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2013 Golden Globes

by Tammy | January 14, 2013

Awards season unofficially kicked off last night with the Golden Globes!  These are all the movies I plan to watch based on the awards they won last night (I forgot to add Zero Dark Thirty).

One of my favorite part of award shows is the red carpet.My favorite dresses of the night were Jessica Alba’s orangy coral dress by Oscar de la Renta and Kate Hudson’s black Alexander Mc Queen.

 

Usually, I love Sienna Miller’s style but last night’s look was really ugly!

And JLo’s dress by Zuhair Mrad was a little bit too over the top!

What were your favorite moments or dresses from last night?

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T-14= #lynndebate

by Tammy | October 8, 2012

I can’t believe it! In 14 days our school will have a front row to history by hosting the final Presidential debate before the elections.

About 4 years ago, when I first moved to Boca Raton to start my freshman year at Lynn, I wasn’t interested or familiar with American politics.

And even though I could have voted during the 2010 elections because I was already 18 and I have dual citizenship, I didn’t because honestly the only opinion I had about politics was my dad’s opinion. This time around, it has certainly been a different experience.

I’m not a political expert by any means, but the fact that the last Presidential was taking place on Knight ground motivated me to inform myself further about the American political process.

After attending both the Republican and Democratic Conventions, I’ve researched the candidates and their positions on various issues, watched the first Presidential debate, and can honestly say that when I cast my vote November 6; the ballot will reflect my educated opinion(not daddy’s).

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, I registered to vote at an on-campus drive and received my voter’s registration card in the mail this weekend. WOHOOO=) Check it out!

If you haven’t registered yet, THE DEADLINE IS TOMORROW!!!!

Register online NOW!!

http://www.rockthevote.com/rtv_voter_registration.html?source=rtv.com-homegraphicdeadlines

 

Your Chance to Win the #lynndebate Lottery!

by Tammy | September 17, 2012

With only 35 days away from the third and final presidential debate, the excitement on campus is palpable.

And yes, I know…I’ve been a student for 5 years and I KNOW many students don’t check their email.

However, if there was ever a time you should’ve checked your email. Today was definitely that day! If you did, you probably now know the answer to the question we’ve all been asking ourselves,

“How we can get a front row to the historical event that will be taking place on Oct. 22 in Lynn’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center?”

To register, you must sign in to my.lynn.edu, click on the 2012 Debate tab, and then click on “Student” in the left hand column and fill out your information on the electronic form. The form is located in the top right hand column. An official lottery drawing will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21, at noon in Perper Plaza to see which lucky students will get tickets. Lottery winners must be present to win.

An official lottery drawing will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21, at noon in Perper Plaza to see which lucky students will get tickets. Lottery winners must be present to win. Good Luck!

If you were having trouble figuring out how to register! I hope this screenshot I edited helps you


 

 

 

Social Media’s Presence at the RNC and DNC

by Tammy | September 10, 2012

The word “routine” has a bad connotation. Some people go out of their way to avoid it! However, I’m what my friends call a “creature of habit”. I actually enjoy routine and get easily flustered when there’s anything that alters what I usually do(I know, I sound like I’m 60 years old).

These past two weeks on the road at both the RNC and DNC convention shook my routine in every single way you can imagine. I wasn’t in my bed, didn’t eat my food, and couldn’t go to the gym. Plus, I also missed the first two weeks of my graduate courses, so whenever I would get an email from a professor informing me of an upcoming paper or assignment which I didn’t have time to finish, I would unconsciously start eating my nails (a terrible habit of mine which I do when I’m stressed).

Today as my whiney voice started to invade my head complaining about everything that I had to catch up with, I took a deep breath and decided that I had to remind myself that this experience was well worth it and everything I have to do is nothing that a few red bulls can’t solve.

My role at both conventions was divided in two. I went for the academic experience, but I was also working for the Office of Marketing by updating Little Lu’s twitter, facebook, foursquare, among other platforms.

 

Being Little Lu’s social media eyes at the convention was difficult at times because I had to be careful to be non-partisan.

I also tried hard to keep everyone at Lynn on the loop of what the team was up to because , which was hard with a crappy smartphone like mine.

So, I would like to thank Andy Vermes for letting me take over his phone whenever I had a chance =)

However, through Little Lu’s coverage of the conventions I learned a lot from about how the role of social media has radically changed the way which politics is promoted.

Even though we didn’t have credentials to get us into the convention floor, we did have access to the GOP’s Convention Without Walls, which entailed a full virtual access to the convention through the use of an array of platforms such as twitter, google hangouts, skype, twitter and youtube.

In social media lingo, the RNC convention was a hit in numbers with “more than 4 million tweets with a peak of 14,743 tweets per minute, 2.5 million-plus YouTube views and 300,000 hours of streaming video viewed in a three-day period with an average view time of more than 30 minutes”. - Mashable.com

I find it very intersting that even though the convention was virtually accessible to everyone, in comparison to 2008, where 37 million viewers turned on their televisions to tune in to watch Sarah Palin’s speach, only 22 million watched Paul Ryan deliver his vice presidential acceptance speech.

Why are people watching less of the conventions on TV?

I think it has to do with us now being able to become part of events without turning on our television.

For instance, while we were covering the RNC convention there were times that our schedule wouldn’t allow us to sit and actually watch the entire speeches (which we had to know about if we were going to interview people about them). What did we do? We researched by reading live blogs, tweets, and facebook updates of each party.

However, I didn’t feel that the RNC convention was as engaging as its social media was! At least I didn’t sense the local excitment with this political event.

I tried to interview local business owners about the changes they felt in their business throughout the week and none felt that there were any!  I received the same response when I asked locals.

On the other hand, the media and people presence was very palpable in Charlotte duirng the DNC. Not only were there reporters from networks, but independant reporters were around town finding stories as well.

The public (including ourselves ) was able to attend caucus and council meetings where we had the opportunity to hear the First Lady Michelle Obama speak to women and Hispanics.

I’m really thankful I was able to go to both conventions because I saw firsthand the American political process at its finest. I witnessed the essence and nature of each party and have a better understanding and what to expect as we host the final Presidential debate. Plus, practice makes purpose! So, watch me tweet my life away on Oct. 22!

On the Road Again!

by Tammy | September 5, 2012

Monday morning the seven of us (including 2 faculty members) started our road trip to the Democratic National Conventional with Willie Nelson’s song, “On the Road again” (courtesy of Dean Jaffe’s ipod).

Even though no one was singing because it was WAY to early, a couple dunkin donuts and coffees later we relived and started brainstorming for our coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

7 hours and a few “y’alls” later we were in Georgia where we would spend the night and continue our journey the next day to Charlotte, North Carolina.

After checking in at our motel, we headed out to Savannah’s East River Street to work on a few standups and interview locals.

The cobble stone streets and picturesque restaurants on the riverfront took me back to the King Cotton days!

The next morning we changed laid back Savannah for exciting Charlotte!

As soon as we arrived in Downtown Charlotte, everywhere I turned there were reporters, volunteers, protesters, and journalists.

We quickly bought tickets for the light rail that took us to the stop right next to the convention center and off we were to find stories.

Despite the VERY warm and VERY humid weather, there are men and women elegantly dressed and looking busy in some way, shape or form! (FYI ladies, men are VERY attractive in North Carolina)

While Sophia and A.J. were at the taping of the Daily show, Patricia, Ricky and I walked all over town interviewing people.

Even though some of the people I interviewed had views completely different from mine, I was impressed by how passionate they were for their cause!

By the end of the afternoon we were beat! But, back we went to the hotel to produce the hardcopy of the ipulse, edit broadcast news packages,write blog entries and of course watch the first lady’s speech.

Over dinner at the Cheescake Factory, Andy gave me the great news that I would be attending Hispanic Caucus where Michelle Obama would be delivering a speech! Not only was I excited because I would see and hear the first lady up close! But, let me remind you that the Latino event is CRUCIAL in this election and I wanted to get a chance to listen to what she would say directly to my people!

You will DEFINETLY be hearing about my experience at the Hispanic caucus! But, as for now I have to go edit, write and catch up with 2 weeks of my grad courses homework!#goingnuts

 

 

Interview with chairman of the Republican National Assembly, Alci Maldonado

by Tammy | August 31, 2012

 

I couldn’t help it! I wanted to show you a little bit of my interview with the chairman of the Republican assembly, Alci Maldonado.

During our coverage of the RNC in Tampa, the news team reported on different issues regarding higher education.

One of the platforms we have used to share our stories was through broadcast.

Even though this is a very rough draft of the footage, I want you to think about the questions I asked the chairman.

I’m a dual citizen, both American and Nicaraguan and honestly I am not quite sure for who to vote for.

Why? I left the United States when I was only 8 years old and came back until I started college. Therefore, I am not very familiar with the American political process.

The experience of going to the RNC and soon the DNC will definetly help me in my decision regarding whom I will vote for.

What are your political views? Did you watch Romney’s speech? What do you think I should take into account when I vote in November?

 

 

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Conventional Wisdom-Republican National Convention

by Tammy | August 28, 2012

A couple weeks ago, when I was told that I had the amazing opportunity to attend both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention, I was ecstatic.

I couldn’t imagine a better way to get a behind-the-scenes look into America’s political process.

Even though I’m a dual citizen, both Nicaraguan and American, I’ve never been very involved with American politics because I’ve lived most of my life in Nicaragua where the political system is very different.

This opportunity couldn’t have come at a more precise time for myself and the 5 other students participating in this unique academic experience. Why? Well, hello!!! We are 54 days away from hosting the final presidential debate at Lynn University.

As a graduate assistant in the Office of Marketing, I’ve learned first-hand how complex the organization of an event of this magnitude is.

Historically, conventions were viewed as exclusive events where only the party faithful would participate behind closed doors.

Today, political conventions are open and accessible to the public, especially this year where new technology on news coverage and social media has allowed everyone to become involved in every aspect of the political process.

As soon as we were on the bus to start our trip towards Tampa, everyone was glued to their smartphone viewing the latest updates on the RNC.Pretty soon, Dean Jaffe put his iPhone on speaker and tuned us all into a convention media briefing.

A couple hours later, we arrived to our hotel located in Clearwater Beach.


The room Patty, Sophia, and I share has a really nice view of the ocean. Good thing Isaac is no longer a menace to this area becuase it definetly wouldn’t be so nice!

Because the GOP’s convention was delayed due to Isaac, events didn’t start until today. So, we had dinner and came back to the hotel for an editorial meeting where we decided everyone’s assignments for day 1 of the convention.

As we arrived in Downtown Tampa,we saw A LOT of protesters around! Some of the people I interviewed were EXTREME to say the least.

I was nervous because everything was passing by so fast and I didn’t want to lose any interviews!

In some cases, I had to really strive to be neutral and not yell at these people for the crazy things they were saying!

A.J and Sophia were mostly focused on print while Ricky, Patricia and I did most of the on camera interviews.

I don’t want to give you too much detail because I want you to see the video blog I’m working on and the packages we’re putting together.

After that, we all came back to the hotel for dinner and everyone is typing away putting together a special Ipulse edition about our experience here.

Not only that, but we also have to edit and upload our packages to the ipulse website! So yes, we’ve been super busy but it’s been amazing! I have to go  because we’re waking up at 5 am. to visit a morning news show! Good night and stay posted for more!

 

 

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What Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have to do with politics…

by Tammy | June 29, 2012

Ever since I moved to the United States to start college, I’ve felt a little bit out of tune with politics because the political system back home in Nicaragua is extremely different to the American political system.

I’ve always been very careful with expressing my political views because I feel that I don’t know enough about American politics to give a coherent opinion.

Therefore, instead of sounding stupid I prefer to stay on the side -lines listening to what people who actually know what they are talking about and I simply absorb as much knowledge as I can.

However, I do not hesitate expressing my opinion when it comes to anything I can directly relate to or that concerns my people, Latin Americans.

So, what do Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have to do with politics? You might be thinking I’m going on a tangent here because I may have a case of Bieber fever, but I’m not.

Actually, member of Congress Rep. Luis Gutierrez turned over to pop culture to express his concerns of Arizona’s immigration law and I just loved the point he brought across.

If you are wondering what the Arizona’s Immigration Law  is here you go:

“This law mandates the carrying of proper documentation for any alien in Arizona, and it levies a misdemeanor on any person who is found without such documentation. It also requires state law enforcement officials to determine an individual’s immigration status during any routine stop, detention or arrest when the official has a reasonable suspicion that an individual might be in Arizona illegally.”

The controversy of this provision comes down to if you “look” like an immigrant police can freely ask you for your papers.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez took the U.S House floor with posters of the star couple and asked the Illinois legislator by asking him to “pick out the immigrant.”

You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to make a 3 second analysis to see that most people would agree that Selena Gomez “looks” a lot more like an immigrant than Justin Bieber.

Yet, Texas-born Selena Gomez is as American as hot dogs and apple pie and Bieber who “looks” more American is actually Canadian.

This is just one example of how difficult it would be for Arizona police to constitutionally carry out a requirement that would give them the liberty to check the immigration status of those they arrest and find suspicious.

In my opinion, Arizona law is unconstitutional in every way, shape or form you could possibly analyze it.

I can’t believe how archaic this provision is!

Isn’t the United States known as the “melting pot” for having an extremely diverse population with people from ALL OVER the world with different races, religions and cultures?

Haven’t we been fighting against racial profiling for years? And now we are making it legal to profile someone based on how they look(because that is what it comes down to).

Let’s pretend the Arizona Immigration Law took place for one day at Lynn University campus.

I don’t have blue eyes or blond hair (that is, naturally LOL) and I have a little bit of accent but guess what? I am American. I have a U.S passport that states that I was born in the United States of America.

But, because I look “suspiciously” foreign the police have the right to pull me over.

Look at this picture of NBA star Jeremy Lin

Look at this one of Tony Parker

Who’s the American? Based on their names it sounds that Tony Parker is the American one right? WRONG! Lin was born in Los Angeles and Parker in Belgium.

Arizona officials will supposedly be trained on how to identify illegal immigrants. So can someone tell me how in the world he or she will do this WITHOUT racial profiling taking place?

So, if you have a Jennifer Lopez butt or have a resemblance to Antonio Banderas BEWARE FRIENDS, BEWARE!

 

 

C’ est La Vie Post Grad

by Tammy | June 10, 2012

As I woke up this Sunday morning and starting jotting down my to do list for the day which included putting air in my tires, cleaning my car, taking out the garbage, preparing my lunch box and so forth, I stopped for a moment and gasped as I realized that slowly, but surely I AM BECOMING MY MOTHER!!!

We’ve all been through that rebellious stage during puberty where we vowed never  to be like our parents. Nowadays, I would be proud to be like my mom (of course, with a little adjustments here and there) but ever since I have moved out to from Lynn to an apartment it has become unmistakably obvious to me how similar I am to my mother in so many ways.

In the process of my new “grown up” lifestyle I’ve learned things about myself that I had no idea.

About a week after graduation, I started working in the Office of Marketing everyday. I’ve worked there for almost two years,howeverI used to have  a work schedule that fit with my classes and from now till I start my masters in August, I work from 9-5 like a big girl.

Being the nerd I’ve always been, I thought I would always prefer school before work.

To my surprise, that has not been the case, AT ALL! I actually prefer working than I do school.  Why? School in a sense is never ending. You go to the class, then your part time job, and VOILA you still have that paper or reading to do.

I love work because once you leave the office your day has a sense of closure that school doesn’t give you. Obviously, this varies from job to job and of course there are times you take home stress from work. And evidently there are cases where you hate your job and you count the hours to end! But, this hasn’t been my case at all!

Something else I’ve learned about myself since I’ve left Lynn is that I actually enjoy being in the kitchen. I was worried about when I left the dorms because at home, I’ve never had to cook and at Lynn I had the caf to feed myself.

Surprise surprise, I’ve started to like cooking!  But, grocery shopping does have its tricks! If you’re new to the graduate club maybe this will work for you:

Tip 1  for recent graduates. Make a list! After not having to go grocery shopping EVER, it’s a huge temptation to buy everything you see! But, reality is you don’t need all of it. What I’ve been doing is making a meal plan of what I will be eating for the week (I take my lunch to work) and based my grocery list on that.

Tip 2: Budget

Something else that I do exactly like my mother does is write down what I spend and where. By doing this, I can project myself financially and save money doing so.

Before your paycheck comes in, you should know what payments you have to make.

Tip 3: What’s convenient for you?

Figure out what type of shopping you have to do. Do you live with a whole bunch of people and eat similar food? Maybe it’s convenient for you to wholesale shop. For me, wholesale stores like Cosco aren’t convenient because my roommate and I eat differently and anything I consume would probably go bad before I finish it.

I currently go to a grocery store called Aldi  which has everything for super cheap (cheaper than Wal-Mart). The catch is that they don’t accept credit cards! Only debit cards and cash. The only Aldi I know is at 4801 Linton Boulevard Delray Beach, Florida. Obviously if that is very far away from your house it’s not worth it for you because you’ll be spending more on gas!

For recent graduates, time is of the essence! When I get back home from work I do enjoy cooking but I am in no mood of chopping vegetables. So, I clean all my vegetables and chop them all the same day I go to the grocery store so I can use them later that week. I also make sure the night before to marinade my meat and leave it almost ready to go in a zip lock bag.

Tip 4 :Little by Little…

I’ve never been a fan of cleaning.  So, to think about spending a whole Saturday cleaning was not an option. Every day I do something I don’t like to do for 10 minutes or so. This can be either cleaning bathroom, kitchen, organizing your closet! For instance, if your favorite show is on one night you can do your laundry while your watching it.

I think enough Martha Stewart talk for today! Do you have any suggestions for recent graduates? How’s your life post college treating you?

 

Facebook Tips and Tricks

by Tammy | May 25, 2012

I have a self -diagnosed case of Lynn Syndrome. The condition is common in Lynn Knights and its main syndrome is deliberate refusal to leave Lynn University following undergrad graduation.

I have it and so do most of my friends. How do we deal with the syndrome? We stay at Lynn for our master’s degree because we aren’t ready to leave =).

I officially start my graduate courses in August and until then will be working a lot more than I usually do for the Marketing department at Lynn.

With the upcoming debate in the fall, Lynn will have more eyes on it than ever before! So, the marketing team is working hard to have all of our social media platforms on top of their game!

So, I’ve been doing a lot of social media research in the past days and while I was doing so I encountered a couple tips that I know many of you will appreciate.

A couple weeks ago I was reading an article online about things a woman should know before she’s 30. Soonafter, someone joked with me about reading it!

I agree with Knight writer Debbie, it’s no one business what articles I am reading! The good news is you can fix this!

HIDE WHAT YOU READ ON FACEBOOK

There are many things on Facebook that we don’t usually take advantage of because we don’t even know about them! If you want to, you can create your own list based on your own interests. That way you’re never behind.

CREATE YOUR OWN LISTS 

Even though you probably are familiar with the places you’ve been application. Did you know you could also add pictures to that? Lets say for instance that you went to Mexico for spring break two years ago, you can retrospectively add locations to pictures you’ve already been to.

 PIMP UP YOUR LOCATIONS

Do you want to be on Facebook chat but there’s that person who annoys you by talking to you every time you’re online? Did you know you could appear offline for that one person? That way you avoid having to unfriend them !

APPEAR OFFLINE  IN FACEBOOK CHAT FOR ANNOYING PEOPLE

If you are like me and have always wanted to have the option of pre-approving tags you can!  Goodbye to hideous pictures of you back in the day that people randomly tag you in!

PRE-APPROVE ALL OF YOUR TAGS 

Are their people, apps or anything that you DON’T want to see on your news feed? You can control this!

 HIDE WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE ON YOUR NEWS FEED 

Have you ever wanted to create a secret group with your friends just for the heck of it?

CREATE A SECRET GROUP 

As I start delving more in more into social platforms, I will let you know what I find along the way =)