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are in need of expansion, and construction has already begun. However, many faculty members are upset about the way in which decisions regarding the space allocation were made. Some feel that the faculty offices currently located in a modular near Parking Garage 2 should have been considered first when new space on campus opened up. Faculty and staff were officially notified of the changes through an email sent of Feb. 8. The email stated that new campus buildings have provided

important space that has been used by the Division of Academic Affairs for faculty offices, classrooms and labs. “But,” the email read, “there have been no new space constructed for the functions in FGCU’s Division of Student Affairs, Division of Administrative Services and Finance, and Division of Advancement during this time of increased demand…” As part of the changes, Computer Services and Network Services will move to Griffin Hall. With the space being vacated in

Howard Hall by these services, the Counseling Center will expand. The Division of Academic Affairs will also gain space, approximately 2,700 square feet, on the second floor of Howard Hall. Telecommunications will also move to Griffin Hall, and the space that Telecommunications will vacate in the Campus Support Complex will be utilized by FGCU Police and Public Safety. “The way this decision was made it was difficult for faculty and staff to participate,” said Douglas Harrison, president of


faculty senate, during Friday’s faculty senate meeting. “The faculty members were not brought along in this process.” Harrison stated that he spoke with President Wilson Bradshaw and asked him to be present at the meeting or send someone from cabinet to answer questions that senators had.

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Graphic images were displayed on the library lawn this week as the Center for Bio-Ethical Reforms spoke against abortion. Senior Venes St. Ilis approves of the controversial Genocide Awareness Project displays on campus, which included aborted fetuses displayed alongside genocide images. “I think that it may be the best way because it gets people’s attention. Like me, I was walking by and the first thing I saw was those pictures and they kind of touched me,” St. Ilis said. Amberose Courville, vice president of Eagles for Life, a registered student organization that supports a better life for all, including the needy, unborn and pregnant mothers, said, “It’s going to educate the people in the right manner on what abortion truly is.” “I feel that it’s important to voice this information this way because without seeing it people don’t truly understand what it is,” said Tamara Edwards, president of Eagles for Life. Kris DeWelde, associate professor of sociology, stood with signs adjacent to the display and spoke to passersby in opposition to the images. “These images are so offensive. The information they are putting forward is so outrageously misinformed and not factual, the students feel that the images are terrorizing to them, they’re

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traumatic, they’re dramatic, they’re grotesque,” DeWelde said. DeWelde and some faculty members are organizing a petition that will survey the campus. The petition suggests that the images be displayed inwards in the future, rather than be visible to the public and students as they walk along. Planned Parenthood also was on campus Tuesday, and Sara Vitale, director of community outreach for the Collier County branch of the organization, stated that she feels the images were grotesque. “I don’t believe that anyone who is pro-choice or many people in general can find the direct connection between the holocaust and a woman’s choice to choose a safe, legal abortion, so the pictures are shocking and awful and really baseless,” Vitale said.

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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.

<m\ekj FGCU Eagle Expo: Volunteer to assist visitors on Feb. 18 at the Spring 2012 Eagle EXPO Open House. Jobs include directing people from one location to another, greeting visitors to campus, making popcorn, counting participants attending presentations and many more! If you can help the Office of Admissions with this very important event from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., please fill out the form at ES-secured/expo/volunteers. html. For questions, contact Tami Tassler at ttassler@fgcu. edu or 1-888-889-1095. Estero River Scrub Trailhead: Volunteer on Feb. 18 at the Estero Bay Preserve State Park from 8:30 a.m. - noon. Bring your work gloves, hat, sunscreen, a beverage, snacks, and your love of the great outdoors! Call Jon Meyer at 239707-8910 or the park 239-9920311 for additional information. Children Cancer Foundation: Enjoy an event on campus at Alico Arena! Help with setup, registration, and cleanup at the Zumbathon event on Feb. 25. The event is from noon-3 p.m. Meet 32 Zumba instructors! Get a free T-shirt! In Florida, there are 750 new cases of childhood cancer diagnosed each year. Although the survival rate is 80 percent, cancer is still the leading cause of death from disease among children. Volunteers are appreciated! Contact Klaudia Balogh at klaudia.balogh@ Radiating Hope: Want to help out the 5k Run/ Walk for Cancer race on Feb. 25 with advertising and publicizing or identifying race sponsors? Radiating Hope is an organization founded by radiation oncologists and mountain climbers wanting to help cancer patients around the world. The race starts at 6:45 a.m. To volunteer, contact Dr. Jared Robbins at jrobbin1@hfhs. org. The Edge: Help organize Riding to Break the Cycle held at Lakes Park on Feb. 26. This event helps to break the cycle of abuse, addiction, bullying, and homelessness. Email or 239-745-1638. Lee County Library: Bookloving volunteers are essential to the Southwest Florida Reading Festival’s success! Conduct surveys on March 17 from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. by canvassing the grounds and asking festival attendees to complete the short survey at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers.

Volunteers can also help with the Book For Every Child Tent from 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Here, the students will assist young attendees in picking out one free book. Fill out the Volunteer Application and Information Disclosure by Feb. 25 at http:// Rushman Micah Angel Foundation: Seeking volunteers now to help plan and organized the Golf & Gala event at the RitzCarlton in May. Help needed with sponsorships. Contact Barbara at or call 239-216-2363.

:fccfhl`ld FGCU Food Forest: This student-run botanical garden highlights tropical/subtropical edible species that grow well in South Florida and is right here on campus! They need students to help on Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Any messages can be sent to http://fgcufoodforest.weebly. com/send-us-a-message.html. East County Water Control District: Participate in the inaugural nature event Wings Over Water Festival at Harns Marsh in Lehigh Acres on March 9 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. and March 10 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Discover the beauty of Southwest Florida’s water, land, and wildlife. Call 239-368-0044 x17. Randell Research Center: Help out at the Calusa Heritage Day, Pine Island, on March 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Contact 239-283-2062 or 239-283-2157. ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization): Help out at Farm Day on March 17 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with parking, admissions, snack areas, nursery, farm market, and as a greeter. Fill out a volunteer application at For questions, contact Ruth at Pinewoods Elementary School: This school is unique in its passion for sustainability and environmental education. Help facilitate, plan, and organize the club meetings, as well as plan educational presentations and activities for the students. Contact Laura Layton at Heartland Gardens: Did you know that FGCU alums started this nonprofit? They have a 1,700 square-foot raised labyrinth and they’re landscaping the entire acre with edible plants. Help with your financial expertise, business background, economic background, bookkeeping and data entry skills, public relations or communications background, or assist with newsletters, e-blasts, or grant writing. Contact Andrea at or call 239-689-4249. Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium: Numerous opportunities! Contact info@ or call 2753435. Naples Botanical Garden: Horticulture gardening starts at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday and includes weeding, potting, moving plants, digging, raking, sweeping, clearing debris, etc. Wear closed-toe shoes. No shorts or tank tops. Bring water. Wear sunscreen. Bring work gloves if you have them. Looking especially for groups of students on Fridays. No last- minute requests. Give 4-5 day lead time. If you commit and then can’t make it, give notice. Be on time. Email Sally Richardson at Rookery Bay: Help give out literature, talk to visitors about the Learning Center, or assist with children’s crafts. Contact Susan Maunz at susan.maunz@ or call 239-4176310 x412. Sustainable Living and Interconnected Education (SLIE): So much of what needs to be done will be decently challenging labor, digging, building raised garden beds, constructing water-capturing vessels and their gutters. Contact Hunter Preston at or 239-2453250.

Fe^f`e^Fggfikle`k`\j Education for Collier: Would love strong, committed volunteers! Workshops in the Take Stock Program needsstudents to help in the ACT testing areas of Math, English, Reading, Writing and Science to help every week. Sessions held at Grace Place in Naples. Choose Monday or Tuesday evening from 6 – 7 p.m. Contact Linda Morton at lindamorton@ The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples: Help out at the newly opened museum in Naples. Contact Lindsay Flanagan Huban at lflanagan@ or 239-514-0084. Uncommon Friends Foundation: Are you a history buff? Become a tour guide in a Georgian Revival style home located on the bank of the Caloosahatchee River in Downtown Fort Myers. Contact Christine Forbes at Christine@ or 239337-0706. Grace Community Center: has a multitude of opportunities! Help with an afterschool program for at-risk high school students, tutor to GED seekers, thrift store assistance, or serve food to neighbors in

need. Contact Cheryl Wilcox at or 239-656-1320. FGCU Athletics: Numerous opportunities with game day operations. Serve as ushers for basketball, baseball, softball, and timers for swimming and diving. Contact Will Pitt at or 239-5907055. Dress for Success: Do you love posting on Facebook, have a passion for marketing, send email blasts, or want to update a website? Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women to thrive in work and in life. Contact Barbara Dell at The Quality Life Center Want to help kids with their homework? Contact Angela Pena at 239-334-2797. FGCU Center for Academic Achievement: Need tutors in math, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Statistics, and Intro. to Psychology. Applicants must have earned a B+ or higher in the course they desire to tutor and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Paid students are not eligible to earn service-learning hours. Contact Frank Graceffo at 239-590-7992 or by email at Abuse Counseling & Treatment (ACT): Second Act Thrift store needs help. The benefit of volunteering is a 50 percent discount! Also, need someone to help this nonprofit agency with a marketing plan for two to three months available. Contact Honara Jacobus at or 239939-2553. YMCA: Help coach basketball, soccer, flag football or assist with events. Contact Lisa at lisaw@leecountyymca. org. M.C. Library Education Center Corp (MCCLECC): Assist with library, food bank, after-school program, internet radio and adult services. Contact or call 239-288-5349 x200 or x217. Take Stock in Children: Become A Mentor! Few bonds in life are more influential than those between a young person and an adult. Take Stock in Children needs mentors for Caloosa Middle School, Dunbar High School, East Lee County High School, Fort Myers High School, Ida Baker High School, Lehigh Senior High School. Call 239-337-0433. Information is provided by the Service Learning department. All opportunities are pre-approved. You can find more opportunities on Facebook at “FGCU Service Learning.”

POLICE BEAT Monday Feb. 6 at 8:41 a.m.: Video surveillance revealed three guys and a girl vandalizing an exit sign near the elevator on the second floor of Garage B. The subjects were seen hitting the sign causing it to be damaged and replaced. Monday Feb. 6 at 9:36 a.m.: UPD reported someone had taken a lawn mower for a ride behind the softball field. Tuesday Feb. 7 at 10:09 a.m.: A gopher tortoise was found injured on the side of FGCU Lake Parkway. When officials went to check on the animal it was gone. Tuesday Feb. 7 at 9:49 p.m.: A concerned parent called UPD to perform a welfare check on their daughter after she had notified them that she was in a fight with

her roommate and scared of her. When officers arrived at the dorm the roommates stated the fight was over food but the issue had been resolved. Wednesday Feb. 8 at 8:15 p.m.: An FGCU hockey player, who was bleeding from his head, was transported to Gulf Coast Hospital after he passed out and fell backwards while talking to friends at Everglades Hall. Officers say the player had been dehydrated from practice earlier in the day. Thursday Feb. 9 at 3:44 p.m.: A student reported to UPD that two men approached her at the Reed Hall smoking station and asked her to participate in a joke that involved inappropriate touching of her breasts. They also made other sexual

comments to her. The men were described to be in their 30’s. Friday Feb. 10 at 12:22 a.m.: A drug search in North Lake Village student housing B recovered two small pipes, a small amount of marijuana, a grinder, and a fake New Jersey ID. Friday Feb. 10 at 12:42 a.m.: A student came to UPD to report that someone threw alcohol into his eyes outside of Ale Mary’s, located on US. 41. Information on the suspect was given to the Lee County Sheriff ’s office and the incident is under investigation. Friday Feb. 10 at 9:23 p.m.: A student called UPD to report that he was locked in the library. He told officers that he came in 15 minutes prior to closing

to use the restroom and upon exiting he noticed everyone was gone. However he did notice one student who was sleeping on the first floor. Sunday Feb. 12 at 1:15 a.m.: A drug search was conducted in North Lake Village building N that recovered 40 Adderall pills. The resident was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

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.



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Raise money for charity all while having a fun workout by attending the Zumbathon. The Zumbathon is being held to raise money for the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cancer Foundation and the Candlelighters of Southwest Florida. The money raised will provide cancer-stricken children with access to new medical equipment, medication, and other financial assistance with no cost to their families. Children from around the globe will be provided with travel and hospitalization in the United States where treatment success is significantly higher. Dr. Paul Ribeiro, from St. Jude Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, states that in the United States, there is an 80 percent success rate in pediatric cancer treatments. In developing countries, the majority of children are never treated and the success rate is only around 10 percent of the ones who are. The Candlelighters of Southwest Florida provide

community and Zumba was a great opportunity.â&#x20AC;? Anyone can participate at Zumbathon. Admission is $5 for FGCU students and $10 for nonstudents. Nonstudent admission includes a raffle ticket while students can buy raffle tickets for $5. Additional raffle tickets will sell for $10. However, those who bring a new toy (no stuffed animals) for the Candlelighters toy drive will receive free admission. The event is from 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 25 at Alico Arena. Registration is from 11:3011:45 a.m. prior to the event.

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As for the fundraiser, Zumba is an exercise that combines hiphop, Latin, and belly dancing with mixed martial arts. Klaudia Balogh, a junior majoring in communications, is one of the hosts of this event along with Gala Hoffman, a


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incorporated into student tuition. Student government senators allocate the funds as part of the budget process. These numbers were finalized on Tuesday, Feb. 7 and represent the available budgets for the 2012-13 fiscal year. RSOs still have the option of coming to Student Government with bills for specific funding requests.

Every year, Eagle News publishes the final budget allocations for registered student organizations and departments in an effort to increase transparency of the budgeting process. Department and Registered Student Organization budgets come from activity and service fees. A&S funds come from an $11.24 per credit hour fee that is

Department Name

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2010/2011 Allocated Budget

2011/2012 Requested Budget

2011/2012 Allocated Budget

2012/2013 Requested Budget

2012/2013 Allocated Budget






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2011/2012 Requested  Budget

2011/2012 Allocated  Budget

2012/2013 Requested  Budget

2012/2013 Allocated  Budgget

161377 FGCU Accounting Society

$        8,881.00

$         4,375.00

$          11,349.00

$        3,224.00

161332 Advertising Professionals

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$          10,507.00

$        4,003.00

161419 FGCU American Soc of Civil Eng

$      22,945.00

$      11,285.00

$          16,560.00

$        9,470.00

161451 American Water Resource Association

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$            8,480.00

$        2,895.00

161389 Amnesty International 

$      14,215.00

$         7,350.00

$          21,445.00

$        7,984.00

161405 FGCU Anime Club

$        4,880.00

$         3,330.00

$            4,880.00

$                   ‐

161351 Anthropology Club

$      20,751.00

$      11,420.00

$          28,585.00

$        9,900.00

1613006 Aquarium Science and Aquaculture Club

Index Registered Student Organization Name

$        3,234.00

$            575.00

$          11,481.00

$            980.00

Asian Culture Club

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$          17,924.00

$            680.00

Aspiring to Greatness

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$          20,995.00

$            600.00

Bachelors of Social Work

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$          13,400.00

$            700.00

161321 Backyard Farmers

$        3,385.00

$         3,385.00

$            6,584.00

$        1,430.00

161456 Badminton

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$            8,124.56

$        2,470.00

161335 Biomedical Engineering Society

$        7,350.00

$         6,550.00

$          10,551.00

$        4,730.00

161308 Black Student Alliance

$        9,971.00

$         6,204.00

$          19,155.00

$        3,450.00

161458 Business and Entrepreneur 

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$          12,288.00

$        1,340.00

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$            1,360.00

$            800.00

$        2,190.00

$         2,190.00

$            7,498.00

$        2,300.00

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161424 Chi Alpha 161425 Christian Campus Fellowship

$      11,083.00

$         5,921.00

$            8,730.00

$        3,909.00

161355 Circle K International

$        4,125.00

$         3,125.00

$            7,400.00

$        1,450.00

161356 Circle of Friends

$        6,500.00

$         1,200.00

$            6,156.00

$        1,308.00

161406 Cities of Refuge

$      11,695.00

$         3,913.00

$          27,676.00

$        3,291.00

161426 Club Managers Assn of America

$      13,546.00

$         7,800.00

$          28,403.00

$            300.00

161457 College Democrats

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$            7,440.00

$        1,280.00

161440 Community Health Aid Development

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$            8,694.00

$        8,089.00

161409 Computer Science Club

$        2,520.40

$            570.40

$          38,326.00

$            620.00

161453 Cooking Club

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$            2,800.00

$        1,500.00

161400 Creative Writing Club

$      19,670.00

$         9,420.00

$          38,580.00

$        4,315.00

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$            5,338.00

$            500.00

$        9,278.00

$         8,664.00

$            9,670.00

$        6,690.00 $            960.00

Dance Marathon

161333 Dominican Republic Outreach Program ‐ DROP 161390 Eagles Educate / ACEI ‐

Eagles for ARC

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$         1,700.00

$            9,206.00

$                   ‐

$            1,721.00

$                   ‐

$      18,125.00

$         8,800.00

$          20,556.00

$        6,700.00

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$          11,162.00

$            680.00

161388 Eagles Swim Club

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$            6,840.00

$            800.00

161353 Eco‐Action

$        4,248.00

$         3,588.00

$            3,404.00

$            866.00

161301 Florida Engineering Society 

$      16,375.00

$      10,288.00

$          26,508.00

$        4,340.00

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$          14,519.00

$            780.00

161311 Gay Straight Alliance

$      18,447.00

$      14,715.00

$          22,425.00

$      11,195.00

161407 Graduate Student Organization

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$            7,192.00

$        2,110.00

Eagles for Life

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French Club

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$            6,130.00

$            400.00

161414 Haitian Student Organization

Gulf Coast House of Prayer

$      14,238.00

$                   ‐

$            5,633.00

$        3,053.00

161396 Hillel of Southwest Florida

$      15,069.00

$         8,292.00

$          31,963.00

$        8,175.00

161334 Hobby Game

$        1,000.00

$            720.00

$            1,400.00

$            770.00

161428 Ignite

$      40,150.00

$      22,465.00

$          44,180.00

$      15,150.00

161446 FGCU Improv Club

$        9,238.00

$         2,360.00

$            2,665.00

$        1,765.00

161318 FGCU International Club

$      18,021.00

$      14,345.00

$          22,776.00

$        9,730.00

161384 Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

$        7,784.00

$         7,434.00

$          18,340.00

$        6,017.00

161459 Ladybug Project

$                  ‐

$                   ‐

$            3,293.00

$        1,380.00

161429 Language Club

$        3,107.00

$         2,954.00

$          15,309.00

$            820.00

161322 Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

$        4,445.00

$         2,785.00

$            5,200.00

$        2,700.00

161372 FGCU Math Club

$      10,331.00

$         8,160.00

$          20,821.00

$        5,620.00

161369 Meditation

$        2,200.00

$         1,440.00

$            2,007.00

$            565.00

161431 Mock Trial Team

$      20,582.00

$         8,483.00

$          11,264.00

$        5,650.00

161309 Model United Nations

$        8,160.00

$                   ‐

$            8,605.00

$        5,350.00

161320 Newman Club

$      12,691.00

$         8,045.00

$          25,024.00

$        6,509.00

161313 Nursing Student Assn

$        4,126.00

$         3,026.00

$            3,006.00

$        2,576.00

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$                   ‐

$            5,950.00

$                   ‐

161349 Phi Alpha Delta Pre‐Law Fraternity

$      11,459.00

$         9,184.00

$          33,884.00

$        6,720.00

161330 Philosophy Club

$      15,600.00

$      13,000.00

$          49,550.00

$        3,997.00

161371 Project Art Therapy for Children Health

$      11,486.00

$         5,006.00

$          15,198.00

$        3,494.00

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$            369.00

$            2,795.00

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needed service learning hours. This year NegronAcevedo would like to see more student athletes become involved because she believes the campus is able to benefit from their spirit of competition. Negron-Acevedo also made clear that Recyclemania is not Dumpster diving. Although measuring amounts of trash and recyclables is a critical aspect of the competition, student team members will be using measuring sticks provided by the Physical Plant. Currently, NegronAcevedo is looking for a few student leaders to join the Recyclemania team. As of the kickoff event, a recycling coordinator and several team leader positions were still available. Interested students should contact her through the event’s Facebook page: Recyclemania: FGCU Service learning hours are available for the competition, which runs through March 31.

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questions. “For students it’s a really great opportunity to learn how knowledge is created. It’s a good way to get your questions answered and to learn more Panel discussions will focus on the shifting and ambiguous distinctions between civilians and soldiers in various combat situations, the role of non-combatants within the armed forces, civilian life during wartime, attacks on civilians and their consequences, and shifts in social and political structures and in identity formations that emerge from civilian experiences of war. Student Government is sponsoring the event after a bill to help fund the event passed 10-8-1 on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The conference will take place In the Cohen Center (Student Union) ballroom from Feb. 23-25. For details and more information on the time of the events, please visit: h t t p : / /w w w. fgc u .e d u / events/ic/index.html

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55KL@K@FE But according to university spokeswoman Susan Evans, tuition doesn’t play as much of a factor for some potential students. “I do believe potential students and their families (when applicable), consider the cost of attending a state university, but I don’t think there is enough difference in the overall costs of the 11 state universities to have a significant impact on students’ decisions about which one to attend,” Evans said. Matt Bolton, a senior from Fort Lauderdale, chose FGCU for its environmental studies program. “It had a good program,” Bolton said. “Tuition wasn’t a factor. I already knew FGCU was where I wanted to go.” Sometimes it’s easier to get an associate degree through a community college, such

“Today, the higher education bookstore is still primarily a print business,” DiStaola said. He says there is much growth with digital textbooks within Follett. His company has even seen a 300 percent growth in sales, “but again, on a small overall number compared to printed books,” DiStaola said. Marc Vargas, an FGCU freshman, said that he feels like he spends a lot on textbooks. “As long as it is cheaper, I will be fine with adjusting to any new textbook system, whether it is in books form or electrical form,” Vargas said. Usually, the way a bookstore on a college campus operates is to have Follett, or another textbook company, enable its students some sort of availability to the materials they need.

Its role is to “maximize access” to the content through affordable options. It is commonly assumed that in order to be an efficient, up-to-date college or university, every school would eventually want to change over to virtual textbooks rather than stick with the printed copies. However, this isn’t the case. On the topic of switching over to virtual textbooks completely, DiStaola says that could take some time. “Higher education content poses layers of complexity that will take time to change,” he said. Therefore, this drastic change is not going to happen within the next couple months or even within the next couple years. Though FGCU’s textbook provider had

an open-minded attitude toward all textbook alternatives, they aren’t changing drastically. FGCU’s bookstore is not throwing away their most important product: the textbooks themselves. They are not just falling for the newest way to educate. They are stepping back and weighing their options. So, even though society has the mindset that Apple’s newest product is a necessity, Follett happens to have an attitude which is open-minded to all of the possibilities. “We are partners in education and believe strongly that no single format/platform is the best solution today,” DiStaola says.

two years left on its 10-year lifespan, and it is unlikely that any new buildings will be constructed within the next four years. The resolution read, “The modular offices do not have hot water, are cockroach infested, and have leaky ceilings.” Howard Smith, the vice president of faculty senate, feels that the value of the Ben Hill Griffin space was downplayed. “There aren’t going to be any new buildings,” Smith said. “We’re allocating the last space that will be available for the next three or four years.” Smith feels the decision-making process

was poorly conducted and not standard. “Basically, our objection as a faculty was that we were never brought into the picture, nor were students,” Smith said. “When we have a situation where faculty and staff are a mile away from central campus, it’s hard to feel those disciplines are given equal status as those given permanent structures. “We’re basically telling students that all majors are equal, but some majors are more equal than others,” Smith said. Matthew Woodard, a senior majoring in history, is one student who feels that faculty offices should be in a more central location.

He has had to walk out to the modular office to visit professors. “It was incredibly inconvenient. At the beginning of the semester, it could be incredibly hot, or in winter it could be really cold. When I have to meet a professor I have to walk all the way out there, and sometimes they might not even be there,” Woodard said. The decisions regarding the reallocation of space were made by Toll, the provost who’s also vice president for academic affairs; Steve Magiera, vice president for administrative services and finance; Mike Rollo, vice president for student affairs, and their committees.

as Edison State College, and transfer to a university, such as FGCU. “I came to FGCU to finish up my degree,” said Carlnette Evans, a junior majoring in nursing. “Tuition wasn’t a factor in my decision, but I do think FGCU is a good school and I like it here.” It appears tuition is going to slowly climb upward as Florida seeks to increase its average to make it more comparable to the nation’s average. In 2011, at the start of the fall semester, the state university Board of Governors increased the average tuition rate for Florida’s 11 public universities by 15 percent, the maximum percentage allowed by state law. “Affordable tuition certainly is a good thing, but low tuition rates combined with low state funding support is not a good thing,” Evans said. “In Florida, unfortunately, the trend in

recent years has been increased tuition to make up the significant revenue shortfalls,” Evans said. Recently, there has been talk of raising tuition another 8 percent at the start of next fall semester, but it seems Gov. Rick Scott is speaking out and rejecting the proposal: “I don’t believe in tuition hikes,” Scott said. “We have to do what the private sector has done and what every family has done and that’s tighten our belts. ... That’s the first thing I want to focus on, is how we can reduce our costs rather than how do we raise tuition.” Evans said the state Senate budget contains a $400 million cut in funding to state universities, but no details are available yet as to how that $400 million funding cut will be allocated and thus what FGCU’s cut amount would be, if any. The Legislature will adopt a new state

budget that typically represents a great deal of compromise between the initial House and Senate budgets, Evans said. When the Legislature does in fact adopt the new State budget, then Scott will have the opportunity to approve the budget as it is presented to him by the Legislature, or he can exercise his line-item veto authority. “It is all up in the air at this time and will remain so until after the conclusion of the legislative session,” Evans said. All of that will determine FGCU’s 2012-13 tuition rates. “When all of this information is available to us, we will carefully review it in light of our university’s operating requirements and then ultimately make a tuition recommendation to the FGCU Board of Trustees,” Evans said. “The board makes the decision on what our tuition rates will be for the upcoming year.”



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different levels,” Parke said. The positive to online dating is the ability to screen people, being able to talk to them virtually before possibly going out on a horrible date to regret later. However, interacting with someone virtually takes away from primary ways we learn about others: body movement, speech and tone of voice. “So essentially, they (people who meet other people online) ‘screen’ the individual, which may make sense on some level. Like imagine if we meet someone in person and they are physically very attractive, so we may tend to overlook their boorish habits because we can’t see past the physical level,” Parke said. Virtual communication also gives way for people to behave like someone they are not, creating somewhat of an alter ego for themselves. To keep the creepers away, make sure the first meeting is somewhere public. Also, plan to go someplace where you can always bail if the person turns out not exactly as one had imagined, like a coffee house or school event. Safety should always be the No. 1 priority.

“I think that it’s pretty sketchy (meeting someone from the Internet) because you never truly know who you’re talking to,” said Danielle Brooks, a senior majoring in marketing. “If it’s a last resort I guess it’s worth a shot,” Brooks said. “I would like to caution people that there could be a disparity between who somebody is online, and who they are in real life,” said Jake Proudfoot, a senior double majoring in finance and economics. Online dating puts individuals in touch with a wide network of other available individuals who are also looking for partners. If you simply relied on your own real-world social network, you would never be able to meet so many new potential dates because of the limited exposure to what is already current in our lives. “I don’t think I would ever utilize online dating, but I’m not surprised that people do,” Proudfoot said. “The Internet is becoming an integral part of our lives and culture. People already use the Internet to connect with others; look at Facebook, Tumblr, etc. It was only a matter of time before people

turned to the Internet for love and dating as well,” he said. Having the benefits of being able to look up the basics about someone, prior to meeting him or her, cuts out a lot of those first-date nerves or feeling as if you are at job interview. In addition, there is also the privilege of finding someone to go on a more alternative type of first date — something more active. Dating websites like How About We base themselves on active first encounters like going kayaking, to a concert or to an interactive museum. The innovations of today’s technologies mainstream social networking, helping to dramatically aid in the way we interact with others. “Technology can be helpful in finding a relationship, but ultimately, it is about two people,” Parke said. “Treat people with respect and keep an open heart. Forgive people and give gratitude for the relationships in your life that are good. When we give gratitude we will attract more positive people in to our lives,” Parke said.

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King Clothing. Space Junkies, who will be opening for Wiz Khalifa at this year’s Nest Fest, may be wearing Crowd King Clothing. Crowd King Clothing can be purchased at Brotherhood Skate Shop located in downtown Fort Myers and prices vary from $15 to $40. You can also buy Crowd King Clothing at their website www. Much is planned for the apparel line in 2012. Crowd King Clothing will be featured

in more stores. You may be seeing Batties’ creations very soon at Designer Closet in Edison Mall. “The 2012 spring/summer collection plans implement multiple new designs, as well as a much-desired ladies brand titled Crowd Queen,” Batties said. Every King needs a Queen. If you have questions about Crowd King Clothing, contact Batties at www.facebook. com/crowdclothing



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High school years are rough. Not for those people who were prom queen or star quarterback, but for the real guys and girls that didn’t have everything handed to them. The FGCU Theatre Department wants to remind us of those facts in their new production, “dog sees god.”

“Dog sees god” was crafted in 2007 by Bert V. Royal, best known for being the writer of “Easy A.” However, FGCU’s performance is directed by Tyler Layton. The show is about a young man, C.B., whose dog has just died. C.B. begins an existential quest to find his place in the world, questioning his views on his sexuality, the afterlife, and the

vices with which he is presented. The play takes a more nuanced look at teen culture, pulling no punches in its depiction of graphic elements. “We have the ‘F-Word’ about 10 times in the first five minutes,” Layton said. “So I don’t want people thinking it’s a lighthearted teen comedy.” Indeed, “dog Sees God” examines how teenagers respond to adult language, drug use and

sexual situations, given that they are often exposed to such things, whether they want to be or not. The production begins its two-week run today, and plays Wednesday through Sunday until Feb. 26. Performances Wednesday through Saturday will be at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, matinees will be at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at theatrelab.fgcu. edu.

Calorie awareness can save weight-watcher worriers 9p8cXeC\m`ejfe JkX]]ni`k\i As active college students, we are always on the go. An aspect of our health that often gets overlooked is proper nutrition. Many people feel like diets are too restricting and deprive you of enough food. Instead of dieting, simply begin making healthier decisions on a regular basis, focusing more on the quality of the food rather than eating less or cutting something out completely. Getting quality calories can be the difference in obtaining a lean and muscular physique. By implementing some easy strategies to get better quality fuel into our bodies, we will feel better and improve body composition and power through

our day. Here are some healthier choices to implement at our on campus restaurants. At Subway choose whole grain breads, lean meats — chicken, turkey — or go breadless and opt for a salad. At Chick Fil-A, go for a chargrilled chicken sandwich, chicken salad, fruit cup, side salad. At Einstein’s go for an egg white bagel thins, whole wheat bagel with peanut butter, fruit cup or a yogurt parfait. At Jamba Juice, a healthier choice is oatmeal, fruit or veggie smoothies. Although on-campus dining is quick and convenient, eating at home can be the best way to ensure you’re not overloading on calories. A grilled stuffed burrito from Taco Bell contains more than 800 calories, a footlong tuna

sub at Subway contains almost 800 calories, and the chicken sandwich from Chick Fil-A will run you about 430 calories. Here are some quick and affordable at home options to buy and pack for meals to bring to class with you: chicken breast (frozen), tuna packet, frozen or canned veggies, eggs (or Eggbeaters), microwavable brown rice, or instant original oatmeal. These can all be prepared in less than 20 minutes, and by choosing to cook a meal at home, you can easily save 300 to 400 calories by eating quality meals. There are some calorie-saving tips that will save you from stressing about your weight. Avoid dressings or condiments that contain an abundance of sugars and saturated fats. Instead of sweetening a drink with sugar

use Splenda. Instead of drinking sodas or fruit juices high in sugar, drink water, tea or coffee. Avoid high-fat dairy products suchas certain types of cheese and milk. It is possible to make better nutritional decision on campus. Opt for proteins, such as lean meats; get sides that consist of vegetables, and complex carbohydrates, such as wheat bread, oatmeal and fruit. These selections are all low in calories and high in protein, and they have slow-digesting carbohydrates that will provide long lasting energy. The combination of these nutritional options will provide a perfect balance for a healthy, fit body. By simply making just a few changes in your diet, you will have more energy and feel better.

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9pD\c`jjX9\cc JkX]]ni`k\i TOMS is not just a fashionable shoe brand but is a brand that gives back all around the world. Founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie, the company donates a pair of TOMS back to children in need for every pair of TOMS purchased. Mycoskie came up with the idea for TOMS while he was traveling through Argentina where he found children were without shoes to protect their feet. “Our main purpose is to raise awareness. We actually work with TOMS one on one,” said Megan Vendette, FGCU leader for TOMS Campus Club and a senior majoring in marketing. “There is a department for campuses through TOMS so we communicate with them and they supply resources, advice on events … kind of guide us.” The original head and organizer of the club was Sabrina Perri in fall 2010. Vendette discovered the club, instantly wanting to join. She sent an email to Perri displaying her interest. “I emailed Sabrina, letting her know I was interested and wanted to be an officer,” said Vendette. “Since Sabrina had a lot going on, she offered her position to me to take over the club. Beginning in spring 2011 we went ahead and

came up with new officer positions, revamping the club.” TOMS FGCU Campus Club has been working hard to raise awareness in our local community. From 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, Rush (located in Gulf Coast Town Center) will be working with TOMS to help children and adults with autism. They will be hosting an open mic night at which 10 percent of profits will be donated back to the TOMS organization. Eden Autism Services might have a speaker as well. “We will have boxes at the event so people can donate money, but I think that donating time nowadays is just as important as donating

money,” Vendette said. “We will be making a Facebook event, printing fliers and tabling on campus to make people aware of the event.” TOMS does most of its own research to locate people in need. They also work with a lot of different nonprofit organizations and help to lend a hand in different countries all around the world. “I love the story behind TOMS and what the TOMS movement is about,” said Amanda Reyna, a senior majoring in public relations. TOMS are $43, but that includes a second pair that is donated for every pair bought. TOMS can be found at Ron Jon Surf Shops and Whole Foods

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grocery stores. There are numerous colors and styles to choose from. “I wear TOMS not only to help, but I find them extremely cute and comfortable, too,” Reyna said. “Currently, I own five pairs and already have at least five other pairs picked out! My favorite TOMS currently are my natural classics … aka my lace TOMS.” “One Day Without Shoes” is TOMS’ biggest event. This event is TOMS’ annual awareness day in which people go without shoes for an entire day, or at least half a day, to further his or her awareness of children who do not have the option to wear shoes. Our daily routine without an article of clothing we routinely take advantage of is realized and appreciated more on this day. “We are definitely looking for people to participate in FGCU TOMS Campus Club,” Vendette said. “I feel like a lot of people are interested, but they do not know how to get involved. We do not have a Student Government budget, everything is self-pocket or we make use of what we have.” If you would like to join the FGCU TOMS Campus Club, you can find them on Facebook, or send campus organizers an email to



ÊJkXiNXijËjX^Xi\kliejn`k_ÊK_\G_XekfdD\eXZ\Ë 9pAf\cDfii`j J\e`fijkX]]ni`k\i “Episode I”: What went wrong with this film? So much at a first glance, but let’s break it down: Jar Jar Binks, the little kids, and the political plot. Those are the big three plot points that really don’t work, but let’s just go over the whole thing, just in case no one has forced you to watch the “Star Wars” saga. ‘The Phantom Menace’ starts out with Liam Neeson and Obi-Wan Kenobi going to mediate a trade dispute, because apparently the Jedi are less the warrior monks we were meant to believe, and more like space Mormons who pick up odd jobs, here and there. So after the talks fail, the Jedi go to warn Queen Natalie Portman that her

peaceful planet is being invaded, and they escape to form an appeal to the Galactic Senate with the most irritating sidekick ever put in a film. They pick up the 9-year-old “chosen one” from the desert, then go and fight their invaders. If you thought that plot was too complex, congratulations, you have a better grasp of conveying a story than George Lucas. “Episode I” sets the tone for the rest of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy films. The most memorable characters (Darth Maul, Liam Neeson) are killed off to make way for shallow caricatures (Jar Jar Binks, Dexter Jettster). The simple, timeless plot of the righteous underdog triumphing over the wicked emperor is replaced by

complicated political maneuvering. The film has some strong points (pod racing, the climactic light saber battle), proving that Lucas knows how to have and display fun, but they get overshadowed by being surrounded by weak dialogue, acting and characters. If Lucas wants to make B-movies, I’m sure Syfy would love to have him, but otherwise, he should have left the human element to someone else. The 3-D re-release just gives us one more thing to complain about, but the truth is, it’s not horrible, but not spectacular. So even though “Episode I” is not all that great, go see it anyways. No movie experience beats seeing “Star Wars” on the big screen, especially for kids.

<c\mXk`fe9li^\i1<c\mXk\pflikXjk\Yl[jn`k_fi^Xe`ZY\\] 9p:XifcJZ_e\`[\i J\e`fijkX]]ni`k\i For those who love a burger but care about the quality of food they are ingesting, there is a new place to eat a healthy and tasty burger. Elevation Burger is all about good taste and great quality, as their burgers are made with 100 percent organic beef. The restaurant opened its first store in the Southwest Florida area Jan. 27 and business has been flourishing after the first two weeks. On Friday, Feb. 10, Elevation Burger fed more than 6,000 FGCU students at its free burger day. Elevation Burger is the only national brand that is USDA — United States Department of Agriculture — certified organic. The meat has no antibiotics, no pesticides, no steroids, no fillers and no hormones. “We don’t use any processed cheese, we

only use a 6-month aged cheddar cheese. We also grind the fresh beef and make the patties every day,” said Bob Douglas, general manager of the Fort Myers store. For the French fries, the company uses what is called “cowboy potato,” which has less than 5 percent sugar content. They are cooked in olive oil, which is high in omega-3 and has no cholesterol or saturated or trans fats. The store, located in Gulf Coast Town Center, is focused serving the FGCU community and wants to provide students with a good environment to grab a meal, hang out with friends, study and do school work. Elevation Burger offers free Wi-Fi and it is open every day until 11 p.m, which is good news for the night birds who are always looking for places to eat after everything closes. “We are very interested in being a part of FGCU’s fast-growing pace and in approaching its students, offering them an

affordable way of eating tasty and healthy,” said Sean Rowland, general manager of the upcoming Naples store. Douglas and Rowland share that the GCTC store is coming up with special deals for FGCU students before the end of February such as “buy one, get one free” and coupons. The company is also going to implement a weekly deal during particular nights and times so students can “rely” on the specials to save money and eat healthy. The menu offers organic burgers, veggie burgers, vegan burgers, and grilled cheese. The price range is from $3 to $10. “We are coming out with new products for our menu, and soon we will be adding a line of salads to it,” Douglas said. Elevation Burger is raffling two 2012 Mini Cooper coupes for use by one male and one female FGCU student for a year. “The winner gets the car for a year, we pay for insurance, and once or twice a month they get to take three of their

friends to Germain Arena on events and concerts, and we pick up the tab up to $100,” said Douglas. To register, students can sign up on the website or scan the barcode on the outside of the car — located in front of the store — from their smart phones. Elevation Burger opened its very first store in 2005 and currently has 26 locations around the world. This year, the company will open another 30 stores. Naples will be getting an Elevation Burger store in six to eight weeks, and 18 new stores will be open in the Southwest Florida area in the next 36 months. Elevation Burger is located in Gulf Coast Town Center next to Rita’s and Ale House. Hours daily are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. To sign up to win a car: You can follow Elevation Burger for updates on Twitter: @ElevationSWFL or on Facebook: elevationburgerftmyers.

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ÊK_\MfnË ‘The Vow,’ a book turned into a movie based on true events, stars two big names: Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. This is the second movie McAdams has done involving Nicholas Sparks novels, and though it wasn’t as powerful as “The Notebook,” she did a fantastic job getting into this specific character. Playing a girl named Paige who loses her memory after a car accident with her husband Leo, who was played by Tatum,

she is on a journey to rediscover herself and her love for Leo. Filled with family and relationship drama, like any other movie based on Sparks’ books, it wasn’t as tear jerking as expected, but definitely more frustrating during certain scenes, which should be in any good movie. Tatum has come a long way since his days on Step Up, and has finally gotten the idea that emotions are not supposed to be dull and lack luster. He has also embraced nudity, which was a definitely a plus in this movie for any of the female viewers in the audience, considering the genes that he has been blessed with. All in all, it was a great and inspiring movie, proving that love does eventually conquer all.

ÊK_\NfdXe`e9cXZbË Though it is an entirely different genre from “The Vow,” this movie was fantastic in its own right. Though many have questioned whether

Daniel Radcliffe could break out of his famous Harry Potter franchise, he proved he was ready to make the move. Playing a single father in jeopardy of losing his job at a London law firm, he goes on a job to collect paperwork from a deceased woman’s home. He comes to find out there is a large and disturbing story behind the house in the marsh in which he goes to, which includes the death of one child in the village for every time someone sees the mysterious woman in black. Radcliffe took on a challenging role, and he succeeded with pulling it off. Though it will be a long time before he becomes Oscar-worthy, he is well on his way. The previews were nothing like the actual movie, but this made the movie a lot better. Call it dark and mysterious with an unexpected ending, “The Woman in Black” had everyone in the audience screaming and jumping, and was not part of the cheesy horror movie club.

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medical shots or by holding hands with Amy. In other words, this game is one giant escort mission. This seems good in theory, but in practice it is not. Right off the bat, problems with the game arise left and right. There is a terrible amount of screen tearing and lag. The graphics are painfully average and so is the agonizingly mediocre voice acting. The controls are clunky and unresponsive and character animations are stiff, as Lana’s character model seems to continuously trip over itself and recalibrate repeatedly. “AMY” becomes completely useless at many points in the game as she often gets stuck behind walls and needs your help to do anything and everything.

The puzzles in “AMY” are some of the major weak spots in the game. The first of the mini-games/puzzles to be introduced was a hacking mini-game that was required to shut down and open an electrical fence. The only problem with this was that the hacking mini-game required no skill at all and was all about complete guessing; it was frustrating and took multiple tries for no apparent reason. Another example was the second puzzle where the player must track down four DNA signatures with a DNA tracker to hack and open a DNA-enclosed lock. It sounds like an amazing idea, but when this tactic is applied and repeated through multiple levels, the game becomes tedious and wearisome for the player. The checkpoint and saving system

is utter rubbish as the checkpoints are sparsely spaced throughout the levels and the game only saves at the end of every level. If the player quits the game to take a break and wants to pick up where he or she left off, it is impossible because the game starts over from the beginning of the level — a truly frustrating ordeal indeed. “AMY” is such an amazing concept in theory, but it just can’t seem to make the cut due to its immense amount of shortcomings. It tries so hard to be good, but it just doesn’t measure up to be a great game. “AMY” can be played on Xbox Live Arcade and on PlayStation Network. It is not sold in stores and can only be downloaded online.



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severely impacted by the genocide of 9pD`Z_X\c8%JZ_i`dj_\i :\ek\i]fi9`f$<k_`ZXcI\]fid=cfi`[X abortion in our country and world-wide. But, if legalized abortion is the ;`i\Zkfi solution for an “overpopulated foster In her article entitled “Abort care system” and a “lifetime of feeling comparison to genocide by Genocide depressed and unloved”, then why not Awareness Project”, Ashley Scott execute the already born foster children equates the act of abortion with “a who already feel that way in order to eliminate that problem? woman controlling her own body.” Because that is murder, of course. However, abortion is killing and removing a baby’s body from within a And abortion is murder also because it woman’s body after she (willingly or is the intentional taking of human life. There is no debate whether unborn not) did not control her own body. Ms. Scott asks, “how are women’s babies are human or alive. The only debate is whether they are rights even related to genocide?” Well, obviously when abortions entitled to legal protection. Right now, are forced upon women against their in America, that all depends on whether will, that is included in the concept of the baby is wanted by his or her mother. The GAP display is on campus genocide. And when a woman has the legal right to kill her unborn child(ren), to show that abortion is an act of she has the freedom of choice to violence that kills a baby, even in the first trimester, and the baby should be participate in genocide. And since at least half of all aborted protected. babies are female, women’s rights are

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9p8dY\i>fc[jd`k_ :feki`Ylk`e^ni`k\i Student reaction to the graphic images on the library lawn. “Women have the right to choose. This decision is never taken lightly. The woman who goes through the procedure lives with it for the rest of her life. You may not agree with it for yourself, but what gives you the right to tell someone else how to live their life?” -Sackie DeGraaff Sophomore, theater/biology “I believe that women should have the right to do what they want with their bodies. The issue should be between the woman and her doctor. The public or society doesn’t have to know.”

“As a professor of history, I think it is important for people to understand legalizing abortion doesn’t alter the prevalence for abortion. Women have had abortions before Roe v. Wade – they put their lives in terrible jeopardy, from unsafe and brutal methods, such as douching with bleach, and perforating their uteruses with coat hangers. In some areas of South and Central America, where abortion is currently illegal, the abortion rate is exactly the same as it is here – 35% of all women seek out an abortion at one point in their lives. But maternal mentality rates are much, much higher there, because so many women die from ‘back-alley’ abortions. In South and Central America, women who have miscarriages are arrested, and their vaginas become crime scenes. So abortion

must stay legal, or more women will die. It is also important that groups like the Genocide Awareness Project are also opposed to contraception. The only way to reduce abortion is for all women to have free, legal access to contraception” -Dr. Nicola Foote Associate professor of history at FGCU “The fundamental problem is not abortion. The problem is unwanted pregnancy. If we target the problem of the source, we will slash the number of abortions, and solve a lot more problems.” -Alex Erlenbach Sophomore, English “I think that an unborn child has the right a life, as well as the people already living theirs.” -Cara Agrusa Freshman, undecided

“The only reason I am able to say these words is because my mother said ‘yes’ to me. Human life and development begins at fertilization; any practice that claims ‘liberty’ or ‘good’, but at the same time kills, is wrong..” -Sarah Volpatti Center for Bio-Ethical Reform “I am pro-woman, and therefore, prolife. There are so many resources for those having a ‘crisis pregnancy’, such as and 1-800-395-HELP. The reality of abortion is that it stops the imminent development of a human life into adulthood, and women need help rather than abortion.” – Tiana Ferrante, visiting high school junior with the Collier Pregnancy Centers, Inc.” -Tiana Ferrante High school junior


;fefkY\c`\m\\m\ipk_`e^pflj\\ 9pBi`j;\N\c[\ 8jjfZ`Xk\Gif]\jjfif] JfZ`fcf^p This week, our campus is the target of a grotesque exhibit of billboards displaying dismembered fetuses alongside actual genocide victims. The displays are sponsored by a group called the “Genocide Awareness Project,” (GAP), which is organized by the Center for BioEthical Reform (CBR), and the Canadian Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. To begin, any vibrant university campus must encourage a diversity of opinions, and must protect the expression of those opinions, particularly if they are controversial or unpopular. But, when a gross (mis)education campaign comes to our community to scare us, shock us, and twist facts, we are no longer in the realm of reasonable ideas. When the Center for BioEthical Reform uses “genocide” in an attempt to characterize the very private and complicated decisions of millions of individuals, they distort the issues and demean those who are making the difficult decision to undergo a legal medical procedure —while simultaneously trivializing the very real, persisting crime of genocide, the slaughter of actual living and breathing women, men,

and children, losses that should be honored respectfully, not watered down with irresponsible analogies. And speaking of irresponsible, even though comprehensive sex education and universal access to birth control have been found to delay the onset of sexual activity in teens, increase use of contraception among sexually active teens, women and men, and thus reduce the need for abortions, CBR is opposed to both of these preventative strategies. That’s right, they oppose birth control and factual education about it. Whoever controls the use of language has the power to shape reality, so it’s not just their cooptation of “genocide” that is problematic. No one is “pro-abortion;” most people are genuinely “pro-life,” and many “prolifers” (those who value life) are also “pro-choice!” Anti-choice groups such as CBR feel so compelled to eradicate choice that they resort to distortion and misinformation via a manipulative campaign that is far from accurate. Displaying images of dismembered fetuses accompanied by false parallels with “historically recognized forms of genocide,” galvanizes those who oppose abortion, primarily on religious grounds. It also has the intended effect of horrifying, but not

necessarily educating, those who know little about abortion, human rights, genocide, and manipulation via imagery. If it is students’ primary task to learn to think critically about the world around them in college, GAP’s upcoming presence on our campus serves as a unique opportunity to consider truths, myths, and spin, and to recognize how biased groups often resort to emotional manipulation rather than facts to sway us. One of CBR’s foundational principles is that the Constitutionally protected right to choice (and privacy), results in a violation of human rights. And yet, they do not acknowledge that reproductive rights, including but not limited to access to safe and legal abortion, has been deemed a fundamental human right for women across the globe. Is the United States in the business of denying some human rights in exchange for others? Are we anointed with the task of assigning a hierarchy of human rights, such that some should have more protection, more rights, than others? Isn’t it this the kind of thinking that motivates genocide? Where are the wretched images of unwanted children in a tragic foster care system, of women’s graves who died during childbirth because they did not have access

to safe and legal abortion? Where is the information about the overwhelming humanity of women and their great track record on taking care of children and families? Where is GAP’s information about women (and their male partners) being responsible, which often involves making difficult choices? Where is their attention to the importance of liberty, the ability to control our bodies, and to respond autonomously to the horrific reality of rape or incest that results in pregnancy? Many of the images CBR displays via their “awareness project” present a serious distortion of the reality of abortion. 90% of abortions occur in the first trimester (see, and yet the images they utilize to shock you and I are of late term abortions, which incidentally are illegal in much of the US, and are almost always performed for emergency medical reasons. Very few people take the decision to end a pregnancy lightly. The effort to equate that decision, often arising out of the difficult conditions created by the society in which we live, with Nazi death camps only demonstrates that CBR and their (mis)education campaign reflects no comprehension of what victims and survivors of

those events have suffered, and no comprehension of the complexity of reproductive rights. They also have no compassion for the women who find themselves faced with a legal, but very challenging decision. Perhaps a little less propaganda via a “shock” campaign and a whole lot more accurate information would go farther in raising “awareness,” and shedding light on this important set of issues. GAP has the right to visit our campus, but rather than exercise that right to educate based on facts, they resort to cheap political tricks. If we as a society truly want to limit abortions, we should focus on comprehensive sex education, universal access to birth control, equal job and educational opportunities for women and girls, and the eradication of poverty. Do not believe everything you see, and especially if what you see is meant to upset and disturb you. Get informed, and don’t be blindsided by misinformation. And, to my students and colleagues who have had abortions – you are still good people, and I’m sorry that this group intended purposefully to traumatize you. NOTE TO READER: This letter to the editor was originally printed on Feb. 17 2010.



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Whenever I have discussions with conservative Americans at Starbucks (which I happily call my second home), many of them quote the famous Winston Churchill about why it is important to be a conservative by the time you are 40. What I know for sure in my life is that even if one day I begin to cheer for lower taxes and big business, the one issue I know I will always support is gay marriage. On Feb. 7, the war over gay marriage brought us back once again to California where the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision that Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in the golden state, is unconstitutional. The court stated the decision that the voters decided on in 2008 serves no purpose and “lessens the human dignity” of gays. At this present moment, seven states and the District Of Columbia have legalized gay marriage and used the term with pride. I have never understood why anyone in this country would not want two people of the same sex to share the values of marriage that we proclaim to hold so dear: Love, loyalty, commitment, respect and family. Let’s also not forget families come in all shapes in sizes no matter what the Christian right tells you. As I was writing this column, I came across an argument in favor of gay marriage from progressive talk show host Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks who said that gay marriage is inevitable because America is a country that has realized the notion of progress and equal rights throughout its history. The progress list includes: Ending slavery with the 13th Amendment, granting women the right to vote with the 19th Amendment, the rights of workers,

On Feb. 7, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling that Proposition 8, or Prop 8, was unconstitutional and that samesex couples should be allowed to enter into a marriage that contains all of the same responsibilities and right of their opposite-sex counterparts. According to the opinion of the court read by Judge Reinhardt, Proposition 8, more formally known as the California M a r r i a g e Protection Act, only served to make homosexual couples lower-class citizens. The purpose of Prop 8 was to disallow same-sex couples the right to use the designation “marriage” to describe their relationships. Same-sex couples have the right to adopt, share in health care plans, and visitation in medical situations, so why not allow them to use the word marriage? Many of the homosexual people I know are in committed, monogamous relationships. They work, pay taxes, have children and care for one another. They want to express their feelings for their chosen partners under the eyes of which ever God they choose and under the law. There should be no reason to deny people that. The only reason that proponents of Prop 8 have for trying to enforce this is to spread hate. Having a law that forces a segment of society to be looked at differently based on their uniqueness is a

Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Civil Rights Act, the Voter Rights Act and we have seen hate crime legislation signed into law under our current president, which is a lot more than I can say about the current right-wing obstructionists in Congress and the ones in this country who hate gay people. I have to admit I am more surprised the state of California has not legalized gay marriage than I am of the fact that there are people in this country who think gay people are second class citizens. I know homophobia and other kinds of hate still exist, but I will never defend it because to me, love really is an important factor in how we gain a better world, and I won’t settle for separate but equal. Will this case go to the U.S. Supreme Court? Nobody knows, but like many fights, I know this particular fight over this essential issue regarding marriage equality in America is not over and I will fight for the rights of every gay citizen until the day I die. I’ll ask the question again to the people who voted for Prop 8 almost four years ago because it boggles my mind everyday: How can anyone vote against love?

Alex is a junior majoring in communication. He enjoys going to concerts, going to Starbucks, listening to his Sirius Satellite Radio, going to the movies, swimming and playing games like UNO and Monopoly. His favorite musicians are R.E.M., Bon Jovi, Elton John and Kenny G. His favorite magazines are Mother Jones, Newsweek and Rolling Stone, which he loves to pick up at the campus bookstore.

discriminate act. We talk about ending racism and stopping segregation and making sure disabled people are active members of our society, but when two people love each other and want to solidify that bond, people say no? That is illegal. It violates the rights of every same-sex couple that wants to get married. The court said this. Prop 8 is a violation of the 14th Amendment. Prop 8 seeks to deprive same-sex couples the right to life, liberty and equal protection under the law. We all have different views and opinions. We all value our rights as Americans. When will we all understand that it is not our business to judge people for who they feel they truly are? We wouldn’t tell opposite-sex couples that they could no longer use the designation of marriage, no matter how much they loved their partners, why should same-sex couples be any different? It is 2012, my friends. Why don’t we just let people who love one another be happy? All same-sex couples want are what opposite-sex couples want. They want to enjoy the American dream of 2.5 kids, a home, a job and paying some taxes. Stay down Prop 8, we have had enough of your hate.

Mandie is a junior majoring in secondary social science education. She is married with two children and serves on the Board of Directors of C.A.R.E.S. Suicide Prevention.



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FGCU women’s basketball is known around the country for shooting the three. They make the most in the country and they live and die from behind the arc. Take a look at the stats and a name most probably don’t know is third in the country from three-point range. The name is senior Eglah Griffin and she’s shooting 45 percent from behind the line, and she’s doing it without even knowing it. “Thanks for telling me that, I didn’t even know,” Griffin said laughing. “That’s exciting, I take the shots when they are open, I try not to force anything. That helps a lot also not forcing shots and not taking shots I don’t need to take.” Griffin, in her third season at FGCU, played her freshman season at Seminole Community College, where she averaged 17 points, 1.8 steals, shot 41 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point

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range, which ranked her top 30 in the region. In her sophomore and junior years, Griffin ranked eighth in the conference in three-point percentage (.365) and led the team and Atlantic Sun in three-point percentage (.400), which ranked her 33rd in the country. Consistency has been key for Griffin , and head coach Karl Smesko knows she’s a crucial part of the winning streak. “She’s one of the better shooters in the country,” Smesko said. “She has the ability to drive, and even though she’s had a couple sub-par games she’s always motivated. She’s always the first one off the bench giving hugs and high-fives and being more concerned about the team then her own performance, which is what I like to see. Once she gets going again, that’s going to be another big lift for us.” Averaging 8.5 points per game, Griffin tends to stay away from the attention and put up consistentt numbers under the radar.

“I like being under the radar because I’m shy and I don’t like the spotlight,” Griffin said. “I don’t need the attention. I like how I’m playing now and I don’t need the spotlight to play well.” Smesko says being under the radar gives Griffin an advantage over other players. “She’s somebody that you have to guard,” Smesko said. “You have to know where she is because she shoots the ball so well. It helps her because we have so many shooters that they leave her open.” Griffin this season has the team high in points three times this season; she scored 19 against N.C. State (Dec. 28), 17 against Jacksonville (Jan. 9) and 15 against Kennesaw State (Jan. 28). And she hopes that her hot shooting will continue into the A-Sun tournament. “I hope to bring a little bit of everything,” Griffin said. “I’m going to start picking up on making plays, rebounding and just being more consistent.”

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ENSPORTS Weekly recap Men’s basketball

Behind six players in double figures, the FGCU men’s basketball team led for all but 15 seconds in a convincing 89-68 Atlantic Sun win over Lipscomb Monday night at Alico Arena. Eligible for postseason play for the first time in school history, the Eagles clinched a berth in the A-Sun Tournament with the victory.

Volleyball Starting on July 13, 2012 and running through July 29, 2012, Nichols and his staff will be hosting summer volleyball camps for all ages at Alico Arena.

Men’s golf

Fresh off a fall season that ended with four straight team titles, FGCU men’s golf coach Brent Jensen announced the signing of Mathias Boesmans (Belgium/Western Texas College) and Edward Figueroa (Naples, Fla./St. John Neumann HS) to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) during the early signing period.

Men’s soccer

Preparing to defend its back-to-back Atlantic Sun regular season titles and its first-ever A-Sun Tournament championship, the FGCU men’s soccer team is set to compete in five spring exhibition matches, including three against MLS squads.

Men’s tennis The FGCU men’s tennis team fell on the road 5-2 against FAU on Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla. Sophomores Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) and Lance Lvovsky (Dania,Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) each picked up their fourth dual match wins of the year.

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J\e`fijjki`m\]fiÊg\i]\ZkË\e[`e^ 9pDXeepEXmXiif JkX]]ni`k\i The 1990s Chicago Bulls, the early 2000s New England Patriots, and the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s swimming & diving team of the past three years all have one thing in common: They are dynasties within their respective sports. FGCU is striving for its fourth consecutive Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association conference title and trying to send its five seniors into the school’s history book forever. “To me, personally, it would mean a lot to finish my swimming career on a real positive note and a great final send-off for the seniors,” said senior Victoria Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom). Cadge, along with fellow seniors Danielle Butler (Orangeburg, N.Y.), Alessandra Cianci (Plantation,),

Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Teri Lytle (Melbourne) make up the first recruiting class assembled by fifth-year coach Neal Studd. Studd often refers to this group of girls as the “perfect seniors.” These “perfect seniors” ended with a streak of 21 consecutive CCSA conference meet wins, which spanned all four years for the seniors. “What we’ve done is really special and is unprecedented in the sport of swimming,” Studd said. “We are still a young program so it’s impressive that we’ve been this good and become the favorite in our conference so quickly.” The CCSA Conference Championship is Feb. 16-18 in Athens, Ga. FGCU’s team goal is to win in every meet they compete in, and swim the fastest times possible to win at conference and move on to the NCAA Championships in Auburn, Ala., which take place

March 15-17. “The girls look ready, they look fast, they look sharp, and I’m hoping there aren’t too many surprises,” Studd said. “We are the favorites and I hope we take care of business and take it one swimmer at a time.” The Eagles know how to prepare when it matters and are used to coming through. “The girls always do such a great job of focusing in the last couple of weeks,” Studd said. “The focus I wish they had all year, but they always take it to the next level this time of year. They aare confident, they are focused, and the seniors are excited to swim their last meet and hopefully go out perfect.” The FGCU 200 medley relay team of freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden), juniors Danielle Beaubrun (Vieux Fort, St. Lucia) and Shannon Blizzard (Jacksonville), and sophomore Christina

Tanninen (Burlington, Ontario) are expected to move on in the NCAA Championships. “If we were to move on to the NCAA Championships, it would mean a lot to me and it would be great for the school,” Beaubrun said. Beaubrun has already made the B cut in the 100m breaststroke and is hoping to make the B cut in the 200m breaststroke, also for the NCAA Championships. The Eagles also have three divers that have qualified for the NCAA Zone B Diving Championship in Auburn, Ala., on March 8-11. Junior Maegan Butler (Orangburg, N.Y.), sophomore Alex Valder (Tampa) and freshman Cayla Collins (Largo) all had qualifying scores in the school’s first opportunity to move on to the NCAA Championships.

L(.eXk`feXck\Xdkffkfl^_]fi<X^c\j 9pQXZ_>`YYfej J\e`fijkX]]ni`k\i Last weekend, the FGCU women’s soccer team kicked off their spring season schedule against the USA U17 National Team in Sunrise, where the Eagles had a chance to play against some of the top 16- and 17-year-olds in the country. The USA U17 team was in Florida preparing for CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying that will be held in early May in Guatemala. The USA team will try to earn a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan. Before playing the Eagles, the USA U17 women’s national team started off 2-0 when they defeated Germany twice, 2-0 on Feb. 6 and 1-0 on Feb. 9 in a two-game series of friendly matches during the U.S. team’s training camp in Florida. Unfortunately for the Eagles,

the USA U17 team became 3-0 when they defeated FGCU 1-0 after the U.S. team capitalized on a penalty kick in the 12th minute of play. FGCU was held in check with limited shots on goal. “I thought we had a bit of a rough first half. We came out a little bit slow, we gave up a penalty kick which they capitalized on, but at halftime we had like a team talk with Jim (Coach Jim Blankenship) and felt like we came out a lot better in the second half,” freshman midfielder Melissa Arnold said. “Definitely good intensity and we played as a unit and passed the ball around really well. Hopefully that can show that we’ll have a pretty good season this spring.” The game showed the Eagles where they need to improve going forward into the remainder of the spring season and into next fall. “We all talked about how a good offense makes a good defense. I think right now our weak point

is our offense. We all need to just be a little bit smarter when we’re attacking the net, and not lose the ball when we get up there,” Arnold said. The game was also the first opportunity for two new players — freshman Julia Roddar from Falun, Sweden, who is a mid-year transfer from the University of Wisconsin; and redshirt freshman Tamarah Stewart, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., another mid-year transfer from the University of Kansas — to get some much-needed playing time. Roddar was happy to get some playing time with her new team. “It was fun. It was fast and I think we did well for being like our first game.” She went on to add, “I think we have to work more together. I think we will get better the more we play together, too.” The Eagles will be working a lot this spring to prepare for next

season. “Right now we train five days a week, in the early morning. We have about six games scheduled for this season. Some good people, FIU, UCF, we’re going to play the U17 Bahamas National Team. So hopefully just playing the games, and kind of reforming our lineup for what next fall will be, can really help us out,” Arnold said. The Eagles already played both FIU and UCF this past season, beating FIU 3-2 and coming away with a 0-0 tie against UCF. “I’m excited. We played FIU and UCF in the regular season, so hopefully us playing them again without the seniors will be a good experience to see how we match up,” Arnold said. One thing is certain: Next season’s team will have a lot to live up to, especially going into next year as the defending Atlantic Sun Champions.

Jf]kYXcc^`icj_fd\k_`jn\\b\e[kf_fjk fnekflieXd\ekX]k\i)$*dXib`eKXdgX 9p8e[i\n9`ee`e^\i JkX]]ni`k\i The FGCU softball team completed its season-opening series this past weekend in Tampa. In five games the women finished 2-3 and are now focused on preparing for this weekend’s FGCU Tournament. Sophomore Emily Lanier is satisfied with how the team played this weekend. “I think we did well and we had a good start to the weekend. We didn’t finish how we would have liked to, but the team dynamic’s really good right now and we’re all playing as a team.” Lanier also points out the specific things that the team did

well this weekend. “In the USF game we stuck with them the whole way and we did a really good job coming back in the end.” After being down by four runs, the Eagles cut the deficit in half but ended up losing by two. Lanier also said the team took way some things to work on for this upcoming weekend. “We need to work on mental toughness and also stay focused on the whole five games,” she said. One thing that Lanier says that the team will be concentrating on hitting and coming through in clutch situations as they arise during the season. “Whenever we have our chance we just need to take it. In the USF game, we left seven runners on

base, so if two of those runs come in it’s a tie ballgame,” she said. Lanier notes that this weekend will be different as far as the matchups go. “We are playing good competition this weekend, and even though we saw better completion last weekend, I think that’s going to prepare us.” Sophomore Jessica Barnes also feels that the opening weekend showed some weaknesses that the team can improve upon. “I feel like we had some really good moments and some really bad moments. It showed us things that we need to improve on but also showed us things that we are good at, too. If we can build up endurance our confidence will be very strong,” Barnes said.

Barnes compliments the girls’ play in the field as a motivating factor. “Our defense was really solid and we did not make a lot of errors,” she said. Barnes also says that there are things on offense that the team can improve. “We should try to be consistent with our at-bats and not let one bad at-bat carry over to the next one.” Barnes is excited about this weekend and playing in front of the home crowd. “Hopefully we can give the crowd some good games,” she said. The FGCU Tournament begins at 6 p.m. Friday against TennesseeMartin.

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