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The Good News at Florida Atlantic University

October 7-21, 2010

In Brief... FAU PrEsIdENT dONATEs $50,000 FAU’s sixth president Mary Jane Saunders recently donated $50,000 to start a scholarship fund called the President’s Scholarship Challenge. Recognizing the challenges students face while furthering their education, this fund was created as a matching grant. FAU will match all scholarship donations dollar for dollar. In honor of Saunders, FAU is hosting a concert featuring the FAU Wind Ensemble and Champer Singers, the Klezmer Company Orchestra, Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and piano duets by Judith Burganger and Leonid Treer. The “Waves of Blue” concert is Oct. 24. at 3 p.m. in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium on the Boca campus. Tickets are $25, $15 for faculty and staff, and free for students. Get yours online at or at 800564-9539. Proceeds will benefit Saunders’ scholarship fund.

Hone your dance skills at a salsa/samba class. The Broward Wellness Center is hosting free dance lessons at the Davie campus on Oct. 7 and 14 from 6 to 7 p.m. in SD 105. To sign up or get more info, email





If all things go according to plan, the Owls’ next football home opener will be held in a brand new, 30,000-seat, on-campus stadium. That stadium, which received final approval from the Florida Board of Governors in September, isn’t being built just for football — it’s also for the fans. “We want people from the very first day to have an extremely positive fan experience,” says David Kian, FAU’s senior vice president and general counsel. “From whistle blow to whistle blow, we want fans to have a first-rate, memorable time.” Read more about FAU’s stadium plans starting on page 6…

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FAU DEAN WINS A MAJOR FELLOWSHIP Thanks to his continued support and research in health care reform for the elderly, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine’s Joseph Ouslander, M.D. was recently awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. As the associate dean for geriatric programs at FAU , Ouslander is the director of FAU’s Healthy Aging Research initiative and a member of the board of directors for Florida’s American Federation for Aging Research. Ouslanders’ project will focus on avoidable hospitalizations of nursing home residents. His teams’ research will influence national healthcare policies for hospitals and nursing homes. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Ouslanders has published more than 200 original articles and book chapters, co-authored two textbooks and is executive editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 

RELAX IN FAU’S NEW SWIMMING POOL Every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. this semester Student Government will host “Get Rec’d @ Reset Sundays” at the Boca campus Rec Center pool. There will be free food sponsored by Chartwell’s, music from Owl Radio and Sunday football games will stream live on a projector screen next to the pool area. There are also weekly concert ticket giveaways and free Owl gear. Students much have ID to enter. For more info email Evan Konecky at 2 OWL TIMES | OCT 7, 2010


f face paint, football and cheering on the Owls is your Fryd says will become a part of a new Owl thing, FAU’s official spirit group, the prOWLers, are tradition. looking for some new members. The prOWLers are also set up the blowup “We’re the students making the most noise,” prOWLers’ helmet the Owls run through at homes games. new president Josh Fryd says. “Our group will be the most In the stands, the group teaches fans the rowdiest section in the stands at every game.” university fight song and cheers, operates the The sophomore business major says he has high hopes T-shirt gun and is often responsible for the for the group this year and plans to ramp up membership start of the crowd-favorite wave. and bring the organization “to the next level.” “I want everyone to know what the prOWLers are about Free goodies and want to join us to get loud.” The prOWLers will hand out free T-shirts The group, which is comprised of current students and Josh Fryd the Thursday afternoon prior to every home alumni, is at nearly every sporting event showing their school football game this season. Get yours in front of the Alumni pride and cheering on the Owls. Center on the north-end of campus. Members helped Student “School spirit is not just about supporting the team,” says Government give away 1,000 ‘Beat North Texas’ shirts in under Mike Burdman, grad student and adviser to the prOWLers. “It 15 minutes during the first football pep rally. is about supporting the university.” With funding from the Student Alumni Association, the Become a prOWLer prOWLers have official shirts, travel to home and away games To join the prOWLers you must first become a member of the together and help the athletic department fundraise. Student Alumni Association. Starting this season, the prOWLers are in charge of ringing The cost is $20 and includes your official T-shirt. Call 561the Taylor Victory Bell after a winning game. 1975 alumnus 297-1248 or email for more info. Search and former FAU employee Crash Taylor donated the bell, which “prOWLers” on Facebook for their group.

In Brief... TAkE A BrEAk ANd LEArN TO MEdITATE Is your life too stressful? FAU’s Interfaith Committee says you need to take some time out to free your mind. The group will host a meditation session on Oct. 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Levine Weinberger Jewish Life Center on the Boca campus. They will teach you forms of meditation as taught by Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Jews and feed you some free pizza. For more information, call 561-799-8105 or email


Join Harbor Branch scientist Dr. Jim Masterson on a trip to one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet. This will be Harbor Branch’s fifth trip to the Galapagos Islands with Lindblad Expeditions, and they are offering free roundtrip airfare to students. It’s Oct. 15-24. For more info or to sign up, call Brenda LaMarca at Treasure Coast Travel at 772-567-4388.

LOOk AT FINE ArT FOr FrEE AT FAU The first-ever FAU Fine Arts Festival is Oct. 9 and 10. Art and design work by FAU students and South Florida pro artists will be on exhibit and for sale, with prices ranging from $10 to $10,000 – including ceramics, drawings, paintings, photos, and sculpture. Enjoy food and beverage, including beer and wine. The festival is in the Performing Arts and Visual Art Center on the Boca campus and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info, call 561-2972971, email or visit

Owls Who Give a Hoot

Every issue, we profile FAU students, faculty, and staffers who do good deeds. Know an Owl who gives a hoot? Email

Who is GrEEN MANN? By Michele Boyet Owl Times staff

Except for his parents and best friend, no one knows the identity of the masked green crusader. And until he has 3,700 Facebook friends, Green Mann plans to keep it that way. With more than 2,700, he’s getting close. A junior at FAU, Green Mann (yes, his version has two n’s) has been wearing the $60 suit and dancing around campus for just over a month now. The Boca Raton resident supports the ‘go green’ movement and loves the library, Billy Joel and Spiderman. He’s had danceoffs along the Breezeway, at Coyote Jacks and at FAU’s first home football game. He assures students the suit has nothing to do with the show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Although he doesn’t speak in person, Green Mann agreed to an email interview with Owl Times... OT: What’s your goal? GM: I intend to make friends, raise awareness concerning “going green,” and shave some weight off my waist. I have been slowly accomplishing all these goals. I receive high-fives all over campus. I occasionally post “green” websites on my Facebook, and my hips are pristine. Why the suit and secret identity? I had friends who wanted to put on morphsuits [from] and dance around campus. I merely went one step further and tagged a motive to the costume. Why’d you pick green and not FAU colors? Green stands out, it

makes people do a double take. It goes with the “green” movement, which is what I wanted to be a part of. I plan on speaking with local green businesses to help promote them and in turn, promote myself. Why’d you pick the number 3,700 to reveal yourself? Thirty-seven is my number, has been since high school. It appears a lot in my life and I typically see it daily. We heard FAU made you wear underwear? The police told me their phone rang off the hook the first two weeks with people calling in saying I was indecent, I exposed myself, and I was a suspicious person on campus … but people have warmed up to me. you’re all over campus — what’s next? I would love to have a giant FAU emblem on my chest or Publix, Tide or FOX … whoever wants to sponsor me. The social experiment aspect is peaking right now. I have a lot of recognition, but I can see it dwindling if I don’t take this a step further.

see more photos of Green Mann around campus at

Owl times Issue Seven, Volume One | October 7, 2010

sTAFF Michele Boyet Rachael Joyner Michael Koretzky

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FAU’s first home game brings out the fanatics.

The Owls might have lost to the North Texas Mean Green, but hoards of fans came out to the home opener at Lockhart Stadium to support FAU — win or lose. TOP LEFT: Fans and members of FAU’s spirit group, the prOWLers, sport their “Go Owls” horns. TOP rIGhT: Members of FAU’s Greek community tailgate at the Delta Tau Delta couch before kickoff. BOTTOM LEFT: Freshman Heather Dale and senior Christine Knowles show their Owl fingers. BOTTOM rIGhT: Evan Kapela, Ariastasia Mermaroglou and Stephan Zoltan (not pictured) were three of many students who painted their bodies to spell “FAU.” PHOTOS BY RACHAEL JOYNER ONLINE: SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM FAU’S HOME OPENER EVENTS AT WWW.THEOWLTIMES.COM.


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Feel connected

We all know what six degrees of separation is like on our virtual world of Facebook, but what happens when this is the guiding force of your life? Inspired by the real life of a con artist, this award-winning show tells the story of a man whose lies follow him everywhere he goes. Note: This production contains male frontal nudity and graphic language.

What: FAU’s Theatre: Six Degrees of Separation When: Oct. 8 at 8 p.m., Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. and Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. Where: Studio One Theatre on the Boca campus, inside the Arts & Humanities building Cost: $20, $12 for students, faculty and staff More info: 800-564-9539 or




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Dance like a freak

FAU’s annual Freaker’s Ball is back and this year you can spend your weekend partying with Ludacris. Sponsored by FAU’s Program Board, tickets are expected to sell out quickly and prices go up the week of the concert, so don’t wait to get yours.

When: Rescheduled to Nov. 10, 8 p.m. Where: Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium Tickets: $30, $10 with student ID; purchase them at the Boca campus Student Union or online at Have an event for the Calendar? Email

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SAT OCT 9 Rock for a cause, fight breast cancer Join 50 Cent, Flo Rida, Ray J, Nelly, Shontelle, Asher Roth, and PitBull as they perform to raise money for breast cancer research at the third annual “Think Pink Rocks” concert. And if those weren’t enough performers, Think Pink says they are still adding to the concert lineup. All proceeds go to support different charities for breast cancer research. What: Think Pink Rocks When: Oct. 9, 7 p.m. Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 433 Plaza Real, Suite 339, Boca Raton Cost: $40 at the door or online at www.

Student Body President Ayden Maher says the stadium will “change students’ lifestyle and the way people think about FAU.” ONLINE: See more photos of what the stadium will look like at

Campus stadium will be all about the fans By Michele Boyet Owl Times staff

From the way the complex will look when you drive onto campus, to where you will tailgate and the way your butt will feel in a seat, FAU has plans for everything to do with the stadium. At 30,000 seats, the open-air stadium will be the largest sports facility in Broward and Palm Beach counties, with Lockhart Stadium and the BankAtlantic Center both seating about 22,000. “I’m excited about the possible fan attendance and the tradition that will come with the stadium,” Student Body President Ayden Maher says. “This 6 OWL TIMES | OCT 7, 2010

will bring back a lot of alumni, attract more commuter students and give on-campus residents a chance to simply walk to a game.” Originally compared to stadiums at University of Central Florida and Florida International University, FAU officials say the Owl stadium will be different in both its design and functionality. “Initially we looked at the stadiums at UCF and FIU to start the discussion about ours, but the FAU stadium will not be modeled after anything,” University Architect Tom Donaudy says. “We strive to make this a unique stadium and for it to be better than both those stadiums.”

“Our location is quite different than most other stadiums, and we feel this will create an exceptional game day experience,” says Donaudy, who is also FAU’s vice president for facilities. “We will have lots of options and hope to create a lot of tradition.” Maybe the biggest question lingering, will it be done in time for the 2011 football season? FAU says it will. “We have a very aggressive construction schedule,” says David Kian, FAU’s sr. vice president and general counsel. “But it is one that we know we can do.”

Groundbreaking What: Join FAU President Mary Jane Saunders and Athletics Director Craig Angelos for a groundbreaking ceremony and tailgate party When: Friday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m.

Innovation Village

Directly next to the stadium will be FAU’s new upper-division residence hall. There will be 1,218 apartment-style beds, with four bedrooms and two baths per unit, as well as space for retail and classrooms. Students living on top floors of the west side of the building will have a view directly into the stadium. On the east, students will be able to see the ocean. The $200 million project is scheduled to open in Aug. 2011 and Kian says he has no doubt it will be completed on time.


Where: Across from the stadium site on the Boca campus, in the plaza between the Recreation Center and the Marleen & Harold Forkas Alumni Center

All seats will have chair backs and their will be a specific “students only” section. There will be no running track encircling the field, so the stands will be closer to the action. The stadium will have several different levels of seating, each at different prices. There will be 1,000 priority seats inside an air-conditioned club level, 4,000 primer seats in a semienclosed area, 20 suites and 26 loge boxes.

RSVP: Online at http://fauf. by Oct. 8. More info: 561-297-2301

Tailgating & Parking

Like most universities with on-campus stadiums, game day will consume the campus. Donaudy and Kian said they expect fans to park and tailgate “everywhere” but the main traditional events will happen between the new Alumni Center and the Recreation Center, and directly in front of the stadium. Lee Street, which will be directly in front of the stadium, will be closed off to cars on game day for tailgating events. There will be a shuttle service around campus to bring fans to the stadium when it gets close to kickoff. Priority parking will be offered to fans who have priority seats or suites, and there will be a valet drop-off area. As part of the stadium’s construction, the entrance to the university from Spanish River will be four lanes, upgraded for the current two.


The open-air stadium will have natural grass, as per Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger’s and the players’ request. The stadium will be have a tropical South Florida theme and a “beach-like feel,” according to University Architect Tom Donaudy. Because of its central location and design, fans will be able to see the stadium as soon as they enter the Boca Raton campus — from any direction. Fans will be able to see the ocean from the stadium’s luxury boxes.

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we need to stop theDEATH of people using lots of DRUGS

Homeless Voice Editor Mark Targett, left, and John McCormick Homeless Shelter Founder/Director Sean Cononie, right, hang out with singer Terry Jacks in Canada.

Remember the song “Seasons in the Sun?” Now hear a new version — but with the words changed to help people get off severe drugs. The Homeless Voice and The John McCormick Homeless Shelter have released a new rendition of Terry Jacks’ song “Season’s In The Son.” The new song, written by Shelter Founder/Director Sean Cononie, shares a strong anti-drug message with its listeners and will soon be made into a music video. HEAR IT FOR YOURSELF: Listen to “Don’t Do What I Have Done” by Robbie Hazen and leave your feedback for the song at...

Meet the new singer Robbie Hazen. More at www.Robbie

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