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This fall, FGCU welcomed an increase of approximately 6 percent more students and accommodated this increase with the opening of Palmetto Hall in South Village. FGCU now houses 3,700 students on-campus – and isn’t planning on capping that number anytime soon. The university will open Osprey Hall in South Village for fall 2012. Osprey Hall will house 533 beds, raising the number of on-campus beds to 4,200. The Hall will be six stories with three-bedroom single suites that will include a kitchenette, a common living room and a shared bathroom, as opposed to the current three halls that are five stories with two single suites and a split-style bathroom. The Hall will be the first six-story building and the first to have all threebedroom single suites. Palmetto Hall is the only other building to host threebedroom single suites and there are only a select few in each wing. Palmetto’s layout also doesn’t include a kitchenette or common living room – the foyer is simply extended and includes the bathroom sinks. While three-bedroom single suites may sound strange to those who are used to North Lake’s fourbedroom and South Village’s two-bedroom suites, freshman Cody Wenger, who currently lives in a Palmetto “triple,” says he’s happier with the layout. “I love it; I’m usually never alone and always have someone to talk to,” said the nursing major. South Village has grown tremendously, adding one

building per year since the opening of Everglades Hall. While this is very impressive, some students are wondering if adding another building will just cause crowding. “It seems like the university is growing too quickly – do we really need another 600 students [living on-campus] right now?” said Wes Kirk, a senior majoring in accounting and a resident who lived in South Village for two years. However, University Spokeswoman Susan Evans assures FGCU isn’t jumping ahead of itself. “Before [FGCU] decides to build a new student housing building, we analyze our projected enrollment and determine whether additional beds are needed,” she said. “So far, the demand has been there, with waiting lists for the beds.” Students also shouldn’t be concerned with the new building being affected by budget cuts like AB8 was because state law prohibits the use of state funds for student housing construction. “Student housing is financed through issuing bonds and the debt from the bonds is paid [for] from the revenue generated by student housing rental fees. The bond issue for Osprey Hall has already been completed so it’s a certainty that it will be built,” Evans said. Construction has already started in South Village for Osprey Hall. The building will be located right next to SoVi Dining and the new SoVi parking garage.

Last year at the Rutgers University chapter of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, six sisters were arrested for felony aggravated hazing after the three pledges were brutally beaten, one to the point of hospitalization. In February, at Cornell University, a fraternity hazing ritual involving coerced drinking led to the death of a sophomore. Just last month, an 18-year-old UCF student died after drinking heavily at a fraternity party. Across the nation, tragedies like these are leading universities to focus on curtailing some of the more d e s t r u c t i v e 8cZf_fc practices of Zfejldgk`fe# fraternities and _ld`c`Xk`fe# sororities. In light `jfcXk`fe# jc\\g$ of National Hazing [\gi`mXk`fe# Prevention Week, Xe[j\olXc spanning from XZkjXi\ Sept. 19 to Sept. _Xq`e^ 23, this awareness giXZk`Z\j is particularly Zfddfe XZifjjXcc heightened. But is kpg\jf] the Greek system jkl[\ek a purely negative ^iflgj facet of university life? K_\i\Xi\ At FGCU, the XYflk()-+ Greek atmosphere jkl[\ekj`e is different from =>:L>i\\b that which you C`]\ may find at other major universities. @e0,g\iZ\ek There are no f]ZXj\j Greek houses, and n_\i\ there seem to be jkl[\ekj minimal problems `[\ek`Ô\[ associated with k_\`i \og\i`\eZ\Xj hazing and similar _Xq`e^#k_\p practices. “To my [`[efki\gfik knowledge, there k_\\m\ekj have not been any kfZXdglj cases of hazing f]ÔZ`Xcj# XZZfi[`e^kf with any of our [XkXkXb\e chapters,” said ]ifdk_\ Julie Gleason, eXk`feXc director of campus jkl[p?Xq`e^ `eM`\n1 involvement. Jkl[\ekjXk Additionally, I`jb whereas some parents fear that a sorority or fraternity may distract new college students from their studies, Greek organization members are some of the most involved and academically committed students at FGCU.




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

<m\ekj FGCU Movement Day, 350. org: Sign up for this campus event on Sept. 24. If you are riding a bike, skateboarding, walking, running, etc., then this is the day you should mark on your calendar. We need everyone to come out and get moving. Go to Movement day 9/24/2011 and register. Contact Tanheya Nadia Small at tnsmall@eagle. for details. ATAXIA: Have a blast at the Walk, Wheel, & Wobble event on Sept. 24 at the Holiday Inn Airport, just north of Alico Road. Hand out water and bagels, sell raffle tickets, monitor raffle prizes, hand out prizes and goody bags, assist at registration, or register people for a free vacation giveaway. Arrive no later than 5:45 a.m. to set up, usually done about 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Cindy Steever-Ziegler 239878-3092 or email or email Riverwatch (Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association) Spruce up the LaBelle Nature Park from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sept. 24. Limbs need to be trimmed from trails, weeds at entrance pulled, benches cleared, trash picked up, gate repaired and ID markers repaired. Contact Margaret England at or call 863-674-0695. Rookery Bay: Multiple opportunities. 60 volunteers are needed on Sept. 24 for National Estuaries Day. Shifts available: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or all day. Help table for Rookery Bay at the Edison State College Career Fair in Naples on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Donna Young at or call 239-417-6310 x412. Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium: Come join the fun at the Calusa Rocks event on Sept. 25 at from 4 to 8 p.m. Food, Fun, Prizes, and music by local artists Stolen Fruit and Let’s Go Exploring. BobFM will be there. This fundraiser is to help offset the cost of stolen a/c units. Opportunities for tabling on Sept. 24 at Pet Supermarket. For volunteer information, call 239-275-3435 or email info@ Abuse Counseling & Treatment (ACT): Join a flash mob and earn service-learning hours. No dance experience required. Practice begins this week for the dances on Oct. 7, 8

and 22. Contact Marcie Kaveney at or call at 239-939-2553.

:fccfhl`ld Florida Panther Festival: Opportunities galore to help plan and organize this exciting event with live music, demonstrations, and presentations. Event is on Oct. 28. Volunteers are needed to help with planning, event logistics, assist with facilitating speakers, and on event day, lead educational activities, provide orientation to visitors, etc. Email floridapantherfestival@gmail. com or call 239-353-8442x 229 or x222. Visit the website www. for additional details. FGCU Food Forest is here on campus. They need students to help with their botanical collection of edible species every Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. till mid-November. Sign up online at http://fgcufoodforest. html. Heartland Gardens: Assist at their mini-farm on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Did you know that FGCU alums started this nonprofit? Contact Andrea at or call 239-689-4249. ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization located on a demonstration farm in North Fort Myers. ECHO exists for one major reason: to help those working internationally with the poor be more effective, especially in the area of agriculture. To help, send an email to Collier County Parks & Recreation: There are numerous opportunities for you to feel good while making a difference. Whatever you want to help out in: an after-school program, assist or coach a team, mentor or tutor a child, clean up litter in the parks or on the beach, work a special event, they want you. Contact Meryl Rorer at MerylRorer@ or call 239-2524033. SCCF Marine Lab: Collect propagules, plant seedlings or propagules, paddle to restoration sites at Clam Bayou on Sanibel Island. Bring a kayak if you can. Propagules are available from May through November and are collected by volunteers and planted along the shoreline.

Contact Eric Milbrandt at or call 239395-4617. Lucky Parrot: Help rescued parrots. Daytime flexible opportunities available both onsite in Golden Gate and on campus. Service ranges from gardening and building to public relations, graphic design, and fundraising; either a few hours or many. Email Amy Towne at or leave a message at 239-590-7376. CROW: If you like animals and want to help with the rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife, CROW is looking for volunteers in the clinic. Help with baby bird and squirrel feedings, tortoise grazing, laundry, cage cleaning, and patient transport. Contact Lia Ganosellis at volunteers@ or 239-472-3644 x229.

Fe^f`e^Fggfikle`k`\j Special Kids Dance: Help a nonprofit organization that teaches ballet and Tae Kwon Do to children and young adults with special needs by giving them every opportunity as their typical peers, improving their health, fitness, coordination, self-confidence and social skills. Previous experience helpful, but not required. Classes meet every Saturday, ballet at 10 a.m. and Tae Kwon Do at 11 a.m. Contact Alyson Lindsey at aslindsey@ or call 239-590-0085. Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project: Interested in filmmaking? Help with this grassroots effort to document stories in the community of human rights violations that are ignored daily. With the help and guidance of an experienced filmmaker, you will be part of the process from start to finish, have hands-on experience with a camera, and tell a story that’s never been told before. Contact Grey Torrico at FGCU Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences: Need students throughout the semester to test their GIS Exercises, help with the Franco Service Learning Workshop, and more. Contact Dr. Marguerite Forest at mforest@ or call 239-590-7412. Lehigh Community Services: Help the hungry. Volunteers wanted at the food pantry in Lehigh Acres. Contact Rae Nicely at or

call 239-369-5818. Brightest Horizons: Volunteers are needed for this state-licensed, not-for-profit organization that provides an educational program for 163 children from four weeks to 12 years of age. Contact Connie Martin at development@ or call 239481-2100. Take Stock in Children: Be a mentor and build a caring relationship with a young, at-risk student who pledges to remain crime free and drug free through high school graduation. Meet on school grounds during school hours for 30 minutes, 2-3 times per month. Orientation and mentor tool kit provided. Contact Margo Crowther at margo@ or 239337-0433. Miracle Limbs Multiple opportunities: Work from home on your computer, pick up equipment, take recipients to their appointments, assist with November fundraisers. This non-profit organization provides support to amputees so that they may more easily navigate the physical, psychological and financial hurdles that accompany the experience of losing a limb. Contact Diana or Bob at robert@ or call 239-5918393. Richard Milburn Academy South: A new free, public charter high school in Bonita Springs has opportunities available for tutoring and mentoring during school hours Monday through Friday. Call Dr. Sandy Lepley, School Counselor/Administrator at 239-949-9049. Quality Life Center has numerous opportunities: teacher aid, after-school assistance with tutoring, web designer, special events, dance, art, and music. Contact Angela Pena at apena@ or call 239334-2797 x142. Heights Foundation: Homework helpers are needed from 3:30 – 4:30 pm for 25-30 elementary age kids after-school. Commit to at least once a month. Contact Julia Workman at Julie@ or call 239482-7706. 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, Sept. 11, at 8:34 p.m.: A gator residing near Sovi Dining has become a “major issue” for UPD. Food is being left out and the gator is no longer afraid of people. UPD is requesting that the gator be removed from campus to avoid further issues. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 12:27 a.m.: A search was conducted in Oak. A broken glass pipe was found in the trashcan, but the residue in the pipe tested negative for THC. No items were confiscated. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7:15 p.m.: A small bag of a “leafy green substance,” was turned over by an RA in North Student Housing. The substance tested positive for marijuana and was discarded by UPD. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7:28 p.m.: UPD received a call from an RA in Everglades Hall stating there was an injured bird in the grass. The RA stated that students were harassing the bird as they walked by and it was asked that the UPD

come remove the bird. When UPD arrived on the scene, there was no bird to be found. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 10:29 p.m.: A baby alligator was spotted lounging by Alico Arena. UPD came and relocated the gator back to the lake. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 at 1:17 a.m.: A bottle of marijuana was found in a recent drug search conducted in Everglades Hall. The marijuana was turned over to Student Housing. Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7:22 p.m.: A complaint came in from Lot 5 stating that there seemed to be a mentally ill person walking around incoherently. The complainant stated that the person may be in need of some assistance. UPD arrived on the scene and proceeded to call the individual’s father. Friday, Sept. 16, at 1:24 a.m.: UPD was called in regard to over-consumption of alcohol. The student

was found by UPD near Biscayne Hall. EMS was called, and the student was transported to Gulf Coast Medical Center for treatment.

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.

Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1:34 a.m.: A student was found possessing alcohol in a parking lot on campus. The subject was found to be a minor. :FII<:K@FEJ UPD issued a citation for “minor in @eMfcld\('@jjl\+k_\Xik`Zc\ possession of alcohol.” ÈK_\`infi[jXi\eËkpflinfi[j#É Saturday, Sept. 17, at 3:14 a.m.: A suspicious person approached security at the gate of North Lake Village, early Saturday morning. The subject was bare-footed, filthy, and appeared to be intoxicated. The subject was being extremely loud, holding up traffic, and harassing the security officers. UPD referred the subject to Judicial Affairs.

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annual operating budget grew from $52 million to $110 million. FGCU also received $175 million in private gifts and donations, according to the Office of Community Relations and Marketing. According to the resolution, AB3 was chosen because the building is right next to the cluster of the other buildings named after those who’ve made significant contributions to FGCU through “exceptional leadership and vision”: Howard, Griffin, Reed and McTarnaghan. W. Thomas Howard, a business and civic leader, helped bring FGCU to Fort Myers. Ben Hill Griffin III donated the 760 acres of land FGCU is built on. Charles B. Reed, the former Chancellor of the State University System, assisted in the first Ten Year Development

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Bc\`jk:\ek\i_fjkj,B On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 17, more than 150 participants lined up to take place in the 5K â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fun Runâ&#x20AC;? Event hosted by the Kleist Health Education Center. Caleb Alte came in first place, completing the race in 19 minutes and 30 seconds. Alte, a junior majoring in business management and minoring in Spanish, felt that the race was a positive experience for everyone involved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The race was good. It was easy, since it was just the campus loop. Everyone did a good job,â&#x20AC;? he said. Alte was very pleased with his reward for being the first one to cross the finish line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The prizes were greatâ&#x20AC;Śa flat screen TV is a very cool first place prize,â&#x20AC;? Alte said.

The event was not limited to FGCU students. The community was encouraged to participate, and there was a separate category and grand prize for ages 17 and under. The race began and concluded at the Kleist Health Education Center, which is located near the entrance of FGCU behind the Sugden Welcome Center. The Kleist Health Education Center is a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting healthy lifestyles. The center aims to help children and adults choose a lifetime journey of healthy living through the use of dynamic interactive educational programs.



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other to accomplish their goals. “We couldn’t have done this without collaborating,” Venglar said. Venglar combines her expertise in physical therapy with Csavina’s experience in research, and the results are groundbreaking. The lab is outfitted with eight video cameras to capture the walk or gait of the study participant. Markers are placed on the study participant, and cameras record the markers as the participants walk across the room. The data is transferred to a computer, where it is crunched, analyzed and stored to await the developments that the near future will hopefully bring. “We are not equipped to find a cure,” Venglar said, “but if this is effective, we’ve opened up the possibility of therapy.” The therapy is where van Duijn comes in. Van Duijn’s job is to see if manual manipulation of the spine by a physical therapist will significantly help loosen joint and muscle stiffness common in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. The study has progressed for seven months, but it is not yet complete. Data still needs to be crunched and analyzed before a true outcome can be determined. Venglar, however, is hopeful. “Visually, I’ve seen an immediate change,” she said. Venglar and Csavina enjoy having students involved in the study and hope to keep them involved in the future. “Another lab means bigger studies, so hopefully we can pull in more students,” Venglar said.

Csavina agreed. “These studies open your eyes to possibilities,” Csavina said. “You can see what research is all about.” The institutional review board for FGCU approved the stroke mobility study earlier this month. The proposal was scheduled to go to NCH’s institutional review board on Sept. 8, but unfortunately, it has been pushed back to Oct. 13. Venglar thinks that the delay is due to the recent move of NCH’s Rehabilitation center to its North Naples campus, which is scheduled to be complete by Sept. 29. This collaboration would be the first between NCH and FGCU and would hopefully open the door to future collaborative research endeavors. “I think it has a good chance of being approved,” Venglar said as she smiled and crossed her fingers. The study, if passed, will focus on participants fresh out of inpatient rehab. Stroke patients stay in inpatient rehab for two to three weeks. The stroke has to occur on one side of the brain and affect the leg for a patient to be able to participate in the study. A lite-gait harness, traditional walkers and parallel bars will be used in the study. Participants will randomly be assigned to a group, either lite-gait or traditional. Once the study is complete, NCH and FGCU will collaborate and determine which method works best for patients. “Most participants won’t be walking by themselves, so it’ll be a little added challenge,” Venglar said. “But I’m excited for the challenge.”

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The initial Dream Acts proposed to allow undocumented students a pathway to citizenship if they had arrived before the age of 16, had proof of residence in the United States for at least five consecutive years, had registered with the Selective Service if they were male, were between the ages of 12 and 30 when the bill was passed, had graduated from a U.S. high school, received a GED or been accepted into an institution of higher education and displayed good moral character. After its initial proposal and subsequent failure for passage in 2001, the Dream Act has been reintroduced in various forms in Congress. The closest it ever came to being passed was in 2010. After being approved in the House, it failed to pass in the Senate by only eight votes. Despite the California Dream Act not containing any provision for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented students, it does signal a victory and a possible turning point for the estimated 65,000 undocumented youth nationwide who would stand to benefit from the passage of a Dream Act similar to the ones proposed in the past.

With Florida being the state having the third highest undocumented immigrant population, many undocumented youth could stand to benefit from similar legislation if it passed here. Whether such a piece of legislation would have potential to be passed in Florida is another question. Richard Coughlin, political science professor, does not believe Florida will be following in Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footsteps anytime soon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the case of California, it seems to me that Latinos are a powerful political constituency. I think this was demonstrated by the fate of former governor Pete Wilson during the 1990s. He tried to mobilize support by focusing on the problems posed to the state by migrant workers and ended up energizing the Latino community to shift toward the Democratic Party. This helped consolidate Democratic political power in California,â&#x20AC;? Coughlin said. The political atmosphere in Florida is far from that in California. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are other states, like Alabama and Arizona, that have passed aggressive anti-immigrant legislation,â&#x20AC;? Coughlin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In

these states, Latinos are not politically strong and Republicans are able to effectively play the race card in order to organize and sustain white minorities who like to think their way of life is under siege from immigrantsâ&#x20AC;ŚFlorida is more like Arizona and Alabama than California. Rick Scott wants to pursue an anti-immigrant agenda here because it seems like good politics, at least for now.â&#x20AC;? Despite the unlikelihood of any such legislation being passed in the near future in Florida, the California Dream Act passage has roused peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sympathies and disdain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think overall, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good ideaâ&#x20AC;Ś but I have a couple of concerns. If it is too difficult to afford to go to college, undocumented immigrants may be forced to join the military and risk their lives overseas,â&#x20AC;? said Angela Cisneros, a senior majoring in political science. Cisneros is echoing a concern that many had with the failed Dream Act of 2011. It stipulated that acceptance into a college or university as well as military service would allow for a pathway to citizenship. It also allowed for states to decide whether to give

undocumented immigrants access to state funded scholarships or financial aid. If a state were to decide to not allow this access, college and university education would be out of the grasp of many, if not most, undocumented students who are forbidden by law from working in the U.S. This could create a direct pipeline of undocumented students into the military. In fact, the 2010 Dream Act was bundled up in the National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2011 and was supported by the U.S. military. Others have reacted negatively to any such proposals, feeling that providing any education opportunity or pathway to citizenship would be rewarding illegal activity. It is also feared that providing aid to undocumented immigrants would create an added tax burden, possibly even undercutting educational opportunities for citizens. Amongst all this controversy, AB 131 awaits approval by Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s governor, Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it into law.

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because we are. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more like when we see another group doing something that we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t or didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do, we try to improve ourselves.â&#x20AC;? Carter believes that while his fraternity has provided him with leadership experience and wellroundedness that he could not have achieved through his classes alone. He also feels Greek organizations at FGCU demand academic commitment as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We maintain a high standard of academic excellence. Across the nation, that is how it is set up. However, individual campuses seem to deviate and slip. But at the end of the day, you are here for your

education, and our Greek life does not want to take away from that,â&#x20AC;? Carter said. As far as the lack of hazing and other negative trends associated with Greek life, Carter feels that it is in the hands of the older members to ensure that those practices do not escalate here. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have fun, because we have fun. But if you just want to have a party, you can have that elsewhere. There is so much more to being Greek than socials and mixers. Going back to core values of Greek life as a whole, it is about personal development and preparing you for life after college,â&#x20AC;?

he said. As FGCU progresses and expands, will the university be adding the traditional Greek housing that is typical at other major universities? Gleason and Carter both agree that Greek housing is not likely to show up at FGCU anytime soon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As far as I know, there are no plans to build Greek housing here at FGCU,â&#x20AC;? Gleason said. While many students may not be happy about the current lack of Greek housing, one benefit is that being part of a sorority or fraternity at FGCU is decidedly less expensive than at some of the other major Florida universities. While specific numbers vary between organization, the cost of dues at other universities is often two to three times that at FGCU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have buddies at other Florida universities where it is up to $1,000 a semester and then some, not even living in the house,â&#x20AC;? Carter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a reasonable amount of dues for the experiences at FGCU. The personal growth and development that occurs is more than worth it.â&#x20AC;?

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We all love Florida, its weather and beaches. Though, wouldn’t it be nice to experience college life, classes, internships, service learning and even work in another country? This is what study abroad is all about: experiencing life in a new environment, learning about different cultures and interacting with diverse people. Tiffany Sellers, a senior majoring in English and minoring in creative writing, shared with Eagle News her study abroad experience. She grew up in New Jersey and moved to Florida to attend FGCU. Tiffany went to London, England in January where she took classes at the University of Westminster for a semester, and all the credits earned were applied to her FGCU degree. Tiffany went on her trip through a program of Arcadia University, which provides study abroad in many continents. She answered some questions about her time in London. Eagle News: Why did you decide to study abroad and how did you choose your destination?

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EN: Did you experience a “culture shock” and how was the adaptation process? TS: Because I went to a place where English is the main language, I don’t think I experienced as much of a culture shock as I would if I went to Spain or Italy. Still, there were some differences in living, but nothing too hard to adapt to. EN: How was your college life experience from FGCU? TS: It was different because of the setting. I had to walk for 25 minutes to get to class, which was at one of the four campuses Westminster has in London. Also, I commute to FGCU and when I studied abroad I lived on campus dorm, so it was very different. EN: How did you deal with homesickness and being away from your native country? TS: While I was away, I was very busy with schoolwork,    G_fkfZflik\jpf]K`ľXepJ\cc\ij travelling, and exploring London, but occasionally I J\cc\ij[li`e^_\ijgi`e^j\d\jk\ijkl[p`e^XYifX[`e<e^cXe[% was homesick. When that happened, I would Skype home greatest cities in the world. It or Facebook chat my friends. EN: Do you plan to go back made me more confident and I also had a prepaid UK phone more responsible. with an international plan. With to London? technology today, it’s very easy TS: I certainly plan on going to keep in touch. back to London. I am actually If you go looking at graduate programs EN: What advice would there for next fall semester. What: Fall Study Abroad you give to students who EN: What was the most are thinking about studying Fair positive thing you got from it? abroad? TS: For other students that would like to study abroad, I would say go for it! It is an amazing and life-changing experience; research deeply in order to find the program that fits the best for you.

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issue, not a talent issue.” Despite these problems, Love performed five of his six scheduled shows before the disagreement resulted in Love’s declination to go onstage. “We live in a great country. We’ve come a long way, but racism is a sickness we can’t let be contagious,” said Love to Eagle News.



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10. Sports team Most people who live in Florida originated from another state, thus everyone having different favorite sports teams. Having your favorite team’s poster in your dorm can easily spark up a conversation when you have company, especially a rival fan.

9. Audrey Hepburn Ms. Hepburn is an elegant, classy lady that girls tend to admire and aspire to after many of her movies, especially “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Her chic look of form-fitting black dresses and neck-lined pearls has left all of us girls with a touch of elegance and her poster is respected.

8. Manhattan, New York Having a backdrop of the Big Apple in your dorm can be an image that takes you away from having your head in your books to daydreaming about walking around the streets in the city.

4. Beer Pong rules Every house has its own rules about the game. Most rules are common drinking knowledge, but not in every case. Having this poster up is a fun decoration for your dorm and is an easy go-to when in need of those rules.

7. Cute ‘n’ cuddly For some reason, the cute pictures of puppies or kittens can always melt your heart. Having a poster like this can show the member of the opposite sex that you have a sensitive side.

3. Bob Marley Famous for his reggae music and his religious practices, Bob Marley’s trademark can be seen all over people’s shirts, hats and their walls are covered with his posters. His musical revolution has left people forever carrying on his irie lifestyle. 6. The hot girl It’s common in an all-guys dorm to have a poster of a halfclothed, attractive girl decorating their wall. This will get you the “Yeah, man!” from your guy friends, but it might not be the greatest mood-setter when you’re looking to score.

5. Animal House John Belushi in his famous College sweatshirt is an icon for all those entering college. Partying through school the way Belushi and his crew did might not be realistic today, but it’s definitely the type of college life we all wish to be able to experience.

2. Favorite band Music plays a big part in a person’s life. We walk around to and from classes with our iPods blasting out songs and we’re always craving new songs and more music. Posting up our favorite band or singer in our dorms should definitely be a decoration.

1. Quotes Whether it is an encouraging passage, derogative comment or gut-busting saying, having a quotes poster is something that expresses you in many ways. When life gets stressful and you just need that extra push to uplift you, having a poster with your favorite quote on it will come in handy.



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foods, and what I would want to do and he would take me back to see them. He had a guy make a glass frog for me. He also secretly paid a guy to start singing to me at a coffee shop. He is really good with dates. EN: What makes your relationship work so well? T B : G o o d communication and knowing when to fight and when to back down. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to be aware of the other personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feelings, and knowing the other personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personality well enough. You also need to know when it is good to be around each other and when to give the other person some space. EN: Is the way a guy dresses important when

making first impressions? TB: Yes. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the most important thing, but if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look like they care about personal hygiene or dressing well, it is a turn-off. EN: Relating to first impressions, how do you go about making a great first impression? TB: Being a genuine person and being friendly to everyone. I try my best to look presentable, and I just try being myself and not trying to be something I am not.

annoying when guys give you unwanted attention? TB: The ones who come off really stupid and just do not understand you are not interested. Being sloppy when you are trying to hit on girls is a total turn-off because it shows you do not have manners, and having manners and being respectful is a lot better.

EN: What is the weirdest pick up line you have heard from a guy? TB: Probably â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nice legs, what time do they open?â&#x20AC;? EN: What is most

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=`ijk`dgi\jj`fejXccjkXikn`k_X^i\XkZfem\ijXk`fe 9pIXZ_\cG\i\q JkX]]ni`k\i College is the beginning of the rest of our lives. As we enter our college years and leave the tedious high school years behind us, we slowly start to come into our own. Grades and exams are among the most important elements of our school career. Another important element that also offers challenges is meeting new people and making new relationships. College life is among the best times of our educationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we get to choose our classes, make our schedules, and free time is a commodity for all. As freshmen, we walk the halls and sit in our classes ready to create new bonds and, hopefully, long time friendships. That being said, conversation doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come easy for some. Being new is always awkward and tacking on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;shyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; can leave even the smartest kid uneasy. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be a communication major to become a conversation starter; with a bit of confidence and the right foot forward, camaraderie awaits us all. Senior Elisa Salomoni, a psychology major and gender studies minor, recalls her freshman year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did not find it difficult to participate in class

unless it was a class that I was not interested in and felt that I could not bring an educated conversation to the discussions,â&#x20AC;? Salomoni said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was definitely nervous! I did find it difficult [to participate in class],â&#x20AC;? says Mallory Hansell, a junior majoring in nursing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;especially if I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see anyone wearing the same clothing as me, such as a Guy Harvey t-shirt or Costa sunglasses.â&#x20AC;? It can be intimidating to participate in college lectures. The risk of sounding â&#x20AC;&#x153;stupidâ&#x20AC;? looms and that alone keeps most students with their head in their notesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but as the age old phrase says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no such thing as a stupid question.â&#x20AC;? The key is confidence and the fact is that your professor will appreciate the input. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a class, it depends on the course. If it is a topic I am knowledgeable in, I feel that I can be more outspoken,â&#x20AC;? Salomoni said about classroom discussions. We have participation grades in the majority of our classes for a reason and you can bet that not only will contributing to the class earn you points, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll aid in the confidence aspect of your day-today life. Conversation certainly

doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end in the classroom though; it exists mainly in our dorms, among friends. Introductions can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It depends on the situation. If a number of people in the group are my friends, and they outnumber the strangers then I feel like I can be outspoken,â&#x20AC;? Salomoni said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As far as starting conversations with strangers, it all depends on whether the people I am trying to talk to are already friends and are already engaging in a conversation or if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s people that do not know each other. Then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to begin a conversation,â&#x20AC;? Salomoni said. A common nerve-factor can be the â&#x20AC;&#x153;inside-jokeâ&#x20AC;? type conversations that make one feel like they are, indeed, on the outside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I begin conversations with strangers, I am usually engaging as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;receiverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and I let the other person be the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sender,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Salomoni said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe I do this to get to know the person and allow them to become comfortable and this is how I get to know the person and make a conscious effort to respond accordingly,â&#x20AC;? Salomoni said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As far as parties, I seem to be

way more outspoken there than in a class room, at least until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a few weeks or until I get comfortable,â&#x20AC;? Hansell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am usually the outspoken one, especially when I get comfortable in my setting and surroundings.â&#x20AC;? When does a conversation begin to be utterly important to our young adult lives? Oh, of course, when it comes to our love lives. When one sees another attractive individual, palms get sweaty and speech flies out the window. Getting to know someone and approach is the first step in, hopefully, attracting the other as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I introduce myself to a guy I find attractive, I usually let out as little information as I can without seeming disinterested, or what people consider â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hard-toget,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; because that would be unfair to him too,â&#x20AC;? Salomoni said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This lets me know that if he is possibly interested, he is willing to make the effort to find out more,â&#x20AC;? Salomoni said about her own personal strategy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also ask him questions to find out what kind of guy he is and I am usually pretty comfortable engaging in a flowing conversation,â&#x20AC;? Salomoni said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also try to be as genuine as I





can so that I know he is interested because of who I am and not who I am trying to be.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just as a conversation starter, I might complain about the parking and my commute and mention where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m from to see if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell me where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from and so forth,â&#x20AC;? Hansell adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I see an attractive guy, I usually just go up and say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and introduce myself and ask his name. If heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already talking about something I can relate to, I talk about that.â&#x20AC;? More often than most, the conversations we make first impressions. Some of us were born to be outspoken and opinionated while some are shy and quiet. Regardless, the simple effort of speaking out and getting to know your peers, professors, and even people outside of school, will be recognized and bring new people into your life. So step out of that comfort zone and make sure you earn those participation points, bite the bullet and approach that hot guy in your Statistics class. You may meet some lifelong friends and you may just surprise yourself.

Opinion B4

=`^_kk_\i\jld\Xe[ le\dgcfpd\ekYcl\j 9pDXe[`\IX`enXk\i JkX]]ni`k\i Almost every morning as I drive from my house in Cape Coral to FGCU, I pass a man sitting in his old Ford Explorer with a sign stuck to the doors that says he is unemployed and will do anything for food. I have seen him there for at least two years and at all times of the day. This man scares the bejeesus out of me. Not because he may be an unsorted type or the fact that he may very well live in that truck, but because at any moment I could be him: stuck without a job and doing anything I could to make ends meet. That’s why I came back to school: to try and get into a field that is more recession-proof, but recently we have all learned there are no recession-proof industries, there are just people who can adapt. In Washington, the focus is on jobs and the unemployment figures that are at a record high. Who has the Bureau of Labor and Statics said may be the hardest pressed to find a job in this hostile climate? A recent college graduate or the long term unemployed. Why? Well, that is the million dollar question. Many college students believe that coming out of school having kept the good GPA and doing everything their instructors told them is good enough to shoot right to the top of the resume pile, while in actuality it isn’t. Graduates are trying to enter the workforce with little or no experience in their field and they are unprepared to interview. Human resource managers agree that some work is better than no experience, and yes, volunteering can count as experience. HR managers also admitted in an anonymous survey that they may skip over long-term unemployed people if they have nothing to put in their resume for the time they have been out of work, also indicating that volunteer work looks better than a blank. Giving your time can help keep skills sharp and show your willingness to work. School, work and a stack of recommendation letters will only get you so far if you don’t know how to interview. It can be very intimidating when you sit down across a desk from someone who judges you from the moment you drop off your application. I know; I’ve hired a lot of people in my day. If you are asked to fill out an application, read it and follow all of the directions, including signatures and dates. If you can’t do this simple task, then how can you do anything more complex?

Tell the truth so that in the interview you don’t have to remember whatever lie you told on paper. When the person interviewing you asks you a question, look at them and answer it with more than just a yes or no. The interviewer is not only looking at your education, qualifications and appearance, but they are gauging your ability to fit in with their established employees to keep productivity and morale at a maximum. Turn OFF your cell phone! It’s bad enough when it goes off in class or the crowded movie theater, but it will not be over-looked if it rings during the interview. In an effort to keep me and you from sitting in that Explorer reading a paper every day and waiting for someone to stop and offer you a job, I offer you these few tips. Be proactive and help yourself. If you can work part time, then do it; McDonalds is not a bad resume entry. The interviewer may have started there too. I did. Find a mentor. If you decide you want to specialize in something, look for someone who is successful in that field and offer your time as an intern. If you can’t work or intern for some reason, volunteer as much as you can. Office work, building projects, and community service speak volumes to your character, teamwork skills, and initiative. Do mock interviews. There are events here on campus where you can hone your interview techniques. Attend them—especially if you’ve never had a job. Develop a network and don’t burn bridges; you never know who you may one day be sitting across from. You don’t have to party with your network. Just respect the jobs they do and the time they put in. Most of all, keep your head up. If you get turned down for a job, then keep a positive outlook and try again. Think about that man in his truck who tries every day. He doesn’t give up and neither should you. 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.

I`ZbJZfkk_XjX[lkpkf kXb\FYXdXafYgcXe]le[j 9pA\eepN`cc`Xdjfe JkX]]ni`k\i According to the Sept. 16 press release by the Agency for Workforce Innovation, the unemployment rate for the state of Florida is a whopping 10.7 percent, 1.6 percent above the national average. As bad as this information sounds, the local figures are far worse. The three counties closest to Florida Gulf Coast University have rates even higher. On the list of worst unemployment rates throughout the state, Lee County ranks 21st at 11.5 percent, Collier County ranks 16th at 11.9 percent and Hendry County leads the state with an unemployment rate of 17.1 percent. In all, 51 of Florida’s 67 counties have unemployment rates higher than the national average of 9.1 percent, so why are there rumors that Governor Rick Scott and state Republicans might turn away funding from the American Jobs Act if it is passed? An Associated Press article from Tampa Bay Online indicated Governor Scott might reject portions of Florida’s proposed allocation because of “pressure [that] could build against doing anything that could help Obama carry Florida during next year’s election.” Governor Scott has already proven he is not afraid to reject federal funds. Early in his administration he blocked the construction of a high-speed rail that would have been partially paid for using stimulus dollars. But would it be wise for state leaders to decline federal funding meant to create


In his September 17, 2011 weekly YouTube address, President Obama stated the American Jobs Act is meant to put more people back to work. Many of these positions of employment would go to construction, education and safety professionals such as police and firefighters. Yet even the President felt it necessary to state that politicians need to “put country before party and stop worrying about their jobs.” Isn’t that the reason we elect officials in the first place? We vote for men and women to be our local, state and federal representatives. We trust these officials to look out for our best interests, not to spend their time and our tax dollars pandering to party ideals at our expense. Our elected officials need to stop working for their own benefit of job security by reelection and start paying attention to the needs of the people. Not just the people who voted for them, but all of the people they represent. Right now, the people of Florida need jobs. Governor Scott has pledged repeatedly to make employment a priority. Prominently displayed on the Rick Scott for Florida website is the phrase “Getting Florida Back to Work.” He has a chance to prove his commitment to job creation is more than just a slogan. If the American Jobs Act is passed, the Governor and the Florida Legislature should accept the $7.5 billion with open arms. It’s the right thing to do. Jenny is a junior majoring in environmental engineering. She loves the Boston Red Sox, riding roller coasters, writing poetry and watching science fiction programs.


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR =foE\njYcf^^\iËji\dXibjkXb\X jk\gYXZb`egif^i\jj 9pN`cc`XdNXck\i?Xii`j@@@ GlYc`ZX[d`e`jkiXk`fe# ^iX[lXk\jkl[\ek The popular TV show “Dancing with the Stars” premiers this week on Monday, but not without controversy. Among the roster of celebrity guests is Cher’s son, Chaz Bono who is a female-to-male transgender man. Bono was born a female with the name Chastity. But after beginning a gender transition in 2008, Bono underwent gender reassignment surgery and legally changed his name to Chaz. During the past few weeks, I was disturbed by the comments that Dr. Keith Ablow, a licensed psychiatrist and Fox News contributing b l o g g e r, madeagainst Bono. In an o n l i n e column for Ablow Fox News entitled “Don’t Let Your Kids Watch Chaz Bono On ‘Dancing With The Stars,’” Ablow wrote that letting your children watch a transgender man on the program might make children reconsider their gender. Soon after, a media firestorm erupted on the issue and everyone from Howard Stern to Pat Robertson began voicing their opinions. On Howard Stern’s show, Ablow compared Bono’s gender switch to that of someone pretending to be a “farm animal.” On “America Live,” Ablow directly suggested that children may begin to question their own gender by watching Bono on TV. An excerpt from Ablow’s article: “It is a toxic and unnecessary byproduct of the tragic celebration of transgender surgery that millions of young people who do watch ‘Dancing with the Stars’ will have to ponder this question: ‘Maybe my problems really stem from the fact that I’m a girl inside a boy’s body (or a boy inside a girl’s body). Maybe I’m not a tomboy; I’m just a boy!’”

In fact, Ablow’s comments were so disturbing and inaccurate that the president of the American Psychiatric Association publicly refuted his claims. Through all of this, I couldn’t help but think of all the LGBT children in America and around the world who suffer the horrible effects of discrimination and suppression. It really makes me sad to see supposed ‘professionals’ abuse the field of science to push their own political agenda at the expense of people’s lives. At a time where thousands of Africans in Uganda have been executed for the mere status of their sexual orientation and millions of Americans are being currently denied the constitutionally ‘guaranteed’ right to follow their own Pursuit of Happiness, I believe that Dr. Ablow’s commentary is very hurtful and dangerous. It’s people with views like Dr. Ablow that have hurt millions across this country and we shouldn’t accept these views as just ‘harmless’ chatter. Dr. Ablow’s views and others like his have spread around the world and are costing many innocent people their lives. Unlike a plague, this type of commentary targets to kill those solely on the basis of their sexual orientation. A countless number of people in this country have sacrificed their lives with the hopes of being treated as equally as the advantaged ones. With Bono’s record on human rights, we should admire his service and join together to denounce those who fight every day with the hopes of chipping away at not just our civil rights, but our human dignity. I believe that this discussion can illuminate a positive pathway toward LGBT acceptance and I can only hope that we hold ourselves accountable for the hurtful language and actions that we sometimes regrettably make. Let’s come out of the closet of hiding behind the reckless excuses of free speech and be the courteous and responsible America that the world should be able to look toward for guidance.

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Much like its forgotten currency counterpart, the penny (two billion dollars’ worth in circulation), which gets thrown away in the trash by some, the two-dollar bill remains hidden in our sock drawers or bank vaults because of the low demand and use of the bill. Due to our sporadic use of the bill, urban legends spread that claim it’s become worth more than it is, causing some people to hold on to them. And so they collect lint. It’s time to take back the twodollar bill and bring Andrew Jackson’s face back in the limelight. The 1.2 billion is only a small fraction of the Federal Budget, but that’s still a slice of money that should be circulating continuously in our economy. Next time you’re at the bank ask for your money in two-dollar bills. The more visible the bill becomes, the less likely we will tuck it away and save it. One of the best situations for

the two-dollar bill comeback is in tipping situations. An influx of the bill in restaurants allows servers and hosts to obtain the bill and also hand them back as change to patrons. The more visible they become, the more people will use them. With our nation’s fragile economy, it’s worth it to have any


extra money in circulation. A web site dedicated to spreading information about the bill,, offers a bill-tracking service. Every time you send a bill back into circulation, you can register it on the web site and follow its journey. They even offer a special club status called ‘Top

Toms’ for those who enter in over two thousand bills. Many of the Top Toms have started writing on the bills they enter back into circulation. “This is not a rare bill,” they write in order to encourage the next patron to reuse the bill. If everyone at FGCU exchanged a ten-dollar bill for five two-dollar bills, that would be roughly 60,000 two-dollar bills surging into our local economy that would just be sitting in bank vaults otherwise. Two-dollar bills may not stimulate or save our economy, but the more people who know about the forgotten bill, the better. Let’s start here. Let’s save the two at FGCU. Collin is a senior majoring in English. He enjoys writing on topics such as nutrition, society and the environment. Collin also enjoys writing long fiction.

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After warm-ups, we hopped in the batting cages to take some swings. After I whiffed at the first two, to the heckling of the team, I got my swing down and crushed the rest. This was going to be a good game. “First defense. Ricci you’re in. Play center,” Coach Dave Deiros yelled out after the huddle. I started to run out toward center field until I got yelled at. “Where are you going? Ricci I’m looking at you.” Deiros said. Apparently the team runs out to the field together. Whoops. I was hoping to get some action in the outfield but nothing came my way. In the dugout waiting for my at bat I tried to study the pitcher. I asked Amanda Josie, a sophomore pitcher, to give me some tips on the current one. After getting all the information I needed, I decided to get cocky and talk some smack. “You’re lucky that you aren’t the one pitching against me,” I directed to Josie. I proceeded to tell the unfazed pitcher that I dare her to strike me out with three fastballs, thinking that I wouldn’t have to go up against her. Sure enough, as my luck would have it, I needed to wait until the following inning to hit; the pitcher, Amanda Josie. I walked to the plate and gave the pitcher a smirk, knowing

she was going to have a chance to shut me up. I check swung at the first pitch for ball one. The next pitch blew past me for a swinging strike. The ball got to the plate much quicker than I was expecting. I thought I was ready for the next pitch. The ball came in low and away, my favorite spot to hit. I swung on time but failed to connect again. I was sure that was my pitch. Frustrated, I braced myself for the next one but once again had no success. It was a long walk back to the dugout. “Lucky,” I said to Josie after the inning was over. “I think that drop ball I threw was the best one I’ve ever thrown in my life,” she said. A drop ball? That broke my dare of striking me out with three fastballs. As far as I’m concerned, I won our dare. Unfortunately, with Siegel being thrown out at first and myself striking out, the Athletes won again. Eagle News – 0, Athletes - 2 9pAfj_J`\^\c Jgfikj\[`kfi A 12-year-old me waddled to the bloody plate. As I came closer, I tasted salty tears. My best friend and teammate, Evan Butler, lay unconscious by the home

dugout as medical staff plastered bandages on his blue face. I usually stood four feet from home plate anyway, knees shaking, bat timidly tucked at the waist. Now, I had no intention of even swinging. The 6-foot tall pitcher, hat cocked to the side, veins bursting from his wrists, glared forward, eyes bulging just like they had one at-bat before. He showed no sympathy, no regret, for the fastball he had hurled at Butler’s face. I didn’t dare look at the pitcher. I looked at my clean shoes and high socks. A haven. I lifted my head. The pitcher twisted his body and cocked his arm. Then I closed my warm eyes. Before he could release the ball, I backed off and slumped away toward the dugout. When Mike Ricci, Eagle News managing editor, and I, strutted toward the FGCU softball complex last Friday, the memory flooded my mind. I hadn’t swung a bat since the little league fiasco. Still, I put on a cocky front. Backwards hat, customized t-shirt flaunting my self-imposed nickname, “Form,” high black socks. As we cruelly interrupted their stretching warm-up routine, the FGCU softball team stared at Ricci and I as if we were pathogenic invaders. I performed lunges, side shuffles and sprints. Then, FGCU softball coach Dave Deiros ordered

us to the batting cages. Hitting off a tee proved too much for me. The stubborn softball kept falling off the tee before I could hit it. I then promptly swung and missed at soft-toss pitches from Jeff Miner, assistant coach. After shagging fly balls and grounders, Deiros led his team (and us) through their first scrimmage of the year. He huddled the team together, conveying the seriousness of the off-season and the need to polish fundamentals. I looked on, shaking my head ‘yes,’ as if he was addressing me. Ricci pinch hit in the top of the second, flailing at three pitches for a strikeout. I aimlessly played right field, tracking the clouds above me and comparing their shape to various creatures. One looked like a wounded dolphin. Two innings later, Deiros shuddered my name as if it were a mistake. Unsure, I crept to the plate, eventually settling five feet from it, as bloody memories invaded my brain. Junior pitcher Stephanie Sullivan looked menacing, whipping her arm in a fast circle before she released the pitch. I fouled off two pitches before connecting for a meek ground out to first base. I had no chance. I felt fortunate to leave unscathed.










=>:L^\kjcffbXk8$Jlekflie\pZflij\ 9pK_fdXjG%:fin`e JkX]]ni`k\i The FGCU men’s and women’s cross country teams got the chance to taste some pretty good competition as well as survey an important stretch of land all in one meet last Saturday. The FGCU men’s cross country team placed tenth in the Commodore Classic at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. last weekend while the women came in ninth in a meet seen as a preview of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. The A-Sun Conference Championships will also be at Vanderbilt on Oct. 29. FGCU’s men’s team was led by redshirt sophomore Gilbert Chemaoi and classmate Argeo Cruz who both placed in the top 25 in the Vaughn’s Gap Course 8km event. “Everyone gave a great effort,” coach Cassandra Harbin said. “I was pleased with how we did, considering that we left a few people behind because of injury. The biggest thing we got out of the meet was obviously we got to see the course the conference meet is on.” On Saturday, FGCU‘s men


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claimed five runners in the top 75. Cincinnati was un-“bear”-able in the meet, as the Bearcats finished with 75 points coming away with the team victory. Chemaoi and Cruz took 22nd and 23rd place, respectively. Chemaoi finished with a time of 26:00.80. Cruz finished at 26:01.90. Matthew Crowe finished with a time of 27:08.40 for 65th place,

while Chris Rudloff (27:19.10) and Sanders Payne (27:23.40) took 73rd and 75th, respectively. Rudloff is one of the many youngsters on the FGCU team that gained great experience on the challenging Vandy course. “The course was great because it was a lot different than the flat Florida courses,” Rudloff said. “In Vanderbilt, it was either steep uphill or steep downhill

the whole way. We left the meet with confidence; no one was disappointed or left with their heads down.” Jonathan Lanning finished with a time of 27:34.10 and Deeley finished at the 27:39.30 mark. * The FGCU women’s cross country team finished in 9th place in the field of 23, led by junior Barrie Cohen, who finished 36th overall.

“It will be nice to go up there (Vanderbilt) for the conference meet,” Cohen said. “That was really the best thing about it, that we were able to see what the course would be like. We are very teamoriented right now, and everyone works well together and bonds.” Alabama won the event. Cohen had a time of 19:04.40. Also in the top 50 for the Eagles was sophomore Kelly Perzanowski, who finished in 44th place with a time of 19:17.10. Sophomores Marjorie Ducos and Caity Hoffman also cracked the top 100, with times of 19:58.60 (69th) and 20:18.90 (86th), respectively. Before the A-Sun Championships, Harbin hopes to welcome the return of junior Shannon Compher, who’s been injured and hopes to return in three weeks or so. “The special thing about this team is that everyone is pretty close,” Compher said. “All of us hang out together and go to classes together and practice together. It’s a good feeling to be on this team.” FGCU’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will run in the University of Florida Mountain Dew Invitational next Saturday in Gainesville.

Pfle^hl`jkYi\Xb`e^i\Zfi[j#8$JlegcXpY\^`ej 9pAljk`eBXe\ JkX]]ni`k\i After 12 matches against some of the best competition in the country, the real season begins for FGCU volleyball. Friday night, the Eagles start off Atlantic Sun conference play where they face off against 7-8 Jacksonville at Alico Arena. Then, on Saturday, FGCU will host 5-7 North Florida. Going from playing four-time national champion Penn State to facing conference opponents shouldn’t change the mindset of the team, FGCU coach Dave Nichols says. “We play one point at a time

and then we look up at the end of the day, and if were taking care of business then we’ll win a lot of games,” Nichols said. “I think if you emphasize ‘oh you need to win’ that brings a tightness and a lack of focus and our focus is on playing the game as well as we can.” Nichols believes his team should focus on what they can control. “What we’re trying to do is to teach constantly, prepare them better and make sure that if they are playing every point as hard as they can, wins and losses will take care of themselves,” Nichols said. Although Nichols says that the atmosphere for conference play doesn’t change, there is more

riding on conference games. “There’s more riding on it than the pre-conference season matches,” Nichols said. “When we were in such huge environments, playing Penn State and USC, we were trying to simulate an environment that is as tough as anything you can play in.” In her last season as FGCU’s libero, senior Holly Youngquist isn’t letting anything slow her down. She suffered a high ankle sprain in the first tournament of the season and continues to play on it hurt. Her play and leadership will be crucial in A-Sun play. “Sometimes you just have to suck it up and play,” Youngquist

said. “I’m doing what I love to do and it’s my last year and I don’t mind playing hurt. Sometimes it bothers me, but sometimes you have to just brush it off.” This season, Youngquist has continued to etch her name into the A-Sun record books. She currently sits ninth on the A-Sun career digs list with 1,276. She also has the opportunity to pass her sister, Brooke Sweat, who now plays on the pro volleyball tour, for second all-time in digs in FGCU history. “I’m not trying to compare myself to my sister,” Youngquist said. “I definitely look up to her though. She loves playing beach (pro volleyball) right now and she’s

going so far, she’s loving it, she works hard, and it just inspires me to work hard at what I’m doing right now.” Other than being a role model to the underclassmen, Youngquist gains much praise from Nichols. “Holly (Youngquist) is just brilliant,” Nichols said. “She deserves every accolade. I think the last two years she’s been the best libero (in the A-Sun). Some of the other libero’s kind of put up crazy numbers. If there is any justice, she’ll be the top libero this season (A-Sun) and I think a lot of the coaches feel the same way.”

Nfd\eËjjfZZ\i_fjkjkfgZfe]\i\eZ\]f\j 9pQXZ_>`YYfej JkX]]ni`k\i The FGCU women’s soccer team will begin conference play this weekend with two tough challenges at home. On Friday, the Eagles (5-3-1) will host the University of North Florida (4-5), and on Sunday they will face Jacksonville University (4-4). Jacksonville could be one of FGCU’s tougher challenges this year. FGCU hasn’t beaten Jacksonville in the past four seasons. “It’s (Jacksonville) going to be a good game,” said Stephanie Powers, senior goalkeeper. “I think we’ve only tied them or lost since my freshmen year, so to come out and get a win in my last opportunity would be a big deal. It’s definitely going to be an intense game just to start off the conference season.” Both UNF and Jacksonville finished in the top three in the A-Sun last season. FGCU is the defending conference champ. “Obviously both teams are very good,” coach Jim Blankenship said.

“I don’t know if it’s much of a rivalry (Jacksonville), but it’s a game we kind of look at as important to the path we’re on. I think with them we’ve just got to really execute and understand how important it is for us to play well, and bring some intensity, and bring just a different mentality to it.” Blankenship doesn’t worry about a letdown after a non-conference schedule marked by high–profile opponents like Miami and Florida. “I don’t think we have to worry about the energy level,” Blankenship said. “I think the kids understand the importance of it. I think they will be ready.” Aside from UNF and JU, the Eagles will only have two other home games during conference play, both in October, against USC Upstate and ETSU. The remainder of the conference games will be on the road. According to Blankenship, playing on the road hasn’t been much of a problem for the Eagles. In fact, it is easier for them. “The road hasn’t been that big of an issue for us,” Blankenship said.

“It’s been easier. It’s a complete time with the team and the coaching staff. We’ve been able to concentrate on what we need to do.” The A-Sun regular season is of added importance this year now that FGCU is post-season eligible. Their conference record will determine their seeding in the A-Sun tournament. If FGCU finished atop the conference in the regular season, earning the top seed, they would host the conference tournament, but that is not the most important goal, according to Blankenship. “It would be nice, but I don’t think that it has to be that way,” Blankenship said. “I think the key is getting yourself in the tournament and playing well at the end. We will play every match to win, and our goal is to try to be at home for the playoffs, but more importantly we’ve just got to make sure that we do well enough to get into the tournament.” For seniors such as defender Kathleen Hunter and KC Correllus, they would love to repeat as A-Sun champs and go on to win the

Men’s soccer

ENSPORTS Weekly recap

The FGCU men’s soccer team completed the USF tournament on Sunday with a 1-0 shutout of Saint Louis. FGCU’s second shut out of the season leveled their record at 2-2-2 as they head to No. 8 UCF (5-0-1) on Friday. UCF is undefeated against Atlantic Sun foes this season.


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conference tournament. “Last year, we had ten or eleven seniors that started this program, and for them to leave with a ring was awesome,” Correllus said. “Leaving here with another ring, two-time champions, would be awesome. It puts your name out there for years to come.” Hunter wants to be a part of the first FGCU team to play in the NCAA tournament.

“I think it’s an awesome opportunity because we have a chance to go to the (NCAA) tournament this year,” Hunter said. “I’m willing to put anything and everything it takes into it. I’d want to have my name on that roster as the first team to move to the NCAA tournament.”

Men’s golf The FGCU men’s golf team finished in a three-way tie for 10th place at the season-opening 15-team St. Mary’s Invitational on Tuesday. Senior Brandon Pena placed in a tie for 22nd while senior Alex Medinis finished tied for 31st. Oregon won the tournament.

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