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Prominent Alumnus Killed in Mexico City Plane Crash By Peter Arrabal Editor-in-chief
After a quick ascent to one of Mexico’s most powerful positions, Juan Camilo Mourino, Mexico’s Interior Secretary, died in a fiery plane crash in Mexico City. He was also a 1993 Univesity of Tampa economics grad. Mourino, who drew criticism in Mexico because he was Spanish-born and U.S.-educated, was a key player in Mexico’s war on drugs. He was traveling in a government jet from San Luis
Potosi, where he was celebrating the launch of a program to welcome back migrant workers. The plane was headed to the international airport in Mexico City. “With his death, Mexico has lost a great Mexican, intelligent, loyal and committed to his ideals and his country,” Mexican President Felipe Calderon told a news conference. “I ask all Mexicans that they don’t allow any event, no matter how difficult or painful, to weaken them in the pursuit of a better Mexico.”
The plane crashed into an affluent neighborhood, the Associated Press reported. Several buildings and cars were set on fire, and officials evacuated buildings in the area, displacing about 1,800 people. Mourino, 37, previously was
November 7, 2008 the chief of staff for Calderon and ran his election campaign in 2006. He said in a 2007 interview with “UT Journal” writer Dan Sullivan that he faced big challenges in creating jobs for poor Mexicans and fighting organized crime. Officials from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and FAA will assist the Mexican government in the investigation of the crash. Peter Arrabal can be reached at email@example.com
College Democrats: MLK’s “Dream” Is a Reality Staff Report
“His win hits home hard because my grandparents and my parents grew up in segregated America. Just look how far we’ve come. ” -- Nicole Robinson
Photo by Mindy Tucker Nicole Robinson speaks on her cell phone in the Spartan Club as she watches the election results come in.
Barack Obama left John McCain and the “Straight-Talk Express” in the dust Tuesday, coasting to an easy victory. McCain conceded shortly after 11 p.m. on election day, and Obama gave a speech in front of 200,000 supporters in Chicago’s Grant Park. There was a 4,000 vote difference in Hillsborough County, with Obama in the lead. He took 51 percent of the popular vote in Florida. Once inaugurated, Obama will be the first minority president in U.S. history. The College Democrats were celebrating the early returns in an exclusive Obama party in the downtown Marriott. “I feel just unbelievable, I can’t describe it,” said Mike Long, president of students for Barack Obama. Sophomore Clint Hanaway said race wasn’t the biggest factor
for him. “America not only has a black president, but we have a leader who is planning on doing great things for the people,” he said. “He is living out Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. I could not be happier.” Other students on campus followed the election from their rooms and the Spartan Club. “This country needs change, and he’s the man for the job,” said Alysha Otte, a sophomore. If McCain won I’d be afraid that he and Palin would not only ruin this country but everyone else’s too.” Senior Ryan Leandro is interested to see what Obama will bring to the table now that he has been elected President. “I’d like to see what he’s going to do now,” he said, expressing cautious optimism. “As happy as I am to see George Bush out of power, a lot of people say there are problems See “Obama”
Lone Female Head Coach Succeeds in Nearly All Male Environment Leslie Kanter’s colleagues are all male but despite their differences, Kanter claims she’s never been discriminated against
By Olivia Glynn Sports Reporter
Coaching jobs at the collegiate level are seeing increasing competition among applicants, both men and women, but the fact remains the occupation is still male dominated. With few women at the helm of athletic teams, it brings about a question as to why more females are not teaching the game that they love. “I don’t think it’s a prejudice or anything like that as much as its just women trying to get caught up with experience,” associate athletic
director Gil Swalls said, “and right now there’s just too many men out there who have done more.” There are 13 men’s and women’s sports teams at the University of Tampa, 12 of them have male head coaches. The sole exception is Leslie Kanter, head coach of the women’s softball team. Kanter has been at UT for 15 years, and has been lucky enough to have never been faced with any discrimination in the workplace throughout her coaching career. Many female coaches have not been so lucky. While the sport of softball continues to be coached mostly
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by females, o t h e r sports, both men’s and w o m e n ’s , are primarily coached by men. The growing Kanter success of women’s sports has made the coaching positions more desirable for males, kicking up the competition for those few jobs, most of which are given to the more experienced men. Women are finding it harder to compete with men who have
the same credentials, but the upper hand in the realm of male dominated athletic department. What it essentially comes down to is the decision of the athletic director, who is responsible for hiring new head coaches. Throughout the nation, similar to the position of head coach, the job of an athletic director is most commonly filled by a man. Some believe that this fact is directly correlated to the amount of male coaches, supposing that the athletic director would choose a male over a female applicant. At the University of Tampa, when the athletic department is
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looking for a new head coach, advertisements state that females and minorities are encouraged to apply. Steps like these are helping to shine a positive light on the acceptance of female applicants as head coaches. Even with this kind of action being taken to try to level the playing field on which coaches are being hired, women are still deterred by the thought that a man will get the job simply because he is a man. With equal qualifications, who is to say that a woman should receive the job over the man, and See “Kanter”
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UT’s co-ed business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, attended the annual Southern Provence Conference, winning the most prestigious honor: the Most Outstanding Chapter of the Southern Province Award for the 2007-2008 year. Fifty-three chapters attended the conference on Oct. 25, including schools such as UNC-Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech, Univeristy of Florida, University of Tennessee and Georgia State. Kevin Reagan, president of Delta Sigma Pi, finds these awards as a chance for the fraternity to grow. “There are five provinces in the country and we’re the best in one,” said Reagan. “This puts us in the top five chapters out of 300 in the country. That’s exciting. We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing until we’re number one.” Eliott Large, vice president of campus involvement, sees this as not only an accomplishment for the fraternity but the University of Tampa as a whole. “This really helps UT to be known as an academically outstanding school,” said Large. “It puts us on the map, so to say, with a broader range of business schools.” Dr. James Lee, professor of marketing at UT and advisor to Delta Sigma Pi, received two awards of his own: Most Outstanding Chapter Advisor of the Southern Province and Most Outstanding Chapter Advisor of the South-Atlantic Region. Lee spoke proudly about the
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fraternity members’ involvement on- and off-campus, being involved in community service, a children’s cancer program, beach clean-ups and an upcoming canned-food drive. “I see the awards as a reflection of what we do,” said Lee. Lee sees the strong fraternal bond among members, a reason why the fraternity is as successful as it is. Members count on one another to help each other out and reapply this philosophy to the rest of the campus, giving back to the university. Now that Delta Sigma Pi has won Most Outstanding Chapter in the Southern Province, members set their sights on even larger, more prestigious awards. “We made the postseason, but we want to go all the way,” said Large. “Our goal is National Chapter of the Year.” Delta Sigma Pi is open to students who have been business majors for at least a full semester. For more information about Delta Sigma Pi, visit their website at http://ut-dsp.com. Shannon Grippando can be reached at sgrippando@gmail. com
• Next week is Hungry & Homeless awareness week. There will be events throughout the week. To learn more and to sign up for these events visit the P.E.A.C.E office at Vaughn 206 • On the Tuesday of Thanksgiving, there will be no Student Government meeting • If you think you or someone you know deserves to be the Spartan Leader of the Month, feel free to apply at the SG office or see Andrew Learned • Sodexo is hosting Cans Across America Wednesday Nov. 12. Enter to win a $300 catering certificate. E-mail email@example.com if you are interested • Nov. 21 there will be a dodgeball game in the Cass Gym beginning at 5:30 p.m. as an event for Premature Awareness. Students must register for the game by Nov. 17
EDU Majors Teach Kids in Plant Park By Megan Smith Reporter
University of Tampa education students from Professor Almerico’s Education Science class hosted a field trip for a first grade class from St. John’s Greek Orthodox Day School Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. in Plant Park. Six students participated in the two-hour program to educate the kids. Each leader took a turn facilitating an activity. Professor Gina Almerico, said the process for this program started four years ago. “I wrote a grant specifically for educational sciences. A year later, we forged a partnership with St. John’s Greek Prep School for field trip experiences,” Almerico said. This is the third year for the program.
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The education department conducts field trips every semester for students from St. John’s to take the trip to UT to provide first hand experience of working with children. Kelly Eldon, a junior majoring in education, participated in the program. “The most important thing is that everyone works together,” she said. Eldon also said that the best part about being an education major is working with children.
Sodexo Bartender Arrested
By Joshua Kratovil Features Editor
Compiled From Reports Provided By UT Security A new super-villian emerges … the Copperhead! A student entered the security office at 1:50 p.m. on Oct. 27 to report damage to his vehicle. The student reported she parked her car on the 3rd floor of the garage on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. She discovered the damage later that day when she returned to the car. There were scratch marks on the trunk lid and several pieces of copper wire were located nearby, possibly used to do the damage. Oh, he installed some hardware, alright. Officers were called to the first floor women’s restrooms of the Vaughn Center at 3:25 p.m. on Oct 28 in reference to a male subject inside. Officers arrived and located a male in the restroom talking to a female subject. It was learned that the subjects were dating and the female could not get her nose ring in correctly. The male
A drunk Sodexo bartender was fired and taken to the Orient Road Jail Saturday, Nov. 1, according to a UT security report. The temporary bartender was working in Fletcher Lounge where a private event was taking place. He was intoxicated and belligerent, the report stated. When officers told the man he was fired and asked him to leave, he refused. Officers said he took an offensive posture, so they handcuffed him and called Tampa Police. He was arrested and transported to the jail for trespassing after warning. entered the restroom to help her install the hardware correctly. ROTC Detour Security received a call at 5:40 p.m. on Oct. 28 that a subject had stolen a backpack and was being chased by a second subject, possibly the owner. Security located and detained the subjects learning that they were not students of the campus and was on campus for unknown reasons. They were trespassed from the campus and removed from the property. Goodbye Moto Officers responded to the second floor of Plant Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Oct. 29 were they met with a staff member. She reported that an unknown Hispanic male had taken her cell phone from her desk and had left. A description was obtained and the building and campus were searched with negative results. You’ve won our mystery drawing! A student came to the security office to report a concern over the possible misuse of her post office
box on campus at 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 30. She reported that an unknown person advised she was going to get a shipment of marijuana in a few days and that they would pick it up. She was concerned over the fact that she has no involvement and did not want to be implicated in any criminal activity. She was also referred to the appropriate authorities for any further follow up concerning the shipping of the narcotics. Boo-hoo-hooze. A student came to the security office at 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 31 to report harassment and threats made toward her by her Straz Hall roommates. She advised Security that the roommates were angry about an alcohol violation the day earlier, when RA’s and security collected alcohol and referred subjects to the conduct board. Her roommates were now threatening the student and demanding to be paid for the disposed of alcohol. The student will be staying off campus until new housing is
arranged and the roommates were referred to the conduct board for personal abuse violations. HAPPY HALLOBLAAAARRGHHHH!!!!!! O ff i c e r s r e s p o n d e d t o Austin Hall in reference to an unconscious female at 3 a.m. on Nov. 1. Officers located the student and determined she was breathing but heavily intoxicated. Tampa Fire was summoned and responded to evaluate the student. She was evaluated and left in the care of her friends until she sobered up. Sounds like he needs to study up on self defense. A male subject called security to advise he needed medical attention at 3:04 a.m. on Nov. 1. He advised he was assaulted by other subjects while at the “Study Hall” bar located off campus. He was transported to Memorial Hospital by officers for treatment. He is unsure if the subjects were students of UT or not at this time.
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UT Students Celebrate Victory Clint Hanaway and Chrsitopher Kriz (top and botton right) rejoice as the final results come in from polls across the U.S. UT College Democrat at the Marriot Waterside in downtown reacts after the countdown and announcement of Barack Obama as the fourty-fourth President of the U.S.
Obama delivers acceptance speech Obama declared winner Obama wins IA, VA, McCain wins KN, UT, AR, TX, MI Obama wins RI, NM, OH, MN, MI, McCain wins WY, ND, WV, LA
Obama wins IL, NH, MD, NJ, PA, DE, DC, CT, McCain wins OK, Illustration TN, AL by Max Roberts
Obama wins VT, McCain wins KY, NC
UT Professors Weigh in On Youth Vote in Election The youth vote, those aged 18 through 24, has been historically weak. Every election there is a huge effort to mobilize young voters. The hype and interest heightens, but then this demographic fails to show up at the polls. The 2000 election was a huge disappointment to those who had rallied so hard to get young voters to the polls (the same year that MTV made voting their mission). However, the 2004 elections offered some hope for this voting demographic when huge numbers showed up to vote. What will the results of this election be? According to a Newsweek article published on Nov. 1, “a week before the election, Obama had more than 2.3 million friends on Facebook, while McCain had just over 610,000.” All hope points to an even more significant turnout in young voters than the 2004 election.
By Jillian Randel Reporter
Dr. Robert Kerstein, Government and World Affairs “I do think the turnout with people that age will be higher than in previous elections, and clearly that vote is going to make a difference in some states. I do not know in which states, but I think it is definitely possible that Florida could be one of them.” Dr. Kevin Fridy, Government and World Affairs “The best way to know that someone is a likely voter is to see if they voted in the past. If you are someone who has never voted before because you are 19 or 20, your likelihood of showing up at the polls is very low. If you see him [Obama] coming away with double digits than you will know that the youth voted and that these models are completely wrong because they underrepresented the youth.” Dr. Constance Rynder, History “This is the first year in many where I have seen enthusiasm and interest on the part of college students in the electoral process to a degree that I have not seen in many years. So obviously something is happening. I think that it would be that the Obama people saw the potential early on and organized at the grassroots and the college level. And of course, don’t underestimate the power of the Internet in connecting students to political campaigns, candidates and issues.” Dr. James Beckman, Government and World Affairs “The staffing of Obama’s campaigns alone are very young. In Florida, a lot of the field offices are run by college students or people who have just graduated from college. It is a very young operation and very energetic, unlike the McCain operation. ”
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UT International Photo Contest Winners Announced By Ellery McCardle News Editor
This year’s UT International Photo Contest resulted in three winners. “The Fisherman” (top right) was taken by Jean-Paul Behrens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2008. “Gondola Ride in Venice” (bottom left) was taken by Tianna Steel in Venice, Italy in 2006. “Busy Day at the Eiffel Tower” (bottom right) was taken by Michael Weeks in Paris, France in 2003. There were 142 entries this year, which according to Brooke Pawlak, coordinator of interna-
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tional programs, the number of entries doubled from last year. Judges at this year’s competition included: Barbara Strickler, vice president for enrollment, Jack King, professor of art, and Annie Griffiths Belt, who is an awardwinning National Geographic photographer. Besides judging the competition, Belt held a presentation on campus and talked about her life being a photographer. This year’s calendar winners include: Christine Halby, Miguel Suarez, Christopher Grace, Kelsey Marquardt, Breanna Ondich, Tanner White, Sarah Hawkins, Kathleen Margesan, Stefanie Emrith, Timur Aydin, Radmila Marinkovic, Tamra Pierce, Hannah Nye.
By Danny Pineyro Reporter
From “Obama”: Front Page with Obama’s plans, so I guess we’ll see.” “Obama has good ideas for change. He can relate to the American people,” said freshman Elaine Thornton. “I think Obama is different, and we need change. I like how he represents the middle class.” “Thank God!” freshman Camille Kurtenbach said. “I volunteer at the Democratic office downtown. I feel proud that America is finally electing someone to make our image better.” Andrew Learned, president of Student Government, said the issue is not who won the election, but how they are going to get it done. “I don’t care how it gets done, as long as it gets done,” Learned said. “The candidates need to follow through with their promises.”
Some students remained apathetic despite this importance of this historic presidential election. Freshman David Coleman said, “I’m not really that into politics. I don’t care either way.” The so-called battleground states were key to the Obama victory. Obama also won Ohio’s 20 electoral votes, important because the candidate who won Ohio has won the overall election in 11 straight contests. Obama broke a two-election Republican streak in Ohio, though their victory was narrow in 2004. Sophie Erber was surprised by the Ohio results. She is the public relations chair for “Students for Barack Obama” and the SG representative for UT College Democrats. “He has broken all the stereotypes and bounds placed on him from the start.”
Larry King Makes Surprise Visit
CNN’s Larry King tracked down John McCain after his National Security Roundtable. Above: King with UT Provost Janet McNew and Donald Morrill, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Letters.
The UT chapter of Democracy Matters welcomed Chris Sharp, the Southeast Regional Coordinator for about 20 universities who have Democracy Matters chapters on their campuses, to the University of Tampa. Because Sharp came to campus on Halloween, some were worried there would not be a big turnout. “I expect this to be an interesting topic, but I’m concerned the only day Chris could come down was on Halloween, a Friday afternoon and that the crowd won’t be huge,” said Samantha Webb student coordinator of democracy Matters. Webb also said Sharp chose to visit Florida especially now because of its stance as a battleground state. This election year, Sharp has visited campuses all throughout the southeast to talk about various political issues that affect youth voters. “Because the youth vote is so essential in these historical times, we have to expect that vote to be challenged,” Sharp said. And it already has. During the hour-long discussion, Sharp noted several examples of groups trying to suppress and confuse youth voters. One such example was in Virginia where flyers were passed out explaining that due to a high number of voters, republicans should vote Nov. 4, and democrats should vote the following day. Sharp’s discussion then moved towards the topic of campaign finance reform. This is one of the main issues that Democracy Matters focuses on in order to educate the voting public. Anyone who followed the election knows that Senators Barack Obama and John McCain spent record-breaking amounts of money. Many Americans feel that the current system of using private money to fund campaigns gives an unfair advantage to the candidate who has the most money. Of the two candidates this election year, only Barack Obama chose to finance his campaign with privatized money. “The candidate who will win will almost always be the candidate with more money,” said “The average elected politician spends 35 percent of his time fundraising,” Sharp said. “What this means is that because the campaigns are funded by [big corporations], the politicians are more concerned with returning that favor than actually answering to the people who voted for them.” However, when it comes to campaign finance reform, Sharp readily admits that change won’t come easily or quickly.
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Feelin’ Juicy: Gossip Website Spreads Influence to UT Campus
By Lauren MacAndrews Journalism I
Memories of stomach-turning middle school gossip are being relived on campuses across the country, all because of aWeb site created in August 2007. Juicycampus.com allows students to anonymously post their thoughts on everything from places to find the skankiest girls or sexual relationships between professors and students (both of which are currently UT posts). Juicy grew from 63 campuses to more than 500 campuses in just over a month, according to the site, which was started by Duke graduate student Matt Ivester.
Although most UT students have not jumped on the Juicy bandwagon just yet, other college students have already made it a staple of their daily online routines. Juicy has a “simple mission of enabling online anonymous free speech on college campuses,” its website states. However the site has taken off as a hot spot for gossip, hateful speech, and degrading topics. Popular topics include: fellow students’ sexual orientations, promiscuity, hottest/ugliest girls and coolest frats. The site has even been referred to as a virtual bathroom stall, a place
to share all the things people w o u l d never say to someone’s face. Students can reply to a topic with their own thoughts, or even just vote by clicking ‘agree’ or ‘disagree.’ With one click of a mouse, that gossip just got ‘jucier’. Some of these discussions include full names and even cell phone and room numbers. However, in some case, personal information can be removed at a person’s request.
“Its sad for the people who spend all of their time on a site like this,” said senior Michelle Finley. “It’s like they don’t have anything better to do with their time.” According to the Chronicle for Higher Education, two students were arrested after making “anonymous” threats on the site. Both involved plots to shoot other students on campus, but Police were able to uncover the student’s identities by obtaining their IP addresses. So everything students do on the site can potentially be traced. As for now, free speech laws are keeping Juicy Campus from being shut down or charged for any
offenses. However, since online bullying has become a bigger topic in recent months, backlash could be on the horizon. Numerous campuses are outraged at the juvenile nature of the site and have begun to take action. Some spam the site, posting Wikipedia articles, poetry, Biblical passages and other lengthy posts that have nothing to with the site’s purpose. The goal is to overload and shut down the page, or at least make it harder to navigate. While some students enjoy posting and even more enjoy reading the site, others are nervous about what they say is its dangerous potential.
Water Filtration Company Speaks at UT Amidst Brazilian TV Controversy By Thiago Queiroz Reporter
Purificaa, the largest company of water filters in Latin America, came Nov. 1 to UT to present products. After studies were carried out on the exclusive technology used on the company’s filters, it may be that the “unique” water the filters generate may not be so unique at all. The company was founded in the city of Maringá, Brazil, a decade ago. During this time, the company has gone from being a local filter producer to a multi-million dollar enterprise. Just recently, Purifiaca has gone international, bringing its
products and exclusive technology to the United States. The presentation explained the harmful effects bottled water can have on the environment, how Purificaa filters work, and also to attract possible investors. Jonatas Justus, founder and President of the company in Brazil, led the presentation and discussed the many benefits of drinking the water filtered by the Purifica filters. “Purifica is revolutionary. It imitates nature in three steps,” said Justus. The filters supposedly process water in the same way nature does. First, the regular tap water that is put in is filtered by a compound that imitates the soil of the ground,
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reducing chlorine, heavy metals, hard water, and bacteria. Next, an infrared plate revitalizes the filtered water. Finally, a special set of magnets expose the water to a magnetic field, similar to that generated by the earth’s rotation.
Dr. David Bluebaker, head chemist of Purifica, stated that “the infrared energy, together with the magnetic field, restructure the water molecules into smaller clusters, making it easier for the cells of our body to assimilate and absorb.” However, the validity of these statements has been contested in research done by the Brazilian TV show Fantástico on the Purifica water filters. “These magnets are exactly the same as nothing,” said Paulo Sérgio Santos, chemistry professor at the Universidad de São Paulo, in interview to Fantástico. In laboratory experiments conducted on the water filtered by Purifica filters, it was concluded that the quality of the water isn’t much different than that of any
other filter. “We didn’t observe significant changes in the results obtained,” said Silviany Gonçalves, technical director of the laboratory in the interview with the TV show. “This type of equipment doesn’t add anything to the water.” Dermatologist Valéria Petri told the show that “these magnets are there to mislead the consumers into thinking that something is happening there.” The episode of the program was produced in 2007. Since Purifica’s presentation at UT, The Minaret has attempted to contact the company to comment on these claims, but it could not be reached by our staff.
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The Minaret | November 7, 2008 News From Public Info to Straight-Talk Express By Kelley Bumstead Staff Writer
University of Tampa employee Dan Sullivan may only be 25, but he has already met more famous political figures than many people meet in a lifetime. Over the past few weeks, the Office of Public Information employee has met the McCain family and Sarah Palin in addition to supporters including Senators Mel Martinez and Joe Lieberman . “I’m friends with people who work on the campaign,” said Sullivan. “They know I’m interested in politics and they hooked me up.” Sullivan first met presidential candidate’s daughter Megan McCain at a campaign event at SideBern’s in October. “I talked to her and had my picture taken with her,” said Sullivan. “It was more of a casual social event. Out of the people I’ve met, she was probably the one I talked to the longest.” Soon after, the 2006 UT grad was invited to the Palin rally . “My friends knew I wanted to meet Palin or McCain,” he said. “They said Palin is going to be here and we can get you backstage at the rally.” Sullivan sat backstage in the VIP section where he was able to meet the VicePresidential candidate and her husband. “One of the things that struck me was the security prep they did leading up to it,” he said of the event.
Photos courtesy of Dan Sullivan
“They seemed like they were running a really tight ship with her and they didn’t let us spend a whole lot of time with her.” “There was really heightened security and they didn’t let us spend a whole lot of time with her. With McCain it was more like chatting with your friend.” The chance to meet presidential candidate John McCain came when Sullivan was invited to greet the Arizona Senator at the airport. “We watched the Straight Talk Express land and everyone get off,”
he said. “It was interesting because the media was with them too. They all got off the back of the plane and the politicians got off the front. “ In addition to his wife, McCain was joined by Florida Governor Charlie Christ, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and Senators Mel Martinez and Joe Lieberman. “Meeting McCain was definitely a star-struck moment,” said Sullivan. “I said ‘I used to live in Arizona and you were a great senator.’ I shook his hand and then he introduced me to his wife.” Sullivan said the past few weeks have brought many unique and memorable experiences. “Even if McCain doesn’t win the election it’s something I’ll always remember and something not everyone gets to do,” he said.
Dan Sullivan with Megan McCain
UT Students Vote, Some Forced to Vote Provisional By Cristobal Gomez Reporter
University of Tampa students went out and voted on Election Day. Students that listed UT as their address were assigned to precinct 165 and their polling station was Greater Bethel Baptist Church. Many UT students got up early in order to be, including senior Ryan Debock who was one of the first people in line this morning, ““I felt tired but happy.” The UT College Democrats and Students for Obama were also out early providing students with rides to and from the polls. Senior Marissa Robinson was up at 6:15 a.m. in order to be able to man the table the UT Democrats had set up in Vaughn Center. Michael Long, the president for UT Students for Obama said he’d been working for the Obama campaign for 18 months and said he would be ecstatic if Barack Obama wins. Long was confident about who the majority of UT students would vote for Obama. He said, “So far we’ve seen a very strong support for Senator Obama here, and I do think he is going to overwhelming win the University of Tampa vote.” The lines were relatively short during the morning, but waiting time increased during the afternoon. Around 4 p.m. some students found themselves waiting for close to an hour to get into the polling station, while earlier in the
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day some voters didn’t have to wait for more than five minutes. Senior Taylor Asermely waited for about an hour for her chance to vote in the afternoon and predicted Barack Obama would win the presidential election. If John McCain won the election Taylor said, “I’m moving out of the country.” Freshman Brittany Morgan voted for the first time today and to add to the significance of the day it was also her 18th birthday “Ya, I’m really excited,” Morgan said. Junior Alex Fernadez and freshman Lisa Clark got up at 6:30 a.m. to be able to make it to the polls early. “It was really easy, easier than I thought,” Clark said about her first voting experience. Some students encountered difficulties at the polls, with many being forced to cast provisional ballots. (NOTE: I’m not exactly sure what this means, but UT democrats were saying that was bad...not sure if they will be counted…but I’m confused on
that maybe somebody at Minaret knows more). Junior Molly Caperna waited in the line for a short time but then encountered problems inside. She was told her name was not on the list, but she insisted she had registered at UT. She was finally allowed to cast a provisional ballot. Andrea Boltwood, sophomore, also had to settle with casting a provisional ballot after waiting for close to two hours because she was told her name was not on the list. “This is ridiculous,” Boltwood said. Professor Mary Anne Watson is the advisor for the UT College Democrats and Students for Barack Obama, and she was busy giving rides to students since 10 a.m. The Democrats had two vans and a couple cars that were used to take students to the polls. Long estimated that they shuttled about 300 students throughout the day. While the College Democrats and Students for Barack Obama were out in force and visible on campus, there was a clear lack of representation by the College Republicans and Students for McCain on campus. Katrina Castillo, Chairman of the College Republicans, said that they did not participate with the free rides because she felt it was more important to be in their victory offices working on GOTV, getting the vote out initiative.
The Minaret | November 7, 2008
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The Minaret | November 7, 2008
Students Take A Hike To Find The Cure
UT Students Strip Off The Pounds
By Erika Escobar Features Writer
Plant Hall’s Music Room saw a different kind of song and dance late last month when Ashley Hicks decided to bring an aerobics striptease class to UT. “I found this to be a great opportunity for girls to get in touch with their sexuality,” she said. Hicks has been an instructor of the art for a while now, and finds that it is a great way to slim down and have fun. She began the class with a question. “Do you want to learn the basics, or do you want to learn a routine?” she said. Within a heartbeat, students’ resounding answer came: “Routine!” By the end of the hour long class, all the students had learned a sexy and seductive routine that was sure to catch attention. “It was fun, and [the instructor] was really good at teaching us all those moves.” said one enthusiastic student. The atmosphere of the music room was turned upside down, fueled by the fast paced beat of the Pussy Cat Dolls’ song “Don’t Cha” and dim yellow lights. Despite the setup not reflecting that of a typical gym class, there was some muscle building and fat burning action
By Sarah Bernstein Special to The Minaret
Eight members of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, along with one UT alumnus, gave up their weekend to walk 72 hours for a cure for breast cancer. Sarah Bernstein, Daniele Pepe, Ashley Dignam, Lauren Keith, Raina Armbruster, Amy Stack, Natalie Sweeting and Liz Paonessa, along with Alpha Chi Omega and UT alumnus Katie Griffin. Each team member had to raise a minimum of $2,200 in order to walk, and to date the team has raised $19,488.00 for breast cancer. Tampa Bay as a city raised $4.55 million. Photos courtesy of Sarah Bernstein.
going on due to the complexity of the routine. “I didn’t think it was going to be this hard, but it was a good work out,” another student pointed out. “What I love most is that by the end of the class the students feel better about themselves,” Hicks said. She was right. By the end of the evening, students were enthused over this new and interesting way of exercise. “I am definitely looking forward to doing this class again,” one student said. Unfortunately, this is not a regular McNiff fitness class. However, Hicks encouraged students to find something they were comfortable with. “Our main location is Orlando, but sometimes we do offer classes here in St. Pete, so if you really do want to learn some more, you should find a place that is closer and much more convenient,” she said. There are also other types of dance classes that are available here on UT campus, like Zumba, Hip Hop and Fit Around the World. For more information on the fitness schedule go to the UT website and search McNiff, where you will find a calendar of all the events taking place. Erika Escobar can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UT Student Organizes Troop Donations at Local UPS Store By Delaney Spoerl Reporter
This week: Take a look at Tanzania
By JP Busche Features Writer
The United Republic of Tanzania is situated in East Africa, next to Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi. With 38.8 million inhabitants and the city of Dodoma as its capital, Tanzania is a single nation thanks to Julius Nyerere, the country’s first president. Nyerere inaugurated Kiswahili as the official language so everybody would be able to communicate with each other, according to Qalbehussein Walimohamed. Walimohamed is a junior majoring in biochemistry who wants to become a dentist. Tanzania is best known for its tropic weather along with its beautiful wild life and natural habitats, which remain largely preserved and untouched by human influence. A highlight of the nature is the Kilimanjaro, one of the most
picturesque mountains on the planet. At 19,340 feet tall, it’s the highest one on the African continent. Dar-is-salaam, the former capital, Dodoma, the current capital and one of the most developed cities, and Arusha, which serves as starting point for hikers planning on scaling Kilimanjaro are three important cities. A close domicile nearby is the Island of Sanzibar, consisting of the island of Unguja Pembar. The Island is well known for its tourism due to its beautiful beaches. Arusha is a very cozy city, which gets a little chilly at night due to its proximity to Kilimanjaro. Mwanza is another beautiful city. While there, visiting the preserved craters is definitely recommended, just to see another beautiful proof of the natural richness and beauty that the country offers. The city of Mwanza is close to Lake Victoria, where the Nile starts.
The country’s rich culture still contains a number of different tribes, such as the Chagga. Although tribes used to be known for being isolated and avoiding the city, in recent years they’ve opened up and now host tourists and go into the city. Rice and chicken-based dishes are common, as are coconuts due to their abundance in the dessert. At school, students wear uniforms with the emblem of their school on it, just like in England. Tanzania`s school system is based on the GCSE, or General Certificate of Secondary Education. This certificate goes hand in hand with the A-level, which makes students equal to English students, meaning no further evaluation would be needed for higher education in the UK. After school, students just go home, eat lunch, change clothes and meet with their friends, often to play soccer together. JP Busche can be reached at email@example.com.
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UT senior Erica Grasso is helping soldiers who are fighting in the middle east. Erica Grasso’s mission is to create military awareness in the Tampa Bay community. To do this, she started a supply drive when her friend Braden Amigo was deployed to Afghanistan in July 2008. Over the months, Grasso shipped items to Amigo, but found it difficult. “As a college student, shipping goods became really expensive and I needed help,” she said. Turiq H. Khan, manager of UPS on W. Platt St. agreed to set up a supplies drive where customers can donate items and ship one box over for free. Grasso’s list has many items including toiletries, nonperishable food items, DVDs, reading material and bed sheets. Grasso said she is unsure how long the supply drive will last. “It all depends on how quickly the boxes fill,” she said. “We are constantly looking for new donors and supporters who can provide information or funding to help ship the requested items over seas.” Donations are distributed throughout to the troops. The shipments usually take 12 days to reach the troops. Currently not all UPS stores
Photo from mctcampus.com are involved in this project, but if the drive is successful enough in the Tampa Bay area, Grasso hopes to reach out to other stores interested in supporting the program.
Recommended Items to Donate: • Sunscreen • M a g a z i n e s / Books • Phone Cards • Baby Wipes • Toothbrushes • Bug Spray • VHS / DVDs • Magazines • Bed Sheets • Pillows
Veteran’s Day Special
The Minaret | November 7, 2008
Celebrating Ut’s stUdent soldiers
ROTC Cadet Carries On Grandfathers’ Legacy MSIV. While in the ROTC Program, participants are free to pick their majors but they are required to take classes corresponding to ROTC. The classes depend on what year a person is in the program but everyone participates in a lab which usually takes place on Tuesday afternoons in Plant Park. The ROTC classes depend on what year in school a person is. For example, a freshman will take Military Science Leadership 101 and move on to more advanced
ROTC members run in places like Bayshore, through downtown and around campus. We all see that building. You A typical day starts off with know, the one with the big letters stretching as a battalion before that say ROTC on the front. everyone separates into different But do we really know what groups depending on their running happens inside, or what ROTC even ability. stands for? After a run all the groups For those of you who don’t, stretch and fallout for food and it means Reserve Officer Training hygiene. Corps and its purpose is to train Some other drills that and builds self-confidence in the ROTC members partake in are men and women who have and will different battle drills in Plant Park protect our country. preparing them for the field and Drew Myers, known LDAC (Leadership as Brad to his friends is in “[This program] has been the D e v e l o p m e n t his third year of the ROTC Assessment Course) most rewarding experience.” which occurs in the program at the University of Tampa. summer before a -Drew “Brad” Myers Myers researched ways student’s senior year, to join the military and which takes place in Ft. found the ROTC Program Louis in Washington on goarmy.com. courses each year. State. After browsing through schools, “The great thing about ROTC If a person does not pass the scholarships and applications Myers is that you can choose your major 26-day course then they will not found a liking in the ROTC program and get a degree in which ever area become a Commissioned Officer. UT offered and decided to apply. you choose.” Myers chose Sports “We practice our drills because “I like to think that I have Management for his major. each semester we have a JFTX matured a little faster than most kids Myers had a tough freshman training weekend where we go into who are not in the program,” said year, not knowing what he got the field to be evaluated on what we Myers. “I am training to be a leader himself into. But his nerves calmed know,” said Myers. and if I haven’t changed by the time and as he stuck with it he began to After a long workout the food I graduate then I haven’t done my love ROTC. is eagerly welcomed by the recruits. job to be an effective leader in the “It was the best thing that ever They are not put on diets and can eat U.S. Army.” happened to me,” said Myers. whatever they please, but while in With both of his grandfathers PT, or physical training, the field that’s a different story. in the Navy, Myers feels he was formation starts at 5:45 a.m. M.R.E’s (meals ready to eat) destined to hold a spot in the on Mondays, Wednesdays and are consumed when they get to program. Thursday’s. But with Myers’ the field. One grandfather was a fighter sleeping skills he is able to fall They are high calorie meals to pilot and the other worked on back asleep after PT. give the energy needed for a long submarines. “What we do depends on the period of time, since there is limited Myers is currently a MSIII days because some days we could time to eat. (Military Science) right now and run five miles and other days we “I like them,” said Myers. “It will not hold a leadership position may not run and just do muscle just depends on what you get.” until next year when he will be a failure,” said Myers. Some meals consist of By Michelle Magner Features Writer
Myers is an enthusiastic cadet.
Photo by Mindy Tucker.
spaghetti and meatballs, chili and his mother’s side was hesitant at beans and tortellini. first but is now supportive and “Without understands the our superiors’ commitment GO ONLINE support we Myers has Do you know a student w o u l d n ’t b e made. soldier or veteran? going into the “I have Talk about it on our Army because learned how Web site: there would be www.theminaretonline.com to be a great no one to lead leader. I have the way and learned what it teach us what we need to know takes to succeed in life and that you effectively in order to become can’t just take what you have for Second Lt’s in the U.S. Army,” granted. I have learned that nothing said Myers. in life is free and that you have to Myers is glad that he is earn the respect of others around guaranteed a job when he graduates you and that you cannot just assume and will have no debt to pay back. that you are going to be liked and “I have learned so much from respected,” said Myers. this program in the three years that Once Myers graduates he I have been in it and it has been the is going to proudly become a most rewarding experience,” said Commissioned Officer in the United Myers. States Army. His father’s side of the family Michelle Magner can be is very supportive of him, while reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afghanistan Veteran Student Soldier Returns to ROTC
By JP Busche Features Writer
Quite a few students decide to work before going to college. One of those students is 22 year old Thomas Sawicki. Instead of starting right away with attaining higher education, he decided to join the Army at age 17. Sawicki said he wanted "to do something else than school first," and joining the Army gave him that opportunity. "College gives the kids a great chance to be independent and away from home,” he said. “Unfortunately some people get overthrown by their new freedom and have problems handling it." Starting in Fort Benning Georgia, he moved to Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he received his bootcamp training. From there on, his path led him to Fort Drum in New York. He Left Fort Drum and headed to Afghanistan for a 13 month mission, where he served his country as a doorgunner in a Ch407 Helicopter.
Besides flying on patrol, he and his crew brought supply and mail to smaller bases inaccessible by other means. Sawicki said his helicopter was often shot at while patrolling the skies Sawicki mans a machine gun. Photo courtesy of Thomas Sawicki. over Afghanistan. The attackers mostly used diers that served with him were at handguns and sometimes rocket least 30 years old. Although his mother was not propelled grenades, or RPGs. too excited about him going to AfSawicki also saw a few inghanistan and his girlfriend broke tense firefights but said that thanks up with him before his deployto the fact that the aggressors did ment, Sawicki said he enjoyed the not know how to use their weap13 month service. ons properly, he survived without After 90 days of his tour he being wounded. had three weeks of vacation, which Back at the base, it was hard he used to go back home to New not to have a good time. York and relax. Volleyball, basketball and Coming back to Afghanistan working out with fellow soldiers after the break was a little hard in helped him socialize and stay healthy at the same time. the beginning, but routine kicks Sawicki was 20 years old by back in after a few days. "You fall right back in the that time, but most of the other sol-
Sawicki on board a Chinook helicopter.
place, it feels like I had never been gone,” Sawicki said. He described his time as a member of the armed forces as very useful, helping young men to become more mature, to operate as a team and form crucial bonds. After finally returning from Afghanistan, he went to see his family in New York for two weeks before leaving again, this time heading south to Tampa. Sawicki joined the ROTC
Photo courtesy of Thomas Sawicki.
program at UT. He said he wanted to become a pilot upon graduation, since he has a strong interest in the aviation field, which led him to obtain his commercial pilot license. He would like to become a Colonel and stay in the army until it is time to retire. JP Busche can be reached at email@example.com.
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UT Students: We Do It!
percentage of the world living in poverty. PEACE will also be giving out information on hunger and On Wednesday, Nov. 12, homelessness. University of Tampa’s Sodexo UT Student JJ Paolino, who Dining Services will be collecting is a singer and songwriter, will cans of food for a non-charitable entertain the crowd from 12 p.m. organization called Cans Across to 2 p.m. America. “I think people should support The event will be held from 12 this event because there’s a really p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Vaughn Center cool concept behind it, and Courtyard. it’s something that UT is college kids taking part in can get into the promotion because it’s not along with asking for a lot of more than 500 money or whole universities and meals, it’s asking colleges sponsored for cans, which by Sodexo USA in we all can afford to combination with the Sodexo donate and will go a long way Foundation and the Stop Hunger with those who are in need,” says Initiative. Some hospitals and Paolino. senior centers are also taking part He plays acoustic guitar and in this great cause. has a CD of ten songs professionally The local goal is to collect recorded with his band from his over 2,000 pounds of food that will home state of Rhode Island. be donated to America’s Second His CD will be on sale for $5 Harvest of Tampa Bay. at the event. The national goal is to collect Paolino will be performing a minimum of 400,000 a mix of his own pounds of food, Local Goal: original songs and which would smash 2,000 pounds cover songs by other the Guinness world artists. record for the biggest National Goal: Having opened food drive by a non- 400,000 pounds for Yellowcard charitable organization. last semester, he is All this is to be done in (would be a eager to perform on a 24-hour period. again. Guinness Book campus All students are Adding to the urged to participate. World Record) fun will be a huge Cans Across America inflatable obstacle is a fantastic way to make an course that Student Productions is impact in communities locally and providing from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. all across America. Cans Across America will also Not only are students be collecting cans for donation encouraged to take part in this in the Café and in the Stadium cause but faculty, staff and the Center. general community are as well. “Certainly, the best part of “It is my sincerest hope that the whole event is loading up the the UT and local community pounds and pounds of graciously realize the importance of this event donated food into the truck knowing and make an effort to participate, that, perhaps, we have saved a life contribute and help change lives today,” states Burghardt. for the better,” said Burghardt. Interested in participating in Many people are in greater the “Can Do Builders Challenge?” need now more than ever due to Email firstname.lastname@example.org, the current state of the economic now! situation, and this is a great way to give back and reach out. “Our goal is to create an event that not only benefits hundreds in the local community but also builds awareness and comradery,” said Burghardt. “Considering the current economic turmoil, I feel that it is very important for those who can to pause for a moment and help those in need,” he continued. The event is sure to be a blast, starting at 8 a.m. with a challenge to the student body called “Can Do Builders Challenge.” Teams of students are expected to collect cans and build sculptures in the Vaughn Center Courtyard that will be judged at 3 p.m. A $300 catering gift certificate goes to the winning team. The PEACE organization will be displaying a piece that consists of reflective Popsicle sticks, visually representing the By CarolAnn Fazio Staff Writer
1st “We are Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” Carlos Ramos and Zach Joyner
2nd “3-Hole-Punch Jim,” from “The Office” Amber Miller
3rd “Dick in a Box,” an “SNL” spoof Shannon Grippando
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The Minaret | November 7, 2008
A Spartan Herds
By Mel Steiner Arts & Entertainment Editor
Tyler Montieth, a UT junior, enjoys watching a good game of football, studies hard to earn his two degrees, teaches part-time at Wesley Chapel High School, practices the saxophone daily and all the while has time to lead the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band. Being involved in music since high school, he met former “Thunder” director Dr. Robinson at a music judication. When Montieth entered college, he knew he wanted to march with the Bulls. The USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band was still building and was therefore open to all wind players willing to march at the games. Registering for the USF class entitled “University Marching Band,” he committed to this schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and sometimes Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This year, Tyler Montieth has taken on the role of drum major
in the marching band. He is one of three conductors to lead 320 members across the Raymond James Stadium every home game. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Although it requires a great deal of coordination and preparation, it is such a rewarding experience,” he said. The band is currently under the direction of John Schnettler. “He is such a great guy! He pushes everyone to work hard and reminds us to always be prepared. He encourages us to strive for excellence. I’ve learned a lot from working with him,” Montieth said. A member of the UT Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, Montieth also takes private saxophone lessons. So how does he handle attending both UT and USF? Tailoring his class schedules is the hardest part. Pursuing a double major at UT in Music and Criminology, his time management must be impeccable. “I have to make sure I allow myself enough time to get to Fowler Field at USF and beat rush
hour traffic, while taking all of my required courses at UT.” He continues, “It really is an amazing experience – one unlike any other. There’s just a rush you get when you perform on TV and in front of such an enormous crowd. I love the atmosphere – it’s football and music!” His ambitious nature and his passion for the music are inspiring and fresh. Never missing a Bulls home game, UT Student Government President Andrew Learned met Montieth at El Paso three years ago. “The band has imporved this year with him in charge. He’s such a great guy!” Learned said. So watch for UT’s Tyler Montieth leading the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band at the Bull’s home games televised by ESPN!
USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band in “Bull” formation (top) Montieth poses on the field (above)
Cafe European Remains A Tampa Favorite
Located next to Urso Hall, guests enjoy a taste of Europe By Elizabeth Harm Staff Writer
You know it’s true whether you want to admit it or not. America is in an economic recession and it sucks. Food prices have skyrocketed to where you second guess buying a box of Cheerios or gallon of milk. Luckily there is a restaurant that feels our pains, or at least pokes fun of them. Café European dishes superior European and continental cuisine with a side of dry humor. Located between Urso Hall and The Retreat, this cozy café is often overlooked as students walk to Walgreens or stumble away from the bar. Run by British born husband and wife team, Mike and Suzie Vanderburg serve up homemade, affordable meals without sacrificing taste. British comedy flows fresh in the cozy café as Mr. Vanderburg will happily tell you everything on the menu is “good” in tone absent of human emotion. In reality the food is exquisite, boasting the best fish and chips (fried fish and French fries) in Tampa and homemade quiches comparable to any five star restaurant. Each item is prepared fresh on the premises by chef Ms. Vanderburg, who also specializes in extravagant salads, European favorites like bangers and mash ( sausage links and mashed potatoes), and constructs daily specials. All lunch items are under $10 and the lunch special is always $6.95. These London locals have not lost their sense of humor in the face of economic troubles. A “Recession Dinner Menu” was added to the regular dinner menu, catering to those dinner crowds who want the elegance of dinner without the hiked price or monstrous portions. However, items in “Recession Dinner Menu” do not reflect the title. Flat iron steak, veal escalope, and panko-crusted chicken with beurre blanc are all offered under $12.00. The menu is
also colored red for those economic buffs that get the joke. Being in the “red” means finical loss and being in the “black” means financial growth. “Basically for less spending on the food they might well order a glass of wine or desert.”, said Michel Vanderberg, owner of Café European. The dessert menu is limited but has no need for expansion. Bread and butter pudding, a old English favorite, is served with warm cream. My favorite desert is the petite pot au chocolate or chocolate mousse. Light, airy and smooth the mousse is between dark and milk chocolate and just sweet enough to keep you from licking the bowl clean. The lunch menu does not include a recession menu but prices are less than dinner. I recommend the fish and chips, roast beef salad, quiche and creamed spinach. Vegetarians can find plenty of choices too in the vegetable plate served with a side of mashed potatoes and tomato, basil and mozzarella sandwiches served with soup, house salad or fries.
Mike and Suzie Vanderburg
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MTV’s Gideon Yago Rocks Our Vote
Photo by Chelsea Michelson By Mike Trobiano Staff Writer
On Wednesday, Oct. 29, former MTV personality Gideon Yago spoke at UT to inform students about the impact of voting and to encourage them to get in the know. Having interviewed both Senator John McCain and Senator
Barack Obama in addition to numerous celebrities, Yago is well rounded in both the music and political arena. Back in 2000, Yago applied for a job at MTV and began working on the network’s “Rock the Vote” campaign. This passion to educate teens became one of Yago’s most important career goals, one in which he continues today. During his stay at MTV, Yago interviewed several politicians and political celebrities, bringing awareness to students and showing them the importance of knowing politics. Mike Trobiano (MT): What brings you to Florida? Gideon Yago (GY): I’ve been on the road the last couple of weeks, going to different colleges, I think mostly because there’s a very bona fide, very strong interest in the election. It’s certainly not like anything I’ve seen before, and, as somebody who spent seven and a half years working specifically to enfranchise and abdicate for the youth vote, I think people just kind of were interested in what I have to say. MT: What made you switch from music to politics? GY: Well, there was never really a change. I started working at MTV in 2000 covering the election and that was one of the great things
about MTV because you could have a beat between current events and politics and whatnot and you could still get to cover the bands. I think as world events kind of dictated it, we ramped up our coverage. So in and around 9/11, the Iraq war, certainly in 2004, I mean, those were the biggest stories for young people or finding a way to put our audiences face or take on that kind of coverage seems to be the right thing to do with that enormous microphone. I think that’s kind of how that happened but it was never like I stopped doing one it was just like my beat there was definitely the current events and politics beat. My life was there. MT: Is it difficult to stay unbiased with both parties? GY: Well, you always endeavor to stay unbiased as much as you can in the coverage that you do. But journalism is a craft and not a science. There’s equal parts to this and this story, and there are equal parts to that and the next story. So you just try and hold yourself to a reasonable standard. The whole
point of our initiatives was to give our audience an inversion point into the national dialogue. MT: Why do you think politicians are targeting young audiences now more than ever? GY: Because it’s going to be a tight election and because there are 78 million people in this country who are between the ages of 16 and 26, which is one in every four citizens. MT: Why do you think it is important for young people to vote? GY: Obviously you want to be represented in some way, especially when there are huge stakes for the nation because the bubble that you might live in in college eventually dissipates and you find yourself going grill to grill against the real world and there’s ways to kind of absolve yourself of any responsibility if you want to. We have the numerical, the economic, the ingenuitive power and capabilities to really transform this
From TRL to coverage in Iraq, popular MTV news host and VJ encourages students to take charge of the future
country. The big question is how much sustained influence will we have as a generation and will it be only on the product of a reaction or some major crisis or situation where we’re all kind of up shit’s creek without a paddle. MT: What are your future career plans? Do you plan on staying with politics and continuing down this route? GY: I’ve been writing screenplays for the last year and a half. I have two movies out that are circulating; I don’t know if they will ever get made but one’s about Wall Street and one’s about guys coming home from Iraq. I have a TV show coming out on the IOC on Nov. 18 called “The Media Project,” which is sort of an unfortunate look on the absurdity of how journalism gets made.
Savior Or Tyrant: Become Your Heart’s True Desire in “Fable II”
By Shannon Grippando Staff Writer
Having never played the original “Fable,” I picked up the recently released sequel to see what all the fuss has been about and to give you, my loyal readers, an unbiased, outsider’s view on how “Fable II” stacks up and if it’s justifiable to spend your hardearned money on it rather than a tank of gas. In “Fable II” you are destined to become Albion’s greatest Hero,
but your every action determines whether you will be a saint or a devil. Kindly acts such as freeing slaves from their abusive masters influences your Good attributes, while deceitful deeds like stealing sways you toward Evil. Good or Evil, it’s up to you; either way you’ll advance accordingly with unique acquired skills. Abilities are categorized into three camps: Strength, Skill and Will. Strength focuses on swordplay
and power, Skill enhances ranged weapons and speed and Will boosts magic. Take your pick and mix them up, there’s plenty of customization in abilities alone and it’s seamless to change among them on-the-fly. Joining the hero on his journey is his faithful canine companion who serves as a treasure guide, an enemy alert and a helping-hand in battle. It’s an innovative addition that works well, for the most part. However, the D-pad serves as a short-cut for certain situationdependant actions, such as interacting with your dog. Just a few footsteps between you and the character you’re interacting will can change the D-pad-actions to display different ones. Since your dog is constantly running around, things can be a bit tricky if you’re in a hurry. I once tried to pet my puppy to calm him down from the intimidating surroundings. But he decided to bolt off at the last moment and I ended up using my last health potion I was saving for the tough road ahead. Too bad you can kill just about everything in this game except your dog. Don’t think “Fable II” is all work and no play, though. I was all set, ready to tackle the wide-open world in front of me: free the impoverished, pummel the thieves and make my name known and feared throughout the world. So, what was one of the first things I did? I tried to get my character laid, of course. Yes, you can get your groove
on in “Fable II”, whether that be wholesomely or whore-somely. You have the choice of wooing a courtly lass with gifts or hiring a hooker to do the nasty (which, surprisingly, increased my Good raiting…). But remember, always use a condom! (Yes, that’s not even a joke, if you seriously don’t use protection in “Fable II” you might get an STD… electric gonorrhea, the noisy killer. Ouch!) “Fable II’s” humor is one of its greatest additions. Most of the game seems to be at least a bit tongue-in-cheek, perhaps a wink from Lionhead Studios not to take any of this too seriously. Nearly all the characters sport a dry, British sense of humor which literally had me laughing out loud for much of the game. Do you enjoy Monty Python and Simon Pegg films? You’ll love “Fable II,” then. While “Fable II’s” main storyline isn’t the longest around (about six hours, give or take) side-quests and extras are rich and plentiful. The number of things to do in the game is overwhelming at times: assassinate criminals, buy property, get a job, hunt down powerful weapons, get married, play
bar games, the list is huge. The world is ultimately what you make it. And good news for all you Xbox Live fiends. “Fable II” supports Live co-op, so you can embark on heroic journeys in Albion with your friends, as well. “Fable II” is a fun and rewarding experience with plenty of replay value, whether that’s with a friend or with a different moral affinity. Its few flaws are easily overlooked for its amazing gameplay, stunning graphics and humourous overtones. This is a must have for any Xbox 360 owner with an interest in the fantastical or becoming the hero or villain they always wanted to become. I give “Fable II” for the Xbox 360 a 5/5.
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The Minaret | November 7, 2008
by Austin Daniels
By Lasha Seniuk Tribune Media Services
Aries (March 21-April 19) Hide away in your room and give yourself some private time. You can sleep, if appropriate. That works. Rest and regain your sense of humor and imagination. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Loved ones of loved ones turn out to be some of your very best friends. Get together with family for a wonderful time. In-laws and cousins of cousins count too, as you well know. Gemini (May 21-June 21) It’s not what you say, it’s what you do. You’re great at many different things. You have tons of natural talent. Use it now, and increase your income.
By Micaela Lydon Staff Writer
The dictionary defines a changeling as a child exchanged for another by fairies. In Clint Eastwood’s newest film, the corrupt LAPD of the 1920s represents the fairies, which knowingly returns a missing child to the wrong mother in order to settle the case and revive their image. The mother, played beautifully by Angelina Jolie, goes on a dogged quest to correct the mistake and find her son. Jolie’s performance was moving, evoking the raw emotion of a mother who, despite the opposition, is determined to fight for her only child. John Malkovich’s put on a noteworthy performance as well, as a fiery Reverend whose mission was to expose the crooked acts of the LAPD. The movie is based on actual events, centered around the brutal child murders that occurred in the late twenties on a California farm. Despite it’s lengthy duration, the movie lacked a long, drawn-out
Cancer (June 22-July 22) You’re lucky now, but don’t take a risk regarding your work. A last-minute change causes a major glitch. Don’t leave early. Your absence would be noticed, and you’d be sorely missed.
feeling. It was, instead, thoroughly enjoyable throughout, held together by stellar performances and an interesting plot. I highly recommend this film, as it is my favorite of the season.
Director: Clint Eastwood Running Time: 2 hours, 21 minutes Rating: R
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Don’t promise your loved ones anything you can’t afford to get. You’d love to make them happy, of course. If you can manage, you can always surprise them later. If not, no harm done. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Let somebody else carry part of the load for you now. This job has turned out to be more difficult than you thought it would be. There’s no shame in asking for help.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) A comforting conversation leads to new hope and a few new ideas. This is good, because once your imagination is sparked, you’ll come up with a lot of more ideas on your own. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your sweetheart wants to make you happy, but in doing so could wreck the budget you’ve so carefully built and maintained. Set some limits re: your birthday present. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Before you go racing off to buy something new to spruce up your decor, dig around in the garage, basement, attic or wherever you hide cool stuff from last year and the year before. You have something that will work, and you already love it. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Allow your imagination to wander pretty much without restraint. You hardly ever do that, but this time it’ll be OK. There’s a really crazy idea out there, waiting for you to find it. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Because of a few amazing things you’ve done in the past, you may qualify to take on more responsibility. If you do it, at least make sure you get an increase in status. More money would be nice, too. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Accept an offer to go somewhere and do something, but not during working hours. Your absence would be missed. Also, don’t talk back to the boss. Be respectful.
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Four More Years of No Election
Two More Months of Bush
Obama’s Acceptance Speech
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Commentary The Minaret | November 7, 2008 Editorial: Advice for Obama Alright, Mr. Obama, let’s see what you can do. You have an overwhelming majority of electoral votes. You have the Senate and House of Representatives on your side. You have a majority of the governors in the same party as you. And, you have a million campaign promises to fulfill. You promised us change. You promised us hope. You promised us reform and progress. And now we get to cash in on those promises. Our country has endured strife, trouble and low points in the past. There is little doubt that these current times are difficult and that a strong leader is necessary to restore American glory. Your legacy will not be for undoing everything the Bush administration did and blaming them for the problems, but rather for steering this country into a new day. We can only hope that you work with the Congress—who had a lower approval rating than
the President—to reflect the true opinions of the American people. You promised us you wouldn’t pander to special interests and big corporations. Follow through on that, but don’t make us regret electing you on that platform. Mr. Obama, you have given an entire population new hope. Every African-American boy and man who never thought he could ascend to the peak of American politics now has the hope that he, too, can win an election on the right platform. And more than that, your victory gives hope to millions of other underrepresented minorities, such as the Asians, the Hispanics, and the Native Americans. They have the all the potential in the world to earn the right to someday sleep in the White House. The worst thing you can do is sit in the Oval Office and focus solely on eliminating the Bush legacy. While public support for his
policies lies in the deepest rifts of the Pacific Ocean, much of the discontent revolves around the war in Iraq, not his tax cuts and education reform. The spirit of No Child Left Behind is right; the execution was lacking. This election was powerful. It was historic. It was certainly interesting. The American people have made their choices. Some of them are baffling, like the decision by any rational person to vote for Buddy Johnson in Hillsborough County, but this is the will of the populace. Remember always that you are the elected official posing as the face of the country. Your responsibility is to carry out our will and always act in our best interest, not your own, not your party’s and not your friend’s. Don’t let us down. You’ve already made history in the polls. Now make history in the White House.
Out Of Class, Some Students Are Classless
Photo by Valentinian / flickr.com By Kadie Hayward Columnist
NO ENTRY FEE
BOATS FURNISHED TRAVEL ALLOWANCE
A few days ago, I was heading back to my room from the parking garage after a shopping trip, my hands full of miscellaneous shopping bags, when a couple opened the stairwell door. I thought to myself, “Yes! I can grab the door while it is closing behind them with my food and do the fun shimmy maneuver that flings the door open just long enough to get me and the bags through the door.” I did not have to shimmy. The gentleman half of this couple held the door open for me. Someone held open the door. Yes, I said it: Someone, here on this campus, actually held open a door for someone. I was in shock. I managed my usual perky “thanks!” and headed down the stairs where, if you can believe it, the lady half of the couple was holding the door open for me! Twice in just minutes, the door had been held open for me. Now, I am always slightly disappointed when I am impressed
with kind or polite behavior. It makes me sad to know that it isn’t common practice for most to hold open the door for someone whose hands are full, or to hold the elevator when you see someone coming. I am always surprised, and very concerned, when someone refuses to push the button for someone else’s floor. I know I shouldn’t be, but I’m overcome with pride when someone actually says “please” or “thank you” to maintenance or dining services. I shouldn’t be, but I am. Later as I walked down the sidewalk, basking in the moment that just occurred, I notice a group of four girls engaged in a very, very important conversation, presumably about shoes or rhinestone cell phone covers. This gaggle consumed the entire sidewalk. They were going to pass me, and I needed a plan. I could dodge them by slipping by the security building and taking the long way through ResCom courtyard. But these bags were really heavy.
I could make myself as thin as humanly possible (very difficult for someone with a set of cheeks as wide as mine—yes, those cheeks) and try to become one with the fence. I could stand my ground and fight them off with my bags, but that seemed a little risky being so close to security. I could walk into the street and brave the oncoming traffic until they passed and frankly, speeding BMW’s are usually less intimidating than groups of such girls. I took too long to decide. They were here and I needed to do something. Lindsay Lohan. Mary Kate Olsen. Think thin. Think thin. Nicole Ritchie. Misha Barton. I introduced my cheeks to the fence, and they became close friends quickly. It wasn’t enough. The sheer girth of my rear and the immense amount of bags refused to disappear into the fence. She ran into me. You’d think I had stolen her mini-Chihuahua right out of her Louis Vuitton dog bag. It isn’t like she had moved, even an inch, to make room for me on the sidewalk. “Let me get out of your way, princess,” I said in my mind. Out loud I said, “Excuse me. Sorry!” in the most sympathetic voice I could muster. And you wonder why a little bit of kindness surprises me so much. So, thank you to the nice couple who held open the door for me, and to the gentleman who waited for me to get on the elevator before letting go of the door open button. Thank you to the students in line around me who say “thank you” to dining services. And a special thank you to those girls and guys who are so concerned with fake tans, the newest Hudson jeans, and all of life’s other important necessities, for inspiring me. Kadie Hayward may be reached at email@example.com.
The Minaret | November 7, 2008
The Dream of a New Generation Monroe Dowling, 10, watches as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama speaks at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, Nov. 2. (Eric Albrecht/Columbus Dispatch/MCT)
After Landmark Election, Columnists Respond To A Transformed Nation
Obama: A Leader for Our Time Excerpt from a letter by Nobel Prize Winning novelist Toni Morrison endorsing Barack Obama. In thinking carefully about the strengths of the candidates, I stunned myself when I came to the following conclusion: that in addition to keen intelligence, integrity and a rare authenticity, you exhibit something that has nothing to do with age, experience, race or gender and something I don’t see in other candidates. That something is a creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom. It is too bad if we associate it only with gray hair and old age. Or if we call searing vision naiveté. Or if we believe cunning is insight. Or if we settle for finessing cures tailored for each ravaged tree in the forest while ignoring the poisonous landscape that feeds and surrounds it. Wisdom is a gift; you can’t train for it, inherit it, learn it in a class, or earn it in the workplace—that access can foster the acquisition of knowledge, but not wisdom.
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By Derrick Austin Commentary Editor
I lost my mind this week. Nosedeep in The Inferno, balancing a budget, laying out the commentary section til ungodly hours of the morning and struggling through writer’s block among myriad little problems like bad food and nasty weather wearing me to the bone. Election Day madness relieved no stress. But, glued to CNN’s electoral map explained by a holographic Wolf Blitzer, I shivered with joy and pride at the prospect of Barack Obama winning the election. I took a breath and said: This is beautiful. I’m not talking about issues. I’m not talking politics (though those were my primary motivations in voting for Obama; let’s not get that confused). As an African-American, this is a moment of sincere awe and inspiration. Black men and women of generations past say they never thought they would see the day, a glorious hope made tangible—well, I never thought I would see this day. I’m an optimist, but I’m fairly realistic about this country’s history. During primary season, I asked my mom what she thought about Obama running and possibly winning. She doubted he would
beat Hillary Clinton, let alone be elected president—if nothing terrible happens to him first, there’s no way we would elect a black man. Look now. He’s not a dream anymore. I woke up Wednesday morning and he is somewhere in this nation preparing for the day he’ll inherit the White House. I called my mother shortly after the major networks declared Obama the winner. She was speechless. I called my best friend from high school—a biracial girl—and she too was speechless. We couldn’t articulate the fireworks going off in our bodies. I stood in The Grill with friends and strangers, black and white, screaming, dancing, jumping and choking back tears. This is an epic occasion for African-Americans and blacks throughout the world to change age-old beliefs about blacks and what we can achieve. The world views us from a lens of pop culture and politics, and the world will see a new image of black America. The world will witness a new nation, a nation where the most unlikely citizen, man or woman, minority or majority, can rise to the occasion and hear their voice ring from the highest office. There have been black politicians in the past, but never has one represented the most powerful country in the world. This is beautiful. This is beautiful and this is real.
By Stacy Vieux Columnist
After months and months of anticipation filled with rallies and debates, Election Day 2008 came and went in an explosive flash. That was the day where voters and volunteers discovered if their months of servitude and dedication were in vain. This election makes history in many ways. Records have been broken as thousands of new voters—including myself—raced to the polls. America has never witnessed such a movement where young people were so aware, alert and excited about making a difference in their country. The reasoning behind this innovative energy is the result of one man’s ability to reach out and encourage masses of people ready for something new. That man is Barack Obama. Obama endowed a sense of hope in a nation desperately in need of such rigorous conviction. Obama is a leader who is qualified and capable of restoring America and her image to those abroad who have seen her at her worst. What better election to have participated in for the first time than an election that possesses so many firsts. Derrick Austin may be reached A female presidential at firstname.lastname@example.org. candidate, a female VP candidate
and a black presidential candidate have all helped to make this election historic. The fact that so many barriers have been broken in this presidential race will have an overwhelming effect on young people and children witnessing progress in America. These are changes that our parents and grandparents would never have imagined in their wildest dreams becoming realities. Imagine a young girl with aspirations of holding a position in the White House realizing because of Hilary Clinton that she too could beat the odds. Imagine a young black boy under the impression that he can excel in politics because of the success of Obama. The affect that he has had on American youth is something few politicians could achieve. Obama has sparked an excitement for politics in young voters and others who at one time were less educated about and involved in politics. He motivated masses of people and transformed them into informed voters, causing them to become knowledgeable about subjects they at were never interested in. Obama’s campaign provoked masses of first time voters to take to the polls and reinvigorated citizens who haven’t taken up a ballot in years. Counties reported record numbers at the polls. Young people like myself made certain their votes counted!
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The Minaret | November 7, 2008
Spartans Play Around Lack of Football Frenzy
By Alex Natiss Journalism I
University of Tampa students must find substitute ways to give them the good old football spirit, typically familiar to other southern universities. Many students are unaware that UT ever had a football program, and many students refuse to forgive the University Of Tampa Board Of Trustees for dropping the football program. Regardless, it is extremely unlikely that football will ever return to UT. Football was a large part of UT for 38 seasons, beginning in 1933. It started as a small college program, and grew along with the construction of Tampa Stadium. UT unknowingly played their last game at Tampa Stadium on November 30, 1974. Although football has disappeared from the university, it leaves a legacy behind. More than half of the UT Athletic Hall Of Fame members, which began in 1962, consists of football players. Three of the football hall members have received an accumulation of six Super Bowl
Rings. Two of the members were major college All-Americans, and 18 players were drafted or started in the NFL. Three Spartan head football coaches have been voted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame. One popular intramural sport that has become a popular substitute for football here at Tampa is flag football. “All nine years it’s been around it has been one of the most popular intramurals on campus. This year we have 21 men’s teams and three women’s teams.” Director of Campus Recreation Charles Yezak, said.“A bunch of students come and watch the games, and playoff and championship games draw as many as 100-250 fans. Last year for the flag football championship we had over two hundred people in attendance to watch, for a small university like UT, that’s unbelievable.” Junior Lauren Hanlon, Student Coordinator of Intramural Sports, discusses more about flag football. “Flag football is offered to male and female students of teams of seven or more. This year
we have four separate brackets consisting of six teams each, and a separate women’s bracket of five teams. We have not only teams of friends come out, but many organizations and residence halls come out to participate and compete for the directors cup, an award given at the end of second semester to the organization who has been most successful in all of their intramural participation for the year. Just yesterday alone for three flag football games we registered 80 men. “Flag football is almost as competitive as the real thing, we have teams coming down to scope out their competition, as well as fans.” When Yezak was asked how he felt about school spirit at UT, he expressed that school spirit is building, and a lot of steps are taken by various departments on campus to deepen student interest. “There is a lot of potential growth over time,” said Yezak, “we are a younger school (starting up in 1931) compared to other schools that are more involved and have deeper traditions, so we need more time,” He believes that beautifying
the campus creates an environment that students thrive in and will give students more pride in UT. “It is a challenge to have great amounts of school spirit when we are located in an urban setting because we don’t have all the open fields to play that other schools like Texas have, so we’ve introduced things like indoor sports to help with that disadvantage.” Other intramurals this year are also becoming increasingly popular on campus. Intramural sports include 12 sports (six per semester) and three single day tournaments, in which over 400 students participate. There are currently 21 men’s teams and six women’s teams for indoor soccer. Co-ed sand volleyball had 31 students register. Last semester there were a record-breaking 22 softball teams, and Yezak expects the trend to continue. Not only can students become active in intramural sports, but they can get their football fix by attending other football games around Tampa, for example the University of South Florida games held at Raymond James Stadium, located only a few miles away from UT campus.
When Spartan students were asked how they thought administrators could improve school spirit they had many great ideas. “I’m disappointed about the lack of school spirit here. Maybe if on game days there were booths were set up around campus playing music and giving out free stuff people would want to be more involved with the teams,” freshman Natasha Kipper said. “Also, the school mascot should be extra involved on game days, running around and just throwing fun stuff around. It doesn’t need to be expensive things, but cheap necklaces and hats would do just fine.” Although football is missed at UT, faculty and students are getting better and better at coping and learning other ways to fulfill their thirst for school spirit and football. Student involvement may be progressing, but it is widely agreed that it will never be as good as it could be like if a football team was brought back to Tampa. Alex Natiss is a first time writer to The Minaret. Natiss can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swalls “and we try to find experience that is comparable to our situation.” Regardless of sex, the applicant that has the strongest qualifications and the most experience in the sport deserves the position. In most of the situations at UT, when a female has been interviewed for a head coaching job the male applicants have just been a step or two ahead. Whether it is with great experience and success or just having a positive attitude that fits comfortably with the members of the department and teams, the men have shown to
be a better match. Often times this is seen as an injustice towards women, but the truth is that schools and teams want the best person available, no matter the sex. Looking at the success of the women’s teams here at the University of Tampa, it seems that the athletic department has made all of the right decisions while hiring head coaches. “Our programs here are very successful with the coaches that we have, they are very supportive of my program and me as a female and they’re supportive of their
own programs,” said Kanter, “our choices here have been good, not being female.” When asked about a possible remedy for the imbalance among men and women, Kanter replied, “I don’t think there’s anything that you can actually do other than just hiring a woman just for the whole title nine thing, to make it equal.” In some cases however, female coaches have been hired over a more qualified man just to make it seem like the program is helping to create equality throughout the coaching world. This is not fair
to the male applicants who have worked so hard to get a wellrespected job, and then lose it to a woman just because she is a woman. Hiring men because they have more experience as a coach is just adding to their long list of qualifications. Women need to be given the opportunities to build on their experiences so they can be seen on the same level as men or else this cycle will continue, leaving potentially great female coaches behind. Olivia Glynn can be contacted at email@example.com.
Athletic Dept. Recruits Head Coaches by Skill, Not Gender
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visa versa? Recruiting coaches is also a common way to find great applicants for job openings, and UT has done a little bit of this as well, but without much success. Above the amount of experience someone has had and how qualified the applicant may be, having a positive attitude towards teaching is one of the most important qualities that the department is looking for. “The first thing we look for are teachers, the second thing we look for is experience,” explained
The Minaret | November 7, 2008
Budgets Squeeze Other Universities, UT Remains Strong
By Kelley Bumstead Sports Reporter
As the stock market falls and gas prices rise, college campuses across the country are feeling the wrath of the nation’s weakened economy. Many university athletic departments, however, seem to be flourishing despite the nation’s dismal economic forecast. According to Athletic Marketing Director Gil Swalls, University of Tampa’s teams may actually be benefiting from the suffering market. I don’t know if it’s a result of the economy or not, but we’ve definitely noticed an increase in attendance this year,” he said. “It could be that people don’t want to go out and spend a lot of money on expensive tickets and are coming to our games instead.” Smaller Division II campuses
like UT are faced with a much different situation than that of Division I universities. Last May, the University of South Florida faced a 35 million dollar budget cut, the largest in school history. The athletic department, however, was not greatly affected as the majority of athletic funds come from private sources and Title IX, as opposed to instructional funds which come from the state. Despite losing 20 million dollars in state funds, the University of Kentucky is working on a 400 million dollar plan to build three new stadiums. Football powerhouses such as Texas and University of Florida generate millions of dollars in profit from athletics each year and are often self-funding. Ohio State University, for example, generates over 28 million
dollars of profit each year from football alone. Home to the 101,000-seat Ohio Stadium, the university budgets over one hundred million dollars towards athletics each year and generates about the same amount of revenue. Texas and Florida ranked second and third in largest athletic budgets at 83 and 78 million dollars per year. Despite the weakening economy, many large Division I universities are hesitant to cut from their budgets as athletics bring in a large amount of profit, especially at public schools where tuition is not as revenue building. The Ohio State Athletic Department pledged five million dollars to the university’s library in addition to an annual 1.1 million dollar contribution to the school’s general fund.
The university’s athletic budget alone is only 20 million dollars less than UT’s entire allotted budget of 135 million dollars. The University of Maryland faced a 12 million dollar budget cut last year, but said that ticket sales and private donations would prevent the athletic department from being affected. “I think everyone expects tough budgetary times ahead,” UM President Dan Mote told the Diamondback. “People are not going to feel greatly impacted by this. It definitely makes a difference but it’s not going to be dramatic enough for it to be noticeable.”
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The men then slipped slightly at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Disney as they finished in ninth place. Tampa rebounded; however, as they finished in second place at the SSC Championships at Brandon Trails. The men will compete in the NCAA South Regional Championship in Searcy, Ark. on Nov. 8 along with the UT women. Basketball: After a second place SSC conference finish last year the UT men’s Basketball team returns only two starters. Senior Johnathan Ball returns for the Spartans. Ball was SSC defensive player of the year last season. Also, 2007-2008 all freshman team selection Rashad Callaway returns for the Spartans this year. Tampa will rely on these two
men, along with graduate student transfer from Florida Southern Arnaldo Abreu, for leadership and guidance as they field a team of six freshmen. The men will open their season on Nov. 18 against Puerto Rico-Cayey at 7:30 on the UT campus. Golf: Tampa golf concluded its season on Oct. 28 with a fourteenth place finish at the Rollins Tournament in Orlando. Nicolas Jutigny led the Spartans with a +8 performance in the tournament to finish 37th. Jutigny also recorded UT’s best round of the season by shooting a 69 in the opening round of day number two. UT opened the season in Haines City for a Webber Invitational and posted a finish of 14 out of 19. Following that finish UT hosted six other schools for the Spartan invitational. The Spartan men finished in fifth place out of
season with its third straight SSC seven schools. Before finishing their season championship. After posting back to back in Orlando, FL the men traveled to Destin, FL., for the North Alabama national championships in 2006 Invitational. Here, the men posted and 2007 UT, fell short in 2008 a seventh place finish. Swimming: The men’s Swimming team, similar to the women’s team, is a perfect 2-0 in their first two matchups. The Spartan men hosted and defeated both Florida Southern and Savannah College. Savannah College was smacked with a 165-92 loss by UT, as Florida Southern was beaten down and handed a 140-105 loss. The men will join the women in hosting Indian River Community College on Friday Nov. 7 at 3:30 on the UT campus. B a s e b a l l : Ta m p a baseball completed the 2008 Pascal Milien outruns defenders.
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to Ashland and Quachita Baptist. Tampa finished the season with a 42-11-1 (17-7) record. Kyle Bennett can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Spartan Sports: A Look at Those to Pass and Come
Volleyball: Last week Spartan volleyball won four straight games to bump themselves up to number five in the rankings. After losing two straight games, however, the women have fallen to number nine in the nationwide rankings. Losses came from unranked conference oppenents Barry University and Nova Southeastern.
Shootout to Semis W. Soccer: The women’s soccer team advanced to the SCC semifinals after a winning a shootout 4-1. Jazmin Perry and BrittneyEvans scored during regulation to send the Spartans to overtime, B. Evans and eventually to a shootout. Freshman goalkeeper Kendall Bourdon collected five saves in the game, two coming in the shootout. Three seniors, Shelby Kuni, Courtney Evans and Maria Mohammed led their team to victory by shooting one passed Florida Tech in the shootout. Sophomore Megan Tobin also found the back of the net for the Spartans. “The seniors don’t want their careers to finish,” stated head coach Gerry Lucey.
SSC Tourney Men’s Soccer: Spartans earn a bye through the quarterfinal round of the SSC Championship Tournament. With the number two seed in the tournament the men will take on number three Saint Leo. The winner will advance to the finals and play against the winner of the Eckerd and Lynn game.
Shelby Kuni attacks two Florida Tech players. By Kyle Bennett Sports Writer
Women’s Sports Volleyball: UT volleyball earned its first top five spot nationwide after they closed out a four win week by topping Flagler College 3-1. The women then traveled to the Miami Shores to take on the Barry Buccaneers. The Spartan women stumbled and fell to the unranked Bucs in just four sets. Following the loss to Barry, UT fell once again on the road to Nova Southeastern. After going up two sets on the Sharks, the Spartans dropped three consecutive sets to lose the match 3-2. The two losses drop UT to 22-4 (9-3 SSC) as it propels Barry to 12-9 (4-8 SSC) and Nova Southeastern to 20-7 (8-3 SSC). UT Volleyball fell to a ninth place rank following the losses. Tampa returns home to host two games this weekend. Friday Nov. 7 UT will face Rollins and Saturday Nov. 8 against Duffy Florida Tech at 4 pm. The game on Saturday will be senior day. The five Spartan seniors will be honored before the game. Cross-Country: The women’s Cross Country team holds a ninth place nationwide ranking heading
Nov.7, 4:30 p.m. vs Florida Southern
>>> Tampa plays in the semifinals hosted by Rollins College against Florida Southern who they previously lost to 1-0.
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into the NCAA South Regional Tournament. UT opened the season with a seventh place ranking and has brought two wins into the column thus far, with a win at the UT Early Bird Classic and most recently at the Sunshine State Conference championship. Tampa then finished third at the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, second at the Florida State Invitational, and fourth at the Disney Invitational in Disney’s Wide World of Sports. The women will begin their NCAA regional tournament on Nov. 8 in Searcy, Ark. Crew: The UT Crew team opened their season in Oakridge, Tenn. Tampa women finished fifth in the varsity four. The University of Alabama took home the first three sports, with Murray State taking home the fourth place finish. The UT team consisted of: Theresa Osborne (coxswain), Jeanette Nicewinter, Emily Tobolski and Alissa Price. UT also competed in the lightweight four taking home a third place finish in the race. Auburn won first place, followed by Tennesse-Chattanooga in second. The UT lightweight four consisted of: Samantha Burns (coxswain), Caitlyn Guthrie, Alyssa Rodriques, Marris Smith and Kathryn Pielli. The Women’s Crew team will compete next in Augusta, Ga. on Nov. 8. Swimming: UT welcomed
junior Caitlyn Mitryk from USF to step up and show some leadership to fellow freshmen.Tennis: Spartan women capped off a 10-15 (1-7) season with a 6-3 win over Florida Tech in the SSC tournament last year. UT’s lone conference win came over Eckerd college with a 7-2 victory. The team performed fairly well at UT, by posting a 6-5 home record. Men’s Sports Soccer: The men’s Soccer team has earned a bye in the first round of the SSC championship tournament, which will be hosted by Lynn University in Boca Raton. Host team, Lynn, will be the number one seed in the tournament as UT will follow behind them with a number two seed. Both teams will have a bye in the quarterfinal round, which began Tuesday Nov. 4. The Spartans will play in the first semifinal game on Friday Nov. 7 at 11:00am in Boca as Lynn University will follow with a 2:30pm start time. The Finals are scheduled for Sunday Nov. 9 at 1:00pm. Nova Southeastern (10-8-1, 3-5) comes in with the number six seed, Barry University (11-5-1, 3-4-1) as the number five seed, Eckerd (10-7, 4-4) at number four, and Saint Leo (9-6-1, 5-3) at number three. Lynn comes in with a (15-1, 7-1) record, just topping Tampa’s record of (14-2-1, 6-2). Cross-Country: The men’s Cross Country team has finished in the top five in four of their five races. The Spartan men brought home a third place finish at the UT Early Bird Classic as they opened the season. They then followed that finish with a fifth place finish in Gainesville at the Florida Invite and a fourth place finish at the Florida State Invitational.
opponents Florida Southern and Savannah College and smacked both schools with a loss. Spartan women opened the season against Florida Southern. Tampa swam away with a 147-80 victory. Following the affirmative victory; the women hosted Savannah College and defeated them by a score of 159-103. In the matchup Dana Glodek registered a national cut, with a time of 2:06.30 In the 200 fly. The women will be hosting Indian River Community College at 3:30 on Friday, Nov. 7. Basketball: The Basketball team will open the season ranked number four in the SSC preseason rankings. The first game will be on Nov. 15. The Spartans will only suit up three seniors this season. With six freshmen on the roster, Tampa is sure to need some young women to step up this year. The Spartans only return one starter from last See “Sports” year. Continued on  The women lost seven letter winners and welcome two transfer students from the University of South Florida, as well as four prep students to replace some of their missing talent; the talent that took them to a third straight NCAA tournament and tied a season high record with 24 wins. Tampa will welcome sophomore Gianna Messina and Photos provided by Sports Information
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Nov. 7, 7 p.m. vs. Rollins
Nov. 7, 11 a.m. vs. Saint Leo
>>> Spartans host SSC rival Rollins College after losing two straight conference games on the road to unranked opponents.
>>> Spartans receive first round bye and take on No. 3 Saint Leo in Boca Raton at the SSC Championship Tournament.
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