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Nat’l retention rates dropping UCF’s rate remains stable at 87 percent SALO STEINVORTZ
centage of first-year, fulltime students who return to the same institution for their second year of college — have dropped to their lowest in 27 years. According to the ACT survey sent to more than 2,500 schools, the retention rate at four-year colleges has been trending down from 75 percent in 2005 to 72 percent currently.
Most four-year schools are experiencing a declining retention rate, according to a survey conducted by ACT, Inc., but UCF isn’t one of them. The outcome of the survey conducted by the independent nonprofit has shown that college retention rates — the per-
In contrast, UCF has maintained a stable number of first-year students that keep coming back for their sophomore year. According to Associate Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Services DeLaine Priest, UCF’s current retention rate is 87 percent from 6,400 freshmen students each year, 15 percent higher than the rate
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On weekdays, Jeanette Bustillo leaves her dorm room in the Towers and walks to class, confident she’ll be ready for the day’s challenges. Like any other student, she enjoys movies and music in her spare time. Her boyfriend, Marcus Steverson, also leaves his apartment at Knights Circle and makes sure that he’s packed the appropriate supplies for an extended amount of time away from home. He’s looked into police and governmental options as post-graduation plans. An acquaintance of theirs, Tremayne Sirmons, drives 30 minutes to campus to attend education classes, hoping to become a drafting teacher for
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While rain would turn off most people from a camping trip, the members of the sixth biannual Tent City did not give up. From Feb. 6 through 12, students joined together on Memory Mall to find peace through education and creativity. President of Campus Peace Action Stephanie Cooper said many passers-by and some students may not have understood what Tent City was as they walked by with a look of utter NICOLE BLACKALL / CENTRAL FLORIDA FUTURE confusion, proba- Tent City lined Memory Mall for a bly wondering if week of events. this was only a new, eco-friendly form of student housing. “I see them wondering what we are doing, and if they would ask, we would love to tell them what we are all about,” Cooper said. “Everyone is welcome at Tent City.” Cooper, a sophomore interdisciplinary studies major, first came out to Tent City during the
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TAMPA RESIDENTS CELEBRATE MUBARAK OUSTING Residents in Tampa are celebrating the ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak with a fundraising picnic.Mubarak stepped down from his position after 18 days of protests.
LEGOLAND TO HIRE 1,000 PEOPLE FOR CENTRAL FLA.PARK Legoland is expected to hire 1,000 people for its Central Florida theme park opening in October. Park officials said that only about 75 employees have been hired up until this point.
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UCF is 87 percent, out of the 6,400 freshmen students in the survey.
Marcus Steverson,a Type 1 diabetic,takes a reading of his blood sugar level with a monitor.
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Students interested in obtaining an alcohol screening report can attend Alcohol Screening Day, which will be hosted by Career Services in front of the Library on Feb.15.
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in the survey. “The retention rate here at UCF is very promising because one of the primary things that we really focus on in terms of retention is the success of our students,” Priest said. She said she believes that understanding stu-
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The White House has a new address, and it’s Memory Mall at UCF. The 12-feet by 4-feet replica of the most famous house in America was constructed by the College Democrats at UCF as part of Habitat for Humanity at UCF’s second annual Shack-A-Thon.
For more photos of the event: www.UCFNews.com Ten groups, including Greek organizations and registered student organizations, began building their shacks for the fundraiser at 11 a.m. on Feb. 13. Each group participating in the fundraiser had to raise $300 to participate. “It’s incredible just to
see all of these organizations come together to [raise awareness for] substandard housing,” said Habitat president Kaitlyn Jeanis. This year’s Shack-AThon is a multi-day event, whereas last year’s was only one day. “We didn’t really know what to expect out of it,”
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Outdoor Adventure Advocacy Chair Leah Copeland helps John Hampton,a sophomore criminal justice major,build their group’s shack on Feb.13.
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Alcohol Screening Day to provide personalized results The screening in front of the UCF Library will provide confidential, personalized results. Those who attend the event also have the opportunity to win T-shirts, key chains or water bottles. The event will be held on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students can contact Stephanie Spies at 407823-3652 or email@example.com for more information.
Majors fair to be held in Pegasus Ballroom The UCF Student Union will be hosting a majors fair in an effort to connect students with their current or possible majors. Information on course requirements for current students in a specific major will also be provided by UCF faculty members. Those who are undecided or need to decide what’s next in their academic career can attend the event, which will include free food and prizes in a casual environment. All students are welcome to attend the event, which will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 16.
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Picnic fundraises for ousting of Egyptian president TAMPA — The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said monetary donations collected at the potluck-style picnic Sunday afternoon will go toward helping with the immediate, basic needs of the Egyptian people. The gathering at Lowry Park is also being billed as a celebration.
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RENAISSANCE GIRL Santana elected to Girl Scout board KENDALL BIERER Contributing Writer
UCF Director of Women’s Studies M.C. Santana holds many titles and responsibilities in her life. As of Jan. 29, she will add one more. Santana was elected to the Citrus Council Developmental Board of the Central Florida Girl Scouts, which services all Central Florida counties. “I was pickled. I was so proud and pleased that somebody would even care to invite me,” Santana said. “I love working with the community at large. I love working with girls. I had great mentors and I believe that it makes a big difference in a girl’s life.” Santana became associated with the Citrus Council a year ago when the Women’s Studies program started an internship with it. “We had an intern with them in fall 2009 and spring 2010,” Santana said. “Because of how well they did, and how much they impressed them, they invited me to be a part of what they call Strategic Learning.” Strategic Learning was an activity that all councils around the nation have been participating in to spruce up the Girl Scouts’ image, objectives and building an insight into a girl’s world. Santana worked on the consumer’s group from May until June of 2010. “My group wanted to find out what the girls liked, so we did market research,” Santana said. “We focused on why the girls leave after a certain age, preteen is basically when students start having other activities such as sports which divide their time.” As the consumer group, Santana and the committee had to present to the Board of Directors of the Citrus Council to show them what they had discov-
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Director of Women’s Studies M.C.Santana is involved with various community programs.
ered. “It was a hard job but it was worth it,” Santana said. Her efforts paid off. Santana received a call from the Board of Directors to be on the Developmental Board, which will have its first meeting Feb. 15. She still has no idea who nominated her. “It has to do with your community involvement rather than your degrees,” Santana said. “They do not even call me Dr. Santana, it is not important to them.” The Developmental Board is in charge of getting new people to work for Citrus Council either as fundraisers, donors, contacts, speakers, or supporters. They are looking for an array of different experiences. This is where they will tell the members what groups and subcommittees the board will be comprised of. Santana said that it’s important that she is an alumna of Girl Scouts and is an Adult Girl Scout. She has been working
with her daughter’s troop since 2007 and is familiar with the Girl Scout’s new journey it established two years ago. In addition to the Girl Scouts, Santana devotes most of her free time to other aspects of the community. She has volunteered with the Heart Association of Florida’s Heart Walk, teaches K-6 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Community where she is also a Eucharist minister, served as a keynote speaker and member of the Hispanic American Business Women Association, a speaker and member of the League of Women’s Voters of Orlando and a member of the Leadership Enhancement Program and the Legacy Mentoring Program. “I know that Citrus Council also wants more representation from the Latino community. Their numbers are not as high for the Latino girls as they would wish,” Santana said. “I am sure that the fact that I am a Latino woman had something to do with my nomination, but I think in all honesty that when you like the product you are a good representative. I like the leadership skills that Girl Scouts build.” Santana has dedicated much of her time to doing voluntary work and gaining exposure to UCF. “I think it connects you with your society and I hope that I put the name of UCF extremely high, as I am really proud of UCF,” Santana said. Even with the responsibility as director of Women’s Studies and associate professor of Digital Media, Santana does not believe that the position will be too strenuous on her time and duties. “I don’t see the position as taking away from me; I think it gives me more than takes awa,” Santana said. “You put everything in perspective.” Santana knows that the Girl Scouts need her, her voice and her participation. “You realize that this is not busy work, it is important work. It is a new challenge. They appreciate you.”
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Java Jives contest features student poetry EMON REISER Contributing Writer
Java Jives returned this semester and opened the mic to UCF’s creative poets and rhythmic speakers in the Pegasus Ballroom on Feb. 11. Each contestant had five minutes to perform a piece of their choice for the chance to win a Kindle e-reader as the grand prize. This was the first Java Jives to feature only student performers. The CAB Culture and Fine Arts committee usually invites poets and spokenword artists to perform at the event. The committee hosted the event and had students sign up beforehand to compete for the grand prize. Only student competitors were eligible for prizes. Performances could incorporate music, dance, instruments, or props to enhance their verbal performance. Monologues, songs, poetry and instrumentals were all part of the event. Three students from the CAB Culture and Fine Arts committee judged the performances. “We were judging on how rich the content was, how steady was their pace, how creative the piece was and whether they stayed within the time limit,” said Edwin Williams, a molecular biology and microbiology major and judge for the event. Senior theater major Ryan Grajo was the first to perform and recited two poems he wrote. “It’s great getting my poetry out there,” Grajo said. “I want to be a professional a capella singer, so this is a great venue for
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Campus Activities Board Speakers Director Steven Natale,left,played the piano for the audience at the Java Jives spoken word contest on Feb.11,where students battled for the grand prize,a Kindle e-reader.
me to get my work into reality.” Java Jives is typically hosted each semester. After the scheduled performances, Maggie Perez, the director of CAB’s Culture and Fine Arts committee, opened the stage to impromptu performances. Grajo took the stage once again, bringing part of his collegiate a cappella
group, the Crescendudes, to the stage. They sang their own renditions of the 1970s hit Up the Ladder to the Roof and Black Horse & The Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall. Sophomore Sara Sohn, a communication sciences and disorders major, went on stage to sing a Swahili poem that inspired her. Other students fol-
lowed, though they were not eligible for the grand prize and were received with a snapping applause from the audience. “Even though people usually stick to slam poetry, every performance is different,” Perez said. Performances are unique and usually resemble their folk music, jazz, and hip hop influences. Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea
Company provided refreshments for Java Jives’ guests. The CAB Culture and Fine Arts committee also gave away ten Snuggies to random audience members. The judges awarded the Kindle E-Reader to Derek Estevez. Even though he has never performed in a spoken-word competition before, Estevez practices his slam
poetry at Meridian Hookah Lounge. Estevez encourages any aspiring artists to go to the lounge’s new Slam Poetry night every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. For students interested in joining the CAB Culture and Fine Arts committee and participate in these events, contact Perez at email@example.com.
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Living with diabetes a struggle for students FROM A1 industrial and technical designs. These three individuals — ordinary, everyday UCF students — all share a parallel path. It becomes a unifying factor from the beginning until the end of each day: All three have Type 1 diabetes. “I feel like it makes [being a student] a little bit harder because I feel like I’m juggling a lot,” Sirmons said. “It makes me feel more determined because I know I’ve got all of this going on and it makes me want to try a bit harder.” Sirmons, a senior education major, isn’t the only one with this condition. According to the American Diabetes association, 1 in 400 children and adolescents have Type 1 diabetes.
According to the ADA, Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the body’s pancreas does not produce insulin. While genetics are believed to play a role, the ADA lists two factors leading to its cause. One must inherit a predisposition to the disease and something in the environment must trigger diabetes. Insulin, a natural hormone, is used to convert carbohydrates such as sugar and starches into glucose. Glucose is the fuel source for the body’s cellular activities. Only 5 percent of all diabetes cases are Type 1, according to the ADA. This differs from Type 2, which is the most common form of diabetes. The ADA describes Type 2 as the most common form of diabetes. In this form, the
body has built a resistance to the insulin produced by the pancreas or there is not enough insulin produced. Because their bodies do not naturally produce insulin, people with Type 1 require an outside source of insulin. The most popular long-term solution is the use of an insulin pump. Insulin pumps can be difficult to spot for most people. “I usually just clip in into my pocket and a lot of people ask me why I have a pager,” said Steverson, a sophomore legal studies major. “Then they see the little tube coming out of it and they realize that it’s something else.” Insulin pumps are pagersized devices that are constantly attached to the body via a tube and pump site. On the pump site rests an infu-
sion set, which is a patch that adheres to the skin. The infusion set also has a small, needle-like device, which goes below the surface of the skin to inject insulin into the body. Pump sites can be changed, but the most common sites are the upper and inner thighs, rear end and lower back. Pumps can be attached to belts, put in pockets or placed in other secure areas. Bustillo, Steverson and Sirmons all share similar experiences with their pumps and perceptions of other students. “When they see you take it out because it beeps, some say ‘Man, that’s an old school pager,” Sirmons said. “I’ve just grown to live with it, but it’s just my electronic pancreas.” Students with Type 1 at UCF face the same trials as the rest of the student body — late-night studying sessions, varied meal times and rapidly fluctuating schedules as semesters change. For Bustillo, Steverson and Tremayne, finding regularity isn’t a difficult task, as they have been working with their conditions for so long. Stress can adversely affect blood sugar levels, which has to be monitored several times per day with a blood sugar monitor. Eyesight can be affected and sometimes permanent damage can result, according to the ADA. “Some mornings, I wake up and my blood sugar has affected my eyesight,” Bustillo said. “Some days, it’s just hard to see things for a while.” Bustillo, a sophomore radio and television major, explained that these changes to eyesight can make it difficult to go to class, but missing work is not something that she’s
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Insulin pumps,which are pager-sized devices,distribute insulin via a small tube to an infusion set,which has a needle that goes below the skin.
prone to doing, even with her condition. Both Bustillo and Steverson were diagnosed at a young age, but Sirmons wasn’t diagnosed until he was 24 years old, which was two years ago. “It was rough and for the first month, I didn’t eat chips, cookies or anything that wasn’t salad or meat,” Sirmons said. “I finally had my first Snickers in two years and it was so good.” All three students agree that as time with their condition has progress, it’s become something that they live with. Many of the daily routines required to stay healthy have become automated. When discussing how he remembers to take blood sugar tests, Steverson said that it was something that he does almost as an involuntary act. “It’s something I have to do, so I just go ahead and do it,” Steverson said. Though many of their insulin-related actions might be involuntary, students have difficulties keeping track of detailed statistics or making changes to the program on their own. The Type I group at UCF, which was recently created by Student Health Services in Sept. 2010, currently has about 50 members on paper and 30 who regularly attend the oncemonthly meetings. Michael Cronyn of UCF
Health Services helps to spearhead the Type I group. “The biggest challenge is to be able to find the time to devote to the diabetes management part of it,” Cronyn said. “A lot of these young students sometimes end up dropping out of school due to the sugars being really out of control.” Cronyn explained that UCF’s program offers both an educational and social part of its program, allowing its members with Type 1 to more easily manage their condition and keep up with their health. Outside of the Type I group and classes on campus, social activities also require specific planning. “Even when we [Bustillo and Steverson] go out on a date, we have to make sure that we have insulin, pump supplies in case on disconnects and sugar in case we go low,” Bustillo said. From an outsider’s perspective, it would be nearly impossible to ever know that those with Type 1 actually have the condition. Finding regularity for Bustillo, Steverson and Sirmons doesn’t seem to be a difficult task, as they have been working with their conditions for so long. As they left their homes for campus with insulin pumps and emergency supplies, they eventually return unchanged, just like any UCF student.
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Economy, Bright Futures factors in retention FROM A1 dents from their initial arrival is important in order to provide a rich college experience that will extend beyond the classroom. “We work very diligently to make sure that as we bring new students to the university, we connect with them early before orientation,” Priest said. “It’s important to have a very structured program in place when students arrive here for the first time. We are always collaborating with other programs on campus to make sure we can offer the best services for students to come back.” Both Priest and research by ACT have cited the economy as the biggest factor in students not returning to school after their freshman year, but they say that grades factor into this, too. “Some of the students did indicate that they had lost their Bright Futures so they needed to move back home, but by far, it was the economy,” Priest said.
UCF employs several methods to connect with students on a personal level in hopes of keeping them in school. One important program for student retention at UCF is First Year Advising and Exploration, a program that’s role is to serve freshmen students with a smooth transition from high school to college. Director of First Year Advising and Exploration Stephen O’Connell thinks that a successful retention story is one where the student finds UCF to be the chosen university to stay after the first year. According to O’Connell, there are plenty of obstacles that he sees among freshmen students that contribute to the small percentage of those who decide to leave after their first year. “We have lots of obstacles that contribute to an unsuccessful transition from high school to college,” O’Connell said. “There are parental expectations, some students don’t like that.
Other issues involve realizing [how overwhelming it is] to balance the freedom of becoming independent. Accepting the role of adulthood is very tough at first.” Priest and O’Connell both mentioned that part of having a prosperous retention is connecting with people on campus. Whether it’s communicating with a professor or an advisor, they believe that connecting with the appropriate resources is extremely important if students have trouble adjusting to the college life. Berlyn Duclair, a freshman molecular biology and microbiology major, said her experience at UCF so far has been interesting because she has learned about herself. “Being a member of different organizations, I’ve been able to meet great friends and also learned leadership skills,” Duclair said. Duclair said UCF provides good options for students having trouble adjusting, but that they
aren’t marketed properly. “If students want to stay at UCF, they should attend workshops, but I also feel UCF should promote these better because I know some people that don’t know the amount of help offered on campus,” Duclair said. “I know some freshmen don’t know how to cope with their first year.”
‘The retention rate here at UCF is very promising because one of the primary things that we really focus on in terms of retention is the success of our students.’ — DELAINE PRIEST ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT DEVELOPMENT & ENROLLMENT SERVICES
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Habitat at UCF hosts multiple-day event FROM A1 said Habitat event coordinator Megan Lewis of the first Shack-A-Thon. “It was very successful for its first year.” This year there will be a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., a game night on Feb. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a concert from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 16. Categories for the awards include judges’ pick, fan favorite, most money raised and overall winner. Greek organizations will be pitted against each other and the same goes for the RSOs. Each group had till nightfall to construct its shack. College Democrats built a voting booth last year and this year’s decision to build the White House was pretty much unanimous, according to the director of public relations Fedorah Philippeaux. “Last year we didn’t win, but this year I think we have a chance to scratch out ‘fan favorite,’ ” Philippeaux said. Philippeaux said that the event was an easy and fun
way for their organization to make a difference. “When we heard about Shack-A-Thon last year, we were immediately on board,” Philippeaux said. “First of all, we knew that Habitat was a reputable organization and that it was for a good cause, and second of all, what better way to have fun, get together and even recruit new members?” Right next to the College Democrats was I.D.E.A.S.’ environmentally friendly shack. The group was using recyclable materials along with wood, which was donated for all Shack-AThon participants by Lowe’s. I.D.E.A.S. founder and campus outreach for UCF’s Sustainability and Energy Management Department Chris Castro said their shack will be showcasing different types of insulation and roofs. One portion of the roof will be made out of aluminum cans to reflect the sunlight and keep the shack cool. I.D.E.A.S. President Sam
Ruiz said they decided to participate this year because a lot of members voiced their interest in taking part in the event. “We came together and decided that it was about time that we try to build a sustainable shack,” Castro said. Both Castro and Ruiz are hoping to keep the shack for Green Waves Music and Arts Festival. “We wanted to have some type of green interactive place that kids could come check out, so we’re going to try and actually keep this shack for Green Waves and be able to bring it out for the musical festival,” Ruiz said. At last year’s Shack-AThon, Jeanis spent her time volunteering and remembers seeing the groups standing around piles of wood and nails, scratching their heads and wondering how they were going build their shacks. “It was so much fun to see what people come up with and create when they work together and I think they felt that too and that’s
why they’re coming back,” Jeanis said. “The Democrats work on raising awareness for different political [issues] everyday, but it’s not everyday that they get to sit here with hammers and nails and work with their friends and colleagues to build something.” The long-term goal of Shack-A-Thon is to raise
$100,000 to have a house completely funded and built by students. So far, about $3,800 has been raised. Last year the event brought in $5,511. “We want to put a family in a home that has maybe never had running water or electricity from day to day,” Jeanis said. With a large portion of costs left to raise, Jeanis
hopes Habitat for Humanity at UCF will eventually reach the same levels of success as those of the Texas A&M chapter, which raised $19,097 last year. “Our Shack-A-Thon isn’t to that point yet, but we hope to integrate it into UCF’s traditions,” Jeanis said. “It’s something you have to see.”
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UCF alumnus Chris Castro organizes materials for the roof of the I.D.E.A.S.shack at Shack-A-Thon.
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Peace, not drugs, the key FROM A1 first semester of her freshman year. She had been attending NORML meetings and heard about Campus Peace Action through friends. Cooper began attending the Campus Peace Action meetings and through her experience, became president of the organization. “My first time coming out I thought, ‘This is really awesome, it is a big community,” Cooper said. “I liked how everyone took the initiative ... it was the most attractive feature.”
Camping out The weeklong event consists of morning yoga class, workshops, guest speakers, vegan dinners and local bands while students camp out in tents on the lawn of Memory Mall. Tent City found its origins back when George W. Bush was elected. Campus Peace Action and a few other progressive organizations decided to camp out as a form of protest. The event lasted about a month. When UCF alumna Terri Baldwin took over Campus Peace Action a couple of years later, she decided that there needed to be a new approach. “I was tired of protesting and doing these rallies that we always do. I wondered if we could put on something that was kind of fun and invited people to hangout rather than polarizing everyone,” Baldwin said. “It started out as a music festival. We said let’s just camp out for a week, and all of the local bands will come out and we’ll invite everyone no matter what clubs they belong to and no matter what they think or believe. It kind of evolved from that.”
Although the rain put a slight damper on the number of people who moved into Tent City, the temperate weather the remainder of the week brought out more and more people with each passing day. “The rain is interesting because it really brings people together,” Baldwin said. “You have to help each other secure tents, put tarps over things, and make sure everything stays dry. To the outside world this weather is horrible, but really, the group comes together and it makes them a lot stronger throughout the week.”
Tent City activities Campus Peace Action’s theory is that the only way for you to really understand someone is to talk to them, learn from them and be friends. Tent City offers a plethora of events to help bring knowledge and understanding to the surface, such as live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., where even professors can perform.. Athia Choudhury, an interdisciplinary studies major, performed poetry; NORML tie-dyed Tshirts; Knights Helping Knights brought awareness to the food pantry; philosophy professor Ronnie Hawkins spoke about his project, Reality; and students were able to participate in Buddhist meditation and much more. “Everyone is talking about different issues and learning from the others, together working to reach the common goal,” Cooper said. The vegan dinners were provided by the Body of Animal Rights Campaigners and were free to any student wanting to have a bite and make conversation. One of the members of BARC, philosophy junior Ben Feistmann, commented on the community and the importance of bringing people together. Feistmann’s band, Sleazy Cheese, was part of the local band lineup. “It is always entertaining here,” Feistmann said. “Although the days are long, there is always something to do.”
Tent life The Tent City campers do not get a chance to sleep in. “We wake up pretty early; sometimes we wake up to the ROTC doing morning drills,” Cooper said. “But the day
is full and entertaining. We make stencils, ‘Objects in Motion’ are out here juggling and amusing everyone, really it is a lot of fun.” Since Tent City is more of a grassroots product, there is not much advertisement involved throughout the semester, and at best it is minimal. Campus Peace Action tables for the event and passes out fliers. “It’s not that we don’t want everyone to come, believe me, we want everyone to come,” Baldwin said. “But if you are walking by and decided to come out, you are probably going to fit in with the crew. We don’t try to be gimmicky we don’t try to get big bands or whatever, and we don’t try to get sponsorships. We are just students hanging out. If you want to hang out then do it.” Members explained that sometimes Tent City gets a bad reputation from people making assumptions about what they’re doing. “Some students and the UCF Police speculate that we sit out here and smoke pot the entire day,” Cooper said. “But that is not the case.” Campus Peace Action follows the strict Golden Rule of no drugs or alcohol on Memory Mall. Baldwin explained that the organization and UCF Police are very cooperative with one another. “They have full access and permission to search any of the tents at any given time,” Baldwin said.
Bringing students together Tent City is meant to be a haven for those wanting to learn from one another’s opinions and experiences. “You don’t have to camp to be part of Tent City,” Baldwin said. “Camping is more for the hardcore. If you’re sleeping out there the whole week and trying to go to class, work and staying showered, it’s a lot of work.” There is talk of Tent City VII taking place at the end of the semester. Campus Peace Action has seen a large group of people who do not want to wait until Fall 2011 for it to take place again. “If you’re willing to make new friends, we are willing to have you,” Baldwin said. “We don’t push any sort of ideology. We are about building a community on campus.”
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UCF 58 | TULSA 57
38 Days Later Eight-game losing streak snapped against Tulsa STEVEN RYZEWSKI
Men’s basketball beat writer
Men’s basketball beat writer
UCF CHALLENGE TODAY-TUESDAY ALL DAY (HOME)
UNF WEDNESDAY 6 P.M.(HOME) UIC FRIDAY 4:30 P.M.(HOME) NOTRE DAME FRIDAY 7 P.M.(HOME) MIAMI (OH) SATURDAY 2 P.M.(HOME) DELAWARE SATURDAY 7 P.M.(HOME)
SIENA FRIDAY 6:30 P.M.(HOME) SIENA SATURDAY 4 P.M.(HOME) SIENA SUNDAY 1 P.M.(HOME)
First win in 38 days helps Knights get back on track The ball hung in the air forever. It was the second time in four days that an opponent had a shot to win the game as time expired. But this time it did not go down and the Knights are finally winners again, beating Tulsa 58-57 on Saturday. And you could just feel the exhale from nearly everyone in the Arena. But what does it really mean, aside from the peace of mind that the Knights will not match their fourteen-game win streak in losses? Well, it’s a win and a reason for confidence for the team moving on, especially with a three-game road trip coming up. Not only that, but Tulsa came into the game having recently beat both Memphis and UTEP, two of the better teams in Conference USA. What’s interesting, though, is that the Knights probably should have won the game by double digits. UCF’s shooting wasn’t much improved against Tulsa, going 38 percent from the field. In fact, they actually shot the ball much better Wednesday against Memphis in a losing effort. What was improved was the team’s defense and mental toughness in going
PLEASE SEE SHOOTING ON A10
TULANE WEDNESDAY 8 P.M.(AWAY) UAB SATURDAY 6 P.M.(AWAY) WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
TULANE THURSDAY 7 P.M.(HOME) ECU SUNDAY 2 P.M.(HOME)
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Marcus Jordan had 15 points and 7 assists in UCF’s 58-57 victory over Tulsa.The Knights’eight-game losing streak was snapped thanks to a valiant defensive effort led by Jordan’s 6 defensive rebounds and UCF holding Tulsa to shooting 36 percent from the field.
Thirty eight days later, the Knights are winners again. The Knights (15-8, 2-8) snapped their eight-game losing streak, beating the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (13-11, 6-4) 58-57 on Saturday night at the UCF Arena. A Tulsa three-point attempt at the buzzer evoked eerie reminders of Wednesday’s loss to Memphis, but this time, the shot didn’t drop. “I had flashbacks in my head,” said a relieved Marcus Jordan, of the last second attempt. UCF used a tough defensive effort to get back into the win column. The Knights held Tulsa to 36 percent shooting from the field. Tulsa was led by Justin Hurtt and his gamehigh 23 points, but Hurtt was the only Golden Hurricane player in double digits, as UCF limited input from his supporting cast. “Definitely, defense won us the game,” said head coach Donnie Jones. The Knights were led in scoring by forward Keith Clanton. Clanton totaled 16 points for UCF, 12 of which came in the second half, as the sophomore standout came up big down the stretch. Jordan added 15 points for UCF, and P.J. Gaynor led the team with eight rebounds. B oth Gaynor and Jordan played impressive defense throughout the game. The Knights, who went into the half trailing 29-25, used a 10-0 run early in the second half to take a lead they would not relinquish. UCF did not fare much better from the field then Tulsa, shooting 38 percent,
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Track and field
Records set over weekend in Arkansas ERIKA ESOLA Sports Editor
The women’s indoor track and field team had a record-setting weekend in Arkansas at the Tyson Invitational. Senior Champelle Brown, junior Jackie Coward, and freshmen Afia Charles and Aurieyall Scott broke a school record in the 4x400meter relay on Saturday, running a combined 3:36.03. The record-setting performance was just another highlight of an already-stellar year for the indoor track team, ranked No. 17 nationally. The record time was good enough to finish fifth in the tournament, and it’s the sixth-fastest recorded time in the country this season.
“This weekend was a great test for our team,” said head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert in a release. “We broke several school records and ran against some of the best teams in the United States.” The same quartet also set the previous school record, 3:40.15, last month at the Kentucky Invitational. “The ladies did a great job today,” said assistant coach Jeff Chakouian. “The last few meets have been challenging, but they never gave up. They competed well and made technical adjustments during the meet. It was a big step in the right direction and they need to keep improving every day over the next two weeks to be where we want
to be at the C-USA meet.” Sheila Paul, junior, also had an impressive performance over the weekend. The junior set a new personalbest record in the 200-meter, finishing 12th with a time of 23.68. “Sheila Paul’s 200-meter time improved dramatically and the mile relay team ran a competitive race against very reputable teams,” Smith Gilbert said. The Knights have a few weeks to prepare before they travel to Houston for the Conference USA Championships on Feb. 26. After the C-USA Championships, the Knights will set their sights on the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. “I am pleased with the
COURTESY UCF ATHLETICS
Sheila Paul set a new personal-best record in the 200-meter,finishing 12th with a time of 23.68.The Knights’indoor track and field team is ranked No.17 nationally.
way the team competed today and all weekend,” Smith Gilbert said. “This meet was a great preview for the NCAA Championships,
but now we have to go back to Orlando and focus our preparation on the C-USA Championships in two weeks.”
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Valentine’s Day and a lack of sports make February awful I’ve come to the conclusion that February is the worst month ever. First, there’s Valentine’s Day, which is overrated. Flowers are nice, but they die. I don’t need the chocolate. And I hate stuffed animals because all they’re good for is collecting dust. The weather is awful, especially in Florida. Just when you think it’s getting warm again, bam! 40 degrees. Then, there’s the Super Bowl. I love football, but this year, the Super Bowl sucked. The game was all right, but it wasn’t exciting. The only thing cool about the halftime show were those weird lights on the Black Eyed Peas’ costumes. And the commercials were not funny this
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year. Hey Go Daddy, your Super Bowl commercials used to be cool five years ago, but it’s time to come up with a new idea other than showing near-naked chicks on TV and then telling people to go to your stupid website. Maybe my month would have been better if my New York Jets pulled out a victory in Pittsburgh and made it to the Super Bowl. I wouldn’t have even cared if they won or
lost at that point, but it would have been nice to at least see them get there for once in my life. I’m not getting my hopes up, though, because it probably won’t happen. But I think the real reason why I hate February so much is that it’s the worst month for sports out of the year. This past Sunday was the first Sunday in five months with no football at all. No pregame shows. No games. Nothing. I wanted to die. I can’t even turn on ESPN anymore without seeing an overabundance of NASCAR and women’s basketball highlights. Not that there’s anything wrong with NASCAR or women’s basketball (if that’s your thing), but I’d much rather be watching
some football. Hockey is going on, but I’ve never been able to get into it. Maybe because I could never take a sport with most of its major games aired on Versus network seriously. Sure, it’s basketball season. But the NBA doesn’t get entertaining until around May when the playoffs start. Who wants to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star-studded
cast led by Mo Williams lose 26 games in a row? I’d rather just watch the top 16 teams battle it out for a championship. As far as college basketball goes, I was actually getting excited about this season, because I thought that this was finally UCF’s year and they make the tournament in March. Then came eight back-toback conference losses. So, barring a miracle, it’s not
happening. Oh well. At least February is the shortest month out of the year. So, the pain only has to last a few more weeks until the NFL Combine starts up, NCAA conference basketball championships and then the March Madness tournament. Until then, I’ll try to enjoy NASCAR and women’s basketball.
Shooting must improve FROM A9 out and getting a win. They held on down the stretch, and considering an eight-game slide, that’s impressive. It was a grindit-out victory reminiscent of when UCF was winning early-season games. Yet, you couldn’t help feel down the stretch that the Knights were just a better team, and that they should have put the game away by converting a few of those buckets down the stretch. It was a thrilling win to watch. Any last-second game usually is, but it could have been a little more. Saturday’s win had the potential to be a statement game. The Knights could have done more than beat one of the better teams in the league, they could have done so comfortably. Yes, they won. But they allowed it to come down to the final shot after clearly being the better team all night, which is a bit concerning. And while I’m sure no one is going to complain much about a badly needed win, it will be interesting going forward to see
KATIE DEES / CENTRAL FLORIDA FUTURE
Even though the Knights won Saturday against Tulsa,they shot a dismal 30 percent from the field during the first half and 37.7 percent in the game.
what this win really ends up amounting to. The Knights still have a lot of work to do, and the players and coaches would probably be the first ones to tell you that. The Knights can beat anyone in Conference USA. It’s hard to believe that if you look at their league record, but considering what’s been going on in C-USA this season, perhaps not. It’s an interesting conference that likes to beat up on one another, and the Knights will get an opportunity to clear some things up about what kind
of team they really are when the C-USA Tournament approaches. At 2-8 in league play, the Knights will have a low seed, and will surely get a chance to play some of the leagues better teams. After starting off so hot and striking up NCAA Tournament dreams that seemed thrashed during the losing streak, the Knights can now look forward to another way into the Big Dance, winning their conference. It could happen. Just not with 38 percent shooting.
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Knights wrap up L.A. tournament going 1-3 AMY FOIST Softball beat writer
The softball season teed off on Friday in Los Angeles at the Stacey Winsberg Memorial Tournament, where the Knights went 1-3, defeating Utah State and falling to San Diego State, No. 1ranked UCLA, and North Dakota State. The Knights defeated Utah State 9-6 to open their 2011 season on Friday afternoon. With great pitching efforts by Lacey Dinney and Diana Rojas, the Knights went seven innings allowing only nine hits and four runs. Catcher Abby McClain had five RBIs, going 2-for3 with a home run, a single and a walk. McClain also had the game-winning RBI, who had five on the day. “It’s always great to get a win on Opening Day,” said head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie in a release. “I thought our offense looked really impressive, which isn't usually typical so early in the year. Let's hope this is
just a glimpse of how our offense will produce throughout the season.” After facing Utah State, the Knights took on San Diego State and UCLA on Saturday, falling to 1-2 in the tournament after losing back-to-back games. The Knights had seven hits, and Allie Jest went 3 for 3 but UCF couldn’t put enough runs on the board. Jest stole two bases, had a double, walked once, and scored the only run for the Knights. Junior Natalie Land and senior Tawny Swan had hits,and Marissa Menendez had a sacrifice fly that drove in the run by Jest. The Knights had runners in scoring position and had opportunities to put runs on the board in the third and fifth innings. With less than two outs in both, UCF stranded four runners on base. The Aztecs added two more runs in the sixth, to finalize the score 5-1. The Knights took an early 2-1 lead against the top-ranked Bruins. The Bruins, however, came back and got seven runs on six hits, including two
home runs in the fifth inning. The game ended early due to the eight-run rule. Rojas pitched the first four innings, allowing only three runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts. With the defeat against UCLA, Rojas is 1-1 overall. She gave up 10 runs on eight hits, walked seven and struck out two in 4.2 total innings of work. The Knights finished the tournament on Sunday against North Dakota State, falling 2-1. Pitchers Lacey Dinney and Haley Douglas held NDSU to a one-hitter, but after four errors, UCF fell short. Dinney only allowed one earned run on one hit, walking two and striking out three in 5 innings. Douglas closed out the game by allowing no runs, striking out two and walking two. Tiffany Lane, Marissa Menendez and Vanessa Perez each added to the eight hits UCF had. Menendez had her second double of the season. UCF jumped out to an early lead for the third time in the first four
Clanton shines in victory FROM A9 but it proved to be just enough to get the job done. An announced crowd of 7,008 gave the team an ovation as they resumed a postgame tradition fans hadn’t seen in 38 days: a postgame lap around the Arena. “We’re going to cherish this for tonight, and then
get ready for Tulane tomorrow,” Jordan said. It was an opportune time for a slump-buster, with the Knights heading out on the road for three consecutive away games. “We’re going to be traveling across the world here soon,” Jones said. Back in the win column, the Knights can look ahead to finishing what can still be a successful
season. The win tied last season’s win total at 15. But don’t ask anyone about the possibility of another win streak. “I’m tired of streaks,” Jones said. “I just want to focus on one game at a time.” The Knights’ road swing will start Wednesday night at Tulane, followed by a trip to UAB on Saturday.
games, but errors set back the Knights’ chance of coming out on top. The Knights host their 2011 home-opener on Wednesday against North Florida at the UCF Softball Complex. The game starts at 6 p.m. and head football coach George O’Leary will throw out the first pitch of the game.
Abby McClain had five RBIs in the Knights’96 win over Utah State. COURTESY UCF ATHLETICS
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Risks too high to reverse abortion C
hoosing whether or not to have an abortion is one of the most difficult decisions a woman can face and requires deep thought and consideration. Resurrection Medical Center, a Catholic hospital in Chicago, has taken the permanency away from the decision by introducing a new procedure that allows a woman to change her mind part way through an abortion. However, there are certain medical uncertainties and ethical questions surrounding the procedure and until these problems are solved we do not approve of this practice. When possible, abortions are performed during the first trimester of pregnancy because the fetus is less developed so the procedure poses less health risks. In the second trimester an abortion can be legally performed but it is more complicated than a first-trimester abortion. It’s a two- or threeday procedure where a type of seaweed called laminaria is inserted to help soften and dilate the cervix. Upon returning the next day, the fetus can be aborted if the cervix is ready, if not more laminaria can be inserted. The new reversal allows the woman to have the lami-
naria removed so that, in theory, the cervix will close on its own and the abortion procedure will be stopped. This sounds simple enough, but the issue is much more complex. For one, medical professionals aren’t sure this procedure is entirely safe. In 2009, New York University conducted a study on abortion reversals like those performed at Resurrection. Of the four abortion reversals, two resulted in preterm births and the babies did not survive. Because this medical center is Catholic-run, it’s clear what their motives are. Resurrection will not perform abortions, only reverse them. But it’s not just their beliefs that come into play here; several of the women who have had their abortions reversed have come to the conclusion because of “sidewalk counselors” who try to dissuade women from having abortions. The fact that women are letting complete strangers have such a significant influence on a decision that will impact the rest of their life doesn’t seem proper. Women choose to have abortions because they are not financially, emotionally or
physically capable of having a baby — they’re doing it out of necessity. Although everyone has the right to express their opinion, we don’t believe anti-abortion opinions should be expressed publically to women who are in such a vulnerable state. It’s extremely intrusive to the women who wish to have the procedure done privately. Right now, the circumstances surrounding Resurrection’s abortion reversals raise some red flags. When it comes to abortion, we’re concerned most about the emotional and physical health of the woman involved, not her compliance with the Ten Commandments. This procedure could bring on a whole slew of problems for the fetus or the mother, as the NYU study showed. We don’t believe Resurrection or any other medical establishment should be performing abortion reversals until the medical consequences are better understood. We also think that “street counselors” shouldn’t be approaching women who are considering abortion or are mid-way through the decision; let her do what she wants with her body and her life.
Arboretum deserves an equal opportunity ness of the conflict through The UCF Arboretum. media and social campaigns. Our back yard. Our giant, Students for a Democratic natural water filter. Our Society published pamgreat, green liver. phlets on the Arboretum’s Boundless educational behalf. opportunity, about to be These are but a few chopped at the root by efforts of student organizaadministrative hypocrisy. tions you have denied. Does UCF even stand for Surely you will recognize opportunity anymore? It’s become opportunity SEBASTIAN CHURCH the efforts of professional Guest Columnist organizations that have qualified, like “separate-butbacked the Arboretum? equal,” without the intensity The Florida School of Holistic Livof racial discrimination. This is real. The UCF Arboretum, ing and The Sierra Club of Central the pine flatwoods, the wetlands, the Florida created websites in opposition watershed, the sole community garden, to the lift of the conservation easement. the unparalleled hands-on environ- The Florida Wildlife Federation offimental education program: those are cially endorsed the SSA and its efforts real opportunities for educational in protecting the UCF Arboretum. Google any of these pages and be growth. UCF’s desire to become “sustain- aware of the true nature of this conflict. Be aware of the weight of these able” and slap it on a list of accomplishendorsements. These are some of the ments is an illusion. It does not cease to perturb environ- most prominent environmental stewmentally conscious students, faculty, ards of Florida. And this says nothing of the St. and staff that the administration has been so underhanded and unfair in its Johns Water Management District, quest to be rid of the environmental which ought to be lambasted for its education center at the UCF Arbore- inexplicable compliance with the UCF administration. tum. How can the very agency charged Bill Merck, vice president of Administration and Finance, and Lee Kernek, with protecting our watershed, our associate vice president of Facilities health, be the very agency that dooms and Safety, this admonition is directed it? There are more locations on and at you. Two forums were granted by the around the main campus that can be UCF administration, two pitiful oppor- developed into parking garages and tunities for students and faculty to student housing. You won’t say it, but we know you voice their rationale and defense for need these structures to keep this unithe Arboretum. Separately. Divided and conquered. Well done, versity on a course of exponential Mr. Merck and Ms. Kernek, you played growth. What you fail to realize is that this institution will crash if that path is your students and faculty like pawns. It would be awfully besmirching of not curbed. Exponential growth is not sustainyour reputation if the UCF community was made aware that you did not show able. Why do you insist on carving such a up to that faculty forum, that you did not have the decency to meet your fac- profound educational opportunity out ulty, your researchers and your of the academic circle, land so critical for the education and health of your employees eye-to-eye. And no further cooperation has own community? Let the Arboretum perish, and UCF been offered to students since the student forum in November. No response. will no longer stand for opportunity. Let the Arboretum perish, and UCF No transparency. No democracy. The Student Sustainability Alliance will stand for hypocrisy. I think it’s time we stop. Knights, wrote respectful e-mails inviting you for more elaborate discussion about what’s that sound? What’s going down? the conflict. The Green Team helped The environmental education center at gather more than 1,500 petition signa- the UCF Arboretum. Timber. tures in solidarity with the Arboretum. For what it’s worth: be conscious, Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions spreads aware- my friends. Be conscious.
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Teach, don’t preach, in the classroom which teach that a god It has recently come created the world in to my attention that most some form or another. high school biology Teachers have lost their teachers don’t endorse jobs for teaching only evolution. What!? I find creationism, rather than this completely absurd. teaching both theories. In light of the whole I understand this “evolution v. creationpoint of view. However, ism” argument that will evolution is the best no doubt plague our explanation we have of public school system for DEBRA SCHULZ Guest Columnist where our species came many years to come, the from and how it got to Washington Post ran an article that stated “the central theo- this point. With the negligence of our ry of biology is evolution, yet a new teachers comes the ignorance of study shows that most high school our students. According to the 2009 biology teachers are reluctant to National Assessment of Educationendorse it in class.” al Progress, only 34 percent of How can an educator, someone fourth-graders and 30 percent of who dedicates their lives to develeighth-graders were deemed profioping the minds of our youth, not cient or better in science. endorse evolution!? Denying our students the right This just further solidifies the already horrific stereotype that K-12 to learn what is necessary is hinteachers are 20-something-year-old, dering them as a whole. For a lot of students, biology is the only scisingle, church-going prudes. ence class they’ll take while they’re According to the Washington Post these teachers are trying avoid in high school. What happens when they get to controversy. college? They’re supposed to know There seems to be a fine line about evolution by the time they between avoiding controversy and impeding the education of children get to where we are. If they don’t, they fall behind, get discouraged you have been previously deemed and do poorly on exams. fit to educate. It all boils down to teachers I am an education minor and am currently taking a class which deals doing what they’re supposed to do. Teach, don’t preach. with teaching ethics. If I had been in a science class My take on this issue is, once again, to leave the church out of the in which my teacher started saying something to the tune of “... and on schools. It should be a parent’s/ religious organization’s responsibil- the seventh day,” I would have walked out. ity to teach children their ideas I’ve never been a very religious about how the earth was made. person, maybe because my parents It is the job of our teachers to weren’t. stick to what they know and what But the fact remains, if a teacher they have been trained to do. Teach is going to teach biology in a public the facts. school, they should teach biology. Some people argue that evoluThey shouldn’t go off on tangents tion is simply a scientific theory that have nothing to do with the and has yet to be proven. It’s more science they’re presenting. Be scithan a theory, but not quite a fact entific, not religious. It’s their job to either. leave that at home and do it on Evolution runs directly counter their own time. to most major world religions,
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Vegan diet benefits There are so many scientifically unproven claims in here it is hilarious. — S&W
I think this is great! Keep it up! :) — NIKKINICHO
Smokers should take the habit off campus
ing up next to the coke machine in the student union, or puffing their cigarette in the bookstore. No, they actually take it outside into the open air. Now you want to ban it entirely? We know how bad smoking is for us (and I’m talking about everybody). So now it’s simply a choice we choose to make. I don’t think the government, schools, jobs, or any other formal establishments need to continue monitoring and limiting our rights. We get enough of it as it is. And that’s especially true on college campuses; we’re not children here; we’re consenting adults.
Wow . . . do you not realize that everyone has rights? Including the — ANONYMOUS smoker? Yes, it’s true, secondhand smoke is bad for you, but that’s why designated smoking areas exist. And if a non-smoker decides Talk about gender stereotyping, to walk directly in front of someone who’s smoking in a designat- geeze... lol. ed smoking area, then whose fault — ZONONYMOUS is that? You don’t see people light-
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CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 __ effort 5 Without restraint 9 “__ luego” 14 Merrill in movies 15 Microwave 16 “__ Smith and Jones”: 1970s TV Western 17 List maker 18 Swank’s “Amelia” co-star 19 Stealthy Easterner 20 Fancy greens dish 23 Storm hdg. 24 Out of sorts 25 Cloud in Orion 30 Spay or neuter 32 #1 tennis player for much of the ’80s 35 “I can help” 36 2012 Ryder Cup captain Davis Love __ 37 News organ? 38 In reverse position 42 Cross over 45 Be less than healthy 46 Greek with lessons 50 Feminist’s concern 53 __ myrtle: tree or shrub in the loosestrife family 54 Skirmish 55 Where Eth. is 57 Chess pieces 58 Bit of modern folklore 62 Howled 66 Upscale hotel chain 67 Without thinking, with “by” 68 Tequila plant 69 It often involves steady losses 70 Privy to 71 With 72- and 73Across, what this puzzle does literally at six different intersections 72 See 71-Across 73 See 71-Across
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DOWN 1 Supplementary items 2 He plays Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter films 3 Where the teacher might casually sit 4 Rajah’s wife 5 Guardian, maybe 6 Vegan’s morning meal 7 Cajun staple 8 Stabilizing part 9 “Water Music” composer 10 Clay, today 11 Offense 12 Atlantic City casino, with “The” 13 “__ matter of fact ...” 21 Sly female 22 Musical based on a comic strip 26 Binge 27 A quarter of cuatro 28 Mormons, initially 29 Bar option 31 Corrects, as text 33 Instrument in Schubert’s “Trout Quintet”
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