Wednesday, May 27, 2009

CLP Teen Anime Club: Ouran High School Host Club & Kanji Name Scrolls!

Pocky, anime, and great friends await at the CLP Teen Anime Club! The first Saturday of every month, we show a new anime, possibly have an activity, and raffle off free DVDs at the end! What could be better? If you came!

Next meeting: Saturday, June 6th @ 3:00 PM

Kanji Name Scrolls!

With help from the University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center, you will learn to write your name in kanji. All supplies for making your scrolls will be provided.

Ouran High School Host Club: Part 1

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life
Creator: Bisco Hatori
Director: Takuya Igarashi
Producers: Gen Fukunaga
ADR Director: Caitlin Glass
Voice Actors: Caitlin Glass as Haruhi Fujioka
Vic Mignogna as Tamaki Suou
J. Michael Tatum as Kyoya Ohtori
Greg Ayres as Kaoru Hitachiin
Todd Haberkorn as Hikaru Hitachiin
Travis Willingham as Takashi Morinozuka
Luci Christian as Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka

What it's about:

Ouran Academy: An institution of extravagance and prestige where learning comes secondary to luxury. But for studious Haruhi Fujioka, education is a privilege that must be earned, being on scholarship and out of place among the moneyed. That is until the day Haruhi stumbles upon the Host Club, a stumble which leaves the freshman indebted for millions of yen. And the only way to pay for the damages? Well, Haruhi will work as a Host. There’s only one problem: Haru-he is actually a Haru-she!

From the troublesome twins with their little games to the self-proclaimed “king” obsessed with the club’s newest member, these boys will cater to any desire. Freshman year definitely looks like it will be one to remember!

For more about the characters and the show, go to

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Get a Handle on Your Health!

With the Pittsburgh weather changing (and changing again, and changing back, etc.) and the adrenaline rush of finals starting to subside, it's time to think about your health.

Whether you've been chronically ill all your life or are just starting to get that weird tingle in the back of your throat, there are reasons to make sure that you get the kind of health care you need. Unfortunately, there are some traps that can keep you from visiting a doctor:

  • No health care - According to the 2007 Census, 11% of all minors are without health coverage. While many teens might take for granted that they can cheaply see a doctor for a stomach ache, it's sadly not the case for everyone.

  • Busyness and presenteeism - Even if you have access to health care, you might feel like you don't have the time -- or inclination -- to use it. Your parents might be too busy to take you to the doctor for "little things," or your coach might tell you to "be a man" and fight through sickness.

A number of great online resources exist if you're looking for the kind of info that will get you through cold season, as well as any other health issues you might be battling. Of course, no online resource is a good substitute for a doctor, but it is a start.

The Pennsylvania CHIP Program - If you don't have health insurance, a recent government bill might make free or low-cost coverage available to you. Use this website to start your parents on the path toward applying to get you the care you need.

TeensHealth - TeensHealth is part of the award-winning KidsHealth Network, a project of the Nemours Center. The center was founded as a place where pediatricians and other medical experts develop health media free of "doctor speak," and is reviewed regularly for accuracy. It also has a Spanish-language componenent por la salud de los jovenes!

TeenHealthFX - TeenHealthFX is a nationally-renowned teen health site funded by Atlantic Health’s - Morristown Memorial Hospital and Overlook Hospital. The site has it's own Teen Advisory Board and aims to be a comprehensive place where general health info exists side-by-side with the "traditionally teen."

MedlinePlus - MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine and has two teen-specific pages: Teen Health and Teens' Page are specific (though slightly redundant) pathfinders that lead teens to a number of specific health issues and various bits of research. It also scrapes articles from PubMed (a special, free database with medical articles) related to teen health.

Adolescent Health Transition Project - This important resource from Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) at the University of Washington gives teens with special health care needs due to chronic disease, disability, or developmental issues a resource to help you transition into independent young adulthood.

TeenGrowth - TeenGrowth is a simple, yet effective Q&A site from the Pediatric Health Alliance. It's easy to navigate and includes some sections that you might not usually find on teen health pages, like information on sports injuries and doctor visits.

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