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Movember: A movement to raise awareness for men’s health By George Rivera


oustaches across the world remain only moustaches for the month of November. The unshaven during November in an effort point of the moustache is to be a conversation to bring awareness to men’s health. starter among people, sparking discussion about men’s health and the movement itself. The movement known as Movember started in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia with only 30 But Movember isn’t exclusively for men and members, but by 2012 had more than one million the movement invities everyone to participate, “Mo’s.” The movement was made to combat many including women, who are dubbed “Momen’s health issues, including prostate cancer, Sistas,” on the Movember website. Women testicular cancer and, in general, the mental who participate in Movember can either grow health of men. a moustache or simply support a man who is participating whether it a significant other, a There are many barriers surrounding the friend or a family member. issues that men put up: barriers such as feeling embarrassed to speak about their own bodies In fact, “Mo-Sistas” have been credited for being among other men and women. Movember seeks some of the greatest contributors because they to raise awareness among men who often skip help in breaking down barriers that prevent men doctor visits for whatever reason or who simply from talking about personal health and their aren’t aware how their bodies function. feeings, according to the website. It isn’t only about the physical health, but about the mental Not to be confused with No Shave November, health of men as well. Movember is a movement in which men grow

Designing a new hope for kids


This temporary tattoo is an example of the tattoos applied by students on campus to help raise money for the New Hope for Kids foundation. Photo courtesy of Rehmat Chandoo

magine being a child who suffered the loss of a parent. Think of the confusion, loneliness and struggle that child would endure.

Students on the Sanford/Lake Mary campus at Seminole State College of Florida recently started raising money for the New Hope for Kids foundation by designing and applying henna tattoos on the S/LM campus. According to the organization’s website, New Hope for Kids has been helping Central Florida children

By Christina Fleming

in need since 1996. The purpose is to bring hope, healing and happiness to children and families suffering from grief, loss or life-threatening illnesses.

Financially delayed: Students receive Financial Aid later this year


By Michael Brown

inancial aid: it’s the lifeblood of student life and what many need to be able to go to school and afford food, gas and general living expenses associated with student life. This particular year, however, some students have seen a delay in the dispersal of financial aid. Some students have reported not receiving financial aid as late as November, toward the end of this semester. As bills pile up for these students, who go to school, study, eat, and, for many, drive, like any of the others, this is devastating to finances and daily life. According to and, this delay was not attributed to the government shutdown that occurred in early October of this year. The financial aid was budgeted before the shutdown, the loans and Pell Grant (along with other grants,) were allotted and set to disperse without much delay on the government’s end. So then, contrary to some beliefs, the government shutdown was not to blame for delay in financial aid payout. I, myself, experienced a massive delay in financial aid, which was dispersed somewhere between Oct. 27 and Nov. 2. With bills piling up along with the cost of gas to commute to and from school, this was difficult to swallow. I was annoyed and frustrated whenever my stomach grumbled or I scrounged for the gas to drive my car, knowing that I was months behind on car payments for grants and loans that were long overdue. And I wasn’t the only one affected by this delay.

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“It helps make a child’s wish come true and cope with grief,” Rehmat Chandoo said. Some students at Seminole State design and apply all natural henna tattoos on Wednesday and Thursday to help raise money for the foundation. The tattoos are $5 and last from one to two weeks. “We choose henna because we thought it was a unique concept and students would love it since its temporary,” Ms. Chandoo said. The money will allow the children who suffer from grief to have their wishes granted and also to provide necessities they may need. According to Leslie Connell, who advises the New Hope for Kids fundraiser at Seminole State, the intended financial goal was $1,300. Instead, they were able to raise HOPE continued on page 10

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(407) 323-9666 Lunch Favorite: 2 HUGE Slices Cheese & Drink $5.50 In the Publix Plaza on Weldon Blvd. Open 7 days a week 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sandwiches: the Earl never had it this good L egend has it that back in the day, a British man named John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, sat at a gaming table and didn’t get up for 24 hours. He wanted to eat with only one hand as to not disturb his gaming. The item he ordered from his servants and proceeded to eat was lunch meat between bread. “Convenience has been a driver of portable food since ancient times,” Heather McPherson, Orlando Sentinel Food Editor and restaurant critic, said in an email to the Scribe. The sandwich: one of America’s favorite food items, so much that we consume around 193 sandwiches per

Sanford/Lake Mary and Heathrow campus Publix – Cuban sandwich (half), $5.59, 3/5. Because of proximity, going to the Publix by Sanford/Lake Mary campus seems to be a no-brainer. The staff was courteous and knowledgeable. On offer were choices between Publix brand and Boar’s Head, for a small upcharge, and the garlic pickles were a nice touch. Good but greasy. Wawa – roast beef club w/ horseradish, $4.99, 4/5. This gas station chain just arrived in Florida and I thought it necessary to visit. Tangy horseradish sauce, good cheese, vegetables and meat made a beautiful cross-section plus the quick service made for an enjoyable experience. Good value for money at a gas station, nonetheless. 4th Street Bar & Grill – breakfast burger, $11, 2/5. The environs of this place are great; basically an upscale sports bar. There are TVs and sports décor on the wall though it’s well planned out and not just thrown up there. There’s good, prompt service from the staff. However, it seems more was spent on appearances than executing and planning out the menu. The burger tasted bland. Word to the wise: salt and pepper are friends that should be invited over on the regular. Which Wich Superior Sandwiches – Reuben on white, $5.50, 1/5. Which way to run away from this place? And do you do it in a superior fashion? First, it’s confusing when entering. Then, the customer has to fill out a brown bag order form instead of talking to a human. Finally, they deliver a terrible, overlyprocessed sandwich that is plain awful. The 1000-island

person per year, according to

Hell, there’s even a national sandwich day. It’s already passed but for future reference it’s November 3, John Montagu’s birthday.

“Every culture has hand-held foods,” McPherson said, “In Central Florida that commonality celebrates our diversity. As we discover more about the nuances of our communities, this is a delicious culinary trend to hold on to.” It ranges from the Club, Cuban, Reuben, Rachael, grilled cheese, ham and cheese, tuna salad, chicken salad, pulled pork, brisket, meatball sub, Italian sub, dressing was sweet and caked on there like spackle on walls. Absolutely disgusting. Don’t bother. That Deli! – Bird on a Bayou w/ ham and leek soup, $9.29, 5/5. Now this is my kind of place. It’s exceptional. The wall on the left is festooned with signed LPs (ask someone over 30) of musicians and comedians from the past. There was a line almost out the door, which is always a great sign. The staff was competent and helpful and whipped through the cue in no time. The sandwich, which sounds like the title of a Tennessee Williams play and comprised of fresh ingredients, was a total hit. A little spice, nice textures and a balance of flavors were evident. Also, the soup wasn’t too shabby; light and full of flavor. Oviedo campus Bernie’s Gourmet To Go, Tuna salad wrap w/ chips, $7.95, 3/5. This humble place has a nice simple touch to their food. The décor, however, is severely lacking, though that’s not the first concern; ultimately, it’s all about the grub. And it was good. One of a few display cases showed off an array of chicken/tuna/ potato salads, all made fresh and in-house. It’s small and the staff is attentive and prompt with service. The tuna was light and fluffy with a real nice crunch on the veggies. Basic but beautiful. Cavallari Gourmet, Zesty Italian Sub, half, $6.99, 5/5. Now, this is a real Italian deli, whatever that means. Fresh meats and cheeses are everywhere plus wines and a gorgeous display case by the register garlanded with desserts that just call out to one’s sweet tooth.

Thanksgiving with turkey/gravy/cranberry, PB&J, closed face, open face, toasted, pressed, fresh and otherwise. And let’s not forget the almighty hamburger.


A person who decides to become a vegetarian may choose so for different reasons. For some, choosing to go to the green side is for health reasons. According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians are at lower

elements that can make a food item like the sandwich something truly unique. And name one person out there that doesn’t have a favorite all their own.

So what makes a good ‘wich?

But where to acquire one’s desired between leavened bread and other suitable wrappings? An independent, unsolicited and blatantly undercover review was conducted near all four Seminole State College campuses.

Heather McPherson said it comes down to two words, “The ingredients.”

All prices are shown before tax and are rated on a scale of one to five, five being best.

There certainly is something to be said about not just the ingredients but the combination of different

And, yes, Nature’s Table was reviewed, too.

There are a plethora of choices: good, bad and sloppy Joe.

The sub was immaculately laid out: the meat and cheese were tasty, the bread soft, although too thick in my opinion, great fresh veg and service with a smile. When asked to take a picture of their concoction, the guy behind the counter proudly held it up, like a chalice, and said, “We get that all the time.” Well done, sir. Well done. This place knows what they’re doing. Altamonte Springs campus Lawless Subs, Smoked turkey and Swiss sub w/ drink (special), $7.35, 4/5. Don’t let outside and inside appearances scare you away from this joint, it’s all right. They served up a very nice sandwich and asked if I wanted cole slaw on it. Yes, please. Something I wouldn’t normally do but it was very good, the staff were fast and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The bread was soft, too. (Bonus) Philly Connection, The Original, five-inch, $4.55, 3/5. It was dead when walking in but that certainly didn’t detour the man behind the counter. He was on it, quickly cooking the meat, peppers and onions to perfection. He then melted cheese and voila! It was all together in blissful, creamy harmony. I liked it, though it was a little sloppy-looking. Hoover’s Market, BBQ chicken wrap, $5.99, 1/5. This place is one of those organic, local specialty item shops just north of State Road 434 on Semoran Blvd. Though they appear to have many great products in the store, and I’m sure they do, avoiding the sandwiches

Why I chose to go to the green side ne question you get often when you’re a vegetarian is, “Don’t you miss meat?” I guess it’s a fair question, but the reality of even asking it is absurd. If I missed meat that much, I wouldn’t be a vegetarian in the first place. I understand meat taste amazing. I, for one, know how scrumptious my dad’s bacon mac and cheese taste, but my reasons for being a vegetarian outweigh these pleasures.

By Joseph Meadows

is produced. I’ve seen numerous documentaries about mass meat By Ashley Young production, showcasing the fecal contaminated conditions and risk for developing heart disease, ovarian and breast diseases associated with it. Two are Food Inc. and Forks cancer, diabetes, obesity and hypertension (high blood Over Knives. When you get a chance, watch these and pressure). I’ve seen this first hand with my father. He try not to throw up your ham and cheese sandwich. lost 40 pounds by reducing his meat intake! Now, getting him to exercise is a different story. Carol Tucker Foreman, former director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of Not to mention the unsanitary conditions where meat




Does not consume: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, or any dairy products

Does not consume: meat, fish, poultry, or eggs

Does not consume: meat, fish, or poultry

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and wraps should be priority number one upon entering. The employee that made my wrap seemed less than enthusiastic about his work, as I asked repeatedly for him to speak up when asking me what I wanted on the wrap. And this was BBQ chicken? Please. More like ground, bland mystery meat thrown together with who-knows-what? The veggies were very nice and crisp and fresh and the colors were truly amazing but that’s about it. The wrap was thick but thin as far as meat’s concerned. Not impressed at all. All campuses Nature’s Table, Tomato Basil soup, $2.69 and Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wrap, $4.99 1/5. I’ll admit I came in with a preconceived notion of this place but it was only confirmed again with a recent visit. The soup was processed, the basil dark instead of a light green, there were few actual tomatoes and it tasted frozen and old. Little did I know this was to be the best part of the meal. The wrap was atrocious. It tasted and reeked of spicy buffalo sauce: it was drenched in the stuff. And why would you put cold lettuce on a pressed, hot sandwich? Makes no sense, mouth on fire and whew! It was bad. In addition to establishments reviewed here, Heather McPherson also recommends Petty’s Meat Market in Longwood.

America, said in a PBS interview, “We do know that there are still 76 million cases of food-borne illness every year, thousands of hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths,” all associated with meat. Did you know most of the chicken you consume has never seen the light of day? They are housed in large warehouses, stuffed to the limit with no room. Where do they go the bathroom? Right there in the place they live. Ammonia levels are so high it’s common to see chickens with bald spots because their skin is burnt. Beaks are removed when the chickens are young so they can’t peck one another. Just this year in October a Salmonella outbreak infected a total of 332 people from 21 different states according to the Center for Disease and Control.

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SEMINOLE SCRIBE 4 | S e m i n THE ole Scribe The Seminole Scribe is the official student newspaper of Seminole State College of Florida EDITOR Melissa B. Merkler STAFF REPORTERS Eric Anderson Michael Brown Sean Doty Christina Fleming Alicia Gonzalez Carissa May Joseph Meadows Joey Metych John Nunez Leyla Rad George Rivera TIffany Rosario Ashley Young Faculty Adviser Jennifer Sheppard EDITORIAL POLICY Viewpoints expressed in columns and letters to the editor are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Seminole Scribe or Seminole State College. Letters or columns can be emailed or dropped off at the office. Please limit letters to 500 words, and include phone number, name and area of study or affiliation. Letters will not be printed anonymously. We reserve the right to reject letters. MISSION STATEMENT We are a student-run newspaper that aims to construct a publication of professionalism. Through each individual staffer’s utmost potential, we write for the interest of the school and its student body to deliver a quality news and entertainment source that uphold traditional journalistic values.

Read to Succeed Update


f you didn’t hear about our Quality Enhancement Plan, Read to Succeed, last semester, now is the time to learn about it!

Our five-year reading initiative has now been approved and will affect students on every campus. In addition to students who will have disciplinespecific reading strategies embedded in their classrooms, many reading events will take place across the campus. You can check out our book clubs, Book Nooks, Speaker Series, reading special events and other fun aspects of Read to Succeed. If you participate in these fun things, you can even receive digital badges!

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Law for Lunch Bunch What: Worker’s Compensation Pre When: January 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm Where: Automotive Showroom (AT-102)

WIN A $25 GIFT CARD! Design a logo for the Law for Lunch Bunch for your chance to WIN. The winning submission will be announced at the upcoming Law for Lunch Bunch Presentation on January 22, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. in AT-102. The logo submission should entail Law related themes. Please submit your logo ideas by January 21 at noon. Email submissions to or drop submissions off to V-007 on the Sanford/Lake Mary campus.

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Inaugural Java Jam

Join Student Government Association of the Altamonte Springs Campus in the first ever r e v e t s Fir 'Java Jam,' an open mic night open to all Seminole State students! 3 1 0 2 , 6 Come out and enjoy an iday, Dec. . Fr evening of student o 9 p.m t 7 performances s g n i r p S e and delicious coffee Altamont and tea on Friday, A-120 Dec. 6, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m. in A-120.! If you would like to be a performer at this event, contact Ansha Roberts at (407) 404- 6143."

Java Jam!

What: Java Jam - Open Mic Night Where: Altamonte Springs Campus Auditorium: A-102 When: December 6, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Holiday cooking for dummies


Story and photos by Tiffany Rosario

omputers filled at the library, books cracked open with noses in between and sleep-deprived-eyes. This can only mean one thing: finals and the end of the semester are near. But the reward at the end comes with winter break and having a full month to recuperate. Holiday season means buying for loved ones, spending time with friends and family at home and, ultimately, food. For students who will not be able to return home this holiday season but want an easy home cooked meal from scratch, here is a complete dinner including a holiday drink, appetizer, entrée and dessert to help make those feel home-away-from-home.

Appetizer: Zucchini fritters with chili lime mayo

Pour vegetable oil into a skillet about half an inch deep and turn heat to medium. Dice the zucchini and onion and place into a bowl and crack the eggs into the mixture. Give the mixture a good stir until it becomes thicker. Next, combine the flour, baking powder, chili powder, salt and pepper into a bowl and fold into zucchini mixture. When oil is hot, take a tablespoon of the mixture and place into oil. Cook for about two to three minutes on each side.

Holiday drink: Virgin Christmas cocktail Ingredients: cranberry juice Ginger ale lime

For the mayo mixture, combine prepared mayo, lime and chili powder and mix together.

In this recipe, begin with making the streusel topping and set it aside once done. Ingredients: 5 tbsp. light brown sugar 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 tbsp. unsalted soften butter 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/8 tsp. salt Whisk these ingredients all together until it becomes a consistent mixture. To begin with the bread, separate ingredients by wet and dry. Dry ingredients: 2 cups flour ½ tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda Whisk these ingredients together. Wet mixture: Begin with putting 1 can of pumpkin puree into a pot on medium heat for 6 minutes. After the 6 minutes, add in: 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon


3 big Idaho potatoes 1 bag of American or Cheddar cheese 8 tbsp. of butter (1 stick) ½ cup of beef broth 1 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce Meat seasoning: 1 ½ lbs. ground beef or any ground meat ½ carrot ½ can of corn ½ yellow onion 1 ½ tbsp. of Adobo 1 tsp. of salt 1 tsp. of pepper

Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes). While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 tbsp. butter (1/2 stick) in large frying pan. Sauté onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 minutes). Add the vegetables according to time. Put carrots in with the onion and add the rest of the vegetables at the end of cooking the onions or after the meat has initially cooked. Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper and any other seasoning. Add Worcestershire sauce. Add ½ a cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist. Mash potatoes in bowl with remainder of butter, season to taste. Place beef and onions in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Cook in 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

Ingredients: vegetable oil for frying 3 cups grated zucchini 1 cup diced onion 2 eggs 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper Mayonnaise: 1 cup prepared mayo Juice of half a lime 1/2 tsp. chili powder

Dessert: Pumpkin spice bread with streusel topping

Entrée: Traditional Shepherd’s Pie.

1 tsp. salt ¼ tsp. nutmeg 1/8 tsp. clove Let the wet mixture cook for about a minute then add in: 1 cup regular white sugar 1 cup light brown sugar 4 oz. cream cheese ½ cup vegetable oil Add the dry ingredients into this mixture. Once everything is combined and at a good consistency, whisk together ¼ cup of buttermilk and 4 large eggs. Fold the eggs and milk into pot of mixture cooking. Optional to then add 1 cup of toasted chopped walnuts. In two loaf pans, pour mixture in a greased pan and add the streusel mixture on top. Put it in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Once done, let it sit for 20 minutes, remove the pan and then let it cool off for an hour.

Fill a glass with ice, pour in the cranberry juice to about 3/4 full then top with the Ginger ale. Add your squeeze of lime. To add a bit more flavor and color, add a mint leaf and a few frozen cranberries. Now when it comes to the holidays, regret comes along with eating all the food. “The typical person can easily consume over 3,000 calories in just one meal,” nutrition professor Janet Hintz said recently on the Sanford/Lake Mary campus at Seminole State. Although there may be a large intake in calories, Professor Hintz said that it is a once a year activity and people should feel okay to splurge and enjoy it. “Just choose portions sizes that are smaller,” Professor Hintz said. “You can eat everything with just a taste of everything.” So when facing a large dinner, or even the recipes given, enjoy all that is possible, just look out for those calories.

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The conditions these animals live in are terrible. The animals are squeezed into feedlots. Eric Schlosser, an award-winning investigative journalist, said in a PBS interview, “And the feedlots aren’t small little operations with 30 to 40 cattle in them. They’re enormous, and can have up to 100,000 cattle in a single feedlot. This has huge implications for food safety, because these cattle are often living like in a medieval city, in their own manure.” These cows don’t get to enjoy what natural cows should, no sunny green pastors and grass to graze but small cramped spaces and corn for feed. Cows naturally eat grass but that takes money and land. The solution? Cows are fed corn, which is not normally apart of their diet. Others make the switch to go green because they believe it’s morally right. Hinduism, a religion predominately practiced in India, believes in “Karma”. When people eat animal flesh or eat food that involves the taking of life, they accumulate bad “Karma”. Now, I made the switch to a plant-based diet for political reasons. Every five seconds, somewhere in the world, a child starves to death according to “Environment” a book by Jay Withgott and Scott Brennan. The common diet of wealthy nations consists of large amounts of meat. Did you know one third of the world’s cropland is produced solely for animal feed according to “Environment”. Natural resources are being used at drastic rates to keep up with meat production. Animal consumption has huge implications on our environment and is behind many environmental issues the world faces. The UN Commission of Development said in an article “A report from the International Water Management Institute, noting that 840 million of the world’s people remain undernourished, recommends finding ways to produce more food using less water.” John Robbins, an American author who promotes environmentalism and animal rights, said in The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and the World: “In California today, you may save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you would by not showering for six entire months.” Moreover, becoming a vegetarian has a lot of health benefits, but for me it’s more than just about my health. I don’t want to contribute to a growing problem. A diet heavy in meat requires more resources our planet is running out of. How will we feed the projected 9 billion people in 2050? The answer, I believe, is less meat and more green! And if you can’t let go of steak just yet, try reducing your meat intake. Meatless Monday is a great way to start.

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SEX-trology: what sun signs say about sex styles By Alicia Gonzalez

he hunger for sexual pleasure can be nourished in many ways. For instance, some people want hours of passionate sex while others crave the freedom of a lunchtime quickie. Certain individuals may settle on a lover just because the sex is good, but what if a birth date could reveal more on how to have mind-blowing sex? Sextrology, the connection between astrological sun signs and sexual activity, may help an individual discover which under-the-sheets partner is more suited for him or her.

Remy Fahad, a student at Seminole State and a Scorpio, said he has heard of astrology but is “unfamiliar,” with sextrology. The 12 sun signs of the zodiac may speak volumes when it comes to an individual’s favorite position, naughty secrets and greatest sexual partners. Marissa Laskoski, a student at Seminole State and a Gemini, also said sextrology was unknown to her but now considers the possibility of its accuracy after knowing what it means. “I do believe in sextrology because everyone has their different views on sex—so they will have a different definition toward it,” she said. The planet Mars plays an important role in determining an individual’s sexual personality according to Kelly Lowe, astrological counselor, teacher and author of An Astrologer’s Journey. “You have to look at the total picture to see the sextrology of a certain person and what drives their motor,” she said, adding that the zodiac’s sun signs also play a big part in sextrology—it shows how attitudes vary toward sex and how different people approach sex. Ms. Lowe said she does not like to “label” each sun sign because other factors should be taken into consideration for a sexual analysis to be cut in stone. However, she described the following as typically expected of

CANCER — It’s not about the sex when it comes to a Cancer. Cancers are sensitive and more tied to his or her emotional feelings rather than the act of sex itself.

Compatible Zodiac Signs: Aries Leo Sagittarius Taurus Virgo Capricorn Gemini Libra Aquarius Cancer Scorpio Pisces each sun sign:

ARIES — If an Aries get bored, he or she will take the nearest exit. He or she can be here today and gone tomorrow; as soon as the interest is gone, so is an Aries. TAURUS — A Taurus enjoys the comfort of having his or her partner or date nearby. He or she tends to be romantic and likes to caress and cuddle. GEMINI — A Gemini is about communication and is not afraid to talk about sex first. If sex with a Gemini is pursued, there better be some conversation to back it up.

LEO — Leos’ enjoy receiving compliments and taking center stage when it comes to sex. VIRGO — There are two sets of Virgos. One can be extremely sexual. The other Virgos are critical. Virgo seems to be the sun sign most concerned with sexually transmitted diseases. LIBRA — It is all about the setting for a Libra. He or she enjoys romance and flowers. Libras’ are about partnership and prefer talking about sex before actually doing it. SCORPIO — This is the sun sign with the highest sexual drive; the sign that tends to think of sex the most. Scorpios’ tend to be jealous and possessive. A Scorpio will prefer to have sex first and find out more about his or her partner later. SAGITTARIUS — Sex should be full of adventure for a Sagittarius. This is a free-spirited sign that appreciates his or her space and freedom. A Sagittarius tends to enjoy the outdoors. If a Sagittarius gets committed to a relationship, it is typically later in life.

CAPRICORN — Capricorns may sometimes look at the big picture rather than being driven by sex. In result, he or she may treat sex like a business transaction by looking for secure outcome. This sign is typically not driven by sex. Making an appointment for sex might be helpful. AQUARIUS — These are the inventors of the zodiac. Aquarius is more inclined to try out different positions. This sign is unique and follows his or her own rules. PISCES — A Pisces is sensitive and is driven by love and his or her feelings rather than sex. He or she would not be opposed to let music and candles set the mood. The idea of using sextrology to help people find great sex and overall compatibility may be considered foreign to some but can be highly recommended, Ms. Lowe said. “Sextrology isn’t a word you see in the news or widely publicized, but I think it’s important,” she said, “I think people can use it to their benefit.” Photos and Illustration By: Alicia Gonzalez

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Students conduct survey on the comforts of discussing sexuality


uman sexuality students recently needed a class project idea and so they conducted a scientific study using a green penis shaped sex toy as a microphone at Seminole State College on the Sanford/ Lake Mary campus. The students of Professor Rebecca Padilla’s class decided to ask male students if they named their penis or if they would and what would it be, and they asked female students if they had names for their boyfriend’s penis. For the second part of their project they asked students what their favorite sex position is.

When surveying the students about naming their penises, Mr. Jezak said he was surprised that there were a high number of students giving him such positive responses and specifically female students, but there were still students who gave negative responses as well, in fact more male students gave negative responses to the question and Scan this QR code and watch the videos of student reaction on YouTube. Video by Matthew Jezak

The purpose of the study according to Matthew Jezak, a student at the Sanford/ Lake Mary campus was to: See how comfortable students are with their own sexuality when speaking to people they do not know. See which genders are more comfortable speaking about it than others To attempt to draw certain ties between the data they gather The reason for the green sex toy is to take the power away from the penis and the sex toy itself and to show that the dildo as part of the project was just an object when taken out of its context, Mr. Jezak said. He believes society itself has made sexuality a sort of taboo even though it is used in marketing and other forms of media. Another human sexuality Students react to sex toy microphone when approached by uman sexuality students for a survey on sexuality. Phoprofessor, Deborah Barr said to taken from video footage provided by Matthew Jezak. she believes that society allows the overly sexualized woman to be used in the media but, at the same time, if people speak about the overly the male students that gave negative responses would recoil from the sexualized woman then they are labeled as perverts creating a weird microphone and some would still refused to speak to them. situation for sexuality.

Predators beware:

with a 14-year-old girl in attempt to have sex with her.

By Eric Anderson

Hunting season never ends

During the second incident, a predator showed up with several other men at the 14-year-old girl’s home anticipating she would be alone. Instead of the unknowing victim being there to greet them, law enforcement was there. The men’s motive was not to have sex with the girl but to rob the home.


rolling on the World Wide Web are people preying on young children, not searching for friends. These online predators are on the lookout for young innocent children to lure and capture. Fortunately, members of law enforcement are lurking in the shadows waiting to take aim at the unlawful online predators. Imagine driving to work as a middle-aged man, sitting down at a desk and suddenly, for that day, you get to pretend you are someone else, such as a teenage girl or boy. Posing as someone else is what Investigator William Erwin gets to do on a regular basis, after joining the Sanford Police Department (SPD) in 2000. Investigator Erwin began working the major crimes unit in 2007 and the crimes against children unit in 2011. As SPD’s only Child Crimes Investigator and a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces, Investigator Erwin handles upward of 15 to 20 crimes against children every year. “The most prevalent crime against children is neglect; however we are starting to see a lot of predation (preying) on children over the Internet,” he said. Investigator Erwin said he has seen victims ranging in age from elementary school up to teens, and predators can range from the age of 18 to late 80s. Online predators often find young, vulnerable children, and attempt to lure them into meeting or sending explicit photos of themselves, using blackmail or other things such as promises; the predator will continue until they get what they are looking for. A 15-year-old female recently explained how she became a victim of internet exploitation. “At first, I started chatting with the guys and after they asked for pictures, I decided to send them,” she said, adding that a friend who she once thought was a teen, revealed he was a 25-year-old man. After she refused to send him pictures, the predator told her he would spread her information and lies about her throughout the internet. The victim felt she had no choice but to continue sending him photos. The girl’s mother described the moment she found the illicit photos that her daughter had been sending to adult men and was devastated. “I immediately contacted law enforcement to help me find these sick bastards,” the victim’s mother said.

Investigator Ewin’s advised parents of signs that a child may be in trouble. “If you notice that your child is becoming reclusive with their electronic device then most often they are doing something that they shouldn’t be,” he said. “Talk to your kids and review the devices; do a search of the devices; be a parent. Being a friend is great, but sometimes you have to be a parent and go through the phone; punch through it.” He also recommended to parents of teens who are beginning to look for jobs to always set up a different email address for posts. and never post an address or phone number online. Also, parents should never allow teens to meet with a stranger by themselves, he said. Two women working in children’s advocacy at the Kids House of Seminole are Jennifer Napier. Child Advocate Program Director, and Lourdes Davis, a children’s advocate and counselor at the Kids House, which averages one to two exploitation cases per month.

“Awareness is key. If your child is regressing, if you are seeing grades fall, if parents feel that something isn’t right, there probably isn’t something right.” Lourdes Davis

The hunt for predators is a never-ending process for the members of ICAC. Using proactive measures, law enforcement officers assume the identity of a young child while sitting behind computers. Officials of ICAC and other law enforcement agencies interact with the predator via the Internet, hoping to eventually meet up with them and make an arrest. Meetings between the predator and victim are common occurrences. Investigator Erwin described two incidents in which a truck driver from Georgia traveled to Sanford to meet

The Kids House of Seminole, Mrs. Napier described, is “a one stop shop, a place where a person can receive counseling, medical evaluations and in-patient care.” The most common victim, Mrs. Davis said, was female, ranging in age from 10 to 12 years old. The females are most common victims of trafficking or exploitation such as pornography. “Awareness is key,” Mrs. Davis said. “If your child is regressing, if you are seeing grades fall, if parents feel that something isn’t right, there probably isn’t something right. Parents need to get more involved with their children, get to know their friends, be aware what is going on.” If a parent or friend feels that someone they know is being exploited or abused, report it to law enforcement. Once reported, an advocate will conduct an assessment to figure out the correct course of

action to help the victim. Investigator Erwin, Mrs. Napier and Mrs. Davis all agreed that parents need to monitor their children, be a parent not their friend, and if you find something that isn’t right report it to the proper authorities.


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Please remember the needy this Christmas season. Throw a dollar in a cup or donate a jacket to a homeless shelter. If we all pitch in to help each other it will be a much better world. The last day of the fall semester is December 13. The journalism class will be reminiscing about the past four issues of The Seminole Scribe during our final day pizza party.

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The term “fourth world country” was something Elizabeth Clackler, the assistant director of El Shaddai Children Home, had not heard before until she read about Haiti on the internet. “I’ve always heard of a third world country,” she said, “To me, I always thought that was the poorest of the poor. But when they said Haiti was fourth world I was like ‘Wow’.” In 2010, a massive earthquake displaced many people from their homes in the capital city Port Au Prince and the areas around it. Fortunately, the El Shaddai Children Home, which is located outside of Port Au Prince, had minimal damage, Ms. Clackler said. The cleanup process after the earthquake has been slow. Charlie Higgins, the Pastor of Westview Baptist Church in Sanford, Fla. said he first went to Haiti in 2007 and has taken at least one trip there every year since, sometimes two. He said the condition of Port Au Prince was about the same before the earthquake as it was afterward. “Port Au Prince is a city that was designed for about 50,000 people,” Pastor Higgins said, “But within the confines of Port Au Prince itself today are 6 million people, in a space designed for 50,000, so that gives you an idea of how crowded it is.” Kelly Davidson, a member of Pastor Higgins’s church, has been on two mission trips to Haiti. What bothers her the most, she said, is the lack of clean water, especially in the village where El Shaddai Children Home is located. “The water supply for the village is a nearby dirty river that is brackish and full of mud,” Ms. Davidson said, “I wish they had government regulated water that was safe for everyone to drink.” Overpopulation and dirty water are just two of the problems in Port Au Prince and the surrounding areas.

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“There’s some people who don’t have jobs,” Ms. Clackler said, “Some of the children and the families around here don’t eat for two or three days because they don’t have income.” The people are poor, not only in terms of money and food, she said, but also in terms of medical needs. “If they get sick, most can’t afford to go to a doctor,” Ms. Clackler said, “They can’t afford to buy just a cold medicine or a Tylenol or anything like that.”


“own their plot,” she said, if they stay on it for 5 years. So most of the people moved to the mountain and some “have probably never returned to Port Au Prince,” she said. With the amount of people in Port Au Prince today, Pastor Higgins said, it would be hard to tell that there are less people since the earthquake.

Just by driving down the streets of Port Au Prince, Haiti’s poverty is also evident through the piles of trash, crumbling walls and the debris left over from the earthquake. (Editor’s note: This Seminole Scribe reporter recently toured Haiti on a missions trip for her church.)

“About 500,000 people fled the city. They lost a little over a million people out of the city, either through death, or people just leaving Port Au Prince altogether,” Pastor Higgins said.

Before the earthquake, Pastor Higgins said, Port Au Prince was starting to make some headway by cleaning up and getting organized.

The earthquake also did much damage to the village of Dessource (day-soos), just 45 minutes outside of Port Au Prince where the El Shaddai Children Home is located.

“It started to look like a major metropolitan city,” Pastor Higgins said, “And then the earthquake hit and it set them back about 20 years.” The effects of the earthquake were devastating, according to Ms. Clackler who was not in Haiti at the time of the earthquake but was there within the next week and stayed for three months. She witnessed the effects of the earthquake on the people of Port Au Prince. “Most all the government buildings crashed in Port Au Prince. Thousands of people were killed,” Ms. Clackler said, “This mountain that you see behind El Shaddai, it’s called Canaan. Well, that never existed. The mountain existed, but that village, all those houses, there was nothing there until after the earthquake.” The people who moved to the mountain started building their houses out of any materials they could find, Ms. Clackler said. The government lets the people


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n a place that is considered to some a fourth world country, in a small Haitian village is a safe house for children whose parents were not able to provide for them.



“Just about every house there was destroyed,” Pastor Higgins said, “But the amazing thing is no one was killed.” As a result of the damaged homes, Ms. Clackler said, every person in the village got a new home. The new homes, built by different organizations, were not that big, barely bigger than the porch of the children home, she said. As for the safe house, damage was minimal. “Our home stood. The orphanage stood, we didn’t have any trouble with the home,” she said. Although the house was not damaged those living there at the time did not sleep in the house for three or four months, Ms. Clackler said. “We

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Will’s Pub: Small pub with a big personality


n the outskirts of downtown Orlando located on North Mills Avenue sits Will’s Pub, the perfect joint for live music. You can almost miss the small bar, squeezed between a bookstore and car dealership, but not on nights like Halloween. The bill that night included King Grincewicz and His Grincewicz Tones, Lovely Bad Things, and of course Jacuzzi Boys, who put on a high energy set, complete with crowed surfing.

The pub’s decor oozes grunge and punk, but its ambiance makes for a carefree experience. The place almost seems dirty with scuffed floors and mismatching walls but only adds to its attracting atmosphere. It’s a smoker’s paradise and the retro cigarette vending machine proves it. Pool tables and burning cigarettes reflect the old school joint that Will’s truly is. King Grincewicz and His Grincewicz Tones started off the night dressed in cummerbunds, their sound was completely opposite of their attire, taking classic songs and twisting

would enter the house during the day to get what we needed and go out,” Ms. Clackler said. “Everybody was kind of afraid to be in the house because there were lots of aftershocks. And the aftershocks were really strong, I mean really strong. I mean I’m thinking ‘Wow, if this is just an aftershock, the actual earthquake must have been crazy, crazy.’ It was enough to make your head dizzy. Like after the shaking stops, your head is still spinning.”


them with a punk flare.

Next was Lovely Bad Things, the only band showcasing with a girl singer. They had a catchy indie sound and were entertaining and charming with their harmonizing melodies. Saving the best for last, the Jacuzzi Boys did not disappoint. Into their first song their energy transcended to the crowd and soon followed the notorious mosh pit. Gabriel, who plays guitar and sings, said they recorded their latest self-titled album, Jacuzzi Boys, in Michigan, a creation shortly made in one month.



The Halloween crowd, no doubt, was feeling the Jacuzzi Boys. Will’s Pub is a refreshing alternative from the chaos of nightclubs and bars downtown and a fun place to escape the stress of final exams.

1. Traffic in Port Au Prince 2. Piles of garbage on the streets of Port Au Prince 3. Haitian woman carrying food and other goods through a typical crowded street 4. Houses made of various materials located in Canaan, the mountain people fled to after the 2010 earthquake

5. Kids playing at the El Shaddai Children Home 6. Child having lunch at the El Shaddai Children Home 7. Haitian boy filling up jugs with dirty water from the river outside the village of Dessource

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“We drank every night and we stayed up late,” he said, adding, “It was lot of fun. We tried to make a sexy nighttime record.”

“I always saw them on campus but never knew it was for a cause,” Seminole State student Tiffany Davenport said. “I think it is amazing that they are fundraising for grieving children. I had no problem donating $5 to help the cause.” To learn more about New Hope for Kids, visit the website www.

Left: The Lovely Bad Things’s Lauren Curtis is the band’s lead singer. Right: King Grincewicz and His Grincewicz Tones amped up the Halloween crowd.

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Students on the Sanford/Lake Mary campus designed and applied henna tattoos on Wednesday and Thursday to help raise money for the New Hope for Kids foundation. Photo by Christina Fleming

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Where is the Magic?


o be the Orlando Magic or to be the Orlando Tragic? That is the question.

It feels like it was just a month ago that Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic were getting ready for their second ever NBA Finals matchup against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. With city covered in team memorabilia and Magic fans hyped up for the franchise’s second ever NBA Finals appearance, it was one of the most exciting moments that the city of Orlando has ever endured. That moment was more than four years ago. Since then the Magic’s success has slowly declined from being a playoff contender, to trading away Howard (aka the Dwightmare), firing head coach Stan Van Gundy and hitting rock bottom in the league with the worst record last season (20-62). It’s obvious that the Magic are in a rebuilding mode. Within the last 18 months the franchise has traded away many cornerstone pieces such as Ryan Anderson, Brandon Bass

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up limited roster space. Youth and talent are two of the biggest key components to building a successful NBA franchise. But in order to be at the top in the NBA, teams need superstars on their rosters. Not a superstar, but superstars. During this last NBA Draft, the Magic used the second overall pick to draft Victor Oladipo (University of Indiana). There’s been much hype surrounding the young shooting guard since his final year of college basketball. Many analysts labeled him the best defender coming out of college and predicted him to be the rookie of the year for this upcoming NBA season. ESPN commentator Dick Vitale was at one point so bold to compare Oladipo’s game to a young Michael Jordan. “We want to tap into his effort and his competitiveness from the start,” Jacque Vaughn, Orlando Magic head coach, said in an interview with Magic insider John Denton on “There’s one thing that he can control every night and that’s his competitive nature. I’ll rely on him to set a tone for our guards and I’m going to push him hard. I think he has that capability to answer the call.” Oladipo is clearly a potential ace that the Magic are banking on to lead the franchise back to the playoffs and hopefully become a title contender again. However, this might not be the right time for Orlando to make its return to the postseason.

and fan favorite J.J. Redick. The only two remaining players from the 2009 NBA Finals team are Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu. Since his arrival in Orlando during the summer of 2012, new General Manager Rob Hennigan has made it a priority to rebuild the nucleus of the franchise around young talent. Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris are just some of the young pieces that the Magic acquired during the 2012-13 campaign. “They have some good youthful talent on the team,” Dan Tobin, Orlando Magic season ticket holder, said after the Magic’s home season opener. “As long as they continue to play with 100 percent effort like they did last year, I think we can make it back to the playoffs this year.” The NBA has evolved greatly since its inauguration back in 1946. With only five players allowed on the court from each team and only 12 allowed to dress up for the game, there is little room for teams to sign mediocre talent to take

With the 2013 NBA Draft class being considered rather weak by expert analysts and former players, the main topic of discussion on draft night was not so much of this year’s talent but rather the talent coming out in 2014. Collegiate superstars Andrew Wiggins (University of Kansas), Julius Randle (University of Kentucky) and Jabari Parker (Duke University) are the top three players projected to be taken in this upcoming draft, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford. Considering what LeBron James, Carmello Anthony and Dwyane Wade have managed to accomplish since that draft night back in 2003 (24 All Star appearances, three scoring titles, three NBA Championships), this trio of players is expected to make as much of a splash in the NBA. Top market cities like Los Angeles, New York and Miami have very little problem attracting talented players via free agency. However smaller markets like Utah, Cleveland, and even Orlando are forced to build its rosters from the ground up mainly through the NBA draft. Imagine the impact one of these young players could make if one of them were to be drafted in a city like Orlando. “(Orlando) needs a game changing player,” Minko Kassabov, Orlando Magic fan, said following a home loss to the Dallas Mavericks. “They have some good talent with Vucevic, Harris and Oladipo. But if they were to draft Wiggins or Parker, they’d be set for years to come.” Knowing the depth of talent that exists in this upcoming class, some franchises have already begun to go into tank-

mode. Teams such as the Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards and Sacramento Kings are already deep below the .500 mark, with other franchises such as the Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics expected to join in the fray deeper into the season. While some NBA personnel think it’s a good gamble, others on the collegiate level feel differently about tanking. “As an American, I wouldn’t like to think that an American team would want to lose or create situations where you would want to lose,” Mike Krzyzewski, Duke’s head coach, said in a post-game press conference via ESPN. “I can’t even fathom -I can’t go there. I can’t believe that that would happen. Maybe I’m naïve and I’m going to go read a fairy tale after this.” Leading the Duke Blue Devils to multiple national championships during his tenure and even leading the U.S. basketball team to a gold medal victory in the 2012 Summer Olympics, Coach K is nowhere close to naïve. But in the corrupted corporate society that exists today, it’s not farfetched to believe that teams would purposely lose to gain a higher pick in the draft. That is why, to help prevent tanking, the NBA instituted the Draft Lottery back in 1985. With only the 14 non-playoff teams being eligible for the top three lottery picks, the team with the worst record would have as high as a 25 percent chance of earning a lottery pick with each team following having a slightly decreased chance. So with practically a one out of four chance of obtaining a lottery pick, one would think that Magic fans would be striving for one more mediocre season, right? “I would rather have them get into the playoffs this year,” Nicole Dionne, Orlando Magic fan, said via telephone. “You can’t predict (what will happen) next year, so let’s focus on what we have this season.” Like the daily lottery numbers, it is unclear right now what the Orlando Magic will accomplish this season and what their fan base wants them to accomplish. For many Central Floridians, myself included, the talent in this draft class is too good to pass on. Especially when it appears that Orlando cannot matchup with the reigning champions Miami Heat. Quite frankly, there are very few teams that can withstand the Heat right now. With a below .500 record currently in a weakened Eastern Conference, Orlando is currently on the fence between being a lottery contender and playoff pretender. “If they made the playoffs then that would be awesome. But then again I wouldn’t be disappointed if they didn’t,” Ryan Moran, Orlando Magic fan, said via telephone. The summer of 2014 will be the 10 year anniversary of the night the Magic drafted Dwight Howard number one overall. It will also be the 10 year anniversary of the last time a team with the worst record received the number one overall pick in the draft lottery. The perfect ending to the fairy tale that Coach K referred to would be for Orlando to give it 100 percent this season, barely miss the playoffs and still end up with one of the three lottery picks. To return to the playoffs this season, only to be a first round exit or to miss the playoffs again and hopefully claim a golden lottery ticket? That is indeed the question.

Taking a spin around the Volusia County Fair


By Melissa B. Merkler

he bright lights of the Ferris wheel pressed against the pitch-black night sky could be seen from miles away at the annual Volusia County Fair & Youth Show in DeLand. The smell of funnel cake and kettle corn filled the cool fall night along with screams and laughter.

In addition to the regular menagerie of carnivaltype rides, games and food, the Volusia County Fair is somewhat different because it has a livestock market where animals are sold that have been raised by local residents participating in a 4-H youth program.

The lines were crowded as people waited to board the Crazy Bus, Tilt-a-Whirl and haunted house, just to name a few.

The smell of lingering cow manure hovered over the giant apple ride because there was a makeshift barn housing giant cows that could be viewed for a $1.

Perhaps it was because visitors bringing three canned goods lowered a single adult admission ticket to half price on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 or maybe patrons were at the fair to celebrate Veteran’s Day. Blowing up balloons in the game section, Monique Myburgh, a Cape Town, South Africa native said she travels to the United States once a year to escape the winter at home and is employed from June until November on a work visa. “I enjoy working with Americans,” she said about why she works for the fair. The fair moves every two weeks, which allows Ms. Myburgh to visit the United States while making money to help support her business in Cape Town. “It’s called Sweet Monique,” she said as she pointed to her nametag with “Monique” in bold black letters, which can be found on Facebook.

According to the official fair website, dating back to 1930, the fair has been an annual event to “provide a place for youth to learn and show their livestock products.” Elsewhere, inside the permanent old country store artisan vendors lined the walls with booths of handmade goods. Edna Jones, member of the Gem & Mineral Club of DeLand, and co-owner of Gemstone & Rock Cabochons said she has been participating in the Volusia County Fair for more than three years. Along with her husband “Rocky” they started out polishing stones that evolved into wire wrap and beaded jewelry that they now sell at local shows. Some of the proceeds of the jewelry sale go toward an annual scholarship to attend classes at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Young Harris, Ga. Lapidary is the art of carving and forming gemstones or minerals into jewelry or other adornments.

“I just bought a slushy machine,” Ms. Myburgh said with a smile. The shop also sells ice cream, waffle sticks and custom cakes. Monique Myburgh high-fives a winner at the Volusia County Fair. Photo by Melissa B. Merkler.

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Add some “Cex” to this season’s wardrobe Painting a


By Leyla Rad

ith the fall semester coming to an end and winter break creeping up, it’s time for Seminole State College students to change up their wardrobes and prepare for the colder weather that slowly but surely is approaching. And what better way to do so than buy affordable and local clothing? “Cex,” a clothing company, inspired by the last name of the three local owners, has been gaining popularity since it started a few months ago. The main point of creating Cex was to bring a sense of fashion and style to Lake Mary. The idea was thrown around in high school but was never taken seriously until Cex makers finally decided, “Let’s f***ing do it!” Cex is currently going through the legal processes to secure their name.

Carla Exclusa is considered the designer of the clothing, Corrine Camacho, a Seminole State student, is seen to be the creator of the logos and Keyla Exclusa is the behind the scenes aspect of setting everything up and she even models some of the clothing herself. Cex makes and sells its own urban street style clothing “made for everyone.” Right now, it’s only sold online but the girls are looking to expand. “We have connections in California, New York and we’d even like to move it to other states as well,” Carla said. However, Cex makers wanted to make clear that the clothes aren’t only for girls. “It will be unisex,” Keyla said. “This will expand, this is just the beginning.” The clothing is good quality for an affordable price. “If we’re not going to wear it, we won’t put it out,” Ms. Camacho said in regard to the new winter styles coming out sometime in December. Not only does Cex have clothing but it also specializes in making their own jewelry. After taking bits and pieces of random chains, clasps, and other small jewelry pieces, a stylish and “edgy” piece of jewelry is created. “There’s so much fashion everywhere else, but it’s just missing here,” Keyla said of her hometown Lake Mary. “Instead of leaving, we want to bring it here. Let’s make people fly!” Find out what else Cex has to offer with a free app called Poshmart and search “cex3” or email the makers at

Cex jewelry. Photo by Corrine Camacho

Keyla Exclusa modeling Cex’s own design of high waisted shorts. Photo by Corrine Camacho

Seminole State student Kiana Cruz wearing Cex jewelry. Photo by Keyla Exclusa

picture-perfect life By Melissa B. Merkler


alifornia native and Seminole State College student Natasha Radovicz Schaidt can usually be found with a paintbrush in her hand or dumpster diving digging for trash that can be transformed into new treasures. Creating recycled, re-purposed and upcycled art is part of her life. “We sand it, paint and sell it like new,” she said, referring to the stuff she and her boyfriend collect from a menagerie of places. The “trashy” gems Ms. Schaidt’s creates are for sale in well-known places such as Thornton Park, Baldwin Park and Renniger’s Promotions in Mount Dora where she has a small space. Also, a large commissioned piece is now on display in the showroom at the Audi North Orlando dealership in Sanford.

my life,” she said. “I knew I loved art,” Ms. Schaidt added referring to a piece of art that was selected for a student art show. She said it was a sign. “My dad always said ‘Be realistic. You need to get a business degree,’ ’’ Ms. Schaidt said. “But now he is waking up, which is nice.” Plus, she is starting to make money from selling her art. She re-purpose garbage, junk and other discarded items such as small metal pieces collected from a machine shop floor. The outcome was a 4-by-3 feet heart that sold for $250.

Natasha Radovicz e titled: Schaidt with a piec “Patience.”

“Just trash and I sold it,” she exclaimed about her favorite piece of upcycled artwork.

When Ms. Schaidt is not at school, studying or designing a Natasha’s space in Mount Dora. new painting, she works at the family’s antique shop, “House of Bentley.” There, Ms. Schaidt is a lampshade apprentice working under her mother learning how to duplicate Besides handmade showing Victoriane the us ca be ,” an at local art style ig ich Titled , “Sorry M g the rin du f of t festivals, lampshades cu s wa top of Michigan county e al -sc to Ms. Schaidt made of cloth dte in pa creation of this . recently and intricate es at St d map of the Unite had her first bead work. solo art show at NV Art Bar in downtown Orlando. “My mom says I have to be ‘a jack of all trades’ and ‘versatile,’ ” she said, adding that “They approached me,” she said about the she hopes to continue at Stetson University curators of the bar. next year after a summer in Brazil visiting her grandmother in Brazil. And, two weeks into the month-long exhibit, she “already sold six pieces,” she said. “Some people might tell you to be realistic,” Ms. Schaidt said. “What is the reality you Art wasn’t Ms. Schaidt’s first choice when want to build for yourself? she decided to enroll at Seminole State. In the beginning, she was a psychology major. She offered advice to aspiring art students: However, one art class, “completely changed “Don’t lose hope and just keeping going.”

Dorli’s story:

A child thrown away

By Carissa May

Dorli in her school uniform earlier this fall. Carissa May photo

“My favorite story of the children is the story of Dorli. When they first got Dorli she was 3-years-old. She had been left on the side of the road to die. And somebody found her. She was extremely malnourished: her stomach was bloated from malnourishment, and they brought her to Marie and they prayed her through a very difficult time. They nursed her back to health, bottlefed her, did whatever it took to get her through that time and back into health. Dorli wrote a song a couple years ago and has sung it in church. I can’t give it to you in Creole, but here is the basic premise in English: ‘The world hates me and wanted to throw me away. But my God loves me. And He will never leave me.’ When I first met Dorli, they had only had her for about a year. That was 7 years ago; that would make her now 11. They have a post that the children stand beside when they get in trouble. Most other kids would go and stick out their lip and pout. Not Dorli. You can’t steal the girl’s joy. She knows that she’s God’s child; she knows that He loves her, and she’ll go stand by the post and she’ll laugh and she’ll sing and she’ll dance. You can’t steal her joy. She is just a wonder to be around. She is my favorite story because literally the world had thrown her away and left her beside the road to die.” Pastor Charlie Higgins


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