Thursday, March 31, 2011

Talk to the Hands!

Hey everyone!
Talk to the Hands is coming to a Flicks near you ;)

May 10th at 7pm in Flicks the ASL (American Sign Language) LLC and SHAC are teaming up to give you a glimpse into the Deaf Community!

If you attend (and you should) you will learn some basic American Sign Language, some games people in the deaf community play. You will see how Deaf people experience music, you will experience the communication barrier for some of the deaf and hard for hearing, and get the opportunity to ask questions of a panel of deaf and hard of hearing students as well as learn what is like to grow up with a deaf sibling.

The first 100 residents will receive a free t-shirt!!!

Come ready to have some laughs and learn!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Business Panthers welcomes the new Business Panthers Mentor!

Hello, hello Business Panthers!!

My name is Mark Przybylski (phonetic pronunciation=SHA-BILL-SKEE), I am 20 years young and I am ecstatic to be a student here at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I am currently pursuing a Marketing major with a minor in Architectural Studies. I have been attending UWM for three years now and can't imagine studying anywhere else. The city itself holds so much history, diversity and culture; it's quite the place to be! I have just recently started working for the Student Success Center (Bolton 120) as a Campus Ambassador/First Year Mentor and am very eager to start working with freshman coming into the School of Business as well as the Business Panthers LLC. My job requirements are relatively simple although I'm looking to take my responsibilities to the next level. I don't want to be the guy sending out a bunch of mass emails; I have the opportunity to network with an abundance of individuals, I'm going to make the most of it!

As goes for the School of Business, I am currently enrolled in a number of 300-level Business Administration courses and couldn't be happier. The school as a whole has some remarkable staff members and the environment is truly one of a kind. I am an active member of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and would heavily advocate majors of any area of business study to look into. There are a number of volunteer, internship and general extra-curricular opportunities that will all enhance your learning and networking experience. If I have any advice for students looking to make the most of their college experience, it would be to get involved. The importance of networking in the world of business cannot be underestimated.

At this point in my life, UWM is without a doubt, a very demanding full-time job. That doesn't mean there isn't time for a social life though! I am a music fanatic; I listen to a number of genres, mainly rock/alternative/indie. Favorite bands include: Radiohead, The White Stripes, LCD Soundsystem, The Dead Weather, Chiodos, Animal Collective, MUSE, Simon & Garfunkel, The Doors, Them Crooked Vultures and even though it doesn't need to be said, The Beatles. As a hefty majority of my close friends are Film majors, I also take a strong interest in cinema. My all time favorite movie is Requiem for a Dream closely followed by American Beauty, The Dark Knight and Black Swan. When music and movies aren't present, I can typically be found exploring the East Side/Downtown, rocking out at The Rave or making bagels at Brueggers on North and Prospect!

I am very excited to begin working with all of you more over the course of the semester; I have very high hopes that we will do some fantastic things. Louella has a very organized and captivating itinerary and wants exactly what I want with the rest of this year; to make the most of every minute of it! Here's to a fun-filled and productive semester!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Spring into Spring Break!

Its about that time when the members of our LLCs are getting cabin fever from being copped up all Winter and when they get let out of the cage they will be fanning out to destination all over the world! Here are the Top 10 Spring Break Designations for 2011!!!
1. Cancun
Cancun, you're still the one. This little piece of Mexico is pure craziness during March and April: margarita madness and a massive influx of students doing the spring thing on drop-dead gorgeous beaches and in late-late-late night clubs. Hop the ferry to Cozumel or the bus to Playa del Carmen for slower-paced sandy paradises. Xel-Ha is fun for snorkeling, and Tulum is worth a visit (90 miles south; go early a.m.) -- great beach and unba ruins, but don't expect nightlife (the quiet nights - generator-powered lights out by 10 - are part of the charm). Don't forget to get a passport for this perennially popular paradise on Mexico's Caribbean!
Panama City and Panama City Beach (PCB) have Florida's spring break top dog billing yet again in 2011, though Miami, especially South Beach, will once more offer some serious competition. mtvU was all about Panama City in 2009 (this year's mtv blowout is in Las Vegas: what is up with that? We're guessing mtv got an offer they couldn't refuse), showing the planet that Panama City's a sure bet for the kind of fantastic fun that makes a break memorable for the rest of your life. Take some time, too, to see Panama City's 27 miles of sugary sweet sand on the Gulf of Mexico (west coast of Florida, where it can be blessedly cool at night).
! Just east of Miami, South Beach is bordered by Biscayne Bay on one side and the Atlantic on the other (which is where you'll find the beaches you'll like). South Beach is a tres cool club scene (is your attitude really ready?). Just up the sand is Miami Beach -- bit cheaper and less of dress-with-the-best thing.
4. Europe
Exchange rates ain't bad, and thus Europe (yep, the whole thing) moves up four places on the list of spring break hot spots for 2011 -- Amsterdam, London and Paris will be the cities in which you'll see the most American students, followed by Rome, Florence, Madrid, and Berlin. All chilly cities this time of year, so the social scene will be indoors (your hostel's always the best bet for finding the party place), but sights will be free of summer's mobs: great time to be in Europe, and way more US students will be there this year than last.
Puerto Vallarta's a beach-meets-Mexican-mountains city that will again have a lot of what you want for 2011 -- friendly folks, awesome nightlife, beautiful beaches, great all-inclusive hotel deals -- and all the action's not just at the beach, either: parasail or mountain bike, for instance. Hasta pronto!
Acapulco's not Mexico's best beachside city (that might be Puerto Vallarta), but it's tried, true, and ready for you. Acapulco's murderously messy drug-related mayhem has little to do with you -- mind your Mexico manners and consider student travel safety tips, and you should be as safe as you would in any US city.
Acapulco beaches range from quiet hideaways, like Playa Pie de la Cuesta, to elbow-to-elbow humans, like La Condesa. Stay in a hotel on the Costera (main drag) -- drop by the small Puerto Marques village for an afternoon.
Both of these beautiful Caribbean countries will see plenty of people in 2011: the blue, blue water and white, white sand of extremely accessible Nassau, Bahamas will bring boatloads of breakers to its balmy beaches in 2011 (even though Nassau's sometimes not so friendly). Rent a scooter or hit the Straw Market; gambling's on nearby Paradise Island. Bahamas spring break packages are uber cheap, and you can choose a cruise.
Meanwhile, the forecast for spring break 2011 in jammin' Jamaica is sunny and the outlook is partly party, party with scattered water sport fun in happening Montego Bay and quieter Negril. If you go, remember that parts of the island can be a walk on the wild side: don't fear to adventure -- just be safe.
South Padre Island, where vacations are biiiig Texas style, is more popular than ever this year as an easy (easy to get to, not too expensive) and easygoing US beach town ...and with recent hurricane damage to South Padre, neighboring Corpus Christi will see its share of folks looking for the action, too. If you go, know that the sandy spit near Corpus Christi is windblown but sunny, and Padre Island proper has hundreds of miles of beach. The gang's all at South Padre, though, where you can find fresh shellfish and every conceivable kind of water sport, along with events galore. Surf's sometimes a little rough. Scooters are a great way to get around the whole island.
9. All Tied and All Good - Baja (Rosarito Beach, Cabo), DR, Puerto Rico
You need no passport to drive back from Mexico if you have a PASS card, and Rosarito Beach in North Baja will get some last minute driving traffic through San Diego (you need a passport to fly home from Mexico). Cabo in South Baja, Mexico, will have the usual hot weather and cool clubs (fly, don't drive to South Baja). And learn whether Mexico is safe for spring break!
Unlike current economic conditions, snow conditions are awesome and ski resorts are still on the list of cool spring break hot spots for 2011. Though there will be smaller numbers of 'em this year than last (just tooo spendy), you'll find plenty of fellow partiers boarding the days away and doing the apres-thing at North America's best ski resorts for spring break 2011, though. These are the slopes welcoming you in Colorado, Jackson Hole, Heavenly, Canada's wild Whistler, a few quieter spots, and some places you may want to give a pass. I live in Rocky Mountain high country now, and have done all but one of these top ten ski resorts -- and I promise it's all good. Get the whole skinny on how to get there, and where to stay and party.