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College Club part of housing empire By Allison Gagliardi Editor-in-Chief

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ousing has pushed its borders past campus. The university housing department acquired 504 beds by officially purchasing College Club Apartments last Tuesday. The apartment complex, located on Ben Hill Griffin road, has been dubbed “West Lake Village.” “It was a bit of a seesaw ride. The University has known of the possibility for quite some time,” said Brian Fisher, director of University Housing. In Nov. 2009 the university signed a contract with the intent to purchase. The following March that contract was voided. June of this year a new contract was drafted and accepted. “When you make a transition there are a great number of challenges but we have been planning for nearly a year,” Fisher said. The current leases of West Lake Village are being honored by the University. “It is our responsibility to hon-

or existing leases. We have made some additions to the community rules and regulations,” Fisher said. “We are interested in preserving the experience as much as possible, we are not looking to overdo it.” According to Fisher, Section 8 of the lease agreement allows for the landlord to make changes. “We are trying to be similar to what they(College Club residents) agreed to, as much as possible. We understand that some people elected to live there a part from the university. We are trying to continue to give them what they were looking for when signing a lease there,” Fisher said. Some early highlights of the physical changes that will be made to the buildings include, re-keying the complex, painting, improving exterior lighting and breezeway lighting and repairing handrails and stairwells. The six buildings on the site have been renamed to Flamingo, Tarpon, Panther, Manatee, Marlin and Pompano. “(The names are) part of long term plans for the

growth of our housing department. We didn’t expect them to be used for West Lake; we expected to use them in South Village. Now we will have to, perhaps, go back to the drawing board for South Village names,” Fisher said. The complex currently has a Resident Director who lives on site and six resident assistants. University Police is now monitoring the area. A shuttle from the apartments to the university also runs daily. Even with the new addition, Housing and Residence life doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. Palmetto Hall will soon be the newest addition to South Village. The building is expected to be complete fall 2011 and will house 415 new students. Eventually, Fisher hopes to house more than 5,000 students. “5,500 students won’t be too far from now, about six to eight years,” Fisher said.

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acebook has a tight grip on people because of how frequent users feel the need to check their pages or how with a click of an app on our phone we can check our notifications. Larry Fitch, a senior majoring in communication, used to check his Facebook once or twice a week, but now that he has a new smart phone, he checks Facebook multiple times daily because it’s just one click away. Users know that Facebook is often the biggest distraction and procrastination tool when they’re studying. It’s easy to get sucked into Facebook for hours a time browsing other people’s pages or talking on chat. Travis Leicht, a senior majoring in finance and economics, says that when someone is interested in dating someone else they “stalk their page and pictures like a background check” before they go out with them.

Facebook has changed the way users communicate with other people. It’s the most convenient way to keep up with friends in their busy lives and especially with friends and family who don’t live near them. “You can reconnect with people and keep in contact with them no matter where they are in the world and [you] get to see their face,” said Holly Cunard, a junior majoring in business management. Sitting and talking on Facebook chat or looking at your friends’ pictures doesn’t help make a relationship stronger. Face-to-face interaction and conversations are slowly fading away as we have conformed to a technology-dominant society when shooting a text or posting a comment on wall is considered a way of maintaining a relationship. Although Facebook has altered dating and getting to know people the natural way, it has generated so many ways for people to express themselves and a way to get mass communications out to others. “The most amazing thing

about Facebook is it allows the everyday person to share and communicate ideas freely and with no cost,” Leicht said. Think about when you lose your phone and have to get a new one. All you have to do is create a group and send out message to all your friends instantly getting all of your numbers back. Or how about having a party? No one sends out invitations in the mail, but everyone sends out an invitation on Facebook because users rely on it to be their source of connectedness to the world. Facebook is not only a social network site to keep up with friends and creep on ex’s, but it’s a way to keep users distracted when they get bored. It’s also where users waste a lot of time. It’s hard to remember back before tagged pictures and status updates. But that’s the way we live today – vicariously through a social networking website. nTurn to page 9 to read a review on “The Social Network”


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Oct. 6, 2010 through Oct. 12, 2010 Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 9:54a.m.: Graffiti was found spray painted on the boardwalk between North Lake Village and Lake Parkway West. It was a picture of a ten foot penis painted in white.

Friday, Oct. 8 at 10:57p.m.: A drug search was conducted at Sandpiper. Officers found substances in the toilet bowl, it was tested positive for marijuana.

Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 9:174p.m.: An RA from Biscayne hall reported a disturbance between two residences. The officer responded and found that it was a dispute between boyfriend and a girlfriend. The female was not a resident or a student of the university. The officer issued a warning and all was secured.

Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10:43p.m.: A traffic stop was conducted on FGCU parkway, the individual was originally pulled over for not having headlights on after dark. The officer conducted a field sobriety test on the individual. The BAC reading came back at .137; the subject was taken into custody and was transported to the Lee County jail.

Friday, Oct. 8 at 3:08a.m.: An individual called in and states that there was a group of individuals gathered near the smoker’s station at North Lake Village Playing guitars and being extremely noisy. The officer responded and made contact with the guitar players and advised them to keep the noise down.

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ver the course of four years, FGCU senior Alex Pena managed to work his way up from high school reporting to a national level. Last week, Pena was named the ABC News on Campus “Roving Reporter of the Year.� “To think they would give me an award blew my mind,� Pena said. Upon winning the award, Pena was invited to ABC News Headquarters where he appeared on Good Morning America. Pena began submitting stories to ABC News on Campus Sept. 2009. His first submitted story was a media package about the solar farm on FGCU’s campus. The following October, Pena traveled to West Virginia to cover Bridge Day. Every year, roughly 1000 base jumpers travel to this event to jump 876 ft off of bridge. Pena’s report made it on the homepage of ABC News. “That report kind of put me on their radar,� Pena said. December of his junior year, Pena went to Juarez, Mexico to cover the Mexican drug war. This also made it on ABC’s homepage. Pena also wrote a text piece about the social media of the drug war in Reynosa, Mexico. Two drug cartels were fighting over area and silencing the media through kidnappings and murder. Pena got the information needed via phone, email and twitter from the contacts he made during his trip to Juarez. This story made the lead headline on ABC’s homepage – something never achieved by a student reporter. Pena first started working with media his senior year of high school with closed circuit TV. He realized he wanted to do more with actual news reporting when he was the only one pitching serious stories. “I like to separate myself from entertainment,� Pena said. When Pena was a freshman at FGCU, he got involved with Eagle News with his first report being a 200-word senate meeting brief. “I thought it was the biggest deal in the world,� Pena said. Pena started to work more with the media aspect of reporting. He learned

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how to film and edit all of his stories. He started off shooting all his reports on the video mode of his point-andshoot digital camera. “Even if I didn’t have the resources, I had the motivation to do it,� Pena said. The summer before his sophomore year, Pena had an internship with Fox4 News where he shadowed reporters and helped them with their research and reporting. Fall semester of his junior year, Pena got an internship with Naples Daily News, where he was treated like an actual reporter. He wrote two stories that made it onto the front page. “Working with Naples Daily News is what really put me over the top and

gave me the confidence to do bigger stories on my own,� Pena said. Pena’s two international stories gave him recognition during his internship with NBC2 in the spring of his junior year. His three aired reports made him one of the few interns to get their reports on the station. In the middle of his internship, Pena packed up and left for Haiti after the earthquake. His reports in Latin America helped him network and make contacts: something he hopes will help him later on in his goal to become a reporter for a big Latin America news station. Pena is traveling to Haiti again on Thursday to report on the meeting with the United Nations.

arlier in the semester the University Police Department released the 2009 Crime Report. This report contains a log of all the different crimes that occurred on campus between January 7 and December 18, 2009. Two of the most common crimes were vandalism and larceny. Though both crimes have occurred all over campus, including vandalism at UPD headquarters, North Lake Village seems to be a popular area for these offenses. Other common crimes were those related to marijuana. There were over 30 instances in which officers found students with marijuana for personal use or with the intent to sell. Accountable students were then either referred to housing for their penalty or, in some cases, arrested. Other habitual crimes were those involving alcohol, with illegal possession of alcohol under the age of 21 accounting for over half of alcohol related offenses. Additional alcohol related instances included two DUIs and several Zero Tolerance crimes. Zero Tolerance crimes occur when a student under the age of 21 is intoxicated and driving. Though the blood alcohol level for a Zero Tolerance crime is .02, which is lower than that of a DUI, the driver is under aged. Other crimes that occurred include stalking, credit card fraud and driving with a suspended license. Shenika Bourne, a junior majoring in social work, was surprised when hearing that battery and assault were 2009’s most violent crimes on campus. “I’m surprised that it is our worse crime, but I’m grateful that it’s not something else like stabbings or hate crimes,� Bourne said. According to Chief Moore, a large problem with the offenses that occur on campus is that they are mainly criminal mischief crimes that have few witnesses, making it harder to prosecute. Though some of the crimes go unsolved, Danielle Klutcharch, a sophomore majoring in environmental studies, says she still feels safe. “I feel safe because we have the emergency pull cords and the blue emergency poles. Also, you can call UPD and they come in a hurry,� Klutcharch said. As for future improvements, Chief Moore says that the department “continues to use technology and partnerships with different agencies, like [the] Lee County Sheriff ’s office.�

Books and pajamas: changing lives one child at a time By Samantha League News editor

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hat does it take to make a difference in someone’s life? On Oct. 23, the nation is challenged to engage in community service for National Make a Difference Day, an annual celebration held the fourth Saturday of October. In honor of National Make a Difference Day, the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, Team S-L, Music Maniacs and Circle of Friends will be hosting a Pajama and Book Drive. “For Make a Difference Day, people can serve their community in any way they choose,� said Jessica Rhea, the Interim Director for the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. “This year, we’ve partnered with the Pajama Program, a fabulous organization that will ‘make a difference’ in the lives of our local children.� The Pajama Program is a national organization whose mission is to provide “sleepwear, books and comfort to children in need,� according to pajamaprogram.org. The organization was founded by Genevieve Piturro ten years ago

when she noticed children in shelters and group homes sleeping in their clothes because they didn’t own a pair of pajamas. “Emotionally, pajamas are a hug for children who feel lost and alone,� Piturro said in a press release. And as “Danger Season� (winter) approaches, the need for these at-risk children to have warm pajamas rises. The books have been added to the Pajama Program because not only do books provide a distraction at night, they also improve the reading level of these at-risk children. According to pajamaprogram. org, these children are often shuffled between temporary living facilities and removed from school for long periods of time. “It is such a good feeling to know we are helping children in need feel loved, warm and safe,� Lizzle Golumbic, the Pajama Program’s Southwest Florida Chapter President, said on pajamaprogram.org. From Tuesday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 22, students are encouraged to bring pajamas, books and/or monetary donations to the Pajama Program table in the Student Plaza. Pajamas must be new. Pajamas and books will be given to infants

and teens so purchase accordingly. A final collection will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the flagpole loop in Parking Lot 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. After that, the pajamas and books will be delivered to the Pajama Program Headquarters in Bo-

If you go When: Oct. 19 through Oct. 23 Where: Student Plaza What to wear: Newly purchased

nita Springs. The goal is to collect 400 pair of pajamas. “Eagles, let’s get together and do our part to help this worthy organization,� Rhea said.

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Fall Expo sheds light into graduate programs Juniors and seniors are invited to learn about how they can expand their education at the Graduate Studies Fall Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 20. FGCU currently offers 31 graduate programs. At the Expo, students will have the opportunity to talk to the faculty involved in these programs in an open environment. “Potential students (are given) the opportunity to ask questions: how to get into the program, how much it will cost, when they can start and things they can do,� said Debora Haring, the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. Students are always encouraged to pursue graduate school because statistics show those with a graduate degree will always earn a higher salary over a lifetime of earnings, according to Haring. “In this economic climate, the stability factor for those individuals having a graduate degree is much higher than those who have a Bachelor’s degree,� Haring said. Along with the tables of graduate programs, there will also be other offices there such as the financial aid office and the testing center. Refreshments will be provided. Because graduate programs start at different times during the year, the Graduate Studies office hosts one Expo per semester to prepare students for any program. The Fall Expo will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the SU Ballroom. RSVP’s are appreciated but not required. Visit the Graduate Studies office in Lutgert Hall 2300 or email graduate@ fgcu.edu. — Eagle News staff

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Jennifer Dake brightens a student’s day at the bus loop. EN photo/Mike Ricci

Eagle News staff On Monday, Oct. 11, To Write Love on Her Arms: FGCU Chapter members gave out more than 800 hugs in four hours to passerby students. Many experts believe people need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs a day for maintenance and 12 hugs a day for growth and development. “Hugs are really important so we tried to give out as many as possible,� said Jennifer Dake, the president of TWLOHA: FGCU Chapter. “A lot of people were like, ‘Oh! That made my day!’� The RSO members are giving out hugs again on Thursday, Oct. 14, and are aiming for 1,000 hugs this time. TWLOHA’s mission is to encourage, inform and inspire those struggling with depression, addiction, anxiety and suicide.

UPD discovers marijuana plants By Samantha League News editor Native Florida plants aren’t the only foliage growing on FGCU’s campus. On Sept. 22, UPD discovered two potted marijuana plants enclosed in chicken-wire fencing along the south side of the Aquatics Center. According to Chief Moore, the plants had produced less than 10 grams of marijuana, which would equal a street value of less than $50. One plant had already died.

“This appeared to be a small operation that somebody had abandoned – we think it may have been a summer project,� Moore said. UPD received a tip referring them to the general area and had it under observation for a couple weeks before moving in. During those couple weeks, nobody came to tend the plants. Because this operation was very small, it would have yielded a cultivation of marijuana charge or a possession of marijuana charge. Cultivation of marijuana is a felony. Depending on the size of the

grow operation and the grower’s previous record, it can become various felonies under state or federal law, which could cost the offender fines or jail time. Possession of marijuana can either be a misdemeanor or felony charge. A misdemeanor would be issued if you have under 20 grams and a felony charge would be issued if you have over 20 grams. Fines or jail time are also the consequences. Although UPD doesn’t believe this operation is part of a larger one on campus, they are still taking the necessary steps to make sure stu-

dents are safe. “We always keep a look out – we know various things occur in the natural trail area and we try to patrol that,� Moore said. “We encourage people if they see anything unusual to let us know.� If you have a non-emergency, contact UPD at 590-1900. Emergency calls can be directed to 590-1911. The 2009 crime report states that there were over 30 instances in which students were caught with marijuana for personal purposes or the intent to sell.

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Water pong tournament to honor fallen brother Pi Kappa Alpha will show the true meaning of brotherhood by hosting their annual Brownie Pong tournament on Friday, Oct. 15, in honor of a fallen brother, Eric Brown. Being one of Brown’s favorite games, this huge beer pong tournament will be played with water. There will only be 84 teams participating and spots are filling up fast. “We still have about 40 spots left but they are going quick,� said Chris Nickell, the PIKE Fundraising Chair. The event, which is open to the public, was put together by the PIKE fraternity and Ms. Brown. All money raised will be donated to a scholarship under Brown’s name for high school wrestlers. Everyone is invited to come and remember Eric, starting with a moment of silence before the tournament begins. “Last year we had roughly 250 attend; this year, we are expecting closer to 300,� Nickell said. The tournament will start at 8 p.m. at Olympia. Teams can still sign up at the tournament if there are any more spots left. It’s $10 a team, $5 for single players, and $1 celebrity shots. PIKE will be tabling at the Student Union on Thursday, Oct. 14. For any further questions, contact Chris Nickell at canickel@eagle. fgcu.edu. — Eagle News staff

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State President Obama helps raise money, finalizes rally spirits in South Florida this week Everglades deal with US Sugar By Associated press

By Associated Press A $197 million attempt to restore the Everglades by turning over a swath of sugar farmland to the state was finalized Tuesday, ending two years of court battles and scaling back of the initial deal. The South Florida Water Management District transferred all but about $3 million of the funds to U.S. Sugar to complete the agreement for 26,791 acres. The balance was the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contribution toward cleanup costs. Though the deal is a fraction of the size initially planned when it was announced with fanfare in 2008 by Gov. Charlie Crist, environmentalists lauded the news. The Everglades Foundation called it a â&#x20AC;&#x153;significant advancement.â&#x20AC;? The Sierra Club said the move would â&#x20AC;&#x153;give future generations of Floridians a chance to enjoy the Everglades as it was before the 20th Century.â&#x20AC;? Crist said it puts Florida â&#x20AC;&#x153;one step closer to making our dreams of true restoration for the Everglades a reality.â&#x20AC;? Critics, including U.S. Sugar competitor Florida Crystals, have derided the deal as a waste of taxpayer money. The initial land purchase is about one-ninth the size that was originally planned. The state had planned to pay $1.75 billion to buy all of U.S. Sugarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 180,000 acres, but the faltering economy led to repeated scale-backs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The economy threw them a wicked curve,â&#x20AC;? said Judy Sanchez, a spokeswoman for U.S. Sugar. The revised deal still gives the state the option to purchase the remainder of the land over the next decade. The Everglades have been dying for decades from the intrusion of farms and development, dissected by dikes, dams and canals, effectively draining much of the swamp and polluting it with fertilizers and urban runoff. The state and federal governmentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; efforts to restore the wetlands have been stymied for years by funding shortfalls, legal challenges and political bickering.

President Barack Obama implored Democrats on Monday to remember why they sent him to the White House and told supporters that a Republican-led Congress would prevent him from accomplishing his agenda. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can only succeed if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got help,â&#x20AC;? Obama said during remarks at a high-dollar fundraiser at an oceanfront estate in South Florida. Obama said that while he would like to believe that Republicans would work with him, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;not optimistic.â&#x20AC;? With unemployment at 9.6 percent, Obama said he knows Americans are frustrated. But he said the Nov. 2 midterm elections shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a referendum on where the country is now, but a choice between which party can get the country to where it needs to be. Relying on a familiar refrain during his campaign appearances this fall, Obama said Republicans have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;lack of ideasâ&#x20AC;? and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;fundamental lack of seriousnessâ&#x20AC;? about how to lead the county in the right direction. Protesters of the militaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ban on gay service members stood outside the entrance to the gated community where Obama spoke, holding banners that read â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stop the Discharges Now.â&#x20AC;? Other activists protesting the â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tellâ&#x20AC;? policy boarded a boat within view of the waterfront property, blowing airhorns during the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraising remarks. While Obama has repeatedly said he opposes â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tellâ&#x20AC;?, some activists say he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done enough to repeal the law. South Florida has become fertile fundraising grounds for the president, having raised money for the state and national Democratic parties here twice before this year. Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event was held at the home of former basketball player Alonzo Mourning, and was expected to raise about $1 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Rep. Ron Klein, who is locked in a tight race to hold his House seat. Klein is facing Republican Allen West, a former Army officer he defeated in 2008. This time around Allen has the benefit of fierce anti-incumbent sen-

President Barack Obama talks with an unidentified girl after arriving at Miami International Airport in Miami, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. Obama is attending a fundraiser at the home of retired Miami Heat basketball player Alonzo Mourning. AP photo

timent and has outraised Klein $4 million to $2.5 million, according to the latest reports from the campaigns. West had a new television ad running Monday in South Florida â&#x20AC;&#x153;welcomingâ&#x20AC;? Obama to the region, and encouraging the president and Klein to â&#x20AC;&#x153;leave that closed-door, high-roller

fundraiser and drive by our shuttered businesses and foreclosed homes.â&#x20AC;? Before departing Miami, Obama stopped by El Mago de las Fritas, a Cuban restaurant thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been in Miami for nearly 50 years. Obama ordered a Cuban hamburger, which is made of

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ollegiate Cook offers fresh new recipes for students and Gleeks alike. Candace Braun, a recent University of South Florida graduate and self-proclaimed Gleek, created a website to publish recipes for students trying to get away from the norms of college eating. In July 2009, Braun started Collegiatecook.com. “I launched Collegiate Cook as a way to show them (students) that dinner doesn’t have to be complicated, and it certainly doesn’t have to be cafeteria mystery meat.” Collegiatecook.com is user-friendly and fun to navigate, according to Braun. For your convenience, recipes are classified in four different categories depending on the difficulty level. On the left side of each dish name, you’ll find a letter icon that represents the skill level. D = Dorm: uses the least amount of ingredients, and is the easiest method. A = Apartment: requires more effort, more appliances and utensils and perhaps more kitchen space. K = kitchen: this type uses a large variety of utensils and ingredients, as well as a wider kitchen area to work. It uses the most complicated techniques if you live in a dorm or an apartment. F = Fast food, redefined: This is where you re-use ingredients easily found in the dining hall to make a new meal. “Students from any college or university are welcome to submit their recipes, or request me to come up with a specific recipe. I love a good challenge,” Braun said. Some of the most popular recipes at the moment are those based on the current season of “Glee.” Braun even shows Gleeks how to throw their own Glee watch party. When asked if Braun was a Gleek, she replied: “I could try to play it cool, but I’ll be honest: I’ve seen every episode. I don’t own any Glee memorabilia, but I think creating Glee-themed foods earns me that title.” Braun realized that there were many others who were self-proclaimed Gleeks, so, she gave recipes and specific instructions for throwing a “Glee watch party.” She felt that just about anyone could relax after a stressful day at school or work, and at the same time, share with friends some delicious Glee-inspired foods prepared at home. “It becomes something that people look forward to, since we can all pig out, enjoy the show, then dish on it afterwards.” Braun suggests to buy black and red streamers to celebrate McKinley high’s school colors, and play games such as “Guess the Gleek” or Glee trivia. On the website, there are a variety of dishes that you can make that are healthy, simple to prepare and are easy on your wallet. Some of the Glee themed dishes are based on jokes and foods referenced in the show. For instance, “Glee ‘Social Hierarchy’ Strawberry Slushies” and “Rachel Berry’s Gold Star Grilled Cheese,” are current favorites along with many others.

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Ingredients: - 2 tablespoons butter - 1 cup coconut - 3 cups Chocolate Cheerios - 5 ounces (1/2 bag) of mini-marshmallows Time commitment: 15 minutes to prepare, 20 minutes to cool Steps (makes one 9x9 tray of thick treats; about 9-12 pieces): 1. Unwrap the butter and put it in the mircowave-safe bowl, then microwave it for 30 seconds. While the butter melts, measure out the appropriate amounts of marshmallows, cereal and coconut. 2. Next, pour the marshmallows in with the melted butter and mix the two around, coating the jet-puffed delights with butter. Stick ‘em back in the microwave for another 25 seconds. When you’re done, stir them around. If the butter and marshmallows have fully melted and combined into a fluffy, white goo, you’re ready for step 3. If not, put the mix in for another 25 seconds and repeat the process until it’s ready. 3. Pour the Chocolate Cheerios and coconut into the large mixing bowl, then carefully dump the marshmallow goo on top of it. (And yes, ‘goo’ is the proper culinary term.) Use the spoonula to mix everything together. 4. Now, grab that sheet of wax paper and cover your casserole dish/baking sheet/ brownie tin/whatever. Pour the treat mixture inside, spreading it evenly throughout the dish, and stick it in the refrigerator to cool for 20 minutes. In the meantime, wash your dishes so the goo doesn’t permanently adhere itself to the bowls!

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Ingredients: - 6-7 strawberries, fresh or frozen (plus a couple for garnish, but that’s optional) - 1 & 1/2 cups tropical fruit juice (I used Tropicana’s Orange Peach Mango) - 8-9 ice cubes - 2 packets (or 1 tablespoon) sugar Time commitment: 5-10 minutes Steps (makes 4 small smoothies): 1. Wash all of the strawberries and chop off the green, leafy tops. 2. Next, slice them in half and pour the sugar on top of them to sweeten the strawberries. 3. Pour 1 & 1/2 cups of tropical fruit juice into the blender, then add in the ice cubes and the sugar-coated strawberries. 4. Blend it on medium to medium-high for about a minute or two, until the ice has broken down to a smoothie consistency.

As each person enters the room, tape a notecard to his/ her back with a Glee character’s name on it. Then, once everybody’s there, have guests ask each other yes or no questions to see who can figure out their character first. (You choose the reward — it could be for bragging rights, the best seat in the house or the ability to splash a slushie in the face of whoever guesses last!)

glee trivia Before the party, think of as many obscure facts and moments from Glee‘s 14-episode history, and write ‘em on scraps of paper. Then, you can play judge leading up to the show. Or you can visit a Glee trivia site. Watch party games courtesy of Collegiatecook.com.


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he Social Network is supposedly a movie about Facebook, the creators of Facebook and how they ended up suing each other for millions of dollars. By the end of the film, the movie transcends into something much more, a general comment about why people search to be accepted and how Facebook has altered our entire generation. At its core, it follows the creators of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin, best friends, as they take a journey from being Harvard students trying to enter the â&#x20AC;?Final Clubs,â&#x20AC;? to finally suing each other for obscene amounts of money. The Facebook movie isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about Facebook at all; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the acceptance of others we all yearn for, and the reality that we are all searching for something bigger than ourselves, the happiness that comes along with feeling accepted. Mark Zuckerberg is the man who created Facebook and has social problems. This is made very clear in the beginning scene of the film when Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girlfriend breaks up with him, because he is a jerk â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or at least he comes off as one. His now ex-girlfriend explains to him that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be successful, and rich. But youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to go through life thinking that girls donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like you because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a geek. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be true. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an ass hole.â&#x20AC;? Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problem doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come from him being a jerk, he just comes off that way because he has a slight stink of superiority about him. Mark is a genius who just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the mechanics of social interaction. Basically he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to be emotional. Mark is a logical and reasonable person, but logic and reason doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help a person in complex emotional issues such as life, friendship, and be-

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances, The Social Network is a riveting, ambitious example of modern filmmaking at its finest. 97%â&#x20AC;? - Rotten Tomatoes

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liefs. This is just the start of Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems. After his girlfriend broke up with him, he drunkenly creates an online rating system for Harvard women which lands him in trouble with the university. Eventually after a series of random occurances, Mark creates The Facebook. Now, Mark has to deal with the rise in popularity he is given from his creation, the people who want to be a part of this billion dollar idea, and the unbelievable amount of money he makes, while a crew of people tries to sue him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Social Networkâ&#x20AC;? shakes itself from scene to scene showing Mark and the people suing him in a somewhat court room drama, cutting from scenes of them at Harvard, to a high class law firm in California. The movie is at its best when root-

ed in these emotional court scenes showing Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s placid face, and these people emotionally stabbing Mark in the heart, while they try to take all of his money. This is a film that defines a generation, not only from the point of view of the awkward man who created this generation changing website, but to the characters who come along and showcase the level of social interactions that go into this film. The Facebook movie is about the creation of Facebook. But through the eyes of Mark Zuckerberg, we see a society filled with people who just want to be accepted. Now that Mark has made the whole social experience available online, our deepest levels of social interaction are available at the click of a button, and the statusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that Facebook users so inherently use.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It hurtles through two hours of spellbinding dialogue. It makes an untellable story clear and fascinating. 4/4â&#x20AC;? - Roger Ebert â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Social Networkâ&#x20AC;? takes place in the recognizable here and now, though there are moments when it has the flavor of science fiction (it would make a nice double bill with â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Matrixâ&#x20AC;?) even as it evokes 19th-century narratives of ambition.â&#x20AC;? - Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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eaves changing colors, cool, windy weather and preparing for Halloween are only a few things that indicate the coming of the fall season. But if you want to literally taste fall, there are a few limited edition drinks and treats available around the area. Celebrate the fall season with these pumpkin-inspired drinks and treats. Hurry now, for a limited time only.

Pumpkin Spice Latte At Starbucks, the fall classic is welcomed back. The Pumpkin Spice Latte brings spice to the season. This hot or cold beverage served with or without whipped cream has a great blend of pumpkin, cinnamon and a hint of spice flavors. The taste is smooth and creamy and has little or no aftertaste that coffee usually gives off (for those non-coffee drinkers.) For a mild, yet tasteful start to the fall season, try Starbuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pumpkin Spice Latte for only $3.87 for a tall at the school library.

Pumpkin Smash Jamba Juice offers a cooler, creamier treat for the fall season, their seasonal Pumpkin Smash smoothie. This cold smoothie has real pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors all blended together in a dairybased smoothie enriched with calcium and protein. The taste of pumpkin is very strong, with just a small hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. For a stronger pumpkin flavor and colder, creamier beverage, try Jamba Juiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pumpkin Smash for only $4.40 in the Student Union.

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Lastly, we have Ritaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pumpkin Pie Cream Ice and their Pumpkin Pie Blendini. Their Pumpkin Pie Blendini had vanilla custard, pumpkin pie cream ice and vanilla wafers. This treat is sure to satisfy the sweet tooth with its cool, creamy custard, the crunchiness of the wafers and the sweetness of the pumpkin pie ice; a nice â&#x20AC;&#x153;blendiniâ&#x20AC;? of pumpkin and cinnamon. For a cool, sweet treat, try Ritaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pumpkin Pie Cream Ice or Pumpkin Pie Blendini for only $3.91 for a small at Gulf Coast Town Center.


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alloween is just around the corner and many celebrate in different ways. Some celebrate by going to haunted houses, watching scary movies, going to costume parties or trick-or-treating. But whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Halloween without some yummy treats and sweet candy? Here are some simple, healthier Halloween snacks and treats that one can make right at home. The first healthy treat you could look into is Gingerbread Skeletons. Ingredients include gingerbread cookie dough and white frosting. To make these cookies, punch out shapes from the cookie dough using cat and gingerbread-man cookie cutters. Then bake and let them cool. Once the cookies are cool, lather on the frosting to make it look like bones and your done. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as simple as that. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cute, crispy treat too. A second treat to try are Apple Bites. Ingredients include apples of any color and slivered almonds. First, just quarter and core an apple. Then, cut a wedge from the skin side of each quarter. Lastly, press the slivered almonds in place to look like teeth. Tip: If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not serving these right away, baste the apples with orange juice to prevent them from browning. The third treat is the Witchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hat Cupcake. Ingredients include 24 cupcakes in any flavor mix, orange frosting, 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon of shortening, Bugle

Corn Snacks, and chocolate-covered mints or cookies. After baking the cupcakes according to the directions on the box of cake mix, frost the cooled cupcakes with orange frosting. Second, melt the chocolate chips and shortening into the microwave. One at a time, dip the bugles into the melted chocolate, using a spoon to help coat them completely. Then, set each bugle on a chocolate-covered mint or cookie. Lastly, chill the hats in the refrigerator for 10 minutes and then place each hat on top of a cupcake. For these recipes and some more fun, Halloween treats to try, go to www.familyfun. go.com/recipes. For those who would much rather eat candy, we have some healthier candy choices to Apple Bites suggest as well. In the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat This, Not Thatâ&#x20AC;? by David Zinczenko, David shares with us some healthier Halloween candy options. Candies on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat Thisâ&#x20AC;? list include: Skittles (fun size) at 80 calories, Tootsie Caramel Apple Pop at 60 calories, PayDay (fun size) at 90 calories, Whoppers (6 pieces) at 60 calories, and 3 Musketeers bar (fun size) at 70 calories. On the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not Thatâ&#x20AC;? list, we have Starburst fruit chews (fun size) at 170 calories, M&M Minis (1oz tube) at 150 calories, Tootsie Roll (6 regular midges) at 140 calories, Brachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Milk Maid Caramels (4 pieces) at 160 and Candy Corn (22 pieces) at 140 calories. Now, when Halloween comes on the 31st, try some of these alternate candy options and yummy treats. Not only are these treats healthier for you, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re scary good too. Witchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hat Cupcakes Photos courtesy of Familyfun.com

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ff-the-shoulder, oversized sweatshirts are becoming more popular as the temperature drops. Now that the leaves are changing, the trend is much easier to wear comfortably. Luckily these adorable tops can be worn with almost anything. Wear them with a pair of cut-off shorts and strappy sandals to keep a summer theme. Put on a pair of skinnies and ankle boots with your oversized sweatshirt if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready for fall. You can find a great off-the-shoulder sweatshirt for only $18.90 at Nordstrom.com. But, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a more â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flashdanceâ&#x20AC;? look, just go to a thrift store and pick up a plaincolored, oversized sweatshirt. Cut off the collar and top of the sweatshirt to your liking and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got your authentic 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look.

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FGCU: How green are we? By Taryn Kerber Staff writer

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GCU claims to be a green school. Yet in all honesty, it seems to be a disguise. I can put a recycling bin in my dorm and say it’s green just as easily as a little girl can put on a dress and say she’s a princess. Simply because our school implements a Taryn few things like recycling bins Kerber and the use of solar energy, that doesn’t mean we can declare we are a “green” school. It’s a full on commitment to maintain a sustainable lifestyle. I think the attempts are commendable, but what about the styrofoam take-out containers floating in the pond outside of Sovi? Styrofoam is a great insulator for containing foods, but what happens when you’re done with it? It is not biodegradable-which means it never breaks down and will continue to accumulate along the coast and along waterways all around the world. Styrofoam also can’t be recycled. The HFCs (hydro fluorocarbons) involved in manufacturing it have been negatively impacting our environment and global warming for years. The affects of these chemicals lingering in our drinking water is still unknown. If our school is so environmentally friendly, shouldn’t we have more environmentally safe products for the thousands of students who attend our school to use? Plastic containers work just as well for take out. They may not insolate as well and the chemicals involved in producing them are also pollutants, but they are recyclable and are less harmful to our environment. This is also a problem for wildlife. The alligators who live in the pond with the styrofoam, are fed by students who decide to ignore the signs and laws prohibiting the act. If alligators no longer feared humans, they will be considered a nuisance. Then the innocent creatures will probably be removed or terminated. What was thought to be a guiltless nourishment gesture will turn into an act of inadvertent homicide. Our school should employ a stronger means of security for the wildlife that lived on this land first. Obviously what has been implemented isn’t enough. Education is the key. If students don’t know the risks or see the effects, no one will ever learn the dangers of their decisions. Alligators have tiny brains, as do many of the other animals that surround us. Just like

humans they learn their behaviors. By throwing food into the water, or out our car windows, we are teaching bad habits. They learn to go to that area for a convenient meal just as we go to McDonalds. I recently visited Pine Jog Elementary, a ‘green’ school in Palm Beach County, and I noticed they have signs throughout the school telling why certain practices are in place to promote energy conservation. The school also uses a dashboard computer system to show the children how much energy has been saved on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. FGCU could benefit from using better signage to promote our green initiatives. It could instill long term sustainable practices and help students become aware of plans the school has in place. In addition, knowing how we are improving the environment and ways of advancing that could motivate the students to become more involved. When I first visited our campus, I fell in love with how clean the grounds were. Now when I walk outside, I see trash and debris. What do potential students think when they come to visit? Is a filthy campus what we want to promote? We should be putting forth an effort to throw away our garbage and clean up after ourselves. Our mommies aren’t here anymore to clean up after us, we are on our own and it’s time to start taking care of our essential assets. I think everyone could benefit from hugging a tree and committing to going green. Someone once told me saving the environment is just as greedy as not helping. We are a selfish species and constantly think of ourselves. Lets use our selfishness to realize if we don’t take care of this place we call home today, we may not have one tomorrow. At the rate we’re going, our days are numbered. Once humans are gone it will only be a matter of time before the planet regenerates itself to its natural beauty. It makes more sense to work together with our earth so we can live in harmony with a beautiful planet and continue to exist. Fully committing our school may be only one step, but it takes taking that first step to walk a mile. Eventually we could accomplish a marathon. Do something that is more important than just being you. Let’s stand together, let’s work together, and let’s go “green.” Taryn Kerber is a freshman majoring in hospitality management and plans on becoming an event planner. She has a creative and outspoken mind. Taryn is also an environmentalist and is out to save the world, one good deed at a time. She believes, deep down, everyone is good.

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Thoughtless, selfish comments frustrate ByAndrew Friedgen Staff writer

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ne thing that I will never be afraid to admit is that I’m often embarrassed to be a citizen of this country. Sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night with a thin film of sweat on my brow and can only think of the cacophonous fountain of misinformation that flows from Glenn Beck’s rancid mouth or the leagues of mostly left-slanted bloggers who like to use the word “nazi” to describe politicians that they don’t agree with. Actually, I don’t really wake up sweating, but it does Andrew call attention to a recent Friedgen development in the past few years. Obama’s presidency seems to have awakened a firestorm of half-founded opinions among the general populace. I remember walking into my high school the day after voting and hearing “it’s called the ‘White House’ for a reason” come from the mouth of one of my peers and facepalming— perhaps the greatest facepalm I have ever done. I come to propose a simple idea: maybe, just maybe for once we should all shut the heck up and listen to others’ before we run around spouting what we think. I realize the irony of an opinion writer saying this which is why, yes, you can of course take what I have to say in whatever size dose of salt you wish. I’m not talking merely about political passions, either, as we, especially the younger crowd, tend to speak in preconception and stereotypes instead of hearing what a person has to say. I’m kind of “the quiet kid” in class. I usually don’t speak unless called upon and I usually don’t offer my two cents unless asked for that either. I enjoy hearing people’s stories and

thoughts a lot more than my own. But I don’t really see this reverence repeated in many other people. Maybe I’m blowing things out of proportion. Maybe our media is showing us a polarized view of how loud-mouthed we can be. I sought out the opinion of a Canadian friend of mine, Alex Hicks, to give me a fish bowl view point— he’s on the outside looking in. “Apparently a lot of Americans believed George W. Bush when he said ‘Sadam is addicted to weapons of mass destruction’ or something to that effect, and from an outside perspective, believing that is kind of funny. My views of America are that yes, it is a bit more conservative and close minded than some other nations, however, it’s not quite as bad as the media would have us outsiders think it is,” Alex opinioned. The phrase “close minded” sticks out amidst his words. Are we, as a nation, so inclined to our own opinions that we stick our fingers in our ears and yell “la la la la I can’t hear you” when someone tries to discuss something out of our comfort zone? Mention the words “health care reform” or bring up Reaganomics to a group of liberal democrats and see what happens. Perhaps these are unfair examples to use, though. But I feel that regardless, maybe we do need to just chill out. Instead of shutting down anyone whose political ideology disagree with ours, maybe we should just have a friendly discussion. Instead of dismissing an aging guy as “some old man,” maybe we should show interest in what stories he has to tell from being alive longer than us. Just some suggestions, though. Feel free to not listen to me. Andrew Friedgen is a freshman majoring in psychology. He has written dozens of short stories and is currently working on a novel. He feels that writing is an organic, dynamic beast that can be as much a teacher as a talent.

Adulthood includes cleaning after yourself By Mandie Rainwater Staff writer

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hhh, college. The great growing up experience many of you look forward to all of your academic careers. There is so much going on that your senses are overloaded with sights and sounds. You attempt to balance classes and extracurricular activities, and at first lean toward the extras. You want to feel the adrenaline as you pledge Greek life and feel the surging sense of accomplishment as you join a group or a club. All of these things are great ways to explore who you are and what you want to be when you up. I find it extraordinary Mandie grow the number of students who Rainwater give of their time freely to clean up rivers, oceans, old landfills, or some other nasty blight on society. But with this I ask of you all, when will you clean up after yourselves? Part of fleeing from the nest your caregivers have created for you is taking on responsibility for your own actions. That even means when you shoot a three pointer at a trash can and miss, going over and picking up the trash and putting it in the can. There are no maids at this school that I know of; but if there is, please tell me and I will uproot my family and move into a dorm room! I have never seen this campus so littered and nasty. “But someone is being paid to clean it up, I am creating job security!” If this is what you are tempted to say, please hold your breath. Ladies, this next part is for you, I have yet to walk into a restroom this semester and see that it is clean. According to my source in plant services, there has been no reduction in janitorial staff. That leaves only one logical conclusion: some ladies are filthy. And guys, don’t think I assume your restrooms are any cleaner, while I may avoid going into them, I do have a son, I can make my own assumptions. What is so hard about putting paper towels in

the trash, including the bits that tear off because the new dispensers are garbage too? Is it really that difficult to flush after yourself? “Well, that’s just the bathrooms.” You might be thinking, but as I sit outside Einstein’s I see litter stuck in the grass and witness a Subway wrapper dancing in the breeze as it has been for the last 30 minutes. I have also seen a hundred different people walk by it. Someone else even just kicked it out of the way. It may not be our trash, but would it kill any of us to pick it up? I see custodians riding around trying to pick up after us. The staff is trying, but we are quickly overwhelming their efforts. They have to keep up not just the grounds, but classes, offices, and other buildings. “Mom, I can’t stand him, he is such a slob! I have to get a better roommate next time!” This is what I overheard from conversation in the privacy of the hallways of AB3. Why not take a few extra moments between studies and all of these new found freedoms and pick up after yourself? I am asking you for your roommate, who will remain quiet the rest of the school year so they won’t rock the boat. No one wants to wash your dishes, pick up your smelly socks, or clean the sink out after you have shaved. Common courtesy is more than please and thank you, it’s thoughtfulness and consideration of those around you. Ascension to adulthood is more than growing older and achieving academic milestones. It’s about evolving into a more conscious person and learning that you have more of an impact than you know. When you hear things like one person can make a difference, remember that impact can be either bad or good. Make your impact a positive one, keep up with yourself, clean up your messes, and show others that you respect their space too. Ahh, adulthood, ain’t it grand? Mandie Rainwater is a sophomore. She is majoring in secondary education with a focus in social sciences. She is married with two children and is an active volunteer for C.A.R.E.S. Suicide Prevention. She is a contributing author to “UnspOILed: Writers speak for Florida’s Coast” and has been featured in the Southeast Online Review.


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Mental health options readily available By Chelsea Seeley Staff writer

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t is apparent that attempted suicides have risen in the past year or so. With the economy failing and people out of jobs, the mess has only been added to. Then we have kids cyberbullying and bullying in person; it has gotten out of hand. For those who have been around others who have had suicidal thoughts, you know how difficult it can be to see Chelsea someone think there is no hope. Seeley There is one thing many have forgotten that will help save peoples’ lives: the Baker Act. This is designed so that family members, physicians, or law enforcement can transport a depressed or suicidal person to a facility to receive help. This has saved many lives, but I fear it is being forgotten or overlooked. The Baker Act is a means of any person who feels they have a family member, friend, or in doctors’ cases, a patient, who is seriously considering taking their own life, to have the troubled person put under a 24 hour watch. After the observation, the patient is provided with treatment if needed. A person cannot be held over 72 hours with no sign of mental instability. There is also a voluntary Baker Act useful to those over 18. The person surrenders themselves to obtain help. Most people who aren’t Baker Acted of their own free will tend to put up a fight which can make Baker Acting very difficult. The Baker Act in Florida is provided by 46 hospitals spanned through the state. I am disappointed by this number. There needs to be more involvement in all hospitals. A famous help group, To Write Love on Her Arms, was founded because a girl suffering from addiction and depression was denied treatment by a hospital because she was too much for them to handle. She

ended her life needlessly when she had tried to seek an outlet. It saddens me to realize that there are hospitals that allow this to happen. It is important to remember that the Baker Act needs to be used in extreme situations. It is for those who we fear really are going to take their own lives, not for the ones who just say they will. There is a big difference between the two, but neither can or should be taken lightly. If you or a loved one considers taking their life, seek help immediately. Be it talking them down over the phone, being with them in person, or contacting a 24 hour suicide help line like CARES suicide prevention service, attention must be given to anyone with troubling thoughts. When faced with a situation like depression or suicide, there is a feeling of having no control. Someone may also feel helpless in aiding their loved one. This is wrong! You can always help, and the Baker Act is one option. Of course, there is a chance the person could become upset with you, but at least they would be alive and angry. There’s always a risk you take in getting your loved one back to the safety of being a happy person, a person who wants to live their life regardless of the struggles they face. They will realize that you loved them so much you obtained help for them. Hopefully after your act, they will never question their value again. If you or someone you know is experiencing a hard time and you are concerned for the safety of yourself, them, or others, it is advised that you seek out help from CAPS on campus counseling services, or judicial affairs. CARES Suicide Prevention in Lee county can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK. Chelsea Seeley is a freshman majoring in elementary education. Her goal is to eventually receive her master’s in special education. Chelsea has been writing for public audiences for more than four years. She loves how writing can be a true expression of your personality.

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Don’t ask don’t tell steals LGBT rights By Ashley Scott

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ays are morally corrupt individuals obsessed with fashion, art, and sex. They live on a diet of Skittles, Star bucks, and stem cells of unborn fetuses. They are skilled manipulators, and are completely unfit for military service. Contrary to what some people may think, members of the LGBT community are actually excellent soldiers, which leads me to ask: is the United States so shallow that sexual identity is more relevant than fighting for our country? The recent vote against repealing Don’t Ask Don’t tell (DADT) was a slap in the face for everyone regardless of gender preference. As Stephanie Mold, president of FGCU’s Gay Straight Alliance said, “High five U.S. Senate for not repealing DADT. Now that you’ve stolen my rights, would you like my identification too? The clothes off my back? My left leg maybe?” Think about it. If you’re drowning in the middle of the Atlantic do you really care if the male Coast Guard swimmer kisses boys? Your first reaction is help me; I have a mom, a brother a best friend, save me! The Coast Guard swimmer wants you to save him too, and not only his job but his reputation—maybe even his life. Before Don’t ask Don’t tell ‘’blanket parties’’ took place in which service officers would cover suspected gays head with a blanket and beat them, occasionally to death.

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here can you go on campus to fly to the moon, sing in front of millions of people on American Idol, and meet the love of your dreams all in one night? The answer is FGCU’s newly founded RSO (registered student organization), the “FGCU Improv Club.” I was once told by a drama coach in high school that, “Acting is living truthfully in imaginary circumstancJeffrey es.” This quote applies perfectly to the goals that the Haut FGCU Improv Club is trying to achieve. Do I have your attention? I recently attended a meeting of the club and would like to share my experience. The structure of an improv club meeting begins like the script of a “Who’s Line is it Anyway” show. There is a warm-up act, 2-3 improv games, and a finishing scene. When I attended, the club started their meeting by playing “Freeze.” In this game two people start a skit, and when someone in the audience feels they have something to contribute, he/she yells “Freeze.” The person taps the shoulder of someone in the scene, and the newcomer continues the skit where it left off, frequently driving it in a new direction. The next game played was entitled “Taxi.” The game had 4 participants: a driver who starts the game by driving, and three passengers who enter at various intervals. The point is that the passengers have different personas, which the driver (and all persons in the skit) take on when a new passenger enters the cab. Last week they had a southerner, a pregnant woman, a mafioso and a diva. This game can be difficult because it forces all actors in the skit to take on multiple personas in one scene. However, for regular attendees, this is not something too difficult to achieve. Then there was a game called, “Scenes from a Hat” where actors acted out a random scene which was conceived before the meeting by drawing pieces of paper from a hat. I was a participant in this game, and played the role of a patron at a restaurant

who received less-than-par treatment from his waiter. Finally, the club played a game which “Who’s Line is it Anyway” is most known for—Bachelor/Bachelorette. There are four participants in this skit: an eager bachelor looking for a date, and three bachelors/bachelorettes with strange personas. The game concludes when the bachelor/bachelorette correctly identifies the persona the guests have. A few examples may include: a person with a foot fetish, Michael Jackson, Sean Connery as James Bond, a male cheerleader, a person with a nervous tick or a person who dislikes blinking. This game carries the largest amount of laughs and humorous situations of any of the games I have seen. I was overwhelmingly impressed with the acting skills of this group of very diverse and talented people. Most importantly, I was impressed with how nurturing all the members are. I was involved in drama when I was in high school, so I am fairly comfortable on stage; however, many members of the club were not. The leadership in the club is very accommodating to the first time jitters of non-theatrical students—not for too long though. Newcomers are only given the chance to observe once or twice before literally being thrust into the spotlight. Not to worry though, if a participant gets stage fright, someone in the audience will be quick to call “scene” and let the actors off the hook. This organization allows its participants to be somebody who they aren’t for a short while. The freedom that comes with acting is very invigorating. If this sounds something you would be interested in, the Improv Club meets at 8:00pm on Thursday nights in Whitaker Hall, Room 101. For clips of last week’s performances, please visit Eagles News’s website at www. eaglenews.org and scroll down to the multimedia area of the page.

Jeffrey Haut is a sophomore majoring in political science. He plans to attain his law degree from a Florida university after he graduates. He is a member of Kappa Sigma and feels that leadership is the truest test of one’s character.

In other countries there is a no sexual harassment policy regarding gays in the military. In fact of the 26 North Atlantic treaty Organization countries more than 22 permit LGBT military personnel. More than 22! In 1993, the year that Don’t ask don’t tell was established, research psychologist Dr. Gregory Herrick of the University of California stated, ‘’there is no evidence of disruption when gay men and women serve in the military.’’ Right now, there are probably thousands of LGBT soldiers serving our country. Have there been any issues? No. Under don’t ask don’t tell LGBT individuals must have secrecy from their fellow officers creating a troubled military system with false trust. They must change pronouns, and hide who they are. Yet they have chosen to risk their lives for our own. Sadly, the main reason that gay men and women are discriminated in the military is due to immaturity. People are afraid that working in close combat with gays will result in highlights, and better dancing skills via Ellen DeGeneres. It’s 2010, and the idea that homosexuals have cooties is so eighth grade. (If you are concerned about catching them you most likely are already infected.) In the end, I believe that once a new study emerges about gays in the military, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will indeed be repealed. However, until then the witch hunts will continue. I am not ashamed to be a part of the LGBT community, I am ashamed to be a part of such a backwards American society.

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Could Kindles solve textbook dilema? By Collin Llewellyn Staff writer

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ack in my hometown of Clearwater, FL, the local high school recently passed out the Amazon Kindle to over 2,000 students. For those of you who are not familiar, the Kindle is an electronic reading device which can upload books instantly via the internet, has a built in dictionary, audio option and memory for electronic notes. The Kindle is smaller than Collin Llewellyn the I-pad, but comfortably larger than the Iphone. So, now I am curious, would life be better as an English major if the Kindle was provided? Let’s consider each argument: Surely if a school in the shambled Florida public school system can afford to pass out Kindles, perhaps a minimal spike in tuition, or an option to do so, could provide a Kindle to a reading-intense major? If FGCU wanted to provide Kindles to english, education, and perhaps history majors (sorry sciences, I don’t think textbooks would be ideal for this device,) how many of us would be willing to pay an extra 50 dollars to hold the latest technology in our hands? This is assuming funds are allocated from other sources; we buy in bulk so the prices are low- and that we are even charged at all. Think about it. No more bookstore lines, no more waiting for packages. You could order all of your books and receive them all at the same time. Not to men-

tion prices for an electronic book are much cheaper. You wouldn’t have to lug around a bag full of five to eight novels as you trekked from class to class. I know my right shoulder bears the load on Mondays when I have all my English classes. What would keep us away from the idea of electronically updating our majors? Aside from the money, I personally run into one more conflict: the book itself. I personally love holding the book, placing it on my shelf with all of my other books, picking it up and flipping through the pages, the smell of a new or used book. I love scribbling notes down, or words I do not know so I can look them up after I am done reading. The way technology is moving it sure makes things more convenient. But is it completely necessary? I would wait in line (or for my Amazon package) if it meant my books will be on my shelf, waiting for me to revisit like an old friend,instead of on a memory card. Carrying a heavy Shakespeare Complete Anthology around when we could just carry a Kindle instead, buying electronic books for $2.39 instead of $20.00. That sounds more appealing. It doesn’t look like this is in our near future. It seems if one had the option to use the Kindle for certain classes and buy books for another, it could be a great system to put into place. I know that I would still buy hard copies of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and other authors, but I wouldn’t think twice about electronically buying some selections as well. Collin Llewellyn is a sophomore. He is majoring in English. He is an RA in North Lake Village. Collin is passionate about living life fully and not wasting opportunities, especially chances to learn.

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By Associated press Cliff Lee added another impressive line to his growing October resume, putting the Texas Rangers on his back and carrying them into the AL championship series for the first time. Lee tossed another postseason gem and Texas won a playoff series for the first time, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Tuesday night in a decisive Game 5 on the legs of some daring baserunning. Lee struck out 11 in a six-hitter for his second win over Rays ace David Price in a series in which the road team won every

game â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a first in major league history. The Rangers will host the wild-card New York Yankees in the opener of the best-of-seven ALCS on Friday night. Texasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; previous three playoff appearances ended with first-round losses to New York, in 1996, 1998 and 1999. The teams split eight games during the regular season, with the Rangers winning the final four. Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning for Texas, which had been the only active major league franchise that hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t won a playoff series.

Lee improved to 6-0 with a 1.44 ERA and three complete games in seven career postseason starts, striking out 54 and walking six in 56 1-3 innings. The Rays had the ALâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best record this season, giving them home-field advantage in the playoffs. But they lost all three games at Tropicana Field, managing only two runs in the process. The Rangers said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first time the road team has won every game in a postseason series, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau. This also was the first time a division series went the full five games since the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Yankees in 2005. A pair of Rangers runners scored from second base on infield grounders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thanks to heads-up baserunning by Elvis Andrus and Vladimir Guerrero. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first playoff series victory in the 50-season history of the Washington/Texas franchise.


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Diving team has high hopes this season By Andrew Binninger Staff writer

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he hiring of first-year head coach Andrew Goe this summer signaled a greater emphasis on diving for the swimming & diving team. Goe watches over five divers: Bracaria Cole, sisters Kamryn and Karmen McNamara, Gabrielle Shaw and Alex Valder. Goe spent two years as the diving coach at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. During his time at Canisius, Goe coached both the men and women divers and assisted in travel planning, skill development and conditioning. Under Goeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s direction in 2009 and 2010, several women divers placed into the MAAC Championship finals on the 1-meter and 3-meter dive board. Goe also coached a Canisius diver who broke the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3-meter, 11 dive record in 2009 and another who went on to place in the top eight in the 1-meter at the Eastern College Athletic Conference meet. This summer, Goe served as a diving official for the Empire State games in addition to directing summer diving clinics. Goe was attracted to the quick rise of head coach Neal Studdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have gone from nonexistent to a powerhouse, Goe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a great team and I would not mind having a total of 6-8 divers. My divers now have great chemistry and are incredibly strong.â&#x20AC;? Teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong in diving nationally include Washington State University and Indiana University. As far as teams in the state of Florida, the University of Florida is very competitive. For the first time this year, FGCU participated in the AllFlorida Invite. Even though Goe was pleased with the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success, he would like FGCU to â&#x20AC;&#x153;eventually join the big three sports programs in Florida: UF, UM, and FSU.â&#x20AC;? One of the members of the diving team this year is Gabrielle Shaw. Shaw, a team captain, has been swimming since eighth grade, and has been a member of the diving team since her freshman year. At the All-Florida Invitational, Shaw led the diving portion of the meet for the Eagles with a 13th-place finish in the 1-meter dive board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My goals this year include sweeping the conference and going out with high scores at meets,â&#x20AC;?

Shaw said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diving has kept me on my toes and school and diving have kept me on path. This is a strong diving team regardless of the number of players that we have. Quality plays a role over quantity.â&#x20AC;? Upon graduating, Shaw would like to take some time off from swimming and hopes to coach a diving team one day. One of the newcomers on the diving team is freshman Bracaria Cole. Cole is from Daytona Beach and has been swimming since her sophomore year of high school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a freshman, it will be a challenge maintaining school and diving but I am looking forward to competing and would like to improve each year,â&#x20AC;? Cole said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diving is fun, but certain sacrifices have to be made. Working with the upperclassmen is motivating and working with them makes me want to work harder. It is also fun to hear the upperclassmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stories about their freshman year.â&#x20AC;? She has adjusted comfortably to her new environment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I came here because it is a good diving program and I am far from home,â&#x20AC;? Cole said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have good chemistry as a unit. Coach Goe is very upbeat and funny. But diving is not a career plan and one day I would like to be a nurse.â&#x20AC;? Another freshman on the team is Alex Valder.

Originally from Tampa Bay, Valder is in her fourth year of diving. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playing with girls who have been diving longer than me is a challengeâ&#x20AC;?, Valder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My expectations are that I would like to qualify for the NCAAs.â&#x20AC;? Last year, Valder placed sixth at the state meet in Orlando. She was also a three-time district champion, a four-year regional qualifier and two-year state qualifier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like diving because it is disciplinary,â&#x20AC;? Valder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It forces me to focus on school work and I try to have a routine. My favorite stroke is the back one and a half three meter which is a one and a half twist including a one and a half summersault.â&#x20AC;? This past weekend, the FGCU swimming & diving team continued their solid start to the 201011 season, dominating in-state rival FAU 170-114 at the at the FAU Aquatic Center. Gaby Shaw finished second in the 1-meter with a score of 247.50, while Karmin McNamara earned a second-place finish in the 3-meter competition with a 221.10.

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Lack of support causes Rays to lose home games By Eric Dellaratta Contributing writer

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he Rays had an embarrassing 12,446 people show up to a game where they had an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth in September. S h o r t ly after the game, third baseman Evan Longoria criticized the Tampa fans for not showing up to the game. L a t e r , Raysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ace Dellaratta pitcher David Price made a post on Twitter tha seemed to bash the fans for not showing up. Now, national media has hyped up the Rays attendance woes to bring up the interesting question that Price and Longoria want answered: Where are the fans? There are three major factors that greatly play into the Raysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shortage of support at Tropicana Field. Those three factors are legacy, economy and location. Baseball is driven by income. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough for small-market teams to retain their star players, because the teams that collect more revenue will drive up the price for those players. The Rays bank account isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nearly as big as some of the bigname teams out there. So if fans want to see their favorite stars on the field, they should start to fill the seats. The Tampa Bay area doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a great baseball legacy. This is only the Raysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 13th year in the MLB. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it; the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Devilâ&#x20AC;? Rays stunk.

Up until 2008, the Rays didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a winning season. They only have had three winning seasons in franchise history, and all three were in the last three seasons. So the Rays donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have the legacy like the Yankees or the Red Sox. The Tampa Bay area is full of retireeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from up north. That means they probably support the team from their hometown. Those people that migrated from the north arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just going to give up loving the teams that they support. Tampa just hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had the time to develop into a historic ball club. In a sense, this is the first generation of winning baseball in Tampa. We all know the economy has been bad for the awhile now. This economic downfall has hurt a lot of professional sports teams. But the Tampa area has been impacted greatly. The area has an unemployment rate of 12.4 percent as of January. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the highest itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been in 25 years. Many people are trying to spend less, instead of spending more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that a large part of the Raysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attendance problem is the economy,â&#x20AC;? freshman Tyler DeShaw, a health science major said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tampa isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a big corporate and media-hyped city like Boston or New York, so I think the word doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get out as fast about the team and their success.â&#x20AC;? Once the economy stabilizes, the Rays should see a steady increase in attendance regardless of the amount of wins the team has, or where the team is located. The Raysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ownership clearly wants out of St. Petersburg. A location more convenient

to the entire Tampa Bay area would seem to attract more spectators. More fans from Orlando, and other areas farther to the north would probably make the trip down I-4 to see the Rays. The first problem the Rays would have to deal with regarding a new stadium would be where to put the new stadium. Obviously, Raysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ownership doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel that southern Pinellas County is a suitable location for a Major League Baseball team. There isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much room to build elsewhere in Pinellas County, so the next in line would probably be in Hillsborough County. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putting the stadium on a waterfront location would attract more people to the games,â&#x20AC;? DeShaw said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But in order to be accessible to all of the Tampa Bay area, the stadium should be in a centralized location near a major highway.â&#x20AC;? The next dilemma would be the stadiums appearance and amenities. I think a stadium with a retractable roof would draw the biggest crowd. People do like outdoor aspect of going to a sporting event, but inthe thick of the summer with Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heat and rain, a roof has to at leastbe optional. A new stadium, at a new location would drive more fans to thegames. With the Rays going into the postseason as AL East champions, they are continuing to build a reliable fan base, but a change in location and a boost in the economy would give Rays fans no excuses to be absent from the games. Until then, the Rays will push for their first World Series victory in franchise history, no matter how many fans are in the seats.

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Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer earns first national ranking By Josh Siegel Sports editor

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf

Took first place at Mizuno Savannah Intercollegiate on Tuesday. Their three-round score of 844 is the second best 54-hole score in program history.

Volleyball

Face conference foes Kennesaw State and Mercer this weekend on Friday and Saturday respectively

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country

Sophomore Barrie Cohen led FGCU with her record-setting time for the third straight meet.

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cross country Freshman Argeo Cruz cut a minute off his record-setting time to lead FGCU to a 10thplace finish at the Walt Disney World Cross Country Classic.

Swimming & Diving

Dominated in-state rival FAU 170-114 at the FAU Aquatic Center on Saturday

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is words were met with a timid, staggered applause. He had brought a similar bravado when he oversaw a swift rise at Division 1 St. Bonaventure more than a decade earlier, leading a team that had won two games in the season prior to his arrival to a school record for most conference wins the following season, but this was different. The virgin program he would soon take over could take claim to nothing more then a single soccer field and a ripe soccer climate. FGCU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer fourth-year head coach Bob Butehorn, the only coach in the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, and the architect of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly minted nationally ranked edition (No. 24, 8-2-2), doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know why he said it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During a sponsorship banquet when I first came here, I told the audience that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be nationally ranked in the next three or four years, Butehorn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether I said it just to juice the crowd up or not, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know, but I said it.â&#x20AC;? In this instance, and in recruiting pitches to players, Butehorn sought more than a flimsy shock effect. The depth of his vision, and the persistence with which he sold it, ensured that his words would endure. Redshirt junior goalie Adam Glick says his coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disposition has stayed true throughout his tenure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach has always had a vision where we could beat the top contenders in the nation,â&#x20AC;? Glick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just that now people outside are starting to see it and realize it, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our job to show people we can continue to hang with the best of them.â&#x20AC;? Players and talent drive suc-

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cess in D1 athletics, and Butehorn needed both for his rhetoric to carry weight. He operated with an inherent disadvantage in that the NCAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s D1 four-year transition rule prevents FGCU from competing in postseason play until 2011, but used that fact as a crutch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When coach talked to me about coming here four years ago, I was impressed with how he handled himself,â&#x20AC;? Glick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He envisioned we would be a top 25 team, and then a top 10 team. I knew we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play in the post-season but that kind of made it exciting in that I would be a part of something new. Coach pitched it to me that I would be a part of that growth, which drew me in.â&#x20AC;? Butehorn understood that attaining prominence in the ruthless soccer world doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just happen. So he devised a precise plan that would get his team there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before anything I knew we had to play a tough out of conference schedule, which weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done

this year,â&#x20AC;? Butehorn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next, we had to beat some high-profile teams, win games that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re predicted to win and play well in conference. We got some credibility when we beat Ohio State (No. 9 at the time) and USF (No. 24 at the time).â&#x20AC;? While the wins and national ranking officially awakened the masses, Butehorn anticipated the makings of the rise four years ago. Before he took the job, Butehorn saw FGCU, with its infrastructure, resources and location, as an ideal match for his ambitious platform. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I took over at FGCU I felt like it at tremendous potential,â&#x20AC;? Butehorn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said to colleagues in the business, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where our ceiling is. If given a stadium one day and more practice fields I have no idea how far we can go.â&#x20AC;? His teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results since earning the ranking back such a largescope edict. Prepped for the frenzy that naturally followed, the Eagles have

won their last two games without allowing a goal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great we got the ranking, but guys really havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed much,â&#x20AC;? Glick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People want to come after us now. We have a target on our back but we have to try and keep building and work toward moving past No. 24 (ranking).â&#x20AC;? Butehorn has agonized over the aftermath process in his mind. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guarded against the possibility of subsequent failure, aiming to avoid the fate of frail oneand-doneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said to the players after we earned the ranking: I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want the ranking to just be taped on our back, I want it to be glued on tight,â&#x20AC;? Butehorn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You do that by living up to what people say about you. You either accept the challenge as our destiny or you become a fluke.â&#x20AC;? The hard part is over. Butehorn has pocketed an asset. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach will be able to sell future players on continuing what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already done to where we can be a top contender every year,â&#x20AC;? Glick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next year, with us having the opportunity to go to the NCAA (tournament) and with all this momentum, people will want to come here.â&#x20AC;? Early on, he was forced to draw in recruits with the emptiness of hopes and wishes. Now he can flaunt firm results, and promise the opportunity to sustain an already accelerated movement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were risks in the past with recruiting in that who you can attract changes,â&#x20AC;? Butehorn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now I can go after bigger named players because of what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done. Before, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get in the door of major recruits. Now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re calling me.â&#x20AC;?

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer season off to a hot start By Zach Gibbons Staff writer

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GCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team has improved to an 8-4-2 (5-0-2 conference) record. They have overcome a rough start by earning five wins and two ties in their last seven games, a stretch that has them ranked 61st Nationally. Two of their wins were against conference foes Mercer and Kennesaw State. Coach Jim Blankenship was pretty pleased about these wins, which left them 3rd in the A-Sun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mercer and Kennesaw have traditionally been the powers of the conference,â&#x20AC;? Blankenship said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anytime you can get wins against those programs it says a lot about your team. Everybody kind of uses them as the flagship for womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer in our conference. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty pleased. I thought the kids were pleased. We played well, and they were well-deserved results.â&#x20AC;? FGCU goalie Stephanie Powers, a junior majoring in communications, who has recorded five straight shutouts, understood the significance of the wins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those are two really big wins for us, especially when Mercer and Kennesaw State are usually the top dogs,â&#x20AC;? Powers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just went into the weekend knowing that we had to get two wins, and we did. We got our six points (toward the A-Sun Championship), and that was good.â&#x20AC;? Powers is not happy about the two ties on the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record though.

Junior goalkeeper Stephanie Powers goes airborne to make the save. Photo courtesy of FGCU Athletics

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean we do get one point out of it, but in the end those speed bumps could throw us off our goal, which is to win the conference,â&#x20AC;? Powers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sitting two points behind the first place team, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had two ties. So if we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have those ties, we could be in first place

right now.â&#x20AC;? Blankenship takes pride in his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10-game unbeaten streak in ASun play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pleased,â&#x20AC;? Blankenship said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids are proud of themselves, and what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to put together here. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only given up one goal in the

last eight or nine games as well. The kids are defensively really playing well. The kids are playing with a bit of confidence. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working hard to make sure it continues.â&#x20AC;? A run of wins can bring a let-up, however Blankenship is not worried. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe there is a false sense of security,â&#x20AC;? Blankenship said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously we want to be the best at what we do, so our goal is to win the conference championship. Right now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a place to steal our conference. There are only three games left. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s light at the end of the tunnel, and the kids can see it.â&#x20AC;? Powers will be counted on as one of the players who will have to maintain focus, as her position demands it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My job is definitely more mental,â&#x20AC;? Powers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game we only had four shots on goal, or four shots against me. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just really tough to keep focused and keep talking to everybody on the field, make sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re organized, and keep myself in the game.â&#x20AC;? Coach Blankenship feels that the toughest opponent in these final three conference games will be his team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think our toughest opponent is us right now,â&#x20AC;? Blankenship said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to just really stay focused, and concentrate on what has made us good. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a little banged up like everybody else at this time of year. This is about really understanding whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at stake, and the commitment from our group as far as training and preparation, and scouting our opponent. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set up well, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about us, and how bad we really want this.â&#x20AC;?

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