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• February 25, 2014 | Volume 24, Issue 21 |

The Student-Run Newspaper of Nova Southeastern University

Sharks Speak Out: Students’ thoughts on NSU’s daily noon - 1 p.m. class break

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NSU students have “Got Talent”

By: Li Cohen

The Student Events and Activities Board will host the seventh annual NSU’s Got Talent on March 21 at 7 p.m. at Shark Circle. Individuals and groups of up to eight students can apply to perform at the talent show by March 14 at 5 p.m. The fi rst-place winner will be awarded $500, while second and third place winners will receive $300 and $200, respectively. If a group wins, the money will go toward their student organization. If an individual wins, he or she will receive a gift certifi cate to the NSU Bookstore. The show will be set up like the NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” with a red neon “X” placed on the stage. If the judges don’t like a performance, they hit a button to make the “X” light up and the performers have to stop immediately. Past shows have averaged between 20 and 25 performances, ranging from singing to demonstrating sign language. Lindsey Goldstein, senior


The Riff Tides’ a capella singers were all smiles after winning last year’s NSU’s Got Talent.

education major and S.E.A Board’s vice president of traditions, said that S.E.A. Board is hoping for a larger attendance this year; around 300 chairs will be set up. A disc jockey from Solo Entertainment will play music, and attendees will be offered popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy and other treats.

Previously, students enrolled in a leadership class taught by Vice President of Student Affairs Brad Williams were required to produce a three-minute act for the show. Due to Williams’s new, additional role as dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, his leadership class was not offered this semester.

Williams said that because student leaders won’t be required to take part in the show this year, “It’ll be really interesting to see [if] students will step up and lead.” Williams plans on teaching the class again in the future. Goldstein said, “I think we’ll have more serious contenders [this

year] because students will enter the show to really compete, rather than get a grade.” Last year’s winners, the Riff Tides, NSU’s fi rst a capella group, will compete again, along with the Maasti and Bhangra dance teams. Shona Joseph, freshman biology major and Maasti member, has high hopes for success. “This year, there’s a lot more diversity [on the team], so that will make us more successful,” Joseph said. Williams encourages competitors to look at NSU’s Got Talent as a way to become more involved with the university while having fun and educating audience members on their organization. “If you win, it’s a bonus,” he said. For more information, contact Goldstein at or visit the S.E.A. Board offi ce next to the RecPlex in the Don Taft University Center.

Fishing for scholarships Business school hosts admissions day

By: Alyssa DiMaria NSU’s Oceanographic Center will partner with the Marine Industries Association of South Florida to present the Fort Lauderdale Billfi sh Tournament on March 1, which raises merit-based scholarships for oceanographic doctoral students. Around 150 participants, including NSU community members and local fi shermen, are expected to attend. Last year’s tournament raised $100,000, which went directly to fund scholarships for three students. The event’s organizers hope to award at least four scholarships this year, possibly more, depending on the total funds raised. To be considered for one of the scholarships, students and their faculty advisers submit proposals outlining the student’s planned research and academic projects. Joseph Donzelli, associate director of Public Affairs for the OC, said the tournament showcases NSU’s commitment to its students. “Participants know they are going to be helping and educating the next generation of teachers, scientists

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Oceanographic Center researchers weigh in fish they caught at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament.

and explorers,” said Donzelli. NSU students and professors will gather tissue and other samples from the fi sh caught for further study at the OC labs. Max Appelman, graduate research assistant at the OC, said the fi sh will be

examined to fi nd out the role they play in the marine environment. “This tournament is a great way to bridge the gap between fi shermen and fi sheries science,” SEE FISHING 2

The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship will host the second biannual Graduate School Admissions Day in the Carl DeSantis Building’s Huizenga Sales Institute on March 6 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Prospective students will be able to submit their applications and transcripts, at no cost, for an immediate acceptance decision, enjoy light refreshments, and speak to enrollment and admissions representatives about the upcoming semester. If accepted, students can also meet with academic advisers to register for classes, sign up for orientation and speak with fi nancial representatives and faculty members. Director of Recruitment and Admissions Liza Sumulong said that current NSU seniors who attend the event and are accepted will receive a graduate tuition scholarship of $5,550. Students of all undergraduate academic programs are eligible. “If anybody is a senior and is looking at pursuing a business master’s degree, this is the day to

come,” Sumulong said. Admission decisions will be based on the applicant’s application, transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities, undergraduate GPA and whether the student received a bachelor’s from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree for international students. Once students are accepted into the master’s program, they will have the chance to attend a brief orientation session, visit the Don Taft University Center and tour the Horvitz Administration Building. Students who enroll and whose information is entered into the school’s database will be able to get a SharkCard and parking pass the same day. Sumulong recommends students know which of the business school’s 20 MBA and master’s programs they are interested in — such as accounting, leadership, taxation and global management — and come prepared to ask questions. A full list of the school’s programs can be found SEE HUIZENGA 2



FISHING from 1

Appelman said. “Educating fi shermen on the scientifi c methods practiced by marine scientists is always important.” The tournament will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Contestants will be able to weigh in their fish from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bahia Mar Marina. Following the event, there will be a cocktail reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and an awards dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bahia Mar Hotel. The tournament will be preceded by a kickoff party on Feb. 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Center of Excellence in the OC. The party will include a cocktail reception, a tour of the OC and a Captain’s Meeting,

in which individuals who have been designated as boat captions for the tournament will socialize and learn the tournament’s rules. The scholarship recipients will be announced at the Captain’s Meeting. Tournament entry fees vary. Participants unaffi liated with NSU pay $1,000. NSU students, faculty, staff and alumni pay $500, which includes one boat entry and two tickets to the Captain’s Meeting and the post-tournament awards banquet. Tickets for only the Captain’s Meeting and post-tournament reception are $50 each. Donzelli and Appelman hope the tournament will be fi lled with energy and enthusiasm, because

participants know they’re benefi ting students. Unlike other fi shing tournaments, winners will be awarded inexpensive trophies rather than monetary prizes. Donzelli said, “We want every last dollar to go towards benefi ting our students.” Appelman is looking forward to seeing the surprising catches made by participants. “You never know what kind of fish are going to cross the docks,” Appelman said. Interested participants and sponsors can RSVP and donate until the day before the event. To register and learn more, visit fi shingtournament.

this,” Sumulong said. Sixty people attended the fi rst event, 12 of which were completely registered by the end of the day. As of Feb. 10, there are 30 RSVPs for the March 6 admissions day. For a complete list of

admissions requirements, visit To RSVP for Admissions Day, visit huizenga. and click on the RSVP link next to “Graduate School Admissions Day.”

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at Sumulong said the fi rst admissions day was in December 2013. “We didn’t realize how many people would actually come in for

Cozy Corners to celebrate fundraiser By: Li Cohen NSU’s Cozy Corners will celebrate its third annual Kick-a-thon fundraiser on Feb. 26 during the halftime show of the last men’s home basketball game against the Florida Institute of Technology Panthers. Cozy Corners, a student organization, is raising $1,500 to redecorate the bedroom of a child who has been on an extended stay at Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital for cancer treatment. NSU clubs and organizations can sponsor an item of their choice for the room. Once they have raised the amount of money they committed to, one representative from each group will be eligible to participate in the Kicka-thon, performing 100 kicks with the Sharkettes, NSU’s dance team. So far, Alpha Kappa Psi, Beta

Theta Pi, Delta Phi Epsilon, Kappa Sigma and the Pre-Medical Society have committed to sponsoring items. Because Cozy Corners redecorated a young boy’s room last semester, they plan on redecorating a young girl’s room in March. Cozy Corners Co-founder and President Gabriela Teixeira, junior biology major, said, “It’ll be a lot of fun. We’re trying to raise a sense of community service with all the clubs getting involved.” For the fi rst time, Cozy Corners will host a dinner before the kicka-thon to celebrate the success of its fundraising efforts and to thank the community for its support. The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Don Taft University Center Pit. The families of the children whose rooms were decorated in the past will also attend and speak about

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their experiences with Cozy Corners. The dinner will be catered by Mai Kai, a Polynesian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, and is open to anyone who wants to attend. Delta Phi Epsilon member Bansi Savla, sophomore biology major, said that the Kick-a-thon is a way for the sorority to connect with other student organizations and raise money for a meaningful cause. “We are reaching out to the community in any way we can, which makes us stronger, not only as individual women, but as a sisterhood,” she said. For more information or to commit to sponsoring an item for a redecorated bedroom, contact Teixeira at or visit the Cozy Corners OrgSync page at

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Open house for prospective graduate students

By: Li Cohen NSU’s Division of Applied Interdisciplinary Studies and the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences will host an open house to showcase academic programs to prospective graduate students on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Maltz Psychology Building. Representatives from the Center for Psychology Studies, the Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health and Justice, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Farquhar graduate programs will attend. Farquhar Dean Don Rosenblum said that Farquhar’s Master of Science in Experimental Psychology and Master of Arts in Writing

programs are collaborating with the DAIS open house because they are small programs, only around 10 students each, and have limited marketing resources. “It’s been a very nice collaboration,” Rosenblum said. “The deans and the associate provosts in DAIS have been wonderfully supportive and collaborative.” Joseph Donzelli, associate director of the Offi ce of Public Affairs, said,“[Students] have the opportunity to meet with the people who are actually delivering the instructions [and] who are involved in the different programs and degree offerings, so they get the information right from those folks.” Attendees will receive general information about the colleges, take a tour of the psychology building,

enjoy light refreshments and meet with college representatives to learn about specifi c programs, degree offerings and fi nancial aid options. Rosenblum recommends that even undergraduate students as young as sophomores attend the open house, as students should always keep be thinking about their futures. “One of the wonderful things about this university is that, as an undergraduate student, you have access to the full diversity and array of resources for graduate programs, and you don’t have to wait until you’re a graduate student to take advantage of it,” he said. Karen Grosby, dean of the Center for Psychological Studies, said, “We really like to think of things from a perspective student point-of-view. This is a nice chance

to show them all of the possibilities.” Some of the program options from DAIS include Master of Science degrees in criminal justice, forensic psychology and gerontology; and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, confl ict analysis and resolution, and school psychology. Donzelli recommends that students who are interested in furthering their education, changing their careers or in learning what NSU has to offer attend. He also recommends that students dress appropriately and bring a notepad and writing utensil to take down important information and keep a record of contacts they network with. Although it is not required, students are encouraged to register prior to the event. Those who don’t register can do so when they arrive at the event. Donzelli hopes the event will inspire students to better understand themselves. “If we help somebody identify what they want to do with their lives, then the open house is worth it. That’s really what it’s all about,” he said. DAIS and Farquhar host multiple open house events throughout the year. The next one will be on May 2 at 6 p.m. To register for the event, visit

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Sickle-cell discussion Doctoral candidate Siddika Mulchan will discuss the diffi culties experienced by individuals with sickle-disease on Feb. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Maltz Psychology Building, Room 2045. This event is sponsored by the Center for Psychological Studies and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mulchan at or visit events.html. The story of Ruby Bridges As part NSU’s Black History Month events, Elana Lanczi, associate professor of dance, will present “Dance, Theatre, Art, and the Story of Ruby Bridges,” a discussion about the fi rst black child to attend an allwhite elementary school in the segregated South, on Feb. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cotilla Gallery of the Alvin Sherman Library. For more information, contact David Kilroy at 954262-8021 or or visit events.html. Free relationship checkups NSU’s Brief Therapy Institute is conducting free one-hour, private therapy consultations to help couples with struggling relationships, every Thursday through April, 3 to 5 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Brief Therapy Institute at 954-262-3030. Seussfest NSU will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with storytelling, crafts and entertainment on March 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Alvin Sherman Library. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP at library/rsvp or call the library at 954-262-5477. Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program Students are invited to apply for the Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program, through which undergraduate and graduate Fellows receive onthe-job government training for nine months in Tallahassee. Applications are due March 3. To learn more and apply, visit fl Sign up to perform Lyricists, poets, performance artists and writers are invited to perform at “Let’s Speak Truth Poetry & Spoken Word Night,” which will be held March 13 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cotilla Gallery of the Alvin Sherman Library. Performances are limited to fi ve minutes and must not contain profanity or graphic language. Sign up by March 7. For more information, contact Christie Williams at or 954-262-2106 or LeThesha Harris at or 954-262-5476.



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Faculty Spotlight: Sarah Valley-Gray By: Saily Regueiro Sarah Valley-Gray, associate professor in the Center for Psychological Studies, was always interested in the field of science and initially thought of going into the medical or dental field. It wasn’t until she was a student at the University of Miami that she realized her interest in psychology. “Every time that there was a spring or Christmas break, I would read all my psychology books,” she said. “It dawned on me that there was something to it and I decided on psychology.” In 1983, Valley-Gray graduated from UM with a bachelor’s in psychology. From there, she wasn’t exactly sure what branch of psychology she wanted to focus on but knew that, eventually, she wanted to get a doctorate degree. While contemplating future plans, Valley-Gray took a year and a half off to teach third grade at

North Carol City Elementary School and seventh grade at Miami Lakes Middle School. “I had always liked working with children, and so that’s why teaching was the opportunity for me to continue to work with kids while I figured out what I wanted to do,” said Valley-Gray. While working as a teacher, Valley-Grey enrolled in the psychology center at NSU and in 1993 received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology. After graduation, ValleyGray worked with autistic students and students who had suffered traumatic brain injuries, as a school psychologist for the Miami-Dade public school system. “It is wonderful when you work in the school system because you have the opportunity to work with every type of kid from every background,” said Valley-Gray. “Schools are the place that every kid has to go. It is the place where you

can really make a difference in the child’s life.” After working in the school system for five years, Valley-Gray returned to NSU to receive postdoctoral training in neuropsychology. Then, in 1999, a faculty position opened up for someone with experience working in a school and clinical psychology background. Valley-Gray applied and has been teaching at NSU ever since. She especially likes the diversity of NSU’s programs. “From a faculty perspective, it’s the most wonderful thing to know you have colleagues who are experts in all the different areas that you can consult with or work with on different projects at the psychology center,” said Valley-Gray. Valley-Gray teaches courses in intellectual assessment, counseling, and information teaching and administration. She’s also involved with the Psychology Professional Association at both the state and


Sarah Valley-Gray is an NSU graduate and has been teaching psychology here for 15 years.

national level. In 2001, Valley-Gray led the program for special development in school psychology at the Center for Psychological Studies, which led to the launch of the doctoral program in school psychology in 2011. Through this program, students have been able to take advantage of practical experiences and internships available in the South Florida public school system.

“I think, for any student applying for a graduate position, our psychology department is an incredible place because they get the opportunity to learn from people with such expertise,” said ValleyGray. “There are people in our department who have the expertise to mentor, supervise and support them. This is unique because there is no other place in this country that offers that.”

Bringing an IDEA to NSU

By: Saily Regueiro

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have type one or two diabetes, while 79 million people are considered pre-diabetic, meaning they could develop diabetes. To combat this disease, NSU students and faculty in the Health Professions Division and the ADA of Broward County have joined with community organizations to create an Inter-professional Diabetes Education and Awareness (IDEA) Initiative that will offer free diabetes education seminars and other services to the NSU community and the public. Terry Morrow, the College of Health Care Sciences’ assistant dean of student affairs, said, that the goal is to help decrease the number of people with diabetes. “We know that the health care cost for diabetics is 2.3 times higher than for people who don’t have diabetes, so there are some significant costs associated with the issue,” said Morrow. “That’s why we have looked at NSU as a place that could really address this issue with the community.” The IDEA initiative was launched in August 2012 when 45 students and eight faculty members from each of the HPD programs, were recruited and assigned to eight groups. These groups where


The IDEA initiative is made up of students and faculty from every program in the Health Professions Division.

responsible for creating and hosting workshops of different topics to bring about further awareness and education on diabetes. Morrow said, “A lot of the times, in the health professions,

everyone stays in their own little world and no one knows what the other professions can do to support somebody with diabetes or any other disease, so we are working on having our students become emerging

professionals who can look at an issue from a very broad perspective.” Since it’s started, the IDEA initiative has educated approximately 170 children and adults. This year, the initiative will host 21

workshops, with topics including diabetic medication management, healthy eating and exercise. These workshops, which be held through April, are free and open to the public. Stepan Uhlay, third-year graduate pharmacy student and member of IDEA, said, “Giving back to the community is something that NSU does a good job with. Education and awareness is probably one of the biggest and most successful things that NSU provides for the community, so this diabetes initiative is another great outreach program that people should know about.” Along with the ADA of Broward Country, the IDEA initiative has also partnered with Walgreens, which supplies free blood glucose testing, and the Tri-Rail System, which has put up posters to advertise the workshops. IDEA has also partnered with NSU’s Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Urban League of Broward County. Uhlyar said, “These organization have been very supportive and for next year, I am hoping to see more involvement from students, faculty, and community members so we can build more groups and continue to see a constant progression for the initiative.” For more information, including dates and locations of the workshops, email Terry Morrow at idea@nova. edu or call 954-NSU-CARE.



Diary of...

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an aspiring “American Idol” star By: Jennifer Chia Jennifer Chia is a junior marketing and theatre major and the president of NSU’s first all-female a capella group, the Riff Tides. Singing is her passion, and with her story, she hopes to inspire readers to never give up on their dreams. Singing has always been a big part of my life. Ever since I could talk, whatever came out of my mouth was a song. Growing up, I would take advantage of every singing opportunity I could, whether it was a choir in elementary school or the Bossa Nova Chorale at NSU. After watching “American Idol” for about six seasons, I finally decided to try out. Driving to Orlando with my family, I was a 17-year-old with a big dream to make it on the show’s ninth season. When I got there, I was excited and ready to go. I was prepared to sing “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse. After waiting about eight hours to audition, it was finally my turn, and after only about five minutes, the one word I was surprised to hear was “no.” My heart broke. How could something that came so easy to me be so hard to accomplish? The producers said to me and others, “Thanks, guys. Your voices aren’t quite there yet. Come back next year.” I realized I was going to have to work harder toward my goal of being on that “Idol” stage. As the years passed, I continued to take advantage of every singing opportunity that came my way, and I discovered musical theatre, which became a huge part of my life. My high school experiences, including musicals and thespian competitions, led me to choose theatre as my major at NSU. Since “Idol”, I have received countless no’s: “America’s Got Talent,” the first season of “The X Factor,” TV shows and commercials that involved singing, and even leads in musicals. I kept getting no’s.

They’re not lying when they say, “If you want to get big, you hear about a million no’s before you get a yes.” But I still didn’t give up. After looking up the auditions for all the big singing shows this past summer, I realized that none were coming to Florida. It was time to take a chance. I told my parents I was going to Georgia to audition for the 13th season of “American Idol.” My father, who is very supportive of my singing, read that about 6,000 people show up to the first round and didn’t think it would be worth it. I gave my parents two options: come with me, or I’m going alone. That made them realize how serious I was. The morning of the audition began on a good note. After singing at the hotel most of the night, I felt prepared and confident. I read that the producers wanted to see if applicants had a fan base back in their hometown. I went crazy on every social media network possible and with the help of my sorority Delta Phi Epsilon, along with my friends and family, #teamjenchia was born. More than 200 Tweets flooded Twitter and my headshot spread like wildfire. The day of my second audition, I noticed that many of the producers were smiling at me and a couple seemed to know who I was thanks to #teamjenchia. One even said, “Hey you are blowing up our [Twitter] page. Good job.” If you typed “American Idol” on Facebook, I was the first person to pop up. It’s crazy how much social media can actually do. This gave me confidence for the competition. About 4,000 people waited outside for the doors to open and the audition to start. I met some singers with the same dreams as mine. This led to sing-alongs and a lot of dancing. I finally got inside about six hours later. The way the audition goes is nothing like it seems on TV. Aspiring contestants sit in a stadium where 10

booths are set up on the field. Each booth is separated by curtains and has two to three casting directors inside. You walk in groups of four, each person sings for 30 seconds, and the casting directors decide whether you are in or out. Only about 10 to 60 people from each audition state actually see the famous judges from the show. It was finally my turn. I stepped up and sang. The judges talked behind their clipboards to make a decision. They told everyone else in my group, “Thank you, but come back next year.” My heart was racing as they called me up and said, “We’re putting you through to the next round.” My heart stopped. Finally, after 22 years, I heard a “yes.” I grabbed my golden ticket and ran around the stadium, hearing the crowd cheer. After this, came loads of paperwork and contracts. I was not allowed to tell anyone but my closest friends and family. Next, was the second round. The first round was in June, and the second was in November in Atlanta. Once I arrived to the second round, it got serious really quick. There were cameras everywhere. It was the real deal. There were only 200 of us and the level of talent in that room was incredible. I never could have imagined an experience like that. With my dad by my side, I prepared to go in the room filled with casting directors. They had asked me to prepare three to five songs. For my first song, I sang “Stay” by Rihanna, mashed up with “Animal” by Mike Posner. The lady in the room stopped me and told me my voice wasn’t quite what they were looking for this year and my voice wasn’t ready yet but thank you. Just like that, the dream was pulled away. I was destroyed. I asked if I could try another song but it was a no. All in all, I learned that no matter how many no’s you hear, you can never give up on your dream.


Jennifer Chia auditioned for “American Idol” season 13 in Atlanta.

I will go back next year and I look forward to auditioning for other shows, like “The Voice.” Getting to the top 200 from 4,000 people brought me one step closer to my dream. If you work hard, stay humble and don’t give up, your dream is closer than you think. Now that the show is on TV, I can see what I need to work on. I will strive for another chance to prove myself and everyone that dreams can become a reality with

enough hard work and dedication. I’m happy to say I appeared in online promotions and poster ads. I am humbled and happy for the experience I had and wouldn’t change a thing. I didn’t let the “no” consume me, because after the tears and sweat, I learned there is so much more I can work on that will make me a better singer. Look out next year “American Idol.” I am coming for you.


The sunny beaches of “SoFlo”

By: Saily Regueiro While the rest of the nation is bundled up due to the remnants of winter weather, South Florida residents are preparing for a nice, warm spring break. What better way to relax and take advantage of a wellneeded vacation than by taking in the sun and waves at some of the most beautiful beaches the Sunshine State has to offer? Here’s a few of those hot spots. Miami Beach Eighth Street and Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FLA. 33139 305-673-7714 Will Smith once rapped, “Ain’t no city in the world like this,” about Miami Beach and thousands of beachgoers continue to travel there to confirm his words. This South Florida vacation destination reflects Miami’s diversity. From flashy fashionistas, to distinguished professionals and sun-seeking families, everyone can enjoy the renowned shores of Miami Beach. When you are done sunbathing for the day, galleries, museums and theaters are less than 10 miles away. Fort Lauderdale Beach State Road A1A and SW 17th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33304 954-828-4597 Fort Lauderdale Beach has always been a spring break hot spot and recently has been re-invented as a family destination. The beach is a long, glowing strand of white

and blue. The view is breathtaking. This signature beachfront highlights Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous coastline, which is enhanced by an array of shops, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues. Just make sure to arrive early to score a good parking spot.


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Miami Beach offers a great opportunity to enjoy some time in the sun.

Virginia Key Beach 4020 Virginia Beach Drive Miami, Fla. 33149 305-960-4600 Virginia Key Beach is a secluded strip of sand that offers a view of where the Miami River meets Biscayne Bay. The newly restored beach area is gorgeous and family friendly. It features a pavilion, dance floor, meadows, a carousel and a miniature railroad. If you want to lay out in the sun and have fun with the entire family, this is the beach for you. John U. Lloyd State Park 6503 N. Ocean Drive Dania Beach, Fla. 33004 954-923-2833 You can sit on the sand and enjoy the view of the ocean, but this state park beach offers so much more, especially if you’re planning to bring the family. Located near Port Everglades, it is a great place to watch cruise ships come and go. The park also offers surfing, fishing, canoeing, swimming, boating and picnicking. For fun on the land, you can also rent out a gazebo and enjoy a nice day of barbecue and volleyball.


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February 25, 2014 |

Athlete of the week: Casey Carroll

By: Grant McQueenie When you grow up with a basketball coach in the family, it may be a little difficult not to get involved in the sport. Casey Sophomore Casey Carroll, a sports management major and member of the NSU basketball team credits his father as his role model and the inspiration for getting involved in basketball. “My dad used to be a Division I coach, so I grew up with it. Going to his practices, going to watch his teams play games,” said Carroll. “I love the game of basketball and watching him coach made me want to pursue it more. He keeps me into the game and gets me to do my best.” His two brothers, Trevor and Spencer, both play basketball in college. Trevor plays at Youngstown State University and Spencer plays at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. “[My dad] coached at Yavapai College in Arizona and then he went to Youngstown State when I was 13. [I’ve been] watching him my whole life,” said Carroll. Growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, Carroll attended Youngstown Christian High School until graduating and then enrolled at the Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pa. for a year. After averaging 21 points and 12 rebounds at Kiski, Carroll attended Drexel University for two years before transferring to NSU. “[Drexel and NSU] are great experiences,” said Carroll. “I didn’t

really play a whole lot at Drexel. Drexel was still a lot of fun, very good competition just like here. But here I get more playing time and it’s a lot more fun than sitting on the bench.” It isn’t all work and no play for Carroll, he know how to relax and have fun while still enjoying the game he loves. Friends, family and teammates have all witnessed Carroll’s amazing trick shot talent. This special skill has made him a great H.O.R.S.E. player. H.O.R.S.E. is a friendly game where shooters try to get their opponents to miss from a stationary spot from where they have already made a shot. His favorite shot to make is from half court. “I try to take it easy on people when I play H.O.R.S.E. I don’t want to embarrass them too bad. I’m pretty good at H.O.R.S.E. I’m not going to lie,” said Carroll. “I can make half court pretty consistently. It’s a pretty easy shot.” Carroll is all business when it comes to officially sanctioned collegiate games and it has helped the Sharks add a new dimension to the team. For a short time recently, Carroll had a streak of 11 consecutive 3-pointers made. This kind of outside production from a man of Carroll’s size, 6 feet 7 inches, is not common. This season, Carroll is averaging 11 points per game and 6 rebounds. I sat down with Carroll before practice to ask him a few questions to help the NSU community get to know the transfer from Ohio. What was your most memorable

Assistant Coach’s Corner Brooklyn Kohlheim

By: Grant McQueenie Everyone has heard the saying “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” The same can be said of NSU women’s basketball assistant coach Brooklyn Kohlheim. She is an eccentric personality, who is total non-stop action, but she enjoys nothing more than to sit back and read anything she can get her hands on. Kohlheim has experienced a lot life has to offer. She tries to constantly satisfy her need for knowledge. She is continuously on the go and has been for most of her life. “I have an extremely thirsty brain. I guess you can say I’m a dork — little nerdy. I like to read a lot. I don’t think many people would think that about me,” said Kohlheim. Born in LaGrange, Ind., Kohlheim and her family moved to Fort Meyers, Fla. at a young age. She attended Bishop Verot Catholic High School and then enrolled at Florida Southern University in Lakeland, Fla. There, she received her bachelor’s in history. Basketball was the constant for Kohlheim in each phase of her life.

“Being born in Indiana, you are pretty much born into basketball. My dad was a coach and a teacher, so that’s just how I have been raised — in a basketball gym and in the classroom,” said Kohlheim. “I must have been in first grade, maybe kindergarten. I can remember being in Indiana and the boys and girls [high school basketball teams] would play back-to-back. My dad would coach the girls and my brother played for the boys and I was the halftime show doing ball-handling drills.” Teaching and coaching have many similarities and doing both crossed Kohlheim’s mind on many occasions, including when she was a player. “Yeah, I feel like I was an opinionated player. I was coachable — don’t get me wrong — but if my coaches ever asked ‘What do you think?’ I definitely had thoughts in my mind of what to say when they would ask me that. I think I’ve always wanted to be a coach,” said Kohlheim. “I’ve always been fascinated with the game.” While she was studying abroad during her senior year in

moment playing basketball? “I would say my senior year of high school, playing for my dad actually. He was my high school coach too. We went to the district championship; we lost by two which was disappointing, but it was such a great atmosphere and one of the most fun games I ever played in.” How would you describe yourself as a player? “I’m more of an all-around player. If I have a smaller guy on me I’ll take him to the post. If I have a big guy on me, I’ll take him outside. It depends on the flow of the game.” What would you say are your strengths? “Definitely a strength of mine is that I know the game very well. Growing up around it and having my dad as a coach I know kind of how the game should go and different plays. Weaknesses? “I don’t push myself as hard as I should to be the best I can be.” What can the NSU community expect from you? “I will give my all whether it is on the court or off the court, and I will try to be a good role model.” What part of your game would you like to improve on? “Definitely my ball handling. I still struggle a little bit with that because I’ve been a big man my whole life.”

college, Kohlheim considered giving up basketball. “When I first graduated, I wanted to live the simple life. I wanted to be a waiter at Chili’s and serve fajitas all day and be happy with that. Turns out I wasn’t so happy with that,” said Kohlheim. “I thought that because I studied abroad in Costa Rica and was like, ‘There is more to life than basketball.’” It was an eye-opening experience for her. All the culture she was able to soak in brought new ways of thinking about her life. “It was fun. You went to school from 9 to 12. From noon to 5, we were just hanging around the city and seeing all the sights,” said Kohlheim. “Every weekend I would go surfing. It was a blast and I recommend it to anyone.” After her time in Costa Rica and graduating from Florida Southern, Kohlheim tried her hand at teaching. Fort Meyers High Scholl gave her a call and offered her the position of a reading and health teacher. Although Kohlheim was more than capable of fulfilling the requirements asked of her, she later got a call that would bring her back to the game she loves and put her on a new course in life. “[NSU women’s basketball] Head Coach LeAnn Freeland called me about a job opening on her staff at the University of Indianapolis where I got a master’s in curriculum and instruction,” said Kohlheim. “One [year] as a graduate assistant and one as full-time assistant coach.”


Casey Carroll transferred from Drexel University in Philadelphia to NSU this year and has already proven himself to be a valuable Shark.

Who is your favorite athlete? “Mikkel Bang [Norwegian snowboarder], Adrian Peterson and LeBron James.” Favorite food? “I eat pretty much anything, but I’m going to have to go with ice cream. Cookies and cream.” Favorite movie? “First one that popped into my mind was ‘Star Wars.’ I’m a nerd like that.” Who would you like to play one-onone with?

After a four-year stint at the University of Indianapolis, Freeland was offered the women’s basketball team head coaching job at NSU. Kohlheim was not far behind. “Then she got a call to come down here and then I came with her,” said Kohlheim. Kohlheim is happy to be back in South Florida for several reasons. She is back in the place where she grew up and spent most of her basketball and school career. But those aren’t the only reasons. Indiana isn’t known for its water sports or activities, the way Florida or Costa Rica are, but the water is Kohlheim’s second home. “I like to fish a lot. I’m into fly fishing because I think it looks cool. I’m not good, I haven’t caught

“I feel like I would want to play Shaq just because he was one of the most dominate players of all time. And seeing how huge he is would be pretty cool.” Have you ever dunked on someone? Can you describe the feeling? “Yeah, a lot of people. It’s kind of like a rush of energy just to know that you just dunked on them.” In a movie about your life, who would play you? “It’s a tossup between Jim Carrey and Owen Wilson, but I’m going to have to go with Owen Wilson.”

anything, but it looks cool. I like to surf … I’m a water bug — anything beach affiliated,” said Kohlheim. She has thought to how she would like to be remembered as a coach both now and after her coaching career has concluded. “I would like to known or remembered as a coach that genuinely cares about their athletes and wants the best for them,” said Kohlheim. There is not much Kohlheim hasn’t experienced in her life. School and basketball have taken her places she might never have seen otherwise. Because she has taken all the skills she has accumulated over the years and focused them into her coaching style, there is one guarantee: there is no one like Brooklyn Kohlheim.


Brooklyn Kohlheim was born in Indiana, played in Florida, and studied in Costa Rica. Every place has had an impact on the development of her career and life.



February 25, 2014 |

Female Black athletes who made history

By: Grant McQueenie In the Feb. 18th issue of “The Current,” I discussed the role black athletes have had in the history of sports. The Black History Month celebration continues now with a look at some of the most famous black female athletes in sports history. These women have proudly represented not only their race but their gender, sport and country. Cheryl Miller Considered by many to be the greatest female basketball player of all time, even by her Hall of Fame brother Reggie Miller. She was the first player to be named an AllAmerican by Parade magazine four times. During her senior year, she scored 105 points in a single game. At the University of Southern California, Miller led the Trojans to NCAA titles in 1983 and 1984 and was named NCAA Tournament MVP both years. Miller was the Naismith College Player of the Year three times during her time in southern California. USC retired her #31 jersey, the first retired jersey of a basketball player at that school. Miller led the U.S. team to the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and was also part of the gold medal teams at the 1983 Pan American Games

in Caracas, Venezuela and 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow. After Miller’s playing career ended, due to major knee injuries, she became head coach at USC for two seasons, before coaching the Phoenix Mercury of the WBNA for four seasons. After resigning from coaching, Miller took a job as a broadcaster for TNT sports. In 1995, she was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame and in 1999, she was a part of the inaugural class into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Miller has been involved in every aspect of basketball, transitioning from player to coach to sideline reporter and broadcaster. Althea Gibson When racism and prejudice were widespread in sports and society, Gibson was considered to be the female Jackie Robinson. She was the first player to cross the color barrier of professional tennis in 1956. That same year, she became the first person of color to win a Grand Slam title, the French Open. The following year, she won Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals, later called the U.S Open. She won the career doubles grand slam by winning all-four of the major events throughout her career. Gibson was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the


Cheryl Miller won two National Championships at USC and a gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.

Associated Press in 1957 and 1958. Even before Ernie Ladd, Deion Sanders, and Bo Jackson, Gibson showed that an athlete could play two sports professionally at the same time, when she became the first black player to compete on the women’s professional golf tour. Gibson opened up the door for other black female athletes to chase their goals in any sports field. Florence Griffith Joyner Also called Flo-Jo, Joyner was known as the fastest women of all time because of her stellar performances at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. She won one silver and three gold medals and set records in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints. Her records in those sprints still stand to this day and have never been threatened. Joyner retired from competitive track and field after her Olympic triumph. In 1998, at the of 38, she died in her sleep of an epileptic seizure. Flo Jo is an inspiration to all black female athletes with Olympic aspirations.

such a “dangerous sport,” but Leila reassured him she wouldn’t be fighting men, only women, and that she possessed her father’s genes, so there was nothing to worry about. In 2001, she was the first female headliner of a boxing payper-view. She had her first title match in 2002, when she fought and defeated Suzette Taylor for the IBF title. Ali fought Christy Martin, thought to be the most successful and prominent female boxer in the U.S., in 2003, and won decisively by knockout in the fourth round. When Ali retired from boxing in 2007, she was still undefeated at 27-0. After her fighting career was over, Ali made many appearances on reality TV shows, including a remake of the 90s hit show “American Gladiators.” She has also co-authored a children’s motivational book called “Reach! Finding Strength, Spirit, and Personal Power.” Ali knocked down the wall of inequality for women to be involved in power and performance sports like boxing and mixed martial arts.

Laila Ali Daughter of “The Greatest of All-Time” Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali was also a professional boxer from 1999 to 2007. Her father was not happy with her decision to enter

Gabby Douglas At the tender age of 16, Douglas won the team all-around gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics. She later won the gold medal in the individual all-around,


Althea Gibson broke the color barrier in professional tennis in 1956.

becoming the first black female gymnast to do so. She is also the first American gymnast to win both the team and individual all-around gold at the same Olympics. When Douglas was 14, she moved from Virginia Beach to Des Moines, Iowa, to train under Liang Chow, the former coach of 2007 World Champion and 2008 Summer Olympics gold medalist Shawn Johnson. This was the type of heart and dedication that Douglas showed to become to best in her sport. She proved age doesn’t prevent someone from being an innovator; teenagers can be role models in sports. Vonetta Flowers At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Flowers was the first black athlete to win a gold medal at any Winter Olympics. She won the gold medal in the two-person bobsledding event with teammate Jill Bakken. Originally a sprinter and long jumper at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Flowers turned to bobsledding after several failed attempts to make the U.S. Summer Olympic team. She retired from competition after a sixth-place finish in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, after carving out her place in history on the icy tracks of the Olympics.


Florence Griffith Joyner still holds the Olympic records for the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints.




Leila Ali went her entire boxing career undefeated, finishing with a 27-0 record.

Gabby Douglas won individual and team gold medals in gymnastics at the London Olympics in 2012.

Vonetta Davis was first the black athlete to capture gold at the Winter Olympics, when she became bobsled champion in Salt Lake City in 2002.



February 25, 2014 |

paralympians aiming for gold By: Jodi Tandet The Olympics may seem over. Charlie White and Meryl Davis have captured gold medals, Bob Costas’s eye has healed and maybe a few viewers now even understand what curling is. But for 692 fi erce Paralympians around the world, including around 77 Americans, the Sochi-based competition has yet to begin. They each have physical disabilities — including amputations, visual impairments, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injuries, among other challenges — but they also all have one thing in common: a desire to excel as athletes. And for nearly the fi rst time, these competitors will get to show off their talents and make-no-excuses attitudes on American television. Starting with the March 7 Opening Ceremony and concluding with the March 16 Closing Ceremony, the 2014 Winter Paralympics will receive more than 50 hours of coverage on NBC and NBCSN. In addition, live daily coverage will be available on TeamUSA. org, courtesy of the United States Olympic Committee. This decision has received enthusiastic support worldwide, after NBC was widely criticized for airing only fi ve and half hours of the 2012 Summer Olympics, none of which was live. Athletes representing 47 countries will compete in 72 events within fi ve sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice

sledge hockey and wheelchair curling. Whether you’re typically a devoted Olympics fan or you never even heard the names Gracie Gold or Bode Miller, you’re likely to include the triumphant tales of these Paralympians. Here are some proud members of Team USA to watch out for on your TV screen and web browser. Danelle Umstead To many native Floridians, simply walking down a snowy hill might seem like an extreme sport, never mind strapping on narrow skis and hurling down the path as fast as physics will allow. Well, meet Danelle Umstead, the 42-year-old Paralympian who accomplishes the task with an additional challenge: legal blindness. Umstead was born with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye condition that limits her sight to less than 5 feet of vague, contrasting colors, without any level of detail. But not only is she able to ski, she’s able to win, capturing bronze medals in the downhill and combined events in the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics. All visually impaired skiers in the Paralympics pair up with a sighted guide and Umstead’s chosen man is her partner in more ways than one: her husband, Rob. The Umsteads met while skiing in Taos, N.M., and reside in the offi cial home of the United State Ski Team, Park City, Utah, with their 6-yearold son Brocton. Just in case Umstead’s story

doesn’t already sound inspiring or unlikely enough, here’s another twist: shortly after her Vancouver wins, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. But she and Rob clearly won’t let that stop them; they call themselves “Team Vision4Gold,” proclaiming that their sights are set on the top of the Sochi podium. Keith Gabel As a seven-time world cup medalist and a gold medalist in the 2012 Winter X Games, 29-year-old Keith Gabel has a lot of medals. But, he doesn’t have something that may seem mandatory for all snowboarders, especially worldclass ones: all his limbs. In summer 2005, Gabel’s left foot was crushed by more than 2,000 pounds of hydraulic pressure for more than 15 minutes in an industrial accident. After four blood transfusions, 26 hyperbaric treatments and a blood clot in his left lung, Gabel’s doctors told him his foot would likely die, so two weeks later, the Salt Lake City native made the decision to amputate below the knee. Instead of sitting around mourning the loss of his beloved hobby, Gabel got back out on the snow, boarding again just three months after becoming an amputee. After years of training and competing, he’s now tied for third in the International Paralympic Committee’s snowboarding world rankings, alongside Carl Murphy, a

ON THE BENCH Commentary by: Grant McQueenie We’ve all now had some time to decide what to make of Michael Sam’s mid-February announcement that he is gay. The media and fans have brought up many questions about this: Was it the right time to make the announcement? Can an NFL locker room handle a gay player? How would this affect his draft status in the upcoming 2014 NFL draft, on May 8 through 10. I’m a strong supporter and very proud of the athletes who are showing the bravery to come out as gay athletes. Sam isn’t the fi rst male athlete to come out. In the past two years, basketball player Jason Collins, soccer player Robbie Rodgers and boxer Orlando Cruz, among other athletes, have talked openly about their homosexuality. Esteemed people like NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have all supported Sam’s announcement, calling his courage inspiring. The timing of the announcement has come into question. Was it was a good or poor decision for Sam to come out before the draft? I think he made a smart decision, as it will avoid surprising

his teammates in the future. Sam has laid all his cards out on the table and essentially told teams to judge him on his merits like every other player, rather than his personal preferences. His on-fi eld talent is good enough to make him worthy of being drafted, but every year, we hear of how offfi eld issues prevent players from being drafted higher. Although coming out as a gay athlete shouldn’t hinder his prospects, it will still cause discussions in the front offi ces of every team. Each team must look at its current roster of players to decide whether it would cause problems having Sam in the locker room. These men get paid to be professional and play a game they love, so why shouldn’t Sam get the chance to do the same. just because those other players may feel uncomfortable or awkward? Millions of dollars might make it a bit more comfortable for these players if they just look at what their alternatives could be. Just keep your mouth shut, play the game you love and collect your check. Don’t be ignorant about something that doesn’t concern you. In a power and performance sport like football, there are concerns with how the rest of the league might

handle the situation, especially in the locker room. I don’t see how this could be an problem that alarms other players. Are we to think that adults who get paid to play a sport they love can’t deal with a similar situation as a group of college students? Prior to the 2013 season, while still at the University of Missouri, Sam told his teammates and coaches that he was gay. The secret never left the locker room and the Tigers went on to have one of their most successful seasons, fi nishing 10-2 for the season, and Sam won CoDefensive Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference. If a group of his college teammates can be tolerant and have a great season with him, then why can’t the same be expected from a group of professional adults? Sam’s sexuality should not play a part in whether he will be drafted this May, but it probably will. Although many current NFL players have supported Sam, some have expressed apprehensions, along with a few administrators — who wanted to remain nameless — who have specifi ed that this may not have been the best time to make this statement. Sam is expected to be taken sometime on the second or

New Zealander who was born with one and a half legs. Amy Purdy Although her last name sounds like “pretty,” this Las Vegas native contracted a rather ugly disease at age 19: bacterial meningitis. Both of her legs were amputated below the knee and her spleen was removed, along with a kidney. Doctors gave her a less than 2-percent chance of survival. She clearly proved that estimate wrong, as she’s not just living, she’s thriving. When Purdy’s not busy training in snowboard cross, she skateboards, wakeboards, runs and rides mountain bikes. She’s also a model and actress, having appeared in a 2003 Madonna music video and a 2005 fi lm called “What’s Bugging Seth.” Reality show fans may recognize Purdy’s name from the 21st season of “The Amazing Race,” in which she placed 10th with her partner Daniel Gale. Though this 34-year-old, who’s been nicknamed Lucky by friends, began snowboarding as an ablebodied teenager, she didn’t let the loss of her limbs mean the loss of her dream to become a world-class snowboarder. She’s headed to Sochi with three World Cup gold medals and is passing on her optimism to others as the co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports, a nonprofi t organization that aims to introduce people with physical challenges to action sports.

third day of the draft, between the third and fi fth rounds. If Sam does fall in the draft, the team that drafts him is going to be satisfi ed with the decision. They will get a player who has something to prove and will give his all to show he belongs with the rest of the guys. Football is the most popular sport in this country and should be groundbreaking in the way it expands its fan base and player diversity. This will be a good thing for the league if they handle it in the right way. If there is any kind of harassment,

Andy Soule For several decades, no American had won a medal at the Olympic or Paralympic Winter Games in biathlon, an event that combines cross-country skiing with rifl e shooting. That changed in 2010, when double-leg amputee Andy Soule captured the bronze in the men’s sitting 12.5-kilmeter individual pursuit on the competition’s opening day. Soule was a student at Texas A&M University when the 9/11 attacks occurred, which fueled his decision to enroll in the U.S. Army at the end of the school year. After basic training, Soule was deployed to Afghanistan, where his legs were destroyed after an improvised explosive device struck his Humvee and killed a fellow soldier. In lieu of relaxing over a long recovery, Soule took up several sports, including handcyling, and was soon recruited to attend a ski development camp. Though he had little experience in skiing, Soule was a quick learner and just two years later, in 2007, he took second place at the U.S. championships. As with all competitors in his sport, Soule uses a monoski, also known as a sit-ski, which consists of a chair specifi cally sized to the wearer’s body suspended over a single ski. A shock absorber beneath the seat allows riders to conquer uneven terrain. In Vancouver, Soule completed the race in 10:53.1, a time he hopes to beat in Sochi.

like that of the Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin situation toward Michael Sam, then the NFL will be involved in a public relations nightmare. A negative portrayal of the league is something the NFL will avoid at any cost. Having an openly gay player in the NFL is the next logical step for not only the sport but also the country. If gay soldiers can protect our freedoms, then why can’t gay athletes entertain us every week?

The cheese is just right at Esposito’s Pizza

February 25, 2014 |

By: Ricardo Lugo I’ve never had pizza in New York, but the pizza at Esposito’s New York and Coal Fired Pizza has to be a close second to famed NYC slices. Located on University Drive, this place may look a little tacky on the outside, with its rundown brick columns and surrounding packed plaza, but if you can overcome its deceptive entrance, you’re in for a great meal. This place is nothing like Pizza Hut, Domino’s or other fast-food pizza chains. I went with my brother on a Thursday night, and since he and I live on a tight budget, we hoped that this place wouldn’t disappoint. The first thing we noticed was the wonderful smell of pizza from the coal-fired oven, which instantly made me crave a bite. I ordered a 16-inch cheese pizza, which had lightly browned cheese and slightly toasted crust. However, it wasn’t too crunchy and it was so steamy that it fogged up my glasses. When I took the first bite, I remembered the way people reminisce about New York pizza and I thought, “How could this not be as good as a New York pizza?” My brother ordered baked ziti and it was awesome. The pizza had just the


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right amount of tomato sauce and the baked ziti was delightfully cheesy. Seeing how ugly the outside was, it’d be easy to expect Esposito’s to look run down on the inside. As soon as we entered, I immediately felt underdressed, looking at how sharply dressed the employees were and how “ritzy” the place seemed. There’s no real dress code for this place, but I’d recommend at least a polo shirt and dress pants. While I was eating, I thought “I just have to bring my girlfriend here on date night” as the environment felt romantic with its elegant Italian decoration and old-style wine bar. It’s very old-fashioned and even has a guy in the kitchen throwing the pizza dough up in the air. The silverware and the plates in the restaurant were sparkling. Most people take this for granted, but I’ve lost count of how many restaurants I’ve been to where there was evidence of something left over on the plates or silverware. The whole place was very clean and inviting. Even the sociable employees made me feel welcome and attended to my needs immediately, Ten minutes after I ordered, I received my order. Even though the interior of Esposito’s gives the impression of an expensive restaurant, the prices are


Esposito’s New York and Coal Fired Pizza in Davie offers Italian favorites like classic cheese pies.

very affordable, even for someone like me, a college student who lives on minimum wage. The 16-inch New York-style pizza I had was $14 and my brother’s baked ziti was $12. The baked ziti was well worth the money as it took up half the dinner plate, which also included a caesar salad.

Other Italian favorites like fettuccini Alfredo are priced at only $12 and the coal-fired pizza at 16 inches is about $16. I also had a great tasting cappuccino for only $3. Esposito’s also sells espressos and American coffee for $2 and macchiatos for $3. If you’re looking for a good

place to take your significant other, or if you just want to have a good pizza without spending a fortune, then Esposito’s is the place for you. To see the full menu, visit or simply stop by 2221 South University Drive in Davie.

"Scandal" obsessed

By: Danielle McCalla

Sweating, escalating heart beats, chest tightening and heavy breathing are not just signs of a looming heart attack; it’s the symptoms of watching an episode of ABC’s hit television series “Scandal,” which returns from a two-month break on Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. Be warned, juicy details and spoilers do follow. The show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, who also created the hit show “Grey’s Anatomy,” crafts an emotional journey filled with sex, lies and scandals, leaving fans breathless and wanting more. It’s no wonder the ABC series has made it to season three with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. For those who have yet to join the “Shondaland” roller coaster, here is the skinny on the “Scandal” obsession. “Scandal” is a political drama starring Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, the hard-hitting and extremely stylish owner of a Washington D.C. crisis management firm. As the name implies, she fixes all sorts of scandalous issues. If someone significant in town has a major problem they need to cover up, like getting caught with their pants down or having their child stage their own kidnapping, she is the person to call. Her eye for seeing the light at the end of the darkest tunnel makes her a precious commodity in a city filled with corruption. Olivia works with a team who call themselves Gladiators, one of the most resourceful and manipulative ensembles on television. The group includes the fast-talking lawyer Harrison Wright,


The drama unfolds as Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn, who plays the president of the United States, form a relationship.

played by Columbus Short; exassassin and tech guy Huck, played by Guillermo Diaz; naïve newbie Quinn, played by Katie Lowes; and loyal friend Abby, played by Darby Stanchfield. These four have devoted their lives to Olivia, as she has saved each of their lives. They are willing to do whatever Olivia asks of them without question, even if it means breaking the law. Despite the craziness that goes on around her, Olivia is usually able to keep her composure, except when it comes to Fitzgerald Grant III, the president of the United States played by Tony Goldwyn. Olivia

and Fitz met when she was hired to be a part of his campaign team, back when he was Governor Fitz. She aggressively tackled the campaign issues other people on the team were afraid to speak to Fitz about, like the fact that he was obviously unaffectionate towards his wife. Because of Olivia’s honesty, he immediately found her attractive. For years, Fitz and Olivia met all over the U.S. for secret rendezvous, until his wife, Melody “Mellie” Grant, played by Bellamy Young, found out. She decided that Fitz needed to make a decision: her or Olivia. Shockingly, just a few

hours before the ultimatum was up, Fitz showed up at Olivia’s apartment, choosing her over the White House and his wife. This led Mellie to announce on national television that her husband was having an affair, but she didn’t say whom he was cheating on her with. In the meantime, Fitz’s plan on turning his back on the White House was quickly foiled when his Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene, played by Jeff Perry, showed up at Olivia’s house and dragged the President back to the White House to handle the problem he created. Beene, the president’s right hand man, is one that viewers have to

keep an eye on. He is good at what he does. He is ambitious and loyal to the president. However, he is not afraid to get his hands dirty — so much so that he, with a couple members of the then-governor’s trusted team, rigged the national election in a key state, which resulted in Fitz’s winning the presidency. He even arranged to have his own husband James Novak, played by Dan Bucatinsky, assassinated because he was going to be a witness in the case against him for tampering with the electoral machines. But it’s OK. Breathe. Beene could not go through with killing the love of his life. This season has been nothing short of amazing as key information about Olivia and her family has been revealed. For 20 years, Olivia believed her mother died in a plane crash. But it turns out her father, Rowan Pope, played by Jeff Morton, has been keeping her imprisoned beneath the city. By the way, her father is the leader of a secret spy group known as B6-13 that operates separately from the government. And the kicker, the person who arranged the plane crash was Rowan and Fitz executed the order, as he was in the military at that time. The title of the show says it all. This series definitely keeps viewers under its spell and one can only imagine what Shonda and her team are going to come up with next. But whatever it is, it’s sure to give viewer’s heart attack symptoms. Fasten your seatbelts, because this “Scandal” ride is going to throw you for a loop.


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Oh my, Oscar!

February 25, 2014 |


By: Megan Mortman

It’s the biggest night in motion pictures. Of course, viewers want to see who will win at the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, but it’s impossible to not intently watch the movie stars arrive on the red carpet to see what shade of lipstick their wearing, fi nd out how many millions of dollars their diamond jewelry pieces are worth, and witness the fashion that unfolds and the fashion blunders that can’t be unseen. Witnessing the best and worst speeches, seeing the hosts make or break the swoon-worthy night, and watching the unscripted moments that make history are reason enough to spend a few hours immersed in the celebrated night. To ready your appetite for the approaching ceremony, here are just a few of the special moments from past Oscars that no one could have predicted.



Hilary Swank wowed at 2005’s red carpet in her openback Guy Laroche gown and took home her second Oscar for Best Actress for her role in “Million Dollar

Baby,” which she trained for to portray a boxer. Her transformation for the role and stunning navy gown that showed off her toned fi gure made it her night to shine.

The highly anticipated hosting duties went to Oscarwinner Anne Hathaway and Oscar-nominee James Franco in 2011. The result was an awkward pairing between an energetic Hathaway and a nonchalant Franco who looked as if he’d rather be

anywhere but on the stage. It was a questionable choice, as they didn’t carry the same dynamic as previous hosts like Billy Crystal and Ellen DeGeneres, who is also hosting this year’s Oscars.


At 2013’s Oscars, breakout star Jennifer Lawrence won her fi rst Oscar for best performance for an actress in a leading role for “Silver Linings Playbook.” After making her way to the stage, she tripped on her Dior

gown but managed to recover. She even told the star-studded audience, “You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that’s really embarrassing.”



At the 11th Academy Awards in 1939, Walt Disney received a special Oscar and seven miniature statues, presented by Shirley Temple, for “Snow White

and the Seven Dwarfs.” Disney eventually received 32 Oscars, the most in the Academy Award show history.

When singer Bjork arrived at the red carpet for 2001’s Oscar’s, needless to say, no one was swooning. Her swan-inspired white

garment, in which a fake swan draped her neck, became one of the world’s most legendary fashion faux pas.


Between Halle Berry’s emotional acceptance speech for “Monster Ball” and her eye-catching dress, the 2002 Oscar’s was Berry’s night. Elie Saab designed her revealing burgundy gown, which included see-through

embroidery, a risqué look that is still one for the books. Berry’s passionate speech stemmed from becoming the fi rst and only AfricanAmerican to win Best Leading Actress.


Best friends Matt Damon and Ben Affl eck won their fi rst Oscar for best original screenplay in 1997 for “Good Will Hunting.” This was the actors’ fi rst screenplay. Although Damon, who was

27, and Affl eck, who was 25, looked like they were wearing their father’s suits, the young talents gave an energetic speech, and seemed overjoyed by the surprising recognition.



A well-deserved spring break

By: Destinee A. Hughes There are many things I look forward to when a new school year starts, including reconnecting with old friends, attending fun school events and spring break. Spring break has gained a bad reputation thanks to shows like MTV’s spring break specials. College students are usually depicted getting drunk, going crazy and throwing all morals out the window. But that’s certainly not the case in real life. My ideal spring break would consist of sleeping in, relaxing at the beach and rejoicing over the idea that I won’t

have a single assignment due for one full week. Although I understand why a lot of people may argue that spring break is a huge waste of time, and that college students should spend their time studying, many people don’t realize the large amount of stress students are under. Today’s college students have more to focus on than just school. Some students are working multiple jobs to help pay for tuition, while others are athletes who spend the majority of their day practicing and are required to meet a certain GPA. Some are single parents who take care of their children during

the day and go to school at night. Demanding schedules leave almost no time for any type of relaxation, let alone well-rested nights of sleep. Spring break gives students a chance to unwind, without having to worry about their studious lifestyles. Not only is the break benefi cial for students; professors benefi t just as much. When you think of the terms “school” and “studying,” it’s easily to correlate them with students, but college professors work just as much, if not more than students. Professors utilize their time over spring break by catching up on work they’ve been too busy to tackle. Grading papers,

It doesn’t matter who

was behind closed doors By: Richard Rodriguez Walt Disney has been called many things, even decades after his death: a misogynist, a bigot, antiSemitic. There are also people who defend him, saying he was like a father fi gure to his workers, having everyone call him Uncle Walt. People still attempt to give the man labels to understand his character. Whether or not these labels are correct is not what concerns me today. Instead, the question on my mind is this: do a man’s past personal opinions affect his impact on the world? One of Disney’s slogans is “It all started with a mouse.” Really, it all started with one man’s dream. Disney doesn’t just stand for a certain family’s last name anymore. The Disney name is now a corporation, a brand that has grown and touched the lives of people all over the world. There are lunchboxes, teddy bears, clothing lines, and all sorts of other knick knacks that are sold stamped with that famous logo. This company, this world-wide legacy, all started with a man. Like many of us, Disney had a dream and a drive to succeed. Not all his efforts were successful either. Disney’s fi rst animation venture, called Laugh-O-gram Films, went bankrupt soon after it was founded. Still, Disney kept trying and, eventually, made the company empire we all know to this day. The question remains. Is a

man’s impact on the world more important than the man’s character? I would say yes, at least when it comes to Walt Disney. Disney the man was just the starting point to what has become an infl uential force in a lot of kid’s lives. I have no problem separating Walt Disney from his legacy because, for me, his product is so much more important than who he might have been. Take, for example, any given actor today. I’ve heard rumors that Denzel Washington is a bit hard to work with in movies; he’s supposedly stubborn and occasionally takes his anger out on others. Is any of this true? I have no idea. However, I don’t really care about his personal problems on set, as long as whatever movie he’s in is entertaining to me and he acts well in it. The important thing to remember is that Disney was a person and made mistakes. However, those mistakes, big or small, don’t matter in the least. His impact on the world and his accomplishments are what matter. His company, his movies, the parks he helped bring to life — all of it has brought happiness and joy to people everywhere. The Disney name is famous throughout the world. Almost everyone knows about Disneyland, Disney World, the Disney Channel, and the movie production company, Walt Disney Pictures. The infl uence of this company has spread far and wide, inspiring young minds,

possibly for the fi rst time in their lives, to believe in something big. When I was a kid, I didn’t really know about “Disney, the man.” I only knew that every time my parents were planning a vacation, I wanted them to say those famous words “We’re going to Disney World.” As a kid, before I ever knew about the concept of God or praying. I believed in one thing with all my heart: Disney magic. I believed that I was meeting real ghosts in the Haunted Mansion. I believed I was in the middle of a pirate attack in Pirates of the Caribbean. I believed in genies, fairies and talking mice with magic hats. I’m not a religious person now, but, as a kid, the Disney movies were what fi rst taught me to have faith. One of the fi rst examples of prayer I remember learning about was Geppetto from “Pinocchio” kneeling by a window, head bowed, whispering a wish to the stars. These movies helped teach me how to be a good person. They taught me the importance of helping others, having courage when the odds are against me, facing my fears and believing in myself. With the company doing so much good in the world, making children happy and giving them something to believe in, I believe in the power of one man’s legacy. Walt Disney was just a man, but the Disney name has become a legacy.

February 25, 2014 | writing lectures and fi nding new material to cover in class are just a few ways to ensure smooth sailing throughout the rest of the semester. While spring break can occur anytime between the months of March and April, many people take this time off not only for relaxing reasons, but for religious reasons. Easter, Passover, Lent and many other culturally sacred holidays are usually around the same time as spring break. So as much as people would like to think college students are partying in Cancun, some are with their families celebrating a holiday, or utilizing their sacred time by volunteering around the community. Each spring break, NSU’s Student Leadership and Civic Engagement offi ce, located on the second fl oor of the Rosenthal Student Center, hosts a service trip during spring break. This year, it’s hosting a trip to New Orleans to help the area recover from hurricane Katrina. If spending time with family or lending a helping hand isn’t a good enough reason to take a reprieve from

school, the fact that it’s completely natural to feel lazy during the spring semester should be taken into consideration. Because the spring semester is so close to the end of the school year, some students tend to lose the hard work ethic they had in the fall semester. This is especially true of seniors. Senioritis is tough to beat during the fi nal months of college, and sometimes the only motivating force, if graduation isn’t enough, is spring break. Having a break helps cure a lackadaisical attitude by providing a well-needed week of relaxation. So when you come back, feelings of rejuvenation surface and you’re be ready to knock this semester out of the ballpark. Spring break is the holy grail of vacations for college students. Whether it’s relaxing at the beach, hanging with friends, or spending quality time with family, it’s a welldeserved break which everyone can benefi t from. Spring semester just wouldn’t be spring semester without spring break.

Are you really “not like most girls”?

By: Nicole Cocuy Although society imposes an ideal image of femininity, movies and TV shows have inspired a movement for girls to rebel against these standards. These fi lms feature female protagonists who are “not like most girls”. They reach their goals, often including catching the eyes of incredibly attractive male love interests, by the time the credits roll. The protagonist is incredibly relatable; she is fl awed and struggles through the turmoil associated with romance and professional goals. She rejects female stereotypes and even mocks those who follow what is socially expected. Films, like “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Mean Girls” and most chick fl icks, really, antagonize girly girls. Cheerleaders are presented as gossipy evil creatures and the most popular girl



February 25, 2014 |

in school is the leading lady’s biggest enemy. Although it is great that these movies present images of girls who choose to be themselves and do not conform to society’s standards, they also create a new competition among girls over who is interested in stereotypically masculine things. Typically male apparel like blazers, combat boots and comic book T-shirts fl ood fashion magazines, stores and wardrobes. Female athletes and professionals in typically male-led fi elds are celebrated. Masculinity is the new trend. This is a beautiful blurring of the line between male and female, but when women say things like “I’m not like most girls because I don’t mind getting dirty,” “I like sports,” or, “I actually know about cars,” they bring down other girls to elevate themselves, either in the eyes of men or for their own competitive reasons.

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Their intentions are understandable. They aim to set themselves apart from society’s strict expectations for what women should be like. They reject the stereotypes and take pride in the fact that they don’t care about what other people think. However, they disrespect and trivialize other women and foster unnecessary competition while doing so. It is unfair to claim that every other girl is a cookie-cutter copy of the ideal image of femininity. In reality, there is no “typical girl.” Some girls like to dress up for every occasion while others wish everyday was casual Friday. Some girls strive to be high-level professionals and some dream of being mothers, while others want to do both. Some girls like camping or are sport stars and car savvy. Other girls might really like cheerleading and romantic comedies. Similar to how women are

often judged for not being feminine enough, it is assumed that girls who genuinely like stereotypically feminine things are like the girly girls in chick fl icks: vapid, catty and twofaced. The emphasis on stereotypes, either feminine or nonconformist, makes no sense because everyone has their own collection of personal interests, goals and strengths of varying associated genders. Girls should never use phrases like “I’m not like most girls” because they encourage stereotypes that do not and should not defi ne a woman’s personality and worthiness for friendship or male attention. By bragging about her separation from social expectations, a girl who explains that she is an excellent driver, unlike other girls, reinforces the stereotype that women can’t drive and that she is some sort of anomaly. Although she aims to separate herself from the stereotype, she acknowledges its existence and validates its accuracy. She frowns upon typically feminine behavior and associates every woman with the gossipy, superfi cial archetype of what girly girls are like in movies and on TV. She considers herself more down-to-earth and worthy of male attention or professional achievements than other girls. She

makes it okay for guys to accept, use and make decisions on women based on female stereotypes. That simple phrase, “I’m not like most girls,” constrains gender images more than complying to social expectations. Women should be celebrated for being themselves and encouraged to be whoever they want. The beauty of being an individual is that everyone has different interests, personalities and abilities. Just like a girl should never be judged for playing videogames and sports, girls who love fashion and makeup should be accepted for who they are without being labeled ditzy or mean. Phrases like “unlike most girls” further divide feminine and masculine expectations, when most girls share qualities of both. Implications that all other girls are terrible at math, incredibly high maintenance, or only like to talk about shoes enforce stereotypes and trivialize women who might actually not be good at math or might be passionate about shoes. The only way for women to escape from stereotypes is to resist them, rather then reject their relevance to a particular individual.

How do you feel about the noon to 1 p.m. break between classes?

“I don’t like it because that floods the food court in the UC and it makes it impossible to actually enjoy lunch, if it took you 25 minutes to wait in line.” Arielle Sager, sophomore pre-nursing major

“I think it’s a good idea because it gives people lunchtime to mingle, to get out of the mindset of class, to refresh themselves.” Colton Rogers, sophomore sports management major

“I think it’s good because for some people who have classes in the morning and the afternoon. It gives me time to eat. But, at the same time, I see for other people that it’s kind of hard to get food. It’s kind of packed in the UC a lot of times.” Nicole Ianniello, sophomore biology major

“I don’t think it’s a bad idea because I feel that everybody needs that midpoint in the day where you just don’t have to be concerned with the tedium of school.” Lawrence H. Williams, first-year graduate mental health counseling student

“There are many University School kids who come in here and they take up our lunch hour whenever we only have that time to eat, so something should also be done about that.” Brittany Lanahan, j unior biology major

“I like it but I can’t use it because I’m working. But it’s perfect. It gives everybody a chance to gather up and meet certain places without having classes in the way. That’s the best part about it.” Christopher Ramirez, freshman legal studies major

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919: Gallery Assistant—One East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale Pay: $9.00/hr. Hours: 20 hrs./week (up to) Weekend hours: Sat., Sun.: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. some Thursdays, flexible weekday hours Monitor exhibition galleries to ensure all safety and environmental standards for art objects are met, and that all exhibition components are functioning properly. Includes direct communication with museum visitors and staff. Act as liaison between curatorial and visitor services department. Assist Exhibitions and Collections Registrar with light offi ce work and data entry. Free parking available.

927: Sales Assistant (Store/Café)— One East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale Pay: $9.00/hr. Hours: Up to 25 hr/wk (Thursday evenings and weekends until 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun. 12:00.m.-5:00 p.m.) Work with customers to facilitate sales while creating a welcoming environment. Help prepare and work events for author appearances and gook signings.

969: Education/Academy Associate—One East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Pay: $8.00/hr. Hours: Up to 25/week (Some evenings and weekends depending on events) * Requires Federal Work Study Award Answer phones and assist callers. Transfer calls to appropriate staff. Monitor and respond to general e-mails. Greet visitors to the Academy. Accept registrations and input information into database and worksheets. Perform general clerical duties to include, but not limited to copying, faxing, mailing and fi ling. Assist in the creation of and modifying documents such as invoices, reports, letters, and presentations. Maintain confi dentiality in all aspects of client, staff and agency information. Assist in the set up and coordinate meetings, presentations, events as requested. Support staff in assigned project-based work. Assist in special events, such as Open Houses and other functions. Other duties as assigned. HPD 011: Graduate Assistant Pay: $11.00/hr. Hours: 15-20 hrs./week * Requires Federal Work Study Award

Manage email alias for department. Assist with coding of applications. Assist with sending correspondence. Other duties as assigned. HPD 149: Student Assistant Pay: $8.50/hr. Hours: 20 hrs./week File records, answer phones, making photocopies, data entry. Special projects e.g. rotations, implant orders. Other duties as assigned. HPD177: Senior Student Assistant Pay: $8.50/hr. Hours: 20-25 hrs./week, Tuesday and Thursday Assist front desk staff to fi le, answer phones, schedule appointments, verify insurances and other duties as assigned. Training will be provided. HPD 196: Administrative Student Assistant Pay: $9.00/hr. Hours: 25 hrs./week * Requires Federal Work Study award Data entry, design promotional materials. Write articles for newsletters. Act as student ambassadors in IDEP strategy sessions. Assist in generating training materials. HPD 209: Student Assistant/Patient Care Pay: $9.00/hr. Hours: 20 hrs./week (Evening hours required, until 7:00 p.m.) Assist offi ce manager in organizing patient records for day of visit. Assist physician in getting supplies, greet patients. Main campus position but may be required to drive to Kendall location on occasion. HPD 213: Student Assistant Pay: $8.50/hr. Hours: 20 hrs./week Type correspondence, data entry, scanning, faxing, fi ling, mailing and data entry in the system. Assist other staff members. Create letters, arrange documents for meetings. 002: Senior Student Assistant/ Academic Technical Support (Help Desk)—East Campus Ft. Lauderdale (approx. 15 minutes from main campus) Pay: $11.00/hr. Hours: 20 hrs./week Hours of operation is 24/7. Various schedules available. Provide telephone technical support to the NSU computing community. Collect and record specifi c information regarding user requests and problems. Dispatch problem reports to appropriate personnel. 047: Student Assistant/Audio-Visual Services Pay: $10.00/hr. Hours: 15-20 hrs./week (varied days and hours, may require evenings and weekends) Provide assistance in all aspects of Audio-visual technology, including working as an audio-visual assistant

and providing excellent customer service to students, faculty, employees and guests. 098: Student Assistant Pay: $7.67/hr Hours: 20 hrs./week Provide administrative support for Residential Life & Housing. Assist in the general operation and communication of offi ce procedures and functions. Duties include but not limited to: inputting information on work orders, incident reports, locksmith request, etc. Filing and copying of confi dential documents. Maintaining and organizing kitchen and storage rooms, and other common areas. Correspond with other NSU departments as required to assist residents or staff members. Other duties as assigned. 224: Intramural Sports Official Pay: $8.00/hr. Hours: Mon -Thur 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. and occasional weekends Offi ciate intramural sports based on rules and regulations as set forth by Campus Recreation. Ensure that teams/individuals follow rules and regulations. Provide all intramural participants with superior customer service. Remain visible and on post at all times. 374: Field Operations Assistant Pay: $8.00/hr Hours: 20 hrs./week Assist the Operations Coordinator by ensuring fi elds and facilities are prepared for home games and events. Act as a troubleshooter at events by providing supervision. Also assist with game management. 500: Phonathon Worker Pay: $9.00/hr. Hours: 10-15 hrs. 5:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Mon-Fri, End of August-December Call alumni from all over the country to update their information. Let our alumni know about new developments at NSU and ask for support of NSU through our annual giving program. 506: Videoconferencing Technician Pay: $8.00/hr. Hours: 20 hrs./week (shifts available: M-F between 7:30 am.10:00 p.m., Sat. & Sun. between 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) Provide basic level technical support services to the students, faculty, and staff in the use and maintenance of technology resources provided by the university, including but not limited to videoconferencing classrooms, smart classrooms, electronic classrooms, peripheral technology, and all other University facilities on campus or off as required. Provide offi ce support answering telephones, monitoring videoconferencing bridge connections, perform data entry, and provide detailed daily reports on technical support provided at the end of each day. Other duties as assigned.

561: Student Assistant Pay: $8.50/hr. Hours: 20 hrs./week – available Winter 2014 Assist the team with marketing, event planning, and research. Support the administrative needs of the offi ce. Work with students and employers aiding the employment database process. 641: Graduate Student Assistant/ Writing Tutor Pay: $10.75/hr. Hours: 5-16 per week. Work with students on an individualized basis. Assist in the various stages of the writing process: brainstorming, planning, organizing, revising. Assist with sentence structure, grammar, sentence and paragraph development, punctuation, MLA & APA documentation. 721: Facilities Aide Pay: $9.00/hr. Hours: 20 hrs./week Must be able to perform physical work and lift heavy objects. Assist in setting up rooms, and other manual tasks around the building. 779: Operations Assistant/Facilities Pay: $7.67/hr. Available Hours: Mon-Fri 5:30 a.m. - Midnight / Saturday 8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. / Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Answer telephones, manage the operation of the front service desk, answer questions, enforce facility and program policies, conduct face checks, and distribute information and directions. Maintain the cleanliness of the facility and the upkeep of the facility program space. 783: Personal Trainer Pay: $18- starting and depending on experience Hours: Based upon client base, max. 20 hrs./week Provide members with a quality, safe, and effective workout. Maintain written documentation of each client. 796: Student Assistant/Event Services Pay: $8.00/hr. Hours: 5-20 hrs./wk. May include evenings and weekends, depending on events. Jobs include Guest Services, Ticket Takers, Ushers, Ticket Sellers and other various event services and box offi ce jobs. 824: Marketing Assistant Pay: $10.00/hr. Hours: 20 hrs./week, Mon-Fri Reports directly to the Director of Community Relations and Marketing. Works on the marketing materials under the supervision of the director. Must understand how to create postcards, posters, bookmarks, brochures and other materials as directed. Provides support for marketing director. 869: Data Entry Specialist

(Downtown Ft. Lauderdale) Pay: $9.00/hr. Hours: 25 hrs./week *Requires Federal Work Study Award Provide technical support. Accurately input information in the Banner system. May perform a single independent task in a specialized area. Maintain and process a variety of records involving technical data and terminology unique to the function of the department. Reviews and checks report for accuracy. Performs related clerical duties as required. 877: Senior Student Assistant/ Data & Imaging (Downtown Ft. Lauderdale) Pay: $9.00/hr. Hours: 20 hrs./week * Requires Federal Work Study Award Accurately scan legal documents and donor record information. Sort and prepare documents for imaging correctly and accurately index images. Confi dentially secure all donor information. Review and check electronic copies of scanned documents for accuracy. Compare date with source documents, or re-enter data in verifi cation format to detect errors. Prepare fi les and secure documents to be sent to storage facility. Related duties as required. 880: Senior Student Assistant/ Data Processor (Downtown Ft. Lauderdale) Pay: $9.00/hr. Hours: 20 hrs./week * Requires Federal Work Study Award Accurately input information into the system. Maintain and process records involving technical data and terminology. Update tables, addressed, fund codes and designation codes. Compare data with source documents, or re-enter data in verifi cation format to detect errors. Locate and correct data entry errors. Update records through detailed data manipulation. Copying, fi ling, sorting and compiling various hard copy packets of information. Performs related clerical duties, as required. 910: Student Assistant - East Campus, Ft. Lauderdale Pay: $11.00/hr. Hours: 20 hrs./week (Shifts available: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) Operate telephone switchboard to route, receive, and place calls to all campus locations. Disseminate information to callers on NSU programs of study, events and special advertisements. Place and track long distance calls for internal NSU customers. Other duties as assigned. On occasional basis, attend divisional and NSU sponsored meetings and instructional workshops. Supervisor will provide more detailed job description.

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