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Group formed by NSU professor to wear hoodies for Trayvon Martin By: Kevin Preciado Sports Editor On April 6, Peter Finley, associate professor of sports and recreation will wear a hoodie to campus in support of seeking justice for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the unarmed south Florida teen who was shot and killed while visiting his father in a Sanford neighborhood last month. Finley’s gesture is a part of an initiative by Teachers for Trayvon, a group he developed with the help of his wife, a professor at Barry University, after seeing the publicized photo of Miami Heat players in hoodies to support Martin on March 23. “I want my students to know that I stand for justice and I’m troubled by the apparent widespread fear of young people,” he said. “Our students, particularly at a diverse school like NSU, should know that professors see beyond their race, religion, and clothing choices and are focused on them as individuals, so full of hope, promise and potential.” SEE Trayvon 2

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Peter Finley, associate professor of sports and recreation created a Facebook page to publicize his group, Teacher for Travyvon. The group, which is made up of teachers across South Florida, will wear hoodies to work on Friday, April 6.

Greek organizations host TOMS Shoes fundraiser By: Alyssa Sterkel Features Editor On April 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Alpha Phi Omega fraternity and SISTUHS Incorporated will host their 2nd Annual One Day Without Shoes event. Jonathon Martinez, junior English major and one of the event’s organizers, said One Day Without Shoes is sponsored by TOMS Shoes, a non-profit organization with an initiative that donates a pair of shoes to needy children overseas when customers purchase their brand. “This is NSU’s way of delivering the same message,” he said. Martinez said there will be a walkathon and a big twister competition at the event. At the

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walkathon, students and faculty will walk through the Don Taft University Center from the first floor to the second floor without shoes or wearing only socks. “The walkathon is to help spread awareness, for students to get engaged and have the community come together,” he said. Alpha Phi Omega hosted the event last year with the aim of making it an NSU tradition. Martinez said the fraternity’s members are excited. Each person has a pair of TOMS and they want to help students purchase a pair also. He said they will be offering incentives for people who participate in the event. “We have a discount code for them to purchase a pair of TOMS.

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Once they come to the event, they can purchase a pair at the purchasing table,” he said. Zach Conaway, NSU alumnus, said he will support the event because it’s for a good cause. “Anything you can do to help out someone else is always a good thing regardless of what you’re doing or what it is for,” he said. “If you’re helping someone else get a small improvement in their life, then it’s a good thing.” Martinez hopes One Day Without Shoes will help students take a step that makes a difference. “It’s important for everyone to understand that there are people in different countries who don’t have the same opportunities as we do,

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When senior psychology major, Kevin Murray, first heard of the idea, he thought it was a great one. Murray said he plans to support the cause by wearing a hoodie on April 6 as well. “I really thought it was a good idea to raise awareness on the issue,” said Murray. Finley and his wife have created a Facebook page called Teachers for Trayvon in an effort to spread awareness about their plans. He said Barry University will be having

several events, and professors from St. Thomas University have given positive feedback towards the group’s initiatives. Finley said he would like to see his colleagues at NSU participate as well. “I know many colleagues across campus are as troubled by this as I am, and they also want to demonstrate that they want to see justice in this case,” he said. Finley said he feels it’s extremely

important that students know their professors care about them. “Except for parents, nobody spends more time with and invests more in America’s young people than educators. We should send a message that we won’t stand by and quietly watch them be gunned down,” he said. For more information about Teachers for Trayvon and the April 6th event contact Finley at pfinley@nova.edu.

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Help Wanted All students should contact the Office of Student Employment, located on the first floor of the Horvitz building, to apply for these positions. For more information email: studentemployment@nova.edu or visit www.nova.edu/ financialaid/employment Job # 002 Senior Student Assistant Provide telephone technical support to the NSU computing community. Collect and record specific information regarding user requests and problems. Dispatch problem reports to appropriate personnel. 20-25 hrs/wk; $11/hr Job #: 039 Desktop Computing Assistant Assist full-time employees with the daily installation and maintenance and support of personal computer hardware and software. 20 hrs/wk; $10/hr Job #: 054 Lab Monitor Assist students and faculty computer related problems in the microcomputer lab. 25 hrs/wk; $8/hr Job #: 086 Graduate Student Assistant Assist coordinator with on-going projects within the department. 15-20 hrs/wk; $11/hr Job #: 165 Lifeguard Prevent accidents through the enforcement of policies, rules, regulation, and the conduct of persons using the pool, saunas, and spa. Additional duties: scrub pool gutters, heavy vacuum and hosing deck. Available: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.; $9/hr Job #: 224 Intramural Sports Official Officiate intramural sports based on rules and regulations as set forth by Campus Recreation. Ensure that teams/individuals follow rules and regulations. Provide all intramural participants with superior customer service. Remain visible and on post at all times. Mon-Thurs, 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.; occasional weekends; $8/hr Job #: 307 Orientation Assistant Plan, organize and implement orientation events for students, parents. Conduct group meetings with students and parents. Prepare orientation materials such as binders and flyers. Transport orientation materials to sites as needed. Work with Student Affairs to coordinate events and activities. Other duties as assigned. 15 hrs/wk; $8.25/hr Job #: 360 Office Assistant Filing, phones, copying, errands and other duties as assigned. 20 hrs/wk; $8.25/hr Job #: 374 Field Operations Assistant Assist the Operations Coordinator by ensuring fields and facilities are prepared for home games and events. Act as a troubleshooter at events by providing supervision.

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Job#: 397 Student Ambassador Conduct campus tours to prospective students and their families. Other duties include data entry. Answer incoming phone calls. Participate in special events and telecounseling. 20 hrs/wk; $8.25/hr Job #: 491 Senior Student Assistant (North Miami Beach Campus) Staff the circulations desk, shelve materials, process materials, check out/in computer and A/V equipment after being trained to help set up computer software, prepare training areas, prepare first level preventative, maintain A/V equipment after being trained, assist patrons using computer. 20 hrs/wk; $9/hr Job #: 500 Phonathon Worker Call alumni from all over the country to update their information. Let our alumni know about new developments at NSU and ask for support of NSU through our annual giving program. 10-15 hrs/wk; $8.50/hr Job #: 544 Student Assistant (East Campus) Filing, alphabetizing payroll forms, keying time sheets, leave of absence reports. Putting reports in book binders, auditing payroll forms. 25 hrs/wk; $10/hr Job #: 568 Admin. Student Assistant (West Palm Beach) Provide administrative support and services to the SEC recruiting staff, meeting enrollment goals and objectives. Assist in providing office coverage to front desk. Provide customer service to all callers and visitors in a professional manner. 20-25 hrs/wk; $10/hr Job #: 595 Technology Assistant Editing web pages, data entry. Maintaining department web schedules. Other duties as assigned. $8/hr Job # 629 Student Accounting Intern Accounting intern needed to assist in working on spreadsheets (Excel), journal entries, support controller and manager of taxation, preparation of schedules, creation of flowcharts. Work closely with the controller. 20 hrs/wk; $10/hr Job #: 630 Student Assistant Assist customers with card related issues such as but not limited to access to parking,

printing, copying, etc. Assist with event computer deployment and usage. Carry out assignments as necessary to meet service goals. 20 hrs/wk; $8/hr Job #: 679 Senior Student Assistant Provide clerical support and administrative assistance to the various administrators. 20 hrs wk/; $9/hr Job #: 695 Administrative Student Assistant Assist with filing, data entry, reports and other office duties. Help with special events. 20 hrs wk; $9/hr Job #: 778 Student Assistant Receive technical hardware and software. Process the items with a barcode scanner and computer. Deliver items to various departments on- and off-campus. 20 hrs/wk; $9/hr Job #: 779 Operations Assistant/Facilities Answer telephones, manage the operation of the front service desk, answer questions, enforce facility and program policies, conduct face checks, and distribute information and directions. Maintain the cleanliness of the facility and the upkeep of the facility program space. $7.50/hr Job #: 783 Personal Trainer Provide members with a quality, safe, and effective workout. Maintain written documentation of each client. 20 hrs/wk; $18/hr - starting and depending on experience. Job #: 810 Graduate Student Assistant Provide instructional and research assistance to children and young adult patrons within the computer lab of the library. Answer questions and introduce children/young adult patrons to, and assist them with the use of computers, age-appropriate library databases, and educational software in math, language arts, social studies, spelling, reading and other relevant disciplines. Must ne able to work weekends. 20 hrs/wk; $10.50/hr Job #: 815 Senior Student Assistant Provide administrative and clerical support to the office including but not restricted to word processing, filing, scanning, front desk coverage. 20 hrs/wk; $8.50/hr Job #: 910 Student Assistant, East Campus, Fort Lauderdale Operate telephone switchboard to route, receive, and place calls to all campus locations. Disseminate information to callers on NSU

programs of study, events and special advertisements. Place and track long distance calls for internal NSU customers. Other duties as assigned. On occasional basis, attend divisional and NSU sponsored meetings and instructional workshops. Supervisor will provide more detailed job description. 20 hrs/wk; $11/hr Job #: 925 Administrative Student Assistant, Tampa Provide administrative support and services to the recruiting staff in meeting enrollment goals and objectives. Assist by providing office coverage at front desk and customer service to all callers and visitors in a courteous manner. Event participation (i.e. open house and new student orientation). 20-25 hrs/wk; $10/hr Job #: 935 Graduate Student Assistant Data entry of transcript requests, preparing for mailing of transcripts, research, and responding to emails. 20-25 hrs/wk; $11/hr Job #: 956 Building Manager Promote programs and services and provide support for activities and events. Provide for the safety of the building, its users and staff by enforcing University Center (UC) and University policies. Monitor potential safety/liability problems and assisting guests to meet their needs while using facilities. Act as a liaison to the UC janitorial staff to ensure a clean environment for guests. Perform general maintenance and upkeep of the UC equipment (easels, rental machines, tables, chairs, A/V equipment, etc.) Maintain inventory of appropriate supplies and stored items. Post signs, daily schedules and ensure buildings are opened appropriately. Evening and weekend work involved. 20 hrs/wk; $8.50/hr Job #: 965 Computing Assistant - Dania Beach Monitor computer functionality, including projectors, Powerpoint, and recordings. Assist students with PC hardware, and maintain office supplies. Record presentations as requested. 20-25 hrs/wk; $9/hr Job #: HPD 034 Contact Lens Assistant Maintain diagnostic lens inventory and saleable products. Call patients as contact lens orders are received, sort lenses in appropriate storage trays. Log warranted credit using computer software after returning lenses to manufacturer; organize product and price books. 5 hrs/wk; $8.50/hr

Trayvon Martin protesters ransack Miami Walgreens On March 24, North Miami Beach Senior High School students ransacked a Walgreens convenience store after walking out in protest of the controversial shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17. Martin was shot and killed in a Sanford, Fla. neighborhood by George Zimmerman, a member of the community’s neighborhood watch. Surveillance video shows a large group of students running through the store. Police estimate that 80-100 students stormed in, resulting in $150 worth of damage and stolen merchandise. Police also said some of the students dropped their IDs on the way out of the store. NSU’s College of Dental Medicine offers services to lowincome families On April 17, the College of Dental Medicine will give free dental service to children from low-income families in an event called “Give Kids A Smile Day.” The event will provide services such as X-rays, exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, and restorations to children aged 2-18. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at NSU Health Care Centers’ dental clinic, located at the corner of 30th Street and University Drive in Davie. Last year, NSU’s College of Dental Medicine provided $125,000 worth of dental care to children. This year, there will be more than 200 NSU dental students and faculty volunteers at event. In addition, face painters, magicians, music, the giant “Timmy the Tooth” mascot, and free toothbrushes will be available for the children. Fourth annual juried student exhibition April 4-27, the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Division of Performing and Visual Arts will host an exhibition of juried student artwork. The exhibition will showcase a variety of twoand three-dimensional artwork, including prints, digital art, paintings, photographs, drawings, and sculptural works. It is located in Gallery 217 in the Don Taft University Center on Mondays from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon-1 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. For more information, contact Lindsay Bartels, in the college’s Division of Performing and Visual Arts, at (954) 262-7620. JetBlue pilot suspended after troubling behavior Clayton Osbon, captain of JetBlue Flight 191 heading from New York to Las Vegas, was subdued by crew members and passengers after allegedly screaming and trying to get back into the cockpit after his co-pilot locked him out. His behavior prompted an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas on March 27. Osbon is suspended pending further investigation. Officials said he is receiving medical care under FBI custody. Osbon has worked for JetBlue for 12 years.


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By: Katariina Rosenblatt Katariina Rosenblatt is a graduate student in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She loves going to church, reading the Bible and believes her personal relationship with Jesus Christ is what saved her from human trafficking and domestic violence. Her hobbies include writing, volunteering, and working with atrisk youths. Katariina hopes to host an NSU symposium about human trafficking in the fall and has a web site, www.thereishopeforme.org, to help victims. She lives by the quote, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care” by Zig Ziglar. I was born and raised in Miami but my family moved around a lot due to domestic violence issues. To gain peace, my family and I stayed at a hotel on Miami Beach. While at the hotel pool, an older girl approached me to give me some “sisterly advice.” What seemed to be an innocent encounter soon took a very wrong turn. I was solicited for sale at the age of 13. However, the sale went bad. I was kidnapped, drugged and left for dead on an abandoned road in North Miami Beach. This started my encounter with the dark world of human trafficking, right here in the United States — right here within our own borders of South Florida. The term used now is Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, but back then

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it was just plain old child abuse. As a young teen, I was groomed over the course of a month by a human trafficking prostitution ring that networked throughout the hotel my family and I visited often. Coming from a single parent home with abuse in my background, it was only a matter of time before I would become the target of human traffickers. They knew who to send in that would be just the right lure to snatch their bait. An older female, probably lured in herself at some point by a trafficker, turned into one of their recruiters. A 65-year-old man in the hotel was my first ‘buyer.’ He was willing to pay a high premium for me — a young virgin. At this time, I remembered the words that another older gentleman once told me at a Billy Graham crusade when I was nine. He said, “God loves you and will never leave you or forsake you!” It was there in the hotel room that I prayed for divine intervention as my trafficker negotiated my sales price with the would-be John. I didn’t even know that I was for sale. The going rate for an American virgin girl in the U.S. back then was $550. Girls who I work with now balk at the price because rates have gone down considerably in the last 20 years. I guess we, as a society, have lost the value of innocence. The fact that there is even a price tag on it, or a market for it at all, is just wrong. I was lured far away from my hotel and my mom, but she

eventually found me and we were reunited. However, knowing I was bought and sold confused me as to my own value and self worth. It was only a matter of time before I found myself in a similar predicament. I was lured into a different human trafficking ring again by a fake friend at my middle school. There was an older male trafficking young girls into a brothel apartment. The escape this time was not so easy. I got caught up in the life and was drugged for their gain, but eventually I found freedom. Something inside me, though, changed. I was different. I was angry! Why had this happened to me twice? Why hadn’t anyone rescued me from this danger? Where were the people who were supposed to protect me? I would go on to be exploited more times as I had not received any type of counseling or help to prevent further abuse. Freedom was not cheap and the addiction to drugs that this group left me with gave me yet another vulnerability to traffickers. It took a long time to finally be free of drugs and traffickers for good. At the end of a very long road of drugs, exploitation and an abusive relationship, I not only have a bachelor’s degree in human resources management, but an advanced law degree in intercultural human rights and am now completing my final year at NSU for my Ph.D. in conflict analysis and resolution. I also speak at universities, schools, jails, and group homes in foster care and let children and

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adults know about the dangers of human trafficking right here in South Florida. I have founded a non-profit organization called There Is HOPE For Me, Inc., where I meet with groups of survivors so they, too, can find healing, opportunity, purpose and empowerment. I have developed tools that are being used throughout the country to aid law enforcement in properly identifying victims of human trafficking in the U.S. I am a part of the South Florida Human Trafficking Task

Force and a national Speaker’s Bureau for Human Trafficking Survivors called the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, which hopes to share school and university curriculum to those who want to engage in the fight against modern day slavery. My hope is to continue to inform people about human trafficking and write a book about my life story to help as many young people as I possibly can and make a difference. I know if there is hope for me, then there is hope for anybody.

1. Brit-Rock Indie hairstyle This look is very popular and has been given many names, but one does not necessarily need to be British or a rocker pull it off. This look is suitable with straight to slightly curly hair, and recommended for those who have oval to long shaped faces. To give the hair some texture, layer the front on the side that suits the individual’s face. 2. Good old-fashioned tape This is for the guys who like to keep their hair short and clean. Of course, it also means going to the barber more often, but that is necessary for the up keep of this style. A fresh tape is easy to spot because the look defines the person’s face. The tape is generally for those who have a round to square shaped face. This look is mostly associated with the African-American men, but it can be used on anyone who wants

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3. Short waves/short curls The texture of the hair plays an important role in pulling off this look. Though the degree of curls depends on the person, the hair will be shorter on the sides and longer on top. However, because curly hair is prone to frizz. Be sure to have curl control cream handy. This generation is starting to move past going to the salon and asking for a celebrity’s hairstyle. People want to be their own person and have their own style. So try out some of these 2012 styles and hopefully you will make a statement this year.

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Ladies are not the only ones that go style crazy when it comes to their hair. Men are expanding their looks as well. They have moved from rat-tails and mullets to more fashion forward looks and these are the most popular styles of 2012.

to bring out their look with a clean finish.

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2. Long, dreamy, beach-styled hair Since summer is around the corner this hairstyle is perfect for tanning on the beach. To achieve that “back from the beach look” without actually swimming in the ocean, you can follow the instructions below. Be sure to use heat protecting serums so you don’t damage your hair. • Towel dry your hair so it is not

3. Going natural More and more AfricanAmerican women have stopped using chemical straighteners (relaxers) and are sporting their natural tresses. This transition is usually referred to as a “hair journey.” One important step in this transition is called the “Big Chop,” when the individual cuts off all the relaxed sections of their hair. There are 1,001 ways to style natural hair, but the most popular style is the fro-hawk. You only need two things to style this look: moisturizer and bobby pins. • Moisturizer is the key ingredient in keeping up with natural hair. It is needed to give the hair life and body. To moisturize the hair, part the hair in the appropriate amount of sections depending on the thickness of the hair. • Once the hair is moisturized, smooth the sides to the desirable

length then pin with bobby pins. When the pin is in place fluff the top to give it more of a statement, and the style is complete.

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1. Semi-shaggy hairstyle This short duo is perfect for ladies on the go. It is easy to dress up and dress down depending on the activity. In order to perfect this look, use highlights to give it more of an edge. The length of hair in front should frame the face defining the shape of the face. This style fits well with those who have oval or round shaped heads.

completely dry. Add styling cream from the roots to the ends. • Twist 4-5 in. medium sections on your head and blow dry the sections downward while twisting the hair. Be sure the blow dryer is not directly touching your hair. To give it more volume, scrunch up the hair while the blow dryer is on a low setting. • To define the curls more, wrap smaller sections of the hair around a curling iron.

Mitt Romney: mittromney.com Despite the fact that Romney has a 268 delegate count lead on Santorum, has the support of a vast majority of the GOP Establishment, and has captured the popular vote in states like Florida (46.4%), Ohio (37.9%) and Virginia (59.4%), there is still a general conversation about his ability to energize the GOP base. Romney’s “I don’t care about the poor” and “my wife drives two Cadillac’s” comments have given Americans the impression that he is unable to connect with the average American.

March madness GOP style Nationwide, there has been talk of a brokered convention. This (which has never occurred in the history of American politics), would happen if no candidate has 1,144 delegates after the Utah primary on June 26. An article published in the New York Times on March 17 titled “All Odds Aside, G.O.P. Girding for Floor Fight” reported that if Romney began securing major wins after the Puerto Rico primary, he could possibly have enough delegates to clinch the nomination before June 26. The Illinois primary on March 20, yet again, demonstrated that the GOP nomination is a tight two-man race between Romney and Santorum. Romney not only walked away with a vast majority of Illinois’ delegates, he also captured 107,704 more votes than Santorum. And after Gingrich’s fourth place finish, with 8 percent of the vote, calls for him to suspend his campaign may increase.

Katariina Rosenblatt is a human trafficking victim who overcame her circumstances and is now pursuing her Ph.D.

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The Current published an article on Jan. 17 about the 2012 GOP presidential candidates. Here is a mid-point review of the GOP primaries to keep you informed as we approach the 2012 presidential election on Nov. 6.

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A hairstyle can define a person. For this reason, people spend hundreds of dollars to get the perfect hair style. People will go to extreme lengths to protect their hair. Some only allow one person, whom they trust, to do their hair and have gone to the same barber or hairstylist for years. However, going to the same stylist for a long time can leave you with the same hairstyle. So to help you mix it up, here are trendy hairstyles to rock in 2012.

2012 GOP primary midpoint review

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Rick Santorum: ricksantorum.com With decisive wins in states like Colorado, Mississippi and Alabama, Santorum has demonstrated that he has the ability to energize the GOP base. The self-proclaimed social conservative in the race, Santorum has come under pressure for his staunch stance on abortion and gay marriage, and has incited backlash from the left because of his “women shouldn’t serve in the military” styled comments.

Remaining primaries There are 22 primaries remaining, and 1,099 delegates to be captured by the four GOP candidates. While all primaries are important, here is a review of the ones that, if any candidates win, could change the game: California—172 delegates at stake The California primary on June 5 is important because it is a winner take all state. This means that whoever wins the popular vote in California will automatically earn all of the state’s delegates.

Newt Gingrich: newt.org With only two wins in Georgia and South Carolina, there have been numerous calls for Gingrich to suspend his campaign, but he is determined to go to the end. An article published in The Washington Examiner on March 4 titled “Santorum: I’ll beat Romney if Gingrich drops out,” Santorum makes the argument that if Gingrich were to drop out of the race, the anti-Romney vote could be consolidated and he could capture the nomination. For now, however, Gingrich remains in the race.

Texas—155 delegates at stake While Texas portions it delegates in accordance with the popular vote, it is duly important because many pundits and bloggers have been talking about a major Santorum victory in the state because former GOP presidential and current Texas Governor Rick Perry has officially endorsed Santorum. The Texas primary will take place on May 29. Pennsylvania—72 delegates at stake Much like the Gingrich win in Georgia and the Romney wins in Massachusetts and Michigan, it is assumed that because Santorum served as a U.S. senator for the state of Pennsylvania that he will win a vast majority of the state’s delegates on primary day on April 24.

Ron Paul: ronpaul2012.com With no wins and with a meager 50 delegates in his column, Ron Paul intends to stay in the race until the convention. An article published in The Huffington Post on March 12 entitled “Ron Paul Wins Popular Vote in U.S. Virgin Islands GOP Caucus” explains that because of the caucus rules in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Romney was awarded a majority of the delegates in the territory’s caucus, while Ron Paul won the popular vote.

The delegate count The first of the four GOP candidates to receive 1,144 delegates throughout the primary season will become the Republican Party Nominee in the 2012 general election. Here is where the current delegates stand:

Delegate Count Chart GOP CANDIDATE

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Rick Santorum

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With all four candidates strong in their conviction to remain in the race, the nomination process is sure to go to the convention, unless Romney receives the number of delegates necessary to secure the nomination. The Republican National Convention will take place in Tampa Bay, Fla. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, from Aug. 27 to Aug. 30.

Did you know? Facts about April By: Alyssa Sterkel Features Editor It’s April — the last month before the semester is over (hoorah!) and the last time you’ll read our monthly fun facts until fall. You’ll survive. For all you baseball fans, break out your jerseys, hats and foam fingers — professional baseball has officially begun. Hopefully the Florida Marlins (I mean, Miami Marlins) will take home the World Series this year. April is also the start of spring cleaning (insert mothers everywhere going on a cleaning spree) and I bet students living on campus are happy they can leave their room a disgusting dirty mess for another month. April Fool’s Day was two days ago, and maybe I pranked some of The Current staff (muahaha). Just

kidding, guys! April also has holidays with far less disastrous consequences. These holidays include: Arbor Day, Passover, and Easter. There’s a saying that goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” and I have to say it’s true. April is a gloomy month and not just because we need to break out our rain boots. Many wars started and ended in April. The Revolutionary War in America began on April 19, 1775, the Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975, and the U.S. declared war on Germany in World War I on April 6, 1917. Fortunately, many exciting things happened in April, too. The first pony express service began on April 3, 1860, Pocahontas married John Rolfe on April 5, 1614, and Henry Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record on April 8, 1974.

Keep your rainboots nearby because April is said to be a rainy month.

Many famous individuals were also born in April. Booker T. Washington was born on April 5, 1856, William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 and Samuel F.

Morse was born on April 26, 1791. Also, if you’re on Twitter, you can give a birthday shout out today to: Amanda Bynes, Leona Lewis, Jennie Garth, Alec Baldwin, and Eddie

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Murphy. Finally, April is the last month to improve your grades before finals in May. Good luck, Sharks!


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Men’s golf receives number one ranking in the nation

By: Kevin Preciado Sports Editor On March 20, the golf team finished second at the Bobcat Invitational and finished first at the St. Edwards Invitational on March 6. Due to the team’s strong performance, it was announced on March 21 that the team received the number one ranking in the nation. Head coach, Garrett Runion, said the team was very excited when they heard of the news. He said the team’s confidence is growing with every tournament, and he believes they are capable of maintaining the number one ranking. “I feel the team will handle having the number one ranking very well, because they have wanted it for a while and now that they have it I think they will thrive with it,” said Runion. Sophomore golfer, Ben Taylor, said the team has been consistent, because they have finished in the top five in every competition. He said being in contention in every

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Sophomore golfer, Ben Taylor, is ready for the challenge of maintaining the number one ranking as a team.

tournament has given the team momentum and has become a habit. Taylor was excited to hear the news of the ranking. “It was great to see the team’s hard work be rewarded with the number one ranking. Especially that it hasn’t been done since 2007. It’s also a good source of motivation for us to maintain it,” said Taylor. Runion said the team being in contention every tournament has given them the belief they can win. Runion felt the key to the team’s success has been the performance of the team’s top three players. Ben

Taylor is ranked number one in the country, Ricardo Celia is ranked 15th, and Oscar Lengden is ranked 25th. “All three have finished in the top ten the last two tournaments,” said Runion. “Without them we would not have had the finishes that we did.” The team will conclude play at the Buccaneer Invitational hosted by Barry today. The next competition will be Sunshine State Conference Championship beginning April 16.

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Lionel Messi: The little man who casts a giant shadow Is there a more impressive specimen in the world of soccer today than Lionel Messi? This was obviously a rhetorical question because the only logical answer is “no”. Although he might be the smallest man on the pitch, his feats and capabilities are astronomical. Even Real Madrid fans, like me, can only sit back and marvel at this magnificent player. Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi, and Wayne Rooney are all exceptionally gifted soccer players, but it is Messi who has established himself as the alpha male in this sport. On March 20, Messi became the all-time goal scoring leader in Barcelona history. Oh yeah. The man is only 24-years-old. This isn’t just some second division club we’re talking about. This is Barcelona, one of the most prestigious clubs in the world. This club has featured some of the alltime greats, such as Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, and Ronaldo. Now this begs the question,

is he the greatest ever? I honestly cannot say as I never had the honor of watching Pele, Maradona, and others. Is he the greatest I’ve ever seen? You bet your tuition he is. Messi takes a backseat to no one in this era. Since his debut with Barcelona in 2004, he has helped the team win the Champions League title three times and has won La Liga five times. In addition, he’s been named World Player of the Year three years running. The only component missing on his extravagant resume is a World Cup trophy, and that will ultimately be the deciding factor on whether or not he is the greatest of all time. Personally, I’m just glad to witness such greatness. At first glance, Messi may not look intimidating, but there isn’t anyone feared more on the pitch. Let’s not forget, he may still have at least another ten years of magic left in the tank, and that my friends, is wondrous. It’s Messi.

NSU swimmer wins individual title at NCAA championships By: Kevin Preciado Sports Editor On March 16 junior swimmer, Erin Black, captured an individual title in the 500 freestyle event at the NCAA championships n Mansfield, Texas. This was the first national title in the program’s history. Black said she was disappointed with how she swam in the 1,000 meter event and was determined to do better in the 500. She felt she got off to a slow start in the 500 but was able to pick it up towards the end. “I talked to my coach, and I was just going to swim as fast as I could and see what the outcome was. I kind of came back in the last 150 yards and won. It was a good win. It was exciting,” said Black. Head coach, Hollie BonewitCron, said Black’s victory was a result of her hard work and determination. Bonewit-Cron said she was honored to be the one who presented Black with her award, and she is looking forward to continuing to coach her. “Erin has been great to coach this year as she discovered a desire

to be great,” said Bonewit-Cron. “She is extremely coachable and I am looking forward to working with her this spring and summer as well as next year.” Black was appreciative of the support she received from everyone at nationals. She said her parents were there cheering her on, and Bonewit-Cron was also there to congratulate her after the race. “She ran over behind the blocks after my race, and I was too tired to get out. She said, ‘Are you going to get out and give me a hug?’ I was like yeah, give me a sec. I was super tired, but she was just really happy for me,” said Black. Black felt her individual title was great for the swimming program because of the recognition and exposure it brings to NSU. She was proud to represent the program and credited the coaching staff for her growth this year. Black plans to try and make it to Olympic trials this summer.

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10 most overhyped athletes By: Mohamed Abdihakim Sports Editor 10. JaMarcus Russell, quarterback, Oakland Raiders (2007-2009): There’s a lot of vitriol towards the former LSU star. In truth, his numbers don’t help his case. Drafted in 2007 as the #1 overall pick, and sporting a record of 18-23 as a starter, Russell mustered a mere 6065 in QB ratings. We’re talking about a guy who had one of the strongest arms in football (known to have heaved a ball 60 yards...on a knee) but just couldn’t pan out to even half of all the expectations in the pros. 9. Greg Oden, center, Portland Trailblazers, (2007-3rd quarter buzzer, game 1 of season) Another player drafted in 2007, Oden was Ohio State’s prodigal post-player. He had the moves, the numbers, and most importantly, the beard. Here’s the problem, hoop fans saw less of moves and digits and more of the beard. Greg Oden was the #1 overall pick in 2007’s NBA draft. Picked up by Portland, he was drafted just in front of Kevin Durant. The fact of the matter is that Oden’s actual performance cannot be criticized. I mean, you literally can’t criticize his play, because he hardly ever played. At 7’, slated to take on the center duties of guarding NBA bigs, Oden may have suffered too many injuries to play, but there was a high likelihood from the onset that he was doomed to fail. 8. Nolan Ryan, pitcher, Texas Rangers (1968-1993) By an alarming amount of baseball fans, Ryan is considered among the top three hurlers in baseball history. This is the same sport that boasts a history teeming with pitchers like Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Roger Clemens, to which Ryan holds not even a scented candle. This is also the same sport that has an award specifically tailored for pitchers, The Cy Young Award (another pitcher that blew Ryan away), of which Ryan has none. 2,795 walks and 292 career losses in 616 starts, no wonder the re is an empty space in his trophy case. No-hitters are nothing to sneeze at (especially when you can boast seven of them). But with a baffling walk rate and a wins record just floating above .500, Ryan is pretty far down the list. 7. Joe Namath, quarter back, NY Jets (1965-1977) Ask anyone who lives even remotely close to New York. Heck, ask a resident of Connecticut: “Is Joe Namath among the greats?” Unfortunately, you won’t get many “No’s” (except for that one Jets fan who believes that Sanchez is, in fact, the second coming of Namath). Unfortunately, despite Namath’s Super Bowl antics, the numbers are uninspiring. In an AFL that wasn’t exactly loaded with defensive back talent (not to mention the much less complicated defensive schemes), Namath produced 173 touchdowns to 220 interceptions. Essentially, you’re looking at a QB who’s a 50.1

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Sebastian Telfair was considered one of the most talented players to enter the NBA draft straight out of high school.

completion percentage and putting him on black-and-white highlight reels, selling me that he’s among the top tier men under center. Not buying. 6. Apollo Ohno, olympic speedskater (1992) Now this one just frustrates me. Ohno was the biggest thing since bottled water because he excelled for a short period of time in a minor sport. His short-lived “dominance” was matched only in the brief relevance of a sport that was only even allowed on television since 1992 (allowed because it bored to death in its adaptation of NASCAR, in tights, on frozen water). Ohno was even placed on the cover of a Sports Illustrated issue. Two gold medals, masses of sponsors, and an enviable name, outside of that: Nada. 5. Jeremy Lin, point guard, New York Knicks, (2011-present) I almost feel bad for placing Lin on this list because he’s just an unassuming Ivy Leaguer who became fodder to the cannon of New York sports media. The Knicks are often known as the Mecca of basketball (personally, I prefer The Jerusalem of Joke Journalism), and the world’s attention was centered on the Knicks’ young star for the short time when Lin captured imaginations. As a starter, Lin is looking at an impressive 14.6 ppg and 6.4 apg. A hot start of 24 and 13 in the same categories fizzled down to the current averages. Lin’s positives are easily offset by an alarming three turnovers per game (awful for the head of an NBA offense) and the fact that he is literally the product of a happy-go-lucky, offensive-minded system in New York. Again, Lin is among the many victims of the hype machine that is sports journalism in New York. That being said, he’s vastly overrated for a point guard who turns the ball over and looks often as if he’s lost as the game is progressing. 4. Ryan Leaf, quarterback, San Diego Chargers/Dallas Cowboys, 1999-2001 If I told you that there’s this QB that San Diego drafted as the number 1 overall pick, over Tennessee’s Peyton Manning, would

you be able to think of his name? For those of you who remember it, I can almost hear your groans as you read this. Leaf was Washington State’s heralded quarterback going into the 1998 NFL draft. Leaf and Peyton Manning were considered 1A and 1B as far as top picks. Fourteen touchdowns, 36 interceptions, and a 50 QB rating later, and you’re probably still groaning. 3. Sebastian Telfair, point guard, Phoenix Suns (2004-present) To have this guy ranked so high on this list seems odd as very few even

struggled to adjust to complex formations not only in the MLS but overseas. There’s no question that futbol has never seen a young man so loudly heralded as “the next Pele” as much as young Adu was.

recall his name. That, folks, is exactly why he’s the third most overhyped player on this list. Consider this, Telfair was (and still is) the second highest high school scorer in New York’s basketball history, bumping metaphorical shoulders with Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. Also consider that Telfair was one of two players spotlighted on SLAM magazine’s cover, stating “The Takeover.” Who was the other guy? None other than LeBron Raymone James. That’s right. Though much like Lin in that he was essentially victimized by the New York hype machine, Telfair was once compared to James in regards to potential in the pros. Telfair opted to enter the NBA draft out of high school (back when that was still ok) and was selected 13th overall by the Portland Trailblazers. The rest is unfortunate, injury-riddled history.

1. Darko Milicic, center, Minnesotta Timberwolves, (2003-present) There a few reasons why Darko ranks higher on this list than the likes of Adu: First, he was the 2nd pick in what is widely considered the greatest NBA draft class of all time. Picture this: draft stock (omitting the obvious numero uno in Lebron James): Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh. Those names all followed Milicic. The Detroit Pistons skipped out on those three (even Chris Kaman would have made more sense as a #2 pick...I’m serious!). Darko was not only mired by several injury-struck campaigns in the NBA, he also showed some unflattering numbers. The Serbian seven-footer sported a ppg average that peaked at 8.8 back in the 2010-2011 season. Despite his 1.5 to 2.0 blocks per game average, Milicic showed a timid nature at a position that prohibited it and a league that could smell it. To be the pick immediately following the man widely considered the NBA’s best player as of right now, Milicic held on his shoulders the expectation of truly, truly great things. Unfortunately, he hasn’t even come within the same zip code as them and very likely never will.

2. Fredy Adu, mid-fielder, Philadelphia Union (2003) If anything explains the expectations placed on Adu, it’s this: there’s a widely known picture of Adu posing next to the great Pele. Pele in this picture is planting a peck on Adu’s cheek. Pele had once said that Adu was “…given the gift to play football.” Obviously he means soccer, but I digress. Adu was so highly touted that he made his MLS debut at the tender age of 14. 14-year-old Adu was most likely balancing practice alongside seasoned veterans with his Algebra homework. Unfortunately, Adu

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SHORTS Baseball

Senior outfielder, A.J. Regoli, blasted his 13th home run of the season in an 11-3 victory over Ave Maria University on March 28.

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Softball

On March 27, the team won both games of a two-game series with Palm Beach Atlantic behind a brilliant 13 strikeout performance from senior pitcher, Sara DeMuth. DeMuth has recorded 238 strikeouts and has surpassed the NSU single-season record of 217.

Tennis The team saw its record on the season drop to 7-10 after a rough March, including a 7-2 loss to top ranked Division III opponent Williams Ephs on March 29.


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Happy Hunger Games

By: Alyssa Sterkel Features Editor With a coffee in my hand and a Hunger Games pin on my shirt, I sat down for the midnight premiere of “The Hunger Games” on March 23. I had been awake since 7:30 a.m., I rushed to the theater after my class got out at 10 p.m., and I had to work the next morning. If this movie wasn’t good, I would’ve been tired, angry and extremely disappointed, but fortunately for the people around me, it was well worth the lack of sleep. “The Hunger Games” is based on the book of the same name and is set in the future, where North America has collapsed after a revolt and been replaced by Panem. Panem is a country divided into 12 districts and one Capitol. In order to keep all the districts in line and prevent another revolt, the Capitol arranges a yearly Hunger Games, where one boy and one girl from each district are selected to fight to the death, until one victor remains. In the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers for her younger sister, Prim, to fight in the games. She and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), the male participant from District 12, are the stars of the movie as they fight to survive. There are many films adapted

from books that didn’t live up to fan’s expectations (think Twilight and the casting of Kristen Stewart). Fortunately, “The Hunger Games” does not join this list. For those who have not read the book (shame on you), you will not get lost in the storyline. The 142 minute-long film was able to stay true to the book, while adding as much detail as possible. This provided the best of both worlds for both the Hunger Games fanatic and mere audience member. Having taken two film classes, I was pleased at how well executed the movie was. It’s geared towards teens and young adults, but the movie didn’t feel like a Disney version of action adventure. The fighting, killing, fires, wild animals, etc. all felt real. In one scene, while the participants are in the arena of the Hunger Games, Katniss cuts down a branch holding a tracker-jacker beehive (think bees on steroids). During this scene, I was literally cringing in my seat. I felt like I was getting stung on my hands and neck. Because of the cinematography and effects, I also felt disoriented after being “stung.” The audience didn’t just watch Katniss fall over and not know if she was dreaming or in reality — we experienced the disorientation with her. We experienced the forest becoming blurry, we fell on the ground with

There are several options for watching movies and TV shows online. The top three media streaming platforms that are popular are: the ever-reliable Netflix, the growing options of Amazon Instant Video, and up-to-date Hulu Plus.

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A scene from “The Hunger Games.” One of the reasons Katniss did so well in the Hunger Games is because she could shoot a bow and arrow--something she learned in District 12 to keep her family alive.

her and we felt her confusion when she was unsure if what happened was reality or an illusion. Throughout the movie, the audience experienced subjective point-of-view shots, hand-held camera effects, and quick cutting between shots. I felt like I was a part of the Hunger Games (well, that could have been the caffeine). My one complaint about the movie is it didn’t feel like a love story. Now, before you think I’m just a girl who wanted to see a happily ever after, I want you to know I actually read the book (all

three in fact). In the Hunger Games book, Peeta isn’t just a love-struck boy who has a crush on Katniss. He was willing to lay down his life for her. He was willing to die for her. He loved her. And at moments, Katniss realized she loved him too. Katniss was struggling with another battle — a battle of love — but the film ignored that. The film made it seem like Katniss loved Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and that Gale was who she thought about (he is definitely swoon-worthy). Hopefully, in the next two films, Peeta will man up

and look like he deserves the girl on fire and the audience will be able to watch the love story unfold. After watching this movie, I can happily tell you guys, this movie isn’t just for girls. There is a slight love triangle, two hot guys and a heroine (girl power!), but the movie is also about children killing other children. The movie didn’t tone down the violence. We saw children from 11 districts turn into killing machines to become the lone survivor. So, guys and gals this movie is for both of you and may the odds be ever in your favor.

5. “The Candidate” (1972) With the GOP primaries in full swing and the general election to soon follow, “The Candidate,” a film that examines the way candidates present themselves to constituents, is something that anyone planning to vote must watch. Directed by Michael Ritchie, written by Jeremy Larner and starring Robert Redford, Peter Boyle and Melvyn Douglas, “The Candidate” is a look at how elections transformed in the 1970s after the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

By: Dean Gabriel Williams News Editor While many a political film has been made, there are very few worth watching. And even fewer accurately capture a political ideology, the political situation as it occurred, or a well written and executed political experiment, or some crazy combination of the three. For all the political junkies (like me) at NSU, these are my top 5 picks for the Best American political movies of all time. 1. “The Manchurian Candidate” (2004) Directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Daniel Pyne and Dean Georgaris, “The Manchurian Candidate” is perhaps the finest in political satire and political ideology created in modern film history. Closely based on the 1962 version, “The Manchurian Candidate” features a plot about how the desire of the wealthy and successful to attain and retain power lead to a scientific experiment beyond the physical capacity of modern science. To complement the well-written plot are stellar performances by Denzel Washington, Live Schreiber and Meryl Streep.

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2. “J. Edgar” (2011) Based on a true story, “J. Edgar” is a film not just about the tenure of J. Edgar Hoover, commissioner of the FBI for more than 50 years, but an insightful examination of the progression of the history of law enforcement in the U.S. Leonardo DiCaprio gives, quite possibly, one of the best performances of his lifetime as J. Edgar Hoover. Written by Dustin Lance Black and directed by Clint Eastwood, “J. Edgar” is a film that those with a keen interest in the criminal justice system should definitely watch.

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3. “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939) Directed by Frank Capra and written by Sidney Buchman, Lewis Foster and Myles Connolly, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” was released during the Great Depression of the 1930s, right before the entrance of the U.S. into World War II. A classic movie with all the undertones of Hollywood at the height of its heyday, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” stars James Stewart as Mr. Smith, who is appointed to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate only to find that the political process is much more complicated than it seems. The film also stars Jean Arthur and Claude Rains, and is a must watch for anyone thinking about going into politics.

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4. “Enemy of the State” (1998) An interesting political conversation about the independence of the individual in society and the role of the government in the affairs of the individual, “Enemy of the State” is brilliant political film directed by Tony Scott, written by David Marconi and starring Will Smith, Gene Hackman and Jon Voight. This is an excellent film for those who are interested in the modern day applications of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution (unreasonable searches and seizures) to daily life. courtesy of www. imdb.com

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Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus: Which one is right for you?

By: Tyler Conti Contributing Writer

Best American political movies

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Everyone knows about Netflix. Many of you have probably tried it at some point or know someone who uses it. Since its founding in 1997, Netflix has grown to become a company with 23 million subscribers. Netflix’s popularity is its business model which allows its customers to rent DVDs from the comfort of their home or watch them instantly on their computers, phones, tablets, and video game consoles. I’ve been using Netflix since 2008 and enjoy the wide selection of movies and TV shows available. The quality varies occasionally, but that’s only due to the local Internet connection. Most of the time I’m enjoying my videos

in HD with little to no interruption. One downside to Netflix is their ever-changing list of companies who supply them with titles for their “Watch Instantly Service.” Recently, they lost STARZ, which offered hundreds of movies, but they will gain DreamWorks in 2013. I highly recommend Netflix for their instant service alone, which costs $10 a month.

Amazon Instant Video

Well known to Internet shopping enthusiasts, Amazon.com offers the eager consumer just about anything imaginable. From food to books to clothes and now instant video; recently Amazon started offering a service known as Amazon Instant Video. This service allows customers to buy or rent titles from their online library and watch them instantly though their computer. Unlike other Amazon services, there is no “hard cover” product, rather once you buy or rent a TV show or movie it will

appear in your virtual library where you may watch it until your rental ends or whenever you wish to own the title. Amazon Instant Video’ selection is quite varied and titles are updated constantly. For those with an Amazon Prime membership, they can obtain instant access to several movies and TV shows. However, one must still pay for the more recent titles. The costs will add up if you rent several movies since there isn’t a flat fee. Instead you pay per view unless you buy to own. The costs are affordable for one or two movies a month, but beyond that it gets pricy fast with most recent films costing $4 and older ones costing $2.

Hulu Plus

I loved Hulu before it became Hulu Plus. After my free trial ended I stopped going to Hulu.com. That said, Hulu Plus might be the best option for college students with busy schedules that regularly conflict with TV schedules. The content provided

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Huluplus.com is a great source to catch TV shows you may have missed.

by Hulu is quite extensive and up to date. Its $8 a month price tag is also rather affordable. In many ways Hulu Plus is perfect for college students, or anyone with a busy schedule, but I miss when it was just normal Hulu which was free to everyone. The best part of Hulu is its content; it offers next day showings of several TV shows. However, without Hulu Plus your limited the normally the first five episodes in a season

and they are riddled with up to ten minutes of pestering commercials begging you to join Hulu Plus. The content streams directly to your computer if you don’t have a Hulu Plus membership, but if you do, then you’re given the option to stream your content to your video game consoles, tablets or phones.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat By: Saily Regueiro Contributing Writer From March 30 - April 13, the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Mile theatre present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Tickets start at $46. This musical features songs by the well-known composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. This play is a fun, modern, and colorful adaptation of the biblical story of Jacob and his 12 sons. The musical starts with the children’s youth choir singing their way up the aisle of the auditorium. Once on stage, they are greeted by the Narrator (played by Amy Miller Brennan), who tells the tale of a young man named Joseph and the power of his dreams. The children remain seated on benches on either side of the stage throughout the show. Their presence is subtle, but the moments where they are incorporated into the action of the production, make for a delightful atmosphere. This also allows the audience to see the story through the eyes of the children. In the story, Joseph, the youngest and favorite son of Jacob, is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, who then deceive their father in thinking Joseph is dead. Once into Egypt, Joseph is thrown into jail after a misunderstanding with his master, the Potipher. In time, Joseph’s ability to tell the future by interpreting dreams garners the Pharaoh’s attention. Joseph is released from prison and becomes one of the highest

ranking officers in Egypt. Years later, after suffering from famine, Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to ask for help from an official not knowing that his true identity is Joseph. Joseph reveals himself only after testing their loyalty to one another by falsely accusing one of them of theft. In the end of the story Jacob and all of his sons are, once again, happily reunited. As the narrator, Miller Brennan adds a sweetness and animation to her character, and not to mention that amazing voice that would surely lift the spirits of anyone fortunate enough to listen to it. She hits every note with ease and remains present throughout the show even when she is not a main part of the scene. Joseph Canfield is incredible playing the role of Joseph. He has a way of making the story fun and, with his lovely singing voice, allows the audience to understand and feel the characters’ emotions. There also seems to be a growth for the character during the play from the younger brother, to a sold slave, and eventually to a high position as one of Pharaoh’s officials. Canfield demonstrates this growth flawlessly. The songs are fabulously composed and very well sung. The costumes are brightly colored and fun, and the entire cast makes this a show one that should not be missed.

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Andrew Llyod Webber takes a unique spin on the biblical tale of Joseph in the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

offshore April 3 - April 9 Tuesday 4.3

Florida Panthers vs. Winnipeg Jets Bank Atlantic

Center, Sunrise, 7:30 p.m.

Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers

American Airlines Arena, Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Comedy Jam Miami Improv, Coconut

Grove, 10 p.m.

Wednesday 4.4 Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder American Airlines Arena, Miami, 8 p.m.

Owen Benjamin Miami Improv, Coconut Grove, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday 4.5

Marvin Dixon’s LOL Thursdays

Hard Rock Improv, Fort Lauderdale, 10 p.m.

Friday 4.6

Miami Heat vs. Memphis Grizzlies

American Airlines Arena, Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Raekwon w. Freddie Gibbs, JD Era, Kofi Black Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale, 8 p.m. Saturday 4.7 Andrew WK Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale, 8 p.m.

Sunday 4.8 Miami Heat vs. Detroit Pistons American Airlines Arena Miami, 6 p.m.

*Listen to Radio X – WNSU 88.5 for a chance to win tickets to these events. Call (954) 262 – 8460 between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m.


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Our future in space: NASA’s troubles and SpaceX

Falcon 9 launcnes from spacex’s launch pad in cape canaveral

By: Joseph Cirino Contributing Writer With the swan song of NASA’s Space Shuttle program sung with the flight of STS-135 (Atlantis) in July of last year, financial prospects for NASA look grim. With an economy

in dire straits and little to spare, the retirement of the Space Shuttle has led to a stagnation of space flight options for the agency that sent a man to the moon in the depths of the Cold War. Tentative plans were made

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shortly before the abandonment of the Space Shuttle program to produce a new and cheaper capsule code named the Orion capsule. However, in the wake of budget cuts and various other unfortunate events it seems NASA will have to abandon

manned orbital missions for now. Enter SpaceX. A privately funded and privately owned company, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or “SpaceX,” is pushing ahead with inhouse designs and plans to outpace NASA and most other governments in the race for reliable and cheap orbital transportation. The Space Shuttle of the past was notoriously prone to exorbitant maintenance costs and disastrous accidents with even the smallest error or accident. SpaceX has planned, designed and constructed their own brand of orbital transports since their founding in 2002. And they work. In 2006, SpaceX was awarded a Commercial Orbital Transportation Services or “COTS” contract by NASA to privately construct and launch orbital spacecraft from U.S. soil. This idea was realized in late 2009, with the launch, orbit and recovery of the COTS Demo Flight 1 mission, making SpaceX the first privately funded company to do so. In mid 2010, NASA awarded SpaceX a contract to develop a crewed orbital shuttle for cargo and personnel transport to and from the International Space Station. The company is, by definition, privately funded. However, via extensive contact with NASA

and the European Space Union, they have opened their launch spacecraft up to the highest bidder. An anonymous customer paid for a radio satellite to be launched in early 2011, and SpaceX is set up to receive official federal funding next year. SpaceX’s first manned launch is currently scheduled for 2015, when the Dragon Spacecraft will have a certified launch escape system, the first of its kind, to prevent loss of life due to mechanical failures or damages. Dragon will also utilize the SpaceX developed “Falcon Heavy” Super Heavy Lift-class rocket booster, the most powerful rocket ever used (in terms of thrust) since the Saturn V boosters used for the Apollo missions. SpaceX also plans to launch its first geostationary satellite in 2013. Elon Musk, SpaceX’s CEO and CTO, said he plans to have a reliable robotic transport to Mars by 2018. However, Musk claims his ultimate goal is loftier than even that: a permanent, sustainable human presence on the red planet. With the way SpaceX is going, this certainly seems possible.

Street advertising deserves its own corner By: Davis Yahn Opinions Editor Driving down U.S. 1 is quite a test of your attention span. It is remarkably easy to get distracted, taking in all the visual stimulation that is hurtling past your vehicle at 30 mph. There are big tall buildings to look at, street signs to pay attention to, and traffic to worry about. But a new distracting sidewalk phenomenon has the streets of Hallandale Beach spinning in controversy. Human directionals. Sign flippers. Sign twirlers. Walking signs. Persons dressed like the Statue of Liberty. All these figures are now banned from appearing along the side of the road thanks to the city of Hallandale Beach ordinance that was passed on Jan. 20. The ordinance bans the use of a human as a form of off-site advertisement. The reason for the ban is to make the roads safer for motorists. A city staff report that accompanied the ordinance reasoned its existence saying, “Not only can this type of attention-seeking signage be unsightly, it can also be

extremely dangerous as the intent is to distract driver’s attention.” Hey! Distracted drivers, listen up, you are too distracted. Put down the cell phone and put on the horse blinders because you will likely crash if you see someone twirling a sign for cheap pizza. This preposterous ordinance has sign enthusiasts and business owners up in arms around the state of Florida, and the police are listening. The advertising style may be banned in many cities but, as of yet, no enforcement has taken place. I agree with the law enforcement agencies for not enforcing this ordinance. To do so would be a complete waste of time and tax payers’ money. Jobs are at all time low. If you have a job right now, chances are you are holding on to it for dear life, so why should we be taking them away from these people? Obviously spinning a sign isn’t exactly an entry-level spot on a fasttrack towards a glamorous career, but it pays, and for some that is more than enough. The Palm Beach City officials may have a good point though.

Low budget sign spinners give small businesses good advertising.

Sign spinners, at an extreme, would be a nuisance. Imagine 12 people all spinning signs on a street corner — that’s pure madness. People are bound to rubber neck such a spectacle, which equates to accidents. So in that respect it makes sense. However, I think because sign spinners have become enough of a common place on our streets, most

people already just ignore them. Concern should be taken with this issue but an all out ban is not the answer. Americans need jobs and small businesses need cheap advertising. Drivers getting distracted isn’t a good enough reason to take that away. If you have trouble with driving because you’re easily distracted, you

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probably should be in the backseat with a Game Boy, not behind the wheel. If city officials have a problem with sign spinners they should regulate, not obliterate. So, show your support. Honk if you want to save taxes and turn right for fresh pizza. Sign spinners are here to stay and deserve to annoy motorists; it makes up for being dressed so ridiculously.

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PSAs that focus of the reality of the situation are effective.

By: Davis Yahn Opinions Editor Methamphetamine isn’t a joke. Every year thousands die from illegal use of the drug. Its abuse is a serious issue, which is why the antimeth public service announcement advertisements on TV are just as serious. Advertisement agencies are waking up to this “serious approach” and more and more harsh-reality warnings are showing up during commercial breaks. But do they work? Telling someone not to

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jaywalk repeatedly is one way to help reduce the chances that they will ever jaywalk. But how effective is that? Ever seen a toddler do exactly what you tell them not to do? Show that same person (not the toddler) a video of someone jaywalking getting hit by a car and they’re likely to never cross the street again. Brutality seems to have a good way of representing reality, and, sometimes, it takes a few doses to wake people up. Waking people up to the reality of smoking is the goal behind a new anti-tobacco campaign by

U.S Health officials. The new advertisement series called “Tips From Former Smokers,” features paid advertisements and public service announcements designed to encourage smokers to quit and to thwart would-be first timers. The ad series depicts people suffering from illnesses related to smoking. The subjects’ stories tell of the horrors that come with dealing with sickness due to their tobacco use. These ads are designed to help combat the excessive $10.5 billion spent by tobacco companies on marketing.

On the Scene:

"[The WIFI] is of satisfactory quality. It is pretty inconsistent around campus but is good where I am in [the] Vettel [dorm]. Other dorms, I hear, it is not so good. ” Joseph Costa, senior biology major

Now meth and tobacco aren’t really in the same ballpark when compared. In fact, they aren’t even the same sport, but the same techniques used to stop the two should be the same: harsh and real. For too long, anti-drug and tobacco advertisements have danced around the subject by being overly suggestive and flawed, boasting ideologies of “smoking cigarettes won’t make you popular” (uh yeah, but it will kill you, that’s probably important,) and “marijuana will make your dog talk to you” (but he will be disappointed in your

reckless behavior). These ad campaigns don’t even come close to stacking up to the “Meth: Don’t try it once” anti-methamphetamine campaign. The anti-meth commercials (if you haven’t seen one yet) are gruesome depictions of what happens to users of meth. The message is always the same: Negative reactions happen when you do negative actions. This is something any teenager can understand — not that marijuana makes dogs talk to you.

“What do you think of the WIFI quality on campus? ”

"In the library on the third floor [the quality] is really spotty. On the fourth floor it is perfectly fine. When it is good, it is really good." Kayla Acampado,

“[The WIFI] is not as consistent as it should be. I think the Internet is the students’ main source of research and gathering information, more so than the library. If they are going to spend so much on the library then I think they should also provide a much faster connection.” Fernando Campos, junior psychology major

freshman biology major "Considering what it should be, it isn’t satisfactory. We need to upgrade our network for the increased load of students.” Pedro Moras, 2nd-year international business graduate student

"I haven’t had any problems except when I am in the UC or outside Farquhar. It isn’t as fast as I wish it was, but it is about the same as my home [Internet.]" Adriana Chavas, senior athletic training major



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