Philippines, Vietnam Receive Warships amid China Tension

first_img View post tag: Vietnam View post tag: china View post tag: Naval Philippines, Vietnam Receive Warships amid China Tension View post tag: News by topic The Philippines and Vietnam each received warships Tuesday to beef up their navies as they face tensions with China over disputed islands, r…(sympatico)[mappress]Source: sympatico, August 23, 2011; View post tag: Philippines Back to overview,Home naval-today Philippines, Vietnam Receive Warships amid China Tension View post tag: Tension August 23, 2011 View post tag: Navy View post tag: receive View post tag: Warships Industry news Share this articlelast_img read more

5 Awesome Things About Audra McDonald & Will Swenson’s House, ‘Eggfartopia’

first_img 1. They have an outdoor living room In addition to their gorgeous house, the McSwensons (which we will now exclusively be calling them) also bought the home next door, tore it down, but saved part of the living room—including the fireplace—to use as an outdoor space to relax. They also used it as an altar when they got married, which is equal parts creative and adorable. 5. There’s a cocaine couch No. It’s not what you think. They call it the “cocaine couch” because it’s so comfortable, once you sit down you can never get up again. They say there’s no actual cocaine in it, but in Eggfartopia, you never can be too sure. Will Swenson 2. Audra randomly scatters Tonys around There’s no backlit hardwood Tony cabinet in the McSwenson household. Instead, the “odd Tony Award” is sprinkled around the house, including in the Chill Room, where the kids hang out. Hey Audra, could we borrow one, just, you know, for a couple of days? Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Related Shows Star Files Welcome to Eggfartopia, the eight-acre stretch of land in Westchester, New York, that Lady Day headliner Audra McDonald and Les Miz star Will Swenson call home. Although we can’t figure out why they actually call it Eggfartopia (Audra? Will? Help us out?), they revealed some very cute things about their house, their relationship and their daily lives in The New York Times. Check out what we learned! Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Audra McDonald 3. The food isn’t always delicious Although the couple’s amazing sounding wedding menu is recorded on a chalkboard in the McSwensons’ kitchen (mmm, grilled salmon, Kobe beef hot dogs and mac and cheese), the wee posse apparently hates it when Audra cooks—and she can’t cook anything but eggs. Wait, is that where Eggfartopia comes from? View Comments 4. Frogs provide the song stylings You’d think the McSwensons would sit around singing showtunes all night (that’s what all Broadway stars do during their off-time, isn’t it?) but in the evening, they prefer the music of frogs. When they’re sick of the croaking, they also play tunes on Audra’s grandmother’s piano, a treasured family heirloom.last_img read more

Professor speaks on effects of hookups in college culture

first_img“Sex is the only thing we call ‘making love,’ yet to students in college participating in hookup culture, sex is the most meaningless act — even more meaningless than the act of holding hands,” Lisa Wade, an associate professor of sociology at Occidental College, said on Monday night during a talk about her upcoming book American Hookup: the New Culture of Sex on Campus at the USC Rossier School of Education.“There’s a contradiction when it comes to sexual activity on college campuses: Most students are not having as much sex as they would like, but also they are choosing not to have casual sex because they don’t like the way it is happening,” Wade said. “So I wanted to find out, how is it that this thing that students aren’t doing is making them so unhappy?”Wade began her talk by defining “hooking up,” and contrasted the act of hooking up from the culture of hookups. Wade described hookups as sexual encounters without the intent of it advancing onto anything romantic. Wade explained the naturality associated with hookups and that it “should not be looked down upon.” However, she said that hookup culture is different.“A campus has a hookup culture when hooking up is seen as the only or best way to be sexual with each other,” Wade said. “Other ways of being sexual with one another are seen as somehow backward or strange. So hookup culture is this dominant idea that hooking up is what students should be doing.”Within hookup culture, Wade’s research found certain trends college students followed in terms of their perceptions of themselves and of their peers. According to Wade, while being seen as a slut or a prude used to be the worst possible sexual demotion, modern hookup culture tended to see desperation as even worse than the former two. “In this hookup culture, the most important emotion to avoid is love,” Wade said. “You don’t want to seem desperate because that makes you seem clingy and it implies a desire for someone that is not purely sexual.”Wade continued on to describe what she called the “emotion rules” of hookup culture — rules that students followed in order to guarantee both parties’ mutual agreement and understanding that the sexual activities were casual. Within these rules, Wade listed that students opted to have casual sex with people they were definitely repulsed by, that they hooked up when drunk, that during sex students expressed lust but not tenderness or affection and that after hooking up, students tended to distance themselves from their partners in order to assert the meaninglessness of the sexual encounter. “Most people aren’t not hooking up because they are religiously opposed to it, or that they think it’s hopeless to try,” Wade said. “A lot of people aren’t comfortable with the idea of bottling up their emotions and having to hide their emotions in such an intimate activity. And functionally, it’s a downward spiral because you don’t just have to not care, you have to care less than the other person. And so everyone’s being meaner and meaner to each other, hurting each other in the long run.”last_img read more