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On the glorious battlefield known as the “advertising industry” where we the troops are charged with shaping culture by wielding that which breaks through and reinvents, you’ll be hard pressed to find a single soul who’ll argue with the fact that Typical just doesn’t cut it. It’s a universal truth, written everywhere we look. Rosser Reeves once said that “to be Typical is to be invisible.” Gossage wrote that “the path to irrelevance goes through Typical Town.” And who can forget when Alex Bogusky muttered to himself at a urinal in Cannes, “If you want to suck an egg, reach into the jar marked Typical.” But while it’s easy to say “we’re not your Typical portfolio school,” it’s quite another matter to prove it. So we’ll do both. Here’s the part where we say it. We’ll start with “we’re not your Typical portfolio school.” Then we’ll say “there’s nothing Typical about us.” Next there’s “Typical doesn’t think the way we think,” and “Typical doesn’t do things the way we do.” Moreover, “Typical doesn’t know anything about social media, it doesn’t understand music, it can’t write a sitcom or produce a web film and it’s about as iSavvy as your grandmother.” And to be sure, “Typical is completely lost when it comes to making brands popular in popular culture —it doesn’t post, upload, seed, blog, tweet or Digg. Hell, Typical doesn’t even know what Digg is. But we know all of this stuff. Which is why we’re anything but Typical.” Here’s the part where we prove it. Typical is not partnered with a network of proven thought leadership. We are. (Does Crispin Porter + Bogusky ring a bell?) Typical hasn’t compiled a roster of guest - instructor rockstars from the world’s best communications agencies and culturists. We have. Typical doesn’t invest in a technology infrastructure that can put pupils face to face with instructors all over the world (literally) at the flick of a Polycom remote. We do. Typical hasn’t made it possible for students to gain invaluable work experience all over the globe—in places like Dubai, Shanghai and Amsterdam. With our Quarter Away program, we most certainly have. And here’s the part where we give Typical some credit. Typical does produce graduates. And technically speaking, those graduates often show up ready to work with perfectly decent portfolios. So you can go with Typical if you want, and you might even have some success. But the problem is Typical doesn’t seem to realize that today the industry is calling for more than graduates with good books. It’s calling for fame generators, trendsetters and game changers. People we like to think of as “Pop Culture Engineers.” Which is why, in an effort to put our money directly where our mouth is (also not Typical), we’re calling our program the School of Pop Culture Engineering (from Miami Ad School). See that? Even our name isn’t Typical. The only thing left to do now is give this thing an ending that isn’t Typical either. So here goes: Chocolate chip cookies kill kittens.

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Senator Lieberman and his Homeland Security committee have already passed the bill; if President Obama signs it, the Internet may never be the same.

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words from the senators Who introduced the new bill Senator Joe Lieberman

“I say to my friends on the internet, relax. Take a look at the bill. And this is something that we need to protect our country. Right now China, the government, can disconnect parts of its internet in case of war and we need to have that here too.” (on CNN, comparing his proposal to China's 'Great Firewall')

Senator Susan Collins

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his past June, the Internet collectively freaked out when the Protecting Cyberspace As a National Asset Act [PCNAA] was introduced in a Senate homeland security committee. The co-sponsors of the bill, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) tell us that the U.S. is under a neverending barrage of cyber-attacks, and that we vitally need this new law to make sure the federal government is able to handle and respond to the cyber-attacks that have become such threats. Nonetheless, the blogosphere is screaming in big capital letters that THIS BILL GIVES THE PRESIDENT A KILL SWITCH TO SHUT OFF THE ENTIRE INTERNET! Could that possibly be true? Are Lieberman and the other Senators really lying through their teeth that much, or are bloggers just making a big deal out of nothing like Lieberman has said? Does the bill really give the President a kill switch to shut down the entire Internet? (Would that even be possible?) As you can probably guess, the PCNAA doesn’t put a big “Internet kill switch” lever on the President’s desk next to the red phone – two

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provisions hidden in its nearly 200 pages, however, are rightly raising some eyebrows. First, the bill would create a new federal agency to create and implement a strategy ensuring the security and resiliency of cyberspace. What exactly could this agency do? According to the bill, the agency would have discretion to involve in its strategy “computer network operations, including offensive activities, defensive activities, and other activities”. (That this is extremely broad and vague is intentional, ideal for allowing the widest scope of possible actions.) Critics have described this new agency as comparable to FEMA, and worry that “Internet FEMA” would have the same effectiveness as the original we know so well. The bill’s sponsors claim that this new bureaucracy actually limits the President’s power to take over networks under §706 of the Communications Act of 1934, so we shouldn’t worry – of course, if streamlining the President’s power to defend against cyber– attacks is the actual goal, then this isn’t really helping. Second, the bill would give the President the power to declare a “national cyber-emergen-


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cy,” during which owners & operators of “certain systems” can be made to do pretty much anything by the federal government. This is probably what caught the blogosphere’s attention. Right now, nothing in the bill says the President can only declare a cyber-emergency when something we would describe as a cyber-emergency is actually happening; instead, it merely says: “The President may issue a declaration of a national cyber emergency to covered critical infrastructure.” To many opponents, this gives the President the power to declare a cyber-emergency whenever he decides some “threat” is serious enough, and then (as further explained in that section) have the Internet FEMA put an end to those “activities” he doesn’t like. While we’d of course hope that no president would ever abuse this kind of power, giving the federal government the benefit of the doubt to exercise restraint is easier said than done for many Americans (especially those who don’t have amnesia of the last ten years). Lieberman and other supporters point to two conditions in the bill meant to protect Internet freedom – unfortunately, they’re designed for government lawyers to be able to get around them. First, Section 6 of the cyber-

emergency provision requires the government to “ensure that the privacy and civil liberties of United States persons are protected.” The problem is that the door is wide open for the government to violate the privacy rights and civil liberties of non-“United States persons” – and quite a bit of the Internet is owned by non-Americans. For instance, the US government attempting to shut-down WikiLeaks would surely raise free speech concerns among ACLU-types – however, because its founders are not American, they wouldn’t be able to point to Section 6, even though shutting down of WikiLeaks would also greatly infringe on Americans’ First Amendment freedoms of speech and information. The second supposed protection, found in (a)(1)(C) of the cyber-emergency provision, requires that “emergency measures or actions directed… represent the least disruptive means feasible” to network operations. Again, though, the government’s argument is easy to imagine: shutting down some systems is the “least disruptive means feasible” to successfully oppose some vague “cyber-terror” threat, but providing specific details of that threat would endanger “national security.” If WikiLeaks posted classified war documents that the government claimed could thwart the Afghan war effort, wouldn’t ordering ISPs to stop allowing access to WikiLeaks be the “least disruptive means feasible” to prevent the spread of those documents? As long as loopholes like these exist in the bill, the feds will find a way through them to do what they want. (If they can argue that water-boarding is not torture with a straight face, this should be no problem.) Creation of some kind of agency to specialize in combating cyber-terrorism is a reasonable idea. And the President should have power to respond if, let’s say, an army of a million Chinese hackers all tried to take over the Pentagon’s networks at the same time. However, the PCNAA goes way further. The government giving itself vague and farreaching power when faced with vague and far-reaching enemies seems to be a trend, and it’s not a good one. (PATRIOT Act, anyone?) While the bill won’t give President Obama a big red button to turn off the entire Internet, it does potentially give him the power to declare “cyber-emergencies” and take control over or __ Continued on page 56

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SB.3480 • Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010 Paragraph 93: ESTABLISHMENT OF THE OFFICE OF CYBERSPACE POLICY (a) Establishment of Office– There is established in the Executive Office of the President an Office of Cyberspace Policy which shall – (1) develop, not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, and update as needed, but not less frequently than once every 2 years, a national strategy to increase the security and resiliency of cyberspace, that includes goals and objectives relating to–: (A) computer network operations, including offensive activities, defensive activities, and other activities; (B) information assurance; (C) protection of critical infrastructure and key resources; (D) research and development priorities; (E) law enforcement; (F) diplomacy; (G) homeland security; and (H) military and intelligence activities;

08. PARAGRAPH 489: NATIONAL CYBER EMERGENCIES

(a) Declaration– (1) IN GENERAL– The President may issue a declaration of a national cyber emergency to covered critical infrastructure. Any declaration under this section shall specify the covered critical infrastructure subject to the national cyber emergency. (2) NOTIFICATION– Upon issuing a declaration under paragraph (1), the President shall, consistent with the protection of intelligence sources and methods, notify the owners and operators of the specified covered critical infrastructure of the nature of the national cyber emergency. (3) AUTHORITIES– If the President issues a declaration under paragraph (1), the Director shall – (A) immediately direct the owners and operators of covered critical infrastructure subject to the declaration under paragraph (1) to implement response plans required under section 248(b)(2)(C); (B) develop and coordinate emergency measures or actions necessary to preserve the reliable operation, and mitigate or remediate the consequences of the potential disruption, of covered critical infrastructure; (C) ensure that emergency measures or actions directed under this section represent the least disruptive means feasible to the operations of the covered critical infrastructure; (D) subject to subsection (f), direct actions by other Federal agencies to respond to the national cyber emergency; (E) coordinate with officials of State and local governments, international partners of the United States, and private owners and operators of covered critical infrastructure specified in the declaration to respond to the national cyber emergency; (F) initiate a process under section 248 to address the cyber vulnerability that may be exploited by the national cyber emergency; and (G) provide voluntary technical assistance, if requested, under section s242(f)(1)(S). [Sections (4) and (5) omitted] (6) PRIVACY– In carrying out this section, the Director shall ensure that the privacy and civil liberties of United States persons are protected.

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STUDENT entrepreneurs : those who never stop grindin'

the Pro DJ Company

Real Estate Mogul

Writing for her life

founded by Will Curan, Arizona State University, 2012

Founded by Alex Hodara Boston University, 2010

Founded by Grace Hatton Warren Wilson College, 2014

Will Curran dealt with the issue that most entrepreneurs face. He never had enough money. His teen entertainment company, Arizona Pro DJs, began five years ago when he was in high school. Now a junior at Arizona State University, it has become one of the premier companies for teen events in Arizona. When he was just getting started, he would not eat at lunch to save money. He was putting every penny he had into DJ equipment, something his parents saw as toys. Being in the entertainment business is something of which he has always dreamt. He recommends entrepreneurs lacking support use the internet for help and thanks the many forums available online that helped him constantly learn more about the industry.

Friends, family, and everyone around refused to believe in what Alex Hodara was doing. When he asked his friends if they wanted to get a real estate license with him, they laughed. His parents told him he was being foolish and should focus his time on school. He was without a car, without support, and had little money, but he still wanted to go through with it. The 18-year-old real estate agent somehow persisted and creatively found ways to move forward, including driving clients around in a cab. Fast-forward four years and Alex owns his own real estate company responsible for over 4 million dollars in sales and has already begun a number of other ventures, including a property management company, real estate development company, and a record company.

AnyLuckyDay.com

Maybe it was because he was spending five hours a day working on his website rather than partying with his friends. In addition to the lack of support, he was working a part-time job and playing soccer for his college. So, why would somebody with no support, doing something that makes no money continue doing what they’re doing? Giancarlo believed he had really created something of value and his belief definitely paid off. His site is on pace to make over $100,000 this year. What now haters?!

Founded by Giancarlo Massaro Sacred Heart University, 2011

No money for over a year and no idea of how to make money is the definition of Giancarlo’s venture with AnyLuckyDay.com, a product giveaway site. Nearly everyday, the people around him asked how the site was going and if he was making any cash yet. In the eyes of those around him, he was wasting his time. 22

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Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Grace was in for a real surprise when her family immigrated to the United States. During the past 6 years she has struggled with much more than the average teenager. She and her family were fighting for green cards, they went through foreclosure, and were barely surviving off their income. During that time, she was somehow motivated to write a non-fiction book called The Guys The Roses & The Regrets, which is now an Amazon Best Seller. When she finished her book at the age of 15 and began the search for publishers, she was receiving the same answer from all of them. They didn’t want the book and felt she was too young to be an author. Instead of believing the naysayers, she fought on, looking for the next opportunity. When a thousand no’s finally led to a yes, Grace knew her will to never give up was worth everything. She has been helping her family since her success and will be attending Warren Wilson College in the fall.


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Founded by Kemy Joseph University of Miami, 2010

Founded by Samantha Naumann-Baker University of Central Florida, 2010

Everyone calls him Mr. Awesome. He is the king of random acts of kindness and hopes to make the lives of everyone around him better. Kemy Joseph is one in a million. The 2010 University of Miami alumnus started U R Awesome, a Non-Profit organization, in October 2009 after a campaign that involved wearing a different sign on his chest every day, to brighten the lives of others. Signs would read motivational quotes such as: “You Are Wonderful” and “Love Who You Are”. In conjunction with U R Awesome, he started “The Great Giveaway.” The event was held for the first time last November as part of World Kindness Day, and provided clothing for over 400 homeless people. Kemy is already preparing for this year's giveaway, all while working on graduate school.

Imagine saying no to your degree, no to law school, and ultimately everything you have been working for. What would your parents think about that? Luckily for Samantha she had a supportive group of people behind her because after graduating, she abandoned the normal road taken and started a business. She opened up Boutique Twenty Two, a woman’s clothing boutique in Orlando close to the University of Central Florida’s campus. The store offers unique, trendy and affordable clothing to young fashion–seeking women. Through the power of social networking, she also offers the opportunity for women all over the country to purchase merchandise. __ Continued on page 56

Sam Adams Founded by Sam Wisner Trinity College, 2010

emerging hip-hop artist, SAM ADAMS, is blowing up like Pokemon in the 90s. His fame began with his remix to “I Love College,” called “I Hate College”. Soon after, he released his debut album, Bostons Boy, and it hit number one on iTunes topping Lil’ Wayne and DJ Khaled. The recent Trinity College graduate has become a hiphop sensation and been approached by elite record companies including, Warner Bros., Atlantic Records and Universal Records. He wasn’t always at the top of the world and

before his immense success actually considered himself somewhere at the bottom in regards to his rapping talent. He never really believed in himself and Sam says that if it weren’t for his biggest supporter, best friend, and manager, Alex Stern, he wouldn’t be where he is today.

Belle curves Founded by Shannon Harlow Georgia Tech MBA, 2010

The sports bra industry is lacking in the sexiness department and women have been complaining about it for a long time. Shannon Harlow, who received her MBA from Georgia Tech in the spring, has found a solution to the problem. In the past when Harlow would go sports bra shopping, she could never find a flattering sports bra. She realized she was not the only one struggling to find a better sports bra either. While at Georgia Tech, she connected with an individual who had experience in the bra industry and he helped Harlow get prototypes made for her idea. Ladies get excited because not only does her sports bra help maintain sexiness, it also increases support. “It’s basically designed to flatter and enhance a woman’s figure versus flatten, like the current sports bras on the market do,” explains Harlow. The name of her company is Belle Curves and the bra she and her team of fellow MBA students at Georgia Tech have developed contains silicon inserts in pockets on the sports bra. Their great idea helped them win $35,000 for the Most Commercializable Award in the March 12 finals of the 2010 Georgia Tech Business Plan Competition. Harlow explains they have used that much needed funding towards the many legal fees they have had to cover. She and her team hope to take their product to market this year, but they do not want to rush the process and are making sure they are taking all the right steps to get there.

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FSU Baseball blows another ring Steve Gordon, student Florida State University

underage crackdown in Gainesville Allison Banko, student University of Florida

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Noles’ arms are rising, but its not in efforts to whip out the war chant. Instead, FSU Seminole fans – and donating alumni – have found themselves in a frustrated state of déjà vu with the school’s athletic program. This summer, the Noles baseball team made its 20th trip to Omaha, Nebraska for the College World Series, only to return to Tallahassee – yet again – without the title. For 14 of the 20 years, the team has been under the direction of coach Mike Martin who alumni and fans are beginning to compare to the likes of former football coach Bobby Bowden. In late 2009, Bowden was fired as FSU’s football coach for reasons left unexplained by FSU presi-

dent T.K. Wetherell. A Sports Illustrated Article claimed “Wetherell, a former Florida State player and Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, had little choice once prominent boosters began calling for Bowden's resignation.” This year, the FSU football team will be under the new direction of Bowden’s successor, coach Jimbo Fisher. And now, not unlike what went down on the football field, powerful alumni boosters of the FSU athletic program have raised speculation among many that the boosters will soon force out Martin, just like they did Bowden, due to the Noles continuation of coming up short on the baseball field.

The lyrics of the Beastie Boys’ old school hit, “You’ve got to fight, for your right to party,” has found itself outside of the speakers of fraternity houses and into the reality of Gainesville’s underclassmen. On July 1, 2010 the city issued an ordinance banning entry to those under the age of 21, from 9pm to close, at two of Gainesville’s most popular night time hang outs. Swamp and 101 Cantina, both restaurants and bars, received the penalty as a result of exceeding the legal amount of infractions of underage drinking incidents. UF students are fired up about the ordeal, claiming that the ordinance is discriminatory and unjustifiable because Swamp

and Cantina also serve food – and obviously there is no legal age cut off to enjoy sweet potato fries and mouth-watering burritos. Ironically, in the Princeton Review’s 2010– 2011 Top Party School List, University of Florida actually fell from its previous ranking of number two to number seven. The University of Georgia nabbed the list’s top spot, which bases its rankings on factors including responses to drug and alcohol use on campus. However, because this is the first offense for both of the venues next UF, the ordinance is only in effect for 90 days, and if they don’t have any further infractions, will be lifted in late September.

The “f” in UCF seems to be standing more for “fiasco” than it does “Florida.” It’s not surprising that all things political have a scandal or two behind them, and UCF’s Student Government Association is no exception. Deputy Pro Tempore of Legislative Affairs, Jereme Pozin, was accused by a fellow SGA Senator of being intoxicated in the SGA office after returning from a bar after watching a USA World Cup game, driving a Student Government golf cart under the influence and performing actions that were “unbecoming of a student senator and UCF employee.” Apparently, other members of student government agreed, and Pozin was impeached from his position. SGA Conference Registration and Travel Committee Chair Fernando Gonzales– Portillo says, “I filed the impeachment affidavit because in my opinion I feel all SGA officials should behave in a professional matter, comply with all rules and statues and must be held accountable for the decisions they make.”

However, Pozin claims the situation was “blown out of proportion” and that the accusing Student Senator had a “personal vendetta” against him. Pozin used the SGA golf cart he has access to, to drive friends to their cars in a far away parking lot – of which he claims he was completely competent enough to do. “I consumed one beer and did a shot of whiskey when [USA] won the game. The game ended around noon and my roommate and I went to lunch, went back and relaxed a little bit, and I got into the SG office at about 4pm to complete some work I had to do. Not only am I twentythree, but there was a four hour window before I went into my office,” Pozin says. “This gentlemen had a personal vendetta against me. I voted against him on two separate occasions and he almost didn’t get his position.” Pozin later told KnightNews.com that half of senate should already be impeached if a precedent stating that no SGA members should be intoxicated while on the job is formally instated.

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GT STUDENT SMASHES HEAD while partaking in a school tradition AND SUES EVERYONE Elissa Garza, student Georgia Tech

umiami plagued by controversy year after year after year Aaron Ranelli, student University of Miami

STANDING ON THE RUNNING BOARD OF A 1930 antique car, WHILE ITS BEING DRIVEN, isn’t exactly at the top of the smart list. Apparently, Georgia Tech student, Nicholas Brown, either didn't know or didn't care. As a tradition at Georgia Tech, students ride the Ramblin’ Wreck, a 1930 Model A Sports Coupe, during special events and football games. Nicholas Brown was partaking in the age-old tradition, standing on the running board, holding onto the roof, when alledgedly, the running board broke, and Brown was thrown head first onto a concrete curb. Though the car was only going 10-15 mph when Brown fell off, he was hospitalized, with head injuries, for four days. The incident occurred on April 16th, 2009; and now, it is coming back to bite GT in the ass, as Brown has filed a lawsuit against the State of Georgia, Georgia Tech, and the metal fabricator company who manufactured the railing that broke. He suggests that, "The University was promoting the unsafe use of a vehicle by students." Brown's suit was filed in the Fulton Superior Court. With all the stupid shit still done on college campuses these days, this incident should be an eye opener for other student organizations at GT and at schools across the US. UMiami can’t seem to get it right. With a football program that has created a generation of bipolar fans by consistently toeing the line between total dominance and total mediocrity and yearly media controversies, this pricey private school has been riddled with infamy since ‘04. Two summers ago, a Ponzi scheme started by a UM business school alum crashed and burned and the schemer’s relationship with this prestigious university was a little too close for comfort. Andres Pimstein duped investors, including UM faculty members, out of nearly $30 million dollars. He had a joint bank account with UM’s Director of Contract Administration, Alan Weber, and used conference rooms in the business school to hold seemingly legit investor meetings, according to CNN. This scandal followed a hunger strike to support mistreated sanitation employees (2006), an on-field football brawl between UM and much-weaker rival FIU (2006) and the death of a freshman from jumping off a twelfth floor balcony high on mushrooms in 2004. (The press was hastily banned from campus and a “gentle” gag order was placed on the student body.) __ Continued on page 56

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COLLEGE INC. Documentary | College, Inc. is a non-profit network’s free documentary about for-profit universities’ expensive degrees. While no one doubts there should be alternatives to the Western tradition of non-profit colleges (nor do they doubt the moneygrubbing nature of many “non-profits”), many people do have doubts regarding the way for-profits “serve” their “clients”. The “diploma industry” depends upon millions of federal student loan dollars in order to hock their “real world skills”, and those loans are impossible to pay back if the “real world skills” are not up to the standards of the “real world.” The highlight of PBS Correspondent Martin Smith’s documentary has to be the access to the life of “educational entrepreneur”/born-again Christian Michael Clifford. A former coke-using musician who never attended college, Clifford somehow overcomes his supremely creepy demeanor to make a relatively convincing case for the societal benefits of his non-profit-to-for-profit conversions. But the negotiations between Clifford and a nearlybankrupt religious college reveals the fear “education as a business for profit” instills in traditional educators, even desperate ones. 30

tic, like I can take a piss and drown the whole planet.” King Fantastic confesses in his standout remix of Glitch Mob’s “Drive It Like You Stole It,” one of dozens of remixes competing in the DJ collective’s “Remix It Like You Stole It” competition (to benefit Haiti earthquake victims). The underground rapper’s words mirror not only Drink The Sea’s apparent theme of excessive imbibing, but also the large scale space-violence for which the trio's major label debut seems to provide the soundtrack (other must-hears include “Bad Wings” and “Starve The Ego Feed The Soul”). The contrast between Glitch Mob’s wordless tale and Mr. Fantastic’s literalized version (“We gonna ride this shit, like we stole this shit, put the pedal to the floor, we gonna roll this bitch...we flyin’...) beautifully illustrates the comedy of scale within today’s musical crossfire. Also illustrated: the continued genius of Glitch Mob, who seem to have moved successfully from mixtapes into a new era of maturity, whatever that means.

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R & B | Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. plays too well with others. He plays too many instruments, sings and raps in too many styles too effortlessly. He has learned too much too quickly from his mentor, T.I., and his favorite band, Coldplay. His songs are too inspiring, too touching, too catchy, too real. He reminds too many people too much of a young Andre 3000. His message is too positive, his voice too antidotal to the sickness of the music industry. But don’t let the massive popularity of “Nothin’ On You” and “Airplanes” obscure the rest of his debut album, B.o.B presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, an instant classic (Rolling Stone be damned). From the breathtaking piano vertigo of “Don’t Let Me Fall” to the Janelle Monáe duet/Vampire Weekend cover “The Kids” to the Weezertastic “Magic” to the unplugged heartbalm “Lovelier Than You” to the positively existential “Ghost In The Machine”, Adventures offers the listener a complete dream cycle.

3 – Cognitive Surplus, by clay shirky 4 – medium raw, by anthony Bourdain

book | "Technology encouraged people to squander their time and intellect, but today, tech has finally caught up with human potential." In Cognitive Surplus, Internet guru Clay Shirky forecasts the thrilling changes we will all enjoy as new digital technology puts our untapped resources of talent and goodwill to use at last. "Now, for the first time," Shirky argues, "people are embracing new media that allow us to pool our efforts at vanishingly low cost. The results of this aggregated effort range from mind expanding reference tools like Wikipedia, to lifesaving sites such as Ushahidi.com, which has allowed Kenyans to sidestep government censorship and report on acts of violence in real time." In this book, Shirky predicts a dramatic rise in productivity that will transform the human race.

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book | Anthony Bourdain has finally released the sequel to his tell-all Kitchen Confidential and foodies everywhere are eating it up. But even those who can’t whip up Ramen noodles are sure to appreciate Bourdain’s perspective about what it’s really like to be “in the biz.” Readers hoping for the dining rules he introduced in Kitchen Confidential (ahem, Monday fish) will be disappointed but, by emphasizing his disdain for everything from the Food Network to vegetarians, Bourdain really does dish out a raw perspective on the food industry. Of particular interest are the chapter in which he rants about a critic titled “Alan Richman is a Douchebag” and his glowing profile of culinary prodigy David Chang. Bourdain’s’ delightfully opinionated and brutally honest collection of essays will certainly leave you craving more.


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hands in anticipation of its September 26 premiere. One of the top reasons you should upgrade your cable service, this dramatic thriller consistently one-ups itself, so back\ slash has high expectations for Season 5. With its breathtaking cinematography, excellent character development, and a downright awe-inspiring ensemble cast, Dexter has taken its fans on a journey of darkness for the past four seasons. Season 1 introduced viewers to Dexter Morgan, blood spatter analyst by day, serial hunter of serial killers by night. Throughout its four season run, the show has explored the complicated relationships that surround a sociopathic killer. Following a code of conduct instilled upon him by his father, Dexter seeks out any wrongdoers that slip through the cracks of the Miami justice system. By interweaving the “normalcy” of Dexter’s professional and familial lives with his primal urges to shed blood, Dexter’s writers have created an ethically gray zone causing viewers to debate their very own beliefs about morality, often with core shaking results. After Season 4’s bloody end, viewers are left to ponder how Dexter is going to handle his “Dark Passenger,” raise a family, and keep his employer, the Miami Police Department, from catching onto his game. Coming back from a bout with cancer, Michael C. Hall appears nothing short of Emmy worthy in the preview of Season 5 that aired at Comic-Con. In fact, for the past two years he has been nominated for the “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” Emmy. This year, John Lithgow took home the prize for "Oustanding Guest Actor in a Drama" for his perfectly creepy performance last season. Look for Season 4 out on DVD now. Dexter Season 5 premieres September 26 at 9PM on Shotime.

hop producer Aaron Green has worked hard to make a name for himself yet stays well under the mainstream radar. Otherwise known by friends, family and fans as Mr. Green, many may be unaware of his backlog of beats. Green has worked closely alongside rapper Pace Won whose current MySpace tag line reads “The Only Colour That Matters Is Green,” which references an album the duo released back in 2008. They will follow up with “The Only Number That Matters Is Won” due out in August of this year on Raw Poetix Records/ The Orchard. Also on Green's laundry list is “Classic Beats Volume 3,” the third installment of his compilation series of original production slated for a September release. For a taste of his hip hop deftness and finesse, check out “What Can I Say” off the re-mastered release of “Classic Beats Volume 1” and instrumental deliciousness from trailer two for full length Zoo York video “State of Mind.”

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7 – ALVIN RISK

DRUM AND BASS | Most (if not all) of you may not recognize the name Alvin Risk. Even if you are a self-proclaimed drum & bass fan/dj/producer, you may not know that Risk used to be one part of Corrupt Souls, or even know who Corrupt Souls are for that matter. Now in search of something new and different, Risk has ventured into completely different territory. Remixing tracks such as Glass Candy's “Etheric Device” and Designer Drugs's “Back Up In This” has him showing fans he ain't no one trick pony. With original work, remixes and collaborations in the works, his to do list is neverending, but Risk enjoys nothing more than playing for the masses with friends like Painted Face, Aligning Minds and ITI. But what caught my ear is Risk's recent remix of “July Flame” by folk artist Laura Veirs, which has inspired multiple rewinds on my part. While checking the remix out on his website, alvinrisk.com, be sure to subscribe to his mixtape series Nightcast.

INFINITE LIVES: The Road to E3

Documentary | The concept is a winner: watch four hardcore gamers as they embark on a road trip from their homes in Colorado Springs to the “mecca of all things gaming”, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in L.A. An “outside-in” perspective is promised, a democratic journalism advertised, a “We the Nerds” odyssey portended. But even by nerd standards, the four stars of Infinite Lives lack star power. Upon the first viewing, the cast-cameramen-interviewers Nick, Kelly, Sam and Cody seemed monumentally unprepared to 1) “host” a 93 minute film and 2) “shoot” a 93 minute film. I wondered where the $3000 microbudget could have possibly been spent. Upon a repeat viewing, however, the full cathartic value of the film hit me. The lame jokes (“Tropicana, bitch!”), the lame recollections of the lame jokes, the camera-shynessbordering-on-camera-contempt, the cheesy Flash animation, the general lack of drama (a mild traffic jam comes close, but the Conan episode disappoints), the random snippets of the banal, the odd side trips, the apparent mealtime fixation, and the merciful shortage of inane gamertalk add up to something approaching, dare I say it, cool.

Battle of the sexes – 3d Board Game | One shot per right answer, and two shots per wrong, make Battle of the Sexes the perfect pre-gamer! This game is meant for teams, so have your friends over, and bust it out: Guys v's Girls. The ridiculous questions on the game's cards make for great conversations, girls get to man-bash all night long, and everyone gets trashed if you play it as a drinking game. Girls bring good humor and wear a bra. This game can get you naked faster than poker!

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Somebody Something Olympic Athlete Works 15 hours per day "I do it because I am addicted to improvement, and right now, I'm hooked on improving the way mproving the way mproving the way I dive."

Somebody Something Olympic Athlete Works 15 hours per day "I do it because I am addicted to improvement, and right now, I'm hooked on improving the way mproving the way mproving the way I dive."

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this easy. The textured ends of the disposable strips rolled into every Sensis allow correct side identification and split-second application in a dark room (or if you’re blindfolded!). A smooth pull down and the premium condom is applied. Lubricant stays where it belongs and no latex smell on your hands. These are the shit. No more awkward moments – Passion Protected! Visit sensiscondoms.com to learn more about Sensis and where to buy nationwide. Available at Condom-USA, Hustler Hollywood and other chain retailers in the South East.

to sexual health through a fusion of advanced product design, manufacturing technology and social responsibility. ONE® products are the leading choice for fashionable, socially conscious individuals who crave maximum pleasure and expect their purchases to do good in the world around them. Say goodbye to boring condoms in rectangular cardboard boxes and square wrappers. ONE® condoms come in sleek metal tins, with over 200 unique designs on innovative round wrappers – many of them designed by loyal customers.

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9 – AROMA BASIC, bamboo vape

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the healthiest alternative to smoking? Than try the Aroma Basic Vaporizer by Gotvape.com. An elegant, yet durable, bamboo outer shell encases the glass ceramic heating element, eliminating the ionization that can happen with subpar metal units. It heats up quickly and generates a consistent stream of heat in order to produce a more desirable vapor. It also has an optimal temperature gauge that allows you to customize your vapor density, making this unit the elite in its class of hands free vaporizers.

vaporizer for the on the go health conscious person. The Iolite has no cords, no batteries and it’s so compact that it fits in the palm of your hand. With up to two hours of continuous vaporization per natural butane fill the Iolite gives you total freedom. The Iolite is powerful and effective, putting this vaporizer on top of the portable sector. The Iolite comes in nine different colors meeting both your health and style needs.

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11 – ACE PERRY CIDER

PEAR CIDER | : Ace Perry Cider is a new

premium fermented cider produced in the heart of Sonoma's Apple Country. It is not only California's first commercially produced and distributed pear cider, but, by all reports, the first made in the USA. Ace Perry is made from a base of 100% pure, local apple juice. Pear juice is added to give the cider its distinctive pear taste; a taste so fresh and natural it is already proving as popular as its more traditional apple counterpart. Ace Cider is gluten free, it's 5% alcohol, it's a great drink for hot afternoons!

Vaporizer | The Iolite is the premiere

12 – Sam Adams' harvest Pumpkin Ale beer | This smooth, reddish amber ale, is

the perfect brew for this fall semester. Using eleven pounds of real pumpkin per barrel, Sam Adams has created a soothing beer with the perfect blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. If you haven't tried it, you should. Harvest Pumpkin Ale is ideal for the beginning of the night, to get nippy, and it packs a strong punch with 5.7% alcohol by volume. This ale is seasonal, so get it while you can find it this September and October. If you feel like even more variety, try the Sam Adams Harvest Collection Variety Pack, which includes the Pumpkin Ale.

The year is 1998: you're probably rocking out to the Backstreet Boys' Everybody, the second most requested song of the year, or Lauryn Hills' debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which hit number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 422,624 copies in its first week. Your headphones are blasting to the best music of the year, but your parents probably didn't let you see the funniest movie of the year, There’s Something About Mary, which grossed 4th in box offices, behind Godzilla. This is also the year that the movie inspiring the cover of this issue of back\ slash, Hoodlum is released. Starring Laurence Fishburn, Andy Garcia and Tim Roth, Hoodlum is a cult classic that boasted a street credible hip-hop and R&B soundtrack featuring among others Mob Deep, Big Boi, Wu–Tang Clan & Chico DaBarge. The "player” of the year, is none other than President Bill Clinton. Our parents cringed when we read the Time Magazine article about the Prez probing Lewinsky with a cigar and sniffing/smoking it. Tiger, only 22, has an off year, winning only one PGA event, but still manages to walk away with a No.1 world ranking. Frank Miller’s graphic Novel 300 is first serialized. “The New Beetle” by VW hits the streets. Of course, 1998 is also the year that Steve Jobs returns to Apple to release the signature iMac in bright colors instantly putting Apple back on the PC map.

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Italian to the others, as he sat down at an outside table, “I know we can still distribute in businesses around UM, and at FIU and MDC, but damn; I guess we kinda’ shot ourselves in the foot by not letting UM read this issue before we went to print.” The Irishman then, leaning back in his chair, lit a cigarette, and responded, “I’ll be damned if we’re going to let the

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“Exactly,” adds the Italian, “This is about freedom, and we shouldn’t let anyone restrain us – including UM. I say we keep distributing there; if we want to give away copies at our own school, there’s no way in Hell they can stop us!” Then, just as the first round of beers was delivered, the Jamaican grabbed his Lager, stood up, and said, “Well there you have it… to freedom.” As they stood up to toast, the Jamaican continued, “Now, we need to expand back\ slash; add schools; and get big enough to actually change shit, and make a real difference.” Then they toasted. “To freedom… Cheers.”

Following that meeting, those three guys were more motivated than ever – and it paid off quickly. By September 2009, they had expanded back\ slash from three universities in one city, to

seventeen universities in four cities; and over the course of the 2009-2010 school year, they gave away a total of 150,000 copies of back\slash. In response to the distribution ban, the Irishman, Mike McCormack, completed the Spring 2009 Semester at UM, and never returned to the school. Mike is the Content Director for back\slash Magazine and also serves as the company’s CEO. The Italian, Joey DiFrancesco, continued his education at UM and graduated with a Marketing B.S., in May of 2010; while he was still a student, against the unwavering will of the Administration, Joey never stopped distributing back\slash on campus at UM. He is the Senior Account Executive for back\slash. The Jamaican, Rodney Jackson, is an Alumni of the Fine Arts Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Design (MICA). Rodney is back\slash’s Art Director. His raw, hand drawn artwork

has been a vital part of the magazine’s metabolic success.

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a year, to now, in September of 2010: back\slash is circulated to students at 23 universities across the Southeast. A different version of back\slash is published for Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Tallahassee, and Atlanta. During the 20102011 school year, 360,000 copies of back\ slash will be distributed. This is the 8th issue of back\slash, and already, more than 340 students have contributed to the publication. What began as an idea on a napkin, and could have easily ended with a ban by UM Administrators, is quickly becoming the first national college lifestyle magazine in the US. The founders are not making much money, but money isn’t their motive. Their motive is freedom, and they’re fighting for it every day.

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MOTIVATION FOR HYDRATION

In 2004, Glacéau offered 50 Cent a 10% stake in the company, a deal of which he pounced on. Later, in May 2007, corporate giant Coca-Cola bought Energy Inc. for a cool $4.1 billion, resulting in Fiddy raking in millions. Yet, that was only the beginning. Any consumer knows that 50 isn’t a behind the scenes kind of guy, exhibited perfectly with his constant controversy with beefs with other rappers like P.Diddy. 50 has virtually morphed into the face of Vitaminwater over the years, appearing in numerous ad campaigns and endorsements for the drink since the debut of his first Vitaminwater commercial in 2007.

Fiddy also played a role in quenching a thirst further than his wallet’s. The rapper launched his own Vitaminwater (grape flavored) called Formula 50, promising to be 50 percent Vitamin C and an excellent source of Vitamin E. The personalization is something that 50 holds key to the company, “I’m not sure other products would translate the same with my listeners because it may not be as real,” 50 told USA Today in a 2007 interview. “Glacéau has allowed me to customize my own flavor … and do different things with the campaign. Major companies usually lock in and use executives to come up with ideas before an artist or endorser is involved.” Aside from his recent extreme 50 pound weight loss (he keeps his number consistent) for a movie role, 50 has been known for his healthy, muscular build, showcasing it at the forefront by busting out pull ups in the music video for his smash hit, "In Da Club." Fittingly, the business venture of Vitaminwater, marketed as a low cal energy drink, seemed to be one that the rapper could heavily relate to, telling USA Today, “I wouldn’t be a part of it if it wasn’t part of my lifestyle. I travel a lot, so I’m health conscious, but I get tired of drinking so much water. It’s perfect for me – they do such a good job of making water taste good.”

MUSICAL MARKETING

Since 50’s endorsement campaign with Vitaminwater, other celebs in the music industry have been drawn to the beverage brand including Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys as well as country sweetheart, Carrie Underwood. It’s standard that when a singer is belting it out on stage, they’re going to need a little somethin’ somethin’ to moisten their palette, thus paving the way for the advertising path that Vitaminwater has chosen to bank on. Underwood even endorses what the company advertises as one of its newest drinks called, “energy,” containing tropical citrus flavor (also described as “rock-on-water.”) Focusing in on the musical endorsement crowd may seem like a reasonable decision due to the company’s success with 50 and with one of its competitors, Gatorade. Gatorade has long been synonymous with

In 2004, Glaceau offered 50 Cent a 10% stake in the company, a deal of which he pounced on. Later, in May 2007, corporate giant Coca-Cola bought Energy Inc. for a cool $4.1 billion. superstar athletes like Derek Jeter, Dwayne Wade and Tiger Woods. However, the drink that 50 swears by is moving right on up there with some of sports’ best. One of the most talked about professional athletes, LeBron James, joins the ranks of Fiddy as an endorser for Vitaminwater, sipping on the drink during ESPN’s highly anticipated “The Decision” special – an event sponsored by Vitaminwater, among James’ other sponsors. Commercials for the James endorsed “XXX” Vitaminwater aired throughout the special. Kobe Bryant also signed on with Vitaminwater in most recent years, pulling for some attention to the brand with the Lakers 2010 NBA Championship. But, make no mistake, 50 isn’t shunning himself from the spotlight and there’s no doubt he’ll be feeling the effects of his liquid cash flow from Vitaminwater, as well as his other financial endeavors, for many years to come. A motive to get rich or die tryin’? 50’s got it down.

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\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Melanie Rinaldi’s story began in a public pool in Montreal in 1992; she was 13 years old, and that afternoon, Melanie decided that she was going to be a professional diver. Boys who dream of becoming professional athletes drool over million dollar signing bonuses and multi-year contracts. But this girl's dream of being a professional diver had nothing to do with money. In fact, even divers who win medals in the Olympics make less than a few grand per month. Melanie knew this, even as a thirteen year old, so if not for the money, then why? Now thirty-one, when asked this question, Melanie responds, “Diving is exciting, dangerous, fast, and competitive; it requires skill, beauty, and mental focus. And to be completely honest, I haven’t been able to find anything else that even compares to the thrill I get from diving. I get hungry for it. It’s my drug.”

The Underdog

Melanie has always been viewed by those around her as an underdog. First of all, to begin a diving career at age 13, in Canada, is unprecedented. For the last twenty years, every single diver that has made the Canadian Olympic Team, or even the Canadian National Team, had been a member of the Jr. National team beforehand. They all started diving during their early childhood, around five years old. So, starting at 13, Melanie was years behind and already at a huge disadvantage. Year after year as a junior athlete, it was loss after loss. Coaches, peers, and even her friends exaggerated her drawbacks with comments like: “You’re too old already," "You have zero gymnastic training,” and “You’re injuries have set you back too far.” One coach even said, “You’ll be good, but you will never be great.” But that’s OK, because somehow, Melanie used her haters to her advantage – they fueled her; and incredibly, she persevered. At 21, she was awarded a fullride diving scholarship to the University of Miami; a year later, she made the Canadian National team; and by twenty three, the name Melanie Rinaldi was gracing leaderboards across the NCAA and World Diving circuits. The more that people rooted against

her, the harder she worked. When asked about haters, she recently told back\slash, “They’re the ones creating the limitations, and they’re the ones putting those limitations onto other people...that fuels me to prove them wrong... watch me, I’d say.”

What has Melanie Achieved

For Melanie, it is not so much about what she has achieved, as it is about what she has overcome to get to where she is now. Currently, Melanie remains on the the Canadian National Team (and has been for almost a decade). Even though she underwent a 2nd knee surgery in 2006, she completed her senior year at the U by being voted ACC Diver of the year and MVP. After graduating from the University of Miami, she was not done. In her own words, “I have not reached my full potential yet.” For Melanie, the sport is about seeing how far she can go. Even though she was a late bloomer to the sport, Melanie’s trophy closet is filled to the brim. Some of her most notable achievements include: winning the Canadian National title in the 1M springboard at age twenty-nine in the 2009 Senior National Championships (she beat out the 2 Olympians to win); a silver on the 3M–synchro in the 2009 Canadian Cup; a silver on the 3M–springboard in the 2005 Summer Senior National Championships; a silver on the 3M–synchro in the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and at least six bronze medals in other major events across the world.

And what is Next

Melanie Rinaldi was the second runner up for the Canadian Olympic Team, in 2004 and in 2008. She was fourth, both times, and they only take the top two. Now, having just undergone the third surgery of her career this past May (on her rotator cuff), most people familiar with the sport have counted Melanie out for the 2012 Olympic Games. But don’t think that matters to her. Melanie’s surgery was three months ago, and she’s already back in the water. She expects to be back to 100% within the next three months, six months ahead of schedule. London, here she comes... anyone who says otherwise, is just motivating her.

Motivational Quotes "Great men are they who see that belief is stronger than any material force; that thoughts rule the world." – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Philosopher "Old doctrine was to control our passions; new doctrine is to embrace our passions." – RJackson, Contemporary Artist “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” – Charles R. Swindoll, Christian Pastor “Keep your dreams alive. Understand [that] to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember, all things are possible for those who believe.” – Gail Devers, Three–time Olympic Champion "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." – Mahatma Gandhi, Renowned Freedom Figher “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” – Sven Goran Eriksson, Sweedish 'Football' Manager “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.” – Jesse Jackson, Well Known Activist “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, American Physician and Poet “What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German Poet and Playright "Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.” – Douglas MacArthur, US General and Commander of WWII's Pacific Tour “Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.” – James Dean, American Actor, Icon of the 50's, and Symbol of Rebellion

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\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Arguably one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time, Steve Jobs thinks big. His motivations have set him up for greatness and his high expectations have played a huge role in his success. Since he was twenty, Steve’s motive has been: “to change the world.” And oh has he... Steve Jobs is the founder of two of the largest and most forward thinking companies in the United States: 1) Apple, which has revolutionized personal computing for decades, and 2) Pixar, recognized by Hollywood as the best movie studio – ever.

Who is Steve Jobs, Really

A 1997 Apple ad campaign entitled Think Different describes Mr. Jobs and like minded entrepreneurs perfectly. The campaign was intended to inspire every-day Apple users to exercise the tools provided by the personal computer to change the world themselves. The TV ad stated: “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Steve Jobs was crazy enough to think he could change the world and he certainly did. Can you imagine a world without, iMacs, iPods, iPhones, or to an even simpler extent, a personal computer with a graphical user interface, and different fonts. Jobs mastered the art of bringing visionaries together on projects that genuinely impacted society. Despite many obstacles, he persevered, and never lost sight of his motive. The results of his life’s work can be seen all around us. He held true to the belief that he should create products that allow users to change the world themselves – giving us all the necessary tools and passing the reigns onto us. He wanted to make creating easier for society, and boy, did he succeed. Now, you and I can make our own movies,

CD’s, magazines, and even applications for devices like the iPad and the iPhone, easily – all because of Jobs' unwavering motive to change the world.

How Jobs Connected the Dots

In a commencement speech he delivered at Stanford University in May of 2005, Mr. Jobs provided the graduates with a piece of advice that every student in the world should hear. A college drop-out himself, Jobs said to the graduates, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever – because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.” He also noted that while it may seem cliche, it is of utmost importance that you live each day as if it is your last. Steve faced a rare form of pancreatic cancer himself, and has stared death in the eye more than once. But still, he says, “Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now, the new is you. But someday, not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it’s quite true. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary... Just follow your heart.” Jobs’ motive is to change the world; that is what he has done, and that is what he will be doing until the day he dies and passes along the entrepreneurial baton to the next guy. In closing, Jobs offered the following advice (which he claims to have taken from the last page of the last issue of his favorite magazine ever, The World Earth Catalogue): “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

So What's The Point? The individuals profiled throughout this feature were able to accomplish extraordinary feats, things that everyone around them perceived as impossible. The obstacles they each overcame were completely different, but they all share one commonality: clearly defined motives. Psychology tells us that motives are the psychological trigger that arouses an organism to take action. They are the reason for the action. 50’s motive is to get rich; Jobs' motive is to change the world; Rinaldi’s motive is to reach her potential. And as college students, finding our motive is vital, because of the natural tendency for us, as young adults, to question ourselves, and what we are doing. When we ask, “Why am I doing this,” motives help carry us through. When we can’t see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, and when we have no idea where the metaphorical dots are leading, motives keep us going. Most successful people will tell you that the key to life is finding your passion and making it your motive. Then, by using that motive to help you work through your bad days and to maximize your ability to tap into your full potential, you may evolve. You could say that the individuals profiled throughout this feature did just that: they found their passion, made it their motive, and never turned back. 50 is still gettin’ rich; Jobs is still changing the world; Rinaldi is still pushing the limits of her potential; and back\slash’s founders are still restoring the freedom of speech. Most philosophers, psychologists, and potheads for that matter, say this is what life is all about: having the balls to do what we're passionate about...continuing to tap deeper and deeper into our potential, and thereby evolving – as a species and as individuals. Regardless of what anyone thinks, this is your time. Dig deep; figure out what you are really passionate about; and then (sorry for almost quoting Nike), just fucking do it.

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Offense: We’ll find out if head coach Paul Johnson’s triple option is built to last this season. Tech lost star running back Jonathan Dwyer and wide receiver Demariyus Thomas to the NFL. Three starting offensive linemen have graduated as well. Luckily, 1st team All-ACC quarterback Josh Nesbitt is returning. Nesbitt should have no problems running Johnson’s complicated offense efficiently. If the rest of Tech’s inexperienced offensive core can catch on, the Yellow Jackets should put up plenty of points again in 2010.Offensive Rising Star: Stephen Hill, sophomore WR Defense: Georgia Tech’s success on defense may hinge on how well the defensive line adjusts to switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4. The key may be how heralded recruit J.C. Lanier fares his first year at the college level. Tech’s athletic corp. of linebackers need Lanier and whoever the Yellow Jackets plug in at nosetackle to stop the run, otherwise they may be spending a lot of time chasing ball carriers down the middle of the field. Tech’s secondary gave up 208.6 passing yards a game last year, and things won’t get any easier with star safety Morgan Burnett gone. Defensive Rising Star: Mario Edwards, senior SS Outlook: Although Georgia Tech won the ACC Championship last year, many are overlooking them to repeat. That’s just fine with Paul Johnson, who recently told Athlon sports that he, “learned a long time ago not to worry about that stuff.” The schedule doesn’t get tough until November – the Jackets draw Virginia Tech, Miami, and Georgia in three of their last four games. Georgia Tech will be better than people think, but have too many holes to fill to win the ACC again this year. Prediction: 7-5 (Meineke Car Care Bowl) 42

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Offense: The Golden Knights will be counting on the highest-rated recruiting class in school history to improve on offense this year. Junior Rob Calabrese may enter the season as the starting quarterback, but Miami Central’s Jeffrey Godfrey should take over soon enough. Godfrey’s high school teammate, wide receiver Joshua Reese, should also see the field early and often. The offensive line, led by All-Conference USA tackle Jah Reid, must do a good job opening holes for the running game while Godfrey develops. Offensive Rising Star: Jonathan Davis, sophomore RB Defense: Expectations are high for Central Florida’s defense. With reigning Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year Bruce Miller returning, these expectations are justified. Miller will be joined by two other seniors on a defensive line that should give opposing quarterbacks fits. The linebackers and secondary also feature five additional seniors, giving UCF the most experienced defense in the conference. Sophomore defensive backs Josh Robinson and Kemel Ishmael will be looking to improve on excellent freshman campaigns. Defensive Rising Star: Josh Robinson, sophomore CB Outlook: Although the Golden Knights are missing the marquee non-conference match they’ve had in previous years, this team still has an opportunity to grab the nation’s attention. If the Knights can weather a critical back-toback in early November against Houston and Southern Miss, they should reach the Conference USA Championship Game. If the defense is as good as advertised, they have a shot to win the conference. Prediction: 9-3 (Conference USA East Division Champions; Sheraton Hawaii Bowl)

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Offense: If senior quarterback Christian Ponder can return to his preinjury form, Florida State should field the most dangerous offense in the ACC. This unit is loaded with talent, and promoted head coach Jimbo Fisher knows how to use it. Look for fierce competition at running back between incumbent starter Jermaine Thomas and sophomore Chris Thompson, who impressed with limited carries last season. The Offensive Line, featuring All-American guard Rodney Hudson, should be solid. Offensive Rising Star: Rodney Smith, sophomore WR Defense: Seminoles fans still cringe when wondering what might have been last season. Florida State would have won the ACC with a healthy Ponder and any semblance of a defense. The problems start with the secondary. Few teams in the country allowed more passing yards per attempt (8.72) and completion (14.59). The Noles will be counting on stud sophomore Greg Reid to take the next step, and incoming superrecruit Lamarcus Joyner to contribute right away. The linebackers have potential, but the defensive line is a huge question mark. Defensive Rising Star: Greg Reid, sophomore CB and PR/KR Outlook: Florida State is blessed with membership in the ACC’s easily winnable Atlantic Division. Barring disaster, the Noles should have a cakewalk to the ACC Championship game in Charlotte. What happens in that game, of course, is another story. Florida State does have tough non- conference dates with Florida and Oklahoma, but overall, this is a manageable schedule. Any more than 3 losses is a disappointment. Prediction: 9–3 (ACC Atlantic Division Champions; Chick Fil-A Bowl)


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Offense: The God of Gainesville is gone – Tim Tebow, drafted by the Denver Broncos, will not be under center for Florida next year. Its an understatement to say quarterback John Brantley, who has waited three years for his opportunity, has the biggest shoes to fill in college football. Luckily for Brantley, Florida remains absolutely loaded at the skill positions. Junior running back Jeff Demps is the fastest player in the nation. Deonte Thompson and Carl Moore are seasoned wide receivers who should contend for All–SEC honors. The offensive line returns four starters, including stud guard–turned center Mike Pouncey. Offensive Rising Star: Andre Debose, freshman WR Defense: The NFL Draft sapped Florida’s defense, but the Gators hardly seem concerned. As long as talented senior Justin Trattou adjusts to his new starting role, the Gators are set on the defensive line. There should be fierce competition for playing time at linebacker, but watch out for sophomore Jon Bostic to establish himself in the middle. The secondary should be among the SEC’s best. Junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins is on the verge of superstardom, and highly touted recruit Matt Elam will make his presence known immediately. Defensive Rising Star: Matt Elam, freshman SS Outlook: Tebow is gone, but expectations remain high in the Swamp. Such is the culture head coach Urban Meyer has established at Florida, even after his bizarre fake–retirement fiasco. The SEC schedule is always difficult; road dates in Tuscaloosa and Knoxville will test the younger Gators’ focus and discipline. Florida is good… nut really good, but there is bound to becompany growing pains when a team replaces a quarterback that is worshipped as a deity. The Gators will never get blown out, but look for some close losses to quality opposition. Prediction: East Division Follow10–2 us on (SEC Facebook Champions; FedEx Orange Bowl)

UMiami

Offense: No player in the nation is as important to his team’s success as junior quarterback Jacory Harris. Harris established himself as an early Hesiman candidate last year before throwing an NCAA–high 17 interceptions. If he can be more consistent, Miami’s elite receiver unit should help the Canes put up a ton of points this season. Even if senior running back Graig Cooper is unable to return from a nasty ACL tear, head coach Randy Shannon has an army of talented playmakers to turn to. An unproven offensive line received a welcome addition when top recruit Seantrel Henderson bolted Southern Cal for Miami in early July. Offensive Rising Star: Lamar Miller, freshman RB Defense: One word comes to mind when looking at the Canes defensive line: depth. Six defensive ends have started at least one game, and Shannon is still toying with his starting defensive tackles. The linebacker unit is much less certain, with three important players coming off knee injuries (Sean Spence, Jordan Futch, Ramon Buchannon) and no established starter in the middle. The secondary, led by All–ACC Cornerback Brandon Harris, should be the best the Canes have had in years. If the defensive backs start hanging on to interceptions (a major issue the past two years)…watch out. Defensive Rising Star: Vaughn Telemaque, sophomore FS Outlook: This is the year Canes fans have been waiting for. Shannon’s excellent 2007 recruiting class is finally grown up, and Jacory Harris appears poised to lead the Canes to the promised land. Getting there, unfortunately, won’t be easy. After a warm–up against Florida A&M, Miami faces back–to–back–to–back road games at Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and Clemson. If that wasn’t enough, archrival Florida State will be waiting for the Canes when they get home. A late November home–date with Virginia Tech, however, could make or break Miami’s ACC Championship hopes. Prediction: 10–2 (ACC Champions; FedEx Orange Bowl)

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Offense: When quarterback Matt Grothe went down last season, B.J. Daniels surprised many with his natural leadership and big–play ability. Daniels, now a sophomore, will need to adjust to working more under center (as opposed to the shotgun formation) under new head coach Skip Holtz. Daniels won’t have workhorse running back Mike Ford to bail him out after Ford was dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons. He will, however, have sixth year running back Mo Plancher, reliable wide receiver Dontavia Bogan, and a solid offensive line to lean on. Offensive Rising Star: B.J. Daniels, sophomore QB Defense: South Florida has an intriguing defense. Normally, losing two defensive ends to the NFL Draft (Jason Pierre–Paul and George Selvie) is cause for concern, but the Bulls are deep and athletic enough to put together a decent defensive line. Promising sophomore middle linebacker Sam Barrington flashed signs of serious potential last season. Barrington is flanked by a pair of proven seniors in Jacquian Williams and Sabbath Joseph. The cornerbacks are the strength of the defense. Junior Quenton Washington is the defense’s most consistent performer, and sophomore Kayvon Webster could be a star in the making. Defensive Rising Star: Sam Barrington, sophomore MLB Outlook: South Florida always has the most talented players in the Big East, but these players are often inconsistent and under–utilized. Skip Holtz will try to change this trend, but this may not be the year he sees results. The Bulls have road dates at Florida, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Miami this season. Figure in a young quarterback learning a new offense, and it isn’t hard to envision South Florida enduring some growing pains. Look for an average season from the Bulls. Prediction: 6–6 (Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl)

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UF

Offense: The God of Gainesville is gone – Tim Tebow, drafted by the Denver Broncos, will not be under center for Florida next year. Its an understatement to say quarterback John Brantley, who has waited three years for his opportunity, has the biggest shoes to fill in college football. Luckily for Brantley, Florida remains absolutely loaded at the skill positions. Junior running back Jeff Demps is the fastest player in the nation. Deonte Thompson and Carl Moore are seasoned wide receivers who should contend for All-SEC honors. The offensive line returns four starters, including stud guard-turned center Mike Pouncey. Offensive Rising Star: Andre Debose, freshman WR Defense: The NFL Draft sapped Florida’s defense, but the Gators hardly seem concerned. As long as talented senior Justin Trattou adjusts to his new starting role, the Gators are set on the defensive line. There should be fierce competition for playing time at linebacker, but watch out for sophomore Jon Bostic to establish himself in the middle. The secondary should be among the SEC’s best. Junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins is on the verge of superstardom, and highly touted recruit Matt Elam will make his presence known immediately. Defensive Rising Star: Matt Elam, freshman SS Outlook: Tebow is gone, but expectations remain high in the Swamp. Such is the culture head coach Urban Meyer has established at Florida, even after his bizarre fake-retirement fiasco. The SEC schedule is always difficult; road dates in Tuscaloosa and Knoxville will test the younger Gators’ focus and discipline. Florida is good… really good, but there is bound to be growing pains when a team replaces a quarterback that is worshipped as a deity. The Gators will never get blown out, but look for some close losses to quality opposition. Prediction: 10-2 (SEC East Division Champions; FedEx Orange Bowl)

UMiami

Offense: No player in the nation is as important to his team’s success as junior quarterback Jacory Harris. Harris established himself as an early Hesiman candidate last year before throwing an NCAA-high 17 interceptions. If he can be more consistent, Miami’s elite receiver unit should help the Canes put up a ton of points this season. Even if senior running back Graig Cooper is unable to return from a nasty ACL tear, head coach Randy Shannon has an army of talented playmakers to turn to. An unproven offensive line received a welcome addition when top recruit Seantrel Henderson bolted Southern Cal for Miami in early July. Offensive Rising Star: Lamar Miller, freshman RB Defense: One word comes to mind when looking at the Canes defensive line: depth. Six defensive ends have started at least one game, and Shannon is still toying with his starting defensive tackles. The linebacker unit is much less certain, with three important players coming off knee injuries (Sean Spence, Jordan Futch, Ramon Buchannon) and no established starter in the middle. The secondary, led by All-ACC Cornerback Brandon Harris, should be the best the Canes have had in years. If the defensive backs start hanging on to interceptions (a major issue the past two years)…watch out. Defensive Rising Star: Vaughn Telemaque, sophomore FS Outlook: This is the year Canes fans have been waiting for. Shannon’s excellent 2007 recruiting class is finally grown up, and Jacory Harris appears poised to lead the Canes to the promised land. Getting there, unfortunately, won’t be easy. After a warm-up against Florida A&M, Miami faces back-to-backto-back road games at Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and Clemson. If that wasn’t enough, archrival Florida State will be waiting for the Canes when they get home. A late November home-date with Virginia Tech, however, could make or break Miami’s ACC Championship hopes. Prediction: 10-2 (ACC Champions; FedEx Orange Bowl)

USF

Offense: When quarterback Matt Grothe went down last season, B.J. Daniels surprised many with his natural leadership and big-play ability. Daniels, now a sophomore, will need to adjust to working more under center (as opposed to the shotgun formation) under new head coach Skip Holtz. Daniels won’t have workhorse running back Mike Ford to bail him out after Ford was dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons. He will, however, have sixth year running back Mo Plancher, reliable wide receiver Dontavia Bogan, and a solid offensive line to lean on. Offensive Rising Star: B.J. Daniels, sophomore QB Defense: South Florida has an intriguing defense. Normally, losing two defensive ends to the NFL Draft (Jason Pierre-Paul and George Selvie) is cause for concern, but the Bulls are deep and athletic enough to put together a decent defensive line. Promising sophomore middle linebacker Sam Barrington flashed signs of serious potential last season. Barrington is flanked by a pair of proven seniors in Jacquian Williams and Sabbath Joseph. The cornerbacks are the strength of the defense. Junior Quenton Washington is the defense’s most consistent performer, and sophomore Kayvon Webster could be a star in the making. Defensive Rising Star: Sam Barrington, sophomore MLB Outlook: South Florida always has the most talented players in the Big East, but these players are often inconsistent and under-utilized. Skip Holtz will try to change this trend, but this may not be the year he sees results. The Bulls have road dates at Florida, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Miami this season. Figure in a young quarterback learning a new offense, and it isn’t hard to envision South Florida enduring some growing pains. Look for an average season from the Bulls. Prediction: 6-6 (Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl)

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redbull flugtag Ultra is no–longer the only event that brings tens of thousands of people to downtown Miami. On July 20th, over 85,000 people descended upon Bayfront Park for one of the most ridiculously fun events back\slash has ever covered.

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edbull Flugtag – German for “flying day” – came back to Miami for the first time since 2004, and despite the blistering heat, the day was an absolute blast. Teams of professionals and nonprofessionals alike were judged upon their creativity, their showmanship, and ultimately, the distance their man made aircraft flew. Despite records being drawn from the distance flown, showmanship and creativity were the crowds’ deciding factors. Every team decorated their non-motorized flying machine to a specific theme. Before launching off of a 30 foot high platform into Biscayne Bay, they performed to the music of their choice. Then, teams ran (or danced or skipped) down the platform, pushed their plane, and made their leap. All flying machines were made out of float-able material for easy cleanup. (Thanks Miami Dade Fire Rescue!) Most aircraft didn’t make it far and watching the hilarity of the safe yet disastrous landings kept the crowd on its toes.

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This year’s 35 competitors were selected from 270 applicants. Taking second place at this year’s 46

Miami event was University of Miami’s very own "Ibis Engineers". Using UM’s mascot, Sebastian the Ibis, as a starting point, these five young men got great air time and flew a distance of 48 feet while keeping their glider intact. The team kept their craft within the contest parameters of no more than 30 feet high and no more than 450 pounds. Promising to win by doing “way more work than the other teams,” Derek Schesser, Dustin Griner, William T. Hagen, Randall Schwartz, and pilot, Guillermo Amador flew to a near victory. Their version of Sebastian the Ibis came complete with a corncob pipe and the “come get some” expression of champions. “Team Kiss” from Florida Atlantic University represented South Florida by creating a guitar shaped aircraft. All team members were dressed like Kiss and pilot Jonnie Lancaster, a sophomore history major, maneuvered the craft 27 feet from the Flugtag platform before crashing into the bay below. Purdue University brought "Team Speed Train." Pilot Michael Bruno and teammembers Chris Yamamoto, Jessica Hockham, Zach Priester and Matt Gemmel finished 6th overall with their version of

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the Boilermaker X-tra Special, one of Purdue’s trains. They flew 42 feet. Team “Bust a Nut” from Florida State University dressed as squirrels and fought over an acorn before Pilot Cat Rogers glided off the top of a tree on wheels. “Our skit,” team members stated, “represents the transition from student to established members of the community.” Also in attendance were teams from Flagler University and Johns River Community College.

The Winners

The grand prize winner of Miami Red Bull Flugtag 2010 was Team Formula Flug from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The team was comprised of four engineers and a professional pilot. They used a scientific approach to reach victory, stating before the competition, “that by providing pitch control through a forward canard, the pilot will be able to pitch over and glide into ground effect.” Pilot Daniel Bazzani glided to a distance of 54 feet (the furthest distance of the day.) Team “One Giant Leap,” who placed third, was comprised of NASA engineers. The Miami Flugtag 2010 “People’s Choice” award went to “Team Transplace.” Using a Smokey and


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the Bandit theme, this group from Cumming, Georgia, used their creative industry know-how to put together a skit that spectators loved before launching a home-made big-rig off the Flutag platform. The United States Redbull Flugtag tour occurs every summer in different cities. Consider entering next year and see if Red Bull (or maybe just your ingenuity) gives you wings.

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Miami Flugtag 2010

1st Place: Team Formula Flag, Palm Beach 2nd Place: Ibis Engineers, Miami 3rd Place: One Giant Leap, Boston

Top distance

Miami Event: 54 feet US/ Wordwide Events: 207 feet by “Major Trouble and the Dirty Dixies� at Twin Cities Flugtag July 25 2010 Prior World Record: 195 feet Austria 2000

Team Speed train, from purdue

TEAM KISS, FROM UNIVERSITY OF S. FL.

Flugtag?

German for Flying Day Founded in Vienna, Austria in 1991 The Largest Flugtag had 250k Spectators, it was in Hyde Park, London

TEAM IBIS ENGINEERS, FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

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WIVES \\ Stealing Kids When you hear “Japan,” you probably think of sushi or anime, not a black hole. But for over fifty years, NO ABDUCTED CHILD has EVER been returned to their native countries once taken to Japan. Over 250 American children are missing in Japan, and there are many other children from countries around the world that are also trapped in Japanese legal limbo. This is why John Gomez describes this country a black hole – any child that has been taken to Japan has not returned home. Gomez is a left-behind father of a beautiful twelve-year-old girl named Kana SugiyamaGomez. She was abducted on April 10th , 2008. Kana Sugiyama-Gomez was abducted from Gomez’s home in Japan. Kana was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and was abused by her mother, who shared the home with Gomez. Social workers and police investigated the Gomez house and interviewed Ms. Sugiyama – she admitted to child abuse. Currently, Gomez has limited phone contact with Kana and his wife has threatened to cut off all contact. Gomez believes that the Japanese government considers the issue of joint custody a cultural difference between itself and America. Gomez finds that there is a profound psychological damage done to left-behind parents when their child is abducted, especially if it is like most cases where they do not know where their child was taken. He is more concerned for the children’s trauma. Gomez is afraid that they are walking wounded in a Japanese society. “How can someone hurt a child by taking him/her away from the other parent, even if there 50

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SHITTY \\ Businesses The Orlando Express: With no car and little cash, I needed to get to UCF to meet with my sister for her birthday. So I took the Orlando Express van. For the first and last time. You call the driver, schedule your pick up date, the driver comes and gets you from your house. Typically, it takes 4 hours to get from Miami to UCF. It took my driver – correction drivers – over 10 hours. I was picked up at 5 A.M. and the driver proceeded to fill up the van with the usuals: a combination of hung over students and angry old people. We didn’t hit the turnpike until 7 A.M.. We stopped in Ft. Pierce for a “15 minute break” that lasted over an hour and a half. Then we were informed that we were switching drivers. The new driver couldn’t work his GPS, and didn’t speak English. When he missed an exit, he slammed his brakes on the Turnpike, blindly drove the van in reverse, and went over the median. “Orlando Express,” my ass! I didn’t set foot on UCF until 2 P.M.. Best of all? The driver asked for a tip. United Healthcare: Students beware: when purchasing your own health insurance policy be sure to inform them where you are attending school, particularly if it is out-of-state. One back\slash reader bought a policy in New Jersey, informing United Health that she would be attending school part time in Florida. Only when she fell ill, four months later, did she realize that she is only covered for emergency care if she is outside NJ. And their definition of emergency is pretty darn narrow! CONTINENTAL AIRLINES: Continental does not fully honor credits for cancelled flights. If you cancel a flight and receive a “credit” don’t expect it to get you very far. One reader who travelled in early August 2010 was only able to apply $30 of a supposed $120 credit to his fare. When he tried to reach them via telephone, he was told by a recording that the lines were too busy and promptly hung up on.


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STRIKING \\ Statistics

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, commonly known as the Golden Dawn, was a secret society active around the 1870’s-1920’s. The Order is dedicated to the philosophical, spiritual, and psychic evolution of humanity. The studies, practices, and rituals of the Golden Dawn are some of the most influential in the occult beliefs of the Western world. According to their website, the Golden Dawn is, "not a religion, although religious imagery and spiritual concepts play an important role in its work." Founded by William Robert Woodman, William Wynn Westcott, and Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, (former freeMasons) the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn provided seekers of knowledge with ways to perform magic and attain enlightenment. It drew from many sources, including Christian mysticism, Egyptian

The University of Plymouth (in England) was the first university to offer a degree in surfing.

myth, Masonic teachings, and Qabalah when structuring its rituals which address many aspects of the occult; divination, scrying, and astral projection to name a few. Although the Golden Dawn is nolonger considered to be an active Order of Magic, there are still a wide range of people, from every religious background imaginable, who consider themselves followers of the practice. There are annual conferences for those interested in the Golden Dawn’s teachings to continue educating themselves. There is a public website decicated to the Order, which provides an extensive database of their religious texts, as well as many contemporary Hermetic essays. If you are interested in exploring this ancient Order, check out their website, www.hermeticgoldendawn.org

DRUG \\ Kratom

One month after Michael Jackson died, his Facebook Page became the first to reach 10 million fans. Since 1978, at least 37 people have died as a result of shaking vending machines (to get free stuff or to get that very last candy bar). More than 100 people have been injured. The world record for non-stop rocking in a rocking chair is 480 hours. The record is held by Dennis Easterling, of Atlanta, Georgia (who hopefully cut a hole in the bottom before starting) 18 percent of Americans asked by Time Magazine said they think Obama is Muslim, up from 11 percent (who said so in March 2009), according to a poll released by Time in August 2010. 30% of American Freshman Drop Out of College (according to the 2000 US Census).

Hailing from the same family as coffee is an herbal remedy that is not commonly known by college students – although it probably should be. Kratom is a green, leafy herb that is cultivated in Southeast Asia. It comes in multiple forms including resin, an extract, dried leaves, or even a pill. Kratom has similar effects to opiates such as hydrocodone or codeine. For someone addicted to painkillers, this drug will relieve withdrawal symptoms. The herb's most common uses are as an analgesic, an anti-depressant, an appetite suppressant, an anxiety reducer, and as a stimulant. It does have some mild psychoactive effects but they do not usually last more than a few hours. Who wouldn’t want all of this combined into one leafy package? The only negative side effects of Kratom can be nausea and possible constipation, similar to those of opiods. It does have addictive qualities but research so far has deemed them no worse than those of caffeine. There have been a few reports of more severe withdrawal symptoms from heavy Kratom users, though, so like everything else, if you choose to use Kratom, do it sparingly. One cannot overdose on Kratom. This drug is legal throughout most of the world including the United States, so look for one of its many forms online or at your local herbal remedy shop. Never take drugs recreationally; above article for educational purposes only.

There are 118 edges around a U.S. dime.

More than half of the companies on the 2009 Fortune 500 list were launched during a recession or bear market, along with nearly half of the firms on the 2008 Inc. list of America’s fastest-growing companies. – The Economic Future Just Happened, June 2009. In 2008, an average of 0.32% of adults created a new business each month, equaling about 530,000 new businesses per month. – Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity 1996–2008, April 2009. Entrepreneurs have been responsible for 67% of the inventions and 95% of the radical innovations made since World War II. – The Public Forum Institute 31% of college students missed a class due to substance abuse.

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HB 1310 in Texas states that teens 16.5 years of age or younger are prohibited from using tanning beds. Teens from 16.5 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult. I blame Jersey Shore.

Two Reasons Why It's So Hard To Solve A Redneck Murder: 1. The DNA all matches. 2. There are no dental records.

Wing suit base jump off Angel Falls (3,212 feet) or Dive off of a 100 ft bridge?

A new law in Louisiana prohibits the sale of lighters that look like toys. That is, unless it was made before January 1st 1980. Because if it was made in the 70s, it has to be safe (see: Ford Pinto, the Carter presidency, disco.)

Q: What do you call a school bus full of white people? A: A Twinkie.

SB 135 in California makes it illegal to cut off a cow’s tail, unless it is medically necessary. This was so godawfully specific one has to wonder what spurred it. In Florida men seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown can be fined. (Apparently, not applicable during Fantasy Fest). And for the stupidest law of the year, hands down, it is now legal for Arizona police to question the immigration status of anyone they see fit, since most of them are probably wearing sombreros on the way from Tijuana. Or the fields.

Q: Which sexual position produces the ugliest children? A: Ask your mother. Q. What's the difference between love and herpes? A. Love doesn't last forever. Q. What does it mean when a man is in your bed gasping for breath and calling your name? A. You didn’t hold the pillow down long enough.

Be trapped in a sleeping bag with a 10 ft anaconda for five minutes or an olympic size swimming pool with a 15 ft great white for five minutes? Take a final 8 shots deep or after your girlfriend/boyfriend broke up with you that day? Retrieve your grandfathers diamond engraved watch from a sink hole, or kiss someone's stink hole? Pop bottles with Jay-Z or eat 'special' brownies with President Obama? Be able to roll a joint with one hand, or be able to open a beer with your teeth?

the art \\ Of Dorm Room Sex The Keg Stand Position Don't even think about trying this one unless you can squat the same weight as the chick – this position requires plenty of strength and a general “can-do” attitude. The dude should start from the sitting 69 position, sitting down in a fairly high chair and helping the chick move into position, with the chick placing her head between the dude’s legs while wrapping her own legs loosely around the his neck and shoulders, and the arms tightly around his back. The dude then wraps his own arms tightly around the back of the chick and stands up carefully (keeping his own back as straight as possible), while paying very close attention to her head and neck so as 52

not to knock or strain them. For added kicks, try timing yourselves each time and attempting to beat your former record like it’s an actual keg stand. Welcome to College A great position to eliminate shaking of the bed and excessive noise for your neighbors. Basically, the chick stands up and bends forward with legs slightly spread and with both hands on her knees while the dude thrusts away from behind, holding her torso for support. When the dude finishes, he sarcastically exclaims “welcome to college!” (optional, obviously; be smart about it…). Ultimately, an ideal position for quick, efficient sex and a nice laugh

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afterwards between classes. The Cross-Room High Five This one is not as much a position as it is a ritual, so to speak. It involves four people at once, but not together. Basically, you and your roommate each arrange to have sex with someone at the same time, and at some point while you and your roommate are getting laid with the two lucky ladies, you randomly throw out a high five to each other in mid-air from across the room like nothing is happening. What better way to bond with your roommate than each getting laid at the same time while exchanging a solid high five from across the room?


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FOOD \\ Recipes 5 Minute dip – 1 can Hormel Chili – 1 jar Tostitoes Salsa Con Queso – ½ Cup Sour Cream – Chips/Plantains Directions: Pour Chili and Cheese into microwavable bowl. Cook for 3 minutes, then add sour cream and mix slightly. For more flavor, add hot sauce!

Drink \\ Recipes Infused Watermellon – Miniature Seedless Watermelon – 375 ML Vodka Bottle Directions: Punch the open end of the vodka through the watermelon and make sure it's sealed enough to keep vodka from coming through the seam. Let the vodka bottle sit upside down pouring into the watermelon while refrigerating for a few days (until bottle is empty, as the vodka absorbs slowly). Once the bottle is empty, wait 12 more hours and enjoy. 'Green' Herb 'High' Tea – 2 cups water – half cup "regs" – 1 of your favorite tea bags – 2 tbs spoons of milk, honey Directions: Boil water and trees for about 15 min. Add tea bags and honey and milk and boil for another 5–10 min. When you add the milk, pour it in slowly so the milk wont curdle. Enjoy while hot. The four horsemen from hell, for two – 1 shot Jim Beam – 1 shot Jack Daniels – 1 shot Johnnie Walker Black Label – 1 shot Jose Cuervo Directions: Mix all the shit together, pour into 2 double-shotglasess, and shoot with someone.

DRINKING \\ Games Edward 40-hands: Do you have duct tape? Do you have 2 40s? You’re set for the drinking game that highlights the core purpose of drinking games. Drinking. No balls to toss around, no tables to set up, only desperation, determination and other alliteration addled adjectives. Edward 40hands has you tape one 40 to each of your hands and doesn’t let you remove them until they are empty (number of players is limited only by the supplies from your local Home Depot and liquor store.) Drink quick, lest you piss yourself, have a phone call to make or anything of particular importance that involves your hands. Boxer: You need a stop watch, 2 shot glasses, 4 people, 2 dice, and some beer to play this game. Two people sit facing each other, with the other 2 people helping them out being their “corner men”. Sit at opposite sides of the table and each roll a die. Whoever scores lowest on the die takes that punch and drinks their shot. The corner man fills the empty shot glass as quickly as they can and you roll again. Play in 3 minute rounds with a 30 second rest in between rounds. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY

Popcorn meltdown – 1 Bag microwavable (salted) – 1 cup caramel squares – 2 small bags M&Ms Directions: Microwave popcorn as directed, . Then, microwave the caramel in a container with 2 table spoons of water or milk for 120 seconds (or until melted), stirring every 20 seconds. Pour contents on top popcorn, add M&Ms, and let sit for a few minutes. Then enjoy. MEXICAN PIZZA – 1 Prepared Pizza crust – 1 can refried beans – 2 cans diced tomatoes – 3 cans assorted shredded cheeses – 1 cup sour cream – Hot Sauce Directions: Pre-bake pizza crust according to directions if needed. Layer crust with beans, sour cream, then drained tomatoes. Top with cheese and bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve with additional sour cream and salsa. VODKA GUMMIE BEARS – 1 Big Bowl with a Lid – 1 Liter of Alcohol – Vodka works the best. Try to stay away from the cheap stuff. Flavored vodkas work even better, especially raspberry. – 2 Big Bags of Gummies – All kinds of gummy candies work, but stay away from sour stuff Directions: Fill bowl halfway with the gummy bears or worms. Cover them completely with the liquor. Then put the container in the refrigerator for at least 24 hrs, sometimes 48 hrs. Occasionally stir the gummies so they do not stick together. This takes some experimenting because different gummies and liquors take different amounts of time. Usually 48 Hours is ideal. Haribo gummy bears work the best; however they take several more DAYS than usual. When you think they're done, remove the container of drunken gummy bears from the refrigerator. If there is extra liquor it makes a great Martini. Eat the gummy bears.

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Where – A great app that gives you a single page detailing the cheapest gas in your area, in addition to giving you plenty of things to do wherever you are. \\ real \\

Chat Roulette Funny Piano Improv – Man serenades strangers looking for something to masturbate to on chat roulette. Disappointing for them, awesome for you.

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P.S.M.P.I.T.B.O.T.H. – (Punches Slow Moving People In The Back Of The Head) – Ever had that one person who was screwing you over by taking their sweet damn time walking down a hallway. Now you don’t have to feel embarrassed as you brush by them. Simply hold the iPhone up to the back of their head, and a single blow drops them, leaving them mildly concussed for 10 minutes, as you step over their limp body and carry on with your day. \\ should be real \\

OK Go – Rube Goldberg video They’ve already stormed treadmills, and yeah, there’s plenty of Rube Goldberg machines, but like anything else on the internet, it’ll keep your attention for about 5 minutes.

random idiots Dr. Fred Dweck – Dr. Dweck of Miami executed a scheme that resulted in $37million worth of false and fraudulent claims being submitted to Medicare. By falsifying charts, he was able to bill for unnecessary (and the most expensive) services. He faces ten years in prison for each count of conspiracy to commit fraud. ColoradoDrugInvestigators Association – This organization is attempting to overturn Colorado’s constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana. They are erroneously listing corporate sponsors on their website, such as Starbucks, which has caused the seemingly weed–friendly conglomerate to lose lots of business. Starbucks states that they have nothing to do with the CDIA. Christopher Tappin – This Brit is facing extradiction to the US on charges resulting from an alleged plan to sell batteries for Hawk missiles to Iran. Tappin denies the charges and is counterattacking the US with claims of entrapment. He faces 35 years in prison if convicted.

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Best collection of natural visual/audio highs.

www.harkavagrant.com

Kate Beaton makes history ridiculously awesome.

www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/en Simple, great charity.

The Big Lebowski Fucking Short Version – It still keeps the basic premise of the movie. It’s just fuckin’ short.

banksy.co.uk

Justice, Stress by Romain Gavras – Harrowing music video. Also, playing this song as you drive along Grand Avenue on your way to The Grove will give you the feeling that you’re in a ‘70s cop show.

Letting (street) performance artists around the world prove their worth busking.

Official World Record Guitar Speed – Because thrash metal can come in handy on rare occasion. Funny or Die The Landlord (full) – If you haven’t seen this, you haven’t found the greatest reason to have children, to teach them to be foulmouthed bastards. Gorillaz, Stylo – Because Bruce Willis makes everything better. World Record Trampoline Jump – This Asian guy dunks from halfcourt. World's Highest Dive – Guy Jumps 172 Feet Into Water, Lives. Jenga World Record Disaster Newscaster Knocks Over Jenga tower, just before Officials from Guinness arrive.

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Art for art’s sake.

www.blogotheque.net

www.wwtdd.com

What Would Tyler Durden Do? Because you don’t give a shit about celebrities, but now you have an excuse to.

www.ted.com

Ideas worth spreading. The most interesting speeches/presentations by the smartest people in the world.

www.snagfilms.com

Great sight for documentaries, a lot of indie stuff here.

www.stumbleupon.com

This shit is like a guided tour of the internet, and allows you to 'stumble' upon random pages that relate to your interests, and that you would otherwise never think to look for.

www.newser.com

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AN INTERNET KILL SWITCH, REALLY shut down certain networks at his pleasure, and the Internet ought to be concerned. And now, Democrat leaders in the Senate, fearful that debate would continue through November when expected Republican gains would likely obstruct passage of the bill, are attempting to slip it past debate by attaching it to a larger defense spending bill. Lieberman can do all the talking

he wants, but if he and other supporters of this bill in Congress want to convince doubters, they need to make sure that the bill is truly about cyber-security – because right now, nothing will keep Internet FEMA fighting actual cyber-terrorism, as opposed to doing anything the President wants.

BOUTIQUE TWENTY-TWO She had no experience in business, but really believed in herself and her idea. She wrote a business plan, shadowed a family friend in their boutique, and even re-

ceived a loan from a bank. Samantha has big goals for the shop and hopes to expand in the future.

UMIAMI RIDDEN BY CONTROVERSY

Add numerous off-campus deaths to the mix, such as the fatal shooting of defensive tackle Bryan Pata in November 2006 and the still unresolved murder of brilliant and beloved Eddie Pieron in July 2008 and the picturesque “country-club” campus becomes anything but idyllic. And no, the University of Miami hasn’t stopped attracting negative attention. More recently, its athletic program dodged a nearly disastrous NCAA scandal involving the text messaging of recruits. Additionally, UM President Donna Shalala continues to support a hostile environment for alternative and new media outlets (such as back\slash and the Miami War Canoe) that are

in direct competition with publications produced by The U and Gannett Company, Inc. (of which she sits on the Board.) By attempting to tuck negative publicity under the rug, the University of Miami has dug itself into an even deeper hole. Perhaps, if the University was more media friendly, they would be willing to openly explain their many shady involvements and questionable decisions. But alas, the school seems hell-bent on maintaining it’s shiny reputation at all costs. All that’s gotten them is notoriety as the best school to get laid with a decent football program. Shape up UM.

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MacDinton's Bar 405 South Howard Av e n u e Ta m pa , F L 3 3 6 0 6 (813) 251-8999 Crowds flock to this Hyde Park joint. Maybe it’s because MacDinton’s is considered by many to be a college haven. Perhaps it’s because of the huge party scene with a little bit of a vacation vibe thrown in. Or maybe they just come for the sick drink prices. Whatever the case, MacDinton’s is sure to provide you with a crazy night out. The Irish bartenders give it a bit of an authentic feel, but the tiki bar, while confusing, proves that MacDinton’s real theme is a good fucking time. Come for the drinks and the party, but when your stomach starts to rumble, hit up some of their yummy Irish treats.

Kenny's sports bar 206 North Morgan Street Ta m pa , F L 3 3 6 0 2 (813) 221-2337 Hit up this downtown Tampa joint for lunch, dinner, or late night dining. Their sandwiches are mouthwatering and more than a little addictive. I recommend the turkey and brie sandwich if you really want your mind blown. They have a sick and diverse selection of beers on tap from Stella to Bud Light, to Woodchuck Cider and Delirium. Between what’s on draft and their multitude of bottled beers, you are sure to find the thirst quencher you are craving. Drink specials include sweet deals on buckets and consistent $2 PBR drafts, a collegiate favorite.

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Tiny Tap 2 1 0 5 W e s t M o r r i s o n av e Ta m pa , F L (813) 254-3872 Tiny Tap is easily the best dive bar in Tampa. If you’re not into bars like Tiny Tap , at least sometimes, you cannot

respectfully call

yourself a college student. This totally chill joint sports a sick jukebox and cheap games of pool. The dim atmosphere is perfect for chilling out and catching a buzz. Word to the wise, though, if you’re not used to good ol’ American beers on draft and only good ol’American beers, then this joint is not for you. Next time your itchin’ to spend some time in a real bar, stop by Tiny Tap near the railroad tracks off Howard.

Copper top pub 5 1 1 2 E a s t F o w l e r Av e Temple Terrace, FL (813) 988-8656 If you’ve never had the awe-inspiring smoked chicken wings at Copper Top Pub, then you’ve never eaten chicken wings. Skeptical? They offer all-you-can-eat deals on Mondays to turn you into a believer. This joint is a USF favorite and typically draws a young crowd.

Located right on

East Fowler, they have a great happy hour til 7pm to help you unwind after a long day of classes. Beers are cheap but they still offer a decent selection of microbrews. Featuring local bands on many nights, this energetic college bar is ideal for hanging out and kicking a few back with a great group of friends.

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Local happy hour guide: tampa

The cider house

1752 Central Avenue, St Petersburg, FL - (727) 822-7400 Beer Bingo - Free Beer for Winners

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Peabody's Billiards

1600 East 8th Avenue Tampa, FL - (813) 247-1422 $1 off house pints, buy 1 get 1 house wine, $ 1 off wells

15333 Amberly Drive Tampa, FL- (813) 972-1725 $ 1 Miller Lite, PBR, and Bud Select, $ 1 wells, $ 2 domestic drafts

Macdinton's

Cody's Roadhouse

405 South Howard Avenue Tampa, FL - (813) 251-8999 7 pm - close, $ 2 Sam Adams Seasonal Draft, $ 2 Smirnoff Vodka and Flav's, $ 2 Smirnoff shots

Copper top pub

5112 East Fowler Avenue Temple Terrace, FL (813) 988-8656 T-Shirt Tuesday, wear your Copper Top t-shirt and get $ 1 pints of bud select ot and bud light, $ 3 pints of woodchuck and stella. Also, from 9 pm until 1 am all you can drink bud select $ 7.

8615 North 56th Street Tampa, FL - (813) 985-9130 2-4-1 Fajitas!

The cider house

1752 Central Avenue, St Petersburg, FL - (727) 822-7400 Ladies Night $ 2.75 for 16 oz Strongbow Cider

Ta m pa b ay brewing c o m pa n y

1600 East 8th Avenue Tampa FL - (813) 247-1422 $ 1 off house pints, buy 1 get 1 house wine, $ 1 off wells

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Thursday

405 South Howard Avenue Tampa, FL - (813) 251-8999 From 7 pm, Free darts, $ 3 Harp, Smithwicks, and Guinness pints. $ 4 Jameson. $ 5 Jameson Car Bombs

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Wednesday

Macdinton's

Tuesday

monday Cheap

309 South Howard Avenue Tampa, FL - (813) 258-5878 (5pm-Close) 1/2 Price Bottle of TYKU Black Label Sake 1/2 Price Red & White Sangria Pitchers 1/2 Price Select Beers $2.50 Bottles of Sapporo $3 Featured House Wines $7 Featured Sakatinis made with Tyku Sake Double Tall Cocktails for the price of a single (Top Shelf & Down!)

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The kennedy

2408 West Kennedy Boulevard Tampa, FL - (813) 259-9669 ALL NIGHT LONG $3 Heineken Light $3 Shots of Trad Silver with the purchase of a beer $3 Skyy Flavors for the Ladies $4 Shots Made with Svedka Flavor of the Month $5 Level $5 Johnny Vegas w/ Trad Silver Tequila $5 Jager Bombs $6.50 Skyy Flavor Bomb $7.50 Level Bomb

Macdinton's

405 South Howard Avenue Tampa, FL - (813) 251-8999 $ 1 Miller Lite Drafts, $ 4 Jack Daniels, $ 5 Patron and Patron XS,

The cider house

1752 Central Avenue, St Petersburg, FL - (727) 822-7400 $ 3 Guinness Pints


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405 South Howard Avenue Tampa, FL - (813) 251-8999 $10 Open Bar includes ALL Draft Beers, House Wines & Well Liquors, inc Jack Daniels, Finlandia Vodka's & Southern Comfort cocktails. After Crazy Happy Hour $6 Grey Goose & $5 Bacardi's from 8pm to close.

405 South Howard Avenue Tampa, FL - (813) 251-8999 7 pm to Close $5 Vodka Red Bull $6 Finlandia Red Bull $4 Amstel Light Draft & Bottles $4 Newcastle Draft

Copper top pub

5112 East Fowler Avenue Temple Terrace, FL (813) 988-8656 $ 1 off all bottles 5 pm - 7 pm

Peabody's Billiards

15333 Amberly Drive Tampa, FL- (813) 972-1725 $ 12 all you can drink, Bud, Bud Light, Bud Select, Miller Lite, Coors Light, during all NFL games - After 7 pm $3-$4-$5 'You Call It's'

Macdinton's

405 South Howard Avenue Tampa, FL - (813) 251-8999 $4 Mimosa and Bloody Mary Pints from 11am until 7pm. Irish Breakfast served until 3pm. Live Music from 5pm - Close. $2.50 Corona & Corona Lights ALL Day & Night Make it a Loaded Corona for only $2 extra. $3.00 Absolut and Absolut Flav's from 7pm - close.

Pour House

1208 East Kennedy Boulevard #112, Tampa, FL- (813) 402-2923 Open - 7pm, Drafts $ 1 off, Wines by glass $ 1 off

everyday

Macdinton's

Macdinton's

sunday

C HEAP

309 South Howard Avenue Tampa, FL - (813) 258-5878 (5pm-8pm) Everyone enjoys 1/2 Price Red & White Sangria Pitchers 1/2 Price Select Beers $3 Featured House Wines Double Tall Cocktails for the price of a single (Top Shelf & Down! 1/2 Price Shrimp Tempura Roll, Calamari, Chicken Banderillas, Queso De Cabra Crazy Happy Hour Friday Crazy Happy Hour from 6 - 8 pm.

saturday

Friday

f s S E

The Hangout

16411 North Florida Avenue Lutz, FL (813) 964-5631 $ 2 PBR cans and Bud Select Bottles, $ 6 Bud Select Pitchers, $ 7.25 domestic pitchers, $ 3.75 wells, $ 4.75 calls

The Hub Bar

719 North Franklin Street Tampa, FL- (813) 229-1553 $ 1.50 PBR and Busch can beer, Jager $ 5.50, Can Smoke Everyday

The Pour house

1208 East Kennedy Boulevard #112, Tampa, FL (813) 402-2923Open - 7pm, Drafts $ 1 off, Wines by glass $ 1 off

Whiskey Joe's

7720 West Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL (813) 281-0407 5 pm - 7 pm, 9 pm - 11 pm, Whiskey Joe's Feature drinks $ 4 - 5, $ 4 Captain Morgan Drinks, Domestic Drafts $ 2, Imports $ 3

T i n y Ta p

2105 West Morrison Avenue Tampa, FL - (813) 254-3872 $2 PBRs

Prices and Specials Subject to Change without Notice; always call first. Information provided by the venues. Information should be valid from September to October. If you have a happy hour you'd like to list, or have corrections to what is already listed, email: happyhour@backslashonline.com

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