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NSU celebrates back-to-back national championships Keren Moros Features Editor


e are the champions — again. The NSU’s women’s golf team won their second championship in May, but the celebration continues. On Sept. 9, students can meet the athletes in the Don Taft University Center lobby from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., then at 7 p.m., before the women’s volleyball game, a banner ceremony will take place. The team, who also won the title in 2009, will attend a private ring ceremony and dinner with Chancellor Ray Ferrero, Jr. and President George L. Hanbury II on Sept. 22 at Grand Oaks Country Club. Assistant Women’s Golf Coach

Amanda Brown is proud of the team. She said becoming back-to-back champions is a lot harder than it looks. “To repeat that again, the very next year, takes a lot of character. It’s harder to stay on top than to get to the top,” she said. “We may have made it look easy, but it took a lot of years to get to this point.” Confidence is one of the strengths that Brown said helped the team gain the win this year. That confidence paid off on the green when they grabbed an early lead and held on to it throughout the four-day competition. Head Coach Kevin Marsh, said that winning the title felt even better the second time. “The first year was a relief See WOMEN’S GOLF 2


the women’s golf team celebrates after winning the national Championship in may. this is the first time an nSu team has won back-to-back national championships.

$2.1 million grant awarded to NSU program puts grannies in good hands

Judge outs Proposition 8

Keren Moros Features Editor NSU’s Florida Coastal Geriatric Resource, Education and Training Center has received a five-year $2.1 million grant to educate and train students in geriatric care. According to Cecilia Rokusek, executive director of the center, Florida’s population of people 65 and older is 18 percent — higher than any other state. By 2030, she said, people aged 65 or older will outnumber children aged five and under for the first time in American history and the population of people 80 and older will increase 233 percent between 2008 and 2040. However, according to Michelle Gagnon-Blodgett, coordinator of geriatric clinical services at GEC, while the geriatric population is rising, the number of professionals in the field is not. “We are probably meeting about one tenth of the need,” GagnonBlodgett said. “What underscores a lot of that is not giving due attention to aging and aging needs.”

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the Department of health and human Services granted nSu $2.1 million to expand interest and knowledge in the geriatric field.

Another issue hindering growth and participation in the field is caused by the changing requirements of the patients. Gagnon-Blodgett, said that aging baby boomers, who are staying active, having longer and healthier retirements and have financial vigor,

are changing the dynamics of the geriatric field. Rokusek agrees. “We have two problems,” she said. “There are not enough professionals and we have See GRANT 2

In August, Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturned Proposition 8, a California law passed in 2008 banning same-sex marriage, because it discriminated against samesex couples. The case is in federal court, where it will be analyzed by a threejudge panel. Depending on their decision, it could go to the Supreme Court — if the Supreme Court decides to take the case. Charlene L. Smith, J.D.,

professor of law at the Shepard Broad Law Center, said that the Supreme Court may not hear the case because the justices may decide it’s too controversial. “They may not want to touch it — like a ‘hot potato,’” she said. Smith said that although Florida does not recognize samesex marriage, if the Supreme Court rules on it, all states would have to recognize the decision. However, if the Supreme Court decides it is unconstitutional to ban samesex marriage, states would not be See PROPOSITION 8 2



News Briefs • On Aug. 20, NSU replaced WebCT with Blackboard as its official online platform. To gain access to Blackboard, log in via SharkLink, and click on the Student tab. However, WebCT is still being used for some services, including online tutoring. For more information, contact the Help Desk at (954) 262- HELP. • Beware of phishing scams e-mailed to the NSU community. Management Team, Webmail Support Team and Webmail Online Team are examples of phony names used to obtain personal information. A campus-wide press release noted that NSU will never ask for personal information, including NSU ID numbers, usernames and passwords, through email. Anyone who may have replied to a fraudulent email should contact the OIT Help desk at (954) 262- HELP. • Joe Jonas will host the iWin 5K Fun Run/Walk on campus, Monday, Sept. 6. Anyone may join Jonas in the run. Registration is $30 in advance or $45 on the day of the run. Proceeds will support the Special Olympics of Florida. Prizes include meeting and running with Jonas. To register, call (954) 262-2150 or go to www.jonasfunrunfl.com. • This fall, NSU will open a new nonprofit dental and optometry facility for underprivileged children. The Kids in Distress-NSU Dental Clinic will provide preventative, comprehensive, and urgent dental and optometry care to underserved children in the community. For information or to make an appointment call (954) 567-5650. • As part of a new corporate partnership, the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship offers special tuition rates to Home Depot and Microsoft employees. Discounted tuition rates will be given to employees pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. • Students can rent textbooks from the NSU bookstore. This service allows students to rent a textbook for a semester for 55 percent off the cost of a new book. Rental textbooks can also be ordered online at, www. nova.edu/bookstore. • The Office of the University Bursar raised three of its fees for the first time in over 10 years. The 30-day late fee increased to $100, the employer deferment fee and the payment plan application fee both increased to $75. However, the maintenance fee for the payment plan application was eliminated. • Award-Winning author Edwidge Danticat will be this year’s keynote speaker at the undergraduate convocation ceremony. Known for her stories about overcoming personal hardship, she will speak about identity, NSU’s academic theme for 2010-2011. The event takes place on Tuesday, Sept 7., at 4 p.m. in the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center. • Pradeep Vanguri, Ph.D., ATC, assistant professor in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Division of Math, Science and Technology, was selected to serve on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County by the Emerge Broward Board Engagement program. • The Alvin Sherman Library and the Oceanographic Center Library will be closed on Sept. 6 in honor of Labor Day. The Health Professions Division Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Law Library & Technology Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


obligated to allow it. Smith said that married couples have 1,001 rights, varying from tax cuts to the privilege of seeing their spouses in the hospital. Daynara Llompart, first year psychology graduate student, said there is more to the issue than just civil rights. “They want to get married for the same reason straight people want to get married. They love each other and want to show their commitment,” she said. According to a recent CNN poll, 50 percent of Americans favor same-sex marriage in 22 states. The results of the poll indicate the highest percentages yet in favor of same-sex marriage. This percentage is even higher among people under the age of 50, with 58 percent supporting samesex unions. However, 60 percent of Floridians oppose it. Smith said, “Florida is a weird combination state. There are very liberal people and very conservative people.” Some students said it should be up to the people to decide. “If people have a strong opinion, they should do something about it. It is up to the people to overturn it,” said Vanessa Perez, freshman biology major. Smith said that she does not expect that a final decision will be made until 2012.

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the women’s golf team poses for a picture with their coaches after the win. the national champions include (from left to right) Assistant Coach Amanda brown, Sandra Changkija, taylor Collins, maria garcia-Austt, nicole Whitmore, Abbey gittings and head Coach Kevin marsh.

because we had tried so hard,” he said. “This time was more like a celebration.” Sandra Changkija, senior business management major and golfer, who also competed in the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open, said that even though the players have different personalities, they work well together. “We knew we wanted to win. We all wanted to win,” she said. Athletic Director Michael

Mominey never doubted the team’s ability to win back-to-back championships. “Within a half hour of winning [in 2009], they were talking about next year,” he said. Mominey said that even more impressive than the team’s chemistry is their great character. “Their determination to be the best,” he said. “And to make each other the best they can be is

what makes them champions.” For team members, another year means another chance at a championship and a familiar goal — winning. Mominey is confident that the team has the talent to win another championship. “They’re going to give it their best and give it their all,” he said.

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a new type of again population that we are not prepared to deal with in an appropriate fashion.” The grant will address these issues by providing the proper resources to instruct NSU geriatrics faculty and adequate training opportunities for students entering the field. The process has already begun. Rokusek said that from October 2007 to April 2010, the center has trained 4,888 students and 8,912 faculty. The center, one of 46 geriatric education centers in the U.S., works with partner hospitals in Florida to give students geriatric clinical experience. It also hosts an annual national symposium, conducts research and hosts lectures for faculty and medical students. Faculty may also use an online interdisciplinary curriculum to incorporate geriatric

education into their classes. Debra Stern, associate professor of physical therapy, said that the center has made an impact on her students. “We actually have students that have a desire to go into geriatrics,” she said. “Some even request geriatric internships. We did not see that before.” Jacquelyn Browne, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., program professor of gerontology initiatives, human services unit, division of applied interdisciplinary studies, said that NSU is at the forefront of an emerging field that needs a lot of attention. “It contributes to knowing that you are a part of an institution of excellence,” she said.

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Diary of...

A beauty queen Brittany Monico Guest Columnist Brittany Monico, junior elementary education major, is an active leader at NSU. She won Miss Broward County and competed for the title of Miss Florida with NSU’s sponsorship. I left for St. Petersburg to compete for the Miss Florida pageant on July 3. I packed my Honda to the max with necessities and I am not a light packer. I jammed to the radio the whole way and the closer I got to it, the more excited I was. It felt good to finally know the pageant was close because I had worked so hard for it. My heart raced when I saw other contestants. I had competed in pageants before, but not at this level. In the Miss America system every girl brought something to the table. In that sense, it made me nervous knowing I was competing against the best of the best. Not to mention, I had so many supporters: my family, friends and NSU. The only phase of competition I was not nervous about was my talent.

I have been a competitive dancer for 15 years and performing on stage is something I love. I performed a jazz acro routine to a Rob Thomas hit, “This is how a heart breaks”. Aside from the talent contest, I had other activities: a panel interview, an onstage interview, the bathing suit and the gown contests. Although I did not win the Miss Florida pageant, I learned a lot and grew from the experience. At first, I felt a bit upset, but then realized that as the youngest candidate, I had gotten very far for my first time. Meanwhile, there were other girls who competed several times and still had not placed. I learned to be proud of my efforts. This summer, I also served as a senior camp counselor specialist, teaching cheer and dance to kids. I worked 7-hour shifts daily. It definitely wore me out at times and after work all I wanted to do was rest — and it wasn’t easy with Miss Florida around the corner. As Miss Broward County, I strongly enforce my platform, H.O.P.E (Helping Out People Everywhere). It is a volunteering-based platform focusing on getting children involved

in their communities. This summer, I also volunteered with the American Red Cross, the Special Olympics, Children’s Miracle Network and others. My favorite event was the National Night Out Against Crime in Margate, where I spoke briefly. For the first time, I had the opportunity to sit in an army tank. It was really exciting. My second favorite event was with the American Red Cross supporting our troops. They had a beautiful ceremony and I was honored to be a part of it; to build a strong and caring community, volunteering is essential. If we did not have volunteers to lend a helping hand, many of our great organizations would not exist. I am involved on campus through the Leadership Roundtable Scholars, the Honors Program and the cheerleading team. Juggling all of this with school is the hardest part, but I prioritize my classes over other activities since education is extremely important to me. I am an active leader around campus, so keep an eye out for me.

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Haiti: 7 months later, Extreme Makeover: through the eyes of The Current Edition an NSU student Lauren Aurigemma Chief of Visual Design/ Contributing Writer

Giuliana Scagliotti Contributing Writer It was not your typical summer for James DeFranc, an economics and music major at NSU. DeFranc is a Haitian-American, who said he first learned about the January earthquake from news reports. Like many others who have relatives living in that country, DeFranc was distraught. He said he was so devastated by the tragedy that he stopped watching news reports after the first day of coverage. DeFranc is thankful that he did not lose any family members, but he is still heartbroken for those who did. He said he and his family knew many Americans who had lost family members, such as a man at his church who lost all six of his children. “When my parents watched the news, they were hurting. Their hearts are from Haiti,” he said. However, DeFranc knew he wanted to help. “I thought, somehow, I have to go to Haiti,” he said. “My life had more meaning because I knew I had to do something to help.” And he did get to go to Haiti seven months later in July. DeFranc spent nearly a week in Haiti. From his observations, his main concern was the structure of the Haitian

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government, which he thinks is nonexistent. “People are living in front of rubble. Who’s going to lead now?” he said. He also believes that corruption is more evident and has increased since the earthquake. In the long term, he considers leadership planning to be of utmost importance. As a short

term goal, DeFranc believes that unity across nations and help from those who vowed to do it is what Haiti needs. “Those who have any ties with Haiti, somewhere down the line, think of ways to help. How can you help?” he said.

Extreme makeovers usually include implants and injections, tucks and tans. However, this extreme makeover only needed one procedure to create a beauty – a facelift. The Current has undergone many changes since last year. The logo was redesigned, the paper’s layout changed and the Web site moved. Our logo has a more modern, fresh and eye-catching design that will take The Current forward in 2010. Look for the new logo on our masthead. We have also redesigned the look of the paper. Taking modern techniques and pairing them with a traditional approach has allowed The Current to update its look. Our Web site has changed from www.nsucurrent.com to http://nsucurrent.nova.edu and has new features, which allows users to view The Current’s print edition in an interactive mode, write a Letter to the Editor, access our social networking sites and click through our photo gallery. We’ve also added new columns. “Diary of…” is a column that takes you into the day-to-day life of an NSU student. Each week the column will feature a story written by a different NSU student who has a unique, interestin, or entertaining story to share.

News briefs will feature short stories of on-campus events and happenings. The sports section has added a new feature that will be revealed in upcoming issues. The section will highlight team and intramural sports on campus. Regular articles on intramural sporting events including game highlights, game scores, team standings and player features will be covered in this section. And the biggest change of all involves you. The Current revamped its opinions section to encourage and increase feedback from readers. Editorials will be a new addition to this section of the paper, where the editorial staff will issue an opinion on a matter of significance to both the staff and our readers. This is the section of the paper where readers can have their voices and opinions featured by writing letters to the editor on any of the editorials, opinion articles, other articles in The Current, or any issue that is important to you. Letters to the editor may be submitted in several ways — by emailing lettertoeditor@ nova.edu; by sending a message to our Facebook inbox or wall, keyword — The Current; or by dropping off a letter at the office in the Athletics and Student Affairs building, Room 105. The Current is proud to unveil the results of its makeover.



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Sharkapalooza through the eyes of a freshman

Annarely Rodriguez News Editor You don’t run before you walk. You don’t read the end of a book before you start it, and you’re not a Shark before you attend Sharkapalooza. Last Friday, Bryana Chilampath, freshman biology major, officially became a Shark. She mingled with hundreds of other NSU students, faculty, alumni and community members; visited and signed up for a few clubs

and organizations; enjoyed free food, fun activities and live music in the Don Taft University Center. Chilampath, who wants to be a pediatric oncologist, said she was not very involved in high school and wanted to change that in college. She took the first steps towards doing that at Sharkapalooza by signing up for the premedicine club, optometry club and the International Muslim Association at NSU. Chilampath was one of hundreds of students who

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attended this year’s event, which included student performances. “It is the first time I’ve seen a fraternity step show and I really liked it,” said Chilampath of Alpha Nu Omega’s demonstration. Among other festivities, attendees met mixed-martial artists Rafael “The Law” Dias, Danilo Villefort and Rene “Level” Martinez, who will be a part of a MMA event in the UC on Sept. 24. The night ended with a glow-in-the-dark after-party.

Hosted by Lambda Theta Phi Latin fraternity, Inc. and the Office of Student Activities, the after-party featured a DJ, black lights and free glowin-the-dark bracelets and necklaces. More than 150 students attended the party. Sharkapalooza marked the end of the first week of Weeks of Welcome, which ends with undergraduate convocation on Sept. 7.

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The Office of Career Development’s life-like mannequin was a sight to see.



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It’s Shark season

Juan Gallo Arts & Entertainment Editor Men’s Soccer After a disappointing 2009 season, where the Sharks went 8-102 overall and 3-5 in the conference, the key word for the men’s soccer team is redemption. Head Coach Joe DePalo and his team are eager to rid themselves of the bitter taste of last year’s disappointing season. The new season brings with it some hard lessons learned, as well as a new team spirit that should boost competitiveness and resilience in tough game situations. DePalo said that there are eight new faces on the team who are hungry to win. Along with the ten seniors who help make up the nucleus of the team, the mix of old and new players should create a balance of youth and experience to help the Sharks score the ultimate goal — redemption. Women’s Soccer On the other side of the soccer field the women’s team is in a similar position. The Sharks are looking to improve upon their 6-8-1 overall record from last year. Head Coach Mike Goodrich is confident that his team is ready for the upcoming season. Goodrich expects his players to work hard and improve with every game in a tough conference that provides highly-contested games.

The veterans on the team have developed the necessary roles as leaders to help new players progress. It also helps that the new players are eager to learn and work hard. Goodrich thinks that the mix of veterans and rookies will assist in their campaign for a successful season. Women’s Volleyball The bar has been set high. The women’s volleyball team wants to be national champions. After many successful seasons and invitations to the NCAA tournament, Head Coach Steve Wilcosky said the team plans to reach this goal with some new, younger players who have helped create a superb chemistry. He said that the chemistry shared on the team will make them more mentally tough and will allow them to fight harder for wins. The team is prepared for victory with a nationalchamps-or-bust mentality. Men’s Cross-Country If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. But sometimes maintaining that consistency is the most difficult thing to do. The men’s cross-country team expects to return to the national meet and finish in the top two in the regional conference like they did a year ago. Head Coach Bryan Hagopian said that with a majority of the athletes returning, a more mature and experienced team should make up for the loss of a key athlete and guide

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Members of NSU’s fall sports teams compete and practice.

the team back to success. Coach Hagopian is looking forward to seeing how the team performs, how they have matured over the last year, and how good the new runners are. The pressure is on for the Sharks to repeat and possibly go the distance. Women’s Cross Country Like the smell of a brandnew car? What about the smell of a

brand-new team? Head Coach Bryan Hagopian does. He is excited for a rare opportunity to begin a season with completely fresh faces. Even though the team is new (since no players returned), the expectations are high because of the talent that each runner brings to the team. Despite the lack of experience, this group of athletes has already become a close-knit unit and Coach Hagopian believes they have the

mental toughness, along with the talent, to find success. A lot of the new players were top athletes in high school and Coach Hagopian hopes that they will bring that championship mentality to this team. The fall sports teams are geared up. All that’s missing now is a huge group of NSU shark fans to fill the stands and cheer on the teams.

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Bring it on Cheerleaders give judge the spirit finger

Keren Moros Features Editor Cheerleaders have nothing to cheer about when it comes to a federal judge’s July ruling. U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill ruled that cheerleading is not a sport that universities can use to comply with Title IX, which is a 1972 law that mandates colleges provide equal opportunities for men and women in athletics and other areas. The ruling stemmed from a federal case involving Quinnipiac University’s decision to eliminate women’s volleyball for budgetary reasons and replace it with cheerleading. The university made the swap in an attempt to satisfy Title IX. NSU law professor SteveWisotsky said that Quinnipiac’s decision was unusual. “Many universities have done what’s necessary to shut down a men’s program in order to shift resources into women’s teams,” he said. “Cheerleading has an athletic quality to it, but it doesn’t necessarily meet the legal definition of team sport.” Toni Kuzmicki, junior English major and NSU cheerleader, disagrees. She said that the cheerleading team practices, does strength conditioning, follows rules, and competes just like any other sport. “I know about a lot of sports,” she said. “And to me, cheerleading is just as much a sport.” Head Cheerleading Coach Emilee Ebrill also disagrees. She said that while some people do not think cheerleading is a sport, anyone who has watched a cheerleading competition would have trouble arguing that point.

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NSU cheerleaders, posing for a photo, are an integral part of NSU athletics.

“It’s highly athletic,” she said. “Cheerleaders want to be respected. They think that the only way to get that is to call it a sport.” Brittany Monico, junior elementary education major and cheerleader says cheerleading is hard work. “I am exhausted after practice,” she said. “I have just as many bumps and bruises as a football player.” Since cheerleading is not an NCAA sport, at other universities, it is managed by student affairs and treated like a club. However, at NSU, all aspects of the cheerleading team are managed under the university’s athletic department, including its budget and coach. Michael Mominey, NSU athletic director said that NSU fully recognizes cheerleading as a sport. He said cheerleaders are often the faces of the athletic department. “The cheerleaders do so much on campus,” he said. “They are critical not only to the department, but to the university.” Kuzmicki said that NSU is supportive of the cheerleading team and treats its members the same as other teams. “They fund us just as equally as they do any sport,” she said. “The other players come over when we have events. We respect each other.”



Movin’ on up: Stubblefield promoted to assistant athletic director Craig Heenighan Sports Editor

As the NSU athletic season kicks-off, a familiar face finds himself in unfamiliar territory. Zevon Stubblefield, assistant athletic trainer for four years at NSU, is the new assistant athletic director/ Sports Medicine. Stubblefield takes over the reigns from Larry Starr who announced his retirement in July after serving in the position for eight years. Stubblefield joined NSU in 2006 as an associate athletic trainer after earning a Bachelor of Science in Health from the University of North Florida. He later completed a Master’s of Science in Exercise and Sports Science at Florida International University. The new position means a lot to Stubblefield. He is humbled by his new role and motivated to succeed. “I feel lucky to be in a position to serve both the NSU studentathletes and the NSU sports medicine interdisciplinary team,” said Stubblefield. Even though Stubblefield didn’t start until August, he has already outlined what he wants to achieve in his new position. “I am looking to maintain the great reputation that the NSU sports medicine inter-disciplinary team has earned over the last ten years,” said Stubblefield. “The entire team wants to improve our efficiency and aggressively pursue innovative practices in our respective fields.” Stubblefield previously served as the athletic trainer for women’s rowing and men’s soccer. Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach Matthew Parry said that Stubblefield made a big impact on the program.

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Zevon Stubblefield, NSU’s new assistant athletic director of Sports Medicine.

“From the outset Zevon integrated smoothly into the program,” said Parry. “He quickly earned the respect of the student-athletes and coaching staff with his knowledge of the sport and his ability to get the players back on the field quickly.” Parry is certain Stubblefield will succeed in his new role and believes he possesses the necessary qualities to handle the added responsibility. “Zevon is the ideal replacement because he is familiar with the surroundings and the inner workings of the university,” said Parry. “It will be a smooth transition for the studentathletes and staff, and, quite frankly, he deserves the opportunity to succeed Larry because he is a great person.” Stubblefield has left a lasting impression, not only on coaches, but also on student-athletes whom he has worked closely with over the last four years. Senior men’s soccer player Aly Hassan said Stubblefield is a

good trainer who is professional and reliable. “He is very committed to what he does and truly cares about helping us stay fit and healthy,” he said. Stubblefield will have greater administrative responsibilities in his new role including site supervision at NSU sporting events, leading weekly meetings with the Department of Sports Medicine and attending weekly meetings with the athletic director. Stubblefield is determined to maintain and build upon the foundation of his predecessor and has a firm vision where the department will be in 10 years. “We will set the standard in sports medicine in terms of athletic trainer/student-athlete ratio, strength and conditioning coach/studentathlete ratio, state-of-the-art health and wellness facilities and high quality healthcare provided by a sports medicine interdisciplinary team,” said Stubblefield.

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Meet Florida Open Championship winner: Ben Vertz

Annarely Rodriguez News Editor Ben Vertz, junior business major, said he didn’t relax until the last putt went in. He had a lot riding on it. This wasn’t a friendly game of golf on the weekend with his buddies — this was the 64th Florida Open Championship. “I had played in the Florida Amateur two weeks earlier and had a bad day, but I learned from my mistakes and I knew I could play well,” he said. Nine years of experience didn’t hurt either. Vertz has been playing golf since he was 12 years old and has participated in hundreds of competitions. He also had a lesson with his swing coach before the championship. “I enjoy getting ready and see how the tournament goes,” he said. “My favorite thing to do is putt. I enjoy the challenge. It’s different every day.” To win, the Coral Springs native surpassed 156 other players. For incoming student-athletes who wish to be as successful, Vertz had some advice. He said time management was crucial. “You have to be good at balancing golf, school and your social life and, sometimes, you have to be a little selfish if you want to be successful,” he said.

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ben Vertz, junior business major, swings at the florida open Championship. Vertz won after shooting a birdie on the last hole.

With the start of the school year, Vertz looks forward to a successful season with the Sharks.

In the movie who would you want to play your love interest? “The golf course.”

Questions and Answers with Ben Vertz

If you were stranded on the moon, what three items would you take with you? “My family and my clubs. That’s all I’d want.”

Before you compete, what is your perfect pre-match meal? “Pasta, chicken, veggies, maybe a salad. That’s the night before, of course. The morning of the game I eat a bowl of cereal, PB&J toast, eggs and some fruit.” Who would play you in a movie about your life? “My hero is Tom Watson [professional golfer and six-time PGA player of the year]. I don’t know if he’d play me, but I want to be like him.”

If you could travel back in time what time period would you go to? “I wouldn’t. I like where I am right now.” If you could sit down for dinner with anybody, famous or not famous, dead or alive, who would you want? “Tom Watson. He’s my hero.”

Sharks prepare to explore uncharted waters Craig Heenighan Sports Editor The NSU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are ready to jump into their inaugural season. Earlier this month, Head Coach Hollie Bonewit-Cron announced NSU’s first men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams’ rosters. The men’s team has 23 student athletes, including 16 freshman and seven transfer students. The women’s team has 18 swimmers, including 14 freshmen and four transfer students. “All of these athletes have commented to me that they are looking forward to being a part of the very first swimming and diving program at NSU,” said Bonewit Cron “They are intent on doing their best to be great.” Bonewit-Cron is excited for the incoming class to integrate into life at NSU. “They will finally be able to develop into the student-athletes we hope for them to be both in the classroom and in the pool,” said Bonewit-Cron. Bonewit-Cron knows the inaugural recruiting class has a lot of competing experience on both the national and international level and said that this experience will

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A defining summer for U.S. soccer The 2010 FIFA world cup may have ended in July, but it has left a lasting impression on the American audience and has become a defining moment in the history of U.S. soccer. For the first time, soccer took center stage as the nation’s premier sport — capturing the hearts and minds of many Americans along the way. The vocabulary of the average American sports fan expanded from free-throws and touchdowns to offsides and penalty kicks. A nation that prides itself on patriotism, finally, got behind the national soccer team and ultimately, changed the landscape of U.S. soccer. With basketball, football and hockey not in season and baseball season in its early stages, soccer took the lead in what was a summer of change for American sports. As World Cup fever gripped the nation, more and more Americans jumped on the soccer bandwagon. Dressed in red, white and blue, the country took soccer under its wing and embraced it as its newest son. There are fans who simply tuned in to watch the U.S. play with that funny-shaped ball because there was nothing else to watch. However, other fans believed in the spirit of soccer and joined the world’s biggest party. If soccer can retain just a fraction of the millions of Americans who embraced World Cup fever, it will have made progress. The World Cup may have been just a splash in the ocean, but those ripples will generate interest in the sport. It is crucial for the development of U.S. soccer that the fans who tuned in over the summer continue their interest. It would be crazy to suggest that Major League Soccer will surpass the National Football League anytime soon.

Monday Night Football fans will not be sitting down with a six-pack and some wings to hear, “Are you ready for some soccer?” anytime soon. However, if soccer is able to maintain the love affair of 2010 then it may have a place alongside the nation’s beloved Big Four. Since the World Cup, a number of high profile soccer players have traded European soccer for a chance to play in the U.S. Granted, players like Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez are in the twilight of their careers, but the publicity that they generate and the furor that surrounds their trades can only benefit the profile of U.S. soccer. There are a number of U.S. soccer fans who embraced the game long before it reached the shores of South Africa. However, they are now joined by the hardcore beer-slugging football fans in bars across the nation who have opened their minds to the possibility of accepting soccer. The U.S. needs soccer just as much as soccer needs the U.S. The U.S. needs to be a part of the world’s biggest game and soccer needs to be loved in one of the world’s biggest countries. Soccer will survive regardless of whether or not it is accepted in the U.S., but for the development of the game, it is crucial that it joins the Big Four. If the U.S. can embrace soccer, its sporting infrastructure will only enhance the sport. Soccer needs to exist in a country where sport is the cornerstone of everyday life. Soccer needs to exist in a nation that exemplifies the winning-at-all-cost ethos. Soccer needs to extend its stay in the minds of the American sports fan long after the summer of love ended in South Africa.

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be crucial come October when the season begins. Director of Athletics Michael Mominey eagerly awaits the program’s inaugural season. “We are very excited with the start of the swimming program,” said Mominey. “Coach Bonewit-Cron has done an outstanding job building the program over the past 11 months. I look forward to seeing the results of her efforts.” Freshman Kelley Yakymiw is eager to begin the season and she understands the importance of being a part of the program’s inaugural class. “Being part of a first-year swim team here at Nova means a lot,” said Yakymiw. “It’s a great honor to be part of such a great program and I’m just so excited to get our season going.” When the season begins, the team is expected to adapt quickly

to the rigors of NCAA competition because of their experience. BonewitCron expects the highest level of competition from her athletes and believes they are capable of challenging the more established swimming and diving programs like the University of Tampa. “I would like to see our team be competitive at both the conference championships and the NCAA championships in the spring to showcase our inaugural season,” said Bonewit-Cron. The NSU swimming and diving teams will compete for the first time in the All-Florida Invitational beginning Oct. 1. For more information about the team’s schedule, contact the Athletic Department at (954) 262-8250.

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Run to the Black Box Theatre — the zombies are here Annarely Rodriguez News Editor Eating your brain isn’t the only thing on zombies’ minds. They’re also into singing and dancing. The Promethean Theatre’s latest production is a remake of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series. NSU’s professional theater company has brought this musical adaptation of these1980s cult-classic movies to life in the Black Box Theatre. Producing Artistic Director of the play and Co-founder of The Promethean Theatre Deborah L. Sherman said, “You don’t have to be a fan of the Evil Dead series to enjoy it. You have to be a fan of not taking things too seriously. So, you can come to the show and your brain can take a two-hour vacation — a bloody vacation.” The play follows five college students staying in a cabin in the woods. There, they find “The book of the dead” and, conveniently, the book on tape. After playing the tape, they turn into zombies. Ash, the protagonist and non-zombie, must make sure the evil dead don’t leave the cabin alive — or deader. The play combines the three movies, but keeps a coherent story. Jamie Mattocks, a professional actor who plays Linda (Ash’s girlfriend), said the play is easier to follow than the movies. She added that this is not your typical musical. It features rock ‘n’ roll music and a two-row splatter zone. Everyone sitting in the first two rows of the theater is sprayed with blood, kind of like Lolita’s splash zone at the Miami Seaquarium. Mattocks said, “It’s better than watching the movies because you get all the visual effects of a movie, but it’s live on stage.” The stage of the Black Box


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Clockwise from the top: matthew William Chizever’s character Ash (far left) is the only one who doesn’t turn into a zombie and must kill his zombie-fied friends before they kill him; the cast of “evil Dead: the musical” poses for a picture in their costumes. matthew William Chizever (top), (middle row, left to right) Lindsey forgey, Kaitlyn o’neill, David Dearstyne, (bottom row) noah Levine, troy Davidson and Jamie mattocks; zombies surround matthew William Chizever’s character as he thinks of his next move; Professional actor Kaitlyn o’neill comes out from under the stage after turning into a zombie.

Theatre was transformed into the cabin where most of the show takes place. Traps were added to the floor and effects were created to make the cabin seem as haunted as the one in the movies. “The set is like another character in the show, a whole other living entity,” said Mattocks. “Evil Dead: The Musical” also gave NSU students interested in theater an opportunity to learn from and work with experienced cast and crew members. Jaimie Kautzmann is a sophomore theater major and intern on the set. “It was fun working with a real director, real actors and real producers who have done millions of shows before. I learned a lot,” she said.

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Besides dancing zombies, production also contains your standard horror fare: profanity; simulated blood, sexual situations and gunshots. The musical version, written in 2003 by Canadian writer George Reinblatt, has been well received by audiences in Toronto and the U.S. NSU’s production is directed by Margaret M. Ledford, the theater’s technical manager and resident director. “Evil Dead: The Musical” will run until Sept.12. Shows are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for students under 25 with NSU ID, $15 for other students and $25 for the general public. The Black Box Theatre is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Center inside the Don Taft University Center.

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water . . . Piranhas! Samantha Harnfenust Contributing Writer Piranha 3-D, a re-make of the 1978 film, is about a small town that experiences a horrific outbreak of carnivorous fish during their peak tourist time, spring break. Piranha 3-D is being hailed as the goriest film in recent history and I can vouch for that. As a dedicated horror fan, I found myself turning away at some scenes. Many members of the audience were in awe of the sheer devastation – complete with flying body parts – that resulted in the mass attacks. The movie can be seen as a lesson in natural selection. The drunken college kids, who take a rebellious stand and continue, not just to party on the lake filled with Piranhas,

but collectively dive into it, are wiped out. There are also a lot of hilarious inside jokes for the educated horror fans. For example, Ving Rhames, a veteran of zombie movies such as “Dawn of The Dead,” said of the carnage, “I’m getting too old for this.” This line garnered a giggle from much of the audience. It’s hard to decide who makes a bigger impression in the movie — the nightmarish piranhas or the list of memorable cameos. Jaws alum Richard Dreyfuss manages to make a big splash in the intro of the film. Jerry O’Connell shines in his role as an over-the-top arrogant “Girls Gone Wild” director wannabe. And, Christoper Lloyd, in the five minutes he’s on-screen, goes from goofy scientist to ominous fortune teller. Piranha 3-D does for lakes what

Jaws did for the ocean. The most terrifying difference is that there is only one shark in Jaws. In this movie, there are thousands of hungry fish who attack at once. Another difference is that Jaws had only one naked chick. Piranha has almost as many exposed breasts as it does man-eating fish. But the biggest difference between the two, perhaps, is the gore. I’m not easily intimidated by horror movies but the sheer amount of gore will make you think twice about taking a dip in a seemingly tranquil lake. The mass amounts of gore will both visually stun and darkly amuse you. Granted the computer generated images (CGI) for the fish could have been better, but I dare you to watch this movie and go swimming without thinking about the bloody deaths of the doomed partiers. It’s been a long time since I’ve

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had this much fun at a movie, especially a horror film. Piranha 3-D doesn’t take itself too seriously and encourages the audience to do the

same. It’s a fun, cool and bloody ride. Sit back and enjoy it. Well, at least for the first five minutes. After that, you may want to put your snacks down.

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Queen will rock you, but they will never bite the dust.

Juan Gallo Arts & Entertainment Editor You don’t think about basketball without thinking of Michael Jordan. You don’t think about computers without thinking of Macs. And you don’t think about rock music without thinking about Queen. For college students, the first encounter with Queen probably came in the form of a rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” performed by Wayne and Garth in the 90s film “Wayne’s World”. For other fans an infatuation with Queen may have developed back in the 70s after hearing the song “Killer Queen”. For younger generations the introduction came in the form of “Killer Queen” through the Guitar Hero franchise, which featured it in one of its games. But, no matter what era you lived in when you first heard them, Queen is timeless. If it wasn’t for the AIDSrelated death of lead-singer Freddie Mercury, it’s very possible that Queen would still be creating incredible music and would be at the top of the music pyramid with the likes of Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen. To this day, the remaining members of the band, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, continue to tour, teaming with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company to keep the legacy of the band going. But even if the tours ended, Queen would never go away. The band has attained legendary status thanks to everlasting songs like “I Want It All”, “Somebody to Love,” “We Are the Champions”, “Under Pressure”, “Another One Bites the Dust” and the power harnessed by the stage presence of their fearless leader, Freddie Mercury. Anyone who has ever seen the dominance with which Mercury held a microphone stand or the way he galloped around the stage like a

Triple-Crown-winning thoroughbred probably agrees that even if Queen isn’t the greatest rock band of all time, it did possess the greatest front-man that rock music has ever witnessed. Perhaps the greatest of the 14 albums that the band released is 1975’s “A Night at the Opera”. Released on the heels of “Sheer Heart Attack”, the album catapulted Queen into the commercial spotlight and proved to everyone that the band was for real and that their talent stretched further than anyone could have imagined. The album spans several genres and styles from the harder, faster tempo of “Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to…),” which Mercury famously wrote as a way of expressing his feelings of distaste toward his exmanager, to the saloon-ditty sound of “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon”, which had Freddie singing into a tin can during recording to get the hollow, megaphone sound of the track. There is also the Roger Taylor penned ode to his automobile “I’m In Love with my Car” and Brian May’s trip to the cosmos, which manifested itself as skiffle in the song “‘39.” The album also includes the emotionally-charged and painfully honest lyrics of “Love of my Life” as well as powerhouse songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “You’re my Best Friend.” “A Night at the Opera” now serves as the remains of what was once, perhaps, the greatest 4-piece band to ever step foot on stage. However, it is not only a reminder of something that possesses sentimental value to the listener, but is also a reminder of the incredible contribution that this band made to today’s music. The layered track process, which the band used to record many of these songs, was a ground-breaking technique that many bands currently use. Their influence can be traced to popular bands like Muse, The Killers, and Mika. Queen is a name synonymous with greatness and they will live on forever. Long live the Queen!

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Not exactly an immaculate conception

Juan Gallo Arts & Entertainment The film “The Switch” is packaged shiny and bright with bold fonts and fancy graphics. Its selling points are wholesome, beloved actors and a sparkly fresh idea involving romance and artificial insemination (that’s right, artificial insemination). However, inside this peppy package is the same tired product that Hollywood has been selling us for years — two people who are just friends, but who secretly love each other, must overcome several obstacles to obtain the happiness they have been longing for. “The Switch” stars Jennifer Aniston (Kassie) and Jason Bateman (Wally) — playing best friends in New York City who dated, but became friends after their relationship failed. Now Kassie, who is single and approaching 40, decides that she wants to get pregnant through artificial insemination. She finds a qualified donor, Roland (Patrick Wilson), and has an insemination party (that’s right, insemination party), which includes a little sperm confetti and a party playlist that features “Papa Don’t Preach.” At the party, Wally, who cannot hold his liquor, gets terribly drunk and finds himself peeing in the same bathroom where Roland’s “product” is stored. Wally spills the sample and, in his drunken state, replaces it with his own, and with this the plot is born. Years later, Sebastian, Kassie’s son, is introduced to Uncle Wally, and after spending some time together, Wally begins to spot some unique similarities — and why shouldn’t he? This is, literally, his seed. Now Wally must find a way to break all this to

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Wally’s “boys” are swimming in the wrong direction in “the Switch.”

Kassie without losing her friendship, her love, and his artificially conceived son. Although this movie is advertised as a romantic comedy, it fails to really deliver the laughs. Jeff Goldblum is often entertaining as Leonard, Wally’s best friend. But Bateman, who is usually hilarious, was rather subdued and withdrawn from any funny moments. The writers chose to focus, instead, on Wally’s inability to maintain any romantic relationships. College students may be turned off by the revelation that the comedy is sparse and that the subject matter is less aimed at 18 year olds and more at 30 year olds, but the film has a valuable messsage. At the heart of it, when you push aside the romantic stuff, is the importance that a father plays in a son’s life. The connection

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Cruzan Ampitheater in West Palm Beach 7:30 p.m.

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Fifty Words (Play) GableStage at The Biltmore in Coral Gables 8:00 p.m. When their young son is away on his first sleepover, a married couple has their first night alone together in years. Will they renew a vital spark that's been nearly smothered - or will provisional civility explode into fiery chaos? Also showing: Sunday 2:00 p.m.

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Evil Dead: The Musical The Black Box Theatre at NSU Also showing: Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:00 p.m.


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Best of the South Comedy

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that Sebastian and Wally make creates more knots in stomachs than any sappy “get the girl” dialogue between Wally and Kassie. Although not what I expected, I walked away from the theater pleasantly surprised. Sure, Jennifer Aniston does what she always does (look pretty without doing any real acting), and there are more clichés in this movie than raisins in a box of Raisin Bran cereal, but Bateman brought some real depth and emotion to the screen. He left me with a memorable character who discovered that to be a man it takes more than just sperm in a cup. Basically, “The Switch” is worth a couch-potato movie night, but not a weekend trip to the theater.



Wednesday Florida Marlins vs. Washington Nationals Sun Life Stadium in Miami 7:10 p.m.

Thursday Miami Hurricanes vs. Florida A&M Rattlers Sun Life Stadium in Miami 7:30 p.m.

Friday Florida Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves Sun Life Stadium in Miami 7:10 p.m.

Saturday Florida Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves

(Artists Pitbull and Fat Joe to perform) Sun Life Stadium in Miami 7:10 p.m.

Sunday Florida Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves Sun Life Stadium in Miami 12:10 p.m.

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NSU’s Labor Day Pool Party

When to use “3-D for Dummies” Juan Gallo Columnist When I think back on all of my fondest movie-watching experiences, none involve me wearing 3-D glasses in order to succumb to the illusion that the bullets from a bad guy’s gun might hit me, a shark might eat me, or a meteor might strike me. However, if certain movie studios have it their way, our kids will not remember what it’s like to watch a movie without tinted glasses. It seems like most movies are being released in 3-D, but we have to draw the line somewhere. It’s too much. I can understand the use of 3-D, from time to time, if it’s used to enhance the story like in “Avatar”. The 3-D in that movie helped create the world of Pandora. It invited us in beyond the giant white screen and the projection and helped transport us into a fantastic world filled with Na’vi, floating mountains, and unobtainium. The successful use of 3-D in “Avatar”, however, does not mean that I want to be invited into a world where mutant Piranhas are eating teenagers like it was Friday night at the nearest Chinese buffet. I also don’t want to know what it’s like to see



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blood splatters headed in my direction from the diabolical schemes of some twisted old man in the upcoming “Saw” film. But blood and guts aside, one thing I definitely do not want to do is pay the ridiculous amount of money charged for a 3-D movie. It’s bad enough that theaters are raising regular ticket prices and limiting the use of student IDs and discounts — now they want to charge more for the 3-D experience and a pair of 3-D glasses that you don’t even get to keep. It’s not like I’m missing out on anything by not watching a movie in 3-D. I’ve watched lots of movies in the suddenly “old-fashioned” 2-D and I have no complaints. It’s not like I walked out of the theater saying “Man, I bet I could’ve figured out the meaning of ‘Inception’ if I had seen it in 3-D.” So Hollywood, I’m just going to hold on to these extra five dollars until you release something else that’s actually worth seeing in 3-D. Until then, you can keep your tinted glasses.


Rihanna “likes the way it hurts.” Do you? Millions of men want to have sex with Megan Fox. Seeing her half-naked and half-way there is another fantasy. Thanks to Eminem and Rihanna’s video for “Love the Way You Lie,” they can get both. But, at what cost? The “Love the Way You Lie” video proves that the song is about more than sex. And, it’s about more than domestic violence. This is about a message. And, the message here is that domestic violence is sexy. It’s disturbing enough to watch an abusive couple beat and screw each other until their fiery deaths—never mind watching and listening to an actual victim of domestic violence sing about how much she likes it. The video goes directly from the male character punching a wall to the couple dry humping against it. Eminem and Rihanna have claimed that the message is that it’s not okay to hit a woman. But, that particular message is lost when hotty Fox grinds up against the very man who punches a hole in the wall – with his other arm pressed against her throat. Dried plaster cutting a woman’s face and cutting off her oxygen is not foreplay. It’s not a turn-on. It’s

dangerous. Not since the old adage “boys will be boys” and “no really means yes”, has such a confusing and damaging message been sent. One of the most disturbing lines is Eminem’s sweet sentiment “if she ever tries to f***ing leave again, I’m gonna tie her to the bed and set this house on fire.” Not only is he telling people you can hit a woman, but he’s giving abusers tips on what to do if she ever tries to get help. Eminem also coos about pulling hair, scratching, clawing, biting, and throwing down the one he loves. Tell me, Eminem and Rihanna, where exactly is this message that domestic violence is not okay? And then there is the refrain sung by Rihanna — as she sensually rubs her hands over her lips in her slinky outfit, “I like the way it hurts.” Seriously? These stars are going to put this line in a song and try to convince us that they are not promoting domestic violence? For a woman who was beaten black and blue by former boyfriend Chris Brown, Rihanna should know better. She knows domestic violence hurts. She knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a fist. And, she

knows that the bruises fade, but the scars never do. Yes, the song is written by Eminmen, but man up woman, you are a role model for millions of young girls. Eminem said that he thought of Rihanna when he wrote this song. Of course he did. Her name, like it or not, is synonymous with domestic violence. And, this makes her participation extremely irresponsible. He said he wrote the song in honor of her. But, this song doesn’t honor anything. Congratulations, Eminem, on making Rihana a victim for the second time. And, congratulations, Rihana, on singing along.

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On the Scene Yineth Sanchez Contributing Writer California’s Proposition 8 (California Marriage Protection Act) was a law that restricted the definition of marriage to heterosexual couples. On Aug. 4, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturned Proposition 8. A federal appeals court has extended the stay on same-sex marriages in California until it decides whether a ban on these marriages is constitutional.

How do you feel about the issue of same-sex marriage? “As a Canadian, a country where same-sex marriage is allowed, I feel that it will take America a few years to go that route. I, personally, believe that individuals should not be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation.” Rob Beharriell, first-year law student

“I don’t mind people doing whatever they want. But in terms of the law, the concept of marriage should be traditional. Allowing a change in that definition will influence the over all health of society.” Ekaterina Korzhova, international business administration graduate student

“Two people that love each other should be able to marry regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation. If I can enjoy the privilege of marriage, other loving couples should also be able to enjoy it.” Joshua S. Feingold, Ph.D., associate professor of marine biology the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences

“It’s about time. Marriage should not be defined by a man-to-woman relationship; that’s not inclusive. Love happens and it should not be guided by a set religion or government law.” Heather Studenberg, director of new student orientation

“I believe that the current definition of marriage stating that it should be between a man and a woman upholds traditions and values of this institution. I agree with those values and with that current definition.” Anthony Campenni, senior economics major

“People of the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual] community should have the same rights that everyone else does. I feel that the world’s definition of marriage is changing inevitably, so it [marriage] should apply to everyone equally.” Angie Freeman, graduate assistant for the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement

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