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Editor’s Note

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Lighting Up On Campus


Majors and Minors of Fall 2010


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Get Off Your High Horse Verizon and Take on the iPhone


Since When Are Animals the Enemy?





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Highlights of the 2009-2010 Season


Who We Love to Hate


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Arts & Entertainment

Let’s All Go to the Movies: Summer Edition


The Good, the Bad, and the WTF? of 2010


Things you should know

Experience Matters and Internships Are a Way to Get It


The Shark Discount Program Saves You Money


Finding Your Way Around Campus


NSU Traditions


Technology Makes Life Easy at NSU


Fun Beyond the Beach


Places to Eat Down the Street


NSU’s Student Educational Centers in Florida



Reasons to go to college: expand your knowledge and skills; express your thoughts succinctly in writing and speech; grasp abstract concepts and theories; and increase your understanding of the world and your community. Yes, these are all good reasons to go to college but what about parties, boys (or girls), and getting more life experience than you will ever want? Welcome to NSU! You’re probably wondering what I mean when I say more experience than you will ever want. I’m talking about dirty dishes (that aren’t going to clean themselves). I’m talking about crazy roommates (who you have to deal with). I’m talking about the freshman 15 (Oh yes, it’s true so head to the RecPlex and get some cardio immediately!). But with the bad experiences, come the good and NSU has a lot of good to offer its new students. One of those good things is the orientation issue of The Current, NSU’s only studentrun newspaper on campus. Aside from being the number one source for news, entertainment, sports, or anything else that deals

with the NSU community, The Current acts as the weekly voice for students, faculty, and staff (particularly students, but don’t tell faculty and staff about that). We highlight what’s important, report what is engaging and have lots of fun doing it week to week. This is a special issue put out once a year to help freshmen and transfer students, like yourself, (and some sophomores, juniors, and seniors) navigate the campus and catch up on all that is NSU. Our news section features a story on NSU’s smoking policy on campus that was implemented last year in “Lighting Up on Campus” by Annarely Rodriguez on page 7. If you have an interest in

athletics, you can read about why “NSU Doesn’t Need a Football Team” by Craig Heenighan on page 18. Or if you’re a movie and entertainment buff like myself you can read about “The Good, The Bad, and the WTF? Of 2010” by Juan Gallo on page 22. We also have an in depth opinions section, which features an article about the “iPad vs. the HP® Slate” by Annarely Rodriguez and Lauren Aurigemma on page 14. But what is really unique about this year’s orientation issue is the pull out section called “Things You Should Know.” This section has a wealth of information about your NSU Shark ID card, discounts at local area shops, NSU traditions, local food and restaurant listings, on campus vs. off campus housing and a lot more. We hope you find the information useful and keep this section for awhile. Welcome to NSU and remember — The Current wants to hear from you! Volunteer to write, submit story ideas, write an opinions piece or a letter to the editor by e-mailing us at nsunews@nova.edu. The Current is listening.

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Contributing Writer

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Contributing Writer

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The Current serves Nova Southeastern University from its location in Room 105 of the Athletics and Student Activities (ASA) Building. The Current is NSU’s established vehicle for student reporting, opinion and the arts. All community members are invited to contribute anything they desire to The Current. Editorials, commentaries and advertisements in this publication reflect the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University or its officials, The Current staff or other advertisers. The Current will not publish unsigned letters except under special circumstances at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. The Current reserves the right to edit. Contributing writers must not be directly involved with their coverage. Coverage by contributing writers must be meaningful and of interest to the NSU community. The Current reserves the right to edit, publish or deny submitted works as it sees fit. The Current shall remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility or otherwise create a bias, real or perceived.


Chancellor’s Message

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A Message From the Chancellor of NSU

To our newest NSU Sharks, It is a great pleasure to welcome you to Nova Southeastern University. You are joining NSU at an exciting time and should be proud to be among the more than 29,000 students that have chosen to further their education at our dynamic university. NSU has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years, in student population, campus size and facilities and academic offerings. We have more than doubled our on-campus residential population. We now offer classes in Miramar, as well as six other locations around the state of Florida. Included in those sites is a new building in Fort Myers and another under construction in West Palm Beach. Students continue to benefit from the Don Taft University Center, where you can work out in our state-of-the-art wellness and fitness center, catch a Sharks athletic contest, a concert or a famous speaker. The past year, we welcomed His Holiness the 14th Dali Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu among others. This October NSU will host the Florida Gubernatorial and Senate debates on our campus. Despite our size and growth, we remain committed to giving each student individualized attention from professors and support staff. NSU is able to combine the intimate class sizes of a small private college with the academic resources of a large university. These small class sizes allow you great access to our distinguished faculty, and I urge you to tap into the minds of these leaders in their fields. They are outstanding educators, and many of them are involved in cutting-edge research. Take advantage of your time with them – they are here to prepare you to begin or advance your career. And make sure to visit your academic advisor, who can provide the tools to help you succeed. Speaking of research, we continue to grow as a research institution. Current initiatives include research in fields like cancer, stem cells, and autism. Our Oceanographic Center recently received a $15 million federal grant to build the nation’s largest coral reef research center. In addition to academics, I hope you will explore our diverse university in order to complement your learning in the classroom. Opportunities abound to invigorate your mind, body and spirit. With more than 100 clubs and organizations and an active Greek Life, there are numerous ways to make new friends, discover new cultures and grow your mind. We also have an athletics program that continues to reach new levels of success – including the women’s golf team that recently won their second NCAA Division II title back-to-back. This fall, we will add men’s and woman’s swimming and diving making a total of 17 Shark athletic teams. All of these student-athletes are your classmates and deserve your support as they represent your university in competition. Even with all of our strides and achievements in recent years, NSU continues to be forward-thinking. We are still young and growing and continue to seek and implement ways to improve ourselves. And we aim to surpass even our own high standards of excellence in academics, research, technology and community service. Excellence is our standard, and preeminence is our goal. I truly believe in NSU and in the opportunities available to you at our university. Please take advantage of the resources available to assist you at NSU, many of which are included in this issue of The Current. And in a few years, I look forward to congratulating you at commencement and welcoming you into our alumni network of more than 100,000 graduates in all 50 states and around the world. Sincerely, Ray Ferrero, Jr. Chancellor



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President’s Message


A Message From the President of NSU

Welcome to NSU, We are pleased and honored that you have chosen NSU for your college experience. We have and will continue to create an atmosphere of educational challenges and experiences to ensure that you will be prepared to accomplish your dreams and ambitions. More importantly, we feel you will be prepared to “make a difference” in this world and contribute to the common good of society. Our professors and the curriculum they have designed will give you the most contemporary knowledge available. Our support staff of academic advisors, librarians, financial aid counselors and athletic coaches is here to assist and engage you outside of the classroom. While the work will be challenging, a fast start in the classroom will help you establish a habit of academic achievement. When you need extra help, it will be there from professors and staff who welcome your visit. I encourage you to take full advantage of everything our university has to offer. Join a club that interests you or take in a play or a concert. Root for the NSU Shark teams. Get in a workout at our RecPlex gym. Enjoy the great city of Fort Lauderdale and South Florida. Most of all, get to know each other. College is a place to make life-long friends. This is a great time to be a college student and a wonderful time to be at NSU. Our campus is alive with spirit. Our students have learned how to work hard, then balance their effort with a full menu of extracurricular activities. NSU is a very friendly place where everyone in our university community is anxious to meet you. Please introduce yourselves. And if you see me walking across campus, be sure to say hello. I will be pleased to meet you! Go Sharks!! Sincerely, George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. President



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N ova S o u t h e aS t e r N u N i v e r S i t y

Public Safety As members of the university community, each of us has a role in keeping our campus safe. Shark Watch, the NSU crime prevention program, asks that all students, staff members, and employees immediately report any suspicious individuals or activity to NOVALERT at (954) 262-8999. On-campus Safety Escorts are available 24/7 by calling (954) 262-8999. A uniformed Public Safety officer will meet

you and accompany you to your destination.

We’re here for YOU 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. We are NOVALERT! Call us at (954) 262-8999 or visit us at www.nova.edu/cwis/pubsafety/




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Safety Always Comes First Farquhar College

Enriches Student Experience With Academic Themes


Crime never sleeps, especially on college campuses. Recently, flyers posted around campus told NSU students about an alleged assault and hit-and-run on campus. With national campus shootings and the stabbing of Florida International University student, Kendall Berry on its campus, students are more concerned than ever about how they are alerted about campus crime and emergencies such as shootings, fires and other crises. Junior marketing major, Melissa Edouard said that when she first saw the flyers about the assault and hit-and-run, she thought they were a joke. “I don’t know if there could have been a more effective way [of alerting students of the crime],” she said. “If they did it by phone it would be a lot easier.” Karim Foster, senior biology major, thought that the flyers were effective. “[They] put it at the entrance of every building that people have to go into,” he said. “I’m sure pretty much everybody saw it, so I think what they did was good enough.” Jim Lambe, assistant director of communications at Public Safety, said that NSU uses students’ e-mail addresses


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to inform them of campus emergencies, not crime. Lambe also said that NSU alerts students of emergencies via cell phone if their number is registered in WebSTAR. “This is why it is so important for students to review their Emergency Notification Numbers registered in WebSTAR — not to be confused with their Emergency Contact Numbers,” he said. NSU uses more than one way of communicating with students in case one method fails. “Even if your phone is off in class,” Lambe said, “you would have already been alerted by the classroom intercom announcement, outdoor public address system or by the building alarm or a Public Safety officer on site.”

Other colleges and universities use text messages and e-mails to warn students of crime on campus, not just emergencies. Barry University uses e-mail, a crime blog, and text messages to alert students about crime and emergencies. The University of Miami sends crime alerts through their university e-mail, Web sites and flyers. Students do not need to sign up for e-mail alerts, but do have to register their phone numbers to be alerted through cell phone text. For more information on Public Safety, visit www.nova. edu/cwis/pubsafety. To update your emergency contact information, log in to http://webstar. nova.edu.

The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences gives each academic year a theme. The themes rotate between “Good and Evil,” “Identity,” “Truth and Power,” and “Life and Death.” This year’s theme is “Identity.” Don Rosenblum, Ph.D., the college’s dean, said that the themes help students and faculty look at their academic work differently and ask themselves, “What connects me to my classmates?” The Farqhuar College hosts presentations, panel discussions, research projects, the Distinguished Speaker Series and the Faculty Lecture Series based on the theme. As part of the 20092010 theme of “Good and Evil” students saw Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Stanford professor David Magnus, and author Louise Murphy talk about their experiences related to the theme. Ten Farquhar professors also spoke about good and evil during the Faculty Lecture Series

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The theme for the 2010-2011 academic year is “Identity.”

and the college presented six performances and productions based on the theme. Although the academic theme is hosted by the Farqhuar College, all students and university divisions are welcome to take part in exploring the theme. For example, the Alvin Sherman Library hosts exhibits related to the theme. To find out more about Farqhuar’s academic themes, visit www.fcas.nova.edu/deansoffice/ academictheme.cfm.


Thinking of lighting up in front of the Parker building? Think again. In July of 2009, the Office of Campus Recreation created an initiative called “Healthy Sharks.” The program plans to make NSU a smokefree campus within the next five years. To make the transition easier, NSU has designated 12 smoking sites, which are located at least 50 feet from buildings. The policy applies to all NSU campuses. The university’s goal in adopting this policy is to minimize exposure to secondhand smoke, which has been classified as a cause of cancer by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Toxicology Program, the U.S. Surgeon General and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Patricia Kelly, associate professor, director and doctor of the Health Science Program in the Health Professions Division, said, “Secondhand smoke has been proven to be dangerous in a number of instances. Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke is impor- tant for many people with chronic pulmonary (lung) problems, such as asthma or chronic

obstructive pulmonary disease.” Kelly believes that the policy will also help by distancing smokers from nonsmokers, which will prevent others from picking up the habit. “Students who do not see their peers smoke, either in public or in private, are less likely to start smoking themselves,” she said. Tom Vitucci, director of campus recreation and collaborator of “Healthy Sharks,” said the revision to the smoking policy had been in process for a few years. The department surveyed the PAN-Student Association, Residential Student Association and the Dean’s Council as part of the research conducted before passing the policy. “We conducted a survey three years ago, and 3,000 people responded. People expressed their frustration with walking through clouds of smoke to get to class,” said Vitucci. He also said the policy was not aimed at punishing smokers. “We just want to help make the university members healthier,” said Vitucci. “[We are not] simply revising the smoking policy. This is part of the ‘Healthy Sharks’ program which will include other initiatives to help improve people’s health.” Non-smokers like Kaitlin Horvath, sophomore marine biology major, support the policy. “I think it’s a good idea, but

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Last October, twelve temporary smoking tents were located outside the main buildings at the main campus while permanent smoking areas were built.

it is not so bad on this campus. In my old school — Ball State in Indiana — you could not walk outside without being covered in smoke,” she said. Vitucci said people who smoke outside the designated areas will not be ticketed by the university, but they may be sanctioned by their employers.

“Healthy Sharks” encourages people interested in quitting to use NSU’s programs and resources. Programs provided by NSU include motivational counseling through the Guided Self-Change Clinic, support and readiness assessments by NSU pharmacists, as well as prescription and over-

the-counter nicotine replace- ment therapies. For more information about the policy or how to quit smoking, please call the Office of Recreation and Wellness at (954) 262-7042.



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NSU Raises Majors and Minors the Bar of Fall 2010


NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center ranked third in the state according to the results of the bar passage rate among Florida law schools last year. The school also ranked first out of all the law schools in South Florida. The bar exam is a government-issued test that law students must pass before they can practice law in their state. Law students may also take multi-state exams to practice law in more than one state. The exam consists of three parts, two that test the students on their general knowledge of the law and one that tests their professional responsibility. Passing the exam is not a requirement for graduation, but it is needed in order to practice law. Linda Harrison, associate dean of the critical skills program and associate professor of law at NSU, said that the university surpassed 11 other schools in Florida. Harrison believes this achievement will positively affect NSU’s future. “Students will want to make sure they can pass the bar at the end of their graduate education. NSU’s ranking will make future students feel like their education will be worth it, accomplishing


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the ultimate goal at the end,” she said. Athornia Steele, professor of law and dean of NSU’s law school, said, “Preparing for the bar exam starts the first day you walk into law school. It’s about learning what it is that we do, staying on top of your course work, and seeking assistance from faculty when you’re having problems, doubts about the material or general concerns.” Many students and alumni were proud to hear the news of their school’s achievement and believe that NSU has the potential to continue its success. Sahily Picon, a recent graduate of NSU’s law school who works for Sheldon J. Schlesinger, P.A., said, “NSU is raising the standards and being known as the top South Florida law school is amazing. NSU has the resources to stay at the top and climb the ladder to the top [in the country].”

In the fall of 2010, the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences will offer a variety of new majors and minors to its undergraduates. These degrees will present students with an opportun- ity to experience diverse areas of science, society, and the business world. The Division of Humanities will offer majors in philosophy and general studies. The philosophy program will provide students with a view into complex philosophical issues and will aid in improving the students’ writing and analytical skills. Courses offered for this major include moral issues and biomedical ethics. The general studies major is a multidisciplinary program that gives students the opportunity to customize their educational experience according to their individual areas of interest. It also allows a student to explore different curricular domains. Two core courses and three minors chosen by the students themselves aid in determining the degree. Don Rosenblum, Ph.D., dean of the college, said, “I

believe that graduates with this degree will be effective communicators, have strong analytic and critical thinking skills, and be comfortable in new and diverse dimensions as they advance in their prospec- tive careers.” The Math, Science, and Technology Division is now offering a major in exercise and sports science. This program targets those who wish to go into the fields specializing in the various aspects of exercise, such as fitness and wellness coordinator, sports performance researcher and strength and conditioning specialist. Those who wish to obtain this bachelor’s degree will learn about academic fields such as biomechanics, motor behavior, and exercise physiology. Students who wish to pursue this degree will take courses in sports nutrition and emergency care, among others. International studies is a minor offered by the Division of Humanities. This minor introduces the student to the global aspects of sociology and ecology. Some of the courses that will be available for study are global issues and the Holocaust. It will benefit students who wish

to pursue careers in areas such as government, medical and psychological services. Another minor offered by the Division of Humanities is African Diaspora studies. This minor includes a comprehensive, multicultural look into the history of how enslaved Africans, the African Diaspora, managed to retain traditions and language of their homeland while they lived in Western Europe and the Caribbean. Black cinema and African dance are two of the courses that students will take. The Social and Behavioral Sciences division will offer a minor in neuropsychology. This program focuses on how the brain functions in relation to memory and language. Students will also learn about what happens to the brain when it is injured. The courses available for this major include hormones and the brain. These are only a few among the many new majors and minors that will be offered in the fall. As the new academic year starts, students are encouraged to explore the various areas of study that the university offers. However, before a student decides to pick a new major, minor, or to pursue additional ones, he or she should check with their adviser.

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SAVE THE DATE 2010 Undergraduate Convocation

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Celebrating the Start of the Academic Year

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 | 4:00 p.m. Miniaci Performing Arts Center

Edwidge Danticat

Keynote Speaker Author of The Farming of Bones


Each year, the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences at Nova Southeastern University hosts the Undergraduate Convocation Ceremony, bringing together the undergraduate student body, university leadership, and NSU faculty as we unite in anticipation of academic excellence and shared intellectual pursuit.

Convocation will also introduce the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences 2010–2011 academic theme of “Identity.� Throughout the year, the college will host cocurricular programs and activities, aimed at unifying our diverse community in multidisciplinary exploration.

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First-Year Reading Program The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences invites new undergraduate students to join the First-Year Reading Program. This year, participants will be reading Edwidge Danticat’s book The Farming of Bones (1999). The novel’s graceful, deceptively simple prose recounts the 1937 massacre of Haitian workers in the Dominican Republic. Told through the eyes of a young domestic servant, the story of the atrocity becomes one of cultural and spiritual survival. Select students will be chosen to participate in the program receiving a free copy of the book. Students will participate in small reading groups, giving them the opportunity to discuss the book with their peers and college faculty members. Students will also have the chance to hear from the author herself as she delivers the keynote address at NSU’s 2010 Undergraduate Convocation Ceremony. A select group of participants will be invited to a private seminar with the author. Participation in the First-Year Reading Program is limited. To be considered for the program, complete an online form at www.fcas.nova.edu/currentstudents/convocation.



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Anyone who knows me will tell you that I, as an avid Apple® product user, want an iPhone more than anything. As a current Verizon Wireless user, I was extremely disappointed when Steve Jobs, at the Apple® product unveiling event in January , did not reveal a Verizon iPhone. Although there had been much talk about the hype of an ereader — now known as the iPad — Apple® has been known

to showcase their newest upgrades for other products at these events as well. My discouragement increased when Apple® and AT&T announced their exclusive 3G pre-paid data plans for the iPad. At that point, I lost all hope for the iPhone coming to Verizon within the next few years. Doesn’t Apple® realize that they could make so much more money if they released a Verizon version of the iPhone? Apple® could be a wireless powerhouse with one of the best smart phones and the “number one network in the U.S.” It should be a perfect match. Yet Apple® has stood by AT&T t h r o u g h - out their battles with Verizon in the “There’s A Map For That” commercials, even though customers constantly complained

about AT&T’s dropped calls and static service. Many blogs have been buzzing about the launch of a Verizon 4G network and how the iPhone could possibly be announced in conjunction, but the odds of that are highly unlikely as well with Verizon and Apple®’s constant conflicts. For those of you who are Verizon customers and cannot switch your service, Verizon launched their V CAST Apps store on March 29, 2010. According to Leroy Williams, Verizon’s developer com- munity liaison, the app store will be compatible with the BlackBerry® Storm2™ and additional devices in the “the next few weeks and months.” This is just one more announcement that makes the iPhone seem like it will never leave AT&T. Many people I know would love to have an iPhone, but they are either binded to other carriers by their contracts or refuse to switch networks. In the meantime, it looks like we’ll have to find substitutes for our smart phone options.

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In a world full of online gaming and distractions, the ancient past time of actually sitting down and playing a board game seems like a lost art. For some people, though, board games are still important. And, in my life, that board game is Scrabble®. As a lover of words and an intense competitor, I find that Scrabble® is one of the few games, besides Scattergories and Trivial Pursuit, that challenges my intellect and brings me out of my comfort zone. Plus, I almost always win. So, you can imagine my surprise when Hasbro and Mattel® announced last week that they were changing the 62-yearold rules and would allow the use of proper nouns during game play. Needless to say, I was shocked — no, I was insulted — when I heard the news. There’s a reason they weren’t allowed in the first place — this game was created to test its players. This isn’t Hungry, Hungry Hippos. This is Scrabble® . Just the thought of engaging in a game of Scrabble® where words like “Kanye,” “Bublé” and “Snookie” are completely

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acceptable scares me half to death. I know that language is constantly fluctuating and changing over time, but there is no argument from Mattel® that can make this right. To add insult to injury, NPR reported that Mattel® started this publicity blitz about the new rules to drum up promotion for the summer release of Scrabble® Trickster — a ridiculous new spin-off that lets you spell words backwards. Can you say “B-M-UD”? Really, Hasbro and Mattel®? Scrabble® Trickster isn’t going to be sold in the U.S., so what’s

the point of all this media buzz here when we won’t even be able to play the game? Let’s face it. You shouldn’t fix something that isn’t broken and Scrabble® ’s rules are far from needing repairs. Scrabble® is one of the most well designed games on the market, with a perfect measure of skill, chance and, sometimes, even a little luck. Why would anyone — even corporate goons — want to risk changing that? I refuse to live in a world where “Gaga” is considered a word. And Mattel®, you can’t make me.

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Goodbye FCAT, Hello Education COMMENTARY

STEFANI RUBINO April marked a historic time for the public school system as President Obama and Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, announced that they were drafting a blueprint to “overhaul” the No Child Left Behind policy and improve the quality of the nation’s schools — exactly what the current policy left behind. Though they are only in the planning process, this is the one of the greatest and most desirable moves the White House has made to date — even more so than healthcare reform. In Florida, we are all too familiar with the No Child Left Behind policy, specifically with the creation of the FCAT and other standardized tests that are supposed to be used to gauge students’ knowledge and education. “Sup- posed to” is the key phrase here. According to teachers’ complaints, the FCAT has forced teachers to teach only for the test. As a result, students are learning to perform well on the test when they should be learning the material. Florida’s current educational model puts the FCAT at the forefront of students’ education, so instead of actually giving students real knowledge — like, say, what a helping verb is and its usage — teachers are forced to teach them how to perform well on the test. Given this model, how could anyone

expect students to be prepared for college when their entire high school education was spent learning how to take a standardized test? Not exactly the most useful skill. Obviously, students can’t, which is the reason Florida and many other states are struggling with the fact that students are graduating without a real education. What makes Obama and Duncan’s move so important is that it’s putting education back into the hands of teachers and students — where it belongs. If Obama and Duncan succeed in repairing this broken system, the quality of education that students receive, in every corner of this country, will improve and students will once again be prepared to continue studies or join the workforce. That means, along with the help of last year’s financial aid bill, attendance at universities will continue to grow and more students will be able to receive the kind of instruction and training they’ll need to be successful. More than anything, this will give students and teachers a chance to truly engage with one another, which is a significant part of education in the first place. Interaction in the classroom is what teaches students how to think critically and be made aware of the events happening around them. This new policy offers new hope for the future of education and every person in the U.S. — finally leaving no child behind.



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Tablet Wars: HP Slate vs. iPad ®




I have nothing against Apple® I actually want a few of their products, but when I saw the iPad, I was unimpressed. This tablet has been one of the mosttalked about products of the past six months, but, after seeing videos and pictures of it at the reveal, I realized it got more hype than it deserved. The tablet not only looks like a giant version of the iPhone, it pretty much is a giant version of the iPhone. It runs the iPhone 3.2 operating system and is limited to the Apple® App Store. But, I guess it is not entirely like the iPhone. At least the iPhone allows you to make phone calls. But, I guess you could use Skype® on the iPad to talk to other people. Oh, wait! The iPad doesn’t have a camera, so you don’t even get the full Skype® experience. Thankfully, there are other choices when it comes to tablets — most notably, the upcoming HP® Slate, which is rumored to to launch in June. The Slate will run Windows 7, so you will be able to do pretty much everything you can do on a regular Microsoft computer. You can use whichever Web browser you prefer and it supports flash, which is a big plus if you consider 30 to 40 percent of Web sites have at least one flash component. Other features the Slate has over the iPad include a USB port and its cameras. The HP® tablet includes a Web camera (facing inward) and a 3.0 megapixel camera (facing outward). The tablet also includes a traditional SD card slot as opposed to the iPad’s micro SIM slot for 3G models only. However, it would not be fair


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to omit the downsides of the Slate. As mentioned before, the tablet runs Windows 7 — which is neat, but it was not designed for a touch screen tablet — so it may have a few kinks to work out. Another possible downside for the Slate may be its battery life. While the iPad claims to run for 10 hours, the Slate comes up short on five hours. Even after considering all the positive and negative aspects both tablets appear to have, I still can’t see why anyone would spend $600 for a 32 gigabyte iPhone (that doesn’t make calls), when they could get a 64 gigabyte computer.

Although Apple, Inc., may not have been the first company to come out with an e-reader, they will certainly be the one with the best product. I’m not just saying this because I am big Apple® product fan. I’ve been waiting for the release of the iPad for months. Now that it is finally here, I’m ready to tell you all about it. After months of speculation, Apple® finally unveiled the iPad in late January. Although there have been mixed reviews about the product since it launch on April 3. Many critics have said it is just a giant version of the iPhone. But the iPad is so much more than an iPhone. The iPad is meant for people who do not have an iPhone, but want a computer at their fingertips. From my viewpoint, if you do not have a laptop or do not want to carry around your laptop, this is the perfect solution. From creating presentations to surfing the Web, there are endless possibilities for using this device. The iPad has many features that are well-worth mentioning. With up to 10 hours of battery life, the iPad is perfect for trips. If you don’t plan on buying AT&T’s wireless, the iPad also has built-in wireless capabilities so you can pick up the fastest Wi-Fi networks. One of the best features is the built-in speakers and microphone. This will allow you Skype™ with family and friends, virtually allowing you to turn your iPad into a phone.

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Apple®’s iPad

As much as I love the iPad, there are a few downsides. There is no USB port to connect your camera or a jump drive. One other feature that I expected to be put on the iPad was a camera. Apple® can manage to put a camera on an iPhone, but why not the iPad? I must say that was quite disappointing. Overall, the iPad is another great addition to the Apple® family. However, if you want my advice, I would wait to purchase this device until the fall when it runs the new iPhone OS 4 operating system.

Since When are Animals the Enemy? JUAN GALLO ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

When Godzilla destroyed Tokyo that was harsh. When the “Cloverfield” monster took a bite out of the Big Apple that was unnecessary. When Jaws chomped that woman’s leg, now, that was just mean. But when a killer whale attacks a trainer or a chimpanzee attacks its owner, I find it hard to blame the animal. Recently there have been incidents of trained animals attacking humans. You have cases like Montecore, the white tiger who attacked Roy, of Siegfried and Roy, because something caught his attention in the audience. There’s also Star, a bear in a Russian circus who was forced to ice skate and attacked the circus director during re-

hearsal. And most recently, Tillikum, a killer whale who killed his trainer when he dragged her underwater for 40 minutes. This does not surprise me. What does surprise me is that people debate afterwards about what to do with the animal. Here’s an idea. Take him out of captivity and allow him to go back to his natural habitat where he never bothered anyone. Let’s be honest here, folks. I don’t remember the last time a killer whale crawled out of the ocean, jumped into the above ground pool in your backyard, and lurked in the shadows waiting to pounce on you when you were most vulnerable. Nor do I remember the last time a chimpanzee climbed down from his tree, walked to

your house, and asked you if you could throw a diaper on him and treat him like your child. This just does not happen. If it did happen, then I could see us blaming those scheming, conniving chimps for taking advantage of our hospitality. What does happen is that we mighty, smart, superior human beings go stomping into the jungle, or the ocean, and pluck these animals out of their homes so that Joe Somebody can spend hundreds of dollars at the zoo and the seaquarium with his family entertaining his children and eating hot dogs. The saddest part is that when these terrible attacks happen, we humans vilify these animals and question if they should be euthanized for being too dangerous? We humans have it wrong.

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Dawn Brancheau with killer whale, Tillikum, at Sea World.

Sharing the planet with these amazing creatures does not mean enslaving them and forcing them to perform tricks for our entertainment like jesters in our courts. It means appreciating

and respecting them enough to admire them at a distance, in their natural habitat, and protecting those habitats so that our children may get to enjoy these animals as well.



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Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving

Women’s Basketball

Head Coach Michael Coleman is entering his eighth season. In 2007 Coleman led the Sharks to a #8 finish in the final ITA national rankings with a program-best 22-3 mark.

Head Coach Hollie BonewitCron is entering her first season at NSU during the inaugural season of the program.

Women’s Soccer



Head Coach Mike Goodrich is entering his twelfth season. He led the Sharks to back-to-back NCAA Division II tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007.

Head Coach Stephen Wilcosky is entering his fifth season at the helm. In 2008, Wilcosky led the Sharks to their first NCAA Division II South Regional Title.

Assistant Coach Samantha Robinson is entering her third season with the Sharks.

Assistant Coach Michelle Piantadosi is entering her fifth season. Piantadosi was selected as a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) 30 Under 30 award.

Head Coach John Gartin is the first women’s rowing coach and is entering his seventh season. In 2009, Gartin led the Sharks to their first NCAA Division II National Championship.



Men’s Soccer

Head Coach Lisa Bonee is entering her ninth season at the helm.

Director of Athletics Michael Mominey is entering his eleventh season as NSU’s Head Baseball Coach.

Head Coach Giuseppe DePalo is entering his twelfth season with the Sharks. He is NSU’s all time winningest coach.

Assistant Coach Robin Martin is entering her fourth season. Martin primarily works with the team’s pitchers, catchers and defense.

Associate Head Coach Raymond Romero is also entering his eleventh season.

Assistant Coach Matthew Parry is entering his fifth season as a member of the coaching staff after graduating from NSU in 2005. He is the only men’s soccer player to be named an All-American.

Head Coach Marilyn Rule is entering her thirteenth season in charge of the Sharks. Rule is the first women’s basketball coach. Assistant Coach Alexandra Rousseau is entering her fourth season.

Assistant Coach Ryan Romero is entering his eleventh season as an Assistant Coach at NSU.

Assistant Coach Stephanie Chivers is entering her third season as a Shark.

Assistant Coach Cliff Terracuso is entering his third season.

Men’s and Women’s Golf Head Coach Kevin Marsh is entering his sixth season. Marsh has enjoyed unprecedented success in both programs winning one NCAA Division II National Championship and four Sunshine State Conference Championships. Assistant Coach Amanda Brown is entering her fifth season as assistant women’s coach after graduating from NSU in 2005. Assistant Coach Ryan Jamison is entering his fifth season as assistant men’s coach.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Outdoor Track Head Coach Brian Hagopian is entering his third season as dual coach of both cross country and outdoor track. In 2009, Hagopian guided the men’s cross country team to their first ever NCAA Division II National Championship appearance. Assistant Coach Chaunte Baldwin is entering her fourth season. Baldwin primarily focuses on the sprint and hurdle program.

Men’s Basketball Head Coach Gary Tuell is entering his seventh season at NSU. Upon Graduating from NSU in 2006, Assistant Coach Luis Gurrieres joined the coaching staff and his entering his third season. Assistant Coach Marquise Kiffin is another graduate of NSU to join the coaching staff. After finishing his playing career in 2001, he became an assistant coach the following year. Kiffin is entering his eighth season.

Assistant Coach Deidra Wesley is entering her second season at NSU. Wesley primarily works with the multi-event athletes.

The People Who Keep the Players on the Field CRAIG HEENIGHAN SPORTS EDITOR

The athletic training staff and faculty are an essential component of the athletic community. The staff and faculty are comprised of five members:

Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine Larry Starr, along with Head Athletic Trainers Jason Palmateer, Zevon Stubblefield, Dustin Gatens and Amy Reckard. Each member is equipped with the experience and qualifications to

provide evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation and injury prevention techniques to NSU’s student athletes. “The purpose of the athletic training staff and the entire sports medicine team at NSU is to give the student-athletes the

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Highlights of the 2009-2010 Season As the 2009-2010 NSU athletics season headed into the final month of competition, the Sharks have enjoyed another successful year. From the fall sports to the spring sports, here is the 2009-2010 season at a glance. Women’s golf continues to go from strength to strength as they claimed back-to-back national championships. Among their many successes was a victory at the Hoya Invitational, which they won by six strokes. Junior Sandra Changkija claimed her fifth victory of the season with a final round, one under par, 71. Women’s Rowing finished third overall at the Sunshine State Conference Championships. The Varsity 4 team secured first place for the fifth consecutive season. The Sharks were narrowly defeated overall by fierce rivals Barry University. The men’s cross country program had their best season in 2009. The Sharks qualified for their first NCAA Division II national championship where they finished 23rd. Senior Matt Meagher led the Sharks as he garnered All-SSC and All- Region honors. Women’s soccer endured a tough season, but enjoyed a landmark victory over Tampa University. The win was the Sharks’ first over the Spartans in program history. The Sharks claimed a 3-2 victory courtesy of goals from senior Elizabeth Brauher and juniors Alexis Hernandez and Kesiah Wattley. Men’s soccer had a disappointing season. The Sharks enjoyed their best game of the season as they defeated Lynn University in the SSC Quarter Finals. With the game tied at 2-2 after overtime, it was the Sharks who came out victorious, 7-6 in a penalty shootout. Women’s volleyball had another impressive season reaching the NCAA Division II South

Regional’s. Despite losing to the Eckerd Tritons at the South Regional’s, the Sharks defeated the Tritons on the road in the regular season. The Sharks clawed their way back with an 18-16 victory in the final set for a 3-2 victory. The men’s basketball team enjoyed a solid season with a young squad. One of the Sharks’ best performances of the season came when they defeated local rivals Barry University 74-72 on the road. Down by 19 points, the Sharks rallied and secured the victory courtesy of a three-pointer by sophomore Rob Huntington with three seconds left on the clock. Women’s basketball found it tough this season, but can look back on a number of good games. The Sharks beat the Eckerd Tritons, 54-53, on the road breaking a six-game losing streak. With the win the Sharks claimed an all important SSC victory and also snapped a six game-losing streak. Junior Abbie Tepe hit the winning basket with five seconds remaining. The men’s golf team began their season in the best possible way. The Sharks claimed the Golfweek Spring Invitational courtesy of a two stroke victory over the University of West Florida. Sophomore Ben Vertz led the Sharks as he finished in ninth place with a score of 219. Despite a tough start, the men’s baseball team won seventeen of their last twenty games and hopes to continue their fine form heading into the latter end of the season. The Sharks highlight of the season was a 9-8 victory over Rollins College. Women’s softball began the season in blistering form. However, recently the Sharks have struggled to find their rhythm. One of the Sharks’ best games of the season came as they defeated the University of West Florida 7-6 earlier in the season. NSU athletics made great strides this year as the Sharks became one of the most competitive teams in the SSC.

gold standard in terms of total healthcare,” said Gatens. The focus of each athletic trainer is to keep the studentathletes in competition and out of the state-of-the-art athletic training facility. “A lot of athletes think our job is to keep them off the field, but it’s the exact opposite, it’s to keep them on the field and playing as often and as well as they possibly can,” said Gatens. The Athletic Training facility is located in the Don Taft University Center. It is fully equipped with amenities such as 2,500 square-foot athletic training suite, state of the art electrical modalities for rehabilitation and treatment, a physical examination room and the only hydrotherapy

area with a HydroWorx 2000 aquatic rehabilitation pool in South Florida. However, it is not just the state of the art facility that makes the athletic training room an ideal working environment. “It’s the people, it’s the staff and the athletes here that are the reason why I am going on my fifth year at NSU,” said Stubblefield. As head athletic trainer of both men’s soccer and women’s rowing, Stubblefield looks back on his time at NSU with the fondest of memories. “It has been really enjoyable working here for the last four years,” said Stubblefield. “Working with people I really enjoy working with is what makes my job fun.”




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A Timeline of NSU Athletics


No Football for NSU



The NSU athletics department was created in 1980 by former president, Abraham S. Fischler. Formerly known as Nova University, Nova created a sports program in an attempt to boost limited undergraduate enrollment at the main campus.


In 1982 Charles “Sonny” Hansley was named the first director of athletics and the first program to field a team was men’s basketball in the 1982/1983 season. To go along with the new program Nova University selected “the Knights” as the school’s first mascot.


In 1984 NSU added men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country.


The Knights joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Undergraduate enrollment reached 222 students.


The Knights add baseball, women’s tennis and men’s golf, increasing the number of women’s sports to three and men’s sports to five.


Nova joins the FIAC (Florida Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Other NAIA teams to join included St. Thomas University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Palm Beach Atlantic College, Warner Southern College and Florida Memorial College.


Nova Southeastern University is born—as Nova University merges with Southeastern University of Health Sciences. Softball becomes the fourth intercollegiate women’s sport at NSU.


NSU adds women’s soccer. It becomes the fifth intercollegiate women’s sport at NSU.


Ray Ferrero, Jr., is named president of Nova Southeastern University. Women’s basketball is introduced.


NSU becomes a member of the NCAA at the Division II level. In addition they become provisional members of the Sunshine State Conference.


Women’s rowing is added as the seventh intercollegiate sport at NSU. The first step in the construction of the (Don Taft) University Center begins on April 21, 2003.


Men’s golf team clinches NSU’s first Sunshine State Conference championship.


Another landmark event in the school’s history as the mascot was changed to the Sharks.


The Inaugural NSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2007 was selected. The Women’s soccer team qualifies for the NCAA Division II South Regional’s for the first time in program history. Volleyball hosts the NSU Sharks Classic; the first athletic event inside the (Don Taft) University Center.


Women’s basketball captures first ever SSC regular season and SSC Tournament championships in program history. Women’s Volleyball selected too NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.


The women’s golf team was the first program to win a NCAA Division II National Championship in school history. Later that same year the women’s rowing team also claimed a NCAA Division II National Championship in the Varsity 4 race.


The women’s golf team wins backto-back NCAA Division II National Championship.

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NSU does not have a football team and when they first come to the university, many students wonder why that is. “An institution with 29,000 students, you would think would have a football team but athletic programs are determined by the size of the undergraduate population,” said George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., NSU president. “There are only 2,000 first-time undergraduate students and of that, less than 1,000 live on campus.” NSU’s undergraduate population has grown in the past ten years and it is projected that the number will double in the next five years. However, a larger undergraduate population is not the only thing needed to put together a football team. Due to Title IX, NSU would need more male than female students to justify having a mostlymale sport. Title IX dictates that no school will discriminate on the basis of gender regarding

financial aid, sports, housing, etc. Therefore, if a school’s population is mostly female, the school may not represent more males than females in its athletic programs. “If we have 70 percent female and 30 percent male, we can’t have a greater representation of male over female sports,” said Hanbury. This is the reason NSU has more female sports than male sports. Introducing a football program would throw off the gender balance created by these regulations. Hanbury said that it is not the nature or number of sports that matter, but rather the people participating in them. The university’s athletic program may include more female than male teams but if the total number of male athletes playing in those teams is more than the female athletes, the university would be violating Title IX. For these reasons, Michael Mominey, director of athletics and head coach of men’s basketball, said, “NSU will not be and has not considered the addition of football to its athletic

program.” Integrating a football program would also mean moving from Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association to Division I. The move is something the administration does not favor entirely because of the different focus each division has. Hanbury said, “Division II, contrary to Division I, emphasizes the student in studentathlete. Even in Division I, less than three percent of the student-athletes go on to play in professional [leagues], which means that 97 percent did not go on to play professional sports. But what was stressed on their four-year program? Is it going to be beneficial for the rest of their lives?” To ensure NSU studentathletes focus on being students rather than athletes, Hanbury said, “The athletic department and the athletic director report to the provost to keep tabs on how the students are doing academically — don’t get me wrong, we love to see winning teams, but these are things we need to think about.”




Why NSU Doesn’t Need Football NSU athletics has grown exponentially in recent years. With the addition of a swimming and diving program and a new athletics building opening in August — NSU athletics is heading in the right direction. NSU athletics has begun to establish itself at the national level becoming national champions in women’s golf and women’s rowing. NSU athletics boasts some of the best facilities in Division II athletics. NSU athletics doesn’t need a football team. The debate surrounding whether or not NSU needs a football team has intensified lately. It has become an incessant topic of conversation among students that has seemingly gathered momentum since homecoming week. Typically, football is the focal point of homecoming week and is a highlight in a school’s calendar. A week of homecoming celebration culminates in a football match that celebrates a school’s identity. NSU’s lack of football was highlighted once again as basketball took center stage as the school’s homecoming sporting event. The debate of whether or not NSU would be adopting a football team was met with a definitive response — No, not for the foreseeable future. The lure of football is obvious. The large crowds, the tailgating and the body paint; college football is an American institution. Its role in collegiate tradition does not mean football is essential to the development of NSU athletics. The spectacle fans witness on a Saturday afternoon or under the Friday night lights is merely the tip of the iceberg. Football influences much more than simply what fans observe on game day. In comparison to most other schools in the Sunshine State Conference,

NSU is still in its infant stages as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In less than a decade, NSU has grown remarkably as an NCAA member. As NSU continues to expand and develops with every season; the possible introduction of a football team would halt that progression. At this stage in the school’s athletic development, a football team would be a financial hindrance as opposed to a lucrative cash cow. The cost of establishing a college football team is phenomenal. The cost of establishing a competitive college football team is astronomical. NSU athletics is under construction. A program not steeped in historical tradition, but in the process of forging one. It is not a collegiate powerhouse — but aims to be. NSU needs to become a big fish in a small pond before it is able to tackle the treacherous waters of college football. Like a celebrity with a big ego, college football comes with an entourage — complete with baggage — that could ultimately be detrimental to NSU athletics. Sure, the notion of an NSU football team is sexy. The glitz and the glamour of college football is appealing. But, the fact is NSU isn’t ready. The Sharks are just starting to become established at the national level. If NSU were to adopt football they would have to change conferences, probably change divisions and would, ultimately, struggle to compete at the regional level. Instead of wondering what NSU could have, focus on what NSU has. Instead of craving a historical tradition, be a part of making one. Embrace NSU athletics and be a part of a large crowd. Create your own tailgating experience. Paint your body in NSU blue and white. Support your Sharks even without football.


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The University of North Carolina and Duke have one. The University of Florida and Florida State University have one. Ohio State and Michigan have one. A rivalry. Often determined by geography, a rival is a team that every fan loves to hate and every athlete loves to play against. A rivalry is often created because of an unwavering desire for local bragging rights. NSU is no different. The Sharks’ two biggest rivals are Barry University and Lynn University. When the NSU Sharks come up against the Buccaneers of Barry or the Fighting Knights of Lynn records are forgotten. Current league standings are ignored. All that matters is that one game, race or tournament. All that matters is winning. Separated by only 18 miles, the Buccaneers are the Sharks’ closest Sunshine State Conference rivals. Located in Miami Shores, the Buccaneers have been the Sharks main rival for almost a decade. The Buccaneers enjoyed a successful 2009-2010 season. Men’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s rowing all won the conference titles. Also, the Men’s and women’s basketball teams reached the conference finals. “There’s no other team in the SSC you want to beat more

Courtesy of Lynn University

Courtesy of Barry University

Big LU, Lynn University’s mascot.

Bucky, Barry University’s mascot.

than Barry,” said women’s rower Megan Kim, senior. “It’s even more rewarding to not only get a win against them, but to put them in their place at the same time,” said Kim. When she is not competing, Kim can be seen at athletic events around campus. As a “Finatic”, which is a NSU Shark fan, she believes there is a special atmosphere when the Buccaneers come to campus. “I think there’s more excitement and tension in the air when our teams play Barry,” said Kim. When the Sharks come up against the Buccaneers, it is imperative that every Finatic attempts to make the occasion as hostile as possible for the visiting team. “Playing a rival like Barry turns an average game into a personal battle against them,” said Kim. NSU’s other main rival the Fighting Knights is located in Boca Raton, 29 miles away. The

Fighting Knights have become one of the Sharks fiercest rivals in the SSC. Competitive in every sport, the Fighting Knights are the current women’s basketball conference champions. “When it comes to playing Lynn, you’re playing for more than a victory,” said men’s soccer defender Tim Taylor. Taylor scored the winning penalty kick as the Sharks defeated the Fighting Knights back in November for the first time since 1986. “Sometimes you look back on a season and reflect not on how well you played or the numbers posted on your record, but on the fact that you defeated Lynn that year; spoiling their season,” said Taylor. Whatever the sport, whatever the date be sure to mark your calendar and paint your face blue and white and join the rest of the Finatics when the Buccaneers and the Fighting Knights come to campus.

Get in Shape with a Smile on Your Face


The Office of Campus Recreation offers a number of fitness opportunities to help you get in shape, have fun with friends and challenge yourself. In recent years, the activities available to the NSU community have increased significantly. From recreational fitness to intramural sports to NSU’s very own Biggest Loser — there is something for everyone. Campus Recreation provides an environment that is fun for all, regardless of your skill or fitness level. Campus Recreation offers a number of group exercise classes such as spinning, body sculpt,

circuit blast, cardio step, cardio core, hip hop, killer abs, pilates, yoga and zumba. Classes are held in the Don Taft University center and class schedules are available at the front desk. Intramural sports are also popular on campus. Campus Recreation offers both recreational and competitive leagues. The sports include basketball, volleyball, soccer, flag football, softball, dodgeball, golf, badminton and racquetball. Intramural leagues run foursix weeks throughout the school year. Games are played Monday-Thursday, 7-11:30 p.m. Intramurals is the perfect way for you to meet friends and compete in a social environment. One of the most successful programs offered by Campus

Recreation is the Biggest Loser. In its fourth year, this program offers participants a chance to improve their overall health. In order to participate you must submit an application to Campus Recreation. Once the application is accepted, potential contestants must undergo a selection interview and must complete a physical exam and blood work before starting the program. Previous participants have lost weight, lowered their cholesterol and blood pressure and increased their flexibility and strength. For more information on intramurals or fitness programs, please visit www.rec.nova.edu or visit the Office of Campus Recreation located on the first floor of the Don Taft University Center


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Let’s All Go to the Movies: Summer Edition

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Movies from left to right: “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” “Get Him to the Greek,” “The A-Team,” “The Karate Kid,” “Toy Story 3,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” “The Last Airbender,” “Despicable Me,” ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “The Expendables.”


Summer is here and for moviegoers, that means the release of some of the biggest blockbusters of the year. Although some of the summer’s hits have already been released — “Ironman 2,” “Clash of the Titans,” and “Robin Hood”— there are still some big titles waiting to make a summer splash. Here’s what to look forward to… “Get Him to the Greek” Releases June 4 The summer is not really offering many comedy films. At this point “Shrek Forever After” and “MacGruber” have already been released, so what’s left is “Get Him to the Greek.” This whole project is really based on an idea that comedy geniuses Jonah Hill and Russell Brand had really good chemistry in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and almost stole the show. Therefore, Universal Pictures’ experiment is to see if that chemistry will bring in big bucks at the box office. The production company floods the film with some of the biggest names in music including: Pink, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, and Lars Ulrich. It’s hard to imagine that Jonah Hill won’t deliver some laughs, but I wouldn’t expect the success that “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” had as this film seems more gimmick than substance. “The A-Team” Releases June 11 Hopefully you



excited about this film as I am. It was one of the best shows of the 80’s — I know it was my favorite along with “MacGyver.” Now, that once-beloved show is taking the leap into film and getting a noteworthy upgrade in acting caliber with the likes of Liam Nesson, Bradley Cooper, and Patrick Wilson. As if this wasn’t enough to put any guy in a seat at the nearest theater, Jessica Biel is in it too. Explosions, comedy, parachuting tanks, Liam Nesson, cigars, mohawks, an awesome theme-song, and Jessica Biel… I’m there! “The Karate Kid” Releases June 11 Let’s face it. This was probably not the Smith you were hoping to see in a film this summer, but if “like father, like son” is true, than Jaden Smith will be a big box-office draw. “The Karate Kid” is a remake of the classic 80’s film “The Karate Kid” which had a generation of people repeating “wax on, wax off” and “sweep the leg.” The film also boasts the talent of arguably the most famous martial artist today, Jackie Chan. When I first heard about this project I was filled with doubt, because I didn’t want a great classic to be tainted. After seeing the trailer, though, I’m thinking today’s generation is going to be in for a pleasant surprise. “Toy Story 3” Releases June 18 Fifteen years ago “Toy Story” revolutionized animated films and paved the way for Pixar to become a household

name. Now the characters we all love, Woody, Buzz, Hamm, Mr. Potato Head, Rex and some new characters, most notably Ken from Ken and Barbie, are back for the final installment of the beloved tale of Andy and his toys. Though it is an animated film intended for a very young audience, this franchise will certainly bring out the child in us. It will also be a bittersweet experience as it will be great to see these characters again, but sad to say good-bye — until we see them on DVD. “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” Releases June 30 Is it too early to crown the summer’s biggest draw? It’s safe to say that “Eclipse” will probably be bringing the most money this summer. How do I know that? That’s easy — just ask the group of thirteen-year old girls already in line for tickets. There’s a very specific audience for this film but it’s an audience that will go back to see it time and time again declaring their love for either team Jacob or team Edward or dragging their spouses for their guilty pleasure. Whatever the excuse, millions of people will be watching this film when it releases — I just won’t be one of them. “The Last Airbender” Releases June 30 There are multitudes of people anxiously awaiting the release of “The Last Airbender,” some are fans of the Anime series. Some just want to know what M. Night Shyamalan’s mind-blowing twist will be.

Still, twist or no twist, the trailer flaunts impressive effects, an intriguing storyline, and one of the best directors working today. Hopefully this film will help shake off the cobwebs from the DVD copies of “The Lady in the Water” and “The Happening” that are still on store shelves.

includes Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, and Monica Bellucci. It’ll be interesting to see if Cage can continue this trend of good performances. Although, I wouldn’t bet on him for too long as there are also sequels for both “Ghost Rider” and “National Treasure” in the near future.

“Despicable Me” Releases July 9 To go against “Shrek” and ‘Toy Story” is quite daunting, so what do you do? You recruit the voice talents of Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig, Jason Segel, Will Arnett, Ken Jeong, Danny McBride, Russell Brand, and Jack McBrayer to name a few. “Despicable Me” is the first of a couple of animated movies being released within the year that contain a villain protagonist. America loves Steve Carrell, so there will be a guaranteed number of tickets sold but will the story be good enough to compete with the other animated heavy-hitters? We’ll have to go and see to find out.

“The Expendables” Releases August 13 I cannot think of a better way to close out the summer than with a movie that flaunts the most big names as well as the most gunshots and explosions than all the other summer movies combined. “The Expendables” is a Sylvester Stallone project that promises to deliver more mindnumbing action than you could ever imagine. It’d be ridiculous to even begin to name some of the names that are attached to this project (Jet Li, Dolph Lundren, Randy Orton, Jason Statham, and more), I just know that every guy who saw the trailer and saw Stallone, Willis, and Schwarzenegger together in one scene instantly grew even more chest hair.

‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” Release July 9 I thought Nicolas Cage was done, then he went and starred in “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” and “Kick-Ass” and came roaring back into the limelight with quality performances. In “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” he’s starring in a movie aimed at a wider audience. I’m sure this film is hoping to grab on to the same magnetism as the “Harry Potter” franchise and “Percy Jackson.” It is armed with a strong cast that


Arts & Entertainment

Orientation Issue 2010


The Good, the Bad, and the WTF? of 2010 JUAN GALLO


Hits Sandra Bullock Wins Oscar Sandra Bullock defied odds by beating out heavy-hitters like Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, and Meryl Streep, to take home the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in “The Blindside.” What was most ironic is that she also won the Razzie for worst actress of the year for her role in “All About Steve.” iPad Dominates When Steve Jobs announced and displayed the iPad back in January, the Internet was filled with complaints and people whining about how it was pretty much just a really big iPhone that wasn’t a phone. However, that didn’t stop anyone from going out and getting one the minute it was released. The iPad has sold over one million units and continues to rise in popularity as more and more apps are created every day. NFL Draft In celebration of its 75th year, the NFL Draft made the risky leap to primetime. For the first time ever, the draft was held over three days starting on Thursday, Apr. 22 at 7:30pm and lasting until Saturday, Apr. 24th. The gamble paid off as the draft received higher ratings and more viewership than the NBA playoffs which ran at the same time marking a significant milestone for the league. Conan O’Brien After receiving a raw deal from NBC who wanted to move his Tonight Show from 11:35pm to 12:05am in order to make room for Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien decided it was time to walk away and left the show. He received incredible support from a nation of loyal viewers who

lovingly nicknamed him “Coco.” O’Brien recently signed a deal to host a show on the cable network TBS which will begin airing in November, and all of Coco nation will be tuning in. Betty White in the Spotlight “The Golden Girls” are not a thing of the past. The lovable and hilarious Betty White has made quite a comeback this year receiving a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards and hosting SNL. The 88-year-old has had quite a career and if 2010 is any indication there is still plenty Betty left for us to enjoy. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter — The Book For those of us out there who are into supernatural things like vampires, zombies, and the undead but have no patience for sappy love stories and screaming fifteen year-old girls — there is “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” He was already one of the coolest, most heroic historical figures of all-time and now he’s killing vampires — this is epic. Put this on your list of immediate must-reads. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Greasy hamburgers, fried chicken, buttery biscuits — this food is delicious but it’s killing us. Jamie Oliver is a British chef who has crossed the Atlantic to rescue us from our self-destructive dietary ways. On a mission to stop childhood obesity, Jamie’s show on ABC, “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” is the chef’s attempt to teach us that there is a better way to eat.

Misses Jesse James, the Idiot So your wife, Sandra Bullock, is beautiful, talented, madly in love

with you, and has just reached the pinnacle of her career winning the Oscar for Best Actress, which she mostly dedicated to you, so what do you do? Well, you cheat on her with a lizard-looking, nazi-uniform wearing, tattooed, hideous woman of course. You’re an idiot! Nature’s Wrath Who can explain why Mother Earth is becoming a self-destructive, suicidal individual all of a sudden? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that she gives and gives and all we do is take and take. We’ve certainly received quite a wake-up call this year with all the extreme weather we have been having across the world — from volcanoes erupting, to snowstorms, to floods. Though not everything is in our control, our resources are limited and we need to start showing Momma Earth some love. Tiger’s Wood The Notorious B.I.G. said it best when he said, “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.” Perhaps in Tiger Wood’s case he should’ve said, “Mo’ money, less brains, mo’ problems, wife goes to town on your face.” Whatever Tiger, we’re over it. You’re filthy rich and you’re the victim right? Just hit the golf ball, that’s what you’re good at. Toyota’s Don’t Know When to Stop …Literally. Toyota’s have brake issues. If you wanted a car with problems you’d buy your neighbors used Ford Focus, but when you buy a new car the last thing you expect is problems. Apparently that’s not what Toyota believes. Rollovers, no brakes, random acceleration — you name it, Toyota’s got it. So be careful out there if you’re in a Toyota or just around one. Arizona’s Heat Exhaustion It must be too hot in Arizona

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Clockwise from the top: Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno at an industry event; Betty White in the Superbowl Snickers commercial; Magazine covers of the Tiger Woods affair.

and this must be affecting people’s brains. Let’s look into that. I seriously cannot find any other logical reason for the ridiculous laws being enforced in that state. Now, any cop can pull you over if they have suspicions that you are an illegal immigrant, can you say racial profiling? They also want to prohibit ethnic studies in local schools, seriously? California is boycotting Arizona travel for businesses and I’m boycotting the entire state in general. Who’s with the Governator and me? Jay Leno’s Bluff Jay Leno, you honorably passed the baton to young Conan O’Brien to take the reins of the Tonight Show as you rode off into retirement sunset. Then you took it back? What? I’m confused. You are not funny, your hair is weird (but

not cool like Conan’s), your voice is annoying and your chin petrifies me. It’s called showmanship, leave them wanting more, not stuff it down their throats. NBC National Backstabbing Company, you suck. Go team Coco! I’ve said my piece. Celebrity Deaths/Scandals Galore The price of fame is a costly one and sometimes it costs you your life. Celebrities like Michael Jackson, Corey Feldman, and Brittany Murphy are dropping like flies in this day and age and the public is left wondering what is going on? If this celebrity death epidemic continues who will we have left to read about in tabloids or stalk on twitter or tune in to TMZ for? Uh-oh.

Summer Events Around Town June

· Music and Dancing Under the Stars @ Hollywood Beach Theater (all summer long) · The Hukilau 2010 @ Ft, Lauderdale (6/10-6-13) · Passion Pit @ The Fillmore in Miami Beach (6/13) · 50 Cent @ The Fillmore in Miami Beach (6/15) · Florida Supercon @ Double Tree Miami Mart Airport Hotel & Convention Center (6/18-6/20) · Holiday Park’s Free Starlight Summer Concerts (6/18-8/6) · “Cats” @ Kravis Center in W.P.B. (6/22-6/27) · “Mary Poppins” @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts (6/9-6/27)

July · Jamie Cullum @ The Fillmore (7/5) · Aventura @ Hard Rock Live (7/7) · Vans Warped Tour @ Cruzan amphitheater (7/24) · The Dave Matthews Band @ Cruzan amphitheater (7/30-7/31)

August · Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival @ Cruzan amphitheater (8/11)


Arts & Entertainment

Express Yourself: Digressions

Orientation Issue 2010

Television Producers, Journalists, and Radio DJs Feel at Home at NSU


The cover of Digressions 2010, designed by Joshua Appelt, senior business administration major.


Do not miss this opportunity. Digressions magazine is your chance to be heard and seen. All of those poems you’ve been writing or those short stories you’ve been developing, even the pictures you’ve been taking — Digressions wants to show off your talent. Digressions is published once a year by the Division of Humanities at the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences and it’s the only student-run literary magazine on campus. You submit works and your peers decide if

you get in or not. You can start submitting at the beginning of the school year and in the winter semester the review process will begin. Some time in March you will be notified if your work has been selected. If you make it in then you have an opportunity to have your work seen by hundreds of eyes at NSU. At the end of the year there is a reception organized by the Digressions staff, with the help of their faculty advisor, Suzanne Ferriss. Ph.D., and the Division of Humanities, where students who have been selected to be a part of the magazine can share

their works. The event is open to all students, faculty, and staff to attend and celebrate the talent we have here among us at NSU. There is also an award portion of the banquet. Submit your short fiction, poetry, photography and artwork as soon as the Fall term begins. Allow Digressions to become a part of your college career as well as your creative journey. For more information and to see downloadable copies of the past issues of Digressions, visit www.undergrad.nova.edu/ divisions/hum/Digressions.

Write a Letter to the Editor Want to say something about what you have read? Have an opinion about something we covered? Do you have an idea that you think would be great in The Current? Then send a Letter to the Editor at nsunews@nova.edu. You can also comment on our articles at www.nsucurrent.com.


Have you ever thought about what it would be like to create your own version of “Friends,” write a front page story, or have a following like DJ Irie? You might just get your chance. Student media is home to NSU’s student-run entertainment and media outlets like Sharks United Television, The Current and RadioX 88.5 FM. SUTV was founded in 2009 by Philip Ortiz, former president of NSU’s undergraduate Student Government Association. “I wanted to create an opportunity for communication studies students to gain handson experience in the field,” said Ortiz. The on-campus television station can be accessed in the residence halls on Channel 96. It broadcasts Hollywood blockbusters, student-created television shows, and student-created commercials for campus clubs and events. The latest addition to the station is “The Stage,” a comedy about the life and drama of theater students. The show airs not only on SUTV but it is also uploaded on Facebook® where it has become popular among NSU students and their friends. Comments such as “Show’s awesome. Good job, guys,” by Melissa Rodriguez, sophomore business administration major, fill the page after an episode is posted. Michael McGregor, senior communication studies major and SUTV station manager, said, “I made a lot of great friends and learned some very valuable pieces of information at SUTV. It was a lot of hard work and stressful a lot of the time, but at the end of the day it was all worth it.” Radio is another media outlet available on campus. NSU’s RadioX 88.5 FM broadcasts its radio waves across the tri-county area from 7 p.m.- 3 a.m. The station also broadcasts online at www.nova.edu/radiox. It plays alternative, rock, house, hip-hop, jazz, and R & B music. In addition, RadioX highlights student-created programming such as “The Local

Show,” which gives local artists an opportunity to promote their music, and “South Florida Live, a show that features interviews and music of artists visiting South Florida.” Michelle Manley, assistant director of Student Media and former station manager, said, “The whole goal is to play music the NSU community enjoys.” The station is run by students who play music they enjoy and this is something they feel shows in their performances. When asked what her favorite part of working at the station was, Athina Casas, sophomore psychology major and music director, said, “Definitely when people call and request a song, because sometimes you’re talking and you’re not seeing anyone, so you’re not sure if anyone’s listening. So it’s great when people call and tell you you’re doing a great job.” Listening to RadioX 88.5 FM has its rewards. Listeners can win tickets to movies, concerts and special events. The Current is NSU’s only student-run newspaper. The newspaper is published weekly and features NSU news, reader and student opinions, sports coverage, feature stories as well as an arts and entertainment section full of movie, music, and other entertainment reviews. The Current hopes to create a dialogue among students, faculty and staff about issues the NSU community is concerned about from parking policies and security on campus, to academia and other content that matters to students. Meagan Taylor, 2009 alumna, said, “When I was in school I loved it. It kept me in the loop with what was going on around campus and gave views on nation-wide news, but I must say my absolute favorite were the puzzles and word searches. My friends and I would work on the word scramble and it just became a tradition every week. I’m still a ‘Current’ fan and wish that it was still apart of my week.” To find out more about SUTV, RadioX 88.5 FM and The Current visit www.nova.edu/ studentmedia.

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