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Former CCC student killed at house party in Auburn
CAYUGABriefs CCC Director of Public Relations leaves post
by Danielle Skowron, Editor-in-chief
CCC’s Director of Public Relations, Margaret D. Spillett, has left CCC for a position as editor of the SUNY Oswego alumni magazine and as a senior writer in the alumni and development office.
11th Antique Appraisal Fair at Cayuga CC The Auburn/Cayuga Community College Alumni Association is sponsoring its 11th annual Antique Appraisal Fair. The event will be open to the public on Sunday, October 13, from noon to 4 p.m. at Cayuga Community College in the Nature Center building, located behind the Auburn Campus, 197 Franklin St. Items may be brought in to Robert Chilson of Purple Money Antiques, Weedsport, N.Y.; Dana DeVaul, Estate Broker in Cazenovia, N.Y.; and Robert Cargill who specializes in sports memorabilia, for a verbal appraisal. Those interested can bring in their antiques and collectibles for appraisal at $2 per item or 3 items for $5. Photos can be brought in for items too large to carry. All proceeds will benefit the Alumni Association’s programs and services. For details, contact Louise in the Alumni Affairs office at 315-255-1743, extension 2224 or Mary at extension 2454.
Special Meeting of CCC Board of Trustees planned for October 2nd A special meeting of the Board of Trustees will take place on Wednesday, October 2 at 5:30 PM in the College’s Business Industry Center in the James T. Walsh Regional Economic Center on the Auburn Campus, 199 Franklin Street.
Vol. 60 Issue 3 October 1, 2013
CCC Telcom students attend 2013 Society of Broadcast Engineers Expo in Verona by Eric Nans, Staff Writer CCC Telcom students recently participated in the 2013 Annual Society of Broadcast Engineers Technology Conference and Expo recently at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. Presentations in Broadcasting, Cable, New Media, Presentation Technology Integration, Event Production, Worship Multimedia, Public Safety, Security or Medical fields were offered. The students attended a variety of activities including a panel discussion with experienced media professionals. The student enjoyed learning from the many exhibitors at the Expo. Telcom students say they really enjoyed the complimentary 10 minute chair massage, as well as, a free sandwich bar. Transportation to and from the event was also provided and widely appreciated.
Police say a weekend house party in Auburn turned deadly when former Cayuga Community College student, 28-year-old Matthew Prego originally from Skaneateles, was stabbed at a house party early Saturday Matthew morning. He was rushed Prego to Auburn Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Prego was reportedly arguing with Kevin Richie, 28, at 22 Case Street in Auburn when the altercation turned fatal. According to Auburn Police Department officials, the circumstances Kevin Richie of the fight are murky and investigators are still interviewing witnesses. Police say Ritchie fled the scene after the stabbing occurred and was found hiding in some bushes very early Sunday morning and arrested. Ritchie was charged with murder, criminal possession of a weapon and obstructing governmental administration. Prego attended Auburn High School, attended CCC and then continued his studies at SUNY Morrisville. Friends and family of Prego are shocked and grief-stricken. “Now there is nothing left to say with my stomach all in knots and my heart in my throat all I can say is rest sweetly, Matthew,” said family friend Angeleanna Murphy of Auburn.
October is Domestic Violence Month SEE STORY PAGE TWO
Federal Government allocates billions in education aid each year; do you qualify? by Nicole Lemoine, Staff Writer The Federal Office of Student Aid offers more than $150 billion in grants, loans and work study funds to college students each year. What can you do to be sure you receive your share of these resources? Every college student encounters the daunting task of finding a way to pay for their education. Your school’s financial aid office or the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website should be the first place you look for such money. Even if you think that you will not qualify, you should still apply. The application for Student Financial Aid can be found online at fasfa.ed.gov. The FASFA website also has a useful tool called FASFA4caster that will help you better understand all of your options when it comes to paying for college. This is an easy to use tool that will provide you with cost and eligibility estimates. Once your tuition is paid for, any excess aid money can be used for educational-related purposes such as textbooks, room and board, and any other necessary school supplies. Some students may also use the excess aid to pay for summer courses. According to Cayuga Community
College’s financial aid office, parents and dependent students should file their taxes and apply for financial aid early and then be sure to check all requirements. They say the biggest mistake that students make is not meeting deadlines and forgetting to check the status of their applications after they have completed their FASFA. One out of every three students will be required to provide additional information to their financial aid office. So make sure you apply early and check your MYCAYUGA profile often and regularly to check for important messages regarding your financial aid. So file early, check often and be diligent in order to secure your piece of the $150 billion.
October 1 is World College Radio Day
Will the U.S. Government be shutdown? ANYONE ANYWHERE ANYTIME by Danielle Skowron, Editor-in-chief
by Christine Jackson, Staff Writer
Shutdown is looming in the United States government if the parties cannot reach a deal. The huge debate in the house right now and is causing the delay in approving a new spending plan is Obamacare. The Republicans want to get rid of Obamacare and the democrats say that they are not approving anything that chips away or gets rid of Obamacare. The Republican party
believes that Obamacare and the taxing on medical devices is controversial. They do not agree with it and want to do away with it, but the democrats will not stand to watch that happen. As the two parties duke it out, the citizens are watching and waiting to see if the Government is going to shut down at 12:01, Tuesday morning, which at this point is a huge responsibility.
Nine tips to make your life easier at CCC by Danielle Skowron, Editor-in-chief Want to make the best of your life here at CCC? Are you struggling? Here’s 9 tips to make your life here at Cayuga easier. 1. Utilize the CAS. It’ll make your life way easier. If you’re stuck on an essay, they have tutors for that. If you’re stuck on a math problem, they have tutors for that! 2. Join a club. Meet people and become involved. You may find that you are having the best time of your life. Plus, it looks good on your college applications to join a club. 3. Plan time to do homework. If you don’t keep up with your homework, you’re more than likely going to fall behind in the class. Homework is very important. 4. Go to all the activities and shows that the college puts on. Most of the people that they have perform for us
are interesting and unique. It is worth taking your time to go see them. 5. Don’t schedule a morning class if you are not a morning person. I promise, you will more than likely never get up for that class. 6. Use post it notes to remember your homework and appointments! Put them where you’ll see them. 7. In addition to the post it notes, buy a daily planner. Write down what is due and when it’s due. That way you’re not surprised the night before an essay that the essay is due the next day. 8. Stay organized! You don’t want to lose anything important. Being messy can be stressing. 9. Have fun and relax. Don’t stress the little stuff. These years are suppose to be the best years of your life.
Barilla Pasta in the broiler over comment by Danielle Skowron, Editor-in-chief Even pasta can’t avoid the world’s judging. Barilla Pasta chairman, Guido Barilla, made an anti-gay remark which has sent customers into a frenzy. Barilla went on radio and said “I would never do (a commercial) with a homosexual family, not for lack of respect but because we don’t agree with them. “Ours is a classic family where the woman plays a fundamental role.” The Barilla pasta advertising features a “happy” family living in Italy. Consumers are outraged and are calling for the boycott of the pasta company. An apology video has been posted on Barilla Pasta’s Facebook page.
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October is domestic violence month. While the signs and implications of domestic and sexual violence should always be at the forefront of our minds now is as good a time as any to recognize an abusive situation and to help ourselves or someone we care about recognize it and bring it to an end as quickly and safely as possible. Anyone, at any age, from any walk of life can become a victim of domestic and/or sexual violence. If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend who has threatened you with violence, called you names or belittled you, put their hands on you in an unwelcome or hurtful way, threatened to destroy your belongings, hurt your pets or children, break up with you or ruin your reputation to get what they want, you have been a victim. No One Wants to Be “The Victim” The world victim seems to carry such a stigma these days. It’s as if the whole world wants to blame the victim for putting themselves into a vulnerable situation with a negative or violent person rather than to address the behavior of the perpetrator. Psychologists coin this tendency to blame the victim the “fundamental attribution error.” Psychcentral.com defines fundamental attribution error as “[p]eople’s tendency to overemphasize internal explanations for the behavior of others, while failing to take into account the power of the situation.” In other words, we look at an abusive relationship and we think to ourselves, “Why doesn’t she/he just leave?” Or, “She/He should have known better.” We place the fault of the situation with the abused rather than the abuser when the opposite should be true. If we examine the definition of the word victim, “a person harmed, injured or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action,” nowhere do we see the words blame, fault, or weakness. In fact, a person who can stand up and say that they were a victim of a crime should be praised for their courage and strength in coming forward and putting an end to a bad situation. Don’t be ashamed to say that you were a victim. The key world in that sentence is were. You stop being a victim when you raise your voice to put an end to whatever you are enduring. Sexual Violence vs. Teen Dating Violence vs. Domestic Violence What if you weren’t in a domestic relationship? Let’s suppose that you went to a party. You saw a guy that you’ve been talking to a lot lately and decide to hang out with him. He offers you a ride home from the party and then makes sexual advances even though you’ve told him no. Any attempt that he made at physical coercion or actual sexual contact is now considered a sexual violence and is against the law. If this is something that occurs with a boyfriend or anyone who is not a stranger it is known as “Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse” or “Teen Dating Violence” and is also considered a crime under the law. Instead of placing each type of violence into its own category maybe it will make it easier to identify if we categorize it all under the heading of abusive behavior, reach out to trusted friends and family members and let the authorities sort it out. Following is a list of abusive behaviors. Not every item listed needs to be present at the same time for an abusive situation to exist. Forms of Abusive Behavior • Emotional abuse – Embarrassing a person in front of others, name-calling • Physical abuse – Physically hurting someone, preventing a person from leaving a location • Sexual abuse – Forcing someone to have sex, not allowing someone to use birth control
• Limiting Independence – Telling someone what to do, giving a person rules to follow • Isolation – Not allowing someone to see their friends • Threats – To leave someone or hurt them • Intimidation – Making a person afraid with a look • Harassment – Texting someone frequently, spying • Minimization, denial & blame – Telling a person that their fears are all in their head What To Do If You Believe it is Happening to a Friend/Family Member Sometimes it is easier to see an abusive situation when you are looking in from the outside. The person being abused may be afraid to come forward or feel ashamed that this is happening to them. The best thing you can do is alert the person to the fact that you have seen some signs in their relationship that causes you to be concerned about their well-being. Identify the things that concern you to that person and let him/ her know that you are there if they want to talk. Expect that at first that person might not appreciate you “butting in.” Realize though that it begins a dialogue that they will be able to return to when they are ready to confront their situation. If you feel that you are not getting through and you are genuinely fearful for a friend’s safety, reach out to other friends/parents/ trusted adults for some guidance in where to go from there. The following is a list of signs that someone may be in an abusive relationship and a list that provides suggestions as to how to approach the situation with a friend. If you witness an act of violence you are within your rights to call emergency services. At the end of the day your friend’s safety is more important than whether or not they get angry at you and try to end the friendship. In the end, a true friend will appreciate that you cared enough to intervene. Potential Signs of an Abusive Relationship • Unexplained injuries • Boyfriend/girlfriend hurting self, others or pets • Change in appearance or behavior • Apologizing for boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s behavior • Spending all their time with their boyfriend/ girlfriend • Boyfriend/girlfriend constantly checks up on them • Name-calling, demeaning comments from boyfriend/girlfriend • Giving up interests such as friends, school sports or other extra-curricular activities • Technology can also be used by individuals to control their boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s actions by cell phones and spreading rumors thru social networking websites. What to do if your friend is a victim: • Offer support and just listen • Help her or him develop a plan to keep him or her safe • Encourage them to do activities with friends and family • It’s okay for you to tell her or him that you are afraid for their safety • Respect the decision that the make; this may include their staying in the relationship. The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence provides helpful information to help you determine whether or not you have been a victim and provides links or phone numbers for support. NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1.800.942.6906 or TTY 1.800.818.0656 English & español/Multi-language Accessibility. Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 711 NYS Child Abuse Hotline at 1.800.342.3720 National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.7233 or TTY 1.800.787.3224 National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.4673 National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 1.866.331.9474 or TTY 1.866.331.8453 If a criminal act occurs, it is YOUR RIGHT to dial 911.
Lady Spartans Win Final Men’s Soccer off to excellent Home Game of the Season start, ranked #5 in Region III The Cayuga Volleyball Spartans defeated Davis College for their final home game of the season. Stat leaders for the evening included freshman, Lexi Tucker (Union Springs, NY), freshman Shanna Shaff (Lansing, NY), and
freshman Meghan Morrin (Clyde-Savannah, NY). Tucker had 23 serve receive attempts completing 22 and also had 14 digs and 2 aces. Shaff finished with 2 kills, 3 aces, and 10 digs. Morrin lead the team offensively with 6 kills.
Coming off their 3-0 win last week against previously ranked Broome and despite suffering their first losses of the season, an 1-0 overtime heartbreaker to Jamestown and a 4-1 loss to Genesee CC…the Spartan men’s soccer team was ranked #5 in the latest NJCAA Region III Coaches Poll. The Spartans are currently 5-2-1 on the young season, with their latest victory over Finger
Lakes Community College 9/28, 2-1. Region III is home to some of the best junior college programs in the country…and includes nationally ranked Herkimer (#1), Tompkins-Cortland (#3) and Adirondack (#6). Best of luck to the Spartans as they look to break into the national rankings and a berth in the Region III post-season! GO SPARTANS!
The Cayuga Spartans looked to extend their unbeaten record, but Jamestown had other ideas at Emerson Park September 21st. Both times of the men’s and women’s game times got moved due to a potential storm in the mid-afternoon. The men’s game kicked off at 1 pm, with the usual Spartans speed of play and possession. It wasn’t long before Cayuga started testing the Jayhawk keeper and defense. With Cayuga putting pressure on the Jamestown defense, but not being able to score, and a PK call which was waved away by the referee, it finished 0-0 in the first half. The second half got underway, and a lot of chances fell to both teams, but neither team could capitalize on their efforts. Jason Boxx (London, England) had a goal-line clearance to deny Jamestown going in front 1-0, in the 80th minute. Boxx who is currently leading the team in shots and blocks. The 90 minutes ended and both teams were deadlocked at 0-0. The first period over overtime (OT) started and Jayhawks broke the hearts of the Spartans in
the 97th minute, when a shot from the top of the box went into the Cayuga net to end the unbeaten streak for Cayuga. The Jayhawks won the game 1-0 in the first period of overtime. Coach Wynne said, “We had a lot of possession and shots, but the longer failed to score allowed an opportunity for Jamestown to win the game. It was a great game to watch, but I’m disappointed with our finishing. With a total of 25 plus shots and not one hitting the back of the net was a little shocking to me, but that’s the game of soccer. The players are disappointed because they know they could have done better, but hey, again, it’s a game. It’s tough when you’re unbeaten because the target on your back gets bigger. Now, we know what it’s like to get beaten and we need to deal with it and move on. We’ve still got a lot of soccer to play and we’ll only get better from learning from this defeat. Fair play to Jamestown they worked hard and deserved the win.” The Cayuga Spartans played Genesee Community College on Wednesday 9/25 in Batavia and lost a second heart-breaker 4-1.
Jamestown Community College too Much for Lady Spartans Jayhawks & Genesee CC Stop Spartans Unbeaten Record The Lady Spartans fell 10-1 to Jamestown Community College on Emerson Field. The early going of the match was played most of the time in the Spartans defensive end as Jamestown held a distinct advantage in possession and shots on goal. The Lady Chelsea Galuski Spartans relinquished the first goal for Jamestown at the 10 minute mark, with Jenna Clausen tallying the first goal and they would take a 6-0 lead into the break. The
second half would see much of the same play, but the Spartans did push forward more and it resulted in three great chances on break aways by Theresa Miller, Madison Robillard and Chelsea Galuski. On the lone Spartan goal, Galuski tallied her first point of the season on a beautiful through ball to Theresa Miller. Miller then would turn on her jets and get in behind the defense and place the ball perfectly under the outstretched body of goalie Kaitlyn Knott in the 75th minute of the match. On the day, Danielle Mayville would accumulate 14 saves, with Katilyn Knott making two great saves to preserve only one goal against her for the match.
College and Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival host groundbreaking event Cayuga Community College and the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival broke ground on the site of the Schwartz Family Performing Arts Center on Monday. The new state-of-theart jewel box theatre will host musicals such as Spamalot, Million Dollar Quartet, Tommy, and Avenue Q. The two entities entered into a 25-year agreement, late in 2010, to share use of the new College 300-seat theatre in downtown Auburn. Leaders from both organizations praised the innovative partnership as a way to benefit the College and the Central New York and the Finger Lakes region. “We’re excited about this project because it brings the College back into downtown Auburn, just blocks from where the College was founded on James Street 60 years ago,” said College President Daniel P. Larson. “The College will be able to provide new academic and community programming in an accessible and convenient location in the heart of Auburn’s Creative Corridor.” The College will use the space during the academic year, and the Musical Theatre Festival will host shows throughout the summer. The event paid tribute to the generous donors who are helping to make the theatre a reality, including the Schwartz Family Foundation of Pittsford, the theatre will bear the family’s name. Ed Sayles, producing director of the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival/MerryGo-Round Playhouse thanked those who came to support the event. “I want to thank you all for sharing their vision, for being unafraid to hope that Auburn can return to where it has been,” Sayles said. “We are so excited to be here with all of you, to recognize the generosity of our donors, and to move this project forward.” “The Schwartz family has been incredibly supportive of the College and our students for decades,” Larson said. “In fact, the late Maurice I. Schwartz, a former two-term mayor of Auburn and then president of the Auburn City School Board of Education, played an
integral in helping to found the College in 1953. The Schwartz Family Foundation and College have had a relationship since then, with several Schwartz family scholarships and gifts to the annual fund nearly every year. “Their naming gift as well as the substantial gifts from our other theatre donors supports the College and the Musical Theatre Festival, and they help us energize the regional economy through professional theatrical performances and cultural experiences that will boost tourism and spending in the area,” Larson said. Brad Schwartz spoke on behalf of the Schwartz Family Foundation and recalled all the places on and around State Street that had meaning to his family, including the site itself where the Kalet store used to be. “We were very close to the Kalets,” he said. “It is fitting that the theatre be built here.” The Stardust Foundation of Central New York donated $2.5 million toward the construction of the new theatre, which brought the foundation’s total investment in the Festival to $4 million. In December 2011, the College and the festival announced a $100,000 gift from the Foresman family to name the Joanne Foresman Lobby. In addition to the Schwartz and Foresman families, the event paid tribute to the generous donors who are helping make the theatre a reality including the Emerson Foundation, Stardust Foundation, Allyn Foundation, and the Gifford Foundation. The community effort and has also received support from the Richard Mather Fund, Kauffman Foundation, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund, J.M. McDonald Foundation and numerous individual donors. The capital funds from the State University of New York will cover half of the $7.7 million project, and the College granted the Festival naming rights to the theatre to help raise the remaining half. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2014, with the theatre ready for the 2015 Summer Season of Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival.
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Zac Bridslow is the local artist of the week, his band is called: Far From Over. They have been together a little over 2 ½ years. The band members are: Zac Birdslow (vocals) is 20, Tyler Battist (guitar) is 17, Zane Pointon (drums) 17, and Alex Carter (bass) is 17. The band’s genre is a hybrid of Modern rock and Post Hardcore. Birdslow says that his music sounds a lot like 30 seconds to Mars, Breaking Bejamin, and Coheed and Cambria. The band released an EP February 2013 called Burn. You can find it on the website: https://www. facebook.com/FFOband. Birdslow says the band feels like they evolved from that EP. Birdslow states this EP is not a proper representation of their new sound. Birdslow says the band is currently writing and working on a full-length album they hope to have finished by early 2014. In past shows, they have opened for: Boba Flex, Fuel, Art of Dyinging, Adam Gontier (former singer from three days grace), Non point, TaptRoot, Otherwise, and Skidrow. The band has upcoming shows. They are
opening for Silverstein at the Lost Horizon on November 5th. Birdslow also talked about his creative process. “It’s pure, they pretty much just jam out, keep track and whatever is left they raise a Phoneix from the ashes of the after math,” he said. Lyrically, Birdslow says he and Alex sit down and hash out the dirty details till they have the sound they desire. “I would like people to come to a show, or listen to a CD and relate,” said Birdslow. “When I write I write about real things that have happen to me, I feel put all my dirty laundry into my lyrics.,” he said. Birdslow said people have told him his music has elements a live feel, described melodies and songs to be uplifting and energizing. Birdslow says the band is big on movement and making people move.They favor crowd interaction. “I support kids moving at shows, kids today go to a show and pay money to bob-their-heads, he comes from a background of involvement, he likes to see people moving and having a good time at his shows.” Thank you Zac for being in this week’s artist spotlight.
Date: 10/2 Dress up 70s DAY Time: All day Location: Both campuses
Date: 10/9 Tracey Ashely Time: 11:00 am Location: Auburn campus
Date: 10/3, 10/5, 10/8 Auburn’s Farmers Co-Op Market Time: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm Location: 97 State Street (Curley’s Parking Lot) Auburn
Live Music Events:
Date 10/3 Exhibition - Fertile Imagination: Art and Agriculture Time 10:00 am-5:00 pm Location: Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee Street, Auburn Date 10/4 Artist Walk About Time 5:00 pm-8:00 pm Location: Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee Street, Auburn Date: 10/4 NYS DOT Highway Cleanup of Rt 481 Time: 11am Location: Fulton campus Date 10/4, 10/5, 10/6 10/8, 10/9 Faces of Cayuga County: 1880-1920 Time: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Location: Cayuga Museum, Auburn, NY Date: 10/8, 10/15 Workshop from Drawing to Painting Time 2:00 pm-4:00 pm Location: Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee Street, Auburn
Date: 10/2 Freeway tour (night 1) Flux Pavilion + Cookie Monsta + Brown and Gammon + Synchronize Time: doors at 7:00 pm show at 8:00 pm Location: The Westcott Theater Date: 10/3 Freeway tour (night 2) Flux Pavilion + Cookie Monsta + Brown and Gammon + Direktor Time: doors at 7:00 pm show at 8:00 pm Location: The Westcott Theater Date: 10/4 DOPAPOD + Minority Report + Sassafras Jenkins Time: doors at 7:00 pm show at 8:00 pm Location: The Westcott Theater Date: 10/5 The Music Of Pink Floyd Any Color of Floyd Time: doors at 8:00 pm show at 9:00 pm Location: The Lost Horizon Date: 10/11 SKRILLEX + 12th Planet + Two Fresh + Nadastrom Time: doors at 6:00 pm show at 7:00 pm Location: NYS Fair grounds Date: 10/12 BARE & OOKAY + Tittsworth + Stone Sound Time: doors at 7:00 pm show at 8:00 pm Location: The Lost Horizon
‘Odd Rod’ Slam Poetry is a hit by Kelsey Mclean, Staff Writer “Every show I do is inspiring. If I didn’t inspire you guys I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. I want to entertain you, to make you laugh, but it’s more than that.” Wise words from an even wiser man, Roderick ‘Odd?Rod’ Borisade, slam poet, artist, and occasional scholar. Odd?Rod visited CCC last Monday and its Fulton sister school Wednesday, talking about his life, his craft, and of course, his love for the flow. Roderick Borisade, born Roderick J. Harvey in Jacksonville, Florida, grew up in a broken household with Odd?Rod poses with CCC students on the Fulton Campus. a missing father and a drug addled from would-be romances, the freedom he feels in mother, struggling to make ends meet. While he admits he went ‘street’ for a while, he his poetry, right down to the not quite delicious also admits that it was his poetry and Art that pumpkin pie that his mother-- now seven years sober-- baked him. Don’t worry, he still loves her. kept him going strong. Eventually he quit the thug But more than anything, the one thing constant life and went to Jacksonville University to get his Graphic Design degree and work om his craft, in all his slams is the power to persevere and be eventually going on to slam full-time across the you in a harsh and violent environment, something that he certainly knows best about. His words are country. more than just words, and his entertainment does Slam poetry differs from poetry by emphasizing less on rhyming and word structure more than just entertain. Any artist would be and more on the performance and rhythm of proud. If you want to learn more or maybe just the words, something that requires incredible charisma and wordsmithing, but Odd?Rod says friend him with a thumbs up, you can contact he has a natural ‘gift’ for writing, memorizing him on his Facebook (ODD?ROD), his twitter (@ and performing his poems which shine brightly Goodbadboy), or his Youtube account (mroddrod). when he’s on stage. He slams about everything
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Stormy Fall by Nicole Lemoine Randomness of thoughts betray The leaves blow on, the trees they stay The wind blows swiftly as the thoughts quietly evade Off they go just fragments of yesterdays Time ticks away yet the minutes seem to never-end Memories of laughter, of family and friends Rustling leaves caught up by the breeze Faintly they whisper to hush the storm brewing within A chill is in the air as the clouds circle around A cold rain begins to silently fall upon the ground Oppressive darkness takes hold in the midst of the storm A rumbling from deep within takes form Flashes of anger, and within the light can just barely be seen Bits and pieces of what used to be The air is unsteady, the earth drenched in it’s tears The thunder clashing overhead Intensifying each moment, by the whirling winds it is fed Looking up as the clouds are violently stirring I scream There’s no end to it, I close my eyes, is it a dream? Just then a tingling warmth and a heavenly glow As fast as the storm had come it would go...