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E-Books to replace textbooks? SGA, METIL program debuts Fall 2011 MONIQUE VALDES
At last Thursday’s SGA Senate meeting, SGA agreed to partner with Tired of lugging around METIL in providing elecheavy and expensive text- tronic textbooks to the stubooks? dent body as part of a largThe Mixed and Emerg- er educational program to ing Technology Integra- be deployed in Fall 2011. tion Lab and Student GovSGA will now be workernment Association are in ing with METIL in figurthe midst of providing the ing out the logistics of perfect solution: electronic making electronic texttextbooks. books possible for stuNews Editor
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dents. Colin Forward, a senior computer science major and one of the METIL researchers behind this new software, believes METIL has found a way to turn textbooks from a static resource into a learning coach for students. “We’ve been doing research on what the best way to retain knowledge is.
We put together a learning management system in a digital textbook format and this is the product of that research,” he said. “METIL has done a wealth of research in cognitive behavioral science and we’re applying that research on what works in education into what works with this software.” METIL, a division of the UCF Institute for Simula-
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About 42 percent of students have either purchased or at least used an e-textbook, according to “OnCampus Research Student Watch 2010,” a 16,000-student survey released by the National Association of College Stores in fall of 2009.
Late Knights, a monthly event that is cost-free for students, will be hosting its February event in the Student Union. The Race Knight event will take place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26. It is open to all students. Free food, games and giveaways will be part of the event. For more information, go to www.lateknights.getinvolveducf.com.
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Florida legislators are hoping to capitalize on one of the country’s major addictions as a way to fix the economy without forcing people to sit at a typical card table. A proposed bill, House Bill 77 “Internet Poker Consumer Protection & Revenue Generation Act of 2011,” would legalize Internet poker and bring much needed revenue to the state’s economy. Florida Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, DWellington, who proposed the bill along with other representatives, wants casinos, dog and horse tracks and jai-alai arenas to have connections to online poker rooms that the state would reap a portion of the revenues from. While it’s not illegal to play Internet poker, it’s against federal law for a U.S. company to run an online poker room for money. According to the Unlawful Inter-
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Students learn the artistic PINK ART in second year Studies roots of hip-hop at lecture Women’s hosts gallery show LISET VALLE-JIMENEZ Contributing Writer
Nigerian-born Donald Harrell typically focuses on teaching others about African life and culture, particularly music. On Feb. 22, Harrell took a turn for the modern and gave a presentation to about 30 audience members on “The Evolution of Hip Hop” in the Student Union’s Key West Ballroom.
Harrell explained that hip-hop is the latest artistic expression of African people as a need of addressing the times, but that many factors were involved in its development. He said regardless of your race or ethnicity, hiphop reached the masses. It became a part of fashion, media, culture and music.
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The UCF Women’s Studies program is turning the CityArts Factory into PINK ART, a painted bra paradise to raise awareness for breast cancer. On March 17 the women’s studies department will have a gallery opening at the CityArts Factory, called PINK ART, to benefit the Young Survivors Coalition and to fund the women’s studies scholarship program. The gallery will feature submissions from UCF students as well as both professional and novice local artists. Submissions will range from poems to photographs, as long as they are respectful to women, according
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The PINK ART exhibit was held for the first time last year at CityArts Factory and featured painted bras to raise awareness for breast cancer.
to M.C. Santana, program director of the women’s studies department. “Cancer does not wait, and cancer does not care that you are beautiful and 19,” Santana said. Many artists have decorated bras that are either dedicated to a specific person in their life dealing with breast cancer or with various other
themes ranging from political stances to designs that are simple and aesthetically appealing. “We had a best seller last year, and I think Katy Perry copied it, because it’s the same one as in her video ‘California Gurls’,” Santana said. “I think our
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H.B. 77 may help gain revenue from poker FROM A1 net Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, transactions from banks or similar institutions to online gambling sites are illegal for the purpose of online poker. “There are hundreds of thousands of players in Florida in unregulated and unprotected offshore sites,” said Abruzzo, as reported by the Sun-Sentinel. “Why not legalize, regulate and bring in revenue from something that’s already occurring?” One of the major components of the act is that it’s illegal for people to link their credit cards to online poker websites. Many people in the U.S. play poker on offshore sites because the countries where the online companies are located have a broad range of much more lenient regulations and fees. One of the biggest online poker companies in the world, PokerStars.com, is located in the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. According to John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, there are eight to ten million Americans that play online through offshore accounts; about 400,000 of them are Floridians, as reported by the Sun-Sentinel. One of those 400,000 Floridians is UCF student Brandon Blackman. Blackman, a senior preclinical allied health major, has been playing poker since his freshman year in high school. Blackman thinks that H.B. 77 could affect students in that it would drag them to casinos or house-organized poker tournaments because
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Senior pre-clinical allied health major Brandon Blackman has been playing poker online since he was a high school freshman.He has an account with PokerStars.com and plays with gamblers worldwide.
it would give players no choice if the state were to control online gambling. “If anything, this bill could affect students negatively in that it’ll make it harder for us to play online,” Blackman said. “Because we would have to go through all these state rules, in the end, it’ll be the state that determines when and where we would have to play, but the bill wouldn’t decrease gambling at all.” According to the proposed bill, players would click on one of Florida’s 23 pari-mutuels sites and go into a pool of other Florida players. The state would then receive 10 percent of the revenues, and the Florida pari-mutuels would use
special software to block out-of-state IP addresses. H.B. 77, which would take effect July 1 if passed, comes at a time when many addiction counselors are seeing an increase of Internet poker addiction among college students. According to the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Florida college kids are twice as likely as the general population to become compulsive online gamblers. “I began playing poker pretty much like every other kid,” Blackman said. “One random day in high school when I became curious about poker and decided to learn.” Blackman, who also had
friends who were just getting into online poker at the time as well, said he understood the addictive potential in gambling. “After time, though, I can see why people can get really hooked on the feeling to win or lose money quickly,” Blackman said. “I have friends who had to drop out of school because of their [poker] addiction.” The director of Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Programming at UCF, Tom Hall, believes that H.B. 77 could become a problem for students. “The anonymity of Internet gambling is already a concern since it is done in isolation with no one to observe and identify a
developing gambling problem,” Hall said. “Research has substantiated that the proximity and accessibility to gambling opportunities affects the number of those who gamble and the number of individuals who will develop a gambling problem.” Hall believes that college students could easily become victims of online gambling, and that such addiction is very critical because realizing it can be very misleading. “Based upon increasing numbers of calls to help lines from college students, we know that college gambling addiction is on the rise,” Hall said. “Internet gambling is the most youth-
friendly form of gambling available. It’s available where most college students live today, and it’s presented in a format that makes students feel very comfortable.” Regional Campus Director of SGA Daniel Compte doesn’t think the bill is going to pass, and if it did, the state would barely receive any revenue. “I don’t think the bill will pass because of past occurrences where the state keeps wanting to legalize online poker but the people don’t,” Compte said. “Florida is a conservative state and from an ethical perspective this could bring several implications along the way.”
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Beta, Greeks raise $5,000 for Cancer Society TAYLOR WEISS Contributing Writer
Eight sororities and two fraternities danced their way into raising more than $5,000 for the American Cancer Society. Beta Theta Pi put on its third annual “Beta’s Best Dance Crew” competition on Feb. 16 at the Venue. Delta Delta Delta won the competition. More than 1,000 people gathered to watch the competing sororities and fraternities perform threeminute choreographed dance routines for the crowd. The annual event was more than an opportunity for Greeks to show off their best dance moves — it also raised a record amount of money. “The event consisted of different ways for teams to fundraise for the ACS and earn points for their team,” said Jared Greenbaum, an advertis-
ing/public relations major of Beta. Teams earned points through T-shirt sales, direct donations and their score on the dance routine. The groups were charged a $50 entry fee to participate in the dance competition. This year’s donation more than doubled the amount of money raised from the inaugural event in 2009. “I am always blown away by how creative UCF students can get with their fundraising,” said Jenna Bonazinca, a community representative of the ACS. “This is another example of how amazing things happen when people get together for a good cause.” Bonazinca was also one of the judges on the dance competition. “Dancing is such a huge passion of mine so sharing it with my Delta
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Jared Masucci,left,and Jordan Shapiro,right,hold up the Beta Theta Pi shirt for the fraternity’s event that raised money for the American Cancer Society.
sisters was the best,” said Fabiola Pachas of the winning Tri-Delta team. Pachas said her sorority funraised by asking locally for donations and selling T-shirts. The ACS is a nationwide, community-based health organization whose mission is to eliminate
cancer as a major health problem. There were 107,000 new cancer cases reported in Florida alone this past year and an estimated 40,880 cancerrelated deaths, according to ACS’s website. When the group was founded in 1913, the outlook on survival was dim
and cancer was rarely mentioned publicly. The ACS founders took the matter into their own hands to raise public awareness of the disease. The ACS has $1 billion in resources a year to save lives and search to find a cure. “The American Cancer Society was chosen because, as an organization, we know that cancer affects everyone,” Greenbaum said. “It has hit close to home with multiple brothers of our chapter.” “Beta’s Best Dance Crew” is just one of many events that are happening at UCF to raise money and awareness for the ACS. The next event involving the ACS will be at the end of March when UCF hosts Greek Week, a weeklong fundraising effort. More than 40 Greek organizations will be competing in activities
throughout the week to raise money for the ACS. The events will culminate with the teams participating in Relay for Life on April 1 and 2 at Memory Mall. “The mission of Greek Week is to better the UCF Campus and Greek Community through service, entertainment, and philanthropy,” Greenbaum said. “The official philanthropy for Greek Week is Relay for Life, which is a program of the American Cancer Society.” Greek Week teams participating in Relay for life will earn points toward their score by raising money for the ACS. The teams earn 50 points for raising $1,000 and one point for every $10 after that. There will be additional fundraising opportunities happening at the event including food, face painting, crafts and more.
Hip-hop class offered in summer FROM A1 “Hip-hop helped elect our first black president,” Harrell said. Harrell presented a YouTube video featuring disc jockey Kool Herc, a hip-hop legend. In the video, the viewer is able to see life through the eyes of Herc. He describes shootouts and life within the Bronx. Harrell called him “the father of hip-hop.” Herc is seen as a founder of hiphop, incorporating music from James Brown and the reality of life in the streets, which is a story with a number of elements to it. “The story of hip-hop can be told a variety of
ways,” Harrell said. Hip-hop can be divided up into four categories. The four elements are: DJing, emceeing, break dancing and graffiti writing. Each comes together to create hip-hop culture, Harrell said. A DJ takes the music made by the emcee and often mixes it in techniques known as blending, scribbling and juggling. All the while, a breaker, or break dancer, performs to the music. Many believe graffiti to be an art form, but it began as a way to rebel against inner-city life spawned by socioeconomic problems in places such as Harlem and the South Bronx, in which
hip-hop was confined to in its early years. Hip-hop has since become a global hit and a serious competitor with rock n’ roll. Harrell said he recognized that hip-hop also came from a gang dynamic, but that it was new music that “sprang up out of this desolate situation.” “It was an opportunity for people to move away from gangs and find individuality,” Harrell said. Eric Wright, professor of African American history and culture course, asked his class to attend the event for credit as a part of the James Weldon Johnson lectures series. Wright’s class focuses on music as a continuing cultural tradition.
Hip-hop characterizes a generation, Wright said. “Hip hop has had a social influence on me from the way I dress to how I act,” said sophomore advertising major Michael Soler. Soler and his friend, Alex Polanco, came to the event after seeing a post on Facebook. “People think that hip hop can be a negative impact, but in reality, they overlook positive factors,” said Polanco, a social science education major. “For example, many don’t know that rapper Lil’ Romeo goes to USC; his father Master P had to be a positive influence and great father figure.” Harrell concluded the
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Donald Harrell presented a lecture discussing the genre’s African roots and the factors that contributed to its popularity.
talk by giving, “props to hip hop.” An Evolution of Hip Hop class will be available at UCF in the summer. “There are many ways in which we could approach the class,” said Harrell. “We can look at the evolution of
hip hop in a economic and political form.” Summer A’s course will be taught by JoAnne Stephenson, program director for African American Studies, and summer B’s course will be taught by Harrell.
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Be careful planning for spring break 2011 With Spring Break right around the corner, don’t get caught up in all the excitement of parties and beaches and forget about the details involved with your trip. So you don’t end up stranded on a beach or in a jail cell, here are a few tips to help you in dealing with potential problems. Often people don’t give their hotel a second thought once reservations have been made. What should you do though if you reach the hotel to check-in and they have lost your reservations? “If the hotel loses your reservation, you want to make sure you have everything that proves you had a reservation,” said Annalyn Bush, Branch Manager for STA Travel. “Don’t leave until it’s settled.” “[Bring] confirmation numbers and any receipts you’ve received; either from the travel agency through which you booked your vacation or
if you booked it online,” Bush said. “Print the receipt from the e-mail.” Although hotels rarely lose reservations, it can happen. If it does, simply ask them for guidance on where else you can go or what else you can do, Bush said. Perhaps the more likely problem with a hotel, however, is the inconvenience of them being overbooked. “What happens over Spring Break are that all the hotels are overbooked,” Bush said. “It doesn’t matter where you’re staying or whether or not you’ve already paid for it. There is always the possibility the hotel won’t be able to accommodate you.” In the occurrence that your hotel is overbooked the hotel must automatically place you in a hotel of equal or lesser value. “Of course, that’s to the hotel’s discretion,” Bush said. “So the person traveling may want a [classic] Spring Break hotel and get transferred
to a nice family hotel. It may be nicer, but a family hotel isn’t something someone on Spring Break wants. But there’s nothing you can do about it. It happens all the time” When placing a deposit, credit may be easier than cash, but remember that if damage done to the room exceeds the amount you have on your credit card, the hotel can charge you more. To make sure you are not blamed for damages already done, check the room as soon as you get there. “As soon as you get to the hotel [room] and notice any damages, tell the hotel staff immediately,” Bush said. “We haven’t really had any problems with that though because hotels require deposits.” Once everything with the hotel checks out, it’s time to enjoy the freedom of Spring Break. However, don’t take the freedom for granted, or it will quickly be taken away.
“We will be out in full force,” said A.J. Smith, Chief of Enforcement of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. “There will be no warnings.” With officers ready to enforce the punishment for rampant Spring Break violations, you should be aware of the consequences. Being caught with a fake ID constitutes a felony, and you will be arrested and taken to jail, Smith said. Common and popular among Spring Breakers is underage drinking and flashing. Both qualify as second-degree misdemeanors and after a judge’s
ruling, the individual charged may have to serve either 60 days in jail or pay a $500 fine. When under the influence, students have been known to jump balconies. Such an act is considered disorderly conduct and is a seconddegree misdemeanor as well. Destroying property qualifies as criminal mischief and as a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by one year in jail or a $1,000 fine. Using precaution and keeping the consequences of actions in the back of your mind will help you
have a stress-free Spring Break. Don’t fall victim to preventable punishments and hotel misfortune. “Lots of things can go wrong when you go somewhere, just don’t let it ruin your trip. Most of the problems are completely fixable,” Bush said. “If you don’t know what to do, contact whoever you made the arrangements through and have them offer advice on what you can do. They’ve probably already dealt with it. They can worry about it and you can enjoy your trip.” — CFF STAFF
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E-books will be downloadable apps for phone FROM A1 tion and Training, has been working on this technology since 2006. METIL hopes to have a pilot course for graduates and undergraduates in June and then potentially an initial course offering in the fall. “We aren’t going to start offering digital textbooks for every text at first,” Forward said. “Initially it will be very targeted and then as awareness grows, we’ll expand our course offering.” The test-run would be within the College of Medicine since subjects such as anatomy involve memorization. The books will be available through formats familiar to students — mobile devices. A free application called UCF Digital Press will serve as a way for students to buy their textbooks and course material. METIL lab students and SGA senator Thomas Hellinger, who introduced the resolution to senate, are hoping that accessing the e-textbook will be as simple as downloading UCF Digital Press and buying their textbook and course content through there. Forward’s speciality is in mobile education tech-
nology and his ultimate goal is to utilize electronic textbooks to make education accessible to everyone, including underdeveloped countries. “Mobile education can help people all over the world. Technology is available, it’s just a matter of giving them the resources to educate themselves,” he said. “It makes sense to bring this research to the UCF curriculum, especially since it was developed by UCF students.” According to David Rogers, a doctorate METIL student and one of the software developers, the interactive experience these textbooks provide is what separates them from being solely something to read on a PDF format. “When you learn something the first time you only remember it for so long unless you review it,” he said. “The [electronic] textbook uses a spacing affect to fill that gap. We make the content interactive for both students and teachers.” Forward said the idea behind this is that when people immediately learn something, they have 100 percent retention rate but as time goes on details are forgotten. This software is designed to remind students to review that spe-
cific information at the peak of that forgetting curve. The electronic textbooks will have hyperlinks, highlighting vocabulary that links to Wikipedia or a site with a better explanation. There will be an integration of homework and quizzes within the textbooks with reminders for students to go back and review material they need work on, along with countdowns to tests. Highlighting, notes and tagging are also part of the software. “Not only will this be lighter on your back, but you’re also getting a service,” Forward said. “Imagine being a chem student and seeing a video within your textbook that shows a molecular cloud forming, instead of just reading it. It is much easier to understand certain complex subjects with rich media.” Creating the technology may prove to be easier than selling it, however. Electronic textbooks are overall less costly than print textbooks since there are no shipping or printing costs, but METIL and SGA are investigating ways to direct profits from the sale of textbooks on campus to the student body through Student Controlled Fees. When you buy a textbook the profit gets split
up like this, according to Forward: 70 percent goes to the publisher and the remaining 30 percent is split between the book store and school. Forward and Hellinger would like to see that 15
percent that goes to the bookstore refunded back to students. “We want to see this happen. We’re just not 100 percent sure of how,” Hellinger said. “It’s complicated territory, but we
know there are a lot of people who want to see this as an option for students. Electronic textbooks are cheaper, more environmentally friendly, more portable, and more versatile than textbooks.”
Art entries still accepted FROM A1 rendition was more beautiful, with cupcakes.” This year a portion of the proceeds of PINK ART will go to the Orlando chapter of the Young Survivors Coalition. The Young Survivors Coalition is a support group for women under the age of 40 who have either had breast cancer or been affected by someone close to them having breast cancer. “They target women who are diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 40, it’s a support, education, and empowerment group,” said Anjella Warnshuis, program assistant for women’s studies and African American studies. “They’re not your typical ‘sit in a room and talk about how horrible it is’ group, they’re very oriented towards getting you active, and reclaiming your power,” Warnshuis said. Ashley Inguanta, a creative writing graduate student and a graduate teacher associate, submitted portraits to last year’s PINK ART event and is excited to participate again this year. “When I heard PINK ART was going to be held there [CityArts Factory] I was really happy about it because it gives students a chance to have their artwork hung in this beautiful place, downtown in the middle of everything,” Inguanta said. According to Santana, some of the most amateur pieces submitted have brought in the highest bids. “Enter, because some people say, ‘Oh, I don’t know if my work is any good,’ ” Santana said. “We saw such a variety of excellence and some things that you wouldn’t consider prize material, they sold. The whole point is to contribute for the cause.” Outside of supporting both the Young Survivors Coalition and the
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A portion of proceeds gathered from this year’s PINK ART show will go to the Young Survivors Coalition in Orlando.
women’s studies scholarship program, Santana said that the main goal of PINK ART is to raise awareness about breast cancer and the need for regular checkups. “I have lost two of my students already to breast cancer,” Santana said. “Usually a young woman thinks, ‘Well, I’m young, I’m beautiful, there is nothing wrong with me, why should I even check or be proactive about my health? Grandma has breast cancer, my mom has breast cancer, not me.’ ” The gallery will have its opening night on March 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and remain open to the public until April 3. Any students interested in volunteering at the PINK ART event should email firstname.lastname@example.org. To submit art pieces, go to www.womensstudies.cah.ucf and fill out an application by Feb. 25.
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MELO’S WISH GRANTED WITH TRADE TO KNICKS NEW YORK — The New York Knicks officially acquired Carmelo Anthony from Denver in a three-team trade Tuesday. The Knicks also got guards Chauncey Billups and Anthony Carter, and forwards Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams in the deal that includes the Minnesota Timberwolves. New York dealt forwards Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari, guard Raymond Felton and center Timofey Mozgov to the Nuggets. New York also shipped centers Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph to Minnesota for forward Corey Brewer. Denver acquired center Kosta Koufos from Minnesota, plus New York’s firstround draft pick in 2014, second-round picks in 2012 and 2013 and cash. Anthony could make his Knicks debut tonight against Milwaukee. The Knicks paid a high price for Anthony, but they’re certain he’s worth it. “When you go out hunting, would you rather have a bigger gun or a little gun?”coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We got a bigger gun.” The teams agreed to the trade Monday, but it couldn’t be finalized until Anthony signed his three-year, $65 million contract extension with the Nuggets. Amare Stoudemire has led the Knicks to a 28-26 record, and said Tuesday they will be even more dangerous with Anthony bringing his 25.2 points per game to join Stoudemire’s 26.1. “Every team needs a 1, 1-A punch,” Stoudemire said. “And so with the ways that we both can score ... we’re very versatile, so it’s hard to guard us.” Stoudemire said he had “no doubt” the All-Star forwards could play together.
STEVEN RYZEWSKI Men’s basketball beat writer
Maybe the Knights should play more morning games. The Knights (17-9, 4-9) notched their most impressive win of conference play on the road Monday, beating the UTEP Miners (20-7, 8-4), 74-68. The game started at 11 a.m. local time in El Paso, Texas. The Knights used an all-around impressive performance to defeat the Miners and looked a lot like a certain UCF team that raced off to a 14-0 start and debuted in the national polls earlier this season. UTEP came into the game flying high atop the Conference USA standings and receiving votes in both polls. The Knights, despite having won two of their last three before Monday’s game, were still trying to shake the stigma of an eight-game losing streak. An upset like Monday’s may have just done that. “Today, shots went down,” said head coach Donnie Jones in a release. “We worked the clock, and got the ball to the right people.” Keith Clanton led the Knights with 15 points. Clanton came up big in the second half, scoring 13 of his 15. The sophomore forward came out of the ALEX SCHIERHOLTZ / CENTRAL FLORIDA FUTURE
Sophomore forward Keith Clanton led the Knights with 15 points,13 of which came in a second-half surge,helping propel the Knights to victory over the Miners.
NETS LAND WILLIAMS AFTER MISSING OUT ON MELO A person with knowledge of the trade says the New Jersey Nets agreed to acquire All-Star point guard Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz on Wednesday in a surprising deal the day before the deadline. The Nets are sending rookie Derrick Favors and point guard Devin Harris to the Jazz as part of the package in a deal that also includes the Golden State Warriors. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced. It was first reported by The Record of Bergen County, N.J. The deal comes two days after the Nets failed to land Carmelo Anthony, who was acquired by the New York Knicks as part of a blockbuster deal with the Denver Nuggets.
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Wildcats tamed in 13-0 win JESSICA GILLESPIE Baseball beat writer
The Knights smashed eight doubles and two triples in a 13-0 blowout at Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday night. UCF (4-0) won the first of a four-game road trip with 18 hits and no fielding errors. “Our hitters have just done a tremendous job of working each at-bat one bat at a time and obviously they’re going to the plate with an extreme amount of confidence right now,” said head coach Terry Rooney. The Knights filled the second inning with doubles. Catcher Beau Taylor opened up a four-run second inning with a double,
For more baseball coverage: www.UCFnews.com which extended his hitstreak to 25 consecutive games. Taylor is one game away from tying the longest hitting streak in UCF history, set by Mike Myers in 2001. Jonathan Griffin and Ryan Breen also doubled in the second, each bringing in a run. Both Griffin and Breen doubled later in the game again; Griffin in the third inning and Breen in the sixth. Griffin finished the game with two hits, two runs and one RBI. Breen had three hits, one run and four RBIs. Shortstop Darnell Sweeney was the next Knight to double, with a hit
down the left-field line in the fourth inning. Sweeney tripled on his next at-bat in the sixth inning, bringing in two runs for the Knights. Taylor singled after both of Sweeney’s extra-base hits to bring him in. Sweeney had two runs off of four hits and three RBIs in the game. Center fielder Ronnie Richardson hit the other triple, this one in the seventh inning. He scored on a Sweeney single. Richardson scored two runs off of two hits. Two consecutive doubles in the eighth inning brought in the final run of the game. Derek Luciano doubled with two outs and Erik Hempe followed up
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Senior catcher Beau Taylor extended his hitting streak to 25 consecutive games. He is one away from tying the longest hitting streak in UCF history.
Feb. 24, 2011 •
First away tourney of season up next for UCF ALEX PERNA Baseball beat writer
The baseball team has started its season perfect. With a win over BethuneCookman, where the Knights produced 18 hits and won their first away game 13-0, the team improved to 4-0. “The guys played outstanding and it was a tremendous team effort,” said coach Terry Rooney said. “We swung the bats great and threw a shutout. I feel like after our first four games we’re playing fundamental baseball and really competing. Now we have a tough challenge ahead of us this Friday at South Alabama.” The team will play its first away tournament, The South Alabama Classic this weekend. On Friday, the
Knights will play South Alabama. The Jaguars are 4-0. On Saturday, the Knights will play Southeastern Louisiana at 5:30 p.m. The Lions are 3-1. On Sunday, the Knights will play Alabama at 12 p.m. The Crimson Tide is 4-0. “All three of these teams are regional caliber teams and all have rich traditions,” Rooney said. “We’re going to go up there, play our style of baseball, and see what happens, but we’re looking forward to it.”
Pitching rotation In the past four games, the Knights have started four different pitchers. Look for three of them to make starts this weekend in South Alabama. Danny Winkler will start
PROJECTED LINEUP 1. Travis Shreve, 2B 2. Ronnie Richardson, CF 3. Darnell Sweeney, SS 4. Beau Taylor, C 5. Jonathan Griffin, 1B 6. D.J. Hicks, DH 7. Ryan Breen, LF 8. Derek Luciano, 3B 9. Erik Hempe, RF
TOP PERFORMERS Home runs: Griffin, Hicks: 1 Hits: Breen, Taylor: 8 RBIs: Sweeney: 9 Batting avg.: Breen, Luciano: .500 On-base percentage: Luciano: .692
Friday’s game against South Alabama. In his last outing, Winkler pitched six innings against Siena, striking out six, giving up five hits and one run. Winkler didn’t walk one batter in his outing. For the remaining weekend games, the Knights could send two of these three pitchers in Matt Collins, Ray Hanson or Brian Adkins. Collins started Game Two in the Siena series, pitching 4.1 innings, striking out six, giving up six hits, and allowing one
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Danny Winkler,the Knights’Friday-night starter,will start against South Alabama on Friday at the Jaguars’home tourney.
run. Collins allowed zero walks. Hanson started the final game of the Siena series, pitching 4.2 innings, striking out three, giving up five hits, and four runs. Adkins started against Bethune-Cookman, pitching three innings, striking out five of his 10 batters, and giving up one hit.
What to watch for — Catcher Beau Taylor extended his hitting streak to 25 games Tuesday against BethuneCookman. Taylor is one hit shy of tying the UCF hit streak record of 26, set by Mike Myers in 2001. Taylor will have a chance to tie and break the UCF hitting-streak record in this weekend’s
games. — The Knights offense has outscored their opponents, 50-6 in their first four games. — In four games played by the Knights, the pitching staff has only walked four batters. — Second baseman Travis Shreve has stolen five bases in his first four games with the Knights.
Clanton leads Knights past Miners FROM A7 break scoring the first five points of the half. The one-man scoring run took UCF from coming out of the half up 39-25 all the way to a 19-point lead, 44-25, which was their largest of the contest. It helped quiet the crowd of 9,824. Marcus Jordan had 13 points for the Knights and P.J. Gaynor continued his good play of late, adding 10 points. The Knights did their best to contain UTEP star guard Randy Culpepper. Culpepper led the Miners with 25 points, and at times put the team on his back keeping the game close. UCF’s used a great shooting performance, something it has been struggling with, in the first half to create some distance from the Miners. The Knights shot 66.7 percent from the field, and made six of 11 threepoint attempts. The game was a makeup for a game scheduled
on Feb. 2 that was cancelled because of a power outage as a result of a winter storm. The unusual start time seemed to work well for the Knights, who were the first opponent to score more than 70 points against the Miners in their last 10 games. The Miners also hadn’t lost a home game since their season opener against Pacific on Nov. 12.
Looking ahead Sitting at 17-9 overall and with three games remaining, the Knights still have a chance for a 20-win season. It would be an impressive accomplishment for first-year coach Donnie Jones and his program. But it won’t be easy for UCF. The Knights return home on Saturday to play Southern Miss at the UCF Arena. The Golden Eagles (21-6, 9-4) are in the scramble atop the Conference USA standings, right there with Memphis and UAB. Southern Miss was the second team to defeat UCF during their eight game losing streak, soundly beating the Knights, 86-69. Senior forward Gary Flowers is the man to watch for the Golden Eagles, leading the team in points per game (19.8) and rebounders per game (7.8). UCF’s big men will have their hands full
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Sophomore guard Marcus Jordan has been a consistent scoring force for UCF, scoring 13 against the Miners and averaging 15.6 points per game.
keeping the standout in check. He shoots 48 percent from the field on the season. Following their contest with Southern Miss, the Knights will have their final home game of the season, taking on the SMU Mustangs on March 2. The final game for the Knights is one Marshall fans and players have likely had circled on their calendars for a while. UCF will travel to Huntington, W.Va., to take on the Thundering Herd in their season finale, marking coach
Donnie Jones’ first return to the Mountain State since leaving the program after last season to take the helm for the Knights. Whether or not UCF wins out its remaining schedule, the Knights have something bigger to play for. Momentum heading into March is huge, and having won three of their last four, the Knights would prefer to focus on playing the role of spoiler next time they return to El Paso, Texas, this time in the Conference USA Tournament.
• Feb. 24, 2011
Five-game win streak at risk against UAB AARON CROUCH Women’s basketball beat writer
The Knights are coming down the final stretch of the season as hot as ever. Winners of five straight, UCF (16-10, 9-4) has ascended up to second place in Conference USA standings with just three games remaining before the conference tournament in March.
In those five wins, the Knights have averaged 68.4 points per game, while only allowing an average of 58.4 to opposing teams. The next test for UCF comes at UAB Thursday. The Knights defeated the Blazers in their last meeting, 65-55 on Jan. 13. UAB (14-12, 6-7) is playing good basketball down the stretch, winners of five
Batters combine for 18 hits in win FROM A7 with a ground-rule double. Seven UCF pitchers gave up only two hits. Sophomore Brian Adkins got the start and the win and struck out five of the 10 batters he faced in his three innings. “We predetermined that [Adkins] would only go a few innings tonight,” Rooney said. “My plan was to use a lot of different pitchers. You know, Brian is a guy that started a lot of our midweek games last year and obviously at the end of the year pitched our last game in conference against Tulane so he has continued to really develop and obviously I’m hoping that this outing will kind of catapult into that next outing and continue that confidence.” Alex Besaw, Ben Lively, Johnny Sedlock, Brennan Dobbins, Bryan Brown and Trevor Berry each pitched an inning and
together struck out six batters. Lively, a freshman, struck out two in his firstever UCF appearance. The last time that the Knights gave up as few as two hits was April 13, 2008, when Memphis had only two hits against UCF. The last time UCF shut out an opponent was May 8, 2009, when the Knights blanked No. 2 Rice. Wildcats freshman pitcher Montana Durapau struck out the first two batters and picked off a runner in the first inning but went on to give up six runs off of seven hits and was credited with the loss. The Bethune-Cookman pitching staff gave up 18 hits but struck out 10. The Knights walked three. The Knights travel to Mobile, Ala., for the South Alabama Classic on Friday. The Knights will face South Alabama on Friday, Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday and No. 29 Alabama on Sunday.
of their last six games, and will be looking to upset the Knights in Birmingham. The Blazers are very protective of their home court, registering an 8-3 home record at Bartow Arena including wins against Clemson and Memphis. At home, UAB is averaging 65 points per game. Led by sophomore guard Amber Jones, averaging 11.5 points per game, and senior forward Amanda Peterson, averaging 10.3 points per game, the Blazers will look to penetrate UCF’s sturdy defense that is allowing 61 points per game on average this season. Seniors D’Nay Daniels (14.2) and Chelsie Wiley (14.1) are ranked 8th and 9th respectively in C-USA for points per game. Coach Joi Williams will call upon their experience to lead the Knights to victory and improve upon UCF’s rather unpleasant road
record (4-8). Junior guard Aisha Patrick leads the Knights in steals this season (67) and will look to add to that total, which is good enough for fourth in CUSA. She also leads the team in rebounds (209) and rebounds per game (8.4), both seventh in CUSA. Senior guard Jelisa Caldwell is quietly having a solid season as well, averaging nearly ten points per game. Sophomore guard Gevenia Carter has been a spark off the bench the last few weeks, contributing minutes to give starters time to rest. The game can be heard on 1140 AM or through the UCF Athletics website. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. After the UAB game, the Knights will travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., on Sunday to take on the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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Senior guard Chelsie Wiley,who is second in scoring on the Knights behind D’Nay Daniels with 14.1 points per game,is also ranked ninth among C-USA players.
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World of Beer UCF opened in October and offers students an alternative to the typical college bar atmosphere.
World of Beer is worlds away from typical college bars KEVIN HERNANDEZ
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If you consider yourself a connoisseur of beer or just want to unwind with a beer or wine World of Beer is the place for you. Located less than 2 miles from UCF, World of Beer offers 507 different bottles of beer and 40 beers on tap. WOB opened in late October and stands out from other UCF area bars. “What separates us from other bars is that we cater to everyone,” said WOB Product Manager Paul Mahoney. “We cater to everyone from students to industry workers to young professionals. We’re not a typical college bar.” One thing that sets it apart is the free cover. WOB also offers $1 off of the bottled beer of the month. Another difference is the environment. You don’t have to worry about losing your sandal from stepping on a sticky floor. You can actually rest your arms on the bar or tables without having them drenched in a sickening mixture of cheap beer and Long Islands. WOB has 15 TVs — 12 inside and three outside — that play sports and FUEL TV. There is also a diverse array of music that ranges from Kings of Leon to James Brown to OutKast. You can either order a drink at the bar or be waited on if you can grab a table. “This is my favorite place to come,” said senior civil engineering major Billy Zanzola. “It’s chill and a lot quieter and less crowded than Library or FUBAR.” Obnoxious drunks and underage drinkers are not a concern, as all guests must be 21 or older to get in. No one is there to mess around or cause trouble because everyone is there for
Students crowd the bar at World of Beer UCF on Wednesday for WOB-U night.UCF students get half off all drafts from 9 p.m.to close.
the same reason — to have the option of a variety of quality beers and to enjoy themselves. WOB also has wine and cigars for sale. It doesn’t serve food but does have a list of locations nearby that will deliver you food on the back of the menu. “I don’t get to travel a lot and I feel like I’m traveling the world with my beverages,” said Candice Perrier, a graduate student majoring in mental health counseling. “I like the awesome glasses that I get served in. I usually come for
[college night] and my appreciation for beer. You can’t get this stuff anywhere else. There’s a wide variety and a lot more choices.” The service is quick and friendly, usually taking less than two minutes to receive a beer. If you’re attending WOB University night, you should get there early if you want to have a seat because they fill up quick. WOB-U Night is every Wednesday after 9
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What are some of the different types of beer? Beer comes in many varieties and flavors based on its ingredients and how it is brewed. Here are a few of the most common beer categories. Ale Full-body beer that’s often darker with fruity or spiced flavors.
Ice Beer with a high alcohol content due to the filtering of ice crystals after brewing.
Light Highly carbonated beer that is light in color and body. Contains fewer calories and lower alcohol content.
Stout Dry Dark beer with strong malt Crisp, clean beer with a and caramel flavor. Taste medium-gold color. Leaves varies depending on variety. little aftertaste.
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Lager Pale golden beer that is made from bottomfermenting yeast. Lagers are carbonated with smooth flavor.
Draft Fresh-tasting beer that is normally not pasteurized. Some breweries sell bottled draft beer. Lightly carbonated.
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MATT’S OSCAR PICKS
‘Inception,’ ‘Black Swan’ to dominate Oscars Two things come to mind when someone says ‘Oscar’: hot dogs and movie awards. For me, it’s the movie awards. The 82nd Academy Awards are Sunday and the film world waits to see who will win the golden statues. Here are my picks for some of the key categories.
Best Picture:Inception Inception was a genuine rollercoaster ride of a film that delivered on so many levels. The mesmerizing visual effects, bombastic score and intricate plot came together to form a true film experience. The King’s Speech will probably win best picture but Inception has my vote.
Best Actor:Colin Firth,The King’s Speech Anyone can act like
herself into a legitimate ballerina and showed that she has the ability to play a lead actress in a serious role.
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale,The Fighter MATT REINSTETLE Guest Columnist
they have a speech impediment but it’s tough to play a believable one. The King’s Speech would have fallen flat on its face if Firth wasn’t captivating and convincing and to watch.
Best Actress:Natalie Portman,Black Swan Portman portrayed the innocence and insecurity of the white swan, while unlocking the confidence and sexuality of the black swan. She transformed
This is a two-horse race between Bale and Geoffrey Rush from The King’s Speech. Bale’s track record, solid performances and his reputation of being a chameleon actor will give him his first Oscar.
Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld,True Grit Steinfeld stood out the most in a film that contained Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and the Coen brothers. The fact that she is a teenager and acted like a Hollywood veteran is quite impressive.
Best Director:Darren Aronofsky,Black Swan
Best Adapted Screenplay:The Social Network
This is the closest category to call. Christopher Nolan should have at least received a nomination, or earned the win. David Fincher is another strong nominee. But Aronofsky’s job stands above the rest. He was able to put the jigsaw pieces together to form one of the most engrossing films of the year.
This film came away with the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay and I think it’ll win again. While expanding on the truth, The Social Network’s script made the events of the formation of Facebook memorable and exciting.
Best Original Screenplay: Inception The amount of weight from the plot could have crushed the film, but Nolan’s writing was crucial. He was able to write an entertaining story that explained enough while leaving the audience talking long after the film ended.
Best Original Music Written for the Screen:Inception Hans Zimmer’s bombastic score wasn’t just loud, it was earth shattering. The loud brass sections magnified the amazing visuals on screen. The “Brrrrrmmm” sound became one the film’s defining trademarks. In addition, I did feel Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy soundtrack deserved a nomination.
• Feb. 24, 2011
Improv stays alive at SAK Comedy Lab JONATHAN BEATON Contributing Writer
The entertaining art of Improv is alive and well every night at the SAK Comedy Lab in Downtown Orlando. Comedy fans of all ages are welcome to enjoy the improvisational shows held at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. in the SAK Theatre. SAK also offers an “early show” at 11:30 p.m. for patrons who enjoy laughing well into the morning. The shows usually consist of two improv teams with a host leading the acts. The performers will ask the audience for suggestions or ideas for their next sketch. By the audience interacting with the performers, it
ensures that none of the material has been rehearsed or planned. SAK Entertainment was established in 1977 and has been at its current location for just more than a year. SAK is not an acronym; it refers to the early days of the theater when all the show’s props could fit in a sack. The theater now seats 201 people snugly in a second-story building in the heart of Downtown Orlando. “SAK Entertainment originally started out as a kind of renaissance troop traveling to all parts of the country,” said Box office manager and online marketing consultant Denna Eramo. “They eventually decided to settle in Orlando
and have been here ever since.” SAK is owned by its performers and employees. Those involved emphasis that SAK is like being a part of a large family. The family aspects are apparent with how well the performers interact on stage. The theater offers improv classes for aspiring comedians through a program called SAK University. SAK University offers eightweek courses for $215. The classes are two hours long and the instructors guide the students through a complicated four-level process. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays the graduated students, called “Lab Rats,” get to perform in front of a live audience.
WOB specials affordable FROM A10 p.m. and offers half-off draft beers for students. Although it does get crowded and most are resorted to standing, the bar does not feel crammed and you have your own sense of personal space. The beer is also decently priced. For an example, a pint of Shipyard Brown Ale cost $2.50. “It feels like an adventure every time I come here,” said marketing graduate Aubree Rider. “I like that you can be outside or inside. I enjoy the ambiance created from the year round Christmas lights. They’re not colorful so it doesn’t feel redneck.” WOB has happy hour every Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with half-off draft
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Bottled beers are categorized by country of origin in the WOB fridges.
beer. WOB also has various specials throughout the week. Monday is Service Industry Night, where people who work in the service industry get halfoff draft beer after 9 p.m. Tuesday is Loyalty Night. Customers are able to purchase a loyalty card and receive half-off bottles from open to
close. One of the perks of a loyalty card is a gift for every milestone purchase. At 250 purchases, the cardholder will receive a quality hoodie and a name plate that’s posted in the bar. At 500, the cardholder receives a catered party. Thursday is Ladies Night and serves half-off select drafts and wine from open to close for ladies. There is also live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. According to Mahoney, Wednesday is the busiest night for college students and Friday is the busiest night of the week. World of Beer is located off of University Boulevard at 3402 Technological Ave. in the same plaza as FirstWatch. For more information, go to www.ucf.wobusa.com.
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SAK Comedy Lab in Downtown Orlando offers improvisionational shows at 7:30,9:30 and 11:30 p.m.
Thursday nights are called Skooled and Served Nights, where students get in for $5 with a student I.D. “Most of our students come from UCF, Full Sail and Rollins College” Eramo said. “It’s a great place for students to come when they need a night away from the books.” SAK also prides itself in offering family friendly shows. During the show, if one of the performers says or does something explicit their team is immediately penalized. “SAK is definitely kid friendly. Some of the humor may be a little adult but overall, feel free to bring the entire family.” said SAK regular Hope Keimach. Even though it has a family-friendly atmosphere, adults can still buy beer or wine at the concession
stand. SAK still gives the feel of a traditional comedy club. It just leaves behind some of the trashiness that one would expect from a typical comedy club. MADtv and True Blood guest actress Lauren Pritchard started her improv career at SAK under the watchful eye of improv great Wayne Brady. “I still enjoy coming back to perform at SAK because I love the people there and the atmosphere is awesome,” Pritchard said. Brady is the most famous entertainer to come out of SAK. He has been the host of numerous talk and game shows, including Whose Line Is It Anyway? Brady and other alumni still come back every year for shows. Improv has helped many actors and actresses go further in an already competi-
tive field. “Having experience in improv helped me immensely with my MADtv and True Blood auditions,” Pritchard said. “Improv is all about making people happy. I enjoy it more than standup because the audience is more forgiving.” SAK Entertainment has helped springboard the careers of Karey Kirkpatrick, Joel McCrary and Aaron Shure. Kirkpatrick wrote more than two dozen films, including Chicken Run. McCrary has acted in The Princess Diaries and Mystery Men. Shure produced Everybody Loves Raymond. “One of the secrets to our longevity is that our comedy here is for everyone,” Eramo said. “Anybody can come out and have a good time.”
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www.CentralFloridaFuture.com • Thursday, February 24, 2011
SAT, ACT don’t dictate success O
ne of the most stressful and bothersome aspects of applying for college is having to take the SAT and ACT over and over again until you get a score you believe will earn admission into your school of choice. It’s costly, time consuming (these tests are almost always on Saturday mornings) and it adds more stress onto the already busy schedule of high school juniors and seniors. Last week, DePaul University announced that they would be making standardized test scores optional for its applicants, a decision we think could be very beneficial. Many other schools have decided to instate a test optional policy, most of those schools being smaller liberal arts colleges. The decision made by DePaul’s officials makes it the largest private nonprofit university to not require standardized test scores. To replace test scores, applicants will be required to answer essay questions that measure “noncognitive” traits including commitment to service, ability to meet long-term goals and leadership. Officials at DePaul believe that choosing students based on noncognitive traits will help them find the students who will not only get good grades, but earn a degree,
graduate and actually be successful while in college. One major stipulation regarding SAT and ACT scores is that students who come from families with higher income tend to earn higher scores on these tests, a study conducted by College Board shows. Some suggest it is because students from wealthier families can afford prep courses while others suggest it may be because students from low income families may live in areas with poor schools and aren’t being taught the necessary skills. Regardless of the reason, the fact remains the same that low-income students are at a disadvantage, but making test scores optional can change that and help more of these students gain admission into college. Officials at DePaul didn’t rush into this decision. They conducted research and found that by looking at high school GPA and transcripts they can predict college success just as well, if not better, than if they looked at SAT and ACT scores. So really, standardized tests scores weren’t providing them with anything new and were just giving admissions officials more stacks of papers to sift through. Students can still submit their standardized test scores if they are confident with them or if they prefer not to
answer the essay questions. College administrators have been obsessed with scores for too long and we think it’s time to abandon that practice if it’s not telling them anything they can’t already deduce from transcripts. On top of that, looking at noncognitive traits can help predict whether a student actually graduates and earns a degree, in other words, if they’re actually successful or not. This is the key goal of receiving a college education, yet neither transcripts nor standardized test scores can predict that. Let’s not forget, too, that for some students, testing situations can be extremely stressful and produce a lot of anxiety. Although these students may be bright, they may find it nearly impossible to earn a high score on a test like the ACT or SAT. DePaul’s freshman class of 2012 will be the first group to be admitted with the new test-optional policy and over the next four years the university plans to conduct research on how effective the policy is. We think the program will be successful and we hope other universities will take note of DePaul’s move toward equality among applicants and maybe someday soon UCF will do the same.
Planned Parenthood needs federal funding many of these women will There has been much still feel guilty and respontalk about possible spendsible and have a difficult ing cuts for Planned Parenttime coping. hood lately, calling into According to the Rape, question the validity of cerAbuse and Incest National tain freedoms for women. Network website, about 5 For women of all ages, percent of women who are Planned Parenthood is an raped become pregnant. important resource, with The website estimates that services ranging from birth there were 3,204 pregnancontrol to gynecological NICOLE SCHOEN Contributing Columnist cies as a result of rape durservices to abortions. Many ing the 2004-2005 time women depend on Planned period. Parenthood for their health care and Women who experience pregnancy to cut spending would be to cut off after rape aren’t prepared for the emoreproductive medical services for tional and physical trials of an these women who may not be able to unwanted pregnancy. They shouldn’t afford it otherwise. be forced to give birth to a child that Women deserve the right to have reminds them of such a tragic incident access to legitimate health care and if they don’t think they are mentally reproductive rights should be within capable of doing so, especially considthe reach of every woman. There are ering that growing up in an environmany situations where abortion is ment like that could have negative necessary, such as incest, rape, and effects on the child. when the mother’s health is in danger Also, not all contraceptives work if she has the child. 100 percent of the time; condoms Regardless of whether or not you break and birth control fails. A responthink women should have the choice sible couple shouldn’t be required to to get an abortion, you can’t deny a endure a pregnancy that they aren’t woman the right to terminate a pregnancy in one of these devastating situ- prepared for and tried to prevent. As previously stated, Planned Parations; that would just be cruel. According to an article in The New enthood doesn’t just perform abortions. In fact, abortions only account York Times, Rep. Jackie Speier, Dfor 3 percent of the services provided Calif., spoke on the senate floor about the possibility of cutting spending. She by the organization, according to an article in The Washington Post. was so moved that she decided to Its main function comes from proshare her personal story about the viding contraceptives, but it also tests abortion she had to have due to pregfor STDs and provides cancer screennancy complications. ing and prevention. “For you to stand on this floor and Politicians need to take a look at to suggest as you have that somehow their true intentions behind wanting this is a procedure that is either welto cut federal spending. Just because a comed or done cavalierly or done certain politician feels a certain way without any thought is preposterous,” doesn’t mean they should take Speier said. women’s reproductive rights away Women don’t choose to get raped or to have their fetus move into a posi- from them. Religious beliefs aside, sometimes an abortion is necessary tion that is dangerous to their health. and a politician’s beliefs should never Women don’t use abortion as a form interfere with a woman’s right to conof birth control and to think so is trol her body. ridiculous. If federal spending for birth control Many women have severe emodoes get cut it will be a sad day for tional and psychological problems women’s rights, sending us back to a after having an abortion. Even if they time too similar to the 1950s. know they made the right decision,
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Sex scandals not a big deal in politics to resign every time they The Republican cruget caught even appearsade for morality has ing to have an affair, we claimed yet another vicmight wind up losing a tim. good chunk of Congress. Rep. Christopher Lee, Former President Bill R-NY, packed his bags Clinton survived his own and hit the bricks after he marital indiscretions with got caught sending a Monica Lewinsky. Not shirtless photo of himself only did we give him a to an unidentified pass on this, but he is now woman on Craigslist. ANDY CEBALLOS arguably one of the most The insanity of this is Contributing Columnist celebrated leaders in the how fast it happened. world. On Monday, The Washington Post MSNBC ran a one-hour documenreported in an article that tary calling him “The President of Gawker.com posted an e-mail exchange between a man using Lee’s the World.” Clinton actually had an affair and name and an unidentified woman at 2:33 p.m. Gawker reported that they was excused for his actions but Lee has resigned after merely posting a had met through the personals secpicture. tion of Craigslist. By 6 p.m. that In our form of representative same day, the Post reported that a clerk announced Lee’s resignation in democracy, it is the job of our elected officials to take care of the peothe house chamber. ple’s business. Their sexual affairs Now surely, having just gotten are of no concern to me unless they into his second term in Congress, broke some laws in the process. We we can all assume that he liked his need them to be our political leadjob and did not want to leave. So ers, not necessarily our moral leadthen, why did he resign without a ers. fight? Because he wanted to spare Lee’s former district will now himself the barrage of congressional have no representation in Congress inquiries and the relentless attacks until Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls a from the far-right wing of his party special election. that were soon to follow. What if this was a senator that He’s not the first politician to get had to resign? Then we would have caught in a sex scandal, or in Lee’s a whole state that only has half of its case, an attempted sex scandal. In official representation in Congress. 2009, Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., We live in serious times and are admitted to having an extramarital grappling with serious issues. We affair with one of his campaign staffers. It didn’t cost him his job, but have an economy still in recovery, service members fighting for us he had to give up a prominent post overseas and a federal budget as chairman of the U.S. Senate deficit to address. We need experiRepublican Policy Committee. enced hands on deck now more We need to put this into context. than ever, and can’t afford to be Did he steal a car? Rob a bank, throwing our leaders overboard just maybe? No, he simply got caught because of minor sexual indiscretrying to show some other woman tions. across cyberspace what a beefcake We have some important battles he is, something perfectly legal that to fight right now. We don’t have plenty of people do everyday. time for the cosmetic ones. If we start expecting politicians
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