Inaugural address of our first African-American President, President elect Barack Obama.

Franklin Roosevelt, on the other hand took office, during our country’s great economic depression in the 1930s. During this time many people were unemployed and worried about their futures. Thus,

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Expectations are high for President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural address, the speech given immediately after he is sworn into office as president on January 20. Most likely Obama’s inaugural speech will be as famous as John F Kennedy’s, Franklin Roosevelt’s and Ronald Regan’s inaugural speeches. Obama is a great public speaker. He knows what he wants to portray. He knows what he is talking about and he keeps you interested in what he is saying. He even got the younger audience involved in what he was saying. The Youth

Historically, a president’s inaugural address informs the people of our country of his intentions as the newest leader of the United States of America. The speech is set to come directly after a president takes the oath of office. Fifty-four addresses have been given by thirty-seven presidents. Four presidents - John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, and Chester Arthur – did not give an inaugural address, according to Internet sources.

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Often, the more remembered phrases that came out of inaugural addresses are tied to their place and time. For example Kennedy’s inaugural address was given during a time in the 1960s when youth and optimism were both strong. Thus Kennedy said, “…my fellow Americans: ask not what your country

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With Obama’s speech, political pun dents are expecting a riveting speech utilizing the influences of Kennedy, Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., and particularly Lincoln. Obama comes from Illinois, Lincoln’s state, During Lincoln’s second inaugural and he has spoken several times of address, the American Civil War was his admiration for Lincoln. In fact, in its waning days and Lincoln spoke it was reported that the theme of words of healing between the north Obama’s inaugural ceremonies is “A and the south. New Birth of Freedom,” a phrase from “With malice toward none, with charity Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. for all, with firmness in the right as So it is with much anticipation we God gives us to see the right, let us strive await Obama’s inaugural address. It on to finish the work we are in, to bind should be one for the ages. up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” the most remembered remarks from his inaugural address were “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” These words gave people much needed faith.

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By: Jessica Gould

It’s easy for positive emotions to build and grow. That’s one reason why the holiday spirit is so contagious. When one person is happy, it can lift the spirits of others. They in turn pass this happiness on, and it all keeps going like a game of happy tag. It’s no surprise that people say they wish the holiday mood could continue all year.

Looking forward to something fun — and getting caught up in preparing for it — is where good feelings begin. Expecting good things puts us in a happy, excited mood. And when we feel happy and excited, we can actually create the good experiences we want.

Holiday Mood. . .

Preparation is about more than just planning and scheduling. It’s also about getting our spirits ready and open to the joy that’s possible, then creating that joy (for ourselves and others) through our actions.

Holidays really should be fun, joyful, and a little bit magical.

Another feeling that captures the spirit of the holidays is love. Put some real love into your giving by making your own gifts. Holiday traditions of giving and sharing don’t have to mean presents, of course. Small kindnesses bring hope, comfort, and happiness to others, whether it’s donating toys for less fortunate kids or being good company for elderly people.

To create feelings of joy or happiness, you might want to plan activities that make people laugh, such as a White Elephant gift swap, or give them a chance to sing, like a caroling expedition.

It’s no fun if you’re the only one expecting good things from the holidays — so get the people around you into the spirit too. Is someone in your family prone to the holiday blues? What can you do to invite that person to join in your preparations in a sensitive, gentle way that lifts the person’s spirits?

Make Your Mood Contagious

Preparing for the holidays can help you to learn about yourself. It’s a chance to get in touch with what makes you feel happy and fulfilled; to learn which things put you in a great mood. It’s also an opportunity to see how a good mood affects your actions and outlook. Are you smiling more? Being just a little kinder to your kid brother or sister? Complaining less about homework and minor everyday hassles?

Start preparing as the season approaches. Play your favorite music to get in the holiday spirit. Decorate in some special way. Are there things you like to have in your room, your home, or maybe a piece of clothing that’s become your own personal “holiday tradition”? When you’re in the spirit, start thinking about activities that get the people you know in a holiday mood. Plan to spread out these activities over the coming weeks.

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Topping the Tree without Tipping the Scales By: Karissa Reynafarje

s the cold air blows in and the holiday lights can be seen in the approaching distance, many people let their guard down on working on their beach body. Perhaps it’s the mesmerizing holiday nights, decorations and joyful music that cause it, but more likely it’s taking a bite out of that third gingerbread man. The end result is you’re left with that pudgy pouch you were so determined to lose when the days where warm. Then you are left to figure out how to hide it. You conceal it under baggy button downs or play it down with pull overs. The answer is to not make this year leaving you feeling like a fat cat, which results in losing weight as the topper on your New Year’s resolution list. Here are some tips to keep the weight at bay when Santa Clause is on his way. The holiday season in California has some of the most beautiful weather anywhere so why not take advantage of it. Take a walk or jog through the brisk air of your neighborhood and treat your eyes with the holiday lights

your neighbors put up. Take your dog, take your friends or just take some stress relieving alone time on your walk, away from the holiday chaos. Return home to a nice Swiss Miss Fat Free Hot Cocoa which contains only 25 calories to get into that holiday spirit. Try adding cinnamon or peppermint extract to give it a more holiday twist. Eat your holiday dinners on smaller sized decorative plates. Research suggests that people eat less and are still satisfied when served on a smaller plate. Remember seconds still do count so the biggest suggestion is to have some selfcontrol and try not to over eat. When baking or making sweets, substitute some of the sugar with Splenda or a non-caloric sweetener or baking sweeteners. In addition, some recipes that call for oil can be substituted with apple sauce. Stick to reduced fat or sugar free in dairy and other ingredients needed to create that holiday feast. When you’ve baked a hundred dozen holiday deserts wrap them up in holiday cellophane and give them away as small gifts. Don’t be a scrooge and share the treats so it’s not so bad for everyone. Don’t sit around and eat them all on your own. That’s the fastest way to a Santa Belly. When it comes to shopping, walk to the mall, or park your car away from all the madness to burn a few extra calories. Power walk, you want to nab the good sales, and carry your purchases. The added weight burns calories as well.

raise money for needy children you can visit www.RacePlace.com to see lists of benefit runs in the LA area to participate in. Keeping on the unorthodox train try on one of your favorite tight outfits once a week to keep you motivated or give you an insight on if your gaining weight. If you’re at a holiday get together and you’ve eaten a couple treats dance the night away. It’s fun and good exercise! Finally don’t overlook the obvious. Let’s not abandon your work out. Perhaps you may not be able to be completely dedicated to it, but working out as often as possible helps. The one thing to avoid is dieting. It wouldn’t be the holidays without a few treats, but its okay to substitute the sugar plum dancing in your head for a good old sugarless plum. Fill up on the good stuff, turkey and veggies before diving face first into the treat table. It is not a time to be restricting yourself; otherwise by New Year you’ll just be insane. Moderation is key. The holidays are about fun! We don’t all live in Santa’s lap of luxury, being completely okay with filling up on mountains of cookies left by the stockings by the billions of children across the globe. We don’t want to end up looking like the big red guy. Besides, after that many cookies it’s safe to say we wouldn’t be so jolly. So consider these tips to keep your figure during these treat filled times.

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