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Exciting Hockey in Staples Center
Adele is the big winner at the Grammies, p. 6.
What do you know about the Academy Awards? Take the quiz on p. 7.
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soccer star Whitney
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by Phoebe Zhang Which team sport is the fastest as well as the most exciting one in the world? Bingo, hockey is. Because a hockey game has speed, skills and dashes, thousands of people are fascinated by it. Last Thursday, February 16, the Language Academy organized an exciting trip for students to watch the hockey game of the Los Angeles Kings vs. the Phoenix Coyotes at the Staples Center. It was the first time for most of us to watch a hockey game. When we arrived there, we had more than one and a half hours to have dinner and enjoy the night view around there. At 7:30 pm, the game started on time. When I entered the court, a stream
Language Academy students outside the Staples Center
of cold air blew on me, just like I had stepped into winter. Coincidentally at that time, I met an acquaintance. I See Hockey on p. 3
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES Disneyland Saturday, February 25th 9:00am—Midnight
Come with the USC Language Academy to the happiest place on earth! This is the trip you've been waiting for, so don't miss out! There will be a $40 cash payment for this activity, and you must take the provided transportation to attend. Students may only sign up for themselves - one ticket per student. Please bring your USC ID for identification when you sign up. The last day to sign up for this activity is Wednesday, February 22nd.
USC Basketball Game Thursday, March 1st 6:30pm—10:00pm
Ready to Fight On for USC? Come cheer the Men of Troy on at the Galen Center for one of the last basketball games of the regular season! See the Trojans beat the Washington Huskies for FREE! Just sign up on Tuesday, February 21st after class. To get in to the game for free, you MUST bring your USC ID card. Remember to wear cardinal & gold!
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Please remember to sign up for Language Labs starting TODAY at NOON until MONDAY at 8:00am. If you have questions or problems signing up, please email Sky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DO YOU LIKE TO PLAY SOCCER? Howard Wen is organizing a soccer team and would like to hear from you. Please email Howard at email@example.com and let him know if you are interested.
Check out the Language Academy Blog Student stories and lots of other information are available on our Blog—World of Mouth! Here is the link: http://www.uscrossier.org/langacad/ Current stories
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MIDTERM EXAMS Midterms are just around the corner. Your teachers will be announcing midterms this coming week. Let’s hit the books!
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asked her if she liked hockey. She told me that the only reason she came here was to watch the players fight. I was so confused. However, ten minutes later, I thought I understood what she meant. In a hockey game, it is very easy for players to have physical contact with each other. Every time a player crashed his opponent into the fence, all of the audience uttered a boo. It seemed that they were waiting for something extremely exciting. A
hockey game is always full of action; players fighting with each other is not news any more. In the North America Professional League, fighting is very common. It seems like a part of the game—it is even defined as a tactical strategy. The final score of the game was 0 to 1, and the Kings lost. We were excited to be there to have a relaxing evening. Thanks, Language Academy, for giving us an opportunity to watch the wonderful game, especially since we just spent $5 for a $73 ticket. This was a memorable event of this spring.
Why I Chose USC by Lexie Wei How to tip in America by Sky Smith Go to the Current Student page of the Language Academy website and click on ‘blog.’ You can also contribute to the blog. Ask Jessica how you can send a story at Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org
Kuwait’s National and Liberation Day BY YARA HADI February 25 and 26 are the two most important holidays in Kuwait. They mark Kuwait’s national and liberation days. These two days are tremendously significant to us because we celebrate Kuwait being an independent country and we celebrate the day Kuwait got liberated from the Iraqi invasion. Before becoming an independent country, Kuwait belonged to the British. On January 23, 1899, Kuwait became an independent country under British protection. After having some government changes, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Sabah realized that Kuwait no longer needed to be under the British protection. Sheikh Abdullah died on February 25. In his honor, in the year 1961 February 25 was designated as Kuwait’s national day.
Kuwaitis celebrated their Independence Day on February 25 and 26.
On August 2 1990, Kuwait was attacked and invaded by the Iraqi forces. This war was known as the Gulf War. About 1,000 citizens died fighting for their country and about 300,000 left the country. Iraqi forces burned about five to six million barrels of oil in a single day. Then the United States came along to help Kuwait. The United States and Kuwaiti forces tried to free Kuwait on the same day as the national day, but they couldn’t. They freed
Kuwait on February 26, 1991, which is still a blessing. February 26 is a really important day for me because my dad was actually a prisoner of war because he was in the Kuwait’s military air force, and my uncle, who was living in the States, joined the U.S. Army to help free Kuwait. On this day, I thank God for keeping my family members healthy and alive. Every year, on February 26t we honor the martyrs who fought for their country and we honor the prisoners of war
who passed away. Many citizens in Kuwait celebrate these days in different ways. My family members gather in my grandmother’s house, and we celebrate by having some food, and sharing some stories from the past. Then we all go out by car, and wave the Kuwaiti flag. Being on the highway is the best way to celebrate this day because you get to see all the lights and flags on the buildings, and we also see all the citizens just having a great time. The feeling I get when I am out there is the best feeling because I can see all the smiles and happiness in the all citizens’ faces and how proud they are to be part of our country. I am really blessed for my family to be together and very proud to be a Kuwaiti.
year. References Leap year comes every four years. For example, 2012 is a leap Royal Observatory, Greenwich. year, and 2016 will be the next leap (2002). Retrieved http:// year. However, the exception comes www.rmg.co.uk/explore/ When you ask people how many in 100 years. Years that can evenly astronomy-and-time/time-facts/ days are there in one year, most peobe divisible by both 100 and 400 are faqs/which-years-are-leap-years. ple will say 365 days. That is true leap years (Royal Observatory, under most circumstances, but not 2002). For example, 2100 can be this year. evenly divisible by 100, but not 400, Leap Year Traditions When you check the calendar so it is not a leap year. 2400 can be for February, have you noticed that evenly divisible by both 100 and Did you know that women can prowe have 29 days in this February? pose mar400, so it is a leap year. Don’t think there is something riage in Leap Leap years bring problems for wrong with the calendar. We DO those who were born on the leap day. Year? have a day more than in other years. Some people may count their birthWe call 2012 a leap year. day a day off, and consider March 1 An extra day is added to Februas the birthday. Some people may ary so that the calendar year will only celebrate the birthday every keep balance with the seasonal year. four years and make it a big event. Thus, we have 366 days in a leap
Famous Athletes Series: The BY HAOYANG (HOWARD) WEN Many reasons may make people like soccer. For my generation born in the 80s’, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (Ronaldo) is always the best reason to love soccer. He is widely considered by experts and fans as one of the greatest soccer players of all time. Ronaldo was born in the slums in Rio de Janeiro September 22, 1976. Just like most Brazilian children, playing soccer was the only way Ronaldo could make a living. His life experience made him train harder
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than other players. In his career, he won almost every award that a professional soccer player could win, and he is now the record holder of World Cup total score by making 15 goals. The most important awards he won were the FIFA World Cup two times (1994, 2002), and FIFA World Player of the Year three times (1996, 1997, 2002). God gives him almost everything a soccer player needs. He can run 10’35 in 100-meter dash, and his legs are so fast that he can break any defense in seconds.
However, the only thing God takes away from him is time. In his 18year-career life, Ronaldo was injured more than 30 times, and he had to stop playing for more than two years. His efforts made him overcome every injury, and his talent and perspiration made him become the greatest soccer player in many people’s mind. Finally, I want to mention his other talent. He can speak five different languages very well. He
Southern California Mountains, in San Bernardino County. It is By Sara AlShehri around one hundred miles from Los AngeGet ready, everyone; spring va- les, about two hours cation is on the way! Nothing will drive. There are two ski make the spring vacation more in- areas in Big Bear; one is teresting, exciting, and fun than Snow Summit and the skiing in the mountains. In Big other is Bear Mountain. Bear Lake, you can enjoy and exYou can do all perience Mother Nature, the fresh kinds of snow sports snow, the breathtaking view on the such as skiing, snowlakE and more! boarding, and sledding. Big Bear Lake is located in the If you do not have skis, skates or boards, you can easily get them by renting them from rental shops in town. Moreover, there are many resorts and hotels around the lake, so you can spend the whole break there! There are some things you need to bring before going to the Big Bear Lake. First, you need to check the weather and see if there
speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish, Dutch and Italian because he has played in those five countries. Now, we are in the U.S., why don’t we improve our English by doing sports with native speakers? We can do it!
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is any construction on the road. Second, if there is ice on the road, it is important to install chains on the tires to prevent them from slipping. Finally, don’t forget to wear snow jackets, boots, and gloves. There is a chance of snow in the Big Bear Lake until the end of April, so this spring vacation may be a great escape to experience this amazing adventure.
Whitney Houston by Yvoon Wei
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all-time. Houston was also one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. She released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multiplatinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know", influenced several AfricanAmerican female artists to follow in her footsteps.
In the early 1990's, Whitney Houston branched out beyond music into acting. Her first role was costarring with Kevin Costner in 1992's The Bodyguard. She recorded six songs for the soundtrack of the film, and one of these, a cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," became the biggest hit of her career and one of the biggest pop hits of all time staying at No.1 for 14 weeks. I loved Whitney Houston's voice and I will never forget it either. If you are a singer and you love to do what you do, there is always 4. "All the Man That I Need" – someone greater than you, and you hold to that. You look up to that. 1990 You admire that. I didn't know 5. "I Wanna Dance With SomeWhitney Houston at all personally body (Who Loves Me)" – 1987 6. "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" – and never met her, but as much as many of her songs touched my 1988 7. "Didn't We Almost Have It All" heart, I felt like I knew her. I am very sad about losing her, but one – 1987 Top Hit Singles: 8. "Saving All My Love for You" – day we are all going to leave this world. Ready or not we all have a 1. "I Will Always Love You" – 1992 1985 2. "Greatest Love Of All" – 1986 9. "I'm Your Baby Tonight" – 1990 price to pay. My heart goes out to the Whitney Houston family and 3. "How Will I Know" – 1985 10. "So Emotional" - 1987 friends. God Bless!
ADELE SWEEPS GRAMMIES BY Vidayla (Lilly) Sabajan Adele Laurie Bleu Adkins was born 5 May 1988. She is better known as Adele. She is an English artist and songwriter. In 2006, a good friend posted her demonstration on MySpace, and after that, she received a contract from XL Recordings. The next year she received the Brit Awards and won the BBC Sound of 2008. Her debut album 19, came out in
2008 and was certified four times Platinum in UK. Her career in the US grew while she was making the show Saturday Night Live in 2008. In 2009 Adele received the Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance. Adele released her second album 21, in 2011 . The album sold even more than her debut 21 The album held
the top position longer than any other since 1993. She won the Grammy
for Album of the Year 2011. She is the first artist to sell more than 3 See Adele on p. 7
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million copies. She had big hits with her two singles from 21, “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You”. With her third release from the album “Set Fire to the Rain,” she led the Billboard 200. Adele was born in London, England, UK, to a single teenage mother named Penny. Her father left when she was 3 years old . Adele has not forgiven him. The Spice Girls group was a major influence i. Adele and her mother lived in three different cities for better opportunities . Adele’s first record “Hometown Glory” was written when she was 16 years old.
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2. What are the Academy Awards? A. The Grammies B. The Nobel Prize C. The Oscars D. The Golden Globes
This Sunday the Academy Awards will be broadcast Sunday, February 3. How many Academy Awards have 26 at 4 p.m. on ABC, Channel 7. been held? The TAN Staff prepared a quiz to A. 83 B. 60 test your knowledge of these awards. 1.
Where is the Academy Awards held? A. USC B. Kodak Theatre C. Nokia Theater D. Staples Center Halle Berry on the red carpet at the Academy Awards last February 2011.
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7. Which movie won the most awards? A. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King B. The King’s Speech C. Harry Potter: The Sorcerer’s Stone D. Avatar
4. Who was the first African American to win an Academy Award for best Send your answers to Yara, and you have a actor? chance to wina Starbuck’s coffee card. A. Obama Her email is email@example.com B. Denzel Washington C. Eddie Murphy D. Sidney Poitier 5. Who won for best actress last year? A. Natalie Portman B. Jennifer Aniston C. Anne Hathaway D. Sandra Bullock 6. Which movie did NOT win best movie award?
Comedian Billy Crystal is this year’s host.
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Events Calendar: February 24-March 2 The Color of Sound Friday, February 24 8:00pm Alfred Newman Recital Hall Free Faculty pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald, joined by violinist Irina Tseitlin and cellist Ronald Leonard, presents a concert of Prokofiev and the music and visual art of Michael Tseitlin. FREE EVENTS Many events on campus are free. Please go to the Arts and Events Calendar for more details at http://webapp.usc.edu/ws/eo2/ calendar/32/feature/2819
Thornton Pop Fest Sunday, February 26 12:00pm to 6:00pm
E.F. Hutton Park Free
Saturday, March 3 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Celebration of the Arts
Don’t miss this outdoor festival fea- USC Fisher Museum of Art turing original bands and songwriters from the USC Thornton Popular Free Music Program. Join the Fisher Museum of Art for an afternoon filled with music, live entertainment and art-making activities, plus free food and refreshments. Answers to Presidents’ Quiz of last week’s TAN 1. B 2. C 3. B 4. C 5. B 6. A 7. B 8. C No one sent any answers, so we cannot announce a winner.
In this issue: Exciting hockey game, understanding Kuwait's National & Liberation Days, and a Grammys wrap-up.