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Enticed by free food, vuvuzelas and the potential to earn a shiny spirit trophy, students came out in waves to help A-Sun leader Florida Gulf Coast defeat conference rival Eastern Tennessee State 8165 Monday night. Almost all of the usually empty and timid student section (who made up most of the Alico Arena record crowd of 2,921) rushed the court after the game, sparking the Eagles must-win over the defending A-Sun champs in front of a Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast television audience. Senior leader Shannon Murphy snapped out of a shooting slump to score 21 points, including going 5-for-8 on three-pointers; while junior Kelsey Jacobson scored 20 to lead FGCU (19-1, 12-1 A-Sun). â&#x20AC;&#x153;The atmosphere was amazing,â&#x20AC;? said Sarah Hansen, a redshirt freshman who notched 11 points and 8 rebounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to play when you come to Alico (Arena), but when students come out like that, it is that much tougher. When ETSU made runs, the fans got into it and kept us motivated.â&#x20AC;? Newly minted A-Sun player of the week Courtney Chihill, a junior, has been here long enough to see members from the community routinely overshadow students at games. She wants more of what happened Monday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody was nervous going in against such a big rival, so we needed that push from the students,â&#x20AC;? Chihill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wish theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d come to every game.â&#x20AC;? One of the NCAA leaders in 3-pointers made per game went back to their security blanket after penetrating and driving more in their last game against USC Upstate, shooting 41.7 percent (15-for36) from downtown. Coach Karl Smesko speculated that it would take shooting at least 40 percent to shoot down the Bucs (14-10, 11-4 A-Sun), the secondplace team in the A-Sun that had won six straight. The game was one of the last chances for the Eagles to make a statement, as they are still not eligible for the A-Sun tournament or the NCAA tournament (due to the D1 transition), and face a dip in the schedule in their last seven games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was our championship,â&#x20AC;? Hanson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to go to the NCAA tournament or the A-Sun tourney, though we can play in the WNIT. Coach told us before the weekend that these two games (Upstate and ETSU) could put us in the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat.â&#x20AC;? With an overdue push from the students.

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of prospective ban will be enforced, and how much of campus the ban would include. For instance, would the dorms be ruled smokefree as well? Many members of Student Government feel that smoking is a personal choice and are proponents of implementing changes to FGCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smoking policy as opposed to banning smoking from campus entirely. One major complaint with the current smoking regulations is that the designated smoking areas are placed in such a way that

it is nearly impossible for students passing through the hallways to avoid inhaling the smoke. It has been suggested that instead of completely removing the designated smoking areas, they should just be moved fawrther away from the areas heavily trafficked by other students. That way, students can still exercise the right to smoke without infringing upon the rights of other students who choose to stay smoke-free. Senator Amanda Niemcyzk is one of the members of Student Government working

on a resolution to change FGCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smoking policies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We table every Thursday from 10 to 2 to get student feedback, and the results on this topic have been pretty mixed. I would say that a large percentage, around two-thirds of students, are in favor of a smoke-free campus.â&#x20AC;? Niemcyzk urges all students who want to state their opinions on a smoking ban to come to the Student Government office in the Student Union and offer their feedback.



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ABOUT US: Eagle News, founded in 1997, is the student newspaper at Florida Gulf Coast University. The newspaper is the only student produced publication on campus and is entirely student run. Eagle News is published weekly during the fall and spring semesters and monthly in the summer, with the exception of holiday breaks and examination periods. The print edition is free to students and can be found on campus and in the community at Gulf Coast Town Center, Germain Arena and Miromar Outlets.

Cypress Cove: Help needed for a Valentine Luau on Feb. 12. Contact Linda Trivisonno at 239-415-5100 ext. 6108 or

The Uncommon Friends Foundation: looking for students to become docents at the Burroughs Home. Call Arlene Roth at 239-337-9505.

Dr. Piper Center: Help needed for events Feb. 12 and Feb. 26. Contact Cheryl at 239-332-5346 or


Regional Cancer Center needs help at a fashion show at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa on Feb 16. Contact Patti at pattichlipala@leememorial. org or 239-343-6059.

Literacy Council of Bonita Springs: Looking for a Data Entry/Web Maintenance Clerk. Knowledge of Word, Excel, Word Press; basic web site coding. 2-3 hours/week. Able to meet deadlines; selfmotivated; organized; some experience with hardware and software issues; type 4060 words per minute. Contact Susan Acuna at 239-676-5202 or bonitaliteracy@comcast. net.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure: SWFL needs volunteers for the Race for the Cure on March 11 and 12. Email info@komenswfl. org or call 239-498-0016. Rotary Club of Estero: Volunteers needed for BBQ event March 12 at the Estero Community Park between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Minimum 2-hour shifts. Contact Bev MacNellis at 239-498-0678 or

Collier County Pepper Ranch: Looking for a volunteer knowledgeable about plant life to design a trail program, publicize it, and lead the public on trail hikes. Travel one hour to Immokalee and work every Saturday in March and April. Background check and drug test required. Contact Alexandra for interview at 239-252-2961 or ConservationCollier@

Reading Festival: 30 volunteers needed March 18 and 19. Background check required. Fill out application at Lee County Library website. Contact Catherine at cvaughn@ or 239-533-4815. Get Colloquium hours: Help the Lee County School District with an Earth Week presentation. Prepare a PowerPoint presentation for K-fifth grade and hands-on activities to last 45 minutes. Conclude with in-school presentations April 18-21. Contact Anji at 239-337-8661 or or Pam at 239-337-8341 or

Information is provided by the Service Learning department. All opportunities are pre-approved. You can find more opportunities on Facebook at “FGCU Service Learning.”

NEWS Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to slash public school spending by at least $300 per student, and possibly much more, will mean layoffs and steep cuts in transportation, art, music, athletics and extracurricular activities, education and teachers union officials said Tuesday. They said the layoffs also would lead to violations of the Florida Constitution’s class size limits. Even some lawmakers who advocate state spending reductions were stunned by the depth of Scott’s education cuts. “With a 10 percent reduction, I do know our (school) districts are probably feeling a little bit panicky,”

Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 8:26 a.m.: A female student was found passed out in a Griffin Hall classroom. The caller advised that the individual was breathing. The student was transported by EMS to Gulf Coast Hospital. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 11:10 p.m.: A guest visiting West Lake Village fell down the stairs of the building Flamingo, resulting in a bloody wound on the back of her head. EMS was contacted and the individual was transported to Gulf Coast Hospital. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 5:50 a.m.: A call was made to UPD stating that an intoxicated female had been knocking on the individual’s door for about 30 minutes. The individual did not know the girl and when she opened the door the intoxicated female entered the

dorm claiming that she lived there. The individual and her roommates were eventually able to escort the girl out of their dorm. UPD was unable to locate the intoxicated female. Thursday, Feb. 3, at 1:10 a.m.: UPD responded to a call regarding a theft. Individual stated that earlier in the evening a male had been in her apartment and when he left the apartment her Blackberry cell phone could not be found. An officer attempted to speak to the suspect, but he could not be located at the time. Thursday, Feb. 3, at 9:03 p.m.: An individual reported to UPD that there was a 10-foot tall plume of water coming out of the ground behind the Commons and Eagles Landing area. Housing maintenance was notified and the water flow was stopped. The Police Beat is compiled by Eagle News staff from public logs available at the University Police Department. Police Beat is not associated with the UPD. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

EVENTS DROP is hosting a dodgeball event on from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. E-mail any questions to Phillip McEnany at, FGCU Athletics is hosting a hockey event at Germain Arena on Feb. 12. At 6:45 p.m. there will be an open skate (with skate rental) with pizza, soda, T-shirts, megaphones and other giveaways. FGCU hockey starts its game at 8:30. Everything is free for students. The Florida Alliance Energy is hosting a town hall meeting Several distinguished participants, experts

Renewable tour and Feb. 17. executives, and state

and local Florida elected officials will tour various energy sites and speak. The entire event is free. For questions e-mail Dawn Dzurilla at The Office of Multicultural Services is hosting the Our Black is Beautiful Luncheon: Embracing the Beauty and Culture of Black Heritage on Feb. 15 at 11:30 a.m. in SUB. Umdabu South African dance company will be featured. If you would like to submit an event, please e-mail


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said Rep. Marti Coley. The Marianna Republican, who chairs the House Prekindergarten-12 A p p r o p r i a t i o n s Subcommittee, said writing an education budget based on the governor’s figures “may be very challenging.” Scott on Monday rolled out a proposed $65.9 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 that would cut overall state spending by $4.6 billion while chopping taxes and fees by $1.7 billion. Education, including public schools, colleges and universities, would bear the brunt of Scott’s spending cuts by taking a $3.3 billion hit. His plan for primary and secondary schools calls for spending $6,196 per student, a reduction of $703, or 10 percent.

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charged with aggravated murder, shooting into a house and 11 counts of assault, police said. Neither is a student nor fraternity member.


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9pJXdXek_XC\X^l\ 8jj`jkXekdXeX^`e^\[`kfi Xe[E\nj\[`kfi Carisa Herald knew the best time to eat a Reese’s Cup was after it came out of a freezer. She also knew that if she agreed to wear her boyfriend’s watch, he should agree to wear her pearls, no matter how many times his friends made fun of him. Herald died Jan. 28 in Tampa after a car accident on Interstate 75. Approximately 1,000 people attended a candlelight vigil Jan. 30 on the Library Lawn and more than 150 Zeta Tau Alpha and Pi Kappa Alpha members traveled to her hometown, Tarpon Springs, for her wake on Feb. 2. The friendship between Stephanie Heller, a junior majoring in business management, and Herald began in Tarpon Springs in sixth grade after attending a summer camp. “We literally did everything together,” Heller said. “We joined the school dance team together, snuck out of the house late at night and our families spent every holiday together.” They chose to attend FGCU

together after graduating from East Lake High School. Herald and Heller then became sisters through Zeta in fall 2008. “She forced me to rush Zeta,” said Heller, who is now the Zeta president. Herald was a junior majoring in criminal justice. She planned to go to law school with the TV show “CSI” as her inspiration. “She was very passionate about every task she took on,” said Katrina Kouvatsos, a Zeta sister. Herald served as a Rho Gamma for Panhellenic recruitment last fall and was selected to be Head Rho Gamma for fall 2011 recruitment. According to her sisters, she loved the Rho Gamma experience and wanted to take on the important leadership role as Head Rho Gamma during Panhellenic recruitment. Herald also served as Zeta’s Service chairman, Sisterhood chair assistant and was a Big Sister to three Little Sisters: Rachel Guadagno, Adrienne Locigno and Katy Ortega. “She was somebody that looked up to a lot of people, but

she didn’t realize a lot of people, at the same time, were looking up to her,” Kouvatsos said. Herald found time to have fun, though. While celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday at Voda in October, she met Brian Boyle, a Pike brother, who soon became her boyfriend. Although they may have had a typical college student meeting, their relationship was far from typical. “For their third date, Brian wanted to do something really special, so I suggested a candlelight dinner on the waterfront,” said Antonio Nickel, a Pike brother. “I set it up while he took her out on a date … When she saw it (when they came back), she literally jumped on him. She loved it. It was such a good night for them.” Boyle made a list of fun things he wanted to do with Herald, which included pretending to propose in front of everyone, carving their names into a public tree and dancing with a boombox on the Ben Hill Griffin median. They were able to cross all those things off their list. The two lived through spontaneity and surprises.

On Dec. 30, Boyle flew down to Tarpon Springs and placed flowers on Herald’s front door. When he asked her to check for a package he sent, he walked up the stairs and surprised her. Boyle and Herald also had a getaway weekend planned. “The second weekend in February., we were going to go to the airport with a bag packed and just fly somewhere,” Boyle said. “I didn’t even think that it would be Valentine’s Day (weekend).” Herald’s outgoing personality radiated through many things she loved, such as the colors pink and highlighter yellow and her love for big “bling.” Carias loved spending time with family and friends. She often tried to persuade her friends to keep up with her. “Herald knew how deathly afraid I was of tattoos and she always wanted me to get one,” Kouvatsos said. “She would always encourage me to do it and (other) spontaneous things.” In honor of this and Herald’s tattoos, more than 15 people travelled to a tattoo and piercing shop Feb. 3, including Herald’s mother and sister. After nine

hours, the party walked out with one new piercing and 13 tattoos. “We were always supposed to get (a tattoo) together but we couldn’t figure out where we wanted it,” Heller said. “I always told her I wouldn’t get a visible tattoo … but now, I got one where hers was (on her foot) for the whole world to see.” Herald will not just be remembered through tattoos. Herald loved leaving notes and writing her name on things; since her passing, two people have found ‘Carisa was here’ notes on various items around campus. “(Herald) could find the best in everything — no matter what the situation was, she could put a smile on whoever was frowning,” said Daniel Hamilton, a Pike brother. If you asked Boyle why he was dating Herald, he’d respond with, “Because she is the most beautiful girl in the world.” This is why he gave her his watch in exchange for her pearls. On Wednesday, Feb. 16, a Pink Party will be held at Olympia in Herald’s honor. Proceeds will go toward the Herald family.



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Free speech causes raucous on lawn 9p<X^c\E\njjkX]] On Monday, a traveling preacher who calls himself Brother Micah Armstrong visited campus. Armstrong started preaching in the student plaza at around 11:40 a.m. and eventually made his way to the Library Lawn. Armstrong’s wife was also there and speaking to people nearby. Armstrong, who refused to state his church affiliation, is known to visit college campuses and preach his radical Christian beliefs. “Fear God; only the love and blood and salvation of Jesus Christ will protect you from the fires of hell,” he said. Many students do not agree with what Armstrong was saying. “I believe in the entire book (the Bible), but I believe that this guy’s representation is completely hypocritical. I think he definitely doesn’t walk and love and this is really saddening that this is what people think of when they think of Christians. This is people’s

perceptions: bigots like this,” said junior Jose Diaz, a communication major. Diaz actively voiced his disagreement with Armstrong’s message to the crowd. University police were present to provide crowd control and ensure that everyone behaved peacefully. According to university regulation PR 9.004, Public Expression and Assembly, “demonstrations may be held anywhere on campus, so long as they do not disrupt the normal operations of the University or infringe on the rights of other members of the University community.” Armstrong has made similar apperarnaces at the University of Florida and University of Central Florida.

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=>:LdXiZ_\jkfjlggfiki\j\XiZ_f][`j\Xj\ 9pCpe[j\pAf_Xee\j\e JkX]]ni`k\i On Saturday, Feb. 25, the FGCU Cares Team will be marking its fifth year participating in the annual Multiple Sclerosis Walk. The event takes place in Lakes Park, not far from FGCU south of Fort Myers. Noyra Valentin, the FGCU Cares Team Leader, has been an advocate for many FGCU students with MS. “The walk is something we like to do to raise money for a worthy cause; it’s the least we can do for those who suffer their

whole lives hoping for a cure,” Valentin said. The walk is in support of multiple sclerosis research and allows students to get involved. The MS Walk is a community project to help raise not only awareness, but to recognize those FGCU students who struggle with the debilitating disease every day. The group will set up a table and work as a team to stay walking or running in the 5K marathon. Different organizations will be setting up booths and tables around the track, in attempts to raise additional funding for research. All students are encouraged

to jump in and join the effort by signing up online at the FGCU home page. Everyone who intends on being part of the walk is asked to raise $50 in order to participate, whether it be through personal donations by friends and family, or through co-workers and various companies. All donations are encouraged and appreciated, organizers say. Randy Stewart, an FGCU employee, has walked at the event several times. “I do it because I’ve been diagnosed with MS for almost seven years and believe that raising money and awareness for the illness is the best way to find

a cure,” he said. If you are an FGCU student wanting to get involved but unable to come to the walk, there are other options for donating to MS research. Many places on campus have begun to join the effort. Jamba Juice, Einsteins Bagel Co. and the bookstore all have donation boxes set up in order to catch students’ spare change. For the students involved in the walk, there will be Service Learning hours available if you work as a staffer at the event, helping set up and working at tables checking in organizations that are participating at the event.

If you go: What: Multiple Sclerosis 5K Walk When: 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25 Cost: Recommended to raise $50 Where: Lakes Park How to sign up: Sign up online at the FGCU cares home page How to donate: Multiple food locations on campus are presenting donation boxes for your spare change Where donations go: The walk supports MS research.


=fle[Xk`fef]]\ijÔeXeZ`XcXjj`jkXeZ\]fidXepe\\[j 9pBXk`\<^Xe J\e`fiJkX]]Ni`k\i Three thousand students applied for the Foundation Scholarship this academic year, but with only 3 1/2 weeks to go until the March 1 deadline, only 2,000 students have applied for the 2011-12 academic year. In the 2009-10 academic year, the Foundation awarded $1.58 million in scholarships on the basis of merit, performance and financial need, according to Darlene McCloud, director of major gifts. The Foundation Scholarship is split between the fall and spring semesters; however, the

55:FFB@<J “It does take away business from all the other food things on campus, but since it’s going to help an organization, it should be allowed,” said Tiffany Massey, a sophomore majoring in clinical lab science and a Kappa Delta sister. Despite Kappa Delta’s philanthropy, however, even if Kappa Delta members and other FGCU students, faculty and/or staff offered to sponsor Girl Scout cookie sales on campus, FGCU’s current regulations would bar the fundraiser.

scholarship does not apply to the summer semester. Barbara Peterson, coordinator of student financial aid and a member of the Foundation Scholarship Committee, urged students to fill out their FAFSA forms early and start looking for scholarships immediately. “The more students who apply, the better,” Peterson said. “If you don’t apply, you won’t be considered.” Scholarships are based on a multitude of things, according to Peterson. “There’s the need factor, which is where the FAFSA comes in,” Peterson said. “If it’s not based on

need, then it’s almost always based on merit.” One application matches the student with any scholarship for which he or she meets the criteria, according to McCloud. “Fill out the application, have it in by the March 1 deadline and you’ll be eligible for any scholarship if you meet the criteria,” McCloud said. According to McCloud, the Foundation Scholarship started before FGCU opened its doors. In 1993, a group of individuals formed the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation to support the educational mission of the university by identifying and

securing financial support for priorities for which there were no state funds, McCloud said. The group chose Fort Myers attorney Charles B. Edwards as the first chairman. The Foundation helped in securing FGCU’s first major gift from Ben Hill Griffin III, chairman of the board and CEO of Alico, Inc. FGCU was built on Griffin’s generous gift of 750 acres of land. “From that beginning, the FGCU Foundation has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the need for private support, to solicit gifts on behalf of the university and to exercise fiduciary management of these gifts,” McCloud said.

How to apply: Online: Visit http://www.fgcu. edu/as/financialaid and click on the “Scholarships” link at the top right of the page FGCU homepage: You can visit the main FGCU home page and click on the “FGCU Scholarships” box on the right hand side

“Since the current procedure does not allow for food sales on campus, sales of Girl Scout cookies cannot be permitted at this time,” Rodrigues said. If her words stay true for years to come, Girl Scouts perhaps may never obtain the opportunity to sell cookies on campus. Should FGCU allow Girl Scouts to sell cookies in the future, the college might open up other “food sales,” including the Boy Scouts of America’s annual popcorn fundraiser.


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Michelle Papini, a junior communication major, received her Florida driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s license in 2006. Signing up to be an organ donor, at the DMV, was an easy choice for her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to help people if they need it and I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be using them, so whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the point in keeping them to myself?â&#x20AC;? she asked.

Sophomore, Jamal Carder, a marketing major, got his driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license at age 16. Currently, he is not registered as an organ donor but plans to become one upon renewing his license. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to have the ability to do that with (todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) technology and know how. It saves lives,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Planning a Valentine’s Day celebration can often be overwhelming. But, it doesn’t have to be. It all depends on your status. A single’s V-Day celebration won’t necessarily be the same as someone’s who’s in a long-term relationship. And someone who’s in an open relationship won’t have the same plans as someone in a long-distance relationship. Follow these tips for some ideas on what to do for your very own happy hearts day.

Valentine’s Day can put a lot of pressure on your relationship. It’s important to remember that less is more. And a personalized gift is always better than a cliché one. A bouquet of flowers, chocolates and a nice dinner are just enough. But don’t stick with the red roses, get a different flower instead. Skip a box of mixed chocolates so your love won’t have to throw half of them out because they have coconut in them, and make your own chocolate basket with chocolates you know he or she will like. If you want to go a little above and beyond, surprise your partner with a gift during or after dinner. Again, avoid the epic clichés of rose petals, bubble baths and candlelit dinners, unless that’s what your partner wants. In that case, good luck living up to cinema’s Valentine’s Day standards.


In a Long-Distance Relationship It sucks being away from a loved-one most of the time, but it especially sucks on the happy hearts day. In this situation, keeping an open mind about the holiday is a good idea. Obviously, send your sweetie flowers, candy, chocolates and/or a gift, but don’t stress. Being without your dearest isn’t the end of the world. Remember that you’ve got your friends, too. Grab or make dinner with your single friends or others in long-distance relationships and watch a couple comedies. If you’re over 21, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t kill a bottle of wine with a few friends.

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First of all, there’s no shame in being single. Seeing a friend freaking out about what to get their significant other for Valentine’s Day can make anyone appreciate their singledom. You have to stick with your single friends in this case as well. Maybe throw your very own “I Hate Valentine’s Day” party like the ever-so-popular movie, Valentine’s Day. There’s no reason you can’t indulge in all of the clichés of V-Day to make fun of it. The Dollar Tree has the most mushy decorations and party supplies that would be good for any Valentine’s Day mimicking party.

This one is a little tricky. Evaluate why you’re in a complicated situation. If you find that you’re in a situation that is constantly taking a toll on you emotionally, it’s probably a good idea to end it and go out with friends for support. But, if you and your partner are broken up and working through your problems and toward a relationship again, maybe a Valentine’s Day celebration could take pressure off of your problems. It’s a good idea to talk to your partner about the plans beforehand to work something out. Grab a casual dinner together and rent a movie or two. Spend the evening on the couch, watching movies and maybe you’ll find the answer to some of your problems.

Single, but dating Singles that are dating are in a pretty good situation. You don’t have the pressure of dealing with Valentine’s Day in a relationship, but you’ve still got something to do on the holiday with someone special. Gifts aren’t really necessary, but something little like the chocolate basket mentioned previously or a bouquet of flowers could make a good impression on your new honey.

In an Open Relationship Again, this is a real tricky one. Since you’re not exclusive, you don’t have to spend the Hallmark holiday with each other. But, if the two of you talk about it beforehand and decide that you are spending the day together, great. If not, hang out with friends and have a good time. A card with a personalized message and some candy is appropriate in this case, unless you discuss gifts beforehand and decide to get each other something.



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MXc\ek`e\Ëj;Xpkf[Xp “It’s a Hallmark holiday. They wanted to make money,” says Emma Bozone, a freshman majoring in Elementary Education, citing the popular Hallmark greeting card store. Agreeing with Bozone, Tramell Zackary, a senior majoring in Business Management, states, “There’s something every month that they [corporations] need to make money off of. They have St. Patrick’s Day in March, so they said, ‘Hmm, we need something in February.’ So they chose Valentine’s Day.” Whether you believe that Valentine’s Day now only serves to line business’ pockets, or practice the art of romance and courtship with your significant other, Valentine’s Day presents a legend of unconditional love, faith, and perseverance.

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Cupid favors handmade over top grade 9pJXiX>fkknXcc\j Fg`e`fe\[`kfi With grocery store entrances turning red and assaulting customers with chocolate and roses, its impossible to forget Valentine’s Day is coming up. If you’re on a budget, single, or just exhausted of ideas to keep yourself out of the doghouse, Feb. 14 is right up there with going to the dentist and changing a tire in the rain. Gents, just take a deep breath and relax. I’ve got you covered. If your bank account needs you to go easy this year, you can still be romantic and not single by the end of the day. Here’s the thing: Chicks dig things that are handmade or that took time to plan. Remember how excited your mom was to get your hand print in plaster for Mother’s Day when you were 5? Girls love the sentimentality of gifts — and so do a lot of guys. If she mentioned her favorite flower, movie, song, etc., a few months back, search your memory bank and pull out that information. For example, if she likes tulips, skip the roses. Not only will she be touched that you remembered, but you’ll save some cash. 1-800 Flowers sells a dozen roses for between $35-$50, and 30 tulips for $30-$48. Couple the bouquet with a handmade card, and bask in the scent of sweet success. Every girl I spoke with said she loves something handmade and simple. A card, gift or dinner made by her guy is the way to the ladies’ heart for our generation. If your Juliet prefers to go out for dinner, don’t automatically assume you have to go four-star (although that is exciting on occasion.) Take her to the first restaurant you went to, a new place she spotted and would like to try, or somewhere else that’s completely out of the box. The two of you could go to a town center or mall with several options and have a different course at each location. Should you decide to go with a ritzy place, save on the dessert course, and bring her home for chocolate-covered strawberries and desert. Guys and girls both like the idea of a love letter from their sweetie. Ladies

or gents can suggest a moonlight walk on the beach or laying on a blanket and stargazing. Try sending your significant other on a scavenger hunt for their treat. Depending on how sexy you want to be, you can have clues leading to a hidden gift, or directing them to the bedroom for a present. has tons of ideas for different occasions. Even if you have Valentine’s Day all planned, it’s a good site to keep in the toolbox for the emergency “oh crap” fix. A fellow wrote in with a suggestion to fill your significant other’s room with their favorite flowers, lighting a few candles, playing their favorite song, and hiding in the closet as an extra surprise effect. This is over-the-top romantic. Just make sure your sugar lips knows you are in the closet — it’s tough to get blood out of carpet. The key to Valentine’s Day is to make it personal. The arrow you shot doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate, as long as it comes from the heart. It’s the little gestures and things you don’t do daily that make the day special. According to a survey conducted by, couples who share a roof annually fight 312 times over one another’s displeasing household habits. Give each other a break this Valentine’s Day. You can always bring it up later when you argue over things that happened a month ago. Feb. 14 also doubles as Singles Awareness Day. A typical celebration of this holiday includes hanging out with other single friends, watching movies, making a mock romantic dinner, and bringing along pictures of the ex and other memorabilia to burn while ingesting beverages to assist in achieving a giddy mood. Somewhere along the line, Valentine’s Day became this over-marketed holiday designed to put the pressure on guys to spend money, make single people feel horrible about themselves, and create an attitude that this one day will make up for not loving the rest of the year. Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be the only time you tell someone you love them and show them you care. Whether you’re in a relationship, single or it’s complicated, slather some affection on a loved one.

Do you walk the line of libel? 9pA\]]i\p?Xlk JkX]]ni`k\i Our country has always held the firm belief that the freedoms of expression and of the media are among the most important rights afforded to Americans. Yet, should this right be censored when it is too outrageous? In the obvious case of “yelling fire in a crowded movie theater,” the answer is a resounding “no.” What about the newspaper that published a political cartoon depicting the sitting governor of Georgia as Adolf Hitler? Perhaps censorship is in order to protect the dignity of a sitting elected official from libel. Or at least, that is the case the governor’s office is making. The mere depiction of an elected official as Hitler is not tantamount to libel. We live in a country whose roots are laden with outrageous attacks and vehement opposition to the government. Our country may have faced more of a struggle during the Revolutionary War if our Founders hadn’t written expressions such as the “Silence Dogood” (a.k.a. Ben Franklin) Letters to the Editor. It is absolutely absurd to think that the average enlightened American would believe that the governor of Georgia is a Nazi — or be led to believe that he holds the same ludicrous opinions. In 1964, the Supreme Court ruled on this matter in the New York Times Co. vs. Sullivan decision. The court held that in order for a news entity to have committed the tort of “libel,” it must have published the article (or political cartoon) with “actual malice.”

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Simply put, the newspaper had to know that what it was printing was false, and printed it for the sole purpose of making the subject look unscrupulous. The newspaper in question was merely trying to prove a political point about the governor’s stance on the controversial immigration law. While I agree with the law and admit that the governor has a few black smudges on his ethical record, I believe that the paper has the unimpeachable constitutional and legal authority to express their opposition to a hot-button issue facing our society in any way they see fit. In reality, the chances of the governor of Georgia suing the “El Nuevo Georgia” newspaper are between nil and nonexistent unless he doesn’t plan on seeking re-election. I believe the only sensible time that a newspaper, or any other publication, should be silenced or censored is if it poses a clear danger to the general welfare of society (i.e., Wikileaks), or deliberately purports facts known to be false in order to convincingly defame somebody’s reputation. As Justice Potter Stewart opined, “Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.”


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I listen to NPR religiously. I donate to them whenever possible. I value what they have to say. Over the past few weeks however, several programs have profiled books about the horrible Internet — books that say bandwidth might replace the psyche and that social media put great distance between flesh and blood interactions. I must counter that argument. Over the past 10 years or so, social media has not just created a platform to share your favorite videos and phrases, but has given rise to the voices of groups that feel oppressed. Revolutions of flesh and blood have been born on the Facebook wall or in the voice of the Tweet. Most recently are the Iranian “Green Revolution” in 2009, when the people of Iran, organized in this way, protested election results. Also, Tunisians who started protesting in December 2010 organized and broadcast their fight on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Their passion for change spread virally to surrounding nations such as Yemen, and of course, the news dominator Egypt. All of these protests had humble grumblings in virtual worlds that led to thousands of flesh and blood encounters. FGCU is not immune to the Facebook bug. As previously reported here in Eagle News

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Can FGCU football pass scrutiny test? 9p:fcc`eCc\n\ccpe JkX]]ni`k\i I am all about football. I always pick my work schedule around game day, because I will not miss a snap on Sunday afternoons. But there is something about a push to bring football to FGCU that just doesn’t sit well with me. There are a lot of reasons to want a team oncampus. First, it could solve that “we don’t have school spirit” conundrum, right? Well, I don’t think so. Our lack of school spirit, or whatever you want to call it, is based on our lack of success. The reason we average so few people at our men’s basketball games, is because winning doesn’t occur often enough. We’ve had a hard time recruiting athletes because we can’t get into the post-season. By the time we have a football team, post-season play issue will be long gone, but that doesn’t mean we’ll get recruits that can win us more than one or two games. Florida is a powerhouse for college football. Every school seems to be on the rise; by the time we get a team together, Central Florida and Florida Atlantic will be rocking the bowl championship series games. This will leave us praying for a Division II match-up so we don’t go the route of the 2008 Detroit Lions. I get it, though. If we never start building a program, how are we ever going to grow into a powerhouse? The earlier we start the better possibility for success in a close future. The problem I have with that is the massive amounts of money we will be pouring into the football program, when we have so many more issues I’d like to see handled first. FGCU has no problem growing. We don’t seem to have a problem with doubling our student body. There is no sign of slowing down Housing and Residence Life from expanding. South Village will become greater in numbers than North Lake Village within five years. It doesn’t seem to me that not having a football team is

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hurting o u r student body growth. The estimated cost of the first two years of a nonplaying football team, according to the Feasibility Study of 2010, is approximately $5 million. That’s just to start up the program. After three years of play, it would cost $21 million, and a Net Revenue close to minus-$19 million. It would take years to gain revenue, and success on the field. We have the growth to become a major state university, so let’s continue to grow academically. Let’s put our money into expanding programs. I’d love to see a journalism program, doctorate programs, a medical school, an actual theater for our drama program and the fulfillment of the promise for a creative writing program. These are just off the top of my head. Carl Fridh, a junior marketing major, says, “We should focus our money toward academics. That is the main focus of FGCU.” I’m sure some of the other sports teams would love to have their own training rooms. I know students would enjoy a larger gym, more indoor basketball courts and more on-campus activities and restaurants. The money can be allocated to benefit our school under a five-year plan, to make us more attractive academically. Yes, I would love to watch FGCU football on Saturdays in the future; I just think we have a lot of work to do to make us a contender for academic greatness rather than for the Orange Bowl. Fridh says, “Sure, it would be nice, but I don’t think FGCU is quite ready for football.” Well Carl, I agree. Collin is a junior, majoring in English. He enjoys writing on topics such as nutrition, society and the environment. Collin also enjoys writing long fiction.

The typical college experience should always involve at least one football game. The tailgate parties, the crowds of fans, and a ton of school spirit; this is what it is all about. Here at FGCU, however, is a different story. Lacking a football team, we don’t have that factor to complete our experience. The discussion of creating a team is all the buzz. With a football team, maybe school morale will be boosted. Football is a common sport among all schools, and is a topic everyone seems to be familiar with. Students will want to attend games and cheer on their school in the same way UCF or UF does. No longer would we be known as the school without a team. We want to build ourselves to the same level as the other elite schools, football included. With building a team, of course there will be some complications. We need to hire coaches, build a stadium, recruit players and be prepared for some changes in operation. Fees will be increased in order to build a stadium, and hire coaches and staff. Of course, this is where wanting a football team is halted. We only want the team if we don’t have to pay the price. As a brand new team, we also have to start from the bottom up. We will not be heading straight to UF level. There is a very high chance that any game we play in

the beginning of football season, we are going to lose. This will not bring about the level of fans that are expected, so of course, any school morale will be built just like the program: slowly but surely. Although football is one of the things that makes the college experience more lively, universities with existing, strong programs had to be ready for the changes that it brought. We are not ready, and will not be ready for a long time. So, building a football team sounds dandy, and I would be all for it, if it weren’t for the fact that a majority of the students here won’t be around when it really gets up and running. Before we throw the old pigskin around, we better be prepared to get tackled. Chelsea is a freshman, majoring in elementary education. She believes writing is a true and creative way of expression. Chelsea loves being opinionated and respects others who share this passion.

Overheard in the Newsroom Conversation kicks off on whether we’ll fumble growth 9pJXiX>fkknXcc\j 8e[i\n=i`\[^\e Fg`e`fe\[`kfij Coming from two local high schools that hold football in high esteem, Team Opinion originally planned to write separate articles pertaining to the possibility of an FGCU football team. The two articles melded into a split effort and then morphed into the form of a conversation. Andrew Friedgen is from Bishop Verot, class of 2010. Sara Gottwalles is from Lehigh Senior, class of 2005. (She remembers when the school was still awesome.) Here is the way our game played out: SG: Football games were always huge for us. Our school spirit was phenomenal. We would make player stickers and tape them to the walls all around campus, and you’d have to find your favorite player and wear him all day. Homecoming Week was filled with activities, contests, and games. Students and teachers alike got really hyped, and remained excited all season. AF: I don’t think we were that boisterous, but definitely during Homecoming Week, things amped up. Personally, I didn’t care. I’m apathetic about sports in general. The best thing to me about Homecoming Week was getting out of class early. I can see what it means to people to get pumped up for a game. I think similarly, bringing that sort of atmosphere to FGCU would have positive results. That atmosphere would allow for school spirit. SG: I’ve heard people claiming that spirit is poor now — and it is — but there is a different attitude toward football. Football is this bonding sport. We’ve watched it for decades, it’s all American— the Super Bowl

was actually listed in my store-bought planner. Our fathers and grandfathers played it; it’s like a medal of honor to be able to say you played on your high school or college team. It would be great to bring that to FGCU, but the costs, additional service needs, and space are what concern me. AF: Yes, the extent of money we will have to spend in order to get this on the ball is disconcerting at least, scary at most. I was at UCF for their homecoming weekend, and saw the activity on campus. Though UCF is larger than us, still to think about that atmosphere coming to FGCU, how much would the final price tag be, and where would the money come


from? I’m not sure if we’re ready to take that leap. SG: Absolutely, $1 million for the preparation year sounds about right. We’ll be building facilities and hiring staff. The feasibility study mentions hiring more specialized personnel and increasing services. I assume this is including additions to health services that would be imperative. Also it is my understanding that we would seek out Division I coaches, and there will be a great deal of expenditure from that alone. But my thoughts come to a screeching halt when I read what seems to say students will foot the bill. AF: One of the other discouraging things

is the $90 million price tag on basic facilities. Where does that come from: students, or some sort of alternative funding such as boosters? Additionally, with expenditures of $90 million, what else could we put into the school that would be beneficial? Look at academics: If we only put a fraction of that amount into academics, what would be the effects? Yes, a football team would be great, and all that would come along with it. I’m not sure if it’s the right focus currently. SG: I agree. I feel we need more study areas. The library always needs more resources, and students need on-campus activities to keep them sane. How eco-friendly would all of this construction still allow us to be? The land needed coupled with the waste and garbage produced by football games and practices will inevitably have an effect on the environment we are concerned with respecting and conserving. There are so many areas we need to focus on academically — we are an academic institution first. And I can’t see just tossing away our mission statement to hear “rah, rah, rah Eagles.” We need to plan smart. AF: As the eco-conscious school that we call ourselves, we should really consider this before we go ahead with football plans. You can’t just apply industry-standard building practices if you want to keep that in mind. There are certain ways of building structures in a green manner. SG: The school spirit, and gained activities would be a wonderful plus. But the ultimate cost is staggering. I don’t think anyone currently at FGCU would see the establishment of the program. Maybe our children would. The final score: go (Bishop Verot) Vikings + go (Lehigh) Lightning = go Eagles.!



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On Feb. 11-13, the Florida Gulf Coast University softball team will begin its season with a high -profile, stacked tournament at the University of South Florida. Despite going up against schools such as North Carolina State, USF and pre-season No. 5-ranked University of Florida, the Lady Eagles are anything but scared. “The last thing our team is, is nervous,” senior left fielder Courtney Platt said. “We’re excited for the competition.” The team of 20 girls has been preparing their bodies and minds since the first week of August. Now that the spring season is beginning, the Eagles can’t wait to shake up the competition. Head coach Dave Deiros has led the softball team to top 3 A-Sun finishes in the past three years, and has motivated the girls to accept nothing but victory in the spring season. “He pushes us to succeed,” senior third baseman Nicole Boswell said. “If we’re not playing up to caliber, he shows us how we can. Those are the kind of coaches that help teams win titles.” Despite a roster that features eight incoming freshmen players, the team has their head held high after overcoming multiple injuries from last spring. “This season looks really good going into it,” sophomore center fielder Mariah Fernandez said. “With no injuries, nothing can

stop us.” Tthe FGCU softball program bases most of its conditioning on lifting weights and agility training to become finely tuned, rock-solid athletes. The weightlifting and constant running is a priority to them every day of the week and their superior athleticism definitely shines on the field. With five pitchers and a consistent infield, the team believes that one of the team’s keys to winning is its error-proof defense. Starting pitcher Catherine McDaniel is returning to the circle to enhance her reputation as one of the best pitchers in FGCU softball history. Courtney Platt is expected to continue to be one of the most productive outfielders in the nation. “I’m confident we’re going to win a conference,” Platt said. “Anything other than a win is unacceptable.” The Eagles will face N.C. State (Feb. 11), No. 5 Florida (Feb. 11), Marshall (Feb. 12), USF (Feb. 12) and Long Island (Feb. 13) during the three-day span at USF. Other games this season include showdowns with Michigan State, Iowa and Arizona State. The Eagles look to surpass their preseason ranking of fourth in the A-Sun. Platt is a preseason AllConference team selection after batting .311 in 2010. Fernandez is coming off an A-Sun AllFreshman team performance.

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Rendon shows her experience to her teammates through her preparation. “Iris (Rendon) is always on time, and gives 100 percent each and every practice, and although she may not be the most vocal leader, she really is a leader that leads by example,” Gabou said. Rendon herself states, “I feel like being a good example for my teammates is by leading by example. Doing the right things, preparing for matches, arriving on time, being punctual with things.” Rendon said. Matching her approach off the court, Rendon feels that her biggest strength on the court is consistency. “I feel my strengths as a tennis player would be consistency and working for every point,” Rendon said. “Doing everything I can to win the point.” Gabou hopes her senior’s will to run down balls in the corners and grind out points will rub off on younger teammates. “On the court she is the type of player that is going to fight for every point, and not give you anything for free,” Gabou said. “She’s going to make you earn that point. She’s a very consistent player, and she can get very feisty on the court, which is a great thing for our team.” Sometimes that grinder mentality means playing on your heels. Points can be quicker if you get the opponent on the defensive and charge the net. “I still need to improve on stepping into the court, being more aggressive,” Rendon said. Rendon has developed her forehand into a shot that can lend toward an aggressive style. “Iris (Rendon) has come a long way since playing at Tyler Junior College in Texas, and she’s improved her game a lot by developing a weapon with her forehand,” Gabou said. “She can continue to improve by staying aggressive.” She will have to remain strong as a leader as the Lady Eagles head into the conference part of their schedule beginning at Florida Atlantic University this Saturday.



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Announced the addition of seven athletes for the 2011-12 baseball season. Commitments include Brady Anderson, Thomas Grillo, Brandon Raaf, Zach Tillery, Granden Goetzman, Alex Miller and Gabe Rivera.

Women’s golf Finished fourth at the spring opening, rainshortened JU Classic. Sophomore Briana Carlson paced the Eagles with a secondplace finish individually. Defending champion Daytona State bested Miami overall.

Swimming & diving

The Eagles received top 25 points in the TYR/CSCAA Division 1 Swimming & Diving Poll for the fourth consecutive time. FGCU picked up 15 votes in the poll, ranking them 37th in the country. FGCU is the only team from the CCSA to receive votes.

Men’s soccer


13th pick last June before going 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA as a Chicago reliever, you do what you always did. When the ticking clock stopped and it appeared there would be no more stays in strange minor league cities such as Winston-Salem, N.C., and Fort Mill, S.C., and that Sale had found a permanent home, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told his prodigy to train in the offseason as a starting pitcher. So Sale came back to Estero      <Eg_fkf&D`b\I`ZZ` to be with his wife and son and to toss the ball around with his :_i`j JXc\# :_`ZX^fN_`k\ Jfo g`kZ_\i Xe[ =>:L Xcld# nXj guys, refining his mechanics gi\j\ek\[ k_\ )'(' :fcc\^`Xk\ 9Xj\YXcc GcXp\i f] k_\ P\Xi with his former pitching coach at FGCU, Forrest Martin. XnXi[Xk_Xc]k`d\f]Dfe[XpËjYXjb\kYXcc^Xd\% “I’ve been working out at school with my buddies just like of parks, museums, culture and 9pAfj_J`\^\c last year,” Sale said. “Forrest a hard, sharp breeze off Lake Jgfikj\[`kfi (Martin) analyzes my mechanics Michigan. just like last year. With me my “You go from Estero When the rush stopped, Chris pitching it comes down to a few ultimately to Chicago — a big, Sale was lost. things. So it doesn’t matter if it’s It had become accepted, clean city like I’ve never seen — Cooper (Don) working with me thrilling routine. The swaps of waking up early every day to go or whoever. Anyone who knows apartments that occurred faster to the ballpark to ‘What now?’” anything about pitching can than when you return a raggedy Sale said. “After the season with figure these things out.” pair of socks from Grandma back the (Chicago) White Sox I was Sale brings a firm told to shut it down for a month to Old Navy. understanding of what it takes to The distant iPhone and it was so hard. You wake up succeed to the workouts. conversations with wife Brianne, antsy and you say to yourself, After his big-league debut in who was forced to tend to their ‘What I am going to do today?’” Baltimore where he nervously If you’re Sale, the 21-year old newborn son Rylan alone last fidgeted on the mound and Florida Gulf Coast alum who was summer. couldn’t throw strikes, Sale The bustle of a big city full taken by the White Sox with the

watched. He watched control artist and White Sox all-star lefty Mark Buehrle throw strike after strike, maintaining the same carefree demeanor throughout. “All I was told to do was throw strikes,” Sale said. “If you can’t do that you can’t get anywhere in this league (MLB). You have to know that bad stuff is going to happen and you roll with it. It’s fun for me to watch Buehrle. He is so relaxed. You can tell him a joke on the mound and he’d probably laugh.” Sale’s status with the White Sox will hinge on the health of right-hander Jake Peavy, who is rehabbing from shoulder surgery. If Peavy is fit, Sale will probably return to the bullpen and possibly close games. Regardless of his role, the 2010 Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year promises to stay true to his aw-shucks nature. “I just want to get out there (in March for spring training),” Sale said. “I want it to be where people say, ‘Oh, it’s Sale’s day to pitch, we expect to win.’ A Cy Young (award to the top pitcher in each league) would be awesome. A World Series would be better. Whatever I do, I want to make an impact.”

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Men’s tennis

For a second consecutive day, the FGCU men’s tennis team had a postponed dual match due to rain in the Orlando area. The Eagles will reschedule Sunday’s match with UCF later this season. FGCU will play its first home match Feb. 19 vs. FAU.

It’s no secret that FGCU men’s basketball loses more games than they win. Three FGCU teams have watched their banner drop in the Alico Arena during men’s and women’s basketball games. Baseball, swimming and women’s soccer have already stood in the middle of the court listening to “We Are the Champions,” and men’s soccer will do the same later this month. With the women’s team most likely also finishing this season in first place in the Atlantic Sun and earning a bid to the WNIT, the men seemed to have fallen behind. Currently, they sit at No. 10 in the A-Sun (out of 11 teams). At 3-10 in the A-Sun, the Eagles would have to win the rest of their conference games just to reach .500. The Blue and Green, however, have not given up on this season. With first place out of reach, they play, as cliché as it sounds, for the love of the game. “When you do something you love, it doesn’t matter win or lose,” sophomore Anthony Banks said. “We just keep working to get better and better everyday.” Each day, whether it is practice or a game, the Eagles work hard and continue to play for the next win. They are staying mentally tough, and taking the rest of this season game by game. Reed Baker’s sudden departure

a solid trio that FGCU can strengthen the team around. Individually, at least one of them ranks in the top 10 in all categories in the A-Sun Conference, including scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and steals. And while Varidel’s impact is recent, Rivera is currently ranked 34th nationally in assists since the beginning of the season. Banks has been consistently solid for the last two seasons. As a team, FGCU is sixth in offensive scoring and last of 11 teams in defensive scoring. In the past several losses, defensively, FGCU keeps teams from scoring for six- to eight-minute spans, but do not take advantage by putting points up on the scoreboard. The recent seven-game stretch has the Blue and Green finally capitalizing. According to Rivera, they are finally starting to play more as a team. This past weekend, FGCU stayed close to Eastern Tennessee State (No. 2 in the A-Sun), losing by seven Friday night, and on Saturday crushed USC Upstate 70-38. Moral victories are not ego      <EjkfZbg_fkf boosting when the Eagles know they D\eËjYXjb\kYXcc_Xjjkil^^c\[k_`jj\Xjfe#Ylkcffbjkf]fidXZfi\ can also put teams away. “We’re not happy with a loss,” Xifle[8ek_fep9Xebj#:_i`jkfg_\MXi`[\cXe[DXicfeI`m\iX% Banks said, “but it also means we’re starting to get the little things down.” left a hole in the starting line up. games. And while the men’s basketball Christophe Varidel, filling the “He’s (Varidel) stepped up,” junior team is trying not to think about next starting point guard role, has sparked Marlon Rivera said. “He’s making year, according to Banks, it’s hard not the Eagles into a 3-4 run, leading the good shots and leading us offensively.” to think that the last eight games are team in scoring in seven of the last 10 Varidel, Rivera and Banks look like preparation for the 2011-12 season.

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