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UWF Portfolio Night review

portfolionightTom Moore

Contributing Writer

Graphic design students had the opportunity to network with local business and advertising professionals at Portfolio Night on Tuesday in the Communication Arts Building.

Officially kicking off at 5:30 p.m. with pizza and drinks, the event brought in professionals from nine local businesses for one-on-one reviews of students’ portfolios. As they introduced themselves, professionals imparted words of wisdom, such as: “Generalize, but also specialize. Take a class outside your field, social media, computer-aided design, then pick a specialty that you are passionate about.” “Never stop learning.” “Build solid, long-term relationships with people you look up to.” “Learn to collaborate.”  “Get out of the classroom and experience life.”

Graphic arts faculty from both UWF and Pensacola State College also attended the event, which is sponsored by the American Advertising Federation Pensacola and the Pensacola Designers Group.

Like speed dating, each student had five minutes to talk to one of the representatives and demonstrate his or her passion and interest. Each student then had 15 minutes to have their mentors review their portfolios and offer suggestions or corrections.

Crystal Yu Barrineau, event facilitator and founder of Angri Bunni Studios, graduated from UWF in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Pen Air Federal Credit Union hired her as the sole graphic designer for 18 branches, from Northwest Florida to Brewton, Alabama. She worked at Pen Air for five years before gaining the experience to strike out on her own.

When asked what she felt was the most important gem of wisdom she would impart on her younger self, Yu Barrineau answered, “Always keep your options open. In this economy, in this area, never turn down any opportunity. No matter what, even if you have to take up a job as a waitress, which is fine, keep passing out your business cards, talk to people, network and develop your contacts.

“Other than that, do business locally, spend locally, and develop local connections. All the businesses I have out there are local graphic design businesses, and all are actively hiring local designers, offering internships and providing students with co-op opportunities.”

Senior graphic arts major Christy Highers attended the event and said she received valuable feedback. “It’s really important for me to have my portfolio reviewed by someone other than my peers so that I can get insight as to what I need on a professional level for post-grad.”

Highers said one take-away from the event was to always apply for the job even if you don’t meet the requirements. She plans to do freelance work and was greatly inspired by this quote from a mentor: “If you’re not uncomfortable, then you’re not growing.”

“You basically have to create your own inspiration,” Highers said.

Wal-Mart bomber could face life in prison

Cassie Rhame

Staff Writer

Marshall Leonard, 61, faces life in prison after allegedly bombing a Mississippi Wal-Mart on Sunday, angry about the retailer ceasing sales of Confederate flag paraphernalia.

Leonard ran up to the store around 1:30 a.m. and is said to have thrown a small package at the entrance, according to the New York Daily News. A nearby employee on his break was the only victim to face any injury from the explosive.

The Mississippi man now faces charges for possession and detonation of a homemade bomb.

Leonard has advocated on social media for the Mississippi state flag, which has a Confederate flag in the top left corner. He recently made comments on his Facebook page threatening Wal-Mart and several other “anti-American crooks,” as he called them, according to the Inquisitr website.

Leonard was ticketed shortly after the attempt for running a red light, and was detained after police received word on the bombing. The flag flying out of Leonard’s sunroof is said to have made law enforcement suspicious.

According to Mississippi Code 97-37-25, Leonard could face up to life imprisonment for this unlawful activity, with a minimum of five years.

UWF students’ reactions on the event are mixed.

“I was just thinking about what this guy would be charged with,” sophomore computer science major Chandler Boyd said. “I don’t know if I fully agree that he should face life in prison, because it’s not like he really hurt anyone.”

Many state laws, including Mississippi’s, have made it illegal to create any homemade explosives.

Police say the device made by Leonard contained enough explosive to cause extensive damage if built correctly.

“Any guy crazy enough to even try to make a bomb needs to face life in prison,” sophomore theatre major Logan Rausch said. “The law makes sense. We don’t need someone with that potential to be given any opportunities in the future to really do damage.”

Faisal Shahzad, who pleaded guilty to 10 counts in 2010 for attempting to detonate a car bomb in Times Square in New York City, was to face a minimum of life imprisonment, to which he was sentenced later that year.

Shahzad was charged for almost precisely what Leonard faces charges for, because both were attempts to use a weapon of mass destruction. The difference comes with motive, and with Shahzad’s more direct correlation to terrorism.

With Shahzad automatically going in with life in prison, one can only wonder what the courts will decide to do with Leonard. The two are certainly not the same, but it is a close example when it comes to the seriousness of charges faced related to explosive devices.

“I remember hearing about Shahzad’s case, thinking about the life in prison charges, and wondering if it was because he was classified as an Islamic terrorist, or if it was just the attempt at the use of explosives that gave him life in prison,” UWF visitor Amanda McAdams said.

“I think it’s definitely interesting to compare the two cases, but I think the courts will look less at Leonard, unfortunately, since his motivations were different,” McAdams said. “Personally, I think he should face life in prison, but I almost doubt that he will, even though he would be a future threat.”

Read more on Shahzad’s case here.

Leonard is set to have his first appearance in court on Tuesday and is still being investigated on prior criminal charges. His car and home are also still being searched.

Veterans share their stories and struggles at “Telling: Pensacola”

Iqueena Hollis

Staff Writer

The UWF Military and Veterans Resource Center partnered with “Telling: Pensacola” to bring awareness of the real-life struggles veterans face on and off the battlefield.

This event was free to the public and put on by the Florida Humanities Council. The first showing was 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts and brought out dozens of civilian and veteran supporters.

The second showing was 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Pensacola Little Theater.

According to Lisa Powers, program director of the Telling Project, the goal of the project is to bring to light what is most often swept under the rug.

“We want to bring awareness to these issues because they affect the people that protect and serve our country,” Powers said. “We are telling.”

Six veterans from different branches of the armed forces were chosen by a committee to tell their stories, and over the course of three weeks, prepared to expose the demons that once, and sometimes still do, haunt them. The event also featured a talk back segment at the end of the performance where the audience could ask the directors and vets questions.

Timothy Jones, a two-year Navy vet and student at UWF, was sexually assaulted by a fellow serviceman, and as a result of being outcast and ignored, was discharged and led a life filled with alcohol and drug abuse and homelessness over a period of 10 years.

“I share this story so freely because it’s not my story,” said Jones. “It’s the world’s story, and everyone needs to hear it.”

Tabitha Nichols, an eight-year Army National Guard vet, suffered from PTSD after being injured and bedridden in a rocket-propelled grenade attack and outcast because she was no longer a “good solider.”

Patrick McCrary, a six-year vet of the Marine Corps, served in the Vietnam War and also suffered from alcoholism.

Scott Satterwhite is a nine-year vet of the Navy and Marines and currently teaches English at UWF.

“Reality hits home when you’re 18 years old and writing your will,” Satterwhite said.

Debra Russell served 13 years in the Navy and suffered from sexual trauma as well as health issues. She was discharged after injuring both knees and a shoulder during a routine morning run and told that her injuries would be too difficult to heal. Russell also attempted suicide but rethought her actions after she pulled the trigger and the gun didn’t go off.

Elliott James Smith served two years in the Army as a machine gunner and was discharged after losing his right leg while trying to help a fellow serviceman guide a large truck.

“We’ve been rehearsing together for three weeks now, and you can tell that we have gained a special bond with each other because we have so much in common,” Satterwhite said. “Everyone on this stage has tried to kill themselves at one point either passively or actively.”

Support groups such as the Pensacola Vet Center and Team RWB were in attendance at the event, handing out helpful information for civilians and vets who experience PTSD and develop abusive relationships as a result of service.

For more information on the Telling Project and how to get involved in helping veterans, please visit the Florida Humanities website. There is also a public television documentary titled “Veterans: The Telling Project” that aired on Nov. 5 on PBS that tells the stories of six military vets.