Taco Crunch Kickstarter Campaign thats Bringing Taco Tuesday to a Whole New Level

Southern California (PRWEB) April 22, 2015

This story starts with a question that weve all heard before, Guacamole costs extra, is that okay? Even though John Palfreyman and Casey Finnerty were two college studentsfaced with rising tuition coststhe answer to this question was always Yes, please! However, it was this extra $ 1.80 that got them asking, How much money is actually made from Mexican food? Taking their food to go, John and Casey went home to do some research.

They found that, according to CDH Expert, the Mexican restaurant industry in the United States is worth about $ 39 billion. The entire restaurant industry in Mexico, however, is only worth about $ 18 billion, as stated in a 2011 GAIN report. This discrepancy became more apparent when they learned that Mexican restaurants in the U.S. have an average annual revenue of $ 700,000, whereas the average annual revenue of a restaurant in Mexico is only about $ 75,000. That means the average Mexican restaurant in the U.S. earns nearly 10x as much as a restaurant in Mexico. With 45.5% of Mexicos population living in poverty, John and Casey found it troubling that so little money made from Mexican food is actually finding its way back to Mexico.

One reason that may be holding back Mexicos restaurant industry is that Mexico is often perceived as a dangerous place to visit. From the 2009 flu pandemic to continuing drug violence, Mexicos reputation has been fighting an uphill battle in the United States. Additionally, restaurants in Mexico are often not well advertised. In the U.S., finding the best restaurant around is as simple as a quick online search. Although apps and websites like Yelp and TripAdvisor have gained some international recognition, they have not been universally adopted throughout Mexico, which can make finding a great hole-in-the-wall taco stand nearly impossible for visitors.

After coming to the realization that significantly more money is made from Mexican food in the U.S. than in Mexico, John and Casey set out to help guide people back to some of Mexicos most delicious restaurants. To do this, the duo began Taco Crunch, a project aimed towards discovering and publicizing Mexicos authentic taquerias to bring business back to the original taco artisans of Mexico. John and Casey are currently raising money on Kickstarter to trek through Mexico in search of the best local taquerias so they can give back to the business-owners and cooks that have perfected the taco by providing free advertising and crowd-funded donations to their restaurants. Along with doing what they can to support taquerias locally while in Mexico, the ambitious team also hopes to help bring a little bit of tourism back to Mexico with their site, tacocrunch.org. Here, visitors can find travel tips for navigating safely through Mexico, information for finding Mexicos best taquerias, and descriptions/rankings of Mexicos best tacos.

Sometimes extra guacamole can come with a little extra inspiration. Written on the side of their to-go bag the day that John and Casey began crnching the numbers behind the Mexican food industry was a Steven Pinker quote that read, We will never have a perfect world, but its not romantic or na

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Explore the Past from the Southern U.S. to Canada in New Xulon Book

Williamsburg, VA (PRWEB) April 17, 2015

M.J. Scotts new book, TIME ON THE TURN ($ 13.99, paperback, 9781498428811), is a vignette series of joy filled moments from the Deep South to Canada and back. Woven into this literary fabric are historic moments remembered. The reader will discover the essence of the American culture, and an inner pride within the serendipity of life.

As a teacher of the gifted, it is my dream that as students of life, we will all share in this common heritage, states the author. The beautiful heritage that each person has been endowed with is like a far off bell being sounded for each to remember.

M.J. Scott is a graduate of Manchester College, with a BS of Education, and Master of Mass Communications at Norfolk State University, and a doctoral program (all except dissertation) from California Coast University. The author is proud to be a teacher of the gifted and the owner of a photography business. The joy of traveling with her family has culminated in sharing of this book, and also publishing JOURNEY INTO FULFILLMENT by Xulon Christian Publishing Company.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the worlds largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order TIME ON THE TURN through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

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Walt Disney Art Director Goes Solo at Center Stage Gallery

(PRWEB) May 07, 2015

The Creative Talent Network is proud to present in his first solo art exhibition The Fearless Art of Mike Gabriel at Center Stage Gallery in Burbank, CA. Mike Gabriel is best known for his contributions as Director and Art Director on some of the highest grossing films in the history of animation at Walt Disney Animation such as Pocahantas, Wreck it Ralph and the academy award nominated short film Lorenzo during his 30 year career at the studio.

Stylistically, I am striving to become as unique as possible. What does my hand to brush to canvas want to do that nobody else is doing? Where does my sensibility stray off the expected path and veer into a true to my gut subtextual inclinational style? I want to continue to listen to that inner voice and tell my fine art voice to shut up. What do I love? I ask myself that when I am about to start a painting. Don’t think about the form; think about the feeling. ~Mike Gabriel

The gallery exhibit is showing over fifty originals and hundreds of prints that are both display and for sale, all of which exhibit playful examples of a full career at Walt Disney Animation. As a companion to the exhibit are QR codes displayed about the gallery where you can listen to the words of Mike Gabriel. Additionally CTN Press has created a 96-page, full color companion book that includes work from Mikes career and contributing words from Mikes colleagues such as Lorelay Bov

OIC Announces New Academic Research Finds Options-Based Investment Strategies Outperform Long Stock Strategy

Chicago, Ill (PRWEB) May 08, 2015

The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today the release of a new academic research study, The Performance of Options-Based Investment Strategies: Evidence for Individual Stocks During 2003-2013, conducted by Professors Michael L. Hemler, University of Notre Dames Mendoza College of Business, and Thomas W. Miller, Jr., Mississippi State University. The study, which was supported by OIC, found that some options-based portfolio strategies seemingly outperform long stock and improve the risk-return tradeoff of long equity portfolios over time. The authors presented the results of the study today at the 2015 Financial Advisors Forum held in conjunction with the 33rd Annual Options Industry Conference taking place this week in Miami Beach, Florida.

This research is novel in that it compares the performance of several different options strategies, rather than a single strategy, using equity options. A distinctive feature of this study is its exploration of the covered combination strategy and early exercise. The study examined the relative performance of five different investment strategies, four options strategies and a long equity strategy, for individual stocks widely held in 401(k) plans from 2003 through 2013. The options strategies used in the study include the covered call, protective put, collar and covered combination. Of these five strategies, the covered combination, which is a multi-leg options strategy that combines the covered call and the cash-secured put, outperformed the others using four standard risk-adjusted performance measures: Sharpe ratio, Jensens alpha, Treynor ratio, and Sortino ratio.

We applaud the work of Professors Hemler and Miller to create greater awareness and understanding of how specific options strategies can be used to enhance investment returns as well as reduce risk in up, down, and flat markets, said Scot Warren, OCC Executive Vice President of Business Development and OIC. OIC is proud to support this study and will use the research to further our efforts to educate financial advisors and investors about the benefits of options.

To view the paper and presentation, visit: http://www.optionseducation.org/options_based_investment_strategies_2015.html

About OIC

The Options Industry Council (OIC) is an industry cooperative funded by the U.S. options exchanges and OCC, the worlds largest equity derivatives clearing organization and sole central clearing house for U.S. listed options. OIC’s mission is to provide free and unbiased education to investors and financial advisors about the benefits and risks of exchange-traded equity options. Managed by OCC, OIC delivers its education through the Options Education Program, a structured platform offering live seminars, self-directed online courses, mobile tools, podcasts, webinars and live help. OIC’s resources can be accessed online at OptionsEducation.org, via mobile app for iOS, or by phone at 1-888-OPTIONS.

About OCC

OCC is the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC operates under the jurisdiction of both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Registered Clearing Agency and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a Derivatives Clearing Organization. OCC now provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 16 exchanges and trading platforms for options, financial futures, security futures and securities lending transactions. More information about OCC is available at http://www.theocc.com.


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Kickstarter Launched for Crying Bobblehead of Villanova Piccolo Girl, Roxanne Chalifoux

MILWAUKEE, WI (PRWEB) May 07, 2015

Today, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum (http://www.bobbleheadhall.com) launched a Kickstarter to produce bobbleheads of Roxanne Chalifoux, who became an online sensation when a TV camera captured her crying while playing the piccolo in Villanovas band after the number one seeded Wildcats were upset by N.C. State in the NCAA Tournament in March.

A rendering of the bobblehead depicts Roxanne, who became known as the Piccolo Girl, in the pose that was caught on TV. The Kickstarter seeks to raise $ 5,000, with contributors receiving the bobblehead and other unique rewards. It is unlikely that the bobblehead will be produced in a larger quantity if the Kickstarter goal isnt met. A portion of the Kickstarter proceeds will go to Roxanne and the Villanova University Band.

“Like millions of Americans, I have always been captivated by the NCAA Tournament, and this was one of the most memorable moments this year. It highlights all of the emotions on and off the court and symbolizes that agony of defeat, said Phil Sklar, Co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. After the tournament ended, we realized that a bobblehead would be the perfect way to capture this unique moment forever.

Roxanne is currently a biology major with a psychology minor. She has played in the Villanova Band since her freshman year and loved every second of it. Although the piccolo gets all the credit, she is also an avid bassoonist. She is officially a Villanova Band alumna and will be graduating from college on May 15. She then heads to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in August to pursue her dream of becoming an optometrist.

According to Roxanne, It was heartbreaking to see the team disappointed, and it was heartbreaking to realize my pep band days were officially over. I loved cheering for the Wildcats throughout my four years and really invested myself this season as a senior. Ive made great memories at Villanova, and I consider myself very lucky to have had so many incredible experiences.

“This will be a great memento for current students, alumni, faculty, administrators, basketball fans and collectors, said National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum Co-Founder and President, Brad Novak. Bobbleheads are very popular and we encourage people to back the Kickstarter to ensure you dont miss out on this very unique bobblehead!

The first 250 Kickstarter Backers will receive the bobblehead at a discounted price of only $ 15 plus shipping, with the price increasing to $ 20 for subsequent Backers. The Kickstarter Campaign is the only way to guarantee a bobblehead.

About the Villanova University Band:

The Villanova University Band, part of Villanovas Music Activities Department, actively fundraises during the year. The V Shirt sales and weekly cake sales help raise money for new basketball uniforms each season, the annual fall break service trip, new instruments, instrument repairs, and the annual band camp every August. Roxanne chose for a portion of the proceeds to go to the Villanova Band since it was an enormous influence on her college experience. Roxanne had the time of her life during her four years at Nova, and many of the amazing memories were made as a VU Band member.

About the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum:

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and will feature the worlds largest collection of bobbleheads and bobblehead-related exhibits when it opens in 2016. The Hall of Fame and Museum also designs, produces and markets a wide variety of bobbleheads. More information is available at http://www.BobbleheadHall.com.

Contact: Phil Sklar 414-519-2625 phil.sklar(at)bobbleheadhall(dot)com


The Rolling Stones Tickets at Petco Park in San Diego, California (CA) May 24th On Sale Today at TicketProcess.com

(PRWEB) April 13, 2015

Surprisingly, this is the only California show on the upcoming tour that was recently announced by the legends of rock ‘n roll. The band calls their own shots, and they decided that Petco Park would be the perfect venue to kick off this tour that will have fans from coast-to-coast dancing in the aisles.

One simply cannot overstate the greatness and overall impact of the Rolling Stones on rock ‘n roll music. A fateful meeting on a British train involving Mick Jagger and Keith Richards has since blossomed into the most impressive and important group in all of rock music over the last half decade. Their first tour took place throughout Great Britain in 1963, and their upcoming Zip Code Tour will cover the summer of 2015. The 52-year-span represents the single greatest and most impressive run in all of rock n roll history.

Leading Companies Are Now Connecting With America’s Military Veterans Via New Mytasca Collegiate Recruiting Software

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) May 05, 2015

As more businesses around the country are realizing the numerous advantages of recruiting college students who are U.S. military veterans, one software solution company is helping them build the necessary bridges to Americas college and university campuses.

Mytasca is a database of contacts at universities such as the veteran affairs departments and career centers. These two places are key jumping off spots for recruiting students, including our military veterans. The Mytasca product was designed to remove as much guess work as possible when it comes to connecting companies with college students to hire and is adept at identifying diverse groups like veterans.

“There’s a big opportunity for talent coming out of our military, says Tom Borgerding, who founded Minneapolis based Campus Media Group in 2002, the company which launched its product extension Mytasca in June 2014. These former servicemen and women know about leadership and teamwork, operating with grace under pressure, and are able to find solutions that are only taught in the military. In addition, diversity, globalization, and technology are second nature to them as a result of their service.

According to Borgerding, many of todays business leaders are beginning to realize the real value that veterans bring to the table. This is one of the first generations of business leaders that largely didnt serve in the military, which poses real cultural barriers to understanding military skills and experience. Fortunately, nearly every accredited college and university in the United States now offers specialized services for veterans, which is where Mytasca comes in to bring greater access to this valuable group.

Its comprehensive data is the result of three years of research plus long term relationships with many of the 4,500 institutions (representing every college in the U.S.), both online and brick-and-mortar campuses. Employers using Mytasca can identify target institutions with military veterans by entering the desired zip code, number of mile radius away from the company, discipline and degree of study to see key statistics and then a list of contacts including the career center and veterans affairs offices for access to candidates.

Based upon increasing demand for veteran candidates by Mytasca clients like Power Objects, BlackBaud, Pearson VUE, and Campus Strategic Partners among others, Borgerding and his team are making it easy for corporations and recruiters to connect with future employees and interns. Mytasca is the only online resource to combine U.S. government IPEDS: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System statistics data with university career center data and other key recruitment based university contacts. The best of todays technology included in Mytasca is able to leverage the mass amount of data available on colleges and universities and turn it into many different, easy to use cues for recruiters.

Mytasca allows every recruiter an objective, fact driven approach to more college career center professionals and their students in one centralized location. For more information and to learn more about connecting with our military veterans on U.S. college and university campuses, please visit: http://www.Mytasca.com and https://twitter.com/mytasca or call 952-697-2000.

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About Mytasca You Recruiting Without The Research Burdens

Mytasca, a division of Campus Media Group, was developed on the results of four three years of research and extensive discussions with a variety of employers and university career centers. Mytasca is the only resource that contains institutional, demographic, and campus departments including diversity, disability, veteran affairs and career center information all in one place, for virtually all higher-education institutions in the U.S. More than 4,500 two-year and four-year institutions, both online and brick-and-mortar campuses, are contained in its database. It is also the only resource that is free for educational institutions career centers to list and update their information.

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Founded in 2002 Campus Media Group is a media and marketing agency headquartered in Minneapolis that helps national brands and advertising agencies reach college students across the U.S. The companys core offerings include media planning and buying for online and social media, out-of-home, print, direct marketing, event marketing, and advertising channels. The agency assists major brands and employers with their youth marketing initiatives and has gained wide recognition as experts in reaching the college demographic. This expertise, coupled with its strong and long-established media relationships and partnerships across the U.S., have made Campus Media a trusted partner among the nations largest brands. For more information visit http://www.campusmediagroup.com

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Join the SSC for the Last Movie night of the semester! Bring your own REUSABLE bowl/cup for popcorn and drinks!



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Ladies, join us for a free self defense class brought to you by the SSC and the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center. According to Hirsch, Kathleen (1990)”Fraternities of Fear: Gang Rape, Male Bonding, and the Silencing of Women.” Ms., 1(2) 52-56., At least 1 in 4 college women will be the victim of a sexual assault during her academic career. Let’s do something about this! Let’s not be a statistic and learn how to defend ourselves in any situation. This is an RSVP, women-only event. To reserve a space, contact SSC President, Claudia Marin at claudiace.marin@gmail.com