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  2. 2. The Video Game Industry Through a Teenager’s Eyes By:Lloyd Williams, Michael Nicolella and Pierce Meir ! Many people only see video games as something to do while they sit on a bus, or in a doctor’s office, but in reality it is a several billion dollar industry. More than 183 million people play at least an hour of video games every day. Considering how many people are affected by them, we have to ask about some of the big problems in the industry. That’s why we sent Science Leadership Academy’s own Pierce Meier, Michael Nicolella, and Lloyd Williams to find out the truth about some of the big issues. Gamer Stereotypes Debunked: The Truth Behind the Controller What comes to your mind when you think about  a gamer. For most people, it’s a teenage boy, sitting alone, in his bedroom, or a basement, yelling obscenities into a headset, drinking Mountain Dew and eating Doritos. This is the stereotypical gamer, but many would argue that this image is offensive and outdated. This raises the question, who is really playing games. ! Today the average age of a gamer is 34, 67% of video households have someone who plays video games, 45% of gamers are  females, and most gamers have been playing video games for 12 years. In 2009  the gaming industries gross revenue was 10.5 billion dollars. This raises the question in such a large industry, how could there be such gross misconceptions? The simple answer is that the people who play games changed with time, but public perception didn’t change with it. ! Back when video games were first becoming popular, they were played almost exclusively by teenage boys. As these kids grew up, there passion for gaming stayed with them. This meant that as time went on, the average age of a gamer rose. This also had a serious affect on the kinds of games being made. 6 out of 10 of the best selling games in 2013, were rated mature by the ESRB. As gamers matured, they demanded more mature games, which caused a change in the industry standard. This still begs the question, why has there been such a sudden influx of female gamers, and people playing games for the first time, after the age of 30. A big part of it is thanks to the Nintendo Wii. With more than 100 million systems sold, the wii is the 5th best selling gaming console. It was also the first major console marketed towards “casual gamers.” The Wii’s motion controls made gaming intuitive, and accessible for everyone, removing much of the stigma involved with being a gamer. Female gamers are quickly growing in numbers. There are more female gamers today than at any other point in the history of the industry. This is attributed largely to an influx in strong female characters appearing in video games. It is also a side effect of the quickly growing feminist movement. A girl is no longer considered undesirable based solely on the fact that they play video games, so they are more inclined to play. The stigma of playing video games is also weakened as a result of more female gamers playing, leading to a sort of spiral where the more females that play games, the more that will want to play games. 2
  3. 3. ! Despite these facts, “casual gamers” are often ridiculed in the gaming community. People group themselves into categories like “hardcore gamer”, or “real gamer” to differentiate from those who play the wii, or mobile games. I had a chance to talk to PopCap’s co-founder, John Vechey about what he thought a real gamer was. Our meeting was brief, but he did have this to say “I don’t think there is such a thing as a real gamer. You either play games, and you're a gamer, or you don’t and you’re not. There’s really no two ways about it. I consider myself a game developer, not a casual developer, or a hardcore developer, just a game developer.” He went on to say that it wasn’t about the games that you play but how much you enjoy games. ! In the end we can all agree that gaming is no longer something that you need to hide or be ashamed of. It’s gone from being a barely recognized medium, to one of the biggest industries in the world, and today everyone plays. Lack of Originality In The Game Industry: A Teenager’s Perspective What was the last original game that you played? Think of the games you have played in 2013. Chances are it is probably the most recent sequel to Call of Duty, or one of the sports games that comes out every year. I see this as a problem in my eyes. “Why?” you might be asking. Because it is a problem when there is no originality in video games, or when it just seems like a copied and pasted game. This wouldn’t be a problem but thing is, people keep supporting it. I think that this tells the game developers that there is no reason to improve or add to the newer games, because they are making hundreds of millions of dollars annually. I had a great opportunity to talk to a few SLA gamers about their opinion of this topic. I asked Matt of SLA, “Do you think that there is a lack of originality in the video game industry?” He said: “Yes and I believe its because of consumers. When  Call of Duty comes out, millions of people buy it each year and they make tons of money. It seems like when developers see the success of these games, they seem to think that it’s okay to keep releasing the same thing each year.” This makes me think of the massive amounts of people who are buying these games that are released annually. People keep buying it, so it will keep being made. I also asked Richard of SLA the same question and he said: “Over the years, yes, I do think so because they're making so many sequels now. So yes, I have noticed that there is a lack of original video games today.” I think this shows that at least some people are tired of the generic first person shooter and if you think about it, it actually hurts the industry because It could discourage people from getting games because they are not interested in certain genres that are popularized . Some of the main games in the game industry are failing to create new and exciting titles right now. People need to notice that this can be quite bad if things like annual games become more frequent. And to be fair, Call of Duty is fun to play every once in a while, it has just been a genre that is overused in my opinion. 3
  4. 4. Procrastination By: Amani Bey It is 3 AM, the house is silent......almost.  There is the frantic patterning of your fingers on the keys. As you type your report on the importance of the Civil War, or an analysis of one of those works by Shakespeare, you vow to never ever procrastinate again. ! Two weeks later, you’re up again racing against the clock to submit an assignment. Where did all the time go? Did the arms grow legs and run away? And then you remember, how that video of a cat surfing or that one scroll down your timeline took hours. “I’ll do it in an hour”, melted into “I’ll do it tomorrow” and now you’re up at 3 AM, eyes bloodshot, sunken. ! You don’t have a problem. All your friends do it. The next day, you guys (gals.. whatever is socially polite) share your battle stories: who stayed up longer, how many pages you managed to do in the least amount of time, who got a good grade on something that they did in an hour. ! Most people think procrastination is because we’re lazy or adrenaline junkies.  They don’t know how sneaky it can be; how we can be determined to sit down and produce work, but it calls to us, it pulls us in. 5.There’s a gap between intention and action 6.Removal from comfort zone makes one retreat High school students, like ourselves, are constantly the victims of this “put-it-off-syndrome” and older people dismiss it as lazy, or ADHD. When asked, a class of 22 11thgraders said they’d rather watch tv than do homework, minus the one to the contrary (ah, smells like teen spirit). So the Procrastination plagues 20% of question is, how does one make Americans, but it seems like themselves do something they don't want to. Everyday we are we’re all distracted 100% of the given ultimatums, pass or fail, do time, right? It would be safe to this, so that. So how do we as say teens make up a good 15%. self-respecting people make I’m a chronic sufferer. Do you ourselves do more stuff we don’t know how many hours of want to do? Do we do as wedo Youtube, crafting the perfect and then do the work we need to playlist—see another article in the do? (Just making sure, you’re still magazine about this—, and with me, say that 5 times fast) tweets went into the production of this article? Experts have millions of reasons as to why people procrastinate so much, here are the top six I found: 1. Inability to focus 2. Inability to focus for fear of failure or success 3. Inability to think about thinking 4. Boredom 4
  5. 5. Here are 5 Common Tips I found for stopping procrastination and commentary on where they usually fall short: 1. Goal setting- Setting smaller goals inside a large project always seems to be the answer when handling a task. It’s the smart and responsible thing to do, but if you’re like me, the chronic procrastinator, you spend more time assigning and reassigning goals and deadlines than actually completing the task (you use this method against yourself and your work becomes constant revisal of your plan to actually do something) 2. Spacing out work - This falls into the first suggestion. Imagine: working on a paper, and assigning yourself a section on certain days. Does it always work? Do you find yourself jumping around and doing miscellaneous bits and pieces of paragraphs? Or do you convince yourself of going on research binges or planning more? You exhaust your production capital for the day and pat yourself on the back for doing more than what was asked — having not finished what needed to be done. 3. More sleep- I have nothing bad to say about sleep, it is wonderful, and can do no wrong. It lowers stress and feels great. There are moments when sleep is not the most useful thing and it is chosen by our bodies, willfully or not. 4. Concentration- There are apps to block certain websites on your computer, there’s ‘Do Not Disturb’ on your phone, but somehow, you feel an imaginary buzz —people are calling it textaphrenia —, or you check for just a second and get pulled in. Rewards- Rewards are hard sometimes, you have to really find something that you want, that you wouldn't normally do Try Writtenkitten.net , it’s a website that gives you a new picture of a kitten every time you type 100 words. 5
  6. 6. There are “experts” have many different methods for battling procrastination, spacing work out, setting goals, assigning breaks etc. But we, as people have to change our outlook on tasks. Every assignment or task has to be seen as one  stepping stone closer to the future you want. ! Imagine your future as whatever you want to be and constantly envision each task as a way to get there. This may seem like an easy feat, but this is a constant reassignment of how you feel. ! “You have to play the game in order to get the winnings”. Do you think the college admissions are unfair? Do you think homework doesn’t help? You have to be the change you want to see in the world, you have to be accredited enough to have tried the way society thinks is right, so you can tell them how wrong they are. ! After reading this article, you probably feel on top of the world and have made the vow to never procrastinate again, but this will take time and constant practice. This method, like all methods is not panacea (a good SAT word, look it up), but give it a try. With that, I sign off, wishing you the best of luck! ....................Mani 6
  7. 7. Miley Cyrus’s New Album BY: JASMINE NIEVES Some people think “Bangerz” is an inappropriate album made by Miley Cyrus. She was such a good girl before and now she changed. She changed because she wanted people to stop thinking of her as Hannah Montana but as Miley Cyrus the person. She also made this album to get back with her ex-fiancé, Liam Hemsworth. Many believe he was the reason for her acting crazily at the VMA’s, EMA’s and ever since Hannah Montana finished. Many people use to like the old Miley and some still do. They want the old Miley back and also some like the way she is. Lots of people were shocked to see her like the way she is now and the way she was acting. Also, lots of people thought this was to show that she was gaining her independence. She wants to be the biggest pop star and take over the world with her music. She still has a beautiful voice but needs to change a little. We can’t all deal with the crazy Miley. WE WANT THE OLD MILEY BACK!!! By the way, how she expressed her feelings was crazy and all out of whack because all she wanted was the sex from guys, show some skin and be known as a crazy baby. Many people thought she can be the next Britney Spears by the way she was acting. She was acting inappropriately in front of her fans and many people especially other stars, were shocked to see her the way she was acting. Again I say, WE WANT THE OLD MILEY BACK!!! She will either continue to act the way she is or change. It is all her choices, not ours. We are not her, she is. What some people thought of the new Miley was that she was crazy or people could just follow in her footsteps and act just like her. That’s not important in life. Being you is what's most important and nothing else. That should be a lesson learned for people to know about. 7
  8. 8. Becoming A Citizen in The United States By Chaveliz Nieves An identity in the United States is something everyone wants. It is something that is fought for daily. And that should not influence if we get accepted into colleges with or without scholarships. Why should being an immigrant in the United States affect students decision of applying to college? “The Dream Act is bipartisan legislation that addresses the tragedy of young people who grew up in the United States and have graduated from our high schools, but whose future is circumscribed by our current immigration laws. Under current law, these young people generally derive their immigration status solely from their parents, and if their parents are undocumented or in immigration limbo, most have no mechanism to obtain legal residency, even if they have lived most of their lives in the U.S. The DREAM Act would provide such a mechanism for those who are able to meet certain conditions”. This means that if a child was brought to the U.S at a young age and lived here their entire life, but were born in another country and came here “illegally” then they will not be able to go to college. This act will help many of the students trying to get into college but can’t since they are immigrant. “I always have to validate myself because I am African American. People expect me to be a certain way that I am not. Therefore, I have to work more than others”. Amani Bey 17 from Science Leadership Academy, stated that “even when being a citizen in the United States, I have to prove myself many times because of who I am.” Students know that there will be constant competition for students who will try to get into college with a full ride scholarship can be intimidating. Some people are threatened that the people who immigrated to the u.s from a foreign country can get a full ride scholarship if the dream act is passed. Many arguments are made about this legislation. One of them is that the “citizens pay taxes and the immigrants don’t.” But that is not true. Many “immigrants” in this country do pay taxes and although it is not the same amount, it comes out of some of their check. According to a source who does not want to reveal her identity states that “this is a country for all. We should be accepted and not treated like slaves. They have us working in the fields for hours, yet we get paid close to nothing.” And the U.S forgets to recognize this. These are people and they have feelings and a family to care for. Thats why they come to an entire different country. To feed their family but they are looked as aliens to us. The dream act should be the way to tie the shoelaces to this country and make it run again. If we are in such a debt, we may be able to find the solution in one of the minds of a child who is potentially trying to get into college and is trying to set a foundation for his future. But if the u.s as a country is not allowing that, then we will not be able to fix our problems. What I truly don’t understand is if this country was basically founded off of immigrants from all around the world except the natives who already lived here, why are we so quick to judge when all of our ancestors had to leave something they really loved and valued to be able to set a new foundation for this new country they began to call home? 8
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  12. 12. The Choices We Face By: Bailey Britton & Jeremiah Cunningham How old were you when you lost your virginity? You may not believe it but many girls are losing their virginities as young as 11. Most of these girls’ sexual partners are at least 5 years older than them, and about 40% of the boys that are impregnating teen girls are older than 20. "Ignoring the age of the partners, the earlier a girl was when she first had intercourse, the greater her risk of suicide attempts, alcohol use, drug abuse, truancy and pregnancy," Leitenberg says. About 1 million teenage girls in the U.S. get pregnant each year. 50 percent of girls are losing their virginity by the time they go into their sophomore year of high school and the earlier you have sex the more likely you are to get pregnant. When teenage girls get pregnant in high school it is hard for them to watch their child and focus on schoolwork so only ⅓ of teen mothers complete high school. In 2011 over 300,000 children were born to females between the ages of 15 and 19. The government spends about $40 billion order to help these teenage parents with the hardships of juggling children and school. If you are sexually active and do not use birth control or a condom you are 85% more likely to get pregnant and the children of teen mothers are more likely to be born premature. 12
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  14. 14. Good Vibes Only There are plenty places in Philly to skate and chill with your friends in your free time. The city is a great place to discover places to go if you’re feeling adventurous, bored, or just want to have some fun and get out of the house. Whether you travel by board or public transportation, there are so many places in Philly to just kick it for leisure time. ✌ South Street ! South street consists of places to shop and eat. The farther away you get from 2nd street there are stores galore and the closer you get to 2nd street the closer you get to some awesome food place. You have to be a little older to go certain places and get the full effect of South street but you’ll have a great time none the less. There’s a skate shop called Nocturnal between 5th and south and 6th and south. South Street is surrounded by homes but living near South street isn’t cheap. There’s even condos near 12th and South Street. None the less you discover something new every time you visit South street. Paine’s Park ! Paine’s is a skate park not too far off from the art museum. Its a great environment and hosted go skate day in Philly this past 2013 which was amazing. There were two performances and a couple skate contests. Its less crowded in the winter but pretty much packed in the summer. If you're looking for a great place to skate Paines is the place. You can even just take some friends to Paines and have a great time and don’t even have to skate. Either way you can have a great time and skate on. 14
  15. 15. Love Park ! Love park is a spot right in the middle of Center City. Its a great place and tourist attraction but people have been skating at love park for a while now. Although skating at Love isn’t really allowed anymore security usually will kick you out but its nice to just chill by the park’s fountain in the summer. Around Christmas time they put a Christmas tree in the center of the empty fountain  and put up Christmas village. Its a great place all year round with a great view of all of the city. Love park is a one of the biggest tourist attractions in Philly where people come and take pictures. CHEEEEEESE ^_^ Christmas Village Go Skate Day! By: Marteena Johnson 15
  16. 16. By: Briana Bailey The Conversation Ever start a conversation that felt never ending? Or awkwardly tried to end a deep discussion? “The Art Conversation” was one of those moments in life. Art is passion. It comes from the tenderness of the mind and soul. Roots from blood dripping painful experiences to the tears of joy in life... it’s honest... pure. Just like a ‘heart to heart’ conversation that seems everlasting. This conversation was an opportunity to bring together the artsy minds of 11 young local artists look at that you don’t do? What does the word art mean to you? Who and what are you inspirations? What advice would you give to other people? All of these artist (including myself) love to share their creations with others who are willing to look and listen. After reading the artists profiles, there is a list of places where many performances happen. A list of places to go to and hear inspiration. Places where you can meet many youth (like the ones your about to read about) and non-youth. Sweetness is about to invade your tastebuds as you learn about these flaming artist. of Philadelphia. Rashuan Williams, “DJ Reezy”. Cameron Beckham, BBoy “Icaris.” Break dancer. Shania Morris. Female MC. Ronald Harper, “Freestyle.” A rapper. Adam Feliciano “DJ Phazze.” Bailey Britton. A dancer. Shaneka Briggs. A poet. Alex harris, “kno Picks.” A rapper Simone, “Avery.” The singer and instrumentalist for the band “Casual Encounters”. Benjamin McCool. The drummer for “Casual Encounters.” Julian Harris. The guitarist. 11 different ways of thinking, meeting up from different parts of the city, to discuss 5 different key questions to ask an 1 artist. What types of art do you like to read or 16
  17. 17. Art. “Its a Story... Its a journey... A learning experience... A concept of life...” -Shania Morris “I wish I could draw or paint pictures” says 17 year old female MC Shania. Poetry was the beginning of the journey of becoming a rapper. Like most people life experiences is what helps create her “Hottest bars.” Shania enjoys free styling and cyphers. Even when free styling she only speaks the truth. “no matter the art it should always have a honest message behind it” Adam Feliciano “DJ Phazze” “Love what you do. Everyone has a gift, some are fortunate to discover it. Take advantage of it!” DJ’ing is his 17 year old Adams passion. It keeps his sanity and gives him motivation to succeed. Adams inspiration comes from radio DJ’s. “I have to consider what type of crowd I am playing for.” Seeing people happy from the music he plays keeps the inspiration rolling. Cameron Beckham “BBoy Icaris” 19 year old Cameron, also known as BBoy Icaris says “I love to share my art on stage.” He performs the art of Break dance. Its expressed through the human body. To him breaking means anger, happiness and excitement. Every emotion or thought is told through a story of body movement. “Music inspires the speed and the movement” 1 17
  18. 18. ART. “Taking a concept and putting your own style into it ...Its an ambiguous term” -Alex Harris “Kno Picks” “Clark park (in West Philly) is my favorite place to to write. It expresses the diversity of my neighborhood.” Alex believes that his music challenges the transition between having fun with words and pursuing a career in lyricism and performance. Bailey Britton I asked Bailey (a 16 year old dancer) “If you could give one last piece of advice to any artist what would it be..” She replied by saying “stay committed to what you love. Dance to me means expressing the way your feel through body movement. Its what I LOVE!” Reading poetry is one of her secrete things to enjoy doing. Its secrete because she wishes she could write poetry and appreciates those who do. Ronald Harper “Freestyle” “I have a great stick figure drawling though” says 17 years young rapper “Freestyle” jokingly as he wished he could draw. Freestyle gets his inspirations from other artist “I feel like Im home when I’m with them” he says. He enjoys going to art gallery’s and believes that art is created at anytime of the day Finding serenity and inner peace is the reason this 19 year old poet began to write. Art means “Self-pride, power, and happiness. Create honest work, be persistent and create things that have purpose. Once my art is spoken into existence I get a sense of relief.” Shaneka Briggs 1 18
  19. 19. “My art comes from ALL people, both the loving and those filled with hatred” -Rashaun Williams “Casual Encounters” “We are a group of Philly based musicians who have come together to put a twist on music. We fuse funk, indie, soul, jazz and whatever else together to create something completely different. While being only a few months old we have a lot ahead and want whoever to take those steps with us.” -Simone “Avery” Julian Harris Julian is the guitarist for the band “The Casual Encounters.” He started playing the guitar and over the years has become very passionate about it. This guitarist longs for the day that he can call himself a “Photographer.” “The world means music.” In other words, experiences, test and trails is what makes music. Simone “Avery” I think the dream to be a drawer has won. Like a few other artist above Simone (stage name Avery) wishes she could draw. She is the lead signer and song writer for “The Causal Encounters.” “Anyone can be an artist she says, “Just do it because that would be a waste of talent and passion if you didn’t.” This drummer doesn’t write the lyrics to the songs because he wishes to be a creative writer. He surely does make your toe tap, head nob and body move with the sounds of drumming. One of his inspiring people in life is Travis Orbin (a drummer he follows). In Ben’s spare time he likes to read writings of philosophers. “Dear artist practice, purse clear goal and ask for help” Benjamin McCool 1 19
  20. 20. Hey! You just read about some awesome people.. and need something to do in the artistic city of Philadelphia? Well good thing you’re reading the rest of this article! Heres a list of places that you should check out Rotunda- Poetry Slams and Jams The clef club- Jazz Shows Chris’s jazz cafe- Jazz Shows World Live Café- Open mics, Poetry, Comedy and more The Arts Garage Kimmel Center Philadelphia Art Museum If you check out Temple University’s website, it gives you a list of FREE places to go to within the city as well. 20
  21. 21. THE BEST WAY TO ADDRESS STRESS January 2014 Have you fallen asleep in class? Been overeating? Have you been Irritable, achy, or suffering from headaches? If you answered, “yes” to any of the questions above, you may be suffering from a form of stress. Stress is a very real aspect of life in today’s society. More often than not, stress touches and affects the lives of teenagers throughout the country. It’s something that can sometimes be very difficult to control and cope with. If stress goes incorrectly treated or ignored, it may lead to negative changes in physical and mental health, such as anxiety, mood swings, periods of depression, substance abuse and more. Changes in physical health include upset stomach, trouble sleeping, muscle tension and chest pain, headaches and fatigue. By:Melanie Harrington & Wendy Tepoz
  22. 22. THE BEST WAY TO ADDRESS STRESS! Brooke Maxam, a senior attending Mattawan High School in Michigan, faces the pressures of being a community leader for various sports and clubs, keeping her grades up, and maintaining relationships with family and friends. Maxam admitted, “I am not good when it comes to how to deal with stress so, in all honesty, I self-harm.” ! School, meeting deadlines, family and friends, sudden changes in a routine or way of life, taking on more than you can handle, changes in yourself and in your family, detrimental experiences. These are just some things that normally trigger stress in a teenager’s daily life, including the ones that Maxam deals with. It doesn’t help when a parent is ignorant to their child’s stress triggers and troubles. There can be different things that prevent a parent from knowing and understanding their child’s problems. For example, lack of communication, seeing what they want to see, not understanding what their child deals with from day-today, etc. Not all parents have close relationships with their children. However, while a lot of teenagers keep their stress a secret from their families, there are some who have more of an open relationship with their parents. ! Even though it is evident that stress is caused by various things, there is one that recurs in every teen’s life. School. Healthy eating, sleeping and exercising habits/routines are a great way to ward off the physical effects of stress. Brooke Maxam admits that exercising helps keep her mind away from the negative coping skill that she picked up. Breathing exercises and things like yoga and meditation help clear the mind. Richard Yoeun, a junior at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA, advises other students to, “...take it easy, go with flow, and meditate.” Your stress and built up emotions can be used in constructive ways to create beautiful masterpieces. Use your negative energy to create, not destroy. Engage in an art form such as painting, drawing, music, dancing and writing. ! Margaret Hohenstein, another junior at Science Leadership Academy, said, “I deal with stress by doing things that I have a large amount of talent for.”
  23. 23. THE BEST WAY TO ADDRESS STRESS! Even though a lot of the above advice can be given to you by any therapist or counselor, they are still excellent and effective ways of coping with stress levels. However, let’s take a look at some ways different high schoolers around Philadelphia, PA cope with their stress. ! Elyse Morales, junior at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, informs, “Some of the ways I deal with stress are by drinking tea, making lists, rewarding myself when I get stuff done, and napping.” said Danny Godwin, a junior at the Academy of Palumbo. “I had to work harder,” said Raul Antonio Serrano, a freshman at Murrell Dobbins in Philadelphia, PA. Victoria Jennings told us, “Some ways that I deal with the stress is by reading books or listening to music.” “One way I deal with stress is by playing and learning songs on piano and violin. I've taken up crocheting as well,” ! Everyone deals with stress at one point in their lives so don’t feel alone. Next time you feel like life is dragging you down, grab a friend, talk about it and don’t forget to smile. Everything will be okay in the end and if it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.
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  28. 28. Glory Daze by Alex Held and Marlyn Mooney How good are you in bed? What was the longest you’ve ever gone for? Is it your favorite thing to do? ! By now, you’ve probably realized that we’re talking about sleeping. Sleeping, as we all know, is an essential part of life. Without it, you may find yourself feeling like you’re physically unable to get out of bed in the morning. Even one hour less sleep than recommended can cause a serious drop off in attention, mood, and motor functions. Teenagers at SLA have experienced these things, and mostly do so, every day. “So why?,” you ask. “It’s only one hour less of sleep, it can’t make that much difference.” Well the answer is not as simple as you may think. Yes, an hour less or an hour more of sleep every night can determine how productive you are daily; however, that is not the only reason. Eating before bed can also cause complications with your sleep as well as your overall health. Eating right before you go to sleep can worse insomnia, the inability to fall or stay asleep. That’s just the beginning. More and more reports are being released that show the effects of lack of sleep, including increased anxiety, depression, bad eating habits, statistically worsening test scores by students, and mood disorders. ! All of us argue that we stay up late to finish homework, study, or continue to finish our project, blaming school for our lack of sleep. Sleep research professors actually state that there is physically not enough hours in the day for students to devote the appropriate amount of time to all of these commitments, especially in relation to school. And, we can’t ignore arguably the most vital factor in the development of a teenager: sleep. It is true the older you get the less sleep you need, meaning teenagers should average about a good 8-9 hours of sleep a night. ! During some interviews SLA students James Prell and Melanie Harrington stated they get about “7-8” hours of sleep a night, however SLA students Teige Dougherty and Ryan Shaw stated they get about “2-3 hours of sleep”, if they’re lucky. Surprisingly only one student of multiple interviews reported feeling tired at school. Most students report waking up in the crucial, illegal hours between 4-6 am. 28
  29. 29. A new study has found that five times as many high school and college students are dealing with anxiety and other mental health issues than youth of the same age who were studied in the Great Depression era. It is a proven fact that the average mental stability of a teenager in 2013, is one of a psychopath in 1960. One of these reasons is stress induced sleep, with more fatigue comes anxiety. Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Teenagers who have anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse. Anxiety disorders also often co-occur with other disorders such as depression, eating disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The majority of teens with a stress-induced sleep problem experience it at least once per week, and more than half experience it at least several times a week. Know how you’re always tired after school? Well that’s because mental stimulation is one of the most exhausting things for the human body. When your brain is hard at work, it has to expend a great deal of energy to solve computational problems that you are given at school. An example of this that is both tiring and constructive as well as something that is fun would be reading. Yes! Reading is a great way to spend you’re free time because if you’re reading something you’re interested in, you not only enjoy it, you learn from it and makes you tired so you aren’t restless or have bloodshot eyes from playing video games for 4 hours.Taking our fellow classmates into consideration we decided to do a test (on ourselves of course) to find some efficient ways to fall asleep faster and earlier. Some methods are meditating, drinking tea, taking sleeping pills, making the room colder, exercising at least 5 hours before, counting sheep, or watching television or movies. Keep in mind that these vary between persons so please do not get angry if these don’t work. First, you can try counting sheep. Typical, hackneyed, stupid? Wrong. It has been proving that counting sheep (an activity as boring as school) relaxes  your mind and helps you fall asleep faster. Usually teenagers try to go to bed after hours of technology, at least we do, and counting sheep is clearing your mind. It worked for marlyn. 1 marlyn 0 alex. Next, hot tea. Drinking tea. 0 for Marlyn 0 for Alex. We just busted a myth, call us myth busters. It feels good to drink warm liquids, and we think it relaxes us, so it does. But hey, give it a shot. No more “just 10 more minutes”. The next time you’re having trouble sleeping just remember you are not alone. Teenagers all over the world can’t sleep, even though it’s the one thing we want. (something to go with our game here). Remember when you’re on your computer on Facebook or watching Netflix, or playing xbox that you need to surrender and ruin your kill streak. We understand negotiating the limits of time spent on technology with a teenager is never easy but neither is waking up in the morning. 29
  30. 30. Maintaining Healthy Relationships with Friends and Family by: Reginald Simmons In high school, you will come across many different problems that will test your patience and resolve. It can be one of the most difficult things in the world to think rationally about bad situations during the initial panic, but you’ll find that trying your best to keep a clear head will, in the long run, leave you a more peaceful and content human being. You have to know the skills that allow you step back, analyze and solve efficiently. The first thing you should do when you become involved in an emotionally charged situation is step back. Think about a few underlying factors. Things like, “Why are the people involved reacting the way they are?” and “What can I do right now to help the situation?” should come to mind. Again, these are hardly ever the first things that naturally come to mind during tense and heated situations, but no one said it would be easy. It takes a lot of willpower and maturity to to able to look at something from a new, more selfless perspective. One of the best courses of action to take when trying to solve a problem with your peers (or friend outside of school, family member, etc.) is understanding. Of course, this is also one of the most trying things to do, but with understanding comes acceptance, and with acceptance comes peace. That’s what the main aspiration should be: peace. Sometimes, you’ll find that in order to establish peace between you and someone else, you have to sacrifice something. Sometimes, you will have to compromise. In most cases, the person, or people, you’re in an argument or altercation with are those least likely for you to see as someone you’d like to have a peaceful relationship with, but that’s where the perspective comes in. You have to realize what’s worth what. Though it isn’t easy, the resolving of issues, whether school-related, home-related or otherwise, leads to a decrease in stress levels. Stress is not 30
  31. 31. ! only an emotional burden, but a physical one as well. High stress levels lead to things like sleepdeprivation, appetite loss and mild paranoia. Not only are these very unhealthy byproducts, they’re also unpleasant. And what’s worse, sometimes a person under high stress has no idea how they’re being affected by it. As teenagers, we are even more prone to these side-effects, and sometimes even less aware. Make it a point to every once in a while take a few minutes aside to really think about how you’re feeling. Is there anything bothering you or affecting your mood? If so, try to think through it before you add it to your list of problems (if you’re like me, there’s always some list of problems that you have at any given moment). There may be a very simple fix to it that becomes clear after a little meditation. Besides generally being able to maturely and peacefully solve spats with peers, friends, relatives or anyone, having the skills to collaborate with others and overcome obstacles will lead to an easier time working in groups on school projects, and in adult life, in any case where working with other people on a task is a requirement. In order to understand how to deal with powerful emotions, both positive and negative, in a healthy way, an understanding of the source of those emotions is paramount. Knowing the stem of a problem is key in figuring out how to solve it. In a sense, it’s like mathematics. In order to solve a system of equations, the first step is finding the values of however many  variables there are. Then, checking to make sure the numbers run is the final and most important step. In school, there are many different sources for stress. Things like projects, homework, trouble with friends or difficulty in class can seem like dire situations. This is inevitable and natural. But certain steps need to be taken to insure the survival of your sanity. Letting problems pile will result in a very unpleasant emotional experience overall. 31
  32. 32. that are included on the cd was, “Started From the Bottom” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home”. His whole album kept getting better, well that’s what his fans say. Drake is one of the most famous rappers and more and more people keep liking him By:Jasmine Nieves and he keeps getting famous. He’s also a great singer. His was also on TV when he original came out. The TV show he was in was a show known as, “Degrassi”. Lots of Drake was a great people liked that show upcoming artist when he and mostly the people came out. His latest and who liked the show, went greatest album of all was on liking him as a rapper. Nothing was the same. To talk about the “Hold His first album he’s ever On, We’re Going Home” made was “Room For song, is that it is about a Improvement”. “Nothing girl he saves from bad Was The Same” was his people who are trying to sixth album. Some songs kill her but instead Drake “Nothing Was The Same” by Drake and his team killed them. Now the song “Started From the Bottom”, is another song people like to hear in the radio. It is an upbeat song and lots of people know the words to it. Another song people hear on the radio that plays almost constantly is “All Me” which he collaborated with 2 Chainz and Big Sean. They are also great upcoming rappers. They are all the new edition of rap these days so is Jay Z and Kanye West. All these movements Drake made also made people come more attached with those movements. What the lyrics he wrote about, talks about him relating himself with other artists and how life takes him on. 32
  33. 33. You Sexy E’20 Baby! By:Donesha Lee Disney Channel.Nickelodeon.Cartoon Network.Boomerang.Destiny Child’s.Ashanti. Chris Brown.NSync.Backstreetboys.Spice Girls. Pussycat Dolls,Jesse Mccartney.Justin Timberlake.Usher.Missy Elliott.Party Music.Aaliyah. R-Kelly.Sean Paul.Jay-Z.Sisqo.May J.Blige.Britney Spears.Christina Aguilera.Ciara.Fergie.Gwen Stefani. Hilary Duff.Jonas Brothers.The Naked Brothers Band. Kanye West.Kelis.Luda Chris.Rihanna.Mariah Carey.50 Cent.Snoop Dog.Natasha Beiningfield.Nelly.Lean wit it rock wit it.Snap ya fingers.Soulja Boy(Girl).Stanky Leg.Stick it Roll it. Cant Touch This.Running man.Cabbage Patch.Yu Gi Oh Cards. Pokemon Cards. Gimp. Polly Pocket. Bey Blades. Heely’s. Moon Bounce shoes. Sports. Scooters/Bikes. Myspace. CD’s. Razors. Nokia. Bratz. Moon Bouces.Treasure Trolls. Board games. Bop it. Gak. Legos. Lisa Franks. Disney Movies. Home Alone. Friday. Edward Scissorhands. Chucky. Space Jam. Matilda. Bring it On. Fat Albert. The Cheetah Girls. Bubble Tape. Push Pops. Wonder ball. Cigarette Sticks. Ring Pops. Nerds. Skittles. Fun Dip. Hubba Bubba Squeeze Pop. Dunkaroos. Gripz. Pop Rocks. Romeo Chips. Hug Juice. Kid Cusine.Lunchables.Yo-Yos. Nerf. Goosebumps. Judy Blume.
  34. 34. The very hungry Caterpillar. If you give a mouse a cookie. Jumpers.Barrets. Beads.Ballies.Braids. Aeropostale.Hollister. American Eagle.Timberlands .Gold chains and earrings that said your name.I think there goes most of our childhood. “No,” you say? Then you’re probably a little too young to fully appreciate what I’m about to say next. ! Attention to my early 2000 babies(a.k.a my E’20’s or my late 90’s babies), we were born in the late 90’s, but our most memorable times were in the early 2000‘s. Therefore, we shall tip our hats and salute our times with this honorable mention. No longer will we be dragged down by 90’s babies, and their fun times, but brought up by “our” welcoming, grand appearance, of the 21st century. We flipped through tv stations click-by-click with our remotes to some of the hottest shows. From Spongebob Squarepants to the Fresh Prince, our laughs immersed the globe. We ran to our tv’s just to watch The Simpsons at 6:00, because we didn’t have the pause or record button. It was if “you missed it, you missed it”. The only way something was recorded or paused was on V.C.R. Every movie was put on V.C.R, and if you didn’t have one, going to the movies was everything to you. Characters were constantly singing, smiling, and twirling around in their lands; and you did the same thing right along with them. You walked around your house constantly singing everywhere you went, because Disney Movies movies showed that it was okay to sing for every problem you faced. Now, all your parents and guardians consistently tell you to do is “Shut Up” or “Close the door”, but you don’t care because Timon and Pumba told you “no worries” with “Hakuna Matata”. It was Timon and Pumba who taught you slang first. Not,Drake,Lil Wayne,or someones grandma down the street. Everything you did as a child could always be fixed by laughing, dusting off your hands, and just saying “Hakuna Matata, means no worries.” That’s all our childhood was when you were young, just laughing, bouncing, and playing around.
  35. 35. “Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum, In a dish; how many bubble gums do you wish?” sports, jump rope, boardgames, and bikes were your activities back then.You couldn’t go a day without being outside. If you weren’t outside playing on your front step, it’s because you missed your curfew the day before when the street lights came on.You remember asking your friend to come knock on your door to go outside, because you knew mom wouldn’t say “no” to their little face. You didn’t mind the dirt on your skirt, and the grass stain on your shirt, because it meant you could go home and take a 1-foot bubble bath. You believed you were Superman or Wonder Woman with the towel you wrapped around yourself. When you realized you couldn't fly and you got the scrape on your knee to prove it. Your mom whipped out Alcohol, Neosporin, and a character band-aid,and kissed it to make it better. You would sleep through the night,and not be awoken by a bell. Your mom came in your room, nudged you, and said “Rise and Shine”. You walked in the bathroom and brushed your teeth with “Tooth Tunes”. You went back to your room, and your mom helped you put on your jumper or helped fit your foot in your Air force ones. You got in your cars and had to physically roll down your window to feel the breeze on your face. In your “Toy Story” lunch box was a Lunchables Pizza version, a fruit roll up, a piece of fruit, and a Hi-C juice to fill you up.  Then, when you got to school, after your “Pops Cereal” breakfast, you pulled out your wooden pencil, and received your signed homework out of your “Lisa Franks or Pokemon Folder”. There was no Jansport, it was “Favorite Character” backpacks or “Rolling on Wheels” that started the day. However, when lunch time came, it sounded like a choir preaching their voices. You sang countless songs that you heard on the radio with everybody who you called “friend”. !
  36. 36. ! The only thing that could get you mad was when someone“threw off your groove”like Kuzko. Everything you sung had a purpose. You sung “Milkshakes” by, Kelis,when you felt proud. You sang a throw back of “This is How we Do It”, by Montell  Jordan when you wanted to sang old school. When your crush broke your heart you sang “Cry me a River”, by Justin Timberlake.You consistently brought “Sexy Back”, with Timbaland and Timberlake. Every time the teacher adjusted the temperature in class, you sung “Hot in Here”by, Nelly. When you wanted to dance you played “1,2 Step”, by Ciara, “Crank that”, by Soulja Boy,and finished with the “Cha Cha Slide”, by DJ Casper. Music surrounded you everywhere you went from the moment you stepped off your porch until you got home from school. Music, Games, and TV were your life, it was all that mattered to you. ! The 21st century is what made us who we have become. We have been overshadowed by plenty of other generations before and after us. Some people even overlook us,and just place us in the “New generation” category.They say we are apart of a group with no common sense,we constantly degrade ourselves,and that we will be the generation to bring this society to turmoil. However,we know the truth,we know who we are,and we will take a stand to let it be known. You and I were both in the early 2000’s to understand what happened.We both know we had times of laughter,countless memories,and some of the greatest awkward moments.Anyone of us can compare to the old days with a smile on our face. You may love your teenage freedom,your iphones,and your new wardrobe. However, you can’t forget what made you who you are today, you sexy E20’s baby.
  37. 37. Poetry... to some its just words. just expression. To me it’s my life’s story. My story told in chapters. It’s deep, emotional, anger, joy, laughter. Poetry . . . it’s the way the words flow, its all you. You as an individual, as a writer. Poetry . . . used to tell a story, your stories, my stories, his/her stories. Poetry . . . isn’t used for entertainment, its my freedom to deliver how I feel. POETRY . . . (a)Positive Open-minded way to Express Traits Revealing Your true emotions -Briana Bailey 37
  38. 38. Youth Fight for Adequate Education By:Amy Chen Students chant SOS! Save our School! SOS! Save our Schools! We want education, not incarceration! On December 16, 2013 at the School District of Philadelphia (SDP), students marched into 440 to claim their right to be educated. Knowing that the Superintendent of the School District, and the School Reform Commission (SRC) members would be there, students talked about 4 important topics. What is the role of teachers, how can students help reconstruct the district, why are students disengaged in school, and how can we improve communication between the district and the community? With the devastating cuts that Governor Corbett made since he entered office, Philadelphia’s schools lost 127 assistant principals, 676 teachers, 283 counselors, 1,202 noontime aides, Teachers, parents, and community activists united together as a whole and fought for good quality education for their child, their community, and their future generation. As a facilitator, I rotated from table to table with the question how can students help reconstruct the district? With a vast pool of different students from different backgrounds and experiences, I heard many voices that should be heard. I asked Helen Gym, a charter school founder, what she thinks charter schools offer that district schools may not. She told me that charter schools are “a way to move away from traditional public education into the Wild West of an uninformed, unregulated school choice.” Gym defines traditional public schools as “district-managed, unionized public schools.” “Charter schools are public schools but they are not One of the student who attended a managed or run by the School charter school, said, “Charter District. Charters therefore are schools focus on each not a system you manage, study student as an individual, not as a and regulate. They are tiny mini districts that make it difficult to whole because you cannot meet that kid’s needs if you focus on them regulate and understand,” she added. as a group and that’s what the district does. The SDP needs to 307 secretaries, 769 supportive focus on each service assistants, 89 teacher students as assistants, etc. With a total of 3,783 an individual.” employees laid off.
  39. 39. When I asked the question, “What outcome do you hope for from the SDP, ” a student from Central said, “You can not expect a student to succeed if you are not giving us the resources. My mom used the same textbook that I use today. They are out of date.”   With the lack of supplies, teachers are paying for supplies out of their pockets to fund their classroom and make sure that their child are receiving the resources that are needed. With less staff members in a school, teachers and principals are expected to step up to insure that students are safe while in their care. Classes are being disrupted because of the overcrowdedness and split classes. Teachers  have difficulty concentrating on their class because of the other burdens that are weighing down on their shoulders. Chris Lehmann, principal and founder of Science Leadership Academy, said, “We need to mobilize politics for the fair funding state formula, simply because there is not enough money.” According to Gym, “Charter schools have the attention of politicians and a select group of a particular type of investors.” No matter how often students voice their story and community members take action, at the end of the day, students still march and protest about funding education being a first priority. Students know that their voices are still not heard and there are so many questions that are still left unanswered. With the ongoing cuts and the lack of teachers/counselors in each schools, students are struggling to fill out their college applications and get the help they need. Can the SDP fix the damage that it has caused? Or will students continue on like this, struggling to claim their education?
  40. 40. TEENS & NUTRITION SCIENCE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY/ PHILADELPHIA 2014 How many times a week do you eat breakfast in the morning? 5 days? 3 days? Never? Many teenagers would answer not very often. It always seems there are better things to do like getting some extra sleep or doing some homework you forgot to do the night before. Or, if you are like 16 year old Marlene you’d rather meditate than eat breakfast. The problem with not eating breakfast is that you deprive your body of the energy and nutrition it needs after hours worth of rest. Although it is important for all people to eat breakfast it is particularly important for teenagers because our bodies are still growing and our brain is still developing. Recipe 1: Healthy Waffles Trader Joe’s Waffles Breakfast is also important when it comes to having a healthy BMI or Body Mass Index. BMI test are used to identify possible weight problems in people by taking their weight,age and height. When you don't eat breakfast for long periods of time two really bad things happen. One, your body panics, it begins to store more fat because it is not user when will be the next time you eat, this can cause obesity. Secondly, most breakfast skippers will eat obsessive amounts of food in the later hours to make up for the breakfast they did not receive, this also causes more weight gain. In order to live a happy and healthy life you must first have a healthy diet. There are many really simple, healthy and delicious things you can eat for breakfast that won't take much of your time. Recipe 2: Breakfast Burritos Recipe 3: Strawberry 1 Tortilla Parfait Optional: Shredded Swiss Cheese Black Beans Organic Peanut Butter Optional: Raisins 1 cup Greek Yogurt Cut up strawberries & Walnuts 40
  41. 41. Fast Food Restaurants Once you start eating a food restaurants is that the healthier breakfast, eating foods is packed with healthier in general will be sugar,sodium, preservatives easier. Have you ever and dye. The consumption of wondered how many these things often can cause calories was in just one Big diseases like heart disease, Mac sandwich? Well, just one diabetes, etc and is part of Big Mac has 550 calories, 940 the reason obesity in mg of sodium and 29g of fat. children and teenagers is It may not sound like a lot rising. Kids between the but this only includes the Big ages of 6-11 years old in the Mac, not the fries, soda or Unites States obesity rates anything else you may want have risen to 18% and that and although eating may be the direct result of McDonalds here and there is fast foods restaurant like not that bad eating it too McDonalds, Burger king and often can really hurt your Dunkin’ Donuts not only health. Teenagers need being less expensive that vitamins, mineral and places like Whole foods and healthy calories. wraps with water can be life changing. Organic tortilla wraps tend to have real healthy whole grain. Whole grain has protein in that will   help fill your stomach fast ones at least 5-to-1. The real Almost 17% of teens in things like organic tortilla outlets outnumber healthy fast food restaurants. money to buy healthier readily available. Junk food easily available foods are intriguing but, using that because they are more the most inexpensive and less than 10 dollars is Trader Joe’s but also Unfortunately for teenagers cookies, fries and soda for question is how to get us without all of the extra unhealthy, unneeded calories.  Even if you are not close enough to a health store to actually buy it after school, making your lunch at home can help. America drink soda daily and teenagers eating healthier. 18% of teens in America eat The answer is understand fast food at least one time a more is not always the best. I week,  The problem with fast know getting a sandwich, 41
  42. 42. Did you know?? I thought that was healthy... Asparagus is a good source of vitamins A, C and E, B-complex vitamins, potassium and zinc. Broccoli contains twice the vitamin C of an orange. It has almost as much calcium as whole milk--and the calcium is better absorbed. Not all foods are made equal and not all foods that seem healthy are healthy. For example, I remember years ago mom throughout all of our white bread and bought whole wheat bread instead. She told me that she found out from Dr.Oz that whole wheat has amazing health benefits while white bread was terrible. I believed her and many people like her, possibly including your parents, did the same thing. Here's the problem, not all whole grain Boost your skin’s defenses foods has the same quality of whole grain. Most whole wheat and multigrain breads are against UV damage. Eating made with "bleached" or "unbleached enriched wheat flour" which is not whole wheat at five ounces of it weekly all. Whole wheat bread and White bread have basically the same nutritional values once decreased the development of you acknowledge that bread made with refined grain is not the same as bread made with precancerous skin lesions by whole grain. Whole grain is not the only culprit though. For example, cranberry juice is almost 30 percent. not good for you. Although the actual fruit is good for you cranberry juice is packed with sugar to help the consumer get over the very tart flavor, a person should not get more than 40 grams of sugar a day from anything that does not come naturally from a fruit or vegetable. Granola bars you get from the corner store like Hidden Valley have no nutritional value regardless of their stunning commercials, most store bought granola is made of honey, puffed rice, and rolled oats which have no nutritional value. In order to Did you know that all parts of the egg is edible and the shell contains a high calcium content. have a healthier body you must be able to recognize what foods are good for you and which ones are fakes. Below is a lost of great foods and their nutritional values. 42
  43. 43. How much do you really know?? The Answers!!! 3. Which one do you think is the amount of calories in one cup of 1. The answer is b, because fiber granola? a.300 c.600 supplements don’t have the same advantages as fiber filled foods do. b.250 2. The answer is a, because fish and plants are nutrient rich in protein. 1.Which is a better source of fiber? a. fiber supplements b. raisins, oranges and almonds c.a tasty cake 4. Which item has more sugar than a can of coke? a. Honeybun 3. The answer is c because, one cup b. Activia of granola is 600 calories. c. 1 slice of white bread 4.The answer is b because, Activia 2. Which is a better source of protein? has more sugar than a can of coke. a. fish and plants b. meat and eggs c. beans and pasta Written By Jordyn Randall, Azaria Burton & Katharina Nieland & Layout Designed By Imani Holness 43
  44. 44. Fashion FASHION Everybody’s A Piece of Art As you walk down the brightly colored hallways of Science Leadership Academy, or whatever school you attend, what catches your attention? Is it the smiles of the students? Is it the way they walk, or the way they talk? No. People see J Crew cardigans layered on top of loose silk Express camisoles, or Venice Beach Kobe 8’s that students may or may not have on their feet. Fashion has become a major puzzle piece of the life of teens in todays society. SLA senior Kristi says, “Everybody’s a piece of art,” and I agree. “I love Kim Kardashian and I love the way she dresses. I always find myself designing things similar to what Kim wears; she inspires my work a lot,” says local designer Butter Obama. Posh blazers is inspired by Victoria Beckham. The fearless and edgy outfits of  Lady Gaga.   Beyoncé’s fierce and casual Jones adds, “I can't wear booty shorts and a tank top in January, although I don't wear things like that any way,” but students like Enthony Chhin don’t let the outfits. When it comes to fashion, most teens turn to celebrities for weather pick out fashion for them. He says, “Before I start inspiration. From urban street, to preppy, or trash glamour, everyone has their own individual style (celebrity-inspired or not) that makes them feel unique. Student Bryanna Jones says, “Style is whatever you make it,” and many people dress depending on the way their mood is or how they’re feeling.“The way I determine what I want to wear really depends on the weather,” says Haneef Nelson. deciding what I want to wear, I daydream about it during school: what color scheme, what textures would look right paired together. I’ll worry about the weather later. It’s more of an internal feeling, not how my skin is feeling, you get me?” It’s not about what you decide to wear, but how you wear it, as long as it makes you feel comfortable.
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