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“Life 101 … Personally Speaking” presents Sanya Richards-Ross By: Saily Regueiro 2012 Olympic gold medalist Sonya Richards-Ross shared her experiences with NSU students, faculty, and community members on Oct. 23 at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, as part of the “Life 101 … Personally Speaking” series. Prior to the event, the NSU Office of Student Affairs Special Events and Projects held a VIP reception where NSU students, mostly track and field athletes spoke and took pictures with RichardsRoss. Brittany Todaro, sophomore athletic training major and a pole vaulter for the track team, said, “It’s great meeting an Olympian, because she is someone that students and athletes can look up to.” During the event, RichardsRoss talked about her love for the sport of track and field, her time at the summer Olympics, and what the future holds for her career.

For Richards-Ross, the aspirations of Olympic gold came at a young age. She said that at the age of 9, she wrote a note to her teacher saying that she was going to become an Olympic gold medalist. At the age of 12, she and her family moved from Jamaica to Florida, where Ross attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. In high school, Richards-Ross had to find a balance between running and academics. “I was always equally competitive on the track as I was in academics,” she said. In 2004, as a sophomore in college, Richards-Ross earned a spot on her first U.S. Olympic team. Richards-Ross said, “It was an incredible feeling being in Athens, the birth place of the Olympics, and having that be my birth at the Olympics.” In 2007, Richards-Ross said that she faced one of the toughest times in her career. She started

NSU GayStraight Alliance speaks out against bullying

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Members of the Gay-Straight Alliance promoting Spirit Day outside the Don Taft University Center.

By: Saily Regueiro In an effort to speak out against bullying and promote “Spirit Day”, the NSU Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) held an event outside the Don Taft University on Oct. 18. Members of GSA, other students, and faculty stood covering their eyes, ears, and mouths as a symbol of silencing bullying. COURTESY OF K. HOSHAIAH

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NSU Community invited to Diversity Summit

Sanya Richards-Ross during the autogrpahing session after the Life 101 presentation.

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College of Pharmacy to celebrate 25th anniversary By: Andre Jensen

By: Debbie Mejia On Nov. 2 the South Florida Diversity Alliance will hold its 8th annual Diversity Summit in the Carl DeSantis Building on NSU’s main campus from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The

event is open to all college and high school students, professors, business, and community leaders to participate in over 20 workshops on public policy, SEE SUMMIT 2

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the NSU College of Pharmacy, which has grown considerably since its creation in 1987. On Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Alvin Sherman Library, the college will host an invitation-only celebration entitled “History of NSU’s College of Pharmacy: Pioneering into the future.” Over 200 guests are expected to attend. Since its inception, the college has graduated more than 3,300 pharmacists, with a third of them currently practicing in Florida. The Doctor of Pharmacy Program has expanded greatly since its inception. It started with 50 candidates, and today admits an average of 240 students annually. In addition to the main campus, in Davie, Fla., the college has satellite campuses in Palm Beach, Fla. and in Ponce, Puerto Rico. SEE PHARMACY 2

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Students from the College of Pharamacy supporting the College’s 25th year anniversary.


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feeling joint pain and fatigue, and had skin lesions on her body. After visiting a handful of doctors, Ross was diagnosed with Behcet’s Disease — a rare chronic disorder that causes skin inflammation, only to find out five years later that she had been misdiagnosed. Disappointment also came in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when Richards-Ross won the bronze medal. Richards-Ross said, “Everyone was saying I won the bronze, but I didn’t feel that way. I felt I had prepared for the gold, but lost the race.” Entering the 2012 London

Olympics, Richards-Ross said that she was set on the gold medal. She won two gold medals, one in the individual 400-meter race and one as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team. Looking into the near future, Richards-Ross hopes to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Richards-Ross said, “The thing that keeps me going is my desire to be the best and always win. I love pushing myself to see how great I can be. There is a lot that goes into it, but if I can, I really want to be there.”

The Life 101 event concluded with an autograph session in the lobby outside the auditorium. Luis Felipe Perez, junior biology major, said, “She seems like a cool person, and I enjoyed hearing from someone that has been so accomplished in her career.” Dr. Brad Williams, vice president of Student Affairs, said, “Part of what makes this series successful is allowing students to hear about what a person has accomplished and using it as a model to be successful in their own lives.”

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Tuesday, October 30

The Current Staff Meeting » 12 p.m., ASA Room 104 Open to students interested in writing for the newspaper.

Contact: Mnena Iyorpuu, mi182@nova.edu, 954-262-8455

Cinema Tuesday: Sleep Over » 8 p.m., The Commons Room 123 Free Scary movie and popcorn courtesy of the SEA Board.

Contact: Sea Board, sea_board@nova.edu, 954-262-7233

Thursday, November 1

Nomadics Math Club Meeting » 12 p.m., Mailman Room 310 Contact: Andre Escobar, ae311@nova.edu, 954-200-1363

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human rights, ethics, social issues and other topics that impact the U.S. The registration fee is $30, but free for students and employees from sponsoring organizations. Dr. Terry Morrow, assistant dean of NSU’s College of Health Care Sciences, and conference organizer, said that the summit is designed to connect young leaders with seasoned leaders to learn from one another and build collaborative partnerships to make a positive impact in their schools, communities, and work places. Co-chair of the South Florida Diversity Alliance and United Nation honoree, Laura Finley, Ph.D., said, “The main purpose of the Diversity Summit is to further

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the mission of the South Florida Diversity Alliance, which is to unite our community to promote respect, unity, and social change.” This year’s theme is Electing Diversity, in honor of the election year. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to select from six 50-minute workshops. After lunch, there will be four 90-minute workshops to choose from. Finley said, “The theme is intended to be a play on words in that we are electing a president but we also need to elect or choose diversity at every political level and in our personal, work, and school lives.” The South Florida Diversity Alliance’s co-chair Morayma James said that the summit could empower

current and emerging leaders to learn and act together. The event’s sponsoring organizations include NSU, Lynn University, Broward County schools, among others. Broward County Schools are bringing more than 100 students. Representatives from the Peace Corps, Miami Coalition Against Homelessness, the Weston American Association of University Women, No More Tears, and Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will be there as well. To register, visit www. southfloridadiversityalliance.org. For more information, contact Laura Finley at (954)592-7893 or email lfinley@mail.barry.edu.

viewpoint into our immediate future. The timing is perfect for those who engage professional development as a means to enhance their careers.” said Assistant Dean Dr. Carsten Evan. Around 300 pharmacy professionals, students, and faculty members are expected to attend the weekend events. “25 years later, the purpose of the college remains almost identical, the education of students, yet the

college has a much larger presence now nationwide,” said Ajay Shiv, third year pharmacy student. Honorable guests will include NSU President Dr. George L. Hanbury II, Chancellor of the Health Professions Division Dr. Fred Lippman, College of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Andres Malave, former Dean Dr. G. Joseph Norwood, and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco.

Open to students interested in learning about and becoming involved with television Contact : Gregory Hinds, gh337@nova.edu , 954-262-2602

Sunday, November 4

Block Painting Party » 10 a.m., Alvin Sherman Library Quad

Open to all Student organizations interested in showcasing thir creative side by painting on the sidewalk Contact : the SOuRCe , 954-262-7548

Monday, November 5

SEA Board Meeting » 12 p.m., Rosenthal Student Center, Room 200 Open to all students interested in volunteering opportunities with SEA Board. Contact: Sea Board, sea_board@nova.edu, 954-262-7233 Submit your student club or organization’s events for the Onshore calendar by emailing: mi182@nova.edu. Only events for students, by students accepted.

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Along with the celebration on Nov. 3, the annual NSU Fall Classic — the College of Pharmacy’s yearly conference of pharmaceutical professionals, students, and faculty — will begin on the same weekend. This year’s two-day event will involve discussions on the development of health care reform and research. “I view this program as the most comprehensive that we have ever undertaken. We have aligned the stars for a unique informational

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Adriana Bolivar, senior psychology major, and vice president of GSA, hopes that the group helped raise awareness. “Bullying is a problem that affects many people and it has to be stopped,”she said. Spirit Day, started in October 2010, as a public’s response to the bullying-related suicides of gay students, of all ages, across the nation. Its name comes from the purple stripe on the rainbow pride flag, which represents spirit. Spirit Day extended far beyond NSU. It was recognized nationwide by celebrities, sports leagues, and businesses. Many people and or-

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ganization turned their Twitter and Facebook profile pictures purple, and sent out messages in support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Jonathan Clerge, senior communication studies major, said that people need to become aware of the extreme dangers of bullying and get involved in helping LGBT youth. “Taking action against bullying is important and that is done through raising awareness of this cause,” said Clerge. On their website, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation — a U.S. non-governmental, media-monitering organization —

encouraged people to get involved in Spirit Day by taking the “Spirit Day pledge” to wear purple. It also provided a tool for easily turning online profile pictures purple. Bolivar said that this is not something that should die down. “We need to do anything we can to get student and teachers educated and involved.” For more information on Spirit Day and to find out more ways to support the LGBT community, visit www.glaad.org/spiritday. To get involved with NSU’s Gay-Straight Alliance contact Adriana Bolivar, vice president of GSA, at ab1419@ nova.edu.

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NSU relayed for breast cancer News Briefs By: Debbie Mejia

On Oct. 26, NSU’s “Relay for Life”, a nonprofit organization, held “Treasure Your Chest,” its first ever bra walk in the Don Taft University Center’s Pit and Spine. Over 50 NSU students participated in the event’s games and festivities and over $200 were raised. All proceeds went to the American Cancer Society. Danny McFadden, sophomore legal studies majors said, “This fundraiser event is for a cure for breast cancer. We decided to display decorated bras to raise awareness.” For a minimal donation of $5, participants received a bra to decorate and wear. There were several games, including a bra sling contest

and a competition that awarded a male who wore the most pink. John Killas, sophomore sports management major, won this competition and received a pink cowboy hat and button that said, “Real men wear pink.” Rachael Norcross, freshman nursing major, said “I donated $10 in honor of my grandmother who had breast cancer. It’s great that there are events like these to bring awareness, because a lot of people still don’t know much about it.” Bathche Fils-Aime, sophomore legal studies, donated $10 and decorated a bra. She said, “Even if everyone donated one dollar, it would make a huge impact.”

NSU’s Relay for Life organization supports breast cancer research.

President of Relay for Life, Lindsay Goldstein, junior education major, said, “This is our first year as a registered campus organization. Through ‘Treasure Your Chest’, we

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tried to raise awareness, mixing something serious with something fun.” Next month, Relay for Life will hold a ping pong tournament in honor of prostate cancer awareness month.

Grassroots event with Michelle Obama at Broward College

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First Lady Michelle Obama, addressing the public.

By: Camila Alfonso The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, visited Broward College’s Central Campus on Monday, Oct. 22, and addressed South Floridians on the importance of exercising their right to vote. According to Peter Leduc, chief fire officer of Broward College, there were around 2,000 attendees, many of whom carried supportive posters and wore Obama campaign clothing. Shirts carried endorsement phrases, including “I am a part of that 47 percent” and “Barack Obama, I’ve got your back.” The crowd shouted phrases like “four more years”, followed by its Spanish translation: “quatro anos mas.” In addition to many enthusiastic supporters, there were also some undecided voters. Felecia Almy,

whose husband is a Republican and whose daughters attend Broward College, was one of them. She said, “I just had to go out and personally see what President Obama had to offer, without the media’s deceiving view. And what better way than to hear it straight from his wife?” Almy called it a “very inspiring event,” and said that she admired the crowd’s emotion and energy. She explained how she agreed with President Obama’s viewpoint on many topics, including women’s rights, education expansion, and healthcare. These were all topics that Michelle Obama covered throughout her speech. Almy said, “I will know for certain whom I will vote for after seeing the last debate.” Congresswoman Debbie

Wasserman Shultz also spoke at the event, in support of the president, and said, “The choice will be clear during the debate.” Many students, of all ages, and travelers, from several different universities, attended the event. Gabriel Bombonato, a high school student, said, “Hearing Michelle Obama speak further proved that President Barack Obama knows what middle class struggle truly is. Her personal anecdote about having a combined student loan debt higher than their mortgage demonstrates that President Obama went through the hassle of student loans.” Bombonato felt that the first lady did a “fantastic job” talking about the struggle that her husband face, as “It helped bring him closer to the middle class.”

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Proud Obama Supporter Martha Flax, promoting her support to the President’s re-ellection.

Broward College student Denisha Sinclair also felt that the Obamas “truly understand” what she’s going through. Though attendees waited in line for hours, many, such as Sinclair, said the event was well worth the wait. Although some people could not get into the event, due to the length of the line and security checks, the first lady greeted the crowd outdoors and thanked them for their support. Emphasizing the importance of voting, Michelle Obama said, “If there is anyone here who thinks that their voice doesn’t matter, that their vote doesn’t count, that their involvement won’t make a difference, that in this complex political process that ordinary folks can’t possibly make a difference — if there is anyone here who believes that, [that is wrong].”

NSU celebrates excellence

By: Debbie Mejia

NSU will hold the annual Excellence in Community Service Award ceremony to recognize NSU faculty, staff, alumni, and for the first time, students, for their extensive community service. The award ceremony will be on Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Don Taft University Center Arena. Nominations for each categorical award will be accepted until Nov. 9. One individual will be awarded in each category for their contribution to the community and recognized for their demonstration of NSU’s eight core values— academic excellence, student-centered, integrity, opportunity, scholarships, research, diversity, and community. Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Frank DePiano, Ph.D., said, “The

celebration of excellence is a special event when the University pauses to recognize all the good efforts of faculty, alumni, students and staff. In our busy day-to-day efforts, we sometimes forget how good our people are. The celebration leaves me with a sense of renewed pride in Nova Southeastern University.” All nominated students must be currently enrolled, in good standing, and provide service efforts to the community. Faculty candidates must be full-time faculty members who have served the community on the behalf of NSU such as communitybased research or service learning. Staff nominees must be full-time staff members, administrators, or administrative faculty who have provided community service and excellent in his/her job duties. Alumni nominees must hold a degree from NSU and demonstrate leadership in

The Celebration of Excellence will be in January.

the public or external organization(s) that address community concerns. The NSU community may nominate someone through an application packet including a onepage summary about the nominee’s excellence in community service also indicating which of the four awards they are being nominated for; a current resume or curriculum vita (CV); and support letter(s) from community affiliates, peer faculty members, or students attesting to the nominee’s community activities. Selfnominations will be accepted as well. Allison Foster, director of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, said that the more support letters, the better. There will be designated peer-

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committees that will decide on finalists for each award category. A committee of Student Affairs representatives, faculty club/service organization advisors, and students will decide for the Student Award. A committee of faculty members from the NSU Faculty Advisory Council will decide on the Faculty Award. A committee of staff and administrators from an array of NSU’s units and representatives from the Office of Human Resources will decide for the Staff Award. A committee of members of the President’s Advisory Council, including NSU alumni, will decide on the Alumni Award. President Hanbury will choose each category’s finalists by Dec. 16, 2012.

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Jury recommends death penalty for killer of NSU professor On Oct. 22, the jury in the case of Randy W. Tundidor, who was charged with the first degree murder of NSU Professor Joseph Morrissey and the attempted murder of Morrissey’s wife and their 5-year-old son in May 2010, unanimously sentenced Tundidor to death by legal injection. Tundidor plead not guilty to the crimes, but, according to evidence submitted by prosecutors, Tundidor calculated the murder of Morrissey, his landlord, after Morrissey threatened Tundidor with eviction in Plantation, Fla. Tundidor’s son, Randy Tundidor Jr., an accomplice to the crime, was also convicted. Tundidor Jr. cooperated with the prosecution and was sentenced to a maximum life sentence in prison. Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato is expected to officially sentence Tundidor early next year. Calling for legal research and writing volunteers A new, not-for-profit, nonpartisan project, Ppoll Now, is seeking volunteers to write summaries fewer than 150 words on bills that the U. S. House of Representatives is about to consider and vote upon. Official summaries will be posted on www. thomas.gov and will be highlighted on Ppoll’s website, ppoll. org. Registered Ppoll members will cast their vote recommendations, and those polling numbers will be sent to each U.S. House of Representative member. Ppoll works out of Coral Springs and Delray Beach, but their site is national, with forums set up for each of the 435 legislative districts. For more information, contact Jay Pellis, community manager of Ppoll Now at jay@ ppoll.org. American Heart Association Heart Walk to be held at NSU On Nov. 3, the American Heart Association will hold its “Heart Walk” on NSU’s main campus. Registration for the walk, which is open to the public, cost $32. Proceeds will go towards cardiovascular research. The event promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living, while raising funds for the association. Around 8,000 to 10,000 walkers are expected this year. The 5K walk will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided to all walkers. To register, go to www. browardheartwalk.org. For more information, call the American Heart Association at 954-4926996. Wine tasting charity event On Nov. 6, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Norman Brothers Produce will hold a wine tasting and open house fundraising event for the UM-NSU CARD — University of Miami-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. Taste international wines, cheeses, paella, and more exotic treats. Tickets are $40 per person in advance, and $50 at the door. The event will be at Norman Brothers Produce at 7621 SW 87 Ave. in Miami. For more information, call 305-274-9363.


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a doctor in training By: Ari Deutsch I never wanted to become a psychologist. I was an athlete, a musician and a social creature — anything but a scholar. I had played in Carnegie Hall and been on a national soccer team; how important was school? After all, my sister was the smart one in the family. Why aspire to be second best? I was going to be a fireman, a rock star or a professional athlete. I wanted to do something new that I could call my own. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always work out exactly as you plan. Being diagnosed with major medical problems means little for an 8-year old. For me, it was nothing more than a temporary hitch in my struggle to the top. It wasn’t until I was discharged two years later that I decided a change was in order. The star athlete could no longer run as fast he used to, the musician could no longer read music, and whatever social life existed had dissolved with my absence. It was time to reboot, return to “start”, “do not pass GO and do not collect $200”. There was little for me to turn to except for books. I would read when I got home from school, and I would

bring a book to the dinner table. I would wake up early, just to read a little bit, and I would forget to get off the bus when I was lost in a book. I felt like the next time I looked up from my reading, I was sitting at my own high school graduation, draped in a black shower curtain and wedged between hundreds of other equally bored students. Then, they called my name. My grades somehow turned around in high school, and I found myself at the top of my class. I was told that I could go to any college — as long as it was an Ivy league, and I could major in whatever I wanted — as long as I became a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer. Instead of going to the Ivies, in 2004, I got into one of the best engineering schools in the country: Lehigh University. Four years and a few bad professors later, I decided that I didn’t want to do math for the rest of my life. So, since I had a bunch of psychology credits from my elective courses, I graduated at the end of that year with a degree in psychology. Getting a doctorate degree in psychology wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Many of my applications for the programs were turned down, but Fairleigh Dickinson

University offered to reconsider my application if I enrolled in a master’s program with them. I spent two years studying and doing research on forensic psychology, before I learned that the degree was useless. Sometime between folding clothes at a department store, and pushing paper at Staples, I realized that I still wasn’t a doctor. Nova Southeastern University accepted me into their clinical psychology doctorate program in 2010. I have left behind the years of book learning, and entered a completely new field. I did not expect that I would already be seeing clinic clients and doing research in forensics and neuropsychology. Of course I am overwhelmed with work. But what student isn’t? Any undergraduate at NSU could tell you that their life at school is hard, and any graduate student would tell you theirs is harder. Any doctoral student wouldn’t have time to answer your question. I am a doctoral student in my second year of a clinical psychology program, and I am learning that sometimes you just need to slow down to appreciate how far you’ve come.

Doctoral Student, Ari Deutsch.

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The World Wide Web of Election Day assistance By: Jodi Tandet The first person whom I ever supported for the U.S. presidency wasn’t actually a person at all; it was Mickey Mouse, with Cinderella as his vice president. It’s a good thing that toddlers aren’t allowed to vote. It’s also fortunate that in today’s technology-obsessed culture, the Internet can help voters confidently make informed decisions. Avoid being overwhelmed by the length of your ballot on Election Day, Nov. 6, by checking out some of these nonpartisan websites. Isidewith.com Think of this easy-to-use site as Match.com, eHarmony or OkCupid, but for political candidates instead of romantic partners. After taking a short, multiple-choice quiz on political beliefs, users are shown which presidential candidate they “side with” most — to an exact percentage. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are of course options, but so are third par-

ty candidates Rocky Anderson, Virgil Goode, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. You can even compare candidates across individual viewpoints, check out which candidate users from each U.S. state “side with”, and rank how important each political issue is it to you. Plus, the site is fully integrated with social media, making it easy to share your personalized result. Vote-usa.org With so many items on the ballot — state representatives, county commissioners, school board members, constitutional amendments, oh my! — voting may seem like yet another overwhelming school exam. But fortunately, unlike with an academic quiz, it’s perfectly acceptable to bring a “cheat sheet”, in the form of sample ballot, to the polls. You can avoid the daunting task of memorizing candidates’ names by heading over to voteusa.org, which will display all your state and federal office contests and ballot measures. Obtaining a complete sample

ballot, with your all your local and district options, is also quite easy to do online. For example, typing “Broward County, sample ballot” into Google yields www.browardsoe.org/ PrecinctFinder.aspx, allowing residents to print out a ballot specific to their address. CanIvote.org Not sure if you’re even eligible to vote? Perhaps you can’t remember if you ever actually mailed in that voter registration card? No problem. Simply tell this site your name, birthdate and state. Within just a few mouse clicks, you’ll see your voter eligibility status, along with your date of registration and the political party you’re registered under — if applicable. For most states, the site also provides quick links to learn of your designated polling location and check on any requests for an absentee ballot. Votesmart.org The intense media coverage that the presidential candidates receive

may leave many people in a predicament: they decided months ago whom they support as president and are passionate about that candidate, but they have no idea who’s even running for congress. Obama and Romney are household names, but Ted Deutch? Connie Mack? Who are they? Votesmart.org will tell you. With the site’s “VoteEasy” tool, users will learn not only the names of their U.S. Senate and House of Representatives candidates, but can also compare their political positions. Answer yes or no questions — on social secruity, education, health care, and 10 more political topics — to narrow down the candidates who agree with you most. Vote411.org Just as pressing 4-1-1 on your phone will connect you to local directory assistance, typing Vote411. org into your web browser will connect you to local voting assistance. Prepare yourself for voting day by learning of your polling place hours, state laws regarding time off, assis-

tance services available for voters with disabilities, required forms of ID, descriptions of the voting machines, and much more. The site also highlights specific online resources within your state’s official election website, such as the full text of proposed constitutional amendments and early voting information. 270towin.com Named after the number of electoral votes that a candidate needs to win the presidential race, 270towin. com features an interactive map of the Unites States, allowing users to see how different state results will affect the entire Electoral College outcome. You can also create your own personalized map, predicting the results, to share online with friends. The site also shows the entire history of the Electoral College’s results, since George Washington’s victory in 1789. Other features include House and Senate maps, updated poll results for every state, and a quiz to test your knowledge of the Electoral College.


SHAR K By: Francesca Armagno NSU will celebrate Homecoming Week from Nov. 4 to Nov. 10, with events designed for students to show off their shark pride, celebrate the school year and be a part of one of the most memorable college experiences. This year’s homecoming will be coordinated by a student-run committee. An improved venue for the Homecoming Bash and new activities at the tailgate are just some of what students can look forward to. “This year, the tailgate leads right up to the homecoming game, so it will be more like a real tailgate,” explained Brittany Schemtob, senior psychology major and campus entertainment director for the undergraduate student government association. “Everything is different this year,” she added. “This Homecoming is going to be the best one that NSU has ever had,” she said.

Block Painting Party, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Members of student organizations will have the opportunity to work together and leave their mark on the school at the annual block painting party. Student organizations spend the day painting murals on the sidewalks to, between the Alvin Sherman Library and Don Taft University Center, that represent their student organizations.

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Women’s volleyball game, Nov. 6, 7 p.m. Students are encouraged to wear navy and grey, bring their school spirit, and come out to support the women’s volleyball team. Our Sharks will play against Barry University, one of our biggest confrence rivals, in the University Center Arena. The first 100 people to attend the game will get to attend “Stuff-aShark”, where they can create their own shark s-stuffed animal.

“Anything That Floats” raft races, Nov. 7, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Student organizations will get to compete against each other in this annual raft race that’s far from ordinary. Students work as teams to build their own rafts, out of any material that will float, and race it around Gold Circle Lake, hopefully without sinking. The winning team will receive a cash prize for their organization. Gold Circle Lake is located between the Alvin Sherman Library and the Horvitz Administration Building. The deadline for raft registration is Nov. 2. For more information on the event, including registration, please contact the Office of Student Activities at 954-262-7288.

Flight Deck Follies, Nov. 7, 8 p.m. The gentlemen of NSU will get to strut their stuff at this all-male beauty pageant where the men dress as women and compete for the crown. Applications for entry are located in the Office of Student Activities, room 1235 of the Don Taft University Center. For more information, contact the Office of Student activities at 954-262-7288.

SEA Thursday: “Shark Infested Waters”, Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This SEA Thursday, an event where student organizations table in the University Center to build student envolvment on campus, will have an extra special dash of shark pride. Come out to meet the 2012 Homecoming King and Queen candidates, revel in school spirit, and get ready for the Homecoming Bash later that night.

Homecoming bash, Nov. 8, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. The big party, organized by the Undergraduate Student Government Association, is being held at Passion Night Club at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Shark Shuttle services will begin at 9 p.m. and run until 2 a.m. at the Shark Fountain in front of the Don Taft University Center. Tickets cost $10 and sales begin Oct. 29. They will be available for purchase in the Office of Student Activities until 10 p.m. on the night of the event. However, throughout the whole day of the event, the price will increase to $15. No tickets will be sold at the door of the club. Formal attire is required, and students must present two forms of identification upon entry, including their NSU Sharkcard.

Homecoming tailgate, Nov. 9, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Don’t miss the food and festivities at the annual tailgate near the Shark Fountain outside of the Don Taft University Center. This year the tailgate, will occur right before the homecoming basketball game. Students can gather to meet with NSU athletes, play games, get their homecoming shirts, and show off their shark pride before they cheer on the NSU women’s basketball team.

Homecoming basketball game, Nov. 9, 6 p.m. Come out again to support the lady Sharks at the homecoming basketball game. The NSU women’s basketball team will play against Palm Beach Atlantic University. Cheer on the team and wait for half time, when NSU will announce its 2012 Homecoming King and Queen.

Sallarulo’s Race for Champions 5K and Carnival, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. The Special Olympics of Broward County will hold its seventh annual 5K race at NSU, with all proceeds benefiting Special Olympics athletes. Students may register for $10 until Nov. 7. The race will be followed by a carnival, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with food, games and entertainment. Those who register for the race will gain free admittance to the carnival. For additional information, visit www.sallarulosraceforchampions.org or call Jodi Jabs at 954-262-8459.

“Laugh Your Fins Off” comedy show, Nov. 10, 8pm. To cap off homecoming week, NSU will host a comedy show with stand-up comedian and actor Nick Swardson in the Arena at the Don Taft University Center. Among all his writing, acting and producing credits, Swardson is perhaps best known for playing Terry Bernardino in “Reno 911!” and appearing in many films with Adam Sandler. He also created and starred in his own show “Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time”, which aired on Comedy Central in 2010 and 2011. The comedy show is sure to be a hilarious evening and a fantastic end to homecoming. Tickets can be purchased at the Arena box office. For more information, please contact the Student Affairs’s Office of Special Events and Projects at 954-262-7283.

Students participating in various homecoming events over the past years. From left to right: Block painting party, Anything that floats raft race and Homecoming Tailgate


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NSU Cross Country wins SSC Championship By: Chris Hoffman

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Men’s Cross Country team wins SSC Championship.

The NSU men and women’s cross country teams won their first ever title at the Sunshine State Conference Championship on Oct. 20. They competed against other SSC schools at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Sports Complex in Orlando, Fl. The men’s cross country team won their first SSC Championship, placing first out of six teams. A junior on the women’s team, Alexandria Palm, won the Individual SSC Championship — the first in NSU’s cross country history, helping the team to

place second out of seven teams. Palm’s individual championship is the first for NSU’s cross country program. Also, the men’s title marks the 20th overall SSC Championship for NSU athletics, with 11 these titles being won since May 2010. This year’s season was difficult for both teams. All four of this season’s meets were hosted by NCAA Division I teams, including Florida State University, University of South Florida, Oklahoma State University and Florida Gulf Coast University. Head Coach Bryan Hagopian

said the toughest part of the season was that the coaches were “bringing in a new philosophy and structure to their workouts. Watching them adapt as quickly as they did was pretty impressive.” Freshman Jordan Brown finished in eighth place at his first SSC Championship race. The men’s team scored points with the finishing times from Kevin Meagher, Timo Kilp, Jordan Brown, Long Tran, Omar Hernandez, Nico Crecco and Nicholas Hogan. The women’s runners that added

points were Alexandria Palm, Perri Bowman, Rose Howell, Brittaney Smash, Jessica Osteen, Aimee Sims and Kristine Shogren. Both teams have trained hard all season in hopes of them becoming conference champions. Palm said, “I think the season has pretty much going as planned. We are getting the outcomes that we worked for.” The cross country team’s next step towards another title is to compete at the regional tournament on Nov. 3 in Huntsville, Ala.

Hagopian realizes how strong the competition will be. “Since it is our first year with a new philosophy, I want to see the women finish in the top 12 and men in the top 15,” he said. The men acknowledge that even though they won the conference championship, their season is not over and they must keep working hard to be on top. Senior Kevin Meagher said, “We have to stick to the game plan and, hopefully, we’re the strongest at the end of the race.”

ON THE BENCH S P O R T S Commentary by: Andre Jensen

Someone told me that the fall is always harder than the climb. I guess that would be true, since the fall usually comes unexpectedly. Such is the case with Lance Armstrong. The recent ruling of the International Cycling Union upheld the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s ruling that former cycling icon Armstrong would be stripped of all of his titles and banned from cycling for life. This was the last of the consequences stemming from the doping scandal that has plagued Armstrong for years. Dating back to 2001, stories of alleged doping by Armstrong surfaced because he had worked with trainer Michele Ferrari, a known dropper and drug dealer. In 2005, L’Équipe, a French sports magazine, reported that six urine samples, taken from Armstrong during the prologue and five stages of the 1999 Tour de France, had tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietinin. The retesting was conducted as part of a research project into EPO testing methods. The samples had been frozen and stored at “Laboratoire national de dépistage du dopage de ChâtenayMalabry”, a French labatory, since they were taken in 1999. Early signs were apparent that the sport’s hero and celebrity Lance Armstrong wasn’t the person who people thought he was. To the public, he was the best American cyclist in history and dominated the competition by winning seven Tours and a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics. But Armstrong was secretly using and buying drugs to give himself an unfair advantage over his competition.

Many of us believed Armstrong when he continually denied the doping and drug use accusations, because most of them came from former teammate and rival Floyd Landis. But looking back, who would be better than his own teammate to know what was going on behind closed doors? The truth was staring us in the face for a long time. The evidence collected against Armstrong was damning. An insurmountable collection of testimony, documentation and tests have connected Armstrong to drug use, drug distribution, blood doping, cover-ups, and potentially using government money to fund these activities when he was head of the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team. Moreover, Armstrong’s misdeeds don’t just affect him. Recently, he had to step down as chairmen of Livestrong, the foundation he created to help those living with cancer. Armstrong famously helped the foundation raise $500 million by wearing the yellow “LIVESTRONG” bracelets. How sad it will be if the actions of Armstrong were to spill over onto his foundation. The entire situation is sad. But there is only one person who must take responsibility for his actions and that is Lance Armstrong. His reputation now lies in tatters. He has been exposed as a fraud and a disgrace to his sport, and is deserving of all the ridicule, loss of sponsors and sanctions they can give him. Armstrong’s worst crime wasn’t the drug-taking, but allowing people to believe him to be something that he was not.

SHORTS men’s GOLF Ben Taylor won the individual title at the CSU-Monterey Bay Otter Invitational leading the Sharks to a second place finish.

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WOmen’s SOCCER

The women’s soccer team (4-7-3) finished the regular season with a 1-0 loss to Florida Tech. Despite the loss they are poised to qualify for the SSC tournament quarterfinals to be held on Tuesday Oct. 30.

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Athlete of the week: Tory Njardvik

By: Chris Hoffman

Livingston, Mont. native Tory Njardvik left “The Treasure State” for “The Sunshine State” for an opportunity to be a college athlete. The history and international studies freshman plays middle blocker for NSU’s volleyball team. Unlike most athletes, Njardvik did not begin to play her best sport at a very young age. It wasn’t until eighth grade that her mom forced her to try volleyball. It did not take long for Njardvik to realize that she was good at the sport, so she decided to quit the sports that she had previously played: basketball and track. In high school, Njardvik played on the volleyball team for all four years, where she started all 75 games. Throughout her high school career, she racked up 257 kills, 37 service aces, 121 digs and 113 solo blocks. Njardvik’s exceptional high school play led to her being a first-team allconference selection and a Class A all-state selection. She also led her conference in blocks and finished second in kills. Despite missing the first 10 weeks of the season, due to a back injury, Njardvik has had a successful freshman year. To date, she has played in 21 out of the team’s 89 sets. Within that time, she has posted 39 kills, averaging 1.86 kills per set. During high school, Njardvik was recruited by several different schools, including NSU, New Mexico State University, Texas A&M University and a few universities in Montana. NSU’s head volleyball coach Steve Wilcosky said, “She’s a very good competitor, very disciplined as far as

executing the game plan, and I think she has extremely bought into the program to make the program better.” I sat down with Njardvik and asked her a few questions. What is your favorite memory from your volleyball career? Getting a one-handed block in front of Coach Steve at a club tournament. As a freshman, was it difficult to create a bond with the rest of the team, especially the returning players? Everybody is great. We all get along. Even though I was injured, it did not affect any of our relationship bonding. What made you choose NSU over other schools? The team. When I came to visit, everyone was really nice and welcoming, unlike some other schools. And, I guess the sunshine helped a little bit. Do you have any pregame superstitions? I chew gum during warm-ups and spit it out right before the game. I also count the stars on the American flag when they are playing the national anthem. Who is your favorite athlete? Sinjin Smith. He was a beach volleyball player. In a movie about your life, who would you want to play yourself? I would want Angelina Jolie to play me because I like her movies.

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Tori Njardvik looks to have an impressive career at NSU.

Coach’s Corner

By: Chris Hoffman

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Coach DePalo has lead the program since 1999.

For Giuseppe “Joe” DePalo, soccer is more than just a game. The NSU men’s soccer coach has led the Sharks’ program since 1999. DePalo is a native of Milan, Italy and attended Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, helping their soccer team reach the Division II tournament in 1993 and 1994. DePalo came to NSU in 1999, a year after he was an assistant coach for the 1998 Florida Sun Conference Championship team, Embry-Riddle University. Once DePalo was at NSU, it did not take him long to find success. In both 2000 and 2001, he led the Sharks to finish nationally ranked in the final NSCAA poll of the season. Building on his early success, DePalo only needed four years to

have won the most games in NSU history. DePalo focuses on more than just the short term success of his program; he wants to build it into a stronger program overall. Midfielder Andrea Spuntarelli, sophomore said, “He told me that he wanted to build a good soccer program, not only for this year, but next year. He made me interested in a new project.” Coach DePalo brings a balanced style of coaching to the program. According to his players, he is not the type of coach that screams at the players for every wrong move. But he is also not the type of coach that sits back and doesn’t care. Defender Nicola Brivio, freshman, said, “He is a balance between the two. He helps you work, but at the same time he is able

to make you understand in the right way. He’s a great communicator.” DePalo not only wants to build the school’s soccer program, but also wants to maintain a high level of academics for the school. Spuntarelli said, “He sold me on the school’s academics first. We get an email every week to remind us to go to study hall. When he sees me around, he asks how I am doing with classes and what grades I got.” His players speak highly of DePalo, not only as a coach, but on a personal level. Spuntarelli and Brivio agreed that he is always there for his team and is very caring. Brivio said, “He’s not just a coach, but a man you could talk to with no problems. He’s a confidential guy.”


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Restaurant Review:

Taitas Peruvian Restaurant By: Erik Digranes Taitas Peruvian Restaurant in downtown Miami is one of the better authentic Latin American restaurants in its area. Nestled in the International Mall, off of Flagler Street in Miami, Taitas’ cooked-to- order cuisine will transport you and your taste buds straight to Peru. Right as I approached the outdoor eatery, I was greeted enthusiastically by a waitress, offered a menu, and directed to a table in the seating area. I was thoroughly impressed by her welcoming and genuine personality. The kitchen and dining area were reminiscent of a restaurant that you would typically find in the heart of Lima, Peru. That was very appealing to me. The menu boasts a diverse selection of appetizers to choose from, including tender beef heart brochettes with Peruvian spices, known as anticuchos. A popular choice, salchipapas, is sliced hot dogs over a bed of french fries. They tasted exceptional, were perfect to share with a group of people, and only set me back $6. Other available appetizers to indulge in include Peruvian corn with cheese, yuca, and stuffed pota-

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The Lomo Saltado dish made with french fries, beef, tomatoes and onions.

toes with shrimp. A house salad and Caesar salad are $6 each. The seafood soup is the house soup and it comes in at $12. The fish and seafood chowder is $14.

Canchitas, dried corn, were placed on the table shortly after ordering the meal. They taste like a mixture of popcorn and french fries, and are supposed to help with diges-

tion. They were quite addicting, and I easily polished them off before the conclusion of the meal. The seafood entrees are very reasonably priced for their portion

size and quality. They range from $6 to $16 and include Peruvian classics, such as Ceviche marinated in lemon juice and Peruvian style mussels. The poultry portion of the menu contains just as much appeal, with a variety of beef, chicken, and steak dishes, ranging from $10 to $12. The grilled chicken fillet with rice and white beans was a very large portion, which I couldn’t finish in a single sitting. The flavor was rich, tender and cooked to perfection. The lomo saltado dish consists of sautéed beef mixed with tomatoes, onions, french fries and white rice. It was very flavorful, like authentic Peruvian food. Overall, the dining experience at Taitas was remarkable. The service was expedient and thorough, and the waitress was very engaging and cooperative with all of my questions. If you are a fan of authentic South American food, then Taitas should be high on your list of places to visit. It offers great insight into what dining in Peru is really like. The atmosphere is calm and invokes a sort of longing for simpler times. I award the restaurant 4 out of 5 stars and will treasure the experience I had there.

Video Game Preview: Assassin’s Creed III

By: Joe Cirino On Oct. 30, Ubisoft’s third iteration on their critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed series, “Assassin’s Creed III”, will be released to hordes of fans, who are no doubt suffering from extended sleep deprivation and anticipatory anxiety. The game follows on the foundations of historical fiction laid down by the first and second games, which took place in crusades-era Arabia and renaissance Italy, respectively. In AC3, as it is usually termed by fans, the story of Desmond Miles and the fictitious feud between Templar Knights and the Assassin Order continues into the heydays of the American Revolution. Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO and project lead, claimed that AC3 will provide a true “next generation of both the Assassin’s Creed brand and interactive entertainment in general.” Guillemot also claimed that pre-order sales for the game were “through the roof” and at current speed, were outpacing pre-orders for the previous installments in the series by over 100 percent. Tony Key, Ubisoft senior vice president of sales, claimed that the game’s marketing campaign would hold the biggest commitment in company

history, featuring numerous retailer-specific “Limited Editions” and bonus features to boost sales on an already hotly anticipated game. The game promises to be a groundbreaking venture for Ubisoft, mainly through use of the new and improved “AnvilNext” game engine, which features vast improvements over the previous engine used in AC2 and its expansion pack “Revelations.” The new game boasts a new and improved AI, considerable graphic enhancements, and the usage of Shader 4.0 technology — sure to paint a more life-like graphic look than ever before. The game also has new features not found in any previous games. including hunting and considerable outdoorsmanship, similar to elements found in Rockstar Game’s “Red Dead Redemption.” The story in AC3 is nothing new to diehard fans. AC3 will tell the story of Connor, a native of America who is inducted into the secretive Assassin’s Order at a young age. The game focuses upon Connor’s life in the midst of the American Revolution, and players will be sure to see — and probably kill — many famous figures and redcoat soldiers. The Assassin’s Creed series has focused on the secret, century-spanning war

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Assassin’s Creed III is set in Revolutionary America, a time of war and nationalism.

between the Assassin Order and the Templar Knights, and AC3 is sure to give more answers and questions regarding the enigmatic endings to the last two games. As far as gameplay goes, there are new elements immediately noticeable to fans. Connor himself utilizes guns, such as muskets and other firearms, to a greater degree than AC2’s protagonist Ezio Auditore.

Dual-wielding, a new feature in the Assassin’s Creed series, is also featured, sure to result in some messy combat options. Multiplayer combat, in the past something that could only be found in Revelations and Brotherhood — two small expansions on AC2’s story, is now a central part of AC3, featuring a “Wolf Pack” style of gameplay where up to four players group together to assassinate vari-

ous targets in a hostile setting. AC3 promises something for every calibre of player. By the time this article is published, the latest installment of Assassin’s Creed will have already released. Still, this fact should only encourage the video gamer, as AC3 has the potential to be one of the best, if not the best games of the year.


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Video Game Review:

World of Warcraft - “Mists of Pandaria” By: Joe Cirino For a game that defines a decade of gamers and teenagers, World of Warcraft is beginning to show its age. It is rare indeed to see as large a fan base as World of Warcraft’s, though not unique. In the arena of Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games, Warcraft ranks no. 1. But it has problems, many problems, which only seem to have gotten worse as the years roll on. One can cite many cases of discontent among the Warcraft community — graphics, antiquated leveling issues, balance problems — but the fact remains that quite simply, Warcraft is an old game. The World of Warcraft has gotten larger once more, with the introduction of its highly controversial fourth expansion pack “Mists of Pandaria”. The expansion offers excitement, graphical improvements, and further features to make the game more complex and more developed than the grueling deathmatch of a game that Blizzard Entertainment originally released in 2004. By today’s standards, WoW could be said to be a well-polished game, featuring top-notch voicework, orchestrated musical selections and well-done CGI. However, for all this boastable content, Warcraft is very flawed in its content. Let’s take a closer look at the “Mists of Pandaria”, where, as in the previous games, you assume the role of a fictional gaming avatar. Wheth-

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“Mists of Pandaria” features many new “quests”, but it doesn’t live up to its hype.

er you’re a human, orc, undead or ambulatory panda, you are a player in the world’s largest video game world. Like in fantasy and tabletop roleplaying games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, you are an adventurer, or a mercenary of sorts. The game serves as a framwork for your heroic adventures with other heroes and players. For a player in the mistshrouded continent of Pandaria, which bears more than a passing resemblance to almost every Oriental myth and folktale mashed together, there’s a lot of “heroic”

things to do. One minute, you could be rappeling down from a burning skyship and assaulting an enemy base. Next, you’re collecting frog dung for a primitive monkey-like species to earn their trust. Then, you’re killing six tigers, seemingly for no reason other than the fact that they exist and the quest-giver has some vendetta against them. The “quests” in Pandaria get old fast. By the second day of play, one wonders whether the game is just a thinly veiled metaphor for the endless grind of life, not seeing any fruits of one’s laborious exertions

until much, much later. This is not to say that other aspects of the game aren’t fun. Pet Battles, a new feature introduced into the game, mimics certain popular color-minimalistic GameBoy games of the 20th century by implementing a system that allows players to stage legal fights between pets and animals. While the concept sounds marvelously dull, the actual practice is even duller. The game begins to feel less like Warcraft and more like a bad ripoff of Pokemon. However, there is one arena in which Blizzard obviously succeed:

art. The art and design of “Mists of Pandaria” is mysterious and beautiful. Zones are expansive and detailed, and inhabited by a myriad of interesting people, who you will probably be murdering and plundering. Perhaps, for some people, the art is secondary to the actual game, but for others, the art is the game. For one thing, Blizzard sure does know how to make a beautiful, if not titillating, game. On the whole, “Mists of Pandaria” doesn’t offer much over “Cataclysm”, its predecessor in terms of gameplay, non-Pokemon infringing concepts, and a world without bipedal Panda men. The gameplay is shallow, even stale at times, and the missions and quests one is given can be downright boring. Player versus player content can still be enjoyable, yet “end game” player versus environment gameplay is still the endall-be-all of gameplay. Cross-realm phasing, for example, has resulted in a healthy influx of war, outside of the usual arenas, as multiple players can now be present on multiple servers at the same time. Still, for some, this is all well and good. By this point, Blizzard has hit upon gaming gold: a diehard fan base of players who have a played a game so long that they continue to play the game like it’s a drug. They’re almost totally apathetic to its flaws. To many players, there will always be just one World of Warcraft.

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Fatherless America

By: Andre Jensen

At the recent second presidential debate at Suffolk University in New York, many people got their panties in a twist over comments made by Governor Mitt Romney regarding single motherhood and violence. Romney said, “But let me mention another thing. And that is parents. We need moms and dads, helping to raise kids. Wherever possible the — the benefit of having two parents in the home, and that’s not always possible. A lot of great single moms, single dads. But gosh, to tell our kids that before they have babies, they ought to think about getting married to someone, that’s a great idea.” A pretty standard statement from a conservative Republican and deeply religious man, right? But no, those who only offer criticism usually like to overreact to common sense statements. You would think that after defending the billionaire one percenter Big Bird on welfare — notice how they don’t talk about that anymore — they would have learned their lesson. But I guess it’s hard to teach some people new tricks. What Romney was saying is not only factual, but it’s backed up by science. I thought they liked science. This is not just my opinion. The studies overwhelmingly show that children who are brought up in stable two-parent families do better in life. Now some would like to quibble

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The two-parent family is vanishing quickly.

with that, but these are the facts but on a long list of measurements those whose children are from either broken or single parent homes suffer more from societal ills such as poverty and violence. Of course, this does not mean that every child with two parents does better than every child without one; that would defy logic. There is always the exception to the rule like — LeBron James or even Barack Obama — but unfortunately, they are the exception and not the rule.

We have seen the deterioration of the family for the last 50 years. According to the reseach think tank the Brookings Institute, since 1965, out-of-wedlock birth rates have soared. In 1965, 24 percent of black infants and 3.1 percent of white infants were born to single mothers. By 1990, the rates had risen to 64 percent for black infants and 18 percent for white infants. Twenty years later it’s now 72 percent of black infants, 30 percent of white infants and 53 percent of Hispanic

infants. The numbers don’t lie and neither does the evidence. The American Psychological Association study titled “Effects of Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness on Children and Youth” found that children from low-income singleparent families are more likely to have less parental supervision and support, simply because the parent is under much more time and economic pressure. This list is devastating:

• 63 percent of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census). • 85 percent of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes (Source: Center for Disease Control). • 80 percent of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes (Source: APA Criminal Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26). • 71 percent of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (Source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools). • 70 percent of juveniles in stateoperated institutions come from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report, Sept. 2008). The effects of all this is reflected in our cities. In my hometown of Chicago, over 400 people have been murdered by guns in the first seven months of the year. That’s 31 percent more than last year. These murders aren’t happening in the leafy suburbs, but in the inner city, where poverty and fatherlessness in many of the neighborhoods approaches 80 percent and sometimes 90 percent. This is an epidemic with consequences that not only affect our children, but our society. The United States faces a crisis of single mothers and fatherless children and until we recognize this fact, things will only further spin out of control.

Here’s another take …

Governor Mitt Romney has projected several controversial comments throughout his presidential campaign, one of which arose during the second presidential debate. When moderator Candy Crowley asked Romney about “assault weapons that were once banned and are no longer banned”, Romney’s intent to veer off of answering the question brought up an out-of-context remark. Romney said, “but let me mention another thing, and that is parents. We need moms and dads helping raise kids.” As a child of a single, hard-working mother, I have learned through her example many things that a child from a two-parent household has not and might not ever understand. Many diverse factors contribute to crime, general violence, and specifically

gun violence, and the fact that Romney singled out having a “two-parent household” as the solution is highly inappropriate. Romney’s proposal of a two-parent household in response to the issue on violence is highly out of context. Crowley even interjected Romney’s response and proposal by saying “Governor, Governor, if I could — the question was about these assault weapons that once were banned and are no longer banned.” Although studies do show that a child with a two-parent household has more opportunities and may have access to additional resources, there is no study which directly relates a child raised by a single parent to gun violence. Therefore, Romney’s comment was not only offensive to many viewers, but simply invalid.

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On the Scene:

What political issues are most important to you this election? “After watching the debates, I still believe the political issue of education is most essential. ”Krystal Brown, sophomore communications major

“In the election this year, having financial aid is most important to me” Jean Ganter, senior exercise science and biology major

“This will be my first year voting, and I think that dealing with the issues of unemployment and finding more jobs for people are my biggest concerns.” Ashley Mitchell, sophomore nursing major “I’m most concerned about the issues with our health care plan and Planned Parenthood in the election this year.” Sajani Patel,

junior nursing major

“Having enough money for student scholarships and supporting financial aid in education is what matters to me.” Manisha Sing,

junior exercise science & sports medicine major “I consider job outlooks to be the most important political issue in this election, and foreign policy.” Peter Kwapis, junior biology major

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Job #: 039 Desktop Computing Assistant Assist full-time employees with the daily installation and maintenance and support of personal computer hardware and software. 20hrs/wk; $10/hr

Job #: 423 Section Editor Oversee the assignment and production of specific section in the University student-run newspaper. Job functions include but are not limited to determining stories for a specific section, editing all copy for the section before submitting to Managing Editor. 20-25 hrs/wk; $9/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. 15-20hrs/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 #: 353 Student Research Assistant Assist faculty with various research projects. Provide clerical and research support to undergraduate and graduate business programs. Tasks include data collection, analyzing data, data entry, filing, phones. General office work, other duties as assigned. up to 20 hrs/wk; $10/hr Job #: 360 Office Assistant Filing, phones, copying, errands and other duties as assigned. 20hrs/wk; $8.25/hr 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 #: 412 Admin. Student Assistant Answer telephones, take accurate messages, route calls, respond courteously and professionally to routine inquiries. Compose and

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 #: 566 Admin. Student Assistant (Miami/ Kendall) Have contact with students and respond to their needs either in person or by phone. Handle special requests from director and assistant directors in regards to recruiting projects. 20-25 /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 #: 573 Stdent Assistant Form letters, answer telephone calls, take messages, make photocopies. Assist with clerical work in office. $8.5/hr Job #: 679 Senior Student Assistant Provide clerical support and administrative assistance to various administrators. 20 hrs/wk/; $9/hr

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Job #: 719 Graduate Assistant Process application waivers. Assist with FL Prepaid: invoicing and payment posting preparation; set up aging reports; analyze accounts to see if late fee and hold should be applied. Analyze account for NSU Payment Plans. Assist the A/R manager and specialist as needed. Other duties as assigned. 10-15 hrs/wk; $11/hr Job #: 778 Student Assistant Receive and 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 #: 910 Student Assistant - East Campus, Ft. 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 #: HPD 089 Administrative Student Assistant Manage classroom of approximately 100 students. Duties include: maintaining classroom policies and protocol, taking attendance, distributing handouts, proctoring exams, assisting with trouble shooting broadcast problems, and other related duties as required 12 hrs/wk; $10/hr Job #: 098 Student Assistant Provide administrative support for Residential Life & Housing. Assist in the general operation and communication of office procedures and functions. Duties include but not limited to: inputting information on work orders, incident reports, locksmith request, etc. Filing and copying of confidential documents. Maintaining and organizing kitchen and storage rooms, and other common areas. Correspond with other NSU departments as required to assist residents or staff members. Other duties as assigned. 20 hrs/week; $7.67/hr Job #: 103 Student Assistant Provide clerical assistance. This includes filing, phones, etc 20 hrs/week; $10/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/week; $8.25/hr

Job #: 154 Graduate Student Assistant Analyze accounts for reconciliation and placement with third parties. Assist with filing, mailing letters and mail merge projects in all areas of the department (Perkins student loans and tuition accounts). Maintain and prepare documents for imaging. Assist management and staff in other duties as necessary. 20 hrs/week; $11/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. Also assist with game management 20 hrs/week; $8/hr Job #: 502 Network Specialist Assists in the installation of networking equipment. Assists in trouble-shooting network outages. Gather and compile information for special projects. 20 hrs/week; $11/hr Job #: 561 Student Assistant Assist the team with marketing, event planning, and research. Support the administrative needs of the office. Work with students and employers aiding the employment database process. 20 hrs/week; $8/hr Job #: 615 Service Representative Provide telephone support for the marketing department. 20 hrs/week; $10/hr Job #: 711 Student Scholarship Assistant Update and maintain database, review, edit and write scholarship questions, assist in mailings both electronic and paper, assist in preparing presentations, provide support in developing and delivering online scholarships. 20 hrs/week; $9-12/hr Job #: 715 Student Assistant Assist department by reviewing records for accuracy. Modify spreadsheets. Research and update record information. Retrieve, print and prepare documents for processing. Photocopying, sorting, filing, mailing, and other duties as assigned. 14 hrs/week; $8.50/hr Job #: 726 Office Assistant Office duties to include typing, supply ordering, photocopying, taking messages, filing, etc. Assist with cash management of sales. Act as a resource person, directing patrons, etc. Schedule and fulfill requests for conference rooms and events. Create bulletin board displays. Provide coverage for Flight Deck when needed. May be required to assist with inventory maintenance of stock and equipment. Other duties as assigned by Student Union senior staff.

15-20 hrs/week; $8/hr Job #: HPD 146 Student Assistant Data entry in Access database. Be able to reconcile multiple Excel reports and software program reports, update spreadsheets. Be able to manage large quantities of confidential documents. Check in orders and ensure accuracy then distribute to correct department. 20 hrs/week; $8.50/hr Job #: HPD 158 Student Assistant/Office Assistant Typing correspondence, collecting and distributing mail, photocopying, answering phone, meeting and greeting student and visitors. 20 hrs/week; $8/hr Job #: HPD 130 Check for accuracy of data; review charts and prepare billable procedures. Collect necessary data for reports. Create files. Make phone calls to patients and doctors. Update appointments and support peers. 20 hrs/week; $10/hr Job #: HPD 201 Student Assistant Take messages, copying, faxing, scan documents, filing, data entry. Create patient files, type letters. Create spreadsheets and scan documents. Assist department supervisor in day to day activities. Other duties as assigned. 20 hrs/week; $8.50/hr Job #: HPD 213 Student Assistant Type correspondence, data entry, scanning, faxing, filing, mailing and data entry in the system. Assist other staff members. Create letters, arrange documents for meetings. 20 hrs/week; $8.50/hr Job #: HPD 214 Graudate Assitant / Biostatistics Teaching Assistant Assist students in the computer laboratory to learn how to use statistical software packages: JMPSAS, SAS, EpiInfo, Excel, G-Power. 20 hrs/week; $11/hr Job #: HPD 218 Student Assistant/Receptionist Assist department with the following duties: copying, filing, phone calls, electronic communication, word processing, interoffice/inter-campus deliveries. 25 hrs/week; $8.50/hr Job #: HPD 653 Administrative Student Assistant Interact with faculty and staff as needed, filing, duplication mailing, Internet searches, etc. Work with MS Word, Excel, etc. Maintain office supplies, phone coverage. Other duties as assigned. 10 hrs/week, $8.50/hr Job #: 796 Student Assistant/Event Services Jobs include Guest Services, Ticket Takers, Ushers, Ticket Sellers and other various event services and box office jobs. 5-20hrs/week; $8/hr