The Biggest Loser Casting Call: Season 14

June 30, 2012, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Biggest Loser is now casting individuals for Season 14!

Are you finally ready to change your life? Do you have the desire and passion to make the change? If you have at least 85 lbs. to lose, we strongly encourage you to apply!

'Biggest Loser' Casting Call @ Superstition Springs MallFAQ:

  • What time is the open casting call? The open casting call is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Please do not line up more than 3 hours prior to the event. The casting directors will do their best to meet with everyone in the line.
  • What should I bring to the open casting call? Bring a non-returnable photo of yourself. The casting team will pass out casting call applications for you to fill out while you wait in line. Please note: The casting call application is different than the application you can download from the website. Do not bring the application from the website. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. It is a good idea to pack snacks and water for your wait in line.
  • What should I expect? Casting directors will be meeting with groups of applicants in a meet-and-greet style. If you move on to the next round, you will receive a phone call by the following Monday to setup a full-length interview.
  • What should I wear? Dress to impress, but wear something that you will be comfortable wearing all day long.

Applicants must be 18 years of age and have a Photo ID. Applicants may begin lining up outside the mall entrance doors near jcpenney home store at 4 a.m. on the day of the event. Mall entrance doors open at 6 a.m.

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Paradigm Shift: No Longer Using the Front Door


By The Gilbert Gumption

There has been a paradigm shift, the American public hardly uses their front door any more. Why, you might ask – well the answer is quite simple my dear Holmes (as Watson would say in Sherlock Holmes) – garages. So we escape the tyranny of rain and other weather elements…

More coming soon, stay tuned this week for the hilarious conclusion! ;-p

Press Release: ‘Living Amongst Animals’ Album Review

My name is Derek Evans and I wanted to inquire about having you review my album “Living Amongst Animals.” It will be, officially released, in July. If so, I can send you a digital copy of the album.
A few things about me:
I have toured and/or shared the stages with Jason Mraz, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Everclear, Blues Traveler, The Paper Raincoat, Erin McCarley, Greg Laswell, Anya Marina, Eisley, Bob Schneider, Rusted Root, and many more.
Two of my songs were featured in the movie “Shoots and Ladders.”
Most recently(September 2011), my single, “The Wind Cries” was featured on the Itunes Singer-Songwriter and Pop charts.
4 Tracks from the Album have been placed in various radio markets(The Wind Cries, High School Walls, Take Me As I Am, and Yellow Steps.)
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you and really hope to work something out.
Best Regards,
Derek Evans



(Los Angeles, Calif.; July 6, 2011)
Derek Evans’ ‘Living Amongst Animals,’ produced by Dan Diaz, will be released on May 22, 2012. His album was funded by his fans with his campaign “Music With A Cause” via PledgeMusic. PledgeMusic is an avenue where musicians rely on the fans to raise money for their album. In return the artists provide various incentives including pre-release copies, signed material, and tour memorabilia. The artist also chooses a charity to donate portions of what is raised. At the time of the campaign, Evans was very ill battling a palsy in his left eye and having a tumor behind his right eye, almost losing complete vision. During half of the campaign, Evans was in the hospital recovering. In the end he exceeded his goal and has currently raised 176% of his goal with portions going to three charities:

  1. Lemons To Aid
  2. Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Research
  3. Dana Farber Cancer Research for his friend who recently passed away after a year long battle with a very rare form of cancer.

The albums first single, “The Wind Cries” clearly marks a defining moment in ones life and
challenges who we are what we will become. This track alone, clearly marks a stepping stone for Evans with regards to songwriting, musicianship, and overall production.
“I spent 6 years touring around the country as a solo artist”, says Evans. In that time, I had
lost my grandfather, spent two long periods in and out of the hospital due to illness, and in the end I discovered my passion for people, life, and this earth. You can hear his travels through the Redwood Forest in the opening track “The Gypsy Song”, the moment he met the woman he fell in love with in “Yellow Steps”, the moment he started reflecting on his entire life in “Down The Line”, and even the moments where he was battling himself and was trying to find his way with “The Wind Cries.”
Derek Evans will begin supporting “Living Amongst Animals” with his new band “Derek Evans and The Evergreens” on August 23, 2011 as he headlines the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach- followed by a west coast and mid-west tour. Derek Evans and The Evergreens consist of Steven Carter on Saxaphone, Ryan PK Brown on Stand Up Bass, and rotating members on Keys, Drums, and Lead Guitar. Their first show was in December 2010, where they had a full crowd Porters Pub at UCSD.
Sharing the stages with a range of artists are a defining trait that seem to have validated his mark in the industry. Evans has toured and/or shared the stages with Jason Mraz, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Everclear, Blues Traveler, The Rescues, Erin McCarley, Greg Laswell, Anya Marina, Rusted Root, Bob Schneider, and many more. What remains almost as impressive is that, he has managed to do this as an independent musician.
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How Sweet It Is! U of A Baseball, Natl. Champs…

By Derek Evans

(Harry How for Getty Sports)

Not only did they win their first championship since 1986, the ESPN announcers said they became only the second team to go undefeated throughout the whole college World Series since 1999. When the team won they wear shirts saying “Wildcats own Omaha.” And I can’t think of a better statement to describe how the team played.

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Newsletter: ASU Walter Cronktie Journalism School (June 2012)

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Pac-12: All-Academic Track & Field Teams

The Sun Devils posted more first-team selections than any school in the conference.

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Pac-12 Conference released its 2012 Men’s and Women’s Track and Field All-Academic teams on Monday and eight Sun Devils found their way to first-team honors and 18 were honored overall, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has announced.

The Arizona State men posted five first-team honors – the most of any school in the Pac-12 Conference – while the women had three first-team selections, which tied with several teams for the most selections and gave the Sun Devils the highest amount of total first-team selections of any team (8) in the conference between the men and women.  Colorado had six total first team selections while Stanford had five.

The men were led by senior John Kline, who graduated in May with a 4.03 GPA in Kinesiology.  Kline was honored with the ASU Alumni Outstanding Graduate Award and Mouer Award from the School of Nutrition.  Kline was also the lone Sun Devil on the All-Academic first-team lists to earn an All-America award, taking second-team honors for his work on the men’s 4×400-meter relay that finished 10th overall at the NCAA Championships this past weekend.

For Kline, it was his third consecutive first-team honor from the conference, having earned it the last two years as well.

The ASU men’s distance team was well represented as redshirt freshman Garrett Baker-Slama earned first-team accolades with a 4.09 GPA in Kinesiology.  Baker-Slama – who had a solid first year in the steeplechase – was the lone redshirt freshman to earn first-team honors.

Junior Nick Happe, who earned second-team All-America honors indoors in the mile, also posted a 4.09 GPA in Finance while redshirt sophomore steeplechaser Steven Schnieders earned first-team honors with a 3.82 GPA in Accountancy.  Happe was an honorable mention selection in 2011 while Schnieders was a first-team selection last year as well.

Senior decathlete Jamie Sandys – a point-scorer at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships – rounded out the first-team selections with his 4.09 GPA and double major in Anthropology and Sociology.  Sandys is also now a three-time first-team selection.On the women’s side, graduate Cj Navarro was the top Sun Devil on the first-team list after posting a 4.08 GPA – graduate-work included – in Education Technology. Navarro scored for the Sun Devils in both the hammer and discus competition at the Pac-12 Championships and was just one spot away from qualifying for the NCAA finals in the discus competition.

Navaro earned her fourth Pac-12 honor with the selection, having been a first-team selection in 2010 and 2011 while being a second-team honoree during her redshirt freshman campaign.

Fellow thrower Alex Hartig also earned first-team honors with her 3.94 GPA in Accountancy.  The redshirt freshman was one of just two freshmen on the first team and was also a point-scorer for the Sun Devils in the shot put at the conference championships.

Junior Natasa Vulic rounded out ASU’s first-team selections with a 4.00 GPA in Pre-Physiology.

The Sun Devils posted two second-team honorees, both on the men’s side, in Nathan Estes and Derick Hinch.  Estes, a junior, posted a 3.59 GPA in Mechanical Engineering and scored for the Sun Devils in the shot put this year at the Pac-12 Championships while Hinch was one of the top newcomers in the conference in the pole vault, finishing third at the NCAA Championships and posting a 3.37 GPA in sociology as a junior college transfer.

The men would also see three student-athletes earn All-Academic honorable mention honors in seniors Daniel AuberryChris Benard and Mason McHenry while the women had five honorable mention selections in seniors Ashley Lampley and Kauren Tarver, junior Keia Pinnick and sophomores Alycia Herring and Constance Ezugha.

To be selected for Academic All-Pac-12 honors, a student-athlete must carry a 3.0 or better grade point average, have completed at least one full academic year at their institution and be a starter or significant contributor to the team during the academic year.

Checking Work E-mail Frequently May Raise Heart Rate

By Cheryl Gamachi

On May 4, researchers at UC Irvine had a new study proving that people who check their work email 24/7 have higher stress levels and believe it or not, less focus than workers who don’t check their email for hours.
Researchers examined the heart rate of workers at an office outlying Boston. One group
checked their email regularly and the other was asked to take a ‘five-day email “vacation”’,
according to the Los Angeles Times. The groups wore heart rate monitors taking their heart rate measurements each second throughout the whole study.
It was found by the research team, led by UCI informatics professor Gloria Mark that when the workers were constantly checking work emails, they were in a steady “high alert” heart rate state. When they were taking their email “vacation”, they had a calmer, steadier heart rate.
According to an interview with the Los Angeles Times, “Mark said that for most workers, the idea that we need to be checking email is a myth that we tell ourselves.”
Now in December, the French firm Atos made headlines when the company’s leadership
announced that it would be a zero-email company by 2013.
But according to the Los Angeles Times, Mark said Atos is an exception.

AZ D-backs Slide Back Into Contention

By Derek Evans

After winning the National League west division last year many had high expectations for the Diamondbacks this year, and thus far those expectations have not happen. The season overall has been a struggle for the team, finding themselves behind both the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. There has, however been good news recently for the Diamondbacks the team has won five games in a row and is back at the 500 mark with a record of 30 wins and 30 losses. The team is still in third place, currently sitting eight games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, but as the season goes on I am skeptical as to if the Dodgers can keep their highly impressive winning ways, especially if their best player Matt Kemp still struggles to stay healthy. The recent turn around for the Diamondbacks, is in large part due to the team’s pitching. This teams knows who they are, even last year they were not a great hitting team, they need to rely on pitching. In the offseason they acquired starting right handed pitcher Trevor Cahill from the Oakland Athletics. Cahill started off not looking very good , but is now looking like a very good addition. ESPN. Com has his record as four and five, but most baseball fans know record for a starting pitcher doesn’t mean much and his ERA is 3.36. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has also pitched well lately, he struggled early but now his ERA is 3.93. The Diamondbacks are far from being out of the race in the NL west and after the all-star break at the very least I expect them to make life very hard on both the Dodgers and the Giants.

Was Last Year a Fluke? Too Early to Say

Last season was a magical year for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team shocked the baseball world by winning the National League west division over the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Many people expected this year to be much of the same for the Diamondbacks, but so far that has not been the case. Everyone who follows professional Baseball know that it is an extremely long season and games this early into the season really don’t mean a lot if anything at all. Having said that it still has to be disappointing for Diamondbacks fans to see how they have been playing thus far this season. The team currently sits with a record of 16 wins and 21 and they are eight games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West. But all is not lost for Arizona, for one their two main rivals in the division both have problems of their own. The San Francisco Giants are currently without their starting third baseman Pablo Sandoval and their great closing pitcher Brian Wilson is out for the season. The Los Angeles Dodgers also have injury problems of their own, their best player centerfielder Matt Kemp is currently on the disabled list. So even though things seem bad right now all is not lost for the Diamondbacks. Diamondbacks fans have to remember the season is a marathon and not a sprint.

Can the U of A Wildcats do it? Why not?

By Derek Evans

On Saturday, the Arizona Wildcats clinched their way to the College World Series. As a U of A student myself, I can’t help but be excited. College baseball is not on the same level of college sports like college football and basketball. The two sports get far more attention and make a lot more money than college baseball. Your avid college sports fan tell you the winner of the most recent college football national champion and basketball , but there is a good chance he or she doesn’t know who won the college world series last year. The question of if the Wildcats will win the college world series now that they made it, but there’s no reason why they can’t. This team has a great offensive that can come from behind. I watched the game Friday , which was game one of the Super Regionals, which is a three game series, the team was down five to zero in the fourth inning, but they came back to win seven to six. There was a part in the game when the announcers were talking about how disappointed senior designated hitter Bobby Brown was that he didn’t get drafted the week before. No doubt he is motivated to show the Major League Baseball (MLB) scouts wrong. Another huge part of the team is freshman catcher Riley Moore. Having already been drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies last year , he turned down for a chance at the College World Series. The official athletic site for the Wildcats says this is the first time for the team in the College World series since 2004. I don’t know if they will win the whole thing , but if they did it wouldn’t surprise me.