1 RMUEAGLE.COM RMU ALSO ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER Chicago Campus SPORTS & HEALTH ARTS & CULTURE CUISINE COMMENTARY PUZZLES What to do Around Town Classic Beans and Rice Budget Tips: Your Tax Refund Comics, Games & More! Issue THEEAGLE Arlington Heights Bensenville Chicago DuPage Elgin Lake County Orland Park Peoria Schaumburg Springfield ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY April 2012 ROBERT MORRIS BRANCHES OUT: By Blake Whitemore and Stacy Samskaya r EXPAND pg. 3 RMU Clubs to raise $5000 for By Kimberly Martinez Recently the Pie in the Face event that was held in the Student Center in February and sponsored by Cooks for a Cause was to help raise money for the Make A Wish foundation. The Pie in the Face event was just one of the events a couple of RMU clubs have organized. On March 5th, 2012, this club along with others sponsored an event at the local Potbelly s, located at the intersection of Jackson Boulevard and Wabash Avenue, where from the hours of 4 P.M-7 P.M. Potbelly s donated 25% of their sales to Robert Morris University for the Make A Wish Foundation. The following Robert Morris University organizations: Legal Eagles, Cooks for a Cause, Sigma Beta Delta, Warriors to Scholars, Morris Women, and the Volunteer Club are the ones responsible for the events coordinated for the Make A Wish Foundation. With the past two events alone, not counting the sale of golden stars, these organizations have raised $100 with the Pie in the Face, and $288 for the Potbelly s event. Very good results considering that they just started implementing this idea in January of this year. The person responsible for this brilliant idea is Lashondra Graves, despite being turned down initially; she eventually found the support she needed in the Sigma Beta Delta Advisor, Barbara Jepsen, to execute her plan. After speaking with Lashondra Graves and Amber Photo Credit: Cooks for a Cause Make A Wish Foundation Mormann, the Chairman and Co-Chairman of the effort to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation, I found out the goal is to reach $5,000 by May of The reason these seven Robert Morris organizations have come together to fundraise money for Make A Wish is to adopt and help grant a wish for a child with a life threatening medical condition. Each one of these seven organizations is responsible for putting together at r WISH pg. 3 CHICAGO HOSTS WORLD EVENT By Ann Roche Chicago was poised to reach two milestones of national and global proportions this May. Chicagoans will still gain one more bragging right, becoming the first American city outside the nation s capital to host a NATO summit; but the second was abruptly canceled. The city was supposed to host both the annual G8 Conference and NATO Summit from May 18-21, which would have been the first time in over thirty years that two international events would be held simultaneously in the same city. On March 5, only 11 weeks before the events, the White House announced that the G8 Conference will be pulled from Chicago and relocated to Camp David. A press release stated that the President made the switch to Camp David, the secluded presidential retreat in rural Maryland, "to facilitate a free-flowing discussion with our close G-8 partners." NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) is an alliance of twenty-eight member countries, whose purpose is to ensure strategic cooperative defense. The G8 is a forum for eight of the world's largest economies, which meets every year to discuss global economic policies. These meetings, especially G8 conferences, are often met with huge protests, which usually become violent and destructive. Many believe that the real reason for the Despite the struggling economy, Robert Morris University, an expanding school of higher education, is out-growing its home state of Illinois. RMU is planning on opening not just one, but two new campuses: one in Indiana and another here in Illinois, playing the role of a second main campus. Historically, Robert Morris has expanded our offerings to places that are more convenient to students, said RMU Provost, Mablene Krueger, about the university s decision to open two more campuses. As interest in RMU grows, some students currently enrolled live in Indiana and attend either the Chicago or Orland Park campuses. Expansion through growth in campuses has been our motto, explained Krueger. RMU is looking in the Indiana area because it makes sense based on proximity. For years, RMU has known they wanted to expand outside of Illinois; now the plans are really being drawn up. The administration has settled on a location near Merrillville, Indiana. RMU is currently in negotiations over several different pieces of property in the area for the Indiana campus. The new campus will only be offering Business degrees, and will not be opened for at least another three to five years. We hope that this campus will serve as a model for other out of state locations, Krueger commented on future expansion. At the same time, Robert Morris is expanding its horir NATO pg. 2 MORE AWESOME STUFF Artist to Know Emelio Rojas ARTS & CULTURE New to film Dr. Seuss' The Lorax ARTS & CULTURE Quick & Easy Tortilla Pinwheels CUISINE PAGE 07 PAGE 07 PAGE 08 COMMENTARY The Road to Natural Hair Cutting out Relaxer and going Natural PAGE 11 Wisma, which means home is a company founded by Chef John des Rosiers with the purpose of offering a nutritious alternative for the busy lifestyle of the typical American. Restaurant Review PJ Clark's CUISINE He Says // She Says Employer to cover Contraception? PAGE 08 PAGE 10 RMU Sports & Health PAGE 4
2 News 2 THE EAGLE Eagle Staff Eagle Advisor Paul Gaszak Design Advisor Jacqueline Carter Campus Faculty David Belotti Lake County Beth Gainer Bensenville Nicole Hager Springfield Gerard Wozek DuPage Jane Wendorff-Craps Peoria Advisory Board Jane Ungari David Pyle Mick McMahon Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Dahl Art Director Nate Daubert Asst. Art Director Dylan Broll Graphic Designers Lidia Rosales Richard Connolly Ad Manager Lashondra Graves Editors Ann Roche Kim Martinez Online Editor Bianca Hannah Staff Writers Blake Whitmore Joe Looney Agnes Szczepanska Marcel Terrell Sanina Ellison DeMarco White Richard Connolly Maira Sandoval Stacy Zamskaya Garrett Nichol Adrian Saucedo Contributors Aaron Wilson Bethany Meeker fromwarriors to SCHOLARS By DeMarco White Every day, every second that passes, someone, somewhere, is giving thanks for the sacrifices that members of the United States military make for American citizens. RMU s Warriors to Scholars organization was created to show this gratitude by informing military veterans about all their available resources; including education, health, financial, and employment assistance. The organization s main priority is to assist veterans and their dependants with the transition to college life, with the overall goal of creating an outlet to discuss veteran issues. Like many great organizations, Warriors to Scholars arose from a simple conversation between students. James Flagg, who served in the U.S. Army and Army Guard for eight years, and Evelyn Alicea, who served in the U.S. National Guard for seven years, and others came together to discuss the problems that not only students as a whole have, but conflicts that present themselves to veterans of the U.S Armed Forces. After a myriad of gatherings, the club s founders put these efforts into action, and the club became an officially recognized q NATO pg. 1 switch from Chicago is the administration's lack of confidence in the city's preparedness to keep order amidst thousands of expected protestors. The government, however, denied that the switch had anything to do with Chicago's ability to maintain security. Many city officials were surprised and disappointed by the news. Mayor Emanuel had been greatly looking forward to the two conferences as opportunities to show Chicago as an international city. In a press statement, he wished the President and G8 leaders well and repeated the sentiment that he is proud "to showcase Chicago to the world and the world to Chicago." Mark Shields, President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago's police union, heralded the decision, saying, "Nobody from the police department was really confident in the EDITOR S NOTE student organization in December So far, the club has been planning several events, including the Illinois Warrior Summit and Honor Flight, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and the anniversary of 9/11. They ve also assisted with Make a Wish Foundation fundraisers. At the Student Veteran s Empowerment Conference, Vice President Tony Frais gave a presentation on the importance of social media, and James Warriors to Scholars arose from a simple conversation between students Flagg spoke about club fundraising. President Evelyn Alicea was also in attendance, and invited people from the Troops to Teachers Program and the State Approving Agency to speak to the club about educational benefits. The group has also made it a Photo Credit: DeMarco White goal to do more community outreach with homeless shelters, youth, and veterans hospitals, as well as sending care packages overseas. In addition to two strong advisers, James Flagg and Noemi Oyola, the Warriors to Scholars organization is equipped with an exceptional executive board, including Evelyn Alicea- President, Tony Frais-Vice President, Marcus Jefferies- Secretary, and Carlos Santiago Head of Social Media. They want to expand the club to all Robert Morris campuses, increase membership, including military dependents and faculty, and increase involvement in the community. The Warriors to Scholars organization opens its doors to new members and students in the benefits the organization provides. The Warriors to Scholars meet the second Friday every month, in room 620 of the Chicago campus, at 12:00 p.m. For more information, contact James Flagg at Evelyn Alicea at robertmorris.edu, Tony Frais at edu or edu. All active duty and veterans of any time and branch are welcomed to join. leadership and in the people who were running the entire show here. We re definitely glad this is not happening." Several Chicago businesses owners, especially apartment and condo managers, had expressed concerns about potential damages and losses from protests and riots. Throughout the city, many preparations had been made to avoid inconvenience or threats posed by protestors. Columbia College moved the end of its spring semester up two weeks, and DePaul University planned to shut down its Loop campus from Friday to Monday because of "expected disruptions and traffic." The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Art Institute of Chicago have both decided to reschedule events. How will this affect the Robert Morris community? RMU has also made contingency plans for any largescale disturbances or emergencies that could arise that eventful weekend. The school has plans to keep the Chicago branch extra secure, including school databases. The first floor, with the bookstore and gallery, will be provided with extra security. Moving classes to another branch or using Blackboard for assignments are also options. But should Chicagoans breathe a sigh of relief that their city won't be swarming with protestors? Not quite. Many protest groups are still planning on demonstrating that weekend, and have celebrated the move to Camp David. They claim it's a sign of their power to influence change in the government, and that officials are scared of the strength of the movement. Occupy Chicago organizer Rachael Perrotta promised, "We will be so loud, they will hear us in Camp David." By Stacy Zamskaya Have you ever wanted to make a difference in someone s life? How about wanting to end injustices in our society? If so, then the Volunteer Club can help you accomplish just that. The Volunteer Club provides students the opportunity to help the community through various volunteering and charity events. Co-presidents Amber Mormann and Stacy Zamskaya have been busy planning events and recruiting students who are willing to help various organizations and groups in the Chicago area. One of the most recent plans includes organizing an event while partnering with other Robert Morris University organizations like, Cooks for a Cause, Morris Women, and Warriors to Scholars, as part of raising $5000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All students are welcome to attend and help out this great cause. Other events include volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and organizing a Passport Sign Up for current RMU students. These events aim at both helping Chicago citizens, as well I am excited to be stepping into my new role as Editor-in-Chief and I wish Nicole Koskovich the best of luck in her future endeavors. In this new position I am responsible for overseeing the writing staff, proofreading and editing the final product before it goes to print, and recruiting. It is my hope that during my time as Editor-in-Chief, the Eagle staff can produce an award-winning paper. We have already started the process with a new design, full color, and an enormous amount of growth in the staff. I will also be incredibly proactive about increasing the number of readers and the popularity/success of the new website, RMUEagle.com. Hope to see you all reading the paper! MAKING A DIFFERENCE VOLUNTEER CLUB as the Robert Morris community. A big theme of the Volunteer Club is the idea that members are free to suggest their own ideas for projects. We are open to just about any ideas members bring to the table and we will try and incorporate them, Mormann states. If you are passionate about a certain cause or organization, you can help organize events for other members to explore this passion. Volunteering is something I think everyone needs to do. Helping others is very important to me and if I can add one smile to another face, then every minute I spent helping was worth it, Mormann describes. The presidents of this organization hope that the members will grow to love helping those in need and will make contributions to charity part of their everyday lives. If you are interested in joining the Volunteer Club, be on the lookout for an informational meeting within the next couple of weeks. Also, if you would like more information, you may contact Amber Mormann at and Stacy Zamskaya at ETHICS IN THE CLASSROOM By Richard Connolly One of the oldest and most widely disputed questions man has ever asked is how can I know what is right, and what is wrong? Ethics is a fundamental branch of philosophy that we all face throughout our everyday lives. From questioning the fairness of moving to a better vacant seat at a ballgame to pocketing a flash-drive left in a school computer; many of the choices we make can be questioned ethically. Robert Morris University s Chicago campus recently had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Catharyn Baird for an event entitled Can We Really Teach Ethics? Speaking to an auditorium full of faculty from RMU and surrounding institutes, Dr. Baird touched on a number of topics, such as the shrinking gap between personal and professional ethics today, and how priorities for people s ethical decisions differ throughout a lifetime. From first making decisions based purely on oneself (the me ), then to one s community (the we ), and finally upon more universal principles, Dr. Baird explained how age determines what factors influ- Photo Credit: Xhegis Aliu ence ethical choices. However, the ultimate question remains. Can the ethics be taught in a collegiate setting? In a time when most students are make decisions for themselves, primarily on how to fit into and function in their communities without being outcast (or worse), is it possible? Dr. Baird would argue that it certainly is. Just as a child learns what is right and wrong from their parents, students are influenced by what they learn from their professors. After extensive surveying and assessing how ethics is taught in most institutions, and more importantly how those instructors feel about it, Dr. Baird is confident that ethics should remain in the curriculums. Founder and CEO of the EthicsGame and Professor Emerita of Business at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Catharyn Baird is also author of the textbook Everyday Ethics: Making Wise Choices in a Complex World. Frequent speaker on ethics and economic justice, Dr. Baird has a true passion for helping people move from being right, to being responsible, a change she believes can be taught to people of any age.
3 Titanic Turns A look at the 100-year anniversary of the Ship of Dreams q EXPAND pg. 3 3 News 100 THE EAGLE By Bethany Meeker outdated maritime regulations were updated. The Radio Act of One hundred years ago on April 15, 1912 the RMS Titanic set forth on her ill-fated maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean; she was said to be the ship of dreams. God himself could not sink this ship, was exclaimed by an unknown crewmember to a boarding passenger on April 10, 1912 at Southampton, England. Most know the tragic tale of this luxury liner; however, what has happened since that fateful night? On April 18, 1912 the Carpathia arrived in New York City carrying the surviving passengers of the Titanic. When the ship came to port, there were approximately 40,000 people waiting anxiously to see if their loved ones had survived or were lost at sea as well as many reporters and journalists ready to get the story. A United States Senate committee began an inquiry on the wreck the day after the survivors arrived in New York; the British Board of Trade also conducted a formal investigation on the loss of the Titanic. The full report given to the Senate can be found on www. titanicinquiry.org. After the horrific tragedy, many 1912 came into affect requiring that a communications operator be on duty at all times, means of direct communication between the wireless room and the bridge is to be established, and power sources are to be installed to insure that the wireless is working at all times. Due to the disaster of the Titanic, concerns for navigation among ice fields came forward. In response to these pressing concerns, the International Ice Patrol was formed in January of In the wake of the loss of the Titanic, revisions were made to the regulations concerning the lifeboats. Ships are now required to have enough lifeboats to hold all passengers and crew on board, lifeboat drills are conducted bimonthly by the crew, and passengers are assigned a lifeboat before boarding the vessel. After the wreck of the Titanic, people wanted to immediately begin searching for the lost vessel; however, in 1912 they did not have the technology to find the wreckage. They believed the vessel had sunk 4,000 miles under the ocean. During the 1970s, the technology and the ability to find the Titanic had come about. It wasn t until 1985 that the Titanic was found approximately two and a half miles beneath the North Atlantic Ocean by a team led by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Jarry. On August 10, 1998 a twenty ton section of Titanic s hull was raised to the surface by the RMS Titanic Inc. In commemoration of the centennial of the Titanic s sinking, many events are taking place in Titanic memorial cruises are being charted to take descen- MORRISWomen dants of the passengers onboard the Titanic and Titanic enthusiasts to the site of the sinking. They will be able to pay their respects during a memorial service, which will take place at the exact time the Titanic sank 100 years ago. James Cameron s film Titanic, starring Leonardo DeCaprio and Kate Winslet, will be making a second appearance in theatres on April 4, 2012 in 3D. Along with memorial cruises and the rerelease of movies, exhibits of the Titanic are cropping up across the country. Existing museums are planning event filled weekends to commemorate the Titanic. In Indian Orchard, Massachusetts the Titanic Museum will be hosting a three-day convention and a formal gala dinner serving cuisine from the Titanic s menu for first class passengers. The tragic loss of RMS Titanic and the lives of many of her pas- Photo Credit: Examinethetruth.com sengers have been felt around the world. Even though the sinking of the Titanic is an unforgettable disaster, many positives have arisen such as, the updated regulations regarding the safety of passengers and crew at sea. In the one hundred years following the wreck, many monumental events have occurred and will continue to occur. The ship itself was sinkable, but the tragic story of the Titanic has stayed afloat. By DeMarco White In this day in age, we are surrounded by multiple types of people, a majority of them being women. Sharing the same qualities as most men in business today, women have come a long way to stand on their own, educate themselves, and provide for themselves in addition to contributing works to society, An illustration of such a woman is Robert Morris s own, Nina Rodriguez. Nina Rodriguez, a current student at the Robert Morris Graduate School of Management. Being a student here at Robert Morris, Ms. Rodriguez has knowledge of several clubs that offer benefits and creative outlooks for its members and students. To her dismay she noticed that there were not any clubs that solely focused on women, in terms of realistically training them for the world outside of Robert Morris University. I always wondered why we had a Morris Men s club but never a Morris Women s club say Rodriguez. With knowledge of the fact that there are a myriad of educated women but not enough in higher up positions due to the lack of mentoring and opportunities, Rodriguez would soon find a way to build awareness. Taking on the Entrepreneurship Incubator Icenter project lead by Jacob Elsterm, Rodriguez saw this as a great opportunity to take this proposed idea, outline the steps and turn it into a reality. With the Dean of the Icenter on board, Nina and a team of other participated students began working on what would be known as one of the most hardworking, creative projects that the Icenter has ever seen to date. As the project s completion came near, a business proposal was soon drafted. With the support of the faculty, a proposal that consisted of the club s purpose, which included acknowledging the needs of women such as mentoring and skills to succeed, soon turned into what is now known as Morris Women Often confused with the Robert Morris s University Women club, the Morris Women s club has a slightly different purpose. The main purpose is to build up women, meaning to realistically prepare them for the world outside of Robert Morris, as well as prepare them for life in corporate America. We want to build a strong a network with people of all backgrounds and of all careers say Nina Rodriguez, current Morris Women President. In addition to their efforts to gain more membership with their participation in the Get Involved fair hosted by the Office of Student Affairs, the Morris Women s clubs along with their advisor Jennifer Kaminski are currently reviewing interested applicants applications as well as building interest throughout the halls of Robert Morris University. Mentor, Support, Achieve, is the implemented motto behind the Morris Women s club. With the intentions of expanding this club to the other campuses of Robert Morris as well as creating more benefits for its members, the Morris Women s club plans on sticking around as they amplify their voice. So Watch out boys. If you are interested in learning more Robert Morris s Morris Women s club contact robertmorris.edu. zons to include a second main campus, similar to the current Chicago location. This plan is much further in the future than the Merrillville campus and an exact location has not been decided, but Illinois is the most likely candidate. The idea of a second main campus can be very confusing at times, and what we mean by that term is a campus with a collegiate environment...it will have a variety of program offerings, like the Chicago campus, Krueger explains. The campus would provide current student services which are featured in Chicago and If I can add one smile to another face, then every minute I spent helping was worth it would hopefully include several athletic facilities owned by RMU. In terms of student recruitment to this campus, Krueger comments, A second main campus will have a strong appeal to students right out of high school, not necessarily just students from Photo Credit: RMU Facebook our current branch campuses. With a second location, Krueger believes a new culture shift will occur within Robert Morris, and the university will have to create new innovative solutions to many future conflicts. Being the Experience University, these new campuses will not only expand student opportunity, but provide an overall shift to reaching more of the country. This only makes us wonder what other innovations Robert Morris has in store for the future to offer for its students. credit cards at EAGLE LANDING CAFE q WISH pg. 1 least one event. If the goal is met by the aforementioned date, and when the child s wish is granted, Make A Wish will let it be known that the wish was adopted and made possible by Robert Morris University. These organizations are working very hard and diligently to reach this goal and help place a smile on a child s face, who may only have possibly weeks or months left to live. If anyone is interested in helping this cause or participating in the fundraising, the club presidents of the organizations mentioned before are selling stars for $1 each. There are two stars that come with the purchase, a big star and a small star. The big one goes the purchaser and the smaller one is collected by the club presidents, and is then placed on a five foot by three-foot wide pole to be displayed in the Student Center on the seventh floor. As of now, the organizations are currently working on a bingo competition in the Student Center for anyone who is interested, as well as continuing the sale of stars throughout this process. Anyone wanting more information please contact any of the organization s presidents, you can find the clubs s at the RMU website under current students, left click student life, and click on the clubs and organizations link. Let s all help these organizations and become a part of bringing happiness to a child s life by granting them a wish! By Joseph Looney In response to the students request, Nick Jarmuz and his colleagues at the Chicago Student Center are inputting a system that will allow students to use credit and debit cards for purchases made at the Eagle Landing Café. Jarmuz who is the Director of Food Service operations oversees all food service establishments at the University including the Eagle Landing Café, Eyrie Restaurant and other culinary facilities at Robert Morris University. Jarmuz stated that, Students often don t carry cash and this will allow them to more easily enjoy the Café s offerings. The system will work just like purchases that are made at McDonalds, Panda Express, and other favorite food locations. For purchases $10 or less a signature will not be required; it will keep the line moving quickly so students can get their favorite snack, and move on to class. For students who have questions about card preference and availability the Eagle Landing Café will be accepting Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards for use when purchasing items. Although most students don t prefer to use cash, the ATM located between the Café and the Office of student affairs will still be available for students to use. So for the first time ever, starting the first week of April, Robert Morris University s Students, Staff, and Faculty members will now be able to purchase their favorite foods with the swipe of card.
4 Sports & Health 4 THE EAGLE Sports & Health RMU Chicago Campus By Adrian Saucedo only beneficial to the students, but also exemplifies Robert endorsed a $400 million initiative to increase healthy, affordable Ashley DiBella, an undergraduate student Morris University s going food in elementary schools at Robert Morris University, is attempting green initiative as the materials nationwide. Wisma intends to bring healthier food to the 7th floor Student Center. She believes students daily schedules impede them from successfully acquiring a nutritious meal, so she is working with a company named Wisma to provide the university with affordable, organic, and nutritious food. Wisma is a company that promotes itself for Wisma uses are reclaimed, recycled and reusable. According to Wisma s website, all of the items in Wisma s menu support local farmers; therefore, all ingredients picked are those in season and contain no preservatives and are not frozen, except for the ice cream of course. to do the same but for a more mature consumer. Over sixty million U.S. adults, ages twenty and older, are considered obese. DiBella believes Wisma has the power to change that one school at a time. If successfully integrated into RMU s Chicago campus, drinks and Sysco products already offered selling local organic food at affordable Wisma, which means at the Student Center will be prices and packaging it in recycled materials as well. According to DiBella The key to selling this to students and staff is the fact that almost everything is under 500 calories, it tastes great, it s fresh, and it s affordable. DiBella wants to increase student awareness on healthy eating. Consuming nachos every day, in between classes, has negative consequences to a student s health, she states. DiBella points out that the food produced by Wisma is not home is a company founded by Chef John des Rosiers with the purpose of offering a nutritious alternative for the busy lifestyle of the typical American. The food at Wisma is already prepared and packaged to take home or eat it on the go. The menu is varied and consists of sandwiches, salads and other snacks, as well as desserts. Chef Rosiers calls his initiative for healthy eating and drinking, cuisine for your castle. Recently Michelle Obama condensed into one of the double door coolers, while the other cooler will store all of the Wisma products. Students are still going to have a choice between the healthy and not so healthy meals but, Changing the way college students eat one school at a time, is DiBella s goal. Not only is she trying to implement a healthier lifestyle at Robert Morris, but also wants to create a movement that expands to other universities. Photo Credit: Wisma Website Walking Among Us Christina Barnett Photo Credit: RMU Athletics From: Romulus, Michigan Major: Business Administration Accounting RMU Sport: Basketball Lacrosse Favorite Team: Boston Celtics By Marcel Terrell Christina Mighty Barnett is the all time assist leader for the RMU ladies basketball team. From Romulus, Michigan she first learned how to play basketball from the boys around the neighborhood ten years ago. Christina, who is in her last quarter here at Robert Morris University, is now finishing her second bachelor s degree, the first being in business management, and this one is in accounting. Christina sees herself as someone who is good at building relationships with people and as someone who leads by example. Christina has hopes of becoming a manager within the next two years or to continue to play basketball if given the opportunity; Christina would rather play semipro or overseas for. Christina idols are Allen Iverson, Rajon Rondo, her Grandma, Mom and Dad. She went into every game in her career with the philosophy to lace up her shoes and to play every game like it was her last. Christina had a sister relationship with her teammates, one in which there were ups and downs, however, they were always on the same page during game time. Christina has matured a lot since freshmen year and a couple of the things that she has improved on were she now has her priorities right and she improved on time management. Along with many other awards throughout her career Christina was named to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) this year along with teammate Sarah Rogers. She also led the team with 180 assists this year. Christina would like to leave her teammates by saying, Follow your dreams and when someone says you can t accomplish something take that as motivation and keep pushing towards your goals. The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in There were 311 male but no female competitors.
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6 Arts & Culture 6 THE EAGLE Arts & Culture Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. John Lennon Artist you should know EMILIO ROJAS By Joe Looney What do you get when you mix Drake and Eminem into one big Venezuelan American beverage? If you don t guess the name Emilio Rojas then you might want to consider what you are drinking. Emilio Rojas born in Rochester, New York is quickly making a name for himself in the music industry. With the help of his most recent mix tape Breaking Point Rojas plans to take the hip-hop world by storm. Breaking Point features songs of love, heartbreak, childhood struggles and Rojas s thoughts on his latest success. If you have ever heard Emilio Rojas rap, you immediately recognize that Eminem type of rhyme scheme and emotion in his voice and lyrics. Most notably on the opening verse of the song Breaking Point ; which is titled after the mix tape in which he raps My Mama didn t want me to buy rap, now I rap and send her show fliers, I m asking her how she like that. My whole life s been spent on committing spite acts. This is definitely Eminem s style of rhyming however Emilio incorporates it into his own style and he also adds that New York type of Photo Credit:DJ Booth flow which made the hip hop world popular in the late 80 s and early 90 s. Despite his gritty hip hop lyrics Emilio is also known for his soft soothing voice as well. He regularly switches between the two styles in a manner similar to notable Canadian rapper Drake. Emilio has also stated that he practices reguliiarly training his voice in order to maintain a level of balance when transitioning between keys. Balancing these two unique styles is truly what makes Emilio Rojas an extraordinary artist. Aside from the Drake and Eminem comparisons, Rojas has his own style that makes him different from any other artist. This difference in style helps him relate to fans of all ethnicities. The majority of his extremely deep songs deal with today s acts of immigration and racism towards Latin Americans. In the song Spic Emilio talks about how in school he and other Latin American kids were mistreated. Emilio is truly at his best when he raps this topic of songs as you can feel the heart and emotion he puts into his work. FOOTLOOSE Remake of the Classic Now on DVD By Kimberly Martinez Most audiences enjoy watching dance films due to the variety of choreography in them, maybe more than the plot, like Step Up. However, since a movie tells a story, the plot in dance films must keep the audiences engaged in order for them to continue being interested in watching the short dance routines throughout the film. The 2011 version of Footloose by Craig Brewer did contain very fun and energetic dance moves, but the storyline of the film was a bit distracting. One of the reasons being is that the characters of Ren Mc- Cormack and Arien Moore played by the 2011 actors, Kevin Wormald and Julianne Hough, did not fit them at all. Kevin Wormald seemed uncomfortable with his character throughout the film and it felt like he was reading his lines off a teleprompter more than half of the time. His overacting really affected his performance and as for the harsh Boston accent Kevin Wormald kept attempting became too frustrating to even want to pay attention to anything else. The same would go for the Julianne Hough; the actress look did not fit the 1984 look of Lori Singer. One would think that because Footloose is a remake the actors for the characters would be almost identical to the 1984 actors, but that seems to have been what was missing. The plot for example was pretty much the same as the 1984 version, but the famous Footloose song, although a bit altered, did not fit the new version of the movie or the new and improved characters. Props go to director, Craig Brewer, for including new and exciting dance moves and keeping the original prom night dance in the remake; the prom night dance is the highlight of both films. The 2011 Footloose is a fun movie to watch in general. There is Ariel, the rebellious preacher s daughter, not surprised yet? Here it goes, she falls for a very attractive outof-town guy, Ren, and they both decide to test the city of Bomont s law that bans dancing. Sound familiar? Ren finds consolation in Ariel due to the loss of his mother, and Ariel finds solace in Ren due to the loss of her brother in a car accident, which resulted in the banning of dancing in the small town. It is certain that this storyline sounds very familiar and that many may recall such movies with similar plots. Now that s the problem, dance films can be so much fun to watch, but it gets pretty dreadful and frustrating to watch once the same plot keeps getting repeated over and over again. Older films, like Grease and even the 1984 version of Footloose had their own unique style to it, the music, the clothes, the actors, everything fit. A piece of advice, this movie is greatly enjoyed, until being exposed to the 1984 version by Herbert Ross. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.
7 Arts & Culture THE EAGLE new to FILM 7 Dr. Suess The Lorax Photo Credit: Universal Pictures By Blake M. Whitmore I went into the theater with my large Coke and popcorn apprehensive. After being disappointed by Dr. Suess The Cat in the Hat (2003) and Horton Hears a Who! (2008), I was pleasantly surprised to see one of my favorite childhood books brought to life so well and exciting for the child in all of us. When the movie first opened with a song I was a little concerned that the film was going to be aimed only at younger children, but as the heart-warming story went on, the creators of Despicable Me (2010) proved once again that they could balance the cheesy aspects of the film with well written lyrics that had a deeper meaning and touching message. The story follows young Ted (Zack Efron) and his pursuit of finding a tree for his crush Audrey (Taylor Swift). She is enamored by their beauty and only wishes to see a real live tree growing out of the ground. Hoping to win her affection Ted seeks knowledge of where to get one from his very clever and funny Grammy, Norma (Betty White). Grammy Norma tells Ted to bring a few objects to the Once-ler (Ed Helms) outside of town and he will tell Ted how to acquire a tree. The Once-ler tells Ted the tale of the Lorax (Danny DeVito) who speaks for the trees. The Once-ler expresses his regret in not taking the Lorax s advice. Though against the orders of the town s big business man Mr. O Hare (Rob Riggle), Ted continues with all his effort to bring back nature and a live tree to there plastic town of Thneedville. Even though the film was entertaining and visually pleasing on the surface it clearly had the important and strong message about wastefulness and the environment that Dr. Seuss had always intended. The only complaint I have about the film is that it was adapted from a twelve-page book, which simply does not lend enough meat or storyline for an hour and half long film. Danny DeVito (Always Sunny in Philadelphia) surprisingly played the role of the Lorax well being both entertaining and still teaching the viewer the hard truth about being wasteful. Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover) showed off his pipes singing How Bad Can I Be? One of the best songs in the film, it brings to light the awful and nasty truth about big business s only caring about one thing. Money. Overall, I would give the film 4 out of 5 stars. It was by far one of the best Dr. Seuss films. It taught viewers the importance about conserving our environment. It only lacked a little in the storyline but still was a touching and adorable tale. After all, how much more can you ask of a children s book? THE CHARTS HUMORSCOPES MUSIC billboard.com APPS itunes.apple.com MOVIES boxofficemojo.com BOOKS amazon.com AQUARIUS ( JANUARY 20 FEBRUARY 19 ) Today one or more close relations will pout. You will stoicly endure this, and will steadfastly refuse to relinquish control of the remote control. 1. We Are Young Fun 2. Stronger Kelly Clarkson 3. Glad You Came The Wanted Angry Birds Space HD Rovio Draw Something by... OMGPOP iphoto Apple 1. The Lorax March 2nd 2. The Hunger Games March 23rd Jump Street March 16th The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Catching Fire Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set Suzanne Collins PISCES ( FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20 ) Excellent time to show the world that plaid and stripes do too mix. ARIES ( MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 ) Seek out new life, and new civilizations, today. Boldly go where no-one has gone before (just don t get caught). 4. Set Fire To The Rain Adele 5. Somebody That I Used To Know Goyte Featuring Kimbra Pages Apple Taposé Zanther Inc. 4. John Carter March 9th 5. Project X March 3nd Mockingjay Suzanne Collins Fifty Shades of Grey E L James TAURUS ( April 21-May 21 ) Hug day, today. Various people you know will come up and give you a hug, for no apparent reason. You will find this moderatly embarrassing. Around Town... Free Art Institute Rock Buffs & Hockey Fans Baseball Fans C2E2 GEMINI ( May 22-June 22 ) You will be tickled without mercy, today. Oddly, you will not be able to see your assailant. CANCER ( June 23-July 23 ) Your ACME Rocket Sled arrives today! The Art Institute is giving RMU students free days, all you have to do is show your student ID. As courtesy to other customers, do not show up in a group. If you are a person that enjoys art and would like to bring a friend or family member other than a Robert Morris student, the art institute also provides free admission on the first and second Wednesdays of each month to Illinois residents. As a reminder the museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year s Day. For all you rock music buffs and hockey loving fans, Creed will be coming to town in April and the Chicago Wolves will be playing the Milwaukee Admirals. The Wolves will be playing at the Allstate Arena on Sunday, April 14th Tickets start off at $9.00 and are sold at all Ticketmaster retail locations as well as online or by phone. The concert kicks off at 7:00 P.M. Sunday evening. Creed will perform live at the Chicago Theater on Friday, April 13th 2012 and Saturday, April 14th 2012 at 8:00 P.M. on both days. Tickets for Creed are being sold at $32.50 starting price at Ticketmaster as well. Baseball fans, White Sox Opening Season Series are on the road for the third time in the past eight series. The series begins Friday April 6th through Sunday April 8th White Sox will be celebrating their opening day at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday April 13th, 2012 versus the Detroit Tigers. The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) will be starting on April 13th through April 15th 2012 at McCormick Place North Building. Two of the actors that will be attending the expo are John Cusack and the Walking Dead s Steve Yeun for all the comic and literary enthusiast. Tickets start off at $25.00 and $35.00 for a single day admission, and $50 and $65 for weekend admission. LEO ( July 24-August 23 ) You will be pestered by a small fluffy animal today. Don t be taken in by appearances -- it s actually a mutant from outer space. VIRGO ( August 24-SeptEMBER 23) Bad day to tease a yak. LIBRA ( SeptEMBER 24-OctOBER 23 ) Try being entirely honest for a week. That s a fine way to develop a clear conscience. Personally, I prefer my method, though -- a poor memory. SCORPIO ( OctOBER 24 - NovEMBER 22) You are sad about an upcoming event, but can do nothing about it. Try knitting -- people say it s wonderfully relaxing. Cost: Free When: All year long Where: The Art Institute Museum 111 South Michigan Ave Chicago, IL When: April 14th, 2012 Where: Allstate Arena 6920 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont, Il Creed Cost: $32.50-$75.00 When: April 13th and 14th 2012 Where: Chicago Theater 175 N. State Street, Chicago, IL Cost: $ $ When: Friday April 13th, 2012 Where: U.S. Cellular Field 333 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL Cost: $25- $65 When: Friday April 13th- Sunday April 15th Where: McCormick Place North Building 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL SAGITARIUS ( NovEMBER 23- DecEMBER 22 ) Running in circles for two minutes is not considered daily exercise. CAPRICORN ( DecEMBER 23-JanUARY 19 ) Excellent day to come up with new theories to explain the universe around you.
8 Cuisine 8 THE EAGLE Cuisine PJ Clarke s A Refined Classic By Lindsay Dahl Streeterville may be a well-known modern area, but PJ Clarke s located at 302 East Illinois Ave, is a reminder of simpler times. It has a very classic look and feel but the food consists of a nice variety at a decent price. With everything from BLT sandwiches to excellent steaks, and everything in between, PJ s has something for everyone. Although it is a Bar and Grill the food is far beyond the simple offerings of others. Dinner items at PJ s range in price from $10-$30 a plate giving diners the freedom to spend as much or as little as they want. The steaks come with the option to add a crust, They allow customers to relax and enjoy their meal without feeling any pressure to leave at any time. Photo Credit: PJClarkesChicago.com which is definitely worth the extra two dollars; they also come with mashed potatoes and vegetables. The sandwiches and burgers come with the option to choose from a variety of fries or onion rings. The portion sizes are perfect, making boxes unnecessary, whether that s good or bad is debatable but it is nice to be presented with a reasonable serving that could actually be finished in one serving. At PJ s they know what they are doing, including bartending, from Irish coffee to pear martinis, it is all done right. They also can make most drinks upon request and have a wide variety of beer, wine, and hard liquors. Not only does the bartender do a great job but so does the rest of the staff. The servers are not pushy and allow customers to take their time choosing menu items and eating. They are great about not interrupting a conversation or walking up while everyone is chewing. The wait staff is also well educated about the ingredients in the food and drink items. They allow customers to relax and enjoy their meal without feeling any pressure to leave at any time. PJ s is a very comfortable place and resembles a classic upscale restaurant, where semi-casual attire is appropriate. It is reminiscent of a classic Italian restaurant with tile floors, checkered tablecloths, and wood paneled walls, without the Italian food. Located so closely to downtown Chicago it is a great place to go to start a night on the town. PJ Clarke s Bar and Grill is an excellent place to visit for dinner or a quick drink on the way home. The best way to save money, if going for dinner, is to avoid the cocktails and hard liquors. The times to go are a bit earlier to avoid the rush but the staff and ambiance will make it hardly noticeable that it gets very busy in the evening. Overall, PJ Clarke s is an amazing spot to for those who like classic American comfort foods. Classic Beans & Rice tight Wallet Meal Chicken Noodle Soup By Bianca Hannah Ingredients» 2 teaspoons olive oil» 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning» 1 cup cooked, cubed chicken» 5 cups water» 1/2 white onion, chopped» 3 chicken bouillon cubes» 3 carrots, scrubbed and sliced» 1 cup egg noodles» 2 celery stalks, chopped» Salt and pepper to taste Photo Credit: ThePalatineInn.com Directions 1. In a medium pot, combine oil, chicken, onion, carrots, and celery. Cook for 2 minutes on medium-high heat. Add the poultry seasoning. 2. Add the water and bouillon cubes; stir until dissolved. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes over medium heat. 3. Add egg noodles to the soup and stir, cook until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Quick & Easy Tortilla Pinwheels Honey can be substituted for sugar in most recipes. Since honey has a higher fructose content it means that it has more of a sweetening power - therefore you can use less. By Richard Connolly Ingredients» 1-2 cups white or brown rice» 2 teaspoons olive oil» 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped» 1/2 an onion, finely chopped» 1/2 jalapeno pepper, chopped (optional)» 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced» 1 (16-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained» 1/2 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes» 3/4 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth» Tabasco or 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper» Dash of cumin» 1/4 cup water» 1 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro» Salt and pepper to taste Directions 1. Cook the rice of your choice according to the package directions. 2. In a medium saucepan, begin to heat the oil over medium heat. Add the bell pepper and onion and cook for 3-4 minutes, then add the minced garlic and jalapeno; saute while stirring often, Photo Credit: Richard Connolly for minutes, until all the vegetables are soft and tender. 3. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, Tabasco (or cayenne), cumin, broth and water; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. If the mixture becomes too thick, add a tablespoon or two of hot water to thin to desired consistency. 4. Stir in the fresh cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Serve over rice. By Shetara Sawyer Ingredients» 3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese» 1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach» 2 (16 oz) cans chopped green chilies» ¼ cup green onions, chopped» 1 (6 oz) package chopped ham» Salt, pepper & garlic to taste» 1 package tortillas (20 count) Photo Credit: AllRecipes.com Directions 1. Soften cream cheese by leaving out for 3-4 hours in room temperature. 2. Thaw and drain frozen spinach by running upder warm water and squeezing. 3. Blend all ingredients together. 4. Spread evenly on tortillas and roll up. 5. Chill for several hours or overnight, until set. 6. Slice tortillas into 1 round pinwheels.
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10 Commentary 10 THE EAGLE Commentary Shake off the Winter BlueS Employer Funded Contraception By DeMarco White In recent news, it has been said that a part of the health care plan better known as Obama care is forcing Catholic Churches to purchase contraception. This obviously has caused an uproar in the Catholic community. This derives from the fact that the Obama care would be forcing those in part with the Catholic religion would be going against their one of their strongest beliefs. Catholics do not believe in premarital intercourse, and that the only purpose of intercourse is to reproduce. The new government regulations will require all health insurance programs, including those of the Catholic Church, to provide free birth control pills without so much as a co-pay. In regard to Obama care forcing Catholic Churches to purchase contraception, the bill does not directly affect Churches per say, but... new government regulations will require all health insurance programs, including those of the Catholic Church, to provide free birth control pills without so much as a co-pay. schools; including schools based on any religion. The Internet Knows All By Blake M. Whitmore blr, Reddit, YouTube channel, Friendster, SmugMug, & Color Your World By Aaron Wilson serving as a powerful much can be It does not seem to scare most peo- Google+, LinkedIn, and De- form of com- argued toward ple, but it scares the living crap viant Art account. However, Are you ready to shake off the cabin munication. people mixing their out of me! What you might what I am lacking is a life! My fever that builds up over the Along with the own paints. ask. The Internet knows everything! life has been sucked into the winter? Well, there is probably palette provided by Thanks to social media In what could seem a computer and I hate it. Unfor- no better way than with nature itself, we can paint world away, the Hindu sites like Facebook, Twitter, tunately, social media and net- color. And with the spring some of our own pictures spring festival Holi uses color and even Tumblr, for you hipsters working is a necessity in our season ushering in fresh floral through our choices in fashion. to temporarily close the gaps between out there, the Internet lives. Even our school, Robert performances, which seem Physical presentation plays an social classes. Beginning knows what I like, where I am, Morris University, has several to dance to the rhythm of important role in personal confidence on the last full moon day of the and even when I am in a re- social media sites. It seems increased daylight, we can and interaction with lunar month Phalguna, which lationship. It amazes me how like every sports team and or- count on color to show up. other people. Our own innate falls in the later part of February every person from Chicago to ganization has a Facebook or Color plays a vitally important features are enhanced through or March, this festival originally Timbuktu is perfectly willing a Twitter. role in our world. What choosing apparel and acces- commemorated good harvests to put all their information Now that schools and em- we identify as certain colors sories, which bring us in tune and fertile land-themes common out there and all the internet ployers are hopping on the depends largely on placements with the tempo of life s own to many holidays all over has to offer back is cats and web people need to be more of objects in their environment movement. the world. Many qualities of less than decent animations of aware of what they are putting as well as how they are sensed Pantone, a global authority good over evil are emphasized annoying fruit. on the web. Pictures of your in the mind s eye. Most of us on color for over 18 years, during certain points of the two- My ultimate pet peeve is friend curled up around the have heard familiar expressions surveyed designers from New day celebration. Hindus believe the relationship status. When I toilet or you holding a notorious such as: beauty is in the eye of York and beyond to preview Holi to be a time of enjoying change my status from In a relationship red Solo cup might seem the beholder, black and white trendy hues for spring to Single I am hit spring s abundant colors and like a good idea at the time to thinking, or gray areas of Their findings toward color saying farewell to winter. with a million text messages and post on the web, but when employers all sorts of subject matters. At schemes for fashion lend toward Color s prism sheds light on s asking what happened. see that they will not be traffic intersections, we observe consumers looking to many places. So as we enter new In the past when you break up in a hurry to hire you. and experience the color green spring for renewed energy stages of our own individual development, with someone gossip was your I know I sound like your signaling go, and red signaling and optimism. According to stop to see what sits friend. You told your closest mother or a number of your stop. Patriotism draws upon their research, the popular in other seats. You may be surprised friends then they told people teachers in the past warning color to symbolize underlying shades we ll find throughout at just how many things and they told people and so on you that what you put on the meaning behind countries and the fashion world will convey are shared by everyone, but in and so forth. By the time your internet is out there forever, cultures. Colors also heavily influence thoughts and feelings toward unique ways. And as the show cousin s mother s friend s dog but it is just the truth. For your certain holiday spirits, as being diverse, vibrant, and goes on, spring may just bring walker s ex-girlfriend found out own sake, think before you we ve seen recently with Christmas adaptable. With those three you further forward toward ac- you had done your grieving. post and you just might be and Valentine s Day. These themes also becoming more complishing what your brain Personally, I have a Facebook, able to keep a few secrets from are just a few examples of color necessary in all of culture, sees you being. a Twitter, MySpace, Tum- the Internet. He Says She Says Whether or not you believe that schools are direct extensions of the church is your own opinion. Whether or not it is affecting Churches or not does not matter if Obama care is forcing all offices of employment partake in this act. The bill applies to individuals and private-sector business owners who will still be forced by the government to buy and/or provide health insurance plans that cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortions, even if those things directly violate the teachings of their religion and their conscience. Let us make up our mind people. Only time there is a problem with the government is when they are not complying with our wishes, which seems to be every single day. It is okay for the government to have religious views when it comes to gay marriage or abortions, but when they are trying to treat everyone as an equal and dispense an insurance policy that ultimately is not harming anyone. To be fair, the policy would contradict the upholding beliefs of Catholics, but to be honest in today s society the religion is not as pure as some would like to believe. I could bore you with facts, and dissect the logistics of the Obama care plan but in all reality, this is what it is. You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. Paul Sweeney By Ann Roche Call me crazy, but I don t think paying for people to have sex is one of my duties as a citizen. Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student, testified to Congress about what a burden it is for students to pay for their own birth control, so taxpayers should foot the bill. Rush Limbaugh then called her a prostitute, which apparently was an outrage. Name-calling isn t nice, but he wasn t wrong, either. She expects strangers to pay for her to have sex. That sounds sketchy to me. Why does Fluke (or anyone) have the right to demand fellow citizens to pay for her lifestyle choices? Her sex life is her decision; let her deal with the costs and consequences! Free contraception has been a hot topic because of the Obamacare policy that will force Catholic employers (including hospitals, schools, and charities) to provide contraception, which they believe is immoral, to their employees. So we have liberals, who usually complain about the need for further separation of church and state, breaching that gap by letting the government control how religious institutions operate. The irony would be hilarious if it weren t for the very real threat to our most basic right. This issue may seem petty to some people, especially if they aren t religious. But an assault on freedom of religion hurts all Americans, not just Catholics. People who belittle this issue argue that most Catholic women ignore this teaching and use contraception anyway. Irrelevant! Some Jews eat pork, but would it be ok for the government to force Jewish schools to serve it to students, if it s considered a part of a healthy diet? Just because a religious teaching is not popular or universally followed does not negate its... Call me crazy, but I don t think paying for people to have sex is one of my duties as a citizen. protections under the U.S. Constitution. This has nothing to do with women s rights; nobody is stopping women from using contraception just because it s not free. Do not be fooled by the administration s so-called accommodation; that Catholic employers won t have to pay direct fees for the contraceptives. They still must be part of the health insurance plans. Are insurance companies going to make a big donation and write the cost off? Hell no! They ll just increase the cost of premiums to cover it. Forcing people to pay for things that explicitly go against their religion is morally repugnant. All of us, church-goers or not, must stand together and refuse to comply with this tremendous government overreach, while we still have some freedoms left.
11 The Road to Natural Hair Budget Tips: Commentary THE EAGLE 11 YOUR TAX REFUND By Bianca Hannah In today s world there are so many harsh and harmful chemicals in our everyday products, especially hair products. For a while now I ve been noticing a lot of ladies of color rocking their natural hair texture and looking pretty great, if I may say so myself. After years of using hair crack, super strength relaxer, I ve come to the decision to ease my use of harsh chemicals and straightening aids like flat irons, and curlers. What brought about my decision to change was first seeing the Chris Rock movie Good Hair, which showed the relaxer solution breaking down a Photo Credit: SarekaUnique.com soda can after hours of soaking in it. That s not even mentioning how relaxer can cause the hair to fall out if used improperly. I even found out that the scalp can eventually consistently look like it has chemical burn even if your hair hasn t been relaxed for an extended amount of time. A woman never thinks about the long term effects of something repeatedly being put on there scalp, because even if you re just straightening new growth it still ends up coating the scalp, which must experience some changes after so much exposure. Not only have the effects of chemicals caused me to want to change the way I handle my hair, but also the way I handle people. Having chemical damaged hair for so long has encouraged me to wanting a new look. I have family that has made the big chop, which is cutting the processed hair off down to your new growth. My fellow culinary classmate, Shetara Sawyer, who s been natural for two years, has also helped me by giving me advice to help me through my transition, which involves growing out your natural hair without doing the big chop. So anyone wanting to come along with me on my trip to transitioning to natural hair? If so, these are a couple great starting tips and information you can follow and comment on current and future postings in the online edition of the paper at rmueagle.com. By Bianca Hannah Many college students will be getting or have already received their tax refunds. Many times those returns are pretty large, and for lots of folks all that money at once happens sparingly. No one wants to be broke a couple weeks after receiving their funds, but this is something that happens to many. Planning and self-control have a lot to do with stretching one s money and making sure to not just spend money because of momentary desires. Monthly budgeting and smart spending can stretch both the tax refund and any pay received from employment. Also, if one has a bank account, a register is needed to keep up with the account balances. But really, who wants to sit around writing out all their purchases and deposits? Mobile check register apps are available through android market and iphone, making it easy to keep balances current while on the go, which even show spending trends, and bill reminders. A savings account with regular transfers can quickly build up to a nice nest egg, which may also gain interest. When receiving a tax refund, a great way to keep money, but still get a little shopping done, is to set aside a specific amount for spending and saving. When dealing with savings the best method is the out of sight, out of mind technique, forget it s even there because after withdrawing funds once, a fast-paced downward spiral starts for the savings. To make one s savings hard to reach open accounts with banks like ING Direct, where there s no physical facility conveniently located and takes days for money to be transferred. Another tool available to help with budgeting attempts are websites like Mint.com; spending trends are shown, one is able to connect both their bank account and Mint account, budget amounts can be set for different categories, and reminders are ed letting the person know they are getting close to going over budget. If there is a desire for only a simple budget, excel can always be used to set up a spreadsheet that keeps track of income and expenses, which can be viewed on the Eagle newspaper s website rmueagle.com. Photo Credit: thisblogrules.com words of the Month Zeitgeber TSAHYT-gey-ber, noun: An environmental cue, as the length of daylight, that helps to regulate the cycles of an organism s biological clock. Example: The light dark transition Zeitgeber is widely used by plants to set internal clocks. URBAN DICTIONARY Dental Swag, noun: The complementary stuff with which you leave your dentist s office: toothbrush, dental floss, etc. Example: I think the hygienist likes me; she always loads me up with dental swag. THE EARTH Say it in 12 Languages Arabic ضرألا Afrikaans Die Aarde Chinese Dìqiú French La Terre German Die Erde Hindi Prthvi Italian La Terra Japanese Chikyü Polish Ziemia Portuguese A Terra Spanish La Tierra Swedish Jorden 1 FULL HOUSE JARED ARENTSON JOHN GOSWICK JENNIFER BROOKS KELLY MARTINEZ TOM SCHULTZ What is your funniest April fools memory? I told my parents I was dropping out of college. I ve never gotten april-fooled before. Don t have one. Good Question I Put Salt on my brother s toothbrush once. 2 What is the worst April fools prank you have witness or done? I don t know NO... Sugar cubes in the shower head... When my dad hid my car on another street. I was late for work I ve TP d someone s house before... 3 How would you like to celebrate earth day this year? By loving the environment. This is so difficult... Green Themed Party! When is Earth Day? Probably recycle something 4 What are you currently listening to? Skrillex Gold Panda - You Love On Top Beyonce Dutty Love - Don Omar Ft. Natty Natasha Strange Talk - Eskimo Boy (Draper Remix) 5 Favorite phrase of the month? B hes ain t sh t, but h es and tricks Swag. Partay!" I ain t your mother ` I ll get around to it...
12 puzzles & comics 12 THE EAGLE SUDOKU Fill the 9x9 grid with numbers so that each row, column, and each Puzzle 1 one (Easy, of difficulty the rating nine 0.40) 3x3 blocks contain numbers ranging from 1 to 9. Good luck! INSTRUCTIONS wordscramble Generated by on Fri Mar 23 16:26: GMT. Enjoy! lbeabsal iktser euhmorn dutoug lnlubep NoClass By RichArd Connolly claruebvl lalabsft rectpih arbtet iuedoltf INSTRUCTIONS Can you figure out what words these are? Unscramble the words and fill in the corresponding blanks! CROSSWORDPUZZLE ACROSS 1: Yucatan denizen 5: Lassie s breed 11: CD appendage 14: Any of several Norse royals 15: Digital precursor 16: Bulldog booster 17: Sour cream s base, often 19: Word on either side of -a- (face-to-face) 20: Modern prefix 21: More than large 23: Old saw 26: Schedule C expert 28: Small river dam 29: Guiding night light 31: Like an exit ramp 33: Club circuit? 34: Conceived of 36: Easy lunch to cook 41: for Bonzo 42: Dr. s org. 44: Ace hiding place 47: Part of the brain 50: Verdi classic 51: how you play the game 52: In need of a muffler 53: Lunar moth starter 56: Ad- (improvise) 57: Forensic science clue 58: Chesapeake Bay specialty 64: Bard s always 65: Tea brand 66: Benefits 67: Cincinnati player 68: Ensembles of eight 69: Carnival-game verb DOWN 1: Word with angry or flash 2: Pie-mode link 3: Chatter 4: Exact retribution 5: Crime bigwig 6: Lennon s wife 7: Back muscle, casually 8: Andean beast 9: Tad 10: Big ones often clash 11: Look back over 12: John s Grease co-star 13: Lover of company? 18: Sandra and Ruby 22: Stockholm denizen 23: High peak 24: Snoop on stage 25: Month after Shevat 26: Middie opponent 27: Do a weather report, e.g. 30: Diacritical mark 31: Significant person? 32: Alumni magazine word 35: Highest points 37: Letter-shaped skyscraper support 38: Bible bk. 39: Apology from Indian seamstress? 40: Australian avians 43: TV s Judging 44: Smoothing device 45: Person with property, perhaps 46: Famous Confessor 48: Camelot character 49: Hare-hunting feline 51: All thumbs 54: Scandinavian capital 55: Auricular 56: Telephoto or contact ender 59: Breakfasted 60: Pithy saying 61: Where the statue of Cristo Redentor stands 62: Commercial pitches 63: Chem major s degs. LOOKING FOR THE ANSWERS TO THIS MONTH S PUZZLES? THEY ARE AVAILABLE AT THE EAGLE S NEW WEBSITE:
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