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Students Spring Into Dance Show By Sophie Erber Staff Writer

After months of rehearsals, UT’s dedicated dancers are once again ready to hit the Falk Theatre stage. The University of Tampa's Department of Speech, Theatre and Dance’s 2010 Spring Dance Concert has four performances: 8 p.m. on Feb. 18, 19 and 20 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 20. There are 10 different dances in the concert. This year some choreographers chose to do something a little different. UT professor and choreographer Linda Lopez has decided to do a Broadway medley, with four completely different dances from a variety of Broadway shows. Combined, the piece has a run time of almost 12 minutes. Artistic Director and Department Chair Susan Taylor Lennon has choreographed a colorful ballet. Other respected guest choreographers brought their talents to this year’s concert as well, including founding Director of the Detroit Dance Collective Paula

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Kramer and former Tampa Ballet and Chicago Lyric Opera dancer Bill Philin Ploplis. In addition, UT alumni Lauren Gilbert and Julie Gomez have returned to choreograph for this year’s show.

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Top: Meagan Nagy performs “Begin Again� Bottom: Carley Prynn, Trinity Morgan, Brianna Vaughan, Ashleigh Schroering, and Amanda Sieradzki preform “Girls in a Gathering� Photos by: Brett Pollack/ The Minaret

Feb. 22 6 p.m. Reeves Theatre

Cass Building Expansion Update By Alex Krischik Reporter

University President Ronald Vaughn sees big things in the University of Tampa’s future—very big things. Expanding the university campus to foster its rapidly growing population has been a subject on the board for some time, and the Cass building is VHOHFWHGWREHWKHÂżUVWLQDVHULHV of new renovations. The Cass building, near the northernmost part of the campus, is already one of the newer buildings at UT and was constructed under President Vaughn. The 8,000 square foot expansion is internally designed to support future additions, and includes an organic chemistry laboratory, chemistry research laboratory and biology research laboratory. “All are needed for our fast-growing programs in the

College of Natural and Health Sciences,â€? Provost Janet McNew said in a press release. The new expansion will also follow LEEDs (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines to be more green and HIÂżFLHQW The expansion has been generally well-received. Concerns about a lack of space in crowded lectures weigh heavily on students. Lauren Ridder, sophomore, is enthusiastic about the new space. “Another lecture hall for science classes would hopefully lower the overload rate, which is so stressful,â€?Ridder said. The extra classrooms and laboratories are being added to increase the effectiveness of the programs both by increasing technological support as well as the capacity to support students. “This expansion is coming just in time to allow us to give each student some lab space so that they can have a good experience in [an] organic lab and focus

on making molecules,â€? Kenyon Evans-Nguyen, assistant professor of chemistry, said Some students, however, have other concerns about the construction. Patricia Yeazell, junior, criticizes the expansion as a gross misallocation of funds, stating that many older buildings on campus are in dire need of renovation, but will likely never see it if the board continually has to compete with RWKHUPRUHSURÂżWDEOHSURMHFWV “I just don’t see why we can’t WDNHFDUHRIWKHVHSUREOHPVÂżUVW´ says Yeazell. It is unclear how the Cass expansion will measure up in light of these worries, or how well it will solve the problems it is expected to grapple with, but come this AuJXVWZHFDQEHVXUHWRÂżQGRXW The construction pushed forward through the rain and mud. Photos by Scott Silvestro/ The Minaret

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The Minaret | February 19, 2010

First Annual UT Women’s Walk to Support Breast Cancer By Cara Marzilli Reporter

Editor-in-Chief Charlie Hambos

Asst. Editor-in-Chief Layout/Design Editor Mel Steiner

A&E Editor Mike Trobiano

Commentary Editor Derrick Austin

Sports Editor Kyle Bennett

Online Editor Alex Vera

Head Photographer Abby Sanford

Adviser Stephanie Tripp, PhD.

Staff-At-Large Jeffrey Palmer, Reporter Mandy Erfourth, Reporter Sarah Gottlieb, Reporter Coryn Doncaster, Reporter Zach Fraser, A&E Max Roberts, Artist Austin Daniels, Cartoonist Emilse Alvarado, Layout Scott Silvestro, Photographer Kara Wall, Photographer Brenton Burkett, Sports Ryan Burkett, Sports Daniel Feingold, Sports Laura Theobald, Copy Editor (News and A&E) Heather Gromley, Copy Editor (Sports and Commentary)

7KH ÂżUVW DQQXDO :RPHQÂśV Walk will be hosted April 17 at the University of Tampa to support UT’s female athletes and breast cancer research. “We wanted to make it about a cause that affected all women,â€? said Director of the walk Nikki Jessee. The state of Florida does not fully fund UT’s women’s athletics department, and therefore the student athletes receive less aid than could be awarded. Basketball in particular is in need of funding, as NCAA division II allows for 10 scholarships to be granted based on athletics. Only four and one half have been granted for the women’s basketball team. “Basketball is a fast-paced sport where injuries happen easLO\:HFDQÂśWMXVWKDYHÂżYHDOOVWDU players and make it very far in this conference. You need a deep bench of players, and that won’t happen

without scholarships for some student athletes,â€? said Jessee. Jessee hopes to have the kind of success that other schools have had in the past with hosting fundraising for athletics. “We’ve been working on this HYHQWIRUÂżYHRUVL[PRQWKVQRZ and we’re getting a lot of support from sponsors. No one’s turned us down yet, which is great,â€? explained Jessee. “But we’re really in need of scholarship aid.â€? Although organizers acknowledge the women’s athletics department’s need for support, they have decided to donate a portion of the proceeds to breast cancer research. “So many of our players knew someone that was affected by breast cancer; it was something ZHZDQWHGWRKHOSÂżJKW´VDLG-HVsee. To participate in the 30 minute walk, a minimum donation of $25 is required. Participants receive a t-shirt, a goodie bag, breakfast after the ZDONDQGUDIĂ€HHQWU\IRUDFKDQFH

to win prizes. There will be more chances to donate at the silent auction taking place after the walk, and a health fair in the Martinez Gym for all interested. “We’re really hoping that this will just keep growing and growing and growing,â€? Jessee said. Âł0D\EH LQ ÂżYH RU VL[ \HDUV WKLV event will help fully-fund our athletics.â€? To raise that kind of aid, walk organizers hope that the entire UT community will become involved. “I’ve started passing the message on to fraternities and sororities on campus,â€? said Jessee. “The Sigma Delta Tau sorority has already offered to participate, especially since a mother of one of their members is battling breast cancer now. It’s a cause that affects all of the campus.â€? The hope is to have 800 walkers participate. Registration forms have been sent to students in a global e-mail.

Donations can be made if you are unable to walk in the event, with a check payable to the UT women’s basketball. For more information or registration options, contact Nikki Jessee at mail/images/cleardot.gifnikki@ or visit www.

New Shorter May Term Offered to Ease Class Demand By Jeffrey Palmer Reporter

In attempt to satisfy student demand for more brief summer VHVVLRQV WR IXOÂżOO FODVV UHTXLUHments, a new May term is now being offered for undergraduates. Gary Simon, coordinator of Adult and Summer Academic Programs, says that while spring intercession at the University of Tampa is nothing new, it has reFHQWO\EHHQPRGLÂżHGWRLQFRUSRrate a greater body and range of students. “UT has previously offered

a spring intercession with only graduate courses scheduled. From surveying our students, especially those interested in attending classes during the summer break, we learned that students favored classes offered early in the summer and in shorter session format.� said Simon. The term will be condensed to run only 11 days from May 10 to May 21, but will be extremely intensive. It will be comprised of two weeks of daily classes meeting from Monday to Thursday, each lasting between six and seven

hours. Breaks of an hour or more will be afforded to students over the course of a study day. “This allows students to stay on for two weeks after the regular spring semester to take a course,â€? Simon explained. The new May term will be comprised of a wealth of programs, both core classes necesVDU\ IRU PDMRU IXOÂżOOPHQW DQG unique spring electives. The buildings in which the classes will be taught, as well as the majority of the professors teaching them, will remain the same as any ordinary semester.

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SG Report: - Are you a Senior? Do you want to be in charge of saying what our $79,000 senior class gift budget will be used for? E-mail - March 2 there will be no SG meeting due to support for PEACE's Event, Invisible Children. - Have a complaint? Let Student Government know! - Packets to run for SG next year will be out March 2nd. Finance Bills: -PEACE Alternative Breaks to help fund their Spring Break service trip to Key West

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The Minaret | February 19, 2010

Spring Break: Take a Trip You Won’t Forget By Erin Palmer Reporter

In colleges across the country many students come back to school after spring break with nothing to show from their vacation but a sunburn and a hangover. Pictures appear on Facebook that you don’t remember taking. Drinking on the EHDFK KDV EHFRPH WKH XQRI¿FLDO theme of spring break. This year, why not break from the norm and try a different kind of vacation? Examine your interests outside of partying and plan a trip around them. If you’re a sports fan, visit the Hall of Fame or take a tour of your favorite team’s stadium. Art lovers can search for exhibits and performances to check out. Some hotels are interesting enough to be the center of a vacation. Hotel Monaco in Portland, Ore. is pet friendly with amenities for people and animals. The hotel hosts complimentary wine receptions in the evening with supplies for you to create a painting. They will even provide \RXDJROG¿VKLI\RXDUHWUDYHOOLQJ sans pet. If you're determined to spend some of your break in the water, try Jule's Underwater Lodge in Key Largo, Fla. The hotel is twenty one feet beneath the sea, so you have to dive to get there. All of the diving equipment is provided by the hotel and classes DUH RIIHUHG WR WUDLQ QRQFHUWL¿HG divers. Use spring break to plunge

back into your youth. Revisit travel between the Chinatowns of places that you loved when you New York City, Boston, Philadelwere young and make new memo- phia and DC. ries there. If you always wanted to Bring some reading or music go to Legoland as a child, make it for the ride and reward yourself happen. with some fried rice and egg rolls. For those who are heading Foodies can arrange an entire home during break, explore your trip around their stomach. Rehometown with the enthusiasm search the best comfort food in and curiosity of your kindergarten the south or what city has the most days. delicious vegan cuisine. That inquisitive nature might If you want to kick Spring even help pay for your trip. Inter- Break off with a feast, go to the view your parents and grandpar- Charleston Wine and Food Festients about where they grew up and val in South Carolina. The event put together a PowerPoint presen- begins on March 7 and will inWDWLRQDERXWWKHEHQH¿WVRIH[SHUL- clude tastings and cooking demHQFLQJ\RXUKHULWDJH¿UVWKDQG onstrations from respected chefs You could end up taking a of varying cuisines. trip abroad that you wouldn’t have To tone up instead of chowbeen able to afford otherwise. ing down, try a sporty trip. Get For a more affordable vaca- inspired by the Winter Olympics tion gather a group of friends to and try skiing or snowboarding. help with gas money and go on a There are winter sport options on road trip. both coasts. Try cruising down historic Plus, think of how warm it Route 66. The Wig Wam Motel in will seem when you come back to San Bernardino, Calif. is a great campus after a week in the snow. place to rest after a long day of driving. The accommodations are individual thirty foot teepees. Americana culture is combined with modern amenities such as Wi Fi for a unique mix of yesterday and today. If you like the idea of a road trip but don’t want to drive, take a bus instead. There are lines that Enjoying a vacation at Julie’s Underwater Lodge.

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Gorgeous George Hits the Big Screen JOHN CAPOUYA

Capouya is an assistant professor of journalism and writing at UT. He is the author of Gorgeous George and Real Men Do Yoga. He was formerly an editor at Newsweek, New York Times, Smart Money Magazine and New York Newsday.


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When the University of Tampa professor John Capouya wrote Gorgeous George he knew the possibility of it becoming a movie was there. Even though he had a few obstacles along the way, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already co-producing both a IHDWXUHÂżOP DQG GRFXPHQWDU\RQ the world-famous wrestler of the 1940s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always thought it was a movie,â&#x20AC;? Capouya said of his book. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The story of Gorgeous George is a visual thing.â&#x20AC;? Capouya, UTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant professor of journalism, particularly thought his descriptions of Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self-transformation would be effective on the big screen. Gorgeous George is a story of George Wagner, an extremely talented athlete who helped change the wrestling world into what it has become today. Wagner married his wife Betty Hanson in the ring in 1939 and together they created â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gorgeous George,â&#x20AC;? a ERWK Ă&#x20AC;DPER\DQW DQG HIIHPLQDWH character who helped launched his successful career beyond the ring. Capouya and his literary DJHQW KLUHG D +ROO\ZRRG ÂżOP agent, Justin Manask, in September and October 2008 with the sole responsibility of selling the book and making it into a movie. Manask was recommended by Jeremy Schapp, writer of Cinderella Man. For more than a year, everyone in Hollywood turned the idea down. Capouya became less con-

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Matisseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sketches Fill the Walls of TMA By Mandy Erfourth Asst. A&E Editor

The new Tampa Museum of Art is now open and lacking in character and interesting art. It opened on Feb. 6; the cost is $5.00 with student I.D. It consists of seven different galleries. 7KH ÂżUVW URRP RQ WKH OHIW from the elevator consists of modern art: the kind of art that causes us to debate whether it really is art or not. 7KH ÂżUVW WKLQJ \RXÂśOO QRWLFH upon entering this room is the bathroom. It is called 348 West 22nd St Apt. New York, NY 10011 (bathroom). It was made by Do-Ho Suh and is made with translucent nylon. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;pieceâ&#x20AC;? is just like any ordinary bathroom with a toilet, sink, bathtub and shower. Next to this piece is a miniature subway station with tracks and stairway for an exit. It is entitled Subway with Silver Girders and is made out of acrylic, enamel on wood with glass, metal, plastic and incandescent lights. The artist is Donna Dennis. It is quite impressive, but stretches RXUGHÂżQLWLRQRIWKHZRUGart. If you like the sound of these pieces, then you will like the rest of Bretta B. Sullivan Gallery. The next room contained a FROOHFWLRQ RI *DUU\ :LQRJUDQGÂśV

photographs, titled Untilled, from Women are Beautiful in the Ferman Gallery. The whole room consists of these photographs featuring women engaged in everyday activities. The few that I liked featured women in a parade, women in a fountain and one with cheerleaders cheering mid-air at a basketball gameâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that was my favorite. The rest were of rudimentary everyday life. The next room was the most interesting. This one had pottery, ÂżJXULQHVDQGVWDWXWHVIURPWKH5Rman and Greek empires. This room was also brighter than the two other rooms. 7KHUHZHUH*UHHNDQG5RPDQ coins in bronze and silver with warriors and animals on them. This room was my favorite, because I have a love for ancient artwork. My favorite piece in this URRP GHSLFWHG WZR ÂżJXULQHV RI musicians from Cypriot in the 7th century. They were just small little thingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not much to themâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but I thought they were very cute. The majority of the next three rooms featured the work of Henri Matisse. There were a few paintings and a few color sketches, but most were black and white and in my opinion very boring. On one of the standing walls there were six sketches of a womHQORRNLQJDWÂżVK

In one she was sleeping and WKHUHZHUHQRÂżVKLQWKHERZO Some sketches were so lightly rendered that you had to get very close to see them. 0RVWRIWKHVNHWFKHVZHUHQÂśW very detailed. There were a few drawings that were detailed, but they were not as good. They were done in graphite and crayon transfer on lithograph and in variations on these mediums. There were a few color linoleum cuts with a black background and a color sketch. The most interesting thing about this particular exhibit was the display that explained how to make a lithograph. 7KHÂżUVWURRPVDOOKDGZKLWH ZDOOVDQGĂ&#x20AC;RRUVZLWKDOLWWOHEURZQ Everything was very cold feeling. But in the Matisse rooms there ZHUHÂżYHVWDQGLQJZDOOVZLWKRQH side of them painted light blue, adding a little color to the interior. The last room was of a few acrylic and oil paintings. Besides the introduction of color, there was nothing interesting to me about these pieces of art. For example, the piece entitled Black and White Triangle is of a black rectangle and white triangle put together. This piece is by Ellsworth Kelly and is done in oil on canvas. The rest were very colorful,

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There is Love in the Airwaves With the Release of Their New Album

By Zach Fraser Staff Writer

Tom DeLonge has brought a lot of attention to his band Angels and Airwaves over the past few years. Claiming that the band will make the best rock album ever and completely revolutionize music are hardly modest claims. DeLonge, who is also the guitarist and singer for Blink-182, is a master of stirring up controversy over his band. 0D\EH KHÂśV GHOXVLRQDO RU maybe he just knows good marketing, either way, the release of $9$ÂśV WKLUG VWXGLR DOEXP LV GHÂżnitely turning some heads. $QRWKHUSURMHFWRI'H/RQJHÂśV that has received a fair share of buzz is his music and networking website Modlife. A website that gives you access to a variety of content from a number of bands has pretty much FKDQJHGWKHJDPHE\JLYLQJ$9$ÂśV most recent release Love away for IUHH<HVWKDWÂśVULJKWIUHH An admirable gesture for music lovers everywhere, DeLonge is

Album Artwork looking to expand his fan base and shake things up a little. 2QPDQ\RFFDVLRQVKHÂśVVWDWed that giving an album away for free should result in higher revenue through donations, merchandise and concert ticket sales. Who knows? It might work. Love will also be accompaQLHGE\DIHDWXUHÂżOPVRPHWLPHLQ 2010. The album continues in typical AVA fashion with heavy, reverberated guitars, synthesizers and a collage of futuristic sounds. Whether you love or loath the guy, most can agree on the fact that DeLonge writes very melodic music. As on all his past releases, there is a fair share of sing-a-longs and parts to hum to. ,IWKHWLWOHZDVQÂśWDJLYHDZD\ Love is completely themed around the better aspects of the emotion ZHDOOÂżQGRXUVHOYHVFOLQJLQJWR Lyrical density has never EHHQ 'H/RQJHÂśV VWURQJ SRLQW UHmember all the Blink fart jokes?) and Love has not proven to be the exception.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then your heart will know, it can call to mine and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be at your side.â&#x20AC;? Âł,I \RXÂśUH HYHU DORQH´ VLQJV DeLonge on Shove, â&#x20AC;&#x153;then your heart will know. It can call to mine DQG,ÂśOOEHDW\RXUVLGH´ Looking elsewhere though, is where most listeners will be pleasantly surprised. Young London and The Moon-Atomic (â&#x20AC;ŚFragments and Fictions) end up being some of the best work the band has ever written. Other songs that noticeably stand out are The Flight of Apollo and the current single Hallucinations. Both are catchy and both very carefully crafted. Ultimately Love comes off as solid effort. It produces some top notch musicianship and production all while remaining catchy and relevant. But what seems to plague Love DQG DOO RI$9$ÂśV UHOHDVHV LQ the past is the inescapable shadRZ WKDW 'H/RQJHÂśV IRUPHU EDQG Blink-182 casts over them. With a new Blink-182 album imminent, it seems that once again Tom DeLonge and company cannot escape the past.

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Audience Holds High Expectations for the Spring Dance Concert

By Sophie Erber Staff Writer

Audiences can expect a highly entertaining experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the overall quality of dance here at UT continues to grow and, as always, the diversity has grown as well,â&#x20AC;? says Lennon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year, there is everything from the very abstract piece to the highly political.â&#x20AC;? Almost every form of dance will be represented and performed, though tap, jazz, modern and ballet make up the majority of the concert. There are more than 60 dancers involved and a large number of students are helping with the technical aspects of the show. The tech-students are under the direction of Alex Amyot, UTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technical production coordinator, and Meredith Payne, the technical director. All efforts combined, the 2010 Spring Dance Concert promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Each song and costume comes together to create a powerful production with the potential to move the audience from laughter to tears in a matter of seconds. Come out and support your IHOORZVWXGHQWVIRUWKHLUÂżUVWSHUformances of 2010. Admission is free for all with a University of Tampa ID. Questions? Contact Susan Taylor Lennon at (813) 257-3745. Also, auditions for the Spring Dance Happening are 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28


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Left: Kayla Shaffer in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Girls in a Gathering.â&#x20AC;?

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Minaret Arts & Entertainment Editor, Mike Trobiano, gives tips to UTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not so fashion forward guys.

The Stylist Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Essentials

For the typical college guy, admitting to liking fashion is about as taboo as confessing The Notebook actually made him cry. Now gentlemen, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take this sweeping generalization the wrong way, but if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re actually reading this column, your style needs a serious upgrade; like a Walkman to iPod upgrade. But no need to fear. I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be asking you to watch 3URMHFW5XQway, regardless of whether or not you know that it is a fashion reality VHULHVDQGQRWVRPHWKLQJWRGRZLWKDLUWUDIÂżFFRQWURO My goal is to give you a few easy, straightforward tips to amp up your style without all the nonsense.



If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to wear gym clothes, make sure your en Mike Trobiano / The Minaret route to or from the gym. I get it. Athletic shorts and oversized t-shirts are comfy, but that :DQWWRWDNHLWDVWHSIXUWKHU"7U\FXIÂżQJ\RXUMHDQVMXVWRQFHWZRLVNLQGRISXVKLQJLW7KHSRLQWRI doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean your friends are comfortable with your look. this look is to make the cuff seem natural and unforced. ,QVWHDGWU\SDLULQJDZHOOÂżWWHGVROLGFRORUFUHZRUYQHFNWHHZLWK Above from left to right: a pair of dark wash denim. But please make sure you purchase an apZara Man White V-Neck, Ruehl Heather Gray Crew, propriate size. Chances are youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re buying too big. Banana Republic Mimosa Crew, Gap Light Turquoise Crew, A great way to check is to look to see if the seams on your sleeves Banana Republic Atlantis Blue Crew, Zara Man Navy Henley hit the top of your shoulders. Finally, throw on those Sperryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and a brown leather belt and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re good to go.


While weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the subject, belts are one of the easiest ways to stylize your wardrobe. Just because you have one doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t own several. For starters, try mixing up the style and texture of the leather. Braided leather or belts with grommets are great casual alternatives you can use to change things up. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for something a little more sophisticated, go for a thin belt. This is kind of tricky to pull off, but if you feel up to the challenge, go for it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like transitioning from your fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power ties to a slimmer, skinnier version.

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Mike Trobiano / The Minaret When in doubt, wear a belt. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the easiest ways to amp up your style without breaking Socks should not be seen, but worn. the bank. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you how many times I see guys wearing socks with their From left to right: slip-on sandals. You know who you are. J. Crew Brown Woven with Roller-Buckle Belt, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m telling you now, this has got to stop. I understand itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter True Religion Distressed Grommet Belt, American Eagle Grommet Belt, and these last few weeks have been chilly, but you can wear something American Eagle Icon Belt, J. Crew Skinny Number Belt besides your high black socks and Adidas sandals. Go for a moccasin in a neutral, medium brown. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get the most use out of these and can wear them on casual days. Also on evenings off or days in class, go for a boat shoe in the color of your choice. Believe me, your girlfriend will appreciate it.



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A Good Time At the Hard Rock Casino Is Never a Bad Gamble, Sometimes

By John Jacobs Columnist

talk about THREE OF A KIND.â&#x20AC;? (Then wink and nod to your friend) â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know man; I think they could be STRAIGHT.â&#x20AC;? Or, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey after we leave I know of these FIVE CLUBS we should go by tonight. I would say you could spend the night after that but I have a FULL HOUSE.â&#x20AC;? Or if you just want to win the game, you can go old school and just cough loudly and shout your cards out at the same time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jacks! *cough* Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry I must have a cold or something.â&#x20AC;? Then make eye contact with your friend and mouth the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have jacksâ&#x20AC;? clearly and openly in front of the whole table. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably â&#x20AC;&#x153;winâ&#x20AC;? real quick after that. If card games arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your thing, and you want to gamble over a long period of time so you can enjoy the atmosphere (cause who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love a windowless room full of depression!), a cheap alternative to card games are the slot machines. The Hard Rock has literally thousands of slot machines all with different themes which take place in different periods of time. With titles like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Colonial Cash Extravaganzaâ&#x20AC;? which are surprisingly historically accurate when it comes to what each symbol does. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;goodâ&#x20AC;? until you get LWDQGÂżQGRXW â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh I got three women in a row that must be good!â&#x20AC;? Wrong, women couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t vote let alone earn money back in colonial times so you lose a turn! Better luck next time! Also, a big part of surviving the casino is to not give into peer pressure. Like if you ask your friend â&#x20AC;&#x153;should I put $20 on black?â&#x20AC;? and they respond, â&#x20AC;&#x153;$20 on black? Of course not thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ridiculousâ&#x20AC;Śput $80 on black! Think of how much money youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d win!â&#x20AC;? It can be hard to resist such Ă&#x20AC;DZOHVVORJLFOLNHÂłPRUHPRQH\ = way better,â&#x20AC;? but if you want to continue to enjoy your life you need to be stern when it comes to how much youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to gamble with. Just play in moderation, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be fine! As long as it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to the point where before you even sit down at a table the dealer says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;John you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to keep doing thisâ&#x20AC;? you should be o.k. You just need to know when to quit. At the same time quitters never win. Nobody ever calls the guy who wins the millions â&#x20AC;&#x153;addicted.â&#x20AC;? Remember, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a gambling â&#x20AC;&#x153;problemâ&#x20AC;? if you lose!

With gambling addictions affecting a large percentage of college students, it can be hard to not fall victim to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino located only six miles from our campus. However, there are ways to have a fun time and gamble without becoming addicted. First, the easiest way to avoid getting addicted is to simply watch any of the hundreds of old people playing slot machines and see that as your potential future. Imagine being that age spending hours at a time staring at a screen hoping to win that â&#x20AC;&#x153;huge jackpot of $20â&#x20AC;? and chain smoking for days at a time. Imagine your grandson at home: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is grandpa going to come to church with us today?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well he was going to but apparently the Lucky 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s machine is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hot as hell right nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already up $6 on the hour. Maybe next week!â&#x20AC;? If the idea of that becoming your life doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deter you then, hey, maybe youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just meant to win big time and you should follow your gambling dream (nightmare). Once you begin gambling, if you lose money (but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to) you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let that affect your mood or set you off. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to stay positive by rationalizing that loss of money. For example, there have been times Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll lose some money but think, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey I may have lost $10 tonight, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money I would have spent on cover at a club.â&#x20AC;? See it evens itself out! The main point is not to let your losses bring you down. Remember, you can just stand by the most expensive blackjack table and watch people lose your tuition in a matter of minutes. That way youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always be able to leave thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;at least Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not that guyâ&#x20AC;? (until eventually you become â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;that guyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re screwed). Next, remember when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at the casino you should be having fun! Even though youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing for money, that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it should be stressful and serious all the time. For example, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found it fun while playing poker, just start filling your conversation with random poker terms as if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to blatantly cheat with your friend, and remember to use huge emphasis on the terms when saying them. You can turn it into a game and see how far you can go John Jacobs can be reached without getting kicked out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey bro, look at those THREE QUEENS over there, at



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Where Is Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Euphoria Found?

By Heather Gromley Columnist

â&#x20AC;&#x153;E is even more than anyone that you adore can.â&#x20AC;? E is our last letter for this four part series on L.O.V.E. E this week is for everlasting euphoria. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always associated sexuality with euphoria, but after much research I found euphoria means more than that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a state of over elation, either a sexual or the exhilaration one gets when one achieves something great. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a mental and emotional state of being. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve felt euphoric. I like to think I have when I was in love: I always had EXWWHUĂ&#x20AC;LHVDOZD\VVPLOHGDQGZLOO LPPRUWDOL]HRXUÂżUVWNLVVIRUHYHU But, I also have felt euphoric when my show choir won nationals in Chicago my senior year after a tough competition season, and when I traveled Greeceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never loved a place more or felt more comfortable. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not quite sure when we can HDFK GHÂżQH ZKHQ ZHÂśYH IHOW WKLV but I hope that we all can one day. ,KRSHZHÂżQGDQHODWLRQWKDWPHDQV something to each of us, a memory

or person we can adore. Euphoria can also create mania and an exaggerated state of well being. I guess like when 14 year old girls see the Jonas Brothers or when Derek Jeter comes to visit and the girls swoon and Yankeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fans line up to snap pictures and twitter about it for weeks. Now everlasting is the tricky part. We try our hardest to sustain relationships with loved ones, friends and family, but it always takes two to tango. I know that my bonds with my sorority sisters will be everlasting, as will the love I have for my family and pizza lunchables (they are one of my guilty pleasures). But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure that my love for things like Kate Spade purses (another one of my guilty pleasures) and Bravo TV shows like The Real Housewives of Atlanta (guilty) will last forever. Yes those are frivolous things, I will admit that, but will they give me anything in the end? Most OLNHO\QRWEXWIRUQRZWKH\ÂżOOD temporary desire. How do we then achieve everlasting euphoria? I say that we need to once again surround ourselves with people who really love us. I know I stress this just about weekly, but I mean it. No one should waste their time with petty drama and people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t truly care for them. I have a great group of friends, but then I also have a close group

of amazing friends, who are there for me through everything. Just a week ago I stormed in crying after being stressed by multiple things going on and my roommate sat in the late hours of the night listening to all my woes. Now I know most of my sisters and friends would do that, but I knew she was there not of obligation, but because she was genuinely concerned for me. The friendship I have with her will be everlasting, and I know it will be one filled with great elation. Most of my friends are starting to find themselves in the same predicament that I am inâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;what are we going to do after graduation in May? I hope whatever path we all take whether its stay in Tampa, go back home, work to save money or work someplace we love, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a path that will bring us everlasting euphoria. With such little time here at UT and most of us a quarter of the way done with our lives, we have to start thinking about what we want, where do we want to be and who do we want to be with? Either way I truly hope that each of you finds love and everlasting euphoria for someone, someplace or even something. Heather Gromley can be reached at



Editorial: Make the Most of Your Time Everyday

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We are only weeks away from spring break and time is of the essence. College is more than just your classes, but classes play a pivotal role in the reason we attend The University of Tampa. It is time to spend our time wisely as the college years go by extremely fast. Ask any seniors graduating in May and they will give testament and tell any student that they should embrace their time while they can at UT. 2XU ÂżUVW H[DPV DUH RYHU Now we know what to expect for the next ones and will be better prepared. Each time students say they will study harder than the time before. In order to make it work better the next time, studying QHHGVWREHJLQDVVRRQDVWKHÂżUVW test is over and keeping a steady rhythm helps. Try to avoid time wasting activities like Facebook, Twitter and other online sites. They are good for short breaks, but not for hours.

During college, the opportunity to learn goes beyond the classroom. Countless symposia are held each week. On Monday, JR VHH 'DQD 3OD\V D ÂżOPPDNHU and UT professor of communication, present River Clash: Hillsborough River In Perilâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Media, Environment, Politics and Civic Action in Reeves Theater from 4 to 5 p.m. Then take a break and go back to Reeves at 6 p.m. to see John Capouya, UT assistant professor of journalism and writing and screenwriter John Posey tell you how they are taking Capouyaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book Gorgeous George and making it a movie. On Thursday, check out Haiti: Tragedy and Hope with journalist Amy Wilentz. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just this week. Often times our weeks are ÂżOOHG ZLWK VR PXFK ZRUN WKDW weekends are spent relaxing and going out in the evenings. Although times of relaxation and fun are a necessity to a healthy college

lifestyle, helping other people is also good for the heart and soul. +HDG RYHU WR WKH 3($&( RIÂżFH and see what activities are available or simply do something kind for somebody you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. Relaxation and sleep can also be lacking as busy schedules during the week leave little time for it. Students are known for little sleep and it shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the norm as it only leads to less concentration, tiredness and usually sickness. Students need their rest to be the most successful and good stewards of their time. Make the right decision to make the most of your time every day. Although sometimes days seem to go by fast or too slow, at one point or another they will be over. The sun will always rise and even though your college career has just risen it will set one day. Now it is up to you to make the most of your time while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here so that you can make the most of your time in the future.

Women Must Set Standards For There To Be True Equality

By Philippa Hatendi Columnist

Charles de Montesquieu, a French political philosopher, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.â&#x20AC;? 7REHJUHDWRQHPXVWEHGHÂżQHGE\ oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own standards and not those of others. (TXDOLW\ LV GHÂżQHG DV EHLQJ a state of uniformity in ability, character, quantity or rank of two things. Do we, as women, really desire uniformity with men? The question of equality between the sexes is one of those immortal questions, it seems like it will never get settled because this W\SH RI HTXDOLW\ LV UHGHÂżQHG DV society evolves. First, women wanted the right to vote, same pay and to work the same jobs as menâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all valid desires. However this is just a display of equality, a dance to settle the feminists, to hush the voices of the misogynists and to give a little more courage to the timid housewife to go out into the world. Howeverâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I believe it has

to be saidâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;men and women will never be equal because the way HTXDOLW\LVGHÂżQHGWKHVHGD\VLVVR incompatible with what equality actually should be. Men and women are not the same, which is why we are created differently. We should never aspire for uniformity, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Pandoraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Box we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to open. I get the impression that women want to be equivalent to men just because it makes them worthy, because it makes them feel more complete as a human being. There is believed to be a IUHHGRP LQ ÂżQGLQJ HTXDOLW\ ZLWK men, but I believe that it is just another way to remain under patriarchy. In the corporate world most women tend to abandon their more feminine qualities in an attempt at success. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that in a tough world like corporate America you have to be ballsy, tough, aggressive and go after the kill. But this is because it is a world where men have defined the standards of FRQGXFWZHVKRXOGVHHNWRGHÂżQH work and success by our own standards of conduct instead of compromising a critical part of ourselves. ,IPHQGHÂżQHWKHVWDQGDUGVRI greatness, and we only aspire to live up to that greatness, then we are only â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;greatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by the standards

prescribed to us by men. That is not greatness or liberty itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s merely a pretty mirage of equality that shall never serve us. It is a privilege to be great in oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own right, not to be great in the shadow of another. Equality is not gaining legitimacy through imitation, it is not victory in the face of anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s failure, it is individuals who are on the same plane not because they are copies of each other; but because they are individually great. Women who aspire to be equal to men arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really aiming very high! We should aspire not to be equal to a man, but to be brilliant in our own respects as women, not as an attempt to compete. Activist Marianne Williamson once said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?â&#x20AC;? Who are we not to be great? :KRDUHZHQRWWRGHÂżQHRXUVHOYHV through our own light, not anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shadow? Philippa Hatendi can be Women shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to play a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game. Laurie Harker / MCT Campus reached at

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Beyond the Veil: Islam Supports Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rights

By Carolina Medellin Columnist

If you asked me about women in Islam a few years ago, I would have certainly replied as many would: using â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muslim womenâ&#x20AC;? in the same sentence with â&#x20AC;&#x153;oppression.â&#x20AC;? Since I was young I was all about womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights andâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it might seem FXULRXV²WKDWZDVRQHRIWKHÂżUVW things that brought me to Islam. This is difficult to believe when you see media coverage on Afghanistan or Iran. I heardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and still hearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a lot of terrifying stories about women in different Muslim countries. However, with time, I learned to see the difference between those acts and religion, as they are completely different. As this is a big topic, I will be writing further articles about women in Islam, trying to explain how Islam conceives women as individuals, daughters, mothers and wives. There is plenty of misunderstanding when it comes to the issue of the place women have in Islam. Yes, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve read the verses of the Quran that say that â&#x20AC;&#x153;men are one degree above women,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;that women should inherit half what men do,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;that the testimony of a woman is equal to half of a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;that you should beat your wife,â&#x20AC;? etc. However, sometimes people take things out of context and use them to justify a point; in this case, Islam diminishes women. Yet, according to statistics out of five converts to Islam, four are women. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, t h o s e

verses are mistranslated and/or misinterpretedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and here she comes again with the translation thing! Well, believe it or not this is very important when it comes to Islam. You should always be careful of what translation of the Quran you read, and also, of not taking things out of context. When you read the Quran, the best thing you can do is to make sure that you have someone reliable to answer you questions. But not anybody, someone who knows what he or she is talking about. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take an example of the above. Holy Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 228: â&#x20AC;&#x153;And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them according to what is equitable; but men have a degree over them.â&#x20AC;? Self explanatory, right? We are all oppressed by men who stand a degree above us. However, why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we take a close look at the whole verse? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods. Nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah Hath created in their wombs, if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have the better right to take them back in that period, if they wish for reconciliation. And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them according to what is equitable; but men have a degree over them.â&#x20AC;? First of all, as you can see, it is a pretty long verse. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just reduce it to the last sentence. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to give the explanation I was given along with many other

Muslim women in the mosque in BogotĂĄ. This verse talks about divorced women, and how they have to wait for three months before PDNLQJWKHGLYRUFHRIÂżFLDOWRVHH if they are pregnant. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;degreeâ&#x20AC;? that is mentioned here refers to the possibility of pregnancy because the next husband will have to be responsible for the baby. When it comes to divorce, men and women have the same rights; however, men have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;degreeâ&#x20AC;? of responsibility over them, in case that the woman is pregnant. This is a case of misinterpretation and isolation of this sentence out of its original context; letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skip ahead to one of my all time favorites. Holy Quran, Chapter 4, Verse 34: â&#x20AC;&#x153;As to those women on whose part ye feel rejection, admonish them first, next, refuse to share their beds, and last beat them.â&#x20AC;? Again a self-explanatory verse, right? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve read it in hundreds of translations. However, this is a product of bad translation. In Arabic the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;idribâ&#x20AC;? means â&#x20AC;&#x153;hit,â&#x20AC;? but it also means â&#x20AC;&#x153;separate completely.â&#x20AC;? This verse explains the different â&#x20AC;&#x153;stepsâ&#x20AC;? a husband should take when he has SUREOHPVZLWKKLVZLIHWKHÂżUVWRQH being to talk to her and try to solve the problem and the last being to separate completely from his wife (i.e. divorce). This is the perfect example of how the translation of a simple word can lead to two completely different meanings. The Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those who beat their wives are not the

The Koran contains verses that protect men and women. Beth Rankin / Flickr

best among youâ&#x20AC;? (Abu Dawood) and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best of you, are the best for their families; and I am the best for my family. Honored are those who give honor to women, and dishonored are those who dishonor themâ&#x20AC;? (Tirmidthi). Something else to consider: Islam did not â&#x20AC;&#x153;createâ&#x20AC;? a new culture. On the contrary, it developed in societies with preexisting cultures. Therefore, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;burqaâ&#x20AC;? in Afghanistan or the â&#x20AC;&#x153;tchadorâ&#x20AC;? in Iran are means of covering that existed before Islam arrived to those territories and where adapted to Islam. It is written in the Holy Quran, Chapter 3, Verse 195: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their Lord responded to them: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I never fail to reward any worker among you for any work you do, be you male or femaleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you are equal to one another.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not attempting to deny the abuses that some women have suffered in many Muslim

countries. However, what I want to clarify is the fact that those DEXVHVDUHQRWMXVWLÂżHGRUPDQGDWHG by the Quran, but are rather products of misinterpretations and misunderstandings. Muslim women, like other women around the world, need to ÂżJKWIRUWKHLUULJKWV,QRUGHUWRGR VRWKH\QHHGWRÂżUVWDFNQRZOHGJH their rights. Muslim women had rights since the beginning of Islam. Of course, when you need to oppress somebody, you would use ZKLFKHYHUPHDQV\RXFDQÂżQGWR attain your goal. At the beginning it seemed a OLWWOHELWGLIÂżFXOWIRUPHWREHOLHYH that Islam could actually give an important place to women. However, the more I learned about it, the more I noticed that it couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be otherwise. Carolina Medellin can be reached at



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Tampa Native Feels Home at University of Tampa

Brad Roberts Kara Wall/The Minaret By Arturo Uzcategui Sports Writer

For Brad Roberts the UT baseball program could be the last step on his way to make it into a professional baseball organization. The senior has been playing

baseball since his childhood and has been taking it one step at a time. 5REHUWV ÂżUVW GHFLGHG WR SOD\ at Pasco-Hernando Community College for his freshman and sophomore years but then went onto play with Florida Gulf Coast University and suddenly he saw the differences. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The difference is that at Pasco it was just a stepping stone," Roberts said. "Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a junior college and people go there basically to either get drafted or move to other universities. When I got to Florida Gulf Coast I was obviously in Division I and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all prime-time players I guess you can say, the competition level went up because you are playing big name schools there.â&#x20AC;? Roberts also highlighted the difference between those two and UT.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a better baseball culture here," Roberts said. "I have a lot more fun playing here than I did over there [at Florida Gulf Coast]. [Here] weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the number four team in the nation as opposed to over there where it is just another team, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot more fun to play baseball here.â&#x20AC;? The Tampa native stated that one of the reasons he decided to come to UT was because even though he played every game at FGCU he was not having a good time there and felt he needed a new setting and having Tampa as his hometown made the decision even easier. At FGCU Roberts batted .326 with 16 doubles, two triples, VL[ KRPH UXQV DQG  5%, LQ  games. 5REHUWVÂśELJQXPEHUVDQGH[SHULHQFH DUH DQ H[WUHPHO\ JRRG addition to the UT baseball team,

which has begun the season with a 6-3 record. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully I can do just whatever I gotta do," Roberts said. "Whether it is playing secRQG EDVH RU ULJKW ÂżHOG MXVW SOD\ good defense and try to help the team as much as possible. On the offensive side, do whatever I can to get us some W's [wins].â&#x20AC;? As far as the team goes, the criminology major believes the squad is really strong and can accomplish Brad Roberts big things this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a solid club," Roberts said. "Our whole position players are good. From top to bottom we have a really good team. Pitching wise we have a really

good team too. It all depends on us and if we do what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to do weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll win a lot of ball games.â&#x20AC;? Roberts stated that he is a hard worker and continuously works on some aspect of his game and would love to play baseball at WKHQH[WOHYHO â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always working on stuff," Roberts said. "In this game you can have a great day and then have a bad day, I work hard, try to do the little things, wherever Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m lacking at that time, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I focus on the most.â&#x20AC;? He continues to push himself WRWDNHWKHQH[WVWHS Âł7KDWÂśVWKHJRDO>WKH0/%@ Roberts continued. "I pray that hopefully God gives me the opportunity to do that. I would love WR SOD\ DW WKH QH[W OHYHO WKDW KDV been my dream since I was three years old.â&#x20AC;?

Behind Strong Singles Tampa Takes Down No. 23 Lions in Seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Win By Kyle Bennett Sports Editor

The University of Tampa tennis team defeated the No. 23 6DLQW/HR/LRQVE\WKHVFRUHRI 6-3. The Spartans faced an HDUO\  GHÂżFLW EXW ZHUH DEOH to bounce back during singles play. Molly Welsh and Nikol Williams turned in the only vicotry for Tampa in the doubles category. Welsh along with Kourtney

Stark, Megan Mancini, Ally Wooten and Briana Ryan won their singles matches to propel Tampa to the win. Stark, a senior, came back IURP D  ÂżUVW VHW ORVV WR WDNH back-to-back sets in the number one singles spot. Ryan also showed poise and composure by coming from a 6-2 ÂżUVWVHWORVVDQGZLQEDFNWREDFN sets. The University of Tampa tennis team will be back in action Feb. 23 as they host Eckerd.

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up only four hits combined. The three Tampa pitchers combined for eight strikeouts LQ WKH ÂżQDOH ZKLOH ZDONLQJ VL[ Southern Arkansas batters. 7KH ÂżUVW JDPH RI WKH VHULHV a 7-9 loss, was one of the longer baseball games you will read about. The game lasted over 48 hours, due to a rain delay which postponed the game in the seventh inning. The Spartans were down earO\ LQ WKH FRQWHVW 6$8 WDOOLHG VL[ early runs in the second inning of the contest. Tampa starter Sean Bierman, tagged with the loss, struggled in

the game. He went four innings, JLYLQJ XS HLJKW UXQV VL[ HDUQHG %LHUPDQ DOVR EHDPHG VL[ 0XOeriders in the game. In the second game of the series Tampa led, until the seventh LQQLQJZKHQWKH\JDYHXSVL[UXQV Two errors in the inning led to three unearned runs. Trailing 2-7 in the eighth Tampa added four runs, bringing WKHVFRUHWRWKHÂżQDO Tampa fell in the third game 1-8, but only surrendered three earned runs. Poor defense led to three errors, taking life out of the Tampa squad. Kyle Bennett can be reached at

The University of Tampa Spartans hosted the Southern Arkansas Muleriders in a four game series, in what turned out to be much less competitive than anticipated. Tampa dropped the opening three games of the series, due largely to its defensive blunders. Tampa allowed 25 runs in the four game set, but only 15 of the runs were earned. The Spartans committed eight errors combined in the three losses to SAU. ,Q WKH VHULHV ÂżQDOH KRZHYHU Tampa was able to salvage a game with 12 runs scored, while only allowing one run to cross the plate for the Muleriders. 7KH ÂżQDO JDPH RQ 6XQGD\ featured a grand slam from the designated hitter, Mike Schwartz. For Schwartz this was his third home run of the season and his 11th RBI. Another Tampa slugger, Jared 6LPRQ DOVR ZHQW \DUG LQ WKH ÂżQDOJDPHRIWKHVHULHVKLVÂżIWKRI the year, a two-run shot. He is the team leader with 13 RBI. UT starter John WiedenbauHU WRVVHG ÂżYH LQQLQJV RI IRXUKLW baseball. He surrendered only one run, on a solo home run by MulHULGHUV ÂżUVW EDVHPDQ /RJDQ :LOliams. Carmine Giardina and Shawn )HUULV ÂżQLVKHG WKH ÂżQDO IRXU LQ- 0LNH6FKZDUW]KLWDJUDQGVODPLQWKHVHULHVÂżQDOHDJDLQVWWKH0XOHULGHUV nings off for Wiedenbauer giving Kara Wall/The Minaret

15 Sports Tampa Freshman Making an Early Impact Sunshine State Conference The Minaret | February 19, 2010

Daniel Feingold Sports Writer

While currently in a rough patch of a losing season, one member of the UT menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team believes it all comes down to ÂżQLVKLQJHDFKJDPHVWURQJ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been struggling lately," said freshman guard Callum Townsend. "Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been losing games in overtime, double over time; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been losing on gamewinning shots. We just gotta be DEOHWRÂżQLVKULJKWQRZ´ Despite a tough start to the new year, in which the Spartans have been defeated in overtime by three conference foes, Townsend still has faith in the abilities of his team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can beat any team in our conference," Townsend said. "We just have to play the way we need WRSOD\DQGZHÂśUHGHÂżQLWHO\FDSDble of winning.â&#x20AC;? Townsend was a standout player at Bloomingdale High School. He graduated from the school as their all-time leader in scoring as well as setting the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest free throw percentage record. Now, in just his ÂżUVW\HDUSOD\LQJDWWKHFROOHJLDWH level, Townsend has impacted the Spartans in a big way. Through 21

games, Townsend has started in 18 and is tied for second for average points scored per game, with 11.5. ,Q 87ÂśV ÂżUVW JDPH RI WKH VHDVRQDQG7RZQVHQGÂśVÂżUVWDVD Spartan, he scored four points, and added two rebounds and an assist in a loss to Florida Memorial. More recently, in a game DJDLQVWFRQIHUHQFHULYDO6DLQW/HR Townsend racked up 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in route to an important Spartan victory. Townsend said he feels conÂżGHQWDERXWKLVRIIHQVLYHSURGXFtion this season but would like to improve his game on the other side of the ball. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defense is basically my biggest thought this year,â&#x20AC;? Townsend said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still have a long way to go on that as far as being able to guard people on this level.â&#x20AC;? Townsend has faced some adversity in his basketball career. +HWRUHKLV$&/WZLFHGXULQJKLJK school and says though it is improving, he is still feeling the effects from the injury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting there," Townsend said. "Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still sore; it still swells up a lot. You gotta rehab it a lot. [Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] just one of those injuries that just kind of never ends. [You] just gotta keep it maintained.â&#x20AC;?

Townsend is not certain of what his biggest basketball accomplishment is, but he hopes it has yet to come. He is certain, however, of what he wants to bring to the team as his collegiate career progresses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatever it takes to win games, honestly,â&#x20AC;? Townsend said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My goal, before I graduate, is to make it to the Final Four, so whatever I need to do to make that happen.â&#x20AC;? With an undecided major, Townsend has a few potential career paths he would like to pursue. He was born in Scotland and with a citizenship in the United Kingdom, one of Townsendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s options for the future is to go back to his home country to play professional ball. Whether or not he plays professionally, Townsend wants to keep the basketball theme in his line of work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also am always thinking about coaching," Townsend said. "I love basketball and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d always be something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want to keep in my life, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a possibility.â&#x20AC;? The Sunshine State Conference Tournament is quickly ap-


proaching for the Spartans. It begins Wednesday, March 3 with WKH TXDUWHUÂżQDO URXQG 7RZQVHQG IHHOVFRQÂżGHQWLQ87 VFKDQFHVWR be successful come March. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we could do very

well,â&#x20AC;? said Townsend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we FRXOG GHÂżQLWHO\ WDNH FRQIHUHQFH tournament.â&#x20AC;? Daniel Feingold can be reached at

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball Continues to Set Records; Remains Perfect at Martinez Center By Brenton Burkett Sports Writer

UT womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball continues to set records following its most successful season ever. The women's basketball team has now won 16 consecutive home games dating back to last season [as of Feb. 16]. The last loss at the Martinez &HQWHUFDPHZKHQ/\QQ8QLYHUVLty beat the Spartans 67-63 on Jan. 28, 2009. This streak breaks the previous record of 10 games, set in 2004-05 and tied in 2006-07. Coach Tom Jessee preaches the value of â&#x20AC;&#x153;defending the home courtâ&#x20AC;?, a priority which is not lost on his players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We put it at the top of our list each year,â&#x20AC;? Jessee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to lose at home if we want to stand a chance in this league. We think if we can win at home and then go on the road and win here and there, we can be in the thick of things every year.â&#x20AC;?

On the road, the players may eat and sleep at different times. They leave early to get to the gym, then play the games in hostile environments. The Spartansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; strategy is to start every road game as if they are down 10-0 due to their disadvantage. Meanwhile, the home gym brings a level of comfort. The playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rituals â&#x20AC;&#x201C; class, eating and sleeping schedules â&#x20AC;&#x201C; stay the same. 7KH\ KDYH QR H[WUD WUDYHO shoot against a familiar backdrop and the crowd is on their side. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home court is a huge advantage,â&#x20AC;? Jessee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of that comes from the fan base. We get a lot more electricity and positive vibes from our own fans. You hear your fans chanting your name and cheering for you. That positive energy can propel you over the top.â&#x20AC;? Some of UTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home success FDQDOVREHFUHGLWHGWRH[SHULHQFH which the Spartans didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have last year.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basketballâ&#x20AC;? [Back]

â&#x20AC;&#x153;He probably has the most speed on our team,â&#x20AC;? Tampa head coach Richard Schmidt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He can come in and get on people. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very strong and very fast.â&#x20AC;? Assistant coach Justin Pecka concurred, Ashton Graham making one of his seven blocks naming Graham as one DJDLQVWD7DPSDRSSRQHQW Andy Meng/Sports Information of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hardest

Jessee calls it a â&#x20AC;&#x153;huge differenceâ&#x20AC;? because veteran players can more easily adapt to home and road settings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freshmen can learn the base part of the game,â&#x20AC;? Jessee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But these other things, they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t learn in one year. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to have our three seniors (Tiara Cook, Caitlyn Mitryk and Angela Guiu) out there.â&#x20AC;? The home winning streak has nearly seen its demise a few times. The closest scare came Feb. 6, ZKHQ/\QQWRRNWKHOHDGWRRYHUtime, but eventually UT pulled ahead and survived 74-67. As of Feb. 16, the Spartans are 10-2 on the road and 4-2 at neutral sites during the home streak. Two more home games remain on the schedule. They host Eckerd Feb. 17 and )ORULGD6RXWKHUQLQWKHVHDVRQÂżnale Feb. 24. Brenton Burkett can reached at


workers and the best on-ball defender. The numbers back up Peckaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claim. 'HVSLWHRQO\ÂżYHVWDUWVLQ appearances, Graham is second on the team with seven blocks this season. Although basketball is a major part of his life, it's not the only thing on Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plate. In addition to athletics and academics, Graham lives off-campus and works late nights. Graham said his struggles to balance his obligations are â&#x20AC;&#x153;very hardâ&#x20AC;? and he noted that he had an especially tough time during his ÂżUVWVHPHVWHU


â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was my 8 a.m. classes," Graham said. "This semester Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not taking any 8 a.m. classes and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing much better.â&#x20AC;? Now that he is adjusting to OLIH DW 87 *UDKDP H[SUHVVHG KLV desire to help bring UT a championship. After college, the accounting major said he has more lofty aspirations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My [long-term] goal is to ultimately go to the NBA,â&#x20AC;? Graham said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue to strive as long as I have two legs and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m healthy. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see myself in the 9-to-5 world.â&#x20AC;? As Graham works hard to reach his goals, he keeps in mind

his inspirations: his families, both in Tampa and back home, and Jesus Christ. He says he would not be where he is without them. Graham still has two years of eligibility after this season, and he and the coaching staff have high H[SHFWDWLRQV *UDKDPÂśVH[SODQDWLRQIRUKLV VHOIFRQÂżGHQFH ZDV VLPSOH \HW direct and powerful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m an impact player.â&#x20AC;?

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Top 5 Showdown

Baseball: The University of Tampa baseball team was able to salvage a win in the four-game set against No. 5 Southern Arkansas. Tampa fell to the Muleriders 7-9 in the opening game of the series, 6-7 in the second game and 1-8 in the third. ,Q WKH VHULHV ÂżQDOH WKH Spartans dominated SAU behind a strong performance from starting pitcher John Wiedenbauer, en-route to a 12-1 victory. The 3-3 weekend drops Tampa to No. 20 nationally.

Starting Slow

Tennis: The University of Tampa tennis team opened its 2010 season with four straight losses. The Spartans had a tough opening to their season as UT faced nationally ranked opponents, none lower than No. 23. Tampa was shut out 0-9 in each of the matches.

Hard Works Pays Off; Spartan Earns Starting Spot By Ryan Burkett Sports Writer

Many of the NCAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 380,000 athletes struggle between work, academics and athletics. Perhaps no one knows the value of this balancing act more than one University of Tampa athelete, a walk-on basketball player named Ashton Graham. Graham was born in Toronto, Canada, on April 6, 1989. He remained in the Toronto area through midAshton Graham dle school before heading south to the Tampa area. It was at Gaither High School in northwest Hillsborough County where Graham grew substantially as a basketball player. There he played for the Cowboys under coach Dwayne Olinger, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Oâ&#x20AC;? as his players know him. Graham credited Olinger with helping him develop one critical aspect of his game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach O taught me how to

shoot,â&#x20AC;? Graham said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a really good shooter until he taught me the correct form.â&#x20AC;? Despite standing out at Gaither, regional interest from colleges ZDVYLUWXDOO\QRQH[LVWHQW Graham had a family connection, however, at Franklin Pierce University, a Division II school in New Hampshire. His uncle, Jerome Campbell, played at Franklin Pierce, which aided in Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to give it a shot. After just one season, Graham left Franklin Pierce and headed back to Tampa to play for UT. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really like [playing for Franklin Pierce] too much because I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get much playing WLPH´*UDKDPVDLGRIKLVH[SHULence with the Ravens. He appeared in a mere 12 games during his freshman year and averaged 7.3 minutes per game. Graham scored a total of 22 points that season. Now at UT, Grahamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role KDVEHFRPHPXFKPRUHGHÂżQHG His playing time has also increased dramatically as he recently began starting. See â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basketballâ&#x20AC;? [15] $VKWRQ*UDKDPZRUNLQJLQWKHSDLQWIRUWKH6SDUWDQVA.Sanford/The Minaret

Speedy Outfielder Ends Game With One Swing

Streak Snapped W. Basketball: The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team dropped its second conference game of the season on the road against Rollins Tampa fell to the Tars 4861. In the contest Tampa was out-rebounded 56-44. The Tars also racked up 13 secondchance points. The loss snapped an eightgame conference win streak

7\OHU&R[KLWDZDONRIIKRPHUXQDJDLQVW:DUQHUKara Wall/The Minaret By Kyle Bennett Sports Editor

7\OHU&R[KLWDZDONRIIKRPH run Tuesday night to give Tampa a 4-3 lead over the Warner Royals. &R[ WRRN WKH ÂżUVW SLWFK KH saw from Royalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pitcher Kyle

No. 16 W. Basketball


M. Basketball

at Barry

Feb. 20 @ 4 p.m. at Barry

>>> An eight-game win streak was snapped by the Rollins Tars as Tampa fell 48-61. Tampa will take on the Buccaneers before hosting SSC foe Florida Southern on Feb. 24.

>>> The Spartans broke out of a eight-game SSC losing streak as they defeated as they throttled Saint Leo 80-65. Following a game against Eckerd Tampa will take on Barry.

Feb. 20 @ 2 p.m.

notably known for his speed on the base paths, took a waist-high fast ball from Janovsky and gave LWDULGHWRGHHSFHQWHUÂżHOG )RU&R[LWZDVKLVÂżUVWKRPH RIWKHVHDVRQDQGKLVVL[WK5%, Down 1-0, for the majority RIWKHJDPH7DPSDÂżQDOO\HUDVHG the goose egg from the scoreboard and went up on the Royals 3-1 in WKHVL[WK There the score would stay until Warner University added two runs in the eight to knot it at three a piece. 7KH5R\DOVXVHGVL[SLWFKHUV all for two innings or less, to get through the game. Janovsky took the loss for Warner, although the Spartans broke open the game against Kendal Sherrouse. Sherrouse went just one third of an inning giving up three runs on three hits, while also walking one Tampa batter.

Daniel Foltz started the game for Tampa throwing three innings, allowing only one run, on threehits, the one run coming off a solo home run by the catcher Cory johnson in the second inning. Following Foltz, Tom Meagher came in and tossed four innings of one hit baseball, while recording seven strike outs. Although surrendering two key runs which kept the Royals in the game, Aaron Gerbasi took the win for Tampa. Gerbasi threw two innings, allowing two runs, on two hits. He struck out three and also walked two. The University of Tampa will be back in action on the road as they take on the Stillman Tigers in a three game set. The Spartans return home on Feb. 24 to take on the SSC rival 6DLQW /HR /LRQV LQ D QRQFRQIHUence affair.

No. 20 Baseball


Feb. 19 @ 5 p.m. at Stillman

Feb. 23 @ 3 p.m. vs. Eckerd

>>> Following a game against Warner, UT will travel to Tuscaloosa as they take on the Stillman Tigers. Tampa went 3-3 last week dropping them 16 spots in the latest poll.

>>> The Tampa tennis team ZRQLWVÂżUVWPDWFKRIWKHVHDson by defeating the No. 23 Saint Leo Lions. Tampa will be in action next when they host Eckerd on Feb. 23.

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Vol. 76 No. 20

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