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Election Day is TUESDAY, NOV. 2 This election season has been one to remember as the campaigns have been competitive at best, contentious at worst. Two major elected jobs will be filled in Florida — governor and a U.S. Senate seat — and in an unusual twist,

neither the two gubernatorial candidates nor the three senatorial candidates are incumbents. Today, we meet two who seek to be governor. In our next issue, we’ll meet three who aspire to be Florida’s next senator. n Turn to page 6 to read more about the election issues


Jaron and the long road to Germain Jaron and the Long Road to Love performs at Bird Bash on Friday at Germain Arena. See A&L on page 11



CSI: FGCU is a possibility

Alex Sink

Rick Scott

At a proposed new research facility on campus, students would be able to re-create crime scenes.

n Education: BA, Mathematics, Wake Forest University n Professional Experience: State Fire Marshal, State of Florida, 2006-present; President, Bank of America; Teacher, mathematics n Organizations: Member, Beth El Farm Workers Ministry; Vice Chair, Florida TaxWatch; Board Member, Hillsborough Education Foundation; Member, Junior Achievement of West Central Florida; Member, Florida Chapter, Nature Conservancy; Member, Redlands Christian Migrant Association; Chair, Take Stock in Children; Board Chair, United Way of Hillsborough County

n Education: JD, Southern Methodist University; BS, Business Administration, University of Missouri, Kansas City n Professional Experience: Founder, Columbia Hospital Corporation; Founder, Solantic Corporation; Attorney, Johnson and Swanson; United States Navy n Organizations: Board Member/Co-Founder, Naples Community Church; World Vision, 1999-2003; National Board Member, United Way, 1997-2003; Founder, Conservatives for Patients’ Rights

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Women’s soccer aims for title


Party time on library lawn

Index News ....................... See page 3 A&E ......................... See page 10 Opinion ................. See page14 Sports .................... See page 18 Fun & Games ......... See page 17


he lake by the SoVi dining hall is home to a young alligator named Charlie. Due to the fact that students continue to feed him, he will now be taken away and killed. In the past, Charlie was relocated to a different pond on campus after students continually fed him. But Charlie found his way back to the SoVi lake through an underground tunnel system that connects all the lakes and ponds on campus. “Living at SoVi, I passed Charlie every day on my way to get food,” said Brad Sifrig, a freshman majoring in biology. “I felt a kind of connection with him and grew to think of him as a pet or mascot. It’s a shame he’s getting put down.” When students feed alligators, it causes the gators to lose their fear for humans, which can result in an attack on a student. For safety precautions, any gators who have been fed must be “destroyed.” please see CHARLIE on page 4

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80% (72) said YES 20% (18) said NO

Late student remembered for her love of work


See SPORTS on page 20

See OPINION on page 14

By Sofia Shepard Staff writer

By Megan Hoolihan Senior staff writer

The women’s soccer team has a shot to win the conference title on Saturday against Stetson.

Read an opinion about how more activities on the library lawn would stimulate the campus atmosphere.

Sorry, Charlie the SoVi gator

Eric Abin Junior English

Lindsay Leban Sophomore Hospitality management

Ty Sanders Senior Environmental engineering

“I think it’s important to vote, but for someone like me who hasn’t been keeping up, I don’t think I should have an opinion in this one. My dad just says, ‘Keep the Republicans out of office.’”

“I would like to vote, but I don’t feel well-informed enough to vote.”

“(Marco) Rubio and (Rick) Scott because I don’t see any of the other candidates having what I look for in a Florida candidate. I want someone new in office.”

ara Amsalem, who died in an Oct. 2 car accident, wasn’t your typical FGCU student. The Fort Myers resident, originally from Winchester, Ky., was a mother and mentor to other students who aspire to work in health studies. Amsalem was driving her two daughters on State Road 82 in Lehigh Acres when her Toyota Camry turned left into the path of a pickup truck. Amsalem was killed in the crash. Her 6-year-old daughter Mia was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital. Netta, Amsalem’s 10-year-old daughter, was taken to the Trauma Center at Lee Memorial Hospital. Both of the girls have since been released. The driver and two juvenile passengers in the pickup truck did not require hospitalization. Besides her daughters, Ansalem leaves a legacy that will live through a scholarship fund with her name. please see FARA on page 5


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Oct. 10, 2010, through Oct. 17, 2010 1) Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7:31p.m.: A student was reported to have been sleeping for 30 minutes in class and not able to be woken up. EMS was called and the individual was transported to Gulf Coast Hospital. The student smelled like alcohol and was suspected to be intoxicated. 2) Thursday, Oct. 14 at 3:34p.m.: A distressed caller reported they were stuck in an elevator in Garage 3. The caller advised that the elevator was moving up and down but the doors were not opening. An officer called back and reported that the door opened and the individual got out OK.

3) Friday, Oct. 15 at 11:41a.m.: A 4-foot black snake was spotted by the A.C. unit near South Housing building N. 4) Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1:06a.m.: Lee County Sheriff’s Office requested back up from UPD because they were responding to a large party in Miramar Lakes and suspected some FGCU students might run back to campus once the officers arrived. Another officer on campus was notified to watch for an influx of students in the NLV area. The house party attracted about 100 people, most of whom were believed to be FGCU students. The situation was handled and all was cleared.

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Wakeboarding Club: Competition on the lake

Boarders from six states to jump at FGCU tourney By Katie Egan Senior staff writer


GCU will host the Collegiate Wakeboard Southern Regionals at the waterfront on the shores of North Lake this weekend. The competition starts at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Rick Taurel, a senior majoring in business management, says the scoring strategy is different every year, so it has not been confirmed how the judges will score this competition. In the Nationals, three judges rated the wakeboarders on a 1-to10 scale, according to Taurel, who won the beginner’s division in the regular skill level last year. “Each trick is compared trickto-trick against other riders,� said Kevin Wipplinger, the winner of the individual competition in the Nationals last year. Wakeboarders are scored on intensity, composition, technicality and how well their routine flows together, Wipplinger said. According to Wipplinger, there is no individual competition this year. The divisions range from regular to intermediate, advanced and open.

Open is a free-for-all. Anyone is allowed to compete, no matter the skill level. Up to 15 wakeboarders may compete on one team in the Regionals and up to seven may compete on a team in the Nationals. Schools from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee will be participating. The top three teams from the Regionals will go on to compete in the Nationals. Wipplinger said he chose wakeboarding because it’s different — not a mainstream sport. The junior, who’s majoring in communications, has been wakeboarding for 13 years. He started in the third grade but didn’t get serious until the seventh or eighth grade. “I would definitely like to make something of it,� Wipplinger said. Taurel started wakeboarding when he came to FGCU two-andhalf years ago. He started spending more time at the waterfront and on the school’s wake boat. He didn’t realize how big wakeboarding was until he got to know a few more people in the area. So far, he’s competed in two

competitions. “The competition went as perfect as it could’ve gone,â€? Taurel said. His last competition was late last February in Gainesville in 40-degree weather. “The adrenaline kept me going,â€? Taurel said. The weather was a little different for Wipplinger last year in San Diego. He had just come off an injury before competing, tearing muscles in his shoulder and chest. “It was like a Cinderella story,â€? Wipplinger said. Wipplinger tries to ride six days a week, but says it’s tough to squeeze in with 30-minute time slots. The wake boat runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The Wake Club resumed in the fall of 2009. “It’s getting bigger every year. Most people don’t realize how fun it is ‌ and get started this way,â€? Taurel said. Practice is usually once a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and it’s open to all skill levels. “The club is open to everyone. Come to the waterfront and sign up!â€? Wipplinger said.

Wipplinger practicing on North Lake’s waterfront. Photo courtesy of Kevin Wipplinger

Tri Delta reshapes beauty with Fat Talk Free week By Katie Egan Senior staff writer


ri Delta urges women across the world to remove “fat talk� from their vocabulary for five days during the third annual Fat Talk Free Week from Oct. 18-22. “Fat talk� describes all of the statements made in everyday conversation that reinforce the unrealistic, thin-ideal standard of beauty and contributes to women’s dissatisfaction with their bodies, according to a press release. A 2003 study by Dr. Eric Stice found that just three to five minutes of fat talk can increase body dissatisfaction. “Negative body image isn’t a sorority issue, it’s a women’s issue and can affect so many,� said Sarah Williamson, director of Educational Initiatives for Delta Delta Delta at FGCU. “It is our goal that through Fat Talk Free Week, we can spread the message that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and that healthy looks different for everyone.� Tri Delta was founded upon the purpose of looking at a girl’s inner self rather than her outward appearance. Fat Talk Free Week directly correlates with this purpose. FGCU’s Tri Delta will be in the breezeway by BHG asking students to sign the Fat Talk Free Promise from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Thursday. On Tuesday Tri Delta hosted “Fat Talk Free Yoga� on the library lawn at noon. Participants received free smoothies with their workout. This year, supporters of the campaign can win a $1,000 Best Buy gift card by submitting their videos on how they are ending fat talk. The fan page is located at Video submissions will be accepted until Friday. The winner will be determined by voters and announced by Nov. 1. Fat Talk Free Week came out of the Reflections program cre-

Girls stretch their hamstrings during “Fat Talk Free Yoga� on the library lawn Tuesday. EN Photo/Taryn Kerber

ated in 2001 by Dr. Carolyn Becker of Trinity University. Becker got her inspiration from Dr. Eric Stice, who founded The Body Project, a cognitive dissonance eating disorder prevention program for high school students and adolescents. Tri Delta heard about Reflections in 2005 and pilot-tested Fat Talk Free Week at two universities. The sorority liked the program and formally launched Reflections in 2008. Reflections is not only done by Tri Delta chapters, but by many university Panhellenic communities and Greek programs as well. “Fat Talk will benefit university students because body dissatisfaction and ‘fat talk’ is

done by everyone,� said Jennifer Joyce, a Tri Delta member. Fat Talk is anything from “I’m so fat in this,� to “Oh, wow, you look great. Have you lost weight?� according to Joyce. “Telling someone they look great because they’ve lost weight isn’t demeaning, but it promotes the thin ideal that someone has to be thinner to look good,� Joyce said. The problem with that? “You also don’t know how they’ve been losing weight; they could be doing it by not eating or purging, which will just reinforce their thoughts that they need to lose weight,� Joyce said. “We are trying to get people to focus more on the health of a

person rather than the weight or size of their jeans,� Joyce said. According to Joyce, there are many ways that people can stop fat talk. One simple way is to not talk bad about your body or anyone else’s and sign the Fat Talk Free Week promise. Joyce also suggests talking with your friends about things you like about yourself and to focus on how your body parts help you. For example, “I’m so happy my legs are the way they are because they help me run.� “When someone gives you a compliment, rather than objecting, just say thank you,� Joyce said.


percent of women would rather be hit by a truck than be “fat�


percent of women would rather be mean or stupid than “fat�


percent of women reported feeling depressed, guilty and ashamed of their bodies after three minutes of looking at models in a fashion magazine


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Eagle Games promises to be new tradition This semester, FGCU is starting a new campus tradition to accompany our current largest annual event, Eaglepalooza. Eagle Games, which will be held Nov. 19-20, will be a competition between participating registered student organizations (RSOs) battling for the first title of Eagle Games Champion. “(This is) really to get a lot of campus involvement and to start a new campus tradition,â€? said Julia Stulock, the Sport Club Coordinator. “Since FGCU is such a new university relative to other schools, we want to make sure students have a sense of tradition.â€? Each team must have 10 members: four must be females and extra points are given to teams with a full-time faculty or staff member. There’s a $10 registration fee for each person. Each participant receives a VIP front-row spot at Eaglepalooza, along with free breakfast, lunch and dinner and T-shirts. The team crowned the first ever Eagle Games Champion will receive trophies, plaques and other prizes that are still in the works. There will be eight events. Kickball Kickoff and Tug-of-War will start off the weekend on Friday. On Saturday, six events will be held in different locations: Minute to Win It, Knock Out, a Mystery Event, Trivia, Water Relay and Rock the Tot, which will be an eating contest held at Bar Louie. Times and locations aren’t finalized. All team members will have to participate in the Kickball Tournament, Tug-of-War, Rock the Tot and Trivia. The other events are optional, but a team without at least one member attending will lose points. The top two or three teams will battle in the final event, an obstacle course, on the night of Eaglepalooza. “This year, it might be a little bit on the smaller side, but ‌ I think there’s a lot of potential for growth down the road,â€? Stulock said. The deadline for RSO registration is Friday, Oct. 22. To sign up, go to CampusRec/7104.asp. If you have any questions, contact Stulock at (239)590-7332. — Eagle News staff


Junior Kylie Bellisari poses during a “Go Green “ photo shoot. Photo courtesy of Kera Holzinger

Gator continued from page 1

Essentially, in feeding an alligator, students sentence them to death. “It’s really sad. It’s humans’ fault that these animals have to die,� said Kristen Okolovitch, a junior majoring in English. “We should have more respect for animals and their habitats.� Florida Statute 372.667 states that it is a misdemeanor to feed alligators. If caught, the consequences can range from a $500 fine to disciplinary action by FGCU. Additionally, a group of students led by professors and environmental scientists Dr. Win Everham and Dr. Phil Allman are working on an alligator-tagging project. A calibration of students and professors will be working on a process through October and November where they tag alligators Charlie the alligator floats in the lake outside SoVi. EN photo/ Taryn Kerber around campus with yellow tape to keep track of them. “I began it at the beginning chased the tagging gear and on the safest way to capture the of last semester for my senior are hoping to start the captures animals. Okolovitch believes that the project,� said Sean Wilkin- this week. The team has past son, a senior and environmen- experiences capturing the al- feeding of alligators could postal studies major. “The red tape ligators, and they are in close sibly be prevented by educathas finally been cleared, traps contact with Florida Fish and ing more students on the conseWildlife Conservation Com- quences of such situations, and made, and tags ordered.� The students have now pur- mission experts, receiving tips by reminding them that the act

is illegal. Wilkinson’s senior project could help researchers keep track of the gators on the FGCU campus and to ensure that the necessary precautions are made to keep both the students and the animals safe.

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New research lab proposed that would let forensic students create crime scenes By Megan Hoolihan Senior staff writer


research facility that will enable students to re-enact crime scenes with human cadavers and to study them as they decompose in Florida’s subtropical climate was recently proposed by professors in the Criminal Justice department. The Environmental Forensics Facility would provide a safe and controlled environment to imitate crime scenes with medically screened human remains and to study how the unique environment here affects the natural process of decomposition. The human cadavers will be donated, pre-screened and medical grade to ensure safety. The facility will be used for hands-on studies that will benefit a variety of research fields, including anthropology, forensic science, psychology, mortuary science, genetics, pathology, entomology, botany, soil science, hydrology, ecology and biology. In addition to students, local and state federal law enforcement, medical examiner personnel, and forensic investigators may utilize the facility for the sake of crime re-enactments. FGCU staff and professors will also have access to the facility for class projects and field excursions. Classes that may utilize the facility for field excursions include Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, Introduction to Forensic Science, Introduction to Geophysical Imaging (GIS), Human Species Practicum, Principles of Archaeology, Forensic Psychology and Psychology. Dr. Heather Walsh-Haney, a professor in the Department of Justice who came up with the idea for this facility, proposed the idea based upon her experience at the University of Tennessee. The University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility is considered to be the original “body farm,� or place where human decomposition can be studied in a variety of settings. However, Walsh-Haney believes that Florida’s unique environment means that it has very different factors and

unique timelines for decomposition, and the proposed facility would offer a place for these timelines to be studied. “As a practitioner, I know that Tennessee’s environment could not accurately represent the timeline of decomposition,â€? she said. “By studying in the same type of environment in which the crimes are occurring down here, we can be sure we are estimating the right timeline and that we are identifying the correct perpetrators of the crimes.â€? The 15-acre facility will be located about six miles from FGCU campus. The area is ideal for the research facility due to its undisturbed environment, subtropical location, security and proximity to classrooms. Other suggested research uses for the facility include testing Fijian earth ovens; how funerary chemicals affect ground water, fauna, flora and surrounding soil; training methods to increase the success rate of a cadaver dog locating deceased individuals, and how the subtropical environment of Florida affects decomposition rates. Devon Dipentima, a junior majoring in biology, is a member of FGCU’s Anthropology Club and says that many educational opportunities would arise from the development of the facility. “Certificate-based field courses for continuing education may be developed based off of the facility, for example ‌ Bugs, Bones and Botany: A Unique Death Investigation Workshop.â€? Maryanne Wilson, a freshman majoring in legal studies, does not believe that the facility would be a positive addition to FGCU. “There is something ‘off’ San Diego Police and San Diego Community College Police investigate the scene of a hoabout letting students inter- micide outside the entrance of a restroom at San Diego City College on Oct. 13, San Diact with real human bodies as ego, Calif. AP photo they decompose,â€? she said. “This facility seems like in the next few weeks with pe“I think some students would be more interested in the it could give me hands-on re- titions for the facility’s developdead bodies than the learning. search that would apply direct- ment. “We encourage all who I know they are donated, but ly to my career goals. There is they’re still human bodies ‌ it no type of learning that could are interested in trying such seems wrong to make death so compare to the real-life expe- hands-on studies in a safe envirience this would offer,â€? Slater ronment to stop by the table and impersonal.â€? help the development of the EnPatrick Slater, a sophomore said. Dipentima says that stu- vironmental Forensics Facilimajoring in forensics, believes that this facility could greatly dents who support the facili- ty,â€? Dipentima said. enrich his educational experi- ty can take action to ensure its success. There will be tabling ence.

Fara continued from page 1 Amsalem was scheduled to graduate in December with a master’s degree in health science and a concentration in health services administration. She served as coordinator of health science programs for the Lorenzo Walker Technical High School in Naples. Her duties at Lorenzo Walker included overseeing the health and science programs, developing the curriculum, and hiring and training teachers. “She loved being very busy. Amsalem She was constantly going. ... She was very high energy. You would see her all over campus,� said Jeanette Johnson, principal of Lorenzo Walker, to Naples Daily News. “We’re stunned. She was 44 years old. You don’t expect something like this to happen.� In addition, Amsalem organized a short-term phlebotomy class to be taught at Lorenzo Walker. During her days at work, she also served lunch duty and as a substitute teacher. She was also secretary of the Association of Practical Nurse Educators of Florida. Amsalem graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from McNeese State University in Louisiana. Prior to teaching at Lorenzo Walker, Amsalem worked at the bedside as an oncology and cardiovascular nurse for almost a decade. “She loved riding horses and taking the girls to ride horses. She loved going to the beach with the girls,� Johnson told Naples Daily News. Amsalem was the second FGCU student to be killed in a car accident in less than two weeks, following freshman Morgan Crofton’s death in an Orlando accident on Sept. 23. A scholarship fund at Lorenzo Walker has been set up in honor of Amsalem. Memorial contributions may be made by contacting Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology at 239377-0900. Funeral services for Amsalem were held in Winchester, Ky., on Friday, Oct. 8.

nMemorial contributions can be made by contacting Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology at (239) 377-0900.


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WGCU manager-director honored for radio documentary depicting modern day slavery By Chealsye Bowley Staff writer


my Tardif, WGCU Radio station manager and news director, recently earned international recognition for her radio news documentary “Lucia’s Letter,� about modern day slavery. The documentary won the New York Festival’s 2010 Gold Medal Winner for Best News documentary/special. Tardif was the writer and producer for the program. “It felt great to finish it. I was very proud of it, and then to have international recognition for it ... . You never know that people are hearing it until you get feedback,� Tardif said. Some of the feedback Tardif received: “I had no idea it was happening in Southwest Florida. Thank you for letting people know.� Florida is second only behind California as a destination for human traffickers. Southwest Florida has more human trafficking cases than most states. Immokalee, a city approximately 30 miles from Fort Myers, is a primary destination in Southwest Florida. In 2006, Janelle Grant brought a group of six women to the WGCU station to record a Amy Tardif accepting her award. Photo courtesy of Amy Tardif letter that was to be put on a CD and distributed to Guatemalan villages as a warning. It was a “coyote,� a transporter, and then lated the interviews from Spancomposite letter of the women’s their lives as modern day slaves. ish to English. One of the phrases FGCU Newspaper:Layout 1 in10/12/10Maria 9:58Barbero, AM Page 1 experiences being trafficked a junior ma- that stuck with her while she to Florida from Guatemala by a joring in communication, trans- was translating was when one of


the women confessed she didn’t know about the “true reality of what happened with other women that went to the U.S.� “(She said) while she was sad for Lucia and what she went through, she was happy her experience was shared with her and other Guatemalan women because this would prevent them from making such a decision in the future,� Barbero said. “To me, that means that the ‘Lucia’s Letter’ project made a difference.� As Tardif listened to the heartbreaking content describing the experiences, she thought, “There is a lot more to this than just the letter.� The documentary gives a voice to the stories of human trafficking victims and survivors. The main character of the documentary, Marta, was dumped into orange groves in Southwest Florida. She was one of the women who helped write “Lucia’s Letter,� and the only woman willing to give her voice for the radio documentary. “However, it was not easy to get her to tell me her story. She was extremely cautious and scared. She did not want her friends to know what happened. A part of me feels bad that I told her story. I hope the practice (human trafficking) can helped be stopped by telling this story, and that she has some healing from telling it,� Tardif said. The documentary includes in-

terviews with Anna Rodriguez, the founder of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking; and Doug Molloy, the chief assistant U.S. attorney for Southwest Florida. Now that Tardif has completed the documentary, she is focusing on expanding it to a broader audience. “(It will bring awareness and change) only if people hear it. My next goal is to get it heard throughout Florida to other public radio stations,� she said. The award-winning radio documentary and the English translation of “Lucia’s Letter� can be viewed at www.wgcu. org/luciasletter


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Local state representative leads contingent of candidates discussing issues at forum here By Samantha League News editor


n Oct. 25, the FGCU student body is invited to meet local candidates and learn about the amendments that will be included in the Nov. 2 general election. K n o w Your Ballot, which is sponsored by Student Government, the College Republicans and the College DemoAubuchon crats, will be held at 4 p.m. in Sugden Hall 114. Fourteen candidates and state Rep. Gary Aubuchon will come together in an effort to help students make informed decisions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(These candidates are im-

portant) because whoever becomes our representative will directly affect our university,â&#x20AC;? said Danielle Alvarez, director of Governmental Relations. For the first hour, there will be an informal â&#x20AC;&#x153;meet and greetâ&#x20AC;? where students have the opportunity to approach candidates of their choice and ask them questions. Then, at 5 p.m., Aubuchon, who serves as the representative from District 74 in the Florida House of Representatives, will lead a bipartisan, informational discussion of the six amendments that will be on the ballot. Finally, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Oct. 24 U.S. Senate debate among Kendrick Meek, Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist will be played for everyone to watch. Alvarez, who is planning to continue this event every time an election is imminent, is hoping for a good turnout.

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nTrudi Williams â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Republican running for State Representative, District 75

nLizbeth Benacquisto â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Republican running for State Senate, District 27

nMatt Hudson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Republican running for State Representative, District 101

nKevin Rader â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Democrat running for State Senate, District 27

nLarry Wilcoxson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; No Party Affiliation, running for State Representative, District 101

nKen Roberson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Republican running for State Representative, District 71 nAndrew Frank Saltman â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Democrat running for State Representative, District 71 nStephen Cosgrove â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Independent running for State Representative, District 75

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a really big deal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we have prestigious people coming to campus and recognizing us as a new

nJeanette Nunez â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Republican running for State Representative, District 112

nMatt Caldwell â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Republican running for State Representative, District 73 nCole Peacock â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Democrat running for State Representative, District 73 nRaul Ismael Pantoja Rodriguez â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tea Party candidate running for State Representative, District 73

nSandra Ruiz â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Democrat running for State Representative, District 112 nRobert Van Name â&#x20AC;&#x201C; No Party Affiliation, running for State Representative, District 112

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E-waste dialogue deals with high-tech dumping dilemma By Megan Hoolihan Senior staff writer


o you know how your cell phone impacts you after you break it or upgrade to something newer? Most students do not, which is why electronic waste is the topic of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue, scheduled Nov. 4. The Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue is organized by students and directed mainly at students. The aim of the Dialogue is to ensure a sustainable future is the spheres of our natural, cultural, and political environments by sparking youth action and fostering an intellectual climate. The title of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event: â&#x20AC;&#x153;E-waste and Ethics: Where do Blackberries Decompose?â&#x20AC;? Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s society is increasingly dependent on technology, and technological devices are becoming increasingly inexpensive and widespread. While technological devices have in many ways enhanced society, they have also contributed to the growing problem of electronic waste. Electronic waste, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;e-waste,â&#x20AC;? is described as discarded, broken or obsolete computers, monitors, laptops, televisions, cell phones, printers, scanners, fax machines, DVD players, mp3 players, walkie talkies, computer components, and various other types of digital hardware. Any device with an electrical plug, battery pack, or circuit board can be considered e-waste. While many retail companies that manufacture electronics offer some forms of relieving e-waste, such as takeback programs or recy-

cling events, policies and laws on e-waste are generally few. Jessica Mendes, a graduate student working toward a degree in public administration, will present findings based on a survey she has been conducting on the different views and practices of FGCU students and faculty regarding e-waste. â&#x20AC;&#x153;E-waste is something that affects each and every one of us because we live in a high-tech culture where you always have to have the best and latest. â&#x20AC;Ś This problem overlaps with issues such as social justice, economics, sustainability, and ethics, which is why it should be an interesting topic for discussion at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Student Dialogue.â&#x20AC;? An array of expert panelists will also help explore the topic of e-waste during the Dialogue. Considering how many cell phones, iPods, computers and other electronic equipment one person can go through in just a few years, it is not difficult to imagine how quickly e-waste can accumulate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to properly dispose of their

unwanted electronics, and even when they do, the resources for proper disposal arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always readily available,â&#x20AC;? says Michael Verdi, an editorial assistant for the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. Veronica Mendez, a sophomore majoring in English, claims that she did not even know what e-waste was before hearing about the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have never heard the term before â&#x20AC;Ś to be honest, I have never really thought about the seriousness of how it can hurt the environment.â&#x20AC;? Barry Kunkle, a freshman majoring in business, says that he believes the Dialogue will have a positive impact. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know about that kind of pollution because it has always been important to me personally to be educated about it. But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect everyone to research it on their own in their free time, which is why I think students should take advantage of this opportunity. It seems like it will offer a lot of really important information.â&#x20AC;? The Dialogue, which will take place on Nov. 4 in the Student Union Ballroom, is free and open to the public. A networking session including snacks will take place beginning at 6 p.m. and the Dialogue will begin at 7 p.m. The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education hopes that attendance from the local community will encourage awareness and concern for the issue of e-waste in Southwest Florida.

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Emily Walz, a freshman majoring in business, is afraid of burglars and drowning. She thinks the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sawâ&#x20AC;? movies are scary and show the most gruesome ways to die.

Opinion on campus happenings By Amarin Cannon Media editor


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; movies is disgusting.â&#x20AC;?

Makeda Amadi Contributing writer

What fellow Eagles have to say about Halloween and all the scary stuff that comes with it.

Ben Miller, a senior majoring in biology, was afraid of the imaginary monster under his bed when he was a kid. He plans to dress up as Hugh Hefner for this Halloween. Now, he fears the unknown, but his worst nightmares involve being stabbed.

Luckney Peirre-Loius, a sophomore majoring in accounting, feared leprechauns as a little girl, but she currently has zoophobia, a fear of animals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am afraid of every single animal out thereâ&#x20AC;Ś Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just not an animal person.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153; When you wake up, it feels the most real.â&#x20AC;?

Mallory Hines, a junior majoring in business management, is going to dress her dog as a pumpkin for Halloween. As a child, she was afraid of clowns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could not go to the circus.â&#x20AC;?

Justin Lamb, a junior majoring in environmental studies, plans to be Justin Timberlake for Halloween, and his girlfriend plans to dress up as Britney Spears. His worst nightmare would include anything with spiders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are creepy and sneaky.â&#x20AC;?


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Pinching pennies: Local restaurants offer student discounts By Victoria Massimo Staff writer


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ant to go out to eat but save some money at the same time? In the Fort Myers area, a variety of different restaurants offer discounts to students and faculty at FGCU. All you need to do, is present a valid school ID. It’s really that easy. Here is a list of the many restaurants, by area, which offer restaurant discounts to FGCU members. At the Gulf Coast Town Center, some restaurants have college nights, like Blu Sushi and Foster’s Grille. On Sunday nights, Blu Sushi has their college night with 25 pecent off alcoholic drinks. Coming soon, Foster’s Grille will have their college night on Tuesdays with 20 percent off the bill. Other restaurants, like Aurelio’s Pizza, Firepit City Grill and Vapiano, offer 10 per-

cent off the bill, while Bar Louie offers 15 percent off the bill, not including alcoholic drinks. Lastly, at Fresh Planet, FGCU members on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m., get 5 dollars off any combo deal. At Miromar Outlets, Luna Rossa Italian Grill offers 20 percents off the bill, while Naples Flatbread and Wine Bar offers 15 percemt off the bill. Enjoy a day of shopping and then stop by one of these restaurants for not only great food, but a great discount too! At Coconut Point, Hurricane Grill and Wings offers 10 percent off the bill. Tired after a day of shopping? Then get some of Hurricane’s delicious wings. Some other restaurants that offer discounts are Applebee’s and Marsala Italian Eatery and Pizzeria. Applebee’s offer 10 percent the bill with their Eagle Card. To get this Eagle Card, present your FGCU ID to the server and they will have you fill out a

simple form and it’s done – an easy way to get a discounted meal. Marsala Italian Eatery and Restaurant has their pizza special, which is a 16 inch pie for only 9 dollars. Grab your friends and have a pizza night. Not fond of any of these restaurants? No worries. Go to your favorite restaurant and ask if they offer discounts of FGCU students and faculty. If they do, great, if they don’t and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, here are some ways to save money when catching a bite out. Share a meal with a friend and split the bill, have water instead of soda or alcohol. Water’s free. Or, go to restaurants when they have special deals or happy hours. These are just some simple ways to eat out and eat cheap. So go out, grab some friends and have a nice dinner out with some great FGCU student and faculty discounts. And remember, don’t forget to bring your student ID.

Almond again brings his joy to Sanibel Writers Conference By Jamie Gillhespy Staff Writer

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Movies of the Weekend 1. “Jackass 3-D” $50.4 million

2. “Red” $21.8 million 3. ”The Social Network” $10.3 million

4. “Secretariat” $9.3 million

5. “Life as We Know It” $8.9 million

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uthors and agents from throughout the country are gearing up for this year’s Sanibel Island Writers Conference, which is scheduled Nov, 4 through 7. This annual conference, organized by FGCU professor Tom DeMarchi, hosts workshops, panel discussions and readings in fiction, memoir, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, songwriting and children’s literature. Steve Almond, author of “Candyfreak,” is a returning presenter to this year’s conference. Almond is the author of six books: two story collections, three nonfiction works and one novel, which he co-wrote with Julianna Baggot. Almond has made a name for himself through humor and his unique, slangy voice. “The world has become a totally terrifying and sad place,” Almond explained in an e-mail interview with Eagle News, “and the best basic tool we’ve come up with to face that dark stuff is humor.” Kate Pozeznik, a senior English major who hopes to attend the conference, agrees. Pozeznik explains that, for her, humor writing “is a way of expressing issues that (generally) aren’t funny. It’s a defense mechanism and therapy at the same time.” But, don’t expect Almond to dwell on the dark stuff for too long. Almond explains, “We’ll also read a lot of funny stuff and do some writing, so it should be fun and not heavy.” And, Almond jokes, students who attend his humor workshops will leave funnier. “They will all walk away with multi-million dollar contracts, and everyone will laugh at anything they say,” the author says. But Almond is also familiar with the business side of the book industry. A selfproclaimed “drooling fanatic of rock,” he explains that the publishing industry, like the music industry, has seen a movement among artists who want to be heard on their

Steve Almond, author of “Candyfreak,” is a returning presenter to this year’s conference.

own terms and have turned to self-publishing. “This is what happens as the means of production — the ability to produce an album or book — becomes more accessible,” Almond explains. “The artists take over, which is great because they don’t have to depend on the corporate money. But (it is) also complicated because they now have to do everything.” Almond explains that the self-published author has the added tasks of bookkeeping, marketing and printing — all the responsibilities of the traditional publishing houses — and that he plans on discussing all of this in his workshop on self-publishing. “I’ll talk about everything in the session, from nuts and bolts to the bigger artistic question.” For the college student on a budget, free readings by many of the featured writers

are offered in the evenings. On Friday, Almond will be reading from his newest book, “Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life,” a memoir of rock and roll, and plans to read passages targeted for a college-aged crowd. “My general rule with the college crowd,” Almond explains, “is stick with the nasty. So I’ll read the filthiest passages.” Almond will also play music because, of course, “the whole point is to RAWK.” Almond wants students who plan on attending this year’s conference to know that “we come to party. There will be lots of serious discussions on writing and what it means and how to do it. But, it’s also just a lot of fun.” For more information about the Sanibel Island Writers Conference, visit http:// For more information on Almond, visit


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Jaronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long road to country leads to Bird Bash By Katie Sartoris A&L editor


ormerly a member of the twin pop group Evan & Jaron, the latter twin, Jaron Lowenstein, is making his mark on country music as Jaron and the Long Road to Love and making a stop at FGCU. Friday, Jaron and the Long Road to Love will be performing at Bird Bash with James Otto and Lee Brice at Germain Arena. Show time is 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be great,â&#x20AC;? Jaron said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited to play every show, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just as excited to play in front of new people.â&#x20AC;? Jaron and the Long Road to Love recently released his debut album as a solo artist, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting Dressed in the Dark,â&#x20AC;? which peaked at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Country Album Chart. He has since released two singles from the album that have appeared in the Billboard Top 100. The first single was released in November 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pray For Youâ&#x20AC;? is about the hilariously negative prayers a man has for his ex after the relationship has gone sour, such as praying that a pot falls onto her head. Jaronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second single, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauti-


In relationships, we can love and hate the same person sometimes minutes apart. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jaron and the Long Road to Love Interview with EN


ful to Me,â&#x20AC;? was released in September and is a look into the musicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s softer side. In the song, the artist names the characteristics of a girlfriend and reminds her that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all beautiful to him. The songs may seem very opposite to each other, but Lowenstein said that the al-

bum is honest about relationships. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In relationships, we can love and hate the same person sometimes minutes apart,â&#x20AC;? Jaron said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are great and there are not-so-great moments.â&#x20AC;? Jaron and the Long Road to Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attitude toward relationships also describes his name. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about highs and lows â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where I got it wrong and where I got it right,â&#x20AC;? he said. Before his country debut, Jaron and the Long Road to Love was part of a band called Evan & Jaron. When identical twin brothers Evan and Jaron Lowenstein were young, the two began performing in their hometown of Tucker, Ga. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My brother had a passion for (music) and turned me on to it,â&#x20AC;? Jaron said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Together we made a band.â&#x20AC;? The singer/songwriter duo once played at Jimmy Buffettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Margaritaville in Key West. Evan & Jaron scored a life-changing experience, touring with Jimmy Buffett. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Buffett) discovered the two of us,â&#x20AC;? Jaron said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great. We remained friends for many years.â&#x20AC;? Jaron has made the transition in the music industry from pop to country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music genres made the transitions, not me,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Country has evolved and picked up the pop singer/songwriter sound.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I came back to music I was look-

FGCU Ink Name: Allan Kalisz Year: Junior Major: Civil Engineering & Environmental Engineering Location: Arm Says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pain is for the moment, pride is foreverâ&#x20AC;? Meaning: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played hockey since the age of 6 and I believe it will forever be a part of me.â&#x20AC;? Location: Chest Says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faith & Determinationâ&#x20AC;? Meaning: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faith and determination set my goals high and how I live my life. Even when I am down, I rely on God.â&#x20AC;?

Location: Arm Says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;May God lead the wayâ&#x20AC;? Meaning: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt like God has taken me through a lot and he is my path and light.â&#x20AC;?

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ing for an audience,â&#x20AC;? Jaron said. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when he starting referring to his MySpace music friends as FRANS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a combination of friends and fans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My fans are just as close with me as friends because I interact with them,â&#x20AC;? he said.


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Iconic horse makes for a heartwarming story EN Eagle Rating: By Marbel Casanova Staff writer


alt Disney Pictures brings back to life the classic story of Secretariat. The movie is based on the true story of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Penny Chenery Tweedy, a dedicated mother and housewife â&#x20AC;&#x201D; portrayed by Diane Lane â&#x20AC;&#x201D; decided to take over her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stable in Virginia after finding out that her father had dementia, and the farm was going to bankruptcy. Even though she had limited knowledge about horse racing, Tweedy overcame many obstacles in her journey to turn things around. The story begins with the death of Pennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, and immediately she and her family traveled to Meadow Stables for the funeral. Penny finds out that her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business has been losing money for several years, and she feels obligated to help her father out. One of the first things Tweedy did was fire the trainer who had worked with her father many years, after finding out he was doing dishonest business with the farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s horses. She then hired veteran trainer Lucien Laurin to help her with the horsesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; training in the Meadow Stable. One day, while Penny was reviewing her dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm documents, she found a paper indicating a coin-toss agreement between her father and Odgen Phipps of Wheatley Stable that hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tak-

en place. The winner of the coin toss was to pick first. This agreement was a way to get the very best mares for Bold Ruler, and to add well-bred fillies to their own broodmare band. Bold Ruler, a pure Italian breed, was considered one of the best stallions of his time because he had a fine balance between speed and stamina that made him very valuable. During the coin toss, Phipps won and took the weanling filly out of Somethingroyal, a horse that belonged to Meadow Stables, leaving Chenery with the colt out of Hasty Matelda and the unborn foal of Somethingroyal. In 1969, a bright red chestnut colt with three white socks was born; he stood up minutes after birth. Secretariat was the name given to the newborn colt after 10 other names were rejected for different reasons; however, everyone called him â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Red.â&#x20AC;? At the age of 2, Secretariat was ready for his first race and finished in fourth place. Penny hired Ronny Turcotte, a new jockey who wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afraid of riding Secretariat. After his first loss, Secretariat won seven consecutive races in four months, including three important 2-year-old stakes races, the Sanford Stakes, the Hopeful Stakes and the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park. After winning the last race, Tweedy was interviewed and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;he likes to show off,â&#x20AC;? referring to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Red.â&#x20AC;? Penny was very proud of him. A couple of days later back

at the stables, Penny was having lunch with Laurin at a restaurant when Turcotte walked in with a newspaper in hand, and yelled very loud that Secretariat was named Horse of the Year. Everybody in the restaurant celebrated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secretariatâ&#x20AC;? is a movie for all people. Disney does a great job of rekindling memories of the best thoroughbred in history. The sentimental story is moving and exciting, and brings to light the historic horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career for those too young to have experienced it.


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Home spa parties prove to be relaxing and easy By Kayla Stirzel Staff writer


hrowing an at-home spa party is a relaxing, low-key and luxurious treat to do with friends. Instead of racking up an expensive bill going to get pedicures and facials, here are plenty of at-home remedies that will be like a trip to the spa. Setting up for a spa night is simple and easy. Every party needs snacks and refreshments. So, for a spa party, stick to healthy snack-bite types of food. A tray of variety veggies with dip, a fruit bowl, popcorn or apples and caramel dip are a few simple, light treats. For drinks, you can make a pitcher of cucumber water for a hydrated-yet-refreshing taste. All you need is a pitcher full of water and a cut up cucumber. Let the cucumber slices soak in the water to create flavor. Pop the pitcher in the fridge to cool and there you have an up-graded version of delicious water. Facials, manicures and pedicures are three great treatments to do at your spa party. To create a spa-like atmosphere at your place, light some candles for a relaxed atmosphere. Make sure to have washcloths to remove makeup before and removing your mask after. You can pick up a conditioning mask to get rid of skin impurities. A fantastic mint julep masque by Queen Helene, sold at Walgreens, leaves your face feeling exfoliated and clean.

Waiting for the mask to dry, you can start doing pedicures. Get big bowls and fill them with hot water and body-soak crystals so each person has their own pedicure bowl. You can get pumice stones and sugar scrubs for your feet. Apply the scrub to your feet then vigorously use the pumice stone to remove all the rough edges of your feet to give them an instant, smooth feeling. Once your feet are rinsed off and dry, put any type of moisturizing lotion on them to lock in the smooth feeling. Target sells body-soak crystals in an English lavender scent by Village Naturals for only $3.24, Pumice stones for $2.34 and a lavender and tea tree oil spa sugar scrub for your feet by Sally Hansen. Even though dark nail polish colors are traditional for fall, if you want to spice up your toes and fingers with bright colors, Walgreens has a nail polish line by Sinful for only $1.99 a bottle with colors such as neon green and yellow, dark purple and blue, and bright pinks. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve removed your mask and done your pedicures, the only thing left to do is manicures. You can pop in a movie and start painting your fingernails. Having a spa night at your apartment is a great way to hang out with friends, relax and be pampered like you deserve to be.

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Dorm damages are costly By Chelsea Seeley Staff writer


et’s face it, as college students, we have become reluctant to want to use our money for anything that we do not need. To make things worse, having to pay for something we didn’t do is also something not high on our “things to spend my money on” list. It has recently come to air that are Chelsea students going to be charged for Seeley any damage done to a room. Whoever the last person is to leave will pay for any damages done unless it is a roommate’s bedroom. If that isn’t a wake-up call to take care of your dorm, I don’t know what is. At first, I figured dorm rooms wouldn’t cost a lot to help fix up. This is where I was wrong. Any kind of repair not only costs you a pretty penny, but if you do not pay, a hold will be placed on your account, and this could prevent you from registering for classes until the debt is paid. I don’t agree with how FGCU is going about this. There are records of who stayed in each room, so whoever was living in the particular damaged room needs to be charged — not the last roommate standing, if you want to call it that.

Something else was brought to my attention at a floor meeting. Residents have decided they want to steal the furniture located on some of the floors in South Village. Residents have been informed that if there are more thefts, then the entire floor will have charges placed on them to pay for the stolen furniture. Apparently, that won’t be cheap, either. As much as faculty thinks students will listen and return the furniture, they probably won’t. Don’t punish the whole floor for something one dense kid has done. If anything, they need to keep closer eyes on the students coming in and out of the dorm. How can an RA not notice the furniture in the dorm? How can someone not see students taking the furniture in the room in the first place? Money is going to always be an issue. No matter where you are. Yet, if you have to pay for damages for something you didn’t do, that is a problem. For the amount of money you pay to be in the dorms, please, take care of them! No one wants to pay more than they are already required. 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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LGBTQ assistance available on campus By Mandie Rainwater Staff writer


ecently, 13-year-old Asher Brown shot himself in Harris, Tex. Billy Lucas, 15, hung himself in his home in Indiana. Seth Walsh, 13, hung himself in Tehachapi, Calif. And 18-year-old Tyler Clementi jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge. What threads all of these tragedies together? Their sexual orientation, or perceived sexual orientation. Billy Lucas was assumed to be gay by bullying classmates. Tyler Clementi had made no public declaration that he was gay, but his roommate supposedly told everyone via a tweet that he was gay. The Mandie roommate later streamed the sexual of Clementi and his partner Rainwater activity onto the Internet without Clementi’s knowledge, prompting him to take his own life. Seth Walsh was bullied at school by others who thought he might be gay. Asher Brown, the youngest of the four, had come out as gay and even sought help with his parents regarding the relentless bullying he suffered, but school officials paid no attention to the pleas for help. In another homophobic bullying attack, 11-yearold Tyler Wilson had his arm broken because he joined a cheerleading squad (he had trained as a gymnast and enjoyed the physical challenges that cheering offered). None of these boys asked for or deserved the harassment they received for their differences. No one does. No black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Russian, Jamaican, Haitian, Republican, Democrat, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered, or anyone questioning anything about their identity deserves to be ridiculed, harmed or pushed to the point of taking their own lives. Young people at the start of their lives are lost forever based on assumptions and hatred. FGCU has a few little-known projects to help those in crisis find the help they need. The first one is Eagles Aware, a suicide prevention project. According to Dr. Judi Gibbons, assistant director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), students in crisis should “come to CAPS and speak with one of our staff… [and] tell the receptionist that they are having an emergency and need to be seen quickly.” The Eagles Aware website can be accessed at and has anonymous self screening, tips on how to tell if your friend or roommate may be feel-

ing suicidal, and a list of some of the other services offered on campus. Another program that FGCU has specifically for LGBTQ is the “Safe Zone” program. Gibbons says that the Safe Zone program “focuses on understanding our own biases, the challenges that LGBT students face, and creating safe spaces for students.” Safe zones are indicated by triangles with the rainbow inside. Various places on campus display this symbol, and it indicates a place where LGBTQ students can find someone who can help them find solutions to various issues. Gibbons goes on to encourage “any student who feels bullied or harassed due to [their] sexual orientation … to contact the dean of students, Michele Yovanovich.” FGCU is also lucky to have a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) that is very active on campus and within the community, headed by co-presidents Stephanie Mold and Matthew Stoner. Recently, the GSA participated in the “You Are Loved Chalk Project,” a nationwide LGBTQ suicide prevention and awareness project. Some of the messages can be seen in the main lobby of the student union. The group participated in the Fort Myers Pride Day on Oct. 9. Currently, GSA is trying to get Judy Shepard, mother of Mathew Shepard, who was killed by two men in an anti-gay hate crime, to come to FGCU and share her story as part of the Florida Collegiate Pride Conference in April. You can find their petition on Facebook or attend the SG meeting on Nov. 2 to voice your support. During my work with The Kaleidoscope Project — the LGBT specific part of C.A.R.E.S. Suicide Prevention and the region’s only suicide education and prevention resource center — I hear all the time how alone some people feel just before they think they want to kill themselves. They feel the pressure of a “straight” society urging them to go against what they feel is natural. I’ve heard confused youth talk about how their parents didn’t care, their friends all deserted them and nothing was worth living for. There is always something to live for; you just need to talk to someone who knows where you are coming from. There are videos on YouTube from the “It Gets Better” project. There are online chats from groups such as the Trevor Project. Please know that you are not alone. Please know that no matter where in the rainbow you are, someone cares. 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.

Library lawn needs splendor in the grass By Taryn Kerber Staff writer


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t takes a lot to motivate students to go to class. For the ones who don’t like school, as the year progresses, skipping class seems like a better option than physically getting out of bed to go to it. Although I enjoy going to my lectures to gain an education, I too find that some days I need a little motivation to help get my exhausted body out of bed. One thing that always gets me pumped and ready for my day is finding out that there are activities occurring on the library lawn for our enjoyment. Taryn I love strolling around the corner of our arched walkways and hearing Kerber my favorite song or seeing the white and red umbrella indicating that free Rita’s Italian Ice has arrived on campus. The library lawn is massive. There really should be more events going on for the students than what they have now. This is college; it’s supposed to be a fun and exciting experience for us. Riding a bull in between classes is way better than just sitting around waiting for the next one to start. I’m sure it doesn’t cost too much to set up a few small things on a weekly basis, and it would be great advertisement for outside businesses. If Student Government can opt to spend almost $9,000 on a new golf cart, surely we have enough funds to implement more activities. Having more activities available to us is by no means a distraction, it would merely be a great mo-

tivation for students to go to class and see what is going on. Just like the first week of school, during the Week of Wow, we could roast s’mores by a fire, have a themed party night in the ballroom, have a water balloon fight on the lawn, have an outdoor carnival ... anything that will bring us all together with Eagle pride. I’m not saying our school should schedule a circus or set up fair rides for us every day; I just think there could be more out there to get us involved with campus life. Even walking through a field of informative tables about clubs, sports, cultural programs, and sorority competitions can be an appealing experience. Learning about studying abroad foundation gave me such a thrilling and anxious feeling, making it impossible to think about anything other than hopefully attending school in Australia for my senior year. It completely took my mind off of the midterms I have been stressing over for weeks. Having a few moments of an intriguing diversion can do a world of difference for a frazzled mind, though it also helps to lighten the mood of any given day. In the words of Pink, “Let’s get the party started.” The library may be a place of silence, but the librarian never said anything about the front lawn. We should fill up that space with laughter and memories that we can take with us to and from our classes. No one ever said schooling had to be all work and no play. 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.



Times Square bomber fundamentalist Athletes foul out with advertising choices By Andrew Friedgen Staff writer

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The Pakistani immigrant accepted the sentence with a smirk and said, “I’m happy with the deal that God has given me,” as his last words, presumably followed by a nearby lightning strike and cacophonous laugh. In the courtroom, he made such bright and optimistic claims as: “Brace yourbecause the war Andrew selves, with Muslims has just Friedgen begun. Consider me the first droplet of the blood that will follow,” and, “We are only Muslims trying to defend our religion, people, homes and land, but if you call us terrorists, then we are proud terrorists and we will keep on terrorizing you until you leave our lands and people at peace.” In addition, the man admitted that he was trained and funded by the Pakistan Taliban and pleaded guilty to 10 counts of terrorism and, in the success of the first car bomb, planned to do a follow up two weeks later. This man clearly has some extremist tendencies, as noted by the justification of murder in the name of god and whatnot, so it’s every patriotic American’s duty to grab the nearest pitchfork and wage social and cultural war against the Muslim people, right? Actually, cool your heads for a second and let’s think of something: We hear that we need to be much more tolerant to Muslim people, that not all of them are extremists, and that not all of them follow the extreme Sharia law. Yet, there are so many events that occur in our country that we use as an excuse to perpetuate the “bomber Mus-

lim” stereotype, from the most infamous of all, 9/11, to the stories of suicide bombers killing our troops out in Afghanistan and Iraq, and most recently, this Shahzad fellow. Where, in the midst of reaction to these stories, do we figure out where this overzealous stereotype ends and the real Muslim culture begins? The answer lies within ourselves and our own perceptions. Consider for a moment a plethora of instances in this country where Christians have been shown to behave in crazy fashions. We have members of the Westboro Baptist Church who protest military funerals with signs like “Thank God for dead soldiers,” the nut-job Rev. Terry Jones, who wanted to burn Qurans on our most recent anniversary of Sept. 11 for reasons that can be compared to a child throwing a tantrum because his mom didn’t buy him a candy bar. And of course there is the crusade to teach false pseudoscience in classrooms. But no one starts up a cultural war against Christians- and rightfully so, because we know that most of them are agreeable people. However, the opposite treatment is received by Muslims. We see one instance of an action perpetuated by an extremist and we associate every Muslim with that action. It’s a double standard, and frankly a childish one as well; it’s the reason why we can’t step away from the stereotyping. If we want to stop the perpetuation of this stereotype, there needs to be a fundamental change in thinking, one that separates the media-propagated Muslim from the one that truly exists. 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.

By Collin Llewellyn Staff writer


here are a lot of questions as to whether or not professional athletes should be responsible for being role models for the children of the United States. We feed athletes’ abilities to make millions playing sports. Parents pay for their kids to be on athletic teams to encourage the same behavior when it’s ‘just for fun.’ Most times, the consumer plays the largest role in exalting athletes’ lives off the field. Obviously, parents Collin can preach to their chilLlewellyn dren and point out wrong

deeds when, say, a pro golfer sleeps with half the red-light district, or when an NFL player starts a fight in a nightclub. We can also teach them the “in the moment” aspects of sports that may cause a famous footballer to head butt another player in the chest. But what about the subtle things? I was watching the NBA Finals this summer and a McDonalds commercial came on. In the commercial, two of the top five popular players in the NBA, LeBron James and Dwight Howard, were competing over a Big Mac — which is one of the top five worst things on the fast-food menu. Now obviously, these athletes can handle the calories and fat of McDonalds,— which I’m sure they do from time to time. But what about kids who idolize these guys? I know that not every kid out there is not so impressionable that they’ll go out and get a Big Mac just because their favorite basketball players eat them, but it definitely sheds a different light on fast food.

In a nation where almost 15 percent of our children are obese, and adult obesity and cardiovascular disease is rampant, shouldn’t these athletes think twice before endorsing junk food? I know, I know, I’m being hyperbolic. But we have to juxtapose athletes and their influence. Most kids aren’t going to think twice before they request a Big Mac for dinner because the most famous athlete in the country enjoys them. Over the summer, I was getting ready to play basketball with my friend and his brothers. One of them was a 10-year-old. As we were getting ready to face the 104degree Florida humidity and head to the outdoor courts, the 10-year-old brother grabbed a couple Oreos and shoved them in his mouth. I mentioned to him that Oreo cookies are not good for him, especially right before physical activity in the hot sun. His response was, “But Peyton Manning is on the carton.” This is when I realized what a problem this truly is. Not only are these famous faces making their way into advertisements and onto the actual boxes and packaging, but now kids apparently think that it’s proper food to eat before athletic activity. When it comes to anything that you put into your body, professional athletes should stick to Gatorade (not really, though, it’s actually just soda without carbonization), protein, multivitamins or health foods. Although, kids, when it comes to Charles Barkley endorsing Taco Bell, you can count on looking that big one day. 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.


TWLOHA to save lives with hugs By Jeffrey Haut Staff writer


ike many stories with a happy ending, the origins of TWLOHA (To Write Love on Her Arms) started with the heartbreaking story of a young woman named Renee. At the age of 19, she was abusing cocaine, marijuana, prescription medication and alcohol. She had already attempted suicide. She was a person whose primary motivation appeared to only Jeffrey be how she would score Haut her next fix. Hurt and suffering were the only feelings she knew, and in tormented fits of anguish, she frequently cut herself to release the pain the felt inside. She was caught in a whirlwind of awful men who took advantage of her, bottles of liquor and the constant thoughts of suicide. Finally, a white knight Jamie Tworkowski appeared and released her from her shackles. In 2007, TWLOHA took shape as a nonprofit organization, and began spreading the message of “Love is the Movement, Rescue is Possible, Hope is real — help is real and Stop the Bleeding.” It spread like wildfire to schools across the country. FGCU’s chapter began as “To Write Love on Eagles’ Wings,” before receiving their charter earlier this year. According to the FGCU Chapter of TWLOHA, people need four hugs a day to survive, eight for maintenance, and 12 for growth. Their goal is to hug every FGCU student until everyone feels the touch of care and understanding. TWLOHA, led by President Jennifer Dake and Vice President Stephanie Guerra, meets in AB3 111 at 7 p.m. on Monday nights. They welcome everyone, no matter what state of mind they are in. As a person who has experienced the pain of losing a close friend to a battle of depression and drug abuse, I feel no one should go through life feeling hopeless. No matter how disheartened someone may feel, there is always a light at the

end of the tunnel. In misery is no way to live; despair should never be permanent. At FGCU, a support network of counselors and psychologists are on call, free of charge, to anyone requiring psychological or substance abuse counseling services. C.A.P.S. (Counseling and Psychological Services) is located on the second floor of Howard Hall on the main campus. Do your friend a favor, do your colleague a favor— have the courage to help. Do yourself a favor — have the courage to fight back and live. TWLOHA has lofty goals, and they will not stop until their visions are fulfilled: “The vision is that community and hope and help would replace secrets and silence. “The vision is people putting down guns and blades and bottles. “The vision is that we can reduce the suicide rate in America and around the world. “The vision is that we would learn what it means to love our friends, and that we would love ourselves enough to get the help we need. “The vision is better endings. “The vision is the restoration of broken families and broken relationships. “The vision is people finding life, finding freedom, finding love. “The vision is graduation, a Super Bowl, a wedding, a child, a sunrise. “The vision is people becoming incredible parents, people breaking cycles, making change. “The vision is the possibility that your best days are ahead. “The vision is the possibility that we’re more loved than we’ll ever know. “The vision is hope, and hope is real. You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.” Always remember: “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” Jeffrey Haut is a sophomore majoring in political science. He plans to attain his law degree from a Florida university after he graduates. He is a member of Kappa Sigma and feels that leadership is the truest test of one’s character.

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Heat’s ‘Big Three’ start trend of superpower teams By Jon Galamay Staff writer


he highly anticipated 2010-11 NBA season begins Oct. 27 following a historical off-season that strengthened a select number of teams. Of all these teams, the Miami Heat received the most attention because of former Cleveland Cavalier star LeBron James’ decision to “take his talents to South Beach.” Throughout the NBA, the bar was set high when Dwyane Wade, James and Chris Bosh formed the “Big Three” on the Miami Heat. “I don’t like that there are only a few superpower teams in the NBA,” said Suriya Bhavilai, a physical therapy graduate student and Chicago Bulls fan. “However, I do feel that these superpower teams will

make a positive impact for the NBA by bringing in viewers that have never watched the NBA before. All the hype about the Heat will make people want to watch and see if this team is all that it’s cracked up to be.” The Miami Heat is the hottest ticket in town, already selling out all their home games at American Airlines Arena. All of this commotion is showing that the notion of a “superpower team” may be the best opportunity to win championships. Currently, talks of starting a second “Big Three” with Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire in New York have heated up. Matchups between superpower teams may bring back the intensity of games that was common in the

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1980s and ‘90s. “Who wouldn’t want to see the new Big Three (Wade, Lebron, Bosh) against the old Big Three (Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce), or Dwight ‘Superman’ Howard and his cast of all-stars?” Bhavilai said. “Also let’s not forget the twotime defending champs, the Los Angeles Lakers.” The chances of a superpower team in the NBA puts that team in prime NBA Finals position. The Miami Heat is already a favorite to win it all come June. “I think the Miami Heat’s chances are high (to win the championship), but as we’ve seen, injuries happen,” said Kristina Chao, a junior and former guard Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade goof around. AP photo for the Palmetto Ridge High School Bears in Collier County. “You don’t know how it’ll be later in the sea- ing LeBron James is my favorite “Personally I think it was a good son or how well they will all play player in the NBA, but I think his decision,” said Jordan Lyles, an as a team. I’d like to see the Heat ‘Decision’ was over-the-top unnec- FGCU freshman and NBA fanatic. and Lakers in the NBA Finals, that essary,” Bhavilai said. “Although “The place he’s been at (Cleveland should be a pretty good game.” all the proceeds did go the Boys Cavaliers), they couldn’t get a ring Out of all the players leaving and Girls Club, in the end it was all for the whole seven years he was their original teams, James’ deci- about him.” there. People will see that, in the sion to leave has stirred up the most James’ main reason for leaving end, if they come out with a ring, he controversy. the Cavaliers was to win champion- made a good decision.” “I would like to start off by say- ships, as he took a pay cut to win.

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First-place Eagles take on No. 2 Stetson By Jenny Rodgers Staff writer


n an eight-game win streak as of Monday and atop the A-Sun Conference, men’s soccer faces a Friday showdown with the No. 2 team in the league, Stetson. The FGCU men’s team, with a record of 10-2-2, is led by reigning A-Sun Coach of the Year, Bob Butehorn. “We’re happy with where we stand,” Butehorn said. “Obviously, being undefeated at 6-0 in the conference is something to be proud of.” FGCU’s streak of domination began with an upset of No. 5 nationally ranked Ohio State, and continued with defeats of Florida International, Lipscomb, Belmont, USC Upstate, ETSU, Campbell, and Mercer, putting them in first place of the A-Sun conference. Clearly proud of his team’s accomplishments, Butehorn notes that a primary reason for the team’s success this year lies in the intangibles. “It’s good leadership, good chemistry and the building of a good foundation,” Butehorn said.

As a four-year-old program, FGCU had never been ranked nationally. They are currently ranked No. 24 in the country. This, Butehorn says, “speaks volumes.” Still, Butehorn is not satisfied. “What we need to do at this time of year is just continue to get better and maintain that high level of playing,” Butehorn said. The Eagles were recently voted sixth in the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) South Region Rankings. In addition, FGCU’s senior defenseman, Matthew O’Shaughnessy, was honored with the title of A-Sun’s Defensive Player of the Week this past Monday. So just as the Eagles soar higher in ranking, the amount of recognition is escalating just as fast. On Friday, FGCU will embark on what could be a huge advance in not only conquering the conference, but in remaining undefeated and adding to its already successful record. Stetson, the defending A-Sun champion, currently trails FGCU by 3 points in the conference. The Eagles entertain the Hatters in a 7 p.m. home game.

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“The two top teams will be playing in a game where points are going to be essential for both to winning a title,” Butehorn said. “It’s going to be outstanding for both teams to have that opportunity.” One thing that Butehorn cannot stress enough is the vitality

Hot men’s golf team visiting California for SMC Invitational By Andrew Binninger Staff writer


he hiring of new head coach Brent Jensen this year signaled a ray of hope and high expectations for the golf team. Before coming to FGCU, Jensen was the assistant coach at his alma mater, St. Mary’s (CA) College. Jensen served three years under five-time West Coast Conference (WCC) Coach of the Year Scott Hardy, for whom he also played at St. Mary’s. After serving as an assistant under legendary coach and instructor Dr. Jim Suttie the past two years at FGCU, Jensen inherits a program he helped guide to five tournament titles and an impressive 16 top-5 finishes out of 21 events Jensen is immune, but aware, to the pressures of coaching. “You always feel pressure to win and set goals. Pressure comes from myself more than what anybody else puts on me,” Jensen said. In the upcoming SMC Invitational on Oct. 25, Jensen will return to his second home, Monterey, Calif. “It is going to be a fun event and the venue is unbelievable,” Jensen said. “I am hoping that we can compete and win. The team has worked better progressively over the years and we are pushing each other harder at practice.” The team recently finished in first place at the Savannah Intercollegiate in Savannah, Ga. “All of the hard work came together and everything clicked for us at Savannah,” Jensen said.” At Savannah, the team shot an even-par 288 to take home first place in the 14-team field. The tournament win was the first of the season for the Eagles after opening with back-to-back second-place finishes at the John Dallio Memorial and the Renaissance Invitational. The win represents one of Jensen’s trademark themes at practice. “I tell the players to improve as a player and do something that makes you better every practice,” Jensen said. “You can improve step by step and eventually you will peak at the right time.” One of the seniors on this year’s team is Gyles Robin.

Junior Patrick Williams finishes a swing. Photo courtesy of FGCU Athletics

Robin is originally from England, and has been playing golf his entire life. He came to America during his freshman year of college and plans to one day turn pro. “My goal this year is to win all of our matches in the fall and spring,” Robin said. At Savannah, Robin had a season-best 2-under par 70 in his final round. He improved each round, producing a 1-under 71 in round two after a disappointing 80 to open the tournament. Robin’s three-round 221 put him in a tie for 36th overall. “ “We play well together and I like to go into every tournament with a mindset to win,” Robin said. “In my four years, I have improved mentally more than anything”. Robin has a lot of respect for his coach, saying, “He is the best thing that has ever happened to this team.” One of the other seniors on the

golf team is Daniel Mazziotta. Mazziotta has played golf for 15 years, attending Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers. Golf has always served as an escape for Mazziotta “Golf is an escape from mundane life and keeps me motivated in all parts of life, Mazziotta said. After graduating, Mazziotta would like to turn pro. Playing in his 30th tournament, the top-10 finish at Savannah was the 16th of Mazziotta’s career. In his junior year, Mazziotta produced a team-best 73.1 stroke average that featured a team-best seven under-par rounds, and he was also one of three players to pick up an individual win on the season. He wants to take that momentum to California. “I’d like to put myself in a position to win the SMC Invitational,” Mazziotta said.

of having a great turnout of student support at home games, Friday’s in particular. “For us, it’s getting our fans out there and having good support,” Butehorn said. “It gives us such an adrenaline rush having

them out there in big crowds, similar to the support we received in the Ohio State game. “We think that having a nationally ranked team has to bring a lot of pride to the student population. Their support is vital for us.”

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Seniors hope to clinch A-Sun title By Josh Siegel


Sports editor

T Announced the dates for its three winter camps. The Eagle Baseball High School Showcase Camp is on Dec. 4-5 for kids in grades 9-12. The final two camps will be held Dec. 27-28 for grades 7-12.


Dropped a heartbreaker to Mercer 3-2 on Saturday night at Alico Arena. Holly Youngquist had 21 digs in the loss.

Women’s cross country

he 2010 women’s soccer 10-member senior class — the first four-year class in program history — carries no secrets. Before the Eagles (10-4-2, 7-0-2 ASun) put themselves in position to claim the A-Sun, the seniors orchestrated a tell-all that made their intents clear. “Two or three weeks before the season started, all of us seniors had a night where we met up and talked about how we wanted our season to go,” midfielder Caytlan MacKenzie said. “We set standards and guidelines for this year. We took the time to look back on our last three years and we made it a goal to win conference this year and to make that our mark.” A conference-clinching win on Seniors Caytlan MacKenzie and Kelli Haemelmann get their kicks during practice. EN photo/Mike Ricci Saturday against Stetson on Senior Day would harden head coach Jim Blankenship’s platform that he had Without postseason eligibili“Coming to a team that’s brand evolve something that’s their baby laid out four years earlier. ty (FGCU is in the final year of the new is great because everybody is in and see how it turns out.” In other scenarios, FGCU can al- NCAA’s four-year Division I transi- the same position,” Haw said. “None If they beat Stetson, the impact so win the A-Sun regular season ti- tion rule), players savor the finality of us came in having known each oth- will endure beyond what’s quantitle with a Jacksonville (11-4-2, 7-1-1 A- of their regular season. er, so there are no cliques. Everybody fiable. “If we can be called champiSun) loss at UNF; or a tie with Stetson “Being ineligible has made every is after the same thing.” ons and people can say, ‘Look at this and a Jacksonville tie at UNF. conference game more important,” First they sought progress, and group. Look at what they’ve done,’ “There are so many emotions MacKenzie said. “All we can do is win got it. Their first three years brought and aspire to be that way, it would be that you go through with that group,” conference. It gives us an advantage. three top four finishes in conference, the biggest compliment you can get,” Blankenship said. “When they came We can’t bank on coming through in including one point out of a first-place the coach said. here four years ago, we had nothing. the A-Sun tournament. Winning the season a year ago. Loud and clear, it will be their legWe didn’t have a field. We didn’t have A-Sun regular season title is the only “It has been hard these past three acy. a team. We just had a dream. These recognition we can get.” years with how close we’ve been (to ladies came here with an unbelievThe senior class knowingly winning conference),” Haemmelable responsibility and have more signed on for this, choosing to look mann said. “There’d always be one Women’s soccer senior class than lived up to it. A win Saturday past the restraints. game that ruined our season. We’d n Kirsi Keenan would only confirm that.” They share a similar apathy to- spend time looking at other teams’ reWhile some would hide from lead- ward established entities, favoring sults. We are finally able to look back n Anna Jokuty ership responsibilities and avoid pon- the dare of untouched newness. and say, ‘We don’t have that.’ The n Caytlan MacKenzie dering large-scope consequences, the “I want to look back and know I power is for once in our hands.” n Lindsay Haw senior’s recognize the weight of their helped create a tradition,” MacKenNow they crave something more opportunity, zie said. “It’s different coming into defined. n Kayley McMillan “We talk about it all the time; this something that’s already seen suc“The first day of pre-season I told n Michelle Kuhnen is the last game as seniors we will ev- cess. Having the opportunity to start the seniors that whatever happens n Amanda Suchko er play,” defener Kelli Haemmelmann something new and fresh is what this season you’ll have to live with it said. “This is a group that came in drew me to this school.” for the rest of your life,” Blankenship n Kelli Haemmelmann and built a program. We can go out on Forward Lindsay Haw believes said. “They have a chance to do somen Kathleen Hunter Senior Night not celebrating a win, the program’s youth promotes thing so many people in this world n Katie Donnellan but a championship.” healthy, fair competition. don’t get a chance to do. They get to

Men’s basketball team searches for an identity Finished fifth at the Hatter Invitational on Friday in their final tune-up before the conference championship.

Men’s cross country Placed sixth in the Hatter Invitational on Friday, their final tuneup before the conference championship on Oct. 30.

By Zach Gibbons Staff writer


GCU’s men’s basketball team had a season they would like to forget last year, finishing 8-21 overall. Fortunately, as they kicked off official practices on Friday, the Eagles have a plan in place that will hopefully ensure a better record, if not the A-Sun regular season title. According to head coach Dave Balza, youth was the main issue last season. “We were a really young team a year ago,” Balza said. “We still

have some young guys. We have five freshmen, but we have a few more veteran guys. This is the first time we’ve had three fouryear guys, which will be really nice.” The Eagles also struggled with establishing an identity last year. A lack of perimeter shooting prevented them from playing how they wanted to play. “I would say most importantly we were not a very good shooting team,” Balza said. “I think we have addressed that with a couple good, young shooters. A couple of our freshmen, (Christophe) Varidel and (Chase) Fieler, are

Women’s tennis

The doubles team of senior Iris Rendon and sophmore Morgan Bechtel advanced to the finals at the UNF Invitational.

Junior Tim Snyder slams a dunk during Eagle Mingle EN Photo/ MIke Ricci

very good shooters.” Senior Reed Baker, last year’s second-leading scorer, will be depended on for leadership. Baker expects better results this season. “Our expectations are to have a better season than last year,” Baker said. “We’ve got a lot of returners, and a lot of new talent. We’ve got a top recruiting class. We’re expecting to win the A-Sun regular season title.” In order to achieve this, though, Baker feels that there needs to be more chemistry than last year. “I’d like to see a lot better chemistry,” Baker said. “I think we’ve got the right components in place, so I think that it’s going to be a lot better product on the floor this year.” Another top player returning from last season is Anthony Banks, a redshirt sophomore. Banks, last year’s leading scorer and a pre-season A-Sun all-conference selection, is coming off surgery to his foot. He is progressing well. “I’m doing great,” Banks said. “I had an X-ray today (Monday), and the doctor told me I’m completely healed. We expect I can get some minutes against Indiana (in the season opener on Nov. 12), then I’ll be back fully against Miami (Nov. 27).” Even with Banks as a threat down low, Balza wants his team to play up-tempo. “We want to be a transition team,” Balza said. “We want to be a team that plays very fast and

up-tempo. To do that you have to be a good shooting team, and you have to be a good defensive team. I think we will be better at both of those things. “I don’t think we’re there yet defensively, it’s too early to be. That will help us with our identity as a transition program.” Sticking to a style and committing to playing defense takes focus. “A big part of playing how we want to play is having mental toughness,” Balza said. “We do mental training sessions where we really talk about focus. We talk about the ability to compartmentalize. When you’re taking a test, you shouldn’t think about basketball, and in between the lines, you shouldn’t think about what’s going on with your grades. So it’s really about what we focus on, the here and now. Not looking ahead, and not looking back.” Both Baker and Banks feel that they will have to pay particular attention to rivals Lipscomb and Stetson. “Lipscomb is always a tough opponent, and they’ve got a lot of returners,” Baker said. “Belmont is always strong. Stetson is probably our biggest rival in conference, since they’re closest to us.” If they can shoot the ball from the perimeter, get out on the break, play team defense and maintain solid leadership, the Eagles might have the formula they’ve been searching for. In other words, an identity.

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