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Research and Development Park in works Costas Sivyllis News Editor

Over the next few years, Embry-Riddle’s industry presence will become even more practical and well known. The ERAU Research and Technology Park, which will be spread out on 90 acres of land south of Embry-Riddle on Clyde Morris Boulevard, will house research facilities for various industry leaders to conduct Research and Development (R&D) jointly with ERAU faculty and students. Embry-Riddle has always stayed close to industry in order to have the best, most up to date educational programs possible. Dr. Christina Recascino, Vice President of Academics and Research, stresses the

importance of maintaining close industry ties. “Industry sets the tone. We currently have over 70% of faculty and students involved in research projects, and the Research and Technology Park would be a place for our relationship with the industry to become even stronger,” stated Recascino. Research is an important part of the future. The Park will house its official first tenant, Larsen Motorsports, as early as this summer. Larsen has committed to a 13-acre plot of land down Clyde Morris on the right, about a half-mile south of Embry-Riddle. They plan to involve students and faculty in their engineering research concerning jet dragsters. The ERAU sponsored drag team, with star driver Elaine Larsen, plans to have

five research bays, with one dedicated to ERAU students. Embry-Riddle has always been a leader in industry research. In the College of Engineering alone, there are 40 active projects being worked on by faculty and students. Having faculty that are active in the research field means more hands-on applications for students, and a better classroom experience due to the knowledge brought by the faculty. Embry-Riddle President Dr. John Johnson is proud of the on going commitment EmbryRiddle makes to quality teaching, research, and service. “Faculty and student learning is a part of our educational mission,” emphasized Johnson, “Embry-Riddle seeks to become the place where industry turns to for

solutions to real world problems.” The Research Park is designed to invite industry leaders to develop facilities on their own, with EmbryRiddle providing the land, but more importantly the faculty and student brainpower. Companies seeking help for problems can turn to EmbryRiddle students for answers, not only giving students learning and industry experience but also reducing cost for the companies, making it a winwin situation. The Park itself will also bring more jobs to the Daytona area, as EmbryRiddle continues to give back to the community it resides in. Other major projects Embry-Riddle is currently involved in include NextGen Air Traffic Control tech-

nologies, Unmanned Aerial Research, green research, and more. NextGen ATC, with one of three national research facilities located in Daytona, is being lead by Embry-Riddle. Thirteen other industry leaders participating in the NextGen ATC research turn to EmbryRiddle for ideas. The street on which the NextGen Daytona facility is located is due to be renamed “Innovation Way,” a tribute to Embry-Riddle’s dedication to service and a better future. As the economy picks up, it is a high priority for industries to strengthen their futures. The Research and Technology Park is a sure way where Embry-Riddle can build relationships within the industry, and for industry to excel and progress.

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Organization award packets available Award packets are now available online. Student organizations can now apply for multiple awards, including Gold and Silver Wing status and Organization of the Year. Packets can be found at and are due on March 4.

Housing Sign Up Fall 2010 Students who plan to live on campus for the Fall 2010 semester may submit housing contracts from now until March 2. Students will be receiving their lottery numbers on March 16.

E-Week comes to ERAU E-Week will be held from Monday, Feb. 21 through Friday, Feb. 25. A paper design competition, hosted by AIAA, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. Engineering professionals will be attending the Emerging Technologies and their Impact on Engineering Careers held on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. To wrap up the week, Bob’s Space Racers is hosting Whac-A-Mole on Friday, Feb. 25.

COA invites parents for Family Weekend From Friday, Feb. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 27, the College of Aviation will be hosting Family Weekend. Parents of COA students are invited to attend classes and flight training activity during their flight block. Registration for events takes place in the IC Lobby at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26.

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Embry-Riddle offers new organizations to students Priyanka Kumar Copy Editor

Embry-Riddle’s Student Activities and Campus Events have introduced several clubs and organizations this semester. Offering a variety of options, clubs are to spark a wider audience’s interest. From a culinary club to a roller hockey club, students now have a larger pool of choices to select from to determine where they will spend their after-school hours. Aaron Clevenger, Director of Student Activities & Campus Events, feels that every student organization contributes to students’ enjoyment. “The addition often contributes to the retention of our students, Student Activities and Campus Events are excited to offer something new to the student body,” he said. Some new clubs that have been introduced this semester are the Scrabble club, Super Mileage, Roller Hockey club, “Birds and Boggies” golf club, “Crosswinds Culinary Club,” and “Brothers of the Wind” (a community service club). The list is in addition to 140 clubs/organizations already established on campus. According to Clevenger, the clubs appeal to students with a range of interests. “All the new ones [organizations] are great, in the Scrabble club, you can see the person you are playing “Words with Friends” with and the new community service club was in ERAU in the 70s and 80s and now it’s returning again, we also

have some new sport clubs,” he said. The clubs are funded through Student Government Association (SGA), organizations’ dues and depending on the purpose, some are also funded by academic departments. Clevenger noted that joining clubs/organizations and getting involved on campus activities reflects that an applicant is well rounded. “Companies like to see a variety of things on the resume, it’s important to show companies and recruiters in career fairs and interviews that you’ve had a well rounded experience during college,” Clevenger said. He also believes that joining new clubs “provides an outlet for social life, creativity and for learning.” According to Clevenger, statistics show that students involved with activities have a higher GPA, stay enrolled in college and are more likely t o

graduate. Other possible organizations that are still in the process of being approved are: the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Oval Dirt Karting Club, Aerospace Life Science Organization, Students for Life at ERAU, Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority Incorporated and the Clean Energy Club. Clevenger encourages students to apply to create a club if they feel that there is nothing for them. “There is something for everyone, but if not, students can apply so they can enjoy something too,” Clevenger said. Students interested in creating new student organizations are encouraged to log on to or stop by their office, SC 106, to begin the process.

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Students take time speak to Tuskegee Airman Hannah Longhorn Staff Reporter

In celebration of Black History Month, the Office of Diversity Initiatives invited Tuskegee Airman Leroy Eley to speak to student, faculty and staff, and members of the local Daytona Beach community on Tuesday, Feb. 8 in the Student Center. The Tuskegee Airman are African-American airman who were trained at Tuskegee Army Air Fielf in Tuskegee, Alabama in July 1941. From 1941 to 1946, 996 pilots graduated and received commissions in the Army Air Core with their pilot wings. Although the airman are most known for the 112 enemy aircraft that they shot down in flight, but they had to also battle the racism that existed in the military and at home. One of the original Tuskegee Airman, Leroy Eley came out to speak to the audience gathered and gave some of his own life experiences about growing up in a time when racism was

the norm and equal opportunity did not exist. Going in as volunteer Army personnel at the age of 17, little did Eley know that he would be an integral part of history in the lives of not only African-Americans, but minorities universally. Also in attendance was Samuel Johnson, the leader of the Tuskegee Airmen International (TAI) chapter for Atlanta. Although not an original Tuskegee Airmen, he and all members have the role of “torch bearer” or carrying on the history of all the Airmen involved in making history as the first African-Americans to be in the military and paving the way for many more to this very day. Up to date, over 425,000 black-Americans are serving in the military. Eley shared a bit of his own personal history while later taking time for a question and answer period (as well as an earlier day lunch). His accomplishment in being an Airmen was outstanding considering out of a class of 11,000 who applied

only 1,000 moved on to graduate and become pilots. “You never know where you’re going to go but (you) just got to keep going,” Eley said. The history of the 99th Pursuit Squadron (Tuskegee Airmen) is one of great merit and having been honored by former President George W. Bush, they are finally recognized by America for the bravery and hard work they did. In total 66 black pilots were killed in action, but out of the ones remaining their story and contribution have been passed on. “If I stop where would I be?” Eley questioned. But when asked how they ever survived he replied without hesitation, “(We) lived everyday with hope and prayer that tomorrow would be a better day, not just for us but for everyone.” Anyone who is interested in more information about the Tuskegee Airman, including their history to scholarship opportunities, can visit


TUSKEGEE AIRMAN LEROY ELEY shares his experiences as one of the first AfricanAmerican pilots in the Army Air Core with students on Tuesday, Feb. 8 in the Student Center. During the event, students were also able to ask questions to Eley about his experiences

International Boeing’s Chief Research Pilot speaks on new 787 “Dreamliner” Day preview Costas Sivyllis

Peter Tan

Staff Reporter Planned for March 31, the Thursday after Spring Break, International Day this year will take place on the West Lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Amy Vaughn, Associate Director for Student Activities for Student Government, explained that this year, International Day will be held “on the West Lawn, on a weekday, so more students attend the event.” Any international student can apply to participate and run a display table, have a performance or serve their respective country’s cuisine for

the whole student body to sample. The Office of Student Activities highly encourages all international students to participate and share their culture with the rest of the school and turn this event into a mini mid-day party. If you are in one of the various cultural societies on campus, this is the time to show your stuff and increase the awareness of your organization and also to recruit more members. Registration forms are available on and any questions can be directed to the student activities department.


INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR EMBRY-RIDDLE will be held on March 31, just after Spring Break, where all students are invited to participate. This year’s event is planned to be held on the West Lawn starting at 11 a.m.

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On Tuesday, Feb. 8, Boeing’s Chief Research Pilot came to Embry-Riddle to talk to students in-depth about the Boeing 787 test program. Captain Bill Roberson, an Embry-Riddle alum, was welcomed by a packed IC Auditorium filled with students from many different degree programs. Dominated by pilots and Aeronautical Science majors, Captain Roberson’s presentation touched on the various tests the brand new Boeing 787 and 747-8 have been subjected to for FAA certification, and what life as a Boeing test pilot is like. Sophomore Justin Dahan attended the presentation and thought very highly of the event. “I thought it was very interesting to hear about people doing these things [flight testing]. It really motivates you to be that pilot and its great to hear about the technology that we are going to be flying, directly from the people who test it.” Boeing currently has 40 total test pilots, all split between initial test flights of production aircraft, test flights for the 787 and 747-8, and other flight test programs. The 787 has had a total of 950 flights for 2,900 hours of flight time, and the 747-8 has flown 600 times for a total of 1,600 flight hours. The 787 made history with its current orders totaling 847 over 55 customers, and the plane has yet to enter service. This revolutionary aircraft can fly half way around the globe, and brings a new meaning to air travel. Both new Boeing aircraft are being subjected to various tests to prove its reliability and performance to the FAA. Captain Roberson showed videos of the 787 and 747-8 being put through their paces. Aside from flight tests trying to discover adverse handling in flight,

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some of the other tests include: water-spray, minimum unstuck, minimum control ground and air, cross wind, and max brake energy. Water-spray tests involve taxing the aircraft at a high rate of speed down a taxiway with a controlled body of water, to ensure its stability in the event of ground flooding. Minimum unstick was a favorite test of the audience, as the videos showed the 787 and 747-8 dragging their tails on the runway until they became airborne at the slowest speed possible. Once airborne, the flight crew tests the handling characteristics right off the ground at

slow speeds, and slow speeds with only one engine functioning. Max brake energy involves stopping the aircraft from take off speed and monitoring how destructive the braking action is, as the brakes flame up and sometimes pop the tires. For the 787, Boeing went through a specific process to ensure commonality with other aircraft in their fleet, particularly the 777. The commonality was close enough that the FAA has allowed pilots to earn a common type certificate between the two aircraft with a short transition course in between. A common type rating enables pilots and air-

lines to save money by not having to completely retrain and go through another check ride process. Another big credit to the 787-design team is achieving common takeoff and landing recognition. By law, pilots are required to make three landings every 90 days to carry passengers, however they must be done in the same aircraft the passengers will be flown in if an airline has pilots cross qualified between the 787 and 777, common landing credit would enable a pilot to get the three landings in either aircraft, making it easier on the airline to schedule crews.


CAPTAIN BILL ROBERTS, AN Embry-Riddle Alum, spoke with student, faculty and staff about his experiences working and testing Boeing’s 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft. This aircraft is the newest aircraft in the Boeing 700 series fleet that is currently undergoing FAA performance and reliability testing.

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Sandeep Singh

College of Engineering Engineers’ Week or E-Week 2011 at ERAU is ramping up for an action-filled week of

engineering-based activities. Activities include a CATIA competition, paper design competition, a Rock Band robot competition, and a formal keynote address by the first female space explorer and title sponsor,

Anousheh Ansari. E-Week will conclude with a banquet/dance party, and aspires to be an exciting celebration of engineering on the EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach Campus.

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College of Engineering It is now time to sign up for the annual Spring Break shuttle to Orlando. This shuttle will run from the EmbryRiddle campus to Orlando International Airport (MCO). There is also an opportunity to get a shuttle back to

Embry-Riddle’s campus from the Orlando airport on the Saturday and Sunday of Spring break. The fare is 20 dollars one way or 40 dollars round trip. If you would like to get a ride on the shuttle, stop by the Student Government Office to sign up! You will soon be able to sign up online through the Student Government website. The last day to sign

up will be March 11. The following are the dates and times for the shuttle: From Campus to MCO: March 18: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. March 19: 5 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. From MCO to Campus: March 26: 12 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. March 27: 12 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Get to know your SGA Representative

Senior Chris College of Arts Homeland and Sciences Gallagher Security

Chris Gallagher joined the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University community in the fall of 2007. He is a senior in the Homeland Security program with a minor in International Relations and a minor in Industrial Safety. Chris is expected to graduate in Spring 2011. This is Chris’s second year as one of the College of Arts and Sciences Representative

of the Daytona Beach Student Government Association. Chris is the liaison to the Facilities department, member of Pi Kappa Alpha, Orientation Team, Golf Club, and Homeland Security Student Association. Chris is hoping to make campus life better for students and is open to suggestions, complaints and concerns. Over the past year

Chris has worked with the Facilities department working on improving buildings around campus. These projects have included changes to the library, new walkways on campus and many other projects. If students have ideas, questions or concerns, feel free to approach Chris and talk or send him and email at

Get to know your SGA Representative Steven Swei

Hello everyone, my name is Steven Swei and I am a representative for the College of Aviation. I was born in Taiwan, where I spent my first 16 years of life before moving to United States. Currently, I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Air Traffic Management with a minor in Aeronautical Studies. This is my third year at Embry-Riddle. Outside of campus, I am working at the Turie T. Small Elementary School. I am a tutor there and I love teaching kids. Besides being a member of SGA, I am also the Public Relationship Officer of the Chinese Students & Scholars Association and the English-Chinese Translator of The

Junior College of Air Traffic Aviation Managment

United Nation Youth Leader Magazine. I enjoy classical music and jazz during my free time, and I play the flute and piccolo. My favorite sport is swimming. I am a certified lifeguard and CPR rescuer. This is my first year on the SGA’s Student Representative Board and I am looking forward to improving the SGA services and student life. I am a member of the Student Government Marketing Committee and we are responsible for maintaining promotional publications, such as flyers, brochures and posters. Also, we are responsible for collecting students’ feedback and suggestions. I believe that your feedback is necessary so that

SGA can effectively function as a bridge of communication between students and the University. So towards the end of this month, I plan on interviewing students around campus with my camcorder to ask for any suggestions or recommendations you may have for the university and the SGA. This way the University can consider your input when making decisions that impact your college life. So next time when you see me carrying my camcorder around campus please don’t be shy or hesitate to tell me your ideas or suggestions. The videos will be posted on SGA Facebook and interviewees will receive a small prize from SGA.

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Students excel in Lufthansa Case Campus Safety provides advice Mathew Falkler

COB Student Advisory

This past fall, EmbryRiddle College of Business students Nick Bartolotta, Jonathan Heckman and Adam Kuebler had the opportunity to compete in the final round of the first annual Lufthansa Case Challenge in Frankfurt, Germany. Co-hosted by EmbryRiddle partner university EBS Business School and Deutsche Lufthansa AG, students were asked to develop a social media strategy that would advance brand loyalty, increase customer value and attract potential employees. From May 2010 to the end of Aug. 2010, the self-motivated group, called “Team SwiftEagle,” met on a weekly basis, via Skype, to discuss the project, current events in social media and brainstorm practical solutions and strategies. “We spent a lot of time looking at what’s needed and what’s possible,” said Bartolotta. “We designed our strategy to be realistic in nature yet ambitious in vision.” “It was shocking to see

what Lufthansa had already done in social media. From “MySkyStatus” to their Facebook page, it is clear social media is a big priority for Lufthansa,” said Kuebler. “We had to spend a few weeks getting acclimated and familiar with each facet of their current social media strategy.” Over 130 teams from around the world applied, yet only six were chosen to compete in the three-day final round at the Lufthansa Training and Conference C e n t e r Seeheim. A s k e d about EmbryRiddle’s role in this case challenge, Heckman credited the College of Business for preparing the team for the international challenge. “Our unique education, which combines both business and aviation, set us apart both

in our proposal and presentation,” said Heckman. “The international perspectives and insights, as well as the global-based curriculum from the College of Business, were incredibly helpful in preparing for the final round.” Utilizing social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, the team presented ideas ranging from tweets for travel assistance and Facebook status updates containing information about Lufthansa sponsored charities. The six teams presented to a jury consisting of EBS Business School professors, Lufthansa executives and the executive in charge of Facebook Germany. A few of Team SwiftEagle’s ideas included a “See Yourself at Lufthansa” interactive website for the airline’s and

a video contest, asking the public to answer “why is there ‘no better way to fly?’” Thierry Antinori, then Executive Vice President of Marketing, current Chairman of Austrian Airlines and board member of Lufthansa German Airlines, announced and presented third place to Team SwiftEagle in the case challenge, making Team SwiftEagle the top U.S. team. Following the competition, finalists were given a tour of Lufthansa’s pilot and flight attendant training facility, the Lufthansa Technik hangars at Frankfurt International Airport and the Lufthansa Aviation Center. “Meeting and interacting with global participants was truly a rewarding experience,” said Bartolotta. “The unique perspectives and insights gave us a better appreciation for international opportunities,” added Kuebler. The Lufthansa Case Challenge is expected to be continued this year. Students can learn more information about the Case Challenge at http://www.

the pleasure of indulging in this highly enjoyable, addictive and challenging game, it will be a great opportunity to experience playing scrabble for the first time. For those who consider themselves experts of this game, come down and test your skills against a competition level player playing under international tournament rules. There will be a variety of training advice offered on game strategy, vocabulary learning techniques and tips that will sharpen your game. Those who love both words and aviation will be treated to a unique thematic version of scrabble called Aviation Scrabble.

Practice is the best way to ensure that you stay on top of your game and you will definitely get your share of the experience. This game may look pretty straightforward

The club will be hosting weekly rounds of scrabble, culminating in a monthly tournament played under competition rules. The tournament will feature prizes for a number of criteria besides the top three finishers. High scoring games, words, bonuses and the word of the tournament will also bag awards. The club is looking for sponsors for the prizes, so any offers are most welcome. Equipment will be provided, however those who have their own boards and chess clocks be sure to bring them along. So with all this in store, be sure to join the club in a fun-filled evening where every word makes a difference.

Club readies for verbal battle Kushan Simeon Scrabble Club

This week, the EmbryRiddle student community will be welcoming a new addition to its diverse portfolio of student organizations with the Scrabble Club hosting its first round this Friday. Anyone who has played a few friendly games with friends or family, or played the electronic version on their phone, will definitely want to come and spend a couple of hours of fun and learning at the introductory meeting featuring a training session in COB 126 this Friday. And for those who haven’t had

on the surface, but you will be surprised at how deep it goes when you get into high level play.

S.P.A.C.E seek members Michael North S.P.A.C.E

Space Privatization and Commercial Exploration at Embry Riddle – or S.P.A.C.E. Association – is seeking to increase its membership. S . P. A . C . E . Association is an Embry Riddle organization whose primary purpose is to help its members reach out to the aerospace industry, particularly NewSpace companies. There are a number of ways in which this networking can be accomplished, and S.P.A.C.E. is interested in all of them, including scientific conferences, such as the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in late February. S.P.A.C.E. is also presently working on two white-paper design competitions: tackling the ever growing problem of orbital

debris, and investigating the design of a commercial orbital propellant depot. The issue of orbital debris removal will be of utmost importance to all activity in space, as it poses and extreme hazard

to a tremendous technological and economic investment. An orbital propellant depot may turn out to increase the

potential of light, simple commercial launch vehicles, enabling access to more distant destinations without the use of a heavy lift vehicle. Both competitions are an excellent opportunity to get the names of our members and our organization out to those in the industry. If you are interested in learning more about the Commercial Space industry, or if you would like to become more involved, contact a member (information below) or come to any meeting. S.P.A.C.E. meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in COA 254. For more information, contact our Public Relations officer Michael North at northm@, our President Robert Moffitt at, or our Vice President Sam Patel at

Suzanne Fernandes Campus Safety

Campus Safety is dedicated to promote and maintain a safe environment for all members of the campus community. The Safety and Security department is a member of the Florida Association of Campus Safety and Security Administration (FACSSA) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement. They also work closely with the Daytona Beach Police Department. The department provides patrols and service 24 hours a day, 365-days a year. The Communication Center is also in operation 24 hours a day, 365-days a year. The COMM center is the location of LOST AND FOUND. All the emergency phones dial to this center. It is located on the first floor of SC 101. When in trouble or suspicious of anyone, approach C a m p u s Safety by calling 386-226-6490 or by visiting SC 256. Call 386-226-SAFE (7233) during any emergency. The CodeRed and advisories during a weather-related emergency is all a part of the Safety program. Ever wondered about the Student Crime Prevention Practitioners (SCPP)? The SCPP program is a unique way of involving students with the safety department. The SCPP’s on duty along with Officers patrol the campus daily from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. covering all campus buildings and housing areas as well as the World Wide and Chanute Complex. We have SCPP’s who work as dispatchers and Life Safety Systems Officers. Every dorm on campus (including

Chanute) has a SCPP officer as a resident. We have SCPP housing and ERRSA liaisons. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Thefts and burglaries do occur on campus and it is important to stay vigilant at all times. We are dedicated to make your college career safe and productive through these programs: Eagle Alerts, Things to know in Daytona, The facts about fake ids, Operation Identification, Gimme 5 and many more. Drop by the Safety office (SC 256) to collect some of these brochures. We offer services such as campus escorts, Project Gradesavers, leasing of bicycles and bike locks etc. In addition to these services, the University monitors and reports incidents within the campus community. Any event on campus property that is a safety concern will result in a precautionary alert. C o p i e s of such reports are available at the department office in the Student Center. To start of with one of our services, GIMME 5 is a program specifically designed for all clubs and organizations on campus. Give us 5 minutes of your meeting time and we will educate you on how to make their college experience safer. Through GIMME 5, club members can directly voice their concerns to Safety Officers, ask questions and participate in an open discussion. This allows the Safety department to interact directly with the students. IT’S IN YOUR INTEREST! Visit our website w for more information.


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Chick-fil-A chooses employees, loses customers Chick-fil-A has always been a company that has stuck to its values. Anyone who has ever craved one of their chicken sandwiches on a Sunday can attest to this – after all, every single one of the chain’s stores is closed on the Christian Sabbath. This is a tradition started by company founder S. Truett Cathy, who is known to be an unabashedly devout Southern Baptist. Even if one disagrees with the overtly religious mission of the chain, which according to Cathy is to “glorify God,” one can admire the corporation’s willingness to stick to its founding principles. However, the company has drawn criticism before. Aziz Latif, a Muslim man, was fired by Chick-fil-A after refusing to participate in a prayer to Jesus Christ. He sued the company for employment dis-

crimination, and the suit was eventually settled on undisclosed terms. In fact, as of 2007, the chain had been sued at least a dozen times in the preceding twenty years for discrimination. Chick-fil-A’s discriminatory practices have come under scrutiny once again. Recently, two Chick-fil-A locations in Philadelphia donated food to an event called “The Art of Marriage” hosted by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, an organization which lobbies against civil rights for same-sex couples. Those in support of equality decried this most recent donation, while Chick-fil-A claimed that the franchise owner, “…simply agreed to provide sandwiches and brownies for the events.” However, the history of the corporation itself shows a pattern - it has supported

virulently anti-gay groups such as Focus on the Family and the American Family Association on numerous occasions in the past. As a gay man, I’d like to believe that Embry-Riddle stands by its diversity value statement, which says that we as an academic community respect the rights and property of all individuals regardless of their status – including sexual orientation. For this reason, I call on the school to no longer allow Chick-fil-A as a vendor on campus when the current contract expires. Further, I hope that my fellow students will refuse to spend money at Chick-fil-A – both on and off campus – unless and until the company decides to support full equality for all Americans. ~ Ryan Hague


Student Forum “What are your plans for the Daytona 500?”

- James Holt

Monica Fredrickson Junior Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering

Chris Martinez Junior Aerospace Engineering

Geoffrey McWreath Freshman Aerospace Engineering

Barry Grogan Senior Mechanical Engineering

James Kendall Junior Engineering Physics

Adam Khankhel Freshman Aerospace Engineering

“Go scuba diving a long ways away.”

“Homework and watching constant left turns.”

“Go to the track and watch it.”

“Get out of Daytona”

“I get to work it. YEAH ROTC”

“Not going”


The Avion, February 15, 2011

Space Feature

NASA approves new shuttle mission STS 135

NASA managers recently approved an additional space shuttle mission to be flown by Atlantis. The new mission, STS-135, is to deliver additional supplies and spare equipment to the international space station onboard the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module. Atlantis is also to return a failed ammonia pump that was replaced last year to allow technicians on the ground to inspect it. These supplies will help further extend the station’s lifespan until commercial spacecraft currently in development can visit the station. The small fourperson crew includes Commander Christopher Ferguson, Pilot Douglas Hurley, Mission Specialist 1 Sandra Magnus and Mission Specialist 2 Rex Walheim. Originally, STS-132 was to be Atlantis’ last flight and STS-135 was planned as STS-335—a contingency launch-on-need flight for STS-134. STS-135 was approved by congress last year as part of the NASA authorization act, pending word from NASA managers about the safety of the flight. While NASA managers have approved the mission and placed it on the official flight manifest, NASA still requires additional funding. However, NASA administrator Charles Bolden feels confident that the flight will take place. “We have planned 135 for quite some time. When we found we would probably need an extra flight. And I call it buying down the risk. As I said before, we really want to facilitate the success of the commercial entities,” Bolden said. Atlantis’ launch date is scheduled for June 28, 2011. `James Holt




Track and field’s last chance to qualify for the indoor nationals B3 Baseball goes three for three against Warner B2 Close game between Men’s and the Eagles and Lions women’s tennis goes to the Lions dominates the court B3 B2





The Avion, February 15, 2011

Baseball goes three for three against Warner Ryan Mosher

ERAU Athletics The NAIA No. 6 EmbryRiddle baseball team remained perfect on the young season with two wins over Sun Confer ence opponent Warner on Saturday, 7-6 and 4-0. The twin bill’s first contest went 15 innings, an ERAU single-game record, but the hosts were able to pull out a 7-6 walk-off win before giving the ball to senior Tucker Jensen for game two where he one-hit the Royals in a 4-0 victory. With the wins, Embry-Riddle moves to 6-0 overall and a perfect 3-0 in conference play, while Warner falls to 3-4 and 0-3


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The Eagles and Royals played almost two complete games during the first contest of the day, taking 15 innings to finally decide a winner. Sophomore Kevin Maloney took the hill for the Eagles and looked to be in control for the first seven innings. Maloney gave up just one run during his first six frames of

work, working fast against the Royal hitters. The Eagles took a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, beginning with a Steve Sabins single through the left side of the infield. Sabins moved to second on a passed ball by WU catcher Herb Sickler, then moves to third after Chris Page walked and Ben Kline reached first on an error by Warner starter Brett Stanton to load the bags. Jeff Lemon got the first Eagle RBI of the game when he drew a walk in the next at-bat to drive in Sabins from third and knot the score at 1-1. Greg Smith cleared the bases with a one-out double to left center, making the score 4-1 in favor of the Blue and Gold. ERAU would add a fifth run in the sixth inning off the bat of Aaron Glaum; he doubled home Lemon from second base, but was called out at third trying to stretch the double into a triple. Warner would prove to be resilient and tie the game in the eighth inning with four runs of their own. Maloney began the inning by getting first baseman Austin Britt to fly out to left field, but would allow two singles in the next to at-bats before being replaced by Steve Ortman. Ortman walked one to load the bases, then came through with a big strike out for the second out of the inning. However, Justin Zanella would club a two-out single up the middle to score two runs and bring the score to 5-3.

Upcoming Sporting Events MEN’S BASEBALL

Tuesday, Feb. 15: vs Brewton Parker (DH) Mount Vernon, Ga. 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18: vs Webber International * Babson Park, Fla. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19: vs Webber International (DH)* Babson Park, Fla. 12 p.m.


Wednesday, Feb. 16: vs Warner * Daytona Beach, Fla. 7 p.m.

Phillip Reamy made his second appearance of the year in the eighth with two outs, but the pre-season All-American gave up a two-run single to Sickler before striking out Bryan Langston to end the threat. The Eagles answered in the home half of the eighth inning when Smith picked up his fourth RBI of the game on a sac fly to the center fielder that scored Kline from third. The 6-5 lead would not stand up for ERAU, as WU would again tie the score at six runs apiece in the ninth. Neither team would score another run in the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th or 14th innings as relievers Gary Kott (WU), Dylan Heiring (WU) and Brandon Creath (ERAU) would shut down the opposing offenses. Creath was especially impressive, not allowing a run or hit in six innings of work while striking out four Royal batters. It was the home team who would find a way to pull out a victory in the 15th inning. Adam Cellini led off the frame by wearing a Corey Pawlak pitch before his courtesy runner, David Belardes, advanced to second on a wild pitch. Smith moved Belardes to third with a sac bunt and Glaum ended the game with a one-out double over the left fielder’s head to score the runner from third. The Eagles outhit the Royals, 10-6 in the game, as both teams commited a pair of errors. Creath earned the win for ERAU, moving to 1-0 with the victory. Pawlak was tagged with the loss for Warner and fell to 0-1 overall.

Smith had four RBIs in game one, finishing 1-for-5. Glaum, Page and Sabins all had two hits in the four-hour game. The 15-inning affair broke the previous Embry-Riddle record of 14 innings set in 1995 against Brewton-Parker and duplicated last season against Florida Memorial in The Sun Conference tournament.


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Game two proved to be the complete opposite of the first contest of the day, as Jensen tossed the best game of his Embry-Riddle career, grounded the Royals’ offense en route to the 4-0 complete game victory. Jensen pitched the entire nine innings, giving up just one hit and one base-on-balls, while fanning eight batters on just 97 pitches. The lone hit for the Royals came in the third inning when Ryan Paul singled through the right side of the infield. Jensen’s eight strikeouts set a career-high mark for the righthander from Ormond Beach, Fla., and was just one less than the season-high strikeout mark set by Ryan Vigue on Friday evening. ERAU scored a run in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings to claim the 4-0 decision, striking for 10 hits against Warner’s Ryan

Ruble and Jake Petitt. J.T. Warmoth crossed home in the first inning thanks to a twoout single from Kline. Warmoth again scored in the third frame, touching home on a Sabins double to left center. Jordan Romero scored the lone Eagle run in the fourth inning when Smith hit a sac fly to center field to bring home Cellini’s courtesy runner from third base. Embry-Riddle’s final run of the night came in the sixth when Smith scored on a throwing error by the Warner catcher, the errant throw to second base ended up in the outfield and allowed the junior account for the fourth run of the game. Ruble was credited with the loss, falling to 0-1 overall.

Sabins was 3-for-4 in the contest, driving in one run, Smith and Kline accounted for the other two RBIs. For the series, ERAU scored 20 runs on 31 hits with 19 RBIs; the Eagles were alos 7-for-8 in steal attempts. Blue and Gold pitchers gave up just six runs in three games, all in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The pitching staff combined for a 1.64 ERA in 33.0 innings of work, giving up 10 hits and 10 walks with 28 strikeouts. ERAU travels to Mount Vernon, Ga. on Monday for a three-game series against NAIA No. 24 Brewton-Parker. A single game on Monday is set to start at 4 p.m. while a DH is set to begin at 12 p.m. on Tuesday.


EMBRY-RIDDLE BASEBALL TEAM remained perfect on the young season with three wins over Warner over the weekend. The Eagles move to 6-0 in overall play.

Tennis team dominates the court

Women’s tennis improve to 4-1 Alison Smalling

ERAU Athletics The fifth-ranked EmbryRiddle women’s tennis rebounded from a tough loss to No. 4 Barry on Friday to defeat NCAA D II St. Leo 8-1, Saturday at the Crotty Tennis Complex. The Eagles are now 4-1 on the year, while the Lions fall to 2-1. A dominant performance in doubles helped the Blue and Gold to a quick 3-0 lead as all three ERAU tandems notched 8-1 victories against their respective opponents. Rocío Frej Vitallé was the

first to record a win in singles play as she downed Laura Kemkes 6-2, 6-0. Ekaterina Kamendova scored the clincher at No. 2 singles with a 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Jeanette McDonald. Yi Ching Chen made quick work of Bethania Laan at the top singles spot, following by Caroline Nilsson who got her first win of the season with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Samatha White at the sixth position. The Lions’ avoided the shutout when Adrianna Daszkiewicz got the better of Josefine Ström (6-0, 6-2) at the No. 5 spot. Kristina Márová closed out the scoring for ERAU with a 6-5, 6-2 win over Selma Hidass at the fourth position. The Eagles will have a 12-day rest before they return to action. Their next match takes them on the road to Winter Park on Feb. 24 where they will go up against NCAA D II No. 10 Rollins.

Men’s tennis improve to 3-0 on year

The Embry-Riddle men’s tennis team improved its overall record to 3-0 after notching a pair of wins at home on Saturday. The Eagles bested NCAA Division II St. Leo 7-2 in their first match of the day and followed with a 9-0 shutout of conference opponent Warner in the nightcap. In their first match against St. Leo, the Eagles took a 3-0 lead courtesy of a three-match sweep in doubles play. David Spennare was the first to finish his singles match, walking off the court with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Jose Morales at No. 6. The next match completed was at the No. 3 spot where Jan Hoekzema scored the clincher with a 6-2, 6-2 decision

against Pablo Chavez. Both of the Lions wins were three-set affairs as Aloua Adjenak bested Peter Francis 7-5, 5-7, 10-5 and Victor Lozier held off Patrick Besch 7-6, 2-6, 10-7. In their first conference match of the year against Warner, the Eagles completed another doubles sweep as Hoekzema and Besch topped Amar Vora and Julian Ramirez 8-5, Chris Freeman and Peter Francis bested A. Sa-ardphanchai and Tiago Olivera 8-2 and Adrian Bayh and Simon Felix defeated Diogo Barros and Vito Schepper 8-2. Besch rebounded from his singles loss earlier in the day to notch a quick 6-1, 6-1 victory over Vora and Hoekzema got his second clincher of the day with a 6-0, 6-2 defeat of Fabio Ribak. The Eagles’ next match will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday when they host Rollins, ranked sixth in the NCAA D II preseason poll, at the Crotty Tennis Complex.

Saturday, Feb. 19: vs Webber International * Babson Park, Fla. 7 p.m.


Saunday-Tuesday, Feb. 20-22: vs Thomas Invitational Valdosta, Ga TBA


Tuesday, Feb. 15: vs Rollins Daytona Beach, Fla. 3:30 p.m.


THE EMBRY-RIDDLE TENNIS team dominated the court on Saturday. The womens tennis team defeated St. Leo 8-1. The mens team defeated St. Leo 7-2 and followed with a 9-0 shutout of conference opponent Warner. Both teams jumped to an early lead with a three match shutout in doubles. Mens team complimented previous sweeps with another against Warner.

Touchard leads Eagles to victory


Friday-Saturday, Feb. 18-19: Embry-Riddle Last Chnace Daytona Beach, Fla. TBA


Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 20-22 : Florida Southern Invitational Lakeland, Fla. TBA


Friday-Saturday, Feb. 18-19 : Embry-Riddle Last Chance Daytona Beach, Fla. TBA *-TSC Opponents


Alison Smalling

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ERAU Athletics Blake Touchard tallied a gamehigh 19 points and eight assists to lead the Embry-Riddle men’s basketball team to a 78-64 victory over St. Thomas in Sun Conference play on Saturday. Touchard scored the majority of his points from the charity stripe where he was 11-for-15 as the Eagles improved their overall record to 24-4 and 11-3 in conference play. The Bobcats scored the first points of the game and although the Eagles were able to tie the score five times in the first 10 minutes, St. Thomas stayed ahead for the majority of the first half. At the 9:32 mark Brett Rawlings’

three-pointer gave ERAU its first lead (20-17), but the Bobcats came right back to tie the score and after forcing an Eagle turnover, the home team reclaimed the lead and extended the advantage to five points (27-22) with 6:02 remaining in the first half. At the 5:56 mark, Touchard knocked down two free throws and the Eagles recorded defensive stops with a block and a forced turnover on the next two Bobcat possessions to move back in front 28-27. After St. Thomas tied things up for the seventh time in the half, the Bobcats were able to build their cushion back up to four (3430), but the Eagles bounced back again as a lay-up by Ray Graham and a three by Touchard put the Eagles up by two. Glenn Dalcourt then connected on one of his four treys to give the Blue and Gold a 39-34 lead at the half. The long-range shot proved to be key for the Eagles coming out of the break as two threes by Dalcourt and another by Brandon Caputo helped ERAU to extend the lead to 10 points with 14:59 left to play. The Eagles also

stepped up their defense and stifled a Bobcat offense that shot 48 percent from the field in the first half, limiting STU to just 24.3 percent in the second. Those two factors helped ERAU increase the cushion to 19 points (63-44) with 9:30 left to play. However, the Bobcats used their home court advantage and strong defensive pressure of their own to work its way back into the game. At the 9:24 mark, Jeffrey Remington hit a jumper and that was the start of a three-minute, 10- 0 run that saw the Eagles’ lead dwindle to nine points. The Eagles faced an additional disadvantage when both David Butler and Brett Rawlings fouled out of the game, leaving the team without a strong presence on the inside. Despite the disadvantage, the Eagles managed to maintain their composure and withstand the Bobcat rally. A lay-up and a free throw helped ERAU build its lead back up to 12, but once again St. Thomas was able to cut the advantage to single digits and a pair of free throws by

Demetris Love made the score 68-60 with 2:45 remaining. On the next Eagle possession, Touchard got the ball back out Dalcourt and the senior drained his fourth three of the night to put the Eagles back up by 11. The Bobcats put forth a valiant effort in the closing minutes, but they were unable to close the gap and Touchard scored the last five points of the contest to seal the win. Dalcourt finished with 14 points and five assists and Ray Graham added 12 points and seven rebounds to the Eagles’ tally. Butler and Rawlings each totaled nine points and eight rebounds with Butler adding six blocks. Leonard was the fifth Eagle scorer in double figures with 10 points. Love led the way with 15 points for the Bobcats who fall to 14-11 overall and 8-6 in league play. The Eagles’ next game will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday when they celebrate Senior Night by hosting conference foe Warner in the final home game of the regular season.


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Vigue keeps Royals to three-hits in win EMBRY-RIDDLE WARNER

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Ryan Mosher

ERAU Athletics Behind a strong pitching performance by senior Ryan Vigue, the Embry-Riddle Eagle won their first Sun Conference game of the season by downing Warner, 9-0 on Friday evening at Sliwa Stadium. The Blue and Gold move to 4-0 overall and

1-0 in conference play while the Royals drop to 3-2, 0-1. Vigue’s only trouble all night came in the first inning when he gave up a leadoff single to Ethan Lovell and a two-out single to catcher Herb Sickler to put runners on first and third. However, the left-hander from Merritt Island, Fla. wouldn’t give up any runs when he struck out Jason Griffin on three straight pitches to end the frame and the Warner threat. Warner’s starter Joey Voccola kept the Eagles at bay for the first three innings, no allowing a hit and just one base-runner. But in the fourth ERAU struck for their first four hits and managed to score four runs off of them. Steve Sabins began the frame

with a double down the left field line before junior Ben Kline doubled him home with a shot to right center. Kline stole third and would then score on a sacrifice fly to the WU center fielder off the bat of Ian MacGeorge. J.T. Warmoth struck out looking, but was able to reach first when catcher Sickler dropped the pitch from Voccola and was unable to throw Warmoth out at first. Warmoth proceeded to steal second base and then touched home on a double from Adam Cellini. Greg Smith courtesy ran fro Cellini and moved to third base on a wild pitch from Voccola. Aaron Glaum singled back up the middle in the following at-bat to score Smith and bring the score to

4-0 in favor of the hosts. Vigue went one-two-three in the top of the fifth to put the Eagles back at the plate where they would tack on two additional runs. Sophmore Tyler Robbins singled through the left side to kick start the ERAU offense in the bottom of the fifth, thyen advanced to second on a Sabins’ single in the exact same spot. Chris Page kept the single-streak going with a hit to right center that scored Robbins. Sabins would cross the dish on a bases-loaded walk drawn by Warmoth that gave the Eagles a 6-0 lead. Vigue would give up just his third and final hit of the game in the visitor half of the sixth inning, but would strike

ished a Brandon Caputo pass with a two-handed slam. Butler scored eight of the Eagles’ first 10 points and his 11 first-half scores helped ERAU maintain a lead for the majority of the first stanza. The Eagles were only 38.5 percent shooting from the field compared to the Lions’ 41.4 percent clip, but the Eagles made 14 trips to the free throw line to the Lions’ six, and knocked down three three-pointers to just one by the Lions to take a 33-29 lead at the intermission. Coming out of the break, the Eagles hovered between a five and seven-point advantage and were able to build the lead up to nine points just before the midway point of the second half. At the 14:32 mark, a dubious foul was called against Butler. That call loomed large in that it sent Butler to the bench with four fouls and sent the Lions to the charity stripe for the remainder of the half as the Eagles had been called for seven fouls to just one on the Lions. The Eagles managed to maintain their composure and on the next Lion possession, they rebounded the FMU miss and turned it in to a three-point basket by Touchard at the other end of the floor. Antwan Baggs answered with a three-pointer of his own on the Lions’ next possession

and that triggered an 8-4 run that pulled the Lions within two (48-46) with 9:56 left to play. Over the next minute and a half of play, the Lions hit a lay-up and connected on two of their 20 second half free throws to knot the score at 50-50. Baggs’ second three of the game gave the Lions their first lead of the half at the 7:57 mark and they maintained an advantage until a three-pointer by Touchard and a jumper by Glenn Dalcourt put the Eagles back on top by one (60-59) with 3:21 left to play. A pair of free throws by Felix Borger reclaimed the lead for FMU but once again, the Eagles had an answer from Touchard who drained another of his six threepointers to make it 63-61 in favor of the Blue and Gold. On the next Lions’ possession, Baggs pulled up about four feet behind the arc and hit his third three of the half to put FMU back up, 64-63. The Eagles then had two chances to reclaim the lead, but a missed free throw and a jump shot to give the ball back to the Lions with 1:13 remaining. Florida Memorial managed to get the ball into the hands of its leading scorer George Gray, but the guard was blocked by Dalcourt on his way to the basket and his second attempt was corralled by Butler, giving the

Eagles another chance at the lead with 37 seconds left. The Eagles broke the Lion press and got the ball to Danny Krazit who was fouled as he tried to split a pair of FMU defenders with 25 seconds showing on the clock. Going into Wednesday’s game Krazit had only made 7-of-14 from the charity stripe but on this night, the senior knocked down both free throw attempts to put ERAU back in front 65-64. After calling a timeout, Florida Memorial elected to let Gray control the offense. Gray opted to drive toward the basket and threw up an off-balance shot that bounced off the rim, but an official judged Gray to have been fouled by Butler with 12 seconds left, sending Gray to the free throw line and Butler to the bench with his fifth foul. Gray hit both free throws for a 66-65 FMU lead, prompting the Eagles to call a timeout to set up a play. Coming out of the huddle, the ball-handling responsibilities went to Touchard once again and the junior drove to the basket and made a lay-up, but the shot was waived off as he was called for traveling. With just five seconds left, the Eagles were unable to come up with another offensive set and the Lions emerged with the one-point win.

Lions edge past Eagles FLORIDA MEMORIAL 66 EMBRY-RIDDLE 65 Alison Smalling

ERAU Athletics The Embry-Riddle men’s basketball suffered a tough loss on the road on Wednesday, falling 66-65 to Sun Conference foe Florida Memorial. The loss moves the Eagles to 23-4 overall and 10-3 in conference play, while the Lions improved to 12-14 overall and 8-6 in the league. The Eagles received a strong performance from junior Blake Touchard who finished with a season-high 23 points, including six three-pointers, five assists and six rebounds. David Butler was the only other player in double digits for the Eagles and finished with 14 points, seven boards and six blocked shots. Matthew Rolle and Bryan Portillo combined to score the first points of the game for the Lions at the 19:13 mark, but the Eagles answered almost immediately when Butler fin-

Barry women’s tennis tops Eagles BARRY EMBRY-RIDDLE

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Alison Smalling

ERAU Athletics The Embry-Riddle women’s tennis team came up short against the NCAA Division II Barry(2-0), falling 7-2 to the fourth-ranked Bucs, Friday at the Crotty Tennis Complex. The fifth-ranked

Eagles were able to win two of three doubles matches, but were unable to sustain the advantage in singles play, falling to 3-1 on the year. The first doubles match to be completed was the No. 3 spot with Julie Stas and Olivia Matuszak bested the ERAU freshman duo of Paola Montero and Kristina Márová 8-3. At the No. 2 singles position, ERAU’s Ekaterina Kamendova and Rocio Frej Vitallé fell behind 7-4 to Alex Gwidoski and Mona Mansour. However, the Eagle tandem rebounded to tie the score at 8-8 and won the tie-breaker 7-5 to tie the match score at 1-1. The Eagles’ second point of

the afternoon came at the No. 1 doubles spot where the topranked team of Yi Ching Chen and Josefine Ström downed fourth-ranked Barbi Pocza and Angie Werschel 8-5. The Lady Bucs quickly bounced back and claimed wins at the fifth and sixth singles spots as Mansour topped Ström 6-2, 6-1. And Matuszak downed Caroline Nilsson 6-1, 6-1. Barry’s next point came at No. 2 singles where Wendling bested Kamendova 6-2, 6-1 and Laura Boguet scored the clincher by holding off Marova in three sets, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 at the fourth position. The final two matches on the court pushed the total match time

to three hours and 45 minutes. At the third singles spot, Werschel moved ahead with a 6-4 victory in the first set. The Barry senior jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set but Frej Vitallé fought back to tie the score at 6-6. The tie-breaker was a see-saw battle, but in the end it was Werschel who held on for the win with a 10-7 decision in the tie-breaker. The battle between Chen and Pocza at the top singles spot was the last match off the court. Pocza took the first set 6-4, but Chen battled back to win the second by the same margin. In the third stanza, Pocza was able to hold off the Embry-Riddle junior 10-5 to seal the win for the Lady Bucs.

out Bryan Langston to end the frame. Embry-Riddle added another two runs in their half of the sixth, bringing the score to 8-0 Eagles. Page brought home Frankie Arias on a single through the left side, followed by a Kline single that allowed Robbins to reach home safely. Vigue got two strikeouts and a fly out in the seventh to retire the Royals in order, and gave the Eagles another turn at the dish. Sabins was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Smith and account for the final run of the night. Senior Barrett Bruce came in the game for Vigue to finish out the final two innings, he did not

allow a hit and just two Royals to reach base in his two innings of work. Vigue earned his second win of the season by going seven innings, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out a career-high nine strikeouts. Vigue threw 111 pitches in the victory, while Bruce threw just 30 in the final two frames. The Eagles had four players with two hits, Page finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs, while Kline went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored. Voccola was credited with the loss for Warner as he fell to 0-2 on the season. The lone bright spot for WU offensively was Sickler who went 2-for-3 with a single and a double.

Alexander R. Rodriguez

On Friday the meet will begin at 4 p.m. with the heptathlon, a competition of seven different events that varies from the 100 m run to the javelin throw. Saturday’s events will begin at 10 a.m. with the men’s and women’s javelin and will wrap up with the men’s 4x400 at 3:30 p.m. Since the meet is open to the public it would be a great time to knock of Task 30: Participate in an Open Track & Field Event. For information to complete any of the 50 tasks please contact Michael Farrell, Assistant Director of Sports Marketing, at 386.323.5030.

Track’s last chance to go Guest Reporter

With Embry-Riddle’s Track and Field team returning from a meet at Clemson University in South Carolina, the upcoming meet at Embry Riddle will be their last chance to qualify for the National Indoor Championships in Johnson City, Tennessee. The 2011 Embry-Riddle Last Chance Meet will be held at the Embry-Riddle track, located behind the ROTC building. The Last Chance meet is an open meet and will accept any entries before Feb 15.

Womens tennis moves to 3-0 EMBRY-RIDDLE SOUTHEASTERN

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Alison Smalling

ERAU Athletics The fifth-ranked EmbryRiddle women’s tennis team recorded the third shutout of its young season with a 9-0 decision against Sun Conference opponent Southeastern on Tuesday. The Eagles have blanked each of their three opponents this year and stand at 3-0 overall and 1-0 in league play. The Eagles quickly went up 3-0 with a three-match sweep in doubles play as Yi Ching Chen and Josefine Ström blanked Noelle Cottom and Alexandra Fraser 8-0,

Rocío Frej Vitallé and Ekaterina Kamendova downed Amanda Summers and Chelsey Lynn 8-2, and Kristina Marova and Paola Montero bested Wendy Reade and Autumn Housefield 8-0. Kamendova was the first to register a singles victory for the Blue and Gold as she held Fraser scoreless (6-0, 6-0) at the No. 2 singles spot. Ström was close behind as she downed Reade by the same margin at the fifth singles position to register the clincher. Frej Vitallé was next off the court after dispatching Summers 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 singles and Marova recorded the Eagles’ third singles shutout of the afternoon with a 6-0, 6-0 decision against Cottom at No. 4. Chen bested Lynn 6-0, 6-1 at the top spot and Landyn Scudder earned her first dual match singles win of the year with a 6-0, 6-2 defeat of Housefield and the sixth spot.

THE FLOCK EVENTS FLOCK 50 TASKS and EVENTS Task 49: Attend one game of each sport Task 30: Participate in an open Track & Field event Saturday, 19 February 10 a.m. Embry-Riddle track Mens and womens track and field team Tailgating party Wednesday, 16 February 5:30 p.m. ICI parking lot Last home basketball game






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Good stuff from Ireland Restaurant Pho 88

Science & Faith The Script

Peter Tan

Staff Reporter The second studio album entitled “Science & Faith” an Irish band debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 in early September last year. The Script rose to fame with heavy airtime of their first single, “We Cry” and the band was fully thrust into the spotlight with the very successful “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved.” It can be said that imitation is the best form of flattery and it is evident that The Script borrows heavily from artists

such as Jason Mraz, Coldplay and The Fray before melding these sounds into something that sounds familiar but yet distinctly their own. Perhaps what makes their sound unique is how the band draws from their Celtic roots, infusing elements of Celtic Soul (think Enya) into their guitar driven pop-rock music. While individual songs from this album are nice pieces, this is one of those times where too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing. Listening to the whole album in one session has the songs blend together into one long mass of emotional lyrics talking about heartbreaks and relationships. The opening track “You Won’t Feel a Thing” is very reminiscent of their last album and is more energetic than the rest of the album, with more emphasis on rock elements. “For the First Time,” the second track of the album and also the first single release is the song that has seen a lot of airtime on radio stations. The most memorable lines in the song are “drinking old cheap bottles of wine, s**t talking up all night,” makes the chorus of song purely focused on a breakup.

The eighth track “This Is Love” (This = Love in some releases), has a bit of rap influence in the song as singer Danny O’Donoghue tries out some variations in the music. Following close on the heels is “Walk Away” which has slight hints of R&B in it and you clearly hear the emphasis more on the singing and lyrics with the music taking a step back. The two songs provide a nice change of pace from the good but pedestrian tunes earlier in the album but it’s a case of too little too late. If the band was trying to play it safe by putting the “experimental” songs near the end of the album, it backfired for them. Placing these two songs earlier in the album would have broken up the monotony of the whole album and would have made it much easier to listen to in one session. Overall while this is a decent second album, the songs would be much better off being listened to individually rather than as a whole. If you like this genre of music, get this album but put it on shuffle or mix it up with some of your other songs.


THE IRISH BAND KNOWN as The Script released there first and self titled album in 2008. The trio since have gone on the record and release their second album “Science & Faith” in 2010. Several of there songs have been featured in episodes of T.V. shows like 90210.

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Staff Reporter Location – 730 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL 32803 Opening Hours 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Phone No. (407) 897-3488 This place serves good, reasonably priced food and that makes it a winner in my book. The service was fairly decent, and having paid more attention to the food than the service and ambience, I enjoyed myself. Pho 88 serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine that is simple, robust, and not greasy or starchy. Many of the Asian restaurants in Daytona Beach serve food that contains a lot of cornstarch in it and while it may be how Asian food is done here, it masks the true taste of the cuisine. I sampled two dishes, “Mì và Bún Xào” (Stir-Fried Noodles) and “Phở Bò” (Beef Vermicelli). The variant of stir-fried noodles I chose came with shrimp, chicken and beef, providing a nice variety of meat/seafood to go with the noodles. The noodles themselves came with carrots and chives, and

the dish was not overly oily, something that could leave you feeling nauseous later on in the evening. I liked how light and fluffy the noodles were and the flavor infused in them. The length of the carrot sticks were a little bit too long to fit into one mouthful but you would have to bite the noodles off too so it is not a big issue. The winning bit about this dish was how the shrimp, chicken and beef each retained their own flavors, yet the noodles had a combination of all three tastes. Most importantly, none of the flavors overwhelmed any of the others. “Phở Bò” is a Vietnamese staple of beef in a broth with rice vermicelli. It is normally served with beef brisket, but other parts like flank or tripe can be chosen. The broth is a rich but not overwhelming beef broth that has hints of fish sauce added to it. It is not too salty and it’s fairly common to finish drinking it, I know I did. In Vietnam, the dish comes with bean sprouts, fresh mint, cilantro, basil, sliced chili peppers and lime. Over here, the cilantro and lime were absent, possibly due to the fact that having those would have the overall taste very potent on the herbs. If you have never had “Phở Bò” before, you would not notice the missing condiments. The rice vermicelli was excellently done and not overly watery. Rice and rice noodles absorb a lot of water during cooking and if not done right, you end up with bloated, soggy rice or noodles. This restaurant does their noodles very well, doing justice to the name “Phở” which roughly translates to crystal noodles. The environment is one of a family-run restaurant and has a homely feel to it. The décor is simple, with some plants and mirrors being the main decorations. The tables are steady and the chairs have fairly comfortable seats but the backrest has no padding. It is by no means a fancy

restaurant and you will not find yourself admiring the design of the place. It was almost a full house at 7 p.m. on a Saturday night but the tables are spaced far enough apart from one another that you do not feel cramped. The service is passable, but they are not going to win any awards. I was brought to my table almost instantly upon entering the restaurant and my orders were taken almost immediately after I closed my menu. The drinks came pretty fast and the food did not take long to arrive. Asian restaurants are notorious for poor service compared to their Western counterparts and I had no expectations of any of the staff making small conversation with me. I was a little surprised when my waiter came to check on us about halfway through the meal because I know the modus operandi of most Asian restaurants is that the staff waits for you to wave at them for help. They would have scored better on service if they had friendlier staff that smiled a bit more. Everyone in there had a grim expression and did not smile even when they first approached you. The average meal before gratuity will cost $10 $15, depending on whether you have seafood or any drinks. Without alcohol, the most you should expect to pay is $20 a person for an appetizer, an entrée and a drink/dessert. Alcohol prices were relatively standard with the imported Asian beers being a dollar or two more expensive per bottle than the domestic brands. Overall, I would go back to this place anytime for some good authentic Vietnamese food for a reasonable price. This place does not pretend to be a high-end restaurant and your expectations for service and ambience should be adjusted accordingly.

The Avion, February 15, 2011






The Avion, February 15, 2011

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