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The Academy News  TAN Reporters and Business Elective students meet film director. See the story on p. 4  Yosemite National


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Ice Skating Step by Step by Amy Mingjie YUAN

Park offers visitors beautiful scenery, challenging hiking trails, and an escape from the city. See p. 5.  See Course Evaluation Schedule on p. 8 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Announce-


ments Movie


Reviews Bonsai People


Screening Boba Milk Tea 5 Drink Yosemite


National Park Wal-Mart Las Vegas

In such a hot summer, going ice-skating is really a good choice. Ice-skating is gliding and moving on ice with ice skates. It can be indoors and outdoors and on bodies of frozen water like lakes and rivers. With classmates of Language Academy, I went to the local ice-skating rink last Friday and had fun on the trip. Some students were Language Academy students escaped the heat at the ice skating rink. good at skating while others were beginners. At the begin- they tried to skate step by ourselves and feel fun from ning, most students could just step. it. Even though some of us “walk” and “move,” leaning were still bad skaters in the on the railing. Under the othAfter one-hour practice, end and fell down time after ers’ help and encouragement, most of us could skate by See Ice-Skating on p.4

NEXT WEEK’S ACTIVITIES Movie @ El Capitan in Hollywood Summer B Closing Ceremony Friday, July 27th, 1-7:30 pm

Friday, August 3rd, 9am-12:30pm

Walk around Hollywood, check out the star handprints and footprints and watch Brave, the new Disney movie in one of the best movie theaters. Look for famous celebrities in this Hollywood area. Limited tickets are available so sign up now!

Come celebrate the end of Summer Session B at our Closing Ceremony. Brunch will be served for everyone at the Radisson Hotel Ballroom. We will also have a raffle with the chance to win many wonderful prizes!

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I-20 Extensions If you need to extend your I-20 in order to stay at the Language Academy for the Fall Session, you MUST see Gil by Wednesday, August 1st. Please email Gil at to set up an appointment or stop by the USC Language Academy by next Wednesday. Early Payment Deadline For students who will continue to the Fall Session, the deadline to receive the early

payment discount is Friday, August 3rd. Housing Information Students in USC Housing for Summer B must leave Troy East by Saturday, August 4th at 5 PM. They must turn in a Housing Damage Contract to their RA. Jessica wants YOUR pictures and video from Summer Session B! At the Closing Ceremony, we’ll get to watch a video about this session and we would like to add any pictures you may have! Please email pictures to by Monday, July 30th! Group Picture Tuesday, July 31st at 12:30 PM All students should go straight to Doheny Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 31st for our Language Academy Summer B Group Picture! Don’t forget that you can be a part of Language Academy history!! Be a PAL—Peer Academy Leader Former and current students are welcome to join us during Orientation to help out the USC Language Academy as PALs. You’ll help the new students by showing them around campus, answering their questions, and eating lunch with them. Email or see Pam at if you are interested in helping out during Orientation on Tuesday, September 11th and Wednesday, September 12th.

Movie Reviews

The Dark Knight Rises by Chris Liu

The Dark Knight rose with a tragic start: 12 people were killed at the new Batman movie premiere on July 20 in Denver when a gunman decided to open fire. While expressing condolences for those who lost their loved ones, I should say such tragedy did not deter the moviegoers from entering the cinema at all. “This is a LONG line,” said a young boy standing in front of me, stepping aside from the queue to take the measure of it. Indeed, the movie sold out quickly, so I arrived two hours early to get a ticket and lined up half an hour before the show started to secure a decent seat. Then the movie started. If you’ve read my previous two movie reviews, you’d know that I don’t really do the previously-on-Batman homework, which explains why I watched the first 20 minutes without having any idea as to what it was Yu-Hsien (Jonathan) Liu

Christian Bale performs in the new Batman film.

about. However the good thing is that super-hero movies usually don’t have a sophisticated plot, which I soon figured out: eight years after Batman’s retirement, the presence of and the ensuing chaos brought by the new terrorist leader named Bane called for the superhero’s return. So, really, though background knowledge could be useful, no homework is necessary. How about the movie itself? So



far it’s a 9.2-IMDB-rating movie that perfectly concludes the Batman trilogy, as attested to by the stunning performance by Anne Hathaway, John Hardy and many others. The movie is definitely worth the money and I shall not bore you with any pretentious analysis (or sincere spoilers). One universal criticism, though, might be the undecipherable mumble with a funny accent produced by the villain Bane: Just imagine how cute it is when the bad guy threatens the innocent citizens in a malicious and dead-serious way, yet no one seems to understand! True, as an English-learner, my hearing skills need improvement; but the truth is, the American woman sitting next to me kept asking her boyfriend what the villain said, to which her boyfriend replied, “I have no idea.”

wanted to have a teddy bear in his childhood as a Christmas gift because he was always alone. The miracle hapHave you ever dreamed of owning a pened to the main cute Teddy bear? actor, and thus the Teddy bear could There are several kinds of blocktalk to him. But as busters, such as “The Amazing Spihe grows up, he realder-Man”, The Dark Knight Rises” izes that he can’t live The movie “Ted” portrays a teddy bear that is really very human. that you can expect in the summer. without the teddy The movie “Ted” stands out from bear’s company. after watching the movie, the audidifferent perspectives. Even if this Sometimes you have to make a ence will desperately want to hug a comedy was released on June 29th, decision and realize the dark and teddy bear. Moreover, because this 2012, I still highly recommend this bright side of your choice. Although movie was released over two weeks unforgettable story. the movie was full of hilarious jokes, ago, you can buy a restricted ticket at The director Seth MacFarlane I was touched beyond words unexthe USC ticket office. It will help you brings the audience unique animation pectedly. to save money at Regal cinemas. with a teddy bear. The protagonist According to IMDB, the rating is John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) 7.8/ 10 from 30,228 users. Doubtless,

“Ted” delivers laughs with heart



tivity that allows friends to get together. Even though we are in a warm climate and snow is not available, we still can continued from p.1 enjoy this activity in the indoor skating time, we had an enjoyable afternoon in rink whatever the time of the year. The gliding, falling and the fun it brings the rink. I also saw some teenagers practicing when you skate is really awesome. Of course you will fall at times. That can be professional jumps and spins on ice. fun too, until you learn to balance and to Their movements were very beautiful and elegant. There were several children glide properly. If you like this activity, try it by yourwho were learning the basic movements, self this summer. just like cute little penguins.

Ice Skating

For me, ice-skating is the perfect ac-

See photos on p. 6

And here are also some tips: 1. Make sure that you are wearing warm, comfortable clothes, as indoor arenas are cold; wear a jacket, pants, socks, gloves and even a neck warmer. 2 Wear the shoes that are comfortable and fit you nicely. 3. Be patient and always rest when you are tired, since the ice hurts and it is very dangerous.

Jiang Jun and Sun ho An

BONSAI PEOPLE: THE VISION OF MUHAMMAD YUNUS Last Sunday, July 22, some of the USC Language Academy students attended a documentary film screening in the new West Hollywood Library. Led by the Business elective class teacher Marisa Garcia-Crocker, the Language Academy students learned a lot about the film “Bonsai People: the Vision of Muhammad Yunus” and had a great chance to discuss the film with the filmmaker Holly Mosher. “Bonsai People” is the first documentary about Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus. Muhammd Yunus founded his microcredit system, which gives opportunity and hope to millions of poor people who are mainly the rural poor in Bangladeshi villages. The microcredit’s main aim is to give a new way for women to start home-based businesses such as agriculture, crafts or services. After getting some money from this loan, women can buy cows, seeds, houses or even money for an education. The documentary “Bonsai People” focuses on the relationship between Bang-

Left to right: Reporters Jasmine Jun and Sunho An with director Holly Mosher and Business elective students Megan Meng and Grace Luan. After Sunday night’s screening and Q & A.

ladeshi village people’s lives and tiny loans. The documentary wants to show how to help people to harness the power of the free market to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, and inequality. This documentary was made possible by Holly Mosher, an independent film director whose documentaries focus on social and environmental issues. This film has received international press attention and won the Audience Award for best film. After the screening, USC Language Academy students had a short interview with the director. When they asked about the husbands’ resistance to the

microcredit Grameen Bank in that community, Mosher acknowledged that it was very challenging in the first years, and it took six years to get them to join the bank. But now the women possess the family loan, and they have won more respect than before. Meanwhile, she also explains why her film focuses more on women’s issues. “They are a group of people who do not have the same human rights as men. They are not even allowed to talk to men directly. So the social business movement cares about women’s rights and helps them to win more respect and rights.”



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that it makes people forget the heat and sweat. But be careful: the Boba Milk Tea is high in calories! You won’t believe it—a cup of Boba Milk Tea (700 ml) contains 500-900 kcal (depending on the amount of sugar). It is almost a third to half the number of calories required per day.

Boba The Boba shine with dark luster in the ivory-white liquid, just like black pearls in the milky sea. Boba Milk Tea, also known as Bubble Milk Tea, Tapioca Milk Tea or Pearl Milk Tea, is a kind of sweet tea drink that originated in Taiwan and became popular during the 1980s. The Boba Milk Tea spread from Taiwan to other East Asian countries during the 1990s. Boba is now so popular that we can even buy the Boba Milk Tea in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the rest of Asia. The Bubble tea has risen in international recognition, and it is already famous all over the world. The boba is not as hard as real pearls. It is produced by passing moist starch through a sieve under pressure with red sweet potato powder. The boba is an ingredient that provides Hsin I Chen (Jessy)

Explore Yosemite National Park One of the most well-known national parks in the West, Yosemite, is located about 315 miles to the northeast of L.A. County. The enormous park incorporates thousands of plants and hundreds of species of wildlife, including amphibians, reptiles, mammals, insects, and two species that are believed not to exist in any other parts of the world. In addition to the diversity of plants and animals, Yosemite Falls also attracts many visitors around the world. It is the tallest waterfall in North America. This waterfall, which is created from the snowmelt, reaches its peak in May or June. The park is open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. There is no best time to visit the place because each season has its unique features. However, some roads are closed from November to May or June due to snow. So, be sure to check the road conditions before travelling. Driving is the most convenient way to get there. The entrance fee is $20 per car,

a chewy contrast to the sweetness and texture of the drink. We can add the boba not only in milk tea but also in red tea, green tea, smoothies, beverages, ice blended, shaved ice and hot drinks. There are various types of the drink, depending on the ingredients added. There is no denying that the Boba Milk Tea is a classical flavor. We usually use an unusually big straw to eat and drink the Boba Milk Tea. Especially in the summer, a Boba Milk Tea is so cool and refreshing and it is valid for multiple entrances for seven days. Amtrak is an alternative transportation besides driving. It is a combination of train and buses. By changing at the Union Station in L.A., one can travel to Yosemite by train. No reservation is needed to visit the park, unless you plan to spend a night in the park. Take advantage of the coming vacation and go ahead and visit Yosemite National Park with friends and family. Escape from the urban jungle and explore the natural scenery and ecosystem!

Top: Half Dome is a popular destination for veteran mountain climbers. Right: May and June are the best months to visit Yosemite Falls, when the snow has melted.

For more information about Yosemite, please visit: index.htm For information about Yosemite lodge, please vist: http:// gclid=CLqzs6qus7ECFQQaQgodrFMAsQ

Where you can buy it in LA: Half & Half Tea House 120 N San Gabriel Blvd San Gabriel, CA 91778 (626) 309-9387 Mon-Sun 11:30 am - 12:30 am Cup O' Joy 3016 S Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA 90007 (213) 745-8569 Mon-Thu 11 am - 12 am Fri-Sun 11 am - 11 pm

Life in L.A.


The United States of America has many stores, a vast range of expensive and economical stores. However, Wal-Mart has more opportunity to buy many items for reasonable prices, so many customers would not hesitate to come back to it over and over. The first Wal-Mart opened in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas; actually the owner of Wal-Mart found it a challenge to open more stores at the beginning of his business because many other business people made it difficult for him to be successful on his new journey. He started in business on the East Coast; they bought places in poorer cities. It was less of a challenge for him as he took advantage to open as many stores as he could, city by city until the chain Wal-Mart became well

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known. Wal-Mart has approximately $200 million year sales. Also it has additional 100 million purchasers a week. I found this information from this website view.asp?id=95703. It became the first private sector company in the world and had around one million employees in 1999.



Nowadays there are many items that you will find for a reasonable price, such as family apparel, health and beauty aid, electronic, lawn and garden. Wal-Mart is spreading out in many counties every day, and it offers great prices that encourage many people to purchase their items every day. It also helps to find what you are looking for in one store. I have experienced buying from Wal-Mart many times. I bought a bicycle, Dell charger, and gloves to work out. Actually the nearest Wal-Mart is on Crenshaw; the address in 4101 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90008. I really recommend buying from Wal-Mart, and good luck.



Las Vegas Special:

The (Other) City that Never Sleeps

Xurui (Christy) Wang

Here are the schedules of the shows:

Las Vegas is the biggest and most luxurious city of Nevada. It is famous for gambling. In addition, several leaders in every field like taking a vacation there. There are nine resort hotels in the world’s top ten hotels there. As the entertainment capital of the world, it has taken only twenty years to transfer from a small village to a huge tourist city. If you want to go to Las Vegas, you need to make a plan before you leave. If you have a car and have never been there before, you can drive there. I was one of the drivers, so we could take turns driving whenever one of us felt tired. It will take four hours to drive there. If you go there alone, I suggest going there by air,; it just takes 20 minutes. It is more comfortable and faster than driving. Moreover, there are various shows you should watch. The first show is in the front of The Bellagio. It is called ‘The Musical Foun-

World of Coca Cola Store Jingxuan Sun Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, is famous for its gambling, shows and shopping as well as casino hotels. One of the most popular tourist attractions is the World of Coca Cola Store. The World of Coca-Cola is a permanent exhibition featuring the history of The Coca-Cola Company and its well-known advertising as well as a host of entertainment areas and attractions. The Coca Cola store has

Bellagio Water Show Monday - Friday 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. show every 1/2 hour Saturday & Sunday 12:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. show every 1/2 hour Rio Air Display Weekdays 0pm ,4:00pm,7:30pm,8:30pm ,9: 30pm

Visitors enjoy an extravaganza of lights in Las Vegas by night.

Mirage Volcano Show Weekdays 7:00pm 12:00pm every 15 minutes.

Tropicana Burlesque 7:30pm tain,” and it is huge. People can ~12:00pm every 20 minutes. enjoy the classical music and watch the fantastic fountain. These shows in Las Vegas are Then, you can walk along Las free, and you can take photos as a Vegas Blvd. All the popular hotels good background wall. and architecture are here, such as Paris Las Vegas, Cocola, New I hope you have a great time in York New York. Las Vegas. .

shirts, clocks, coca-cola bottles, towels, key rings, sports and household items; soft coca-cola polar bears. Towards the back, right before the escalators is where the giant polar bear lies for you to take pictures. There are 16 different flavors of Coke split between two trays for about $7. You can get samples of 16 Coca-Cola drinks from two floors packed with different places in the Taste more Coca-Cola branded from Around the World items than you could possi- option. Some were good, a bly imagine. At the enfew were interesting and trance of the store on the some were just nasty, such first floor, you get all your as ginger taste. It was a Coca Cola merchandise. It memorable experience. has Coca-Cola calendars, tBesides the Coca Cola

Store, other famous tourist attractions include The Bellagio, The Venetian, Wynn, The Forum Shops At Caesars and Fashion Outlets Las Vegas. Opening Hours of the Coca Cola Store: 10am – 11pm Location: Next to the MGM Grand Hotel Vegas in the Showcase Mall
 3785 Las Vegas Blvd South
 Las Vegas

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