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9pAljk`eBXe\ 8jj`jkXekJgfikj\[`kfi In its first season of postseason eligibility, Florida Gulf Coast University’s women’s basketball team finally saw its name on the big board. In front of more than 400 fans at its selection show party on March 12 at Alico Arena, FGCU’s team and fans nervously watched ESPN on a giant screen to wait for its name to be called. FGCU (29-2) waited 30-plus minutes before ESPN’s Trey Wingo announced that the Eagles would be the No. 12 seed in the Raleigh regional and play No. 5 St. Bonaventure (29-3). The Eagles and the Bonnies of Olean, N.Y., will play at 2:30 p.m. March 18 in Tallahassee. The wait was brutal.

FGCU watched as the first regional, Fresno, was announced. No FGCU. They watched as the Kingston regional was announced. No FGCU. “It was terrifying (watching and waiting),” senior Courtney Chihil said. “I thought I was going to be really excited, but I was shaking. Just sitting there I didn’t know what to expect because you never knew when your name was going to pop up, where you were going to pop up, and who you were going to play.” Then, finally, the Raleigh regional was announced and FGCU appeared. “Being in this arena with this crowd, I did not expect this turnout and it completely blew my mind,” senior Kelsey Jacobson said. “Recognizing the care and support that everyone brought tonight was really touching.” FGCU’s seniors felt as if the selection show

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party was just an extension of senior night held almost a month ago, on Feb. 18. “It was almost more emotional than senior night,” Jacobson said. “Because this is it. Senior night we had more games to play and now we know that this is it. Now we know that the most games that we can play is six, and none are here.” FGCU comes in playing its best basketball after going 3-0 in the Atlantic Sun tournament to claim its first conference title. The Eagles defeated ETSU, Kennesaw State and Stetson by an average of 22 points. Its offense exploded for 74 points a game. The Bonnies of the Atlantic 10 conference received an at-large big after they lost to Dayton in the A-10 championship game. “I don’t know a lot (about St. Bonaventure),” FGCU head coach Karl Smesko said. “I know

they play a non-traditional style offense like we do, so it’ll be interesting to study them over the next couple of days to see what they do. We are excited about the opportunity and will try to be prepared as best as we can.” The Bonnies are lead by seniors Jessica Jenkins and Mega Van Tatenhove, who average 14.3 and 13.4 points per game, respectively. However, those two are the only two players on the team who average double-digit points. FGCU was projected to face off against power conference schools like Georgia and Georgia Tech. Smesko feels that playing a mid-major first is more of a challenge. “They have to be really good to go through the A-10 undefeated,” Smesko said. “It’s not technically a BCS school, but for basketball it’s right there. In fact, they (the A-10) had more bids than the Pac-12.”



8Zk`fen`cckXb\ f]ÔZ\`e8gi`c More than 1,800 students, fewer then last year, came out and voted for new leadership in Student Government. Peter Cuderman, newly elected Student Body president; and Luis Vargas, newly elected vice president, were named the SG leaders for the 2012-13 school year. Richard Michel was elected SG treasurer. “Both parties did an amazing job. I want to thank everybody that

had anything to do with elections,” Cuderman said. “We have a big list of things we want to get done this year, and now we have the leadership that it will take to do that,” he said. Cuderman and Vargas won by 298 votes. Michel won by 169 votes. They will assume their new leadership roles on April 1. For a full list of elected senators log onto www.

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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 The Ladybug Project: Help run concession stands at the following Minnesota Twins spring training games: March 18 at 11:30 a.m. and March 28 at 11:30 a.m. Email Kim Reuter at kereuter@ Sierra Club: Help with tabling opportunities at Edison College Greenfest Week on March 26. Contact Katie at katie.parrish@ or 239-313-7202. Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida: Help with their event, I am the Q, here on FGCU campus on March 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Assist as banquet server, silent auction assistance, greeter, usher, or cleaning crew. Dress code is all black. Contact Angela Pena at or 239-334-2797. Cystic Fibrosis: Help with registration and cleaning at Lakes Regional Park for the Cystic Fibrosis event Great Strides between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Need 5-10 volunteers. Contact Heather or Kathy at 239-415-0252 or send an email to Three Oaks Middle School: Help at the 18th Annual Family Fun Fest with face painting, game attendants, food court, dunk tank, popcorn attendant, bake sale, raffle table, or water delivery. Time slots available: 9–11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. Complete the application at www.signupgenius. com/go/20F0A4BA9AB2FAB9family or call Lori Reichart at 239267-8020. FGCU-Karnigras: Help out with the first annual Karnigras at Gulf Coast Town Center on April 7. The “cause” is funding future studyabroad programs for all students. Pass out flyers on campus, make posters, face-paint, teach or judge the salsa dancing. Contact Carol Fulton at or Joyce Laorden at jlaorden@fgcu. edu. Promising Pathways Conference: Need volunteers to help provide respite for families that want to attend the Promising Pathways Conference at FGCU on April 14 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Temple Grandin, well known self-advocate for people with Autism, will be presenting. See information on the FGCU website at promisingpathways/. Contact Lynn James at 239-699-0985 or Jamie Melendez or Shay Thomas at 239267-2181. Keep Collier Beautiful: Join the big cleanup event on April 14 from 8–11 a.m. For more information visit Contact or 239-580-8319.

:fccfhl`ld FGCU Spring Trail CleanUp: Choose your path on campus! Help out March 17 from 8 a.m. to noon. Go the route of the casual trail clearer, or fill the role of a jungle explorer and go deep into the woods with only a machete at your disposal! Free light breakfast and full lunch. Park in Garage #1 or the gravel lot just next to it, then meet in the oak hammock across the street from Rec Fields. Register on Facebook at FGCU Trail Cleanup or contact Sarah Davis at sdavis@ Lakes Regional Park: Help with a program for children’s tours of the gardens from 3:30–5 p.m. on a weekday or Saturday at 9 a.m. Concepts that may be included are: importance of plants to the earth, plants and insect interdependence, kinds of propagation, composting and nutrients, ability of plants to filter water. Contact Susan Moore at botanicgarden.moore9@gmail. com or 239-481-7845. FGCU Recyclemania: Track the amount of trash and recyclables using measuring sticks provided by Physical Plant. Last year FGCU finished 76 out of 288 colleges and universities in the Grand Champion category and 59 out of 363 teams in the Per Capita category. Keishla NegronAcevedo, director of Sustainability for Student Government, would like to do better. Event continues until March 31. Interested students can comment on Facebook at Recyclemania: FGCU. 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 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any messages can be sent to http:// ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization): Help out at Farm Day on March 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with parking, admissions, snack areas, nursery, farm market, and as a greeter. Fill out a volunteer application at www. For questions, contact Ruth at Koreshan State Park Historic Site: Students welcome every Wednesday at 8 a.m. Simply show up on time at 3800 Corkscrew Road, the gate opens automatically at 8 a.m. Long pants, closed-toed shoes are required; they suggest water and gloves. 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 lelayton@eagle. 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 275-3435. 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 closedtoe 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, then can’t make it, give notice. Be on time. Email Sally Richardson at srichardson@ 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@dep.state. or call 239-417-6310 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 watercapturing vessels and their gutters. Contact Hunter Preston at slieinc@ or 239-245-3250.

Fe^f`e^Fggfikle`k`\j Lee County Sheriff’s Youth Activities League: Help now through summer! Thursday at 3 p.m. at the board meeting, or flier creation on Thursday from 3–5 p.m., or telecommute phone via Skype. Contact Katie at 239-8986090 or Bonita Springs Assistance Office: Help this primary social service agency and serve the community in assisting needs of clients, enhancing public speaking presentations, or writing informational materials. Contact Maribel Slabaugh at Maribel@ or 239-9923034. Education for Collier: Would love strong, committed volunteers! Workshops in the Take Stock Program needs students 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 6–7:30 p.m. Contact Linda Morton at lindamorton@ 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 239-3370706. 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 cwilcox@egracechurch. com or 239-656-1320. FGCU Athletics: Numerous opportunities with game day operations. Serve as usher for basketball, baseball, softball, and timers for swimming and diving. Contact Will Pitt at or 239-590-7055. 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 the next 2–3 months. Contact Honara Jacobus at or 239939-2553. YMCA: Help coach basketball, soccer, flag football or assist with events. Contact Lisa at lisaw@ 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 Sunday Feb. 26 at 9:23 p.m.: An alligator was spotted outside Howard Hall near the Subway entrance. The alligator then went into the pond behind the Wellness Center. Tuesday Feb. 28 at 6:22 p.m.: A drug search conducted in North Lake Village Honors building resulted in officers finding a small glass pipe and eight grams of marijuana. Before the room was searched the resident admitted to smoking marijuana and freely handed over the contraband. Tuesday Feb. 28 at 6:59 p.m.: UPD responded to a call regarding someone driving their car into the courtyard area between Howard Hall and McTarnaghan Hall toward the Wellness Center. The driver was identified as a DJ who was going to set up for a sorority event. Wednesday Feb. 29 at 12:38 p.m.: A student reported that her GPS had been stolen from inside

her car while she was in class. She returned to her car to find her window down and storage compartments inside her car open. Thursday March 1 at 7:48 p.m.: A drug search in North Lake Village building O revealed a small glass pipe and a grinder containing marijuana. The items were turned over to UPD for further investigation. Friday March 2 at 11:46 p.m.: UPD responded to a call regarding a sick and injured person in Biscayne Hall who sustained a head wound as a result of horseplay. The victim said she hit her head on the bed frame. She was transported to Gulf Coast Hospital. Monday March 5 at 2:05 p.m.: UPD responded to a call regarding a prospective student’s grandmother who was on the wheelchair lift at the welcome center and her chair rolled causing her left leg to hit the bottom of one

of the seats and split her leg. She was then taken to urgent care. Monday March 5 at 10:52 p.m.: An RA reported to UPD that a tall male was running around West Lake Village throwing firecrackers. When the RA told him to stop he ran to another area and continued to throw the fire crackers. When UPD arrived on scene they were unable to locate the suspect. Wednesday March 7 at 2:19 p.m.: A drug search in North Lake Village building S recovered two glass bongs, 1 broken glass stem, one glass stem, one bottle cap used for smoking, one scale,, a tin containing marijuana stems, four cyclobenzapr pills. The issue was turned over to judicial affairs. Friday March 9 at 1:55 a.m.: During patrol a UPD officer encountered subjects in the parking lot of Alico Arena in possession of a six-pack of Budweiser beer cans. The students were issued a

warning for minor possession of alcoholic beverages. 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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that exists in our society. That gender isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exclusively male/female. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really about building community and an environment in which these things such as vagina, pussy, twat, cunt, are no longer taboo to say or talk about,â&#x20AC;? Candee said. The show will take place on March 30 and 31t in academic building 12 room 112. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vagina Monologues are a collection of stories from women around the world, that have grown up in different cultures and how growing up as a woman in their society have affected them,â&#x20AC;? Candee explained. Tickets went on sale Feb. 8 and are sold every Wednesday in the Breezeway. Prices are $5 in advance of the show dates and $10 at the door. For those who are interested, there will be a VIP screening on March 16 for $15, with dinner included. Participants of the show are very

excited. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This vagina thing is huge!â&#x20AC;? said Rachel Bachar, a senior majoring in nursing. Mark Gaines, a senior majoring in communications, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The monologues are really just a fun night out with benefit and a meaning.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a fundraising event,â&#x20AC;? Candee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;GEO doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t profit from this at all.â&#x20AC;? Ten percent of the proceeds will go to the WCH via the V-Day organization, 45 percent to The Pace Center for girls and 45 percent to the Human Trafficking Awareness Partnership Organization. For more information on this event, students can visit the Facebook page â&#x20AC;&#x153;FGCU VDay 2012,â&#x20AC;? or contact, Ellie Candee at

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of all skill and talent levels,” said Ryan Post, a senior human performance major and president of the club. The event consists of a 1.5-mile run, a 400-meter swim, and then another 1.5-mile run, going from our campus pool down FGCU Lake Parkway East. There will be awards for the top five males and females, and students can register for $10. If you’re ready to try something new and great for your body and mind, you can register by going to and searching “FGCU” or by filling out and turning in a paper form from the event fliers flying around campus. Check-in is at the Aquatic Center from 6-8 p.m. Friday or on race day from 7-8:30 a.m. While setting up events such as this, our Triathlon Club competes with major universities such as UM, USF, UCF, UNF, FIT & FSU in three races in the fall and three in the spring. As part of the USAT (United States of America Triathletes) and the FCTC

running low, challenge yourself to the Triathlon Club’s “Run, Swim, Run and DONE” Aquathon this Saturday on campus. Students can turn over new leaves with their personal fitness ambitions while our club team is competing for top spots in the nation, both with ideas of inspiration fueling our endurances.

If you go: What: 1.5-mile run, 400-meter swim, additional 1.5-mile run When: This Saturday; check-in (Florida Collegiate Triathletes Conference), Shane Deeley, Patrick Hartmann, Dylan Kleissler, Ryan Post, Alexander Schilling, and Daniel Whalen also compete in what senior human performance major Ryan Post calls “the March madness of triathlons.” This is the yearly collegiate nationals in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in late April against Olympic-caliber

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office of testing services is ideally suited for that.â&#x20AC;? The ETS Proficiency Profile is a nationally-normed, standardized test for the assessment of collegelevel skills in the areas of Reading/ Critical Thinking, Writing, and Mathematics. Each of these three skill areas are further divided into three proficiency levels: quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and written communication. Each proficiency level is defined by ETS in terms of a set of specific competencies that are expected of students at the collegelevel. The two-hour standard form of the ETS Proficiency Profile was selected by members of the 200910 General Education Task Force in order to provide external validation of embedded assessments for the three proficiency levels, as part of the 2010-15 General Education Assessment Plan. Last year, the ETS Proficiency Profile was administered in four sections of the general education course HUM 1931 (First Year Humanities Seminar), where most of the students were of freshmen standing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In order to help improve the general education program, it will be helpful to know how well our students are doing at both the beginning and the end of their general education experience,â&#x20AC;? Karakas said. According to the General


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Education External Assessment of 2010-11, the results suggest that freshmen at FGCU are, on average, slightly more proficient than freshmen at other participating institutions in mathematics skills, but significantly less proficient in reading, writing and critical thinking skills. It also showed that FGCU freshmen are, on average, less proficient than freshmen at other participating institutions in skills relating to the humanities, social

sciences and natural sciences. Karakas thinks one reason for the lower numbers is that some of the freshmen arriving at FGCU may have had less preparation than they needed to have in order to succeed academically. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is one of the reasons that we have student support programs such as the Writing Center, along with the academic retention program, supplemental instruction and tutoring services offered by the Center for Academic Achievement,â&#x20AC;? Karakas said. Those numbers compared to the results of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ETS Proficiency Profile test should give FGCU a good sense of how much improvement has occurred between studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; freshman and junior years. Karakas would like to see all 300 spots filled, but hopes for at least 50 juniors who began their careers at FGCU and 50 transfer juniors to take the ETS Proficiency Profile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more who take the test, the better, but 50 students in each cohort is the minimum number necessary for us to get a statistically meaningful sample,â&#x20AC;? Karakas said. Once the results and data have been recorded by ETS, they will be reported to the interim dean for undergraduate studies, the associate vice president for planning and institutional performance and the general education council, for dissemination to faculty in

the General Education Program, Karakas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If faculty members decide that changes to the general education curriculum are needed, they may propose changes through the regular curriculum approval process,â&#x20AC;? Karakas said. But faculty may also consider other options besides the Writing Center and the Center for Academic Achievement if the ETS Proficiency Profile warrants low enough test scores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If faculty members determine that additional tutoring might be helpful, then they may decide to explore that possibility with their academic deans,â&#x20AC;? Karakas said.

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JHL8K These can be done with the bar on your back, keep your head looking forward, drop your hips and sit. When you reach the bottom part of the lift, explosively drive your heels and legs through, pushing your body and the weight back to a standing position. “The squat is an excellent exercise to implement in your routine if you’re looking to gain strength, size or increase raw power” Ben Pignatone, national weighlifting certified, numan performance Major

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These exercises are the most compound, comprehensive movements to pack on some serious size, and make some serious strength gains. These should be done with a spotter — someone who will make sure you are doing the movements correctly. These should be practiced because they are advanced movements that if done incorrectly can lead to injury. Building a routine around these “kings” will give you a great platform to increase your overall athletic ability.

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The club also focuses on educating students and preparing them for pursuing an athletic training career professionally. “Our main goal as the FGCU Sports Medicine Club is to raise money that allows us to attend the SEATA conference every year,” Wallace said. One of the events that the Sports Medicine Club holds to raise funds is Moe’s Night. The members give out tickets in front of the restaurant, and when a purchase is made, a portion of the sale goes to the club. Moe’s Night takes place every other Thursday at the Moe’s Restaurant in Gulf Coast Town Center. If interested, go check it out this upcoming Thursday. “We welcome anyone and everyone to come out, enjoy some food, and pick our brains about athletic training,” Wallace said. Sports Medicine Club will host an open house on Thursday, March 22, for students interested in joining. The event will be followed by the presentation of a Hall of Fame athletic trainer, Larry Star, who was the first certified athletic trainer to be in major league baseball. Star served as the head athletic trainer for the Florida Marlins and Cincinnati Reds and was part of four championship teams. He was also selected five timesto be the National League trainer for the AllStar Game. Star is currently a professor at Nova Southeastern University and president of Starr Athletic Solution, LLC. The open house will take place

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In the beginning, the nomad walks upon a shrine with two stones guarding it. With the tap of a button, the wanderer uses his voice to produce a beautiful note. This activates a cultural artifact that lets him soar through the skies by elegantly flying alongside multiple red ribbons to the next objective. At the end of every level, the wanderer kneels down in front of a shrine and has a vision of what is to come next. Throughout the course of the game, the player plays alongside others and solves puzzles without even knowing their names. There is no form of communication but for the one that is given to you and it is brilliant. The silence is bliss. Music is a key element in what makes “Journey” such a good game. For every scene, there is the perfect musical accompaniment.

For example, in one of the levels, while the drifter is surfing on the sand, heroic music is played in the background. This creative insight provides “Journey” with a unique and epic feel. The puzzles are easy to solve, but that’s as it should be. The goal of “Journey” is not to challenge the player but to provide an unforgettable experience. All the levels are beautifully crafted, aesthetically delighting and specifically designed to produce multiple awe-inspiring moments. It draws on the one thing that makes us human: our emotions. “Journey” is only two hours in duration, and that’s really all it needs to be. It’s short but sweet, has amazing graphics and is one huge, emotional joyride. The game was released on March 13 by Sony Entertainment Network for PlayStation 3.

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available for those who don’t have the patience to learn the ways of the game. Graphically, “Marvel vs. Capcom” looks incredible for a handheld game. It runs at a comfortable 60 frames per second and the character models look fluid as the action ensues. Sound-wise, the title has its ups and downs. The voice acting, however, is great and provides each character with a unique feel. For example, the character Deadpool has an

insane voice that depicts him as a maniac who loves to break the fourth wall. Surprisingly, he’s one of the best characters in the game. The soundtrack can only be described as bland and repetitive. Grating in its overuse, it becomes obnoxious to hear the same music loop itself in the main menu and the character selection page. The same goes for the announcer who constantly blurts out the same two lines every round. Slashes and punches still sound really cool and lend the game sound authenticity and excitement. For the guys with guts there is the online mode. The online mode allows competitive players from around the country to battle one another. It also plays the same as the offline mode and runs at an excellent pace. “Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3” is an OK game with superbly, stylized game play and excellent graphics. Lack of story mode and tutorial videos for newcomers drag down this well-executed piece. The game was released on Feb. 15.

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for possible disciplinary actions. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right: Breaking any one of the many rules in the code, including academic dishonesty, abuse, violence against others, sexual misconduct, theft, and partaking of drugs and alcohol, and then bragging about it to your social network community, could land you in hot water. Student athletes also fall under these rules. Moreover, in the FGCU Student Athlete Handbook they have an additional provision: Online Social Networking Policy. This rule reads more like the warning we are all familiar with: Keep your profile private, but private may never really be private, so keep it clean. It also gives great tips about not including things like phone numbers, addresses and exact whereabouts. Since athletes always represent the university, the policy asks that they remember that when posting. Then, in the last paragraph â&#x20AC;&#x153;Studentathletes must be aware that material posted on their online profile is subject to review by the coaching staff and athletic administration. â&#x20AC;&#x153; In addition, any posted material that is in violation of team rules, the FGCU Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, the University Student Code or Florida state law is subject to disciplinary procedures including suspension from athletic contests to the loss of athletics financial aid and/or dismissal from the team.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fairly broad set of rules each and every post must adhere too. So, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the moral of moral of the story? Just say no! As rules start to evolve and schools and companies see that they can intrude on your personal life because you boast about it in a post, self censor. Schools and companies can utilize programs for the explicit purpose of following you, all the while these things are against the terms of service of Facebook and the other groups. Until a time where there are laws prohibiting these types of violations of privacy or we stop putting everything out there on the Internet, these types of stories will keep making news. My final plea: In the wake of Spring Break, be careful what posts you make. Welcome back!

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cancer screenings, adoption and HIV care. Out of everything Planned Parenthood does, only 3 percent is abortions. What Planned Parenthood does is simply help to plan parenthood. It is women taking charge of their bodies and their reproductive health. It is a 16-year-old girl getting information that she cannot get at home. It is a single mother getting a breast cancer screening. No bureaucrat should ever be able to take that away. If legislatures are truly concerned about unintended pregnancies, they would promote preventive care, not make a woman wait for a day to think about whether or not she should have an abortion, because all women are impulsive and silly when it comes to important decisions and could very well change their mind if they have to miss work. Pathetic. It makes more sense to unload the gun than try to run from the bullets. If you ask me, the government needs to focus on fixing the economy, not restricting abortions. Create jobs, not distractions. Buy me some Starbucks and then try to get in my pants, not the other way around. Ashley Scott is a sophomore majoring in journalism with a gender studies minor. She enjoys art, reading, listening to Savage love and drinks more coffee than anyone ever should.

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of the Republican establishment to mocking President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to give speeches to the sounds of â&#x20AC;&#x153;drill, baby, drill,â&#x20AC;? which I hope Sarah Palin will be asking Gingrich for royalties on next week, provided she has copyright on that phrase. One statement that stood out for me came from supporter Leonard Vaughn, an Anglican church minister from Cumming who said the Washington establishment will fear Newt Gingrich: â&#x20AC;&#x153;He knows Washington, D.C., so well that he will be able to make the changes Washington needs,â&#x20AC;? Vaughn said in praise of Newt. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite an interesting statement to hear because lately Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen Republicans prefer outsiders rather than insiders such as Gingrich. Does this

party even know what they want or do they just fancy defeating President Obama in November so much that they are willing to vote for an evil, hypocritical racist with ridiculous ideas? The night clearly belonged to two very different candidates: Mitt â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Plastic Establishment Republicanâ&#x20AC;? Romney and Rick â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Paranoid Culture Warriorâ&#x20AC;? Santorum. While Oklahoma, Tennessee, and North Dakota went to Santorum and Virginia, Idaho, Massachusetts and Vermont were claimed by Romney, the one state these two front runners faced into the wee hours of morning was Ohio, which ultimately went to Romney. What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned from this GOP primary since Super Tuesday is that there are three things that matter in this election that go hand in hand: issues, delegates and money. The first candidate to earn 1,144 delegates wins the nomination and goes against President Obama in the general election. Money wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be an

issue, but because of Citizens United, money now equals power in politics, so it shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a surprise that Bill Maher donated $1 million to President Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Super Pac, Priorities USA. The issues differ depending where you live in America and how much money you make annually. Case in point: If you are a blue collar Republican from the South who makes less than $100,000 annually and you are very religious, you will likely vote for Rick Santorum. If you make more than $100,000, are a moderate Republican from the Northeast or anywhere that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rely on the Bible for every single decision, you will likely vote for Mitt Romney. I believe this primary would speed up a little bit if the other two candidates who are nothing but third wheels would get out of the way and let Romney and Santorum duke it out in the new reality show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conservative Idol,â&#x20AC;? which I am sure Sean Hannity would host if Ryan Seacrest

decides to spend the summer with his lovely girlfriend. If history repeats itself like it did in 1996 with Bob Dole and John McCain in 2008, Republicans will go moderate once again with Mitt Romney. If the economy continues to improve as it has in the last few months, President Obama will cross the finish line first again and the paranoia of the ultra right will shoot up to the moon colony that Newt is getting permits for as I speak. 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.





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committee of religious leaders on the subject of contraception. In her testimony, she talked about why contraception should be free as it is in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and she mentioned the clinics that shut down due to the lack of demand for contraception, and members of Congress who gave us the Blunt Amendment to give the “freedom” to employers to opt out of providing health care coverage on “moral” grounds. Following her testimony, Limbaugh went on a three-daylong tirade about Fluke, calling her a prostitute, slut, and his infamous term “feminazi.” He said if he and other taxpayers are going to pay for her and other women to have sex then he should be able to watch the video online and that she was having so much sex it is amazing she could walk, among other insulting statements. It’s clear Mr. Limbaugh has

no idea what else contraception does. The other benefits of contraception besides preventing pregnancy include: preventing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), premenstrual syndrome, osteoporosis, decreasing menstrual cramps, ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, breast diseases and breast cysts. What a shame Limbaugh didn’t research this before he committed character assassination on a college student who is trying to make something of her life and take a stand for others. Also remember this word, Limbaugh: overpopulation. The unsurprising parts of this story are that he made these statements as he has been doing for over 20 years, his pathetic non-apology was way too late and that his syndicator Premiere Networks will be standing behind Limbaugh, which tells you ethics

in conservative media are nonexistent. I have always thought Rush Limbaugh was an amoral person with a large ego, but what amazes me is not just the fact that advertisers stay with him for so long, but also that millions of people in this country would continue to look at Limbaugh like a god. That not only amazes me but shows Americans are arrogant, narrow minded, bull-headed and uninformed citizens who care about money and power more than the progress of a nation. In the aftermath of this incident, the few Republicans who properly denounced Limbaugh’s comments included Daily Beast columnist David Frum, Congressman Ron Paul, Sen. John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner. But the loudest conservative complaint came from columnist George Will with confidence I

wish more conservatives had to stand up to people such as Limbaugh “They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh,” Will said on ABC’s “This Week” on March 4. The most poetic statement that came from the left was courtesy of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who denounced Limbaugh on her television show March 2, saying it is a nasty thing to be a jerk but it is even worse to be a dummy. What a shame there is no rehab for stupidity, but I believe the advertisers will continue to bail on Rush. If that happens, he will have to find new greedy and uninformed sheep to buy time into his daily radio circus or he’ll have to ride off into the sunset for good.



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?fZb\pnXekjZifne 9pIfYY`\Jg\eZ\i JkX]]ni`k\i Junior defenseman Nick Allega summed up the FGCU Hockey Club’s season in one, simple statement: “We want to win a championship. That’s what it’s all about. It’s always been about getting to the end and winning it.” FGCU will have the chance to accomplish that elusive goal, in front of a home crowd even, on March 16-20 when the top 16 teams in Division II ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) travel to Fort Myers for the DII National Championships at Germain Arena. The 16 teams will be divided into pools of four for round-robin play. Each team will play each other once. FGCU begins the tournament as the only team in the country with 30 wins, and with only

two losses and a tie, they are one of the favorites to win it all. Last season, FGCU finished seventh in the country. “We’re extremely confident and ready to play,” said Allega. “We’ve worked hard all year to get to this moment, but we know we’re not done yet.” The tournament will consist of round-robin play, with three games scheduled for each squad. FGCU will play Friday, Saturday and Sunday against the University of Michigan, Colorado State University and Northeastern University, respectively. Each game is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at Germain Arena. Should the Eagles make it through round robinplay, the semifinal is scheduled for March 19 at 1:30 p.m. and the championship game is on March 20, also at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free for students with an Eagle ID card.

Ni\jkc`e^ZclYÔe`j_\je`ek_Xk;)EXk`feXcj 9pE`Zfc\QXZZX^e`e` :feki`Ylk`e^ni`k\i The FGCU Wrestling Club participated in the National Collegiate Wrestling Championships in Daytona Beach on March 8-10. Some of the schools it was up against were the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of Georgia, and Marin Military Institute. The Eagles sent seven wrestlers and four placed. This is the fifth year the club has been a part of FGCU and they continue to improve each year. And they are getting nationally recognized for their accomplishments. FGCU finished ninth in the Division II Emerging Programs bracket at the NCWA Championships. The reasons for the success of such a young program are varied.

Some wrestlers credited their physical and mental preparation and the family bond with their team and coach. Ken Hird, a FGCU sophomore who has been a part of the club for two years, finished second in the 165 weight class and is projected to be nationally ranked sixth after his performance. When asked what he did to prepare himself for nationals, he stated, “It’s a lifestyle. I had to monitor my weight, constantly run, and mentally prepare myself.” Although he was upset with not winning his weight class at nationals, Hird still took pride in representing FGCU and his team. “It’s more mental than physical,” Hird said. “The size of the guy doesn’t matter. It’s who shows up on the mat that day. I have to make sure that I am there and that I show up.” Although Hird is ranked sixth in the nation and second in the Southeastern Conference, he expects more.

55E:88 St. Bonaventure and FGCU aren’t too different. The Bonnies had an 18-game win streak snapped with its loss to Dayton on March 5. FGCU is currently riding a 21-game win streak. Both schools are mid-majors and needed winning seasons to advance to the NCAA tournament. “I think our style of play and our three-point shooting will be the x-factor,” Chihil said. FGCU still leads the nation in three-point field goals with 10.8 a game. St. Bonaventure on the other hand is 73rd in the nation in three-point defense. Another x-factor is turnovers. The Bonnies commit almost 12 turnovers a game. In the A-Sun tournament, the Eagles scored just over 15 points a game off of turnovers. FGCU also feels it has a home court advantage. Tallahassee, FL is only a six and a half hour drive from FGCU.

“We are in one of the hardest conferences,” Hird said. “I would like to be national champ some day.” Other than its work ethic and athletic ability, another major factor of the club’s success is coach Pat Milkovich. Milkovich, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame who won the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year this season, has not only taught his team excellent technique and pushed it to its furthest level, but also has taught it how to be leaders, according to wrestlers. “You can be the best coach in the world but if you don’t have athletes that have what it takes, that don’t want to be the best they can be, it doesn’t matter who is coaching,” Milkovich said. Milkovich believes that leadership and being a role model are two very important things in being a successful athlete and person.

“Our fans are huge,” Chihil said. “The amount of people who came out just for that (the selection show party) shows that our fans support us so much. They know that we react to them, so I think they are going to come and support us. If they are there and being loud, I think that we’re going to play much better.” After the great crowd support in Macon for the A-Sun championship, the first round NCAA tournament game will almost seem like another home game for FGCU. “(The crowd) I think is a nice advantage for us,” Smesko said. “It’s a big treat for our fans. We were able to stay in the state of Florida and some of those fans that probably weren’t going to be able to go will be able to now. It should be a lot of fun.” If FGCU were to advance to the second round, it would face the winner of No. 4 Georgia and No. 13 Marist on March 20, also in Tallahassee.

Such a belief reflects itself in the classroom and in the community. FGCU’s wrestling club prides itself on its academic success and volunteer work. “It’s more than a team,” Hird said. “I think of them as my family. We’re like a fraternity.” Milkovich and the Eagles will be preparing this week for the 2012 Pan American Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament in Kissimmee. on March 23. Milkovich expects even greater competition. “By national qualifiers, we are simply sharpening our knives, fine-tuning everything we had been working on the whole season,” Milkovich said. “But for the Olympic trials, it is a whole new style of wrestling. We have to prepare ourselves for those changes and excel in them.”

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Jf]kYXcc jn\\gj kflie\p# _`kjjki`[\ 9pQXZ_>`YYfej J\e`fijkX]]ni`k\i The FGCU Eagles softball team didn’t have much time to relax over spring break, as they played their first conference opponent on March 7 in a double-header and hosted their Spring Break Tournament on March 9-11. FGCU split the double-header against Atlantic Sun Kennesaw State, winning the first game 2-0 with junior Mariah Fernandez and sophomore Brittany Garabedian each scoring runs in the bottom of the second inning, and freshman pitcher Shelby Morgan allowing just three hits. The Eagles could not keep up the defensive effort, as they lost the second game 3-1 after allowing three runs in the top of the fifth. “It was big for us to get a conference win,” FGCU coach Dave Deiros said. “It would’ve been nice to come out of there with a sweep, but Kennesaw played tough in both games. It’s better to come up with a split than starting out 0-2 and working our way from the bottom to the top, so we’re OK with where we are right now.” The Eagles didn’t allow the split to eat at them long, though, as they went on to sweep the four-game Spring Break Tournament against Georgetown, Utah, Colgate and Stony Brook. Two of the top players in the tournament were sophomore outfielder Jessica Barnes and sophomore pitcher Amanda Josie. Barnes, a two-sport athlete who also stars for FGCU volleyball, was named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week after finishing the tournament with a .556 batting average with four runs scored, two doubles, three stolen bases, a home run and two RBI’s. Josie pitched 5.1 innings against Utah, allowing only six hits and no runs. Against Stony Brook, she pitched all seven innings of a 1-0 shutout, allowing only five hits. “I felt a lot stronger this weekend than I have in the past,” Josie said. “I was hitting my spots a lot better, using my off speed to my advantage. I just went into the tournament really confident.” This is the first time all season the Eagles came away with the sweep of a tournament.




“It was a great weekend; we played so good defensively,” Barnes said. “We were real competitive at the plate. We were just all around a lot better, and it shows what we’re going to bring to conference.” The win against Utah, who came in to the game with a 15-3 record, was especially big for the Eagles. “Our confidence is sky rocketing right now,” Josie said. “Utah is a good hitting team. I felt really great about my

performance that night and I am more relaxed now when I go out there.” FGCU has struggled to string together multiple wins this season, so it took pride in its newfound consistency. “Not only was it beating Utah, but it was our first time this whole season taking two in one day, and just not being satisfied,” Barnes said. “We were hungry. We’re just becoming a lot more competitive all the way around.”

The Eagles’ current record stands at 14-14 after FGCU beat Canisius and fell to Northern Illinois on March 13. The Eagles next major tournament will be at USF on March 16-18.


ENSPORTS Weekly recap Men’s basketball

As just the sixth team in the 33-year history of the A-Sun Tournament to make the championship in its first-ever appearance, FGCU (15-17) finished the 2011-12 campaign with a program Division I record 15 wins under first-year head coach Andy Enfield.

Baseball After dropping three close games with No. 1 Florida last weekend in Gainesville, the FGCU baseball team fell to Rutgers on March 13. FGCU faces Rutgers again on March 14 at Swanson Stadium with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Men’s golf

The FGCU men’s golf team wrapped up play at the USF Invitational on March 6, finishing in sole possession of 12th place in the 17-team tournament being held at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club. Senior Brandon Pena was the Eagles’ top finisher, earning his 21st career top 20 finish.

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8i\eXk\XdX`djkfÔcc]ffkYXccmf`[ 9pIfeC\\ JkX]]ni`k\i Florida Gulf Coast University students finally have a football team to get behind. Sort of. The Florida Tarpons of the Ultimate Indoor Football League kicked off their inaugural season last Friday night at Germain Arena with a 58-35 win over the Mississippi Hound Dogs in front of an announced crowd of 4,211 fans. The Tarpons are an expansion team in the second year of UIFL existence. Team ownership is hoping to provide entertainment to Southwest Florida and fill a void left by the Florida Firecats, who played at Germain in the AF2 from 2001-09. But can the Tarpons fill a void for football at FGCU? “I am not going to largely avoid them, but students won’t pay the money to go,” said Kevin Kennedy, a junior majoring in sports management. “It is not the ticket price; it is the parking and concessions that add up. They [Tarpons] are not FGCU-affiliated, so we won’t buy them.” Those comments raise an interesting debate. There is a near bloodthirst for football among some

pockets of FGCU students. The university has acknowledged that when and if football ever comes to FGCU, the stadium would most likely be off campus. With Tarpons tickets starting at $7, where else can students find entertainment that cheap and that close to campus? “People are overestimating how big football will be,” Kennedy said, although he did admit that it could be a “defining issue.” Fellow classmate Tyler Christwick, majoring in criminal justice, thinks that the Tarpons could draw large support from FGCU if they reached out to the university. “I would like to see that happen,” he said. “If they dropped ticket prices (for students) to $5 and waived the parking (students would come). The team needs to help out. Maybe a free drink coupon or something.” Christwick feels that football at FGCU would be a game changer. “Saturday football is huge,” he said. “It changes the culture.” The Florida Tarpons obviously have done some outreach to the community. But they have largely avoided FGCU, possibly at their own risk. With a tight-knit community of 13,000 students in the

prime sports demographic, FGCU is a potential gold mine of support for the Tarpons. Sell-out capacity at Germain Arena for football is 7,200. “This is a sports-hungry market. Where are you going to go for football here? Tampa or Miami,” team owner Andrew Haines said. “I admit we haven’t reached out to FGCU like we should have. We are still organizing and getting things together. That is a great opportunity for a fan base and it is definitely something we need to look at.” So while the wait continues for the Green and Blue to suit up on Saturdays, there is fun, cheap, hard-hitting action right around the corner. The Tarpons can possibly fill a void, at least in entertainment. The atmosphere was fun and there are tons of giveaways. Every ball that goes into the crowd is a souvenir. Students still might not be willing to pay to go, but some would pay more in tuition to have football at FGCU. “I would pay more per credit hour,” Christwick said. “It would help the school in the long run.” The Tarpons next home game is March 25 against the Lakeland Raiders. Tickets range from $7 to $45. Parking is $8.

Men’s soccer

Last month, members of the FGCU men’s soccer team visited Mike Davis Elementary School in Naples, where the players and members of the coaching staff conducted a soccer clinic for the school’s second-grade students.

Men’s tennis The FGCU men’s tennis team won two hard fought singles matches but fell just short of an upset bid against No. 75 Penn, 5-2 on March 9 at the FGCU Tennis Complex. FGCU fell to 4-4 (1-0 A-Sun) on the season and Penn improved to 7-3.



=i\j_dXeÔijkkfjn`d`eE:88:_Xdg`fej_`gj 9pDXeepEXmXiif JkX]]ni`k\i Freshman swimmer Emma Svensson added another accomplishment to her stellar freshman campaign. Svensson became the first FGCU swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Swimming Championships in Auburn, Ala., on March 14-17. Svensson, a Sweden native and the last swimmer in the field to qualify, will compete in the 50 freestyle event. “I was so excited when I heard that I had qualified, and I knew it was going to be really close for me getting in,” Svensson said. “Being the last person to get in the event made it that much more exciting.” Svensson posted a qualifying time of 22.46 seconds, a

Swedish national record, in Athens, Ga., in a final NCAA qualifying meet a week after the Eagles won a fourth consecutive Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association “It means a lot to me because I’ve worked really hard and the whole team did this year,” Svensson said. “It’s also an honor to compete against the best swimmers in the nation.” FGCU coach Neal Studd feels proud. “I’m really proud of Emma and she’s had a tremendous freshman year,” Studd said. “She put in all the hard work to get to this point.” Svensson and Studd will both be traveling to Auburn for the NCAA Championships, and the competition is the best of the best with swimmers from conferences such as the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic

Coastal Conference, and the Pac-12. Teams include powerhouse schools: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Cal-Berkeley, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and LSU. “I just want to go there, have fun, and gain experience from the event,” Svensson said. “I don’t really have any goals with my swims there. My goal is to go and have fun.” This year is the first opportunity for the FGCU swimming and diving program to qualify for the NCAA Championships after becoming a Division 1 program in the fall. Now that Svensson has qualified, it will bring recruiting exposure and create a buzz for the program. As for the FGCU women’s swimming and diving program as a whole, Svensson said, “It is great for

the program and it’s pretty impressive that the program just keeps on improving every year.” At the CCSA conference championship, Svensson was named freshman performer of the meet. Svensson placed first in the 100 backstroke with a time 54.20, and second in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. Svensson also led the conference as a four-time winner of the CCSA swimmer of the week award. “In my opinion, she was unlucky that she didn’t get swimmer of the year because she was so impressive this year” Studd said. The future looks bright for Svensson and FGCU swimming and diving, as it looks to win its fifth consecutive CCSA conference title in 2012-13.

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