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One 4Loko, two 4Loko... floor Caffeine and alcohol drink stirs up Fla. legislation By Katie Egan Senior staff writer and Samantha League News editor


t’s sweeping college campuses worldwide. It’s cheaper than a six-pack of beer, but one can has alcohol content about equal to a six pack. Four Loko, the “premium 24-ounce caffeinated alcohol beverage,” has been banned from Central Washington University and Ramapo College in New Jersey, and the state of New Jersey is seeking to ban it entirely. The “blackout in a can” is under fire by the Food and Drug Ad-

ministration after an off-campus party gone wrong in Ellensburg, Wash., where nine Central Washington University students were hospitalized in October and believed to be sickened after consuming Four Loko, according to CNN. Police say some of the Central Washington University students had a blood alcohol content higher than .3, which can kill you. Energy drinks contain a laundry list of exotic ingredients, but Four Loko only contains four: caffeine, taurine, guarana and alcohol. Taurine, thought to inhibit performance, is also a main in-

gredient found in Red Bull. Guarana is a natural source of caffeine from South America, and contains twice as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, according to CNN. These ingredients allow the consumer to ingest large amounts of alcohol without passing out. According to Dr. Martha Rosenthal, FGCU professor of physiology and neuroscience, alcohol is metabolized by zero-order kinetics. That means it takes a certain amount of time for alcohol to break down into non-intoxicating subjects.

The 7-Eleven on Alico Road sells eight different types of Four Loko drinks. According to an assistant manager, the store sells about 70 cans a week, mostly between Thursday please see FOUR LOKO on page 5 and Saturday and primarily to customers 25 years old or younger. EN photo/Mike Ricci

IMAlive Senate bill funds 25 students for top crisis training By Megan Hoolihan Senior Staff writer

T A mixed-use development was recently approved adjacent to FGCU. Students and Lee County commissioners alike believe the development will provide a place for FGCU students. AP photo

Approved developments will help campus growth By Samantha League News editor


wo developments have been approved for future housing sites, guaranteed to provide student housing for FGCU’s growing population. On Oct. 20, Lee County commissioners approved a mixed-use development, called Alico West, adjacent to FGCU. This development, which is 919 acres, will include 1,950 student residences and 1.5 million square-feet of commercial space, according to a report in The News-Press. The land, which used to be a mine until the early 1990s, is valued at $6.5 million. The company that owns the land currently, Alico, also agreed to donate 40 acres to the university for academic buildings. University officials hope Alico West will offer a “geograph-

ical focal point for a university now composed predominantly of commuting students,” according to The News-Press. Another development, University Highlands, was approved on Oct. 18. University Highlands is located at Ben Hill Griffin and Estero parkways, just south of campus near Germain Arena. Originally, the development was going to contain 2,335 residential units. An amendment to the original proposal reduced the maximum residential units to 2,279 and increased the square footage of commercial space from 818,000 to 910,000. The projects still need to go through more zoning approvals and finalizations before construction can begin.

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he Hopeline Bill, which will provide funds for 25 students to be trained as volunteers for the IMAlive online crisis network, passed 32-0 at the Oct. 26 senate meeting. The IMAlive program was launched by The Kristin Brooks Hope Center, which operates one of the largest suicide hotlines (1-800-SUICIDE) and the wellknown, nonprofit organization To Write Love on Her Arms. IMAlive is the first live, online, peer-to-peer counseling network with 100 percent of its staff certified in trained crisis intervention. The aim of IMAlive is to provide online support to people in crisis who are unable or unwilling to reach out for help by making a phone call to a crisis network. Studies indicate that people in crisis are more willing and comfortable to seek help via written communication online as opposed to using a telephone hotline or seeking face-to-face counseling. Each IMAlive volunteer must undergo a minimum of 50 hours of training and also pass a series of tests and screenings. Training costs $250 per volunteer with a commitment to work a minimum of four hours per week for one year. The Hopeline Bill will fund the online training of 25 FGCU students by the Question, Persuade, Refer Institute. Training

and service time will be completed in the FGCU library. After the year of commitment is completed, the $250 will be credited back as training credits, which will enable the training of 25 new volunteers every year. 1-800-SUICIDE has responded to more than 3 million crisis calls since 1998, and To Write Love on Her Arms has responded to more than 100,000 messages from people battling depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide since 2006. “I am thrilled … the passing

of this bill shows that we have caring and empathetic students at FGCU. This program demonstrates a realistic approach to combating depression; it allows students to seek help and offer help,” said Sen. Alex Trent, who sponsored the bill. The Service Learning Department has agreed to acknowledge all of the hours involved in the program for the volunteers who complete the course. Students who are interested in applying for training should e-mail projectdiy@eagle.fgcu. edu

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24. Student Senate passed a bill last week that would give 25 students the opportunity to learn how to help students who are struggling with depression. EN illustration/ Elliot Taylor

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Oct. 24, 2010, through Oct. 31, 2010 Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 3:13 p.m.: A concerned mother called UPD and stated her son purchased oxycontin from a student attending FGCU last fall. Her son is currently in rehab. The individual wishes to remain anonymous. The student who sold the drugs does not live on campus anymore but still attends FGCU. Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 8:26 p.m.: UPD received an anonymous call stating that there is an individual living on campus with his girlfriend and violating the student housing lease. It was also stated that the subject has previously been arrested in Sarasota for auto burglary.When UPD arrived at the dorm, the resident and the subject were not present. A roommate in the dorms stated that she had taken him back to Sarasota.

Thursday, Oct. 28 at 2:31 p.m.: An individual called UPD and stated that there is a person in the library who has a shirt on that reads “POLICE.� He also stated that it appeared the person had a gun in a holster strapped around his right leg. Officers investigated and it was revealed he was a Florida Highway Patrol firearm instructor in a study group. Thursday, Oct. 28 at 11:20 p.m.: A complainant called UPD and stated that a male struck a female in the face at the haunted walk on FGCU Parkway. EMS and a UPD officer responded to the scene. They transported the suspect to LCSO and took pictures of the victim’s face for evidence.

Monday, Nov. 1 at 9:18 p.m. to 2:54 a.m.: A traffic stop was conducted when an officer saw a vehicle driving aggressively and doing donuts. When the vehicle was pulled over, the officer noticed the driver moving around like he was trying to hide something. The officer noticed a spoon on the bottom of the floor board with a white substance on it and burn marks on the bottom. The officer requested a crystal meth test kit. The officer received consent to search the vehicle and found a total of six similar metal spoons with the same substance on it. The white power tested positive for synthetic narcotics. The driver was issued citations for careless driving and an expired tag, and arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug parphernalia.

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Students celebrated Pride Day last Wednesday on the Library Lawn. Multicultural Relations put the event on in honor of National Coming Out Month in October.EN photo/ Chealsye Bowley

Pride Day about acceptance By Chealsye Bowley Staff writer


he FGCU community celebrated Pride Day last Wednesday on the library lawn, and one word came across loud and clear at the event hosted by Student Government’s multicultural relations committee: acceptance “Through my job as multicultural relations director, I want to rid FGCU of tolerance and add acceptance. With acceptance you have to understand it,� said Rashad Davis, a sophomore majoring in political science and theater. Pride Day takes place during October — National Coming Out Month — with celebrity speakers. The event promoted acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, and the development of “straight,� heterosexual students as allies who support and accept. “It’s great that we have this event. Everyone should be comfortable in their own skin and be treated equally,� said Alyssa

Johnson, a sophomore majoring in communications. Many FGCU-registered student organizations were in attendance at the event, including Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) and Gender Equality Organization (GEO). Additionally, the Naples Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) came out and spoke about relatives accepting their LGBT youth. Amanda Adams, GEO and senior majoring in environmental science, explained GEO’s mustache booth was a way to challenge the gender binary system. “We’re trying to raise awareness about gender equality issues. Seeing girls walk around with mustaches catches your eye. We are trying to challenge the idea of femininity,� Adams said. In addition to the speakers from PFLAG, Pride Day hosted celebrity speakers including Isis King from “America’s Next Top Model�; Deon Davis, who wrote “I’ll Find a Way: A Mother’s Journey of Love and Acceptance for Her Gay Son�; and David Mallory from “Real World Denver.�

Mallory who came out as gay during his undergraduate years at Stetson University, is self-described as from a “bible-beating� family with a grandfather preacher and Sunday school teacher mother. “You don’t have to be gay to have pride. You can be a proud gay ally, proud for your religion, race, gender. “It starts with loving yourself,� Mallory said. Billy Dahlstrom, a junior majoring in criminal justice and forensics, was impressed with how accepting FGCU is about the LGBT community. “I think it (FGCU) is pretty accepting. I’ve visited a lot of schools and they didn’t seem open about it. There are so many safe zones here and events that aren’t seen at other schools,� Dahlstrom said. The solidarity and support among LGBT and allies at FGCU was also demonstrated Oct. 20 when students wore purple in honor of six gay teen suicides that attracted national attention.




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$".164#3*&' Speaker puts face on modern slavery Julie Shematz, founder/CEO of Beauty from Ashes Ministries and an FGCU full-time graduate student in education, will be giving a presentation about who the victims of human trafficking are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in Reed 249. Shematz is a social justice missionary who hopes to inspire people with her powerful testimony of “beauty from ashes.â€? Shematz grew up fatherless, and has overcome sexual and domestic abuse, abandonment, depression, addictions and being a victim of human trafficking. In 2005, she established the Beauty from Ashes Ministries, Inc., which is a not-for-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping women and children involved in or associated with the sex industry. “She has a really interesting perspective because she’s actually a survivor of human trafficking ‌ (her presentation) will be really informative and eye-opening for a lot of people,â€? said Carey Walker, a sophomore majoring in history and minoring in education and interdisciplinary studies. The event is sponsored by the Student Abolitionist Movement (SAM), which is dedicated to raising awareness of and increasing engagement with the issue of modern-day slavery. SAM is both an RSO and honors service team. Walker and Katie Silva, a junior majoring in psychology, are co-presidents for the SAM RSO and co-leaders for the SAM service team. Aside from being CEO of Beauty from Ashes Ministries, Shematz is enrolled in the Mental Health Counseling program, is a licensed minister and was a licensed hair, nail and makeup specialist for nine years. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Herron School of Art at Indiana University, and was a triple major, Dean’s List student at Purdue University while running on the women’s track team. To get involved with SAM, search for FGCU Student Abolitionist Movement ’10-’11 on Facebook.

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Proposed legislation could provide housing Alico continued from page 1

According to NBC-2, these approvals will allow FGCU to branch out with dorms and a student village. FGCU is expecting to add another 10,000 students within the next decade. Although the university will eventually have space for 5,000 students to live on campus, the university will

still have 17,000 students commuting every day from fairly remote locations. These developments will be completed in time to give future students a closer place to live and, possibly, more of a “collegetown feel.� Those worried about the developments at the commission meetings were either concerned about the developments being “ignored by the university like other developments,� or Miromar Lakes homeowners who were concerned about “noise, lighting and other consequences.�

Fort Myers attorney Charles Basinait, who represented Alico, retaliated with a reminder that Miromar Lakes was built after the university, and how the Alico West mine was active at the time of its creation as well. “When Miromar Lakes was built there was an active mine on the (Alico West) site,� Basinait was quoted by The NewsPress. “I struggle to see how that’s more compatible than what we’re doing.� — The News-Press and NBC-2 contributed to this report.


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“So if you chug 12 beers at once (or two Four Lokos), your body needs to essentially metabolize 12 hours’ worth right away,â€? Rosenthal said. “It can’t do this, so the alcohol builds up in your bloodstream and does nasty things like, oh, shutting down the respiratory centers of your brain.â€? Although the caffeine may give the drinker more energy to drink, Rosenthal doesn’t think the amount of caffeine is the problem for most people. “The other stuff — caffeine, taurine, artificial flavors and colors — aren’t helping, but I’d say the major danger comes from the big ol’ dose of alcohol,â€? Rosenthal said. Four Loko was developed by three Ohio State University alumni. Eventually, the controversial energy drink was produced by Phusion Products in Chicago. “Fourâ€? made its debut in the United States during 2005. It was first distributed in its home state of Ohio and within six months, Florida, California and Illinois followed suit. Four Loko comes in nine flavors: citrus, grape, orange blend, watermelon, fruit punch, blue raspberry, lemonade, cranberry lemonade and lemon-lime. But those flavors don’t mask the potentially fatal effects of this “blackout in a can.â€? Although Jessie DuperrĂŠ, a sophomore majoring in nursing, drinks Four Lokos, she hasn’t personally witnessed a Loko “blackoutâ€? night. “I drink Lokos frequently, and yeah, they can get you intoxicated,

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Central Washington University Professor Ken Briggs holds up a can of the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko at a news conference at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. on Oct. 25. Nine students were hospitalized after the Oct. 8 party in Roslyn, where about 50 people had been drinking. AP photo

but I have never ‘blacked out’ from them and have never heard of any of my friends blacking out either,â€? said DuperrĂŠ, 21. Kevin Dowty, a senior majoring in civil and environmental engineering, thinks the issue boils down to simply being responsible. “I think that, just like every other controlled legal substance, you need to drink responsibly,â€? said Dowty, 22. “If you’re going to drink them, you need to understand the consequences of what could possibly happen, and not drink two or three at a time.â€? Hypothetically, if someone has two to three Four Lokos in an hour, they’ve just chugged 12 to 18 drinks. However, Sammy Bordner, a junior majoring in accounting, be-

lieves Four Lokos are perceived as “more dangerousâ€? because of the specific group of consumers they attract. “I think the reason why they are perceived as dangerous is because they are preferred by younger, more inexperienced drinkers, and especially girls,â€? said Bordner, 21. “Usually girls prefer liquor over beer.â€? Employees at a local 7-Eleven said they sell 70 cans a week with the majority of the sales happening Thursday through Saturday. They estimated that 90 percent of the consumers are 25 years old or younger. “Four Lokos are (also) easier to get‌ when people go on a beer run at a gas station, they can grab a Four Loko, too, as opposed to going on a separate trip to the liquor

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store,� he said. Although Four Lokos are easily available and appealing to college students, students need to understand the ingredients of the drink, and to always be responsible when drinking. “They need to understand the risk involved with drinking a Loko and any other alcoholic caffeinated beverage — they should not be banned,� Dowty said. Phusion Products, the maker of Four Loko, echoed this point: “When consumed responsibly, our products are just as safe as any other alcoholic beverage.�

Who says a benefit for children’s cancer research can’t be fun? This Saturday, Nov. 6, Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity will be hosting their first “IDKâ€? Party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Vapiano’s, located in Gulf Coast Town Center. Attendees will find out what “IDKâ€? means at the party. Greeks and non-Greeks, 18 years or older, are invited to come out. For Greeks there is no entrance fee. There’s a $5 entrance fee for non-Greek men and a $3 entrance fee for non-Greek women. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is Kappa Alpha Psi’s philanthropy. “(Kappa Alpha Psi’s) purpose is to better the community and help individuals in need — we strive for achievement in every field of human endeavor,â€? said Willis Harris, the Polemark (president) of Kappa Alpha Psi. Harris hopes attendees will keep that purpose in mind when they attend the event. “I just want people to have a phenomenal night, to understand we want diversity‌ and to understand your mo ney’s going for a good purpose: the cancer research center,â€? he said. The attire for this event is nicecasual. Kappa Alpha Psi invites everyone to enjoy its first party of the year and help a worthy cause while doing so. — Eagle News staff


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Take the Walk minus your shoes for charity On Nov. 4, students are invited to participate in a one-mile barefoot walk from noon to 2 p.m. on the library lawn. The goal of the walk, which is organized by Jamie Gillhespy of FGCU’s Rotaract Club, is to encourage students to walk barefoot for a day in order to raise money for the Take the Walk organization. This organization, headed by the brothers of the pop band Hanson, donates $1 for every person who participates in the walk. The money is then used to purchase shoes. Having been inspired by the Hanson brothers’ example and feeling the need to make a difference of his own, Gillhespy got to work on organizing his own event with the help of the Rotaract Club. “Rotaract gave me the resources I needed to pursue my goal of organizing my own walk. For me, Rotaract is about leadership, it’s about networking, it’s about having the type of support system that made my walk possible,� said Gillhespy. In order for every participant to be counted, they need to register. Walkers can register either before the event begins or afterward if they are not able to walk from the start. Gillhespy’s goal is to get at least 151 people, the amount needed to beat the first walk event that Hanson held. “Don’t be intimidated by the barefoot thing, and don’t let that keep you from joining us on the walk because the message of awareness and action is so relevant,� Gillhespy said. For more information, contact Gillhespy at

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Dr. Michael Berenbaum, a leading expert on the Holocaust, will be coming to FGCU Monday, Nov. 8 to speak to students and faculty about this infamous time in history and the 72nd anniversary of Kristallnacht. Kristallnacht, or “Night of the Broken Glass,� is considered by some to be the beginning of the Holocaust. On this night in Germany in 1938, Nazi youth went through Jewish neighborhoods destroying synagogues, homes and Jewish businesses by burning them and breaking the windows. The event being held on campus, which is sponsored by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, will discuss this evening and its effects on the Holocaust. Dr. John Cox, an assistant professor of social and behavioral science, invited Berenbaum because “he always puts a high priority on being able to meet and exchange ideas with students.� Although there won’t be any other on-campus events to commemorate this historic anniversary, Berenbaum will be speaking at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Naples the previous day, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. Cox also advises that interested students and faculty arrive early because “it could be a full house.� Time is 2 p.m. Monday in the Student Union. — Eagle News staff

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Eagle I ambassadors give international students a real taste of FGCU, American life By Eslande Dambrevil Contributing writer


nternational Services has put together a new program that recruits American students who help international students get adjusted to not only living in America, but also adjusted to life on a college campus. The Eagle I Ambassador Program is designed to enhance cross-cultural understanding and awareness among all students, develop cross-cultural skills for all participants and to facilitate global awareness and leaning, according to the International Services website. Some of the Eagle I ambassadors’ roles and expectations include committing to one year of involvement with an international student, assisting with new international students’ pre-arrival information and their arrival/introduction to campus, participating with international students in non-classroom activities, and rooming with an international student, if possible. These are just a few responsibilities the ambassa-

dors are asked to take on. This program will benefit the ambassadors by helping them learn about another country and culture, make global friendships, develop cross-cultural leadership skills with a diverse group of students, expand their world knowledge and experience and to earn service learning hours. Jamie Flatley, a senior majoring in elementary education who’s an Eagle I ambassador, expressed how passionate and dedicated current ambassadors are. The ambassadors went through three training sessions to ensure that they understood the process an international student goes through when coming to America, and what the process is in doing so, Flatley said. Ambassadors were in contact with their international matches over summer for the most part, but met them all when they arrived for their Orientation. The ambassadors became the internationals’ newest friend for the time being. Several ambassadors drove to Tampa to pick up three Yantai University

matches, strictly on a volunteer basis. Several also helped pick up suitcases at Southwest Florida International Airport, proving their dedication to the program. Flatley is an avid traveler who thought Eagle I was a great way to spend her senior year by trying something new. Flately understands and knows what it feels like to be a new person in another country — both as a student and as a tourist; she has been in this situation many times before. Because of her passion for travel and knowledge of becoming accustomed to an entirely new perspective and way of life, Flately felt she would be very capable of helping others cope the same way she did. Flately never had an ambassador — she was by herself — and said that was not easy. The selection process for the Eagle I program will begin in spring 2011. Check back with Eagle News for appication information.

Alternative winter break in Big Easy By Sofia Shepard Staff writer


tudents don’t have to settle for a regular winter break holiday; instead, they can volunteer and make a positive change in the historic city of New Orleans. On Oct. 13, SG passed a bill funding an opportunity for 31 FGCU students to volunteer in New Orleans from Dec. 13 to 17, helping with the mitigation of the current environmental tragedy of the BP oil spill in the Gulf. Any student is eligible to apply except those who have already made the trip. The application must be submitted by 5 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 5, to Stacy Hopkins, the SG executive secretary, n Student Union room 227A. The group will be working in direct collaboration with the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, Hands-On New Orleans and Serve Green, building houses in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans and helping to rebuild and reinforce the Louisiana swamplands and preserves. “(These) students will have the chance to make a positive impact on a city that has experienced great hardship in recent years,� said Marco Quiroga, SG director of civic engagement . “This is an extraordinary opportunity that past alternative breakers have characterized as ‘life altering.’� The SG Civic Engagement Alternative Fall Break Program Bill granted the organization $9,775, which includes registration, accommodations, charter bus, and incidental and educational material costs for the students, driver and two faculty/staff members. Because of this, there is no out-of-pocket cost for any student eligible to go. Students can find the application at SG’s table on campus, or outside of Hopkins’ office in SU 227A.


1960 documentary on migrant workers to show In honor of its 50 anniversary, FGCU will be showing “Harvest of Shame,� a documentary produced in 1960 by Edward R. Murrow that first exposed the troubles of the agricultural migrant worker to the American public. The documentary was first released after Thanksgiving in 1960 so people would consider where the food they ate came from. “We wanted to raise the same questions in modern audiences’ minds while also honoring the significance of Murrow’s documentary,� Maryann Batlle, a graduate student, said. The commemorative screening, which is part of SG’s Social Issues Film Series, is sponsored by SG Executive Office of Civic Engagement, SG Executive Office of Multicultural Relations and the Progressive Student Alliance. It will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Griffin 215 on Nov. 9. Arthur Hecht, a member of the Naples Press Club who worked with Edward R. Murrow at CBS, is expected to attend, along with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), who will present the modern-day contexts of the migrant farmworker and the agricultural industry. “It’s an exciting time for the CIW to present because it has recently signed direct agreements with two growers (Pacific and Six L’s), which has set a historic precedent that I don’t think even Murrow could have predicted,� Batlle said. Batlle is hoping future journalists and community members alike will learn how they can play a part in changing social injustices. “We live in an interesting geographic location because it is the home of an internationally-recognized human rights movement,� Batlle said. “I hope members of the FGCU community will accept and embrace the inner power they have to promote mutual understanding and change.� For more information about the CIW, visit http://

First Amendement expert to address media’s future “Rebooting America: The First Amendment for a New Generation� will be presented by Ken Paulson, a First Amendment expert and pop culture historian, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in AB5 112. Paulson is president of the First Amendment Center, and the former editor-in-chief of USA Today. He began his journalism career in Fort Myers as a reporter for The News-Press. Paulson will be speaking about how our young generation can change the future of journalism. “There’s a young generation of tech-savvy and demanding consumers who have already revolutionized the music business,� Paulson said in a statement to FGCU Community Relations. “Now they have the power to shape the news media in similarly dramatic fashion, and the future of journalism hangs in the balance.� An hors d’oeuvres reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of AB5 before Paulson speaks at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved no later than Nov. 11 by going to the link The event is sponsored by the future journalism program of FGCU along with The News-Press Media Group, the Naples Press Club, WGCU Public Media, Naples Daily News, FGCU’s Honors Program and the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. — Eagle News staff

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ost students know the band Hanson and their iconic, late90’s hit “Mmmbop.” But, what they don’t know is that Hanson continues to be a powerful force in the music

scene. This month, Hanson embarks on the third leg of the “Shout it Out” tour and will be playing shows in St. Petersburg on Nov. 5 and Fort Lauderdale Nov. 6. “We are excited to come back down to the very southern part of Florida,” Isaac Hanson, the eldest Hanson brother, said. The Shout it Out tour is a celebration of sorts for the band that has been making music for a growing fan base for the last 13 years. “The people who are coming to see Hanson concerts and people who are buying Hanson records are not buying them because Hanson wrote a song called ‘Mmmbop’ 13 years ago,” Isaac said. “The reason they’re buying Shout it Out is because they like it.” But, Hanson has not forgotten the song that launched the band’s career. “We’d love for you to come see ‘Mmm Bop’ and we will play that and love it and you will hear it because it’s who we are,” Isaac said. Hanson has been touring since mid-summer to correspond with the June release of their fifth studio album, “Shout it Out.” “Shout” is the third album on Hanson’s label, 3CG Records, following two albums that debuted high on independent charts — 2004’s “Underneath” and 2007’s “The Walk.” In 2003, Hanson split with thejr major label after a long battle over creative control of the record that would become “Underneath.” The split was necessary, said Isaac, because as the industry changes, it is no longer necessary to keep up with the major labels in order to be heard. “The music business as a whole is not changing very well, but of course the music business is going bankrupt so I don’t think we should really be chasing it these days anyway.” As a result, Hanson has developed a strong following of very dedicated fans. “We’ve got incredible fans.” Isaac said. “We’ve been able to continue to tour successfully for over a decade and I don’t see it going anywhere. We’ve been better in the last few years than we’ve ever done as far as seeing progressive increases in ticket sales.” Hanson’s biggest struggle, however, has been with mainstream media outlets that often use outdated tag lines and begrudgingly praise Hanson’s albums in music reviews, articles, and interviews. “I think all of those articles are kind of silly and frustrating,” Isaac said. “The underhanded comments are kind of silly because I think (they) just need to come to a show and deal with it from a musical level and stop trying to justify it. So if you’re going to write an article, have balls and say, ‘I like this band, end of story.’” However, Isaac is quick to point out that Hanson has a lot to celebrate, and that is reflected in the theme of the “Shout it Out” album and tour. The album features artwork, mostly designed by the Hanson brothers with vivid splashes of blues, reds and yellows. “This record I think is a very personal, very expressive bold

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color type of record. To have paintings that were very bold and exciting and what not was something we were really excited about,” Isaac said. Last March, Hanson offered fans the opportunity to pre-order special album packages that included custom paintings created by Isaac’s younger brothers Taylor and Zac, which were inspired by the bold colors and themes of the album. According to Isaac, these packages were designed not only as an artistic outlet for the younger Hanson brothers, Isaac said, but also as a way of engaging with their fans. In addition to the paintings, these packages included a record player, “Shout it Out” listeners guide, customized headphones, an LP version of the album and other products that offered fans the chance to experience the album and become a part of the celebration rather than just an observer. These types of packages illustrate Hanson’s commitment to actively involving fans in the process of making and performing music. In 2009, Hanson launched live web streams that gave fans unprecedented access to the band and allowed fans the chance to be a part of Hanson events in real time from any location around the world. Last June, Hanson embarked on a road trip from Texas to Los Angeles, which they called “The Detour.” They offered access through their livestream channel as well as in person by announcing listening parties and other mini-events in cities along the way. For Hanson, the community that they’ve formed with their fans through these types of opportunities is more than just a tool for self-promotion, it is also a part of Hanson’s larger vision of using their skills and resources to give back to the world. In 2007, Hanson went to South Africa with friends and were confronted with the harsh realities of poverty in developing countries. They were moved by what they saw and immediately felt a responsibility to help. After returning to the U.S., Hanson discovered Tom’s Shoes, a company founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie on the “one for one” premise, in which Tom’s donates shoes to kids in impoverished countries for every pair they sell. Hanson was further inspired by the company’s use of the resources that were available to them to positively affect the world. Brainstorming with Mycoskie, they came up with the idea of walking barefoot with their fans before every show on their 2007 “The Walk” tour to raise awareness about the effects of poverty and to encourage fans to take initiative in their own communities by using their own resources. Since their first walk in 2007, Hanson and their fans have walked more than 30,000 miles. Hanson recently decided that for every person who walked, they, through their organization Take the Walk, would donate $1 toward one of five causes in South Africa — including shoes, AIDS treatments and education, among others — because, Isaac explained, the point of the walk isn’t about donating money; it’s about empowering people to become leaders. “Leadership and making positive impact, unifying the world around you, and leaving it better than you found it is about being willing to go out there and put yourself in someone else’s shoes, or lack thereof.”

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veryone loves cheap thrills, but nothing thrills anyone more than a super-cheap, vintage purse from the thrift store. In an ideal world, money would grow from the trees in people’s backyards and shopping malls would be the best place to shop for bargain buys, but unfortunately that’s not the real world. College students need to be extremely frugal with what little funds they have, and one of the best ways to save sweet moolah is to shop for purses, shoes, clothes, and jewelry at thrift stores. Men, this goes for you, too. “Thrift shopping is just like regular shopping only you get it cheaper after it comes back in style,� said Jacque Cox, a senior at FGCU majoring in communication. “One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure,� Cox said, swinging her thrift store-bought purse in the air, for which she happily only paid $3. Shopping at thrift stores is not only money and time spent well, but it’s also beneficial to the environment. When people shop at thrift stores, it’s a more sustainable way to shop, and they’re not constantly consuming new products in a never-ending cycle. “I like thrift store shopping because it’s more sustainable than shopping for new items. One person’s used stuff may be valuable to another person who has a tight budget,� said Helen Daggett, a senior at FGCU majoring in psychology. “I like it because you never know what you’re going to find. It can be hit or miss, but when you find something great, that means it was definitely worth your time.� This area is loaded with thrift stores that are all less than 15 minutes away, unless you travel down to the heart of Naples, where there are even more thrift stores to search through. The Goodwill on Three Oaks Parkway is one of the closest locations to our university, but there are more than 10 Goodwill locations in our area. Another local favorite is the thrift store on Bonita Beach Road called St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store. Both locations have been known for finds such as J.Crew shorts, oversized Vera Bradley purses and barely used Steve Madden flats. So, grab your friends, a couple of bucks and a reusable shopping bag and head to a local thrift store. Happy hunting!


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Area thrift stores incude two Goodwills and a Salvation Army on 41, a Goodwill on Daniels and a Family Thrift on Colonial. (Family Thrift is a cash-only thrift store.)


LSU Southern Review editor gives advice to aspiring writers By Jamie Gillhespy Senior staff writer


ne of the biggest challenges for emerging young writers is navigating the seemingly endless publication possibilities. Jeanne Leiby, editor of the Southern Review at LSU (a creative writing publication) and a returning presenter at this year’s Sanibel Island Writers Conference, has insight into the publishing world that inexperienced writers need. Leiby plans to address some of the more difficult challenges for contemporary writers who, as technology becomes more accessible, are increasingly turning to online and self-publishing. First and foremost, Leiby said emerging writers must remember that “getting people to read your work is a business. This is true online and it’s true in print.� B. Shea Lindner, a junior majoring in english and president of FGCU’s Creative Writing Club, has attended Leiby’s panels at past conferences and said that Leiby is smart and candid about what it takes to get published in the contemporary literary scene. Lindner also stressed the particular importance of online publishing as a tool to help define emerging writers. “The challenge of our time is to figure out the best solutions for the digital format,� Lindner said. He added that today’s emerging writers have the opportunity to “adjust or invent a new genre especially as it relates to online.� Leiby also understands the increasing significance of the Internet to the publishing world, but she warns students to do a lot of research before publishing anything online. “If you put work on the web, it’s pre-published,� Leiby said. She explained that whenever something is published online, in blogs or on networking sites, the author surren-

ders what is referred to as the First English Language Serial Rights, and their work can’t be published in journals. Leiby cautions students to keep this in mind, adding that many blogs have become famous in the last several years, resulting in book or movie deals for authors. But as blogging increases, emerging writers “have about as much chance of (becoming famous through blogging) as winning the lottery,� Leiby said. However, just like many of the world’s most famous authors, today’s writers can still achieve success by first publishing in journals and magazines. Lindner explained that though our options have increased in recent years, literary journals continue to be an important outlet for future authors. “Journals are still our backbone option,� Lindner said. Leiby, whose acclaimed short story collection “Downriver� was largely published in journals or magazines before becoming a book, agrees that journals are now — more than ever — the front line for any writer hoping to get published. “Everybody can self-publish (online)� Leiby said, “but it’s not that kind of credibility that the publishing houses are looking for.� Above all, Leiby wants emerging writers to understand that the job of the writer extends beyond the actual creation of the art. And Leiby believes that the Sanibel Island Writers Conference is one of the best in the country for emerging writers hoping to develop their writing or publishing skills. She credits director Tom DeMarchi for the Sanibel Island Writers Conference’s success. DeMarchi, said Leiby, keeps the conference from becoming overly competitive, as other conferences often do, and she hopes that students realize that they are “so lucky to have it in (their) backyard.�


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Social networks put fans center stage with bands By Andrew Friedgen Staff writer


ith the advent of social networking sites (a topic which has been beaten to death by this point) and video chatting services such as Skype, the advantages have clearly been spelled out for individuals connecting with each other. But what has this Andrew technology Friedgen meant for interaction between musicians and their fans? Quite a lot, but only if they’re willing to take advantage of it. In the past year I’ve found myself staring at my computer monitor in an interactive live video chat with the bands The Summer Set and Hey Monday, as well as Canadian synthpop starlet LIGHTS and sisterhood duo Poema. And those are only what I was able to join in on. There were a few other video chats that I wasn’t aware of, as well as countless bands chatting that I have never heard of. Typically, the venues for these video chats are either or Both websites offer a textchatroom to interact with the musicians, and in most cases, the musicians will take the time to read through the questions and comments, picking out some to answer or return a comment on. As a fan, there’s nothing more satisfying than being acknowledged by a musician. This feeling creates an intimate interaction between musicians and fans — one that can be attributed directly to these video chatting services. Stickam, on the other hand, has everything Ustream features except the option to video chat back. In a Stickam chat, there’s the main video feed for the musician/band, and six smaller video feeds anyone with a webcam can connect to. It offers supreme interactivity, although the

band can choose to disable this feature. The text chatbox is still present for everyone who doesn’t have the capability to video chat or can’t grab any open spots. We also have the granddaddy of all artistrelated updates: Twitter. Many bands have official Twitter accounts where they post updates on album releases, music videos and other news. In fact, some record companies require bands to post ‘x’ amount of updates in a month. But some bands go deeper, with each individual member having a separate Twitter account that they post their own updates from. Here we find another case of musician-fan interaction. These individual members often respond personally to fans’ “tweets.” I’ve seen about a dozen cases where a band member will tweet saying “It’s a long ride to our next venue, so entertain me for the next three hours!” and they will continue to respond to as many questions or comments they receive as possible. These outlets, of course, only provide as much intimacy as the bands are willing to give. When you are more mainstream, it can be extremely time-consuming to respond to even half of the tweets you receive. Or, it would be simply overwhelming to try and read the chat boxes on Ustream or Stickam. In other cases, bands may simply shy away from the technology because it’s foreign or too much to bother with. I can’t quite imagine the guys from the now-defunct punk band the Sex Pistols smiling at a bunch of young adults through a webcam. Andrew Friedgen is a freshman majoring in psychology. He has written dozens of short stories and is currently working on a novel. He feels that writing is an organic, dynamic beast that can be as much a teacher as a talent.

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Survey asks students what we think about FGCU, so let your voice be heard By Ashlyn Gibbs

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It is said college is one of the best times of a person’s life. You make lifelong friends, have the most interesting classroom conversations, and engage in experiences you will find nowhere else. College is so great you have the opportunity to prolong your educational experience by pursuing advanced degrees. If you wanted to, you could work up to being called Dr. (insert last name here). How fancy is that? And part of what keeps students coming back at every age is the campus experience. Enjoying the institution at which you spend numerous hours per week definitely adds to the motivation of your education. Noel-Levitz and FGCU have teamed up to bring us, the students, an opportunity to express our satisfaction — or dissatisfaction — with the university through a survey. With this assessment, the school hopes to indicate what is most important to the student experience and our level of satisfaction. University officials also want to compare the satisfaction levels of FGCU students to the national sample and FGCU’s 2006 data, when the study was first introduced. This survey will be sent to half of the student body (6,000 students) at random and will consist of about 100 items. Some areas earmarked for feedback include campus support, instructional effectiveness,

student centeredness, safety and security, admissions, registration, and campus climate. The survey will appear in your EagleMail between Oct. 18 and Nov. 15 from the office of Dr. Ronald Toll, provost and vice president of academic affairs. Those who complete the survey by Nov. 30 will be entered in a drawing to receive a $25 iTunes gift card, 20 of which will be given away. By completing this survey, it is your opportunity to not only voice your concerns, but help direct the growth of FGCU. In 2006, the most prominent issue was parking. Students were tired of getting tickets for parking on the grass because they had nowhere else to go. Administration took the students’ concerns and responded with quickly building parking garages across campus. Now you have the chance to bring other pressing issues to the table. You can contribute to the change, growth and success of your university. Keep checking your inbox for the survey. Be heard and make it count. — Eagle News respects the opinion of its readers and welcomes responses of up to 300 words. We reserve the right to reject letters or edit for clarity, brevity and accuracy, and to prevent libel. Please include a phone number and valid e-mail address, and be sure to sign your letter with your full name, year and major.

Honor societies bring students distinction By Jeffrey Haut Staff writer


o matter what your major may be, it is always advantageous to have a network of fellow students to help support your academic pursuits. If social fraternities and sororities don’t quite seem like experience you would like in college, an honor society may be a suitable alternative. Luckily, FGCU has many to choose from. The Alpha Psi Omega honor society is a National Honorary Theatre Society founded in 1925 at Fairmont State College in West Virginia. Membership is open to students who are active in Jeffrey collegiate/university theater at four-year institutions. The open Haut motto of the society is “Seek Life as a Useful.” The Chi Sigma Lota honor society is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. Founded at Ohio University in 1985, their goal is to promote a “strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity.” The Engineering and Computer Honor Society’s mission is to recognize engineering and computer science students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, and to provide tutoring/service learning to the FGCU student body. The Golden Key International Honour Society is an academic honor society recognizing and encouraging scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines. Kappa Delta Pi is for those in the teaching profession. Founded at the University of Illinois in 1911, the group would like to see increased academic excellence and dedication for FGCU’s future educators. Lambda Alpha Epsilon is FGCU’s Criminal Justice/Forensics honor society. Their mission is to promote the criminal justice field through educational programs. They foster professionalism and academic excellence by professional training and ethical conduct. Omicron Delta Kappa, also known as “The

Circle,” is a national leadership honor society. It was founded at Washington and Lee University in 1914, and is located on more than 300 college campuses. The goal of this organization is to recognize achievement in the five areas of scholarship: campus/community service, social/religious activities, campus government, journalism and the creative/performing arts. Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for history majors. Founded in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta is well known for their historical quarterly journal “The Historian,” which is distributed to more than 12,500 individual subscribers and 1,000 libraries. Their goal is to promote history appreciation and knowledge. Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society founded in 1923. They define themselves as “the oldest and largest freshman honor society” with more than 800,000 lifetime members. It is also the one of the oldest members of the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership is limited to those who maintain a 3.5 GPA, and they hope to “encourage and reward academic excellence among first year students in institutions of higher learning.” Phi Sigma Tau is an international honor society for philosophers and philosophy students. Founded in 1930 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., their essential goal is to promote ties among philosophy departments in accredited institutions and students in philosophy on a national level. Pi Sigma Alpha is a national political science honor society, founded in 1920 at the University of Texas. It has more than 700 chapters, and its purpose is to “recognize and promote high academic achievement in the field of political science.” Sigma Tau Delta is an international honor society for English students. Established in 1924, its purpose is to “promote literature and writing and to advance the student of the written word.” To contact any of these societies visit the RSO homepage at If none of the aforementioned organizations meet your criteria, you can form your own society by filling out an RSO form in the Office of Student Involvement. This is your university and it’s your education—take it by the reins and get the most out it that you can! Jeffrey Haut is a sophomore majoring in political science. He plans to attain his law degree from a Florida university after he graduates. He is a member of Kappa Sigma and feels that leadership is the truest test of one’s character.



Change your views on the tube By Collin Llewellyn Staff writer


elevision — often referred to as the “idiot box” or the “boob tube.” How many of us have friends who pretentiously say “I don’t watch TV,” or “I have better things to do” when you ask them about a recent television shows you’ve enjoyed? Let me tell you something, pretentious friends — you’re missing out. Collin I have a very Llewellyn strong appreciation of television. And maybe I like to “escape” sometimes, but that’s not the reason I am writing this article. As an English major, I love to read; immersing myself into a novel is one of my favorite things to do. But reading is (sadly) becoming outdated today. And let’s face it: Good movies are hard to come by. Every once in a while you’ll come across a movie that will make you think, feel, and enjoy yourself. But Christopher Nolan and David Fincher can’t be making three movies a year. That’s why we have television. And in many ways, it can be superior to film. The characters have time to develop, the story lines can become more intricate and waiting a week for a cliff hanger makes it all the more exciting. This is exactly why trilogy films are so popular. Movies such as “Star Wars” and “The Godfather” are popular because we saw Luke Skywalker and Michael Corleone develop. But movies that get sequels these days are “Saw” and “Big Mamma’s House” — not exactly the riveting stories we care to lose ourselves in. Obviously, not all television is good. You have to find those shows that will make you root for the anti-hero, and ask

questions you never thought you would consider, such as “Dexter,” “Weeds” and “Nurse Jackie.” Or you fall across the show that will grip you into watching each week, like “Lost.” Or perhaps actor-actress chemistry with intriguing crime stories such as “Bones” will trip your trigger. Some prefer a show that can take something as mundane as working in an office, and interest us in watching week by week, such as highly quoted “The Office.” What’s really amazing is with all these genres of television, you even have your satire/comedy that can give you more insight to U.S. culture and current events than national news channels. “30 Rock” and “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” are perfect examples of this. Tina Fey does a magnificent job of working in topical jokes with ironic and satirical insights into our culture today, all while making audiences crack up. Jon Stewart can point out the irony, contradictions and plain ignorance of talking heads, politicians and celebrities, all while slipping in factual information (instead of just calling people pinheads and telling them to shut up while being a guest on his show). Don’t get me wrong, there are shows out there that will rot your brain, or are strictly just for cheap entertainment. But it’s those programs that can entertain and connect us on a deeper level, teach us valuable lessons, or share nuggets of important lessons that make television a great hobby for us. Just because a trashy book is a book, doesn’t mean reading it makes you more intelligent; just as some television is trashy, but that doesn’t mean all television will rot your brain. Collin Llewellyn is a sophomore. He is majoring in English. He is an RA in North Lake Village. Collin is passionate about living life fully and not wasting opportunities, especially chances to learn.

Ride with safety as a passenger By Chelsea Seeley Staff writer


t seems lately that motorcycles have been causing quite a stir in our lives. With news of young adults and teens being killed due to high speed or lack of helmets, I am feeling quite angry about how little has been done to help eradicate these statistics. Recently, a good friend of mine passed away due to a motorcycle accident, and it has been hard to cope with. Yet, there could have been things done Chelsea to prevent it, and to also prevent the accidents of Seeley others. There is a law specifically pertaining to the use of helmets. At the age of 21, there is no longer a helmet requirement for those who ride motorcycles. This is what really upsets me. At 21, you are considered an adult, but there are still adults who aren’t thinking maturely and won’t stop pushing the envelope while riding. If there was a helmet law pertaining to all ages, I believe fewer people would die and those who ride would be able to do so safely. Many feel that street bikes need to be deemed illegal as many riders often race on their two-wheeled toys. Though I have been impacted by the loss of a friend, I wouldn’t go that extreme. Yes, there needs to be more enforcement with those who drive recklessly. Yet, there are many who drive perfectly safe and take the necessary precautions. These people don’t deserve to

be punished. Motorcycles are meant to be fun and ridden safely and these riders are adhering to these intentions. Safety is the responsibility of not only the riders, but also those of the police who are being paid to keep the communities safe. As much as police say they can’t do much about those who speed more than double the limit, there has to be a point where a bike rider is pulled over for riding at an excessive speed and they are ticketed and preached to. The message has got to get across. I would have rather there have been a ticket given than become another fatality. There is split responsibility here. I am not putting blame on the police force, but I am asking for more help in preventing accidents. This isn’t a blame game; this is just an attempt to show people another side of this endless battle against motorcycles. They are not above the law; they need the same amount of enforcement as the cars and trucks on our roadways. We need to prevent tragic losses of our motorcyclists. Our government representatives say they are cracking down on reckless driving, yet I see little action. When you promise something, do it. And please, for those who love riding motorcycles, always remember to be safe. Chelsea Seeley is a freshman majoring in elementary education. Her goal is to eventually receive her master’s in special education. Chelsea has been writing for public audiences for more than four years. She loves how writing can be a true expression of your personality.

Heat it up, and slow it down with tantric By Sara Gottwalles Opinion editor


eople love sex.

Whether we are active or still remain abstinent, we enjoy seeing sexual images, hearing spine-tingling messages and reading erotic stories. Even though there may be that little voice in the back of our minds that tell us what we’re doing is wrong, we check under the door for the shadow of our mother’s feet and keep taking it in. Sex has come a long way in the U.S. (no puns intended). While we may not be as open about sexuality and our bodies as our European cousins, in America, sex sells. Erotica is one of our best-selling fiction genres and a new porno is being created every 39 minutes according to Is it any wonder that we are voyeurs of our sexual culture? Our attitudes toward the intimacy of sex are slowing going down the drain. We view each other in sexual terms first and then observe personality. Think about it. When you meet someone in public, you first access whether or not you find them physically attractive and then decide how to pursue the situation. We don’t meet someone, get to know them, start a relationship, and eventually get around to copulation. We meet someone, hook up, and leave before they wake up. When I decided to immerse myself into Buddhism, I had no idea of all of the logistics that would go with my attempts to achieve a Bodhisattva existence. In addition to the mental practices, tantric sex is prescribed. Many Americans believe tantric sex to be the practice of slower sexual activity which may or may not culminate in orgasm. While this is true, there is so much more to the practice. Tantric sex is about having a true connection with your partner. Tantra originated in India and emerged as a form of sexual wisdom. When correctly performed, this form of sex should feel like a religious experience. The goal of tantric sex is to become as close to your lover as possible. You are keeping your eyes open and maintaining good eye contact with your mate, sharing the same breath, moving seamlessly together, prolonging orgasm, and feeling an immense connection with that other person. At this point you’re not just having sex, you’re making love. Tantric sex is the most powerful form of sex when done properly and with the right person. You can not achieve this with a one-night stand or a friend with benefits. Unless tantric sex is something both parties understand, respect, and undertake, it can be difficult to

achieve. However, when both partners are batting for the same fences, the eventual home run will make the crowd go wild. Tantric is usually practiced in more mature relationships. At a certain age, experimentation is expected and healthy. But when you get older, its time to start trying to figuring out your sexuality, what you’re attracted to, and to seeking relationships that will fulfill you physically and emotionally. A good way to practice or prepare for a tantric encounter is to sit facing each other with your legs crossed, hands on your knees palms up, while holding steady eye contact. This will open you up to one another and allow you to connect. We don’t constantly have to be running our mouths to communicate. This practice in non-verbal communication will allow you to become completely comfortable with each other and act naturally without any self consciousness or concerns over how suave you are. As a culture, we don’t exercise enough caution with whom we are having sex. Any gain you obtain through a hook-up is purely physical — and possibly STD-inducing. In my next article I will explore this point more. However, if you are engaging in sexual intercourse with someone you love and care for deeply, you could easily practice tantric sex. So what are you waiting for? Honestly, we all love sex when it’s done right. If you’re blushing and/or shaking your head, accept your human nature and don’t be such a prude. If you can’t be comfortable with your own sexuality, how can you expect someone else to respect you and treat you well between the sheets?


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Ancient Brett Favre battles identity crisis

Eagle Athlete of the Week

By Collin Llewellyn Staff writer


nless you’re new to football, you’ve seen this Brett Favre before. I can’t say I’m shocked by the Minnesota Vikings lack of success (2-5), but I’m sure those who bleed purple, white and gold are nothing short of surprised. It wasn’t too long ago that Brett Favre led the Green Bay Packers to a weak 4-12 record in the 2005 season, finishing behind Collin the Detroit Lions in Llewellyn the final NFC North standings. Two seasons later, he was NFC Championship-bound with Green Bay. For every season of greatness, Favre accomplishes a few of mediocrity. But we can forgive him, because he’s a great of all time. But this season is different. At least those up north would say so. Favre was one bone-headed mistake away from the Super Bowl for the second time in three seasons. And to no one’s surprise, for the third season in a row, Favre risked completing his last pass in his NFL career to the opposing team. But he also played, arguably, his best season of his career at the age of 40. Should we really be surprised by his downfall? No. Because Brett Favre will be Brett Favre. He’s always made boneheaded mistakes. Could we really expect him to keep that interception column of the statistics below seven for the whole season? (remember he already has 11 this season, four more than his season total last year).

Brett Favre has made an impact both positively and negatively. AP photo

Everyone feared that Favre joining the New York Jets for the 2008 season would tarnish the Wrangler-wearing, tractor-driving, all-American man’s legacy. But he won everyone over (even some of the Packer faithful) with his fairytale season of 2009. We were certain we could remember him as one of the best who came a game short of the big one. We are all eager to bury the bad under the good. We can excuse his NFL record of 328 career interceptions, because he has also thrown a record 504 career touchdowns. We can forget his loss in the Super Bowl and losses in three NFC Championships because he won the Super Bowl in 1996. He hasn’t missed a start since 1992. His first pass in the NFL was an interception, but his first completion was to himself. He has the most victories by a NFL quarterback, but also the most fumbles by any player in the NFL’s history. But how will we remember him now? We look past his painkiller addiction, which is ancient history to most

people by now. But what about the latest controversy? No one likes a cheating husband, and there is no evidence that he did just that, but certainly the voice mails he left (and confirmed was him) suggested old Brett was snooping outside the confines of matrimony. Who couldn’t sympathize for Deanna, his lovely wife who survived cancer, raising two daughters while her husband is allegedly hitting on a young Jets employee? All the while, he’s not making up for his off -the-field antics by winning games. At 41, Favre isn’t making smart decisions on the field or off the field. This season is certainly his last. But how long will it take before he can make special appearances at Lambeau Field in Green Bay again? Before they can retire his number and he can ride into the sunset as an alltime great? How long will it take to remember all the good and bury that bad, be it on or off the field, and look at Brett Favre’s career for what it was — brilliantly versatile?

Scott Harrison

Men’s soccer junior forward Scored the first hat trick (three goals) in FGCU men’s scoccer history in a 6-0 win over UNF on Sunday, in earning his first Atlantic Sun Player of the Week award.

“It feels really good. To finish the season strong with a hat trick is nice. It’s not something that you seek, but it’s something where if it happens, it’s an accomplishment.”


Friday, Nov 5 TH Alico Arena 9PM *after the volleyball game vs. A-Sun leader Lipscomb s Play Knock-out & Basketball Games with the Teams s $3 Game Day T-shirt & Pizza s Pick up your Schedule Cards & Posters Support your teams for their Home Opener Games: Women vs. Seton Hall - Fri, Nov 12TH at 7:05PM Men vs. S.E. Missouri St. - Tues, Nov 16TH at 7:05PM




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Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country

Placed eighth at the A-Sun Championship on Saturday. Freshman Argeo Cruz set the school record with a time of 25:37.81, finishing 17th overall.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf Finished eighth at the Pat Bradley Invitational at the Pelican Preserve Country Club in Fort Myers

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country

Earned a program-best sixth-place finish at the A-Sun Championship. Sophmore Barrie Cohen set the school record with a time of 18:13.62, finishing 15th overall

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf

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Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer hungry for more By Jenny Rodgers Staff writer


ust before a high-profile showdown with Stetson on Oct. 22 (a game that would ultimately decide the A-Sun Conference), menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer coach Bob Butehorn offered the type of forward-thinking quote that defines successful programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He sat everyone down and said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Once we win a conference championship weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll crave that feeling even moreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;,â&#x20AC;? said Scott Harrison, a junior forward and reigning A-Sun Player of the Week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That told us that this year, while huge, wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t everything. We need to continue with this success.â&#x20AC;? With an overall record of 13-3-2, a ranking of 19th in the nation, and a conference championship under their belts, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much room for the FGCU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team to complain â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but there are more goals they want to attain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really pleased with the success we had this season,â&#x20AC;? Butehorn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate that we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go any further (into the post-season), but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited about the future.â&#x20AC;? The Eagles arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taking much of a break, as they are already preparing physically and mentally for whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to come. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a one-week break, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to start back up and work out twice a week and then compete in practice up until spring exhibition matches,â&#x20AC;? Harrison said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to work on a lot of things. Sharing the ball is huge, and just taking practice seriously.â&#x20AC;? Butehorn echoed those thoughts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about getting ready for the spring season,â&#x20AC;? Butehorn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on the playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; individual games, and getting them stronger.â&#x20AC;? During the off-season, the Eagles will typically take part in a series of five or six exhibition games that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t count on their record, but instead are aimed to assist in the development and growth of the players and the

FGCU freshman Juan Castellon dribbles the ball. EN stock photo

team as a whole. Looking forward, Butehornâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals for the team include making a run in the NCAA tournament â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a goal that can be attained next year now that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be post-season eligible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being able to compete in the postseason and getting that experience, and competing to get into the NCAA tournament would be huge,â&#x20AC;? Butehorn said. Harrison believes the Eagles have the potential to make a deep post-season run as soon as next year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are looking forward to being able to compete in the A-Sun tournament next year, winning every game there, and then doing damage in the NCAA tournament.â&#x20AC;? In order to maintain the prevailing momentum that FGCU holds, Butehorn believes his team needs to stick with what got them there.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to stay with what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing, which is focusing on getting the best players here at FGCU,â&#x20AC;? Butehorn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playing our style, and keeping the guys hungry and competitive.â&#x20AC;? Butehorn looks for specific types of players as assets to his team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like to have guys that are comfortable with the ball, can play at a high technical speed, and are also cerebral in the sense of knowing how to break teams down,â&#x20AC;? Butehorn said. The outgoing senior class has given Butehorn the ammunition to seek those high-skilled players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very pleased for what the seniors have accomplished, and the direction that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given the program and the foundation that we have for the future,â&#x20AC;? Butehorn said. Most coaches coming off a season as successful as that of the Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; may feel content.

However, according to Butehorn, there is always something to build on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about gaining experience from what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done, and making sure that we continue what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done well,â&#x20AC;? Butehorn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding that hard work gets us a lot of places, and continue to strive and be ambitious in what we want to accomplish.â&#x20AC;? Harrison relishes his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s topdog status. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach always tells us that the target on our backs will get bigger every game,â&#x20AC;? Harrison said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That makes everything more exciting, knowing people expect so much of us.â&#x20AC;? The hope is that those expectations are long lasting.

First-year roller hockey club carves niche By Karly Gordon Contibuting writer


lthough the FGCU Roller Hockey Club is only a year old, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already expecting to dominate. So far this season, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing exactly that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone in the league already expects us to go really far,â&#x20AC;? said Trent Zimmer, club president. Zimmer has been playing ice hockey since he was 4 and just started

playing roller hockey this past year. He says there are as many differences between ice and roller hockey as there are similarities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ice hockey is more gritty and physical,â&#x20AC;? Zimmer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roller hockey is more stylistic, creative and flashy. An ice hockey fan would definitely enjoy roller hockey. With roller hockey, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four players on four, in stead of ice hockey where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five on five. Roller hockey isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easier or harder than ice hockey,

Placed 11th at the Saint Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Invitational. A top 20 finish by senior Dan Mazziotta was his fourth in four tournaments

Swimming & Diving Opened its first home meet of the season with a 176-112 win over FIU on Friday. Reiging CCSA Swimmer of the Week Vicky Cadge placed first in the 100 breaststroke. Kevin Wagner handles the puck at a practice/ Photo courtesy of Trent Zimmer

it just has different styles and techniques.â&#x20AC;? When asked about the transition from ice hockey to roller hockey, Zimmer said, â&#x20AC;?Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely easier to go from ice to roller, than from roller to ice. The experience with ice hockey was also a huge advantage.â&#x20AC;? The FGCU Roller Hockey team is in Division 2 of the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA) and they are currently second in the conference. Their record is 3-1 and they are preparing for regionals at the end of February and anticipating a spot in the national tournament that takes place in March. Kevin Wagner, another member of the team, has been playing hockey since he was 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On a nationwide scale, Florida is one of the power states when it comes to roller hockey,â&#x20AC;? Wagner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Florida has a lot of top teams that come out of each division.â&#x20AC;? Although the team hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been around as long as some of its peers, the Eagles already are creating quite a stir. Unfortunately, it is difficult for the team to create a name for themselves on a broad scale. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Funding and marketing is definitely an issue since weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a club sport,â&#x20AC;? Zimmer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Also, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult getting our name out there and the support of our fans. Were going to start posting fliers and setting up tables to get the support we want.

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always helpful to have fans.â&#x20AC;? The team usually plays at the Fort Myers Skatium, which is a short drive away from campus. The Southeastern Collegiate Roller Hockey League is holding a seasonal showcase Nov. 13-14, where they will be playing against teams such as University of Miami, University of South Florida and University of Florida. Last year, the NCRHA Nationals were in Texas, but this year it is a huge possibility that the national tournament will take place in Fort Myers, which gives the Eagles a huge home team advantage. Although nationals wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take place until March, Zimmer is already preparing his team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only team that is ahead of us is the only team we have lost to so far,â&#x20AC;? Zimmer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m positive we can make it to nationals. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely a huge goal.â&#x20AC;? Anyone can practice with the team, which meets twice a week to sharpen kills. The traveling team only takes 13 skaters, but they encourage everyone to come out and give their best shot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every other school in Florida has a roller hockey team, and they had one before we did,â&#x20AC;? Zimmer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw the opportunity to start something, and it really is a once-in-a-lifetime chance.â&#x20AC;?

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