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Commuter Parking Lot to Open By Mandy Carr Reporter

After much anticipation, the new designated commuter parking lot should finally open this week. The lot, located next to the Valencia Gardens restaurant, was scheduled to open during the sixth week of school. However, according to Bill Neyland, facilities senior project manager, the lights ordered for the lot were delayed and are now scheduled to come in this week. Two days after the lights arrive, the parking lot should open. There are 68 spots in the new parking lot. Kelsie Huth, Student Government president, said those in charge of the new parking lot listened to student concerns. “[They are] helping portray the student wishes [on] how the lot should be utilized,” she said, listing after-hours parking rules for residents as one example. There was minimal work involved in getting the lot ready, according to Neyland. There was some patching up to be done and a palm tree was moved. The area was also fenced and surveillance was put in place. All that remains are the light

fixtures. The lights for the new commuter parking, like some other new lighting structures on campus, are supposed to be “green.” “We ordered induction lighting over all other types because they use half the watts for the same amount of light and last 100,000 hours,” Neyland said. Neyland said the Valencia Gardens lot was chosen because it “was the most feasible way to add parking.” Some commuters, however, are unsure about the location of the new lot. They think that it’s in an unsafe area. “The area looks sketchy. I know they are inserting cameras, but it still would feel safer to park [on] campus than away,” said Mariana Herrera Mosli, a junior. “It seems like commuters are given outsider parking, which really feels as if the campus is alienating the commuters.” She also said she wouldn’t use it because it’s too far from her classes. Joanna Merhi, also a junior, said she wouldn’t use the new parking. “What about those commuters who leave late at night? It doesn't look too nice back there. It’s just scary,” she said.

Sorority Loses Judgment Privilege in Variety Show By Jeffrey Palmer Reporter

A decision made last Wednesday to ban Sigma Delta Tau sorority from the Greek Variety Show caused an uproar in the Greek community. The punishment was so contested that it was partially overturned just two days later to allow the sorority to participate in the event, but without the right to be judged. This administrative change was facilitated by the input of concerned parents, staff members and fellow Greek students. “It was great to have so many people behind us,” said SDT

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“Schools are one of

Valentino Achak Deng See page [3]

the surest ways to promote peace and stability. An educated person is not an asset to any one community, but can help anywhere.

Loosen Up: Doctor Claims a Link Between Bras and Breast Cancer

By Charlie Hambos Editor-in-Chief

In The Minaret’s Oct. 9 issue celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness month, a portion of the coverage included a “Breast Cancer Awareness Guide.” The material quoted and used in the section was taken from the McClatchy-Tribune service which supplies both college and national news services with wire stories and content. A portion of the guide questioned whether or not it is true that wearing underwire bras can lead to breast cancer. The guide concluded that there was no link to the two, quoting Dr. Victoria Seewaldt, director of the breast cancer prevention program at Duke University, and Dr. Virginia Kaklamani, assistant professor of oncology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In response to this claim, Dr. Sydney Singer, a medical anthropologist, contacted The Minaret to report that there is a link to bras and breast cancer. The Minaret followed up with Singer’s report and has decided to provide the information to our readers. According to Dr. Sydney Blood flow helps replenish of toxins. the body of oxygen and removes One thing to keep in mind Singer, there is a link between carbon dioxide from the system. with both of these systems, bras and breast cancer and he Impairing the circulation according to Singer, is that the suggests that more research need of the lymphatic system is also heart physically pumps the blood to be done. detrimental to the immune system throughout the body, whereas However, the American and the body’s natural healing the lymph flows through the Cancer Society continues to capabilities. body not by a pump but by refute Singer’s claim. The lymphatic system is natural body movement such as Singer wrote Dressed to responsible for the flow of lymph breathing, walking, exercise and Kill, a book which focuses on the throughout the body. massage. claim that bras have a significant This fluid helps remove cancer Bras constrict this flow, and link to breast cancer because of cells, bacteria and other toxins the sole-purpose, according to the way they constrict fluid flow which cause disease. Singer, is to change the shape of within the breasts. If the flow of both blood and the breast to be more fashionable “Basically we are impairing lymph is constricted within the our circulation of blood flow,” Singer said. breasts, this will cause the buildup See “Link” [6]

Chapter President, Adrianna Lauricella. This widespread Greek support for the sorority’s right to participate in the event was made all the more telling by the first place awards they earned in the last consecutive four competitions. It serves as surprising tesBy Sarah Gottlieb tament to the spirit of unbiased News Editor sportsmanship within the Greek community. “Usually you try to eliminate the competition,” said sorority vice president Melissa Assencoa, “but a member of a fraternity told us that not having SDT would be

Yellow Cab Driver Trespassed on Campus

See “SDT” [2] Aristil

A University of Tampa safety alert has been posted to advise students of a cab driver who was recently trespassed from campus. According to the Tampa Police Department Public Information Office, former Yellow Cab driver Mikenson (Mike) Aristil was sitting in a cab in the designated taxi area outside of the Vaughn Center on Halloween.

He was removed from campus due to past complaints of suspicious activity. TPD had no further information about these complaints. UT students are urged to contact Campus Safety and Security immediately if they see Aristil on campus. Sarah Gottlieb can be reached at

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Heth ‘90 returns to UT. John Meacham/ The Minaret By JP Busche Reporter

Ever wondered what to do with a history degree? Paul Heth, of The Universtity of Tampa class of ’90, took the exposure he gained as a history major, moved to Russia and made some money by revitalizing the Russian world of motion picture by introducing western style movie theaters shortly after the Soviet Union split. Last Monday, Heth followed up on an invitation from Tom Garrett, assistant professor of communication, to return to his alma mater. He was accompanied by Shari

Redstone, president of National Amusements Inc,. and his business partner for CineBridge Ventures, their U.S. company. Together with moderator John Wilson, co-anchor of WTVT-13 Fox News, they shared their story of success and how to maintain a private life. “You never know where the winds of commerce will take you,” Heth said about his success. In Heth's case, he first ended up in northern Russia. The only two people that spoke English were him and a missionary. “It was a quite educational experience, I now know the Bible very well,” Heth said about his start in Russia. He eventually moved to Moscow, where he started operating theaters in hotels, where English speakers were the largest customer base. He was able to convince a world renowned soda company to give him their products on commission and pay for newspaper advertisement after he did his screenings, which enabled him to get a start. He worked several positions in his theaters to get a better understanding of every process. He then flew back to the U.S. every two weeks, so he could get

new movies to show in his Russian theaters. After getting Kodak as a business partner and building more theaters, Heth partnered up with Redstone, who owns a number of theaters throughout the country and the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Viacom and CBS. The two companies built CineBridge Ventures, which is Heth’s operational base for the American market. The two operate in Russia, as well. While Redstone and Heth possess visionary and entrepreneurial skills, they consider success the result of hard work. Although Heth sees his success as being at the right place at the right time, he also tends to micromanage. “Nothing is set in stone,” Heth said about the constantly changing film business, as well as the theater business, which he mainly focuses on. Redstone looks at success just as rational. “In the end you have to trust the guy,” she emphasized when asked what she looks for in business partners. Although very busy individuals, Heth and Redstone accentuate the importance of a private life and a family.

Heth, who is married to a Russian, gave an insight of how he steadily improves his language skills. “My son mainly speaks Russian, so in order to communicate with him, I have to speak Russian,” Heth said. Redstone, who is a mother of three, knows where to draw the line between work and home life. “You need to have a private life; sometimes it just isn’t beneficial to answer your phone at three or four in the night,” Redstone said. The event was followed by a brief reception on the ninth floor of Vaughn, where visitors could interact with the guests and each other.

Brad Sherwinsky, a UT senior Biology major, took the cat back to Sherwinsky’s home in Tampa. The the two students brought Marty to the vet the next day. The vet concluded that Marty had worms, an ear infection and fleas. The worms were the cause of the prolapsed anus. They were also notified that the cat was no more than six weeks old. Kittens are not to be taken away from their mother before that age. Surgery was the only option for the kitten, at a cost of $300. Stitches were applied to try to correct the prolapsed anus, but the next day it prolapsed again. A five-day treatment got rid of the worms. The cost of trying to save this cat has strained the two UT students. Sherwinsky is a full time student with no job and Malidor has a part-time job of just six hours per week. It has been a few weeks since

the surgery and things has not improved for the cat. The pair have spent over $800 in surgeries and other supplies only to keep the cat comfortable and to prevent infection. Their choices now are either to euthanize the cat, leave the cat in its current condition or spend $3,500 for a calopexy surgery, which is guaranteed to work. The surgery is the most expensive surgery a cat can have. The problem: no money. “It’s not that he could be like this for the rest of his life, he could get the surgery and be a happy cat,” Malidor said. In an effort to raise money the couple has contacted many agencies including Frankies Friends, United Animal Nations and Tails of Hope Foundation. They have even contacted local media. Nobody could help. “Honestly, it’s like having a child,” Malidor said. Each time the cat uses the litter

box, a 45-minute process is required to prevent infection. The two have set up a website and are collecting donations for Marty at blog/?p=782. “It’s not a life threatening, it’s life saving,” Malidor said. Sherwinsky said that if at least half of UT students would donate $1 the cat, could be saved.

They also contest that damage to school property, an offense that they are more than willing to right through monetary reparations, is no grounds upon which to ban the organization from participation. Jaclyn Carden, assistant director of OSLE and the staff member most widely accused by the Greek community for the initial disciplinary verdict, did not respond to questions for comment. Unlike previous years, sororities and fraternities participating in the Greek Variety Show (formerly known as Greek Sing) have paired for performances. Because of the significant amount of planning and practice SDT has put into the event with their dance partners, fraternity Sigma Chi, the disruption caused by the accusations was damaging

to both organizations. Though SDT was not judged for their performance in the show, their Sigma Chi partners were. Bobby Winsler, Sigma Chi president, said his fraternity was randomly paired with SDT. “We’re going to go out there with them and put on the performance we’d been working so hard on,” Winsler said the Tuesday before the show. Winsler added that he wished the sorority could be judged, but understood the consequences for SDT’s actions. “We’re happy they’re reinstated, but we wish they’d gone all the way and allowed them to be judged.” The sorority is grateful, however, for the return of their right to participate in the event, with

or without the possibility of winning. “We’re really happy they reconsidered and let us perform,” said Lauricella. “We’re thankful for support from the other Greek organizations, OSLE, and even Jaclyn herself.” Jeffrey Palmer can be reached at

Redstone shares her story. John Meacham/ The Minaret

Two University Students Struggle to Save Cat’s Life

By Charlie Hambos Editor-in-Chief

It was just a trip to Tallahassee to see the Florida State Seminoles play the South Florida Bulls. Little did two University of Tampa students know that they would find and rescue “Marty,” and now are struggle to keep him alive. Marty is a long haired gray tabby with green eyes was accompanied by one other cat at the Tallahasee home the UT students visited. According to Amber Malidor, a UT sophomore film major, the original owner had a full time job and was not very smart about what was happening to the cats. Marty, supposedly 11 weeks old, had a very large solid belly and was locked up in a room with food, water and his litter all day. During the second day they were there, the cats anus prolapsed. The owner did not want to take care of it so Malidor and her boyfriend,

“SDT”: Front like not having a half-time show in the Super Bowl.” Lauricella said there were three distinct accusations that lead to the initial expulsion of SDT from the event, at least two of which she and her sorority sisters contested. Lauricella said complaints against the Greek organization included improper reservation of practice space, overworking of new recruits and subsequent academic irresponsibility and paint damage to an Austin Hall common room carpet. Both the SDT president and vice president claimed the bureaucracy involved in booking campus rooms is incredibly difficult and time consuming.


Sigma Chi performs in the 2008 show.


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Valentino Achak Deng Visits UT

Faces of Homeless Panel - Nov. 16 A panel of 5 former homeless will speak about their experiences and life on the street. A documentary will be shown as well, all students and faculty invited. Deng speaks to UT in Falk Theatre. By Jeffrey Palmer Reporter

Sudanese lost boy Valentino Achak Deng commenced his visit to campus Tuesday with an appearance at Reeve’s theater in Vaughn Center. Wasting no time with unnecessary introductions, he immediately opened the floor to comments from UT students. Most students in attendance at the event in Reeves were from English 101 classes. What is the What, the book written by Dave Eggers that tells Deng’s refugee story in slightly fictionalized form, is required reading for all ENG 101 students. The discussion in Reeves began quietly but soon opened into a ceaseless barrage of enthusiastic questions which lasted nearly an hour. Deng answered all inquiries, from mundane political queries to the most personal of questions about his haunted past in the Su-

danese Civil War, with equal grace and thoughtfulness. His replies were soft-spoken but profoundly insightful. His quiet conviction and understated strength seemed contagious. Deng made his sense of humor evident when he responded to one of many questions from female students about his life as a married man. Grinning out across the audience, Deng replied, “My father had many wives. I have but one, and that is enough for me.” All proceeds from the book What is the What go toward the Valentio Achak Deng Foundation, which aims to empower war-affected Sudanese populations. Recently, the foundation completed its first major project: a high school based in Deng’s hometown. In celebration of the new school, his foundation was able to open in his native village of Marial Bai. Deng had many comments on the role of education in ensuring

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a brighter future for nations like Sudan. “Schools are one of the surest ways to promote peace and stability,” he said. “An educated person is not an asset to any one community but can help anywhere.” Handshakes, book signings and even a good deal of hugs concluded the discussion in Reeves. Students appeared deeply touched by the experience, and many stayed after to discuss personal issues. Later that same night, Deng made yet another appearance at Falk Theater. His presentation this time was more comprehensive and informative, but less intimate. Through inspiring and sobering recollections of his childhood in Sudan, Deng illuminated the enduring truths that govern our conflicting capacities for humanity and hatred. Of all the students he had visited, Deng said, “The students here are great people, all very interested and well-informed.”

OXFAM Hunger Banquet - Nov. 18 A demonstration of the distribution of food throughout the world. Come see where you fall on a global scale and how much others without.

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Perhaps, as you’ve gone to whisper a secret to someone, a third party has jokingly said, "Secrets, secrets are no fun, unless they're shared with everyone." In today's modern world of technology, a man by the name of Frank Warren has made it possible for you to tell your secrets to everyone, while still keeping them anonymous. If you visit, you will enter into Frank Warren's world of anonymously sent post cards. Every Sunday, Warren posts 20 or more post cards, to the site that are eye-catching and usually captivating, but always shocking. A postcard made from a clipping of a dill pickle reads: “I tell them all they’re the biggest.” If you Google the words “post secret,” and search what is brought up in images, you can find a plethora of these postcards that have been sent in. A moving post card reads: “I often miss the little girl…whose dreams had no barriers…who believed in a world where everything is possible with a heart that was full and unbroken.”

PostSecret was opened on Jan. 1, 2005. This year alone, Warren has traveled to several conventions for PostSecret. Since starting the site, Warren has written and published eight books in which people's postcard secrets are the main feature. A few of these books include: Postsecret, My Secret, The Secret Lives of Men and Women, and A Lifetime of Secrets. From the book My Secret, a postcard reads: “I’m extra nice to blacks to show them that I am nothing like my forefathers.” In The Secret Lives of Men and Women, a postcard reads: “My boobs are two different sizes. I’ll bet $20.00 yours are too.” Thousands of postcards sent to Warren now form traveling exhibits, exhibits have been erected, housing thousands of postcards that have been mailed to Warren. These exhibits are actually part of a PostSecret tour that travels and is set up by International Arts and Artists, Washington D.C. As is noted on, after a year of his blog being active, Warren’s blog has grown to be one of the top five most popular in the world (starting back in 2005). Eating up other people's infidelities, sins, and drama, people realize their lives might not be so bad, which has led Warren

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to international acclaim. As Warren wrote in his first book, “Sometimes, when we believe we are keeping a secret, that secret is actually keeping us.” A little farther along in his book, Warren admits, “After reading one particular PostSecret, I was reminded of a childhood humiliation—something that happened to me more than thirty years ago…From a memory that felt fresh, I chose my words carefully and expressed my secret on a postcard. I shared it with my wife and daughter. The next day, I went to the post office, and physically let it go into a mailbox. I walked away feeling lighter.” Since its humble beginnings in 2005 PostSecret. has led to similar sites, including out this idea of secrets with anonymity. Such sites include Texts from Last Night and FMyLife. A user on posted: "Today, my daughter used the kid's potty chair on her own for the first time. Bad: The bucket was not in it so poo hit the floor. Good: she tried to clean it...Bad: with her socks. Good: she decided to clean the socks. Bad: she used the wall. Good: she finally called dad. FML" On Texts from Last Night, you can post ridiculous and/or drunken texts you have received (http://www.textsfromlastnight. com). As one user posted, "He told me my vagina needed a tic-tac." So what is it about these sites that have made them so trendy? Alan Holding, site manager for FMyLife said, “[Sites like these] show that it’s born from a real need to share. Anonymity enables us to do so without running the risk of being ‘found out’, even though the theory is that people write diaries with the subconscious desire to have them read by other people…It’s always been said that a problem shared is a problem halved, so I hope that in sharing these

stories, people are unburdened in a way. I guess there’s some sort of cathartic, almost therapeutic value to the website[s].” Since PostSecret began and people have found out about it, many have taken to leaving anonymous secrets, in any clever spot they can think of. Other places include: building walls (that's illegal so it's not advised), bathroom stalls and restaurant napkins (the person responsible for cleaning your table could use a little drama in his or her world of monotony). Michelle Forbes, a native of Tampa confessed she “sorta” leaves behind anonymous secrets of her own, in public. “It’s not really that [they're] even secrets but I got the idea from PostSecret. I mostly write it on bathroom stalls but I’ll put things like, ‘Does he make you feel beautiful?’ or on the mirror of the bathroom, ‘You’re beautiful. Yes! You!’” Ian Sisk, a student at the University of Central Florida, was turned onto PostSecret when, as he says, “I saw one of Frank’s books in a bookstore and picked it up out of curiosity. I’ve been looking forward to every Sunday ever since.” Sisk has sent in three PostSecrets, one of which was actually posted on the site. Sisk kindly refused to express what the postcard said this seems a little out of order, tho—aren’t we discussing other ways folks are leaving anon secrets, not attesting to the popularity of post secret, which you establish above? How far can PostSecret, Texts From Last Night and FMyLife go before they’ve seen their day? As Alan Holding put it, “Most of the people working on the website have other parallel occupations, so it’s more a labor of love than a main source of income. We enjoy what we do and we hope that the people visiting the site enjoy it as much as we do!”

Concerns about food on campus? Let SG know so that we can represent your interests at the food committee meetings. There will now be a General Assembly meeting once every month to allow students the chance from all the committees to come together. All recommendations for next year’s budgets for SG Funded Organizations will be determined this week. There will be no SG the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Appropriations: Sigma Lambda Beta approved for $1577.75 for ‘Cultural Cuisine’ Event 11/13 from 12-3pm in Vaughn Center Lobby

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Can the U.S. Government Solve Our Housing Crisis?

By George Mugno Special-to-The Minaret

Why are so many Americans losing their homes? Who is to blame? How can we possibly fix it? These are questions that divide economists, politicians and Americans in general. Instead of listening to the political talking heads and hoping they are right, let’s independently

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examine the facts. For instance, we need to realize that economic policy and social policy, if mixed incorrectly, can have catastrophic consequences for our lives. A prime example would be the current housing crises. Many would have the public believe that the free market created this mess and that those “greedy” and “evil” bankers preyed upon the population to enrich themselves. To an extent this is true, but Americans who fell for the trick of adjustable rate mortgages and other loan scams should have read the fine print before they signed their names to the contract. Nobody was forcing home buyers to enter into mortgage contracts. Are we or are we not adults who are responsible for our own actions? However, the “greedy” bankers would never have been able to pillage the public without the necessary financial tools provided by (take a guess) the U.S. government. They are the cause of our current housing nightmare in which millions have been losing their homes. Not the free market. Back to housing. It will be argued that problems with the current housing crisis have their

origins all the way back in the '90s with the reformation of a bill passed by Congress in 1977 entitled The Community Reinvestment Act. What this revision did was force banking institutions to lend to small businesses and low-income/low credit-score residential housing borrowers. Surely this was a social policy aimed at helping those less fortunate, but it was also the beginning of our current housing nightmare. The law created a market distortion of higher demand for housing mortgages. Since many Americans who couldn’t qualify for home loans previously now became candidates, this started the artificial and now infamous “bubble” in real estate asset prices. Banks were being mandated by law to lend to more mortgage applicants that ran a greater risk of loan default. This lead to an ever increasing number of defaulting “toxic” mortgages. Also, banks could lend recklessly because they had the safety net provided by the government sponsored enterprises Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae that guaranteed bad loans. Why not lend to everybody and over-leverage your lending reserves if you know the government will back whatever bad deal you make by passing those costs on to the taxpayer? However, that was only one


part of this sad saga. Another integral part of this mess was the repeal of the depression-era Glass-Steagall Act lead by Bill Clinton’s economic advisers Larry Summers and Robert Rubin. The repeal acted as a tool to loosen lending standards, because the laws forbidding banks to make certain types of risky bets were abolished. Also, now there was a blurring in bank rules that mandated a bank could only be a commercial bank, (like Wachovia) or a brokerage firm, (like Goldman Sachs that can invest heavily in speculation betting.) Commercial banks could now own and operate brokerage firms that invested heavily in the mortgage markets. This eventually led to defaulting mortgage assets that infected the balance sheets of not only the brokerage firms, but (since the repeal of Glass-Steagall), commercial banks. So let’s fast forward and see what has happened. The treasury secretary of the previous administration was Henry Paulson, former head of the premier and politically connected Wall Street brokerage firm Goldman Sachs. Paulson’s former employer made bad bets over the last few years and was integral in negotiating that the U.S. taxpayer should foot the bill for Wall Street’s bad bets. Through their political con-

tacts, the $700 billion bailout for gambling brokerage firms was passed. Why should the taxpayer pay for the bad bets of brokerage firms? Under the new administration, the president’s chief economic adviser is Larry Summers, the same man who disbanded the Glass-Steagall Act to create bank over-leveraging and the housing bubble. This man now directly advises the president on how to save the economy. Once again, the free market did not cause this housing issue, the government did. How could the same people who created the environment necessary to mandate low lending standards, speculative investing and the real estate boom and bust be able to fix it? Insanity is defined as doing the same thing and expecting different results. Let’s look at the facts. After this whole episode of government interference in the markets, why would people be demanding more government? One last thought: if the free market would have been allowed to operate and the government wouldn’t have interfered by repealing the Glass-Steagall Act and forcing banks to make loans to risky borrowers, would the housing bubble and crash ever have happened in the first place? That’s for you to decide.

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Doctor Claims Link Between Bras and Breast Cancer

“Link”: Front in what he called our “breastbinding culture.” He believes this culture of breast obsession forces women to wear bras when the bra is doing more hurt than help. The toxins that build up in the breasts as a result of this constriction are free radicals, which are known to cause cancer. Other toxins that can build

up come from air, food and water. When we eat and drink we intake pesticides, herbicides and other metals that can be found in our food. Singer does not deny that a person’s diet may help prevent the buildup of some of these toxins, but a regular diet may cause toxins to build up in the breast. Because of constriction the bra may cause cysts. He also mentioned that no

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article of clothing should be worn tight. That includes belts, pants and underwear. “We’re creating sick breasts,” Singer said. Singer claims that if a woman discontinued the use of their bra after cysts were discovered, the cysts would decrease in size and go away. Singer believes the bra is also a major cause of breast cancer because there is more prevalence of breast cancer in women than in men. The bra is also the tightest piece clothing and the breast is where cancer is found the most. Studies showing the correlation between bras and breast cancer have been performed but according to Singer they have been ignored and suppressed by the undergarment industry. Even the publishers of Dressed to Kill, Avery Publishers were threatened with a lawsuit by the Intimate Apparel Council according to an article Singer wrote featured on Other examples of suppression were seen as the NBC news show Dateline found interest in the story after Singer published his book in 1995. The show was cut unexpectedly. Outside of the U.S., The British Fashion Council opposes the claims made by Singer. In his book, one study he includes called, the Fijian Study, surveyed the population on one of the islands which had a western owned resort where the female employees had to wear bras. The study compared the women that worked at the resort to the women that did not work at the resort and did not wear bras. Both groups of women lived in the same villages, ate the same food and drank the same water. The study concluded that breast cancer was higher in the women who were employed by the western resort than the women who did not work at the resort. Ken Smith, an American Cancer Society Breast Health Facilitator, read Singers work and has since tried to spread the word on bras and breast cancer.

After receiving his Master’s Degree in Industrial Education, Smith taught health in the same high school for 35 years. His involvement with breast cancer sparked when his wife was diagnosed with the disease. Since then, as a Breast Health facilitator with ACS, he has lectured to corporations about breast health, self-exams and cancer support. He also manages breastnotes. com, a site that has information about breast cancer. Smith, like Singer also believes more research needs to be done. “No one has to believe him [Singer],” Smith said. “But there is every reason to do further research.” Smith believes no one will do further research because of the financial and bureaucratic undergarment business, citing that many hospitals and breast cancer research centers are supported by undergarment sales profit. “That’s a shame especially when we are watching so many people die from breast cancer,” Smith said. “The people [undergarment industry] that hear about it [bra to breast cancer link] are scared to death.” The question is what women can do now. Singer says that women should examine the reason why they are wearing a bra. He said that there is a problem if the woman feels uncomfortable being naked. He also suggests that women never wear a bra to bed. If women still feel the need to wear a bra he said that they should at least loosen the garment and only wear it when they absolutely need to. Six University of Tampa female students were asked for their opinions on the matter. Aubrey Alden thought the claim of bras causing breast cancer was ridiculous. “Do jeans that are too tight give you cancer?,” she questioned. “What about shoes that are too tight? No.” Ashley Stansbury also said it sounded ridiculous. “It’s hard to think that someone

who wears a bra that’s too tight could cause an internal disease,” she said. Erin Burke thought the claim was “completely false,” while Chrissy Benton said she didn’t believe it. Another student, Amanda Gustafson, said she’d never heard of the claim before, but now that she had, found it hard to believe true. “I’m sure women have been wearing bras and corsets and all that stuff for ages,” she said. “So unless there is specific science proving that constriction of your boobs is a cause of cancer then I don’t feel like it’s a reasonable claim.” However, one student, Ali Callahan, didn’t completely dispute the claim. “I never really thought about it,” she said. “But I’m guessing there is a possibility that it could cause breast cancer.” When asked if the students thought bras could be a contributing factor to breast cancer, four of the six replied no. Callahan and Benton saw the possibility. “I think it could be a contributing factor on top of many other things,” said Benton. “But not a cause of breast cancer.” Asked if they would wear bras less often if they were told bras caused breast cancer, some girls said they’d need specific proof while others simply said no. “It would depend on whether they have me solid proof that they did,” said Alden. “ If it was just someone saying that they heard about it, then no.” Callahan agreed. “I wouldn’t because now-adays people believe that pretty much everything causes cancer,” she said. “If there was a 90 percent guarantee that girls that wear bras get cancer, then I would definitely consider it.” Stansbury said she likely wouldn’t wear a bra less often if someone told her. “Probably not,” she said. “Because a lot of things cause cancer and I still do them.”

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Little Wooden Boxes and Beautiful Sounds

New Class Proposal for Spring 2010 Hopes to Gain Interest at UT By Mel Steiner Asst. Editor-in-Chief

Registration has begun! While students are browsing through the “Live Course Schedule” for spring 2010, they might be surprised at what’s being offered. Deli Sacilotto, a retired director of research at USF’s Graphic Studio, hopes that his class will be on there. In June, Sacilotto gave several lectures to the Quartet de Minaret on the basics of the violin, which included talking about the history and important dates, displaying photographs and presenting examples of violins taken apart. He wanted to show the intricacy of the instrument and how each part related to and affected the sound. “Since the 1500s, the sound of the violin hasn’t changed much,” he explained. He proposed the idea of the class to start the class to Dr. Libor Ondras, an assistant UT music professor. While Sacilotto does not play an instrument, he does have a connection with UT’s music department. “My son is a violinist, who actually played with the original Minaret de Quartet,” he said. The Quartet is currently led by Ondras. The violin repair workshop

will meet one evening per week during the semester for three-hour sessions. It’s open to all students, including freshmen. Sacilotto will also provide the tools—knives chisels, etc.—for retouching the instruments, trimming the sound parts and setting up the strings. Students are encouraged to bring in their own violin or viola in need of work for repairs and even demonstrations. Course Overview The course outlines the overview of the history of string instruments with a focus on the achievements of the great instrument makers such as Stradivari, Guarneri, Stainer and others, as well as their unique qualities and tonal characteristics. It includes sessions on fitting a new soundpost with regards to its correct fit and placement and the effect on the sound of the instrument. The workshop will uncover the relationship between the strings, nut, bridge, fingerboard and tailpiece, and their effect on sound and the playability of the instrument. Students will learn how to fit a new bridge and its relevance to the transmission of sound to the instrument. He will also teach how to correct the slope of the fingerboard.

The class will focus on repairing minor cracks from the outside of the instruments with the proper use of hide glue. Finally, students will learn the proper long-term care and maintenance of the instrument including retouching and polishing. Goals Sacilotto hopes that this will set the precedent for other instrument repair workshops to be offered in the future. “I could really see this class growing into even a full violinmaking workshop,” he said. “I’m very interested in what produced the sound, not only in violins, but in violas and cellos, as well.” When asked about his goal for the course itself, he replied, “I really want the class to present a unique dialogue with musicians regarding their instruments.” Currently, he finds entertainment in making violins. He describes them as “little boxes that make beautiful sounds.” He’s restored several different instruments and has even sold one to the Florida Orchestra. The violin repair workshop has six students interested. The class needs only four more to become open for registration. “I’d be excited to work with UT’s students. Through my son

and the music program, I’ve met quite a number of them,” Sacilotto said. With his love for the fine arts and enthusiasm for the university, he hopes to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for 2010. For more information on the course, or if you are interested in partaking in the workshop, e-mail

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‘Wild Things’ Album Sparks Imagination By Zach Fraser Staff Writer

Behind every great movie is a great soundtrack. The music in a movie is an essential part of film that evokes emotions that cinematography just can’t touch. Movies such as Garden State, Forest Gump and High Fidelity are all examples where music helps to market a movie and give it a quality that stays with us long after we’ve left the theater. Spike Jonze’s adaption of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are has become one of the biggest movies of the fall season. It’s had critics raving, the audience talking and, most interestingly, people listening. The soundtrack to Where the Wild Things Are is mostly written and performed by Karen O (lead singer of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and “the kids.” Contrary to what the name may infer, “the kids” are the collaboration of members from Deerhunter, Liars and many other notable bands and artists. Obviously since Where the Wild Things Are was a children’s book, the soundtrack needed to cater to more than one demographic. With an all-star line-up backing Karen O, the soundtrack succeeds on all levels. The album is as fitting for the movie as pumpkins are for Halloween. Vocals, guitars, and strings cover an assortment of am-

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A Poor College Student’s Guide to Collecting Vinyl Records

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In an age where you can find almost any music album for free, download it within seconds on a pocket-sized device and share it with friends, the concept of the vinyl record is something that seems to belong in closet gathering dust with the 8-track and VHS tape. Over the past few years, more and more people have gotten interested in vinyl. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, more people have purchased vinyl records in 2009 than they have in almost 20 years. According to Lee Wolfson, owner of the Tampa record store Vinyl Fever, it’s due to the same technology that is destroying the CD: “There’s a backlash to the digital download,” Wolfson said. “There’s a substance to vinyl; it’s big, substantial and warm. Much of the music recorded had records in mind.” Whether it’s the poster size album art, better sound quality or having a chance to find that limited pressing, there are countless ways to enjoy vinyl without burning a hole in your pocket. Sound good? Here are some tips on how to get your vinyl collection started. Look for deals: It’s no huge surprise that between loans, books, classes, etc., college students don’t typically have the funds to start collecting a whole lot. “We sell records from anywhere from 33 cents and up,” Wolfson said, who has owned and managed Tampa’s Vinyl Fever since 1987. “Start in the .99 section, and

you’ll end up finding something you like.” If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, Robert Benson, author of the e-Book The Fascinating Hobby of Vinyl Record Collecting, suggests adding a listing to the newspaper classifieds or websites like “There are a lot of people looking to dump them. They’re taking up space, and they don’t want them anymore,” Benson said, who also runs the website “There’s a good used market out there, and I think it’s fairly accessible to everyone.” Beware: though the opportunity to find free music sounds pretty good, what you find won’t always be what you’re looking for. “I once picked up about 2,000 records from a collector,” Benson said. “The one guy kinda gave me all this crap. I wasn’t too happy, but I did find good stuff in it. But a lot of bad stuff, which I took to the Goodwill.” Mix it Up: One of the benefits of collecting vinyl is that you can take chances when trying out new (or old) artists. Many of the popular albums of the past were manufactured in large quantities when the record was the sole format. Once the CD rose in popularity during the ‘80s, many ran out and sold their vinyl collections. So chances are, if you grab a record by a band you’ve only heard about, there will be at least a few songs you’ll enjoy “Go to the used bin and you’ll find something good,” Chris Preston said, a Vinyl Fever employee

and collector since age ten. “An entire album can be bought for the price of an mp3 download.” There is, of course, another, possibly scary, resource that the new vinyl collector can turn to find out about good music. “Talk to your parents,” Benson said. “Maybe they have brothers, sisters, friends who have a collection they don’t want anymore. You’d be surprised.” Finally, keep in mind that many of the people working behind the cash register have probably been collecting for a long time, as well as have a grasp of artists and genres. “People who work in record stores are generally really into what they do,” Wolfson said, while leaning on a shelf of old records. “It’s what we do.” Have Fun: Most importantly, whether you’re looking at collecting original pressings, searching for the best quality or buying up the most ridiculous artwork, be sure to enjoy the process. You’re becoming part of a community that found its roots in the early 1920s and shows no signs of leaving, even with the popularity of digital music. “Vinyl’s not only music, but individual pieces of art as well,” Benson said, who’s collected vinyl for over 30 years. “There will always be collectors,” he said, “which is good, because there’s a lot of music out there.”

Vinyl Terminology * LP (Long Playing) Record o Spin at 33⅓ rpm. Generally either 10 or 12 inches in diameter. * EP (Extended Play) Record o Vinyl record which contains more music than a single, but is too short to qualify as an LP. * 180 gram o Record that is thicker and heavier and therefore less prone to warping over time. Some claim sonic benefits on 180’s like better stereo imaging, less noise, wider bandwidth, etc. * 7 Inch o Typically used for singles or EPs. Usually contain one single (A-side) and one or two bonus, sometime limited tracks (B-side).

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Audiosurf: A Rhythm Game for the Budget Gamer in You

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For a poor gamer, it can be hard not to become jealous of financially better-off friends, especially with music games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band costing upwards of $250. What’s a budget gamer to do to stay in the rhythm game loop? Luckily, Audiosurf, a PC game downloadable through the Steam client, lets gamers sail through a rollercoaster ride of all their favorite music tracks for the low price of $10. No overpriced expansion packs or downloadable content required, folks. If you’ve got a music library on your PC, you’ve got a game. Audiosurf combines the trills of a virtual, neon rollercoaster ride with a color-based puzzle game. As gamers fly through a bright, uniquely designed track of their favorite song, they collect blocks with their ship for a 3X8 grid. Match three or more in a row and, like Tetris, the blocks disappear. But if you let a column overfill, your ship is forced to take a breather and respawn, costing you valuable points. Audiosurf features 14 different modes from Mono (collect a single color for points) to Pusher Elite (nudge multiple colored blocks left or right). Iron Mode is an option for any of the 14 regular modes, mak-

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What a Wonder of Jazz By JP Busche Staff Writer

One might ask why Stevie Wonder is in a series of articles with musical jazz geniuses such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Well, it is because he fits into the selection of what can be called “timeless music.” On May 13, 1950 in Saginaw, Mich., Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardway became the parents of Stevland Hardaway Morris. Born blind, he focused on what ultimately counts and that was happiness. At only 12 years old, he was signed with Motown. The record company marketed him as “Little” Stevie Wonder. The fictional last name derives from his peer’s perception. They were astounded by Stevie’s skills, so they said he was “a wonder.” Only one year later (at the age of 13), Wonder landed his first chart hit, “Fingertips (Part 2).” Today, he still holds the record for the youngest musician to lead the charts. After graduating with honors from the Michigan School for the Blind in 1968, he went to see President Richard Nixon in 1969, who presented him with the Distinguished Service Award. His life didn’t slow down in the ‘70s. After touring with The

Rolling Stones in 1972, he went on to receive five Grammys in 1974 and another five in 1975, so he might have been a little disappointed in 1977, when he only received four awards. Wonder enjoyed the ‘80s just as much. They brought him not only more awards, but new friends to sing with. Amongst them Paul McCartney, (with whom he released Ebony & Ivory in 1982) as well as Elton John, Gladys Knight and Dionne Warwick (with whom he released That’s What Friends Are For in 1985.) The ‘80s ended pleasurably for Wonder, with a 1989 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The ‘90s started with the release of his Jungle Fever soundtrack, which made no. 1 on the R&B charts in 1991. He received two more Grammys in 1996 for For Your Love. He continues to tour and still does so in the new millennium. Although loosing his mother Lula Mae Hardaway in 2004 wasn’t easy, he released his album, A Time To Love, just a year later. The NAACP honored him in 2008 with their Hall of Fame Award. Today he remains one of the most prolific artists with a total of 25 Grammys over the course of 20 albums. To contact JP Busche email

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Knowing Your Position: Which Yoga Class Is Right For You?

By Alexa Erickson Journalism II

In a fast-paced society driven by external desires, struggles and goals, it is important for us to take a deep breath and honor our bodies. Yoga, a combination of breathing exercises, physical postures and meditation, can be a helpful practice in maintaining balance in one’s life. The term “yoga,” which means “union of the mind, body and soul,” provides many benefits to one’s well being. Included in these benefits are the improvements of flexibility, physical balance, posture, strength, firmer musculature, controlled breath, energy, concentration, self-acceptance and a decrease in anxiety and depression. “I have noticed many changes in me since I have begun my yoga practice,” said Marivi Valdez, a student and yoga teacher at The University of Tampa. “My lung capacity and memory have increased substantially. My skin looks better, and my body is thinner and more toned. I am also more relaxed all the time. I can control my body more than I ever could before.”

If you’re interested in beginning yoga, you may be wondering how to get started, what type of class to take and where to take them. UT offers a wide variety of yoga classes for free, including yoga for weight loss, yoga for athletes, power yoga and an all levels flowing yoga. The Lotus Room, a yoga studio located next to campus on Kennedy Blvd., also offers a variety of yoga classes for all different levels. The full schedule for the studio can be found at: http://www. Which type of class is right for you? Valdez recommends trying out a variety of yoga classes to find the type that best suites your personality and lifestyle. There are many different styles of yoga, each with their own unique emphasis. Yoga involves a series of poses, or physical postures, put together to create a sequence. Some sequences hold poses longer, while others “flow” from one posture to another. Some of the most popular types of yoga practiced in the West today are: Ananda, Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kundalini and

Bikram. For an easy-does-it approach, try a Hatha blend, which encompasses a slow-paced and gentle style of yoga. If you’re looking for more athleticism in your practice, Ashtanga, a vigorous type of yoga, moving from one pose to another in constant movement, may be right for you. For more styles and their definitions, visit: Along with consistent yoga practice, meditation can help relieve and reduce the anxiety and negative energy many of us carry on our shoulders everyday. In meditation, you are simply allowing your body to find its quietness, both internally and externally, by keeping the body still and just breathing. The goal is to release your thoughts and enter a deeper sense of relaxation. Sahara Rodriguez, a meditation instructor at The Lotus Room, saiid that to get started, “The beginner should not be intimidated, but have an open mind. Go into an undisturbed room, sit comfortably and practice breath awareness to still your mind by breathing in and out of the nose slowly and evenly.

To keep the mind from wandering, meditators often use mantras, or commonly repeated words or phrases.” For the beginner, Rodriguez suggests the simple mantra, “sitting, breathing, smiling.” What if you’re not athletic, not flexible and not spiritual? That’s OK. Yoga is about honoring your body. These characteristics come with time and persistence. There are so many styles to fit what works best for you, so explore your boundaries and remember to never push yourself too hard. Valdez said, “The trick to getting more flexible is to work with the breath. For example, do a forward bend, go as much as you can comfortably, then take a deep breath and on the exhale try to go the tiniest bit further, not by straining, but by releasing and relaxing the lower back.” Deep breaths will also help you to keep your focus and intention when you’re meditating. Rodriguez wants people to understand they don’t have to be spiritually involved to meditate. “The practice can take many forms, such as painting, walking or simply sitting and breathing.” You don’t have to find nirva-

na to meditate, or slip into a split anytime during your yoga days. The most important thing is to relax your thoughts, let go and just be. For more information on UT’s yoga classes, visit: http://

Do’s and Don’ts of Yoga 1. DO breathe continuously 2. DON’T push yourself too hard 3. DO set an intention 4. DON’T judge yourself or others 5. DO keep an open mind!

What should I wear and bring to yoga class? 1. Yoga mat: find one for your preference, ie: a “sticky” mat, or an extra thick mat for more cushion. 2. Yoga clothes: loose yet fitting clothes, preferably stretch material. 3. An open mind!

Department Dedicates Nights to Composer By Natalia Jaramillo Staff Writer

Fall Blues? Female Students Sought for Research Study on Negative Mood, Caffeine, and Visual Judgments Earn $25 (1 hour duration) Negative /Low Mood Signs: Loss of interest in daily activities; Pessimism; Concentration / Sleep problems; Hopelessness Who is Eligible? Nonsmokers 18 years or older who consume caffeine; Must not be pregnant or have bipolar disorder diagnosis For More Info or to Sign Up: Contact Dr. Mike Stasio (x3074) or; IRB-Approved Study

UT’s music department will perform celebrations of a wellknown composer, Samuel Adler. Since last year’s showcase with composer Gwenyth Walker was such a success, it was decided to bring the event back again. This year, Dr. David Isele, UT’s composer-in-residence and director of choral and vocal activities, suggested asking his former composition professor, Samuel Adler. Fortunately for Isele, Adler was in Florida because the Florida Orchestra was performing some of his works. Adler was happy to accept the university’s invitation to be our second guest composer. He agreed to come and work with UT’s various ensembles. Adler will arrive several days before the performances to give his insight and meet the ensembles. According to Isele, “Adler is a well known teacher of composition,” and is widely respected for his talent. Adler has over 400 published works and has composed five operas, six symphonies, 12 concerti,

eight string quartets and four oratorios that have been performed all over the world. Dr. Jeffery Traster, chair of the music department and director of bands, said that “Adler’s music is very contemporary.” Adler has been awarded many prizes, one of which he received while serving in the military between 1950-1952. He founded and conducted the seventh Army Symphony Orchestra and received the Army’s Medal of Honor. He also won the MTNA award for composer of the year 1988-1989. He was also elected to the Chilean Academy of Fine Arts for his contribution to the world of music as a composer in 1993. Throughout his decades of making beautiful pieces of music, his style has changed. Having a knowledgeable background of music is key to making a successful musical work of art, according to Isele. UT will be presenting a two-night concert in honor of Adler. The performances will be solely pieces that

Adler composed. Of the ensembles on campus, the Women’s Glee Club, the Chorale, the Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble and several members of the music faculty will be performing. On Nov. 12, the faculty will be perform some of Adler’s more complex solos and chamber music. The next night, the student ensembles will take the stage. The various organizations have all chosen different genres of Adler’s works - new and old. Adler helped choose some of the pieces the students will be performing. The Wind Ensemble will perform three movments from his American Airs and Dances. The Orchestra will perform A Bridge to Understanding; the Women’s Glee Club will sing Praise the Lord and Come Join in Our Dance, and the Chorale will sing Shalom and Judah’s Song. The two-night concert is free to all and will be held in Fletcher Lounge at 7:30 p.m., both nights. Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime free concert!

Adler poses next to one of his pieces of music.


The Minaret | November 6, 2009


The School “Spirit� Is Hard to Find But It Certainly Seems Dead

By John Jacobs Columnist

Wi t h H o m e c o m i n g a n d SG Spirit Week coming to an end, during which I’m attending multiple school spirit events, all I can say is that The University of Tampa really has little to no school spirit whatsoever. This isn’t a new issue, but due to the recent weeks, it is something that should be addressed. Starting with casino night, it was a great event, but really had nothing to do with the school spirit or “Spartan pride� in any way. There was a great turnout, but why would “casino night� out of all things be the most popular event? Maybe because one out of five college students has a gambling problem (look it up) and there’s a chance for a personal gain by participating? Yeah, casino night was a great time, but the same way it is with the real casino, you can either have a lot of fun or leave a loser, and, of course, everyone takes it as seriously as if they’re playing for real money. I’ve never heard the phrase “F*** this game!� used so many times at a college sponsored event. And nobody can pretend that the chance to win a prize didn’t exponentially increase the amount

of students who came. If your roommate told you about casino night I’m sure it went something like this: “Hey, want to come out to casino night in Vaughn?� “I think I’m just going to stay here. I have a few things to do, but thanks anyways.� “You know there’s a chance to win stuff like a 32 inch TV and Rockband.� “Why didn’t you say so! Let’s go celebrate Homecoming week!� Moving on to Midnight Madness, I was really happy to see such a huge turnout of students and thought maybe kids actually did care about our teams this year, until I came to realize why so many students were there in the first place. Free stuff! In fact, while waiting for the gym to open up all you could hear were students talking in the hallway about whether or not people would be throwing free things into the crowd, whether the comedian was going to be funny and how good the free food was. No mentions of UT basketball. Before the players even came out, at least a hundred kids left after the musical performance (yes, musical performance) and the comedian finished his set. Why were so many random things included in Midnight Madness when the traditional way it should be run is to keep all the focus on the basketball team? It seems like our school feels the need to turn it into an entertainment driven social event. Sure, it’s an awesome perk when things are

given out to draw a crowd, but that shouldn’t be the only reason people come out. The whole point of Midnight Madness is to show the players our support, and it’s sad when students think, “Sure the event is to support our basketball team, but will I have fun?� Students should want to come out and support a team based on their school spirit and pride for their team regardless of what random activities are going on. Midnight Madness should not be the only time of the year where the gym is actually crowded. So many students openly admit their lack of school spirit, too, and they all have the same reason. “It’s because we don’t have a football team.� It’s true a football team would probably promote a stronger sense of school spirit, but based on how much support we show our teams right now, nothing’s showed that we’re in need of a football team. When there’s such low support for our current athletic programs now, there’s no guarantee it would change just because we have a football team. The same way parents don’t buy new toys for their kids when they don’t play with their old ones, if we don’t appreciate the toys we have right now, we’ll never get new ones! If there will ever be any chance of a football program being brought back to UT, there will have to be a huge change in the current support of our teams. Even if you’re all about being social and drinking, you know you can still do that before going

Many students left after the performance.

to a sporting event! Where do you think the term “pre-game� came from? People would drink, and then go to a game. Maybe just out of tradition, next time you decide to drink before going out and call it “pre-gaming� attend a sporting event just to see what it’s like (and USF’s games don’t count.) There’s such a low sense of spirit here, people know so much more about insignificant things than about our athletic programs. I guarantee a majority of the school can name five clubs or bars in the Tampa area, but can’t name five players on any one sports team. Maybe instead of just assuming that really tall kid in the cafeteria is on the basketball team, you could go out to a game and see for yourself. Can you remember the last time you went to a school sporting event

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(if you ever did), and it was actually crowded? I’m not assuming by writing this that I’ll be able to inspire everyone to change and have school spirit suddenly (how insane would that be though?), but I’m hoping after reading this everybody goes out to at least one game or event just to say you have. Even if you don’t like it, you have a reason for your lack of spirit because you’ve actually been to a game. So many people have never been to a UT sporting event, and even if you don’t get anything from it, you can be with a group of friends there and it’ll be socially acceptable to be obnoxiously loud for that short period of time. John Jacobs can be reached at



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Editorial: Let’s Make the Most Out of What’s Left

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The Minaret | November 6, 2009

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When Googling, “Why communication is important” the first site that pops up is buzzle. com. The site mentions six reasons as to why communication is important. They are information dissemination, expressing emotions and ideas, education, building relationships, entertainment and decision-making. Communication today seems to be ever-changing. BBMing, texting and Google chatting can all be done now on your favorite smart phone. The desktop computer is becoming obsolete. Communication is becoming less interactive and more just words on a screen and maybe the occasional live chat, but nothing beats the face-to-face communication. Let’s look at the six important reasons why communication is important. Communication is important for information dissemination. Instead of all walking in with stacks of papers with copies for everyone, we are able to collaborate with documents online with programs like Google Docs and a host of others. This may be faster and can be done from anywhere with internet, WiFi, or 3G capabilities

though. There still seems to be a lack of harmony even with what’s supposed to be a more sufficient way to communicate. Communication is important for the expression of emotions and ideas. Emotions are what make us who we are. It’s what builds and shapes our life. Once, it was difficult to tell the emotions on the other end of a chat or instant message, but now long pauses, ellipses, emoticons and other forms we can feel the emotion of the conversation. How will we react when we actually talk to another person face-to-face? Or will we just text them even though they are ten feet away or even in the next room? Communication is important for education. Imagine attending class where the professor walks in and stands there without moving for the entirety of the class. Can we learn anything? No talking, no gesturing, no noises, nothing. No, we can’t learn anything without communicating. Communication is important for building relationships. We have all heard it, communication is the key to a relationship. Couples

and friends need to talk and share thoughts and joke around. They need to know what each other needs. When problems arise, clear communication is always the best way to solve the problem, not a lack of communication. What is a relationship without communication? A bad one. Communication is important for entertainment. Imagine watching your favorite TV show without dialogue or a standup comedian with no joke. That would not be entertaining. Entertainment elicits emotions through its communication. Finally, communication is important for decision-making. Decision-making between people would be hard without any communication. People must share thoughts and ideas, and effectively communicate in order to make the best informed decision possible. This week, reflect on your own style. How do you communicate? Now that we know why it is important, let’s all work together to communicate better. Don’t ignore the problems that we face today. Communication is important in solving the problem.

Society’s Expectations of Love Often Leave Us Devoid of Relationships By Philippa Hatendi Columnist

Society has indoctrinated us to believe in a predetermined romantic ideal. These ideals often stifle rather than support relationships, the notions boiling in this cultural romantic ‘mixing pot’ don’t exactly cater to our own needs. The “love” mixing bowl contains ingredients based in religion, society and gender. The man is supposed to be strong, the brave one who swoops in and rescues the damsel—handsome, wealthy and understands you completely. The woman is supposed to be vulnerable, sexually chaste (yet tempting), beautiful and meek, yet psychologically complex. Or so they say. It’s been ingrained into us since kindergarten, but fairy tales become destructive when you shatter a relationship because a person doesn’t fit into the right story. These expectations are partially why relationships these days don’t work out well. We spend our time trying to convert a real person into a media-fueled fantasy. It’s important to remember that the

person you love is flesh and blood, just like you, not immortal and unfaltering. I watched an interesting Youtube video about relationships and the effect the media has on our perceptions of what a relationship should be like. The video describes what love is meant to be according to a Christian perspective, taken from Corinthians 13: “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” This is yet another source of media idealization of love (which supposedly is intended to be universal) on what love is and how it should be conducted. I always had my own perceptions of relationships, and I am sure there are plenty of people out there who do because there are plenty of different sorts of relationships. All relationships are not supposed to be confined to the

traditional version of love. Not everyone wants to have babies, get married, be with a member of the opposite sex or, in fact, be with one partner at a time or at all. These types of relationships are classified as outcast, barbaric, greedy or sinful because they don’t fit into the cog of media, society and religion. We consent to society and the media deciding the way that we should feel when our partner cheats, the level of romance and affection required in a relationship, the time period after which the relationship must lead to marriage instead of letting our own hearts be our compass. I applaud people who do not allow society to place its shadows over their relationships like those who live contentedly in their arranged marriages or those who choose to be in open relationships and polygamous marriages. I applaud those who chose to have no babies, and don’t want to live in a house with a nice picket fence. Conventional relationships are not wrong; nevertheless, it’s not often enough that someone

Love should remain individual.

applauds people for defining love for themselves. The version of love that is created for us by the media and society only works and exists in its own sphere, not necessarily in our individual spheres. How many Romeos have remained frogs even after the kiss? How many princesses have been beyond rescuing? I t ’s n o t w r o n g t o w a n t perfection and fairy tales (or to be

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on Team Edward, instead of Team Jacob). Though eventually we have to learn to disengage when it counts. Perhaps have a shot writing your own love stories instead of trying to fit into other peoples. Decide for yourself, what’s your version of love? Philippa Hatendi can be reached at

Commentary 15 American Culture Stifles Mourning, Leaving Us Little Time for Grief

The Minaret | November 6, 2009

By Derrick Austin Commentary Editor

A couple of nights ago, I spent two hours instant messaging a good friend whose brother was murdered a few weeks prior. That was the first time we had spoken since she broke the news to me. I wanted, in some minute way, to console her, maybe make her laugh. She’s a college student, so she was catching up on missed homework, studying for belated midterms. Her brother was buried that day, too. Not hours after a funeral, she was already back on the grind, once again a normal student, like everyone else in the University of Houston’s library. Although the work, the normalcy, comforted her, I was dumbstruck by the juxtaposition of “homework” and “buried my brother today.” It seems an American notion to compartmentalize death and urge a return to routine life as soon as possible. Certainly, we’re a culture of condolences—hugs and kisses, apologies and Halmark cards— equipped with counselors and therapists galore to aid in the grieving process, but it sometimes feels like American culture doesn’t have a space for death and mourning like other cultures.

In lieu of Halloween’s silliness and the addictive scares of horror movies, we, as a culture, try to distance thoughts of our mortality with two extremes: transforming our fears into cartoonish costumes, caricatures or watching bloody spectacles far removed from our reality. Cathartic, yes, but not exactly helpful. I write this column on El Dia de Los Muertos, The Day of the Dead, a holiday most associated with Mexico, but similar traditions exist all over the world. It’s a fusion of indigenous folk belief and Catholic practices assigned to All Saint’s Day and All Souls’ Day. The day fascinated me for years; its iconography of sugar skulls and elaborate flower arrangements, and the gestures of washing gravestones, singing and offering food to deceased ancestors. It’s a celebration of life as much as a respectful observation of death, and while it is no joyous replacement for mourning, there is no referent in American culture, no space to reflect upon mortality or honor the dead. It’s all on our own time. This may be the influence of our Anglo heritage, tending toward restraint and self-control, or our Puritan strain demanding we work despite the pain, retreat into dignified, private mourning. Of course, this is only a general understanding of American mourning; there are vast differences from region to region and between groups of people. Collectively, however, we can

Food for the dead: Colorful skulls and bones abound during The Day of the Dead.

be markedly different from other cultures in how we handle death and grieving. In Southeast Asia and portions of Africa, there is wailing, coating oneself in ashes, communities of people in the throes of utmost agony. Even animals are susceptible to display grief. Elephants are reported to perform “funerals,” gathering around carcasses, touching the bones with their trunks, bellowing and shaking their heads. There are days in this country where we need the rawness, the reflection and the space to mourn properly. To look death in the face. We’re not only a culture not well equipped to handle death, but

we’re uncomfortable with aging and illness. This is a consumer culture of youth, sex appeal and vanity to an extent—always the diets, the skinny jeans, the beautiful people. I can’t think of a successful television show since The Golden Girls focused on characters not under 30 (played by actors pretending to be under 30). The Golden Girls may have been exaggerated but a show like that would never last now: Who wants to hear jokes about retirement homes and weathered libidos over cheesecake? And unless we’re campaigning for a charity, wearing a yellow bracelet or pinning a pink ribbon,

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we don’t like to discuss illnesses. People are always fighting for recognition and respect. Still this isn’t a distinctly American problem; it’s a human one. We’re designed to fear death and anything associated with it like old age and sickness. It’s horrible to grieve, relive the pain of losing a loved one. But in returning to everyday life, learning to live with a void, we can’t shun death completely. It’s as important to recognize life, to witness life, in its rambunctious glory, as it is to witness death, and its silence. Derrick Austin can be reached at



The Minaret | November 6, 2009

Our Breasts, Ourselves: Female Identity Often Bound to Breasts

Breasts often define womanhood and femininity. cucchiao / Flickr By Narisa Imprasert Columnist

I admit that I am completely and utterly shameless when it comes to “checking someone out.” Regardless of gender, it is safe to say that I indirectly judge a person, by the way they present themselves on a day-to-day basis. It is kind of parallel to initiating a first impression that is from then on

embedded within my mind. Looking into the Cosmopolitan magazines and various forms of multimedia, we get a close look into the stereotypical portrayal of women. The perky breasts, the flawless skin, the stunning smile and the seductive looks feed our envious nature. Honestly, women are indirectly promoting the gender stereotype

by utilizing our “assets” to get further in life. We are all guilty of flaunting our breasts from time to time. Whether our motive is to get a free drink or merely apologize, it is usually premeditated. S i m p l y p u t , a w o m a n ’s breasts are the ideal weapon. Too often, women’s sexuality has been exploited, utilized to titillate, control or extort. I personally have no say in this because I am one of those “nearly A and nearly B” bra consumers. However, one of my roommates, aka “Big Tits McGee,” was a Hooters girl for Halloween, and let’s just say she got plenty of attention that night. Inevitably, it all comes down to whether you are a breast or a butt person. Sometimes, there are those leg guys, but it’s usually the main “assets” that are immediate attention grabbers. Ultimately, our breasts define us. They come in all different shapes, sizes and even deserve their own base on the cliché baseball metaphor for sexual encounters. Therefore, the question at hand is whether to embrace them with pride or to hide them. I constantly see girls with flashy clothes and the Victoria’s Secret push up bras that can magically turn an A cup into a voluptuous C. I call that false advertisement though because once that bra comes off; well, it’ll be an interesting revelation for an inevitable letdown. There is also that typical

necklace, ironically a cross, which conveniently lingers right above the breasts. Even I can’t help but follow the path made and have to quickly avert my blank stare to the nearest distraction. Sadly, every woman finds a flaw within herself, even those near perfection, and businesses are constantly finding ways to “fix” such issues. However, a wonder bra and scandalous clothing only gets a woman so far. Therefore, breast implants often enter the realm of possibilities as a “correction.” I am all for a woman’s autonomous decision to undergo surgery, but I am completely fine with what my momma gave me. She may have given me little up top, but she sure did bless me down south. I can recall talking to my friends about the absurdities of breast implants. One even mentioned her desire to get pregnant just because it increased the size of her breasts. Although, I think she completely overlooked the fact that the point of the increased breast size is to bare milk. Not to mention the pain and the awkward change in the body proportions. Throwing in a little history, since the 18th century and moving to contemporary times, fashion has always been a huge societal factor. Nothing has really changed because even those intense dresses made of whale bone that compressed a woman’s curves would push up a woman’s breasts.

Ultimately, our breasts define us. They come in all different shapes, sizes and even deserve their own base on the cliché Baseball metaphor for sexual encounters. Therefore, the question at hand is whether to embrace them with pride or to hide them.

Fashion goes hand in hand with a vain lifestyle, and sometimes people get lost in trying to fulfill societal expectations. Virtue and chastity seemed to wither away with time, and the pressures to fulfill the ideal are replaced with Hooters girls and the endless amount of strip clubs on Dale Mabry. Such acts seem superficial, but I do understand the perspective that breasts give confidence and allow women to be comfortable with their bodies. However, I am also aware that breast implants feed a woman’s vanity and entice a man’s curiosity. Not to mention the risk factors that definitely outweighs the inheritably positive. I accept being a 5-foot-7-inch girl with awkward assets (or lack thereof), but that is just who I am. With all this talk about breasts, all I can say is “Save the TaTas!” Because breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer, so why tamper with them? Narisa Imprasert can be reached at

One Word: Deconstructing ThreeHundred Years of Female Images By Carolina Medelin Columnist

In 2004, Franco-Colombian feminist-activist Florence Thomas wrote a column on beauty pageants and the depiction of women. In her article, she only listed words. Nearly 5 years after, I can now understand what she meant. After seeing the way women were dressed during Halloween, I was inspired to write this. Sometimes, the right words are enough to describe the role women play in society nowadays. Only words. Those are my words; this is my protest. 1800’s. Home. Housekeeping. Marriage. Children. Father. Husband. Son. Corporal punishment. Marital Rape. No Voice. No Vote. No School. Financial dependence. Submission? Submission. Susan B. Antony. Elizabeth Cady Staton. Lucy Stone. Henry Blackwell. National American Women Suffrage Association. 1900’s. Work. Workforce. Job. Underpaid. Boss. ‘Men’s world’. School. College. ‘Notlike-men’. Pregnancy. Kids. Raising Kids. Leaving School. Leaving Work. Social Role. Social stigma. Miss. Mrs. Submission? Discrimination. Margaret Sanger. Birth Control. Right to Vote. Eleanor Roosevelt. Betty Friedan. The Feminine Mystique. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Divorce. Equal Pay Act. Title IX. 2000’S. Sex. Abortion. Object. Ads. Beer. Cars. Object. Body. Boobs. Ass. Legs. Hair. Image. Object. Mirror. Looks. Blonde hair. Blue eyes. Barbie Doll. Object. Gym. Calories. Diet. Anorexia. Bulimia. Cigarettes. Object. Tight Pants. Short Skirts. Small Dresses. Object. High Heels. MakeUp. Sexual Image. Cosmopolitan. Sexual Object. Slut. Hook-up. Morning-After pill. Object. Temptation. Object. Eve. Apple. Eve. Object. Object. Object. Object. Submission? Slavery. When is our fight going to end? I want my dignity back. Carolina Medelin can be reached at

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Nothing routine in World Series for Yankees’ Teixeira

By Marcus Hayes Philadelphia Daily News

(MCT)-Derek Jeter has teased Mark Teixeira about his rigid regimen, about his robotic approach to the daily grind of baseball. Teixeira misses that grind, that routine. The frequent off days in the playoffs have taken Teixeira out of his comfort zone. It is showing. Teixeira, the top position-player free agent in 2008, is hitting .172 with 16 strikeouts and seven RBI in 14 playoff games. "It's tough to get into a rhythm," Teixeira said. He wasn't, he insisted, offering excuses. Just a possible explanation. "When you're in a rhythm during the season, you're going to fail seven out of 10 times," he said. "When you're not in a rhythm, you're going to fail a lot more. That's been the case right now." With Jeter electrifying atop the lineup and with Alex Rodriguez having shaken the A-Fraud stigma for the moment, Teixeira's problems have largely gone overlooked. Then, Monday. The lingering image of Game 5 was From “Tournament” [Back] to step up in the tournament, but also noted that he expects big performances out of his seniors. "This may be the last time they ever play on our field. It's a reality, there's no guarantee we'll advance or host regionals." The seniors also expect big performances of themselves. "Everything that's happened before is done with," Warren said. "It's a new begin-

Te i x eira fanning on Ryan Madson's changeup to end the Yankees' rally, and Game 5. The Yankees had momentum. They had scored a run on a double play ball to help whittle a six-run lead to two, and Johnny Damon promptly singled, took second and set up Teixeira to be a hero. A hit or a walk would have brought Rodriguez to the plate, facing a bullpen that leaked a loss in Game 4 and looked ready to do so again. Instead, Teixeira, the power jewel in the Yankees' three-man spending spree, fell to 2-for-19 in the Series with seven strikeouts in five games. "It hasn't been easy. It definitely hasn't been. I'm not getting as many hits as I'd like to," Teixeira said. Not that he's not trying. In fact, he might be trying too hard. Not pressing, but, rather, overworking. "You take more time, because you have more time. You watch more tape. You take more batting practice," Teix-

eira said. "Maybe that works against you. Maybe during the season, when you're tired, when you just go out there and just play the game, because you've played 20 games in a row _ maybe your natural ability just takes over." That might hold water better if Teixeira hadn't smoked the ball in 2008 when, with the Angels, he went 7-for-15 in their American League Division Series. Playing for a contract, in the middle of a solid lineup, he cranked. Playing to a contract, in the middle of a historic lineup, he hasn't. Consider leadoff man Jeter's .420 onbase percentage in the playoffs and Damon's .435 on-base percentage in the World Series, and Teixeira's 2-for-18 performance with runners in scoring position in the postseason validates the criticism. It is the worst average of any player in the postseason with at least 12 at-bats. It is by far the worst average of any hitter in the postseason making almost $21 million this season.

Of course, Teixeira isn't the only player struggling. Or, possibly, even the best. The Phillies' Ryan Howard is 3-for-19 with 12 strikeouts and one RBI in the World Series. But Howard's scorching performance in the first two rounds fueled the Phillies' drive to the pennant. Teixeira hit .205 in the first two rounds. He was coincidental to A-Rod. He's supposed to be complementary. Rodriguez knows of Mark Teixeira's woes. He can only hope they end sooner. A-Rod, as baseball's top-paid player, spent years in pinstriped purgatory. He won the AL Most Valuable Player Award as a Yankee in 2005 and 2007, but, from Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS through the 2007 postseason, he hit .148 with three RBI in 17 games. Top players are top targets. Teixeira is that guy now.

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ning." "It's business now," Milien added. The Spartans will play their first SSC Tournament match Friday at 8 p.m. Tampa will take on No. 6 ranked Nova Southeastern. Nova defeated Lynn University on Nov. 3. The winner of the Tampa, Nova match will advance to a Sunday afternoon game. The opponent is yet to be determined. Ryan Burkett can be reached at

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6 M. Soccer vs. Lynn or Nova Southeastern 8:00 p.m. (SSC Semifinal) Swimming vs. Indian River 3:30 p.m.

7 Cross Country NCAA South Regionals (Brandon Trails) Volleyball at Florida Southern 4:00 p.m.

10 Volleyball at Eckerd 7:00 p.m.



13 M. Soccer NCAA South Regional (Campus Sites) Swimming vs. Florida A&M 3:30 p.m

14 M. Soccer NCAA South Regional (Campus Sites) Swimming at Rollins 1:00 p.m. Crew Head of the South (Augusta, GA) Volleyball at Barry 4:00 p.m.


18 Volleyball NCAA South Regional (Campus Sites)

19 Volleyball NCAA South Regional (Campus Sites)

20 M. Soccer NCAA Quarterfinal (Campus Sites) W. Basketball vs. East Stroudsburg 5:30 p.m. (Merrimack Tournament) Volleyball NCAA South Regional (Campus Sites)

21 Cross Country NCAA Championships (Evansville, Ind.) M. Soccer NCAA Quarterfinal (Campus Sites) W. Basketball vs. TBA (Merrimack Tournament) Volleyball NCAA South Regional (Campus Sites)


25 M. Basketball vs. St. Thomas 7:30 p.m. W. Basketball vs. Valdosta State 5:30 p.m.


27 M. Basketball vs. Edward Waters (Eckerd Classic) 5:30 p.m.

28 M. Basketball vs. Puerto RicoBayamon (Eckerd Classic) 5:30 p.m. W. Basketball vs. Warner 2:00 p.m.

W. Basketball at Palm Beach Atlantic 7:00 p.m.

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Cross Country Clinches Third Straight SSC Championship

By Daniel Feingold Sports Writer

It was business as usual for the UT women’s cross country team on Oct. 24, when they defended their Sunshine State Conference (SSC) championship. Tampa had won the previous two years. The Spartans placed seven runners in the top ten. They continued their conference reign with ease. The top seven runners accumulated just 21 points with the second place team, Florida Southern, far behind at 69. Florida Tech, who had the leading runner of the day in Sara Trane, finished out the top three teams with 71 points. U n i v e rsity of Tampa senior Dana Fox, who placed fourth individually, believed it Dana Fox was a great positive to have so many Spartans close together leading the way. “It [felt] pretty good. We’re working more so this year than any other year on getting far in nationals as a team,” Fox said. “So to finish really close to the first [runner] and for [everyone’s time] to move up, its good.” Coach Jarrett Slaven felt this confer-

ence championship win was a little more convincing than the previous two. “The girls were more closely bunched, and I think they dominated it a little better than the other years,” Slaven said. Next on the women’s cross country schedule is the Division II NCAA South Regional, where the top two schools move on the NCAA Championship. Regional will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 on UT’s course at Brandon Trails. Being a senior, Fox believes she holds a definite advantage running on the home course. “For all the seniors, we’ve been running on this course for four years,” said Fox. “We had a home meet there at the beginning of the year, we practice there on the weekends, so we kind of know it in and out.” Sophomore Jess Butler, who placed second at the SSC championship meet for UT, also has a sense of confidence being able to run on a familiar course. “You know every point in the course, you know where you are throughout the course, so it helps us mentally so you won’t freak out about how long it is or how it feels like forever because you know exactly where you are,” Butler explained. Butler then told of the team’s expectations for the regional meet. “I don’t know if we expect to get first,” Butler admitted, “But if we don’t screw up, we probably will.” Coach Slaven added his input of the upcoming meet saying, “We’re there to win.”

The women Spartans will surely be running against many great competitors, but one who stand out in particular is the aforementioned Sara Trane. "She’s a ‘for real runner’, is what I call her, because she is really consistent,” Slaven spoke of the Florida Tech athlete. “If they can stay with her, even close to her, you’re assuring yourself a good placement in both regional and nationals.” If the team performs as well as they expect to at regional, they will move on to nationals. Though the women finished first at regional last year, they placed outside of the top ten at nationals. Butler explains that they want to improve upon their 14th place finish of last season. “I, like our whole team does, expect to get fourth. Not expect, but that’s Jess Butler our whole goal, what we’ve been aiming for this year,” Butler said. The national meet, the Division II NCAA Championships, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21 in Evansville, Ind. The University of Tampa Spartans hope to be there.

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Florida Back Atop the West

By Jeremy Fowler The Orlando Sentinel

(MCT)-Florida is heading to Atlanta for the Southeastern Conference championship game, but first the Gators must slice through an entire month of regular-season play.Talk about a premature celebration. Florida's 41-17 win Saturday over Georgia became the SEC's fourth-fastest division clinching, behind Steve Spurrier's Gators on Oct. 29, 1994, Auburn on Oct. 30, 2004, and Alabama on Oct. 30, 1993. South Carolina's 31-13 loss to Tennessee helped seal the division for the Gators, who will play in their 10th SEC title game since 1992. Florida won seven of the previous nine SEC title games. Florida Coach Urban Meyer has experience avoiding complacency after early East clinchers on Nov. 4, 2006, and Nov. 8, 2008, on the way to national titles. If Major League Baseball teams celebrate pennants with champagne, the Gators celebrate with harder practices entering Saturday's game with Vanderbilt. "To represent the East is a great honor. You won't hear much about that this week, though," Meyer said. "I just think we're a really poor football team when we focus on anything other than facing a very talented

team." Florida is just happy to be playing consistent football again after a whirlwind October that included a struggling red-zone offense, quarterback Tim Tebow's concussion and a heated locker room after the Mississippi State game. The Gators took about 30 minutes to exit the locker room on Oct. 24 in Starkville, and numerous key players expressed frustration after the sloppy 29-19 win. Linebacker Brandon Spikes hinted to reporters Saturday of an altercation with Tebow that was quickly resolved. Meyer said a Tebow-Spikes skirmish or any finger-pointing is "very incorrect." Meyer blamed himself for putting the defense in poor field position and hired Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan to speak to the team before Georgia. "There was some words said, and it was much more than Tim," Meyer said. "It was a bunch of guys taking fault for not playing well." The Gators responded to the internal challenges with 374 yards of total offense, a more confident Tebow and four interceptions by linebackers. Even if the drama is over, Gators players promise they won't get bored with the next month's favorable schedule. Vanderbilt has returned to its lowly ways, South Carolina (Nov. 14) is reeling, Florida International (Nov. 21) will be no contest and Florida State (Nov. 28) suffered one of its worst starts under Bobby Bowden. The script is in place for the Gators to cruise into the SEC title game to play Alabama, which has a one-game West lead over LSU.

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Blacked Out at UT

M. Soccer: Tampa welcomed its largest crowd of the season on Senior night as they beat down conference opponent Saint Leo by the score of 5-1. The Spartan crowd stood at 954, wearing all black Spartan shirts, which were handed out at before the beginning of the game. With the win Tampa is the host of the SSC Tournament and earned a first round bye. Tampa will be in action on Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. as they take on Nova Southeastern.

Offensive Honors

Volleyball: Junior Kaleigh Cunningham joined Melissa Vanderhall as a hitter on the UT squad to receive the SSC Offensive Player of the Week honors twice. Cunningham earned the honors in back-to-back weeks. She is averaging about three kills and three digs per set.

Splashing Start

Swimming: The Tampa swimming team has begun the season strong. With 13 seniors on the men’s and women’s rosters combined, Tampa has collectively turned in four first place finishes, as well as a second and third place finish. Indian River is the next opponent for the Spartan swimmers.

Spartans Continue on Track With Strong Streak Brenton Burkett Sports Writer

The volleyball program at The University of Tampa usually sits on top of the Sunshine State Conference. This week, the team found itself chasing its way back to the No. 1 spot. As of Nov. 3, the Spartans (24-2, 11-1 SSC) had won ten straight matches by sweep – 30 consecutive sets – since the Oct. 3 home upset loss to Saint Leo. Coach Chris Catanach believes a fire was lit under his team following the loss, and they have been well focused from match to match. “Last year and the year before, we were ahead of everybody,” Catanach said. "But now we're down one to Saint Leo, plus we had two players out last week. We haven't been able to get complacent, so focus hasn't been a problem." "The loss to Saint Leo in my mind was good for us," said junior outside hitter Kaleigh Cunningham. "We played really well

against them, but it showed us where we need to be and where we can be." The rematch with Saint Leo was to be played Wednesday on the Lions’ home court. A Saint Leo win would assure them their first conference championship. In preparation for the match, Catanach told his players to be aggressive and make plays they haven’t had to make before. “This is our first chance in a long time to play to win something rather than defend it,” Catanach said. “So now it's a different mentality. We have to take some risks, and if we come up losing, we have nothing to be sad about.” "We have nothing to lose and everything to gain," said sophomore libero Julie Howlett. "It's much more fun playing this way." Even if the conference championship was not to pan out, a regional title is still a possibility. UT would still get into the NCAA Tournament and have a shot at redemption. "Our ultimate goal is to win the regional championship," Cata-

Tampa extends it’s win streak.

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nach said. "The conference would be nice, but we really want to win the regionals." The Spartans may have the depth to reach their goals. Cunningham and Melissa Vanderhall have each been named SSC Offensive Player of the Week

twice this season, Cunningham's awards coming in the last two weeks. Howlett has received one Defensive Player of the Week honor. Brenton Burkett can reached at


Hat Trick Helps Lead Tampa to First Round SSC Bye

Ryan Burkett Sports Writer

In a game that was dubbed the "Spartan Blackout," the No. 8 University of Tampa men's soccer team secured a share of the regular season SSC title with a 5-1 victory over Saint Leo Oct. 29. With the win, the Spartans take the No. 2 seed and will host the SSC Tournament in accordance with conference rules. The rules stipulate that the same school cannot host both the women's and men's tournaments, and the women's top seed and men's second seed host in odd years. Both Rollins teams earned top seeds, meaning UT will host the men's tournament. Tampa took an early lead against the Lions on a Lister Warren goal in the 20th minute, the first of three he would score in the game, earning him SSC Offensive Player of the Week honors. "I was elated," Warren said

No. 8 M. Soccer

of his hat trick, the first of the senior's collegiate career. The Spartans took off in the second half, leading 5-0 by the 61st minute. In addition to Warren's hat trick, Karl Swan and Greg O'Connor scored goals for UT. UT out shot Saint Leo 30-10, while senior goalie Ryan Thompson stopped four shots, allowing no goals during his time in the net. The game was also Senior Night for UT, and a raucous crowd of 954 fans "blacked out" in support of their team. UT head coach Adrian Bush acknowledged the large crowd's support that night and hopes fans will come out for their tournament match and create another electric atmosphere. "They've been our 12th man," Bush said of the fans. "They've come out and supported our program all season. Hopefully we can get some of those black shirts back out."

Cross Country Nov. 7

Nov. 6 @ 8 p.m.

vs. Nova Southeastern

NCAA South Regional (Brandon Trails)

>>> With the No. 2 seed in the SSC Tournament Tampa will take on Nova Southeastern, who beat Lynn on Nov. 3. With a win, Tampa would advance to the SSC final on Nov. 8.

>>> The women’s cross country team captured its third straight conference title with a first place finish in Lakeland. The NCAA South Regional will be ran at UT’s home course.

Greg O’Connor scores a goal against Saint Leo. O’Connor also tallied two assists on top of this goal in the Oct. 29 matchup. Kara Wall/The Minaret

"There were a lot of people come back again." who had never come to a soccer Bush expects his whole team game before," senior Pascal Milien said. "We want to make sure See “Tournament” [17] we give it a good show so they can


No. 8 Volleyball

Nov. 6 @ 3:30 p.m. vs. Indian River

Nov. 7 @ 4 p.m. at Florida Southern

>>> The Spartan men and women swimming teams both turned in Halloween wins against SCAD. The men’s team also placed second on Oct. 30 and the women third.

>>> The Tampa volleyball team improved its current win streak to 10, all coming by the sweep, as of Nov. 3. After an away match against Saint Leo Tampa will travel to Southern.

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