Casualties hosts ninth annual film premier
Casualties Skate Snow and Surf shop will be hosting their ninth annual video premier next week. The event will showcase two new films, “This Video Sucks” and “Videograss.” “We use this as a kickoff to the snowboard season every year,” said Matt Jones, an employee at Casualties. Jones said that most major snowboarding movies are filmed using footage from the previous season and are made available in Sept. and Oct. Jones said that this year is an exciting one for films, and snowboarding enthusiasts will not want to miss them. “The thing that’s cool about the premier is that the snowboard kids obsess about them,” said Jones. There will be a $3 entrance fee to attend the event, which will also include a free raffle ticket. Jones said that last year Casualties, cooperating with local businesses like Vio Sports, Hunter Audio and Play’ N Trade, gave away nearly $10,000 in prizes. This year prizes will range from T-shirts to a surfboard; the grand prize will be a 42-inch flat screen T.V. along with a PlayStation 3 game console. Jones said that the event usually draws a full audience and that Casualties is expecting a similar turn out this year. “It’s a great event to come to, hang out with friends, get excited about the snow season, and see two really awesome snowboarding films on the big screen,” said Jones. The event is open to the public and will be held in 102 Jamrich at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
– Cameron Witbeck
Presentation focuses on skills for the future
Next week Northern students will have the opportunity to attend the Monster College Advantage, a highly energetic presentation for students who want to be sure that they are on the right track for both college and their futures. It focuses on goal-setting, time management and interview strategies. The covered topics are intended to aid students not just in the immediate future, but well into their college careers, according to Lenette Pynnonen, coordinator of Academic Support Services. One theme of the presentation is to guide students to success beyond college. “We want Northern students to go to employers and have an edge,” said Pynnonen. Supplement workbooks will be given to attending students in order to follow the participatory presentation and as a resource to review the useful information. Students will also be introduced to Monster’s Web site, a tool for when students begin looking for internships and jobs. They will also learn about the fundamentals of a strong resume. Another point is setting effective, SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely) goals. “Although it’s designed for freshman and new students, I could see it benefiting anyone,” Pynnonen said. This fast-paced, interactive event is free to Northern students and takes place on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in Jamrich 102. Freshmen are encouraged to attend, as well as any students interested in being prepared and successful, both through the remainder of college and life beyond graduation.
– Delaney Lovett
‘Month of majors’ provides options
Students interested in changing the direction of their academic careers will be interested in a month-long event that the Academic and Career Advisement Center (ACAC) is hosting. The Month of Majors is a collection of educational sessions with information on majors offered at Northern, allowing students to talk directly with people teaching those classes. “We want students to participate and explore their options – to take control of what they need to do to declare a major,” said Lenette Pynnonen, coordinator of academic support services at ACAC. The Month of Majors is a revised version of the Academic Majors Fair that was held in previous years. Pynnonen said that the change was made because students felt like they were not able to get their individual attention when many people were gathered at the major’s information booth. “Basically, it just boiled down to making things more user-friendly so students could really get their questions answered,” Pynnonen said. These sessions will give students the opportunity to meet in small groups for no more than an hour to ask any questions they might have. They can ask about majoring in a particular field including possible career choices, mandatory classes or other concerns. They will also be able to get the names and contact information of people who can help them further explore or change their major. To find out times of the informative sessions that take place Monday through Thursday until Oct. 28, students can call ACAC or view the university calendar.