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The Shark Shuffle is back: Raising Dollars for Active Scholars Written by: Victoria Rajkumar

Douglas Flemons, Ph.D., Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, said “What is great about the event is that the prizes are donated by various deans from the university and are awarded to random to students who complete the race.” NSU students have a chance to win prizes, which include one of more than 25 Deans’ $500 Active Scholar prizes. Participating University School students are eligible to win one of several Headmaster’s $100 Active Scholar prizes. Marcela Sandigo, Associate Director of Campus Recreation, said, “Our whole theme is to promote wellness.” “The Shark Shuffl e is a really cool event for students to take part in. What makes it so unique is that it is the only 5k that NSU really does. And, everyone has a chance to win. You don’t have to run — just cross the fi nish line,”

NSU’s Shark Shuffl e 5K Run and Walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 a.m. The event will be held on campus and will start from NSU’s north entrance. Runners and walkers will make their way around the entire campus until reaching the fi nish line, located at the law school. Suzanne Ferriss, Ph.D., Professor in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, who participated in three Shark Shuffl es, said, “This event brings together all of NSU for a fun day that is dedicated to the students and their well–being.” Any student can join and is eligible to win prizes. “The whole NSU community comes out to be apart of the Shark Shuffl e. You don’t have to be an athlete to participate,” Ferriss said.


Poor turnout for SGA Town Hall Meeting

Victoria Rajkumar & Davis Yahn

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Written by: Victoria Rajkumar On Sept. 30, NSU’s Student Government Association (SGA) held their fi rst Town Hall Meeting of the semester. The meeting was scheduled to take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the UC Pit, but the meeting was delayed, and due to the lack of student feedback, it ended early. Students voiced their opinion on matters they felt were important to the NSU community, some of which included: the commuter student lounge, additional volleyball

courts and Homecoming. Members of the SGA board were present to answer their concerns and respond to suggestions. Jonathon Martinez, junior English major, said, “I had a suggestion regarding putting a volleyball court somewhere on campus. I felt that SGA addressed my concerns well.” “I feel that having only two days to play volleyball in the RecPlex isn’t enough, and we [students] should be able to have another location to go to,” he said. Due to malfunctioning sound SEE TOWN HALL 2

NSU mourns loss of cherished employee Noreen Hartmann

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Noreen Hartmann, coordinator in the Department of Family Therapy, passed away Sept. 23.

Announcement by: Tommie Boyd Noreen Hartman passed away early Wednesday morning, Sept. 23, with her loving family and Tommie Boyd, Chair Department of Family Therapy, at her side. She was in SEE HARTMANN 2

Guillermo Gómez-Peña performs as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series Written by:

Members of the executive board of NSU’s Student Government Association answered questions at the Town Hall Meeting on Sept. 30.

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On Sept. 21 and 22, performance artist Guillermo Gómez–Peña presented an audio-visual lecture for the NSU community as part of the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences (FCAS) Distinguished Speakers Series. The lecture was hosted by the Division of Performing and Visual Arts. Each year, the Distinguished Speakers Series brings prominent leaders in their fi elds to speak on campus. The series refl ects the college’s annual theme. This year’s theme is truth and power. Some of the notable past speakers included: Spike Lee, Jack Kevorkian and Desmond Tutu. “I thought his artistic message was amazing and he did crazy things most people would die to do,” said Caesar Martinez, senior psychology major. The performance artist presented an audio–visual lecture titled Multiple Journeys: The Life and Work of Gómez–Peña. Using

text and historical photographs to chronicle his life’s work, Gómez– Peña discussed the evolution of his fi eld and current political and social events. Martinez said, “I especially thought it was amazing how he held his own wedding on the Mexican border. How wild is that?” Gómez–Peña presented parts of his lecture in Spanish, which left some students culture-shocked. Wallace Jean, junior, theatre major said, “It made me feel like an immigrant in a sense because other people could understand him and I could not. It was an unusual but eyeopening experience,” he said.

However, others embraced his bilingual speech. Vanessa Ramos, junior theatre major said, “I loved his poem. He read it with feeling and by switching up the language, it made what he was saying so much better.” To engage students in his lecture, Gómez–Peña had a question–and–answer segment. Many students were quick to ask Gómez-Peña questions. Alexis Dobson, sophomore, theatre major said, “It was nice of him to let us ask pretty much anything that came into our heads. He seemed to really want us [students] to SEE GOMEZ-PENA 2

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she said. Prizes for Community Participants and Campus Staff include: gift cards to Whole Foods, memberships to the RecPlex, and the chance to enter a drawing to win two round-trip American Airline tickets to anywhere in North America. “We tried very hard to keep the prizes health-based and interesting. Participants need to be present to claim their prizes,” said Sandigo.


The deadline for online registration is Oct. 4 at 11:55 p.m. Participants can also register on the day of the event from 6:00 a.m– 7:15 a.m. The entry fee for NSU members is $12 and $20 pre–registration for the community and $25 for on–site registration. To register or for more information, visit http://www.nova. edu/nsu-only/shark/shuffl e.html.

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equipment, many students couldn’t understand the speakers, and were displeased with the meeting. They chose to leave early or stop paying attention. Jessica Strom, senior psychology major, said, “I don’t think the meeting was well put together. The sound system was really bad and it was too loud in the UC. I couldn’t even hear what they were talking about.” Marc Jacobson, freshman biology major said, “I think the meeting wasn’t a huge success because they held it during the lunch hour. Students only get that one hour to eat before rushing back to class and don’t want to waste it.” “Honestly, the way it was set up didn’t make me want to stay and listen, let alone give up my lunch,” he said. Anthony Campenni, former undergraduate SGA president who

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was observing the meeting, said, “It seemed like it was a bad location for such a serious event. I thought it was a good idea; it was something that SGA never really did before, and were on the right track. But, if they’re not going to do it professionally, where student voices can be heard, nothing can get accomplished.” Marcia Philatre, junior biology major and SGA Minority Senator said, “I thought the meeting was moderately successful. It was our fi rst meeting of the semester. We are open to suggestions on how we can improve them, so in the future more students can come be apart of it, and voice their thoughts.” “We hold these meetings for the students and hope that they will be more involved because SGA is here for them and their needs as NSU students,” she said.

her early 60s. Her husband Robert, daughter Christine, son–in–law Jay and two wonderful grandchildren survive her. A memorial service will be held at St Malachy Catholic Church next week. We will also have a time for Remembrance at NSU next week.

Noreen was hired eight years ago as the fi rst department assistant in the Department of Family Therapy; then promoted to program coordinator the following year. She worked for NSU for eight years as a faithful, dedicated employee, who, even through fi ve years of cancer and

a variety of surgeries and treatments, identifi ed NSU and her work as “her work family who keeps me focused.” She worked every day throughout this time, taking time off only for medical issues and family vacations.

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understand his movement and what he was about.” Gómez–Peña also performed on Thursday Sept. 22 in the Performance Theatre of NSU’s Visual Arts Wing in the UC. The performance featured visual and vocal entertainment and was presented to an auditorium of over two hundred students, faculty and guests. “The beginning was the best

part,” said Emily Maines, junior marine biology major. “His performance was very relevant to modern times. I thought it was striking, daring and relevant,” she said. On Oct. 26, Oscar–winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, hosted by the Humanities Division, will be the next Distinguished Speaker Series. Dreyfuss will discuss his role as an American activist and a community leader.

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Psychology presentation focuses on detecting deception Written by: Alyssa Sterkel On Oct. 5, the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences (FCAS) and NSU’s Center for Psychological Studies (CPS) will host the next Psychology Graduate Research Series on “Can People Detect Deception via Thin–Slice Communications?” Matt Young, CPS graduate student, will present the research from noon to 1 p.m. in the Maltz Psychology Building, room 2045. Young will present their progress, defi ne deception detection and thin–slices and explain why his team thought both subjects were worth studying. “It’s interesting to see if you are able to tell if someone can detect lying in a split second,” said Young. The research study, initiated by Weylin Sternglanz, Ph.D., associate professor in the FCAS, combines deception detection research and thin–slice research. Sternglanz said deception detection research shows that people are either very bad at detecting lies, or that some people are very good liars. This means that people are only right about 54% of the time at detecting when someone is lying. However, research on thin–slices shows that people can make remarkable inferences about strangers based on a very tiny, or thin–slice, of behavior said Sternglanz. “People can make pretty accurate judgments about a person from a 5–second video clip, and those judgments correlate strongly with judgments by people who’ve known that person for a long time,” said Sternglanz. “I wanted to marry these two areas of research because if we’re so bad at detecting lies but so good at making inferences from thin–slices, what would happen if

people tried to detect lies from very thin–slices of behavior?” Though the research study is in progress, the conclusions will add to the research already completed about deception detection and thin–slices. “The conclusions will be interesting either way — if we fi nd out that people are actually able to detect deception through thin–slices or if they’re not. Thin–slice literature generally shows that people are good at inferences through thin slices, and if we show that when it comes to deception that people are quite poor and that they need more information, then that will be interesting as well,” said Sternglanz. Young said, “I think if we can scratch the surface of research about gut feelings, thin–slices and fi rst impressions, it can be really useful to a lot of people in different professions, like the police and psychologists. It will also be useful for daily interactions because it can make communication more open if you’re aware of cues in yourself about lying and you can be more honest with yourself.” Sternglanz said psychology is a subject that everyone wonders about and a subject that should be studied scientifi cally. The talk is an opportunity for everyone to fi nd out what the research shows about their intuition, he said. “Can People Detect Deception via Thin–Slice Communications?” is just one in a series of talks presented each month by CPS and Farquhar. Jamie Tartar, Ph.D., associate professor in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, said, “This graduate talk series offers an exciting opportunity for the students and faculty to learn about the different ongoing research projects. It is also a good way to open up collaboration between centers.”

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News Briefs Six new M.B.A. concentrations and graduate certificates added to the NSU business school NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship announced the addition of six new M.B.A. concentrations and graduate certificates. Programs will begin enrolling students next year. With the addition of these six programs, the Huizenga Business School now offers 15 certificate programs, 14 of which are also concentrations in its M.B.A. program. For more information call (954) 262-5168, or visit www. NSU continues to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month On Oct. 5, Viva La Cultura Hispana: A Celebration of Hispanic Culture, sponsored by the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, will showcase Latin American art and literature in the Alvin Sherman Library from 6–7 p.m. This free event will feature Silvia Lizama, Ph.D., Olga Connor, Ph.D., published author and journalist for El Nuevo Miami Herald, and Daniel Shoer Roth, an award–winning journalist for El Nuevo Miami Herald. For more information contact: Joanne Pol, Ph.D., at Guy Harvey hosts premiere of an international documentary on sharks at The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale On Oct. 19, NSU’s Oceanographic Center and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation will host a private viewing of “This is Your Ocean: Sharks,” a documentary about understanding sharks and global shark conservation. On Oct. 20, a public showing will be held at NSU’s Miniaci Theater. Up to 3,000 sharks illegally netted on Texas coast On Sept. 27, off Texas’ South Padre Island, near the Mexican border, game wardens discovered as many as 3,000 dead adult and juvenile sharks caught in illegal fish netting. No arrests have been made but authorities suspect Mexican fisherman of setting the illegal nets. Although not all shark species are threatened, illegal fishing of all species can cause pressure on local populations. Saudi woman to get 10 lashes for driving a car On Sept. 28, for the first time in Saudi Arabia, a woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for breaking the ban on women driving. There is no law prohibiting women from driving, but it was banned by a decree set forth by religious conservatives. Other women have been detained for several days, but no women were sentenced by a court. The inventor of Doritos dies On Sept. 20, Arch West, 97, a Frito–Lay executive and the inventor of Doritos passed away at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. His family plans to pay tribute to his love for the snack by tossing Doritos into his grave at his memorial service.



Diary of..

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Date night ideas that will leave an impression

a student who attended World Youth Day

Written by: Victor Wong Victor Wong is a junior business administration major with a minor in sports management. He is from Guatemala and enjoys playing soccer, reading, going to the gym, listening to music and playing video games. He dislikes waking up very early and being stressed, angry or bored. His philosophy in life is a Catholic philosophy which summarizes what Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Over the summer, I was in Madrid, Spain for the World Youth Day 2011, which was the best experience of my life. The World Youth Day is an event held by the Catholic Church every two or three years. WYD was created by Pope John Paul II in 1985 in Rome. The five–day event that I attended consisted of various activities like concerts, films, conferences, plays, masses and the arrival of the Pope Benedict XVI. Young people all over the world, who were not necessarily Catholic or Christian, participated in the event. I decided to go because one of my brothers went to the event in 2005 in Koln, Germany and he told me if I didn’t go, I would regret it because it was an amazing experience. My trip actually started three weeks before WYD when I went to Europe with my best friend to visit other countries and visit friends who are studying in Europe. For those three weeks, we visited many cities, including London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Venice, Florence, Assisi, Rome, Barcelona and finally, Madrid. We got lost in London, ran all over Vatican to get to our airplane and accidentally walked onto a nude beach in Barcelona. The WYD activities started in Barcelona, Spain on Aug. 11, and my friend and I joined our group from St. Jude Thaddeus. After four days in Barcelona, we traveled to Madrid where we watched “El Clasico,” Real Madrid vs. Barcelona. They were playing the “Supercopa” of Spain, so as a crazy fan of soccer and the team FC Barcelona, I couldn’t miss out

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A picnic at a park is a great date idea, especially when Florida’s “winter” season starts.

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Victor, second to the left in the first row, and his group pose for a picture on World Youth Day at the military airport in Madrid, Spain.

on this chance to watch my favorite team and the best soccer match in the world. On the 16th, my entire group arrived for the official WYD activities. WYD started with the inauguration mass where more than two million youths attended. This mass impacted me in a huge way because I’ve never seen so many people in one place with the same mindset and with big smiles on everyone’s faces. During these five days, I experienced joy and peace like I never have before. I wanted to stay in Madrid forever and never come back, thanks to this awesome feeling that I had. I think being good in the whole meaning of the word and being spiritually pure gave me these feelings. The Pope arrived on the third day, and he traveled in his Popemobile, which is the vehicle that the Pope uses to transport on his visits. He traveled all over Madrid where two million people welcomed him. The last day, we went to a military airport where we slept and had closing mass. This was a tough day because we arrived at 10 a.m. with a temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and we had to sleep with the other two million people. The airport was very big, but everyone had to squeeze to sleep because there were a lot, and I mean a lot, of people. However, no one cared about the extreme situations, like the overwhelming temperature and

being with too many people, because of the happiness we had in our hearts. The Pope arrived at 8 p.m. that night to celebrate the vigil with the Holy Spirit, which is when the Pope exposed the Holy Sacrament for two hours. It was supposed to be longer, but there was a thunderstorm, and they had to put it away because of the climate. This my favorite experience from the trip, even better than watching “El Clasico,” because I felt a true feeling of joy, and this was one of the things that made this event the best experience of my life. It was not just a pleasant feeling that you get from going out to a party or having one of my childhood dreams come true, like watching that game. The next day, the Pope celebrated the closing mass, and the event ended after five exciting days of sharing and meeting people from all over the world. When I arrived back home in Guatemala, I felt like my life was changed. I felt happy and peaceful. Even my parents told me that I had a different face, that I seemed different. There are no words for what I experienced in Madrid and you have to participate in a WYD to have this feeling. The next WYD is in 2013 at Rio de Janeiro and I encourage you to go and I’m sure you will not regret it. After what I experienced in Madrid, I would go to as many WYDs that I possibly could. If you want more information on it, you can watch videos on YouTube to see what it’s like.

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Whether you’re a guy or a girl, planning a date night can be a difficult task. Even if you consider yourself a pro at romanticism, thinking of new and creative date ideas can be just as hard as studying for a midterm. If you’re trying to impress your boyfriend or girlfriend of two years or the guy or girl that’s going out with you for the first time, you want to make date nights special. Here are a few ideas that will earn you an “A” with your significant other. If you’re willing to drive for good food: Take your date to Le Petit Prince located on 311 Johnson Street, Hollywood, FL. Hollywood beach is known for the waves, the restaurants and the bands playing at the Hollywood Beach Dome, but it’s also home to a quaint restaurant with a French vibe. Le Petite Prince sells sandwiches, salads, and smoothies all made with fresh ingredients (their mozzarella cheese is to die for), but they also sell dessert crepes which are my favorite. They make fresh crepes filled with fruit, nutella and whipped cream that leaves your taste buds happy and your stomach full. Le Petite Prince also sells coffee to enjoy with your dessert and it promises to be the best around. If you’re looking for a great pizza restaurant, check out Pizza Rustica, which has restaurants in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. If you go to the Pizza Rustica on Lincoln Road in Miami, you may have to fight for a table, but the selection of pizza is worth it. The restaurant displays every pizza for people to look at and choose; and the pizza tastes just as good as it looks. You can split a pizza or order a slice for yourself (the portions are bigger than your average slice from Papa Johns) and sit back knowing your pizza will not disappoint. If you want an uninterrupted date: One of the best ways to have some alone time is to pack a picnic. I know Florida isn’t the best state for a breezy fall season, but one of these days you’ll be able to stay outside and not melt. And when that day comes, pack a picnic for your date. Buy a basket, pick up some subs from Publix or Cheese Course (there’s one in Weston Town Center), pack chips

and drinks, and don’t forget a blanket. Take your date to Tradewinds Park, Markham Park or the Library Quad and enjoy each other’s company. Another simple way to have a date with no interruptions from a waiter, stranger or friend, is to rent a movie and have a night in. Especially around midterm time, who wouldn’t like a night in comfy clothing eating pizza and dessert? Buy a pizza with your date’s favorite toppings and make (or buy) their favorite dessert. If you need dessert ideas, brownies, popcorn, chocolate and cookies go great with pizza and a movie. Or, Stork’s Bakery and Coffee House, just south of NSU on University Drive, may provide the perfect dessert for this night in. If you want to be creative: One of the cutest things you can do to impress your first date or rekindle that spark in your longterm relationship is to plan the entire day. Take a basket and fill it with everything you’re going to do that day. For example, once for my boyfriend’s birthday, I tied balloons to a basket and put a menu inside to the restaurant we were going to eat at, the movie we were going to watch and his birthday present. I also cut out balloon shaped paper that listed the other things we were going to do that day. This will be a much cuter way than just telling your date what you will do for your anniversary or first date. If you want a creative way to enjoy different types of food with your date, here’s a fun way to do that. Find out some of your date’s favorite restaurants and what they like about them (the dessert, appetizers or main course). Then pick one restaurant for appetizers, one for the main course and one for dessert. You may not want to go on a Friday or Saturday night when every restaurant has a wait, but this might be a fun way to drive around town and enjoy good food. Seeing that smile on your significant other’s face when they find out all the work you put into their date (even if you did just read this article), can be one of the most rewarding things in a relationship. Hopefully, some of these ideas will put that smile on the face of the guy or girl you’re trying to impress and leave you with a wonderful memory.

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Get your workout without losing much study time

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The trail around the lake behind the library is the perfect place for a quick workout.

Written by: Stephanie Fleming

moving without sacrifi cing too much study time.

It’s almost time for midterms which means in addition to cramming in all that information you were supposed to be learning since the beginning of the semester, you’re also cramming your face full of junk food. But all those fat cells and preservatives just slow your brain cells down. The best way to help that knowledge sink in is to get up and get the blood fl owing. Since you probably don’t have time for a full work out, any exercise is better than none. So, here are some ideas to help get you

Book it No, don’t call to schedule one, use your books. Just close them for a few minutes. Grab two of the same size and use them like weights. Hold them in your hands, palm up and curl. Hold your arms straight and lift them to shoulder level. Lay down with the books on your Cheeto–stuffed belly, cross your arms over them and sit up. If you must keep a book open to read, put it on the fl oor, and push yourself up onto your elbows and toes in the plank position. See how many lines you can read before you drop down on top of it.

Features Just jump Jumping rope burns a lot of calories and is one of the quickest ways to get warmed up. If you don’t have a rope, just put your books on the fl oor and jump over them — back and forth and side to side. Just don’t stack them too high. You’re looking for a way to help you study, not an excuse to miss your exams. Get out The quad has become a popular place to hang out and with all those orientation and information gathering sessions, you’re bound to know someone who picked up a Frisbee. Get out there and throw it around. Don’t worry if you’re not good at it. Running after the Frisbee is just more exercise for you. Run away If you’re studying at the library, put the books down and run. Just behind the building is a peaceful lake with a walkway around it. Walk or run a few laps then head back to the books refreshed. Or, if you don’t want to face the humidity outside, use the stairs inside the library to do some lunges or sprints. Wherever you happen to study, remember to take some time to work out more than the arm holding the bag of chips. Put down the notebooks full of indecipherable scribble, back away from the M&Ms and get some exercise. Your brain cells will thank you and your jeans will still zip up the day after midterms.

Changes happening in the Office of Career Development Written by: Alek Culpepper & Alyssa Sterkel The Offi ce of Career Development is seeing many changes in its internship program both internally and externally. One of the most recent opportunities is the addition of a non for credit international program. This program was established for international students because they don’t have many opportunities off campus and this program allows them to intern off campus for credit. “I saw that international students didn’t have many opportunities off campus, which is why I created the program. I am very proud of this. I created it and I really hope Farquhar jumps on board,” said Diane Klein, Assistant Director of Internships in the Offi ce of Career Development. The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship is the only college with the program, but Klein hopes the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences will adopt it

since it helps international students obtain great opportunities. Another change happening in the Offi ce of Career Development is the amount of students inquiring about internships. “I have seen much more traffi c fl ow in our offi ces. I feel that everything is word of mouth — that students are paying more attention and realizing the importance of internships,” said Klein. Klein believes one reason for this infl ux is that faculty are encouraging their students to seek out internships. “I have noticed more of a push among faculty members on campus, they are the voice and they offer a lot of useful information and contacts that could pertain to a student’s fi eld,” said Klein. Students are also learning that they must make themselves stand out, and internships can make that happen, said Klein. Waiting until the last minute, though, to put internship experience on your resume is not advised by

Klein. She said students should schedule an appointment a semester ahead to begin the search process for that perfect internship. Students should also have an idea of what they want before they make an appointment. Klein said students should fi gure out what they’re interested in, do research, fi nd companies that interest them and become knowledgeable. “We, here in the offi ce, can show you the light, but you must kick down the door,” said Klein. If students aren’t ready to schedule an appointment, they can attend Employer Information Sessions which are every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Klein said different companies come to campus to talk about their career fi eld and the opportunities they offer. These sessions give students a chance to network and meet professionals in various fi elds. For more information on these sessions, visit for more details.


Organization: Midterm style Written by: Juan Miranda & Alyssa Sterkel There are many events that college students dread, like hearing their overzealous teacher lecture, or being cut off by a crazed driver on I-95. However, nothing causes students to panic more than hearing these two words echo endlessly in their minds: midterms and fi nals. Don’t vacate your residence and move into the library just yet. There are a few things you can keep in mind that will ensure better results on exams and relieve the tension of an over–stressed mind: organize effi ciently and study profi ciently. Here are some quick tips to ensure better organization, and ensure satisfactory outcomes on your exams. Be neat. Keep your room neat and tidy. I don’t mean that you should become a neat freak or borderline OCD, but organize your room so you have an idea where your books, notebooks and class papers are. Keep a spot in your room that is devoted to school, like your desk. Make sure nothing clutters it, like food or work supplies. Otherwise, you’re studying habits will be cluttered too. Also, don’t just have your desk or room organized, but your notes and folders as well. Have a folder and notebook for each class so that everything you need is easily accessible. Cramming for a midterm is hard enough without searching all over your room for the notes which you put in the wrong folder. You don’t want to start pulling out your hair before your studying even starts. Be systematic. We’re all human and prone to forgetfulness. The best way to combat this forgetfulness is a

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Using a planner is just one way to stay organized and ease the pain of midterms.

planner. A day-by-day calendar or planner will help you record the dates that assignments are due and dates of important events. This will help you stay on track, not schedule meetings at the same time, and not miss a test because you were at a midnight premiere the night before, completely forgetting about the test. A planner will also help you schedule your free time and your study time. Nothing beats lying on your bed and watching movies all day. However, your midterms won’t ace themselves. Make sure you’re not only writing down when your tests are, but writing down when you’re going to study and for how long. Procrastination and midterms do not go hand-in-hand, so start studying now and next week you won’t have to buy Starbucks as often. Be responsible. The easiest and most important way to stay organized is to be responsible. You’re a college student now, so you have to grow up one of these days and stay on top of your assignments and tests. Mommy isn’t here to help you study and you shouldn’t rely on your friends either. Hold yourself accountable and get straight A’s on your midterms. If you incorporate these simple tips into your daily routine, this upcoming midterm week won’t also stand for Hell Week. Good luck, stay organized and hopefully you ace a few exams.


onshore events by students, for students

Saturday, Oct. 15


Pool Party » 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. RecPlex Pool Sponsored by the Gay-Straight Alliance Fierce and fabulous pool party with great food, friends, a live DJ and lots of sun. Free event. All are welcome. Contact: Jessi Wilson,

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Dodgeball Tournament » 5 p.m. RecPlex Basketball Court Sponsored by Athletic Training Student Organization Registration due on Oct. 17. Teams should have 6-10 players. Contact: Susana Placencia, or

Monday-Friday, Oct. 24-28

Science Week » 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. each day, Parker Building, Room 338 Sponsored by the Chemistry Club Professors and students will present and talk about various scientific research they’re conducted. Refreshments will be served. Contact: Kevin Winters,

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Suicide Prevention guest speaker » 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. DeSantis 1048/1049 Sponsored by NSPIRE Jordan Burnham, suicide survivor will speak about his experience. Contact: Toni Richardi,

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Women’s Soccer off to strong start

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Sophomore midfielder, Malin Broberg, has helped the team average four goals per game.

Written by: Kevin Preciado On Sept. 13, it was announced that NSU’s Women’s soccer team was ranked 21st in the nation. When junior defender, Shelby Wright heard the news, she admitted it was a pleasant surprise. “I wasn’t really expecting that. Honestly, the news just kind of popped up, and we got really excited, but we didn’t want to get big heads [and] big egos about that because that’s not what we play for. We play for us, and [we play] to get another conference ring,” said Wright. However, after suffering their only loss of the season on Sept. 16, the team dropped from the Top 25. Head coach, Mike Goodrich hopes

the team was able to learn from the loss. “[They] put in the same hard effort that they’ve done all year long. But we played very individualistic and actually had to work harder for a more negative result. So, hopefully that’s the lesson they learned,” said Goodrich. The team has a record of (61-1) and is averaging four goals per game. Goodrich believes when the team plays unselfi shly they are better able to create goal scoring opportunities. Wright feels the offense has always been there, but it’s especially dangerous this season. “I think we’ve always had the offense, [but] we’re all on the same page this year. We’ve connected better and team chemistry all-around

has been better,” said Wright. Their fi rst conference match was on Sept. 21 against Florida Southern, and it resulted in a draw. Wright said it was the tough match the team expected. Despite not winning the game, Goodrich was pleased with how the team played. “They played as a team, which was good to see. I think they did the things that are necessary to win conference games: defend well, [have a] high work-rate, [and] play as a unit,” said Goodrich. Wright is confi dent the team will be back in the Top 25. She said, “I think we will [be back in the Top 25], just had that minor bump in the road, but we’re back on track, and we’ll pick it back up.”

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ON THE BENCH Commentary by:

Kevin Preciado

Domestic violence is no sport Manny Ramirez and Jayson Williams apparently have a few things in common. They were both professional athletes, and they have both been accused of domestic abuse. Domestic violence committed by athletes is pretty scary to think about, so why does it keep happening? Well, it’s not just athletes who commit this atrocious act. In fact, domestic violence occurs far too often. According to the Domestic Violence Resource Center, “one in four women has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.” In addition, “on average, more than three women are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day.” This is just unacceptable. Ramirez was arrested on Sept. 12 for one count of domestic violence battery. According to an article from the Miami Herald, his wife said he struck her across the face, but Manny told police that when he grabbed his wife by the shoulders and when he shoved her, she hit her head against the headboard. Is grabbing your wife and shrugging her ever okay? I didn’t think so. Former NBA player, Jayson Williams is six foot nine and weighs 240 pounds. This is exactly why professional athletes involved in domestic violence is such a scary scenario. Not too many women have

a fi ghting chance against pro athletes when it comes to physical altercations. It’s not diffi cult to see why his wife, Tanya Young Williams, felt she needed a knife to protect herself. According to an article from the Huffi ngton Post, she said, “I did sleep with a knife under my bed because when Jayson drank too much, or he took sleeping pills or any type of prescription medication, it would make him a different person; and because I have been threatened before, I had to protect myself and my children by any means necessary.” I pose the question again, why are athletes doing this? A few thoughts come to mind. Professional athletes are used to having a sense of power, a feeling of invincibility, and the belief that they can get away with anything. When things don’t go their way, they take out their anger on vulnerable people close to them. Sadly, this gives them their sense of power back. Although athletes are placed on a pedestal, they need to realize they are not better than anyone else and they are not above the law. We as a society need to do a better job of protecting victims of domestic violence. I truly wish I had a solution for this problem, but I’m just one person. Perhaps it’s time we all step up to the plate.


SHORTS Volleyball After an impressive victory against conference rivals, Lynn University, on Sept. 23, the team improved its record to (3-9).

Tennis Senior Dominique Wimmer advanced to the Round of 16 players at the ITA Division II South Regional Championship on Sept. 23.



Golf The men opened up their season with a fifth-place finish at the Adams Cup of Newport on Sept. 20. Meanwhile, the women finished third at the Lady Falcon Invitational on Sept. 25. Junior Abbey Gittings won the individual title at the tournament.

Cross Country The women finished in eighth place, and the men finished in twelfth place at the Mountain Dew Invitational on Sept. 24.

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Player profile: Courtney Berger Written by: Kevin Preciado NSU’s athletes have won national championships, won conference championships and been named All–SSC and All–Regional teams over the years. Yet, one could argue that the honor of receiving an NCAA Sportsmanship Award is the greatest accomplishment of all. Sophomore rower, Courtney Berger, was one of fi ve individuals to receive a Sportsmanship Award in August, and she was even featured in the Sept. 12 issue of Sports Illustrated. According to the NCAA, the Sportsmanship Award is given to “student–athletes who, through their actions in the competitive arena of intercollegiate athletics, have demonstrated one or more of the ideals of sportmanship, including fairness, civility, honesty, unselfi shness, respect and responsibility.” She is being recognized for helping an opposing rower who was having trouble breathing during the SIRA Regatta in April. “I saw the girl passed out, and I asked ‘is she okay?’ They said no, and everybody started crying because this


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Sophomore rower, Courtney Berger is one of seven student athletes featured in the Sept. 12 issue of Sports Illustrated.

girl was unconscious. So, I backed the boat up a little bit, and I hopped in their boat. For the next fi fteen minutes, I sat behind the girl and held her arms up, and I was just talking to her and getting everybody calm and helping the girl breathe,” said Berger. On what was going through her mind as this was happening, Berger said, “My main focus was to get the girl to breathe with me, because she was hyperventilating when I fi nally got in the boat. [I was trying] to get her to listen to me and zone out everybody else, which she did, and she started calming down a little bit, which was good.”

Berger’s parents were extremely proud when they heard of the news. She laughed, “My mom went crazy. My dad was just proud of me. [When] they found out I won the National Sportsmanship Award, my mom called everybody and told everybody. It was a normal reaction for a parent, I guess.” From Sarasota, this biology major would be described by those closest to her as a “quirky goofball.” She enjoys surfi ng, skateboarding, listening to country music and being a good sportsman.

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Arts & Entertainment

Moneyball review: Now how can you not be romantic about baseball? Written by:

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Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) puts his career on the line when he decides to implement the moneyball system.

know what it’s like to be a GM of a professional sports team, you’ll no longer wonder after watching “Moneyball.” The movie does a tremendous job of showing the life of a GM. Whether it’s listening to radio hosts rip every move you make, talking on the phone to two different GM’s trying to negotiate a trade, or asking your owner for more funds, we get a pretty clear picture of the challenges a General Manager faces today. As far as acting is concerned, Brad Pitt is awesome as always. Although, my favorite character of


September 20-September 26 Tuesday 10.4 Weird Al Yankovich

his is still Aldo the Apache, from “Inglourious Basterds.” Jonah Hill was a great compliment to Pitt and played the sidekick role brilliantly. I also love how the movie incorporates actual footage from the season, and the fl ashback scenes were excellent. There are many lessons to be learned from watching this fi lm. It’s time for you to get “on-base” and watch this movie. Whether you “hit” a ride or “walk” to the theater, you really should put it on your must-see list. Like the great Brad Pitt said in the fi lm, “Now how can you not be romantic about baseball?”

Written by: Arash Nasajpour

Wednesday 10.5 Mt. Eden featuring Juan Basshead, Soular and Dubranged Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale

F.A.M.E Tour with Chris Brown* American Airlines Arena, Miami 7:00p.m.

Thursday 10.6 Eric Burdon and the Animals Hard Rock

Overall impression: Located on a corner lot, the newly opened restaurant, Lime, has gotten a great piece of real estate at the Fountains near Broward Mall. The atmosphere at the Fountains is youthful. There are water geysers, breezy outside tables and cute smiling girls running with queso–fi lled tortillas. The parking lot was full and the sky was blue when my friend Vik and I arrived, just ahead of the crowd. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by an employee who introduced herself as an ambassador and asked us, “Have you guys ever been here before?” We replied no and were given menus and a formal introduction to the Lime heritage. The humanely raised meats and vegetarian–friendly choices were highlights to the dinning venture. Additionally, Lime is a local franchise that purchases from nearby markets and is active in charities as well as local events. Soon we were ready to order, and I was glad to have an ambassador drop the 411 on the market fresh ingredients. She defi nitely left a good impression, and the food…

Starters: Round One, “A big cup” It just sounds like a good start to any Mexican grill, and it was. Bottomless, fresh and crisp tortilla chips with homemade salsa was just $2.99 and for all you dudes who are biology majors, totally worth it, both a fresh taste and dose of Lycopene! Entrée excellence: Dang Quesadillas, a “Classic Quesadilla” with steak was a harbinger for success. The tasty steak and fresh cheeses really fi t the title as a classic and cost only $5.49! The “Big Cali Burrito” had a lot to live up to, and compared to the true $3.59 Californian beach burrito the “Big Cali Burrito” fell short, and at $7.99, was a lot more expensive, too. Liquid assets: Beer, Wine, Margaritas, Sangrias…they all were there. Vik wanted some but I convinced him not to. However, we did both get some Real Mexican orange sodas, Jarritos, which were very tasty and alcohol free. Service: From being greeted by an ambassador to periodic check-up by an all-waitress staff, we give Lime a thumb’s up. Insider tip: Following the Lime gang on Facebook or Twitter can save you money, and it is just another perk the 40–year–old CEO has incorporated into this 11–unit Florida based success. Limes is located at 801 South University Drive, Plantation. 954-472-5550

Friday 10.7

Thrice with special guests Moving Mountains* Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale 6:30 p.m.

Saturday 10.8

Hard Rock Live, Hollywood 8:00 p.m.

Live, Hollywood 8:00p.m.

Fresh Mexican Grill impresses with fresh ingredients Cuisine: Mexican Grill Cost: Moderate Hours: 11:00 am-10:00 pm Reservations: No, but there is pickup, just call ahead! Credit Cards: All major Bar: Beer, Coca Cola, Margaritas, Sangria, & Wine Sound: Conversational and Fun Outside: Breezy and Comfortable Wheelchair accessible: Yes!

Kevin Preciado There are quite a few baseball classics in cinema history, such as “Field of Dreams,” “A League of their own” and “Bull Durham.” Baseball fan or not, you can go ahead and throw “Moneyball” on this list. After losing to the New York Yankees in game 5 of the 2001 ALDS, Oakland Athletics General Manager, Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt), is faced with the harsh reality that the team cannot afford to keep three of its most productive players. On a trip to Cleveland, Beane seemingly has a trade in place with the Indians GM, until a young employee, Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill), advises the GM not to. Unable to contain his curiosity, Beane goes up to Brand after the meeting and asks, “Who are you?” Beane discovers that Pete uses an unconventional method for scouting and evaluating players, which would become known as moneyball. Essentially, this system uses a series of formulas and statistical analysis to determine the value of players. Billy was so impressed with Pete that he bought him from the Indians and made him Assistant GM. The team signed players nobody else wanted, and the whole moneyball system wasn’t exactly embraced by baseball traditionalists. After a rocky start, Beane’s job is in jeopardy, and whether or not he even has a future in baseball is a question. What happens next? Well, you’re going to have to see the movie to fi nd out. If you’ve ever wanted to

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Sunday 10.9

Peter Frampton Hard Rock Live, Hollywood 7:00p.m. *Listen to Radio X – WNSU 88.5 for a chance to win to tickets to these events. Call (954) 262 – 8460 from 6 p.m. – 3 a.m. or like their Facebook page at:!/pages/Radio-X/1734068 69345418

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How I met my column

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Erica (Susan Lucci) and Kendall (Alicia Minshew) visit Kendall’s husband Zack (Thorsten Kaye) in the hospital after finding out his life had been miraculously saved by Dr. David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry).

Written by: Stephanie Fleming I met this week’s column when I had to say goodbye to an old and dear friend. “All My Children” aired its last original TV episode on Sept 23, signaling the beginning of the end for daytime soaps. Everyone knows at least one person who watches daytime soaps. Like the dramatic friend who expects the handsome stranger to show up at just the right moment and save her from her gloom and doom. He’ll be strong and supportive and everything she ever wanted until he cheats on her — with her mother. But soaps, aside from the overly dramatic, always feature a strong sense of family and people with an unusual ability to forgive and forget. Ex wives and new wives become best friends. The doctor that tried to kill you last week will save your life this week. There is little that can’t be forgiven in a soap opera and the right tragedy will bring everyone together. It feels like the end of a simpler time. You could always count on daytime soaps to be there and Erica Kane to be planning a wedding. Instead, we now have another show about food. There is an entire channel devoted to food. It’s even called the Food Network. And then there are the reality cooking shows on Bravo

and Fox, if that wasn’t enough. We don’t need more people telling us what to eat. We eat too much already in this country. We need to spend time with our friends in Pine Valley. We need to dream of a shirtless Ryan Lavery saving us from the evil that must surely lurk outside our door. We need to dream that we are a long lost member of the Martin family that will be taken in right away and made to feel instantly at home with the coolest family ever. I started watching “All My Children” because of my grandfather. It was strange to think of him as the daytime soap fan: he was a tall, masculine man. But back then, he didn’t have a lot of choices. There were three major networks when he started watching, so he couldn’t have watched the Discovery Channel or anything like that. Whenever I saw him, he would go on and on about the exploits of the Pine Valley citizens. I had to watch. If nothing else, it gave me something to share with my grandfather. He’s been gone over ten years now but I’ve never stopped watching. Every time I saw the Martin’s family gatherings, I thought of my grandfather and how he would love to see what messes they had gotten themselves into. Saying goodbye to “All My Children” is like saying goodbye to my grandfather again, and that just makes this world a much sadder place.



Did you know that being gay is a handicap? Neither did I

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Protestors speak out against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell for discriminating against the homosexual community.

Written by: Victoria Rajkumar On Sept. 20, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban was lifted, resulting in a mass of controversy focusing on whether or not the military will be able to effectively perform their duties now that soldiers are able to “come out” and, by all logical standards, will, in turn, wreak havoc on “normal,” polite society and try to take over the world. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell created a system in which soldiers had to hide their sexual orientation and would remain protected from dismissal if they never let it slip that they were gay (in a room full of thousands of soldiers and offi cers an arms length away, having zero privacy for years at a time, how hard could that be?). This resulted in a great deal of awkward conversation that, I’d like to imagine, went something like like this: “Hey, Anonymous Solider #4476D1, what are you doing this weekend?” “Not being gay that’s for sure!” “Faaabulous! No, wait, I meant — damn right, carry on soldier!” As we all know, homosexuality is a sin (the voice in the sky said so, of course!), and with that fantastic, not-at-all-stupid mindset, chaos broke loose over the news that soldiers across the armed forces were able to be themselves without being severely punished for doing so. My favorite person who, I feel, addresses gay rights openly and effectively is the eloquent Michelle Bachmann, Republican of the U.S. House of Representatives, who would reinstate the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban if elected President. In all of her brilliance, she was quoted saying, “If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. Personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement. And that’s why this is so dangerous” and, “Our children will be forced to learn that homosexuality is normal and natural and that perhaps they should try it…” And you thought I was kidding about those crafty homosexuals trying to take over the world. The main question is this: Why

are people nation-wide reacting to this event as though it was a second Holocaust? Really, it’s sickening to see the hateful comments posted on various news sites underneath articles addressing one of the greatest freedoms a soldier can be granted. What sense does it make to mercilessly insult the very people who keep the dangers out of and away from our country? This is the 21st century ladies and gentlemen, we are not supposed to belittle others, act immaturely and fl at-out hate someone for who they are. Do we need a kindergarten lesson? Play nice, folks. It is not my intention to sway the minds’ of readers and somehow make a life-changing epiphany occur (but hey, if it happens I’m not going to not take credit for it) but to inject a bit of perspective into an issue that always seems to be regarded in black and white. Sure, you don’t agree with homosexuality, fi ne – I don’t agree with people who wear Crocs, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to tell those heathens to drop dead. My point is that, this repeal meant a great deal to many wonderful people who just want to express their love for another person without being harassed. It’s not a perfect world, bad things happen, time slips by too quickly and hardly anyone stops to fi nd the good in anything — ever. So, who are you, who am I, to take away someone’s happiness, especially from a person who is fi ghting for you? I get it; it’s not “normal,” right? Neither was that neon green haircolor you sported in high school, ahem. I hate to break it you, but there is no such thing as normalcy and there never was. What I can tell you is that there is a concept called “mutual respect” (say, it with me now…) and I think everyone needs to embody that notion and put it into effect. So, rather than kick the Crocwearers in the face and join the ranks in crucifying the homosexual soldiers of America, I will respect their choice and support their decision — because it works for them. I hope that everyone will acknowledge this gracious act on my part and incorporate it into his or her own character when they run into a person that has a lifestyle they may not agree with.

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Where’s the sportsmanship? Written by: Andre Escobar Unsportsmanship like conduct is not something new and we have all witnessed it in one way or another. Whether it was the steroid scandals in the 90’s and early 2000’s of Sammy Sosa, Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds; Tanya Harding’s assault on Nancy Kerrigan; Tyson’s “Chomp” of Evander Holyfi eld’s ear; Rosie Ruiz’s victory of the Boston Marathon; or Antonio Margarito’s “plaster-like” wraps under his boxing gloves, these examples of the lack of sportsmanship give their respective sports a black eye and set a horrible example for youth. Well, on Sept. 17, the sport of boxing received another black eye when Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. defended his number one Poundfor-Pound ranking in boxing against Victor Ortiz. In the 4th round of their fi ght the referee called time-out to deduct a point from Victor Ortiz for head–butting Floyd. After the point deduction, the ref called for the resumption of time and the fi ght. As the ref called timein, Ortiz reached out to Floyd to shake his hand apologetically and gave him a hug and a kiss on the cheek. As Ortiz pulled back from the hug with his hands down, he looked toward the ref for the queue to resume fi ghting. Floyd noticed his opponent’s lack of attention and pounced, launching two unanswered blows to Ortiz’s chin and fl ooring him to the canvas. The ref turned just in time to see the second blow land square on Ortiz’s face, sending him to the canvas. The ref sent Mayweather to a neutral corner and began counting, signaling a legal knockdown. Ortiz couldn’t recover quick enough to beat the ten-count and lost by TKO. The crowd booed at Floyd’s cheap-shot and the announcers were in shock.

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WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz takes a punch from Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sept. 17.

Immediately after the fi ght, Larry Merchant, an HBO commentator, asked Floyd about the cheap–shot and Floyd’s response was: “Once we touch gloves it’s fi ght time, it’s open season.” Then Mayweather went on to rant about how HBO should fi re Larry Merchant because he sucks as a commentator and never gives him a fair interview. Merchant responded the way most boxing fans felt by saying, “I wish I was 50 years younger, then I would kick your ass.” Floyd’s conduct was unnecessary, to say the least. If you are the best pound–for–pound fi ghter in the world, why do you feel the need to resort to cheap tactics to win a fi ght? This controversial win may not rank up there with the mentioned incidents above, but it can’t be shoved under the rug. Unfortunately, nothing can be done by the boxing commission because it was a legal blow and knockdown. So “Money”

Mayweather retains his ranking and gets his 70 million dollar paycheck. With that kind of money at stake, anyone would be tempted to win at any cost. While the allure of money, fame, and recognition remains as a reward for winning, people will continue looking for an edge over the competition whether fair or unfair. Sadly, these are the people many of our youth look up to. Fortunately, we still have stand up athletes that the youth can aspire to be like, i.e. Payton Manning, Andre “S.O.G” Ward, Tim Tebow, Mariano Rivera, and many more. Although there are stand up athletes, we need to remind people, and our youth especially, that although famous and talented, they are but human and make mistakes none–the–less and should not be idolized.

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City of Davie motto: Parking tickets first, warnings never Written by: Alyssa Sterkel In the three years I have had my license, I have never gotten a ticket. No police offi cer has pulled me over or issued me a fi ne — until a few weeks ago. Well, an offi cer never pulled me over, but a ticket that came with a fi ne was placed on my windshield after parking in the Don Taft University Center parking lot. This story isn’t about my frustration with driving around in hopes of fi nding a miraculously vacant parking space. It’s about my decision to not want to park on the West side of the 4th fl oor of the Alvin Sherman Library parking garage. One Tuesday, I chose to park on a curb because I didn’t have time to fi nd a space and make it to my meeting in time (nor did I really feel like trying to fi nd a space at noon on a Tuesday). I chose to do something that many other students do, but this time I received a citation. My “receipt” from the City of Davie told me I was a hazard. The City of Davie ticketing offi cer said I was parked hazardously, which

means my car was a danger to other drivers — really? City of Davie, who was I danger to? The driver who doesn’t know how to turn their wheel in a parking lot? Or the driver who can’t see in front of them? I parked on a curb. I didn’t park in the middle of the parking lot. I didn’t park in the street. I didn’t park on the grass. I parked on a curb. There was enough room for a car to pass. My car wasn’t a hazard to anyone and neither are the others cars that park on curbs on campus. Even if I was a hazard, why didn’t I receive a warning fi rst? I have a clean driving record. I obey the law. Yet at NSU, the fi rst time I do something “illegal,” I have to pay for it — literally. Does NSU, Public Safety and the City of Davie not believe in warnings? Do they think students won’t get the hint from a warning? Or do they just want our money? If I had been issued a warning and told I would be cited and facing a fi ne the next time I parked on a curb, you can be sure my car would never be near a curb again. Cheap is my middle name. I don’t enjoy paying for things. And I really did not enjoy

paying that parking ticket. Now, you may be wondering how much the ticket was and I’ll be honest, it was only $40. But it was $40 that could’ve gone towards my Student Activities fee (which goes to what, exactly?), meals on campus, or a cute purse — if I’m being completely honest. To put it simply, it was $40 too much. I realize it wasn’t a steep fi ne, but it begs the question of why do they charge that much for parking on a curb in a college parking lot? I just parked on a curb! A fi ne of $20, or even $30, would’ve given me the “slap on the hand” that I deserved without making me want to yell at a few people in uniform. Fining people $40 on a fi rst time offense is just ridiculous. NSU needs to start handing out warnings. Sometimes people just don’t have time to drive around in circles trying to fi nd a parking space. Fine people when they park on a curb more than once, but at least give them the decency of learning that it is against the law at NSU to park on a curb. And City of Davie, I’d like my $40 back.

On the Scene: “I think it was semi–effective. For certain questions, it was effective, but for others, you couldn’t ask a question. There was too many people talking over them [SGA members] and you couldn’t really hear them. They needed a better location — a more intimate location because everyone was talking and you couldn’t really get them to hear your question or think of a question yourself.” Christopher Hearn, senior psychology major

“I thought it could’ve been in a more intimate setting or a reserved area where it’s not busy with everyone doing whatever they have to do. People could’ve been a lot more focused on what was going on, more questions could’ve been asked, and more questions could’ve been answered. If there was an email sent out and a specific location reserved, it would’ve been better. But when it’s out in the open with people eating lunch, they’re not into the conversation and they become disinterested in what the main topic is about.” Keesha Frederic, junior biology major

SGA held a town hall meeting on Sept. 30 in the University Center pit.

“How effective do you think the meeting was, and what do you think SGA could’ve done to improve it?”

“It was ineffective. It could’ve been better if they had better microphones or even if I knew about it beforehand. I just knew about today, and I couldn’t even hear anything. I liked the idea that they’re doing — of them trying to get the opinion of students. It just wasn’t executed right. They failed the execution but the concept was there and it was nice.” Medgine Durand, junior biology major “I think it was very successful. Just certain things like the commuter students questions weren’t addressed. I’m a residential student but I understand their concern. Commuters don’t have their own lounge, they travel a great distance and the university wants them to get involved, but there’s no place for them to just rest. The UC is not what they want. They want a lounge. I don’t think it’s that hard for them to go back through the legislation and add something about that. I think the commuter students should get what they want and need. But they addressed my concerns, just not the concerns of my friends who are commuters.” Jonathon Martinez, junior English major

“I think it was effective; the only thing I didn’t like was the speaker sound. It was kind of annoying trying to focus and understand them, but overall I think it was good. It’s good that they’re doing this and they addressed my question. And I also feel like they should advertise it more because not a lot of people were here.” Daniela Frederic, sophomore biology major

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