Volume 20 Issue 6

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The Student-Run Newspaper of Nova Southeastern University September 22, 2009


News It Is All About the Benjamins

Volume 20, Issue 6


Blues Fest Gets Canned

The Bursar’s Office creates a new payment plan option for students.

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Current Affairs The Secret of Success

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The latest on the Lucky 13 workshop series.

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Sports Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Continue Their Early Season in Good Form

The South Florida International Blues Festival was planned to take place on Nov. 6-8, but was cancelled due to budget cuts.


On Sept. 3, the Office of Public Affairs released a statement that this year’s South Florida Blues Festival, scheduled for Nov. 6-8, had been cancelled. The festival is a three-day outdoor event that features blues musicians from all over the globe. The Office of Public Affairs declined to comment or give any more information on the matter.

George Hanbury, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief operating officer at NSU stated, “In these trying economic times, we, as a university, must evaluate our priorities to ensure that they are in line with our academic mission.” He added, “While the blues festival has been a popular event at NSU, ultimately, our academic programs take precedence, and we made the decision to discontinue the festival.”

The news came as a shock and a surprise to many who were eagerly awaiting the return of the highly successful and popular event. “I’m disappointed because last year we were able to collect cans for the homeless [at the event] and a lot of people from the community came and donated cans. It was really nice that the NSU community showed up not only to listen to the music but to give back as well,” said Randy Denis, senior psychology major.

Read to find out more.

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Arts & Entertainment “I Don’t Know What To Do” with Scarlett Johansson’s New Album Read a review of the Hollywood actress’ album.

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Opinions Lack of Civility in 2009

Where is the respect?

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Forecast Today

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Wednesday Isolated T-Storms Hi: 86 Lo: 76


“It’s suspicious and they should give the public a good reason [why it is cancelled]. I think they should disperse the money evenly instead of using it to build a giant shark in front of the [Don Taft University Center],” said Shelina Persad, junior psychology major. While the powers that be may have some very legitimate reasons for cancelling the festival, it is certain that the NSU community would like to have SEE BLUES FESTIVAL 2

Fischler Administrator Getting Wet & Wild: Inducted Into Rolling Hills Finally Educators Hall of Fame

Opens Its MultiMillion Dollar Pool


On Aug. 5, Judith S. Stein, Ed. D., an administrator in the NSU Fischler School of Education and Human Services, was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual conference of the Florida Association for Career and Technical Educators (FACTE). She was recognized for her contributions to career and technical education. “I was at a doctoral conference at NSU when I got an e-mail with a letter letting me know about the nomination. I knew nothing about it; I was totally surprised,” said Stein. “I did not even have a room in the hotel where the ceremony was hosted [...] I almost did not get the award.” Stein is the director of the National Institute for Educational Options, an organization that provides resources for nonprofit groups and professional

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Judith Stein poses for a picture in her office. Stein was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 5.

development for choice-schools and career academies. “One thing is that during the recession it is hard for people to go to conferences and do things they would like,” said Stein about working with non-profit organizations. “The economy greatly affects non-profits.” She also founded the South Florida Choice Resources Center and a series of educational centers throughout Florida. Stein started her career as an educator, though. As a young SEE EDUCATORS 2

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Students enjoy the brand new pool at the Rolling Hills Residence.


On Sept. 12 students reclined on luxurious beach chairs next to an 185,000 gallon pool accompanied with its own cascading waterfall while

soaking up the sun. Sipping on their sodas they listened to Radio X blast “This is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan. South Florida is known for its nightlife but its pool parties are notorious. However, these students were not at a pretentious SEE ROLLING HILLS 2



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a more in-depth explanation of those reasons. Liza Martinez, sophomore biology major who just transferred from Miami-Dade Community College, is surprised she will not

get the opportunity to experience the event. “I think they should do it […] they should not take away all the fun stuff from the students. There should be something fun and exciting to look forward to,”

she said. People who had already purchased tickets have been promised a full refund of their money. For questions regarding refunds, call (954) 262-7228.


woman she went to college to become a teacher and then became an administrator at a high school in Miami-Dade County. “When I went to college, there were only three careers for women: nurse, secretary and teacher,” she said. “I did not want to be a secretary. I did not want to work in a hospital, changing

bedpans, giving shots. I would get bored, so I did not want to be a nurse. Therefore, I became a teacher. A lot of bright young women went into education back then. That is why we had so many good teachers in the ‘70s and ‘80s.” The FACTE was founded in 1926 and, according to its Web

site, it is the only organization in Florida “solely dedicated to representing the interests of career and technical educators.” For more information about FACTE, log on to www.facte. org. To find out more about the National Institute for Educational Options log on to www.schoolofed.nova.edu/nieo.


boutique hotel in South Beach. They were at Rolling Hills Residence Halls, just one mile off campus from NSU, at the grand opening of their multi-million dollar swimming pool. The resort-like complex boasts three waterfalls, a lagoon, and an enormous pool shaped in the resemblance of a figure eight. The swimming pool was designed to be a zero-entry pool (a pool with a sloping entrance instead of stairs) and was intended to be 100 percent accessible for even the most water fearing individual. Encompassing the pool area are tan and stone-colored rocks made of wire lath and shotcrete, creating a natural and serene atmosphere. Construction took approximately one year to complete since Rolling Hills Residence Halls opened and concluded phase two of the building’s construction. “There’s a lot that goes into building a pool so the residents had to wait,” stated Rod Colas,

Assistant Director of Housing. “But I think it was well worth the wait.” The pool area at the grand opening Luau was filled with students snacking on hot dogs, chips, and burgers. Residents were pleased to see the final product after so many months of anticipation. “The pool is amazing!” said Sarah Rashti, a Masters student studying Family Therapy and a Rolling Hills resident. “It is beyond what I ever expected.” The pool area also boasts a large study pavilion complete with ceiling fans as well a cozy party/meeting room. The renovation of the pool, the two buildings and landscaping cost a total of $3.5 million dollars. The swimming pool is equipped with solar-panels that heat the pool and is the largest of its kind in Florida to use this green technology. In addition to these features, the pool also has its own grotto for

sunbathers to seek refuge from the sun. A grill is available for students to reserve for barbequing and residents can access wireless internet from anywhere in the outdoor space. “At night I can see the lights, the glow from the laptops.” said Cori Carfagno, Area Coordinator for Rolling Hills. “Students are out here all the time.” The pool is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hours may fluctuate depending on resident feedback. Only residents have access to the pool as well as their guests. “ We really want residents to feel that this is their pool.” said Carfagno. “Guests of residents are welcome but the pool is not open to all students at this time.” For further information regarding the swimming pool or Rolling Hills contact Cori Carfagno at cc1469nova.edu or Rod Colas at rcolas@nova.edu.

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NSU Professor Appointed to American Bar Association Committee ASHLEY ALLRED


Gail Richmond, J.D., a fulltime professor at NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center, has been appointed to a two-year term on the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar’s Questionnaire Committee. “This is an opportunity to participate with faculty members from several schools who have interest in, or experience with, the questionnaire,” explained Richmond. She was selected on the basis that she would be able to provide valuable insight, due to her experience with the ABA Questionnaire during her 28 years as the former associate dean of the Shepard Broad Law Center. According to the American Bar Association’s Web site,

The Bursar’s Office has created a new payment plan option that will allow all NSU students to pay off their college tuition without having to take out a loan. This could be the next best thing for NSU students worried about accumulating and paying off debt at the end of their four years. Freshman Marcia Philatre said, “If you have the money to pay your tuition off monthly, then you should definitely go for that plan instead of being piled up in debt.” It will allow students to take money out of their account or their paychecks each month to pay the remaining balance on their account after financial aid


Former Associate Dean Gail Richmond has been appointed to a two-year term on the American Bar Association committee.

this committee is “responsible for reviewing all law school informational questionnaires and instructions for recommending changes to minimize the supplication of requested information and to meet the accreditation and other needs of law school data.”


It Is All About the Benjamins


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September 22, 2009

“If you have the money to pay your tuition off monthly, then you should definitely go for that plan instead of being piled up in debt.” - Marcia Philatre has been given. The office will charge a 1.5 percent maintenance fee each month, and students may choose between a three month plan and a 10 month plan. To apply, students must stop by the One-Stop Shop and pick up an application on the back

wall. When students fill out the application, they will be given a schedule with deadlines and the amounts due making it easier to keep track of their finances and to budget for themselves. For more information, contact the Bursar’s Office at (954) 262-5200.



September 22, 2009


Over the summer, K.C. Collins, a third-year graduate student in the Center for Psychological Studies, won first place in the Florida Psychological Association state-wide student research competition. Her project, “Personal Psychotherapy During Graduate Clinical Training: An Initial Investigation,” explored the impact of graduate training on clinical psychology students. She hypothesized that as students advanced in their graduate experience, they would be more likely to try psychotherapy. “Results did not support that training alters students’ perceptions of receiving psychotherapy as a component of professional development. Subsequently, increased participation in psychotherapy was not observed,” wrote Collins in her report. Collins worked on her project since her first year as a graduate student and was inspired by her fellow students and their interest in psychotherapy.

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KC Collins won first place for her research on the need and effects of psychotherapy.˙

“I was noticing interest in psychotherapy from my friends,” she said. “They kept talking about it and asking, ‘How do I know if I need it?’” The competition also gave graduate students an opportunity to meet and discuss research

findings with psychologists and fellow students across the state. “I was really excited. I was the only poster representing NSU, and there were posters from many other schools; the odds of me winning seemed small,” said Collins.

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Dean Emeritus Comments on the Health Care Reform Bill SUE TENPOW CONTRIBUTING WRITER

After an already illustrious career, Joseph D. Harbaugh, professor of law and dean emeritus at NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center, is still adding to his resume. Professor Harbaugh was recently appointed chair of the 2009-2010 Distance Learning Committee for the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. Harbaugh served as dean of the Shepard Broad Law Center from 1995-2008 and also as dean at the University of Richmond Law School before that, as well as a faculty member at various other law schools during his career. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools, the Council of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the Board of Directors of Access Group Inc., legal education’s non-profit student loan program, and as the Association of American Law Schools representative in the ABA House of Delegates. Along with Michael Flynn, a fellow faculty member at the Shepard Broad Law Center, he co-authored an op-ed article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, published Aug. 9 that, according

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Joseph D. Harbaugh, professor of law and dean emeritus at NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center was appointed chair of the 2009-2010 Distance Learning Committee for the Southeastern Association of Law Schools.

to SharkBytes, “examined tort reform and its relationship to the health insurance debate in the U.S. Congress.” The article hit on the controversial topic of the health care reform bill and specifically an issue that Professor Harbaugh and Professor Flynn feel should be “taken off the table,” medical liability reform. They go on to explore the medical malpractice system and debate the reasons it is part of the bill. The authors said “those stuck with the staggering bill would be the thousands of Americans injured by medical malpractice every year.”

Current Affairs


Events Calendar Sept. 22 - 28 Tuesday, Sept. 22

Thursday, Sept. 24

Professor Doan to Open Fall 2009 Faculty Lecture Series 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. Parker Building, Room 240

“Considering Law School? Learn How to Get There…” 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Parker Building, Room 123B

Jim Doan, Ph.D., professor in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Division of Humanities, will open the fall 2009 Faculty Lecture Series with a presentation titled “Oscar Wilde, Roger Casement, and Cathal Ó Searcaigh: The Rise and Fall of the Gay Irishman.” For more information, contact Jim Doan at (954) 262-8207 or visit www. fcas.nova.edu/articles/fls.

The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences will host a series of three, free workshops designed to teach you all that you need to know about applying for—and being accepted into—law school. These workshops will provide advice on preparing for the LSAT, where to go for school and how to apply, and also on how to create personal statements and letters of reference for your applications. For more information, please contact Tim Dixon at (954) 262-8203 or Gary Gershman at (954) 262-8211.

Lucky 13: “Stress Management: Decaffeinate Your Life” 12:10 p.m.-12:50 p.m. Rosenthal Student Center, Room 200 This workshop will help students identify typical stressors and apply stress reduction techniques. For more information, contact Katie Gittleman at (954) 2628558 or katielg@nova.edu.

SEA Thursday 12p.m.-1 p.m. Don Taft University Center Come out every Thursday and enjoy free food and music. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Events and Activities at (954) 262-7288 or union@nova.edu.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Workshop Wednesday: Build Your Resume—Get Involved at NSU 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Office of Career Development on the 4th floor of the Alvin Sherman Library

Monday, Sept. 28

Yom Kippur No Classes

Workshop will focus on the importance of getting involved on-campus and what it can do for students after they graduate. For more information, please contact Dafren Cadet at dafren@nova.edu.

September 22, 2009


Words and Emotion Came Together at “Digressions” Literary Magazine’s “Third Thursday”



“Digressions,” NSU’s studentrun literary magazine, hosted a night of spoken-word performances from this year’s issue of the magazine and an “open mike” at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale on Sept. 17 for this month’s “Third Thursday” event. Even though there were not as many contributors there as originally expected, the experience and creative works presented more than made up for it. To start off the night, Stefani Rubino, senior English major and the co-editor-inchief of “Digressions,” took the stage to welcome everyone and to introduce the first speaker. As she looked through her notes, they slipped through her fingers and landed on the floor. Everyone could feel the tension and nervousness of these fresh poets, but Rubino regained her composure and bravely said her speech from memory, setting a more relaxed atmosphere for the rest of the night. As each staff member and contributor went up to read

their thought-provoking poetry and short stories, the audience listened in admiration. Although these writers may be young and inexperienced, their thoughts far exceeded their age. As for the staff, they were full of gratitude for the opportunity to share their works with their friends and family. Edward Marks, sophomore theater and English major and an editor for “Digressions,” shared how he “wished for a better turn out but it was still a great venue and a nice time.” Shortly after the reading, the museum provided all attendees with a free, docent-led tour of the museum’s current exhibit, “With You I Want to Live: Gordon Locksley & George T. Shea Collection and Francine Bishop Good & David Horvitz Collection.” The Gordon Locksley and George T. Shea collection included art from men who are now considered revolutionary in the area of modern art, such as Andy Warhol, Jack Pierson and Brice Marden. The Francine Bishop Goode & David Horvitz collection represented groundbreaking, contemporary works

from female artists such as Barbara Kruger, Tina Barney and Sophie Calle. At around 7 p.m., the “open mike” began. Members of the audience, as well as the “Digressions” staff and contributors, were invited to take the stage with their original pieces. There were performances of poetry and other short works, comedy routines, songs and even a rap about cell phones. The audience clapped, cheered and laughed for the rest of the evening. It was an inspirational night for everyone who was able to attend. “I can’t think of any other schools that give their students opportunities like this one. This event was important to the ‘Digressions’ staff and contributors. We’re very lucky,” said Rubino, overwhelmed with appreciation, in her closing statement of the evening. For more information on submitting or getting involved with “Digressions,” please e-mail the staff at digressions@nova. edu or visit www.fcas.nova.edu/ divisions/hum/digressions.


On Tuesday, Sept. 15, students gathered for another Lucky 13 Workshop, “Identifying Opportunities for Success— YOU Decide!” Natalie Candela, the coordinator for off-campus tutoring in the Office of Academic Services, led the interactive discussion. She said her purpose in presenting was to “reveal opportunities floating around this campus” for students to grab hold of and use in their quest towards personal success. She highlighted five chances to enhance student success, all available on campus: tutoring, study groups, study resources, success coaching

and faculty support. Tutoring is offered in one-on-one, 45 minute sessions for math, science and writing. The Office of Academic Services also provides resources for study groups, such as meeting spaces and tutors to facilitate the group and answer any questions for the specific subject. Other study resources, such as math DVDs, grammar and writing handouts, are available to pick up. One specific program mentioned was EyeQ, which offers 12 sessions to train students’ eye muscles to interact with their brain to enhance both reading speed and comprehension. Also provided by the Office of Academic Services, success coaching helps students with organizational and time

management development, as well as with the establishment of effective study habits. When asked why she attended the workshop, Karen Moros, junior communication studies major, said, “It’s my first year, and I want to absorb as much as I can. This is one way of doing it.” Candela encourages students to “select what works for you and use it!” NSU provides many resources available to those willing to take advantage of them. If students utilize these resources, they can be prepared to meet future opportunities with success. For more information about the Lucky 13 Workshops, contact Dalis Dominguez at dalis@nova. edu or (954) 262-8485.

Business School Kicks Off New School Year SERENA MANN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

On Sept. 17, NSU hosted a spectacular networking event for South Florida’s most wellestablished business professionals to commence the start of the new school year. Mr. H. Wayne Huizenga, Don Taft, Sue Romanos, Dean Fields, Dean Preston, and Professor Tom TwoRoger are just a few of the elite invitees who were in attendance. Student groups were also invited and included members of the Strategic Forum Student Group (SFSG) and the Graduate

Business Students Association (GBSA). Miguel Govea, a member of the SFSG stated, “This is the cream of the crop in South Florida. It’s great to mingle with such powerful business leaders. I just met Mr. H. Wayne Huizenga. He is very down to Earth.” The night opened with an inspiring cheer from NSU’s cheerleading squad and included an engaging speech from Dean Fields, the new Dean of the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship. “I have big shoes to fill, both literally and metaphorically,” joked Dean Fields when referring to his predecessor Randy

Pohlman, Ph. D. The dean took a more serious note when he addressed his new position at NSU’s business school. “I am excited. I feel that what I have accomplished at my prior positions has prepared me for this position. I am excited because I believe I am supposed to be here.” Students, faculty, VIPs, and administration enjoyed the delicious spread of appetizers, a pasta station, and a chocolate fountain. “Great food. Great people. And lots of networking.” stated Paola Balaguera, treasurer of the GBSA. “It was a fabulous NSU event.”

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H. Wayne Huizenga with Dean Fields at the Business School Kick-off in the Dr. William S. Spears Courtyard in the Carl DeSantis Buiding.



September 22, 2009

Back to Back Victories for Women’s Soccer as They Start to Build Momentum CRAIG HEENIGHAN SPORTS EDITOR

The NSU women’s soccer team got back to winning ways in the second game of their two game Alabama road trip on Sept. 13 against Spring Hill College with a 2-0 victory. After a lengthy delay, the game soon got underway and the Sharks got into their stride quickly, carving out numerous opportunities at the Spring Hill goal. It was not long before the Sharks’ pressure paid off as they broke the deadlock in the 19th minute through an Elizabeth Brauher goal. Senior Brauher latched onto a pass from freshman forward Aubrey Fondy to neatly chip the ball over the goalkeeper just under the crossbar. NSU continued to press and never really looked like conceding a goal as the solid defense stood resolute. It was deep into the second half before the Sharks put the game beyond doubt with a first collegiate goal by freshman Danielle Granholm. Assisted by Alexis Hernandez, Granholm blasted home the finish from inside the six yard area. Another clean sheet for the Sharks saw them move to a 3-1 overall season record, and sought to build on that as they return to home soil. The Sharks kicked off their first home game of the season on Sept. 16 in style as they dispatched of Palm Beach Atlantic 3-0. A largely uneventful first half saw the Sharks dominate the Sailfish in terms of possession and territory, but they could not convert any of their chances, and

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Elizabeth Brauher secures her second goal of the season in the victory over Spring Hill.

the game remained goalless at half time. The Sharks came out in the second half with more clinical intent as they soon scored through sophomore defender Lindsey Nowland. Nowland latched onto a loose ball after the Sharks’ corner to dispatch of the ball from six yards out. NSU put the game beyond doubt albeit somewhat fortuitously as a Palm Beach goal kick landed straight at the feet of Granholm who calmly stroked the ball home from 25 yards. Three minutes later, the Sharks extended their lead as

again a cross from the outside caused danger in the Sailfish penalty area and freshman Elisa Cabot headed the ball home for the Sharks. Palm Beach failed to create any real chances that would trouble the Sharks’ defense. However, they were awarded a penalty kick with four minutes to play, one that they didn’t convert. The NSU women now improve to an impressive 4-1 overall season record, and they look forward to more conference games as the season now starts to heat up.


Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Continue Early Season in Good Form CRAIG HEENIGHAN SPORTS EDITOR

The men’s cross country team continued their perfect record as they glided to a first place finish at the UCF Black and Gold Invitational on Sept. 12. The women’s cross country team built on their solid first meet foundations as they clinched an impressive second place finish. The men were led by the Meagher brothers, Matt and Kevin, as the siblings crossed the line in a time of 27:18 with Matt being awarded the coveted first place title. Behind the brothers were junior Agustin Rey, who secured third place and sophomore Jonathan Junkins who claimed fourth. Junior John Besharat covered the eight kilometer distance finishing in fifth position, closely followed by freshman Mike Greiner. Junior Joe Pena clinched seventh for the Sharks, and freshman Robert Rowe rounded out the Sharks’ line up finishing ninth. The men were victorious with a total of 15 points beating second place Flagler College by almost 50 points. Leading the way for the women once again was senior Krystal Porter as she covered the five kilometer course with a fourth place finish. Senior Tara Haddock produced another strong showing as she placed seventh, with fellow senior Alice Henley finishing eight places back in 15th. Rounding out the line up for the women were Kristina Williams, who claimed 21st place, and StacyAnn Daley who crossed the line in 36th position. The NSU men’s cross country team placed sixth out of 18 teams at the University of Florida Mountain Dew Invitational on Sept. 19, whilst

the women finished 14th out 23. Both the men and the women found themselves up against tough competition in what was a strong meet for both teams. Leading the way for the women again was Porter, finishing the race with a team best time and an overall 50th place finish. Haddock posted a respectable time in a 60th place finish followed by freshmen Juliana Tabares with 119th place finish. Senior Alice Henley placed 100th, while Williams closely followed in 30th. The Sharks’ line up was completed by Daley in 214th position. The women completed the race with 406 points, with eventual winners University of Florida finishing with 18. The men’s team was led by Rey, who finished with a personal record in 23rd position. Freshman Brendan Chwalek finished in 41st, and Junkins ran a personal record with a 47th place finish. Pena placed 55th with Kevin Meagher closely following in 57th. Greiner placed 86th and just beat John Besharat who crossed the line in 90th place. Rowe set a new personal record en route to a 98th place finish. Freshman Michael Whitehead closed out the race in 116th place with freshman Nico Crecco crossing the line in hundred and 73rd position. Sophomore Chris Jacob crossed the line in 187th closely followed by freshman Ivan Almanza in 190th place. Rounding out the Men’s team was freshman Kevin Yarbrough who placed 193rd place. The men’s cross country team finished the day with 170 points with eventual winners University of Florida clinching the title with 20 points.



September 22, 2009


Women’s Volleyball Men’s Soccer Victorious Drops Their Over Florida Memorial SSC Season Opener and Defeated on the at Rival Barry CRAIG HEENIGHAN SPORTS EDITOR

The NSU women’s volleyball team rounded out their fourgame West Florida Crossover Tournament on Sept. 10 in style as they dispatched of West Alabama in three sets 25-22, 2522, and 25-12. Splitting the weekend 2-2, the Sharks saved some of their best volleyball for last as they improved to 8-4 for the season. The Sharks were the quickest out of the traps in the opening exchanges and were led by junior Lucia Cizmarova who amassed four kills en route to victory. Closely following Cizmarova were junior Taylor Pohlman, sophomore Molly Sigerich and freshman Rachel Woodson, who all totaled three kills in a first set victory for the Sharks. Despite racing out to an early lead in the second set, the Sharks were made to work for their victory, and eventually held on for a 25-22 second set success. Pohlman led the Sharks in the second exchanges with senior Valia Petrova contributing with a crucial 14 assists. The third and final set was put beyond doubt as the Sharks romped to a heavy victory over their counterparts from Alabama. Yet again Pohlman was the standout offensive performer claiming six kills, with junior Kathleen Yony contributing with an impressive five digs. Pohlman led the Sharks for the match with 15 kills, and Cizmarova finished with eight kills closely followed by Sigerich who contributed with seven. Rounding out the Sharks’ offense was Woodson who produced five kills along with freshman Carly Perschnick who finished with three.

NSU began their Sunshine State Conference season on Sept. 15 with a four set loss away to local rivals Barry University. In a closely fought encounter, the Sharks only have themselves to blame as too many errors gifted the match to the Buccaneers. NSU struggled to get into the groove early in the first set, and they quickly found themselves behind. Despite a late rally, a collection of errors hindered the Sharks’ comeback as they eventually lost the opening set 25-23. NSU looked to have shaken off their nervous start as they took a dominant 19-11 lead in the second set. Once again, however, the Sharks, instigated their own downfall as too many slip-ups allowed Barry back into the set, a set the Buccaneers would claim 25-21. The third set was a much more positive outing for the Sharks as they reduced the number of blunders and increased their kills with 15 en route to a third set 25-16 victory, clawing themselves back into the match. The Sharks’ resurgence would prove to be short lived though, as their bad habits from the opening two sets came back to haunt them in the fourth. A total of 10 errors plagued the Sharks, and that would prove to be the catalyst between the two teams as Barry strolled to a 25-12 victory. Leading the Sharks was Perschnick with a total of 12 kills closely followed by Sigerich who amassed 11. Sigerich also contributed on the defensive side with five blocks, with Cizmarova contributing six. NSU moves to an overall season record of 8-5 and 0-1 in SSC play.

Road Against Lynn


Momentum was with the NSU men’s soccer team as they won their third straight game on Sept. 14th against Florida Memorial by a score line of 4-1. The Sharks decided to do it the hard way as they came from behind for the second time this season. The Sharks found their rhythm quickly after going behind and soon took a strong hold in proceedings. NSU found themselves on level terms when senior Romain Onteniente beat two men on the left side and delivered a ball to junior Chris Pruitt who turned the ball into the goal with his chest. The Sharks continued to press and took the lead with what was ultimately the game-winning goal by junior Aly Hassan. Hassan found space behind Memorial’s backline, after being picked out by Onteniente and senior David Wahlberg, and he fired the ball into the bottom right corner. After the half time interval, the Sharks started the half quicker and soon found themselves on the front foot. The game was put beyond doubt on the hour mark as Hassan fired home his second goal of the night after being picked out by a precise pass from midfield. Hassan would soon turn provider as he capped his night with an assist on the fourth goal for junior Darryl Gordon who met a squared ball by Hassan to stroke the ball home. The Sharks would outshoot their opponents 23-12 with junior goalkeeper Lorenzo Migliavacca securing a season high eight shots.

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Brian Cardozo in action for the sharks against Florida Tech.

NSU kicked off their conference season in the worst possible fashion losing on the road on Sept. 18 against #5 nationally ranked Lynn University 7-0. Despite the landslide loss the Sharks were the first to create a clear goal scoring opportunity as forward Onteniente rifled a free kick off the underside of the crossbar. Sadly for the Sharks, that would be the closest they would come all game as Lynn took an early lead and never looked

like they would surrender as the fighting Knights led 3-0 at the half. The Sharks possessed the ball better in the second half but found themselves exposed and susceptible on the counter attack. Lynn would exploit the holes in the NSU defense as they romped to a 7-0 victory. The Sharks will return to action in their second conference game again on the road against local rivals Barry University.


September 22, 2009

Arts & Entertainment


Things Get Heavy in “It Might Get Loud” JUAN GALLO ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

“It Might Get Loud,” the new documentary by the director and producer of “An Inconvenient Truth,” David Guggenheim, opens up with a shot of Jack White, of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather fame. He has a hammer and nails in hand. Eventually, a coke bottle comes into play and minutes later, after plugging his creation into an amp, he makes music and tells us, “Who says you need to buy a guitar?” If there is one thing you can definitely be sure of about this documentary, it’s got plenty of attitude. The concept is simple: You take White, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, and U2’s The Edge, and stick them in a room together to discuss the electric guitar. What happens next is music and film history. This documentary is so fascinating because of how unique each musician is, each one an iconoclast in his own right, each one a legend who has swallowed all that music had to offer and, in return, spit out what they had to add to the art form. White, the youngest of the three, has made it his mission to transmit the unconventional,

emphasizing the blues in his music and style and adding that music, at its most bare bones approach, is the purest, most satisfying way to enjoy it. Page, a true genius from both a technical and creative perspective, shares stories of the road that led to where he ended up. Page played skiffle music in England in the 50s, later becoming a session musician, and then escaped that scene to his time with The Yardbirds and, finally, he reached the legendary status he holds now with one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Led Zeppelin. Lastly, there is The Edge, the lead guitarist for one of the most famous and most profitable bands of today, U2. The Edge is a wizard when it comes to effects and creating sounds using the guitar and every other channel possible using an array of pedals and soundboards to push limits and boundaries. The Irishman, along with his bandmates, who came from a time in Ireland filled with war and a povertystricken economy, overcame immense obstacles while writing music that not only reflected the feelings and sentiments of the time, but also delivered hope to a nation going through one of its darkest periods. The Edge wrote

one of the most meaningful songs that expressed these ideas called “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” There are sessions in which the musicians just sit in this room together and discuss what music is to them and how, once they encountered music and the guitar, it transformed them. The documentary also strays from this format to delve deeper into each individual’s journey, following them around and allowing them their own time to share. It is clear that while some of their opinions may differ, these three musicians each hold great respect for each other and what each has to say. The documentary is fantastic in its revelations, allowing us an insight into the thoughts and ideas of these mysterious and elusive characters. The music in the film is extraordinary, and not just the music that these musicians play, but also the music that has influenced them. Everyone in the theater was captivated. It was apparent that everyone who came out to see this documentary was not only there to see a film, but also was there as an apprentice and a student of music. In fact, such was the case that towards the end of the movie, after a great jam by all three musicians, the


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There is plenty of attitude in “It Might Get Loud.”

audience broke into applause and cheers. As one of the best films I

have seen all year, ”It Might Get Loud” is definitely not a film to miss.


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Arts & Entertainment

September 22, 2009


Throwback of the Week: The Beatles JUAN GALLO ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

Not too long ago, a friend told me about a conversation he overheard while sitting in class. A girl sitting by him was absolutely positive that the song “All You Need is Love” was written for the movie “Moulin Rouge.” Someone else countered her by saying it was from the movie “Across the Universe.” Apparently, neither of them was aware that the song, written by John Lennon, was performed by The Beatles in 1967 for a program broadcasted around the world titled “Our World.” Of all the things I can find wrong with the aforementioned debate, the saddest of them all is the idea that there could be peers of mine roaming through life without the knowledge of who The Beatles were and what they meant to the world. Even I was almost victim to this sad reality, since The Beatles did not enter my life until the near-end of my teenage years. Of course, growing up, I had heard their songs playing on radios or in movies, so I definitely knew who The Beatles were; I just did not care.

Once I became aware of the power of music and the subconscious hold it had on me already, it was fate that eventually led to me knocking on The Beatles’ door asking to be let in. I submerged myself in their music. Everything from the early teeny-bopper hits like “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Eight Days a Week” to the later allegedly drug-induced and enlightening songs such as “All You Need is Love,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and “Rocky Raccoon,” to name a few. As I began to evolve, I learned more about music, and by becoming a musician myself, I gained a new perspective and appreciation for The Beatles. The ability to write songs that people like, that stick around for years and that connect so well with the life we live and the feelings we experience still amazes me. The Beatles became a symbol that, through music, expanded into a universal message of hope, love, and peace, not only for a nation, but also for a world that all too often lost its way. The Beatles, in a way, were that arrow pointing us back toward the

right direction. When it comes to musicianship, though, some may argue there will never be an equivalent to the talent that The Beatles brought to the table. Each member was capable of playing multiple instruments. Each member was capable of writing musical masterpieces, and each was capable of leading and singing. In 1970, The Beatles broke up. Only myths and speculations remain as to why. And, tragically, on Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon was murdered. Twenty one years later, on Nov. 29, 2001, George Harrison died after a long fight with cancer. Today, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are the two remaining Beatles. There is not one single artist on this planet who can say they have not been influenced in some way, even a small way, by The Beatles. “Beatle Mania” entered into the world in 1964 and, in a way, has never left. Somehow, the music this band created has touched people all over the world, even today. So if you do know The Beatles, you will never forget

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The Fab Four wrote the best songs ever written.

them. For those who do not know The Beatles, my hope is that you will open up your heart and allow yourself the opportunity to be introduced to some great music. My advice is to start with “Rubber Soul” and move on from there.

As you begin this journey, allow me to introduce you to them in the same way that Ed Sullivan introduced them to us back in 1964: “Ladies and Gentleman, The Beatles!”

A “9” out of 10? Not Even Close Oh, Howie Day JUAN GALLO ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

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“9” is beautiful, but predictable.


Pinocchio meets generic, post-apocalyptic fairy tale in Focus Features’ second animated full-length film, “9.” While the imagery may recall, and some may say surpass, that of Pixar, the story comes incredibly short of that lofty standard. While the stereotypical archetypes can be forgiven in light of the “Winnie the Pooh”– sort-of plot device, the lack of any semblance of an original story is a sad failing in a movie I went into wanting to love. Even though Shane Acker,

the director and writer of the film, has said he wanted to show “hope and potential” with the rag dolls, I was left with a feeling of hopelessness. In fact, the only hope the drab and plodding story left me with was the hope that Pinocchio’s blue fairy would appear and save this beautifullooking empty puppet of a story. Not to take anything away from the lush and beautiful visual images that Acker and his team have created. Some of the shots and scenes in this movie are near works of art. The emotion captured on the characters’ faces is some of the best animation this side of Pixar. If there is any

reason to see this movie, the visual heights are definitely it. While this movie is better than most things Hollywood puts out there, it is no masterpiece. So, for viewers who are interested in seeing a beautiful movie and who are willing to sit through a more predictable one, “9” is worth a shot. At the same time, viewers may find themselves, as I did, feeling like Haley Joel Osment’s character, David, at the end of “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence”— longing for the blue fairy to come and save them from their current situation.

With the song “Collide,” Howie Day “invaded” your personal space. The song was heard everywhere and is still played on radio stations like The Coast or Lite FM. Bottom line is, Howie Day blew up in 2003 with his album “Stop All the World Now” and that incredibly successful single, “Collide.” The truth is that this Maine-native can write a song. He managed to win even more fans with the charm and power of his one-man shows, which, of course, highlighted how truly talented this artist is. It is not easy to sell out shows when it’s just one person playing with no band. Now, after a long six-year break, Day is making his return with the release of his third studioalbum, “Sound the Alarm.” With this album, Day has said that he is “tipping [his] hat to the past, living in the here and now, and looking optimistically toward the future.” Perhaps this is a reference to the troubled past he has faced during these six years, admitting himself into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center and facing other demons of that sort. However, Day is also

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Howie Day is wet...and he’s got a new CD out.

turning a page in his sound. This album is certainly written with a more commercial vibe and is definitely sure to attract the adult contemporary crowd. So, where does that leave the young, hormone-stuffed, revolting youth who want to hear songs about love, heartbreak and intimate encounters set to a sweet acoustic guitar or lulling piano? Well, they can take comfort in the fact that these songs are catchy and upbeat, and they will give listeners something in common with their parents who are probably purchasing the CD as they read this. Not to worry, this will probably be my guilty pleasure of the year as well. No shame in that; take a listen.


September 22, 2009

Arts & Entertainment


“I Don’t Know What To Do” with Scarlett Johansson’s New Album STEFANI RUBINO


For the most part, Scarlett Johansson’s solo album, “Anywhere I Lay My Head,” did not break out into the mainstream. Readers of Pitchfork Music and fans of independent music seemed to pay attention to it because of the fact that it was an album of Tom Waits covers, Dave Sitek, of TV on the Radio fame, produced it and David Bowie lent his voice to a couple of tracks. Now, just a year later, Scarlett Johansson has teamed up with yet another famous male musician, Pete Yorn, on an all-original album, “Break Up.” Said to be inspired by French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg’s duets with French actress Brigitte Bardot, “Break Up,” is a huge dis-appointment. To be honest, I was surprisingly impressed with “Anywhere I Lay My Head” and even though there are a lot of things wrong with it, it has certainly become somewhat of a “guilty pleasure” for me.

After listening to it for the first time, I wanted more Johansson. I wanted to hear more of her voice without the heavy electronic instruments and over-production. Not only that, but I felt she was brave for taking on such difficult songs and doing them pretty well. However, on “Break Up” and “Anywhere I Lay My Head,” Johansson crumbles under the weight of her male counterparts. It is clear from the second or third tracks that “Break Up” is more about Yorn than Johansson. The songs are less like duets and more like Yorn’s songs with Johansson on backing vocals. On “Relator,” the first track on the album, Johansson sings just about everything but the chorus and her voice shines through. Though “Relator” is a sort of fun, upbeat song, it is almost like a bad joke. After “Relator,” listeners will expect the rest of the album to have this kind of exchange between Yorn and Johansson but it does not work out like that. Instead, Yorn takes control of nearly every track, as if it is not

bad enough that he wrote the “duets” practically by himself, he has to sing them almost all by himself also. Besides “Relator,” the only other actual duets are “I Don’t Know What To Do” and “Shampoo.” “I Don’t Know What To Do” is one of the slower tracks, features both of their voices almost equally and is one of the most beautifully produced tracks on the album with lap steel guitar and a string section. “Shampoo” is also brilliantly produced with some electronic bass and acoustic guitar. Here, Johansson’s range shines, as the song is an entirely different key than most on the album but she seems to handle the transition better than some professional, seasoned vocalists. If anything, it is worth hearing these three tracks. The end of the album feels incomplete. Some of these tracks feature so little of Johansson’s voice that it is hard to listen to knowing these songs were supposed to be duets. Johansson has an original solo album

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Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn’s album cover, “Break Up.”

coming out in the near future and hopefully, the next time around,

she will be given some time to be at the forefront of every track.



Lack of Civility in 2009

September 22, 2009


Editor’s Note SERENA MANN




These past few weeks have been full of instances where individuals have lacked the ability to exert restraint when it comes to disagreeing with one another. President Barack Obama addressed Congress about Health Care Reform on Sept. 7, and was rudely interrupted by Republican Joe Wilson with the words, “You lie!” The comment was in response to the President’s statement that no illegal immigrants would benefit from the new health care plan he was proposing. Ignoring the comment, the president continued his speech addressing the fact that no federal money would be used to fund abortions. Again republican Joe Wilson shouted, “Not true!” The congressional representative’s behavior was shocking. His lack of appropriate etiquette was dubbed disrespectful. In another instance, at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City another outburst occurred. Thirty-two year old Kanye West jumped on stage and grabbed the microphone from nineteen year old Taylor Swift stating, “Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!” This hissy-fit sent the “OMG” heard around the world on Twitter, blogposts, and Face-

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Kayne West taking the microphone from Taylor Swift at the 2009 Video Music Awards.

book. Some people are saying that it was a publicity stunt, since West was scheduled to appear on the premiere of Jay Leno’s new primetime show, The Jay Leno Show. Others say he was drunk from drinking an entire bottle of Hennessey. I guess we will never know for sure, but we do know that Kanye’s outburst was uncalled for. Whether it is at a presidential congressional address or the MTV VMAs, it is inappropri-

ate behavior to interrupt any speaker. People should exercise restraint and keep their opinions to themselves until they have a platform to be heard. In order to share opinions with the public, they have to be ready to receive the message. On stage or at a congressional meeting is not the best time to have a tantrum. In either instance, the interrupters end up looking like a donkey’s rear end.


B.B. King once said, “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” This is true but more and more, education is becoming devalued. Tuition rates are an increasing concern among students, and as these increases in costs occur, the idea that a degree is enough to impress an employer is quickly dissipating. No longer can you attend a reputable university, receive a degree, and expect to have a great job. As students, we are expected to become involved in organizations, take up internships, and gain valuable experience. All these efforts are encouraged in order for us to differentiate and market ourselves more effectively. In today’s dynamic economic climate, students must take the time to meet with business professionals and know them on a personal level. When I attended the Business Kickoff on Sept. 17, I recognized that NSU is aware of the importance of networking and that is why they promote so many networking events. But this concept is not limited to the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, networking events can be found across campus

at the Shepard Broad Law School, in the various pro-grams in the Health Professions Divison, and as well as in the undergraduate departments such as the arts and sciences programs. Networking events are held all over campus and provide the ideal opportunity for students to meet their future employers in an informal environment. As students, we have a responsibility to ourselves to attend these events and make those connections to ensure our success. We need to get aggressive in this marketplace to stand out not only as NSU students, but also as future job candidates. For feedback, comments, or to voice your opinion contact The Current. We want to hear from you: nsunews@nova.edu.

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What affect do you think games, like Rock Band™, have on students who play it and the artists who contribute their music? “I think it has a great affect. I play Rock Band and find out about songs I like.” Shanique Castro, a freshman psychology major

“I heard songs I have not heard on the radio. They should come up with a Michael Jackson Rock Band, though.”

We are currently accepting applications for writers to work on articles for our weekly publication. Employees will be eligible to gain hands-on experience in a newsroom environment and work with real-world deadlines, all while having fun. Journalism experience is preferred, but not necessary.

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Training is provided. “I do not really play but I guess [using popular songs] makes it more fun.”

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