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team’s chances of a championship season. News Writer “The new field will allow us to practice harder and perform [to the “This is going to be a very busy best of] our ability,” said Benus. “In place,” President Ronald Vaughn my opinion, this field could definitely said during Friday at the dedication be a piece to the puzzle in winning a of the Naimoli Family Athletic and Division II national championship. Intramural Complex. I am very excited to play on it and A crowd gathered around the gate personally would like to thank the to the new complex as Vaughn, the Naimoli family for this wonderful Naimoli and Young families and other donation.” honored guests prepared to cut the With the addition of the ribbon and officially open the stadium. complex, there is hope there will be a The Naimoli and Young families simultaneous increase in school spirit. were recognized again along with Cardenas believes the new field will other contributors to the complex, draw more fans. such as athletic director Larry Marfise, “School spirit has been the head coaches of the men’s and increasing dramatically on campus, women’s lacrosse teams, Rory and students will now be able Whipple and Kelly Gallagher, SG to cheer on our championshipPresident Matt Rutkovitz and Tampa Samantha Battersby/The Minaret level teams in an exciting, modern As President Vaughn speaks before the ribbon cutting, Renee Vaughn and Don DeFosset, chairman of the board of trustees, joke during Mayor Bob Buckhorn. venue,” he said. “I believe students UT Public Information Director Eric the momentous occasion. will soon consider the facility an Cardenas said the Naimoli family has of UT’s athletic teams within the Tampa and in modern athletic facilities.” integral part of campus and will enjoy being been involved with the university for more than community, according to Cardenas. He said Marfise said the department was also both fans and players at the facility.” 25 years. Their support has funded improvements UT athletics will also gain the reputation of involved in the design of the field. It was placed Marfise also hopes the new field will attract to UT’s tennis and softball complexes, which having one of the best Division II stadiums in to utilize every square foot of the limited space. more students and fans. As he said, “When you are now called the Naimoli and Young Family the country, as well as one of the first lacrosseThe new field will provide additional space have a first class facility which [the new field] Tennis Complex and the Naimoli Family Softball specific stadiums in Florida. for all UT students to participate in intramural is, we are hoping that students will develop a Stadium, respectively. “The completion of the facility also allows for sports and since the field features a synthetic sense of pride and associate that pride with the Vince Naimoli is a chairman emeritus of the future construction of two academic buildings,” surface, it will be in great shape all year round. University of Tampa.” UT’s Board of Trustees and established UT’s said Cardenas. “All of these factors will Freshman Kyle Benus, a goalie for the men’s Vicky Cirello can be reached at Victoria. Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy in 1999. undoubtedly raise our notoriety as a university lacrosse team, expressed enthusiasm about the Cirello@spartans.ut.edu. The new field will contribute to the visibility where students can excel in modern classrooms field. He believes it could even improve the By VICKY CIRELLO
Grooveshark Founder Speaks About Being A Successful Young Entrepreneur By ZOE FOWLER
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Sam Tarantino is the founder of the music website, Grooveshark.
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Twenty-six-year-old Sam Tarantino, the founder of the music website Grooveshark, spoke on campus Monday evening to students from College Conservatives, the Alternative Music Enthusiasts Club, Delta Sigma Pi and business students about being a young entrepreneur in a recession and starting a business in Florida. The College Conservatives hosted the presentation. Tarantino was 19 and a pre-med student at the University of Florida when he started Grooveshark. As a musician, he wanted to change the music industry and give people the opportunity to listen to music online for free, so he gathered some of his friends and members from an entrepreneurship group at UF to set his plan in motion. Based on his experiences, Tarantino advised students to create a job rather than looking for one. “He started Grooveshark right when the recession started happening, and they realized that Grooveshark was doing better
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in the recession because people couldn’t infringement. afford music and what not,” said Marco In the wake of adversity and amid the Tarantino, Sam’s brother, who is also a challenge of a start-up, his suggestion UT junior and president of the College about confidence: “Fake it until you Conservatives. make it.” Sam Tarantino also talked about what Zoe Fowler can be reached at zoe. it’s like to start a business in Florida and email@example.com. how it is potentially cheaper to launch one in the state as opposed to California, in part because the cost of living is more expensive. He said struggles he had to endure and is still going through include dealing with major record label companies suing Taylor Sanger/The Minaret him due to concerns Students listened as Sam Tarantino spoke of starting businesses and music. about copyright
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Edmund D. Fountain/Tampa Bay Times Artifacts remain in the old Dozier School for Boys that give the public a glimpse of what life was like for the boys living there.
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The Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. was a “reform school” for boys meant to make them better citizens and mold them into good men. It was in operation from Jan. 1, 1900 to June 30, 2011. At one point, it was the largest juvenile reform institution in the United States. Since its first scandal in 1903 when investigators (a committee sent by the governor) found boys as young as six-years-old wearing iron chains, the school has become notorious for its harsh punishments. In October 2008, five men came forward to share their experiences at the Dozier School for Boys with the public. The Department of Juvenile Justice held a ceremony for the five men to seal the “white house” -- a brick building on campus where the men claimed they were tortured. A plaque was placed on the front of the white house that read, “May this building stand as a reminder of the need to remain vigilant in protecting our children as we help them to seek a brighter future.” According to Ben Montgomery, a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times, the beatings endured by the boys were severe. “When I say ‘tortured’ I mean beaten with a weighted, thick-leather strap until their behinds were lacerated, and their underwear, in some cases, became imbedded into their behinds,” Montgomery said. The Minaret talked with Montgomery to find out more about the Dozier School for Boys. The Minaret (M): The abuse for the boys has been the center of focus for the public. What can you say about the abuse? How and why it was kept in the dark for so long? Ben Montgomery (BM): The abuse came in many forms depending on the period of time here that you’re looking at. In 1903 kids were being locked in irons [chains] like common criminals. Later on, kids were being farmed out for labor to area farmers. In the 50’s and 60’s, some in the 40’s, the abuse took the form of brutal beatings in the building called the “white house” where kids were told to lie face-down on a metal cot and were whipped with a heavy leather-strap
until their behinds split open. In the 70’s and 80’s, after corporal punishment was outlawed in the state constitution, kids were pitted against each other by guards, made to fight. They were hog-tied for long periods of time. They were kept in solitary confinement for weeks and even as recent as 2008, 2009, kids were denied the right to call the state’s abuse line. They were occasionally punched and kicked by guards. They were neglected. Kids with medical issues and mental health issues were not properly cared for according to a recent class-action lawsuit filed against the school. Why did it stay secret? You can argue that it didn’t. There’s been plenty of newspaper reporters and magazine reporters who have showed up on that campus and done stories about the conditions in which these kids were kept. At one point Dozier was the largest reform school in the country. So, considering that, I think the issue is it’s very easy for the general public to ignore the plight of juvenile delinquency and to simply overlook kids who have committed a crime. Even a crime as minor as truancy or incorrigibility should be treated with respect and dignity and should be reformed as opposed to imprisoned and punished. It’s easy to ignore, and I think Florida citizens bear as much responsibility as the guards in that school. M: In your article about the boys’ beatings, it says that it “was for their own good” according to the state and the judges who sent them there. The school has also been scrutinized for more than 100 years; how did it slip through the cracks and continue to operate until 2011? BM: There was much written about this, but I think we have short attention spans as well, so it’s easy to do a big story and stay away from the place and let it go back into darkness without the purifying light of public scrutiny. There’s another point to be made and that is for a long time a lot of strong politicians that have came out of Jackson County [where Marianna is located], and this was a facility that employed more than 300 people at times. It’s a small community, Marianna. It’s a rural county, Jackson County and this was a source for steady jobs for more than a century and so I think over the
years it has been comfortably lived under the umbrella of political protection even in the face of horrible scandal. M: What was the “white house” mentioned in your articles and others? How did the name come about? BM: There are different stories about that and it’s all folklore at this point. Some of the boys remember hearing that it used to be an ice cream factory or a cold-storage freezer. The way the thing is built that wouldn’t surprise me, but I’m not sure that there’s any validity in that. I do know that some of the boys called it the ice cream factory and it’s where you would go to get ‘whipped’ like ice cream. As for the origin of the name ‘the white house,’ it’s been painted white [the cinder block building where boys were tortured]. I have yet to hear a solid explanation of where that came from. It just seems like all of the men who came to the school and heard it referred to as the white house. Another common colloquialism is “you’re going down” which means you’re making a trip to the white house, so it’s unanswered a little bit. M: What do you know about the onearmed man, Troy Tidwell? BM: A lot of the men remember having been beaten by a handful of guards. Mr. Hatten was an administrator at the school for a while. But I’ll tell you this, the majority of them remember having been beaten by the one-armed man, Troy Tidwell, and maybe he stands out in their mind because of his disability. This is a man who is still alive the last I heard and he still lives there in Mariana. He was made to give a deposition in a civil case that was brought by the white house boys against him and the state and the others. He testified for several hours and was asked specifically if he abused any of the boys and he denied it. He said he never gave a boy more than 10-15 licks and he illustrated for the attorneys how he gave paddlings. The best to explain this is to basically say that he gave them very light strokes. He reenacted something that you would hit your dog harder than that perhaps, so he denied that having abused anybody. Obviously, for the men
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UT Student Rides Along with Tampa Law Enforcement By LAYLA SOUCHET
The first time I met Michael Strom, I was in awe. With his police issued uniform, badge, and a very intimidating gun at his side, I knew I was in for the police ride along of my life. Originally from New York, Strom is a big Italian guy who’s been with the Tampa Bay Police Department for eight years. When I heard this, I knew a guy who worked with the NYPD could handle anything we ran into in Tampa. At least, I hoped he could. When we went out to his car, I could tell he was nervous. Clearly he’d never had a teenage girl riding around with him for a shift. He looked as if he wanted to open my door for me, then stopped, then made a move again, before dropping his arms to his side and walking away. I chuckled; his uncertainty made me relax a little. When we took off from the parking lot, he began to tell me about his nightly duties and what he usually runs into. Car accidents, routine traffic stops and occasionally drunk drivers were his common run-ins, especially on a weekend. I was kind of bummed; I was hoping for bank robberies and high speed chases, but I looked on the bright side: maybe a drunk driver would try to run and I could watch him tackle someone to the ground. He then seemed to realize he should make sure I was okay, so he asked me if the temperature was okay and what kind of music I listened to. We agreed on a low setting and country. His radio suddenly came to life; I jumped at first, my nerves getting the best of me. He was listening intently though,
so I decided to as well. The dispatcher might as well have been speaking Vulcan. All it sounded like was football plays, but as long as Strom knew what they were talking about, it was okay. Nothing was in our area though, so he let the other officers respond. He told me that since the beginning of the shifts was usually uneventful, he would take care of traffic stops. We rode down a few blocks of Ybor City until we reached the heart of the city. There we went down a narrow street, and parked the car in the dark, facing the main street that leads to where Photo Courtesy of Layla Souchet the bars and night clubs Layla Souchet shadowed Officer Michael Strom on a police ride along. “We sat for about an hour, catching people and pulling are. He told me that there them over. After three, we took off again, ready to fight crime and save lives.” was a roundabout that led of a suspected domestic dispute (at least, I an overnight shift, that was dinner time. to the street and in order to get in the street, a car had to go through a think that’s what it was) and come to find I told him food would be fine so he took stop sign and few people ever completely out, the house number we were looking me to his favorite hang out, Miguel’s on stopped. It was there in that dark alley for didn’t exist! As we rode up and down Kennedy Blvd. There we met another that I realized police work can be kind of the street, another officer showed up officer, clearly a good friend of Strom’s. boring. We sat for about an hour, catching as backup. Too bad there was nothing The waitresses all seemed to know these people and pulling them over. After three, to back up! After about 10 minutes of two guys, and I realized this was a nightly we took off again, ready to fight crime searching for a house that didn’t exist. We ritual for these two friends. As I silently took off again. munched on my quesadilla, I heard a few and save lives. Strom seemed to remember that he curse words thrown into their conversation. Finally, a call came over the radio to might need to take care of me again, as if Suddenly they stopped talking. My brain an address near our location. After a few he was babysitting. He looked at me and hours of listening to the chatter, I could decipher car accident from raging lunatic, said “Have you had dinner yet?” I smiled. See RIDE-ALONG, Page 5 but not much else. We went to the street It was about 11 o’clock at night, but for
From the April 1 to April 7 reports
UT’s Newest Slip ‘N Slide On April 1, a student reported that she slipped and fell in a stairwell in West parking garage. Jump On It On April 1 at around 6 p.m., an unknown person(s) unlawfully removed a Dining Services golf cart from campus. Class Gone Wild On April 4, security responded to Plant Hall concerning a report of a broken window.
On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, Student Government met in Reeves Theater. There is a lacrosse game this Thursday at 8 p.m.
Don’t Stop The Party On April 6, a non student was found passed out in a hallway in Austin Hall. Ridin’ Dirty On April 4, two students reported witnessing the theft of bicycles in the courtyard. However, no owners have come forward to report the theft outside of Urso Hall.
There is a baseball game this Friday at 8 p.m. This Saturday there is a baseball doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The only track meet of the year is this Saturday at 5 p.m. This Friday is No Fry Friday from 12-3 p.m. at the UT pool. Free food and stuff provided. Relay for Life is this Friday, starting at 6 p.m. On April 16, there is no General Assembly; Leadership Awards Night is at 6:45 p.m. on the ninth floor of Vaughn.
Reports compiled by Yasi Sherbaf
Next Wednesday, UT Foods is hosting Around the World of Foods, from 6-7 p.m. in Brevard community room.
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Bay News 9 Reporter: ‘Don’t Follow the Money. Find Something You Love’
By DAVID ADAMS
In 2011, The University of Tampa partnered with the Helios Education Foundation, aiming to boost graduation rates for Florida residents who are first generation and/or minority students, as well as for students who are earning a degree in science, technology, education, or mathematics, or are undecided majors. The Office of Student Success, which was formed in October 2010, oversees the Helios Scholar’s Program at UT. Directed by Dr. Lorie Kittendorf, the OSS provides assistance to Helios students, and all other UT attendees, from the time they enroll at UT until their graduation. In addition to assisting students with oncampus opportunities and providing them with an academic mentor, the OSS features a guest lecturer every semester. Helios students get to hear from similar people who overcame their own personal challenges and ultimately became successful. On April 4th, Helios students and OSS staff gathered in Brevard Hall to attend this semester’s guest lecturer series. Martina Newell, the Student Success Coordinator, began the introduction. “It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Spring Helios Speaker series sponsored by the Office of Student Success here at The University of Tampa,” Newell began. “The Helios speaker series was developed to showcase and invite individuals from the immediate Tampa Bay community and beyond who can share their stories about their own success journeys. I am very pleased to announce that this semester we are lucky enough to have a local television news anchor with us from Bay News 9, Erica Riggins.”
Before Erica Riggins was a weekday morning anchor for Bay News 9, she was a college student at the University of Texas in Austin. She began attending the university as a business major, later changing to mechanical engineering. In 1995, Riggins graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in mechanical engineering. During her time as a student Riggins interned at NASA and Motorola, learning the skills that she would need to work in the engineering world. After she graduated from the University of Texas, Riggins began working for Motorola as an equipment engineer. From 1995 until 2001 she worked various positions. It wasn’t until Riggins began working in the communications and public affairs department for Motorola that she found her true calling. While working with public affairs, she was introduced to the media, and fell in love. She later returned to the University of Texas and studied the core-curriculum in the college College of Communications. “During my time with Motorola, I realized that I was a better communicator than an engineer,” Riggins said. “I would write a press release for Motorola, then later on the news I would see the anchors saying what I wrote. I loved that my words were being repeated verbatim, it gave me a huge sense of accomplishment.” Riggins realized she could touch more people through her work in the media than she could through engineering. This idea stayed with her, and drove her to make a complete career change. In 2001, Riggins left Motorola and took a huge pay cut to become a weekend news anchor in Sherman, Texas. “I remember driving to work in
Sherman, and seeing a sign outside of ChikFil-A saying that they were hiring people at nine dollars an hour,” Riggins told the audience, laughing. “I was only making eight-fifty an hour at the time, and that was hard to deal with.” Riggins eventually landed a job in Austin as a news anchor. Riggins loved working in Austin, where she grew up and attended college, but she felt like she had never had the chance to really get away from home. In 2005 she received an offer from Bay News 9, and jumped at the opportunity. “When I moved to Tampa Bay, it was the first time I had ever lived outside of Texas,” Riggins said. “I was glad when I moved because it felt like I was really on my own for the first time.” Riggins centered her student lecture around what she call “the five P’s.” Perseverance, Patience, Peers, Passion, and Planning. These five attributes were crucial to Riggins’ success in life, and were factors she paid close attention to when she made the switch from an engineer to a news anchor. “Ross Perot said something like: ‘Don’t follow the money. Find something that you love, do it well, and the money will follow you.’ It was something that I have taken with me and will never forget,” Riggins said during her lecture. Riggins stressed building personal networks. She told students to always remember their counselors and professors, and to maintain relationships whenever possible because it could open many doors in the future. “Internships are great because they will give you a real feel for what the job is like,” Riggins told the attendants. “I know it may
not be possible for everyone, but if there is anyway to extend your time at college to work as an intern, I recommend it. It will help you decide if it is what you really want to do.” Since she moved to Tampa in 2005, Riggins has moved through the reporting ranks and is now the weekday morning anchor for Bay News 9. She never grows tired of hearing people tell them they wake up to her reporting in the morning. “I love hearing when people tell me that they watch me everyday,” Riggins said, smiling. “It makes everything worth it.” David Adams can be reached at email@example.com.
Photo Courtesy of David Adams Erica Riggins gave a presentation on her career and what she has learned as an anchor for Bay News 9.
Montgomery: ‘It’s very easy for the public to ignore plight of juvenile delinquency’ From DOZIER, Page 2 this did nothing but anger them. In their eyes he is a barbarian and many of them told me that it almost seemed as if he did it for pleasure rather than to try to discipline the boys. He actually got some sort of sadistic kick out of enforcing punishment. He plead the fifth when it came to the criminal investigation. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement wanted to talk to him and he refused to talk which is his right. In the civil case he gave a deposition that lasted four hours or so. They asked him all sorts of questions about it. He denied having ever inflicted abuse. That case was thrown out of court on a technicality and the 300 plus plaintiffs who claimed they were beaten at the Florida School For Boys [an earlier name Dozier went by]
are trying to get the legislature to sign a claims bill which would provide some sort of monetary relief for the men who were abused at the hands of the state. There hasn’t been a claims bill filed this year, but there was one last year. It never made it out of committee, so it’s uncertain whether that legal action will ever be resolved. Sometimes these things take decades. Sometimes they never get anywhere. M: Did you go into the white house when it was opened two weeks ago to the public? If so, what was your experience like? BM: Yes. It’s a spooky place. I don’t think there were any smiles inside there. I’ve heard stories about that went on for years and this was the first time I went in and I got to say it’s pretty haunting to know what happened there and to be
Edmund D. Fountain/Tampa Bay Times Inhabitants of the Dozier School for Boys were said to be beaten and brutally treated until the school was closed in 2011.
in this dank, musty, old, building. Most of the buildings on that campus have a similar feel. It wasn’t a happy place. I don’t think even Troy Tidwell would tell you it’s a happy place. I talked to one old superintendent there who was maybe the longest running superintendent, Lenox Williams. I feel like he was being fairly candid. He told me ‘look we were forced to deal with at some points 700 students with a staff of 150 people. Some of these kids were decent kids who got mixed up and others were violent-hardcore criminals and we had to do what we had to do to keep power. We were underfunded, understaffed and it was a recipe for some of the barbarity that we’re hearing about.’ This kind of mistreatment didn’t just happen in the white house. It happened in isolation, where in the late 70’s, a child advocate named Jack Levine showed up and found a boy who had no idea how long he’d been locked in a solitary cell. [The boy] pulled his hair out, he was made to urinate and defecate in a bucket. The guard who let Jack visit with this kid had to whack the rusty lock on the door with a Bible in order to get it open. It’s not a good place. The white house is where many of them got a beating that they remembered 50 years later, but it wasn’t limited to that building. … A couple of people were curious about some red streaks on the wall that certainly looked like blood. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement [FDLE] said that they did lab work in there and found no traces of blood. It was enough to convince all the people pretty much who went in that building that it was at least a blood-like substance. There are some etchings on the walls.”
M: What would you say is the most important thing you have learned from covering this story? BM: Two of the fundamental measures of civilized society is how we treat our children and how we treat our dead and in this case it’s plain to me that we, collectively for 100-plus years, have failed at those two primary obligations and this is why it’s come to a head finally. Maybe we’ve struck a place in our progress where we’re ready to deal with stuff and make amends. Most of us. Some are opposed to this. Some want to leave those dead boys in the ground and leave questions unanswered or say that there are no questions and that everyone died for no reason, nothing suspicious. I think for many of us it’s time to make amends. There have been a lot of people who came out of that place, a state-run institution that should have been governed, should have been ran correctly, and turned to lives of crime. In a more nuanced version men have come out and not known how to carry their emotions, they have carried intense amounts of trauma and have caused other people pain. In a way we all continue to inherit the trauma that came out of that place in terms of crimes they have committed since they were released, in terms of hugs not given, love not shared. I think that’s the lesson: we cannot treat the least members of our society, the juvenile delinquents, as they have been treated at this facility and we all should be vigilant to the extreme about making sure that that kind of thing isn’t happening anywhere in the state, in the country, in the world. That’s a pretty tall order, but that’s the lesson. Kelly St. Onge can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Student enjoys time with TPD officer, ultimately not planning to pursue similar career From RIDE-ALONG, Page 3 immediately went to a robber had just walked in, so I dropped my food in midbite and spun towards the door, looking like a crazy person. We were the only ones on the restaurant. I looked back at them and realized they were blushing looking at me. I asked â€œWhat?â€? and they responded by apologizing for their language. I laughed. â€œIâ€™m not a nun! Iâ€™m just a girl in college. Iâ€™ve heard curse words before!â€? I guess chivalry isnâ€™t dead. As the night wore on, we got several calls about small incidents. One involved a minor car accident. I thought it would be quick and easy. I was wrong. One of the cars involved was a rental and the guy didnâ€™t have any proof of insurance for it. The car rental business was closed and no one really knew what to do. I kept busy by talking to the other driver about how she was doing and what her day had been like. Looking back, I would have to say that my favorite incident was at the sketchiest, dirtiest motel I had ever seen. I was afraid of actually contracting something. The call didnâ€™t give many details as to what was going on. Just a disturbance by a female. As Strom and I were joined by two other officers, we walked towards the inside of the building which faced a courtyard type area with a pool. As we were looking around, a gentleman poked his head out of his room and said, â€œShe went down there,â€? pointing his finger down the corridor. â€œWhat does she look like?â€? one of the officers asked. â€œLittle. Wearing hot pink pants.â€?
My attention peaked. â€˜Who wears hot pink pants at 3 a.m.?â€™ I asked myself. As soon as she came around the corner, I got my answer: crazy people. This lady looked like she had been electrocuted. Her hair was stringy and sticking up in all directions. She saw us standing there and immediately came towards us, leaning over the railing to talk to us. The conversation was pretty easy to
was following her down the road. â€œI ainâ€™t that kind of girl!â€? she exclaimed. Strom told her she canâ€™t stand on street corners if she didnâ€™t want unwanted attention. That part made me laugh, but I managed to turn it into a snort as to not insult her. Towards the end of the shift, I was feeling a little bummed. Nothing overly exciting had happened and I was feeling like I got a dud night. As we were sitting in the car, we received a call. A witness reported â€œAlthough I will never become a seeing guns police officer, I found a new sense at a bar in of appreciation for our armed a bad part guardians. That and I learned how of Ybor. They said to control my bladder in stressful they were situations.â€? standing -Layla Souchet at a safe distance, but that p o l i c e follow: Not only was she crazy, but she should arrive immediately. Mike didnâ€™t was lost. She was looking for her brotherâ€™s look as enthusiastic as I felt, but he still room and couldnâ€™t remember what room kicked the car into high gear and said, number he was in, so she did the only â€œHold on!â€? As if I had any other choice. sensible thing. She knocked on every This was the moment I had been waiting door and kept saying, â€œHello? Itâ€™s me. Let for! He flicked his lights on and we were me in!â€? I wondered how only one person racing down empty streets and through called the cops. Maybe it was a common vacant intersections. occurrence in those parts. Finally her When we arrived at the bar, a realization brother called her and she found out the came over me: all I could see were angry room number, leaving us to part in peace. faces, tattoos, and a lot of alcohol. I did Driving around, the remainder of not like the looks of that. Another officer the night was pretty uneventful. He did had already arrived before us and was introduce me to my first transvestite, which starting to question and search people. was a treat. We had to keep an eye on her Mike turned off his lights and the car because she claimed a man in a white truck and began to get out. I hadnâ€™t moved. It
suddenly hit me that this was the real deal. These officers purposefully race towards guns and violence and I was convinced I was going to die. When he realized I hadnâ€™t moved he turned to me and said â€œAre you coming?â€? I shook my head. â€œNah, Iâ€™m good right here,â€? I replied. He got back in the car and said quietly, â€œBelieve me, you are safer out of the car with me than in the car without me.â€? I squeaked, fumbled with my seatbelt and quickly slammed the door and ran up behind him. Suddenly, all attention turned from the police officers ruining their party, to the scrappy kid who just sprinted towards a cop. Not the best first impression. Iâ€™m bad in awkward situations so I did the only thing I could think of: I said hello. To everyone I passed. A lot. And waved. A lot. After about 15 minutes of searching, no weapons could be found. The officers bid everyone a good night, got in their cars, and left. As we were pulling out, Mike looked at me and smiled, as if he understood. I only responded with, â€œI need a bathroom. Iâ€™m going to pee myself,â€? and he roared with laughter as I prayed the radio would stay silent the rest of the night. The rest of the night stayed uneventful to my excitement. He dropped me off right in front of my dorm, told me he had fun, and rode off into the night. As I lay in bed around 5 a.m., excitement pumping through my veins, I knew I made the right choice. Although I will never become a police officer, I found a new sense of appreciation for our armed guardians. That and I learned how to control my bladder in stressful situations. Layla Souchet can be reached at Layla. Souchet@spartans.ut.edu.
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Crêpes Rule the Menu at First U.S. Flying Pan By XELMARIE MEDINA Arts + Entertainment Writer
Tampa hosts a variety of restaurants that cater to everyone’s taste buds, and a new addition has been added to the repertoire: the Flying Pan.Located right down the street from campus on West Kennedy Boulevard, the Flying Pan offers quality food at a reasonable price and has been doing quite well ever since it opened its doors over two weeks ago. Not only does the Flying Pan have great food, but it also has an interesting past. Laurent Gornet, a French businessman, moved to Australia and started a crêperie which is part of a worldwide food chain with locations in France, Australia, Brazil, north Africa and now their very first location in the
United States right here in Florida. “We wanted to choose a state like Florida, which is an interesting state, for headquarters because it has a lot of advantages regarding taxes” Gornet said. “Then, within Florida, our main concern with location was looking for a good testing ground for our food concept.” The quaint establishment is almost as if Panera and Chipotle fused together, the product being an interesting and fresh concept. The Flying Pan’s menu offers different soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts, but the customer has the opportunity to view the staff prepare their food. Their specialty is the crêpe, which is basically the French version of a flattened pancake. They incorporate it in their menu as both an entrée and dessert. Your crepe can be filled with
different meats, vegetables and cheeses for a savory lunch or with fruit and Nutella for a delicious dessert. Keep these tasty meals in mind for when you visit the Flying Pan: the Farmhouse, the Croque Monsieur, the Tomato Basil Soup, the Nutella Mania sweet crêpe and the Apple Pie sweet crêpe. The Farmhouse contains chicken, Monterey jack cheese, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized red onions and dijonnaise in a warm crêpe, and the Croque Monsieur includes turkey, béchamel sauce, Monterey jack cheese under a crusty cheese toast. The Nutella Mania and the Apple Pie are both delicious treats that include ice cream and whipped cream alongside their respective ingredients. Since the Flying Pan is so close to the University of Tampa, it makes a
wonderful breakfast and lunch stop for students. “We already have UT students as part of our staff,” Gornet said. “I think it’s great because university students are very positive and welcoming and dynamic.” Not only does the Flying Pan have a large selection of crêpes and Nutella concoctions, but there is also free WiFi and a relaxing environment––just what every college student needs. It’s a nice transition from trying to study in the cafeteria on campus. “Our concept really has personality, and it reflects in our food and the way the staff interacts with the customers,” Gornet said. The Flying Pan is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Xelmarie Medina can be reached at email@example.com.
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The Flying Pan recently opened a couple weeks ago. This new Tampa restaurant is the franchise’s first branch in the U.S. They feature a number of variations of the crêpe, including a southwest lunch crêpe and a decadent Nutella and whipped cream dessert crêpe.
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ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT
No Need to Sulk During ‘Walking Dead’ Hiatus
By THERESA STANTON and JORDAN LLANES Arts + Entertainment Writers
The Season Three finale of The Walking Dead, which aired a little over two weeks ago, was the highest rated show in cable television history. Characters died (no shocker there), the Governor continued his descent into the dark side (still no surprise) and Rick and the gang ended up better off than before. Without giving away too much, the season finale was definitely one to remember, though not as good as last season’s. This season’s length of sixteen episodes was the longest the show has had, up from thirteen last season and six episodes in the inaugural season. Although, to some viewers, it still feels like there wasn’t enough of the show to go around. Now that this season is over and season four doesn’t start until mid to late October, many fans of the show and of just the zombie genre in general don’t have a lot of options to fill the time. So what is there to do for the fans of Rick, Daryl, Carl and company? Well, as it turns out, there are quite a few things that zombie fans can partake in the coming months, including after the highly rated zombie thriller comes back on AMC. The first such event that comes to mind is the Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K Race that will take place in Orlando on November 16th of this year. If you are a Walking Dead fan or just a fan, then this is definitely an event that you won’t want to miss. The race is essentially an obstacle course in which the participants have to get through a hoard of zombies unscathed in order to reach the Safe Zone and ensuing Apocalypse Party (although why anyone would party while zombies rule the land is beyond comprehension). Participants can either run through the gauntlet themselves or become a zombie and attack other runners as they try to navigate the course. Another thing that UT Walking
Dead fans can enjoy are comic book conventions, also known as Comic Cons. Now, this does sound kind of nerdy, but these conventions have evolved from much more than just a whole bunch of dudes gathering around to discuss comic books. The Tampa Bay Comic Con, which happened last weekend, was host to Lauren Cohen (Maggie Greene) and Emily Kinney (Beth Greene), both of whom are integral parts of Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) group in the Walking Dead. The San Diego Comic Con, which is arguably the biggest in the world, has a Walking Dead panel almost every year now that includes the show’s top characters, producers and the creator of the series, Robert Kirkman. These conventions are also great places to get memorabilia from the show. “I have a few zombie shirts, a ‘Walking Dead’ poster, a game and bumper stickers that say ‘I love zombies,’ ‘zombie emergency response crew,’ and ‘support brains,’” communication major Diamante Sprull said. Of course, the best way to pass the time is to just simply rewatch the old episodes. The first two seasons are on Netflix, and the third season will be on there soon enough if some of the fans don’t already have them on their iTunes or Amazon accounts. By the time the fourth season rolls around in six months, the first three seasons will have probably have been replayed at least a few times on AMC. Naturally, that is a positive thing. “I like to occasionally watch episodes from the older seasons just to keep my mind refreshed,” Sprull said. Despite the six month wait that has just started for the fans of this edge of your seat, apocalyptic thriller in which Rick and the crew are trying desperately to survive, the fans will definitely have things to do to keep their minds occupied. All they have to do is look around. Photos Courtesy of The Walking Dead/Facebook.com Theresa Stanton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Now that The Walking Dead season is over, fans don’t know what to do with themselves for the Jordan Llanes can be reached at next six months. No need to fret. There are plenty of ways to get your zombie fix until the next season picks up. email@example.com.
Paramore Experiments with New Sounds in Eponymous Album By MADISON IRWIN
Arts + Entertainment Writer
Get pumped all you Parawhores! The day has finally come. Paramore has risen from the dead once again and this time with a fresh new sound that will leave you in utter astonishment. The pop-punk band’s new self-titled album, Paramore, was released this past Tuesday. Lead vocalist Hayley Williams and her bandmates took on a bold approach in trying a new sound. They opted for a more natural, less computerized vibe, and it definitely worked. Williams knocked this one out of the ballpark with her infectious voice and vibrant new look. The songs on the album radiate energy and fun. They are more reminiscent of No Doubt than their previous albums All We Know Is Falling, Riot! and Brand New Eyes which have more of a rock vibe. I give them big props for managing to create a new sound and style while still keeping that unique edge that Paramore is known for. I have been a Paramore fan since day one and find the change to be quite refreshing. This record screams diversity. There are poppy songs and some even feature ukulele interludes. Each song in the 17-track album
has its own unconventional genre. The single “Now” is the epitome of youth and freedom. The lyrics sing: “If there’s a future/ we want it Na-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ow!” representing the rebellion for a social change. The first track, “Fast In My Car,” is a feel good, percussion-driven song about letting go and takes me back to a road trip to the beach I took with my friends. It will be the perfect song to jam out to this summer. “Grow Up” will definitely appeal to fans of classic Paramore with its hints of ska and pop punk. “Still into You” is a little bit more on the poppier side, but, nevertheless, I guarantee you will be singing along to it in no time. Not only does it have a great beat but it’s very relatable. It reminds me of a time when I was conflicted about my feelings towards an ex boyfriend. “Anklebiters” is very inspirational with the lyrics: “Fall in love with yourself/ because someday you’re going to be the only one you’ve got.” The album also includes three unique
sounding interludes that consist of only Hayley William’s voice and a ukulele, making for a calm and relaxing break. The song that stands out to me the most (and is also my favorite song on the album) would have to be “Daydreaming.” Every time I listen to it, I get the chills. The lyrics and rhythm intertwine beautifully to create a masterpiece of the new and old Paramore all rolled up in one song. It was a very personal track for Williams, written
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at a time when she was feeling restless and depressed. She was thirsty for a change in her life. After listening to all the tracks, I realized that the general theme is about getting over certain situations and moving forward. All in all, I really enjoyed this album. It is very much a step forward in Paramore’s career. “The whole making of this album was a rediscovering of ourselves as a band and as friends,” the band wrote in a blog post. “It was a process that allowed us the freedom to explore new territory artistically and to liberate ourselves as musicians, singers, as people!” After the release of Paramore, they will gain a whole new crowd of fans while keeping the old fans satisfied. Madison Irwin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Critic’s Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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THE MINARET | APRIL 11 2013
90s Fashion Leads Current Trends
By NATALIE HICKS
Arts + Entertainment Editor
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin and Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor on “Beverly Hills, 90210” embody the perfect 90s girl. Feathery bangs, floral dresses, scrunchies and platform flip flops ruled the screen of this hit teen television show from 1990 to 2000. This “Babysitter’s Club” look died out for a while, but it has come back with a vengeance within the past year or so. Stores like American Apparel and Urban Outfitters have a played a big role in this comeback. Looking around campus, many girls are wearing crop tops and old Levi’s cut off into jean shorts. And let’s not forget about the grungy look of oversized flannel and chambray button-ups, leggings and converse or combat boots. This is one fashion revival that I hope sticks around for good, besides slap bracelets.
Denim on Denim on Denim
Chambray denim tops are so versatile. You can wear them with the sleeves rolled up, the bottom knotted to transition it into a crop top or unbuttoned with one side hanging off the shoulder for the I-don’t-really-care look. Ombré your chambray to be even trendier.
Flannel is now as classic as red lipstick and a trench coat, and you don’t need to be flipping pancakes or chopping down trees to rock this style. Flannel shirts pair wonderfully with leggings and a pair of Converse or black ballet flats.
High-Waisted, Fit to Flatter
Bringing Scrunchies Back
Embrace the Belly
High-waisted jean shorts are no longer just for soccer moms. College girls across the nation are scavenging the racks of their local Goodwill in hopes of getting their hands on some old Levi’s they can cut off into shorts.
Scrunchies were a backpack staple in kindergarten, but now they are a college staple. Instead of ripping out your hair with hairbands that easily snap, tie your long mane with a scrunchie. They’re more comfortable, and everyone will tell you that you look like Kimmy Gibbler from Full House.
Crop tops, whether they be loose fitting or tight, have become an extremely popular fashion choice. They can easily be worn with high-waisted shorts, maxi skirts and even sweatpants for when you hit the gym. Dress up a tight fitting crop top with a full mini skirt for a revamped 90s look when heading out to Aja.
Funky with Chunky Boots Dr. Martens may seem a little Courtney Love/goth kid circa 2003, but they are surprisingly making their way back into mainstream fashion. Instead of getting them in classic black or brown, try adding a punch with a bright patent pink, red or purple.
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ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT
Vine, a Six-Second Success Story
By SAMANTHA DELLE Arts + Entertainment Writer
Curious about the increasingly prevalent video clips on your Twitter feed? They’re likely associated with Vine, the new mobile app created by Twitter that allows users to generate and share video clips. Video clips created on Vine last a maximum of six seconds, and they run on a loop, similar to GIFs. Vine is undoubtedly user friendly. Just tap the screen to record and take you finger off when you want to stop filming. The nature of creating the videos even lends itself to creative stop motion movies. Though Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov founded Vine, Twitter acquired it in October 2012 before it debuted this past January as a free iOS app for the iPhone and iPod touch. It is currently not available on Android devices. While there are other video apps out there, Vine seems to have become the most popular in its field, and for good reason. Besides being easy to operate and straightforward, it has a growing community of users. There are not yet concrete statistics out on the exact number of active members, but several celebrities have accounts. Paul McCartney, Tyra Banks, Jimmy Fallon and Enrique Iglesias have all posted videos on Vine. Having a vast community of users ensures Vine’s continual climb in popularity and characterizes it as a social network instead of simply a venue for sharing videos. Additionally, many companies have created accounts for a seemingly innovative approach to marketing. Toyota, Dove, Sweetshot Photography
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Twitter’s new mobile app Vine allows users to create six-second videos to share with their followers.
and Wheat Thins are among those with accounts. Surely the idea would be to generate a positive impression in the consumer in a mere six seconds. Perhaps the future will even see Vine
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videos promoting new movies or new music. Vine’s six-second time length for videos is an entertaining idea and likely speaks to the current generation’s decreasing attention
span. Can we not focus on anything for more than six seconds? It follows the trend of Twitter limiting users to only 140-characters in tweets. Even more hilarious is the notion that the most popular tweets are even shorter than the allotted 140-characters. Vine seems to occupy the middle of the spectrum. The videos are longer than the amount of time it takes to view pictures found on Instagram but shorter than the length of a video found on YouTube. People may find the idea of a shorter buffering time coupled with a lack of advertisement before the video appealing. Maybe Vine can capitalize on the middle ground. Admittedly, as Vine is still a very new app, there are some problems to be worked out. There have already been several controversies dealing with pornographic content on Vine. Allegedly, there was also a glitch that allowed users to post from others’ accounts. Users have complained about the amount of time it takes the short videos to load. Also, Vine would be much more accessible if it were available on Android devices rather than being restricted to iOS. While the app certainly has a lot of potential, it seems contingent on continuous posting of interesting content by its users. Imagine if people stopped updating their Facebook statuses or stopped tweeting. It may seem fantastic at first to not deal with political campaigns, inane posts begging you to “like this status” and random song lyrics, but, ultimately, what would keep you coming back? With nothing to look at, any social networking website would become obsolete. Samantha Delle can be reached at email@example.com.
THE MINARET | APRIL 11 2013
By LAUREN RICHEY
specific to their state. Yet even with all of this training and requirements, there’s bound to be someone trying to cut a few corners out there. Just because the chances of something to this magnitude occurring are low, does not mean it can’t happen to you or someone you know. The best way to prevent this from happening to you is to educate yourself. We shouldn’t blindly leave our safety in the hands of just any healthcare professional. When switching to a new dentist office (or even a doctor’s office) it’s important to know everything about the place, including the people working in your mouth. As stated by CNN’s, “Five Things to do at the Dentist’s Office,” there are many things you should be on the lookout for. For one thing, if their work space is cluttered and full of junk, then it makes sanitization that much harder. Another way to spot cleanliness is to watch how they handle their gloves, which should come directly out of a boxed glove dispenser. A commonly overlooked object of infection to look out for is the clips dentists use to clip on the bibs. According to Men’s Health News these clips are loaded with bacteria. However, the good news is that most offices already forgo the bib clips for disposable cloth tape instead. What happened in Tulsa was a rarity among the many healthcare professionals practicing in the United States. Like winning the lottery, chances are slim that it could happen to you. But why risk the health and safety of you or your loved ones on a small statistic? It never hurts to be prepared. It’s simple and easy to learn what to be on the lookout for, and how we can prevent something like this from happening again. Lauren Richey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dentist Charged with Infecting 7,000 Patients with HIV from Contaminated Tools Opinion Columnist
Many residents living in Tulsa, Okla. are finding it hard to trust where they get their teeth cleaned. This past March, W. Scott Harrington and his popular dentistry practice have been accused of using contaminated instruments, possibly causing the infection of 7,000 people with HIV or Hepatitis B and C. Since March 30, patients who were treated over the past six years by Harrington have been getting tested for these chronic illnesses. This is horrifying to say the least. But here’s the real question on everybody’s mind: could this happen to you? Oklahoma’s Board of Dentistry began their investigation when they caught wind of a patient testing positive for Hepatitis C. After leaving Harrington’s office, Susan Rogers, executive director of the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry, was reported by CNN saying, “I will tell you that when... we left, we were just physically kind of sick... that’s how bad it was, and I’ve seen a lot of bad stuff over the years.” It makes you wonder if the Board of Dentistry could have possibly caught this earlier. Apparently, it’s not unusual for inspections to rarely occur. Many other states don’t routinely inspect clinics either, noting they don’t have the money and such incidents are so rare that there is little need, according to The Journal Sentinel. They only go in if a complaint has been issued. Understandably, money is tight in today’s economy. Yet, when things like this are capable of happening, it couldn’t hurt to place our dentists under a little more scrutiny. Possible criminal charges are now impending for Dr. Harrington. Rogers also told Fox News that Harrington and
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Patients who were treated over the past six years by Dr. Harrington have been getting tested for HIV.
his staff could face at least two felony charges, including practicing dentistry without a license and aiding or abetting another person who is violating the state’s dental act. Rogers said each possible charge could carry a prison term of up to four years and a $10,000 fine. If one of those 7,000 mistreated patients winds up actually having HIV or Hepatitis, then Harrington should go away for longer than four years. If that same patient eventually dies from their disease, it would’ve been the direct result of Harrington’s malpractice. Despite all of these horrors, United States dental care is among the best in the world, according to CNN. There are approximately 175,000 practicing dentists in the U.S., so the chances of your particular dentist doing anything wrong
are statistically trivial. “All schools are held to the standards promulgated by the Commission on Dental Accreditation that address patient safety,” writes Dr. James Hanley, an associate dean for clinical affairs and interim chair of periodontology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. The employment of dentists is expected to grow by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all other occupations. Dentists will continue to see an increase in public demand for their services as studies continue to link oral health to overall health, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Plus, all incoming dentists require a doctoral or a professional degree and mandatory on-the-job training. They also must obtain a license to practice,
Candidates for South Carolina Congress Popular for the Wrong Reasons By RICHARD J WHITAKER Opinion Columnist
South Carolina has entered the nation’s political spotlight due to their vacant congressional seat and the two candidates battling for that seat. The two candidates have big, well-known names. The first is former disgraced South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, who according to newsday. com, disappeared from the state for four days in 2009 claiming to having been hiking the Appalachian Trail. Really he’d been visiting his mistress, Maria Belen Chapur, which ultimately led to a divorce between Sanford and his wife and forced him to leave office. The second candidate, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, is the sister of Stephen Colbert, the star of Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report.” Both candidates have pitched their plans for improving South Carolina and the nation as a whole, and have gotten this far in the election process by the vote of the people of their state… but is it their political ideas that have gotten them this far, or their well known last names? I believe that their names played a larger role than their ideas or political ideologies. One must ask himself what our nation is coming to if a man with Sanford’s history is able to make it this far in the election process for a congressional seat. He is a proven liar and adulterer, a man who broke the sacred vows of marriage while simultaneously using the good people of South Carolina’s tax revenue in order to break those vows (he used state sponsored jet planes to reach his mistress). Russell Wagner, a sophomore in UT’s sports management program believes a man should have only one chance during a political career. “Mr. Sanford had his chance and allowed lust to overpower his moral duties to the state of South Carolina,” Wagner said,
“and should not have the opportunity to do the same thing twice.” I understand America is built on a number of values, among them forgiveness, but a man should receive only one chance to abuse a political office. Sanford has had this chance and should be banished not only from South Carolina’s political arena, but also the national political arena. As for Colbert Busch, should she also be in the final steps of this political showdown? She, unlike her opponent, absolutely has the right to be in contention for this particular seat within Congress. While she has the
right, it is reasonable to assert that she is in the finale due to her last name, a last name her brother, Stephen, popularized. It has to be asked, is Elizabeth running, or is Stephen’s last name running for Congress. At the end of the day, however, my observations in regards to her brother’s name are merely footnotes. The single most important point is that she has done nothing immoral like her opponent. Therefore I believe she has a more legitimate spot in Congress than her opponent. In summary, I am not completely sure whether my own political beliefs are consistent
with either of these two candidates, and if so, which is more closely aligned with my beliefs, but I do know one very important thing. I would rather have an honest man or woman in a seat of power that holds a different set of political beliefs from my own, who has proven himself or herself to be able to withstand a temptation that would necessarily involve the betrayal of the most important people in his or her life, than the alternative candidate who has no character or personal strength. Richard J Whitaker can be reached at email@example.com
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Mark Sanford, former disgraced South Carolina Governor (left), and Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Steven Colbert’s sister (right), are competing for a congressional seat.
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North Carolina Legislators Attempt to Create State Religion
By ALEX CARABALLO Opinion Columnist
A total of nine lawmakers cosponsored House Bill 494 on April 1 that would officially establish Christianity as the official religion of North Carolina. They were all Republicans, the same party that screams about reading the Constitution and yet they apparently have never read the first amendment, let alone a book for that matter. The North Carolina House Speaker, Thom Tillis, who at least has some common sense, killed the bill on April 3 before it reached the floor for a vote. Now one would ask, why is it a big deal that North Carolina establishes an official religion? For some, that may be a good question since the words “under God” are in both the pledge of allegiance and our money. The problem arises from the First Amendment, the same amendment that guarantees freedom of the press, freedom of speech and most importantly, the freedom of religion. The First Amendment explicitly prohibits the establishment of a state religion by stating “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” I think it states in plain English that the government shall not establish a state or official religion, but that is exactly what these legislators intended to do. They planned to justify a blatantly unconstitutional bill by stating in the
bill, “The North Carolina General Assembly asserts that the Constitution of the United States of America does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.” If you want to be nitpicky, the First Amendment does specifically state “Congress” and not state governments, so they may have a point. However, 200 years of case law and Supreme Court rulings have explicitly stated that the establishment clause applies to all governments within the jurisdiction of the United States and not just Congress. Their strategy is to bury their heads in the sand, say that they don’t recognize any federal court rulings on the establishment clause and do whatever they want. That’s quite a lovely take on how the law applies to them. Maybe I should take a page from their playbook, start running red lights and speeding. When a police officer finally pulls me over, I’ll just grin and say, “Your pesky traffic laws don’t apply to me!” The context for this atrocious legislation stems from a recent lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that aimed to stop Christian prayers being said at official Rowan County government meetings. The ACLU’s self-described mission is to defend the rights and liberties of all Americans. By filing this lawsuit, the ACLU wants to keep government meetings secular and not allow Christian prayers to be an official part of their meetings. Many Christians see no problem in it because it is their religion so it does not offend their sensibilities,
The First Amendment explicitly prohibits the establishment of a state religion.
but if the roles were reversed and the meetings had to start with Islamic or Hindu prayers, there would most certainly be a massive s--t storm over it. The use of Christian prayers is a tacit endorsement of religion. The ACLU is not trying to eliminate religion from public life; it is trying to make government completely neutral when it comes to religion. No one should have to sit through a Christian prayer just to attend their local city council meeting, nor should anyone have to sit through any other religion’s prayers or practices. These traditions should be reserved for private religious services rather than public meetings involving government officials on government time. No one is stopping anybody from praying-anyone can pray to their hearts content. This lawsuit only serves to keep
governmental bodies from endorsing any particular religion and excluding those who do not subscribe to it. The founders were wise to keep religion a private affair that cannot be controlled by the government. The First Amendment is a firewall that keeps us from turning into a theocracy, where the rule of law is based on interpretations of scripture rather than secular legislation. These legislators might be okay with a theocracy as long as it’s their religion, but for the vast majority of North Carolinians, that might not be the case. They should stop wasting time and taxpayer money and start focusing on actually helping their constituents rather than catering to their evangelical base. Alex Caraballo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
North Dakota Passes Strict Abortion Law, In Vitro Fertilization at Risk
By JAKE KONISZEWSKI Opinion Writer
The amendment could outlaw some forms of birth control, stem cell research and possibly in vitro fertilization.
North Dakota recently passed the United States’ most restrictive law on abortion yet. According to Business Insider, “Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple signed a bill that bans any abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, typically around six weeks after conception when many women still don’t realize they are pregnant.” This comes after Arkansas passed a similar law last month. According to CNN, “Overriding a veto by Arkansas’ Democratic governor, the state’s Republican-controlled House and Senate approved a bill to ban abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy.” It is like a game of abortion restriction limbo: How low can you go? I would
not be surprised if another state tried to best North Dakota by banning abortion three weeks after conception. There are times when I think abortion should be an option. I would not blame anyone if they wanted to have an abortion after being raped. If you want to bring someone into the world, you should conceive with someone you have chosen, not someone who forced him or herself on you. I would also not blame anyone who got an abortion after incestuous sex. Consensual or not, having to call your brother the father of your child gives me the creeps. However, according to Business Insider, under North Dakota’s law, “There are no
exceptions for rape, incest, the health of the mother or if she would lose the pregnancy anyway as a result of a fetal abnormality.” I do admit that a woman who is pregnant due to rape or incest could wait to have the baby and put it up for adoption, but she would have to wait nine months to have the baby. Living with a physical reminder of the trauma is not good for the mental and emotional health of the mother. According to the huffingtonpost. com, Dalrymple also signed a bill that makes “North Dakota the first state to ban abortions based on genetic defects such as Down syndrome.” Business Insider also says the bill would ban those who seek abortions “for the purpose of gender selection.” While there are legitimate reasons for someone to get an abortion, I do not believe someone should abort a child solely because he or she has a genetic defect or because the baby is not the gender they wanted. If a woman is pregnant with a child with a genetic defect and she does not believe she can support the child’s special needs, she can put the child up for adoption. Getting an abortion just because the child is not “normal” is selfish and wrong. Despite this, abortion should not be outlawed just because selfish people abort the baby because the baby is not the gender they want. It should be legal as an available option for those who were impregnated against their will or are not ready to bring a child into the world. Dalrymple’s bill on banning abortion six weeks after conception has one detail I cannot stand. According to Business Insider, “If
ratified in a November 2014 election, the amendment would grant full legal protection to embryos and fetuses, and could outlaw some forms of birth control, stem cell research and possibly in vitro fertilization.” As someone brought into this world through in vitro fertilization (IVF), I would never want IVF outlawed. IVF, according to the American Pregnancy Association “is the process of fertilization by manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. When the IVF procedure is successful, the process is combined with a procedure known as embryo transfer, which involves physically placing the embryo in the uterus.” During this process, multiple embryos are placed in the uterus so the mother has a better chance of one of the embryos implanting and resulting in pregnancy. Sometimes there are leftover embryos. Patients can have the embryos frozen, but keeping the embryos frozen can be expensive. While patients can have the embryos pass on naturally, they can also donate the embryos to other infertile couples or for medical research. I can see why Dalrymple and those against abortion would have a problem with IVF. Some embryos may die if they are not used. However, my sister and I would not be alive if it were not for IVF. This bill may help bring more children into this world by stopping abortion, but if this bill outlaws or restricts IVF, it will stop other families who are trying to start a family but cannot without help. Jake Koniszewski can be reached at email@example.com
THE MINARET | APRIL 11 2013
Breaking the Stereotype: Anyone Can Be a Feminist By BRITTNEY COX Opinion Writer
Recently, an article was released from thedailybeast.com discussing how feminists are stereotyped by the way they look. It essentially stated that “feminine” feminists are not taken as seriously as radical feminists when they should be. Now this got me thinking-- as a feminist myself, what does this mean for me? I enjoy shoes, shopping and a pretty dress every now and then, but I want to be treated as an equal when it comes to society (a scary thought right?). However, clarification needs to be made as to what feminism really is. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines it as “the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” It seems simple, but the words from a dictionary differ tremendously from that of society. There is a stereotype for feminist women: man-hating, having hairy legs and armpits, acting masculine and despising other women who don’t join them in rebelling against the patriarchy. You can be none of those things and still be a feminist. The stereotypes stem from the radical feminism in the 1980s, and while at one time the stereotype was relatively true, not everyone fits it today. When it comes to stereotypes, there is only one remedy: you have to educate the people who think that way. Here at UT, there are a bunch of women’s studies classes, one particularly interesting class about feminist philosophy. The class covers all of the basics of feminism and helps disprove a lot of those pesky stereotypes while talking in-depth about what makes up feminism and its simplicity. A student currently taking the class, sophomore Kyle Robert says, “I definitely believe there is a stereotype, which is a man-hating, reversesexist person. Once again going back to the extremists, people hastily generalize a group based on the actions of a few.” There are plenty of celebrities who claim to be feminists, such Ryan Gosling, Joss Whedon and Zooey Deschanel (who is a very feminine figure). They do not live
There are plenty of celebrities who claim to be feminists, such as Ryan Gosling, Joss Whedon and Zooey Deschanel who don’t fit the stereotype.
up to the stereotype, yet the stereotype still exists. People generalize feminism, though it is simply an idea of equality. Why is it that feminism has a negative connotation? Robert commented, “Mainly because [feminists] challenge a lot of already established social constructs, and I guess people just don’t like change. And like any sort of faction, you have extremists which detriment that faction by bringing negative attention to themselves. Doesn’t mean that entire group is bad, and who knows, extremist may also have a point sometimes.” People fear change, but the feminist movement has been happening since Mary Wollstonecraft crafted her essay “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” in 1792. In the last 220 years a lot of change has happened, but there isn’t complete equality between the genders. It was not until 1920 that women got the right to vote in the United States, and we have yet to see a
female president. Although, there has been some progress in the world, as there has been at least one female prime minister in England. This idea of craving equality and reaching sufficient equal ground between males and females won’t be a passing trend. Feminism gives a name to those who want this equality and because of society’s definitions and stereotypes, it has been demonized to mean something that it is not. When you educate groups of people on something rather than let them follow what society has to say about it, opinions can change. Robert says, “The feminism class definitely changed the way I view the word ‘feminist’ and all that it entails. Feminism is all about opposing views, being equally legitimate, so long as they are not forced upon by others or society, so it benefits men as well as women.” People do not have to follow society’s constructs of feminism or gender roles. Most feminists don’t
always want to be superior to men-- they just want to be equal and taken seriously. Whether or not it is a crazy notion that women are people too, females deserve the right to be considered equal to their male counterparts. Those that believe this do not always fit under the umbrella of stereotypes. People can harbor their beliefs and not be an outward representation. A feminist can wear a dress. Men can be feminists. There should not be an expectation that comes along with someone who believes very passionately about a cause. Groups of people should not be judged because of the extremists that share a similar view. Just because a couple people do one thing and brand themselves as feminist does not mean everyone that shares their idea for liberation is crazy. You cannot judge a person because of a stereotype; you have to understand all the layers. Brittney Cox can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
14 APRIL 11 2013 | THE MINARET
By HANNAH WEBSTER Opinion Columnist
People go to college for a variety of reasons. Sure, at the end of the day, the point of all the hard work and debt up to your eyeballs is to get a degree that will hopefully lead to some kind of career. But along the way, students tend to vary in the non-academic goals they want to achieve. Some spend the majority of their time in the library dreaming about the day their 4.0 will be announced at graduation. Others form an experiment on how much they can build their tolerance for alcohol in four years. And then there is the famed M.R.S. degree, or those that see college as time for husband hunting with an ultimate goal of having a ring on their finger to match their graduation cap. The idea of finding a husband in college has received quite a bit more attention from the news lately with the publication of a letter in The Princetonian from Susan Patton, a Princeton alumna. In the letter entitled “Advice for the Young Women of Princeton: The Daughters I Never Had,” she makes the point that women at Princeton are fully capable
Princeton Alumna Stresses Need for Students to Find Husbands While in College of making a career for themselves, but should turn their attention to finding an intellectual equal for a husband while they are still in school. “Smart women can’t (shouldn’t) marry men who aren’t at least their intellectual equal,” says Patton in her letter. “As Princeton women, we have almost priced ourselves out of the market. Simply put, there is a very limited population of men who are as smart or smarter than we are. And I say again — you will never again be surrounded by this concentration of men who are worthy of you.” Patton’s description of the value of a female Princeton student is reminiscent of walking through a meat market. Even the men that she is saying these women need to find sound more like objects than actual people. This is only enhanced when she goes on to describe how the pool of suitable men shrinks each year as the seniors graduate. Apparently, dating younger men is not allowed. As I head into my senior year of college, I can firmly say that marriage is the furthest thing from my mind. I have traveling to do, people to meet, exams
to pass and an education to continue— as do many of the independent women that I attend classes with. “I think young people should learn to become independent and spend time on their own before they can begin a new life with someone else,” said freshman allied health major Michaela Karpinski. “I have the rest of my life to settle down and be in love, so why open a new book when you haven’t even finished the first one?” Senior environmental science major Emily Schwartz had a similar opinion, “You don’t come to college to get your M.R.S degree. You come to learn and better yourself and if meeting someone along the way happens, then good for you.” It’s not to say that you should spend your entire college career avoiding dating or love. If you happen to meet someone and know that they are “the one,” by all means, do what feels right. But setting a time limit on yourself to find someone while you are in school so that you can turn into intellectually equal breeding machines is a fast-track to unhappiness. Lisa Belkin, another Princeton
alumna, wrote an article for The Huffington Post as a rebuttal, offering women a different perspective than Patton’s. “Spend four years meeting everyone you can,” she encourages. “Make lifelong friends, find lovers, make connections and attachments and contacts and acquaintances. But DON’T make marriage your mission.” There is, however, a small part of me that can understand Patton’s intent. There is something to be said for dating someone who you feel you are on the same level with, especially involving intellect as it can be important for how you relate and understand one another. My real problem here is that this “equality” is the only thing that is stressed. God forbid you marry someone you actually like or love. And what no one seems to be talking about is the fact that you don’t have to get married at all. College is a time to find yourself, who you are and what you want. Spending the energy that should go toward yourself on finding someone else risks cutting your experience extremely short. Hannah Webster can be reached at email@example.com
‘Spring Breakers’ Movie Accused of Encouraging ‘Rape Culture’
By VANESSA RIGHEIMER Opinion Writer
This spring’s most talked about movie would undoubtedly have to be “Spring Breakers.” Whether it’s good or bad criticism, the movie was everything no one expected. From the first scene of just bare breasts taking over the screen, I could tell this was not going to be some cheap knock off of “Holiday In The Sun.” This first scene, however, would aid in the argument that “Spring Breakers” reinforces rape culture. The Guardian summarized the movie by saying, “It’s 90 minutes of reinforcement of the party girl image, the kind of bad girl who’s ‘just asking for it.’” Yes, there are montages of women just flashing themselves for the camera and guys snorting coke off their naked bodies, but I feel that The Guardian needs to understand that unfortunately, this is a part of America’s youth. And while it’s easy to gain sympathy for a rape victim who is modestly dressed with a clean record, the much talked about Steubenville rape victim did not fit all these qualities and lost the sympathy she deserved. “Spring Breakers” director, Harmony Korine, displays these kinds of girls in the movie; the girls that are “just asking for it.” They drink, use drugs and parade around parties in skimpy bikinis. Filmmakers put out content with a message, but how one interprets it is out of their control. Korine has been known to not shy
away from difficult topics in his films. In his 1995 movie “Kids,” he tells the story of a group of teens living in New York during the AIDS epidemic. He chronicles their sex and drugfilled lives which was a hard pill to swallow for adults watching the film because most of these kids were no older than 13. It was a tough film for me to watch as well, as it shows the tragedy AIDS had brought and continues to bring to many people, even young teens. Korine is accurate in portraying the hedonistic lives of Americans today and he continued to show that in “Spring Breakers.” He shows the things Americans indulge themselves on: cars, mansions, drugs, alcohol, weapons and yes, sex. There were scenes in “Spring Breakers” in which you cringed, waiting for the point where the incoherently drunk girl would pass out and be taken advantage of. UT junior, Lani Scanlon describes one of these scenes that involves one of the protagonists, Cotty. “There’s one part in the movie where Cotty gets really drunk and one of the guys at the party is pretty pushy and you think he’s going to take advantage of her,” Scanlon said. “But in the end she says no, and he backs off. So at the same time I think they showed there’s a line that shouldn’t be crossed. Everyone should be aware of their coherence.” Alcohol plays a crucial role in rape cases. By no means does this makes
“Spring Breakers” accurately portrays the hedonistic lives of young Americans today.
rape okay, but at the same time it is what creates the gray area which makes it hard to incarcerate rapists. This gray area, though, is what made CNN sympathize with the football players who raped the young girl at a Steubenville party. Sam Silver, a UT sophomore communication major, gave his take on it, “I think when people feel bad for the actual rapists, they put the victim in a bad life. When there’s this idea that how a girl dresses means she was asking for it, I think it generalizes both genders. For girls, it becomes their fault they were assaulted. For guys, it makes them seem that they have no control of their actions when they see a girl behaving or dressed a certain way.” I feel that anyone in college can relate to this movie in some way and learn from it. We drink, we party and we feel invincible. However, Korine
shows that we can lose control of a situation very easily. He shows something that starts off as innocent fun can go in a completely different and dangerous direction. The thing about movies is the audience can interpret them however they want. I think this hard hitting movie can serve as a wakeup call. As a young, female college student, I’m ashamed of how my generation was portrayed in the movie. But at the same time, I have to agree that a lot of it rings true. “Spring Breakers” gives young Americans a chance to look at their lives from a different perspective. I wouldn’t say it reinforces rape culture, but rather throws the ugly reality of it into our face. How we react to what we see, whether there is a change of behavior towards each other, is solely up to us. Vanessa Righeimer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
15 Disney’s Pixar ‘Finding Dory’ Announcement Receives Mixed Reactions THE MINARET | APRIL 11 2013
By JESSICA FORTE Opinion Writer
After 10 years, Disney’s Pixar is finally making a sequel to their popular animated film Finding Nemo, to be released in 2015. The first movie was a great success back in 2003, grossing over $300 million in the U.S. and earning three Oscar nominations. The sequel will be titled Finding Dory, featuring the silly blue tang fish with short-term memory from the first movie. In the sequel, Dory, voiced by comedian Ellen DeGeneres, will be exploring the sea in hopes of being reunited with her long lost family. “I read the script and it’s fantastic, it’s hilarious, it’s warm, it’s everything that you want it to be,” DeGeneres said on her talk show “Ellen” earlier this week. “The new movie is set along the California coastline about a year after the first film, and features such returning characters as Marlin and Nemo, as well as some new characters,” said the movie’s director Andrew Stanton, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. “I haven’t heard much about it, but I’m looking forward to it since it was such a popular movie,” says Bari Markowitz, a sophomore marketing major. “The new movie will be good for the younger children also.” While many are thrilled about the release of Finding Dory in November 2015, there is a growing fear among animal lovers who believe the movie will cause more damage to the wild tropical fish population and coral reefs, similar to what occurred 10 years ago when the original movie was released. In 2003, “many people ran out to buy the Nemo-like clownfish for pets, even though they weren’t knowledgeable enough to take care of them,” reports The Inquisitr. “Some people set free the fish they already had, either by dumping them in the ocean or by flushing them down the toilet.” However, some UT students don’t believe that Finding Dory will cause too much trouble to wildlife. Freshman
After 10 years, Disney’s Pixar is finally making a sequel to their popular animated film Finding Nemo featuring Dory as the main character.
Samantha Kaulz, undecided major said, “Finding Nemo was just an animated movie. Without the movie, people would still take out fish from the ocean.” As for the flushing, children were reenacting the scene in the movie where Nemo escapes captivity by going down a drain that connects to the ocean, thinking that if they flushed their fish, they would be reunited with their families at sea, when really they were just killing them. With so many children wanting to fill their fish tanks with little Nemos of their own, the clownfish almost approached the risk of going extinct. “I never heard about people flushing their fish after the movie came about,” says Kaulz. “It might cause a little increase in that happening, but there are other movies and people don’t imitate them.” I would hope that Disney’s Pixar learned from their mistakes in the
last film and won’t lead children to believe that their fish are better off being flushed down the toilet. Children imitate things that they see, even if they’re just computergenerated or drawn. As children, my friends and I were injured numerous times trying to reenact scenes from the Lion King. To make up for their past mistake, Finding Dory should have a scene that demonstrates how bad it is for children to flush their fish and will teach them the opposite. However, these behaviors shouldn’t be solely blamed on Disney. Parents should be in charge of teaching their children that it isn’t okay to flush their fish down the toilet. Perhaps if parents kept a closer eye on their children back in 2003, thousands of fish wouldn’t have been killed. Finding Dory seems like a great idea, despite the fact that it took Disney 10 years to release a sequel to such an
epic movie. All of the children who saw the first movie are now going to be 12 years older and might not have the same taste in movies as they did so long ago. Then again, there are just some things that you can never be too old for, and I think favorite movies is one of them. College-aged students will be able to relive the childhood memories that the first movie brought them. “It’s the originals that keep us really going and it’s the sequels that are like comfort food,” Stanton says at the Hero Complex Film Festival. “I think it’s the same way for the audience.” While it is saddening that fish are being removed from coral reefs and flushed, one can only hope that with the proper education, the same incidents won’t happen again. In 2015, I know that I’ll be in the line to get tickets for Finding Dory. Jessica Forte can be reached at email@example.com
16 APRIL 11 2013 | THE MINARET
Man Tattoos Dog for Identification, PETA Passive in Response By AVERY TWIBLE Opinion Writer
North Carolina resident Ernesto Rodriguez wanted to show off his new four-month-old American pit bull, Duchess, by putting up a picture of her on Facebook last Wednesday, April 3. The picture featured Duchess recovering from getting her ears clipped as well as sporting a new tattoo. The elaborate ink could be seen on Duchess’ stomach, and Rodriguez boasted about having done it himself. Apparently people were quick to call animal control after seeing the picture, because according to The Huffington Post, a screenshot was taken of a post on Rodriguez’s Facebook which read, “Animal control came looked at my beautiful dog and left.... wow... what a waste of tax payers money... so im [sic] still gonna tattoo my dogs whenever i feel like it... good try haters thanks for all the advertisement.” Rodriguez says he is an Army veteran, and his job now is a tattoo artist and owner of Planet Ink Tattoo. So we don’t have to worry about him lacking tattooing experience, but it makes me wonder if he posted the picture purposely to get his name known. He is being reported on all over the country, and according to CNN, “He certainly has his supporters.” If someone was in the Stokes County area and in the market for a tattoo, now maybe they’ll go to the guy that put cool tattoos on his dogs. He did write on his own Facebook page saying “…thanks for all the advertisement.” Whether that was his agenda or not, it has certainly worked. CNN affiliate WGHP-TV says after Rodriguez put up the picture of Duchess on the social networking site, he got responses from people all over the country; although I would say people calling him an “animal abuser” are probably unlikely to go see him for their tattooing needs. Rodriguez claims that after he picked up the puppy from getting her ears
clipped, she was under anesthesia so he saw a good opportunity to put a personal tattoo on her for identification, according to the Huffington Post. He told WXII 12, “I didn’t just plop her on the bed and tattoo her… She was already [under] anesthetic. She was asleep, completely asleep. I even used topical anesthetic, too, on the skin. So she didn’t feel anything.” He has been under fire from animal rights activists since he posted the picture of his dog. According to the Huffington Post, animal advocate Caleb Scott doesn’t believe Duchess was asleep. “Usually when you pick up dogs and cats they’re already awake after the procedure,” Scott said in an interview with WGHP. “They don’t usually hand you over a dog that is asleep. On [Rodriguez’s] first Facebook post, he said he was ‘bored and tattooing.’ I think now he’s backpedaling saying he’s identifying it.” This makes sense to me seeing as in my own experience I’ve never been handed an unconscious cat from the vet after they needed a procedure done. They’ve always kept them overnight to wait until they wake up and examine the animal and make sure everything is okay since it is known that it can be risky to put an animal under anesthesia. In a situation like this I would normally look to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for guidance but it’s hard to keep track of where they stand on this one. According to CNN, PETA wants you to “have dogs microchipped or tattooed through the National Dog Registry.” But then on The Huffington Post it says, “The National Association of Professional Creative Groomers said temporary dog tattoos first became popular about three years ago, and the trend has increased in popularity since,” adding a side note at the bottom of the page, “CLARIFICATION: Language has been changed to state that temporary dog tattoos have become popular in recent years, not permanent ink ones.” This leads me to wonder if the previous quote
robknows100/Youtube.com It makes no sense that PETA would be alright with pets getting permanent tattoos.
from CNN was misinterpreted, saying tattoo but really meaning temporary tattoo. People need to be more specific when talking about tattoos. There’s a big difference between temporary tattoos and permanent ink tattoos. USA Today writes, “Pet tattoos [are] airbrushed designs most commonly created with a stencil and non-toxic dye especially made for animals,” but then continues to state PETA’s opinion saying, “The national pets rights group PETA says dying a pet’s fur can cause stress and lead to complications or allergic reactions that endanger the animal’s life. They also say giving a pet a tattoo… is insensitive to an animal’s dignity.” It’s easy to see where my confusion comes from. Everyone seems to be getting a different impression on what PETA thinks on the matter of animal tattooing. It makes no sense that PETA would be alright with pets getting permanent tattoos if it is for identification purposes, yet be against the act of temporary fur dying using pet-safe dyes. PETA’s worried about the animal’s dignity? Then why, I ask, would they be okay with a beautiful four-month-old pitbull puppy having a tattoo on her for
the rest of her life that says “Dutches.” It doesn’t even spell her name right. I don’t think this man should be allowed to tattoo his dogs. A tattoo for identity purposes would be one thing, but an elaborate tattoo that takes up half of the stomach of a four-month-old puppy that now has black and red smudged ink on her for the rest of her life is a different case. I agree with animal advocate Scott, I think Rodriguez tattooed his dogs for fun, put up a picture on Facebook for publicity and when he realized he might get in trouble for animal cruelty he claimed it was to identify the dog if it ever got lost. What’s done is done, and the tattooed dogs appear as happy as ever in the interview with WGHT, but his previous statement saying “…so im [sic] still gonna tattoo my dogs whenever i feel like it…” leaves me worried. To me, this says he plans on doing more tattoos on them. Will he claim they are for identification purposes too? Will he try to administer anesthetic himself? When is it too much? Dogs cannot give consent, so they should be left tattoo-less. Avery Twible can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents Worried New Victoria’s Secret Collection Aimed at Tweens
By SAMANTHA BLOOM Opinion Writer
As a college student, I can’t leave my dorm without seeing Victoria’s Secret PINK merchandise around almost every corner. In every classroom I enter, someone is probably wearing PINK. Backpacks, sweatshirts, T-shirts, pants, shorts, water bottles, phone cases... you name it, I’ve seen it wandering campus. What can I say? It’s a popular brand among the college crowd. Bright colors, cheeky slogans, rhinestones and sequins. It’s cute, flirty and comfortable. Their bras and underwear are just as popular,
and for the same reasons--comfy and cute. But while PINK is fun and flirty for the college crowd, many of the cheeky slogans printed across their merchandise are not age-appropriate for younger girls. Which is why I understand the plight of the parents upset over PINK’s newest Spring Break inspired line, titled “Bright Young Things.” Parents are concerned that this line is being marketed towards younger, middle-school-aged girls, says huffingtonpost.com. It features underwear with slogans that read “feeling lucky?” and “call me,” which
are things I, too, would be concerned about a 12- or 13-year-old girl wearing. The problem I have with the backlash from this campaign is that I can’t find any substantial proof that this line is being marketed towards middleschoolers any more than the rest of PINK’s merchandise. Besides the name of the collection, “Bright Young Things,” there’s seemingly no difference between this particular line and the rest of PINK’s merchandise. There are some parents claiming that the models in the ads look too young, but as a 19-year-old, they all
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Some parents claim that the models in the advertisements look too young, posing in underwear with slogans that read “feeling lucky?” and “call me.”
seem to be at least my age, if not older. At a conference, Victoria’s Secret CFO Stuart Burgdoerfer was quoted as saying, “When somebody’s 15 or 16 years old, what do they want to be? They want to be older, and they want to be cool like the girl in college, and that’s part of the magic of what we do at PINK.” Fifteen and 16 is still young, but there is a pretty sizable difference between a freshman or sophomore in high school and middleschool-aged girls. The clothing is very similar to everything else carried in PINK stores. I really can’t say the outrage based on this campaign in particular is warranted, as proof of the crime is just not there. As I said, 15 and 16 is still very young, especially to be wearing underwear that says “call me” across the front. But not everything in PINK is emblazoned with inappropriate messages, and I think it’s the parents’ job to make sure their daughters understand the difference between a pair of cotton, bikini-style panties with polkadots and a lace thong with the words “feeling lucky?” scribbled across the front, as far as age-appropriateness goes. PINK has officially removed the “Bright Young Things” promotional materials from their website, and the “call me” and “feeling lucky?” underwear is no longer listed in their merchandise. I do think this is for the best, but as far as PINK goes, I think their only sin is a poor choice of words Samantha Bloom can be reached at email@example.com
THE MINARET | APRIL 11 2013
Baseball Climbs National Ranks to No. 2
By NATHAN KROHN Sports Writer
On a rainy Thursday afternoon with the baseball diamond drowned with puddles and slick grass, the players stood at the batting cages, leaning on their bats, joking with one another as they waited for their turn in the cage. Coach Joe Urso stood behind a safety net yelling out “oh yeah” and “that’s the stuff!” as his players smacked balls his direction. Coach Urso’s team currently sits first in the SSC standings and ranked No. 2 in the national rankings while having won 10 of their last 12 games, but the sentiment remains that improvement can still be made. “A lot [needs improvement],” Urso said as he inched away from the raindrops. “We haven’t played consistently for a whole weekend. Sometimes we have good hitting but bad fielding or good pitching and bad hitting. We just haven’t put it all together yet.” Earlier in the season, Urso talked about getting longer, more consistent starts out of his pitchers but still has yet to see that transpire. “It’s one of our concerns moving forward,” Urso said shaking his head. “We need to get quality starts or we risk over using our bullpen.” The loss of pitchers Sean Bierman and Ben O’Shea to the Major League Baseball draft last June left a hole in the rotation that was nearly irreplaceable. However, Urso feels this pitching staff is stronger than the previous years. “This pitching staff has more depth than that one,” Urso said with a smile. “We don’t just have to rely on two guys.” One of the bright spots of the staff is right-hander Matt Abramson, a graduate
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Spartan utility player Tyler Ding leads the University of Tampa with a .380 batting average. He is also tied for fourth on the team with seven doubles.
from the University of Mary Washington that transferred to the University of Tampa to compete in his final year of eligibility. Earlier in the season, while switching between the starting rotation and the bullpen, Abramson racked up an impressive stat line that included a 5-0 record with a 0.00 earned run average in 31.2 innings pitched. When starting pitcher Ben Brown went down with an injury, Abramson was given the nod to start and pitched phenomenally, throwing 5 2/3 scoreless innings against Florida Tech. “He’s been absolutely tremendous,” Urso said. “He proved to the coaches he was ready to take over a starting role.” Abramson, a regular in the starting rotation at Mary Washington, says he’s never been on a team with so many good pitchers and is happy to pitch wherever needed. “We have a lot of guys that can do a
lot of things on this team,” Abramson said. “It’s just about finding which role will help the team most. “ While Abramson admits he was a little nervous about how he would fit in on the team, transferring in for just one semester, he says his fears were quickly put to rest. “I’ve been fitting in well; this is the closest team I’ve ever been on” Abramson said. “The guys are very accepting. There is a good amount of transfers on the team and everyone is very focused on winning.” The team’s chemistry has been a highlight this season, as they’ve began a dugout tradition of yelling out “hot bread!” when the team needs to start a late inning rally. “I think it got started by our trainer P.J,” Utility player Tyler Ding said. “He gets really into the games and started randomly yelling ‘hot bread’” The rally has gotten so serious that the team has a toaster in the dugout at
every game and starts toasting bread and throwing it around the dugout every time they need to start a rally. “They’ve been really fun to watch,” Urso said. “They have the best chemistry I’ve seen in a few years. They’re quality kids, they’re personalities remind me of the 06’-07’ championship team.” While the obvious goal is to win a national championship, the team needs more than just great chemistry to win it all. Consistency in all facets of the game is what coach preaches. “Chemistry will allow you to overcome a lot,” Urso said with a grin. “But pitching…pitching is what wins. Pitching, chemistry and timely hitting… that little bit of everything, that’s what wins championships.” The team next plays at home this Friday versus Palm Beach Atlantic at 6 p.m. Nathan Krohn can be reached at nathan. firstname.lastname@example.org.
dwelling Nova Southern and Lynn. Just one game behind in the loss column, Coach Kanter, Catcher Taylor Storey and Shortstop Kayleen Boatwright are looking to have a positive end of the season. “Well we are kind of in a must win situation because we are going to have to win our next nine games to have a shot at winning conference,” said Kanter.
“The girls realize it, I realize it, so we are practicing hard, we are working hard and hopefully we will come through with some wins.” Not only is Coach Kanter having the team work hard during practice, the players are also focusing on playing hard and trying to fine-tune the little things. “We take what we have done wrong in games and in practice we focus on that area that we are having trouble with,” said Storey. “We just really work on fixing it, until we get it to where it needs to be to keep winning.” The conference teams that are the Spartans will be playing in the upcoming weeks have losing records, but the team is not taking that knowledge for granted. “I don’t think we are going to be taking anything for granted and we are going to be playing just as hard as if we were playing against Barry or Rollins,” said Boatwright. “We are going into these games like it is going to be a tough game,” Storey said. “We are not slacking off in practice, we are not slacking off in the games we are still going hard to put as many runs on the board as we can.” Even with their record only a few games shy of first place, the Spartan team still has a chance of pulling through and getting that first place title. “Absolutely; I think we can win and I think we just have to come together as a
team and play as a team,” said Boatwright. “We just need to play hard and we can definitely get to where we need to be.” Coach Kanter also thinks the team has the potential to win the conference, but with teams like Barry and Rollins, it won’t be easy. “It is a long shot because we have to win all of our games and Barry would have to lose a couple and I’m not sure if that is going to happen,” said Kanter. “It’s going to be tough but I believe we will definitely end within the top couple teams, but at the moment I cannot tell if we will be able to pull from behind and win first place.” Knowing these next few games are critical, the team and the players are focusing on their goals for the rest of the season coming up. “As a team we will be working on working together and just finishing strong through the rest of the season and winning the rest of the way out to help us get higher in our conference,” said Boatwright. “Individually I would say that everyone knows what they specifically need to work on, so just working hard on those goals to get better, and to better the team as a whole.” The Spartan team next plays April 19 when they host Nova Southeastern. Paige Shallcross can be reached at email@example.com.
Softball Enters Final Stretch in ‘Must Win’ Mode By PAIGE SHALLCROSS Sports Writer
After coming off an impressive win streak, the University of Tampa softball team has their eyes and focus on finishing up the season on a strong note. The Spartan team has only conference games left which are against bottom-
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Kayla Cox continues her 2013 dominance with seven innings of shutout pitching on April 6 in a 10-0 victory over Eckerd. Her ERA this season sits at 0.54.
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Health a Major Factor in Rays Potential By GRIFFIN GUINTA Sports Writer
Despite a 90-win season last year, the Tampa Bay Rays failed to make it to the playoffs. This year, they’re back to prove that they can contend in the highly competitive American League East Division, which has improved even more since last year. Though the competition is fierce, the Rays have a lot of weapons in their arsenal. They enter 2013 with one of the most skilled pitching staffs in the majors (despite losing James Shields), a healthy Evan Longoria and a reloaded roster with some new faces. Perhaps the biggest fault of the Rays last year was their lack of offensive production. Even though their pitching was superb, they were one of the worst teams in terms of run support. To remedy this problem, the Rays acquired some trusty utility players in the offseason that can certainly drive in runs. Rays fans can only hope that newcomers Yunel Escobar, Kelly Johnson and Shelley Duncan will bring their hot bats to Tampa Bay. Although many of the Rays acquisitions were wily veterans, they also managed to snag highly touted outfielder Wil Myers from the Kansas City Royals, a player with Mike Trout/Bryce Harper kind of potential.
Last year’s A.L. Cy Young Award winner, David Price, has pitched to an 8.18 ERA in 2013.
Don’t expect to see a ton from Myers from the get-go, though. The Rays management will likely keep Myers in Triple-A ball until he’s been deemed Major League ready. Myers is a stellar athlete, but the Rays don’t want to rush his transition into the majors. Manager Joe Maddon is back for his sixth season with the Rays, a job he’s likely secured for a long time to come. Over the past eight years with the Rays, Maddon has posted a 588-551 record,
the highest winning percentage by any manager in Rays’ history. The biggest reason for Maddon’s success throughout the past few years has been his strategic prowess. Maddon is a master at crafting dynamic lineups and maximizing the production of his players. He often uses the sabermetric statistical method to gain a competitive edge in every single game. For those keeping score at home,
sabermetrics is the specialized analysis of baseball through objective evidence, especially baseball statistics that measure in-game activity. Fans can also rest assured that star third baseman Evan Longoria isn’t going anywhere either. Longoria recently signed a deal that will keep him in Tampa Bay through the 2022 season, citing that he wanted to “play his whole career with the Rays.” For Longoria, though, expectations are high. In the past two seasons, he’s sustained major injuries that have hampered his playing time and production. A Longoria-less lineup is fairly impotent, so staying healthy is a major factor. His defense is also vital to their wellbeing. For a team that relies so much on pitching, defense must also be at a high level in order to mitigate easy mistakes. The road will not be easy for Tampa Bay, as there are still many questions still surround the success of this season. Can the young starting rotation live up to its potential? Will Closer Fernando Rodney be able to duplicate his success? Do we expect an MVP type of season from Evan Longoria? Only time will tell. In the meantime, don’t sleep on the Rays. There’s a solid chance that they could make a big splash this season. Griffin Guinta can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryce, Braves, and Blue Jays Highlight Opening Week By JOSIAH KACHELMEYER Sports Writer
The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and the familiar music of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight can be heard. Major League Baseball has returned. The 2013 season got underway with the Houston Astros, who were making their American League debut, taking down the Texas Rangers two Sunday’s ago. It was a first week that saw everything from Bryce Harper going yard in his first two at-bats to Yu Darvish falling one out short of a perfect game. If week one has been any indicator, our national pastime is in store for an exciting year. Week One Highlights: 2012 N.L. Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper didn’t take long to pick up where he left off last season, as he homered in his very first at-bat off of Miami Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco. To seemingly make sure nobody missed his first dinger, Harper sent another one deep in his second at bat of the year. The two solo home runs were all the Nats needed as they went on to win their opening day matchup 2-0. Thanks to Harper, as well as their ace Stephen Strasburg and a strong overall lineup, Washington is expected to be a serious contender for the National League pennant race. Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was oh-so-close to tossing a perfect game in his first start of the season on Tuesday night. After retiring 26-straight, Darvish yielded a single up the middle to Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez. The Rangers pitcher couldn’t help
but crack a smile, as he narrowly missed becoming the 24th pitcher in MLB history to throw a perfect game. Familiar Faces, New Places: The Toronto Blue Jays were among the off-season’s biggest players and bolstered
an already solid roster. In a blockbuster trade, the Blue Jays acquired Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson – all of whom are former all-stars – from the rebuilding Miami Marlins.
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As if that wasn’t enough, they then went on to acquire the 2012 N.L. Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets, as well as sign Maicer Izturis and Melky Cabrera. Reyes is off to a blistering start, batting over .400, and leading the Jays in hits, onbase percentage, and stolen bases. Unlike Reyes, the knuckleball dealing Dickey has not started hot, having lost his first two starts of the year with a fat 8.44 ERA. The Atlanta Braves revamped twothirds of their outfield this off-season, while simultaneously deciding that two Uptons is better than one. After trading for Justin Upton, formerly of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Braves would later sign his brother, and former Tampa Bay Ray, B.J. to a free agent deal. On Saturday night versus the Chicago Cubs (and struggling closer Carlos Marmol), the brothers accomplished a feat never before achieved in Major League Baseball. B.J. led off the ninth inning by going deep to tie the game at five. One batter later, Justin followed by hitting the walk-off homer. Justin leads the MLB this season with six home runs, and is batting .379. He’s an early-season leader in the M.V.P. race. B.J. on the other hand, has started slow this year, but with a .400 on-base percentage in his last three games, he is showing signs of picking up. Five-time all-star and former Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton cashed in this offseason after signing a five-year, $125 contract with the Los Angeles Angels. Hamilton, however, was far from ‘money’ at the plate in week one, going a horrific 4 for 25. He paired 10 strikeouts with just three walks and two RBIs. Josiah Kachelmeyer can be reached at email@example.com.
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Pitino Enters Hall, Cardinals Win Title By CONNOR ANTHONY Sports Writer
There will probably never be a greater basketball day for Rick Pitino than April 8, 2013.
Rick Pitino won his second national title on Monday night, his first with Louisville.
In the morning, it was announced that he would be part of the 2013 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame. Then all he did in the evening was lead his team to their first championship since 1986. Louisville came out victorious over Michigan 82-76, in an extremely physical and nail-biting game. Michigan lead 3837 after the first half, but Louisville came out firing in the second half. Though they only outscored Michigan 45-38 in the second half, they looked like a much different team. Pitino now is the only coach to win a national championship at two different schools. His other championship came with in-state rival Kentucky in 1996. Though Pitino will definitely be the highlight of this tournament in years to come, he wasn’t the highlight of the 2013 tournament. Before this tournament, no one knew who Kevin Ware was. After Louisville’s Elite Eight game against Duke, everyone in America knew who he was. Ware went up to try to block a shot, and as he came down, his leg simply snapped. Players on the Louisville sidelines were shown crying on TV, and it was reported later that some of them were vomiting. The injury was so bad, that Ware’s bone was coming out of his leg. The Louisville players found a way to rally around this injury, and seemed to almost win for Ware.
The support following this injury was ridiculous. Almost every episode of Sportscenter mentioned Ware at least once, and NBA players such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant tweeted at him. Even Michelle Obama extended her regards and wished him a quick recovery. On the losing end, Michigan came up empty handed in what they hoped would be their first championship since 1989. Michigan basketball hasn’t had this much hype since the famously dubbed “fab five” took the court back in the early 90’s. In fact the 20th anniversary of the fab five was just days before Michigan lost the big game again. Not only did Michigan finish as the national runner-ups, Guard Trey Burke took home the Naismith trophy for college basketball player of the year. Burke, an All-American, put up a stat line of 18.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG and 6.8 APG. Burke is the first ever Michigan Wolverine to win the Naismith Player of the Year Award. So what next for Michigan? There have been reports that Burke and Junior Guard Tim Hardaway Jr. are going to declare for the NBA draft. These reports have been disputed by both parties’ parents, saying that the players are unsure of their decisions yet. If the Wolverines can somehow get both of these players to return for another year, they would undoubtedly be the preseason favorites to win it all. Though everyone’s brackets were
ruined, this was one of the better tournaments that we’ve seen in recent years. Part of the reason being that three of the number one seeds were eliminated before they could make it to the Elite Eight. Florida Gulf Coast and the dunk city hype surrounding them were easily the most fun team to watch. It seemed that even the analysts and broadcasters were pulling for them to win. Unfortunately after a strong start, the Eagles were simply overwhelmed by the University of Florida. The game of the tournament wasn’t the championship game, but the Final Four matchup of Wichita State and Louisville. With 13:35 left in the second half, Wichita State was leading Louisville by 12. This No. 9 seed no one in the country heard about, was so close to making it to the national championship. Louisville, being the better team, was able to rally back and make their way to their eventual championship. So now that Louisville has been victorious, there is another 11 months until the tournament starts. That means 11 months of recruiting, practicing, playing and heartbreak. That means 11 months until your perfect bracket is completely destroyed. But most importantly, that means 11 months until madness. Connor Anthony can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Junior Brian Patton, No. 36, controls the ball during the Spartans’ 10-6 win over Rollins on Friday. Patton is tied for third on the team this season with 14 goals.
Thanks to the contributions of Vince Naimoli and family, the University of Tampa Spartans Lacrosse team now has an exclusive place to call home. On Friday, April 5, the Spartans debuted in their snazzy new stadium and managed to snag a victory over rival Rollins College, tallying a final score of 10-6. The victory was monumentous for the Spartans, who have now locked up a top seed in the Deep South Conference Tournament, by winning the conference for the second year in a row under Coach Rory Whipple. Perhaps the bigger story of the night, though, was the opening of the brand new complex. In a festive ceremony, a handful of UT’s top donors and President Ronald Vaughn, were on hand to witness the commemorative opening. The grandstand seats about 2,000
people and the field is equipped with a state of the art scoreboard that can shoot in-game video with its high definition cameras, making the experience that much more versatile for fans. The completion of the field adds an extra layer of beauty to the university, expanding the campus westward. Additionally, it allows Pepin Field to be used for other activities aside from lacrosse. Athletic Director Larry Marfise emphasized that the notion that the field will affect the entire school, not just the athletic teams. “The new field means quite a bit to The University of Tampa,” said Marfise. “Not just the Athletic Department, but for all students. It is, in essence, a commitment to the well-being of all of our students. It gives us a quality facility that will
hold up in all weather for students to use for intramurals, recreation and of course athletic team practices and games.” Players on the team expressed their excitement about the opening of the field and were excited to commemorate their new stomping grounds. According to freshman Andrew Failla, a goalkeeper on the team, the atmosphere was “pretty crazy.” Failla added that the crowd brought extra energy that fueled them to a victory. “There were definitely a lot of fans; it was a really good feeling,” said Failla. Failla’s teammate, starting defenseman Marty Heyn, agreed with Failla’s sentiments. Heyn described the feeling of walking on to the field as “purely awesome” and was “glad to see so many fans come out to show their support.” Marfise was intrigued by the atmosphere
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generated at the stadium as well. “The atmosphere at the first home game was great, with lots of student interaction, promotions and fun,” said Marfise. “The crowd was loud and excited. The band played exceptionally well and helped to create a true collegiate environment.” There’s no doubt that the opening of the stadium brings an incredible amount of positive attention to the school. UT has now expanded its campus exponentially and prospective studentathletes will appreciate the school’s recent efforts to improve athletic standards. Combined with the rededication of the Bob Martinez Athletics Center, the school now boasts one of the premier athletic facilities in the region and a championshipcaliber lacrosse squad as well. Griffin Guinta can be reached at griffin. email@example.com.
No. 2 Barry Humbles UT Tennis with 9-0 Drubbing By DREW WYCOFF Sports Writer
The University of Tampa women’s tennis team suffered a 9-0 defeat to end their regular season against No. 2 ranked Barry University. The team finished the season 14-5 with all five losses coming against Sunshine State Conference opponents. Two days prior to the Barry match, the team easily handled SSC member Eckerd College, going 8-1. Yet despite the momentum, the team knew beating Barry would be a daunting task. The players remained optimistic though. “I always play better against better competition,” said Lindsay Nochowicz. “They’re the ones ranked No. 2 in the nation so there’s no pressure on us.”
Team Captain Lauren Hewett is still confident in the team. “When every match is tough like they have been this year, it’s nice to be ranked up there with [Barry],” Hewett said. “But we’re still confident we can beat anybody.” Though the score was lopsided in the end, the match was much tighter than the end result suggested. Two of the three doubles matches went to tiebreaker, with each team tied at five sets and could have gone either way. Unfortunately for the Spartans, Barry took both in the end. “Every match we play is tough,” said Head Coach Al DuFaux. “But the difference between the top one and two teams in the nation and the 14th and above is pretty big,” he continued.
Tampa is currently ranked No. 14 in the nation which is the highest ranking the program has ever achieved. Even more impressive, however, is that of the nine schools in the SSC, eight are ranked in the top 20 nationwide. “This is the best season we’ve had in a couple years,” said Hewett. “It’s nice to finally get some recognition.” Upcoming for the Spartans is a rigorous SSC tournament followed by the NCAA Tournament shortly after. The Spartans will likely represent the South region in the tourney along with seven other teams, another six of which will probably come from the SSC. “It’ll be like playing two conference tournaments,” laughed DuFaux. The depth of the team has been
paramount to the team’s accomplishments this season and will need to stay strong for them to have NCAA tournament success. “Our one and two doubles teams have the potential to beat anyone in the nation,” said Coach DuFaux. “And Thashia Garcia has the potential to beat anyone in the nation as well,” he continued. Garcia, ranked 40th in the nation among singles players, has an 11-5 record against opponent’s top players. Moreover, the team’s one and two doubles teams Coach DuFaux mentioned have a combined record of 33-7 with no team losing more than four games all season. The conference tournament starts Thursday, April 18 in Boca Raton. Drew Wycoff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.