Wednesday, November 10 , 2010
Volume 9, Issue 11
Grad programs get selective By Megan Hoolihan Senior staff writer
How short is too short? Read students’ opinions on acceptable lengths of shorts. See A&L on page 7
Student wins Miss Lee County Carissa Miller sees more in store as a USA pageant contestant.
hanges are likely coming to graduate admissions requirements, with FGCU allowing each individual program to decide what their requirements should be. Currently, a GPA of 3.0 is not required to be accepted into FGCU for a graduate program, but all ap-
plicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If the regulation is passed, applicants to FGCU graduate programs will be required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or meet the minimum entrance score on the GRE, Miller Analogies Test, or Management Admissions Test in order to gain university admission. If the applicant has a GPA of 3.0
or greater, no entrance exam will be required for university admission. This would make the GRE (which costs approximately $180 to take) unnecessary for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher. The individual graduate programs, however, will have the freedom to set additional criteria and more selective requirements. Some of the graduate programs are already forced to cap new ad-
missions at a specific number regardless of the number of qualified applicants due to limitations on facilities, equipment, and faculty. The graduate admissions process is becoming more selective at FGCU as the university grows each year. In 2006, 84 percent of applicants were accepted into FGCU; however, that number dropped this year to 59 percent. please see GRADUATION on page 6
8,000 mile family reunion
See NEWS on page 7
New textbook options abound FGCU freshman Lexi Kersey jumps into the arms of her stepfather, Sgt. Morris Miller, at FGCU Family Weekend. EN photos/ Mike Ricci
We’ve got you covered on saving time and money at the Bookstore. See NEWS on page 3 See OPINION on page 14
Air Force sgt. back from Afghanistan surprises stepdaughter By Allison Gagliardi Editor-in-Chief
t was a college campus homecoming to remember. Lexi Kersey, a freshman, reunited with her stepfather, Air Force Sgt. Morris Miller, last Friday afternoon for FGCU Family Weekend. It was the first time she had seen him in about seven months. Kersey’s mother, Cindy Miller, surprised her daughter by bringing Sgt.
Men hope for hoops rebound Men’s basketball team looks to bounce back from a tough season. See SPORTS on page 20
Index News ....................... See page 3 A&E ......................... See page 10 Opinion ................. See page 14 Sports .................... See page 18 Fun & Games ............ See page 17 Classifieds ............... See page 17
Miller to campus. He had just returned to Florida from a tour in Afghanistan and is home for good. “She was totally surprised. I am glad it went as well as it did,” Sgt. Miller said. Sgt. Miller recently retired from the Air Force after 26 years of service. “By far this has been his most difficult deployment ... this was the scariest,” Cindy Miller said. Sgt. Miller left Guam — where he lived with Miller, Kersey and Kersey’s sister, Loni — in
early April. After he left, the family moved to Merritt Island and Kersey enrolled in FGCU. “We are very excited and ready to start a new chapter and staying in one place. As for right now, we are excited to be all settled,” Cindy Miller said. Kersey couldn’t be reached for comment, but on her Facebook page, she wrote, “Seeing him was great. I’m just glad he’s finally safe at home.” nCheck out www.eaglenews.org to read more.
Women’s hoops coach sets big-time goals Peer and player respect put Smesko atop the NCAA game By Josh Siegel Sports editor
ive small guards patiently passed the ball around the perimeter, fully aware that the scrappy routine would anger the masses, probing for an opening far from the swarming behemoths underneath.
The women set screens and chucked 3-pointers, knowing that the risky, frantic style was the only option. T r ad it ion a lists who favor lowpost, grind it out, half-court play Smesko gawked. Bob Boldon knew damn well what was going on. He is there when then-Walsh head coach Karl Smesko scours
over game tape like a stalker, churning through three or four tapes until he finds a hole in his prey. He understands why Smesko would incorporate bits of the tape into an individual lesson plan for the day, disguised as your insistent, dogged middle school math teacher. “Karl is great at putting together offenses that are effective with the players he has,” Boldon said. “People say he doesn’t play in the post and that he has players take too many 3-pointers. That’s not necessarily true. He’s just play-
ing to his player’s strengths. He’ll play his best players and make the system fit that.” Boldon, current head coach of the women at Youngstown State University was a graduate assistant when FGCU women’s basketball coach Smesko led Walsh to the 1998 NAIA national championship. “I’ve never had a team get so much out of their ability,” said Smesko, the only women’s basketball coach in FGCU’s history, with a 204-41 record in eight seasons. please see SMESKO on page 19
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Nov. 1, 2010, through Nov. 7, 2010 Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 8:41p.m.: UPD received multiple calls from roommates of a student attempting to commit suicide by taken sleeping pills. E.M.S arrived on scene and transported the subject to Gulf Coast Medical Center. Also, a suicide note was turned into the officer. Thursday, Nov. 4 at 3:30a.m.: A traffic stop was conducted at FGCU Parkway west for unlawful speed. The officer issued a field sobriety test to the driver, and the first reading came in at .053 blood alcohol content, and the second one read .059 (anything .08 or higher is impaired in Florida). A citation was issued for zero tolerance and a damaged driver license. A warning was also issued for unlawful speed.
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Textbook options will include digital in future By Samantha League News editor
ith tuition continually rising, students are struggling to meet the financial demands of attending a university. Consequently, students are searching for the cheapest options in everything, and textbooks are no exception. Last year, 51 percent of students purchased books through the FGCU bookstore. To compete with other textbook providers, this semester, FGCU implemented a Rent-A-Text program, through which students can rent a book for one semester. â€œI like the concept that you can rent a book because I feel like FGCU doesnâ€™t give you enough money back if you sell it to them,â€? said Alex Holt, a sophomore majoring in business marketing and minoring in computer info systems. â€œIt would save a lot of money, being a broke college student.â€? The buyback policy on FGCUâ€™s website states that if an instructor has requested your textbook for
next term, the value may increase to 50 percent or more of the original purchase price. Textbooks will be purchased until the shelf stock limit is reached. If FGCU has reached the limit on a particular title, they may still purchase it if it has a national demand. The buyback value will depend on this demand and need at other bookstores. According to representatives of Follett, the company that operates the bookstore, the rental fee is always 49 percent of a new book price. For example, if a bookâ€™s new price is $100, the rental price would be $49. This semester, there were 453 titles eligible for rent. FGCU rented 6,759 total textbooks, and students who rented saved a total of $302,097. â€œI rented four books from the bookstore and was very happy with them,â€? said Amanda Perez, a freshman majoring in political science. â€œI found the book rental system to be incredibly more feasible than buying books for full price â€” I received the same texts for significantly less money.â€? The rented books for this semester are due back to the bookstore by
Saturday, Dec. 11. In order to rent for spring and to avoid a fee, books must be returned in good standing. Another perk of renting is the opportunity to buy the book if you decide you need to keep it. To buy the book, you pay the difference of the rental to the new text price. Not only has Follett introduced the new rent-a-text program to FGCU, the company is also in discussion about a future trend: textbooks becoming digital. Follett has developed a strategic five-year plan that would convert the majority of print textbooks to digital by 2020. However, students wouldnâ€™t be left to fend for themselves once this is done. Follett has created CafeScribe.com, a collaborative site that, theoretically, will bring faculty and students together through digital textbooks (e-texts). E-texts would be available for purchase on CafeScribe.com and would be downloaded into MyScribe, a free application compatible for PC and Macs. Once e-texts are downloaded, they will reside in MyScribe forever and their purchaserâ€™s
ownership would never expire. Through MyScribe, students and professors would have the opportunity to highlight, search and write notes into their texts. Their notes can be private to the individual or public so classmates and the professor could see them, opening up conversation and interaction about topics. A faculty concern about MyScribe was the permanent ownership and the userâ€™s ability to reproduce the text. However, MyScribeâ€™s regulations only allow 30 percent of the text to be copied and printed, and the e-text can only be downloaded into three computersâ€™ libraries from one purchase. If you wish, you can refund your e-text purchase, too. Student-to-student sales are prohibited. â€œIâ€™m not sure how I feel about that â€Ś I personally like having a paper copy (of a text) because I tend to get distracted on my computer and not get my work done when books are online,â€? Holt said. The Faculty Senate was receptive to the idea of future digital textbooks, but in-depth conversation wasnâ€™t initiated at the meeting.
Dec. 11. This should give you plenty of time to glean an entire semesterâ€™s worth of knowledge and carry you through finals. Weâ€™ll also attach a sticker to all the books you rent and send you a few reminder emails at the end of term to help you remember to bring your rented books back. Q. I rented for Fall. Do I need to do anything to rent in the Spring semester? A. To make sure the rental process is as smooth as possible, be sure to turn in all of your Fall 2010 rentals by the due date and check your account status either through the email you should have received from us or viafgcu.bkstr. com to make sure youâ€™ve finished the registration process. If you havenâ€™t, please fill in any information that is missing or contact the bookstore for assistance. Once your books are returned and account information is correct and verified on the website, you are ready to rent again simply by coming into the store and providing some basic information at checkout.
nTurn to page 14 to read an opinion about Q: What if I rent a book and textbooks then decide I need to keep it?
A Q&A with the Bookstore The following information is provided by the Bookstore. Eagle News did not create or edit the content, except for style and punctuation.
We (the Bookstore) know that going to college costs more now than ever before and books are big-ticket items. To help ease the burden, your bookstore is now offering you the ability to rent your textbooks. Here are some answers to a few commonly asked questions to help you decide if renting your books is the right choice for you. Q: What does textbook rental mean to me? A. Big savings! Textbook rental offers you the option of renting you course materials at huge savings â€” 50 percent or more up-front savings compared to the cost of purchasing a new book, giving you extra cash in your pocket or to spend on other aspects of college expense. Q: When do I have to return my rentals? A: We ask that all rented books be checked in to the bookstore by the check in date on your receipt (or packing slip, if you order online). All rentals placed in the Fall 2010 semester will be due on Saturday, AP photo
A: If you want to keep a book that youâ€™ve rented, you just need to let us know sooner rather than later. Within your storeâ€™s refund period, youâ€™ll have the option to convert your rental into a standard, everyday purchase. Youâ€™ll simply just have to pay the difference of the rental to new text price. If you choose to keep your book until after refunds end, you will still be able to convert your rental into a purchase along with a small 10 percent refund charge. To avoid paying more than you need to for your book if you want to convert it to a purchase, donâ€™t just keep it until after the rental expires! Q: Can I highlight and take notes? A: We want you to be able to use your rented titles just like you would any other normal textbook. Normal highlighting and note-taking are perfectly acceptable. So, whatâ€™s prohibited? Any excessive markings that would render the book unusable for the next customer, as well as damaged, soaked or ripped books. If you have any more questions or concerns about renting your textbooks or anythinig else in the bookstore, weâ€™d be more than happy to help! Just call (239) 590-1150 and speak to one of our associates or visit www.rent-atext.com for more information on this new and exciting on-campus option.
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Harvest for Hope this weekend This weekend, multiple community events will be held for Harvesting Hope: Cultivating Justice in the Fields and Beyond, which will focus on the issue of modern slavery in Florida agriculture. s /N &RIDAY .OV 7'#5 WILL BE HOSTING A h3OUND /FF WITH Sashaâ€? at noon that will highlight the events of the weekend. At 7 p.m., an honoring celebration will be held in Fellowship Hall that will address the history of the Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers and InTERFAITH !CTION OF 37&, A RECOGnition ceremony and a screening of the documentary, â€œHarvest of Shame.â€? s /N 3ATURDAY .OV THE &LORida Modern-Day Slavery Museum, which consists of a cargo truck outfitted as a replica of trucks involved in a recent slavery operation and exhibits, will be held in the Vanderbilt Church parking lot from AM TO PM 4HE EXHIBITS WERE created by workers who have escaped forced-labor operations and by leading academic authorities on slavery and labor history. s !LSO ON 3ATURDAY (ARVESTING Hope table displays will be in FelLOWSHIP (ALL FROM AM TO PM Featured tables will be from the Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Collier County, Immokalee Housing & Family Services and the Student Farmworker Alliance from &'#5 s &'#5 0RESIDENT 7ILSON "RADshaw will be present on Saturday at the Vanderbilt Sanctuary for A h+EYNOTE 0ANEL *USTICE IN THE Fields and Beyondâ€? address. The EVENT WILL BE HELD FROM TO p.m. and Bradshaw will be moderating the panel. s &INALLY 3ATURDAY A h3TAND 5P FOR *USTICEv 7ORKSHOP WILL BE HELD IN #OCHRAN -USIC (ALL FROM TO PM 4HE WORKSHOP WILL EStablish the context for justice work through personal experiences. s /N 3UNDAY .OV A h7ITH %YES 7IDE /PENv WORSHIP WILL BE held in the Vanderbilt Sanctuary FROM TO AM s !LSO ON 3UNDAY A 0EACEFUL 0UBLIC 7ITNESS WITH )MMOKALEE 7ORKERS WILL BE HELD AT PM TO call on the supermarkets to pay one more penny per pound. The location is to be announced. s 4O WRAP UP THE WEEKEND A CONCERT h,ET -Y 0EOPLE 'Ov WILL be held at Vanderbilt Sanctuary at PM !DMISSION IS FREE BUT TICKETS are required; to get a ticket, call the CHURCH OFlCE AT For the complete flier of events, please refer to www.eaglenews.org. â€” Eagle News staff
Children helped water the new Peace Plant outside of Academic Building 7 on Friday. EN photo/ Taryn Kerber
The Rotaract club walks barefoot for Toms Shoes on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Jin Fang Li
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