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A New SG
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The University of Tampa Student Government has undergone significant change internally in the last year, change that veteran SG members say they had never seen previously in all their time at the university. This year, SG will be operating under a brand new constitution, approved by the general assembly on March 31 and recently approved by president Ronald Vaughn the week before fall semester began. “Nothing is similar to what we had,” said Kelsie Huth, SG president. “I don’t know the last time the constitution was changed so much.” Huth said every SG executive board has always had ideas in mind, but it took until last year to really begin change. Construction of the constitution began in Feb. while SG was under the leadership of past president Andrew Learned.
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UT Leaves “Paper World” and Enters Digital Era
By Mel Steiner Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Companies and universities across the nation are promoting their “Go Green” attitudes. With the economy in its current state, people are doing everything in their power to conserve resources. Right along with this trend, The University of Tampa continues to make sustainability efforts. But the latest developments may
come as a surprise to many current students, as it will utterly change the way the entire campus operates. UT is slowly making the transition towards becoming a completely paperless community. With the introduction of a new system called Nolijweb, every student will have an electronic file. From the time a student applies to the university until the
time they walk the stage at graduation, every record will be stored and viewed as an image. These files will include everything from student transcripts, applications and organization forms to financial aid documents and time sheets. Joy Kilfoyle, the director of Enrollment and Marketing Innovation, explains the sudden change. “We had an eye opener after
Katrina,” she said. “After seeing what happened to the universities there, this system will prevent anything from being destroyed or lost.” Nolijweb is a document-imaging suite that allows higher education institutions to increase efficiency and performance, reduce storage space and allow electronic accessibility. Students may have noticed
rankings. “It’s something we try to keep at a low key,” Bush said. “I think it’s an important step for our program. But it doesn’t make or break our season. Our goal is not to be ranked number one during the season. We want to win the regional and national championship.” Coach Bush didn’t take the top spot lightly. The day the Spartans were first voted No. 1, he held two practices and put everything in perspective. “I had them up at 6 a.m.,” Bush said. “We wanted to make sure we were the hardest working team that day.” That hard work has translated
to success so far. With the veteran leadership of seniors such as goalie Ryan Thompson and forward Pascal Milien, plus the breakout seasons of sophomores Ryan Griffin and Mike Bethel, Bush believes the Spartans have the tools to remain on top long-term. Here are some facts about the Spartans’ history of top rankings: A No. 1 ranking has only happened four times. They won the 1981 national championship, then captured the 1994 title and entered 1995 at the top. Another national title made them No. 1 at the end of the 2001 season. The last time UT won a national championship in 2001,
they opened the season in 25th. They started the next year ranked ninth. The 2009 team started at its highest rank (No. 3) since 1996, when they began No. 2. They finished that year at No. 5. The Spartans were ranked 23rd in week six of the 2003 season. They would not be ranked in the top-25 again until the end of 2007, when they reached 15th. The team has been ranked in the top-25 continuously since week eight in 2008. They jumped to the 14th spot that week. This season marks the first time the Spartans have been ranked No. 1 for multiple weeks since 1994-95.
the lack of academic year catalogs for 2009-2010. UT did not print any since each page can be found online, saving thousands of dollars and resources. In recent semesters, course evaluations and class climate surveys were all distributed on the web.
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Tampa Spartan Soccer Team Scores No. 1 NCAA Spot
By Brenton Burkett Sports Writer
“What does it take to be number one?” As rapper Nelly asks, UT men’s soccer answers. The Spartans were ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II for the weeks of Sept. 1, 8 and 15. They began the season at No. 3, but quickly vaulted to the top when the top two teams lost earlyseason matches. They remain undefeated (4-01), but a Sept. 19 tie with No. 22 West Florida knocked them back to No. 5 in the Sept. 22 poll. Head coach Adrian Bush appreciated the honor, but he does not over-emphasize in-season
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student was pushed by another student during an argument at the pool. Police were called and reAt 1 a.m. on Sept. 7, an officer ports were made. called and related that there was a highly intoxicated student lying in the second floor hallway They must have learned about of Stadium Center. the tuition hike. At 12:45 a.m. on Sept. 11, security responded to a vandalism Blackberries, ripe for the report for holes found in the walls picking. at the Howard Johnson hotel on At 5:20 p.m. on Sept. 8, un- the fifth and sixth floors. known person(s) stole a cell phone belong to a the victim from his Austin Hall room. Banging in the Garage At 1:45 p.m. on Sept. 11, responded to a damage parked moWomen drivers. Am I right, tor vehicle in the Thomas Parking fellas? Garage. At 7 p.m. on Sept 8, security investigated a motor vehicle crash in Thomas Parking Garage in Gas prices are pretty high... which a UT student stated while At 3 p.m. on Sept. 11, a student pulling into a parking space, reported that his bicycle was she accidentally hit a parked missing from the Vaughn Courtvehicle. yard bike rack. Slip and sliding Spartan style Cat fights--totally hot! At 11 p.m. on Sept. 11, security At 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8, security received a report that a UT stureceived a report that a female
“We at the hotel, motel, Holiday Inn…” At 2:20 a.m. on Sept. 14, damage was found on the hallway walls of the seventh and ninth floor of the Howard Johnson.
Workin’ on my head-banging, bro. Gotta get ripped! At 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, security reponded to the McNiff Center concerning a student bleeding from a head injury. Think of all the burritos you could buy with her meal plan. At 3:20 p.m. on Sept. 16, a student reported her ID was taken from her desktop in the Riverside Building.
reported another vehicle damaged his own while parked in Thomas Parking garage. Austin Hall, now with complimentary alarm clocks. At 4:20 p.m. on Sept. 18, security responded to a fire alarm in Austin Hall. And in case you didn’t hear the first one... At 7 a.m. On Sept. 18, security responded to a fire alarm activation in Austin Hall. Grabbing a spot in Thomas must be getting competitive. At midnight on Sept. 19, a student came to the security office to make a report of a motor vehicle accident on the second floor of Thomas. Drugs in McKay!? Unthinkable! At midnight on Sept. 19, security responded to a possible drug violation in McKay Hall.
Room Service? A six-pack of Miller, please. At 11:20 p.m. on Sept. 17, security responded to a call about an alcohol violation in an off-campus residence hotel. The student was reported to be under 21. The student was referred to the judicial board.
I like my blood-alcohol level to match my GPA At midnight on Sept. 19, security responded to a call of possible alcohol poisoning on the first floor of Brevard. Those involved have been referred to the judicial board.
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Safety and Ride Zones Concern Courtesy Cabs
By Charlie Hambos Editor-in-Chief
The line of headlights along Poe Parkway in front of the Vaughn Center is certain to mark the beginning of a long weekend for students as they hit the streets headed toward their favorite Tampa nightlife. New to the usual line of weekend rides this year is Green Fleet Courtesy cabs. Problem is, students just can't seem to fit enough of their friends into the hybrid cars and the owners are concerned about student safety. “Our main concern is their safety,” said Abraham Manardi, co-proprietor of the Green Fleet. Manardi and his cousin G.J. Manardi enjoy providing the students with the service but want to make sure that they are tipping the drivers in order to allow the “free rides” to continue. “We make sure the kids get to where they need to go,” A. Manardi said. “Overall, we are not having any problems.” There does seem to be a problem, however, once the vehicle passes the boundary of the free ride zone. After leaving the free ride zone, usual charges begin and this is where there seems to be some confusion. “It’s up to the students to ask the drivers,” A. Manardi said about the location of the zones. Yellow Cab, which is affiliated with the Green Fleet, has stationed two starters which direct
the students to the cabs and make sure they get to where they need to go. “The starters are there for their protection,” A. Manardi said. The Manardi cousins explained that the tips received is really what will make or break the service. Some of the Yellow Cab and Checkered Cab drivers also volunteer to offer the service. “The more tip, the more drivers will be involved to handle the
volume,” G.J. Manardi said. Students seem to be pretty happy with the service. Chris Brundage, a freshman, was surprised to hear that there were any problems with the service or the drivers. “All the drivers have been cool,” Brundage said. Some of the drivers have even offered good advice on where to go and not to go at the various drop off locations.
Nick Chmura, a UT sophomore, gave the service a 9 out of 10. The drivers also make the ride a fun one. “They pump up the beat,” David Aussie Mulhern, a UT sophomore said. It’s suggested that the drivers are tipped a few dollars per person. Students also need to be aware of their destination making sure it is in the “free ride” zone.
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A NORML Chapter On The Way Up For The Challenge?
By Mandy Carr Special to The Minaret
UT junior Michael Becker was terminated from campus housing during his freshman year for smoking marijuana. He felt fortunate that he wasn't suspended, but also felt that the reason he was kicked off campus was unjust. This event inspired Becker to start a NORML chapter on campus. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws has chapters all over the world including three universities in Florida: UF, UCF and FSU. UT's chapter is not official yet, but Becker is in the process of making it one. A NORML chapter at UT would be able to work with other Florida university chapters to educate the community on the misconceptions of marijuana, the uses and benefits of hemp and marijuana reform. Becker said his goal is to start with legalization of hemp. According to HempUSA.org, “Some people have called hemp the plant of 30,000 uses.” Hemp can be used to make paper, clothing, building supplies, wood substitutes and even healthy food for your dog or cat. Currently research is being conducted on the use of hemp to
make biodegradable plastic and alternative fuel. Since 1973, 13 state legislatures have enacted laws decriminalizing the use and posession of marijuana. "We will discuss what the community wants from the club because it is not just about me," said Becker at a meeting. "I represent a voice of the counter-culture at UT.” He said the members of the organization “have not met much opposition because we are realists and accept the fact that marijuana is still illegal. With that being said, we are a group of individuals doing our part to connect to others who share certain perceptions based
upon experiences.” This club is not just about activism. Becker also would like to host a movie night showing “Refer Madness,” a propaganda movie from the '30s that showed marijuana users going crazy because of it. Although some of the members of the organization prefer to remain anonymous, Becker would like to thank everyone involved for the influence they have provided him. He would also like to give credit to the president of the FSU chapter for his help in organizing the one at UT. According to a survey, many students are not aware of NORML's UT chapter or the world wide organization. Becker challenged those who call marijuana users lazy. “We challenge you to a race, a game of wits, anything you can do we can do too…except pass a drug test… maybe.” Everyone is invited to NORML meetings-- including the opposition. Becker requested those interested to show up early to "debate." For more information about UT’s NORML, email Becker at email@example.com, and for more information on the organization go to www.norml.org.
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Between school, work and extracurricular activities, there is little time left to truly take in the unique beauty that is The University of Tampa. Thankfully, the UT Board of Counselors and cross country team are giving everyone the opportunity to experience our campus in an entirely new way. The Third Annual Spartan Challenge 5k will be held Oct. 17 and will kick off homecoming weekend. Faculty, alumni, current students and community members are welcome to run the three lap race. Although this is the third year the race has taken place, there are few similarities between this year and the past two. “This year is totally different,” said Dror Vaknin, the assistant cross country coach. The theme of this year’s race is adventure. Participants will be running through tires, jumping over bales of hay and crawling underneath a cargo net. Another factor that is unique to this year’s challenge is that it takes place entirely on campus. Runners will trek around dorms, past the river and by the pool. This is all in an effort to
showcase UT's beautiful historic campus, which many students may take for granted. “They’ll probably see things they never saw before,” said Lisa Rorrer, the events coordinator. This is a team competition, and anyone can create a team with as many runners as they'd like. Each team's five best times will be calculated to determine the winning team. UT's ROTC has created a team and are challenging any one who is interrested in the event. Fraternities will also be participating, and an award for “Best Frat” will be given after the race. The fun isn’t over after runners pass the finish line. An after party will feature a live band, food and giveaways. Awards will include coupons to different restaurants such as Chick Fil-A and Outback. “These prizes are great for a college student,” said Rorrer. Ryan McCall, the UT cross country team member who passed away, will be honored at this event. His brother will be racing, and family members will be watching. Registering for the event costs $10. If you are interested, be sure to register before Sept. 30. You can find information on how to register at www.spartan5k.com.
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ten days, he heard back from “ Within UT. It took USF over two months to respond to his application. “
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“Paperless”: Front Almost everything for student and academic life is done via Spartan Web and Blackboard. UT administration believe there isn’t an office or student who couldn’t benefit from going paperless. “It’s definitely a trend,” said Kilfoyle. The administration will have the power to better serve students. Offices all around campus are implementing the paperless trend. The Registrar, Financial Aid, Aca-
demic Advising, OSLE and the Health Center have already begun the transition. In the near future, ResLife and Student Conduct will also use Nolijweb. “I think it’s impressive how much this trend has affected the campus already,” said Kilfoyle. Information Technology is in charge of running this massive campus-wide project. Hamid Khosrowabadi, the senior systems analyst programmer and project manager for Document Imaging, believes the paperless trend will help keep UT a top
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institution. He predicts that in the future, everything will be electronic. “If UT wants to stay competitive in the market, we have to continue to increase performances,” he said. “With Nolijweb, students can apply faster, the administration can respond immediately and we can recruit more people to the school.” Universities, being centers for education, need to demonstrate sustainability efforts. If UT works together and continues to go paperless, it will greatly benefit the future. It begins with offices and then will eventually work its way into the community. “Hopefully our campus will go 100 percent paperless one department at a time,” said Khosrowabadi. Voted "Class Environmentalist" in high school, Shona York, the staff assistant for the Baccalaureate Experience Program, dedicates hours of her time coming up with ways to help the students live environmentally friendly. Last year, “Gateways Goes Green,” was the theme for the incoming freshmen orientation. This year, she hopes to continue the trend. “We start with the Gateways mentors, teaching them ways to live green,” she said. “Most of our office was comprised of stacks of paper. And now that everything is online, it’s not only helping the environment, but it’s saving time.” Universities sometimes like to wait and see if trends are widely accepted before they begin making the transition. “Generally universities aren’t usually leading edge,” said Kilfoyle. So, compared to other universities, The University of Tampa is way ahead of the game. Paper is limiting, but now with services going digital, the volumes of documents and the labor required to maintain them no longer weigh down offices. “One of my relatives applied to both UT and The University of South Florida at the same time,” said Khosrowabadi. “Within ten days, he heard back from UT. It took USF over two months to respond to his application.” The Admissions Office receives thousands of applications each year, usually six or seven pages long. “The majority of Florida transcripts are 15 pages long,” said Kilfoyle. “This takes up massive amounts of space for filing cabinets.”
With virtual filing, different offices can access a student record at the same time within seconds. In the past, the administration couldn’t service students until they found the exact page in his or her file. Files would be taken from the cabinet and passed around throughout offices, and sometimes papers got misplaced or misfiled. With the paperless era, “We have the entire file system at our fingertips,” said Kilfoyle. “And for prospective students, what if we could recruit even two or three more of them just because we responded to their application faster due to this system?” Megan Frisque, the assistant director of Civic Engagement in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement, believes the paperless trend affects the way the university communicates with its students. “With students becoming more technologically savvy, it will be easier for them to find everything online rather than receive paper copies of announcements or information via word of mouth,” she said. “But, we also realize that there will be less students coming into offices on campus daily.” She says that students will become more knowledgeable about the campus with instant accessibility and constant updating 24/7. However students fear their privacy is at stake and wonder about the security of their information. “We’re dealing with document imaging,” said Khosrowabadi. “The security is so strict that you must be authorized to access a file. It is 100 percent safe.” Jacque DuChene, a UT senior, is not yet sold on the idea of the trend. “That makes me nervous,” she said. “I understand the whole green idea, but I’m not comfortable going 100 percent paperless. I think UT could find a better medium like keeping hard copies of only the most important documents.” Khosrowabadi said to those who aren't familiar with the system, it could seem scary. "But," he said, "with paper, you can lose documents. If it’s electronic, there’s no chance." Kilfoyle agreed on the safety of the electronic files. “The system has disaster recovery that backs up everything nightly,” said Kilfoyle. “We worry about hurricanes or fires here in Florida especially, and with everything online, your files are safe.”
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So what’s next for the future of the paperless trend? All organizations will manage through the Group feature added to Spartan Web. This will reduce the number of flyers and paper applications needed. Throughout the coming academic year, students and faculty will notice a switch from paper to Nolijweb. It’s a slow movement, but one that will take the university into the virtual world. “I have a daughter and I want to make sure that her children have resources. It’s just so important on big scale, but just as important on a small scale,” said York as she smiled. “And ultimately, it’s just the right thing to do.” Mel Steiner can be reached at email@example.com.
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The Minaret | September 25, 2009 “SG”: Front “Andrew led the charge for having the new constitution,” said Huth. Last year, before working on the new constitution, SG established student committees, groups working to write resolutions about university issues they felt were of concern. Introducing committees was one of the first steps that moved SG forward in an attempt to involve more of the student body. More student involvement is what SG is hoping to see come out of the new constitution. “This [constitution] gives all the power to the students,” Huth said. The constitution completely revised the organization of SG. No longer does SG have an executive board. Now, there is an executive council made up of the president, vice president, speaker of the assembly and chief of the judicial advisory branch. The executive branch consists of cabinet members chosen by the executive council. “As executive council members, anything we want to do has to go through the committees,” Huth said. “Everyone has input. It’s not just one speaking for many.” The committees are part of the legislative branch of SG. Currently, there are five committees: finance, academic affairs, social concerns, campus involve-
ment and residential and commuter life. All students can be involved in any of these committees. There is a judicial branch, and a legislative branch consisting of the general assembly and a new student senate, consisting of 14 students. “It’s for checks and balances purposes in SG and for living by the constitution,” said Mark Kieslor, SG chief of the judicial advisory board. Added Huth, “We wanted to make sure it wasn’t one person in a room making decisions.” Because of SG’s new system, there are many more positions in the organization this year. According to Huth, there are about 35 officers between committee chairs, senators, executive council, judicial advisory board and the cabinet. “We’re really approachable,” Huth said. “There are a lot more officers this year that can help with student concerns.” Also new is that SG will no longer hold regular general assembly meetings on Tuesday nights. Instead, committee meetings will be held at this time. At least twice a semester, however, SG will have general assembly meetings that include a state of the campus address. “This is to make sure everyone comes together and knows what’s going on,” said Huth, whose first state of the campus address earlier in the semester included updating students on events that had taken
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place over the summer. The new constitution took effect immediately this semester after Vaughn passed the document and bylaws. Huth said the organization had to go through a few revisions before passing the document to Vaughn for approval. The content of the document remained the same through the revisions and only some wording was changed. “We tried to put a lot of interpretations to rest,” she said. “We made sure it flowed well and was a concrete document,”
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added Kieslor. Huth said SG is currently working on the issue of commuter parking, pushing for more than 70 commuter parking spots. Huth and Kieslor both recommended students check out the SG website at utampasg.org to keep up-to-date on events and SG information. Also on the website is a suggestion box for student comments. “We’ve got some big plans for this year,” Huth said. “We want to make it so that SG benefits what students really want.”
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Jane Castor remembers the rickety old building she used to play volleyball and basketball in while she was a University of Tampa student back in the 1980s. Her teams were the only ones that would get rained out even though they were in a building. On Sept. 16, Castor was appointed to be the first female Chief of the Tampa Police Department. Because of her appointment, two of the top city and county law enforcement positions are held by UT alumni. Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee graduated in 1990 graduated with a degree in mathematics. There are only nine other female chiefs out of almost 300 police departments in Florida and Castor will be one of them. Graduating from UT in 1981, Castor earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminology. She continued on to receive her Masters of Public Administration from Troy State University. She is also a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy. Education was strongly encouraged in her family. She was able to receive a full volleyball and basketball scholarship to attend UT. Castor said the scholarship was a key break in her life and the involvement in athletics at UT allowed her to learn the valuable life skills she uses to this day. Although she was only across the river from the TPD, she didn’t really plan on joining the force while at UT. “I didn’t have a lifelong desire to be a police officer,” Castor said. Before long, a family member in law enforcement inspired her to take on the
career. Castor was originally interested in entering the federal services but wasn’t quite sure what to expect. “I didn’t have any idea in what I was getting into,” Castor said. She had friends in the TPD and she joined the force in February 1984. “There has never been a day where I haven’t enjoyed coming to work,” Castor said. Her most recent post before becoming chief this year she was promoted to assistant chief in 2005. While on the force she has worked Castor reaches 1000 career points various assignments including patrol divisions, narcotics, criminal investigation and intelligence. Her favorite position was heading the Criminal Intelligence Bureau and Administrative Division. There, Castor worked with dignitaries, Homeland Security, criminal investigation as well as subversive group investigations. When asked where she saw herself taking the TPD, Castor said she wants to continue the direct mission of the TPD which is “to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life through a cooperative partnership with all citizens.” Castor’s biggest concern is crime prevention and crime awareness. In the 20 years she has been in the law enforcement, the biggest change has been technology. Her advice to UT students and college students across the country is to exercise good judgment in what they do and especially watch what they do online. Castor often comes to UT volleyball games and has even come to speak at some of the criminology classes.
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Lisa Ladany, a 2008 graduate of the University of Tampa, is currently participating in a government contract to create an H1N1 vaccine. She works as a quality control analyst at Protein Sciences Corporation, a biotechnology company based out of Meriden, Connecticut. Apart from her current venture, Lisa has contributed to crucial projects as vaccines for the avian bird flu and various seasonal maladies. Ladany's love of science was an evolving affair. Her interest in marine biology was what initially sparked her decision to leave her native state of Connecticut in search of a school in Florida. She immediately fell in love with the beauty of UT's campus and decided to enroll as a chemistry major. She credits Dr. Ellyn Bender, chemistry lab and biotechnology coordinator and instructor, and Dr. Michael Carastro, assistant professor of chemistry and biotechnology with guiding her academic studies at UT and preparing her for a future career in the sciences. "I put to use what they taught me almost every day," said Ladany.
Ladany's praise of her former professors is reciprocal. Carastro, who mentored the gifted student in chemistry courses, acknowledged her extraordinary motivation and academic distinction in the lab. Without hesitation, he referred to Ladany as, "the best student I've had so far, by far." Ladany's culminating research project for the UT biochemistry department may well contribute to presentations at the American Association for Cancer Research Conference held this year in Washington D.C. Now several months into her job at the Protein Sciences Corporation, Ladany recalls her initial ordeal of finding work after graduation. "I must have applied online to about fifty places with no response. I sent a paper resume to Protein Sciences, though, and they got right back to me." Of her current involvement in finding a vaccine for the H1N1 strand of the swine flu, Ladany said, "I think my work is fascinating, and I am very thankful to be a part of it. We're helping out not only the U.S. but the world." Clearly, Ladany is one alumna of whom UT can be proud.
The Minaret | September 25, 2009
Arts & Entertainment
Hollywood Vampire Sex Appeal Sucks Other Entertainment Dry
By Alexa Erickson Journalism II
Craving some blood? Maybe not, but vampires sure are, and they’ve dug their hot fangs into the media, devouring theaters, televisions and bookstores alike. These mythical creatures stirred up a buzz in 2008 with the book series “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer, which sold 22 million books that year. The first “Twilight” film has now made $382 million worldwide and HBO’s “True Blood” currently grabs over 30 million viewers an episode. Vampires have taken a tasty bite out of Hollywood, and they’re clearly hungry for more. The CW’s new hit “The Vampire Diaries” premiered two weeks ago on September 10 with over 4 million viewers tuning in. But why is it that these blood-sucking sex symbols are creating such a craze? Vampires have been around for years, dating back to the novel “Dracula” written by Bram Stoker in 1897 and later Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles,” breaking out in the mid 1970’s, which adapted two box office hits. But now, more than ever before, the undead rule the media. Why? Well, if you’ve watched any of the new vampire hits, it appears pretty obvious that these creatures aren’t just portrayed as
glamorous immortals anymore, but have become downright sexy. When the “Twilight” film broke out, so did the lead vampire character played by Robert Pattinson, and not just for his acting, but for his chiseled jaw line and dreamy eyes by teenage girls across the country. Allan Ball, the creator of “True Blood,” was asked in an interview with HBO what he thinks viewers will like about his show. Ball’s immediate reply was, “They’re very sexy.” He continued on to say, “There are people who are called ‘’fang bangers’’ who basically just want to hook up with vampires because apparently sex with vampires is really good.” With these famous hits all involving sensual intrigue between humans and vampires, viewers are clearly being sent a message on these shows: vampires are hotter and better in bed. With the physical aspect aside, there must be something else alluring the masses to stay tuned in to this vampire craze. Chelsea Wells, a UT junior and a fan of “True Blood,” says her intrigue comes from the unique portrayal of the vampires. “The show tries to tell you even something that lives on human blood is capable of loving and feeling. It’s like good and evil but in the show the evil isn’t necessarily the vampires, the humans are capable of being just
as cruel.” Allan Ball agreed, saying, “Nobody’s a hundred percent good. Nobody’s a hundred percent bad. There’s much more connection between the mortal and immortal world, which I think makes the vampires a more attainable feeling for the viewers—making it all more real.” Perhaps these vampire sagas are intended for the young adult generation, but middle-aged viewers are tuning in as well. The LA Times reported that 45 percent of all viewers recorded in exit polls by “Summit” of the movie “Twilight” were aged 25 and older. The “Vampire Diaries” publicist, Pam Morrison, reported that the series premier caught a majority of viewers, ranging from 18-49 years of age. Jen Shulman, a 40 year old fan of the vampire craze comments on her reason for interest. “I, being the ridiculous fan I am, think there is tons of great material in today’s vampire frenzy, especially as it relates the human condition--impulses, weaknesses and how the mystical ties in and allows us to look more deeply into what it means to be human and how we identify ourselves.” But how long will this trend continue? Well, as long as sex thrives in the media, the vampires have a good chance of staying out of their coffins. “Playboy”’s new October issue is a tribute to the
Paul Wesley, from left, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder star in “The Vampire Diaries.” Photo by Andrew Eccles/The CW/MCT
bloodthirsty crew. On the cover, two playmates portray the scene of a sexy vampire, going in for a bite of a hot human girl. Inside, the magazine offers articles, like “Why the Undead are Hot again.” The series “True Blood”
has signed on for a third season and the “Twilight” saga comes out with a new film titled “New Moon” in early November. It looks like more bloodsucking is in our future, so watch your necks!
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THE TV CROSSWORD by Jacqueline E. Mathews
By Linda C Black Tribune Media Services
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Get going. You need every minute to get through the day. You may need more than one vehicle to get where you’re going.
Aries (March 21-April 19) Yo u ’ r e a t t r a c t i n g attention. Important people are watching. Look sharp and be confident. And have a strong partner.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Stay out of the bedroom. Handle your business outdoors if possible. This could get noisy.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) Can you relax if chores aren’t done? You can if you don’t exercise self-discipline. It’s a strain, but you can do it.
ACROSS 1 Role for Judd Hirsch on “Numb3rs” 5 “The __ Couple” 8 “Larry King __” 9 “CSI: __” 12 Performed 13 Actress Ethel 14 Specks 15 Actor Nicolas 16 Actress Merkel 18 __ Mineo 19 Plato or Delany 20 “Dharma & __” 21 Perón and Gabor 23 __ Boothe Luce 24 Bowler’s targets 25 Worry 26 Eyeglasses, for short 28 Actress Anderson 29 __ vera 30 Undergarment 32 “Mike Hammer, Private __” 35 “A __ of the World”; Sigourney Weaver movie 36 Perched on Solution to Last Week’s Puzzle
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37 Rugged cliff 38 John Ratzenberger’s role on “Cheers” 40 “Book ’em, __!” 41 “__, Indiana” 42 “Star __” 43 O’Neill and Bradley 44 Utters DOWN 1 World’s third-largest producer of aluminum 2 “__, Big World” 3 5th and Pennsylvania: abbr. 4 “__ and Stacey” 5 Last letter of the Greek alphabet 6 Very urgent 7 Aswan or Hoover 10 Actress on “ER” 11 Located near the center 12 Commercials 13 “The __ from U.N.C.L.E.” 15 Elliot of The Mamas & the Papas 17 Years lived 19 Rowan and Rather 20 “The __ Campbell Goodtime Hour” 22 “Miami __” 23 Cut off short 25 “The __ Wilson Show” 26 Ally Walker’s lead role on “Profiler” 27 “Melrose __” 30 Homes for pigs 31 Chaney or his son 33 Richard Gere movie nominated for a Golden Globe Award 34 Sense of self-esteem 36 Eager 37 One of the twins on “Jon & Kate Plus 8” 39 “The Boys __ Back” 40 Sobering-up woes, for short
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Be prepared to speak your mind (this means you have to know it). You can do it.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) Talk to loved ones about finances. Shift everything into place so that you can afford what you’re after.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You see what’s right in front of you and discuss it with ease. Ideas pop up, and you implement them smoothly.
Cancer (June 22-July 22) Something your partner’s been trying to tell you is finally getting across. He or she didn’t mean what you thought.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You take your ideas to a new level when you add inspiration to the recipe. Practice probably does make perfect.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) More work pours in. You may be sick of this by now, but it’s best to take the jobs when you can get them.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Do you see the whites of their eyes? Make use of every trick in your book. Level the playing field.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Someone’s trying to get your attention. You may not have thought of this person as a friend, but you may be surprised.
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The Minaret | September 25, 2009
Gamer Attests Why Brutal Legend is Worth the Expense By Austin Ashby Staff Writer
Fall is upon us, and a huge wave of new video games is about to smack us all in the face. With so many video games coming out in the next couple of months, and with the majority of the “major” games being retailed at $59.99, what can the average consumers do? How can they be sure to pick up the right games instead of the mediocre ones? Fortunately, as a game writer, I can help with the selection of must-have games. The following will provide details of the hands on experience I had with the new game “Brutal Legend” during my time at the Penny Arcade Expo, a annual gaming convention held in Washington. The first scene leaves Eddie (described as a “great being,” maybe even a god in his bizarre world) in a small arena with praying priests. At first we believe that the priests are praying to Eddie, but soon they begin to charge forward. As I leapt past the priests, I noticed a battle axe smacked down in the middle of the arena, grabbed it and began to slaughter the priests.
Enter the “God of War” style of gameplay. When one of the priests began fiddling with his guitar, I used the “power of rock” from his guitar to kill him. After sleighing the miniboss (“the pure definition of a ‘butterface,’” according to Eddie), I crossed a bridge made of bones where a lone demon named Ophelia waited to attack. We soon make friends, however, and team up together to battle more demons. She and Eddie then arrive at another area, where Ophelia explains that a strange item hasn’t been activated in a long time. I walked up to the object and did what Eddie does best: rocked out. The idea works, and as strange items rise from the ground, Eddie has a great idea. He creates a rocking car, and the driving portion of the game begins. A boss encounter is triggered next during which the boss stabs at Eddie with his tongue while Eddie fights back from the inside of his car. Eddie has left the beast incapable of French kissing, but Ophelia doesn’t understand what French kissing is, so Eddie is about to explain when he
is distracted by the return of the now tongueless beast. Eddie now slays the beast by pulling a huge gate down upon the creature, while screaming out, “Decapitation!” and the building begins to fall down upon the destroyed creature. After spending five minutes weaving through obstacles and deathly pits, I was finally able to escape the beast’s lair. When Ophelia asks Eddie to join the rebellion against the demons, Eddie doesn’t leap on the idea, but he is willing to check out the rebel’s base. After exploring the world a little, I head towards the base. The demo ends by telling me to acquire the game on “Rocktober” 13th. After playing through the demo, I felt sure I was making the right decision to pick up the title next month. The game is hilarious, a difficult effect to achieve in the game industry. The game is very ambitious, but it doesn’t chew off more than it can handle. If you are looking for a title for the Xbox 360 for October, the demo I played confirmed that it should be “Brutal Legends.” Austin Ashby can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Attend UT’s First Black Box Film Festival. - Support the soccer team and attend this weekend’s game. - Go for a run in the rain. - Visit the Tampa History Center. - Rent a really bad movie and just for laughs. Fame
Rated: PG Director: Kevin Tancharoen Time: 107 mins
Rated: R Director: Christian Alvart Time: 108 mins
Rated: R Director: Jonathan Mostow Time: 89 mins
A diverse group of hopeful students audtion for an NYC performing arts school.
Two astronauts awaken to find the fate of the human race in their hands.
FBI investigators uncover the secrets behind life like robotic beings.
- Learn a new word everyday this week. - Listen to the top songs from the 50’s and 60’s.
Arts & Entertainment
Jay-Z’s Third ‘Blueprint’ is a Success By Zach Fraser Staff Writer
“Please don’t bow in my presence. How am I a legend? I just got ten number one albums, maybe now 11.” No one ever said Jay-Z was subtle, and this has never more true then on his new album, “The Blueprint 3.” The man who has hailed himself and been hailed by others as the “King of New York” comes out in late 2009 swinging for the fences with his impressive 11th studio album in 13 years. “The Blueprint 3” flows together with the swagger, confidence and poise that you would expect from a Jay-Z album, with a few curve balls along the way. “What We Talkin’ About” opens up the album, with a unique guest appearance from Luke Steele of “Empire of the Sun.” It’s not your typical cameo from Jay-Z’s former albums, but nonetheless, it gets the CD going in the right direction. Not wasting any time, “The Blueprint 3” rolls right into the three singles off the album: “D.O.A.,” “Run This Town” and “Empire State of Mind,” featuring artists Kanye West, Rihanna and Alicia Keys. The three tracks have the commercial appeal of rap ballads and end up being the backbone of the album. As “The Blueprint” continues, Jay-Z brings in the troops with noteworthy appearances from Young Jeezy, Swizz Beatz
The Minaret | September 25, 2009
Cody Captures Teenage Angst In ‘Jennifer’s Body’ By Ash Anderson The Lariot, Baylor U.
and Drake on the latter half of the CD. They all provide a unique feel and vibe, weaving together an eclectic, yet very effective progression. Easily dismissible is “Venus vs. Mars,” a feeble attempt at being clever and witty. In this song, Jay-Z raps, “Shawty got Britney, shaved her whole head up.” Finally ending “The Blueprint 3” is “Young Forever,” an interesting peak into the diversity of Jay-Z’s musical preferences. The song samples the ‘80s smash hit “Forever Young” by “Alphalive” and shows a different side of Jay as he raps cool, calm and collected to a mellow beat. While there are a few dull moments on the album, for the
most part “The Blueprint 3” comes off as a very strong effort. Eleven albums and still running makes you wonder: at this pace, is there anything Jay-Z can’t do? Zach Fraser can be contacted at email@example.com. Subscribe to our RSS Feed Visit www.TheMinaretOnline.com
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By Camilla Chebet You open a new page, but it’s got the streaks and marks of the one overturned. You open the curtains to a new day, but it’s the same cloudy, dark sky of yesterday. You try to find yourself, but you’re still lost in the maze of the past. You struggle to take charge, but you’re still taken over by past events. You sit still, helpless and stressed you realize, you never knew where where you came from, because front to back but from where you
just as you have before. Then you were going until you knew progress does not move from are to where you choose to be.
So whether its 1 step forward and 3steps back, you’re still moving and that’s all that counts.
(UWIRE) Diablo Cody’s latest trip through the mind of a teenage girl isn’t anything like what “Juno” was. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. “Juno” dealt with a coming-of-age story that almost happened too quickly for the titular character to handle. “Jennifer’s Body,” on the other hand, is a campy teenage angst-filled comedy that was, in my opinion, mismarketed as a horror movie. There is nothing scary about this film. Rather, the scariest thing about it is how spot-on Cody’s writing is when it comes to filling the mouths of teenagers with dialogue. Meet Needy Lesnicky (Amanda Seyfried). She’s your average small-town girl from Devil’s Kettle. Don’t worry, the name just comes from the waterfall that runs outside of the town. Apparently the water falls into a hole in the ground and doesn’t come out anywhere, but that’s a story for another day. Needy is best friends with Jennifer Check (Megan Fox), the “it” girl in Devil’s Kettle. Jennifer is beautiful and she knows it. She uses her sexual prowess to make boys (and men, like the rookie cop in town) bend to her will. She gets anything she wants, and Needy is just along for the ride. The relationship between Jennifer and Needy is subtly unveiled throughout the movie. When the duo heads to the lone bar in Devil’s Kettle to see the indie band Low Shoulder -“They’re so salty,” Jennifer says-they stand in awe of the lead singer, Nikolai Wolf (Adam Brody). Why is Low Shoulder in Devil’s Kettle, you ask? Nikolai makes it plain and clear. “I think that it’s important that we reach out to our fans in the [expletive] areas, too.” But apparently they’re there for something else, or else we wouldn’t care. During the concert, a fire breaks out in the bar, causing multiple deaths that shake Devil’s Kettle to its core. More importantly though, Jennifer is kidnapped by Nikolai’s band, and you guessed it, turned into a boy-eating terror. As the rest of the movie unfolds, you really get the feel for Cody’s knack for teenage dialogue. When Chip Dove, Needy’s boyfriend, is warned by his mother that there’s someone or something out there targeting boys, Chip scoffs and tells his mother that he’ll be fine--he’s been using the Bowflex. The most interesting part about the movie though, is how Needy reacts to Jennifer’s
sudden changes. While Jennifer has always been superficial and air-headed, she was never just plain mean. That all changes when Jennifer changes, and Needy makes it her mission to stop Jennifer’s murderous rampage before too many people get hurt. If you go into “Jennifer’s Body” expecting a horror movie, you’ll be disappointed. Instead, get ready for a barrage of pop culture references and teenagers that sound just like you did when you were their age. For example, when Jennifer asks how a girl in her class came across a specific piece of information, the girl gets defensive and looks hurt. Fighting back tears, she screams, “It says so on the Wikipedia page!” Sound familiar? Maybe you didn’t cry. Maybe you did. Either way, you owe it to yourself to see this film if you’re looking for a heap of laughs. Just don’t expect to take anything the movie has to say seriously.
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The Minaret | September 25, 2009
The Trevi Fountain in Rome
A random church in the Italian countryside
Athena statue in Rome
n 2003, the fluffy Henry T. Pirate met John Meacham, a current UT junior. Since the moment they met, they would never part. Pirate has seen the world with Meacham, including two deployments to Iraq. A recent summer trip to Europe, traveling to a total of 12 countries, was their latest adventure. Italy was the second country the pair toured. During the day, they visited ancient sights and took various tours. Night life was free to do what 53 college students do best: socializing. Pirate made friends with many people on his trip, including some creepy moving statues and multiple street performers. He arrived in Italy on a boat from Greece and travelled up the boot to cities like Rome, Pompeii, Florence and Venice. Be sure to look for more of Pirate and Meachamâ€™s adventures in future issues. For more about Pirate, you can find him on Facebook under Henry TPirate. A gentleman in a gondola in Venice
Photos By: John Meacham Article By: Mindy Tucker
Henry enjoying some classic Italian pasta
Henry and the leaning Tower of Piza
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The Minaret | September 25, 2009
‘Greek’ Star Amber Stevens Dishes About her Character Ashleigh
By Amanda Price Staff Writer
Amber Stevens never became a university student herself, but her “Greek” character, Ashleigh, conquers the sorority and fraternity world at the fictional Cyprus-Rhodes University. Stevens was raised near Hollywood in Beverly Hills and decided to pursue the numerous acting opportunities Tinsel Town has to offer. After a few callbacks, she was the first character cast in the humorous, lighthearted “Greek” television show on ABC Family. Speaking with Stevens on the phone, along with other students across the country, was like talking to a friend who is really excited about the point they’ve reached in their life. She was down to earth, easy to talk to and enthusiastic about the sense of belonging she’s discovered in her television family. “Acting was never on my plate” she said. “Music was always my passion.” At age 18 she chose to pursue acting. She explained the humbling audition process: community college classes each morning followed by tough auditions.
Her commitment paid off in the role of Ashleigh, who she describes as the “happygo-lucky, supportive friend.” The current third season of “Greek” throws more responsibility on Ashleigh’s shoulders as president of Zeta Beta Zeta. A lot of the show’s material is based on true college experience. “Almost all of our writers were in fraternities or sororities,” Stevens said. “It’s as real as it gets…without having to show too much.” Originally the show was darker and more intense. It has evolved into an entertaining drama that provides a positive message. Philanthropy is an important part of the Greek system. Through the show’s Do Something Campaign, Stevens is involved in Girls, Inc., a program that provides “female empowerment.” Stevens hopes to become personally involved as well as through the television show. “People close their eyes and pretend things aren’t going on because it’s an easier way to live,” Stevens said. When asked about the future of her career, Stevens was quick to say she “lives in the moment” and doesn’t want to imagine “Greek” ending any time soon. Who would want to part from a cast and crew that cele-
brates birthdays and vacations together? “I’m having too much fun with everyone!” she said. Singing and songwriting are never far from her mind. “I feel a little vacancy right now,” she admits, about the absence of music in her life. She would love to produce an album and go on tour. Stevens enjoys music and acting equally, but music has been her outlet from a young age. Her advice for wannabe actors and actresses? It echoes Nike: “Just do it.” She stresses how important it is to be active in the pursuit of dreams. Maybe one day Stevens will be a household name like her dream costar, Matthew Perry. “I am fascinated by Chandler for some reason,” she said. Until then, Amber is having the time of her life on “Greek,” pursuing charity work she can relate to and, hopefully, starting her singing career in the near future. As for the insider opinion on “Greek”’s main character Casey, Stevens thinks she belongs with Kappa Tau Gamma’s heartthrob, Cappie. You can catch episodes of “Greek” Monday nights at 9 p.m. on ABC Family. Amanda Price can be reached at amanda.price@ ut.edu.
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Faith Team at UT Strives for Deeper Life Meaning By Kourtnaye Lewis Special to The Minaret
For most college students, the four years spent as an undergraduate are meant for self expression and discovery. With this in mind, The Research Team for Faith Values and Spirituality at UT has three goals in mind. The first, character building, is based on making choices and identifying personal values. The group strives for spiritual development, the understanding of world cultures and religion, encouraging interfaith conversations. In short, the club allows for meaningful conversations and an opportunity to connect with others three times each semester. This fall they have organized a series of programs in which they will discuss various famous religious works. On Friday, Sept. 25th at 8 p.m., students will meet in Reeves Theatre to view the religious film “Doubt.” Following the production, students will engage in an in-depth spiritual discussion regarding themes in the movie. Dr. Ryan Cragun, assistant
professor of Sociology, and Dr. Gary Luter, director of the Honors Program, will lead the discussion and answer questions on a panel. In the second component of the series, which takes place on both Oct. 2nd and Oct. 16th at noon in Vaughn 219, members will discuss Randy Pausch’s emotional story “The Last Lecture.” His heartwarming tale describes Professor Pausch’s “Last Lecture” at Carnegie Mellon University after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The lecture teaches students to overcome obstacles, follow their hearts and seize the moment. Finally, on Oct. 30th and Nov. 13th, students will discuss Yann Martel’s story of adventure, survival and faith, called “Life of Pi.” The plot follows the character Pi as his family flees from India and Pi eventually finds himself shipwrecked with a Bengal Tiger. All students are encouraged to participate and Books will be provided. These discussions are open to any members of the UT community. Amanda Price can be contacted at amanda.price@ ut.edu.
The Minaret | September 25, 2009
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The Minaret | September 25, 2009
Editorial: Do You Really Want to Click “Share?”
When asked what advice she had for college students in an interview with The Minaret, Jane Castor, Tampa’s New Police Chief replied that with the change in technology, students need to exercise good judgment in what they do on a daily basis because it can and will catch up with them. T h e M i n a re t i s b o t h a print-newspaper as well as theminaretonline.com. Our website has a global readership since it was first launched in late spring of 2006. When recruiting writers we tell them that their work for the staff is not only noticed by the campus community but the world. As our writers conduct interviews it is their duty to tell the person they are interviewing that they are writers for The Minaret. What is said will be published in print and online.
The reason for this is not solely based on our jobs as reporters to get the information from sources, but it is to shed light on the piece of advice that Chief Castor gave to this generation of students. Who thought it would come to the day that “Big Brother” would be watching you? This isn’t new to most of us. Facebook, Twitter and the multitude of other social networking sites are running rampant and students aren’t realizing the harm that can be done with the things they post and say. Sure this has been said, but until the time comes ten years down the road when students become more vigilant of what they do, they’ll regret what happened ten years earlier. If anyone does find something disturbing in their past that was documented online, it isn’t as
simple as clicking the delete. Everyone seems to have some sort of social networking site because it seems to be the easiest way to stay in touch with friends. The world continues to become a smaller place. The internet has connected the world and anything on the web can be reached by most. Cultures have been reconnected from other sides of the globe. P e o p l e ’s p e r s o n a l a n d virtual identities have merged. A derogatory e-mail or a risqué photo can stain one’s reputation like a scarlet letter. Young people have always behaved foolishly, but never before has one’s adolescence and early adulthood been recorded to this degree. It’s imperative that students use a little common sense with what they publish online, be it an article, a photo or a comment.
What the Heart Wants: Forgetting Exes Easier Said Than Done By Kristen Vasquez Staff Writer
One infamous episode of “Sex and the City” left us with the rule for breakups: you must get over the ex in half the time you dated. This supposed healing time was to be the perfect equation. But in real life, can this work out as well? Is this time frame too long or too short? A good friend of mine recently broke up with a long time boyfriend. The first week was hell for all of us close to her: endless crying, phone calls, deleting every bit of his existence from all of our Facebook pages, you name it. However, it’s week two and she’s already out dating someone new. While I am sure this is providing a great distraction (the key element to successfully getting over any bad situation), I can’t help but think that she hasn’t given herself the proper amount of
grieving time. Is a week too soon? I personally find it to be way too short, especially to go out and jump back into the raging sea of dating. But as for my friend, she seems to be doing all right. The distraction is providing her an ample amount of affection and satisfaction to help her deal with her breakup. Personally, my last real breakup occurred in 2006, and at the time I felt like I’d never get over it. Lo and behold, that two-year relationship took almost four years to accept and move on from. Perhaps it really is all a state of mind that helps you forget someone, but does absence of his or her presence correlate to this? My friend lives on campus at USF, but considering the size of her school, she never bumps into her ex. I live in a pretty small town with mutual friends and backstabbing
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girls. These bring about the constant reminder that my ex is alive and kicking, dating my ex best friend, and yes, doing quite fine without me. One can only really gauge the intensity of his or her relationships. While one couple can be together for a year without talking too seriously about future details, another can spend six months
together and already be mapping out the wedding plans. While particularly negative relationships deserve their own spectrum of absolution, how long should it take a person to be able to stand-alone and regain their independence? Basically what I am trying to say is, how soon is too soon? Should time constraints really be put on relationships, breakups and courting?
Or is the air of spontaneity really what drives you? I wonder for people who are newly single and living on campus—do you think the SATC rule is applicable to your situation? Or are you more like me, haunted by the everyday reminders of past significant others and relationships? Kristen Vasquez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commentary 15 Goal-Oriented Students Strengthen Their Grades and Friendship
The Minaret | September 25, 2009
find themselves asking, “How is it that all these people go out every night and chill all day while I work? Is it okay if I do the same?” During my freshman year, it was hard to stay focused on what I needed to do because of By Nicole Robinson the lackadaisical air that I found Columnist prominent in some of my fellow “How the hell do you do this?” students. I always had to study my butt was probably the first thing that one off while some of my friends got to of the most influential people in my go out what seemed like every day experience here probably heard and to me, it wasn’t fair. from my mouth. I was in Biology I remember one situation I 204 Lab, freshman year, cursing a had when I had a chemistry test solution that I was supposed to be on a Friday at 8:30 a.m. In typical making. style, students were going out to This girl quickly saw that I was various parties in Ybor and some in distress, came over and quickly people I knew wanted me to go out corrected what I was doing. with them. She then proceeded to partner When informed of my situation with me and help me with the lab one girl told me, “Come on! You when she saw that I was in distress can bring your book to the club! I (which isn’t very hard since I did it before.” wasn’t born with much of a word Of course I didn’t go with filter). them even though it would have Her kindness then filtered over been funny to have been in some everyone in class, where she would club, wrestling with a graphing help me whenever I had random calculator, a chemistry book and a questions, and we began to form periodic table. a friendship. But on a more serious note, I’m sure my craziness was that was also the start of separating as entertaining to her, as her myself from individuals like that kindhearted nature and Bahamian and keeping the friends that shared pride fascinated me. We started my desire to study in libraries to chill and study more as the rather than bars. semesters progressed. What you will begin to realize I don’t know if she knows though, is that after the first round it, but she is part of the reason I of tests, that disregard towards even survived some classes at this studying and going to class quickly school. Why? disappears, and as the semester Because of the fact that so progresses, you will find that many many around me weren’t exactly as will pay dearly for an apathetic focused on school as I was, and for attitude towards class work. me, distractions are contagious. What kept me going was likeMany freshman and others T:4” minded individuals who would call may realize this after a while and
me and ask if I had done problems, if we could work together later and even if I needed help. Misti Cartwrite, the girl who I mentioned before, changed me. Not only did she help make some of the impossible bio questions seem possible, but she also inspired me to be like her. I started to help others who I thought may be having trouble. One of the best things you can do in general while studying or in class is a person who asks questions and also be one who can answer them. In a sense, you should be Misti’s annoying lab partner and you should also “be” Misti. Out of all the advice we gave you in our orientation issue like, “Eat at this place, don’t drink in excess, look both ways when you cross the street.” I don’t know if we gave you all the most important advice. Don’t ever forget what you came here to do and what your main goal here should be; getting the best education that this university has to offer. It is possible to party or waste time at UT, but it is also possible to take full advantage of the courses and opportunities here, and therein lies true success. Those who take the education aspect seriously will see the long term benefits of their decision, whereas others will unfortunately fall by the wayside. As you progress through your experience here, it will be easier to find those who are here for the same reason you are: an education. I was fortunate enough to find a person early on who has grown to
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be one of my greatest friends at this university, even though we are no longer in the same classes. She was, and still is, a blessing in my life and I’m so thankful for her. My advice to you is to do yourself a favor and find your Misti Cartwright and stick to them. Resist the urge to be distracted from your goals and seek out those who are serious about education. I promise you, that you won’t regret it. Also, be a helper in whatever way you can, not only because it also helps you reaffirm what you already know, but because it’s a generally nice thing to do. Misti’s heart is pure in that she
seeks no reward, just the betterment of her colleagues. She didn’t ask me to write this, but I did because she is someone I respect and try to assimilate myself to. So be nice and share knowledge. And who knows? Perhaps an annoying lab partner will remember your kindness and publish your good deeds in a paper somewhere in an effort to inspire others. Nicole Robinson can be reached at email@example.com.
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Christianity is a tortured topic; it’s the topic that gets everyone treading on each others’ toes, the one that crucifies us. Some believe it is detrimental to human society, its dogmas, its rituals and the unwavering faith it instills in its followers that some people find somewhat ludicrous. Others resent Christianity, believing it is becoming the root of hatred, dissension, discrimination and a money making machine instead of a beacon of humanity and love. They may say Christianity has lost its way; I know Gandhi said “I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians, for they are so unlike your Christ.” I know there are many people who agree with Gandhi’s statement. I champion it because encountering un-Christlike Christians has often been my experience. But amongst the bad apples, there are good ones. Speaking of the good apples, I commend the Christian students on our campus: the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. They still strive to be Christians who are like their Christ, who emulate his generosity, fairness, love and want for unity within our communities. T:7”
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By Philippa Hatendi Columnist
There are many students here who are not of a specific faith including myself, yet these students manage to uphold Christianity in our university. They adhere to their religious values—we should all be so brave, especially during this period in our lives where our values are prey to the pressures and temptations that come with youth; where we do stray into sinning against ourselves. As I walk to Sykes, I see the chapel rising, taking shape and it reminds me of the efforts of our fellow students. They too are rising, taking shape and hoping to leave footprints in the sands of this establishment we call our university. My two roommates are great examples of that community; they follow their values wholeheartedly, yet they don’t try to press them upon me, the way that I have experienced with other Christians. I appreciate this. I think their efforts should be applauded; there should be more support for them because they set an example of the need to preserve something that is dying, something more important than religion—our own personal values. It’s nice to see that there’s someone safeguarding personal values, even here. This article is not intended to say everyone should be Christian,
or that everyone should join the university fellowship. That’s none of my business, that’s between you and your god (if you have one). This article is intended to bring attention to a unique group of young people that I think should be commended for preserving their values. It takes a lot to defend one’s values, to resist the demands of outside forces and to exist in conflict with our own conscience. It takes a lot to turn the other way, wrestle against our demons and walk on our own path. The presence of Christians here at UT reminds us to walk on our own path with our own values, whatever they may be or wherever they may have originated— regardless of the backlash. I think that’s what they have to teach us. Our values are crucial, thus as individuals, we must establish our own values and protect them. One should never compromise preserving what we hold closest to our hearts in terms of our values, especially out of fear. It is the only way we can ever be able to exist at peace with our own consciences. Philippa Hatendi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Minaret | September 25, 2009
Demystifying the Enduring Mystique of Bisexual Life
Bisexual Pride Flag. Image by Fibonacci / Wikipedia By Narisa Imprasert Columnist
â€œItâ€™s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!â€? Yes, men and women have differing genitalia, but does that mean the life Iâ€™m living is inherently wrong? It took me a while to come out as bisexual and some of you reading this right now might put down this paper and say, â€œWhoaâ€ŚI guess you do learn something new every day.â€? I donâ€™t flaunt my sexuality; I go with the flow. I keep my love life on the down low. When I date someone, my Facebook status always remains single. When I go out, I donâ€™t look for a girl or a boy. I stay pretty indifferent. Iâ€™m looking for someone with
the confidence to dance with me in the clubs. Iâ€™m a shy girl so anyone who does that automatically is in my good graces. Or, someone that can hold an intellectual conversation, because thatâ€™s sexy. I believe sexuality is fluid. I appreciate the aesthetics of a personsâ€™ body, boy or girl. I can flirt with either sex and not even know Iâ€™m doing so. I check out a boy and admire his build. I admit to liking muscles and that scruffy look only boys can pull off. However, I admire a girlâ€™s smile and appreciate a nice toned body. I guess itâ€™s just a personal preference when I check somebody out. I crave the roughness that comes with a manâ€™s touch, but I also enjoy how a girlâ€™s touch is soft, sensual and familiar.
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However, with either gender, even if you are drop-dead gorgeous, a terrible personality can definitely kill someoneâ€™s good looks. For the longest time I felt ashamed to admit I liked girls in addition to boys. I was confused and felt that if I came out, I would lose all my friends. I slowly conquered my fears. Granted I did lose a few friends. It became awkward with a few acquaintances, I was judged by strangers and I would hear whispers as I walked by. Inevitably, it felt like high school all over again, similar to when rumors got out by lunch time and I was the latest gossip. Even those that claimed to be accepting drifted away. However, coming out was for the better because I finally accepted myself, I made new friends; and I dropped those who never really were genuine friends. I met quite a few new people within UTâ€™s gay community and started attending the weekly G LT S B A m e e t i n g s e v e r y Wednesday. Even though the ice breakers are cheesy and the club is still small, it feels like home. Living my life as a bisexual is normal to me. In fact, sometimes I forget I even lean both ways until someone mentions Kate Beckinsale or Angelina Jolie and my first
response is, â€œSheâ€™s so hot.â€? Nevertheless, I still harvest a grin when I watch a Brad Pitt movie, and he remove his shirt, so Iâ€™m not completely gay. People are still shocked to this day when I tell them Iâ€™m bi. From men it usually elicits an arousing response, and the girls usually just say, â€œOh, I didnâ€™t realize,â€? as if I just inherited the plague. That is why I remain indifferent. I donâ€™t prance around waving around the gay flag, and I live on a â€œdonâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tellâ€? kind of basis. Life as a bisexual is complicated. Some ignorantly view it as greedy.
Guys idiotically see it as an opportunity for a threesome; curious girls see it as a gateway to experimentation, and others see it as wrong. But when it comes down to it, Iâ€™m just a normal college girl. Indeed, I smile at everyone as I pass them by because I am that friendly Asian girl, but Iâ€™m ultimately just your average girl that happens to appreciate both sexes. Now, my â€œgay-darâ€? is not finely tuned quite yet, but one day, hopefully, Iâ€™ll be able to spot someone that peaks my interest and indeed, swings my way. Narisa Imprasert can be reached at email@example.com.
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Gay TV Characters: What Are We Watching?
By Derrick Austin Commentary Editor
Itâ€™s a gay old time on Primetime. In the past few years, thereâ€™s been an influx of gay characters on Primetime television. Thereâ€™s Marc St. James on â€œUgly Betty,â€? Kurt on â€œGlee,â€? and Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins on â€œGreyâ€™s Anatomy.â€? Candance Cayne became the first transgender actress to play a transgender character for her role on â€œDirty Sexy Money.â€? Relegated for years on the sideline as the butt of jokes or the focus of those â€œAfter School Specialsâ€? where the audience thinks, â€œAw, gays are just like us.â€? Networks should be praised for this diversity, but thereâ€™s something unsettling about their depiction of gays, particularly gay men: a disarming level of commodification, not of gay culture, so much as gay men themselves. It mirrors the zeitgeist of the â€˜90s and early 2000s of white Americans wanting a black friend, the respectability and cultural cache that comes with having a minority acquaintance. Thereâ€™s a sense within that white (or heterosexual) person that having this minority in your circle of friend reveals how accepting
you are; plus, letâ€™s not gloss over how popular culture makes a group of people (or a particular image of a group of people) trendy. Your black friends are supposed to be up on rap, your slang translator and allow you to touch their fro, cornrows or weave (I still donâ€™t get the fascination with black hair). Your gay friends are supposed to be fashionable, empathetic and full of zingers to enhance every conversation. (Does this make me a two-for-one special?) The cultural atmosphere seems to be that every girl needs a gay. Not a person so much, as a prop, an idealized version of what gay men are, when in fact gay men can be just as boring as their heterosexual counterparts. In fact, the only successful vehicle for gay-themed programming on network cable seems to be comedies. Off the top of my head, I could only think of â€œWill and Grace,â€? â€œUgly Betty,â€? and â€œGleeâ€? (I had to look up the rest). But, even though Will and Jack talked a good game, they were ultimately about as sexual as a box of kittens. Sure theyâ€™ve got claws, but you can still watch and go â€œaww.â€? It doesnâ€™t help that cultural images are largely created through a heterosexual male lens. Male viewers canâ€™t be offended or made uncomfortable. We can help heterosexual society from frumpy to fabulous, we can hang around the dinner table and talk about James Merrillâ€™s
poetry one minute and dish about Beyonce the next, but the sex in homosexuality (particularly between two men) still makes a lot of people uneasy. If a man and woman are watching a film and a naked woman appears then neither is likely to be uneasy. Men are allowed to look at naked women, and thereâ€™s not a heavy stigma attached to a woman seeing a naked woman. Switch the sex of the nude: women are allowed to look at naked men, but thereâ€™s usually a twinge of discomfort among heterosexual men about viewing the male form. Itâ€™s just not kosher for a man to do such a thing. So to make gay men more palatable to a heterosexual male audience, one simply desexualizes gay men. But, herein lies the rub: cultural depictions of gays are obviously off, but how responsible is the media, especially escapist television shows, in what they depict? No group of people wants their culture cast in an unfair or inaccurate light; but, why are we turning to fictions for images to venerate? TV is made for fun and who are we to start policing a creative medium? Obviously, TV is a powerful cultural object, and everyone seeks their reflection in its glow. But, Iâ€™m pretty sure no one wants be thought of as a disposable pop culture trend. Derrick Austin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Minaret | September 25, 2009
Cafeteria Cliques Surround Every Lunch Table
Student Psychology Reveals Itself Through Friends and Pizza
By John Jacobs Columnist
From my experience of eating in the cafeteria two or three times every day, I’ve come to learn that you can tell a lot about who a person is just based on their actions there. That may sound impossible, but I’ve picked up on trends and patterns in which I can categorize different groups of people. First off, there’s the “in between classes” eater. I’m talking about the kids who come in with their backpacks, head directly for the sandwich line and grab a wrap and a drink, then sit down at a table usually facing a clock and every few seconds looking back up to make sure he or she still has a few minutes before class starts. You can usually tell who these people are because if you’re in line with them, no matter what station, they continually sigh to themselves with the look like, “Why are you moving so slowly right now?” Then there’s another group I like to simply classify as “the crew.” A “crew” usually consists of 7-10 friends who all occupy one of the big round tables even when there are not enough seats they pull up more for everyone, and talk obnoxiously loud throughout their meal. “The crew” is never in a rush and always seems to be in a good
mood no matter what time of day it is. Think about it, you’ll never see a full round table in the cafeteria of quiet kids; everybody’s always smiling, laughing and having a good time. An undeniable way to identify a “crew,” as everyone’s finishing up at their table, a few kids will crumple up some napkins and start shooting into their friends empty glass as if their playing pong. Then there are “the hoarders.” You know who they are, you’ve seen them before. I’m talking about the kid who’s waiting by the grill for the next cheeseburger while he’s already holding one in his hand. These are the kids walking back to their table with six slices of pizza on their plates. You’re not going to eat every slice, I guarantee it! One day, I’m going to follow one of these kids back to their table just to see if they finish it all. If they do, I’d actually be impressed and have no room to talk. It’s not like they don’t know what they’re doing either. They carry those three grilled cheeses back to their table with pride as if to say, “Yeah, these are all for me. Jealous?” Moving on to group specific to just the girls, there’s the “dieting group.” This group of usually four girls will come into the cafeteria and get a small salad and a glass of water. The thing is, 80 percent of the time, these girls really don’t need to be dieting! Girls who weigh around 130 lbs really don’t need to shed 20
The best part is they’re all counterproductive when it comes to their diet as in, they’ll drink beer the night before not realizing that completely throws off their supposed diet. “Ew, are you really about to eat bread with your salad? You’re not losing any weight while eating those carbs. Ugh, I’m still feeling those 12 beers from last night, but that’s basically like water, so I’m not messing up my diet right?” Finally coming to my favorite group, there’s the “fresh out of the gym” group. These are the guys coming straight from the gym, still wearing their sweaty workout clothes, ready to load up on protein. As they’re walking in you’ll think to yourself, “Oh god, these kids are going to eat everything…can’t wait to see it.” But whenever you see them heading to their table all they ever have is a small plate with about 15 hardboiled eggs on it and a glass of milk. Bonus points if any of them are wearing a “bodybuilding.com” shirt and carrying a GNC bottle with an already made protein shake in it. However, on the weekends all of these groups get thrown out and there are only two new groups that every student seems to fall into: The “zombies” and the “sames.” The “zombies” are basically exactly what it sounds like. I mean the students who come down for their first meal of the day around 3 p.m. and stumble in wearing pajama pants and sandals with their eyes barely open enough to know where they are. I’m always
Moving on to group specific to just the girls, there’s the “dieting group.” This group of usually four girls will come into the cafeteria and get a small salad and a glass of water. The thing is, 80 percent of the time these girls really don’t need to be dieting!
so tempted to go sit at the same table as one of them and see if they notice I’m there. I imagine if I’m really quiet, they wouldn’t figure it out. And even though their eating at 3 p.m., it would be only right for them to be eating a bowl of cereal and scrambled eggs (thank you, UT, for still serving breakfast throughout the day on weekends). Then there’s the other group, the “Sames.” Basically these are the people who are still wearing exactly the same clothes they wore the night before to go out, exposing they didn’t sleep in their own dorm last night. For guys, it can be tough to identify as wearing jeans and a nice shirt could be a normal daily outfit. But for girls on the other hand, there’s no hiding it when you walk into the cafeteria wearing heels, a skirt, and an “under 21” wristband from the club. So next time you’re in the cafeteria, look around and I guarantee you’ll be able to identify someone who could be classified in every single one of those groups. John Jacobs can be reached at email@example.com.
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Soccer Star, Working Hard; Since First Grade By Daniel Feingold Sports Writer
Some athletes have a unique story to justify why they play the game. The typical athlete feels inspired to compete because of some important event that changed their life. Starting forward for the women’s soccer team Jazmin Perry does not have a special or unusual background to motivate her while playing. However, it may be this distinction that makes her truly stand out among other athletes. She may not have an interesting story to tell, but she does have one feature that separates her from the rest- pure skill.
Photo by A. Sanford
From Worthington, Ohio, Perry began her successful career in soccer when she was in first grade. “One of my best friends kind of pulled me into it,” said Perry. “I use to do gymnastics and she wanted me to play on her team in youth boosters.” She continued playing throughout high school. At Thomas Worthington High School Perry was immediately a shining star for the soccer team. As a Freshman, Perry scored 21 goals and had seven assists en route to leading her team to a 141-1 record. She then led her high school team in scoring during the 2007 season. Along with her impressive numbers, Perry was also awarded Junior Varsity MVP in 2004 and in 2007 she was honored as secondteam all-Central district, just to highlight a select few. Perry, only in her sophomore year at The University of Tampa, currently leads the women’s soccer team in total points and goals scored. She maintains the highest shot percentage (among those who have attempted 10 or more shots) on the team at 38.5 percent. With already five goals to start the season, Perry stays modest and
humble about her success. “It’s cool to score, but assisting someone is just the same,” said Perry. When asked if a more important goal to her is leading the team in offense or reaching the finals Perry, confidently said, “getting to finals, definitely.” As of Sept. 20, the women’s team holds a record of 3-4-1. “We’re playing good, we’re just not finishing our opportunities”, Perry said. She does however remain confident for the rest of the season. “We still have a lot of work to do,” said Perry. “We’re a really young team, so most people aren’t expecting us to get really far but I think so far we’re starting to learn to play well together so I think we’ll get further than most people expect.” In a University without a football team to cement school spirit, it is vital to support the other sports UT has to offer. Perry agrees. “I think I would like to see more fans out there,” she said. “It kind of pumps us up and gets us ready for the game.” As a declared Allied Health major, Perry works just as hard off the field as she does on. She received both an athletic and academic scholarship to attend
UT. She also is a member of both the National and Spanish Honors Society. With all her multi-faceted talent, she seems to have an endless amount of career possibilities. “Right now I’m just kind of doing the soccer thing because I love doing it also and it helps me pay for my college education, [but] if the opportunity comes [to play professionally], I would,” Perry said.
She has started all but two games in her young collegiate career. She still has two more years, along with the remainder of this year, to build on her talent and continue adding to her alreadyimpressive list of achievements. The team’s next home game is Oct. 4 versus the Lynn Fighting Knights, so make sure to fill up the stands in full support of our Spartans.
Jazmin Perry brings the ball up the field. Photo by Abby Sanford/ The Minaret
Carroll is Responsible for USC’s Latest Letdown
By Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on pace for another USC blow- kept reporters guessing while they Daily Trojan, USC out with their first quarter perfor- waited to see how Matt Barkley’s
F. Scott Fitzgerald ended The Great Gatsby with the metaphor of boats beating against the current, an image that has become so cliché it seems to have lost all meaning. But it was hard not to think of the passage while watching USC flail against Washington on Saturday. And it wasn’t only the boats sailing on Lake Washington just outside of Husky Stadium that conjured up the image. The Trojans’ struggles against a scrappy, mid-level Pac-10 team have become so institutionalized at USC that the annual event is almost a cliché in itself. Instead of being surprised by Saturday’s outcome, most Trojan fans felt like they were headed in a direction they had been before. In fact, it’s a surprise there wasn’t a USC fan in the crowd who could have spoiled the ending for everyone based on past follies. A true fan might have stood up after USC’s tying drive and blurted out, “I’ve seen this one before — the other team kicks a field goal in the final seconds and the fans rush the field. I’m gonna head out and beat traffic.” But this year was supposed to be different, right? USC coach Pete Carroll spent all week insisting the Trojans wouldn’t be caught off-guard again, that they had finally learned their lesson. To the players’ credit, they certainly appeared up to the task. They made it look like they were
mance. “It wasn’t a question of being ready to play emotionally or anything,” Carroll said, drawing a contrast to past letdowns. This wasn’t a matter of the Trojans falling behind and seeing their comeback cut short by time or one key play like in so many past losses.It was simply a case of USC getting outcoached. Carroll took ownership for the loss immediately afterward, despite most of his players showing maturity by placing the burden on themselves. But this mea culpa might mean the Trojans are in for more trouble. With Carroll having more than enough scouting information at his disposal, there was no excuse for being unprepared for what the Huskies threw at the Trojans. USC coaches and players alike said after the game that there were “no surprises” in the game beyond their own mistakes, but maybe that’s a cause for concern. The Trojans’ struggles to adapt down the stretch might have been understandable if Washington had beaten USC by employing some Boise State-like gadget plays. But Washington could have broadcast its gameplan on the JumboTron and USC still might have been too fickle to adjust.Carroll’s blunders are best exemplified by his handling of the quarterbacks throughout the week. Both he and quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates
Corp was not at his best on Saturday, but quarterbacking should never be a pop quiz. Yet Corp is the one who unfairly faces being a potential pariah among students instead of Carroll. If Carroll isn’t a fan of Fitzgerald, perhaps he can learn through literature by picking up a book by Malcolm Gladwell. The coach references Outliers when referring to Barkley, but he might want to take a look at The Tipping Point, which details how the tiniest factors can catalyze unforeseen and sometimes disastrous endings.
The book could re-emphasize the point that if the Trojans can’t get back to their normal standard of play, they will find themselves falling short of another Pac-10 championship. Then the only thing at stake will be an at-large BCS bid. Or the Holiday Bowl. Or the Sun Bowl. And if English isn’t Carroll’s pleasure, maybe a spelling lesson will do. Right now, there’s no “SC” in the word “finish,” despite what those T-shirts may say. But finishing strong might be the only way for Carroll to right his ship.
shoulder injury progressed. But with the bone bruise to the true freshman improving only incrementally over the week, sophomore Aaron Corp took all the firstteam snaps and looked like he had seized temporary command of the position.At some point, Carroll would have to invest himself in Corp and show him that the team was committed to rallying around him as a starter. Or not. Asked when the coaching staff told him he would be starting Saturday’s game, Corp said — with his head held low — that “they never really did.”Corp would never say it, but the message came through louder than a bullhorn: USC’s coaching staff never really showed faith in him. The coaches’ attitude was evident in the play-calling. Corp was forced to be a dropback passer instead of using his trademark mobility. It’s possible the decision was due to the lingering effects of Corp’s preseason fractured fibula, but coaches insisted during the week that he was 100 percent recovered. Their trepidation also showed on a third-down play from the Huskies’ 7-yard line when the Trojans elected to run the ball instead of taking a shot at the end zone. Ensuring the game-tying field goal may have entailed the lowest risk, but since when has Carroll made it a point to adhere to coaching conPete Carrol lowers his head in disbelief. Photo by byeo/ photobucket.com ventions?
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. - Vince Lombardi
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M. Soccer: After a 4-0 start the No. 1 ranked Spartans finally were denied a win. The No. 22 West Florida Argos fought the Spartans to a 1-1 tie. The 4-0-1 Spartans fall to No. 5 in the Poll as they are set to take on Barry on Sept. 26, in their first SSC match up.
Three-Year Streak Continues With Young Spartans By Ryan Burkett Sports Writer
It’s a dozen games into the season and The University of Tampa volleyball team is riding high.With a record of 11-1 and 2-0 in the SSC, the Spartans are off to a surprising start. UT is coming off a weekend of conference away victories at Lynn and Nova Southeastern, allowing
Cross Country: Led by Jess Butler the women’s team took home a second place finish, placing behind the University of Florida Gators. The women’s team has now turned in three top two finishes. T h e Jess Butler m e n ’ s team also turned in a strong finish, ninth overall. Both teams will be in action Sept. 26, competing in the Pre-Nationals in Evansville, Ind.
Digging Deep For Wins Volleyball: For the third consecutive week the UT volleyball team is ranked No. 5. The team is now 11-1 (2-0 SSC), only losing to No. 1 Concordia, St. Paul. Following an away conference match against Rollins, UT will host conference opponents Florida-Tech, Florida Southern, Saint-Leo and Eckerd. The challenge will be tough for UT.
Junior Hitter Melissa Vanderhall
the Spartans to retain their No. 5 ranking in the AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll, for the third straight week. The ranking serves as a longterm accomplishment for the team. Under head coach Chris Catanach, UT has now been ranked in the top 25 for an incredible 181 consecutive weeks and in the top 10 for 60 weeks in a row. The streaks date back prior to the team’s lone national championship season of 2006. More impressively, the team’s only loss of the season came against defending national champion No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul in Denver. Four of the team’s victories also came against ranked opponents, all on the road or at neutral sites. For Catanach, it’s a surprising start considering the team’s youth. “I think we’re doing a little better than what I expected,” Catanach said. “I’m pretty excited to be in this position.”
The Spartans have 566 kills this season while allowing 485. On the defensive side they have out dug their opponents by a 566-532 margin. But the most impressive stat, perhaps, is their 71 aces to only 27 by the opposition. Individually, the team has several statistical leaders. Junior outside hitter, Melissa Vanderhall, leads UT with 145 kills, while sophomore libero, Julie Howlett, dominates defensively with 142 digs. Howlett is also the reigning Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week for her weekend performances, including a career-high 22 digs against NSU. In addition to the better-thanexpected development this year, the team plans to return most, if not all, of its nucleus next season since they have no seniors. “We have a decent group,” Catanach said of the team’s
evolving chemistry. “No one is being obtuse or stubborn.” To further improve team chemistry, the team plans to take a trip to Europe during the offseason. As the team bonds and improves they hope to continue reaping the rewards of success, something they have enjoyed for many years already.
Head Coach Chris Catanach
Former Pro Brings New Spirit to Cheer Squad existed for entrance to the tryouts, each of the three mandatory days became progressively advanced for On a hot, end-of-summer student evaluations. Saturday afternoon, Hope Donnelly, Performances in basic spirit the new Head Cheerleading Coach displays and entertainment of for The University of Tampa, chants and jumping began each day, completed the third and final day of with additional tests of tumbling tryouts with candidates in a chilly and stunting introduced in the Cass Gymnasium. second and third days. Pleased with the strong turnout No matter what skills an of almost 50 candidates for an individual begins the squad with, approximately 18 member squad, Donnelly noted that a set goal for Coach Donnelly was impressed each member would be to perform with the core skill levels present a standing backhand spring. in the candidates. “They’ve all worked really Many had been all-star hard and showed their commitment cheerleaders, with a diverse to the team, so we’re really background in dance, from going to have a great high school and other group,” said Donnelly of colleges. Others brought the candidates she has technically advanced skills evaluated. from gymnastics. At the time of the Also having to compete interview 36 students for the limited roster were remaining in positions were 11 returning contention, with the veterans. final team roster to Although no be determined by minimum requirements Sept. 21. Hope Donnelly By Matthew Desousa Journalism 1
No. 5 M. Soccer
Sept. 26, 7 p.m. vs. Barry
Sept. 25, 5 p.m. at Armstrong Atlantic State
>>>The undefeated Spartans will host Barry University. UT is coming off their first nonwin after the West Florida Argos struck them with a 1-1 tie in Pensacola.
>>> The Spartans fell to 3-4-1 as they suffered back-to-back losses to two top 10 teams. UT will travel to Savannah, Ga as they compete in the AASU Tournament.
Donnelly is the only UT staff member instructing the team, but has the aid of three student leaders on the team. Two are returning veterans and the third to be determined at a later time. After a respectable professional background in performance, Donnelly returns to collegiate cheerleading in her first season as a coach. A dancer since the age of three, the Panama City Beach native started organized cheerleading at seven and continued throughout high school and college. As a co-captain of the Eckerd College cheerleading team, a fellow member of UT’s conference, she went semi-professional in her last year in attendance and performed as a captain of the Tampa Bay Storm’s cheering squad. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and visual art, she expanded her professional career with seasons cheering for the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers, the Orlando Magic and the Tampa Bay Lightning. With the Lightning, she achieved the position of Entertainment Manager for the St. Petersburg Times Forum and spent the past four years improving the fan experience. Some of which are noted in her UT Athletics web site profile. Gil Swalls, UT’s Associate Athletic Director, said that Donnelly possesses “an excellent combination of previous cheerleading experience, both in our [Sunshine State] conference and as a professional; she had the best experience for our needs.” For her future plans Donnelly said, “fans at games are going to notice an increased level of interaction and the entertainment value the team brings.” She also expressed an interest in possibly having the team formally compete in the upcoming spring season of cheering events. Matthew Desousa can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. 5 Volleyball
Sept. 26, 4 p.m. vs. Florida Tech
Pre-Nationals (Evansville, Ind.)
>>> After a conference match at Rollins, Tampa will host conference opponent Florida Tech. UT has turned in wins against Lynn and Nova Southeastern.
>>> The women’s cross country team will look to build on a second place finish in the Florida Invite. The men’s team will look to finish strong after a ninth place finish.