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Students Stand Up for Justice Introduction to Peace Studies class aims to put a stop to human trafficking By Coryn Doncaster
7 Lost Loses Intrigue Midway Through Its Final Season 9 UT’s Film Program: From Telecommunications to Cannes
COMMENTARY 11 Celebrate Anniversaries With Emotion Not Money 10 Chatroulette.com is Like Russian Roulette for the Eyes
SPORTS 14 Cheating Master Makes His Way Back on the Field
15 UT Starter Thrives Under Pressure
Spartans’ Stock Rising Amid Record Breaking Season By DANIEL FEINGOLD Assistant Sports Editor
TAMPA - Human trafficking is the third most profitable criminal activity following drugs and arms trafficking and a class of University of Tampa students wants to spread the word and educate the student body on this criminal activity on the rise. Denis Rey’s Introduction to Peace Studies class is putting to gether a Stop Human Trafficking Event as part of a class project on April 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Vaughn Courtyard. Human trafficking is the practice of people being tricked or otherwise removed from their home or country, and then forced to work with no or low payment or on terms which are highly exploitative. It is also the highest-growing criminal industry in the world. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, over 80 percent of human trafficking victims are women and the industry makes over $9.5 million a year. Fifty percent of all victims are under the age of 15. As part of the Introduction to Peace Studies class, students are required to hold a rally that promotes peace and this [See 4]
UT Makes Lender Switch Panelists including Tampa Mayor, Pam Iorio, to discuss transportation at UT By CHARLIE HAMBOS
TAMPA - The University of Tampa Spartans baseball team lost a game on Saturday, Feb. 27, against Valdosta State. They have not lost a ball game since. With a series sweep against conference rival Saint Leo, the Spartans have won a record-setting 22 straight wins. Breaking the previous record of 21 straight wins, the UT baseball team extended their new feat to 23 games after a win at Florida Tech on Tuesday, April 2. Tampa is also now ranked number two nationally among Division II teams, setting their season-high in that category. Spartan Head Coach Joe Urso believes that the players aren’t too focused on the win streak, although the consistent winning has done a great deal to boost their confidence. “They’re a very confident group right now,” Urso said. “When they step on that field, they believe they’re gonna win.” Coach Urso is in the middle of his tenth season as the Spartans’ manager. Through his tenure, Urso has coached the team to three National Championships, winning two of them back-to-back in 2006 and 2007. Though this year’s squad has set new records and may be headed to a National Championship, Urso doesn’t see many similarities in comparison to 2007’s team. [See 15]
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TAMPA - The PBS NewsHour Team will hold a forum at The University of Tampa on Wednesday as a part of their weeklong “Spotlight City Series” broadcast from the Tampa area from April 12 to 16. The topic of discussion will be the HighSpeed Rail and Regional Transportation from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 13 in Reeves Theater. Panelists include Pam Iorio, Mayor of Tampa; Stuart Rogel, president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership; Don Skelton; District 7 secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation Solman and Ronnie D u n c a n , chairman of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA). Paul Solman, NewsHour correspondent, will moderate the discussion on whether or not the area is ready or has the infrastructure to handle the new high speed rail system between Tampa and Orlando. The announcement that federal funds would pay for the new system was made by Vice President Joe Biden while him and President Barack Obama were on campus on Jan. 28. The “Spotlight City Series” is a part of a two-year, five-city tour, that will be in Tampa filming a series of public forums in cooperation with WEDU, Channel 3. The
shows will air from 7 to 8 p.m. on WEDU, a Tampa PBS outlet. NewsHour anchors and reporters, including Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill, Paul Solman and Spencer Michels, will moderate community forums and report on local and regional stories each night during special segments. On April 13, the Poynter Institute located on 801 Third St. S. in St. Petersburg will host “Changing Media Landscape” from 8 to 10 a.m. where several local newspaper and magazine editors will discuss the decline of local and regional news reporting as the media deals with poor economy. NewsHour, correspondent Gwen Ifell will moderate at the Poynter Institute. On April 14, the Lakewood Ranch Cinemas located on 10715 Rodeo Drive in Bradenton will host “Eco-Friendly Initiatives,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. where sustainability experts and other community leaders will discuss whether or not the state’s natural beauty will be affected by the plans that will create cheaper energy. NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels will moderate at the Lakewood Rance Cinemas. The week will conclude with a Town Hall Meeting on April 16 at 9:30 p.m. at the WEDU studios on 1300 N. Boulevard in Tampa where several different national topics like healthcare and unemployment will be discussed. NewsHour senior correspondent Judy Woodruff will moderate. The Town Hall Meeting can only be attended by those invited, but questions can be submitted for the panelists at www.wedu. org/newshour. Charlie Hambos can be reached at email@example.com.
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TAMPA - Since Congress passed the higher education legislation on March 25 schools that receive federal student loans will now have to switch from private lenders to the U.S. Education Department within three months and The University of Tampa has already made the change. According to Jackie Latorella, UT’s director of financial aid said that UT already implemented direct lending and distributed their first set of direct loans this semester well ahead of the July 1 deadline. Latorella also said that Stafford loans will also be administered through the direct lending program beginning this summer. Since the direct lending has already been put into place, current UT students that will continue to borrow federal Stafford loans will be required to sign a new Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Student Refund Authorization. The MPN can be signed online at studentloans.gov. The Refund Authorization form may be downloaded from the Financial Aid Forms page of the UT website and sent directly to UT’s Financial Aid Office. Latorella said that new Stafford Loan borrowers will also be required to complete loan entrance counseling, which can be done at studentloans.gov. Charlie Hambos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Project Earth Aims to Stop Global Poverty By JAN-MICHAEL ARCHER The Minaret
The members of Project Earth, a new UT organization, plan to find a way to help stop global poverty. Founder Gezime Ismaili, a junior seeking a PhD in Economics, is eager to see exactly how UT can make a “stronger impact” on global issues. Born in Kosovo, Ismaili has always been sensitive to the issue of poverty and says that upon coming to college, she wasn’t too busy doing school work and was ready to get her hands dirty. “This is a great environment to learn and make mistakes,” Ismaili said. “I really believe in my heart that UT needs this.” Project Earth’s first and foremost mission is to raise awareness, according to Ismaili. “We are the future.” The group hopes to act as a “student-based non-profit,” working with professional poverty-relief organizations, moving from project to project, start to finish, and providing a link from UT to the war on global poverty. Gezime hopes that this will also open up the opportunity for internships abroad so that members can physically see the effects of their efforts.
The group’s first campaign, “GO 4 H20,” is an effort to raise $5,000 for the water filtration straws that will be distributed to children in Africa and Haiti. Each straw costs about ten dollars, lasting approximately one year. “5,000 children die per day due to water related problems,” Ismaili said. “If we reach our goal, we can give 500 children clean water for a whole year.” When asked if she seriously believed she could raise $5,000 before the end of the semester, Ismaili was very confident. “We’re aiming high so that even if we don’t reach our goal, we’ll still have helped as many children as we can.” Ismaili’s confidence is also founded upon the passion of her team. “This isn’t about me and when I look at them, I can see that they really care about this issue and that they’re ready to get started asap,” said Ismaili. If you are interested in joining Project Earth, meetings are being held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Vaughn Lobby. Gezime Ismaili can be contacted at email@example.com and 727688-3554 by phone.
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the upcoming year is to continue to make positive changes that affect all students. “I always say we try to do stuff that can affect all students, not just a group, and offer new services to bring to campus.” McCarthy was an integral part in bringing the Hertz car rental services to UT students, and implementing the successful blockbuster movie dispensers for campus. He hopes to continue to make changes to improve the lives of students. “We’d like to keep the library open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday.There are obviously budget restrictions but we’ve begun talking to the head librarian to look into it more,” McCarthy said. Another idea relating to travel is the Holiday transportation initiative, where students can travel to the airport during holiday breaks for a much cheaper price. “I know University of Miami has the option, and it creates a much easier way for students to travel cheaply back and forth to the airport during the holidays. We’d be interested in having almost all of that comped by Student Government and are definitely looking into it.”
Student government elections took place this past week, with new President Chris McCarthy and Vice President Elbin Keeppanasseril stepping into office. Both candidates ran for positions in last year’s student government elections, with Huth and McCarthy defeating Keeppanasseril last year. This year however, the two ran uncontested. “After the tough campaign last year, I was pretty happy to not have to go against anyone,” said McCarthy. Although the campaigning became easier this year, the lack of student involvement in areas like Student Government is a large concern for new Vice President Elbin Keeppanasseril, citing that one of his main goals is to increase student leadership in all areas of campus activity. “I’d like to see more people run in elections. I think if we encourage more students to step up, the leaders on this campus will really show,” Keeppanasseril said. Future involvement in student government is also a major concern for the newly elected Vice President. “After Chris and I leave next year, it’d be good to know there are people here to take on our positions,” Keeppanasseril said. Keeppanasseril has the idea to also pair up smaller, newly formed organizations on campus with larger, established organizations. “It’d almost be like a ‘big brother big sister’ program, and the two totally different groups can pair up and help each other promote and grow,” KeeppanasAlex Vera /The Minaret seril said. He thinks this will also be a mutually beneficial idea. New SG President Chris McCarthy. McCarthy’s overall goal for Right Right across across the the riverriver fromfrom UT UT
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McCarthy also touched on the student concerns over meal plan issues, explaining that certain food items might not be included in a meal exchange due to the increasing food prices, and they hope to make some cost effective changes. “Usually when it’s something like that, students have to give something up to get something. If we can get the consensus on what they do like, and something that they don’t use we’ll be able to move forward with making changes,” McCarthy said. Overall, both McCarthy and Keeppanasseril are looking forward to the year ahead, and hoping there peers feel the same. “We want the rest of the student body to know that we’re here to reach out and talk to them. They can feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to e-mail any suggestions,” McCarthy said. The campus-wide senators for 2010-2011 are Yuddhistra Sharma, Ricki Goldsmith, Garret Hetrick, Matt Thomas, Shannon Romine and Christine Merry. Senior Senators are Kristen Anderson and Devon Byrne. Jasson Hepperly was elected junior senator. Mckay Ellis was elected sophomore senator.
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First-time Filers: Tips on Submitting Federal Tax Returns CHARLIE HAMBOS Editor-in-Chief
Tax day on April 15 is rapidly approaching and many students in college have never filled out their federal tax return form. The Internal Revenue Service is offering the new Free File software to help ease the process for first time filers. The Free File service is a free way for everyone to prepare and submit their federal tax return form electronically. Twenty different software options are available for new taxpayers at www.irs. gove/freefile. The software asks the users questions and based on the answers fills out a tax form. There are two different filing formats online which are free for anyone to use and file their taxes electronically. There is the Traditional Free File, which is the software suggested for first time users and the Free File Fillable Forms, which is the electronic version of IRS paper form with simple math capability. There's a new how-to video available at www.freefile.irs.gov.
Things to Consider When Filing Taxes
-Check with your parents: If you are under age 24, your parents may still claim you as a dependent if they provide more than half of your support. Your parents can claim you as a dependent or you can claim yourself, but not both. So, talk over your taxes before you start.
-Grants, scholarships and fellowships: Amounts spent on room and board may be taxable while the money spent for tuition, books and fees may be exempt. ROTC allowances are not taxable, but ROTC active duty payments are taxable. See Tax Information For Students.
-File a return: If you had federal taxes withheld from your paycheck in 2009, you should file a tax return – even if you are not required. There's a good chance you could get a refund.
-Expanded education credits: The new American Opportunity Credit provides a maximum $2,500 credit for tuition, books and fees.
-Use Direct Deposit: When you combine direct deposit with e-file you can get your refund in as few as 10 days. -Gather records: Employees will receive a Form W-2, a statement for your income and taxes withheld. You still must report all your income, including tips. Remember, all income is taxable unless exempted by Congress. By the way, good record keeping throughout the year makes this whole tax preparation process a lot easier. See Taxable Income For Students.
-Heads up: If your parents claim you as a dependent, they get to take the credit. Otherwise, you get to take the credit in most cases. For details, see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education. Only the person who made the tuition expenditure can claim this credit. So, if your parents are footing your bill, they get to claim the credit. -Recovery Tax Credits: In addition to education credits, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided new benefits for homebuyers, energy upgrades, new vehicle
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owners and workers through the Making Work Pay Tax Credit. See www.irs.gov/ recovery for more details. -Earned Income Tax Credit: If you're 25 or older, you may be eligible even if you have no children. See www. irs.gov/eitc for details. -Save a little; spend a little: Another new provision this year lets you also use your refund to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds.
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year the students chose to look into Human Trafficking. "UT students will be encouraged to think globally and act locally," Rey said. Megan Smith said that the project began as the usual class requirement but after some research the students became interested in the topic. "Many people think of it as an international problem, but the truth is that it happens in the United States pretty often, including Florida,” Smith said. The event will also help workers specifically in the Clearwater/Tampa area. “Here in the Tampa area, migrant workers are sometimes exploited by being made to work long hours at little pay," Rey said. "The students are engaged in a petition
drive seeking to improve the working conditions and pay of these individuals." By attending the event you could help change the conditions many Tampa workers have to deal with. Right now there is only one shelter in the U.S. that is designed to meet the needs of trafficked victims. The rally will include speakers from the community who will share information about the efforts to combat human trafficking in the Tampa/Clearwater area. Students will also read personal accounts of victims of human trafficking. The rally is going to be filled with fun and entertaining events such as tie-dying Tshirts and the chance to win gifts from local businesses. There will be food and music.
The students in the Introduction to Peace Studies class get together for a Stop Human Trafficking Event.
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UT Stand which is the student-led division of the Genocide Intervention Network, hosted Philip L. Gans on Monday, April 5 in the Plant Hall Music Room. Gans survived the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland during the Holocaust. He spoke about his experiences there and how he feels now. Hate is a strong word but for Gans he thinks it should be erased from the dictionary. Clothed in his original prison camp clothing Gans, sold bracelets that said
“Erase the Hate.” Bringing a Holocaust survivor on campus is the core of UT Stand’s mission which is “to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. Any student who went to the event had the rare opportunity to see a holocaust survivor and one that they should never forget. “Ten to 15 years from now, there will be no survivors left,” Gans said. “You are all witnesses to a witness.”
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Aries (March 21-April 19) Adjust your focus to include group activities you really care about. Evaluate your role and choose your path. Taurus (April 20-May 20) When discussing matters with the group, choose your battles carefully. You want to appear independent, but no need to go crazy. Take the middle road. Gemini (May 21-June 21) Concentrated effort pays off. Although ideas expand to fill available space, you benefit from aligning heart and mind to pursue a single objective.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) From among the myriad tasks at work, choose one that appeals to your soul. Once thatâ€™s complete, choose another that suits your sense of priorities. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Leave work at work. When you come home, expand your perspective to include delicious food, and a movie or music. Take someone else along. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Tiny details appear, and you want to make everything fit. Something resists being squashed into place, so a slight shift is in order.
Cancer (June 22-July 22) The object of your attention is far away, but donâ€™t lose focus. Put headphones on, or do whatever works to eliminate distraction. Itâ€™s important.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You discover a single tree that represents perfect harmony and balance. Too bad you canâ€™t take it home. Use it as a symbol of how to integrate heart and mind.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Itâ€™s time for you spend quality time with your significant other. This works creative magic. Feast at an exotic locale and take in a foreign film.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) It would be easy to spend all the available cash. Instead, take extra time to consider each purchase. Can you wait until next month?
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Narrow the scope of partnership activities to focus on independent or impulsive activities. Doesnâ€™t sound practical? This is no time for logic.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Shut most of the world out to attend to deeply personal matters today. Aligning your desires with circumstances could be thorny. Use every sense to devise solutions.
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THE MINARET | APRIL 9 2010
Lost Loses Intrigue Midway Through Its Final Season It is thrilling, it is mysterious, it is one of a kind and now it’s starting to annoy me. By DANIEL FEINGOLD
Arts + Entertainment Columnist
The hit television series Lost is midway through its sixth, and thankfully, final season on ABC after its premiere back in 2004. I won’t pretend like I hate or even dislike this show. I have been a loyal viewer of Lost since its first season and remain a dedicated fan, with the exception of a two week hiatus I took in an attempt to ween myself off the show. I ended up caving in miserably but let’s not focus on that part. There is no denying that Lost still has a great cast of characters and an original concept. However, with such high expectations and borderline hysteria from fans entering the final season, I feel sorely disappointed. Not only have the writers seemingly fallen terribly short on their promises to “answer questions,” but I also feel I’ve been taken advantage of. Weekly viewers should know the routine by now. When a question is answered, five more are created simultaneously. Naively, I thought that this season would be different, but no. Now midway through the final sixth season and still the same old story continues with only a few questions actually answered. I mean, having an already countless number of characters amidst a overly complicated plot line, is it really necessary for the writers to introduce a whole new cast of characters when the original gang finds them at the temple? And before I even knew who these “others” were or what their motivation was, they’re killed off by John Locke, or the smoke monster or whoever he is now. Even the revelation that the smoke
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monster was John Locke really doesn’t explain much. I also really don’t know at what time the secondary plotline takes place. While the Oceanic survivors are still clearly on the island, last year’s attempt at erasing everything that happened apparently worked, according to the nowdeceased Juliet. Taking that into consideration, season six’s “flashbacks” are most likely either a parallel universe that is happening in conjunction with the events on the island or a “what-if” scenario that exsists had the plane never crashed. Bottom line, these two possibilities don’t narrow much of anything down and I still have no idea what is going on. But what really upsets me, the reason why I feel taken advantage of, is the blatant disregard for continuity this season. Obviously, I try my best to ignore most of the continuity errors since they usually get patched up later in the story, but this season has unnerved me a little too much.
- Don’t forget to register for your classes next semester! - Do a bit of spring cleaning in your dorm room. - Attend the The Complete Financial Management Workshop on April 12 or 13 at the Palm Harbor Community Center at 6:30 p.m. - Experience UT Arts Nexus at Tampa Museum of Art at TMA on April 15 beginning at 8:30 p.m. - Check out Christopher Buckley for Writers at the University on April 15 at 8 p.m. in the R.K. Bailey Art Studios. - Become a fan of The Minaret on Facebook. - Apply for that summer internship.
The aforementioned new group of characters was one thing, but Hurley and Jack finding the massive, towering lighthouse is a little rediculous. How could it take the cast six seasons to find a huge lighthouse on the island? Jack essentially asked Hurley the same question, only to receive an answer along the lines of, “I guess we were never looking for it.” Really, writers? Is that the best you can think of? I guess it’s okay to just add new infrastructure into the plot as long as you explain it with a metaphorical answer that doesn’t really make much sense. Like I said before, I don’t hate the show; this season has just completely annoyed me. I suppose I wasn’t entirely ignorant to expect all of the questions to be answered, but it would have been nice to see some kind of ending in sight. I wouldn’t be surprised if the big twist at the season finale is that Lost
isn’t actually over and it’s returning for a seventh season. That would be funny, wouldn’t it? What I truthfully expect is basically what I’ve experienced in the past - an ambiguous finale. While I believe Lost will always be an epic and unforgettable show, it has run its course. One-liners once chilling in previous seasons now seem to sound rediculous and cliché. Additionally, cliff hangers and surprises that use to make me anxious now just make my eyes roll. I’m not going to lie. I find myself just as anxious for the final season to end as I did waiting for the next season to begin. So au revoir, Lost. We hardly understood you. Lost airs every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. on ABC. Daniel Feingold can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 APRIL 9 2010 | THE MINARET
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Tampa Museum of Art Teams Up with UT for Arts Nexus By MANDY ERFOURTH
Arts + Entertainment Coulmnist
University of Tampa students, faculty and alumni are coming together to present their work at The Tampa Museum of Art. On Thursday, April 15, the TMA and UT will be hosting Arts Nexus, a free event from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m outside the museum by the Hillsborough River. Anyone can come and marvel at the different exhibits that will be there. UT students will be presenting their films, music, performances and dance pieces at the event. There will also be live UT DJs, VJs and composers performing as well. UT Faculty will also be presenting their work at the event including communications professor Dana Plays. She will be premiering Demolition that features the old Tampa Art Museum being demolished. Bradford Blackburn, assistant professor of music, is a composer whose work includes exploring sonorization of movement and image. Susan Taylor Lennon, professor of dance, is a choreographer. They will also be participating in the event. This will be the first of many events that UT will do with TMA. Heading this effort is Haig Mardirosian, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and Todd Smith, executive director of the TMA. According to Lennon, Jeff Gibbons, an art student, will be leading a parade from R.K. Bailey Art Studio to TMA. Greg Cocchiaro is also involved in this. Some of the dance students include
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Patrick Justin and Taylor Bardwell. There are also some alumni involved, including Jenn Rosoff and LaBrisha Scott. TMA is located near campus at 120 Gasparilla Plaza in the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. It will be a fun night for students, family and community members. This is a great opportunity to support your fellow students and join in with the community. It doesn’t matter what kind of art you like, there will be something for everyone at this event. Mandy Erfourth can be reached at email@example.com.
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Your guide to the upcoming flicks hitting theatres this weekend.
“Date Night” Rated: PG-13 Time: 88 minutes Genre: Action/Adventure When a married couple attempts to enjoy a night out, their plans get turned way upside down.
“After.Life” Rated: R Time: 97 minutes Genre: Drama Before her funeral, one woman wakes up in her coffin alive, questioning if she’s dead or among the living.
“La Mission” Rated: R Time: 117 minutes Genre: Drama When a recovering alcoholic tries to live his life as without violence he shows a side of himself no one has seen before.
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THE MINARET | APRIL 9 2010
UTʼs Film Program: From Telecommunications to Cannes By JP BUSCHE
Arts + Entertainment Contributor
The year was 1987. A seasoned professor, researcher and filmmaker named Timothy Kennedy decided it was time for a change and arrived at The University of Tampa, where he founded a program called “telecommunications.” As the years went by, the program grew larger and larger from what was once remotely close to a film school. Over the course of 23 years, significant changes were made. Additional equipment was bought, new faculty were hired, more classes were created and soon students began spotting fellow peers running around campus with camera equipment. Though running around campus with a camera may have quickly grown old, UT film students continued to expand their horizons. In 2010, the film program continues moving forward with increased admission with some students taking their projects further than Reeves Theatre. At this time of year, film festivals take place all over the country and quite a few of them in the greater Tampa Bay area. Among the films in local festivals are also a number of student films. Prime of Your Life was produced by senior Michael Long and assistant professor of communication Tom Garrett. The movie is scheduled to screen at this year’s Sarasota Film Festival from April 9 to April 18. An industry veteran of over 25 years, Garrett has observed some of the
transformation of the department since he joined UT in 2007. “Over the past several years, our department has built huge community and industry bridges regionally, domestically and overall internationally,” Garrett said. “We have gained the respect from the community and industry alike. This is the result of the hard work of our department, knowledgeable faculty in cross over disciplines and most importantly our students taking the lead.” But Long and Garrett arenʼt the only two filmmakers from UT being featured in Sarasota. Gregg Perkins, assistant professor of communication, is also participating at the prestigious festival. Perkins directed Canon Falls, a 26minute documentary about a midwestern family whose narrative is told primarily through images and music. Around the same time in St. Petersburg, Sunscreen film festival, named one of the top 25 film festivals in the country by Filmmaker Magazine, will take place from April 14 to April 18. The movies screening at Sunscreen include four productions by UT students. Among them are senior Josh Longʼs The Source, ‘09 alumni Lamar Edwardʼs Hayden, Michael Longʼs Omie Wise and Prime of Your Life. In addition, the first three movies will also be screened at the Sarasota Fringe Film Festival, which takes place April 7 to April 11. During the same period, film aficionados will also be served right in Tampa at the Ybor Festival of the Moving Image. The festival will be screening three
A beautiful portrait of a recording session among a family of musicians in Cannon Falls, MN.
UT productions, Prom Date and Love me Dead by junior, Fawn Testa and Joshua Longʼs The Source. Just like he did in the last two years, Garrett is taking a number of students to Cannes, the worldʼs largest film festival and film market. Not only will those students get an idea about how the most prestigious film festival works, but some attendants will also have their movies screened in the short film corner. Garrett, a firm believer in exposure, emphasizes the importance of taking his students to Cannes. “Practice without theory is empty. Theory without practice, is blind. Whether itʼs a “film” or a “movie,” the theory feeds the practice.” Garrett said about his decision to continously take students to France. The communication department also
The Stylist - How to Dress Like a Celeb By DANIELLA FUSARI
Arts + Entertainment Fashion Reviewer
Celebrities are known for their outrageous fashions, but sometimes we can take a cue from them on what to wear.Here are four trends that they pull off, that you can too now. 1. Colored Blazer: A well-structured blazer always pulls an outfit together. Whether you pair it with a dress or jeans and a t-shirt, this classy jacket will always look good. Update the traditional black blazer by adding some color to your outfit. Colored blazers are a fun way to switch up the traditional look. Forever 21 has a floral bloom linen blazer ($26.90), or Bloomingdale’s aqua chambray boyfriend blazer (88.00), Vince rustic linen blazer ($395), and French Connection patrol cotton blazer ($198) in Teal. 2. Floppy Beach Hat: Vanessa Hudgens was recently spotted sporting a floppy beach hat with a simple button-down dress and Grecian sandals. The floppy hat is indeed a big risk to take and seems to be one of those trends that can only pass on celebrities, but I can guarantee this will look darling with an outfit like Vanessa’s. Try Nordstrom’s Roxy sand box sun hat ($28) or Urban Outfitters has one with less of a flop, “staring at stars short brimmed hat” ($28). 3. Cut Out Dresses: Every celebrity is spotted in a formfitting cut out dress. They are recreating the Little Black Dress and daring to take a chance in different cuts and styles. In order to stay away from looking too exposed in these types of dresses, try something in a different style or with balanced cutouts in the front or back. For instance, Urban Outfitters has the urban renewal linen cutout bandeau dress,
which is a simple beautiful sundress with skin exposure in the front. Or the Silence and Noise lattice dress which has a criss-crossed backing but a covered-up front. If you choose the style correctly, you will look stylish instead of slutty. 4. Ray Bans Wayfarer: Although Ray Bans are not a new trend (in fact the style brings you back to the 80’s), but these glasses are more popular than ever. I see a lot of celebrities and even students around campus wearing these sunglasses, although I do know quite a few people who are afraid to take a chance on these classic shields (I know I am!). These sunglasses look good on almost anyone though, so don’t be afraid to wear them. The original style by Ray Ban goes for $145. You can find other options in the same style from places like Urban Outfitters for a mere $15. Daniella Fusari can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
works strongly with the community by cohosting events and involving students in local productions and festivals. In addition to film festivals showing work from the UT community, the newly built Tampa Museum of Art exhibits two installation: Demolition by Dana Plays, professor of communication, and Experimental by media production coordinator David Stokes Piercy. A further important event coming up is the second Black Box Film Festival, which once again will take place in mid September. UT and the community will continue to look forward to the films and projects that the students and faculty create, as well as look forward to the ways the Communication Department will continue to grow. JP Busche can be reached at jbusche@ ut.edu.
“ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FANS OF EVERY GENDER AND GENERATION WILL IDENTIFY WITH THIS.” –A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“THIS IS AN ANTHEM TO THOSE YOUNG WOMEN WHO WOULDN’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER.” –Thelma Adams, US WEEKLY
“STEWART AND FANNING HAVE NEVER BEEN STRONGER.” –Michael Phillips, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“‘THE RUNAWAYS’ GETS EVERYTHING RIGHT.” –Mick LaSalle, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“I LOVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL AND THIS MOVIE!” –Jan Wahl, KCBS AM/FM, SAN FRANCISCO
“SEE IT!” –A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips, AT THE MOVIES
Above: While a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglass might set you back $145, a similar style from Urban Outfitters will achieve the same look for around $15. Not bad, huh? Left: A navy blazer like this one from Mango is a great alternative to layer your dresses and skirts.
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10 APRIL 9 2010 | THE MINARET
Make-up: Beauty in a Bottle or Concealer of Self?
By PHILIPPA HATENDI Columnist
So, let’s talk about make-up. Yup, the M.A.C foundations on your dresser top, the eye-liner, the blush, the rouge: these are the weapons in our artillery. These are the things that make women’s beauty take that further step; these things turn us into goddesses! Or are they? Were you born with it, or is it really just Maybelline and Photoshop? There is battle here, subliminal in its warring tactics, and the opponents in the ring are natural and artificial beauty, of course. This is a society that is focused on eternal youth, beauty and desirability. Make-up is the source for all these things, our fountain of youth in a bottle. But what are we going to be when make-up can no longer hide the crows’ feet on our eyes? There are a lot of young women nowadays who won’t go outside their rooms without make-up on because they don’t consider themselves ‘dressed’ unless they’re wearing mascara and some concealer. Young women these days feel it’s necessary to match up to a certain standard of synthetic, outer beauty in order to be valued…not only by themselves but by others. When we put on make-up we are in effect putting on another face on top of our own face, and this face we put on for the world is the one that fits the beauty standards we set for ourselves and people around us. Not only that, but we women are saying
we prefer for people to value our fake beauty, rather than value our natural beauty. It’s in the words themselves, mascara (to mask), concealer (to conceal) whatever it is that we feel would make us less beautiful in the eyes of the world. Why is it that we feel we cannot deal with the world around us if we are just our natural selves? Make-up in itself is not wicked; it’s the meanings we attach to it that are bad. I believe that societies all over the world have raised outer beauty to standards that are so ridiculous that women these days can no longer be considered ‘beautiful’ just as we are. If you feel like you rely on make-up to make you beautiful, you’re fooling yourself. It’s a world of painted women, and all the ‘gorgeous’ women we see with their artificial faces are manufactured dolls, far from natural, realistic beauty. Do you want to continue to be one of those women? The purpose of make-up was to enhance the beauty you already had, not to create beauty from nothing. The belief that make up does that is a form of self-denial. The Geisha women of Japan used to paint their faces when they performed, and when they would go out in public. The difference between the modern woman and a Geisha is that Geisha were not shy of their natural beauty; their painted faces were purely for ceremony. They did not feel less attractive or less worthy as women if they were not wearing their white facial paint, yet we do. So many girls say they dread having their partners see them in the morning when their hair is all messy, and their make-up is no longer perfect because they fear that he will no longer think that they are ‘beautiful’ or ‘sexy’. But what sort of relationship do you
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hope to have with a man if he is never allowed to know your true self, the real face of the woman that he’s waking up next to? What sort of relationship do you hope to have with yourself if you can’t even look at yourself in the mirror and be proud of your own natural beauty? All women are gorgeous, naturally beautiful. Why? Cause we’re women, and we rock
obviously! Take your artificial face off for the day and let the people in your life know your real face, not just your girlfriends or your mum, but everyone! You would be astonished to find out who the people are who love you for you, regardless of the face you’re wearing. Don’t deny them the chance to get to really know you, and don’t deny yourself the chance to get to embrace yourself.
There is more to your beauty than blush, mascara and concealer. And it’s not Maybelline. Makeup can never compare to the true beauty you were born with. Find out what your natural beauty means to you, and honor it. Philippa Hatendi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sexuality: More Complex Than Gay or Straight each day. Sexual orientation develops several nicknames with the passing of time. Straight, bisexual and gay are sort of the founding fathers of sexuality. Now it seems that spaces in between are squeezing throughout By NARISA IMPRASERT from being curious, bi-curious, open Columnist and “straying.” They say sexuality is fluid, but An attempt to label and define what does that really mean? Over the every aspect of your life is not healthy, years I’ve met varying levels of gay that even for the obsessive compulsive. If it still puzzle my idea of sexuality. helps you sleep at night, by all means, The Kinsey Scale offers a general try to label yourself. But in the end, attempt at placing a number on your self-evaluation based on experience sexuality, but can that be accurate? leads to even more confusion. The idea of someone assigning you a Overall, consistencies do not exist number from zero to six in terms of within a lifetime when it comes to heterosexuality and homosexuality is sexuality. Flings, acts of confusion, too easy, and somewhat offending. curiosities and fantasies enter even the Regardless of encyclopedias, “straightest” of minds. This scale acts dictionaries and any form of technical to disclose behaviors and thoughts in designations, things are not always between each “level” of sexuality that black or white. This idea of normalcy includes dreams, fantasies and common is indefinable. curiosities. Alfred Kinsey was the initial But is there such a thing as scientist that examined the realm of completely homosexual or completely “sexology.” He studied the controversial heterosexual? The sad truth is sexuality ideas of sex and sexual behavior and leaning towards the same gender is created the Kinsey Scale in attempts to still considered taboo and homophobic gauge human sexuality through a series ideals still exist within traditional of survey-like tests. values. Such a classification system for Societal pressures handicap the gauging sexual orientation encourages furthering of sexual desires. It is after labels, which should only be glued all the twenty-first century and the fact to soup cans. Ultimately, there are that some still can’t get married in the different degrees of sexuality and sitting church is disappointing. Acknowledging on the fence appears more common feelings that seem foreign or even
wrong are too often kept buried deep in the closet. What some refuse to understand is that sexuality, regardless of gender, is more about understanding one’s love and desires as opposed to fulfilling social norms. Fears of being disowned, losing respect and disappointing those you love coincide with “coming out.” Love not being enough to accept your self is pure madness. Establishing ones sexual behavior is not the end of the world. A couple should be able to walk together holding hands without prejudice judgments. Unfortunately, there is an undeniable double standard within gender sexuality. To many, it is “disgusting” for a man-on-man relationship but “hot” for a woman-on-woman relationship. And to tell a love interest of the opposite sex that you in fact prefer someone of the same sex tends to bruise their ego. However, kissing girls is neither a hobby nor sport. Indeed, some girls do so to get attention, but for the remaining females smooching females, it is anything but unnatural. The Kinsey scale is often mistaken for some form of test, but in reality it is merely a general scale assisting humanity in exploring their sexual desires. Whether a man or woman turns you on, love is love, and lust is lust. Narisa Imprasert can be reached at email@example.com.
THE MINARET | APRIL 9 2010
Celebrate Anniversaries With Emotion Not Money By HEATHER GROMLEY Love Columnist
Relationships are usually celebrated through anniversaries and gifts. How many celebrated anniversaries are too many and slightly obsessive? I was one of those people who celebrated or acknowledged the first month, six month and one year anniversary. I’m sorry people, but celebrating every month is a little too much for me to handle. I think acknowledging it with a, “Wow! We’ve been dating three months already, time sure flies when you’re happy,” is completely legit. Forcing someone to take you out every month to celebrate another anniversary or expecting a gift is a bit ridiculous. I have a friend who is about to celebrate a one year anniversary and I’m really excited for him and his girlfriend. But he’s been pressed with the issue of finding her an appropriate gift. He is right now between a ring or bracelet. My vote is for the bracelet. The thing with gifts is how they come across. You never want to give a ring-sized box and have someone think they’re going to be
getting a promise or engagement ring, only to open it and find a pair of earrings. Or on the other hand be ready to propose and have the other person hoping that earrings will be in that box. If you know that your girl isn’t looking, wanting or asking for a ring anytime soon then you should be clear. But if your girl is a hopeless romantic ready for that sign of commitment, be wary of the size of box you give her. A bracelet I think in the case of my friend is a good gift for a one year anniversary. It’s a piece of jewelry that will be special to her but she can add more Pandora charms to it if things don’t bode well for their relationship. Just be careful with cliché symbols like hearts. I have a tiffany heart-shaped gold ring that my ex gave me for Christmas. It’s a beautiful ring and definitely was not cheap, but considering we’re not together, I don’t plan to sport that thing on my finger anytime soon. Also stay away from personalized things. My ex will always see “Merry Christmas, Love Heather” on his ipod. Though a bit comical, at the same time it has to be a bit awkward for him and his new girlfriend. Be careful of really expensive items as well. I wouldn’t shell out a lot of money unless you know it’s a committed relationship. Now what are appropriate gifts and things to give for anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, etc. By no means do I want you
to stay away from jewelry. I loved getting jewelry and I think it can be really special, just be wary about what kinds you get. I am all for tickets to things. Many say events are more memorable and make better gifts. With this being said, guys you may have to suck it up and buy those tickets to that thing she loves (musicals, art openings, chick flicks, etc). I hope all of you have seen the Old Spice commercials where the man played by Isaiah Mustafa, is teaching men how to smell as good as him. In it he has an oyster filled with tickets that then change to diamonds. It’s a great commercial, if you haven’t seen it check it out online. Anyways, besides that plug for Old Spice, memorable gifts such as tickets are usually well received. Even more so when a girl knows their guy is giving up a Saturday night out with the guys and a keg to see Swan Lake. Other good gifts are practical things that will be used often. I know stuffed animals are a classic gift, but in a year from now, scratch that a week from now, what is that stuffed puppy dog doing, sitting in a corner collecting dust. A practical gift would be a CD, DVD or book they’ve really been wanting. They will use it and keep it. Clothes are sometimes good, yet can seem impersonal depending on the situation. I wouldn’t recommend buying new socks for your one month anniversary.
The last Italian cardinal to hold both posts simultaneously was Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII. On Friday, The New York Times reported that, as archbishop of Munich, Ratzinger presided over a meeting that approved the return to parish work of an admitted pedophile, who went on to molest more children. A memo from that period also seems to show that the cardinal was “kept informed about the priest’s assignment.” The Holy See’s reaction to both stories has been swift. An unsigned editorial last week in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano attacked The New York Times by name, accusing the paper of willfully ignoring the “truth” of Ratzinger/Benedict’s record and of attempting “to instrumentalize, without any foundation in fact, horrible episodes and sorrowful events uncovered in some cases from decades ago.” The media, it continued, showed a “despicable intent of attacking, at whatever cost, Benedict XVI and his closest collaborators.” Earlier in the week, New
York’s archbishop, Timothy Dolan, used his blog to dismiss The New York Times’ reports and defend the pontiff’s record by arguing that authorities outside the church also are culpable. Stories about sexual abuse by priests were “fair” if “unending,” he wrote. But he condemned the media for portraying child sexual abuse “as a tragedy unique to the church alone. That, of course, is malarkey.” Sadly, this latest everybodyis-responsible-so-nobody-is-toblame defense is of a piece with a little-noticed section of Benedict’s letter to the Irish church in which he seemed to blame the crisis, in part, on “new and serious challenges to the faith arising from the rapid transformation and secularization of Irish society.” So what happens now? In all likelihood, nothing. Even if further revelations show that Benedict was malfeasantly negligent as a cardinal, there is no canonical mechanism that could force him to step down. The last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415, and he acted to heal a schism that had produced three claimants
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Obsessive anniversaries can end up constricting love.
If someone has a hobby of knitting, collecting snow globes, scrapbooking, etc. things that they can contribute to that is also good and are usually welcomed gifts. I personally am a purse fanatic and that would be something I would find to be a fabulous gift, but most likely for a bigger holiday or birthday. I wouldn’t expect that on the third Tuesday of our second month together anniversary. Guys, in the end, girls just want to feel loved and appreciated. I know I would take a homemade card or a cooked meal over a
store bought item. And sometimes simple is the best, dedicate a song, print out all the funny pictures of the two of you and frame them, write down your inside jokes or reasons why you like the other person. In the end materialistic things only go so far. So happy (insert month, number, day) anniversary and I hope you celebrate the best way for the two of you.
to the Throne of Peter. What now seems likely is that the pontiff, who turns 83 next month, will spend the rest of his papacy dealing with the fallout of an ever-widening scandal. His situation will be precisely the one over which he assailed the Irish bishops in his recent letter: “It cannot be denied that some of you and your predecessors failed, at times grievously, to apply the long-established norms
of canon law to the crime of child abuse. ... I recognize how difficult it was to grasp the extent and complexity of the problem, to obtain reliable information and to make the right decisions in the light of conflicting expert advice. Nevertheless, it must be admitted that grave errors of judgment were made and failures of leadership occurred. All this has seriously undermined your credibility and effectiveness.”
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Pope Benedict XVI Faces the Media in Recent Scandal By TIM RUTTEN
Los Angeles Times Writer, MCT
This has been a tough Lent for the Roman Catholic Church. Its seemingly endless sexual abuse scandal finally has seeped into the papal apartments, and the Vatican’s response to this week’s revelations suggests that far too little has been learned from this squalid affair. Until now, Pope Benedict XVI had seemed to be taking a far more forthright approach to the problem than his predecessor, John Paul II, most recently in a blistering “pastoral letter” to the entire Irish church. Last week, however, The New York Times published a pair of stories suggesting that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — the future Pope Benedict — participated in precisely the sort of secrecy and administrative negligence that has been at the root of this scandal. Documents produced over the church’s objections in an American lawsuit show that the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which Ratzinger headed from 1981 to 2005, declined to defrock Father Lawrence C. Murphy, even though he molested at least 200 boys at a Wisconsin school for the deaf. In 1996, then-Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland twice wrote directly to Ratzinger requesting a trial aimed at defrocking Murphy, whose crimes were known to three successive Milwaukee prelates. Ultimately, Ratzinger ’s deputy, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, authorized a trial, then halted it after Murphy — by then aging and in ill health — wrote to Ratzinger appealing for leniency. As pope, Benedict has appointed Bertone to the Vatican’s two highest offices, secretary of State and Camerlengo.
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12 APRIL 9 2010 | THE MINARET
Editorial: UT Students Need to Stand up for their Beliefs
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Students across the world during all times of history have been known to fight for something and to cause positive change in society. Students at The University of Tampa over the last couple of years have been pretty quiet. They lack something to fight for or something that they are passionate about other than the lowering of alcohol sanctions for social hosting and even then the voice was not heard. Maybe at UT, the voices of those who fight for something fall on deaf ears. Students used to protest about everything. It was the students in Greece that protested in 2008 despite the influence of illegal immigrants. It was the students that were innocently gunned down in Tiannamen Square in China. They fought and died for something they had passion for in their life. Here at UT, it seems that the passion is alcohol and evening
plans. As students waste their nights away sometimes intoxicated to the point of no return, people their own age thousands of miles away are faced with a real and dangerous threat that students in the U.S. can only see in the movies and even then it doesn’t seem real to them. People our age are dying because they do not have clean water or food to eat. Here we are at an institution of higher learning. We are the future of the world and we spend too much of our time thinking about what our plans are for the evening or how much alcohol we can drink. We are the leaders of the next generation and we need to move in and take the necessary steps in the right direction to use the knowledge that we obtain and put it to good use. It is refreshing to see the increase of groups like UT Stand and Project Earth. They are taking the initiative to do something good and right
at a time when they should. UT Stand has held a Holocaust Survivor as well as Carl Wilkens who was the only American who chose to stay in Rwanda after the genocide began. Project Earth is looking to get freshwater to everyone everywhere. Tri Beta Biological Honors Society and Student Productions showed The Cove, a documentary about the mass killing of dolphins. In this issue we also highlighted, the Introduction to Peace Studies that is hosting a rally to promote the awareness of human trafficking. These are glimpses of hope and luckily there have been more glimpses of hope this semester than there has been in the past. These events and other like these need to have great attendance and everyone should have the yearning to understand and comprehend the problems the world is facing and then they should do something about it.
Chatroulette.com Is Like Russian Roulette for the Eyes
By JOHN JACOBS Columnist
The most popular new online trend over the last few months by far has been the notorious “Chatroulette.com.” If you don’t know what Chatroulette.com is, it’s a website which randomly pairs you with someone else to video chat. It gives you the ability to disconnect and be randomly paired again whenever you want. However, the only part of the website which truly gives it a sense of roulette is that the longer you “play” the worse it’ll turn out at the end. Chatroulette.com brings out the shallowest and meanest sides of people, where everyone basically judges the other person in a split second of their image popping up in the chat window and deciding whether or not they’re “worthy of their time or not.” You can literally run through ten partners in a quick five seconds before stopping on somebody you see fit to talk to. To give you an idea of what an experience on Chatroullete.com is like, the easiest way is to just
to play out an example of what a normal (emphasis on normal) time would be like spending a few minutes on the website where the ellipsis will represent disconnecting and being paired up again. Ok, let’s get started! Guy laying in bed…guy masturbating (gross)…blank wall…group of guys laughing… different guy masturbating…girl with a mask on?...bald guy drinking a handle of Jim Beam…is that a snake? Never mind, it’s a close up of a guys penis…mirror image of myself? Now someone’s drawing a dick over my face… two Asian guys speaking Japanese and laughing at me… guy masturbating… group of hot girls? ‘Wait don’t leave! Damn it.’… looped video of porn… still image of a dragon, (weird)…two guys masturbating… another guy masturbating (damn, two in a row. One more and you’re on fire.)… 45-yearold man wearing a ‘F*** you’ tshirt…guy getting ready to masturbate…NFL highlights? (Video then cuts away to a live feed of a man masturbating)… guy finishing masturbating the second the video pops up (what’re the odds?)… Normal looking girl in a dorm room setting which looks much like yours. You end up talking to her for 45 minutes about how ridiculous chatroulette.com is, why anybody visits this website anyway. You bond over your traumatic experi-
ence with how many men masturbating you’ve seen so far and become good friends after that. You finally realize you’ve been on chatroulette.com for the last two hours and figure you’ll end it on a good note.” Chatroulette.com is certainly a place where you can meet a variety of different and strange people, and by that I mean different and strange guys masturbating. I’m truly not over exaggerating the amount of guys masturbating which will show up on the website, and because there’s no real way to regulate who uses the site, it’s a major turn off for trying Chatroulette.com at all. It truly gets sad when you’ll be on the website for a few minutes and after seeing twenty guys masturbating, you’ll start to actually recognize a few of the same guys masturbating. That just feels so wrong on so many different levels. And with the issue of so many men masturbating on this website it brings up the question, what happens when two guys masturbating get paired up with one another? Would they disconnect from one another or is that what they’ve been looking for? Are some of these people just doing it for the shock effect they have on people and get grossed out themselves when they see someone else doing it? Maybe they critique one another and share their experiences so far.
Even in cyberspace, one can’t escape creepers.
“Great form bro! And good lighting and balance as well, has a strong sense of ‘mise-en scene’ in the shot.” “Thanks, well I have been on here for the last four hours doing this, so you get pretty good at it real fast!” Chatroulette.com truly has potential to be a great website, but it’s sad that it’s been tainted (pun) since day one with the abundance of male nudity in every other pairing. I would recommend trying chatroulette.com once just to see
for yourself what all the hype is about and know firsthand what the experience is like. Unless you can stomach watching the strangest people the internet could find masturbating on your screen in between anyone normal you could find, I wouldn’t say Chatroulette. com is a website you should regularly visit. Finally, I apologize for using the word “masturbate” in this article so many times, but it had to be done. John Jacobs can be reached at email@example.com.
THE MINARET | APRIL 9 2010
Duke, Butler Deliver a Classic in NCAA Championship By GREG LOGAN
Newsday (MCT Campus)
If only you could go to freeze frame when the ball leaves Gordon Hayward’s hand at halfcourt with .7 of a second left and Duke leading Butler 61-59. You know, preserve that sense of high drama and anticipation about all that could happen when the ball was in the air and two teams that poured their souls into the national championship game now were just waiting to see how it all was going to come out. That was beautiful. That was the essence. That’s when storied Duke, with its venerated coach and roster of high school AllAmericans, and humble Butler, with its brainy, young coach and collection of AllAmerican competitors, all were equals sharing one of those rare moments sports gives us from time to time.But gravity prevailed again. The ball came down, deflected off the glass, hit the front of the rim and bounced into eternity, leaving Duke to celebrate its fourth NCAA championship and Butler to celebrate how hard it worked to make that moment possible. The most amazing thing to see when it ended was the giddy excitement of Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski, who won three previous NCAA titles and the last Olympic gold medal. He was practically pinching himself to see if it was real or imagined. “I still can’t believe we won,” Krzyzewski said nearly an hour after accepting the trophy. “The game was so good that anybody could have won.” Not that Duke was lucky. “We earned it,” he said. And he acknowledged that Butler and coach Brad Stevens earned all the recognition and admiration that came their way. Of the eight
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Gordon Hayward’s (20) last-second shot doesn’t fall during the NCAA championship game. Duke defeated Butler 61-59 to take the NCAA title.
title games he had taken part in, Krzyzewski said, “This was the toughest and the best one.” Some questioned the coaching great’s decision to have Brian Zoubek intentionally miss his second foul shot instead of trying to make it a three-point game with 3.6 seconds left. That way Hayward’s shot would have been for a tie, not the win. Krzyzewski said he thought it would be tough to make a halfcourt shot, adding, “What the hell, it worked. “I mean, this was a game where things
were not by the book necessarily. You had to do things instinctive because guys were fighting so hard.” Stevens said his team “caught lightning in a bottle” with the 25-game winning streak it brought into the game and the aura it generated around a school located six miles from Lucas Oil Stadium, an oversized version of Butler’s famed Hinkle Fieldhouse. This game gave the NCAA all the evidence it needs for why it should expand the tournament to 96 teams. Stevens said a mid-major team such as Siena of the Met-
ro Atlantic Athletic Conference shouldn’t have to win its conference tournament to get into the NCAA field after going 17-1 in conference play. “Teams like that should not have to play perfect,” Stevens said. “There are a lot of really good basketball teams in and out of the six power conferences.” That’s one reason Duke-Butler will resonate. The other is because it was such a great game with so many story lines and was played at such a high level, especially defensively.
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Woods Makes Headlines at 2010 Masters on By SAMUEL GERB Sports Blogger
The 2010 Master’s Tournament will be taking place this Thursday and there is only one headline for this event, Tiger Woods. There is almost nothing more exciting to me than watching major PGA tour events, but the controversy surrounding the tour’s top athlete makes the stakes so much more intriguing. I have rooted against Woods for as long as I can remember. The media has blown up just how good he really is, mostly talking about how clutch he is, but when it comes down to it he really isn’t. Just in case you didn’t know, which most people seem not to, Woods has never come back on the last day of a major to win. That alone is a proving statement that in fact, when it comes down to the stretch in majors, he just does not have the gusto to come from behind for the victory. When I watch a tournament or a major that Woods’ playing in, I will always root for the field. No matter who the player is, I will always root against Woods; maybe because I love when the underdogs win and I enjoy parody in sports. But now it is time for all golf fans to root against Woods with me. Plain and simple the man is an adulterer; and this was not just a one time act of indiscretion. At this very moment, there is no definitive number of how many woman Tiger cheated with. It seemed like almost everyday at one point and time, a new woman would come forward claiming to have had extramarital relations with Woods. Now when you first hear Tiger cheated, you think, oh hear we go again, another sports figure in some sort of sex scandal. But this is no ordinary sex scandal. Cheating just once is an awful action, but this was going on for who knows how long with countless amounts of women. Let me make it clear, Tiger Woods is a narcissist. He lacks a conscience and is so self-absorbed that he does not care about anyone but himself. Total baloney that he loves his wife Elin. If you love your wife you wouldn’t be telling women to take your number out of their phones so your wife doesn’t see them if she checks your phone for text messages from them. Honestly, who does that? I’ll tell you who, Tiger Woods the narcissist. I think what people really don’t realize is the extent of his cheating. So many women, but if you haven’t read the texts that have leaked all over the internet, then that is an absolute must do. I cannot write out what his texts said because they are just that graphic and inappropriate. They are just that ridiculous. Go look them up, it’s totally worth it.
And for God sake, stop the press conference. I really can’t listen to Woods spewing his nonsense anymore. He gets in front of that camera and addresses the world because he wants to feel in control and powerful like he did with all his extra women on the side. Again, the spotlight has to be on him at all times because of his overwhelming egotism. I don’t want to hear you apologize because I know that it’s not sincere. All I want to know is what happened the night your car crashed, but for some reason, you refuse to tell everyone. Everything else that you say is just irrelevant because we get it, you cheated a bunch of times. But what really boggles my mind the most is how people can possibly root for Tiger now. And what’s even more mind-boggling is that so called experts can actually call Woods the favorite to win. He hasn’t played competitive golf in months. I don’t care how good you think he is, but when someone hasn’t been playing against other players for an extended period of time, you can’t declare him the favorite. If you liked him before, he just isn’t that likeable now. Sure he still may arguably be the best golfer of all time, but he is just a terrible person off, not to mention on, the field. One of the first things that I can remember watching golf back in the day, were those Tiger Woods’ temper tantrums. He’s a baby out their on the links. He curses more than anybody, and who throws their clubs anymore? We should all call him Tiger Gilmore the way he plays on the course; sure he wins, but with unnecessary theatrics. Golf is supposed to be a game played by gentlemen and Woods should start acting like one. When The Masters starts on Thursday I will be glued to the television screaming every time Tiger comes on. I hope he performs miserably and misses the cut so I don’t have to hear about him while I’m trying to watch golf. But if somehow he wins, I will truly be distraught. All that we will hear about till Doug Mills/The New York Times the end of time is how “resilient” Tiger was Woods hits out of the sand trap on the 1st green during of the 87th PGA Championship. for overcoming this whole ordeal. Lose Tiger, please lose. Sam Gerb can be reached at sgerb@ ut.edu.
Tiger Woods’ Career Statistics Events Played Career 253 2009 17 2008 6 2007 16 2006 15
Cuts Made 238 16 6 16 14
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THE MINARET | APRIL 9 2010
Tampa Starter Shines While Taking Reigns on the Mound By RYAN BURKETT Sports Writer
Facing adversity, Heather Van Landingham has stepped up and led Tampa to an 1810 record. The senior pitcher for the Spartans has overcome the loss of fellow starter Deanna Henriott to post strong numbers for the Spartans this season. After a loss to Francis Marion University on March 18, Van Landingham rebounded to toss three consecutive complete game shutouts and a fourth straight complete game victory in which she only allowed one unearned run. Her efforts have recently been rewarded with back-to-back Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week honors. “She likes having the pressure on her,” UT Head Coach Leslie Kanter said. “I think she’s doing well.” Van Landingham attributes much of her success this season to the spins she gets on the ball. “The ball’s just been moving really well this year,” Van Landingham said. “It’s been my strongest point.” Van Landingham’s recent performances have dropped her earned run average to 1.54 while holding opponents to a .178 batting average. She holds a 10-5 record in 17 appearances this season, all of which have been starts. Five of her 15 complete games have been shutouts. It hasn’t all been easy for Van Landingham, however. Recently, she began regularly visiting the training room to work on her ailing knees. “It’s been rough,” Van Landingham said.
“Now I’m just working on getting stronger. I want to be able to throw the same way in the first inning as I do in the seventh inning.” Coach Kanter is well aware of the pain Van Landingham is dealing with. “She’s hanging on barely, physically,” Coach Kanter said. “Her knees are really hurting her.” Despite the physical setbacks, Van Landingham’s performances have played a key role in the team’s rise through the conference standings. The Spartans are currently 18-10 with a 9-3 conference record. They have won 10 of their last 12 games, and three in a row. “We’re doing better than people thought we would,” Van Landingham said. “We’ve picked it up a lot since the series against Nova Southeastern.” Agreeing with Van Landingham, Coach Kanter was also unsure how the team would Kara Wall/The Minaret rebound after losing many of the key playHeather Van Landingham stares in at sophomore catcher Becky Vzyas to get the sign. ers from last year. “I wasn’t sure how we would do after losing six starters from last year, but we’re doing better than I anticipated," said Coach Kanter. UT hopes to continue its hot streak this weekend when Rollins, currently the top ranked team in the Sunshine State Conference, visits. As usual, Van Landingham is expected to start two of the three games in the series. “I’m ready [and] I'm excited about it,” Van Landingham said. “It’s always been a big rivalry.” The series provides Van Landingham with another opportunity to do what she does best: pitch under pressure.
Van Landingham’s 2010 Pitching Statistics Win-Loss 10-5
UT Pushes for NCAA Championship [From Front]
“It’s different in a lot of ways,” Urso said.”That 2007 team, they were coming back from a championship [with] a lot of experienced players. What will remain to be seen is [how] these guys [respond] as we get later into the year.” The lone member of the current Spartan club that was a part of the 2007 National Championship run is outfielder Brett McKean. Just like Urso, McKean mainly sees differences in those two teams. “I think this team’s a lot deeper than that team,” McKean said. “I think that talentwise, we’re a lot deeper and the pitching is better as well.” McKean is also the only current team member who has been with the Spartans all four of his collegiate years. While a handful of players are homegrown, a majority of team members are transfer students from junior colleges, other Division II schools, or Division I programs. McKean credited Coach Urso’s emphasis on pride as the reason for a mix-matched team being so successful. “Pride is the main thing that we work on. [Coach Urso will] say it; that every time you put on this uniform, there’s so much tradition, so much pride, and I think it gets the guys fired up a little bit,” McKean said. “The main thing is pride. That’s what we have and that’s what we go by every single day.” Coach Urso feels that the returning Spartans do their part by teaching the transfers, as well as the underclassmen, the kind of winning mentality that UT is known for. “The guys that return, they show those new guys what Tampa baseball’s all about, and that’s what we’re seeing,” Urso said. “We’re seeing these new guys understand what it takes to win in this program.” While sophomore pitcher Max Kreuter thinks the Spartan winning streak is impressive, he believes the team is more focused on just taking the season on more of a daily basis. “Right now I think we’re pretty much
going game to game, just looking to win one at a time,” Kreuter said. Fellow Spartan pitcher Carmine Giardina had a similar opinion as Kreuter did on the new record. Giardina alluded to the win streak helping the team’s confidence level, but also noted that the team is more so focused on each individual game. “We really think of it as one game at a time,” Giardina said. “It doesn’t matter if we’ve won three in a row, [or] 22 in a row; you’re always looking at the next game like you wanna win.” As the season progresses and the NCAA South Regional approaches, Tampa finds themselves atop the Sunshine State Conference with 15 wins and no losses, which is another new record. The Spartans will battle Rollins, one of their conference foes, on Friday, Apr. 9 and Saturday, Apr. 10. With a 35-5 overall record and 23 straight wins, it is no wonder that anything less than another National Championship title would make for a disappointing end to the season. “If you go to Tampa and you look back, every year is a disappointment if you don’t win the National Championship,” McKean said.
Joe Urso’s Collegiate Coaching Record
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Totals
Team Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Nine Season
Record 49-10 36-20 45-18 41-16 40-18 54-6 53-10 42-11-1 40-17 400-126-1
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Heather Van Landingham delivers the pitch for Tampa against rival Saint Leo.
Baseball [35-5, 15-0] April 9 at Rollins [23-13, 7-5] 6 p.m. Coach Urso on Rollins: “They’ll have three really good [starting pitchers]. It’ll be a matter of just grinding out those early innings to get to their bullpen, where our offense can hopefully take over the game at that point.” Carmine Giardina on Rollins: “It’s definitely a big weekend for us right now. If we can win three more games there at Rollins, it will [definitely be] huge.” History: Tampa leads the all-time series 86-25-1. Tampa defeated Rollins 14-5 in February.
Softball [15-10, 6-3] April 9 vs Rollins College [29-4, 8-1 SSC] 7 p.m. Coach Kanter on Rollins: “I think they’re up for the challenge. Becky Vyzas on Rollins: “I am confident we are ready for them.” History: Tampa leads the all-time series 36-32. The teams met three times in 2009 with Rollins taking two.
Tennis [2-14, 0-7] April 15-17 SSC Championships at Florida Southern. Coach DuFaux on SSC Championship: “It’s gonna be tough from day one. But, we hope to play Saint Leo and beat them again since we split with them this year.” Megan Mancini on SSC Championship: “I think we’re gonna do really well. Yeah, we’re seeded low but I’m confident that we’ll do pretty well.” Tampa went 1-3 in the 2009 tournament with a win over Eckerd College.
Golf The University of Tampa golf team finished in fourth place, of 14 teams, at the Barry Invitational. Host Barry University won, followed by Lynn University and Brevard Community College. Tampa will next compete in the SSC Championships.
UT Hurler Steps Up After Teammate’s Injury By BRENTON BURKETT Sports Writer
Some of sports’ greatest stories began when a player filled in for an injured teammate. One University of Tampa softball player’s is making the most of her opportunity. Kari Walsh is a junior pitcher from Palm City, Fla. She took Deanna Henriott’s spot in the Spartans’ rotation when a torn hip labrum sidelined Henriott for the season. “Obviously we were upset because Deanna was a big part of our team,” Walsh said. “But she still supports us and she’s out there every day. She’ll be back next year.” Walsh, a two-way player at Jensen Beach High School, began her UT career as a first baseman. She batted 3-8 as a freshman and 6-21 the next year as a sophomore reserve. She pitched one game, a five-inning victory, in 2009. Walsh’s game plan was changed this year as she is now a full-time starting pitcher. The lefthander started 11 of the Spartans’ first 28 games. “It’s definitely been a lot of pressure,” Walsh said. “It’s a different mindset when you’re pitching, so it took some time to get back into it. But I think we’re doing better than we expected.” Through April 6, Walsh holds an 8-4 record with a 2.49 ERA. She has 67 strikeouts to just 20 walks allowed in 78.2 innings. Walsh attributes some of her success to her relationship with
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Kari Walsh delivers a ball to the plate for Tampa. She has stepped in and provided needed rest for Van Landingham.
teammate Becky Vyzas. The sophomore catcher not only leads the team in hitting with a .372 average, she also leads the pitching staff. “It’s awesome,” Walsh said. “I love Becky on and off the field. She definitely keeps me in the game. If we start falling apart, she’s always the first one out there to get me back into it.”
Just as she did when Henriott joined the Spartans, senior pitcher Heather Van Landingham gives Walsh advice and encouragement. In turn, Walsh gives Van Landingham some rest. “Kari does a good enough job that Heather doesn’t need to come on in relief,” UT softball Head Coach Leslie Kanter said. Walsh returned her coach’s ap-
preciation. “Coach understands how hard it’s been for me to get back into pitching,” Walsh said. “So if I need somebody to talk to, she’s always there to support me.” Walsh and the women Spartans will be in action on Friday, April 9 at 7 p.m. when they take on Sunshine State Conference rival Rollins.
Sophomore Elected as 2011 Tennis Team Captain By ARTURO UZCATEGUI Sports Writer
player since joining the squad. Evaluating her two seasons as a Spartan tennis player, Mancini believes that even though she and the team had a better-looking record last season, this year’s team is much better and she has matured a lot . “We’re not a bad team at all. Everyone works hard but we’re not quite winning,” said Mancini. “All the girls are great this year and despite [our] record, I am having a lot of fun.” Mancini talked about the parts of her game that she needs to work on for the future. “I will be down 5-1 [in a set]
and I’ll get it to 5-4 being totally in the zone but then I get nervous, the result is not always what I expect,” Mancini said. “Tennis is such a mental game and I need to work on that aspect of [it].” She also emphasized that her teammates should go into the matches with a lot more confidence than they do, given the fact that they have played most of those rival teams before. Confidence is the key to winning matches, she believes. “When you are a young player, especially a freshman, you might go into the matches nervous playing against teams that are ranked
well,” said Mancini. “I just want the girls to realize that [our rivals] are good, but we’re all good as well.” Mancini explained that one of the things she will work on as team captain is reaffirming the team’s confidence by giving her full support to them. Mancini knows she has grown a lot from last season, both as a tennis player and as a person. Since she’s playing better than she did last season, she hopes to lead the Spartans to a better record. Arturo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking to move past the low points of the season, the UT tennis team has started getting ready for next season. The team has selected a new captain for next year, and the responsibility fell on the hands of Megan Mancini. Mancini, a sophomore from Salt Lake City, Utah received the news with arms wide open. “I have a positive attitude and hopefully the girls will be happy with me as team captain.” Mancini said. The communications major explained that even though she had another school picked out in Southern California before committing to UT, she visited Tampa before her high school graduation and realized that this was the place for her. Mancini was friends with teammate Emily Kennedy from her home town. “The Coach found out that I played Tennis so he arranged for me to practice with the team,” Mancini said. “By the end of the day, [he] offered me a spot on the squad.” Mancini also talked about the competition in Florida being much harder than back home, which she said was her biggest challenge. Even though she has played year-round before, she has found Abby Sanford/The Minaret that tough competition in Florida which has made her a better tennis Megan Mancini reaches out to hit the ball in a match for the Spartans. Mancini is 2-13 in singles play this year.