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SGA and Office of Student Activities launch Orgsync Written by: Dean Gabriel Williams

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On Jan.24, the Offi ce of Student Activities and the undergraduate Student Government Association launched Orgsync, an online community management system used by higher education institutions to communicate with students and staff, track student involvement and manage campus organizations and programs. The University of Texas founded Orgsync in 2007 to increase student involvement and communication among student organizations. Currently, 100 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada use Orgsync as their primary student involvement hub. SEE ORGSYNC 2

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The Orgsync community page of Nova Southeastern University officially launched on the Jan. 24.

NSU’s Accounting Club will offer free income tax-fi ling services to the NSU community. The club will meet every Saturday from Feb. 4 – April 14, in the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, room 3029, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The club consists of 26 members who are certifi ed to prepare tax returns through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Kristopher Fernandez, senior accounting major, said the club is prepared to assist the NSU community with their taxes.

“We would like to reach as many students, faculty and staff as possible. However, the program is limited to those who earn less than $50,000 a year,” said Fernandez. Taxes will be prepared by accounting majors and master’s students. “Who better to do it than the ones studying to do it in the fi eld?” said Fernandez. Those who want to have their taxes fi led will need to bring an original copy of their social security card and their Florida driver’s license. Walk-ins are welcome. SEE ACCOUNTING 2

Gay-Straight Alliance hosts 2nd annual Gay Prom Written by: Victoria Rajkumar The Pin-Ups and Sailor Charity Prom will be held on Feb. 10 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the second fl oor of the Don Taft University Center. The event was created to give Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgendered students a chance to experience prom without the negative experiences they may have faced in high school. Entrance into the prom is by donation only, and donations of $5$10 are encouraged. All proceeds will benefi t SunServe, a local nonprofi t organization that provides mental health services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning youth in South Florida. Jessica Wilson, third-year master’s student in clinical psychology, said, “I hope the event will be fun for those attending. I also hope that it gives students the opportunity to experience prom when they may not have had the SEE GAY PROM 2

Members of NSU’s Gay-Straight Alliance supporting the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgendered community.

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Gina Mercanti, graduate assistant for student organizations, said, “NSU wanted a one-stop, online portal to streamline student organization administration. With Orgsync, student organizations can complete room requests for meetings and events, register for SEA Thursdays and complete other registration requirements all in one place.” Orgsync also enables student organizations to manage their membership and events. A student organization’s Orgsync page can even be linked with its Facebook and Twitter pages and its website. Candice Williams, junior psychology major, said, “Orgsync is awesome. Student organizations

can text their members and post events. The really exciting thing about Orgsync is the fact that student organizations have the opportunity to recruit new members, as prospective members can view basic information about the organization via Orgsync and request membership over the web.” Orgsync allows students and student organizations to complete forms online on the one-stop website. Tilly Owusuwaa, senior business administration major and undergraduate SGA senator for nontraditional students, said she likes that Orgsync is green. “Students and student organizations will be able to submit forms right there on the website,

which increases both accessibility and administrative processes,” said Owusuwaa. “The undergraduate SGA hopes that this will take sustainability to the next level, with the objective of a completely green system by the beginning of the fall 2012 semester.” Interested students and student organizations can attend an Orgsync training session to learn how to get their organizations on the site. Training sessions will be held every Wednesday until Feb. 29, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., in the Student Organizations Resource Center, located in room 201 in the Rosenthal building.

provides a unique challenge. The experience gained by going through this process and the ability to apply them to real world situations makes VITA a valuable learning tool for each individual’s education,” he said. Benjamin said that it is rewarding to go through the steps and work through each problem to prepare a tax return for the taxpayer. “You can feel the appreciation from them. It makes me feel good knowing I was able to help and provide a service to the community,” he said.

“We don’t keep anything from the fi lers. And what we do keep is sent directly to the IRS,” said Fernandez. Fernandez said that their services are completely free. “We do it for the experience,” he said. Brent Benjamin, senior accounting major, said being a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program participant has been a valuable experience. “It is a valuable service that we can provide to the community. It gives us a chance to learn in detail about tax preparation. Each situation is different and

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said Rothstein. Wilson said GSA’s mission is to promote acceptance of the LGBT community within NSU. She encourages interested students to attend the club’s meetings every fi rst and third Wednesday of the month in the Rosenthal building.

chance before.” Melissa Rothstein, sophomore biology student, said the event promotes a great message. “It is great that [GSA] is doing this. I had friends back in high school who didn’t want to go to prom because they were lesbian and were afraid to bring a date,”

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Burger King testing home delivery South Florida-based fast food chain Burger King is set to test a home delivery service at four restaurants in the Washington DC area beginning at the end of January. The delivery service, which costs $2 and will be available to customers living within 10 minutes of participating restaurants. Search continues for passengers on almost sunken cruise ship Rescuers continue to search for bodies off the coast of Giglio, Italy from the capsized cruise ship Costa Cordina. The ship came into distress after hitting rocks on Jan. 13, which caused major flooding. Authorities have deemed the cause of the incident “grave error.” Six U.S. marines die after helicopter crash On Jan. 20, six U.S. marines were killed in a helicopter crash in Hemland province, Afghanistan. NATO said there was no reported enemy fire in the area. However, the Taliban is taking credit for bringing down the aircraft. Separately, an Afghan solider killed four French soliders and injured 15 in eastern Afghanistan, prompting Paris to consider an early withdrawal of their troops.


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Faculty Spotlight: Sandra Brener Written by: Alyssa Sterkel Throughout college, students are asked the infamous question, “What would you do even if you didn’t get paid for it?” But here’s a different question: “What would you do, even if it meant you couldn’t practice for seven years to fulfi ll requirements needed in another country?” Sandra Brener, assistant professor in the Division of Developmental Science for Pediatric Dentistry, had to answer that question. She loves pediatric dentistry so much that she went through the seven year process of fulfi lling the requirements to practice dentistry in the U.S. after leaving Argentina in 2002 as a certifi ed dentist there. “Local dentists would tell me, ‘I can’t understand how you’re doing this all over again.’ Some of the classes, like anatomy and physiology, had me going back 20 years to when I fi rst started dental school. But when you get to do what you’re born for, you forget about all of that,” she said. Brener said it was interesting to repeat the schooling process, especially after being a mother and a professional for 10 years. “It was challenging, but exciting at the same time. When you do it again, you know what you’re doing and why you’re there. [In some

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Sandra Brener, assistant professor in the Division of Developmental Science and Pediatric Dentistry enjoys her profession because she gets to constantly educate patients and their families about good dental hygiene.

ways] it was easier but in some, not. English is my second language so I was learning English while I was studying and going through the process,” she said. It’s been so long since she fi rst chose pediatric dentistry, Brener couldn’t remember why she chose it many years ago, but she knows why she stayed in the fi eld. She said it’s a good way to reach people by providing education on achieving a healthy lifestyle. Brener said, “I practice with

kids, so I get to reach the whole family sometimes. I’m more of an educator than a practitioner. My primary goal is to educate people to be healthy and not have to come back for treatment.” This is the reason Brener teaches her students to see the whole person and not just focus on the dental procedure or the tooth. She said students get very excited about teeth, but they shouldn’t forget about the person carrying them. “Whatever is happening to

that tooth is happening because of the person. Everything relates to that tooth, like the way they eat, sleep or exercise. I want them to be able to see the person before they see the dental need,” she said. This is very important because pediatric dentists can examine newborns to 18-year-olds and children with special needs. Because of this, when students ask Brener if it’s OK to pursue pediatrics because it’s profi table, she tells them not to pursue it if they don’t love it. She

said otherwise they will hate every minute of it and it will be tough to go to work and do something they don’t like. Fortunately for Brener, she loves her job. She said there are surprises all the time — both good and bad. The things she is exposed to, from children with special needs to children who have been exposed to abusive parenting, teaches her worthwhile lessons. “I am in a rewarding fi eld. Every second of it is,” she said.


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Ionna Hernadez, double major in communication studies and international relations, earned college credits when she participated in Semester at Sea. She visited 14 countries, like India, where she saw the Taj Mahal.

Written by: Ionna Hernandez Ionna Hernandez is double majoring in communication studies and international relations. She is originally from Panama, but was raised in South Florida. She speaks both Spanish and English fluently, can speak French conversationally and is currently learning Arabic. Her favorite quote is “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrowmindedness, and many of our people need it sorely in these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime,” written by Mark Twain in “Innocents Abroad.” Ever since I was a little girl I dreamt of traveling the world. I dreamt of hiking the Great Wall in China, seeing the Taj Mahal in India, trying on a Kimono in Japan, and hiking to the top of Table Mountain in South Africa. I thought maybe one day, if I won the lotto I would get to do all these things, or maybe I would eventually save up enough money to visit one or two of these places. Only in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would have the opportunity to visit all of these places and many others in one trip. I not only did, but I also earned college credits while traveling the world. My dreams became a reality last semester when I studied abroad and embarked on the journey of a lifetime aboard the M/V “Explorer” as a student on the 107th voyage of Semester at Sea. Our voyage circumnavigated the globe in 111 days making stops in 14 different countries and traversing the Panama Canal. The ship departed on Aug. 26, 2011 from Montreal, Canada and the voyage ended 3 1/2 months later in my hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In between,

we made stops in Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Hawaii, Costa Rica, transited the Panama Canal, and, finally, the Bay Islands of Honduras. Although the itinerary itself is impressive, it wasn’t seeing the Taj Mahal, or hiking the Great Wall or taking a picture at the top of Table Mountain that made this the experience of a lifetime. While those things were great and exciting it was the people I met along the way, the circumstances we all shared and the realities of what the world is really like that left the deepest impressions. It was experiencing things about other cultures first hand that no textbook, movie, documentary or 5 o’clock news cast could ever convey accurately. The energy, the sadness, the smells of tragic places, like the slave castles in Ghana, and the brightness, resilience and love of others, like the nation of Vietnam are things I will always remember. It was visiting the gender equality division of South African parliament and learning about their causes and struggles. It was discussing the “one child” policy in China over dinner with a Chinese college student. It was having a group of elderly Muslim men give up one of their beds so I had somewhere to sleep on an overnight train in India. And it was playing soccer in the rain with a group of boys at a children’s home in Honduras that made this the experience of a lifetime. This wasn’t just some cruise around the world where I collected stamps in my passport. Semester at Sea was the voyage of a lifetime. It was a voyage into personal growth, global awareness and learning the true meaning of becoming a global citizen. Semester at Sea was the best thing that has happened to me and I only wish that one day you can all experience it for yourselves.

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Cheap finds in the winter season Written by: Alyssa Sterkel Shopping this past holiday season may have trained you to find the cheapest gadgets, jewelry and food. But did you know when you buy is also a factor in how low prices are? Though it doesn’t seem like winter in Florida, we can still take advantage of special winter deals. Some items are on sale because of the introduction of new models, causing the older models to go on sale. Some foods are cheaper because they are in peak season. From gadgets to big ticket items, here is what to buy in January and February. Gadgets: The National Consumer Electronics Show is held every January, and the electronics featured arrive in the stores every August and September. Those items, like TVs, phones and cameras are now on sale. February is also a great month to buy a camera — if you don’t need the latest model. New models are released in January and February. Therefore, last year’s models are on sale. For all you gamers who waited to buy the newest videogames released in November, now is the time to buy.

Retailers know they’re not in demand after the holiday season and typically lower their prices. Food: Fruits and vegetables help us stay healthy, but buying them out of season can cost way too much for student wallets to afford. Fortunately, there are fruits and vegetables in their peak season available at the grocery stores. The large quantity of these foods means cheaper prices at checkout. The vegetables to buy this season include: broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, avocados, celery, parsnips, cabbage, rhubarb and other cruciferous and root vegetables. And the fruits you should look out for are: apples, dates, cranberries, grapefruit, kiwi, limes, lemons, papayas, tangerines, blood oranges and pears. Also, if you love seafood, west coast clams, oysters and tuna are cheaper now too. Miscellaneous goods: Camping and outdoor stores tend to lower their prices for spring and summer items, so buying tents, backpacks and fishing gear is a good choice in January and February. Home improvement materials and services, such as carpet installation, paint and new flooring, are also on

sale in the winter. The holidays are over and tax rebate-buying season hasn’t yet started. Household items like bedding and linens are also on sale in January to continue a long-held tradition. “White Sales” began in Philadelphia in 1878, when a department store wanted to keep linen makers afloat during the slow, winter months. If you know you’ll need new bedding sometime this year, now is the time to buy. Big ticket items: The winter is also a great time to spend lots of money on a motorcycle or a boat because you’re purchasing them out of season. Up north, motorcycles and boats can’t be used in the winter; therefore, sellers are willing to settle for a lower price. Look for items like these being sold in a northern state, and you may get a better deal than if you bought one in Florida. Buying items that are in season is a great tool to help keep you out of debt or help you avoid that call to mom and dad where you beg and plead for money. Every season, different items, like foods and gadgets, are on sale so check back once spring comes and we’ll let you know what to buy.

Students show creativity at Block Painting Party Written by: Alyssa Sterkel Jan. 15 consisted of lots of pizza, lots of music and lots of paint. Once again, the annual Block Painting Party was in full swing at NSU. Organizations and clubs woke up early on a Sunday morning, drove (or walked) to the Alvin Sherman Library quad wearing “stainable” clothes and painted a block. This tradition originated back in 2004 when there was a pathway leading from the Goodwin residence hall to Founder’s, Farquhar and Vettel residence halls, said Sean Pepin, assistant director of Student Affairs. Once the Commons residence hall was built, the “party” moved to the pathway leading from the Don Taft University Center to the Parker Building. Pepin said the Block Painting Party usually kicks off Homecoming Week because it’s a huge component of school spirit, but last semester it got rained out. This year it was held in January to kick off Unity Week. Nearly 70 groups signed up to paint a block for their organization, club or group. When Pepin started at NSU three years ago, there were only 40 organizations. Now there are 92 and the 48 blocks from the UC to Parker didn’t fit all the groups. Because of this, they added “Greek row” which runs from the Parker Building to the library. Gina Mercanti, graduate assistant for student organizations, said, “I think it’s cool to have [the Greeks] there

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On Jan. 16, members of clubs and organizations on campus painted blocks on the walkway between the Don Taft University Center and the Parker building to showcase their organizations.

because it shows unity between the Greek organizations themselves and sets them apart.” Kelly Harrison, freshman prenursing major, a member of Sigma Delta Tau, said, “You get to see a little bit of what each one does, and I think it shows some strong points that each of the sororities and fraternities have. It’s definitely a good way to show Greek pride.” The groups chose four colors to paint their block. Mercanti said each of their blocks help showcase what they want to do for the year, help them make a mark on the campus and identify themselves among the other groups. Lileh Whitmore, sophomore marine biology major and member of Society of Anime, Games and Entertainment, hopes people will check out her organization because of their block. “There are a lot of noticeable images on our block and we hope people look at it and say ‘I like this. I

know what this is or I want to find out more about this,’” she said. Mercanti said, “It’s kind of a recruitment tool backwards.” First, second and third places prizes were awarded based on creativity, attention to detail, NSU spirit, organization pride and neatness. The winners for the InterOrganizational Council were PreDental (1st place), Society of Anime, Games and Entertainment (2nd place) and the Caribbean Student Association (3rd place). Razor’s Edge also got the honorable mention award for non-IOC groups. Mercanti said this tradition is unique because it gives organizations a chance to exemplify who they are, what they do on campus and why they’re around. “All the organizations are so different. They serve different purposes and have different missions, so this is a way for them to express that,” she said.


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NSU athletics delivers gifts to sick children Written by: Kevin Preciado

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Greg Brown, baseball head coach (right); A.J. Regoli, senior outfielder (left); and Santa made a special Christmas delivery of toys to patients at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital on Dec. 21.

Throughout the month of December, Greg Brown, baseball head coach, partnered with the athletic department to collect toys for children at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Brown has been doing this in his personal life for 12 years, but he believed he could help more children by collaborating with the athletic

department. He said he felt it was a great opportunity for his team and the rest of the department to be involved. On Dec. 21, Brown delivered the toys to the children, but he wasn’t alone. He was accompanied by Senior outfi elder A.J. Regoli and a very special guest, Santa Claus. “We have a Santa with us every year, so the kids light up,”

said Brown. “You bring joy to these kids lives in a moment when some of these kids are in pain, and you just get to see a great side of the Christmas spirit. It’s very special.” Regoli was very thankful to deliver the gifts. He said, “That was a great experience. That was one of the biggest eye-openers I’ve ever had. These kids are less fortunate than I am and most people are, and it’s a sad thing. But at the end of the day, you don’t see these kids complaining.” The positive attitudes of the children left a great impression on Regoli, and he said everyone could learn from their example. “They’re very positive. They’re outgoing. They always have a smile on their face. You think it wouldn’t be that way. So, for us, the ones who are lucky and have the ability to still do what we’re doing today, you can’t really take anything for granted,” he said. Brown hopes this will be an annual tradition with his team and the rest of the athletic department. He wants his team to know “it’s all about service.”

NSU baseball looks to capture first conference title Written by: Kevin Preciado On Feb. 3, NSU Baseball will begin its new season under secondyear Head Coach Greg Brown. The squad will feature 19 new players this season, and Brown said the ultimate goal for the team is to win the program’s fi rst conference championship. “We’ve never done that in program history, and I think that winning a conference title would be on par for what I believe the expectations of this club are,” said Brown. Senior outfi elder Nikko Echevarria led the team in onbase percentage last season, and he reiterated that the ultimate goal is a conference championship. He said the team has learned from last season. “I think we’ve matured. The guys that were here last year, we’ve matured a lot to understand that every game is important, especially in conference. We’re going to work towards bringing a conference championship to Nova Southeastern,” said Echevarria. Senior outfi elder A.J. Regoli was an All-SSC First Team Selection last season and he holds himself and the rest of the team to a high

standard. Regoli said that the team can go far and accomplish its goals if everyone puts in the effort and plays as a unit. “If you go 0-4 and we get a victory, we get a victory as a team. You’re only going to go as far as the weakest link. We have to basically put the chain together and try to be as strong as we can,” said Regoli.

Brown is excited to see this team in action. “The passion that this unit has for playing the game [has caught my attention]. These guys play hard. They want to win. They want to beat people, and there’s some cohesiveness to this unit. So, I think this has a chance to be a special group,” he said.

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NSU baseball celebrates a victory over Harding at last year’s South Regional tournament.

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ON THE BENCH Commentary by:

Kevin Preciado

Scouting the Senior Bowl Wondering who your favorite NFL team should draft come April? Well, on Jan. 28, you’ll have an opportunity to do your own scouting as the annual Senior Bowl, a game played by college football’s best seniors to show off their skills, will be played. If you’re a football junkie, like me, then you’ll be viewing the practices with great interest as well, while soaking up the knowledge of the great Mike Mayock, NFL draft expert and analyst. Now, since I’m a Dolphins fan, I’ll be looking at players who I believe the team should consider. Let’s go ahead and start with the quarterback position. Unfortunately, the quarterback I most wanted to see was Ryan Tannehill, and he is going to miss the game due to injury. Brandon Weeden has all the physical tools to be great. However, he is 28 years old. Kellen Moore is undersized for a quarterback but extremely intelligent and a proven winner. Watching Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, and Jimmy Graham dominate in the playoffs gave me some chest pains because the Dolphins could have drafted any of them. There are some intriguing

prospects at the tight end position in this draft, and it would be folly not to select one. The tight end I want you to keep an eye on is Ladarius Green. The team also needs a pass rusher to compliment Cam Wake. Courtney Upshaw is my personal favorite from the Senior Bowl participants, but Quinton Coples, Vinny Curry and Jake Bequette are some others to keep an eye on. The safety position is weak in this draft but Mark Barron is the clear stud. If the Dolphins decide not to go in that direction, Markelle Martin might be a nice selection in a later round. Although cornerback isn’t a pressing need, two confi dent guys I think would provide great value with later picks are Jamell Fleming and Brandon Boykin. An underrated running back I absolutely love is Doug Martin. There are some great linebackers as well, such as Emmanuel Acho, Mychal Kendricks, Nigel Bradham, and Keenan Robinson. Both, Lavonte David and Zach Brown are monsters, but they’re too small to play in a 3-4 defense. A whole week of watching talented football players showing what they’re made of, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Looking for a healthy lifestyle change? Join Weight Watchers at NSU Written by: Alyssa Sterkel Every 12 weeks, a new NSU’s Weight Watchers session, open to students, faculty and staff, begins. The fi rst session of this year began on Jan. 19, but interested participants are welcome to join at any time. Kathy Shaffer, human resources analyst II in the Offi ce of Human Resources, said it costs $156 for 12 weeks. Each Thursday, from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., a Weight Watchers leader talks to participants about different topics, like how to eat out at a restaurant. They also have a weigh in. “Weight Watchers is on a point system. They teach you how to calculate points with everything you eat. You only get so many points per day depending on your weight, height and age. You also get an additional 49 points for the week, which you can use however you want,” Shaffer said. However, Weight Watchers is

more than just a point-system. Shaffer said it teaches you how to eat food that is not prepackaged. You also learn how to make the right choices, like when you are eating at a restaurant. Caitlin Ballback, manager of clinical services at NSU, said, “With Weight Watchers they leave it up to you. You get to set a balance for the day and the goal is don’t overdraft. You make the decisions.” Participants get a book that has most of the food groups and explains how the program works, how you keep track of your points. The book also shows comparisons between different food choices and lists healthy recipes. Shaffer said, “It’s not a diet, a pill or surgery. It’s a lifestyle change. That’s the key.” Anyone interested in joining Weight Watchers can email Kathy Shaffer at kathbart@nova.edu.


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Written by: Davis Yahn Today the Internet has become an integral part of our lives. It seems that almost everywhere you look people are taking advantage of accessing it with a new high tech gadget. People access the Internert now more then ever, especially while on the go. Smart phones, laptops, net books, tablets and even mobile hotspots are just some of the things that have changed the lives of many people around the world. No longer do you have to call a friend near a modem to get movie times or actually use a map. The entire world can now be found in the palm of your hand. As technology has become increasingly useful so has the content you can access with it. To help you take advantage of these new marvels of technology here are 10 websites that will turn you into a “web 4.0 pro.” www.Threadless.com Everyone wants to look good and what better way to stay in some trendy threads than to help support some starving artists at the same time. You won’t fi nd any of these shirts at a PacSun so you’re guaranteed to look unique wearing someone’s awesome art. Best of all they are very cheap so thrifty students take notice. Steepandcheap.com It’s too late now to get any last minute holiday gifts but if you ever go outdoors then this should be your fi rst stop. These “deals by the hour” are anywhere in between 20 percent to 80 percent on anything from jackets to a GPS. Checking this website every week can help you fi nd some very slick deals on big outdoor purchases. www.Picasa.com Photobucket and Flikr are so 2011. Picasa is Google’s photo sharing site that brings hosting pictures to the next level. Sharing photos has never been easier and you don’t have to worry about your photo quality ever being compressed. www.Yelp.com Looking for a new restaurant? Maybe you need a manicure? Yelp is leading the way for customer

generated reviews of just about everything. www.Gasbuddy.com Commuter students take notice. Gasbuddy does all the hard work of compiling local gas price websites into one network. Find the cheapest gas in your area and know where to avoid if you’re going to be running out of fuel soon. Fitday.com Many people say they’re going to lose weight or hit the gym as a New Year’s resolution, but how many actually do it? Fitday.com is designed to help you lose weight and maintain a diet. Answering honestly to many of the site’s questions can help you keep your eyes on the prize and off a tasty donut. www.Studentuniverse.com Looking for spring break plans or fl ying home for some much needed family time? Then check student universe fi rst. The student friendly website boasts a large range of content to help minimize having to use multiple websites to fi nd cheap tickets, hotels, deals etc. The website specializes in international travel and package deals designed to save you money. www.Mentalfloss.com This site jump starts your brain and sculpts it from a pile of mush to a lean, mean, thinking machine. Mental fl oss has plenty of mind exercising puzzles and facts to help satisfy your mind’s thirst for knowledge. Cracked.com Everybody needs a laugh and cracked has plenty to go around. The website is a little foul mouthed at times but offers some of the funniest content you can fi nd on the net outside of YouTube. www.howcraft.com Ever wanted to know how to make sushi? Do you need to know how to change the oil on your car? Howcraft is the place to go for helpful tutorials for self-improvement.

Winter is competing with fall with new TV show premieres. We no longer have to wait until September to watch the much-anticipated and overly-advertised new shows that start each year during pilot season. This winter it seems there are more than ever. Here are a few that seem worth checking out before they get too far into the season to catch up. 1. “Are you there, Chelsea?” is NBC’s new sitcom placed to follow “Whitney” on Wednesdays for an exciting female-packed comedy night. It stars Laura Prepon, of “That 70s Show” fame, as a bartender who lost her driver’s license after a DUI. The show was created by Chelsea Handler, based on her book “Are you there, Vodka?” She also stars in it as Chelsea’s pregnant, conservative older sister. It makes for a fun follow-up to Whitney’s witty comedy and it’s hard not to laugh at Chelsea Handler no matter what character she plays. 2. “Alcatraz” is a new Fox drama that takes place in the infamous prison of the same name. Apparently, when the prison closed down, the prisoners didn’t leave, they disappeared. Jorge Garcia (“Lost”) plays Dr. Diego Soto who teams up with detectives to fi nd a former Alcatraz prisoner who was thought to be dead for the last 30 years. It’s worth checking out to see what happens next. 3. “The Firm” is NBC’s new drama based on the movie starring Tom Cruise. The show takes place 10 years after the movie ended and attorney Mitch McDeere, now played by Josh Lucas, has been in witness protection with his wife. But, of course, his safety is compromised

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and he will fi nd himself in some sort of danger again and again. 4. “Smash” is NBC’s answer to “Glee.” Yes, another musical TV show. It stars Katherine McPhee, former American Idol runner-up to Taylor Hicks, as Karen, a Midwest girl in New York trying to make it on Broadway. And Debra Messing plays Julia, a famous writer on the Broadway show scene. It premieres right after the Superbowl, so it’ll probably be seen on a lot of TVs whose owners have yet to change the channel and are still reeling from the excitement of the game or are perhaps too intoxicated to fi nd the

remote. Either way, it’s bound to get a great start in the ratings and may just hang onto a good portion of it if it lives up to the hype. There are other new shows as well like “Rob,” “Napoleon Dynamite,” and “Work It” but I don’t think they’ll make it past a few episodes, so I wouldn’t waste my time getting to know a show that may disappear any day. Whatever type of show you prefer, there is something new for you this month on TV. Check out a few and let us know your favorites.


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To trans fat or not to trans fat: The argument against government regulation of food Written by: Dean Gabriel Williams On Dec. 27, 2008, the “Los Angeles Times” published an article written by Jerry Hirsch entitled “Stepping up to the plate for more food regulation.” Hirsch details the push by schools and local and state governments in the regulation of trans-fat and the mandate of nutritional facts labels. The article notes that “Restaurants are being told to list calorie counts on their menus. Schools are banning bake sales, and cities are outlawing new fast-food restaurants in some neighborhoods.” According to the most recent obesity fi gures, these moves aren’t surprising. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 1/3 of all U.S. adults (33.8 percent) and approximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 are obese. West Virginia has the highest obesity rate at 32.5 percent and Colorado has the lowest obesity rate at 21.0 percent. According to Hirsh’s column, “New York City, Philadelphia and California have banned trans- fat. Several local health departments… want the federal government to reclassify salt as a food additive, a move that would pave the way for greater regulation.” The column also

notes that in 2008, “Los Angeles [approved] a one-year moratorium on new fast-food outlets in a 32-square mile area of South Los Angeles that is home to 500,000 residents.” Since 2008, two important developments have occurred regarding food and healthy eating habits. Firstly, according to a press release from the Offi ce of the First Lady on Feb. 9, 2010, Michelle Obama announced “Let’s Move.” The initiative’s objective is to solve “the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight” [through] “collaboration among the leaders in government, medicine and science, business, education, athletics [and] community organizations.” “Let’s Move’s” objectives are to help parents make healthy family choices, work towards serving healthier foods in schools, increasing access to healthy, affordable food and encourage an increase in physical activity. Secondly, while the United States Department of Agriculture revamped the food pyramid in 2005 and again in 2011, the School of Public Health at Harvard University issued a press release entitled “Healthy Eating Plate” on Sept. 14, 2011. The release noted, “Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate fi xes the fl aws

in the USDA’s My Plate.” The press release also notes that “‘the Healthy Eating Plate’ is based on the latest science about how our food, drink and activity choices affect our health— and are unaffected by businesses and organizations with a stake in their messages.” Like with all issues, this raises an immediate question of “should the government regulate our eating habits?” and begs the more general argument of “what should be the role of government in the life of the individual?” There is a fundamental difference between information and recommendations, and regulation. Information and recommendations imply that there is a choice to be made, and that you have the information necessary at your disposal to make a choice. Government (whether it is at the municipal, county, state and federal level) should not attempt to regulate what people can and cannot eat. The government can, however, create programs and services—such as Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative and Harvard’s “Healthy Eating Plate” — that are geared towards informing individuals about healthy eating habits and recommends both daily meals and fi tness regimens. In his written testimony to the House Government Reform Committee hearing on “The

Supersizing of America,” Marshall Manson, vice president of Public Affairs for the Center for Individual Freedom noted that “Congress cannot possibly be expected to legislate effectively against obesity. There are too many causes and too many problems for a…Congressional solution. Nor is it feasible for Congress to instruct a federal regulatory authority to fi ght obesity through rule-making. Further, scientifi c understanding of human nutrition, diet needs and the causes of obesity improves constantly. The government is ill-equipped to understand and integrate these advances into its legislation or regulation.” Manson’s written testimony makes two valid points. Obesity in America is too complex a problem with ever-changing variables that would be, at best, diffi cult to legislate. The pace of advancements would require Congress to enact legislation at the rate of at least one per calendar year. If Congress can’t enact annual balanced budgets within a given time frame, what makes one think that they can enact legislation regulating obesity and eating habits in a time frame reasonable enough to keep up with scientifi c advancements? Further, for Congress to instruct the Food and Drug Administration or the CDC to ensure that legislation regulating obesity and eating habits

are enforced would add an unnecessary burden on either of these agencies, as they each already have responsibilities that they struggle to meet, with the CDC failing to stay ahead of advancements in vaccinations and disease control, and the FDA failing to pinpoint and effectively control food contaminations. And while some might contend that the government can create a new agency to facilitate this function, I remind you that our federal government cannot balance their budget and has a debt in excess of $10 trillion, and therefore has no funding to start an agency to regulate eating habits. The role of government is to provide for order in society. That means—among other things—a well-regulated militia, protection of the rights of the individual and enforcement of punishment and penalties in the event that laws are not adhered to. With the economy in shambles, the jobless rate at record highs and the national debt at the highest it’s ever been, the government need not be concerned about what I am putting in my mouth and should be worried about whether or not I can fi nd a job to pay taxes and yes, buy food that I want to eat.


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Eat better, feel better: Go organic

Written by: Davis Yahn With all the information available to the world today and especially to us college students, it should come as no surprise that eating genetically modifi ed foods is about the equivalent of dining on deodorant. It may seem like a fad or just something that “all the cool kids are doing,” but eating healthy is the way of the future, and the sooner you embrace this, the better. If you consider the facts on the simplest terms, eating un-organic just doesn’t add up. Foods grown with chemicals keep those chemicals all the way to your dinner plate. The results of a newly-released study from the Rodals Trials proved, over a 30-year period, that organic farming is far more effi cient then chemically-grown vegetables. This study is just the tip of a proverbial “iceberg” that is heralding new farming techniques. With all the emerging facts, the bottom line from Rodals is that it is far more cost effective to produce healthy goods, and it is also great for the Earth. Conventional farming techniques using chemicals produce 40 percent more greenhouse gasses and use 45 percent more energy than organic farming methods.

On the Scene:

"I hate having to wait like six hours for the shark shuttle. I've had to wait such a long time for the shuttle - for hours. I also wish it went to places outside of campus more often. [The shuttle] should go to the Lakeside Town shops." Emily Floria, freshman nursing major

"SOPA [Stop Online Piracy Act] and PIPA [Protect Intellectual Property Act]. It really bothers me because the Internet is not only a tool for communication, but it also links countries. That link may be broken and we won't be able to communicate in the way we do already. Music is a big example of something that would be greatly affected. YouTube would not be able to exist, and that would be detrimental to us in the age of technology." Antonio Brown, sophomore biology pre med major with emphasis on neurology

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Look beyond the price tag and eat organic.

With these new organic farms popping up, the stereotypical “poor farmer” is soon to be a thing of the past. The most fascinating fi gure from the trial is money. With the premium people pay for organic goods, chemical farms don’t stand a chance. Sure, this means that you have to pay a bit more for produce. The price is worth it - just like how paying for better gas means your car runs better. It should come as no surprise that paying for higher quality food is better for you. Supporting organic foods is supporting not only the farmers but the Earth too. So, get out there and visit your local farmer’s market. Make the trip to Whole Foods. Separate yourself from the grip of the chemical farmers and their disgusting food. Or don’t. Just don’t blame me if you grow an extra arm from eating that cheap tomato.

What’s an issue that concerns you?

"The University School students having lunch at the same time we do is a big issue [to me.] I don’t have enough time to get something to eat because they take up most of the lines, so it takes too long to get food." Isabeau Dornevil, junior psychology and theatre major

“I'm worried about the ‘Super Bugs’ or the ‘totally drug-resistant tuberculosis.’ It is from the Ganges River in India. There are 12 people who have been infected and there is nothing they can do for them. It might bring the zombie apocalypse." Carlos Alanya, junior biology major

"What is the point in having to scan out of the parking lot? It makes me angry. I have to stop and go through my stuff to get my card. If I scanned to get in why should I have to scan out? It is pointless." Nora Yessayan, senior theatre major

"The economy and where it's going. Basically everything that is going on now is going to be thrown on our shoulders, and 90 percent of our generation doesn't understand that." Steven Piorro, senior legal studies major


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