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Ceered the operatic style now called "opera seria," which
COCKTAIL PARTY VERNACULAR emhodies High Baroque-era dramatics through music.
Flexting: Are you guilty of it?
A recent survey of British mobile phone users confirmed what many
students on campus have known for a long time: The text message
is central to the modern dating scene. The survey, conducted by the
website uSwitch.com, found that flirtatious texting, or flexting, was
pervasive in the UK. And men and women have sometimes dramati-
cally different approaches to courtship in 160 characters or less.
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You've been warned before about the boogieman lurking in Ann Arbor's dark alleys and the danger of
walking home alone. Katy Mattingly, former director of Washtenaw Area Model Mugging Self-Defense
and author of "Self-defense: Steps to Survival," tells the truth about assault and how to defend yourself.
- As told to Jessica Vosgerchian
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People who won't accept "no" for an answer in smaller issues and make persistent requests that
you go out or have another drink are exhibiting warning signs of being potential rapists.
It's important to fight. Eighty-five percent of attackers aren't carrying a
weapon and are looking for an easy victim who won't make a fuss. One strong
jab or scream is often all it takes to send an attacker running.
There's a choice to be made about when to fight back and when to concede. If an attacker
is asking for material things, it could be best to give what he or she wants.
Rapists generally don't know martial arts. Even an unskillful counterstrike is likely to be effective.
The body's weak spots are the throat, groin, eyes and throat. Strong parts are the fingertip, elbow,
knee and foot. To ward off an attack, take a strong part to one of the attacker's weak spots.
Talking on the phone while you walk alone is more likely to encourage an attacker than ward him or her
away. Convicted rapists consistently say the victim they'd choose is the one who looks distracted.
It's a normal human response to freeze up when confronted by a threatening stranger. You
need to practice breaking out of shock before you encounter a real-life attack.
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