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Swimmers, Basketball Score Successful Seasons By Olivia Gylnn Asst. Sports Editor

Two University of Tampa swimmers returned from the Houston, Texas, as national champions. Jessie Bardin took one firstplace finish, while Alex Hetland was able to earn the top spot two times at the 2009 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships at the Winter

Festival. The UT men’s team finished in the eighth spot nationally and the women earned the 12th spot in the country. Bardin, a junior nursing major, won the 200 freestyle for the second time in two years and also finished third in the 500 freestyle. She now holds the UT record for the 500 freestyle event. Hetland finished first in the 200 See “Swimming”


By Brenton Burkett Sports Writer

UT’s Lady Spartans made a valiant effort this season that yielded a school-record 13 consecutive victories and their third Sunshine State Conference championship in four years Reaching the NCAA To u r n a m e n t f o r t h e f o u r t h consecutive season, as the South Regional No. 3 seed, the Spartans won a tournament game for the

first time in that stretch, knocking off No. 6 Clark Atlanta 70-63 on March 14. Their season ended the next day, ousted by No. 7 Ouachita Baptist 77-74 despite a strong comeback from a 24-point second half deficit. The 2008-09 team was very strong and, with only three seniors graduating, showed signs of only getting better. UT led the conference in a See “B-ball”


Divide and Conquer: P.E.A.C.E. Volunteers Extend a Hand Twice By Rebecca Zimmer Staff Writer

This spring break, which members looked beyond just having fun this. Instead of saying “What can I do for fun this spring break?” they asked, “What can we do to help others?” P.E.A.C.E. volunteers traveled to Waveland, Miss. and Maryville, Tennessee. This was the first year that the PEACE organization offered two alternative spring break trips. This new option enabled more students the opportunity to give back. The Waveland, Miss. trip, led by junior Hannah Duprey ASB cocoordinator, worked on rebuilding a house for a couple affected by Hurricane Katrina. The twelve UT students who went on this trip installed insulation, sheetrock, dry wall. They also leveled the ground beneath the house and built a porch. Katrina Vidal, ASB coordinator, recalled the woman whose house they were rebuilding; “She

was glowing everyday as she saw her house progressing.” UT junior Kristine Kodytek said the group got a lot done even though they didn’t have a lot of experience. "We didn’t know how much we could help, but it turned out we did a lot and they are a lot further along now in the process of rebuilding their home.” Although Mississippi didn’t get the publicity that New Orleans did after Hurricane Katrina, the state was still severely affected by the storm, which led P.E.A.C.E. to choose that area. The Tennessee trip also proved to be a huge success. Volunteers, led by ASB co-coordinator Christina Smith, worked in various places including in a senior citizens community, a child development center, and a park. They also picked up trash, and worked in the Cherokee National Forest. The UT students who went on the Tennessee trip stayed with a host family. The group stayed with a host family. “It opened up so many doors

Kristine Kodytek (left) and Hannah Duprey (right) hold insulation Photo by Hannah Duprey

and helped us focus on what exactly who we want to help, which is the Cherokee community and the environment,” Volunteers on the Tennessee trip focused more on the environment. They were made aware of environmental issues and taught ways to preserve nature.

Duprey said that some of the volunteers never experienced volunteering before and they really enjoyed themselves. “The alternative spring break trips was a real success. It shows that the organization is moving forward and more people than ever are participating,” Duprey said.

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“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give. ”

The University of Tampa appointed Dr. James Gore of USF St. Petersburg as their new dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences. As dean, Gore will oversee the departments of biology, chemistry and physics, exercise science and sport studies and nursing. After working at the University of South Florida for five years, Gore made the decision to switch to UT because he said he likes its dynamic developments. “It’s a stable and productive liberal arts institution and that’s what I like,” he said. Gore also enjoys the smaller class sizes. “I like getting to know each student personally, which is why I’ve always been drawn to working at smaller universities,” Gore said. Photo by UT Office of Gore Public Information specializes in studying sea turtles, streams and rivers and plans to organize a trip to Southern Africa where he can teach about these subjects first hand. The course name will be Natural History of Southern Africa and he hopes to be teaching the course by this fall. Gore has already organized similar trips with USF's St. Petersburg campus where he took students to Cape Town, Madagascar and Botswana. Growing up in New Mexico, Gore came from a family of scientists. His parents worked on the Manhattan project at the University of California in the Los Alamos Laboratory where the atomic bomb was first developed. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, Gore spent some time flying F-4 Phantom jets in Vietnam during the war. He was shot down and kept as a prisoner for some time. Gore then went on to complete his Master’s and Doctorate at the University of Montana. From 1994-1996, he served as the director and senior scientist of the See “Dean”


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Award-Winning Author to Speak on Economic Crisis Thursday By Jeffrey Palmer Special to The Minaret

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The foreclosure crisis is threatening the American way of life, Dr. Todd Swanstrom says. He is an award-winning author of six influential books and one of this nation’s most respected authorities on public policy. Swanstrom will visit the University of Tampa on March 26 for a presentation on the current foreclosure crisis. He is a graduate of Princeton University and currently teaches Public Policy and Community Collaboration at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Swanstrom is also engaged in numerous programs benefiting nearby communities. Although an established expert in both social integrity and neighborhood dynamics, Swanstrom believes the issues facing

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the nation today are far more than just fields of study. He has devoted much of his time and career to the Des Lee foundation, a network of concerned and knowledgeable individuals dedicated to reforming and strengthening communities. In particular, Swanstrom will be discussing the implications of his newest book, which is a recipient of the Michael Harrington award, "Place Matters," and the course of action he sees as most

UT Oxford Program Looking to Send More Students By JP Busche Staff Writer

Every semester, three students have the opportunity to study in Oxford for a semester. The program was initiated by the former Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Frank Gillen, in the 1980s. Sending originally just one student to Oxford, UT was able to increase the number of honors students spending a semester abroad to three. The students are chosen based on their academic performance (a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 is required), a 200 word essay and an interview conducted by the faculty Honors Committee. Furthermore, a letter of recommendation by a professor must be submitted. If admitted to the program, students also have to present one paper which was written in Oxford. “Studying at Oxford enriches the learning process of our students beyond the UT experience,” Dr. Gary Luter, Director of the Honors Program, said. Studying in Oxford is very different from a typical college experience. UT students abroad normally take two classes, which translates to about 14 credit hours.

Instead of having regular class, students meet with a "Don,” an Oxford professor. “There is a lot of reading to do and that takes up the majority of my time,” said junior Shane Twaddell, a history major. He is currently studying at Oxford, taking two classes in British history. His workload is not easy; every week he must submit three papers. Nevertheless, Oxford is full of tradition and history, one of Twaddell’s tutors used to be a speech writer for Winston Churchill. “Oxford uses very nuanced grading systems,” said Dr. Luter. Grades at Oxford consist of greek letters, such as alpha alpha alpha and alpha beta and an additional plus or minus behind it, depending on a students performance. Moreover, the transcript will be enriched by a narrative report. “UT students going abroad perform well," Dr. Luter said. The expenses for the semester abroad are entirely covered by the tuition paid to UT. For the future development of the program, Luter said it would be beneficial to have a sponsor. With the additional funding, UT would be able to send more students abroad.

likely to end the current foreclosure crisis. The core sentiment Swanstrom hopes to express is his belief in the power of individual communities to charter their own course and, with sufficient government backing, resolve the many problems resulting from foreclosure. He rejects the classical view that one solution fits all and advocates instead a more independent approach, one befitting the incredible diversity and distinctiveness of neighborhoods across America. Swanstrom is most optimistic about President Barack Obama’s new resolution regarding the foreclosure crisis, specifically his promise to divert nearly $80 billion to ease the desperation of countless homeowners and offer incentives to lenders to work with, rather than against, those dependent upon them. He sees this

as a hopeful sign that the government, an invaluable ingredient of the healing salve which must be applied to the American economy, is finally recognizing its obligation to take action. “Collaboration among local governments, nonprofits and lenders is essential to address the crisis, but without supportive state and federal policies, local groups can only chip away at the edges of the foreclosure crisis,” Swanstrom said. This new plan, he feels, is perhaps the first glimmer of hope in an age of uncertainty, a candle held against the shadow looming over the struggling American economy, which, if left unchecked, threatens to engulf us all. Swanstrom’s presentation will take place in Reeves Theater at 4 p.m. The event is free.

Greek Week Schedule Friday March 20 in the Vaughn Courtyard at 6 p.m.: • • • • •

Opening Ceremonies barbeque (sponsored by Smoke) Exec. Board Stroll Presentation of NHPC Greek god or Goddess

Saturday March 21 10 a.m. •

“Impacting our Communities”- community service in Tampa

Monday March 23 at the IM fields at 9 p.m. • • • • •

Olympic Games President’s Egg Toss Tug-of-War Obstacle course Food Eating Contest

Tuesday March 24 at 7: p.m. •


Wednesday March 25 at 8 p.m. • •

Greek Awards Night Greek God and Goddess

Thursday March 26 •

Stroll Competition

Minaret Places Seventh in National Contest By Charlie Hambos Asst. Editor-in-chief

The Minaret’s website, www., received 7th place for Newspaper Website in the Best of Show Awards at the Associated Collegiate Press Journalism Convention in San Diego. The awards were given to the newspapers that were registered at the convention and submitted their newspaper’s website into the competition. College Newspapers from around the country as well as Canada participated in the convention. placed

ahead of The Miami Hurricane. The University of Miami’s student newspaper. Following The Miami Hurricane was Fordham University’s Observer in New York.

UT students from WUTT, the on-campus radio station, went to the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System conference in New York City during the first week of March where they met with radio personalities and went to workshops. The groups was accompanied by their advisor, Professor Valerie Ingram-Hinkley. Photo by Cristobal Gomez


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Final reading for the SG constitutional amendments will be next week at SG on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in Reeves Theater.

Ethan Zohn, winner of Survivor will speak on April 7 at 8:30 p.m. in Fletcher Lounge.

Life After UT presentation will be on Friday, March 27 from 1-5 p.m. in John Sykes 134.

SG Constitution Amendments: Section 4.01 The Student Body President is charged with proposing the budget for the Student Government funded organizations for the following academic year for approval by the legislature. The presient shall assemble a committee of no less than five individuals to help him/her in the authoring of the budget. Only that committee can edit the specifics of the allotments if the proposal is re jected by the legislature.

Section 5.03 The Judicial Branch shall consist of a Chairperson of the Judicial Committee, the chairpersons of the Student Conduct Office’s Conduct Boards, one appointee from each of the four col leges, and four Student Body President Appointees. Appointees must then gain a majority ap proval of the Student Senate in order to serve in their positions.

Section 6.01 Officers of Student Government subject to the following qualifications shall be the President, Vice President of Government, VP Programming, Speaker of the Assembly, and Chairperson of the Judicial Committee.

A student eligible to hold an office must not hold a position as President in any other campus organization.

UT Appoints College of Arts and Letters Dean By Charlie Hambos Asst. Editor-in-chief

UT’s newly elected dean of the College of Arts and Letters wants to start his position on a good note. Well-known organist and academic, Dr. Haig Mardirosian, accepted the position after 30 years of service at the American University. Most recently, Mardirosian was the senior vice provost, dean of academic affairs and professor of music at American University. An accomplished composer, musician, and professor, Mardirosian brings a lot of enthusiasm and pride to the Arts and Letters department. "The University of Tampa has proven to be a place of enormous energy and creativity," Mardirosian said. "I am both grateful and elated to have been invited to help advance the mission and reputation of its College of Arts and Letters." As Dean of Academic Affairs at AU he worked with all of the faculty, making hiring and firing

Photo by Dr. Haig Mardirosian

decisions, as well as tenure and promotion recommendations. He also oversaw the Honors Program, graduate affairs, graduate funding, General Education Program, and the Study Abroad Program in addition to other positions and leadership roles. Mardirosian received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from the Catholic University of America. His passion is as an organist,

UT Business Profs to Hold Economic Crisis Panel By Cristobal Gomez Staff Writer

The John H. Sykes College of Business and the UT Board of Fellows are hosting a panel discussion on the economic crisis on Wednesday April 1st. The free event will be held on the 9th floor of Vaughn Center, kicking off with a breakfast at 7:15 a.m. followed by the discussion at 7:45 a.m. The event is sponsored by Storr Office Environments and features six economic and finance professors from the Sykes College of Business. The panel will be moderated by the associate dean of the Sykes

College of Business, Dr. Cheri Etling. The panel includes: Barbara Weiss, assistant professor of economics; Marcus Ingram, associate professor of finance; Brian Kench, associate professor of economics; John Stinespring, assistant professor of economics; Speros Margetis, associate professor of finance; and Charles Skipton, assistant professor of economics. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVPs are requested at svanblarcium@ Cristobal Gomez can be reached at

compiling multiple compilations and studying the famous composers such as Bach and Mozart. He writes articles for The American Organist and contributes to several other periodicals. He is currently the organist at the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes in Washington, D.C. He was one of two American organists to play at the only Soviet-American Organ Music Festival in 1989. UT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Janet McNew is excited that Mardirosian accepted the position and looks forward to working with him. "We are very fortunate indeed to attract such an artist, scholar and academic leader to nurture this fledgling college.” Zach Fraser also contributed to this article. Check out Dr. Haig Mardirosian’s website at or his Wikipedia site at Haig_Mardirosian. Charlie Hambos can be reached at From “Dean”: Front Page Environmental Protection Division of The Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Since 1978, Gore’s research expertise in aquatic ecology, hydrology and conservation, has had nearly $4.5 million of funded research proposals and contracts. Gore says the UT faculty in the College of Natural and Health Sciences seems like a good group of people and he is excited to start working with them. “The students seem to love their teachers and that’s what I like to see, students respecting their teachers and teachers respecting their students,” Gore said.


From One Artist to Another: UT Hosts SEA Conference Saturday By Jillian Randel Staff Writer

On Saturday March 21, UT will be hosting the Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference. The conference will last all day with various speakers covering all aspects of art including: film, literary, performing, and visual arts. Suzanne Williamson, director of the conference said the conference is trying to encourage aspiring artists, both students and people interested in the arts, as well as, working artists. "One of the things about being an artist is that you don’t always learn how to support yourself. Our main theme is to encourage and inspire artists so they don’t give up on their art and to give them strategies to help them think of how to be financially stable,” Williamson said. One keynote speaker, Bob Devin Jones, has established his own art performance space The Studio at 620 in St. Pete. “He considers it an artist collective where he combines his ideas with others ideas and arts. He is a person who knows how to do things and only knows the word ‘yes’,” Williamson said. At the conference, Jones will

talk about the genesis and growth of his place. Another speaker at the conference is attorney Brent C.J. Britton who is going to talk about art law and what artists need to do to protect their branding and copyright. “It is a place where you see people who have figured out how to make it work and what it means to be an artist in the real world where you have to make a living,” Williamson said. The conference will be held on the 9th floor of Vaughn Center from 9:00 to 5:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8:15. More information can be found at seaconference. Jillian Randel can be reached at

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Sykes Closes Firm in Minot, ND. By Sarah Gottlieb Staff Writer

Steel framing was recently built on the site of the future Sykes chapel Photo by Abby Sanford

Construction Plans Move Forward, Completion Delayed until March 2010 By Liz Harrington Staff Writer

The end of spring break means that students are in the final stretch of the academic semester. Things seem to be speeding up – classes, projects, graduation and campus ambiance in general. The construction site that will be the future home of the University’s campus chapel is no exception to spring fever. Over the past week outside of Plant Hall, workers began to extend a chilled water line from the library for use on construction sites, as well as other buildings. A water line like this provides a systematic air conditioning unit, in comparison to the box window units many aged buildings and dorms on campus currently use. Bill Neyland, senior project manager of design and construction services of facilities management said that because the library has an excess amount of cooling water, the university is going to examine other buildings that might be capable of taking advantage of new AC. By next fall, an AC unit will be installed on the west side of

McKay, ending the run of the old window units. The old post office is another site the crew hopes to improve with the new AC expansion. As for the chapel construction, Neyland and the crew are excited that the work has finally started to speed up. “Even though we had the steel to make up the framework, we were just waiting for the final okay to begin,” he said. The project’s approximate due date is March of 2010, but after making sure the venture reached a point of no return, the construction company is excited to get the job done. Sometime around the first week of April, the 65-foot wooden beams that will frame the outside of the chapel will arrive, providing students and faculty alike a glimpse at just how impressive the building’s accent on campus will be. “From a construction standpoint, everything is going really well,” Neyland said. Liz Harrington can be reached at

Sykes Enterprises, the company founded by University of Tampa trustee John H. Sykes, will be closing one of its offices this May. The office in Minot, North Dakota will be closing its doors because-- as surprising as this may seem in the current economy-- it can’t find enough employees to hire. Sykes Enterprises, a firm that focuses in computer customer support services for corporations, opened the call center in Minot in 1996. Recently, the company want-

ed to increase the number of its employees to 450. However, so few people applied that now the office plans to close on May 10, an act that will cut 200 current jobs. “We’ve been working for several months there [in Minot] to find applicants for work, since we have been experiencing significant growth in the US,” Sykes spokeswoman Andrea Burnett told the AFP. North Dakota is one of the few states in the country that has not buckled under the national unemployment trend. While the country’s unemployment rate was at 8.1 percent

in February, North Dakota’s unemployment rate stayed at 5.1 percent, one of the lowest in the nation. Minot particularly, a city of about 40,000, has not been hit as hard as other cities by the current economic turmoil. Based in agricultural commodities and oil production, and home to a US Air Force base, it has been doing well despite the recession. Sykes Enterprises, based in Tampa, currently operates customer services in the US, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

“Full” Sign Aims to Ease Parking Search

By Delaney Spoerl Staff Writer

A newly added sign outside the University of Tampa's Thomas Parking Garage reads “full,” but it is often dismissed by those entering. Last August, the parking spaces around Walker Hall were removed. What used to be commuter parking on North B Street became available in the Thomas Parking Garage, and 18 parking spaces for visitors remained. The office of Business Communications was in charge of putting up the sign. The sign is programmed electronically to count the number of cars coming in. Kevin Howell, assistant director of UT Campus Safety and Security, said, “The sign comes on as full but no one really pays attention to it.” The twelve spots for motorcycles are taken into account along with a small amount of surplus parking to assure a spot for those coming in or not able to fit. With approximately 900 stu-

The electronic “full” sign counts the number of cars entering the garage Photo by Abby Sanford

dents residing off campus each year, finding a parking spot is not always easy. Kristen George, a UT commuter student, said, “The only time I have a huge problem finding a place to park is when there is something happening on campus. I’m not a freshman anymore so I don’t have to park in West, but I do sometimes if I can‘t find a spot or think it‘ll take too long.”

Marc McCaleb, a freshman, said, “Last semester two of my teachers would come in late and sweaty because they couldn’t find parking.” Whether or not the parking situation on campus will change is unknown. Delaney Spoerl can be reached at

Volunteers (above) in Maryville, Tenn. and others (below) rebuilding a house in Waveland, Miss. Photos by Hannah Duprey and Molly Murphy

Alternative Spring Break 2009 Maryville, Tenn. & Waveland, Miss.

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The Minaret | March 20, 2009 previous meal started to smoke as he cooked his new meal. The officers ventilated the room and the hallway to get rid of the smoke and reset the smoke detector.

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was given information to bring his sugar content up further and was left in his room.

Compiled From Reports Provided By UT Security Student receives fist to face followed by face full of bush. Two students responded to the Vaughn Center lobby where they met with security on March 7. One of the students reported that he had been walking back to campus when an unknown man approached him and began to verbally attack him in the Plant Hall lot. The subject then struck the student causing him to fall into some nearby bushes, injuring his face. The altercation was witnessed by another student, but neither knew the subject other than he possibly belongs to a fraternity on campus. Quick -- this student needs CANDY! Officers were called to a McKay Hall room in reference to an unresponsive student on March 7. Upon arrival the officers were advised by the roommate that he had returned home from work and found his roommate passed out on the desk. Attempts to get the student to wake up were unsuccessful and Tampa Fire Rescue was called to the scene. Paramedics arrived and learned that the student was a diabetic and was possibly unresponsive due to his sugar level. He was treated for low sugar and became responsive to the paramedics. He

At least he wasn’t looking at porn … or was he? Officers were called to the computer center lab on March 7 by lab staff in reference to a subject who was refusing to leave. Upon arrival of the officers, the staff advised they were trying to close and lock the lab for the night, but the subject refused to leave the lab. Officers talked to the subject and asked for identification. He refused to talk to the officers or provide identification to them. When the officers were finally able to get the subject to stand, he started to walk outside, still refusing to identify himself. He walked toward the library only to find that it too was closed. He became more belligerent and verbally abusive to officers as they tried to determine his identity. He was finally handcuffed and his identification was obtained indicating he was a current resident student. He became compliant with officers and was released with a referral to the conduct board. Passed out drunk at 3:15 p.m. on a Sunday? And a nonUT student?? What’s the world come to? Officers received a call about a male subject in the bushes by the old post office at Plant Hall

on March 8. Upon arrival officers found a man lying in the bushes and recognized him as a subject they had previously removed from the property. The subject was detained and Tampa Police were called. The subject was formally arrested for trespassing and for an outstanding capias for theft. He was then transported to Tampa General Hospital for medical clearance as he was highly intoxicated and incoherent. Don’t piss off your roommates, kids. As an officer patrolled the floors on March 8, he found the door to a Vaughn Center room had been damaged as if someone had kicked it opened. An RA was contacted and she was made aware of the damage by the resident student. According to the student, he had returned to his room and found he was locked out. He tried to get his roommates to open the door, but they laughed and ignored him. He then kicked the door in to gain access. Sounds like he needs to stick with the mild sauce. Security received a call on March 9 about smoke on the eighth floor of Straz Hall. Upon arrival, officers observed smoke in the hallway and a detector sounding from a room. Officers met the resident of the room who stated he was cooking and some BBQ sauce from a

Yale Bans Laptops in All Class; UT Profs Unsure

Nothing gets in the way of the mail! A Chiselers member was transported back to his car that was parked in front of the post office loading dock area on March 10. Upon his return, he observed a small dent on the vehicle’s passenger side that he stated was not there previously. Review of the camera footage from the loading dock did not show any relevant information as to the cause of the damage.

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Yale professors aren’t the only ones to be thinking about the issue of laptops distracting students. Yale now forbids laptops, but some UT professors aren’t so harsh. “I have often struggled with this in the classroom; however, I have had experiences when a student was able to quickly research a class discussion topic,” said professor Anne-Marie Coats. “[It] added a dynamic, interactive element to the class discussion. When I see a student Web surfing, I remind them of their participation grade in class,” she said. Meanwhile, professor Martin Favata understood Yale’s decision. “I can understand why the professors at Yale did that and think that they are right to have done so,” he said. “The professor may truly find a student's use of the laptop to be a distraction to his or her lecture, just as would be the case when a student is text messaging or playing with some electronic device.”

Underage and overconfident Officers and RA’s responded to a Vaughn Center room for an alcohol violation complaint on March 12. Upon arrival, officers met with the residents and others inside the room. The occupants were advised of the reason for the visit and that a room search would be done. The officers located numerous articles of alcohol in plain sight and disposed of them at the scene. Several referrals were made to the conduct board as the students were less than 21 years of age. eh?

Coming in the back door,

An Urso Hall student was found to have allowed a nonstudent to reside with him for the week of March 15. The resident student had intentionally circumvented the security sign-in policy by bringing the subject through the back door to have access to the building. The resident student was referred to the conduct board.







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If a student is found with drugs or drug paraphernalia they will... ...lose housing. Residential and off-campus students will receive restricted access from all residential areas. placed on pending suspension. required to complete and pay for a full alcohol/other

drug assessment and comply with all recommendations. referred to the Tampa Police Department.

A second violation or a student found selling/distributing drugs will be suspended from the university.



Arts & Entertainment

1. Learn to juggle. 2. Try doing a handstand pushup. 3. Have a potluck dinner with friends. 4. Change your answering machine message. 5. Go to the store in a purposely mismatched outfit. 6. Compile a collage of old pictures for your bulletin board. 7. Bring dog treats to the park and see if you meet someone.

By Linda C Black Tribune Media Services

Aries (March 21-April 19) Don’t hide your light under a basket; get it out where folks can see it. Odds are good they’re looking for just what you have to offer. Let them know what you can do well. You can leave the stuff you do poorly under the basket. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Your plan is almost invisible. You’ve got your routine down pat. Others may not realize you set it up that way, but you did. Good work. Gemini (May 21-June 21) Continue to be just as thrifty as you can. You’re making a good impression on somebody you admire. Resist the temptation to spend, even if friends are doing it. Cancer (June 22-July 22) For the next four weeks, you’ll have more opportunities to be the big decision-maker. Others defer to you, or at least want your opinion. If you want to take over a dominant position, make your move! Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Finally, you have the chance to replenish your reserves. Pay off a couple of bills while you’re at it, just because you can. You’re entering a more prosperous phase, and not a moment too soon. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Listening is the most important part of communication. Somebody’s got to do it, or the

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message doesn’t get across. Do that now, for your mate. You’ll ease the worries. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You’re going into your annual “partnership” phase. Get partners for everything you do and multiply your free time immensely. You’re an excellent manager. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your workload will be increasing over the next few weeks. That’s okay, but the anxiety level may also go up. Proceed with confidence and show them all how the job’s done. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) The sun’s transit through Aries is a lucky time for you. It brings out your romantic side and your sense of humor. This week, you could win at both games and love. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) For the next several weeks, you’ll want to concentrate on home, family and real estate. Fix your place up the way you want it, or get another one. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You’ll have more reason to study during the next four weeks. A new idea or opportunity requires new skills. You have an aptitude for the subject. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? It’s not a sin to have plenty of money. You wouldn’t be a bad person. You’d probably give most of it away. You’re a natural philanthropist.

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UT Presents: A New Way To Pay Old Debts By Zach Fraser Asst. A&E Editor

The UT Department of Speech, Theater, and Dance prepare to show off their rendition of Philip Massinger’s famous comedy, “A New Way To Pay Old Debts.” A play that follows Frank Wellborn, a man determined to revive his own reputation as he confronts the lunacies along his own path to redemption, deals with romance, greed and a daring villain. T h e must-see comedy will take place Thursday through Sunday, March 26-28. The show begins at 8 p.m. in Falk Theater. It will conclude with its matinee show time Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is free for UT students, so make sure to bring your Spartan ID and come enjoy a play that is sure to entertain.

By Michelle Magner Staff Writer

Hang out with a side of clam dip! Here’s a comfort food to munch on while watching a movie, a sports game, or to eat before going out or before dinner. This recipe calls for ½ cup breadcrumbs. More can be added but not too much because the consistency will become that of stuffing. Fritos complement the dip with their salty flavor, but water crackers or any other chips you prefer can be used. The dip is usually a party favorite and is eaten up in one sitting. If you have any leftovers, they can be reheated. That’s the good part about this dip - it’s good for a couple of days after refrigeration! Ingredients: 2 (7.5oz) minced clams 1 tsp lemon juice 1 stick of butter 1 chopped onion 1 tsp green pepper 1 clove minced garlic 1 tsp chopped flat parsley 1 tsp Oregano ½ cup Italian breadcrumbs Dash of Tabasco and pepper

What: A New Way To Pay Old Debts Where: Falk Theatre When: March 26-28 @ 8 p.m. // March 29 @ 2 p.m. Cost: Free

By Micaela Lydon Staff Writer

Duplicity Clive Owen and Julia Roberts team up for an actionpacked fling that pits spy against spy. They are sent on a mission by rival companies to secure a formula that will bring fortune to its owner. In an attempt to outwit and outplay each other, they find themselves in a high stakes love affair that leaves them wondering who they can trust. Director: Tony Gilroy Running Time: 125 min Rating: PG-13

Knowing When an opened time capsule reveals a strange coded message, a local professor (Nicolas Cage) discovers that it has correctly predicted every major disaster in history. With three events still foretold, it is up to him and his son to prevent the imminent destruction of the universe. Director: Alex Proyas Running Time: 122 min Rating: PG-13

“Clam Dip” photo by Michelle Magner

Preparation: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a pot, add the clams and lemon juice and simmer for 10 minutes. In a pan, sauté the butter, onion, green pepper, garlic, parsley oregano, Tabasco and pepper. Stir until the butter is melted and the onions are clear. Mix the clam mixture into the sauté mixture and add the breadcrumbs. Stir until everything is mixed together. Place the mixture in an oven

save container and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the dip is bubbling. Usually this dish is served warm. When you reheat the leftovers, just pop the dish back into the oven for around 10 minutes. Enjoy!


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Don’t Judge, Bon Iver’s Beauty Lies Within

By Mike Trobiano Staff Writer

We’ve all heard the saying, “you can’t judge a book by its cover,” yet when we see a paperback on a bookshelf we almost always form an opinion in a matter of seconds. Despite if you believe this theory or not, I asked myself the same question about music: Do I judge a song by the first few seconds or after I’ve listened to it entirely? While their name may seem peculiar, Bon Iver is anything but strange. Deriving the name from the

French saying “Bon Hiver,” which translates to “good winter,” the trio of Justin Vernon, Mike Noyce and Sean Carey unite guitar and bass drum with simplistic raw vocals to create their trademark sound. While the group only released their first album in late 2007, the roots of their musical history stem considerably beyond just two short years. In his late teens, Vernon began his musical endeavor with the creation the band entitled, DeYarmond Edison in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, Vernon’s plans took an unexpected turn when he

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was diagnosed with mononucleosis uses electronic reverbs to layer of the liver. During his battle, Vernon’s vocals and builds an Vernon retreated to his father’s astonishing theatrical performance Wisconsin cabin for three months, for the ears. “I’m up in the woods I’m which inadvertently began his down on my mind I’m building return to music. Due to sickness, Vernon was a still to slow down the time,” bedridden and began watching the Vernon sings. After hearing it for the first show Northern Exposure. Inspired by the dialogue in an episode, the time, it reminded me of the song “Hide and Seek,” by Imogen Heap. band’s current name was born. With this jolt of revelation, he The beauty of the song is found in spent the rest of his time forming the continuously repeating lyrics melodies and small pieces of and the crescendo of Vernon’s music that would later shape their layered voices. Unlike most indie bands, the album. Vernon takes a non-traditional album took off and became a huge approach and allows the music to success on the charts as well as the speak to him before writing the television industry. In 2008, Rolling Stone lyrics. He translates his ideas into Magazine ranked the album no. 29 out of 50 in syllables and its best album of words based on After his long battle the year issue. the beats. Titling The album also the first album, with a liver illness, “For Emma, one musician proves hit it big on television, with Forever Ago,” that anything is songs appearing he released on House, One the collection possible Tree Hill and independently due to his humble impression of Grey’s Anatomy. For most bands, exposure of the tracks. He soon signed with the indie one of their songs on TV shows label, Jagjaguar, which in 2008, not only helps to boost their ego released the album formally under but also increases their record sales tremendously. the new label. For Bon Iver, however, it In Jan. 2009, the band released wasn’t just one track off the album. an EP entitled, “Blood Bank.” Similar in sound, the four Grey’s Anatomy has used three songs follow with the same of the tracks to date including, bravado as the first album but with “Skinny Love” in their fifth season opener. there own twist. I find it amazing that in less Using guitar and unique falsetto, Varnon discovers a new than two years, a band with only dimension with the tracks and 15 songs is able to have so much focuses his music in a slightly success. It just goes to show, you more refined light. However, after never really know something great hearing all four, “Woods,” can unless you look past its cover. To find more on Bon Iver visit clearly stand on its own. or Drifting from the comfort of his typical sound, the track

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MadWorld: A Wii-exclusive Interactive Visual Sensation

One gamer rates this Platinum Games Video Game of the Year creation a 9 out of 10 By Austin Ashby Staff Writer

Have you ever had a bad day at work and wanted to murder someone? Do you have homicidal tendencies and want to release them, but do not want to go to prison? “MadWorld,” a Wii-exclusive genocide driven game lets the inner serial killer in you blossom. First off, the presentation is simply amazing. The art style that was chosen for this game helps it to be one of the better looking games on the Nintendo Wii. When playing through “MadWorld,” you truly get the sense that there is no other way the game would have worked visually. The obvious Sin City (or Japanese graphic novel) rip helps cover up the Wii’s technical limitations, and it helps make this game a showcase title for the way to make a great looking game with the restrictions on the Wii. The story for “MadWorld” is surprisingly deeper than first glances would lead you to believe. There is an organization called Death Watch that runs a television show which involves killing people for points. The main character, Jack, is simply loveable. Jack is a flawed person; his view on humanity is very bleak, but his personality fits

the scenario which he is in. In the story, there is government conspiracy, the flaws of humans, the great characters, all very deep for a beat-em-up game. The story is a lot more complex than any other game in the genre. It also helps that the dialogue (and translation) is exceptional. When the announcers are talking about the events happening in the game, it can be hilarious to listen to, especially during the ending credits. The gameplay is fantastic, with the exception of one glaring flaw. The joy you will get picking up an enemy and finding a nice beautiful way of disposing of him is unparalleled. The developers offered many choices of how to brutally murder an enemy. During the matches, little challenges called Blood Bath will be opened when you acquire enough points, until the last fourth of the game; all of these events are unique. You will be using enemies as a dart board, throwing them against “special” body parts of females and playing bloody golf with them. There are many boss fights in “Madworld.” While none of them are particularly difficult on the normal setting, they are simply a ball to fight against.

The glaring flaw I mention before involves the camera. At times the camera will be so frustrating you’ll want to break the Wiimote. The audio is in a whole other dimension - it is simply fantastic. The music introduces some awesome hip-hop tracks which fits the game perfectly. The voice acting is simply excellent for 95 percent of the casts. At times, I seriously forgot I was playing a Japanese game. Though, the best voice-acting in the game comes from the two announcers which truly make you believe you are watching a television show and punch John Madden right in the balls of how to announce a game. Hearing John DiMaggio (otherwise Bender) talk is such a honor to hear while he is insulting the other announcer. “MadWorld” can be finished around six to seven hours depending on the player. Even though the game is short, it finishes right around the time the repetitiveness of all beat-em-up starts to take effect. It’s so damn fun however; you will feel satisfied by the game’s end. Bottom line, the last extremely violent game that was released on the Wii was “No More Heroes,” and it’s a great sight that another

one has been released. “MadWorld” lets your inner demons be released in the form of slaughtering enemies in creative, fun ways. Platinum Games has done a terrific job of creating this masterpiece of a game. “MadWorld” will stand as a showcase title of what third party

developers can do with the Wii. Any hardcore gamer looking for a reason to play their Wii again has no excuse not to pick up “MadWorld.” This is a Game of the Year contender and anyone not playing this gem of a game will surely be missing out.

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Forget Going Green, Go Brown

As the flowers bloom, grass grows, and pollen fills the air, one of the largest utility companies in the state, Tampa Bay Water is struggling to meet demand. Their reservoirs are dangerous with cracks in them and are rapidly drying up. The Southwest Florida Water Management District sets a withdrawal limit of 90 million gallons per day from the underground aquifer in order to avoid environmental disasters like drained wetlands and damaged wells. However, Tampa Bay Water is planning to draw 140 million gallons per day in April and 160 gallons each day of May. Water shortages are growing more common, so citizens need to be vigilant in their use of water. Shut off the faucet when you brush your teeth. Take shorter showers. More importantly, don’t water your lawn. Move over “going green,” we’re creating the “going brown” movement. Countless gallons flow through the landscaping at UT each week. With once-a-week restrictions on lawn watering, the City of Tampa fined the school in November for

violating these rules. They paid a $155 fine, records show. Director of Public Information Eric Cardenas said that very little potable water is used for watering, and that most of it is private shallow well water. Here’s a plan to save another $155 and to set a perfect example for the rest of the state: stop watering the landscaping. Sure, the grass will grow dry and the flowers will wilt. The whole campus may start to look like the barren courtyard between the Vaughn Center and Brevard Hall. But that’s OK. Desperate times call for innovative measures. Students have fought handover-fist for recycling programs on campus, and the university has slowly obliged. But there’s a more important step ahead of us. Even if all of the water used to irrigate university grounds come from reclaimed water plants, it should still stop. Many of the sprinklers on campus are broken anyway. How many times have you walked through ResCom or Plant Park and seen water shooting into the air, turning them into mini-geysers?

How many times have you seen the sidewalks being watered? They aren’t growing—they don’t need watering. The Minaret will make the decision simple: Stop watering. While the valves are closed, go out and fix every single sprinkler. Identify every leak and patch it up. Save the cash from paying for lawn maintenance and buy another single-stream recycling bin. The downside to this is a few layoffs to grounds people. Install low-flow shower heads and low-volume toilets in the dorms. Stop letting the golf carts run over the grass. There’s a reason the lawn in front of the Sykes College of Business building has to be replaced every few months, and it isn’t environmental. And finally, let the grass grow brown. It will come back when the rains start falling. This university should be a shining light in the Tampa, a role model for efficiency and progressive change. Being brown is the greenest thing UT could do.

Outsourcing Drains Human Resources In the United States

By Amadu Wiltshire Columnist

No country in the world today can say they are isolated. It is imperative we realize that with globalization comes negative consequences such as outsourcing. Corporations providing millions of jobs to Americans have been laying off our employees and setting up operations in other

nations, contributing to rising unemployment and lowering our standards of living, especially in the current economic meltdown. Our gross domestic product will be extremely affected, thus reducing earning potential. This is a serious issue with which our nation is faced. Economic leakage is occurring; while other nations are being built, ours lags behind. Companies who were built on the sweat of Americans are turning their backs on this nation. Everything is made in China, even the toilet paper we use. Everyone loves cheap goods, but in the long run, cheap goods from

other countries are undermining the progress of our nation. Statistics from Real-Time Technology Solutions state that by 2009, the information technology and enterprise solutions market in India is likely to reach $142 billion, providing these services in the U.S. is $532 billion. RTTS continues: 75 percent of all U.S. companies outsource some or all of their information technology activities, and the amount rises yearly. Outsourcing fosters unethical business practices; child labor, forced abortions and people being paid less than one U.S. dollar a day.

a series of practical, modestly salaried jobs while accommodating her husband’s wilder dreams and raising two lovely daughters. In this, she is a more practical role model for young women than Hillary Clinton, blending her calculations about family and career with an expectation of normal personal happiness.”

and TV shows catering to women is about balance. Work and personal life: You must find balance. Forget about having it all, you couldn’t possibly be happy without kids, a partner, a job and a social life. What bothers me, as a feminist, is the bizarre hierarchy exemplified by that New York Magazine excerpt: that there’s a better option for women, there’s a better role model. Do what makes you happy. Choose your own path and you can’t loose. If you want to be a mother that’s a beautiful thing; if you want to be a nuclear physicist, that’s a beautiful thing; if you want to be a softball player, that’s a beautiful thing, too. When will the day come when we stop indoctrinating young girls about the right and wrong ways to be a woman? There is a cultural war between ideals of womanhood, and it’s a self-descriptive enterprise. Forcing roles on people never seems to help—I often think that’s why a lot of men are so messed up.

Young children work in sweat camps to produce the many products which we import. Imagine a nineyear-old working over 10 hours a day, paid less than one dollar for the Gucci shirt you’re flashing. A report in USA Today stated employers in China prefer child laborers mainly because there is an abundance of cheap child labor which can cost an employer a meager $40 a month. This is not only an issue which should not be ignored; our nation’s future is being played with and the lives of many people are being destroyed. As the leaders of the free world, we must pressure our government to

raise corporate taxes on companies which export jobs. It must be noted that companies in the U.S. only contribute 10 percent of the overall taxes in this country. However, the working class contributes 40 percent of the overall taxes of this nation. Additionally, consumers need to take an ethical stance and boycott goods which are not made in the USA. By doing this we will be sending a clear message to everyone that we do not support outsourcing. Amadu Wiltshire may be reached at

Small-Minded Societal Values Restrain Women of Ambition

By Derrick Austin Commentary Editor

Michelle Obama. Hillary Clinton. Your mother. Angelina Jolie. Toni Morrison. Your best friend. J.K. Rowling. What’s an ambitious woman? All these women have goals and dreams, but is it ambitious to have dreams and goals? Why are ambitious women more often than not vilified or at least made out to seem “less womanly” according to age-old standards of femininity? Recently, New York Magazine did a feature on Michelle Obama, 16 short articles from varying writers. None were too interesting, except a curious piece by David Samuels— curious in its odd depiction of the First Lady: “There are clear limits to Michelle’s ambition. She went to excellent schools, got decent grades, stayed away from too much intellectual heavy lifting, and held

This is, after all, one man’s opinion, but I think it’s shared among many about more than just the First Lady. Women can be ambitious—to an extent. How is Obama any less ambitious than Clinton? She may not be running for a political office, but Obama seeks to fulfill her obligations as First Lady while maintaining a family. Women can be ambitious—just not aggressive. Ambition itself is a curious word whose root meaning harkens back to campaigning for votes; ambition is a political word and one usually used for men. I feel whenever a woman is labeled ambitious chances are good it’s not a compliment. Plastered all over magazines

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LOL: Facebook Messages Hilarious Ticket To A Good Time control V.I.P. members $250 bottles of Grey Goose!” Exactly what I need on a When I decided I was going to Monday night, and talk about a the University of Tampa I joined great deal! one of the many “University of I can go out and party on a Tampa 2012 Students!” groups on Monday night, and I’m getting a Facebook not thinking anything great deal on alcohol. of it. What more could I ask for? I quickly realized after the “Oh yea, (as if they forgot) first week of class that I would and did we mention there’s going be receiving a to be FREE message from that “ ‘ P. S . ( h o w party buses group every other running all day about what sincere) until 1am, night long would be going l a d i e s G E T I N starting on that night at from 9 p.m. some random club FREEEEEEEEEEE!!!’ !?!?!?” or bar. T he mor e E’s Oh Are you m y g o d, added the more tired of those not only exciting it is!” messages? have you I know I’m provided not! me with a Sure, it became annoying after place to party and drink tonight, the first 15 messages, but after but you’re also getting me there that it became purely entertaining for free? This is sounding too good to hear the great lines in every to be true. message! “ P. S . ( h o w s i n c e r e ) The messages usually start out u n t i l 1 a m , l a d i e s G E T I N with some great tagline to interest FREEEEEEEEEEE!!!” the reader of course, something The more E’s added the more like: exciting it is! “Have you been stressing out Alright you win, sorry math over where you’re gonna party on exam but I’m going out tonight! Monday nights?! (No) Well lucky Maybe I’ll have time to study you because Dolce Vita (great after I get back around 3 a.m. name) is the new hottest lounge (Class starts at 8:30, that’s over for all you sexy singles looking for 5 hours of studying, I’m fine!) a crazy Monday night!” Now that I’m obviously going Ok, I’m interested what else (not at all) I can read on just as a is going to be happening, but you bonus to find out more about what’s haven’t quite sold me yet. inside and what shenanigans are “We got $5 domestic $10 going to take place. imported and for those ballin out of “There’s gonna be an insane By John Jacobs Special to The Minaret

Image by liftarn / Wikipedia amount of hot ladies tonight (obviously) so you don’t want to be the only one tomorrow that missed out on the greatest Monday night EVER! Are you gonna be that kid who gets laughed at by everyone because you were in your dorm ‘doing homework’ like a little bitch? Is that who you wanna be? Didn’t think so.” They really pulled me in now, there’s really no situation I can imagine that would lead to me not going out. It also turns out that there’s a “celebrity guest list,” so we should also get excited for that. “We got Michael Jordan, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Rihanna, the starting offensive line for the Bucs, and did we mention Dave from The Real World HOLLYWOOD!!!” All of which won’t show up. Then one of my favorite parts of the message is the projection of how many people are going to


We professors are a curious lot—on a daily basis we preach fairness, social justice and the gold standard, critical thinking. Given that high mindedness why would we walk out of the Panache restaurant without leaving the servers a small tip? I know you worried about your underwater mortgage and decimated 403Bs, but let’s get real for a minute. The folks with the smiles at Panache probably don’t have a retirement plan as they pull in a check barely above minimum wage. In fact, a few of them would give you a blank stare if you mentioned your thinning 403B plan. Most of us comfortably float in and out of that nice little subsidized establishment somewhat secure in our 60K to half million dollar contacts. The Panache folks serve us daily, bus our tables and clean up afterwards—so let’s start reciprocating for their hard work by plunking down at least a ten percent tip. —Gene Costain, COM Professor




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to clear up the confusion. show up. After all of this, we’re left with There’s usually some kind of insane estimation based off of a a little slogan at the bottom of the message, something to remind you number “from last week.” “Last Monday was one of who brought all of this to your plate. craziest nights we’ve ever seen Something deep and satisfying like: here at Dolce Vita with a staggering “…Come play with the big boys” or “...Life is just a attendance of Dream.” 6,900 people, “To make sure we Ye s , I so show up around 8 p.m. don’t get confused— admit I do go t o e n s u r e because God knows to these club or bar events your spot in M o n d a y ’s t h i s i s a l l ve r y on occasion because they are hottest and complicated—” fun, and do give most exotic you something hangout!” To make sure we don’t get to do every weekend or every other confused—because God knows night. The fact is these messages do this is all very complicated— we’re provided with the cell phone work, and they are entertaining at numbers of the promoters of the the same time. I say keep writing them every event so they can go over once again what exactly is taking place. day and I’ll keep reading them. It is sometimes mind-boggling John Jacobs may be reached at how amazing the night sounds so you might need to call for yourself

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Abuse Victims Should Find The Pride To Claim Self-Worth

By Nicole Robinson Columnist

According to reports, Chris Brown tried to force Rihanna out of his moving vehicle, slammed her face against the glass window, brutalized her face blow after blow, putting her into a headlock and biting her ear. On top of that, he threatened to “kill her,” choking her until she lost consciousness. As if that wasn’t enough controversy, days later the two apparently reunited in Miami where Brown was captured on film riding a Jet Ski, flexing his muscles and looking at the hindquarters of other women. Hardly the expected picture of a man remorseful for allegedly beating down someone he called his girlfriend. This situation has brought to light an ugly reality that women and even men face all of the time. Many people are shocked by Rihanna’s readiness to take back someone who would beat her to the brink of death within days of the incident. But then I’m taken aback by people’s surprise. This sort of thing happens everyday. Our society has manufactured generations of women who undergo abuse, both mental and physical,

without seeking help. It seems that women are expected to bear unnecessary pain and suffering, and this is part of what defines “being a woman.” From a young age, it seems women are taught to “Woman up” and take back that man who doesn’t treat you right and cheats. I propose that the only way to fix this problem is to redefine what people think a woman is, or at least make it clear what a woman is not. A woman is not a punching bag, a scapegoat, a means to an end or some disposable object to be used to satisfy certain needs and then left in the dust. A woman should, however, have a strong sense of pride because then she would know that anyone who hurts her, physically or mentally, should not be in her life. Any person with pride, man or woman, simply would not allow this to happen. Nobody has to do any extensive research to find a situation where a woman endures unnecessary situations that are ludicrous in nature. I cannot understand why so many girls and women don’t think they are good enough for a positive relationship with a man. But, hey, maybe the reason is staring us all right in the face: somehow we have let people convince us that we aren’t good enough. Somehow Rihanna and so many others like her believe that they deserve a man who beats

them. Deep down they must think that an occasional beat down by a boyfriend who doesn’t give a damn is all they are good for. So for all of those out there who may believe that they don’t deserve someone who will treat them with respect and honor, you are dead wrong and you deserve more. I don’t care what you might have done in the past, if you are human, you should be treated with the utmost respect. We need to be reminded that we should not expect anything less from anyone. I believe that so many women have forgotten what it is to be treated properly. Don’t believe me? Look around at your own friends or around campus and observe how some women let their boyfriends treat them.

It might be easier than you think to find an example of verbal abuse where a boyfriend calls his girlfriend ugly or fat. Yet for some reason, she’ll stay around. Verbal heckling is just as bad as a slap in the face, but at least physical scars heal. Demand respect from everyone you incorporate into your life. There is no room for anyone who does not honor your body and feelings. Men, and women especially, should vow to never accept disrespect in any form. That is the first step to saving ourselves from this hole that we have fallen into regarding selfworth. However, Chris Brown is innocent until proven guilty, so we’ll just have to wait until the court decides.

Images by CURIOSO/ But really what we should do is pay attention to those that we know are guilty of abuse, physically, mentally or otherwise. Help your friends and help yourself because the ugly truth remains, as stated by the National Institute of Health, “domestic violence is the most common cause of injury to women ages 15 to 44.” People who we know and claim to love us are beating us down. We need to realize that someone who is willing to do that to us does not love us as much as they say they do, if they love us at all. Vow to accept someone who will respect you and, more importantly, vow to value yourself. Nicole Robinson may be reached at

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Transfer Slides into New Home at UT

By James Edwards Special to The Minaret

Casey Albanese is like any other college student. He loves to watch the Sopranos and ESPN. His favorite movies are Rudy and Scarface. Living in Albanese Tampa, he follows the Buccaneers, Rays and Lightning. Unlike most students, however, he was a three-time allstate, all-region, and all-conference infielder in Fl., and is currently a third baseman for the University of Tampa Spartans. Casey Albanese was born Oct. 7, 1986 in Brandon, Fla. The middle of three children, he grew up around sports. He fell in love

with baseball when he was five years old after his father bought him his first glove. His dream was to play shortstop for the New York Yankees because Derek Jeter was his favorite athlete. Albanese attended Durant High School and earned three letters in football, one in wrestling, and four in baseball. Baseball success came early as he made the 2002 Arizona State Champion Fountain Hills squad as a freshman. After batting .441 as a sophomore with 45 RBIs, he played for the 2003 Blue-Gray National Champion Team in Tampa. In his junior year, Perfect Game USA described him as a “good hitter, polished, athletic, and power potential.” After catching the national media’s attention, he realized his best chance to succeed was in baseball, so he focused only on baseball during the offseason.  

While batting .430 as a senior, Albanese earned a gold glove and was named to the 2006 Hillsborough County All-Star Game. In four years at DHS, he drove in 122 runs and scored 84 runs. Recruited by West Virginia, Albanese chose to play at the University of Louisville. “I chose Louisville because Coach Prado and all of the assistant coaches. They are fantastic,” he said. In his first season, Albanese had seven RBIs in 23 games. But the freshman struggled to make the rotation with a .105 batting average. Frustrated at his lack of playing time, Albanese transferred to Manatee Community College where he played in the 2007 Wood Bat All-Star Game and the junior college all-star game. “I was able to play my sophomore year and not wait

until my junior year to play, like I would have at Louisville,” said Albanese on why he transferred to Manatee CC. After hitting .350 at Manatee CC, he signed with Tampa as part of the Spartans’ early signing class for fall 2007 because, “UT is the best baseball team in the country.” As a junior, the right-hander played third base for 49 games and was used primarily for his defense because Coach Urso felt he had “one of the best gloves on the team.” In his third baseball program in four years, Albanese has found a home in Tampa. He played in the Valley League over the summer and was selected to the all-star game. With the Spartans grabbing the ninth spot in the NCAA II Poll, the 5-11, 180 pound senior is happy to provide veteran leadership.  “My role is to be the leader on

the baseball team and to make sure the team is ready to play every day,” Albanese said. As a student-athlete, Albanese has excelled on the playing field and in class. The criminology major was named to the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the Spring 2008 semester with a 3.21 GPA. For someone who enjoys learning about new laws, Albanese understands the importance of education. If professional baseball doesn’t work out, his dream after college is to become a DEA agent like his father. “It just depends on the draft really,” Albanese said, “but if I get a chance to play and get drafted, I will have to make a couple of tough decisions depending on my career.” James Edwards is a first time writer for The Minaret.

Pitcher Winds Up in Tampa for Junior Season

Alex Koronis comes to UT from Miami to be part of a winning program By Benjamin Fishman Special to The Minaret

Family and baseball come together when a young man has the dream of becoming the next best pitcher in the world. Alex Koronis has always put family in front of everything else in life, which has gotten him to where he is now: at the University of Tampa, competing to be the best pitcher and striving for a NCAA Division II National Championship. Living in Miami, Fla., at the young age of five, Koronis’ parents signed him up for Little League T-Ball. “Ever since I was a young boy, I loved playing the game,” stated Koronis. Having the influence of two parents with different ideals

brought Koronis up to be both disciplined and compassionate about the world around him. These views taught him to play baseball the right way-with no short cuts, while remaining humble even in the face of failure. Koronis played shortstop and centerfield all the way from his days of t-ball up to the end of his sophomore year in high school. Overall, he proved to be a well-rounded player, but as time grew on pitching came a little more natural, as first noted by his coach at Monsignor Pace High School, Tom Duffin. Coach Duffin noticed Koronis had a strong arm, and asked him to take the mound and throw some pitches at practice. Not being able to hit a curve ball, Koronis found his place on the mound from that day forward.

However, during that summer, Koronis blew out his right pitching arm, resulting in a severely torn tendon. Baseball season and practices were starting soon, and senior year season could prove to be difficult for Koronis. A f t e r months of rehabilitation on his arm from the s u m m e r into the fall, K o r o n i s Koronis gained full mobility and, once again, took the mound as the starting pitcher. The injury was no match for Koronis’ passion for the game, and this season was better than the last. Winning his high school state championship in 2006, Koronis states, “This will be a memory I

keep forever, and one that will last a lifetime.” He was drafted in 2006 out of high school by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 40th round, but rethought his priorities and decided to attend college. Electing to go to college, Koronis decided to stay close to home and bring his game to the University of Miami. Koronis made his first start against Georgia Tech and struck out three batters in 2.2 innings. At Miami as a freshman, he posted a 9.00 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 30 innings, thus resulting in him going 3-2 overall as a pitcher. However, being a Cane “was not the right fit,” Koronis stated. “The coaches were very structured and only taught about winning.” Koronis started to do his homework, looking at other

baseball programs in the state. It was then that he came across the University of Tampa, where he felt the program was, “fun, the coaches cared about the players, and they knew how to run a winning program.” Enrolling in the baseball program at UT in 2008, Koronis quickly gained an appreciation for the school and his new team. From Miami to Tampa, Koronis has found his new home where he began and will finish as a starting pitcher, while studying sport management. With the dream of becoming a professional starting pitcher, Koronis focuses on education and being a team player-a balance of what his family taught him from the days of Little League T-Ball. Benjamin Fishman is a first time writer for The Minaret.

Golfer Drives for Chance to Play on Tour

Barnett: I’ve always tried to keep gold as a fun activity By Ryan Messier Special to The Minaret

The sweat from a hot August day was visible on the 18th hole tee box amidst a group of spectators in rural North Carolina. The fast greens of Pinehurst might not possess the same fear as teeing off on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, but they still hold some anxiety. The number two golfer teed off with a booming swing. The afternoon sun was about to disappear over the tress at the historic Pinehurst Country Club; but for Ryan Barnett, it was just another day of living out a childhood dream. “You can really feel it when you fully connect with the ball,” he exclaimed, “it goes through your whole body.” The first irons Barnett ever swung at age 4 were nearly twice his height.

“Golf was definitely a family thing. My father and uncles are all obsessed with the sport,” said Barnett inside the conference room at the University of Tampa Athletic office.   Having a family deeply rooted in golf gave him many opportunities to learn about the game. “Growing up in our house, you really had no choice but to adopt the game into your life,” joked the Syosset, N.Y. native. Golf has provided Barnett with many unique opportunities.  In 2004, he participated in the United States Amateur Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club. “It was kind of funny, here I was at the biggest tournament I’ve ever been a part of, and it was taking place in my home state,” said the former St. Anthony’s High School captain. At St. Anthony’s, he held the record for total number of birdies in a season, and was voted to the

all-Long Island team twice during his career. After high school, Barnett worked hard to get his name out to prospective colleges. “The recruiting process is very different in golf. Coaches don’t really go on recruiting visits. You have to make your own highlight video and do most of the work yourself,” said Barnett.   After a brief stint at St. Joseph’s University, Barnett decided to head south to pursue a golfing career.  “It’s ironic because I hadn’t even planned on visiting the campus in Tampa.  It just so happened I was in the area and it worked out.  The campus is so nice, and it has such a great location being in downtown,” said the communications major scheduled to graduate in May 2009. Since his transfer, Barnett has chalked up an impressive record with five top 10 finishes in 2008.

Through six matches in 2009, he already has two top 15 finishes. When he’s not crushing the ball on the tee or studying in the classroom, Barnett takes full advantage of the golf atmosphere in Tampa. “I had a chance to work the PODS Championship last year at Innisbrook Golf Club,” said the 22-year-old golf enthusiast. “I worked at the driving range throughout the tournament.  It was really cool just talking with the guys after they got off their rounds.” While Barnett appreciates the players on the current tour, he is not hard pressed to play favorites.  “My all time favorite is definitely Ben Hogan.  I heard a lot about him when I was growing up and I just admire the kind of person that he was.” Although Barnett would love a chance to play on the PGA Tour,

he tries to keep it in perspective. “I’ve always tried to keep golf as a fun activity.  I feel like if I begin to take it too seriously, I won’t love it as much as I do.” At the same time, he is quick to acknowledge the talent on the PGA Tour. “I have played on some of the courses when they were Barnett set up for a professional tournament.  It is pretty incredible to play in those conditions and see what the golfers go through,” said Barnett.  “The margin for error is so small in golf.  Sometimes what separates the millionaires from the amateurs is making the 16-foot putt at Augusta National with the whole world watching.” Ryan Messier is a first time writer for The Minaret.



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Women’s Soccer Looks Towards a New Season With New Faces Less than two years after winning a national title, only three players return to lineup

By Shelby Kuni Sports Writer

going to miss the senior leadership and the quality of each (graduated) senior class. In my opinion, the In only three semesters, most recent seniors produced the the entire starting lineup of the best class ever at UT; nobody has 2007 women’s soccer national achieved as much as they have. We championship team is completely just hope we can mold together a gone. squad over the next four years With only three players on the that can achieve the same kind of current team having participated success.” during the infamous 2007 season, If it weren’t for Lucey and only 15 athletes on the active bringing in three transfer students roster, the women’s soccer team is over holiday break, there would the smallest and youngest it has barely be enough athletes to field been since its first years at UT. a full team. “When I came into the Lucey brought in freshman program as head coach (in 2007) Tammy Lemieux, a transfer I knew we were going to have defender from St. Pete College, a very strong first year,” Head sophomore Luana Miessa, a Coach Gerry Lucey said. “I was transfer forward from Sam a little more concerned about year Houston State University, and two because I knew we’d have sophomore Renata Figueira, a a young group coming in, and transfer midfielder from Murray looking forward now we are even State University. younger,” Lucey said. “We expect all three of them Lucey goes on to explain to come in and immediately be his initial thoughts about his key members of the squad,” UT_09_p 11:39 PageLucey 1 new team,1/26/09 saying “As youAM move said. “Tammy is a hardforward with your squad you’re nosed defender who has good

physical attributes. Luana has already started to prove herself as a goal scorer, and is expected to try and fill a void of the departing seniors, Brittney Evans and Shelby Kuni, who was a two-time All-American. Renata is a skillful central midfielder who again will help bridge the gap of another two-time All-American, Courtney Evans,” Lucey explained. There’s always a concern with how a young team will face adversity, but at the same time Lucey and the athletes are very confident as they look to the future. “I think we’ll do good next year, just because we mesh well with each other so far,” freshman midfielder Sam Kay said. “The biggest difference in last year’s team and the current team is the age gap between the seniors and freshman-it will be better for us now that that is gone,” Kay added. With the same five freshmen who started last season expected to

start again next season, including the three new transfers, the team is starting to move in the right direction. “We will need five or six freshmen to step up,” Lucey said. “We also hope that Saige Steinmetz will get through her injuries and repeat what she did at the junior college Tobin level. It’s also good to see Lindsay O’Brien back in action (after an injury last year). So far she seems to have learned quite a bit from watching,” Lucey added. With only three ‘upperclassmen’ (sophomores), O’Brien, Steinmetz and Megan Tobin, they have a responsibility to step up and lead the team on and off the field. “The freshmen make it real easy for us to lead because there are a lot of great attitudes and girls that want to work hard and improve

this spring,” O’Brien said. “It’s weird being one of the few upperclassmen left because when I came in as a freshman we always had seniors telling us what to do,” Tobin said. “Nothing we did was good enough. I think that was one of the reasons we were so successful that year, and we don’t have that anymore.” Although it will be a difficult road forward after losing the entire squad over the last two seasons, both the coaching staff and players are very optimistic in where the future of UT soccer will take them. As the women’s soccer team heads into next season, they hope to keep the legacy of women’s soccer alive as they continue to bring in strong athletes and make the alumni proud of the current ones. Shelby Kuni is an alumna of the Tampa women’s soccer team. Kuni can be reached at

Mixed Mascot Match-up By Olivia Glynn Sports Blogger

With seven seconds left in a basketball game between New Mexico State and Utah State a timeout was taken. This gave the mascots some time to get to know each other. New Mexico State’s mascot is ‘Pistol Pete,’ a handgun-holding outlaw, while Utah State’s mascot is a blue bull, although both teams are called the Aggies. Utah State’s bull made his way over to Pistol Pete and proceeded to rip his big, fake moustache off. Clearly offended, Pistol Pete

jumped on the bull’s back and tried to take him to the floor. When that proved unsuccessful, Pete attempted to choke the bull. With both of his valiant attempts failed, Pistol Pete withdrew and made the lonely walk back to his side of the court, defeated and moustache-less. Apparently this feud was not a result of pure team spirit gone too far, it was the result of a man in the stands saying that he would give the Utah State mascot $100 to rip Pistol Pete’s moustache off. The man in the stands admitted to doing this, but did not think that it would escalate into something bigger.

Bucs Big Off-season Moves

By Brenton Burkett Sports Blogger

Following the recent releases of five veterans, including future Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, our hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers had some gaps to fill in through free agency. In the process of building a youth movement, the new regime of head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik have made a few smart moves, but have left some unanswered questions. They shocked the professional football world on Feb. 27 when they traded draft picks to the Cleveland Browns for Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow. The 2004 first round pick out of Miami has been a game-changer with his size and speed whenever he has been healthy.

He only played two games in his first two seasons and missed six games in 2008, largely due to a staph infection. In his two full years, he amassed nearly 2,000 receiving yards and was an absolute beast at his position. He may reclaim this status with the Bucs. The team also re-signed receiver Michael Clayton to a five-year contract. 80 of his 205 career receptions and seven of his nine touchdowns came in his 2004 rookie season. His productivity has been limited since then, mostly due to the recently-revealed allegations that he was in former coach Jon Gruden’s “doghouse” for the last few years. Check out this whole blog at overtime.

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of 1:46:03. He also won the 100 breaststroke, the event in which he still holds the national record. “When I did my 100 breaststroke I bettered my time from last year, I beat my own record and NCAA record,” he explained. “That, for me, was a big accomplishment.” The experience and atmosphere at the NCAA Championships is something that athletes are lucky to experience, and something that they will not soon forget. “It’s always special; this is my fourth year now. It’s something that everybody trains for all year and you know that everybody’s looking at you and everything is on the line,” Hetland said. “It’s always a special feeling when you go into the big meet of the year.” In his final year of NCAA eligibility, Hetland is looking forward to swimming in the future. “I want to compete in swimming for my country, Norway, for maybe a year or so,” he explained, “I want to keep training with [Coach Ed Brennan] because he’s a great coach, and I want to keep training with the guys and hopefully help them out next year.” Hetland is thinking about helping as a coach for the UT swim team, the team that has helped him throughout this year. Although swimming is an individual and team sport, he does not think that there is an issue with trying to combine the two. “The goal is the same, so that is never a problem. I do think it really helps to have the team behind you to push you,” said Hetland. Hetland grew up playing hockey, but when he had trouble keeping track of all of his equipment, a change was in order. “Finally my mom got fed up,” Hetland said with a laugh, “I lost everything. I got into swimming because all you need is a swimsuit and some goggles.”

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host of statistical categories. They were first in free throw percentage (.760), three point percentage (.374) and scoring margin (+11.8 points per game). Additionally, they ranked third in all of Division II for the


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Pittsburgh Louisville

Ohio St. Louisville Utah

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Texas Michigan St.

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regular season in scoring defense (50.5 PPG) and opposing shooting percentage (.323). Including the two NCAA Tournament games, they finished at 51.7 PPG and .326, respectively. For a team that head coach Tom Jessee said was “as bad as I’ve ever seen anybody play” at the beginning of the year, many players emerged as stars and key role players following the loss of four starters, including AllAmerican Sheena Walton, after last season. All-SSC first-team guard Gianna Messina, who transferred from South Florida after her freshman year, G. Messina quickly adjusted and became a leader. Her point total (427), three point percentage (.434), rebounds (215), assists (107), and steals (48) all topped Tampa’s leaderboard. She and her twin sister, reserve guard Catriana Messina, boosted team chemistry and helped elevate the new-look Spartans to another level. Fellow USF transfer Caitlyn Mytrik also proved instrumental to the team’s success. Her versatility allowed her to lead the team in blocked shots (53)

and also hit 30 three pointers in her first year at UT. In her first year as a starter, junior forward Tiara Cook shined brightly, posting six doubledoubles en route to earning an AllSSC honorable mention. The six-footer from Holiday led the team by shooting .508 from the floor and finished a close second on the team with 213 boards and 52 blocks. Senior center Kym Taylor waited three years to start and made the most of it. She was a .504 shooter and finished as one of three Spartans averaging double figures in scoring, at 10.1 PPG. Another senior, guard Hailee Sullivan, ended her career as one of the better three point shooters in program history. The Skokie, Illinois native went 53-for-125 from beyond the arc as a senior and also shot a phenomenal 35-for-40 from the foul line. The freshmen also showed Spartan fans a promising future. Sarah Wickham made nearly half her shots and proved very competent from long range. Center Lauren Mason averaged 1.5 rebounds and 2.1 points in only 8.1 minutes per contest. Brenton Burkett can be reached at

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SSC Rivals Halt a Spartan Advance in Tournament By Ryan Burkett Sports Writer

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The Transition Golf Championship to be held at the Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club is offering a discount for college students to attend the tournament. Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh, Trevor Immelman and Adam Scott are among the 14 golfers ranked in the top 50 in the world that will compete. With a student ID admission will be half price at $20.

SSC Slugger Jared Simon batted his way to an SSC Player of the Week honor this past week. Simon, a sophomore infielder, helped the Spartans collect 5 wins during the week and had 14 RBIs in those games. He Simon had more than one hit in all five games and had at least one double in all games as well. He finished the week with a double and four RBIs against Eckerd.

Athlete Elite Rashad Callaway’s success throughout the season earned him a spot on the Daktronics Men’s Basketball AllSouth Region T e a m as well as the NABC A l l Region Team. Callaway The sophomore guard averaged 18 points per game and also led the team with 126 assists and 43 steals.

Johnathan Ball takes it to the hoop.

UT Roller Hockey Finishes Ninth, Loses in Heartbreaker By Jeff Kotcher Special to The Minaret

This past weekend, The University of Tampa’s Roller Hockey team traveled to Snellville, Ga. (25 minutes outside of Atlanta) to play in the National Collegiate Roller Hockey’s Southeast Division Regional Championships. The Spartans finished the regular season with a 11-3-2 record and were given the third seed in Pool B which meant they had to face College of Charleston, Elon University and Kennesaw State University in the round robin portion of regionals. Tampa faced off against College of Charleston at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Both teams started off strong as the game was tied 1-1 within two minutes of the first period. UT realized that College of Charleston was no match for them and responded by scoring nine unanswered goals, the Spartans winning the game 10-1. UT was led by sophomore defenseman Jimmy Westwood, who tallied three goals and two assists. The Spartans next game was against long time rival Elon University. Elon started the game


March 24, 3 p.m. vs. St. Olaf

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The University of Tampa men’s basketball team was knocked out of the Sunshine State Conference tournament March 7 in an 80-59 loss to No. 20 Florida Southern. The semifinal defeat, which took place at Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale, effectively ended the Spartans’ season. “The only game we were really out of at any time was…the last game of the season,” said Tampa head coach Richard Schmidt. Senior forward Johnathan Ball, normally a starter, came off the bench in his final game as a Spartan and led the team with 18 points in 31 minutes played. Despite three Spartans scoring in double digits, the Moccasins led by double digits for the final 19 minutes of the game, leading by as many as 25 points with 5:13 to go. The Spartans were also out-rebounded 51-34 and were a mere 4-18 from three point range as opposed to their counterparts’ 10-21.

Schmidt also took time to reflect on this past season’s positives and negatives. “Other than (the last game) we could have won a lot more games,” Schmidt added, regarding the team’s overall performance this past season. “Our guys did a good job because we were outmanned a lot of times. We had the least amount of scholarships in the league….I think they did a tremendous job.” Coach Schmidt has already begun looking toward the 200910 season, and sees room for improvement in his team and the conference as a whole next season. “Everybody in the league is going to be just as good or better next year,” Schmidt remarked. “Of all the teams in the league, hardly anybody lost many seniors.” The Spartans finish the season with a record of 16-12 and an 8-8 record in conference play. It is the team’s 10th consecutive winning season. Ryan Burkett can be reached at

>>> Coming off of their first victory(ies)?? the lady Spartans will host a strong team from Minnesota.

off strong with two first period goals. Tampa goaltender, Guy Antonnaci, made some incredible saves that period to keep the score at only 2-0. Tampa came out of the first intermission flying, led by junior transfer, Rowan Porter, who scored a natural hat trick in the second period. After the second period, Elon scored a quick goal in the beginning of the third to tie the game at 3-3. Late in the second period, Porter received a breakaway pass from sophomore Rob Harrison and buried the puck to give UT a 4-3 lead. With only seconds left in the third, Elon had an open net, but out of nowhere, Captain Jeff Kotcher dove into the crease and made a game saving save to give UT the 4-3 victory. With little rest, the Spartans had to play the Central Conference champions, Kennesaw State Falcons. The Spartans found themselves down 2-0 after the first


March 20, 2 p.m. at Lynn >>> The Spartans go on the road to take on their conference opponents while hoping to stay on top of the conference.

period, but second period goals by Harrison, Porter and Kotcher gave Tampa a 3-2 lead. After a back a forth third period, the puck found the stick of Porter who netted the game winning goal with less then a minute to go in the game. UT won the game 5-4 and received the second seed overall, behind F l o r i d a Atlantic University for the single elimination round. After destroying Florida S t a t e University 11-5 in the first round of the playoffs, led by Porter’s five goals and squeezing by Elon for the second time in the tournament 5-3, the Spartans found themselves in a match up with Florida Atlantic University. It was a back and forth game with both teams taking the lead several times. Antonacci stood on his head the entire game making great save after great save. With

two seconds left to go in the game, Tampa found themselves down 7-6. The puck found the stick of Kotcher who whipped a pass through the crease for Porter to tip the puck in the net as time expired. Unfortunately, Tampa lost the game, 8-7 in OT. Porter led the Spartans in scoring during the regional tournament with 20 goals and five assists for a total of 25 points. Kotcher was second on the team in scoring with 13 points, followed by Harrison who had 10 points. Even though the Spartans lost in the finals of the Southeast regionals, they received one of the nine at large bids from the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association and will be competing in the NCRHA National Championships April 2-5 in Feasterville, Pa. Due to the strong showing by the Spartans all season and in the regional championship, the Spartans finished the season ranked no. 9 out of over 100 DII teams. Jeff Kotcher is a member of the University of Tampa Roller Hockey Team.

No. 12 Baseball March 20, 6 p.m. at Nova Southeastern

>>> The men travel to Fort Lauderdale for a weekend of conference play against the Sharks as they try to improve their record.

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