“Meat” my lawyer

          On Oct. 1 was World Vegetarian Day. This is one of the few days out of the year when animals worldwide can let-out a collective sigh of relief. For those who eat meat, this day means nothing. But for people who choose not to eat meat, this day holds some meaning. After her bold “meat dress” at the 2010 VMAs, it could be disputed which category Lady Gaga falls into on this day.

           It seems that just about everything Lady Gaga does is newsworthy. While most would agree that wearing a dress made of raw meat is newsworthy, fewer would agree that a lawsuit involving Lady Gaga suing over the use of her name deserves coverage. Regardless, Lady Gaga made the news again when she sued Excite Worldwide LLC last week for using her name without permission in one of their new product lines.

          Really? The company had to know that using the name of someone as famous as Lady Gaga without her permission was a bad idea. This isn’t the first time Lady Gaga has sued for the use of her name in a product. Lady Gaga has several trademarks trending.

           Even those who are not business savvy would stop and ask themselves, “Is it really a good idea to use Lady Gaga’s name without permission?” For someone over at Excite Worldwide, the answer was, “Yes.” That person might now be without a job and celebrating World Vegetarian Day only because they no longer can afford to buy meat.


Trending at OSU: Zumbafest

Zumba. This exercise/dance craze has come to Oklahoma State University. Join Sarah Andrews and Tiffany Anderson as they attend Zumbafest and discover what Zumba is and why people are talking about it.


An apple a day won’t keep Dr. Oz away

Most people are familiar with the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But maybe it doesn’t. International Eat an Apple Day is today, but some people may think twice about apples, or at least about apple juice, after watching Wednesday’s headline-making episode of “The Dr. Oz Show.”

“The Dr. Oz Show” is one of the top-rated talk shows on television. Dr. Oz’s ties to Oprah Winfrey earned him the trust of millions of viewers. But after a bold statement made on his show on Wednesday, some of this trust may have been lost.

So what exactly did Dr. Oz have to say about apple juice that would provoke the FDA to become involved? He claimed that lab tests had found there to be alarming levels of arsenic in apple juice. According to an article found on NEWSOK, the FDA is assuring Americans that apple juice is safe to drink and that the arsenic levels are lower than the levels “The Dr. Oz Show” claimed they had found. Dr. Oz is still standing by the claims made on his show.

Even the beloved Dr. Oz has said that apple juice is still OK to drink at this time, so don’t let a national apple juice crisis damper your International Eat an Apple Day festivities. Juice debate aside, apples are still a healthy fruit for people to include in their diet. Apples contain vitamin C, and offer other health benefits as well. Apples are also low in calories, which I love. In celebration of International Eat an Apple day, well, eat an apple! If the apple juice debate has left you uneasy, enjoy apples another way. My favorite way to enjoy apples: the apple muffin.


Debatable idea swapping on Monday

I believe that a person learns something new every day. For example: One day about six months ago I learned that the letter “W” looks like two “U’s” put together. It’s like a double “U”. Who knew? But my letter “W” epiphany is beside the point. Yesterday, I learned that there is a Republican debate in Tampa, Fla. on Monday.

Saturday, two days before the debate, was Swap Ideas Day. The only purpose of this Sept. 10 holiday is to encourage people to exchange ideas about anything: food, music, parenting tips, good pick-up lines… As the name suggests, people are simply to swap ideas.

It could be said that swapping ideas is what Republican candidates will be doing on Monday, but it is safe to say that there will be more ideas given than received. According to a recent article, the debate in Tampa, Fla. is going to be extremely important for Republican candidates participating in the debate. There is still no clear front-runner for the Republican nomination.

 It will be interesting to see what ideas are “swapped” in Tampa, Fla. as candidates fight for the Republican nomination. I can’t help but wonder what George “W.” Bush is thinking about the whole thing.


On Sept. 5 it’s OK to be late

For the majority of people who are not aware, Monday is Be Late for Something Day. In celebration of a day devoted to putting something off, the procrastinators of the world will rejoice… on Tuesday.

For those of us living in a world that values timeliness, not being on time has a decided negative connotation. Being tardy or missing a deadline is often viewed as incompetence or laziness. But as the Sept. 5 holiday suggests, being late for something does not have to be a negative thing. This past Saturday, “The Early Show on Saturday Morning” ran a story supporting the idea that it can be acceptable to be a little late.

A little more than 40 years late, Alan Moore will be playing college football this fall. 61-year-old Moore is proving that it is never too late for people to follow their dreams. Moore hopes that his belated college career will encourage more students to pursue a college education.

Does the phrase “better late than never” come to mind for anyone else? If this phrase doesn’t come to mind now, it will later.