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The Student-Run Newspaper of Nova Southeastern University January 12, 2010

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Features

NSU Enters Nationwide Recyclemania Contest ASHLEY ALLRED CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Who ever said that the gold medal was the one worth

winning? The NSU community is going for the green instead. On Jan. 11, NSU entered its third nationwide recycling contest, Recyclemania. Recyclemania.org

states that, “It is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their

Baggage Lockdown for International Travelers to the U.S.

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A New Year With New Resolutions

What Can Be Recycled:

Some ways to start off the year the right way.

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Sports

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Men’s Basketball Put Together Six Game Win Streak

Alumunum Cans Tin Cans

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NEWS EDITOR

Juice and Milk Cartons

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Arts & Entertainment

A line for security checks in an airport after stricter security measures were initiated by TSA.

Office Papers Catalogs Magazines Brochures

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Best and Worst Films of Winter Break 2009

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Opinions Meet the Managing/ Opinions Editor

Also meet the rest of the staff throughout the issue.

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Forecast Today Mostly Sunny Hi: 66 Lo: 45

Wednesday Partly Cloudy Hi: 68 Lo: 55 SEE FORECAST 2

Plastic Bags Cups Lids Caps

Plates Napkins Paper Towels Plastic Utensils

No Food Over Break

ANNARELY RODRIGUEZ NEWS EDITOR

During the winter break, students went home to spend the holidays with their families and friends, but others stayed on campus studying, working or volunteering. Unfortunately, for those who stayed, Chartwells, NSU’s main food provider , was closed for most of the break. “Yes [I mind]. There’s no food,” said Nazene Lyttle, senior business major, who works in the Alvin Sherman Library and had

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Chartwell’s kept their hours to a minimum over the break, but left resident students and staff looking for places to eat on campus.

to go out during her lunch hour to get food. “… it is inconvenient because by the time I go get

something and come back, time is up. You need that time to eat.” Students and staff had to SEE CAMPUS FOOD 3

On Dec. 25, a Nigerian man attempted to blow up an airplane destined for Detroit. The attack was foiled due to a malfunction in the explosive device and the actions of neighboring passengers. However, the event caused airlines and airports to increase security measures during one of the busiest travel times of the year, the December holidays. “I was profiled on the way back by U.S. customs,” said Debaro Huyler, a first year student of the College of Student Affairs. “I was taken into the interrogation backroom because they said I raised a red flag. They didn’t tell me why I raised a red flag, but they asked me like 10,000 questions. I have never experienced that before.” The policies, which varied from airport to airport, included limiting the number of carryon bags, not being able to stand during flights, more bag checks, limiting bathroom usage, and not being able to access one’s belongings during the flight. “We may decide that the risks are worth [the] protection of privacy or we may decide that our collective interest in security outweighs those privacy interests. So I think it is relatively clear that the government can do this if it wants but that a reasonable debate can be had about whether it is a good idea,” said Douglas Donoho, professor of international human rights at the Shepard Broad Law Center. Travelers were not only bothered by the detailed searches SEE TRAVELING TROUBLES 3


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FORECAST from 1 Thursday

Partly Cloudy Hi: 73 Lo: 63

Friday

Partly Cloudy Hi: 77 Lo: 69

Saturday

Isolated T-Storms Hi: 81 Lo: 65

Sunday

Isolated T-Storms Hi: 78 Lo: 62

Monday

Partly Cloudy Hi: 75 Lo: 60

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campus communities.” Spanning over a 10-week period, NSU and other participating schools, will report how many pounds they have recycled. The data is then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash, or the highest recycling rate. With each week’s reports and rankings, participants have the ability to watch how their results match up against other schools. NSU has high hopes for their performance in this year’s competition since they have implemented a plethora of new recycling initiatives. “We hope to do well in 2010 as we have a new collection system in place for – paper, cardboard, bottles and cans. The university is also working on centralizing collection of printer and toner cartridges and coordinating our efforts for used cell phones and older office

equipment,” said Anthony Iovino, assistant director of custodial and transportation. Participating in Recyclemania will allow the university to gain an overall level of awareness about which materials can and cannot be recycled, as well as a sense of proactively making environmentally friendly choices. The university has also partnered with All-Service, a collection company for all paper, cardboard, bottles and cans. All-Service takes our recycled material and sells them to China which then uses them to manufacture products that are sold around the world. NSU’s partnership with All-Service includes a program in which NSU is issued a refund check based on the number of pounds of recycled material kept out of the garbage. This refund check is being allocated to the Recycling Committee at NSU which will use it

to “hold more ‘green events’ on campus, print up and distribute advertising and marketing materials and travel to other community events in the South Florida region,” explained Iovino. In order to do your part, make sure to be on the look out for blue recycling bins in every office, classroom, and lobby. “There is always room for improvement and this is one way to improve recycling efforts at NSU. Ultimately, recycling is not for NSU, not for the refund check, but for our planet Earth,” said Liz Davis, Ph.D conflict analysis and resolution student. NSU hopes to further their progress by continuing to implement other green initiatives in the future. We are already on the right track since the university currently uses all biodegradable cleaning products, non-bleached white paper products, tinted windows, motion sensor lights and water faucets, among others.

Meet the News Editor

Name: Annarely Rodriguez Major: Communications Studies What year: Junior Position: News Editor Hometown: Havana, Cuba

1. Brief description of your position and what you love about working for The Current. As News Editor, I write and edit stories that are of interest to the NSU community. For example, I am currently working on a story about President Ferrero, who was paid for a sabbatical he did not take. I love working at The Current because every day, I get to meet different people and I am able to let the NSU community know about what is going on at their school, work and even their homes. It also gets me out there and forces me to go to interesting events that I would usually go to.

you want with you? I would take water, a sweater (I do not know how chilly the moon is; I have never been there) and books. 4. If you could go back in time, what time period would you travel to? The late 1960s to early 1970s.

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News Editor, Annarely Rodriguez

2. In a movie about your life who would play you? I am not sure, probably Winona Ryder. 3. If you were stranded on the moon, what three items would

5. If you were to sit down at a meal with five other people, dead or alive, famous or not famous who would they be? Walter Cronkite, J.K. Rowling, Jeff Buckley, Jordan Rudess and Johnny Depp. That should be an interesting party. 6. Your favorite quote. There is so many! It would have to be: “Don’t go where the path may lead. Go where there is no path and leave a trail.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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but also by the lines and the long waits they created. “My flight back from New York was delayed 13 hours,” said Turan Ozbakir, a first year M.B.A. student. “Then they saw my name. Security checks are not random when they see your name.” “First, no one is forced to fly. When you chose to do so, you are in a sense consenting to those procedures that are put in place for the security of others,” said Donoho. “Similarly the airport is a public place at which the government has a lot of leeway because privacy expectations are

lower there than in other places such as homes. Second, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t legitimate privacy concerns.” While the new policies are regarded as intrusive and inconvenient by many travelers, others prefer the scrutinizing searches if it means stopping the attacks. “I was checked twice instead of once but it didn’t really bother me. It’s better for protection,” said Cynthia Berroa, junior accounting major. The policies implemented after the attack were temporary but according to NBC News the

Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano said new technology will be acquired to prevent future attacks. “In terms of the law, the restrictions […] are not illegal under federal current legislation (to my knowledge) and the government could easily require them if it chooses to. The only limit […] would be whether law authorizing full body scans would somehow violate individual’s constitutional rights — a superior source of law,” concluded Donoho.

“But there was something open every day except for Christmas and New Year’s.” The new schedules were sent to student services, athletics, student development and housing departments. “Everyone was made aware of the hours ahead of time,” Genser said. Due to the demand of students, Chartwells has added two smoothie bars on campus. One in the Health Professions Division, which opened on Jan. 4, and another in the Don Taft University Center next to the Culinary Table,

which opened on Jan. 11. “We are here to serve the students and we are doing everything we can to enhance our services. That’s why we’re here,” said Genser. Genser said that Chartwells’ concession stands were open during all events hosted in the arena and offered their catering services every day. Normal service hours resumed on Jan. 9. To find out more about Chartwells’ services on campus visit www.dineoncampus.com/nova.

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leave the campus during their breaks to get something as small as a cup of coffee because even the Starbucks on campus was closed. “I had to deal with it. It would have been more helpful if they were open,” said Michael Orozco, sophomore sports management major. According to Robert Genser, resident district manager for Chartwells, the hours of operation during the break were the same as last year. “There were simply not that many folks around,” he said.


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Events Calendar Jan. 12-18 Tuesday, Jan. 12

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Financial Aid Information Session 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

GBSA Power Lunch with Bank Atlantic 1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Get a head-start on your financial aid for the 2010-2011 academic year! This session will provide answers to your questions about filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the financial aid process. This event will take place in Rosenthal, room 200. For more information, please contact Eva Goldstein.

Lunch with Tom Triozzi, SVP, Director of Marketing and Thomas Dougherty, VP of Database Marketing in the Carl DeSantis Building. Room number TBA.

Thursday, Jan. 14

Welcome Back Carnival 7 p.m. Kick off the Winter semester right with this Welcome Back Carnival that includes a velcro wall, obstacle course, airbrush tattoos, funny t-shirts, cotton candy, and snow cones. This event will take place in the Commons Courtyard. For more information, please call (954) 262-7285. Monday, Jan. 18

Martin Luther King Holiday No School

Is your club or organization getting enough attention? Do you want to receive more recognition? Clubs and organizations can place their events in our Events Calendar free of charge. All events must be submitted 2 weeks in advance for approval. For more more information regarding deadlines for submission, please contact us at (954) 262-8455 or thecurrentad@nova.edu.

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Meet the Chief of Visual Design Name: Lauren Aurigemma Major: Business Administration and Marketing What year: Senior Position: Chief of Visual Design Hometown: Hollywood, Florida 1. Brief description of your position and what you love about working for The Current. As the Chief of Visual Design, I complete the layout for the newspaper each week, take photos at special events, as well as create promotional items for The Current and our advertisers. The best part of my job is the creative freedom I have when designing. I am able to use my talent to let my mind go wild. I am also able to go to events and take photos while also meeting important people in the process. What else can I say: I love my job! 2. In a movie about your life who would play you? Even though I do not think I look like her, I would love for Rachel McAdams to be the one to portray me in a movie. 3. If you were stranded on the moon, what three items would you want with you? My laptop, my Canon Digital SLR camera and an

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endless supply of drawing paper and pencils. 4. If you could go back in time, what time period would you travel to? I wish I could have been a part the Italian Renaissance period. It just screams history to me, and being an Italian, I am constantly fascinated by the art and culture of that particular time. 5. If you were to sit down at a meal with five other people, dead or alive, famous or not famous who would they be? William Shakespeare, Nicholas Sparks, Anna Wintour, Annie Leibovitz and Meryl Streep for sure. Can Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen count as one person? Well, they’re invited too! 6. Your favorite quote. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” — Coco Chanel.


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Free Rides to the Airport are Here to Stay! LAUREN AURIGEMMA CHIEF OF VISUAL DESIGN/ CONTRIBUTING WRITER

From Dec. 9 through 13, students were eligible to schedule an appointment to have the Shark Shuttle take them to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport free of charge. The Undergraduate Student Government Association sponsored initiative was a way for students to get to the airport without having to pay for transportation. “The Shark Shuttle ride over to the airport was really helpful, especially for people like me who had an early morning flight,” said Emlynn Chazhikat, freshman student. If the program is offered again, many students said they would use the Shark Shuttle. “I would definitely utilize this program if offered again! It is very a great program that was started. It makes it convenient for us students to get to the airport

in a safe and timely manner, without having to worry about calling for a cab,” stated Hira Dar, first year speech language pathology major. This shuttle program was offered over the winter break for the first time. According to Hebe Shaw, manager of Special Events and Projects, it seems that the program is here to stay. “After the enormous success of the student initiated Shark Airport Shuttle Program, the Division of Student Affairs and the Undergraduate Student Government Association fully intend to continue the program. Currently, airport shuttles are offered during all university holidays and breaks. Our greater goal is to have all students, faculty and staff take advantage of this service.” For more information about the Shark Shuttle Program, please contact Special Events and Projects at (954) 262-7492 or specialprojects@nova.edu.

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In Nov. of 2009, Meg Malmberg assumed the new position of associate provost of the four-unit division composed of the Center for Psychological Studies, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Mailman Segal Institute and the Criminal Justice Institute at NSU. Malmberg received both her Ph.D. and master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Texas Christian University and completed post-doctoral studies in the Higher Education Administration at Michigan State University and Harvard University. Education and experience come hand in hand for Malmberg, as she also served in senior administrative positions on other campuses, most recently as the Vice President for Academic

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Affairs and Student Life and Development and Executive Vice President of the National College of the Marshall Islands. “I am delighted to be at NSU. Joint enterprise and innovation are valued here. These attributes are compellingly attractive to me. As a person new to the university, I am listening to many voices, seeking perspectives and

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Now that winter break is over and students will be returning to classes and to their normal routines, the ancient dilemma remains of what to do in between time spent in class and studying. Look no further than your very own Flight Deck and Radio X to provide a cure to your boredom with “Radio X Presents.” On every second Thurs. of every month, Radio X is bringing the hottest talent in Florida to NSU’s doorstep. Bands from all over the state will be performing here live at the Flight Deck starting at 9 p.m. The event is meant to provide good entertainment as well as highlight homegrown talent. Radio X has been highlighting local talent for a while now on the show Local Buzz hosted by DJ Frizz every Thurs. night from 7 to 9 p.m. On the second Thurs. of the month, listeners can enjoy DJ Frizz’s interviews with the local bands and then head over to the Flight Deck afterward to see them perform.

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asking for guidance,” stated Malmberg. Having great faith in the program, she believes that “the new division has the potential to encourage and support interdisciplinary efforts in program development, community outreach and basic and applied research.” The name of the division Malmberg has been appointed to has yet to be determined, but for now her goal through the division is to “increase the opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between and among the units within the division and with other colleges and units of the university. I anticipate that the outcomes of such collaborations will increase options for graduate and undergraduate students at the university and enhance opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching, research and service.”

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The first Radio X Presents will take place at the Welcome Back Carnival on Jan. 14 at the Commons Courtyard. In Feb. and months after that, all the shows

will take place at the Flight Deck. Some of the bands booked to play in the future are TV Kills Kids, Armed for Innocence and By Default.

Meet the Current Affairs Editor Name: Amanda Cazacu Major: Business Administration with a minor in Marketing What year: Senior Position: Current Affairs Editor Hometown: Hollywood, FL 1. Brief description of your position and what you love about working for The Current. I cover current events happening here on campus and put together a calendar for those wanting to get involved in campus activities. It’s a great job, it keeps me on my toes and I have met a lot of great people doing it. 2. In a movie about your life who would play you? January Jones, because everyone underestimates her bril-liance because of the way she looks and carries herself. I feel like I am misunderstood in that way as well. 3. If you were stranded on the moon, what three items would you want with you? A Bible, my laptop, and a year’s subscription of Vogue 4. If you could go back in time, what time period would you travel to? 1960’s! It’s definitely an exciting period where women started demanding respect and the course of our country’s history was changing. 5. If you were to sit down at

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a meal with five other people, dead or alive, famous or not famous who would they be? 1.) Anna Wintour 2.) Karl Lagerfeld 3.) Diane Von Furstenburg 4.) Tim Walker 5.) Jean-Dominique Bauby 6. Your favorite quote. “Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.” - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


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A New Year With New Resolutions With the start of a new year comes the refreshing idea of “out with the old and in with the new.” Here in the U.S., we have popularized this idea with a term we have all grown to know as the “New Year’s Resolution.”

The new year brings with it the opportunity to start fresh; whether the year that passed was a good one or not, the new year is a fresh start to continue in your success or to turn things around. Unfortunately, a resolution is hard to keep. Eventually, life gets in the way and we either become too busy or too lazy to

keep our resolutions. However, this fact does not stop people from listing all their resolutions when the new year is approaching. Resolutions could be anything from getting out of debt to eating better or even reading more books. Anabely Escarpita, sophomore criminal justice major and

volleyball player for the NSU Sharks, said her resolution is to “Stay focused on volleyball and school throughout the year.” Tony Vu, a second year optometry student, on the other hand, wants to work out and get “as swoll as Ryan Wink.” Some people take their resolutions more serious than

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1. Get some sleep. Take a break from all the studying and partying and catch some Z’s.

2. Study More & Improve GPA. An easy resolution to hit the books more and improve your grades.

3. Go to class. Newsflash, going to class helps you do well in school.

4. Drink less. Actually, why try? You are going to break this.

5. Exercise more and live a healthier lifestyle. This is one of the most popular resolutions but also one of the most easily broken. Healthy is good but nothing too extreme.

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6. Volunteer. Get out there and give back. You will help people and also feel good about yourself.

7. Spend less time on Facebook, MLIA, Text from Last Night, MySpace, FML, etc. You will be amazed at all the free time you have to read books or make reallife friends when you shut off the computer.

8. Spend less money and save more. If you are in college, you are probably not making that much money so spending might not be a problem, saving is important, too though.

9. Make plans for the future. Start by picking a major, then maybe think about what you want to do as far as a career is concerned.

10. Become more informed and culturally aware. You live in South Florida, the melting pot. Eat some strange food, check out some galleries, see some independent films and check out some live music.

Once you have a resolution, the next step is keeping it. Jordan Pappas, freshman athletic training major, believes that people make resolutions to “set goals and

motivate themselves to achieve something.” As an athlete herself, her resolutions are to get back in shape and eat healthy. Pappas also thinks that people fail to keep

their resolutions because“they get lazy; it takes too much time and effort.” Even if the resolutions that you make seem difficult or

impossible, statistics show that people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve their goals than those who do not make any. So, make a list and try

to keep those resolutions as long as possible. If you break them, do not be too hard on yourself; there is always next year.

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Men’s Basketball Put Together Six-Game Win Streak

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The NSU men’s basketball team left it late as they defeated Northwood 76-74 with only 0.6 seconds remaining in overtime on Dec. 13. Sophomore Teddy Tassy was the hero as he secured victory for the Sharks with a pressure jump shot. Northwood went into the game ranked third in the country and had already claimed some major scalps in their early season program. Knowing the task at hand, the Sharks came out firing on all cylinders as the two teams remained close throughout the first half. Northwood pulled away from NSU towards the end of the half with a score of 30-25 at the break. Northwood continued to mount pressure on the Sharks in the second half and led 32-30. However, the Sharks suddenly clicked into gear as they went on a 23-10 run and opened up the largest lead of the match with 11 points. Northwood would not surrender as they clawed themselves back into the match and tied the score with only 13 seconds remaining in regulation sending the encounter into overtime. With the scores tied at 7474 with seven seconds remaining the ball was inbounded to Tassy who, under defensive pressure, was able to find some space and drain the all important matchwinning basket. Junior John Brooks led the Sharks with 21 points and two assists, Tassy contributed with 13 and junior Alex Gynes chipped in with 10 points. The Sharks continued their impressive form in their next outing by defeating Mt. Saint Joseph 76-68 on Dec, 18. NSU was inspired by a breakout performance by freshman Cody Dennison as he posted

a career high 24 points and seven rebounds to lead the Sharks to victory. The game was a close encounter throughout the opening exchanges as neither team took the initiative and failed to mount a serious run of points. The game was tied at 37-37 heading into the half. It was much of the same in the second half as both teams struggled to gain control of the contest. The Sharks dug deep late in the match and were able to open up a lead that they held onto to claim a second consecutive victory. Tassy contributed for the Sharks with 11 points, while junior Ross Allsop posted figures of nine points and six rebounds. Freshman Luck Roesch added an impressive six points and seven rebounds for the Sharks. NSU’s winning streak continued on Dec. 20 as Goucher College were the latest team to be defeated by the Sharks by a score of 68-58. Defense was the key for the Sharks as they played high intensity basketball and forced a number of errors from Goucher. NSU found themselves on top for much of the first half and managed to suffocate the Goucher offense. The Sharks led 31-23 at the half time interval. Goucher came out in the second half more determined and put together a run to tie the game at 49-49 with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. In true Sharks style, they replied with a 9-3 run led by freshman Ryan Grubbs to regain control of the match at 58-52. The lead was cut to just two points with just over a minute remaining in the match; however, the Sharks were able to fire off eight points in the closing exchanges to claim the lead. Gynes led the Sharks with 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists; Brooks also contributed

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Teddy Tassy clinched the buzzer beater to defeat Northwood.

with 14 points and two assists. Also posting double figures was Dennison as he amassed eleven points and three assists. The Sharks kept their win streak going with a comprehensive victory over Concordia 8770 on Dec. 29. The two teams could not be separated in the early exchanges but a 7-0 run by the Sharks late in the half gave them the lead at 4232 at the break. A three pointer by freshman Brian Cahill gave the Sharks their largest lead of the game at 20 points. NSU remained in charge for the rest of the match as they claimed the victory by the largest margin of the season. Gynes again led the scoring for NSU with 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. Allsop garnered his second double-double of the season with 14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal. Cahill and Roesch set career high points totals with 16 and 11 respectively. Brooks garnered 10 points and three rebounds. The Sharks claimed an impressive victory in their first

SSC match of the season against fierce rivals St Leo on Dec. 30, by a score of 85-74. NSU exploded out of the traps and immediately gained control of the match as they lead 11-2 as early as the second minute and remained in front for the duration of the first half. Courtesy of back-to-back three pointers NSU amassed an eleven point lead to take a 45-34 advantage into the interval. The Sharks opened up their largest lead of the night courtesy of a jump shot from junior Max Papendieck to open up a 17 point lead. Although St Leo closed the margin to eleven points the Sharks held on for a crucial victory. Cahill again set a new career high with 18 points, six assists, two rebounds, two steals and a block. Brooks amassed 17 points and two assists. The Sharks winning streak was finally snapped as they lost their first SSC game of the season on the road at the University of Tampa 66-63 on Jan, 2. Tampa opened up the largest lead of the night just four

minutes into the game as they led the Sharks by seven points. NSU clawed their way back into the encounter to amass a six point lead. Tampa bounced back with an 11-3 run to claim a two point lead over the Sharks heading into the break. Midway through the second half a three pointer by John Brooks gave the Sharks a three point lead at 49-46. Yet again, Tampa responded with a 12-2 run to regain the lead, a lead that they ultimately would not surrender. NSU were given one last chance to force overtime however, a three point attempt by Brooks agonizingly rimmed out and the Sharks were handed their first defeat in seven. Gynes claimed 12 points, six rebounds and four assists whilst Allsop amassed 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Papendieck contributed with ten points for the Sharks. NSU were again on the wrong end of a road loss as they were defeated 75-67 by Lynn University on Jan. 6. In similar fashion to the previous road game, NSU started slowly and despite a spirited fight back they couldn’t hold on for the victory. Lynn opened up a sixteen point lead which the Sharks reduced and even garnered a lead of their own only to again go behind and register their second straight loss. Cahill led the Sharks with 13 points and seven rebounds Allsop contributed with 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Gynes amassed 13 points and three rebounds. Junior Lemar Dyer came off the bench to register four points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. NSU move to an overall season record of 7-5 and a SSC record of 1-2. The Sharks will be looking to get back to winning ways as they host Eckerd College in their next encounter.


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Women’s Basketball Bounce Back With Crucial Victor y CRAIG HEENIGHAN SPORTS EDITOR

The NSU women’s basketball team bounced back from a heartbreaking defeat last time out to dispatch of Benedict University 78-62 on Dec. 12. NSU comfortably claimed the victory by their largest margin of the season with a 16 point difference between the two teams. The key to victory was an explosive start from the Sharks as they soon amassed a 12-3 lead thanks to three consecutive three pointers. Junior Abbie Tepe, senior Lindsey Newpher and sophomore Jada Buckner all registered for the Sharks from three point range. With just over ten minutes remaining in the half the Sharks opened up a 10-point lead thanks to a basket from beyond the arc from sophomore Erin Zampell. Benedict enjoyed a good run of possession towards the end of the first half; however, the Sharks held on and took a healthy seven point lead into the break. The Sharks came out firing on all cylinders in the second half as they looked in complete control of the match. Immediately after the break the Sharks amassed an 11-point lead thanks to a Newpher lay-up. NSU went from strength to strength as the game progressed and they opened up their largest lead of the night with a 24 point deficit know separating the two sides. Benedict performed admirably as they looked to claw their way back into the match however the closest they would come was a 14-point difference. Senior Tara Haddock claimed a career high 15 points to lead the game in scoring closely followed by sophomore Stevie Kamp who amassed 13 points and 13 rebounds. Tepe posted numbers of 12 points, four assists and four steals with Newpher claiming eleven points tying her career high total for the third time. The Sharks could not maintain their good form as they lost in their next outing to Central Missouri by a score line of 73-57 on Dec. 17. It was a case of Jekyll and Hyde as the Sharks found themselves in blistering form in the first half but struggled to find any rhythm after the break. Impressive scoring figures from the Sharks kept them in contention early in the encounter as the lead changed hands on numerous occasions. A lay-up and a jumper from freshman Rheisa Burke was the catalyst for a 7-2 run by the Sharks as they led the match 27-22. The two teams remained close throughout the remainder of the half until a three pointer

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Abbie Tepe has been in fine form for the Sharks.

from Tepe put the Sharks up 30-27 heading into the half time interval. Central Missouri came out in the second half intent on regaining the lead and they did so quickly, and in some style. With NSU struggling to find their rhythm Missouri went on a 14 2 run to lead the Sharks 41-32 after just over five minutes of the second half played. Missouri did extend that lead further to fifteen points later in the half, only for a spirited fight back from the Sharks saw them get to within six points courtesy of two free-throws from Tepe. However, this would be the closest the Sharks would come as Central Missouri opened up a lead that was ultimately unassailable. Senior LaShawnna Edwards top scored for the Sharks as she amassed 12 points with sophomore Meloney Fosburgh garnering 11 points and 6 rebounds. The NSU women’s basketball team performed much better in their next match but just fell short as they narrowly lost to Minnesota State-Moorhead 7371 on Dec. 19. Despite the defeat it was a night of many individual positives as several Sharks posted career best numbers. Tepe and junior Priscilla Perez both posted career-high points totals with 23 and 11 respectively, Buckner garnered a career high six assists and Burke tied her career best rebound figures with five. The Sharks started the match somewhat slowly as the found themselves down 23-16 mid way through the first half. However, in true Sharks style, NSU went on a 16-0 run to open up a nine point lead at 32-23. Minnesota State-Moorhead remained calm and kept themselves in the match as they slowly worked away at the Sharks lead. Zampell made a crucial free throw to maintain the Sharks lead at 37-34 heading into half time.

NSU found their rhythm early in the second half as they soon opened up an 11 point lead to lead 52-41. Minnesota StateMoorhead, however carded a 9-0 run which saw them get within two of the lead at 52-50. With five minutes remaining in the match the two teams found themselves tied at 60-60. Minnesota State-Moorhead began to find their stride late in the contest as they opened up the first of two five point leads at 6863. Perez clinched a basket from beyond the arc to narrow the deficit down to two before Minnesota State claimed their second five point lead. Tepe would also drain a basket from down town but it ultimately proved to be in vain as Minnesota State-Moorhead hung on for a two point victory at 73-71. Tepe led the game with 23 points supplemented by Kamp’s 10 points and seven rebounds. The Sharks got back to winning ways as they dispatched of New Haven by a score-line of 61-58 on Dec. 22. On the back of consecutive defeats the Sharks struggled in the early exchanges as it looked like New Haven would run away with the victory. NSU found themselves on the back foot for much of the first half as they never once had a lead and were constantly playing catch up. Down by as many as fourteen, the Sharks rallied late in the proceedings to narrow the deficit to just 31-23 heading into the half. The Sharks quickly forgot the first half as they came out much stronger in the second period. NSU put together a 145 run as they clawed their way back into the match and with just over 10 minutes remaining in the contest the Sharks led 44-36 thanks to a three pointer from Haddock.

New Haven remained in the encounter as they narrowed the Sharks lead to just one point on two separate occasions. However the Sharks regained an advantage thanks to a pair of free throws by Tepe to go up by five with 14 seconds remaining. New Haven would get to within three and despite a controversial end to the game when time had to be added back onto the clock after the buzzer due to an inadvertent whistle, the Sharks were able to hang on for a much needed victory. Buckner, Burke and Kamp each contributed with ten points with Haddock, Tepe and Edwards garnering nine points apiece. Kamp set a career-high with 14 rebounds with Burke setting career highs in both points (10) and also rebounds as she collected eleven. Tepe tied the NSU alltime steals record with 146. The Sharks continued their impressive form as they were victorious over Valdosta State by a score-line of 67-59 on Dec. 30. It was again another positive night for NSU on an individual level as Newpher recorded a career high 20 points and Tepe became the all-time program leader in both assists (339) and steals (150) on an overall great night for NSU women’s basketball. The lead changed hands throughout the opening exchanges and after seven minutes of the first half the game was locked at 16-16 apiece after a jump shot from Edwards. Valdosta State put together an impressive run mid-way through the first half as they opened up a 13-point lead at 3013 with just over six minutes remaining in the half. The Sharks narrowed the deficit to seven courtesy of a Newpher three pointer but Valdosta remained in control and further extended their lead to eight points going into half time at 34-26. The Sharks increased their intensity early in the second half as they put together a 19-4 run to claw themselves back into the encounter. NSU soon opened up a seven point as a result of a three pointer from Newpher and she also added a pair of foul shots. As the game headed into the final five minutes, the Sharks opened up a nine point lead on two separate occasions. The first of the nine point leads came courtesy of a jumper from Edwards at 56-47, the second nine point lead came as a result of a pair of foul shots by Buckner to give the Sharks a 67-58 with under a minute remaining. Valdosta State close the gap to eight points but NSU held on for their second consecutive victory. In addition to the career

high 20 points from Newpher, Edwards contributed 14 points and eight rebounds. The Sharks mini win streak was snapped as they were defeated by Tampa University 61-49 on Jan, 2. NSU started slowly as #12 nationally ranked Tampa University opened up an early 12-2 lead. The Sharks responded in a positive manner as they put together their own run to close the lead to just one point at 2019. Tampa opened up the lead courtesy of three three-pointers to hold the advantage going into half time at 31-25. Tampa continued their good form in the second half as they put together a 13-4 run to increase the lead to 15 points. Tampa increased the lead to seventeen points at 50-33 with just over five minutes remaining in the game. The Sharks trimmed the lead to just nine courtesy of backto-back three-pointers from junior Lauren Marshall. However, the Sharks would not get any closer as Tampa increased the lead to eleven and hung on for the victory. Senior Stephanie Sarosi led NSU with 14 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, Marshall also contributed with 11 points. NSU got back to winning ways as they dispatched of Lynn University in a close encounter 67-66 on Jan. 6. The Sharks struggled to find any rhythm early in the match and soon found themselves down 18-4. NSU battled back valiantly and closed the gap to five points courtesy of a three pointer from Buckner. Lynn increased their lead to eight as the score was 38-30 at half time. Lynn further increased their lead early in the second half to 12 points. However, NSU soon reduced that deficit and even garnered their own five point advantage. Lynn battled back to restore their lead at 51-49 in reply a Tepe-inspired Sharks run put NSU up 56-51. The lead changed hands until a three-pointer from Lynn gave them the upper hand at 66-65 with under a minute remaining. Edwards claimed the match winning basket with a jumper at just over 30 seconds to go. NSU held on for a crucial victory with Tepe garnering with a team high 18 points, Edwards chipped in with 11 points and Kamp contributed with seven rebounds. With the victory the Sharks move to an overall season record of 8-6 and an in conference record of 1-2.


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Clockwise from the top: “Sherlock Holmes,” “A Single Man” and “Brothers.”

STEFANI RUBINO MANAGING/OPINIONS EDITOR

Winter is arguably the greatest time of the year for film releases. While the summer film season has usually been about releasing what are projected to be the highest-grossing films of the year, the winter film season has always been reserved for the first time release or wide release of well-received independent films. Though this season seemed a little dryer than usual, there were certainly some serious hits and misses.

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“Brothers” It is safe to say that the quality of the films with stories revolving around the Iraq war is getting better and better. The earlier part of this year saw the release of masterpieces like “The Hurt Locker” and “The Messenger” and even though “Brothers” is not exactly of the same caliber as those films, it is certainly one of the more powerful films released all year. Since the beginning of their careers, Jake Ghyllenhaal and Natalie Portman have proved they are more than capable of handling roles like these, so this was Tobey Maguire’s opportunity to shine and he does not disappoint. “Sherlock Holmes” When the trailers for this film first came out, I have to say I was extremely skeptical about how Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram were treating the character of Sherlock Holmes. Within the first 15 minutes, I

could see that my skepticism was severely misplaced. Ritchie and Wigram’s Holmes is still as analytical as ever, but with the anti-social sensibilities more befitting of an artist or writer. Add this revision of Holmes’ character and a truly inspired performance by Robert Downey, Jr., you get one of the most adventurous films of the season. “The White Ribbon” Michael Haneke is probably one of the best filmmakers still living and working today, and “The White Ribbon” firmly cements his place in cinematic history. In what is truly a chilling and haunting portrayal of Germany shortly before World War I, Haneke manages expose the underlying hypocrisy that exists amongst religious and political leaders and how that affects the children witnessing it. “The White Ribbon” is one of those films that will stick with you forever. “A Single Man” “A Single Man” is, easily, one of the most unexpected successes of the year. Directed by fashion designer, Tom Ford, critics expected “A Single Man” to be all style and no substance. Well, Ford certainly proved them wrong and the final product is an engaging and near perfect adaptation of one of the most important gay novels ever written. “Crazy Heart” Ever since the first time I saw “The Big Lebowski” and “The Fisher King,” I have always been a huge Jeff Bridges fan, but it seems like it is really easy for people to cast him off

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Clockwise from the top: “It’s Complicated,” “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” and “Everybody’s Fine.”

or forget about his capabilities as an incredibly talented actor. Hopefully, “Crazy Heart” will finally change all of that. “Crazy Heart” is the tender portrait of a troubled man learning to exist in the world without ignoring it or drinking to forget about it. While this may be a story viewers have seen before, the chemistry between Bridges, Maggie Ghyllenhaal and Colin Farrell makes “Crazy Heart” as unforgettable as its plot. “The Last Station” Come on, Helen Mirren, James McAvoy and Christopher Plummer? Is it really surprising that this film ended up on some kind of “Best of” list? Even for people who are not familiar with Leo Tolstoy, the author on whom this film is based, “The Last Station” is heartbreaking, honest and intelligent and demands every second of attention it has received this month. “Up In The Air” Though it did have its low points, “Up In The Air” is Jason Reitman at his finest. “Up In The Air” is an unsettling story about love and loss that could have gone either way, but Reitman and crew took above and beyond. On top of that, George Clooney is as charming as ever and Anna Kendrick, whose other film credits include “The Twilight Saga,” proves that she’s capable of being more than a vapid sidekick.

Somewhere Between Best and Worst “Avatar” Although the CGI graphics in the film and the process in which

it was made are groundbreaking, I found myself more mesmerized by the colors in the film than with the story. “Avatar” is essentially a retelling of the Pocahontas and John Smith story, only set in space and much better graphics. “Nine” I know, I know, everybody hated this film and as a Federico Fellini fan, I should probably hate it, too. However, the performances — especially by Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz — more than make up for “Nine’s” unorganized and somewhat hectic storyline. Also, for people who are not impressed with musicals, “Nine” proves that not all of them have to be cliché and boring. “Armored” In A.O. Scott’s review of Armored, he said that Nimrod Antal “has made an unbashed B movie: basic, brutal, and sometimes clumsy but far dumb and not bad at all” and he could not be more correct about that. Antal has built his career on films that tell interesting stories and push the boundaries of modern films. Sadly, he just has not perfected his style just yet, which is the only reason his films sometimes fall short. “The Lovely Bones” Certainly not one of Peter Jackson’s best films, “The Lovely Bones” features some of the most intense performances of the season. The trailer pretty much gives away the plot, if you have not already read the book, but it does not show how incredible the interactions between Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Rachel Weisz and Susan Sarandon are.

Jackson also does a surprisingly great job at keeping the film as true to the original story as possible, which is not something that can be said about most adaptations.

Worst “Everybody’s Fine” Though “Everybody’s Fine” does have some tragic moments, the film as a whole falls right on its face. Unfortunately, not even the incredible talent of Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell could save the dull plotline, even when they introduce the foreseeable twists. “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” This is an example of a film that you do not have to actually go see because the entire thing is given away in the trailer and on the promotional posters. Besides that, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” is completely unfunny and features the worst performance by Hugh Grant in a long time. Yes, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” is worse than “American Dreamz.” “It’s Complicated” Putting Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin together in a film does not automatically guarantee its success. Although there were a few laughable scenes in “It’s Complicated,” sitting through this film made me feel as if I was being punished for some terrible crime I did not commit.


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Meet the Arts & Entertainment Editor Name: Juan Sebastian Gallo Major: English What year: Junior Position: Arts & Entertainment Editor Hometown: Manizales, Colombia

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An awkward situation often starts too suddenly and ends too quickly for the mind to gauge it and decide how to respond. It is after the awkward situation has passed that the mind starts to create dozens of procedures that could have been followed. However, choosing the best of these procedures is a difficult process. This is why Awkwardrules. net gives rules for 13 awkward situations including “Airplane Conversations,” “Multiple Goodbyes,” and “Dealing with smelly people.” According to the site, AwkwardRules.net, provides its audience with , “… precise rules you can follow to deal with awkward situations.” Vikas Reddy, the site’s creator, started writing the rules in October 2009 after a conversation with a friend about “ ‘AwkwardRule #1: Holding the door open behind you.’ These are rules that I actually created for myself to deal with these situations,” Reddy said, “and I have been using them in life.” Reddy described the rules as “50 percent serious, 50 percent for fun.” He uses stick figures to illustrate the rules, which are so precise they sound as if they have been scientifically researched. This combination of humor and

1. Brief description of your position and what you love about working for The Current. As the Arts/Entertainment Editor it’s my job to critique and review just about anything that is considered art or entertainment. What I love most about my job is that it allows me to shed light on amazing artists or pieces of work that the general public might not be aware of. seriousness makes the site both enjoyable and useful. For example, “Awkward Rule #8: Breaking into a Social Circle” gives the rules for what to do when one is left out of social circles at parties. Reddy defines what a social circle is (“1. a group of three or more people 2. engaged in conversation 3. arranged in the form of a circle”), and details four rules for entering them. Reddy’s first procedure for this rule, “A friendly face,” reads, “If you know somebody within a circle fairly well, first tap them on the back. When they turn around, engage them in conversation, and then slide into the gap they’ve created. See Figure 8.2 for a diagram of this maneuver.” Reddy accepts amendments

to the rules and suggestions for other awkward situations and plans to expand the site in the future. “My grand plan is to have AwkwardRules to be the Wikipedia of awkward situations,” he said. “Basically, let people create, modify, and vote on the best rules. One thing I’d love to have is the ability for someone to post an awkward situation that they’re in right now from a mobile phone and then get advice from other readers of the site.” The next time you are trying to decide among the dozens of procedures that your mind came up with when it was too late to avoid the awkward situation, a visit to AwkwardRules.net will tell you exactly what to do.

2. In a movie about your life who would play you? It would probably be Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He is my favorite young actor and he is very versatile. He’s also very good at portraying social awkwardness and shyness which is something any actor would have to master to portray me. 3. If you were stranded on the moon, what three items would you want with you? I would want my guitar, an iPod with all of my music on it, and a Swiss Army knife. 4. If you could go back in time,

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what time period would you travel to? I would travel to the sixties, a great time for music. 5. If you were to sit down at a meal with five other people, dead or alive, famous or not famous who would they be? Dave Matthews, John Lennon, Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Adam Sandler 6. Your favorite quote. “Every day should be a good day to die.”- Dave Matthews

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Meet the Managing/Opinions Editor Name: Stefani Rubino Major: English major, Philosophy minor What year: Senior Position: Managing/Opinions Editor Hometown: Plantation, FL (unfortunately) 1. Brief description of your position and what you love about working for The Current. Since I am the Managing Editor, I have to read and edit nearly every story that is printed in the newspaper. I also I have to work with section editors and writers on their newswriting skills and assist them with editorial help they may need. However, as Opinions Editor, I have to pick out and, usually, write the articles that fill that section. The best part of my job at The Current is being able to critique two things I am extremely interested in: films and music. Criticizing works of art like these has helped me hone in on my ability to analyze and describe things in a creative way. Moreover, I have been given some amazing opportunities that will be hard to forget. 2. In a movie about your life, who would play you?

4. If you could go back in time, what time period would you travel to? I would be in San Francisco in Oct. 1965, at the Six Gallery, where Allen Ginsberg gave his first public reading of “Howl.” I also would not mind travelling back to mid-1960s New York City, where the rise of writers like John Cheever, Richard Yates, Kurt Vonnegut and Frank O’Hara was just beginning to become apparent.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: he has always played the type of troubled intellectual I feel like I am slowly becoming. 3. If you were stranded on the moon, what three items would you want with you? I will assume the moon has been colonized already because I do not want to waste one of my options on food, water or warm clothing. So, I would bring all of the books on my “to be read” list, my laptop and printer and a bunch of Moleskine journals with plenty of pens.

5. If you were to sit down at a meal with five other people, dead or alive, famous or not famous who would they be? This is one of the hardest questions I have ever had to answer. After a long process of elimination, the final five that remain are Charles Bukowski, David Bowie, Albert Camus, Nan Goldin and the Notorious B.I.G. 6. Your favorite quote. At the moment, “You’re born alone and you die alone, and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts. But I never forget. I’m living like there’s no tomorrow, because there isn’t one.” — Don Draper played by Jon Hamm, on the AMC series “Mad Men.”

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Did you travel over winter break? “I didn’t go anywhere but I went to drop some one off [at the airport] and I saw that the security was very strict and it was very busy.” Nakita Charles, junior psychology major

“I stayed home in Ft. Lauderdale. It is nice to be somewhere with warm weather and no snow on the ground.” Katherine Cadwalader, sophomore psychology major

“I did not go anywhere. I stayed here.” Yen Vassell, first year student of multidisciplinary studies

“I stayed here but the traffic was hectic. Even on Christmas day it was busy. It was the most hectic Christmas I have ever had.” Giuliana Scagliotti, first year M.I.B.A student

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Editor’s Note SERENA MANN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Welcome back and Happy New Year! 2010 rings in a new semester and, for some, the start of new programs, opportunities, and future careers. To start the year off on a positive note, the editorial staff has compiled brief biographies on themselves for you to get to know the writers behind the stories. Meet Stefani Rubino, our intelligent, strong-minded opinions and managing editor, Juan Gallo our arts & entertainment editor, the source for everything worth a listen or worth watching when it comes to music, movies, and everything else entertainment. Craig Heenighan, our sports editor, is the authority for athletics at NSU. Our Current Affairs Editor, Amanda Cazacu, keeps track of all the happenings on campus and makes sure you know about them. Annarely Rodriguez, our news editor, keeps the NSU population informed on any pertinent news around campus regarding students, faculty, and administration. Last, but not least, Lauren Aurigemma dazzles our pages with organized, but

thoughtful layouts every week. Chelsea Seignious, our junior visual designer, is also an asset to the team. The Current also has many contributing writers who volunteer their time and skills to the paper as well such as Ashley Allred, Sue Tenpow, Keren Moros, Yineth Sanchez, and Isis Darios. This week we encourage our readers to get to know who is delivering your news. Feel free to contact them with ideas, feedback, letters, or anything else you can think of. The Current is here to help the university population communicate better and what better way to share information than with the press. Please contact The Current at nsunews@nova.edu.

Meet the Editor-in-Chief Name: Serena Mann Major: Master’s in Business & Entrepreneurship (in progress), Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Communication as well as Law, Crime, & Deviance What year: Graduate Position: Editor-in-Chief Hometown: Brampton, Ontario, Canada 1. Brief description of your position and what you love about working for The Current. Writing is my passion. Telling stories whether it be visually, orally, or in text is what I desire to do for the rest of my life. I love the feeling I get when I have my “aha” moment and type away for hours, or imagine the next scene of a sitcom or movie I am writing. But even more, I love the thoughts and comments I invoke out of individuals who read my stories and articles. The ability to inform and inspire active thinking as well as debate is extremely fulfilling. 2. In a movie about your life who would play you? Kareena Kapoor or Maduri Dixit, huge Bollywood actresses — I had to go International for that one. 3. If you were stranded on the moon, what three items would you want with you?

Pizza, movies, and lots of music. I love to dance. 4. If you could go back in time, what time period would you travel to? I would go back to the eighties. Crazy clothes, men in heels, and big hair – there were no rules. Everyone looked like a mess but that’s what was so genius about it. Embarrassingly enough, I think I’m the only member of the staff who can actually remember the eighties. 5. If you were to sit down at a meal with five other people, dead or alive, famous or not famous who would they be? Michael Jackson because he is the King of Pop, Andy Warhol, Mahatma Gandhi, Steven Spielberg, and Oprah Winfrey. 6. Your favorite quote. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We are born to make manifest, the glory of God within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others the permission to do the same.” — Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Larabee in the movie “Akeelah and the Bee”