Monthly Archives: March 2013

Welcoming Non-European Pope

Published: 14 March 2013 By Claudia Balthazar

For the first time in 1,000 years, a non-European leader has been chosen to head the church. On Wednesday March 13, 2013, Cardinal from Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, emerged as the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, the first time a South American broke the glass ceiling.

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Online Flirting: Is it Cheating?

 

By Claudia Balthazar

There’s a fine line between cheating and flirting. Boundaries between the two vary from couple to couple. There are always discussions about what’s considered cheating and what’s not. However, in today’s day and age, there’s one particular issue that falls in a gray area; online flirting.

Eighty-two percent of women believe online flirting is a form of cheating, according to the State of Dating Report, a study conducted by JDate and Christian Mingle; two online dating sites. Only 56 percent of men agreed it was considered cheating.

“It’s very hard to draw conclusions with regard to cheating,” Rachel Sussman, a New York-based marriage and family therapist and licensed clinical social worker said. “What is important to remember when looking at this stat [about women’s and men’s different definitions of cheating] is that the difference of opinion about this topic can create problems for relationships.”

Sussman partnered with JDate and Christian Mingle to analyze their findings. About 2,700 U.S. singles between the ages of 18 and 60 were surveyed.

One of the major reasons flirting could be considered cheating is many people believe it could lead to physical contact. Another finding the State of Dating study found was all women believed passionately kissing is considered unfaithful, compared to only 86 percent of men.

“Communication and talking it through before it becomes an issue is important to build trust and make sure both people in a relationship are on the same page,” Sussman said. Open communication is key for couples, she says, particularly on sensitive subjects like cheating. “When people start dating, there should be a talk regarding what the boundaries and lines are with cheating or similar topics. The more issues you can sort out early on, the less likely a problem will happen, particularly a relationship-ending issue.”

So the next time you’re confused about the difference between flirting and cheating, talk it over with your significant other, and they’ll let you know.

Published in Amour Creole Magazine, A magazine dedicated to French-speaking Caribbean readers living abroad, specifically Haitians.

http://amourcreole.com/online-flirting-is-it-cheating/?articl=article

 

Hofstra Hillel continues tradition of Birthright trip to Israel

By Claudia Balthazar
Staff Writer

Hofstra University students had the opportunity to go on a 10-day trip to Israel through the Taglit-Birthright Israel: Hillel Trip from 6 Jan. 2013 to 17 Jan. 2013.

“It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life,” said Lindsay Sher, sophomore at Hofstra who was one of the 21 Hofstra students who attended the trip in January — right around the time of the Israeli elections.

The Birthright Israel trip is offered through different organizations for students who apply to the program with the belief that it is their birth right, as a Jew, to visit Israel and learn about its history.

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Digital Trends Event Coverage: NYWICI Digital Trends Capital

By Claudia Balthazar
Last week, New York Women In Communications held their Digital Trends Capital event on February 19th as part of New York City’s first round of Social Media Week. During this event, panelists from all over the digital world expressed their ideas about the digital age and its impact on the Communications field.
Jennifer Preston, The New York Times journalist discussed her transition into the digital age. “It changed everything for me being that I was mainly in print.” This transition is what many reporters had to face when technology took over the world.
Through it all, this new transition has helped many people in the Communications field with the introduction to social media. “For everyone who is reinventing themselves, social media is wonderful,” Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, co-founder and partner of Digital Brand and Architects said. As Tammy Tibbets, founder and president of She’s the First puts it, “Media is the fuel to the engine of entrepreneurship.”
To many, social media makes the world a smaller place and allows people to develop things faster than ever before. “Through technology, you can create things quickly and at very little cost,” Amanda Hesser, co-founder of Food52 said, “Once I saw that, I never looked back.” And she spent eleven years at The New York Times. This shows how everyone could adapt to this digital age, and should.
The digital age will only progress. Keynote speaker, Rachel Haot, chief digital officer of the City of New York told to us about one of the city’s plans to incorporate coding into the high school education system.
Not everyone will be comfortable with social media at first, especially those who are transitioning into it. But there are programs like this that help people understand the importance of it and that show ways they can incorporate it into their everyday life.
“It’s nice to know that not everyone knows that much about social media and it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you keep going on,” said Ritza Yana, senior communications consultant for RYink. “And I think more and more people are willing to get involved,” added Deanna Utroske, content producer for Digital Book World.
Social Media Week will start back up again September from the 23rd to the 27th. For more information go to socialmediaweek.org

Published in the New York Women in Communications Inc. Student Blog, NYWICI Next

http://www.nywici.org/students/2013/2/27/digital-trends-event-coverage-nywici-digital-trends-capital

Alpha Kappa Psi Honors Women in Business

L to R, Yeni Castro, Ashley Kowal, Brian St. Hubert, Christina Whitehurst, Dr. Elizabeth Venuti Photo credit: Claudia Balthazar

L to R, Yeni Castro, Ashley Kowal, Brian St. Hubert, Christina Whitehurst, Dr. Elizabeth Venuti Photo credit: Claudia Balthazar

Women all over the world are breaking through various barriers to work in the corporate world of America. Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, held the panel “women in business”, on Feb. 6, 2013 at Hofstra University, to inform the audience about a woman’s experience in the corporate world of business. During the panel, women discussed how females could play positive roles in their positions.

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