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SGA lobbies for timely invoices from Facilities Management

Written by:

Annarely Rodriguez The Undergraduate Student Government Association recently passed a resolution mandating that the Offi ce of Facilities Management bill clubs and organizations for services rendered for hosting events within the fi scal year. The offi ce charges clubs and organizations for services including the set up and break down of event equipment. However, SGA President Anthony Campenni said, sometimes they do so after the fi scal year ends when SGA’s budget for that organization has already been used. He said organizations are then forced to pay for a past event with the budget for a new school year. “SGA funds a lot of clubs and organizations and our money is swept [away] every fi scal year,” said Campenni. “[SGA is intervening] in order to make sure clubs and

organizations that request money for Facilities from SGA are being billed. If a club is billed past the fi scal year, they won’t have access to those SGA funds they were allocated.” Jose Villafuerte, junior criminal justice major and member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, said, “Every year when we ask Facilities for an estimate, they say they won’t know until after the event, so we don’t know if we have enough money for Facilities,” he said. However, Maria Lemme, associate director of administration in the Offi ce of Facilities Management, said she usually issues invoices to the Student Activity Fee Accounts Offi ce one week after an event. “I usually give them an estimate up front too,” she said. “But I would love to have a meeting with [SGA] to work everything out.” But, Greissy Amorocho, ac-



These tables and chairs were set up by the Office of Facilities Management for an event held in the Don Taft University Center. The office charges clubs and organizations for such services. SGA is petitioning the office bill clubs and organizations for their services within the fiscal year.

Don Taft dies at 90 Written by: Annarely Rodriguez Don Taft, business leader, philanthropist and namesake of the Don Taft University Center died on Feb. 20 at Holy Cross Hospital. Taft was 90. Taft was hospitalized on Feb. 15 due to congestive heart failure. Ray Ferrero Jr., NSU chancellor, said, “I can sum him up in a phrase that I have used in the past, but rarely. He was a gentleman. Then, I break it up: gentle man. In all things, that’s exactly what he was: a gentle man.” Ferrero said he and Taft became friends a few years ago when Paul M. Sallarulo, a member of the board of trustees, introduced them. “He used a cane and I some times use a cane for support so we

would kid that we would have a three-legged race,” he said. Taft became involved with the university in 2009. He was instrumental in bringing the Special Olympics to campus that year and making NSU the only private university in the nation with a chapter. The university named the U.C. in his honor in 2009 after he donated money to the university. Ferrero said, “He saw the effect we were having in transforming people’s lives. He used to say we were giving people opportunities other institutions didn’t.” Ferrero also said Taft was very involved in campus organizations he supported and attended many of NSU’s events. He was also a board member of the Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics Broward County

and the board of governors of the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. “He was always willing to share his time and expertise,” said Ferrero. He also said Taft loved football and liked to watch the Dolphins play. Taft received many awards including the 2009 Board Member of the Year Award by Special Olympics, the Chancellor’s Community Award in 2010 and the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. On March 13, Taft will be named Humanitarian of the Year by the Emerald Society of Ft. Lauderdale, Inc. There was a celebration of Taft’s life on Feb. 28. The celebration COURTESY OF NSU PUBlIC AFFAIRS


Don Taft, namesake of the Don Taft University Center died on Feb. 20. He was 90.



Students petition to have Skype on campus Written by: Annarely Rodriguez A survey of 354 residential students conducted by the Undergraduate Student Government Association, two weeks ago, revealed that nearly 97 percent of those students wanted access to Skype, an online video chat service, on campus. SGA is in the process of using the results to petition administration to have access by fall 2012. The service is blocked due to network security threats. Greg Horne, executive director of Information Technologies Systems and Services, said the way Skype transfers people’s communication makes it hard for security services to detect harmful content. However, Veronica Nuñez, senior biology major and resident assistant in the Commons Residence Hall said Skype is a useful service to students. “[It is benefi cial] especially for international students who may not even go home during breaks because it is too expensive,” she said. Daniel Brookins, sophomore legal studies major and SGA senator, proposed the petition.

He said he did not understand OIT’s reasons for blocking the service. “The way they block Skype is that you can’t log in on campus, but if you go somewhere, log in and come back you can use it,” he said. “It’s just an annoyance to students because they have to go off campus to access it.” Services similar to Skype, such as ooVoo, are accessible on campus. Grant Johnson, senior biology major and resident in the Founders residence hall, said he used ooVoo to keep in touch with his family. “I think it’s a good alternative, but I actually have not heard of any other services similar to [Skype],” he said. Anthony Campenni, senior economics major and SGA president, said includes gaining access to Skype everywhere on campus. “Survey results stated students would not only use Skype in their dorms but even the UC,” he said. Brookins said the petition passed unanimously in SGA. They will submit the petition to Brad Williams, Ed.D., dean of Student Affairs, and then to OIT before the next step is decided.

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counts manager in the Student Activity Fee Accounts Offi ce, said that was not always the case and that Facilities sometimes charged organizations’ accounts several months after an event. “They just charged for Sharkapalooza and that happened in the beginning of the

year,” she said. Campenni said the petition will ask Facilities to bill organizations by July 1 of each year. He said the resolution will be taken to Brad Williams, Ed.D., dean of Student Affairs for review.

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included a speech by Ferrero and George L. Hanbury II, NSU president, sharing their memories of Taft. Andra Liwag, associate director in the Offi ce of Public Affairs helped plan the event. She said, “We meant it to be a

celebration of his life and all the things he was able to accomplish in his life not only for NSU but for the South Florida community. He had a huge heart and we wanted to make sure we were doing him justice.”

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NSU participates in corporate run News Briefs


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Keren Moros

On March 24, NSU will participate in the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run for the 26th time at the Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale. Laurie Huseby, co-director of the race, said the run is 3.1 miles long and designed to promote health and fi tness in the workplace. The Corporate Run is a series of races in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. She said that more than 4,000 people participated in last year’s Fort Lauderdale race. Team Footworks, which organizes the event, will give a dollar per runner to the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Letitia Frazier, fi nancial technical analyst in the Offi ce of Information Management at the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, will lead NSU’s group for the second year. “It’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved and meet people and also work together to

NSU participates in “Florida Waterways Dance Project” Students in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences will collaborate with students from eight other Florida art institutions to hold the first “Florida Waterways Dance Project.” The event is on March 5 at 4 p.m. in front of the lake between the Don Taft University Center and the Parker Building. Thirty NSU students will dance in the event. The students will dance at the same time in all the schools and will be streamed live at www. floridawaterwaysdanceproject. com. NSU students will assist in the filming and broadcasting of the event. COURTESY OF lETITIA FRAZIER

Participants in last year’s Mercedes Benz Corporate Run, an event designed to promote health and fitness in the workplace pose for a picture. More than 100 people from NSU participated last year. This year’s run will take place on March 24.

make money for a worthy cause,” she said. Frazier said more than 100 people from NSU participated last year. Alyssa Rothman, director of the Offi ce of Information Services in Farquhar, was one of them. She said that it was great to see people

outside of work. “Building relationships outside of the work environment can only help the working relationship,” Rothman said. “There are times when I don’t meet people face-toface [because of the nature of my work]. It’s a nice opportunity to see

people out of work and create that relationship.” Frazier said that those who want to participate should contact her at ls451@nova.edu or at (954) 262-8124. NSU covers the $30 entry fee for each runner.

Faculty lecture series continues On March 15, associate professor Edward O.Keith, Ph.D, will present “Each Human Being is a Biochemically Unique Individual” as a part of the faculty lecture series. The lecture will examine the legal, ethical and moral implications in the medical treatment of patients. The lecture will be in the Parker Building, Room 240 from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Scholarship deadlines coming up Deadlines for scholarships in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences are approaching. For the complete list of the scholarships and information about each one, including deadlines, log on to www.fcas.nova.edu/services/ tuition/scholarships.cfm. Director of SLCE transfers to HPD Director of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement (SLCE) Terry Morrow, is the new assistant dean of Allied Health and Nursing in the Health Professions Division. Morrow worked in the Division of Student Affairs for nine years. Turnpike converts to Sunpass lanes only Starting Feb. 19, several toll booths on Florida’s Turnpike will be closed for a transition to coinless lanes. Drivers have the option of using a Sunpass or being billed based on the Toll-by-Plate system, where cameras will take a picture of the vehicle’s license plate as it passes through the lane. A bill will then be mailed. Toll-by-Plate can identify out-of-state customers, as well as customers driving rentals cars. For a complete Q&A on the transition, log on to www.sunpass.com.

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Issue 22 Corrections The newsbrief titled “Employment opportunities offered by business school” reported that the Huizenga School of Business would be hosting employer information sessions. However, the sessions were hosted by the Office of Career Development last week. The Faculty Spotlight published, Feb. 22, reported that Dr. J. Preston Jones attended Gary Lou Wallace High School. However, he attended Gary Lew Wallace High School.

Kidney error A University of Southern California hospital shut down its kidney transplant program after doctors realized that a patient received the wrong kidney. The patient who received the wrong kidney was not harmed because the kidney happened to be a match. Officials of the hospital said there will be an investigation before the program can be reopened.



Faculty Spotlight: Fred Lippman

How to make it through the “germy” season Written by: Alyssa Sterkel There’s more to March than St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness. It’s also the middle of flu season. Knowing that may make you want stock up on vitamins and Airborne. However, following a few simple steps may be the difference between living a healthy life and a trip to the doctor’s office.

Fred Lippman, Ed.D., is the chancellor of the Health Professions Division.

Written by: Keren Moros Fred Lippman, Ed.D., chancellor of the Health Professions Division, is no stranger to receiving awards. Besides the ones hanging on his wall, he has 12 cases filled with them. Lippman said the awards on the walls remind him of battles he has fought. “They’re there to act as a gyroscope for myself to remind me of the fact that things are not impossible, that things are possible, that you got to be patient, that sometimes you got to take a little pain, but if you’re willing to stay with it, you can be successful, and you can win,” he said. In December 2010, Gov. Rick Scott asked Lippman to serve on his Education Transition Team to create a new education program in Florida. It is the third transition team Lippman has served on but the first in the area of education. He was on transition teams for former governors Lawton Chiles in 1992 and Charlie Crist in 2002. Lippman said he believes the most necessary educational, governmental and business teams should compel themselves to fulfill the goals participants set and provide the highest and most useful quality of education they can. Lippman received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University and his doctorate from NSU. In 1986, he became a professor of community medicine at the Southeastern University of the Health Sciences. He became the school’s vice president for external affairs in 1989. In 1996, he became the HPD executive vice chancellor and provost. After the death of Morton Terry, the then HPD chancellor, in 2004, Lippman was appointed chancellor, a job that he said requires him to be a qualified administrator. “This is where I really learned not only about the responsibilities of being a good educator but also the responsibilities of being a good mentor and trying to create an atmosphere for a successful and hopefully happy education opportunity for students who matriculate here,” he said. Lippman said he has maintained


the dignity and the respect that Terry brought to the field of health care education. He said Terry was focused on the humanity and humility of health care professionals’ responsibilities. “I am very pleased that throughout not only the community around us, but throughout the United Sates, I find many of our graduates providing that style of healthcare to their patients and doing it very successfully,” he said. “To me, that’s the greatest achievement.” Lippman occasionally does what he calls “everyday life experience teaching.” He said he tries to instill within students a respect for their profession and their community. “You don’t measure people based upon their philosophy or their culture or their own personal beliefs,” he said. “You measure them upon the fact that they are human beings in need of your knowledge and your skill to either mitigate pain and illness or to prevent illness.” Lippman believes the focus of health care must be disease prevention and wellness. “How does a plant grow without the sun or without earth?” he said. “So, how does the body go on forever without preventing disease or creating a standard of wellness or caring for the many issues that we face, many of which are genetically engineered or self-induced? We have to learn to deal with that, and we do that through the educated health professional.” Lippman said scientific knowledge and research will give health professions incredible opportunities in the next decades. He said he believes NSU is ready for this change. “The whole field of health care is changing so quickly, so dramatically that I’m thankful that we have the electronic elements that are available to us because knowledge is changing so dramatically,” Lippman said. “That’s why I think NSU is so nimble. We’re very quick to be able to make change.” Lippman describes himself as a “sports nut” and “forever a Dolphin fan through and through.” He rarely misses Heat games and he loves spending time with his three sons, two grandchildren and dog.

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Wash your hands. Marilyn Gordon, registered dietician and licensed nutritionist at NSU, said washing your hands is the most important way to keep germs away. “People forget about washing their hands before they eat. If you think about being on campus, you open doors, hold books, trade items with your friends, and then you eat lunch,” Gordon said. Paul Arena, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, said washing your hands is the best way to avoid contamination around campus, in public and at home. Arena oversaw students in an independent research study class who examined the hygiene habits of individuals at NSU. The students found that out of 150 people, only 70 percent washed their hands. Out of that 70 percent, 73 percent used soap. However, no one washed their hands long enough. “The Centers for Disease Control recommends you wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, or sing ‘Happy Birthday’ in your head twice,” said Arena. “No one came close in our study. The average

was six seconds.” Think about what you touch. In another research study performed by Arena’s students, students tested parts of the bathrooms in the Parker Building and the Carl DeSantis Building to find out which had the most bacteria. According to the study, the handle on the paper towel dispenser held the most bacteria. “The paper towel results were unpredictable, but the results probably attribute to the cleaning crew overlooking that site,” Arena said. “After washing your hands, you’re picking up a lot of contamination, which you can proceed to touch your face with.” The study also revealed that the soap dispenser and toilet seat, held the second and third highest amount of bacteria. Use hand antiseptics if a sink is unavailable. Arena and Gordon recommend using antiseptic lotions and creams, which are placed around campus, because they are comparable to washing your hands. Arena said, “It’s good to mix the two up, washing your hands and using antiseptic lotions, because you can get a film build up filled with bacteria after the alcohol dries.” Buy a small hand sanitizer and keep it with you at all times and use it when necessary. Eat nutrient-rich foods. Another way to help prevent a cold is to eat food rich in nutrients to help keep your immune system strong, said Gordon.

Gordon recommended incorporating Vitamins A, C and E into one’s diet. For Vitamin A, eat carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach. For Vitamin C, drink orange juice and eat oranges, broccoli, strawberries and kiwis. For Vitamin E, eat grains that are not processed like brown rice, whole wheat pasta and whole wheat bread. “Just by eating fruit every day we can ensure getting Vitamin C,” Gordon said. “At Wild Greens in the University Center, you can order spinach leaves in your salads to get more Vitamin A in your diet. Also for Vitamin E, you can pack 20 almonds in a Ziploc bag for a healthy snack.” Practice food safety. Gordon said students get sick often because food wasn’t prepared properly or heated to the appropriate temperature. She said, “There’s a danger zone for food safety. Foods should be below 40 degrees or above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. When food is between those two temperatures, bacteria start to multiply.” Gordon advises against allowing yogurt to become warm in your backpack or leaving a cooler full of food in your car. If you’re bringing a snack for school, pack one that doesn’t need refrigeration, and if you’re leaving a cooler in the car for lunch, make sure it is fully insulated with ice packs. Preventing illness is about equipping the body with the proper immune boosters and knowing and practicing simple steps to guard against germs and bacteria.

The Commuter Assistant Program connects students to NSU Written by: Alyssa Sterkel For commuter students, getting involved on campus may seem like a daunting task. But the Commuter Assistant Program, which started in July 2010, helps students with that. The program helps undergraduate commuter students make connections with campus resources, meet other commuter students and get involved in campus organizations. Gina Mercanti, CAP supervisor, said, “CAP works to help undergraduate students get more connected on campus so they’re not just driving to school, going to class and driving home.” Mercanti said she has seen an increase in student involvement since the program started. She said the percentage of new commuter students who joined at least one organization or attended at least one event on campus, rose from 42 percent in 2009 to 55 percent in 2010. Mei Pou Ho, freshman biology major, said that during the first few weeks last semester, she drove to school, went to her classes and drove home. But now, she is more involved because of CAP. “The key is the longer you stay on campus, the more people you know,” Ho said. “In order to


Rod Colas, associate director of housing (top row); Gina Mercanti, graduate assistant for housing (bottom row, left); Saily Regueiro, freshman biology major and commuter assistant (middle); and Alexandra Antunes, junior psychology major and commuter assistant (right) promote the Commuter Assistant Program at a pep rally in the Don Taft University Center on Feb. 23.

participate in CAP, you have to stay on campus, and now I’ve met a lot of commuter and non-commuter students through it.” CAP gets students involved through programs such as CAP Mondays. The program sets up tables in the Don Taft University Center from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. to showcase a university department each week. Saily Regueiro, freshman biology major and CAP assistant, said, “We team up with different organizations, have prizes and try to promote different things on campus. Our program aims to do things for the commuter students, and, since we have contact with different offices on campus, we have the resources to help them.” CAP also helps commuter

students get in contact with departments they don’t know about, like where to go if they need help writing a resume, where to go if they want to get involved with service projects or student media, and where to go if they want to get involved with a club on campus. Regueiro said, “CAP lets commuter students know that NSU has more things to offer. They can come, hang out and have a good time. They don’t just go home and not know what they can be a part of.” Commuter students can contact CAP by e-mailing commuter@nova. edu, attending CAP Mondays in the UC or visiting the CAP office in at the Leo Goodwin Sr. Residence Hall, Room 100 E.

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Diary of...

A student without a Facebook account Written by: Tyler Robert Conti Tyler Robert Conti is a freshman English and history major. His hobbies include water polo, reading, bicycle riding, swimming and running. He is an editor for Digressions, the student-run literary magazine. Although he is 6’4’’ he says he is “very bad at basketball.” His philosophy on life is, “Never forget who or where you are locally, nationally, internationally or universally.” With all my friends, most of my family and just about everyone else I know in possession of a Facebook account, it may seem odd that I choose not to have one. Yet at the same time, I function just as well

as those around me. Not having a Facebook account is not detrimental or inconvenient to my daily life. I’m always on time and know what’s going on. It seems silly and inconvenient to feel that I must be constantly connected to a network of acquaintances when a simple phone call or text message — although I’m not a fan of texting either — suffi ces. My main hostility toward Facebook stems from the absurd amount of “friends,” better described as acquaintances, who muster on one’s profi le. I might know more than 300 people, but I sure don’t care about what half of them are doing let alone wish to know what they think about everything I do. I feel more comfortable communicating with my family and friends over a phone or in

person than a blurb left on a virtual wall for all to see. My other pet peeve about Facebook surfaces when my friends try to convince me to open a Facebook account, and I begin to consider it. When I do so, another problem arises: Facebook’s security and privacy. The only way avoid those issues is to not have a Facebook account at all. Sure, if people are careful about what they post or write, then nothing too critical falls into the universal soup that’s the Internet. People cannot control what others do or create and are forced to police their names to make sure they’re free from any tarnishes others have infl icted. I simply don’t want to waste time fi xing what otherwise wouldn’t be a problem.


Tyler Conti, freshman English and history major does not have a Facebook account.

I suppose it’s somewhat hypocritical to criticize Facebook without ever having an account, but in order to fi nd out I’d have to make an account and that’s something I have no interest in. I do see some reasons why Facebook comes in handy — to reconnect with long lost friends and relatives — and if I ever got a Facebook account it would be for that reason. When I tell people that I don’t have a Facebook account, the fi rst reaction is normally shock, as if I spoke another language, followed by the word “Oh.” Then it’s no longer a subject. I always fi nd it hilarious that they ask, “Do you have a Facebook account?” with the predetermined

answer “yes” in mind only to stumble when I say “no.” It’s never been a major topic outside of the occasional class discussion on social networking when I’m always against it. I suppose it’s fortunate that NSU has such a small campus for undergraduate students. It allows for easy communication between friends who are most likely in one of fi ve places: the UC, the Parker Building, the Carl DeSantis Building, the library or the dorms. This makes it simple to keep in contact with friends and fellow students who might otherwise be separated by a campus with a population larger than some small cities.

Taking the stress out of research: A simple guide to creating the perfect research paper

Written by: Giuliana Scagliotti You know the feeling. A nasty sensation travels down your esophagus and envelops your stomach as your professor assigns a 20-page research paper with specifi c reference and format requirements. Stress increases as you picture massive piles of information you will have to select and sort. Studies have shown that these feelings are shared by the majority of college students in the U.S. According to Project Information Literacy’s “Truth Be Told: How College Students Evaluate and Use Information in the Digital Age,” 84 percent of college students fi nd that getting started is the hardest part of research papers. But, have no fear. There are simple, effi cient and fear-free ways of tackling a research paper. Carrie Gits, assistant director of reference at the Alvin Sherman Library, said most students want what’s convenient and fast. However, she said a key ingredient to getting on the right path is starting early. “Everyone wants information right now,” she said. “In the long run, searching through Google or Wikipedia takes longer. You have to sift through a lot of information that is not as relevant or accurate, making it harder on yourself.” Gits said Web sites are useful for spelling or fi nding pieces of background information. She recommended looking at advanced search features for better results. Students should also use a mixture of books and articles as resources. Books provide a theoretical approach, while articles provide current research. If the topic is current, articles and periodicals are the most reliable sources, said Gits. “Students have to remember that research-

ing is a process. If you search for an article, you’re going to get a hundred results, but your responsibility is to evaluate them and determine if they are relevant,” said Gits. Gabi Cao, senior history major, follows a series of steps to successfully start a research paper. She said she fi rst makes an outline and thesis for her research projects. She follows with online resources and looks for material in JSTOR, ProQuest and other online databases. “I hit online databases to search for online and print materials and read the bibliographies of books related to my topic to see what other books they refer to,” she said. “For books and articles, I look for material that has been either published by a university or another credible academic publisher.” Gits said evaluating and reading through material enhances knowledge of the subject being researched. “What can seem like something useless can bring value and great returns in actual knowledge for the paper,” Gits said. Meeting with a librarian is another tool in successful research. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Librarians here can meet in person or via phone, e-mail, chat or text,” Gits said. Librarians created www.nova.campusguides. com based on different subjects and for particular courses. It groups access to resources on those courses and subjects and streams books, e-books, and videos. It can also be accessed through mobile phones and the library’s Web sites. The next time you begin to feel stress constricting your stomach as your professor assigns a research paper, remember there are plenty of ways to facilitate and bring focus to the research process.



Softball opens season with win and strong fan support


The Women’s softball team is set to compete against Mercyhurst College, March 2, at 5 p.m. in the AD Griffin Sports Complex on campus.

Written by: Kevin Preciado NSU’s softball team opened the season on Feb. 8 with a 5-4, 2-0 doubleheader win against St. Thomas University. The win was witnessed by a record number of fans and Finatics. Eugene Canal, athletic communications coordinator said game attendance usually averages between 60 and 70 fans. However, this season’s opener saw 101. Head Coach Lesa Boneé, said, “The energy in the park was fantastic, better than it’s ever been.” The team has been on the road since that game. They participated in the West Florida Tournament in Pensacola, Fla. Feb. 11-13. There,

they won a doubleheader against the University of North Alabama, 3-1 and 11-7. They also won the fi rst game, 7-3, in a doubleheader against Delta State University, but lost the second game, 2-3. They lost their fi nal doubleheader in the tournament, 6-8 and 5-9, against the University of West Florida. Boneé said, “We play an aggressive style of game on offense and defense. They’re very disciplined in the box so far. I’m pleased with their decision making. We’re going after good pitches, we’re getting on base, [and] we’re advancing runners.” However, Boneé said there is still room for improvement like hitting more when the bases are loaded. She said the team is young and

will gain experience with each game. “[The team needs to] clean up a lot of little things,” she said. Despite having seven newcomers this year, Boneé has high expectations about the team’s performance. “My expectations every year [are] to win a conference championship, to make postseason, to win a South Regional Championship, [and] to make Nationals.” she said. The team participated in the Eckerd Tournament Feb. 25-27. Those scores were not available at press time. The next two home games will be played on March 2, at 5 p.m. against Mercyhurst College and March 18, at 7 p.m., against Rollins College in the AD Griffi n Sports Complex.





Women’s Golf On Feb. 22, the women’s golf team won the 13th Annual Lady Moc Classic. Their next match is March 3-5 at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitation.

Men’s Basketball The men’s basketball team lost in overtime, 91-82, to Tampa University on Feb. 19. They also lost to Lynn University, 73-86, on Feb. 23.

Men’s Swimming The Men’s swimming team won the conference title at the Sunshine State Conference on Feb. 20. They finished the conference with 956.5 points.

Tennis On Feb. 20 the women’s tennis team beat the Tampa Spartans 7-2. Their next match is at the Rolling Hills Court on March 5.

Women’s Basketball The women’s basketball team lost to Tampa University, 49-71, on Feb. 19. However, they won against Lynn University 84-73, on Feb. 23. During that game, Abbie Tepe, senior guard, scored the 1000th point of her NSU basketball career. She also set a new record for most games played at NSU with 113.

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ON THE BENCH Commentary by:

Jasmine Lykins

Baseball and cheerleading: A precarious mix

The 2011 Major League Baseball season starts March 31. For Florida Marlins fans, that not only signals the start of a new season for their team, but also the reappearance of the Marlins Mermaids, the team’s edgy cheerleading squad. The Mermaids perform at home games between innings and during the seventh inning stretch. You can even book the Mermaids for a party or corporate event. According to the Marlins offi cial Web site, the Mermaids were voted #2 on E! Entertainment’s Sexiest Miami Jobs. Although there are other baseball teams with cheerleaders or dance teams, such as the Tampa Bay Rays with The Ray Team and the Cincinnati Reds with The Mountain Dew Reds Crew, most teams in Major League Baseball do not have anything to do with scantily-clad dancing women. Cheerleading just does not seem to fi t with the traditional, “America’s favorite pastime,” atmosphere of baseball, which focuses on sportsmanship and technique of the game. Why have cheerleaders then? What purpose do they serve? It seems that to a certain extent cheerleaders help stimulate fan numbers and increase fan excitement during the game. However, many baseball fans feel otherwise. Oddly, it was the Walt Disney Company who fi rst attempted to bring cheerleaders to the game of baseball. Disney bought the California Angels in 1996 and established The Angel Wings

Cheerleaders who danced on top of the visiting team’s dugout between innings. The Angel Wings performed for one year before their services were terminated because season ticket holders complained that the dancers blocked views of the fi eld. But, do cheerleaders even belong in baseball? Bringing it closer to home: would cheerleaders at Shark baseball games expand the number of fans in attendance and promote more school spirit? They might. Some college teams, like Arizona State University, do have cheerleader support at their baseball games. But then again, cheerleaders might deter traditional baseball fans who want to focus on the actual game and not on a dance routine side show. Ultimately, it depends on the audience. Cheerleaders are rejected as trivial and distracting by many traditional baseball fans. To these fans, baseball is fulfi lling enough as a sport and cheerleaders are not needed to keep their interest. Yet, there is a minority group of fans who enjoy baseball, but are bored at times by its methodical pace. A great game is simply not enough for these half-hearted fans. They need something more entertaining, more captivating than baseball to be satisfi ed; enter baseball cheerleaders. I pose this question to you fans, baseball players, cheerleaders, and coaches: Should the NSU cheerleaders perform at Shark baseball games? Share your thoughts at sportseditor@nova.edu.


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Basketball loses 10 players in May


Written by: Jasmine Lykins

The NSU women’s and men’s basketball teams will each lose five seniors when they graduate in May. Ross Allsop, John Brooks, Lemar Dyer, Alex Gynes, and Max Papendieck will leave the men’s team. Meloney Fosburgh, Lauren Marshall, Priscilla Perez, Stephanie Sarosi and Abbie Tepe will leave the women’s basketball team. The seniors reflected on their time at NSU and their plans for the future.

Meloney Fosburgh

Major: Biology and Psychology Post-Graduation Plans: Attend Physician’s Assistant School (specialize in Pediatrics) “I’ve learned a lot about life. I’ve grown a lot as a person. I’ve learned responsibility and time management and perseverance through hard times. I think it’s been more of a life lesson than [about] basketball,” said Fosburgh.

Ross Allsop

Major: Business Management Post-Graduation Plans: Play basketball in Europe “I’ve become a smarter player. Personally [I’ve] just had a great time as well as with a whole bunch of great guys,” said Allsop.

Lauren Marshall

Major: Secondary Education Post-Graduation Plans: Marshall plans to go to Michigan to do her student teaching (internship) in the fall. “I plan on moving somewhere in the Midwest to teach high school math and eventually be a basketball coach,” she said. Marshall also said basketball has helped her “get ready for the real world.”

John Brooks

Major: Finance Post-Graduation Plans: Graduate school Brooks said he learned perseverance through his experiences at NSU. “[I was] going through a lot with not only basketball and with school, but dealing with family being so far away. I just want to accomplish this goal and get my degree. I’m almost there,” he said.

Priscilla Perez

Major: Athletic Training Post-Graduation Plans: Attend Physician’s Assistant school to become an Orthopedic physician’s assistant. “Most of the experiences that I’ve had [at NSU] have made me into the person that I am today,” said Perez.

Lemar Dyer

Major: Business Administration Post-Graduation Plans: Pursue a Master’s in Business Administration Dyer learned responsibility while playing basketball. “You have to do things on your own,” he said.

Stephanie Sarosi

Major: Biology Post-Graduation Plans: Attend Optometry School and get married June 2012 Sarosi said basketball at NSU helped prepare her for the future. “I’m ready for the next step in my life,” she said.

Alex Gynes

Major: Business Management Post-Graduation Plans: Play basketball professionally in his hometown of Australia. Gynes said playing basketball taught him patience.

Abbie Tepe

Major: Sports Management Post-Graduation Plans: Play basketball overseas “I have become more independent. [I have] become a leader. Basketball helped with that,” said Tepe.

Max Papendieck

Major: Business Administration Post-Graduation Plans: To go “wherever [his] best opportunities are.” Papendieck said he learned time management and organization during his time at NSU.


Arts & Entertainment

One-on-two: An interview with Topher Grace and Teresa Palmer; stars of the film “Take Me Home Tonight”

Written by: Juan Gallo On Friday, Feb. 18, I sat with Topher Grace and Teresa Palmer at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami. In this luxurious location surrounded by the bay at Brickell Key, we chatted about their latest fi lm, “Take Me Home Tonight,” and the 80s. JG: So, Topher, what inspired you to create the story for “Take Me Home Tonight”? TG: I was so bummed that I missed the John Hughes era of the 80s. It was a great time for actors. I mean, I love watching all his fi lms, but for young casts, ensembles, to be able to work with each other before they became big movie stars. I love working with huge movie stars. I also wanted to work with like, Anna Faris. I’ve known her for years. I wanted to do a scene with my contemporaries. Tes, (Teresa Palmer) I had done an audition with, and Dan (Dan Fogler) I’d seen on Broadway when he won the Tony. I thought, I want to bring one of those groups together. Plus, I just missed those movies. Then we thought, what if we did the fi rst movie about the 80s that wasn’t a spoof, it wasn’t making fun of it. It’s very hard because it’s a very easy decade to make fun of, but there were also some really great things. But what if we did one that was, literally, like if we went back in time and shot it then, and that’s what really took place. JG: Teresa, I just read the article about you in Esquire and it said that you had some trouble laughing in a lot of the scenes and Topher had to shoot the scenes with his back to you so you wouldn’t laugh? TP: Yeah. I would have to sometimes deliver my lines with my back to Topher when it was his coverage because he was so funny, he was throwing in a lot of unscripted humor and it was really keeping me on my toes. He just has mastered that deadpan look (laughs). Just that awkward reaction to a girl is just amazing and so funny to watch and I was so new to it when I did this fi lm that I wasn’t very good at controlling my laughter (laughs). JG: Topher, did you know “Straight Outta Compton” or is that something you had to learn? TG: No, actually, we got an assistant. I’d never had an assistant before ‘cause I’d never been a producer and acting, and I was writing a little bit. So, I said to my assistant, “Go print out all the words.” TP: They would practice on set. They’d be off to the side like rapping to themselves in the corner. I was like, is he going crazy? JG: What was the most difficult scene for you two to shoot? TP: Probably the sex scene. I found that very traumatic. (embarrassed laugh) Umm, ok, I dunno. (To Topher) What would you say was the most diffi cult? TG: Yeah, the sex scene, I wasn’t attracted to her so it required an intense amount of acting. (Everyone laughs) I was like, can I get somebody hot? (Laughs) TP: But I can’t use that word ‘diffi cult’ to describe this fi lm at all in any way. I had so much fun on this movie and I think I had a tough day. We ended up kind of, partying a lot on the fi lm. JG: This is for both of you. What do you think it is about the 80s that we love so much? TG: I think it takes about 20 years though. I think what’s crazy is that there will be a 90s fi lm in about 10 years, where, the fi lmmaker is only 18 right now, but once he’s 28, 30,

he’ll have a good beat on what the 90s were about. You know, there’ll be a spoof about the 90s that comes out in a couple years that’s all about grunge and… JG: “Saved by the Bell” TP: “Smells like Teen Spirit” TG: “Smells like Teen Spirit” is what that will be called (Everyone laughs), so we can probably already name that movie. But, beyond that, there’ll be a real 90s movie in about 10 years and they’ll be doing ecstasy, or whatever, and in about 30 years there’ll be a movie about this period. JG: I know this movie was shot in 2007. It took four years for this movie to get released. Did you ever run into Anna (Faris), Dan (Fogler) or Teresa, and were they wondering when the movie was going to be released? TG: Well, we’ve all remained really close. We’re all really good friends. What happened was, we had a really fast development, so it wasn’t four years. It was about two years ago. We screened it and it went really well. This was with our former studio that we were at, but they had a real problem with how much cocaine was in it, and how much cocaine Dan’s character was doing in it. Our feeling was, if you do a movie about prohibition, you have to show alcohol. If you have fi ve kids in the 80s at a party in Beverly Hills, there’s cocaine there. It’s a lie not to show it. So, we didn’t know what to do. And that’s why we were lucky that I wasn’t the main producer. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer… TP: Who are like, the best, producers of our time. TG: Maybe in the world, yea. They were like, you know what, it’s already dated. It takes place in the 80s. You know, I mean, it’s not like it’s going to get more dated. Why don’t you chill and let us see if there’s another studio that will accept what it is. We were so nervous we’d have to cut out scenes. TP: It wouldn’t make any sense. TG: So, then, they show it to Ryan Cavanaugh who owns Relativity. I have to knock wood every time I tell this story because it’s actually getting a bigger release than it would have had a two or three years ago. And he’s, unlike other studio execs, which are 60, 70. He’s only three years older than me. And he, said, ‘I think this is great.’ I mean, it’s not “Scarface.” He said it’s terrifi c and let’s put it out. TP: He was very passionate about the project from the start. He really embraced it. Topher was saying before that they ended up putting things back in the movie. TG: Yeah, a lot of times when a fi lm gets out a lot of stuff’s been cut-out, it’s been neutered. I’m so glad that I could be doing the publicity because I was there at the inception of the idea and it is exactly what we wanted to put out. JG: What was more fun: the film or the music video? Cause the music video that you directed was great. TP: I think the fi lm, only because we had more time to be with each other. We were there for eight weeks and we didn’t know each other at the start and it was so enjoyable to watch this chemistry between all of us, as a group, grow. Plus it was like summer camp because we were shooting in Arizona and so it was just us, a little group hanging out for that period. TG: I think it’s kind of bled into the fi lm. If you’re having a bad time, people can kind of tell. The energy is just off. If you’re having a great time and it’s supposed to be about these kids having a great time, I think it plays into the fi lm. JG: Thank you guys for your time.

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9Mile Music Festival: Jammin’ for a cause Written by: Juan Gallo

provide an opportunity for guests to feed hungry mouths. In order to take part of the festivities, not only will guests have to pay the admission, but four canned goods are required to get inside. The food drive will benefi t, Curley’s House, an organization that provides bulk food items to residents with low-to-moderate incomes. They also help the elderly, at-risk youth, and abused or HIV/AIDS infected individuals.

When music facilitates the act of helping our fellow man it becomes more than entertainment. The 18th Annual 9Mile Music Festival, formerly known as the Caribbean Festival, on March 12th at Bayfront Park, will feature amazing artists like Damian Marley, Thievery Corporation and Slightly Stoopid. But, more importantly, it will


Grooveshark.com, is a Web site, which allows users to create custom playlists for free.

Written by: Juan Gallo One of the most popular music players on the Internet is Pandora. It’s a great way to discover new music. But it doesn’t do much for you when there’s that one song stuck in your head that you just have to listen to, or when you want to make your own custom playlist. Enter grooveshark.com to allow

you to listen to whatever you want, whenever you want, for free. Using grooveshark is incredibly easy. After typing in the address, you are directed to a simple page with a search bar in the middle asking you to type in whatever you want to listen to. Perhaps you want to listen to Outkast’s “Hey Ya.” Just type in Outkast and you will be directed to all of the Outkast fi les that have been uploaded by other users. Find,


Every year the 9Mile Music Festival is one of South Florida’s most popular events. People mark it on their calendar, as it’s one of the best ways to sample the best of the Caribbean right in our backyard. Whether it’s the delicious food, the friendly atmosphere, or the contagious rhythms, it’s defi nitely an event you don’t want to miss. So, get your canned goods and your Rasta hat and get ready to jam, Caribbean style. “Hey Ya,” among the other track titles or listen to the entire album. You can also click play and listen to that one song, or continue on to make a playlist. You can keep searching for other stuff while you listen and all your selections are conveniently saved onto a playlist at the bottom of the page. If you create a free account, you can save all your playlists, but if you don’t want to do that just listen as much as you want, anytime you want. One really cool option is the popular music tab. If you click on this, a playlist automatically pops up with the most popular songs of the moment. This is great for that song you always hear on the radio but can never get enough of. This playlist includes songs like Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow,” and Diddy Dirty Money’s “Coming Home.” If you are feeling generous, you can help the grooveshark library grow by uploading music that hasn’t been uploaded by others yet. You can also share music on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Stumbleupon. The Internet is all about getting what you want right now. If it’s music that you want there is no better place than grooveshark.com.

Friday 3.4

* Culture Room in Ft.

March 2-7

Wednesday 3.2

(March 2-5)* Colony Theater in Miami Beach, Various times

The Expendables* Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale 7:30 p.m. Harlem Globetrotters FAU Arena “The Burrow” in Boca Raton 7 p.m.

Spring Awakening Kravis Center in West Palm Beach 7:30 p.m.

Bright Eyes with Cursive* The Fillmore in Miami Beach 8 p.m.

Jersey Boys (through March 20th)

Ziff Ballet Opera House – The Arsht Center in Miami 8 p.m.

Thursday 3.3

Apocalyptica* Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale 8 p.m.

Gabriel Iglesias* The Fillmore in Miami Beach 8 p.m.

Lauderdale 7:30 p.m.

Lynyrd Skynyrd*

Hard Rock Live in Hollywood 8 p.m.

Wanda Sykes* The Fillmore in Miami Beach 8 p.m. Saturday 3.5 Grace Potter & the Nocturnals* Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale 8 p.m.

Kevin Hart*

The Fillmore in Miami Beach 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday 3.6 Julio Iglesias Hard Rock Live in Hollywood 7 p.m.

Jackie Mason Kravis Center in West Palm Beach 8 p.m.

Kevin Hart* The Fillmore in Miami Beach 8 p.m. Monday 3.7 Ra Ra Riot* Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale 7:30 p.m. *Call into shows on RadioX every day to win free tickets to these events. For more information, contact RadioX at (954)-262-8457.

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“A Bearded Lover” gets two thumbs up Written by: Alyssa Sterkel The Promethean Theatre and NSU bring you “A Bearded Lover,” a play full of amazing acting, hilarious lines and surprising twists. The play, written by Juan C. Sanchez, is set in Cuba in 1953 as three sisters prepare for a journey on the sea. The sisters, Ines (Ursula Cataan), Lucia (Gladys Ramirez) and Dolores (Deborah L. Sherman) let us into their lives and hearts as they prepare for their trip, reveal secrets and move past their disabilities. These disabilities are a consequence of a house fire that killed their parents many years ago. Ines uses a cane. Dolores has a scarred face. Lucia has a limp leg. The fire, deaths, and disabilities take on different forms of fear, shame and guilt in the sisters’ lives, which are revealed to the audience in the two-hour play. If there is one reason to see “A Bearded Lover,” it is the acting. Cataan, Ramirez and Sherman perform phenomenally. I can’t even begin to describe the dimension they add to these characters. They rise to the challenge of acting as disabled women. Everything is consistent and the humor is delivered perfectly. You will laugh from beginning to end, especially during the “Rosario scene” and you will want to tell all three sisters they’re beautiful even with their disabilities. The Black Box Theater in the Don Taft University Center was the perfect location to help the actors bring life to their characters with the close quarters of the theater. The stage is an arm length away, immersing you into the storyline and into the bonds of the three. Though the play is two hours


Arts & Entertainment

SUTV Movies: March Edition

Written by: Juan Gallo

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(Left to right) Gladys Ramirez, Deborah Sherman, and Ursula Cataan play sisters in “A Bearded Lover,” featured at the Promethean Theatre every weekend until March 6.

with a 15 minute intermission, it doesn’t leave you dozing in your seat. The 120 minutes zip by as secrets are revealed and jokes are thrown about. The first half consists of an introduction into their lives as you witness the roles of each sister, while the second half digs deeper into the sisters’ lives as individuals. The second half will also surprise you with the revealing of secrets, thoughts and experiences Sanchez weaves in using history and entertainment. The 1953 revolution in Cuba comes to light catapulting the storyline into informational entertainment and a bit of chaos. Unfortunately, I want to affix many different endings to the script. I left feeling like all that acting was thrown out

the window for “an ending you’ll never forget.” Sanchez didn’t need to add crazy antics for his play to be memorable. Though the ending could’ve used a little fine tuning, “A Bearded Lover” is a play I recommend seeing. This is an opportunity to watch award-winning acting at NSU. The play runs until March 6 with performances Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for NSU students, $15 for all other students under the age of 25, $20 for seniors and $25 for general admissions. Call 866-811-4111 for tickets or visit www.theprometheantheatre.org.

It’s March and that means two things: March Madness and Spring break. And SUTV is bringing some game to your tube. Here’s what’s hot this month on SUTV for the days in which getting lost in the great indoors is the best option. Since this is the biggest month in basketball, this selection is a slam dunk: “Space Jam.” Whether you were in elementary or middle school when this movie first came out, watching it again will take you back to that time. Forget Michael Jordan’s atrocious acting. “Space Jam” is fun and hilarious and features the unmatched talents of Bugs Bunny and Bill Murray. Keeping the laughs rolling is “Dinner for Schmucks,” starring Paul Rudd and Steve Carell. This is not your typical comedy, however. It is filled with eccentric characters who are ridiculously zany and over the top. Fan favorite Zach Galifianakis has a supporting role, as does Flight of the Conchords member Jemaine Clement. All these characters come together at a dinner put on by rich men who want to see who invites the biggest oddball. One of the most interesting options this month is “Buried,” starring Ryan Reynolds. This unique thriller takes place entirely inside a makeshift coffin. Reynold’s character, Paul Conroy, a truck driver contracted to work in Afghanistan, was kidnapped and left to die buried alive. This story might get tired and worn after the first 30 minutes if not for Reynolds’ note-worthy performance, which really draws you in. From there, it is director Rodrigo Cortes

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Ryan Reynolds in “Buried,” one of this month’s SUTV film selections.

who manipulates a powerful story that pushes you to the edge of your seat as you anxiously follow along to find out if Conroy will be able to save himself from his predicament. “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” provides the second appearance by Galifianakis on this list. Here, he also plays a supporting role to young actors, Keir Gilchrist and Emma Roberts. Gilchrist and Roberts play a pair of youths who meet while checked into a psych ward. This quirky romance is sweet, heartwarming and funny. The other noteworthy selection is “Takers.” This ensemble action/ suspense film stars Hayden Christensen, T.I., Chris Brown, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana and Paul Walker. It is a classic, with a modern spin, of cops versus robbers. This one might not change your life, but the action will surely satisfy, while providing plenty of eye-candy for individuals of varied orientations. Johnny Depp’s “Secret Window” and “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” are also playing this month but are hardly worth mentioning. All in all, enjoy what should definitely be a pleasing month in movies on SUTV.

I love the 80s:

“Take Me Home Tonight” edition Written by: Juan Gallo I was born in 1985, so the years I was around in the 80s are a little fuzzy. I don’t even think the people who were around then enjoyed it as much as we enjoy reminiscing about it now. I don’t know about you but the 80s fascinate me — the clothes, the music, the movies — everything seemed like so much fun. If you enjoy the 80s as much as I do, “Take Me Home Tonight” is the perfect film for you. “Take Me Home Tonight” stars Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Teresa Palmer and Dan Fogler. It is directed by Michael Dowse who is not a household name but may be if this movie is as successful as it should be. It is the story of Matt (Grace), an MIT graduate who has done nothing with his engineering degree and, instead, works a dead

end job at Suncoast Video. In classic 80s film fashion (see “Can’t Buy Me Love” or “Just One of the Guys”) his high-school crush, Tori (Palmer) shows up at his store and he “brilliantly” uses this as an opportunity to impress her by lying and saying he’s a successful banker for a giant company. Everything culminates in an opportunity to dazzle her at a house party thrown by a popular jock, but will his lies unfold before he has the chance to do so? There were never too many 80s clichés in this movie — they only add to the nostalgic charm it possesses. Quite frankly, it’s the best movie set in the 80s since “The Wedding Singer.” Is there a sentimental scene in the film? Yes, and even better, it’s accompanied by “Betty Davis Eyes.” Is there a scene where two friends are singing in a car? Yes, but they’re not singing, they’re the two whitest boys ever hilariously rapping

NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton.” The music in the film creates the perfect mood for every scene in a way only 80s music can. It also helps that everyone’s hairstyle is pretty ridiculous and that the characters say things like, “That was totally choice!” At the heart of the film, however, are captivating, entertaining stories, which make it one of those special breed of comedies that is sweet and heartfelt as well as hilarious. Matt needs to figure out who he is and what he wants to do with his life, because at this point he’s too afraid to take any chances. His sister, Wendy (Faris), must also decide if she’s going to remain a big fish in a little bowl who is going to marry and become a housewife or take a chance to pursue her passion of writing. And, Barry (Fogler), who just got fired from his job must try to move on from that disappointment and figure out what he’s going to do next.

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Clockwise, Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler and Teresa Palmer bring the 80s back to life in “Take Me Home Tonight.”

All these things play out in the midst of two parties, some encounters with cocaine, a dance-off, run-ins with the cops, and a crazy, giant metal ball apparatus, which someone is supposed to climb into and ride down a hill. It’s 80s madness galore, and it’s great. Topher Grace, who also cocreated the story for the film, shines in this role, which makes you wonder that perhaps the ex-“That 70’s Show” protagonist is most

comfortable in works set in other decades. Overall, the entire cast did a great job allowing this film to be something spectacular when it could have easily gone another direction. I would watch this one again in theaters, if only for those magical moments in which the unforgettable 80s music elevates scenes to memorable heights. Definitely go out and see this as soon as you can.



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Need to confess your sins? There’s an app for that

modern world of technology, but there are certain activities and rituals that should remain status quo because of their sacred nature. Technology has given us the ability to see life unfolding cell by cell. Technology defi ed gravity by producing airplanes. And technology allows us to view parts of the universe we may have never known existed. There is no doubt that technology has produced the greatest enhancements to mankind. But even with all of that, the spirit of a man or

Written by: Donna Levasseur

woman seeking absolution cannot be healed over the Internet.

Holy app! For less than $2, you can now

add, and therapeutic for the soul. To trivialize

wipe your slate clean with a confession by

confessions to an app seems shallow and

app cannot serve as a confessional. The online

utilizing the “Confession” application, available

sacrilegious, and opens users for a violation

confession does not give absolution, which

on iTunes for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Yes,

of privacy. Imagine baring your soul over the

you read right — confession online.

Internet and somehow your confessions were

made public by hackers?

“Confession,” was developed by Patrick

means Catholics still have to go and pay their COURTESY OF www.OFwNOw.COm

A new cell phone and iPad application allows individuals to make confessions without having to attend a church or meet with a priest.

Leinen, a 31-year-old Internet programmer.

The application allows users to confess their

as secure as possible. The app customizes

on the government’s legal ability to monitor

sins and conduct sacraments over the Internet.

each user’s list and is password protected for

the public’s communications, including the

Leinen claims that the whole point is to

privacy. But, haven’t we all heard that before?

Internet. That law was recently supported by

encourage people to go to church. Exactly

There are frequent leaks of private information

the Obama administration. Critics have sought

how, pray tell, might this encourage you to go

over the Internet from sites, which offer similar

to revise various sections to enhance civil

to church? The app allows you the convenience

assurances. Are you willing to take that risk

liberty protections of all Americans.

of not having to go to church to confess your

considering there is no guarantee of privacy on

sins by way of cell phones and computers.

the worldwide web?

Confessions are sacred, holy if I might

Leinen claims they tried to make the app

So, where do we draw the line when it comes to technology and its growing efforts to

The USA Patriot Act reduced restrictions

simplify our lives? We live in a progressive,

Police: We only support them when we need them Written by: Samantha Harfenist

Last month, two police offi cers

stories, some funny, some sad, some

they contracted from the explosions.

were shot in the line of duty in Miami

just plain crazy. These offi cers have

These offi cers spent months after

after attempting to serve an arrest

seen humanity’s dark side, and a

9/11, digging through the rubble,

warrant. The shooter, Johnny Simms,

good amount burn out because they

searching for bodies in order to

was also killed in the shootout.

can’t stand seeing just how cruel we

give peace to the families, to us. As

can be to each other.

we moved on with our lives, going

Not very moved? Not sur-

prising. Quite a few people harbor

Imagine facing the possibility

to work and school, they stumbled

negative feelings toward the police.

that, when you say goodbye to your

upon their own in the devastation

Most of us possess some degree

loved ones in the morning, you

they immersed themselves in.

of wariness when we encounter

might be saying it for the last time.

law enforcement. We slow down

These offi cers face that possibility

whenever we spot a police vehicle

every day.

And this is how we honor their brothers, their sacrifi ce? I’m not saying that we give

fl ashing its red and blue lights. And

We despise cops for their faults,

them absolute power to do anything

some of us have had those pesky

but we forget their good deeds. If

they wish. However, police offi cers

speeding tickets that make us cringe

someone breaks into your home,

have earned the right to not fear for

in memory.

who’s the fi rst person you call? If

their lives. And I’m asking you to

However, the fact is that most

you’re being stalked by an ex, who

remember that, for all the negative

of us rely on police offi cers for

do you turn to? We hate the police

inclinations you may have toward

safety. We hate them when we’re the

until we need them.

them, if you are ever attacked, they

target of their policing. But, when

On one of the darkest days

we’re the victim of a crime, we turn

in this country, 9/11, it was police

We forget their service and

to them for help.

offi cers who were running into the

take advantage of their protection.

are the fi rst people you’ll call.

Some dislike the police because

Twin Towers when everyone else

Hate the speeding ticket but not

of their attitude. However, if you

was running out. And they paid

the person who gives it to you. You

want to know why some police are

for their bravery with their lives.

might one day call on that person to

so embittered, talk to a veteran. My

Twenty-three NYPD offi cers died

save your life. And they’ll always

uncle has been a police offi cer for

that day.

be there.

almost two decades, patrolling the

Today, nearly a thousand more

Bronx. He’s told me outrageous

are dead or dying because of illnesses

Offi cials in Rome have declared that an

priest a personal visit. I believe that confession is a sacred act, a time for refl ection and healing of one’s sins. It does not belong on an app, and if it is convenience that we are looking for, then we are missing the boat on confession all together. Here’s my confession: the only purpose this app serves is to seduce consumers into buying another gadget or service that is merely an attempt to capitalize on their incessant need for convenience.

Letter to the editor: In response to the article “Dear University School Students: Eat in your own cafeteria,” published on Feb. 22 Dear Lauren: I am writing as a response to the article you wrote about University Students eating in the UC. I agree with you that lunch hour has become increasingly overcrowded over the last few semesters. But the high school students are not the only ones to blame. There are more freshman college students now more than ever and there are not a lot of food options. This leads to overcrowding. But there are other alternatives as well. We can pack our own lunch

or eat off campus. I understand we feel an high school atmosphere since there are many high schoollike students around campus. We are in college and we expect a college atmosphere, not a campus partially catered to minors. But unless high school students are causing commotion or disturbances, they should be allowed to eat and buy food wherever they wish. We should not discriminate someone because he or she is not in college. — Stephanie Bardales

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A thin line between discipline and child abuse Written by: Samantha Harfenist Last month, a disturbing video of an Alaskan mother, Jessica Beagley, forcing hot sauce down her 7-year-old son’s throat and then placing him in a freezing shower was shown on the Dr. Phil show. The boy could be heard screaming and crying. This was the child’s punishment for lying to her. The graphic video has gone viral and spurred passionate responses from people all around the world. It has also been a topic in many discussions. Visit a newspaper Web site or blog and read just some of the heated exchanges. Many have claimed, “Wait until you have children.” Yet, parents are horrifi ed as well. It’s interesting to note that “horrifi ed” crowd includes both parents and non-parents. Did the mother go too far? Should the government be involved in how we raise our children? These are not simple questions and there are no easy answers.

There are cultural and generational differences in parenting techniques and individual reactions to those raised by them. I understand where the other side is coming from. My mother experienced similar punishment. Her mother washed her mouth out with soap when she talked back. However, soap is toxic. Ingest too much and you could die. A child’s body is smaller, less capable of processing the poison. Parents might think this is still acceptable, but it’s not safe. There have also been some ridiculous responses. Beagley’s lawyer claims the hot sauce wasn’t abuse because if the child had voluntarily eaten the sauce on food, it would be fi ne. Have you ever tried drinking straight hot sauce? The eye-watering experience is a heck of a lot different than the tasty light fl avoring we get from adding it to pasta. It has been scientifi cally proven

that raising a child to experience continuous violent physical punishment, may make that child signifi cantly more likely to be a violent adult. A large amount of serial killers, rapists and pedophiles were physically abused as children: John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer and Paul Bernardo, just to name a few. Yet, not everyone who experiences this type of parenting will grow up to become disturbed individuals. Comedian Chris Rock said once, “In the wrong hands, a beating could be considered child abuse but in the right hands it (could mean) the difference between raising a Bill Gates and a Bobby Brown.” However, spanking, slapping and hitting are violent acts. Forcing hot sauce down someone’s throat, searing the epithelial cells of his esophagus? Yep, that qualifi es. And soaking his small 7-year-old body in an ice-cold shower? The shock to his system, his heart, alone, is frightening to think about. Are these acts lethal? Not usually. But they are cruel, especially when exacted on a child barely out of kindergarten. What shocked me the most was hearing people ask what the boy did to deserve such punishment. Really? Does it matter? What could a 7-yearold have possibly done to deserve such barbaric treatment from an


Jessica Beagley was charged with child abuse after she forced her 7-year-old son to drink hot sauce and put him in an ice-cold shower. Beagley’s son was being punished for lying.

adult? There is no justifi cation here, people. None. Beagley said that she appeared on Dr. Phil’s show because she was “at her wit’s end” with the child. I can’t comprehend how stressful it must be to raise a child. I greatly admire those who take on the challenge, but only the individuals who parent with love. If you still think that people should be able to discipline their children however they wish, spend a few hours talking to my friend who takes in foster children. Being a parent doesn’t give you carte blanche to do what you want with your child. These young children completely trust their

parents with an innocence I can’t begin to understand. It’s beyond abominable that such innocence is shattered by such a betrayal. Although the incident occurred last year, due to public pressure, the Anchorage Municipal Prosecutor’s Offi ce charged Beagley with misdemeanor child abuse. It’s about time. I can’t help but wonder if this had been a teacher or babysitter, whether people would be siding with the woman. If an English teacher had dragged a child into the kindergarten bathrooms, which have showers, and shoved him into the freezing water, would the masses still claim that she was right? If the babysitter forced her charge to drink hot sauce because the child lied, would people still stand up for her? Instead of saying, “Well, she had a point” or “She had a right to discipline her child whichever way she deemed fi t,” pause for a second. Think if you could do it. Think if you could wrap your hand around the 7-year-old boy’s jaw and force it open and pour hot sauce down his throat as he chokes on his tears. Think of your hands squeezing his little arms as you pull him into the shower and fl ip on the nozzle, turning it all the way to freezing. Imagine hearing his screams of pain, his pleas for mercy. Still think that mother didn’t brutalize that boy?

On the Scene As told to:

Kristina Forbes The results of the Cooperative Instutional Research Program 2010 Freshman Survey, which were released last month, revealed that college students’ emotional health is at an all-time low. The report, which included the results of surveys completed by more than 200,000 first-time, full-time students at 279 U.S. colleges and universities, listed factors including gender, finanical concerns, economic and political influences and disabilities, as contributors to stress.

What do you think stresses students the most?

“All the studying because it’s a new beginning and not being used to time management.” Joshua Molina freshman, criminal justice major

“When they have deadlines and the balance with their social life.” Vitoria Santini, junior communication studies major

“The volume of work that you have to do to go forward.” Jennifer Petrovitch, first-year law student

“The balance between school, friends, and fi nancial stability.” Ginger Christian, junior communication studies major

“The amount of reading, and teaching methods.” Cory Roth, first-year law student

“Time management, balancing work and play, and a healthy lifestyle in order to keep up energy.” Monica Lynne Herrera, senior, theatre, dance, and communication studies major

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