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Martinez Upgrade Unveiled Improved complex ‘a real magnet’ for student sports


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Last Thursday, the lobby of the Martinez Athletics Center was packed during its re-dedication ceremony to former University of Tampa student and Florida governor Bob Martinez. The enhanced structure remains the home of the athletic facilities and also the new Health Sciences and Human Performance building. The building was originally named after Martinez in 1987 when he was the sitting governor of Florida, but there was no formal dedication. This time, the event was well attended with such notable people as Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn and UT President Ronald Vaughn. “This dedication today is a reflection of this governor’s commitment to this community,” Buckhorn said. “His quiet, unassuming, humble way that he has changed this city in ways that we can’t even imagine.” Aside from being an active UT supporter, Martinez was also previously inducted into the UT Athletic Hall of Fame and was honored as a UT Alumnus of the Year. The athletic building now has a weight room and conditioning area

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A new statue of a Spartan stands just inside the entrance of the newly renovated Martinez Athletic Center.

double the size of the original. It triples the size of the improved sports medicine and rehabilitation area and has two new locker rooms with 425 lockers, a two-story study lounge,

offices for every coach and five new meeting rooms. “I think you will find that this rivals the best of any academic institution, particularly in the South,” Don

DeFosset, chairman of the UT Board of Trustees said, “It will be a real magnet and drawing card for us to help in our

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SP Keeps Programming with Dean as Temporary Adviser

By JESSICA KEESEE AND MIA GLATTER Associate Editor and News Editor

Student Productions is searching for a new adviser after former adviser Jennifer Powell resigned from the University of Tampa. Powell, former coordinator of student events, left after the RNC’s end to move back home to Indiana and begin a new job at Valparaiso University where she is now the assistant director of the Student Union. While at UT, Powell worked as the adviser for SP, a position now left empty. As adviser, Powell signed all contracts for SP, oversaw operations and educated on university policy. “We work relatively independently though, Jenn would make sure that we weren’t missing anything but she left most of the decisions up to us,” said SP President Ryan Day. Powell announced her resignation to

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Executive members of Student Productions meet weekly to plan events.

the SP board before the start of the fall semester, but approached Day during organization training, after Day had arrived back to Florida. “It was definitely rough losing Jenn and I think I speak for the entire board

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when I say that,” said Day. “She’d been here just over 2 years and had been the adviser for most of us since we started. She was a fantastic mentor and friend but we know she’s going to do great things at her new job.”

Powell’s departure has changed Day’s day to day operations with SP. He now regularly meets with board members concerning upcoming events, which Day said has made him “a lot more detailed oriented so as not to miss anything.” “Immediately after Jenn left it was definitely strange getting used to but she trained us really well to work on our own,” said Day. With Powell gone, Stephanie Russell Krebs, dean of students, acts as SP’s temporary adviser. As the temporary advisor Krebs meets weekly with members of various organization’s boards including the Student Productions president, homecoming chair and concert chair. “I also sign-off on all of their expenses and their entertainment contracts.” Krebs said, “I am available

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Additions Include New Weight Rooms, Science Labs the crown jewel of that area over there,” McNew said. “It’s a state-of-the-art facility where students are already studying the effects of exercise and nutrition on human performance.” Local professional teams and equipment manufacturers have already started expressing interest in the use of these new facilities for research and evaluation. Bob Martinez was very thankful for the rededication. But he also reminded everyone why this building was renovated. “I want to thank everyone for being here today, I really appreciate it,” he said. “But most important is the students and athletes that will appreciate this building, much more than I will. It’s for them it was done. They’re the ones that are going to use it and we’re going to watch them win more titles,” he said. The ceremony ended with the presentation of a plaque for Martinez and his wife, Mary Jane, to show the university’s appreciation for everything they have done for UT. A ribbon-cutting followed and the building was officially open. Larry Marfise, director of athletics, thinks the complex will build a sense of pride for students and athletes. “The minute you walk through the doors of this facility, you get the impression that the University of Tampa cares about its students, and how hard they work on and off the field, and that’s what we want out of the students,” he said. “We want them to come here and feel a sense of pride as soon as they hit the front doors of this facility.” “It allows us to highlight our past and our present, but also allows us to host our future, and that’s what higher education is,” Marfise added. Caroline Metell can be reached at cmetell@

From MARTINEZ, Page 1 recruiting efforts, as well as retention of students and really generating a lot of enthusiasm in the area.” The University has nearly 7,000 students this year-A new record. So it was crucial to expand the space provided for majors such as allied health, nursing and athletic training. Senior Grace Jungclas, president of the Athletic Training Student Organization, is excited for what the new facilities have to offer. “I’m really excited about it, I feel like the quality of our education has increased just by the new equipment,” she said. “That’s really expanded our opportunities.” Another thing that has expanded are the sports teams on campus. They will be using the new space and equipment. “The athletic facilities have really expanded; there’s a lot less confusion,” Jungclas said. “We have more space for all our incoming athletes, such as the lacrosse team. We’re expecting women’s lacrosse next fall too. The athletic training room can actually hold a lot more athletes. We can do a lot more treatments and it’s just much more efficient.” Provost Janet McNew talked about the Health Sciences and Human Performance building, and how much it has expanded. It now has five additional classrooms, a new marine science and vertebrae paleontology laboratory, two renovated human anatomy/ physiology labs, two individual skill assessment rooms for athletic training and physical education students, an administrative office, 18 faculty offices, an academic study lounge and a conference room. It also now houses a 1,700 square foot human performance laboratory. “In a way this is kind of

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The remodeled Martinez Athletic Center houses a 1,700 square foot human performance center, five additional classrooms, a new marine science and vertebrae paleontology laboratory, two renovated human anatomy/physiology labs, two individual skill assessment rooms for athletic training and physical education students, an administrative office, 18 faculty offices, an academic study/ lounge and a conference room.




Student, Faculty Parking Causes Frustration Across Campus By CAROLINE METELL News Writer

It’s common to hear conversations around the University of Tampa campus revolving around homework, going out and the temperamental weather. However, the most common conversation nowadays is the issue of parking, even though the parking consensus shows enough spots for all registered students. There are new parking plans in the works, but many students still feel there is not enough spots to accommodate the number of students on campus that have a car, especially the commuters. Jessie Bergman, a senior music performance major, thinks that the lack of parking for commuter students is a problem. “I don’t have class until noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I can barely find parking on the sixth floor of West garage.” According to Linda Devine, VP of Operations and Planning, the freshman class is usually the one that brings the fewest cars to campus. The ones living in the Howard Johnson can use the hotel lot, but freshmen are also allowed to use West Parking Garage. However, with the amount of students using the garages, it is interfering with schedules. “Almost every time I come to class at 10 a.m. I am late because of the congestion in the garage, and people stopping so frequently to stalk people to their cars,” Bergman said. There have been several complaints this fall regarding the lack of parking, but according to collected

and researched data, there should be enough space for everyone. “We are still assessing where we are with parking permits issued this fall,” Devine said. “Our official census date was Sept. 19, and we’re working through those analyses now. However, our projections showed a sufficient number of spaces for students, faculty and staff.” It’s not only students who have trouble finding parking sometimes; the faculty and staff also experience the same problem.

that with a greater number of students on campus (possibly many with cars) will affect the already crowded parking garages. But there is a plan for that. “Once construction around [Residence Hall] 7 and west of North Boulevard is completed, there will be more parking options for drivers,” Devine said. “The master plan does allow for an additional parking structure but it is too soon to comment on specifics.” But for right now, there is a plan to help students, faculty and “Almost every time I come to staff find places to park class at 10 a.m. I am late because of in the near future. “In Samantha Battersby/The Minaret the congestion in the garage, and the next few weeks Often, there are limited spaces available even on the we’ll be opening a people stopping so frequently to roof of the West Parking garage. small (55 spaces) stalk people to their cars.” temporary lot near the Maybe we want to have an off-campus -Jessie Bergman Thomas Garage,” Devine lot with a shuttle system. We could explained. “That lot, when benchmark how other universities are coupled with 16 spaces near remedying limited parking.” the 813 Building, will help Or the campus could follow other “I think the main reason is that give drivers some additional options.” colleges and universities by limiting the university has grown quite a bit Another way to possibly open up the number of students allowed to since the parking lots and garages more parking could be to act more on bring cars, “We should have a ‘nowere designed, and it basically the sustainability message the campus is cars-for-freshmen’ policy, like other has outgrown its capacity to serve promoting. Professor Plays thinks this universities do,” Bergman said. the faculty and staff with adequate could be another efficient method to With the new campus expansion, the parking,” communication professor solve the problem of a lack of parking. future of campus parking is on people’s Dana Plays said. “The University encourages minds. But with new parking options According to Devine, The sustainability, by giving priority parking opening, students, faculty and staff University of Tampa’s new regular spaces to green vehicles, which I see as should be able to easily find places to undergraduate number is actually a good thing,” she said. “Other green park, without worrying about missing lower this year than last. However the solutions might be to give incentives out on class or other obligations. campus is still growing, and even with for carpooling, biking, walking to Caroline Metell can be reached at the upcoming addition of the newest work, with some sort of quota parking residence hall, students are worried system, to build credit for prime spots.



From the Sept. 24 to Sept. 30 reports

On Tuesday Oct. 18, Student Government met in Reeves Theater His Name Isn’t Actually Jason Bourne On Sept. 26 at 2:45 a.m., an intoxicated underage student was found in possession of a fraudulent driver’s license. iPhone is now myPhone On Sept. 27 at 4:50 p.m., a resident student reported the theft of his iPhone.

“Stop Screaming One Direction in My Ear!” On Sept. 28 at 1 a.m., a Yellow Cab driver grabbed a student by the arm.

Here’s A Tip: Go To Plant Park On Sept. 28 at 11:50 p.m., marijuana was found during a search of a student’s room.

That’s One Hot Shower On Sept. 30 at 1 p.m., a fire alarm was activated by heavy steam from a shower in a resident’s room.

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Bringing Home Leftovers from Salsa Rico? On Sept. 28 at 2:45 a.m., a Sodexo facilities employee removed food items from the food court.

Show your school spirit! Tampa Tuesdays - win free prizes by wearing UT gear. This Saturday is International Night for UT soccer at 8 p.m. Live screenings of the Presidential Debates will be hosted by UT Democrats on Oct. 11, 16, 22 in Plant Hall Music Room from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Library hours will be extended from Oct. 8-21st. Monday-Wednesday and Sunday hours will be from 10-2 p.m. The library will close at 9 p.m. on Fridays. There will be free food and giveaways at the library. Midnight Madness will take place on Oct. 14th at 11 p.m. Homecoming week starts Oct. 17th. Greek God & Goddess party will take place on Oct. 17th from 8-11 p.m. in Vaughn Lobby. Homecoming Volleyball Game will take place on Oct. 19th at 7 p.m. The Homecoming King & Queen will be crowned.



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to meet with the other members of SP on an additional needed basis.” Though the appointment of the position was sudden, Krebs says that it has not been a burden to her. “I have really enjoyed serving as the temporary adviser. When I came to UT 14 years ago I was hired to work with student productions and advised them for 5 years. This particular group of students in SP is very high functioning. They are terrific campus programmers and are a joy to work with.” Krebs also had high praise for the Student Productions president, Ryan Day, and the other members of SP. “Ryan Day, the SP president is an amazing student leader. During this

time of transition he has provided wonderful continuity for the group,” Krebs said. “I love every minute of working with SP.” Krebs will also be an integral part of the search to find the new Student Productions adviser. Krebs will hold campus interviews with all the final candidates and will return feedback to the search committee, which is made up of faculty, staff and students. In addition to the interview, candidates will be a part of a public presentation that students are encouraged to attend. “During their interview days all the candidates will meet with a variety of campus stakeholders (faculty, staff and students) even though they are not on the search committee.” Krebs says that there isn’t a singular person in mind for the position yet, but she does have certain qualities, which the candidate must have. “I am always looking for new student affairs staff members who are student-centered,” she said “Professionals that love to empower students to reach their full potential and staff who value diversity and inclusion that will serve as positive role models for students would add value to the UT community.” Jessica Keesee can be reached at Mia Glatter can be reached at Mia.

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Stephanie Russell Krebs is the temporary Student Productions adviser.

Internship Fairs Beneficial for Students By DANIELLE STREJC Contributor

With internship and career fairs coming up next month, the University of Tampa’s career service department conducted an interactive workshop Wednesday to provide students with job-seeking advice. The workshop, “Making the Most of a Career Fair,” was presented by Casey Hewins, a representative from Northwestern Mutual Finance Network - an employer that participates in the job and internship fairs at UT. The company actively seeks “independent young driven students,” Hewins said. She explained it is important to remember networking is crucial for young students seeking opportunity in the working world because “80 percent of all jobs are found through networking.” “I love when people take my business card off the table before I even offer it to them,” Hewins stated. “Because of networking, if I meet a candidate who is not right for the position I have, but I like that person, I’ve seen their resume and they are interacting with me – chances are likely I may know of a recruiter who would be perfect and point out a position for that person.” Hewins also explained there are many other aspects that a student must consider


major, current activities and any additional strengths. “Tie in things you’re active in and passionate about,” Hewins suggested. “Know what makes you stand out from other candidates.” It is also important to prepare a resume and get critiques, she said. “The University of Tampa career services is phenomenal for this,” Hewins said. “They will sit down with you and go over your resume word-for-word, making sure you sound as articulate as you want to be.” Another crucial aspect of a job fair is “dressing to impress,” stressed Hewins. “It’s important to remember it’s not a day at the beach, but not an award show either,” she said, “but it’s definitely better to overdress than underdress.” And for those who feel that they are too young to pursue an internship, think again. “I think the earlier you go to practice, the better,” stated Sheila Hood, associate director of career services. “If you start looking as a freshman or sophomore, by the time you’re a junior or senior and you are really crunching for an internships, you’ve made your mistakes already and the butterflies you get at job fairs have gone away.” Lisa Aquilino, a sophomore who

“I feel the reason I’ve already had an internship was because of the help I received from job fair workshop I attended last year.”

before walking into a career fair. For one, she explained, it’s essential to do research beforehand on the companies participating in the event. “It’s your chance to interview the company you’re interested in,” Hewins stated. “Go there with some sort of knowledge – step up and tell them why you are there, what you would bring to the table, and show them why you would be the best one for the position.” Secondly, she said it is important to prepare an “elevator speech,” a brief introduction about yourself including your


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attended the workshop, recommended students interested in finding internships take advantage of workshops the UT career services has to offer. “Every time I attend, I get more insight on how to stand out and I gain more confidence,” Aquilino said. “I feel the reason I’ve already had an internship was because of the help I received from job fair workshop I attended last year.” Danielle Strejc can be reached at

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Internship fairs provide opportunities for students to network and explore their potential job and internship options.

5 UT College Conservatives Play Active Role in 2012 Campaigns



Marco Tarantino, new president wants to expand membership of the club

By PAOLA CRESPO Opinion Editor

Marco Tarantino is the new president of the University of Tampa’s College Conservatives. He started his position as president this semester, taking over from Boston Ross, who graduated last spring. This semester the club increased in numbers “from only four to five members last year to about 25,� said Tarantino, a junior. “Elections are always a bigger turnout for people.� The goal of the club, as stated by Tarantino, is to unite people and foster conservative values and ideals. The club meets on Thursdays and they discuss upcoming events along with socials where they go out to eat and talk about Republican ideals. “Even though we are the College Conservatives we do a

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The UT College Conservatives have registered approx.200 Republican and independent voters.

lot more or less with the Republican party,� Tarantino explained. The club would have to go through a process of being federated in order to be considered a College Republican Club. “If we become a College Republican Club then we can’t get help from nonprofit or non-affiliation groups,� said Tarantino. Tarantino discussed several events the club has done this semester, including a voter registration drive. In the last three weeks, they have registered around 200 Republicans and independent voters, Tarantino said. Members went to a Paul Ryan rally in Oldsmar on Sept. 15 and were caught on camera of a local news station as they stood right behind the vice presidential nominee during his speech. When John McCain visited UT on Sept. 18, Tarantino was able to attend, while the club as a whole could not. “He is a very eloquent speaker,� he commented. “He was actually very funny. I didn’t expect that from him.� The club also participated in phone banking on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Victory Office in South Tampa, calling people and telling them to “go out and vote.� According to Tarantino, they mainly “tell people who are independent why they should vote for Mitt Romney and why they shouldn’t vote for Obama.� Members also canvassed neighborhoods as a way to reach out to people and persuade them to vote

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Marco Tarantino, the new president of the college conservatives, has high hopes for club this year.

Republican. In two hours last weekend, Tarantino hit about 50 houses in the Temple Terrace area.“We get good responses,� he said. “You get to go face to face with the voter. See the people, where they live, what they’re like. It’s a little more personal than just calling them on the phone.� In addition to being president of the College Conservatives, Tarantino has been active with local politics. He is currently working in a campaign for E.J. Otero, who is running for Congress in Florida’s 14th District as a Republican against incumbent Kathy Castor. He has been helping Otero for the past eight to nine months. “A lot of the political stuff I learned, I learned from his campaign,� he said.

Back on campus, Tarantino’s hope for the club this year is to build its numbers. “Get the word out,� he said. “Be consistent. It’s hard to figure out what to do to keep people in the club. This is a problem with a lot of these political organizations. People usually jump on the bandwagon at the last moment of elections. You have to be creative. We want people to keep coming back.� Tarantino plans to do this by bringing in guest speakers, such as state Rep. Rich Glorioso from Brandon, and helping with interest groups such as the NRA. Paola Crespo can be reached at Paola.

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Rock of Ages Oct. 6

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Arts + Entertainment: Review Edition

Vintage Essence Comes Alive at Oxford Exchange

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Clockwise from top left: The main marble hallway that connects the bookstore with the restaurant, coffee shop, tea shop and home décor shop; the seating area that rests between the Tebella Tea Company and Buddy Brew Coffee; and the array of books offered in the bookstore. By ALEXANDRA TOWNSEND Arts + Entertainment Writer

Walking into Oxford Exchange, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Located in the old building on Kennedy Blvd. across from the University of Tampa campus and to the left of Falk Theatre, Oxford Exchange is an eclectic fusion of multiple businesses. It is a book store, Buddy Brew Coffee, TeBella Tea Company, restaurant, antique home décor shop and private office suites all in one space. This isn’t a usual combination, but it somehow works. I entered the antique shop first to find many new and curious customers browsing the merchandise. I was quickly greeted by an employee, UT junior and international business and finance major Iram Cesani. Cesani described the building as a “high profile investment company that is a community within a community, bringing the artsy community to Tampa.” The building itself is 100 years old, and the owners decided to keep the original architecture to give Oxford Exchange an aged feel. During the renovation process, they hired Aesthetic Movement, a design company based in New York, to complete

the transformation. Past the antique furniture shop is TeBella Tea Company. Here, individuals can order traditional iced and hot teas as well as salted caramel lattés and strawberry mint juleps. According to Cesani, TeBella hosts tea parties every day from three to five p.m. These tea parties mostly cater to wealthier retirees looking for a relaxing way to spend an afternoon with friends and loved ones. Indoor seating surrounds TeBella, but there is outdoor seating as well. Just beyond TeBella is Buddy Brew Coffee. They have a menu similar to Starbucks in both price and variety. Buddy Brew serves traditional coffees, lattés and espressos, but they also offer Italian sodas, sparkling water and some baked goods. Oxford Exchange hopes to be a big draw for UT students, especially since its store hours open at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, before some of the on-campus dining options open. It is definitely a great option for breakfast and coffee before early morning classes. Oxford Exchange closes at 5:30 p.m. during the weekdays, which is later than the Rathskeller. The bookstore is located in the very back of the building. The shelves are

filled with a wide variety of books including: the classics like “Animal Farm” and “The Odyssey” and more recent novels like “The Help.” There are many unique collectable items like typewriters placed in the center of the reading tables. It is this attention to the detail scattered around the space that seems quirky yet comforting. Every nook and cranny contains different pieces of artwork and furniture, giving it the feel of someone’s personal urban loft. Despite the distinct and unusual blend of these different types of businesses, they all seem to go hand-in-hand. Customers can order coffee or tea and browse books and furniture as they slowly sip their beverages. Whether retirees or college students visit, it’s the perfect spot for people to unwind from their everyday lives and enjoy the vintage revival. Alexandra Townsend can be reached at staddancer@gmail. The swanky restaurant inside Oxford Exchange has a com. fountain in the middle as well as a giant skylight.




Florence and the Machine Lights Up USF Sun Dome BY SEANNON NICHOLS Arts + Entertainment Writer


Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine revealed her inner goddess during her show in Tampa last week.

Music came thundering out of bull country’s Sun Dome in Tampa last week. The electrifying music came from none other than the one-and-only, incandescent Florence + The Machine. Paired along with the British phenomenon was the south London indie rock band known as the Maccabees, who are somewhat similar to We the Kings and Secondhand Serenade. This was the ninth stop on Florence’s second leg of visiting North America for their two-year tour. Florence + The Machine are out promoting their newest album, Ceremonials, which released Oct. 28, 2011. Ceremonials is the album that Florence proclaims is the “epitome of where I am in my life right now.” Anyone that enjoys her heavenly, melodic song stylings knows she has a majestic voice that has the raw power to challenge legends like Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Adele. Her performance on Tuesday night was just as awe-inspiring. I had the distinct pleasure of standing in the front row of the floor section along with 200 other Florence fans while she eccentrically twirled around the stage like a black swan ballerina. I was worried about the quality of her live voice not meeting up to par with the album recordings, however, all my worries were squashed when her voice bounced along with the acoustics of the Dome. She dazzled us with a set list that included but was not limited to: “Only If For a Night,” “What the Water Gave Me,” “Cosmic Love,” “Shake It Out” and she closed with the grand “Dog Days Are Over.” Florence’s live performance matched her powerhouse pipes portrayed on the albums perfectly. It was actually even better. At times the strength that came out of her vocal chords felt so moving; any music lover would have had all sorts of emotions running through their bodies. My roommate and I were so enthralled by the performance that when Florence sang

“Raise It Up,” I placed my roommate on my shoulders upon Florence’s request for everyone to lift a loved one above the crowd. The accompanying lights slowly raised toward the ceiling as if giving the audience a guide to follow as they lift someone up. Also, the lighting was fantastic in itself throughout the entire show. Florence looked like she was some sort of goddess with the spotlights shining from above down to her. It was almost like her voice was an omnipresent being. Florence + The Machine’s performance was definitely something I will remember for a very long time. A member of the crowd that stood next to me mentioned that she had seen Florence + The Machine in concert three previous times and this was their best show out of all the others. Even though it was my first Florence concert, it was still particularly memorable, especially the finale. She has a “ritual” to end every concert by making the crowd jump on the count of three until every single person is jumping together. This prefaced “Dogs Days Are Over,” and we continued to jump throughout the entire song. The energy in the joint was buzzing around like a bunch of molecules bouncing around in space. The audience practically worshipped Florence’s ethereal voice. The whole show honestly centered around Florence, making her seem like an angel. And I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Seannon Nichols can be reached at

Critic’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Kendrick Lamar Leaves Fans Begging for More By JORDAN LLANES Sports Writer

The bass thumped, the crowd roared and the words flowed like the Hillsborough River. By the time headliner Kendrick Lamar had taken the stage at around 10:30 p.m. last Wednesday, the crowd had already been treated to a superb show by the opening acts, which included Fly Union, Jay Rock, Stalley and Ab Soul. Then Kendrick, whom Dr. Dre has labeled as his protégé, came out, causing the crowd to roar to a recordsetting decibel level. He started off with “HiiiPower,” which is well-known with Lamar fans, as it details Lamar’s self-proclaimed religion and his base connections with the legendary Tupac Shakur with the customary loud bass that had ruled the concert thus far. Then it was onto “F-- Your Ethnicity,” in which he preached to the crowd about the importance of ignoring each other’s color and race. “Hol Up” and “ADHD” followed, and the crowd began to sing along with Kendrick. By the time “ADHD” and its drug-infused lyrics had ended, the crowd had nailed the last set of lyrics. Then a slight disturbance with the sound took place, but it was no problem for Kendrick, as he just busted into some freestyle, which really riled everyone up. When the music and DJ were back on track, Lamar went on without a hitch,

flowing right into “Ronald Reagan Era,” which continued the theme of kids abusing drugs during the 80s. He then followed up with “The Spiteful Chant.” It really upped the bass even louder. The floor of the Ritz shook as everyone jumped and pumped their fists to the beat. “Tammy’s Song” was up next, and as one of Lamar’s best flows, it met my standards. It detailed two women who cheat on their boyfriends because they were unfaithful. Kendrick performed “Michael Jordan” next as he continued to talk about his HiiiPower movement as well as his background growing up in the rough streets of Compton in Los Angeles. Then came “Rigamortus,” one of Lamar’s best-known songs. By this time, the crowd knew every word before Kendrick uttered it, often a couple of words ahead of him. Lamar closed with his most popular songs. “The Recipe,” which features Lamar’s mentor, Dr. Dre, nearly blew the roof off the Ritz. The bass and crowd practically drowned out his performance. But Lamar killed it even without Dr. Dre there next to him, easily flowing into Dre’s verses like he was meant to rap this song alone. Then came “Swimming Pools.” The audience refrained from saying the chorus repeatedly: “N---, why you babysittin’ only two or three shots?/I’ma show you how to turn it up a notch/first you get a swimming pool full of liquor/then you dive in it/pool full of

liquor/then you dive in.” As Kendrick walked off the stage, the audience begged for more. He of course obliged it, running back onto the stage for “Cartoons and Cereal,” his latest hit and final encore. The crowd roared once more, more audible over the subdued yet still ever present bass. Kendrick then saluted the wild fans, threw out a pair of autographed Beats headphones to a fan in the front and exited the stage. The lights came back on in the packed Ritz, and an announcer said, “You ain’t gotta go home, but you gotta get the hell out of here.” What an apt ending to a night filled with nothing but bass. Kendrick himself couldn’t have said it any better. Jordan Llanes can be reached at jordan.llanes@

Critic’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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“Twitter Famous” Students Gain Thousands of Followers By ALYSSA HINGRE

mind. He especially Tweets about pop culture and his personal life. “I love Twitter. Everyone should get one,” Christopher suggested. Hobar, another “Twitter Famous” student, has nearly 5,000 followers. She is known for her hilariously quirky Tweets, which are jokes she makes up all on her own. “I never steal anything. I’ll take an idea and twist it in my head,” Hobar said. According to Hobar, “I started doing the funny route the summer before freshman year.”

Her dry sense of humor and wit was her claim to fame. Over that summer, her Twitter account blew up, Twitter is like a daily yearbook. People post their and, before she knew it, she had thousands of followers. opinions and thoughts whenever they feel like it. Students “I think I gained two thousand that summer,” Hobar said. who transition to Twitter from Facebook usually have She posts whenever a clever thought or one-liner around 100 followers (usually their friends). Many pops into her head, and she’ll base a lot of the jokes Twitter users follow those friends in return as well as around her environment. their favorite celebrities. A British radio DJ started following her. He loved However, it’s not as common for a celebrity to follow one of her Tweets so much that he shared it on his the average person back. So, how does one become radio show. “Twitter Famous”? Hobar has also had a Canadian cartoonist use her Sophomores Erica Hobar and Tevin as inspiration for one of his Christopher have found the answer. drawings. She really uses her Not only have they both gained an account to express herself as unbelievable following, but some an individual. celebrities and businesses have taken Hobar posts around six notice of their popularity. times a day during the summer, Also,UTsocialgroupshavecreatedTwitter but she still manages to post accounts such as UTampaGirlProblems and around four Tweets a day UTampaGuyProblems. during school semesters. Christopher has 1,203 followers, She is amazed to have such and the confirmed Justin Bieber account a massive following and to follows him. connect with people all around Oprah Winfrey has even Tweeted the world. back at him. Four years ago, when Not only have Hobar and Christopher first created his Twitter Christopher become “Twitter count, he would have never guessed he Famous,” but accounts would have made such an impact online. like UTampaProblems have It all seems so unreal. become fairly well-known in “I thought it was a cool idea just getting the UT student community. into trending topics and commenting. UTampaGayProblems Tweet You enter into conversations––people about the issues the average follow you and you follow them,” gay UT student might face in a Christopher said. humorous way. Once Justin Bieber started following him, U Ta m p a G i r l P r o b l e m s the number of followers increased rapidly. and UTampaBoyProblems Christopher explained, “After a few use the same tactic, but they celebrities Tweet back at you their fans distinctly discuss the funny or follow you.” not so funny problems college What exactly does Christopher Tweet about students run into at parties and that catches so many people’s attention? on campus. “If I’m having a long night and if Hobar stated, “Twitter is so something pops in my mind I say, ok I’ll weird, but that’s why I like it.” Tweet that,” Christopher said. Alyssa Hingre can be and reached at alyssa.hingre@ On those contemplative nights, he likes to Tweet whatever comes to his Sophomores Tevin Christopher and Erica Hobar have become “Twitter Famous.” These are some of their most Arts + Entertainment Writer

popular tweets.

10 OCTOBER 4 2012 | THE MINARET ‘The 2nd Law’ Lacks Cohesion By ERIC DUFFERT

Arts + Entertainment Writer

Over the past decade, Muse has emerged as one of Britain’s biggest musical exports. 2006 saw the release of Black Holes and Revelations, a cutting edge progressive rock album of the highest. Not only did it cement them as one of rock’s most ambitious acts but it helped them crack the tricky North American market. During that time, their sound has been expanding

at the same rate as the universe itself, and their sixth studio album, The 2nd Law, is unquestionably no exception. With The 2nd Law, the blistering choruses and operatic bravado still remain, but this time around Muse tries their hand at the latest musical buzz genre dubstep. Although, this is by no means a dubstep record. In fact, just defining what type of album The 2nd Law is, is like trying to eat soup with a fork: you just can’t do it. It’s a pop album, but it’s also a progressiverock album. It’s an alternative album, but it’s also an EDM/Dance album. It turns out that the only real way to classify “The 2nd Law” is as a collection of songs––a collection that divvies into a smorgasbord of musical influences. This diverse and at times bizarre assortment opens with the tune “Supremacy” which, with its multilayered orchestral tones and big guitars, sounds tailor-made to be the next James Bond theme. Track two takes a drastic genre shift with the song “Madness,” a stripped down electro-bass line pop song. The musical rollercoaster continues with “Panic Station,” a funky track that is nothing short of being offspring of the Scissor Sisters and Queen. The prominent influence of Queen can be heard throughout The 2nd Law, most notably on the track “Survival,” an over-the-top epic that has the feel of “Bohemian Rhapsody” on speed. Track five finds the British trio trying their hand at dance pop with “Follow Me,” a Rihanna-influenced dance floor anthem. And then there’s “The Second Law: Unsustainable” and “The Second Law: Isolated System.” This is where dubstep makes its unwelcome appearance. “Unsustainable,” an obvious nod to Skrillex and “Isolated System” with a shout out to Deadmou5, sounds painfully contrived and only adds to the album’s

already insurmountable lack of cohesion. Don’t get me wrong, The 2nd Law is still a hugely entertaining album that fits snuggly into Muse’s eclectic catalogue, but the album comes with flaws. It’s obvious Muse was trying to step out of their shadow with this latest anthology. During an interview with Q magazine, bassist Chris Wolstenholme stated, “It’s time to move on and do something radically different.” Radical would be putting it lightly.


Matt and Kim Get Loud With Album ‘Lightning’

By AMANDA SIERADZKI Arts + Entertainment Writer

Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino. This keyboardist and drummer duo make up indie band Matt & Kim, and their newest creation, Lightning dropped on Oct. 2. Past albums Grand and Sidewalks impressed critics and garnered fans with their raw style, lyrics and sound. Sidewalks grew from Grand’s happygo-lucky sound (like with “Daylight”) by incorporating different beats and a heavier feel (like with “Ice Melts”). Lightning is neither of these experiences. It is cardiac arrest. Noisier than past albums, there is a constant barrage of sound that skates around being too busy to being just the right amount of pep. Keeping with Matt & Kim’s fast-paced repertoire, there is barely a breather in any of the beginning tracks aside from some creative tempo change. “Let’s Go” kicks off Lightning in typical Matt & Kim fashion with a sick beat and lyrics that speak to the present moment, throwing caution to the wind and living youthfully. “Say what you want to want to say/make it mean everything” runs through the song and sets up the album’s overarching tone which alternates between life coach and drill sergeant. The more experimental “Now” plays with dubstep and drops that would make even the most narcissistic DJs a little selfconscious. Lyrics like “We will all ride this thing down,” “I know things aren’t perfect” and “sometimes truth sounds just like lies” culminate the feeling of an older sibling relaying advice. “It’s All Right” slows for a moment of continuing paternal reassurance before propelling into “Not That Bad” which emphasizes calm in the face of adversity. The 2nd Law is radical to the point of This track uses a lot of the traditional Grandintolerance. It’s also difficult to pinpoint esque piano and trumpets that seems to be what exactly Muse was trying to express missing from previous tracks, light enough here. To be just radically different is smug and illegitimate. In other words, it’s bombast for bombast’s sake. It’s almost like they did it for the hell of it, just to say that they could. That’s not genuine and lacks heart. The inability to inject humanity into their music is a problem that has plagued Muse throughout their career. They have a masterful and technical ability and the aptitude to write some of the world’s most complex music. The 2nd Law only reiterates this, but as complex as it may be, it still feels like it was written by a supercomputer. I guess with an album title alluding to Newton’s second law of thermodynamics, I should have known what I was getting myself into. If The 2nd Law was judged on technical merit and originality of each song individually, it would pass with flying colors. But if judged as a cognitive whole and taking into consideration emotional impact and authenticity, it would be a failed experiment. It is really up to the listener. If you like your music to have some feeling to it and a general sense of coherence then The 2nd Law isn’t for you, but if you want to hear something that could’ve been written by Hal 9000, to give the listener a much needed break. then you’ve found your holy grail. Though it brings the energy back up, Eric Duffert can be reached at “Overexposed” pales when compared to its successor “I Said.” The flavor in “I Said” is a unique mash of everything that came before it. It does more for me than the beginning of the album because it sincerely is trying at something new without cramming too much into one song. The repetition of lyrics beats you over the head so that you can only nod along and chant ritualistically. Critic’s Rating: In fact, “I Said” seems to be the fulcrum 2.5 out of 5 stars of the album, separating out the rush of the

beginning from the more controlled second half. “Tonight” still features sirens leading into bitching drops and builds but doesn’t lose itself in cacophony. Instead, it builds naturally into its chorus. My absolute favorite beat of the whole album occurs in “I Wonder,” which is completely unique yet so in alignment with the maturity I’d expect from a fourth album. Even the lyrics take a different direction from the rest of Lightning, becoming more introspective and even aggressive (heard mostly in “Much Too Late”). Once “Ten Dollars I Found” wraps up Lightning, there are many conclusions you could draw from the past half hour or so of music with the first being that this album is hopelessly optimistic. It gives you a violent hug at every turn to reassure you that no matter what precipice you face, Matt & Kim will catch you before you spiral down. As much as I appreciate Matt & Kim’s consistency and the progression of their sound, I felt nostalgic for previous albums where I didn’t feel as hurried along from track to track. The hyperactivity of the beginning wears you out, but thankfully it is redeemed by a cool down (or at least Matt & Kim’s interpretation of one) during the second half. “Ten Dollars I Found” is an elegant close, a much needed piano ballad with lovely simplicity after the intensity of the tracks that came before. A line from the very first track, “Let’s Go,” seems to sum up Lightning perfectly: “All these words/I don’t need them now.” It’s true. Matt & Kim have transcended words and melodies and brought us to a whole new realm where urban pop, hip-hop and indie rock can all orgy to make your ear holes happy. It’s a fantastic ride, though rushed at times, but still staying true to classic Matt & Kim. Matt and Kim will be stopping by the lightning capital of the world with Lightning;

more specifically at The Ritz in Ybor on Oct. 17. Tickets are on sale now. Amanda Sieradzki can be reached at

Critic’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars




Offering Bounty for Anti-Islam Filmmaker is Unbecoming of Politician solely based on his own religious beliefs, claiming he is “a Muslim first, then a During a press conference on Sept. 22, government representative.” Despite his Pakistani Railway Minister Ghulam Ahmad pious explanations about why he offered Bilour placed a $100,000 bounty on the the bounty on Nakoula, some analysts head of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Anyone believe that Bilour has deeper motivations who kills Nakoula will receive the money than the sanctity of Mohammed. from Bilour. Nakoula is the creator of the According to a recent article in Agenceanti-Islamic film that has caused violent France Presse, his reasons are political in protesting throughout the nature. The article stated, “A general Middle East. Although election is looming in the coming the film was originally months, and analysts say Bilour’s released on YouTube move may have been a misguided in July, it wasn’t until attempt to outflank the religious September that this violence right on an issue that has triggered exploded. According to visceral public anger in Pakistan.” The Washington Post, the Whether Bilour’s motivation was protests have been linked religious or political, I believe he was to the deaths of at least completely wrong when he put a price 51 people throughout the on Nakoula’s head. Although the film Middle East, most notably has caused a wave of violent protests J. Christopher Stevens, throughout the Middle East and the U.S. ambassador outraged nearly every Muslim in the to Libya. Bilour’s world, Nakoula did not break any laws. bounty announcement Bounties are reserved for criminals and, has generated much DarthF3TT/ although the act was stupid, the only controversy with his Nakoula’s Anti-Islam video infuriated Pakistani Railway Minister Bilour crimes Nakoula committed were false government and others representation and use of the Internet, around the world. Bilour’s actions are not in from the U.S. and other world governments, which were violations of his probation. conjunction with his seat in a political office which have all denounced the action. In 2010, Nakoula was found guilty of and I believe he should resign or be removed While Bilour has not made many allies check fraud and sentenced to 21 months in from his position in response to them. with his inflammatory remarks, he has made prison. Upon his release, he was placed on Shortly after Bilour announced friends on the darker side of politics. In a probation. Part of his conditions were no the bounty on Nakoula, the Pakistani recent news article by the Associated Press, use of the Internet for five years without government responded, clarifying that the Pakistani Taliban has announced that the approval of his probation officer. The Bilour’s statement was not the official because of the bounty, Bilour has earned YouTube publishing of “Innocence of stance of Pakistan. According to The amnesty with the group and has been taken off Muslims” was in violation of his probation Washington Post, Pakistan’s Foreign Office of their “hit list.” During his announcement, conditions and has landed him back behind released a statement on Monday saying that Bilour also appealed to al-Qaida and bars in California while he awaits a hearing. the bounty was “Bilour’s personal view.” Taliban militants, asking for their assistance As a government official, Bilour cannot While the Pakistani government has decried in the hunting and killing of Nakoula. allow his own personal beliefs to motivate Bilour’s bounty offer, they have not yet Bilour claims that the bounty is selfish actions. He is in a position of By DAVID ADAMS Opinion Columnist

brought about any negative action on him. The controversial bounty offer has also been refuted by Bilour’s political party, the Awami National Party. According to The Washington Post, Awami representative Haji Adeel said, “the statement was Bilour’s personal view, and that the party had sought an explanation from him.” Bilour’s bounty has also sparked action

influence and power, and using his position to place hits on people is a gross abuse of his office. If Bilour truly is a “Muslim first,” I believe he should rethink his current position in the government. If public service is not his first priority, then he needs to step down. Nakoula’s film was offensive and malicious, but as a public official, Bilour should be above the goading of a smalltime criminal and amateur filmmaker. Bilour’s bounty announcement deserved more decisive action from the Pakistan government. By not handing down punishment to Bilour, they are fundamentally advocating the price he has put on Nakoula’s head. In my opinion, the government made a public statement simply to save face. Their denunciation was minimal at best, and the Foreign Office didn’t even give their stance on the bounty; they only said that the offer was Bilour’s personal statement and not representative of the feelings of the government. Although Bilour’s motivation is unclear, he owes more to the people whom he represents as a public official. His statement, whether or not he was making a political move, was selfish and stupid. A government leader should realize that there are proper channels to go through to bring Nakoula to justice--this isn’t the Old West where gunslingers are free to fire off their six-shooters. Pakistan is considered a developed nation. I believe that they should take more pride in themselves than allowing their officials to speak off the cuff about an anti-Islamic filmmaker or anyone whose opinion may conflict with their own personal beliefs. at

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Protests Rise in Spain As Economy Collapses, Impacting Many Countries By SARAH GARRITY Opinion Writer

The economy in Europe has not been stable since the 2008 stock market crash. Eurozone, the economic union in which its members use the Euro as its sole currency, has been losing control of their debt. This has caused concerns of bankruptcy and countries defaulting (failing to pay financial obligation) on their debt. One member of Eurozone, Spain, has been on close watch. Spain has become the newest victim of towering bankruptcy and possibility of default. Their economic instability is starting to make investors and the rest of Europe concerned of what will become of the country’s economy. According to the Associated Press, protests broke out in Madrid on Sept. 25 outside the Spanish Parliament concerning the economic state, the 25 percent unemployment rate and the fear of an austerity budget (a policy to reduce the deficit by cutting public services and benefits). The protesters amounted to hundreds, resulting in 38 arrests and 64 injuries. BBC reported that Spain has released their budget plans for 2013. The plan includes cuts in ministerial spending, independent authorities monitoring government finances, increases in spending on student loans and pensions, freezes on public sector pay and an effort to cut spending to avoid rises in taxes. Though a plan has been created, its stability has not yet been met. No government should allow their economy to fall. With Spain being the fourth largest economy in Eurozone, a default could

cause widespread damage in Europe. collapse would not bring other economies the Greek government. Their attempts On Sept. 28, BBC reported that down. This is an option that Spain needs of trying to stabilize the Euro in Greece Spain’s banks would need 59.3 billion to take into deep consideration. If they have failed multiple times, resulting in euros, or $76.3 billion, to avoid a default. continue to be under the Euro, they more protests. Greece has had riots and The United States debt of $16 trillion continue to be a factor that will bring economic issues for over a year now, cannot compare to the amount and so far no default Spain needs, but the United States’ has been declared. government avoids default by Whether or not raising the debt limit (the amount they will soon is the government can borrow) which unclear at this time. occurred last year. Spain’s debt The fate of Spain, situation, however, is more complex. Greece and ultimately One reason why Spain is now Eurozone, is still up under fire for default is that investors in the air. If these are being driven away, as reported countries default, by CNN. Money continues to be economies will suffer. pulled out of their country, leaving Marketwatch reported Spain to borrow more money from two possible outcomes other sources and countries, which on the United States unpaid debts will result in default. if Spain does default. CNN also gave the reminder First, loans to the that the banking system in these country will not be Miguel.Aguilera/ paid, causing a chain European countries are critical, Citizens protest against the government with “They are sinking our country” poster. calling them the “lifeblood of their of companies to borrow economy”, and calling the state of from other companies, or Spain’s economy “the perfect storm.” most of the European economies down. a “contagion reaction.” The other outcome The global economy has been coming Spain is not the only country that is depends on the economy’s state. If the back since the 2008 stock market crash-- on the brink of default. Greece has been economy is not doing well, businesses are the worst economic crash since the Great closely watched for the last year on the at a major risk of closure. If the economy Depression--but it is still not stable. One fear for their debt, which has reached improves, then U.S. companies can lend outcome that will occur is the decreased $407 billion in July, according to BBC. to them more money. The drawback to this value in the Euro. Since Spain is under the Greece also had riots on Sept. 28, though is companies in the United States Euro currency, if they default it affects all reported by Associated Press, when over lose money. No matter the outcome, the other countries that are in the European 50,000 people protested in Athens due to American economy will be damaged from Union and use the Euro, and will cause austerity and budget cuts, making this the these defaults. All that can be said now is the value of the Euro to drop. Economic largest protest in Greece in six months. governments must meet together and find blogs on Telegraph and MarketWatch Protestors threw gasoline bombs, while a solution to their deficits before more suggest that Spain should leave the Euro police used tear gas to disarm them. This damage to the global economy occurs. and establish their own currency. If they was a 24-hour strike that was the result Sarah Garrity can be reached did this, the effect of their economic of austerity policies being adopted into at



No Children Allowed: New ‘Quiet Zone’ on Airline AirAsia By JESSICA FORTE Opinion Writer

When traveling, sometimes you experience the occasional noise of a crying infant or have your seat kicked by a rowdy child behind you. However, those who want to have a quiet flight may have found relief. AirAsia, a low cost airline that has flights to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia has announced a “quiet zone” on all of its AirAsia X flights. Starting in February 2013, rows 7-14 of the A330 aircraft will be reserved only for passengers aged 12 and up. AirAsia is the second airline to develop a child-free zone, similar to that of its rival, Malaysia Air, who banned children from the first-class upper deck of their A380 aircraft. According to AirAsia’s website, the quiet zone promises “Minimal noise with less disturbance,” “Ambience with soft lighting,” and all this “At no extra cost.” The airline is being strict with this policy. According to the website, “If you have a member of your group that is under 12 years old, the system will not allow you to select a seat in the quiet zone.” However, there are exceptions to every rule. You are never 100 percent guaranteed to have a completely quiet flight. The website claims, “AirAsia X reserves the right to seat a passenger with a guest under 12 at the Quiet Zone during situations deemed necessary for operational, safety or security reasons.” Some commenters that responded to the article on CNN’s website are highly opposed to the idea. Lynda

Duke claimed, “There’s no moving it’s stressful because you are very back in my seat to feel some kid crying children to any part of the aware of people’s displeasure at kicking it or obnoxiously playing plane, they are going to cry due seeing your kids on the plane and with the tray. The fact that this to air pressure…crying babies are parents really do want their kids to seating is no extra charge makes it going to happen.” Aleema S. stated, be well-behaved and quiet.” even better, considering that I would “To start segregating based pay a decent on dissatisfaction leads to price for such other biases that will also a privilege. be considered ban worthy. It’s great This should not be allowed. that parents are Honestly, I would boycott on board with AirAsia.” However, in the this. If I was list of comments, there one, I certainly were a few that agreed wouldn’t want with AirAsia’s decision. to be receiving User jimbo733 presented dirty looks from the fact that, “They’re passengers not banning kids from the if my child planes, but only from a was crying. specific section, which Now they will is fair.” Some brought at least be about the idea that this is surrounded by similar to the smoking and other families non-smoking sections on who will Lauren McCord/ planes that were available We should give all babies on airplanes mouth plugs like this one. See, it’s quiet. u n d e r s t a n d until the late 90’s. Alex R. their situation. explained, “If you’re a seat As for myself, away from the smokers, you can This idea is brilliant. Every who has given a fair share of dirty still smell the smoke. If you’re a time I have to fly, I’m practically looks to parents, if I were away from seat away from a crying baby, you dreading it. Although the process of them in the quiet zone, I wouldn’t can still hear it.” going through security is usually a have to worry about nasty responses. However, the quiet zone is common fear at airports, my fear is AirAsia’s website indicated, “We separated from the rest of the coach having children on my plane. In the know that sometimes all you need class by bulkheads (partitions) many times of flying from Tampa to is some peace and quiet for a more and lavatories to further block Albany, N.Y., I know first-hand how pleasant journey with us.” Without out the noise. A few parents are awful it is to hear a screaming baby the noise, traveling might actually actually applauding the situation. or to be sitting near an obnoxious become a pleasure again for some Tori S. on claimed, child. It’s horrible to deal with it people. I know that the next time “That actually might make it for three hours; I can’t imagine an I want to take a vacation, I’ll be easier on those traveling with kids AirAsia flight that is over 10. Just reserving my spot in AirAsia’s quiet too, because they won’t feel so getting on the plane is a long and zone. stressed if their baby cries if they stressful process. The last thing I Jessica Forte can be reached at are surrounded by other families… want to hear is a baby crying or lean

Woman Registering Voters Accused of Having Republican Bias By ELAINA ZINTL

and Brenner concluded that the girl mistakenly stated she was working for the County Clerk’s Office because all of A video of a woman registering the voter registrations are to be collected people to vote went viral on YouTube and turned in to that office. Between on Friday, Sept. 21. The young woman first day nerves and potential stress of in the video, whose name has not been the questioning from the recorder, not released, was registering voters outside to mention getting yelled at for her of a local grocery store in El Paso attempts to be honest, I don’t County, Colorado when blame her for jumbling her words. the woman recording the For the woman behind the video, also anonymous, camera, the young girl may have approached her. When appeared to only be registering the woman registering Romney voters when her first voters asked the question was, “Who would you recorder who she was vote for? Romney or Obama?” voting for, the recorder Williams told KOAA, “You don’t responded with, “Well, have to offer a voter registration wait, I thought you form to everybody,” but admits were registering voters that denying someone a form a minute ago.” The based on their survey answer is young girl confirmed illegal, and that is what the woman that she was registering recording the video believed voters, so the recorder asked, “Well, who are VLTPVideoChannel/ to be going on. This is a severe Young woman in Colorado is recorded registering specifically Republican voters accusation. However, despite you registering? All the video, there is no proof that voters?” The young girl the young woman was denying responded, “Well, I’m Republican Committee. So it makes Democratic voters registration forms. actually trying to register people for sense that she would want to register Bremer told reporters that the a particular party because we’re out people who would vote for Romney, camera woman’s choice to release the here in support of Romney, actually.” because she is supporting his campaign. video now, just before election time, The recorder then asked, “And who is Eli Brenner, the El Paso County was a campaign tactic. She stated, “The paying you for this?” With hesitation Republican Chairman, tells KOAA person who did this was a campaign and seeming rather confused, the young girl responded, “We’re working that it was the girl’s first day and she operative. She was doing it for for the County Clerk’s Office.” panicked. Brenner explains, “She political reasons. She sat on the video While registering voters, she asked knew that she was turning in all the for a month and now it’s been released prescreening questions and stated registrations to the County Clerk and to make political hay out of it, and I during the video that she was hoping Recorder’s office and she knew that think that’s just simply unacceptable.” to register Republicans, but that didn’t was the appropriate thing to do, and Bremer is entitled to her opinion, as mean she was refusing to register that’s how she answered.” Williams are we all, but the El Paso County Opinion Writer

other voters. El Paso County Clerk, Wayne Williams, told reporters that the woman registering voters was not staffed by his office and claimed, “My office does not and will not engage in partisan voter registration.” According to Williams, this woman was actually a paid employee for the Colorado

Democratic Party denies the claim. The Chairman for the County Democratic Party, Christy Lelait, told News 5, “I don’t know of any campaign operatives here in El Paso County and I know for certain that the woman who shot this video is not a campaign operative. She’s a volunteer with several different organizations including the El Paso Democratic Party and she’s also a precinct chair.” The woman behind the camera declared that Democrats in that area do not pre-screen voters, and that is why she believed something illegal was happening. El Paso County Republicans told KOAA that they still believe the whole thing was a ploy to distract voters from the real story of a young girl trying to get the candidate of her choice elected by campaigning within the law. Likewise, the El Paso County Democrats reported the whole incident shows poor training for volunteers at the Romney campaign and deny the Republicans’ charge that the release date was a campaign tactic. I do not believe that this was sabotage any more than what political parties constantly do to each other during election time. However, I do feel that the video should be removed from YouTube, as was requested by the El Paso County Clerk’s office, because it contains inaccurate information, and it is causing too many assumptions and rumors among people who do not go to legitimate news sources to gather information. Elaina Zintl can be reached at




Google Releases Gigabit Residential Lines, Intimidates Other ISP’s


The traditional ISP’s have collectively failed the U.S. in providing fast and affordable There’s a new Internet service Internet. Instead of allowing provider in the United States, one more competition to bring about that has the other ISP’s scared of the innovation and lower prices for competition that it will bring. Google better access, they have lobbied is currently rolling out the first ever hard to turn the market into an gigabit residential lines in Kansas oligopoly. City, Mo. over the course of 2012. The ISP’s petitioned intensively To put into perspective how fast a in North Carolina in 2011 to ban gigabit line is, one only needs to look municipal ISP’s. This is an Internet at how fast a song or movie could be provider which is run by cities and downloaded with that connection. An towns directly. Small towns can cut MP3 is around three MB, a standard out the middleman and offer Internet movie is 700MB and an HD movie is services directly to residents that anywhere from 20-30GB. A gigabit are cheaper and faster than private line could download the providers. MP3 in 0.024 seconds, Google, Google is currently rolling out the first ever the movie in 5.6 seconds whose business gigabit residential lines in Kansas City, Mo. over and the HD movie in three model relies the course of 2012 minutes and 20 seconds. heavily on The fastest residential I n t e r n e t Internet connection in the country the U.S. in terms of connection connections, is tired of the current is listed on Google’s website as speed. An average person living in status quo and is trying to inject costing a one-time installation fee of those countries would have a faster stiff competition into the market by $300 and a monthly payment of $70. Internet connection than they would starting their own ISP that is orders Google also offers a TV package if they were living in the United of magnitude better than what with a free Nexus 7” tablet remote States. current providers can offer. for a total of $120 a month. For Not only do consumers in the U.S. Competition from Google is those who can’t afford the gigabit have slower Internet, on the whole the best thing that can happen in line, Google is offering free 5mbps they pay more as well. According the current market for Internet as Internet for seven years for the one- to a study compiled by the OECD it will force other companies to time installation fee of $300 which and ITIF Broadband Rankings, the upgrade their own networks and can be made in monthly installments cost for an average connection in offer lower prices and faster speeds of $25 over the course of a year. America is $3.33 per 1mbps while to consumers. Gizmodo reported that Time costing only $0.63 in Sweden and The only problem is that the Warner Cable is so scared by the $0.27 in Japan. The U.S. was the current cost to Google of providing potential competition by Google country that invented the Internet service to consumers is most likely that they have been offering chances and it seems that we are quickly below breaking-even. Google, to win prizes to anyone living in falling behind in its utilization. however, will still make more money Opinion Columnist


the Kansas City area for reporting rumors or activity made by Google or its personnel in the area. Traditional ISP’s such as Time Warner and Verizon FIOS are right to be panicked about the new Internet services being provided by Google. They are doing a horrible job at providing their product to consumers. A study compiled by Pando Networks ranked the United States at only 26 in terms of Internet connection speed. The average speed in the United States is only five megabits per second. Countries such as Latvia, Russia and the Congo all rank higher than


on the back-end as consumers who previously had slower speeds will most likely use their faster Internet to use more data-intensive Google products such as YouTube and provide precious ad revenue. Faster speeds not only brings in more revenue to Google, it allows Internet companies in general to flourish as more people catch up in speed, and there is a lot of catching up to do. A Federal Communications Commission study in 2010 revealed that 38 percent of Americans were still relying on dial up Internet with many of these Americans living in rural towns that have no other option. If I asked any of the CEOs of Verizon, Time Warner or Comcast whether or not competition was good for a market, they would most assuredly say that it would be. They need to revisit their economics 101 textbooks and start competing in the free market by offering the best service for the best price instead of running to the government to outlaw any competition that challenges them. The rolling out of Google gigabit Internet connections in Kansas City is just the beginning as Google seeks to expand outwards and bring faster speeds towards other cities. Fresh competition is something that is sorely needed, and something that will ultimately benefit the consumer. Alex Caraballo can be reached at

Madonna’s Concert Rant Could Affect Obama’s Campaign By LAUREN RICHEY Opinion Writer

Madonna took the stage during her MDNA tour in Washington D.C., but not without taking full advantage of her spotlight. Last Monday, Sept. 24, Madonna fired up the crowd with an inspirational speech entailing the great works of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, but ended it on a rather confusing note. Apparently, “for better or for worse... We have a black Muslim in the white house,” Madonna claimed. Are we talking about the same president? Because the current president of the United States is in fact a devout Christian, and has taken great measures to make sure the rest of America is aware of that. Madonna revised her statement, via her spokeswoman on Sept. 26, saying, “I was being ironic on stage... I know Obama is not a Muslim,” according to This new and reconsidered comment does not erase her first. What we witnessed here was a great deal of misguided irony, and another instance of a celebrity using their fame to make a questionable political statement. Madonna has been doing freaky things for a long time, and it’s something her fans and the general public have come to accept. It’s how she became famous. She is a woman known to stir up controversy, like when she upset the Pope because of her 1989 “Like a Prayer” music video in which there were various blasphemous images such as burning crosses. She also posed for a pornographic coffeetable book entitled “Sex” published in 1992. Yet recently, she has fallen into the trend, like many other celebrities,

of using her venues for politics. Performers don’t have the best track record when it comes to speaking out at their concerts, and Madonna is no exception. This occurrence is similar to the 2003 incident when the Dixie Chicks performed in London and claimed they were ashamed that President George W. Bush was from their home-state of Texas. Country singer Hank Williams Jr. was once the Monday Night Football announcer of “Are you ready for some football?” until he metaphorically compared President Obama to Hitler in October 2011. And even after being in hot water from that comment, Williams called Obama a Muslim as well at a concert Sept. 2 this year. Each of these incidents resulted in a backlash neither artist ever fully recovered from. The Dixie Chicks’ songs rapidly dropped in the charts and Williams was fired from his job at ESPN. These are blatant examples that if you’re a celebrity with strong opinions, state them at your own risk. However, Madonna has never really had any career-altering consequences to any of the shocking things she has done. Her stunts have usually resulted in an even greater popularity of her music and image. Throughout her current tour, she’s accused Lady Gaga of imitation, and openly supported the rock group Pussy Riot for speaking out in a Russian cathedral. She even included a video on stage with an image of a swastika on the forehead of Marine Le Pen, the President of France. I think Lady Gaga said it best, taken from “It’s more important to me to keep writing music...we don’t have to all slice and hate each other anymore.” As

Madonna is getting older, her shock a new poll from the Pew Forum on value is quickly declining. It’s about Religion and Public Life states that 19 time she took a little responsibility percent of Americans are concerned for the immature things she pulls at about Obama’s religion. Not only that, her concerts. but a whopping 17 What did the percent of Americans audience think still believe the of Madonna’s president is Muslim. speech? I’m How on earth can sure that a that be possible? I’m good portion not one to agree with of the fans Obama on a number who attended of political issues, that concert but this is ridiculous. agree with It’s not like he hasn’t everything she done everything in his said, including power to correct the her little situation. Madonna’s joke for the statement cannot be president. But helping his case in what about the any way. If anything, people who it’s confusing that 17 didn’t agree? percent of Americans Is it fair to even more. them that her Madonna is a SubRokrJay/ political views Madonna calls Obama a “black Muslim” on stage music industry and took the stage pop culture icon. She instead of a has shown the world musical performance? No, it’s not. that music can change the way people Madonna’s concerts aren’t cheap, think. I’m not doubting her importance ranging in thousands of dollars for in this aspect. She’s done a lot of good premium seats at many different things throughout her career, as well venues, and these fans are paying as the bad. But she now falls into good money to watch her perform, the growing category of celebrities not to delve into political speeches. trying to use fame to impose their Regardless of what Madonna was own opinions onto their unsuspecting attempting to joke about, this kind of fans. She appeared to have good publicity is not what President Obama intentions toward the president when is looking for in his campaign. The she ironically called him a Muslim. issue of the president’s religion has But I’m not quite sure this is the plagued him his entire presidency, type of support Obama is looking for and even after four years, people as Election Day draws ever closer. are still confused as to what it is. Lauren Richey can be reached According to, at



Lady Gaga’s Positive Self-Image Campaign is Inspiring By VANESSA RIGHEIMER Opinion Writer

After being scrutinized in tabloids for gaining weight, there’s not much celebrities can do except move on and try to ignore the comments. In the past weeks, Lady Gaga has been the media’s latest target regarding her body. But instead of backing away from these attacks, Lady Gaga has embraced them with pride and class. She didn’t succumb to their pressures by hiding away and trying to lose the weight. Instead she created a social media movement called Body Revolution. On Sept. 25, Lady Gaga posted pictures of herself in just her underwear on her members only website, She included a different caption for each of the four photos that said, “Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15. But today I joined the BODY REVOLUTION. To Inspire Bravery. And BREED some m$therf*cking COMPASSION.” The power Lady Gaga holds in the world of social media is unbelievable. In 2011, she ranked number one on Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities. In an interview with Times, Forbes editor Dorothy Pomerantz commented, “Lady Gaga beat Oprah this year because of her social media power.” So with no surprise, this online movement spread like wildfire when Lady Gaga invited all of her “little monsters” to post pictures of themselves on the website. As I logged on to her Little

Monsters website, I couldn’t help but four inches. We continue to say how smile. Young people across the world horrible it is that Hollywood feeds were posting pictures of themselves these false perceptions of women revealing their biggest insecurity. to young, impressionable girls, but From amputations to obesity, acne even so, not much has been done to to self-inflicted wounds, big noses change it. According to the National to love handles, Association ordinary people of Anorexia expressed what Nervosa and they’ve always Associated believed were Disorders, one their biggest in four college flaw. The women binge comments they and purge in received for order to lose their pictures weight. It gets were all positive even worse and supportive when I read from their that over 42 fellow Little percent of first Monsters. In to third graders a world where would like to be anyone can hide skinnier. At a behind their time when your computer and only concerns write vicious should be comments, it playing with was a breath of your friends fresh air to see and learning in that all these class, it worries c o m m e n t s me to see how were kind and Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer/ s e l f - c o n s c i o u s Gaga responds to weight criticism with body im- these young girls caring. age campaign Over the are becoming years, we have come to criticize due to the media. the media’s unrealistic portrayal of As hard as doctors try to treat women. According to the National these disorders, they stand an unfair Eating Disorders Association, the match to a society where the media average model is five feet 11 inches, makes you believe you must fit one weighing 117 pounds, but the certain mold. average American woman weighs However, by having celebrities 140 pounds standing at five feet openly embrace their appearance and other alternative appearances, I truly believe it can help other people accept theirs. It’s the whole idea of visibility of acceptance. We see how it has been working for the gay community. As more and more celebrities have publicly stepped out of the closet, more of the world is starting to see that it’s okay. They have made it visible to the world that they accept who they are despite the judgment of others. Members of the young LGBT community who might have been too scared to come out on their own are now able to draw inspiration and courage from successful actors and artists. In a video interview with, celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton, stated, “It would be infinitely better for the community if Anderson Cooper came out, if Kevin Spacey came out, if Jodie Foster came out. Why?

Because visibility is key. The more straight people see that there are gay folks out there, the easier it is for us to achieve change, the easier it will be for us to achieve marriage equality, the harder it is for people to hate.” If we could have more celebrities open up about their struggles with their body, couldn’t it do the same? Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato and Katie Couric aim to do just that. You couldn’t pick a more random crowd: Katie Couric, an older and clean-cut talk show host, Lady Gaga, a pop star known for her wacky assortment of outfits and Demi Lovato, Disney Channel’s little sweetheart. But that goes to show how negative self-image is a problem that all girls can go through. On Sept. 24 Katie Couric interviewed Demi Lovato on her show, who opened up about her eating disorder. During the show, Couric revealed that she too suffered from bulimia for two years in college. Seeing Katie Couric, a well put together, successful and confident woman on her talk show made it hard for me to imagine her as a young, insecure college student throwing up meals in secret. But I think that her admitting her problems gives hope to young women that they can become successful and work through their insecurities. We watched in 2010 as Demi Lovato was admitted to rehab due to suffering from anorexia, bulimia and cutting. Since leaving rehab she carries herself quite confidently in her healthier looking body as she continues to win awards for her music and stars as a judge on The X Factor. These celebrities don’t owe it to anyone to open up about their most private problems, but by doing so they become strong role models for young people. Even boys can go through these issues. Hopefully, by having some male celebrities open up about their struggles with eating disorders or other forms of selfharm, they will give hope to the young men who are going through this too. The Little Monsters website continues to be updated with people sharing their ‘Body Revolution.’ In order for this movement to be successful, it will have to spread in other facets of the media and we must all begin to share the positive attitude Lady Gaga elaborates on in her interview with People. “Be brave and celebrate with us your ‘perceived flaws’ as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.” Vanessa Righeimer can be reached at vanessa.righeimer@




High Schools’ ‘Plan B’ Dispersal Should Require Parental Consent By ELAINA ZINL Opinion Writer

Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Health (CATCH) is a pilot program that New York City high schools have been testing for the past year. Through this program teenage girls are provided with Plan B, the morning-after pill, free of cost and without parental consent in an attempt to lower the rates of high school pregnancy, according to ABC News. CATCH was launched in five NYC schools in early 2011 before expanding this year to include eight new schools. CNN found that the schools in the program were chosen because the neighborhoods they were in lacked nearby clinics and health services or had high teen pregnancy rates. CATCH has an “opting out” policy where parents can remove their daughters from the program through a form that is sent to parents in the mail. According to the NYC Department of Health, only one to two percent of parents chose to opt out their children. However, quite a few parents have reported to various news networks that they never received the letter. This is a huge problem, seeing as if no letter is returned, the student is automatically allowed in the program, parental permission or not. That makes this letter of permission an invalid measure of program consent. The Parents’ Choice Coalition group argued that the policy should be switched to “opt in” instead. I agree because requiring parents to sign children up for the service is a sure way of verifying parental consent. If their parents did not opt out, or submit the form at all, school nurse offices can dispense Plan B emergency contraception and other services to the student without notifying the parents. Plan B, also known as levonorgestrel, is typically an overthe-counter drug, but people under 18 need a prescription. According to The

New York Post, this program allows as those for seizures, or certain herbal or believe it to be a step in the right students under the age of 18 to take supplements and may be more likely to direction, such as Holly Macke, a a pregnancy test, and if she is not cause side effects. I feel that parents NYC resident, who told CNN that the pregnant, she can walk out with the pill. have a right to know the important program was not a good idea, but that According to PubMed Health, things going on in their child’s life, such it was okay because the alternative levonorgestrel prevents pregnancy by as the use of a medication like Plan B. (pregnant teenage girls) is much worse. The CATCH program’s effectiveness But others feel that it is an intrusion on either stopping the release of a female’s egg, stopping sperm from fertilizing the in decreasing high school pregnancies families and challenges the authority egg or preventing a fertilized egg from has yet to be determined. The NYC of parents. Mona Davids, president attaching to the womb. It should not be Health Officials report to The Daily of NYC Parents Union, told HLN’s “Evening Express” used to prevent that the department pregnancy of education had on a regular overstepped its basis, only as bounds by allowing an emergency a child’s health to be contraceptive. potentially affected Symptoms of by a hormonal taking the pill drug without the include nausea, knowledge of the vomiting, parent. She questions diarrhea, why teens cannot tiredness, get aspirin in school headache, without parent dizziness and consent but they abdominal can easily get the pain. Some side morning-after pill. effects can be Davids’ opinion serious, such is supported by as persisting some of the high severe lower school staff. One abdominal gruntzooki/ school spokesperson pain, trouble breathing, rash New York City high schools are providing Plan B to students without sufficient parental consent. commented to the NY Post, “We can’t give and itching or swelling of the face, tongue and/ Beast that there were few complaints out a Tylenol without a doctor’s order. or throat. But according to protesters when the program was implemented Why should we give out hormonal in the Parents’ Choice Coalition, it is in January 2011. However, that has preparations with far more serious not clear that the function and possible since changed. According to The Daily possible side effects, such as blood side effects are clearly explained Beast, the New York City Parents’ clots and hypertension?” I believe that to the students or in the program Choice Coalition protested the program a possible pregnancy is definitely more information letter to the parents. on the steps of City Hall on Sept. 28 in serious than being given Tylenol to help High school students should not reaction to The New York Post’s report, a headache during classes, and should have access to a program like this “NYC schools give out morning- therefore also require parental consent. This CATCH program may end without informed consent from their after pills to students—without telling parents. Teenagers are covered under parents.” The protesters focused on the up being useful in lowering teen their parents’ insurance, and parents program’s “opt-out” policy for parents. pregnancy rates, but it should have are aware of their child’s allergies, the The group also wants explanations on an “opt in” policy and parents should medications they are on and reactions whether the letter addressed side effects be informed when their daughters to different forms of treatment. of Plan B or the other forms of birth are taking Depo Provera or Plan B. Medications like Depo Provera and Plan control, and when and how the city Elaina Zintl can be reached B that CATCH supplies students with will evaluate the efficacy of CATCH. Some people like the program at may react with other medicines such

Bing is One Step Behind Google in Suicide Prevention

By SAMANTHA BLOOM Opinion Writer

Suicide is not an issue that can be handled lightly—every precaution that can be made to prevent someone from taking their own life should be implemented. Google, Yahoo! and ask. com have all taken measures to ensure that their users searching for a method to commit suicide are met with as much resistance as a search engine can provide. When someone attempts to conduct a web search on Google, Yahoo! or for the phrase “how to commit suicide,” the auto-complete feature won’t provide the search for you, and if you do type the phrase in its entirety, the first result is the large-font display with the number for the suicide hot line. Anyone who types “how to comm—“ into the search bar of Bing. com is greeted with the auto-filled answer of “how to commit suicide,” and a web search provides related search inquiries such as “how to commit painless suicide” and “how to commit suicide quickly.” After this was brought to notice, Bing made sure the link to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website was the first result. Although this link is not distinguished from the rest of the links and the number is not made clearly visible, so the search result could be easily passed over by someone skimming the results.

Bing has recently released an advertisement campaign where users compare search results from Bing to those from Google, but the experiment has failed miserably on multiple accounts. According to, Bing left Google’s knowledge graph, a feature that

Cutts, who posted on Twitter that a Bing search for “Bing It On” provides results for the movie and musical “Bring It On” instead. Suicide prevention is an issue that needs to be taken seriously. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control,

Screenshot of Unlike other search engines such as Google,, and Yahoo!, Bing doesn’t handle suicide searches appropriately.

is well-liked among Google users, out of the results given to test subjects, giving an unfair advantage to Bing. The “Bing It On” campaign has also been proven ridiculous by Google’s own SEO Matt

suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in 2009 in the United States, resulting in the loss of 37,000 lives. lists suicide as the third leading cause of death in 15-24 year

olds, and the rates for children between the ages of 10 and 14 have nearly doubled in the past 20 years. When you account for the amount of time young people spend on the computer (96 percent of the 18 to 25 year-old age group uses the Internet, says someone in need of help may be more likely to turn to a search engine for answers than they would be to turn to a counselor or friend due to the easy access of information without being judged. In response, search engines need to be prepared to combat this kind of search query with a clearly visible “STOP, there’s help!” message with a suicide hot line displayed with it, in hopes that it makes a difference to the person reading it. While Bing Senior Director Stefan Weitz has told that “in some cases we do prioritize the hot line,” I don’t think that’s enough. If Google, Yahoo! and Ask can provide large-print, top-of-the-page messages to those searching to end their lives, Bing is entirely capable of doing so as well. It could be the difference between someone choosing to end their lives, and for Bing to make a gaff like this and not immediately making a clear effort to display the hot line number on their search results is unacceptable. Samantha Bloom can be reached at

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Youthful Hockey Squad Content With Start By PAIGE SHALLCROSS Sports Writer

As an extraordinarily young team, the The University of Tampa’s club hockey squad is happy with the way their season has started. Currently they are 1-1 in the ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) and 1-3 overall. The team is currently made up of more than half underclassmen with large majority being freshmen. Head Coach Steve Kucera is pleased with the team because he sees an abundance of potential. “We have a very young but very talented team this year,” said Kucera. “Half of our team is made up of freshmen and they are all playing reasonably well together and starting to gel after this last weekend. We just have to get back to the fundamentals because our defense is a little sloppy. But once we tighten our defense and really focus on the fundamentals we are going to have a good year.” Captain and sophomore forward Matt Fenby also thinks the season is going to be an especially good one. After only playing four games, he believes the team is already starting to play well together.

“I’m really happy with the direction the team is going so far,” said Fenby. “Even though most of our team is underclassmen, I think we are starting to play well together.” Fenby is leading the team in goals but the feat doesn’t mean much to him thus far. “Being the leading scorer so early in the season is meaningless to me,” he said. “But being the leading scorer in March, now that means something. It’s just too early in the season to be happy with something like that. The other captains Corey Tudor, Darren Gazaille and I work well together as a line; we’re like a family, and any of us could be the leading scorer right now. It’s just how everything plays out during a game.” Although Fenby makes his status on the team with a nonchalant tone, Coach Kucera accurately depicts what kind of player Fenby is and how he contributes to the team. “He’s a tremendous player,” Kucera said. “Obviously he is team captain, which is a big deal for only being a sophomore whether it is for a young team like ours or for any team in general. He is a very calm and cool player and has silky hands. He is very smart with the puck. He can control the puck and tempo of play and that’s an important skill forwards need to have. I

have really enjoyed watching him mature and grow up as a player this past year and I know he has a lot more potential in him for the future.” Fenby, who has been playing hockey for 16 years, enjoys the game and could see himself playing even after he leaves UT.

Matt Fenby leads the Spartans in goals.

“I could definitely see myself playing after my college career,” Fenby said. “I love the game and can’t see myself not playing it anymore. If I could, I would want to play for the Boston Bruins because they are the best team in the league,” added Fenby, just so happens to be from Boston. “One of the quotes I kind of live by is ‘All roads lead to the beer leagues; some are just longer than others.’ I think that explains how I know I will continue to play hockey in the future, but I still have some time until then.” After their last home game against the University of Florida, the Spartan team was incredibly pleased with attendance from fans. “We were so happy that all of the buses were filled for the UF game,” Fenby said. “We love when the fans come because it makes it feel like we are playing real hockey. We really want for our games to continue to draw fans in.” The Spartan club hockey team next plays at home on October 4. before hosting Embry-Riddle. Most exciting though, is their Nov. 12 match-up with USF. The game will be played on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s home ice, in the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Paige Shallcross can be reached at

with fellow senior Jessica Yingling. Burke had four blocks, three of which were solo, to help limit the Mocs to a .153 attack in the three-set sweep. “I think there were a lot of nerves this weekend with all the fans there for the big home opener,” said Burke. “I definitely think we are a lot better than we played this weekend.” Sophomore Jackie Neff set a career high with seven kills while junior Holly Reschke had six. Setter Kahley Patrick also had a great outing, assisting on 29 attacks while finishing with a team high 14 digs, while Scholtz contributed 11 digs. “I have played a lot of sports but Coach Catanach is the best coach I have ever had,” said Burke. I came in as athletic, but still a little raw, but he helped me improve a lot in just one year. He taught me things I didn’t even think i had to know about volleyball.” Then Saint Leo came to the Martinez Sports Center the next night, and once again, these Spartans did not disappoint. Selkridge had another outstanding game, as she led the Spartan offense with a .591 attack percentage and tied Yingling with a team leading 14 kills. Burke, Scholtz and Patrick also had superb outings. Burke had eight kills with a .583 percentage, Scholtz had a

team leading 19 digs while Patrick had a double double for a second consecutive night with 39 assists and 13 digs. “I think we can go all the way,” said Patrick. “If we play as hard as we know we can as a team and we keep growing and peak at the right moment, than we can win it all.” Junior Frances Cardenas also contributed in a big way with 10 digs. The Spartans swept their second straight match over an SSC rival, albeit one that is sliding in Saint Leo, who left Martinez with an 0-4 record in league play and only a 6-6 overall mark. Scholtz’s stellar defensive play led to a SSC Defensive Player of the Week award. “Jackie Neff has stepped up for us and has been a stable presence,” said Catanach. “Meagan Burke is a day to day player because of her shoulder issue, but she has been solid. Jessica Yingling is why we are where we are at this point.” As long as Catanach can keep these ladies on the right track, a second straight SSC Championship is definitely in reach. And if they capture that crown, another deep run into the Division II National Championships could end up in a second title for Catanach and this storied program. Jordan Llanes can be reached at

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Volleyball Finds Touch, Victorious in Five Straight this team has the looks of one that could win an SSC Championship as well as march deep into the NCAA Division II Tournament. Led by a cadre of stars, including reigning SSC Player of the Year Danielle Selkridge, middle hitter Meagan Burke and rising libero Jen Scholtz, Coach Chris Catanach’s squad has posted an 11-2 record to start off the season, with multiple wins over ranked opponents, including No. 5 Central Missouri and No. 21 Colorado Mines. However, these Spartans have had their most impressive wins this past weekend, as they swept SSC conference foes Florida Southern and Saint Leo at home with identical 3-0 wins and improved their SSC record to a solid 40 start. “We were gutty,” said Coach Catanach. “We gutted out wins and we struggled while we did it. If we had a bad match Jake Patterson/The Minaret and lost, then it would have been a double Sophomore Meagan Burke is fourth on the whammy. I would like to see us playing team with 65 kills. better though.” By JORDAN LLANES Against Florida Southern on Saturday, Sports Writer Selkridge put on a showcase displaying It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to why she was named the SSC’s best call the women’s volleyball team the best player last season, while continuing her sports team that the University of Tampa campaign to win the award for a second has put out so far this year. In the midst straight season. of one of their best starts in team history, She had a team high nine kills along

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NCAA Trumps NFL In Every Way By MILES PARKS Asst. Sports Editor

I awoke on Monday morning with the strangest vision. A world of vibrant colors and real history surrounded me. There were these things called “traditions” and “idiosyncrasies” that made each and every football team unique. A field of blue. It was a world of pigskin that didn’t know anything about replacement referees or bounty scandals or beer sponsors. It was a simpler place. And it was played on Saturdays. The collegiate level is simply the most entertaining and pure platform for American football. “No!” You might scream. “The NFL rocks my socks! I can’t draft Clemson QB Tajh Boyd to my fake team on the internet and bet money that he, compounded with many other unrelated players, will win me glory and cash!” This is true. Fantasy football is the NFL’s monopoly, and it’s often the argument fans use when defending the league. Because of the nature of NFL contracts and naming rights, both fantasy football and NFL video games have created closer connection with fans. NCAA ‘13 would be a whole lot better with some last names. I can admit that I love fantasy sports, and in particular, fantasy football. But lately, I’ve come to a couple of sobering realizations: 1. As a sports journalist, fantasy sports are bad. Sports betting is bad. Bias and vested interest are bad. 2. Teams and rivalries don’t really matter to me anymore. 3. College football, without this faux-

personal relationship with players, makes me happier. This past weekend, I took in three live football games. I covered a high school game on Friday night filled with mistakes and complete with an hour-long weather delay. On Saturday night, I headed to the USF vs. FSU game and on Sunday, I experienced RGIII’s first fourth quarter NFL comeback. The NFL and NCAA atmospheres couldn’t have been more different. Thanks to the reasonable price that tickets were set at for students of both schools early in the year, the college crowd was younger and more chipper. Both marching bands were in


I missed whole plays while discussing possible trades with friends next to me. On Saturday night though, my eyes were stapled to the field. Every time FSU called another failed option play, I mashed my leg with my fist. The game was close enough for some banter between sections, and some horn and tomahawk hand-signals to be tossed around. There was some extra-curricular activity at the Bucs’ game as well though; we watched a shirtless Redskins fan drunkenly assault a Bucs fan in our section. No punches were thrown but Mr. Redskin also added some symbolic hand signals of his own as he was escorted by Tampa Police out of the stadium.

You’ve got to root for the vet-in-training over the $60 million running back.

attendance, belting out fight song after fight song. I’ve got to admit that the tubas were a bit more enjoyable than listening to “Welcome to the Jungle” six times via the loudspeakers on Sunday. During the NFL match-up, I couldn’t help but glance at scoreboards around the stadium. I fantasized that Seattle was destroying St. Louis, in hopes that Sam Bradford threw seven picks against my Seahawks’ defense. I face-palmed hard when I noticed that Brian Hartline garnered 253 receiving yards whilst warming my fantasy bench.


Aside from Steelers vs. Ravens and the NFC East, no rivalries even come close to NCAA standards. I can literally rattle off 10 college games I’d pick to watch before Cincinnati against Cleveland. Has there been a game with the energy of USC-Stanford in the NFL yet? I realize it’s early but isn’t that another plus for the college level? Every single game matters. I can’t wait to see the playoffs in the NCAA, so detractors will have one less knock on the BCS. Pride in each conference exists; when was the last time you heard a Jaguars fan

(yes, Jaguars’ fans do exist) brag about the AFC South the way an LSU fan brags about the SEC? Finally, it comes down to the money. College football economics are an odd thing and truly the sport’s biggest flaw. To sell merchandise, but again, not rights to a player’s name, is still to make money on a student’s performance without giving that student a direct portion of that profit. An education, in the form of a scholarship, is a valuable tool, but I’m not sure it’s equal to the money a star athlete can bring to his school in the ways of recruiting, fundraising, ticket sales, and name recognition. Though it smells funny to an outsider, you have to wonder if players and their families are really concerned about it. Wouldn’t they have said something themselves by now, after so many years within the same system? The NFL is a money-making monster while the NCAA is mostly comprised of student-athletes working toward everyday professions. I’ve got to root for the veterinarian-in-training over the $60 million running back. When it comes down to it, college football brings together the traditions and integrity of century-old institutions, and gives fans opportunity in more than just 32 huge regions. Lee Corso is better than Chris Berman and Michigan vs. Notre Dame is better than Philadelphia vs. New York. Yell and scream all you want, but if fantasy sports are your strongest argument, then you’re probably wrong.. Miles Parks can be reached at minaret.




U.S. Golf Falls Harder Than Its Economy


Days before the first presidential debate of 2012, the United States of America suffered one of the biggest collapses in Ryder Cup history. America was ousted 14 ½ - 13 ½ by Europe, who has now won seven of the past nine Ryder Cups, even with America going into the final day with a 10-6 lead. America came back from that same score in 1999, which, at the time, was the greatest comeback in Cup history. Things looked shaky early on for Europe, as the No. 1 golfer in the world, Rory McIlroy, arrived to the course just eight minutes before his scheduled tee time upon police escort. McIlroy apparently was on the Eastern Time Zone despite the tournament being played in Illinois. He had no time for practice, but he didn’t need any. McIlroy still came up with birdie after birdie, and was able to beat Keegan Bradley to give Europe some early momentum. Bradley never led the match. Phil Mickelson lost a frustrating match to Justin Rose. Rose finished out holes 16-

18 in fashion, nailing three puts that were a combined 59 feet long, including birdies on 17 and 18. Tiger Woods cannot be forgotten here either. Woods was the anchor for the U.S. and didn’t win a single match all weekend. He missed a 3 ½-foot putt on the 18th hole of the final day, conceding a half point and helping secure the win for Europe. Woods’ fellow anchor, Steve Stricker, too was unable to win a single match all weekend. Stricker watched in disbelief as European Martin Kaymer drained a clinching 6-foot putt, gaining the point Europe needed to go ahead. This was a heart wrenching loss for America on its own soil. Who knows what would have happened if there was a little bit more traffic in Medinah, Ill. and McIlroy would have arrived 15 minutes later. Or if Justin Rose wasn’t able to drain a 35-foot birdie putt on 17. Unfortunately for America, McIlroy got there with a few minutes to spare, and Rose was able to make the putt. It just wasn’t in the cards for America this weekend. John Hilsenroth Jr. can be reached at

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Fueled by Frustration, NFL Reaches Deal with Refs TAKE YOUR SHOT The score was 12-7 Green Bay Packers late in the fourth quarter on Monday Night Football. The Seattle Seahawks were putting up a valiant effort all game, feeding off of their home crowd and chasing Aaron Rodgers all over the field. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson let go of his final pass of the night, a majestic spiral that traveled over 40 yards in the air. Unfortunately for him, the toss was heading toward a group of five Packers defenders, with only two Seahawks receivers in sight. Seahawks receiver Golden Tate pushed the Packers defender in front of him, and leapt in the air, only to see Packers defensive back Tim Jennings haul the ball in for an interception. Tate continued to fight for the ball, however, and although he only had his fingertips on the ball, managed to wrestle Jennings to the ground with the ball still in Jennings’ possession. The “referee” facing the back to the crowd signals a time stoppage, indicating the game is over. As he does this, another “referee” at almost the same time signals touchdown, overturning the first’s call and giving the Seahawks an improbable victory and the Packers a crushing defeat. The replay shows the same thing everyone else sees, an interception, but to no avail. The call stands. TJ Lang, the Packers offensive guard said it best on his Twitter account after the game.“Got $#@% by the refs.. Embarrassing. Thanks NFL.” He’s right. After three weeks, hundreds of bad calls, and millions of fans watching

in disbelief, the replacement refs were, as Lang so eloquently put it, embarrassing. The epitome of the word. The only question I have is how does a billion dollar organization not have the most qualified officials possible on the field? And better yet, how did Roger Goodell and the National Football League figure out their mistake weeks after I did? Better late than never is the phrase that comes to mind. My God, are those Ed Hochuli’s guns? The NFL referees are back! No more phantom pass interference calls, no more weird hand signals and long delays and most importantly, no more head referees stumbling through calls more awkwardly than a college freshman during a PowerPoint presentation. The best part is, now we all get to complain about the regular referees. Look, nobody’s perfect, but what is lost in all this is that although the replacement referees underachieved during their tenure, there have been countless times that the fully qualified referees have made calls just as head-scratching. The Tom Brady “tuck rule”, Ed Hochuli’s debacle of an incomplete pass call on Jay Cutler, and last year’s week one Calvin Johnson touchdown catch that turned out not to be all come to mind. What we should all strive for is the day this year when we forget this even happened, when the referees become a non-story and we forget they’re even there (unless you’re a Packers fan). Let’s just hope the replacement referees can get their jobs at Footlocker back now.. Shawn Ferris can be reached at sferris@

Despite a 5-3 win over the Orioles Monday night, the Rays found out that their hopes of the playoffs were over. The Rays did their part, but Oakland’s win sent the A’s an A.L. Wild Card spot.

The Rowdies will square off against the Carolina RailHawks this Saturday, Oct. 6 for a playoff matchup. The teams played each other four times in the regular season, and drew each time.

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The Buccaneers lost their third straight game on Sunday, 24-22 to the Redskins. The team heads into its bye week feeling disappointed, since none of the losses were by more than seven points.


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Cici Gonzalez leads the Spartans with four game-winning goals through 12 matches. By NATHAN KROHN Sports Writer

The ability to orchestrate talent so it can play together as a unit is not an inherent trait. Having to coalesce and discipline a team to play as one, being able to take a group of talented players and motivate them to play as a team is a significant responsibility. Women’s head soccer Coach Gerry Lucey was faced with this task as the team fielded seven new starters this season. “We’ve got a new group we need to get on the same page,” said Lucey. “There are lots of new faces and a lot of talented individuals we need get to mesh together.” Freshmen forward Cici Gonzalez is one of those new faces. Gonzalez, a criminology major from Lutz, Florida, has made an early impact for the team, scoring nine goals in her first 10 games. Gonzalez also won the Sunshine State Conference player of the week award after scoring a game-winning goal against Saint Leo in the game’s final minute. “It was awesome to get that award,” said Gonzalez. “It was very humbling.” Entering the season, coach Lucey wanted to implement a possession oriented type offense. He wanted to win the time of possession battle every game and needed players that could control the ball. Last year Lucey saw Gonzalez playing for a Fusion soccer club team and recognized the type of player he was looking for. “She could move the ball at will,” said Lucey. “She was controlling the ball, the ball wasn’t controlling her.” A coach can never fully predict how an


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incoming freshman will adapt with play at the next level and cope with the struggles of being a collegiate student athlete. “For most freshmen, it is a shock to the system. You never know how incoming players will respond,” said Lucey. “She’s a fantastic player and she is excelling but there’s more to come.” Gonzalez admitted the transition to becoming a college student athlete has not been without difficulty. “Trying to do homework on the bus, get assignments in on time can be difficult,” said Gonzalez. ”It’s a challenging adjustment but I love soccer so for me it’s worth it.” Some might say the real difficulty takes place when trying to adjust to the quicker, more competitive style of play in college. “Everyone is good and everyone can play,” said Gonzalez. “If you’re not committed it will show.”

While the transition may be difficult, veteran players who already experienced the change for themselves generally assist the newcomers. “I never felt left out or on my own, teammates accepted me really early,” said Gonzalez. “We really have great team chemistry, we all hang out off the field as well.” The addition of Gonzalez added to an already impressive group of forwards that includes Sophomores Gabby Russo and Lauren Moore. The trio of Russo, Moore and Gonzalez have accounted for 22 goals in the first 10 games, resulting in some referring to them as the ‘big three.’ “Its really the big four,” said Lucey. “Courtney Peffley should be in that group as well.” Lucey touts that his big four control the ball and can be a handful for defenders. They fit in perfectly with the possession type offense Lucey has emphasized this season and have led the team to an 8-2 record overall. “I think we can go all the way,” an enthusiastic Gonzalez said. “We keep getting better every game. I think we have a real shot at a national championship.” While Lucey shared in his freshmen forward’s aspirations, he was very much more cautiously optimistic. “It’s a crapshoot,” said Lucey shrugging his shoulders. “Once you get to the knockout stage anything can happen. You can have what you think is the best team in the country but an injury or a bad officiating job and you’re out of it.” As of now, the women Spartans are one of the best teams in the country, ranked No. 14 in the NSCAA. “It’s nice to get recognized but our rank at the end of the season is the only thing that matters,” said Lucey. “Right now we’re only focused on our next opponent.” Nathan Krohn can be reached at

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Tampa Head Coach Gerry Lucey is UT’s winningest coach with 80 victories.

No. 22 Women’s Soccer [9-3, 4-1] Tampa’s four-game winning streak came to a halt this past Saturday when the team lost 1-0 to Rollins. However, the Spartans came right back, winning Tuesday at Barry. They play this Saturday at 5 p.m. when they host Florida Tech University.

Men’s Soccer [5-3-1, 2-2] The Spartans upset No. 16 Rollins this past week, ending their threegame losing streak. Tampa will try to emulate its early play, when the team went 4-0-1 through its first five games. The men will next square off this Saturday at 8 p.m. at home against Florida Tech University.

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M. Soccer Conquers No. 16 Rollins By J.P. HANEY Sports Writer

When it comes to sports, all it takes is for one win to change the course of a season. A season-changing win can reunify the team after a string of losses or even push the team to new heights. Last Saturday’s victory against No. 16 Rollins College (4-3-2, 0-2-1 SSC) was hopefully exactly that for the University of Tampa men’s soccer team (5-3-1, 2-2 SSC). “It felt great to end our run of poor form against Rollins, a team that we’ve had great battles with in the past,” stated sophomore Tyler Blackwood after UT’s victory over Rollins. The team had lost three consecutive games prior to its game against Rollins. “All teams go through adversity, but I think the true sign of who you are is shown where you end up when it counts,” commented sophomore Joshua Freese. “I think we’ll be more than happy where we finish.” After a particularly brutal 4-0 loss to No. 1 Lynn University a few days earlier, the men’s soccer team had to regroup and figure out a way to defeat nationally ranked Rollins College. After UT defender Andrew Clare scored a goal late in the first half, it was up to the Spartans to defend their home field by making sure Rollins did not score. Rollins shot 15 times on goal in the second half. UT’s junior goalkeeper David Niepel was able to shut out the Tars. “It felt great beating Rollins, especially after the three previous losses,” commented Niepel on the victory. “But now we have to focus on our next game in order to back up the performance with a good result against Barry University and on the weekend against Florida Tech.” The Spartans will indeed have to remain focused for the rest of the season. After stumbling a bit in the beginning of SSC play, they hurt their chances at winning the regular season conference title. However, with Lynn losing their first conference game on Sunday, there is still a chance. The team has a tough schedule coming up with games against Barry and Florida Tech, leading up to a rematch against Rollins. “I believe in this team and think we can be playing come December. But it takes commitment, from the first guy to the last guy,” said Freese. “Every game in this conference is a battle but if we can come together, I see us doing big things.” J.P. Haney can be reached at

No. 5 Volleyball [11-2, 4-0] After a relatively slow start, the volleyball team has won five straight matches and 15 straight sets, dominating their opponents. The team travels to Lynn and Nova Southeastern, respectively, this Friday and Saturday, to attempt to stay perfect in the SSC.

The Minaret 10/4/2012  

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