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College Algebra, 126 failed Understanding Visual and Performing Arts, 113 failed English Composition I, 103 failed Statistical Methods, 91 failed General Psychology, 85 failed

Biology Pre management (College of Business) Undeclared Communication Psychology Criminal Justice studies

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9pBXk`\<^Xe J\e`fiJkX]]Ni`k\i And the results are in! Last fall, 126 students failed College Algebra (MAC 1105), 113 failed Understanding Visual and Performing Arts (HUM 2510), 103 failed English Composition I (ENC 1101), 91 students failed Statistical Methods (STA 2023) and 85 students failed General Psychology (PSY 2012). All but one (General Psychology) are required courses for any major at FGCU. Although 103 students failed ENC 1101 last semester, Ashley English says Composition I and II were easy.

But the sophomore, majoring in marketing, says biology was one of the hardest classes she took last year. “Half of the students who sat at my table were taking the course for the second time around,” English said. Biology is the most popular major for undergraduate students at FGCU with 692 students claiming it as their ares of study. “Biology kicked my butt,” said Samantha Abello, a sophomore majoring in art with a focus in graphic design. “I like it (graphic design) because it’s fun and laid back; it’s not a desk job,” Abello said. Business pre-management came in second with 671 students. Communication wasn’t very far behind with 639 students claiming it as their major, and 538 students cited their major as undeclared. Psychology is

holding strong with 513 students and criminal justice studies came in last with 456 students. “I chose marketing because I like having a grip on the business side of things,” English said. Health and education have some catching up to do. Most of the least popular majors were tied: Six graduate students are majoring in health professions as acute care nurse practitioners. Six undergraduate students are majoring in secondary biology education. Six undergraduate students are majoring in elementary education. Five graduate students are majoring in environmental studies. Five undergraduate students are majoring in secondary mathematics education and five undergraduate students are majoring in pre-secondary biology education.

Joe Angius, a sophomore majoring in environmental studies, was surprised at the number of graduate students majoring in environmental studies. “I mean, FGCU is an environmental school,” Angius said. “I’m surprised, but then I think, the school is growing so those numbers could change.” However, Angius himself is not sure where he’d like to continue his education after obtaining his bachelor’s. “It’s either do the master’s (program) here, or go somewhere else with my best friend from high school,” he said. Even if the university’s growth brings in more students, it sounds like the lower level classes, usually taken by freshman or sophomores, are the ones to watch out for, according to statistics from last fall.

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Events Big Brothers Big Sisters: 5 volunteers needed on Feb. 5 for the German Fest in Naples. Contact Roberto Briceno at or by Facebook post at FGCU Service-Learning. Inn at Cypress Cove at HealthPark: 6 volunteers needed for a Valentine Luau on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. Need someone to plan, organize, and build a parade float for the Mardi Gras Parade on March 8 (Spring Break week). Contact Linda Trivisonno at 239-4155100 x6108 or ltrivisonno@ Dr. Piper Center for Social Services: Volunteers needed at 2 events: Feb. 12 need 10 people for Community Connections event (set up, facilitate, clean); Feb. 26 need 15 people for The Legacy Gala (set up, assist at event, clean) Contact Cheryl Holland at 239-332-5346 or cheryl@ Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa: 16-18 volunteers needed on Feb. 16 for a fashion show. Benefits the Regional Cancer Center. Contact Patti Chlipala at pattichlipala@leememorial. org or 239-343-6059. Get Colloquium hours. At Rookery Bay on Feb. 15, 16, 17, help with the Estuary Explorers 4th Grade Program. Contact Donna Young 239-4176310 x412 or donna.young@

Reading Festival: 30 Reading volunteers needed on March 18 and 19. Background check required. Fill out application at Lee County Library System website. For details, contact Catherine Vaughn at cvaughn@ or 239-533-4815.

Sunday, Jan. 23, at 12:58 a.m.: Individual called in to report that subjects were knocking on the door threatening him and his roommate. The RA stated that the individuals have had ongoing problems throughout this school year. The residents were spoken to and the incident was turned over to housing.

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Sunday, Jan. 23 at 10:24 a.m.: Officer was requested to escort a parent who had become disorderly during a swim meet. Upon arrival the officer was unable to locate the parent and the compliant was advised to contact UPD if the individual was to return.

Senior Friendship Centers: Help the staff for fundraising and event planning. If you have experience or are motivated and enjoy taking on projects, you are needed. Contact Cathy Wielgolinski at 239-275-1881 x202.

Tutors Computer Coaches are needed: Lee County Library needs volunteers. Work one-onone with patrons. Background check required. For details, contact Catherine Vaughn at or 239533-4815. Become A Mentor: Take Stock in Children needs mentors for Caloosa Middle School, Dunbar High School, East Lee County High School, Fort Myers High School, Ida Baker High School, Lehigh Senior High School. Call 239-337-0433. Information is provided by the Service Learning department. All opportunities are pre-approved. You can find more opportunities on Facebook at â&#x20AC;&#x153;FGCU Service Learning.â&#x20AC;?


Monday, Jan. 24 at 10:07 a.m.: Officer requested to take pictures of empty boxes of Gain detergent outside of Lutgertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fountain area. The fountain was apparently foamed over the weekend. Monday, Jan. 24 at 9:50 p.m.: UPD responded to a call regarding a female individual who had been assaulted by a male. Individual stated that she had been punched in the right

eye after an argument ensued and he became angry with her. Individual did not wish to press charges or seek medical treatment. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 12:08 a.m.: Compliant called to report a group of males standing around a dumpster near SH Honors looking for a raccoon. One individual had a baseball bat. Upon UPDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival subjects could not be found. Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7:52 p.m.: Officer was requested in regard to a theft of an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purse. Incident took place in front of NLV Building O. Suspect is a male, 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, wearing black hoodie, sunglasses, and cargo pants. The Police Beat is compiled by Eagle News staff from public logs available at the University Police Department. Police Beat is not associated with the UPD. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

EVENTS Peter Kingsley, author, lecturer and scholar of international renown, will be speaking on campus Feb. 17 in the SU. Admission is free. This event is hosted by the Philosophy Club. FGCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student Public Relations Club to host a nonprofit panel discussion from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Wed., Feb. 9 in Lutgert Hall, Room 2202. The event will feature Southwest Florida nonprofit public relations professionals who will share their expertise with FGCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

students. For more infromation please contact David Simmons at Phi Beta Sigma is hosting Sigma Week from Feb. 7 to 13 There will be a different event each day of the week, including a pool party. For a complete list of events, email, If you would like to submit an event, please e-mail


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Nfd\eXZZlj\[ f]jk\Xc`e^(d`cc`fe A Destin woman is accused of stealing about $1 million from her employer over eight years. In federal court on Monday, 38-year-old Barbara A. Abraham pleaded guilty to 196 counts of fraud. She also pleaded guilty to criminal tax charges for failing to report the extra $1 million. She will be sentenced in April. Authorities say Abraham used her position as a

bookkeeper at Hart Dynamics, Inc. in Destin to forge company checks, using the signature of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president. Records show she wrote checks to herself and to her creditors, then disguised the payments with false entries. During this time, her actual salary never exceeded $20,000 a year. She faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of fraud and up to three years for each tax count.

WORLD <^pgkZfiilgk`fe# m`fc\eZ\Zfek`el\j Tens of thousands of people flooded into the heart of Cairo Tuesday, filling the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main square as a call for a million protesters was answered by the largest demonstration in a week of unceasing demands for President Hosni Mubarak to leave after nearly 30 years in power. Rivers of protesters arrived in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square at checkpoints guarded by protesters and the army, which promised Monday night that

it would not fire on protesters. The announcement was a sign that army support for Mubarak may be unraveling as momentum builds for an extraordinary eruption of discontent and demands for democracy in the United Statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most important Arab ally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not going anywhere until Mubarak leaves,â&#x20AC;? said Mohammed Abdullah, a 27-year-old aviation engineer. Mubarak, 82, would be the second Arab leader pushed from office by a popular uprising in the history of the modern Middle East.

KXZf9\ccjXpjkXZfj _Xm\//g\iZ\ekY\\] Taco Bell says a legal beef over the meat in its tacos is bull. The fast-food chain took out full-page ads in at least nine major newspapers and launched a YouTube campaign featuring its president Friday to proclaim its taco filling is 88 percent beef. Fast food often contains additives. That â&#x20AC;&#x153;isolated oat product,â&#x20AC;? for example, is usually used to help processed meat hang onto moisture and flavor. Other chains use them, too. McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, for example, says its hamburgers are all beef, but the hamburger chainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ingredients list also includes additives and preservatives in many items. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is nothing really Frankenfood in here,â&#x20AC;? said Karen Ansel, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they eat this, it is no worse for them than what they are getting anywhere else.â&#x20AC;?

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potential White House contenders took turns urging them on. Despite the stepped up attack, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the legislation was secure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to go anywhere,â&#x20AC;? predicted the Nevada Democrat. The Republican-controlled House voted last month to repeal the law. A showdown vote is possible as early as Wednesday in the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority and the billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opponents far short of the 60 that would be needed to clear it. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell noted Republicans had â&#x20AC;&#x153;pledged to the American peopleâ&#x20AC;? in last fallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign they would attempt to repeal the law. To fulfill that pledge, McConnell took virtually the first opportunity available to him in the new Congress. The maneuvering unfolded one day after U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled the law was unconstitutional, saying Congress lacked the power to impose penalties as a way of enforcing a requirement for millions to purchase health insurance.


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;FEĂ&#x2039;KD@JJK?<J<LG:FD@E><M<EKJ Reach for the Stars ... or reach for a chicken wing 9pD\^Xe?ffc`_Xe 8jj`jkXekE\nj\[`kfi Think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got what it takes to eat a heaping basketful of chicken wings faster than anyone else, and do it for a good cause? This month you will have your chance to prove it, because Hurricane Grill and Wings will be hosting a wing-eating competition to benefit the Reach for the Stars Foundation. The Reach for the Stars Foundation an independent, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to providing services and support to individuals and families struggling with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is an incurable disease that is characterized by the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abundant production of very thick mucus. This mucus becomes an ideal environment for infections and causes blockages throughout the body. The disease most commonly manifests itself in the form of constant infections and buildup of mucus plugging in the lung tissue. The disease also impacts the digestive system, as the mucus blocks the release of enzymes from the pancreas causing mal-absorption and subsequently a failure to thrive. The disease currently affects more than 30,000 children and young adults in the U.S., and only about 50

percent of individuals with the disease live past the age of 30. Reach for the Stars focuses on funding transportation and lodging needed for emergency medical treatment of those affected, therapeutic treatment including respiratory therapy and nutritional supplementation, medication costs, and other needs of individuals with the disease. The parents of Ellie Levy, an FGCU student who has cystic fibrosis, created the foundation. Levy is a sophomore majoring in communications and philosophy. She created a Reach for the Stars Service Team within the Honors College, and is excited about using the team as a way to host fun events that educate about the disease as well as fundraise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reach for the Stars is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of those with cystic fibrosis so that they will be healthy enough to be the beneficiaries of on-going research and medication advancements. Cystic fibrosis is not only physically debilitating, but carries a heavy financial and psychological burden for families,â&#x20AC;? Levy said. The event will be held Friday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at Hurricane Grill and Wings in Coconut Point Mall. The event will also

feature a mystery NFL Celebrity Guest Judge, and students who are not in the competition can meet and talk to him. An NFL prize will be awarded to the winner of the contest. The entry fee for the contest is $5 in advance or $7 at the event. The fee as well as 15 percent of everything sold at Hurricane Grill will be donated to Reach for the Stars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For anybody who goes, everything that you do that night is going to have an impact. Whether you are in the competition or just want to go to for the festivities and food or drinks, you know that you are really helping a family that needs it,â&#x20AC;? Levy said. Anybody who is interested in signing up for the competition can e-mail Levy Any groups or organizations with multiple contestants can contact Levy for discounted entry fee rates.

If you go What: Wing Eating Contest When: Friday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. Cost: $5 in advance, $7 at the door Where: Hurricane Grill and Wings in Coconut Point Mall



Honors battles RSOs in Eagle Pride challenge 9pJXdXek_XC\X^l\ E\nj\[`kfi Attention all organizations: your school pride is now at stake. The Honors Program has officially challenged all organizations to the first Honors Spirit Challenge, which will take place at the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball game vs. ETSU on Monday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to see as many students as possible dressed in Eagle colors, making noise and coming up with great Eagle chants,â&#x20AC;? Marlin Delvina, the President of the Honors Program, said. Along with food, games and prizes, judges will be looking for the organization with the

most school spirit to earn the Spirit Trophy. The idea started brewing over summer when Jake Proudfoot, the vice president of the Honors Program, realized the Honors Program didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t host any events with the Athletics Department. He wanted to create an event that included Athletics and targeted school spirit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When (Proudfoot) suggested having a spirit challenge (at an honors leadership meeting), the entire atmosphere of the room changed,â&#x20AC;? Delvina said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We quickly followed up with the idea and are making it a reality.â&#x20AC;? Students often talk about a lack of school spirit on FGCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus, so Proudfoot and Delvina are hoping this event will help perk up FGCU student pride and start a new

tradition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The incentive for the event is to show off our pride, which is why we challenged the organizations on a deeper level,â&#x20AC;? Proudfoot said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole point is to have school pride, so we challenged them on their organizational pride.â&#x20AC;? Various organizations have already accepted the challenge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we told our friend Carl, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with Ignite, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alright, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got 70 people so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take that challenge,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Proudfoot said. ETSU is one of FGCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conference rivals and this game is important for FGCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conference standing. The game will also be televised. There are other events happening at

the game, such as the Spirit Walk and Greek Night, so Proudfoot and Delvina jumped on the opportunity to host an event everyone can be a part of. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to pack the house and show the nation that we are FGCU,â&#x20AC;? Delvina said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for the Eagles to go wild!â&#x20AC;?

If you go What: Spirit Challenge at Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball game When: Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Cost: Free admission Where: Alico Arena

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Vagina Monologuesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: More than just sexy name 9p<i`Z8Y`e :feki`Ylk`e^ni`k\i This Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day marks the Gender Equality Organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (GEO) second annual presentation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vagina Monologuesâ&#x20AC;? at FGCU. Hilarious, shocking and at times rather depressing, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance promises to be bigger and better than its predecessor. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance was a great success, and this year, GEO hopes to â&#x20AC;&#x153;spread the word to the entire community, getting more students involved in the hopes of an even bigger turnout,â&#x20AC;? said Ellie Candee, copresident of GEO. The play will be performed on Feb. 11, 12, and 14 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. The slogan for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance is â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know you want to come.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vagina Monologuesâ&#x20AC;? is a play written by Eve Ensler, a playwright and feminist activist who became renowned once her play gained recognition. After its initial success in small performance theaters, it was eventually performed on Broadway by big name actresses such as Whoopi Goldberg and Penelope Cruz. To gather her information, Ensler traveled to countries around the world interviewing women who had suffered some form of abuse and wanted to share their stories. Ensler put together her play from their stories and turned them into monologues to be performed on stage. The play quickly became an enormous success and is now performed in over 140 countries across the globe, thanks to organizations such as VDay (the activist organization that owns the rights to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

Vagina Monologuesâ&#x20AC;?) and GEO. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mission of the monologues is to spread awareness of violence against woman and work to putting an end to it,â&#x20AC;? Candee said. According to the VDay website, it the monologues wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end â&#x20AC;&#x153;until the violence stops.â&#x20AC;? Each monologue highlights a different issue faced by woman across the globe and is meant to increase knowledge of the endeavors they face on a daily basis, physical and psychological. However, that is not its only purpose. It is also an effort to celebrate what it means to be a woman and all the good things that come with it. That being said, there are also male-only groups that work under the VDay organization, known as V-Men, recording the stories of men who have been affected by the women in their lives.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The play is a significant piece of art and an important humanitarian effort that can be appreciated regardless of gender or sex,â&#x20AC;? said Rachel Bachar, the treasurer of GEO. Tickets are on sale through Feb. 11 at $5 for students and $10 for non-students. GEO will be tabling in the Breezeway. In line with their humanitarian efforts, GEO has dedicated all proceeds to several charities including Human Trafficking Awareness Partners (HTAP) and The Woman and Girls of Haiti.

If you go What: â&#x20AC;?The Vagina Monologuesâ&#x20AC;? When: Feb. 11, 12 and 14 at 7 p.m. Cost: $5 for students, $10 non-students Where: Student Union Ballroom





Eagle News highlights the photography of our readers. Send your best pictures — of events, vacations, scenery, wildlife — whatever you’d like. If your photo is picked, you’ll receive two free tickets to Regal Cinemas in Gulf Coast Town Center. E-mail submissions (with your name, grade, major, phone number and a description of the photo) to

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Lomangino came up with this idea after visiting the University of Central Florida and noticing parking meters in front of certain buildings, including places like the honors dorms, where people can park and walk in for 15- or 30-minute intervals on campus. “It would not be difficult to place these in spots that are already here, such as visitor parking in front of the bus drop-off and over by the new Lutgert Hall and Holmes Hall buildings,” Lomangino said. GXib`e^ f]]\ej\j ZXe Y\ Zfjkcp ]fi Zfcc\^\ jkl[\ekj% GXib`e^ `e Xe unauthorized location is a $30 ticket. If this ticket isn’t paid promptly, the ticket will increase to $40. If there is a car with a parking pass but the tag numbers don’t match, a $100 ticket is issued. Students will not be able to graduate without paying off these tickets. However,

parking service only accepts cash or checks; most students have credit cards or debt cards. Lomangino thinks there is an issue with the payment method as well. Lomangino’s primary solution to the 15 minute parking proposal could benefit the school. @] GXib`e^ J\im`Z\j Z_Xi^\[ ,' Z\ekj for 15 minutes worth of parking during hot hours on campus (7 a.m. - 5 p.m.), they could make $300 per day per meter if they were active the whole day. Multiply that by 40 meters and the campus would make $12,000 per day. “There are plenty of solutions to this problem, but no action has been taken,” Lomangino said. “We shouldn’t have to be subject to unfair parking fees when there are solutions that can benefit both parties.”

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assignments, here’s a checklist of other advice to help you achieve classroom success: › ;f k_\ Xjj`^ed\ekj%  Gif]\jjfij assign work every class and require that students complete them. If the assignments are not completed, students may receive an “F” or “0” on the assignment. › GXik`Z`gXk\ `e ZcXjj [`jZljj`fej% Gif]\jjfij Xi\ `dgi\jj\[ n`k_ jkl[\ekj who are opinionated and active in class. “The do of a classroom would be always participate,” said Nadine Hacker, a sophomore majoring in anthropology and psychology. ›9\i\jg\Zk]lc%Gif]\jjfij\eZfliX^\ students to treat others how they want to be treated. Sometimes in class, students will be asked to work in groups. Most

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because of a lack of signs. “We found quickly that the school is not parent friendly,” Frantz said. “If we (Frantz and her husband) want to change her we have to carry our school bag, her diaper bag and her,” Frantz said. The group has already made progress from since its start on Jan. 18. Members have brought the lack of changing tables to the attention of various Student Government senators and Kim Diaz, SG president. The group is set to work on a plan of action and resolution to bring to the senate floor. “I am excited and surprised at how voracious this group is and how quickly things are coming together,” Frantz said. “I never thought that others, especially students who are not parents, would be interested in working to make campus a more parent/child friendly one.” According to Frantz, the ideal outcome would be a changing table in every building. “We recognize that all the offices are busy during this time of year, but the students are the customers in a university setting and the offices and administration are obligated to keep the students’ learning environment as accessible and up to standards as possible,” Frantz said. Veronica Vela contributed to this story.




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something bigger than a local issue and help those who are less fortunate. The group leaves for Washington on March 7 and will, for a week, participate in group service events and work directly with organizations such as Soup Kitchen, Prevention Works, AIDS outreach programs, Habitat for Humanity as well as work closely with various homeless shelters. SG Civic Engagement will provide the cost of lodging, transportation, meals and registration, so there is no out-ofpocket cost. The deadline for the application is Friday, Feb. 11 by 5 p.m. in the Student Union. Every student is encouraged to apply, despite his or her volunteer background. Those who have attended alternative trips can still apply as well. Justin Carter, a student from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Orleans relief effort, believes that the trip was â&#x20AC;&#x153;life-changing and rewardingâ&#x20AC;? because he â&#x20AC;&#x153;stepped out of his comfort zone and got to show genuine concern for the well being of others.â&#x20AC;? The trip promises a refreshing alternative to the yearly Spring Break plans, and allows for students to make real change happen for those who struggle with the necessities often taken for granted.


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Learn how to make your own jersey for Super Bowl Sunday. By Joe Giannone Staff writer The massive Super Bowl Sunday event is closing in, with fans either excited with the teams playing, or truly opposed to the teams who are pitted against each other this Sunday. No matter how people feel about the teams or the game itself, there is one certain thing about football: When Hollywood decides to make a movie on the most popular American sport around, they normally, for a lack of better words, score a touchdown. Here are four football movies you must see before the Super Bowl Sunday. 4. “The Replacements” Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman are awesome. Even though this is not the best movie that either of them has been in, this is still a great movie to watch on a Sunday afternoon before the big game. It’s a movie to get you in the spirit; it also features a slew of cursing, booze and sex to appease to any self-proclaimed comedy fan. This movie has it all, but it also does it all. The film is about the replacements of a professional football team when the starters go on strike. This is another movie about underdogs surpassing the label that has been put on them. “The Replacements” is a football movie that speaks to the manly football player in all of us. The movie is funny, daring, and a unique spin on the underdog football movie that has been tried too many times. Watch it before the big game on Sunday and you’ll be pumped and ready to play some football too. 3. “Rudy” What is there to say about this movie that hasn’t already been said? It’s an underdog movie, a movie about faith, and most importantly a movie about football. The great American dream, to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Irish while having the entire stadium packed with eager fans to cheer you on. The movie is about Rudy, the title character, in his attempt to become something more than he was classified as being: too small and not smart enough to live out his dreams. Like many other movies, we see a character that is an underdog. He gets his rising chance at attending his

dream school and playing for his team. What more do you need in a great movie than to see the true American spirit in sports and the underdog overcoming the limits that society puts on them. 2. “The Waterboy” “Mamma always said, mamma always said.” Those lines will stick with the audience for a long time, reminding them of how funny Adam Sandler used to be. Tackling the football movie genre with a bad slur and a funny disposition, “The Waterboy” sees Sandler as the silly yet lovable Bobby Boucher. This movie attacks the football genre head on making this movie a hilarious. Bobby is a water boy dedicated to being the best waterboy he could; showing off the true American spirit of ingenuity and luck he ends up showing the heart that it takes be a true all-star on the football field. “The Waterboy” is silly and pretty ridiculous at times, but it’s a good movie to watch when you’re not sober after a long day of football and over-priced beer commercials. As mama says, “Foos-ball? Buncha overgrown monsters man-handlin’ each other... Member when dat man wanted you to play foos-ball, Bobby?” 1. “Remember the Titans” “Remember the Titans” is one of those movies that is often watched among high school football teams when there was nothing else to do. Though students may not have paid much attention at the time, the deep meanings of friendship and love for our fellow man still resonated with most because of this movies masterfully constructed plot. Denzel Washington put on another spectacular performance as Coach Herman Boone, who wanted to see his team of football players come together in harmony during the rough 1960s that brought forth many prejudices and racism. The reason this movie is so good is that it shows off two things that are so American at that time, but took a while to really come together in harmony: love for your fellow man and football. EN Staff Honorable Mentions: “Blind Side,” “Invincible,” “Varsity Blues,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Radio,” “The Longest Yard” (both versions), “The Express.”

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C’mon baby, light my fire 9pJXiX>fkknXcc\j Fg`e`fe\[`kfi “Why aren’t girls vocal about what they want in bed; and then they complain about not being sexually satisfied?” This was the first response I received when I asked my Facebook network what they would like to read about this week. Suddenly, a mental mass male memo went out, and several more of my guy friends chimed in. Apparently, this topic is quite the conundrum. The dialog this created on my page was eye opening. Despite the fact that we live in an era where women have the right to vote, own property, and run for office, we still have difficulty telling our mates what makes us shiver between the sheets. One of my strong, independent, exArmy girl friends messaged me expressing that not only is she shy to make her desires known, she was discouraged from learning about her body growing up. With a daughter of her own now, she intends to convey the importance of sexual safety, understanding, and satisfaction. I was very proud to know one of my guy friends after he responded. He turned down the burner on a previous relationship when his girlfriend was unable to articulate what turned her on. “If you can be sexually open with your partner, but they can’t be with you, you’re not ready to be sexually active with one another,” he said. Likewise, my best guy friend claims that making sure the girl is satisfied is the most important factor of sex to him. Intercourse is about a mutual fulfillment — both parties should cross the finish line. Having meaningful sex is much more pleasurable than a hook-up or a purely physical encounter. My broski also worries about girls lying to save face — either for themselves, or him. If he asks what makes them feel good, and they don’t know how to answer, they may just say whatever they have seen on movies or read about in cosmo, and act accordingly. Bad news girls — apparently the smart guys know when they’ve hit the

EN K8CB98:B spot. Then again, if you’re successfully able to fake it, who is really the fool? It seems that not all guys are the selfish sexual deviants girls fear they are. This leads us back to the question of why we don’t make our desires known when this is clearly imperative knowledge to the male population? No one wants to be a terrible lover. Guys don’t strive to have a girl cut out early to go home to her night stand, and most girls would rather their source of pleasure didn’t run on Duracell. If you flip the channel late at night to Oxygen, you just may find the most awkward program ever: “Talk Sex with Sue Johanson.” Nothing says its time to call it a night like granny shaking a rubber penis at you. As dirty as you may feel watching Dr. Johanson talk about orgasms and masturbation, it could be the best thing for your libido. Ladies, when was the last time you were able to make yourself squirm? Are you reading this article with a tinge of guilt, or do you know exactly what satisfies you? If you can’t pleasure yourself, you cannot express what makes your toes curl, and you will be an unsatisfied and an unsatisfying lover. You have to be able to make love to yourself first. Woody Allen has it right, “don’t knock masturbation, it’s sex with someone I love.” According to Dr. Johanson, masturbation is how females learn their orgasm style. There are multiple, massive, and small rippling orgasms. If you don’t know your body, who does? Guys, you can do all the research you want, there is no universal on switch near the clitoris. We all need to learn to communicate what we want, be it prior to or during the act. We have to focus in the other person and their signals rather than worrying about if we get off. Ditch the shy gimmick, and let out your inner sex goddess ladies! There are guys out there who would rise to the occasion just to please.

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thousands of dollars of equipment in a 15 passenger van is a trip to hell. Besides the obvious costs that a band must deal with, including gas, possible repairs, food, hotels (which are often skipped), and phone bills, there are others that add up like merch rates (venues often charge a percentage of the gross merch income), taxes, road tolls, and percentages towards managers or a booking agent if a band uses them. Healthcare on the road is also almost completely unheard of. Bands on tour make money primarily from venue guarantees and merch sales. While still not a healthy profit, buying a CD at the show actually puts a few bucks into the band’s pocket; the band buys those CDs at bulk rates from their label. According to both Alternative Press and “Tour Mom Says,” a group of women who work in the music industry as tour managers and photographers, buying a t-shirt is the best way to help a band out. Profit margins tend to be greatest on t-shirts, where the standard sell price is $20. Additionally, the more creative a piece of merch, the more appeal it will have, such as these bold, fashion statement-making watches I saw “Artist vs. Poet” selling this past summer. Or you can skip the product stage of the exchange completely and bring multiple $5 gift cards for the band to outlets such as 7-Eleven or McDonalds. At this point in time, the economy only compounds bands’ financial woes, so if you claim to really appreciate a particular talent, then take even the most modest steps beyond buying albums off of itunes. No one is asking for a huge charitable donation but by being a little savvy you can help out a band or musician more efficiently. Andrew is a freshman, majoring in psychology. He enjoys exploring the concepts of cynicism and optimism side by side. He is also a big fan of new wayve/synthpop music.

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9p:_\cj\XJ\\c\p JkX]]ni`k\i Think back to when you were 16. What were the thoughts going through your mind? College, friends, the hottie in your math class ... normal teenage issues. Did you ever think that you would be stabbed multiple times by some idiot guido wannabe over a teenage argument? Neither did Dylan Nuno. Dylan had a lot to live for, but instead he succumbed to a painful death in a hospital room. Dylan was a student at Palmetto Ridge High School, who, on the bus ride after school, was stabbed to death by a fourteen-year-old student on Monday, January 24. Though fighting is most certainly a way of letting out aggression, this is not the way to solve things. Times sure have changed in terms of fighting. In the times of flappers and gentlemen; the greasers and pink ladies, there were specific details when it came to fighting, and legitimate rules for what was to be expected and what determined a winner. These days, the winner is the person who ends up alive and not lying on the ground bleeding to death. It is safe to say, that fighting was much more respected and structured in the 20’s and 50’s. For our generation, “teaching each other a lesson” has reached an all time low. Instead of fighting out of school one-on-one without weapons, people are now fighting unfairly. Whether there are two people against one or weapons being used, fighting has taken unruliness to a whole new level. And it seems that now people are fighting for the most senseless

reasons. Is this the world we are living in, where diagreements lead to fights which turn into death matches? The return of gang violence has not helped the youth of today. While there has been an increase and decrease battle going on between activity of gang violence, today in the United States there are over 24,000 youth gangs, and an estimated 772,500 teens involved. Gangs have also taken on new faces over the decades. From being a close group of friends who get into occasional youthful trouble, to cold blooded killers to prove their loyalty or to prove a point the transition has been captured by newstories and prison records. The murder of Riverdale High School’s band director in 1996 by a local gang known as the Lords of Chaos is a prime example of the mutated dangerous gang persona we have come to expect and fear. Though we can’t solve the issues of fighting outside of school, we can start preventing in-school violence if we wish to save students from being put in the same situation as Dylan. Talking to each other in a one-on-one setting could be a powerful way of solving issues. Finding other ways of letting out pent up aggression in non violent seminars is another example of what we could do on a large level in schools. Let us put an end to the mindless killing, and find other ways to prevent such nasty violence. Chelsea is a freshman, majoring in elementary education. She believes writing is a true and creative way of expression. Chelsea loves being opinionated and respects others who share this passion.

Hearting free speech with discernment 9p:_\c=i\\dXe JkX]]ni`k\i You know that person who always posts content on Facebook or says something in class that just screams “I’m looking for a fight”? I don’t have a specific example to use; I just want you to acknowledge this so I’m not alone. I can’t help but wonder whether these individuals are really that naïve about controversial issues or if they are truly so self-absorbed and think their way is the way (at the ripe old age of 20). The most generous way of looking at this mentality is that maybe these people are simply unaware of other viewpoints. Your first instinct may be to school them, but do you really think they’ll absorb what you say? Especially the loudest of the bunch. Here I sit writing an unsolicited opinion and am also in my 20s, so where do I get off ranting, right? I’ve earned it. Not only do I live a life filled with challenges (by the way, this is not a pissing contest; I know there are many who have faced greater adversity than me), but I don’t spout off my opinions in class in an attempt to dominate the room. At least with a newspaper or blog, if you don’t like it, you don’t have to read it. Many who know me strictly at FGCU may think I’m a quiet, introverted type. The truth is that I think before I speak. I know, shocker! One doesn’t have to be a big mouth to be extroverted. My words have to be worth something and must contribute to the conversation. I don’t want to waste anyone’s tuition like I feel has been done to me on many

occasions. I may have foot-in-mouth moments, but I generally speak with thought and conviction. Above all else, I don’t respond to attention whores in the classroom or online. In the case of Facebook, your profile should be kept as if your mother or employer might pop in on it at any minute. Do you really want people to be able to save and print those photos of you in lingerie or the one of you doing an underaged kegstand? Do you think you’ll feel the same way in 5 to 10 years? The website is also meant to update friends and family while keeping the “tweeting” light. This means unless you’re talking about a specific cause, why bring up subjects like abortion, for example? Why pick tit for tat fights about anything? That makes me think you can’t say it to each other’s faces. I know that the problem children out there won’t be the ones to read this, nor would they have an epiphany and think more critically if they did. It’s not that I believe sex, politics and religion should never been brought up. Instead, they should be mindfully discussed and the speaker must be prepared for other viewpoints. For the record, I heart free speech, obviously. My plea is merely that we all take the narcissism down a notch and play the line in our heads before we let it slip out of our mouths or fingertips. Chel is a senior, majoring in communication. She is passionate about human rights, feminism, animals and art in all forms. Chel understands that to keep the peace, we have to be willing to disturb it sometimes.




State of a hopeful union 9pDXe[`\IX`enXk\i JkX]]ni`k\i Beginning by acknowledging the vast differences and the Arizona tragedy on Jan. 8 as he addressed the 112th Congress, President Obama attempted to reach across the aisle, across the nation, and across the world to highlight achievements of the past two years and goals for the next two also reminding everyone that we just had an election, no need to start with the next just yet. Mr. Obama continued nostalgically about a time many of you may not remember. In the old days, when your dad worked at a local factory, more often than not, sons would follow in their footsteps in the pursuit of the American Dream. With industries closing and leaving the United States in their pursuit of cheaper labor and lower costs overseas, sons and daughters have had to forge their own way; their unique American Dream. With that self-sufficient idea in mind, the president developed his plan. The cornerstone to the future lies in the realm of education. Mr. Obama said that education was not just something that happened in the schools, it started at home. I couldn’t agree more with this. As I help my two children with their homework struggles every night, we argue over the draw of the TV and the game consoles, but I have the right, the duty, to tell them no. I must suffer through their broken hearts in order to uphold my oath to them, to make them better and more educated people. The schools, on the other hand, have to do their part as well. Mr. Obama says that “when a child walks into a classroom, it should be a place of high expectations and high performance. But too many schools don’t meet this test.” I am an education major. How people perceive

teachers, schools, and the entire system is a very large part of my continual pursuit of this goal. To know that the ppresident thinks I am the only way reform can come about is not only a lot of pressure, but a large responsibility. The current teachers are struggling with this every day, and they need the village. Many people, in Florida especially, feel that the education system is fine. The most that can be done is being done and the blame for low achievement lies with unemployment. If the public K-12 institutions are the birth place for the labor force, higher education institutions are where the future is taught the skills they need to succeed. Post secondary schools should be within reach for everyone who wishes to be prepared for a new work force. The president understands that all of this education will be lost if there are no industries to take advantage of it. Taxes can be reduced and adjusted to entice companies to our shores, but what happens when they get here? Will America have the infrastructure in place to transport the educated labor force and resulting goods from place to place? No. Mr. Obama explains we need the work force that was first devastated by the recession, that started before the current administration, to return to work and build new roads, bridges and high speed rail. It will cost money in the beginning to do these projects, but the results will carry the American Dream from shore to shore, just as in yesteryear. Mandie is a junior, majoring in secondary education. She has appeared in the Southeast Review Online and “UnspOILed: Writers Speak for Florida’s Coast.” Mandie sits on the board of directors for C.A.R.E.S. Suicide Prevention. She is married with two children.

Obama adds more to his growing list of challenges 9pA\]]i\p?Xlk JkX]]ni`k\i As President Obama’s third year in office begins, our country is in recovery mode. For the first time in history, our senators and Congressmen sat together randomly, instead of according to party affiliation at the State of the Union Address. This was a brilliant example of the bipartisanship which should be seen in our country. President Obama certainly made some good points during his speech: developing our infrastructure as a country, tackling our out of control spending and encouraging good citizens to become teachers. Aside from all of the bickering which normally plagues our political system, it appears that unity among our legislature might actually begin in the coming year. Hopefully, this will mean that bipartisan bills, such as reformed healthcare which both sides agree on, can finally be passed for all Americans’ benefit. The real test for Obama will be whether he delivers on the promises he has made during his State of the Union Address. To me, Obama making promises feels much like his moderateleaning campaign in 2008. There were a lot of commitments he said would be at the top of his priority list— some of which he did not

deliver on. To some though, Obama was not being serious enough with his responses to problems. One senator on the floor called the mood “flat.” This can be attributed to certain elements of Obamas “plans” for the future. He seemed to be steering away from specific solutions and gave vague answers such as,“renewable energy” or “information technology.” In order for Obama to be taken seriously, he needs to focus on specific answers to problems such as, “Building solar facilities in Florida and Arizona which could power nearly half the country,” or, “Cutting spending in the areas of our budget which contribute directly to our debt.” I am beginning to see the reelection bug start to rear its ugly head again. It is very easy to have mushy, opaque opinions when 2012 is only one year away. If President Obama truly wants to be a leader, he should remember that he is still the president of the United States, and not a candidate yet. Jeffrey is a sophomore, majoring in political science. He is a brother of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and believes that “all are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.”



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The Steelers dominant defense was phenomenal this season. Opposing offenses had trouble with matching the talent that the Steelers defense puts on the field. Linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley consistently disrupt opposing quarterbacks and cause trouble in the running game. Troy Polamalu and his worldfamous hair were flying around the field making one incredible play after another. The team even played without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the first four weeks of the regular season. Their great play has earned them a spot in the Super Bowl where they will try to win their NFL record seventh Super Bowl title. Key to Success: Steelers The Steelers will need to focus on stopping quarterback Aaron Rodgers. They need to get consistent pressure on Rodgers in order to keep him from getting into any sort of rhythm. The Packers’ offensive line isn’t anything special and can be beaten. If they can get into Rodgers’ head, it will be tough for the Packers to win the game. 21

Prediction: Steelers 24, Packers

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FGCU men to face Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire 9pA\eepIf[^\ij JkX]]ni`k\i The FGCU men’s soccer team looks to seize another opportunity for National acclaim when they play an exhibition game against the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. The exhibition will be held on Feb. 17 at Ave Maria. Originally, the Fire were set to head to Greece for their pre-season training. However, a change of plans has led them to southwest Florida, similar to the training patterns of many other MLS teams in the nation. Upon the discovery that the Fire would be training in the area (from Feb. 14-26), Coach Bob Butehorn realized that it would only be logical to schedule a game for the sake of his team’s growth. This will not be the first professional matchup that the FGCU men’s team has encountered. Last year, the Eagles took on 4-time MLS champions, DC United. “We were very nervous, and the pace was very fast,” Butehorn said about the game vs. United. “We were defending much more than we were used to, so the defenders had to sort out new tactics to defend these higher-level players at an even higher pace. All in all the guys left very tired but felt better about where they stood going into the game.” Though the 1-0 loss was not the outcome that most would be satisfied with, Butehorn explains that they were so

positive experience. Butehorn explains that for some of his players, it may even work as a check point for them to see how far they need to be if they wish to pursue a position in MLS soccer. “It gives a window to look at what their future could be, and a mirror to see where they are right now,” Butehorn. The upcoming exhibition game will only be a small taste of what the FGCU men’s team has been enduring for their own spring training. Strength conditioning, flexibility training, and practice 5 days a week is a sample of what the Eagle’s have been consumed with in the off-season. “This (the off-season) is when they develop as players and people,” Butehorn said. “The Spring is a much more difficult time for their bodies, but it’s a good time to develop their game.” 


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grateful for the opportunity that the score seemed irrelevant. “Our guys were standing across the field from players they grew up watching and admiring,” Butehorn said. “We know what kind of competition were up against now, so this year will be a better test of our level against their level.” Having a better understanding of what to expect, Butehorn admits, “They are all pros (the Fire), and they are all better than us. We don’t look at it as the same way we

would for a fall game. But instead, we look at it as a chance to see how we match up against the faster pace of a professional team.” Butehorn stresses that he is not at all nervous or worried about the game, but instead he is excited for his players and the opportunity before them. For some, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. But for all, it will be a great test and a

Besides playing the Fire, the men’s team hopes to take on a total of 4 professional teams before the regular season starts, including the U-17 national team. Among all the other benefits, Butehorn is hoping that the game will further build publicity for the soccer program. Butehorn hopes that playing MLS teams will allow high-level coaches and players to see his guys perform. “And if they like how we play, and like some of our players maybe they’ll draft one of our players in the years to come. It will be the great national attention we deserve.”

Freshman Varidel steps in, shines for departed Baker 9pQXZ_>`YYfej JkX]]ni`k\i Florida Gulf Coast freshman guard Christophe Varidel has thrived in taking on a heavier load after the departure of former guard Reed Baker. Snatching the minutes previously reserved for Baker, the Swiss sharpshooter averaged over 20 points during three games last week, earning him A-Sun Newcomer of the Week Honors. Originally from Versoix, Switzerland, Varidel came to FGCU in May of 2010 after playing one season at Worcester Academy, a prep school in Massachusetts. His international experience is vast. In 2009, Varidel played in the U-20 European Championships in Croatia, where he led the Swiss in scoring. He also played in the U-20 European Championships in Austria in 2010, where once again he led Switzerland in scoring with 17.7 points per game over a period of seven games. In his first year at FGCU, Varidel has provided a consistent threat from the outside, with 51 three-point makes on the season and nearly 40% shooting from down town overall. “He has certainly stepped up in Reed’s (Baker) absence, and played heavier minutes, and he can play that same position (2-guard),” coach Dave Balza said. “I thought he was off to a good start already in the year. Certainly over the last seven or eight ball games he’s really come

on strong and he can be taken as a force to be reckoned with in our league over the next few years.” Balza feels that Varidel’s experience playing overseas has made his transition to D1 college basketball easier. “He’s seen an awful lot of different kinds of defenses, and he’s had to play some point guard over there,” Balza said. “That is a good thing for him in terms of understanding what it takes to get open. He works very hard to get open.” Varidel has plenty of strengths as a player. His ability to stretch the floor allows the Eagles to play their preferred inside-out style. He can also run out in transition for open 3s. “I would say the number one thing he provides is an ability to shoot the ball with very good range and good consistency,” Balza said. “He’s shooting around 39 percent from the arc right now (seventh in the A-Sun at 38.6%). He is an extremely hard worker. He works not just his shooting, but all parts of his game.” Varidel is looking to be part of the solution for shoddy defense that has plagued the 5-15 (2-9 A-Sun) Eagles all season. “He’s getting better as a defensive player, and really puts in a lot of time on that side of the ball as well,” Balza said. “He has areas to work on, ball handling in particular and being able to get to the rim. He’s done an awful lot, awfully well for a freshmen.”

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Senior reliever Jack Wagoner has been named to the initial watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year award, presented to the top relief pitcher in Division 1.

Men’s golf Finished 10th out of 15 teams at the Jacksonville Invite on Tuesday. The 15-team field included nine programs in the top 100 of Golf Week’s current rankings, highlighted by Florida, which finished the fall at No. 1.

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Defeated FAU 182-59 Friday at home. The Eagles celebrated seven graduating seniors with a ceremony before the meet. FGCU finished the season with an 11-2 dual meet record. They now prepare to defend their back-to-back CCSA titles later this month.

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No scholarships. No field. No stadium. Minimal majors. Do you want to come play for FGCU? Ten years ago, FGCU softball coach David Deiros was told to recruit within these parameters. Moving to Southwest Florida in 1991, Deiros worked as a chemist in Naples doing water testing in Collier and Lee counties. The company went out of business, and Deiros decided he loved the area and wanted to stay. He landed a job not only teaching chemistry at Lely High school, but also as a assistant coach for varsity baseball and a head coach for junior varsity. After a couple years with the boys, the head coaching position for softball became available. “I figured, let me try being a head coach and see what it’s like, and the rest is history,” Deiros said. “If I hadn’t taken that job, I wouldn’t be here (FGCU) now.” Deiros spent three years as Lely High’s softball coach, with his team finishing Class 5A runner up in his last season.

He then moved to Gulf Coast High School, where he started a team from nothing. Deiros coached the Sharks to one district championship, two runners up and one regional final. When FGCU made the announcement to add a softball program to athletics, Deiros jumped at the opportunity to coach a college team. Deiros said, “I remember contacting Carl McAloose (former AD) about six months before the job opened up.” Deiros interviewed for a month before earning the title of head coach on July 1, 2001. His coaching resume was short, and according to him, definitely would not make the cut if he were submit it to FGCU today. “I think my local credibility helped tremendously,” Deiros said on getting the job. There was a catch in taking the job, however. The head coaching position was only part-time for the first year. “I was hired as a part-time coach. I finished up my teaching job (GCHS) at 2:30 p.m., drove a half hour up here, started recruiting, and didn’t get home until nine or ten o’clock at night.” Recruiting was tough because

Deiros did not have any scholarship money to offer players, or a field for recruits to imagine playing on. He had to sell the idea of softball at FGCU. His speech went a little like this: “We would love for you to come here and play. We’re going to be really good. This is where you’re going to play (as he showed them a picture), but you’re not going to play there yet. We’ve got some majors, but we don’t have all the majors. And, by the way, we don’t have any scholarship money. Do you want to come and play?” Deiros recruited a group of individuals who had to adjust to playing anywhere on the field. He found players who were willing to follow his game plan and had the passion to play. The first recruiting class practiced on the grass where Egret, Falcon, Sandpiper and the other dorms next to those are located. No lines, just grass. Games were not played at FGCU either, but at GCHS. The Division II Eagles powered through their first season in 2002 finishing 33-17-1. Success continued during the next four years. The Blue and Green did not have a losing season

in the DII tenor. In the final season before the jump to DI, the Eagles finished 62-8, No. 10 in the country, and one game out of the Softball College World Series. With most of the team returning, and the Eagles possibly hitting an unstoppable stride, FGCU entered into the Division I Atlantic Sun Conference. Said Deiros, “The question we needed to have answered was ‘What was being great at DII mean at DI?’” In the first 10 games of the 200708 season, FGCU went .500, beating University of South Florida twice and losing to SEC schools Florida and Tennessee because of “self-inflicted” reasons, according to Deiros. “We knew after the first couple of tournaments that we belonged.” The Eagles finished that season 48-16, and Deiros had his first DI conference title under his belt. Three years later and Deiros and his assistant coaches have offices in the Outdoor Sports Complex, his team has their own locker room equipped with a lounge, and a stadium that rivals the best in D-1. “We haven’t looked back in the rear-view mirror yet,” Deiros said.

Ultimate Frisbee combines elements of major sports The 17-1 (10-1 A-Sun) Lady Eagles come home to play conference rival USC Upstate on Saturday at 7:05 PM. FGCU has won three games in a row after losing for the first time Jan. 20.

Men’s tennis

In the second match in as many days, FGCU lost 6-1 to FAMU on Sunday in Tampa. Sophomore Gabriel Echeverry earned a victory at the No. 4 singles position. The Eagles fell to 0-2 on the season

9p8e[i\n9`ee`e^\i JkX]]ni`k\i When students who attend college are asked if they participate in a sport, the most common answer is usually basketball or football. However, many students here at Florida Gulf Coast compete in Ultimate Frisbee, a challenging, niche intramural sport requiring a diverse set of skills. Ultimate Frisbee teams compete against each other every Monday night (the first set of games for the spring was Monday night), beginning in the afternoon until the late evening. “I love the game,” sophomore Cody Lo said. “It keeps my blood pumping and it’s great competition. It is great being out on the field and showing everybody what you got, but it’s also fun winning.” Lo also encourages more students to come out and play the game. “If you enjoy Frisbee, then you should definitely come out and play,” Lo said. Lo’s teammate, Ethan Baldino, agrees. “Frisbee is very fun and what I enjoy about it is that there’s a lot of camaraderie,” Baldino said. Baldino also feels that anyone, regardless of experience, should come out and play.

“It’s free and students should come try it out,” Baldino said. Intramural sports coordinator Michael Howard acknowledges that students should play every sport, but there is something different about Frisbee. “Frisbee is a different sport and it’s something that a lot of us didn’t grow up playing,” Howard said. “It helps you step out of your place and do something outside of what you traditionally do.” Charlie Smutko, who also plays Ultimate Frisbee, believes that certain skills are necessary to play the game. Ultimate Frisbee combines elements of football and soccer, and requires great cardio strength. “It takes a certain type of person to play Frisbee,” Smutko said. “That person should have good coordination.” Smutko has not played Frisbee for very long, so he feels that his game is a work in progress. “Even though I have less experience then my fellow teammates, playing helps me build up my skill,” Smutko said. Howard believes that these sports are a great way to get involved on campus. “Right now we have about 10 Frisbee teams and each team has nine

to 10 players, so all together there are 100 students who play ultimate here.” Even though football and basketball are the most glamorized intramural sports, Howard feels that lesser known sports such as dodgeball and Ultimate Frisbee should not lie in the shadows. “What we try to do with sports such as Frisbee and dodgeball is provide diversity,” Howard said.

“When people think of intramurals, they think of soccer, flag football, and basketball, but we play other sports to service students who don’t necessarily want to play basketball or football.” Ultimate Frisbee matches are held every Monday night from 4:30-10:30 p.m. If interested in playing, contact, Michael Howard, intramural sports coordinator at

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Volume 9 Issue 17  

Volume 9 Issue 17