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Susie Fashion

Illustration by Michael Breton ’11, Staff Writer | Inking by Shannell Smith ’11, Comics Editor

Meet Suzie, your inner shopaholic! Follow her as she shops for Lanvin, La Perla, and a life.

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Meet Suzie, your inner shopaholic! Follow her as she shops for Lanvin, La Perla, and a life.
With the help of the fairy god woman in a silvery grey Rochas gown, Suzie finds that giving her brand new L’Wren Scott sequined cardigan and many other stuff to charity means gaining a life of satisfaction and happiness.
Not looking “like” a million bucks but “is” a million bucks, she realizes that she can’t buy happiness with things. The best things in life are free!

What’s next for Suzie? A journey about finding what you want in life. Coming soon….

Teen killer could strike again

Carolyn Conte is a staff writer for The Stampede

Carolyn Conte ‘14 | Staff Writer

It’s the number one killer of 15 to 20 year-olds in the US.  An average of more than 5,000 teens here in USA will die this year because of it.  In 2009, at least 8 teens would die a day from this.

And almost all of these deaths could have been easily prevented- without any money donated, without any labor put in except for a thought: the decision to not distract themselves while they drive.

It could happen to anyone. We hear that a lot, but often we waive it away. It really could happen to anyone. Try and perceive yourself in one of those “some-one’s” situation, cruising along a smooth, empty road on their way home. Picture this anonymous person waiting all day for another special, certain peer to text or call them about, say, going to the dance. They’re so impatient!

Suddenly, “Buh-drung!” They know that sound; it means their phone just received a text. A potentially very important text. The road is empty and straight, and they need to see who it was! If they don’t reply immediately, that friend might assume something. So this “some-one”, this anyone, hexed by mere chance, chooses to answer just this one text. One hand holds the cellphone while they’re reading the message, and the other hand keeps the wheel steady. Their eyes abandon the road for a moment. In those humble few seconds their vehicle passes by a stoplight. A red light silently screams to the diverted some-one to halt, yet only a loud but low “bonnnggg! bongk, bongk!” succeeds in getting the random, anybody-but-you-someone to look up only to catch a final glimpse of life.

Harsh. But it’s reality. Waiting until the car is in park isn’t as painful as one might think.

Bye-Bye Heart Throb, Hello Bad Boy

Chris Brown’s new take on his music and career

Taylor Parker ‘12
Staff Writer

Between all of Chris Brown’s new tattoos and scandals, there is actually still an artist there. His new album, F.A.M.E, is the most diverse piece of work from Brown to date.

Chris first hit the scene in 2005 with his hit single “Run It” and his first album self titled, Chris Brown. Needless to say he has come a long way from songs like “Yo (Excuse Me Miss),” “Gimme That,” “Say Goodbye,” and “Poppin.” These songs mainly appealed to young girls between the ages of 10 and 17, which was fine because Chris himself was only 16 at the time. Any age group could sing his songs and the most risky song on the Chris Brown album was, “Gimme That”; “Momma you may be 3 years older but you hot (gimme that)/ You be talking like you like what I got (gimme that)/ I know you like it how I lean in the ‘lac/ You could be in the back saying (gimme, gimme, gimme)”

That was as PG-13 as it got.

Whatever happened from 2005-2007 surely changed Chris Brown’s attitude towards his career. His second album Exclusive, which dropped in 2007, put Chris Brown at the age of 18. Songs like, “Take You Down,” “Kiss Kiss” and “Wall to Wall” were no longer the sweet love songs that caught the attention and hearts of young girls all over the world. These songs were now appealing to older girls ages 16-20 and they were not leaving anything up to the imagination. The album did not do so well aside from its three hit singles and seemed to incorporate more Pop songs than the R&B music he became famous for.

In 2009 after Chris Brown’s scandal with Rihanna where he was charged for domestic violence, came his third album Graffiti. It was an album that had no substance and was not well-rounded to say the least. This album was filled with a lot of apology songs to Rihanna and other songs that were frankly just not good. Songs like, “Crawl,” “So cold” and “I’ll Go,” were Chris Brown’s way of apologizing for what he did to Rihanna and in short they were quite pathetic. Then there was the song “Lucky Me”, which was Chris Brown’s attempt to get sympathy from the public. He sings, “ I gotta pose for the cameras/ Even when my world’s falling down I still wear a smile/ Lucky me/ Even though I’m so damaged/ I gotta pick myself up and perform for the crowd/ Lucky me/ Pray none of my loved ones wanna be stars/ Cause nobody said it’d be so hard/ Wouldn’t put this on no one else/ Yeah, Lucky me.” It would seem that this was the downfall of Chris’s career.

To change the direction of his somewhat failing career, Chris Brown signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money crew and the change became noticeable in his music. Chris Brown was back with a vengeance releasing his first mixtape, In My Zone. He held nothing back and for the first time had a parental discretion label due to the before mentioned suggestive title. Months later there was the release of his second mixtape, Fan of a Fan, a collaboration with Tyga. This was Chris telling the world that he can rap and that he can keep up with stars such as Young Money. In My Zone was Chris’s way of expressing how he has matured into adulthood. With his two mixtapes, and singles such as, “No BS,” “Deuces,” and “Ain’t Thinkin’ ‘Bout You,” Chris helped popularize the playing of mixtape songs on the radio. However Chris Brown’s In My Zone mixtape was so provocative that only one single released and even the video for that song has a parental advisory before you can view it. Obviously Chris was trying to make a statement with this CD.

Today Chris has worked with producers such as Benni Benassi, DJ Frank E, Diplo, and Kevin McCall to put together one of the most well-rounded albums from the artist yet. It’s as if Chris has combined his 3 albums and 2 mixtapes into one coherent piece of work. F.A.M.E which was released on March 18, 2011, stands for Forgiving All My Enemies and Fans Are My Everything. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 Chart, and sold over 270,000 copies the first week. He already has 4 hit singles from the album which include, “Deuces,” “No BS,” “Yeah 3x,” and “Look At Me Now,” featuring Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne. Songs, “Up To You,” “All Back,” and “I Should’ve Kissed You,” are a representation of the slow and sweet love songs from his first album Chris Brown. Then he has his pop songs, “Say It With Me,” “Yeah 3x” and “Oh My Love,” which represent his second album Exclusive. They make you want to get up and dance or at least bob your head. Graffiti is represented by the songs, “She Ain’t You,” which has a Michael Jackson sample and Beautiful People which gives a different outlook on life. “Deuces” and “Look at Me Now,” are reflections of the mixtape Fan of a Fan and, “No BS,” comes from the In My Zone mixtape. Overall Chris Brown’s music has been a reflection of his career and it will be interesting to see what he does next.

Five Fingers… For Your Toes?

Photo by Jasmine Whittington ’11, Staff Writer
Interview by Stephanie Dorn ’11, Staff Writer

Vibram FiveFingers: A new trend of shoe has sparked the interest of students and teachers, including Kyle Martin from the class of 2011. When interviewed, Martin seemed to have nothing but positive feedback on his new choice of shoes.

Q: What made you want to buy the FiveFingers shoes?
A: I saw people wearing them and thought they looked cool and comfortable.

Q: How do they feel?
A: I like the fact that they let my feet breathe. Because of that, they are going to be good in the summertime. They are comfortable too.

Q: Do you have any concerns about them?
A: I am a little worried about the wear and tear because I like to wear them to work, but so far they have held up quite well.

Q: Are they waterproof?
A: They aren’t made to be for the water, but getting them wet won’t hurt anything. They dry really quickly.

Coach Profile: Angelina Diehlmann, Varsity Softball

The entire team put in a great effort to make this the seventh out of the team’s eight game winning streak. (Alex Vinci ’11/THE STAMPEDE)

April 19, 2011 — With first year Varsity Softball coach Angelina Diehlmann, we discussed how it was going for her so far at that point as a first year head coach, some positives and negatives she faced having the position, a little game recap and future thoughts on an upcoming game.  Audio interview below.

CLICK FOR AUDIO INTERVIEW: Angelina Diehlmann, Varsity Softball Coach

Menopausal Drama Heats Up!

By Michael Breton ’12

When it comes to reality shows about rich people, count me in. And I’m certainly guilty of watching Bravo TV. It is in my opinion, the best collection of the most entertaining, amusing, and craziest nonsense in American reality television. One of my biggest addictions is the Real Housewives. For all of us who treat watching them like a religion, we all love the loud Atlanta housewives and Sheree’s “who gonna check me boo?” line, the glamorous New York housewives and their “class”, the Beverly Hills’ disposable, mind-blowing cash, New Jersey and their mafia-like behavior (is this the Godfather?) and the D.C.’s(unfortunately cancelled) political correctness.

For me, it was Sonja Morgan and her fellow six in the city who seduced me. And their fourth season premiered on April 8 with, of course, the glamorous fashions, the crazy petty drama, and the classiest behavior (cough!). Social climber and model(she can actually work it), Alex McCord, who found her feisty “voice”, meaning her will to speak her mind, has found a new feud with Sonja Morgan, the carbon copy of Samantha Jones (my personal favourite). While Queen bee Jill Zarin and Kelly Bensimon are still pretending to be victims of “systematic bullying”(whatever that means), Ramona Singer, is still in her “Ramonacoaster”. What surprised me was Countess Luann de Lesseps. This season, he has become less annoying and more relatable. But watch out ladies, there’s a new girl in town. Replacing Bethenny Frankel was Cindy Barshop, a spinster who could have it all minus the man. But honestly, Barshop’s addition wasn’t needed because she lacked interest and seemed like she didn’t belong. They could have done better.
It has only been in its second episode and even though the show is no longer the same without Bethenny, from what I saw from the first two episodes and its previews, it’ll be like Carrie and the girls sequel (they travel to Morocco like the movie) but even better with more hilarious menopausal drama than any reality shows could offer. But beneath it all, the show is about powerful women who aren’t afraid of opening their lives to show American women that they could make it on their own even without a man. It also is like psychology 101! (Viewers actually learn about social studies). If you don’t really know what I’m talking about, then give t

If You Care DON’T Share

Sharing make up can lead to diseases such as Staph and Herpes

Jasmine Whittington ‘11
Staff Writer

Ladies, it’s cool to share with friends your secrets, clothes, and gossip, but keep your make-up to yourself. Sharing, and exchanging makeup is like openly sharing and exchanging germs, viruses, and diseases.
When sharing eyeliner, you run the risk of catching common eye diseases. I’m sure every one has heard of “pink eye,” but its medical term is conjunctivitis. It is a bacteria as well as a virus and is highly contagious. Conjunctivitis can be spread by direct contact with an infected area or contact with an object that has touched the infected area, according to Humanillness.com.

It is very common for a girl to visit a makeup store such as Mac or Sephora and try on the testers. For prom, girls go to different make-up companies to get a make-overs. According to livestrong.com, one study found bacteria such as MRSA (staph), strep (strep throat), and E. Coli in department store testers. Viruses and bacteria live in warm damp places. So make-up boxes, foundation containers, and lip gloss containers fit the requirements perfectly.
Lets say a close friend of yours recently got a minor paper cut on her index finger. She asks to use your lip gloss and you agree. You, trying to use a little precaution, squirt out some of the gloss onto her finger tip so she does not directly put her lips on the applicator. Little do you know, the same finger she used to scrape the gloss off the applicator is the same finger she had the cut on.

When you let a friend borrow your favorite lip-gloss or lipstick, you should definitely think twice. Herpes can be spread through the sharing of lip wear, according Dr. Elizabeth Brooks, a biological sciences professor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Most of the time the disease shows no outer signs, making it hard to tell who has herpes, and who does not. Unfortunately Herpes is something that a person can never get rid of, according to herpesdoctor.com. Mononucleosis can also be spread by sharing lip gloss or lipstick, according to Dr. Brooks. Sore throat, rashes, fevers, and muscle aches are only a few symptoms of the virus.

The most commonly asked make-up question between girl friends is “Do you have any eye-liner or lip gloss i can borrow?” Your answer should be NO! Remember personal items are PERSONAL for a reason.

We So Excited for Rebecca Black

Screenshot from the official Rebecca Black video for "Friday." Click to see the original video.

Elise Nagy ‘12 | Staff Writer

If you forgot what comes after Thursday, have no fear. Rebbecca Black will never fail to remind you what comes next: it’s Friday… In her song “Friday”, what are the odds that the song would be called Friday? The song Friday starts off in the same tone of voice that babies use to express their dislike of their soiled diapers — with whining. “Gotta be fresh” apparently means getting ready in the morning, and catching a ride to school with your 12-year-old friends who just so happen to have their licenses.

After Rebbecca talks about getting fresh, she then talks about some decisions she has to make. Should she kick it in the front seat? Or sit in the back seat? It’s people like Rebbecca Black that feed the stereotype of fame-hungry rich girls who use their money to advertise their non-existent talent. She can relate to Paris Hilton, who has used her money for fame, an amazing reality trash TV star who is looking for a new BFF.

She’s no one-trick pony; she also produced another worthless song called “Prom Night,” which tops her tough decisions in Friday. She gets pretty deep in this song, talking about a boy asking her to dance at prom. “We’re dancing in the sky / His eyes are great because they are brown.” So if they were blue, they wouldn’t be great?

So the message Rebbeca Black is trying to send through her music is that no matter how worthless, no matter how much of a joke your work is, and no matter how much you can’t sing, you can still put what you call talent out there and make money.

Coach Ballenger on Development of Baseball Team

In this Coach Profile interview, insight is given into what goes into making a gameplan plan for a baseball game and how much leadership that the Mustangs have with a team made up of juniors and sophomores. The Mustangs have a 1-1 record at the start of the regular season and look to win against PVI on Saturday.

CLICK FOR AUDIO: Coach Profile – Thomas Ballenger, Baseball

Date Conducted: March 23, 2011

Interview by Anthony Brown ’12, Staff Writer