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Cheers and Jeers

by Laura Jungreis, blogger

Cheers to…

Orange U Yoga, a Yogathon event on campus supporting The Libby Ross Foundation.  The Libby Ross Foundation offers unique support to women affected by breast cancer.  The Yogathon will take place on February 27 in the Hall of Languages room 500.  The first class will be at 11 a.m., followed by another class at 1 p.m.  Tickets will be on sale in advance in Schine for $7 on February 18, or buy one at the door for $9.  Learn more about the Libby Ross Foundation at

City lawmakers in Los Angeles, for unanimously voting to draft a law that would require condoms to be used on the set of all sex films made in L.A.  If passed, this would be the first law to impose safety standards on the industry.  Pornographic film performers have rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea that are seven times higher than in the rest of the population.  Filmmakers oppose the new regulation, claiming sales will drop.  Read about the controversy here.

Jeers to…

Diet soda, for possibly increasing the risk of vascular events.  A study followed over 2,500 people for at least nine years and found that those who drink diet soda everyday have a 61 percent higher risk of heart attack and stroke than those who do not drink diet soda at all.  It is possible the diet soda drinkers have some other risk factor in common, since few studies have been conducted.  No need to swear off diet soda yet but be wary.  Read more discussion about the study here.

Taco Bell, for falsely advertising their product as beef.  The meat mixture used by Taco Bell is 65 percent binders and extenders like wheat oats, soy lecithin and maltodrextrin.  Being only 35 percent beef is not enough to be considered beef by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The chain is currently being sued for its misleading advertising.  Get more details about the lawsuit here.