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Feature Articles 4 Rate My Professor

Do students find “Rate my Professor� useful when it comes to registering for classes?

6 Dorm Life

Is dorm life for everyone? What are the dorm essentials? And how do boys and girls rooms differ?

8 Where Are They Now?

Wonder where star FSU athletes are today? Check out this article on page 8!

10 Fact or Fiction Find out if the myths about FSU are fact or fiction.

Fun & Games 12 Live Twitter Feed

See what is going on at FSUs campus by reading a twitter feed of the top tweets.

13 Word Search Challenge

Search for FSUs hardest words in a Seminole word search.


Rate My Professor–

To Trust The Reviews Or Not To Trust The Reviews? By Brittany Cunnien

 

rankings and providing their bad experience as future warning.

As a freshman, this little forum could either be a godsend or a very cruel joke. Coming into the university’s new environment, freshmen generally have no idea which professors to take and which to ditch. This website offers real-life students’ take on real-life classes and lets the reviewers give numerical ratings in four categories: easiness, helpfulness, clarity and the reviewers’ interest in the subject. Students can even assign professors ‘chili-pepper’ icons if they think they are particularly good-looking!  On one hand, freshman might think, “I have all the answers to my questions about professors! These reviews are so helpful!” But, critics of the website have stated that RateMyProfessors.com really has no way of verifying whether those who are doing the ranking have taken a class with that professor or have even attended that college. There is also nothing stopping students who might’ve earned a bad grade or who, for one reason or another, just did not like the professor, to strike back at said professor by offering bad

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In short, students should take the ratings lightheartedly. The top professors on RateMyProfessors.com after all, are not the top professors in the nation. Rather, they’re just the top professors on RateMyProfessor   s.com.


FSU Weekly polled 2nd semester freshmen on their experience with RateMyProfessors.com and asked if, based on their experience, they would return to the website when making their schedule for their fall semester of their sophomore year.  

Katie said, “My chemistry professor was nothing like the review s on RateM yProfes sor.co m! I’ve learned to take the reviews with a grain of salt!”

Michael said, “One of my absolute favorite professors got terrible ratings on that website! I’m still going to use it, but I’m going to use SUSSAI, FSU’s very own professor rating system, too.”

Mary Katherine said, “Well, I base my entire schedule on RateMyProfessors.com and it has yet to fail me!”

Ashley said, “RateMyProfessors.com is a hit or miss sometimes! But I’ll still use it.”

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DORM LIFE

Is Dorm Life for Everyone? What are the Dorm Essentials and How Do Boys and Girls Rooms Differ? By Sara Ariav

Living in a dorm might be a freshman’s worst nightmare or best experience they have had. But is dorm life for everyone? How do you know what to expect and what to bring? And how are boys and girls dorms different? These are the questions many college students face when entering their freshman year at Florida State University. At FSU, freshmen are not required to live on campus like some universities, but it his highly recommended. Housing on campus is very competitive to get the “best� dorm and is not always guaranteed. Since living on campus is not required as a freshman, this gives them other opportunities to live elsewhere to accommodate their needs. On campus housing offers students a more social experience, and the convenience of living on campus. Students will have the opportunity to make more friends because they will always have someone to eat with, and meet more students of their age. Living on campus also cuts back on the time it takes to get to class. FSU is a larger campus,

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which means living off campus may require more travel time to get to class. But dorm life is not for everyone. Some freshman may choose to live off campus in an apartment or house. This offers students their own space, quiet study time and more responsibility. There are pros and cons to living on or off campus as a freshman, but it depends on the student and what experience they would like to have. Living on your own for the first time might seem overwhelming and stressful, but if you bring the right items, dorm life will be much more easier and successful. A dorm checklist is essential before move in. Making sure you have everything ahead of time will cause less stress when it comes to the move in date. All dorms

on FSUs campus come with a bed, desk and dresser already in the room. It is up to you on what else you would like to bring. The top essentials for a dorm room are as follows: 1. Bedding 2. Rug 3. Desk lamp 4. Closet storage materials 5. Kitchen basics 6. Towels and bath caddy 7. Laundry bag 8. Cleaning supplies 9. Fan 10. Artwork These 10 items might not be for everyone, but can defiantly give you an idea of what to pack before move in!


A girls dorm and a guys dorm can be very different in many ways. Most boys just bring the basic essentials to college, while some girls go above and beyond. Girls have a tendency to bring more artwork for the wall, color coordinate and be very organized, while boys on the other hand are not. We took a look at two dorms on FSUs campus, a girl’s room and a guy’s room. As you can tell from the pictures provided, the girl’s room is much more decorated and organized than the guys.

Beds are made, clothes are put away and the room is clean. Guys do have the potential to keep their rooms just as organized as girls, but it is their choice. This shows how gender roles and stereotypes affect dorm life too. Girls are stereotyped to be more high maintenance and organized, while guys are stereotyped to be simple and messy. The differences between rooms may vary, and not all girls and guys rooms will be the same. *Note: these pictures were from one girl and one guy only. This is not showing how all dorm rooms will look.

The students who choose to live on campus choose their dorm experience. There are many benefits from living on campus, essentials to dorm room success, and gender roles when it comes to guys rooms and girls rooms. Dorm life experiences changes from student to student and is what you make out of it.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW:  

 

By: Corey Kula

BUSTER  POSEY    

THEN   As a baseball commit to The Florida State University, Posey showed that he could play any position After his first season, Posey was named Louisville Slugger Freshman AllAmerican. During the offseason, Martin saw potential in Posey’s arm and decided to put him at the catcher position, which now looks like was a genius move. After only one season of playing catcher, he came in second to winning the Johnny Bench Award (a prestigious award given to the best catcher in NCAA Division one baseball.) The following season, he won the Johnny Bench Award and was awarded Collegiate Baseball player of the Year. Clearly showing he had MLB potential, Posey was drafted by the San Francisco Giants with the 5th overall pick in the 2008 draft.

NOW   Recently receiving a nine-year, 167 million-dollar contract, you can assume that things are headed in the right direction for Buster. That incredible contract is the second largest contract for a catcher in MLB history. With already 2 World Series rings coming in 2010 and this past 2012 season as well as receiving the National League MVP award last season, it is clear he is doing something right. Posey is making all of us here at FSU extremely proud.

SAM  CASSELL   THEN   Being the number 20 all time FSU basketball scorer is good, but not great, right? But here’s the catch, he only played for FSU as Junior and Senior! Known as a big scorer, Cassell understood he had big expectations. Needless to say, he didn’t let one person down. Averaging 18.3 points per game and leading the ACC in steals his senior year, it is apparent that he was completely dominant on the court.

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NOW   Cassell is a three-time NBA champion and was selected once to play in the NBA all-star game. When he retired in 2009, the Wizards noticed Cassell’s outgoing personality and passion for the game. They instantly offered Cassell a contract to become their assistant coach, working under Flip Saunders. He accepted, and has been working for Washington ever since. For all of Cassell’s hard work and commitment he has given to us here at FSU, Florida State retired his jersey in 2008, making him only the fifth player in FSU basketball history to get their jersey retired.


FSU EDITION DEION  SANDERS    

THEN     Any sports fanatic would call “Prime-Time” a freak of nature. Excelling in three different sports for FSU, it was clear that Deion had a special gift. Sanders was definitely known as the “flashy” superstar on campus. Wearing the brightest clothes and constantly making sure his presence was known is something he took pride in. During one football game against South Carolina, after leading by large margin, Deion approached two gamecock’s fans and told them to get their money back. In another instance, while waiting to return a punt, he went up to the Clemson bench and said “This one’s going back.” Seconds later, he, in fact, was celebrating in the end zone. Sanders played baseball, ran track, but he definitely shined playing football. He was a two time All American cornerback during his time at FSU. He also ran punts back and broke Florida State’s record for most PR yards in a season. Deion was awarded the Prestigious Jim Thorpe award as the best DB in the nation.  

NOW   Retiring from sports as one of the greatest defensive backs to ever step onto the football field, it is obvious that Sanders is, in fact, a freak nature. Not only was he the only athlete to score a touchdown and hit a home run in the same week, but also he is the only athlete in professional sports history to win both a super bowl and a world series. Today, Deion owns an AFL team, works on the NFL network as an analyst, is an author of an autobiography on himself, and a father. Throughout everything that he’s been through, one thing is for sure; there’s no arguing he is one of the most versatile athletes ever to play sports.

CHRISTIAN  PONDER    

THEN   Choosing Florida State wasn’t a difficult decision for Ponder considering his father played football for FSU in the ‘80s. Ponder’s first three seasons were solid, don’t get me wrong, but injuries really held him from proving how much talent he had at the quarterback position. He was having a phenomenal junior senior, throwing for 2,700 yards along with 14 T.D’s and what seemed like heading for the NFL draft a year early, but Ponder unfortunately separated his shoulder against Clemson when trying to make a tackle on an interception return. Ponder’s senior season, however, really gave his career a boost. He was the first quarterback for FSU since 1999 to beat both Miami and UF. Furthermore, he received the well-respected James Tatum award, earning his spot as the nations top student-athlete. He graduated with a 3.73 GPA and a bachelor’s degree in finance.

NOW   Ponder was drafted 12th overall in the 2011 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. His rookie year was shaky, only winning 2 out of 11 games played and throwing 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Furthermore, he was injured in three different games during that season. In 2012, however, he looked like a completely new quarterback. Ponder led his team to the playoffs where they lost in the first round, but was unable to play due to a tricep injury. Also in 2012, Ponder married beautiful ESPN reporter, Samantha Steele. It is clear that Ponder is an intelligent guy and has the potential to be a solid NFL quarterback, that is, if he is able to stay healthy.

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Fact or Fiction By Tatiana Gutierrez

  As a freshman I’m sure you’ve heard much gossip including stories, tales, and myths about the gold old Florida State University, but now it’s time to see which are real and which are fake!

1. Suwannee Room

Killings. Mrs. Killings started working here at FSU in 1975, and has made her purpose on campus to spread her love and care for each student. She becomes your stand-in mom, and you’ll very quickly hold a place for her in your heart. Make sure to hear for her next time you walk in!

2. Westcott Fountain “The food is terrible!”

Answer: FICTION. Now though this is debatable and many will answer both ways, it can easily be said that Suwannee dining hall food is actually not bad! Every day you will be greeted with a new menu, including foods which are prepared daily just for you! There are many options available, from the die-hard vegetarian to the hungry meat eater, you will never go hungry. You can always count on a fresh meal and a full belly by the time you’re done eating!

“You’ll always get an ‘I love you’ when dining Answer: FACT. This piece of gossip couldn’t be any truer. Specifically, you’ll hear loving words every time from the infamous Mrs. Eva

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“You can jump in the fountain!” Answer: FACT. Exciting, right? Jumping in the Wescott fountain for your birthday has been a tradition here at the Florida State University for many, many years. The best feeling is when your birthday comes, you’re all dressed up, and you are thrown smack dab into the fountain! Definittely one of those moments when you become a true Seminole!

“You can jump in all the fountains!” Answer: FICTION. Very BIG myth. Though Florida State University has many beautiful fountains around campus including on Landis, the stadium, and many others,


has haunted Cawthon hall so much that the 5th floor is now permanently closed off from all students. Paranormal activity is still very much alive, so if you end up living there make sure to sleep with one eye open!

4. Kissing Bench on

Landis Green

please refrain from getting in them. Remember: Wescott is all dibs!

3. Cawthon Hall “Cawthon haunted.”

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Answer: Well, whether you believe in ghosts or not: FACT. It’s said that in the early 1900s a student who lived on the 5th floor was struck by lightning on the roof during a random thunderstorm. Since then, she  

“Kissing on the Kissing Bench will assure marriage with your significant other.” Answer: Debatable! It’s said that when your boyfriend or girlfriend and you kiss on the Kissing Bench, you will be tied together for life, a good curse. Many have backed up this myth by proving their love and showing that they’ve gotten married. So if you’re with someone you love, go check out the kissing bench today! You never know, you wish may just come true!

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