Valley Magazine | Spring 2009

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VALLEY Spring 2009

John Legend

gives Valley readers relationship advice

Spring in Full Bloom

This season’s makeup trends PSU guys explain why

He’s Just Not That Into You

Diary of a THON Overall

46 hours with public relations chair Nate Cecco

Bag, Borrow, or Steal?

The real life Rent-A-Bag

On Top of the World Valley travels around the world with Kay Makishi SPRING 2009


224 E. College Avenue

The jeans do It… it… The Jeansmade Made me Me Do Jackie- Right •Gold Pendant Necklace 16.50 •Cotton Emporium Cardigan 42.50 •Free People Tank 16.00 •True Religion Jeans -Stella Fit 172.00 Ashley- Left •Gold Necklace 16.50 •Voxx Roxx Top 34.00 •Scarf 22.00 •Taverniti Jeans: Cameron Fit 169.00

Including New Jeans For Men

April 1st – 11th

April 1st – 11th

Table of Contents 07 08



Letter from the Editor Ask the Staff: What’s On Your Ipod?

WE ARE…BEAUTIFUL 11 11 12 12 14

15 16

What is Detoxing All About Anyway? Beauty & the Budget Bring Back Memories, Not Weight International Beauty Tips No passport needed. The Ultimate Beach Bag Everything you need for your trip to the beach. Homemade Beauty Tips Stir up beauty right in your kitchen. Spring in Full Bloom Soften you look in this season’s pastels.




Around the World in 80 Feet Get inspired by this apartment’s international décor. From Poster to Post It The Post-it isn’t just for reminders anymore. Sandy Souvenirs

ENTERTAINING U 24 24 25 27



Valley’s Best Beach Reads Tropical Cocktail Recipes Tour Stop: Kelsy & Chaos Meet the up and coming band. Q&A with John Legend The Grammy-award winner’s interview with Valley. Throw A Mardi Gras Party Party the night away masquerade style.


31 31 32 32

33 34 35 36 37 39 40



PSU’s Secret to Getting Fit Professor Spotlight: Dirk Mateer Meet PSU’s coolest professor. Perfect Date Night: Ballroom Dancing Welcome to My Life: Alisha Glass Get to know the two-time National Volleyball Champion. He’s Just Not That Into You You ask, guys answer. Stop Measuring Distance, Start Measuring Love Graduation Checklist Beyond Cancun Spring Break alternative trips. College Overseas College life in Kyrgyzstan. Feeling is Believing How Valley readers make time for faith. Diary of a THON Overall A Look into Public Relations Overall Nate Cecco’s THON weekend. Cover Story: On Top of the World Travel around the world with cover girl Kay Makishi.


52 53 54 56

Woman of Style: Tiffany Nguyen This or Those? Spring Your Wardrobe Forward How to transition you winter wear for spring. Outfits They Wore. Bag Borrow Steal Your answer to Sex and the City’s rental bag. Jet setting to the Sun or the Slopes? The Perfect Outfit For... An interview or career fair. What to Wear Abstraction of Spring Valley’s spring 2009 editorial fashion spread.

* Cover Credits: Donna Morgan Dress – Mr. Charles


President/Editor-in-Chief: Arianna Davis

Valley’s Beach


Graphic Design Director: Melissa Bechtold Creative Director: Shikeith Cathey Financial Director: Lindsey Hume Assistant Creative Director: Toan Mach

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Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Robinson Photographers: Kristen Bakker, Anthony Santiago, Ann Sciandra, William Colsher Beauty Editor: Marina Matteo Beauty Graphic Designer: Lisa Shen Cultures Editor: Stephanie Raposo Cultures Graphic Designer: Marissa Nagy Decorating Editor: Annie To Decorating Designer: Blaire Billman Entertainment Editor: Maggie Stuart Entertainment Graphic Designer: Megan Crouse Fashion Editor: Taylor Larouche Fashion Graphic Designer: Jeannine Labik Stylist: Morgan Means Features Graphic Designer: Antoinette Francis Bookings Editor: Morgan Means Webmaster: Jeannine Labik

Writers: Rachel Baldino, Stephanie Nassib, Ashley Mannings, Johnie Gall, Erin Mawe, Monica O’Donnell, Kelsey Tidland, Abby Foust, Eden Kassa, Lauren Gilbertson, Haley Blum, Ross Marcinizyr, Jeanne Drouilhet, Michele Mendelson Jeanne Drouilhet, Stef Davis, Katelyn Curran, Jessica Brown, Jayne Greenwald, Kristen Macmillan, Alicia Dinkel Advisers: Pamela Monk, Ron Smith SPRING 2009



Vice President/Managing Director: Efe Obaigbena Promotions and Marketing Director: Michele Mendelson and Amber Bosland

Valley’s Beach


Event Planning Director: Nora Snoddy and Nikki Bracy Advertisement Sales Director: Rachel Baldino Administrative Assistant: Abby Foust

Promotions and Marketing Team: Amanda Barrett, Allie Bostwick, Christine Bove, Tricia Bowie, Anna Cinelli, Meagan Cleary, Lauren Cook, Loren Horton, Kirsten Hurley, Christina Kim, Niole Laiacona, Jenna Gerrick, Megan Lakatos, Michelle Lee, Alexis Morgan, Julia Nguyen, Vu Nguyen, Brittany Patberg, Jennifer Rockwell, Angelica Ross, Natalie Ryneveld, Mallory Shore, Bernadette Staino, Brittany Sykes, Michelle Todisco, Lauren Williams, and Meredith Zippo Event Planning Team: Mora Adeyi, Kate Adrenas, Amina Bobb, Jeanette Bordeau, Allegra Curatolo, Sarah Deem, Terhea Doaty, Alex Farrell, Chelsey Fredlund, Roxana Gbetibouo, Danoly Guzman, Cassandra Hallacker, Samantha Herasme, Jessi Janeil, Priya Jhaveri, Paulina Jones, Bernadette Laspee, Kim Lawrence, Christine Leith, Margaux Leone, Lyndsay Luff, Melissa Manetakis, Erin Mawe, Brianne Murphy, Raquel Ortega, Lottie Rummel, Antoinette Scherer, Saletia Stokes, Jasmine Thomas, Michelle Turli, Bridget Deeney, Angela Voyd, Jennifer Wallington and Meghan Yingling

Advertisements/Sales Team: Juliana Cain, Steph Eastlake, Leah Emenuele, Krissie Hammel, Emily Hitchew, Kelly Langenohl, Megan Miraval, Jennifer Rockwell, Megan Schnell, Liz Showalter, Elizabeth Tedesco, and Jordan Ward

Creative Design Team: Rachel Baldino, Mallory Liebhaber, Jordan Ward



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Letter the


or our spring issue, Valley’s caught the traveling bug! Expand your horizons with us by checking out our article on beauty tips that Valley readers have picked up around the world, and our featured apartment that has each room inspired by a different international city. And, of course, read about cover girl Kay Arianna and our Makishi’s contagious and refreshing free spirit cover girl, Kay Makishi, at her and love for traveling and culture. Kay, who Valley shoot. has backpacked and traveled on her own to countries like Mexico, Cuba and Ireland, has given us an appreciation for looking at the world around you with open eyes and not always sweating the small stuff. Of course, Valley’s got all the trends for this spring, from pastel makeup palettes to multicolored fashion. Remember Louise from the Sex and the City movie and her rental bag? We bring you the real-life version,, which rents bags and accessories at affordable prices and also offers designer items at discounted prices for your college budget. Our article on religion gives insight on balancing faith and religious values with the busy schedule of a Valley girl, and Kristin McMillan’s piece about her father’s encounters with college students overseas while in the military shows us how fortunate we are as Penn Staters. And on page 32, meet Alisha Glass, setter for the two-time National Championship Women’s Volleyball team. Don’t have Spring Break plans at the last minute? It’s not too late to consider alternative options such as participating in a community service project, like the students in our article on page 36 who are involved in in Project Haiti. Read about their plans or get inspired for next year and plan to enroll in a course with an embedded program that travels as part of its curriculum. No matter what you do this Spring Break, we wish you safe travels. Make it a true break and take time to focus on yourself, your well being, and have fun! It’s been a pleasure to be the Editor-in-Chief of your magazine this semester. I hope you enjoy the issue and take Valley with you wherever you go!

Happy Spring!



on What’smy

Love” Bob Marley Ipod: “Is This

Tell me what you think of the Spring ‘09 issue by emailing valleymag@gmail. com.



The Dirty Girls Social Club, by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez,, $12




What’s on your


“Everything I Can’t Have”

by Robin Thicke The song has such an infectious beat, it’s hard not to, Robin Thicke is SO sexy! -Taylor Larouche, Fashion Editor


by Beyonce I love hearing Beyonce show her classical and original style without always being so pop. -Eden Kassa, Beauty Writer

“Ms. Independent”

by Ne-Yo This song really defines the phase that I am going through now, where I am independent and focused on my priorities. I think guys really respect girls who don’t need a significant other in their lives to make them happy. -Alexis Katherine Morgan, Promo Team

“Salt, Peppa and Spindarella”

by Johnny Foreigner The driving synth bass line makes this song one of my favorites to listen to while walking to class. When the distortion and the “real drums” kick in near the end, it’s perfection. -Haley Blum, Entertainment Writer

“Will Work for Love”

by Usher At the moment I have this song on repeat, I love the melody and Usher’s voice is just amazing! -Allegra Curatolo, Events Planning

“Get Your Freak On”

by Missy Elliot It unleashes the inner “freak” of an individual, regardless how shy he/she is. -Toan T. Mach, Assistant Creative Director 8


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In this section: Detox Diets: Page 11 Beauty & the Budge: Page 11 International Beauty Tips: Page 12 Bring Back Memories, Not Weight: Page 12 The Ultimate Beach Bag: Page 14 Feel Your Best for Less: Page 15 Spring in Full Bloom: Page 16



we are...beautiful

out why a detox diet is more What is Detoxing Find than just an urban legend and About Anyway? why it might work for you By Eden Kassa

Surprisingly, dieting isn’t always about losing weight. A “detox diet” isn’t a get skinny quick scheme, but a way to cleanse the body from toxins and achieve better health. This trend is a method of cleansing that doctors are more frequently prescribing to patients. Check out Valley’s finds:

The Master Cleanse Diet

Fruit Flush Three Day Detox Diet

Ingredients: (Single Serving) 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice, 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup, 1/10 Tsp Cayenne Pepper. 10 oz. water Pros: The mix tastes like a refreshing glass of lemonade and the cost of ingredients is fairly affordable. Cons: Learning to maintain your hunger is challenging. This all-liquid diet takes a lot of self-control. The Doctor Says: Don’t overdo it: 10 days max and use only organic ingredients.

Ingredients: Day 1: Protein Drink Mix, Raw Fruits & Veggies, Day 2, 3: Fresh fruit every 2 hrs, Raw Veggie Salad and Protein Mix Pros: The diet only lasts 3 days and still allows you to consume healthy meals without starving yourself. Cons: The diet requires you to have your last intake of any food by 4 pm each day. All the organic ingredients may be a little pricey. The Doctor Says: The diet is not a longterm program for reducing weight and should never be done for more than 3 days.

Hallelujah Diet

Raw Food Diet

Ingredients: On a daily basis, consume 85% raw foods and 15% cooked foods. Pros: This diet does allow you to maintain a more balanced, heavier and diverse food intake than most detox diets. Cons: The diet recommends you to skip breakfast and instead have only barley grass drinks and fresh vegetable juices. The Doctor Says: The diet is still considered to have unscientific nutritional explanations but rather biblical ones instead.

Ingredients: Breakfast: Fresh fruit salad Lunch; Mixed salad, Dinner: Raw mixed vegetable, Drinks: Water, juices, fruit smoothies Pros: The diet supports a balanced, nutritional food intake while avoiding processed foods. Cons: The ingredients for the diet are hard to find and pricey in local grocery stores. The Doctor Says: The diet may cause dramatic weight loss from a lower calorie intake, so it must be done transitionally and not for long periods of a time. Some foods must be cooked.

*Note: The Doctor’s advice comes from studies conducted by Dr. Sandra Kim Leong, Clinical Nutritionist Jay Robb, Dr. Stephen Barrett M.D. and Dr. Nicholas J. Gonzales.

Beauty and the Budget

By Jayne Greenwald

These must-have products are perfect for a college student budget and can be Milani Nail Color found right here in State College. in Pink Pop Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Foot Cream The ultimate formula for relieving serious dryness, leaving feet visibly softer and smoother $4.29 - CVS

Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner This organic blend smells irresistible and leaves hair feeling healthy, shiny and super silky $6.99 - CVS

One of Milani’s many vibrant polishes, this shade is the perfect pink hue for spring and summer $3.79 - CVS.

Almay Liner/Highlighter Duo Cocoa & Pearl This multipurpose liner includes both a natural brown and a luminous, shimmer stick that leaves eyes looking dazzling $8.99 - CVS

Nivea Kiss of SHINE Natural Glossy Lip Care leaves lips radiant, glossy and soft while also providing longlasting moisture $3.99 - CVS

Covergirl Volume Blasting Mascara in Black-Brown This thick brush leaves lashes looking noticeably long and full of volume $8.49 - CVS



You don’t need a passport to discover great beauty secrets from around the world. No matter where you are on the I know that if you want your map, these international girls will help eyelashes or eyebrows to grow you look like a true jet-setter. longer and thicker you should apply castor oil to them 3 times a week at night and wash it off in the morning. Also, to give your face a quick uplift, cover your face in egg whites. Let dry, and then wash off with cold water.

If you want curly hair, wash it with beer.

You are supposed to wash rice a few times before you cook it, so use that rice water with your cleanser when you wash your face. It really clears up any acne you might have.

- Nicole Bracy, Spain

- Robin Choy, Korea

The best type of spot cream is apparently crushed up pain killers or Paracetamol. - Rachel Sutton, England

Avocado is really good for your hair. Just put it on, let it soak, and rinse out. You can even add it in while you are washing your hair. - Sara So, Korea

I studied abroad in Sevilla, and my homestay mother said they believe that pineapple juice really helps you lose weight.

- Allegra Curatolo, Italy

- Efe Obaigbena, England and Nigeria

By Johnie Emma Gall

- Ema Gaubaite, Lithuania

You should try dying your hair with Henna. Henna gives your hair a rich natural look and the colors range from a variety of browns to reds. This works on all hair types for all races and best of all, henna is 100% natural and does not damage the hair.



[ Beauty Tips

we are...beautiful

Bring Back Memories, worked hard to look hot in your new bikini – here’s Valley’s Not Weight You’ve advice on overcoming vacation temptation.

1 2

By Katelyn Curran

Airport Allure

Vacation often begins at the airport, starting with eating high-calorie meals or greasy fast food while waiting to board. If you decide to eat, go to an airport café and get a salad or healthy sandwich. Or, try packing a bottle of water and snacks such as 100-calorie packs, yogurt or nuts. You’ll feel a lot better when you immediately hit the beach after reaching your destination.

Remain Hydrated and Get Sleep


Afternoon drinking and the late-night routine of spring break causes sleep deprivation, which is directly linked to weight gain. Sleep deprivation can increase levels of a hunger hormone and decrease levels of a hormone that makes you feel full. Also, remaining hydrated curbs the appetite until it’s time for the next meal, so you don’t eat fatty snacks and foods on a whim.

Work Out Without Stressing Out

Take a walk with friends while you’re on the beach. You will burn calories from both walking and laughing. According to Prevention Magazine, spring break activities such as splashing water burn about 200 calories per hour and dancing the night away burns about 300 calories per hour.


Avoid Drunkorexia

Drunkorexia is shorthand for self-imposed starvation, binging or purging combined with alcohol abuse. According to the New York Times, college-aged drinkers, especially women, avoid eating throughout the day to offset the calories they consume when drinking alcohol. But a lack of food increases the effects of alcohol, which also allows for a greater chance of vomiting and becoming ill. In addition, if you don’t eat before drinking, most of the alcohol becomes acetate, the chemical of hangovers, which will put a damper on your day at the beach.





we are...beautiful

The Ultimate Beach Bag

Valley has compiled a list of things you definitely don’t want to be missing from your suitcase – or your beach bag! By Jessia Brown MOSSIMO Beach Bag

We’ve loaded this cute beach tote with great beauty products to keep you glowing and looking hot no matter the temperature. $12.99 - Target

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30-45

It is always important to use some sort of sunscreen, and even with an SPF of 35-40 you can still get a nice tan minus the red! Neutrogena sun blocks are waterproof, sweatproof and non-comenogenic (they won’t clog pores). $6.99 - at your local drugstore

SPF 45 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lip Balm Don’t forget to carry along some balm with UVA/UVB protection—even your lips can get sunburned. $5 - Bath & Body Works

“So Aglow” Tan Enhancing Shimmer with Monoi Oil

This misty spray-on bronzer is perfect for the girl-on-the-go. Not only does this enhance your tan and give you a golden glow, but this leaves your skin exotically fragranced. $17 - Bath & Body Works

Burt’s Bees Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother

Once you crash back at your seaside hotel, be sure to use an after-sun remedy to rebuild your skins vitality for yet another 24 hours of sun & fun! Burt’s Bees always provides affordable natural remedies for needy skin. $9.99 - at your local drugstore

Revlon ColorStay Mineral Foundation

Makeup isn’t necessarily a good idea for a long day at the beach, but if you feel the need, a mineral foundation that is light and long-wear is perfect for handling heat and humidity. No running, no melting, no fuss. *Lasts up to 16 hours $13.99 - at your local drugstore

Christophe Beverly Hills Salon Formula Sunscreen for Hair & Protect/Shine Spray Who would’ve thought L.A. quality would come to the State College market? This amazing find is perfect for all hair types and amazing for treating sun and salt damaged hair. $9.99 - CVS

Valley Beach Bag Extras Broad-rimmed sun hat (Audrey Hepburn style) Chic shades Hand sanitizing wipes O.P.I. nail color: “I’m India Mood for Love” ($7-10 at your local nail salon) Emory board Cooler for your essential beach drink Spring Break read



Feel Your Best for Less

we are...beautiful

Stir up beauty from the comfort of your kitchen with these homemade beauty recipes. By Rachel Baldino Cucumber Facial For All Skin Types


1. Add 1/2 a cucumber 1 egg white 1/2 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp lime juice 1 tsp apple mint leaves to a food processor or blender. 2. Puree for 5 minutes until smooth. 3. Cool the mixture in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. 4. Apply the mixture to your face while cool and leave it on for 20 minutes. 5. Rinse it off with a warm washcloth to loosen your pores, then rinse with cool water to finish your treatment.

Shiny Hair for Blondes, Brunettes & Redheads

1. Stir 1 teaspoon of Honey into 4 cups (1 quart) of warm water. 2. After shampooing, pour the mixture through your hair. Do not rinse out. Dry as normal. 3. Blondes: Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to your rinse water. Brunettes and Redheads: Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your rinse water.

Sensitive Skin Exfoliant for Dry and Sensitive Skin

1. Mix ½ cup Cornmeal, ¼ cup Milk, two teaspoons Baking Soda, one tablespoon Olive Oil and five drops of Tea-tree oil in a bowl, then apply to your skin. 2. Rinse after 2-3 minutes.

Whiter, Brighter Nails

1. Try scrubbing your nails with whitening tooth polish, also known as Pearl Drops. Along with achieving a pearly white smile, you can take away stains and shine up your nail. 2. If Pearl Drops are unavailable, try mixing ½ cup of Lemon Juice and ½ cup of water to a large bowl. 3. Soak nails for 5-7 minutes.



Spring in

Full Bloom By Marina Matteo

Pretty In Pink 1. Line lower rim of eyes with a fine line of black eyeliner. Try to trace directly along lash line and leave inner rims bare (this makes the eyes appear wider). 2. After priming eyelids with concealer, as mentioned in trend one, apply a matte, skin toned shadow to the brow bone. 3. Sweep a pastel pink shadow from lash line to crease. For darker skin, try pastel shades in teal or turquoise. (We like: Benefit Silky Powder Eye Shadow in Blushing Bride, $18.00, sold at select Macy’s and Sephora). 4. Next, dust a rose colored shadow in the crease of the eyelid to add dimension to the look without making it too heavy. 5. Keeping with spring’s trend of long, full lashes, sweep on two coats of lengthening mascara. For a flirty, doe-eyed look, apply two or three single false eyelashes to the outer corners of the eye.

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Just Peachy 1. Post shower, moisturize face with an oil-free moisturizer to prevent foundation from flaking. (We like: Clean & Clear Oil-Free Dual Action Moisturizer, $6.49, sold at CVS Pharmacy). 2. Next, apply concealer to under eye areas and any blemishes. Also, apply concealer to eyelids – it acts as an adhesive for eye shadow. 3. Apply a matte liquid or powder foundation to the entire face that matches your skin tone – try to avoid shimmer and sparkle on your skin this season. Be sure to blend around jaw and hairline. 4. Top off your face with one of spring’s newest trends – peach blush. Begin at the apples of your cheeks and sweep back subtly. (We like: NARS Blush in Amour, $25.00, sold at Sephora). 5. Sweep a light brown/tan eye shadow from lash line to crease. (We like: Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Wheat, $20.00, sold at select Nordstrom’s and 6. Finish off with a thin line of brown eyeliner under the eyes and a coat of black or brown mascara.

You Glow, Girl! 1. Apply a cream-based gold eye shadow from the lash line to the crease, then with a thin angled brush, trace a line underneath the bottom lash line. (We like: M.A.C Paint Pot in Indianwood, $16.50, sold at select Macy’s and 2. Next with a darker gold eye shadow, apply to the crease of the eyelid and to the outer corners. Also, using an angled brush, trace under the bottom lash line over the gold from the center to the outer corners. This will give a faded effect. This color should also contain a bit of shimmer so it blends well with the base shadow. 3. To highlight the eye, dust a tiny amount of shimmer powder in the center of the eye right above the lash line. (We like: M.A.C Glitter in Reflects Antique Gold, $17.50, sold at select Macy’s and 4. To complete the “smokey” look, apply dark brown eye liner right above the top lash line, and along the inner rims. 5. Create a nude lip color by lightly dabbing your daily concealer on your lips then going over it in a sheer gloss. (We like: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Toast to Shine, $7.99, sold at CVS Pharmacy)


In this section: Page 20: Around the World in 80 Feet Page 22: Sandy Souvenirs, Poster to Post-It


Aroundthe T


in World

ired of the usual décor for college apartments, Penn State juniors Monica Henderson, Natalie Conti, Laura Shay, Megan Andrews and Shaz Abdollahi themed each room in their apartment as a different country to make their home away from home a melting pot of style. The best part? It cost them next to nothing.

Feet By Stef Davis

Henderson and her cousin Conti were responsible for most of the apartment’s décor, conducting all of their shopping in State College. Instead of pricey downtown boutiques and specialty shops, the girls looked to yard sales, discount stores and classified websites. “I started looking in the spring, right after kids moved out and were throwing stuff on the curb or having yard sales,” Henderson said. Walking into the front door of the apartment, the first stop around the world is Morocco. The living room is adorned with miniature statues of giraffes, elephant lamps and beaded pillows, which Henderson said were all found for around $10 at stores like Ross and T.J. Maxx. The hardwood floors, two large couches bought for $20 each on Craig’s List, and a red and gold color scheme all add to the Moroccan vibe. These accents, along with a built-in fireplace and themed wall art, make the common space a place the roommates love to unwind in. “It’s inviting, and it’s nicer than a typical cookie cutter living room in popular buildings downtown,” Shay said. “Everyone who comes over is surprised and awed at how nice is.”

road, and while it was a little beat up, Henderson said all it needed was a little love. “I almost didn’t take it because I wasn’t sure what it was, but I ended up taking it in my van,” Henderson said. “We cleaned it off and painted it. I spent a lot of time working on it.”

Across from the bar is an ornate 3-foot oriental fan mounted The dining room takes you out of Africa and into the Orient. on the wall, bought for $1 at a State College yard sale. The roommates also bought the dining room furniture at a yard A giant wood bar with a shiny black gloss covered in sale for $50, and the sellers threw in a rug to go underneath Japanese cherry blossoms hand-painted by Conti, an art major, is the central piece of this room, but ironically was the the table for free. The room is mysterious and elegant, and with a price tag of only $51, it’s a concept any Valley girl can cheapest item in their apartment. The price tag on this Far master without having to sacrifice next week’s paycheck. East favorite? $0. Henderson and Conti found the bar on the side of the 20


Gondolas, wine bottles and photos of the Venice Canal


Learn how 5 Valley girls took their pad from collegiate drab to international fab …without going broke.

paired with a red, green and white color scheme transform the kitchen into a vision of Venice, Italy. Each roommate claimed a cupboard and shelf in the pantry to get the most space out of a small place. The bedrooms are individually themed by personal style and interest. Henderson’s room has a jungle theme, with wooden lofts and vibrant colors, while Shay chose a more serene island theme for her bedroom. The bedroom decorations consist of things left over from previous years of college life or borrowed from friends and family. The total cost of decorating this international abode was about $200, half the cost of the most easy chairs at conventional furniture stores. Henderson admits that decorating an apartment on a budget can be challenging, but advises Valley readers to use a little imagination and effort. “Do something different,” she said. “Pick something you like and go for it…if you look hard, you’ll be amazed at the unique things you can find.” SPRING 2009




Sandy Souvenir

During the trip to the beach this Spring Break, save the memories with a sandy reminder in a vase.

By Annie To

Materials: Bag of sand and seashells Photos (if desired) Glass vase (or just an empty jar) Skewer sticks (for the photos) or a branch from the beach

Step 1 Grab a big baggie of dry sand and seashells from the beach.

Step 2

Step 3

Pour some of the shells Tape a photo from the into the bottom of the beach onto the skewer vase or jar, followed by stick or branch, and the sand. Add some stick it in the vase. additional shells on top.


poster to post-it from

By Annie To

A poster may serve as an easy wall-filler, but to add some individuality to your room, try an alternative that is less expensive and more entertaining. Write down a funny quote said by a friend or have visitors leave messages on a Post-it note and stick them on your wall to add some creativity and fun to your room. At only $1 for a single colored pack of 100, Post-its are easy to take down and simple to put up!

saving space

Valley’s tips on making the most out of your living space.

The closet organizer, $12.88 at Walmart, can be used to store non-closet items such as books, craft supplies and DVDs. Even for its rightful purpose, having the closet organizer can keep your scarves, gloves, hats and purses in an orderly manner.



DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL SPACE SAVING TECHNIQUE? E-mail us ( and you, and your idea, can be featured in our next issue!


In this section: Valley’s Best Beach Reads: Page 24 Tropical Spring Break Cocktails: Page 24 Tour Stop: Kelsey & the Chaos: Page 25 Q&A with John Legend: Page 27 How to Throw a Mardi Gras Party: Page 28






Best Beach Reads


By Maggie Stuart


Don’t leave for your next vacation without at least one of these books in your tote!

Spring Break

Cocktail Recipes By Maggie Stuart

Want to stay refreshed over Spring Break or this summer? Skip the piña colada and show off your creative side with these cool cocktails! Each recipe serves one, so just multiply the ingredients by the number of guests to turn any night into a vacation.

The Romance.... The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares Barnes and Noble, $25 Follow two sisters as they spend the summer, as usual, in their parents’ beach house. Then an old friend comes to visit, signifying change, summer love and growing up.

The Modern Sci-Fi....

The Host by Stephanie Meyer While waiting for the uncertain fate of the Twilight sequel Midnight Sun, Meyer fans can get the thrill of dangerous love and mysterious enemies in this book.

The Adventure.... A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffet, $12 This laid back Paradise journey provides the perfect escape. Travel with a cowboy on this Caribbean adventure that’s as sweet as a song.

Pacific Sunrise 2 parts silver tequila Cracked ice cubes Orange juice 1 measure grenadine Pour the tequila over cracked ice in chilled highball glass and top with orange juice, stir well to mix Slowly pour in the grenadine and serve with a straw.

Blue Lagoon 1 measure blue Curacao 1 measure vodka Dash fresh lemon juice Lemonade Pour the blue Curacao into a highball or cocktail glass, followed by the vodka Add the lemon juice and top up with lemonade to taste.

The Chick Lit.... Love Hampton by Sherri Rifkin, $13 Indulge yourself the way the Manhattanites do this summer. This books flirts with humor, allure and scandal set in humble Southampton.

The Inspirational....

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert,, $15 A woman’s search for herself and answers for her life across Italy, India and Indonesia will leave readers inspired to find their own. 24


Coconut Breeze 1 measure coconut liquor ½ measure Drambuie 2 measure papaya juice Ice cubes Slice of lime Shake the ingredients well over ice until frosted. Pour into chilled cocktail glass and finish with slice of lime.

Tour Stop:


On a January tour date at Sozo, Valley talked to the upand-coming band about touring, the band’s future, and By Haley Blum why it’s not just another “girl band.”

Kelsey Chaos

and the

In the past 12 months, the female-fronted rock

band Kelsey and the Chaos – which this time last year was only in the infant stages of becoming a group – recorded and released a debut album, played stints like the 2008 Vans Warped Tour, the Bret Michaels Rock of Love Tour, and MTV2. The New York City band brought its feisty brand of pop-rock to State College with lead vocalist Kelsey Merritt, 20; guitarists Brian Pascoe, 20, and Justin Stabler, 20; bassist Rich Skibinsky, 22; and drummer Nick Rotunno, 19. Check out Valley’s exclusive interview with the band.




VALLEY: How did the band start? BRIAN: It all started over MySpace. Kelsey had some tunes up on her ‘Space, if you will. And she was like, ‘Yeah, I’m looking for musicians. I need two guitarists and a bass player.’ I read the ad and then got Justin and Rich on board. We all learned the songs, came in and, um… KELSEY: That was it! VALLEY: Kelsey, on your MySpace page it says you attend, or did attend, Berklee College of Music. Are you still in school now that the band is taking off? KELSEY: I don’t attend anymore. [Nick and I] both actually went to Berklee. NICK: Yeah, we met there, and that just started the whole thing. Then we just recruited these bozos. KELSEY: We both spent two semesters at Berklee, and now we are deferred in order to pursue a career in music. VALLEY: Who are your musical influences as a band? What bands or artists are you listening to right now? KELSEY: As a band, we’re influenced by a lot of different types of music. I think that everyone kind of came to the table with a different style that they like. Like night and day. For me, some of my favorite bands are Third Eye Blind and the Kaiser Chiefs, who are my new favorite band.

Coming out as a band with a Q VALLEY: female lead singer, how do you handle being instantly compared to bands like Paramore, No Doubt and Evanescence? What are you doing to set yourselves apart from these groups and to create your own identity? As a female, you’re always going to be comA KELSEY: pared to other females, just by looking at the industry. It is a male-dominated industry, and you don’t see a lot of females holding their own in rock bands. I try not to listen to those comparisons. People are going to compare us, and that’s fine. It’s not a bad thing because they’re great bands. Where do you see the band going in the Q VALLEY: future? I think the main focus is increasing our fan A JUSTIN: base and getting our name out there as much as we can. I guess just a lot of touring now to get experience and meet new bands.

Kelsey, what influences your style? How Q VALLEY: would you describe your fashion sense? Well, this is my favorite question, because I A KELSEY: love clothes and I love fashion, and that’s a huge thing

for me. I’m very inspired by the ‘80s. My favorite designer is Betsey Johnson – I’m obsessed with Betsey Johnson. I like to have very colorful, very unique clothes. I love dresses – like a really hot dress and Converse is where it’s at for me. SPRING 2009


Can You

Feel The Collegiate Ballroom Dance Competition

March 27­ 28, 2009 126 White Building Featuring Performances by 2008 World Professional 10 Dance Champions Iveta Lukosiute and Gherman Mustuk As well as performances by Penn State’s very own Championship Latin Championship Standard Dancers: Nora Snoddy & Dancers: Ali Sacks & Lafone Brown Seth Martin 26


Partially Funded by UPAC ‐ “ Your Student Activity Fee at Work."

—Laura Litterio



John With


Valley sat down with Grammy-award winning artist John Legend to talk about college, life and relationships during his visit to Happy Valley.

VALLEY: We know you went to UPenn; how was your experience there? What did you like most, and what did you like least about it? John Legend: The most exciting part about college was that it expanded my horizons. I was a 16-year-old from a small town in Ohio. I had never been on a plane. I had barely left Ohio. Upon arriving at Penn, I met people from all over the world, was exposed to music and culture I’d never seen or heard before. I really enjoyed college. My least favorite part was really my fault. I procrastinated too much, so I pulled some nasty all-nighters. I still have nightmares about it!

V: A lot of your songs are about love and relationships. Valley is a magazine for young, college women, so what relationship advice would you give to them? JL: Just enjoy yourself, you know – you’re still young and it’s not too serious right now. Don’t make it too serious focus on school.

V: What was your major? JL: I majored in English at Penn, with a concentration in African-American Literature, Culture & History.

V: What would you like to be remembered for? JL: First of all, I want to be remembered for making great music. Music that inspires people, music that people connect to, music that reminds people of their best times. Secondly, I want to be known for making a broader impact on the world. I’m a student of history and I’ve studied great leaders a lot. I’m inspired by the type of people that led with integrity and desire to improve the lives of others.

V: UPenn vs. Penn State: how did you like Penn State during last visit, and how can you compare it to UPenn? JL: I didn’t get to see it really since I just got in tonight [to perform] so I haven’t gotten to see the campus, but the crowd was great tonight. V: How important do you think having a college degree is to be successful in life? JL: Well, for many jobs, you need a bachelor’s degree just to get an interview. So a college degree is certainly important for those jobs. Obviously, I don’t need a bachelor’s degree to be a recording artist, but it certainly helped me to go away to college to gain life experience and make connections with people from around the world. I met Kanye [West] through my college roommate, for instance. Also, studying English gave me the ability to write better and think more critically, which is important for just about anything you do. V: Any advice for aspiring musicians at Penn State? JL:Now is the time for you to really develop your craft and become great at what you do. Meet as many people that can help you as possible and the main thing right now is to become great at what you do.

V: What is your favorite vacation destination and why? JL: My favorite vacation so far was [Lake] Como, Italy. It’s so beautiful and peaceful there. And the Italians sure know how to treat their guests. The food particularly is incredible.

V: What backstage rituals do you have before going on stage? JL: I drink lots of tea and water – and maybe eat a chicken wing or two. And I do vocal warm ups to loosen my vocal chords up. Then I pray with the band and head on to the stage. V: Can you tell us what your motto in life is? JL: I don’t really have a motto. I just try to do everything to the best of my ability and focus on the things that I do well. Editor-in-Chief Arianna Davis with John Legend SPRING 2009




Mardi GrasParty By Maggie Stuart



Celebrate the spring season masquerade style! Show off your savoir vivre and host an extravagant Mardi Gras party. Beads, feathers, sequins and sparkle will brighten up the atmosphere. Remember to use purple, gold and green to keep with the theme. And what better way to party than with French Êclairs and decadent cupcakes? Tell your guests to dress to impress and don’t forget a mask!

For your Mardi Gras fête, a vase filled with beads and stick masks creates a great centerpiece. Represent the flavor of New Orleans food from Spats Café. And don’t forget dessert from Chocolate Madness. • • • • •

Courtly Cupcakes

Place a knife in hot water and wipe off Use heated knife to smoothly spread icing Sprinkle on Wilton’s Cake Sparkles evenly Put extra icing in a plastic bag and cut off one tip Squeeze icing out to create either a flower or fleur de lys to finish




In this section: Cover Story – PSU Junior Kay Makishi: Page 42 Penn State’s Secret to Getting Fit: Page 31 Professor Spotlight – Dirk Mateer: Page 31 Welcome to My Life – Alisha Glass: Page 32 Valley’s Perfect Date Night: Page 32 He’s Just Not That Into You: Page 33 Long Distance Relationships: Page 34 Alternative Spring Break Trips: Page 36 College Overseas: Page 37 Valley Girls & Religion: Page 39 Graduation Checklist: Page 39 Diary of a THON Overall: Page 40



Penn State’s

Secret to Getting Fit


Winter is over and it’s time to get that bikini body you always wanted. Luckily, the White Building makes it easy with a variety of classes to help you get there.

Washboard Abs

By Alicia Dinkel

This 20-minute class focuses on your abdomen, oblique muscles and lower back by incorporating several different styles of crunches and planks into your workout. Although not particularly effective when taken once, going to this class five days a week will get you sculpted abs in weeks. ✭✭✭1/2

Kickboxing Aerobics

Kickboxing is one of the most popular classes at the White Building for a reason. This full-body workout will keep you moving for a full 45 minutes. Although this is an excellent cardio class, the kickboxing moves can be difficult to catch on to at first. ✭✭✭✭

Butts & Guts

If you’re looking for an effective leg and butt workout, this is it. Despite the name, the class focuses more on your rear than your tummy. A varying Rating System combination of squats, leg lifts, and ✭ Don’t bother lunges will have your thighs and butt ✭✭ Maybe you should stop by looking toned in no time. If you’re ✭✭✭ Worth your time lucky, a few crunches will be thrown in ✭✭✭✭ Bikini body here you come to fill time in this half hour class. ✭✭✭

Professor Spotlight: Dirk Mateer By Stephanie Raposo

If you walk up to the front of his class asking for a stapler, prepare yourself for a shock–literally. Dirk Mateer, Penn State Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of Economic Undergraduate Studies, brings a prank stapler with him to class to teach the students to be prepared. “Once they get shocked, I give them a paper clip anyway,” he said. Meet one of the coolest teachers around campus. Mateer has been teaching economics classes at Penn State for eight years. While classes in auditoriums intimidate many students, Mateer insists that bigger is better. “I compare it to when students go to the movies or watch a football game in Beaver Stadium,” Mateer said. “When hundreds or thousands of people come together, it’s more fun.” Throughout the semester, Mateer uses music, movies, games and group discussions to help students connect to why economics is important. At a glance, it might seem like music and economics have nothing in common, but Mateer finds a way to join the two in a practical matrimony.

ìIím just a guy, teaching this classî In the classroom, his alter ego takes over, making him outgoing and entertaining. Last Halloween, the self-described shy person dressed up as a rapper, complete with a hooded sweatshirt, dark sunglasses and “bling,” to keep class interesting. In his spare time, Mateer enjoys playing golf, traveling and hiking. He has a weakness for Baby Ruth candy bars, enjoys eating pizza downtown, and blueberries. And if he’s watching TV, it’s probably turned to ESPN or the Weather Channel. Sometimes teachers can seem really different from students. Mateer proves that once the PowerPoint slide is finished and the tests are graded, teachers are people, too. “I’m just a guy, teaching this class,” he said. SPRING 2009



Wel come to my

Life: Alisha Glass

Claim to Fame: Setter for Penn State’s Two-Time National Volleyball Championship team By Jeanne Drouilhet

Dirty Little Secrets Most Embarrassing Volleyball Moment: “My first match my freshman year. It was televised and I got hit in the face with a ball. They replayed it in slowmo on TV, over and over.” Best Volleyball Memory: “Winning my first national championship. Is that bad to say the first one? I guess I’m just much more proud of our playing in that game.” Something you couldn’t live without: “Definitely my colored headbands. I wear them almost every day.”

Valley’s Perfect Date Night: Ballroom Dancing By Monica O’Donnell

Valley: How does it feel to win your second consecutive national championship? Alisha: It feels good. It's something not many people get to do once, much less twice in a row. V: How do you get into game mode? Any pregame superstitions or rituals? A: Our team has so many superstitions. When we play in Rec Hall, we run around the whole facility before we go onto the court, and we have a pregame dance. Personally, I always wear a colored headband. V: How do you manage to be a normal college student? How do you balance school, sports, and a social life? A: I don't know that I would call it normal. It's really all about time management and planning out your week, so you know what it looks like. V: What do you do for fun? A: Catch up on sleep, watch a movie, go to other sporting events. My friend and I are tennis champs...well, we pretend to be at least. V: Have you ever thought of pursuing volleyball beyond college? A: Absolutely. I'm a kinesiology major with a minor in Human Development and Human Studies. I want to go back to school for physical therapy, but I want to go play overseas first. The only pro teams here are beach, which is great and all, but I want to go overseas where I can play indoor.

Tired of the typical dinner date? Mix things up by leading your man out onto the dance floor.


enn State’s Ballroom Dance Club, which holds dance lessons in 106 White Building, provides the perfect bonding experience for two. Whether you choose to schedule a private lesson or attend their weekend sessions through HUB LateNight, this is a great opportunity that will help you work on your moves and connect with your guy at the same time. Dancing is a great way to get to know someone, because it forces you to let your guard down and to just be yourself. Avoid the potential awkward silence of a dinner date by changing the pace to this active and laid back environment. Just remember to be confident. If you look like you’re having fun, chances are he will too, even if neither one of you appear on Dancing with the Stars anytime soon. Express yourself by selecting your own dancing preference, including Salsa, Social Ballroom, Argentine Tango and Keystone Classic. Or, ask your date to pick. You can learn a lot about your date by the way he approaches the dance floor. If he chooses Salsa, he may be the outgoing and spontaneous type. A guy who goes for the Tango is most likely confident and romantic.



YouGuys Ask Answer: He’s Just Not That Into You


Based off the New York Times Best Seller and the box office hit, Valley sought advice from real guys answering real questions. By Ashley Mannings

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He’s Just Not That Into You

If He’s Nowhere To Be Found

Dear Valley, I had been off and on with this guy in high sch ool and we both ended up attend ing Penn State. I thoug ht would be better since we were at the same college but once we arrived, I never heard from him. Then coinci dently one night we ran into each other at a frat and hooked up . I haven’t seen him since. What’s wrong with him? Sincerely, Confused in PSU More than likely this guy was not coming to colleg e to be in a relationship. Like mo st college freshman, he wants to be single and do his own thing. In order to avoid wondering about what his problem is, you should have bee n straight forward with what you wanted from the relation ship before they left for college. ~Reid Erardy (freshman, business) Won’t Let You Meet If He

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He’s Just Not That Into You If He’s Flirting W ith Your Friend

Dear Valley, Fall semester I got a Facebo ok message fro it off and deci m ded to meet fo r lunch. We be this guy. We hit couple days ou gan hanging t the week, th out a en towards th we stopped ha e end of the se nging out as mester much and the became spar text message se. When we s returned in th other out in a e spring, we sa club. We shar w each ed a couple da I know I turned nces and next around and he thing was flirting w happened? I ith my friend. thought he lik ed me. What Sincerely, Facebook Lo ver Often times m any girls put up Facebook pict however, they ures of them at never live up to their best, that photo. Af hang out with ter meeting with them out of co them you ur te sy them. If you se , not because e a girl you know you’re necessar ily into at the club, of dance with them course you’re . However, if I se going to e another girl th I’m not going to at I think is attra pass up the op ctive, portunity to mee ~Ahmed Ngo t someone new beh (junior, bio. behavioral heal th)

He’s Just Not That Into You Friend If He Tries To Hook You Up With His

Dear Valley, guy from home. We were I was really close friends with this for fall break he came to visit really flirty with each other. Then We were all hanging out, g. alon me and he brought a friend me. I told him I did not on g hittin one the was but his friend over me and then he told all was appreciate the fact his friend with me. This was totally get d coul he d frien his me that he told and not his friend. him ted awkward, so I told him that I wan his Facebook and from me ted dele , rude He then called me blocked me from AIM. Sincerely, Down and De-Friended has no idea how to act This sounds like the type of guy who he’s shy or timid and doesn’t but you likes he be around girls. May , once he was confronted Also know how to express his feelings. how to react so he know ’t didn ably prob he about the situation, sment. Or on the arras emb of just cut off all contact with you out to begin with. you in est inter any had r other hand, he just neve ) ~Mike Romanelli (freshman, business SPRING 2009



StopMeasuring Distance and Start Measuring Love By Stephanie Nassib

1 3 2 4 Valley’s guide to keeping your long-distance relationship strong.


Pick a time during the day that is convenient for the both of you to talk. It is important to get into a routine of calling each other because it’s easy to forget, especially when you are busy with school and social life. How? Establish you are going to call each other every night before you go to sleep. You will always be able to count on talking at that specific time, so get in bed, cozy up and spend quality time catching up.


Sometimes there isn’t anything exciting or new in your lives to discuss with each other. However, don’t let this stop you. Try to brainstorm fun topics to talk about with one another. How? Buy the same book and read a few chapters a day. When you call each other at your usual time, you will have something new to discuss.



UTILIZE THE COMPUTER. If phone conversations and text messages are getting a little redundant, the computer has many ways to spice up your relationship. Download a video chat program where you can actually see each other on the computer screen. How? Download the online video chat program Skype ( Keep things fun by planning to eat dinner together once a week or watching your favorite show at the same time. Even though you are still far away, seeing each other’s faces and doing things that you would normally do when you are together will make you feel connected.

PLAN VISITS. Why wait until holidays and breaks to see each other? The more often you see each other, the stronger your relationship will stay. How? Start saving your money and splurge on a plane ticket or for a tank of gas for the ride. Work out your schedules and plan a trip on a weekend where you don’t have much going on.


Get a massage, just because: Take a few hours for yourself one day and relax at the Central Pennsylvania School of Massage in downtown State College. Just because you don’t have an exam coming up or a paper due doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a break. Order Insomnia Cookies at 2 am:

Take a Road trip: Get a group of your closest friends together, collect gas money, and take a weekend trip to Philadelphia or Pittsburgh. Not only will you get to experience weekend nightlife in another city, but you’ll build memories along the way.

Late night food is a staple of many PSU nights, which includes delicious cookies and brownies in the early morning hours. Besides, you took Calorie Killer at the gym today and totally earned it.

Switch up your party scene: Usually spend your Saturday nights on Frat Row? Try going to a HUB party sponsored by a campus group. Usually dance the night away to hiphop spun by a DJ? Try going to a bar that features a local band.



10 things every Valley girl should do before graduating By Haley Blum

Shop at the Farmer’s Market: Every Friday from the end of May to November, Locust Lane in downtown State College is transformed into a Farmer’s Market. Stop by while walking down College Ave to pick up some locally-grown produce or a bouquet of flowers.

—Chris Koleno

Design your own t-shirt: At People’s Nation downtown, you can design your own t-shirt. Get a funny quote between you and your friends printed on your tee or a graphic that’s meaningful to you and keep it as a keepsake years after graduation.

Start a PSU cheer on a CATA bus loop: Be the girl who starts singing the opening bars of “Sweet Caroline” on the White Loop heading downtown.

Take a “Carpe Diem” day: You wake up and gaze out the window at a gorgeous day in State College, so do whatever you want. Go tan on the HUB lawn, shop downtown, take a walk, or just watch some daytime television.

Get thrown in the air at Beaver Stadium: What better way to celebrate a touchdown than to have your guy friends, or even strangers, throw you up in the air multiple times? Volunteer yourself to go up the next time Penn State scores and enjoy!

Ski or snowboard at Tussey Mountain: A 15-minute drive away from campus, it’s the Penn State student’s reward for surviving Happy Valley’s snowy weather. With discounted lift tickets for college students on Mondays, Tussey is a fun, low-cost entertainment option. SPRING 2009



BeyondCancun By Michele Mendelson

Check out how some students are spending their Spring Break.

qInternational Reporting Class Then there are the students going to Mexico. But students taking Comm 498B, International Reporting, will tell you that Spring Break in Mexico isn’t just Cancun and beaches. Students in Comm 498B will spend their spring break as foreign correspondents reporting in Mexico City.

i Hait t c the e ents of Proj d u t s e by th try. anized g r o s Minis t u c p je m o r a Ap cC Catholi Ask any college student what spring break means to them and you will probably hear about a week of fun in the sun and partying. While this may be true for some, other students have recently found a meaningful alternative. Many Penn Staters are stepping outside of the conventional Spring Break through with volunteer service and trips conducted by the university.

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Taught by Tony Barbieri, a Foster Professor of Writing and Editing, the course begins by preparing students with indepth writing and research skills in preparation, as well as education on the city’s history and topics to research and report on while in Mexico City. Seventeen students were selected to take the trip as an opportunity to gain hands-on information that is not available from books or the Internet. The students will produce international stories that could possibly be published in major newspxapers or picked up by news stations. Penn State senior Emily Sher said she jumped at the opportunity to participate in the class as opposed to taking a spring break trip with her friends. “I hope to be a foreign correspondent one day, so I thought this would be a really good experience and I could get some published clips from my trip,” she said. “I am excited to learn how to report in a country that doesn’t speak the same language as I do.” So this spring break or the next, don’t feel limited to going tanning on an exotic beach for spring break; you never know whose life you might touch or skill you can pick up by trying something different.

Project Haiti is organized by the students of the Catholic Campus Ministry. Its goal is to further awareness about the economic struggles that underdeveloped countries face daily. Around 20 students travel to Pandiassou, Haiti and stay with the Little Sisters of the Incarnation, a religious fraternity, at a retreat facility. Project Haiti volunteers spend the weeks leading up to Spring Break packing collected clothing donations into suitcases to bring to Haiti. Upon arrival, the donations are given to Maison Fortune, an orphanage, as well as communities that have been hit by hurricanes. President Alain Bonny said the spring break trip allows Project Haiti students to see the fruits of their labor throughout the semester. “They get to see that Haiti is still a beautiful place and is progressing back to where it once was,” Bonny said. During their week in Haiti, students work closely with the natives and learn about their daily struggles. “In the orphanage, we do our best to help with their school lessons in math, science, and even language,” Bonny said.



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Overseas By Kristen MacMillan


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❖ Send soldiers FREE greeting ❖Students from the American University of Central Asia toured the military base and the airplanes during their visit with the Manas Airmen. ❖ Here in Happy Valley, many of us forget to look beyond ourselves and see the world around us. We forget that in some places around the world, not only can’t people go to college, but some can’t even feel safe in their own homes. My eyes were opened to this fact when my dad came home from serving in “Operation Enduring Freedom,” the war on terrorism in Afghanistan, as the Vice Commander of Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan. During his time overseas, his base often reached out to the Kyrgyz people, hoping to strengthen ties.

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and organizations because students mostly focus on their academic responsibilities.

I consider myself fortunate to have many outlets at my disposal for my creativity outside of my schoolwork. Walking around Penn State’s campus, you are bombarded with opportunities to get involved in any area you may find interesting; however, many of us do not take advantage of these activities like we should.

After graduation, almost 90 percent of college graduates from AUCA have to leave their country to While overseas, a group of faculty and get a job because there are so few opportunities. The students from the American University average wage of a worker in Kyrgyzstan is equal to “ We live in of Central Asia (AUCA) joined my about $300 per month: barely enough to survive. a country with dad and his airmen for dinner. unlimited opportunities Feeling fortunate yet? If not, consider this: A for us to live out our Topics of discussion included the Kyrgyz engineer or doctor can earn more working dreams - dreams enabled Kyrgyz and American education in a kitchen of a U.S. military base than in their and protected by those systems. respective fields. I couldn’t believe that people serving in uniform.” The AUCA students talked about how who had went to school for so long to pursue impressed they were with the American successful careers just ended up working on the system, which they regarded as the best Airbase. in the world. Their college was founded in 1991 when When my father brought back this story and others Kyrgyzstan gained independence from the former Soviet alike, I gained a better understanding of how grateful I Union, and was modeled after American universities, am to be here at Penn State. We live in a country with hence its name. unlimited opportunities for us to live out our dreams Although they strive to reach American standards, the Kyrgyz college experience is very different from ours. First, only a small percentage of people in Kyrgyzstan even get the opportunity to attend college. Second, it is rare that a family can afford to pay for tuition. Financially disadvantaged students can take the National Scholarship Test for government aid, but even that route usually leads to a dead end. Lastly, since going to college is such a privilege, there are few clubs

– dreams enabled and protected by those serving in uniform. So as you walk through campus and see a student in military uniform, stop and thank them, because they have sacrificed – or will sacrifice – to enable all of us to go about our daily lives in a danger-free country. Don’t feel guilty about your good fortune; just try to pay attention to the rest of the world. SPRING 2009


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Believing By Stephanie Raposo

With clubs, sports and classes, how do Valley girls make time for religion? Routines, however, are not for everyone when it comes to religion. Pamela Oduho struggles to find time to attend an organized worship service, yet is secure in her personal connection to God. “Just because you don’t go to church does not mean you are a bad person,” she said. “I wake up everyday and thank God I am alive. It’s those acknowledgements that equal to going to church because there’s no difference between a building or your room or wherever you find time to talk to God.” While these students struggle to find time for religion in their schedule, some Valley girls spend their time still searching.


“I believe in something, I haven’t yet figured out what,” said senior human development family studies major Candice Zayas. “I like to believe everyone is good, and I’d like to find something to help me see that in people, even when they fall off the good spectrum.”

These are age-old questions Penn State students may ask themselves. With over 600 student organizations at Penn State, however, it’s easy for students to get wrapped up in their schedules. So how do they make time for religion?

Whatever your faith, Beth Bradley, Assistant Director for Ethics and Religious Affairs, said all it takes to make sure you find time for religious values in your life is commitment.

s there a right or wrong way to live? What happens to us after we die? Is there really a God? What’s the meaning of life?

Freshman political science major Alanoud Fikri finds ways to worship between her class schedule. “I believe if I have class when time conflicts with prayer, then I will pray after class and make up for the time I have missed,” she said. For freshman Sarah Scheerer, the transition from a Catholic School, where church is pre-scheduled, to her busy Penn State lifestyle was not an easy one. “I felt like when I came here I had to work at my faith on my own,” she said. She eventually figured out a routine to meet her schedule and regularly attends mass on Sunday nights.

“When students make time, it’s a commitment to who they want to be and how they want to show up in the world,” she said. “I encourage them to increase their involvement on campus to engage and stretch themselves. They should seek organizations, go to meetings and get to know peers that will make finding time to practice their faith easier.” The Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, located on campus, is open from 8 am to 11 pm when classes are in session. There are special rooms in the center for groups of every faith and private rooms for personal mediation. A listing of all special events and regular meetings at the center can be found by visiting the help desk or visiting SPRING 2009


Diary of a THON Overall By Taylor Larouche

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Friday, 4:45 am: Arrival at the BJC I arrived at the BJC with a huge smile on my face. Everything was planned and set. All we needed to do was have our captains arrive and begin the day. THON finally felt real. I could not have been more excited!11:00 p.m.

Friday, 11 pm - Saturday, 3 am: Sleep Shift #1 Saturday, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm: Fashion show During the fashion show this year, I was partnered to walk with a young boy name Dakota. He had listed his favorite sport as dinosaurs, and within minutes launched into a full documentary style narration of a story involving many prehistoric beasts and their habits. At one point, Dakota actually commented: “In the jungles, there was only one rule: survival,” as if he were the host of an educational video. But Dakota did more than just make me smile. His impassioned stories reminded me of the reasons why we have THON. I knew that he could talk about dinosaurs all he wanted, because for THON weekend, he was not a cancer patient – he was a normal happy child.

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Sunday, 1pm: Famil y Hour

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Beyond the Valley By Arianna Davis

Valley girl Kay Makishi shows us that the world is bigger than we might think it is. Exploring the Mayan Ruins. Backpacking in Cuba. Studying abroad in Japan. To most college students, these experiences seem like far-fetched adventures, but for Penn State junior Kay Makishi, these adventures are part of her every day life. “Over the years I have tried to really appreciate the life that I’m living,” the public relations, Japanese and international studies major said. “And to also appreciate the world around me and the millions of people in it.” Makishi has a deeply rooted passion for international relations and traveling, and has traveled on her own to many countries such as Mexico, Cuba, Japan, Ireland and England. At Penn State, she is heavily involved with Amnesty International, an international organization that works with improving the quality of human rights worldwide, focusing specifically on women’s rights through campaigns and fundraisers through the organization. “The world is just such an incredible place,” Makishi said of her travels. “And I want to make it a goal to see as much of it as I can. But I am really passionate about helping people and improving international relations and the treatment of people, especially overseas.” Makishi started out at Penn State Harrisburg, where she was captain of the tennis team and an intern with Vector Marketing. After a year at the branch campus, Makishi

decided she wanted to study abroad in Japan, the country that her parents immigrated from to America without knowing a word of English. “Since my parents didn’t know English, that’s how I gained my independence,” Makishi, who grew up in Elizabethtown, Pa, said. “Growing up, I was responsible for taking care of my younger sister and translating for my parents a lot.” To add on to the language barriers she dealt with her parents, Makishi struggled balancing between two cultures. She describes Okinawan culture as the complete opposite of American culture. “Everything is a complete 180º from the way things are here,” she said. “The customs, traditions, mannerisms – even how open you can be. I used to act one way while I was in school and another when I came home until I asked myself one day, ‘Am I really being true to myself?’” While studying abroad in Japan last spring, Makishi got to learn more about her Okinawan heritage. She saw the myriad of differences between Japanese and American culture, such as the different social rules and traditions. She also began to understand where her parents came from. “People my age there are so different,” she said. “The trains are dead silent because people don’t really talk to each other, and modesty and humility are traits that you must have in many Japanese cultures.” This Valley girl’s fervor for traveling differs from many others, who travel for vacation purposes or fun times with friends. Makishi’s abroad ambitions stem from a yearning to learn about different cultures, societies and human rights. So aside from her ethnic background, what sparked the small-town native’s love for travel and international issues? An eye-opening experience. While in high school, Makishi’s mother was in and out of the hospital. Though she was later diagnosed with a thyroid disease, doctors misdiagnosed her at first, causing her health to falter and Makishi to miss out on a lot of the fun times and activities her peers enjoyed while she cared for her ill mother. “Being a teenager already sucks, and



“Over the years I have tried to really appreciate the life that I’m living, and to also appreciate the world around me and the millions of people in it.”



“My style is definitely spunky and sporadic – I don’t really follow trends, I just dress depending on my mood and what I like.” 44


having your mom in the hospital through it all was definitely a lot,” she said. “I had a lot of family responsibilities to struggle with, and when it came time to go to college I was sitting there like, ‘how am I going to pay for college?’” Hospital bills didn’t stop Makishi from getting to PSU. After taking on jobs, loans and applying for scholarships, Makishi ended up at Penn State Harrisburg. After a year there, Makishi began to think outside of the state of Pennsylvania. “Because of all of the personal things I had been through, it really made me realize that the world is so big,” she said. “I realized there are so many things to experience and life’s so short and shouldn’t be spent worrying about the little things. I just knew the world was bigger than I thought it was and I just wanted to see it.” After graduation in December of 2009, a semester early, Makishi will be applying all three of her majors to a job with the Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO), a company that serves as a liaison between Japanese and American relations. Makishi’s best friend since first grade, Kimberly Frank, a junior majoring in integrative arts, said though she and Makishi differ in their views of the world, she has an admiration for her best friend’s love of other cultures. “We differ in that way – I have that small town girl kind of attitude, and she’s like ‘bright lights, big city,’” Frank said. “Any opportunity she has, she takes. She doesn’t travel for leisure or for vacation – she’s literally in love with understanding other cultures.” Makishi’s first abroad experience was in high school when she participated in “People to People,” a program for young students to enhance international understanding and humanitarianism. Because her family was going through tough times personally and financially, Makishi fundraised the entire trip herself by receiving donations from friends, family and members of her community in order to participate in the trip that traveled to England, Wales and Ireland. Her passion for traveling also led to her study abroad trip to Japan. The semester following her study abroad experience, she moved to main campus, where she got involved with the RAM Squad, a dance group at Penn State, because of a love for street dancing that she picked up while in Tokyo. She is also a member of the Japanese Culture Society and the Vedic Society, a yoga group on campus. After talking to a co-worker this past summer that had traveled to 45 different countries on his own, Makishi decided she wanted to go backpacking on her own to Mexico over her winter break. So after saving up her money, she made her way to Playa del Carmen and Puerto Mordes and spent time exploring some of the Aztec ruins, before moving on to Havana, Cuba.

psyou,youyou “Cuba’s really portrayed in a bad light a lot of the time, so I just wanted to see it for myself and learn about the people beyond all the political propaganda. And I’m glad I did, because I fell in love with the people.” Though Makishi loves bigger cities and other cultures, she said she has a deep appreciation for Penn State and State College after coming to main campus. She loves Fresh Harvest Café downtown and Cellblock on Wednesday nights, and calls her “RAMily” (fellow members of the RAM Squad) some of her best friends. Makishi’s travels have had an obvious influence on her style. Wearing khaki cargo pants with a yellow graphic tee, fitted blazer and an Oriental styled beaded necklace, she shows the world her flair inspired by diverse cultures. “My style is definitely spunky and sporadic – I don’t really follow trends, I just dress depending on my mood and what I like,” she said. Frank said many who come in contact with Makishi admire her free spirit and appreciation for a world beyond their own, including herself. “Her whole point is to see life in somebody else’s point of view, and that’s what I really admire,” Frank said. Up next on Makishi’s travel itinerary are trips to Thailand, Kenya, Congo, Uganda, as well as traveling to as many countries as possible in South America. For other Valley readers who may aspire to make the most of the world around them and appreciate other cultures but may hesitate, Makishi shares her three rules of life. “The first rule is everything happens for a reason,” she said. “The second, I’m always in the right place at the right time. The third: no regrets.”

“I love Cubans!” Makishi said of her experience on the island. She stayed in a home stay and particularly loved horseback riding, smoking cigars, and her home stay family. *Credits: White Shirt Trinity – Sydney Mac, Jeans Current Elliot – Mr. Charles





In this section: Woman of Style – Tiffany Nguyen: Page 47 This or Those: Page 47 Here Comes the Sun: Page 48 Outfits They Wore: Page 49 Bag, Borrow, or Steal?: Page 50 Jet Setting to the Sun or Slopes?: Page 52 The Perfect Outfit for an Interview: Page 53 What To Wear: Page 54 Abstraction of Spring Fashion Spread: Page 55




Woman of

Style: Tiffany Nguyen By Ross Marcinizyn

Valley: How would you describe your personal style?

State College’s frigid weather this winter didn’t phase the fashion mind of freshman Tiffany Nguyen. She made little attempt to submit to the chilly weather conditions and arrived to her interview in a short skirt with high socks and fringe boots. With her unique personality, the part time model and designer once had dreams of pursuing fashion in the Big Apple. While she turned her attention to pre-med studies but still strives to make fashion a part of her everyday life.

Tiffany: I prefer to stand out. I even got some dirty looks as I walked to classes in a skirt today. I like bold prints and bright colors. I also like to pull clothing from everywhere and combine those pieces into a single outfit. I would say I’m eclectic and not run-of-the-mill.

V: Have you ever worn something you’re embarrassed by now? T: I went through a punk phase where I wore a combination of torn tights, a studded belt, and ripped shirts to a family function…that was bad. V: Are there any trends on campus that you wouldn’t mind seeing the end of? T: Uggs and North Faces. What bothers me the most is that you can’t add your own individual style or twist to it. It’s very uniform. Also, t-shirts with tights are becoming old.

V: Name one item in your wardrobe that you couldn’t live without.

V: Are there any really interesting pieces that you have worn?

T: Picking one thing—that’s tough. I would say my fifty pairs of shoes or accessories. Obviously the main components are pants and a shirt but the right shoes or accessories can make the difference. If I had to pick one thing, I would say my Steve Madden shiny pleather ankle boots with buckles. My friends call them Dominatrix boots.

T: There is this one dress I made. It has a yellow torso and I gathered the bottom fabric in a sort of ruched, poufy way and put black tulle over the whole thing. Then I used newspaper print fabric as sleeves, put a thick black belt on it, and, instead of a zipper, I put jean buttons on the back. People offered me money for it but I wouldn’t sell it to anybody.

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Pairs of Havaianas flip-flops (Metro)

Mad Mex Original Sweet 16 Margaritas

For the price of these sunglasses, you could buy...

Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses $285,





By Abby Foust

Juicy Couture Smocked Tube Dresses (www.

With this pair of YSL aviators you have a choice of shiny gold, shiny dark ruthenium, or shiny silver frames with smoke lenses. They are a costly $285.

Pairs of Hanky Panky underwear (Jezebel’s Boutique)


Tans in the Bronze’s 7-minute Bed





Comes The Sun By Taylor Larouche

No longer needing to keep every bit of exposed skin shielded from the winter weather, why not ditch that itchy wool scarf in favor of this light, bright cotton number. (Scarf $18, Metro)

Although jeans are a favorite all year, springtime brings temperatures that allow you to test out new styles like this pair of cropped boy-fits. (Cropped Jeans $228, Current/ Elliott, Mr. Charles) 48


As the weather begins to clear, your wardrobe will, too, - making room for these fun spring basics. Day dresses are as easy and comfortable to throw on as your black leggings, so there are no excuses not to wear this multi-colored smock to your 10 a.m. (Dress $64, Mitto, Metro)

Ditch that calf-length feather down coat, and snag yourself a fun shrunken jacket to keep you comfortable during the slowly warming spring nights. (Jacket $66, BB Dakota, Mr. Charles)

Schedule your bi-weekly pedicures ASAP, because your feet are about to thaw out of snow boot hibernation and slip into these sexy sandals, just in time for the first day long party. (Shoes $48, Go Max

Outfits They Wore


See how these Valley girls bring collegiate couture to nights on the town, formals and tailgates in State College. By Taylor Larouche

Juniors Farah Raschid, Cathy Caludis, Ashley Olander, Christy Curth and Lindsey Roch

Juniors Lauren Ross and Ali Angelo

Juniors Beth Feldman, Elisa Pegher, Julie Davidov, Sydnee Bursik and Dana

Ladies from Pi Beta Phi Sorority

Juniors Kelly Rippin and Krysta Genovese

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Sisters Amy Sciortino & Cassie Sciortino

Seniors Mia Bushman, Amanda Dryer, Melissa Branovan, Amy Ankeles, Jillian Sorkin, Jen Leopold, Samantha Mayer and Andrea Kopolow SPRING 2009



Bag,Borrow, Or


The cure for your handbag addiction. By Erin Mawe Furla ‘Venere’

If you own a closet full of Gathered Clutch: handbags or can’t afford to With membership, $15/week, $45/ that one designer month: Without clutch you’ve been membership, $30/ pining after for months, week, $66/month is your answer. The website allows both members and non-members to rent or purchase designer handbags, sunglasses and jewelry at reasonable prices. The website, which was made popular by Jennifer Hudson’s character in “Sex and the City”, even has an entire section dedicated to accessories from the movie. Members receive individual discounts and pay $9.95 Prada Small Rose for a month of membership Satchel: or $59.95 for a year-long With membership, membership. The Rent $43/week, $125/ option allows customers to month; Without rent everything from Chanel membership, $49/ week, $140/month and Burberry to Hermès and Yves Saint Laurent. The Steal option offers customers almost everything carried on the website at a discounted price. There are often “Outlet Sales” that offer items that have been gently used and are in good condition for significantly marked down prices. Check out some of Valley’s picks from 50


Zandra Rhodes ‘Sydney’ Clutch: With membership, $13/week, $40/ month; Without membership, $30/ week, $60/month

Furla ‘Venere’ Gathered Clutch: With membership, $15/ week, $45/month; Without membership, $30/week, $66/month

Kooba ‘Devin’ Patent Hobo Handbag: With membership, $26/week, $75/month; Without membership, $32/week, $89/month







These 2-in-1 items will save you time, space, and cash whether you’re heading to the warm or cold weather.

By Lauren Gilbertson

Sun or the




A perfume scent and sanitizer in one… what more could you ask for? PocketBac Deep Cleansing Hand Gel in Japanese Cherry Blossom (Bath & Body Works, $1.50) will keep your hands germ-free and clean and smelling fresh.


Despite your destination, the temperature on the plane always threatens frostbite. Red Berry’s cableknit sweater in Gray (Metro, $48) is light-weight and easy to pack away, and can be worn on breezy nights on the beach or sitting in front of the fireplace at your favorite ski resort.




Whether you face sunburn or windburn, having a moisturizer with a medium SPF will save you the hassle of packing too many cosmetics. We love Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (CVS, $13.49)


Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit Safe Travels (CVS, $5.99) carries everything from cleansing wipes to Tylenol. With this petite to-go box, you will have the essentials you need for a blister on your heel or a pesky mosquito bite.

It’s hard to walk off a plane without looking disheveled. Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel in Rosy (Target, $20) can be used to give you the look of sun-kissed cheeks and to make your lips a kissable hue.




Dressing to Impress Your Dream Employer By Lauren Gilbertson



Interview Bac k Bas to ics

TOP >> When choosing your interview top, go for solid, sophisticated and simple. A tailored blouse in a neutral tone works best and is easiest to match. Try the Express Buckle-Cuff Shirt – Stripe (Express, $49.50)

PANTS >> Regardless of your body type, like the little black dress, every woman should have a great pair of fitted black pants. The Cotton Sateen Editor Pant in Pitch Black (Express. com, $59.50) is a great pick because of its comfortable cotton-spandex mix and form-fitting look.

SHOES >> Sure, those stilettos give you legs for days, but you want to walk with a look of purpose, not pain. The solution: low to moderate heels about ½ - 3 inches. Try Chinese Laundry’s Mileage pumps in Black Leather (Barefoot, $72), or for the same style with a lower heel, try Chinese Laundry Giggle Low Heeled Pump, also in Black Leather (Barefoot, $64).

EXTRAS >> HAIR >> Hairspray, clips, glitter and height should be left for the weekend. Also, remember that eye contact is key during an interview, so peeking through bangs can often cause problems. If your hair has a tendency of falling in your face, pin it back so that you are not tempted to play with it. COSMETICS >> Try to stay away from vibrant colors or exaggerated looks. Stick to neutral tones, including on your nails. SPRING 2009


WHAT TO WEAR collegiatecouture

Joshi gray embroidered tunic (Mr. Charles, $40)

The spring and summer months invite you to lay down the

Leggings (Metro, $24)

books and pick up a few extra hours of fun with friends and family. Be the life of any function in

Go Max brown, black, or gold gladiator flats (Metro, $48)

these fantastic warm weather looks. By Ross Marcinizyn


collegiatecouture AJ Morgan White Circle Shades (Metro, $14.95)

Carmin Brown Leather Jacket ($69.95, Metro); tank top (Access, $22)

American Vintage Button Up Gray Tunic (Mr. Charles, $73.90)

Thakoon-Target Flowered bikini (Target, $33.98)

Cheap Money dark washed skinny jeans (Metro, $68); White laced

Black Sanuk Sandals (Barefoot, $49.95)

Brown boots (Metro, $19.99)



Abstractioofn Spring Photographs by Shikeith



Enter the festive season with brightly colored trench coats, romantic gowns, your boyfriends jeans, and comfortable tops.

From left to right: On Kaitlin: Arielle Coat w/ Belt – Mr. Charles, Dry Aged Jeans Boot Cut Denim & Tank Top – JCrew, Bag – Forever21 On Elle: Tullette ¾ Sleeve Jacket in Green, Dry Aged Denim Boot Cut Jeans – JCrew, Shoes – Michael Kors, Necklace – Sydney Mac On Lisa- Tullette Front Tab Jacket in Blue & Mustard Jeans – Forever21, Esley Basic Tank in White & Green Teardrop Necklace – Sydney Mac. SPRING 2009


Let the warmth of the new season, caress your tresses. Let winters bow, be your spring awakening. American Vintage Button Down Tunic – Mr. Charles Theory Pinol Short Denim Pants – Mr.Charles Belt – Sydney Mac 58


Glow in the evening with a neon colored dress. Poised for a perfect night on the town.



Dynamic Dual Colors will enhance your step into the flower season. Become the brightly colored painting, all seek to observe & admire 60


Let your imagination take your closet to new levels this spring. Strike a pose, in various length dresses. Letting your confidence shine, and your independence roar.

From left to right: On Kaitlin: Donna Morgan Floral Dress – Mr. Charles, Shoes –Michael Kors On Elle: Rebecca Taylor Bra Cup Dress in Blue – Mr. Charles On Lisa: Ali Ra Ruffle Dress in Hot Pink – Mr. Charles SPRING 2009




Signature Scents for Every Personality Because every girl needs to find her signature scent

By Erin Mawe

With so many perfumes on the market, how do you know which is the best for you? Perfume is an essential part of your individual style, so it’s important to find the perfect one. 1. What kinds of foods do you enjoy most? a. Chocolate and traditional comfort foods b. Spicy, exotic foods c. Fresh fruit 2. Which is your workout of choice? a. Classic gym activities: yoga, elliptical, or kickboxing b. Adventurous outdoor sports, like rock climbing and kayaking c. Long runs that clear your mind 3. What is your ideal date? a. Dinner at an Italian restaurant, followed by a movie b. Sitting under the stars, roasting marshmallows on a campfire c. A long night of dancing at a club 4. Whose style would you love to steal? a. Reese Witherspoon: her classic taste will never go out of style b. Sienna Miller: she doesn’t follow the rules, but always looks awesome c. Gywneth Paltrow: she always looks sophisticated yet sexy 5. What is your go-to pair of shoes? a. Ballet flats b. Cute boots or tennis shoes c. Super high heels


(mostly a’s) Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy $65/1.7 fl. oz.


6. What is your favorite flower? a. Roses b. Orchids c. Peonies 7. If you were given a shopping spree, where would you choose to shop? a. J. Crew b. H&M c. Forever 21

(mostly b’s) Lolita Lempicka Fleur de Corail $46/1 fl. oz.

If you answered: Mostly A’s: Your perfume style is as classic and feminine as you are! Look for floral fragrances with blends of rose, peonies and vanilla. Try: Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture, an intoxicating blend of wild berries, honeysuckle, and vanilla. $65 for 1.7oz at Sephora.

Mostly B’s: You have your own unique style and you want your perfume to reflect that. Try woodsy or oriental scents with notes of clove, chocolate, or rosewood. Try: Fleur de Corail by Lolita Lempicka, a delicious mix of musk, grapefruit and orchid vanilla. $46 for 1oz at Sephora.

Mostly C’s: Your breezy style is reflected by your busy life. You don’t have time for fragrances that fade, so look for fresh scents that contain citrus fruits, white tea, and tuberose. Try: L a L.A.M.B by Gwen Stefani, a cult favorite that is a blend of hyacinth, orange blossom and fresh pear. $55 for 1.7oz at Nordstrom.


(mostly c’s) Gwen Stegani L a L..A.M.B. $551.7 fl. oz. Nordstrom SPRING 2009