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A Bitter-Sweet Good-Bye

by Arianna Nicolette Shaffer | May 31, 2012

E.E Cummings once said, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” Before I graduated from High School you could say that I wasn’t the most confident person. Growing up in Tucson AZ, I never felt like I was smart, talented, or like I belonged anywhere. Although I enjoyed being the baby in my family, I felt like I needed something more in life.  As I applied to many colleges such as Lynn, my acceptance letter made me feel courageous, and my gut feeling told me to go this school.  Little did I know this would be the best choice I have ever made.  The past 4 years at Lynn has been an amazing journey.  There have been both good and bad times.  I have met and gained incredible friends, and sadly lost friends who have touched my heart.  Through this college journey I’ve learned so much about people, life, the world, and most importantly I’ve learned a lot about myself, and what I am capable of.  When I came to Lynn I wasn’t sure what I wanted to get out of my college experience, but what I quickly learned was that the sky was the limit, and I could do or be whatever I wanted.  I found a strong passion in the field of multimedia journalism.  I got a lot of fulfillment in writing and being an on-camera reporter, and its safe to say the camera became my best friend, it became my life.

They say “time flies when your having fun” and it certainly is true.  The past 4 years I’ve had so much fun and have been able to accomplish so much that I never thought I would have been capable of doing if you had asked me 4 years ago.  During my career at Lynn I have landed amazing internships, one being a writer for Boca Magazine.  I have received media credentials to report at numerous events, like the Think Pink Rocks concert where I got to interview celebrity performers.  I’ve done investigative news stories, one being the issue of safe sex in college, I’ve been a writer for iPulse, where I received 3rd place for best news story in the 2011 Florida College Press awards, and I became a Lynn student blogger, all while maintaining a spot on the deans list each semester.  However, my biggest and proudest accomplishment at Lynn has been the success of ‘Beyond the Brief’ presented by iPulse, Lynn’s student news show, which I created 3 and a half years ago with my fellow co-host Ricky Freebery, who I can’t thank enough for sticking by my side during the progression of our show.  There have been  so many people who have touched my life in so many ways and I cannot thank the Lynn community enough!

The education I got, the friends that I made, and the people I met is more than I could ever bargain for.  As Confucius once said, “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”  As this chapter in my book of life comes to an end, a new chapter is about to begin and I am proud to say I have found myself, and who I was meant to be all along.  We are all capable of doing and being whatever we want in life, it just takes a bit of courage, that’s all.


Beyond the Brief- May 4th, 2012

by Arianna Nicolette Shaffer | May 4, 2012

Hey everyone!!! Happy Friday!!!!

I hope everybody is doing well with finals so far!!!! Be sure to check out this weeks edition of Beyond the Brief presented by iPulse.  I can’t believe its the final episode for me.  It is very bittersweet, I have had such an amazing time starting up this show and helping it progress in what it is today, and I hope that who ever takes mine and Ricky’s spot for the anchoring position treats it and cares for it like we did.  I am so grateful for Lynn University and for my professors giving me the opportunity to start this on-campus news show! Its been a pleasure!

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The Next Food Network Star?

by Arianna Nicolette Shaffer | May 2, 2012

Hey everyone!!! Happy May!!!!!

I hope everyone at Lynn is enjoying their last and final weeks before summer, graduation, and all that fun stuff!  I hope everyone is studying hard and trying to stay stress-free for finals!!!!

For one of my final projects in my Programs Strategies class my professor wanted each student to make a television trailer for a potential show to run on a television network.  I was so excited for this project when she told us about it, and of course my show had to be a cooking show on The FoodNetwork since I love to cook! I decided to call my show ‘Cooking Skinny’ since I am all about healthy cooking.

I am finally finished with my cooking show trailer and now its safe to say that a ton of bricks have been lifted off of my shoulders, but I had so much fun making this video for class and I definitely want to share it with all of you!!!!


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Beyond the Brief- April 27th, 2012

by Arianna Nicolette Shaffer | April 27, 2012

Hey everyone!!! Happy Friday!!!

Be sure to check out this weeks edition of ‘Beyond the Brief’ presented by iPulse.  We first give you an inside look on Lynn University’s annual fashion show put on by our fashion students.  This years fashion theme was “I love New York”.

Did you happen to notice lots of little kids running around campus the other day? Well that is because it was take your child to work day, and the Lynn University news studio got a visit from a bunch of the kids where they got the chance to be in our seats and anchor, and be in front of the green screen and give you the weather forecast.  Your gonna wanna check it out, its too cute!!!! Also on this weeks edition of ‘Beyond the Brief’ we’ve got recaps on the RA challenge which was held last weekend, and the annual Spring Extravaganza (an event taken place to give students a chance to relax a little bit before finals).

There has been lots of buzz about the new Miami Marlins stadium, our iPulse reporters went around campus to find out who is excited and who will be going.  The ball park could even be a fun place to go on a date, but if your not so into baseball where else can you go on dates?  One of our iPulse reporter went to go investigate cheap fun date idea’s, so if your romance idea’s are struggling…stay tuned!

Thank you as always for tuning in!!!! I hope everybody has a beautiful weekend!!

Beyond the Brief- April 20, 2012

by Arianna Nicolette Shaffer | April 20, 2012

Hey everyone!!! Happy Friday!!!

Be sure to check out this weeks edition of Beyond the Brief as we recap Relay for life!!!! Did you see all of those shirts hanging up in assaf last week? Well we’ve got the story on those shirts and what they represent as its sexual assault awareness month all across the country.  Also our iPulse reporters went to investigate what the 2012 class gift is all about and how you can still donate.  Finally, if your looking for a unique little place to grab a bit to eat….why not get it from a fire truck? We’ve got a story on a fire truck turned into a food truck!

Thank you as always for tuning in, I hope everyone has a beautiful weekend!!!

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Beyond the Brief- April 13, 2012

by Arianna Nicolette Shaffer | April 13, 2012

Hey everyone!!!! Happy Friday the 13th!!!!

Don’t forget to check out this weeks edition of ‘Beyond the Brief’ presented by iPulse.  On this weeks episode we give you a bit of a recap on the State of the University that took place on Wednesday with some inside interviews on this event.

Not only is today Friday the 13th but it is also the Relay for Life which Lynn University will be hosting out on the intramural field starting today till 6am tomorrow.  Be sure to come and check out this event, or even donate, this years theme is an Olympic theme.

Our iPulse reporters also got the chance to interview some of the members of the baseball team about their awesome accomplishments they have had so far this season with being on ESPN and making it to the conference game.

If your looking for a great and fun way to workout, go green, and save money on gas then you are going to want to check out our video we have on ‘The Boca Bike Shop’. –  I got a pink electric bike from The Boca Bike Shop, and it’s awesome!!!!!

Finally, if your looking for something different to do over the weekend there is the Deerfield Beach Wine & Food Festival.  If you want to know more about what this event is all about we have a recap for you on the Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival.

As always thank you so much for tuning in!!! I hope everybody has a beautiful weekend!

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Beyond the Brief- April 6, 2012

by Arianna Nicolette Shaffer | April 6, 2012

Hey everyone!!!!

Happy Friday!!! Be sure to check out this weeks  edition of Beyond the Brief.  Last week as we warned you about April fools, we told you we would be looking out for your April fools stories.  Telling your mother that you are “pregnant” seems to be the most common April fools joke, be sure to check out how one girl scared her mother half to death.  Then we have information on Kappa Delta Pi, and how you can be apart of this organization and what their goals are.

Did you ever think that sitting in a room full of thousands of pounds of salt would have incredible health benefits? Our iPulse reporters went to check out a place in Delray Beach, to see what this place is all about.  Finally we got some feedback from students around campus on what their plans are for passover and easter!!!! Hope everybody has a fabulous weekend.  Thank you as always for tuning in!!!

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Beyond the Brief- March 30, 2012

by Arianna Nicolette Shaffer | March 30, 2012

Hey everyone,

Happy Friday!!! can you believe that we are already at the end of March?  The first of April is this Sunday, time flies by so fast!!! Be sure to check out this weeks edition of Beyond the Brief.  We have a recap on Ultra Music Festival- the 3 day event taken place in downtown miami with a line-up of the world most amazing DJ’s.  A lot of students from the Lynn community went to Ultra, iPulse asked some students how it was and what their experience was like for Beyond the Brief.  Also the Lynn University women’s center has been celebrating ‘Love Your Body Week’, our iPulse reporters went to see what that was all about.  Plus have you noticed less people at Lynn smoking cigarettes?  It could possibly be because of the new graphic warning labels that are displayed on tobacco products, you will want to check out this story in this weeks edition of Beyond the Brief.

Thank you as always for tuning in.  I hope everybody has a beautiful weekend.  Don’t forget that this Sunday is April fools day, and our iPulse reporters will be looking for you next week to find out what sort of April fools jokes you might have done!

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Beyond the Brief- March 23, 2012

by Arianna Nicolette Shaffer | March 23, 2012

Hey everyone!!!

Don’t forget to check out this weeks edition of Beyond the Brief.  We give you a recap on last weeks ceremony for the remembrance plaza.  iPulse reporter also went around campus to ask students what their thoughts were on the whole Kony 2012 movement.  Lynn University is always having wonderful speakers come and speak, a couple weeks ago we had Malik Yoba come to campus.  We give you an inside look.  Finally for graduating students, senior salute was held last week for students to prepare for departure, we’ve got an inside look on senior salute!

Thanks for tuning in!!!!

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Beyond the Brief- March 16, 2012

by Arianna Nicolette Shaffer | March 16, 2012

Hey everyone!!!! Hope everybody has had a great first week back since spring break!!!! Be sure to check out this weeks edition of Beyond the Brief where we highlight a great little cupcake place called Cupcake Couture in Delray Beach.  Also check out some of the footage we have on the lynn intramural basketball team.  Our lynn reporters also took to the campus walkways to ask students what they would like to do after college and we also asked students what there plans are for St. Patricks day!!!!

Hope everybody has a wonderful and safe weekend!!!! Don’t forget to wear green for St. Patty’s day!!!

Thank you for tuning in!!! :)

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