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Hanbury prepares for presidential investiture Written by: Annarely Rodriguez On April 21, George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., will offi cially become NSU’s sixth president at an investiture ceremony held in the Don Taft University Center at 4 p.m. The board of trustees appointed Hanbury president on December 9, 2009. He took over for current chancellor, Ray Ferrero Jr. Hanbury said, “I’ve never had such an honor invested upon me. This is the pinnacle of my academic career.” Rachel Comito, sophomore biology major, said she has met Hanbury at basketball games before. “He’s a very nice person and he’s very involved with students,” she said. “You can tell he cares about students academically and socially. He doesn’t just want students to do well academically, he wants them to have fun, too.” As president, Hanbury plans

to have NSU recognized by more accrediting agencies by the year 2020. His 2020 plan was adopted by the board of trustees last month. “They wanted me to enact [my plan] when I fi rst proposed it in May of 2010, but I told them no,” he said. “I didn’t want to have a George Hanbury vision. I wanted an NSU vision — a vision that was shared by everybody.” Hanbury met with more than 4,000 people, including faculty and student leaders, and shared his plan. He rewrote the proposal based on the feedback he received. Hanbury also wants to improve NSU’s ranking in the U.S. News and World Report. NSU ranks in the fourth tier, or the lower 25th percentile. He said he plans to do this by enhancing the undergraduate program, since that is U.S. News’ focus. “I’ve told the deans of the graduate programs ‘You are judged

Keren Moros A revised version of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test will launch on August 1. David G. Payne, Ph.D., vice president and chief operation offi cer of the Higher Education Division at Educational Testing Services, which administers the GRE, said the test’s three sections, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing, will change. He said there are more reading comprehension questions and no antonym and analogy questions in the verbal reasoning section of the test. This is because graduate students are unlikely to be tested on vocabulary words out of context in graduate school, he said. “In graduate school, you’re going to be doing more things like reading text passages, making inferences about what the authors of the text are trying to convey, [and] demonstrating that you actually have comprehended the information,”

Payne said. Payne said the fi rst goal in changing the test was to ensure that the way the test measured skills matched the way students will have to demonstrate those skills in graduate programs. The second goal was to make sure the testing experience did not burden test takers. The third goal was to make sure faculty at graduate schools knew how to interpret the scores and make appropriate admissions decisions. “[Faculty] sometimes misinterpret small differences in scores between two candidates as actually refl ecting large, meaningful [and] signifi cant differences,” Payne said. The current score scale for the verbal and quantitative section is 200-800 points with 10-point increments. The revised test’s score scale is 130-170 points with onepoint increments. In the past, if a person scored 210, the next highest possible score would be 220. Now, if a person scores 130, the next highest score would be 131. Payne said the score scale for the

No tuition discount for NSU students’ children at MSC Keren Moros

NSU President George L. Hanbury, Ph.D., speaks to students at the 2010 Homecoming tailgate. Hanbury will officially become the university’s sixth president at an investiture ceremony on April 21.

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A stack of GRE study books in the Alvin Sherman Library. A revised version of the GRE General Test will be available August 2011.

analytical writing section will continue to be 0-6 with half-point increments. The online version of the test was also modifi ed. Students

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NSU faculty and staff with children enrolled in the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development receive a 35 percent discount off the school’s $7,000$14,000 tuition. However, NSU students with children enrolled at the center do not get a deduction. Mark Andrew Jones, associate vice president in the Offi ce of Human Resources, said the discount is an employee benefi t that helps NSU be a valued choice compared to other employers. “We are an educational institution and [the waiver policy] can serve as an enticement for talent to come to us, recognizing that they can take advantage of this for their own development as well as for the development of their family members,” Jones said. When Chad Waxman, secondyear doctoral student of clinical psychology’s wife got pregnant they began looking for a school for their baby and said he was shocked that students did not get a discount at the center. “I said, ‘This doesn’t make any sense,’” Waxman said. “I’ve never heard of anything like this. If anything, I’ve heard the opposite where students who don’t get a lot of money get a nice discount and faculty and staff would deal with more cost because they have a job.” Jones said the discount keeps employees at NSU. He said employees who receive the discount are “persons who are employed by the university full time or who are regular part time employees working an excess of 19.2 hours per week or 1,000 hours per year” and can receive that discount six months after they start working. But Waxman said he thought the policy was unfair. “It’s basically saying, ‘You’re not as important as all these people,’” Waxman said. “I understand that nobody actually said that but policies dictate these things.” Willa Boston, fourth-year doctoral student of clinical SEE TUITION 2



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by the company you keep.’ If the undergraduates are recognized for quality, they too will be recognized,” said Hanbury. He also wants to engage the NSU community in giving back to the university. He wants to focus especially on the alumni because the U.S. News and World Report also looks at the percent of alumni who donate, and not how much they give, to the university. “Only one percent gives right now. Come July, I want to write all 130,000 alumni and ask them to donate, and see their diploma give itself value. Even if it’s just a dollar,” he said. But, he said, the most important goal is to

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make students proud of NSU. “I want students to say with pride that everyone is working together to add value to their diplomas,” said Hanbury. At the investiture ceremony faculty, trustees and three of NSU’s former presidents will gather to celebrate as Hanbury becomes president. He will become NSU’s CEO in July, a title which accompanies presidency.

psychology, thought of enrolling her child in MSC a year ago but decided against it when she heard the price. “It’s kind of sad that they don’t have any childcare program for students,” Boston said. “You wouldn’t have to leave. If something’s wrong, they’ll be right there. It’s way more convenient to be able to have your child [in the local area] instead of having to drive farther. Frank DePiano, Ph.D., said that the discount for faculty and staff has existed since MSC’s founding. He said NSU

employees also receive tuition discounts for enrolling in academic programs. He suggested that students who want to change a policy start by speaking to the Division of Student Affairs. “The university is always open to requests and ideas,” he said. “It doesn’t mean everybody always gets what they ask for, but it’s always considered; it’s always thought about.” But Jones said there are currently no plans to expand the tuition discount policy.

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questions for review later and change answers, none of which they could do before. The revised test will also include an onscreen calculator. “Every test taker in the verbal and quantitative

sections will take the fi rst section. After that, the second section they are presented with will vary in diffi culty level depending upon how well they had done on the fi rst section,” Payne said.

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News Briefs

Commencement speakers announced The keynote speakers for NSU’s commencement ceremonies were announced last week. Colonel Arthur J. Athens, a U.S. Marine Corps Officer who retired in July 2008 with over 30 years of active experience, will speak at the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education’s ceremony. Elizabeth Lindsey, the first female fellow and polynesian explorer in National Geographic Society’s history, will speak at the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences’ commencement. Justice Peggy A. Quince will speak at the Shepard Broad Law Center’s graduation. She is a member of the Florida Supreme Court. Juliet V. Garcia, Ph.D., the first Mexican-American woman in the nation to become president of a college or university, will speak at all graduate commencements, except for HPD’s and Farquhar’s. NSU launches program in Tampa Bay On April 27, NSU will host a grand opening ceremony for the university’s first physical therapy program offered in the Tampa Bay area. Classes start on May 31 and will hold up to 20 students. The program will combine online and traditional classes. Frank A. DePiano appointed executive VP and Provost of Academic Affairs On April 6, NSU Chancellor Ray Ferrero Jr., J.D., announced Frank A. DePiano, Ph.D., as the appointed executive vice president and university provost for academic affairs. DePiano is also the chair of the Council of Deans. He has served as vice president of academic affairs, founding dean of the Center of Psychological Studies, and associate dean of the college of medicine. Rock Out Loud concert a success On April 6, more than 200 people attended the Rock Out Loud concert on the south lawn of the Shepard Broad Law Center. The event was hosted by NSU’s LAMBDA United chapter, which raises awareness of the legal and social rights of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered persons. City Commissioner of Oakland Park, John Ardonato, spoke at the event, where local indie band Es Oh headlined. Approximately $500 raised at the event will be donated to the nonprofit organization Fight Out Loud. Air traffic controller sleeps on the job During the Federal Aviation Agency’s congressional hearing on April 6, an administrator testified to seeing an air traffic controller sleeping on the job at the McGhee Tyson airport outside of Knoxville, Tenn., on Feb. 19. The employee allegedly made a bed on the floor of the tower and went to sleep for about five hours while an employee on another part of the building monitored the radar and traffic control duties. Seven planes landed during the time he slept. Another air traffic controller was found sleeping at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport on March 23. Because of these incidents, the FAA now requires two controllers work in the tower during late-night shifts.



Getting on your graduate school grind

Written by: Keren Moros

Once you graduate, you will become a “grad.” And if you decide to stay in school, you will be a different type of “grad”: a graduate student. April Klimkiewicz, assistant director of career advisement and pre-professional services in the Office of Career Development, said the first step in looking for a graduate school is determining if graduate school is right for you and examining your reasons for going. “If it’s to do the work that you’re passionate about, that’s a great reason to go,” Klimkiewicz said. “If it’s because you really don’t know what to do, then it’s a good idea to talk to a career adviser and make sure that you really do want to go to graduate school or to think about what else is out there that you might want to do.” Robert Keever, career adviser at the Office of Career Development, said students should look at their interests. “They have to find out what is it they want to do to make sure it’s something that they’re going to be happy with,” Keever said. Klimkiewicz said going straight to graduate school after graduating is not the only option. Students should look at their undergraduate major, their personality, their interests, abilities and values to determine what they want to do. Students may decide that graduate school isn’t for them or that it’s for later. “Sometimes, it’s a good idea to get some experience before you go to graduate school, and sometimes the company will even pay for you to go to graduate school,” she said. There is another advantage to waiting for graduate school. “A lot of times, a lot of graduate schools and professional schools like older students who have applied to the program because they know

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that these people have worked in the field and made the determination that this is really what they want to do,” Klimkiewicz said. Klimkiewicz suggested that students use, a Web site where users can search graduate programs and where they are located, to find the right graduate school. The Office of Career Development offers access to Discover, a Web program from American College Testing, which allows students to search for graduate schools by subject and location. “Once you’ve narrowed down the schools that have programs that you’re interested in, go to those school’s Web sites and compare them to each other: how long is the program? How much does it cost? What degree will you have and what will you be able to do with that degree?” Klimkiewicz said. Keever said students should research the resources that the

school has available. If the schools’ academic programs are similar, students should look at the faculty and the opportunities the schools offer. “It goes really beyond the academics,” Keever said. “It really is about looking at the environment of the campus and seeing if you see yourself fitting there.” Klimkiewicz said students should think long-term about graduate school. Students should do internships or work to determine if they are applying to the program that they truly want to work in before putting their time and money into graduate school. “For example, if you go straight to your master’s program from your undergraduate, there are going to be people in your classes who have been working for 10 years, so you’re going to be graduating with little or no work experience,” she said. “You’re competing against people who actually have experience in the field.” Keever said that there are advantages and disadvantages to staying in the same school for graduate studies. For example, if you are going to stay in the same school, you already have connections there, so you can speak to the faculty and find out if you like it. “The disadvantage depends on the type of program you do,” Keever said. “A lot of people say that if you stay in the same university, you don’t have a lot of diversity. But whether you stay or not depends on the type of education you want.” Keever said the number one mistake students make about graduate school is not taking enough time to think about the effort that goes into it. “Start doing research to find out whether it’s going to be good for you and if it’s going to be something you want to do,” Keever said. “And make sure the field you want to go into is actually what you think it is.”

There is no single secret to studying

Written by: Keren Moros

In the search for a perfect “A,” students try every study technique they hear of, from studying upside down to listening to Mozart’s symphonies in the background. Some go with the supposedly tried-and-true advice of choosing one area to study, studying one subject at a time, and studying in blocks of time. Others alternate study environments, mix subjects while they study, space their study sessions apart and use self-testing. Lisa Walther-Austin, director of Academic Services in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, suggested trying different methods. “It’s always good to know what’s emerging out of research,” WaltherAustin said, “The fact is that we’re human, and we’re all individuals — that’s what we impart in terms of what we try to teach our students: ‘You’re an individual, and you have to find what works for you.’” For example Gail Levine, assistant director of Academic

Services, said students often tell her they have more than one place to study. “Each student finds different places [to study], so I don’t believe that there is just one place where students should study,” Levine said. Anthony Allen, sophomore biology major, said he cannot study at home. “I have to be in a school atmosphere, or I’ll be tempted to do other things,” he said. Walther-Austin said small segments of time should be dedicated to each subject. “Sometimes students have the misconception that if they study for two hours straight on one topic, they’re going to retain more,” she said. “In reality, they’re only retaining maybe the first 20 or 30 minutes of what they’ve studied. So the next hour and a half becomes a little bit more of a blank.” Wallace Jean, junior theatre major, said he writes the answers over and over until they are stuck in his mind. However, he said he knows this habit is not the most effective. “[My study habits will] change

in the future,” Jean said. “It’s not the most effective, but it works for me now, so I’ll change it in the future.” Levine said reading notes or simply reading for an hour is a passive study method and studying should be more interactive. A better way to study is to incorporate different study methods in one subject. For example, studying biology for an hour and a half can be comprised of reading the textbook, reading while taking notes, making note cards and self-testing. Melanie Campbell, sophomore biology major, said she often studies in groups. “I study based off practice tests and problems from the textbook and practice exams,” she said. “I find teaching to be the best way of studying.” Walther-Austin said every student has different study habits, but students should be open to other study habits and new research on studying. “You can’t throw everything out the window,” she said. “You have to consider the big picture of what’s available to you and what fits.”

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For a more successful college career, get a good night’s sleep


Stephanie Saverino, sophomore exercise science major, sleeps in the second floor of the Don Taft University Center.

Written by: Alek Culpepper & Keren Moros Sleep and the college lifestyle seem mutually exclusive. The aftermidnight study sessions, stress, socializing and the freedom to choose when to sleep work together to disrupt sleep in college. Jaime Tartar, Ph.D., associate professor of social and behavioral sciences, said people need at least eight hours of sleep for proper psychological and cognitive functioning. She said sleep loss has been shown to impair learning and memory. If you want to be productive, sharp, balanced and energetic throughout the day, follow these tips to get a good night’s sleep. Have a regular schedule. Set a specific bed time, and, no, the 20 minutes in your 9 a.m. class don’t count as sleep. Choose a time that you regularly feel tired, so you won’t be tossing and turning all night. Then wake up at a certain time every day. Tartar suggests that students wake up and go to bed at the same time every day. She said once you start doing this, your body will let you know when it is time to sleep. “Having a regular sleep and wake time is best for good sleep hygiene and proper daytime functioning,” she said. Make your room sleep friendly. Make sure your room will help you fall asleep. Use your bed only to sleep, not to eat or study. “The bed can become associated with the activities that one carries out while in bed,” Tartar said. “It is easier to fall asleep in bed, if the bed is associated with sleep.” Tartar also suggested turning out the lights. “Light cues send signals to the brain that promote wakefulness,” she said. Relax. In order to get better sleep, you need to be relaxed and comfortable before going to bed. Ana Fins, Ph.D., associate professor in the Center for Psychological Studies, said stress and anxiety are

the main causes of sleep disruption among college students. “Although it is difficult to avoid stress, especially around exam time, it can promote good sleep to try not to dwell on [stress] before sleep,” she said. Fins said students should do activities that relieve stress. “Planning and studying ahead can help students feel more in control of the material they need to learn and reduce some of the anxiety associated with exams,” said Fins. Tartar said one way to distract oneself from stress is by reading a book. So, grab your favorite book or turn on your favorite TV show and forget about the day’s stresses. Savor that last hour before bed. Pour out the soda. Fins said caffeine can negatively impact a person’s sleep. Tartar said alcohol and nicotine also interfere with sleep. “Students should avoid caffeine close to bedtime. Some sleep experts recommend that no caffeine be consumed about four to six hours before bed time,” said Fins. Avoid substances that keep you counting the cracks and crevices on your ceiling. Exercise. Many of us spend much of our day stressing and sitting motionless in front of a computer working on Blackboard or digging our faces in our biology books. The next time you walk into the Don Taft University Center, skip Starbucks and hit the gym. Fins said exercise helps reduce some of the physical tension associated with feeling stressed. However, Fins said, “Exercising too close to bed time is not recommended as it may make it more difficult to fall asleep, so try to avoid strenuous exercising a couple of hours before bedtime.” Sleep is not just an “escape.” It is an essential part of life. Follow these suggestions, and you just might notice an extra pep in your step the next morning. Put down the book, turn off your phone, “like” your last status and get some shuteye.

Written by: Keren Moros Commencement speakers inspire us and challenge us to pursue our dreams, but how are they chosen? Don Rosenblum, Ph.D., dean of the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, said the undergraduate ceremony is for graduates from the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship and the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education. The ceremony’s student speaker is chosen from these schools. Rosenblum said the student speaker is selected from the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship and the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education. Ten of the year’s outstanding graduate students — one or two from each program — and the recipient of the James Farquhar award, which is given to a student who represents excellence in leadership, scholarship and service, tryout to be the student commencement



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Let the speaking commence speaker. These students are also honored at the Baccalaureate Reception, lead the procession at graduation, and carry the gonfalon (ceremonial banner) representing their division. These 11 students are invited to try out for the opportunity to address the graduating class. One is selected by faculty and staff. That student works with a faculty member to improve his/her speech and speaks on behalf of all graduating students at commencement. There is also a keynote speaker at commencement. Rosenblum said he believes the keynote speaker gives students the final lecture. “We consider this person to be an extension of the Distinguished Speaker Series,” Rosenblum said. “Their comments should be challenging, meaningful and memorable

reflecting what they have done and their message to students.” The commencement speaker is chosen by a committee made up of faculty from Farquhar, Huizenga, and Fischler. In addition, the Division of Student Affairs selects one or two students, usually from the Undergraduate Student Government Association, to be on the committee. The committee meets two or three times to exchange ideas for a possible speaker and recommend several. They present these names to the Office of the Dean, which selects a speaker by process of elimination based on availability of the speaker. The Office of the Dean brings the name to the president, the chancellor and the provost for affirmation. The president, chancellor and provost then present the speaker to the Board of Trustees which affirms the

recommendation and the awarding of an honorary degree. At the graduate level, Frank DePiano, Ph.D., executive vice president and university provost for academic affairs, said that seven schools are involved in the graduate commencement ceremony: Farquhar, the Criminal Justice Institute, the Graduate Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences, Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, the Center for Psychological Studies and the Oceanographic Center. DePiano said the seven deans receive commencement speaker nominations from their respective colleges. The list of nominations is narrowed down by availability of the speakers. Each of the deans weighs in on his/her choices. The list is

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Faculty Spotlight: Diane Whitehead Written by: Keren Moros Diane Whitehead, Ed.D., RN, associate dean of the nursing department in the College of Allied Health and Nursing, is a nurse but is not a big fan of how nursing is portrayed on TV. “Why would you portray nursing so inappropriately when there is such a shortage of nurses?” Whitehead said. “You should be ashamed of yourself. What is a more important job than caring for [people] when they can’t take care of themselves?” Seeing a nurse doing the job inspired her to pursue nursing. “When I was a senior in high school, my father got tuberculosis, and the public health nurse used to visit our house, and I just got interesting in nursing,” Whitehead said. “All these years later, I love being a nurse. I’ve never been unhappy that I selected nursing.” When her sister had leukemia, Whitehead donated stem cells to her twice, an experience she said gave her a new respect for nurses, including the ones who took care of her and her sister. She said the experience was life-changing and made her realize that life is short and that one needs to cherish the people one loves. “My sister was only 47 when she died of leukemia, so you start to value more your health and the people who you love,” she said. “That includes your students and the people who you work with. It’s about planning and just enjoying the good things every day.” Having worked in critical care and community health, Whitehead enjoys the flexibility and challenge of nursing. “I think to be a really good nurse, you have to have a strong background in the sciences. You have to be able to prioritize. You have to have good communication skills,” Whitehead said. “I’ve met different patients and families, and that’s been very enjoyable. Everyday can be different.”


Diane Whitehead, Ed.D., RN, is the associate dean of the nursing department in the College of Allied Health and Nursing.

Whitehead was the department chair for nursing at Broward College. In 2002, Fred Lippman, Ed.D., chancellor of the Health Professions Division, invited Whitehead to help start the nursing program. The program started in January 2003 with 45 students in the registered nurse to bachelor’s in nursing program. Today, Whitehead travels between the main campus and NSU’s Student Educational Centers in Orlando, Kendall and Fort Meyers. “I have wonderful program directors, [who are] very competent, who do a lot by video conference with the faculty,” she said. “And it’s local travel. It’s not bad.” Whitehead also serves on dissertation committees and teaches. She said when teaching graduate students, she focuses on current issues in nursing. When she teaches undergraduate students, she focuses on teaching them how to think like a nurse. “I enjoy teaching all levels of students,” she said. “I enjoy teaching the beginning students. They’re enthusiastic and they’re like little sponges to learn everything. [With] students who have been nurses, [I help] them to look at nursing from a different lens and take on a more professional role and maybe more of an advocacy role.”

Whitehead said she tells students that nursing is one of the most trusted professions and is a profound responsibility. “If you’re not willing to take that responsibility, you need to think twice about it,” Whitehead said. “Somebody is entrusting their loved ones and their lives in your hands.” As an administrator, Whitehead is responsible for the school’s budgeting and accreditation. She oversees the school’s marketing and directors who manage day-today operations. She said that part of being a good administrator was surrounding oneself with people one trusts and who can help “To be an administrator, you have to have a lot of energy, and I think you have to really know yourself,” she said. “You have to be able to identify when those stressful moments are really getting the best of you. Take a breath and learn to manage that.” Whitehead is a member of the National League for Nursing and is a fellow with its Academy of Nurse Educators. In 2007, the “South Florida Business Journal” named her a Heavy Hitter in Healthcare. She was one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Broward County in 2009. She has also written five editions of a textbook called “Essentials of Nursing Leadership and Management.” Whitehead likes classical, rock and jazz music and the theater and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, exercising and reading mysteries. Whitehead’s philosophy is “Try to treat everybody the way you would want them to treat you” and another statement which she said is typical of nurses: “If somebody’s not dying, it’s really not a crisis, and we can fix it.” “If something doesn’t work the first time, we’ll just go to plan B and figure out what we can do,” Whitehead said. “I know that I’m one of those people [who think] the glass is always half full. It gets busy and people get stressed, but in the end, I think we’re all there to further the profession of nursing and have wonderful students and help them to grow.”

ranked and one speaker is chosen. The commencement ceremonies of the Shepard Broad Law Center and the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education and Human Services choose their own commencement speakers. They involve faculty and student input. The dean of each school brings the name chosen to DePiano who brings it to the chancellor. It is then approved by the Board of Trustees. In the Health Professions Division, the deans of the colleges meet with Fred Lippman, Ed.D., HPD chancellor, to choose a speaker. Lippman then presents the name to DePiano. However, the College of Allied Health and Nursing has its own undergraduate and graduate ceremonies (except for physical therapy), although DePiano said it may be a part of the HPD ceremony in the future. DePiano said deciding personnel look for speakers who are timely and relevant and to current issues within the school. “They’re looking for somebody who will have some meaning to that group of students at that particular time,” DePiano said.

A car fanatic


Terrence Singh, freshman business administration major, races at an Autocross event at Buckingham Airfield in Fort Myers.

Written by: Terrence Singh Terrence Singh is a freshman business administration major. He is a member of the Commuter Student Organization and the NSU Motor Club. His enjoys watching races, working on his car or his friends’ cars, and going mountain biking. He dislikes annoying drivers and his philosophy is “Don’t say a car’s not good until you look under the hood.” I’ve liked cars since I began playing with Hotwheels. The car my first radio-controlled model car was modeled after and the car I often used in video games became what I now drive: a 2005 Acura RSX Type S. It was a nice change from a boring, automatic hand-me-down 1997 Acura RL I used to own. A few months after getting it, a couple friends helped me install an Injen cold air intake, my first modification. Next came the soon to be regretted Tein lowering springs which were replaced with Progress Competition coilovers that have 350 and 650 pound-per-inch spring rates. A DC shorty header and Buddy Club cat back exhaust were added later. Without knowing it at first, I made modifications useful for Street Touring class [one of Sports Car Club of America’s category of vehicle modifications], brakes being the final step for improvement. With MacPherson front suspension and high-mounted tie rods, it’s not an ideal track car, not even an ideal front wheel drive Honda. After simply hanging out

and watching people perform shenanigans in their cars at the Sunoco on I-27, I’ve finally progressed to Autocross, a form of motorsports in which drivers compete individually on a course marked by cones. I’m far from an ideal autocrosser but that’s less important than experience. At the Bank Atlantic Center and Buckingham Airfield in Fort Myers, I was nearly embarrassingly beaten by a veteran autocrosser in a 1991 Honda Civic. I did place second in street touring class in a race against me and another driver. But I’ve improved, and that’s what matters most. I’ve autocrossed with two other drivers from NSU and hopefully, I will do more in the future. Balancing school and my hobby became easier with extra first semester scholarship funds that was $10 more than what my coilovers cost. I’ll usually just spend one day of the week on car stuff, whether it be improving it, fixing what I broke or perhaps an Autocross event. The rest of the week is spent studying and selling small car parts, mainly lights, online. A race feels something like this: I’m near redline in second gear. I brake hard, activating the antilock braking system, hug the apex, trying to overcome understeer, depress the clutch and blip rounds per minute to downshift to first smoothly, then finally finish that corner and anticipate the next. There are many people I know who share the same passion for cars, several at NSU. I encourage anyone who is interested in cars to join the NSU Motor Club and look on TrackWeekend. com for upcoming events.



Player Profile: Lexi Sarradet

Written by: Kevin Preciado Lexi Sarradet, senior softball player, has been a force on the mound throughout her career. She has been named Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week four times and has thrown two no-hitters . “You’re so focused on the game, and then the results just come naturally, it’s nice. It’s a great feeling,” she said about throwing a no-hitter. Sarradet has been playing softball since she was ten and played volleyball and basketball in high school as well. She decided to stick with softball because of her love for the game. “[I chose softball because of] the passion I have for it. I just love pitching,” she said. Sarradet, a psychology major from Miami, plans to study nursing when she graduates. The senior game is on, April 22, and Sarradet wants to see a huge crowd there to support her team. Questions and Answers with Lexi Sarradet If you had the option of choosing one superpower, what would it be? “Either to be invisible at times or I think it’d be cool to read people’s minds.”

April 19, 2011 |

ON THE BENCH Commentary by:

Samantha Harfenist

Superstar’s mother shouldn’t get special privileges cOuRTeSY Of NSu SPORTS INfORMaTION

Lexi Sarradet, senior softball player, sets up for a pitch. Sarradet was named Sunshine State Conference Pictcher of the Week four times and has thrown two no-hitters.

If you won $1 million, what would you do with the money? “Help out my family and buy my sister a Mustang.” If you were stranded on a desert island, and you could only bring three items, what would they be? “One would defi nitely be eyeliner, my phone and a softball.” If you could travel back in time, what time period would you go to? “The 60s and the 70s ― everything was so mellow. I hear about my family’s time in the past, and it’s just amazing. What is your favorite pregame meal? “The night before, I always have chicken and pasta.”

If you could sit down for dinner with anybody, famous or not famous, dead or alive, who would you want? “I would defi nitely choose Jennie Finch. To have dinner with her would be nice.” In a movie about you, who would play you? “It has to be someone kind of quirky, but at the same time, still sweet. Either Reese Witherspoon or Cameron Diaz.” In the movie, who would you want to play your love interest? “Justin Timberlake.” How would you describe yourself in three words? “Dedicated, passionate and loyal.”





On April 10, Women’s Rowing Varsity 8 boat was awarded the Sunshine State Conference Boat of the Week for the fourth time this season. Pictured here are Coxswain Elizabeth Tortorici, freshman; Alyssa O'Donnell, junior; Lauren Boudreau, sophomore; Catherine Plesko, freshman; Abigail Schiavoo, freshman; Taylor Van Horn, freshman; Claire Kurlychek, junior; Jessica Sutter, junior and Mallorie Reinecke, junior.

On April 5, Jack Bartlett, senior, won the Buccaneer Invitational hosted by Barry University in Miami, Fla. The men’s golf team placed third out of sixteen teams at the invitational.

Sandra Changkija, senior, was named the Sunshine State Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week on April 11. She is the third woman on the team to receive this honor this season.

Last Thursday, Gloria James, mother of famous basketball player LeBron James, was arrested outside a Miami Beach hotel for battery and disorderly intoxication. According to reports, a valet retrieved her car and handed the keys over to the cashier while Gloria talked to fans. The people had recognized the woman due to her highlypublic profi le with her past run-ins with the law. Suddenly, Gloria demanded to know where her car was and, when valet, Rockfeller Sokel, attempted to explain to her that the car had been in the front for the past half hour, Gloria, highlyintoxicated, replied, “where are my [expletive] keys,” and slapped him. The tirade continued until the oh-so-mild-mannered woman lost her balance and fell to the ground with the grace that only a drunk could possess. She was then arrested. Gloria’s alcohol-induced temper tantrum continued at the police station. Once in jail, she ranted about how she wanted to trust the police, but that, “I don’t trust your kind.” More words of wisdom spewed from her drunken mouth as she professed that she had done nothing wrong. Apparently, vicious profanities and violence don’t fall under her moral code of right and wrong. Then again, this is the woman who took a loan out based on her son’s future earnings. This isn’t Gloria’s fi rst go around with alcohol and arrest. In 2006, she lost her license for a year after driving under the infl uence in Akron, Ohio. Even then she claimed it wasn’t her fault. You have to give the woman credit for consistency.

It’s clear that Gloria feels that being mother of a famous athlete means she is entitled to special treatment. However, she should realize that, just because you’re related to someone famous, it doesn’t mean you can misbehave. LeBron’s wife has never assaulted a store clerk for not bringing her an outfi t quickly enough. His children have never been in trouble for school fi ghts. And she is not the only one who has a famous child. NSU has some nationally ranked sports stars. It’s not as though the SCC players have parents who go around demanding special considerations because their kids have sports cred. That’s because they feel proud, not privileged. This sense of entitlement is not unique among families of the famous, but it doesn’t excuse Gloria’s behavior. Despite her claims at the police station, she did do something wrong. It doesn’t surprise me that she doesn’t trust the police. She probably dislikes anyone who holds her accountable, regardless of who she is related to. It wouldn’t surprise me if she didn’t trust anyone who’s willing to knock her off that pedestal she’s placed herself on. Her son is the famous one. LeBron is the man who has earned the right to be revered. And, yet, he hasn’t been arrested nor has he used his fame for special favors. I can’t help but wonder that it’s because the man has worked so hard, that he doesn’t take his fame for granted. Unlike his mother, he doesn’t feel entitled, he feels empowered. And with that power, he doesn’t take from the world. He gives back.

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April 19, 2011 |



Differences between rugby and football Written by: Gary Gershman The London Saracens, a professional rugby team, trained at the Miami Dolphins training facility on NSU’s campus during the week of April 4. Gary Gershman, J.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of history and legal studies in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences and a rugby player. He explains the differences between rugby and football. Crashing bodies, hard tackles, exciting break away runs, the ultimate team sport — football? No way — rugby! As the London Saracens train at the Miami Dolphins training facility located on NSU’s campus, you might wonder who are these people and what are they doing? Rugby is football’s cousin. Rugby was born at the Rugby Boy’s school in England in 1823. Legend has it that during a game of soccer, Web Ellis picked up the ball and began to run with it — and rugby was born. Eventually, the Rugby Football Union was formed to solidify the rules and the sport grew. In America, a game resembling rugby developed at colleges like Princeton and Harvard. After the Civil War, colleges began to organize

themselves, and led by Princeton, established rules for the game, later called American football. One of the first big differences between rugby and American football is the number of players on the field, 15 in rugby and 11 in American football. In its early days American football was such a brutal sport that several colleges banned it. Rule changes began to take place including shrinking the field and creating downs. In rugby, the play is continuous. American football instituted blocking which was a radical difference from rugby, where blocking is a penalty. The ball carrier is always the lead person in rugby. Perhaps the greatest rule change from rugby to American Football was the implementation of the forward pass. In rugby, one cannot pass the ball forward, only backwards. Both games are incredibly physical — American football is often perceived as more violent, but rugby as far more rougher (no pads). Rugby developed in the private schools of England and was originally amateurs only, even at the highest level. It is only recently that players have begun to get paid and only at the elite levels. Teams like the visiting Saracens are professionals and get paid handsomely. Because of these roots, numer-


The London Saracens played Rugby Viadana at the European Challenge Cup in 2009 in London, England. The team trained at the Miami Dolphins Training Facility on NSU’s campus during the week of April 4.

ous parts of the game reflect its “gentleman’s” origins. For example, after every game both teams line up and shake hands, only the captain may speak to the officials, referring to him as sir, and the home team always hosts a party, because as gentlemen you leave your differences on the field. (When I played in England, this sometimes meant a tie and a jacket and formal

sit down dinner after the game.) As someone who started playing rugby in his early teens, I take great pride in the fact that I don’t wear pads. I play the whole game, offense and defense. Playing for Media RFC, I had the opportunity to play in England, Ireland and Scotland. And American football players, including pros, respected what I did and often said there was

no way they would step on that field. Still interested? Fort Lauderdale has a rugby club, Miami has two and Boca Raton has one. There is a women’s team (Fort Miami) and multiple high school clubs in the area. For more information about local rugby check out Fort Lauderdale Rugby Club at or


Arts & Entertainment

Who judges the judges?


American Idol judges Steven Tyler (left), Jennifer Lopez (middle), and Randy Jackson (right).

Written by: Stephanie Fleming You have to want something pretty bad to stand in the sweltering heat of Miami for hours just to get a wristband and ticket that lets you come back the next day and wait even longer. But the 7,500 people who fl ocked to the University of Miami’s Bank United Center on April 7 to audition for “X Factor,” Simon Cowell’s latest cross-over reality creation, did just that. Many have genuine talent, some just want to be on TV, but they all have one thing in common: they’re dying to be judged by the judges. Simon Cowell’s exit from “American Idol” in order to focus on his new British import led to rumors that Idol would never make it without him. There was no doubt the producers would need big names to keep the show from a ratings crash, hence current judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. So, now the question seems to be just who makes the best judges? The ones with experience in the fi eld like Tyler and Lopez or ones who have a proven track record of discovering artists like Cowell? Tyler has made an impact on the show but less for his thoughtful singing advice and more for his crazy Tyler-isms. These can be pretty funny and will probably spawn a Tyler-ism-to-English dictionary one day, with phrases like: “Slap that baby on the ass and call me Christmas,” “I don’t know where you get it from but I will bathe in it,” or “You know, after Monday and Tuesday, even a week says WTF.” Lopez loves everybody and cries when they go home, like Paula without the bizarre ramblings. But as far as I can tell, neither of them have ever discovered anybody. Lopez just recently discovered that Lil Wayne has talent but in her defense he’s only been on the charts for 12 years, around the time Lopez’s debut album came out. Tyler didn’t even discover he had a daughter, Liv, until she was nine, 13 years after his “Dream On” peaked on the 1973 charts. Cowell, on the other hand, helped discover and co-produce the fi rst album of singing sensation

Leona Lewis who went on to become a multi-platinum selling artist with three Grammy nods and a credit for the Avatar theme song, “I See You.” He predicted Carrie Underwood would not only “win this competition, but…will sell more records than any other previous Idol winner!” She did. Lopez predicted a possible winner in Colombian-born Julie Zorrilla. Who? You don’t know because she didn’t win. Tyler predicted that if top-8 contestant Lauren Alaina continued to sing well, she would be able to afford the rest of her dress. Tyler also told recently eliminated Pia Toscano that there were “a million guys in a million bars having a million drinks about you.” I guess they were too drunk to vote. Toscano’s downfall seems to hinge on her having taken the advice of the judges to sing an up-tempo song. Her ballads were brilliant and got her voted through every other week. Why fi x what’s not broken? Maybe viewers were sending a message to the judges: make sense, please. Tyler’s not the only one with memorable quotes. Simon might have some Say-isms that would apply to this situation. Maybe that Toscano’s choice was “like eating a hamburger for breakfast. It doesn’t go together. I don’t think you and that song go well together,” or “there were moments of complete torture in that vocal to be honest with you,” and “it was like dinner with Paula Abdul, sweet but forgettable.” Finally, “I would like you, if I was drunk.” And to the judges he might say “Are you guys completely insane?” “I don’t think you are as good as you think you are,” “I actually didn’t want her to sing well,” or “What the bloody hell was that?” We’ll see if, when “X Factor” premieres in September, Cowell, fellow Judge L.A. Reid (who is responsible for signing Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Kanye West, Usher, Avril Lavigne) and whoever else Simon fi nally brings on board (maybe Fergie?) will have some practical advice to give the wannabe superstar contestants besides “I know why you’re here. And we’re all here, ‘cause we’re not all there.” (Tyler-ism).

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A new “Brand” shakes up “Arthur” but can’t overcome a shoddy script

Written by: Stephanie Fleming

Remaking a classic like “Arthur” that starred the ever extraordinary Dudley Moore is a dangerous undertaking. The original was brilliantly cast with Moore as an immature millionaire playboy and John Guilgud as his acerbic, quickwitted caretaker, Hobson. It seems the surest way to pull off the remake is to cast Russell Brand in the lead. What makes you laugh in the original movie is not as much the lines as the delivery. Brand makes me laugh when he says “Hello” with that distinctively hilarious British accent. This was a brilliant casting idea not only because Brand is a gifted comedic actor, but also because he can make an ordinary line amusing just like Moore. The original wasn’t always perfectly written. Some lines were dull (“Sometimes I just think funny things.”) but Moore’s delivery made them funny. The problem is that Moore was short and childlike with an infectious laugh. It was easy to see him as an innocent idealist who chose love over money. Brand is tall and beautiful and larger than life. It’s easier to see him as the type who would choose to marry for money and cheat with the nobody from Queens. No offense, Russell. The surest way to screw up the remake is to cast Greta Gerwig as his love interest. She is awkward and unbelievable as an actress. Her character has no character and no chemistry with Brand. Liza Minnelli’s Linda was quirky and witty. Helen Mirren as Hobson was another failure. She may be the “Queen” but she could never deadpan the one-liners like Guilgud.


Helen Merren (left) and Russell Brand (right) in a scene from the movie “Arthur.”

He could insult people and make them feel good about it. Or Luis Guzman as Bitterman, Arthur’s chauffer. Really? Who would hire him to drive a car? Ted Ross’s Bitterman had class. He belonged behind the wheel of a limo. How about Nick Nolte as Arthur’s almost father-in-law? I haven’t seen him looking so good since long before that terrifying 2002 mug shot showed us that maybe his creativity was more about the alcohol and/or other substances than real talent. He may have cleaned up his act, but he has forgotten how to act. Another sure way to screw it up is to hire Peter Baynham to write the screenplay. It was lazy and forgettable and actually managed to tame Brand, which cannot be an easy feat. Arthur came off as stupid instead of cute and misunderstood. Sure, humor has changed a lot since the original’s release in 1981. Picking up hookers and falling down drunk are not as funny anymore, but that doesn’t mean Arthur needs to dress up like Batman and talk about the testicles on the Wallstreet Bull.

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Tuesday 4.19 Campus Consciousness Tour: Wiz Khalifa with special guest Mac Miller* Arena at the Don Taft University Center in Ft. Lauderdale 7 p.m.

Wednesday 4.20 Wicked: A New Musical

And speaking of stupid, Baynham obviously thinks audiences have gotten much dumber as he feels the need to spoon-feed us every detail with a few of the original lines thrown in at random, instead of trusting we can fi gure some things out. Then again, what can you expect from the writer of “Borat” and the creator of the story behind “Bruno?” I guess bull balls shouldn’t be such a big surprise. On a more somber note, very few of the key characters from the original are still around. Writer/ Director Steve Gordon passed away a year after the release, Moore in 2000, Gielgud in 2002, Ted Ross (Bitterman) in 2002, Geraldine Fitzgerald (Arthur’s grandmother) in 2005, and Stephen Elliott (Burt Johnson) in 2005. At least they didn’t have to see their masterpiece massacred. If you want to laugh, save the $10.50 and rent the original, the only movie that really shows you what it’s like when you get caught between the moon and New York City.

Saturday 4.23 Charlie Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise 8 p.m.

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach 8 p.m.

“The Barber Shop Tour” Comedy Show* James L. Knight Center in Miami 7 p.m. Sunday 4.24

Broward Center for the Performing Arts Au Rene Theatre in Ft. Lauderdale 8 p.m.

Kravis Center in West Palm Beach 7 p.m.

Chicago Hard Rock Live in Hollywood

Thirty Seconds to Mars* Sunset

8 p.m.

Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton 7 p.m.

Florida Marlins vs. Colorado Rockies Sun Life Stadium

vs. Pittsburgh Pirates* Sun Life Stadium in Miami 7:10 p.m.

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Gucci Mane Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale 8 p.m.

Thursday 4.21 Green Room Jazz Sessions Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale 7:30 p.m.

Friday 4.22

Railroad Earth* The Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale 8 p.m.

The Dirty Heads & SOJA* Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale 7:30 p.m.

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April 19, 2011 |


Arts & Entertainment

“Twelfth Night, Or What You Will” satisfies Written by: Gabrielo Banks The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences’ Division of Performing and Visual Arts put on William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night, Or What You Will” April 8-10. It also showed April 1517 in the Black Box Theatre. The setting of the Black Box Theatre brought the actors nearly within reach of the audience. Every scene’s opening cue was spot on and intimate with the audience. Shakespeare’s frequent soliloquies were ushered to the audience as closely as they were following the lost Viola themselves. Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” follows Viola after she endures a shipwreck that parts her from her twin brother Sebastian. What follows is a series of comedic events that tie Viola in a knot of town affairs. Due to the complexity of Shakespeare, the Performing and Visual Arts rarely put on a Shakespeare play, but when they do they make sure to get it right. The leading role of Viola was played by Karla Zamor, sophomore theatre major, who delivered her role well, not missing the comedy in the desperate and romantically complex conditions. Her character confronts

as a female acting as a male. Shakespeare’s gender bending is delivered well. The Performance Wing’s track record includes such successes as “Ruthless!,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” “Twelgth Night, or What You Will” is no exception. Directed by Margaret M. Ledford, the play maintains the same highquality displayed in the past. Ledford’s goal was achieved in all aspects of the characters. All of the supporting actors performed well, which is a testament to the directing, including Black Box veterans Chris Waggoner, sophomore theatre major, Jonathan Sanz, senior theatre and music major and Jody-Ann Henry, senior theatre major. Monica Lynne Herera, senior triple major in theatre, music and communication studies, took her fi rst role since “Ruthless!” She played the haughty and con-ceited romantic noblewoman Olivia expertly with no restraint shown toward Viola or Sebastian. Newcomer Wallace Jean, sophomore theatre major, handled the role of Sebastian well along with veteran Edward Marks, senior theatre major, who played Antonio. Even the wenches and servants played a memorable part. Gentlewoman Maria played her role with diabolic

Written by: Juan Gallo


Karla Zamor, sophomore theatre major, prepares backstage for “Twelfth Night, Or What You Will.”

wit that endears her to victims. Overall the play was highly entertaining. It solidifi ed another milestone of Black Box Theatre excellence. Children, as well as adults, laughed at some of the slapstick jokes. If you missed the Twelfth Night in the Black Box Theatre don’t miss out on the next performance. Check with the box offi ce for the Performing and Visual Arts Wing on the north side of the Don Taft University Center for tickets.

Listen while you work: Top 10 songs for your study session playlist

Written by: Keren Moros

Some students can study only when surrounded by quiet peace and tranquility, while others can learn just as well during a heavy metal concert, the circus, a wild party or a suspenseful movie. For those who can study anywhere there’s background noise, here are the top 10 songs to help you concentrate. 1. “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5” by Johann Sebastian Bach. This is the perfect song to get you into studying mode. The peppy but controlled tempo will energize you, and the trills of the violins and harpsichord will make your brain cells trill. Even if you’re not a big classical music fan, it’s impossible to not like this song. 2. “Dawn” by Jean-Yves Thibaudet from the “Pride and Prejudice” soundtrack. This song will open your mind the way it gently opened the fi lm, coaxing you into deeper study. Your brain will start crackling lightning, and you will start to see little shards of light shine on your English essay. 3. “Pennies From Heaven” by Billie Holiday. This fun tune will brighten your spirits and lighten your mood. Don’t miss a penny as you add up dollars and fi gure out compound interest on your accounting homework, and remember that every one of your genius thoughts is worth a


Hira Rana, first-year dental student, listens to music while studying outside the Don Taft University Center.

whole thunderstorm of pennies. 4. “Swinging on a Star” by Bing Crosby. Your grandparents probably heard this song when they were young, but its message has just as much relevance to you today. Remind yourself of why you’re in college with this fun melody that tells you what you become when you don’t take your education seriously. 5. “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” by Billy Joel. After a few slow songs, give yourself a pick me up with this upbeat tune. Just try not to pay attention to Joel’s assertion that “you think too much” if you’re a straight-A student. 6. “Both Sides, Now” by Judy Collins. Collins’ voice is powerful and soothing at the same time in this song about how your perspectives can change. Maybe it’ll help you change your perspective on how to solve your algebra problem or complete your biology lab report. 7. “Penny Lane” by The

Beatles. If you’ve been to the real Penny Lane, you’ll start picturing it when you hear this song instead of the chemistry formula you’re supposed to be picturing. Otherwise, this song will keep you relaxed, optimistic and ready for more work. 8. “Daydream Believer” by The Monkees. Sweet and poetic, this song will keep you mellow but awake, relieving I-want-to-get-thisover-with aggression. Before putting this on your playlist, make sure you can read and bob your head from side to side at the same time. 9. “Missing You” by Dan Fogelberg. Fogelberg’s easygoing music is some of the best music to listen to while you study. This song will sweep you away with its heartfelt lyrics, and maybe some of its passion will transfer to your psychology paper. 10. “What I Want” by Daughtry featuring Slash. A motivating beat, amazing guitar work and Chris Daughtry’s raspy voice make this song perfect for your study session’s lastmile stretch. It fi nishes the job and gets you pumped to play at the same time. Finding the right songs for your study playlist is a matter of trial and error and being honest with yourself when a song is keeping your mind off your work. If you can listen to it without getting too distracted, it can go on your playlist. Just make sure to avoid the temptation to have a karaoke party.

Come one, come all. Artists and art enthusiasts alike — Toxel. com is the site for you. Unlike many of our usual choices for site of the week, Toxel doesn’t really offer deals, discounts, tips, or advice. It’s a site that offers you a chance to view beautiful art and design. Whether you are an artist or simply an enthusiast, one thing is for sure, the things you see on Toxel will open your mind to things you may not have ever imagined. You may be skeptical. You’ll probably scroll through the options on the right side of the main page reading all the different categories: bicycles, lamps, wallets, shampoo ads, skateboards, doors, business cards, etc. — the options are extensive ― and you will click on a random one expecting to be unimpressed. However, I’m willing to bet that at some point, you’ll fi nd something that’ll blow you away. Some things are incredibly

practical and you’ll think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” like the Encanal Carving Board. Other things are so innovative, you will think someone owns a time machine and brought them back from the future, like the Coffee Table Fireplace. Others will simply leave you jawdropped from the sheer beauty of them, like the Minimal Staircase. Curious? You’ll have to check out the site and see with your own eyes. Some of these items have links next to them where you can go and fi nd out more about an artist or designer and possibly even purchase an item. Others are simply concepts that display an idea in the work or that showcase the expanse of human ingenuity and innovation. These designs could also serve as inspirations for you to go out and create your own designs and concepts. Without any desire or inclination to defi ne this Web site, I will just say that it is a playground for your imagination, and you should check it out and go play.

Pusha-T’s “Fear of God:” A protip to the game Written by: Gabrielo Banks With an audio clip of Manny and Tony Montana from “Scarface” at the Cuban vendor washing dishes as his intro, Pusha-T creates a metaphor and a bit of context for why he and his brother, Malice, who together formed the rap duo Clipse, decided to go their separate ways. Pusha-T’s mixtape “Fear of God” dropped on March 21. Produced by Kanye West for his label G.O.O.D. Music, the mixtape is a combination of original beats and remixes to beats that are some of the hottest in the game. The fi rst track “My God” is an anthem to Pusha-T’s history as a hustler. “Make a small town feel I threw a blizzard at it” is a reference to his past days of selling cocaine. With gospel organs and triumphant trumpets throughout, Pusha’s fi rst track promises much more of the beat perfection the hip-hop world has come to expect from G.O.O.D Music. After a glimpse of the new stuff he’s bringing to the game, Pusha-T offers his own rendition of Lil Wayne’s classic track from the “Carter II,” “Money on My Mind.” Much like Lil Wayne’s version of the song, Pusha elaborates in rhyme on how he made it in the game. Pusha follows up with “Feeling Myself,” more of a celebratory song with a T-Pain sounding Kevin Cossum providing the catchy hook. “Cook It Down Freestyle” provides the minimalistic offerings of a simple steady organ, snare and bass. Drake’s brief autotune-sung hook makes the grade for exceptional autotune usage. Pusha transitions

with “Open Your Eyes” a sampling of Queen’s 1970 “Bohemian Rhapsody.” As the proposed denouement of the mixtape, Freddy Mercury’s angelic hook and back vocals mixes well with Pusha’s somber rap. His confessional is a rap classic for the decades. Pusha continues with class with the Motown inspired track “Can I Live.” Pusha’s verses emphasize his readiness to get through the music business with the bravado of admitting his past exploits, “Some-thing out of nothing a team full of MacGyvers.” The next track “Raid” ushers in longtime N.E.R.D. collaborator, Pharell, who lays down an R&B inspired hook over the vibrating waves of the grand piano of the South. The track also features 50 Cent, who completed the trio and made “Raid” an ambush on your ear drum. The mixtape continues with the quality of a fi nished product when Pusha brings out Kanye West on “Touch It.” Filled with jerkish humor mocking the romantic types, Kanye and Pusha team up once again, since Pusha’s appearances on Kanye’s album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” and make such a good combo that they could give LeBron and D-Wade a run for their money. Pusha’s outro track “Alone in Vegas” couldn’t be more appropriate. Rapped as if he was writing it alone in his hotel, “Alone in Vegas” is the fi nal chapter of this free audio memoir. For hardcore hip-hop heads to those just fl irting with the genre, Pusha-T’s mixtape has something for everyone. Even if you don’t appreciate the lyricism of raps, the range of tracks has a beat that will have everyone bopping along.



April 19, 2011 |


DUI bumper stickers Doth protest too much

We don’t need “scarlet letters”

Written by: Samantha Harfenist

Written by: Juan Gallo

Studies show that most drunk drivers drive slowly in order to compensate for their imbalance. If someone driving ahead of you is going really slowly, most of us will bypass via the other lane. Suddenly, the car swerves and sideswipes you. Add a child or elderly person in your vehicle, and you have a possible recipe for disaster. Washington and Virginia lawmakers are set to put into place a law that will require those who have been convicted of DUI to have a bumper sticker on their car. This idea was proposed as a safety precaution for the public in order to alert other drivers as to the possible danger on the road as well as for police to keep an extra eye on them. If passed, other states could follow suit. South Florida is not known for its courteous drivers. Add the slow reaction time, swerving and the bad judgment of an intoxicated driver, and you have the very real possibility that the next time your loved ones see you, you will be in a body bag. I’d like the legislator to take it a step further. It would be nice to know that the person in front of you could be driving drunk, again. I’d like to have one on the front of the car. Have you ever tried to cross a road by foot in Florida? Even if you have the right of way, it’s like playing Chicken. A decade ago, my older sister was convicted of DUI twice and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. She doesn’t drink anymore. When asked, she agreed with the state of Virginia’s decision. She told me, “It’s not a scarlet letter. If the police pull me over now, I have nothing to hide. I’ll pass the breathalyzer test. [If] other drivers are more vigilant around me, so what.” I concur. Persons convicted of DUIs shouldn’t claim to be victims of police and public profi ling.

They did the crime. They did the time. And now, they have to live with the consequences. When they got behind the wheel drunk, there was the very real chance that they could have killed someone. Another important thing to remember is that these people won’t be forced to have these stickers because they were suspected of being drunk while driving. They were arrested, convicted and served their time. We have a registry for sexual offenders to alert people when the criminal moves into that neighborhood. These are individuals who have been arrested, convicted and promised that they’ll never do it again. Sound familiar? And, yet, we have no problem keeping track of criminals who pose a danger to our children. Opponents to the bill seem to forget that drunk drivers can mow down the kids who are playing baseball on the neighborhood streets. Drunk drivers may not be child molesters, but they can be child killers. My cousin was speeding on I-95 while intoxicated. He was swerving in and out of the lanes, and he slammed into the back of a parked State Trooper’s car going more than 60 miles per hour. Thankfully, the offi cer was not in the vehicle. It took almost a year of physical therapy before my cousin could walk again. The State Trooper? Accident offi cials concluded that had the offi cer been in the car at the time of the collision the only way his wife and two kids could spend time with him today would be by visiting his grave. These people shouldn’t be argumentative if they have nothing to hide. They have been given a second chance. They have their license back. With someone dying every hour from an alcohol-caused car accident, society can’t afford to minimize the consequences. We should forgive them, but we shouldn’t forget.

A DUI is a terrible thing. In fact, as terrible as it is, one would have to consider himself or herself lucky to just get a DUI and not have hurt anyone else. The consequences for receiving a DUI are fi erce. There is community service, fi nes, possible jail time, AA meetings, or losing your job. Ultimately, it would mean a night of fun that led to a bad decision, which will, in one way or another, alter your life forever. Speaking from the perspective of someone who’s been hit by a drunk driver as well as had a family member who was arrested for DUI, I have seen both sides of the issue. On one hand, I was very fortunate to have escaped totally unharmed from that accident. Although the driver who hit me was also unharmed, I couldn’t help but watch as he stood there incoherently while his girlfriend sobbed and pleaded with police as he was taken away in handcuffs. I was glad to be OK and disappointed for the loss of my car. But, I also felt pity for this man whose fun night became a night he would regret for a very long time. I also remember my relative and the time he was arrested for driving under the infl uence. A very successful 20-something year old, he partied like many of us do, but with little regard for laws or his own mortality. Fortunately, he got busted without harming himself or others. I remember how that day affected him and in the long-run it helped him change his life to become one of the people in my family who I’m closest to and admire most. I’m also reminded of the moving fi lm, “Rachel Getting Married.” Anne Hathaway was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, for her portrayal of a recovering drug addict, who was responsible for the death of her younger sibling, who died in a car accident while she was driving under the infl uence. Throughout the movie, Kym (Hathaway) and her family deal with the torment of their loss, the guilt and their attempt to recover from this deep wound. Like any other movie, unless we’ve actually experienced such an event, we can

only imagine what it would be like to be in that particular situation. Still, as I imagine every one of those scenarios, I can’t fathom anybody that would benefi t from some kind of sign on their car to remind them, and notify everyone else, that they committed some horrible mistake in the past. It seems to me that this would only cause a sentiment of judgment and humiliation upon people who have probably already experienced their own personal distress over their past actions. I understand that I’m giving ourselves the benefi t of the doubt in more ways that one. The most signifi cant way is by assuming that we have the ability to tap into some kind of divine ability that allows us to forgive others no matter how badly we’ve been wronged, how much these people have hurt us, or how unnatural it may seem to show love and compassion in place of hate and anger. But I assume this only because I’ve seen this miraculous notion at work. I’m not saying that a DUI is no big deal. It’s terrible. It displays immaturity, irresponsibility, disregard for others, and most of all, stupidity. What I’m saying is that I’m not the man I was yesterday. Just like you are not the person you were yesterday or the same person you will be tomorrow. You’ve made mistakes. I’ve made mistakes. That doesn’t mean we’ll make them again. But if our fellow humans don’t forgive us, then what chance have we of forgiving ourselves, starting over, healing or growing? We often talk about change and a better world, but unless we become the change we want to see then, that change is never going to see the light. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes and, instead of saying “I would never do that,” understand that you are human and, while you may certainly never do that, you are not without blame for many other things. Like a wise man once said, “Let he without sin cast the fi rst stone.”



April 19, 2011 |

The Kill Team: Be all you can be? Written by: Juan Gallo This month’s Rolling Stone magazine features a controversial story by Mark Boal about a team of American soldiers known as “The Kill Team,” who killed innocent Afghan civilians last year. Not only is the article an extensive narrative of horrifying real-life accounts but it also includes graphic photographs of dead Afghan citizens and American soldiers posing alongside of them with big smiles on their faces. Believe it or not, it’s worse than it sounds. There’s a reason the government didn’t want these pictures to get out. Is it possible that human beings could turn to such savage acts and celebrate in the barbaric manner in which they brought pain and misery to other innocent human beings? The answer seems obvious but it’s not simple. I could not help but feel a confl ict growing within me. The gratitude and humbling sense of pride with which I admire the courageous men and women who protect our freedom was suddenly shaken by the disgust I felt at those who wear the same uniform but drag those ideals

through the mud. However, just as parents are equally guilty for the acts of their miseducated children who commit inexcusable acts against others, these “black sheep” soldiers are not solely responsible for their actions. In order to point the fi nger at all who are culpable, we must look higher on the chain of command. We must look higher than the offi cers who let this happen. We must look at the mentality that is possibly being taught in the army, whether overtly or implicitly, that “the Afghan people are savages.” We must look at the messages being fed to us in the media, or from our government, about our “enemies.” We must look inside ourselves as well and ask, where we stand? Who do we believe is our enemy? And, ultimately, what is right and wrong? The lines are often blurry. Black and white becomes a blemish, just a hazy blot of gray. It is possible that some of these soldiers and offi cers felt an immense amount of confusion and uncertainty about what was happening. In one passage, Boal


A Rolling Stone article recounted the story of four soldiers known as “The Kill Team.”

said many soldiers were “bored and shell-shocked and angry.” They were often in hostile territories where the enemy could have been anywhere. However, it is undeniably clear that the murders they committed were staged by soldiers to make it look like they were being attacked, though they were not, just so they could kill an innocent farmer, a mentally disabled man or a peaceful cleric. None of these murdered Afghan people were threats. Most of the frustration that I

feel, however, comes from the belief that our good fi ght overseas is a ticking time bomb to our idealistic implosion. Why do we continue to throw our soldiers into this place and make them linger there until they are so far gone that a simple universal law, like not harming innocent people, becomes as easy to break as the speed limit? What good is war? What good are our attempts to help others if we lose ourselves along the way? Have we not learned from our mistakes (Vietnam)?

Despite this growing frustration, one thing remains clear: a few bad apples must not ruin the barrel. Men, women, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters — kids, merely teenagers — serving in the armed forces are heroes to who each and every one of us is eternally indebted. Their courage, bravery, love and sacrifi ce ensure that we remain free. Let’s just hope that we can bring them back home, return the favor, and save them from themselves in an environment where wrong sometimes becomes right.

On the Scene As told to: Deborah Swilley NSU will raise tuition rates by five percent starting next school year. The increase will affect all students, regardless of the amount of credits they take.

How will NSU’s tuition increase affect you?

“It’s aggravating. I don’t want tuition to go up. I like Nova, and raising the tuition makes it harder for others to come here to enjoy it.” Chris Waggoner, sophomore theatre major

“My parents pay for it, and they’re not happy about it.” Monica Delbuono, freshman psychology major

“I’m going to be an off-campus student through my internship so it won’t impact me.” Lauren Marshall, senior secondary education major

“I’m already in debt to this school and [the increase] going to kill my pockets. I’m not made of money.” Jarett Jackson, freshman art major

“I’m on scholarship, so it won’t affect me that much.” Erick Campbell, freshman biology major

“More of my scholarship money will be used up and I’ll have to keep my job.” Sajid Patel, junior biology major

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