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Social Media and Your Job Search

Sarah Findle spoke to Elon University communication majors this past Tuesday. Social media is widely considered a tool amongst communication professors at Elon. Findle spoke about the importance of social media in finding a job after graduation.

Findle discussed how sites like WordPress can be used to a students advantage. Blogging and webhosting companies can be very effective in networking and getting your name out there for future employers to see. Blog sites and web servers can give you a professional outlet to show off your best work and information.

Sarah Findle also discussed how the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter helped her land her first job. Following the right people and saying the right things got her a job at Howard Merrell & Partners based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Findle also explained the importance of using professional networking sites like Linked In. Despite not being as flashy and fun as sites like Facebook, they could serve as extremely valuable tools during your job search. It is sites like these you could give you a head start over your peers in finding a great career opportunity.

Findle encouraged everyone in the audience to seek her with any advice for finding a job and being professional on the web. She reminded everyone to live by her rules for success in the job market. “Brand, follow find and engage.”

                                    J.C. Watts

         Former Oklahoma star quarterback, ex-Republican congressman, J.C. Watts spoke at Elon University Tuesday as Elon’s seventh Isabella Cannon Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership. Watts is the chairman of the J.C. Watts Company. According to the J.C. Watts Company website, the company’s purpose is to, “represent our clients, effectively before domestic and international governments by providing targeted streamlined consulting services…” The conservative congressman lectured students on his moral beliefs, his view on the political landscape, and his own political analysis of different national and global issues.

            Watt’s focused on the frame of mind of the United States public.  He described the economic meltdown as due to Wall Street’s greed and Congress’ inability to separate what they want for themselves from what they want for the American people, “Character still matters, and I have a pretty simple definition of character. It’s doing what is right when nobody is looking. We have a character deficit today in America,” Watts said.

Watts wants the public sector to allow more competition and innovation. He said competition and innovation are what allowed the private sector to turn the United States into one of the most powerful nations in the world. Watts described Congress as a position of leadership that has no real competition. Thus, congressmen and women instead fight for their own job security and political affiliation.

Watt’s examination of Congress’s psyche became a platform for his solution to some critical national and global issues. Among them Watts discussed his background and feelings on poverty, and also discussed his beliefs on turning around the economy and Health Care.  In his lecture he did not shy away from discussing his conservative beliefs. He provided the audience  his solution to the weak economy.

“One billion dollars a day is paid in interest for our nations debts. It is not taxation that has gotten us where we are, it is all of the spending…Every dollar that comes into Washington DC, seventy-two cents of it is put on autopilot for mandatory spending,.. Until you do something about the mandatory spending, there isn’t anything you can do about the 25 cent taxation.” he said

DJ Shooting

LOCAL DJ AND STOCKTON STUDENT SHOT BY MAN IN ARMED ROBBERY AT RADIO STATION. IN STABLE CONDITION AT BRIDGTON HOSPITAL, GOING INTO SURGERY TO REMOVE BULLET.

At 7 o’clock this evening, local Disc Jockey of WKQV FM and 24 year old student at Stockton College, Mark Dickson was shot in the arm. Dickson is in stable condition at Bridgton hospital. Dickson called in the shooting himself.

The assailant robbed Mr. Dixon of the $2 Dickson had on him. The local radio station is located on Main Street in Vineland, New Jersey. Lieutenant Kathleen Jones of Egg Harbor Township police reported that the man knocked on the door, demanded the money and then shot Dickson in his right arm with a revolver. Dickson is in surgery to remove the bullet from his arm. The attacker could not be identified.

Vineland NJ – 7:00 PM — Rock ‘n’ roll WKQV DJ, Mark Dickson was shot in an armed robbery at the radio station Sunday evening. The robber knocked on Dixon’s radio station door on Main Street in Vineland, New Jersey. As Dickson was playing a record, he went to the door and when he opened the door the stranger, holding a revolver, immediately demanded money. Dixon only had $2 and handed the man the money. The man then shot Dickson in his left arm. Dickson managed to call in the robbery himself.

When asked about the attacker, Lt. Kathleen Jones of the Egg Harbor Township Police said, “I just don’t know if we’ll be able to find him. We’ll have to wait and see once we talk more with Mr. Dixon.” There were no witnesses reported on the scene of the crime.

The crime is puzzling to local law enforcement and town residents. Main Street and Vineland do not see much crime. The aggressive nature of the crime has given residents reason to not stay out late in Vineland.

The 24 year-old DJ is enrolled at Stockton College. Dixon’s family have yet to be reached for comment.  Dixon is in stable condition but is in surgery to remove the bullet from his arm.

            Feature Article

“Yo, I’m a mashup artist.” said Gregory Kantor, as he repositioned himself in his off campus residence at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. The part time student and full time professional music performer and producer wears a small t-shirt, skinny jeans and a leather jacket.  Kantor goes by the name 5 & a Dime as a mashup artist, but apparently classmates are not aware of his moniker. “I’m really not big enough to be considered an artist to them. I don’t let it get in my head.” The rising artists gave away the slightest of smiles. The young man may not impress his colleagues at his own school, but other universities are taking notice. Last week he performed a sold-out show at the University of Texas.

Kantor’s music career has taken a weird path over the years. He tried various instruments over the years and never could get the hang of them. His background in musical training is very limited.

One day a friend of his sister approached him. “Hey Greg, check out this new stuff I found.” Greg threw on the headphones and his eyes widened. “Who is this?” he muttered. The artist was Girl Talk and Greg Kantor found what he had been looking for. It was only a matter of time before Greg Kantor became the artist 5 & a Dime playing for thousands of students on a major college tour. The young unmotivated, music loving teen evolved to a man on the brink of stardom.

Kantor ashes his joint and gazes into the distance. Finally he breaks the silence and mutters the one thing he thinks contributed the most to his success.  “Patience is what got me where I am. I know it sounds corny but it’s the one thing my mom always told me when I was searching for an instrument or hobby. She was right the whole time.” Patience has led to hundreds of people following 5 & a Dime’s Twitter account, thousands of people “liking” his Facebook music page, and millions of students buying tickets to see a show on his immensely popular college tour.

News Release: Greek Week Dance

7 o’clock Elon, NC — The annual Greek Week dance was a hit last night. Hundreds of Greek and non-Greek students packed the stands at Elon University’s alumni gym. All of the university’s Greek organizations were in attendance and were given 5 to 10 minutes to perform a skit or dance. All the sororities put on a fantastic show and the fraternities put up a valiant effort.

About an hour into the performances, Lambda Chi Alpha’s dance began. Their performance was driven around the story of the fraternity’s sweetheart  being stolen by an evil King Kong. Toward the end of their performance, fraternity members threw up one of their members in a choreographed dance move that ended tragically: J.P. Saidenway fractured his wrist and sustained a major concussion.  “J.P. wanted to just walk it off but since he was laying on the ground for as long as he was, the emergency medical technician wanted to go through all the proper precautions and get his arm checked out at the hospital.” said Alex Merkin, a friend of Saidenway  who attended the event. Saidenway was taken to the hospital to get his head, neck and fractured wrist checked out. Once Saidenway was taken care of, the show went on. Saidenway has since been released from the hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery.

Once the dance was finally over and the judges counted their tallies, the winners were decided. Elon’s new fraternity Delta Upsilon won the dance competition with an interesting dance involving black light and leg kicks.  Zeta Tau Alpha won the sororities more advanced dancing competition. Their organization and originality reigned supreme as the final tallies were made that announced them champions.

                                    

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