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Black Friday: Small Business Prospective Holiday Dessert Recipe From Gainesville to New York CaribSA Fashion Talent Show Club Creole Gala

Strong Survivor Shining Light On Veterans

Blazers and the Arts Must-see Films

The Hard Life Dos and Don’ts of Gift Giving MacBook Takeover Got Sleep? The Season’s Hottest Trends Sugar Rush Holiday DIY Facebook Official

Zion Buzz

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As young writers for Zion Magazine, we make it our goal to find stories that our readers can relate to-- ones that allow them to examine and reflect on similar situations in their lives. This issue of Zion embraces the holiday season, capturing a time when many people are reminded of the things they are most thankful for.

Letter from the Editor

Personally, I’m thankful for the Zion staff that has put a tremendous amount of work into these first two issues. The move from an annual to a monthly publication seemed farfetched, but we made it happen. I also appreciate all of the people we’ve interviewed. It’s such an honor being allowed and trusted to explore a small piece of their lives. And I cannot forget our readers who encourage us to constantly pursue these stories. Without all of you, this wouldn’t have been possible. I hope this issue gets you in the holiday spirit and reminds you of all the things you should be thankful for. Enjoy! Vonecia Carswell Editor-in-Chief

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Black Friday: Small Business Prospective Article and design by Meghan Pryce Shortly after, Davis took it a step further and Small businesses typically wait until Small Business Saturday to attract customers, but Tonya’s opened up the boutique. Now Davis doesn’t just sell jewelry, but she Jewelry & Accessories Boutique opened bright and also sells handbags, shoes, apparel and baby items. early on Black Friday to offer a special sale. Davis said the items in her store are all Tonya Davis, 37, owner of Tonya’s Boutique, reasonably priced and affordable, especially for college opened her store at 8 a.m., two hours earlier than the regular opening. students. Davis and her family opened and decorated Davis’ customers didn’t have to leave their the boutique themselves. It’s decorated with pink homes at 9 p.m. and wait in line to get the best deals. walls, an ivory colored carpet and champagne colored The boutique advertised free giveaways all day long. Customers who spent $20 “I feel like God blessed us with this accents. The walls and multiple received $5 in Boutique Bucks. If business, and I’m always ready and pieces of furniture are glittered. they spent $50, they received $10 in willing to help bless other people.” Directly above the checkout desk is a chandler similar to the one Boutique Bucks, and if they spent -Tonya Davis, owner of Tonya’s featured on Davis’ business card and $100, they received $20 in Boutique Boutique logo. Bucks. “There was lots of glitter everywhere, lots of Some small businesses don’t do very well on painting and a lot of Pinterest ideas that we tried and Black Friday, but that wasn’t the case with Tonya’s turned out great,” she said. boutique. Davis said the boutique is a family business. “It turned out wonderful,” Davis said. “We had Her husband, Brad Davis, 42, left 12 years of law a very good turnout.” enforcement to help Tonya fulfill her dream of having Davis had a good amount of customers for the the boutique. Their daughter, Sierra Davis, 17, keeps in-store sale. Davis also received online orders from up with her schoolwork, models and works at the her Facebook page. family business. “I thought it was going to be a little slow online “I always have help from one or the other,” she due to people out and about shopping, but it was just said. “They are always ready and willing to help me. as successful online as it was in store,” she said. “I It’s great.” would definitely do it again.” Along with her dream of owning a boutique, Two and a half years ago, Davis decided to she also has altruistic dreams. turn her hobby into a business. She started out making “I’ve always had a dream to be able to help bottle cap jewelry and then moved on to beading people and bless people with the same blessings that I jewelry. feel like I’ve been blessed with,” she said. Davis decided to turn it into a small business Currently Davis is working on doing a toy when her daughter’s friends took an interest in her drive for Christmas with St. Francis House. jewelry. Davis sold her jewelry for wholesale to Davis said any customer that brings in a new different stores across the country and ended up unwrapped toy will receive $5 off of any purchase. getting her jewelry into 26 stores. Then, Davis decided “I feel like God blessed us with this business, to start her own Facebook page. and I’m always ready and willing to help bless other “That just went crazy. It was amazing,” she said. people,” Davis said. “It just grew from there.” Davis participated in online jewelry auctions to drive online traffic to her Facebook page.


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Chocolate Sensation:

Bucket of M&Ms and Kit Kat Cake

What You Need:

Rubber spatula Two 8-inch baking pans A box of cake mix Chocolate icing 4 King Size Kit Kat bars Family size bag of M&Ms A colored ribbon (optional)

Photos and recipe by Glenn Norman Design by Tatila Brock

Prep it.

Bake it.

Ice it.

Decorate and enjoy it.



When most people think of New York, they usually think of the bright lights and the big city. I have dreamed of embarking on a Big Apple adventure for as long as I can remember. Riding on the Brooklyn Bridge, scaling the Empire State Building and watching a Broadway play were all of the touristy destinations that were on my to-do list. But, expectations changed, and my ideal New York trip took a different path... Article and photos by by Lola Glanton Design by Vonecia Carswell


On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy took landfall and inflicted massive devastation upon the east coast. Winds of about 80 mph swept through Staten Island and surrounding areas that caused immediate flooding. This mammoth of a storm destroyed homes, left millions without power and created a death toll of almost 100 people. This storm was a beast that damaged any and everything in its path.

A family’s canoes were filled with mud during the storm.

Two and a half weeks after Hurricane Sandy dissipated, I was invited to take a trip up to the east coast and assist in cleaning up Staten Island. Of course I was elated to finally be taking my first trip to New York, but knowing that I wouldn’t be roaming Time Square and watching a Broadway play as a tourist was somewhat of a damper. After an 18-hour bus ride, we finally arrived in Staten Island. The neighborhood we were assigned to was called Rockaway, and it was one of the areas that was hit the hardest. Rolling into Rockaway was breathtaking. We rode past a dump that was filled with piles upon piles of trash. The residents of Rockaway were instantly filled with joy to see that a charter bus filled with students came all the way from Florida to assist them in there time of need. Initially, my group was assigned to a home that suffered an immense amount of internal and external flooding. The first floor of this home was completely demolished and the conditions made the home unlivable. Seeing signs within this subdivision that noted that these people were not allowed to live in their own homes was heart wrenching. Not only did the floors within this house have to be removed, but their entire outdoor patio had to be taken apart. As I hammered their beautiful patio away, I noticed that this family owned a pretty decent collection of aquatic goods. Not to mention their surfboard that had been lodged on top of the fence that surrounded their home. The waves actually possessed the strength to take this family’s surfboard and wedge it on top of their fence! In the process of lifting up wooden planks, I managed to find a seashell. Not sure if it was something sentimental to the homeowners, but I made sure to place it aside. When the time presented itself, I would give the homeowners this aquatic jewel; it was so beautiful that it had to belong to them. When the homeowner had a free moment, I slipped away and conversed with him about the seashell I located under his diminishing patio. He informed me that their home was approximately two miles away from the beach and the beach had waves that brought seashells to his backyard. Those waves contributed to the heavy flooding that all of the Rockaway residents faced.

A woman’s shoe was washed out of her home onto the streets of the Rockaway neighborhood.

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has ever seen. But, many of the Rockaway residents say that it was more of a flood and the only thing that resembled a storm were the clouds in the sky. One resident said the flooding was so bad during the first day of the storm that he could actually watch the water swiftly rise from the front window of his home. He said the flooding took place so fast that all he could think to do was take a multitude of towels and finely fold them into the slim creases of his front door. It took all the strength he had, but it got the job done. His home was one of the few in Rockaway that didn’t suffer interior flooding. Another resident who was a husband and father of two little children needed my assistance in removing the walls and instillation within his home. The storm that fizzled out almost three weeks prior to my arrival had left this family’s home with walls that were internally soaked. The water damage was so severe that my group mates and I were able to tear down the walls of this man’s home with our bare hands.

Even though the holiday season is vastly approaching, many of the residents that were affected by Hurricane Sandy remain in good spirits because they realize that they are fortunate enough to still be alive. The things that were damaged were also things that can be replaced. Watching a family lose all of what they spent so much of their lives working for does not fall under the tab of the experience I expected to have on my first trip to New York. But, the joy that came with being able to be of assistance to these families and bring smiles to their faces gave me an emotional high that words can’t even explain. Helping the families within the Rockaway residence changed my life and opened my eyes to how one moment can literally change your life, as you know it. This will be a Big Apple adventure that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Even though the holiday season is quickly approaching, many of the residents that were affected by Hurricane Sandy remain in good spirits because they realize that they are fortunate enough to still be alive.

ZION 8 The entire interior of a family’s home suffered water damage.

This is one of the piles of wood that we removed from a resident’s backyard. We had to assist in taking down their outside deck, and this is what was left behind.

This is me ripping down waterdamaged walls within a resident’s home.

This is a junk yard in Staten Island that was filled with residue from the storm.




Fashion Talent Showcase Article by Ashleigh Hicks Design by Tatila Brock


Chantelle Lewis, 21, (in black and white) and Natalie Kong, 21, (in all orange) performed in the carnival scene of the 2012 CaribSA Fashion Talent Show.

CaribSA, the University of Florida’s Caribbean Student Association, will be hosting its 10th annual fashion show on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Reitz union’s Rion Ballroom. “It will be a display of Caribbean culture to the Gainesville community,” said Carnival Scene director and dancer Natalie Kong. The show will include some of the latest fashions in five scenes: Evening, Club, Casual, Swimwear and Carnival. Each scene will have a category in which islands of the Caribbean will be celebrated for excellence in particular areas. “We’re highlighting specific things about the islands,” said Program Director Gerthy Eugene. It will also double as a talent showcase. Dance troupes from UF and University of Miami as well as three singers will compete. Traditionally, the show attracts crowds in the hundreds. This year the staff is preparing for about 900 attendees. “I am looking forward to a lot of people coming out and showcasing our culture. I hope they will enjoy the show,” said dancer Myesha Suckra. The event will be promoted through social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter. CaribSA will also be setting up a table on Turlington Plaza. A major goal of the event is for the audience to walk away with a greater knowledge of Caribbean culture. “We’re divided by water but united in culture, and that’s what’s important,” said Eugene. ZION 10

Club Creole Gala

Article by Nathalie Dortonne Design by Vonecia Carswell Club Creole, which was founded at UF more than 25 years ago, gives students the opportunity to experience the rich culture of Haiti from traditional Kompa dances to delectable Haitian cuisine. On January 25, they will host the Club Creole Gala, an annual philanthropic event that raises awareness and funds for Haiti. The formal affair is the biggest production put on during Club Creole’s Spring Week, and it features various acts, performances and a guest speaker who’s significant to the Haitian culture. The guest speaker remains a surprise but is sure to follow previous galas in their significance. Ayiti: Land of Fire, Land of Freedom, the theme of the 2012 gala, took its guests to the root and history of the first black independent nation with performances by Tallahassee’s Haitian Culture Club Dance Troupe and guest speaker Herve Fanini-Lemoine, a published author whose work includes Haitian history and culture. In 2011, Andre Pierre, the mayor of City of North Miami, was the guest speaker. The proceeds raised from the gala will go to Project Haiti, a medical mission trip whose team provides free healthcare to the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Gala directors Cassandre Rene, a family, youth and community science senior, and Geraldine Fleurimond, a health science senior, said the vision of this year’s gala is to fast forward a century or two from the previous year’s theme, which focused on Haiti’s independence in 1804. The goal is to focus on uplifting the perception of the country by displaying significant elements of the country through spoken word, acting, dancing and décor. “People should make it an effort to attend gala because it is an opportunity for those who are unfamiliar with the culture to have a taste of what the Haitian

culture and the country itself entails,” Rene said. “It is also a chance for people to contribute to those living in Haiti who lack the medical and pharmaceutical resources that they desperately need.” Last year, Project Haiti held a painting auction to raise funds. Jerry Prevalus, a 19-year-old anthropology student and academic director of Club Creole, was one of the highest bidders at the painting auction. His $250 bid won him a hand-made painting, which portrayed a village of Haiti, for his mom. “I wanted to give my mom something unique and donate money towards a good cause,” Prevalus said, smiling. “I will be performing with CC Dance Troupe. It’s going to be really fancy.” For those of the Haitian descent, the gala is a night full of elements pertinent to the culture that will make them feel right at home. Fleurimond said they’re excited for the gala this year because it allows them to present the fun and excitement that comes along with being Haitian. “You can’t help but be anxious,” she said. Besides anticipating wearing their best dancing shoes, guests should also prepare to indulge themselves in a Caribbean inspired full-course meal catered by the respective hotel. “It’s just a wonderful opportunity to display our love and enthusiasm for Haiti so people can see that it’s more than just the turmoil that the media promotes,” Rene said. “L’union Fait la Force,” which translates into strength through unity, embodies how the gala creates unity and a sense of support among the Haitian community because fellow Haitian Student Organizations in the state of Florida attend and support Gala. ZION 11

Strong SURVIVO Article and design by Shaneece Dixon Photos by Rohan Cornwall

As we prepare for final exams and make plans to see our loved ones for the holidays, it is easy to get CAUGHT UP with checking things off of our to-do lists instead of remembering the important things that make our lives much more MEANINGFUL. After meeting Andrew Reid, I was reminded of what it is that I am thankful for.




Reid, 23, graduated from the University of Florida in Spring 2012 with a B.S. in Advertising. He currently works for Studio 601, a production company in Gainesville and plans to attend graduate school to study film. Though he has had many successes in life, perhaps his biggest conquest yet is overcoming his paralysis. A year before he would graduate from UF, Reid was in Cancun, Mexico for Spring Break when he experienced excruciating pain in his back. A man of nearly perfect health, Reid knew something was wrong. After collapsing at the resort he was staying in, he was immediately hospitalized. The pain came from a spinal cord injury that was triggered from a malformed blood vessel that was present from birth. Despite going into immediate surgery, doctors told him that he would never walk again. But ever determined, Reid sought a second opinion when he went back home in Gainesville. His doctor that there was a chance that he would walk again, but he would have to go through rigorous physical therapy. Now a year after the experience, Reid is able to stand and walk on his own. Though he uses a cane to support himself, he is ever more appreciative of his life and the people in it that have helped him stay motivated. ZION: Take us to that day when you had your injury. What were you thinking about? AR: I was on Spring Break last year—last March—and we were vacationing in Cancun, Mexico. I thought it was going to be an awesome trip, and it was up until the last day. On the last day, literally, we had gone out, had an amazing night and I came home at about five in the morning. We were leaving that Saturday, March 12, to head home back to America. I woke up about two hours after going to sleep and I knew something wasn’t right because I just went out. I should be tired but I’m here, waking up. ZION: What did you do next? AR: So I tried calming myself down. I feel this pain in my back and I can’t explain what it is. And I’m like, ‘calm down.’ I’m thinking it was a muscle spasm because my back feels real tight so I started stretching it. Pain’s still there and I start to freak out and the worst thing I could do right now is freak out so I tried to calm myself down. I went to link up with my friends and they were already getting breakfast. And as soon as I sat down to meet them, literally it was like a bomb went off in my back and I just felt this huge ‘pop’ and the pain came back. I mean a hundred-fold, and it was just unbearable. I started sweating. I couldn’t breathe. My friends were freaking out, like ‘we need to go to the doctor in the resort,’ because we were staying at a resort. So as we were looking for the doctor, literally, a laser—I just feel a sensation in the muscle movement in my legs just from my feet all the up to my chest. Just gone. At this point, I can’t breathe. Every time I try to take a breath, it’s like daggers stabbing me in the heart. And they take me to the hospital, ZION 14 into the emergency room. They give me morphine but the

“I have an amazing respect for being disabled and people I see. I don’t really pity them or anything like that. I just say, ‘You know, I respect that person because they’re overcoming the obstacles that they’ve been given in life.”

pain is still abundant. And after a while, they realize that this isn’t a nutrient issue. This is something to do with your nerves. It’s a spinal cord injury. ZION: Wow. So what did the doctors end up telling you? AR: I have a malformation in my blood vessel. It’s called an AV malformation and pretty much, this is like a normal blood vessel, except instead of it going straight, it has little tree branches growing off of it. And that’s the malformation. You shouldn’t have them. You can have these malformations from birth and not know that you have them. The worst spots are your brain, which set triggers for stroke—in my case, the spine, which triggered my paralysis. They told me that we needed to have immediate surgery done in Mexico or you’d be paralyzed for sure or you’d die. But it went successful and the doctor couldn’t tell me if I’d ever walk again. That’s when I realized that I’m paralyzed. I have no control of my stomach. I have no control of my legs. I have not a thing, just my arms and head. Zion: I know you must have had those moments where you felt discouraged and wanted to give up. What advice would you give to those individuals that are feeling really stressed out during this time of year? AR: You’re going to have those moments where you feel like you’re going to quit. You know, it happens all the time. But I think the thing that matters most is just to embrace [those moments], kind of, and say “Alright, I’ve had my ‘pity-myself-time.’ Time to get back on the grind. Zion: How did your experience change your perception of people who are disabled? AR: I have an amazing respect for being disabled and people I see. I don’t really pity them or anything like that. I just say, ‘You know, I respect that person because they’re overcoming the obstacles that they’ve been given in life.’ Zion: So what your plans now that you’ve graduated from UF? AR: I’m going out to grad school to major in film, which I started pursuing after I was paralyzed. I made a video about my recovery, created my own website and it’s posted on there. And since then, I’ve been in love with film and I’ve been working on several projects. And I hopefully plan to go to grad school and learn about everything I need to learn about them. And hopefully ZION 15I’ll start making movies.

Shining light on

black men and women who served our country Article, photos and design by Tatila Brock

She anxiously waited to receive her award while singing the national anthem and waving the hand-held red, white and blue American flag. Staff Sgt. Sharon Norman, a 56-year-old Augusta, Ga. resident, served 15 years in the U.S. Army and was honored for it for the first time by the city’s NAACP branch on Nov. 10. “I really enjoyed my time in the military,” Norman said. “It was one of the biggest, most greatest, experiences besides having my son.” After being impressed with what her high school recruiter had to say about the military and being offered the opportunity to travel the world for the first time, she joined the military fresh out of high school in 1972. “I came from a large family, and there was no way I could afford to travel,” she said. “I think that was my best way to go if I wanted to experience a little bit of the world.” In 1987, she was ready for something new and retired from the military as a Staff Sgt. Before being presented her award by Charles Smith, the NAACP’s president, the achievements it took for her to receive the military title were read aloud to the crowd of about 100 people. Norman was one out of the 16 veterans who were all honored for their military service by the Augusta Branch’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The association invited the veterans and their family and friends to watch the honorees receive their awards and eat a chicken dinner. Norman’s son, Glenn Norman, 24, drove from Jacksonville, Fla. to see his mom get her award. “I wanted to support her and her achievements,” he said, “I was proud of her.” Mrs. Norman’s niece, nephew and a couple of her friends from work also came. ZION 16

The Augusta veterans weren’t the only ones who were acknowledged for their service. The branch and attendees also did a special salute to the Tuskegee Airmen and showed a documentary of their historic services. The video showed the first African-American pilots fighting the enemy from the air during World War II. After seeing the documentary, guests were able to mingle, take pictures and have autographs signed by one of the Tuskegee Airman, Lt. Col. Alfonzo Jackson, who was a Navy aviator for 22 years. “I travel around now, trying to encourage young people to aim for the top,” Jackson said. “It was an honor and a privilege to meet one of the Tuskegee Airman,” Mrs. Norman said. “I was so proud just to be there.” Although she didn’t think she would enjoy the ceremony, she said she did because her family was there and she got to meet at a lot of great people. But the most memorable part was receiving the award, which she dedicated to men and women fighting in the military now. “I accepted the award for the people that are fighting for me right now,” said Mrs. Norman. “That’s what made the award so special.”

4 ways veterans celebrate the holidays overseas 2

1 Senior Airman Donte Hatcher worked this Thanksgiving in Afghanistan, but he ate American food, hamburgers and French fries.

Staff Sgt. Sharon Norman put up a Christmas tree and had cookies set out for Santa when her family was stationed in Japan.



Jonathan Bryant, retired chief warrant officer three, exchanged gifts and had BBQs with his fellow servicemen. “In Bosnia, I pastored a church,” Bryant said. “I didn’t have my mind on my family as much.”

Matthew Chavis, retired chief petty officer, hung up Christmas lights throughout their Navy ship with his crew members.


Blazers and the Arts Article, photos and design by Vonecia Carswell About 120 people dressed in cosmopolitan attire sat around candle-lit tables draped in black cloth. They were earlier greeted with smiles at the doors of the University of Florida’s Reitz Union Rion Ballroom by young men dressed in black pants and green blazers. These men are members of Progressive Black Men, Inc. The group, whose mission is to reconstruct and redefine the image of the black male through volunteer work, humanitarian aid and community service, were hosting their second annual Blazers and the Arts event. Nov. 15 was a classy night filled with awe as students from all throughout the University of Florida took center stage and showcased their talents. “Every student is not able to showcase their talents,” said PBM president Julius Ervin, a UF junior. “This event allows them to come out to give us a sweet taste and a soulful night.” Rising artists and students who simply had talent performed various acts such as poetry, song and dance. Each act was announced by PBM parliamentarian Tavarus Green and brotherhood chair Tyre Morrison, who interacted with the audience and kept the event thriving. Ervin was very pleased with the event. He said his favorite act was from Aldrin Pineda, who was described as a one-man band. In the next ten years, Pineda said he’d like to see himself as the first Asian Beiber. “I gotta dream big,” he said. The event, co-sponsored by the SingerSongwriter Society and SISTUHS, Inc., made news all across campus and would leave many students thinking about the talents that make them unique. “Of course I’m going to have to give my [brothers] a 10,” Ervin said. “But next year, hopefully it’s better.” To hear the interview from PBM president Julius Ervin, visit:


Artist Spotlight

Singing since this age of 9, Kendall Louise, a 20-year-old anthropology sophomore, opened the event with “Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin. “It’s always nerve-wrecking to set the bar, but it was an honor,” she said. Louise is the treasurer of the Singer-Songwriter Society, who cosponsored Blazers and the Arts. To check out her work, visit:



s a e S y a d i l o H s This m l i F e e s t s u M

Article by Courtney Coleman Design by Tatila Brock

If you’re ever feeling a bit stressed from all the holiday shopping or just want to have a good time at the theaters, wind down with a few of these flicks coming out soon.

“Playing for Keeps” (opens December 7)-starring Gerard Butler (“P.S. I Love You”, “The Ugly Truth”), Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Butler leads in yet another cute romantic comedy, as a former professional soccer player who ends up back at home as a boys’ soccer coach, trying to connect with his son and ex-wife (Biel) along the way.

“A Haunted House” (opens January 11)-starring Marlon Wayans (“Scary Movie” trilogy) and Essence Atkins. Resembling all the parody films before it, this one in particular takes a humorous approach to horror films, especially mocking the “Paranormal Activity” franchise. In this movie, a husband and wife (Wayans and Atkins) move into an obviously haunted house. If it is anything like the “Scary Movie” films, Wayans and the rest of the cast are sure to bring a few laughs.

“This is 40” (opens December 21)-starring Paul Rudd (“Knocked Up”) and Leslie Mann (“Knocked Up”). Deemed the “sort of sequel to ‘Knocked Up’”, this raunchy film catches up with the hilariously dysfunctional family from the original film starring Seth Rogen, but this time, the husband and wife duo are dealing with issues that come with getting older. Always unfiltered and witty, this is no doubt another classic comedy under director Judd Apatow’s belt.


“Les Miserables” (opens Christmas Day)-starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe Amanda Seyfried. This long-awaited film version of the classic musical based on the Victor Hugo novel also features an all-star cast. Even if you’ve never seen the musical or read the novel, the spectacular performances by the cast (Hathaway’s scenes are simply stunning) alone will draw you in. Add in the big-screen adaptations of the internationally recognized musical numbers “I Dreamed a Dream” and “On My Own,” and it will be difficult to contend with “Les Mis” for Best Picture gold.

“Django Unchained” (opens December 25)-starring Jamie Foxx (“Ray”), Kerry Washington (“Ray”, “Scandal”), Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel Jackson, Christoph Waltz. Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington team up again in what looks to be one of the best films of the year, and Foxx’s chance for double Oscar gold. Directed by Quentin Tarantino, this film tells the story of rebellion and revenge like never before. Django (Foxx) is a slave who, with the help of bounty hunter Dr. Schultz (Waltz), escapes and sets out to find his wife, Broomhilda (Washington), who has been sold to rich plantation owner named Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), becoming a bounty hunter himself in the process. The chilling scenes that have become common to the period of slavery are there, but even more present in this film are the scenes of smart, western-like revenge killing done by Django. This is the ultimate tale of a man whodoesn’t wait for his freedom, but takes it in his own hands, killing all of his oppressors along the way. Though this is a rebel story, there is also a beautiful love story wrapped in there with Django doing everything he can to get his wife back. “I’d never seen a film about two people, in a time when the Constitution says they’re not human beings, who commit to their own humanity and their love for each other,” Kerry Washington told Essence magazine in their December issue. With a controversial yet brilliant screenplay, also by Tarantino, this film is a perfect way to end the year, sure to leave audiences everywhere talking about the performances. “The Guilt Trip” (opens December 19)-starring Seth Rogen (“Superbad”, “Knocked Up”) and Barbara Streisand. In this funny picture, a son (Rogen) decides to take his affectionate mother, played by Barbara Streisand, along for a cross country ride after realizing she was lonely. ZION 21



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Comic by Dominick Bedasse Design by Vonecia Carswell


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ave you found yourself staring at a list of your friends, cautiously rating them by level of importance? Next to these names, have you written down each person’s favorite things? Then, did you cross out some of those items because they are a dollar over your price limit? If so, you are suffering from a common disease that plagues the nation around the holidays—the “What to Give Syndrome.” WGS, though not contagious, seems to run rampant in college and university towns. Finding inexpensive and fun gifts can be difficult, but not impossible. In fact, here are some dos and don’ts of gift giving that every person should follow.

Article by Kathryn Williams Design by Shaneece Dixon

1. Reusable Wrapping

Do: The rule when dealing with to reusable wrapping is “if you have it, use it.” Why buy gift boxes or wrapping paper when there are so many items you already have that make for more creative gifts? Reusable shopping bags with fun, non-grocery store designs; fun baskets; old jewelry store boxes; or plastic cups and mugs that are either pre-decorated or awaiting your design can

make for great gift wrapping solutions. Don’t: Saving some money is always a plus, but don’t forget you are giving a gift. Used gift boxes with tags still left on them, ripped tissue paper and gift bags and worn wrapping look cheap, not thrifty. If you wouldn’t want to receive a gift in the wrapping, don’t use it.

2. Getting Creative Do: Some of the best gifts are usually homemade. Not only do they take time to make, but they also require some thought to be put behind them. Making a creative gift shows your loved one how much you truly care. Make sure the item you create is well-made. If you are unsure of how to do something, look up a tutorial online. The DIY section of makes crafting ten times easier and gives you great ideas. Also, quality is key in these types of gifts. Again, these gifts often take time to make. Spend as much time as possible perfecting it. Because ZION 24

you are spending personal time with the item, you have to opportunity to personalize it for your loved one. For example, if you decided to make Christmas ornaments for your friends, you could paint their initials, favorite colors, or hobbies. Gingerbread cookies also make for great personal gifts if you make the cookie look like the person you are giving it to. Don’t: Your gift can look cheap or thrown together. If it does, what could be a personal and thoughtful gift looks more like a last-minute gift put together on the fly. Think about the person you are crafting for.

n’ts of Gift Giving 3. Gift Exchanges Do: Gift exchange parties are a great way to get all your friends together to exchange gifts, especially if you all are going separate ways for the holidays. You could do a simple gift swap or a Secret Santa swap. With Secret Santa, it’s always fun if you and your friends fill out a questionnaire before you plan the party. Include questions about favorite color, music, animal, hobby and so on. Then, have each person draw one name and use the list to buy gift

for your chosen friend. It’s a great way to spend time with friends before the holidays. Don’t: When you have 10 friends you’d want to buy gifts for, and only a budget that allows for five of them, someone is getting left out. Don’t swap gifts in front of your group of friends if you have fewer gifts than originally planned—or no gift at all. For friends that are closer to you, if you have a special gift that you’d like to give them, do it in private.

4. Cost Do: Set up an amount with friends and family for how much you all are willing to spend. It can be very awkward when you spent $25 for a great gift for a friend and that same friend gives you an $80 gift. Don’t: Don’t go against the allotted number. This can lead to someone feeling like they didn’t give enough, even if you are satisfied with the less expensive gift. If you find a gift that goes over the allotted number, it is O.K. to buy it as long as it $5 or less than the price cap.


MacBook Takeover

Karina Cuevas still remembers the But there are some downfalls day her parents bought her her first to Apple Inc.’s laptops, Ambrose MacBook. said. The main problem is price. “From the very moment I saw the “Apple computers are welcome video, I was really excited ridiculously expensive,” he said. Article by Jolisa Canty and proud to switch over from a PC to “And that’s one of the reasons Design by Vonecia Carswell Apple,” Cuevas said. why PCs are still popular.” Cuevas decided to switch from a Adam Buls, an Apple Inc. Gateway to a MacBook because of the sales representative, said with computer requirement for the College of Journalism a University of Florida student discount, the price and Communications at the University of Florida. for a MacBook ranges from $949 to $2,599, and UF bookstores director Lynne Vaughan said Apple without a student discount, prices range from $999 sales on campus have been increasing since 2007. to $2,799. “In the past, [people] were afraid of Macs, but that Deborah Galloway-Coleman, UF Student has changed,” Vaughan said. Financial Affairs adviser, said as long students Although Vaughan refused to give any specific use their financial aid money toward educational numbers on individual items, she said Apple sales are expenses- and not to buy cars- they can buy up 3-to-1 on campus when compared with all other anything, including a Mac laptop. brands that are offered at UF bookstores, such as Javier Edwards, UF photojournalism senior, said, Hewlett-Packard Co., Lenovo and Dell. “It’s worth the value of what you’re getting. Once Cuevas made the transition, she said she “Macs are the type of computer that I think loved it so much that she uses Apple Inc. for all of her everyone should have,” Edwards continued. “It technology. makes things efficient, and it is a really fast, sleek Along with a MacBook, Cuevas owns an iPhone, and classy machine.” iPad and iPod Classic. Edwards said his first computer was a MacBook, “Once you go Apple you don’t go back,” Cuevas and then he tried a HP. About two years ago, he said. “It does that to you.” went back to a MacBook. But Cuevas is not alone in her decision to switch to He said he has had no problems transitioning Apple Inc. She is only one of millions. from a PC to a MacBook. Nationally, Apple Inc. sold 4.9 million Macs Cuevas said, “I thought it would be difficult to (desktops and portables) over the past three months, switch to a MacBook, but it was really simple.” generating more than $6.6 billion. She also said she likes having a physical, local It’s a trend that also holds true to the UF campus. Apple store that she can go to if she has problems Although Cuevas decided to switch to a MacBook with her Apple devices. because of school requirements, sales are not affected “With other companies, I feel like they don’t have by college computer requirements at UF. Most colleges that,” she said. “I would have to go to a third-party require students to have a computer regardless of the store if I had a problem.” brand. Along with the price, Ambrose said, another Mindy McAdams, UF journalism professor, said problem with MacBooks is that there are some with Windows, every computer is different because of adaptability issues for some programs and software. the various operating systems. “Not all programs run on Macs,” he said. “It’s impossible to run a class that way,” McAdams Macs may be taking over the market for personal said. “You can’t really ask a student to do anything, computer users, but with corporate users, PCs are other than send an email, because they’re all different.” still widely used, Ambrose said. With Apple, she said, it’s all the same. “Mac hasn’t gotten there yet,” he said. Chris Ambrose, IT specialist for the Levin College of Law at UF, said, “Macs are very trending right now. Classrooms are filled with them, and they tend to be fairly easy to use for first-time computer users.” “I have a Mac, and it is the best laptop I have ever owned,” Ambrose said. MacBook Pro


Article by Kelsey Harrell Design by Vonecia Carswell You just finished your chemistry, statistics and history midterms all in one week. You put in extensive hours at the library, went to tutoring and made hundreds of note cards. But did you get enough sleep? Gatorwell’s “Want More A’s? Get More ZZZ’s!” study shows there is a correlation between students’ grades and their sleeping habits. Sleep is usually the first to go when our schedules get busy, but cutting down on sleep may be hurting you rather than helping you, according to Gatorwell’s study. “Sleep contributes to a lot of positive things you need to perform well in academics,” said Catherine Seemann, marketing coordinator at the UF Student Health Care Center. The recommended amount of sleep is seven to eight hours, on average. Sleep can improve your mood, energy and ability to handle stress. It also strengthens your immune system, Seemann said. However, students aren’t getting the recommended amount of sleep. Jenni Donnellan, a UF nursing sophomore, said she gets an average of five to six hours of sleep. Around midterms and finals, that average lowers to three or four hours.

“I don’t feel fully rested,” Donnellan said. “I have to take a nap every day.” However, many sleep researchers advise against taking naps, said Julie Abrams-Bernier, a staff psychologist at the UF Counseling and Wellness Center. Napping interferes with your ability to get to sleep at night. “If you get eight hours of sleep all at one time, you will feel more rested,” Abrams-Bernier said. On top of a busy schedule, factors like stress and caffeine can affect your ability to get to sleep. There are two types of stress, healthy and unhealthy stress, and you need to know the difference between them, Seemann said. “Try to understand how you are as a healthy person; when you’re feeling your best, try to remember that,” Seemann said. “Then when you’re not feeling so good, whether it’s because of stress or sleep, seek help.”

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and anxiety. It can make you feel jittery and uncomfortable, especially toward the end of the day. Limit caffeine before bed; it can affect your ability to get to sleep, Abrams-Bernier said. The key to healthy sleep habits is sticking to a schedule. Maintain about the same waking and sleeping hours if you can, including the weekend, so you don’t throw your body off, Seemann said. If you’re having trouble establishing a sleep schedule, there are techniques to help you get to sleep, Abrams-Bernier said. You could try breathing, meditation, yoga or light reading before bed. It’s important to create a dark environment, so turn down the lights and turn off the cell phone, computer and television. Sleep is as necessary as diet and exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You have to make it a priority, Seemann said. “If you keep up these poor sleep patterns, it can lead to chronic health problems in the future.” Seemann said.

Stress affects concentration and memory, which can impact your ability to do well on an exam. Signs of stress are physical tension, difficulty settling thoughts and selfdoubt, Abrams-Bernier said.

“If you keep up these poor sleep patterns, it can lead to chronic health problems in the future.”

Caffeine can intensify stress


Article and design by Kathryn Williams t is the holiday season once again. The holidays serve up a heapful of happiness and cheer, but often are served with a healthy side of frustration. Winter is here and the chilly weather just makes you want to bundle up. Of course, that does not only mean throwing on your favorite old hoody. As winter comes, so do the holiday trends, and Target is your one stop holiday shop.


A pea coat is an essential winter wardrobe piece because it is a quick and easy way to achieve an outfit that looks well put together. Throwing a pea coat over just about any outfit will tie the look together and have you looking effortlessly put together.


Lace tops and dresses are trending items this season due to their versatility. Cream lace tends to add a more romantic accent to an outfit...

...while black lace tends to add more edginess. Adding a touch of lace to your winter wardrobe may just help you achieve whatever look you are going for. More importantly, the lace trend is not only great for winter but every other season as well.






Printed leggings are growing in popularity this season and are a good way to add some fun and life to your winter wardrobe. Everything from cheetah print to floral print is currently being sold in stores and usually at a very inexpensive price. nium


A ONE STOP SHOP FOR WINTER ESSENTIALS The leather bomber jacket never fails to comeback in style every fall and winter season. This piece is extremely edgy and adding this piece to your closet is a good way to spice up your winter wardrobe.




The tweed jacket is also an essential winter wardrobe piece because it is a great way to add versatility to your wardrobe. The tweed pattern can be dressed up to achieve an elegant look or dressed down for a more relaxed look.

Colored pants are trending this season and really add a pop of color to your winter wardrobe. Paring them with your coziest sweater and a classic pair of boots is the perfect recipe for a fashionable winter outfit. ZION 29





: The fringe trend is becoming

increasinglypopular.Evenpurses are currently being sold in stores. If you are interested in incorporating thistrend into an outfit, start out small with some fringe boots to jazz up your




: For all of the people who prefer

high heels to flat shoes, cap-toed pumps are very in style this season. They are a great piece for your winter wardrobebecausetheyaretwo-toned and that will add some color blocking to your outfit.


: One can never go wrong with a

pair of combat boots in your winter wardrobe! They compliment just about every outfit and they add the right amount of edginess to an outfit. Combat boots are an essential winter wardrobe piece because of the versatility and compatibility they will bring to your wardrobe.


:The loafer trend is sweeping the



nation and growing in popularity with just about everyone from celebrities to college students. Many designers have put a spin on the plain loafer makingitamorefashionableaccessory. Throwing on a pair of cheetah print or jeweled may be just what you need to dress up a plain outfit.

Sugar Rush

Article by Stephanie Baguidy Design by Vonecia Carswell

A Frappuccino from Starbucks for breakfast. A bag of Skittles from the vending machine for a snack between classes. A cookie to complement your Subway lunch and a cupcake from Publix before heading to bed—all of these small ‘boosts’ of sugar are typical meals for college students . Increasingly, college students have dealt with the problem of consuming sugar more than actual food. Being constantly on-the-go and skipping meals, a sugary substance is the only thing students can seem to put their hands on. “Your brain and nervous system needs glucose to perform its best, so eating in general is good for a student’s performance in school,” said Janis Mena, coordinator of nutrition services at the Student Health Care Center at the University of Florida Mena said your body typically needs glucose every three to four hours. Mena said throughout the semester, sugar consumption can vary. When it comes closer to exams or papers, sugary drinks such as coffee or energy boosters such as 5-Hour Energy are highly consumed by students. “College students’ consumption of sugar increase with activities such as out drinking with friends, staying up to study for an exam or even first-year students gaining the Freshman 15,” said Kherri Horner, a registered dietitian from Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. Horner said when consuming too much sugar, you will receive too much energy and later crash, which is bad for your health. Being away from home, college students normally eat things their parents would not let them eat if they were home, Horner said. Horner said when she was a student, she would leave the house with doughnuts and want to take a nap a

couple of hours later. Research has shown that the consumption of sugar has a growing connection to attention deficit disorder, academic performance and obesity, Mena said. “Sugar can definitely affect your health in the future,” Mena said. “It can make you become overweight, have Type 2 diabetes or even heart disease.” Mena said sugar consumption is greater in college students because they deal with situations that require a quick source of energy. “Sugar is the reason why some students are always happy, keep up in class or even why they’re awake,” said Jaquis Tauriac, a UF health science junior. Tauriac said sugar consumption is important for college students to have in order to stay up during late nights and perform well in school. Mena said the key to lowering sugar consumption is substitution. Rather than sweetening coffee with large amounts of sugar packets, use a small amount of honey or diet sweetener for the same taste. “Plan meals or eat healthy snacks, such as nuts with dry fruit, to have that sweet and salty factor but with a nutritional benefit,” Mena said. Mena also said if you do not want to fully eliminate sugar from your diet, consuming sugar in moderation is another way for it to not affect your health. Instead of eating a whole candy bar, break it into three parts and share with a friend. “Sugar is only needed for a 10 percent or less total intake,” Mena said. “So enjoy a special occasion treat once in a while.”


Holiday DIY: Multicolored Ornaments Article and design by Meghan Pryce


he holidays are quickly approaching and it’s time to decorate! For college students, decorating options can be rather limiting. A christmas tree can be expensive and they burn easily. Many dorms don’t allow residence to have a christmas tree because it’s a fire hazard. Lights can be expensive and eat up your electricity bill. Hanging DIY ornaments on doors handles and around your room or apartment can be an great way to decorate for the holidays. After all, sometimes it doesn’t truly feel like the holidays unless there are some type of decorations. Here is my twist on a DIY, inspired from

Materials You’ll Need: • Acrylic paint (any color of your choice) • Ribbon • Plain glass ornaments Step 1: Take the top of the ornament off.


Step 3: Continue tapping and swirling the paint around the ornament while slowly adding more paint to create a multicolored effect.

Step 2: Drop paint inside of the ornament. Do this drop by drop while swirling the paint around by tapping and shaking the ornament.

Step 4: Put the top back on and let the ornament sit for an hour.

TIPS Be cautious not to shake too hard while the top of the ornament off otherwise you will be left with paint everywhere. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get the hang of it the first time. The trick is to put the paint inside drop by drop while swirling the paint around at the same time. Step 5: Lastly, attach your ribbon. Now you’re ready to decorate with your DIY multicolored ornament. Happy Holidays! ZION 33

GOING FACEB Article and design by Shaneece Dixon


n this day and age, social media has become the new

way to proclaim your relationship status to everyone in the world—or at least within your vast circle of Facebook friends. But by doing so, your friends suddenly have a chance to comment on your newfound relationship at any time. You could end up having a rough patch in the relationship or just simply break up. Before you know it, the floodgates are pouring in, random friends begin to badger you with questions of concern and you feel compelled to further put yourself out there in answering them. If your relationship status is something that you feel comfortable with sharing then you should definitely take a look at some things to consider before taking that next step.

Question #1: Is this a relationship that you feel is strong enough to last? This question may seem a bit mundane to ask, but it is very common for new couples to fail within the first few months. If you’re already seeing signs of trouble, or if this is a relationship that isn’t serious for you, you may want to rethink the status change. You don’t want to give the impression that you’re a serial dater and not about commitments. A status change on Facebook isn’t a life-altering decision, but if it feels like one to you, then you should avoid all unnecessary drama. The last thing you want to do is get stressed out over something that you have so many doubts about.

Question #2: Have you discussed this with your significant other? Chances are that your boyfriend may value a more private relationship that doesn’t involve being tagged in a relationship with you on Facebook. Just because social media has completely transformed the way we communicate, it doesn’t take away your or his right to privacy. If he isn’t ready to share that, then you shouldn’t force him to and vice versa. If he wants to share that and you don’t, then you shouldn’t rush him into it.


BOOK OFFICIAL Question # 3: How long has it been since your last “public” relationship? If you recently came out of a relationship that was publicly known through Facebook, you may want to take a break on posting about your new one. It doesn’t look sincere if you’re just changing your relationship status so quickly. Plus, it could be hurtful for your ex to see and explain to your mutual friends. Also, how good does it make your new boyfriend look if you’re seen rushing into something like that? He certainly doesn’t look genuine and neither do you. Though there isn’t a set time to wait before posting, you should be mindful of a few things such as the length of the previous relationship and how it ended. If the breakup was messy, then you should take a longer break from another relationship than you would if it ended on good terms. It’s not just for the sake of appearance, but it’s much less stress for you to deal with. It’s totally up to you as to when you want to take that step forward.

Question # 4: What type of image do you want to portray for your relationship? This puts everything else into perspective. How you portray yourself on Facebook and how he portrays himself on Facebook can really say a lot. If his profile is filled with pictures and wall posts of questionable activities (i.e. excessive partying, spending too much time talking and hanging out with other girls) that conflict with the type of person that you are, then that is something you should definitely look out for. It is really an annoyance to constantly defend your relationship to your friends when they can see everything in front of them. On Facebook, it is much easier for people to judge you and the people you associate with. But whether or not you decide to do so, make sure that it is the best decision that you are making for yourself and not for the sake of other people. There are advantages and disadvantages to going Facebook official, as there is with any decision you make for your budding relationship. But that decision should not be the definition of how your relationship will be. As long as you keep that in mind, then you’re sure to make the right decision. ZION 35


Photo by Vonecia Carswell


Zion Magazine December 2012  

The holiday issue of Zion Magazine, the monthly publication of the Gator Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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