Sugar isn’t Sweet!

The most common thing that I have noticed, after cars, in the United States, has been soft drink bottles and cans. Wherever I go, I see people drinking them as if they were water. It makes me wonder if this rampant consumption of colas is a superb success story of consumerism. This habit has been…

Living in the (Ro)ment

  In the spring of 2016, I became an au pair for a lovely family in the south of Spain. For those of you who don’t know what an au pair is, it’s basically a nanny. Families provide you with a place to live and food to eat. In exchange you teach them English, help…

Alafia

It was still cool and brisk outside at the break of dawn, so we started the morning off with a sweater and long-sleeve shirts. As Valerie and I were packing up the truck to head down south, my old friend Tom called to make sure we were up. “Yep, we’re headed your way, I’ll call…

What Makes Luke Bryan Country?

Last night, country megastar Luke Bryan brought his sold out “What Makes you country tour” to Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena. The tour is in support of his sixth studio album of the same title released last winter. The tour arrives after the country heartthrob’s first stint on the revival of American Idol, where he stands…

My Brother and the Florida Prison System

On March 14, 2018 at approximately 3:30 p.m. I, Shantavia Allen conducted an interview via phone with my twin brother, Gerrod Allen Jr. He is currently in Franklin Correctional Institution which is in Carrabelle, Florida. He is 26 years old and serving 15 years for Burglary. The calls are only 15 minutes long so I was able…

No More Rice and SPAM

When I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the summer of 2009, I knew that there was only a remote chance that I could face danger, combat or even death. I distinctly remember the pride I felt when returning home after my first eight-month deployment overseas, and the swarms of smiling and cheering faces of…

Student Works: Our River

  Check out this short documentary, by Heather Lunny and Stephen Wilt, exploring the rich history of the St. Johns River.

That One Time I Got Baker Acted

Four years ago, I got “Baker Acted.” If you don’t know what that is, it is a colloquial term referring to the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971, also known as “The Baker Act.” It allows for the involuntary institutionalization and examination of individuals who are thought to be mentally ill, a harm to themselves…

Give Me That Country Music Feeling

We all have our music preferences. And almost all of us have that one favorite country song or artist that we can’t get enough of. This weekend, country music fans were treated to the annual Great Atlantic Country Music Festival. I went to the festival with my younger brother, and I was pleasantly surprised how…

Social Issue: Poverty 

Poverty as a social issue is clearly and well presented in this interview. We can see how her life back in Haiti was hard with a terrible economy. Life was so hard that sometimes she would go without food. Thus, this drove and motivated her to want more in the United States as she was…

Traveling within Your Means

To those college students bitten by the travel-bug and stricken with wanderlust, the only thing standing in our way is money. You would have already been to the top of the eiffel tower or explored the temples of Angkor if it weren’t for the question of means. Maybe you have already read tons of travel…

Making the Most of Your Internship

    You’re in classes, working hard to make good grades, and maintaining a social life. If you are like me, me, then you’re also working to pay for those classes and social activities. You’ve made it to your Junior year, and now it’s time to start thinking about your future after college, and the…

Student Works: Kevo’s Game Table – Settlers of Catan

Join Kevo at the Game Table, for reviews and how-to-play overviews for modern card and board games. In this episode, he reviews the popular resource management board game, Settlers of Catan. Kevin is a student in our Digital Media Program, learning video production; much like this series he produced . Settler of Catan is available…

Student Works: Kevo’s Game Table – Pandemic

Join Kevo at the Game Table, for reviews and how-to-play overviews for modern card and board games. In this episode, he reviews the co-operative strategy board game, Pandemic. Kevin is a student in our Digital Media Program, learning video production; much like this series he produced . Pandemic is available for check out by students…