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“I keep saying it, but I’ll never forget this experience,’’ Sale told the Chicago Tribune after pitching a scoreless inning in the game. “It was really fun, better than I thought it would be.’’ Sale, who is 10-2 on the season, took the mound in the sixth inning. The lefthander got Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles to fly out to centerfield on his first pitch. He then faced his boyhood idol and future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones of the Atlanta
Braves. Jones squeaked out a weak ground ball to the right side for a single. Sale cherished the moment. “I don’t usually like giving up hits, but that’s one that is easier to handle,’’ Sale told reporters about Jones’ single. “Somebody like him, he deserves (the hit). The ovation he got, the hit he got. I don’t think it could have been better.’’ After giving up another hit to Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew
McCutchen, Sale got Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce to fly out and then put an exclamation point on his night by striking out last year’s World Series MVP David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals. The American League lost 8-0 but Sale proved for one inning why he is a winner.
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9fXi[f]>fm\iefijjk`Zbjkf()g\iZ\ekkl`k`fe_`b\ 9pD\^Xe?ffc`_Xe <[`kfi$`e$Z_`\] FGCU students will face a tuition increase this year, but not as high of one as the Board of Trustees wanted. The Board of Trustees approved a request for a 14 percent tuition hike at their meeting on June 19, but the Florida Board of Governors rejected the request on June 21 in favor of a 12 percent increase. The Board of Trustees initially voted on approval of the maximum 15 percent tuition hike, but the vote was deadlocked at 6-6. Student body president Peter Cuderman changed his vote to an affirmative after the proposed increase was lowered by 1 percent, barely passing the request at a 7-5 margin. President Wilson Bradshaw recommended the maximum tuition increase of 15 percent. “Florida Gulf Coast University has sustained five consecutive years of cuts in state funding…The rubber band has stretched and stretched, but now we have found our self dangerously close to the
breaking point where it comes to quality of myself to be in, serving two roles as the education and access to FGCU,” Bradshaw student body president and as a trustee,” Cuderman said. said during the meeting. But approval by the Board of Trustees Cuderman defied the tradition of was only one hurdle. student body The Florida Board presidents of Governors only strictly opposing approved six of the tuition increases. tuition increases “As far as Tuition rates for 30 credits: requested by 11 employment, state universities we’re going to and lowered the lose; as far as increases for other education, if this (2009-10) five, including doesn’t pass, FGCU. we’re going to F G C U ’ s lose. Money (2011-12) requested increase is needed,” of 14 percent was Cuderman said. denied in favor of After two (2012-13) a 12 percent one, students and bringing the cost of several faculty a full course load at members spoke FGCU to $6,069. in favor of the 14 The approved percent increase, Cuderman announced he would vote in the reduced increase equates to approximately $650,000 in lost revenue for FGCU in affirmative. “Obviously, this is a tough position for addition to a $3 million operating cut
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approved by the Florida Legislature. FGCU had never had a tuition increase denied, and the Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting during which they decided to appeal the Board of Governors’ decision. This was another first, as no Florida university had ever appealed a tuition increase approval. On June 29, a committee of the Florida Board of Governors rejected the appeal 6-6, keeping the 12 percent increase in place. Gov. Rick Scott has spoken out against tuition increases for Florida universities. “Tuition rates have risen 71 percent over the past four years and graduates are facing unprecedented levels of debt. We can’t continue on this path,” Scott said in a statement.
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<m\ekj Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum: This museum needs your help on July 17 with a recreation camp from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Please call Diane Thomas at (239) 395-2233 if you can help or would like more information. Lee County Parks and IFAS: They are undertaking an innovative storm water pond restoration process using mechanical harvesting of the vegetation rather than chemical treatment. They are looking for a videographer to chronicle the event and prepare and educational video. The harvesting will take place for five work days between July 21 and 29. There is a possibility an applicant could acquire $250 from the CHNEP micro-grant program to assist with valid expenses/necessary equipment. For more information, please contact Marlene Rodak at (239) 273-8945. Lee County Commission District 2 Candidate, Cecil Pendergrass: Do you like politics? Do you want to get firsthand experience working for a political campaign? Candidate Pendergrass is looking for energetic political science majors or students good at public speaking to work on the following areas: Canvassing neighborhoods, attending political forums and debates, meeting and greeting voters, providing, introductions of candidate at public events, distributing campaign materials, placing signs in the communities, and representing candidate at poll locations on electionday. Contact Candidate Pendergrass at 239-994-7922 or by email at email@example.com to discuss this opportunity. Lehigh Community Services: LCS will be hosting a mobile food pantry on August 1 at Lehigh Elementary. If you are interested, please contact Charlotte Rae Nicely nicelyr@embarqmail. com or 239-369-5818. www. lehighcommunityservices.com City of Naples City Parks: They are looking for FGCU students to assist at either their all-day or half-day children’s aummer camps, which run between June 11 and August 17. You do not have to volunteer for the entire summer. Available volunteer duties include both indoor and outdoor work, physically active work, working directly with children and assisting the staff. Prior experience with children’s education or environmental education is helpful. Shift lengths vary according to program. Training for positions is approximately two hours. Fingerprinting and drug screening REQUIRED (at City of Naples expense). Contact Mary Echols at (239) 261-4290 or send email to cspreserve@centurylink. net. Kleist Health Education Center: Needs volunteers to help with their 2nd Annual 5K
Fun Run on Sept. 29, 2012 which starts at 8:30 a.m. Duties include keeping track of the time when runners finish, registering runners when they arrive, and setting up facilities. Contact Diane Odeh at (239) 590-7459 for more information.
:fccfhl`ld Happehatchee EcoSpirituality Center: Needs volunteers to assist in the reopening of the facility. Ongoing service learning opportunities are available every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to –2 p.m. List of duties and activities include trash clean up, scrap metal organizing, potato vine and other exotic species removal. If you have carpentry skills they are looking for you! There are opportunities for repair and maintenance as well. Contact Erika Cooper at erikadcooper@ gmail.com or visit their website at http://www.happehatchee.org/ for more information. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park: Do you love working outdoors? Are you a fan of our state parks? Volunteers are needed at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park to help with trimming back vegetation throughout the park including picnic areas; power washing, beach cleaning and more. Open 7 days. If interested contact Donna Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or (239) 597-6196. Estero Bay Preserve State Park: Enjoy the outdoors? Ever feel like we have a huge impact on the environment? Are you ready to make a difference and need service hours!? Well then come volunteer at the Estero Bay Preserve State Park! Close to FGCU, off of Corkscrew Road and 41. For more information, contact Scott Stimpson at scott. email@example.com. Lakes Regional Park: Help with a program for children’s tours of the gardens from 3:30– 5:00 p.m. on a weekday or Saturday at 9:00 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 Food Forest: This a 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 most Fridays between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Contact them before you go at foodforesters@ eagle.fgcu.edu. Come prepared with a water bottle, sun protection, a snack, your service learning sheet, and a positive attitude! ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization): Help out with agricultural development. Fill out a volunteer application at www.echonet.org. For questions, contact Ruth at
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 and closed toed shoes are required, and they suggest water and gloves. We are also looking for students with an interest or major in history that need service learning hours to serve as docents, which are similar to tour guides, now through December. Training materials are available. The park is quiet, and there may be light housekeeping chores. Homework may be worked on, as long as no visitors are present. If interested, please contact Michael M. Heare at Michael.Heare@dep. state.fl.us. 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 andrea@ heartlandgardens.org or call 239689-4249. Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium: Numerous opportunities! Contact Katie@ calusanature.org 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 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, then can’t make it, give notice. Be on time. Email Sally Richardson at email@example.com. 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.fl.us 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 water capturing vessels and their gutters. Contact Hunter Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-2453250.
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@bonitaassistance.org or 239-992-3034. 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 pm. Contact Linda Morton at lindamorton@ educationforcollier.org. 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@ BurroughtsHome.com 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. 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 email@example.com or 239939-2553. YMCA: Help coach basketball, soccer, flag football or assist with events. Contact Lisa at lisaw@ leecountyymca.org. 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. ArtFest Fort Myers: Interested in volunteering with ArtFest Fort Myers!? Help plan the event of the year! Looking for once-a-week volunteers, you choose the day and the time! Visit our website at: artfestfortmyers.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information is provided by the Service Learning department. All opportunities are pre-approved. You can find more opportunities on Facebook at “FGCU Service Learning.”
Lee County Sheriff’s Youth Activities League: Help now through summer! Thursday at 3 p.m. at the board meeting, or flyer creation on Thursday from 3–5 p.m., or telecommute phone via Skype. Contact Katie at 239-8986090 or Katie@katieromano.com.
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WeCar hourly rental coming to campus 9p<X^c\E\njjkX]] This fall students, faculty and staff will have access to a new sustainable transportation service that will be offered on campus — hourly car rental. The service will be offered through WeCar by Enterprise. Anyone in the FGCU community who is 18 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license can become a member in the program. Hourly rates include gas. Peter Cuderman, student body president, says the program is needed by students who don’t bring cars to campus and “don’t want to rely on other people and be forced to be dependent on other people” to leave campus. According to the WeCar main website, “Like a true community, WeCar members are concerned about their environment. That’s why most cars in the WeCar fleet are hybrids and all are very fuel-efficient. And because car sharing can help reduce the total number of cars on the road, WeCar members help contribute to a cleaner, greener environment. Sign-ups are scheduled to begin July 17 during orientation. Eagle News will have more details after the program launches.
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;\Xcfief[\Xc1Jkl[\ekcfXei\c`\]fecpk\dgfiXip 9p8jjfZ`Xk\[Gi\jj Congress may have averted a doubling of interest rates on millions of new federal student loans, but the fix is only for a year, leaving students on edge over whether they’ll face a similar increase next summer. “It’s scary,” said Faith Nebergall, a student at Indiana University whose loans currently total upward of $20,000. “And it’s unfair to kind of be kept in the dark as to how much money we owe.” Under the agreement, interest rates on new subsidized Stafford loans will remain at 3.4 percent. That’s estimated to save 7.4 million students about $1,000 each on the average loan, which is usually paid off over 10 or more years. In the short run, that means students can breathe a sigh of relief this summer. A year from now, however, those rates are set to rise to 6.8 percent. That automatic increase was approved by Congress when lawmakers signed off on a series of scheduled rate reductions five years ago. “There are more struggling families and
they need some assurances to feel OK about getting young people into and through college,” said Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust. “Congress aggravates everybody, creates lots of anxiety out there, and essentially gives us a one-year solution.” About $1.2 billion will be saved by limiting federal subsidies of Stafford loans to six years for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree and three years for those completing an associate’s degree. Richard Vedder, director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and an economics professor at Ohio University, said that could have the positive effect of encouraging more students to complete their degree in a timely manner, while also allowing some flexibility for students who work and have families and need more time to finish. But he sees a negative impact down the road. Vedder argues that lower interest rates contribute to the desire to borrow money, which he says has the adverse effect of enabling schools to raise their tuition. Some students with poor academic records and for whom college might not be the best fight might be
inclined to enroll anyway. That could aggravate problems in the labor market, where there are many unemployed and underemployed recent college graduates. “It makes political sense, but not economic sense,” Vedder said. The price of college tuition has skyrocketed in recent decades. Between 1982 and 2007, tuition and fees increased 439 percent while the median family income rose 147 percent, according to a report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. The price of in-state tuition at a public university has increased by more than 5 percent annually in the past 10 years. It jumped 15 percent between 2008 and 2010 alone. Cuts to state education budgets have played a significant role in increasing those costs, particularly in recent years. How much influence the expansion of access to federal aid has played is less certain; many insist it plays none. An analysis this year by the American Council on Education concluded there is no evidence to suggest it has, and that any relationship between the two is incidental, not causal.
What is certain is that with the price of tuition continuing to rise, pressure will wremain on Congress to keep rates low. “I think anybody in higher education, whether it’s people like me, college presidents, financial aid administrators, students and parents, would really like some certainty and predictability,” said Terri Hartle, senior vice president for government and public affairs with the American Council on Education. “And that’s something we really haven’t had.” Nebergall, 21, said she expects to owe $20,000 or more on her federal loans by the time she graduates, and about the same in private loans as well. While she and her longterm boyfriend would like to move in together when she finishes school, Nebergall doesn’t think they’ll be able to afford it. He pays about $250 a month in student loans himself. She said a rate increase next year could have a big effect. “It’s money I could put down on a security deposit on my own apartment,” she said. “It’s money I could be used to start my adult life.”
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;\YXk\Zfek`el\jfek\ok`e^n_`c\[i`m`e^ 9p>\f]]i\pJk\g_\ej JkX]]ni`k\i With many becoming comfortable and careless texting while driving, the question of whether or not texting is something that should be regulated or accepted as part of living in the digital era is getting a lot of attention. Is texting a friend about what you ate for lunch truly worth a significantly higher risk of a car wreck due to lack of focus on the road? Questions like this are being put under a microscope around the country, and many in Florida are asking if texting and cell phone usage should be regulated on our roads to prevent accidents. In early June, a 26-year-old in Naples totaled his car by going full speed into the back of a parked fire truck out on an emergency call. The fire truck had its lights on and horns blaring. This happened while the driver of the car reached for his cell phone, according to Florida Highway Patrol troopers. He ended up totaling his car and doing tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to the fire truck and was charged with careless driving. Although there have not been any reported injuries or accidents on FGCU campus due to texting, university police look out for students driving and using phones irresponsibly. University Police Department Chief Steven Moore said the prevalence of texting makes students careless. “Texting has become second nature, making many fairly oblivious to their surroundings,” he said. “Newer generations that have grown up around such devices and texting often do not regard it as dangerous in any way.” The use of texting has changed even more aspects of student life and communications. “Many students may even text better than writing a term paper of theirs, and have even turned in written statements to our UPD station and myself written with text-like abbreviations and quotes,” Moore said. Moore thinks cell phone regulation is necessary to ensure safety. “For safety, many if not everyone needs to have rules in place from employers, family, or teachers to make cell phone usage more safe or restricted while more data is collected to possibly provoke legislature to pass a law about texting and phone usage,” Moore said. Legislation banning texting while driving has popped up in other states. Here in Florida, FGCU students are split on the issue. Many students feel they are in control if they are texting while driving. Justin Carter, a senior majoring in communication, describes texting while driving as “a fairly normal habit, and not affecting many in a negative way.” Many students take the opposing position. “Seeing other students on campus driving with their faces down freaks me out, and students simply have to have self-control as to where and when they’re texting,” said Kia Young, who is majoring
in nursing. Young also said she has an application on her Android phone that helps curb the temptation to text and drive. “It not only doesn’t allow you to call or text while driving, but also doesn’t ring once sensing you’re in your car. The app even sends a text to whoever tried to call or text saying that you’re driving,” Young said. Even with many technological advances for driving and phone safety, many still choose to text and drive. Many students openly said or admitted they felt or knew it wasn’t safe, but they did it anyway. Although texting while driving is frowned upon by law and UPD, it is not illegal and more of a personal responsibility and choice for people and students. “[Ideally,] people or students will come around as to the dangers of doing something risky or irresponsible like texting while driving even before a law would need to be made,” Moore said. UPD encourages students to make wise decisions when using their phones and driving. As smart phone technology expands, texting or making phone calls are not the only cell phone temptations while driving. Smart phone users may also be distracted by the ability to use Facebook, play a game like Draw Something or surf the web from their phones. Moore and UPD hope students consider the serious risks and make wise decisions when using their phones while driving…even if they really want to text friends or update a profile about how lunch was.
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Ê>\kk`e^Fe$9fXi[Ën`k_?ldXeI\jfliZ\j Are you thinking about working during your time at Florida Gulf Coast University? Here are a few things to think about if you plan to work during you time at FGCU: Most employers, including FGCU, require an application, new hire paperwork, and I-9 documentation when you start a new job. Let’s break down three important steps to keep in mind. Step 1: Most employers now use an online application. The FGCU application is available at the FGCU website, http://jobs. fgcu.edu. The application site is called Selfmanaged Online Automated Resources, or SOAR. You can create an application for a position at FGCU and you view
available jobs. If you are hired on campus you will need to print, sign, and bring this application to your “Getting On-Board” session. Step 2: Attend some type of OnBoarding session once you are hired. At FGCU we have posted the “Getting OnBoard with HR” schedule and new hire paperwork on our website at http://www. fgcu.edu/HR/. FGCU conducts “Getting On-Board sessions” 5 days a week at varying times to accommodate different schedules. Student can attend any posted session once they are hired with FGCU; no appointment is necessary. The Human Resource Department is located in Modular 2, near parking garage 2 on campus. Step 3: This may be the most important step with the process! You must bring the correct documentation to your “Getting On-Board session”. The Department
of Homeland Security requires that all employees working in the US present documentation of eligibility to work in the U.S. on or before their first day of work. A list of appropriate I-9 documentation is included in the “Getting On-Board” paperwork. Per the federal government, an employer must see original legal documents. Even though you may be concerned with losing valuable documents, and may not want to carry these with you, there are times when only the originals will do. In addition to these important documents direct deposit is strongly encouraged so remember to bring a voided check to attach to your direct deposit form. Direct deposit is the “green way” to go; it prevents the need to print thousands of checks each pay period and is the most convenient way to receive your pay. Now you are all set to maneuver through the new hire process. Remember
although these steps are usually followed by all employers, each employee will have a different process to go through when hired. Please check with the HR office to ensure you are compliant with their process. Having a part time job while attending FGCU can offer on–the-job training and be a rewarding experience. And, of course, who can’t use a few extra dollars? Preparing in advance for this process will provide smooth sailing when you get a job. If you have any question you can contact a member of the FGCU Human Resources Records Team at 590-1400.
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(406): after the shots you kept on yelling “this is for the dreamers” (212):You have to understand, he didn’t so much come out of the closet as he backflipped out of it with an accompanying marching band. (267): I get that he’s ugly and I deserve better but I will still beat up the girls he hangs out with.
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June 23, 2012 Hey everyone, For the past week and a half, I’ve been in small towns in Austria and Germany where Internet cafes and wi-fi seem to be a foreign concept. So I’m sorry this is late, but here is an update since the last time I updated…which was all the way in Florence! For this update, I’ll go city by city: Pisa was our first stop after leaving Florence, but we only stayed there for about two hours because all we wanted to see was the Leaning Tower (where we took funny pictures, of course). To tell the truth, it was slightly disappointing. I had expected the location to look different because you never see the massive church or nearby shops or houses that enclose the tower in any of the pictures you see. I also thought it would be leaning more, but ultimately it was worth the two-hour stop on the way to our next destination, Cinque Terre. OMG, Cinque Terre is amazing! It is a stretch of five small villages along the Mediterranean and surrounded by giant mountains and cliffs. It was beautiful and the place we stayed at was amazing. It was right on the water and the owner didn’t speak a lick of English, but he was so nice and helpful and went out his way to try and make us feel at home. The major attraction that drew me to Cinque Terre was that the five main villages are connected to one another via mountain trails, and both Daryl and I love hiking. The trail was classified as easy, but if that was accurate, I would hate to see intermediate. Those trails kicked our butts. I consider myself to be a fairly inshape person, but those paths proved me wrong. When I think of mountain trails, I think of switchback trails steadily charting their course up a mountainside That is not true here. I don’t think I have ever walked so many stairs in my life! The paths are nothing but stairways heading straight up the side of the mountains and then straight down the other side. My legs were on fire. The first path from Monterosso to Vernazza was steep and challenging, but ultimately fun to do. Vernazza to Corniglia was closed for an unknown reason, so we skipped ahead to the Corniglia to Manarola path. The guide said it would be an hour of easy hiking. NOT! Within 100 feet of starting, both of us were already feeling the strain, and we had only just started. That path killed us. It was nothing but uneven stairs all the way up, and it was only once we got to Manarola that we realized we were probably supposed to start the trails from
Riomaggiore (which starts with a level and paved path) rather then Monterosso. So, for anyone thinking of going to Cinque Terre, I support the idea 100 percent. It is a beautiful area with the friendliest people and most amazing sights, but do yourself a favor and start the trails from Riomaggiore. We stayed in Cinque Terre for three days before catching a few trains to Venice. All I kept wondering for the four days we were in Venice was, “Why did I want to go to Venice?” Once you see the waterways, take a gondola ride (which was awesome) and see St. Mark’s Square, there is not much else to do. The streets are all small and terrible to try and navigate through, and the city itself is dirty and made me wish I had planned for us to only stay a day or two rather than four days. It was upsetting that we didn’t like Venice more because that was our last stop in Italy. It seemed like a bad note to leave on, considering how much we had liked everywhere else we had been. Next was Austria, and Daryl and I popped our sleeper car cherries getting there. We split our car with an older Australian couple, and the ride was pretty enjoyable even if the beds were not. The only difficulty we had was getting off at our stop. Every country seems to have its own method for opening train doors, and it took Daryl a little too long trying before I got it open. The train had started to pull away from the station and we had to jump off it. It was cool, but Daryl didn’t have a good landing and road rashed her leg. The train ride to Hallstatt (our destination) was much less adventurous, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the window. Every scene passing by held mountains sometimes half-hidden by low-lying clouds or covered in trees or snow. It was beautiful with the sun coming up right behind them and the villages acting as buffers between our train and the mountains. Arriving at Hallstatt was like looking at a postcard. Hallstatt is a small town nestled between the shores of a crystal lake and the base of tall, snow-covered mountains. The town itself looks like it has hardly left the middle ages with old buildings made of wood and plaster and streets made from cobblestone. It was beautiful and cold. The change in weather for the four days we were in Hallstatt was amazing and annoying. It went from being near freezing our first day to Florida weather by our last. It really screwed us up, especially with trying to figure out how we
should dress, particularly when we went exploring the Dachstein Mountains across the lake. That was a lot of fun, and we got to explore my first ice cave. It has been very amusing to me the differences between my definition of “cold” and Daryl’s. She was bundled up from head to toe with scarves and jackets when we explored the caves and summit of Dachstein, and I just had on a jacket. Her Florida blood has not liked all the cold weather we have had in Austria and Germany. We also toured the oldest salt mine in the world in Hallstatt, which is what the area is most known for.
Hallstatt was our only stop in Austria, and since then we have been all over Southern Germany. We arrived in Munich from Hallstatt, but only stayed for a day before we headed for Fussen and the Romantic Road (which we discovered is only a tourist name). That was a long day. We left Munich for Fussen and from there took a bus north to Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the most well-known castles in Germany. The downside: because it was a travel day, we had our packs with us, and the castle could only be reached by taking a steep, mile-long road up the mountain to the castle. Loads of fun with 30-plus pound packs on our backs. The castle looked a lot like the one in “Beauty and the Beast” and was really cool to see, but it ate up a lot of our day and we still had to find a way to our next stop, Nordlingen, along the Road where we would be staying with another CouchSurfer. After much frustration and four trains later, we arrived in Nordlingen at almost 9 p.m. Luckily, we ended up with another great CouchSurfer host, and he showed us all around his town and even took us to a local carnival that was taking place. That was really cool. It reminded me a lot of the county fairs back home with small rides, games with prizes, lots of food stands and people having a good time. The biggest difference was the games. They were kind of similar to the ones back home, but not quite. For example, the game where you shot a water gun at a target to make your figure move toward a finish line was at the fair, but instead of using a water gun you had to play that bowling game where you roll a ball up a ramp to fall into holes of varying amounts of points. It was strange but fun. After Nordlingen, we countinued north to Dinkelsbuhl by bus, where we spent the day exploring the small town before catching another bus onto Rothenburg ob der Tauber. All three of these towns are similar in that a defensive wall that once protected the towns from attacks in earlier centuries surrounds all of them. They all also contain old buildings from the middle ages, goliath churches and cobblestone streets that speak of times long since past. Rothenburg was by far the biggest of the three, but that really is not saying much. The town was impressive and the
crime and torture museum was very cool and educational on how things used to be at one point in this town’s history. We also tried a local dessert that looked like a rubber band ball made of dough and covered in some form of coating from chocolate to powdered sugar. My hopes of it being something amazing were dashed when I tasted it, and if you like your sweets to be sweet, I don’t recommend trying it. After Rothenburg, we had a little confusion as to where we would be going next. Originally we had planned to visit Frankfurt, but many Germans kept telling us not to go there and the prices for staying there were outrageous -- over 100€ for one night. We had also recently found out we had very distant relatives living near Frankfurt who would love to meet us, however, we were having trouble getting in touch with them. Thus, we ended up in Schweinfurt (outside of Frankfurt and near Wurzburg). I do not recommend going there. From what we saw of the city, it was dirty and not very friendly-looking. Luckily, we only stayed for the night since I was finally able to get in touch with my mother’s cousin’s wife’s cousin, and she offered to let us stay in her town. It turned out to be the best part of our trip thus far. Kerstin and her family were so welcoming and nice, and despite the distance of our family relation, I felt like I was staying with an aunt and uncle I had known all my life. It was great staying with them and reminded me a little of home. We went hiking, explored Bamberg (a nearby city) and got to go to a party in the mountains with a local band, good food and beer and an awesome atmosphere. It was great just getting to hang out with them and talk about anything and everything for a few days. And, of course, watch the Euro2012 soccer matches (Go Germany!) Two days ago, we left there and have been in Berlin since. It’s been kind of weird being in a major city again after being in nothing but small towns for so long, but so far we have liked it (despite the cold and overcast weather). Mostly, we have been taking it easy and have only seen the zoo, but the food has been amazing. We found a nearby Thai restaurant that serves excellent food, and a few shops down from that a Kebap (type of gyro\pita thing) shop with more great food and really friendly staff. That’s all we’ve eaten for the past two days, and I am not complaining. We plan to stay in Berlin until Friday because Thursday night is the Germany vs. Italy Euro2012 semi-game. They have public showings in Berlin, and I really want to go to one. In the mean time, we plan to see more of the city, and Friday night we plan to leave for Krakow, Poland for three days. Then, it’s back to Berlin before heading off to Amsterdam. Hopefully (fingers crossed), my next update will be either from Amsterdam or Paris. Until then :) Arcadia
=`m\ki`Zbjkf`dgifm\ilee`e^jb`ccj 9pAf\cDfii`j J\e`fijkX]]ni`k\i It’s summer time, which usually means a lot of leisure activity. As summer classes wind down, many are looking toward the fall. Start the new school year off right by getting in shape. Maybe you want to join a sport, maybe you want to look good, or maybe you’re a physical transcendentalist. Whatever your goal, keep these tips in mind.
1) Setting Countable Goals
As in, avoid goals such as, “I want to increase my speed.” Instead, think of something like this: “I want to run 100 meters in 13 seconds.” Measurable goals give you a finish line (no pun intended) to cross, and can be moved forward or back if you discover certain strengths or limitations. Set up a plan with different milestones (again, no pun intended), to help you measure your progress to your primary endpoints. Upcoming events, such as a charity 5K, can be beneficial in setting up a timeframe for achievements.
2) Work on Proper Form
More and more people are getting flat feet. To help strengthen those arches, make sure to roll off of your feet, rather than striking hard on your heel. When coming off of the roll, many people have a tendency to push off with only the interior toes, which are the big toe and the one next to it, but the force should be evenly distributed across the entire width. Do toe raises or a slow walk to get a feel for the right (if at first awkward) positioning. Also, stop your knees from bending toward each other to prevent joint problems.
3) Don’t Neglect Cross Training
Say, for a moment, that you want to lose weight. The best way to do that with running is by going for more than 20 minutes (the point at which the body starts burning its fat stores for energy). However, by sprinting, you can not only develop more muscle, which helps burns more calories at rest, but also give yourself a boost at the end of a long run to cut down on your time. On the other side of things, if you’re normally zipping through a 200-meter dash, a couple of miles could give you the cardiovascular strength to sustain your energy for a 400-meter sprint.
4) Don’t be Afraid to Look Goofy
This one works best if you have access to a track or open area, not next to a busy road. Running backwards, side steps, and lunges can all help develop better balance, as well as breaking up the workout’s monotony. Running backwards is exactly what it sounds like; sidestepping is basically a type of skipping, where you lead with your left or right side; and lunges are slower, deeper strides. A lap of tip-toes (running only on the balls of your feet), will work your calves and ankle stabilizers if you’re running in a circle. Those are a little more advanced than simple jogging, so don’t feel pressured into doing them on the first day.
5) Stay Hydrated
It should go without saying, but it really is the single most important aspect of any workout, especially in the summer heat. A mouthful of water every five to 10 minutes should keep you safe, while preventing “water belly.” You’re free to use sport drinks during your exercise, but don’t drink only that, all day.
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Here are some quick circuit style workouts that will blast fat and show muscle in a hurry. Summer sizzle workout: Body weight edition Do in a circuit, one exercise after the other, taking a 30-second to one-minute break in between all of the exercises. Do three to five sets of six to 12 repetitions.
Summer sizzle workout: Weight training edition Do three to five sets of six to12 repetitions.
Squat down and jump using your quads, glutes and calves to jump into the ceiling.
Place a barbell across your shoulder and sit back until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Power back up using your core to keep the weight in place.
Do a regular pushup and explode off the floor, catching your self on the way down in the starting position.
Get into the same position as a dead lift. Grab the bar keeping it above the knee and lower the bar to the floor while keeping your legs strait. Squeeze your glutes and pull back with your upper body to stand strait up.
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DflekX`e:c`dY\i (20 on each leg) Get into a pushup position, hands directly below your shoulders. Contract your abs and bend your legs one at a time, bringing the right knee toward the right arm and the left knee toward the left arm alternatively.
These quick 15 to 20 minute circuit routines will get you in shape for summer and maximize your time in and out of the gym. Having a strong proportional body is the best way to have a desirable physique.
ÊIfZbf]8^\jË[f\jefki\XccpifZb 9pAf\cDfii`j J\e`fijkX]]ni`k\i The 1980s were a weird time, even by today’s standards. It was a decade in transition: Hip-hop and rap were emerging, the Soviets began lifting the Iron Curtain, and the world supplies of both hairspray and cocaine were nearly exhausted. “Rock of Ages” ignores all those things and focuses on the dream of every teenager in the era of hair metal: making it big in Hollywood. “Ages” depicts the intertwining paths of several people in the L.A. music scene in 1987, focusing on aspiring singers and lovebirds Drew (Diego Boneta) and Sherri (Julianne Hough). The couple works at the Bourbon Room, owned by Dennis (Alec Baldwin), which is struggling against moral crusader Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta-Jones) as she gathers a following of concerned parents to protest rock superstar Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), who in this movie’s universe apparently sang every hard rock track postWoodstock. If nothing else can be said of the film, let this stand: it’s immersive. The Sunset Strip (a street in Southern California) of “Ages” is full-fleshed out, feeling like a 360 degree world, despite the fact that it’s only one road. The Bourbon Room in particular (seemingly a mash-up of Whiskey a Go Go and the Viper Room) feels like a real building, bristling with business when it’s open and a complex maze of rooms, stairs, and corridors when the patrons have gone. Unfortunately, none of the characters are as three-dimensional as their surroundings. Diego Boneta just needs to head back to acting school. Considering this is his first major role, you might consider it
forgivable, but it’s kind of dependent on the viewer. He doesn’t seem to have a wide vocal range, but he’s got some talent, so it’s not like they got a guy with no redeeming qualities. Alec Baldwin really seems like he’s phoning it in and collecting a paycheck. Julianne Hough has been in enough stuff that she shouldn’t be just fluff. She should stick to dancing. Everyone else is just kind of there, although Catherine Zeta-Jones brings some fiery passion. Tom Cruise’s character is actually pretty interesting from the first time his name is mentioned to about the fifteenminute mark of his screen time. Before he even appears, he’s built up as a possibly insane, unpredictable, mystery figure. He lives up to just that, until his “bad boy persona” is peeled back, and explanation and motivation is given for his course in life. This is one case where fleshing-out the character doesn’t work, because the figure, and the ideas he represents, is much better as an enigma, like Anton Chigurh or Wolverine. “Rock of Ages” isn’t terrible, just boring. It has a lot of wasted potential, and shoots itself in the foot. One of the messages is about not selling out (like singing pop to get famous, when you’re a Rocker at heart), but considering almost all of the songs performed are Top 40 hits, the line between “It’s about the music, man” and “I want to be famous” gets pretty blurry, and not in an intentional way. If you grew up in the 80s (granted, not most people reading this), there could be a strong nostalgia factor involved, but otherwise the movie is rather “meh.”
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ĂŠ9iXm\Ă‹XZcXjj`ZG`oXin`ee\i 9pAf\cDfii`j J\e`fijkX]]ni`k\i Pixar has yet to make a bad film, â€œCars 2â€? notwithstanding, so letâ€™s just get on with this and talk about how great â€œBraveâ€? is. â€œBraveâ€? follows the plight of Merida, a young princess more interested in archery and the outdoors than being â€œa lady.â€? As she grows up, Merida pulls away from her traditional, dignified mother, and is encouraged by her laidback father, the king of the
is channeling the Disney Renaissance. Even if youâ€™ve never heard the term, youâ€™re well aware of what the Renaissance is: kicking off with â€œThe Little Mermaid,â€? the 1990s saw an extraordinary escalation in both the quality and popularity of Disney films. Specifically, â€œBraveâ€? feels like a spiritual successor to 1998â€™s â€œMulan.â€? The basic plot is the same (a girl feels she should chase less â€œgirlyâ€? pursuits, against her familyâ€™s wishes), and it ends with some recognition of the main
The film starts out feeling like a combination of a regular Pixar piece and one of those from its main competitor, Dreamworks (â€œShrek,â€? â€œHow to Train Your Dragon,â€? â€œKung Fu Pandaâ€?). Thankfully, thereâ€™s no pop song musical number in the middle of it, and all the songs are original. Itâ€™s a more traditional heroâ€™s journey, and it feels smaller in many ways, when compared to â€œWall-Eâ€? or even â€œToy Story.â€? Then, somewhere around the mid-point, it clicks: Pixar
united tribes in Scotland. Not content to be a simple trophy wife, Merida sets out on an adventure to collect a potion from a witch that will allow her to alter the course of her life. â€œBraveâ€? is kind of like â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€?. Both feature a strong-willed female protagonist whoâ€™s awesome with a bow and arrow, but whereas Katniss killed other teenagers in a game of death, Merida just wants to be her own woman and make her own choices.
charactersâ€™ courage, determination and aptitude. â€œBraveâ€? is really a great family movie. Boys will love it for the action, girls will love it for the message, and parents can appreciate the humor and gorgeous, photorealistic environments. â€œBraveâ€? is definitely not the best Pixar film, or even top tier, but in years to come,
itâ€™s destined to become an underrated gem.
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â€œSo, what is the deal with â€˜SpiderManâ€™?â€? Jerry Seinfeld might haveonce said. â€œItâ€™s a prequel, itâ€™s a reboot, thereâ€™s an iguana-guy, what?â€? A lot of the film-going public is similarly scratching its collective head. Well, the deal is: itâ€™s a reboot. The previous three films â€œnever happened,â€? and theyâ€™re starting from nothing. Now that thatâ€™s established, you might be wondering, â€œItâ€™s only been five years. Why are they rebooting it?â€? The answer to that question is more complicated, but can essentially be boiled down to this: Sony executives are idiots. However, letâ€™s not hold that against the new creative team, because they were just hired and told to make a franchise. â€œThe Amazing Spider-Manâ€?, named after the longest-running Spidey strip, resets the story to high school, where Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is a weird kid whoâ€™s a scientific prodigy. When visiting his fatherâ€™s old lab, he falls headfirst into the classic story of a student being bit by a spider, gaining superpowers, and falling in love. His fatherâ€™s old lab partner, Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), discovers the gene splicing that gave Peter his abilities, and uses the science to re grow his own arm, inadvertently transforming him into the villainous Lizard. If Sam Raimiâ€™s previous trilogy was equivalent to Tim Burtonâ€™s â€œBatmanâ€? series, â€œAmazing Spider-Manâ€? is â€œBatman Begins.â€? â€œAmazingâ€? is very clearly influenced by â€œBegins,â€? both in design and plot. The do-it-yourself nature of Christopher Nolanâ€™s Gotham is echoed, as well as sweeping shots of the city and the action taking place primarily at night. The story of a genius
superhero who gets most of his gear from his fatherâ€™s company, falls into a hole to gain his inspiration, and then must prevent his former mentor from unleashing a chemical weapon on the city is also a beat-for-beat swipe. However, â€œAmazingâ€? draws from a number of other sources, including the Ultimate Marvel line of comics. Because of this, the characters are all set up in an interconnecting way (a â€œweb,â€? if you will), which makes relationships pretty interesting. Thatâ€™s really what sets the characters of Batman and Spider-Man apart: Batman tells the story of one manâ€™s
quest, whereas Spider-Man is defined by his relationships (family, girlfriends, villains/mentors). The film is a great set-up for a series, foreshadowing a larger world with things to come. The main problem â€œAmazingâ€? has is pacing. It feels a little long, especially with the skateboarding. Thereâ€™s a training montage where Peter learns to control his new instincts and reflexes, but the audience probably could have just taken his fighting ability as that: instinct and reflexes. The romantic encounters also linger for too long, before one of the characters gets aggressive and just forces the scene
to go somewhere. Garfield and Emma Stone do have good chemistry, though. Was an origin story needed? No, it was not. The whole â€œhe got bit by a spider, so now he has powersâ€? could have been over in two minutes, via opening credits. That said, this new take is superior to the 2002 original (although Sam Raimi gave the world Bonesaw, a feat which Mark Webb can never match). With the always-tedious foundation out of the way, it will be a pleasure to see whatâ€™s aheadâ€Śand stay after the credits for a peak at just that.
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In 2007, a now deceased lawyer, Ananda Padmanabhan, filed a lawsuit against Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple administration in Trivandrum, India. Padmanabhan alleged that underneath the temple, consecutive treasure vaults resided. For centuries, the royal family managed Padmanabhaswamy’s temple. Legend claims treasure was sealed in the temple vaults for Vishu, the temple’s deity. In India, deities can own property, but are treated as a minor legally. Therefore, as long as an official guardian — who in this case turns out to be the royal family — represents the deity, treasure can be maintained in the name of the deity. For centuries, in India and North America, elites have taken advantage of the populous in order to manipulate capital for their means. Those holding positions of power have often used the excuse that their control of society’s wealth “is in their best interest.” However, if the scrupulous cannot trust those holding power, whom can they turn to? In America, college is the natural progression for those seeking further education after high school. Statistically, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s report entitled, “The Big Payoff: Educational Attainment and Synthetic Estimates of Work-Life Earnings,” 60 percent of high school seniors attend college and following graduation, are expected to earn over
$900,000 more than those who chose not to attend college. If the government says it, it must be true, right? Well, even Nixon may blush by the catastrophic economic gully young adults find themselves in nowadays. Outstanding student debt in the United States has reached $1 trillion, which is more than the combined population’s credit card debt. Yet, colleges and universities continue to propose tuition increases. John Sexton, the president of New York University, recently proposed a $6 billion budget to expand the university’s Greenwich Village campus. This ambitious plan will demolish two acres of green area and cause 2,000 families to relocate, 40 percent of which is their own faculty. NYU does not project its expansion will be completed expediently, contrary to the manner in which FGCU’s South Village construction occurred. NYU is planning to take between 15 to 20 years to complete this project. The money to construct the project is expected to come from tuition, since NYU doesn’t currently have an endowment to fund special projects. NYU clearly should implement the phrase “Caveat Emptor” in its application process. On a local level, on June 19, the Florida Board of Governors was given two choices: A. Increasing tuition by the requested 14 percent; or B. Limit the increase to 12 percent, which still provides additional capital requested by FGCU. Our Florida Board of Governors chose the latter. Each year, universities under the “differential tuition” law are allowed to
request an increase in the tuition that can be charged to its students, up to a maximum of 15 percent per year. Effective for 2012-2013, FGCU tuition will readjust to $6,195. Repercussions to this increases may include: fewer class choices and significant facility cuts, among other proposed changes. “I’m past bleeding,” a newspaper executive in 2008 said, remarking on the substantial office cuts in his newspaper office, “we’re into amputation now.” FGCU, officially one of Gov. Rick Scott’s neglected stepchildren, is well into amputation after $3 million of cuts from state funding. “Florida Gulf Coast University has sustained five consecutive years of cuts in state funding. The rubber band has stretched and stretched, but now we have found our self dangerously close to the breaking point where it comes to quality of education and access to FGCU,” President Wilson Bradshaw recently said, according to our Eagle News staff. Nationally, whether the federal student loan interest rate increases to 6.8 percent from the prior 3.4 percent is dependent upon what Congress does. Additionally, Congress can also choose to extend the enhanced Hope Scholarship program, which increases the maximum tax credit to $2,500. However, the opposition does have justification. If kept at the current rate, FInAid.org projects a burden of $5.6 billion per yea. Considering our country’s deficit stands at $137.3 billion (as of June 14), every billion counts. With that being said, Florida’s tuition rate is among the nation’s lowest. Should $300 million in budget cuts for the State University System really be where capital is
deployed? As to the future of the Kallaras, in 2009, after the supreme court of India ruled in Padmanabhan’s favor, a team of observers were granted permission to inspect the vaults. After discovering numerous pieces of gold, deity imbedded with hundreds of gemstones, and several other priceless artifacts, the observers estimated the hidden treasures to be worth $ 20 billion. Padmanabhan’s diligence for truth uncovered beautiful hidden assets. If the treasure found is used to facilitate change in India, rather than stay under watch of the royal family, those assets will close the gap between rich and poor, and improve the lives of the population. This case is frustrating because India is disproportionate in wealth, such as U.S. The status quo in India will most likely stay the same, and the royal family will continue to dictate the future of its populous, unless the citizens take a stand, and force those who hold power to implement critical changes in the country’s long-term interest. A new breed of leaders are needed; leaders who comprehend the necessity of investment in their constituents. Padmanabhan clearly saw this; if we don’t take action soon, FGCU may lie in Padmanabhan’s state. Michael is a freshman majoring in finance. He enjoys travel, basketball, hanging out with his friends and listening to music.
>`m\_\Xck_ZXi\cXnXZ_XeZ\ 9pDXe[`\IX`enXk\i J\e`fijkX]]ni`k\i And there we have it folks: With a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as Obamacare, is constitutional under Congress’s taxation abilities (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1). They also decided that the withholding of funds to states that refused to expand their Medicaid programs was not allowed. Therefore, I see it this way: The Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, assigned with the task of keeping tabs on the constitutionality of laws passed by our voted-for legislative and executive branches, decided that we the people should get some form of health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax for not doing so. What? We have to pay for not having insurance. Are they going to help us get it? That was the idea. Part of the ACA policies were that each state should expand a section of their public health care plans to include a pool where people who make within 133 percent of the federal poverty level, among other groups, could find insurance, even if temporarily. And the states would receive extra funding from the federal government to help implement these expansions. The government, however, tried to make these changes mandatory and threatened withholding of funds. The Supreme Court said no to the withholdings, but the states will still receive funding assistance to make this happen. As it sits now, citizens have to follow the law and obtain some basic levels of insurance by 2014 or face a tax that will be worked in as a question in their income tax fillings. Law abiding citizens will do as they are told, but not governors?
Gov. Rick Scott, our supreme leader, says he will not implement two provisions of the healthcare law. He also said that the ACA law passed by Congress was not the “law of the land.” Funny, I thought laws passed by the legislative branch were instantly laws of the land, especially once held up by the supreme court of the land. Scott claims that it doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make sense to set up the insurance pool where those who can’t afford insurance on their own, are high
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risk and can’t get coverage elsewhere or are the most fragile among us can find a place to get coverage? But he said in an interview on Fox News that “We care about having a health care safety net for the vulnerable Floridian.” What doesn’t make sense is that Florida doesn’t even currently pay providers everything they are owed, and since it’s the government, those providers can’t even attempt to collect. Scott seems okay with that. That provision was written into Florida’s healthcare policies, so maybe those who are not being paid should take a play from the Scott playbook? He doesn’t seem to care that our state is losing out on billions worth of funding and medical technology upgrades because he seems to want to continue fighting a battle that
was already decided upon—and not in his favor. He does seem to think that he can do whatever he wants because he is a governor. Now I know many of us only know what we see in the news or read in the papers, or more realistically, see as the status post of someone we never met on Facebook about what this ACA really means for us, but do you really know everything that’s in it? You have most likely heard that you can now stay on your parent’s insurance until you are 26. I was kicked off my parent’s insurance the day I graduated high school. You may also know that the ACA makes it easier for nursing and medical students to get more flexible ways to pay for school. Allow me to highlight a few items you might not be aware of. K_`j cXn YXej `ejliXeZ\ ZfdgXe`\j from capping lifetime benefits. If you or a loved one has ever faced a major illness or disease (cancer, leukemia, etc.) you know that companies would only pay until a certain dollar amount and you would be left, uninsured, covering the remainder of the bill, no matter how many years you paid full premiums into the system and were never sick. K_`j cXn Xccfnj ]fi Xcc 8d\i`ZXej to have access to affordable health care options and tells us that if we have a plan right now we don’t have to leave it. K_`jcXnj\kjlgkXoZi\[`kj]fik_fj\ businesses that do provide insurance for their employees. All I have ever heard is how making sure one’s employees had a health safety net would hurt small businesses. On the contrary, this establishes a way for them to offset these costs. A healthy worker comes to work. A sick one does not... K_`j cXn Xcjf Z_Xe^\j k_\ `eZfd\ eligibility rules for Medicaid, helping those who have always been just too high for Medicaid, but too low to afford anything else, get coverage. K_`j cXn dXb\j gi\m\ekXk`m\ _\Xck_ care free. K_`j cXn \ogXe[j Zfm\iX^\ Xe[ payments to those needing long term care.
I have to ask again: Why not implement these rules? Why is Gov. Scott trying to break the law by not giving all of us access to what our elected officials have said we have a right to benefit from? As one of the millions in this state who can’t afford insurance, I want to see what I can get from the exchange pool that this law says the state should establish. I can’t afford private insurance for my children and me and until I find a job with benefits, this exchange pool may be the only route we have. As someone who works with many of the elderly in our community, I am worried about how their care will be paid for. What happens to this group should be on all of our minds—we will be counted among them one day. We can’t just say, “Well, I’ll worry about that when I get there.” It will be too late. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed into law, upheld by the Supreme Court and is now our right to be able to benefit from its reforms. Gov. Scott refuses to allow the people of Florida to even entertain these benefits, claiming that since he doesn’t understand them he won’t follow the law. Well, Mr. Governor, last time I looked you worked for us. Also, last time I checked there were consequences for breaking laws. Florida isn’t your private dictatorship, sir. I urge all of you to read about this law, read this law, and read the court’s decisions. I also urge you to think about those you vote for at every level of government, from the local to the federal. Stop listening to talking points—they will never enlighten you. Use your brain, get involved and make the change. 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.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 EAGLE NEWS OPINION B5
EDITOR: ANDREW FRIEDGEN OPINION@EAGLENEWS.ORG
Gi\j`[\ekFYXdXjkXe[jkXccn`k_`cc\^Xc `dd`^iXk`fejkXeZ\ 9p8c\oKfnej\e[ JkX]]ni`k\i The illegal immigration story is as not black and white as the re p u b l i c a n s would you like you to believe. Thankfully, President Obama shares that opinion and it showed with a decision he made on the morning of June 15. On that day, the Obama administration and Department of Homeland Security announced it would no longer seek the deportation of 800,000 illegal immigrants who came to the United States when they were children. Those who qualify would be allowed to live and work in the U.S. for two years and could be eligible for extensions. The five criteria of this new policy includes the following: Having come to the U.S. under the age of 16, be no older than 30, be currently enrolled in school, have graduated high school or served in the military, have been in this country for five
consecutive years and have a clean criminal record. “The decision was intended to make America’s immigration system more fair, more efficient and more just. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants, and oftentimes had no idea they were undocumented until they applied for a job,” Obama said in a statement at the Rose Garden. “They are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: On paper,” he said. This is a positive step in dealing with an issue we have struggled with for far too long because both parties aren’t doing enough to solve this complicated issue which will not be solved by one party alone and especially by one who believes that deportation and putting troops on the board will alone solve the problem. The conservative backlash began right as Obama was giving this speech by right-wing reporter Neil Munro, who works for the political website The Daily Caller. Munro interrupted Obama during his speech regarding the immigration policy
saying that he “mistimed” the question. After reviewing the tape several times and seeing Obama and Munro get into an argument after the heckling began, the President without question came out on top for that day. I do not care who your press pass says you work for — you do not interrupt a speech given by the leader of our nation. The President has also attempted to be effective on immigration first with The DREAM Act, which passed in the House but failed to get past the filibuster in the Senate and now by standing up for young illegal immigrants who have called America their home for years. Ed Schultz said it best on his MSNBC program when he said on June 18 that this policy is bigger than politics because it will help people similar to many of the policies and actions President Obama has taken in his first term in office. Obama needs to say why this policy is effective on the campaign trail and when it is brought up in the three debates against Romney. I do believe
if Romney runs on his “selfdeportation” idea again, Obama will be seen as more effective on immigration no matter how the
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conservative media attempt to spin the issue. It will also help if Obama gets the Latino base fired up as well because he has a huge lead with them that I cannot see Romney catching up to. I should point out that eight Republicans voted for The DREAM Act in the House and the
bill only needed five more votes to get the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate. Obama won the battle on this issue for now but his base will need to be enthusiastic and understand what he has accomplished because without a loud base to sound out millions of dollars in 30-second attack ads, we may see a one-term president, which would be a scary thought for the young immigrants that Obama stood up for while the Republicans heckled from the peanut gallery. 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.
Jfd\Zfddfej\ej\X[m`Z\]fi`ek\iej 9pDXe[`\IX`enXk\i J\e`fijkX]]ni`k\i I was recently talking to a friend of mine who was having a hard time finding a job in the field he wanted because of his lack of experience. I suggested that he volunteer or find an intern position in the field. You can not get paid while gaining invaluable experience or sit at home and watch life pass you by, your choice. Then, while clicking around on the Internet I found an article from Forbes retelling intern horror stories. I couldn’t believe what I was reading -- not knowing how to dress, sex on the job, not knowing when to leave, and even stealing from employers. Really? A college graduate not understanding that you can’t wear dark underwear under a white pair of pants? That’s sad.
So I offer up advice which you should consider before you ever go for any interview, paid position or not. First, dress for a business environment. What you would wear to a nightclub is not appropriate for the classroom or the work place. Look at yourself before you leave the house. If the phrases “I’m hot” or “Hello ladies” crosses your mind, change. Ties, slacks, appropriate length skirts, and heels of a modest height are what you should be looking to wear. Your clothes are the first impression you give to everyone. Another good rule that you should follow is do not date or engage in sexual activities with employers or patrons of the place you work at. This rule can be one of the hardest to follow. As an intern or volunteer you need to understand that you will not be at the business or organization for very long and inappropriate relationships might be the difference between you getting asked to stay on or given walking papers. It is natural to be attracted to people who seem more powerful or misinterpret admiration for
other feelings. Fight the urges. Next, understand the scope of your position. If you are volunteering or interning know how long you will be needed. Also, ask what your specific duties will be and if you can perform them the best you can. Each time you go in you are representing a host of things: your parents (they gave you your last name), your university (mess up bad and your employer will second guess FGCU grads in the future), and your friends (can’t help a bud get a job if you can’t do it). Show up on time, leave on time, and don’t goof off while you are there. Also, if a short term position, don’t show up the day after you should have been finished, unless asked by the employer. Lastly, and I feel stupid for saying such things, don’t steal anything. If you are an unpaid intern, you did it willingly; stealing because you are “owed” is lame. Oh yeah, and it’s illegal. You can go to jail, be fined, or both. You will be less likely to find any other kind of job if you have to list that you steal things from employers on future
applications. Records can follow you for a long time. Interning and volunteering allows you the chance to explore different career paths. You can learn from mentors, network with future leaders, and even develop a business idea of your own while getting that experience that people look for and expect college graduates to have. Just remember, everyone wants you to succeed, but you have to use your brains, stay honest, and do the best you can. 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.
FGCU swimmers Olympics-bound 9p8e[i\n9`ee`e^\i JkX]]ni`k\i 2012 was a landmark year for FGCU swimming and diving. The seniors won their fourth straight CCSA championship, they competed in their first NCAA tournament and two swimmers are heading to the Olympics. Head coach Neil Studd, who is in his fifth season at FGCU, said grades trumped success. “I feel like we achieved all of our goals,” Studd said. “We wanted to win the conference championship and we wanted to have a great GPA. Our team
was ranked 23rd for grades and I really couldn’t ask for anymore.” Two swimmers, senior Danielle Beaubrun and sophomore Karen Vilorio will be participating in the Olympics, which begin July 29. Beaubrun will be representing St. Lucia doing the 100 breast stroke and Vilorio will be representing Honduras in the backstroke. Studd will be coaching Beaubrun’s St. Lucia team. “One of the things that the two girls need to focus on is that they need to be fast in the morning,” Studd said. “They’ll need to be quick in the morning
preliminaries and step up at night. We have been working with one of the world’s most renewed stroke gurus so they have techniques that they have been working on.” The team’s success should continue in the upcoming seasons, as this year’s recruiting class was ranked 18th in the nation. “I had some girls that are pretty good but I did not offer scholarships to them,” Studd said. “They held off of coming here for a while but that risked paid off. I thought that it was time to take the team to a new level”
Sara Hamilton, Julie LethEspensen, Jennifer Morgan, Samantha Rahael, Lani Cabrera, Kellie Roedig, Meghan McGuirk and two transfers in Megan Wolfe and Sarah Maraskine make up the 2012-2013 recruiting class. Leth-Espensen of Denmark, caught the attention of the team in September but did not officially sign until April. She was he highest ranked individual at No. 48 with a 2.58 power index score followed by Hamilton (No. 57) and Morgan (No. 100). Five of the girls on the 20112012 team have graduated but Studd feels very good about this
upcoming season. “I feel that were a slightly difference balanced team.,” he said. “We lost Leah Daniel but we have some girls on the team who could step into her shoes. Last year we didn’t have a stand-out 200 backstroker and this year we have Jennifer Morgan coming in from Canada who was on the Canadian team.” “I know that a lot of girls have been working hard this offseason and I’m pretty excited about what we have for the fall.” Full team practices begin on August 20th.
Knapp and Hansen: FGCU’s ‘Most Outstanding Student-Athletes’ 9pAljk`eBXe\ Jgfikj\[`kfi In a year that was full of surprises for FGCU, the selection of the Most Outstanding Student-Athletes was no surprise. The female recipient was women’s basketball standout Sarah Hansen. The sophomore helped lead the Eagles to their most historic season in 2011-12, with a berth to the NCAA Tournament and earning a No. 12 seed in the Raleigh Region. FGCU finished the campaign with a 29-3 overall record that included a league-first 18-0 mark in the A-Sun. The Eagles earned the conference’s thirdever unbeaten regular season by cruising through the Atlantic Sun Tournament, taking the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA
Tournament with a convincing 67-39 win over second-seeded and 20-game winner Stetson. Hansen excelled both athletically and academically, earning Full Court Mid-Major All-American Honorable Mention honors, the A-Sun and DI-AAA ADA Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, the A-Sun Tournament MVP, a Capital 1 Academic AllDistrict 4 first team selection and FGCU’s first unanimous A-Sun All-Conference first team selection in program history. She finished the season averaging a team-best 14.3 points and 6.3 rebounds and ranked second on the team in steals (2.0) and blocks (23). Hansen, who holds a 3.95 GPA in chemistry and sits seventh all-time in scoring in program history with 884 points after just two seasons, finished the year ranked in the top-15 in the A-Sun
in six categories (points, rebounds, FG Pct., FT Pct., steals, blocks) and 18th in the nation in field goal percentage (.524). The redshirtsophomore scored in double figures 25 times last season, leading the Eagles in scoring in 15 contests, including eight of the last 10 games. The male recipient was another sophomore, baseball standout Ricky Knapp. Knapp’s recordbreaking sophomore campaign saw the right-hander break several records held by 2010 Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year and current Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale. Knapp became the third FGCU pitcher in just its fifth season as a member of the A-Sun to earn Pitcher of the Year honors, joining 2008 honoree Richard Bleier and Sale (2010). Knapp finished with an 9-4 record over 15
appearances, including 14 starts, owning a 2.34 ERA in a school record 111.1 innings of work with a .246 opponent batting average. Like Hansen, Knapp earned unanimous A-Sun All-Conference first team status and was the 13th FGCU selection all-time to earn a first team nod. The two-time A-Sun Pitcher of the Week tied for the A-Sun lead with nine wins and finished second in overall ERA and innings pitched. Also among the league’s top 10 in opponent batting average, Knapp has started the first game of all nine A-Sun regular season series, and also set an FGCU singleseason record with three shutouts and a D-1 program record with four complete games.
Volleyball unveils 2012 schedule 9pAljk`eBXe\ Jgfikj\[`kfi Head coach Dave Nichols and FGCU volleyball have released their 2012 schedule. The schedule consists of 11 home matches facing off against all nine Atlantic Sun opponents and two non-conference opponents Bethune Cookman and Florida International. “Our 2012 schedule is nicely balanced, which not only continues our philosophy of playing top 10 programs, but also continues our instate rivalries with USF and FIU,” said Nichols. “The rest of the non-conference schedule is a nice blend of tournaments that will pit us against some very solid teams
from more of the mid-major conferences. We expect the tough pre-conference schedule to prepare us for the ever-improving A-Sun competition.” FGCU faces 13 non-conference opponents from conference such as the BIG EAST and SEC. The Eagles will kick off the season on the road at the Florida Tournament (Aug. 24-25) where they will take on FAMU, FIU and host Florida. The Gators, who are coming off an Elite Eight run in 2011 and their 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. FGCU then heads west to participate in the Wyoming Tournament (Aug. 31-Sept 1). The tournament field includes George
Washington, Missouri, Bethune-Cookman and Wyoming. The Tigers fell in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament to No. 17 Florida, 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 20-25, 1625) to finish the year with a record of 21-13. Mizzou’s NCAA Tournament appearance was their 10th in 12 seasons. The Eagles then fly north to participate in the Rocket Classic hosted by the University of Toledo from Sept. 7-8. The Rockets will welcome FGCU along with Memphis and Illinois State to the Glass City for a series of matches. They face off against Memphis, Illinois State and Toledo. After the three tournaments the Eagles will head to Tampa to face off against USF Sept. 18. Then start conference play on the
road against Kennesaw State Sept. 21. The Eagles don’t come home until Sept. 25 where they play three matches in four days against UNF, ETSU and USC Upstate, all A-Sun matches. The 2012 edition of the Eagles returns 11 players, including 2011 Freshman of the Year and second team All-Conference performer Jill Hopper. FGCU also welcomes four newcomers to the program, including transfers Courtney Greenberg, Christine Pinder and Karina Mambuca.
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When I first got to Florida Gulf Coast I knew very little about the athletics program. I knew we had a pretty good womenâ€™s basketball team and we had a few of our baseball players get drafted. Two are currently in the majors. One has made an impact.
Chris Sale. Sale doesnâ€™t get the recognition he deserves. He doesnâ€™t get the media attention of pitchers like Justin Verlander, C.J. Wilson, and many others. Many people donâ€™t know about Sale and his story is even better than his first year as a starting pitcher in the Major Leagues. Coming out of Lakeland High School, Sale wasnâ€™t a highly recruited player. In fact FGCU was the only big school to give him an offer. Although they were Division-I by the time he finished, they were Division-II when they offered him a scholarship. Before his freshman year Sale was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 21st round or the 642 pick, Sale chose college over the Rockies. Sale worked his way up at FGCU. His freshman year he worked out of the bullpen. He posted a 2-0 record with a 3.46 ERA in 36 innings of relief. His sophomore year he moved to the starting rotation. There he put up some pretty good numbers. He went 7-4 with a 2.74 ERA and 104 strikeouts. He was named a first-team All-Atlantic Sun pitcher. â€œHis sophomore year he was a different player. He had confidence, maturity, strength,â€? FGCU baseball coach Dave Tollett told the Naples Daily News. â€œA year into the program with the long toss and the weights, his velocity really shot up.â€? The summer after his sophomore year is where his rise to fame came. Sale posted an impressive 4-2 with a 1.47 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 55 innings for Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape-Cod Summer League. That caught the attention of Major League scouts going into his senior year. And oh boy what a senior year he had. Sale posted a remarkable 11-0 record in his junior year. He posted a 2.01 ERA and 146 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 103 innings. He was named a first-team All-American, and was voted the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year. That caught the eye of the Chicago White Sox. They fell in love with Sale after his stint with the Cape Cod league and his junior season reassured their love and faith in him. The White Sox selected Sale 13th overall in the 2010 first-year playerâ€™s draft. He was the seventh pitcher selected in the draft. The White Sox signed Sale (giving a handsome $1.6 million bonus) and sent him to their minor league affiliate Single-A Winston Salem. In just 11 days, Sale was promoted to Triple-A
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Charlotte. Just 22 days after that, Sale got his moment. He was called up to the majors on August 4, 2010 and made his debut on August 6. Just over a month after Sale was drafted, he was in the majors. He became the fastest player to make it to the majors in the 2010 draft class. Since then Sale has been amazing. He started out in the Sox bullpen throwing relief innings until this season when Sale became a full-time starter. White Sox manager Robin Ventura made the right move promoting Sale to the rotation. â€œChris has been great. Youâ€™ve come to expect that from him because he is that good,â€? Ventura told the Naples Daily News. Sale is having the season of a lifetime. Sale is currently 10-2 with a staggering 2.19 ERA. In his last 10 starts he is 7-1 with an even better 1.94 ERA. In those last 10 starts heâ€™s beaten the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim, Minnesota Twins (x2), Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros
and in his latest outing defeated the reigning American League Champions Texas Rangers 19-2. He gave up just one run in that last start. Just one run against the team that scores the
most runs in the MLB. He also won pitcher of the month for May. Itâ€™s funny that he dominated the Rangers because just two days before the Rangersâ€™ skipper Ron Washington selected Sale to the 2012 MLB All-Star game. Yep a kid from FGCU pitched in the AllStar game. If you would have told me that before I came to school last year I would have said you are crazy but what Sale has accomplished over the last two years isnâ€™t crazy, itâ€™s the product of hard work and a kid whoâ€™s determine to be the best he can be. The All-Star game is just the beginning of Saleâ€™s illustrious career. With 10 wins before the break, in his first year as a full-time starter, expect Saleâ€™s name in consideration for the AL Cy Young award. Hell, I think he could even win it. With the White Sox in first place at the break he should win the award if his offense keeps it up. His story is one of the best in the majors and Iâ€™m proud to tell people that I go to the school that Chris Sale, All-Star, came from.
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