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Lit!LIVE brings bestselling authors to campus By: Jodi Tandet Around 20 authors will visit NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library on March 16, as part of the Broward Public Library Foundation’s Lit!Liv, a free event from 11:30 am to 5 p.m. in which authors will discuss their books, the writing process and other literary topics with the public. Authors will include John Grogan, who wrote the autobiographical novel “Marley & Me”; Robin Cook, whose medicine and thriller novels have sold nearly 100 million copies; and Rupert Holmes, a novelist, playwright, and singersongwriter, who penned the book for the Broadway musical “Curtains” and the number one pop hit “Escape,” also known as “The Pina Colada Song.” Although Lit!LIVE will last five-and-a-half hours, Dorothy

Authors Dwight Zimmerman, Michael Grunwald and Nathanael Johnson speaking at last year’s Lit!LIVE

Law school auction to raise money for student grants By: Alyssa DiMaria & Li Cohen The Public Interest Law Society Student Chapter (PILS) will host its 21st annual Public Interest Auction for NSU law students, alumni and the public on March 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Shepard Broad Law Center Atrium.

The auction’s co-chair Geoffrey Langbart, first-year law student, said the auction has dual purposes: to provide students with networking opportunities and raise fellowship grants worth $2,000 each for first-year law students who plan on working full-time for pro bono — free legal counsel —

summer programs. PILS Vice President Berta Serrano, auction co-chair, said, “We believe in providing those opportunities for the students in the form of grants or scholarships because it’s very difficult for students to work 20 to 40 hours in a position that doesn’t pay.”

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Klein, executive director of the BPL Foundation, encourages busy students to consider attending, even if they only have limited time to spare. “It’s perfect to sample Lit!LIVE,” she said. “Just come for an hour and then go off and do whatever else needs to be done on that Sunday.” The first session will be in the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center with Arthur Agatston, the cardiologist who developed the South Beach Diet. He will discuss his newest book, “The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution.” A few of the event’s hourlong sessions will feature just one author, and others will be panel talks with several authors. Each session will be moderated by literary critics and SEE LIT!LIVE 2

This is the first year that PILS extended an invitation to the Broward County Bar Association to attend the event. PILS President Maria Santi, second-year law students, said students should dress in business attire because professionals at the auction might look to hire students for open positions. Serrano said the free event will include a live auction auctioneered by law professor Michael Richmond, a beer and wine bar, a silent auction, catered food, an orchestral performance by a student jazz trio from the University School, and a surprise musical performance. PILS has been contacting business to donate various gift items to auction off. The more valuable prizes, such as hotel

vouchers, outings with professors, study packages and tickets to Walt Disney World, will be part of the live auction. Originally, DOSA’s only campus location was a student lounge with a Pac-Man machine and other video games. In 1999, the division began establishing several student traditions, including the Student Life Achievement Awards, the Distinguished Speaker Series and Homecoming. Williams said that there weren’t many events happening on campus in the university’s early years and that the NSU community had to create its own fun. Many of those initiatives were led by Student Affairs. For more information, contact Jitpraphai at jitpraph@nova.edu or 954-262-7493.


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other professionals, including mystery columnist Oline Cogdill, book critic Chauncey Mabe and editor Mim Harrison. Four professors of the Farquhar College of Arts and Science’s Division of Humanities — Charles Zelden, Barbara Broadman, Jim Doan and Marlisa Santos — will discuss their books in a 4 p.m. session in room 4009. According to Klein, the authors will each speak about their books for five to 10 minutes, before responding to questions from the session’s moderator. In the last 15 minutes, event attendees will be invited to ask questions. The authors will also sign their books, which will be sold in the library atrium. The event’s co-chair, Joseph Goldstein, who serves as vice chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, thinks it will be excellent opportunity for book lovers. “If you like books and you love reading, I guarantee that you’ll have a great time,” he said. “We have a more diverse group of A-listers, more so than we’ve had in recent years.” Goldstein is particularly excited to speak with Brenda Wineapple, who authored the historical nonfiction book “Ecstatic Nation.” “It’s a very interesting take on a period of time, the civil war and post-civil war period,” he said. Wineapple will participate in a panel at 2:30 entitled “Exposed: America’s History,” with Chris Rahn, whose novel “Which Way Now?” tells the story of a young German diplomat during World War II, and T.D. Allman, author of the nonfiction historical “Finding Florida,” which Klein said she adores. “It is fascinating,” Klein said. “It doesn’t read like a text

March 11, 2014 | nsucurrent.nova.edu book. It reads more like a very interesting novel about the many groups of people who have lived and died in the state of Florida.” Goldstein said that the event’s organizers tried to recruit a diverse array of authors. “We tried to get as many authors as possible with some type of a literary bent, but literary to one person means something completely different to another person,” he said. “So we tried to get a diverse crowd of fiction verses non-fiction and different genres, whether it be history or comedy.” He also sees the event as a networking opportunity. “Not only are you going to meet these authors, but you’re going to meet people in the community who are involved,” he said. “It’s a way, not only to have an entertaining day, but to begin your networking process. It’s a win-win, and I hope we can get a greater number of students out to match the number of public that comes.” Lit!LIVE is part of the BPL Foundation’s annual Literary Festival, a three-day fundraising event that, since its start in 1988, has raised around $3 million to support literacy programs throughout the Broward library system, including computer instruction classes, SAT and ACT workshops and summer children’s reading programs. However, Goldstein stressed that Lit!Liv is completely free and open to anyone who wishes to attend. “Literary Feast is our major yearly fundraiser. We’re raising money so we can insure that the library, which is underfunded from the government, has sufficient money to present programs to the public,” Goldstein said. “Lit!LIVE is a component of that fundraising, but it’s a program that’s available for free as a service to the public,

almost as a thank you to the whole community for their support of the library foundation.” Literary Feast 2014 will begin on March 15 with “A Night of Literary Feasts,” in which community members and authors will mingle at a cocktail party and silent auction. After, participants will head to a dinner of their choice, out of 13 that will each feature one or two authors at nearby restaurants and homes. Tickets are $175 each. Klein said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity to have this intimate, intellectually stimulating event with an author — to speak with either an author you know well or someone you are discovering for the first time.” On March 17, authors will visit high schools throughout Broward, including The University School of NSU, to engage students in discussion, as part of the BPL Foundation’s Novel Day for Students. John T. Shaw, author of “JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency” will visit the NSU class “History of Immigration,” taught by David Kilroy, associate professor in the Farquhar’s Division of Humanities. Klein estimated that Literary Feast’s featured authors will speak to around 3,500 people over the course of the three days, including 400 to 450 Lit!LIVE attendees. Lit!LIVE has been held at the Alvin Sherman Library, which is part of the Broward County Library system, since 2002. For more information on Literary Feast, including the full schedule of Lit!LIVE, visit literaryfeastonline.org. Registration is required to attend A Night of Literary Feasts, but not Lit!LIVE. “Just show up and enjoy the discussions,” said Klein.

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NSU’s 50th anniversary celebration continues By: Li Cohen The Division of Student Affairs (DOSA) and the College of Undergraduate Studies are celebrating NSU’s 50th anniversary with a series of events this week. Eddie Jitpraphai, director of Administrative Services and Marketing, said that the events are a good way for students and other participants to learn more about what DOSA is and what it has to offer. DOSA comprises 14 offices and a variety of services, including Campus Recreation, Residential Life and Housing, Student Activities, Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, and Student Media. On March 13, there will be a “Coffee and Conversation”

event on the fourth floor of the Alvin Sherman Library from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The division will provide pastries, fruits and coffee for the NSU community and the public to enjoy while they walk through a photography exhibit showcasing the division’s history. Guests will learn about the new structure for the division, receive information on the new College of Undergraduate Studies — which was created in July 2013 — and learn about future plan for the two departments. Jitpraphai said that the photography exhibit will demonstrate DOSA’s contributions to NSU in a unique visual way. “The pictures will show what we were in the past, what we are right now, and what we’re planning for the future,” she said. Brad Williams, vice president

of Student Affairs and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, hopes students will take the opportunity to learn about NSU’s history. “To understand where you are, it’s always good to understand where you’ve been,” Williams said. Following Coffee and Conversation, will be ice cream. DOSA and the College of Undergraduate Studies will host March 13’s SEA Thursday, calling it “Thursday is the New Sundae,” a free sundae-making event in the Don Taft University Spine from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants, including staff, faculty and students, will get to choose from a variety of ice cream flavors and enter a giveaway for prizes by scanning their SharkCards. Various offices within DOSA will

each have a booth at the event and will have a different ice cream topping, inviting participants to learn more about their resources while decorating sundaes. Giveaway prizes will include show tickets, bookstore items, clothing and other items donated by DOSA offices. DOSA’s celebration week began on March 10, when the Office of Campus Recreation offered a free session of “Extreme Blast,” a 50-station fitness circuit. DOSA, which was originally called Student Life, was formally established in 1986. However, Williams said that Student Affairs at NSU has informally existed since 1968, in the form of offices that support students.

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Poetry night Local spoken word artists and poets will perform in “Let’s Speak Truth,” a free event host by the Alvin Sherman Libary in the Cotilla Gallery on March 13 at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Christie Williams, internal communications editor, at wlchrist@nova.edu or 954262-2106. The good, the bad, the biofuels The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences will host Associate Professor Reza Razeghifard’s lecture, “Biofuels: The Benefits and Disadvantages as an Energy Source” on March 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Cotilla Gallery of the Alvin Sherman Library, as part of the Faculty Lecture Series. For more information, contact Professor James Doan at 954-262-8207. Faculty musical performance Faculty from the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences will perform in Mystic and Modern, a vocal and piano recital, on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 309 of the Performing and Visual Arts Wing in the Don Taft University Center. The performance is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Jennifer Donelson at 954262-7610. Learn how to play golf NSU’s Office of Campus Recreation will offer an instructional golf program every Saturday at 9 a.m., March 15 through April 12 at the Grande Oaks Learning Center. The class is limited to six participants and the registration deadline is March 13. The cost is $125 for NSU students, $150 for RecPlex members and $200 for non-RecPlex members. For more information, contact Mike Prociuk, assistant director for intramurals and special events, at prociuk@nova.edu or at 954-2627305. Gather your friends for football The Office of Campus Recreation will host a four-onfour flag football tournament beginning March 26 at Gessner Fields. Registration is free and open until March 24. To register, go to imleagues.com and search for “Nova Southeastern University.” For more information, contact Meloney Robinson, coordinator for intramural sports, at fosburgh@nova.edu or at 954-262-7303. Commencement auditions Undergraduates who will graduate this semester are invited to audition to speak during May 10’s commencement. Auditions will be held on April 3 from 4 to 6 p.m., with students presenting their 5-10 minute speeches. To express interest in auditioning, contact Frank Majnerich at majneric@nova.edu or 954-262-5144 by March 28. Candidates must have at least a 3.0 GPA based on NSU courses, be in good academic standing, and have completed at least 60 credits at NSU by the date of commencement. In addition to the commencement planning committee, interested faculty and staff may attend the try outs to offer feedback.


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Diary of...

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a medical student volunteer

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Saamia Shaikh, pictured in the front row second from the right, and the other medical students who volunteered at Camp Boggy Creek

By: Saamia Shaikh Saamia Shaikh is a first-year student in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s doctoral program. Earlier this year, she and other medical students volunteered at a camp for children diagnosed with spina bifida and other chronic illnesses. She hopes that her story will encourage readers to give back to the community through projects they’re passionate about, instead of considering community

service something that needs to be done for school. In Eustis, Fla., there is a little world with its own rules: Camp Boggy Creek. Here, only joy and happiness exist. Last month, I went to the camp with 13 other medical students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Osteopathic Medicine students are required to complete 80 hours of community service within their first two years and CBC allows students to complete a majority of their hours in an

exciting way. The camp was founded in 1996 for seriously ill children diagnosed with conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, inflammatory bowel disease, epilepsy and hemophilia. Campers are able to meet others living with the same conditions. It allows them to forget about their ailments or disabilities and, more importantly, realize that they are not alone. The camp is funded by donations and is free for the children and their families. Although it was heartbreaking to see the children suffering from physical and mental impairments, it was also exhilarating to be a leader and a role model. Volunteering at CBC allowed me to embark on a unique learning experience. I had previously volunteered at other children’s events, such as NSU’s annual A Day for Children. I have even gone to local elementary schools to help teach students basic science concepts. At CBC, I rediscovered my passion for working with children and, more importantly, my passion for working with children with special needs and disabilities. These children are precious; they are engaging and have something unique to offer the world. As a medical student and future physician, it was such a humbling and amazing experience for me to spend time with them. Volunteering in a non-medical capacity with these children is something that

Watch out, millennials coming through By: Saily Reguiero “Kids these days.” At some point, nearly every adult will utter this phrase. It’s a phrase used to express frustration with the generation of 20-something-year-olds, walking around in skinny jeans and furiously texting on their smartphones, who will one day inherit the world. It is part of the never-ending cycle of generationbashing that probably dates back to the cavemen who scoffed at their spoiled, lazy kids because they had no idea what it was like to live in a world without fire. The latest generation to suffer the scorn from their elders is the millennial generation. Born between 1981 and 2001, this is the first generation to come of age in the new millennium. Often, these young adults are described as narcissistic, lazy, addicted to social media, and coddled by their parents. It is also the generation that has to deal with a high unemployment rate of 16.2 percent for young people between the ages of 16 to 24, and limited job prospects when they get out of college, because of growing competition and limited finances. The assumption that millenials are entitled kids who can’t stand hard work is completely wrong. The reason millenials may not be as

successful in the workplace as their parents will be because of the lack of jobs that offer a living wage for someone with limited experience. Chris Kasbar, freshman business administration major, said that it is not fair for older generations to make these assumptions about the millennial generation because they don’t know what it’s like having access to technology and social media. “You know that older generations would have been on their phones and on Facebook if they had it back then,” said Kasbar. “Also, a couple of decades ago, there weren’t as many people immigrating to the U.S. and going to college. So, for people in college now, there is a lot more competition when looking for jobs.” A February 2010 USA Today report found that millennials are the most educated generation in U.S. history. While that seems like a positive thing, at what cost did this generation gain that education? Colleges and graduate schools cost money — insane amounts of money. The price of attending a public four-year college rose 54 percent from 1998 to 2008, so to pay for the education millenials took on massive debt — about $35,000 on average for each 2013 U.S. college graduate. Student debt wouldn’t be a huge problem if there were well-paying

jobs waiting for college graduates, but millenials have the poorly timed misfortune of graduating right after one of the worst economic collapses in recent U.S. history. Stephen Rafferty, freshman communication studies major, said that even though millenials are entering a world where it may be tough to find a job and the economy isn’t exactly where it needs to be, he believes that the millennial generation has found ways to get around that. “I think there is opportunity anywhere,” said Rafferty. “Yes, there are more people and fewer jobs but if you want something bad enough than you are going to find a way to get it. I have my own business and have been working really hard to get it, and it is good to know that you have the opportunity to start you own business and be your own boss.” Yet, for millenials in college, there are still many reasons to be optimistic. College offers many resources that students can take advantage of, before finding themselves with a diploma in hand and a resume lacking in experience. Ian McArthur, career adviser in the Office of Career Development, said that the one thing students should look into while they are in college is getting internships.

has changed me for the better. I realized that dealing with a special needs child, the life of the parents and siblings would never be the same. I had read about the physiology and pathology behind spina bifida in class. However, it wasn’t until I met individuals with spina bifida that I got to see what it was. In particular, one of the children I met was a young boy with spina bifida, who was paralyzed from the waist down and used a wheelchair. During the time I spent with him, I did not hear him complain about the fact he could not walk or do a lot of things other children could do. Despite his impairments, he was so creative and such a quick learner. It was so refreshing to see a child with such a vivid imagination, something I realized many adults lack due to their desires to conform to society. CBC made me realize we often take the little things in life for granted, like just being able to walk to the next room. I also realized that the little things in life that bother us should not be taken too seriously. As volunteers at CBC, my classmates and I were either assigned to be activity pals or family pals. The responsibilities of an activity pal varied and included running the woodshop, the arts and crafts station, archery, boating and fishing, cooking and other activities. On the other hand, family pals stayed with the children and led them to the different activities and

events scheduled throughout the day. I was stationed in the woodshop, probably the most popular place at the camp. The children wanted to make gifts for their friends, family members and other loved ones and another volunteer and I helped. Interestingly, I learned a lot at the woodshop, too. I learned how to use a power drill, saw and a wood burner. Working there was one of my favorite parts of camp. I was able to observe how children learn and function. The thrill of seeing a child’s face when they make an innocent discovery was invigorating. Spending time with children is truly a gift. I encourage everyone to get involved in the community. Many of us are lucky to be where we are; unfortunately, the same cannot be said for everyone. Giving back to the community does not have to be a chore but can be fun task. So go build that house with Habitat for Humanity, feed the homeless or volunteer at an animal shelter. Today can be the day you begin your life-long commitment to giving back. The gratification felt from helping an individual in need is truly a feeling unmatched by any other act. I cannot adequately express the feeling I get from helping others and expecting nothing in return. Just knowing that you have helped someone else in even the smallest way and brightened their day, or even just made them smile, is such a wonderful and fulfilling feeling.

“Internships are that invaluable experience you get while you are still in school to develop those real-world skills,” said McArthur. According to McArthur, the National Association of College Student Employers does a survey of skills and qualities they look for in hires and work experience is not generally in the top five or even 10 on the list. “Employers often look for hires with leadership experience who have a strong ability to communicate and can work well and effectively on a team,” said McArthur. “Analytical reasoning and critical thinking are things that are important that can be developed through internships.” And yes, even though the argument can be made that the millennial generation is dependent on technology and social media, there are still many positive things that come from it.

Elizabeth Burbano, sophomore communication studies major, said, “Life is not just about what you know anymore, it is also about who you know and technology has helped to create a new form of networking.” McArthur agrees. “The vast majority of the time, [social media] is a really positive thing,” McArthur said. “If used properly, can be such a powerful tool in the job search. No matter what anyone says, the millennial generation is well-suited to bring out a positive social change. It’s also a highly collaborative generation. This makes them uniquely capable of going beyond what they know to relate with people all over the world. As Tyler Lindauer, freshman musical theatre major, said, “This generation is full of people that will work hard and bust their butts. People who will go out and take the initiative to make something of themselves and I think that is pretty positive.”

The Millennial is well-suited to bring positive social change.

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Career Corner To be or not to be? Graudate school and the future

By: Emilio Lorenzo

To be or not to be? Shakespeare must have been a career coach because, sometimes in our journey toward reaching our goals, we must decide if an opportunity is the right or wrong fit. Deciding on what to do after graduating with your bachelor’s can be a scary task. You probably just got comfortable with being a college student and the thought of transitioning into a graduate program is overwhelming, to say the least. A variety of people, including family members, will guide you on this journey, but, in the end, you must ask yourself what is best for your future and the goals you have set for yourself going forward. Graduate school can be a great opportunity if you’re looking to gain additional knowledge and training in a particular industry. Graduate school is a big commitment, so you’ll want to avoid pursuing it if you are just looking to dodge the current job market. If you’re about to earn your bachelor’s, you’re at the point in your career journey when you must ask yourself some difficult questions, including: how would graduate school help me reach my long-term goals? What if I join a program and realize I don’t like this career choice? Should I get experience in my field before advancing my academic knowledge? All of these are valid questions. You must keep your options open in order to make an informed decision. Selfexploration can not only shed light on determining if attending a graduate program is the right choice; it can also help you determine what sacrifices you would need to reach your goals. For example, attending a graduate program will require you to be motivated and committed for several years, depending on the program. Also, considering you are fresh off completing your undergraduate education, many questions will arise: Are you going to have to take out more student loans for your master’s program? Is the program set up so you can work while going to school? How are you going to handle living away from your family and friends if the program is in another state? Do you have other commitments that may get in the way of successfully completing graduate school? Another step in making a smart decision is considering why you want to attend graduate school and if that desire matches

your long-term goals. After you have gone over these difficult questions, research some of your interests further, including specific colleges and programs and ideal jobs. One way you can do this is by conducting informational interviews, a strategic way to gain valuable information about a certain profession, while networking with employers. There’s no better way to find out if you would enjoy a certain profession than by talking to an individual who is working in the field. In addition, you should consider reaching out to students who have graduated from similar programs or engaging faculty members in conversations, as well as visiting websites to explore details about each program. You should consider a number of things when researching graduate programs, such as location, since you’ll likely have a preference on where you’ll live for several years, and if the program will offer internship or practicum opportunities. It is also important to consider cost, the training required for each specific opportunity, and the overall quality of life you will have on the job and as a student. Exploring your options is a key component in your journey toward graduate school, as is understanding the requirements for admission. You must be organized. Creating an Excel spreadsheet that tracks details for each program of interest can be beneficial. The spreadsheet can help you organize many requirements, including deadlines, required documents like personal statements, and required admission tests, such as the GRE or LSAT. Staying organized will help you set a strategic timeline and keep you on track to apply on time and position yourself for success. At the end of the day, graduate school may not be the right fit if you have other goals you want to accomplish before continuing your education, such as traveling abroad or gaining experience in your field. People have their own sets of goals, short and long term, and there are a variety of paths to those ends. It’s up to you to explore those options and decide if they are to be or not to be.

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There’s a job for that?! By: Saily Reguiero Unless you can see the future, there is no sure way of knowing that your perfect dream job will appear once you graduate from college. However, looking at these weird jobs might make you think twice about procrastinating on homework or missing classes. With some imagination, or a lot of time on the Internet, you can discover a array of jobs that your teacher probably never mentioned in middle school.

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Mattress jumper Growing up, you probably dreamed of have a job that would only require jumping on a bed. As it turns out, that job actually exists. Professional mattress jumping is a serious job. Apparently, its not about achieving a great height or doing back flip and somersaults, but using the soles of the foot to compress the mattress layers and detect any lumps in the mattress filling. Mattress jumper’s work for mattress companies all around the country and some can make up to $15 dollars an hour.

Mattress jumpers work for mattress companies all around the country.

Perfume smellers Also known as “noses”, highly trained perfumers work with fragrance companies to create and evaluate scents. It sounds like a job that comes with luxurious benefits, but it’s not an easy career to break into. There are only about 50 well-respected professional noses in the world, due to the difficult training process. Many study in Grasse, France because of the region’s centuries of renowned perfume production. The training can take up to seven years or more. COURTESY OF /LIZSAVINO2011.BLOGSPOT.COM

Improve your sense of smell as a perfume smeller.

Presidential poison taster Want a job working alongside the biggest rulers of the world, while getting paid to travel and eat different types of food? Well, now you can as a professional presidential poison taster. You might have known that the ancient Egyptians and the Romans employed them, but were you aware that poison tasting is still a potential career option today? Vladimir Putin reportedly requires the services of food tasters who travel with him and taste his food. He has every dish inspected by a medically qualified professional sampler, who makes sure that it is completely safe to eat. The downside is that you may have to move to Russia and the food might be poisonous, but the bright side is you get to travel around the world and indulge in presidential cuisine.

Line waiter Standing in lines can be one of the most daunting tasks. Some people may be richer than others, or more powerful, but when there is an event to go to or a tourist site to see, everyone has to stand in one line together. If there’s no way to skip a line, people can actually hire and pay someone to stand in line for them. Depending on the event, a line waiter can make up to $35 an hour. COURTESY OF HOMETOWNPHARMACYWI.COM

Waiting in line isn’t that bad if you get paid to do it.

Professional pencil sharpener You can sharpen your own pencil, but who would want to go through all that trouble? Instead, someone can pay you for a fee of $15 per pencil, to professionally sharpen their pencil. Once, it’s sharpened to perfection, the pencil is placed into a pencil-sized plastic tube, then placed into a larger plastic tube to make sure the pencil doesn’t break. The pencil is than mailed to the customer with a certificate of authenticity and the precious pencil shavings. COURTESY OF DAILYTARHEEL.COM

Professionally sharpening pencils is a real job.


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Assistant Coach’s Corner Juan Rivera

By: Grant McQueenie South America is known for its soccer culture and is the birthplace of some of the biggest names in the sport today. The continent has produced a number of good soccer players, such as former NSU player and current men’s soccer assistant coach Juan Rivera. “Just being born in Columbia, that’s the normal thing. Before you even start talking, you start playing soccer,” said Rivera. He emigrated from Medellin to South Florida at age 8. “Over there, [soccer] is a religion. It was still in my blood. It’s kind of your one opportunity to become someone,” said Rivera. “You either pursued soccer or you went to school. You couldn’t do both. Here there are more opportunities.” Rivera needed to make some minor adjustments to his game when he first arrived in the U.S. “Style is more technical [in Columbia]. Here it is more tactical,” said Rivera. “Also depends on the players you have.”

Although soccer is the preferred sport of his native country, it wasn’t the preferred sport in his family. He and his father didn’t quite see eye to eye on soccer, but Rivera was eventually able to pursue the sport he loves. “It’s funny because my dad played basketball his whole life,” said Rivera. Soccer has consumed Rivera’s life. He played through his childhood and continued through college. Even before he graduated, he had already begun to think about coaching. Rivera did not want to be apart from the sport he loves for too long. He was a four-year star at American High School, in Miami, before attending NSU. He played at NSU from 2007-2011 and a year after graduating, became the assistant coach for his former team. “I’ve always had the idea; I just didn’t think it would happen this early in my career,” said Rivera. “I was working on campus and I always had a good relationship with Head Coach Joe Depalo.” Although he had long thought

Sports about being a coach, Rivera had to think about what he wanted to focus on with his team. “I’m a player’s coach. I got the experience playing here as a player, so I know what players are like. I know the system. I have an easier relationship with players than if I went somewhere [else],” said Rivera. He has seen all the hard work his former coaches, including DePalo, have put into their jobs to help make their teams better. Rivera knows he will also have to put in this same amount of work if he is to expect results from his players. He has to be comfortable not only with his team, but with his own coaching style. “At the beginning I was kind of timid. Now I’m getting more comfortable and easy going. You won’t hear me shouting a lot,” said Rivera. “The main thing is, regardless of results or how things are going, is to always leave 110 percent. You always have to be happy with the work that you do.” Rivera often thinks about the type of coach he would have wanted as a player. He uses those memories to help mold the way he coaches. “As a player I wanted to have a conversation with the coach, have that freedom. I want players to come to me with no problems. Speak more as a friend than just a coach,” said Rivera. “I had to make that separation between being a teammate of some

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Juan Rivera became the assistant coach of NSU men’s soccer, a year after spending five years on the team as a player under Coach Giuseppe “Joe” DePalo.

of the guys on the team to now a coach.” His competitive playing career may have ridden off into the sunset, but his newborn coaching career has a lot of life left. Rivera will learn every day from new experiences and

challenges that he will ultimately face as a young coach, but it is how he deals with these problems that will make him the coach he wants to be.

Rowing into the spring season

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The NSU rowing team will look to repeat as National Champions as the women begin their 2014 spring rowing season.

By: Grant McQueenie The NSU rowing team, the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championships, will look to accomplish one of the hardest things in sports, repeat as a champion. Every other team, not only in the Sunshine State Conference, but in the country, will be targeting NSU, the team that stands atop the mountain. To become back-to-back champions takes not only the talent and dedication of the team but also a little luck. The 2014 rowing season kicked off on March 8, with the Spring Break Race at Rollins University, and it is the first step for the Sharks’ on their way to become NCAA Division II National Champions in women’s rowing for a consecutive year. Prior to the beginning of the spring season, captain Stephanie Hauck, a senior sport and exercise

science major, reminisced about the surprise run to the title last year and what first-year coach Stephen Frazier-Wong was able to do with the team. “[Frazier-Wong] planned it perfectly because we peaked [physically] at last national championships. That’s what I think anyway,” said Hauck. “The whole process was a lot of trusting the coach, trusting each other, becoming closer, and always being on the same page for what we wanted to do with that day.” Assistant Coach Samantha Sarff, standing in for Coach Frazier-Wong who was unable to be reached for comment due to the birth his child, was able to elaborate on the success of the 2012-2013 season. “The team was so fast. They had potential there all along and a lot of it was getting them to believe that they had the talent,

the power and the people to win a National Championship,” said Sarff. “We kept getting closer to the competition each race. We were building off that and it just all came together right at the perfect moment and everything went right for us at NCAAs. It was such a memorable experience just from a coach’s perspective. Highlight of my athletic career and I wasn’t even a rower.” After every year, each team must deal with different loses and gains that may affect the team both positively and negatively. Hauck said, “We brought a lot of speed into the [2013] fall season. I’m pretty confident in saying we were faster than last fall. Then again, fall is different racing and different training but as we bring that into spring and train for spring, even our weights coach said, ‘I’ve never seen the team so determined.” Three seniors from last year’s

NCAA Championship boats have graduated, but NSU has recruited well and brought in eight of strong freshmen this year who are contributing. Sarff said, “We are in a good position and keeping the same philosophy as last year, too, just constantly improving. We know we have the speed, we have the people, it’s just putting the pieces together.” The raised team expectations have grown even more since the end of the fall season. Although not every race was won, there were positives to take from each one. The team has corrected issues from the fall but the potential set for the rowing team has made the team’s desire stronger than ever. “We came back really strong [from winter break]. If we still have that drive now, then I’m confident we will do well and only get better from last year,” she said. Many teams look to avoid talking about the expectations,

in hopes of not jinxing the possibilities. It is difficult enough to win it once, but to win it again is extremely challenging, so teams tend to ignore any added pressures. It’s easier to fly under the radar on the road to the championship, but when every other team has the champion in their sights, it turns that road into a gauntlet. “We want to [repeat], it’s definitely the goal. We did it once, so it’s going to be the expectation from now on. But there is a lot of good competition out there and they are going to make it tough. We have a target on our backs now,” said Sarff. The NSU rowing team has a mixture of experience, youth, speed and power to compete with the conference’s and the nation’s best rowing teams, but will luck be on their side?


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Athlete of the week:

By: Shivani Wood “Be all you can be” is the motto of the U.S. Army, but it is also something Sabrina Keirberg, reminds herself of daily. She is a self-motivated NSU tennis player, who doesn’t have to look any further than herself for inspiration. Kierberg, an undefeated tennis player this season, is only a sophomore but has been to all over the world. She was born in Munich, Germany and speaks English, Arabic, French and German. She was homeschooled up until college. Kierberg moved to South Florida at the age 3, and began playing tennis a year later. Kierberg considers her parents to be her biggest supporters, but her mother, who also played tennis, is her biggest influence. Although she started her freshman season late due to muscle injuries, she sent herself to the top singles draw, which she participated in 10 out of 13 matches and maintained a 5-5 record in the top flight. As a psychology major, she hopes to help children who have dealt with trauma in their lives. She wants to help treat them so that they won’t have to deal with problems later in life.

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was going to beat me easy so when I got on the court, I didn’t let her touch one ball. Then, I beat her in the final round.” Do you have anyone you look up to in tennis for inspiration? “I’ve always looked up to myself and try to be the best I can be. Which out of the four major pro tournaments would you choose if you could choose to play in one of them? “If I could, I would choose the U.S. Open.”

Sabrina Keirberg shows off her style and talent on the court.

Kierberg’s daily schedule seems pretty hectic, as it includes 6:15 a.m. workouts, practice, class and studying. During the off-season, she likes to hangout with friends. Kierberg describes herself as an aggressive, yet fair, player. Her teammates claim that she can seem quite intimidating on the court. She loves to take risks and uses these perceptions to her advantage on the court to help her win.

I sat down with Keirberg to help the NSU community get to know her a little better. What do you love about tennis? “I like that you never know who’s going to win. You could be losing really bad and you’d always have a chance to turn it around.” What are your strengths in tennis? “My power and my net game.”

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What would you look to improve? “Probably my mental game. Usually when I give up on myself, I usually end up losing to anyone.” What has been your most memorable moment in tennis? “When I played a tournament in Florida. I’ve always made it to the final but I’ve never won. The girl I was going to play was saying that she

If you could choose, what tennis player would you play against? “Roger Federer.” Do you have any rituals or superstitions before a match? “If I win, I need to have the same racket and the same string. When I play during my match, I have to use the same ball that I win with. As soon as I lose with that ball, I pick a different one because it becomes unlucky to me. I also have to eat the same thing if I win.” What is your favorite food? “Japanese or Korean food.” If there was a movie about your life, who would play you? “Jennifer Lawrence.”

ON THE BENCH Commentary by: Alex Gruber At this time of year, I’m reminded of a video from a couple years ago. It’s a bunch of guys sitting around a dinner table, what looks like a Mafia-style meeting. But keeping their business aside, one guy asks the crowd, “What am I most enthusiastic about these days?” His answer was the same as mine: baseball. Steve Schirripa of Sopranos fame rightly adds, “Who doesn’t love baseball?” It’s March, which means Major League Baseball’s spring training is well underway. It’s a glorious time of year, as our national pastime gets into form in preparation for another long, sure-to-be interesting season. Indeed, it could be made even more interesting if Budweiser’s campaign has any success. They created an official White House petition, seeking 100,000 signatures to make Opening Day a national holiday. Considering the importance that baseball holds in our country, I would be all for that. As for the action taking place on the field, this has been perhaps the most controversial offseason of rule changes I’ve seen in a long time. Commissioner Bud Selig, who is entering his final season on the job, has seen the league institute

the long sought-after expansion to the instant replay system as well as creating a new rule to govern home-plate collisions that have caused some devastating injuries in recent seasons. The changes to the instant replay have taken far too long to institute. Any baseball fan will surely remember Jim Joyce’s horrific missed call that cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game a few seasons ago. I’ve got nothing but respect for Joyce after his show of class after the incident, and I’m sure he’d be the first guy to be a proponent of this system. Indeed, a safe/out force play is now something that can be reviewed. The new review system is not unlike the NFL’s replay rules. Basically, a manager will have one opportunity to “challenge” a given incident—with some exceptions— in the first six innings of a game. If they are successful with the challenge, they can get a second challenge for the game. The crew chief of the game’s umpires can call for a review after the sixth inning, as well as review a home-run call or non-call at any time. Calls that can be challenged include fair/foul calls, force plays, tag plays, outfield catches (if they were “trapped”

or caught), fan interference and ground-rule doubles. This encompasses a pretty good range of disputable calls we tend to see in a given day of baseball. Of course, ball/strike calls won’t be reviewable, since those are judgment calls. It’ll be left to the armchair umpires like you and me, given the benefit of high definition television, to make those decisions ourselves. Another aspect of the replay system that could arouse some debate is the time factor. I’ve heard a lot of chatter in recent years on how people want to “speed up the game,” and delays like this certainly won’t help that matter. But isn’t it more important for the calls to be made correctly than for things to be done quickly? Plus, there’s the notion that “human error” is just part of the game. I can certainly appreciate that, but for the sake of fairness, there’s nothing wrong with technology helping you out. The second major rule change involves collisions at home plate. Marlins fans will surely look fondly back on Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez getting rammed into by San Francisco Giants player J.T. Snow and holding on for the last

out in their 2003 playoff series. But they might also remember when former outfielder Scott Cousins barreled into Giants catcher Buster Posey in 2011, leading to a gruesome leg break for the Florida State product. While the rule doesn’t ban collisions completely, it enforces the idea that runners can’t go out of their way to run over the catcher—slides are fine— and that catchers can’t stand right in the path to the plate without having the ball. In some ways, this adds a bit more excitement to the play for me. Sure, it’s cool to see a guy running at full speed crash into another guy just to get to home plate. But I think that the strategy of both players in cases like this makes things more interesting. The catcher has to gauge how far away to position himself to get the ball and try to make a tag, while the runner has to try to avoid the catcher but still be in a position to touch home. Two split-second decisions coming together leads to dives and slides of desperation, and generally a lot of intrigue. No iconic photos like “Pudge” holding up the ball, but hopefully no Posey-like devastating injuries. And then, of course, we have

the impending retirement of one of the game’s greats: Derek Jeter. The player who has manned the shortstop position for the New York Yankees for nearly 20 years is finally calling it a career after this season, coming on the heels of the retirements of long-time teammates Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. You have to wonder if Jeter will get the same treatment as Rivera did last year, or even Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves a couple years ago, where basically every team gives him a parting gift. Given the shortstop’s illustrious career and classy nature, “The Captain” would certainly deserve it. No matter what your opinion is on any of these matters, this MLB season is sure to be an interesting one. Can the Yankees’ free-agent signings jell quickly to get them back into the playoffs? Can Mike Trout finally take over Miguel Cabrera’s post as the best player in the game? Will the Marlins lose less than 100 games this year? We’ll certainly get answers to these questions and more over the next seven months.


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Nintendo’s Wii U woes

By: Gianpaolo Stasi On Jan. 29, Nintendo held an investor meeting showing how the Wii U, the sequel to the Wii, stacked up to previous consoles and current generation consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But according to the sales of the Wii U in comparison to other consoles, Nintendo’s new console might be destined for doom. Every six years or so, Nintendo releases a new console featuring new hardware specs and new games. The Nintendo Wii came out in 2006, and the Wii U came out in late 2012 with revamped hardware and better specs, including the Wii U Gamepad, exclusively for the Wii U. Unfortunately, Wii U sales looked pretty dismal, with seemingly no hope for Nintendo’s year and a half old console. So, what can Nintendo do? Is all lost for this video game titan? Well, no, actually. Let’s get one thing out of the way. For any of those still confused, the Wii U is not the Wii; it’s the next edition in the line of Nintendo consoles. The gamepad, a controller similar to a tablet, can only be used with the Wii U. Many are confused and believe the Wii U gamepad is like the Wii Fit Board, an accessory for exercise-related games. The Wii U has a primary problem — its sales figures. An additional factor to the Nintendo problem is lack

of advertising. Without any proper advertising, consumers are left in the dark about what makes the Wii U different from the Wii. All this confusion between the two consoles is what contributes to lack of sales. A lot of people have said that it is time for Nintendo to drop the Wii U and start on a new console. In fact, there have been rumors floating around the inter-webs speculating a new Nintendo console called Nintendo Fusion. This console would be different in that it would be the best console available right now in terms of specs and hardware. However, those rumors seem to be just that: rumors. As a Wii U owner, I think the idea of Nintendo giving up on their Wii U is a ridiculous idea. Now, the video game giant could release a new console, and that would definitely fix the lack of specs on the Wii U, however that’s just not how Nintendo rolls. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said in the investor meeting that his “conviction and passion has not been shaken,” even after the bleak sales of the Wii U. They have good reason for that, though. Nintendo likes to stockpile as much money as they can after the release of a successful console or game. They have been doing that for years and years. Their predicted sales for the Wii U may have dropped from 9 million to 2.8 million, but Nintendo has never been better moneywise. They have approximately $4.4 billion

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Nintendo’s new console, the Wii U features an exclusive gamepad, but hasn’t been selling as well as the Wii.

saved up, more than enough to survive at least a couple of unsuccessful years. Now would be the time for them to take some of that stockpiled money and invest it in advertising the Wii U. Nintendo has shown off some remarkable advertising skills in the past such as their weekly issue of Nintendo Power and their movie that came out in the late 80s called, “The Wizard,” and showing off that prowess now would undoubtedly increase Wii U sales as some of the confusion concerning the console would clear up. The next problem Nintendo has to work on is games. In the year and

a half since the Wii U was released, Nintendo has released some games for the Wii U such as remakes for a Legend of Zelda, Pikmin 3, and several third party software, but none thus far can justify having a Wii U over other consoles. Most games so far have purely been ports to the Wii U of third-party games and remakes. There have been a few games exclusive to the Wii U, but none have been as groundbreaking as say, Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii known for its ingenious use of gravity platforming and beautiful visuals. As long as Nintendo begins releasing more must-own first-party games that

people really want to play and will give them a reason to own the Wii U, such as the upcoming Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros, Wii U sales are sure to go up. Nintendo’s state may seem bleak now, but Nintendo is still on its feet and far from falling behind as a remnant of the past. Increasing advertising and adding new software titles will lead Nintendo out of the doghouse. The giant will bounce right back and return to be the leading software developer that we all know and love.

Chatting with a Viking By: Megan Mortman You wouldn’t want to work with Katheryn Winnick when she’s dressed for battle. Winnick plays Lagertha Lothbrok on The History Channel’s “Vikings,” a show that follows the lives of a family of Vikings during medieval times and is based on historical figures. Her character, a wife and mother, is based on a shieldmaiden, a woman who fought in battle alongside men during the eighth century. The show centers around Lagertha’s husband, Ragnar Lothbrok, played by Travis Fimmel, based on the famous Norse leader and his family. In the upcoming second season, Lagertha’s identity is tested, as she has to deal with a miscarriage. “Her sense of self is something I struggled with because in the first season she was very much Ragnar’s wife and partner in crime,” said Winnick. “Now where does she go from here? Does she choose to stay with him and forgive him and deal with this new baby on the way? Or does she decide to leave and follow her own path?” She was cast for the part a week before relocating to Dublin, Ireland, where she lived for six months during filming. For her audition, she recorded herself in her living room. When the the producers wanted to see her two months later, she rented a Viking costume to get the part. “There’s a stereotype of what Vikings were, and I was pleasantly

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Katheryn Winnick stars as Lagertha Lothbrok in “Vikings.”

surprised to learn that’s not exactly the reality of it,” Winnick said. “Vikings do not have horns coming out of their helmets at all. It wouldn’t be practical.” While living in Ireland, Canadian-born Winnick said she made some of the most amazing friends, and she felt like she was back home. “They’re just very humble, sweet individuals,” Winnick said. “And the culture’s a little different,

where at the end of each day, sometimes me and all the cast mates meet at the bar for a pint of Guinness. Everyone lives in UGG boots and winter wear, but I can’t imagine shooting this anywhere else.” She said some of the crew has worked together for more than 25 years, on movies like “Braveheart” and shows like “The Tudors.” “There are no egos. There’s no divas on set in any department,” Winnick said. “Everyone truly wants

to be there and do good work and produce a good product.” Winnick does all of her own stunts on the show and used to teach martial arts to actors on movie sets. She is a third degree black belt in Taekwondo, a second degree black belt in karate, and a licensed bodyguard. The training for this role was a bit different. “I had the physical training of it, but picking up the sword and a shield was pretty new to me,” Winnick said.

Winnick, who was in the movies “Love & Other Drugs” and “Failure to Launch,” along with the show “Bones,” prefers being in shows rather than films. In “Vickings,” she co-stars with lambs and goats, and gets to work with the creator and writer of the show Michael Hirst, who writes every episode. She likes not knowing how her character will develop. “That’s the beauty of television; you can discover more layers of your character as the season goes on, whereas on a movie, you have a beginning, middle and end and one journey that you tell and one story,” Winnick said. Because the cast sometimes shoots scenes in remote locations in the mountains and deals with the unpredictable weather, the cast is very close. “A lot of times. we’re stuck in these heating tents with one heater and all the cast come together and we have no cell phone reception or Internet, and we sit there and we just have to tell stories or play games and entertain ourselves and really get to know each other,” she said. “That’s what makes this show also really special. All of the cast mates really establish a strong bond with each other; we’re like family over there.” Season two of “Vikings” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on The History Channel.


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Spring TV about to be sprung By: Jodi Tandet April showers may bring May flowers, but something more exciting is in bloom this spring: new and returning TV shows. Before you bemoan the end of spring break and begin worrying about final exams, consider taking a moment — or perhaps a few hours — to check out some of these small-screen creations, some of which are almost guaranteed gems and others that simply hold mysterious promise. “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” What year is it anyway? The U.S. version of this improvisational comedy show originally bid adieu to airwaves in 2007, before returning last summer. Its order of 12 episodes burned off by September, but its upcoming 10th season will contain double that, beginning March 21 on the CW. Former host Drew Carey is now busy asking people if the price is right, so “Ghost Whisperer” and “Archer” actress Aisha Tyler has taken the gig. But the original quirky trio of genius performers is set to return. Wayne Brady will surely give audiences outrageous song parodies, Ryan Stiles will definitely offer up

spot-on celebrity impressions and Colin Mochrie will likely deliver plenty of self-depreciating bald jokes. Each of the gentlemen, along with a weekly guest star or two, will employ their wacky wit and impressive comedy chops to create characters and scenes in short improv games, with prompts suggested by the audience or dreamed up by producers. It’s a show where everything’s made up and the host’s arbitrary awarding of points doesn’t matter. So although the appeal of “Whose Line” may be hard to explain, it’s easy to adore.

Der Beek, once the titular star of “Dawson’s Creek,” will surely give viewers a jolt of 90s’-esque nostalgia. The “Better Lives” part of its title attempts to promise a slight twist on the tired trope: each of the characters are at different stages of their lives — engaged, married, divorced or single — but jealous of each other’s status. In addition to Van Der Beek, swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker and “Entourage” star Kevin Connolly are part of the ensemble, along with other young, typically pretty stars who’ve had decent, but not terribly famous, TV roles.

“Friends with Better Lives” It’s a tale as old as time — or at least, as old as “Friends.” Heck, the title of this new CBS sitcom, which premieres March 31, even sounds astoundingly similar to the ‘ol Manhattan-based NBC hit and was created by Dana Klein, who wrote and produced several “Friends” episodes. Its focus is far from original: a group of, well, friends, each in their 30s, explore careers and relationships, while cracking jokes related to their individual quirks. Plus, the presence of James Van

“Billy on the Street” If you like your TV show hosts to be calm, collected and quiet, “Billy on the Street” isn’t for you. But, if you can get behind the idea of a man shouting out pop culture trivia questions to random pedestrians on the streets of New York and then running away with no explanation, you’re in for a treat. Comedian Billy Eichner, who recently guest starred on several “Parks and Recreation” episodes, doesn’t have a fancy set, a meticulously crafted script or even any regular co-stars; he has a

Futurition: a beginning for senior art majors By: Nicole Cocuy & Megan Mortman

The Futurition art exhibit, which features the artwork of five graduating senior art majors, is on display until April 18 in the Performance Theatre Lobby in the Don Taft University Center. The exhibit is part of the senior project course, a requirement for all art majors, and features the work of Samantha Manuel, Eliana Monaco, Fraser Poorman, Kate Allen and Kristen Ghandour. Each student was required to suggest a theme for the exhibition. They then voted on futurition, which means “the state or condition of being about to exist.” Ghandour said that she and her classmates selected the theme because they can relate to it. “It has to do with something ending and something beginning,” Ghandour said. “That kind of describes all of us because we are all ending our college careers and starting something new, whether it’s graduate school or art school or a career in our field.” For the class, students brought in all the artwork they worked on since their start at NSU, from previous classes or from outside of class. They then developed their early pieces for the exhibit. All five students designed flyers based on the concept of futurition. Allen designed a flyer featuring five silhouettes that resemble the artists.

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Senior art majors Samantha Manuel, Eliana Monaco, Fraser Poorman, Kate Allen and Kristen Ghandour proudly displayed their work in Futurition.

The silhouettes are also attached to the vertical windows on the first floor of the Don Taft University Center, facing the exhibit. Manuel was quite impressed by Allen’s work. “She found a silhouette that represents each of us. It is pretty to a ‘t’ in looking like us. That’s not me, but it looks like me. It represents each us and our journey,” Manual said. Tennille Shuster, associate professor in the Division of Performing and Visual Arts in the Farquhar College of Arts and

Sciences, taught the senior project course this semester. She hopes that many members of the NSU community check out the exhibit and become more aware of the division. “They should know what’s going on in our wing,” said Shuster. “They should know how vibrant the arts community is here at NSU, and see the kind of talent that’s being generated and how talented our students are that are coming out of the program here.”

microphone, a camera, undeniable wit and, most importantly, passion for all things pop culture. He runs, he shoves his microphone in unsuspecting pedestrian’s faces, and without any introduction, asks trivia and opinion questions like “True or false: Lea Michele can play the flute?”, “Any thoughts on Nicki Minaj?” and “Who are your three favorite straight people?” Celebrities have also gotten in on the game. Eichner has quizzed Will Ferrell on facts about Drew Barrymore, asked New Yorkers if they like “Star Trek” with Zachary Quinto standing right beside him, and challenged Rachel Dratch to a “Julia Roberts obstacle course.” If it sounds bizarre, just give it a quick view. The third season will premiere on March 12 on Fuse TV, with guest stars including Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Neil Patrick Harris, Seth Meyers, Lena Dunham and Lindsay Lohan. Plus, clips from previous episodes are viewable on funnyordie.com and YouTube. It’s nearly impossible not to laugh, even if just out of complete shock over Eichner’s apparent disregard for social norms.

24: Live Another Day The Kiefer Sutherland-helmed spy thriller lives another season. Nearly four years after leaving the airwaves, Jack Bauer and friends — and enemies — return to the Fox network for 12 episodes, beginning with a two-hour special on May 5. Familiar characters like Mary Lynn Rajskub’s Chloe and Kim Raver’s Audrey will return, joined by Benjamin Bratt, Yvonne Stahovski and Tate Donovan, among other stars, as new characters. Like James Bond film “Die Another Day,” “Live Another Day” promises plenty of thrills, twists and turns. It’ll even cross time and space, with the action set in London, four years after the end of season eight. Plus, during the hiatus, Chloe has crossed over to the dark side, both literally and figuratively. Show producers have teased that she’s turned against the government and set photos have shown Rajskub decked out in jet black hair and allblack clothing. Still, the show won’t stray terribly far from the concept that won it multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Awards; each episode will still be set in real time, covering the events of one hour of Bauer’s explosive life.

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The hidden ingredient at JuiceBlendz

By: Tiffany Smith How would you feel if you knew you were ingesting a chemical that is toxic to the environment and potentially harmful to your health? Unfazed? Nonchalant? What if I told you that this was the case anytime you reached out to JuiceBlendz to buy a delicious smoothie? It’s not the fruity ingredients that pose the threat; it’s the item holding those ingredients: the Styrofoam cup. The controversy over the use of Styrofoam cups is widespread. Advocates who support banning them challenge their position as an environmental hazard and an unhealthy substance, whereas critics insist that there is not enough evidence to justify their write-off. But before you make a decision, there are a few things you should know. Styrofoam is the trademark name that was developed by the Dow Chemical Company to refer to foamed polystyrene. In turn, foamed polystyrene is made from a synthetic

chemical called styrene. For foamed polystyrene to be produced, it must first be heated, which unleashes chemicals that have the ability to leak into the beverage or food in the container. This is the reason reheating drinks or food in a Styrofoam cup is often discouraged. However, numerous companies use foamed polystyrene because it’s a good insulator and cheap to manufacture. They conveniently turn a blind eye toward troubling side effects. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an average of 90,000 workers are exposed to styrene when they manufacture products, such as boats. In turn, the constant inhalation of the small styrene fibers has led to “complaints of headache, fatigue… and a feeling of intoxication.” So, if it’s not safe for factory workers to be exposed to styrene, then how is it safe for us to drink from it? But, these questions don’t keep company executives awake at night, especially because there’s not enough evidence yet to support the

claim that styrene is a carcinogenic substance. In 2011, the National Toxicology Program, within the National Institute of Health, reported a study in which mice developed lung tumors as a result of exposure to styrene. The study also suggests that styrene can increase the risk of leukemia. However, the Environmental Protection Agency has not officially classified styrene as a human carcinogen, citing “inconclusive” evidence. Despite this oscillating back and forth on the health issues, one thing is for certain: foamed polystyrene cups are hazardous waste in the environment. With numerous blue bins spotted around campus, there is always an opportunity to recycle, but where do you dispose of Styrofoam cups? When flung into the trash can, it travels to a landfill, where it sits for a long period of time; and when littered, it becomes a serious environmental problem since it’s not fully biodegradable. Save Our Shores, a grassroots

organization based in Santa Cruz, Calif., called foamed polystyrene the “most abundant type” of litter, after cigarettes. As a result, it has become a threat to the picturesque view of the clean beach and the beautiful ocean. It is also harmful to wildlife. Since foamed polystyrene cannot by recycled, the only alternative is for it to disintegrate into small white chunks of foam that are large enough to be seen, but small enough to “choke animals and clog their digestive systems,” as said by the Earth Resource Foundation. If companies knew this, would they continue to use foamed polystyrene cups? Would JuiceBlendz, the “perfect blend of taste and health,” support this? Ironically, the contents of the drinks are wholesome and as healthy as could be for busy college students. So, why counteract something good with something bad? Like any other consumer, I would like to be able to enjoy a smoothie with peace of mind. I

shouldn’t have to worry about what I’m drinking it from or whether I’m getting the added bonus of drinking bits of styrene in a strawberry and banana smoothie. Recycled paper, sugar cane and bamboo cups are just a few of the replacements that are easily obtainable for JuiceBlendz. They won’t take away from the flavor of the smoothie or crumble in your hands when you’re halfway through the drink, so why not use them? In December 2013, the New York City Council passed a ban on foamed polystyrene cups, food containers and packing peanuts, which will take effect on July 1, 2015. They’re not the only ones. Seattle, San Francisco and Portland, Ore. are just a few of the cities that have put a lid on foamed polystyrene products. Many companies have also begun to phase it out. JuiceBlendz should, too.

Parents “Can’t Stop” Miley Cyrus’s predictably inappropriate tour By: Nicole Cocuy From straddling a giant hot dog to stuffing a fan’s used thong into her mouth and kissing Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” tour is filled with more than enough crazy antics to separate the young pop sensation from her previous Disney persona. Hannah Montana has obviously hung up her wig. Parents who’ve accompanied their preteens to this predictably scandalous concert have accused Cyrus of corrupting her young fans and have demanded refunds and the cancellation of the tour. But, seriously, after Cyrus’s controversial “Blurred Lines” performance on MTV’s Video Music Awards, what did these parents expect? If they did not want to expose their children to an awkward performance of racy content, they should have known not to buy tickets. Ever since her infamous twerking episode, Cyrus’s goal has been to rid herself of her America’s sweetheart “good girl” Disney image as drastically as possible. Maybe parents hoped that she would tap into old Cyrus when they bought tickets for their young Disney Channel fans. This assumption was obviously too optimistic. It is not Cyrus’s

responsibility to be considerate of possible younger audiences. She is not a role model and doesn’t aim to be. If she did, she could have taken notes from Hillary Duff and illustrated her progression into maturity more gracefully than sexual innuendos with Robin Thicke. Besides, to be mindful of her younger fans, Cyrus would have to go completely against her new public image. The old Cyrus was wholesome and down-to-earth, and she even mentioned in an interview that she would never be involved in drugs. The new Cyrus promotes and is associated with all things inappropriate. Her songs are laced with drug references. She wants to appeal to older audiences and promote debauchery, but any hint of “good girl” Cyrus would ruin her credibility. Hence, her previous albums aimed to promote adult themes and mature content but failed because she was still associated with her “Hannah Montana” image. Really, it is the parents who should be liable for the content their children are exposed to, not Cyrus. Cyrus warned parents and young fans that her “Bangerz” tour might not be suitable for younger audiences through all of her controversial media attention and crazy antics. Besides, the name of the tour is “Bangerz.”

Even if parents are completely unaware of Cyrus’s transformation, they should always research musical artists before purchasing tickets. The first link to pop up on Google when you search “Miley Cyrus” should be evidence enough that the “Bangerz” tour might not be suitable for a middle schooler. Cyrus is free to present herself in whatever way she wishes. If parents do not like the idea of taking their 12-year-old children to see her simulate oral sex on a Bill Clinton impersonator, they should not have purchased tickets. Same goes for the kids; even though it must be amazing to have parents that cool enough to let him or her go see Cyrus in concert despite all of the highly publicized controversy, I cannot imagine a more traumatizing and awkward experience than a preteen watching Cyrus twerk around in a marijuana leaf body suit with his or her parents. The child or teen should have considered this before requesting tickets, but, in the end, it is the parents who typed their credit card information into Ticketmaster. As Cyrus argued on Twitter, “You can’t say I didn’t warn you!” COURTESY OF ENTERTAINMENTWISE.COM

Miles Cyrus straddled a giant hot dog on her “Bangerz” tour. Parents who complain that they don’t want their children to be exposed to this obvious sexual innuendo simply should not have purchased tickets.


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Scraps from the master’s table: Minimum wage By: Ricardo Lugo When President Barack Obama used his executive authority to raise the wages for Federal Contract workers, he said, “No one working full-time in the world’s richest nation should be poor.” Minimum wage has to be raised because hard-working people are kept in poverty as a result. History proves this and, as a man who lives on two minimum wage jobs, I understand this all too well. Many Republicans believe that raising the minimum wage would cause an increase in inflation and lead to less demand for jobs. They also believe that the solution to the unemployment rate is to give tax incentives and tax breaks to corporations, thinking that if corporations do well they will provide tons of jobs to American workers. This is also known as the trickle-down theory. However, these ideas are nothing more than a dream. During the early years of the Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover believed that the economy would eventually fix itself and that government intervention would destroy America’s free enterprise. Hoover chose to do nothing for the first few years of his presidency, leaving America starving. It wasn’t until President Franklin D. Roosevelt came into office that the government

intervened. Minimum wage was initially created under the Roosevelt administration as a part of the National Industrial Recovery Act to help the economy recover from the Great Depression. The Recovery Act was a roaring success. This, in combination with a few other congressional actions, pulled America out of the depression. Even before the depression, moguls like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller treated their workers horribly. Employees were paid the lowest wages possible, giving workers more than 10-hour shifts at a time when there was no social security, no minimum wage, no unions or job security. Yet, even with all the wealth that businesses generated, that wealth didn’t spread to the working man. The trickle-down theory is a myth. Fiscal conservatives are the primary opponents of minimum wage because they are trying to preserve business freedom. However, they forget that most business leaders are primarily concerned with personal profit, not the economy or the working man. As long as they are profiting, these business moguls are pretty much unaffected. According to a calculation study done by Sentier, when adjusted for inflation, the rising value of currency, American incomes have fallen 8 percent since the start of

2000. Bloomberg Businessweek columnist Peter Coy, in his article “$10.10: Get beyond the political noise, and there’s a strong case for a 40 percent boost in the minimum wage” said, “Most students in school are taught in neoclassical economics that setting the price of labor above its equilibrium level causes supply to exceed demand and leads to more unemployment. But as Doyne Farmer once wrote, ‘If one were to go through any standard introductory economics textbook, and color every statement pink with weak empirical confirmation, most of the book would be pink.’” Those who believe that an increase in minimum wage would lead to an increase in inflation are also misled. I have worked in service jobs for the past three years and even if the unit prices went up by 50 cents, prices would still bring in massive profits for the retail and grocery stores. Let’s say that Walmart pays 10 cents for a can of Campbell’s soup. After it’s put on the shelf, Walmart sells the can for $1.25. So even if that unit price went up to 50 cents a can, Walmart would still be profiting from this sale. Also, while working at Walmart, I noticed that the average worker’s salary is $435 every two weeks. And while working as a cashier, I realized that the average customer there spends

between $150 to $250 per transaction. The store makes enough to pay one worker’s paycheck, which is about two weeks of work, within two or three transactions, sometimes less. Taking into consideration the cost of overhead, the store makes enough money for one worker’s salary within three minutes. Do the math and it’s easy to see that the store can make enough to pay all of its workers within one hour. This reminds me of one of Roosevelt’s quotes: “Do not let any calamityhowling executive with an income of $10,000 a day ... tell you ... that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry”. I did a few final register counts with some managers before my shift ended and I saw that the Walmart I worked at made $200,000 a day. I now work at Publix and the amount people spend there per transaction is about the same. Clearly, these big businesses can afford an increase in minimum wage, simply because of their massive profit intake. Fiscal conservatives believe that the liberal argument of raising minimum wage is more about liberals believing that it’s morally wrong to pay workers poverty wages. Well, those who believe this forget the reason minimum wage was created: to make sure that American citizens make a living wage. With the cost

of everything going up, most people have to secure two or three jobs to just survive. I’m not talking about just those with families to support; I’m talking about average people. Even those with specialized educational skills have to work minimum wage jobs because middle class, higher paying jobs are no longer plentiful. This is not right. What’s worse is workers, like myself, who live on minimum wage have to volunteer to work 10, sometimes 15-hour shifts simply because they need to earn more to pay off a house bill. Most minimum wage jobs do not provide necessary benefits either, such as medical insurance or sick leave. America is supposed to be the land of the free and home of the brave. However, with the economy the way it is, and minimum wage this low, businesses essentially have slave labor. The worst part about it is that, since Florida is a right-to-work state, employers can fire a worker for any reason and they don’t have to disclose the reason to them. So, if a worker tries to speak out against their low pay, with the economy this bad, employers can just replace him or her with any of the many available unemployed people that desperately need the job. I’m not saying that raising the minimum wage can change all of this, but it is a good start.


Help Wanted All students should go to the Student Employment Website to apply for these positions : http://www.nova.edu/financialaid/employment/how_to_apply.html OFF 10: America Reads Tutor Pay: $13.00/hr. Hours: 10-25 hrs./week Experience in working with children and a strong desire to help children read well in Broward County Elementary Schools.

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 office 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 filing. Assist in the creation of and modifying documents such as invoices, reports, letters, and presentations. Maintain confidentiality 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 file, 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 office 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, filing, 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 specific 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 office procedures and functions. Duties include but not limited to: inputting information on work orders, incident reports, locksmith request, etc. Filing and copying of confidential 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 Officiate 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 fields 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 office 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 office. 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 office 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. Confidentially secure all donor information. Review and check electronic copies of scanned documents for accuracy. Compare date with source documents, or re-enter data in verification format to detect errors. Prepare files 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 verification format to detect errors. Locate and correct data entry errors. Update records through detailed data manipulation. Copying, filing, 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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