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Angela Petty, a pre-veterinary science major, died Dec. 21 after complications due to asthma. She was initiated into the Alpha Chi Omega sorority last semester and, though her sisters knew her only for a short while, they say she left a lasting impression. Petty stood out in a group of over 70 sorority members, said Alpha Chi Omega President, Daniella Fusari, during the memorial service. “She was a woman of character,” said Fusari. “And from the moment I met her I knew she would fit right in.” Fusari said Petty epitomized the ideal Alpha Chi Omega.“Real, strong, women: that is the motto that Alpha Chi Omega women pride themselves on,” said Fusari. “Angela Petty was a sister of our sorority for much too short a period of time, but for those few months she became and exemplified the idea behind our motto.” Fusari said that while some lose themselves when they join organizations, Petty remained true to herself.“She never pretended to be something she wasn’t.” Fusari said. “She loved Alpha Chi Omega. Angela loved her sisters,” wrote Daniele Pepe before the memorial. “She felt like she had a home away from home at school

when she was surrounded by her sisters.” Sorority members wrote that Petty was enthusiastic about attending Greek life events. “She was always super excited to attend events with the older sisters and made an effort to get to know her pledge class,” wrote Katherine Ashley. “I can still remember seeing her walking into our ceremony and how excited she looked to become a sister of Alpha Chi Omega.” Elyse Perez, who met Petty during fall recruitment, said Petty loved being around people and having fun.“As soon as I met her, I thought, ‘wow, tiny person, huge personality.’” In addition to her involvement in her sorority, Petty was working hard to become a veterinarian. “She loved animals and was willing to work hard to follow her dream,” wrote Brittany Paluch, Petty’s sorority Big Sister. “Her love of animals was apparent to everyone who knew her.” Paluch also said Petty loved and talked often about her family and friends. She also had a passion for country music and photography. Austin Daniels, another friend of Petty’s, was sad that more people at UT had not gotten to know her because of her short career here. “Besides being an intense scrapbook-er, listener to corny rap

Left: Dr. Vaughn and Bob Ruday Bottom: Daniella Fusari Photos by Abby Sanford/The Minaret

music, and fan of such girlie movies as Twilight, Angela was the complete southern girl. Proud of her heritage,” wrote Daniels. Daniels added that he always thought of Petty as a strong and selfless person. “Even during her finals months I would recall her severely coughing, but never once heard a complaint from her,” he wrote. “I know that I will always miss her.” As people filed into the memorial, a picture montage of Petty played on screen above the stage. Bob Ruday, Dean of Students, gave the welcome speech to those in attendance.“We are indeed reminded about how precious life is,” he said. “Let us also rejoice in her life. A life that touched us all, directly or indirectly.” UT Alpha Chi Omega Chapter Adviser, Jennifer Garcia, urged students at the memorial to remember Angela by raising money and bringing awareness to asthma issues. “Every day you can make a difference in the things that you do,” Garcia said. “As we look forward, I ask that each of you

put your energy into helping out the cause, the cause that Angela would have wanted you to [pursue]. Look to help with asthma sufferers around the country and around the world.” Concluding the memorial was a musical tribute sung by Lauren Andersson and Ashley Dignam, as well as a closing poem read by Ruday. Ruday also thanked the Petty family for sharing her with the university. “We are indeed richer for that experience,” he said. “Angela will continue to be remembered by our university family.”

Film Student Remembered as the “Brightest Star” By Cara Marzilli Reporter

Printed under Erik Nicoletti’s name on each pamphlet is a simple photograph of him looking up. The beautiful image is both poignant and heartbreaking for those who gathered on Jan. 22 to remember his life. More than 100 friends and family members attended the memorial for Nicoletti, the University of Tampa junior killed by a hit-and-run driver in Nov. A slide show of pictures showing Nicoletti with friends and family played as the memorial began. “We’re here to celebrate his life,” said Stephanie Russell Holz , associate Dean of Students. UT Professor of Communication, Tom Garrett, spoke as a former adviser, teacher and friend. Garrett traveled with Nicoletti and a group of other UT students to the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. “This thing, I don’t know what it is but, this thing, Erik had it,” said Garrett. In Cannes, a French photographer also recognized the “thing,” and captured it in the picture of Nicoletti displayed on the pamphlet memorial. “Remember, the brightest stars in the sky burnout first, so the next time you look at the sky tonight you’ll know why it’s a little darker,” said Lilia Nicoletti. Five of Nicoletti’s friends also spoke at the memorial. Chelsea Wells read the poem “A Letter from Heaven.” “I almost broke down up there, I knew it would be too hard to write something on my own,” said Wells.

Students gather to celebrate the life of their friend.

Garrett speaks about his trip with Nicoletti.

Mike Torti recalled the first time he and Nicoletti met. As Torti “borrowed” a table from the Vaughn courtyard on St. Patrick’s Day, Nicoletti offered to help. “That’s just the kind of kid he was,” said Torti. James McParlton, Alyssa Salagaj and Ali Catalano also spoke of their first impressions of Nicoletti and fondest memories. When matched up as roommates during their freshman year at UT, McParlton immediately perceived Nicoletti as “laid back and down to earth.”

Nicoletti’s friend remembers his days at UT.

“It’s so funny, we didn’t read each other’s speeches first, but we all said so many similar things,” said Salagaj, who described Nicoletti as “gorgeous,e inside and out.” McParlton, recently uncovered an unfinished screenplay written by the film major. “It was so his style, you could hear his voice in the first sentence.” Cree Riley, who was injured in the accident that killed Nicoletti, drove from Pennsylvania to Tampa for the memorial. The slideshow of images and music

played again as the ceremony ended. Riley stayed seated, mourning quietly and watching the pictures flash on the screen. Friends and family embraced one another. In a quiet moment, Nicoletti’s mother, Dorothy, softly touched the face in the photograph and whispered “my baby.” A scholarship for others pursuing a career in film was created in Nicolettis honor. “The Kid Stays in The Picture Scholarship” is dedicated to his love of film, and inspired by the poignant photograph of Nicoletti looking up.

News 3 Provost Hopes to Intellectually Stimulate Students with New Series

The Minaret | January 29, 2010

By Jeffrey Palmer Reporter

The upcoming colloquium series to be held in the John Sykes College of Business will be comprised of three diverse lectures intended to broaden interdisciplinary appreciation among University of Tampa students. The first installment of this free event will be presented by Dr. James Gore of the natural and health sciences department this Friday, Jan. 29. Gore will be succeeded by fellow UT professors, Dr. Bella Galperin of management, presenting on Feb. 11, and Dr. Ann H. Williams of biology, presenting on March 19. Dr. Janet McNew, UT provost and primary organizer of the lecture series, has experienced and orchestrated similar lecture events in the past and is a firm believer in their value. “I’m happy to say that I brought the idea for such a series with me all the way from Minn., where I was once a young faculty member who presented in such

a series and enjoyed the camaraderie among faculty that such an event provided.” Among the hopes on the part of UT provost and the contributing faculty members for the series, is to bridge diverse areas of study and encourage professors to share original research and findings. The topics of the lectures will vary widely and span a number of academic disciplines, from innovations in cancer research to discussions on workplace dynamics and the importance of travel abroad. Gore will commence the series with a discussion based upon past experiences and research garnered from over two decades of leading study trips to Africa and several personal research excursions. Although the purpose of the lecture is largely scientific, (an examination of river ecology and conservation within Africa,) Gore’s message will encompass a more humanitarian theme as well. “As a new Dean and faculty member I want to let the UT community know about my research interests, both past and present,

but more importantly to demonstrate the value of international experience for students. The ability to understand the breadth of problems that we just talk about in classes can really be emphasized in these experiences. Exposure to different cultures and attitudes towards those same problems allows students to understand that our solutions and perspectives are not necessarily superior, just different.” Gore attributes his own insight into this truth and his desire to share it with students to his extensive journeying within regions of Africa subjected to social injustice and turmoil. “Being able to travel around a country in the last days of Apartheid made me keenly aware of cultural differences and attitudes towards so many issues that I wanted my own students to participate in those experiences,” Gore explained. By sharp contrast, Dr. Bella Galperin, associate Professor of Management at UT, will be giving a discourse on workplace devi-

ance and the reconciliation of its forms. “During my upcoming presentation I will be discussing both the destructive aspects as well as the constructive aspects of workplace deviance. I hope to further delve into the fine balance of the two forms of deviance and engage the UT community to discover new ways to apply the concept.” Galperin, in keeping with the larger intent of the series, believes that her topic has implications extending far beyond her own field of management and can contribute to other disciplines as well. “I am hoping to spark interest in the topic of workplace deviance across the university, not just in members of the College of Business. Workplace deviance overlaps with other disciplines, such as psychology and criminology,” said Galperin, “It even intersects with nursing and the sciences. I am hoping that the presentation will enable us to further explore those boundaries and bring about synergy in the area.” To conclude the series, Dr.

Ann H. Williams will be presenting new research on prospective cancer treatments gathered from years of personal research and collaboration with the greater scientific community. “What we’re moving towards is individualized cancer treatments based upon protein identification,” said Williams. Because cancer is one of the overbearing horrors of our age and therefore has worldwide relevance, the importance of Williams’ talk transcends scientific curiosity and has a potential impact upon all UT students. “A lot of people don’t know what we do all day in our laboratories,” said Williams. “This is our chance to show them.” The lecture series as a whole is a vehicle to help bring such findings to light and promote understanding of a myriad of issues shaping our modern world. “Insofar as there’s a theme,” said McNew. “It would have to do with building an intellectual community, particularly among faculty and staff.”

jingle, “the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.” All you have to do is include the original jingle’s melody and lyrics as shown in their tool kit at and submit your version online. The prize for the contest winner is $25,000 and the contest dates begin on Jan. 19 and end on Feb. 28.

The ten semi-finalist entries will be posted on the Folgers site for voting between March 28 and April 21. The entries will be judged based upon creativity and originality, musical performance and adherence to creative assignment. The five finalists with the most votes will then be flown to New York City to compete in a

live audition to compete for the $25,000 grand prize and potentially have their jingle featured in a Folgers commercial. The finalists will be judged by celebrity, Kara DioGuardi. The grand prize winner will be determined by creativity and originality, stage presence, and musical performance. Theta Chi is in charge of ad-

vertising this competition with fliers, posters, sidewalk chalk or door hangers. They will be taking pictures of their advertisements and posting them online, along with several other schools. Now it is up to you to participate in this contest for a chance to win the grand prize. If you have any further questions contact Jeffery Draluck at

Theta Chi Looking for more than ‘the best part of waking up’

By Stefanie Hurtault Reporter

Recently University of Tampa’s Epsilon Zeta chapter of the Theta Chi Fraternity was contacted by the Folgers company to help promote the 25 year anniversary of the Folgers jingle. In honor of this event, Folgers is holding a competition where students can create their own version of the catchy

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Aries (March 21-April 19) You find yourself out in front of the group. Make this social opportunity work for you. Base your actions on core beliefs.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Continue imaginative and creative efforts. You love the direction things are going, and associates provide additional energy. Revise the wording carefully.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Enhance your power by adopting enthusiasm for the written word. Plan what you say. Edit for tone later.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) People come at you from different directions, pushing for decisions and pressuring for money. Be thrifty with both. You don’t have to decide now.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) You hear things that are tough to accept. A distant friend provides a practical view. Listen to the words and trust their value. Cancer (June 22-July 22) Words pop out of your mouth before you’ve really considered them. Results vary. Express enthusiasm in everything you do. Others will understand. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Adjust to circumstances and you can’t go wrong. Relax with a friend or associate as you continue to get work done. Reveal your creative purpose. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) If you could stay home today, you’d accomplish more. If that’s not possible, get a friend to help with the heavy lifting. Then, celebrate with a female over lunch.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Information comes in from two radically different sources. On one hand, finances improve. On the other, time pressures drain your energy. Take a short midday walk. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) If you find yourself playing an “us against them” game, make sure your partner is on your team. That way you can be pretty sure what to say and when. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You have a brilliant idea in mind from the moment you wake up. There are plenty of opportunities to make this a reality as you work closely with a partner. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Accept an opportunity from an elder. This could involve money. It definitely improves your image. Colorize.

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Minaret writer & fashion contributer, Daniella Fusari, uncovers UT’s fashion forward students.

The Stylist Shopping for a Job

Now is the time to start applying for summer internships and to start thinking about picking out the perfect interview outfit. In order to ensure that you

give a good first impression and land your dream job, I suggest a few fashion tips from Etiquette and Protocol Consultant, Virginia Edwards. Edwards reminds us that

> gcoldironjr2003 / Looking to maximize your business attire? Invest in a quality suit and look stellar at any interview.

“your visual presence is your business card. Think of yourself as a living billboard,” she says. In other words, think about how you are selling yourself. As a college student, you most likely don’t have room in your budget to purchase expensive fashion pieces. As much as I love a good deal, it is important to look for classic quality pieces for interviews. Try to find pieces that you can end up wearing throughout your internship and jobs if you keep them well maintained. The two most important pieces to splurge on are a suit and a good pair of shoes. Edwards suggests to look for classic styles of suits in all-season wool that will keep its shape, wrinkle less and remain comfortable. Choose a neutral color, like black or brown, that will be appropriate for multiple occasions. As for shoes, choose a closetoed, leather pump for a professional look that will last. You may cut back on spending when it comes to blouses, skirts and pants, but inexpensive should not mean cheap. You still need to ensure that theses pieces are work appropriate and fit to perfection. Avoid sheer fabrics or novelty prints on your blouses, which


n0r / These black leather pumps from Burberry are a great staple for any day at the office.

may be inappropriate. There should not be gaps between the buttons on your blouses and always make sure to check, before purchasing a skirt, that it is the correct length both when sitting and standing. Tips from Virginia Edwards: 1. Send all of your pieces to the dry cleaner at the same time; you don’t want your jacket to look a different age than your pants or skirt. 2. If you are standing in front your closet for more than a few minutes to figure out what to wear, you are trying too hard. Stay with the classics and you will always be dressed appropriately. 3. Skirt suits are okay, but don’t wear ones, especially pencil

skirts, that have a tight fit and restrict your movement. 4. You will be shaking many hands, so you want to avoid wearing a ring on your right hand. If you want to more tips from Virginia Edwards on business etiquette, check her website, Also, visit Career Services at or in Riverside 116. They will give you tips on how to find a potential job and land an interview and explain how to dress for success. Those are just a few of the many resources they have to offer! To contact Daniella Fusariemail her at

DJ Rusko Crashes Ybor By Kristen Vasquez Staff Writer

Famed U.K. dubstep disk jockey, Rusko, graced Ybor’s alternative club Czar with his heavy bass-lined presence last Tuesday. The event was hosted by Scion as a part of its RSVP only Radio 17 monthly tour, which brings some of the most famed underground music acts to venues nationwide. Only 200 spots were open on the guest list for Tuesday. Tweets from various Czar promoters provided fair warning to show up early or be stuck outside. The club, which normally has a capacity of a few hundred, had to siphon off guests into the more intimate “Cyberia Room,” making the chances of the over 600 people waiting outside pretty slim. I thought that by showing up at a little after nine I was doing myself a favor. I rushed straight from my first day of classes to Ybor, but my efforts clearly proved to be inadequate when I realized the line was already half a mile long and that doors weren’t opening for another 45 minutes. After about a two and a half hour wait, spent glaring at linecutters and squirming through congestion, there were so many people inside that the second area of the club had to be opened and more security implemented. In other words, it was in-

tense. The vibe outside was so full of panic that we thought we wouldn’t be allowed in, and the “one out, one in” policy that the bouncers started using was driving some people to just walk away. Finally, after managing the annoyance with a calm demeanor, I got inside and found myself situated to experience one of the most thrilling shows I’ve ever seen Tampa host. DJs 12th Planet, Michna, and Blu Jemz kept the growing crowd hyped with their mix of dubstep, drum and bass, and jungle. People were lined up wall to wall, and the quality of the sound system rivaled every other night that I’ve experienced at Czar. Rusko took the stand with a grandiose entrance complete with his emcee chanting and a sick bass drop. The rest of the night was filled with a mix of dub that kept the somewhat violent dancers on the floor until at least twenty minutes after Czar had turned the lights back on to start assessing the damage. My ears had had so much that I woke up thinking I was underwater the next morning, but overall I’d say it was pain well spent. If you missed out, my deepest apologies, but make sure to check Rusko out www.myspace. com/ruskonfire. Catch one of his more popular mixes, like Cockney Thug or Hammertime.

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Crash Kings Deliver a Regal Preformace at the Orpheum

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While many University of Tampa students may not be familiar with the band Crash Kings just yet, it’s almost certain that their big break is on the horizon. The piano rock and guitar-less trio fuse over-driven bass sounds, smashing drums and infectious ballads to produce a clarifying and fresh sound. I had the honor of sitting down with lead singer/pianist/clavinet player, Tony Beliveau, and his brother/guitarist Mike Beliveau. Here is my experience of tapping into the bands psyche and learning about their future plans and current outlook on the music world: Zach Fraser: For someone who hasn’t heard your band, how would you describe your sound? Mike Beliveau: It’s piano rock, so basically our whole thing is that we rock without guitars: rock n’ roll music. You know it’s very, very urban-bluesrock. Whites Stripes, sort of Foo Fightersesque. It’s got an edge, but with a pop style to it. ZF: Naturally Mountain Man being the single from the album, it gets the most plays, but if you could recommend one song on your album for a new fan to listen to, what would it be? Tony Beliveau: I think mine on the record would be Saving Grace. I mean I like a lot of them, but Mountain Man is the single. I love that one too, but other than Mountain Man, Saving Grace would be mine. MB: It’s tough to pick a favorite, you know? They’ve all been favorites at one time or another. I think that [...] my favorite is whatever is fresh, whatever’s new. So my current favorite song would not be on the record. I mean, it’s like a new song. ZF: I know you’ve said you wanted to make a piano rock band, what bands inspired this? TB: I think that there are a lot of guitar rock bands that influenced the sound I was going for. I just wanted to do it without guitar. A lot of classic rock, stuff like Queen, Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Muse, Deep Purple, and The Who. MB: The Beatles. TB: The Beatles, The Beatles, always The Beatles. You know, the trick was to do it without guitar and see how much sound we could make. ZF: How do you even pronounce the

instrument you use, Tony, instead of guitar? Clavinet? And what exactly is it? TB: It’s a keyboard with guitar strings inside and guitar pickups. It was originally designed to emulate the sound of a harpsichord, but electronically, so once you hook it up to guitar pedals and amps and stuff it becomes distorted. Mine is one of the few that was customized in the late ‘70s with a whammy bar. All the strings are attached to a chastity, which basically allows you to pitch and bend. ZF: You guys are from L.A., but what has been your favorite city to play? MB: Seattle is always a favorite. Austin, Texas is a big favorite. And we’re still learning, you know? We’re still emerging as a band, so I think [that] wherever the crowds are bringing the energy [is where] it’s going to be a good show. So, it doesn’t matter. You know there’s great parts of the country all over, parts that are beautiful and great places to visit. Where the good show is is where the crowd really gets into it [and] brings the energy. ZF: What plans do you guys have for after this tour wraps up? MB: More touring. TB: Probably make another music video. ZF: I know you two are brothers, I have two younger brothers as well. How is it touring as siblings as opposed to just band mates? MB: You know, there’s the brother tension like any siblings. TB: But, you know, any best friends would do the same thing. MB: You’re in close quarters with anybody, you know? Sibling rivalry is there, but, most importantly, we agree on the music. And musically it’s amazing, so it’s worth it. Any fighting that I have I’d probably have the same amount with the next guy. ZF: You guys are in it right now, doing what so many kids would die to do. How does it feel? MB: It’s very inspiring, very… humbling? Maybe. It’s definitely hard work. TB: Until you’re on a bus and have a crew of people moving your stuff for you... We have a lot of equipment between the three of us. It’s hard in the aspect of us doing most of the work, but it’s still worth it. It’s what we love to do. You know, it’s what we signed up for and it’s awesome to be able to do that and have it as a full-time job. It’s definitely the best job I’ve ever had. Make sure to grab a copy of the band’s self-titled debut album and keep an eye out for Crash Kings in 2010.

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UT Film Professor’s Documentary premieres at Lincoln Center

By JP Busche Staff Writer

Despite temperatures in the thirties, over 300 people gathered in New York to watch the U.S. premiere of Leon Blum: For All Mankind, a documentary produced by the University of Tampa’s film professor, Tom Garrett. The director, Jean Bodon, was Garrett’s first film professor and is now a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at The University of Alabama, Birmingham. The movie screened from Jan. 18- 20 and was shown as part of the Jewish Film Festival, which takes place at Lincoln Cen-

ter from January 13-28. “It was amazing that Lincoln Center Found us,” said Garrett. Richard Pena, Director of the New York Film Festival and the Jewish Film Festival (both at Lincoln center), requested a screener, during the New York Film Festival in November which resulted in the invite. The Lincoln Center tracked the documentary down via Cinando, a database which stores film that has been entered during the Cannes Film Festival. The runtime of 60 minutes took the audience through Leon Blum’s interesting life, accurately depicting the ups and downs that

he had to endure. Blum was born in Paris on April 9, 1872. Although he grew up in a Jewish household, his days spent at the Sorbonne changed his views and turned him into a socialist. A very industrious character, Blum studied literature and law, eventually obtaining a degree in both fields. His appreciation for socialism was very intense, which led him to obtain the chair position at the socialist party’s executive committee in 1920. Blum became the French Prime Minister in 1936, was replaced in 1937 and obtained the

position again for three months in March of 1938. Although concerned about the growing fascism in Europe in the 1930’s, Blum made no effort to leave France and eventually was deported to Buchenwald, where he was imprisoned for two years. Besides being the first Jewish Prime Minister of France, he was also the only person of Jewish origin to marry in a concentration camp, in 1943. Due to the Allied armies stepby-step defeat of the Nazi troops, he was transferred to Dachau, another concentration camp, from which he was liberated in May

1945. After the war, Blum joined the government and served once again as Prime minister, this time for a little more than a month. He remained politically active and served as an Ambassador for Unesco before he died. To this day, he is remembered as a role model who fearlessly fought for his principles. After the premier, Garrett was noticeably pleased with the number of attendants and with the Q and A. “Premiering here was a great honor. And how cool: with a film I did with my first film professor 30 years later,” said Garrett.

Get Back In Shape for the New Year with On-campus Zumba Classes By Mandy Carr Staff Writer

Zumba is back by popular demand. In case you don’t know, zumba is a Latin fitness aerobic dance class, which is now offered at the McNiff Fitness Center at 7 p.m. on Mondays. “It’s suppose to feel like a party,” Ciarra Joyner, assistant Director in the Office of Residence Life, said. “You’re not supposed to know your working out.” She said your just suppose to have fun and burn a lot of calories

in the process. According to Joyner, the workout starts out with a warmup before they get into the traditional Latin dancing and other dances from around the world. Unlike other workouts, she won’t be doing a move and then teaching, she will do the move and everyone will move with her. She said she will teach it in progression from easy to hard and if they can’t get the hard movement they can stick with what they can do. “I think one good thing about it is that people who don’t work

out a lot don’t feel intimidated,” Joyner said. The McNiff Fitness Center offers 29 classes to get in shape. There are 13 different instructors. All the instructors are certified to teach in at least one group fitness class, including yoga, according to Katie FlotzWhite, Coordinator of Campus Recreation. “I think a lot of people forget that yoga is a part of it,” White said. “Some of our older instructors have been doing this for 1520 years, so they have hours and

hours of training.” Stephanie Holz teaches a spin class on Fridays at noon. She is certified through the American Fitness and Aerobic Association for primary aerobics and through Cycle Reebok for spinning. “My class is different each week,” Holz said. “I use different music to simulate [the] different terrain that one would experience if they were riding a bike outside.” Some of the yoga instructors have over 500 hours of training. They increased their yoga

classes because they talked to counselors and students and found out there was a need for more yoga. “We have a stressed student body,” White said. “And yoga’s great for that.” She said she wants to offer a good variety of classes for all students. She also said that ab classes are popular, so they offer several of those. There is also a pilates course and various kinds of cardio workouts for choose from. To contact Mandy Carr email her at

Campus Movie Fest is an annual event where students are given a camera and a laptop with editing software for a week in hopes of making a really cool short film. The movies are judged by a select panel and the top 16 films are shown on campus. From there, winners are chosen from each category and the best of the best continue to participate in regional CMF festival, and eventually the grand finale in California. At every event some really cool Apple products are given out as prizes. Sarah Wilson, the student form USF who won last year’s

nationwide Campus Movie Fest, was awarded a trip to the Cannes Film Festival. There is also a day event held in the Vaughn courtyard, which includes music hosted by WUTT and an inflatable obstacle course, among other fun activities. Door prizes are given out to students who participate in the day event. So, do you have a great idea for a movie, but don’t know what to do? Log in to, click on the University of Tampa link and sign up a team. You can have a maximum of ten people on your squad. Febru-

ary 2 is the deadline for entering. Campus Movie Fest stays at the college for the entire week of filming to help answer any questions and technical problems you may encounter. Want to see that blockbuster score some points on the big screen?

Just attend the CMF screening Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Enjoy some snacks and see how your movie fares at the contest. This is UT’s sixth year hosting Campus Movie Fest, and as always, major movie talent will be showcased and rewarded.

Campus Movie Fest Returns to UT for the Sixth Year

By Austin Daniels Staff Writer

While we’re cordially talking about our Christmas breaks and adjusting to our new classes, Campus Movie Fest is beginning to take over the University of Tampa. For all the newbies out there,

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Excited fans cheered as the President came onto the stage.

This empty gym would soon fill with over 2,000 people.

President Obama chose six people from the crowd to ask questions.

Vice President Biden wore a huge smile when he approached the podium to begin his speech.

Stephanie Russell Holz gave the opening invocation.

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Obama, Biden Announce Rail Project in Historic Visit

After taking the stage, Obama also spoke enthusiastically of the new rail line. President Barack Obama on “Those things are fast,” Thursday rallied thousands who he said of the high-speed waited outside the Bob Marti- trains. “They are smooth, you nez Sports Center more than six don’t have to take off your hours to see him. shoes. Check to see if you’re The doors of the Sports wearing the socks with no Center opened to ticket-holders holes in them.” at 10:30 a.m. and the President Noting Europe’s many and Vice President Joe Biden ar- lines of high-speed trains, rived shortly after 1 p.m. Obama continued, “Why is The President’s town-hall it we don’t have those? Part meeting lasted over an hour. He of it is that we’re a very big spoke about finance, jobs, clean country, we’re not as densely energy, healthcare reform and populated, and we love our education. cars.” The University of Tampa Obama said having these was the President’s first appear- new trains would increase ance after delivering his first productivity and also help State of the Union address. commuters get to work on In addition to emphasiz- time. Building the rails will ing parts of the previous night’s also create many new Florida speech, the President and Vice jobs. President delivered news of a While reiterating ideas new high-speed rail project be- spoken the previous night tween Tampa and Orlando. during his State of the Union This was the first time in address, the President emphaUT’s nearly 80-year history that sized the importance of reforma sitting president visited cam- ing student loans. pus. “Graduates should only pay “It’s going to give us some- back 10 percent of their income thing to talk about. Out of all to pay for student loans,” Obama the universities, he comes here,” said. His comment received a said 18-year-old entrepreneur- standing cheer from the crowd, ship major Jon Rogel. “Not a lot the most enthusiastic of which of people can say Obama came came from UT students at the to my college.” bleachers on his right. Before 6 a.m., students and “We’ll forgive student loan public were lined up along North debt after 20 years,” he continBoulevard and North B St. wait- ued, adding that those who chose ing to get in to the Bob Martinez to work in public service would Sports Center. have their loans forgiven after 10 Later, the line continued to years. wrap all the way to the Vaughn “In the United States of Center and America, noaround Ausbody should tin Hall. I’m not here to tell you go broke be"There cause they what you want to hear chose to go to were so many people ... but what you need college.” waiting. The President to hear. lines were Obama allounbelievcated time for able,” said Monica Mansour. questions from the audience. Vice President Biden took UT student Hector Flores the stage first, announcing $1.25 was among a few chosen to voice billion to build a high-speed rail a concern to the president. He line connecting Tampa and Or- asked what the President would lando. do to ensure equality for gays, The rail line, which is ex- a topic broacbed in the State of pected to run up to 110 mph, will the Union address when Obama also eventually reach Miami. mentioned abolishing the “don’t The money to build the rail is ask, don’t tell” rule. being funded by the federal Re“A basic principle in our covery Act. Constitution is, if you're obeying “You have no idea how the law, if you're following the pleased I am to make this an- rules, that you should be treated nouncement,” said Vice Presi- the same. Regardless of who you dent Biden to a cheering crowd. are," the President answered. By Sarah Gottlieb Reporter

President Obama and Vice President Biden shared a laugh during the question and answer session.

After a closing speech, the President left the stage, shaking hands of those sitting behind him, many of which were students chosen to sit on stage for their leadership roles on campus. “I got shivers when he walked out. I think everyone did,” said Karina Jensen. “He's such a powerful person. Everyone went crazy when he said that no one should go broke because they want to go to college.” Other government officials present included Florida representatives Kathy Castor, D-Tampa; Kendrick Meek, D-Miami; Alan Grayson, D-Orlando; and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DWeston. State Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer were also at the town hall meeting. Florida Governor Charlie Crist greeted Obama at Mac-Dill Airforce base upon his arrival, though he was not present for the meeting. Days of preparation and anticipation preceded the President’s campus visit. The announcement that The Bob Martinez Sports Center would be the venue for the townhall meeting came Monday at 5 p.m., according to Eric Cardenas, director of public information. Cardenas also said that White House officials only contacted the university on Friday to scout the location. The Bob Martinez Sports Center was one of many venues scouted in the area but neither Cardenas or White House officials could confirm what the other locations were. Approximately 600 tickets for the town-hall meeting were given out to students who waited in line Wednesday for more than five hours. Earlier that day, 1,100 tickets were given to the public. However, more than 100 people holding tickets weren’t allowed in to the event as too many tickets were given out. "Waiting in line for a ticket for 5 1/2 hours was worth it.

“ No one should go broke just because they chose to go to college.

Waiting in line today for 2 hours was worth it,” said Christina Roman. “It was incredible.

Vets showed support for Obama.

Charlie Hambos, Alex Vera, Coryn Doncaster, Mandy Erforth and Carrie Jean Hoeh contributed reporting to this article.

Ticket Holders Turned Away At The Door By Charlie Hambos Editor-in-Chief

People waited on lines for hours on two separate occasions to catch a glimpse of President Barack Obama on campus. Wednesday's lines were to obtain tickets; Friday's line was to get into the event. At the last minute, however, some who had received tickets were turned away because the fire marshall said the Martinez Sports Center was filled to capacity. “It’s just a disappointment,” said Valeria Lean, a senior marketing major from Honduras. “I didn’t get a chance to be inside and hear the speech or the see the President.” Eric Cardenas, director of public information was unaware that students were turned away and said that White House officials were handling the crowds and the ticket distribution. White House officials were aiming for an attendance of 2,500-3,000 people but the capacity for the event was 2,600.

Lean, who waited for four hours to get her ticket, said the opportunity would have been great since she is an international student. She waited 2-3 hours to get in. Students weren’t the only ones who were turned away. Kelly Polk, staff assistant for the communications department procured her ticket from the office of Human Resources and still did not get in. Polk said she wasn’t even at the end of the line across the street from Thomas Parking Garage when someone came and told everyone that the Fire Marshall apparently was not allowing anyone else to enter the gym because it had filled to capacity. “They were as disappointed and heartbroken as we were,” Polk said. The remaining people who did not get in were taken over to the Pepin Stadium to hear audio of the town-hall meeting. “I’m heartsick over it,” Polk said. “I’m very disappointed.”


Obama at UT

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History of the Best and Worst UT Visitors Throughout the years, the University of Tampa has hosted an impressive resume of political leaders, celebrities and events that have rivaled other big cities. President Obama is the most recent name to add to our list, with his visit certainly topping all others in importance and relevance. However, below are some of the most memorable good and bad moments in UT history that simply cannot be ignored.

1.) President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hold a town meeting in the Bob Martinez gym on Jan. 28 at 12:30 p.m. 2.) The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf speaks at the spring 2009 commencement ceremony, motivating graduates and receiving an honorary degree. President Sirleaf was the first female to ever lead an African nation. 3.) Senator John McCain comes in October of 2009 and discusses national security in a campaign speech.

UT student Shaun Huffman shakes hands with the President.

4.) January 2009, Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois and brother Rob Blagojevich are indicted on corruption charges. Both attended UT, with Rob Blagojevich speaking at the commencement ceremony in May 2008.

Policemen on horseback patrolled the outside of Martinez. (Left)

5.) In 2008, the “Today” Show came to the university and held a live broadcast in the midst of the heated Presidential campaign. Florida Governor Charlie Crist was in attendance. 6.) MTV’s reality TV star “The Situation” from the show “Jersey Shore” comes to The Kennedy, sending UT students into a dramatic frenzy. 7.) In 1964, Kennedy Boulevard is named after President John F. Kennedy as he was assassinated four days after visiting the city. A life-size statue stands in Plant Park in remembrance of him.

Those who could not get tickets watched the speech live from the Spartan Club.

The line began at Martinez and went all the way past Austin Hall.

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Obama Brings Economic Growth to Central Florida

& Setting Reservations for Valentine’s Day Dates

Christmas Decorations Still Hanging

Warm winters

Cold snaps


Jay-Z’s “On to the Next One”

Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind”

25 Years of Oprah

The end of the Oprah Winfrey Show




Obama at UT

Obama on TV

Betty White

Betty Crocker

The University of Tampa was given the unique opportunity to host the President and Vice President of the United States not for a usual town-hall meeting but one that was strategically placed after his first State of the Union address and one that announced a high-speed train system to be built between Tampa and Orlando. This announcement brings a multi-billion dollar economic development to the Tampa area by creating jobs and connecting the two cities. For students that will be graduating at the end of this semester and a few years down the road, Obama’s message of job creation, economic growth, energy conservation and healthcare reform may be very promising. What an honor it was to have both the President and Vice President on our campus among the minarets of Plant Hall and a student body who seemed to be pretty dead set on the candidates during their campaign for the presidency. Students waited for hours on

line to get tickets on the Wednesday before the town-hall meeting and then waited online again before the doors of the Martinez Sports Center opened to the ticket holders. The question begs how the high-speed rail system will impact the University of Tampa. The rail system will definitely connect the two cities creating endless opportunities as the Tampa station is set to be constructed only a few blocks away from UT. Hopefully, the university will capitalize on this new endeavour and see where the train takes them. Plans also call for the rail to extend both to Jacksonville and Miami. The $8 Billion used to expand the rail system in the United States comes from the Recovery Act which Vice President Biden has been working diligently on accomplishing. $1.25 billion will be used in Florida. To have our university chosen to host such an event is remarkable and whether or not students are fans

of Obama, they should consider the fact that they were here when the first sitting President came to UT in the university’s 80-year history. The night before Obama arrived at UT he gave his first State of the Union address and even mentioned Tampa his address to the nation. As he revisited his address in the town-hall meeting, he know that making changes it not any easy thing to do but he is committed to do what he said during his campaign. How will the graduates and current students of UT take Obama’s message to heart? His plan to curb expenses on college loans speak to us pretty clearly and it was apparent when the crowd went wild. He wants to revitalize the middle class and some of us may be in that category or may end up in that category in the future. The bottom line is that whether or not we agree with President Obama, he has the capability to change our future.

Falling in Love Should Be Like Jimmy Choo’s, A Perfect Fit

By Heather Gromley Columnist

“L is for the way you look at me.” Well “L” in this article is going to be all about Love. This is the first part of a four part series about L.O.V.E. Love is both wonderful and tragic. It’s the thing that makes you want to get up in the morning and the thing that makes you cry yourself to sleep. Everyone has felt love at some time: for someone special, your family, your friends or even when we love a food or a movie. For myself, I find that I say love several times a day. I love my internship, I love my writing class, I love the homemade mac ‘n’ cheese my roommate makes, I love Bravo shows and I love things that are pink. But how deep is our love daily?What constitutes love? How do we find love?How do we know when we’re in love? Is it a chemical or psychological basis?

According to Helen Fisher, an expert on love, love has three different stages: lust, attraction and attachment. All three lead to the next and the first two are considered temporary. I like what Fisher proposes because it can be applied to so many things, even the simple every day things that we love. Lust is temporary and at times misleading. When you initially see the handsome man casually standing across the bar, the one with the great smile, the button down shirt and hair you’d like to run your fingers through, that is lust. Lust is also when you pine for that pair of Stuart Weitzman shoes waiting impatiently for you on a polished Nordstrom’s display. Lust, my love-seeking friends, is not a destination but a pit stop. The guy in the bar will be replaced with a guy at work and those perfect Stuart Weitzman shoes will be so three weeks ago and in their place will stand a shiny pair of Jimmy Choo’s. Now attraction is a bit stronger. By this time after lusting over certain types of men, you learn that you’re attracted to the tall ones, the goofy ones, the bad boys, the

older man, the brunettes, the one in uniform or the one with the great personality. One may also find that they are attracted to flats if they are tall, stilettos to show off their legs, boots because they are so in with leggings or even a pair of wedges. Attraction is somewhat more serious than lust. One must not only have that initial lustful attraction, but a deeper attraction to know if they are the right fit. Attraction can be considered more individual and directly correlates to your likes and dislikes. From attractions comes attachment. We become attached to the new man at work or we become attached to Jimmy Choo, as both a designer and a shoe. This attachment can either be healthy or not and will be explored more in the next column with “O” and obsession. Attachment, however, is the end product or finale of one’s feelings. Once we are hooked that is it, until we break that love and start the process all over again, unless of course you marry the man from the office or you never take off those Jimmy Choo’s.

I went through these stages. I liked a boy for quite awhile and would consider that my lustful stage as I hoped he would feel the same way and it was somewhat of a shallow lust as I didn’t really know him. Then came the attraction, which to my surprise over the winter break of my freshman year, was mutual.I knew who he was and we seemed to be a good fit, we made each other laugh and we were best friends. Then came the attachment, the relationship and most importantly the use of the “L” word. I didn’t really understand that word when I first said it freezing on a beach in March. Only over time and with the attachment that continued to form did I understand what love was to me. After a year and eight months though, we had to go our own ways. We still talk/bicker now and then and I think there is still that mutual attraction, and as for attachment, well most of the time it’s considered complicated. But for now I am content knowing that I am happy that I have found my own way and realized

Lust, my love“seeking, friends is a pit stop not a destination. The guy in the bar will be replaced with a guy at work and those perfect Stuart Weitzman shoes will be so three weeks ago and in their place will stand a shiny pair of Jimmy Choo’s.

that sometimes people change and not for the better. I am prepared to start the insane cycle of love again, whenever that time may come. For now I plan to keep loving my family, friends, the experiences I am so blessed to have had and of course, my red Michael Kors’ heels. And like the song suggests “L, is for the way you look at me,” someone can be looking at you with lustful, attraction or attachmentseeking eyes. I hope you are ready for a little thing called love. Heather Gromley can be reached at


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One Night Stands Can Lead to Months of Commitment

By Narisa Imprasert Columnist

You stumble into their room within the wee hours of the night and depart by morning, right before the person with the arm draped around your stomach awakes. Because any slight movement leads to an awkward moment followed by temporary silence and stifled giggles of embarrassment. So you search the unfamiliar room for your undergarments, find your jacket tossed over the fish tank and settle for only recovering one side to your earrings. Mind you, all of this is done on your tip toes to avoid making too much noise and you ironically whisper to yourself like a mad woman about what you’re doing and where your shoes are. The scene continues as you pass by the bathroom down the hall to fix your hair, try to hide the fact that you’re missing one sock and avoid eye contact with every other person that just happens to

be awake at eight o’clock in the morning.Trust me; I was anything but discreet, shame plastered all over my face. It is amazing to me because this new generation is filled with sex, sex and more sex; sometimes there is a little bit of love thrown in.Why our generation still considers one night stands a healthy choice is beyond me. Amongst all the suppressed feelings that arise unexpectedly, sex is never just sex. Some try to put up a front and make others believe that they can easily “make love” without actually committing to any form of feelings. This is what my friend and I like to call the “unspoken rule”: if you are going to succumb to a non-committable partner, then you cannot develop feelings for them. It is an easy setup for disaster because no matter how emotionally void you may be, crushes do occur and they grow faster than mold. Still, as you explore your

sexuality, meet new and interesting people, or actually lose your virginity, this is college. Sex conquers all. But, confusion arises between love and intimacy because slowly but surely their stuff starts to invade your dorm room. The toothbrush moves in, your closet space gets smaller and they start bringing an overnight bag. H o w e v e r, t h e s i t u a t i o n becomes awkward. You’ve taught yourself that this person means less, the sex is inconsequential; you unintentionally hurt their feelings and stay in denial that you actually have developed feelings. If you do manage to mask your newly developed love for your “friend,” all the possibilities to express your desires are devoured by natural stubborn behavior and frustration. Because let’s face it, no one likes rejection and healthy communication with the ability to articulate ones feelings is lost

Are you sure you want to be with a stranger?

within this generation. Therefore the next morning starts the vicious cycle over where words are barely spoken save for the unnecessary moans and the screaming of their name in the last few minutes that seem to make everything worth it. And within the thin walls of

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each resident hall, you can hear the sounds of your peers making lovejust wait to hear the door open and close minutes later. Let’s just hope it isn’t an every night thing. Narisa Imprasert can be reached at

99 Bottles of Beer and Four Types of Drunks to Watch Out For

Don’t end up like this guy on Gasparilla.

By John Jacobs Columnist

With Gasparilla coming up this weekend, we get to see another side of UT students: the “drunk self.” There are a few categories of “drunk” and I can help you learn to recognize these groups and try to avoid falling into one of these categories. First off, there’s one group that you can never miss (because they won’t let you) which I call “the stuntmen.” These are the people who once they hit a certain level of intoxication realize, “Wait, why am I not doing something awesome right now!?” They quickly become the center of attention by announcing their going to do “something” that proves their awesomeness with some physical stunt or showing how quickly they can drink a large amount of alcohol in a short amount of time. “Hey! Do you think I can beer bong three beers at once?”

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“…Yes.” “Oh you don’t think I can? Fine I’ll show you! I’ll put down five beers at once!” “Dude I said yes, I believe you can do it.” “Fine seven beers it is! AND I’ll do a back flip off the couch after just because you suck!” You’ll also notice that the “stuntman” group will always be the loudest at the party too because as we all know, louder = cooler. Another group you’re bound to run into at some point I call “the wise men.” A “wise man” is usually someone you know but not too well, who’s just acting normal and having a good time until they come up and talk to you one on one. They’ll take you by surprise by starting off the conversation with some really deep question or statement which will change the mood very quickly. “Hey what’s up man?” “Have you ever thought about why people drink? It seems like people need to drink to forget about what’s going on in their everyday lives and escape to some fantasy world of fun.” “Uh…okay.” “I remember freshman year

we went to McDonald’s once and I didn’t have enough money to pay for my McNuggets and you paid for them. I remember that man. You’re a good kid. Don’t let anybody tell you any differently, you should know you’re a good person.” “Thank you?” And the conversation ends there. The “wise man” will go back to whatever they’re doing as if nothing weird just happened and you’re left standing there thinking “What the hell was that?” Then a group which is usually just specific to the girls would be “the drama queen.” The name basically says it all, the more drunk the girl gets, the more dramatic everything that happens to her becomes. The smallest things become the biggest problems and she feels the need to constantly update her friends on the nothingness which has suddenly taken over her life. “Jason hasn’t texted me in over an hour! Do you think he’s avoiding me? Seriously, he’s such an asshole I don’t even know why I talk to him. Should I keep talking to him? Why would he not text me back? I told him I was at this house party and I haven’t gotten a response! Do you think he’s with someone else? He just responded! He said ‘ok.’ That’s it? I’m not worth more than an ok? God I hate guys! Is it me? Do I look good today?” (Friend finally responds) “Yes! You look great!” “Shut up you bitch! I look terrible!” These outbursts randomly continue throughout the night until she eventually passes out, waking up the next day to forget whatever she was rambling on about the night before. Then there’s the “Indiana Jones” drunk, and I call them that because every time they start drinking, it seems like later in the night they always want to go on some adventure to get something. Just randomly during the night this person will stop and say, “Dude

remember that place Fudruckers? I haven’t been there in like eight years! We need to go tonight, I don’t care.” “The closest Fudruckers to Tampa is like 45 miles away.” “Oh man… we better start walking then.” Four hours go by and your now in the middle of nowhere with your drunk friend realizing “Fudruckers probably isn’t open at 3 a.m. anyways.” One that you would want to avoid would be “the light switch.” These are the people who start off as the nicest person at the beginning of the night who slowly turn into the most obnoxiously mean person in a matter of a few hours and drinks. At the beginning of the night the conversation would start out with, “John! I haven’t seen you since philosophy class last year! How’ve you been man everything good? Well good seeing you, it’s been so long!”

Then a few hours go by and it turns into, “Hey! Kid from my class… What’re you looking at?” “Nothing” “Are you calling me nothing?”And at that point anything said can be turned into an insult and any conversation with that person will be uncomfortable for the rest of the night. There really are so many other unique characters people turn into while under the influence like “the kegulator” aka the guy who stands at the keg for literally hours regulating who gets to drink first and the “remember when” guy who throughout the night only talks about stories of previous parties and crazy nights starting with the phrase, “remember when we…”. So this Gasparilla look out for each one of these categories and be safe during the parade. John Jacobs can be reached at

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Embrace Your Inner Dork: Learn to Love Learning This Year

By Philippa Hatendi Columnist

Calling all dorks, geeks and intelligentsia! Where are you? The first week of classes is the time of the year when you hear statements like: “FML…the education system is like death warmed up.” Sure, we’re all here because we need an education, so we can get a good job and live the good life. It’s natural hearing people be disgruntled about homework, classes and the fact that their professor is the devil incarnate. However it does make me a little bit sad because the reason I am so happy to be back is because I love my classes. I have always loved to learn, even from a young age I devoured textbooks, participated avidly in classes (yes, I am the girl in the second row who’s always raising her hand) and embraced the idea of learning something new every day. Where is my kind? Where are the people who came to college because they

enjoyed learning? It’s a custom that I have not become accustomed to here in America; in Kenya the popular kids were popular because they were brilliant at everything: sports, science, math, community service and debating. The intelligent and physically fit were uber gods amongst lesser mortals. Here however, it seems aesthetics are more important than the love of knowledge. My only wish this semester is that people would embrace their classes and participate in them as wholeheartedly as they do their social lives. You can’t imagine how much more you’d get out of them and your peers if you were even a little bit excited about learning. The only time I see people happy here is when they’re not doing anything related to education. I have never walked into my Communications class and seen people buzzing for the lesson, ready to be engrossed in the day’s lesson.

Back home, when I was in high school that’s exactly what my classes used to be like. This is why I go into each and every one of my classes ready and yearning for the learning to begin! Sometimes I even feel remorseful that the class is about to end; then I have to go out and pretend I’m interested in the social scene circulating UT. In short, I have realized dorks like me are going into extinction. What a loss it is! I’ve spent hours of my life devouring encyclopedias, dictionaries, library books and newspapers in the pursuit of knowledge—always willingly. I never like to come across people talking about something I don’t know about. I know what you’re thinking, “Gosh, what a freakin’ geek.” Indeed, I am a freakin’ geek and I love it. Philippa Hatendi can be reached at

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“I Didn’t Mean to Offend Anyone”: The Art of the Political Insult By Nicole Robinson Columnist

“I didn’t mean to offend anyone.” The famous words of countless politicians and radio/television personalities who let heinous comments slither from their mouths. Yet, just as soon as their comments are plastered across TV screens and newspapers they’re “retracted” or “clarified.” But on some level those were deliberate comments. Who is it this week? South Carolina lieutenant governor Andre Bauer. The victims were the many families across the U.S. who use the welfare system. “My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed,”

Bauer said. It doesn’t take an expert to dissect the many reasons why this statement is despicable, nor does it take any excessive effort to berate the recent comments of Pat Robertson or Rush Limbaugh towards the people still suffering in Haiti. Although it would be enjoyable to discuss the obvious lack of judgment and character one must have to make such insensitive statements; the most beneficial plan of action would be to understand how we deal with situations like these. The first step is to call out these statements for the garbage that they are. Many people did let these pundits and televangelists know of their distaste for what was said. By doing this and not forgiving such ignorance is ideal because it lets these people know that their listeners do not stand for

such insensitivity. If one supports such characters, it might be good to question whether you want to keep doing so. This is not to say that everyone should agree with every statement some political figure ever makes but for someone to claim to be in support families but then liken families that are less fortunate to animals is a different matter entirely. Before the statements that have been made were likened to a snake bite; in actuality they are. I recall in high school when I was bitten by a snake. I was walking through the woods at my school and looked down to see a little black snake slithering away as fast as it could go. “Hmm,” I thought, “That’s strange.” Later, I looked down and saw that blood was on my ankle. Low and behold there were two little marks (I murmured an obscenity

and hoped to God that the snake wasn’t poisonous). It wasn’t. The snakes bite had gone unnoticed but it still did its damage. Even if some of us decide to take the “high road” and ignore such comments, the damage might already be done. For those in South Carolina who are on welfare, the damage is done. For the mother who works or may have lost her job, the damage is done. For a child who now gets to hear that their politicians think of them as an animal—damage done. Of course there are those who argue that “words are words” but I remember someone saying how many times have words moved people into action or changed attitudes. “One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind,” “Change,” etc. Words have the power to bring us up and also tear us back down.

My small wound quickly healed. We as people can recover from such comments by calling the statements out for what they are and by continuing on with our business. We should indeed take time to quickly observe that something hurtful has been said. We must not excuse the comments just because they may tag “I didn’t mean to offend” on the end of them. Sorry but saying, “Poor people shouldn’t breed –but I don’t mean to offend,” doesn’t cut it for me nor should it be acceptable to anyone else. Politicians and the like are well versed on how and when to say things. They also know how to say what they mean. This has been made crystal clear. We’ve recognized the wrong now lets help those in need so that we can heal the damage. Nicole Robinson can be reached at



The Minaret | January 29, 2010

Winners and Losers of the 2010 East-West Shrine Game By Kyle Bennett Sports Editor

The 85th Anniversary of the East – West Shrine Game made its way to the East Coast for the first time ever. A spectacular day and a flawless field welcomed a dismal 8,345 fans to the stadium, but that did not stop the game from having an exciting and unexpected finish with the East Team, coached by Romeo Crennel, coming out on top by the final score of 13-10. The final score did not however serve the game justice. The conclusion of the third quarter totaled only 332 yards between both squads and 6-3 score in favor of the East team. Max Hall led a five play 78 yard drive ending in an eight-yard touchdown pass to Matt Moya. The drive was keyed by a 41 yard pass completion to Nathan Overbay. Following a Hunter Lawrence PAT the West Team led 10-6.

O’Brian Schofield was named defensive MVP Tim Matias/Footballiance

Mike Kafka then had just under seven minutes to put together an 89 yard drive to keep the East in contention. The 10-play drive stalled at the West’s 11 and was turned over on downs. Now, with less than three minutes to go the West team needed only a few first downs to seal the deal. The team was however unsuccessful as the drive ended with a 40 second, three and out possession. Kafka trotted back onto the field with less than two minutes to play and had the ball at his own 45, following a nine-yard punt return by Chris Chancellor. Freddie Barnes secured three of his four receptions in the final 11 play 55 yard drive capped off by a two yard touchdown completion from Kafka to Penn State tight end Andrew Quarless. He also snagged a one-handed six yard reception on a key third down play to keep the chains moving. On the drive Kafka escaped what looked to be a sure sack at the 15 yard line and was able to move the ball to the three yard line. Kafka and Dennis Pitta improved their draft prospects the greatest deal in the game. Wide receiver Blair White also had a great game turning in the game’s best, seven catches for 93 yards. Kafka received the offensive MVP honors, stealing the crown on the final game winning drive. Linebacker O’Brian Schofield earned the defensive MVP honors. No, that is not a typo. Schofield was transformed from a defensive lineman to a linebacker, in five days. The 6’ 3” athlete forced the games first turnover, with an interception of Max Hall on the West Team’s opening drive. Hall finished the game 7-12 for 119 yards, including an eight yard touchdown pass to Ryan Moya and the interception to

Schofield. His performance far outperformed that of any other West quarterback. Matt Nichols finished the game 3-6 with just 42 yards. The third quarterback for the West squad, Todd Reesing, had an even less impressive game going 2-5 for only 11 yards and an interception. To make matters worse, every ball he threw had little touch and no spiral whatsoever. Andre Dixon and Pat Paschall were the big gainers for the East and West squads, respectively. Dixon ran for 24 yards on seven attempts and Paschall ran for 32 yards on 7 attempts. Neither team could get much of a rushing game going. The long of the game was 16 yards by Pashcall, and no other back broke the 10 yard mark on a single attempt. If there was a special team MVP award the prize would have gone to East punter Jeremy Boone. Boone punted the ball five times for 229 yards, a 45 yard per punt average, a long punt of 57 yards and one punt killed at the two yard line. Boone may have made the biggest draft impact of anyone. It’s tough to say a punter helped his case during a single game, but Boone did just that. Every punt he hit was dead on, with good hang time. At the defensive back position Van Eskridge turned in an interception of Todd Reesing, but Jamar Wall was most impressive. He made six tackles, five of which were unassisted and also had a few broken up passes in key situations. Not only did the Shrine Game showcase some of the nation’s top collegiate football talent, but the main focus of the game was to raise awareness for the 22 locations of

Mike Kafka was named the offensive MVP Tim Matias/Footballiance

the Shriners Hosptials for Children. Patients at the Shriners Hospitals receive quality treatment for orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injury, cleft lip and palate. Each year the Shriners Hospitals select two patients to represent the hospitals as ambassadors. Nine-year-old Leigh Maria Dittman was selected as one. Dittman has been a patient at Shriners since shortly after her birth. She was diagnosed with brittle bone disease. Twelve-year-old Daniel Happy, of Shriners Hospital-Cincinatti was the second ambassador at the Shrine Game. Happy sustained third degree burns on 95 percent of his body after a plane crashed into his home in 2007.

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Basketball Draws Orlando Native to Become Spartan

By Arturo Uzcategui Sports Writer

With the same intensity she showed in her high school days, Kamari Smith breaks into the UT basketball program becoming a regular for Coach Tom Jessee. The guard, an Orlando native, has been averaging 15 minutes per game and has seen action in 18 of the 19 games the Lady Spartans have played so far. An Athletic Training major, Smith averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds at Ocoee High School, and before entering this season as a freshman, she already had her mind set on UT. Daughter of former NBA player and current Orlando Magic’s General Manager, Otis Smith, Kamari did not have much trouble deciding whether to come to UT or not. UT was the only school she visited regarding basketball. “I instantly fell in love with it when I got here. People were nice, [and the] coaches were nice, you know. I felt that I could fit in with the team so it’s just the perfect fit,” Smith said. But immediately after she had arrived, Smith knew that she had to get ready and contribute to UT’s upcoming season, especially since some of the most regular players from last season were not going to be back this year. But the freshman knows what her strong points are and how to use them in order to help the team achieve big things. “I mean my toughness, I guess. My ability to defend taller people because I have long arms [and] quickness, I’m able to attack the basket so I’m almost pretty sure that I can help with

any team on a win. It’s a blessing, I feel important. Coach and I had an understanding when I came at the beginning; he wanted me to be an impact so I try my hardest to do whatever he wants me to do.” Smith said. She also commented that she is quick to learn and always pushes herself in practices. And all of that hard work paid off. On Thu, Jan. 20, the Lady Spartans went to Lakeland to take on the Florida Southern Lady Mocs. The game was set to be one of the most difficult ones for the UT squad, as their biggest rival was second in the standings. That was the day when Kamari Smith started for the first time for UT. The call had been made and even though she had experienced some minutes before at the college level, this was like nothing she had felt before. “I’m not going to lie I was nervous, I was really nervous because of the big rival and the way they were talking and how awesome shooters they are. I was nervous at first but once I stepped on the court I was all calmed. But it was pretty exciting that I could start in a big game like that so I was excited,” Smith said. Smith was in action for 16 minutes, scored two points and got four rebounds, shy numbers some might say. But not for the guard who knows that opportunities like that one will keep coming in the future. With a little more hard work the numbers will keep improving as well as her ability to keep competing at this level, a level that de-

mands more out of her. “It’s much faster. You do have to think, you have to be able to read a lot on the court. In high school [it] is easier to manage school and basketball while [it] is a little tougher in college to manage school and basketball,” Smith said. “As far as my contribution on the court I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to do as a freshman.” Smith also added that most freshman can’t handle the pressure, but she feels that she has done what she has needed to and is pleased with her performance. Kamari has the wise advice of her dad Otis, who tries to be at every game to support and give his daughter advice when the clock has run out. “Yes, he helps me with all my problems. Like if I think I didn’t do so well in a game he’d pick out the little stuff and say ‘Yeah you did the little stuff, you did well. I mean, you may have not scored a lot or whatever, but you did the little things,’” said Smith. “He’ll help me boost my head up so I won’t be all down on myself and he also helps me with technique, reading and the little things on the court. He taught me most of it so he’ll help, like he’ll come to the game on Saturday and he’s going to tell me what I did wrong and what I did right, and that always helps.” There are only eight games for the Lady Spartans left on the regular season and with a record of 17-2 the future is looking bright. A team that seems to be doing everything from the little things to the major ones in order to continue its big season onto the playoffs and possibly the national championship.

Freshman Kamari Smith has totalled 60 rebounds and averages over 15 minutes per game. Kara Wall/The Minaret

Smith knows that those things will take the squad far. “I feel that we’re a competitive team so we’re going to compete no matter what. We work hard [at] practice, the coaches push us so I think we’ll do good in the couple games we have left. As far as me, I see myself and I’ve

grown a lot mentally, emotionally and I went through a lot here being away from home,” Smith said.

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Brett Favre’s Decision-making Ability is Vikings’ Problem Now By Michael Hunt

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (MCT)

Apparently, the only thing iffier than a football in Brett Favre's hands during the playoffs is a retirement decision in his head. The good thing is his American Hamlet act is now playing at theaters throughout Minnesota, and none east of the Mississippi. You wanted him so badly over there? Now you have to deal with everything that comes with the entire Brett Favre package, postseason malfunctions and career vacillations included. That's part of it, my horned friends to the northwest. Along with 4,000 yards passing and the occasional daytrip to Lourdes, there are maintenance costs associated with managing a whole new winter season. Along with Timberwolves basketball and Twins hot stove, you've now got the Favre Watch, and let me tell you, it isn't cheap. We're so glad it's your problem now. Two whole football off-seasons without the related No. 4 clutter can be very liberating. Eventually, you'll see. Over here, we only have two

comparatively trivial pieces of business to attend to, if and when your television salesman cashes his last purple-inked check. Actually, make that one. When will the prodigal son be allowed to come home to have his number put up on the Lambeau facade? A lot of people around here are still plenty sore at him for sticking it to the Packers with his boorish Vikings fixation, but people around here also tend to forgive and forget at a rate higher than the national average. So let's make it one year for each game he beat the Packers this season, which would allow the Green Bay retirement ceremony to coincide with the expiration of the Mayan calendar. Sounds like good timing. And if Favre happens to honor his contract and play a second season with the Vikings, apply the same terms. If the Packers sweep next year, the door immediately swings open. I'm guessing he's coming back, for all the usual reasons. Beyond the truth of Darren Sharper's testimony that Favre has 13 million reasons to return,

he was undeniably great this season. There, I admitted it. If he can still play like he did at age 40, why not? He doesn't need another Super Bowl ring to verify his place in history. He's pretty much set as one of the top five or six quarterbacks ever. Even Favre's history of playoff failure doesn't tarnish that legacy. But if we're going to bring that up, we might as well get around to the second piece of business we weren't going to raise, mostly because the answer has become so self-evident. Were the Packers worse for not having Favre these last two seasons? Do you even have to ask anymore? The simple answer is the Packers are much better off for allowing Aaron Rodgers to begin his career. They are so far ahead of the game with a 25-year-old quarterback with two years of experience that it's not even debatable. If you don't believe the NFL has completely become a young-

Brett Favre sulking after his loss to the Saints. To retire..or not to retire? Brian Peterson /MCT Campus

ish quarterback's league, look at the Super Bowl entrants. Besides, it's now clear the Packers wouldn't have made the '08 playoffs with an injured Favre or got to the Super Bowl this year with a Hall of Famer who forever seems destined to misfire when it matters most. Of course, they were better off without him. But Favre got another shot,

and good for him. He proved a lot of things, just not the Main Thing. And, sure, in the interim he could be a knucklehead like your teenage son, but eventually he's going to be our knucklehead again. We'll leave a green light on for you. Truth be told, you never looked good in purple.



The Minaret | January 29, 2010

Former Golf Pro Finds Home with Popular Broadcasting Voice Daniel Feingold Sports Writer

Becoming a part of the media in the sporting world does not come easy. Many individuals wish to acquire a job in the sports broadcasting industry, but because of its competitiveness, only a small portion reach their goal. Steve Duemig, sports talk radio host for Clear Channel’s local a.m. station, 620 WDAE, did not set out to be a broadcaster. However, after a career as a professional golfer, Duemig found himself voicing his opinions over the Tampa Bay airwaves. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Duemig was a talented young golfer. Duemig explained his home state was not the ideal place to play the sport he loved. “I decided that after a couple of big time snow balls, golf in the north was not going to be my cup of tea,” Duemig said. With the few belongings he possessed, Duemig moved to Florida in 1977. He continued his professional golf career until 1991 while also getting a job as an Assistant Golf pro. In 1991, in what Duemig described as a “right place, right time” situation, his career changed direction. Then-

owner of a retail golf business, Duemig was offered to advertise for one of the first all-sports radio stations without format, 910 WFNS in Brandon. “They asked me to be an advertiser on a one-hour golf show on a Saturday morning and I told them ‘yeah, I would do that’, and we did; and after about three weeks, the guy who did the show left, [and] moved to New York. So, they came to [me] and asked me if I would want to do the show,” Duemig explained. Duemig stayed with WFNS until 1997 when it was bought out and its format was changed from sports to music. Shortly after, Duemig received a phone call from 1250 WHNZ, which later became 620 WDAE. Duemig was asked to join the new station and help build its foundation. Today, 620 WDAE “The Sports Animal” is the flagship station for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Rays and Buccaneers broadcasts, among others. Duemig has cemented his afternoon time slot on 620 for several years, and he is a popular listen on the long drive home in traffic. However, he does not credit himself for the success and popularity he has gained in the Tampa Bay area. “I haven’t made myself popu-

lar,” Duemig said. “The audience and the listeners have made me popular.” Along with his reputation and the devoted listeners who support him, there are also dedicated listeners who dislike Duemig, for whatever reasons. Duemig does not see that as a problem, however. “Well I don’t let that bother me because the deal is- they’re still listening,” said Duemig. If they all hate you, they’re not gonna listen. If they all love you, it’s boring, so I don’t mind the mix at all.” With Duemig being on air for just a few hours each day, a misconception about his job is that it is easy and not time consuming. Duemig says that belief is incorrect. “A lot of people that think it’s an ‘oh, I wish I had your job, it’s a three hour, four hour job’- no. It’s an eight hour or nine hour job, if you want to do it right,” Duemig said. Duemig detailed his work day, which begins at 7 a.m. with a cup of coffee and the local newspaper. He then goes online for the next five hours to read national newspapers and sports websites. Jerry Petuck, Duemig’s producer for over a decade, can vouch for Duemig’s hard work.

“I’ve never seen anybody with a work ethic like him,” Petuck said. “I’ve worked with talk show hosts and produced shows where the producer does all of the homework, [and] basically the two guys that are up there on the air are talking heads that have no idea what they’re talking about. Steve isn’t like that. Steve busts his butt and he strives to be the best.” Relationships are a critical part of the media industry, as Duemig must maintain them with both the Clear Channel staff and professional athletes. As previously mentioned, Duemig has been working with the same producer for several years. He also has established close friendships with some of his fellow broadcasters. “It was those relationships and the close knit-ness that I think helped mold and build this radio station,” said Duemig. As for professional athletes, Duemig believes it is a matter of trust and respect. “I give my opinions on how they’re doing their jobs, and I think from a player’s stand point, they know as long as you’re fair, they don’t have a problem with it,” Duemig said. “That trust factor is number one.” Duemig is frequently referred to as the “The Big Dog” while on

the air, and though he can sound intimidating and aggressive, his personality off the air shows otherwise. “He could come across rude, he could come across crass. He’s real in your face and that’s what people expect to see when you meet him,” Petuck said. I’m not gonna say [it’s] all an act on the radio, because it isn’t; but when you first meet him outside of radio, it’s the total opposite. The guy’s a class act. At work, he’s a pro’s pro. Outside of work, he’s just a good guy.” Whether on the radio or in person, Duemig has made it clear that he loves Tampa Bay and loves his job particularly because of its originality on a daily basis. “One thing about sports talk radio is it’s never the same two days in a row, so it’s very difficult to get bored with your job, because sports changes on a daily basis,” said Duemig. Duemig’s show airs on weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 620 WDAE and also streams online at

Tampa Basketball has Won Six of its Past Seven Conference Games From “Basketball” [15] the inside game,” Jessee said. “We were double-teaming in there, and we gave up some shots on the perimeter. So we made the adjustment to speed them up a bit.” On the offensive end, UT shot 5-for-11 in three-pointers in the first half and led by 12 at the

break. They bumped it up to 7-for12 in the second half and 12-for23 (52.2%) overall. Barry’s long-range shooters were also busy, going 10-for-31 on three-point shots but not matching Tampa’s consistency. The Buccaneers scored zero bench points and no player had more than nine. “We were extremely confi-

dent coming into this game,” Gianna Messina said. “Coach was telling us not to have a letdown this game, and I think we came out and handled business.” At 17-2 and in first place in the SSC, the Spartans believe they can repeat as conference champions despite the bull’s-eye on their back. “This group has a mindset

about taking the next step,” Jessee said. “We want to win a regular season championship by ourselves and not be co-champions like we were a year ago. We want to win the regional tournament, something that hasn’t been done here. But we can’t worry about too much more than our next opponent.” Another story developed late

in the game with Tampa forward Tiara Cook. The senior took what appeared to be an accidental arm to the face and fell to the floor. Cook stayed down for a minute, but got to her feet and stayed in the game until the remaining starters were pulled. Jessee said she was “fine” afterwards and would be back for the team’s next outing.

Blogger Predicts Superbowl; Chooses Manning over Brees on

By Sam Gerb Sports Blogger

Colts will win Super Bowl XLIV(44). And the reasoning is plain and simple. The Colts have Peyton Manning, who I believe is the greatest quarterback of alltime, regardless of a win or loss in this game. No one commands a team like General Manning and things will be no different come the night of Feb. 7. So much for the Jets being the number one rated defense in the league. After Manning got through putting a thirty spot on them, they looked pretty much run

of the mill. Peyton’s numbers for the game were absurd; 377 passing yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions or fumbles. With these numbers that Manning put up on the number one overall defense in football, I’m baffled how anyone can pick the Saints to win this football game. The Saints have the 26th passing defense in the league. That’s right behind the one-win St. Louis Rams. Sure the Saints have Drew Brees and a solid running game, but he can’t play both sides of the ball. I just can’t foresee the Saints

stopping Peyton at all in this game. It wouldn’t surprise me if Peyton surpassed in AFC Championship performance and passed for over 400 yards against the lowly Saints defense. And the good thing for the Colts is that the pressure has finally been lifted off Peyton’s shoulders because they actually have a formidable defense themselves this year. With an exemplary offense and above average defense, the Colts will be too much to handle for the offensive-minded Saints. The Colts defense gave up a little more than 200 ypg in the air during the regular season and if the Saints want to even have a fighting chance, Brees is going to have to match Manning every step of the way. Even though I think the Colts will eventually run away with this game, obviously the Saints do have a chance of winning this game. And this chance is going to

have to be manufactured with the ground game. Pierre Thomas is a very underrated starting back in the league, mostly due to the fact that Reggie Bush gets most of the attention, but Thomas has had a very solid postseason so far and will probably be the Saints x-factor for the game. The Colts had the 24th ranked rush defense during the regular season, which the Saints need to try and exploit. But the Colts showed some real toughness against the Jets’ running game, which ranked number one all year. The Colts rush defense held the Jets to only and astonishing 86 yards on the ground. And yes, rookie running back Shonn Greene did get injured in the second half, but the Jets were having a good amount of success at that point through the air. I do think Thomas and Bush could put up big numbers on the ground, but I think that their efforts will fall short. Even though the Colts

struggled with the rushing game against the Jets, frankly they just don’t need one because they have Peyton Manning. And what makes Peyton Manning great is that he makes other players great. If anyone said that Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie would both have 100+ yard games receiving in the AFC Championship at the beginning of the season, then they would be big fat lairs. Garcon and Collie create a 4-headed monster for the Colts. Both Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark had so-so games, but even when these two pro bowlers aren’t the focus of the offensive attack, Manning can simply make his third and fourth options into serious threats. Read the full blog at

“Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost. ” -Martina Navratilova


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Baseball is Back

Baseball: The University of Tampa baseball team will kick off its season on Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. UT enters the season coming off a 39-17 record in 2009. Tampa returns two of its top three hitters in outfielder Jared Simon and designated hitter Mike Schwartz. Tampa also returns Carmine Giardina. Giardina was drafted in the 22nd round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but chose to return for his final year of eligibility.

Five Straight

M. Basketball: The men’s basketball program has now dropped five straight conference games. Most recently UT fell to the Barry Buccaneers and Florida Southern by a combined total of eight points. UT will face Palm Beach Atlantic before hosting Florida Tech on Jan. 30.

SSC Honors W. Basketball: The University of Tampa welcomed its first SSC player of the week honors. The award for Gianna Messina marks the third time in her career she has won the award. Messina now ranks second on the team in scoring, with 13.4 points per game and has sunk 39 three-pointers.

Tampa Lacks Inside Game as it Drops Five Straight Ryan Burkett Sports Writer

The University of Tampa men’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker to Barry University 77-75 Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Spartans to 8-8 on the season, with a 3-5 record in conference play. UT has now lost five games in a row. The first half was a back-andfourth affair with five tied scores and eight lead changes. Tampa recaptured the lead with seconds remaining in the half and entered halftime with a 40-37 advantage. The Spartans led for the majority of the second half before the Buccaneers pulled ahead with 6:39 remaining. The two teams exchanged the lead for the remainder of the game, and Barry led 75-73 before junior Rashad Callaway hit a jumper with 19 seconds left to tie it. Barry took possession and drove up the court, culminating with Erick Nsangou’s game-winning layup with 4.4 seconds to go. Senior Anthony LaBruno led the Spartans and all players with 27 points, shooting 10-11 from

the field and 4-5 from three-point range. LaBruno also led all players with seven rebounds and tied Callaway for the team lead with three steals. Freshman Callum Townsend added 15 points, all from behind the ark. Callaway and sophomore Ashton Graham rounded out UT’s double-digit scorers with 12 points each. Now 16 games into the season, the team realizes what needs to be improved as they carve an identity. “Our biggest problem is that we have no inside game,” Tampa head coach Richard Schmidt said. “And we have to rebound a little better.” Schmidt cited the team’s youth and the transfer of 6’9” Matt Tomaszewski to Syracuse as primary reasons for the team’s lack of rebounding prowess. Despite the tough loss and continuing losing streak, the team sees its effort as progress. “We’re getting better,” Schmidt said. “I think we’re heading in the right direction.” “We’re definitely looking to get some wins toward the end of the season,” LaBruno said.

Anthony LaBruno and Callum Townsend pushing the pace against Barry. Abby Sanford/The Minaret

Twin Shooters Help Lead UT to Conference Wins By Brenton Burkett Sports Writer

For the UT women’s basketball team, good things come in twos – and threes. Twin sisters Gianna and Catriana Messina combined for 11 three-pointers as they helped lead No. 16 Tampa (17-2, 7-1 SSC) to victory Jan. 23 at the Martinez Center. They soundly defeated the Sunshine State Conference rival Barry Buccaneers (12-5, 4-3 SSC) 63-39. The win pushed the Spartans’ winning streak to four games. The Messina sisters provided the Spartans’ offensive spark. Gianna scored with 23 points, shooting 7-for-9 from three-point range. Catriana came off the bench to deliver 14 points while going 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. They finished the game as its top two scorers. The Messinas combined for 37 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and two steals.

No. 16 W. Basketball

“I haven’t played too well at home this year,” Gianna Messina said. “So I tried to just stay focused. I think I shook the jinx.” “There’s a level of comfort when you have your twin on the court with you. But we’re a very balanced team and we just look for the extra pass. If (Catriana) happens to be the pass, it looks like a twin thing. But we’re just trying to find the open person.” The game wasn’t one-sided the whole way. Barry led 14-6 less than six minutes in. Tampa fought back and shut down Barry’s offense, limiting the Buccaneers to 18 first half points. Spartans coach Tom Jessee credited the shift in momentum to a slight tweak in his team’s defensive scheme. “We were trying to take away

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Jan. 30 @ 2 p.m. vs. Florida Tech

Jan. 30 @ 4 p.m. vs. Florida Tech

>>> Tampa is riding a four game win streak and will look to continue the winning ways against conference opponent Florida Tech. UT most recently took down the Barry Buccaneers.

>>> Following a game against Palm Beach Atlantic Tampa will host Florida Tech. Tampa is on a five-game skid and will look to turn the tide against the conference opponent.

Gianna Messina working against a Barry defender.

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Baseball Feb. 2 @ 6 p.m. vs. Embry Riddle >>> Tampa will open its season at home against the Embry-Riddle Eagles. Following the home game UT will travel to Georgia College & State for a three game stint.

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Vol. 76 No.17

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Vol. 76 No.17