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Many students wiped away tears after 3-year-old J.P. Lugo, a boy who was told by doctors that he may never walk, dashed onto the stage and declared his love for the large crowd. Lugo and his family were visiting UCF from Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization that

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FLORIDA BOY,2,DIES AFTER BEING FOUND IN POOL Authorities in Central Florida said a 2-year-old boy died Sunday,one day after he was found in his grandparents’pool and hospitalized.

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In a UCF auditorium packed with students, adults and a little tension, Imam Siraj Wahhaj led a conversation about Islam in America on Friday night as part of the Muslim Students Association’s series of events for Islam Awareness Month. Wahhaj, a figurehead in the Islamic community and the imam of a Brooklyn mosque, addressed what it means to be a black man, a Muslim and an American. Wahhaj spoke about his past and addressed many of the concerns that members of the protest groups had. “I’m loyal to my country. I criticize it when I should, I agree with it when I should, but this is my country,” Wahhaj said. “I have one passport and that passport says United States of America.” Wahhaj said he was there to clear up misconceptions about Islam and the community attached to it. “I honestly believe that many Muslims do not understand their religion. Also, I think there are a lot of people who think they know about Islam but they don’t,” Wahhaj said. “So tonight I hope to set the record straight and teach you something about Islam that perhaps you didn’t know.” Wahhaj outlined several teachings and respect for prophets that Christianity, Judaism and Islam share.

The Muslim Students Association’s “An Evening with Imam Siraj Wahhaj” ended without incident on Feb. 25, despite tensions and protests leading up to the event. Wahhaj is an imam for a Brooklyn mosque. He was named in regards to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing an “unindicted co-conspirator” by Mary Jo White, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Leading up to the event, almost 20 protesters stood in front of the Nicholson School of Communication, talking to media representatives and handing out fliers. Most protesters were from or connected with the Florida Security Council. Wahhaj insisted that as long as the crowd behaved, he would take questions from attendees who raised hands. Wahhaj took questions from individuals in the crowd who raised their hands first, not attempting to screen those who were asking difficult questions, which protesters accused the MSA of doing previously. Wahhaj was not afraid to discuss his past, which prompted him to discuss many of the FLSC’s allegations against him.

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Siraj Wahhaj,an imam for a Brooklyn mosque and Muslim figurehead,spoke at the Nicholson School of Communication,bringing national and local attention to UCF.

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raises funds for more than 170 childrens’ hospitals worldwide, to tell their story at the Knight-Thon dance marathon held on Saturday in the Venue. Knight-Thon is UCF’s largest student-run philanthropy and was celebrating its 15th anniversary this

year. More than 300 students gathered in the Venue to participate in the annual 15-hour dance marathon that took place from noon until 3 a.m. UCF managed to surpass its $80,000 goal and ultimately raised $84,640, every penny of which will be donated to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for

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The Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy ended its 2011 Renewable Energy Tour at UCF on Feb. 26. The trade association visited ten cities and urged more than 2,000 individuals and businesses to act upon upcoming legislation that could mean a renewable energy future for Florida. The bill proposed by FARE, which is currently being drafted, would man-

date that two percent of the income earned by utilities would be spent in biomass and solar technologies in Florida. FARE considers this legislation more likely to pass than previous bills because it believes all parties involved are ready for distributed energy. The Retail Federation and Contractor’s Association are two of the notable coalitions backing the legislation. “These groups aren’t lightweights,” said Mike Antheil, executive director of FARE. “We have formidable opponents and we need

to see that the legislature hears our message.” Since 2009, FARE has proposed legislation to promote energy independence, attract manufacturing, create jobs, fuel private investments and fuel local communities in Florida. The event’s speakers were invited to comment on the most formidable problems FARE faces in reaching their goals. “Solar is too expensive because utilities are in the way,” said Haseeb Qadri, president and chief executive officer of Nova-

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Troubled behavior from boy at Riverside Elementary ORLANDO — His latest arrest came Tuesday and included an aggravated assault charge. Authorities say the boy hit, kicked and bit teachers, threw a metal pipe, broke a window, tore out computer wiring and ran away. He was handcuffed and taken to juvenile detention for three days. The superintendent who oversees schools in north Orange County says police are the last resort for school officials. Through the public defender’s office, the boy’s mother told the Orlando Sentinel that she doesn’t want her son to return to Riverside Elementary.

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Boy was found dead by 10year-old brother DELAND — The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says Elijah Eckhardt of DeLand was pronounced dead Sunday morning. Investigators say the toddler’s parents thought he was napping but discovered he was missing Saturday afternoon. The boy apparently wandered over to his grandparents’ home next door and fell into the pool. The toddler was unresponsive when paramedics arrived but was resuscitated at a local hospital before being transferred to an Orlando hospital. He was in critical condition and on life support.

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Behind the trapeze artists, trampolinists, dancers and clowns of Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba are three dedicated athletic trainers ready to help in any medical situation. One of them is Matt Biancuzzo. Biancuzzo, who graduated from UCF in 2006 with a bachelor’s in athletic training, joined the Performance Medicine department last June. He worked at Georgia Southern University’s athletic program for two years after grad school at Florida State University. Despite the difference in athletes, Biancuzzo has adjusted well to the high-flying, highrisk acrobatics of the Cirque du Soleil show. “Ultimately a knee injury is a knee injury and a shoulder injury is a shoulder injury,” Biancuzzo said. “Injuries are injuries, but it’s just understanding the biomechanics behind it how the injuries are gonna happen and how you approach that individual based on the injury.” Biancuzzo said that the biggest hurdle is understanding the cultural differences among the performers, but that he tries hard to navigate them. “It’s all about trying to educate, help people and trying to get them to understand the differences,” Biancuzzo said. Other trainers have told Biancuzzo about performers who abide by old wives’ tales, such as treating a sprained ankle by dipping their feet in apple cider. “A lot of cultures use them and you can’t just disregard

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more qualified than me to handle the situation,” Biancuzzo said. “In an orthopedic rehabilitation setting I would be more qualified, but we are able to work together well and combine our knowledge.” Together, they all collaborate and brainstorm new scenarios where something could possibly go wrong. “There are some situations we go over where they literally would never happen,” Biancuzzo said. “At our last training session we were wondering what would happen if one person fell on top of the other and were like, ‘Well the likelihood that would happen is very small, but it could happen,’ so we discussed it and it is stuff we always bring up and go over.” Biancuzzo stresses the importance of warming up and training religiously to all the performers to help prolong their careers. “It’s a lot of give and take. There are people who are proactive and do it on their own and come to us for help and there are some who we have to go to and really encourage,” he said. “You can’t force somebody to do something they don’t want to do.” La Nouba publicist Laura Murphy, appreciates the hard work of Biancuzzo and the rest of the Performance Medicine department. “A lot of people see the performers and don’t realize what goes on behind the scenes,” Murphy said. “Without these trainers, this show just could not go on.”

them because then that becomes disrespectful,” Biancuzzo said. “You have to really try to understand them and think, ‘Is that gonna be beneficial and will what I can offer to them be beneficial?’ and just work with them.” Biancuzzo has worked with more than 67 performers from 14 different countries with the majority coming from Russia. Roman Timokhine, a power-track trampoline artist, is one of those Russian performers. Six months ago, Timokhine, who has been with Cirque du Soleil for ten years, strained the ligaments in his left knee and began rehabilitation with Biancuzzo. “I think I’m in good hands,” Timokhine said. “Without these people helping me, I wouldn’t be able to continue performing.” Biancuzzo and the other athletic trainers work with performers in three different regimens that are specialized based on their needs. Regiments include workouts that test endurance, strength and speed. One of the regimens that Biancuzzo uses with Timokhine focuses on his knee and strengthens it with lifting exercises and tossing a medicine ball. The trainers work in eighthour shifts to ensure that one of them is always present while a show is running. In addition, there are two “les cons,” or clowns, trained for emergency response service. “If somebody got hit by a car and completely fractured their leg, they would be way

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AFROTC team places first in Lime Cup JENNIFER RIOS Contributing Writer

UCF cadets of Detachment 159 were victorious for the second year in a row at the annual Lime Cup Competition on Feb. 26. Detachment 159, also known as the Flying Knights, brought last year’s trophy to the Tampa event and returned with a second trophy as winners of Lime Cup 2011 hosted by the University of South Florida. The Lime Cup, which UCF hosted last year, is an athletic competition for Air Force ROTC detachments all around Florida including UCF, USF, Florida State University, University of Florida, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and University of Miami. It came down to a tie between UCF and UF during a soccer game that went to penalty kicks. UCF’s goalie blocked four out of five of UF’s attempts. “It’s amazing,” said Andrew Palmer, university relations officer for Detachment 159. “It ended in such a dramatic fashion.” Palmer was responsible for organizing the Flying Knights’ participation in the Lime Cup and is proud to be part of this long-standing competition. “This is a deep-seated rivalry,” Palmer said. “I can’t quite explain it, but it’s definitely there.” It was this aggressive rivalry that caused the dodgeball portion of Lime Cup to be removed and replaced with soccer.

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Members of UCF ROTC’s Detachment 159 won their second consecutive Lime Cup last weekend in Tampa.The Flying Knights beat a host of Florida universities at the competition.

According to Palmer, previous games had gotten very intense and were deemed too competitive. The events this year, along with the addition of soccer, consisted of track, volleyball, flag football and an academic portion. The largest amount of supporters at Lime Cup were rooting for UCF, all dressed in black and gold. Thanks to a financial allocation organized by SGA senator Arielle Bardzell, Detachment 159 was able to attend the

For more photos of the Lime Cup: www.UCFNews.com event in full force. Palmer had 60 cadets from UCF shuttled to the event. The cadets made sure to bring the trophy the Flying Knights acquired after their victory last year chanting “UCF” at every opportunity. Team captain, Nicholas Votipka, who was also team captain last year, made sure the team was ready to attempt a repeat victory,

according to Palmer. Palmer, who was not part of the team this year, recalled his experience with Votipka during their victorious competition in last year’s Lime Cup. “He would call us in and just start screaming at us in typical military style,” Palmer said. “It was just utter motivation coming out of that guy.” Votipka said that picking up the team’s spirit is one of the hardest parts of the job. He said that it’s rare for detachments to get a chance to prove who’s better.

“This is a chance to show the state how UCF is better,” Votipka said. Before the volleyball portion, Votipka asserted his confidence in his team. “We’re about to do some work here,” he said. “It’s going to be pretty disgusting.” Despite his competitive nature, Votipka said that he sees the real purpose of the Lime Cup as a chance to show how the Flying Knights work as a team. “Any person would flat out do anything for

another person [in Flying Knights],” Votipka said. Being a part of the Lime Cup team is something freshman cadet Andrew Birmingham, a mechanical engineering major, plans to do for the duration of his time here at UCF. “[I’m] definitely trying out for next year,” Birmingham said. Freshman cadet Julian Brownlee, a music education major agreed. “I believe we should support our own,” Brownlee said. “We thrive on support.”


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Wahhaj clears up misconceptions of Islam FROM A1 “I’m trying to lay the foundation of the similarities of the religions,” Wahhaj said. Wahhaj said that Muslims share in the beliefs that the Torah is the word of God and hold reverence for Jesus, who is mentioned in the Quran 25 times and referred to as the

Messiah. Juliana Velasco, senior international relations and member of Amnesty International, attended the program to learn more about Middle Eastern culture, which she has been studying. “I came for some more information and a better understanding,” Velasco said. “Seeing the protests is

also an experience in itself.” Huma Khan, a senior mechanical engineering major, said she has seen Wahhaj speak at other events. Khan said that Wahhaj is someone she can relate to because he is a Muslim who was born and raised in America, like herself. “I didn’t know that so

many people still didn’t know about Islam,” Khan said. “When I came in people were handing out negative propaganda about him and I thought people were over that stage. Today is probably the first time in a long time that someone has

approached me with negative propaganda about my own religion.” UCF and the MSA had originally requested that Wahhaj take questions via note cards from the audience, but Wahhaj insisted that he take verbal questions from the

audience. Wahhaj praised the crowd for being wellbehaved at the end of the event and personally talked to audience members who had further questions and were willing to spend a few extra minutes at the event.

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Abdullah Sabawi,left,sits next to Siraj Wahhaj’s supporters before the event.Wahhaj,far right,spoke at UCF on Feb.25.

UCF blamed in protests FROM A1 He primarily attacked the notion that he was an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 WTC bombing, inciting laughter and easing tension by saying that he would continue to be accused of it, even into his 90s. Wahhaj explained that he had never been questioned by the FBI. One of the protesters raised a sign that read, “UnAmerican College of Florida.” The man, who was with the FLSC, protested Wahhaj’s appearance, but lauded him for his support of the U.S. Constitution. The questions asked by both protesting groups and supporters were presented respectfully and without incident. UCF Police did not remove anyone from the session. Hector Ortiz, a freshman nursing major, said that he attended the event out of curiosity and heard about the event from fliers being handed out by protesters. “With this type of meeting, of course there are going to be protests,” Ortiz said. “I’m just here to clear up any facts [about Islam and] myself.” Ortiz said that he researched what the FLSC’s flier said about Wahhaj, but that he found no evidence to support their claims. David Reid, a materials engineering graduate student, said before the event that he didn’t think it was appropriate for the Student Government Association to bring the imam to UCF. “I was actually impressed and I agreed with almost everything that he said,” Reid said. “However, I asked him a question in there directly and I asked if he would condemn Osama bin Laden, but he wouldn’t. ... That made me think, ‘Does that just negate everything he said before that?’ “ After Wahhaj’s main speech, he stepped down

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from the stage and spoke to members of the audience in the front of the classroom. He spent about 15 minutes with various individuals, including protesters and supporters who had questions about Islam. Members of the FLSC recorded the event and continued to do so afterward, asking various crowd members questions on camera. Hazem Bata, the former Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that he thought the event went smoothly. “We always have the full gamut of people coming,” Bata said. “We have people who are devout Muslims who really want to hear the speaker and we have people who are a little on the apprehensive side.” Bata acted as a speaker and moderator for the event. “There were many Americans here who had some genuine questions that wanted clarification,” Bata said. “We appreciate the opportunity to clarify these issues ourselves, rather than have FOX news do it or some anti-Muslim pundit.”


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FSU, UF board members visit Knight-Thon FROM A1 Children. There was never a lack of entertainment, as new and exciting surprises popped up every hour. Giant inflatables, arcadestyle gaming and a caricature artist were just a few of the treats awaiting participants. The UCF Computer Store also provided an iMac for Internet browsing and two Xbox 360 Kinect consoles for students to test their dance skills against the motion-controlled system. A popular activity throughout the event was the two long tables littered with feathers, glitter and

various craft items that were set up in the arena for students to exercise their creativity. Many individuals used their crafts to fill the gift bags of their teammates that lined one of the walls of the arena. There was no shortage of delicious food during the event. Sponsors like Panda Express, IHOP, Mellow Mushroom, Glass Slipper Cakery, Valdiano’s Pizza, Smoothie King and BRIO Tuscan Grille all donated food and drinks for participants. More donations came in the form of raffle items. Students could pay $1 for a ticket to win prizes like AirTran round-trip tickets, Orlando Magic tickets, gift

cards and more. Every hour, on the hour, a loud siren would wail throughout the arena and students would gather in rows to perform a “morale dance.” The seven-minute long dance routine was choreographed to popular music by Wiz Khalifa, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga’s appropriately-titled song, “Just Dance.” The morale dance seemed to be the overall favorite activity by KnightThon participants. “I love the morale dance, just on the hour, because it gets everyone’s spirits up,” said Rachel Brill, sophomore interdisciplinary studies major and team leader for the Pi Beta

Phi sorority. “But just listening to the Children’s Miracle stories is really great. I would say that’s my favorite part.” Knight-Thon brought in six families from Children’s Miracle Network to tell their stories to the crowd of students and thank them for all of their efforts. “I know that your parents are not here, but they should be very proud of you,” said Norma Lugo, J.P.’s mother. “I’m a UCF mom and every time I see kids and people that are giving their hundred percent helping others, it brings us a lot of hope. Not only for me, but all the Miracle families. That we always live with hope,

FARE urges student involvement FROM A1 Sol Energy. Qadri, Kurt Easton, president of the Florida Redevelopment Association, and Dr. Bob Stonerock, president of the Florida Renewable Energy Association spoke candidly about the impediments including financing, zoning codes that do not permit solar panels or other renewable energy technologies in homes, and the laws that restrict these technologies. “UCF is a leader in renewable energy and technologies,” said Chris Castro, a UCF alumnus and the campus U.S. Ambassador for the Department of Energy. “Orlando has potential to expand green market jobs in Florida.” Castro and Intellectual Decisions for Environmental Area Solutions hosted the event with

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Chris Castro stands in front of an electric car parked at UCF’s solar recharging station located next to Memory Mall.

FARE. I.D.E.A.S. will be encouraging students to get involved with the legislation as it is presented to the House in front of the Student Union in the upcoming 60-day campaign. “We want to open this up to as many students in every discipline,” Castro said. “The green industry is all-inclusive.” FARE encouraged the

audience to be active within the 60-day legislative cycle as they believe it is the best time for the bill to pass. Florida utilities also have a bill contending with FARE’s. Out of the 3,000 bills proposed in the upcoming cycle, only ten percent will be passed. The speakers briefly discussed the prospect of nuclear energy as a renewable resource against solar.

However, the idea was quickly dismissed because while there are few emissions, the cost for nuclear power plants is tremendous. Other than the cost, the panel mentioned terrorism and other factors against the case of nuclear power. FARE believes that smaller, manageable units of solar energy sources are not only cheaper but also more efficient. “If you want to compare economics, solar is more competitive,” Qadri said. FARE encourages individuals who want to get involved in passing this legislation to become members of the FARE network and attend Energize Florida Week from March 29 through March 31 in Tallahassee. Details will be posted at farenergy.org. “We believe everyone should be responsible for their own carbon footprint,” Stonerock said.

day by day.” Executive board members of the Florida State University and University of Florida dance marathons came down to visit UCF for the first time to show their support for Knight-Thon’s efforts. Brianna Rubino, a senior hospitality major and internal director for FSU’s dance marathon, was very excited to visit UCF. “It’s cool to see a different venue and how it works and the different structures that they use and different ways to compare and improve our event as well,” Rubino said. FSU held its 40-hour dance marathon two weeks ago and raised $486,927 for Children’s Miracle Network. Since its inception in

1983, Children’s Miracle Network has raised more than $3.4 billion worldwide. Neonatologist Richard Bucciarelli, a doctor who specializes in premature infants, drove down from Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville to express his gratitude to the students of UCF. “When we buy equipment with money from Children’s Miracle Network, we put a little yellow sticker on it. I was standing there [in the nursery] and I looked in all directions and I couldn’t look anywhere where I didn’t see that sticker that said ‘purchased with Children’s Miracle Network.’ That’s how important it is to us,” Bucciarelli said. “I want to thank you so much. You all own a little piece of that.”


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US citizen recalls ‘humiliating’ post-9/11 arrest MARK SHERMAN Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Handcuffed and marched through Washington’s Dulles International Airport in his Muslim clothing, the man with the long, dark beard could only imagine what people were thinking. That scene unfolded in March 2003, a year and a half after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. One of the four planes hijacked in 2001 took off from Dulles. “I could only assume that they thought I was a terrorist,” Abdullah al-Kidd recalled in an interview with The Associated Press. Al-Kidd called his airport arrest “one of the most, if not the most, humiliating experiences of my life.” The humiliation had only just begun. Over the next 16 days he would be strip-searched repeatedly, left naked in a jail cell and shower for more than 90 minutes in view of other men and women, routinely transported in handcuffs and leg irons, and kept with people who had been convicted of violent crimes. On a long trip between jails, a federal marshal refused to unlock al-Kidd’s chains so he could use the bathroom. In the midst of al-Kidd’s detention, FBI Director Robert Mueller testified to Congress about recent major successes against terrorism. No. 1 on Mueller’s list was the capture of professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. No. 2 was the arrest of alKidd, a Kansas-born convert to Islam who was not charged with a crime — either then or later. Eight years later, the Supreme Court is weighing whether al-Kidd’s arrest and detention violated the Fourth Amendment’s pro-

hibition on unreasonable searches and seizures. The court, which will hear arguments Wednesday in the case, also is being asked to decide whether former Attorney General John Ashcroft can be held personally liable for his role in setting the policy that led to al-Kidd’s arrest at a Dulles ticket counter as he prepared to board a flight to Saudi Arabia. Al-Kidd, now 38, was one of about 70 men, almost all Muslims, who were arrested and held in the months and years after Sept. 11 under a federal law intended to compel reluctant witnesses to testify to grand juries and at criminal trials. The material witness law has existed in some form since 1789. But after Sept. 11, al-Kidd argues in his lawsuit, federal authorities began using it to take someone suspected of ties to terrorism off the streets even when they had insufficient evidence to believe he had committed a crime. Ashcroft and other highranking officials publicly described the importance of using the material witness law against suspected terrorists, including U.S. citizens. Less than two months after Sept. 11, Ashcroft said that the “aggressive detention of lawbreakers and material witnesses is vital to preventing, disrupting or delaying new attacks.” Al-Kidd was among the roughly half of those detained who were never called to testify in any criminal proceeding. One measure of Ashcroft’s policy is that the government apologized to or reached monetary settlements with at least 13 people, according to a report by civil liberties groups. But al-Kidd received no

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Plaintiff Abdullah al-Kidd,right,and his attorney,American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Director of the Immigrants' Rights Project,Lee Gelernt,talk about a Supreme Court lawsuit against former Attorney General John Ashcroft,during an interview with the Associated Press in Los Angeles.

apology. The Obama administration, representing Ashcroft for his actions as attorney general, continues to argue the arrest was constitutional. No attorney general has ever been held personally liable for official actions, civil rights lawyers said. Five former attorneys general have joined the administration in urging the high court not to end that tradition. But 31 former federal prosecutors have sided with al-Kidd and argue the law’s only proper use is to make sure witnesses show up. The Supreme Court has said high-ranking officials may be held personally liable if they can be tied directly to a violation of constitutional rights and understood the action crossed that line. At the trial court in Idaho and the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, judges, who like Ashcroft were appointed by Republican

presidents, have so far allowed the case against Ashcroft to go forward. Al-Kidd said he has two main goals: personal vindication and “to insure this doesn’t happen to other people.” Now teaching English at a university in Saudi Arabia, al-Kidd sat for an interview shortly after returning to the United States this month to see his two children and other relatives. The government’s interest in al-Kidd appears to have stemmed from a trip he made to Yemen after Sept. 11 and his ties to a man the Justice Department prosecuted on computer terrorism charges. That defendant, Sami Omar alHussayen, was a graduate student at the University of Idaho, where al-Kidd played running back for the college football team in the 1990s. Al-Kidd said he met with FBI agents several times and answered all their questions. He said he

was never told he might be called as a witness, never told not to travel or asked to voluntarily turn over his passport, as the FBI did with another potential witness in the same investigation. Early in 2003, he was planning to go to Saudi Arabia on a scholarship to study Arabic and Islamic law. Days before he left — some six months after his last contact with federal authorities — the FBI persuaded a judge in Idaho to sign a material witness warrant authorizing his arrest. Agents picked him up at Dulles two days later. But the sworn statement the FBI submitted to justify the warrant had important errors and omissions. The $5,000 one-way, first-class seat that the agents said alKidd purchased was, in reality, a coach-class, round-trip ticket. The statement neglected to mention that al-Kidd had been cooperative or that he was a U.S. citizen with a wife and chil-

dren who also were American. Claims against the FBI agents are on hold pending the outcome of the Supreme Court case. AlKidd has separately reached settlements with Virginia, Oklahoma and Idaho jail officials over his treatment. A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled the strip searches al-Kidd endured at the federal jail in Oklahoma City “were objectively unreasonable and violated the Fourth Amendment.” When al-Kidd was brought before a federal judge in Idaho, more than two weeks after his arrest, he was released from custody, but under very strict conditions. Recently married for a second time, he could only travel in four Western states and was required to live with his new in-laws in Las Vegas. “It was pretty stressful,” he said. “In their defense, they probably want the best for their daughter, and even if this guy didn’t do anything wrong, he’s damaged goods at this point.” His marriage quickly deteriorated and relations were so tense at home that the court allowed him to find his own place. Al-Kidd found a job delivering supplies to a store on Nellis Air Force Base, near Las Vegas, but was told after eight or nine months that security officials would no longer allow him on the base. Even after al-Hussayen was acquitted on the most serious charges, the government took no action to end restrictions on al-Kidd. But he persuaded a judge to end them. Nine months later, AlKidd filed his suit, which he hopes will finally to clear his name. “I haven’t lost faith in the system,” he said.


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Rallies support fight against anti-union bill PATRICK CONDON Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. — Chanting pro-union slogans and carrying signs declaring “We are all Wisconsin,” protesters turned out in cities nationwide to support thousands of public workers who’ve set up camp at the Wisconsin Capitol to fight Republican-backed legislation aimed at weakening unions. Union supporters organized rallies from New York to Los Angeles in a show of solidarity Saturday as the demonstration in Madison entered its 12th straight day and attracted its largest crowd yet: more than 70,000 people. Hundreds banged on drums and screamed into bullhorns inside the Capitol as others braved frigid weather and snow during the massive rally that flooded into nearby streets. “I want to thank you for coming out here today to exercise those pesky First Amendment rights,” actor Bradley Whitford, who starred in television’s “The West Wing,” said as he rallied his hometown crowd. “This governor has to understand Wisconsin is a stubborn constituency. We fish through ice!” Republican Gov. Scott Walker has introduced a bill that includes stripping almost all public workers of their right to collectively bargain on benefits and work conditions. Nearly all state and local government workers would be forbidden from bargaining for any wage increases beyond the rate of inflation. Walker has said the bill would help close a projected $3.6 billion deficit in the 2011-13 budget, and argues that freeing local governments from collec-

tive bargaining would give them flexibility amid deep budget cuts. The bill has sent Democrats and unions into an outrage. Leaders of Wisconsin’s largest public workers’ unions have capitulated to Walker’s demands for their members to cover more of their pension and health care benefits, and contend that his attack on collective bargaining is meant to undermine unions, a bastion of Democratic Party strength. In a Sunday interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Walker said the two weeks of protests haven’t eroded his resolve to eliminate collective bargaining for most public employees. “Year after year, governors and legislators before us have kicked the can down the road. We can’t do that. We’re broke. It’s about time someone stood up and told the truth in our Hundreds of Kansans participate in a pro-union rally,Saturday,Feb.26,2011,on the south steps of the Statehouse in Topeka,Kan. state and said here’s our problem, here’s the solu- Democrats successfully human rights” and waved descended on the Capitol. The Wisconsin crowd tion and let’s do this,” he blocked a Republican bill signs, some reading “United last week that would have we bargain, divided we beg.” cheered as pilot Jeff Skiles, said. “The right to collectively the first officer on the US Some protestors have prohibited union memeven been sleeping in the bership from being a con- bargain is an American Airways Flight that landed in right,” Eliot Seide, a local New York City’s Hudson Wisconsin Capitol. Police dition of employment. Large crowds of teach- union leader, told the crowd River in January 2009, said planned to let protesters stay overnight Saturday ers, firefighters and public in St. Paul. “You can’t have that “justice and righteousinto Sunday but are workers also gathered for American democracy if you ness will always win out.” expected to finally close rallies — holding Ameri- don’t have a strong trade Skiles helped pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger land the building Sunday after- can flags, wearing pro- union movement.” The rallies were part of a the plane, whose 155 passenunion clothing and holdnoon for cleaning. “Wisconsin is opening ing signs — in other campaign by the liberal gers and crew members up people’s eyes a little capital cities including online group MoveOn.org to were safely rescued. Protesters jammed the bit,” said Jay Van Loenen, a Topeka, Kan.; Harrisburg, hold demonstrations supporting Wisconsin workers Wisconsin Capitol steps, teacher who attended a Pa.; and Olympia, Wash. In Los Angeles, public in major cities across the packed the ice-covered lawn rally in Denver that attracted about 1,000 peo- sector workers and others country. Some of the — some sat in trees — and ple. “So I think that the held signs that read “We demonstrations attracted filled surrounding streets. move is to try to get people are all Wisconsin” during counter-protests, though the Several thousand countermore involved in their a rally. Some wore foam pro-union rallies were larger. protesters came out last SatMadison Police urday to support Walker, but unions and create a “cheeseheads,” the familstronger front so that if iar hats worn by Green spokesman Joel DeSpain they were hardly visible this said he didn’t have a firm time. something happens here, Bay Packers fans. Capitol police allowed Covered in layers of estimate on the Wisconsin we are prepared.” Several thousand peo- coats, scarves, hats and capital’s crowd, but said it protesters stay overnight ple gathered for a rally in gloves, about 1,000 rally was larger than last weekend Saturday into Sunday, but Columbus, Ohio, where goers outside the Min- when nearly 70,000 people planned to finally close the lawmakers are consider- nesota Capitol chanted ing a similar bill. Indiana “Workers’ rights are

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building Sunday afternoon to let crews clean it. People held signs that called Walker a parasite and a dictator and demanded voters recall him. Michael Janairo, a 4-year-old of Sheboygan, held a sign that showed Green Bay Packers star linebacker Clay Matthews tackling Walker. Michael’s mother, Lisa Janairo, is not a public worker but drove to Madison to show support. “For him to dictate and not negotiate is just wrong and we won’t stand for it,” the 45-year-old said. Associated Press writers Tara Bannow in St. Paul, Minn.; Sheila V. Kumar in Denver; Beth Fouhy in New York City; Michael Virtanen in Albany, N.Y.; and Julie Carr Smyth in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.


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A.J. Rompza sinks game-winning shot with 3.8 seconds left STEVEN RYZEWSKI

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The shot that may well define this season for the UCF Knights wasn’t drawn up the way it happened, but it led to a stunning 65-64 win over Southern Miss. Down two points with less than 10 seconds left, a missed free throw was rebounded and pushed up the floor by Marcus Jordan, the player most would’ve expected to take the last-second shot. Jordan already had 20 points, 12 of which had come in the second half. But Jordan ran into a double team and gave up the ball to A.J. Rompza, who to that point had not made a field goal. Didn’t matter. He hit the go-ahead three pointer with 3.8 seconds left. “I kept telling myself if I got the ball I was going to knock down the shot,” Rompza said. “I didn’t want to pass it to him,” Jordan laughed. It was UCF’s second consecutive win over a team atop C-USA’s standings, and the Knights (18-9, 59) fourth win in their last five games, as this roller-coaster ride of a season continues. “Even when we were losing some games I said ‘We’re getting better,’ ” said head coach Donnie Jones. The Knights trailed by as many as 10 early in the second half and found themselves down nine, 59-50, midway through the half. That’s when the Knights rattled of a 10-0 run, capped by an A.J. Tyler three pointer that caused the crowd of 7,402 to explode, as UCF went ahead 60-59. Tyler played a huge role for the Knights, scoring 14 points and hitting four big three pointers. “He definitely played with confidence, he didn’t really second-guess himself,” Jordan said. Southern Miss (21-7, 10-4) responded with two quick buckets and things didn’t look good for UCF

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A.J.Rompza and his teammates celebrate victory over the Golden Eagles after hitting the game-winning three-point shot with 3.8 seconds left in the game.

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After being dealt their first loss on the season Saturday, the Knights bounced back on the final day of the South Alabama Classic with a 12-4 win over No. 29 Alabama. “The goal when you play every weekend is to at least win two of three,” said head coach Terry Rooney in a release. “And for our guys to bounce back and play as well as we did today says a lot about the competitiveness in our ball club.” The Knights (6-1) met their goal, going 2-1 at the South Alabama Classic after defeating the Crimson Tide and South Alabama and falling to Southeastern Louisiana.

Second baseman Travis Shreve led off against Alabama (4-3) on on Feb. 27 with a double and shortstop. Darnell Sweeney followed up with an RBI-double. Catcher Beau Taylor hit an RBI double of his own in his next at-bat to make the score 2-0 UCF in the top of the first. Six Knights hit nine doubles against Alabama, including three from Sweeney. Sweeney went 4for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. The Knights hit three home runs; Taylor hit a solo shot in the fifth and Chris Taladay hit two two-run shots, one in the eighth and one in the ninth. Taylor finished the day one run off two hits and four RBIs. Taladay went 3-for-5 with five RBIs; his first hit of the

game was a double. Freshman Ben Lively got his first career start and win for the Knights. Lively gave up one run off of three hits in five innings. Righty Brennan Dobbins walked two and gave up two singles and two runs in the seventh. D.J. Hicks came in to finish the inning but gave up a home run to Alabama’s Austen Smith in the eighth. With two outs and two on, Joe Rogers came in to finish the inning and close the game. Hicks had two of the nine doubles with one in the fourth and one in the ninth. On Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana, Bryan Brown got the first loss for UCF this season

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“I was just keeping everything simple,stayed relaxed and played my game,”said shortstop Darnell Sweeney of his performance in Alabama over the weekend.


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Seniors leave mark on team UCF earns STEVEN RYZEWSKI

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With a lot still to play for, the Knights are trying to stay focused only on the next game. For three Knights, however, the realization is creeping into the backs of their heads that their time at UCF is drawing to a close. For seniors Tom Herzog, A.J. Tyler and Taylor Young, their college careers are reaching their end as Wednesday’s senior night approaches. “I’m sure it’ll be an emotional night,” Young said. Between the three of them is a combined 10 years with the program. A.J. Tyler is in his fourth year with the program and his fifth year overall, after playing his freshmen season at Clemson and then sitting out his sophomore year due to transfer rules. Tyler battled injury this year, costing him 12 games and putting a damper on his senior season. Nevertheless, Tyler has worked his way back and into the lineup for the Knights, coming up big at different times, most recently delivering a huge 14 points in a victory of Southern Miss. “I just kept everything in perspective and I kept working hard,” Tyler said. Like Tyler, Young has seen the program at different extremes during his time with Knights. “A lot of change, but just growth,” Young said. Head coach Donnie Jones said Young’s passion for the game is expected to extend beyond his playing days. “He’s got a coach’s mentality,” Jones said. “He’s got a great IQ for the game.”

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Seniors Taylor Young,pictured above,A.J.Tyler and Tom Herzog will be playing their final home game at UCF on Wednesday.

Herzog transferred from Michigan State last summer after getting minimal playing time with the Spartans, where he spent the first three seasons of his career. While Herzog has only been with the program for a year, he has quickly endeared himself to fans and teammates with his style of play and ability to alter opposing offenses game plans. “Tom’s worked hard and he’s had a great attitude,” Jones said. “He’s really helped in a lot of ways in a short period of time for our program.” Both Young and Tyler have seen the program go through some changes during their time here. Both came in at the end of the Jermaine Taylor-era.

For basketball photos: www.UCFNews.com Taylor, now in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings, was the face of the program. Now, all three seniors are leaving the program in great shape, as the Knights seemed poised to become a regular on the national scene with transfers becoming eligible next season and an impressive recruiting class. “As a player, to watch [the program] grow and come to the great fanbase — it’s been unbelievable,” Young said. All three players will be able to say they were part of the first UCF basketball team to be ranked in the national polls, a landmark

for the program. “The recognition we got was awesome to be a part of,” Tyler said. As for favorite memories, Young and Tyler seemed to agree that a 7271 win over New Mexico on the road in 2008 was up at the top. “Best road game as far as atmosphere was that New Mexico game,” Tyler said. “That had to be one where you felt the vibe before the game.” With the end nearing on their careers, all three players are focused on finishing strong for the program. “I’m so proud to be a UCF Knight and I’m going to be back here,” Young said. “I’ll be here for sure, helping out the program and contributing.”

Entering the final day of the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Houston, the Knights were down, but not out. UCF used a comefrom-behind effort on the final day of the Championship, scoring a school-record 123.5 points from competition, propelling the Knights from ninth place to first. The Knights took home their first C-USA indoor track and field title in school history. “I am very proud of the entire team,” 2011 CUSA Coach of the Year Caryl Smith Gilbert said in a release. “We won with a total-team effort and as a coach that is all you can ask for. Everyone understood what they needed to do individually so that we could achieve our collective goal, which was winning this championship.” The Knights’ first CUSA indoor track title matches the success of the outdoor track and field team, who won their first conference title last year. Freshman Aurieyall Scott had an NCAA championship qualifying time of 7.24 in the 60 meters, tying a freshman and school record.

“To have Aurieyall win and pick up that honor is great, but having it come alongside the championship makes it that much more special,” Smith Gilbert said. The Knights dominated the 60-meter hurdles as junior Jackie Coward, junior Karessa Farley, senior Micaela Wimberly and junior Ashley Bolling finished the race in first through fourth place, respectively. Coward’s first-place time of 8.16 seconds was a C-USA Indoor Championship record. “To have all the personal awards accompany the team achievement makes the day very special,” Smith Gilbert said. The 4x400-meter relay team led by senior Champelle Brown dominated the competition, finishing in first place ahead of East Carolina by nearly a second and a half. “Champelle, Jackie, Karessa and so many others today stepped up and solidified this team effort that ultimately led to winning the title,” Smith Gilbert said. The indoor track team will look to cap off its historic season on March 11-12 at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in College Station, Texas.

Fate rests on finish FROM A9 with time ticking away. But the Knights responded, scoring another five unanswered points, effectively ending the game on a 15-5 scoring swing. Though the win did little for UCF’s positioning in the conference standings, what it did do is help continue to build some momentum as the Knights inch closer to the C-USA Tournament in El Paso, Texas. While UCF’s sole hope of getting into the NCAA Tournament is to win C-USA, something not so farfetched considering the Knights have beaten two of the league’s top teams in the

past week, UCF can also hope for an invitation to other postseason tournaments, including the NIT. “People remember how you start, and they remember how you finish,” Jones said. With two games remaining and sitting at 18 wins, the Knights are also on the cusp of another achievement, a 20-win season. It would be the program’s first since 2006-2007, when the Knights went 22-9 and 11-5 in conference. UCF’s final home game is Wednesday against Southern Methodist at 7 p.m. It will be senior night for Knights Tom Herzog, A.J. Tyler and Taylor Young.


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Big win over ‘Bama gives Knights momentum FROM A9 with a 7-2 loss. Brown pitched one and a third innings of relief against Southeastern Louisiana where he gave up two runs off of two hits. Junior Ray Hanson started the game and gave up one run on seven hits. Hanson struck out five but walked four. The Knights didn’t get on the board until the third when third baseman Derek Luciano doubled and advanced to third on a Shreve sacrifice bunt. Ronnie Richardson hit an RBI-ground out and shortstop Darnell Sweeney hit his second of two hits, a team-high for the game, but Taylor flied out to end the inning and strand Sweeney at first. “It was a really good weekend,” said Sweeney in a release. “I was just keeping everything simple, stayed relaxed and played my game. And I love having a guy like Shreve [at second base]. He keeps the energy up and talks about nonsense half of the time. But it helps you stay in the game.” The Knights scored again in the seventh on a Taladay RBI-single but a Southeastern pitching change led to a double play to end the inning. Taladay, the reigning C-USA Freshman of the Year, made his first start of the season after an injury and his first-career start in left field. Southeastern’s Justin Boudreaux hit a two-run home run in the eighth and one run scored in the ninth to leave the final score at 7-2. The Knights were out-hit by the Lions 16-7. Junior Danny Winkler made his second Friday-

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Catcher Beau Taylor tied the UCF all-time hitting record in Friday’s win over South Alabama but went 0-for-4 against Southeastern,snapping his streak at 26 consecutive games

night start in a row, this time against South Alabama. The Knights won 9-4. Winkler pitched four and a third innings, struck out five and gave up four runs off of four hits. Nick Cicio relieved Winkler and got the win with three scoreless innings and five strikeouts. The bases were loaded twice in the fourth and the sixth inning but that didn’t seem to get to him. “I kind of worked myself into a jam [in the fourth inning] and I knew I couldn’t allow a run to score,” Cicio said. “We were in a pivotal point in the game because we just tied it up, and we needed to start taking control of the game.” Against South Alaba-

ma, Ronnie Richardson had his second consecutive three-hit game of the season. Richardson was 3for-5, hitting his second triple in two games. Richardson also scored two runs and batted in two RBIs. Taladay played in his first game of the season. In the top of the sixth inning, Taladay pinch-hit for Erik Hempe. With the Knights trailing 4-3, Taladay hit the first pitch he saw into the outfield for a two-out single that knocked in a run and tied the game at four. The Knights pulled away afterward.

Quick hits — Taladay, who made his return from a preseason injury, entered the

game in the fifth inning on Friday in UCF’s 9-4 win over South Alabama and started on both Saturday and Sunday. Taladay was 5-for-11 with seven RBIs for the weekend. — Catcher Beau Taylor tied the UCF all-time hitting

record in Friday’s win over South Alabama but went 0for-4 against Southeastern, snapping his streak at 26 consecutive games, which tied Mike Myers’ 2001 streak. “Tying is like kissing your sister,” Taylor said.

Taylor had two runs, three hits and four RBIs over the weekend. — The Knights host Maine on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Maine, who has lost their first five games, will be looking for its first win of the season.


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ne of the biggest trends of today is the convergence of technology with education. We’ve all seen people reading books or web articles on their Kindles, iPads and smart phones but very rarely do we see students reading textbooks on these devices. Last week, the Future published an article detailing UCF’s plan to transition to electronic textbooks and we’re anxiously awaiting the results. Every semester we cringe at the bookstore as the cashier rings up our massive mound of textbooks, some of which hardly get opened. It usually puts quite a large dent in our already-empty wallets. Books aren’t cheap to print, so when you cut out the cost of paper and ink, electronic books are naturally less expensive than traditional books. For example, The New York Times Best Seller Water for Elephants can be bought as an e-book for Kindle on Amazon for $5. A new paperback version of the same book costs about $8. Although the savings may not be drastic — printing only accounts for about 10 percent of the total cost to make a book — even a small discount can add up when it comes to purchasing expensive textbooks for an entire semester, not to mention all the trees we’d

save. UCF’s plan is for the Student Government Association to team up with the Mixed and Emerging Technology Integration Lab and hopefully launch a pilot course this June and then an initial course in the fall. The change won’t be overnight, however. At first, electronic textbooks will just be offered for certain classes, and then as the program expands more and more courses will hopefully switch to the electronic textbook alternative. One of the many perks of this development is that the technology will be interactive. So instead of students passively reading and maybe highlighting and jotting down notes, there will be links if a student needs an outside source for a more thorough explanation of a subject or videos to demonstrate certain processes or concepts. Other functions designed to improve student retention are interactive quizzes and homework assignments, countdowns and reminders for test days, and a function that allows students to make notes and highlight. When we initially heard about this idea we were a little skeptical about how the e-books would be read and purchased. E-book readers like the Kindle can get pretty expensive and they aren’t exactly convenient to carry around. There will be a free app

for smart phones called UCF Digital Press that students can use to purchase and download the electronic textbooks, or students can simply use their laptops. Most students already carry around their laptops and cell phones with them on campus, so essentially the app would reduce the amount of materials they carry around and make it less likely to forget any texts at home. The big change we hope to see from this transition is students actually using their textbooks. Far too often have we shoveled out $50 or more for a textbook we never even remove from the plastic wrap. Reading a textbook isn’t exactly what we’d classify as thrilling, which is why many students don’t even bother. For many subjects it can be tedious, confusing and downright boring. An e-book version of these textbooks can offer interactivity to break the monotony. We’re hoping the interactive design of these electronic books will do a better job of captivating the reader than the traditional text format of textbooks. Come next fall we hope to see the success of the electronic textbook program because we feel it could help students genuinely learn the material, while at the same time saving them a few bucks.

Like Americans, Islam can’t be generalized praying, we assume that Amidst the finger these people share the pointing, the threat of tersame views. rorism and the back-andLike many of us, they forth trite that opposing have varying degrees of point of views like to condisagreements within sider “dialogue”, when it their own community and comes to Muslims in have the ability to reason, America, most of us fail to judge and make decisions. consider our own personTheir subscription to al illiteracy and bias in global matters. KONSTATIN RAVVIN their beliefs does not Guest Columnist entail that they believe in You may have every possible extreme researched the Quran on interpretation of that Wikipedia, watched the belief. There are endless schools of news recently or have just the right Islamic thought which vary from amount of Muslim friends to justify region to region, on broad or even yourself as educated. specific subjects, from capital punAny rational individual accepts ishment to women’s rights. that, regardless of a society’s virtues, Assuming Islamic society is static there will be dynamic innovation, and not dynamic devalues the intrinfragmentation and varying perspecsic worth of an entire people, and tives. puts a generalized face on a belief Although this is evident, our that deserves to be acknowledged for underlying convictions and experiits diversity. ences create a double standard. The Muslim Student Association In regards to certain states’ sugat UCF went to great lengths to gestion to ban Sharia law and the address issues in Islam. recent visitation of Imam Siraj WahSimultaneously, while educating haj to UCF, some of us have managed non-believers of their customs, MSA to attribute this double standard may view this as a learning experitoward American Muslims. Religion and emotion aside, under ence. They too deserve the right to expand their horizons in a topic of the secular law of this land, we are their preference — that is the right of Americans. all Americans, and the right of all I view a black man as an Ameristudents in universities across the can who just happens to be black, a world. lesbian woman as an American who It’s fine to disagree, but disagreejust happens to be lesbian, and apply this equal status regardless of ethnic, ment should never breed contempt in lieu of different perspectives. political or sexual orientation. There are undoubtedly issues in For some reason, we’ve found ourIslam that have warranted criticism selves in unease being able to do the in Western society. same with Muslims. We see despots A handful of our students in the Middle East degrade Western acknowledge these issues and are values, declaring holy war on “infiattempting to show that their society dels” and we take it at face value. What we fail to apply to these sce- too, like ours, is faced with ideological, political, and socioeconomic narios is when we see an American predicaments, none that characterize Muslim women dawning a hijab or our society completely. an American Muslim man privately

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If you won’t say it aloud, don’t type it you. Go on your FaceIt was the tweet heard book and find at least one around the world. of your friends who post“Yes yes its wrong ed something along the what happened to [Lara lines of, “I hate my boss,” Logan]. Of course. I don't or, “My professor is a support that. But, it monster.” I am sure you would have been funny if will find at least one. it happened to Anderson Why does this seem too.” more socially acceptable? Journalist Nir Rosen, a People feel that if they New York University ALYSSA FELLER are not directly speaking Fellow, tweeted this, Guest Columnist to the subject of their along with other mesabuses, it is OK. But realsages about CBS’ Lara ly, what is the difference? Logan and CNN’s Anderson CoopMaking horrible comments er. online about someone is the same Obviously, he thought that it as making horrible comments to would have been funny if Cooper endured “brutal and sustained sexu- them in person. People are still being hurt and reputations are still al assault by a mob of men while covering the Egyptian uprising,” like being lost. I don’t think Rosen would have Logan did. made those comments if he was Later, Rosen apologized by saying, “Ah **** it, I apologize for being speaking directly to Lara Logan or Anderson Cooper. But suddenly, insensitive, its (sic) always wrong, because the comments are being that's obvious, but I'm rolling my typed 140 characters at a time, they eyes at all the attention she will magically become OK. get.” The truth is that saying someI’m glad he was so sincere. thing that will ruin your reputation Because of these comments, online is the same as saying it in Rosen lost his fellowship at NYU, person. along with the respect of many While we may be in college now other journalists. and don’t have a career where we I always hear people say that it’s are constantly in the public eye, we important to think before you still need to be careful. speak, but it’s just as important to What if a possible employer think before you tweet to your folfound that you updated your Facelowers or update your Facebook book with,“Got so wasted at last status. My rule of thumb is if I night’s party”? What if a current would never say it, I would never employer found your Twitter type it. After a bad day at work it would account was updated to, “I wish my boss would drop dead”? be easy to sign into Facebook and You only have one reputation, write terrible things about the cusand once it’s gone, it takes a long tomers and my bosses in my status time and a lot of work to get back. for all of my friends to see. HowevDon’t lose it with a thoughtless er, it would be unthinkable to walk into the front doors of the store, get comment online. After all, you on the loudspeaker system and ver- might be the next to lose a prestigious fellowship. bally abuse everyone who was lisMaybe Rosen should have tening. thought about that before he went Luckily, I did neither. on Twitter. Now, I have an assignment for

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Senate fails to confirm new SGA VP I’d say being able to stand with the students in a situation where they are in conflict with the administration is a major “qualification” (particularly with major tuition hikes likely over the horizon). I don’t care how competent she is at technical aspects if she is unwilling to use them to be a vigorous and uncompromising defender of the student body. Why have a student government, rather than more administrators, if all they are expected to do is whatever they’re told to? That isn’t “passion”, that’s common sense.

object to public tax dollars being used to support them. Especially in light of the recent undercover reporting that highlighted the lax morals of a worker in this organization. I hope they go the way of Acorn. — HAPPY

Planned Parenthood is prohibited by law to use federal money to fund abortions. The money goes to other services they provide such as breast exams, STD testing, and contraception (you know, the stuff that prevents unwanted pregnancies). I assume that with all your complaining about “baby killing” that you obvious conservatives are okay with welfare for single mothers, — BROTHER JACK right? Seems only fair that if you’re going to FORCE a woman to give birth to a child she doesn’t want and can’t support that you foot part of the bill for raising him. How about adoption? You plan on adopting an unwanted kids any time in No matter which way you porthe future? No? Then shut up. tray it I do not agree with Planned — ANNOYED Parenthood’s ideals and highly

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