The Seminole Scribe
Issue No. 2
Seminole State College of Florida
October 4, 2012
Frightening Fun: Don’t give your finances a scare this Halloween season By Ashley Crooke Many guests flock to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights every Halloween for a frightening night of creatures ready and willing to scare anyone who dares to enter the park. But for college students, finding a ride to the theme park and extra money for the ticket may be difficult. That’s where A Petrified Forest, a less expensive but equally as thrilling alternative, comes in.
A Petrified Forest, located on State Road 436 in Altamonte Springs, Fla., is a 85,000-sq. foot haunted scare path through woods filled with ghoulish creatures hiding around every corner. Along with the maze, A Petrified Forest is open to visitors for backstage tours, laser tag, a 3-D mini-golf course and live music by local bands, as well. The event, now in its fifth year, is put on by friends
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Celebrate Hispanic Awareness Day on the Altamonte Springs campus – Oct. 16, 2012 from 12 to 2 p.m. outside the grassy area by the main entrance.
Hispanic Heritage Month A difference of opinions By Ashley Vazquez Without National Hispanic Heritage month, which started Sept. 15 and ends Oct. 15, students like Kaly Carpenter would not know much about Hispanic culture, food and famous contributions to the world. The Hispanic Student Association (HSA) at Seminole State celebrated by hosting food events on the last week of September and selling different Latin American dishes.
‘Take the bull by the horns and ride it’:
Tuesday Voices offers freedom of expression By Sabira Mawji
After scanning the room to see if anyone was about to approach the tall wooden podium, Stephanie Rowe, a Seminole State student, said she decided to take the bull by the horns and ride out her fear of stage fright beginning with the first line of her poem, Cliff’s Edge: “You push me off the edge only to pull me back again” she said to the
Once a month, Seminole State hosts Tuesday Voices, a free poetry event inside the student center on the Sanford Lake Mary campus. In September, the multi-purpose room overflowed with poets and listeners of all ages. Whispers took over the room as poets practiced reciting their work without feeling judged when munching on the provided cookies and sipping steamy coffee. Continuing its legend on the Seminole State campus for almost 30 years, English professor Webb Harris said he has been hosting for about 10 years. “Tuesday Voices is an open microphone poetry that is Continued on page 2
“They should do this more often,” Ms. Carpenter said during last week’s celebration in the Student Center. During September, Hispanics celebrate the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile. Also, in October, Hispanics celebrate Día de la Raza, or Columbus Day. National Hispanic Heritage month began in 1968 with President Lyndon B. Johnson
and was passed into law on Aug. 17, 1988. At Seminole State College, Nelson Pagán Díaz, club adviser since 2001, said the HSA celebrates National Hispanic Heritage month every year. “The club has different activities like food sales and movies,” Mr. Diaz said. “Different activities on and off campus, as well.” For Gaby Rivera, VicePresident of the HSA, the celebration is about bringing different cultures together as one. “We become one big family,” she said, “and it’s good for everybody. You don’t even have to necessarily have to be Hispanic just to be part of the club and learn about the different cultures. That’s what makes this club more exciting because you don’t have to be Hispanic. You just enjoy it.” On Thursday, HSA sold coconut and cheese flavored
flan, a traditional Hispanic dessert, for fifty cents each and students like Sterling Dranetz said he enjoyed the dessert. “I think it’s really cool that they are selling flan, which is a nice cultural dish,” Mr. Dranetz said. “I think it’s really good to kind of share the culture with everybody.” Yet, some Hispanics celebrate being Hispanic every day. “Honestly, I have nothing against people who celebrate Hispanic Heritage month,” Seminole State Latin American Humanities Professor Marisabel Irizarry said, “but, I don’t celebrate it because I’m Hispanic every day and I don’t need a special month for me to celebrate being Hispanic.” For more information, visit hispanicheritagemonth.gov or one of the Hispanic Student Association meetings on the Sanford/Lake Mary campus on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in room C-110.
Murdered by Makeup? Cruelty-free makes cents By Taryn Martin College students can have a great impact on the perhaps outdated practice of cosmetics testing on animals. If college students stopped buying makeup that is being tested on animals, perhaps the companies continuing to test makeup on animals will be forced to change their policies and become cruelty free. “I simply don’t see a need to cause suffering to another living creature when it can e.l.f.. makeup display at Oviedo Target/staff photo
be avoided,” Tashina Combs, a vegan beauty and lifestyle blogger, said. Since the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require cosmetics be tested on animals, companies become cruelty-free, meaning that neither the finished product nor any of its ingredients were tested on animals, Ms. Combs said. And, by avoiding makeup testing on animals, cosmetics companies could Continued on page 2