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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 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. “I like the concept that you can rent a book because I feel like FGCU doesn’t give you enough money back if you sell it to them,� said Alex Holt, a sophomore majoring in business marketing and minoring in computer info systems. “It would save a lot of money, being a broke college student.� The buyback policy on FGCU’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 book’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. “I rented four books from the bookstore and was very happy with them,� said Amanda Perez, a freshman majoring in political science. “I found the book rental system to be incredibly more feasible than buying books for full price — I received the same texts for significantly less money.� 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 wouldn’t be left to fend for themselves once this is done. Follett has created, a collaborative site that, theoretically, will bring faculty and students together through digital textbooks (e-texts). E-texts would be available for purchase on 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 purchaser’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 user’s ability to reproduce the text. However, MyScribe’s regulations only allow 30 percent of the text to be copied and printed, and the e-text can only be downloaded into three computers’ libraries from one purchase. If you wish, you can refund your e-text purchase, too. Student-to-student sales are prohibited. “I’m not sure how I feel about that ‌ 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 wasn’t initiated at the meeting.

Dec. 11. This should give you plenty of time to glean an entire semester’s worth of knowledge and carry you through finals. We’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 you’ve finished the registration process. If you haven’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 — 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 you’ve rented, you just need to let us know sooner rather than later. Within your store’s refund period, you’ll have the option to convert your rental into a standard, everyday purchase. You’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, don’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, what’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, we’d be more than happy to help! Just call (239) 590-1150 and speak to one of our associates or visit 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, “Harvest of Shame.â€? s/N3ATURDAY .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 AMTOPM4HEEXHIBITSWERE created by workers who have escaped forced-labor operations and by leading academic authorities on slavery and labor history. s!LSOON3ATURDAY (ARVESTING Hope table displays will be in FelLOWSHIP(ALLFROMAMTOPM 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&'#50RESIDENT7ILSON"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&INALLY3ATURDAY Ah3TAND5P FOR*USTICEv7ORKSHOPWILLBEHELD 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 FROMTOAM 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!DMISSIONISFREEBUTTICKETS are required; to get a ticket, call the CHURCHOFlCEAT   For the complete flier of events, please refer to — Eagle News staff

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Senate approves athletic flagpole By Megan Hoolihan Senior Staff writer


enate has passed a bill to install an athletics flagpole on campus to notify students of sporting events. The flagpole will be placed on the main campus next to the bus loop. There used to be three flagpoles that displayed the AmerICAN FLAG THE &'#5 FLAG AND the Florida flag, but these flags were moved and are now disPLAYEDOUTSIDEOF ,UTGERT(ALL /N DAYS WHEN &'#5 TEAMS are competing, the flag representing the team will be displayed on the flagpole. 4HERE WILL BE  FLAGS AND there will be separate flags for boy’s and girl’s teams. The pole

will have no flag on the days that there are no games scheduled. The purpose of the flagpole is to empower school spirit throughOUT THE &'#5 STUDENT BODY AND SERVEASAWAYFOR&'#5ATHLETICS to advertise game days. The bill includes the cost of the flags, shipping, the flagpole, and installation for a total of   4HE BILL PASSED   AT Tuesday’s meeting. 3ENATOR ,INDSAY 3COTT WHO sponsored the bill, said, “The athletics flagpole will be a great way to instill a sense of pride throughout the athletics community and create an everlasting tradition.� Ashley Humphries, Student 'OVERNMENT DIRECTOR OF ATHLETIC relations, came up with the idea for the pole. “I thought that this would be a

great way to bring athletics onto campus itself. Currently, athletics are segregated (from the main PART OF CAMPUS AND KEPT SEPArate on the field,� Humphries said.


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On-campus students not utilizing Friday parking By Sofia Shepard Staff writer


riday morning, Christina Charlotte, a freshman majoring in resort and hospitality management, gets up for her 8 a.m. class, groaning because she has to schedule time into her routine to hop on the shuttle. That is, before she remembers that she can drive to campus and, as long as she parks in the student lots, not receive a parking violation. 3TARTINGTHISSEMESTER 0ARKing Services has allowed residential students to park on campus on Fridays. There is not as much traffic flow, so this opens up space in the garages for students who live on campus to put their vehicles to good use. “I’m glad they let us drive at least one day a week,� Charlotte said. “I kind of wish it was more, though.� Those who choose to park on campus, however, must be cautious of where they park. A number of residential students This semester, Parking Services has allowed residental students to park on campus Fridays. EN photo/ Mike Ricci have received parking tickets due to a common misconcepstudents who are merely ‘visit- are still the same number of tion. ing’ the bookstore; a student is shuttles operating throughout n What is the purpose of the “There seems to be an urban .%6%2AVISITOR v-OORESAID the week. myth around housing that (resi.OT ALL STUDENTS WHO LIVE ON According to Moore, campus “Special� shuttle? DENTIAL STUDENTS CAN PARK ANY- campus take advantage of the shuttles operate by hours of serwhere on Fridays, including deal, though. vice so the total number remains Is it for privileged people gogeneral lots,� said police Chief “I go to campus on Fridays the same for the week, but can be ing to special places and doing Steven Moore. “This is incor- FOR MY $2/0 MEETINGS BUT ) distributed differently through- top secret things? rect.� use the shuttles because they are out the week depending on trafIt actually is called the “SpeStudents are only allowed to there,� said Becca Moscovitch, a fic flow. cial� shuttle — as opposed to PARKINLOT.BY!" ,OTBY sophomore and nursing major. “I For more information on park- “Everglades� or “North Village� -USIC -ODULAR OR THE PARKING usually walk to class anyways, ing or the shuttle services, visit — because it now goes to West GARAGES,OTCLOSESTTOTHE3TU- except for Tuesday because of my Lake Village (formerly College DENT 5NION IS FOR FACULTY STAFF 8 o’clock class.� Club) Monday through Thursday FGCU Newspaper 5:09 PMsystem Pageremains 1 and visitors only. 2:Layout 1 10/25/10 The shuttle from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m h6ISITORS DOESNT INCLUDE unaffected by the change. There



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Sigma Chi held its first Derby Days week of events from Nov. 1 to 5. All four FGCU sororities competed against each other to raise money for Sigma Chi, for their philanthropy and for the prize of a cruise social. Monday started off the Derby Chase, where girls from each sorority chased after Sigma Chi members to steal their hats for points. The fraternity raised more than $4,000 with 80 percent of the proceeds going to the Huntsman Cancer Institute and 20 percent going to Tri Delta, which claimed the winning title. Photo courtesy of Scott Shortt

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Some programs are far more competitive than others. Ninety-three percent of applicants were accepted

into the educational leadership program, while only 21 percent of applicants gained entry into the physical therapy program. There is currently research being conducted by a graduate affairs team to determine how admissions for graduate programs could be modified. The team is focused on including multiple criteria in graduate admissions, such as professional experience and essays, instead of just test

scores. Allison Rouscher, a senior majoring in business, believes the decision to adjust graduate requirements is a symbol of FGCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progression toward becoming one of Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best universities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the time that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve attended FGCU, I have witnessed great strides that have made me proud to be a student here,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adjusting program requirements is an inevitable step toward making FGCU more competitive and respected.â&#x20AC;?

Benjamin Morgan, a sophomore who is undecided on his major, believes that only the programs should be setting standards for graduate school admission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dumb to put so much focus on university acceptance at the graduate level,â&#x20AC;? Morgan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no point in being accepted into the university if you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accepted into your graduate program, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really see the purpose in bothering with university acceptance requirements.â&#x20AC;?


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Take the survey so your voice is heard FGCU is asking students to voice their opinion through the biannual Noel-Levitz student satisfaction survey. The survey is sent to students every two years by the Planning and Institutional Performance Board. Response to the survey is important because it allows students to voice their satisfaction level with many different aspects of FGCU, such as academic advising, campus climate, campus support services, their major, their experience with admissions and financial aid, their experience with registration, their campus safety and the extent to which students feel welcome at FGCU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we did this survey in 20052006, we had fairly high levels of satisfaction in most areas,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Paul Snyder, associate provost. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to see if we have been able to maintain that satisfaction as we have grown over the last few years, and, if not, which areas we need to direct our attention to most. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also want to see how we do against a national sample of institutions similar to FGCU,â&#x20AC;? Snyder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about trying to improve service.â&#x20AC;? The survey will end in December, but the drawing for an iTunes gift card will be at the end of November. Results will be available in the spring. The Planning and Institutional Performance Board also organizes the National Student Survey of Engagement, which contains more questions about student engagement than satisfaction.

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell yourself short in workplace On average, women lose $1 million in a lifetime of earnings because of the gender wage gap. On Wednesday, Nov. 17, $tart $mart Campus Initiative will be teaching men and women college students how to negotiate fair salaries and benefits to help avoid this gender wage gap at the start of their careers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students often underestimate how much experience they have and the skills they bring to the table,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Kristine DeWelde, an associate professor. Even though the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963 to â&#x20AC;&#x153;guaranteeâ&#x20AC;? equal pay for equal work in the same workplace, there is still a significant wage gap between men and women, and even races. According to DeWelde, reasons for the discrepancy in salaries between the sexes include discrimination, lack of access to informal networking, the conflicting demands of family and work life, lack of family friendly policies in most workplaces, reduced negotiating skills and the persistence of traditional gender ideologies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The effect of the Equal Pay Act is even more discouraging when we recognize part of the narrowing of the pay gap is due to a decline in menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;realâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wages over the past few decades (due to fewer manufacturing jobs, fewer unions, etc),â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Joan Manley, an associate professor. At the workshop, students will learn to benchmark salaries in their chosen careers, learn the importance of budgeting and will learn how and why to negotiate. $tart $mart Initiative is a joint effort between the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Women Arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Getting Even (WAGE) project. The College of Arts & Sciences is sponsoring the event, and is planning to offer it every fall and spring. The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. in AB7 114 and is open to juniors and seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must register to by Nov. 15.

Student wins Miss Lee County USA By Samantha League News editor


GCU student Carissa Miller, crowned Miss Lee County USA this past weekend, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan to stop at the local level. Miller, a senior whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s double majoring in nursing and communication and double minoring in journalism and creative writing, has her eye set on Miss USA 2012. Claiming the Miss USA crown wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an early goal of Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Although she had always been told growing up to get involved with beauty pageants, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take the thought seriously until the young woman who was adopted got in touch with her biological family at age 18 and learned her sister competed in pageants growing up. So last year, she entered the Ms. Planet Beach International contest, a pageant in which


girls from up to 10 countries competed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I ended up winning, which I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect at all,â&#x20AC;? Miller said. Miller actually told herself she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to enter any more pageants after winning Ms. Planet Beach International. She instead attended a modeling workshop hosted by Lu Sierra, the coach of Miss USA and Miss Universe. However, since Miller is only 5-foot-5, Sierra suggested she get into pageants, and to not do it â&#x20AC;&#x153;for fun, because sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll win.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My parting words to (Lu Sierra) were, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;OK, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see you at Miss USA,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Miller said. Once Miller was also contacted by the director for Miss Lee County USA, her mind was set. She became one of the four contestants â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and won. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was surprised. Ev-

eryone kept telling me I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have competition, but there was one girl I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure about,â&#x20AC;? Miller said. Now that Miller has claimed the Miss Lee County USA crown, she will advance to the Miss Florida USA Pageant, which will be held in July 2011, only eight months away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m kind of mentally preparing (now)â&#x20AC;Ś saving money and staying away from candy and chocolate,â&#x20AC;? she said, laughing. Miller has also learned from small mistakes she made before Miss Lee County USA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The number one thing is finding a dress â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I need a formal evening gown, and this time, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to wait until the last minute to find one,â&#x20AC;? Miller said. Miller is grateful for her â&#x20AC;&#x153;amazingâ&#x20AC;? support system of friends, family and her father, and on-


Juanita Alvarez , a junior mojoring inlegal studies, took this picture during sunset at Fishermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Village in Punta Gorda, in nearby Charlotte County. Photo courtesy of Juanita Alvarez

ly sees one obstacle that may cause trouble for her reaching the Miss USA title: balancing school and the pageants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have no idea how I do it sometimes,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I keep my little calendar notebook with me all the time and look at it very minute of my life.â&#x20AC;? However, Miller hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let school and pageants consume her. She still makes time to do the other things she enjoys: sew, write, cook and hang out with her three Chihuahuas and two cats. In 10 years, she sees herself married, settled down and with a couple kids. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hoping her nursing major and future graduate school will lead her to being a certified nurse midwife. And, most importantly, she sees herself â&#x20AC;&#x153;definitely having accomplished the crown of Miss USA 2012.â&#x20AC;?

On Saturday, Nov. 6, FGCU student Carissa Miller was crowned Miss Lee County USA. Miller will move on for a chance to win Miss USA 2012. Photo courtesy of Carissa Miller

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How short is too short? By Rory Manson Contributing writer


ne of the many benefits of Florida weather is that shorts are acceptable clothing throughout the year. The great thing about shorts is the variety of choices. You can dress them up or dress them down, and there are many styles to choose from, from high-waisted to low rise, from short to long. Although many styles of shorts are timeless, there are just as many faux pas when it comes to shorts. These include the never-attractive jorts on men or shorts that could pass as underwear on women because of how revealing they are. FGCU students have many different opinions on shorts style and what is considered attractive.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in girls wearing junderwear (jeans that look like underwear). Shorts should actually cover you.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Beth Castle-McDanel, Junior, Communcations


â&#x20AC;&#x153;For guys, shorts should be no shorter than just above the knees. Girls should not wear the shorts that they wear unless they want to be stared at. â&#x20AC;&#x153;

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o-Shave November is upon FGCU yet again. This November, there have been tons of buzz on the trend. Men have decided against shaving this month. But for what reason? Some may do it for fun, others for environmental reasons. Other guys do it to get the ladies. No matter the reason; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on here on campus. So take it from two No Shave November FGCU experts. These guys have decided to take the challenge and not shave this November.

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templative film on the true nature of humans and our search for something larger than ourselves. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Trainspottingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trainspottingâ&#x20AC;? takes its audience deep into the seedy underbelly of the 1980s Scottish heroine wave. Ewan McGregor plays Renton, a drug-addled adult who has the mindset that life isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worth living unless you are messed up on something, and that one should enjoy life in any means they want. This movie will make you laugh; it will also scare you, but most importantly it will move you. As Renton said in his final dialogue, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to change. This is the last of that sort of thing. Now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m cleaning up and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m moving on, going straight and choosing life. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to it already. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna be just like you.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dazed and Confusedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dazed and confusedâ&#x20AC;? is a seminal tale of high school students living in the 70s, and how they spend the first night of summer. This movie pulls great performances from Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey. The film shows how much fun it was to smoke pot and knock down trash cans with your buddies, drink alcohol in random fields out in the middle of nowhere, sing along to Kiss songs and rocking out to Journey. Nothing beats this movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great scenes depicting friendship and pithy dialogue about how squares never get the girls, and in order to get laid youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be in a band or on the football team. This movie rocks, and not only to the soundtrack, but the amazing story that showcases youth in a time where smoking pot and growing your hair out was cool.

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Gulfline servers just not enough to service students By Jeffrey Haut Staff writer


ith all of the amenities and academic programs at FGCU, you would think there wouldn’t be anything to complain about. However, the giant, rotting, putrid, decaying, and malevolent Gulfline once again plagues what would Jeffrey normally Haut be another delightful evening on campus when registering for classes. I am truly baffled that this university cannot figure out a way for its students to register without causing them to swear at their computers like a WWE wrestler experiencing “roid rage.” I have been told in the past that the problem lies in the capacity of the computer servers at FGCU. Apparently these servers cannot handle the traffic of a few thousand hits from students attempting to sign up for classes. (The key word being “attempting.”) Nevertheless, I cannot help but wonder what the cost would be to get servers that could handle the traffic on registration nights. Our school certainly has a budget that could support another server. Or, if that is out of the question, the FGCU Student Government has a large discretionary fund. You would think that this might be on the top of their list. After all, they represent the interests of the students. How do other schools with greater student numbers handle their registration? Perhaps computing services can take a look at their systems and try to duplicate it for our benefit. All I know is that I haven’t been able to register for classes until 1 a.m. in any of my four semesters here at FGCU. I have always had to wait at least an hour into registration. As an underclassman, the entire

time I would be on pins and needles wondering if there would still be room in the courses I needed to take. Guy Cotter, a sophomore majoring in psychology, said, “This is my second year at Florida Gulf Coast University. With a school of 12,000, I was truly disgusted with how slow Gulfline was. With a school of this size and the continual updates to make the school better, I feel I shouldn’t have to wait until six in the morning the next day to sign up for my classes. It just doesn’t make sense to me.” I agree with Guy. I attempted to speak with someone in the Registrar’s Office, but due to Add/Drop demand, I could not get in contact with anyone. It is up to us, FGCU students. If we demand an adequate way to sign up for our classes, the administration has be able to better meet our needs. Without students registing for and taking courses, it seems a university would not work. I’m pretty sure this is the entire premise of a university — and their jobs sort of depend on students registering for courses and paying tuition and fees. At least, you would think that is the way it works. 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.

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here’s hardly such a better example of financial strain on students than the cost of textbooks. Every semester, the same nightmare of massive expenses arrives as students clamor to pay what they view as unjustifiably overpriced tomes. There are ways, of course, to mitigate the cost of books. FGCU’s own bookstore, which is owned by the $2.7 billion a year textbook sales corporation Follett, recently introduced the Andrew has textbook rental program. The Friedgen new initiative has saved students a massive $301,570 this fall through 6700 rented textbooks. The program has been a huge success as students look for ways to save more money, and claims an average of 50 percentsavings. Renting allows students to pay reduced prices for ownership of the book over the semester and return them at the end of the term. For the Fall 2010 semester, that date is Dec. 11. However, students are allowed to highlight and take notes in rented books just as they would if they owned them. In addition, there are online outlets for renting books, where a company will send you the book and you must return it by a certain date.Perhaps the most popular of these services is Chegg, which claims “#1 in textbook rental.” Another option is buying books used—a practice which really gained momentum in the mid 70s to early 80s. Before then, many college students would simply keep their books and use them to build a personal library. In our current time of penny pinching, however, selling and buying used textbooks is a relieving process when your bottom line doesn’t take as hard of a hit. However, the concept has an insidious back story and may have something to do with the obnoxious prices paid for new books. As with any copyrighted material, when you buy a new book, that book was purchased directly from the company that produced it. A percent of the cost goes to the author (or authors) in the form of a royalty. The devils that come

with buying used books means that the profit to the supply company and the royalty to the author are taken out of the equation. It’s the same situation that Gamestop creates through used video games. Many argue against the validity of this practice. It’s because of this dilemma we see publishers who come out with newer editions of textbooks every two or three years. By invalidating all the used copies of the previous edition, bookstores and would-be customers are forced to purchase the new editions directly from the publishing company. The FGCU Bookstore also supports a buyback program. Used books will be bought back provided they are in good condition and the store hasn’t already reached its preferred stock of that book. For students who are only concerned with their wallets, it’s hard to sympathize or care much about whether the author gets a royalty or if the publishing company makes a profit. It’s a dysfunctional relationship where the creator of the content is pushed aside for the least costinducing method of acquisition. We see this same mindset with the music industry and the out-of-control binge on illegal downloading. And, just as with that problem, it’s hard to find a compromise. The most visible negotiation that has recently been proposed would be to require used book retailers to pay a royalty fee to the publisher/author for every used book they sell. This provides a way for publishers to continue making money on books, eliminating or at least softening the need to “force” purchases of books via publishing new editions. Whether this compromise falls through or not is still up in the air; however, one can not deny that authors need some sort of incentive to continue writing. Next time you’re faced with a used textbook, you can look at it and know that an issue exists that has many more implications than the scuffs on the binding. I suppose “Don’t judge a book by its cover” can be taken in more ways than one. 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.

Make a change, register for diversity By Mandie Rainwater Staff writer


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o all one of you, my loyal readers, I would like to apologize for my absence over the past few weeks. Life took control of me and I was lost for a bit. Now, things are just under enough control to start to think about the class registration process. I know many of you want to complain about Gulfline, but I’m not even touching that subject. I’ll let someone else handle it — and he has in the piece above left of this one. I want to talk to you all about why you will take what you register for. Most all of us have a track Mandie based on our majors that we Rainwater will align classes with. When an English major takes a physical science course, it’s almost a given that it’s a requirement of the major. But, what if you went off that track for a few classes and dove deep into the cultural diversity that FGCU represents? I recently registered for a class on medieval history. Wow! I didn’t even know there were classes offered about medieval history! While I was on a roll I decided to take a class on western tradition, a focus on the Romans, Greeks, and Renaissance. At least that’s what the course catalog said it was about. FGCU also has a wide variety of instructors, professors and development staff that add to its diversity. One such instructor is an adjunct professor originally from Moscow: Dr. Laliyakhon Yakhyaeva. She is affectionately known by her students as Dr. L. Yahhyaeva has developed Russian studies classes here at FGCU, and represented the college at a conference in Turkey that was held in conjunction with Harvard and Miami of Ohio. Sadly, if you read her ratings on you might skip over her classes. I

encourage you not to do this. She is very knowledgeable in her topics. If you take a few moments to understand her still-developing English, you will realize she is an expert in her field. FGCU is full of instructors such as Dr. L. Some of the brightest minds are here, if you will open your mind and learn from them. Here is my shameless plug for some instructors I have had that I recommend: Dr. Angela Meyer (Astronomy), Dr. Eric Otto (Environmental Humanities), Sam Walch (Public Speaking), Jill Allen (Comp II), Dr. Ira Weinberg (U.S. History), Dr. Margaret Banyan (American National Government), and I know there are more, but these left the impressions. I recommend these teachers because I’ve taken their classes and they were great. I have never used to size up my instructor and see how boring or easy or lightweight a class is. I chose each subject and looked for a class time that fit my schedule. So far I have lucked out and had some challenging, interesting, and personable instructors. At the end of each semester I felt as if I had won the lottery. I don’t know what kind of experience you are looking for, but I want something that makes me open my eyes, realize that I am not the center of the universe, and teach me. I am an American girl, after all, and very often I feel that I know everything. For your sake, take a moment to just stick your hand in the hat and roll with the luck of the draw. Do yourself a big favor and don’t drop any classes. Step up to the challenge, and broaden your horizons. Mandie Rainwater is a sophomore. She is majoring in secondary education with a focus in social sciences. She is married with two children and is an active volunteer for C.A.R.E.S. Suicide Prevention. She is a contributing author to “UnspOILed: Writers speak for Florida’s Coast” and has been featured in the Southeast Online Review.


Patriotic still with one less ballot By Collin Llewellyn Staff writer


omething you didn’t see stuck on my shirt on Election Day was an “I Voted” sticker. If you voted, good for you, I’m glad. But if you didn’t vote, do not feel guilty. Most people will claim that voting is patriotic. I say that not casting a ballot is just as patriotic. If you don’t buy into the two-party system, the worst thing you can do is to enable the process by voting for a Collin Sink or Scott character. Llewellyn What good is more of the same politics going to do for our country? You think you’re checking off a name on the ballot, but really you’re just checking off interest groups (oil companies, insurance companies, big business, etc.) These are the people who are influencing the decisions made once candidates take their seat in office. No one should have to choose between the lesser of two evils. Do you really want to decide who your leaders are based off that question? Some people claim that a vote for a third-party candidate is also a waste of our patriotic duty, because their whole campaign is based on grasping at straws. However, the 122,899 who voted for Florida Independent gubernatorial candidate Peter Allen voted for what

they believe in— and exercising democracy is admirable and patriotic. Believe me, if enough people vote third party, the dissent of the people regarding the main two parties will be evident, even if a Republican or Democrat does get elected. Let’s all take a cue from these independent voters. If you can’t find what you’re looking for within the two parties, look beyond them. If you’re still stuck, embrace your right to not vote. Don’t be discouraged by the celebrity ads telling you it’s your patriotic duty to vote. Be proud that you stood by your beliefs and didn’t throw away a vote on someone you ultimately don’t agree with and don’t want in office. Making a decision not to vote is still making a decision. I am no way arguing that one should not vote over voting. I am, however, arguing that not voting when you cannot make an educated decision on who to vote for (or just voting for who your parents or loved ones want) is taking the higher road, in my book. Voting for the sake of voting seems more irresponsible than making an informed decision not to vote. Voting is important. It’s a responsibility. Let’s not make careless decisions because we are criticized if we don’t vote. 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.

Bi-partisan battles just begun By Jeffrey Haut Staff writer


ith the Republicans now in control of the House of Representatives, many may wonder what America’s political future will look like in the next two years. Much of the new debate and controversy has stemmed from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi vocalizing that she will run for House Minority Leader after (presumably) John Boehner becomes Speaker of the House next January. Some feel that Pelosi didn’t “get the message” voters sent when they voted for a Republican majority last Tuesday. Pelosi attempting to remain in a leadership position has been interpreted by some as she doesn’t understand that the Democratic Party as a whole was voted out. In addition, many people did not like Pelosi as a leader, recalling her, “Once we pass the [healthcare] bill, then you can find out what’s in it,” quote. Even some Democrats are angry with Pelosi (at least the ones who were voted out of office are). Over the past few days a letter has circulated around Capitol Hill asking Pelosi not to seek reelection as House Minority Leader. This election had many benefits to the Republican Party, and equally as many consequences for the Democrats. Considering that the so-called “blue dog” Democrats (moderate Democrats) have lost their re-election bids, the Senate and the House caucuses are more liberal. This can spell disaster for the president and Democrats because they may be less likely to want to work with the Republicans to pass future legislation. Equally, Republicans will most likely not want to work with their very liberal col leagues. At this point, it is highly unlikely

that they will be able to get much accomplished, and these next two years could realistically become lame-duck. Republicans, on the other hand, will try their best to get certain portions of the health care bill repealed. Most Republicans support some aspects of the bill, such as extending benefits to people with pre-existing medical conditions and allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance plan until they turn 26. However, some of the portions that step in the direction of a public option are vehemently opposed by the Republicans. They will do anything they can to cut the funding to those portions of the bill, effectively repealing them because those parts will not have the money to run the programs. The key for President Obama at this point is to show that he will in fact unify Congress to pass legislation. Words don’t really mean much nowadays. The president needs to act on his promises. Equally, Republicans need to stay true to their “Pledge to America.” If not, they will not take back the White House in 2012. In the end, it seems that the American people, although they make their mistakes, decided to remedy what they perceived as a problem with the government. It is the job of all elected officials to hear that feedback, and to act in the needs of the people — not to play their partisan political games. 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.



Unnecessary cesarean births cause rise in women going under the knife By Marta Suarez

Contributing writer


ccording to the World Health Organization, no region in the world should have a greater cesarean birth rate that 10 to 15 percent. In the U.S. we have a 32 percent rate, according to the most recent information available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The CDC reported Florida as the highest ranking state for the procedure. Many cesareans are performed because babies are breached. This occurs when the baby has not turned and is not heading down the birth canal correctly: head first. Babies can flip on their due date or even during labor. The question is, does a breach sanction serious surgery? Chiropractors, mothers-to-be, midwives and even ob-gyns can turn babies to the proper position in their mother’s womb. In fact, there are websites solely devoted to this. So why are more and more women going under the knife due to breaches? I suspect it is for the same reason we do many thing — we just don’t know the truth, or perhaps what we do know is a myth. The vast majority of women are perfectly equipped and capable of having a normal pregnancy and delivery, which results in the quickest and most successful healing process. I find that thinking of pregnancy as a train ride helps in understanding what is going on. You buy a ticket to a destination, get on board and the ride begins. The train is on course gliding along the track. Now, what if you are a few hours away from your destination and someone switches the fuel? The train stops moving along as it was built

to run on diesel and nothing else. You have to get off, whether you were ready or not, and this becomes your destination. Our bodies work similarly. When foreign things are introduced such as Pitocyn (oxytocin), a synthetic labor inducer, and epidurals, a numbing agent, the body can become taken aback and the course of labor may be derailed. We fail to be informed about the dangers of having these procedures done, and there can be serious side effects. There are countless websites and pamphlets from varying sources that are objective and informative on this topic. Some are even based on the real experiences of women. There is a certain beauty to the workings of the female body. Aside from growing and incubating a human being, it takes care of itself by releasing chemicals during labor to ease the pain and assist the process of healing. Pain is unavoidable no matter what course you take. From the moment life starts, our bodies are preparing us. We feel little feet kicking in our bellies and a little person spinning around. The connection is undeniable, sealed by birth, breastfeeding, care, and love. A recent study discovered changes in brain activity in women who are in labor and who breastfeed. Men and women, though they differ greatly, are capable of amazing things. I wish every woman who experiences pregnancy is able to see what great strength is inside of her and how she already possesses all she needs to begin her journey into motherhood. Marta Suarez is completing her philosophy degree. She is expecting her second child in December.

Did you know: A woman who breastfeeds her children drastically lowers her risk of ovarian and breast cancer.


‘A glistening coal rock’ A response to the perception of the counterproductive Tea Party agenda By Andrew Friedgen

Assistant opinion editor

The first thing I noticed as I approached the doorway of the courthouse was an exuberantly large cross plastered to the wall as such that it imposed its will on every person who walked under its shadow. Then there was the American flag — the banner of everything the country stands for — idly announcing its presence on the flagpole nearby. I focused my gaze at the two icons side by side with a sense of indignation. But that indignation was why I found myself on the steps of a courthouse. Furrowing my eyebrows, I let the pride soar through me as I repeated the thoughts that I had turned in my head for the past two days. No compromise. I held my head high and walked toward the heavy doors, opening them and seeing the congregation of those who dispensed justice staring at me with a sense of patronization. I stared straight back at them, particularly the judge, who I locked eyes with and strode the rest of the way down the lane until I stood in front of his podium. I said not a word. These people, all of them, had “taken America back.” They had taken Americaback from whatever immoral and evil forces they had perceived to be afflicting the nation and wrenched their bony hands

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around Lady Liberty’s throat. “Lock n’ load,” they had shouted at rallies amongst “hoorays” and promises to “restore” America from whatever decay it had experienced. And I stood opposing them with a snide smirk painting my face, ready to accept their new judgment. “Mr. Friedgen,” the judge began, “you have been called here today for various crimes against the sanctity and structure of our fair judicial system.” His tone was one of condescension and bile. I shuddered at every word the old man spouted. “Such crimes include the propagation of unhealthy ideas like tolerance of despicable homosexuals, outright lying in the form of your claims that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is in fact accurate, attempts to promote church-state separation, and accusations that we violate every principle the American government was founded on.” “Wow, neat! I figured you guys would have come up with more than that,” I sneered, mocking everything he had just said. “Enough! Your morally derisive rot will not be tolerated! I sentence you to five years in prison!” They carried me away and delivered me to a small facility where they asked me every day if I was ready to accept the truth. I spat in their faces and they responded with force. I was doomed to become a speck of dust in the forgotten, echoing halls of the righteous past, but that was a finale I chose to accept. I could have given in to them, I could have said everything they wanted me to say and abandon what I knew was the truth in order to appease their disgust. But I fought it and took the consequence without ever letting them change me. It was only at my most weakened state as a political prisoner when I woke up soaked in sweat realizing I had been having a nightmare. I reached over to grab the glass of water I keep on my nightstand but accidentally knocked over the tea cup from the night before. It fell to the ground and shattered into a thousand pieces.


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Good, clean fun in the bedroom: Condoms, safe words, consensual, adventure, spice By Sara Gottwalles Opinion editor

Ladies, how many times have you heard, “Oh, but baby I hate condoms?” Nothing makes our little hearts flutter like the prospect of the pitter patter of tiny surprises. If you’re at a point in your life where you welcome a baby, this may not be such a big deal. But if you’re still trying to get all of your ducks in a row, you probably want to wait a while before one of the ducks becomes a bath toy for your baby. We’re all aware that STDs are out there and we have to be careful. When used properly, latex condoms can help prevent the transfer of STDs and HIV 100 percent of the time. Oh, and of course pregnancy, according to The problem is, and most guys will agree, condoms can be a pain in the butt. The top five best sellers on are: Durex Performax, Trojan Extended Pleasure, Pleasure Plus, Kilmono Micro Thin, and LifeStyles Non-Lubricated with Mint. What seems to make these condoms popular is thinness and climax control. Americans want to last longer and celebrate the prolonged ecstasy by skipping the pesky reminder that you’re wearing a love glove. Trojan recently posted its 2010 report card ranking U.S. colleges according to sexual health resources. The scores are based on 13 different health services including contraception, access to anonymous advice and sexual awareness programs. Topping the list is Columbia University. USF is ranked 87th, UM ranks 56th, UCF ranks 94th, and UF ranks 17th out of 141 schools. Unfortunately, FGCU is not on the list. I have known people who get tested to make sure they’re clean, and then use the pill as their main form of birth control. This works as long as you are in a monogamous relationship with a strong trust bond. While you’re thumbing your nose at the “rubbertons” just

remember that birth control is not 100 percent effective against STDs, HIV, or pregnancy. If your genitals are only giving VIP tickets to one person and you catch something, you know they’ve been backstage with someone else. And you put the lights out on their show! I’m not going to go into all of the details of chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, bacterial vaginosis, HPV, herpes, HIV/AIDS or syphillis. Well, maybe just a little. Some of the facts are simply too … gooey. Gonorrhea and chlamydia symptoms in women are increased vaginal discharge and bleeding. In fact, with most STDs, symptoms often include discharge. of men and women. Hot. Gonorrhea can be life threatening and increases the risk for HIV/AIDS. Chlamydia, if untreated, can decimate a woman’s reproductive system. Best of all, these two can be silent adversaries. So be careful with who you uncross for! Here’s an interesting one I hadn’t heard of before researching this article: If you’re a lesbian, don’t think that you’re getting off without worrying about a possible STD transmission. Trichomoniasis is a commonly vulva-to-vulva spread disease. According to the Center for Disease Control, one of the symptoms for this disease is a “frothy yellow-green vaginal discharge.” Oh good ... frothy, too. Now onto the adventurous topics as the headline promises. Oh dear prudes, yes I must. Quick, name some crazy or kinky sexual practices you have heard of — and, God forbid, have done. How about S&M, bondage, masochism, voyeurism, transvestitism — anything? On of the first that pops into my mind is erotic asphyxiation. Just think about the mechanics of this for a moment. You have your hands or an object around someone’s throat, choking off their air supply to aid in the inducing of arousal. What could possibly go wrong there? It’s estimated that more than 1,000 deaths occur every year due to this fetish. Many resources say there is

‘Freshman survival 101’ Staff writer


t is almost time to say goodbye to the first semester of the 2010-11 school year. Learning has become an important part of life for us freshman, in and outside of the classroom. We have had to figure out when to get to the shuttle, which professors are the ones who we will learn the most from, and how to deal with the pressures around us. Sometimes these pressures tell us to get involved in Chelsea do. things we may not want to


We have had to learn the hard way that our friends aren’t always what they seem, and find out that trust is not something you can give away. It has been a semester full of hits and misses, but learning from all of those experience is what makes surviving the second semester. I would like to reflect on that Walking may not be such a bad thing instead of taking the bus. From the dorms located in South Village, there is a short cut that leads you directly behind Whitaker Hall. It is not a bad walk either, especially on cooler days. Walking from Northlake to campus is a little more tiring, but exercise is good. You get the chance to look at what is around you instead of looking through a bus window. I find that riding your bike that way is a good option also. It cleared my head as I rode to class, listening to a variety of songs on my IPod. It really was a nice change from riding a bus that people push and shove over, just to get a seat. Friends are easily made in high school, but finding best friends in college and maintaning them is a little bit harder. The friends you thinkyou have will sometimes say and do silly stuff that make you wonder what it was about them you appreciated.

It is better to surround yourself with people who make you a better person, and with whom you share positive energy with. Those are the friendships that will last. Being able to laugh at the random things as you sit outside the library, looking over the lake, talking about your classes and your future plans for the weekend are things you should be talking about with your new found friends, not gossiping about other peoples’ lives. After all, what does that say about your friendship if that’s all you talk about? Pressure has been enormous this first semester. I can imagine how many freshmen, who have yet to become accustomed to it feel as if their heads are going to explode trying to keep up without over working themselves. There is also the pressure to drink and do drugs to relieve the pressure of school work. This is where my head starts to feel on the verge of explosion: why add more pressure to our already crazy lives? Do what you feel is right, but be careful if you choose to give in. Also, if someone pushes you to the extreme with their habits, do NOT be afraid to speak up, no matter what the person says to you. It is never a bad thing to speak your mind and prevent a situation from going to extremes. As the holidays approach and we have a break until the New Year, think about what you have really learned. Sit in a quiet area, and think about what you want to bring with you to the next semester. What will you want to do over? What would you do again if you could? Taking a lesson from the first semester is going to help in the long run. It will be advice given to the next group of first time college students. It is basic freshman survival 101. 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.

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A new freshman looks back on her first semester experince By Chelsea Seeley

no safe way to practice erotic asphyxiation. I disagree. Once again, the key here is trust. You have to know that the person you are with is going to take your cues and know when to stop. Using your hands instead of rope or other objects is also probably less likely to present you with a corpse. When taking part in any sort of fetish or “unusual” bedroom play, it is important to ensure the act is consensual and safe. Have safe words and non-verbal signals planned before hand. Not to be a Debbie downer, but every time you go to bed with someone you don’t know well, you run a serious risk to yourself. Forget about pregnancy and STDs for a moment. You’re in bed with someone who has the potential to murder, injure or abuse you. No matter what the sex or stature of the person, you can never be too sure. We all love sex, but we all love living. too — at least we should. Make sure that you first trust your partner, are safe, have some ground rules, and for heaven’s sake, have some damn fun!

Sanibel Island Writer’s Conference reviewed By Mandie Rainwater Staff writer


he end of the conference is quickly drawing to an end. I sit back quietly and just watch.

I know you may find it hard to believe, but I feel way out of place. Those in attendance are either very good writers lying in wait or they have mastered the elusive publishing experience. Ah, the young ones and their expectations of grandeur. They long to write the world’s most fantastic literature and send it to one hundred agents just have it returned one hundred times. One hundred and one yields a nibble but first come the revisions. The sacrifices they will make to get the sale. Don’t do it, I want to scream. Who am I to impede on their dreams? They are hungry. The more distinguished of the attendee’s, look with a certain amount of pity at the youngsters. They remember what it was like to think they would make their mark straight out of the gate. They recall the pangs. They entertained the revisions, made the changes, and were rejected again. They gave up on the world and walked away, pulled back by the voices. They lead imperfect lives and shared their experiences with us, uncensored and honestly. They were available. It’s interesting standing here, somewhere in the middle

between both parties, silent. I’m not as young as I once was, yet not as wise as I would like to be. I have experienced my share of rejections; each one carrying its own painful learning opportunity, all of my success yet to yield compensation. Pro-bono under the sun- no fortune in my paradise yet. I have no advice to dispense and no naïve ideas. I wish I could join one group or the other. I must study. I have traveled here to learn the craft. Not witchcraft necessarily, but just as powerful, mysterious, dark, thought provoking, formulating, captivating, transformative, illusive, and natural. I’ve come to learn to harness the written word. I’ve come to listen to the spoken word. I’ve come to experience the lyric of song. I travel to Sanibel to sit in the middle of this group, to study and write and mingle. I must ascend. How I wish I could speak. How I wish I could break out of the melancholy and find my voice. The page holds it hostage as I walk among the group of greats and those lurking on the outside about to break through. I take stock of names so I can say I knew them back when. I marvel at how they all meld into one group, indistinguishable, while I’m still on the outside looking in. Silently in awe of the wordsmiths. I must write.

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Season Preview: Women’s basketball


Returning players lead A-Sun favorites By Zach Gibbons Staff writer


he FGCU women’s basketball team will begin their pursuit of a 2010-11 Atlantic Sun Conference title at 7 p.m. Friday against non-conference opponent Seton Hall in the season opener. Coach Karl Smesko believes there are still some rough spots to smooth following a scrimmage in which FGCU came out on top in three periods of play. “I thought we played much better today (last Saturday) than a week ago,” Smesko said. “I mean, there’s still a lot of things to clean up, but our defensive effort was much better, that was encouraging. Offensively were still a little sloppy in our movement and execution, but we needed to make a big improvement defensively. “We focused on it (last week). I thought overall there was a noticeable difference in our defensive level,” Smesko said. Smesko believes that there is no team on FGCU’S schedule that should be overlooked. “Seton Hall is going to be tough, and that’s just one week,” Smesko said. “You know there’s some good teams in our league for sure, but you don’t know who everybody added. You can’t really say, until you’ve seen them play a few times, who’s going to be the top teams in the league. It all depends on how good the kids are that were brought in. “We’ve got some big games, we’ve got Purdue, Virginia Tech,

and we’ve got Indiana here. So even before we get into conference play we’re going to be very well tested.” Smesko is not worried as much about the returners as he is about getting the new players comfortable. “Our returners are doing well. It’s a matter of getting our new players more comfortable within our system so that they can contribute more,” Smesko said. The FGCU women’s basketball team is made up of mostly juniors and freshmen, with only two seniors: Shannon Murphy and Shavonne Butler. Eglah Griffin, a junior who has played two seasons with FGCU, says Murphy and Butler have been a big help. “We have a whole squad of juniors this year,” Griffin said. “It’s pretty exciting. Seniors, we’ve only got two, but our returning seniors are putting in work and really helping us out big time.” Griffin said. Griffin feels that the team has improved its collective shooting from last year. “I think we’re more of a threat,” Griffin said. “Our three-point shooting, everybody can shoot it, and I think that makes everybody have to come guard us.” Sarah Hansen is a freshman playing her first season with the Eagles after redshirting last season. She is excited to get going this season. “I redshirted last year. I was here and I experienced it all,” Hanson said. “I got to be part of the

Senior pre-season A-Sun all-conference selection Shannon Murphy drives in a game last year. EN Stock Photo

team. It was pretty exciting, but this year, to actually be able to play, it’s a big difference. It’s more exciting to be able to play, than just be watching my teammates go out there and do it, and have to cheer them on and stuff.” Hansen feels that if the team stays on track, the Eagles will be

able to defend the A-Sun championship. “I think if we keep making progress, I think we should be able to contend for the A-Sun championship, but there’s a lot of really good teams in the A-Sun,” Hansen said. “It just depends on if we keep progressing throughout the season,

keep getting better.” Hansen said. The team’s first challenge in that continued progression begins Friday. If the Eagles can play well against Big East foe Seton Hall, it will be one step, in a long season, toward repeating as A-Sun champions.

NFL midseason report: Familiar names stand out By Eric Dellaratta Staff writer


ere’s one NFL observer’s views on the standouts during what has been an exciting, if unpredictable, season: MIDSEASON MVP: Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts Nobody can take over a team like Manning. The Colts have been dealing with injuries to key players such as Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai and Austin Collie. Manning played well with players such as Blair White and Jacob Tamme. The Colts don’t have a dominant running game, therefore the points that are put up are normally a result from Manning’s great play. MIDSEASON OFFENSIVE

MVP: Philip Rivers, Quarterback, San Diego Chargers Holdouts and injuries haven’t stopped Rivers from playing lights out this season. Rivers has thrown for 2,649 yards and 15 touchdowns. Dealing with injuries, Rivers has been playing without wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Jackson’s backups, Malcolm Floyd and Legadu Naanee, have also been dealing with injuries for the most of the season. Rivers has been putting up amazing numbers throwing to receivers such as Seyi Ajirotutu, Buster Davis, and Patrick Crayton. MIDSEASON DEFENSIVE MVP: Clay Matthews, Linebacker, Green Bay Packers One of few players who hasn’t been bit by the injury bug happens to be the Packers best defensive

player. Clay Matthews is disruptive and creates problems whenever he is on the field. The second-year linebacker has recorded 10 sacks in just seven games. Matthews has been carrying the Packers defense on his back so far this season, and expect more for the remainder of the season. MIDSEASON OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Sam Bradford, Quarterback, St. Louis Rams There are quite a few candidates for this award such as Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Williams or Dallas wide receiver/kick returner Dez Bryant, but I decided to give this award to Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. The former Oklahoma standout is leading the St. Louis Rams to a solid start while throwing for 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He is averaging more than 200 passing yards per game. Bradford has put the Rams on the map. MIDSEASON DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle, Detroit Lions The No. 2 overall pick from the 2010 NFL Draft has been incredible for the Detroit Lions so far this season. Suh has recorded seven sacks at the midseason mark, which is very impressive as a rookie. BIGGEST DISSAPOINTMENT: Dallas Cowboys Even I thought that the Cowboys would make a Super Bowl run this season, but Dallas just can’t seem to put it together. The Cowboys have the talent to play at a very high level, but costly mental mistakes and penalties have killed the Cowboys. Head coach Wade Phillips has taken the majority of the blame for Dallas’ woes, but now that he has been fired and replaced by offensive coordinator

Indianapolis Colts quarterbck Peyton Manning throws against Philadelphia. AP photo

Jason Garrett, the pressure falls on players who must perform for future jobs. BIGGEST SURPRISE: Tampa Bay Buccaneers The St. Louis Rams could also fit in this category, but I’ll go with the regional NFC team. Most people counted the Bucs out before the season even started. After finishing last season with a record of 3-13, the Buccaneers have won five of their first eight games this season. The main reason the Bucs are playing as well is because of the stellar play of second-year quarterback Josh Freeman. Freeman has led them to multiple comeback wins and shows a lot of promise for the future. The Bucs should be a team to look out for come playoff time.

MIDSEASON BREAKOUT OFFENSIVE PLAYER : Arian Foster, Running Back, Houston Texans The Texans backfield was a bit of a guessing game coming into this season. The Texans drafted Auburn running back Ben Tate in the second round, but he was lost for the season with a leg injury in the preseason. Steve Slaton, who had a monster year in 2008, was unimpressive in his preseason carries. So the running duties were given to second-year undrafted free agent signing Arian Foster. There are days where I wonder how this guy went undrafted. Foster has gained 737 yards with seven touchdowns.



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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had some good players, but we were playing a different style, one that can be met with some resistance. At the time, everybody had two post players. A team without any was unheard of.â&#x20AC;? Striving for more Smesko pushed his friend Boldon to assist him at Walsh, holding him to the same limitless expectations as he does anyone else. His competitiveness motivates him. When Boldon was a senior and a player on Walshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team, Smesko was a graduate assistant. The two would work out together and play pick-up ball. Despite the fact Smesko was taller and stronger then his opponents, Smeskoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s niche was his mind, using each one-onone battle as a playground to innovate, to find a new angle that no on else was seeing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was really strong and could shoot it well, but he was best at being in control and understanding when he could score,â&#x20AC;? Boldon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He accepted when he was the more athletic guy and when he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, and would form how he played based on that.â&#x20AC;? Smesko would dare anyone to play any game against him, whether it was racquetball, golf, Play Station or cards. He calls himself the â&#x20AC;&#x153;strongest man at FGCU.â&#x20AC;? He approaches each task with a unique strategy. Seldom will he beat you the same way twice. But he does so with the same mentality, guided by a singular purpose, a staple present across a four-season partnership with Boldon that included one year at Walsh, two at IPFW, one at FGCU and a

cumulative 85-34 record. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has never lowered his standards,â&#x20AC;? Boldon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When he started 15 years ago as a graduate assistant at Walsh when I was a senior, he would put us through the same drills and workouts as he gives to women. His standards say the same.â&#x20AC;? Finding a niche Smesko shaped his thinking around legends. Speckles of the motion-oriented, screen and cutting-based offensive principles of Bob Knight, NCAA Division Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-time winningest menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach; and Don Meyer, the winningest menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball coach whose career has included at least one stint with an NCAA school, can be found in Smeskoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playbook. He would pick and choose bits from Knight and Meyer (he chose to avoid mimicking Knightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chair-tossing, playerchoking routine) and from others after a torn ACL and family issues derailed his playing career. His father, a former high school basketball coach in Richfield, Ohio, Smeskoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown, taught him the basics when he dragged Smesko along to practices and film sessions. Clinics across the country showed him how to best balance core fundamentals and balancing personalities. He soaked everything in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to clinics and sat down and talked with NBA coaches, and Smesko understands the game as well as any of them,â&#x20AC;? Boldon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a numbers guy, a percentages guy who has the ability to understand what works and how it works. Couple that with a tireless work ethic and you understand his success.â&#x20AC;? Injecting his personality Mel Thomas is in the film room with Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach, and six-time national Na-

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ismith College Coach of the Year. Auriemma struts around and cracks wise, recounting tales of his own playing exploits, breaking up the bumbling monotony of the film sessions. He speaks with persuasion, hands gesturing and stance upright. His hard gaze eases up when he points out mistakes to a player, revealing sensitivity. Now, as the first-year Director of Basketball Operations at FGCU, she sees Smesko doing the same. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice, and things are running with precision. Screens are set, crisp and legal; seams are found, and players communicate on defense. Smesko sprints onto the court and flaunts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In five seconds I can make five plays happen.â&#x20AC;? Thomas and the players laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I obviously have high standards from playing for Auriemma, but I am impressed with how much players admire him (Smesko),â&#x20AC;? Thomas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He makes jokes and is personable, but also demands a lot. He canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stomach watching mistakes. He likes to talk a lot about how great he is, but he does it sarcastically, to be funny.â&#x20AC;? Making strides off the court It always wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so easy for Smesko to play friendly. Players respected his hands-on, yet laid-back, approach on the court, but wished for the same openness off of it. Senior Shannon Murphy, a pre-season A-Sun All-conference selection, points to planned game nights and trips to water parks as evidence of Smeskoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing comfort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was and is always prepared; I guarantee weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more prepared then our opponent every time,â&#x20AC;? Murphy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, every year, he is getting better off the court. He is becoming more personable with small talk and candid conversa-

tions.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Saturday before the 2010 season opener, and the Eagles are scrimmaging against Eckerd. FGCU is up by 30 with a few minutes left in the game, and Smesko is pacing, still teaching. He never sits down. The help-side defense isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there. Players are on their heels. He raises his voice only once, yelping, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve told you to close out four times.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach is very calm compared to other coaches who probably drop the F-bomb every other word,â&#x20AC;? Murphy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard him swear maybe four times in four years. But if he asks someone to do something and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let them know about it, just like anyone would.â&#x20AC;? Understanding the bottom line Smesko operates with such a sense of urgency because he has to. As an assistant for the University of Maryland in 1998-99 under Hall of Fame coach Chris Weller, Smesko witnessed the fragility of a crisp, high-profile program. He saw how professionally organized Maryland was, from their administration, to the sports information department, to team doctors, to water boys. He saw how if you werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good enough, you were shooed away. No mercy. He knows that moving up and earning lasting acclaim in a harsh, competitive industry isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t guaranteed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his spotless, respected resume be damned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always helpful that another opportunity will come,â&#x20AC;? Smesko said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a brutal business. You have to do really well wherever youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at and for us at FGCU that means making deep runs into NCAA tournaments.â&#x20AC;?


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Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf In the final tournament of the fall season, FGCU finished in sixth place at the Stetson Invite. Sophomore Briana Carlson finished in a tie for ninth

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New faces expected to plug up weaknesses By Jon Galamay Staff writer

T The Division 2 club team improved to 14-1 with a weekend sweep of East Carolina. The Eagles travel to the Siena College Showcase in Loudonville, N.Y., on Thursday

he FCCU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball season opens what it hopes will be a breakout season this Friday at Indiana University. Official practices started mid-October in preparation for moving the program in a positive direction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel we are ahead of schedule opposed to a year ago despite the number of new faces,â&#x20AC;? Coach Dave Balza said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the new guys have done a real nice job of listening, paying attention, and picking up on things. Part of that is due to our veteran guys for helping them along the way.â&#x20AC;? This season holds high hopes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with some pressure on Balza, whose teams havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had a winning season since FGCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transition to Division I basketball in 2007. A successful off-season brought in a number of new faces, in addition to some recognition from a prominent basketball recruiting website called Hoopscoop Online. FGCU, according to the website, had the second-best recruiting class in the A-Sun Conference with the additions of Marlon Rivera, Timothy Snyder, Marcus Blake,

Chase Fieler, Nick Goshay, Jordan Negrin, and Christophe Varidel. FGCU also welcomes back eight returning players, including Anthony Banks, who last year was named to the A-Sun AllFreshman Team. While playing over the summer, Banks underwent surgery after fracturing a bone in his right foot, but looked healthy and ready for the opener against Indiana. He recently was named to the A-Sun Preseason AllConference team. This season is the last season that FGCU will not be able to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop the players from improving themselves to be better players on the court. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had to really get in the weight room to get stronger for this upcoming season,â&#x20AC;? returning guard Hunter Miller said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really what most of us had to work on.â&#x20AC;? Another problem last year was a lack of size, and injuries that the team sustained throughout the season. A combination of Banks and transfer Kevin Cantinol, who is eligible to play second semester, is expected to address that. FGCU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball

has 16 players who are all healthy at this point, compared to the 14 they had last season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is unusual to have all 16 healthy and out on the floor,â&#x20AC;? Balza said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The guys did a very nice job in the weight room keeping in shape, and maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of the reason we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have many injuries.â&#x20AC;? The opening game against Big 10 team Indiana will not be an easy task for the Eagles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously it will be a good test,â&#x20AC;? Coach Balza said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Big 10 school on their home court, with 15,000 (fans) against a bunch of new guys who havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even played college basketball, it will be toughâ&#x20AC;? Smesko said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I think it would be a challenge, but a good one.â&#x20AC;? An emphasis on being a fast-paced team should keep FGCU competitive against opponents. In the past, they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had the depth or the wing players to run the way Balza envisioned. This season includes not only a faster team, but also a more intelligent squad in terms of passing the ball around and making plays, Balza believes, so this team should hopefully be able to carry out his goals.

Senior forward Chad Lutkenhaus shoots during Midnight Madness. EN Photo/ Taryn Kerber

Struggling volleyball building for next year KC Correlus earned Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the A-Sun. The awards are voted on by conference coaches.

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer

By Andrew Binninger Staff writer


t has been a disappointing season for the FGCU volleyball team, but they hope to go out with something to build on. With two games left to go in the regular season, and having failed to qualify for the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament here at Alico Arena start-

ing Nov. 18, the girls hope to end the season on a high note heading into next year. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record is currently 5-19 overall and 2-7 against the conference. At the beginning of the season, Coach Dave Nichols acknowledged that the schedule would be challenging. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our tough schedule is really helping with recruits as we try to get the

FGCU name more familiar across the country,â&#x20AC;? Nichols said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal of our program is to become a top 30 program, and the only way to get there is to play the best.â&#x20AC;? At the end of the season, the volleyball team will be bidding farewell to five seniors but Nichols is optimistic about the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have Julia Lopez coming back, who was our

The No. 19 FGCU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team moved into fifth place in the NSCAA South Region rankings. The list is topped by North Carolina and Duke

Swimming & diving For the second consecutive week, the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association named Vicky Cadge its Swimmer of the Week. This is her third such honor of the season. Freshman Camil Dominguez jumps for the ball in Friday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game against Lipscomb. EN Photo/ Taryn Kerber

most valuable freshman off the bench last year, and we also have a very good recruiting class, so I believe that we will have a very good squad next year.â&#x20AC;? Nichols is looking forward to signing day and feels that FGCU is capable of having a very good recruiting class, but he â&#x20AC;&#x153;does not want to comment on how the other Atlantic Sun schools do as far as recruiting goes until I see whom

they recruit.â&#x20AC;? There are things that the team needs to address to improve next season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To prepare for next year, certain players have certain skills that they need to work on,â&#x20AC;? Nichols said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some girls might need to work on their speed, or some might have to work on their attack â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it depends on what their weakness is. We hope to focus more on a team concept than an individual concept.â&#x20AC;? One of the girls who will be leaving after this year is Catlin Shawver, who appreciates her coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could not be playing for a better coach, and he has been very supportive to me,â&#x20AC;? Shawver said. As far as next year goes, Shawver tells the underclassmen on the volleyball team to have fun and play their hardest. The team next year will be headlined by senior Holly Youngquist, who at the beginning of the year was named to the preseason All Atlantic-Sun Team as well as being named to the ESPN Academic All-District 3 second team. Sophomore Camil Dominquez, who is averaging an impressive 9.29 assists this season, will be counted on as well. At the start of the 2011 season, the volleyball team will have 11 players returning, as well as the recruits the team gets commitments from on National Signing Day.

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