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Tammy vs. The News!

Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s ex-flight attendant is filing a $4o million libel lawsuit against Gawker, The London Daily, The National Enquirer and several other news outlets. According to one article, Tammy Tousignant demands a minimum of $40 million dollars in damages for libel, invasion of privacy and misappropriation of personal images. According to this OC Weekly articlethe father of her two children is her husband Tom. Articles in 2003 claimed that Arnold and Tammy had an affair and they did have a child together-this is not true.

Tammy is filing for libel. Libel is defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures. Gawker, one of the news outlets to publish the libeling story, wrote an article retracting their original statement that she was Arnold’s mistress. They also took the original article down, as did the other news outlets.

The case has not been resolved yet. It cost $395 to file and has been assigned to Superior Court Judge Linda S. Marks.  I hope that Tammy wins this case. News outlets play a very important role in our society today. Everyday billions of people read a newspaper or go online to find about the latest news. And they trust that this news is true and reliable. It is a journalists’ job to report the fact-and only the facts. Being lied to makes us distrust the news outlets and makes us feel that all the information we receive is false. I don’t want to live in a world where I can’t trust the daily newspaper. The journalist who reported these lies against Tammy Tousignant should have done a better job researching and looking up all the facts before reporting anything on the case. Tousignant’s is damaged and though these news outlets posted new stories saying they were wrong her reputation will never fully be repaired.

If Tammy wins the case and the news outlets lose, the news outlets will have to be extra cautious on what they print, if they don’t shut down that is. They could lose millions if they lose this case. They will have to check every article before they print to make sure everything reported is true or suffer monetary consequences. If Tammy loses, well the news outlets still have to be careful on what they print, but they may feel that if they got away with it once, they’ll get away with it again. For the sake of our society, I hope Tammy wins because I want to read the truth!


Qdoba loves Towson Tigers!

This past Saturday I attended the championship football game for Towson University. We played against Lehigh University (but sadly, we lost). All week I was excited for this game. It had been a long time since Towson made the championships in football and I was hopeful that we would win! It was all people talked about all week. Students lined up at the union everyday the week prior to purchase a $5 ticket. By Friday it was sold out!

The game was packed! People went to tailgate before the game which is always fun and gets everyone even more excited! Different music was playing at maximum volume and everyone was dancing and having a good time. About fifteen minutes before the game starts people begin to enter Johnny Unitas Stadium. Once inside you are greeted by a ton of faculty workers and there is one booth that always stands out in my mind. At every football game Qdoba  hands out coupons and other products to promote their business. During the game Doc the tiger (our team’s mascot) hold’s a “t-shirt gun” and shoots out Qdoba shirts into the crowd. I think this was a successful way for Qdoba to promote their business. I personally have never heard of the Mexican fast food restaurant before I went to the football games and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one (or maybe I was!)

However, Qdoba could do more to get the word out there. The only time I even think about Qdoba is when I’m at a football game. I get a craving for delicious nachos and quesadillas but I can’t get them while I’m at the football game-I have no time! And when I am not at the game I forget about Qdoba and go to a closer place like Subway or I’ll eat on campus. I think Qdoba should have a commercial on a popular television channel or two to get the word out. They should also sponsor more events on campus such as having Qdoba cater a dining hall one night every month or so. I’m sure many Towson students would enjoy that!

When we go to the football games we are excited. Anything we see that is supporting Towson is something we support. I think it’s great that Qdoba supports our team at every football game. All they need to do now is spread the word more!

“No Pepsi, Coke!” (Did I get that right?)

  Coca-Cola is the most popular product to use product placement. According to one article written in 2007, it was mentioned on network television over 3,000 times during the first half of that year. Ads for Coca-Cola can be found practically everywhere! In television commercials and magazine and newspaper ads.  Product placement for Coca-Cola has been used in a number of movies and television shows. Check out this audition tape from American Idol! Did you notice how many times the judges Coca-Cola cups were filmed? I counted eleven, but I may have missed a few. Also, did you check out the couch two of the contestants were sitting on? It was red with white outlines of Coca-Cola bottles. Coca-Cola is one of American Idol’s top sponsors. If you check out americanidol.com you will see the Coca-Cola logo in the top right corner.

But American Idol isn’t the only place to find Coca-Cola. Commercials for the sugary soda are played everywhere. Since before the 1950s Coca-Cola has entered our homes to join our family. Think about it: while watching your favorite television program with your family Coca-Cola comes in and influences us to buy it. And the commercials are targeted to all different types of people. Like in this commercial with African Americans. They don’t actually talk about the product or say the name; it just shows a group of young African American men singing gospel music while holding Coca-Cola cans. The message they were sending was that Coca-Cola is for everyone.

    Coca-Cola also knows how to be seasonal! Every year Coca-Cola comes out with a fun new Christmas commercial, reminding you to enjoy a nice, ice cold coke this holiday season! It even features a song by Natasha Bedingfield!

Many celebrities have endorsed Coca-Cola throughout the years. Some famous ones are with Christina Aguilera, Bill Cosby, and Courtney Cox and David Arquette.

Coca-Cola has been around since 1886. Billions of people drink this delicious soda daily. It is sold in schools, shopping malls, restaurants and other stores. Some might call it “The soda of America”.

Look here if you asked Alice

A book that has had a great influence on me is  Go Ask Alice. Beatrice Sparks is the listed author by the United States government but the actual owner of the diary is unknown. The book is fiction but when it first came out it was believed to be non-fiction. It is the story of an anonymous teenage girl with a low self-esteem who becomes addicted to drugs. 

      I read this book in my English class when I was a high school sophomore. Before we started reading the book we talked about different kinds of drugs and their effects. We also talked about how the book got it’s name. Everyone was curious where the name Alice came from, since the actual author is never said. We learned that the title is a line from the song White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane.  The song is interpreted to be about the story Alice in Wonderland and mentions the use of drugs.

“One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don’t do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she’s ten feet tall”

           I always knew how bad drugs are for you and to never try them, but I never felt more close to the drug world then when I read this poor girl’s story. She felt alone in the world and though nobody cared about her. Her depression led her to try drugs. Since the book is written in first person diary form every chapter I read was a new day in her life. I felt as if I was right next to her every step of the way. She became a close friend and I was truly devastated when she died at the end of the book. I truly understood the pain felt by family, friends, and the user herself.

         This book has made me more interested in the war on drugs and other crimes. I watch a lot of more crime shows on television, although not all relating to drugs.  (i.e. Law and Order: SVU, Criminal Minds). I have also become more aware of my surroundings and the people I meet everyday. I talked to my friends after reading this book and they informed me of a number of our fellow students who used extremely dangerous drugs-shocking news to me!

         I read a variety of books from all genres: mystery, action, romance; but none have impacted me like Go Ask Alice.

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