December 2014

CTAS 3 CTAS 2By Jeramie L Bizzle

            The 11th annual Chicago travel and Adventure show is making its way back to the Donald E Stevens Convention center January 17th and 18th.

            The show brings travel experts in addition to thousands of vacation options and international culture and cuisine. The event helps those who are looking to travel or plan their dream vacation. With multiple educational seminars and shows from all across that demonstrates different cultural traditions, visitors can indulge in an array of stories, tips, and take pictures with some of the top travel professionals.

            This year, special guest speakers are to include Wild author Cheryl Strayed who leads the roaster of celebrity travel experts that includes Samantha Brown, Pauline Frommer, Peter Greenberg and Patricia Schultz. In addition to the special guest speakers, guest can visit over 300 exhibitors from international destinations ranging from Mexico Tourism BoardFlorida Keys, and Key West just to name a few. Unicom CEO John Golicz says that this show is the biggest show to ever hit Chicago and it’s all because Chicagoans have a great appetite for travel and culture.

“This show is a great way for travelers and families to experience the world in one day through the eyes of well-traveled speakers and thousands of experts who represent exciting destinations, tours and vacation options from around the globe.”

            The show opens Saturday at 9:30am for travel professionals, with general public hours set from 10am to 5pm. On Sunday the floor opens from 11am and closes at 4pm. Single day tickets are available online for a discounted price for $11 and two days are $17 with promo code CHPR. Regular price onsite are for $16/$25; children who are 16 and under are free.

            The show is operated by Unicomm, LLC an independent business communications company specializing in originating and managing world-class trade shows and conferences. The Travel and Adventure Show is the largest and longest running show for travel events which stops through los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco/Bay Area, Washington, D.C. San Diego and just added Philadelphia.

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Posted: November 19, 2014 by mccompany in On Campus, On the Street


Tallahassee, Fla. – College students and others who have roommates can now split, organize and track shared bills and expenses with a new, user-friendly mobile application. PayMyRoommate, developed by Tallahassee-based computer programming firm Paul Consulting Group, is a free Web and mobile application designed to facilitate expense splitting between roommates and friends, allowing them to pay monies owed online while building credit.

With an easy-to-use platform, PayMyRoommate makes it simple to track money owed for stress-free living.  After a detailed invoice is created, users can add as many roommates or “piggies” as they need to split the bill. PayMyRoommate will then email the “piggies” with the amount owed to the user. The application uses PayPal to transfer payments between users. PayPal is a certified and trusted third-party e-commerce business.

“We developed PayMyRoommate to facilitate expense sharing between people who live together,” said Marc Paul, CEO of Paul Consulting Group. “PayMyRoommate was designed to be as simple as possible in order to make splitting joint expenses less complicated for the user.”

The PayMyRoommate mobile application has been released on Google Play and is scheduled to be released on iTunes mid-December 2014. The Web application is currently available to all users online at


About Paul Consulting Group Paul Consulting Group is a Tallahassee-based consulting firm that specializes in software design, development and implementation of Web-based applications for a wide range of business and government entities. The company began operations on July 1, 1997, with a focus on consistently providing quality programming services – which has resulted in steady growth over the last 16 years. Its culture is one of professionalism, creativity and an ongoing love of what they do. PCG has completed hundreds of programming systems for private firms and state agencies throughout the last 16 years. The success of these systems has been predicated upon the ability to build long-term, productive relationships with clients. Part of their mission is to quickly understand the client’s processes and build elegant and creative solutions that automate those processes.

201411059512244820141105951224242014110595122415By Jeramie L Bizzle    @jeramiebizzle87

Members of the Triton College My Roots club/organization, walked around campus sporting black eyes and bruises in an effort to promote the dangers of domestic violence during their first annual event on Nov. 4th.

The event, with an estimated 55 attendees, discussed individual stories about being victims of physically and verbal abuse. Recent talks of violence in the media and celebrity battles were among additional conversations conducted during the meeting. In addition to the discussions, members of the club played videos of victims and performed a short skit and poem entitled “Flowers Today” about a woman who was beaten to death. The make up that was worn was to show how the results of physical abuse looks on both men and women. 

Shakana Polk, President of My Roots, indicated that this event is important to get the word out to our young men and women. 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime and 1 in 3 will be murdered by a former partner between the ages of 20-24. Men are also victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults; this needs to be known especially to the younger generation.”, Polk said.

All attendees took pledges to help speak out against domestic violence and to stand up for victims. The club also raised $150 that will be donated to the Purple Purse Organization that helps aid women who have escaped abusive relationships.

The Triton College My Roots club/organization focus is to have individuals get in touch with their past in order to embrace the future. Meetings are open to the campus Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the parachute room A.