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The Student-Run Newspaper of Nova Southeastern University •

October 2, 2012 | Volume 23, Issue 7 |

On Deck Weekly Sports Schedule Volleyball YWomen's our Source for NSU Sports

Tuesday 10.2

Surviving the dreaded essay

Women's Volleyball

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Midterm Madness

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Grand opening of NSU’s Coral Research Center vs.

at NSU Arena, 7 p.m.

Saturday 10.6

at Barry University, 7 p.m.

Women's and Men's Soccer

Wednesday 10.3

Men's and Women's Soccer



at Saint Leo University, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 10.7

at Rollins College, 5 p.m and 7:30 p.m

By: Debbie Mejia NSU opened the Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research in Hollywood, Fla. on Sept. 27. President Hanbury and the new center’s dean, Richard Dodge, kicked off the grand opening with a ceremony that included key speakers, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore; Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz; U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s Patrick Gallagher, Ph.D.; and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s Paul Sandifer, Ph.D. Prior to the grand opening ceremony, students, scientists, and President Hanbury scuba dived, and with the help of oceanogrpahic doctoral candidate Elizabeth Larson, explored the coral reef nursery. Doctoral candidate from the oceanographic center, Abby Renegar, said the facility’s enhanced lab space and coral

Women's Volleyball Rollins Varner Invitational

nursery will better students’ Friday 10.5 at Rollins College, All Day research experiences. Men's and Women's Cross Monday 10.8 Mahmood Shivji, Ph.D. Country Men's and Women's Golf teaches conservation biology and Florida State Invitational conducts research with graduate Guy Harvey Invitational at Florida State University, 6 p.m. at PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, All Day students at the new facility’s Guy Harvey Institute. He said that they conduct research on marine species and issues like oil spills, but the facility is primarily focused on coral reef ecosystem research. Among the ceremony’s 475 invitees were several commissioners, Hollywood’s Mayor Peter Bober, The newly constructed building of the Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystmes Research. state Senator Elena Kagan, Guy Harvey, and H. Wayne Huizenga. After the ceremony, the 86,000 sq. foot, $50 million facility’s opening was celebrated with an oceanthemed reception and personal tours. NSU’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jacqueline Travisano said, “This facility gives NSU students across the country a unique nationally SEE CORAL 2

President George L. Hanbury II meeting with the press prior to exploring the coral reef nursery.



2012 MakeNSU Student or-Break Engagement Survey Presidential Debates

By: Erik Digranes

Starting Oct. 1, the annual “I Believe in NSU” survey will be available. Credo Higher Education, NSU’s survey partner will send out an invitation to participate through NSU email. The purpose of the survey is for the administration to get a better understanding of the NSU student’s overall experience. The responses are used to improve the quality of education and services provided by the university. Barbara Packer-Muti, executive director of Institutional and Community Engagement, is the developer of the survey’s content. The survey questions revolve around the academic experience, curricular and co-curricular SEE SURVEY 2

By: Debbie Mejia

On Oct. 1 students will receive an email with instructions on the survey.


President Obama and republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will face each other in a series of presidential debates on Oct. 3, 16, and 22. The candidates will discuss topics concerning national issues such as the economy (taxes, national debt, and jobs); education; health care; immigration; foreign policy; abortion; same-sex marriage; gun control; environment protection; terrorism; social security; and the role of government. The candidates will have their final opportunity to reiterate their SEE DEBATE 2


The debates will stream live online at, and broadcast on television stations such as ABC, FOX, CNN, and MSNBC.



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recognized facility to study their interest with professors and first class research.” She envisions success and creation of a sister building in a decade. Rep. Wasserman-Shultz, former Vice President Al Gore, Patrick Gallagher, Ph.D., and Paul Sandifer, Ph.D. congratulated NSU for contributing to the economy and

environment with the research and conservatory efforts the center will continue to perform. Former Vice President Gore said, “I congratulate NSU and all its leadership and research.” Representative WassermanSchultz said, “[This] is possible when we all work together… This is an investment on critical research.”

National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s senior advisor Sandifer said, “It is spectacular. What we leave behind will shape the world for our grandchildren.” President Hanbury said in a final address at the ceremony, “We need to have leaders based upon knowledge. Invest in a cause greater than yourself.”

Last year 28,294 people received the survey invitation from which 6,346 responded, resulting in an overall response rate of 22.4 percent, which was a 2 percent decrease from the survey response in 2010. “We are not satisfied with the current response rate because we want to hear from all students. We always compared the respondents based on their demographics and find that it is representative of our NSU student demographics,” Packer-Muti said. Ashley Bodling, junior communication studies major said, “I wasn’t aware of the survey before but I’m definitely interested in taking it now if it can help improve my experience here.”

Packer-Muti said, “NSU is trying to improve response rate with more communication. A banner message has been placed in all blackboard courses to help bring awareness. The more respondents, the more we feel that the results are reliable and are representative of all NSU students’ voices.” Participants will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of two iPhone 5’s featuring the new mobile operating system, IOS6. A raffle will take place on Monday, Oct. 22 at the offices of Credo Higher Education in Whitsett, N.C. Winners will be notified by email and will be featured on the “I Believe in NSU” website after Nov. 1.

affect them directly.” Held at the University of Denver, the first debate will be moderated by Jim Lehrer, host of PBS’ NewsHour, on Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. EST. The 90 minute debate will be divided into six 15 minute segmentseach dedicated to a different topic. Senior Yineth Sanchez, legal studies and philosophy major, said, “Free elections are a tool to ensure the exercise of true democracy. Choosing to engage in them is one way to contribute significantly to the preservation of our civil liberties.” Political Science Professor Nelson Bass said, “The number one reason why students should be motivated to watch the debates and educate themselves on the candidates

is to see what their plans are for issues that affect young people. Specific polices of interest would include federal student loan interest rates and economic policies that will affect the job market of our college students upon graduation. The debates will stream live online at, and broadcast on television stations such as ABC, FOX, CNN, and MSNBC. Students and faculty are invited to the Don Taft University Center where NSU will air the debates from the Flight Deck. Legal studies professors, including Bass, Dixon, and Zelden will be there to discuss the contents.

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experiences, technology use, clinical experiences, research opportunities, and community involvement. Previous surveys have helped the administration address issues on campus like the need for speed bumps around campus, food court changes such as food choices, and lighting in the parking garage. Packer-Muti completes an analysis of the results and distributes it to all deans, the Provost, and the President. Much of the information is used to help in the assessment of NSU’s Quality Enhance Plan, which is a major component of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation. Packer-Muti said that the survey has been done annually since 2007.

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onshore 2012 events by students, for students


Tuesday, October 2

The Current Staff Meeting » 12 p.m., ASA Room 104 Open to students interested in writing for the newspaper. Contact: Mnena Iyorpuu,, 954-262-8455

Thursday, October 4

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

Friday, October 5

SUTV Staff Meeting » 12 p.m., ASA Room 104 Open to students interested in learning about and becoming involved with television Contact : Gregory Hinds, , 954-262-2602

Friday, October 5

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown » 7:30 p.m., Performance Theatre, Don Taft University Center

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beliefs, visions, and purposes before the Presidential election on Nov. 6. History and Legal Studies Professor Charles Zelden said that when students watch the debates they should study the candidates’ method and content of responses and analyze their body language and presentation. It could determine how sincere they are. Legal Studies Associate Professor Timothy Dixon said, “[Students] should look for specific proposals to deal with U.S. problems amidst the generalities and promises. Watch how each candidate presents his experience in office and his successes/failures. Students should care because the job market and education spending

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

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DeSantis Presents “Life After Sundown”

News Briefs Deadline for Voter Registration

By: Debbie Mejia The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship’s Distinguished Lecture Series welcomed Carl DeSantis on Sept. 25. The sign, “Welcome Home Carl!” was hung outside the business school’s building, named after DeSantis. After almost 100 people confirmed they would attend, the event had to be relocated to the Alfred and Rose Miniaci Performing Arts Center to accommodate the large audience. DeSantis, former chairman of the Board of Rexall Sundown, Inc., delivered his lecture, “Life After Sundown.” In his lecture, DeSantis talked about his first breakthrough and the success that followed. DeSantis created Sundown, a sun tan lotion. The product sold well on beaches, and DeSantis recognized the rising interest in nutrition and health products. After Sundown’s success, DeSantis started Rexall Sundown, Inc., which was the leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of vitamins, nutritional supplements, and other consumer health products. President Hanbury sat down with DeSantis for a Q&A session after his lecture. DeSantis offered advice to college students entering



Tuesday Oct. 9 is the last day to the workforce. He said that there is a budding genius in everyone and when companies hire employees, they look to discover a person’s real promise. He also articulated that opportunities are not lying around; you will have to knock on a few doors. Originally from Boston, DeSantis had a modest upbringing, selling newspapers to help his family. At just 19 years old, he became one of Walgreens’ youngest top-store managers. A few years later, Rexall Sundown, Inc. was created. “You can do anything if you really want to do it, and I certainly wanted to do it,” DeSantis said. He then discussed his foundation, the Angus Gillis Foundation. It was named after his grandfather, a lifetime mentor for DeSantis. The foundation made houses and donated computers to an African community. The organization also bought sewing machines and employed more than 700 employees to make dolls in Africa. With such charitable efforts, DeSantis said, “It’s best to always help somebody along the way.” Christine Martinez, executive assistant to assistant Dean Joe Pineda, said, “He took risks, never settled, found inspiration anywhere and took it all to another level.”

register to vote for the Presidential election in November. All U.S. citizens, legal Florida residents, and those at least 18 years old are eligible to register. Applications may be completed online or mailed in. A voter information card will then be mailed to each applicant. Shepard Broad Law Center to host screening of “Fatal Promises” The Inter-American Center for Human Rights at NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center welcomes those over 21 to a screening of “Fatal Promises,” a documentary BY D. MEJIA

President Hanbury and Carl DeSantis during the Q&A segment of the distinguished lecture series.

A businessman, researcher, writer, and philanthropist, DeSantis continues to donate millions to schools all around Fla. and the U.S. Frank Voehl, director of the office of process improvement, said, “Carl DeSantis’ advice to college students who wish to succeed is to view their college career with the same focus and intensity that they would give to a Chess game: you

need to have the attitude of a ‘budding genius’, an attitude consisting of culture, dignity, and respect.” At the end of his lecture, DeSantis said, “Time is the most precious and fleeting gift. Use it wisely. Never give up.” As the audience exited the theater, they were given complimentary copies of DeSantis’ Vitamin Enriched.

on human trafficking, on Oct. 12. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and the screening is at 7 p.m. The documentary’s director, Kat Rohrer, will host a Q&A session afterward. NSU





Senatorial Debate The single confirmed statewide Senatorial debate between incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D) and

NSU hosts the 33rd DisAbilities Expo.

Republican challenger U.S. Rep.

By: Kathryn Downey


October is Disability Awareness Month and, in celebration of this, NSU will host the 33rd DisAbilities Expo, a series of events to create awareness of and celebrate physical and mental disabilities, from Oct. 4-6. This is the fifth year that NSU has hosted the expo, which is open to the public. Arlene Giczkowski, director of student disability services, encourages NSU students to attend the event. Billie Morgan, chair of the board for the disabilities expo, said that this event is intended for all students. “It will be a great opportunity for students to learn about the differences in their community, support other students, and to be inspired by the stories they hear,” he said. The expo opens at the Don Taft University Center on Oct. 4, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. There will be an art exhibit gala showcasing works from Browardcounty artists with a range of physical and mental disabilities. The title of the exhibit will be “See the World Though our Eyes.”

The art gala will be followed by the Connections Career Fair on Oct. 5, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The career fair offers students with disabilities the chance to meet with potential employers who are specifically looking for employees with disabilities. Some of these will include Broward County’s Advisory Board for Individuals with Disabilities, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Workforce One. The disabilities expo’s main event will be held on Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in both the Don Taft University Center and the Alvin Sherman Library. There will be 70 exhibitors attending and offering information about disability services available on campus and in South Florida. Morgan said, “It will be a great opportunity for students to learn about the differences in their community, support to other students, and to be inspired by the stories they hear.” This year’s events will include educational forums, games, demonstrations, free health

Connie Mack will broadcast live from NSU on Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. EST. The debate will be moderated by Michael Williams, news anchor for WPTV NewsChannel 5, of West Palm Beach. The panel of journalists who will question the candidates includes Anthony Man, political writer for the South Sun-Sentinel;


Campos, Director of Community Affairs for ABC Action News, Tampa; and Toluse Olorunnipa, state and politics reporter for the Miami Herald. COURTESY OF NOVA .EDU

The 2012 Disabilities Expo will take place on Saturday Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Alvin Sherman Library and Don Taft University Center

information about disabilities, including seminars for parents who have children with disabilities. There will also be a wheel chair basketball game hosted by Eppy Financial Group. Also new this year, the inspiration runway fashion show, which will highlight clothing donated by local businesses and worn by disabled models. Giczkowski estimates that there will be 1,000 attendees this year — 200 more than last year — because of the fashion show and increase in exhibitors. Giczkowski also encourages everyone to come and see what the expo is all about. Students attending this event will be able to show some Shark Pride, and raise

awareness about disabilities. Morgan said, “It’s a day of celebration where people with disabilities can learn to be themselves and get together.” Jennifer McDaniel, junior biology major, said it is “Good to incorporate all people on the campus and to help them succeed.” NSU students also have the opportunity to volunteer at the expo. For more information on volunteering, contact Alyson Galentine by Oct. 4, at 954-262-7491 or ag134@nova. edu. Additional information about the expo can be found at www. disAbilitiesExpo. com or on Facebook, by searching DisAbilities Expo.

South Florida Education Center holds Logo Design Contest The South Florida Education Center, composed of Broward College,



University, McFatter Technical Center,



University, and the University of Florida, is invites students to compete in their new logo design contest. Students could submit their logo designs to Jane



edu as a .PDF by Nov. 9. The winning logo will be announced in November and the winner will receive $100 Visa gift card and recognition on the SFEC website.


By: Melischa Oge 1. GET ON IT ASAP! As soon as your essay is assigned your mind is fresh with your professor’s instructions, so do not wait to write down ideas. Procrastination is overrated anyway. 2. TAKE ADVANTAGE. Your professor is there for a reason, so if there is the slightest confusion on what you are supposed to be doing… ASK! When you know exactly what’s expected of you than you are one step closer to an A. 3. DIVIDE AND CONQUER. Find your topic and get organized. Separating all of the points you want to make in an essay and doing each little part one at a time helps you not


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10 tips on surviving the dreaded essay feel bombarded or overwhelmed. 4. PARAGRAPHS ARE YOUR FRIENDS. Essays should always flow. And, the best way to make your essay flow is to make sure that your paragraphs have strong transitions. This means that each one should lead right into the next. Also make sure that your paragraphs are never too long. When you use your judgment to start a new paragraph, instead of continuing a really long one just start a new one so it takes up more space on your page. Now, think about that for a second… GENIUS RIGHT! 5. K.I.S.S! Keep It Simple. Stupid! Do not try to cover too many aspects of one subject in an essay. It just gets

confusing and makes your essay seem scattered. Finding a couple aspects that you can really elaborate and explore in depth, depending on the type of essay you are asked to write, makes it easier for you to write and your professor to read. 6. BE YOU. Do not try to be anyone else or sound like anyone else in your writing. There’s a difference between sounding intelligent and simply adding in every single big word you can find in the dictionary. You do not have to sound like a rocket scientist to get your point across. 7. READ IT OUT LOUD. You can do this step as you write and when you are done to help

you revise. Reading your essay out loud helps you pick up on little grammatical errors that you may not have seen otherwise. When we read in our heads we miss a lot more than we realize; and let’s face it, we always sound like genius’ in our own minds. 8. PROOF READ, DUH! After you read it aloud to make sure that the grammar is correct and that your essay makes sense, use SPELL CHECK! It may seem insignificant but spelling errors are a big deal and can cost you that A. It is right there at the top of the page so you might as well use it. Punctuation is another silent killer. If you don’t go through and make sure that all your periods, commas, and apostrophes are in the

right place it can really throw a good essay off balance. 9. GET A SECOND OPINION. Have someone you trust read it and tell you what he or she thinks. Getting a different perspective always helps 10. BE PROUD. After you follow these tips and write an exceptional essay, be proud of your work and keep a copy after you’ve turned it in. It can be a great reference to refresh your mind when the next essay comes around. GOOD LUCK!

The Not So Urly Morning Show

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By: Saily Regueiro



Get ready to turn up the volume and tune in. Starting Oct. 1, NSU’s Radio X will have its own morning talk show, airing Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This new show is called The Not So Urly Morning Show. It will cover news and issues relating to NSU, the local community and the world. The show will spotlight student organizations and students and faculty who make a difference on campus. Ebony “Calm Down” Griffin, assistant station manager said, “It is about the students. We want to bring great music to NSU and introduce the unsung heroes of this campus.” Griffin said that this show, was the brain child of Michelle Manley, the assistant director of student media. The title of the show “The Not So Urly Morning Show” came to Manley one night at 2 a.m. In that instant she knew that NSU had its morning talk show. Manley said that she is really excited about the new show. She also said that the radio staff is passionate about the new show and they have really taken hold of it. This is not the first time Radio X has tried to do a morning talk show. After a conflict with time slot the radio station went back to the drawing board. Figuring out the days and time to broadcast and what the show was going to be about became a priority in establishing a new and entertaining talk show. Manley said “The Not So Urly Morning Show” fits because students do not get up that early, so a show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. would be better. Because the show starts later on in the morning the Radio Station hopes that it will bring in a bigger audience. Hannah Aldoroty, junior communications studies major said, she is looking forward to


Radio X staff members from left to right Brandon Pratts, Sebastion Acosta, Kiel Wright, and Ebony Griffin preparing for The Not So Urly Morning Show.

listening to the show. “I want to know about the events happening like if there are going to be concerts and if there are ticket giveaways,” Aldoroty said. She also said that she hopes the show is really funny and gain a lot of attention. Through online web streaming, this new morning show will be available not only to NSU but to a live listening audience. Each show will highlight two student organizations, as a platform for students to talk about their organizations and get the word out. It is also a way for students and the community to hear about and become familiar with NSU. Manley said she wants it to be fun and something that students talk about. “It’s about highlighting NSU and letting the world know about the exciting things we do to promote and recognize the students,” Manley said. To listen to “The Not So Urly Moring Show”, visit the station’s new website radiox, or with Wi-Fi, download the tune in radio application on any smart phone. For any students, staff, and faculty interested in learning more about the morning show or how to be a guest can contact


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Diary of a. .


Fulfilled American Dream

By: Isabel Murilo

Moving to this country 11 years ago was one of my biggest struggles as a child. Today, I thank God for giving me the courage to keep my vision and trust my struggles. As a child, I always wanted to live in the U.S. Every time I watched movies I used to say, “One day I’m going to live there and enjoy the beach every weekend.” I was raised in Cali, Colombia for most of my childhood. I moved to Miami when I was 13 because my mother wanted a better future for me. At that age, I didn’t understand many things. Why did my parents fight all the time? Why did my mom want to leave all of the sudden? I had many unanswered questions that were going to remain unanswered for a long time. No one could really explain to me what was going on. Soon the idea of coming to the U.S started to seem like a horrible nightmare. My mom left a year before me, and I stayed with my dad in Colombia that year. My mom used to call me a lot to convince me to leave and move to the U.S. She is a very strong woman, and I have always admired her for that. So I followed in her foot-steps, and I finally came to Miami. I arrived in July 2001, and I will


Isabel visiting the pyramids in Egypt.

never forget that day. Leaving my dad was extremely heartbreaking. In addition to that, getting used to a new country was difficult. The fact that I had a new step-father, I didn’t have friends, and I couldn’t speak the language or understand the culture was a painful and a frustrating part of my adjustment. Eventually, I started middle school. ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) seemed like the only class where I actually learned something. As soon as I walked in the class, I could hear the Venezuelans speaking with the Colombians in Spanish, so I sat right next to them.

Finally, something made sense to me. Soon the teacher walked in and said in Spanish, “si no aprenden ingles las oportunidades en en este pais van a ser muy limitadas.” This means, “Without the language the opportunities in this country will be severely limited”. Right after that she said, “I don’t want to hear anybody speaking Spanish in my class. We are in the United States.” So we all started learning small words at first like ”restroom”, “Lunch” and other common words. With time, we started speaking broken English with rough accents. We were always making fun of each other. No one was really ashamed be-

cause we were all embarrassing our selves at the same time. After the class was over, we would go back to speaking Spanish. We all sat together at lunch, and we would go out after school to the mall, movies, etc. We formed a Spanish group. The school was divided into groups, and everybody sat in the group where they felt comfortable. Little by little I was avoiding my problems at home. At 15 years old I got my first job, so I moved out and I bought a Mustang. Everything was starting to work to my advantage. I wanted to bring my dad to the U. S., so I could spend time with him and take him places he had never been before. After I became a citizen, I started saving money to bring him here. I got a job at the Versace mansion as a bartender when I was 17, and I was making more money than I had ever seen before. Those were some of the happiest times of my life; I used to imagine taking my dad to New York and showing him Miami. Also, I always wanted to see the world. After moving to another country, and learning a different language, diversity was not an issue, especially living in Miami, besides learning from the American culture I was learning from many more cultures. I used to interact

with people from different places of the world on a daily basis. I think that opened up my mind and curiosity for exploring different continents. I have come to realize one thing. When I stay in the same place for a long time, doing the same thing I have always done, without getting out of my comfort zone, I don’t really learn much and grow very little. I always wanted to be a citizen of the world. I’ve been blessed by having the opportunity to visit many countries. I have visited Australia, New Zealand, China, Morocco, Egypt, The Middle East, London, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, P.R, the Caribbean, among many others. I believe traveling can bring you an understanding you can’t get any other way. I can’t explain it. You have to live it. Traveling has influenced me to learn to speak and read Arabic, but one of my greatest travel experiences was taking my father who just became a resident, to N.Y. This month my travel craving has being satisfied by celebrating and enjoying the Hispanic culture. Life seems just like I imagined it years ago as a little child. If you would like to see pictures of all the places I visited, you can check them out on Instagram @isabelmurillo22

Recipe of the week:

Baked Penne Pasta and Chicken By: Saily Regueiro

Baked Penne Pasta with Chicken


As a student with limited time, one of my favorite, fast, easy, and delicious meals to make is anything with pasta. Baked penne pasta with chicken is a great meal to make for any student on a time crunch. The total bake time is about 30 to 40 minutes and serves about 4 to 6 people. Ingredients: • 6 tablespoons butter • Salt and ground pepper • 1 pound penne rigate • 1 teaspoon olive oil • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts halves • ½ cup of all-purpose flour • 4 diced garlic cloves • 6 cups of whole milk • 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta for about 15 minutes or until pasta is soft. Drain pasta, and return to pot.

3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook 3 to 5 minutes on each side. 4. In a pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and garlic; cook, whisking, for 1 minute. While whisking, gradually add milk; bring to a simmer and gradually add ½ cup of parmesan. 5. Add chicken, pasta, and whisked mixture into a baking dish; sprinkle with a cup of parmesan. 6. Bake, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until top is golden. 7. Serve and enjoy. Baked penne pasta and chicken can also be prepared the night before, and when it is ready to cook, baked straight from the freezer. If you are trying to impress with your cooking skills, or just want something simple to make, try baked penne pasta with chicken. This recipe was found on



Men’s golf team ready to defend title

By: Chris Hoffman

The men’s golf team has started the 2012-2013 season strong, as they try to defend their National Championship. The Sharks (275-286-301) started their year off strong as they finished second out of 16 teams with a final score of two under par at the Brickyard Crossing Intercollegiate Invitational in Indianapolis, IN, losing to Sunshine State Conference rival Barry University (289-278-290). The Sharks led through the first two rounds of the tournament but struggled in the third round. Junior Ben Taylor (65-6875) also struggled on the last day of the tournament but was still able to come in second by one stroke to Barry’s Berry Jole (70-68-69). Three of his teammates Ricardo Celia, Mitch Farrer and Hunter O’Mahony all finished tied in 11th place with a score of two over par. Head Coach Ryan Jamison said that although they did not win, a lot of good came out of the tournament because the team gained experience. Freshman Hunter O’Mahony said that even though he struggled it was a fun first event for his intercollegiate career. It also helped him to focus on what he needs to improve for the next tournament. The Sharks came into the tournament ranked first in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II College Coaches’ Preseason Poll. The ranking comes off of the previous season’s national championship and the

Sharks returning four out of the five starters. The team has retained three juniors, Ricardo Celia, Mitch Farrer, Ben Taylor, three sophomores, Ian Facey, Oscar Lengden, James Swan and has acquired one freshman, Hunter O’Mahony. O’Mahony believes that the number one ranking is good for the team. “It puts a target on our backs, motivating us to improve,” he said. The intercollegiate golf season is one of the longest of any college sports. It begins in September and runs through May. The Sharks’ only home event this season will be when they host the Guy Harvey Invitational at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens on Oct. 8-9. Coach Jamison said that the biggest obstacles for the team will be the length of the season and ensuring that each player improves week by week. Jamison said that the practice structure they have established will help them do this as it places the players under similar pressure they will feel during a tournament. While the long term goal of the team is to repeat as National Champions, Jamison and O’Mahony agree that the only way they will accomplish this is by focusing on one week at a time, since May is a long way down the road. For more information on the defending National Championship golf team visit: aspx?tab=golf&path=mgolf



October 2, 2012 |

On Deck Weekly Sports Schedule

Tuesday 10.2

Women's Volleyball

Women's Volleyball vs. vs. at NSU Arena, 7 p.m.

Saturday 10.6

at Barry University, 7 p.m.

Women's and Men's Soccer

Wednesday 10.3 Men's and Women's Soccer



at Saint Leo University, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 10.7 Women's Volleyball Rollins Varner Invitational

at Rollins College, 5 p.m and 7:30 p.m

Friday 10.5

at Rollins College, All Day

Men's and Women's Cross Country Florida State Invitational

Monday 10.8 Men's and Women's Golf Guy Harvey Invitational

at Florida State University, 6 p.m.

at PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, All Day



Knight Auditorium Carl DeSantis Building 3301 College Ave. Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 33314 954.262.4613

The Artist October 7, 2012 Sunday, 1 pm


A homage to the silent film era, this movie is a dazzling piece of cinematic art. Opening in 1927 Hollywood, the film follows matinee idol George Valentin and up-and-coming chorus girl Peppy Miller as the invention of sound movies starts to change their lives. The Artist won several Academy Awards including Best Picture! (Silent Film, PG-13, 100 min.) Discussion to follow screening.

The Princess of Montpensier October 14, 2012 Sunday, 1 pm

In this sweeping historical drama based on a 17th century novel, a young woman is torn between the man she loves and a politically arranged marriage. This film was nominated for seven Cesar Awards including one win. (Not Rated, 139 min.) WRITTEN BY

Chris Hoffman

Cave of Forgotten Dreams October 21, 2012 Sunday, 1 pm

This interesting and well-shot documentary by famous filmmaker Werner Herzog delves into the world of history, art and culture as it explores prehistoric drawings found in a cave in Southern France. (G, 90 min.)

Le Havre October 28, 2012

Sunday, 1 pm

Issues of friendship, equality and immigration are brought together in this touching drama by Aki Kaurismaki. The story revolves around a former writer who while living in a French port side town with his ill wife comes to the aid of a young immigrant who is trying to get to his family in England. (Not Rated, 93 min.) Discussion to follow screening.

Romantics Anonymous November 4, 2012 Sunday, 1 pm

Chocolate is the common denominator in this film, bringing together two romantics suffering from social anxiety disorder. Jean-Rene, a failing chocolate factory owner needs to find a new salesperson to help save his business. Enter Angelique, a shy, unemployed, gifted chocolate maker who can help Jean-Rene in more than one way---if they can both conquer their fears to find success and love in this romantic comedy. (Not Rated, 80 min.)

Women’s Golf

The women’s golf team began their National Championship defense with a victory at the Yale Women’s Intercollegiate Invitational in New Haven, Conn.

All films are subtitled in English.

Light refreshments will be served.

men’s SOCCER The men’s soccer team won two games on the road against Eckerd and Florida Southern to improve to 5-3.

Women’s volleyball The women’s volleyball team (3-11) split their four matches in the Setter’s Fall Classic, in Pleasantville, NY.

The Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée.

October 2, 2012|


Player Profile : Daniela Ortiz

By: Chris Hoffman

Sophomore Daniela Ortiz hopes to improve from her impressive freshman year. The golfer has already started out the year with an individual win at the Yale Intercollegiate Invitational on Sept. 21. Ortiz is an international student form Morelia, Mexico who has grown up around golf. She started playing golf with her father at the young age of seven. Ortiz first picked up the game of golf as a hobby and something that she could enjoy with her dad. Eventually she began to take lessons and compete in tournaments in Mexico. Last year Ortiz came to NSU on an athletic scholarship, hoping to improve her game. The first couple of months proved to be very difficult for her as she had to adjust to a very different culture. The hardest parts of the move was learning English, and being able to successfully manage her time. However, these obstacles did not prevent her from having a more than successful freshman year on the golf course. In the fall, she finished in fourth place out of 80 golfers at her first collegiate tournament. A little less than a month later she secured her first collegiate tournament victory at the annual NSU Shark Invitational, helping her team to win the tournament. Her success continued into

the spring segment of the season where she was named a First-Team All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association. Ortiz was also selected as Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year as well as being selected to the All-SSC First-Team. During the last part of the season, Ortiz finished second, 12th, and third in the SSC Championship, NCAA Super Regional II and NCAA Championships respectively. Her efforts helped the women’s golf team to win a fourth consecutive national championship. I sat down with Ortiz and asked her a few questions: What is your goal for this year? I would like to improve my golf, lower my score average and get a couple of individual wins and, as a team, I think we can win the National Championship again if we keep practicing and keep working very hard. How close are you to your teammates? I think that we are really close. We support each other with everything, not just with golf but with school too. Is there a difference between playing in the United States and in Mexico? When I used to play in Mexico,

it was always the same girls. The level here in the U.S. is so much higher with better players. It forced me to change my work ethic in order to compete.

Who is your favorite pro athlete? I admire Lorena Ochoa. She is not only good at golf but is a really nice person. What

Commentary by: Erik Digranes how bad they’d been already then Monday night’s matchup between Seattle and Green Bay surely made you wonder. 27 penalty flags were thrown during the game, a very high amount. However, the most crucial penalty to determine the outcome of the game was never called. Trailing in the final seconds of the 4th quarter Russell Wilson heaved a desperation pass to the back of the endzone in hopes one of his Seattle receivers would come down with the ball. Golden Tate blatantly committed an offensive pass interference penalty and was able to get a grip on the ball before he fell to the ground. But, MD Jennings of Green Bay secured most of the ball and clearly should’ve been ruled an interception instead of a touchdown. No surprise, the officials didn’t see it that way and it was ruled a touchdown, giving Seattle the win. To me, that was the straw that broke not only the camel’s but also Goodell’s back.The horrible judgment on pass interference calls made in nearly every game on the schedule so far was bad enough. But to blow


Sophomore Daniela Ortiz drives for another championship.

ON THE BENCH Well, it’s about time. The replacement officials are gone and the regular officials are back and ready to restore order. It was sloppy right from the start, but we knew it would get better eventually. It was week one of the preseason, what else did you expect? Even the great Ed Hochuli, a 28 year veteran official made a bad call or two. Just ask Norv Turner and Jim Schwartz. They were on the losing end of two of Hochuli’s most controversial calls in 2008 and 2010 respectively. Ok so week three of the regular season had come and gone and things were not running smoothly. There has never once been this much of a collective outcry of displeasure in the history of professional sports. Owners, coaches, players, and fans are all in an uproar over the performance of these replacement officials, and with good reason. writer Gregg Easterbrook said it perfectly. “Let’s cut to the chase — the replacement officials have lost control of the game.” If you weren’t convinced of


a call of this proportion that reversed the outcome of a game is uncalled for. Not only that, according to an article on between 150 and 250 million dollars worth of betting money was altered. In a quote from ESPN columnist Rick Reilly, “What will finally do it? If a game unfairly won and a game unfairly lost with about $150 million changing hands on the betting line doesn’t force Goodell and the owners to get sensible, then what will? Bribes uncovered? Somebody’s career ruined?” To echo Reilly, what will do it? It looked like nothing would until that fiasco in Seattle. It seemed like the only tangible way to provoke some sort of a change would be to stop watching the game in its entirety. If fans didn’t buy tickets and attend the games, and other fans didn’t watch from home, then maybe, just maybe Goodell would have been forced to take some action. Luckily, we will no longer have to be plagued by these horrific replacement officials. I wonder how the NFL even found these people to referee. Some





of the Other jobs held by these replacement officials include a bankruptcy lawyer, president of a financial group, high school teacher, parks and recreation director, and real estate agent. Which one of those jobs qualified these guys to be NFL officials? The answer is none. Thankfully one potential travesty was averted when the NFL discovered one of its replacement officials, Brian Strapolo, was a diehard New Orleans Saints fan and scheduled to work a Saints game that weekend. Officials are obviously not allowed to show any allegiance for a particular team to prevent bias from coming into play. This guy didn’t even inform the league that he was a Saints fan and probably would’ve gone on and made calls in their favor. Where is the morality in that? Meanwhile, retired NFL official Terry Gierke called the incident “sad.” “The replacements are an embarrassment,’’ Gierke told USA TODAY Sports from his Portland, Ore., home. “Here you have an official who has no common sense to go post something like that on his Facebook page. The people they are bringing in are a disgrace.” The integrity of the game was being tarnished with every blown call they made. The worst part was that commissioner Roger Goodell seemed to have no interest in rectifying the situation. He had been giving off the impression that as long as people are still watching, then there’s no need to

tournament meal? We have this thing that before the last day of competition we eat pasta. I don’t know why but we always play well when we eat pasta the night before. hurry up and reach an agreement. Thankfully, the NFL finally reached an eight-year agreement with the NFL Referees Association on Wednesday night to end the lockout, and NFL Commissioner Roger and the refs were back on the field for Thursday night’s game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. The new collective bargaining agreement that was signed on Friday is the longest between the league and game officials in NFL history. Cheered from the moment they walked onto the field, the men in stripes ran a smooth and efficient game as the NFL’s lockout of officials came to an end with the Ravens’ 23-16 win over the Browns. “To just be applauded by 50,000 people prior to anything happening, it was something that kind of chokes you up,” referee Gene Steratore said. “It was a very special feeling.” In an open letter released by the league Friday, a day after the regular officials returned to the field, Goodell says: “I regret we were not able to secure an agreement sooner in the process and avoid the unfortunate distractions to the game.” Well at least Goodell expressed some sort of remorse for everything that happened. Now we can go back to complaining about the regular officials again. At least with the regular officials closing out the year, there won’t have to be an asterisk placed next to the 2012 season in the record books.


Arts & Entertainment

October 2, 2012 |

Restaurant Review: Pine Island Bagels

By: Francesca Armagno

Pine Island Bagels has been serving the Davie area for 15 years; while other restaurants in its shopping plaza have come and gone, P.I. Bagels has remained unfazed. As the name implies, the restaurant bakes fresh bagels in flavors ranging from plain to marble to everything, but it also cooks up an extensive list of other breakfast favorites, most of which are available all day. The dining area, with table and counter service, is small and the décor is quite casual. The aging motif is tinged with nostalgia, which no doubt appeals to the mostly retired customers. Walls and display cases are covered with photographs of patrons’ friends and grandchildren, while vintage airline advertisements reflect against a wall of mirrors and wooden paneling. Though the space is in need of an update, the no-frills attitude is reminiscent of a diner and the tables are kept clean. P.I. Bagels is comfortable and appears to serve a quiet, loyal crowd; there is little more to ask

for first thing in the morning. The all-day breakfast items are affordable and varied — the menu offers eggs served three dozen different ways, including eggs benedict, steak and eggs, and all the filled omelettes you can imagine. The $3 and $4 breakfast specials, available until 11 a.m., are also a reason to celebrate the early hours. Savory choices like hash, grits, and home fries are available for a low price, along with indulgences like pancakes and French toast. Also on the menu is a selection of hot and cold deli sandwiches, burgers, soups, and salads to satisfy any cravings. But my venture to P.I. Bagels was for the breakfast and, naturally, for the bagels. With so many options, I placed a hefty order to cover my bases: half a waffle, two eggs, and two sausage links, with a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel and cream cheese on the side, for about $7. The other person in my party ordered what P.I. calls an “eggle,” or a fried egg, cheese, and ham sandwiched between the toasted bagel of your choice, for $3.84.

With two glasses of orange juice, the total price came to about $16 for two people. The waffle was crisp and golden and the eggs, which I am usually wary of ordering out, were perfectly cooked. The eggle was also given a thumbs up, and is something I would try next time I go. The cinnamon raisin bagel by itself, however, could have had more flavor, considering it is the restaurant’s staple. It needed more salt and a little more loft too, but I suspect they go easy on the sodium if they serve so many older customers. In spite of the morning crowd the restaurant was not too noisy, and the service was quick and attentive, but I must admit that the employees’ personalities may not be for everyone. The waitresses are polite and relaxed with the customers, but there were a few instances when I overheard the staff being short with one another. Anyone seated near the kitchen can clearly hear them squabbling as the orders go in and out, and some people may find that off-putting. The restaurant is overdue for a redesign and they don’t offer the


The “Eggle” a bagel with ham, fried egg and cheese

best bagels I’ve ever had, but P.I. Bagels has a huge menu of filling food at incredibly reasonable prices. For those who delight in the big weekend breakfast, it wouldn’t

hurt to stop by. Pine Island Bagels is located at 8902 W State Rd 84 Davie, FL 33324, in the Publix shopping center.

Not perfect, FREE YOGA but close enough


By: Andre Jensen “Pitch Perfect” is a funny, amusing and dizzy performance set in the competitive world of college acappella groups. “Pitch Perfect” graduates the “Glee” world of competitive singing from high school hallways to a college campus. If you’re a “Glee” fan or you loved “Bring It On,” you’ll probably get a kick out of this snarky comedy full of pop music hits. As far has college movies go it is no Van Wilder but I laughed a lot during this movie.It really surprised me. I was expecting more of a chick flick and I got into the story a little bit. The movie stars Beca (Ana Kendrick) a smart, rebellious freshman who reluctantly joins the Bellas, the all-female acappella group on campus. when she needs to find a campus activity to participate in. Two of the group members are Aubrey (Anna Camp) and Chloe (Brittany Snow), the leaders of The Bellas and the third is Jesse (Skylar Astin), her fellow record-store employee, love interest and a member of the rival allmale Treblemakers. After much begging, particularly after hearing her sing in the shower, Aubrey and Chloe persuade Beca to join them. The laughs come quickly from beginning to end with an opening that will leave the audience both laughing and disgusted all in one and a fight scene that




offshore October 2-October 8


Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Skylar Astin. Directed by Jason Moore. 112 minutes.

will have you grinning from ear to ear. The supporting ensemble is also ridiculously hilarious. Fat Amy (Rabel Wilson of Bridemaids and Bachelorette) and Bumper ( Adam DeVine) are the movie’s comedic lynch pins who the entire cast feed off. The contest formula, in which a movie plot is centered around winning, is the central narrative of the movie and brings all the main characters together in a delightful and a musical crescendo that the entire family can enjoy. Pitch Perfect opens October 5.

Wednesday 10.3 EOTO’s : The Lotus Experience Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale, 7 p.m.

Tory Lanez w/ Phresh James & SIN Green Room, Fort Lauderdale, 10 p.m.

Hot Comix Miami w/ Erik Myers Fort Lauderdale Improv, Fort Lauderdale, 8 p.m.

Thursday 10.4 Sounduo Green Room, Fort Lauderdale, 10 p.m.

Steve-O Fort Lauderdale Improv, Fort Lauderdale, 8 p.m.

Friday 10.5 An Evening With Victor Wooten Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale, 8 p.m.

Steve-O Fort Lauderdale

Improv, Fort Lauderdale, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

WWW.THEYOGACONNECTION.COM (954)577-5777 Saturday 10.6 Got Talent Hair Show Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale, 6 p.m.

Band of Skulls Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale, 7:30 p.m. Steve-O Fort Lauderdale Improv, Fort Lauderdale, 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Fort Lauderdale Art Institute Night Green Room, Fort Lauderdale, 10 p.m.

Sunday 10.7 Allen Stone Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale, 7 p.m.

Vicente Fernandez - La Gira Del Adios American Airlines Arena, Miami, 7 p.m. Steve-O Fort Lauderdale Improv, Fort Lauderdale, 8 p.m.

Aries Spears Miami Improv, Miami, 8:30 p.m.

Monday 10.8 Stand Up Comedy Class: 101 Miami Improv, Miami, 7 p.m.

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

October 2, 2012|


Arts & Entertainment

Music Review:

Matchbox TwentyNorth By: Megan Mortman Matchbox Twenty has released a vibrant album after a 10year hiatus. Fans of the group will find that “North”, the fourth studio album, has been worth the wait. It is everything you would expect from the group, and so much more. This album is more meaningful, and stronger than ever. The band, which formed in the 90’s in Orlando, FL., continues rocking after 17 years — and with five Grammy-nominations under their belt. Their new album includes the energetic “Put your hands up” that will make you want to actually put your hands up and start dancing. My favorite, the beautiful and simplistic “Overjoyed” includes the lyrics: “Then maybe if you hold me baby/ let me come over I will tell you secrets nobody knows/ I cannot overstate it/I will be overjoyed.” It is about the journey of a relationship and how special it

can be. It represents the essence of Matchbox Twenty. Their first single, “She’s so Mean,” has proven that their pop/ rock sound remains true to who they are. There’s nothing like a rant about incredibly mean girls. Lyrics like “She’ll make you take her to the club, but then she leaves with her friends/ She likes to stay late at the party cause the fun never ends/ And all her clothes are on the floor, and all your records are scratched/ She’s like a one-way ticket cause you can’t come back” are incredibly clever and it’s just a fun song to listen to. Every song delivers on this 12-track album, and Matchbox Twenty manages to make every track sound effortless. Listeners will be singing along without even realizing it. They have the kind of songs that get stuck in one’s head, and for good reason. Lead singer, Rob Thomas, drummer Paul Doucette, and guitarists Kyle Cook and Brian

Matchbox Twenty relseases their fourth studio album “North.”

Yale have spent the last decade (aside from a mini album released in 2007) working on independent projects. Doucette wrote film music and worked with his other band, The Break and Repair Method, while Cook worked with a band, the New Left. Thomas worked on solo albums like the Grammy-nominated Something to be and Cradlesong.

New fans may want to check out the band’s older albums. One of their past albums, Exile on Mainstream, is a great one, with hits like How far we’ve come, and These hard times. Matchbox Twenty has proven that they have what it takes to stick around another 17 years —and continue heading north.


Sidebar: Here are five of their most popular songs to check out: 1. These hard times 2. 3 AM 3. Bed of Lies 4. If you’re gone 5. Push

Mark Z. Danielewski’s

“House of Leaves”

By: Joe Cirino

Within the black and white world of traditional fiction texts, color is notably absent. In Mark Z. Danielewski’s both mystifying and horrifying experimental fiction novel “House of Leaves”, color is only another part of an intricate puzzle spanning over 300 pages. Within the wildly formatted and sometimes intensely experimental pages of “House of Leaves”, a reader may become both lost and amazed at the surreal world painted within a book about a house. Yet the house that concerns “House of Leaves” so much is not simply a house. The house in question contains a terrible and wondrous secret within its euclidean geometry: it is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Faced with this slowly discovered fact, the fictional Navidson family is faced with the unknown of impossible hallways and disturbing noises from beyond the threshold of their normal space. Faced with the unknown, Danielewski’s characters enterprise and interprete as they explore the untouched spaces of a strange land mirrored by their own emotions and psyche. The plot in “House of Leaves” is only secondary to Danielewski’s treatment of the novel’s secondary

story: an old man, who has been compiling a history of the house before being murdered under mysterious circumstances, sets the stage for the contemporary tale. The man left to pick up the pieces of the elder man’s work is a young tattoo artist named Johnny Truant, a man who has no idea what he is about to get himself into. The house that Johnny happens upon in textual form soon takes up residence in his mind, and whether it is his irrational fear or something else, Johnny begins to feel stalked and hunted by an overwhelming enemy. The text itself is obviously not like other novels. Danielewski delights in the use of special colors and strange formatting that heightens the emotions and feelings of the characters on the pages. Prefacing each chapter is a small quote that touches on some aspect of houses and large buildings. Echoes, structural details, houses in antiquity, all are brought within the framwork of the narration as we come to feel a part of the unfolding story as much a spectator to it. The appendix in “House of Leaves” is unto a small novel itself, containing quotes and allegories from famous works and famous

people that construct an otherworldly fantasy that drives the narrative forward. Frequently, the pace will change without warning, bringing the action to a frenzied peak as a single word is printed on every page, centered and bolded, for the reader to hastily flip past. Yet the true charm in “House of Leaves” lies in the literary skill of Danielewski. The puzzling mystery that is woven, teased, and built upon with every event traces a psychological and philosophical journey through the minds of all the characters. One could interpete the novel in a myriad of ways- reading it is as much a journey as it would be to experience it. Danielewski proves a wicked storyteller, though there may be points in the narrative where confusion can take over lucidity, as is to be expected when the story gets as complicated as it does. Still, like in his other darkly humorous and ingenious novel “The Fifty Year Sword”, Danielewski’s “House of Leaves” is a well-crafted piece of fiction that is sure to delight and interest many readers. Sure, this story may simply concern a housebut few know how big a house can truly be.


“House of Leaves” was released in March 2000and is ranked 668 on Amazon Best Sellers



October 2, 2012 |

Midterm Madness

By: Andre Jensen It’s that time again. The part of the semester that falls between the beginning and the end. Yeah, you know what it is. Some of you dread it. Some of you avoid it but it’s midterm time. Whether you have five backto-back midterms in the same week or a more staggered schedule or the lucky few who have take-home midterms, chances are that, one way or another, you will experience some form of midterm related stress. Even so, the stress is easily managed, with the right mindset. One of the first steps is to accept that midterms are here, and that some will be stressful. So it is imperative that you plan accordingly. While this might sound easy, it is actually pretty difficult to start planning. The biggest problem is that it is easy to look a week ahead and think that you have plenty of time, so much time that you can goof off and procrastinate. You have all done it. The thought of that chapter in your biology book you just have to read and said you’ll do it tomorrow. For some of us, this is a mistake we constantly repeat. But regardless of whether you’re a big procrastinator, the stress that comes with studying for midterms is an entirely different matter.

By: Andre Jensen

5. Pack all the tools you’ll need the night before, including extra pencils and pens. 6. Make sure you study days in advance for your exams. 7. Study in groups. Never underestimate the power of your peers, especially when working through a difficult problem set or reading assignment. Dividing and conquering is an effective way to reduce your workload and to make sure you understand the material.


Don’t let studying for midterms make you stress out.

Stress and midterms on their own are not even the real problem. Things get significantly problematic when you are worrying because you are so stressed out about your midterms. Once that starts to happen, things just tend to mount and it gets more difficult to succeed at trying to succeed. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for midterms.

1. Eat healthy and sleep well. Sleep and nutrition are important factors in keeping your mind and body alert. Avoid the burgers and the pizza at the food court and eat a salad or a sandwich instead.

3. Exercise your hand. This sounds crazy but if your hand cramps up during a lengthy essay one of your professors tells you to write you could have problems writing another.

2. Just breathe. Learn a few breathing and meditation exercises leading up to your exams. These are great for relieving stress.

4. Bring a snack with you for between test secessions. It’s never good to take a test on an empty stomach.

8. Take simple and clear notes and always ask for help if you don’t understand something. These next two weeks are going to be bad. For you freshmen out there, try NOT to procrastinate. Time management is the most difficult thing you do in college. Going from the high school environment into a college setting is very difficult. Mom and Dad aren’t here to pressure you and your professors will only remind you to study once for your midterm. Midterms are stressful. They are supposed to be. Yes, you will be worried about them, and yes, it will be difficult but you can help yourself. Don’t stress out too much. Just relax. Keep your goals in mind and don’t forget to study.

Parking Wars

Every morning it’s a battle. It doesn’t matter what time of the day it is during the fall semester, it’s the same old thing. What am I talking about? Finding a parking space on campus. Finding a parking spot on campus can sometimes be a rare event, especially if it is in the middle of the morning. The rare times it does happen. It is a test of one’s patience. College parking culture is cutthroat. The bigger the college campus the more dangerous it is. Even if you get a parking space, the drama doesn’t end. This week I was lucky to get a spot in the Mailman parking lot in the front by my office here at the ASA building. But it didn’t take long before my down time before class was interrupted, as another student pulled up alongside my vehicle and motioned for me to roll down my window. “Are you going to leave,” he asked. “I need to get to class. I am already late.” I told him no. I was just waiting for my class to begin. The reaction on his face was immediate, eagerness turned quickly to scorn as he rolled up his tinted window without a reply, and speedily drove away. When it comes to getting a parking space at NSU, some

students and faculty lose all sense of politeness and decorum. It’s like being on a battlefield, with commuters fighting for every little inch and the parking space is the prize. How many of you have driven around for 15 minutes looking for a space, to finally spot an open one across the parking lot, to have it quickly commandeered by a vehicle that came out of know where? Sigh. You know the saying “Keep Calm. Carry On.” In the war for parking spots, there exists among NSU commuters a certain pattern: A driver sees an individual walking in a parking lot, then follows that person like a shark ( yes the pun is intended) stalking its prey, hoping to be led to a spot. As a pedestrian, it’s a terrible-feeling, hauling books, a backpack and electronics across the hot parking lot, only to feel the need to walk faster to escape being run over by a greedy parking spot hunter. The parking garages aren’t any better. They are, in fact, worse. Apparently the words “drive slowly” and “stop” doesn’t apply in these parking garages. Cars drive in and out, barely avoiding collision at every turn with no regard for the right of way of pedestrians. Many blare music so loud it disturbs the


Parking can be war sometimes.

entire garage. Things are made worse still by closing off the entire ground floor of the library parking garage to students. If students do park on the ground level, Public Safety has the audacity to ticket them. This is the most infuriating part of being an NSU commuter. Now some will say that the ground floor spaces are for the general public to park and use the

library. But with the limited amount of parking for students already on campus, how smart is it to invite yet more people in making a bad situation even worse? With the separation of student and faculty parking outside the administration building, it is confusing to me why faculty and employees still park in the ASA parking lot. Are there not enough faculty and employee parking

spaces, just like there aren’t enough student parking spaces? The closing off of the back of the Mailman parking lot for construction at the beginning of the semester is even more exasperating for me. Yes, you bore the battle wounds in these parking wars and the battle still continues. Tomorrow, you will get into your car and drive into these parking wars. Good Luck.



October 2, 2012|

On the Scene:


What is your favorite place on campus to study?

"The third floor of the UC, or the library." Chanelle Ventura, senior legal studies major

"The second floor of the UC or the HPD library. "Reinaldo Trujill, third year medical student

"The cubicles on the third floor in the library because you can't see anybody and get distracted." Mondy Dormil, senior biology major

"The Commons community room because it's quiet and serene." Kristoff Samm, freshman biology major

"The fourth floor library cubicles." Amal

"The computer lab area on the first floor of the library." Janelle Alvarez, sophomore biology major

Bhullar, freshman biology major

Help Wanted All students should contact the Office of Student Employment located on the first floor of the Horvitz building to apply for these positions (954.262.3967) Job # 002 Senior Student Assistant Provide telephone technical support to the NSU computing community. Collect and record specific information regarding user requests and problems. Dispatch problem reports to appropriate personnel. 20-25 hrs/wk; $11/hr Job #: 039 Desktop Computing Assistant Assist full-time employees with the daily installation and maintenance and support of personal computer hardware and software. 20hrs/wk; $10/hr Job #: 054 Lab Monitor Assist students and faculty computer related problems in the microcomputer lab. 25 hrs/wk; $8/hr Job #: 086 Graduate Student Assistant Assist coordinator with on-going projects within the department. 15-20hrs/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 type correspondence, generate reports and other documents. Assist with mailings and special projects.

Accurate data entry in Access and Banner. Set up and maintain files. Assist visitors to the department efficiently and courteously. Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor. 20 hrs/wk; $9/hr (between 9am-1pm) 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 #: 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


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 technical hardware and software. Process the items with a barcode scanner and computer. Deliver items to various departments on- and off-campus. 20 hrs/wk/; $9/hr Job #: 779 Operations Assistant/Facilities Answer telephones, manage the operation of the front service desk,

answer questions, enforce facility and program policies, conduct face checks, and distribute information and directions. Maintain the cleanliness of the facility and the upkeep of the facility program space. $7.50/hr Job #: 783 Personal Trainer Provide members with a quality, safe, and effective workout. Maintain written documentation of each client. 20/hrs/wk; $18/hr - starting and depending on experience. Job #: 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

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