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Florida’s Top College Paper Festival of Colors See pages 10-11 Vol. 75 No. 22 See “Debts” March 20, 2009 New Sciences Dean Hopes to Connect with Students [9] By Anne Orban Staff Writer Photo Illustration by Mike Trobiano Swimmers, Basketball Score Successful Seasons By Olivia Gylnn Asst. Sports Editor Two University of Tampa swimmers returned from the Houston, Texas, as national champions. Jessie Bardin took one firstplace finish, while Alex Hetland was able to earn the top spot two times at the 2009 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships at the Winter Festival. The UT men’s team finished in the eighth spot nationally and the women earned the 12th spot in the country. Bardin, a junior nursing major, won the 200 freestyle for the second time in two years and also finished third in the 500 freestyle. She now holds the UT record for the 500 freestyle event. Hetland finished first in the 200 See “Swimming” [19] By Brenton Burkett Sports Writer UT’s Lady Spartans made a valiant effort this season that yielded a school-record 13 consecutive victories and their third Sunshine State Conference championship in four years Reaching the NCAA To u r n a m e n t f o r t h e f o u r t h consecutive season, as the South Regional No. 3 seed, the Spartans won a tournament game for the first time in that stretch, knocking off No. 6 Clark Atlanta 70-63 on March 14. Their season ended the next day, ousted by No. 7 Ouachita Baptist 77-74 despite a strong comeback from a 24-point second half deficit. The 2008-09 team was very strong and, with only three seniors graduating, showed signs of only getting better. UT led the conference in a See “B-ball” [19] Divide and Conquer: P.E.A.C.E. Volunteers Extend a Hand Twice By Rebecca Zimmer Staff Writer This spring break, which members looked beyond just having fun this. Instead of saying “What can I do for fun this spring break?” they asked, “What can we do to help others?” P.E.A.C.E. volunteers traveled to Waveland, Miss. and Maryville, Tennessee. This was the first year that the PEACE organization offered two alternative spring break trips. This new option enabled more students the opportunity to give back. The Waveland, Miss. trip, led by junior Hannah Duprey ASB cocoordinator, worked on rebuilding a house for a couple affected by Hurricane Katrina. The twelve UT students who went on this trip installed insulation, sheetrock, dry wall. They also leveled the ground beneath the house and built a porch. Katrina Vidal, ASB coordinator, recalled the woman whose house they were rebuilding; “She was glowing everyday as she saw her house progressing.” UT junior Kristine Kodytek said the group got a lot done even though they didn’t have a lot of experience. "We didn’t know how much we could help, but it turned out we did a lot and they are a lot further along now in the process of rebuilding their home.” Although Mississippi didn’t get the publicity that New Orleans did after Hurricane Katrina, the state was still severely affected by the storm, which led P.E.A.C.E. to choose that area. The Tennessee trip also proved to be a huge success. Volunteers, led by ASB co-coordinator Christina Smith, worked in various places including in a senior citizens community, a child development center, and a park. They also picked up trash, and worked in the Cherokee National Forest. The UT students who went on the Tennessee trip stayed with a host family. The group stayed with a host family. “It opened up so many doors Kristine Kodytek (left) and Hannah Duprey (right) hold insulation Photo by Hannah Duprey and helped us focus on what exactly who we want to help, which is the Cherokee community and the environment,” Volunteers on the Tennessee trip focused more on the environment. They were made aware of environmental issues and taught ways to preserve nature. Duprey said that some of the volunteers never experienced volunteering before and they really enjoyed themselves. “The alternative spring break trips was a real success. It shows that the organization is moving forward and more people than ever are participating,” Duprey said. Author Speaks Of Economic Crisis [4] Inside ... Chapel Completion Pushed Back [2] MadWorld Game Review [13] Blogs from Overtime [18] Obama and Feminism [14] Rihanna/Chris Brown Controversy [16] Triplet of Baseballers [17] Quilt’s Corner [12] “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give. ” The University of Tampa appointed Dr. James Gore of USF St. Petersburg as their new dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences. As dean, Gore will oversee the departments of biology, chemistry and physics, exercise science and sport studies and nursing. After working at the University of South Florida for five years, Gore made the decision to switch to UT because he said he likes its dynamic developments. “It’s a stable and productive liberal arts institution and that’s what I like,” he said. Gore also enjoys the smaller class sizes. “I like getting to know each student personally, which is why I’ve always been drawn to working at smaller universities,” Gore said. Photo by UT Office of Gore Public Information specializes in studying sea turtles, streams and rivers and plans to organize a trip to Southern Africa where he can teach about these subjects first hand. The course name will be Natural History of Southern Africa and he hopes to be teaching the course by this fall. Gore has already organized similar trips with USF's St. Petersburg campus where he took students to Cape Town, Madagascar and Botswana. Growing up in New Mexico, Gore came from a family of scientists. His parents worked on the Manhattan project at the University of California in the Los Alamos Laboratory where the atomic bomb was first developed. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, Gore spent some time flying F-4 Phantom jets in Vietnam during the war. He was shot down and kept as a prisoner for some time. Gore then went on to complete his Master’s and Doctorate at the University of Montana. From 1994-1996, he served as the director and senior scientist of the See “Dean” [3] News.................[1-6] Commentary..[14-16] Editorial ...........[14] A&E...............[8-13] Sports ..........[17-20] [Winston Churchill]

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