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spring, issue 7
April 23, 2013
Florida Tech students raise over $1,000 with Boston Relief Run Drew Lacy Editor-in-Chief What began as a run with a friend quickly turned into a charity event that drew national and international attention for Florida Tech students Wade Dauberman and Andy Dutra. “I was like, ‘Hey man, we should run sometime when we’re both free,’” said Dauberman. “And then I said, ‘Let’s make a Facebook group and get other people to come,’ and overnight it turned into this.” “This” was the Boston Relief Run, a marathon that brought out over 200 people from around Brevard County to run in honor of the city and raise money for One Fund Boston on April 21. The fund goes toward helping the victims and families affected by bombings at this year’s Boston Marathon that
photo by Lisa McMahon Event organizers Wade Dauberman (left) and Andy Dutra (right) before the marathon.
left three dead and 170 injured. The Facebook group went from a few friends to hundreds as people shared the link and local media covered the story, and soon Dauberman and Dutra found themselves planning a much larger event. Calls and messages poured in from people around the world looking to donate and create similar events. “We’ve gotten people from Brazil, Paris, England, Puerto Rico – they’re all going to be running at the same time to show their support,” said Dutra. “It’s a very humbling experience. We’re two Ph.D. students down here in little Melbourne Florida, and this made it all the way out to Boston and beyond. It’s incredible.” Local businesses and groups set
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Harris raccoons trapped and relocated Rebekah Duntz Staff Writer Imagine you’re casually walking out of your dorm, minding your own business, when you spot a small bear eating a banana right outside your doorstep. After a few moments of alarm, you realize, “Oh, it’s just another raccoon.” This isn’t an unfamiliar experience for many students living in Harris Village, where raccoons have been taking up residence for some time now. An April 5 email from assistant director of residence life, Gregory Connell, warned Harris students not to feed, touch or interact in any way with the raccoons, as this reduces their instinctual fear of humans and increases their likelihood of trying to interact. Five days later, Connell sent out a second email reminding students of the previous statement, and announcing that a wildlife removal company had been called to trap the
animals and move them elsewhere. Though the relocation is for the raccoons’ benefit, as well as the students’, there have been some negative responses from Harris’ human residents. A Facebook page called “Save the Fl Tech Coons” sprung up following the email announcement. Students have used the page to share photos of the raccoons and updates of their relocation. “We heard that they were taking the raccoons away and they sent out an email, and it kind of upset us and we feel that it’s not necessary,” said Alex Spahn, who calls himself the “raccoon whisperer.” “On a personal level, I just like to have them around,” Spahn said. “Over three years they have kind of been like my little babies.” “If there was a raccoon that was showing signs of aggression, then I could see them removing them, but I haven’t seen anything like that,”
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photo by Ryan Seeloff/Florida Tech Athletics Sean Ashley hands the ball off to Trevor Sand in Florida Tech’s first-ever Pirate Stadium game.
Florida Tech football sells more than 400 season tickets David Barkholz Sports Editor
photo by Katie Hesterly One of the many raccoons in the Harris complex searches for food out of a trash can.
walkathon Campus life editor Hershlay Raymond covers a fundraising walkathon.
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Florida Tech football players haven’t been the only ones hard at work in preparation for the debut of the school’s new sports program next fall. After selling more than half of the original amount, Florida Tech Athletics has expanded the premium seating section in Pirate Stadium in order to accommodate the demand for 2013 Florida Tech football season tickets. “I can guarantee you that we will sell out next year – at least the first game,” said Bill Jurgens, the athletic director of Florida Tech, “and those who have guaranteed seats will be in a favorable position and not be denied.” According to Jurgens, 407 of the original 754 available season tickets have been sold up to this point, about 53 percent of the original tickets. These 754 seats are located between the 40 yard lines on the stadium’s home side, in what the
university is calling the premium seating section, where each seat is numbered and exclusively reserved for its ticket holder. “They do cost more,” Jurgens said, “but they are comparably priced with similar seats in the Gulf South Conference.” According to the Florida Tech football season ticket brochure, premium seats will be sold to adults for $65. Seniors, children and Florida Tech employees will be able to purchase them for $40. “What we’re doing now is we’re expanding premium seats to the 30 and 30,” Jurgens said. “For those who have purchased their seats to this point, they basically get the priority seating between the 40s.” The expansion of the section brings the total number of premium seats in Pirate Stadium, which seats approximately 5,500 people, to 1,337. According to Ryan Jones, assistant athletic director for athletic communications, all unsold football premium season ticket seating
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will be made available to purchase as single-game premium seating, but that option is not yet available. This expansion in premium seating follows a major advertising push from both the athletic and marketing departments at Florida Tech. “We had a pretty targeted advertising campaign,” said Jennifer Neuhard, assistant vice president for university marketing at Florida Tech. “We created three different digital billboards that are now posted on Interstate 95 and also had two TV commercials made using models, actors and our real football players.” According to Neuhard, commercials for Florida Tech football have been aired on eight television stations thus far, some of which include ESPN, the NFL Network and Fox Sports. “We also considered doing a direct mail campaign to community leaders,” Neuhard said, “but once
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Graduating seniors look ahead to bright futures
Laura Fitzsimmons Campus Life Editor
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It will soon be time for the graduating class of 2013 to step out into the real world. After celebrating another milestone in their academic careers, these graduates will choose a variety of paths based on their various personal and scholastic goals. “I want to go into the Peace Corps,” Brian Thai, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering said. “I want to help people who may not have the same opportunities that I had.” “The world needs people who are willing to help and I just want to be part of that greater movement,” Thai said, “and for the next two years, I’ll be putting all my effort towards that.” Thai, who has been the SGA president for the past school year, feels that college has contributed to his growth as an individual and student. “I feel like I have grown as a person,” Thai said. “I was some small kid from New Jersey and now Student Government president and going to be joining the Peace Corps.” The opportunity for growth is one aspect that Andrew Hernandez, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, has also liked most about his time here at Florida Tech. “Before I got here I was a whole different person,” Hernandez said, “and at the end of it I am entirely different.” Hernandez contributed his growth to his experiences with university officials, his professors, Greek Life, student organizations and with being away from his parents. As the university’s first Farmer Scholar, Hernandez said that the recognition gave him a lot of opportunities, more creditability and networking. “I felt compelled to live up to it,” Hernandez said. “It pushed me to be more involved and make an impact.” During his time at Florida Tech, Hernandez has been involved in a variety of organizations such as SGA and the Phi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Zeta Sigma Chapter. He has also been a fall orientation leader and a member of the quality of life and university
disciplinary committees. Post-graduation, Hernandez plans on doing the fast-track program here at Florida Tech in order to receive his masters in chemical engineering. He then wants to do an accelerated master of business program at University of Florida. “I want to get two masters in two years,” Hernandez said. “After that, I want to go into industry since I realized academics aren’t really my thing.” Despite all of his achievements, Hernandez said that college isn’t just about the classes, it’s about the experience. “You realize it’s not just your academics, it’s the opportunities you took while in college.” Applying for internships is another important part of one’s college experience and most often leads to a variety of opportunities. Marie McBride, a senior majoring in solar, earth, and planetary sciences and minoring in physics, has had the unique opportunity of interning at NASA for the past two years. McBride applied for her first internship position at NASA Goddard, just outside Washington, DC, during her sophomore year. “I was lucky to get into the NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy,” McBride said. “Don’t stop applying, and if you get something, just network.” McBride added that when you meet someone, always ask for advice. During her time at NASA, McBride has had the opportunity to study restoration of Apollo data, worked with NASA JPL as a Mars Rover science office intern, participated in a press conference alongside the man who walked on the moon with Apollo 17 and was on the landing team for the Mars Curiosity Rover. She has also presented at conferences and is working on publishing her papers. McBride has another internship lined up with NASA for this summer and next spring, as she won’t be graduating until December 2013. In fall 2014, McBride will start a Ph.D. program in Planetary Geology. “It really influenced my life and opened up so many opportunities,” McBride said. “I feel as though I’m on my way to walking on the moon because of my experiences.”
“Havahart” traps will be used to trap raccoons without harming them STORY CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 Spahn added. However, others argue that the raccoons have been a growing problem, especially since the “raccoon baby boom” this spring. Holly Chichester, horticulturist and manager of grounds in Facilities Operations, reported that students had informed her of several baby raccoons in the dumpster earlier in the year. “I checked it out and they were not babies, but pre-teens,” she said. “We hoped they would move on, but between the dumpster food and students feeding them, they never left.” The situation quickly escalated for Residence Life and Facilities Operations when the raccoons started approaching people. “When I got a cell phone photo sent to me two weekends ago of 10 raccoons tracking down a student holding a freshly delivered pizza, they entered into the ‘nuisance’ category,” said Chichester. Some students opened the traps over two out of the four nights they were on campus, which resulted in tightened security overnight and a few signs warning of potential criminal punishment. “People think they are doing the
raccoons a favor by releasing them from the traps, when in truth, the raccoons will be better off where there are less people and more room to roam,” Chichester said. Other people disagree with this statement, including student Katie Hesterly. “Currently they have a habitat, a home, a food source, they have a family of raccoons that help them and support them,” Hesterly said, “and I think raccoons are social creatures. If you remove one at a time from the territory it has a potential danger to the raccoon.” The hired company uses “Havahart” traps to safely and ethically remove the raccoons, which are fed once being caught. “They are ridiculously cute and personable, but I also understand how it could really turn into a nightmare down the line as the population increased,” said Chichester. The raccoons will go to a professional wildlife remover, whose wife is a professional wildlife rehabilitator, and will be checked up first for any injuries or illnesses. Once they’re cleared, they’ll be sent at dusk onto private property in Oak Hill, about an hour north of Florida Tech.
photo by Andy Singley The “Havahart” traps are designed to catch animals safely and provide them food.
CAMPUS LIFE 730 students vote in 2013 SGA elections
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Allison McLellan Staff Writer Florida Tech students have again exercised their right to choose who represents them. The Student Government Association election results are in, and 730 students have decided who will run SGA next year, down slightly from the year before. Carla Deras, the current vice president, has been elected next year’s president. Jess Cushman will serve as the new vice president, and Maddie Sciullo will serve as the new treasurer. Because the three candidates all knew one another, they decided to campaign together. They handed out buttons, placed fliers, and attended meetings for various campus organizations to make sure that students knew who they were, Deras said. Cushman also approached students personally. “I talked to people and made sure they knew who I was, and I made sure they knew the SGA elections were going on,” Cushman said. Sciullo ran uncontested for treasurer, which gave her more time to focus on her plans for the Student Activities Funding Committee. “We need to make sure, obviously, that all the rules are followed,” Sciullo said. “I want to go through all of the rules together and explain everything because we are going to have a whole new SAFC next year.” She plans on organizing a retreat to allow the new SAFC members to get to know one another. “We shouldn’t be making decisions on organizations when we don’t even know each other that well,” Sciullo said. Cushman hopes to improve awareness about on-campus events hosted by organizations. “I want to improve the communication between
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the students and the organizations,” she said. “I want the students to know what the organizations are doing.” Deras is excited to continue her work with SGA. “I am very happy, because I feel I can continue doing what we were doing,” she said. “A lot of projects, instead of stopping and starting from zero, we can just take them and keep going with them, since we know what’s going on already.” Cushman has plans to revamp the SGA bicycle rental program, and SGA members have already done inventory on the remaining bicycles. “I am going to get all of the bikes fixed so that we have a better bike program next year,” Cushman said. Deras hopes to continue improving campus safety and security. She wants to continue pushing for more lights along Country Club Road and throughout the dorm circle. Although Deras is a member of Gamma Phi Beta and Cushman and Sciullo are members of Alpha Phi, Cushman wanted to stress that there would be no Greek bias next year. “I am affiliated with Greek life, but to me, I am more affiliated with this campus,” Cushman said. “Being Greek is just an addition of who I am, and it will not alienate anyone who isn’t a Greek chapter.” Sciullo echoed Cushman’s feelings. “I feel like a lot of SGA is meant for student organizations that are not associated with Greek life,” Sciullo said. “We are trying to help represent all of the organizations that aren’t Greek.” All three wished to convey their gratitude to the student body. “I would like to thank everybody for voting, for making their voice heard and for choosing the next leaders,” Cushman said.
Student Government 2013 Election results Presidential Results
Carla Deras 501 votes 69%
Winner: Carla Deras
Write-In 26 votes 4%
No Vote 69 9%
Emily Burch 134 votes 18%
Vice Presidential Results Jessica Cushman 381 votes 52% Casey Doran 268 votes 37%
No Vote 68 9%
Winner: Jessica Cushman
Write-In 13 votes 2%
Treasurer Results Madeline Sciullo 570 votes 78%
Winner: Madeline Sciullo
Write-In 13 votes 2%
Write-In 71 votes 10%
No Vote 89 12%
Casey Doran Isabelle Schultz Carolyn Chabuz Emily Burch Junior E. Lindsay Corin Lobo Abdulla Aldabal Riggs Brusnighan Brock Bontrager Vaibhav Roy Kevin Wortman II Mark Dushane Benoy Shah Donald Thomas Mark Mankee Joshua Merrill David Reger Camille Bobiak Dylan Polasko Kari Wedderburn Tyler Seidman Baian Taleb Paul Tufis Shelby Stansell Dhanish Mehta Bryant Clemence Rudy Dos-Santos Robert Himler Sky Seliquini Stephen Colbert Write-Ins No Vote Total
187 179 143 121 119 83 73 71 64 63 60 60 55 51 50 47 45 45 45 40 34 33 33 24 24 22 20 17 10 5 55 312 2190
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Charity race draws over 200 from around Brevard story continued from pg. 1
photo by Lisa McMahon Runners leave the starting line in a large group, but soon spread out over the miles of beachside sidewalk and the Melbourne Causeway.
Summer courses allow students to catch up, get ahead
up booths with water and Gatorade to help keep runners hydrated. “It’s a really great for a last minute ‘just put it out there on Facebook and go kind of thing,’” said Kevin Charles of Cocoa Beach as he rested at one of the water booths after running just over 11 miles. He and coworker Todd Grubbs saw the event online and decided to run together. “I’ve run a few marathons. My family has watched me and they’ve been in the crowd, so it kind of struck home real close,” Grubbs, from Viera, said. “I have friends in Boston that were there, so I figured we could go through a little bit of pain for them.” Runners could choose between a full marathon, half marathon, or 2.62 mile “mini-marathon,” routes that wrapped around the Melbourne Beach areas. No matter the distance, runners were met with cheers and high fives at the finish. “It shows the runner’s mental-
ity. Running is how we escape from all the craziness of life,” said Dutra. “We both have run marathons before, and we both know what it’s like to finish a marathon, and to have something like what happened in Boston at the end of the race, when you’re supposed to be joyous and happy, it’s devastating,” Dauberman said. Donations to One Fund Boston were optional, and many runners used the race as an additional way to give back beyond monetary amounts. “It made me feel like I was doing something, because I didn’t know what to do besides donate,” said Holly McNight from Malabar. “This is a run for the fallen.” The run raised a total of $1,050 for the charity. Further donations can be made at onefundboston.org. “I ran the Boston Marathon in ’89, so this hit home a little bit. I lived there for two years, and I just wanted to do more,” said runner George Pulsifer from Palm Bay. “We’re trying to finish for the people who didn’t.”
College of Business organizes Walkathon for student’s mother
Travis McConnell Contributing Writer Over three months: that’s how long you will have wasted if you don’t take advantage of this summer break. If that sounds unappealing, you may consider becoming a summer, transient student. “Summers are a wonderful opportunity to either catch up if you’re falling behind, or stay on track,” said Robert Taylor, the head of the humanities and communication department at Florida Tech. According to Brevard Community College’s website, a transient student is someone who’s currently enrolled at another college or university who will register for courses at another on a temporary, term-by-term basis. Transient students are commonly those seeking to continue coursework through the summer, but, for varying reasons, can’t do it at the college they’re enrolled at. Other schools offer special services to accommodate these students. Why would students want to go through the trouble of switching to another college for just a few classes? One perk of becoming a transient student is the cost benefit. According to BCC’s website, Florida residents will pay only $102 for each credit hour taken this summer in class at BCC. Students who stay at FIT will pay $1,025 per hour, according to FIT’s website. “That would be the clear advantage of doing it,” said John Gigante, a sophomore majoring in forensic psychology at FIT. “I think that’s why most students would do it, to save money,” Gigante said. Some scholarships don’t cover summer terms so this could be a big incentive for students who need to penny-pinch. Another perk of being a transient is it allows in-class learning for non-local FIT students. Many non-local students stay at home for the summer, making it geographically unrealistic to attend FIT classes in person. Darren Bishop, a sophomore majoring in interdisciplinary science at FIT, said being able to take
in-class courses at other schools helps because you have other students and the professor in the classroom to help you if you’re having trouble. Another factor is grades, which don’t transfer in from transient coursework. If you have a tough course you’re not confident you will do well in, taking it at another college is one way to ensure it won’t affect your GPA. According to the FIT Office of the Registrar’s website, undergraduate students must obtain approval from their academic unit and the Registrar before taking courses at another institution. A maximum of three courses can be taken at another college after becoming an FIT student. While FIT only mandates transfer students take 25 percent of their courses at FIT, transient students are allowed only three outside courses. “Once you become admitted to Florida Tech, we essentially want you to stay here”, said Charlotte Young, FIT’s university registrar. According to Young, “Certain faculty feel like we do the best job for our major of preparing you for that degree.” Farther in the transient policy, is the advisory, “Melbourne campus students who request to study at another institution for a summer term will be directed to take the course online if the course is offered through Florida Tech University Online.” According to Young, students’ advisors can override this policy with their approval. “If your advisor supports that, taking it at another institution, we don’t even question it,” Young said. Gigante said, “I disagree partly with the fact that, if its offered at the home institution you’re somewhat forced to take it at the home institution.” Summer break is right around the corner and time is of the essence. Students who want to learn more about becoming a transient student should speak with their advisor and check the policies for the school they wish to study at.
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photo by Hershlay raymond Matt Altavilla makes another lap in the Walkathon. Walkers were given bead necklaces to “reward” them for each lap.
Hershlay Raymond Campus Life Editor As the ground violently quaked, hundreds of homes and buildings collapsed, leaving nothing but the gaunt remains of concrete and glass. After the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, Port-au-Prince resident Marie St. Amour was diagnosed with severe cardiomyopathy, and received a pacemaker implantation later that year. “After the implantation of the pacemaker, she went back to Haiti and began to work with the ladies who were forced to live under tents because of the earthquake,” said her daughter Yielleen St. Amour, a senior in business administration. For 32 years, St. Amour’s mother has been working with disenfranchised women and girls in Haiti. “She gets them off the streets and gives them some type of profession. She trains them in sowing, cosmology, embroidery and cooking,” St. Amour said. St. Amour’s mother was going back forth from Haiti to the United States for check-ups every few months. In November of last year, one of the leads in her pacemaker was replaced and afterward, she began was experiencing pains. “We came back in January, and that’s when the doctor in Orlando told me personally that there was no hope for her. That’s what she had said,” said St. Amour. “She said if she didn’t get the heart transplant that would save her life and that she would die in 12 months.”
When she heard the news, she decided to go to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “We needed a second opinion. We were told that Boston was the right place for her. I was told that when you go to Brigham, they do everything in their power to help you,” St. Amour said. “When we got there, the doctors told us that they were going to do all they could for us.” After three days, they were kicked out of the hospital for lack of health insurance. “We were kicked out with ‘a very sick lady.’ That’s what the head of the cardiology department told us,” St. Amour said. “We thought there was no hope. We went back to Haiti to wait for her to die.” She started calling hospitals around the world, for any sort of faith. “We were told that she could get a heart transplant without U.S. insurance, but this procedure would cost $1 million.” St. Amour’s troubles struck a chord with Florida Tech business professor Andrew Cudmore, who lost his father to heart disease and his mother to cancer. “Yielleen’s struggles resonated with my own memories of the pain and the feeling of helplessness
with regard to the loss of my own mother recently to cancer,” Cudmore said in a press release. “I had a spur of the moment thought of what could I do, what skills could I offer? A walkathon popped into my head. I am so pleased at how fast our students, staff, alumni and people from the community have been willing to help,” said Cudmore. Over 50 people participated in the walkathon held on April 19. “I was in one of Cudmore’s classes and he mentioned it. I started doing it for extra credit, and then I realized that it was a good cause, so I started doing as much as I could for it,” said Thomas Haynie, a student studying information systems. The Alpha Phi sorority had nine sisters walking and in total raised $530 for St. Amour’s mother. “This is important to Alpha Phi because heart disease is the number one leading cause of death for women in the United States,” said Brittany Sjaastad, the philanthropy chair for Alpha Phi. St. Amour said she feels blessed to attend a school where students are involved in this cause. “[It’s] given me hope when I thought there was no way to get the money,”
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Year in review: successes and accomplishments of Greek Life Lenny Bernas Clarissa Liimatainen Press Release Florida Tech’s Greek life community is composed of eight fraternities and three sororities, which totals nearly 15 percent of the student body. These chapters provide students with opportunities for lifelong friendships, leadership development, scholarship enhancement, philanthropic endeavors and community involvement. Membership also provides social interaction, including Greek week and individual chapter socials, mixers and formals. Their successes this year exemplify their commitment to the ideals that their chapters were founded on and demonstrate the positive impacts of being well-rounded students. Fraternity and sorority member scholarship has been exceptional this year. The all-fraternity GPA for the fall semester was above the allmen’s average, and the all-sorority GPA for the fall semester was close to the all-women’s average. The Greek community annually participates in a multitude of philanthropy and community service events to raise awareness of different causes. This past fall, the majority of fraternity and sorority members volunteered at the president’s
picnic to show support for the administration, faculty and staff. Many of the chapters also hosted different philanthropy events, including athletic competitions and benefit dances. The majority of the chapters also participated in Relay for Life, composing over half of the teams and raising over $5,000. Lastly, as part of Greek week this year, chapters competed in “canstruction,” a competition involving creating structures using canned food donations. Over 5,500 cans were donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Melbourne following the event. Greek Week took place the first week in April, and the fraternities and sororities competed for first place in a variety of sporting events. Pi Kappa Alpha came in first place for the fraternities, followed by Alpha Tau Omega in second and Lambda Chi Alpha in third. Alpha Phi came in first for the sororities, followed by Gamma Phi Beta in second and Phi Sigma Sigma in third. The exceptional scholastic, social and philanthropic achievements of the Greeks this year will continue to motivate the chapters to do even more next year. If you are interested in fraternity or sorority recruitment please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Movie madness: upcoming summer films Heather Macy Entertainment Editor With projects all completed and finals nearly done, it’s almost time for summer and to have a little fun. Now, some of you might be going home, and some might be staying, but everybody needs relief, and this is what I’m saying: go out and see a movie, go out and have a treat! These are the films that will be showing, so grab a ticket and a seat.
Iron Man 3 What is it? “Iron Man 3” comes out on May 3, and already fans of all ages are excited about this one. The original cast of the first two are back for more of the same old action as Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds himself pitted against an enemy that “knows no bounds. So, why should I care? Did you enjoy the first “Iron Man”? Did you enjoy the second? Then you’ll enjoy this one, so stop asking silly questions.
The great gatsby What is it? Originally written in 1925 by author F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby” has been made and re-made by cinematographers over the years. This most current edition features Leonardo DiCaprio as the eccentric title character and comes out in May. So, why should I care? If you are a fan of historical pieces overdone with flashy effects, this is a good film for you. The trailers boast a whole plethora of green-screened treats where the
backgrounds are more spiffed up than the actors themselves.
Star trek: into darkness What is it? Another May delight is “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” Keeping the same cast as the first “Star Trek” reboot, this one adds Benedict Cumberbatch to the mix as a character named John Harrison. So, why should I care? Is John Harrison going to be revealed as the infamous Khan? Only the Trekkies will tell us, once they have seen this film. Of course, if you are a fan of J. J. Abrams, you know how much he loves his twisting (and twisted) secrets, so we might never find out after all.
The hangover (part III) What is it? “The Hangover (Part III)” brings the good old boys of the Wolfpack back together again this coming May. Enough said, right? So, why should I care? The tagline boasts “there is no wedding, there is no bachelor party… what could go wrong?” I would probably have written “there is no wedding, there is no bachelor party, there is no plot,” but, then again, I’m not the sort of person this move was made for. Folks, if you laughed and loved over the first two, you’re going to enjoy this one as well.
the internship What is it? Coming in June, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson team up to-
Going nowhere fast: films with limited surrounds and their impact on the story Heather Macy Entertainment Editor Some films are filled with familiar landmarks and skylines while others are filled with extravagant, exotic locations to the point that they almost seem like an ad for the travel company. Seriously— how many people booked trips to New Zealand after “Lord of the Rings” came out? I’m willing to bet the answer is “a lot.” But some films take the opposite approach: they limit their actors to one, very limited location rather than have them rush from place to place as if they were contestants in “The Amazing Race.” In the 2010 film “Buried,” actor Ryan Reynolds plays Paul Conroy, a U.S. truck driver that is working in Iraq during the war. One minute he’s on the road, the next, buried alive with only his cellphone and a lighter. What happens next is 95 minutes of intense “will he make it” plot work. But why does this movie work? The actor barely even moves, let alone does very much; he’s buried in a flimsy coffin, underneath the sandy desert, with limited battery and cell service. Granted, he’s not lying around playing “Angry Birds” while he’s waiting to be rescued—he’s just as tense as the audience is. He doesn’t know if he’s going to make it, any more than the audience does, and that is where the film finds its success: by drawing the audience in and making them feel what the character feels. The vast majority of the film doesn’t leave the coffin, which gives a similarly claustrophobic effect. There are no flattering angles to make the actor look good, there is no relief: there is nothing but that tiny little coffin, slowly filling up with sand. According to
the film’s commentary, Reynolds himself started to suffer from claustrophobia towards the end of the shooting, so that panic and desperation that the audience sees? Yeah, it’s real. But perhaps “Buried” is a bit too exclusive. How many films can take place in coffins, where the character is trapped and unable to interact with the outside world? Too bad “Twilight” wasn’t one of those, but a similar film would be “Cube.” Described as being “Kafkaseque,” “Cube” (1997) was a mysterious (and slightly horrific) science-fiction film about seven complete strangers who wake up one day only to find that they have been stuck inside a Rubik’s cubelike maze. As they struggle to find an exit, they find a wide multitude of traps instead. The entire film is 90 minutes of people going through one door, only to find that the next room looks exactly like the one they just left, and the only thing that changes is the color of the room. Well, that, and the possibility of the trap. Rhey built one cube structure and simply changed out the colored lights that illuminated the “room.” Whether or not they actually changed out the traps to threaten their actors and keep them motivated is left unknown. Does a minimalistic film make a better film? If our scope is limited down to what the character is thinking and feeling only, then the theory stands that we will empathize with them more and will be susceptible to their stressors. Without the distraction of a crowd or flashy scenery, the only thing left to focus on is the moment. Whether that makes it a better film or not is up to you.
image property of pixar College goers can prepare to head back to school for “Monsters University” this summer. gether in “The Internship” as two salesmen that try to get with the times by attempting to join Google’s workforce. So, why should I care? Like any typical comedy that needs help, this film tossed their darts and came up with two wellknown and flexible actors, an “everyone over 40 can relate” plot, and a humorously “out of their league” place… so, of course, you know these two guys will get the job, no matter how badly (and “hilariously”) they mess things up. It’s all about the formula. However, if that’s the sort of formula that works for you, mark June 7 on your calendar.
man of steel What is it? “Man of Steel” will be coming to theaters mid-June, hosting actor Henry Cavill as the infamous superhero: Superman. What sort
of villains will he face when he steps up into the role and pulls on the tights? So, why should I care? I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big Superman fan. He had a power for every occasion and seemed to do it all with ease (until the comics decided he was doing it with too much ease, that is). On the other hand, I AM a big fan of seeing Russell Crowe play Jor-El, Superman’s father, so this could be a superhero film to keep your eyes on.
monsters university What is it? The summer is all about getting out of school, so it’s only fitting that June 21 is when “Monsters University” hits the big screen. John Goodman and Billy Crystal are back as we see our famous friends return in their “how did they wind up teaming up?” feature.
So, why should I care? Have you ever noticed how deviously brilliant Pixar is? The “Toy Story” trilogy showed the audience various stages of Andy’s life… as the audience themselves were growing up with him. “Monsters Inc” was done when many of us were children… and, now, we’re in college and so are Mike and Sully?!
world war z What is it? Based off the book by Max Brooks, “World War Z” is a postapocalyptic film that shows (and tries to stop) a zombie outbreak. So, why should I care? Well, the last zombie movie was in February, so, seeing how it’ll be release in June, it’s about time we had a new one. Wouldn’t want the audience to forget that they’re out there, you know.
Post-treated, 3D films: why they do it and why we still pay the ticket price
image property of universal pictures Though the 3D glasses aren’t quite as bad as Jurassic Park’s night vision goggles, they’re close.
Heather Macy Entertainment Editor 3D films are gimmicks. Everyone wants to believe they have evolved past that stage, but the fact is, they are just as gimmicky as they were when it was first introduced in 1929. The only difference is that, now, they have worse glasses and better technology to reach their gimmicky effects. That, and they allow movie theaters to charge an additional $5 to put your butt in their seats. How hard is it to make a 3D film? Other than having to use specific cameras and technology, the budget is roughly about the same for any other film that would have a huge FX budget. “Avatar” was shot exclusively in 3D and had an estimated budget of $237 million. Was that just because the director was James Cameron, who used only $200 million for his first box office smash? Well, let’s compare the gross: “Avatar” made roughly $760 million in the U.S. as of November 2010 whereas “Titanic” made roughly $660 million in the U.S.
after its re-release in stunning 3D last June… nearly matching the $600 million gross it made back in September 1998. So, is it worth it? Perhaps. But what is really worth it to those who stand to make money from these movies is the newest fad: giving old films the new 3D treatment. “Titanic” is one that has already been mentioned and, more recently, “Jurassic Park” has been given the same treatment. But why these films from the ‘90s? What makes them prime re-release material? Easy: the people who saw them in theaters the first time are now in their twenties and thirties. Perhaps they have children of their own, children that they want to share that “first time experience” with. That means that the movie theaters aren’t just getting your ticket— they’re getting the tickets of all the people you bring along with you to relive the memories of seeing the film the first time around. Oh, and they’re also able to tack on an additional fee for the 3D glasses. Frankly, the only people that benefit are the ones that are getting
the money. Do the movie-goers really gain anything? Only sentimental value and a headache from watching a 3D film. Do the films gain anything? Not really, they’ve already be released on VHS, DVD, and re-released on DVD for various marketing reasons. In fact, the films that are released don’t really benefit at all from the 3D treatment. With the exception of certain films that require stunning effects (as “Avatar” did when it first opened), the only type of films that really benefit from the treatment are stop-motion animated films. By adding depth to the film, the audience gets the effect of looking into a window at the action, rather than just flat pictures of these incredible sculpted figures that can move. To all the 3D films and the history that came before them, we leave you with this to keep in mind: less of the cheesy pop-out effects. They only make it harder to get over how gimmicky you are.
8 - April 23, 2013
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Senior design showcase features more than 100 projects
photo by kelsey mcmullan The Building a Better Home team explains their project at the Senior Design Showcase.
Kelsey McMullan Sci/Tech Editor This year’s student design showcase featured physically large and intimidating projects, an upset in the chemistry department and a significant lack of chairs. “The projects are awesome. I’m interested in computer engineering so I was looking at those closely and looking at their code,” said Santiago Roig Jr. a visiting prospective student from Pittsburgh PA. “It’s like a big kids’ science fair.” Towering over most of the other projects, the Vector Bravo Rocket from aerospace engineering and the home design sample from Building A Better Home from civil engineering stood out among the crowd.
The Enhanced Roller Coaster Vehicle project weighs between 500-700 pounds, according to senior mechanical engineer Amanda Bessette, and took 12 students to carry into the showcase. “I was very excited. I’ve worked for two years on this project and its exciting to see it coming together and coming to an end,” said space science major Marie McBride. Design programs can range from two years to just a semester. Many of the teams participating in the showcase had to wade through swaps of paperwork to secure funding, endure marathon sessions on a computer working on papers and processing data and listen to their advisers critique and tear apart their hard work week after week. This years showcase featured over 100 projects and took place
on April 19, with an encore performance during Discovery Day, an event for prospective students and their families on April 20. While showcases in years past have provided tables and chairs for students to use and display their projects on, this year students were only provided with tables. Many of the students that arrived first noticed the lack of chairs and migrated the chairs from the Center Court Cafe to their stations. While the showcase primarily features the work done by seniors getting ready to graduate, younger students are not restricted from participating. Sophomore chemical engineering major Daniel DeLellis, advised by Nasri Nesnas, took home the prize for Best in Show for Chemistry with his project, Detecting
Compare and contrast: Office software suites Christopher Pangalos Staff Writer
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 $140 Microsoft Office is the most widely used office suite among businesses and schools. It commonly includes Microsoft Word for text documents, Excel for spreadsheets, PowerPoint for presentations and Publisher for flyers and brochures among other programs. Microsoft Office boasts high system compatibility, speed and a variety of file types with many tools and features. Word and PowerPoint have a fairly straightforward interface that even beginners should be able to use for tasks that aren’t overly complex. Excel, on the other hand, is a bit more difficult to use and requires some practice, though the newer versions have made it a bit easier to create graphs and charts. A few years ago Microsoft office completely changed its interface which many users found more difficult to use in addition their dreaded DocX default extension caused compatibility issues on many word processors with no noticeable benefit; this has led some to stick with older versions of Microsoft Office.
Open office Apache License Free Open Office was one of the first and most popular free office suites to rival Microsoft office. It contains its own word processor (Writer), spreadsheet software (Calc), Presentation software (Impress), in addition to an image editor and equation tools. Open Office is compatible with most systems but tends to run much more slowly than Microsoft Office and has a process that uses RAM even when it’s not running. Open Office has gone through several developers from Star Office to Sun Microsystems to Oracle, then to Apache in 2011, which lead to the creation of Libre Office. Newer versions of Open Office are com-
patible with DocX files, though there are occasionally formatting issues. Some users find the interface a bit more straightforward similar to earlier versions of Microsoft Office.
Libre Office GNU License Free Libre Office was created by the Document Foundation, comprised of members of the Open Office community who had complaints that Open Office had become a corporate project by Oracle rather than a community work. After their establishment, the Document Foundation invited Oracle to join, who responded by asking all Document Foundation members to resign their positions on the Open Office community council. As a result, Open Office was left with only Oracle employees and Libre Office became a completely independent project. This lead to many Linux distributions (particularly Ubuntu) choosing to ship Ubuntu their operating systems due to its independent nature. Due to its common nature, Libre Office is very similar to Open Office with the exception of a more advanced image editor, though it’s main advantage is its support. New releases and updates for Libre Office are released much more frequently than those of Open Office and Libre Office runs more smoothly, repairing many minor glitches of Open Office and having better compatibility with Microsoft Office.
Google Drive/Documents Free While not a standard office suite, Google Docs provides the same features as Microsoft and Libre office straight from the internet. Google Docs includes a word processor, spreadsheet, PowerPoint editor and image editor. Files can be saved on the Google Drive in standard formats including .pptx and be downloaded when needed, making it useful for students who don’t have time to install an office suite.
Citrus Greening in Florida’s Orange Trees. “I felt that it was well presented,” said Santiago Roig Sr. His wife, Theresa, agreed. “The whole thing was very impressive,” she said. While the showcase is a great way to display the wide variety of research that students participate in, they are also competing for awards. Taking home the Northrop Grumman Award for Engineering was the Vector Bravo project from aerospace engineering. The Vector Bravo team worked on developing a vector control system for a rocket. “Its definitely an honor. All our hard work came together; it was worth something,” aerospace engineering major Chris Jarry said. “There were so many good projects here this year, though, so it wasn’t expected, but it was nice.” Teammate John Kreinbring was also pleased with the result. “We were so happy. We were hopeful of getting it, or at least some award,” Kreinbring said. “We felt that we had done a really good job and we worked on time and under budget.” The project underwent rigorous testing, according to Jarry. “You can see all the veins that are charred and everything like that. That’s the one we threw on the Florida Tech thrust stand,” Jarry said. “Our projected and actual data came out pretty close.” Also on the Vector Bravo team were Joe Bussenger, Josh Camara, Brett Cantalupo, Nate Higgins, Jake Kapfhamer, Shane Price, Suresh Singh and Kyle Wickham. The team was advised by Mark Archambault. McBride, advised by N.E. Turner, took home an award for Best in Show for Space Science and The Northrop Grumman Award in Science with her project, First-Time Analysis of Restored Apollo 14 and
15 DTREM Instrument Data. “I’ve been studying one of the instruments the Apollo astronauts left on the surface of the moon,” McBride said. She has been analyzing temperature and radiation data that was collected during a seven year time frame. “The goal of the research is to turn it into a public data set that can be presented to the whole lunar community.” The President’s Award for Science went to Matthew Callan Malczyk for his project, Mathematics: Music to My Ears. Malczyk also won Best in Show for Mathematical Science and was advised by Munevver Mine Subasi and assisted by graduate student Kshetrajna Raghavan. The civil engineering project Building a Better Home took home the President’s Award in Engineering, a first for the department. “We knew we had a big project, we knew we had a lot on the table, but being that it wasn’t your typical mechanical or aerospace project we weren’t sure how they were going to accept it, were they going to hold it to the same standards,” said senior civil engineering student Colin Barbalace. “We were scared at first, because they went through the individual department best in shows and then someone else got it.” Also on the Building a Better House project were Mark Anderson, Earle Jackson, and Brandon Richgruber. The team was advised by Ralph Locurcio. “We were like ‘uh-oh,’ we were really nervous, and then the very last award, the President’s award was announced and they called us,” Barbalance said. “We were very happy and honored to accept it.”
Gadget Corner Joseph Stoltz Staff Writer
The first gadget up on the list is for the prankster in all of us, and this lovely little device is known as the Phantom Keystroker V2, otherwise known as “the device that will get you fired,” or “the device that will make you single” or “the device that will end all life on Earth.” A simple USB device, the Phantom Keystroker V2 allows for the prankster to have the options of choosing from turning on the victim’s caps lock, random typing on the screen, losing mouse control, or all of the above. There is even an additional time delay option for a more realistic faux malware feel. This gadget is great for revenge on annoying siblings, or just to cause mayhem. If you would like to partake in this prank delight, then all you have to do is take a spin over to ThinkGeek and pay a measly $9.99, the perfect price for an awesome birthday party favor to give out to kids. The next set of gadgets is for the people caught in the middle of the Great Florida Tech Raccoon Conflict of 2013. The first gadget is for the anti-raccoon side. This gadget will be loved for its artistic presentation and shrilling sounds in the morning. If you have ever felt that the best way to get out of bed is to hear both a dog’s howling barks and a raccoon’s shrilling screeches at the top of its lungs, then this great alarm clock is perfect for you. The clock sports a resin tree with a raccoon daintily sticking its head out of the tree, while a beagle has its paws elegantly placed on the side of the tree with its mouth wide open, waiting for the raccoon as though it might fall. All of this is placed on the black base that is the alarm clock. If you are interested in this lovely piece of “hill art,” good luck finding one since the store that was selling them, HuntSmart.com, no longer has them listed for sale. The clock went for a very low price of $39.99. Any supporter of the raccoons in the conflict should be showing their support by wearing this next gadget: the illustrious Talking Raccoon hat. Even if you’re not a supporter and you just want to roam the world while stalking people to spread rabies and distemper, you should be wearing this hat. It is a highly fashionable head vestment that will make you will look distinguished while your raccoon pride shines. To add to the uniqueness, with a press of a button, your hat will lift its tail in dignity while, as its distributors put it, “it makes two different sounds that make everybody cry with laughter.” Elegantly crafted with polyester and other such affluently made materials, this hat will surely be the pride of your clothing collection for only a mere price of $69.99 that you will sacrifice to Bim Bam Banana; yes, that’s it’s real name.
10 - April 23, 2013
Letter from the editor
Letter to the SGA president-elect Brian Thai SGA President First, let me say congratulations on becoming Student Government president. This is a huge honor and comes with many benefits. You will have the opportunity to make real changes for the university. You will have the ear of the president of the university and its administration. Most importantly, you will inspire and lead your fellow students. The job of Student Government president is a position that is highly regarded. You will become a figurehead for the university, the liaison to the administration and the spokesperson for the students at Florida Tech. It is important to remember that your actions will now not only reflect upon yourself, but your university. I have learned that, as the Student Government president, I do not have to be the smartest person in the room. Surround yourself with the best and brightest students and consult the administration, faculty
and especially Dean Bowers. You will be required to make difficult decisions at times, but make sure that you are as well informed as possible. With great power comes great responsibility. You are now singularly one of the most important students on this campus. This is a serious position and should be treated with the utmost respect. This job must and will need to take precedence over your other obligations (aside your academics). If you cannot spend the time, if you do not have what it takes, then do not assume the responsibility of this position. Do not commit a disservice to the students you serve. The student body is relying on you. Lastly, lead with integrity, excellence and a servant’s heart. Be ready to embrace change. If you feel you deserve and qualify for the task, then the work is entirely worth the effort. Good luck. If there are any questions or concerns, I would gladly answer any request for information.
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Drew Lacy Editor-in-Chief
I first wandered into the Crimson’s newsroom in August of 2010 as an anxious freshman in need of an organization to join for University Experience credit. As I did my best to not make a fool of myself at that first meeting (an endeavor that proved only somewhat successful), I never dreamed that three years later, I’d be sitting in that same room writing a “farewell” letter following my second year as editor-in-chief. It’s been an incredible two years. The 2011-2012 school year was one of breaking news that challenged our response times and ability to cover hard news. In this 2012-2013 school year, we dove deeper into investigative reporting, tackling challenging and sometimes controversial stories in a continuing effort to ask questions and seek the truth, even when doing so at times seemed impossible. Following our promise from last August, we’ve covered Student Government more thoroughly than ever before. We’ve spotlighted SGA officials, demanded answers when meetings were closed and covered the organization’s programs and accomplishments. This has led to the betterment of both Student Government
and the Crimson, allowing us to find our place as journalistic watchdogs while showcasing SGA’s work and influence. Stepping outside of the newspaper, we held “Live Free, Eat Free – You Can’t Do Both,” an event that won this year’s Outstanding Social Event Award. Over 100 students, staff and faculty alike crossed the borders into “our country,” where their First Amendment rights were conspicuously absent. These newcomers quickly experienced first-hand life without the rights we so frequently take for granted. As we snatched newspapers – our own newspapers – out of the hands of these participants, it became clearer than ever how valuable the First Amendment is to us as student press. We still have room to grow. While I am thrilled to say that we were awarded Student Organization of the Year for the second year in a row, this is by no means a time to settle in and get comfortable. There are always more topics to be covered, more questions to be asked, more stories to be told. Though this is my last letter as editor-in-chief, I am incredibly proud to announce that Hershlay Raymond, current campus life editor and two-year member of our staff, will take my place in the fall. She is a talented writer, leader and reporter. After spending many an hour working side-by-side with her on challenging stories over the past year, I know she will take The Crimson to greater
heights than ever before. The past two years have been the most exciting, challenging and rewarding of my life. I entered this office three years ago as an awkward, nervous freshman and leave a budding journalist (though perhaps still a bit on the awkward side). There are so many people to thank for this transition that I can’t even begin to name them here. I have been exceptionally lucky to work with a staff of brilliant, driven individuals and under the guidance of a fantastic adviser. Even when faced with tricky stories and trickier sources piled atop mountains of school work (not to mention constant emails from their editor-in-chief), they have persevered, challenging themselves to cover more and learn more with every issue. They have taught me more about leadership and persistence than I could have ever learned on my own. But most importantly, I want to thank you, the reader, for your continued support. Your praise, your criticism, your comments, your grabbing each issue off the stands is what keeps us alive and vibrant. Despite our occasional misprints and missteps, you’ve stayed with us and encouraged us to keep reporting, and I so humbled by and grateful for that. It’s been an unforgettable three years as part of The Florida Tech Crimson. I can’t wait to see where next year will take us. Thank you, Florida Tech.
Editorial: Gun control bills killed by excessive dithering, squabbles Christopher Penta Opinions Editor Nearly four months to the day after Newtown kicked off the latest gun control debate, all of the measures on the table have failed in rather spectacular fashion. How could the massive momentum post-Newtown have been so squandered, leaving gun control proponents with nothing to show for their months of hysterics? Quite clearly, what this proves is that a total lack of respect for the most active political voting bloc in the country is not a winning strategy. While millions of citizens rightly make a call for an end to the violence, it is the fringe of the gun control lobby that makes the rest look terribly mean spirited. Calling gun owners “cowards”, flipping them off in music videos (a la Jim Carrey and his music video), publishing their addresses, trying to “shame” them and calling them heartless for owning a rifle in the wake of a massacre that they clearly had nothing to do with only serves to awaken a sleeping giant. It was the gun control lobby that mobilized the gun rights lobby with their antics, motivating a million people to join the NRA, donate money and march on capitals. In effect, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction. The most unpopular amendments yesterday were the ones that restricted gun rights… while the most popular were those that expanded them, with the concealed carry
amendment only failing by three votes. The much talked about “assault weapons ban” failed to even attract a simple majority, failing 60 to 40, with 15 rural state democrats voting against it. Aside from a very popular mental health provision, the only substantive amendment that passed was one enforcing the privacy of gun owners, penalizing states like New York that release information as public records. All the measures are of little consequence, as the overall bill is to be pulled and resubmitted in another form, one more likely to attract more Republicans and rural Democrats. I look forward to reading over the next submission. It seems sadly ironic that at this point the gun control sector of the legislature is doing the work of the gun rights lobby, by making bills a net political gain for the NRA and others, just to ensure passage. At one point they seemed so sure of themselves, maybe too sure. If one considers the angle that these measures were intended to promote scarcity of “military pattern” rifles such as the AR-15 and others, the measures since Newtown have clearly backfired more than anyone could have imagined. According to “AR-15 counter,” an online counter of AR-15s manufactured since Newtown, nearly 180,000 of these rifles have been manufactured (and presumably sold), since the tragedy. This could arm a fighting force that
image property of cspan Dianne Feinstein’s shame tactics may be part of what cost her the passing of her bills. would outnumber the active duty military of Spain. What people have seen, too, is a total lack of understanding and basic knowledge on the parts of lawmakers put in charge of crafting the bills. Joe Biden, put in charge of a “task force” was shown urging a woman to fire a shotgun blindly through a door to protect her home and loved ones. An architect of a bill in Colorado insisted that gun magazines are disposable, and the supply would quickly dry up if they were banned.
In the end, the tale of Icarus comes to mind, the story of Icarus, who, upon acquiring the ability to fly, flew too high and close to the sun. The sun melted his newly crafted wings, and he fell to the Earth and perished. Dianne Feinstein and others just experienced a less immediate, but nevertheless very awakening example of this phenomenon. They wasted their time and considerable political capital dithering and squabbling over very unpopular legislative matters (gun bans, reg-
istration, licensing, and magazine bans) and ignored the low hanging fruit they very well could have passed very quickly. At this point, all amendments, to my knowledge, have been called up for reconsideration. It is my bet that a compromise bill that contains enough goodies for gun owners will get through the Senate at some point, but once it is shuffled over to the house, the outcome is anyone’s guess.
11 - April 23, 2013
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Editorial: Low SGA election turnout a symptom of student apathy Christopher Penta Opinions Editor This year’s SGA election voting ran from April 8 through the 12. During that time, a pitifully low voter turnout was observed, with 730 voters participating in the five-day long election. Based on the student body size, that equates to a turnout of about 17 percent, about a third of normal US presidential elections, despite those elections only taking place during a 12 hour or so span on one day. One needs to do an impressive amount of pondering to arrive at a suitable excuse for the 83 percent of students who sat on the sidelines and voted “present” in our election. I personally don’t know. Elec-
tions ran through PAWS, the same system that allows you to register or unregister for classes, and only required you enter your username and password. Six or so box checks later, and you’re off to the races. Since I turned 18, I have voted in every election that democracy has dropped in my lap: two presidential, three local, one special election, and several primaries. Each time, I was required to get off my butt, drive to town hall, and cast a ballot. The past couple, I got an absentee ballot mailed to me from Massachusetts. Ignoring an election taking place online, for five days, is inexcusable. The people get the government they deserve, and those who refused to take part in elections
have very little skin in the game to warrant bellyaching. Our student body’s government has little power on campus. Extremely limited. Aside from some special programs like the bike program, the New York Times paper program and determining the outline of the new Evans building, much of the power on campus is spread out among various different groups such as SAFC, Media Board and other student organizations. This is partly because low voter turnout conveys a message to powers in the school administration that we, the students, care very little about how our school is run, and would rather transfer that power to the administration and
others. Really, it is a vicious circle. SGA has limited power because we don’t care, and we don’t care, because SGA really doesn’t have enough power on campus to warrant our attention. Essentially, voting in SGA elections could end this cycle by sending a message to the president’s office that we, the students, are ready to take responsibility for our own school, our own campus, and our own lives. In the future, I hope to see a drastic change in
the level of campus apathy being displayed as of late.
CAPS PSA: How to cope with exam stress (and how Active Minds and CAPS can help!) Latasha L. Nadasdi CAPS PSA In just a few short weeks, the spring semester will be over. Summer is quickly approaching and bringing with it many things to look forward to. There’s just one more small thing in the way….exams. The thought of taking finals can cause a lot of anxiety and stress, and this one last hurtle before summer can sometimes feel insurmountable. Although it is normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed around this time of the year, there are plenty of things you can do to help cope with (and succeed in taking) exams. Active Minds is a national organization that strives to eliminate the stigma against mental illness on college campuses. Their goal is to help students take care of their mental health by bringing awareness and support to the issues they face, and that includes exam stress and end of the year mental health! You may know Florida Tech’s Active Minds Chapter from events such as De-Stereotype Day, Cash Trolley, Post Secret, De-Stress with Pets,, and other mental health awareness events. If you want to learn more or are interested in joining, visit their website at www.facebook.com/ FITActiveMinds or join them on OrgSync. On behalf of both Active Minds and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), below are some tips to help you cope with exam stress!
It seems obvious, but a huge part of reducing exam stress is starting early. Many classes use the end of the semester to review what has been taught all semester, and you should use this opportunity to jumpstart your studying.
create a schedule There is still plenty of time to study hard for your exams, but sometimes (especially when we are stressed), time can easily slip away from us. Take the time to sit down and make a schedule of when each exam will be. From there, you can determine how much studying each exam needs, and write out what you will do each day between now and the exam! Much of the time, the stressful “out of nowhere” problems that arise around exam time could have been prevented.
experiment with different study techniques Mixing up your study habits can help you learn information in a new way. You can read over your notes, create a study guide or practice exam, join a study group, and/or go to your instructor’s office hours. Having a variety of ways to review and quiz yourself can help you best prepare for how your professor might test you. Discussing material with your peers can facilitate a deeper understanding of the coursework, clarify any questions you may have, and reinforce previous learning. Midway through your studies, you should generate a list of questions and go to a professor or a TA’s office hours to get them answered.
take breaks Although you might feel pressure to cram for your exams, you won’t retain the information if you push through when you’re exhausted and unable to concentrate. When you feel yourself losing focus, take a few minutes to do something else. Grab lunch with a friend, take a walk, listen to some
music or take a five minute stretch break. Your studying will be more effective after a quick refresher.
avoid a self-fulfilling prophecy Sometimes, people can spend so much time worrying about exams that their time is consumed by their thoughts and fears. The more time you spend worrying, the less time you have to actually study. It’s normal to be nervous, but the best way of preventing your worries from coming true is focusing on the actions that will help you succeed (studying!).
eat, sleep, and move In an effort to maximize study time, a lot of students will pull all-nighters and get less sleep than they need. While this does give you more time to study, your brain is incapable of learning information without sleep to fuel it. Not only are you wasting your study efforts if you don’t get enough sleep, but you are putting your health at risk. The same goes for food. Although it might be easier and somewhat comforting to eat junk food while studying, vending machine snacks are far from brain food. Eating well and getting some exercise (even if it’s a quick walk around the library or a stretch break) can help you think more clearly and feel more awake.
avoid too much caffeine and sugar While exam time is notorious for high levels of coffee and energy drink consumption, studying and caffeine/sugar are not a good com-
bination. The “hype” you feel after drinking caffeine or consuming too much sugar might make you feel energized, but it also makes you think less clearly. While healthy food and water may not make you feel like jumping on the furniture, their nutrients will help you stay awake and focused.
breathe One of the easiest ways to control racing thoughts and heartbeats is to take a few deep, slow breaths. A relaxing breath consists of breathing not only into your chest, but into you back and stomach as well. Try taking a full three seconds to breath in, holding it for three seconds, and taking a full three seconds to exhale. Do this a few times, and it will help you calm down and refocus.
keep things in perspective Yes, exams are a big deal. No, they will likely not impact your entire future. Despite popular belief, one poor exam grade will not completely ruin your GPA… or even your grade for the class. One exam is only a percentage of one grade for one class for one semester of one year of a small four year period of your life. While it is important to try your best, no one is perfect. Do your best and be proud of how hard you worked.
don’t criticize After you’ve finished your exam, stop thinking about it. What’s done is done, and you should just be proud that you did it and be glad it’s over. Spending time worrying about something you can’t control will make it harder to focus on the next one. Active Minds will be hosting a
de-stress event on April 26t from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of the SUB. Come by to play with puppies and goo to relieve some of the exam stress. Dogs will be coming to campus from both Space Coast Therapy Dogs and Active Minds members. Students can also make their own “de-stress goo” to bring home with them. Active Minds members will be there to provide tips and strategies for coping with exam stress. Talk about it. Sometimes it helps to vent to classmates and know that others are going through the same thing as you. Active Minds has an ongoing event called “Post Secret,” where students anonymously write their secrets on a post card to be displayed along side of their peer’s secrets for the campus community. Whether you want to anonymously vent about exams or confess something else that you have been holding in, Post Secret is a great way to share what’s going on with you and to read about what is going on with other students. Stop by the De-Stress with Pets event on April 26 to look at the display and/or fill out your own post card! If the stress of exams become more than you can handle, it’s important to get help. CAPS is here on campus to offer additional support for many personal difficulties faced by college students. Counseling services are free and confidential to all enrolled students of Florida Tech. Students can call (321) 674-8050 or come into the center to make an appointment. You are not in this journey alone, and CAPS and Active Minds are just two of the many resources at Florida Tech that is here to assist you in succeeding in college!
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CLASS OF 2013 SPRING GRADUATES April 23, 2013
Susan Aarrass Abubakar Abdullahi Ramzi Abdulmajeed Oneina Abellon Abobaker Abokhdeer Hazem Abolholl Rafael Acevedo Ashwin Acharya Joshua Selom Adadevoh Tisha Adams Walker Adams John Adetoyese-Olagunju Rawan Afandi Oluwatoba Afolabi Larrysha Ahart-Upshaw Rafiuddin Ahmed Jason Aileo Anne Ailstock Olawale Ajayi Johnny Al Helou Rabab Alahrish Alfathi Albarkoly David Albers Hatim Alfawaz Ibrahim Alferaih Alejandro Alfonso LaTonya Alford Fraih Alfurayh Abdulhamed Alghamdi Ali Alhadadalsayd Ahmed Al-Hamadani Waleed Alharbai Bandar Alkheraiji Yousef Alkhuraim Keith Allen Brian Alleyne Sahar Almasoud Hamza Al-Meshal Haider Alwan Almkhelfe Decorian Almond Mutamem Almuhaideb Zeyad Alomair Fahad Alqahtani Nouf Alshabeeb Salma Alshammari Mosaed AlSharidah Rayyan Alsharidah Badr Althabet Daniel Alvarado Rangel Mohammed Alyamani Geamel Alyami Nagarajuna Ambati Calvin Amos Christina Anderson Mark Anderson Christopher Andre Denis Andre Kristen Antia Gal Appelbaum Jose Arboleda Castro Neil Arnold Brett Atwood Jose Avendano Arbelaez Juan Avendano Arbelaez Juan Avila Herrera Sitara Baboolal Jean-Baptiste Bacot Olayinka Rachel Badejo Jean Baez Diane Bailey Faisal Bajeri Anastasia Balco Whitney Ballard Caitlyn Ballweber Nicholye Balroop Jack Bandy Karolyn Banks Colin Barbalace Roslyn Barbee
Matthew Barker John Barnes Steven Barrett Katrina Bartell Taylor Barvais Lauren Bates Katisha Battle Tracie Battles Edward Bauer Timothy Beard Jaylene Becker Amit Bedi Matthew Bell Joyce Bennett Sara Bennett Brian Bernard Theju Bernard Angelo Bersani Manuel Oliveros Christopher Bessa Amanda Bessette Michael Beverage Perry Bird Michael Blackiston Karl Blumfelder Eric Blystone Brittany Blythe Faieza Bodowara Brittany Boganski Alexandra Boggs Jason Bohn Channel Bolton Christopher Bonanno Emily Bonilla Rebekah Borgert Rebecca Bottel Brandon Bourne Sasha Bowen Jennifer Bragg Karen Brandon Coty Breeding Samuel Breit Kaitlin Brennan Juliet Bright Heather Brittingham Petra Brnova Glyn Brock Jr. Mark Brodhage Jeffry Brody Alphonso Brown Drewry Brown Jr Joyce Brown Kirkland Brown Lawrence Brown Lyndsey Brown Nathalie Brown Sonya Brown Tracy Brown William Browne James Brownlee Marcia Bryant Glen Bupp Erik Burgos Kathleen Burke Gregory Burks Eric Burnie Andrew Butler Jessi Butti Tabitha Byrd Loris Cagnacci Michael Cahill Victor Calderon Arrivillaga Sybil Caldwell Joshua Camara Frank Campione Brandi Candler Brett Cantalupo Cynthia Cantrell Brandi Capps
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Jason Dickey Kara Dickinson Darius Dinan Colin Dixon Ibrahim Stephanie Dohner Thomas Donahue Eric Dos Santos Zachary Douglas James Doyle Marlo Drake Brandie Drummonds Sara Duarte Jennifer Dubin Derrick Dumlao Christopher Duquesnel Kenneth Durichek Barry Dylewski Kyle Dyson Felecia Earle Bryce Edwards Christina Edwards Dave Edwards Daniel Eiland Maduka Elekwachi-Ulu Jodi Eller Justin Ellingham Paul Emiro Rayan Enaya Mohamed Erhayem John Ernsberger Ruhaan Eskander Albert Espinoza Mark Esposito Teresa Esposito James Eustace Angela Evans Daniel Evans Kyle Everly Tonia Eynon Olalekan Fadairo Eduardo Fadullon Habib Fahs Grace Farquharson Amber Farris David Fassino Anna Featherman Jesaiah Feltus Ashley Ferguson Carlo Fevrius David Fiala Benjamin Firestone Ashlee Fish Beth Fix Melinda Flannigan Heather Flavell Kathryn Fleming LaShonda Fletcher Emilio Flores William Folchi Stephanie Fonseca Zineb Fouadi Theodore Fournier James Fowler Thomas Fowler Oluwaseyi Fowode Karin Frament Daniel Franke John Fred Krista Fredrick Carlos Freeman Clifford Freeman Spencer Freeman Mark French Jordan Friedman Jonathan Friedmeyer Victor Frisk Michal Frystacky Brianna Fugere Jessica Fulford Abhijit Gaikwad George Garay Amel Garbou Harrison Gardner Jenna Gardner Alyssa Garofalo Hunter Garrett Janice Garrett Myles Garza
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Laura Gaydusek Erich Geisert Tiffany Geliga Tushar Gerg Helen German Richard Gestewitz Wes Geyer Paul Giacchetto David Giblin Heather Gilmore Catherine Goclowski Ludmilla Gogin Muns Alexandria Gold Joshua Goldfarb Matthew Goldstein Melvin Gordon Ellery Gotay Lisa Grady Alvin Grant Kyle Greene Jacqueline Griffin Pristy Grizzard Michael Gross Marcos Guevara Heng Guo Mete Guray Jose Gutierrez Jr Josie Guy John Haas Candance Hacker Whitney Hackney Joseph Hader Mickael Halin China Hall Jennifer Hall Lisa Hamilton Lorna Hamilton Adam Hanafi Helen Hanna Justin Hannaford Christopher Hansen Hannah Hansen Michael Hansen Cory Hardin Coleman Hardy Michael Hardy Cody Harris Hannah Hart Lindsey Hastie Cheree Hastings Anfal Yahya A Hathah Deric Hausmann James Havu Chantelle Hawkins Beverley Haynes Yang He Zihe He Richard Headley Jr. Clement Healy LaMont Hearn Kimberly Heaton Winifred Heflin Kristiana Henkel Eric Henrich Justine Henry Lauren Henry Andrew Hernandez Kelly Herrera Danicca Herring Katie Hesterly Beverly Hill Christian Hill Kaylie Hoehl Dustin Hoffman Walter Hoffmann Nicole Hoier Leo Hojnowski Barbara Holt Patrick Hon Jessica Hook Kevin Hoover Amanda Horbert Harry Horning II Tsai-Wei Hsu Phyo Htet Hein Yang Hu Joshua Huckstep Christine Huffman Derek Hufty
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Michael Miller Nicholas Miller Tyler Miller John Mills Melinda Millsap Eric Minch John Minton Jr Mauricio Miranda Melissa Mitchell Javier Molinares Ryan Montes Daniel Monzon Keith Moody Martavia Moody-Brite Christopher Moore Erik Moore Marcus Morgan II Matthew Morgan Renee Morgan Robert Morse III Richard Mudd Sigitas Mundris Devlin Munion Emily Munoz Sara Munoz Panos Louis Murphy Stephen Murtha Thirumavalavan Murugaiyan Michelle Myers David Nachef Christopher Nagel Navneet Nagi Satoki Nakamura Nikitha Nallamaddi Nevil Nayak Elanor Neff Mona Nervis Donald Newberry Hannah Newhall Thuy-Uyen Nguyen Cedric Nix Hanne Nordheim Alan Norori Drew North Wendy Nunn Enoch Obeng Danielle Oâ€™Brien Ryan Oâ€™Donnell Gary Ogilvie Mark Ogle Vitalis Okafor Kyle Olejniczak Penny Oller Joachim Olseth Alissa Oppenheimer Osarhieme Osarenkhoe Erin Owens Holly Owens Troy Owens Robert Padua Soto Conrad Page Mano Kumar Pakalapati Soumik Pal Kyla Palaschak Dominic Palladino William Palmer Elizabeth Pam Pamela Pam Kate Papenberg Richard Paradis Aimee Park SungWook Park Jennifer Parker Verosh Parvez Alessandra Passalacqua Dipesh Patel Maulik Patel Sejal Patel Brian Patterson Eric Patterson Devin Peck Asha Pegues Alberto Peirats Rena Perry Venkata Perumalla Rachael Peters Jason Pfister Kokiat Phadungprasoet Alicia Phebus Kareem Phillip-Jackson
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2013 Spring graduates
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Maximilian Satran Victoria Savosh Valentina Scarponi Meagan Schaal Pamela Schade Andre Schaffert Charles Schulze Jr. Bernd Schumacher Thomas Schweiger Jr Jeannine Scopp Chanda Sealey Michael Sedivy Aline Seekins Fletcher Seldon Elizabeth Sentany Hector Severeyn Garcia Savan Shah Ke Shang Patrick Shannon Bryan Sharkey Danielle Shaw Robert Sheffield Larisah Sheldon Lynn Sheps Kelsey Shinn Amber Siegfeldt Rebekah Simons Jessica Singh Andrew Singley Kimberly Sledge Tyler Sloan Jared Smiddy Christal Smith Daniel Smith Domonick Smith Jamie Smith Jason Smith Jolena Smith Karisma Smith Malita Smith Giovana Soares Peter Solenski Matthew Solomon Matthew Sonnefeld Lacey Sovern Alexander Spahn Stephanie Spangler Yielleen St Amour Gabriel Stanley Kenneth Stavish Christopher Stavrou Sarah Steele Cierra Stevens Felicia Stewart Shante Stewart Benita Stiver Phillip Stone Jacob Strom Joshua Sturmfels Mario Suarez Ming Ho Suen Crista Sullivan Sara Sullivan Ginger Sumner
Chao-Hung Sun Divya Surabhi John Mitchell Suzuki Craig Svec Omar Symister Renee Tackett Kenaz Taleb Waleed Tariq Robert Tatum Mamie Taylor John Tesseyman Brian Thai Kyle Thalmann Joshua Theisen AndresThielen Chavez Jerrica Thompson Kevin Thompson Rachael Thompson Michael Tocci John Toothill Salime Torbey Torbay Yolanda Torres Lauren Toth Eric Traboulay Nada Traina Trung Tran Tuan Tran Colin True-Smith Andrea Tubbs Steven Tucker Belinda Turesky Rustu Turgut Stephanie Turner John Urban Nicholas Vamvas Bartel van der Veek Eric Vanderbilt David Vann Fernando Vargas Nadine Vasquez Albert Vasso Alexa Velliquette Alexa Velliquette Hanna Voisard Stephanie Vos Shweta Vyas C. Wade Roy Walker Jr Miles Wallio William Wallner Sheana Walters Leping Wan Chia-Wei Wang Jian Wang Ruizhi Wang Zhiyun Wang Tory Warren Eric Waterman Nicholas Waters Shirley Watkins Beverly Watson Bradley Watson Ja Mar Watson Thomas Watson
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SPORTS April 23, 2013
Why we love sports
Pirate Stadium to receive technical upgrades Story continued from pg. 1 we got about halfway through the selling season we realized that we would save that for a later time when we were pushing single ticket sales.” “We decided the most costeffective thing to do would be to just go with billboards and TV and see how the sales went,” she said. Jurgens stressed that Florida Tech would be taking a wait-andsee approach in the university’s inaugural football season, not only from a marketing standpoint, but in the accommodation of fans also. “What we wanted to do the first year was understand the demographics more as to what people wanted,” Jurgens said. He said he hoped the strategy would allow for “a level of flexibility.” According to Jurgens, Florida Tech will be seeking advice from the spectators themselves in order to enhance the college football experience in Pirate Stadium. “We’re going to do a survey about two-thirds of the way through the year for all our premium seat holders as to what we envision doing for the future so that we are able to accommodate their needs,” Jurgens said.
While the season still a few months away, changes are already being made to Pirate Stadium in anticipation for Florida Tech Football. “Palm Bay is doing some renovations, and we’re helping them do some renovations,” said Steve Englehart, head coach of the Florida Tech Panthers. “There will be a press box added on the (visitor’s) side,“ Englehart said, “and that will be for television, television crews, radio and things like that.” In addition to a second press, Pirate Stadium will also see technical upgrades dealing with things such as internet connection and scoreboard functions. “The biggest thing was we just needed a little more space within the press box, so rather than just adding on to the home side we decided to put another press box on the visitor side that way we could utilize both of them,” Englehart said. The first football game in Florida Tech history will be played on Sept. 7 in Pirate Stadium against Stetson, a Division I school. “It is a college type of stadium and seats maybe a little over 5,000 fans, so it is definitely big enough,” Englehart said. “We’ll see. I’ll like it a lot more when it’s full of fans.”
photo property of jim rogash Boston Bruin fans come together to sing the National Anthem.
David Barkholz Sports Editor Rene Rancourt approached the microphone in what should have been an ordinary night. After all, it was still TD Bank Garden, the Bruins were still the home team and he was still slated to sing The Star Spangled Banner before that night’s hockey game, just as he had been for the past 35 years. Yes, the setting was the same, but it was the people in attendance who had changed. Just two days before, the majority of the United States watched
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the horrors of the Boston Marathon bombings on television, from the comforts of their own homes. Meanwhile, it was these people who were forced to witnessed death and destruction on the same streets they used to drive to work every morning. Their city had been locked down. The whole world showed them pity. Desperate for some shred of normalcy, all eyes were now on Rancourt. He took in a deep breath, and the city of Boston let out a sigh of relief. Only two lines into the song,
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photo by amanda stratford Nick Gardner (above) recorded a game-high six points on five goals and one assist.
Press Release Florida Tech Athletics Freshmen Brian Bacarella and Nick Gardner combined for 10 goals in Florida Tech’s 14-7 victory over Young Harris on Sunday in a neutral site game at Creekside High School. The Panthers finished the season with a 6-8 overall record. Young Harris (5-8) scored the game’s first goal just 40 seconds into the first quarter. But Florida Tech (6-8) responded with three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead after the first 15 minutes. Bacarella tallied two goals in a span of six minutes to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead. Sophomores Andrew Conley and Mike Marshner set up the freshman’s pair of goals. With less than four minutes remaining, sophomore Ryan Bailey fed Gardner for his first of five goals of the afternoon to give Florida Tech the 3-1 advantage.
The Mountain Lions cut the deficit to 3-2 to begin the second quarter, but the Panthers responded again. This time Florida Tech scored five unanswered goals to take an 8-2 lead into halftime. Senior Matt Durand set up Gardner on a man-up opportunity to begin the five-goal run with 9:27 remaining in the second quarter. Gardner scored again four minutes later to complete the hat trick and give the Panthers a 5-2 lead. With 2:28 left in the first half, Bacarella scored his third goal of the game to push the lead to 6-2. Gardner, recording his fourth point of the first half, set up Marshner for Florida Tech’s second man-up goal of the game. With 19 seconds remaining before the break, Conley scored to give the Panthers an 8-2 halftime lead. Young Harris scored 32 seconds into the third quarter to cut the deficit to 8-3, but Bacarella and Conley
both scored unassisted goals to put Florida Tech ahead by a score of 10-3. Conley’s goal was the third man-up goal of the game. Florida Tech scored its 27th man-up goal of the season to begin the fourth quarter. Gardner scored his fourth goal of the game on the power play to give the Panthers an 11-4 lead. Two minutes later, Florida Tech took its largest lead of 13-4 after goals by Conley and Bacarella. The Mountain Lions scored their first string of goals between the 7:15 and 1:35 marks of the fourth quarter when they scored three-straight goals to cut the deficit to 13-7. With 28 seconds remaining in regulation, Marshner collected his second assist of the afternoon when he set up Gardner’s fifth goal of the game to give the Panthers a 14-7 victory.
the 73-year-old professional singer lowered the microphone from his lips, and the most powerful performance of his career began. In one solemn voice, 17,000 people sang their nation anthem, their own echoes serving as the only background music. On April 17, 2013 a hockey game was played. The score was kept, but it didn’t matter. For a brief period of time, Boston was Boston again. The world outside that TD Bank Garden didn’t exist, and everything was okay.
The Sunshine State Conference Women’s Tennis Championship resumed on Sunday morning after rain storms ended day three of the championship on Saturday. No 20 Florida Tech and No. 26 Florida Southern returned to the South County Regional Park with their match tied at 3-3. The Panthers won two singles matches within an hour of play to defeat the Moccasins by a score of 5-3 for fifth place. On Saturday, the teams were tied at 3-3 when play was suspended. Florida Tech (16-9) won two of three doubles matches, while Florida Southern took two of the three completed singles matches. The Moccasins won the first doubles match at No. 3 doubles. Freshman Chloe Chanley and sophomore Katie Close fell to Joalis Dominguez and Laura Wichmann. The Panthers evened the match with a victory at No. 2 doubles. Senior Abbey Keister and freshman Charlotte Fahnehjelm defeated Olivia Spagnuolo and Victoria Spagnuolo by a score of 8-2. Junior Kristina Huba and senior Stephanie Dohner jumped out to a 7-4 lead over Division II’s No. 12 tandem, Magda Riutort and Sabine Goge in the No. 1 doubles match. But the Moccasins’ top pairing broke the Panthers’ serve and then won their next serve to trail 7-6 heading into the 14th game. Huba served the next game for a chance to seal the match. The Panthers won the first point, but then found themselves behind 30-15. Two points later, Huba and Dohner regained the lead at 40-30. Facing match point, Florida Southern hit a winner down the line to send the game to deuce.
Dohner, standing at net, hit a volley to give the Panthers the advantage. A second volley to the feet of Riutort caused a shot into the net to give Huba and Dohner the game and the match, 8-6. Fahnehjelm won Florida Tech’s only singles match on Saturday at No. 5 singles. The freshman defeated Crystal Copeland, 6-0, 6-3. On Sunday, Keister won twostraight games to complete her three-set match. The senior lost the first set, 6-3, and then took set two, 6-1, over Victoria Spagnulo. The No. 6 singles played the third set to 4-4 before play was suspended on Saturday. Keister broke Spagnulo’s serve to begin on Sunday, and then won her service to take the match 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Chanley was leading No. 3 singles, 7-5, 2-1, against Christie Nunnemann when play was suspended on Saturday. Chanley jumped out to a 5-2 lead in set two on Sunday. Nunnemann won the eighth game, but Chanley closed out the match in game nine to win 7-5, 6-3 to give the Panthers the victory. Meanwhile, Huba began Sunday trailing 3-6, 4-5 to No. 30 Goge. Huba broke Goge’s service twice to come back and take the second set 7-5. Goge was leading the third set 3-0 when the match ended. Florida Tech is currently ranked No. 8 in the NCAA South Region poll, and will wait to find out its NCAA Tournament fate on Tuesday. The NCAA Division II Women’s Tennis Selection Show is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. at NCAA.com. The Panthers defeated the region’s No. 5 (Tampa) and No. 7 (Florida Southern) at the SSC Championship. Tampa also lost to Nova Southeastern in the seventh-place match.