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April 10, 2009

HIRE-UT weets For Students

By Delaney Spoerl Staff Writer

The University of Tampa’s Career Services department designed to guide driven students down the proper career path, has just begun using www.twitter.com as a new ways of communication with faculty and students. “Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” the website reads. It is an online data base that is updated frequently in regards to upcoming events and notifications in the career services office. Daniella Fusari, a sophomore, intern at the career services office at UT, and founder of Twitter within the department said, “I first heard about Twitter when I started working with Career Services, they asked me if I had heard anything about it. See “Tweet”

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The 2009 Quilt Weaves Poems, Art and Stories By Sophie Erber Staff Writer

On May 1, the staffs of Quilt and Respondez are holding an official release party celebrating the newest editions of their publications. On April 14, the 31st edition of the Quilt, a student managed literary art journal, will be distributed free of charge campus-wide. In addition to hosting UT’s Open Mic Night’s, the print edition of the Quilt exhibits all forms of campus art—paintings, poetry, fiction, photography, sculptures and creative non-fiction make up the See “Quilt”

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Speak Up, Silence Harassers

professor. Reason told me he must work on another level with the university, so I asked him if he worked for UT. “No,” he replied. Ok, I thought. “Do you know anyone who works here?” I asked. Once more he replied no. Did he know anyone who By Nicole Robinson worked at UT, I asked. Columnist He said he did a couple of years back but the guy retired. “Hello Nicole,” he said. He said he came to the “Hi,” I replied, although I thought, did I tell him my university to “be around the young people.” name? That should have been a As the conversation went on, I asked him what he taught warning sign, but I felt sorry for the guy. I thought he must have been on campus. He told me that he wasn’t a some harmless older man.

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Time passed, and he started to touch my shoulder, which I brushed off as him being nice. Then he gave me his number and he stopped touching my shoulder and started to kiss my cheek. It wasn’t sweet, it wasn’t cute and it disgusted me. I went from thinking he was a kind old man, to a dirty old man. I later discovered another girl I knew got the same creepy treatment from the guy, so we decided to go to the security office together. By that time, I stopped going to the cafeteria at certain times so I wouldn’t see him. See “Harassment” [18]

Students React To Economy [2]

SG Election Coverage [4] CD Review: This Providence [7] God Is Not Dead

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Fashion: Date Wear [8]

Oblivious Students [14] Blogs From Overtime [19]

Basketball Recruit [19]

“Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply by things but in terms of ideals ”

Drought Hits Tampa For Third Year By Kelsey Eisenbeis Special to The Minaret

The city of Tampa is currently suffering its third consecutive year of a drought, and many students feel free from the environmental concerns that surround them. H o w e v e r, t h e issue lies much closer to campus then most students thought. According to Dr. Al Karlin, a UT biology professor and senior See “Drought”

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Students React to New SG Constitution By Cristobal Gomez Staff Writer

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The Student Government General Assembly recently passed a new constitution that’s due to take effect on April 16. UT students had mixed reviews about the new constitution. Senior Molly Murphy, P.E.A.C.E. Volunteer Coordinator, said she liked the new constitution and thinks it holds improvements for students next year. However, she admitted that she doesn’t think the student body in general knows much about it. “I know absolutely nothing about the new constitution,” said senior Amanda Adas. “I think that people don't know or care about it, or even care to know about it because they don't understand how it will impact them.” Adas doesn’t think SG has done a good job explaining the new constitution and hopes they have a plan to somehow get the information out to students. "I don't think SG communicates with the student body at all," senior Rob Carreiro said. "It's like you vote for them then they forget about you." Sophomore Katie Magruder is the SG representative for WUTT and was on the SG Judicial Re-

view Committee that helped write the new constitution. She said it was modeled after that U.S. constitution and, “provides a lot more representation for UT students.” Magruder was concerned to hear that some students didn’t know about the new constitution, but did note that she’s seen less and less people attending the general assembly meetings as the semester draws to an end. She said she hasn’t seen any advertisements from SG around campus but thinks there might have been some messages sent out from the SG Blackboard group. Magruder said that overall she was happy with the new constitution. Fellow sophomore and aspiring presidential candidate, Andrew Argue, expressed optimism tempered with caution at the dramatic structural amendments called for by the revised constitution. "Although the new constitution is a step in the right direction for student government, with it being so new the outcome is unknown," he said, "The more important issue is how the newly elected officers will carry out this change into the new year." President Andrew Learned Reacts Andrew Learned, President of SG, said anybody who attended SG

general assembly meetings would have known about the changes for six weeks. He also said student organization representatives should have informed members of their organizations about the changes to the constitution. Learned also said he sent out a global email about a week and a half ago about the changes and that the updated constitution has been available on SG’s website. He noted that attendance was down at the last couple of general assembly meetings every Tuesday night but said that is normal considering it's close to the end of the year. The new constitution is awaiting the approval of President Vaughn. Vaughn asked that campaigning for the upcoming SG election to be pushed back from Saturday April 4 to Wednesday April 8. This has cut down the amount of days candidates are able to campaign for the student body vote. Although the start of campaigning has been pushed back, the election is still planned to begin on Tuesday April 14. The administration wants to make some changes to the new constitution including the right to maintain veto power over future changes to the constitution.

“The school has grown large enough to where the administration can put trust in the students,” Learned said. He also said he is fighting to keep constitution the way it was when it was approved by the SG general assembly. “If UT gives us a good education than they should trust the results of that education,” Learned said. He said the administration also wants to dissect the proposed judicial committee. The administration doesn’t want to put the three chairpersons of the conduct board on the judicial committee. Learned said the new constitution gives a greater voice to students and said he is following up on his election campaign promise to change the constitution. He said it was time consuming but worth it and makes student government more efficient. Learned said the new constitution allows for greater accountability, more student influence, more checks on decisions, a more timely response on financial appropriation proposals, and increased opportunities for students. Students can view the new constitution at http://www.utampasg.org/ Jeffrey Palmer contributed to this article.

Economic Crisis Weighs on Students By Rebecca Zimmer Staff Writer

The consensus of student opinions about the current economic crisis at UT are as diverse as the students themselves. Some students like freshmen Amber Wormsley, were deeply affected, “I don’t have any money anymore. I used to go to the mall to shop about once every two weeks but now I can't tell you the last time I went to a mall.” Other students aren't feeling the pinch so much as they are reaping its benefits. Freshman Nevine Duncan said, “The only way my lifestyle has changed is that I’ve bought more clothes because everything is cheaper.” A number of students admitted that the economic crisis is not affecting them directly, however it is affecting their families.

Illustrations by Rebecca Zimmer

Junior Fred Woods said, “My parents don’t give me as much money anymore.”

Freshman Jackie Ortega agreed, saying she was, "Not directly [affected] because I don’t

pay for anything, but my family is.” When students were asked how have they been cutting back on spending, the most popular answer was that they haven’t. Other student responses include they are shopping less, not going out to dinner as much and not going out as often. Senior Ean Davis said, “I’ve become smarter with my money and cut back on leisure spending.” Other students are handling things the same way. “Now I can only buy what I need, not what I want,” said Adania Flemming, junior. Rebecca Zimmer can reached at rzimmer@ut.edu

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“Babe” Learns All She Can from UT By Jillian Randel Staff Writer

Brittany “Babe” Friesen, a graduating University of Tampa senior, will never forget her internship with the United Nations Association USA Global Classrooms Project. “The best experience I had was the internship that I got with the help of Dr. Piper,” Friesen said. The program is active in 12 cities throughout the US and teaches middle and high school students about current world issues. As a Model UN trainer, Friesen worked to introduce kids to other cultures and encouraged them to be active citizens. “I was so concerned with never missing an opportunity, or disappointing those that worked so hard to give me those opportunities,"she said. Friesen is a student who has taken advantage of every opportunity to grow and learn during her time at UT. She has done numerous internships, volunteer activities and organized events to mobilize students on social and political issues. She started the UT Democrats Club, the UT United Nations Student Alliance Club and she has presented at numerous conferences including the Florida Collegiate Honors Conference. “We taught kids how to be diplomats. Model UN is normally a program available to students from upper socio-economic classes who could afford to stay after school. The Global Classrooms program is taught during school hours and brings Model UN to underprivileged students who would not have otherwise had the opportunity to learn and work through the program,” Friesen said. Friesen worked with 40 schools throughout Hillsborough,

Friesen singing in her band Photo by Britany Friesen

Pinellas, and Pasco counties. “One thing that is important is that the FCAT does not test students on social studies so it gets pushed to the side. Model UN gives students the opportunity to learn about world issues,” Friesen said. She was the director of the human rights commission for Florida high schools Model UN Conference which hosted over 800 students from the Global Classrooms program. “This was the best opportunity that UT has given me. I've gotten so much support and resources from faculty.” Friesen was also the recipient of an honors research fellowship last year which allowed her to do extensive research on human rights, concluding with a paper entitled, Rights and Circumstance; The Universality of the International Human Rights Law. Resulting from her passion for studying human rights, Friesen has

secured an internship for the summer with the American Civil Liberties Union, recommended by UT professor Dr. Beckman. “I will be working mostly with civil litigation cases, taking phone calls from citizens whose rights have been violated,” Friesen said. On top of all of Friesen’s academic success, she is also a musician, utilizing her political activism in her music. “I am interested in starting deliberative dialogue. I never thought school would have so much to do with my music, and now they are so intertwined. I am so glad that I worked hard in school because I can see it playing out in my musical career.” Friesen sings vocals and plays the violin (electric and acoustic) and keyboard in her band. Friesen has packed her time at UT so full of events and organizing that it seems she must have never slept. “I know I've done the best I could have possibly done. I have no regrets, and complete confidence that all of my achievements will never be as fulfilling as standing on a stage with a microphone in hand, my band mates at my side, singing words with substance. I know that I have the tools to connect with others in a multitude of dimensions - that is my definition of success - making meaningful connections within oneself, with others, and the world around you.” Perhaps this is the reason that she has decided to take time off of her academic life to explore her musical career. "To have the opportunity to pursue success on my own terms, and to have minimized my risk of failure in that pursuit, has made all of the work worthwhile, and is, undoubtedly, my greatest achievement that I have earned while at UT."

EMA Offers CPR Class to Build Heroes By Anne Orban Staff Writer

Place ear to mouth. Push in chest. Tilt head back and blow. Knowing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can save a life and make someone a hero. That is why in honor of CPR month, The University of Tampa’s Emergency Medical Association is offering CPR training throughout the month of April. “CPR Awareness month is actually in June, but because most students aren’t here during the summer we wanted to make it in April to spread awareness,” said John Brovelli. UT Juniors Scott Kaplan and Brovelli will head the CPR courses. Though the courses are open to anyone, they want to encourage nursing and exercise science majors as well as babysitters to take the course. “Being CPR certified looks great for a lot of jobs,” said Kaplan. Kaplan is passionate about educating people on the importance of CPR because he lost a close neighbor, Dr. Michael Robert Lobel, to a heart attack at the young

Scott Kaplan (left) and John Brovelli (right) Photo by Anne Orban

age of 52. “I was devastated when I found out and always regretted that I could not fly up for the funeral,” Kaplan said. The Adult Infant and Automated External Defibrillator (AED’s) CPR course will be held April 4 and 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and April 25 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall A, across from the Sykes building. This course teaches CPR on adults and also how to use a defibrillator when someone is in severe cardiac arrest. Thirteen AED’s are available

throughout campus. This certification will be available for $30. “ W e want to make more people on campus aware of these machines and help people learn to use them,” said

Brovelli. The Healthcare Provider CPR course will be held April 4 and 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and April 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the same room. This course teaches how to care for an infant who is choking or unconscious. This certification will be available for $35. The courses will be available every weekend of April except Easter weekend. Anyone interested in these services can also join UT’s Emergency Medical Service.

Photo by Abby Sanford

The Crash Outside Cass: A Hit Close to Home By Mel Steiner A & E Editor

Two automobiles collided almost head-on on Cass St. outside of Tampa Prep and UT’s Cass building at approximately 5:10 p.m. on Monday. A blue 2005 Volkswagen Passat was heading eastward as a silver BMW was traveling westbound. Suddenly the blue car swerved into the oncoming lane of traffic and hit the silver automobile, Tampa Police Officer Jacobsen said. A mother waiting in the Tampa Prep parking lot said she heard a loud sound and ran over to see what had happened. “I heard a big bang sound.

Then I saw a kid crawl out of the blue car and run over to open the door for his mom, the driver,” she said. Two victims were treated by Tampa Fire Rescue and taken to hospitals in ambulances – one female passenger from the silver BMW, the other, the female driver, of the blue Passat. The first victim complained of neck and back injuries as well as difficulty breathing. The driver complained of hip immobility and pain. The three children from the blue car suffered minor injuries. UT security arrived to direct traffic but stated that it was not a university-affiliated incident.

Annual Fishing Excursion Approaches By Rebecca Zimmer Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again: the UT Campus Recreation- Deep Sea Fishing trip is approaching quickly. The trip will be held of Sunday, April 19. Departure from the UT Campus is at 7:30 a.m. and will return at 6:00 p.m. The trip costs $20, but includes bait, tackle, fishing license, transportation to/from the launch site and fees for a six-hour saltwater fishing adventure. "This is one of our most popular trips, and no fishing experience is required," Charles Yezak, director of campus recreation, said.

Students will be able to keep what they catch, as long as they are within the legal size limit. Staff will also be available to gut, scale, and clean the fish for a small fee. To sign up for the trip go to the Campus Recreation Office, room 113 of the McNiff Fitness Center, and fill out a participation form. The deadline to register is Friday, April 10. The trip is only offered to the first 40 students who register and has sold out the past four years, and is expected to sell out quickly again this year. Rebecca Zimmer can be reached at rzimmer@ut.edu


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SG Elections 2009 Chris McCarthy (VP Candidate) and Kelsie Huth (Pres. candidate)

Elbin Keeppanasseril (VP Candidate) and Andrew W. Argue (Pres. candidate)

Photos by Mel Steiner

UT Senators: 9 Seek 6 Spots

Candidates Fight for SG Future

By Charlie Hambos Asst. Editor-in-chief

Kate Magruder A freshman commuter student, works with WUTT and wants UT students to know more about what happens on campus.

Morgan Tanafon

A junior, criminology major, that is currently the SG VP of Finance has been behind the new constitution all along and believes in responsibility.

Hannah Pothier A freshman studying International Business and Marketing. She is currently the SG VP of Communication.

Rockell Alhale

Daniel Mixa

A sophomore, Marine Biology major, believes academics is important as well as being involved in the campus community.

A freshman, international business major, is very involved on campus and believes that what the majority of students want is important.

A freshman, communter, biology major, who will look into commuter issues, meal exchanges and is not big on the alcohol policy.

Alex Caraballo

Mike Harrell

Art Linares

Ryan Linares

A junior, entrepreneurship major, currently the speaker pro-tempore, who wants a more mature setting for students and more school spirit.

A sophomore, entrepreneurship major, who wants the drinking age to be lowered, to elevate security and more UT school spirit.

A freshman, whose Boathouse experience made him want to be more involved in SG. He knows UT can be a better place.

The University of Tampa student body recently passed the new SG constitution and it will be up to the new SG president and vice president to ensure the new legislation is put in place. Campaigning began on Wednesday, April 8 and voting will begin on Tuesday, April 14 after Leadership Awards Night. Running for SG president is the current SG vice president, Kelsie Huth and Andrew Argue, a Vaughn RA. Both candidates are supporters of the new constitution, which has yet to be approved by UT administration and President Ronald Vaughn. Argue wants to create a 10year sustainability plan to ensure the new guidelines are followed. He also wants a continual revision process of the constitution to strengthen the document. As VP, Huth has worked closely with current president Andrew Learned to revise the constitution. She wants to move it forward as well, but does not have a specific plan in place. “I really want to see the constitution through,” Huth said. Although the document is a main platform of Huth’s campaign, she also wants access for all students to all residence halls and a book swap program to curb textbook costs. Elbin Keeppanasseril, Argue’s running mate and also a Vaughn RA, wants more student involvement in SG. “I want students to know what SG is doing,” the junior said in his speech to the General Assembly. “I want UT to make a bigger impact in Tampa.” Keeppanasseril proposes

electing a complaint department as a main cabinet positions. “I want to make it our job to help you,” the junior said. “I promise to make sure that all groups are heard.” “ We p r o m i s e t o k e e p our promises and if we don’t we will step down ourselves,” Keeppanasseril said. Neither Argue nor Keeppansseril have experience with SG, but plan to use their RA experience and their involvement on campus to lead SG in the right direction. Argue, a junior accounting major, is also the vice president of Beta Alpa Psi, a Finance National Honor Society. He will be the head resident position in Smiley next year. Argue plans to examine the health center because he believes people are not getting adequate services. “It seems that more people are getting sick than healed,” he said in his speech. The appropriations process is lacking oversight according to Argue. If elected, Argue will tighten oversight of SG spending. “I like challenges,” Argue said. “I can get the job done.” In his speech to GA, Chris McCarthy, Huth’s running mate, wanted to see change in school spirit, student conduct and meal plans. As a congressman for the sophomore class, McCarthy played a vital role in organizing the Black Out at the Men’s Basketball Game which drew over 600 students. The sophomore will give students an incentive to attend games by giving t-shirts and posters. Huth and McCarthy said they will push for what student government wants and if they run into obstacles they will try in a new direction.


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UT Alum Reflects on Political Life in New Book

UT Profs Hold Economic Panel

Author to speak about South Beach, life in Grand Salon on Tax Day By Jeffrey Palmer Staff Writer

Former mayor and commissioner of Miami Beach turned author, UT alumnus Alex Daoud of South Beach is paying The University of Tampa a visit. He will be speaking in the Grand Salon from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 15. Among the topics of his discussion will be his past experiences as a politician in the tumultuous South Beach neighborhood of the eighties and his recent literary accomplishment, Sins of South Beach: The True Story of Corruption, Violence, Murder, and the Making of Miami Beach. “The best kind of story is almost always a true one," said Daoud. Receiving his undergraduate degree in literature from UT, it was only a short period of time be-

fore the future politician returned to the South Beach community of his childhood, at that time beset by rampant crime and corruption. Daoud decided to pursue a law career. In hopes of bettering the decrepit surroundings with which he soon found himself confronted, Daoud ran and was elected for a position on the Miami Beach City Commission in 1979. Six years later, in 1985, he found himself mayor of the city. During his three consecutive terms, Daoud did much to better his community in the midst of much iniquity, instituting numerous programs and projects to transform the city he loved into the beautiful paradise it is today. In the process of doing so, however, he fell to the temptation of bribetaking, a victim of the same vice

tation in the eyes of society. His book, Sins of South Beach, is a chronicle of his political transgressions and triumphs during this era of upheaval, a testament to the power of good intentions overcoming corruption. "The novel started off as catharsis, a form of personal therapy," said Daoud, "and now that it is finally published I feel a great sense of accomplishment." Reflecting on his formative years at UT, Daoud confirmed that the university was "a great experience, a phenomenal school, and a golden opportunity," and when asked if he had any anecdotes of personal success to share with current students, he said with characteristic charisma and wit: "Come to my talk and find out."

Daoud with his new book Photo by Alex Daoud

he sought so passionately to combat. After serving eighteen months in prison he emerged a changed man, determined to make good on his mistakes and redeem his repu-

By JP Busche Staff Writer

After a select group of professors gathered last year to inform UT students, alumni and other faculty members about the current economic situation, another panel was held on April 1. The panel consisted of Dr. Barbara Weiss, asisstant professor of economics, Dr. Marcus Ingram, associate professor of finance, Dr. Brian Kench, Associate Professor of Economics, Dr. John Stinespring, Assistant Professor of Economics, Dr. Speros Margetis, Associate Professor of Finance and Dr. Charles Skipton, Assistant Professor of Economics. Among the main reasons for the crisis is the reluctance of banks to lend money to each other. Junior Cinthia Jaramillo said she learned a lot about the current crisis. The bailout plan will provide $125 billion to the five largest American banks which will help them to regain trust and thereby enabling to lend money. Another $27 billion will be invested in bridge and highway constructions, providing additional employment. With those immediate measures, a global financial meltdown could be avoided.

P.E.A.C.E. Towel Drive to Help Local Dolphins By Jackie Maass Staff Writer

A University of Tampa group is working to preserve and restore marine life. UT's P.E.A.C.E. office is collecting new, white towels to donate to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The aquarium is a nonprofit organization. This includes the rehabilitation of injured marine animals. Currently the aquarium is a permanent home to four bottlenose

dolphins who would not be able to survive on their own in the wild. Winter is the aquariums most famous resident. She was rescued and nursed back to health after being entangled by a crab trap line. However, Winter sustained serious injuries and eventually lost her entire tail. Luckily, she survived and has taught herself a new way to swim despite the loss. International news coverage began when word spread

that Winter would receive a prosthetic fin. Winter has become an inspiration for many people also living with prosthetics. P.E.A.C.E. volunteer coordinator, Lucy Monette, has been working with the aquarium for a few weeks and has brought the opportunity to UT students. The P.E.A.C.E. office, located on the second floor of Vaughn in room 206, is accepting new, white towels to donate to the aquarium. “[The towels] are not only for

Winter but are for the other three resident dolphins- Indy, Nicholas and Panama. Towels are offered to the audience to dry themselves off after the show. Towels are also used for trainers to dry off in between shows,” Monette said. Monette will continue to accept towels until the end of the semester. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is open seven days a week with only the admission fee only $11 for adults and $7.50 for children under 12.

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News 6 Minaret: Florida’s Top Newspaper...Again UT paper nabs six of 18 FCPA awards, beats big public schools For the second straight year, The Minaret won the Best College Newspaper Award, announced by the Florida College Press Association earlier in the week. The staff, led by senior editorin-chief Peter Arrabal, won six of the contest’s 18 awards, two of which were first-place finishes. “It is a testament to the quality of continuing leadership development of The Minaret, cemented by an experienced, dedicated advisor,” Arrabal said. The award partly covered the time when Steve Knauss was editor-in-chief. "I think that it is a great indicator that the resurgency of The Minaret is one that is not a temporary phenomenon, but

shows a passion for journalism,” said former editor-in-chief Steve Knauss (2007-2008). “That it has not been institutionalized, but it is here to stay." Kelley Bumstead received first-and third-place awards for best sports story. Cristobal Gomez won second place for best feature story, and Michelle Magner finished with a third-place award for best feature. All three students are senior Communication majors. Moving up a spot from last year, The Minaret finished second for best front page design. Of the seven universities placed throughout the awards, UT led the way with six, Florida A&M University followed closely with five and University of North Florida finished third with three awards.

The Minaret Online (www. theminaretonline.com) was awarded seventh place at the national Associated Collegiate Press awards in San Diego, Feb. 26 to March 1. They finished just behind the sites of several prestigious dailies like UCLA’s Bruin and The Daily Californian from Berkeley. Last year, the Historical Black Colleges and Universities organization named the thrice-weekly FAMUAN (FAMU) the top newspaper. Also, University of North Florida’s Spinnaker placed seventh last month in the national Associated Collegiate Press awards for weekly tabloids. UT’s enrollment is half the size of FAMU’s and a third the size of UNF’s, both of which have journalism majors.

From “Drought”: Front Page GIS analyst of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SFWM), the Hillsborough River which runs east side of campus "is in trouble." The Southwest Florida Water Management District evaluates each river for what they feel is the minimum flow level that is needed for existing life to live. There is a dam below the Hillsborough River which allows salt water from the Tampa Bay to enter during low tides and to release during high tides. "This is where the problem begins," said Karlin. "Since the

water level in the river is so low, the salt water cannot escape. This affects the animals that depend on certain salinities of water to live." Mike Moligan, a public relations representative from the SFWM, explained the steps the city is taking to address the water shortage. "The city of Tampa is in a phase four water shortage. Water use is being restricted by reducing the hours for outside irrigation, fountains, and car washing," he said. Unfortunately, Moligan does not believe that these steps alone will stop the problem. "We are in a 30 inch deficit of rain fall over the last three years, and this will leave a long term ef-

fect on the reservoir," said Moligan. In the mean time, University of Tampa students can do their part in stopping the drought. Karlin suggests placing a bucket in the shower while students wait for the water to heat up to catch the water that would have otherwise been wasted. Concerned freshman, Michelle O'Brien said, "I'm personally trying to cut back on my water usage, I have been taking shorter showers and turning the water off while I'm brushing my teeth." For more tips on how to help reduce the drought visit http:// www.swfwmd.state.fl.us.

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The Minaret | April 10, 2009 From “Twitter”: Front Page

before. So after doing something research, Twitter became an obvious resource for communication with UT students. We decided to promote Twitter as a whole.” “We took this direction because as a student, I knew that not many people were even familiar with Twitter so we actually had to promote Twitter while promoting Hire-UT on it,” she explained. When asked how the program is working so far for UT, Fusari said, “Hire-UT on Twitter is working great so far. It is updated with important events and workshops we offer, which really helps keep students in the know.” The program so far has 51 followers with numbers on the rise. “Since we have signed up on Twitter, I just continue to

hear more and more about people using it every day,” Fusari said. So what can Twitter do for users? "It gives me the option of following profiles of professionals that have inside knowledge in the job market, or even people who are posting internships and jobs around my area," Fusari said. She added that after she registered Hire-UT, she made a personal account. For those students who have never heard of Twitter, let alone the Career Services office, now is the time to get involved. The Career Services office is located in Riverside 116. Fusari said for more information on Twitter, “I suggest jumping on the Twitter bandwagon. It seems that everyone is starting to have a profile, and if you go to the homepage, there is a quick video that really explains what exactly Twitter is all about.”

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This Providence Breaks The Mold With New Album

By Zach Fraser Assistant A&E Editor

Record label Fueled By Ramen is home to some of the biggest names in music today, but still manages to house one of the industry’s most under-appreciated acts, This Providence. The Seattle natives are looking to finally gain the notary they deserve and make a name for themselves on a label that is home to bands such as: Paramore, Panic at the Disco and Gym Class Heroes. The third studio album from This Providence, “Who Are You Now,” is a collection of 13 songs that feature lightly-distorted guitars, falsetto choruses and longing-for-love, yet redeeming lyrics. “Nothing Matters, I’m just chasing the wind,” hums lead singer Daniel Young. “If I can’t have you, darling.” “Who Are You Now?” doesn’t break musical boundaries by any means, but serves strictly as ear candy, making it as contagious and entertaining as it is simple. “Sure As Hell,” opens up the album with echoing and almost even eerie guitars as the band pronounces, “And as long as there’s

a God in Heaven, I will want you.” While the opening track fades away, the next song and single from the album, “Letdown,” jolts into your system and sets the pace for the next half of the album. “My Beautiful Rescue (Renovated)” as the name explains, is ultimately a renovation of This Providence’s most famous song from their self-titled sophomore release. To many fans surprise, the song fits in perfectly to the album and even gives the original a run for its money. More upbeat and lively than the mostly acoustic first version, “My Beautiful Rescue (Renovated)” is one of the highest moments on, “Who Are You

Now?” As the album begins to wind down, tracks such as “Sand In Your Shoes” change the pace of the LP and really showcase lead singer Daniel Young’s vocal range and abilities. “Falling in love is easy to do with the wind in your hair and the sand in your shoes” Young sings. “And though it may hurt to have your heart broken in two, that didn’t stop me from falling for you.” This Providence always seems to be the unsung heroes of the powerhouse record label that they are on. The fame and fortune of the other artists makes it very easy for smaller bands like This Providence to be lost in their shadows. Only time will tell if This Providence and their third release “Who Are You Now?” will be the album that propels them into the limelight and gives them the credit they deserve. Although the songs may not press the means of musical progression, the band has surely provided its audience with one of the best albums of 2009, containing songs that just sound great and are fun to listen to.

From St. Pete to St. Petersburg

UT Music Grad Takes Offer To Study In Russia By Mel Steiner Arts & Entertainment Editor

Joel Fenelon, a 23-year-old UT graduate, will fly to Russia this summer for the experience of a lifetime, working with famous conductors at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Fenelon entered an orchestral conducting competition in January held at Syracuse University. A grad student at the University of Wisconsin, he had only been conducting a few months when he submitted his biography, resume and conducting videos. Fenelon was chosen along with six other conductors from around the world. “They had all been conducting at least five to 10 years; some had professional jobs and others were Julliard students,” Fenelon said. He spent six weeks over his Christmas break preparing. His goal was to be able to conduct and score study eight major works, including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and Mussorgsky’s “Night On Bald Mountain.” He arrived at Syracuse and met Russian conductors Oleg Proskurnya and Leonib Korchmar. For the first few days, the contestants learned technique. Each person was put in front of an ensemble and judged on their ability to take criticism. The last day of competition held the final concert where the seven conductors led the Hamilton College Orchestra along with principle players from the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. At the end

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of the concert, the winners were announced. Fenelon’s name was not announced. “I was very new to conducting so it was important for me to take this experience as a starting point to put together a career,” he admitted. Suddenly he was called to the stage. Korchmar told him that although he did not win the competition, it would be a shame to not share Fenelon’s budding talents with the world. He was then asked to come to Russia for two weeks this summer to study at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Free of charge, they would pay for his housing and studies and allow him to work with some of their music staff. Through his four years at UT, Fenelon had the chance to experience conducting for the first time. It was here that he took

a deep interest in pursuing music and leadership. He conducted his first ensemble under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Traster, Chair of the Music Department, and took conducting lessons with Dr. Libor Ondras. “I’m thoroughly impressed,” said Traster. “Every teacher wants success for their students. I’m cheering him on.” With his education at UT, graduate studies at Wisconsin and experiences in the Syracuse competition, Fenelon prepares for his journey overseas. “I’ve never understood what it’s like to have limits,” he said. Knowing his potential and sticking true to his goals, this rising star continues to take chances.

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“Observe and Report” Security Alert! Seth Rogan, Ray Liotta and Anna Faris come together for their new movie, “Observe and Report.” Michael Peña also joins the well-known comedic faces, taking a turn from his more familiar dramatic role. Rogan plays the head of mall security, Ronnie Barnhardt. When a real crime is committed, he works with sidekick Dennis (Peña) to impress his love interest, Brandi (Farris), by finding the suspect before the local police officer (Liotta). Director: Jody Hill Rating: R Running Time: 86 min “Hannah Montana: The Movie” The Two Sides of Miley Miley Cyrus and country legend dad jump to the big screen for “Hannah Montana: The Movie.” Cyrus stars as Miley Stewart and Hannah Montana in this coming of age tale. Following the “Hannah Montana” TV show, Stewart (Cyrus) takes a vacation to her hometown to figure her life out and decide how much longer she can live a double life. Director: Peter Chelsom Rating: G Running Time: 102 min

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Get The Scoop: UT Ready To Party In The Park By Mel Steiner Arts & Entertainment Editor

As the spring semester draws to a close, UT readies for the annual Spring Concert, Party in the Park. Hosted by Student Productions, people will be allowed into Plant Park at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. The show begins promptly at 6 p.m. and will run until at least 11 p.m. Similar to last year, any UT student can get into the show for free. Companion tickets will be available starting at 11 a.m. that day, at a table outside of Plant

By Kristen Vasquez Staff Writer

So you’re past the gettingtheir-number stage and now is the big night - date night. The anticipation alone can kill you, so let’s take it easy and figure out that burning question: what are you going to wear? Closet-searching doesn’t have to be an impossible feat, and with this handy guide you will be looking your best for your night of hopeful romance! The key to remember here is that you should be comfortable! No six inch stilettos for girls, and no super tight t-shirts for guys. You want to make a lasting impression that will dazzle rather

Park. Students are limited to two companions each and each ticket costs $10. These tickets are limited in number so be sure to show up

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than frighten. Think jeans, flats, and a nice polo. Something that makes your personality stand out but isn’t too risqué. For a fancier occasion, such as dinner at an upscale restaurant, class is key. For women, a simple dress paired with corresponding accessories can keep you looking elegant. Guys, breaking out the tux isn’t necessary, but try and keep the dress

early to purchase them. WUTT will also be covering the event. Opening for Gym Class Heroes are two popular bands. First up is Chester French, an MTV Band of the Week. Following them is the alternative band, Quietdrive. With their radio hit remake of “Time After Time” they are sure to rock the stage. Last year’s concert brought in 2,000 fans. This year, SP projects an even bigger crowd, reaching 3,000 students, faculty looking refined with a dark pant or khaki, paired with a button down and a blazer of a darker shade. Shoes are a very important factor here. No one wants to show up looking like a million dollars on top, to have their look instantly

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and guests. M y k i e Shapiro, the music chair of SP, has been busy planning for the big night. “It’s a bigger band than last time and they are definitely more popular,” she said. “We’ve been downgraded by a pair of white tennis shoes. Ladies should stick to a simple shoe that pairs well with their outfit. If you are wearing a solid color dress, try standing out a bit more with a patterned shoe-a never fail combo is black and leopard print. Men should try and avoid athletic shoes at all cost, unless this date involves running a triathlon. If your date happens to be more on the casual side (dinner and a movie, or perhaps an outing to a bar) you’ll be able to expand y o u r wardrobe choices a bit more! A few options that From “Quilt”: Front Page majority of submissions. This year’s issue is about 112 pages long and features almost 100 works of art. Derrick Austin, the Quilt’s Editor in Chief, said that this year, there was a “larger response from the visual arts students, so there’s far more artwork and color photography in it than in previous years. There’s also more fiction.” T o select the final works for the Quilt was not an easy task. Austin said that Audrey Colombe, the Quilt’s staff advisor, helped him immensely. Despite all the work that being the Editor in Chief mandated, Austin said that overall, working for the Quilt “has been a great experience.” “We’ve had no major setbacks... everything’s run pretty smooth this year. It’s really been fun work for me— we’re just a bunch of hippies.”

planning this since August and my biggest concern is rain.” The rain site is the Martinez Gym and will be announced prior to the start of the show if need be. Student Productions will provide foam fingers to the first 500 attendees. can be interchangeable in different situations are dark, well fitting denim paired with a great blouse and blazer. The jacket keeps the look dressed, and once taken off, you retain a flirty and fun look. Menwhile I am sure “flirty and fun” is just what you are going for as well, you can look the part by sporting a clean-cut button down and a vest. While you can’t prevent a bad date partner, you can at least prevent bad date outfits by following some of the tips I dished out. With subtle tweaking to the dressier look, you can keep the transition to casual from being too difficult. If your date turns out to be a bust, just remember how great you looked! Photo by EraPhernaliaVintage/ flickr.com

Austin also had help from this years Art Editor, Laura Theobold , as well as the Quilt Corner Editor, Kristin Pappas. Austin’s favorite piece this year is a short story by Shannon Navarro, titled “The World’s Worst Disappearing Act.” “Shannon originally wrote the piece for a class. The assignment was to write a fable about a missing body part. Her piece is a funny, sunny little story about a girl who wakes up one morning and her vagina is missing . . . it’s hilarious.” T h e release party will be in the Plant Hall Music Room on May 1 at 6 p.m. According to Austin, a large turnout is expected. “Considering the crowd we get for our ‘Open Mics,’ we should have a great turnout for the release.” “We want to give artists on campus a community to be a part of, while giving them a place to show their work.”


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New Grand Theft Auto Steals Top Spot In Gaming

By Austin Ashby Staff Writer

Drugs, racism and attempting to make your own personal genocide. Well, it seems like a new Grand Theft Auto game is out. This time it is out on the Nintendo DS. While the majority of GTA games have alway been of high caliber, whenever it got involved with a Nintendo product, it’s become not so well-received. Does GTA: Chinatown Wars break the curse that the series has over its predecessor? Hell yes it does. Seeing the top-down perspective when I first threw the SD card, I was surprised. Being introduced to GTA III, I never had the opportunity to play the roots of

the series. Chinatown Wars brings back the old style and refines it so it ages extremely well. New gamers will not be turned off the retro style, and will even love it. Except for GTA IV, horrible combat has always been a tradition to the GTA franchise. With the cleverness of autolock on for the DS, that problem has been remedied. The combat still isn’t fantastic, but it is certainly playable. Even on a portable system, Rockstar still tries to find way to innovate their games. This time, your main character can buy and sell drugs (he cannot take them). I finally realize how actual drug dealers make so much cash now. In GTA drug dealing is

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the only way to make true cash to buy ammunition. The appearance of the game is simply astounding. It is obvious how many details Rockstar puts into this game. It truly pushes the limit of the hardware of its technical performance. With very few slowdowns, this is easily the best looking game on the Nintendo DS. Even graphic whores of the consoles version and PSP version will be impressed by the appearance of Chinatown Wars. When simply working on the story, the average length will take around six to eight hours, pending on the players skill. Even when the story is over, there is much more to accomplish in Liberty City. Racing, drug dealing, murdering civilians of the fair city, the fun does not simply stop after finishing the game. When accomplishing everything in the game, expect 20 hours of gameplay from this gem. The only true downside to the game is the audio quality. While everything else is of high caliber, the audio is simply not. This could be blame on the size of the DS cartridge. Unfortunately, there is no voice-acting in the missions briefing, which would

have given the character so much more personality when delivering their crazy, messed up lines. The radio station is all instrumental now, though they are fantastic instrumental replacing the humorous dialogue and songs on the console counterparts. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a must buy for anyone who owns a DS looking for a new game. There is no excuse to not purchase this game over any other DS titles. I’d give this masterpiece a: 9/10. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Concept Art Photo Manipulation By: Alex Vera

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One Wild Weekend University of Tampa’s P.E.A.C.E. office organized a weekend of helping rehabilitated wildlife at the Everglades Outpost in Florida City (near Miami and on the eastern edge of the Everglades). The volunteers handled squirrels, skunks, a Florida panther, snakes, baby alligators and other animals, even cleaning two tiger’s enclosure while they paced in a holding area. Trip coordinator Christina Smith and its faculty adviser, Charles McKenzie left with the 12 students Friday, April 3, staying at the Everglades Hostel for two nights. For more information on similar P.E.A.C.E. trips, email AlternativeBreaks@ut.edu

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By Linda C Black Tribune Media Services

Aries (March 21-April 19) Your labors have been productive. Caution is still required. You have enough for now, but if you want to have enough for tomorrow, you’ll have to spend carefully. No more throwing your money around. Taurus (April 20-May 20) You’ll find it easier to express your thoughts in words for the next few weeks. You’ve been holding back, but now there’s no time for that. The others are apt to do something foolish if you don’t speak up. Gemini (May 21-June 21) In the next few weeks, you should see a goal you’d really like to achieve. This might be a promotion or better job. You can qualify. Get your paperwork together, and apply. Cancer (June 22-July 22) Relax with your favorite people this weekend, starting as soon as possible. You’ve lost a few and won a few this week, but the outcome looks good. Visit an interesting place, as a way of rewarding yourself. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) It’ll be a little easier to save money for a while. It’s also easier to borrow. What will you do with this newfound wealth? Leave it right where it is. Keep paying off the debt you’ve acquired. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) There is something you could get to make your work easier and improve the quality. You know

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what it is, too. You’ll also have to learn how to use it. You can, if you decide you will. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Do you need a little more revenue? No problem. You’re a creative person, right? Build something awesome that you can sell, at a profit. Don’t forget that last part. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You’re gaining strength and wisdom. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but now you have assistance. Establish your authority early, so it isn’t questioned. You don’t have time for that. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Something you set as a low priority has risen in status. You’d better do it soon or it’ll become an emergency. You hate it when that happens, so stop procrastinating. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You’re eager to take action. You finally can do something fun that you’ve had to delay. You’ve had to put this off for so long, it’ll be especially sweet. Take joy in simple pleasures. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) A new supervisor is going to require different regulations. Some are anticipated, some are surprises. Stay cool, even if you’re worried. Never let them see you sweat. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) You’re gaining confidence as you realize you’re in a good position. Have a quiet celebration as you pay off another debt. Take a virtual vacation this weekend, through good food, music and movies.

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Alpha Chi Omega sorority Survivor’s The brought Zohn to speak about the ultimate survival tool: character. “What Winner Gives wouldHeyouaskeddo iftheyouaudience, won a million Message to bucks?” Turns out, rather than splurging on big screen TVs and UT Students nice cars, he used his million to By Micaela Lydon Staff Writer

Sporting jeans and a five o’clock shadow, Ethan Zohn looked like a regular guy. In 2001, though, this pro soccer player from Lexington, Massachusetts won a million dollars on the hit reality show Survivor. As part of “The Big Give,”

start a non-profit organization, Grassroots Soccer, which educates African youth about HIV/AIDS. He believes that the key to strong character is to be selfless and true to your core values. Amidst celebrity jokes and comical stories from his days on Survivor, Zohn had a serious message: “Your challenge is to make a difference for yourself by making a difference for others.”

The perfect pasta-less classic Italian soup By Michelle Magner Staff Writer

Pasta e Fagioli obviously has the word pasta in it but with this recipe I do not add pasta into the soup. This soup is healthy as it contains onions, beans and spinach. But if you prefer to add pasta cook it separately and when you serve the dish just combine the soup and the pasta in a big bowl and then serve. Grated cheese also complements this soup if you sprinkle some on top Photo by Michelle Magner of each persons bowl. Preparation:

Ingredients: Photos Credit: Kara Wall

3 tbsp olive oil 3 small yellow onions 4 garlic cloves (minced) 3 cans cannelloni beans 1 can crushed tomatoes 1 small package of spinach Dash of salt and pepper Dash of oregano and garlic powder Grated cheese

In a large pan pour in the oil and sauté the onions and garlic until the onions are clear and the garlic is light brown. Add in the salt and pepper Pour in the 3 cans of beans including the juice, and the can of crushed tomatoes.

Add in the oregano and garlic powder Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 45 minutes or more. Before you take it off the stove slowly add the spinach and stir it in until it is “welted” looking.

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Last week, every continuing University of Tampa student received a letter detailing an increase in costs for next year. Tuition for full time students will increase by 3.5 percent while mandatory fees will jump 4.8 percent and the average dorm room will cost an additional four percent. Anyone with a pulse knows that the economy is in the tank. In this era of bailouts, credit crunches and bank failures, hundreds of thousands are losing their jobs, their benefits and their homes. Families are either scaling back or digging deeper into debt. Rising tuition is an increased burden on students and their families, but it’s to be expected— higher education costs are rising faster than inflation. The Minaret has a minimal problem with a raise in tuition. However, we will make one major suggestion: that the top earners at the university take a voluntary pay cut equal to, if not

greater than, the three to four percent increase in the cost to attend UT. In 2006, UT’s president, Dr. Ronald Vaughn, was the 10th highest-paid president of a private university with a master’s level graduate studies program. That same year, tuition went up by 4.26 percent and Dr. Vaughn took a pay raise of about two percent while professors earned 3.7 percent more on average. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the median pay for presidents of universities similar to UT was $240,360. Dr. Vaughn earned $586,891, with an additional $87,930 spent from his expense account. In 2007, he took a 3.74 percent raise in base pay. Tuition rose 5.54 percent between the spring and fall semesters of 2007. Dr. Vaughn works very hard. He has presided over massive growth at UT, including $210 million in new buildings and a $100 million increase in annual

income. He earns his pay, but it is difficult to justify such an increase in tuition in such hard times without stepping forward to make a personal sacrifice. He is one of five UT executives who earned more than $200,000 in 2007, according to a recently released IRS filing. Combining last December and this January, 48 CEOs at publicly traded companies announced voluntary pay cuts. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for the image of this university if its president chose to earn less in order to help its students? Those graduating next month are paying 15 percent more for tuition than when they entered. From 2004 to 2007 (the only years available), Dr. Vaughn is earning 16.56 percent more. The Minaret firmly believes UT, as a charitable institution of higher learning, should not increase the pay of any employee by more than the rate they are charging students.

How Much UT’s Top Earners Made in 2007 Dr. Ronald Vaughn, President

Base pay: $374,780 Benefits and other compensation: $226,287 Expenses: $92,560 Total compensation: $693,627 Increase from 2006: 2.97 percent

Janet McNew, Provost

Base pay: $240,471 Benefits and other compensation: $16,397 Expenses: $16,421 Total compensation: $273,289 Increase from 2006: 16.53 percent*

Dan Gura, VP of Development

Base pay: $172,868 Benefits and other compensation: $14,511 Expenses: $24,364 Total compensation: $211,743 Increase from 2006: 3.92 percent

Robert E. Forschner, Jr., Chief Financial Officer Base pay: $184,641 Benefits and other compensation: $33,558 Expenses: $12,000 Total compensation: $230,199 Increase from 2006: 3.84 percent (No public information photo was available)

Barbara Strickler, VP of Enrollment

Average Faculty Member

Data from IRS filings (Form 990) and from the Chronicle of Higher Education

*Fall 2006 was McNew’s first semester; her compensation may not have been for the full year, or may have included a bonus

Base pay: $219,797 Benefits and other compensation: $15,899 Expenses: $34,311 Total compensation: $270,007 Increase from 2006: 2.2 percent

Professor: $82,500. Increase from 2006-2007: 7.14 percent Associate Professor: $70,300. Increase: 3.38 percent Assistant Professor: $60,500 Increase: 3.42 percent Instructor: $47,300. Increase: 1.28 percent

Student Body Blind To UT’s Operation And Management

By Kadie Hayward Columnist

I’m not sure if you’re aware but we know nothing about our campus. During Open House, hundreds of prospective students from around the country went on tours around UT with a few dozen student tour guides. Living on the show floor of the Vaughn Center, I get to hear pretty much everything said to said potential Spartans on their visits. I learned more than you’d think, considering this is the end of my third year here on campus. Did you know—according to these tour guides—housekeeping empties our trash? Don’t fret if you miss them though. There are dumpsters “located all around

campus” for students to dispose of I should probably kick those their unwanted items. sophomore residents of mine out Silly me, I thought I was of the hall. supposed to put my garbage in those How are students so unaware little rooms labeled “Trash Room” of where to dump our trash or how at the end housing selection “I’m frightened: students goes? of our don’t know who doles out halls. I’d like to I n money and speaks on our think all these case you behalf, our representative to ill-educated tour m i s s e d the Board of Trustees and guides lived off it, during campus, but I the Tampa community.” this last know better and, housing having been one selection, students are “selected of those tour guides, I know the randomly” for the order to select training in the Admissions Office housing. is far too good for them to have All these years I thought those missed those important tidbits of with the highest credit hours and information. GPAs got first pick. Are we really so in our own Guess I don’t know much world, so unwilling to step out of about UT even though I’m an RA. our comfort zone, we don’t know Oh, and upperclassmen don’t what is really going on? get your hopes up if you planned I was asked to do a survey to save a little money by living in regarding Student Government a Vaughn or Austin. few days ago. One of the questions From what I heard this morning, asked who our SG President was. absolutely no upperclassmen live in I’m frightened: students freshmen residence halls. don’t know who doles out money

and speaks on our behalf, our representative to the Board o f Tr u s t e e s a n d t h e Ta m p a community. How can students just walk through life, oblivious to what is going on around them? I know where things are on campus from years in Residence Life, Admissions and other organizations. I know who to have sign what necessary forms from working in the Honors Office. I know where the art gallery, music department and Falk Theater are because my friends have dragged me to those places on an occasion or two. I know there is recycling behind ResCom and by every elevator in Plant Hall — for paper only. These important locations, facts and opportunities shouldn’t be reserved for RAs, student employees or the overly involved. After all, shouldn’t every student know where to throw out their trash?

Imagine the pile up in the room with students waiting for housekeeping to clean up after them. It might be a little inconvenient, but we should all invest a few extra minutes to learn what UT has to offer. Or at least where we’re actually allowed to live. Find a friend who has a different major and make them take you to an academic seminar. Take a new path to class and find out where some new buildings are. Actually go to the Cass Gymnasium during open gym hours (What? Cass has a gym?). This sounds crazy but maybe, if we all take that little extra leap to find out who is making decisions for us, maybe even vote in the upcoming SG elections, we’ll all actually know what the hell is going on around here. Kadie Hayward may be reached at khayward@ut.edu.


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By Derrick Austin Commentary Editor

Just in time for Holy Week, Newseek’s cover story, “The End of Christian America,” is making the rounds on the Internet. Jon Meacham writes a compelling essay on the notion of Christianity as we know it is merely transforming and not dead. Yet, his work has sent some into a tizzy, decrying the article and stating Christianity in the country is just as strong. Others take his words too far, saying religion is considered obsolete by the mainstream. Believing our nation is post-Christian—let alone post anything—always strikes me as a bit fanciful, or deluded, at worst. Can we honestly claim we’re beyond Christianity’s influence? It’s permeated our culture since the nation’s founding and there’s no escaping it. God is dead? Please. As William Faulkner said: “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.” G r a n t e d , a s M e a c h a m ’s article notes, the number of selfproclaimed Christians has dropped from 86 to 76 percent since 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey.

Americans who don’t affiliate with any faith nearly doubled from eight to 15 percent since 1990 reports the same survey. Just because one doesn’t advertise one’s faith or self-identify with a branch of Christianity doesn’t mean one isn’t a Christian. I’m sure there are thousands of Americans who don’t regularly attend church but consider themselves Christian. For me, it’s about the mind-set: what one believes, not how or where one defines spirituality—however, that’s a theological matter many might disagree with. And, is it really shocking that Americans are less likely to affiliate with any one faith? In a nation where religious freedom is a norm, there is a strange liquidity to religious practice. You can be a Jew into Buddhist meditation or an agnostic who attends Catholic mass. If anything, post-Christian America represents religious plurality and a loss of centralized, spiritual authority. There isn’t a papacy here to standardize religious practice. Americans can mix and match varying aspects of differing faiths. America’s church is cosmopolitan; all faiths mingle and worship at its altar. American Christianity is not a singular entity in contemporary society. Though Christianity in America has always been an oddity. When you think Italy, you

think Roman Catholicism; when you think Greece, you think Eastern Orthodoxy; when you think India, you think Hinduism (though there’s a sizeable Muslim population, too). As for the United States, it’s Christian. We’re a “Christian nation” some would argue. But what is a Christian? It looks like a dumb question, but theologians have pondered what it means to be Christian for centuries. There are serious theological implications over its meaning. At a reductive level, I would think being a Christian means you believe Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior. But is that it? The Oxford English dictionary defines Christian as: “Of persons and communities: Believing, professing, or belonging to the religion of Christ.” What is the “religion of Christ?” Sure you can read the New Testament, but what on earth do all those gospels and letters mean? We’re trying to define a lofty, abstract and complex concept; the question has perplexed the world’s greatest scholars and theologians. Each branch of Christianity has established an answer for the “Christian” question with many variations (hence the different denominations). Religion—at least where Christianity is concerned—has never really been a singular entity.

Image by brancusi7 / Flickr There have been variations on the theme from the start (just read the four Gospels—and for fun the ones not canonized—and explain your concept of Jesus). Religion in 21st century America is marked by fragmentation. I’d like to introduce a new definition of religion Meacham quotes in his article from William James’s “The Varieties of Religious Experience:” “Religion … shall mean for us the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual men in their solitude, so far as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they consider the divine.” Two things mark contemporary spiritual belief in the United States: finding peace, a wholeness or self-satisfaction, and a focus on the individual rather than the

community. Individualism—classic American trait—allows for greater interpretation and multiplicity of meaning. And, let’s face it; we’re a country obsessed with being happy, satisfied and self-actualized; couple that with our need to have everything customized, and you’ve got an American religion based upon individual need. You choose the faith because it satisfies a primal need within you. God hasn’t talked to mankind through a patriarch or prophet in a long time. In His silence, it’s up to us to look toward the Divine and claim Him in our silent solitude. Derrick Austin may be reached at daustin@ut.edu.

Capitalism Swindles Workers And Consumers With Elaborate Processes

By Jason Creighton Special to The Minaret

Capitalism as a process is inherently unjust and requires correction.   Capitalism is a cryptic and elaborate process which has deluded the objective worth required to produce any good or service.   It has enabled an intermediary to manipulate products and create artificial value in between the margin where the producer and consumer are both unaware of the objective value inherent in what they are creating or purchasing.   It is a series of implicit negotiations where values appear to be standardized, but are actually completely subjective and relative.   These negotiations attend to each party’s self-interest and are subject to the perceived values according to the consumer, producer, and intermediary.   The consumer wants to pay the lowest possible price; producers want to be paid the highest possible price.   The intermediary wants to collect the highest possible price for items they wish to sell to the consumer, while paying the lowest possible wage to the producer. One might assume a moral person would be aware of the dissonance between these contradictory concepts. In a capitalist society, this dynamic becomes the norm and is seen as integral to conducting business transactions. Having a market where perceived value is the

only thing of consequence allows and it would be considered a just for this manipulation. It is the trade as long as it was a consensual intermediary who holds an intrinsic trade according to capitalist and multi-dimensional benefit in ethics. leveraging trade. Hard work does not lead to When this model is applied to prosperity. how a business operates, it becomes T h e e ff o r t s r e q u i r e d t o clear how the worth of a product make a product is useful only in becomes ambiguous. manipulating the perceived value An intermediary employs to the consumer.   For example, workers who has an expected currency’s ambiguity separates quota to fulfill. The intermediary producer and his product’s objective hires other workers (facilitators) to value. There are no ethics in the monitor the producer. free market that dictate a price The difference between the floor.   Using subjective currency intermediary and the facilitator is the erodes the individual’s ability Image by Jacob Botter/ Flickr to properly identify products’ initial negotiation. Once the price is negotiated, activities become compensation is an affront to the product are of no consequence; its value.  The less the producer works routine; it requires relatively little natural rights of men and requires objective worth is removed. This is seen positive, regardless of the oversight to continue production on regulation, ensuring compensation abstraction makes all prior actions impact on the producer. the intermediary’s behalf.   is rewarded when justified through meaningless. They work to subsist and the individual’s labor. Jason Creighton may be I could pay a child to make increase the intermediary’s net reached at jcreighton@ut.edu. The efforts to produce the shoes for food money (see: China) worth.   This e f f o r t l e s s accumulation of wealth is where the injustice takes place. Being a master of perceived Continuing students who have not filed the 09-10 FAFSA should do so value allows for immediately to secure their financial aid for next year! a redistribution of wealth. Capitalists Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to renew your FAFSA for 09-10! filter out the value producers create Paper copies of the FAFSA are available by and market it to a calling the Department of Education at 1-800-4-FED-AID. consumer, then claim profit, which has no direct correlation to This friendly reminder is brought to you by the amount of work your Financial Aid Office... completed.   T h i s Tel: 253-6219 or Visit us in Plant Hall Room 427 disproportionate


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Weak-End: Jacobs’s Pursuit Of The Perfect Weekend

By John Jacobs Columnist

Ever get ready to go out on a Saturday night and realize it’s already 1:30 a.m.; you have no money and all your friends who said they were going out are wearing sweatpants and just started a game of FIFA? This story is dedicated to those nights where you’re either too lazy to go out and end up boring yourself to death in your dorm, or you end up going out and quickly decide it was a bad idea. A couple weeks ago, I had a friend visit me from home and on his last night here we decided: “Hey lets go to the Hard Rock Casino! What a way to end the trip!” When we got there everything was going fine—winning some, losing some—nothing terrible, just having fun. An hour later—not only did I lose all my money, but I convinced my friend to let me borrow cash because “I don’t have a gambling problem.” “I swear, man, next time I see you you’ll get your money back…

or I could win it back.” I now owe him $20. On the sad drive back to campus, the night could only get better, right? I got pulled over on I-4 doing 130 mph. (Hi dad! Thanks for reading!) Conclusion: I should have stayed in that night. Another night my friends and I were having a great time at the dorm getting ready to go out to a club when we decided to order food around 11:30 p.m. “After we eat we can go straight out, it’ll be perfect timing!” The pizza and wings arrived around 12:35 a.m., and we finished eating about a half an hour later. By then we all had no motivation to go clubbing and we ended up watching “Dog the Bounty Hunter” on A&E for four hours. Do you know what it’s like to watch “Dog” for four hours? Imagine someone throws up on you, but you’re not allowed to move for the next four hours. It felt like that. Not only was it bad enough that we left it on the TV by choice, but we actually paid attention to what was going on. You know the night’s gone bad (or good) when you can tell what

LETTER Note: I’d like to comment on the upcoming UT Spring Dance Happening. I’ll refer to them as ladies though I realize there’s a few men involved. In every instance, when I’ve been to one of these, or rather tried to, if you’re not in line by the time the doors open your chances of getting in the door are slim and none.   Some of this is a tribute to the talent and ability of these ladies.   Try taking the walk from the Edison Building to the Plant Hall Veranda to get a seat for the second half of the performance and you’re likely to find standing room only there as well.   I have found out that if you want a seat the best thing to do is see the two halves on separate nights. The bigger question here is why are they performing in a subpar facility?   Surely the university powers that be can’t be proud of it.   It might be okay for practice but to put on a public performance?   I’m not sure who’s older, Edison or that building!   Go to any athletic event and

season it is by the shells “Dog” is wearing in his hair. So after watching a longhaired Hulk Hogan and a fat porn star arrest fugitives in Hawaii for four hours, I felt as if I had just gotten out of jail and needed to take a shower. Later, I learned more about “Dog” than I do my own family. Conclusion: I should have gone out that night. When the first week of school ended, and it was our first real weekend as college kids, everyone was going out. I decided to go to a frat party I had heard about with other kids on my floor. After getting lost in a cab for 20 minutes, we eventually found the house. It also wasn’t reassuring when the cab driver said “this is a bad area” as he dropped us off.

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you’ll always get your choice of places to sit even when arriving late, and these are teams that are often highly ranked.   They have more than adequate facilities and are constantly upgrading.   Yet the dance program seems to have been forgotten about, an afterthought. College has always been about teaching young adults to express themselves and one way these ladies choose to do that is through dance.   Each dance has its own choreographer which results in each one being very unique with its own personality.   No two are even close to being the same.   These ladies need a place to perform that is befitting of their skill and the time and effort they put into it, not to mention being a better reflection upon the college when parents or the public comes in to watch. Until then, I’ll continue camping out well before the doors open to make sure I get a seat! Paul Hough

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Image by pokpok313 / Flickr The house was completely packed on all floors with hundreds of kids and plenty of hot girls. Not just normal hot girls though, the kind of girls where you think, “I’m sure that nothing she says could interest me.” The kind of girls that when they talk it’s like you’re reading a text. “Omg this party is fun lol. R U having fun 2nite lol?” Anyway, after an hour of hearing spoken text, the police

showed up. (Cool! I’m back in high school again!) But they were actually cool and let all the underage kids go without any problems. If this happened back in Maryland I would be on death row right now. I somehow ended up in a taxi back to campus with nobody I showed up with and went to sleep. Conclusion: Perfect night. John Jacobs may be reached at jjacobs@ut.edu.

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Staff’s Hateful Comments Breed Distrust by Students

By Peter Arrabal Editor-in-chief

Sometimes people say things that are so hurtful you struggle to figure out how they could even muster the courage to say it to someone else. It’s even more unbelievable, more painful, more shocking when it comes from someone who works for your school, and whose job it is to teach leadership values and qualities to students. It’s a complicated story, with an uncomplicated conclusion: Kim Northup, Associate Director of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (OSLE), is not good for the University of Tampa. The Background Almost a year ago exactly, I found out I was going to be a father. On Dec. 8, 2008, the most beautiful girl in the whole world opened her eyes wide and cried. Mary Grace Arrabal, my firstborn daughter, became the central part of my life. Last fall, I was elected to plan the spring formal for my fraternity, Sigma Chi. Part of the job involves clearing plans with OSLE. The policies for student organizations state that, for off campus events, we must provide proof of a designated driver program or proof of alternate transportation, like buses. With our formal set to be in southern Georgia, I presented a list of designated drivers to Jaclyn Carden, Greek Coordinator and also an OSLE staff member. We had put down our $3,500 deposit with the venue, thinking we were following the rules. She rejected it. Those policies, she said, are more like guidelines. We had to get buses. Buses that would cost us $10,000 or more. There was no flexibility. No questions. If we went and didn’t have buses, we’d be

suspended. The costs were totally on us. I pleaded with her and got nowhere. The policies were guidelines, not policies, I guess. I gave up on fighting OSLE and asked them for help. Help me find a bus. Help me find ways to fund the bus. Help me plan a schedule that will get 150 people to and from a weekend getaway in southern Georgia. Part of my plea to Carden was that certain people would have to drive. The Party in the Park was the same weekend as our formal, so certain members of Student Productions would have to go back early. Plus, I couldn’t put a baby’s car seat in a bus. On Wednesday, Feb. 11, Carden replied that she was out of town, but that Northup would help me get a solution. The next afternoon, Northup e-mailed me and said she would call the venue and ask for our deposit back, which was not at all what I was asking for help with. “Stupid Enough” Sometimes, you have to read the whole e-mail, including the parts that include other people’s replies. “And on another note,” Carden wrote to Northup when she forwarded my e-mail to her, “Who takes a baby to a fraternity formal???” When I read that, a sick feeling crept up in my stomach. I couldn’t believe someone would actually assume that I would put my daughter at risk. I couldn’t believe she didn’t think I’d be smart enough to hire a babysitter (which I already had). But there was more to the e-mail. “Right? I was thinking the EXACT same thing,” Northup wrote back. “If you’re a responsible parent, you know a baby that age isn’t in college yet, and therefore should not be going to formals.” A valid argument, if she believed I was a complete idiot. I couldn’t believe she would say that about me. “But, then again,” she continued. “He was stupid enough to get someone pregnant

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in the first place.” Kim Northup cannot take that away from me, My heart stopped. no matter how many hateful, vile, disgusting My blood boiled. things she says about me and my family. Here I am, pleading for help from Like Jimmy Valvano famously said at someone who works for the Dean of Students, the ESPYs: “Never give up. Never, ever and she won’t even consider helping me. She give up.” thinks I’m stupid. She thinks I’m a bad parent. People will try to get in your way. Don’t She thinks I’m drop out. Don’t give irresponsible. up. Put everything “But, then again,” Northup I was too you have into continued. “He was stupid enough your fatherhood, stunned to even leave my motherhood, your to get someone pregnant in the seat. job as a boyfriend first place.” I collected or husband, and my thoughts. show them they are I wrote wrong. back. The most “Although I was, as you said, ‘stupid disturbing big-picture part of this is that enough to get someone pregnant in the Northup isn’t a faculty member with tenure first place,’ I was smart enough to take and no connection to students, but she’s responsibility for it and raise my child as a staff member in the Office of Student my own, not to kill her or send her to an Leadership and Engagement. She teaches orphanage,” I wrote. “I was also smart enough leadership courses. to hire a babysitter to travel to Georgia with This is the type of leader UT students are us to babysit her during the four-hour event supposed to exemplify? This is the person we have planned, and was also smart enough students are supposed to turn to when they to plan other events during the weekend that need help? would keep her safe. I’m also smart enough Director of OSLE Stephanie Russell not to put my baby in any danger.” Holz spoke with me and assured me that My friends were outraged. My family Northup had been reprimanded over this was outraged. My professors were outraged. incident. I was outraged. Still, I am ashamed that anyone who But not surprised. I should have seen this meets Northup will associate her with the coming, that a heartless individual would try University of Tampa, the name of the school to discredit my work behind my back. that will be on the degree I receive next I should have known that no one can month. understand the life of a student-editorNext week, I will take my daughter to fraternity member-father the way I can. my fraternity formal, which was canceled Gentlemen of UT and the rest of the and rescheduled and planned elsewhere. She world: do not ever let anyone tell you that won’t go to the actual event, and she will you can’t do something because you are a never be in danger. father. And next week, Kim Northup will still Don’t ever let anyone put you down have a job, and will still be a burden on or take anything away from you because OSLE, on the University of Tampa, and on they are, at their core, bad people. Take every student she is entrusted to instruct and responsibility for your actions and you will lead. be rewarded. Peter Arrabal can be reached at I love my daughter with all of my heart. parrabal@gmail.com

He said he came to the university to “be around the young people.”That should’ve been a warning, but I felt sorry for the guy. I thought he was a harmless older man. Time passed, and he started to touch my shoulder, which I brushed off as him being nice. Then he gave me his number, stopped touching my shoulder and started kissing my cheek. I went from thinking he was a kind old man, to a dirty old man. I later discovered another girl I knew got the same creepy treatment from the guy, so we went to the security office together. By that time, I stopped going to the cafeteria at certain times. He stayed in the cafeteria for hours; when I tried to sit somewhere else, he would follow me. Once, he followed me to the sandwich line though he already had a sandwich at his table! Usually, I set anyone who bothers me straight, but I thought it would be hard yelling at an innocent-seeming man. But this is how sexual harassers thrive. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in order for an action to be deemed sexual harassment, “the harasser’s conduct must be unwelcome.” It is the “unwelcome” idea that causes many women to lose sexual harassment cases. For example, in her article about the ethics of sexual harassment, Anita Superson cited a court case, Swentek v. US Air: a flight attendant suffered inappropriate gestures and language on her airline but lost her case. She had been open about her sex life before those encounters; Superson quotes the

court ruling: “she was the kind of person who could not be offended by such comments and therefore welcomed them generally.” Though the woman filed charges against her harassers—an obvious indication the actions were unwelcome—the court decided she was lying and wanted to be jeered. In this society, if a woman dresses “provocatively” she “welcomes” and deserves sexual harassment. My first encounter with harassment occurred when I was hardly sexually appealing: a 12-year-old, flat-chested, selfproclaimed “tomboy,” yet I was subjected to comments too inappropriate to print. Fortunately, in my more recent situation, the good security guards at UT asked if I felt uncomfortable and took care of the issue. The man was charged with trespassing and will be arrested if he returns to campus. I will not allow someone’s age or seeming harmlessness block the just path. Most harassers make a point to seem harmless and nice to spark doubt in their victim. If anyone makes you feel uncomfortable, there is no doubt they need to be reported and informed that their actions must stop. Don’t hesitate as I did. Let’s take steps to end the vicious cycle of sexual harassment for good. If you or someone you know has or thinks they are the victims of sexual harassment please contact the Campus Safety and Security Office located between Res Com and Thomas Parking Garage. Call from campus: x3333 Call off campus: (813) 251-5133 Nicole Robinson may be reached at nrobinson@ut.edu.


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Tampa Native Freshman Feels at Home Behind the Plate By Olivia Glynn Asst. Sports Editor

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As the softball team sits comfortably on top of the conference standings, they have only three opponents left to battle in the regular season. The Spartans are doing their best to keep a positive attitude and continue their hard work. “The energy level is definitely high in the dugout,” freshman Becky Vyzas said. Vyzas, a freshman catcher and Tampa native, is contributing to the Spartan’s winning ways. She hit the walk-off double to score teammate Michelle Horan and win the game 1-0 for the Spartans in the 15-inning battle against Florida Tech at the end of March. Vyzas started out playing baseball when she was 4 years old, but made the switch to the sport she now excels at when she was 13. She came to the University of Tampa after setting school records for homeruns and batting average at the Academy of the

Holy Names in Tampa. Wasting no time, Vyzas went three for three in her first game as a Spartan, hitting a homerun and driving in three runs. As far as success goes, she has had her fair share, but Vyzas believes that just playing at this level is a great accomplishment. “Coming here was a pretty good achievement, playing college softball,” she said. Her decision to attend UT came down to what most students look for in a school, but also a strong sports program. “Academics and softball,” Vyzas said, “just basically the whole thing.” As the season heads towards the final stretch, Vyzas is confident in her team and their abilities. The SSC leaders are on track for an excellent season and good run in the post season. “I know we’re good enough to win,” Vyzas explained. “We just need to stay focused and work as a team, which we do really well.” Olivia Glynn can be reached at oglynn@ut.edu.

Former All-Star Has Trouble ‘Backing’ Up Talk in By Sam Gerb Sports Blogger

Will the real Allen Iverson please sit down? Please sit down. Please sit down. And while you’re sitting at the end of the bench keep your mouth shut for once. At least when your teammate Rasheed Wallace runs his mouth to the media he backs it up the next game. Allen Iverson’s stat line after the Cleveland game was 11 points and two assists in 18 minutes played.

After that game he wasn’t happy that he was spending so much time on the bench, so he opened his yapper to the media. Allen Iverson’s stat line after complaining to the media: four points, four assists, 1-8 from the field and only in 17 minutes of play. Wow Allen, those are some pretty impressive numbers if you ask me. Michael Curry must be nuts not playing you for at least 40 minutes per game. Now, after this horrendous follow up

performance, he releases another statement to the media. This time he made the excuse that he is “still not playing at 100%.” You could’ve fooled me, Allen. Don’t complain about not getting enough playing time and then blame your poor performance on a lingering back injury. If you’re so injured then you should be riding the bench more than you are now. I think Iverson should start back from square one with his rusty game and go prac-

tice. Yeah, I’m talking about practice Allen. Something that would probably do you some good right now; along with maybe a time machine that could take about eight to nine years off you. Iverson will never go back to the MVP caliber player he once was. I don’t think he has realized this yet. See the rest of this post at www.theminaretonline.com/overtime. Sam Gerb can be reached at sgerb@ ut.edu.

Little Differences Lead to Big Friendship Between Teammates

Rudy Jean and Javon Edwards may look different but dreams remain the same By Ryan Burkett Sports Writer

It is a tale of two young men. Both are college sophomores. One is a Bay Area native, the other is from the Caribbean island of Trinidad. One stands at 5 feet 7-inches while the other towers at 6 feet 9 inches.” They both play for University of Tampa men’s basketball team. The two are guard Rudy Jean and forward Javon Edwards, to be exact. Although at first glance they seem like opposites, they share a few commonalities. For instance, they share a common goal for their team during their tenure at UT. “As a team, we want to be number one

and win a national championship,” Edwards said. “We want to win an NCAA championship, definitely,” Jean concurred. Each man also has his own reason for choosing UT over other potential schools. “I came here because of the Jean combination of high academics and the ability to play basketball,” Edwards explained. “[UT] is close to my house. I also came to play basketball and for academics,” Jean

stated. The similarities do not stop there, as they both major in finance-related fields. Jean majors in Accounting while Edwards is studying Economics. Both stated that they, like most other NCAA athletes, plan to go pro in something other than sports. In fact, Edwards has already set the bar high in his ambitions. “I want to graduate with honors in Economics and get my MBA. My goal is to go back home and use the knowledge I have acquired to help my country any way I can,” said Edwards. He didn’t stop there. “Ultimately, my goal is to get into politics and one day become the Prime

Minister of Trinidad.” As for Jean, his ambitions are a bit more modest, at least so far. “I want to become an accountant…I hope to get an internship my senior year.” This David and Goliath comparison cannot be complete, however, without one last note of irony. Edwards Jean wears the uniform number 22, exactly half of Edwards’ jersey number, 44. Ryan Burkett can be reached at rburkett@ut.edu.

Division One Talent Decides to Play for Longtime Coach, Friend Incoming High School Standout Recruited by Richard Schmidt at a Young Age

By Kyle Bennett Online Sports Editor

The Spartans will welcome one blooming bull to the court next year. Callum Townsend, from Bloomingdale High School, will fill a void left by three Tampa men’s basketball seniors. Townsend stands tall, at 6 feet 6 inches 215 pounds, but it is his shooting game that he is most fond of. “I’m a shooter,” Townsend said. “I need to improve on my ball handling and overall athleticism.” UT basketball coach Richard Schmidt has always been a part of Townsend’s life, even at a young age. “I know coach Schmidt through family,” Townsend said. “He has

been working with me since I was eight or nine years old.” The incoming freshman blew his knee out, not once, but twice. Coming off a junior season in which Townsend led the state in scoring, with 27 points per game, he tore his ACL one month after the season ended. Returning for his senior season Townsend was on his way to lead his team to another outstanding season. With a 13-1 record, averaging 25 ppg and 12 rpg, he tore his ACL again. “I’m still recovering,” he said. The injury could have very well been what kept Townsend out of Division I basketball. “I had big DI offers, but UT has always been in the picture,” he added.

“It is a great school with a great coach. is a great fit with an outstanding coach,” With or without the injury, UT was in the Townsend said. “I am excited to get there picture.” and better the program.” To w n s e n d feels he brings another aspect to UT’s repertoire. “UT is a very well rounded team,” he said. “I feel I am another piece of the puzzle.” To w n s e n d was also a four year varsity starter in high school. “It [UT] Townsend poses with Duke cheerleaders. Photo courtesy of Callum Townsend


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Players Auctioned to Fundraise, Gain Female Fans By Michael Franz Sports Writer

Leanne Fisch usually dates swimmers, but this time she’s extending her strike zone to include UT pitcher Josh Bowman. Bowman was just one of 31

baseball Spartans who teamed up with UT’s Sports Marketing department for a date auction this past Monday. According to the player’s guide handed out at the auction, Bowman’s favorite meal is “Mama’s Spaghetti and Meat

Sauce”. He and Fisch will have to settle for a hot dog at Frankie’s, the prize handed out to each lucky lady and her date. President of the Sports Marketing Department’s fan group “The In Crowd” Melissa Chipchak, organized the event to increase female fan interest in UT Baseball, not because the team is having trouble finding dates. “We have a pretty hot baseball team,” Chipchak said. Even though the Spartans are high in the rankings, 13 in the most recent poll, attendance on game day remains low. Alex Catania, another member of the sports marketing team, thinks this type of event can help create a better bond between the team and student body. “We wanted to promote how good our Photo by Michael Franz baseball teams is,” Catania

The newly renovated Pepin Stadium soccer field recently saw some new maintenance as grounds crews tore up sections of the field to replace with new grass. “It’s a brand new field and as far as maintaining it, the turf consultant recommended that we do so,” explained Jerome Fulton, facilities director. The grass was replaced mainly in high traffic areas where the field had seen a lot of action.

Unlucky Strokes Kris Shane and Kyle Roy led the UT golf team to a 12th place finish out of 14 teams in the Buccaneer Invitational. The Spartans shot a total of 914 throughout the t h r e e rounds, 41 shots behind B a r r y Shane University, host and winner of the tournament. Next up for the Spartans is the SSC championship held in Lakeland.

Swinging for First The baseball team will take on conference opponent Saint Leo University Friday. UT previously beat the Lions 9-2. With a No. 13 rank Tampa will face Saint Leo and Rollins in back-to-back three game home series’. Their current record is 29-11 and 8-4 in the SSC.

UT employee hugs her man.

Women’s Sports Soon to Sweep the Spartan Scene By Bobby Winsler Sports Editor

Smaller crowds mean fewer fans will witness what is going to be one of the most successful next few years in University of Tampa sports history. The women’s sports programs will fill the trophy case, even if they can’t fill the stands. Starting in the fall, volleyball and soccer both have three promising years ahead. The 2007 national champion soccer team recently added six new signings and three transfers, not to mention the talent they already have on the field. Not a single senior will leave Pepin field next year, and the majority of the team will be freshmen and sophomores. But like any young team, these girls will have to mature into the chemistry of a team. It’s going to start on defense. Freshman goalie Kendall Bourdon shows plenty of potential and, following the strategy of the men’s program that reached the

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said. “The baseball team is good looking, too, so maybe more [girls] will come to the games.” Although most of the ladies bid in a spur of the moment manner, Lorna Bartges had her eye on slugger Jose Jimenez from the start. “He’s kind of an eye candy,” Bartges said with a smile. At 235 pounds, Jiminez may be the largest piece of candy ever, but he is definitely the most expensive one on the team. Bartges paid $10, twice as much as the second highest bid. Baseball players weren’t the only goods on the auction block. UT hats, t-shirts, polos and even a jersey were part of a silent auction so UT’s male population had something to bid on. “We’re breaking new ground,” Catania said. “We have done two teams [meeting], but never a team being auctioned. It’s a big step.” All proceeds from the events will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Michael Franz can be reached at mjfranz26@gmail.com.

>>> The rowers will compete in the Florida Intercollegiate regatta. Coming off a silver medal, the lightweight four looks for gold.

Final Four this last season, the best this season. Basketball will lose Kym defense is a good offense. The 2006 national champion Taylor and Hailee Sullivan, two volleyball squad is no different. players that contribute as much to Led by Melissa Vanderhall, who off-court chemistry as they do to will start her junior season next on-court performance. However, the feeling of the year, the regular season Sunshine State Conference champions are team is the same: they can do great things. set to dominate once again. Speed is key to the young stars Head coach Chris Catanach earned his remarkable 14th SSC as Sarah Wickham and the Messina Coach of the Year honor last season and should have no problem molding his fresh talent into a championship caliber club. Flipping to spring, five seniors fill the softball roster. However, the driving forces are the two star pitchers in junior Heather Van Landingham and sophomore Deanna Henriott. The duo helped their squad into the postseason last year and is on track to dive deeper into the NCAA tournament Megan Tobin passes to Brittan Spence

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>>> With three tough opponents left to play, the Spartans hope to stay atop the SSC standings as they take on the Tars.

>>> The Spartans keep climbing the national poll and look towards a three-game series against the Lions to continue their success.

April 10, 5 p.m. at Rollins

twins should step up around the perimeter and in transition. If junior Caitlin Mitryk can dominate the paint and provide an inside presence slightly greater than this season’s effort, then expect this team to be sitting in the top 10 nationally throughout the season. Bobby Winsler can be reached at minaret.sports@gmail.com.

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