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FGCU students no longer have the option to choose Spanish as a major, as the program was suspended this semester. Despite initial claims that the suspension of the major was related to state budget cuts, university spokeswoman Susan Evans says that lack of funds was not the reason for the suspension. “FGCU has not deactivated any academic degree programs due to state budget cuts, and this includes the Spanish major,” Evans said. “Spanish was suspended as a major effective Fall 2011 because this
was requested by the faculty of the language and literature department, including the Spanish professors, who cited historically low enrollments.” In September of last year, Debra Hess, associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, wrote an email to the Office of Academic Affairs requesting the removal of the Spanish major. “The faculty in language and literature are proposing to remove the Spanish major from the curriculum, The program has had low enrollment since its inception. Since this is the desire of the faculty (including the Spanish faculty) it appears the process is rather streamlined,” Hess wrote in the email.
Following the faculty request to discontinue the major, an “Inactive Program Notification Form” was submitted to the Board of Governors. The form stated that the number of students enrolled in the major failed to increase despite the best efforts of the program to recruit students. “Class size in the upper division courses has been consistently low and the faculty feel that suppressing this major would allow them to use their resources more efficiently,” the form stated. Last year, FGCU had 29 students enrolled in the Spanish major.
When you sign onto Facebook Sept. 30, be prepared to see a new layout and many angry statuses because Facebook is rolling out some major changes. The majority of Facebook’s new changes are revolving around its new “open social graph” technology, which basically integrates users’ activities so they can have real-time interactions. One of these social graph changes is the upcoming streaming music and video service. This all allows real-time interaction among users: instead of simply “liking” a song your friend has posted, you’ll be able to tune onto the same stream and begin listening to it. Facebook is also planning on adding a new “Timeline” feature, which will allow users to refer back to anything they’ve posted. According to PCWorld, Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, refers to the timeline as the “story of your life: it contains all your stories, apps, and is a new way to express who you are.” The timeline layout will be a dual-column view with a large main column for viewing content and a smaller one for fast navigation, according to PCWorld.
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The FGCU board of trustees approved a new five-year contract for President Wilson Bradshaw at last Tuesday’s meeting. The terms of Bradshaw’s new employment agreement include $358,864 in base pay, retention bonuses of up to $80,000 a year, and potential for 5 percent annual raises. The sole vote against Bradshaw’s new employment agreement was trustee Douglas Harrison, the Bradshaw president of faculty senate. “We see one person in the institution rewarded as if we’re thriving while the rest tighten our belts,” Harrison stated during the meeting. On Oct. 1, faculty will receive a one-time, $1,000 bonus, followed by a 2 percent raise on Jan. 1.
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BRIEFS POLICE BEAT Monday, Sept. 19 at 1:51 p.m.: Two suspicious men were causing alarm outside the doors of Palmetto Hall. Both men claimed to be sophomores and new to FGCU. The men were reported to be walking around knocking on residents’ doors. UPD was unable to locate the men. Monday, Sept. 19 at 4:53 p.m.: A drug search conducted in Palmetto Hall revealed more than nine grams of marijuana and smoking devices made from plastic bottles. The issue was turned over to administration.
Monday Sept. 19 at 8:11 p.m.: A student called UPD claiming that she saw a mysterious person peering through her window. When UPD checked the scene, they found no footprints or evidence. Monday Sept. 19 at 10:19 p.m.: Eleven grams of marijuana were located during a drug search conducted in Palmetto Hall. UPD also found a broken red bong. The issue was turned over to administration. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 4:17 p.m.: UPD and EMS were called when a student began to have a severe
allergic reaction to a pineapple. The student was transferred to Gulf Coast Medical Center for treatment. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9:23 p.m.: A piece of burnt toast caused a fire alarm in Biscayne Hall. San Carlos Fire responded to the scene. There was no fire reported, only smoke. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10:42 p.m.: A drug search was conducted in Student Housing S building. UPD discovered marijuana and pipes. The issue was turned over to administration.
Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10:58 p.m.: UPD was notified of an extremely drunk female found in Everglades Hall. The female, who also suffers from epilepsy, was transported to Gulf Coast Medical Center. The Police Beat is compiled by Eagle News staff from public logs available at the University Police Department. Police Beat is not associated with the UPD. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
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<m\ekj Calusa Nature Center: Volunteers needed for the 2nd Annual Labyrinth Night on Oct. 1. The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 239-275-3435. Riverwatch (Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association): Help is needed for the Pixies and Pirates event on Oct. 1 at the Nature Park. Also, volunteers are needed on Oct. 8 for a park cleanup day. Contact Margaret England at mlelighthouse@ embarqmail.com or call 863674-0695. Beauty from Ashes: Outreach gift and care package assembly for survivors of commercialized sexual exploitation (CSE) and human sex trafficking on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 239939-9218. Abuse Counseling & Treatment (ACT): Join a flash mob and earn service-learning hours. No dance experience required. Call for practice dates. Dances are on Oct. 7, 8 and 22. Contact Marcie Kaveney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 239-939-2553.
:fccfhl`ld 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 midNovember. Sign up online at http://fgcufoodforest.weebly. com/service-learning.html. Heartland Gardens: Assist at their mini-farm on Friday’s from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Did you know that FGCU alums started this nonprofit? Contact Andrea at andrea@heartlandgardens. org 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 email@example.com. 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.FloridaPantherFestival. com for additional details. 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@colliergov.net or call 239-252-4033. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 239-395-4617. 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@ crowclinic.org or 239-472-3644 x229.
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bringing awareness to bridging the gap of technology and education for the special needs community and their families. Contact Barbara Brown at email@example.com or 239-2162363.
Volunteer opportunities every Tuesday beginning Oct. 11 for Special Olympics Tennis at Rutenberg Park at 6 p.m. Contact Lyn Bruner at VolunteerCoordinator@lccta. com or 239-489-2378.
Special Equestrians: If you have Tuesday or Thursday afternoons free, there are 75 special needs riders who rely on this nonprofit therapeutic horseback riding center and need committed volunteers. Contact Jan Fifer at 239-2261221.
Catholic Charities: Work with children in the after school program. Contact Lourdes Forste at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-337-4193.
The College Reach Out Program (CROP): Local middle and high school students are starting a chapter at Estero High School. There are 10 students who want to join the program but have limited English skills. Right now, they only speak Spanish. Need a mentor/translator to meet with students every Thursday from 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Contact Susan Genson sgenson@fgcu. edu or 239-590-7836. 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 email@example.com or call 239-590-7412. The Mental Health Association of SWFL: Be a Peer Counselor. Peer Counselors offer emotional support to caregivers who are experiencing stress. Friendships are made and the bonding is part of the healing process. Receive training and earn a Peer Counseling Certificate. Meet weekly at a geographic location convenient to client and counselor. Call 239-261-5405. CredAbility: Like math? Assist persons needing help filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other small credits. No prior tax experience necessary. Training provided. Good computer skills required. Call Dawn Russell at 813-4104807 or the United Way Center at 239-433-2000 x260. Lee County Tennis
Children’s Advocacy Center: Help children in the afterschool program. Contact Phyllis Jacoby at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239939-2808. Child Care of SWFL: Work with toddlers through five years old. Variety of locations. Contact Nancy Coker at nancyc@ccswfl. org or 239-425-1004. 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@ me.com or call 239-590-0085. 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. Information is provided by the Service Learning department. All opportunities are pre-approved. You can find more opportunities on Facebook at “FGCU Service Learning.”
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55JG8E@J? â€œI donâ€™t know exactly why our numbers were deemed so low that our major should be suppressed,â€? Brad Busbee, chair for the department of language and literature, told Naples Daily News. â€œMore disturbing is that it also signals institutional unawareness about the central place of language in a global economy, not to mention the fundamental place language study has in intellectual development.â€? The Spanish minor is still offered, as are the courses in introductory and intermediate Spanish that are required for certain majors. All students currently enrolled in the Spanish major will still be able to complete their programs, but no new majors will be admitted as it currently stands. â€œAt this time, the University has no plans to reactivate the Spanish major, but if there is demonstrated student demand for this as a major in the future, we of course will consider it,â€? Evans said. Currently, the University of West Florida is the only other state university not offering Spanish as a major.
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If you have ever had an idea for how FGCU could improve the student learning experience, now is your chance to have your opinion considered. The Quality Enhancement Plan currently under way gives everyone in the university community the opportunity to submit their ideas for an initiative that would improve FGCUâ€™s learning environment. â€œThe QEP is a significant part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation standards and is a major institutional initiative intended to improve student learning,â€? said Linda Serro, chair of the QEP Selection Committee. â€œFGCU successfully completed its first QEP in 2010, which focused on the student learning outcomes of ecological perspective and civic engagement. This first QEP was
addressed in Colloquium, but the future QEP may address something different. â€œWeâ€™re looking for a topic that speaks to the FGCU community,â€? Serro said. The QEP is based on an institutional process for identifying key issues emerging from an institutional assessment. It focuses on learning outcomes and the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution. The QEP Selection Committee is a universitywide group that aims to elicit a wide range of ideas from the university community, identify the ideas that have the greatest potential for success, and ensure proposals recommended for consideration by the university will meet the criteria necessary for compliance with SACS requirements. The QEP Selection Committee is currently asking
faculty, staff and students to submit ideas. The committee will then use these submissions to identify topics of general interest that support the committeeâ€™s mission and strategic plan. â€œThis is an opportunity for everyone to dream big. Great ideas come from inquisitive, caring minds within our collective university community,â€? Serro said. â€œWe hope to receive submissions from a wide range of FGCU community members. Talk to colleagues, staff members, students, and community partners about what would improve student learning at FGCU. From those discussions, creative, worthwhile, energetic ideas will emerge.â€? When topics are submitted via the QEP website, individuals or groups submitting the topic must clarify what the proposed topic is designed to address and achieve, what the topicâ€™s relationship is to the
universityâ€™s mission and to the universityâ€™s strategic plan, and what student learning outcomes or general education competencies the topic will address. Submissions are due on Oct. 16. After the submissions are in, the committee will start reviewing the topics for selection. The committee will select no more than four topics to be developed into advanced proposals for consideration in the second phase of the selection process. After the committee repeatedly reviews the proposals, it will make its recommendation of two potential topics to the Provost by the end of February. A final decision on the choice of a topic will take place in March. In April, a team will be selected to develop a full QEP proposal for implementation during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. â€œWhatever topic is chosen,
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it will impact everyone on campus, but especially our students. For that reason, the QEP Selection Committee hopes to have topics submitted by students that they believe will improve their learning here at FGCU. â€œFGCU is a wonderful place to work and learn, and the QEP can enhance our learning environment,â€? Serro said.
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majoring in forensic studies who lives in Palmetto Hall, is concerned about the weather conditions. “No one wants to walk that (distance) when it’s really hot or pouring outside,” she said. She believes more shuttles should be added. However, others living in South Village already choose to walk instead of taking the shuttle, and most aren’t concerned about the weather conditions and making it to their classes. If shuttles were taken away, “it wouldn’t be a culture shock or anything,” said Ryan McFarlandBauer, a freshman majoring in criminal justice who lives in Biscayne. “I like to walk because I like being outside. I’d make sure I’d have a windbreaker and a dry backpack, unless it’s like, hurricane weather.” Manny Rodriguez, also a freshman majoring in criminal justice, doesn’t mind the heat or a drizzle, either. “I like walking to class because it’s more chill,” said the Everglades resident. “I’m used to the heat … but I know a lot of people think the shuttles are a good idea (because) a lot of people don’t want to walk in the heat.” Laura Diedrick, a freshman majoring in psychology, appreciates the shuttle service during the day, but if she had to choose between no shuttles or higher tuition, she’d choose no
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year. Hitt, Florida’s longestserving university president, has been president of UCF since 1992. Judith Bense, president of the University of West Florida, is the lowestpaid president in the state public university system at $224,000 a year. Bradshaw’s contract will begin on July 1, 2012, and extend through 2017. The potential annual 5 percent increases in base salary will depend on a review of Bradshaw’s performance each year by the trustees.
Top five presidential salaries, with bonuses University of Central Florida: John Witt - $766,200 University of Florida: J. Bernard Machen - $616,010 University of South Florida: Judy Genshaft - $592,400 Florida International University: Mark Rosenberg - $550,000 Florida Gulf Coast University: Wilson Bradshaw - $500,600
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9iX[j_Xn^\kje\n\c\Zki`Zi`[\ 9pM\ife`ZXM\cX JkX]]ni`k\i From its solar panels to buildings designed for sustainability, FGCU is known as an environmentallyfriendly school. Now it can add another “green” feature to the list. A few weeks ago, a car charging station was installed outside of Academic Building 5. The station was put in place to power President Wilson Bradshaw’s new Chevy Volt. Two weeks ago, Bradshaw traded in his Tahoe hybrid for the Volt, both of which were donated by Estero Bay Chevrolet. Bradshaw believes that the movement from gas to electric cars is something that will escalate in the future. “I think such a shift will be yet another tangible demonstration of our commitment to being good stewards of the environment,” he said. The Volt was introduced in 2011 as a part of Chevrolet’s “Change your Vehicle, Keep your Lifestyle” campaign. It was picked as the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year and, according to the Chevrolet website, is part of a “brand new category of cars.”
The Volt is powered by the electric charge it receives while plugged in. On full charge, the vehicle can go 40 miles and can reach speeds of up to 100 mph without using gasoline. Once the charge runs out, it uses gas through a range-extending generator. “The Volt really meets my everyday driving needs. Most of my meetings are within the 40mile range of the batteries. So on most days, I use no gasoline at all, thereby eliminating harmful emissions normally associated with a gas-powered internal combustion engine,” Bradshaw said. For students looking to mirror Bradshaw’s efforts of using the Volt to promote environmental sustainability, there may be several difficulties if you want to drive electric. The charging station outside AB5 is the only one on campus, and there are no chargers currently located in the city of Fort Myers. “We’re looking into incorporating things such as car charging stations by the time the Evaluation and Appraisal Report is due in 2012,” said Diana Giraldo, sustainability coordinator for the city of Fort Myers. As far as whether there are
plans to install more car chargers at FGCU, the answer is no — for now. Since electric cars are still very expensive, they are likely to
be beyond financial reach of most students in the near future. Bradshaw noted, however, that the issue would certainly
be revisited if there were an increase in demand.
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=91<]ÔZ`\ekZfee\Zk`e^fijkXcb\igXiX[`j\6 55=8:<9FFB You’ll be able to create filters on your timeline as well. For example, you can create a history of your music or create an exercise timeline that reviews your health and fitness activities (and even those of your workout partners), according to PCWorld. You’ll even be able to “fill in” your timeline, adding whatever you’d like to specific parts of your “past.” With that being said, you’ll be able to remove stories or photos from your past content as well. Unfortunately, if you’ve been a Facebook user for over a year, it may take a while to scroll through your timeline, figuring out what to keep or delete. Melissa Manis, a junior majoring in elementary education, has already upgraded to the new Facebook version and likes the timeline feature. “It’s basically like a yearbook because it’s filled with all sorts of memories,” she said. “I like that you can go back to any time just to see things you posted, who wrote on your wall and who you became friends with.” When Manis first upgraded, she decided to click on a random year and scroll through it. “I have to admit, I did delete some things from certain people who are no longer a part of my life that I don’t want to be constantly reminded of,” she said. It took her
a few minutes to work through one year. Her only complaint is that now Facebook is “even more stalkerish,” allowing people to become the “ultimate creepers.” “With the newsfeed within a newsfeed, you can see what
your friends are doing at every second — even people you aren’t friends with are mentioned on it if a friend comments on a post of theirs,” Manis said. Other upcoming changes include a private activity log to help users filter what activities
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they’d like to promote or hide and a new, huge “cover” photo at the top of the Timeline (which will always be public, like your profile picture is). The status box will also have five new icons that will let you add “specific life events”
to your profile, such as work and education, family and relationships, living, health and wellness and finally, milestones and experiences. Manis also says there’s a “View Activity” feature that’s like “reverse notifications”— it’ll tell you what you wrote on other users’ statuses or walls. The changes that were already rolled out these past few weeks will stay during the Sept. 30 upgrade. Probably the most influential changes were the tagged photos change, the addition of subscriptions and the update to the lists feature. There is no longer an option to just hide tagged photos — you must hide all tagged posts, including status tags. The “Subscribe” feature allows people who aren’t on your friends list to still receive your public posts. You can also pick and choose what to subscribe to: photos, life events, games, status updates, comments and likes, etc. Finally, lists have become more sophisticated. Now you have the option to only show posts to certain lists. Facebook won’t notify your friends if you add them to the “Close Friends,” “Acquaintances” or “Restricted” lists. However, if you’re adding people to smart lists, such as your schools, places of work or family, those friends will be notified and asked to confirm the request.
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8aXZbf]XcckiX[\j1j`e^\i#jfe^ni`k\iXe[jkl[\ek 9pIXZ_\cG\i\q JkX]]ni`k\i “It’s been a whirlwind,” Chloe Friedman said while smiling. The junior majoring in communication here at FGCU is also a talented singer and songwriter. Though young, Friedman is already making her name known and putting her voice out there for all of Southwest Florida to hear. Having recorded her own album at thirteen, Chloe has proved herself among the local artists and is gaining attention with her big voice. She has been playing the piano and keyboard since she was thirteen, and her songwriting quickly followed. By the time she was fifteen, she was honing her skills and it quickly became her passion. “That whole first year, freshman year, I was in the recording studio,” Friedman said. The local JGM Studios became her home. “I used to fall asleep on the couch in there,” Friedman said, laughing. During
that year, Chloe came out with her first album “Triple Threat.” The Naples High School student didn’t stop there. Chloe was the winner of the inaugural Eagle Idol singing competition at Naples High School. She also placed first in the Collier County Singing Idol Competition. “It’s my passion,” Friedman said. “I can go out and party with my friends and have a good time but nothing beats having a live audience.” And when she says it’s her passion, she means it. Playing music live has become a large and important part of her life. “A year ago, I teamed up with my dad and we became a professional duo,” Friedman said. The father-daughter team, called “Cloud 9,” and has played at many country clubs and bars around Naples. “We played at Yabba’s for seven months and we’ve played at Boston’s in Naples,” Friedman said. “Gigging” is her job and something she feels very fortunate doing. “I’ve been
playing every Friday and Saturday night, three hours a night, for the past year and a half,” Friedman said. “I feel very lucky, though, that I can play at a local professional level.” Her father is also a professional musician and the two found a steady, local gig almost every weekend. The duo performs cover songs from the 1950s and on, a variety where anyone can find a tune to sing along. “I write pop music,” Friedman said about her original songwriting, “but I definitely see some jazz and R&B influences, as well.” Her musical inspiration varies from Sara Bareilles to Queen to Eminem. Chloe has collaborated with various DJ’s and producers. “I’ve met a lot of local musicians,” she said. “I’ll sing on their tracks; we’ll share ideas.” Not only does this gifted singer write her own songs, she also has learned to produce her own music. “Last summer, I saved up
and bought a program and made a home studio; I taught myself,” Friedman said. With her own personal recording studio, she doesn’t have to go to other recording studios and tell them what she would like —she can now make it herself. “It’s never quite right. This way I can do it how I want,” Friedman said. Her digital studio has made her music more accessible and personal, but isn’t as easy as it sounds. “It gets tedious. I can sit there and look at the clock and four hours would have gone by,” Friedman said. When asked if she would like to pursue a career as a musician, she shrugs, “I’d love to pursue songwriting; it’s my dream.” “But I’m going to school so I have that to fall back on,” Friedman said. With her communication major, she decided to concentrate on public relations, so who knows where that will take this talented songwriter. She’s certainly already made an impression with local artists
and simple listeners alike. With an album, steady gigs, and production knowledge under her belt, Chloe is already making her way to the top. Her intense passion for music comes through in her own songs, pouring emotion through the speakers. The FGCU student is hardworking and loving it—a recipe for success. Only time will tell what the future has in store for the young musician, but one thing is for certain: this isn’t all we’ve heard of Chloe.
If you go What: Chloe Friedman performances When: Every Thursday night from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Where: The Grape in Coconut Point What to wear: Casual attire
ÊDfe\pYXccË_`kjX_fd\ilen`k_jgfikjXe[[iXdX 9pAf\cDfii`j JkX]]ni`k\i Awards season is upon us. It’s the time of year when intense character studies about the destitute and drama about the triumph of the human spirit rain down like action movies in the summer. With that said, “Moneyball” is a pretty good kick-off to the Oscar race. “Moneyball” follows a year in the life of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), the general manager for the Oakland Athletics baseball team. After failing to clinch a pivotal game against the New York Yankees, Beane recruits Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a fresh-
faced economist from Yale with an aptitude for statistics. Together, they attempt to assemble a winning team on a budget, based only on theory and numbers. At the same time, Beane must answer for his actions to his worried preteen daughter. The big question is probably, “How can/why should I enjoy this movie if I don’t know anything about baseball?” The good news is just about everything you need to know is explained. Besides that, the film is equal parts sports drama and character piece, and even then, the best parts are in the team office, rather than on the field. Speaking of the office, Brad
Pitt is great as the guy at work who wants to make a difference, despite everyone else trying to do business as usual. Jonah Hill is perfect as an intelligent, yet naive kid who’s been thrust into the professional ring, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman is awesome (as always) as the old-school coach trying to understand why the higher-ups seem to be sabotaging his team. Where the film falls short is its insistent use of silent portraits of Pitt’s character. This is kind of a part of a larger problem in which the movie feels the need to hit the audience over the head with the message that Billy Beane is a conflicted pioneer. Jonah Hill’s
character at one point even hangs a lampshade on it, pointing out that a story he told is a metaphor (although that part is played for laughs). It culminates with the lyrics of Beane’s daughter’s song, and if one thing’s going to ruin a movie about adults facing complex problems, it’s a little girl singing to try and fix those problems (she doesn’t). Even with its flaws, “Moneyball” is a good, maybe even great film. It really is a testament to its quality when you don’t need to know the sport to enjoy a movie about it. Look for Pitt in the “Best Actor” nominees early next year.
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Some performers are always struggling to find a stage. Not Max Doyle. Doyle owns and operates the Celtic Ray Irish Pub in Punta Gorda. It’s certainly a drive, about an hour from campus, but well worth the trip. The Ray, in addition to being a cozy, authentic bar from across the pond (Doyle having been born in Manchester), routinely hosts live stand-up comedy competitions.
Magnum: I wouldn’t say you’re angry. You have angry (material), but you’re likable. Some are just angry, but with you, they think, “I could get down with this guy.”
Eagle News: Do you typically host the comedy events or participate in them? Max Doyle: I own/manage/bar tend at the place. The people expect me to be a part of the show and I’ve been hosting the whole time. I think a lot of people would like someone, you know... I have [fellow comedian] Tommy Amado host sometimes, as well. And what I’ve found so far is that they’ve seen me so many times, they all know me, it’s really better if somebody else hosts these days. It’s my bar, it’s my pub, and uh, you can’t help to feel stale, so it gives you a reason to try some new (stuff). EN: So, how has the ability to have a stage at any time affected the evolution of your routine? MD: It’s challenged it a lot, but in a good way. I’m blessed to have a good room. What happened to start it off was in 2004, me and (fellow comedian) Bryan Hamilton did a gig at a shady place called
MD: Basically, I don’t base my whole schtick on racial humor, but as a white dude living in America these days, I think it’s funny that people can laugh at racial humor as long as it’s NOT a white guy doing it. Carlos Mencia or anybody can do it, but I say it, and people are like, looking around, making sure everyone else is cool with it. Like if I was someone else and said the exact same thing. Magnum: It’s tough for white people to do racial (stuff).
Millenium Cafe. It was Puerto Ricans, Haitians and anything that was the opposite of me and Bryan, basically. We had a rough comedy show to the point where we felt we should leave pretty soon. On our way back, we started doing comedy at the Celtic Ray, in front of, like, 10 people because we had already done an urban show. We were just
kind of frustrated with the whole night, and we were like, “You know what? Let’s go to my pub, let’s have a drink.” With no intentions whatsoever to do stand-up comedy, but this was before the hurricane (Charley), when we had a separate stage, and we just did it. And the audience paid attention, and it just went from there. It slowly climaxed
into a good comedy room. EN: What’s your style or brand of comedy? MD: Without trying to be any kind of style, I’ve been compared to Dave Attell. I’m guessing because I’m bald, I’m a drunk, and I don’t shave all the time. Uh, some call me “the angry white guy.” (Max turns
MD: If it weren’t for white women, my shows would go off perfect. They have this white guilt thing, and they look around, like, “Should I laugh? Are there black people laughing? Because then it’s OK.” But only a fraction of my act is racial, but the fact that my teeth look like Chicklets, and I’ve got muttonchops, makes people uptight about it. And then they’ll see his (points to Magnum) “Oh, last time I saw this many white people, I was on trial.” Magnum: It’s the token factor. MD: And you eat it up. Magnum: I do, I do.
@dgifmZclYYi`e^jflkcXl^_k\iXe[Zi\Xk`m`kp]ifdd\dY\ij 9pK`dfk_pJep[\i :feki`Ylk`e^ni`k\i Shows such as “Saturday Night Live,” “In Living Color” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” showcased the best comics and improv actors while delivering side-splitting laughter. The shows were riddled with classic situations and unforgettable characters. Jim Carrey’s danger-seeking Fire Marshall Bill and Will Ferrell’s peeved version of Alex Trebek will forever be engrained in our pop culture hearts. FGCU’s Improv club gives students an opportunity to take part in this creative environment. The club, which meets every Wednesday, allows students to jump outside the box, let loose, and free themselves from the monotony of classes. The Improv club is a great
place to find good people. Each person that walks through the door is greeted by members with a warm smile that exudes a feeling of home. After a few minutes, you feel as though you have made a new network of friends, which is one of its many upsides. “It’s a place where you can be yourself and make a lot of new friends,” said Rachel Rosen, a freshman majoring in psychology. “I’m unique and out there, and this gives me a place to release my creative energy. No one judges, and we support everyone because we know that each of us have the same passion for theater and performance,” Rosen said. Each club meeting starts off with a warm-up game to get everyone involved. It is usually a fast-paced game that creates a comfort level even for the most
shy. “We start with a game that involves everyone. It’s more of a group effort where we answer questions as an energy lifter,” Rosen said. After that, participation is voluntary, allowing people to sit back, laugh, and enjoy the wild, fun energy. The Improv club is only in its second year but has already grown a great deal. This year, membership has doubled from 20 members last year to about 40 regular members. With newly received funding and more members, the group has plans to expand even further in the future. The beginning of each group meeting starts with announcements to help students get even further involved with other campus activities. This is followed by a reading
of the Improv Creed, which is a light-hearted interpretation of the infamous rules of Fight Club : 1. Tell everyone about Improv Club 2. Always talk about Improv Club 3. Say Yes. Always Yes 4. Limit usage of sex, drugs, alcohol. That’s a COPOUT 5. LISTEN 6. If you’re not performing, you’re NOT performing 7. Always have an open mind and positive attitude! 8. Don’t be stingy with your Improv games The creed shows the Improv club’s openness to new ideas and is an open invitation for all students to come and join. The club facilitates creative energy and supports anybody wanting to have a good time. The FGCU Improv club has had four meetings so far this
school year and continues to meet every Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Academic Building 5, room 112. Casey Debrowski, a senior majoring in math, is the club’s president. He wants as many people to come out as possible. “It’s a great place to have fun, relax, and get away from school for a while,” Debrowski said. He has scheduled shows for the group to perform in, including a gig at FGCU’s Halloween Party Oct. 26 on the Library Lawn. Debrowski and the rest of the group have been working with FGCU’s Theater Honors Society, Alpha Psi Omega, to expand and find more opportunities for the club. But for now, they are focused on having fun and making people laugh.
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steps, calling for eight ingredients at most. In addition, a lot of these ingredients are items people would already have stockpiled up. The first step is to get over the initial fear of the kitchen. While there are several intimidating gadgets and cooking utensils that leave most people dumbfounded and awestruck, cooking is not as difficult as it looks. For instance, this delicious bean dip takes literally five minutes to make, from opening the can of beans to pulling the dish out of the oven. All of the ingredients can be found at any local grocery store and shouldn’t cost more than $12. If you have any coupons or the items are on sale, stock up. Then you’ll already have the ingredients to make it next time.
It is an appetizer that requires little or no effort to whip up, yet it will always leave your guests salivating for more. Simply, combine a 4 ounce can of chilies, an 8 ounce can of traditional refried beans and a jar of salsa in a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir until you feel that the ingredients have blended together. Pour into a 9-by-9 Pyrex dish (glass bakeware) and sprinkle two cups of cheddar cheese on top. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cook for five to 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted completely. Let the dip cool and serve with tortilla chips. For those who are not quite ready yet to conquer the oven, this dish can be heated up in the microwave, as well. Just cook on high for eight
to 10 minutes, occasionally checking on the dip to make sure the cheese doesn’t burn. Cooking is all about experimentation, so don’t be afraid to alter the recipe and try to concoct your own variation. If you like olives, chop some of those up and toss them in or add a dollop of sour cream on top. With anything, practice makes perfect. The more you delve into cooking, the more comfortable you’ll feel and the more creative you’ll become. Always remember: You are in control of your kitchen. This is your first challenge: Roll up your sleeves, get your hands a little dirty and, as the French say, “Bon Appetit!”
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Coastland Center Mall (24 miles): This shopping center has stores and restaurants that closer shopping malls to campus don’t have to offer shoppers. Barefoot Beach (16 miles): One of Collier’s beautiful beaches is a nice place to get away and go relax or have a romantic picnic date. It isn’t a party-scene beach, but there are kayak and water sport rentals. Estero River Outfitters (6 miles): The rental shop is open daily from 7 a.m. 6 p.m. They offer kayak, paddleboat and canoe rentals. They also sell camping and fishing gear. FGCU The Eagle Challenge Course (23 miles): The course offers low- and high-course challenges and also standalone elements, such as a giant swing. Revolution Cable Park (20 miles): The 20-acre cable system is a Ski Rixen Model with five towers. It runs in a normal counterclockwise direction at 19 mph. Friday is College Day: Bring your ID and receive 20 percent off your cable time.
J_lkkc\Z`iZl`kZXeY\ ZlkYlkefk\c`d`eXk\[ Shuttle operating costs rise with student enrollment, costs that are paid for by the students. Although rumors that FGCU is going to do away with the shuttle system are just rumors, the possibility sparked a debate at the Eagle News editorial meeting last week. In a choice between North Lake housing and South Village housing, the majority of us agreed that North Lake can do without shuttles. The walk between North Lake and campus is more manageable than from SoVi to campus, but we wondered what would happen when Florida’s torrential downpours arrived. Should the shuttles run seasonally? There wasn’t a clear answer to rainy days. A few of us, though, felt that the shuttles should be kept for North Lake for convenience of the students. All of us agreed that no shuttle service between SoVi and campus is a negative prospect. The long walk wouldn’t be wellreceived by freshmen but more importantly,
the planned boardwalk from SoVi to campus isn’t going to be covered by a rain shield. We believe rain would become a deciding factor in whether freshmen would go to class and turn some potential students off to the university. The West Lake shuttle, which has its own share of controversy, can also be done away with. Even though West Lake is now an official FGCU housing complex, we feel that staying at West Lake warrants the ownership of a vehicle simply because you’re staying significantly farther off campus than SoVi or North Lake. The fundamental question surrounding the future of the shuttles is whether students are willing to see more money come out of their pockets to continue running the shuttles. At Eagle News, we don’t believe a total shutdown of the system is wise, but there are places where partial cutbacks would keep costs down — provided that the right infrastructure is in place to keep students dry. Opinions expressed are those of the Eagle News board of editors.
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in the upgrade was a change to the way photos are viewed in the news feed. They are larger, more prominent, and when multiple photos are added they are tiered in an eye-catching layout. Do you have a friend who uses a lot of game apps? Are you tired of having to block new games every time they begin a new one? Is there someone on your friend list who frequently spams your news feed with You Tube videos but has great status updates? You now have the option, under the subscribe button, to pick and choose what you do and don’t want to see from each individual on your friend list. This is a great function, but obviously tedious if you are one of those people with a friend list of several hundred people. What’s Next: There are more changes coming to Facebook this Friday. However, being charged to use Facebook is not one of the changes. That is only a hoax. I’ve had the opportunity to play with a preview version of the new “Timeline,” which is replacing the profile page. Timeline sorts all of your activity by year and month from now all of the way back to when you first signed up with the social networking site. Users can choose a cover photo as well as pick and choose what information to post or discard from their timeline. Friends, photos, likes and links are compartmentalized behind easy-to-use icons as well as a section designated “maps” where a history of check-ins are available for viewing. Once you get used to the novelty of it, Timeline is not much more than a digital scrapbook of your life as told by Facebook. It’s easy to slip into a comfort zone when we use social networking sites such as Facebook. The abundance of security controls and options can lull us into a false sense of privacy and security. The recent upgrades to Facebook are designed to allow users to share their information more easily, but they go a step further in allowing anyone who has not been actively blocked to now see information that was previously reserved for approved friends, friends of friends or networks. Unless you make the effort to customize your posts, much of your information can be viewed by anyone you have not blocked. It’s a reminder that anything and everything we post on the web is public, no matter how much we try to hide behind privacy and security controls. 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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but being gay, but with no corrective actions on his record, his sexual orientation was the only concrete reason. Each branch has scores of stories such as Dan’s, and exemplified in movies such as “G.I. Jane,” staring Demi Moore. But that’s all over now ... or is it? The ban on homosexuals in the military has been lifted and now the men and women should be able to serve as openly as they care to. That is wonderful. Homosexuals have been serving in military units since the dawn of war in disguise, and now they can show their own pride. Sadly, however, their struggles are not over. The military will not recognize partners or even legal marriages when it comes to benefits a soldier receives for risking their lives to keep us safe. They get no housing allowance increase for their families, they will get no separation pay if deployed and none of the same life and medical insurances that straight couples would be entitled to. Nonetheless, the repeal of the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military is a wonderful victory for those who previously had to hide. This falls in line with other great victories over archaic military policies such as preventing women, blacks and immigrants from being allowed to defend the country they love against all enemies, foreign or domestic. I know that while this battle may be over, the war is far from won. I wish you much luck and my most sincere congratulations on your victory, and thank you for your service. 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.
Mfk\ije\\[kf\c\ZkjdXik jkXcnXikj#efkZfeki`m\[dXjZfkj 9p:fcc`eCc\n\ccpe JkX]]ni`k\i Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo once said “You campaign in poetry, you govern in prose.” Rick Perry and the U.S. electorate seem to have missed this memo. The governor of Texas and 2012 GOP presidential candidate stands in front of crowds flaunting his record of 234 state executions like a peacock. All the while smirking and announcing things such as “ultimate justice” while the crowd roars with approbation. The death penalty remains one of the grayest of the gray subject matters for liberals and conservatives. It’s easy to find members of either party who are for or against the issue, or even members who are undecided. But what is it about the conservative base, which cheers proudly at the mention of Rick Perry’s 234 executions, that finds these campaign points attractive? During the Tea Party debate in Tampa on Sept. 12, Wolf Blitzer asked Ron Paul if an uninsured man should be left to die by his government in a serious medical dilemma. Before Paul had time to respond, the audience shouted loudly, “YES!” “YEAH!” as they applauded not Ron Paul’s response, but the idea of our government leaving the man to die. Capital punishment and health care are important topics for voters. But when did electing a president become a competition to find the next Chuck Norris? Haven’t we learned our lesson
from the last cowboy president we elected? This country could very well be in the twilight of prosperity, so why doesn’t the base want a conservative who is intellectually seasoned rather than one who brags about shooting coyotes in his spare time? There is nothing poetic about this presidential race thus far. Instead of positive politics and policy views that can instill hope in voters, it seems that all that can get the conservative vote rowdy is the topic of death and execution or throwing the kitchen sink at one another. So what’s the problem? If voters are responding to executions and hypothetical death situations, then maybe it’s wise for the candidates to take this approach. Then the problem is the cloudy view of whom elected officials should be. If we want the smartest doctors, lawyers and pilots taking care of us, why wouldn’t we want the smartest president? We need to stop electing politicians that we would want to have a beer with or go hunting with, and elect one who can use their brainpower to nudge us in the right direction. Someone who can begin to help restore the United States to what it used to be. The state of U.S. politics and the 2012 GOP presidential race is starting to remind me of another quote: Jean-Paul Sartre said, “Hell is other people.” 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.
WEDNESDAY, SEP 28 EAGLE NEWS OPINION B5
EDITOR: ANDREW FRIEDGEN OPINION@EAGLENEWS.ORG
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enamored by technological glitz, the Brougham was an absolute halo car. “The Cadillac of Cadillacs.” Fifty-four years after the Brougham, I was astonished when a Lexus ad played on a website I frequent. The ad described a camera built into the d a s h b o a rd that could read your f a c i a l expressions and determine if you were distracted or not. If it senses that you aren’t focusing on the road and there’s an object ahead, it will chime with a warning light, and if you don’t react, it will gently apply the brakes.
Then the system will alter the steering ratio and allow the driver to steer around the object more easily. I shouted a profanity-riddled statement at the end of the ad because, being a tech-geek, a system so sophisticated excited me. Technological developments are quickly becoming more powerful and more dumbfounding. Moore’s law is a theoretical trend governing computer hardware that states “the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles about every two years.” Basically, it details an exponential growth of processing speed, memory capacity and
sensors. As computers progressed from the massive house-sized instruments of the 1950s, the technology became smaller until our Lexus system was compact enough to fit in the car. In recent years we’ve seen Smart Grids intelligently regulate household electricity use, the cell phone compact and give us a much wider variety of options than 10 years ago and viable home-theater 3D systems emerge. Skype has given us the ability to communicate via video with people hundreds of thousands miles away. While some of these advancements have become so commonplace that we don’t think anything of it, take a step back and appreciate the sheer wonder of it. When technological
developments are made, they positively affect all other aspects of society. We have been provided environmental, communicative and entertainment advances that people not so long ago wouldn’t even dream of. But the future is even more promising. If the ballooning of technological development as a whole in the last century is any indication, then the 21st century is as shining as a 1957 Cadillac showroom. Andrew is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He enjoys exploring the concepts of cynicism and optimism side by side. He is also a big fan of new wave/synthpop music.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
;i\Xd8ZkefkjfdlZ_f]X[i\Xd]fic\^XcZ`k`q\ej 9p:Xk_\i`e\>fidXe <e^c`j_#j\e`fi In response to “Undocumented Residents may find California Dream; Florida is unlikely to follow in footsteps” on Sept. 21. The Dream Act isn’t necessarily a Dream. In response to last week’s article regarding California’s
adoption of the Dream Act, AB 131, I’d like to support Florida’s lack of following in its footsteps. Florida is a very diverse state; we have residents from all over who have come to our state legally. In regards to the Dream Act, why should illegal immigrants be able to receive a break on Florida Tuition when it is reasonable to assume that they are not contributing
to the taxes that support such monetary breaks? Furthermore, why should someone that is a legal resident of a neighboring state and that has contributed to the state’s welfare in taxes, etc. be discriminated against by having to pay more? For all of those students who are out-of-state and already have to pay more, why should someone
who is out-of-state just like you not have to? As an in-state student, I feel as though the Dream Act is unfair. It takes away funding from citizens who would also like to attend a university in our state. As a citizen and taxpayer, I want my money contributing to a scholarship for a documented citizen who has earned a
scholarship due to their qualifications, not their race or citizenship. We can assist illegal immigrants in schooling and citizenship in many ways. I am not proposing we don’t. What I am proposing is a fair way that does not take away from legal citizens of the United States.
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beat up our poor steering wheels over. If every garage had a one way directional pattern, I believe that things would flow smoother in the most hectic of times. If the direction was to the right, a person could enter a garage and go right until the ramp that leads to the next level. If they want to go up they could. Or they could stay on the same level. If the go up, they go up and again can go to the right and either bypass the ramp to stay on that level, go back down a level on the left side, or go up. Repeat until the top is reached where the only option is to go down. This would stop the current debacle of people waiting from all directions to go up and no one being allowed to go down a level or even back out of a space. This would keep cars moving and decrease the amount of traffic that backs up onto FGCU Boulevard just before most classes start and end. I can’t believe this hasn’t been done yet.
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8$JlegcXpY\^`ejX]k\ikfg$('n`e 9pIfeC\\ JkX]]ni`k\i Bob Butehorn just wants his team to focus. That was the theme this week as the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s soccer team prepares for their Atlantic Sun Conference campaign. The Eagles are set to open conference play against rival Stetson Friday night in Deland. “Conference (play) changes everything. The intensity level goes up,” Butehorn said. “It is important that we stay focused and take every game for what it is; the most important game.” The Eagles (3-2-2) are coming
off a big road win against No. 8 UCF. They defeated the Golden Knights 2-1 in Orlando last Saturday. It is the first winning streak of the season for FGCU, and they look to take the momentum into their A-Sun schedule. “Anytime you play in any conference, the first game is always the most difficult,” Butehorn said. “We tried to play a schedule that was difficult, so it would prepare us for any type of game we might face.” The Eagles played a challenging non-conference schedule to help them prepare for what lies ahead. They are 1-1 against Top 10 teams this season.
“We played some very good teams,” junior forward Andres Navas said. “It helped us prepare, but we are still going to play some good teams in the A-Sun.” Navas scored the game-winner against UCF. It was a goal that helped him net this week’s A-Sun Conference Player of the Week award. His five points are also tied for the team lead with seniors Josey Portillo and Francesco DiStefano. “It’s the first one I’ve gotten. I am pretty happy about that,” Navas said. “I’m just trying to get better every practice, every game, and trying to do what I can to help the team.” “It was a big win (UCF) against
a great team,” he said. “It helps our momentum and confidence, and it’s a good way to go into conference.” FGCU doesn’t have an easy road ahead. Two of their next four games are against Top 25 opponents. After this week’s road game, however, the Eagles will host five out of the remaining eight. It’s a schedule that Butehorn described as a “blessing.” Those matchups will be highlighted by a Tuesday night home contest against No. 13 USF on Oct. 4. The Eagles will face their stiffest A-Sun test against No. 22 East Tennessee State on Oct. 16 in Johnson City, Tenn. The big difference this year
is that FGCU will be post-season eligible for the first time in school history. With the NCAA tournament looming large, Butehorn is doing his best to keep his players focused. “The NCAA (tournament) is not in our thought process right now, maybe to everybody else, but not to the group,” Butehorn said. “The focus of the group is just playing as well as we can.” His message is spreading to the players. “We feel confident,” Navas said. We feel good, but we’re humble about it. As long as we continue to play good, we feel comfortable with where we will end up.”
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University on Aug. 19 in a 4-1 victory by the Eagles. Her second goal was a game-winner against Davidson University on Aug. 28 in a 2-1 victory, a goal that ended Davidson’s 13-game home winning streak. Arnold’s third goal came in a 3-2 victory over FIU on Sept. 9, three games prior to the start of conference play, which began on Sept. 23. Arnold was persuaded to
come to FGCU by the beauty of the campus, as well as the persuasiveness of coach Jim Blankenship. “I was looking at a lot of schools up north, closer to my home in New Jersey, but I came down here and fell in love with the campus and the team,” Arnold said. “Jim (Blankenship) was really persuasive about how the program was, and how we would be starting the foundation of something great, and he was
just really welcoming as a coach. When I met the girls they were really nice, too, so I just felt like this was the best fit for me.” Freshman forward Shannen Wacker, Arnold’s best friend, shares something in common with her classmate The two friends were born just a day apart in February. According to Jessica Swartzentruber, a junior forward, Arnold’s foot speed and stamina set her apart. “She’s (Arnold) got a lot of speed,” Swartzentruber said. “She makes really good runs, and she never seems tired out.” Wacker evaluates Arnold similarly. “She’s (Arnold) a very good runner,” Wacker said. “She makes the long run every time, and it gives us a lot more opportunities.” As a freshman, Arnold realizes she still must polish her game. In particular, she aims to get better at an aggressive offensive move. That is, “When I receive the ball with my back facing the goal, being able to turn and take on defenders one-on-one by myself,” Arnold said. Arnold takes pride in her scoring prowess. “I’m a forward and I like to score,” Arnold said. “It’s nice being one of the leaders, but there’s definitely a lot of other
girls who are catching up to me (in scoring), so I need to step it up a little bit.” FGCU has a 6-3-2 record coming into Saturday’s game at Stetson. With more at stake in A-Sun play, Arnold looks to build on her impressive start.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28 EAGLE NEWS SPORTS B7
EDITOR: JOSH SIEGEL SPORTS@EAGLENEWS.ORG
B\epXeilee\ifm\iZfd\j`ealip#c\X[jk\Xd 9pK_fdXjG%:fin`e JkX]]ni`k\i FGCU cross country runner Gilbert Chemaoi isnâ€™t the first athlete to recover from an injury. But it seems no one has done a better job of rebounding from it than him. Chemaoi, a redshirt sophomore who last year had an injured tibia, has spent countless hours of rehabilitation and now, one month into the season, looks better than ever. â€œHe has already exceeded the kind of season he had last year,â€? said cross country coach Cassandra Harbin. â€œNow we want to keep him healthy through the rest of the season and into the conference meet. I am not thinking of a certain time for him to race, but I just hope that he keeps on improving and working hard. He cares deeply about the team and always works hard for the team.â€? Chemaoi means a lot to the Eagles in almost every way. â€œGilbert (Chemaoi) does a lot of leading by example,â€? Harbin said. â€œHis attitude is always good, always positive. He is really good for the morale of the team.â€?
Chemaoi saved his best for last in 2010, running a season-best 26:50.69 at the A-Sun Championship to finish in 52nd place. Two years ago, he was a redshirt on an Eastern Kentucky team that earned its fourth consecutive Ohio Valley Conference title. â€œThe leg feels great right now,â€? Chemaoi said. â€œI have worked out with a trainer, and itâ€™s made great progress. It has been a lot of work.â€? Chemaoi typically spends two days a week â€” Wednesday and Friday â€” working with the athletic trainer. Chemaoi came to FGCU by leaving a powerful collegiate program in Eastern Kentucky as well as a lot of cold winters. Yet, being a part of a successful, high-profile program such as Eastern Kentucky wasnâ€™t the greatest fit for Cheamoi. â€œI was part of a great team in Kentucky (Eastern),â€? Chemaoi said. â€œThey always have a strong team. But I felt that I couldnâ€™t catch up with the rest of the team most of the time. I felt like I needed to be on a young team with people on my level. Itâ€™s been nice to start over with a younger team.â€? Chemaoi attended Kirobon High School in Kenya, and was named Athlete of the Year in the Nakuru
Chemaoi District Championship. â€œI think Iâ€™m capable of a top 10 finish in the conference meet (A-Sun Championship),â€? Chemaoi said. â€œAll of us got a look at the course it will be held on in Tennessee (at Vanderbilt), so that gives us all a lot of confidence. If I can finish in or close to the top 10, Iâ€™ll be happy. I think I can beat and improve on my personal best for the 8K.â€? Teammate Chris Rudloff, a sophomore, credits Chemaoi for bringing a quality presence to the team.
â€œGilbert (Chemaoi) is definitely a good influence on the rest of the team,â€? Rudloff said. â€œHe is a funny guy and fun to be around. Everyone looks up to him as a very tough runner. He jokes around a lot, but he handles business well when itâ€™s time to run in practice or a meet. He brings a lot of maturity and guts to our team.â€? The cross country season has gone solidly for young and talented FGCU. The menâ€™s cross country team won the FGCU Invitational in early September, came in 10th at the Commodore Class in Nashville, Tenn., and placed seventh out of an 18-team in the field in the UF Mountain Dew Invitational in Gainesville. Chemaoi has battled teammate Argeo Cruz for top team honors in those meets. Chemaoi finished second on the team in the FGCU Invite at 20:39.80, was first on the team at 26:00.80 in the Commodore Classic and third among the Eagles at 27:31.57 last week in Gainesville. â€œI think the meet in Tennessee was the best meet of the year for the team and me personally,â€? Chemaoi said. â€œWe had an especially great week of training. To finish how we
did is great, considering all the great teams that were there. Everyone stuck together, and it showed in the final results.â€?
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Each meet is a training session in itself. With every event, each girl has something different to work on, which is exactly what the coaching staff is working to conquer in hopes of bringing a strong team together as a whole. Even as they’ve dominated their conference in recent seasons, Studd promises to not look past anyone. “In terms of our conference (CCSA), I don’t think we really have any weaknesses,” Studd said. “We have some pretty young divers and we’re looking for them to step up. We are always looking for new ways to improve. Whether it’s looking at our weight program, or our nutrition, we strive to improve in all areas, all the time.” Tanninen says it is difficult to consistently round up the same motivation and team-oriented focus workout after workout in a individual sport. “As long as we work together as a team (we’ll be fine),” Tanninen said. “A good mentality and a good attitude at every practice goes a long way. Sometimes it’s hard to find the
motivation after working so hard so much, so you’ve got to be on top of it. We all have to work together as a team even though it’s an individual sport.” FGCU also has some big-name recruits coming in, with a freshman class that was ranked 24th in the nation by collegeswimming.com. A key name Studd mentioned is Emma Svensson, a freshmen recruit from Sweden. Her signing was announced Tuesday. Svensson is the Swedish national record holder in the 50 backstroke and is considered the best recruit in the history of the FGCU program. Another swimmer who is expected to excel this season is junior Eva Lehtonen, who transferred from the University of Florida in the middle of her sophomore year. Lehtonen could not speak any more highly of how much better her experience at FGCU has been compared to her time with the Gators. “I love it so much more here,” Lehtonen said. “It’s really a great team and there’s a lot more of a team atmosphere.”
Lehtonen looks toward this season with great anticipation and confidence. “We’ve really stepped up the game this year, and I can even tell that coach (Studd) has stepped up the intensity on us as well. I think we’re ready.” On top of handling a blossoming team of talented swimmers and divers, Studd also attempts to
multitask the care of his new 3-weekold baby. Studd explains that one of the biggest struggles for him this season is getting enough sleep so that he won’t “be so grumpy” at practices. However, he expects the same of himself that he does for the rest of his team, “to leave practice knowing that I’ve given everything I could that day.”
J\Zfe[$p\Xi<hl\jki`Xe:clYi`[\j_`^_ 9p8e[i\n9`ee`e^\i JkX]]ni`k\i Many students might not be aware that FGCU has an Equestrian Club. The club, which started in April 2010, is now entering its second full year. Many schools in Florida have equestrian clubs, and because of this, FGCU got the idea to bring a club here. Sarah Lacy, Equestrian Club president, was inspired to join the club due to her love of horses. “I was convinced by the club founder to join, and I’ve been riding horses since I was 8,” Lacy said. The team currently has about 25 members, and practices take place at the Providence Equestrian Center in Bonita. “There are not any set practices,” Lacy said. “Every rider sets up a time for horseback riding or group riding and normally anyone practices one or two times a week.” The FGCU Equestrian Club, which competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, competes in competitions with schools from states such as Georgia and South Carolina. One thing that members of the club are noticing this year is that people who join have never ridden a horse before, which is fine.
“Having the club is a gateway for people to join,” Lacy said. If all goes well, the FGCU Equestrian Club will compete in its first meet of the year in late October. Nicole Wasser recently joined the club. Wasser, who has been riding horses for 12 years, wanted to continue riding when she got into school. “Riding a horse is a natural habit (for me),” Wasser said. “You are away from everything and have no worries.” At the Providence Equestrian Center, where the club practices, the farm provides 27 horses and a track. When the club travels to different farms to compete in meets (or shows), they must use the host farm’s horses. So, at shows, members ride horses that they have never ridden before, which can be a challenge. Schools can bring 18 riders to shows, who compete in different classes. The first class is the hunt seat equitation, where riders are judged on form and how they control the horse. In the flat class, horses do not jump, but riders must ride at different speeds. In the jump class, riders navigate a pre-determined course that the host farm designs. Riders are given a map of the course the day of the show. They
must memorize the course before the show starts. Scoring is based on a point system. If a rider places first through sixth, they are awarded points. The points accumulate throughout the year, with the top point-getters moving on to
regionals and nationals. There are 10 shows per year. FGCU is listed in Region 5, which involves mostly Southern states. A third rider on the team, Tamara Rile, also encourages students to come out and ride. “Riding is a lot of fun and
horses are an experience within themselves,” Rile said. For those who are interested in getting more information about the club, they can check out the team’s page on Facebook or contact Lacy at salacy@eagle. fgcu.edu.