Dr. Kokonis’ Former Triton Student will discuss his book “Arcadia, My Arcadia”

Dr KokonisArcadia“Arcadia, My Arcadia” is a story of a Greek boy who surpassed a lot of difficulties and calamities but finally achieved his goals: finish high school and came to America.  This novel is a lesson of persistence and fortitude. Please attend this wonderful presentation!

The presentation will be held in the Library, Room A-321 on Wednesday, December 11 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.


The Benefits of Swimming


By Sandie Neri

I know our hectic lifestyles often prevent it, but we all do stand to benefit from some exercise in our lives. These are a few things I found out while studying my favorite way to workout.

NFL players, such as Cleveland Brown’s wide receiver Josh Cribbs, use swimming as a part of their workout. In fact, Cribbs was an excellent swimmer in high school, and is aware of the aerobic benefits of swimming. Actress Natalie Portman, star of the movie ‘Black Swan’, had to follow a very intensive workout routine to get her body in top ballerina shape. Portman started her day with a mile of swim laps, followed by two hours of ballet exercises.  Both Cribbs and Portman are very aware that because you are in water, your body is working against the resistance of the water which is great cardiovascular exercise, but your body doesn’t feel the strain.

According to cdc.gov (Center for Disease Control), swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States and a good way to get regular aerobic physical activity. Swimmers have about half the risk of death compared with inactive people. People have reported enjoying water-based exercise more than exercising on land, probably because they can enjoy exercising longer without joint or muscle pain.

“It is a good, whole-body exercise that has low impact for arthritis, musculoskeletal, or weight limitations,” says Robert A. Robergs, Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratories at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and quoted on .webmd.com.

Not only is swimming easy on the body, it’s a great way to get fit, according to Tay Stratton, Head Swim Coach at the Little Rock Athletic Club. Swimming recruits all the major muscle groups, including the shoulders, back, abdominals, legs, hips, and glutes she says.  “It’s cardiovascular and strengthening at the same time, and not many workouts have that”, says Stratton.

Also found on .webmd.com was Sue Nelson, Aquatic Program Specialist for USA Swimming in Colorado Springs, Colorado, who has many success stories of obese clients that lost weight after they began working out on the water. One man was 500 pounds, had rheumatoid arthritis, and had to quit work because he couldn’t get around.  “He went from a wheelchair, to a walker, to crutches, to a cane, to nothing by working out in the water,” says Nelson, “He became one of my employees and lost over 250 pounds.”

While experts are still disputing that this result may not occur with everyone, they do agree that swimming has many benefits for everyone.

Movies You May Have Missed…

by Sandie Neri

Who has the time to see every movie at the theater as soon as it opens? We’re busy! So we have to play catch up, and thanks to cable, Red Box, Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, and your local library…we can! Here are a few titles worth catching up with….

Silver lining


Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

Two strangers who have both been mentally and emotionally damaged, cross paths and learn to cope with their experiences. While the suffering of mental disorders is no laughing matter, this film does find a few moments of levity. A great story, excellent stars and supporting cast add up to a film well worth catching.


My Week With Marilyn


My Week With Marilyn (2011) – Starring: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne

Based on true events, the film takes place when Marilyn Monroe was in her heyday, and filming in London for the first time. A young man who becomes an assistant on the set of the film, earns Marilyn’s affections and steals his heart. Actress Michelle Williams does a great job at portraying Marilyn in the film, and I am deeply impressed that she was brave enough to take on such an iconic role. You don’t have to be a huge fan of Marilyn to enjoy or appreciate this film, the story, acting and pace make this film a delight. Seeing Marilyn through the eyes of this young man, we see her at her high and low points, and sheds some light on the woman…not just the star.


Lawless (2012) – Starring: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf

This film is based on true events. Three brothers, living in Virginia in the 1930s, are bootleggers (pretty much like everyone in their county). When the government tries to control the bootlegging, corrupt officials try to take a piece of the brothers profits. This film is very well written, well directed and packed with talent. Although this is a dramatic film, there are two subplots that are romantic and add balance to the dark, sinister tones.

Abraham Lincoln- Vampire Hunter


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) – Starring; Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln

Fore score…and seven vampires ago? Yeah, I thought the same thing when I heard this film portrays Abraham Lincoln…as a vampire hunter. I thought “no way is that concept gonna work”…. But it does. The film has some gore, action, and a storyline that keeps you interested throughout. The casting choices are spot on, especially Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln. There are some great visual effects, and set designs.

The Holiday Season is just Around the Corner


By Jeramie L Bizzle  @jeramiebizzle87

 With the holiday season just around the corner, the one thing that most teens are going to bug their parents for is a brand new smart phone. But with all the brands including Galaxy, IPhone and Windows, how do you choose the right one to meet the needs of not only your child but to the parent?

There are returning favorites and brands that are announcing their come backs including LG, Motorola and BlackBerry, but how do these phones stack up in a day where calling and texting is replaced with Facebook and Snap Chat.  Here are lists of the latest phones that will be battling for your business in December.

 Windows 925 and 1025 Lumia  If you love your computer and love taking pictures than this is a phone that meets your expectations. Operating of windows 8 this phone and its popular tile display makes finding what you need simpler and fast. Accessing your camera to get that once in a lifetime shot is quicker than Android and the best part for college students is that it comes with office so you can work and access your homework just about anywhere. Averages and estimated six to eight hours depending on your display and app settings you customize and come in multiple colors for a phone that’s your own. This phone is not for those who are into everything social networking for popular apps such as Snap Chat, Instagram and Vine are yet to be available in its app store.

 BlackBerry Z10 and Q10  This isn’t your parents BlackBerry, the reinvented BB tries to mimic its competition with is IPhone 5 like design and Android like navigation. After you get pass the new look you come back to reality as you realize that if your not working in a cooperate field, you don’t need it. It has familiar apps like Angry Birds and Facebook but besides that there is nothing else to say about the phone except that if you are working hard in school or work than it can serve as a great digital assistant, but it put more work than fun in its store.

 Motorola X  The last we heard of Motorola was when the Razr and the Cliq was popular, but with the buzz surrounding its personal customization option, longer battery life, glance feature, camera and light design, it may be that everyone can get excited about.

 IPhone 5s and 5c  Apple has reinvented the phone with just a couple of features including the finger print scanner and its sleek slim design, but it is still an IPhone. The plus is there are more apps and better camera features, but just as you have to do with any Apple product, you will have to buy them. The 5c model or as come may call it the IPhone 5 cheap, still functions as the 4s. A smart phone that is simply made for parents who have their first smart phone.

 Samsung Galaxy Series  Within the past three months, we have been introduced to the Galaxy S4, Note 3 and two other big screen models that makes you question how big is too big. All devices are fast through a 4G network and have everything you need for both work and play. Paying out of pocket without belonging to a network will cost you a pretty penny, but you can enjoy all the things it has to offer as it can connect to Wi-Fi and with so many free calling apps, you don’t need a phone plan to have the latest Galaxy.

With the holidays just weeks away, now is the time to start lining up for that new phone that will bring joy and happiness to a child, but frustration of a high phone bill to the parent.