An European adventure

By: Kadeidra Smith

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I would like to tell you about my trip to Europe during June 16-29, 2010, but first I would like to tell you who I traveled with. The name of the program is People to People.

People to People is a program that allows middle and high school students to travel around the world in different groups of course to learn and understand different cultures. People to People has been around for almost 50 years and have traveled with over 400,000 students.

People to People is fun and educational at the same time. It is great to show on your résumé for a job, and you can also receive both high school and college credit. It has excellent safety procedures for those parents that are very protective. There are trips that go to all seven continents allowing you to choose where you would like to travel to.

Eiffel Tower

I would definitely recommend this program that would like to learn more than what our history books has to offer about other countries. If you are interested just go online to the web site and sign up for an informational meeting and then you are on your way!

Now it’s about time for me to tell you about my actual trip. The flight into London was 7 hours. London is 6 hours ahead so when we arrived it was 7 o’clock in the morning and we took off to the London Eye. By the way, it really does take 30 minutes to go all the way around but the sight was beautiful. (Tip: if you ever go to London be prepared for the rude people!)

We spent about 5 days in London going to the White Tower, seeing Big Ben; we saw the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, too bad the queen wasn’t there, I cannot forget the former member of the British Parliament name Patrick that told us the next time we saw our president tell him that he said hello, and much more.

Lovre Museum

Then we were off to Oxford. We went punting down a stream, visited the famous Oxford University, went to Stonehenge and visited Warwick Castle and watched the largest trebuchet (catapult) be launch. The next day we were off to Stratford and saw the birthplace and other famous sites of William Shakespeare, even his grave.

It was off to more traveling but this time to Normandy. We saw the landing spot of D-DAY and took a walk through Omaha Beach (trust me that was not all that we did, it was much more). Paris was lovely. I went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, I went to the Palace of Versailles, and visited the Louvre Museum and saw the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory.

Let’s not forget the Notre Dame Cathedral, the bohemian feel of the artistic Montmartre district, and I sampled famous French delicacies, like frog’s legs and escargot (snails).

Omaha Beach

In Belgium I ate one of the famous Belgium waffles. At this point now I am in Amsterdam, where I visited Anne Frank’s house, and went to the traditional Dutch clogs and cheese factory. As you can see it was a very long and tiring trip but it was well worth it. I would definitely recommend this trip!

We’d choose Raising Cane’s any day

Erin Connor and C’Yonda Gayton discuss their love for Baton Rouge-created chicken chain Raising Cane’s.

Connor

Gayton

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Look no further for your NBA fix

By: Jaylin Butler

Above any sport, basketball is my favorite. And although the season just ended with the Los Angeles Lakers taking home their 17th championship, there’s a lot of talk about and follow; drafts, contracts, training and just general gossip. Here are a few of my favorite NBA blogs that I can’t help but check daily.

ESPN

By far, ESPN’s True Hoops is the better blog of the five. It provides a very deep look inside the NBA and all its teams. You won’t  find a more accurate and honest blog than this one.

Number two in my list is InsideHoops.  It is updated constantly 5 to 15 times a day. It provides short and brief paragraphs about big news in the NBA.

Third in my list is Slam Dunk Central. It provides links to many other blogs, and gives pretty decent blogs itself.

Fourth in my list is from the Los Angeles Times.  This blog is strictly about the most dominant team in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers. It also talks about other happenings in Los Angeles and big news.

Last in my list is NBA Mate. This blog is a more humorous look at the NBA, but it still talks about the major news in the NBA. However this site also uses strong language and is not appropriate for younger readers.

School uniforms, yes or no

Brianna Cotton and Tiffany Wallace discuss the pros and cons of having school uniforms

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School Uniforms

Cotton

Wallace

McDonalds, fast food isn’t responsible

Jestini Fox and Aleshia Sandifer discuss the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s lawsuit with the McDonalds company for inciting young children with toys.

Fox

Sandifer

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McDonalds Lawsuit

Satire cartoons are the best

By: Victoria Wallace

The following are a list of my favorite tv shows to enjoy in my spare time:

1. “The Boondocks” would have to come first. “The Boondocks” is an animated comedy that focuses on black culture and follows the lives of Huey, Rile and Robert Freeman.

2. My next choice would have to be “Family Guy,” which is also an animated Comedy. The show is mainly about the Griffin family, including their dog Brian. If your going to watch this show then be prepared, it’s not meant for the sensitive or easily offended.

3. The last show that I think people should watch is titled, “The Cleveland Show.” It’s a lot like ”Family Guy” if you take away the white family and replace them with a black one. “The Cleveland Show” even makes references to pop culture and has the same crude humor as “Family Guy.”

Erin Connor

By: Victoria Wallace

Victora Wallace: How did you find out about Upward Bound?

Erin Connor: My friend Tj told me about it.

VW: What do you like most about Upward Bound?

EC: I like meeting new people and staying in the dorm rooms.

VW: What are your plans after high school?

EC: After high school,I want to go to college and eventually go to Law school.

VW:What is one thing that adults need to understand about teenagers?

EC: They need to understand that we need space sometimes.

VW: What do you like to do in your spare time?

EC: I like to just hang out with friends and family.