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The ABC’s of FSU
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Getting acquainted, or reacquainted, with FSU CHAY D. BAXLEY Contributing Writer
A Advising First is a program within the Division of Undergraduate Studies at the Florida State University that strategically places professional academic advisors and success coaches to serve students within specific academic units. Currently, Advising First has approximately 50 advisors and coaches working in numerous locations across campus to help students adjust and make the most of their college experience.
B B has to be for brick, because FSU has plenty. In fact, the Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, FSU’s football stadium, is the largest continuous brick structure in the United States.
C Crenshaw Lanes, a 12-lane bowling alley located in the Oglesby Student Union, has been an FSU tradition since 1964. Bowling’s not the only activity Crenshaw has to offer—the facility is also equipped with 10 full-sized billiards tables as well as a lounge area furnished tables, chairs and televisions.
Aerialists smile for the crowd from high above the center ring during the ‘Around the World’ spectacle put on by FSU’s Flying High Circus on April 2, 2012.
D Downunder—Club Downunder, that is—is an on-campus venue run by Union Productions, FSU’s student-run programming board. Club Downunder has hosted countless musical acts, all of which are free to current FSU students with a valid student I.D. Situated in the FSU Oglesby Union, right next to Chili’s, the location of Club Downunder couldn’t be more convenient.
E Emergencies can happen at any time, but with
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F FSU’s Flying High Circus, which recently celebrated its 65th birthday, was founded in 1947. The Flying High Circus was
Zola Jesus performs at Club Downunder on Friday, Feb 11, 2011. originally formed to aid in the integration process between men and women when FSU first went coed.
G Greek organizations have had a strong presence of FSU’s campus for more than 100 years.
With 32 fraternities and 28 sororities, including 22 culturally based Greek letter organizations, to choose from, students can find one that suits their interests and collegiate ambitions.
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Intramural sports are great way to get involved and make new friends. Students could try their hand at one of FSU’s many Ultimate Frisbee teams, Beach Volleyball or even Team Bowling.
J Jumpstart is an organization that allows FSU students the opportunity to mentor and tutor preschoolers, giving them the skills they need to succeed during their elementary schooling. Thousands of college students across the country have devoted their time and energy into making a difference in the lives of young children through Jumpstart.
Hunger pains are not a problem on FSU’s campus with nearly 20 dining options to choose from, including Papa Johns, Chili’s, Pollo Tropical, Starbucks, Salad Creations, the Fresh Foods Company and many more.
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The Krispy Kreme Challenge is an annual charity event where participants run two miles, eat one dozen doughnuts (totaling 2,400 calories) and run back to the finish line, making a complete loop from the Westcott Fountain to Doak S. Campbell Stadium and back. With proceeds going to the United Way of America, everyone wins.
L The Bobby E. Leach Recreation Center, better known as The Leach, is FSU’s on-campus student recreational facility, plays host to a wide variety of physical fitness amusements, including a gymnasium, indoor track, pool, spas, racquetball and squash courts, group exercise classes, cardiovascular and free weight areas. Best part of all—it’s FREE for FSU students.
M Medical School is a great option for every Seminole to consider. With the addition of the Florida State University College of Medicine in June 2000, now FSU will boost Seminole doctors in the field of medicine.
N News needs are taken care of by FSU’s studentrun newspaper, the FSView & Florida Flambeau. Owned by the Gannett Company, the FSView covers all major on-campus events, as well as local happenings.
O Overall, FSU has been ranked No. 53 of the top 6,000 universities worldwide in the 2009 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. Such a ranking is based largely on formal and informal academic activities of professors and researchers, as reflected by their Web presence.
P During the fall semesters, the best Friday night parties can always be found in Tallahassee’s downtown districts, for the Downtown Getdowns. Typically held on the night before a big FSU home game, Downtown Getdowns are host to a variety of live entertainment, food and fun.
Q Quidditch isn’t just for Harry Potter anymore. As of spring 2012 an FSU Quidditch Club is in the works. It is an RSO at FSU. Who knows, joining the extracurricular could have a magical effect on a student’s social life.
Students walk across Landis Green between classes on the first day back to school, Monday, Aug. 29.
R Research is something FSU prides itself on. Being a Carnegie Research University is a classification that means FSU has high research activity. Which is no surprise, considering that Florida State awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees each year.
S Sports are a huge part of the collective Seminole Spirit here at FSU.— and football is just the tip of the mountain. Wear garnet and gold for all game days.
T Tallahassee was chosen in 1825 as Florida’s capital because it was midway between the territory’s two most popular ports—St. Augustine Street and Pensacola Street. As Florida’s capital, Tallahassee is home to all branches of state government, giving FSU student’s fantastic internship opportunities.
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U Undergraduate’s often find it challenging to get involved with quality research, but not at FSU. The Office of Undergraduate Research promotes and supports the engagement of FSU undergraduates in research and creative projects with an annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, held every spring.
V Valet parking is a great option when students are running late to class. With locations near the Woodward Parking Garage and at the corner of West Call Street and Copeland Street, FSU Valet is an affordable parking solution.
W World-class faculty is part of what makes Florida State so great. With Pulitzer Prize Winners and Nobel Laureate’s on staff, students can be sure you’re learning from the very best.
X The X-Ray facility, located at FSU’s Institute of Molecular Biophysics, is just some of the stateof-the-art technology utilized by the world’s future biochemists, biologists and mathematician’s.
Y The Yeti is an independent, student-run newsmagazine in Tallahassee that publishes articles in arts, life, views and news. Part of The Yeti’s mission is to publish content that will spark intelligent conversation.
Z Zero-tolerance for drug and alcohol consumption is strictly enforced on FSU’s campus. If apprehended with illegal paraphernalia, students could be fined and even incarcerated.
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A spoonful of Thagard helps students On-campus health center is on call for sick Seminoles away from home SAMANTHA DIDIO Staff Writer With new classes, organizations, friends and social obligations about to occupy incoming students’ lives, there is no time left to be sick in their schedule. When students start to feel under the weather, they head over to Thagard Student Health Center for the most convenient healthcare possible. Located on the main campus next to HCB, Thagard is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday during the fall and spring semesters, with the same hours during the summer Monday through Friday. Students are able to schedule an appointment anytime without breaking the bank, since health services is included in annual tuition costs (with the exceptions of physical examinations, gynecological exams, laboratory tests and medical supplies). All Seminoles are welcome to take advantage of the trained physicians available to diagnose and help treat any kind of ailment. Immunizations are also readily available upon request if students feel the need to prevent sickness
FSU students participate in Kick Butts Day, a health initiative to educate students about the dangers of smoking. before it occurs. Along with basic health services, Thagard offers free, confidential STI testing and provides the tools necessary to practice safe sex. Looking to slim down or bulk up?
Then head over to Thagard for a personalized nutrition plan. Feeling stressed out with your workload? The health center works with the University Counseling Center to provide psychiat-
ric care, as well. Planning on kicking that smoking habit to the curb? Thagard is there to provide you with the tools and classes necessary to stop indefinitely. For female Seminoles, Thagard
also houses the Women’s Clinic where ladies can go for examinations or any general questions. Lastly, for those students spending a semester abroad, the health center
provides consultations and immunizations for your safe travels. Thagard Student Health Center is a Seminole’s onestop shop for all of their health needs.
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Florida State University President Dr. Eric Barron poses in front of the Westcott Building and Ruby Diamond Auditorium on Jan. 28, 2011.
Florida State President Eric Barron sits at the helm of the University STEPHANIE JAREK Staff Writer Originally from Lafayette, Ind., Eric J. Barron, the current president of Florida State University, was elected into office in February 2010. He is the 14th president of FSU, following former president T.K. Wetherell. President Barron is a Florida State alumnus from the class of 1973, when he received his B.A. in geology. After his graduation, President Barron earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from University of Miami. Before he became president, he served as the director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, as dean of the geosciences school at University of Texas at Austin, and as professor and later a dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sci-
ences at Pennsylvania State University. In addition, President Barron married wife, Molly, and they have two grown children Jeannette DeDiemar, assistant vice president of University Relations, specified what Barron’s duties as president of the university entail. “President Barron is the chief executive officer of the University,” said DeDiemar. “As such, he is responsible for ensuring Florida State’s commitment to academic excellence in undergraduate, graduate, international and professional education and scholarship and that students and faculty alike have ample opportunities to grow intellectually through study, research and service.” As well as ensuring that these principles are upheld and prospects are abundantly provided to
Florida State students and faculty, DeDiemar explained that President Barron helps in a number of different divisions at FSU and making sure that these divisions exhibit and uphold FSU’s excellence. “President Barron directs Florida State’s seven divisions: Academic Affairs, Advancement, Finance and Administration, Planning and Programs, Research, Student Affairs and University Relations,” said DeDiemar. “He provides educational leadership and long-range planning and budgeting. He also is the university’s chief fundraiser and lobbyist, and he reports to the university Board of Trustees. President Barron has championed the concept of the student-centered university and is devoted to ensuring a high quality of student life.”
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Greek life offers unique experience ERIC FISHER Staff Writer While FSU and its massive community offer an endless range of possibilities for students seeking extra curricular organizations and activities, Greek life has been and remains one of the most popular choices for FSU students searching for connections and opportunities on campus. FSU features a large Greek population, thanks to the large and diverse array of fraternities and sororities on campus. FSU’s Office of Greek life recognizes 60 social fraternities, with 32 fraternities and 28 sororities, as well as 22 culturally based Greek letter organizations. The total Greek population at FSU consists of nearly 4,500 students spread amongst the 60 organizations.
Greek life at FSU is overseen by a handful of organizations that help regulate the fraternities and sororities on campus and maximize their activity. The Interfraternity Council is the body responsible for overseeing over 20 fraternities and a population of over 2,000 Greek men, while the main body representing many of FSU’s sororities is the Panhellenic Association, which is the largest women’s organization at FSU, representing 16 sororities and over 3,000 students. The Multicultural Greek Council, established in 2001, is another organization that helps maximize the effectiveness of fraternities and sororities on FSU’s campus and serves as a vehicle for the University’s multicultural Greek community. The MGC consists of 11 cultural-
ly based organizations that work to promote diversity on and off campus in the FSU community.
Greek life for FSU students typically begins with rush week in the fall and spring. During these weeks, pro-
process for fraternities and sororities that interested students should be aware of. While fraternity rush
Dance Marathon, a 40-hour fundraiser for cancer awareness, is just one event Greek organizations participate in. The National Pan-Hellenic Council, consisting of eight predominantly AfricanAmerican fraternities and sororities, aims to instill in its members high standards and cohesion among its organizations. The process of joining
spective new members of fraternities and sororities get the opportunity to check out a variety of the organizations present at the University and try to find the one that is the best fit for them. There is one key difference between the recruitment
week offers the chance for students to visit as many or as few fraternities as they wish, the Panhellenic Association describes its own recruitment as being designed for prospective sorority members to check out all 16 chapters on campus.
FSU’s Greek community also works hard to make it as safe of an environment as possible, combatting stereotypes of hazing and other dangerous activities regarding Greek life. The IFC Web site lays out a strict, zerotolerance hazing policy, and the IFC and Panhellenic Association also combine efforts to host a biannual risk management seminar addressing issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, hazing and body image for their members. Greek life at FSU is a tradition that runs deep in the University’s history and provides members a variety of opportunities to get involved around FSU in various capacities and with such a wide range of organizations and options, will continue to draw a wide range of Seminoles from every walk of life.
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Osceola in the making Miami, Labor Day weekend of ’09 was the first college football game I ever saw, and I saw it on horseback. Drake Anderson Osceola
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Drake Anderson, from Jemison, Ala., becomes Osceola for every home football game. Once his makeup and regalia is on, his ‘game mode’ is also engaged. He doesn’t smile or laugh; he said this is because he is portraying a fierce warrior of an ‘unconquered people’ in the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Mascot more than paint and spear TURNER COWLES Contributing Writer An hour of makeup, a few pounds of clothing and two Appaloosa horses are only a few things that help Florida State University’s most recognizable gameday tradition stay afloat. Business student Drake Anderson, from Jemison, Ala.—about an hour south of Birmingham—was recruited by the Renegade Team to portray Osceola. The team takes this portrayal very seriously— they know how important the “12th player on the field” is for the football team. The regalia is directly from the Seminole Tribe of Florida—coat, pants, shoes, necklace and headdress. The Renegade Team takes the accurate portrayal of Osceola very seriously. Allen Durham, administrator of the Renegade Team, said that is because of the true historical significance of Osceola. “They step into that regalia, they’re no longer that student,” said Durham. “They are representing a great, great warrior in Osceola, and a proud people in the Seminole Tribe of Florida.” Durham knew he needed a replacement rider because the previous rider—Chris Gannon—was graduating. “[Durham] drove all the way up to Alabama, about six hours from here,” said Anderson. “He watched me ride and showed me a little bit more about Osceola and the tradition we uphold here. So, from then on, it was a fast track. About a month after, I was accepted to FSU, and signed my contract to come down here.” Growing up in Alabama, even though only an hour from the Crimson Tide’s Tuscaloosa, Anderson never really watched college ball. “I grew up riding horses and hunting, and I played football in high school, but I wasn’t a big sports follower,” said Anderson. “Miami, Labor Day weekend of ’09 was the first col-
lege football game I ever saw, and I saw it horseback.” Osceola is more than a mascot to FSU. Donna McHue, an assistant vice president for university relations, refers to Osceola and Renegade as FSU’s “spirit symbol.” “We wouldn’t be what we are if we had to call ourselves something else,” said McHue back in July. As a student, Anderson must keep a solid GPA. He takes classes full-time, so he is stretched thin. It’s an hour drive to the farm, two hours of practice and another hour drive back. That’s three times a week, so it cuts into his studying time. But Anderson has no worries that it’ll affect his schooling. He wants to go into some kind of equine business after graduation. Preparation Before home games, Anderson and the team are at Doak preparing long before most fans even wake up to tailgate. In preparation for the game against North Carolina State University, Anderson woke up before the sun, and hit the ground running. “A noon kickoff is the earliest morning for me,” said Anderson before the N.C. State game. “I was up at 5 a.m. today. We loaded up, got here, we ran through a practice on the field beforehand, and right now we’re in a bit of a break.” They horses are loaded into an unmarked horse trailer and pulled into the Doak Campbell parking lot outside of University Center D. The location of the horses is kept secret, although Anderson acknowledged they are kept at least an hour outside of town. “Ever since we started the program, back in the late 1970s, we’ve always kept the location of Renegade a secret,” said Durham. “When you want to see Osceola and Renegade, come down to a football game here at Doak Campbell stadium, and that’s where you’ll see the pageantry.” Once the team has arrived at the stadium, they
set up their makeshift stable. The metal gates are kept inside the stadium. The food and water for the horses are all set up by the Renegade Team. Practicing on the field, without makeup, regalia or wig is custom before a game. After practicing, around 8 a.m., Anderson and the team go back to the gameday stables—just inside Gate M at William H. Durham Plaza—and eat breakfast—homemade sausage and eggs and blueberry cobbler. Once the break is over, and everyone has calmed down from practicing, the makeup goes on. “It takes about an hour for all the pain and for all the regalia—the wig and everything—to go on,” said Anderson. “That’s when it really starts sinking in—I really get into game mode at that time. When I’m portraying Osceola, I don’t smile; I don’t talk. I’m portraying a fierce war leader, so it’s part of the program. When the paint starts going on, that’s when it really gets serious.” The makeup process is tedious and serious. There’s the base face paint, applied everywhere above the collar—face, ears, eyelids, neck, nose and brow. Once the base coat is applied, another member of the team—on this day it was Kristy Carter—takes a rag and removes a line down Anderson’s nose and across his cheeks. This line is where the other paint—the gold war spear on his forehead and the white and red stripes on his cheeks—will be applied. Slowly, the jovial and happy Anderson transforms into a serious and silent warrior. The base paint is the beginning of this transformation. Once the gold spear starts going on his forehead, it’s hard to tell it’s still Anderson. Once the stripes are applied to his cheeks, Anderson is completely hidden. The first bit of “costume” to go on is the shoes and pants. They are adorned before the makeup even goes on.
Once all the face makeup is applied, Anderson must start putting on the clothing. Over his Renegade Team polo and trousers, he puts on the jacket. “It’s kind of a canvas material,” said Anderson. “It’s a thicker material, so those first few games during the season it’s pretty warm in there, and I’ve got the wig on, so that’s pretty warm also.” For the NC State game, the low was 52 degrees. That meant the regalia was able to keep Anderson warm. He adorns his Seminole coat, sash, belt, necklace and jewels. Then the wig is placed on his head by the other team members. They ensure the braids are placed properly, then put the headdress over the wig. Suddenly, Drake Anderson is no more. All there is, is Osceola—or at least a living, breathing replication of the most recognizable Seminole warrior. Post makeup Osceola then takes his place as an FSU version of a celebrity. At William Durham Plaza, Osceola takes his spear and pleases a crowd of fans. He stands in front of the ceiling high banner, and poses for photos with FSU fans of all ages. He even signed his name “Osceola” on a young fan’s jersey. True to his word, Osceola didn’t smile for any of the photographs. This goes on for about 45 minutes to an hour. After the photo session, Osceola makes his way over to Renegade, and strokes his steed’s mane. The horse is ready and knows what’s coming. “They’ve got a pump up video that plays on the Megatron, and when that starts going, the horse knows what’s coming,” said Anderson. “He knows what his job is. He knows what to do, and he’s as excited as anybody out there. Any football player that gets excited about a big play, that’s what he is.” Anderson holds on the 35 yard line waiting for the players to run through
Planting the spear before home games is part of Anderson’s job as Osceola. the banner. “I go to the opposite side of the field,” said Anderson. “I wait for the coin toss. Once the coin toss happens, my boss will give me the signal, and then I’ll come up and plant the spear.” Planting the spear is as much joy for Renegade as it is for Osceola, said Anderson. The horse has his own personality, and he enjoys the energy on the field as much as anyone else. “At that time, he knows
when he needs to rear up, he knows where he needs to go, and I’m just along for the ride,” said Anderson. “He’s very, very intelligent. Three years of riding him now, we’ve gotten pretty close. I can pull up at the farm and whistle to him and he comes running out in the pasture. We definitely have a bond there.” Although there is a bond, Anderson knows he’ll have to leave Renegade to let the next rider take over once he graduates.
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Transporting around Tallahassee Buses, bikes and automobiles are just some ways to navigate FSU BRENDAN BURES Staff Writer The big worry for incoming freshmen is getting around the Florida State campus and the city of Tallahassee their first year. Most students have to say goodbye to their beloved cars when they first enter college or they’re nervous about driving in a city for the first time. As a result, most freshmen choose to stay in dorms their first year and never leave the outer vicinity of campus—I know I didn’t. Really, though, there’s no need for students to be limited in their first years as Florida State provides transportation across campus and Tallahassee to various popular spots around town. For anyone
The bicycle house is a not-for-profit organization that services students’ bike needs. who wants to live off campus, but don’t have a car or bicycle to get to campus, don’t fret. The Seminole Express Bus System pro-
vides transport from most apartment complexes on the west of FSU’s campus. Most of Tallahasee’s apartment complexes that
house students are west of campus, so there should be no problem in finding an apartment with a bus stop nearby. The Seminole Express operates from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during both fall and spring semester. During summer semester, the buses run from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. In addition to buses that transit to campus through the week, Florida State provides late night buses for free. The Night Nole is a late night bus route traveling close to FSU and running close to popular venues and apartment complexes for safe transport late at night. This Night Nole is useful for late night study session at Strozier library or if out late at a friend’s apartment. The
Night Nole runs from 10:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday during both Fall and Spring semesters. However, the Night Nole doesn’t run during the summer semester. If you don’t live close to the rout of the Night Nole but still wish to stay over late at a friend’s house or have a big test Monday and find yourself at Strozier late at night, don’t worry. The Nole Cab, in partnership with Transportation Services, is a cab service that encompasses much of Tallahassee and is for Florida State students. The Nole Cab runs seven days a week from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and costs $4 per ride for up to four students, but one student must present their FSUCard for service.
Also, with that FSUCard, students may ride the City of Tallahassee Starmetro buses for free. The Starmetro travels to popular places around Tallahassee like Governer’s Square mall or the AMC movie theatre. Florida State provides parking for those fortunate enough to have cars their first year in college. FSU students are given free decals to park at any student parking on campus designated by the white parking spots. There are also parking garages and commuter lots for students providing almost 4,000 spaces available to students and faculty/ staff. Florida State provides numerous options of transportation for students, it’s just up to students to use them.
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Students mobilize for new apps FSU’s on-campus lab develops technology KAYLA BECKER Senior Staff Writer In the Love Building, a dozen computer science students are working with cutting edge technology to put Florida State at the national forefront of mobile application development. This is the Mobile Lab, where students are developing apps to help the blind see, teach sick babies to feed and help the elderly who’ve fallen. And the research doesn’t stop there. The Mobile Lab is a research lab under the Computer Science Department with a strong emphasis in developing mobile-related applications, such as Android apps, iPhone apps and web apps. As to be expected in an advanced computer science lab, each computer station has an impressive set of three large monitors turned sideways and pushed together, which looks much like a digital story board poster. Each screen has the ability to display different functional windows at the same time. On the back wall, which is painted with a whiteboard, there is scribbling of computer jargon and daily goals. Aside from Gary Tyson, the faculty advisor, the mobile lab is entirely run by students. “I wanted to create a lab that looked to explore what was new about the mobile use of computers that differed from the Internet and the home computer,” said Tyson. “It’s not that you just go to the Internet anymore. Now, phones have sensors that monitor what you’re doing and know where you are […] and it can proactively say, ‘This is the information I think you want.’ ” Justin Danielson, a member of the Mobile Lab who has worked on apps including the Route Scout and Phone Star— which was pitched at an entrepreneurial competition at the 2011 Mobile World Congress—said he enjoys the collaborative atmosphere of working in the lab which is sometimes not available in regular classes. “The best thing about working in the mobile lab has been gaining familiarity and comfort in working on projects with a team,” said Danielson. “In academia, you often dread teamwork because everyone doesn’t pull their own weight. Working with a team in which everyone is committed to completing the project has been refreshing.” Tyson said their research projects were all started with the intention of helping people who have some kind of need. “We wanted to look at how we could understand how we could use the capability of these new devices and use them in a way that helps people who have real problems,” Tyson said. One example of the research they conduct that helps others is an app that aims to allow the blind to see through sound by converting the image into audio. The app is still in the development stages, and is projected to be released in six months. “They can see by hearing the representation of that picture, so that they’re able to walk better than if they had a cane,” Tyson said. “This is something you wouldn’t even have thought of doing before mobile.” He even had the chance to show the app to a blind friend, who was unsure of how the application could work. Holding the camera down to the floor, his friend heard a steady buzz—a bland representation of the carpet. He then slowly moved his hand under it, surprised to hear changes
in the sound. “This is the first time he saw himself,” said Tyson. “It was just amazing to see how he felt about that; it was one of these life-changing experiences. So I think this type of work has the ability to inspire students, just because it’s challenging and because we get to see the reaction from those we’re trying to serve.” Besides their own research goals, the Mobile Lab helps organizations within the University and outside it to develop their mobile projects. In the past, they created a mobile app for the FSView News Reader, and currently have pending contracts to develop two applications with the College of Music. One is a therapy where people see lyrics and select the words that they strongly associate with, then answer a series of questions. The other contract proposal pending is for the College of Music’s Pacifier Activated Lullaby project (PAL), a music therapy for prenatal babies that don’t know how to feed. The College of Music developed a system where the
babies suckle the pacifier, and it plays them music to get them in the rhythm of feeding. The lab is responsible for contributing their expertise to develop the app. Their mobile app research and development isn’t just limited to helping organizations, though. Frank Sposaro, a grad student and manager tech lead, said students can use the FSU Route Scout, an app that came out last October that lays out all FSU bus routes in a comprehensive map.
the lab. Sposaro said iFall, the subject of his thesis, is an automated fall monitoring system for elderly adults, which senses movement and weight change in the surrounding area of the mobile device. “Florida State is one of the few universities with a Geriatric Medical Center, and we asked them what’s a big problem, and it was elderly people falling,” said Sposaro. “That was something that I felt with the technology we have, it’s something we can help address.” International interest in the app has allowed the Mobile Lab to work with other universities on similar apps. Right now, the lab is working with a school in Italy that wanted to create a similar application. In the future, they hope to work with big name computer science schools such as Berkeley, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon. When considering applicants for the limited number of positions in the Mobile Lab, the team tries to mimic the interview process of bigger companies, like Google and IBM. “It helps the students get that real world experience and helps us interview them,” Sposaro said. “Not only does it help them go through the interview process, it helps us as interviewers, which is experience we rarely get.” Even with limited spaces, the Mobile Lab strives never to turn away capable students who want to get involved in creating apps. “We have systems in place where we give students who ask and who know have some knowledge about what’s going on permission to view our source code and add to what we’ve done,” said Sposaro, pointing to one of his three screens, showing functions and codes students have added to programs through the net. “So, it allows us to take contributions from outside students who want experience, and it’s really interactive. It helps them write code and helps us have the ability to see what students are doing that we’re not even aware of, and we can even learn from them.” Tyson, who notices a steady increase in interest in the program, said he enjoys this type of work not only because he gets to help others, but also because he loves working with enthusiastic students. “These students universally see mobile as computing of the future,” Tyson said. “So, it’s always wonderful to work with Zachary Goldstein/FSView students doing research Top, left: Computer Science students pose for a group shot because they’re always exat the Love Building on FSU’s campus. The students work at cited about it.” the mobile lab, an app developing resource run by students. Sposaro said he is very Middle: A Computer Science student in the lab. Bottom: enthusiastic about his The interior of the mobile lab provides an environment for work. designing and constructing various electronic projects. “It’s fun to work here, and we’ve given so many students opportunities to “Students can find all detailed bus stop map and travel, compete and make the stops really easily; it’s building locations. connections with our part“One thing we’re trying one of the best apps we’ve ners IBM and Google to to do is branch out and created,” said Sposaro. help get them internships Sposaro has been with see what students actually and jobs,” said Sposaro. the Mobile Lab since it’s want and what they can “We’re a stepping stone use and create those apps,” creation in 2009. trying to bridge the gap Along with another man- Sposaro said. between school and work, Any student can leave ager tech lead, Michael and we’re trying to mimic Mitchell, Sposaro is re- feedback about what apps the industry and a real prosponsible for everything they’d like to see on mogramming environment.” from research to program- bile.cs.fsu.edu on the He said working in the ming to managing students comment page. Mobile lab helped him gain Sposaro himself got into teaching the Mobile Prothe experience he needed gramming Course as teach- volved with the mobile to intern with Google. lab as an undergraduate ing assistants. “It gave me experience Through the Android app working under Tyson and making applications and market, students can type was always interested in also teaching others how in FSU Mobile solutions mobile development. In his to make them,” said Sposand any app they’ve creat- office are several technoloaro. “It helped accelerate ed will be listed. Right now, gies including the makings developing me as a proonly Android users can of a clock, pieces of rogrammer.” download the Route Scout bots the group made, and, Sposaro’s ultimate goal app, but with a new re- of course, several mobile for the lab is for people to lease due out soon, iPhone technologies. keep thinking about new To date, Sposaro has users should be able to apps for mobile devices. download the app as well. scored a coveted position “We want people to use Sposaro said the updated as an intern for Google, our apps, keep up with us version will include driving and has created a successand say, ‘Hey, what’s new direction lists, along with a ful application, iFall, within with mobile?’ ”
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The rich and â€˜goldenâ€™ history of Florida State ERICA ZWIEG Staff Writer As incoming freshmen to the Florida State University, it can often feel overwhelming when being juggled along with other students through orientation, campus tours, registration and so on. For those who nodded off during orientation seminars or felt lost during a tour of the many brick buildings that compose the FSU campus, here is a brief overview on how the University came about and some of the unique qualities that make up its flourishing history. FSU is noted as one of the largest Universities in the nation and among the oldest of the 11 institutions of higher education in the state of Florida. There are a total of 16 colleges of specific major departments and over 275 programs that vary from creative writing, engineering, to law and graphic design. However, what many donâ€™t know is the universityâ€™s history dates back as far as 1823 when a plan was developed by the Territorial Legislature in order to create locations for higher education. Through a series of legislative planning and acts, a facility was established where the Westcott fountain rests and was called the West Florida Seminary. Over the years the University experienced a series of name changes, including the Florida Collegiate and Military Institute in order to keep its doors open during the Civil War. For a time, it was also transitioned into an allgirls school when titled the Florida Female College. It later changed to the Florida State College in 1901. During this time, the first fraternity Kappa Alpha Order was established on campus followed, by the sorority Kappa Delta. To this day, there are 60 established fraternities and sororities which compose the FSU Greek community. Finally, on May 15, 1947 Gov. Millard Caldwell was able to establish the Collegeâ€™s official and final title as the Florida State University. The school was transitioned back into a coed student body and the first graduating class turned their tassels June 9, 1947. Over the next few years, FSU reached a variety of milestones including the graduation of the first black student to enroll at FSU. His name was Maxwell Courtney and he was not only a Student Government Senator, but he was an Associate Editor of The Flambeau, and later graduated cum laude. Later on, the Flying High Circus was created, the first dorms Smith Hall and Kellum were built and head coach Tom Nugent and FSUâ€™s football team appeared on television for the very first time. One of the most honored trademark for the FSU Football team was the creation of the Osceola and Renegade in 1977. The legendary war figure and horse of the Seminole Tribe represents the mascot for the FSU football team and can be seen planting its spear in the center of the football field during every home game. As the athletic department began to flourish, so did the increase of the student body and the development of the educational opportunities and achievements campus wide. James M. Bauchanan, the chairman of the
Economics Department, was among many to bring a sense of accomplishment and prestige to the campus, when won a Nobel Peace prize in 1986 and also though his musical achievements as a well known pianist in the
school of music. Another flourish program at FSU is the International Program, which continually ranks in the top 15 study abroad programs in the United States. The diverse programs have allowed for FSU stu-
dents to study in international colleges, partake in internships and travel to destinations like Israel, England, Italy, Uruguay, China, Australia and the list goes on. Through the three resounding words that every
student becomes familiar withâ€”Vires, Artes, Mores which translates to Strength, Skill and Characterâ€”FSU has fostered a student body of around 40,000 currently enrolled students which contribute to the success of the
University and its achievements. If thereâ€™s anything to take away from the brief overview of FSUâ€™s history and acclimates, itâ€™s that there is no denying itâ€™s an honor and privilege to apart of the Seminole Nation.
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Student maintain faith on campus FSU campus is home to an array of religious groups SAMANTHA SCHAUM Staff Writer As a new student, it’s important to maintain some familiarity in one’s life in the midst of many other changes occurring. For students who practice or follow certain religions, Florida State University’s campus has various organizations to help incoming and current students continue following their faith after arriving to Tallahassee. Though there are more than 20 faith groups, churches and organizations, here is a rundown of four organizations with a major presence on campus. Hillel Foundation for Jewish Campus Life Hillel provides a home away from home to the nearly 4,000 Jewish students who attend Florida State University. Kosher meals are offered every Shabbat and on Jewish holidays, making it an ideal place to have dinner with friends who share the same Jewish culture and values. In such a large school, it may feel difficult to find a sense of community, but at Hillel, like-minded students come together as a family to embrace their Jewish heritage. “I first visited Hillel for a bagel brunch freshman year,” said FSU student Melissa Goldman. “It’s a great way to keep up with the Jewish traditions I learned at home.” Hillel provides a wide variety of opportunities to be involved in Jewish life. Because of the large Greek population within Hillel, it partners with AEPI, SDT and other Greek organizations. Members of Hillel can also participate in student government through several student organizations including ’Noles for Israel, the Maimonidies Society, Jewish Student Union, Jewish Art Student Association and others. FSU even offers a chance to study in Israel through their Study Abroad Program. The outlets for expressing one’s Jewish identity are boundless. Hillel encourages all expressions of Jewish life on campus and offers an enriched atmosphere where students can create the Jewish life they desire. 843 W. Pensacola St. Tallahassee, Florida, 32304 (850)-222-5454 The Wesley Foundation The Wesley Foundation is the United Methodist Campus Ministry for the students of Florida State, Tallahassee Community College and young adults in the Tallahassee community. Wesley is a place where students can bring the Lord into their everyday lives, deepen their relationship with the Lord and help them to understand Jesus Christ. A place for local community and international community, Wesley is dedicated to serving those and making a difference in the world. Wesley offers an array of opportunities to take part in Christian life on campus, including Sunday worship services where students can pray along to live Christian bands. “The music is awesome,” said Reverend Vance Rains. “You’ll find a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm. It’s probably a worship experience like you’ve never experienced before.” Wesley also holds community night dinners, prayers, retreats, missions and more. It is a place for prayer, worship, studying the Bible and celebrating life with Christ. Open virtually all day, everyday, students will find an open community full of love and support at the Wesley Foundation. 705 W. Jefferson Street Tallahassee, FL 32304
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Top: Wesley Methodist Student Center. Above: Episcopal University Center at Ruge Hall. Right: The University Lutheran Church and Student Center.
Other members of the international council at FSU Alpha Omega—C5 Ambassadors for Christ (AFC) Anglican College Ministry Baptist Collegiate Ministry Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Christian Campus Fellowship The Episcopal University Center Every Nation Campus Ministries First Baptist Church Heritage House Student Fellowship Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Islamic Centers of Tallahassee The Navigators Campus Ministry Orthodox Christian Fellowship Pentecostal Student Union Presbyterian University Center (PCUSA) Reformed University Center (R.U.F.) Seminole Christian Life University Unitarian Universalists
(850) 222-0251 University Lutheran University Lutheran is a “Jesus Centered Community of Scripture, Faith, and Grace” located on the Florida State University campus. The organization is devoted to reaching out to college students, helping them to know Jesus, and providing a continuing path of discipleship. University Lutheran provides an environment where students can celebrate their
love of Christ with other students through prayer and worship services offered every Sunday and Wednesday. The Lutheran community’s teachings correspond with the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther, and they are dedicated to spreading the love of the Triune God: the Father, the son and the Holy Spirit. Serving as the only Lutheran campus ministry at Florida State University, the church stands with
open arms, and welcomes all Lutherans, Christians and people to share the love of Christ. 925 W. Jefferson St. Tallahassee, FL 32304 (850) 224 6059 Catholic Student Union The Catholic Student Union is an organization dedicated to empowering students to advance the teachings of the Catholic Church through spiritual, educational and leadership opportunities. In addition to daily mass, CSU
offers many incredibly fun opportunities for students to be more involved with their faith. CSU retreats are beneficial ways to make friends and learn more about Catholic beliefs. Students can look forward to group prayer around the campfire, sports, games and lots of food. Service is also a large part of CSU. Service Trips are an amazing way for students to give back to the community through love and compassion. The or-
ganization has reached out and participated in service projects ranging from aiding the homeless, furthering community education, promoting environmental sustainability, contributing to disaster relief and many more. The organization is a place for students to embrace and foster their identity as Catholics and to reinforce the teachings of Christ throughout the Campus. St. Thomas More Student Center P.O. Box 2334, 32316 (850) 222-9630
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Oglesby Union has everything you need From food to music, this student hot spot draws the crowd SARAH ELEANOR CLARK Senior Staff Writer Campus events and activities are a great way to embrace the tradition of a fun and involved college experience. The Florida State University Oglesby Union is the heart of our campus layout. The student Union is a part of campus where students are encouraged to become involved through the various activities and centers that are generously run for you. Entertainment: Art Center—The Oglesby Union Art Center is right in the center of campus on the ground floor of the Union. The art center offers many activities for students, like classes in ceramics, photography, painting, drawing, glass fusing, stained glass, mosaic tile art and jewelry. In addition, they offer Paint-A-Pot, which is a popular activity among students. There is no registration required and instruction is provided. The art center also offers summer classes. • Session 1 starts May 14—June 30 (7 weeks) • Session 2 starts July 2—August 11 (6 weeks) Phone: (850) 644-4737 The art center hours are: • Monday through Friday (9 a.m.—6 p.m.) • Saturday through Sunday (11 a.m.—6 p.m.) Summer Hours: • Monday through Friday (9 a.m.—9 p.m.) • Saturday (11 a.m.—7 p.m.) • Sunday (Noon—5 p.m.) Club Downunder – One of the most respected student-run organizations in the nation, Club Dowunder is where students with a valid student I.D. card can see bands and events for free. Some of the top names who have stopped through in this previous school year are Peter, Bjorn & John, The Mountain Goats, Zola Jesus, The Boxer Rebellion, Nurses, Toro y Moi, Youth Lagoon and Twin Sister. This venue is a great way for students to come together for the common cause of music. This is one of the most popular venues in the Union. Crenshaw Lanes—Crenshaw Lanes is an on-campus bowling center with 12 lanes and has been on campus since 1964. They also offer pool with full sized billiards tables. They offer programs for bowling leagues, billiards tournaments, intramurals, parties and cosmic bowling. This is definitely a popular place for parties and student and university groups. Crenshaw Lanes is also the home of the FSU Bowling Team. Hours: • Monday through Wednesday (10 a.m.—11 p.m.) • Thursday (10 a.m.—12 a.m.) • Friday (10 a.m.—2 a.m.) • Saturday (2 p.m.—2 a.m.) • Sunday (2 p.m.—10 p.m.) Phone: (850) 644-1819 Market Wednesday— Market Wednesday is a Union event that happens every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and allows student-run organizations and clubs to set up tables to promote events or their clubs. Local businesses also set up booths to sell clothes,
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Every semester, the Student Living Fair provides an opportunity for students to learn about housing options in Tallahassee. jewelry, shoes, movies, CD’s, candles and other items. The event is very popular and always gets a big turnout every week. Food: • Chili’s • Einstein Bros Bagels • Freshens • Miso • Papa John’s Pizza • Pollo Tropical • Salad Crations • The Trading Post The Oglesby Union offers many different options
for food. Above are all of the companies that offer quick and easy service to students looking for a meal between classes or as a break from their busy day. All places take an FSU I.D. if students keep money on that card. Students love the Union: “I love the Union because it’s the watering hole of campus. It’s the heart of campus and it brings everyone together.” —Shaina Harris, senior
“I’m grateful for Union Productions and Club Downunder for bringing a ton of my favorite performers in the last few years.” —Jessica Drawhorn, senior “The Union is definitely the heart of FSU where people come together to eat, play and even talk business.” —Emmanuel SanchezMonsalve, junior
“The Union is great because it’s near the center of campus. For my long treks that force me to go across campus to get to class, the Union provides a quick breather. “I get to relax for a few moments and buy and Italian flag or maybe just a slice of pizza.” —Eric Todoroff, senior “I like Market Wednesday and how clubs and
student organizations have information tables there. I just like how all the people mingle and interact.” —Gabriela Ayala, sophomore “Everything is at the Union. Need food? It’s there. Need a movie? It’s there. Need to bowl? It’s there. Everything is there. Fun times and plenty of interesting people.” —David Menendez, senior
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A tradition of athletic excellence
Doak Campell Stadium is Florida State’s landmark of athletic history.
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Left: Monica Perry (55) delivers a pitch down the pipe during the 3-1 Florida State victory over the UNC Tar Heels on Monday, April 2. Top right: Fans hold up a Seminole flag during the 34-0 FSU victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, Sept. 3. Bottom right: EJ Manuel (3) sends a pass down field during the 34-0 FSU victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, Sept. 3.
Florida State sports teams have been leaving a legacy for decades ERIC FISHER Staff Writer Doak. The War Chant. Bobby Bowden. The Tucker Center. Chief Osceola and Renegade. Mike Martin. Leonard Hamilton. Jimbo Fisher. If these names, places and traditions aren’t familiar ones yet, they soon will be. All are part of the proud tradition of Seminoles athletics, one of the most nationally recognized aspects of the University. Sports at FSU have always been and remain to be a huge part of the FSU community’s school spirit. Discussions of FSU ath-
letics still typically begin with the University’s nationally prominent football program. Bobby Bowden, the coach who brought the program to the national stage during his legendary 30+ year tenure in Tallahassee, is the patron saint of FSU sports and is immortalized with a statue outside of University Center D and with the field in Doak Campbell Stadium that now bears his name. Bowden led the Seminoles to two national titles and coached two Heisman Trophy winners during his time in Tallahassee. Jimbo Fisher took the reins from Bowden in 2010 and has created a
tremendous buzz around FSU during his tenure so far as well, netting top-10 recruiting classes in each of his years as head coach and setting the 2012 Seminoles up to begin the season in the Top 10 of the national polls. FSU basketball has risen to new heights in recent years as well under coach Leonard Hamilton. After a sustained tournament drought, the ’Noles have been in the big dance four straight years, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2011 and the program’s first ever ACC tournament title in 2012. As much as Bobby Bowden meant to FSU
football and the whole University, FSU baseball head coach Mike Martin has been equally meaningful during his time in Tallahassee. The legendary coach has been at the helm of Seminole baseball for over 30 seasons of his own and has transformed the program into one of the nation’s best with a long list of successful alumni who have gone on to play in the Majors. While these popular sports may claim the most headlines, FSU athletics have demonstrated a topto-bottom excellence. In both 2010 and 2011, every Seminoles program qualified for the postseason in
their sport. FSU has also stood out in the Director’s Cup standings, an award which goes to the University displaying all around athletic excellence—the Seminole athletic program finished the fall 2011 season ranked No. 2 in the Director’s Cup standings. A number of highly successful women’s athletics programs play a big part in the success of FSU athletics. Both FSU’s soccer and volleyball squads reached the Final Four of their sports in 2011. FSU’s women’s cross country squad also posted a topfive national finish, coming in fourth place at nationals this past season.
FSU’s softball and women’s basketball teams have also been consistently successful. Softball, led by head coach Lonni Alameda, currently sits atop the ACC. Sue Semrau has helped grow women’s basketball into one of the ACC’s best programs during her tenure, as well. From the legends of the past to the heroes of today, FSU athletics continue to be one of the biggest prides of the Seminole community and one of the most memorable aspects of many students’ time at FSU. If you don’t know about the rich tradition of Seminole athletics, give it some time. You’ll learn.
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Mike Martin is more than your average coach BRENDAN BURES Staff Writer Mike Martin field is different, but it seems the same. The old grass was removed in favor of new field turf, the spongy rubber absorbing each new step onto the field and better draining the rain from forming lakes in center field. The new drainage system might be tested today as dark rain clouds loom overhead, bating the baseball team to start practice. Baseball will wait. First, the team must conduct interviews in the dugout, answer questions by reporters standing on their spitout sunflower seeds scattered across the floor. James Ramsey sits on the dugout bench, the only player being interviewed. What the players say is interesting, but everyone waits for one guy: No. 11. On the other side of the bench are displays of different photography and memorabilia packages players can buy. Each package is shown with players from various teams in college and professional baseball. One of the better packages includes a team insignia baseball. Ironically enough, the display baseball features the Miami Hurricanes and their logo. Head coach Mike Martin walks out of the clubhouse, and players and reporters whip their head in his direction, all acknowledging his presence before returning to their conversations.
Us reporters act like he wasn’t the only guy we came to interview, like he wasn’t the only one we wanted to hear opine on the state of Florida State baseball, but when he ambles over toward the bench, we all scurry over, afraid to miss a sentence from him. We start with small talk before launching into questions—it’s what reporters and coaches or players do to lessen the awkwardness of asking a person’s thoughts and emotions in front of several different people. As Martin fields questions on weekend rotations and evaluations of players, his passion for baseball spills over. His sky-blue eyes light up when he talks of “the team” and how the veterans and freshmen have bonded this season. As much as Mike Martin means to Florida State baseball, it’s obvious Florida State baseball means as much to him. “Next to my family, it’s my life,” said Martin. “This is what I enjoy doing. When I go to bed, I’m normally thinking baseball, [and] when I wake up in the morning. Always, especially during the season, what do we need to do to get better. I used to remember a whole lot more of what I was thinking, but it’s still enjoyment beyond means. It’s utopia.” Martin mocks his old age, but he’s stood in the Seminoles dugout for over 30 years now, coaching and building the team in his vision. The program has failed
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Head Coach Mike Martin instructs his players on the first official day of practice for the 2012 baseball season on Friday, Jan. 27, at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium. Martin recently hit a career milestone with his 1,700th win for his career with Seminole baseball. to reach the pinnacle of achievement, but sports have proven the best teams don’t always win championships. Martin still has time as he doesn’t think he’ll be leaving the dugout anytime soon. “I don’t know [when]” said Martin. “I think one day in the future, I will know, but it’s not in my mind anytime soon.” Martin has now notched 1,700 wins for his career, a feat only two other Division I baseball coaches have claimed. Florida State fans couldn’t be happier. Leaving the dugout, the sun shines bright on the new turf. The overcast has disappeared. Mike Martin walks out of the dugout and leads the way, just like he always has.
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Road to Rhodes: a finalist’s story Karlanna Lewis’ personal account of the process KARLANNA LEWIS
With seven classes and four jobs, in addition to my dance projects and rehearsals this semester, I have little free time—and very little of that time is spent on appearance.
Assistant Editor The chairman of the 2012 District 7 Rhodes Scholarship committee walked into a room of 14 hopeful college students to make an announcement that would determine their futures—“Josh Carpenter and Carrie Ryan,” he announced, on Saturday, Nov. 19, and suddenly the room filled with excitement and disappointment. My eyes grew warm and blurry, and I did my best to restrain the tears as I thanked the committee. “I let everyone down,” I scolded myself, as I joined a student from Northwestern and a student from the Air Force Academy on the departing elevator. For a long time, the Rhodes scholarship competition— for which I was selected as a finalist—had been bigger than me. The hopes of the Florida State University, and all who had helped me make it this far, rested on my shoulders. I decided to apply for a Rhodes scholarship in the spring of 2011, the final semester of my undergraduate degree in creative writing and Russian at Florida State. I was familiar with the scholarship long before that, though—my freshman year of high school I remembered seeing an announcement on the school billboard that a former student was a Rhodes scholar. I didn’t know much about the Rhodes at the time, but my mom’s reaction showed me it was a great honor. My first year at FSU, I couldn’t have told you we had an Office of National Fellowships on campus dedicated to helping students pursue their ambitious dreams of national and international scholarships. My second and senior year, I visited the Office of National Fellowships (ONF) and told them I was interested in applying for some of these scholarships. Last spring, when I wrote an article about former FSU standout William Boyce’s selection as a Fulbright scholar, I was already perusing the ONF Web site to decide which scholarships to pursue. After the semester, I met with an advisor in FSU’s honors office, who asked me about my post-graduation plans and encouraged me to apply for a national fellowship. I already knew Dr. Craig Filar, director of FSU’s ONF, from a leadership-training program, so I contacted him to let him know of my intent. Because I was studying in Spain this summer, we set up a Skype call to discuss scholarship possibilities. This year, in addition to the Rhodes, I also applied for a Marshall and Fulbright scholarship. A week before the good news from the Rhodes committee, I heard from Marshall—“thanks, but no thanks,” they said. I will not know anything further about the Fulbright until January. Over the summer, although abroad, I spoke weekly with Dr. Filar via Skype, writing and rewriting my personal statement, and clarifying my goals. I was supported in the process by the six professors and colleagues who wrote recommendations for the application, as I rushed to put together the components and submit the package to the ONF by the campus deadline. At the first campus interview, my stomach was full of butterflies, maybe even more than at the final regional interview. I polished my application based on the FSU committee’s feedback and submitted it to the regional office. I didn’t hear any-
Karlanna Lewis FSView senior staff writer and Rohodes Scholar finalist
Karlanna Lewis was an assistant editor for the ‘FSView’ after writing as a senior staff writer for the news section.
Photo courtesy Karlanna Lewis
Karlanna Lewis has dedicated time throughout her academic career to dance. thing until the weekend of Halloween. I arrived home from a campus potluck fully costumed—with an olive branch and doves entwined in my hair; I was “Peace.” When I checked my email, I saw the allimportant news—I was a Rhodes finalist. I called my parents and emailed Dr. Filar to let them know. Then the intensity of my preparation entered full-swing. I had met with a couple former Oxford students before, but soon I was meeting with all kinds of people—from communications to dance experts. “Read the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Economist,” I was advised. For the weeks leading up to the final interview, I carried stacks of newspapers everywhere. “You look so serious with all your newspapers,” friends commented. In preparation for the final interview, I had four mock interviews at Florida State. Questions ranged from the Nazis to Rick Scott and everything in between. I worked to eliminate words like “um,” “sort of” and “I think” from my speech. I learned to keep my answers from being offensive or too rambling. Dr. Filar recorded my practice interviews for me to watch at home. Because I do not have a DVD player, and the disks did not play on a computer, I found creative solutions to view them. I called a friend and asked to watch a DVD at his house—little
did I know he invited another friend to join us. We had a Rhodes viewing party. (The worst moment was when I made an analogy involving bathrooms. Never talk about bathrooms.) The contribution I hope to make is through my own not-for-profit, Dancearth, which uses the literal movement of dance to create figurative movement toward greater environmental conservation. I spoke with some of Florida State’s renowned dance faculty, including Nancy Smith-Fichtner and Sally Sommer, to discuss how the arts can make a contribution. At my first mock interview, the interviewers gave me a hard time about doing good for society through art—and I began to have doubts about my project. It was too late to change my application, but I started to think I should have gone about it a wholly different way. “I can build free clinics if that’s what they want,” I thought. And while we’re making revisions, why not delete the metaphorical and idealist line from my personal statement, where I say I want to be a bird? The positive feedback I received from my mock interviews involved my body language. “Your posture is impeccable,” someone commented. “Because you’re a dancer, you talk with your hands, and it’s great.” We even had a discussion about whether it
would be appropriate to offer to dance a bit to illustrate a point. With seven classes and four jobs, in addition to my dance projects and rehearsals this semester, I have little free time—and very little of that time is spent on appearance. “Do you garden?” asked a professor, inspecting my nails. “We need to do something to help you not look like you are 10 years old.” I bought new, professional clothes to wear for the formal interview and dinner, and I had my hair
trimmed and nails manicured—beautification that only happens once in a blue moon. Meanwhile, I caught the virus going around the city and developed a wheezing cough. “The best thing you can do to prepare is to rest and get well,” my mother told me. When my father, a former Florida State football player, found out I was applying for the Rhodes, he asked me, “Don’t you have to be an athlete? Does ballet count?” As part of my preparation, I was invited to mingle in the President’s Box at the Miami game. My brother, also a football player, was jealous and proud. “I always thought the Rhodes was pretty cool, and if I had the grades I would apply,” he told me. When I arrived in Birmingham for the final interview on that Friday night, I unloaded my things—with all my fancy outfits and spare clothes I felt like I was packed for a week or two, not a weekend. I knew immediately I was among a group of ambitious and talented youngsters—the winner, Josh Carpenter, was working for Teach for America, and two others were VISTAs. Highlights of my dinner experience included talking about the arts with a computer science professor from Auburn and with the lawyer Ralph Smith. All but the chairman of the committee were former Rhodes scholars. My interview was at 8:40 a.m. Saturday morning, and though that may seem early, it was not too early for me—I normally teach a Pilates class at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays. I meant to bring my lucky math team jersey—a relic of my middle school life—to sleep in, but I forgot. I called my mom and asked her to hold on to it all day for luck. As I dressed, I noticed I was wearing something old—my lucky ballerina necklace; something new—my dress and shoes; something borrowed—my jewelry and purse; and something blue—my undergarments.
I felt like I was getting ready for a wedding, minus the white dress. At the dinner, Mr. Smith kept reminding me to bring my ballet shoes to my interview. He may have been joking, but I did it anyway. The first words of my interview were, “Did you bring your shoes?” The next question was, “What do you think the relationship is between technique and passion in dance?” I left my interview smiling, though I didn’t get to dance. I did a little preinterview dancing in the hallway, though, to release nervous energy, and a fellow contestant taught me a few steps of salsa. As we waited for the interviews to conclude and the committee to finish their deliberation, we engaged in a game of Catchphrase. These overachieving students were a competitive group. When they finished a round, I asked, “What do you all think about playing the next round with no teams, and no score-keeping?” “But then it would be less competitive,” someone answered, in all earnestness. Was I really proposing we play a game with no outcome, one in which no one wins or loses? Yes. Even though I was saddened by the committee’s decision, I was still thankful for the experience. I know it makes me a better person, and I was able to meet other young people who are driven to make a difference in the world. If I could change anything, I would have taken my brother to the President’s Box. At dinner on Friday, Mr. Smith asked me about my wish to become a bird. He liked that. And he told me he got a real kick out of my father asking me if ballet counted. On Sunday, Nov. 20, I was home again in Tallahassee, back to the routine of rehearsing for the Nutcracker, studying and everything else. Mr. Smith told me again at the interview he had a message for my dad. “You tell him ballet does count,” said Mr. Smith. Duly noted.
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The Student Government Association at FSU ensures students’ voices are heard.
Florida State’s very own Student Government Association DAVID TANNER Staff Writer Located in the heart of Tallahassee, Florida State University is a natural hot spot for politics. Florida’s Supreme Court as well as its First District Court of Appeal are just minutes from campus. Yet, students don’t have to leave the school grounds to observe the political scene due to the fact that they have one of their own. SGA, FSU’s student government association, is a full-fledged political group formed to represent the mission of the study body. With an executive, legislative and judicial branch, the government isn’t so
different than that of the capitols. Each year, Florida State’s student body is encouraged to take part in the elections of their representatives. This past spring, Rueben M. Stokes II and Kathryn L. Porwoll of the Ignite party took office as student body president and vice president, respectively. During the past year or so, their Ignite Party has affected campus in more ways than one. Having improved the quality of Campus Healthcare options, guest speakers (Eli Wiesel, Spike Lee, etc.), Leach equipment and even the air (through their continued support for Breathe Easy Zones), the student government has continued to make its
presence felt. Future goals include the possibility of a GPS tracking system in school buses and parking spot counters in garages. The Student Green Fund, a referendum from last semester’s ballot seeking funds to go towards a more energy efficient campus, also remains in the upcoming plans. Those who would like to further improve Florida State University on behalf of its students will always have the opportunity to seek positions in office or behind the scenes each spring. Until then, they can continue to make an impact by making their voices heard and consistently providing input to their representation.
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Renegade Boxing Club puts Seminoles in the ring You really bond—it’s like this collective warrior spirit. I really wanted to bring that back here in boxing. Nathan Crock FSU grad student
Boxers look to compete against in-state rivals, grow club membership KAYLA BECKER Staff Writer The Warrior’s Path Fight Systems gym (a warehouse down a dirt path off of Levy Road) is teeming with energy on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights. Music is playing, an American flag hangs behind a ring with two boxers ready for round one and sweat is rolling off 30 others sparring or beating punching bags. This is what an observer would typically see if he or she spent a practice with the new FSU RSO, the Renegade Boxing Club. Created in October 2011 by FSU grad student and President Nathan Crock, the club is quickly gaining momentum and the chance to compete. Boxing is Back Crock said the RSO could become an official sports club and varsity sport recognized by the National Collegiate Boxing Association in a couple of weeks. Crock said the goal of Renegade Boxing Club is to bring boxing back to its former glory as a recognized sport, as it was before the NCAA dropped it as a collegiate sport in 1971. “Boxing needs to be reborn in the youthful generation,” said Crock. “Mixed Martial Arts has been taking the spotlight. Boxing is much more technical. It’s like the chess of combative sports—it’s all about when you move and where your body’s at; there’s all kinds of kinematics involved in stances. But if all goes well, hopefully in a few years boxing can become a Varsity sport again.” An avid boxer since the age of 15, Crock said he created the club to respark interest in the classic combative sport and, more personally, to change the pace from his work with computational science. “I’ve spent a lot of my time in the lab in front of a computer, so the one thing that was missing in my life was just sweating and working hard and interacting with friends,” Crock said. “You really bond—it’s like this collective warrior spirit. I really wanted to bring that back here in boxing.” Although there were only five boxers when Crock joined the gym, within a few weeks of becoming an RSO, 10 people trickled in. This semester, there are over a hundred members. Attune to the increasing interest in the club, Crock is currently working with the newly established University of Miami boxing club to create a Florida Boxing Conference—a league comprised of seven universities in Florida that would compete with each
other. “If things go well, hopefully we can travel around the state of Florida and have some fights between UF, UCF, UNF, FIU and other Florida universities,” said Crock. “Two to three fights a semester would be realistic, and that’s what we’re training for in the ring.” Match of all matches Up for a round in the ring, Ajonte Bush shifts to the center, scrutinizing his opponent’s every move. Then he spots an opportunity—his opponent lowers his arms. The window is open. He leads with his right foot, brings back his arm and throws a jab, hooking his opponent in the jaw. That’s only part of the tri-weekly regimen for Bush. As a member of the competitive fight team that trains more rigorously than the regular members, Bush is no stranger to three-mile morning runs and weekend boxing sessions. Even after exhausting workouts, Bush said a chance to be part of the initial stages of boxing’s comeback is exciting. “It’s not only great to be the part of the beginning of that—like four years from now I’ll graduate and be able to say, ‘oh, FSU boxing—I was a part of that when it started,’ not only that’s cool, but just to reinvent the sport here at FSU and maybe in all of Florida,” Bush said. One thing is for certain— all his hours of training will be put to the test in the first match in the history of the boxing club, a heated match-up with longtime FSU sports rival, Miami. “I’ll definitely do whatever I can do to get a match with those guys,” said Bush. “It’s good competition. For me, it’s not so much about the rivalry, but a chance to showcase everything I’ve learned, all my hard work and to get it to actually transpire into an event.” This rivalry is what gets under the skin of those boxers in the warehouse off Levy. Crock said that the rivalry match is the motivating factor that’s made the team sweat and train so rigorously. The energy of determination to conquer the ’Canes, he said, is common throughout the gym. “The spirit is there; it’s like we’re FSU warriors trying to protect your home,” Crock said. “When you go to a football game with Miami, you can feel the tension in the air, but now you actually get to get in the ring […] This is the pinnacle of all rivalry—I want people to feel that energy we feel. It’s super exciting.”
Photos courtesy of Nathan Crock
Top: Boxers train as part of the Renegade Boxing Club. Bottom: Boxers in the ring train for their first matchup with longtime rivals from the University of Miami.
Once training starts for the Miami match, the fight team will be running three miles in the mornings and attend grueling weekend sessions. Lead trainer for the fight team, Rafael Cui, said the determining factor in how well the match goes will be dedication. “Especially those guys who want to compete at the next level, they will have to step up their time commitment and their effort,” said Cui. “There’s a predetermined competitiveness in place between Seminoles and Hurricanes. So, especially for me with my love of boxing, it’d probably be one of the most memorable moments at FSU for this to become a varsity sport and to go and compete against other clubs like Miami.” Cui said his team has a definite advantage. “What you really see here is guys pushing past their limits; you’ll see one guy fatiguing and his partner pushing him and encouraging him to do more,” Cui said. “The camaraderie is unmatchable.” Although there is an obvious rivalry, head coach of the Hurricanes, Mickey Demos, Jr., said collaboration between UM and FSU is amicable. “We have very cordial collaboration with FSU right now,” said Demos Jr., who graduated from FSU in 1989. A self-proclaimed “Seminole at heart” Demos said the groups are more focused on the larger issue of collaborating to create a Florida Boxing Conference. “I will always be a Seminole, and I wanted FSU to be the next university to add boxing for this reason,” Demos Jr. said. “This may sound strange considering I am the coach of the Hurricanes. It isn’t if you know boxing. There’s an amazing amount of camaraderie between competitors in boxing. I used to box against my best friends and then go to dinner together every night.” With a father who went to the University of Miami on a boxing scholarship in the ’50s when the sport was full varsity and who was inducted to the UM Sports
Hall of Fame for Boxing, Demos said no one is more eager to see the sport flourish at all Florida schools than him. “Literally, everything I have is a direct result of college boxing,” said Demos. “My dad was a poor Greek immigrant and would never have had the opportunity to go to college without boxing. The only way to revitalize the sport is to bring it back into the national fabric by making it once again a legitimate college sport. And it is viable. The sport has been proven to be safer than even soccer.” Demos said boxing also makes financial sense for the Universities. “Boxing programs are inexpensive to run and, being a spectator sport, will generate much more revenue than many other NCAA sports,” Demos said. Women in the Ring At both Miami and FSU, guys and girls alike share a passion for boxing. Courtney Yachanin has been training with the boys since day one. “It’s a good way to let loose, and sometimes you just need to punch something,” said Yachanin as
she fastened the straps of her pink boxing gloves. “ I started because I wanted a stress relief. It was something to get my mind off of school and work and my future.” Being one of a handful of girls in the club, Yachanin said that the co-ed nature of the sport keeps both sexes on their toes. “Being a girl boxer helps motivate the guys and keep them going, because they don’t want to be beat by a girl, and it helps us because we are trying to prove ourselves,” said Yachanin. The Renegade pro said most girls are discouraged by the idea of fighting in the ring like the guys, but that the notion shouldn’t hinder girls from joining. “It’s a lot of fun and it’s tough; it kicks your a**,” Yachanin said. “You will definitely get in shape, but it’s not always fighting other people. I’ve never been in the ring once, but I’ve learned techniques. So, more girls need to come and try it.” Being a veteran in the gym, Yachanin has witnessed the explosion of interest in the club. “Before last semester, you would never see this many people,” she said.
“But after New Year’s, it’s more than doubled. I see new people every time I come, and that’s exciting.” If the Glove Fits With options for workout intensity ranging from easy to hard, Renegade is friendly to boxers at all skill levels. Boxing practices are Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Warrior’s Path Fight Systems gym on 1134 Kissimee St. Suite B. A typical practice consists of an hour-long period from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. boxing conditioning training. Crock described this as cardio specific to building muscle strength and endurance specific to becoming a strong boxer. After an intermission, there is an hour-long boxing skill training session comprised of footwork, punches, maneuvering from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Crock said anyone who wants to learn about boxing should come and support the hopeful team. “If you want to get a thorough workout and have the chance to represent your school boxing, we want you to give it a try,” said Crock. “Hopefully, we’ll see [you] in the ring.”
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Zeigler makes communication fun, applicable Professor inspires students by explaining the practical aspect of the academic You often watch the news and hear that students are less prepared and are falling behind, but in my experience Florida State has been just the opposite. Mark Zeigler College of Communication
KAYLA BECKER Senior Staff Writer Mark Zeigler is familiar with the “So what?” question students sometimes pose when they take his classes. “So what does this mean to my life?” or “So why do I need to know this?” His first order of business as a professor of communication is to answer that question—in a fun and engaging way. Zeigler first came to FSU as a graduate student in 1987, and since then, he has become a wildly popular professor in the College of Communication at Florida State University. Full time since 1993, Zeigler teaches classes such as the dreaded public speaking course (which many say only he can make fun), Fundamentals of Speech, Contemporary Human Communication and an upper level rhetoric class for communication majors. Zeigler said his own undergraduate experience at Stetson University shaped his current teaching methods and has helped him see his through a student’s perspective. “The classes I remember most at Stetson were the ones that included
real life application, so that I could see why something was important,” Zeigler said. “My goal in class is to answer the ‘So what?’ question, so that no matter what someone’s place is in life or what their personal goals are or what they want to do
career-wise, they can take the information and really use it so that they’re a better communicator. That, essentially, is why I teach.” Zeigler’s passionate teaching style and applicable course lessons have earned him respect from colleagues and popularity with his students. “I try to be involved, engaging and applicable to a wide variety of settings,” Zeigler said. His love of the University, he said, is due to the students, which he contends continue to get smarter every year. “You often watch the news and hear that students are less prepared and are falling behind, but in my experience Florida State has been just the opposite,” Zeigler said. “They get better and better and
more engaged every single year. I think that’s because of the kind of students FSU attracts. I don’t think FSU attracts students that don’t want to be a part of things—I think it attracts people who want to make a contribution and learn and make a contribution once
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my friends; I like Tallahassee. The sports teams and the emphasis on both humanities and science are unmatchable. It still feels small, which is what I love about it. I just think it has everything you would want in a university.”
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The payoff of unpaid internships Students forfeit a pay check for valuable work experience STEPHANIE JAREK Contributing Writer Students at Florida State University complete either paid or unpaid internships while receiving their Bachelor’s degrees. Some programs, like social work, editing, writing and media and hospitality require internships to complete the degree. Other fields simply encourage students to participate in internships for the muchneeded work experience. Juliette McDonald, Ph. D., and FSU Career Center’s program director and instructor, said the most important aspect about holding an internship during a student’s undergraduate years is to gain experience in their field. “The student is more marketable,” said McDonald. “They have gained some experience and exposure in their field of study. Studies have shown us that employers expect students to have experience.” McDonald encourages students to first try and locate a paid internship, especially if the student has to relocate. According to McDonald, many engineering, computer science and business internships are paid, while most in the entertainment and service industries are not. While many students cannot afford to work without pay, McDonald said students should be reassured that their experience would not go to waste.
“If you were the employer and you had two equally qualified students who both interviewed well, both had the same major, both had a good GPA, but one student had some related experience, which one would you hire and why?” said McDonald. “Every student could tell me why they would hire the one with internship experience. It just makes good sense.” Students may find it hard to balance a job, internship and classes, because there are only so many hours in a week to complete all that work, but McDonald said there are ways to effectively manage the situation. “Students just have to decide and determine whether they are willing to sacrifice,” said McDonald. “It’s going to have to be a personal decision and there is no one answer for students. Every student’s situation is going to be a little bit different. If they are getting some type of financial aid, that could be a support to them, or if they can get a loan for that semester, that could be a support for them. Those are a couple of ways they might be able to supplement their income.” Many students, such as Kim Bednark, an FSU master’s student in the College of Social Work, have to supplement their internships with student loans or other financial assistance. “I couldn’t work another job because I was already working full time
Students just have to decide and determine whether they are willing to sacrifice. It’s going to have to be a personal decision and there is no one answer for students. Every student’s situation is going to be a little bit different. If they are getting some type of financial aid, that could be a support to them, or if they can get a loan for that semester, that could be a support for them. Those are a couple of ways they might be able to supplement their income. Juliette McDonald FSU Career Center’s program director
for my internship, so I had to take out student loans, because that was all the financial aid they would give me,” said Bednark. “I just didn’t think about the money.” Bednark’s major during her undergraduate years at FSU required an internship. She said she found it useful for earning her degree, and she also reaped other benefits from the experience. “Since I did have to do it, I feel like it was worth it because I got my degree and I got a little bit of experience,” said Bednark. “I got to network and meet a bunch of other agencies that I might be doing my
Master’s level internship with. So it helped me a lot in that way. Networking was the biggest part about it for me.” While an unpaid internship won’t lead to immediate payoff or money in the bank, the internship might have the potential to lead to a future job. The Career Center’s statistics show that 57.7 percent of unpaid internships during the 2010-2011 school year led to paying jobs in future semesters. Many students, while hesitant to work unpaid, see that a few sacrifices one semester will pay off in the long run. Spencer Coppola, an FSU student
who completed a marketing internship with the Career Center, said the experience of an unpaid internship overruled the idea of getting a paid job. “At that time, the money wasn’t as important to me, just because I’d gotten to the point where I’d already been through two-and-a-half years of school and I had zero experience,” said Coppola. “So, I knew that making seven dollars somewhere else wouldn’t be in the long run as beneficial, so I decided to go with getting an internship instead.” After taking the leap and completing his internship, Coppola said he
heard about a job opportunity that he might not have heard about without the internship. He used his contacts, and landed the job for the upcoming semesters. “My internship was only for the spring of last year and I knew that by working here they would need more students to work downstairs,” said Coppola. “They were looking to fill four or five positions so I was able to find out back around April of last year that they needed people. I was able to get in a couple months ahead of time because I knew when it was available. I was able to arrange an interview and I was offered a position.” While interning, students should stay alert and be aware of what positions might need to be filled in the company after their internship is over. Even many entry-level jobs and graduate schools are looking for prior job experience, whether paid or unpaid, in the student’s desired field, because it shows the student’s initiative and increased capability in their future career. Coppola said the decision to take an internship over a job will definitely benefit someone in the long-run. “I would say 99 times out of 100, at the end of everything, you will come out of it with something— regardless of whether or not it’s what you thought you were going to get,” said Coppola. “In the end, that’s going to benefit you more than making subs.”
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Top left: Libby Armstrong shows off her handmade terrariums. Top right: Alex Yarbrough works as a University Ambassador. Left: Glenn Dietchman works as a ‘magic guy’ at Athena’s Gardens Herbal Emporium and Spiritual Supermarket.
Contributing Writer For some FSU students, a college job is anything but normal. From a nude model, to a “magic guy,” to a university ambassador and an artist, these students go off the beaten path and find success. Keith Hansen, a business graduate, said he took an alternative approach to his degree by posing nude for a local senior citizen art class, as well as private artists. “I was looking on Craigslist and happened to see that a model was needed at the senior center down the road,” said Hansen. “I needed some money, and it seemed like a fun and interesting thing to do while I was young.” While the job requires a strong sense of selfawareness and confidence, Hansen said he was not deterred by its exposing nature. “I was totally in my element [from the beginning],” said Hansen. “I’ve always been comfortable being naked. I enjoy being naked. It’s a lot different than I thought it would be; there’s really nothing sexual about it. It’s a professional thing. They see naked people all the time.” For those interested in
posing nude, Hansen suggests contacting artists on campus that do figure drawing for model openings. Glenn Deitchman, a senior creative writing major, puts a twist on retail at Athena’s Gardens Herbal Emporium and Spiritual Supermarket, where he has been employed since August 2010
as the “magic guy.” According to Dietchman, the stores clientele ranges wildly, from scented candle shoppers to practicing pagans, but a substantial percentage are in fact there for his magical guidance. “About one-third of our regular customers are involved in some kind of pagan path—whether
that involves witchcraft, southern traditional folk magic or hoodoo,” said Dietchman. “Those customers get referred to me, and I help them with whatever their needs are.” Such needs may include the occasional love spell or luck enchantments, but Dietchman said he is cautious of the advice he gives. “It’s fine to do a love spell to open yourself up to love, or create an opportunity that could bring someone in your life, but forcing anyone to do something is crossing the line in my opinion and is extremely magically wasteful,” said Dietchman. “It never ends well.” Dietchman said this job opened his eyes to a world of paganism that he hopes to stay a part of for a long time to come. “It’s really given me an opportunity to practice being a resource,” said Di-
etchman. “I plan on being very involved in paganism forever, and I’d like to be an authority on it. This has been really good practice. I’ve got people who come in every week to ask me questions, because apparently, I’m the guy to see, and that’s so flattering.” Alex Yarbrough, a senior, came across his unique job by word of mouth in fall 2010 and has been employed with the school’s University Ambassador program ever since. He said his daily routine typically involves guiding prospective students and their parents around the FSU campus. “As a Campus Ambassador you’re basically a tour guide for Florida State,” said Yarbrough. “You’re recruiting high school students, as well as transfer students.” Yarbrough said this 15-20 hour-a-week job has added much needed structure to his college years. “This experience has definitely improved my college years, because I feel like I would be lazy and just not do anything,” said Yarbrough. “It’s nice having a little extra spending money, and it definitely gives you a little bit of structure to
your life.” Libby Armstrong, a recent graduate, is an entrepreneur, selling her handmade terrariums and paper goods at locally owned Community Fabric, located in Railroad Square. Armstrong has been creating her eco-friendly artwork for the past two years, but has only recently begun making her pieces available to the public. Armstrong said the business end of her work has proven to be the most difficult but also the most rewarding. “It’s made these last few years really fun,” said Armstrong. “It’s really hard work. I’ve learned to be a problem solver and a business person […] by learning how to interact with other people as well as my materials.” Armstrong said she advises other students who want to try selling their artwork to commit to their plan. “Go for it,” said Armstrong. “You have to stop thinking about it and actually do it. I think a lot of artists spend so much time thinking about what they’re going to make and planning, but when it comes down to it, you just have to carry through and play with ideas.”
STUDENT WELCOME PACK TIMES | 2012
Student Welcome Pack Times 2012