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Events March of Dimes: Help needed with WalkMania on March 25 at Patriot Elementary from 8 p.m. until 1 p.m. Pass out cookies and water to students; dance; have fun with the students. Contact Regina at 239-433.3463 or

CREW Land & Water Trust: Volunteers needed to help with Earth Day and Let’s G.O. (Get Outside). Design intergenerational outdoor activities. Organize/lead CREW hikes. Contact Deb Dorsett Hanson at eecrew@earthlink. net or 239-657-2253 or cell 239229-1088.

Tuesday, March 15 at 1:21 p.m.: Officer reported vandalism on the lake side wall of Sugden Hall. The graffiti of a face was located in the stairwell on the parking garage side of the building. At 9:36 p.m. similar graffiti was found on the first floor of parking garage 3. An officer reported that the graffiti was of a bald man who resembled Billy Corgan of the band Smashing Pumpkins.

Alliance for the Arts: Models needed. Be a portrait model on Monday evening or Saturday morning. Contact Lydia Black at 239-939-2787.

Thursday, March 17 at 12:10 a.m.: A collision including an officer operating a segway and a subject who was operating a skateboard was reported. No injuries were sustained by either party.

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Gulf Coast Humane Society: Inaugural The John Marazzi Dealerships’ The Fast and The Furriest 5k run/1M walk at Coconut Point Mall on March 31. Need racers/walkers. Also could use some volunteers from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Contact Julie Cochran at 239-332-0364 x309. Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium: Volunteers needed as servers, greeters and cleanup crew for Spring Fling on April 9 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wear white shirt and black slacks. Contact Melinda Russek at or 239-275-3435 x24.

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American Heart Association: Volunteers needed on April 29 and 30 for the Lee and Collier County Heart Ball at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. Contact Jennifer Lahaie at or 239-229-7611.

Ongoing opportunities Boston Red Sox: Volunteers needed to help collect empty bottles and cups from fans as well as educate them on the Red Sox recycling program. Need 20 volunteers during the first 8 innings. Receive a shirt and a food/drink voucher! Contact Will Hough at whough@redsox. com, 239-226-4754 or 727-6927005. For game times, go to http://www.bostonspastime. com/spring11.html.

Professional The Ladybug Project: Looking for individuals to help with public relations, event planning, and general office. More opportunities on their website or Facebook page. Email ladybug. Kowiachobee Animal Preserve: Volunteers needed in various areas, including animal care, educational, fundraising, grant writing, event planning, and habitat design and construction. Call 239-352-5387. Get Colloquium hours. The Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples: Creole-speaking volunteer needed for translations. Four day training course. Classes are in May. It is very comprehensive and completely free. Contact Rebecca Grabau at rgrabau@ or 239-7753862. Information is provided by the Service Learning department. All opportunities are pre-approved. You can find more opportunities on Facebook at “FGCU Service Learning.”


Thursday, March 17 at 1:24 a.m.: A call regarding an automobile burglary was made. Individual stated that his car had been parked at West Lake Village and that he had left it unlocked. The individual claims that $2,500, a watch, and other items had been stolen from the glove box of the vehicle. Prints were lifted from the vehicle. Dur-

ing the follow-up investigation, a search was conducted by officers and all evidence was secured and accounted for. Friday, March 18 at 1:40 a.m.: During officers routine patrol an individual with an open container was found. The individual was issued a citation. Friday, March 18 at 4:53 a.m.: A traffic crash was reported to UPD. A vehicle was blocking the roadway in the incoming lanes of the main campus entrance. The vehicle appeared to have jumped the curb and was stuck. The driver had asked for help and smelled heavily of alcohol. An officer arrived on scene to take further action and the vehicle was towed. 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 International Lunch: International services is hosting a free lunch with food provided by Bon Appetit French Bistro. The lunch will be held in Sugden Resort and Hospitality room 114 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on March 25. Bay-to-Gulf SUP Race: The first ever Stand-up Paddleboard Race will be held on May 1 at Bunche Beach Preserve in south Fort Myers. To register, call 239-533-7444 or visit Entry is $20 in advance or $30 race day. KD Wing Fling: Participating organizations set up booths and make their own wings. There will be a wing eating contest and contests for the best wings. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. The event will take place on the Library Lawn

on April 3 from noon to 4 p.m.. Talk to a KD to buy a ticket or contact Erin Stanley at 813-924-4090. Semester Shakedown: FGCU Campus Recreation is hosting a day of free food, shirts, cotton candy, paddleboarding lessons and contests. It will be held on April 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the waterfront. Acoustic Night: RSO To Write Love on Her Arms is hosting an acoustic night to help promote a sense of unity and hope throughout the school for suicide, selfinjury, addiction and depression awareness. The event is April 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the SU Ballroom. If you would like to submit an event, please e-mail

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8Zk`fe`eC`YpXZflc[cXjkÊXn_`c\#Ëf]ÔZ`XcjXpj 9pK_\8jjfZ`Xk\[Gi\jj The international military intervention in Libya is likely to last “awhile,” a top French official said Monday, echoing Moammar Gadhafi’s warning of a long war ahead as rebels said they were fighting to reclaim a city under the Libyan leader’s control. Oil prices held above $102 a barrel after the second night of allied strikes in the OPEC nation raised fears of prolonged fighting that has already slowed Libyan oil production to a trickle. Henri Guaino, a top advisor to the French president, said two nights of bombing runs and missile attacks had hobbled Libya’s air defenses, stalled Gadhafi’s troops and all but ended attacks on civilians. A cruise missile late Sunday blasted Gadhafi’s residential compound near his iconic tent, and fighter jets destroyed a line of tanks moving on the rebel capital. It was not known where Gadhafi was when the missile hit Sunday, but it seemed to show that

he is not safe, even while the allies trade nuances over whether the Libyan leader’s fall is a goal. Mohammed Abdul-Mullah, a 38-year-old civil engineer from Benghazi, had fallen back in the rebels’ retreat in the days before the international intervention. Now in Zeitouniya, he said there was no resistance from government troops after the campaign began. Rebels said they were trying to reclaim the nearby city of Ajdabiya, which had been surrounded by government troops before the international campaign began. The U.N. resolution authorizing military action in Libya not only sets up a no-fly zone but allows “all necessary measures” to prevent attacks on civilians. U.S., British and French planes went after tanks headed toward Benghazi, in the opposition-held eastern half of the country. On Sunday, at least seven demolished tanks smoldered in a field 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of Benghazi, many of them with their turrets and treads blown off, alongside charred armored personnel

carriers, jeeps and SUVs of the kind used by Gadhafi fighters. “I feel like in two days max we will destroy Gadhafi,” said Ezzeldin Helwani, 35, a rebel standing next to the smoldering wreckage of an armored personnel carrier, the air thick with smoke and the pungent smell of burning rubber. In a grisly sort of battle trophy, celebrating fighters hung a severed goat’s head with a cigarette in its mouth from the turret of one of the gutted tanks. The strikes that began early Sunday gave respite to Benghazi, which the day before had been under a heavy attack that killed at least 120 people. The calm highlighted the dramatic turnaround that the allied strikes bring to Libya’s month-old upheaval: For the past 10 days, Gadhafi’s forces had been on a triumphant offensive against the rebel-held east, driving opposition fighters back with the overwhelming firepower of tanks, artillery, warplanes and warships. A military official said Air Force B-2 stealth bombers flew 25 hours

in a round trip from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri and dropped 45 2,000-pound bombs. Gadhafi vowed to fight on. In a phone call to Libyan state television Sunday, he said he would not let up on Benghazi and said the government had opened up weapons depots to all Libyans, who were now armed with “automatic weapons, mortars and bombs.” “We promise you a long war,” he said.

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55>LEJ The resolution states that firearms on campus present a grave safety concern and that arming students would make campuses more dangerous. The reading of the resolution incited a variety of feedback from student senators. Senator Stoner spoke in favor of the resolution. “I was given my first gun when I was a 11. I am an avid supporter of the right to bear arms. But there is no logical reason why guns should be allowed on campus,” he said. Senator DeLoach stated that there are students who oppose the resolution and that banning guns would not effectively prevent a school shooting. “I have been bringing this topic up to a variety of students, and I

changing … it’s important for students to have some background knowledge. I try to go over the vocabulary and give students a heads up on the wine industry before they go out and start their careers in hospitality,” Hudgins said. Zachary McGrew, a student in the class, agrees with Hudgins. “We’re all going into hospitality and it’s important to understand the wine industry,” said the senior majoring in hospitality. “I would recommend this class.” Wine comes from numerous countries besides the United States: France, Italy and Australia, to name a few. It’s important to know which country a wine comes from, how it’s made and what grapes it’s made from. Deena Standfast, a student in the class, wants to gain more knowledge of the wine industry. “I want to show an appreciation for wine and teach others because there’s a lot more to the wine industry,” said the senior majoring in resort and hospitality. “There’s a lot to know.” The wine class gives students the opportunity to evaluate what they taste: Is it good? Is it bad? Does it go with meat? Does it go with seafood? Is it a dessert wine? Hudgins lets students try each wine he discusses during lecture. First, students determine the color of the wine. Second, they smell it and identify certain flavor notes (for example: fruity, woodsy

and floral). Third, they taste it by swishing it around in their mouths. The fourth step should be to swallow it — but since this is a class, students are required to spit out the wine when they’re done tasting it. Hudgins has a genuine passion for wine. He shows students exactly where the wine comes from and makes it interesting by sharing the wine’s history, what foods it’s paired with and what types of grapes it’s made from. Students in the March 15 lecture learned that each wine in France is named after the region it’s from, not so much by the grape. Burgundy, for example, is from the northwestern region of Burgundy. “A real Burgundy is a killer!” Hudgins said. The wine has a strong, potent taste. It was either hit-or-miss among students, but Hudgins seems to favor it. “French politicians? Maybe. French actresses? Yeah, maybe. But French wine? Home run!” Hudgins said. And the class seems like a home run for students, too. “The class is fun,” Standfast said. “It’s very hands-on, and we learn as we go.”

have had some opposing opinions about it,” she said. “If someone is going to make a drastic decision like that, whether they are bringing the gun on campus legally or illegally will not cross their mind.” The resolution will be passed or denied in next Tuesday’s senate meeting at 6:30 p.m. in SU 213.

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jlYa\Zkf]jpdgfj`ld 9pCpe[j\pAf_Xee\j\e JkX]]ni`k\i On March 29, FGCU students will be given the unique opportunity to better understand the types of resistance movements in Latin America that are taking place today. The Human Rights Symposium is at 10 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. The Symposium will be a day-long event including many different workshops. Maritza Stanchich, awardwinning journalist and University of Puerto Rico associate professor, will present “Human Rights Crisis in Puerto Rico: The Uses of the Peripheries.” Stanchich will discuss Puerto Rico’s use as a laboratory for policies to be applied in the United States, such as the current attacks on public education and union rights in Wisconsin. Historically, Puerto Rico has been used as somewhat of a testing ground for issues like the development of the birth control pill, Monsanto’s genetically modified crops and

military exercises in “Vieques.” Speakers from the Mexico Solidarity Network will speak about how social issues such as femicide, drug trafficking, militarization, globalization and sweatshop labor have contributed to horrifying levels of violence in Mexico. Students will also have the opportunity to Skype with student protesters at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan. They’ll also be able to Skype Marina Sitrin, an accomplished author of three books that focus on the recent developments in Argentina, where a severe economic crisis has sparked an array of popular protest movements. The event is presented and endorsed by FGCU Amnesty International; FGCU Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies; FGCU Gay Straight Alliance; FGCU Gender Equality Organization; FGCU Honors Program; FGCU Politics, History, and Culture Club; FGCU Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement.

Morning Plenary Session: “Human Rights Crisis in Puerto Rico: The Uses of the Peripheries” by Maritza Stanchich Ph.D When: 10 a.m. Where: Student Union Ballroom Keynote Session: Mexico Solidarity Network When: noon Where: SU Ballroom Workshops What: Student Resistance When: 2 p.m. Where: AB3 203 What: Social Movements in Latin America When: 2 p.m. Where: BHG 210 What: Grassroots Organizing When: 2 p.m. Where: BHG 109



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about the sport. In addition to his athletic abilities, Monroe was known for being helpful, friendly and modest. He was also noted for his generosity and tendency toward gentlemanly gestures. Brittany Fetzner, a human performance freshman who came to know Monroe last semester, attests that these were indeed his Andrew standout characteristics. Monroe “He was very easy-going and I loved talking to him. After class he would always buy me Starbucks and then offer to buy me lunch. His smile was

huge, and talking to him would always brighten my day,” Fetzner said. Fetzner also admired Monroe for his perseverance and academic dedication. “When I first met him, he came off as a tough guy,” she said. “But then I got to know him and realized that he really took his classes seriously. He studied hard for every test he had.” Fetzner says that although Monroe was challenged by his biology and algebra classes, he never became discouraged with his studies and remained committed to succeeding. “Even when he didn’t do well he would still try his hardest to do better. He never gave up and always tried to help me even when he struggled with the material.” The one-car crash occurred at 5:25 a.m. March 13. The driver of the vehicle, 19-year-

old Sean Leonard, lost control of the car while driving through a neighborhood in Sarasota, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a wall. Leonard’s sister, Jessica Leonard, 14, and another friend, Kelly Janis, 15, were also in the car. All four teens died in the accident. According to the FHP, alcohol was ruled out as a factor in the accident, and all but one of the passengers were wearing seatbelts. A memorial service was held March 18 at Riverview High School Rambowl. A scholarship fund has been created in memory of Monroe and Leonard, the Andrew Monroe and Sean Leonard “The Boys in Red” Scholarship Fund. Money raised will go toward helping students play soccer, the sport that was so central to the lives of both young men.




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Regulation PR4.005: Student Activities Eligibility To hold leadership positions in registered student organizations, students must be in good academic standing, free of conduct probation and free of delinquent obligations for tuition and fees. Effective fall 2011, undergraduate students must be registered for nine credits in each semester and be enrolled in a credit-bearing course in either summer term A, B or C while maintaining a minimum 2.5 cumulative FGCU GPA. Graduate and professional students must be registered for nine credits in each semester and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative FGCU GPA. Two requirements have changed from fall 2010 to fall 2011 — the GPA requirement raised from a 2.25 minimum to a 2.5 minimum and graduate and professional students must be registered for nine credits per semester instead of six credits per semester. Student leadership who do not meet these eligibility requirements will be required to relinquish their office. They may submit a written appeal to a committee appointed by the vice president for Student Affairs.

Regulation PR3.005: Graduate Admission FGCU has set minimum university graduate admission requirements. The

requirements are as follows: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent foreign institution. Applicants must present an official standardized admission test score, if required. Applicants must indicate whether or not Florida residency is claimed. Lastly, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria: Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree to be exempt from an entrance exam. However, if the GPA is less than 3.0, the applicant must have a minimum entrance score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) set at the program level. Or, applicants must have a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent foreign institution unless the program specifically requires the GRE, GMAT or MAT. Although these are the university’s minimum admission requirements, individual programs may set additional requirements due to limited space or appropriate considerations. Meeting minimum university admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program of your choice.

Regulation PR8.005: General Parking West Lake Village residents are considered commuters even though they technically live in on-campus housing. Therefore, WLV residents are allowed to park on academic campus in the designated commuter parking garages, unlike other on-campus housing students who are only able to park on the academic campus after 5 p.m. Parking garages, excluding the new South Village garage, are closed to all vehicles and people from midnight to 5 a.m. daily. Even though the library now closes at 1 a.m., students shouldn’t worry

about receiving a ticket. “Most of our garages are normally empty by 10 or 10:30… There hasn’t been an issue with the library closing at 1 a.m. and the garages closing at midnight,” Capt. Herb Caudle of UPD said. The South Village garage, upon completion, will be open 24/7 unless otherwise posted. “Because the housing residents can come and go… (the parking garage) will not have the restriction the core campus parking garages have,” Cpt. Caudle said. Although the South Village garage will be open 24/7, students need to remember that the use of skateboards, roller skates, in-line skates or other similar devices are prohibited in all parking garages.

Regulation PR3.006: Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Students Enrolling as a post-baccalaureate non-degree seeking student allows the student to take selected courses on a space-available basis. They are subject to the following: A post-baccalaureate non-degree seeking student must be in good academic standing at their previous institution and be eligible to return. Registration for classes is on a spaceavailable basis and is subject to any required course prerequisites and other restrictions as determined by the college or program. Post-baccalaureate non-degree seeking students are not eligible to receive financial aid (with few exceptions, such as certificate programs). Check with the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office for details. A post-baccalaureate non-degree seeking student dismissed from the university will not be eligible for admission as a degree seeking student. Lastly, students with undergraduate degrees who are returning to gain teacher certification or are educators seeking recertification may enroll in graduate courses, following these rules. There is no limit to the number of credits students may earn in this category.


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FGCU is bringing back the President’s Lecture Series by inviting Laura Bush, former first lady, to Alico Arena on Wednesday, April 6. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., and although tickets are free for students, the event is open to the public. Bush intends to speak on “Unleashing Human Potential Through Education.” Bush is an advocate for issues of national and global concern with an emphasis on education, women’s health and human rights, according to FGCU Community Relations. Though she is a key political figure, not all students have shown interest in attending. “I don’t want to see Laura Bush,” said Brad Alix, freshman and criminal forensics major. “It’s good that she’s coming, though, because it will draw some potentially national attention to the school. But we should bring a more relevant person, like Hilary Clinton.” Other students can’t wait. “I’m attending and excited to see what she has to say,” said Ciara Winslow, a junior majoring in psychology and political science. “She is progressive in juvenile rights initiatives and that’s what I want to do in the future.” The President’s Series is a way for students to take advantage of listening to well-known public figures. It began in 2007, inviting honorable and high-profile guests to speak to students and the local community. Past guests include former Secretary of State and retired general Colin Powell, poet and Pulitzer Prize nominee Maya Angelou, and the last head of state of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev. The series was put on hold between 2008 and 2010, and has now returned with the arrival of Laura Bush. “Students who feel the need to be educated will go,” Winslow said. “Regardless of party lines, I feel it would be imperative for students who are concerned with initiatives of our state to see her speak.” Doors for Bush’s speech open at 4 p.m. and guests must be seated by 5 p.m. Student tickets are available at the Alico Arena box office during business hours.


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more pleasurable. Another positive aspect is that outdoors you work against a lot of resistance; since thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic of people and cars, you might move from grass to asphalt, which requires more energy and attention. Also, you might encounter unstable or uneven surfaces, which works the body´s stability and requires more leg strength. According to the website Running Planet, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Studies have estimated that outside air resistance creates an increase in your workload of between 2 percent and 10 percent, depending on your running speed. The faster you run, the more of an effect the air resistance has on you.â&#x20AC;? Tip: Run the FGCU loop if you appreciate calmness and tranquility, plus you could check it off the â&#x20AC;&#x153;FGCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20 things to do before graduatingâ&#x20AC;? list. Another great option that gives you the best of both worlds (working out outdoors and having fun) is the waterfront, which offers several activities for all students, every day. Campus Recreation provides many different facilities such as kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, paddle boats, sailboats, a water trampoline and motorized water sports such as wakeboarding and tubing. To reserve a boat, all you have to do is access the â&#x20AC;&#x153;FGCU Outdoorsâ&#x20AC;? page on FGCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website.

According to Kyle Ostroff, a sports management student who works as a lifeguard at the waterfront, â&#x20AC;&#x153;these are all great physical activities that all FGCU students should take advantage of.â&#x20AC;? Ostroff also mentions that reservations for the boat should be made at least one or two weeks in advance, due to the high demand of students. These activities are available seven days a week 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and all you need is your student ID and enthusiasm. A third alternative to exercising and enjoying the awesome weather is the Aquatics Center. There you can swim, play water sports such as water polo, volleyball or basketball, jump the diving boards, and afterward relax and rest floating on a raft or just catching rays. The pools are open seven days a week, usually until 8 p.m.; for exact hours of operation check the Aquatics Center page. The fun never ends at FGCU; besides all of these options, there are even more. Take advantage of courts at North Lake, where you can play sports with friends, which is an easy way to sweat and burn some calories. Again, all you need is your student ID and lots of energy. The courts are free to use at anytime, and the Fitness Center supplies basketballs, volleyballs, tennis rackets and balls, so there


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is no excuse to not play a quick game of sand volleyball or pickup basketball. At the gym you can also get Frisbees and jump ropes, which are also very fun tools for exercise. Some other facilities offered on campus are the Recreation Fields, which can be reserved online if you would like to arrange a game or an event with your club, organization or group of friends. Also, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outdoor Pursuitsâ&#x20AC;? offers many exciting and challenging adventure trips such as camping, hiking, rock climbing, paddling and rafting. The programs happen at different times, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a charge for all of them, but as an FGCU student you get a discount. Registration is needed and it starts on the first week of every semester; check for more information online on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outdoor Pursuitsâ&#x20AC;? link at the FGCU Outdoors page. For upcoming events at the waterfront such as classes or clinics, or to know more about general sports programs such as triathlons or marathons, check the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Campus RECâ&#x20AC;? page on Facebook or FGCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main website and be on top of the greatest activities. Remember, these are the best ways to combine working out, getting a tan and having fun, and they are all close, easy options for all FGCU students.

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9pAf\>`Xeefe\ JkX]]ni`k\i The crime genre, more commonly known as gangster movies, has been a staple in cinema since the dawn of polarized film. Filmmakers of every generation have attempted to understand and visualize the runners, gunners and pushers who capitalize on the weak and hurt the innocent. From films like “Scarface” to “Goodfellas”, Hollywood has not left one stone unturned for those gangsters who prowl in the night. It’s good though for moviegoers, because there is an endless world of fascination to be had in the interesting and crazy lives that gangsters and criminals lead. But, only few filmmakers have really made an impact on Hollywood with these kinds of films, and even less movies have been made in the crime genre that evoke emotion, assess why these criminals are the way they are, and entertain while creating a unique and quality experience. Here are my must-see films in the crime genre. 5. “L.A. Confidential” “L.A. Confidential” is a modern classic in Noir-Crime dramas. It is so heavily influenced by films from the 1950s that it shows the essence of life in that era, but adds a modern style in its direction and effortless storytelling. “L.A. Confidential” tells the story of three cops in the Los Angeles Police Department and how they all research, investigate, and start to understand the mystery behind a coffee shop shooting in their

own unique ways. The writing is so tight in this movie, adding its own special flair to critique the 1950s era of cinema, but to also pay homage to the not-soinnocent Hollywood of the era. As Sid Hudgens (Danny DeVito) says in the opening monologue, “Life is good in Los Angeles ... it’s paradise on Earth. Ha, ha, ha, ha. That’s what they tell you, anyway.” “L.A. Confidential” is a movie that twists and turns with interesting characters and a far more mind-blowing conclusion that will have you screaming at your television screen. 4. “The Departed” “The Departed” is a fabulous film that studies the psyche degradation of a cop who goes undercover into the world of crime. Leonardo DiCaprio is here, in arguably his best performance yet, and plays the man character, Billy Costigan. Billy just finishes police school for the Massachusetts State Police and he is asked the simple question right off the bat. “Do you want to be a cop? Or, do you want to pretend to be a cop?” This question leads Billy to accept the duty of going undercover into a world of crime with mob boss Frank Costello, played perfectly by Jack Nicholson. Things get more complicated from there as Costello already has a Massachusetts State Police insider, Colin Sullivan, played by Matt Damon. It is very interesting to see the two lifestyles these characters lead as Billy goes in a downward spiral of drug use and depression, and as Colin becomes the lead detective on the case for arresting Frank

Costello. This movie is truly a masterpiece and rightfully won filmmaker Martin Scorsese his first Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards. 3. “The Godfather” According to many, nothing passes the seminal work of gangster cinema like “The Godfather.” Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, which some consider to be the best film ever made, is a movie that catalogues the events in the life of crime family the Corleones. Marlon Brando plays Don Corleone and is the best part of this movie. He plays this character so spot on. With blood, sex, violence and characterdriven drama, this film brought together most aspects of cinema that weren’t even used in major Hollywood films. This was a time when films did not even use violence as graphic as it was used in this film. By today’s standards, the film is not violent at all, but in the 1970s when it came out, this film was gory. It was good, and it will always be epic. 2. “Pulp Fiction” Imagine a film that incorporates gangsters, boxers, bondage, rape, dialogue, and drugs all wrapped around a flawless story about a secret briefcase, a fixed fight and a night out on the town. If you throw all these into a blender of cinema you’ll have “Pulp Fiction.” John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson pay Vincent and Jules, and they are sent out on a mission by their mob boss Marsellus. Or is it a mission from God? The same mob boss, Marsellus, is after a

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Withholding sex stops the show and relationship 9pJXiX>fkknXcc\j Fg`e`fe\[`kfi They say all is fair in love and war. Sex is left out of the idiom. This is because sex is not fair. Sex has less â&#x20AC;&#x153;general treatmentâ&#x20AC;? rules than love. For example, if your mate is constantly withdrawn, not around, cancels dates, or is fading from the picture, you know you are checking into the Heartbreak Hotel. Sex on the other hand brings its own Mary Poppins bag of confusion and excuses. If your partner is not letting the dog come out from under the porch anymore, the rationale could be negative for your relationship, or it could be a totally personal reason for them. Yes, love is emotional, but sex is an emotional and physical connection. If you want to decimate someone, sex is your weapon of mass destruction. It irks me when people use sex as a tool in a mind game. Your relationship should not be a lovers version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sawâ&#x20AC;? where your honey wakes up to find their heart cut out, and then puts all the pieces together of where they went wrong. As always, communication, openness, and honesty are the keys to Castle Harmony. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to focus on withholding sex. Guys, nine times out of ten, the girl does this. And guess what? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to know why. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask me why, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m supposed to know too, but I lack that strand of the estrogen code. I say whatever is wrong, clear the air, and move on. Other people want to play a mind game and damage the relationship. Different strokes. The number one reason to withhold sex is anger. Maybe something happened to merit you becoming your own fondling friend again, or perhaps itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all just an overreaction. Withholding sex from your partner if you are angry, and refusing to tell them what is up will compound the problem. They are going to end up getting upset with you, and your relationship could turn ugly. There will be cause for trust issues, falling out of love, and wandering eyes. lists common reasons for withholding sex. Attempting to manipulate a partner, asserting believed power over the other, becoming bored, playing games, cheating, or simply being tired are other causes. Trying to be manipulative and assert power over a partner is similarly slimy. Basically, you are a slime ball if you do this. Do you really need to use your genitals to

control someone else? Or feel that you have control? If this is your mindset, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry to break it to you, but you are not the only person on the face of the earth with a penis/ vagina. Your space can be re-rented. Playing the manipulative mind game of â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a monogamous relationship, and I can control you by not putting out, and you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cheat me,â&#x20AC;? is unacceptable behavior for someone in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;lovingâ&#x20AC;? relationship. People think they are being strong and sexy by asserting this power, when they are actually being emotionally abusive. In one fatal move, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone from not screwing, to mind screwing your partner. Neither is an enjoyable position. If your partner is withholding sex because they are cheating, well ... duh. I think the solution here is clear. In case it is illusive, the game play is pack your belongings and move on. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even mourn the memories. They cheated on you â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to feel remorse and you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t either. If sex has become boring and routine, give that headboard a different shake. With books, television shows, and the Internetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vast offering of ideas, there is no reason to not be able to come up with new romp material. Warning: be sure to mention the new move to your partner or at least let them know to expect something new. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tired, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tired. Sex should (when done well) be strenuous. After a long day, your partner may be tuckered out. If you two are still strangers to the sheets after a few days, and your relationship is not being affected, check into health or stress issues. Maybe working a nine-hour day, coming home, cooking dinner, cleaning up, and doing laundry is too much for them. What can you do to help relieve some of their stress and workload? This act in itself can work as an aphrodisiac. Who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get turned on by a helping hand from their mate? Especially if that helping hand is frisky. If your once steamy sex life has lost its sizzle, you need to figure out why sex is being withheld from you. What seems like a small, annoying issue could have a larger, underlying problem that is secretly plaguing your relationship. If your mate is taking the route of withholding intimacy rather than talking about it, the uncomfortable task falls to you. If you are withholding and you think you are making a point, you are. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a jerk who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get their crap together and handle an adult relationship. Congratulations.

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but it was also mismatching. Girls, just because no one said it was ugly doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Boots donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t match every outfit. If you want to wear boots, at least wear them when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cold, not when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ninety degrees outside. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry ladies, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not the only people who are seriously mistaken about appropriate attire for school. The guys have made a few errors as well. Gentlemen, explain the tight sweaters and jackets. I understand you want to be warm, but it looks as if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t breathe. Sometimes, I have to check my pulse to see if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still breathing when I look at you. Seriously, either get a bigger jacket or just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wear one. I have another peeve: skinny jeans. Men, skinny jeans arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t attractive unless you are a rock star. The jeans make you appear as if you are trying to look feminine â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which I truly doubt. Please, wear size appropriate jeans. Bigger jeans are awesome as long as no one can see your boxers or briefs. Please look in the mirror before you walk out the door. I strongly recommend it. Rashai is a freshman, majoring in communication. She loves laying on the beach at night, looking at the stars. She is an avid reader and writer who hopes to one day share her words with others. Rashai would like to be a broadcast or print journalist to support her passion for writing and weakness for ice cream.


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If FGCU and I got married, Nest Fest would be the best honeymoon possible. I was raised off the teat of the summer music festival Warped Tour. The Nest Fest lineup is eerily reminiscent of past Warped years and is subsequently a great choice for the partially nostalgic person I am. I commend the programming board. Eagle News received a Letter to the Editor last week accusing The Maine of appealing more to younger crowds than college crowds. I have no reason to debate this point; in fact I chuckled when I read the letter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true. Even as a 19-year-old male, though, I enjoy the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music as I am a fan of the gleaming pop-rock nuggets that they put out. And their cover of Akonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Wanna Love Youâ&#x20AC;? is pretty fresh. Taking Back Sunday, however, could be considered the band that writes our generationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anthems. Wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there a point in all of our lives when we were flying down the road belting out the chorus to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cute Without the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Cut From the Team)?â&#x20AC;? Didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we all, in at least one instance, find ourselves having a group sing-along to â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Decade Under the Influenceâ&#x20AC;? and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we all participate in the blast that was â&#x20AC;&#x153;MakeDamnSure?â&#x20AC;? Havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we all at least once experienced Adam Lazzaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stylistically distinct voice? Couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we all at one point relate to his cynicism? For the love of all that is pleasant, Taking Back Sunday is welcomed with warm arms to any university I go to. Or maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m deluded. And where could you find more inspiration than from the melodic articulations of Andrew

McMahon, aka the frontman for Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mannequin? Any Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mannequin fan knows of McMahonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggle with leukemia and formation of the Dear Jack Foundation, which raises funds for cancer research. While perhaps not an example of a rock band, Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mannequin music expects more patience and McMahonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrics are poetic and uplifting. Admittedly, 3oh!3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inclusion was a tad odd for a rock show, but in context of the other bands, Nathaniel M o t t e and Sean Fo r e m a n â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s h i g h l y carefree mockgangster tunes fall under the same umbrella as the other bands at Nest Fest. Even if 3oh!3 is stylistically alone, they are part of the same â&#x20AC;&#x153;sceneâ&#x20AC;? as the others in regards to fanbase and touring history, at least in a general sense. If this lineup was occurring a few years ago when Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Stop Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Stop was still leading The Maine into the stratosphere, 3oh!3 were still getting down with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Trust Meâ&#x20AC;? as their primary tune, and Taking Back Sunday wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t without old-time guitarist Fred Mascherino, I would feel more comfortable with the lineup because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not familiar with the bandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; latest efforts. But otherwise, I thank the programming board for taking me back to 2008. 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 wave/synthpop music.

Ease registration woes 9pDXe[`\IX`enXk\i JkX]]ni`k\i Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost that time: class registration! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fun gauntlet that we all run every semester to get the classes that we need to advance ourselves in our academic career. What has caused so much trouble in the past? That depends on who you ask. Too many people at once, bad/slow Internet connections, and an inadequate system, meaning Gulfline, are usually above the named culprits. But this season the Office of the Registrar has a plan! They divided up the student body into 11 subcategories based on hours awarded when the first group opened up at 12:01 a.m. March 17. I have noticed the further I get, the easier my experience has become, but I could see the issues for incoming freshmen and sophomores who have achieved 45 hours or less. Those groups have the most people in them who are trying to get into many of the same general education/ prerequisite classes. Hopefully the system that they have come up with will make the entire process easier. I guess we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know until we are up at 12:02 a.m. and flipping between Facebook and the Gulfline log-

in page yelling with our peers. That will be the ultimate judge of success for the Registrarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office. What can you do to make sure you are ready and can get in and out of Gulfline quickly, to help eliminate the bottleneck? Be prepared with your CRN numbers for the classes you want. If you need to, make an appointment with your collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adviser, today! They can make suggestions and check to see that you are on course. Keep calm as you refresh. Slamming your mouse on the desk, slapping the screen, or cursing so loudly that your neighbors can hear you will not make the system go faster. I promise it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Just be patient, prepared and keep a good sense of humor. Everything will be OK and you will get in. Then, let the advisers know how your experience was, not just your 1,100 Facebook friends who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything about it. Happy registering! Mandie is a junior, majoring in secondary education. She has appeared in the Southeast Review Online and â&#x20AC;&#x153;UnspOILed: Writers Speak for Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coast.â&#x20AC;? Mandie sits on the board of directors for C.A.R.E.S. Suicide Prevention. She is married with two children.

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I opened my email a few days to a message from a concerned student about the Chick-fil-A controversy. I know some people are tired of hearing about the antihomosexual overtones of the company, so let’s talk about the way in which they were chosen. The email that appeared in my inbox contained a document sent from Student Government President Kim Diaz about the way in which we students were surveyed. The document explains that an outreach committee asked students to circle one of nine choices on a white piece of paper. Choices were ASC (public style sushi and Chinese), Blu Sushi, Burger King, Burger Studio, Chick-fil-A, Home Zone (Perch-style food), Moe’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s. The document goes on to say that the committee added up the votes, which were verified by the Senate President, with results as follows: Chick-fil-A, Moe’s, Pizza Hut, Blu Sushi, (a note here that there was a huge drop in numbers) Papa John’s, Burger King, ASC, Home Zone and Burger Studio. Nowhere on this paper did it give descriptions of what these establishments had to offer. On Dec. 9, 2010, Rashad Davis started his online protest against having Chick-fil-A on campus, citing not only discrimination allegations but also environmental concerns. As the debate heated up with the return of students, on Feb. 16 in an Eagle News story, (Dining Options May Start A food Fight) the new editions were released: Chick-fil-A (first choice), Blu Sushi (fourth choice) and The Home Zone (eighth choice). Diaz said that Burger King and Pizza Hut “were not the ones that were very open to it.” The article goes on to quote Diaz as saying, “It is important for students to say what they believe in, but from what I have experienced, the students are calling for it … and as always, majority wins.” Wow. So, back to my email: Diaz attached a paper that was also embedded in the article online stating the question was presented on a white sheet of paper with instructions to circle the top choice. On Feb. 21, the Facebook group against the option had contributors such as Tyler Offerman, who said, “The surveys were sent out by Business Operations and SG to less than 200 students, randomly selected from what I have been told. They did a third survey at a tabling event on Wednesday last summer. SGA has ignored the issue, saying ‘majority rules’… .” I contacted Diaz requesting the raw data, mainly the papers that students could circle their choices on, and a spreadsheet with the information collected from any randomly emailed surveys conducted. Her response

was, “They are all done electronically on an iPod.” Wow. I turned to my favorite research tool to look for answers such as a report released by this outreach committee: the SG minutes that are published on their overpriced website. I read minutes from July 6, 2010, through Feb. 22, 2011, and nowhere did I see a report delivered by this committee, choices to be included in the survey, or any talk of a procedure in which to conduct the survey. What I did see was when SG approved by a 28-3 voteto spend $125,231 to put seats in the area that will house new dining. The renovations have been going on for months in the Student Union, and they are just now thinking about seating even though it already has seating? And they are using the money that should be set aside to support the students’ endeavors in clubs, intramurals, and life-expanding experiences to pay for it? Wow! So, let me recap: We have no raw data to confirm that the choices that SG said we wanted are really what we wanted, including the fact that they are saying we wanted the first, the fourth and the nextto-last choices. The president, who vetted all of the information, says that the surveys were conducted on paper in one email and via an iPod in another yet was instrumental in the process. And the SG has agreed to spend over $125,000 to put seats in a building and find places for the existing seating to go instead of funding any new endeavors from students in the future. So, what’s the moral of this story? Don’t fall for the flashy cards that this season’s candidates are handing out in the breezeway. Don’t vote for your roomie or drinking buddy. If they stop and ask you if you are going to vote, simply reply, “I will, but if you want my vote I need to know what you will do with my money next year.” Ask them when they will write a piece of legislation addressing the unchecked spending habits of those who came before them. Ask them why you should vote, and don’t fall for this school pride line of (insert expletive); their responsible adult actions will gain our respect. 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.

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As technology continues to grow, so does the age span of people who use it. The technology is now used at large by the generation who came before us, and this is a growing trend. Parents are now active on Facebook, texting their kids from their iPhones, and even learning how to use Skype. While some parents and grandparents struggle to figure out what the simplest of messaging lingo means, others are employing them with ease. Some have even created their own, and it just goes to show you that age really does mean nothing, and we still can’t underestimate our elders. As a child of parents who are average when it comes to technology, I figured I would be the one to have to teach them how to use their new phones and computer. I was a little technophobic, too, at first. However, they surprised me by showing me how to use certain tools on the computer, or what D.C.T means (Driving, Can’t Text). My mother was instrumental in convincing me to look into getting my Kindle. She was right — I

like it. My, oh my, have the roles reversed in this situation. Kids get freaked out when parents start to use the social networking sites we all know and love, but nothing can stop them. They have the same rights as we do to advance their technological smarts. So what if they see your everyday activity that you post as a status? So what if you get phone calls during class just wanting to say hello, or texts asking why you were upside down on a barrel full of beer on Facebook? They just want to be kept up on what’s cool, and be able to do what we all normally do but won’t admit to: Facebook lurking. Normally, we wish to be able to show our parents and even grandparents that we know something that they do not, but they have managed to one-up us again, and it is slightly annoying but slightly fascinating. Battle of the generations, round two, here we go! 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.


All you need is libertarianism 9p9iXe[feNXj`Zjbf <Zfefd`Zj#j\e`fi President Obama has now fired more cruise missiles than all other Nobel Peace Prize winners combined. Are you surprised? I mean, wasn’t Obama the one who was elected on an anti-war platform? Didn’t he condemn Bush’s interventionism in the Middle East? Observe this quote from then Senator Obama in 2007: “The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” Not only has Obama failed to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, he has now launched his own war against a country that has not threatened or attacked us. In elementary school, the kid who strutted about the playground punching

others who had not hurt him was the much-hated bully. Is Obama any different? Countless lives, both American and Libyan, are sure to be needlessly lost. The fact is, both Obama and Bush are different brands of the same, crappy product: authoritarianism. They differ only as a matter of degree, not principle. To the betrayed and disheartened liberals: realize that there is no fundamental distinction between Bush’s and Obama’s policies. The political philosophy that respects and upholds human rights consistently, not just when it is politically convenient, is libertarianism. If you think we ought to mind our own business and let individuals live their own lives as they see fit, both at home and abroad, you should check it out.

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actually shown up?” Also, we get to see them campaigning at every corner we turn on campus, and the one break I’d like to have and enjoy a good basketball game, they are there campaigning for office! It is one thing to do it in the hallways while people are on campus for class, but if you are not allowed to campaign in class in front of your classmates, you shouldn’t be able to do it on their free time at a game, either!

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The Florida Gulf Coast University womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis team has been on a five-match winning streak since March 12, with two of those victories coming in close wins that were clinched by freshman Gyanna Mandic at No. 6 singles. Mandic helped clinch a 4-3 victory over George Washington by winning her singles match in a threesetter on March 14. On Monday, against the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), the final home match of the season and Senior Day, when the Eagles honored Iris Rendon, Mandic once again helped clinch a team victory by winning her match in another tight three-setter. Coach Jennifer Gabou hopes to see more success from Mandic moving forward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gyanna was the only freshman in the fall,â&#x20AC;? Gabou said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She brought in some new energy and we just hope she can keep going. She had a great opportunity to clinch two big matches for us.â&#x20AC;? Mandic came to FGCU from Oshowa, Canada. Her main reason for deciding to play tennis here was the team chemistry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved it last year (when she visited),â&#x20AC;? Mandic said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I came on the recruiting trip I just

thought it was a big, happy family. I was excited.â&#x20AC;?. Her strength as a tennis player, she feels, is when she moves into the court and plays aggressively, ultimately finishing the point at the net. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m strong at coming forward and putting balls away at the net,â&#x20AC;? Mandic said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the net, so I try to do whatever I can with my forehand to get to the net.â&#x20AC;? Mandic knows that she will have to take initiative and step into the court and make her opponent run to move up in the lineup and fulfill her goal of eventually playing No. 1 singles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I definitely would consider myself aggressive, and because of coach (Joey) Barnes and coach Gabou I play aggressive.â&#x20AC;? The first couple of weeks this season, Mandic had trouble with her mental game, but she feels that the coaches have been able to help her stay on track. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At first I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel I was doing very well,â&#x20AC;? Mandic said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was kind of emotionally everywhere, but the coaches have been on my case and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helped me a lot to stay focused.â&#x20AC;? Gabou also agrees that Mandic has improved since the beginning of spring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think her focus has gotten better on the court, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just looking for her to keep maturing,â&#x20AC;? Gabou said.

When it comes to doubles competition, Mandic has been playing with current No. 1 singles player Morgan Bechtel. Mandic believes that Bechtelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s positive attitude has helped them out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With Morgan (Bechtel) I love it,â&#x20AC;? Mandic said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so positive. It helps bring our spirits up when we work together.â&#x20AC;? Mandic feels that her most memorable moment this season was the win against George Washington. She loves the thrill of being the last one off the court, with the match on the line, and her teammates depending on her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was under the lights and everything, and everybody was cheering,â&#x20AC;? Mandic said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved it. It was a good time.â&#x20AC;? Such a laid-back attitude toward the spotlight will help Mandic make good on her ambitious career goals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ultimately I would love to play No. 1 singles on the team, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also love to get into the state championship,â&#x20AC;? Mandic said. For now, though, she is just trying to succeed and maintain her focus at playing No. 6 singles, and succeeding she is. Monday was the final home match of the season for womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis. They will try to extend their winning streak on the road Thursday against conference opponent ETSU.




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The transition from high school to college softball is hard for many a player. Yet no one in recent memory has made the move look easier than Florida Gulf University infielder Brittney Garabedian. Garabedian has become one of the A-Sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest new sluggers in only a month or so of collegiate play. She leads FGCU in several offensive categories, including home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. She is third on the team in on-base percentage. But hitting and fielding is merely a way of life after growing up in a big baseball family on the east coast of Florida with her parents, Chuck and Nancy Garabedian, and brother Charlie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At first, it was confusing and

difficult being here, since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m only a freshman,â&#x20AC;? Garabedian said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone gets along great here. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of like a little family.â&#x20AC;? Garabedian was also a standout in high school, where she led Gulliver Prep in the Miami area to a state title. She finished her senior season batting .361 with three home runs, 20 RBI and 23 stolen bases. Garabedian was a four-time selection to the Miami Herald AllDade County first team and a twotime All-State first team member. Off the field, she excelled in math and Spanish. At FGCU, she is a human performance major, and plans to go into physical therapy upon graduation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem with facing the pitching at the collegiate level is that here you face the best of the best,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Garabedian said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every one here is very good. â&#x20AC;&#x153;College softball is a big opportunity, in that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four more years of playing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big opportunity, and hopefully I can take advantage of it.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone sticks together on the team. When one person feels â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;up,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; the whole team is up. But when one person is down, then everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s down.â&#x20AC;? Sun on horizon: The Eagles went 3-2 in The Game Tournament last weekend at the University of South Florida in Clearwater. FGCU opened the tournament with wins over Winthrop and Dartmouth on Friday. On Saturday, the Eagles topped Quinnipiac 5-1 and fell to top-20 ranked Oklahoma State 10-1. Against Winthrop, Jessica Barnes had two RBI in a 4-2 triumph. Lindsay Green slugged an RBI double and Courtney Platt chipped in an RBI single. Kelci Breaux struck out 14 against Dartmouth, allowing only five hits in the Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 6-0 win. FGCU then wrapped up the tournament with a 4-3 defeat of Kent State on Sunday. The Eagles, who are now 17-17 on the season, open Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend at Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C.



=cfi`[Xgi\gXi\jkf]XZ\9PL`eJn\\kJ`ok\\e 9pK_\8jjfZ`Xk\[Gi\jj Florida’s Kenny Boynton guarded Brigham Young’s Jimmer Fredette nearly every minute of their game in last year’s NCAA tournament. He won’t have to this time around. It has nothing to do with Boynton’s sprained left ankle, either. The Gators (28-7), the No. 2 seed in the Southeast region, feel like they’re better prepared to handle the nation’s leading scorer when they play the third-seeded Cougars (32-4) in the regional semifinals in New Orleans on Thursday night.

Fredette scored 37 points against Florida in the opening round last year, leading the Cougars to a 99-92 win in double overtime. He scored 10 points in the decisive extra frame, taking advantage of Boynton’s fatigue by hitting two 3-pointers and getting to the free-throw line six times. Coach Billy Donovan’s team is hoping for better results in the rematch. “When you play against a guy like that, you understand how good he is and you try to take away what he’s really good at,” said versatile forward Chandler Parsons, the Southeastern Conference’s player of the year. “Watching him, he’s done it against everybody, so it’s

not like we’re going to say, ‘All right, face-guard him and he’s not going to score.’ He’s going to get his. He’s going to score points.” Scottie Wilbekin and Casey Prather, two freshmen who have shown a knack for defense, will rotate in on Fredette. That should take some pressure off Boynton, the team’s second-leading scorer and best defender, and keep him fresh on both ends of the court. “I really felt like last year, because of our lack of depth, I thought (Boynton) got worn out as he started to get into that into the first overtime, then second overtime,” Donovan said. “I just don’t think it can be one guy. Now there’s going to be some

possessions and some plays in the game where whoever’s on him, they’re going to be on an island by themselves. That’s gonna happen.” The 6-foot-2 guard has ridiculous range, doesn’t need screens to get open looks and has the ability to drive into the lane and find teammates for easy shots or draw fouls. That’s why Fredette averaged 28.8 points during the regular season and has been at his best last this season. He averaged 31.4 during Mountain West Conference play, 35.3 points during the league tournament and has 66 points through two NCAA tournament games. Boynton typically draws

the team’s toughest defensive assignment, at least on the perimeter. Whether it’s Ohio State’s David Lighty, Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen, Tennessee’s Scotty Hopson, Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins, Kentucky’s Brandon Knight, UC Santa Barbara’s Orlando Johnson or UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt, Boynton has held his own. Fredette could be Boynton’s toughest matchup, especially if his ankle gives him problems. Boynton sprained it Saturday against UCLA and missed practice Monday. He returned Tuesday, and the Gators need him to be back at full speed for the rematch. Advancing might depend on it.

9Xj\YXccj_l]Õ\jifkXk`feXjXZ\<iXk_flk]fij\Xjfe 9p8e[i\n9`ee`e^\i JkX]]ni`k\i A season-ending elbow injury to No. 1 starter and ace Richie Erath and overall inconsistency with the starting pitching staff has forced FGCU baseball coach Dave Tollett to shuffle the starting rotation. As of earlier this week, Tollett was trying to find a flight for Erath to Birmingham, Ala., where r e n o w n e d I`Z_`\<iXk_ orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews will perform Tommy John surgery on the senior starting pitcher, who had a 1-1 record and a 5.09 ERA in four starts this season. Tollett said he believed the injury occurred during a March 11 start at Mercer. Tommy John surgery, a

procedure in which a ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body, used to be a death sentence for starting pitchers. However, major league pitchers Brian Wilson, Josh Johnson and C.J. Wilson have all reported throwing the ball harder post-surgery. Still, recovery usually takes more than a year. To compensate, Tollett gave pitchers Jason Forjet and Jacob Barnes, who both were pitching in relief, starts last weekend against Campbell. The move paid off, as both posted impressive performances. On Friday night against Campbell, Forjet hurled a complete-game shutout, giving up only five hits, but the highlight of the night were his nine strikeouts. “We were going to have to make a move to the pitching rotation anyway,” Tollett said. “We’ve been giving up three runs per inning in recent games. Jason (Forjet) did an unbelievable job

Friday night.” “I was excited when I was told that I would be starting,” said Forjet, a junior who had an ERA under two runs per game in five appearances out of the bullpen before Friday. “I came out and wanted to throw strikes, as well as keeping a low pitch count. I also wanted to help my team win.” Barnes, a junior, had four strikeouts in 4.1 innings pitched in Saturday’s win vs. Campbell. He has 33 strikeouts in 21.2 innings pitched this season, with five of his six appearances coming out of the bullpen. With a total of 12 relievers on his roster, Tollett stated that it was not hard to choose the two players he wanted in his rotation. “With Austin (Gaines) out until Saturday, this was a pretty easy choice,” Tollett said. Tollett believes that it will not be hard for Forjet and Barnes to transition from relievers into starters.

“It’s still the same 60-inch plate,” Tollett said. “Starting a game is similar to starting an inning in relief because when you start in both of these situations, no one is on base.” Based on how the new starters perform, Tollett sees the changes as long-term. “I think this is going to be permanent,” Tollett said. “I’m not going to say forever, but at least until next weekend.” Forjet stuck to what is comfortable in his Friday start. “I think I did a good job of controlling the strike zone and letting my defense work,” Forjet said. “I’ve been coming out of the bullpen for a number of games, so transitioning into the starter role was easy.” In Saturday’s game, Barnes’ 15-inning scoreless streak was snapped when he ran into trouble in the fifth inning. He gave up five earned runs in the start. “The first few innings I think I did well, but I think due to our big

lead I felt a little too relaxed, but other than that I did well,” Barnes said. Barnes will have to stretch his arm out and adjust his preparation schedule to make a successful transition as a starting pitcher. “When you are a reliever you have to be ready to pitch at any time. As a starter you pitch once a week, so you plan out your week according to that,” Barnes said. “Innings-wise, being a starter is not any different because I pitched a lot out of the bullpen, but the coaches are keeping an eye on my pitch count.” Led by Forjet and Barnes, the Eagles (12-9) swept a three-game series against Campbell over the weekend. They then beat USF on Tuesday night, 9-5. Today, FGCU will travel to No. 29 Miami for a 6 p.m. game, before coming home to play USC Upstate over the weekend.


9`kk\ijn\\k\e[ CfjjkfL=ZXgj d\dfiXYc\ j\Xjfe 9pAfj_J`\^\c Jgfikj\[`kfi When usually stoic Florida Gulf Coast University coach Karl Smesko unleashed a hard fist pump after Sarah Hansen drew a charge eight minutes into the first half, and with a record sell-out Alico Arena crowd of 4,543 roaring around him, it felt like the season script would stay the same. Young and small FGCU would topple a bigger, more powerful, high-profile opponent, this time a University of Florida team with five players six-feet or taller, just like they had ousted BCS schools Seton Hall, Virginia Tech and Indiana earlier this year. After all, as the only women’s basketball Division 1 transitional program to make the WNIT in its first four seasons, the Eagles have been playing above their stature for years, especially so this year. FGCU—which lost senior all-conference forwards Chelsea Lyles and Adrianne McNally before the season—had it’s surprising run come to an end when the Gators beat the Eagles 74-69 in the WNIT on Monday night. The loss ended the Eagles’ 42game home winning streak. With tears dripping from her eyes, Senior Shannon Murphy grasped equally emotional juniors Courtney Chihil and Nicoya Jackson at center court, as finality of the moment hit them. Atlantic Sun regular-season champion FGCU finished its season at 28-4. Despite playing without freshman Katlyn Payne and Jordan LaDuke, who both left the team prior to the season, the Eagles won their first 14 games. Then, FGCU lost more depth when redshirt freshman Kiara Bomben and junior Nancy Aguilar (who might return next season) left the team. By then it was too late. Through the chaos, the remaining players had built too firm of a bond to falter, too much unfiltered fight sprung from something the Eagles themselves can’t put their finger on, as they won the A-Sun wire-to-wire before hosting two WNIT games. “It’s been a pleasant surprise,” Chihil said. “I wouldn’t trade this team for anything. I’ve never been on a team that gets along so well. Our chemistry was undeniable on the court and off.” FGCU seemed to feed off the senior status of their emotional leader Shannon Murphy all season long, and also picked up somewhat unexpected contributions from

redshirt freshman Hanson (teamhigh 13.3 PPG and 5.8 rebounds) and Jackson (the Eagles leading scorer in the WNIT first round vs. Drexel who came on strong off the bench at the end of the year). Murphy, who had nine points and two assists in her final collegiate game, lingered on the court after the loss, taking in the security of the basketball court and her teammates for one last time. “I wouldn’t want to end the season with any other team,” Murphy said. “We fought through injuries. All five starters were in the training room at one point. We put our bodies on the line for each other. It was hard for me to leave the court.” The Eagles weren’t supposed to bust in on the national stage now. That was supposed to happen next year, when the Eagles will be eligible for the A-Sun and NCAA tournaments for the first time, and may potentially use their four scholarships, adding on more size and front court help, which will provide them with a chance to further their prominence. But the scrappy defense (a charge drawn by Chihil against UF earned another Smesko fist pump), the fearless floor burns (Chihil dove for a loose defensive rebound and then fed junior Eglah Griffin for a three-point play, setting off “F-GC-U” chants from the students), and the barrage of three-pointers (FGCU led the country with 350 makes in 940 attempts), accelerated the program’s arch. When Murphy and reserve guard Shavonne Butler graduate, Smesko expects junior point guard Brittany Kennedy, an Oregon State transfer, and Jackson to help FGCU make a run in the post-season next year. Having already gotten early exposure in high-profile games against big name opponents in sold out arenas won’t hurt either. “We’ve been to the WNIT four straight years now, which is going to help us a lot,” Hansen said. “We’ve played big teams like Florida, Drexel and Indiana. Now we can make noise in the NCAA tournament next year.” With students seemingly catching on to what Smesko’s program has done, and embracing the Eagles’ likable, spirited style of play, the momentum promises to continue. But until then, it was time to reflect on a surprising 2010-11 season. “It’s been a tremendous surprise how successful this team was,” Smesko said. “There were times where we didn’t practice that great, but then we’d get in games and I said ‘wow this team has something’. When they want to play they play. We were short-handed inside and banged up but those sacrifices made KFG1=>:L]\cckf=cfi`[X.+$-0`ek_\j\Zfe[ifle[f]k_\NE@KfeDfe[Xp% us successful.” D@;;C<1J\e`fiJ_XeefeDlig_pZ\c\YiXk\jX]k\i[\]\Xk`e^;i\o\c`ek_\Ôijkifle[f]k_\NE@KcXjk=i`[Xp

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Volume 9 Issue 23  

Volume 9 Issue 23

Volume 9 Issue 23  

Volume 9 Issue 23